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Emma Kelty: Student describes last conversation with adventurer, 43, feared kidnapped by pirates on solo kayak trip to the Amazon 

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A student has revealed what are believed to be the last words of a London headteacher feared kidnapped by pirates she kayaked alone in the Amazon. Emma Kelty, 43, disappeared after sending a distress signal from a position 150 miles west of the Brazilian jungle city of Manaus, in a remote area known as a drug-trafficking route and for pirate attacks. The experienced adventurer, of Finchley, was trying to paddle from the source of the Amazon in Peru, through Brazil, to its mouth at the Atlantic. Ms Kelty, who was 42 days into her 4,000 mile trip when she vanished, had been documenting her journey on social media. Her final post on Facebook read: "So in or near coari (100km away) i will have my boat stolen and i will be killed too. Nice." Emma Kelty became the sixth woman to ski unassisted to the South Pole in January (Family handout) Now, it has emerged the post may have referenced a conversation with locals who warned the kayaker of dangers on the stretch of river she was approaching. Student Miliane Vincente told the Daily Mail how villagers in her home of Sao Joao de Catua on the Solimoes river called Ms Kelty out of the water. Ms Vincent told the newspaper: "I told her it was very dangerous, that it was full of drug trafficking and terrorists. "I still remember her last words: I can't stay, the more time I stay here the more time I'm losing. For me to succeed I have to do this route. Your hearts are very kind, but I have to carry on. Emma Kelty sent distress signals before her disappearance (@emmatamsinkelty) "She thanked me and took a photo of us, then I said good luck and she said the same. I'm very sad that I tried to help her but I didn't manage to." Local authorities have arrested a teenager in connection with her murder, the BBC reported on Thursday. Police in Brazil told the BBC her body has not yet been found but a teenage boy has said he participated in her murder along with six other people. Emma Kelty posted this picture online on September 10 with the caption: "Enjoying a moments peace ... all is calm and just enjoying just being." (Twitter) The Foreign Office said it was "supporting the family of a British woman following her death in Brazil." The experienced adventurer was 42 days into a 4,000-mile trip when she The day before she went missing she had tweeted about passing boats full of men with arrows and rifles, and the stretch of river she was attempting to travel is a known route for bandits and drug traffickers, local reports say. A kayak identical to the one in her online posts was found close to the river by police and officers said they had also found criminals trying to sell some of her belongings. It is believed Ms Kelty had stopped to pitch her tent beside the river on Wednesday night when she triggered an emergency locator which informed her team back in the UK that she was in trouble. Up to 60 Brazillian Navy personnel became involved in the search for her, using a helicopter, two boats and three divers. A team from the special homicide and kidnap squad also arrived in the area to investigate local reports that she could have been attacked by pirates who regularly target boats passing through. Paying tribute to Ms Kelty her brothers Piers and Giles and her sister Natasha said they were "extremely proud" of their sibling and that she was "dearly loved".... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 17:13:27 Categories: Evening Standard logo

A 401(k) checklist for when you change jobs 

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Moving to another job? Just take care of your 401(k) on your way out the door.... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 17:13:25 Categories: U.S. News & World Report - Money logo

When will the economy start caring about home-care work? 

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<p>One of the fastest-growing occupations has meager pay and benefits - a problem that might become more urgent as the population continues to age.</p>... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 17:13:23 Categories: The Atlantic logo

Lego and Toys 'R' Us transformed childhood. Now both are in trouble 

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Lego, the Danish company founded more than 80 years ago, recently laid off 1,400 employees, but the company has overcome financial struggles before.... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 17:13:20 Categories: The Washington Post logo

Americans love eating out. So why are chain restaurants struggling? 

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<p>Americans still love eating out. Consumer spending at restaurants and other food vendors, including beverage sales, stood at an inflation-adjusted annual rate of $605 billion in the second quarter, up 4% from $584 billion two years earlier, according to the U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis.</p>... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 17:13:18 Categories: Los Angeles Times logo

The Trump-loving lawyer who won't stop suing Fox News 

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<p>When a discrimination suit is filed against Fox, chances are Douglas Wigdor's behind it.</p>... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 17:13:15 Categories: Bloomberg logo

We can pick India's ODI spinners: Warner 

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Australian opener David Warner says the visitors can pick India's spinners, aside from the occasional delivery.... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 16:58:28 Categories: AAP logo

Uber operating in Midlands city WITHOUT licence as customers warned by council chiefs 

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Uber drivers licensed in Wolverhampton and Birmingham have been spotted around Coventry... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 16:58:27 Categories: Birmingham Mail logo

Meet the Scouse baker who went from cooking in mum's kitchen to her own range at Home Bargains 

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Elizabeth Harris is backing fellow city girl Kate to win this year's Bake Off... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 16:58:25 Categories: Liverpool Echo logo

Matip and Lovren passed fit for Liverpool's trip to Leicester 

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Lovren and Matip were both major doubts for the trip to the King Power Stadium... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 16:58:24 Categories: Liverpool Echo logo

Is Leicester City vs Liverpool on TV? Plus team news, injuries and odds 

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Tom Cavilla provides all the details as the Reds head to the King Power Stadium for the second time this week... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 16:58:22 Categories: Liverpool Echo logo

The Bargain Booze with 300 craft beers and a Cloudwater growler filling station 

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Does Stockport have the best Bargain Booze in the world?... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 16:58:21 Categories: Manchester Evening News logo

'World's dirtiest restaurant' shut down 

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The owner of a Greek restaurant dubbed "the dirtiest in the world" has been banned from managing restaurants indefinitely.&nbsp;... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 16:58:19 Categories: Evening Standard logo

Uber petition calling on London ban to be reversed backed by record 500k supporters in 24-hours 

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A petition set up by Uber urging Transport for London to reconsider stripping the firm of its licence has been signed by a record number of people. Sadiq Khan announced the shock decision not to renew the taxi-hailing app company's licence in the capital on Friday. TfL ruled that Uber was "not fit and proper" to hold a private hire licence and had shown a "lack of corporate responsibility" in relation to public safety. The firm immediately announced plans to appeal the decision and set up an online petition calling for support from their 3.5 million customers in London. Video not available for syndication Uber loses licence to operate in London - reaction highlights By Saturday lunchtime, a record-breaking 500,000 people had put forward their signatures, making it the fastest growing online petition set up this year. It read: "By wanting to ban our app from the capital, Transport for London and their chairman the Mayor have given in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice. Record-breaking: 500k people have signed the app calling on TfL not to strip Uber of its licence If this decision stands, it will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work and deprive millions of Londoners of a convenient and affordable form of transport." Referring to Mr Khan's "London is open" slogan, it went on: "This ban shows the world that London is far from being open and is closed to innovative companies, who bring choice to consumers and work opportunities to those who need them." The petition was shared by thousands of people on social media with the hashtag #saveyourUber. Kajal Odedra, UK director at said: "That is the fastest growing petition we've seen in the UK this year. Thumbs up: a black cab driver expresses his joy at the ruling by TfL (PA) "The speed with which this grew shows how powerful online campaigning can be. "In just 24 hours we've seen hundreds of thousands of people start and sign petitions on either side of the Uber/TFL debate." Londoners backing the petition hit out at TfL for leaving them with little choice other than to use "rip off" black cabs and accused officials of crushing innovative companies. Uber's licence expires on Saturday, September 30 from which date the firm will have 21 days to appeal. TfL said on Friday that the app will remain active in London until the "appeal process is exhausted". When TfL proposed strict new private hire rules that would have limited Uber's operations in 2015, more than 200,000 people signed a petition against them and most of the proposals were dropped. In Friday's ruling, TfL raised concerns over Uber's approach to reporting serious criminal offences and how it obtained enhanced criminal records checks for drivers. Read more Major UK cities have no plans to follow London in banning Uber In August the firm was accused by police of allowing a driver who allegedly sexually assaulted a passenger to strike again by not reporting it. Weeks later the vetting process for thousands of drivers offering the under-fire service was declared invalid, after TfL decided minicab firms had to use its chosen contractor to apply for a DBS check. It flagged up Uber's approach to how medical certificates were obtained - for example drivers using an online GP service via video rather than having a check in person as the regulations insist. The transport body also queried Uber's use of Greyball software, which could be used to block regulators' access to the app. Mr Khan said: "I want London to be at the forefront of innovation and new technology and to be a natural home for exciting new companies that help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service. "However, all companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standard we expect - particularly when it comes to the safety of customers. Providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security. "I fully support TfL's decision - it would be wrong if TfL continued to licence Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners' safety and security. Any operators or private hire services in London need to play by the rules". Tom Elvidge, General Manager of Uber in London, said: "3.5 million Londoners who use our app, and more than 40,000 licensed drivers who rely on Uber to make a living, will be astounded by this decision. "By wanting to ban our app from the capital Transport for London and the Mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice. If this decision stands, it will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work and deprive Londoners of a convenient and affordable form of transport. "To defend the livelihoods of all those drivers, and the consumer choice of millions of Londoners who use our app, we intend to immediately challenge this in the courts. "Uber operates in more than 600 cities around the world, including more than 40 towns and cities here in the UK. This ban would show the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies who bring choice to consumers."... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 16:58:17 Categories: Evening Standard logo

Earthquake in North Korea sparks fears of further nuclear tests 

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Nuclear proliferation experts are urgently researching an apparent earthquake in North Korea that struck 31 miles from a previous nuclear test site. Chinese seismologists said the magnitude 3.4 quake was caused by a man-made blast, but South Korean officials said it could be a natural quake and not another nuclear test. Lassina Zerbo, of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), said in a Twitter post that analysts were working to establish which it was. "Korean Peninsula unusual #seismic activity: LAT=41.36 LON=129.76 mb=3.5 About 50km from prior tests. #CTBT Analysts investigating," he said. The US Geological Survey (USGS), meanwhile, said the cause could not yet be determined. China's earthquake administration announced on Saturday morning that it had detected the quake in North Hamgyong province, North Korea. It gave the cause as "suspected explosion" and said it struck at a depth of zero kilometres, raising fears that Pyongyang might have conducted another nuclear bomb test. Dictator Kim Jong-Un's last known nuclear test on September 3 caused an earthquake at the much higher magnitude of 6.3, drawing widespread condemnation at the UN. North Korea has described that incident as a test of an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile, marking a dramatic escalation of the regime's stand-off with the United States and its allies. The CTBTO was founded in 1996 to monitor compliance with an accord negotiated in the 1990s that bans nuclear explosions. The treaty has not come into effect because eight countries with nuclear technology have yet to sign it.... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 16:58:15 Categories: Evening Standard logo

The creepy way hotels could spy on you - and how to prevent it 

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It's no secret that hotel rooms can be pretty germy places.&nbsp;... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 16:58:14 Categories: Reader's Digest logo

Best town to work in UK revealed 

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It may be famous as home to David Brent, the office manager from hell in TV smash The Office, but Slough has been named the best town in the country for jobs.... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 16:58:12 Categories: Sky News logo

Giants loss ends Stevie J's AFL career 

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Steve Johnson's 293-game AFL career is over after GWS Giants lost their preliminary final to Richmond on Saturday night.... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 16:42:32 Categories: AAP logo

Cops throw retirement party for 18-year-old horse 

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Hip hip neigh neigh!... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 16:29:08 Categories: Inside Edition logo

Justin Trudeau's Chewbacca socks takes the internet by storm 

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The Canadian PM's choice of socks has prompted Twitter banter involving Star Wars' Luke Skywalker and Star Trek's Captain Kirk.... read more
23. syyskuuta 2017 16:29:06
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