Twenty-six years after he was given 10 years left to act, Michael J. Fox continues to share his youthful smile as one of the most recognizable and beloved actors in television and film.ARRP Magazine – Michael J. FoxIn an exclusive interview with AARP The Magazine (ATM), Fox gives his thoughts on conquering adversity, his deep family bonds, and the importance of Medicare. Most importantly, he answers the big question: Just why is Michael J. Fox still smiling 26 years after his Parkinson’s diagnosis?How enduring is Michael J. Fox’s popularity? Look no further than that standing ovation he got after arriving onstage at the Oscars in a Back to the Future-vintage DeLorean. At 55, Fox, a father of four, is happily married to his first and only wife, actress Tracy Pollan. His classic roles over nearly 45 years in the entertainment industry include Marty McFly in Back to the Future, Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties, Mike Flaherty on Spin City — and most recently, Lewis Canning on The Good Wife.Off-screen, his Michael J. Fox Foundation has brought awareness to Parkinson’s disease and funded more than $700 million in research. Through it all, he tells AARP The Magazine, the thing that keeps him smiling the most is his best friend: Gus, the family’s dog.The following are excerpts from AARP The Magazine’s April/May 2017 cover story featuring Michael J. fox, available in homes starting April and available online now at www.aarp.org/magazine/.Michael J. Fox and Gus On why his Parkinson’s makes him laugh:“You sure you want the truth?” Fox asks, raising his right arm and beholding the hand as it flutters about, as if in pursuit of some irksome flying pest. “The truth is that on most days, there comes a point where I literally can’t stop laughing at my own symptoms.”“Just the other morning I come into the kitchen. Oh, good, coffee. I’m gonna get some! No, wait – I’m gonna get some for Tracy –who’s at the table with the paper. I pour a cup – a little trouble there. Then I put both hands around the cup. She’s watching. ‘Can I get that for you, dear?’ ‘Nah, I got it!’ Then I begin this trek across the kitchen. It starts off bad. Only gets worse. Hot java’s sloshing onto my hands, onto the floor…”Fox begins to raise the volume and pitch of his voice to convey his own teetering ineptitude and denial.“…And Tracy’s watching calmly, going, ‘Darling, why don’t you [emphatic expletive] let me get it?’ ’I’m almost there, babe!’ Of course, by the time I reach the table, the cup’s all but empty. ’Here’s your coffee, dear – enjoy!’”“There’s the fact that it’s 7 in the morning and ‘this is how we begin our day – the right way!’ But the thing that makes it hilarious to me is when I think of someone else watching all this and thinking, Poor Michael can’t even get the coffee – it’s so sad!’” On his conversation with Muhammad Ali:“Muhammad Ali [who suffered from Parkinson’s syndrome for 32 years before his death last June] called me at home,” Fox says. “And in this raspy, paper-thin voice, he said, ‘Aahhhhh…Michael, now that you’re in it, we’ll win this fight.’ What could I say? Sitting there alone listening to Muhammad Ali, this giant – I was welling up, almost openly weeping.” On his connection to his wife through adversity:“…Tracy was just like, ’You’ve got a stone in your shoe. We’ll do what we can until you can get it out. In the meantime, if you limp with the stone, that’s all right. You can hold my hand and we’ll get over that.” On his realization after he went public with his Parkinson’s diagnosis:“After I made my diagnosis public back in 1998, I began to realize that Parkinson’s gives you two things to reckon with,” Fox explains. “You deal with the condition, and you deal with people’s perception of the condition. It was easy for me to tune in to the way other people were looking into my eyes and seeing their own fear reflected back. I’d assure them that ’I’m doing great’ – because I was. After a while, the disconnect between the way I felt and the dread people were projecting just seemed, you know, funny.” On how he copes with Parkinson’s“My visible symptoms are distracting, but none of them hurt,” Fox says, shrugging. “The only real pain I get is in my feet, which sometimes shuffle and curl up in cramps when I’m sleeping – which is why I keep a very stiff pair of shoes on the floor next to my bed.” On how he has changed his method of acting:Ever since his diagnosis at age 29, Fox has learned to adapt his method of acting that has earned him 18 Emmy nominations, with five wins. “I no longer have my stuff, the big bag of tricks I relied on in the past,” Fox admits. “I can’t do a double take anymore, for one. I’m more into the moment of what I’m doing because I don’t – I can’t – have any expectations. I’m forced to approach every take as a whole new thing. My experience of acting has become much more still and quiet and surprising to me. I think I’ve been given a power of observation that is not self-observation – which is what acting should be.” On his relationship and connection to his doctors:“A funny thing happened,” Fox recalls. “Doctors reached out to me. And I reached out to doctors. More important, the Parkinson’s community reached out to me, and I immediately felt better, just empowered, knowing there were people who understood what I was going through. It was also empowering for physicians, specialists and researchers I began meeting all over the country. They’d never had a patient coming in and saying, ‘Hey, what’s in your petri dish?’ They’d go, ‘You really wanna know?’ Hell, yeah, I wanted to know! ‘Then I’m gonna show you!’ And so we’d be standing there, both thinking, the stuff in that dish could affect me. There was a primal satisfaction to that.” On the Importance of the Affordable Care Act and Medicare:“On average, Parkinson’s patients in this country spend $12,000 to $17,000 a year out of pocket,” he recites. “Eighty percent of Parkinson’s patients are on Medicare,” which is why Fox and some 200 grassroots community members, representing 43 states, traveled to Washington in February to visit Capitol Hill. “If the Affordable Care Act and even Medicare come under the knife, that’s not political,” Fox says. “That’s our lives.” Michael J. Fox’s 6 Rules for Surviving AdversityExercise: Especially if you have Parkinson’s disease. “We’ve learned it will prolong your ability to operate positively in the world.”Pacing: “It helps me think – the physical motion creates intellectual motion.”Acceptance: “It isn’t resignation, and it freed me to actively deal with and endeavor to change my situation. I like to say, ‘My happiness goes in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.’”Honesty: Don’t remain silent or ashamed about illness. Once Fox went public with his condition, he says, “it was empowering to have people understand what I was going through – I immediately felt better.”Optimism: “I hate when people say, ’You’re giving them false hope.’ To me, hope is informed optimism.”Humor: “I laugh at [my involuntary movements and the scenes they create]. There are times when I love these things.”
Trina Roache APTN National NewsMaurina Beadle wouldn’t trade her son Jeremy for any other child, though she wouldn’t want anyone to endure what she has to get him help.But other parents do face the same problem with getting the federal government to fund specialized treatment and care for First Nations children – known as Jordan’s Principle.Beadle won her case against Ottawa a few years ago and shared her experience in a documentary on how Canada discriminates against First Nations children.
Tina HouseAPTN NewsIt’s been just over two months since Mary Stewart, 55, was taken to a Chilliwack Hospital after saying she was hit by a semi-truck.“I can remember screaming for murder because I was ran over by a truck I remember the wheels hitting me and somebody called 911,” she told APTN News.Since that time, Stewart was promised physio-therapy and medication to help her deal with the pain – but so far nothing.Two weeks ago she was sent to a recovery house in Surrey where she was promised help.But she said there were no services offered.Now she is being cared for by her family.“Thay are racist and they don’t think that we deserve the same treatment as people that dont have brown skin,” said her friend Eddie Julian.Stewart’s ordeal started after she was taken to the Chilliwack emergency room after being hit by a truck.Stewart claims that the physician told her they didn’t see anything wrong in the x-rays, and she said she was released.She said a nurse said that if she didn’t leave, they would call the police.She had no money and no phone. Her partner was with her and they ended up leaving at around 4 am in the rain.“They sent me away in a wheelchair and it was raining outside and they cut me outta my pants so they let me go with no pants just a sheet to cover me I could make it a block and a half I was in so much pain,” she said.She returned to the Chilliwack Hospital the next day after sleeping outside in a wheelchair.Stewart said when she arrived, a nurse said she never should have left the hospital.The x-ray showed her injuries were extensive.“My broken ankles, my broken knees my broken pelvis I have fractures all the way up me left side on my leg I was basically crushed from the bottom down,” she said.Stewart spent nearly a month at the hospital recovering.She said during that time, she experienced racism.Eddie Julian said hospital staff didn’t react well to her story in the media.“One of the nurses at the hospital had look at Mary and said oh I saw your mugshot on the paper and one of Mary’s lawyers happened to be there at the time and she just kinda appalled and she asked if that was me is that what you woulda said about me? and she said no no no,” he said.Officials said they have launched an investigation into what happened at the Chilliwack Hospital.They said it is still ongoing.Stewart said she has hired a lawyer and is considering legal action.
Tokyo: A blind Japanese sailor completed his non-stop Pacific voyage on Saturday, local media reported, becoming the first sightless person on record to navigate a vessel across the vast ocean. Mitsuhiro Iwamoto arrived at port in Fukushima in his 12-metre (40-foot) sailboat on Saturday morning, around two months after he left California. Iwamoto, a 52-year-old San Diego resident, sailed from the US city on February 24 with Doug Smith, an American navigator who verbally helped him by offering information such as wind directions. This was his second attempt after his initial voyage was cut short six years ago when his yacht hit a whale and sank. “I’m home. Thank you,” Iwamoto told the welcoming party after his yacht sailed into Fukushima, ending a journey of some 14,000 kilometres (8,700 miles). “I didn’t give up and I made a dream come true,” Iwamoto was quoted by Japan’s Kyodo News as saying. It was the first Pacific crossing by a blind sailor, Kyodo News said. Iwamoto, who lost his sight at the age of 16, made the voyage to raise funds for charity, including efforts to prevent blinding diseases, according to his website.
SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Eric Talmadge, who as North Korea bureau chief for The Associated Press tenaciously chronicled life and politics in one of the world’s least-understood nations, has died. He was 57.Talmadge died this week in Japan after suffering a heart attack while running.A decades-long resident of Japan with deep expertise on Asian security and military issues, Talmadge seemed to have found his ideal job when he was appointed in 2013 to lead the AP bureau in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital. From his base in Tokyo, he travelled almost monthly to report on the nuclear-armed country’s remarkable evolution under its young leader, Kim Jong Un, who took over after his father died in 2011.“For years, Eric’s sharp work in North Korea has helped shape how the entire world saw a country that many of us knew little about,” said Sally Buzbee, AP’s executive editor. “He took that responsibility very seriously, and it was never far from his mind.”Talmadge was one of only a few international journalists with regular access to North Korea, where the AP established a video news office in 2006 and a text and photo bureau in 2012. With his frequently exclusive on-the-ground view, Talmadge latched onto and reveled in the small, telling details that upended widespread Western stereotypes about North Korea.There were few journalists more insightful about the North’s push to develop atomic weapons capable of striking the United States. But Talmadge also filled the AP wire with stylishly written stories of daily life, often seeded with traces of his bone-dry sense of humour.He wrote about a beer festival in Pyongyang, where “brews are cheap and carry the ruling family’s seal of approval.” He wrote about the millions of North Koreans using mobile phones and the popularity of a game called “Boy General,” describing it as “a spinoff of a new TV animation series that is both beautifully produced and genuinely fun to watch.”His intelligent, curious eye also regularly seized on the moments that often got lost or ignored in the frenzied coverage of the long-running nuclear standoff between Washington and Pyongyang. “He saw meaning in everything he came across,” said Ian Phillips, AP’s vice-president for international news.In 2014, Talmadge wrote of a weeklong road trip through North Korea — unprecedented for foreign reporters — that stopped at the forest-covered Kaema Plateau, known as the “Roof of Korea.”He showed readers the “blink-and-you-miss-them villages,” the government propaganda slogans that covered posters, murals, banners and stones, and the isolated truck stops where elderly folks sat on weed-covered embankments and smoked hand-rolled cigarettes.“It’s quite possible,” he wrote, that “none of them had ever seen an American before.”Talmadge was candid about the constraints of reporting in North Korea: No interviewing random people; no photos of checkpoints or military installations; no breaking away from ever-present government minders, “even on the loneliest of lonely highways.”In an example of the clear-eyed wit that often appeared in even his most technical reporting on military hardware, he wrote that the road trip’s preapproved route, “to no one’s surprise, didn’t include nuclear facilities or prison camps.”Ted Anthony, who as AP’s Asia-Pacific news director supervised Talmadge from 2014 to 2018 and accompanied him on multiple trips to Pyongyang, said Talmadge once warned him: “Don’t ever think you really understand the North. It has more corners than anyplace I’ve ever been.”“Eric was utterly certain that with enough work and curiosity and stick-to-it-iveness, he could genuinely help the world understand North Korea. And he did,” Anthony said. “He wanted to reach people who’d never really thought much about the country, and he would pull out all the stops to show them the North Korea they never knew existed, and make them think critically about it.”Born in Renton, Washington, Talmadge spent much of his life in Japan, where was a high-school exchange student. Fluent in Japanese, he appeared often on Japanese TV as a commentator on North Korea. He was an avid bowler and meditator, and loved riding his bike and swimming. He was the author of a 2006 book, “Getting Wet: Adventures in the Japanese Bath.” He is survived by his wife, Hisako, and two grown children, Sara and Eugene.Talmadge joined the AP in Tokyo in 1988 after working for the Mainichi Shimbun, one of Japan’s national newspapers.He reported throughout Asia for the AP and was a major contributor to the news agency’s award-winning coverage of the deadly earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, and the nuclear disaster that happened in its aftermath.Before becoming Pyongyang bureau chief, he led a team of AP journalists focused on military and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region, while also serving as the news editor for the Tokyo bureau.Mari Yamaguchi, an AP correspondent who joined the Tokyo bureau the same year as Talmadge, said his reporting interests ranged from Japan’s imperial family to the yakuza criminal gangs to the Aum Shinrikyo cult, which carried out a deadly gas poisoning on the Tokyo subway in 1995.“I was always impressed by his fairness, balance and sense of justice,” Yamaguchi said.But Talmadge seemed especially suited to reporting in North Korea. His Instagram and Twitter accounts were filled with images of cute kids mobbing him in Pyongyang on their way home from school, with shots of the city’s pizza delivery services and aerobics classes and, of course, with video of mesmerizing rows of goose-stepping soldiers.One video tweet from Yokohama, the port city outside of Tokyo where he made his home, showed sightseeing boats gliding beneath the ephemeral cherry blossoms of early spring: “Because everything isn’t about where I have to go for work.”Talmadge’s sense of humour shone through even in his internal AP memos on the Pyongyang bureau’s operations. A picture of a chain-smoking 19-year-old chimpanzee mentions dryly that the ape smokes about a pack a day: The Pyongyang zoo officials “insist, however, that she doesn’t inhale.”Wong Maye-E, who worked alongside Talmadge during the five years she spent as chief photographer for North Korea, remembers sitting in their hotel in Pyongyang during a power outage one night, decompressing after a tough day’s reporting, the room’s windows thrown open and Steely Dan playing on Talmadge’s phone as they watched the blinking lights from the flashlights of people going up and down the stairwells of nearby apartment buildings.“He was very patient in a place that really tests your patience,” Wong said.His love of bowling, Wong said, also came in handy in the North, where he liked to amaze residents by showing off how his intense bowling habit had made his right arm much more muscular than his left.Talmadge continually pushed to expand the AP’s presence in the North, negotiating with the government for more and longer reporting trips and better access. He prided himself on keeping his stories free of the clichés about North Korea so prevalent in outside media.“I think there is a tendency abroad to caricature North Korea in ways that aren’t constructive, and to resort to dismissiveness or mockery much too easily,” Talmadge told The Washington Post in 2015. “During my time there, I have been surprised, and reassured in a way, to see how average North Koreans care about the same things everybody else does — their family, their finances, their health, their friends, how to get by.”And, he said, his immersion in the North made him appreciate even more his life outside the country.“Every time I come back home, I wake up the first morning thinking, ‘I can go anywhere I want today,’” he told the Post. “I could go to the beach, I could go see a movie, I could get on a plane and go to Florida if I wanted. Even if, in the end, I just stay home and eat potato chips on the couch, it’s a very liberating feeling. I don’t take it for granted anymore.”___Associated Press writer Ken Moritsugu in Tokyo contributed.___To see a selection of Talmadge’s photos from North Korea and elsewhere, find his account on Instagram at @erictalmadge.Foster Klug, The Associated Press
TORONTO — A report on auto insurance in Ontario has found that the province has the most expensive premiums despite also having one of the lowest levels of accidents and fatalities.The government-commissioned report calling Ontario’s auto insurance system “one of the least effective” in Canada was quietly posted online last week.Ontario’s adviser on auto insurance says it’s disappointing that as the number of accidents have gone down, the cost of claims has risen.“The structure is flawed: Current trends do not indicate that the system will self-correct,” the report said.David Marshall reports that Ontario’s system is filled with disputes and inefficiencies, and a high percentage of premiums are going to experts and lawyers instead of injured people.The report notes that Ontario’s average auto insurance premium for 2015 at $1,458 per vehicle, represents a significant expenditure for the average Ontarian.That premium is 24 per cent higher than Alberta’s, double the premium in Quebec and almost 55 per cent higher than the Canadian average, excluding Ontario. Ontario drivers pay about $10 billion in insurance premiums a year.“If Ontario could achieve a premium level approaching the Canadian average of about $930 it would save Ontario drivers almost 40 per cent off its current level – about $4 billion a year or some $20 billion over a five-year period – that’s the opportunity gap,” the report said.The report comes as the Liberal government is still trying to fulfil a promise to reduce rates by 15 per cent on average from 2013 levels.The government missed its self-imposed deadline of August 2015 to hit that target and Premier Kathleen Wynne has admitted that was a “stretch goal.”The Financial Services Commission of Ontario has not yet posted approved rates from the first quarter of 2017, but as of the end of 2016, the average decrease since August 2013 was about 8.3 per cent, putting the government a little over halfway to its goal.The government has lowered the maximum interest rate that an insurer can charge for monthly auto premium payments, prohibited minor at-fault accidents from boosting premiums and introduced a winter tire discount.The Canadian Press with files from Financial Post Staff
Stephen A. Smith, perhaps the most provocative voice on ESPN, was suspended for a week from appearing on the network for comments deemed insensitive following Baltimore Raven Ray Rice’s two-game suspension for knocking his now-wife unconscious during a confrontation on an elevator on Valentine’s Day.Meanwhile, it was reported by the New York Daily News that Smith had already planned to leave the ESPN radio job he had for his own show on SiriusXM. Presumably, Smith will return to First Take and other responsibilities on ESPN next week.Smith said, among other things on the air last week: “What I’ve tried to employ [with] the female members of my family — some of who you all met and talked to and what have you — is that … let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions, because if I come — or somebody else come, whether it’s law enforcement officials, your brother or the fellas that you know — if we come after somebody has put their hands on you, it doesn’t negate the fact that they already put their hands on you.”His comments, even though he vehemently denounced a man hitting a woman, started a deluge of outrage that eventually ESPN succumbed to with this suspension–which came after Smith made countless attempts on Twitter to explain himself and offered an on-air apology for his remarks.Smith tweeted, among other things: “But what about addressing women on how they can help prevent the obvious wrong being done upon them? In no way was I accusing women of being wrong. I was simply saying what that preventive measures always need to be addressed because there’s only but so much that can be done after the fact … once the damage is already done.”He apologized on television: “On Friday, speaking right here on ‘First Take’ on the subject of domestic violence, I made what can only amount to the most egregious error of my career,” Smith said. “My words came across that it is somehow a woman’s fault. This was not my intent. It is not what I was trying to say.”ESPN released a statement from its president, John Skipper, who said the suspension came as a result of speaking to the women employees resource group at his network: “As many of you know, there has been substantial news coverage in the past few days related to comments Stephen A. made last Friday in the wake of the NFL’s decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games following charges of assaulting his then fiancée, now wife, a few months ago.“We’ve said publicly and in this space that those remarks did not reflect our company’s point of view, or our values. They certainly don’t reflect my personal beliefs.”The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg, among others, agreed with Smith’s take, and many have considered ESPN’s suspension a sad indictment on the NFL and its perceived insensitivity toward women. To wit: Rice knocked out the woman in his life and received just a two-game suspension; Smith did not abuse anyone and received a seven-day ban.Smith, the Daily News reported, will soon leave ESPN-98.7 FM and join SXM’s Mad Dog Radio, where he will host his own show. Smith currently co-hosts a 1p.m. to 3p.m. program with Ryan Ruocco that airs in New York.
OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAs Ohio State prepares for its season opener against the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday, some players are preparing for their first taste of college football.While the Buckeyes return seven starters on defense, including all four across the defensive line, OSU returns just four starters on offense.One of those returning starters, senior wide receiver Evan Spencer, said although the Buckeyes are more inexperienced, it will create opportunities for young players to step up.“The difference I would say, from this year compared to last, is obviously our depth,” Spencer said Monday. “With as many playmakers as we have on the offense and on defense — but more specifically offense — we’re going to find ways to get people the ball.”One of those players will be touching the ball every play, as redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett is set to make his first career start in place of senior quarterback Braxton Miller, who will miss the season because of a shoulder injury.Spencer said while he feels bad for Miller, he is not worried about the offense operating under Barrett.“It’s definitely a change. But I mean at the same time, all throughout camp J.T. and both (redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones) have been getting so many reps with the ones,” Spencer said. “They’ve been throwing the ball so much all throughout camp, and really all throughout the offseason that it’s not that much of a transition for us just because that’s what we’ve been going through.”OSU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said while Barrett might not be a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate right now, Herman is sure of the quarterback situation.“I am very confident,” Herman said Wednesday. “I think J.T. has had an excellent camp. Cardale has actually had his best week as a Buckeye this week.”Herman went on to say he thinks there are other teams in the nation that would envy having a player like Barrett or Jones under center.“I would think there are a lot of schools right now that would take our scenario over what they got,” he said.Despite Spencer and Herman’s praise for Jones, coach Urban Meyer said there isn’t a plan in place for Jones to come in Saturday and take playing time away from Barrett.Not only does the quarterback position feature a freshman starter, the Buckeye defense will likely start at least two freshmen, and others are also expected to see the field.OSU co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said Wednesday that although the defense is young, he is excited to see how the group performs in what is, for some of them, their first taste of college football action.“We got a lot of youth, and sometimes with youth, you are not exactly sure how they act or respond at the start,” Fickell said. “We know that we want to play 19 to 20 guys.”Among that group will likely be redshirt-freshmen cornerbacks Eli Apple and Gareon Conley and highly-recruited freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan.Fickell said both Apple and Conley, who are listed as co-starters for week one, have shown they are worthy of playing time in practice, but added he is nervous about sending them out on the field Saturday.“Now you are looking at two guys who are young. We’ve seen what they can do, we love who they are, we love what they have done throughout camp. We are not sure how they will do in front of 80,000 people,” Fickell said. “That is one of those things that keeps you laying awake at night.”The young Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon.
“The little things we all take for granted every day. I go to the supermarket and see her favourite biscuits and sweets and I go to put them in the trolley for a split-second, then I remember she is not here.”She is dead. That sends a wave of panic and pain in my chest, just like a knife through my heart.”The only thing I can buy her is flowers for her grave. “Since Becky was found, my future has become very different. Tell me, how can anyone get over such an enormous ordeal and loss? Just pictures and memories, a broken heart and a grave. That is all I have left of my beautiful daughter.”Detective Superintendent Sean Memory, who led the investigation, said: “I am very, very clear there must be other victims out there, whether they are sexual offences or other women that he has taken.”The offending behaviour for killing Becky – it was cold, it was calculating, as the judge said.”I can’t believe that was his first offence, from being a burglar in the 1980s to a murderer in 2003. There was a significant gap in his offending behaviour.”On top of that, Sian wasn’t murdered until 2011 so what happened in the interim eight years?”He talked candidly in 1985 about wanting to be a serial killer and I genuinely believe that’s a distinct possibility.”I will now seek to review outstanding cases, I will appeal to Christopher Halliwell again to tell the truth for once in your life and come and speak to me.” The police interview of taxi driver Christopher HalliwellCredit:PA Charlie Edwards (left) carrying the coffin of Rebecca Godden, also known as Becky, into Christ Church, Swindon for her funeral service. Credit:PA/PA Karen Edwards mother of Becky Godden talks to the press outside of Bristol Crown Court. Credit:REX/Shutterstock/REX/Shutterstock A killer taxi driver who murdered two young women made his victim’s family’s pain worse by not confessing to her death despite showing police where he had buried her body.Christopher Halliwell, 52, is already serving a life sentence for the murder of Sian O’Callaghan, 22, who he abducted in his taxi as she made her way home from a night out in Swindon in March 2011.He has been told he will now die in prison as police reveal there might be more victims after the killer confessed to a fellow inmate about murdering a girl and asking his how many people he needed to kill to become a serial killer.Halliwell confessed to killing Miss O’Callaghan and took police to her body before offering “another one” and leading them to where he had buried missing prostitute Becky Godden in January 2003. The killer then later denied murdering Miss Godden but was convicted following a two-week trial at Bristol Crown Court, at which he represented himself.He smirked at Miss Godden’s family as the jury of six men and six women returned their verdict on Monday following less than three hours of deliberations.Retired High Court judge Sir John Griffith Williams sentenced Halliwell to a whole life order on Friday and told him he will die in prison.Passing sentence, the judge described Halliwell’s account of Miss Godden being buried in the field by two drug dealers as a “cock and bull story”.He added: “Your account of the circumstances in which she met her death bears all the hallmarks of a contrived explanation designed to avoid conviction in the hope that the minimum term you are presently serving will not be increased.”But the account in which you advanced so glibly with little or no regard to the truth made no sense at all.”I have had the opportunity of observing you throughout the trial and listening to your evidence. I have no doubt that you are a self-centred and domineering individual who wants his own way. You are both calculating and devious.” Becky’s mother Karen Edwards said she spent years searching for her daughter until police told her the devastating news on what would have been her daughter’s 29th birthday.”That feeling of total devastation, disbelief, loss, pain, the flash of sudden panic that hits me in the stomach and just repulses me. It has changed my world. The world as I knew it has been totally destroyed and will never be the same, complete, ever again,” she said. “I will never be able to give her a hug ever again and make things right for her, or take her shopping, brush her hair, have a moan at her for not keeping her room tidy or taking my make-up.”No waiting up half the night for a phone call to pick her and her mates up after a night out. Christopher Halliwell has been found guilty of Becky Godden’s murder.Credit:PA/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Whether we’re aware of it or not, most of us are carrying around a computer that can act as the brain of a robot. That’s right, we’re talking about your smartphone. Engineers Peter Seid and Phu Nguyen, the duo behind Romotive, decided to quit their jobs and create Romo, a smartphone-powered robot.Seid and Nguyen, known as Romotive from here on out, are taking their project to Kickstarter for support. According to Kickstarter, Romotive “builds accessible, highly functional, flexible robotics platforms” that are powered by smartphones. Romo basically turns your smartphone into robot brains. The platform adds movement, accessories, and physical capabilities to your smartphone. You simply place your iPhone, iPod Touch, or any other smartphone on top of the robot and plug it into what appears to be your phone’s headphone jack. Romo has a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, a USB charging cable, and analog circuitry with two motor outputs.By adding new hardware modules to the platform and by offering additional apps, the Romo is able to “learn, grow, and change.” The nice thing about this little guy is it can continually be updated as the Romotive crew develops more apps. Romo’s software is available to download in the Android Market and in the iTunes App Store. Romo is infinitely programmable, and so far, Romo has three apps: RomoRemote, Romo Kart, and Drag and Drop Programmable Module. “We’re bringing the app store to robots,” Seid said.RomoRemote lets you use your iPhone to direct the little Romo bot as he goes on solo missions. You can see where Romo is going on your smartphone and even send “audio shout-outs.” Mario Kart fans will be happy to use Romo Kart, which lets you race against your friends in a “mixed-reality version” of the classic game. You can send digital attacks, making your opponent’s robot spin out of control. You can also cut the power of your friend’s robot, deflect bombs, and reverse their controls.For another awesome mobile phone-plus-smartphone project, check out Sphero.Read more at KickStarter
The manager of a restaurant located on Nababpur road in the city was found dead at his workplace on Saturday morning.The deceased was identified as Anwar Hossain, manager of Hotel Al Arafat.Duty officer of Bangshal police station sub-inspector Rafiqul Islam said that the manager along with other employees used to sleep on the first floor of the restaurant at night.Employees, this morning, found manager’s body lying in a pool of blood on his bed. On information, police rushed in and recovered the body.Police, meanwhile, detained 19 employees of the restaurant for primary interrogation while one of them is on the run.Several injury marks were found in different parts of the body, including neck and head, the police official added.
A man allegedly killed self after killing his wife over family feud at Pakuria village in Bagha upazila in Rajshahi on Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased are Abdul Mannan, 48, and his wife Kajali Begum, 44, of the village.Quoting family members, Bagha police station officer-in-charge Rezaul Hasan Reza said hearing Kajali
Have you felt like walking away from Facebook or to shut down your account swearing never to return, only to meekly log back in a week later? You are not alone.Researchers from Cornell University have found four key reasons why people make the pledge not to log in to Facebook but ultimately could not resist the allure of Facebook’s social network. “The first reason is perceived addiction. Those who feel that Facebook is addictive or habitual were more likely to return,” said lead researcher Eric Baumer. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’One participant described this habitual aspect by saying, “In the first 10 days, whenever I opened up an internet browser, my fingers would automatically go to ‘f.’”Another reason is privacy and surveillance. Users who felt their Facebook activity was being monitored were less likely to revert, while those who use Facebook largely to manage how other people think of them are more likely to log back in.“The third reason is subjective mood. In a good mood? You’re less likely to renege on your pledge to stay off Facebook,” the authors noted. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe research group also found that Facebook users were less likely to log back in if they had other social media outlets like Twitter, for instance. Those who reflected on the appropriate role for technology in their social lives were more likely to revert.“In many of these cases, people returned to Facebook but altered their use, for example, uninstalling the app from their phones, reducing their number of friends or limiting the amount of time spent on the platform,” the authors noted. The team’s findings were drawn from more than 5,000 surveys issued to participants by “Just”, the Dutch creative agency. The survey data was provided by 99daysoffreedom.com—an online campaign that encouraged participants to log off Facebook for 99 days. These surveys were intended to gauge each user’s mood throughout the Facebook detox. A sampling of this data was then shared with the Cornell research team.“People who leave social media and then return provide the opportunity to understand better what’s at stake when people use or don’t use sites like Facebook,” the authors pointed out in a paper published in the journal Social Media + Society.
Share Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Palladium Hotel Group ready to unveil the new TRS Cap Cana on Nov. 1 Tags: Dominican Republic, Palladium Hotel Group, Palladium Hotels & Resorts, TRS Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Palladium Hotel Group is expanding its upscale TRS Hotel brand with the opening of the TRS Cap Cana Hotel, a new adults-only resort property in the D.R.The resort will open Nov. 1 with 115 luxury suites, 39 swim-up junior suites, nine ocean view suites and one ambassador suite. There are also two pools with waiter service, an extensive gym and Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness, as well as a personal butler and 24-hour room service.SuiteThe site is currently undergoing renovations prior to its Nov. 1 opening in order to convey the elegance and cutting-edge design of the TRS Hotel brand, say Palladium Hotel Group reps. The all-inclusive property is about 10 minutes from Punta Cana Airport.Two à la carte restaurants will be on site: Gaucho, offering Argentinian specialties; and an informal Japanese à la carte restaurant offering street food specialties.PoolsTRS Cap Cana will also offer TRS Hotels brands’ Helios beach club, billed as a fresh and stylish dining experience inspired by the famous beach clubs of Ibiza. Other culinary features include two show cooking restaurants, a coffee shop, and four premium bars including the Gaia pool bar and the Gravity Sky Lounge Bar.LobbyNearby diversions include the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course Punta Espada, eco-tourism adventures, international fishing tournaments, luxury yachting charters, polo fields and natural theme park Scape Park.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe TRS Cap Cana Hotel opening announcement comes at a time of growth for Palladium Hotel Group. The company plans to open two new properties in Costa Mujeres, Mexico in November 2018 – TRS Coral Hotel and Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa – as well as two new hotels in the BLESS Collection Hotels, opening in January and Summer 2019 in Madrid and Ibiza.In total TRS Hotels include TRS Turquesa Hotel (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic), TRS Yucatan Hotel (Riviera Maya, Mexico), and TRS Coral Hotel (Costa Mujeres, Mexico – opening November 2018). Travelweek Group
Donald Payen and Carla da Silva of Air Mauritius pictured with David de Montfalcon of World Travel Awards Source = Air Mauritius Air Mauritius has won again the 17th World Travel Awards (WTA) in the category Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline. The airlines which were nominated in this category are Air France, South African Airways, Air Seychelles, Air Austral and Air Madagascar. The award was presented to Donald Payen, Executive Vice President Commercial and Communications, of Air Mauritius by David de Montfalcon, Vice President of the World Travel Awards at the Gala Ceremony held on Wednesday 7th July 2010 at the Sandton Convention Centre, located in ‘The City of Gold’, Johannesburg, South Africa. It is gratifying that the ceremony, attended by 1200 senior industry leaders, has been held while the world’s attention is focused on South Africa for the World Cup.World Travel Awards is the most prestigious, comprehensive and sought after awards programme in the global travel and tourism industry. To be voted a World Travel Award by a process involving 183,000 travel tourism and hospitality professionals across the globe is the highest accolade a company can receive.Mr. Manoj R K Ujoodha, G.O.S.K., Air Mauritius CEO said : “Air Mauritius is proud to be once again acknowledged by the travel industry worldwide. Our team is greatly encouraged by the continued recognition of Air Mauritius as a leading airline brand in this part of the world. I would like to dedicate this award to all our shareholders, in particular the Government of Mauritius for their support to the national airline; to our customers and travel/tourism partners for their trust in our brand; to the Air Mauritius team for their hard work; and to all Mauritians as they remain loyal to the national airline.”
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