Have you ever wondered what is on the little islands doted along the River Thames? We can’t usually go on most them – they are homes for wildlife and can be very dangerous - it would be tricky to get to most of them anyway. In fact there is only one which the public can freely visit of eight between Chiswick and Richmond - and it even has its own museum. However, sometimes there are special organised visits to some of the others for volunteers helping with conservation, or as part of the annual Thames TideFest festival. Read More Shhh, it's a secret This year Thames TideFest, which celebrates the tidal Thames, takes place on Sunday, September 2. It includes organised visits to Oliver's Island and Lot's Ait. The festival also is running the Windrush Cruises, which are four hour-long boat trips around the Thames Tideway islands, from Kew Pier on the historic Thames launch the “Windrush”. The 2018 programme is being launched on the weekend of Saturday, June 16 … [Read more...] about Did you know about these 8 secret islands on the River Thames?
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U.S. authorities have demanded a nearly eight-year prison sentence for a Kazakh-born computer hacker, asserting that a harsh term would send a message to Russia's main intelligence agency about hacking and espionage. Federal prosecutors made the arguments in court filings in San Francisco ahead of the next hearing for Karim Baratov, who is scheduled to be sentenced on April 24. The U.S. prosecution against Baratov has yielded glimpses into how Russian intelligence agencies -- the Federal Security Service (FSB), first and foremost -- may use computer hackers in the theft of passwords, e-mails, and espionage. Baratov, who was born in Kazakhstan and was living in Canada at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to charges that he helped hack into Yahoo, affecting hundreds of millions of accounts in what has turned into the largest data breach in history. As part of his plea deal, Baratov agreed to cooperate with U.S. prosecutors in their investigation of the Yahoo hack. Two officers from … [Read more...] about U.S. To Send ‘Message Of Deterrence’ To FSB With Yahoo-Hacker Sentence
Donald Trump said that he did not know about the $130,000 his personal lawyer Michael Cohen paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with him, in the president's public comments about The payment came in the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign. When asked if he knew about the payment aboard Air Force One flying back from a trip to West Virginia, Mr Trump replied with a flat "No". Mr Trump also said he did not know why Mr Cohen had made the payment: “You'll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my attorney. You'll have to ask Michael.” Read more Stormy Daniels case should be settled privately say Trump's lawyers Responding to a second follow up, Mr Trump said he did not know where the money even came from. “No, I don’t know,” he said. Until now, Trump had avoided any questions on Ms Daniels – real name Stephanie … [Read more...] about Donald Trump denies knowing lawyer paid Stormy Daniels $130,000, in first public statement on scandal
Maya Angelou, who would have been 90 on 4 April, remains one of America’s most influential writers, artists and cultural figureheads. Her series of seven autobiographical works, beginning with the seminal coming of age story, I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings, overhauled the memoir genre, tackling rape, racism and trauma and catapulted Angelou to international acclaim. Her birthday is the same date as the assassination of her friend and colleague in the US civil rights movement, Dr Martin Luther King Jr, whom she met in 1960 after hearing him speak. Read more Maya Angelou: Republicans refused to rename post office after icon Maya Angelou was able to rise, but US race equality is still only a Maya Angelou obituary: Inspirational writer and activist whose Following the meeting, Angelou, who was already a successful singer, organised the Cabaret for Freedom to support Dr King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In 1968 Dr King asked her to organise a civil rights … [Read more...] about Maya Angelou: Five things you may not know about the American author, poet and singer
Netflix's controversial series 13 Reasons Why is due to return for a second season sometime this year. Aside from the May 2017 announcement that the show was definitely coming back, the streaming giant and the show's stars have been quiet about what's to come and when it's coming. Some fans have speculated based on when the show began filming that 13 Reasons Why Season two will premiere on or around March 31, 2018 - the same day the first season premiered last year. With the presumed premiere looming, here's what you need to know about 13 Reasons Why Season two. The much-anticipated second season of 13 Reasons Why returns to Netflix on March 31, 2018 When does 13 Reasons Why come back on Netflix? Netflix has not yet confirmed a release date for 13 Reasons Why Season two. Based on tweets from the cast during filming, fans believe the series will return on March 31, 2018. The show first premiered on the streaming site on March 31, 2017, which is where the theory … [Read more...] about 13 Reasons Why Season 2: Everything you need to know