Oliver King's legacy lives on as MPs prepare to debate new law for defibrillators in all schools 

Liverpool Echo
Oliver died aged 12 after suffering from a heart attack at school - no defibrillator was available for 24 minutes... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:24:23 Categories: Liverpool Echo

Holgate, Adama Traore, Pedro Obiang - The Premier League's breakthrough stars of the season so far 

Liverpool Echo
Observers of all 20 Premier League clubs select the players who have emerged so far this term... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:24:21 Categories: Liverpool Echo

Cruise liners brought in £7m to Liverpool economy this year 

Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Cruise Terminal was used by 63 cruise ships during 2016... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:24:18 Categories: Liverpool Echo

Thomas Cook slash flight prices from Manchester to San Francisco in flash sale 

Manchester Evening News
Thomas Cook has launched a 24-hour flash sale and are offering 500 seats to the north Californian city at £299.99 return... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:24:17 Categories: Manchester Evening News

How Hillary Clinton won more votes than husband Bill when he was elected President - but still lost 

Evening Standard
Hillary Clinton scored a larger share of the vote in the 2016 US Election than her husband Bill did when he was first elected as President. Despite Mr Clinton winning a landslide victory against George Bush in 1992, he had a considerably lower percentage of the votes than his wife did in her defeat. The percentage difference would equate, in this year's election, to more than five-and-a half million votes. And yet, Mrs Clinton still lost out to Republican rival Donald Trump. The figures of the 1992 race for presidency were skewed slightly by the emergence of surprise independent candidate, Texan tycoon Ross Perot, who gained traction a populist manifesto. But the statistics nonetheless re-ignite the debate about how representational the American political system is. As of Thursday midday, Hillary Clinton had 230,000 more popular votes than Donald Trump, winning 47.7 per cent of voters round. President Clinton: Bill Clinton making a speech in 1999 Whereas victor Donald Trump's votes amounted to 47.5 per cent. Whilst it may be hard for Democrats to stomach figures showing their losing candidate won thousands more votes than the President-elect, it is only a 0.2 per cent difference. But the comparison of Mrs Clinton's figures to those of her husband in his election victory is more striking. What are popular votes? Popular votes are the individual votes cast by each person So, when a candidate has the most popular votes it simply means more people voted for them than other candidates. But the US president is not selected by individual voters. It is selected by electors (sort of representatives) that people in each state vote for. The number of electors per state is dependent on the population size, but each state generally uses all its electors' or 'Electoral College' votes to back the Presidential candidate that has the overall majority state-wide. This is regardless of the margin of majority - so a candidate could get five or 50 per cent more, and still win the state. In order to win the election, a candidate must get 270 Electoral College votes -the majority of the total 578. The system is designed to keep regional balance and stop candidates popular in one part of the country overwhelming the whole vote. But it does not always mean the person with the most votes has the most electoral votes and therefore wins the election. When Bill Clinton was first elected President, he had 43.01 per cent of the popular vote - 4.6 per cent less than his wife in 2016. Video not available for syndication Hillary Clinton speaks for the first time following the election result And yet, despite the lower percentage, he won an impressive 370 electoral votes giving a clear win over rivals. In 1996, Bill Clinton again won the election with a clear electoral vote majority of 379. He had 49.23 per cent of the vote - just 1.53 per cent more than Mrs Clinton who won 228 points.... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:24:15 Categories: Evening Standard

Google Daydream View virtual reality headset launches... and even has a reasonable pricetag 

Evening Standard
Your nerves not steely enough to swim with sharks in real life? The Taj Mahal simply too far from your sofa? Google hopes to entice you with the next best option. It has now launched Daydream View, a £69 headset that immerses the wearer in a digital universe and aims to capture the mass market with affordable mobile virtual reality. Apps include a 360-degree wade in London's subterranean Victorian sewers, a chance to sign up for wizard lessons, and bunnies battling aliens in a VR narrated by Ethan Hawke. The goggles give access to guided tours of world heritage sites, such as the Taj Mahal, with Street View enabling users to "visit over 70 countries and experience 150 tours of the world's most amazing places", Google says on its blog. YouTube can become "your own personal cinema". Daydream View, which pits Google against Samsung's £80 Gear VR, works in conjunction with an Android app on a compatible high-end phone - such as Google's new Pixel - which slots into the front of the headset. Video not available for syndication Introducing Daydream View, VR Headset by Google A menu gives access to video, apps and games, such as Curiscope's great white shark experience. Action is controlled via a handheld motion pointer with buttons, which has a speaker for sound effects and mimics movement. The user can "swing it like a bat or wave it like a wand". For one app, a tie-in with J K Rowling's Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the remote is a "magic wand" to cast spells as the user meets strange creatures. Clay Bavor, Google's vice-president of virtual reality, said the wearer can "teleport from anywhere to pretty much everywhere." Olivier Demangel, founder of virtual reality creators IVR Nation, said: "VR is going to change entertainment as well as advertising, design, architecture, medicine and social networks. I used to say, when VR tech matures, it's going be more powerful than cocaine." He told design magazine Dezeen: "Probably the main problems will be addiction and isolation." Although Daydream View does not offer the powerful, seamless experience of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, it is several hundred pounds cheaper. Headsets are covered in soft, breathable fabric. They are reasonably comfortable but can let light in if the face seal is not good.... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:24:13 Categories: Evening Standard

Croydon tram crash survivors describe terror as carriages 'somersaulted' off tracks 

Evening Standard
Survivors of the tram crash in Croydon have told of their terror as the vehicle 'flipped' free from the tracks, killing seven commuters. Passengers described how the tram "somersaulted" into the air before crashing to a halt, leaving terrified commuters trapped in the wreckage screaming for help. Crystal Palace fan Dane Chinnery, 19, was named as the first victim killed in the crash. A young child is also thought to be among the victims and more than 50 other people were injured. Dane Chinnery, 19, killed in the crash in Croydon The tram driver was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and was later released on bail. Rail investigators believe it was travelling at a "significantly higher speed" than the 12mph limit. Friends today paid tribute to Mr Chinnery as the full scale of the disaster emerged. One wrote: "The life of our brother was taken from him. Aged 19, Dane lost his life with the tram crash on his way to work." Mourners leave floral tributes near the scene of the accident (Neil Hall/Reuters) Survivors of the horrific crash, believed to be the worst tram crash in Britain in almost 100 years, have told how the vehicle came off the tracks at speed. Tom Dale, a schoolfriend of Mr Chinnery, who happened to be on board, said: "it was like walking out of a war zone." Mr Dale, a chef who was on his way to work, said the only thing left of his friend after the crash was his boot. Mr Dale said he asked: "Where's Dane? Where's Dane?", but there was no sign of him. Tragedy: The tram overturned near Sandilands stop (PA) "He was just a friendly, genuine lad, did no harm to nobody, really. No one deserves for this to happen to them," added Mr Dale. Another survivor Rhys McCausland, 19, described the moment he was flung across the carriage, his head was crushed against the ground and the tram windows smashed around him. Video not available for syndication Sadiq Khan gives statement at Croydon tram scene Mr McCausland told the Daily Mail: "I rolled on my back. The glass has smashed behind me and my face rolled over the gravel. I was quite lucky not to be trapped like the others. "There were people flying towards us and bags flying everywhere. It was quite dark at the time and it was still raining. Floral tributes are left near the scene of an accident (Neil Hall/Reuters) "At first we didn't know if we were still in the tunnel and we wanted to find a way out. There was no escape from the tram on its side. "I was in shock. I could feel blood pouring down the side of my face, but I was quite lucky it wasn't worse. I could feel the blood dripping and I was in total shock about what happened." Taiye Ajibola described how the tram somersaulted "one, two, three times" before crashing. He told ITV how he managed to squeeze himself out of the tram. Read more Croydon tram crash: first victim named as Crystal Palace fan, 19 Mr Ajibola said: "I thought he (the driver) was going to stop but he couldn't so he increased the speed. As soon as we got towards the end he increased the speed up and it somersaulted one, two, three and he landed at the other side." Mr Ajibola, who suffered injuries to his head, described how he saw someone trapped under the tram who told him: "I'm still alive don't step on me." Crystal Palace said in a statement: "Everyone at Crystal Palace Football Club was shocked and saddened to hear about the tragic tram accident on Wednesday morning. "The chairman, manager, players and staff would like to offer their sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. "Whilst information is still being clarified, we understand that at least one of the victims, 19 year-old Dane Chinnery, was a Palace fan. "Our prayers are with his family and with all the friends and relatives of those victims that have been affected." Croydon University Hospital said they treated 38 of the wounded and offered their sympathy to victims. St George's hospital in Tooting said in a statement: "Yesterday, three patients seriously injured in the tram incident in Croydon underwent surgery at St George's. "All three patients left theatre yesterday, and are continuing to be looked after by our surgical and medical teams." The Croydon disaster is the greatest loss of life in a rail accident since ten people died in Selby in 2001.... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:24:12 Categories: Evening Standard

5 shot, 2 critically injured in downtown Seattle 

SEATTLE - Five people were shot and wounded in downtown Seattle Wednesday night. ... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:24:10 Categories: USA TODAY

A Wave of Fury That May Damage Global Prosperity 

The New York Times
The election of Mr. Trump joins Brexit as part of a middle-class and blue-collar insurrection against global free trade that could ultimately backfire.... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:24:08 Categories: The New York Times

Trump, GOP plot ambitious agenda 

The Hill
Congressional Republicans, who were bracing for major losses on Election Day, are now drafting an ambitious agenda that will seek to torpedo President Obama's major accomplishments over the last eight years.... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:24:04 Categories: The Hill

Giuliani's Gamble on Trump Pays Off. Bigly. 

The New York Times
Rudolph Giuliani's critics said the former mayor of New York was crazy for vehemently supporting Donald Trump. Yes, his allies said. Like a fox.... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:24:03 Categories: The New York Times

Genia to start at scrumhalf against Scotland 

Australia's in-form scrumhalf Will Genia will replace Nick Phipps against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday in coach Mike Cheika's only change to the team that crushed Wales 32-8 in Cardiff last weekend.... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:09:49 Categories: Reuters

Why Katy Perry really cancelled China concert 

Katy Perry abruptly canceled a major gig in China, saying she couldn't perform because of a "family emergency." Her Chinese fans aren't buying it. Perry.... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:09:46 Categories: Quartz

Tony Pulis: Forgotten full-back still has a role at West Brom 

Birmingham Mail
Pulis says Brendan Galloway might soon return to the first team... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:09:44 Categories: Birmingham Mail

Anti Donald Trump protests across America as tycoon prepares for power 

Birmingham Mail
Divisions across US exposed already as protesters chant "Not my president!"... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:09:42 Categories: Birmingham Mail

Sudden death of Year 11 student 'rocks' Burntwood school 

Birmingham Mail
Schoolgirl at the Chase Terrace Technology College died at the weekend... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:09:40 Categories: Birmingham Mail

Aston Villa transfer news and rumours: Defender linked, Barton latest, ten targets 

Birmingham Mail
All the latest claret and blue transfer tittle tattle... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:09:39 Categories: Birmingham Mail

The morning news headlines: President-elect Donald Trump heads to White House for talks with Barack Obama 

Birmingham Mail
The latest news from Britain and around the world... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:09:37 Categories: Birmingham Mail

Meet the power women behind Donald Trump: daughter Ivanka and Kellyanne Conway 

Evening Standard
Donald Trump has a heck of a lot of trouble with women. In the course of his White House run he's mocked TV host Megyn Kelly's menstruation, been revealed in a historic tape as bandying jokes about sexual assault, and come out with countless vulgarities about women's bodies. Yet alongside him have stood two powerful women, each remarkable in their way. The Trump feminocracy contains contrasting styles and forms of influence over The Donald, although neither will be First Lady. Aside from some speeches opposing cyber-bullying and supporting her husband after the embarrassing tape leak, Melania Trump has been a gracious silence in a raucous campaign. But Ivanka, 35, daughter by his first wife Ivana and vice-president of his property business, is acknowledged in the Trump team as his "political spouse". But finessing that appeal has been the task of Kellyanne Conway, who turned around a flailing, scandal-riven campaign. Ivanka has shaped the insurgent's appeal - gathering female votes as well as those of disaffected white males. "People wanted change," she said with her trademark abruptness of the result, "and they got it." Front-of-house presence has been Ivanka's businesss. Impeccably turned out, with sleek blonde hair smoothed to a glossy sheen, she sports a wardrobe of cruise-collection white and shell pinks, worn even when the temperature drops to autumnal East Coast levels. Read more How Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump are their parents' secret weapon "I've said that if Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her," Trump once remarked. But beyond his edgy humour about female availability, he has also noted that she is the first person he counts on when he needs advice. Together with her brother Donald Trump Junior, they are, a family acquaintance says, "his ports in a storm". A fondness and respect for his daughter-adviser is apparent. Watching the two of them at the opening of the grandiose Washington Trump hotel, Ivanka's speech dwelt on the values of entrepreneurship, hard work - and included a pat on the back for the staff, mentioned by name. Her politics seem to be fluid - "neither Republican nor Democrat" she once declared - and she has long been a New York friend of Chelsea Clinton in the cross-politics club of gilded offspring of hard-to-please parents. Credited with encouraging her father to take on Hillary Clinton's claim to represent feminist interests she also champions equal pay for women. President-elect Donald Trump kisses his daughter Ivanka Trump (AP) Until now, business has always come first for the Trumps and the Washington hotel opening came after a flurry of bad headlines and edgy confrontations in the TV debates, Standing at the side of the stage as the Trump ladies teetered on stage (four-inch heels a minimum) we watched Ivanka put a calming hand on her father's arm and murmur advice. It's a style which has earned her the nickname, together with Conway, of being the "Trump whisperer". One fellow New York socialite in the property development world describes Ivanka as "always self-assured but not bossy". Indeed, her schooling at exclusive Choate Rosemary Hall, in leafy Connecticut, whose alumni include J F Kennedy, Glenn Close, Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Douglas, followed by Georgetown and the Wharton business school, are closer to the kind of elegantly selective education favoured by East Coast elites rather than tub-thumping populists. A fellow hotel investor, who has negotiated with her, says her education left her extremely adept at business planning and costing. "She will deliver a very tough plan in a voice that is low and assured and even a bit bewitching," he says. She has married into the business - to Jared Kushner, 35, a developer and political acolyte of her father, converting to Judaism and bringing up three children on Park Avenue. According to Marc Fisher, co-author of the recent biography Trump Revealed, the relationship with Ivanka is "in many ways one of the most mature and significant Donald Trump has had with women". The campaign has not been all good news. A clothing label she launched looks to have suffered by association - racks of black dresses with some slightly saucy detailing are selling for less than $100. Family glitz and a soothing female manner alongside Trump would not, however, have taken him so far and the woman who can (and will) take credit for steering an accident-prone campaign to a successful conclusion is Kellyanne Conway, the pollster-campaigner. Conway is a tough operator from the staunchly Conservative end of America's (now blighted) polling industry. The tough, athletic 49-year-old with a New Jersey accent has spent three decades advising Republicans on how to appeal to women. She has long had the Clintons in her sights: part of what Hillary once dubbed the "vast Right-wing conspiracy" of lawyers and political strategists who deployed the revelations of Bill Clinton's extra- marital affairs and subsequent cover-ups to engineer his impeachment during his second term. Conway honed her debating skills as part of a concerted Republican attack team and became a frequent cable TV guest in pursuit of the Clinton scalp. Donald Trump with campaign manager Kellyanne Conway (Getty Images) Finally she got it, when Huma Abedin - Mrs Clinton's chief aide who was embroiled in the backwash from her sex-texting husband and Clinton's careless email handling - called Conway to announce that Hillary was ready to concede and arrange the niceties. Entering the campaign after a series of rows and departures, Conway weened a reluctant Trump off the expectation that his campaign team would prioritise on TV pushing his message and focused on the "ground game", targeting seats, crucial districts and twisting arms of old-school republicans for acceptance and backing. Video not available for syndication Donald Trump: six hurdles he overcame to become US president At times she has appeared to distance herself from his rhetorical excesses, shrugging that as the candidate he "says what he wants to say" - hardly an endorsement. She wisely keeps close relations with Ivanka, who is said to like her because Conway has no desire to change Trump. Nonetheless, she confiscated his phone to stop his habit of thoughtless tweeting. Barack Obama wondered out loud if a man who could not be trusted to tweet could be trusted with the nuclear codes. Less flattering accounts suggest that Conway undermined Trump's existing strategists to take full control. Yet even in an election where the dividing line between the camps has been so sourly drawn, this tough operator has admirers across the party aisle. She wrote a book with Celinda Lake, a Democrat pollster, on the rising impact of women in US politics. It begins: "As a not-so-silent majority of women - from seniors to boomers to Generations Z and Y - confront the singular challenge of recasting the nation in their image, they are shaking the culture to its core." Conquering the boys' club of Conservative politics from the 1990s onwards was not a breeze. "I'm a female consultant to the Republicans," she told The New Yorker. "When I walk into a meeting at the Republican National Convention I feel like I am walking into a bachelor party in the locker room of the Elks [fraternity] club." Asked how she coped, she winked broadly, "I tell people, 'Don't be fooled, because I'm a man by day'." On the face of it, Conway and Ivanka hail from very different tribes of women. But behind such an improbable President, it turns out, are two women who have somehow made the once unthinkable a matter of fact. @annemcelvoy Anne McElvoy is senior editor at The Economist... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:09:36 Categories: Evening Standard

Walk Through Walls by Marina Abramovic - review 

Evening Standard
In 1990 the performance artist Marina Abramovic invited her mother to the opening of her show at the Pompidou. "Are you naked in it?" she responded. It was a fair question. Whether slapping a skull on her body, carving a pentagram on her chest or lying on a cross made of ice blocks, Abramovic's pieces often involve her in the nip. Abramovic believes her performance pieces are expressions of limitless artistic freedom. But when they are listed here in her memoir, one after another over the years, boundary-pushing fatigue soon sets in. In practice, most of her work falls back upon repeated themes of nudity, staring and self-harm. Born in Yugoslavia in 1946 under Marshal Tito's dictatorship, Abramovic had a materially comfortable upbringing, thanks to her father's high position in the Communist party, but her childhood was "emotionally desolate". Her parents' marriage was "like a war" - she never saw them hug or kiss and her mother would use her as a human shield when her father started beating her. Once her father had walked out she lived at home with her controlling mother under a strict 10pm curfew. No men were allowed in the house, not even her first husband, who had to sneak in to see her. But as dysfunctional as her family was, they did encourage Abramovic's early artistic pursuits. She studied at Belgrade's Academy of Fine Arts but now despises the "kitschy" paintings she did during that time. In the early Seventies she joined a small group of anti-commercial, "anti-art" artists, and in 1973 she created her first major performance piece. In front of an audience she took 10 sharp knives and stabbed them between the fingers of her hand one at a time as fast as she could. When she nicked herself her groans of pain were picked up by a tape recorder. Abramovic felt "intoxicated" by the piece's success. She came to believe that pain is "a sacred door to another state of consciousness". For Abramovic, it is not enough to suffer for art. The suffering is the art. Over the course of her career she pushed her body to further extraordinary limits through cutting, whipping, fasting and knocking herself out. She believes Western culture is limited "in understanding the true limits of the body and mind". Instead she subscribes to all types of fridge-magnet mysticism, whether they be ley lines, auras, parallel realities, tarot cards, telepathic Aboriginals or dream prophecy. Sometimes these beliefs veer into conspiracy theory territory. She states that cancer is caused by suppressing bad emotions and the Great Wall of China was not in fact built for the purpose of keeping out invaders but was designed to be seen from space as a "mirror image of the Milky Way". I've long thought the same of the Hammersmith gyratory. For her career-defining piece, The Artist is Present at MoMA in 2010, she sat in a chair for eight hours a day facing individual members of the audience and stared silently into their eyes. It caused a big stir on the New York art scene and won the gushing acclaim of celebrities, from Jay Z to Lady Gaga. Many visitors were moved to tears. The performance, Abramovic writes, "had become life itself". You had to be there. £16.83, Amazon, Buy it now... read more
10. marraskuuta 2016 17:09:34 Categories: Evening Standard
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