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STADIUM STAMPEDE: 17 killed in crush at Angolan football stadium

Uíge, ANGOLA
VIJAY SHAH via BBC News

The BBC reported yesterday that 17 people have been killed after a stampede at a football stadium in the town of Uíge in Angola, according to local officials.

Hundreds of injuries, of which five people were seriously injured, from the crush have also been reported, after fans rushed the stadium entrance after they were prevented from entering. Many of the deaths resulted from people falling to the ground or being trapped, then suffocated, according to a medic on the scene.

 

© Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons)

 

The stadium, in the north of Angola was hosting a match between Santa Rita de Cassia, the home team and visiting side Recreativo do Libolo. The match was so sought after that the venue quickly filled to its 8,000 seat capacity, when more fans began to show up at the gates demanding entry. They were prevented from entering the stadium as it was full. As people began to storm the gates, fatalities started mounting.

Ernesto Luis, the general director of Uíge’s main hospital, told the Reuters news agency that “Some people had to walk on top of other people. There were 76 casualties, of whom 17 died,”

Recreativo do Libolo released a statement regarding the incident on their website, stating that it was “a tragedy without precedent in the history of Angolan football”.

One eyewitness, named by the BBC as Domingos Vika, reported that the stadium’s entrance was already overcrowded, when more fans began ‘pouring in’ sparking the crush.

“When they gave the opportunity for everyone to come in, we were all packed at the gate,” said Mr Vika, who left the venue with a broken hand.

Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has ordered an investigation into the incident, local media have reported.

SOURCES:
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
Bitcoin Sportsbook, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/SportsbookBTC
“Angola stadium stampede in Uige kills 17” – BBC News – World – Africa (10 February 2017) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-38939723
IMAGE CREDIT:
“File:Fans of the Angolan national football team in Cologne.jpg” – Raimond Spekking, Wikimedia Commons (11 June 2006) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fans_of_the_Angolan_national_football_team_in_Cologne.jpg © Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons)

MARRIAGE AND A VEGETABLE: Husband loses wedding ring; finds it around carrot

Bad Münstereifel, GERMANY
VIJAY SHAH

 

 

The website Gemstars reports today the story of a man in Germany who lost his wedding ring, only to find it in a place he never expected to discover it in.

The 82-year-old, a keen gardener, was said to have been in his yard in the small town of Bad Münstereifel a few years ago, when he found to his horror that his wedding band had slipped from his finger and gone missing. Fearful for any possible impact losing the jewellery would have on his marriage, he searched everywhere for it, but to no avail. He eventually gave up the search, and assumed his ring was gone for good.

Three years later, the man pulled up some carrots he had been growing for his kitchen. One of the carrots was found to have something shiny and golden wrapped around it, in the manner of a corset, causing the carrot to be deformed. It was the exact same wedding ring the gardener lost all those years ago. Though his wife had passed away some time after he lost the ring, she told him that one day he would find it again. Six months after her death, he struck gold, rediscovering a lost memento of his many happy years of marriage.

 

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The Half-Eaten Mind, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind
Londoners, Wind Smoke, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/windsmoke_uk/lists/londoners
WWF, The Tweeted Times http://tweetedtimes.com/WWF
“82-Year-Old Man Loses Wedding Ring, Finds it In Carrot From His Garden” – Gemstars http://gemmstars.com/06e9f0033df9
“Möhre bringt verschollenen Ehering zurück” – Kristina Schlömer, WDR 1/WDR (4 November 2016) http://www1.wdr.de/nachrichten/rheinland/ehering-trifft-moehrchen-100.html
IMAGE CREDIT:
“File:Wedding rings.jpg” –  Jeff Belmonte, Flickr via Wikimedia Commons (20 May 2005) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wedding_rings.jpg

ONLINE TRANSLATION STUDY: English-language websites becoming more popular for foreign language speakers

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London, UNITED KINGDOM
VIJAY SHAH via the Open Business Council

A recent survey by an online translation company has discovered that English-language websites are becoming more and more frequented by speakers of continental European languages, particularly French and German, the Open Business Council reported this past Thursday.

One Hour Translation, an online translation agency which self-describes as the world’s largest in this sector, and which provides translation services to global e-commerce companies, conducted a research study of 4,000 e-commerce translation projects during late November 2016. The projects stretched from a period beginning in 2015, and up until November this year. The agency’s research discovered that the first language of choice for translation of Anglophone sites was French, with German coming in at second place.

 

 

Several international tongues were examined in the study. The analysis ranked target languages according to the rate of translation projects opened for them, against the total annual number of translation projects for English-language e-commerce websites.

In 2016, translations from English to French ranked first, with 13.5% of the total relevant projects, followed closely by German, with a rate of 13.4%. Unexpectedly, Dutch was placed at third, with 11.3% of the projects. The languages that ranked 4th to 10th in 2016 were, respectively, Italian (10%), Korean (9.8%), Japanese and Spanish (both 9.3%), Polish (8.5%), Norwegian (7.8%) and Swedish (7.1%).

French and German also topped the 2015 ranking, with 19% and 17% respectively. However, in 2015, Spanish was ranked third (15%), Dutch fourth (12%) and Italian fifth (9%). Ranks number 6 to 10 were Swedish (8%), Korean (7%), Norwegian (6%), Polish (5%) and Japanese (2%), respectively.

One Hour Translation’s chief marketing officer and co-founder Yaron Kaufman commented on the study results “…the fact that the French and German markets top the priorities of global e-commerce players immediately below the English-speaking markets is not surprising, since Germany and France are the strongest economies in Continental Europe. French and German are also spoken in other strong economies such as Canada, Switzerland and Austria. Dutch came third as a target language in 2016, compared to number 4 in 2015, and this strengthening demonstrates the resilience of the economy and purchasing power of the Netherlands compared to other European countries.”

Kaufman added: “Another notable fact is the sharp rise in the ranking of Japanese, which rose from number 10 in 2015 to number 6 in 2016. This development demonstrates that e-commerce players are also targeting the significant purchasing power of consumers in Japan.”

English is the most dominant language on the web, with more than half of sites written in that language. While English is widely used on the net due to its founding and dominance by Anglophone countries such as the U.S., other language communities like Chinese and French are also strong internet users. 

 

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Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
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“English Language E-commerce Websites Target French German Dutch Markets” – Open Business Council (15 December 2016) http://www.openbusinesscouncil.org/2016/12/english-language-e-commerce-websites-target-french-german-dutch-markets/
IMAGE CREDIT:
“File:WMF Fundraiser 2011 Translation Project-1.jpg” – Victorgrigas, Wikimedia Commons (29 December 2011) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WMF_Fundraiser_2011_Translation_Project-1.jpg

MAURITIUS COMMERCIAL BANK: Major island bank voted best six years running

Port Louis, MAURITIUS
VIJAY SHAH via Le Defi

The Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB), one of the largest banking firms operating on the Indian Ocean island, has been declared ‘2016 Bank of the Year – Mauritius’ for the sixth year in a row, French-language Le Defi Media Group reported this past Friday.

The bank, one of the island’s few indigenously operated financial institutions has won the coveted title six times in the past eight years. A feature of the Mauritian high street with its distinctive red and white livery and stylised red sailboat logo, MCB received its latest award from The Banker, a banking magazine covering retail finance, technology and investments globally, and part of the prominent London based Financial Times group, who also publish the highly regarded Financial Times newspaper here in London.

 

 

Luke McCreevy, representing The Banker cited MCB’s record of offering local excellence in the island’s lucrative banking sector. He said “The jury found that the MCB is the Mauritian bank that grew the most during the last twelve months. This growth is reflected not only in the excellent financial results achieved but also by the range of initiatives taken by the MCB during this period,”

Antony Withers, MCB chief executive said “This award inspires us to do even better in 2017, and already we intend to offer our clients even more services, more effectively,” 

MCB, headquartered in the Mauritian capital, Port Louis, also maintains branches in the Seychelles, Maldives and in Madagascar. It is the oldest bank on the island, founded in 1838, as well as also having the distinction of being one of the oldest retail finance institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. After a slow and rocky start, the bank began to massively expand in the post-World War II years and now maintains forty branches and 150 cash machines in Mauritius alone.

 

SOURCES:
Arzina Ghannoo.
“LA MCB ÉLUE BANK OF THE YEAR POUR LA 6E FOIS” – Le Défi Quotidien/Le Defi Media Group (9 December 2016) http://defimedia.info/la-mcb-elue-bank-year-pour-la-6e-fois
“Mauritius Commercial Bank” – Wikipedia/Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauritius_Commercial_Bank
IMAGE CREDIT:
“File:MCB-Logo.png” – MCB Webmedia and Mauritius Commercial Bank, Wikimedia Commons (25 July 2013) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MCB-Logo.png

CHINA MINING ACCIDENTS: Two reported last week

Beijing, CHINA
VIJAY SHAH via Reuters and the Jerusalem Post

 

 

At least two mining accidents have been reported in China in the past week, causing the deaths of 38 miners in total, the Jerusalem Post newspaper reported via Chinese state-owned media and the international Reuters news agency today.

As a rapidly industrialising country with a wealth of natural resources, the People’s Republic has seen hundreds of mines established to explore for coal, precious metals and other materials, but many mines are unlicensed and the country has a poor safety record generally, with fatal accidents a regular occurrence.

In the past five days, two fatal accidents have been reported. The first occurred in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, where an explosion at a privately owned coal mine killed 21 people, the national news agency Xinhua stated. The incident, which took place in the city of Qitaihe this past Tuesday, trapping 22 miners underground. There is believed to be one survivor and rescue work is still in process.

The second disaster occurred just today, when another coal mine exploded in the Inner Mongolia province on China’s northern border with Mongolia, killing 17. An undisclosed number of mine workers are also trapped, and rescue teams have reached the remote region to try and pull out survivors, according to Xinhua.

 

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Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
Chris #MAGA, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/Chris_1791
“Chinese mine disasters kill at least 38” – Reuters via Jerusalem Post – Breaking News/Jpost Inc. (3 December 2016) http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Chinese-mine-disasters-kill-at-least-38-474322
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“File:Coal mine in Inner Mongolia 002.jpg” – Herry Lawford via Zolo, Wikimedia Commons (13 August 2005) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Coal_mine_in_Inner_Mongolia_002.jpg

BATUCO ROBBERY: Yoga instructor kills two burglars in self-defence

Batuco, CHILE
VIJAY SHAH via Associated Press and Daily Mail

A Kundalini yoga instructor in Chile allegedly shot dead two burglars in her home after four men attacked the property to rob it, the Daily Mail newspaper reported via AP this Friday.

Hari Nam Kaur Khalsa, a convert to Sikhism from Texas, USA who has been living in Chile since 1979, was in her bedroom at the property in Batuco, 20 miles north of the Chilean capital Santiago, when four men broke into her home the previous Thursday. The 61-year-old, who is a martial arts expert and studied sociology in her native country, was taken by surprise by the burglars, who struck her in the head with a firearm, the Daily Mail reported.

 

 

She was then tied up, but managed to free herself, and in an act of self defence, picked up a registered Taurus model revolver she owned, and gunned down two of the robbers. The gunshots caused the two others to flee the house. One news site, Emol.com said one of the robbers was shot five times. Dallas News reported that a second man collapsed and died in Khalsa’s front garden.

Local police have said that Khalsa will not be charged over the incident at her home, as she is considered to have acted in ‘legitimate self-defence’ under Chilean law. Prosecutor Osvaldo Soto said she will be allowed to remain free, but will be allocated a security escort in case of revenge attacks by associates of the four men who tried to rob her.

“This is not a grandma as you can imagine,” Jose Nuñez, who manages the condominium where she lives told local press.

“So don’t be imagining a little grandma who killed two crooks with her cane.”

The men who were killed have not been identified. Khalsa has refused to speak further about the incident.

SOURCES:
“American yoga instructor, 61, shoots dead two of four burglars after they broke into her home in Chile” – Associated Press via Mail Online News/Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group/Associated Newspapers Ltd (25 November 2016) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3972488/US-yoga-instructor-kills-2-burglars-self-defense-Chile.html
Sherrie Bachell.
IMAGE CREDIT:
“Sunset yoga” – graham, Flickr (10 July 2007) https://www.flickr.com/photos/grahamking/826142536

 

 

CARLSBERG: Drink lots of beer, get lots of money

Singapore, SINGAPORE
Vijay Shah via Mel Ramsay and The LADbible

If you are a massive been fan, know your Tyskie from your Tennant’s and just happen to be in Singapore, a world-famous Danish brewery will pay you for the privilege of drinking the amber nectar for four hours.

According to a report by online men’s magazine The LADbible, Carlsberg, famous for its “If Carlsberg did..” advertising campaign, is now recruiting for what is probably the best job in the world, if you are not teetotal or watching the pounds. As part of an advertising promotion, Carlsberg’s Singapore branch is offering one lucky person the chance to earn SGD $200,000 (£11,241), which will include drinking as much Carlsberg beer as you want (or can handle) while working as a ‘Carlsberg Ambassador’.

 

 

An advert by the brewery states that in addition to drinking copious amounts of alcohol, the job candidate should also entertain their friends for drinks (Carlsberg beer only) and need only put in four hours a day, plus be 18 years of age or over. Other perks of the position include a chauffeur, as clearly you won’t be in much fit state to be behind the wheel, no experience required whatsoever and a chance to quaff as much Carlsberg beer as you want, a good thing if that is your favourite tipple.

General manager of Carlsberg Singapore, Jimmy Toh, told Today Online: “Whatever Carlsberg does, we strive to do better. While the exhilarating job of a beer taster remains the same this year, the successful applicant will earn S$20,000, which is double the salary offered last year – simply to enjoy ‘Probably the best beer in the world’.

“We are looking for the best candidate that exemplifies this spirit, and demonstrates passion for the Carlsberg brand to bag this unique job opportunity.”

Candidates for interview will need to submit creative and witty answers to three questions posed by the beer company, and must tender their applications in by the 4th December 2016.

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The LAD Bible, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/LADbible/
“Carlsberg Is Advertising Probably The Best Job In The World” – Mel Ramsay, TheLADbible/TheLADbible Group (25 November 2016) http://www.theladbible.com/more/awesome-carlsberg-is-advertising-probably-the-best-job-in-the-world-20161125
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“Carlsberg Journey – Making Of” – locosoho, Vimeo/Vimeo, Inc. https://vimeo.com/55270799

GENE THERAPY: Researcher discovers safer way to keep cancer out of studied genes

Pullman, UNITED STATES
VIJAY SHAH via Medlab

Grant Trobridge, an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Washington State University engaged in research, has discovered a method of reducing harmful cancer cells which occasionally surface while conducting gene therapy, genetics events site Medlab reported this week.

Trobridge and his team have found a way to change how a virus carries a beneficial gene to its target cell. Under natural conditions, viruses attached themselves to the surface of a cell, and use the cell to replicate themselves, often rupturing and killing the cell in the process. Trobridge’s modified ‘viral vectors’ as these altered viruses are known, also have the side effect of reducing the number of cancerous cells, and the research team at Washington State believe that the vectors may be useful for treating blood diseases. The team plan to adapt the viral vector technology to help fight SCID-X1, a potentially life-threatening disease that occurs in babies, and is also known as “Boy in the Bubble Syndrome.”

 

 

Gene therapy, a relatively recent branch of science, has useful applications for biomedicines, and may eventually be capable of tackling genetic diseases by replacing defective genes with repaired ones prepared in a laboratory.

Trobridge and colleagues adapted their vectors from a type of virus, foamy retrovirus, named for its habit of creating foam under certain conditions. Retroviruses are popular choices for viral gene therapy as they rarely infect humans and do not activate genes for dangerous diseases such as cancer. Gene scientists also find retroviruses easier to work with as they like to insert their own genes into the host cell’s genome when they breach a cell’s membrane, making it easier for the researcher to study the virus’ effects on the genetic structure.

The Washington State University team altered the vector to make it safer by changing how it behaves with a targetted stem cell, a type of junior cell that can develop into anything from reproductive cells to muscle cells. The altered virus can then insert itself into safer parts of the genome, avoiding areas where genes for life-threatening conditions reside. The vector successfully avoided areas of the human genome which has an abundance of cancer-causing genes. The researchers hope that this new discovery will be ready for clinical trials within five years.

“Our goal is to develop a safe and effective therapy for SCID-X patients and their families,” said Trobridge. “We’ve started to translate this in collaboration with other scientists and medical doctors into the clinic.”

Trobridge and team have published their results in Scientific Reports, an online open-access journal produced by the Nature Publishing Group.

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“Researcher Develops Safer Gene Therapy” – MEDLAB/Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions (14 November 2016) http://www.medlabme.com/press-releases/industry-updates/researcher-develops-safer-gene-therapy/
IMAGE CREDIT:
“File:Symian virus.png” – Phoebus87, Wikimedia Commons (19 July 2007) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Symian_virus.png [This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic licence.]

 

APPLE IPHONE 7: People caught out by headphone jack drilling hoax video

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London, UNITED KINGDOM
VIJAY SHAH via SIMON ROBB and Metro

Technology company Apple recently launched the latest iteration of its best selling and fashionable iPhone series. However many Apple fans have been left frustrated as the iPhone 7 comes with one less feature, a headphone jack. While Apple have been encouraging consumers to spend a bit extra to purchase their equally new music accessory, the wireless Airpods, some users, not keen on splashing out on little white things for their ears, have resorted to drilling holes into their handsets thanks to a hoax video doing the rounds, with disastrous consequences.

YouTube star TechRax, whose channel shows him exposing iPhones to all kinds of mishaps, including getting them run over by a train, and soaking them in liquid nitrogen, put out a video showing him drilling a hole into a iPhone. While clearly intended as a joke, some viewers have taken TechRax’s tips a bit too much to heart, leaving a trail of ruined expensive phones in their wake.

 

 

The short tutorial, entitled “Secret Hack To Get Headphone Jack on the iPhone 7”, shows the producer clamping down an iPhone in a vice before applying a drill to the top of the device. Once the new ‘jack’ is in place, TechRax removes the phone, puts in some headphones and plays music, which comes loud and clear from the speakers. Despite this obvious flaw, people have been reportedly copying TechRax, assuming that there is a hidden jack buried deep within the iPhone.

Several comments below the video were from people who tried it out for themselves, only to find their handsets have stopped functioning. Ste Richards wrote I’ve just done this but there is no sound coming from the headphones. I used an exact 3.5mm drill bit but the connector doesn’t sit flush in the hole for some reason. The phone doesn’t even detect the headphones are in.” ImperioMagno complained Thanks bro, I destroy my iPhone 7, 700 dollars at trash, thanks (sic)”. Commenter ‘lol atu’ wrote Dude are you serious?! I just paid $800 dollars for this thing and now it turns on but the screen just had a few dots on it. I think my phone’s dead! **** my mom’s going to be so p****d! I hope insurance covers this”. Several commenters were so angry at being tricked that they hurled insults at TechRax and told him they hoped his channel is taken off YouTube.

For anyone reading this who is vexed at having a jack-less iPhone, please refrain from drilling holes in it. There is no hidden jack and your warranty will be voided.

SOURCES:
Metro, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf
“You should NOT drill a hole in your iPhone 7 to make a headphone jack” – Simon Robb, Metro/Associated Newspapers Limited (24 September 2016) http://metro.co.uk/2016/09/24/you-should-not-drill-a-hole-in-your-iphone-7-to-make-a-headphone-jack-6150353/
“Secret Hack To Get Headphone Jack on the iPhone 7” – TechRax, YouTube GB (17 September 2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tqH-Un9SFU
IMAGE CREDIT:
“Apple iPhone 7, Pro, SE?” – Martin Hajek, Flickr (17 March 2016) https://www.flickr.com/photos/nepaltibet2005/25842583096

ROSE BELLE TRAGEDY: Homeless person found dead under parked bus

Rose-Belle, MAURITIUS
VIJAY SHAH via TOP FM

 

A homeless person has reportedly been found dead under a parked bus on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, local radio station Top FM reports. The body of a 63-year-old man, identified locally by his first name Raju was found this morning underneath a bus parked at a petrol station in the village of Rose Belle in Grand Port district, 10 kilometres west of district capital Mahébourg, in Mauritius’ south east.

It is not yet known how the victim died, or whether he was struck by the vehicle. Raju’s body was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Candos, in the western town of Quatre-Bornes, where an autopsy to determine cause of death will be performed.

The country’s police force have opened an inquiry to get to the bottom of the Rose Belle tragedy.

It is not known how many homeless people there are in Mauritius, but some estimates state around 500-700 nationally.

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Radio Plus – Mauritius/Ile-Maurice, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/groups/radioplusilemaurice/?ref=nf_target&fref=nf
“Rose Belle: A Homeless Found Dead Under A Parked Bus” – Top FM Radio (10 September 2016) http://topfmradio.mu/2016/09/10/rose-belle-a-homeless-found-dead-under-a-parked-bus/
Yogesh Kumar Ramsahye.
IMAGE CREDIT:
“Rose belle transport – Bus Mauritius – IMG_6111” – Egidio Maurizio, Flickr (17 June 2014) https://www.flickr.com/photos/egidiomaurizio/16456507113