- Athina Onassis Roussel, is granddaughter of the Greek shipping tycoon
- She is said to have agreed to sell Skorpios to a Russian billionaire
- Island, off coast of Greece, was bought by Onassis in 1962 for £10,000
The Greek island where Aristotle Onassis married Jackie Kennedy is believed to have been sold by his sole surviving heir for £100 million.
Athina Onassis Roussel, granddaughter of the Greek shipping tycoon, is said to have agreed to sell the island of Skorpios, in the Ionian Sea, to a Russian billionaire .
According to Greek media, the identity of the businessman has not been disclosed.
The island, off the western coast of Greece, was bought by Onassis in 1962.
At the time is believed to have cost just 3.5 million drachmas, the equivalent of about £10,000.
Six years later it hosted his wedding to Jacqueline Kennedy, the widow of the late President John F Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963.
After his death Skorpios passed to his daughter Christina, who died of a heart attack aged 37 in 1988, and then to Athina, the Daily Telegraph reports.
According to Greek press the contracts for the purchase of the private island are being drawn up by law firms in Athens and Geneva.
Farhad Vladi, whose company, Vladi Private Islands, has hundreds of islands on its books, told the paper that while he had not heard of the deal, it was possible Ms Onassis Roussel had decided to sell the island.
Athina Onassis Roussel, granddaughter of the Greek shipping tycoon (top as a child holidaying on the island, and bottom), is said to have agreed to sell the island to a Russian billionaire
He said: ‘These Russian oligarchs have billions, so it may be that one of them came along and said “I will give you 100 million or 200 million euros for it”. Anything is possible.’
He was asked by Ms Onassis Roussel to carry out an evaluation of the island eight years ago.
It is believed she has little interest in spending time on the island, or in Greece.
He said the water comes from a mountain bought by Aristotle Onassis on a nearby island, and that anyone who bought the island would need to buy the mountain also, which he estimated would cost upwards of 100 million euros.
The island hosted many parties during the time of Aristotle Onassis, who is buried there, as is his daughter and his son, Alexander, who died in a plane crash in 1973.
It is also home to three residences, a helicopter landing pad and a boat quay.
Swiss-educated Ms Onassis Roussel is the only surviving descendant of the shipping magnate.
Ms Onassis Roussel was born in France, and is the only child of Christina Onassis and her fourth husband, Thierry Roussel.
She is married to Brazilian Olympic show jumper, Alvaro de Miranda Neto, and lives in Sao Paulo.
In the past there have been rumours that Giorgio Armani, Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, and Madonna were interested in buying the tiny island.
A hidden-camera video of a man disguising himself as a chair to give unwitting people the fright of their lives has become an internet sensation.
The elaborate trick is the work of magician and prankster Rich Ferguson of San Luis Obispo, California, who has nearly 200 clips on YouTube that show off his tricks and antics.
Ferguson, outfitted in chair cushions and pillows that cover his arms, performs the covert strike on customers at a cafe, who have no idea that the chair they’re sitting in is alive.
Some of the customers scream in terror as Ferguson says ‘who’s sitting on me?’ or ‘who’s sitting here?’
Other times, he just growls.
On April Fool’s Day, Ferguson appeared on the Today show to talk about the prank, and used it on some members of the morning show’s staff, including co-anchor Natalie Morales.
The video has been viewed nearly 200,000 times since it was uploaded on Friday.
Ferguson also has videos of a similar gag that he calls the ‘Box Attack Prank,’ where he surprises people while disguised as a stack of storage containers.
In a holiday-themed video uploaded in December, he appeared as a store display snowman that comes to life, much to the shock of passing shoppers.
Shock: This unsuspecting customer thought he found a comfortable spot to check his phone, but Ferguson had other ideas
An Auckland game development studio which created three top-selling titles last year has more than quadrupled its staff numbers in less than three years and says it has no plans to slow down.
Since starting with 15 developers in August, 2010, Parnell-based Gameloft has grown to 85 employees and is about to hire another 20.
Studio director Patrick Wagner said the success of its three games last year – My Little Pony, My Littlest Pet Shop and Wonder Zoo – had led to rapid growth in the company.
“Those three games collectively brought in the same revenue in the space of three weeks as the studio made during the entire previous year,” he said.
Sales last year were “in the millions”, he said.
My Little Pony was one of six kiwi-made games to hit top 10 iPhone download charts in the US in 2012.
The New Zealand studio is a subsidiary of its French-owned global parent, a leading developer and publisher of games for mobile phones and consoles.
Headquartered in Paris, Gameloft has 28 subsidiaries around the world, employs 6200 people and last year made sales worth about 250 million euro (NZD$400 million).
Wagner relocated from Paris in 2011 and said New Zealand had been a perfect place to establish a business.
“We set up here because there are very good 3D artists and animators in New Zealand,” he said.
“When it comes to 3D, we have some very strong hitters in the industry.”
My Little Pony screenshot from Official Teaser Trailer
Largely responsible for that was a thriving kiwi film industry, which had nurtured a hotbed of talent, he said.
“When Weta are doing a movie they need everyone in the country to work for them but these 3D artists are still there when the movie’s finished.”
Kiwis were generally well-trained and did not get flustered by tight deadlines, he said.
The country also offered an attractive tax system compared to countries in Europe.
About 30 per cent of Gameloft’s local team are Kiwis, with the remainder from more than 20 different countries.
“We get people from all over the world because New Zealand in a very attractive place to live,” Wagner said.
“We want to hire more New Zealanders – the more locals we can get the better.”
He was looking forward to a flood of graduates emerging from new game development degrees being run by providers like the Media Design School in Auckland.
“They’re still in the first year of the degree so we need two more years before we can hire those graduates.
“I would be willing to hire all of them.”
Gameloft recently received a $600,000 research and development grant from Callaghan Innovation to help the company pay salaries for employees working on its ‘engine’ – the skeleton of a game which allows it to run.
Wagner said that grant had directly enabled Gameloft to hire 12 more people at the end of January.
A number of other game development studios were also doing very well in New Zealand, such as PikPok and Small Worlds, he said.
“These companies weren’t there 10 years ago so the industry’s growing.”
In 2011, Gameloft NZ attracted controversy when a former employee complained of excessive work hours.
The NZ Labour Department found no evidence of breaching health and safety laws.
“All creative industries work long hours and we’re no exception but in 2011 we were severely short staffed after losing a few key positions,” Wagner said.
“We worked on it. There were some things we needed to work on and we have needed to get the right number of staff.”
There are around 450 game developers in New Zealand.
The global game development industry will generate spending of about USUS$97 billion this year and US$115 billion by 2015, according to research by Gartner.
A nearly 19-minute long video of Tongan high school students being systematically beaten has caused uproar in the Pacific kingdom.
It shows boys between 13 and 17 at the government-owned Tonga College being beaten repeatedly with a 1.5-metre stick over a missing cellphone.
The video has emerged on Facebook and Youtube a month after a stark Fiji video of recaptured prisoners being brutalised by unidentified men in that country caused an international uproar.
In an interview today with Auckland’s Indian Radio Tarana, Fiji strongman Voreqe Bainimarama made it clear there would be no official action against those involved in the Fiji incident.
The Tongan incident appeared on the internet last Thursday, according to the news website Kaniva Tonga.
It shows a dozen or more boys being made to march past a much older student who savagely and repeatedly beats them on their backsides.
Tonga’s Deputy Commissioner of Police Koloale’o Soakai said police were investigating the video.
“The information we have received is that the student who carried out the punishment was a prefect, who is no longer a student, and the reason for the punishment was due to a mobile phone that was lost. The video took place in one the boarding dormitories at the school. But we are investigating this matter,” she told the Matangi Tonga website.
The video was shot in 2011.
She said police were only just acting on the matter as this was the first time they had seen the video on the internet.
Any type of assault or beating is unlawful in Tonga, she said.
The website names the senior student doing the beating and adds they have had dozens of requests from Tongans to remove the video.
“Students at schools in Tonga are used to being severely spanked but parents have not had the opportunity to see how their children are being beaten as what they have now experienced in this video tape,” the website said.
“Some Tonga College ex-students called on the Kaniva Tonga news website to remove the video as they are hugely embarrassed for being at the centre of people’s anger and negative comments on social media networks.”
The website said the publicity was an opportunity to “attract worldwide attention and thus influence Tonga’s authorities to urgently address this issue”.
“The practice is culturally acceptable in Tonga as a form of discipline but the law does not condone spanking at school,” it says.
Fiji’s gruesome nine-minute video showed the beating of escaped prisoner Iowane Benedito, 24, and an unnamed associated near Suva in last November.
Fiji police commissioner Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua announced a “thorough investigation” would take place.
But this week Police Director of Operations Rusiate Tudravu told Radio New Zealand International the investigation was internal and details might not be released at all.
“I don’t have to report that to the media if I want to, that is my prerogative,” he said.
“I will just state now all these things are under investigation that is all I can say.”
Bainimarama said today the average law-abiding Fijian was fed up with being a victim of criminals who staged robberies, burglaries, home invasions, rapes and bashings.
“They are entitled to be safe and it is my job to make sure they are,” he said.
He did not identify the men in the video as inmates from a notable mass escape last year, but made it clear it was the same people.
“They got help from inside prison and we think it may have had help from outside,” he said, noting they had gone straight into Suva and staged bank robberies.
“Ordinary people were terrified,” he said.
“The human rights of the majority of law abiding citizens is the most important thing.”
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Murder-accused Gavin John Gosnell punched and kicked a Christchurch teenager until he was unconscious, then when he found him dead the following day, dismembered his body into 12 parts and buried the remains in two graveyards, a court has heard.
Gosnell, an unemployed 28-year-old, has pleaded not guilty for the murder of Christchurch teenager Hayden Miles on August 22, 2011.
Defence lawyer Craig Ruane told a High Court jury Gosnell should be convicted of manslaughter, not murder.
In his opening address to the court, Ruane said there was “no doubt at all” that Gosnell assaulted teenager Hayden Miles or that those injuries led to his death.
The question for the jury was: “What was going through his mind as he was assaulting Hayden Miles”.
Ruane warned the jury not to get distracted by “peripheral issues” – namely, how the body was disposed of.
He said evidence to be called during the course of the trial may be shocking and gruesome, but the case was above all, very sad.
The jury had previously heard an account of the night Hayden died from Crown prosecutor Barnaby Hawes.
He said Gosnell beat Hayden on August 22, causing his death, and on August 23 began the process of dismemberment, cutting the body into 12 parts and burying the remains in two Christchurch graveyards and in the backyard of his flat.
The remains were found by police four months later.
Hawes said it was unlikely to be disputed by the defence that Gosnell caused Hayden’s death.
Rather, the jury would have to decide what Gosnell was thinking at the time he assaulted Hayden: “What was he intending to do at that time”, he said.
The Crown’s position was that either Gosnell intended to kill Hayden, or that he beat him with intent to cause bodily injury that was likely to cause death, and was reckless as to whether that would cause his death.
Hawes said Gosnell punched and kicked Hayden in the face and continued to do so over a “prolonged” period of time and all through the flat where he lived, including outside and finally in the bathroom and shower area.
He said the beating was “brutal”, and continued while Hayden tried to crawl away and begged for help from Nicolette Vaux-Phillips, who was Gosnell’s girlfriend at the time.
Hayden was found dead on the couch the following morning.
Gosnell used a portable bandsaw and a knife to cut the body into 12 parts, Hawes says.
He put the remains in rubbish bags and into a backpack to transport them for burial.
Vaux-Phillips cleaned up the house.
The Crown intends to call 16 witnesses, including Hayden’s mother, Jacqui, and Nicolette Vaux-Phillips, who was Gosnell’s girlfriend at the time of Miles’ death.
The trial is set down for three weeks before Justice Chisholm.
Vaux-Phillips, 18, was sentenced last May to year’s home detention after admitting a charge of being an accessory after the fact to culpable homicide.
– © Fairfax NZ News
A medical school graduate has given a graphic account of working at a Philadelphia abortion clinic and how he routinely saw babies born alive and then killed with scissors
Stephen Massof, 50, of Pittsburgh, was giving evidence at the trial of his former boss Kermit Gosnell on Thursday.
Gosnell, 72, is accused of killing seven live babies at thePhiladelphia Women’s Medical Society clinic and a woman who was administered too much anesthesia.
Testimony: Stephen Massof testified at the trial of his former boss on Thursday
On trial: Kermit Gosnell, pictured, is accused of killing seven babies at the Philadelphia Women’s Medical Society clinic and a woman who was administered too much anesthesia
Murder? Steven Massof, a former worker at the Women’s Medical Society, testified to seeing live babies killed at a Philadelphia abortion clinic on Thursday
If found guilty he could be given the death penalty.
Massof, who is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to the murder of two newborns at the clinic, revealed Thursday that he witnessed an abortion at 26 weeks – two weeks beyond the 24-week limit in the state.
He also claimed he saw about 100 babies born alive and then ‘snipped’ with surgical scissors in the back of the neck, to ensure their ‘demise’.
He also spoke of the gruesome scenes at the clinic which was allegedly found dirty and rundown with rusting surgical instruments.
‘It would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place. It is literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body,’ he told NBC.
He also alleges the clinic’s ultrasound machine was manipulated to make fetuses appear smaller and therefore younger.
The graduate explained how his medical degree came from Grenada in the West Indies and he hadn’t completed medical residency when he joined Gosnell in 2003.
‘House of horrors’: Massof says he saw 100 live babies killed at the clinic, pictured
House of horror: A grand jury photograph shows what police say are plastic bags hiding body parts in a refrigerator inside the Philadelphia practice
Victim? Karnamaya Mongar, 41, died at Dr Gosnell’s clinic
After two months he was examining women alone.
But he said he believed the intentions of his boss were honest and that the doctor believed he was helping the women, often extremely poor, who came to him
‘I believe that Dr. Gosnell was honestly trying to help women and protect them from abuse and neglect,’ Massof said.
The trial is in its third week and is expected to last another month.
Eight clinic employees have pleaded guilty to various charges, while a ninth is on trial with Gosnell.
Massof spent five years at the clinic before leaving in 2008 over a dispute with other staffers.
‘I felt like a firemen in hell. I couldn’t put out all the fires,’ he testified.
He was charged with murder three years later, after a 2010 FBI probe of Gosnell’s distribution of painkillers spawned a raid at the clinic, and the more serious abortion case.
The doctor: Kermit Gosnell
Charged: Pearl Gosnell
Employee: Elizabeth Hampton
Arrested: Tina Baldwin
Assistant: Lynda Williams
Worker: Adrine Moton
Accomplice: Eileen O’Neil
Mugshot: Sherry West
Held: Maddline Joe
Prosecutors allege Gosnell took more than $1 million a year at the clinic where women were charged up to $3,000 for an abortion.
Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old refugee who traveled to the clinic from Virginia, died after an overdose of drugs allegedly given to her during a 2009 abortion.
A Grand Jury report said the clinic was crawling with cats and reeking of animal urine and feces.
Furniture and blankets were stained with blood and instruments were not properly sterilized.
Disposable medical supplies were also reused while vital medical equipment such as the defibrillator and EKG machine were ‘generally broken’.
Disturbingly, the report alleged that fetal remains were stuffed into: ‘cabinets, in the basement, in a freezer, in jars and bags and plastic jugs’.
Tiny baby feet, it is claimed, were discovered in specimen jars, lined up in a macabre collection.
Gosnell’s lawyer denies the murder charge and disputes that any babies were born alive. He also challenges the gestational age of the aborted fetuses, calling them inexact estimates.
The trial continues Monday.
- Dog – thought to be an English Bull Terrier – came out of alleyway
- ‘I did not even see it and it just took a bite,’ says victim Joel, 28
A teacher has had to undergo an emergency operation to save his testicle after he was savaged by an out-of-control dog.
Joel Goodman, 28, was left bleeding in agony on the ground as the dog’s owner callously walked away saying: ‘I’m not from around here.’
The dog – thought to be an English Bull Terrier – sank it’s teeth into Joel’s groin during a morning run near his home in Epping, Essex.
Recovering: Joel Goodman after the emergency operation to save his testicle
Blood-soaked, Joel staggered to a friend’s house and was driven to Harlow’s Princess Alexandra Hospital where he underwent surgery.
English Bull Terrier: Victim Joel was believed to have been attacked by one of the breed
Their journey was slowed by rush-hour traffic but they flagged down a passing police car which then sped them to the hospital.
The operation was a success but Joel has been left with psychological scars from the attack.
He said: ‘The dog came out of an alleyway and went straight for me and I did not even have chance to react.
‘I did not even see it and it just took a bite.
‘The incident was over so quickly but the consequences are going to last for a lot longer.
‘Thankfully the doctors were able to save my testicle but I keep re-living the attack and am suffering from anxiety as a result of it.’
Mr Goodman, who teaches singing, is now calling for the dog to be caught and put down before it has a chance to attack another innocent person.
He added: ‘It is really hard to talk about this but something has to be done.
‘I want the dog put down and the owner prosecuted before it happens to somebody else.’
Police issued a description of the dog’s owner following the 9am attack on March 26th.
He was of Eastern European appearance and aged between 35 and 40.
Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to contact Essex Police on 101.
Care: Harlow’s Princess Alexandra Hospital where Joel was taken after the dog attack
The former chief executive of a £1billion British service company has been accused of taking part in cocaine-fuelled sex parties with his wife, a colleague and a stripper.
The allegations about the man ins his 60s emerged at an employment tribunal into claims of sexual harassment brought by one the firm’s managing directors, known as A.
A, who is aged 53, claims he felt forced to resign due to his bosses sexual demands and has brought a case of constructive dismissal against the firm.
Demands: The former chief executive of one of Britain’s biggest service companies has been accused of taking part in cocaine-fuelled sex parties with his wife, a colleague and a stripper. Sex parties were held at the five star Athenaeum Hotel in London
The former chief executive, can not be identified and is known only as B, reported The Telegraph.
During a 2001 dinner at B’s £1.3 million home in Wales A claims that him and his then girlfriend were offered cocaine.
High-roller lifestyle: £50,000 was paid using company funds to buy cocaine
They played a game in which A lost and he claims B asked him to perform a sex act on him.
A told the tribunal: ‘I felt I had to comply with this request from my boss. Afterwards I felt sick to my stomach and had very low self–esteem.’
B vigorous denies this claim.
Sex parties were held in various hotels including the five–star Athenaeum Hotel in London – A said he felt unable to refuse his bosses demand to organise them and used his company credit card.
He also admitted he used company funds over a decade to spend £40,000 on prostitutes, £50,000 on lap dancers, £50,000 on cocaine, £18,000 on renovations and £250,000 on living expenses.
A regular participant in the sex parties was a stripper that A met at the Spearmint Rhino lap dancing bar in Brighton – he paid for her to have her breasts enlarged. B claims he only had sex with the 32-year-old once.
The sordid saga unravelled when a whistleblower wrote to the chief executive to accuse A of misuse of company funds, leading to his suspension.
Sex party: A regular participant in the sex parties was a stripper that A met at the Spearmint Rhino lap dancing bar in Brighton – he paid for her to have her breasts enlarged
A resigned before he could be disciplined, with the view that B was determined to dismiss him, the newspaper reported.
In April 2012 an investigation by the parent company found that B was not guilty of financial malpractice.
It also found there was no evidence of sexual harassment against A.
A spokesman for the firm, which is valued in the billions, said its investigation found the allegations related to ‘shortcomings by individuals’ rather than ‘corporate failings.’
The case continues.
- Latest craze involves beautifying your vagina with a 50-minute ‘facial’
- The area gets plucked, cleansed, moisturised and covered in a mask
- One happy customer said it was a ‘lifesaver’ after bikini wax went wrong
First came the vajazzle, now get ready a more indulgent modern beauty treatment – the vajacial.
The quest for perfect skin has gone to a new frontier with a facial for vaginas.
As an answer to the ingrown hairs and red bumps that some women experience after a bikini wax, the vajacial is design to soothe and beautify the area.
Thanks to The Only Way Is Essex introducing the vajazzle to the public, British women are more focused than ever on their nether regions.
The original trend: Beautician Amy Childs applies a vajazzle to Sam Faiers on The Only Way Is Essex. The trend for beautifying the bikini area has now moved on to the ‘vajacial’
But across the pond, Vajacials are taking off in a big way too.
In San Francisco Stript Wax Bar owner Katherine Goldman said that demand for the service has increased 30 percent each year since she started offering it in 2010.
Her wax bar offers the ‘key needs’ of the modern waxed woman.
Apparently this requires a papaya enzyme mask, a cleanse and extraction of ingrown hairs with a pair of tweezers.
All in all the treatment takes 50 minutes of focused cleansing and smoothing.
They are particularly beneficial after a Brazilian wax, to make sure the area looks perfect after the heavy-duty procedure.
Yet more maintenance: The vajacial is the latest beauty regime that women can now undertake as well as regular hair removal
At the Stript Bar one of three options is available: anti-freckle, anti-acne or calming to reduce redness.
The Vajacial was a ‘lifesaver’ for Christina from San Francisco, she told ABC news. She was heading off on her honeymoon trip when she realised her usual Brazilian wax had gone wrong.
Her bikini area broke out in red bumps. ‘It looked like I had an STD,’ she said. ‘There was no way I could sit by the pool, nothing.’
So she, like many American women, opted for a Vajacial, a term that Stript Wax Bar has now trademarked.
However, other salons around the US offer the service under different names. One New York salon calls it a Peach Smoothie.
Alexis Wolfer, editor of TheBeautyBean.com told ABC News, that the Vajacial and its spinoffs result from ‘the trend of women hyper-focusing on every last flaw in themselves.’
Stript owner Katherine Goldman insisted ‘Your ‘little lady’ will thank us!’
- WPC Kelly Jones police car skidded off the road as it pursued another vehicle and she is now suing her police force
- Panda car ended up on its side and was written off following the accident
- She faced an extraordinary backlash after it emerged she was suing a petrol station owner who called 999
- Divorced mother-of-two has been off work on full basic pay while she recovers from that accident and tripping on a kerb
The policewoman suing a burglary victim after she tripped over a kerb during a 999 callout is demanding compensation from her own police force for another accident, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
WPC Kelly Jones, 33, launched legal action against Norfolk Constabulary following a panda car crash. Her claims for damages for incidents just seven months apart will fuel the row about the compensation culture gripping Britain’s police forces.
Norfolk Constabulary said it could not comment on ongoing legal proceedings, but a spokeswoman confirmed WPC Jones was in a car which skidded off the road as it pursued a suspicious vehicle on January 30, 2012. No other vehicles were involved but the panda car ended up on its side and had to be written off after the pre-dawn crash in the south of the county.
Proud: WPC Jones with her father Danny Harle on her first day as a police officer
The spokeswoman could not divulge the extent of WPC Jones’s injuries, how many weeks she was off work after the accident or how much compensation she was claiming. WPC Jones’s lawyers, who said she injured her knee in the accident, added that the force had accepted liability.
The officer faced an extraordinary public backlash last week when it emerged she was taking action against Norfolk petrol station owner Steve Jones.
She fell over a kerbstone while helping him hunt for burglars at his premises in August last year, hurting her left leg and right wrist.
She was also humiliated by her own Chief Constable, Phil Gormley, who criticised that lawsuit as ‘surprising and disappointing’.
But the divorced mother of two from Thetford is unrepentant.
Accident prone: WPC Kelly Jones tripped over a kerbstone eight months after crashing her car
She issued a statement through her London-based solicitors Pattinson Brewer – a firm specialising in personal injury claims – pledging to pursue a payout from Mr Jones.
Pattinson Brewer spokesman Chris Theobald said: ‘Kelly believes that she has the right to go to work and not to be harmed by someone else’s negligence.
‘A 999 call does not mean that anything goes in terms of public safety. Kelly loves her job and accepts the many risks she faces.
‘She does not accept that because her job is inherently dangerous, public places are absolved from ensuring their premises are safe to visit.
‘If negligent behaviour can make service stations, supermarkets, garden centres or sports grounds unsafe to go to, then it is unsafe for everyone.
‘We cannot say public servants should just trust to luck when the law is there to protect us all.
‘Kelly is currently continuing with her claim while the details of what happened are thoroughly investigated by her legal representation. The injuries she sustained in August 2012 required medical treatment and she was on sick leave for some six weeks.
‘She is still receiving treatment to bring about her full recovery.’
The statement added: ‘It is not well understood that a police officer can lose pay, promotion and career prospects by being injured while working.’
The Police Federation, the ‘union’ for rank and file members of Britain’s forces, is backing WPC Jones’s action against Mr Jones, claiming the officer wanted to claw back ‘lost earnings’.
But it is understood she has lost only overtime, Bank Holiday pay and night shift allowance because she was kept on a full salary by Norfolk Constabulary while recovering from both the panda car crash and the petrol station fall.
Crash: A Norfolk Police patrol car like the one which was involved in a crash while WPC Kelly Jones, 33, was inside
Accident scene: The petrol station in Thetford, Norfolk, where WPC Kelly Jones tripped on the kerb while responding to a 999 call and is now suing the owner
Police regulations ensure an officer receives up to six months on full pay followed by six months on half pay in any given 12-month period during which sick leave is taken.
How the MoS broke the story: The Mail on Sunday led the way on this issue a week ago with its front-page exclusive on WPC Jones, pictured right, which provoked a huge amount of controversy and intense public debate. More than 1,500 readers posted comments on the MailOnline, nearly all of them scathing about her decision to sue the garage owner.
It is only after a year on sick leave that a police officer will face an empty pay packet.
It is understood WPC Jones is on planned sick leave following remedial surgery to the knee she damaged in the car accident.
She is due back on active duty soon and is in close contact with the chief inspector, who is managing her return to uniform.
Norfolk Constabulary cannot discipline her for her legal action against Mr Jones – which was taken without their knowledge – or force her to abandon it. Deputy Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: ‘Norfolk Constabulary has no involvement in or control over private legal proceedings brought by police officers against third parties. We recognise this particular case has generated a great deal of public concern and we ourselves have received a large amount of correspondence.
‘It is clear that the incident has started a broader debate about the “compensation culture” which exists in all walks of life. The vast majority of officers are proud of what they do and would never consider making a compensation claim against a victim of crime.’
Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Bett, who visited Mr Jones at his Nuns’ Bridges service station in Thetford last week, yesterday called for WPC Jones to drop her ‘misguided and absurd’ lawsuit against the businessman – although he said there was ‘no comparison’ between that claim and the one resulting from the car crash.
He added: ‘It is abundantly clear that any system in place that allows – or indeed encourages – police officers, seemingly without checks and balances, to launch claims against victims of crime backed by their staff association, needs urgent review. Most police officers accept a degree of personal responsibility when they are doing their job – including looking where they are going.’
Pain and a damaged ego are part of the job – if you can’t take a joke, you shouldn’t have joined
COMMENT by BRIAN PADDICK Former Deputy Met Assistant Commissioner
Analysis: Brian Paddick, Former Deputy Met Assistant Commissioner
The news that a police officer is suing someone who called for help will be met with astonishment among members of the public and incredulity among many of her fellow officers, particularly those of my vintage.
An increasing number of people are reluctant to call for assistance because they do not believe the police will be able to do anything. Now they could also be concerned that the officers might end up suing them. How did we get to this desperate state of affairs?
In the mid-Seventies when I started out on my police career, if you stumbled over a step or uneven paving slab, colleagues would say, ‘Enjoy your trip? Send us a postcard next time!’ There was no question of suing anyone, even if sometimes there may have been good reason.
After the 1976 Notting Hill Carnival riot, we began public order training. Our riot helmets were reinforced cork and plastic and we used real bricks in training.
Inevitably a colleague got a brick square on the badge on the front of his helmet and the pin holding it in place went straight into his forehead, blood streaming down his face. To complain would have been seen as being a sissy, to sue unthinkable. But the officer was allowed as much time to recuperate, on full pay, as he wanted. The helmets were soon replaced with proper Nato-style crash helmets and wooden blocks replaced the lumps of brick.
A sign that things were changing came a decade later, when I responded to an ambulance crew’s call for assistance. I ended up rolling around on the pavement with the drunken man who had attacked them. When he had sobered up, he made a formal complaint and an investigation was launched. In interview, I was asked whether I had suffered any injury during the fight, to which I replied: ‘Not really, just a few scratches and grazes to my hands.’ The final report found I had not acted unreasonably, but I received a formal disciplinary finding against me for not recording the scrapes as an injury on duty.
In those days, police officers who performed acts of bravery were praised by their bosses without hesitation.
But in 2003 a serving and former Met Commissioner faced trial under the Health And Safety At Work Act after two officers in separate incidents fell through roofs while chasing suspects; one officer sadly died and the other was seriously injured. While the Commissioners were not convicted, the police attitude to acts of bravery changed. Among other things, officers were told that they must not climb over a certain height, even if chasing a criminal or trying to save a life.
I remember in 2005 attending a Commissioner’s Commendation ceremony at New Scotland Yard. As a video shot from a police helicopter showed officers chasing suspects across steeply sloping rooftops, the senior officers in the audience sat ashen-faced, petrified that someone would report them to the Health and Safety Executive.
Police officers have got to realise that policing is a potentially dangerous business. Part of the thrill of being an operational officer is never knowing what is around the next corner or what challenge is going to face you.
Officers are protected by the courts, often being awarded damages against those who assault them as part of the criminal sanction passed by the judge.
The bottom line is, police officers are protected financially from the kind of injury that the officer who tripped up the step at the filling station claims to be suffering from. Nothing should get in the way of victims calling the police. Pain and a damaged ego are part of the job and, as we used to say: ‘If you can’t take a joke, you shouldn’t have joined.’
- Paris Brown, 17, boasted about her sex life, drug taking and drinking
- In one Tweet she wrote: ‘I really wanna make a batch of hash brownies’
- And she also said: ‘Everyone on Made in Chelsea looks like a f****** fag’
- Appointed to change perceptions of young people
- Keith Vaz MP says she must be removed from her £15,000 post immediately
The un-PC police commissioner: Paris Brown, 17, posted foul-mouthed rants boasting about her sex life, drug taking and drinking binges
Britain’s first youth police commissioner was facing urgent calls to quit last night after she tweeted a torrent of foul-mouthed rants boasting about her sex life, drug taking and drinking binges.
Paris Brown, 17, also posted violent, racist and anti-gay comments.
She was appointed last week to the £15,000 taxpayer-funded post to represent young people’s views on policing.
But politicians last night insisted that her position was untenable after her disgusting outbursts were revealed by The Mail On Sunday.
In one she appears to condone drug-taking, revealing: ‘I really wanna make a batch of hash brownies.’ Elsewhere she complains: ‘Worst part about being single is coming from a party/night out horny as f*** and having to sleep alone.’
Another says: ‘Been drinking since half 1 and riding baby walkers down the hall at work oh my god i have the best job ever haha!!’ And in one vile message, she says: ‘i want to f****** cut everyone around me.’ Elsewhere she rails against gays as ‘fags’, immigrants as ‘illegals’ and travellers as ‘pikeys’, while admitting she has ‘a thing for older men’ – an apparent reference to a teacher at her former school.
Just two months ago, Miss Brown wrote: ‘F****** hell why are the people from Direct Pizza so difficult to talk too!! IT IS CALLED ENGLISH. LEARN IT.’
And she attacked the male actors in the reality show Made In Chelsea, writing: ‘Everyone on Made in Chelsea looks like a f****** fag.’
In the months leading up to her appointment she repeatedly demonstrated her apparent disdain for the law and propensity to anti-social behaviour.
Just three weeks ago she appeared to support an apparent assault, saying: ‘I don’t condone violence but im so pleased that my brother thumped the fat little ****.’
Describing herself in one tweet, she said: ‘im either really fun, friendly and inclusive when im drunk or im an anti social, racist, sexist, embarrassing a****** often its the latter.’
And in another she boasted: ‘am getting so drunk this saturday, so so painfully oh so unattractively drunk.’ The comments come from a personal Twitter account, Paris @vilulabelle, where she had posted or circulated more than 4,000 messages and images, many of them offensive.
Outbursts: Paris Brown, 17, who is paid £15,000 of taxpayers’ money, with Police Commissioner Ann Barnes
Yet only days ago Miss Brown pledged in a series of television interviews to change perceptions of young people who, she insisted, were mostly ‘lovely’.
Miss Brown’s comments represent a further blow to police credibility, which was undermined last week by The Mail on Sunday’s disclosures about WPC Kelly Jones, who sued a burglary victim after tripping over a kerb at his petrol station.
Miss Brown was hired to cover Kent and was interviewed by the county’s assistant chief constable. It was hoped the appointment would be a blueprint for the rest of the country. But that plan lay in tatters last night.
Miss Brown reports to Ann Barnes, 67, who was elected to the £85,000 role of Kent Police and Crime Commissioner last year. PCCs were elected in 41 police forces in England and Wales in November and each one has control over the budget and policing priorities in their area.
Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select committee, said: ‘I am deeply shocked by these disclosures.
This individual must be removed from their post immediately. Public money should never be given to anyone who refers to violence, sex, drunkenness and other anti-social behaviour in this offensive manner. The Government must now reconsider its point blank refusal to publish a national list of all the appointments made by Crime Commissioners – as requested by my committee.
‘The public has a right to know who they are, how they were appointed and their full backgrounds. That is the best way to stop irresponsible and unsuitable people being taken on.’
However Mrs Barnes defended her young adviser, and insisted that she should remain in her post.
‘You cannot condone any offensive tweets and I certainly would not accept anything like that now that Paris has been appointed but I wanted somebody for this job who was a typical teenager,’ she said.
She added: ‘There is no way I would think of removing her from her post and I am sure Paris will learn from this mistake and be able to move forward to making a success of the role like I know she will.’ Miss Brown, who is not old enough to vote or legally purchase alcohol, was chosen from 164 hopefuls who applied for the position that was advertised in February this year.
She was encouraged to apply for the role by bosses at Swale Borough Council in Kent, where she earns £2.65 an hour in a full-time apprenticeship role as an office junior.
The final part of the selection process involved an interview with Mrs Barnes and Lee Russell, the Chief Inspector of Kent Police.
After being appointed, Miss Brown who lives at her family’s £250,000 home in Sheerness, on the Isle of Sheppey, with her mother Debra, 48, father Dennis, 51 and three brothers, Ross, 23, Miles, 20 and ten-year-old Mason, said the job would help her be the ‘messenger’ for young people.
Miss Brown claimed that she chose to put on hold plans to do A-levels to take up the year-long post.
However in another posting she told of her intention to work as a holiday rep on the Greek island of Kavos or the Spanish island of Ibiza, both renowned for their hedonistic, party atmosphere.
Creating a youth police and crime commissioner role was a manifesto pledge of Mrs Barnes, who said: ‘Young people don’t have much of a voice in policing in Kent and I’m determined to change that.
‘Paris is going to be the young face of policing in the county and I’m quite sure she is going to do a brilliant job at helping the police to connect with young people.
‘She’s very exceptional. She has a real commitment to working with young people. She’s confident and she’s got bags of energy.’
But Miss Brown appeared to be aware that her personal tweets could be damaging to her professional reputation.
Her comments and Twitter account were deleted yesterday, after the Mail on Sunday contacted her.
And last week she started an official @YouthPCC Twitter account and a new personal account, @parisbrownn, explaining to friends that the accounts would be used ‘for work’. Last night Miss Brown told The Mail on Sunday: ‘When I tweet I do often exaggerate and, to clarify, I am not racist or sexist but I’m not going to lie – I have been guilty of showing off in the past.
‘When I sit indoors with my mum I will have a small glass of wine every now and again but I’m not an alcoholic.
‘You are allowed to drink at home. At a family meal or maybe at Christmas I will have a glass of wine or maybe a Malibu and lemonade but I don’t have a drinking problem, I don’t condone drinking to excess.
‘I have never taken drugs and I don’t condone anyone taking drugs. The tweet I wrote about making hash brownies is actually a line from a Scooby Doo film and not something I would ever do.’
Mrs Barnes added: ‘Paris may have in the past been stupid and made some spur of the moment comments which I certainly do not condone but she has matured quickly into a very confident and mature young woman.
‘I am sure she will be ashamed of these comments but I would bet you that any parent who accessed a Twitter or Facebook account would be surprised and perhaps shocked at some of the stuff that’s on it because that’s what kids do.
‘They like to impress their mates and I imagine Paris has been found guilty of boasting in many of these messages.’
A one-year-old who fell into a fire in an empty swimming pool may lose the tips of his fingers. Declan Marshall suffered severe burns to his hands and feet when he fell into the pool, in which his grandfather had burned some rubbish.
John Pledger said his grandson, from Papamoa in the Bay of Plenty, had been visiting his home in Edgecumbe.
“I had been burning rubbish in the pool because rain was coming and I was afraid it would fill up. I thought it would be better to burn it off,” he said.
“I do blame myself for lighting the fire but I took every safety precaution. I made sure the fire was out and it was just ashes left,” he said.
Pledger could not understand how Declan and his two older brothers had accessed the pool.
“All the gates were shut. The father shut the gate and the children were behind a ranchslider.
“The only way they could get out was through the back of the garage and we were checking that. For some unknown reason they got through the gates,” he said.
“Somehow they got out and the little boy – he’s just started walking – he followed his big brothers. They were curious about the fire. He lost his footing and stumbled down a bank into the ashes.”
Declan’s father saw him and ran to pull him out.
The infant was treated by St John Ambulance staff before being flown to Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital.
He underwent surgery on Friday at the hospital’s specialist burns unit.
“He burned his hands and feet and may have to lose his fingertips,” Pledger said. “He’s expected to make a full recovery but may have lasting issues and scars, but we’ll see.
“It is looking good for him. Middlemore is the best in the country for burns.”
Declan was still in the intensive care unit yesterday.
A 26-year-old man has been hospitalised with stab wounds after being attacked by a group of youths in Wainuiomata on Friday.
Detective Sergeant Richard Orr said that about 11.45pm on Friday the victim was attacked near the alleyway exiting Rata Street. It is believed that the people involved had recently left a nearby party.
During the attack the victim sustained a number of stab wounds requiring surgery. He is now in a stable condition in Hutt Hospital.
The police would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who have information which may assist in identifying the attackers.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 04 527 2374 or phone CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.
The police bomb squad was called out to investigate a suspicious package found on a plane that has landed at the Auckland International Airport this morning, an emergency services spokesman said.
Five fire crews were on standby at the airport where the police bomb squad was called to about 9.10am, fire service shift manager Scott Osmand said.
“There is an aircraft that’s landed with a suspicious package on board. The aircraft has landed and is being unloaded,” Mr Osmand said.
An Auckland Airport spokeswoman said the Qantas flight had taken off for Sydney before information that a suspicious package was on board forced it to return to Auckland.
Qantas spokeswoman Jacqui Kempler said flight QF142 was turned back to Auckland about 90 minutes into its journey.
All passengers were evacuated and held together at a secure gate at the terminal, Ms Kempler said.
The bomb squad has now stood down from its investigation, with police saying the suspicious item “turned out to be part of the interior of the aircraft that is not normally visible”.
In a statement, police said the incident had been “resolved and there is no further police involvement”.
Ms Kempler said information that a suspicious package was on board had come through the Qantas operations centre during the flight and would have been reported by either cabin crew or the captain.
The airport spokeswoman said the aircraft, believed to be a Boeing 737, was separated on the tarmac from all other planes.
She said no other flights or areas of the airport were affected.
The family of two children who were severely burned in a car fire in Gisborne last week are maintaining a bedside vigil as the pair continue to fight for their lives in hospital.
Manaia Namana-Rowe, 3, and her brother, 22-month-old Rious Namana-Rowe, remained in critical condition today, hospital spokeswomen said.
They suffered 40 per cent burns to their bodies in the blaze, which started when one of the children apparently began playing with a lighter when they were left alone in a car.
Manaia, who has undergone surgery, is in Middlemore Hospital and Rious was moved from Middlemore to Starship Children’s Hospital overnight where he is in intensive care.
Their mother, Fatty Namana, is believed to be moving between the two hospitals to see her son and daughter as other family members stay with the children.
Ms Namana had left them alone in a car which was parked in the Supercheap Auto car park in Gisborne on Thursday.
I VANNA MAKE YOU BEAUTIFUL: Auckland doctor Paul Nola offers ”vampire facials” at Ponsonby Cosmetic Medical Centre.
Kim Kardashian’s “vampire facial” – blood extracted, enriched by centrifuge and injected into someone’s face – is being offered at clinics in Auckland and Christchurch.
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) is offered at several plush cosmetics clinics for hair regeneration and as “filler” in facial and neck procedures. The therapy draws on PRP which is used in sports medicine for tissue regeneration of chronic wounds and tendons.
Blood is drawn from the patient’s arm, spun in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets – cell fragments the body sends to injury sites for clotting – and then injected into the desired area.
The theory is that platelets bring “growth factors” that regenerate areas.
PRP entered the public consciousness when it was revealed Tiger Woods had used the therapy post-surgery for his troublesome left knee in 2009.
It again hit the headlines when reality TV star Kim Kardashian tweeted a photo of herself this month with a bloodied face from undergoing what was dubbed a “vampire facial”.
Auckland doctor Paul Nola, from Ponsonby Cosmetic Medical Centre, said Kardashian appeared to have had PRP in conjunction with a needle roller.
A needle roller is a cylindrical barrel studded with needles that is rolled across the face to perforate the skin. The PRP solution is then smeared across the holes.
Nola said this was “cheating”, however, and he preferred to inject his clients with the plasma, sometimes under local anaesthetic.
When used as “filler” to smooth wrinkles, the water that made up most of the plasma slowly absorbed into the body, leaving the beneficial platelets to encourage regeneration.
The special syringes that go into the centrifuge are expensive, and costs for treatments quoted at Auckland clinics have ranged from about $400 per tube to $650. A typical treatment requires one or two syringes, depending on the area to be covered.
Nola, who has used the technique for about four years, said results varied for cosmetic procedures from person to person, often depending on the quality of their blood and its platelets.
“Crepey skin” around the neck was particularly good for the treatment but he had had the best outcomes when using the technology for hair regeneration. The results were as good as the best hair growth drugs, he said.
Dr Frances Pitsilis, who made the television show Is Modern Medicine Killing You?, said the therapy was good for tissue repair.
She has injected it twice into her husband’s knee and he has had no troubles since then.
A 60-year-old Auckland man who had used the treatment for hair growth said the treatment “certainly picks up the quality of your hair” and may have produced darker growth than normal.
The man, who declined to be named, said he was attracted by the fact it was using his own body’s products. “It can’t be harmful to you because it’s your own. There’s no chance of any infection.”
An ACC literature review and report in 2011 recommended not funding PRP for tendon tears and strains as the quality of the research was not good enough, though it noted laboratory tests had produced “promising results”.
New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons spokesman Dr Tristan de Chalain said he would give PRP a “cautious approbation” as there were some good results but “the science behind why it works is still becoming clearer”.
“One swallow doesn’t make a summer, but as regards PRP therapy, there are more and more success stories circulating. There seems to be some good evidence accumulating, that concentrated platelets can and do have a beneficial effect in a variety of complaints.”
De Chalain said he had had good results using the therapy for chronic wounds. “In the realm of cosmetic surgery, it’s a bit more of a stretch to claim that it’s the magic bullet for ageing but it does seem to have some beneficial effects.
“At least it’s definitely more credible than some of the snake oil I’ve seen peddled.”
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Police and an ambulance have come under attack by up to 200 drunken youths after a party got out of control in Hamilton last night.
Police were called around 1.15am to Hammond Street after a party spilled into the street.
When police arrived bottles were thrown at them and reinforcements were called. A total of 15 police units, including the Waikato tactical response unit, were required to control the crowd.
During the incident an ambulance came under attack from flying bottles and the crew was forced to leave the area because of the danger.
People at an event at a nearby events centre were unable to leave due to safety concerns.
Four arrests were made including one for assault with a weapon. No police or ambulance staff were injured.
Hamilton police were today praising their new “deployment model” in being able to control the party.
“Police first became aware there may be an issue about 5pm thanks to members of the public who advised there was a party planned at the address and several hundred people had accepted invitations to attend on Facebook.”
Police visited the address at 7.30pm but no-one was home, but at about 10pm, residents rang 111 about a large group of teenagers partying in the street.
“Police attended however there were no reports of any fighting, more a loud party and the organisers were spoken to. Approximately an hour later though it was a different story with even larger numbers of drunken youths out on the street fighting and Police arrived in numbers.
“Our Tactical Response Unit approached the scene but were pelted with bottles and other missiles requiring them to retreat, call in for reinforcements and don protective public order equipment.”
Ms Henrikson said skirmish lines were formed to clear the streets and four arrests were made.
“Unfortunately some of the dispersed youths turned their anger on an ambulance near the entrance to the lake and it came under attack from flying bottles necessitating the crew, who were on station to treat any injured members of the public, retreat to a safer location.
“Though the number of youths involved was quite large, Police were able to control not just them but also successfully manage the Ballons Over Waikato and maintain a presence in the City’s bar zone thanks to the additional staff provided at peak times as part our current rostering model.”
Ms Henrikson said this deployment model is known as the Peak Load Roster and means that at particularly busy times sufficient staff are available to call on.
“It’s all about having the right people at the right place at the right time to prevent incidents like this from getting out of control.
“One of the things that is quite clear to Police is the risks associated with publicising parties on social media and the need for organisers to be aware of who is coming to their events
“Another issue is people making alcohol available to underage partygoers. Our enquiries into what occurred last night are continuing and we have not ruled out taking further action.”
Meanwhile, in Palmerston North, police donned protective body gear and helmets to make sure dozens of young people went away after a Main St party was shut down.
Sergeant Jeff Veale said police went to the party around 10pm on Friday night after receiving complaints.
About 120 to 150 people were at the party near Albert St, most aged around 16 to 20 years old.
The team policing unit was sent out in protective gear because bottles were being thrown, but did not carry riot shields.
”The party was closed down without problems, but we needed to keep people moving along.”
Police followed one group into Grey St.
”It was pretty low key – just a case of preventative policing.”
There were three arrests for minor disorder offences.
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Broken and battered, this is the face revealing the high cost of keeping our streets safe. Constable Mathew Tipoti suffered four fractures to his eye socket and cheekbone when hit by a brick after a party descended into a riot last month. He tells his story today as The Sunday Mail launches a campaign backing our officers on the beat.
THE screams and shouts and sounds of breaking glass were gone in an instant when the concrete block hit the side of Constable Pete Boyle’s head.
It felt like an eternity of blinding pain as the young officer – instantly deaf from the blow – fought to stay conscious.
But pain and shock distorts – and in reality, Constable Boyle went down the second the Besser brick slammed into his face.
In the silence of that riot, everything went black.
He has a flash of a memory. He is on the bus where his fellow officers have dragged him – maybe on the floor, maybe on a seat.
Constable Pete Boyle is struggling to recover after being injured in the line of duty. Picture: Jamie Hanson
His hand is pressed to his head. He pulls it away and looks at it. Someone has put a bandage in his palm and pressed it to the gash on his skull.
The bandage is soaked through and as he stares at it, he feels the blood run down his face and into his eyes.
Someone guides his hand back to his head, encouraging him to hold the bandage to the bleeding wound. He tries to talk but he can’t get the words to form. He is deaf and dumb and completely helpless. He doesn’t know where he is. He doesn’t even know who he is.
Dangers: Constable Mathew Tipoti (with daughter Kiana) is struggling to recover after being injured in the line of duty. Picture: Jamie Hanson
The person holding the bandage to his head may have spoken to him, reassured him. But Constable Boyle hears nothing.
He remembers watching through the blood in his eyes as the glass windows of the bus imploded while those outside pelted them with anything they could get their hands on.
He does not remember the shouts of his colleagues, urging the bus driver to get them to safety.
Constable Mathew Tipoti remembers more.
Aftermath of the party at Acacia Ridge that left Constables Pete Boyle and Mathew Tipoti seriously injured. The shattered windows and blood on floor of the damaged bus, and one of the bricks thrown during the attack.
It was 11pm on March 16 and the team from Inala, on Brisbane’s southwestern outskirts, had been called to an out-of-control party of more than 200 teenagers at nearby Acacia Ridge that needed to be shut down.
Police dispersed the crowd but trouble broke out at a nearby bus stop on Bellamy St.
The bus arrived and opened its doors. Police will allege some of those at the bus stop clambered on board and began kicking out the windows.
Constables Boyle and Tipoti were among several police officers who came to help.
“I had surgery last Tuesday,” Constable Tipoti told The Sunday Mail this week. “I sustained four fractures throughout my eye socket and also the cheek bone on the right side.
“They’ve put in four plates with a number of screws to hold the plates in – two plates around the cheekbone area, one plate on the right side of my nose and also a plate on the right side of my eye socket and titanium mesh under my eyeball for support.”
Constable Tipoti was shielding his unconscious mate when he was hit by another flying brick.
“It felt like a truck had hit me in the head,” he said.
“But then adrenaline kicked in and there was just no pain – it was just concern for the safety of my partner who had been hit as well.”
The two officers agreed to speak to The Sunday Mail to give people a greater understanding of the issues affecting frontline officers.
While police in Queensland have millions of interactions with the public without incident every year, 2639 officers reported being attacked while on the job during the 2011/12 financial year.
In the past 12 months, officers have been bashed, knocked unconscious, bitten, run over, threatened with guns and knives and had blood spat in their faces.
On April 1, a police constable who noticed a car acting suspiciously was allegedly run down as he walked over to speak to the driver. A 17-year-old Waterford West man has been charged with attempted murder.
On April 2, police were called to another out-of-control party in Eagleby. Individuals threw rocks, bottles and fence palings at them, damaging two police cars.
A third police car on patrol was hit by a flying rock. The officer who got out to investigate was kicked in the leg as they tried to arrest the suspected culprit.
“I just wanted to make a difference to a lot of kids out there, try and help them change their mentality towards police officers,” Constable Tipoti, 39, said.
“I find it heartbreaking that young kids could do this to any other living being. Any person.
“I know my kids wouldn’t do it to anyone else. But then, I don’t know the life stories of other kids out there – what they’ve been through, what they’re going through.”
The bones in Constable Tipoti’s face will heal and he is eager to return to work in the next two to three weeks.
But Constable Boyle’s injuries are more complex.
Aside from the scars that run from eyebrow to jaw and a patch of hair that will never grow back, the 26-year-old now suffers from short-term memory loss and constant migraines.
Doctors have said the post-concussion trauma could heal in a matter of days – or it could take up to a year. I can’t speak for every police officer, but I joined to help people,” he said.
“I’ve been assaulted before but it’s just one of those parts of the job.
“It is frustrating because you’re there to help – you’re there to defuse situations (and) you cop a punch or a kick or a brick to the head for just doing your job.”
Despite this, Constable Boyle is eager to get back to the job he loves.
“The support at Inala has been great,” he said. “I just want to get back into it like before the incident.
“We’re all humans. We’re just doing a job. I don’t think anyone deserves to get pelted in the face with a brick just because we were trying to shut a party down.” Commissioner Ian Stewart says policing is a complex and “at times dangerous” vocation.
“Any assault on a police officer … is unacceptable,” he said.
“In a society where a lack of respect for authority and the use of illicit substances occurs, there will be situations where we will face this type of anger.
“People need to be aware that if they assault our members, or assault a member of the community, our people will do everything they can to place that person into the criminal justice system.”
Four people have been charged with a range of offences in relation to the Acacia Ridge party.
TO SERVE AND PROTECT
March 2013: After clearing Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall of thousands of shoppers in a matter of minutes, police held a gunman at bay. Several officers, guns drawn, followed the man without cover to keep him away from customers trapped inside shops. The man was arrested after being shot by police.
March 2013: A 31-hour siege in Upper Coomera, south of Brisbane, ended when police successfully coaxed a man out of his home who had been threatening to blow up three LPG cylinders. Police had earlier evacuated the street and smashed the windows of the home to stop it filling up with gas.
March 2011: A senior constable was off duty and out for dinner when he noticed a man wielding two axes at another man and woman across the road. Within minutes the man was arrested.
March 2011: Responding to reports of a disturbance at a home, two female constables were confronted by a man armed with six knives. The man was shot and arrested.
August 2009: A group of officers, including one with a police dog, were confronted by a knife-wielding woman after kicking in the door of her house in an attempt to arrest her for a series of burglaries. She lunged at them with the knife before stabbing the police dog. One of the officers shot the woman in the stomach. She was later convicted of serious offences.
September, 2008: Four police officers who came to the aid of a woman under attack from a man were forced to taser him when he allegedly turned on them with a knife.
Geordie Shore boys soaking up the sun in Coogee. Picture: Mitch Cameron
Reality TV show Geordie Shore filming on location in South Coogee. Picture: Craig Greenhill
The perma-tanned party animals have taken up residence in a multi-million dollar house in a quiet residential street in south Coogee. But neighbours aren’t fans of the MTV hit show, complaining to police after fans blocked the road in a bid to see the cast on Friday night.
“We attended the premises after a vehicle stopped outside (the house) and a group of fans got very excited,” a NSW Police spokesman said.
Producers have promised to work more closely with police – and have hired extra security.
Stars Sophie Kasaei, Vicky Pattison, Holly Hagan, Gary Beadle and James Tindale spent their first night out in Sydney hitting the Kings Cross Hotel and nearby nightspot The Club.
Pattison and Hagan had previously spent the afternoon drinking at Doyles in Watsons Bay. Another cast member, Charlotte Crosby, is due to fly in to Sydney this week while former show hunk Jay Gardner will make a guest appearance when he’s in Sydney this month.
The city centre was last night’s destination with the cast hitting Justin Hemmes Ivy venue for its Pacha night.
“I’m waiting for Scott, he’s hot,” said Brigidine College Year 11 student Cassandra Meglione, 16. “He will be my boyfriend one day.”
The month-long Australian jaunt, which will form the show’s sixth season, will air on Foxtel Australia shortly after it hits UK screens in July.
The ‘Bali boy’ who attracted national attention after being imprisoned while on a family holiday has turned over a new leaf as a rapper on YouTube. Picture: Lukman S.Bintoro
The ‘Bali boy’ who attracted national attention after being imprisoned while on a family holiday has turned over a new leaf as a rapper on YouTube. Picture: Lukman S.Bintoro
THE teenager who gained notoriety as the “Bali boy”, after being jailed for eight weeks on the tropical island for marijuana possession, is launching a career as a rapper.
Now 16, the teen from Morisset Park, near Newcastle, has released seven videos on YouTube, one garnering more than 3700 views.
The schoolboy, who The Sunday Telegraph has not identified to protect his privacy, served time in a Balinese detention centre after being arrested in the Kuta tourist district in October 2011, aged 14, carrying 3.6g of marijuana.
On the official Facebook page for his music, he wrote that his experience in Indonesia had motivated him to become a rapper.
“What inspired me to start releasing songs was when i got locked up, f***ed up part of my life and one day that will turn out to be an amazin (sic) song!” he wrote.
When contacted, the boy declined to be interviewed, saying: “If I did a story my parents wouldn’t be too happy with me.” His father said: “He’s a talented little bugger, isn’t he?”
The teen began posting songs on YouTube six months ago, with most of the music centring around life in the Central Coast suburb.
Some lyrics also appear to allude to drug use, with the teen singing: “Selling drugs in the hood/ having dollar bills rolling in every other day.”
The teenager dedicates another song to a friend whose girlfriend died.
The songs have received mixed reviews on YouTube, with some listeners encouraging him to “keep at it” while others attack him over his stint in Bali. In response, he wrote: “You people are going to hate on me about bali? Lol yous (sic) are the ones that need to have a good look at yourselfs (sic)… you haters dont (sic) effect (sic) me, i stay true, unlike you.”
The teenager, then in year 9, had been on holiday in Bali with his parents when he was busted with the drugs, which he bought from a street dealer.
He tearfully testified before a court that he had been a regular marijuana user but would try to beat the habit if he was allowed to go home.
A 17-year-old girl and 20-year-old man were ordered to kneel in the kitchen of the Ermington store, while a 21-year-old man was forced to hand over his car keys to the armed man on Saturday morning.
All three were then shut in the cold room while the robber drove off in the car, a grey Toyota Corolla with NSW registration BHG-02F.
No one was hurt.
Meanwhile, police have charged a 17-year-old boy after two pizza delivery drivers were robbed in Leumeah in Sydney’s southwest last month.
- The PETMAN robot is designed to test military clothing and equipment
- It can balance, bend, walk and run like a human all on its own
Dressed in a boiler suit and wearing a gas mask the figure strapped to a treadmill, bending and moving in a variety of bizarre poses looks more like something out of a Doctor Who episode than a member of the team at an American military hardware company.
But when the unusual attire is removed, the figure below the suit is not a human but a specially designed robot capable of carrying out some unsettlingly lifelike moves.
Known as PETMAN, this startling realistic robot has been created by Boston Dynamics to test out hazmat suits and a variety of military equipment.
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Lifelike: It’s almost impossible to believe that there is not a human inside this suit – it is an ultra realistic robot
Running man: PETMAN has been specially designed to test hazmat suits and a variety of military equipment
Testing: The robot, created by Boston Dynamics, balances on its own and is able to complete a number of lifelike movements simulating bending, walking and running
The state-of-the-art robot is an anthropomorphic creation designed to simulate how a soldier stresses protective clothing under realistic conditions.
Unlike previous suit testers that had a limited repertoire of motion and had to be supported mechanically, PETMAN can walk, bend and complete a variety of suit-stressing movements during exposure to chemical warfare agents.
It may look like it is attached to the treadmill – but the wires coming from it are merely to supply power – PETMAN balances itself and moves all on its own.
It also simulates human physiology within the protective suit by controlling temperature, humidity and sweating, all to provide realistic test conditions.
Let’s dance: More akin to the terminator than your average member of staff, PETMAN can simulate human physiology inside military clothing
Amazing: The company announced the production of the robot in 2008 but many doubted that such realistic humanoid technology could be created
The company already wowed the world three years earlier when it produced its quadraped BigDog robot for the US military.
Billed as ‘the most advanced quadruped robot on Earth’, BigDog was devised to support American troops by carrying up to four packs of equipment on awkward terrain unsuitable for wheeled vehicles.
It announced the PETMAN project back in 2008 but many doubted that such realistic humanoid technology could be achieved.
The startlinglingly realistic robot is now at a testing facility where it is being put through its paces.
The next step is to put the robot into an exposure temperature where it will be tested against the likes of sarin and mustard gas.
Final stages: The PETMAN is currently at a testing facility and will soon be exposed to chemical agents such as mustard gas and sarin
Not human: Looking more like a crash test dummy, the video shows the robot’s movements without a hazmat suit on
VIDEO: PETMAN tests hazmat suit
The nail-biting diplomatic tension over North Korea’s nuclear threats increased last night after despot Kim Jong-un targeted long-range missiles at Guam, America’s military foothold in the region.
The rogue state’s president ordered two Musudan rockets and launchers – each capable of delivering one-ton warheads – to be set up in the east of his country, within possible striking range of Guam. Experts are divided on the range and accuracy of the untested Musudan rocket – and whether North Korea has the ability to fit it with a nuclear warhead – but the aggressive moves have spooked the US into further bolstering the defences of the Pacific island.
The US stronghold in the tropics – its westernmost territory set in deep ocean between the Philippines and Hawaii – is among a list of targets announced by the North Korean leader that also includes South Korea, Japan and even the US West Coast. But Guam islanders defiantly laughed off the idea of a North Korean attack from 2,100 miles away – and insisted it is nothing but a phoney war.
‘My message to North Korea is, “You just try it. We will annihilate you”,’ said bar manager Lisamarie Flores as she mixed drinks beneath portraits of Princess Diana and William and Kate in the Tower of London pub, a favourite haunt for US servicemen.
‘Kim is just a little dictator trying to show that he’s a big man but there’s no way in the world that we’re going to be frightened of him.
‘People in mainland US might get worked up about this but regulars here don’t even talk about it that much. They’re more interested in the finals of the American national basketball tournament than North Korea.’
Lisamarie added: ‘If there was a conflict and it went nuclear, it would be ugly, of course. But it would be North Korea that would be destroyed.’
At 3pm yesterday, on the frontline of a conflict some experts believe might yet explode into the Third World War, young couples strolled and children played in the white sand and surf of a palm-fringed tropical beach.
Relax: Despite North Korean nuclear threats, holidaymakers in Guam, US, sit in the sun on Tumon Beach yesterday
Response: A US Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth jet fighter like the ones based in Guan at the Andersen Air Force Base
Away from the heat of the seafront, holidaymakers ambled lazily through five-star hotel lobbies and an air- conditioned shopping arcade full of designer shops including Louis Vuitton, Burberry, and Gucci.
A few streets further back, the Tower of London was doing a roaring trade in B52 cocktails as regulars cracked jokes and chortled at the idea that their afternoon session might be interrupted by a missile strike.
With its beaches and hotels packed yesterday, people in Guam – population 180,000 and catchphrase ‘Where America’s day begins’ – seemed determined to shrug off the North Korean menace and carry on with life as usual.
The only unusual sight was on the seafront – thronging with Asian and American tourists – where a row of first aid tents had been erected. It transpired they had not been put up to treat casualties of incoming missiles, but athletes injured in the inaugural Guam Marathon taking place today.
Military base: A US C-130 aircraft based in Guam where a defence system will be installed to shoot down incoming missiles and warheads amid threats from North Korea
In a sign of how the growing crisis has failed to disrupt island life, 2,000 athletes, including many US servicemen, will race to a finishing line a few miles from Andersen Air Base where B52 and Stealth bombers – along with the rest of a huge US arsenal – are based.
‘This North Korea business is total nonsense,’ the manager of one five-star hotel in Guam’s premier resort of Tumon Beach told me. ‘Our hotel is nearly full and not one person has cancelled since this crisis began.
‘They couldn’t possibly hit us from there and anything they tried to launch would be taken out of the sky at the push of a button.’
Despite the bravado, there is an underlying concern over the threats from North Korea. Guam governor Eddie Calvo said on Friday that all Kim Jong-un needed was ‘one lucky shot’ to cause ‘a lot of damage to our island home’.
America has ordered an air defence system called THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) for Guam – but it will not arrive for weeks and some islanders fear it may come too late if Kim Jong-un orders a strike.
Threats: Kim Jong Un, pictured here on a North Korean army ship, has repeatedly threatened to attack the US
‘Every day there seems to be a new threat from North Korea and something new for us to worry about,’ said a curator at a museum on the island dedicated to the Pacific wars. ‘It really is scary, whatever people might tell you.
‘We were supposed to have 8,000 US Marines sent to Guam from Japan two years ago but they haven’t arrived because of budget cuts.’
However, in the winding roads leading to the heavily-guarded Andersen base, the mood among indigenous islanders who work there and whose families are supported by the army was more positive and defiant.
Speaking outside his home near the base, engineer Steve Aldis said: ‘I’m not worried about an attack. I know the US defences would knock out anything North Korea put up into the sky without even having to send a plane up. Everyone is very relaxed. There is no sense of crisis. We think it’s all just talk.’
Foreigners at risk: North Korean official checks the passports of a group of foreign diplomats and tourists as they board a flight. All foreigners in the country have been warned to get out
Back in bustling Tumon Beach, long-term expatriate Ralf Meyer shared the engineer’s confidence. ‘People living in Guam aren’t nearly as wound up about this as people abroad. I had a call from my brother in Europe last night. He said the TV was saying we were on standby for an invasion. I told him we’d get our pool cues and golf clubs and fight them on the beaches when they landed.’
Mr Meyer, who comes from Switzerland where Kim Jong-un went to high school, said he was baffled that the dictator appeared to have turned out to be such an unhinged figure.
Threat: A large number U.S. military bases in the Pacific are within range of the new missiles – shown here
Nascent technology: A map from the Federation of American Scientists and the Center for Non-proliferation Studies shows that North Korea’s missiles cannot even reach India about 3,100 miles away
‘Switzerland is a reasonably democratic country and our schools are good. How can he now behave in such a crazy and illogical way?
‘But I guess the truth is it isn’t him – it’s the generals who are controlling this.
‘We aren’t worried though. Why should we be? We know the firepower we have on the US bases here in Guam. I truly believe we are living in the safest place on earth.’
One false move – and calamity could strike
ANALYSIS by JOHN SWNSON-WRIGHT
North Korea’s threats are aimed at fostering a sense of crisis with the outside world – and creating a siege-mentality to unify its population squarely behind its inexperienced 30-year-old leader, Kim Jong-un.
Since he took over from his father, Kim Jong-il, in December 2011, there has been a campaign to present him as a near-omniscient national saviour and military genius with statues, slogans and photographs of him with his frontline troops.
Provoking and sustaining a crisis is also a chance for the North to justify its decision to reopen its plutonium and uranium-based facilities at Yongbyon – which it hopes may be used to help expand its nuclear arsenal of weapons of mass destruction.
Missile threat: A North Korean military vehicle carries a missile through Pyongyang. The pariah state have repeatedly threatened to attack the US and South Korea
But Pyongyang also has a broader international objective. It wants to express its irritation and opposition to new, tougher sanctions introduced after its nuclear test in February. It is objecting, too, to the joint US-South Korean military exercises taking place on and around the peninsula since March and which will continue until April 20. Above all, it wants to have direct talks with the US to enhance its status as a legitimate, independent sovereign state, while prising open the door to further concessions from the West.
However, US President Obama wants North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme before he is willing to embark on such talks. Yet as the crisis intensifies it is unclear how long the Americans can maintain this conditional approach.
The North has been trying to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul and last week North Korean diplomats in New York reportedly indicated they were prepared to begin dialogue with the new conservative administration of Park Geun-hye in Seoul.
Such discussions would be an opportunity, according to the North Koreans, to reactivate a long-term commitment to promoting unification. Seoul’s susceptibility to such talks is potentially a point of difference between Presidents Obama and Park.
Danger: The North Korean leader has repeatedly ramped up the rhetoric in recent weeks threatening a military strike
For now, the principal source of concern is the danger of a war occurring through miscalculation or misperception. As the US moves more of its high-profile strategic assets into the region, there is a risk the North will see these as Washington planning to attack the North pre-emptively in the future.
There is also a danger that Kim Jong-un will order ever more high- profile provocations that could, in turn, be misread by South Korea and the US as the first step in a more aggressive approach.
Pyongyang has a track record of provoking the international community to try to extort political and economic concessions. In two attacks against South Korea in 2010, it shelled an island and appeared to deliberately sink a naval vessel, killing 46 sailors.
So often in the Cold War it was luck rather than rational calculation that prevented conflicts escalating beyond control: national leaders are often poorly equipped to cope with the unexpected when it comes to nuclear weapons.
It is worth Obama keeping this in mind in dealing with North Korea. Maintaining deterrence is critically important. But it may be prudent to combine this with a more imaginative attitude in negotiations to lower the risks in this most volatile of regions.
Rihanna’s often wayward behaviour has been criticized in the past as not being appropriate for someone who is a role model to young girls.
However, it appears that her own mother is not concerned by the singer’s bad attitude.
Monica Braithwaite didn’t bat an eyelid as she sat and watched her daughter make a one fingered gesture as she posed for a photograph.
Naughty by nature: Rihanna swears at the camera as she shoe shops with her mother Monica Braithwaite on Friday
The two women were out shoe shopping together as part of Monica’s birthday celebrations when Rihanna decided to flash her bad girl side.
The Rude Boy singer stuck her tongue out and swore at the camera as her mother sat next to her in the footwear store.
Rather than make Rihanna refrain from the unladylike behaviour Monica sat with her legs crossed while also posing in a pair of sunglasses.
Bad girl gone good: Rihanna later acted like a child as she lay across her mother’s lap
Feeling playful: The two women were out shoe shopping together as part of Monica’s birthday celebrations
The pop star captioned the picture: ‘Me and Mama Fenty doing some bday damage! She’s radical man! #phuckyobirthday’. (sic)
With her mischevious behaviour out of her system the singer later began acting more childlike and lay across Monica’s lap.
Rihanna posted another image with the caption: ‘Getting comfy! I always feel so safe and at home laying just like this on her lap!’
Special day: Rihanna and her mother Monica messed around in the shoe store together
It is thought that the mother and daughter were out shopping together in Beverly Hills, California on the famous Rodeo Drive.
The Umbrella singer had earlier visited Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino before heading to the more accessible stores of Bebe and Tiffany’s.
She emerged from the jewelry retailer with one of their famous blue bags after picking out something small.
Shop till you drop: The 25-year-old visited Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino before heading Tiffany’s where she picked out something small
Matchy, matchy: Rihanna wore a chambray shirt with rolled up sleeves that perfectly matched her high-waisted pencil skirt
For her shopping day, the Rude Boy singer wore a chambray shirt with rolled up sleeves that perfectly matched her high-waisted pencil skirt.
Her very late Nineties-style skirt was extremely distressed, ripped all the way along its hem and it also had a number of holes in both the front and the back.
One of the rips exposed the star’s shapely bottom and gave those walking behind her a glimpse of her thong, but in true RiRi-style she strode with her head held up high happy to look controversial.
Got your eye on something? The Diamonds singer and her friend spent some time window shopping outside French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels
This snoozing miniature pig could make any day brighter (we’re pretty sure it’s not just a really cute stuffed animal?!). Submitted on Reddit by user KittenBabySitter, it’s up for debate what makes this pig so adorable — is it the pink sweater, colorful socks, or just that sleepy pig face?!
Although this little pig is a cutie, do your research before getting one for yourself. According to Best Friends Animal Society, “The current craze for mythical teacup pigs as pets will result in thousands of these animals ending up at overburdened sanctuaries, shelters and rescue groups when they outgrow their purported small size.” If you’re looking to own a pet, consider adoption by checking out your local shelter, or Petfinder.com.
Photo by user KittenBabySitter.
- Living donors will be offered cash grants up to $3,600
- Donors must have a job and employers will distribute payments over six weeks
- Paid leave scheme will be offered for living donors offering kidneys and parts of their liver
Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek will today announce the radical pilot program to offer living donors a six-week wage to reduce financial pressures during the recovery phase of the major surgery.
AUSTRALIA will pay living organ donors a six-week wage of up to $3600 to donate a kidney in a bid to slash the waiting lists for surgery.
Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek will today announce the radical pilot program to offer living donors a six-week wage to reduce financial pressures during the recovery phase of the major surgery.
It is hoped the measure will improve the chances of the 1000 Australians on the waiting list for a new kidney, who are forced to rely on dialysis to survive.
In the majority of cases, it is a parent, sibling or relative who offers to donate one of their kidneys to save the life of a loved one, placing financial pressure on families.
Selling or buying organs remains illegal in Australia, prompting some people to travel overseas for life-saving transplants.
The new taxpayer-funded weekly payment of $606.40, based on the national minimum wage, will only be available to donors who have a job, with the money to be paid out by employers.
Donors could also secure the six-week donor wage for donating part of their liver.
“Living donors make an incredibly generous gift, and the Gillard Government believes this act of kindness should be recognised and supported,” Ms Plibersek said.
“Because the procedure to transplant an organ is not without risk to the donor, we want to ensure they are assisted during the recovery period after surgery.
An average of 288 Australians make a living organ donation each year, almost all of whom are kidney donors. Last year, 606 people received a kidney transplant from a deceased donor.
Kidney Health Australia backed the radical solution.
“Despite having some of the highest success rates for organ transplantation in the world, Australia’s rate of deceased organ donation will not be able to meet the transplantation demand,” CEO Anne Wilson said.
The five-year survival rate for recipients of living kidney transplants is strong, at an estimated 94 per cent.
“The decision to donate a kidney can mean a significant amount of time away from work, which is often unpaid, for the work-up tests and for the recovery period.
“This can put extra strain on families. Kidney Health Australia supports innovative solutions to support these donors, such as providing the ability to access paid leave, as it can really help to ease to burden for those who already give so much.”
Ms Plibersek said she hoped employers would get behind the project.
“As the salary will be based on the national minimum wage, we encourage employers to adopt leave policies for living organ donors and consider topping-up donor wages while donors are recovering,” she said.
A man was stabbed at least a dozen times with a barbecue fork in an alleged drug deal gone wrong outside a family home in Sydney’s east.
Parramatta Bail Court heard on Saturday that the man was allegedly attacked while trying to sell heroin to Benjamin Largent, 31, of Wellington Street, Waterloo, about 2.30am on January 29 in Maroubra.
Police allege the victim tripped while running away from Mr Largent, who then stabbed him three times in his upper body with the fork while he was on the ground.
The police fact sheet states Mr Largent then allegedly stabbed the victim a further 10 to 12 times in his hips, ribs, chest, shoulder and head, causing multiple wounds.
The court heard the victim’s parents came and pushed the attacker off their property. While they were struggling, the victim’s mother lost the tip of her right ring finger.
The magistrate said the allegations made for ”disturbing reading”.
Mr Largent was arrested on Friday and charged with assault and recklessly causing grievous bodily harm. His public defender argued there was no clear evidence Mr Largent was at the scene.
Mr Largent was granted strict conditional bail by the magistrate, and must appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on April 11.
AN Australian has been shot dead execution-style at the beach resort he was managing in the Philippines.
Blue Rock Beach Resort general manager Paul Dean Davy, 53, was shot in the back of the head while talking to another Australian man at a resort restaurant in Olongapo, 120km north of Manila, on Friday night.
Police said the gunman approached Mr Davy from behind at the beachside restaurant, holding a .45 pistol.
He then pointed it at the back of his head and fired.
Witnesses said the restaurant was full of holiday makers and families at the time of the attack.
Mr Davy was rushed to hospital but later died.
Police described the shooter as a Filipino man aged 30-35 wearing a blue cap and clear prescription glasses.
It is understood Mr Davy knew his attacker.
It was not clear if police had apprehended the suspect.
Mr Davy is believed to be from Brisbane and was the general manager of the popular resort, well-known for its yearly beauty pageant involving local women.
Resort staff were in a meeting and were unable to comment on the incident.
Police have said it was an isolated attack. Officers were still at the crime scene.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said: “We can confirm the death of a 53-year-old man in the Philippines.”
A BUNDALL man has been charged over a road rage incident that occurred near the Chevron Island bridge last Saturday.
It will be alleged the man, 24, assaulted a 50-year-old man at the intersection of Bundall Road and Thomas Drive, Southport.
Video of a confrontation between a man with a skateboard and a driver of a white hatchback, taken by people in a nearby vehicle at the intersection, has this week spread across the world.
The 24-year-old has been charged with one count of affray and is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on April 15.
THE days of adult shops in business districts could be numbered with the council considering a raft of new restrictions on the controversial retail outlets.
Regulations governing the shops and where they will be approved in the future will soon be discussed by councillors in workshops, as they create the city’s new planning scheme.
While the regulations are yet to be decided, city planning boss Cameron Caldwell said they would be determined using the state planning provisions’ definition of adult shops.
Mermaid Beach Community Association president Alf Vockler, a veteran of the development industry, said the city could only reclaim its family-friendly tag by relocating adult shops to industrial areas.
Mr Vockler urged the council to keep adult shops out of residential and tourist areas.
“There are at least three within a few hundred metres of my home as well as those of many other families who do not want them here,” he said.
“With the council looking at regulations they must find if it is in their power to move adult shops away from residential areas rather than simply make it harder for them to be approved.
Adult shops can be found in business districts such as Southport, Burleigh and Mermaid Beach.
Adult shops have long been a controversial issue on the Gold Coast with community leaders leading a charge in 2011 to close Club X, a Gold Coast Highway meeting place that catered for homosexual and bisexual men.
The club was part of Adult X, a shop which has been on the highway for more than nine years.
Despite a public rally against it, more than 293 letters of support were sent to the council during community consultation, and another 216 letters objected.
The council launched its review of the planning scheme last year.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Ikea says it has withdrawn 17,000 portions of moose lasagna from its home furnishings stores in Europe after traces of pork were found in a batch tested in Belgium.
Ikea spokeswoman Tina Kardum said the product had only been on sale for a month when it was pulled off the shelves on March 22.
The company didn’t announce the withdrawal publicly until Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet wrote about it Saturday.
Kardum said the company found out Friday that a follow-up test in Belgium confirmed the lasagna contained 1.6 percent pork.
“We have more information now. That’s why we choose to inform now,” Kardum said.
Moose meat is common in Sweden though it’s not typically used in lasagna.
Ikea has previously recalled meatballs and other meat products sold in its cafeterias and frozen foods sections after tests showed they contained traces of horsemeat.
The Swedish furniture giant is one of many European companies caught up in a scandal over mislabeled meat in frozen food products.
Ikea’s withdrawn products came from a Swedish frozen foods maker, which in turn blamed the mislabeling on its meat suppliers.
A church in central Auckland is auctioning one of its controversial billboards on Trade Me.
The image of Jesus Christ with a rainbow halo and the words ‘It’s Christmas – Time for Jesus to Come Out’ is being sold by St Matthew In The City.
The auction is up to nearly $800.
It has attracted over 50 comments with some people outraged and others amused.
One person says he’s bidding so he can put the billboard through the shredder.
Bids close on Monday.
PRACTICE: A snagged asteroid may help astronauts understand how best to deflect any Earth-threatening rocks.
Nasa is planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon for astronauts to explore, a top US senator disclosed.
The robotic ship would capture the 50 tonne, 7.6 metre asteroid in 2019. Then using an Orion space capsule, now being developed, a crew of about four astronauts would nuzzle up next to the rock in 2021 for spacewalking exploration, according to a government document obtained by The Associated Press.
Senator Bill Nelson said the plan would speed up by four years the existing mission to land astronauts on an asteroid by bringing the space rock closer to Earth.
Nelson, a Democrat who is chairman of the Senate science and space subcommittee, said Friday that President Barack Obama is putting US$100 million (NZ$118 million) in planning money for the accelerated asteroid mission in the 2014 budget that comes out next week. The money would be used to find the right small asteroid.
“It really is a clever concept,” Nelson said in a news conference in Florida the state where Nasa launches take place. “Go find your ideal candidate for an asteroid. Go get it robotically and bring it back.”
While there are thousands of asteroids that size out there, finding the right one that comes by Earth at just the right time to be captured will not be easy, said Donald Yeomans, who heads Nasa’s Near Earth Object programme that monitors close-by asteroids. He said once a suitable rock is found it would be captured with the space equivalent of “a baggie with a drawstring. You bag it. You attach the solar propulsion module to de-spin it and bring it back to where you want it.”
Yeomans said a 25-foot asteroid is no threat to Earth because it would burn up should it inadvertently enter Earth’s atmosphere. The mission as Nelson described is perfectly safe, he said.
Nelson said this would help Nasa develop the capability to nudge away a dangerous asteroid if one headed to Earth in the future. It also would be training for a future mission to send astronauts to Mars in the 2030s, he said.
The government document said the mission, with no price tag at the moment, would inspire because it “will send humans farther than they have ever been before.”
- Cost of renting in the West End nearly three times the average salary
- Prices pushed up by oligarchs and members of the global jet set
- It costs £1.27 a week to rent just one square foot in Knightsbridge
Swathes of London have become ‘no-go areas’ for ordinary families with average rental costs breaking through a staggering £5,000 a month, new research reveals.
The West End and areas around Sloane Square are the most expensive places to rent in London, with prices pushed to ‘astronomical’ levels by oligarchs and members of the global jet set competing to live within the capital’s most desirable postcodes.
Average rental prices here have risen to £5,394 – amounting to nearly £65,000 a year, according to the study by letting agent ludlowthompson.
Costs a pretty penny: Renting a flat in areas such as Knightsbridge (pictured) will set you back over £5,000 a month, according to a new study
A roof over your head in Westminster, Belgravia and Knightsbridge will set you back an average of £6,171, £5,493 in Mayfair, Soho, Marylebone and Harley Street, £5,442 a month in Chelsea, Brompton and Knightsbridge and £5,134 in South Kensington.
This is nearly three times the average full-time wage (£26,500), rendering these areas off limits for all but the very wealthy.
The average rental cost per square foot in Knightsbridge has hit £1.27 (Source: London Central Portfolio)
The dearth of affordable housing in the capital and rising costs of buying mean more than half of Londoners do not believe they will ever own their own home, a recent study by the charity Shelter revealed. Meanwhile two-thirds of renters are struggling or falling behind with their rent.
A separate study by London Central Portfolio found that rental costs in Knightsbridge have increased by 9.5 per cent in the last year alone.
It now costs an average of £1.27 a week per square foot – just enough space to fit a wastepaper bin.
Stephen Ludlow, Director of ludlowthompson, said: ‘The West End, and areas like Sloane Square, Kensington and Knightsbridge, have some of the highest rents of anywhere I know. Rents have been pushed to astronomical levels by high net worths, oligarchs and other members of the global jet set competing to live in a very limited area of London.
‘These tenants are determined to live in those few areas that that hold as much cachet in Moscow, Jeddah and New York as they do with the average Londoner.’
The study comes as figures from Halifax revealed today that the average house price in the UK rose last month to £163,943, up 1.1 per cent on a year earlier.
This means that for the same price as renting in central London for less than three years you could buy a house in many parts of the country.
Mr Ludlow added: ‘Wealthy foreign buyers who own properties in these areas rarely rent them out. This has reduced the pool of homes available to renters and has contributed to sharp rental price increases.’
Graph showing how average rental prices changed between 2011 and 2012 (Source: London Central Portfolio)
- Cherelle McKenzie Jackson told boyfriend to stab Junior Nkwelle
- He was killed after telling her off for walking across football pitch
- She has been detained at young offenders’ institute for eight years
- Mark Tulloch has been sentenced to 10 years in prison
- Judge Richard Hone allows for defendants to be named to deter knife crime
A 14-year-old who ordered her boyfriend to stab a schoolboy for ‘disrespecting’ her was locked up for eight years yesterday.
Cherelle McKenzie-Jackson scowled and sucked her teeth as she and Marc Anthony Tulloch, 17, were sentenced for the manslaughter of 15-year-old Junior Nkwelle.
Tulloch, who stabbed Junior through the heart, received a ten-year sentence.
The Old Bailey heard the attack took place last September, after McKenzie-Jackson was challenged for walking across a football pitch with friends during a match in which Junior was playing.
Stabbing: Cherelle McKenzie-Jackson, top, telephoned her boyfriend Marc Anthony Tulloch, 17, bottom, and ordered him to come and attack Junior Nkwelle
She claimed he had insulted her during the ensuing row, and then called Tulloch, ordering him to ‘teach Junior a lesson’.
McKenzie-Jackson went home to fetch a kitchen knife, before returning to the scene in Brixton, south London. When Tulloch arrived, he stabbed Junior once, piercing his heart and lung.
Victim: Young footballer Junior Nkwelle who was stabbed in a row over a girl walking across a football pitch
The youngster collapsed yards from his home, and was pronounced dead an hour later. Prosecutor Jonathan Turner QC said the row between the teenagers ‘was stupid and trivial and completely unnecessary’.
He added: ‘[McKenzie-Jackson] thought that Junior had insulted her or been less than respectful to her. She was very angry and determined that he should be punished – indeed stabbed – to put things right.
‘She called up her boyfriend and was heard to tell Junior that she had arranged for somebody to come and stab him.’
Judge Richard Hone QC lifted an order banning identification of the killers, in the hope that their sentencing would act as a deterrent.
‘I bear in mind the public interest in the reduction of knife crime, rightly regarded as the scourge of our cities,’ he said. ‘These are very grave offences.’
The killers were cleared of murder last month, but found guilty of manslaughter.
A jury rejected the claim that Junior’s stabbing was an act of self-defence, with Judge Hone stating: ‘The CCTV evidence shows this is not a case where self-defence is a realistic possibility.’
He said he was confident that McKenzie-Jackson ‘orchestrated the chain of events that led to Junior Nkwelle’s tragic death’, adding that she was only spared a longer sentence because of her age.
The court heard she was ‘physically and behaviourally more mature’ than most girls her age.
Victim: Junior Nkwelle, 15, who was stabbed through the heart by Marc Anthony Tulloch on the Loughborough Estate in Brixton, south London
She was described as a known troublemaker at school and at home, where she lived with a grandmother who struggled to control her.
Judge Hone told her: ‘You had a disturbed time [at school], exhibiting offensive behaviour and verbal abuse, and were involved in the physical assault of another girl during the summer holidays.
‘You were unruly and disruptive. Your mother could not cope, so for that reason you were staying with your grandmother.’
Neither she nor Tulloch – who had been stabbed before, and whose brother was murdered – had previous criminal convictions.
Last night Junior’s mother Stella Muma said she was still struggling to come to terms with her son’s death.
She said: ‘It doesn’t make any sense to me. It happened so quickly and so close to our home.
‘I didn’t even know what was going on and I had no chance to help, or see him and say goodbye and tell him how much I love him.
‘By the time I got to him my poor child had bled to death.
‘I can only describe Junior as a kind, friendly boy who always had a smile on his face. He was a fantastic footballer and a great student who loved school. He was a good son and a wonderful companion, brother and role model to his younger brothers.’
Detective chief inspector Charles King said: ‘This death illustrates the terrible consequences of the casual acceptance that knives have a part to play in minor disputes between young people.’
Star Wars fans know it’s best not to get on the dark side of Darth Vader. The infamous Sith Lord would regularly choke those who had annoyed him from a distance with a determined and gravity-defying stranglehold.
But a new photo meme is encouraging hundreds of internet users to also master the ways of the force, or at least appear to.
The new online craze requires at least two participants to recreate Darth Vader’s signature move. One person needs to extend their hand in attack, the other to make a huge jump in the air while holding their neck and looking pained. The trend makes for some impressive and hilarious results.
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New meme: This was the first ‘Vadering’ picture to appear on Reddit
It can be done with more than one person of course
The power of the force can be mastered at any age
The first ‘Vadering’ picture appeared on Reddit and it has since taken the internet by storm.
Hundreds of new versions are appearing on Twitter under the #vadering hashtag and there is an official Vadering Instagram page.
From the best of Vadering so far, there are some important things to remember when planning your next force choke move.
The power of the force can be mastered at any age – some of the best pictures involve toddlers and children ‘lifting’ others high in the hair.
‘I Find Your Lack Of Faith Disturbing’: Admiral Conan Antonio Motti questioned Darth Vader and received a force choke in return in this famous Star Wars scene
Vadering can be achieved outside too. And a smile doesn’t spoil the effect
Some force chokes are more powerful than others
Props can be used but they aren’t a necessity
Vadering can be achieved outside or inside, at home or at work – as long as you get the timing right, it really doesn’t matter.
More than one victim makes for a particularly spectacular Vadering effect.
A smile doesn’t spoil the effect and while props can be used they aren’t a necessity
But the most important thing to bear in mind is appearing as nonchalant as possible. Darth Vader didn’t break any sweat in punishing his victims.
In the most famous choke scene, Admiral Conan Antonio Motti questioned Darth Vader. In return, Motti finds his neck being crushed before Vader delivers the legendary line: ‘I Find Your Lack Of Faith Disturbing.’
Video: Darth Vader employs his famous stranglehold
Darth Vader was a master at the contactless choke, but he sometimes used his hands too
But you don’t have to human to enjoy Vadering, as these dolls ably demonstrate
This choke looks particularly painful, as the aggressor casually checks his cell phone
Instagram user joeyxreger titled this attempt: ‘Symphony is always playing around with Melody. Too far this time’
Kitchen sink drama: Darth Vader’s choke is useful in a domestic environment
Against the wall: This woman is lifted high in a Vadering move
Double trouble: Three friends pose for the new Vadering meme
Keep your hat on: Another victim is lifted high in the hair
Vadering can even be successfully achieved while at work
A true expert can levitate a victim even without eye contact
Wesley Snipes has been released from a federal prison in Pennsylvania.
Snipes was convicted in 2008 on tax charges. He was released on Tuesday. A Bureau of Corrections spokeswoman said on Friday he’ll be overseen by the New York Community Corrections Office until July 19.
Snipes entered the McKean federal prison in December 2010 to begin a three-year sentence for failure to file income tax returns.
The 50-year-old actor has appeared in dozens of films, from White Men Can’t Jump and Demolition Man in the early 1990s to the blockbuster Blade trilogy.
Snipes belonged to a group that challenged the government’s right to collect taxes. US prosecutors say he failed to file returns for at least a decade and owed millions of dollars in back taxes.
Snipes had appealed in an Atlanta court, saying he didn’t get a fair trial.
Capturing the unruly, ever-changing internet is like trying to pin down a raging river. But the British Library is going to try.
For centuries the library has kept a copy of every book, pamphlet, magazine and newspaper published in Britain. Starting this weekend, it will also be bound to record every British website, e-book, online newsletter and blog in a bid to preserve the nation’s “digital memory”.
As if that’s not a big enough task, the library also has to make this digital archive available to future researchers – come time, tide or technological change.
The library says the work is urgent. Ever since people began switching from paper and ink to computers and mobile phones, material that would fascinate future historians has been disappearing into a digital black hole. The library says firsthand accounts of everything from the 2005 London transit bombings to Britain’s 2010 election campaign have already vanished.
“Stuff out there on the web is ephemeral,” said Lucie Burgess, the library’s head of content strategy.
“The average life of a web page is only 75 days, because websites change, the contents get taken down.
“If we don’t capture this material, a critical piece of the jigsaw puzzle of our understanding of the 21st century will be lost.”
The library is publicising its new project by showcasing just a sliver of its content – 100 websites, selected to give a snapshot of British online life in 2013 and help people grasp the scope of what the new digital archive will hold.
They range from parenting resource Mumsnet to online bazaar Amazon Marketplace to a blog kept by a 9-year-old girl about her school lunches.
Like reference collections around the world, the British Library has been attempting to archive the web for years in a piecemeal way and has collected about 10,000 sites. Until now, though, it has had to get permission from website owners before taking a snapshot of their pages.
That began to change with a law passed in 2003, but it has taken a decade of legislative and technological preparation for the library to be ready to begin a vast trawl of all sites ending with the suffix .uk.
An automated web harvester will scan and record 4.8 million sites, a total of 1 billion web pages.
Most will be captured once a year, but hundreds of thousands of fast-changing sites such as those of newspapers and magazines will be archived as often as once a day.
The library plans to make the content publicly available by the end of this year.
“We’ll be collecting in a single year what it took 300 years for us to collect in our newspaper archive,” which holds 750 million pages of newsprint, Burgess said.
And it is just the start. Librarians hope to expand the collection to include sites published in other countries with significant British content, as well as Twitter streams and other social media feeds from prominent Britons.
The archive will be preserved at the London institution and at five other British and Irish “legal deposit libraries” – the national libraries of Wales and Scotland, as well as university libraries at Oxford, Cambridge and Trinity College, Dublin.
This is not the biggest attempt to archive the digital universe. The non-profit, San Francisco-based Internet Archive – which developed the web-crawling technology the library is using – has collected 240 billion pages since 1996 on its Wayback Machine at archive.org.
The Library of Congress in Washington, DC, preserves American digital content such as e-books and e-journals and archives online content in collections built around themes and events, but does not routinely save all websites.
“The Library of Congress is committed to saving e-books, but it is not committed to saving what everybody is saying about e-books on the web,” said technology historian Edward Tenner.
Britain is one of the first countries to commit in law to capturing its entire digital domain.
The challenge is not just saving the material, but preserving it. The British Library, which has a collection of 150 million items as much as 3,000 years old, says it wants researchers in future centuries to have access to the content. But anticipating changing technology can be tricky – some years ago it was suggested the library’s vast collection should be saved to CD-ROM.
To ensure the collection doesn’t decay, there will be multiple self-replicating copies on servers around the country, and staff will transfer files into updated formats as technology evolves.
Tenner says keeping up with technology is only one challenge the project faces. Another is the inherently unstable nature of the web. Information constantly mutates, and search engines’ algorithms can change results and prices in an instant – as anyone who has booked airline tickets online knows.
“It is trying to capture an unstable, dynamic process in a fixed way, which is all a librarian can hope to do, but it is missing one of the most positive and negative aspects of the web,” Tenner said.
“Librarians want things as fixed as possible, so people know where something is, people know the content of something. The problem is, the goals of the library profession and the structure of information have been diverging.”
British Library spokesman Ben Sanderson acknowledged that this is new territory for an institution more used to documents written on parchment, paper and the fine calfskin known as vellum.
“Vellum – you don’t need an operating system to read that,” he said.
Hundreds of federal police have forced protesting teachers off the main highway between Mexico City and Acapulco that they had blocked for hours.
The teachers are protesting an educational reform that will submit them to evaluation and loosen union control over hiring and firing.
The teachers had blocked the highway for hours, the third time they have done that.
The blockade had caused long lines of trucks, buses and cars to build up on the four-lane highway.
Helmeted police with shields pushed into the crowd of teachers, who fought back with pointed staves. Police responded with tear gas.
There were no immediate reports of how many people were injured.
A teenage boy has been hospitalised with serious injuries after a hit and run this evening.
The boy was struck about 5.50pm while crossing Dominion Road in Mount Eden, Auckland.
Police were quickly on scene. However, the vehicle involved did not stop and is still outstanding.
The police Serious Crash Unit are currently conducting a scene examination and gathering evidence as to the cause.
Dominion Road remains closed between Ewington Avenue and Bellwood Avenue with diversions in place, traffic is reported to be flowing smoothly.
Police are calling for any witnesses to this incident who have not yet been spoken to, to please contact Auckland City police on (09) 5712800.
Police say divers off the Waikato coast have recovered a body from the crashed plane of 2degrees boss Eric Hertz.
Waikato Police operations manager Inspector John Kelly said today that Navy divers completed five dives on the site and managed to recover one body from the wreckage around midday.
“Because of the sensitivities surrounding this multi-agency operation, Police will not be able to confirm any details about this person until the body has been formally identified.
“Police are currently working on behalf of the Coroner in relation to this and the person’s body was bought to shore this afternoon with the assistance of the Coastguard and will be transported to Auckland for a post-mortem examination to be carried out on Monday.”
Commanding officer of the Royal New Zealand Navy Operational Dive Team (ODT), Lieutenant Commander Trevor Leslie, said the environmental conditions faced by the divers include various sized swells, strong bottom currents and significantly reduced visibility below the surface.
“These conditions, combined with diver entanglement hazards and the inherent risks associated with diving to this depth are just some of the challenges facing the ODT divers”
Just how significant the risks are became apparent today when one of the divers was injured during the recovery operation.
John Kelly said that at about 2.30pm this afternoon a Navy diver suffered an injury while working on the wreckage recovery on the ocean floor.
“The diver was recovered to the surface and has since been flown by rescue helicopter for treatment as a precautionary measure.
“On behalf of all the agencies involved we would like to express our best wishes to him, Lieutenant Commander Trevor Leslie and his Operational Dive Team and the captain and crew of the Manawanui.”
Mr Kelly said this afternoon’s incident underlines the risks faced by the team working below the surface and why there needs to be such an emphasis on safety despite the desire to recover the aircraft and its occupants.
Both Mr Kelly and Trevor Leslie confirmed that though challenging, the right people with the right resources were on hand to complete the operation successfully.
Police say their next priority is to get the second body before salvaging the rest of the wreckage.
The plane that crashed into the sea off the Waikato coast, killing 2degrees chief executive Eric Hertz and his wife Kathy, had broken into pieces on the seabed.
Inspector John Kelly said that an exploratory dive yesterday enabled police to get real time images of the aircraft on the ocean floor.
“These images enable us to direct the recovery operation, for instance from sonar imagery we were able to locate the aircraft but the initial dive revealed the aircraft is not intact, presenting us with a number of challenges.”
To overcome these challenges the police and Civil Aviation Authority accident investigators were relying heavily on the expertise and advice of the Royal New Zealand Navy who were on site with a dive support vessel, HMNZS Manawanui, and the ODT.
Meanwhile, boaties have been asked to stay 500m from the crash site near Gannet Island.
Incident controller, Sergeant Warren Shaw, of the Waikato Police search and rescue squad, said one of the challenges faced by the team was determining whether Mr and Mrs Hertz remained on the plane.
“To be able to do this successfully we need to be able to conduct our operation unhindered so we’re asking boaties and masters of vessels to ensure they respect the 500m radius exclusion zone around the crash site off Gannet Island.”
Mr Shaw said while the recovery was going on, local iwi had placed a rahui on the area.
“This is a mark of respect for those in the water and requires people to refrain from carrying out any action in that water and is in synergy with the objectives of our operation.
The team’s priority was recover Mr and Mrs Hertz “in an as dignified manner as possible”, Mr Shaw said.
The couple had been on their way to visit their daughter in Dunedin when their plane ditched at high speed last Saturday.
The budget for Apple’s UFO-shaped office complex dubbed ‘The Spaceship’ has nearly doubled to $5billion, it was claimed today.
Resembling a giant saucer, the tech giant’s Campus 2 will be nestled in a dense jungle of trees near the 280 Highway in Silicon Valley and will house some 13,000 staff.
But the fact there will not be a single piece of straight glass on the entire building is thought to be one of the reasons for the rising costs.
Its completion date has also been pushed back from 2015 to the following year.
Astronomical costs: Plans for Apple’s new ‘UFO’ office complex (above) are $2billion over budget, it has been claimed by sources close to the project
Complex operation: The fact there will not be a single piece of straight glass on the building is thought to be one of the reasons for the delay and rising costs because the manufacture is having to double its factory capacity
Seele, the German company tasked with producing the curved glass, is having to double its factory capacity to finish the project, it was reported by The Verge.
Normally the firm deals ‘in terms of square feet’ but it now has to manufacture something like six square kilometres of glass to cover the 2.8million sq ft HQ.
The building was initially expected to cost under $3billion, but this has now ballooned to nearly $5billion, according to five sources close to the project who spoke toBloomberg Business Week.
This would eclipse the $3.9billion being spent on the new World Trade Centre complex in New York.
Stylish: Leaked blueprints showed that the futuristic building will have the same sleek curves and minimalist decor as the iconic Apple Stores
High-tech: Apple spent $300million just on buying the land, which formerly belonged to HP and has the appearance of a giant park in the middle of the Silicon Valley town
When the plans were unveiled by the late Apple founder Steve Jobs shortly before his death in 2011, he hoped it would be completed by 2015.
But Chief Executive Tim Cook admitted in February the move-in date had gone back to 2016.
Wanted it finished by 2015: The project, unveiled by late Apple founder Steve Jobs (pictured) shortly before his death in 2011, is also a year behind schedule
Images surfaced last year showing what the 175-acre complex, which will also contain a 1,000 seat auditorium, a gym and 300,000 square feet of ‘research’ space, will look like.
The HQ will have underground parking, so that 80 per cent of the site can be covered in trees – and clean energy sources, primarily natural gas, will provide its power.
The local energy grid will only be accessed in emergencies.
Leaked blueprints of the inside showed that the futuristic building will have the same sleek curves and minimalist decor as the iconic Apple Stores.
Apple spent $300million just on buying the land, which formerly belonged to HP and has the appearance of a giant park in the middle of the Silicon Valley town.
The images show high windows looking out on to lush green parkland, and open working spaces to encourage collaboration.
They also demonstrate the sheer size of the building, which will fit 12,00 people, with the windows and walls in some areas looking to be at least 40ft high.
The campus, which is being designed by blue-chip architecture firm Foster + Partners, is designed to be powered by solar panels lining the roof.
Although the leaked images are black and white, they give no reason to think that Apple will ditch its traditional monochrome colour scheme.
Apple has declined to comment on the latest costs of the project.
Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart huddled inside a security chamber in the 2002 film, Panic Room, and the concept has sparked massive demand among wealthy homeowners looking to hide valuables and prepare a secure location for themselves in case of a break-in or emergency.
Creative Home Engineering, a custom manufacturer based in Gilbert, Ariz., offers hidden doors to secret passages, safe houses for security and also for chambers to hide out during intense weather.
The doors are engineered to seamlessly blend into the interior of a room so that they cannot be spotted by a visitor.
‘They contain hidden cavities with steel structural support members to keep the door strong and rigid, along with our patented custom hinges, and numerous other technical innovations that have set us apart as the leader in the secret door industry.’
Deceptive: The shelves in this Billiard rooms can open up to allow a resident to move about the home
Peek-a-boo: The everyday person would walk by this bookcase (right) but it hides the entrance to a secret chamber hidden beneath the array of books
Valuables: What appears to be a chest of drawers is actually a hidden compartment to store a safe (right)
Narnia awaits: This engraved armoire looks like it could be straight out of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, with a door that opens at the back…possibly to enter another world
Security: This wooden bookshelf is a front for secure opening to a safe house
Most chamber include some kind of communication system that alerts authorities in case of an emergency.
Basic projects cost start at $6,500 and take around 8 weeks to construct.
A homeowner sends measurements and a photo of a closet, bedroom or storage room that they would like to convert into a secret room and the company can construct the installation.
They boast that the passageways can be installed in minutes, as they arrive pre-hung in their own door frames so they can slide into the door openings in a person’s home.
In the 2002 thriller starring Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart, the actors play a mother-daughter duo who get stuck inside a panic room in their Upper West Side brownstone.
Now you see it: The secret passages are priced starting at around $6,500 and the custom doors take around 8 weeks to manufacture
Hidden: This ornate bookshelf conceals the entrance to a hidden gun room
Collectables: Beneath this decorative stone wall is an entrance to a secret wine cellar
Unexpected: This closet opens up to reveal a secret safe hidden behind
Custom made: A secret door beneath this modern staircase can be fitted for this unusually sized closet
Secret: It appears to be a wall but a middle opening reveals a hidden passageway to another room
Concealed: For this modern home, the wall can be pushed back to reveal a secret staircase
Hollywood: In the 2002 thriller starring Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart, the actors play a mother-daughter duo who get stuck inside a panic room in their Upper West Side brownstone
Let there be light: A dark wall in this living woman can suddenly open up and allow sunlight in
Multipurpose: Though this appears as a china cabinet, it can open up and serve as an entrance into a hidden chamber
Book lovers: This chic interior seems like a dead end, but there is more than just books as the case can be pushed upon into a secret staircase
Stone: This stone wall appears to be the end of the road but it really is just the gateway to a new room
Wait for it: This TV stand and book shelf can turn into something more
Treasures: A closet behind the shelves allows the owner to store those items they would rather not put on display
Remote: With a click of a button, this owner can maneuver her staircase to raise up and reveal a passageway
True reflection: This mirror doesn’t reveal all the secrets, it’s actually a secure entrance to a chamber
Need a blue? Demba Ba, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and John Terry line up for the advert
As part of a new adidas campaign to launch the club’s new strip, the Blues players took part in a special promotion.
As these pictures show, the players were transformed into what looked like lost extras from the Blue Man Group.
Terry, Torres and Luiz were joined by team-mates Juan Mata, Demba Ba, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Gary Cahill and goalkeeper Petr Cech.
And the Chelsea men appeared more than happy to be covered from head to toe in the club’s colours.
‘I have really enjoyed being part of this day, I would do anything for this club and to show my passion for being a Blue means everything to me,’ said Brazilian defender David Luiz.
Staring at success: David Luiz, Torres and Eden Hazard are drenched in blue
Spanish maestro Juan Mata added: ‘The blue is to belong to this club, as a player and a supporter.’
While giant keeper Cech, one of the longest serving players in the current Chelsea squad said: ‘I can say that painted in blue, it shows how blue I can be, Chelsea is a huge part of my life and Chelsea Football Club has become like my second family.’
The nine stars agreed to be photographed and filmed for the shoot that took place at Halliford Studios in Surrey – a short drive from Chelsea’s Cobham training ground.
Taking place over two days in February, each player spent two hours being covered with the blue fluid – with an odourless glycerine used rather than paint – and asked to do various poses for the shoot.
Here, Sportsmail runs you through each player’s pictures from the unique collection…
This is fun: Terry gets ready to be covered with another tub (left) before a set artist adds her touches for the photoshoot
Is that you, John? The Chelsea captain strikes a pose for the campaign
Serve and volley: Torres strikes a pose in his unique strip
Deep blue: Torres enjoys himself in the tub on the set of the shoot
Up close and personal: Torres is snapped on the set
On his knees: We’ve seen this Torres celebration before… but not with him drenched in blue
Splat! Spanish maestro Juan Mata is covered in the blue liquid
Ready, steady… Cameras capture the moment Mata has buckets of the liquid chucked on to him
That’s not water: One of the crew covers Mata (left), and the finished article (right)
Trademark: Petr Cech flies through the air with the greatest of ease
Waxwork: In his goalkeeping cap Cech looks like a waxwork model (left) and making sure they don’t miss any bits (right)
Practice: Cech takes a couple of goes to get the right mid-air pose (left)
Emerging: David Luiz rises from the a sea of blue
Flowing locks: Extra blue liquid was (probably) needed to cover the Brazilian’s curly locks
Strike a pose: Luiz gets snapped
Cascading: England defender Gary Cahill gets the blue treatment
Hold your breath: A barrel of blue falls on Cahill before he jumps in the bath for a little bit more
Chelsea’s bright future: Brazilian youngster Oscar emerges from the light
Going for a run: The 21-year-old is put through his paces
Getting ready: Oscar has his dip in the tub before going in front of the photographer’s lens
Getting acquainted: After two years in black and white, Chelsea’s January signing Demba Ba turns blue
Mr Manhattan: The Senegal striker resembles the radioactive scientist from the comic and Hollywood film Watchmen
Getting toasty: Ba stands in front of the heater for a bit of warmth (left) and a crew member applies some extra touches
Whizzkid: Belgian winger Eden Hazard has made a big impression on the Blues’ fans in his debut season
Try it again, Eden: Hazard has an attempt at his mid-air pose (left)
Almost there: The finishing touches are applied
- Government vows to tighten inspections at ports to curb the problem
- Environment Agency orders councils to check on their contractors
- Waste sent to countries including China, Indonesia and India
Millions of tons of household rubbish painstakingly sorted by families for recycling is being dumped abroad.
Whitehall has admitted that waste from recycling bins is being shipped to countries including China, India and Indonesia, where much of it ends up in landfill.
In papers published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, ministers concede that what happens to the 12million tons of ‘green’ waste shipped abroad every year is largely beyond their control.
Household rubbish that has been sorted by families for recycling is being dumped in landfill sites across the world
The trade in sending rubbish abroad – mainly to Asia – has doubled over the past decade, as councils have increasingly turned to contractors to deal with mountains of waste generated by compulsory recycling schemes.
The law states that this rubbish should be recycled once it is sent abroad – but Defra now admits that in some countries it is simply dumped.
The department, headed by Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, said it plans to tighten inspections at ports to curb the illegal trade in green waste.
Environment secretary Owen Paterson said that Defra plans to tighten inspections at ports to curb the illegal trade of green waste
The Government has always insisted that household rubbish is carefully recycled – but the Daily Mail revealed earlier this year that large amounts are deemed unusable by recycling plants, and instead sent to landfill. Now the Environment Agency has confirmed that material sent to China, Indonesia and India is also buried, rather than recycled.
As well as household rubbish, Defra admitted that other waste dumped abroad includes used tyres, sent to China, and discarded televisions and computers, which end up in West Africa.
Doretta Cocks, of the Campaign for Weekly Waste Collections, said: ‘People will be very shocked by this development.
‘Most people believe their rubbish is recycled in this country. Now it turns out there are container ships coming here from China filled with televisions and computers … and going home stacked with containers filled with our recycled rubbish. That is shameful.’
The revelation comes after Defra launched a consultation with the waste industry about new recycling rules. Consultation documents concede that waste is being dumped abroad, although ‘the exact extent of illegal shipping is unknown’.
If stricter checks were introduced, the department says ‘our expectations are that the amount of waste exported illegally and then dumped in developing countries would reduce’.
The Environment Agency has asked councils to improve the quality of the recycling they collect, and to check what their contractors are doing with it.
It has told local authorities: ‘In the UK and the EU, increasing amounts of waste collected for recycling are sent overseas for reprocessing. Much of the waste collected from households … will ultimately be exported.
‘The majority of illegal waste exports we have intercepted include waste originally collected by or on behalf of local authorities via household recycling collection services.
‘We are particularly concerned about illegal exports of mixed household waste mis-described as paper or plastic. These typically derive from poorly-performing household collection and sorting systems.’
Among the rubbish that is dumped abroad used tyres are sent to China and discarded TVs and computers go to West China
The news that household recycling is being dumped in developing countries follows the admission by Defra in February that recycling claims are exaggerated.
Official figures say 43 per cent of all the household rubbish collected is recycled – but the ministry said that, in reality, processors reject most recyclable material, which then often ends up in landfill sites.
Defra has also acknowledged that the main reason for compulsory recycling schemes is not lack of landfill space or the need to combat climate change, but instead the demands of the EU’s Waste Framework Directive, the latest version of which came into force last year.
Household recycling became the norm after Tony Blair’s Labour government encouraged councils to pick up non-recyclable refuse every two weeks.
Mrs Cocks said: ‘There has always been a big question mark over the recycling movement of the past decade. I fear we are now going to come under greater pressure to produce purer materials for recycling.
‘We have not had proper rubbish collections for a decade, but I think soon we will get monthly collections.’
Defra is due to produce new plans for household ‘waste prevention’ by the end of the year.
A spokesman for the department said: ‘Trade in recyclable materials is a global market and we want to see UK businesses make money from it to help boost our economy. We would like to see our own recycling industry grow so that we can grasp this opportunity with both hands.’
■ England is set to become the only part of the UK where plastic bags are given away free of charge.
Northern Ireland will introduce a 5p plastic bag tax next week. A similar levy was imposed in Wales in October 2011, resulting in supermarkets giving away 96 per cent fewer bags.
Scotland is also pressing ahead with plans to charge for plastic bags, leaving England as the last country with no firm proposals to tackle the problem.
Last month Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons backed the Daily Mail’s Banish the Bags campaign, which calls on companies and politicians to reduce the number of plastic bags blighting our countryside and rivers.
This mugshot portrait of Meagan Mccullough nee Simmons has led to marriage proposals and declarations of love. Picture: Hillsborough County
A MUGSHOT of a woman has gone viral, prompting declarations of love from across the world and even marriage proposals.
Yet the mugshot of the “attractive convict”, arrested for allegedly drink driving, is not a model or actress as people presumed. It’s a mother-of-four, who is a medical assistant, from Florida, US.
Meagan Mccullough, 27, of Zephyrhills, as she was then known, was arrested for DUI in July 2010 leading to her mugshot being taken in an orange jumpsuit. Her natural good looks meant yesterday, three years on, it caught the attention of the sharing website Reddit and soon spread around the internet like wildfire, MailOnline reported.
Men fashioned memes adding captions to the mugshot such as ‘GUILTY – of taking my breath away’, ‘Arrested for breaking and entering – YOUR HEART’ and ‘Tell me what she did so I can end up in the same jail’.
Social media sites were overtaken by comments from men wanting to marry her, looking for her phone number and asking if she is a model.
Even on the arrest site men have written of instant love for her mugshot.
Love and marriage… Meagan Mccullough nee Simmons. Picture: Facebook
“The eyes of the sky. And hair like woven silk. I have taken photos of thousands of woman and never seen one with what you have in those eyes breath taking you are.
“I hope if you have a man he takes care of you and showers you with love and tenderness. If we were together you would need for nothing . I would go to the ends of the earth just to make you happy,” a man posted.
Another asks her to move to Ireland.
“What’s up with that surname, you must have Irish heritage? You got bar work experience?
“Come to Ireland, I’ll put you up for a while and you can work in my friends pub while you find your feet, look up your family history and then move on to something better.
“Over here, we don’t call you a criminal for driving drunk (unless repeatedly caught). I’m not joking by the way.”
Meagan, now separated from her husband and going by her maiden name Simmons, is baffled by the sudden interest and bemused by the obsession with the mugshot picture she thinks “is terrible”.
“I had just been crying when the photo was taken and I was drunk. I knew I’d caused a lot of trouble and my parents were really upset and I was really upset. I wasn’t thinking about how I looked at all,” she told Mail Online.
“I don’t think it’s that good a picture – there are other ones I would prefer.”
Meagan said the interest was overwhelming and said had to block a lot of users.
Halle Berry is expecting a baby with fiancé Olivier Martinez.
The 46-year-old actress announced she was engaged to the 47-year-old French star in March 2012 after two years of dating.
“I can confirm that Halle and Olivier are expecting a child,” the actresses rep said.
Sources tell TMZ she is three months pregnant with a baby boy.
Olivier was fiercely protective of the actress when paparazzi got close to her earlier this week as they walked through Los Angeles International Airport, fuelling speculation surrounding her expectancy.
Halle already shares five-year-old daughter Nahla with ex-partner Gabriel Aubry.
The former couple have been at odds in the past over custody of the girl with Gabriel going to court to stop his ex from moving to France with Nahla and Olivier.
The men famously got into a fight outside Halle’s Los Angeles home last November and both had to be treated in hospital for injuries.
Halle and Gabriel have since reached an amicable custody agreement with the actress now maintaining residence in California.
Halle has previously spoken about how motherhood takes precedence over everything in her life.
In a February interview with UK newspaper The Sun she said “nothing supersedes” being a parent.
“Being a mum puts things into perspective about what we take and share in life,” she revealed.
“It’s a matter of juggling and finding what comes natural. That’s the most important thing I’m going to do in this life at this point.”
Dr Dilip Gahankari says Jennifer’s case is one of the worst he has seen. Pic: Scott Fletcher
A HELENSVALE mother of three has been left with a gaping hole in her stomach and will spend months recovering after a tummy tuck in Thailand went horribly wrong.
The 52-year-old, who only wants to be known as Jennifer, faces months of corrective surgery after the wound from her operation became infected and her skin blackened and started dying.
Jennifer’s Thai doctor told her the blackened skin was nothing to worry about when she returned from Bangkok in early March, following her February 16 surgery date.
But when the wound started getting larger and was not helped with a course of antibiotics, she knew something was not right.
Benowa plastic surgeon Dr Dilip Gahankari, who saw Jennifer on Thursday and immediately admitted her to Pindara Private Hospital, said it was one of the worst cases he had seen.
Jennifer said her Thai doctor told her the dead skin had resulted because of poor circulation and high blood pressure.
Dr Gahankari said patients were not always properly assessed overseas and if poor circulation was suspected, the operation should not have gone ahead, or arrangements for follow-up care should have taken place.
Jennifer organised the holiday with two girlfriends through a cosmetic tourism company and paid $7000 for the procedure that would have cost her twice as much on the Coast.
Her friend, who had the same operation, returned with no problems and a clean scar.
“Everyone knows with surgery there’s a risk involved, whether you get it done here or over there,” Jennifer said.
“To me, someone else was always going to be that one in 100.
“If I had it done here I would have had the follow up. I would have had the surgeon keeping an eye on it and doing whatever was necessary before it got to this stage.
“Even though it went well for the others and it can go well for someone else, it’s not an option if something goes wrong because you’re in dire straits and you’re on your own.”
Dr Gahankari said while complications could result from surgery here as well, at least patients could return for help.
“One of the things that happens in overseas cosmetic travels is patients are not properly assessed or evaluated … you can’t just leave patients to their own fate and say you’re on your own,” Dr Gahankari said.
“That whole thing that’s promoted by these (companies) is it’s all very smooth and easy and a walk in the park, which I think is wrong.
“They’re major procedures and they do need long-term follow up.”
- Blog del Narco revealed to be the work of a twenty-something woman who lives in the north of Mexico
- Reports on gruesome reality of Mexico after many journalists murdered
- Contributor to the blog has already been killed
- Fearless writer operates under the pseudonym ‘Lucy’
- Describes the blog as her passion, her life and her ‘boyfriend’
As the brutal drug war which has claimed over 80,000 lives still rages, one anonymous blogger has been providing Mexicans with something they can’t get elsewhere – an inside view of their country’s debilitating narcotics battle.
With over three million hits a week and over 120,000 followers on Twitter, Blog del Narco is renowned for its fearless coverage at a time when mainstream media are feeling pressure and are frightened away by the nation’s deadly cartels.
The identity of the courageous reporter, who lives under the constant and real fear of a violent and gruesome death, has long been a mystery, as many postings include graphic imagery and depict crime scenes accessible only to military or the police.
An anonymous, twentysomething blogger is giving Mexicans what they can’t get elsewhere ¿ an inside view of their country’s raging drug war
Writing what no one else dares to: The fearless blogger refuses to bow to the violent threats from the cartel
However, a new investigation by The Houston Observerhas revealed that, in fact, the author is a young, single woman in her twenties, with no children and only a deep love of her country and the belief that her blog helps draw back the veil on her nations vicious fight against drug barons.
‘I don’t think people ever imagined it was a woman doing this,’ said the blogger to Rory Carroll who works for the British newspaper The Guardian in Los Angeles.
‘Who am I? I’m in my mid-20s, I live in northern Mexico, I’m a journalist. I’m a woman, I’m single, I have no children. And I love Mexico.’
This marks the first time that the blogger, who decided to use the pseudonym Lucy, has spoken to the press. In the past she has used a male colleague who helps her with the technical side to engage with short email conversations with reporters.
Speaking through an anonymous intermediary, Lucy told The Guardianthat she uses her blog to keep her compatriots informed of what is really going on between the cartels, the police, the military and the public.
‘I’m in love with my culture, with my country, despite all that’s going on. Because we’re not all bad. We’re not all narcos. We’re not all corrupt. We’re not all murderers. We are well educated, even if many (foreign) people think otherwise.’
The undifferentiated content suggests that all sides are using the blog — drug gangs to project their power, law enforcement to show that it too can play rough, and the public to learn about incidents that the mainstream media are forced to ignore or play down.
Operating from behind a thick curtain of computer security, Blog del Narco is Mexico’s go-to Internet site at a time when mainstream media are feeling pressure and threats to stay away from the story
Many postings, including warnings and a beheading, appear to come directly from drug traffickers. Others depict crime scenes accessible only to military or police
Since the blog was launched in 2010, Lucy has lived in constant fear of being captured and killed by the cartels, who are infuriated by her insistence of depicting the true horrors of the drug war which has been estimated to have displaced over a million people across Mexico.
She brings up the sad example of a couple who were found hanging from a bridge in the Mexican border city of Neuvo Laredo after being disemboweled and mutilated by their attackers.
Lucy revealed to The Guardian that the couple were her erstwhile colleagues on the website.
‘They used to send us photographs. That was very hard, very painful.’
The motive for the gruesome attack was to explicitly warn her not to criticize Mexican drug cartels on the internet.
Next to the battered bodies was a sign reading: ‘This is going to happen to all those posting funny things on the internet, You better (expletive) pay attention. I’m about to get you.’
The woman, thought to be in her 20s, was tied to the bridge from her feet and hands as her body dangled topless with her innards protruding.
The undifferentiated content suggests that all sides are using the blog ¿ drug gangs to project their power, law enforcement to show that it too can play rough
The violence has made Mexico one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists, which explains why Blog del Narco cloaks itself so heavily in anonymity
The man’s body, also believed to be in his early 20s, was hanging from just his hands.
However, despite living with the all-too real threat of assassination, Lucy has now produced a book, ‘Dying for the Truth: Undercover Insider Mexico’s Violent Drug War’.
It highlights her first year operating the blog during a year in which almost 20,000 people lost their lives.
Over the past three years, Lucy has had to move home every month to live in basements, running scared from cartel members so powerful they hold corrupt politicians in their pockets.
Indeed, the website comes under constant cyber-attack from members of the government who want to shut down the gruesome but truthful site.
Drawing their material from members of the public, those who she knows and even drug gangs, Lucy told The Guardianthat only her close family know that she is the author behind the infamous blog.
The mainstream Mexican media frequently attacks the site, calling it free publicity for the wealthy cartels.
In at least one case Blog del Narco may have led to a major arrest ¿ of a prison warden after a video posting detailed her alleged system of setting inmates free at night to carry out killings for a drug cartel
In the past the blog has provided links to Facebook pages of alleged traffickers and their children, weapons, cars and lavish parties, as well as photos of Mexican pop music stars at a birthday party for an alleged drug dealer’s teenage daughter in the border state of Coahuila, across from Texas.
‘The girl wrote to me and told me, in a threatening way, to take down her photos,’ said her male colleague to the Associated Press in 2010.
‘But as long as I don’t hear from her father, I won’t take them down.’
But, the blog provides Mexicans with an inside view into the world of the Sinaloa cartel and the battling Zeta and Gulf cartels.
With President due in Mexico in early May to discuss the nation’s drug battle with new Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Lucy is adamant she will not cease her activities.
‘We have thought about quitting the blog thousands of times. But we haven’t, because we have to get the message out. They have stolen our tranquility, our dreams, our peace,’ she said to The Guardian.
Telling the newspaper that she knows the revelation she is a girl will stun Mexico, her devotion to her blog is admirable as she vowed to continue it – no matter the cost.
‘My only boyfriend is the blog. A whole phase of my life – boyfriends, going to parties, hanging out with friends – I’ve missed it.
‘Getting married, having babies – there’s not been time to think of any of that,’ she said to The Guardian.
Mexico has been ravaged by violence for years.
In 2003 a land dispute between the Sinaloa and Gulf cartels that set off a wave of violence that has left thousands dead and spread brutal violence across Mexico.
That year, then-Gulf cartel leader Osiel Cardenas was arrested and accused drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, sensing weakness, tried to move in on Nuevo Laredo, unleashing a bloody battle.
The city of tree-covered plazas and hacienda-style restaurants was transformed as the Zetas, then working as enforcers for the Gulf cartel, and Sinaloa cartel fighters waged battles with guns and grenades in broad daylight.
Killings and police corruption became so brazen that then President Vicente Fox was forced to send in hundreds of troops and federal agents, and the only man brave enough to take the job of police chief was gunned down hours after he was sworn in.
The Zetas won that fight and have since ruled the city with fear, threatening police, reporters and city officials and extorting money from businesses.
They broke off their alliance with the Gulf cartel in 2010, worsening the violence across northeast Mexico.
But last month, 14 mutilated bodies were found in a vehicle left in the city center.
Some media outlets reported that the Sinaloa cartel took responsibility for those bodies and in a message allegedly signed by its leader, Guzman, said the group was now back in Nuevo Laredo ‘to clean’ the city.
More than 50,000 people have been killed since the Mexican government began a crackdown on narco-trafficking in 2006