Britain’s heaviest man Carl Thompson found dead at home

first_imgBritain’s heaviest man, Carl Thompson, has died – weeks after making a plea  for help to lose weight.The 33-year-old, who was 412kg, had been bedbound for more than a year – with one takeaway reportedly making deliveries using a key to his flat.He was found dead on Sunday morning, and emergency services in Dover  who were said to have difficulty removing his body from his house, finally were seen cordoning off a section of the road so they could remove Mr Thompson’s body through a window.In April Mr Thompson said on national TV that he needed to lose  – more than two-thirds of his body weight – otherwise doctors said he would die.It is thought Thompson began suffering from an eating disorder after losing his mother to brain cancer in 2012.After Thompson featured  in a TV interview live from his bed, he was swamped with offers to help him lose weight.He said he had always had a bad relationship with food and, as a child, would sneak downstairs in the night and raid the kitchen cupboards in his childhood home in Lydden.He said: “I was only about three or four and no one knew why I did it. I would just eat anything out of the cupboards.” Carl Thompson weighed 412 Kg’slast_img read more

Somalia reopens US embassy after 25 years

first_imgSomalia will reopen its embassy in the United States today, 25 years after it was shut down.Authorities have described the reopening of the embassy as a sign of progress after many years of civil war.Around 200,000 Somalis live in the US and the reopening of the embassy in Washington will be welcome news for many of them.The relationship between the US and Somalia has been on a steady improvement since August 2012 when Somalia ended the so-called transition period and elected new leaders.Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud who took office in 2012 has held a number of meetings with US Secretary of State John Kerry.US President Barack Obama nominated the first ambassador to Somalia in February this year, a move that proved the improving relations between the two countries.last_img

Deadly Car Bomb Strikes Hotel in North Sinai

first_imgTo Egypt now where an affiliate of the Islamic state has claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed four people in a hotel in the North Sinai capital al-Arish on Tuesday.A car bomb exploded outside the hotel housing election judges, killing at least four people and injuring 17 The blasts came a day after the second round of a parliamentary election closed.¡¡A suicide bomber tried to drive a car bomb into the hotel before security forces opened fire on him, causing the car to explode.The bomber and three others, two policemen and a judge, were killed. Two judges, seven policemen and five hotel staff were injured, authorities added. State television and security sources first said a car bomb exploded then a second blast hit the area about ten minutes later.last_img

Sainthood explained: Understanding John Paul II’s beatification

first_img Tweet Share FaithLifestyle Sainthood explained: Understanding John Paul II’s beatification by: – April 26, 2011 Pope John Paul II in Berlin, Germany, in 1996. He will be beatified in Rome on Sunday.Rome (CNN) – the beatification of Pope John Paul II this Sunday will probably be the biggest event in Rome since his death in April 2005, with at least 300,000 people expected to turn out for the ceremony and more than 2 million to take part in beatification-related activities in Rome, including a vigil service on Saturday in Rome’s Circus Maximus and visits to John Paul’s tomb.Beatification is the next-to-last step in the sainthood process. It means the candidate can be referred to as “blessed,” and that one miracle has been confirmed in his or her name. Another miracle is required for canonization, the formal act of declaring someone a saint.Here are more questions and answers about the process – and about John Paul II:What is a saint, and how many are there?Catholics believe a saint is someone who lived a holy life and who’s already in heaven. Saints are considered role models for people still on earth, and are capable of interceding with God on someone’s behalf when a request for help is made in prayer.The actual number of saints is impossible to calculate. One well-known work called “Lives of the Saints” lists 2,565 Catholic saints but that doesn’t count thousands of others celebrated in local regions all over the world. The Catholic Church has a feast, All Saints’ Day, on November 1 to honor the countless saints who aren’t formally canonized.So how does one become a saint?In one sense it’s a democratic process, beginning with a grassroots conviction that a given person lived a holy life. From there, things unfold in three stages. First, Church officials make a study of the person’s life. In John Paul’s case, a four-volume study stretching over more than 2,000 pages was produced, including testimony from more than 100 witnesses.Next, one miracle after the candidate’s death is required for be beatification – and another for canonization. Usually the miracles are healings, which must be instantaneous, permanent, and complete, in addition to scientifically inexplicable. Catholics see the miracle as God’s seal of approval, a way of verifying that the saint really is in heaven.As pope, John Paul II made the sainthood process faster and simpler – but it’s still not cheap. The biggest expenses are usually the ceremonies for beatification and canonization. When St. Josemaría Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, was canonized in 2002, Opus Dei estimated that it had spent roughly $1 million on the process from beginning to end, stretching over three decades.Why the rush to beatify John Paul II?John Paul’s beatification is the quickest in modern times, made possible because Pope Benedict XVI waived the normal five-year waiting period after death to get someone’s beatification rolling. Benedict was responding to crowds who chanted “Santo Subito!” (Sainthood Now!) at John Paul’s funeral Mass and to a petition signed by the cardinals who elected Benedict.In one way, the pace of John Paul’s cause is a result of his own policies. He sped up saint-making in 1983, a move meant to lift up contemporary role models of holiness. Since then, at least 20 candidates have been beatified within 30 years of their death. For the record, John Paul’s is not the most “fast-tracked” sainthood of all time. That distinction belongs to St. Anthony of Padua, who died in June 1231 and was canonized less than a year later.What was John Paul’s miracle?It concerns a 49-year-old French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre Normand, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2001 and whose religious community prayed to John Paul II after his death. After writing the late pope’s name on a piece of paper one night, Sister Marie-Simone reportedly awoke the next morning cured and was able to resume her work as a maternity nurse. The miracle has a poetic arc, since John Paul also suffered from Parkinson’s.Last year, media reports implied that the sister had fallen ill again and that a physician had questioned the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. The Vatican resolved those doubts to its satisfaction, as the miracle was approved by its panels of medical and theological consultants. Sister Marie-Simone will attend the beatification ceremony in Rome this weekend.Why was John Paul II such a significant pope?Tradition recognizes 264 popes since St. Peter, described in the Bible as the leader of the disciples of Jesus and regarded by Catholics as the first pope. Only a handful of popes, however, have left a deep mark on history, and John Paul II belongs on that list.He played a key role in bringing down Communism, made 104 foreign trips and is commonly regarded as having been seen in the flesh by more people than any other figure in history, and improved ties with Judaism and Islam. Internally, John Paul II reenergized Catholicism, inspiring a “John Paul generation” of young lay people, priests and bishops. Some commentators have suggested that he will be remembered as John Paul the Great.That said, there is debate over some aspects of John Paul’s record, including his handling of the Catholic sexual abuse crisis. Officially, the Vatican insists that beatifying and canonizing a pope is not the same thing as endorsing every decision of his papacy. Instead, it means that despite whatever failures occurred, the pope was nevertheless a holy man.What’s the next step in making John Paul a saint?Officials will begin looking for that aforementioned second miracle. If one is approved by the Vatican and by the pope, John Paul II could then be canonized. It’s not clear how long that might take, but there doesn’t seem much suspense about the eventual result: Sooner or later, the Church will add “St. John Paul II” to its list.By John L. Allen, Jr., CNN Senior Vatican Analyst Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share 33 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Commitment-phobe or husband material? Check his sign!.

first_img Share Sharing is caring! So you’ve got a freedom-loving Sagittarius or an enigmatic Gemini on your hands, and you’re wondering if he’ll ever settle down. This handy sign-by-sign guide can help you determine whether you’ve got a roamer — or a future husband — on your hands.AriesCommitment-phobe: He’s only interested in getting together when you’re not available. He also spends more time with his favorite sports team than he does with you.Husband material: He enjoys discovering new challenges for the two of you to face together, whether it’s rock-climbing or experimenting with different lifestyles.TaurusCommitment-phobe: He hasn’t made any major life changes in eons, and it seems unlikely he ever will. He’d rather stay at home in his recliner than go out with you.Husband material: He plans for your future together; he’s probably already got a savings account set up to pay for your wedding.GeminiCommitment-phobe: He’s hard to pin down in words, actions or thoughts. He’s also never exactly where you think he’ll be, and he can be very flirtatious with other women.Husband material: He’s interested and engaged in what you have to say, and he admires your intelligence and wit.CancerCommitment-phobe: Most of your dates involve his family, and he’s constantly comparing you to his mother.Husband material: He talks about how safe and comfortable you make him feel, as well as how he wants to nest with you in a home you can share together.LeoCommitment-phobe: He’s more interested in how you make him look to others than in your own identity. He can be lavish … but mainly with over-the-top displays of affection that don’t really have much to do with you personally.Husband material: You feel like his queen, and you know you’re his number one. He makes you the center of his universe.VirgoCommitment-phobe: He’s nitpicky and constantly analyzing your flaws, as well as those of your mutual relationship. He never seems satisfied with what the two of you have together.Husband material: He’s thoughtful and dedicated to your happiness, and tries to find little ways to make you happy and show that he cares.LibraCommitment-phobe: He’d rather go to a party and circulate around the room than go out on a one-on-one date with you. He’s also more charming and attentive to you in front of your friends than when the two of you are alone.Husband material: He spends time planning romantic interludes for you to share together; he also strategizes ways of making your relationship strong and long-lasting.ScorpioCommitment-phobe: He only seems interested in sex, and doesn’t have much availability on his calendar when it comes to simply hanging out.Husband material: He wants to know every aspect of you inside and out. He makes time in his schedule to spend just with you, and wants to focus on your deepest thoughts and feelings.SagittariusCommitment-phobe: He’s hard to contact and constantly on the move, and you’re never sure when you’ll see him next. He’s more interested in partying with his buddies than spending time just with you.Husband material: He invites you along on his adventures and is excited about your participation. He plans exciting getaways for the two of you.CapricornCommitment-phobe: He spends time planning for a future that doesn’t seem to include you, and he’s openly more interested in his bottom line than romantic time.Husband material: He asks you questions such as, “Where do you see yourself ten years from now?,” and seems genuinely enthusiastic if you include him in your future.AquariusCommitment-phobe: He prefers to keep an open relationship with you, long past the initial dating stage.Husband material: He has all kinds of innovative ideas about your future together; he also wants to introduce you to his friends, and hopes to meet yours.PiscesCommitment-phobe: He’s wishy-washy and vague when it comes to any kind of plans you hope to make. You can also never can pin him down when it comes to his feelings for you.Husband material: He spends a great deal of time coming up with creative, romantic ways to express his feelings for you. He’d rather daydream in your presence than be Fern Feto Spring for Share Tweetcenter_img Share 103 Views   no discussions LifestyleRelationships Commitment-phobe or husband material? Check his sign!. by: – July 28, 2011last_img read more

Dowasco increases water and sewerage tariffs, in response to to fiscal constraints

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 73 Views   no discussions LocalNews Dowasco increases water and sewerage tariffs, in response to to fiscal constraints by: – April 7, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share Share Bernard Etinoffe, Photo credit: GIS NewsA 15 % increase in water and sewerage services, is what Dominica’s water company DOWASCO announced Thursday, as a measure to address growing financial problems.The increase is the first DOWASCO has made since 1998. The new charges have been made effective April 01 2011, but consumers will see it reflect for the first time on their May bills.The monthly water rate for domestic metered customers will be $10.12 per 1000 gallons and a consumer will be charged $20.30 per residential unit. DOWASCO says the increase is affordable.A customer paying $18.18 minimum per 1000 gallons of water for instance, will now pay $21.52, Bernard Etinoffe, General Manager of DOWASCO explained.    A customer paying a flat rate of $42.00 monthly will now pay $48.60 for water consumption.  The minimum charge for sewerage services for domestic customers is $20.20 monthly and commercial and industrial metered customers will be charged a minimum of $45.00 or 45% of the water they consume.  That price can co up to $3000.00 based on water use and generation of waste, Etinoffe disclosed.DOWASCO had told its workers some of them could be sent home and others may see reductions in their wages, as the company tries to cope with money problems. That decision has not yet been taken, and Etinoffe, has not stated whether that intention will be materialized.He said however, there are other measures being proposed to stabilize DOWASCO’s finances.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Training Team Selected To Prepare For Win Lotto Windward Island T20/20 Tournament

first_imgShane Shillingford. Photo credit: ESPN CrickinfoThe Dominica National Selectors has named Shane Shillingford and 29 other cricketers for training for the 2011 win lotto Windward Island T20/20 tournament.The Cricketers selected for training are as follows:Martin MathewMervin MathewJunior JervierKent MitchelJerlanie RobinsonVivian TitreKavem HodgeRay CasimirShane ShillingfordElton MarkJoel MingoNigel CarbonDenis BellAnderson JollyKevin JamesClem NicohlasJohn FabianVincent CasimirOscar GeorgeJean PaulKirstin CasimirOdiama OrnareVincent RivsTimothy JosephSamuel MitchelTyrone TheophileRoyston SobersAllan LaurentLiam SebastianEzron GreenThe event which will be held at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium will commence from May 26th to May 30th 2011.News Reporter: Grace HendersonDominica Vibes News 37 Views   no discussions NewsSports Training Team Selected To Prepare For Win Lotto Windward Island T20/20 Tournament by: – April 18, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more

UWP Deputy Leader wants Dominicans to demand respect for the constitution

first_img Share 27 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Hon Hector John, Opposition Leader and Deputy Leader of the United Workers PartyOpposition Leader and Deputy Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Hector John is calling on Dominicans to demand respect for the constitution.John made that disclosure while addressing party supporters at the UWP’s 22nd Delegates Conference in La Plaine on Sunday.He said if all Dominicans demand respect of the constitution, “we will no longer see the complete violation of the electoral process. Instead we will see a democratic process that is functioning for all, where every Dominican can live in harmony”.According to John, no one should be afraid to demand information from the leader of their country.“There should never be any fear of victimization. If anyone gives up their rights to speak freely, that person have given up their liberty to live,” he said.John said the issue of electoral reform remains an issue of major concern for the UWP.He said his party will continue to call on the Dominica Labour Party government to create the environment for sustainable growth and development.“We call on them to give attention to the agriculture sector by establishing long term and profitable markets, maintenance of the feeder roads for farmers and technical and financial support. The UWP welcome infrastructural developments but they should be of the highest quality and provide meaningful employment for every Dominican,” he said.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews UWP Deputy Leader wants Dominicans to demand respect for the constitution by: – January 19, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Sniffer dogs check Man United coach ahead of Liverpool clash

first_img But their first battle will be arriving at Anfield after a number of security issues were raised. A Kop supporters’ social media site with 77,000 followers has been promoting what they call a “coach greeting” for the bus as it approaches the stadium. It is telling fans to “let them know we mean business” by lining the streets before the 4.30pm kick-off. The posting is a sinister reminder of the treatment suffered by Manchester City before their Champions League quarter-final first leg in April 2018. The City coach was lead through a corridor of hatred with fans breaking the coach windows as it was hit with beer bottles, cans and flares.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Most Clever Uses Of CGI In CinemaWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Most Disturbing Movie Dystopias The roof of the coach was burned with a flare that was thrown at the bus and the vehicle was rendered unfit for use afterwards. And just to remain on the cautious side, dogs were deployed to sniff the inside of the coach around the baggage area while it was parked outside The Lowry Hotel. The trip to Anfield will take just under an hour with the Red Devils expected to arrive around two hours before kick-off. The dogs were taken inside the luggage compartment Read Also: Frenedes’ £68m fee holding up Man United switch When quizzed on whether he had any safety fears, Solksjaer responded: “No safety fears, no. “Of course they want to try to intimidate us but as long as it’s within the boundaries. “I’ve been sat in a coach or bus going to Europe or to Anfield and whatever they shout and scream you don’t really notice, that’s just part and parcel of these games.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United’s team bus was checked by sniffer dogs before making their way to Anfield. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side travel to the table-toppers hoping to maintain their unbeaten record against the top four sides this season. Loading… last_img read more

How Rudiger ex-rayed Chelsea

first_img Loading… The Blues suffered a humbling defeat to 12th placed Newcastle on Saturday. Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “It was an unfortunate game because we  really tried everything but at the end we were sloppy.” After being out for nearly 3 months due to injury this season, competition for his place upon his return was high.Advertisement Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Can You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?What Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do The 26-year-old, however, suggested that the competition was not unhealthy, but in fact a normal part of football: “There have been a lot of ups and downs but it’snormal to have competition.” Read Also:Chelsea’s Rudiger returns ‘home’, makes donation Chelsea host London rivals Arsenal tonight, with Rudiger expected to start at the heart of Frank Lampard’s inconsistent defence. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Antonio Rudiger has given  his thoughts on Chelsea’s competition at centre-back and encouraged the collective commitment of all defenders on his team.last_img read more