PHOTO MOMENT: Save the Earth

Via @Hashtag_Bae

 

That’s at least one small reason!

 

SOURCES/IMAGE CREDITS:
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
#BAE, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/Hashtag_Bae

UK EU REFERENDUM: Brexit or Bremain table

(c) Stephen Hill

With only a week to go until the UK holds a nationwide referendum on whether to remain in the European Union or go it alone, a Remain campaigner have put together a handy little table on Word of prominent leaders, British politicians, economists, historians, scientists and other significant people and organisations and their preferences for Britain to leave or stay. A quick perusal of the Leave side of the table does reveal some rather unsavoury supporters.

I should hasten to mention that as a news blog, the Half-Eaten Mind remains neutral in the debate, and supporters of both sides are encouraged to comment on this table. This is simply something to provoke discussion on a very sensitive and history defining topic, which will affect the UK and its people for a very long time.

The EU referendum takes place on the 23rd of June, 2016, with a similar format to a normal election, albeit with a simple two-question choice rather than a selection of candidates.

SOURCES/IMAGE CREDIT:
Stephen Hill via Ali Hassan Besher.
Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/

 

‘FAKE TWO PENCE’ – Rare error coin earns charity £1350 at auction

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Malmesbury, UNITED KINGDOM
VIJAY SHAH via TheLADbible and Daily Mail

Poppy Appeal collectors in the English city of Malmesbury in Wiltshire county found themselves a small windfall after a ‘fake’ coin that was deposited in one of their charity collection boxes turned out to be a rare minting error that sold for £1,350 at a recent auction.

Volunteers working for the British Royal Legion were sifting through the takings from a street collection appeal for ex-service personnel when they stumbled across a 2-pence coin that was silver-coloured, instead of the usual copper. Convinced it was a badly-done fake or a joke, the Legion charity workers sent it to a bank to be destroyed.

(c) SWNS via TheLADbible

The Royal Mint, which is responsible for minting the United Kingdom’s coinage, however confirmed that far from being a criminal mastermind’s idea of a bad joke, the silver 2-pence piece was in fact an unusual minting error, caused by a blank for a 10-pence piece, usually now made of nickel-clad steel, being mistakenly struck with a die intended for 2-pence coins, so in essence, this coin was a 10-pence in the ‘clothes’ of a 2-pence. The coin, due to its circumstantial appearance in circulation and the fact that the Royal Mint rarely make such money mistakes, meant it was a highly-prized talk of the town among numismatists.

Local Legion branch chairman Richard Tilney said of the coin’s sale “The Legion has a corporate partner who sells old medals and coins, and they are going to take it off our hands for a handsome price.

The Poppy Appeal is very dear to our hearts and it would be fantastic to get the money to the right place”

The rare item was sold at auction and purchased by coin collectors’ company The Westminster Collection for £1,350, of which the Royal British Legion received £1349.98 profit on a donation of only £0.02.

According to UK newspaper Daily Mail, a similar misstrike issued in 1988 was sold in 2014 for more than £1,350 and coinage error market experts say that similar errors can sell for up to £2,000 to niche coin collectors.

SOURCES:
The LAD Bible, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/LADbible/?fref=nf
“Rare Two Pence Coin Thought To Be A Fake Sells For £1350” – George Pavlou, TheLADbible (17 June 2016) http://www.theladbible.com/articles/rare-two-pence-coin-thought-to-be-a-fake-sells-for-ps1350-170616
“The silver tuppence that’s worth a fortune: Coin dropped into a charity tin turns out to be incredibly rare 2p piece made by a ‘minting error’ (but now it can fetch £2,000)” – Euan McLelland, MailOnline News/Daily Mail/Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group/Associated Newspapers Ltd (26 May 2016) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3610452/Poppy-collectors-thought-silver-2p-coin-dropped-tin-fake-turned-incredibly-rare-collector-s-item-worth-2-000.html
IMAGE CREDIT:
“Rare Two Pence Coin Thought To Be A Fake Sells For £1350” – George Pavlou, TheLADbible (17 June 2016) http://www.theladbible.com/articles/rare-two-pence-coin-thought-to-be-a-fake-sells-for-ps1350-170616

CALGARY STABBING: Man attacked on Friday night; hospitalised

Calgary, CANADA
VIJAY SHAH via ReportCA.net
Chinook arch over the city of Calgary, Alberta...

Chinook arch over the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An unidentified man was viciously attacked and stabbed in the southwest of the Canadian city of Calgary on Friday night, according to a brief report by online regional news site ReportCA.net yesteday.

The man sustained serious stab wounds and was found at around 11:30 pm local time on Friday night. He was taken to a nearby hospital in serious condition, the site reports.

Calgary police officers were called out to a car park close to a pub on 11 Avenue and 8 Street South-West in a touristy part of the city, near the MEC sports shops and restaurants.

Police have yet to determine how the incident unfolded. They are currently investigating and searching for the assailants.

The man’s age and details have not yet been released.

SOURCES:
Half-Eaten Mind, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind
HEM News Agency, Half-Eaten Mind, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind/lists/hem-news-agency
Report 24 Canada, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/Report24CA
“Man stabbed Friday night in Calgary’s southwest” – Globalnews.ca via ReportCA.net (11 June 2016) https://reportca.net/2016/06/man-stabbed-friday-night-in-calgarys-southwest/
Google Maps https://www.google.co.uk/maps
IMAGE CREDIT:
“File:Chinook Arch-Calgary.JPG” – Qyd, Wikimedia Commons (9 March 2007) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chinook_Arch-Calgary.JPG

 

WORLD SICKLE CELL AWARENESS DAY: Nigerian charity starts up awareness drive

Abuja, NIGERIA
VIJAY SHAH via gist.ng

On the occasion of World Sickle Cell Awareness Day to be held this month and an event organised by the United Nations, a charity in Nigeria will pull out all the stops to get people understanding the condition, which often affects people of African origin and causes deformities in red blood cells.

According to online magazine gist.ng, the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation (SCAF) has organised a series of events on World Sickle Cell Awareness Day, which will happen on June 19th. SCAF will run a number of drives to encourage greater awareness, offer practical solutions for dealing with the condition and encourage more support for research into Sickle Cell. The events will take place in five states in Nigeria. These are Abuja, Lagos, Delta, Niger and Kaduna. The SCAF will also push forward social media campaigns to bring awareness all over Nigeria and the world.

Live events SCAF will plan include a set of conferences on sickle cell mapping and management of the disorder in tandem with the United States Embassy, press conferences to support the SCAF project, visits to hospitals, a nutrition forum in collaboration with the Zankli Hospital, free genotype testing and free medicines to be given out to people suffering from sickle cell disorder.

(c) SCAF via gist.ng

The SCAF’s social media campaign, dubbed #OneWord, encourages people to tweet or Facebook post their understanding of what sickle cell is and to encourage their friends to join in to help get more people discussing the condition, which affects 150,000 children in Nigeria per year. It is believed that 40 million Nigerians carry the gene that causes sickle cell, while not affected by it themselves, according to the Sickle Cell Foundation.

Sickle cell disorder, also known in the West as sickle cell disease is a genetically inherited condition and a form of anaemia where the red blood cells are deformed and curved, in the manner of a sickle. This causes the cells’ oxygen carrying capacity to be impaired. These blood cells do not last as long as healthy blood cells and can get stuck in blood vessels, raising the risk of stroke. The condition cannot be cured, but special drugs are available to manage the condition.

Sickle cell disease mainly affects people of African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Eastern Mediterranean and Asian origin.

Abuja

Know Your Genotype Campaign (KYG)
Free genotype testing, Genetic Counselling and Awareness
Date: Monday, June 13th 2016
Time: 10AM
Venue: Garki Market, Abuja

Tweet Conference
Join the conversation on twitter using the hash tag #SickleCellDay2016 and tweeting @SCAF_Nigeria
Date:
 Wednesday, June 15th & Thursday, June 16th 2016

Time: 12PM -6PM

Sickle Cell Awareness Forum
Sickle Cell Nutrition and Management, packs of required drugs will be given to Sickle Cell Warriors free of charge. Key Note Speaker fro the day Dr. J.O. Lawson
Date: Thursday, June 16th 2016
Time: 2-5 PM
Venue: Zankli Medical Centre, Plot 1021, B5 Shehu Yaradua Way, Ministry of Works, Utako District, Abuja.

Hospital Visitation
Visiting Sickle Cell Warriors and their care givers – Packs of required drugs will be given to Sickle Cell Warriors free of charge
Date: Friday, June 17th 2016
Time: 10AM
Venue: Asokoro General Hospital

Conference on Sickle Cell Disease
In Partnership with the United States Embassy – Indigenous Mapping on Sickle Cell Disorder for Targeted Advocacy, Policy Making and Practical Action.
Date: Monday, June 20th 2016
Time: 10AM – 1PM
Venue: United States Embassy, Abuja
SOURCES:
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
Gist Nigeria, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/Gist_NG
“WORLD SICKLE CELL AWARENESS DAY 2016 : COME AND SHOW SUPPORT TO THE SICKLE CELL AID FOUNDATION (SCAF) AS THEY RAISE AWARENESS FOR SCD NATIONWIDE” – Olanrewaju, gist.ng/GIST (11 June 2016) http://gist.ng/2016/06/world-sickle-cell-awareness-day-2016-come-and-show-support-to-the-sickle-cell-aid-foundation-scaf-as-they-raise-awareness-for-scd-nationwide/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
“Sickle cell disease” – NHS Choices/Gov.uk/National Health Service http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/sickle-cell-anaemia/Pages/introduction.aspx
IMAGE CREDIT:
“WORLD SICKLE CELL AWARENESS DAY 2016 : COME AND SHOW SUPPORT TO THE SICKLE CELL AID FOUNDATION (SCAF) AS THEY RAISE AWARENESS FOR SCD NATIONWIDE” – Olanrewaju, gist.ng/GIST (11 June 2016) http://gist.ng/2016/06/world-sickle-cell-awareness-day-2016-come-and-show-support-to-the-sickle-cell-aid-foundation-scaf-as-they-raise-awareness-for-scd-nationwide/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

HUMOUR MOMENT: Don’t do drugs, do dhal puri

 

Drugs are horrible substances. Whether legal or illegal, recreational narcotics usually cause harm to the body, damaging the user from the inside and out. So instead of sniffing that line or hitting that pipe, why not tuck into some Mauritian-style dhal puri instead. You’ll look a million rupees, and you won’t have to worry about the police pulling you over and busting you for illicit dhal puri possession.

For those who have never encountered the awesomeness that is dhal puri, let me explain. This is a snack popular on the island of Mauritius and an unforgettable part of my island’s culinary landscape. It is unleavened bread (rather like a chapati or thick tortilla) filled with lentils and spices, and often consumed as street food. Also known as ‘dhol/dhall puri’, this food goes great with a dollop of ‘zasar’ (pickle).

IMAGE CREDITS:
Fano Miasta.
Radio Plus – Mauritius/Ile-Maurice, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/groups/radioplusilemaurice/

I’M THE GREATEST: Boxer Muhammad Ali passes away aged 74

Phoenix, UNITED STATES
VIJAY SHAH via BBC

Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who dominated the world’s rings in the 1960s and 1970s, has passed away today at the age of 74, BBC News has reported. The three-times world heavyweight champion, who was famous for the epic ‘Rumble in the Jungle‘, was admitted to hospital recently in the US after suffering a respiratory illness.

Formerly known as Cassius Clay, the sportsman changed religion to Islam and renamed himself Muhammad Ali, was plagued by Parkinson’s disease in his later years, but still made an imposing figure in the sports world, and inspired a generation of boxers such as Mike Tyson.

He passed away at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona USA. He was admitted there on Thursday after suffering breathing complications.

Billed as the ‘ultimate fighter’, Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky on the 17th January 1942. His father painted signs while his mother worked as a house cleaner. Of African-American heritage, Ali was born at a time when Kentucky, as with much of the southern United States at that time, was racially segregated, and black families such as his were forced to live in separate neighbourhoods, use separate shop entrances, and study at separate schools. His mother, Odessa Grady Clay, remember her son as a particularly active child, never sitting still, and was talking and learning well ahead of his years.

On his 12th birthday, a bike that was given to Ali as a gift was stolen. He visited a local police station to report the theft and told officer Joe Martin he wanted to beat up the thief. Martin, who was also a part-time boxing instructor, told Ali he should first learn how to fight before making threats. Ali took up Martin on his offer, and the officer became Ali’s first trainer and mentor. Soon Ali was picking up his first boxing titles at local rings.

Six years later, Ali appeared for the American Olympic team in Rome. His affable and energetic personality caught the attention of the world’s media and endeared him to his team members and fellow athletes. He won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division, and later turned professional, beginning his path to boxing glory.

Clay had immense confidence in his speed and agility, often leaving his guard down and leaning back to avoid punches. Clay’s showmanship was also evident in early bouts, as he dazzled media and fans with his bravado and predicted the round in which his fights would end. This was also the time when Ali began using his trademark witticisms and slogans, one of the most quoted being “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”.

In 1967, Ali famously refused to serve in the draft for the American army as the Vietnam War began to start up. Ali was dragged to court after refusing to sign up, citing his religious beliefs and his anger against the treatment of African-American people. He was stripped of his championship, indicted for draft evasion, fined $10,000 and sentenced to five years in prison. Three years later, his conviction was overturned. Away from the ring, Ali toured colleges and spoke out on a variety of social and political issues.

In October 1974, Ali faced hard-striking heavyweight George Foreman in the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ held in Kinshasa, Zaire (now DPR Congo). He entered the ring as a 3-1 underdog. Avoiding Foreman’s colossal punches, Ali laid low around the ropes until his opponent tired out in the middle rounds. It was this strategy, which Ali affectionately called ‘rope-a-dope’, that was to pay off by round eight, Ali came alive with a serious of fast punches, utterly capitulating Foreman.

Ali’s victory over Foreman in central Africa firmly planted him in the limelight. He won a crew of celebrity fans, including Elvis Presley, Bertrand Russell and Nelson Mandela. In 1975, Ali destroyed Joe Frazier in a low key rematch in the Philippines, dubbed the ‘Thriller in Manila’. The match lasted an astonishing 14 rounds, fuelled by a wordy animosity between the two sports personalities.

After a few losses however, Ali called it quits in 1978, retiring permanently at the age of 40 with  a ring record of 56 wins and five losses. After retirement, Ali began to appear on the world stage in a political sphere. In 1980, then US President Jimmy Carter asked Muhammad Ali to visit the African continent to drum up support for a boycott of the Moscow Olympics, and during the First Gulf War in 1990, Ali made a personal visit to Iraq to help negotiate the release of American hostages captured after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. Fifteen hostages were released, aided by Ali’s profile.

Sadly, in 1984 Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s after he began to slur his speech and tremble in his hands. The degenerative conditions was believed by Ali’s doctors to have come from enduring repeated blows to the head from his numerous matches. In the ensuing years, Ali became a visible symbol of courage in the face of physical disability and helped raise millions of dollars for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center. Ali also began to devote himself to humanitarian causes and became a well-respected philanthropist. In 1999, the United Nations nominated Ali as a Goodwill Ambassador, and the biographical film Ali, starring Will Smith in the titular role, was released in the boxer’s honour in 2001.

Beyond the ring, he will be remembered for his belief in social justice and support for Black civil rights. Truly a cultural icon, Ali’s passion, skill, intelligence and wit gave him a global appeal unmatched by few, if any, other sporting figures and inspired millions.

Muhammad Ali’s funeral will be held in his hometown, according to his family.

He leaves behind wife Lonnie and two daughters, Tatyana and Hana.

SOURCES:
Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/
“Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74” – BBC News – US and Canada (4 June 2016) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16011175
“Muhammad Ali: The ultimate fighter” – BBC – iWonder http://www.bbc.co.uk/timelines/zy3hycw
IMAGE CREDIT:
Getty Images via Zemanta.

 

GAS MAIN EXPLOSION: ‘Huge’ fire reported in Whitstable

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Whitstable, UNITED KINGDOM
VIJAY SHAH via KEELY LOCKHART, PA & The Telegraph

There have been reports of a large explosion and fire in Whitstable, Kent, in the south of England, leaving two men injured, according to national newspaper The Telegraph.

The explosion, believed to be centred around a subterranean gas main (gas pipe) at the Estuary View Business Park, an industrial site, occurred at 10:00 pm yesterday night, The Telegraph reports.

One of the victims, a gas engineer who was repairing the main at the time, suffered burns to his legs and face and was rushed to William Harvey Hospital in nearby Ashford, also in Kent county, by emergency services who arrived at the scene. A second man, possibly a fellow engineer or passer-by, sustained minor injuries.

The injured engineer, employed by the gas distribution firm SGN, had been called out to fix an issue with the medium-pressure main believed tampered with by an unknown ‘third party’, when the gas ignited. It is not known what exactly set off the explosion. The second casualty was treated at the scene. Neither are in serious danger.

 

File image (c) robert wade

Images posted by local man Chris Rowden on Twitter showed large orange flames rising from the ground ferociously, with ambulance teams from the South East Coast Ambulance Service and fire engines in attendance. Another witness, who lives a mile away from the scene, reported seeing the sky ‘lit up’ at the time of the incident.

Kent Fire and Rescue, which manages emergency services in the county, told the Telegraph that SGN was able to cut off the gas supply to the main and extinguish the fire at around 3 am this morning. A spokesperson told the paper “It is not known what caused the explosion at this stage.”

To minimise the risk of secondary gas leaks or explosions to Whitstable residents, SGN ordered the ceasing of gas supply to 430 homes in the Old Thanet Way residential area, and Kent police has set up roadblocks near the business park the gas explosion occurred in.

In a statement, SGN said: “It is too early to know what caused the fire last night but an investigation is under way.

“We would like to reassure the local community that we are continuing to closely monitor the situation to ensure their safety.”

SOURCES:
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
Mauritius Now, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/mauritiusnow
“Huge fire erupts after gas main explodes in Whitstable, Kent” – Keely Lockhart & Press Association, The Telegraph – News/Telegraph Media Group Limited (28 May 2016) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/28/huge-fire-erupts-after-gas-main-explodes-in-whitstable-kent/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
IMAGE CREDIT:
“Flames Following the Gas explosion at Townsendfold, Rossendale, Lancashire” – robert wade, Flickr (31 July 2007) https://www.flickr.com/photos/rossendalewadey/3131234197

 

SULLEE J: Home of The Stars – [Don Streat, Sullee J & Unreal]

Hailing out of Baltimore City, Don Streat, UnReal and Sullee J have come together on the song “Home of The Stars”. The beat was produced by globally acclaimed D.R.U.G.S. Beats, who has recently worked on the single “Gone” which was on Dr. Dre’s Compton album. This track is off the EP “Donnie Justice” which is a project in motion to unify the city and to exemplify the true power of Hip Hop.

Music has an influence to bring all races together on a human level. It hits not only the mind, but the heart. Home of The Stars is a reflection of diversity, sharp lyricism and slick metaphors.

 

 

Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/sulleej

@SulleeJ85

@DonSTREAT28348

@ItsUnreal410

officialsulleej.com

SOURCES/VIDEO CREDIT:
Team Justice/Sullee J Management and S.O.N. Media.

 

 

VIDEO MOMENT: The Choco Kebab

 

Like most young British men (and women), I am very fond of kebabs, the Turkish, Greek and Central Asian fast food delicacy of meat and vegetables in a bread pocket. Since the doner kebab and its equally delicious siblings began appearing on the high streets here in the 1970s, the food has become a staple of pub crawls, family get-togethers and football matches.

So, when I was shown this video by my sister yesterday, which is usually kebab night for me, I just had to share this with you as a kebab fan. I’m also a chocaholic, so when this video began playing, I was shocked and pleased in equal measure that two of my greatest culinary loves had been fused into one delicious, mouth-watering and calorie-saturated snack.

Give a big round of applause to the Choco Kebab. Hailing from Italy, which has a large Afghan and Turkish populations famed for their greasy meat in rolls, this kebab replaces the spinning cylinder of processed lamb or chicken with one of white and milk chocolate. The cook shears off curls of chocolate with a special implement and packs them into a crepe, rather than the usual pitta or naan. The accompanying mayonnaise, chill sauce and ketchup is replaced with Nutella, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and other sweet treats.

This unique kebab is sold around the world, according to the video above, but I have never encountered anyone selling it here, and I live in London, one of the most adventurous cities for food in Europe. I’m now tempted to buy a van, empty the local stores of all their chocolate and party snacks, and become the richest chocolate kebab entrepreneur this side of the Adriatic.

Let me know what you think of this latest food trend.

VIDEO CREDITS:
INSIDER, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/thisisinsider/?fref=nf
Alia Hellz Bachell.
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