A British wildlife park owner is recovering in a South African hospital after being mauled by one of his lions.Mike Hodge, 67, suffered neck and jaw injuries in the attack at the Marakele Animal Sanctuary in Thabazimbi.A video of Mr Hodge being attacked and dragged by the large male lion has been circulating on social media.The BBC understands the lion, reportedly called Shamba, has been put down.Mr Hodge, who set up the sanctuary with his wife Chrissy in 2010, had gone into the lion's enclosure to investigate a strange smell.The video shows the lion attacking Mr Hodge as he tries to leave the enclosure, and then drag him along the ground towards some bushes.A spokeswoman for the Hodge family, Bernadette Maguire, has reportedly said in a statement that the incident happened as tourists were being shown around the sanctuary.In the video, people can be heard screaming as Mr Hodge calls for help.The statement said Mr Hodge is "only too aware of the dangers of working with wildlife but … [Read more...] about Briton injured in South Africa park lion attack
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Candice Warner has been mocked online after sharing a heartfelt tweet about her Australian cricketer husband and their newborn baby. The 34-year-old took to social media to congratulate her husband, David Warner, for his 122 run knock against South Africa - and to reveal their new daughter, Isla Rose, had watched him play for the first time. 'Well done my love on another terrific century for your country. I know the result wasn't what the team was after but what a week you've had,' she tweeted. 'Isla got to watch her daddy for the first time today and you didn't disappoint. We love you.' Isla joined the couple's two other daughters Indi Rae and Ivy Mae just over a week ago, being born on June 30 at about 10.30pm Candice Warner has been ruthlessly mocked online after sharing a heartfelt tweet about her Australian cricketer husband and their newborn baby The Warners welcomed their third daughter, Isla Rose, into the world last Sunday Isla joined the … [Read more...] about ‘Did he cry again?’ Candice Warner is ruthlessly trolled after posting a heartfelt tweet about her cricketer husband and their newborn daughter
Apparently if you're attacked by a shark, it helps to have read the news.Fortunately for surfer Charlie Fry, when a 2m (6.5ft) long shark launched at him on a beach near Sydney, he remembered a famous survival story.The source - Australian pro surfer Mick Fanning, who punched a shark in the back live on TV during a competition in South Africa.Both men were lucky enough to escape with their lives. But is punching the predator really the best way out of that situation? We got some expert advice on how to survive a shark attack... Worst-case scenario: If the shark decides you're preyRyan Johnson is a shark researcher and documentary maker who studies great whites. He told the BBC it depends if the animal is checking you out, or has gone in for the kill. "From my experience free-diving with white sharks - if you're in that situation where you are getting attacked, you have to do everything in your power," he said. "Punching him in the face, going for his eyes, try to keep your hands out of … [Read more...] about Surviving a shark attack: Do you really have to punch it?
The turnout was huge and for those who still hope that Iran’s hardline theocratic regime can be reformed, it was full of pathos. As Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the Islamic republic’s former president, was laid to rest on Tuesday in south Tehran, hundreds of thousands of Iranians gathered in and around Tehran University. For many of those present, the scene was reminiscent of the heady days of protest during the stillborn “green revolution” of 2009. Mourners turned the funeral into a rare display of public dissent, in the biggest gathering of its kind for seven years. The volume of state loudspeakers was turned up to drown out the chants in support of the two main opposition leaders under house arrest, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, as well as former reformist president Mohammad Khatami, who has also faced growing harassment. Rafsanjani’s sudden death has deprived moderates of a key powerbroker who retained significant influence in the … [Read more...] about Iran moderates hope Rafsanjani’s death can soften attitudes
If you harbour dreams of retiring somewhere hot, or you are keen to move abroad to join your grown-up son or daughter, make sure you don't end up a loser in the expat pension lottery. Many Brits thinking about retiring abroad probably don't realise that where you choose to retire will have a huge impact on how much money you have to live on in your old age. If you decide to move to Australia, Canada, South Africa or one of 170 other countries, your basic state pension won't increase annually, as happens in the UK. It will be permanently frozen at the date you retire or when you arrived in that country, and it will never increase, no matter how rich or poor you are, or how much you've paid in national insurance contributions. However, if you move to an EU country, the US, or one of a seemingly random list of other countries including Israel and the Philippines, your state pension will increase in line with inflation. There are around 555,000 "frozen" pensioners around the world, almost … [Read more...] about Ex-pat pensioners seek upratings for all