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Khawla Barghouthi jailed for failing to tip off authorities to friend's plot to carry out terror attack 

Evening Standard
A young woman who witnessed her friend preparing to launch a knife attack on Westminster has been jailed for two years and four months. Khawla Barghouthi, 21, also faces deportation to Tunisia after she admitted failing to alert authorities to Rizlaine Boular's Islamic State-inspired plan. An Old Bailey judge said there was no doubt Boular intended to carry out the attack. Boular, 22, has been jailed for life, while her mother and sister have also been convicted. Safaa Boular (left) appearing at the Old Bailey in London where she was jailed for life (PA) In April 2017, Boular was arrested after discussing and even practising her proposed knife attack at Barghouthi's home in Willesden, north-west London. In a bugged conversation, the women were heard laughing as Boular talked about her fears that she might "flop so badly" and cut her arm by accident. When armed police swooped to arrest them, Boular shouted "F*** you" and was shot by an officer, who thought she had something in her hand. In a statement to court, married Open University student Barghouthi said she did not believe her friend was going to go through with the plot. Boular discussed her plot with her sister and mother Mina Dich using Alice in Wonderland as code (REUTERS) She said: "When I read the transcript I was horrified how it sounds. What I can say, at the time it was extravagant talk and very stupid fooling around." But passing sentence at the Old Bailey, Judge Mark Dennis QC said the defendant knew Boular was serious and did nothing to alert authorities or put her off. He said she "failed to disclose information about an imminent attack in which a knife would be used to endanger the life of multiple individuals". He said: "There was a growing awareness over a number of days of the nature of the attack by Rizlaine Boular." He added: "There is no reason, in my view, to doubt that Rizlaine Boular intended to carry out her violent action, even at the cost of her own life." The recorded conversation showed Barghouthi did believe her friend intended to go ahead with the violence and yet did nothing to put her off, the judge said. He also noted Barghouthi's interest in extremist material, although it was a "comparatively small amount". Last Friday, Boular was jailed for life with a minimum term of 16 years, having previously admitted preparing acts of terrorism. Her mother, Mina Dich, 44, from Vauxhall Cross, south London, was jailed for six years and nine months with an additional five years on licence for helping her. The court heard that Boular took up the mantle from her younger sister, Safaa, who had planned to attack the British Museum after her Islamic State fiance was killed in Syria. The sisters had discussed it in coded chat about an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party. Safaa Boular, 18 - Britain's youngest female IS terror plotter - will be sentenced at a later date after she was found guilty of preparing terrorism in the UK and Syria. Additional reporting by Press Association.... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 22:07:00 Categories: Evening Standard

First Love Island couple of 2018 to have sex revealed after steamy night in the hideaway 

Liverpool Echo
Glamour model Megan said she "can't stop smiling" after the pair shared an intimate night together... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 22:06:43 Categories: Liverpool Echo

How to get back to Wirral after public transport finishes at the weekend 

Liverpool Echo
A night out in Liverpool is great - the return journey less so... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 22:06:33 Categories: Liverpool Echo

Man found with suspected Class A drugs after being searched by officers 

Liverpool Echo
The 19-year-old was also found with cash and a weapon... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 22:05:01 Categories: Liverpool Echo

Alpha Centauri storms to victory in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot 2018 

Liverpool Echo
Jumps trainer Jessica Harrngton lands the Group One feature on the fourth day of the Royal meeting with Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 22:02:50 Categories: Liverpool Echo

B&M brings back its hot tub after it sold out within record time - and now it's cheaper 

Liverpool Echo
The retailer's hot tub is even cheaper than Aldi's... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 22:02:11 Categories: Liverpool Echo

Mario Tennis Aces still leaves us wanting Wii Sports on Switch 

With the launch of Mario Tennis Aces, people who adore Nintendo's sports franchise have a lot to be happy about. It is, by and large, every bit as good as the classic Mario Tennis games. What it is not, though, is Wii Sports on Switch. Specifically Wii Tennis. Much of the enormous success of the Wii is due to Wii Tennis. It was just so approachable and intuitive: The ball bounced to you, you swung, and it felt like you were making direct contact with said ball. Anyone from toddlers to grandparents could pick it up and have a fun time. The magic was not only tied to the motion controls, but also the fact that your swing felt directly tied to the swing of the character in the game, creating a one-to-one connection. Without needing to worry about the movement of your character, all you had to focus on was making a proper swing. But Mario Tennis Aces, like most modern tennis games, allows for direct control over the character's movement. It also allows for special charged-up shots and a variety of drop shots, lobs and slices. What all this adds is depth - something that goes beyond the back-and-forth rallies of Wii Tennis. Despite the kid-friendly appearance, there's a surprisingly complex sports game here. What it doesn't allow for, sadly, is the flip-side: the instant approachability of Wii Tennis. Mario Tennis Aces attempts to mimic Wii Tennis with the new "Swing Mode." Here, you no longer need to worry about character movement, and swinging a single Joy-Con controller will return shots back at your opponent. But the nature of Mario Tennis games prevents Swing Mode from feeling satisfying. Success in this mode requires you to charge up shots by holding the Joy-Con back before swinging it forward when the ball gets close. This swing timing ends up feeling inconsistent and somewhat distant from the actions on screen. It also simply demands too much accuracy from casual players, who will likely be turned off by Swing Mode. On the bright side, Mario Tennis Aces' core gameplay outside of Swing Mode is actually incredibly approachable, assuming you're working with someone who has used a controller in the last 10 years. The bulk of the new game's depth is tied to power meters and special shots, all of which can be turned off in settings, which then transforms it back into the more traditional, Mario Tennis 64-like experience. (Note: If you're looking to do this, you'll want to change the settings before you select your character. The setting you're looking for is Play Style. Change it from "Standard" to "Simple - Beginner.") We're thrilled that Nintendo just dropped a high-quality Mario Tennis game on Switch. Just know that if you're looking to get grandma back off the couch again, you're going to have to wait a while until Nintendo realizes that Switch Sports is a mandatory addition to the catalogue.... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 22:00:04 Categories: Polygon

Death threats probe clouds Colombia preparations 

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22. kesäkuuta 2018 22:00:00 Categories: Reuters

'It's killing me': Migrant mother separated from son on his sixth birthday 

NBC News
Honduran migrant Iris Yolany Eufragio-Mancia doesn't know if she will see her son, Ederson, before she is deported.... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 22:00:00 Categories: NBC News

A terrifying nightclub 'war' led to a man drowning - now three people involved have been sentenced 

Manchester Evening News
"It just got messier and messier. I just remember thinking 'wow, someone's going to end up dead here'."... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 21:59:34 Categories: Manchester Evening News

Pub crawl of Liverpool's most historic watering holes 

Liverpool Echo
If you like to combine a bit of history with your tippling, we've got the list for you... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 21:59:12 Categories: Liverpool Echo

Man City 'eye Jerome Boateng transfer reunion' 

Manchester Evening News
Manchester City are considering a move for Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, according to reports.... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 21:57:32 Categories: Manchester Evening News

In San Francisco, the NFL's next great defensive force emerges 

Sports Illustrated
<p>One of the most enjoyable discussions making its way through NFL circles last offseason was: How would new 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh use his defensive linemen? After the selection of Stanford's Solomon Thomas third overall in the 2017 draft, Saleh had a nearly unheard of three first-round D-linemen under the age of 24: Arik Armstead (23), DeForest Buckner (23) and Thomas (21). But those first two-Armstead and Buckner-had been drafted to fill the previous regime's 3-4 scheme. Saleh, who had worked for the Seahawks and, most recently, Jaguars, ran the Pete Carroll/Gus Bradley/Dan Quinn 4-3, single-high zone scheme.</p>... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 21:54:02 Categories: Sports Illustrated

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke has this to say about Birmingham City 

Birmingham Mail
Norwich boss has a perfect record against BCFC... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 21:52:25 Categories: Birmingham Mail

Michael Jackson's dad Joe Jackson hospitalized with terminal illness: report 

The patriarch of one of the most famous musical families is in the final stages of his illness... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 21:49:44 Categories: Mirror

Man sends Utah city $50, apology note 75 years after crime 

FOX News
A 90-year-old Texas man proved it's never too late to say sorry this week after mailing a handwritten apology note and a $50 bill to the public works department in Midvale, Utah.... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 21:48:00 Categories: FOX News

Burglars and thieves target homes and cars in Sutton Coldfield as crimewave continues 

Birmingham Mail
High-value cars in Boldmere, opportunist thefts and a bogus caller in Four Oaks mark a week of crime in the Royal Town... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 21:46:11 Categories: Birmingham Mail

Words from around the world to describe the many different types of happiness 

Evening Standard
"That's such good news! How do you feel?!" "I feel so happy! More than happy! I feel... I feel... oh, what's the word...?" Happy. A state of being most of us aspire to and one we claim to feel in all-manner of situations. We are happy when we fall in love. We are happy when we get married. And happy when we get a new job. Or find a lost possession. Or when it's lunchtime... Does one word really describe all these experiences? Wellbeing psychologist Dr. Tim Lomas doesn't think so. Indeed, he believes that in many ways the English language falls short when it comes to describing the nuances inherent in happiness. Sometimes, there simply aren't the words. Only, there are - just not in a language we understand. Read more You and your partner's texts could determine how happy you are "Even if English has not created a word for a specific feeling, another language probably has," writes Lomas in his new book 'The Happiness Dictionary'. "These are known as 'untranslatable words', because they lack an exact equivalent in another language." Through his delightful compendium, Lomas guides readers through some of those 'untranslatable words'. In chapters based on various aspects of happiness - contentment, for example, pleasure, love, connection - he presents a comprehensive list of vocabulary by incorporating words from around the world. Take, for instance, the Dutch word, 'pretoogjes'. This describes 'the twinkling eyes of benign humour' - laughter behind the eyes of someone who engages in 'good-humoured mischief'. Or the Greek word, 'meraki'. It means 'ardour for one's own actions and creations'; to complete a task with love, such as, to cook with meraki or darn your child's clothes. How else might us Brits describe such experiences? Probably as making us - merely - 'happy'. So, what is the purpose of discovering these new words? Lomas argues that in so doing, "the boundaries of our world expand accordingly". "These words allow us to give voice to feelings that we've probably experienced but have previously lacked the ability to conceptualise," he writes. "They may even allows us to encounter new feelings that we hadn't previously been aware of or enjoyed." If you would like to expand your understanding and experience of happiness, keep reading... CONTENTMENT Fiero Justified pride in one's achievements Have you ever completed a Herculean task and just been glad you did it? If so, you've probably felt 'fiero'. Whilst in its home country, this Italian word is often associated with 'pride' or 'arrogance', psychologist Paul Ekman describes is as "the enjoyment felt when you have met a challenge that stretched your capabilities". "This captures the essence of 'fiero'," writes Lomas, "realising your potential rather than achieving a perfect outcome." He continues: "Ekman evidently views 'fiero' as justifiable pride rather than arrogance. But that begs the question: why didn't he simply use the English term?" Read more How employers can create a healthy, happy workplace He posits this is because pride often has negative connotations. 'Fiero', however, is very different from the 'unearned vanity' often associated with pride. It comes from "putting your heart and soul into a worthwhile endeavour and succeeding against the odds". Did you complete the London marathon? And did it make you feel happy? Yes, but it was probably 'fiero' you felt. PLEASURE Utepils A drink enjoyed outside It's a hot day today and you're counting down the minutes before you knock off work, head down the pub, and take that first sip of ice cold beer or rose in the sunshine. We might describe this in a rather long-winded fashion like 'a happy after-work drink outside'. Whereas this is a pleasure the Norweigans describe, simply, as an 'utepils'. Why not suggest it today to your colleagues: "Utepils after work anyone?". LOVE Anake Star-crossed destiny As Lomas notes, most star-crossed lovers we might cite - Romeo and Juliet, Heathcliff and Cathy - find themselves embroiled in tragedy: "the all-consuming love leads inexorably to a heartbreaking conclusion," he notes. He goes on to explain, however, that such destined love doesn't have to be 'inevitably tragic'. Think of Lizzy and Mr. Darcy, or Ross and Rachel, Noah and Allie, Harry and Sally... Anake is a Greek word which describes a "binding force or necessity which the classical Greeks knew could not be resisted" says Lomas. In effect, it is 'written in the stars', inescapable love. As Lomas explains, "Simonides wrote 'Even the Gods don't fight against anake'. Powerful forces that lie far beyond our control determine when - or whether - we meet our soulmate." CONNECTION Fika A sociable coffee break This is a Swedish practice, observed during the working day. Fika means 'a sociable coffee break' - but it's no coffee break as we know it. It's not: trudging to the kitchen, waiting for the kettle to boil, exchanging civilities with a nearby colleague, and then trudging back to your desk. Fika is an opportunity to 'pause and reconnect each day' and it occurs twice daily (usually 10am and 3pm). As Lomas explains, it's that 'water-cooler moment', only scheduled. (And what could make you more happy than that?) CHARACTER Eduaimonia Flourishing and living life to the full 'Eduaimonia' encompasses all the themes Lomas explores in his book. This includes - he writes - "learning to be content with our lot; accepting situations calmly; revelling in pleasure; loving and being loved; connecting and living in communication with others; savouring the beauty that graces our lives; welcoming the full spectrum of human emotions, including those that are bittersweet; understanding the world and our place within it; gaining some conception of the sacred; and being a good person while always striving to be a better one." Basically, it's an impressive word. May we all strive to achieve it. The Happiness Dictionary by Dr. Tim Lomas is published by Piatkus, RRP £14.99, available to buy here.... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 21:46:09 Categories: Evening Standard

Anthony Bourdain Had No Narcotics in His System When He Died, French Official Says 

The New York Times
The chef, author and television correspondent was found dead in a French hotel room last month. His death shook fans and colleagues across the world.... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 21:42:00 Categories: The New York Times

ABC pulls 'Proposal' episode after contestant accused of facilitating sexual assault 

ABC is pulling Episode 2 of its new reality series The Proposal from the schedule, after a woman accused a contestant on the upcoming installment of being involved in sexual assault. In a public Facebook post on Thursday, Wisconsin resident Erica Denae Meshke detailed how Michael J. Friday - a contestant on The Proposal's second episode - facilitated a sexual assault that took place when he and Meshke met for a Tinder date last November. ...... read more
22. kesäkuuta 2018 21:40:18 Categories: TVLine
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