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Day: April 11, 2018

Why you should remove your shoes at home
Life Style

Why you should remove your shoes at home

    No one wants to be that neurotic person who makes guests remove their shoes when they step inside their home, but latest research on how much bacteria we really carry on our footwear makes a convincing case for doing so. Dr Charles Gerba, a microbiologist and professor at the University of Arizona, found that the average shoe contains 421,000 units of bacteria on the outside and 2,887 on the interior. Some of the bacteria contained Escherichia coli, known to cause intestinal and urinary tract infections, meningitis and diarrheal disease; Klebsiella pneumonia, a common source for wound and bloodstream infections as well as pneumonia; and Serratia ficaria, a rare cause of infections in the respiratory tract and wounds. Unfortunately, it gets worse. Washing shoes wit...
World’s Oldest 112 year old Man Masazo Nonaka from Japan
Asia, Featured

World’s Oldest 112 year old Man Masazo Nonaka from Japan

    After an extensive search, Guinness World Records has awarded the title of oldest living man to Masazo Nonaka from Japan, who is an incredible 112 years and 259 days old. A representative from the organization presented Nonaka with his certificate at his home in Hokkaido the northernmost of the country’s islands on Tuesday. The previous title holder was Francisco Nuñez Olivera, of Spain, who passed away in January this year at the age of 113. Nonaka was born on July 25, 1905, just months before Albert Einstein published his famous special theory of relativity and more than a year before the Wright Brothers first demonstration of powered flight. We are very pleased to announce that we have a new record holder for the oldest living man. Mr. Nonaka’s achievement is r...
European airlines warned over Syria strikes as May stands behind Trump
Featured, United Kingdom

European airlines warned over Syria strikes as May stands behind Trump

    Airlines in the Eastern Mediterranean were placed on high alert amid the possibility of a US-led airstrike response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria. It comes as speculation over if a strike would happen continued as Theresa May said Britain would need more evidence before joining a military retaliation over the alleged poison gas attack. But European Aviation Security Agency warned pilots of possible air-to-ground missile launches as Donald Trump and US allies continued to weigh up retaliatory measures. It told operators: Please note that EASA has issued Rapid Alert Notification for Eastern Mediterranean/Nicosia FIR (flight information region) area stating that: Due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles w...
Poisoned spy Sergei Skripal miracle recovery: How survived novichok attack
Featured, United Kingdom

Poisoned spy Sergei Skripal miracle recovery: How survived novichok attack

    Investigations into the nerve agent attack in Salisbury continue Poisoned spy Sergei Skripal is no longer in a critical condition and is expected to leave hospital in due course, while his daughter Yulia has been discharged. Just a few weeks ago they were seemingly on the brink of death so how did they survive? Alastair Hay, Professor of Environmental Toxicology at Leeds University, tells Sky News how they may have fought off the novichok nerve agent and managed a miracle recovery. The nerve agents are deadly, says Prof Hay. That's why they were chosen as chemical weapons. If you are exposed to a number of lethal doses then invariably it is fatal. They block acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme active in the nervous system. The result is involuntary contraction of ...
Britain deploys third warship to strictly enforce North Korea trade ban
Featured, United Kingdom

Britain deploys third warship to strictly enforce North Korea trade ban

    The UK is to deploy a third warship to help enforce sanctions against North Korea. Amphibious assault ship HMS Albion will join HMS Sutherland and HMS Argyll, which is due in the region later in the year to take part in exercises with Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore. The ships will enforce the UN ban on ship-to-ship transfers of goods destined for North Korea. Several Chinese-registered ships have been seized for secretly siphoning off oil to North Korean ships in international waters over the past few months. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Our Armed Forces are at the forefront of Global Britain, and the deployment of HMS Albion, Sutherland and Argyll demonstrates our unwavering commitment to our international responsibilities and to maint...
257 people killed after Algerian military plane crashed
Arab world, Featured

257 people killed after Algerian military plane crashed

    A total of 257 people have been killed after an Algerian military plane crashed near the country's capital. The cause was unclear and an investigation has been launched, the country's defence ministry said in a statement. It added that ten crew members and 247 passengers mostly soldiers and their relatives died in the crash. The jet came down in farmland close to Boufarik airport near Algiers and emergency services have been sent to the crash site. Black smoke could be seen rising near a motorway in footage broadcast on Algerian television, with a crowd of officials also visible in a field next to the crash site. The tail fin of a plane could also be seen above olive trees, with smoke and flames billowing from the wreckage. The country's state news agency said th...
Facebook in arms race with Russia
America, Featured

Facebook in arms race with Russia

    Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, warned on Tuesday of an online propaganda arms race with Russia and vowed that fighting interference in elections around the world is now his top priority. The 33-year-old billionaire, during testimony that lasted nearly five hours, was speaking to Congress in what was widely seen as a moment of reckoning for America’s tech industry. It came in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which, Facebook has admitted, the personal information of up to 87 million users were harvested without their permission. Zuckerberg’s comments gave an insight into the unnerving reach and influence of Facebook in numerous democratic societies. “The most important thing I care about right now is making sure no one interferes in the v...