2016 was a tough year, as we said goodbye to some of our best known and well-loved figures - from George Michael and Carrie Fisher to Prince and David Bowie. And the losses have continued into 2017 with the sad news that Bill Paxton had passed away, following the deaths of stars such as Gorden Kaye, John Hurt and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. Here's a look at all of the celebrities we've lost in 2017 so far who have inspired generations. DECEMBER Keith Chegwin Keith Chegwin died on December 11 aged 60 following a long-term battle with a progressive lung condition. Famous for presenting classic TV programmes like Cheggers Plays Pop and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, the presenter was a mainstay on British television for many years. Christine Keeler The model, whose affair with Tory Cabinet Minister John Profumo rocked British politics to its core, died aged 75 after suffering from a lung condition for several months. She was propelled into the global spotlight at only age 19 after an affair with … [Read more...] about Celebrity deaths in 2017: Famous faces gone too soon including Keith Chegwin and David Cassidy
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BREAKTHROUGHS in gene editing have paved the way for scientists to fix "faulty" DNA in humans, potentially wiping out inherited diseases for good.Here is all you need to know about the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 technique, what it means for future treatments - and fears it could lead to designer babies.For decades scientists have been looking at ways to alter DNA - the blueprint for all living things.This complex string-like structure is made up of thousands of molecules called nucleotides. Sections of DNA are called genes.The order of the nucleotides creates a kind of biological code that regulates chemical processes, development and growth and determines the physical characteristics of the organism.Genes are passed down from parents to their offspring, and any mutations or mistakes in the DNA sequence can lead to deformities and genetic illnesses affecting the vital organs.Scientists have successfully found ways to manipulate DNA at a molecular level - such as genetically modifying … [Read more...] about What is CRISPR-Cas9, how does gene editing work, who discovered the technique and could it mean we live longer?
TIPPERARY went into orbit last year and were floating among the stars before Galway brought them crashing back down to earth.The reigning All-Ireland champions rocketed to this year’s league final and looked set to bring the Division 1 trophy home to sit beside Liam MacCarthy.But they got a rude awakening at Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds on April 23 as Galway trimmed them by 3-21 to 0-14 with a performance that was out of this world.It was no tight tussle like the sides’ All-Ireland semi-finals of 2015 and 2016 — Micheál Donoghue’s men blew Tipp into a galaxy far, far away.All of a sudden, they were labelled a beaten docket.People said they had taken their eye off the ball and paid a heavy price.And things went from bad to worse in their Munster SHC opener against old foes Cork. The Rebels had beaten them in the league when Tipp were already through to the quarter-finals but Cork proved that was no fluke. They stormed to a 2-27 to 1-26 win at … [Read more...] about Tipperary have had lots of wake-up calls on the road to Croker
TENNIS ace Andy Murray and veteran comedian Ken Dodd have been knighted in a New Year’s Honours list full of heroes.They are joined by four-time Olympic champ Mo Farah, also made a Sir, and Jessica Ennis-Hill, who becomes a Dame.In all, 110 Olympic and Paralympic stars are rewarded in some way for their heroics in Rio this summer, including the entire womens’ hockey team.Wales football manager Chris Coleman receives an OBE.Theresa May paid tribute to those recognised, saying: “Congratulations to all those receiving honours today.“It’s great so many from different walks of life are getting recognition.”But the PM faced a backlash last night over a knighthood for Mark Lowcock, the mandarin in charge of Britain’s mammoth aid budget.Also honoured are businessman David Ord, who has donated nearly £1million to the Tories over the past decade, plusMPs and Mrs May’s former Home Office staff. Around three-quarters of the awards went to people … [Read more...] about New Year’s honours list 2017 in full – from Andy Murray and Victoria Beckham to Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill
LUKE BYRNE’S year from hell officially ended on Monday night when he returned to action for Shamrock Rovers.The 357 days between the player rupturing the cruciate ligament in his right knee against Cork City and making his return had been physically and mentally excruciating at times.So the 71 minutes that Byrne, 23, played against Bohemians in Monday night’s EA Sports Cup win meant more to him than just seeing off his former club.He said: “It’s been the toughest year of my career. You build up that moment of going back in your head and it still exceeded all expectations.”The Hoops won the clash with their old foes 3-1 and Byrne added: “I just really appreciated it. It’s been horrible.“You get paid to play football and you can’t affect anything for 12 months. I haven’t helped anyone for 12 months so I feel like I owe them one.“The fans have been very good to me, even just seeing them in and around here, and on social … [Read more...] about Shamrock Rovers star Luke Byrne turns focus to the future after year from hell
A WOMAN has lost 12 stone after swapping junk food-fuelled video game marathons for pole dancing.Christian ‘Cece’ Hill, 34, from Orlando, Florida, decided to kick her unhealthy habits once and for all after her 26st 8lbs frame got wedged in a tubed water slide for three hours.“Five lifeguards had to come help me out,” she said. "It took several hours and was so humiliating."She had gastric sleeve surgery to fight the flab and then turned to raunchy routines in a bid to banish her weight demons."I've always loved dancing, but my fat hung down and made everything uncomfortable. As a result, I often hid inside playing video games,” she said."Now I'm a pole addict and I train for at least two hours a day. I think nothing of standing in front of a mirror for hours in my undies to perfect the latest trick."Cece has battled with her weight for years.At school she would hide in the locker room eating Cheetos to escape the bullies and by her early 20s her … [Read more...] about Obese 26st gaming addict slimmed after getting wedged in a water slide for THREE HOURS… and she’s lost 11st by poledancing
THIS Sunday Jinder Mahal puts the WWE Championship on the line against Shinsuke Nakamura at Hell in a Cell.Mahal is the 50th man to hold the title – but is Nakamura about to become the 51st?To celebrate the most prestigious championship in wrestling – and a potentially historic title change – we look back and rank all 50 WWE Champions.Note: this doesn’t include the Big Gold Belt/World Heavyweight Championship that was introduced in 2002, or Universal Championship that came in last year.We’re talking the real WWE Championship – the title that dates back to 1963 in its various forms.50. Rey Mysterio - Reigns: 1 First Held: 2011Rey was never convincing as a top-tier champ and his pitiful run with the WWE title pretty much sums it up.He won the vacant belt in a tournament on Raw to crown a new champ – after real champ Punk left with the belt – but Rey lost it to John Cena two hours later.Bray Wyatt - Reigns: 1 First Held: 2017He wasn’t … [Read more...] about WWE Champions: The 50 holders of the most famous belt in professional wrestling are rated with a very controversial winner
Friday 22 July 2011We’ve been gadabouts for the last few weeks. Things always get so busy at theWe went through all our DVDs and donated about 5,000 to the school. Jim gave aWe were extremely proud their painting was on the flyer for the fair AND theyThis made it easier to bear the fact our vegetable sculpture, Ronnie TheHow sweet is that?So back to June. I’ve been helping my friend Virginia, a breast-feeding guruJim and Bob have also been on the ‘net. They’ve come up with a viral show: VicOn the 24th Jim and I took ourselves off to Brighton. We’ve been spendingWe walked round the Lanes and treated ourselves to some bits from the shops.I went to visit the girls in my fave store, Get Cutie. Because I’ve modelledWe stayed at Hotel Du Vin, which is divine.They’ve got all these different cognacs. We tried one each from the year weThe next day Jim decided we should take the girls to the Oare Gunpowder Works.It is the greatest place, really … [Read more...] about Double the fun with Nancy
FORGET collecting breadcrumbs, instead pick yourself up some cash by playing the Fairytale Legends: Hansel and Gretel game.Every slot on Sun Vegas has an overall return to player payout rate (RTP), which is basically how much the site pays out during each game.The rate is based on the amount of money each player wages on a game and the player making the correct strategy choices.Fairytale Legends: Hansel and Gretel has a RTP of 96.71 per cent, so, for example if Sun Vegas takes £100 of wagers they’ll on average, pay out £96.71, which explains its popularity.If you want to give the Sun Vegas game a go, here’s all the information you need so you can hopefully win some money. Select your stake size:First thing you need to do before you bet is select how much money your stake is going to be.You can increase or decrease you stake by pressing the left or right arrows while in the game. Choose your lines:The Sun Vegas Fairytale Legends: Hansel … [Read more...] about How do you play the Sun Vegas Fairytale Legends: Hansel and Gretel game, what do the special features mean and how much is the jackpot?
I'd like to comment on topics that I think should regularly be on the front pages but are not - and in many crucial cases are scarcely mentioned at all or are presented in ways that seem to me deceptive because they're framed almost reflexively in terms of doctrines of the powerful. In these comments I'll focus primarily on the United States for several reasons: One, it's the most important country in terms of its power and influence. Second, it's the most advanced - not in its inherent character, but in the sense that because of its power, other societies tend to move in that direction. The third reason is just that I know it better. But I think what I say generalizes much more widely - at least to my knowledge, obviously there are some variations. So I'll be concerned then with tendencies in American society and what they portend for the world, given American power. American power is diminishing, as it has been in fact since its peak in 1945, but it's still incomparable. And it's … [Read more...] about “Every innocent killed creates ten new enemies”