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New Year Kicks Off With Supermoon Lunapalooza

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 20:43

On Jan. 1, the full Moon will be at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth, making it a supermoon.


Turkey rages after 'coup' officer granted asylum in Greece

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 20:35

The Turkish foreign ministry on Saturday slammed a decision in Greece to grant asylum to a Turkish helicopter co-pilot, who fled the country after last year's failed coup, as "politically motivated" and warned of a negative impact on bilateral relations. The co-pilot -- who flew seven other Turkish military officers to Greece -- was granted asylum after Greek authorities ruled that his human rights would be at risk, despite repeated requests for his extradition by Ankara. The decision "once again reveals that Greece is a country that protects and embraces plotters," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that the ruling was "politically motivated".


2 men charged in deaths of women, children found in home

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 19:19

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — Two men were arrested Saturday on murder charges in the deaths of two women and two children who were found dead in their upstate New York apartment.


Merkel eyes social cohesion as she presses for new government

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 18:16

By Andrea Shalal BERLIN (Reuters) - Conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, under pressure after three months of failing to form a new ruling coalition, on Sunday vowed to address growing social divisions as she worked rapidly to build a stable German government. "And Germany will only prosper if its success serves all people and improves and enriches our lives." Merkel, seeking a fourth term in office, is trying to persuade the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) to extend the "grand coalition" that ruled for the past four years despite big losses suffered by both political blocs in the Sept. 24 polls. The alternative would be a minority government or new elections that could hand further gains to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which entered parliament for the first time amid concerns about Merkel's decision in 2015 to welcome over a million mainly Muslim migrants to Germany.


George Papadopoulos Helped Spur Russia Probe By Spilling Secrets To Diplomat: NYT

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 17:12

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat in May 2016 that Russia had political dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the New York Times reported on Saturday.


Colombia ships 50 tonnes of holiday ham to Venezuela

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 16:48

Colombia has shipped around 50 tonnes (55 tons) of ham to Venezuela after protests broke out over shortages of the traditional holiday staple, an official said Saturday. The first two trucks of ham arrived in Venezuela on Friday night, a source from Colombia's national tax and customs office told AFP. The transport ministry said it had issued a firm a "special permit" to transport the ham to Barinas, western Venezuela.


Guy arrested for 'Nigerian prince' email scams is definitely not Nigerian royalty

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 16:40

The "Nigerian prince" email scam is one of the most notorious cybercimes out there, and the people behind it may have hit a bit of a snag after one of their alleged co-conspirators was arrested in Louisiana on Thursday. Police arrested a 67-year-old man in Slidell, Louisiana after an 18-month investigation in connection with Nigerian prince email scams. The man is suspected of being a middle-man for a group in Nigeria that used the Nigerian prince email scam to get money from unsuspecting people, the Slidell Police Department announced on Facebook. SEE ALSO: Man replies to scam emails — and hilarity ensues If you're unfamiliar with the Nigerian prince email scam, the Federal Trade Commission dedicates an entire page to them on their website, which describes the common phishing tactic that continues to con people out of their money: The man police arrested, Michael Neu, is suspected of facilitating these transfers of money from victims to his co-conspirators. Neu faces 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering, having participated in hundreds of scam transactions. Michael Neu faces 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering for his involvement with 'Nigerian prince' email scams.Image: Slidell Police department/facebookAlthough the scam has become a bit of a joke like the FTC says, it still results in millions of dollars in losses for victims every year, and people who get caught up in the scams can sometimes face personal harm.  "According to State Department reports, people who have responded to these emails have been beaten, subjected to threats and extortion, and in some cases, murdered," the FTC states. The Slidell Police Department said that its investigation is ongoing, but can be extremely difficult because many leads point toward people who live outside the United States. Although Neu himself is not Nigerian, the police stated that money acquired by Neu was wired to people in Nigeria. Let this be a lesson to anyone on the internet: if a stranger is soliciting you for money, it's probably not a good idea to just hand it over to them. WATCH: Email scammer tries to lure man to invest $30,000 in snail farming


China Shuts Down Domestic Ivory Trade In Effort To Fight Poaching

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 16:20

WASHINGTON — China, one of the world’s largest markets for elephant ivory, will close out 2017 by shutting down its domestic ivory trade in an effort to curb poaching and ensure a future for the imperiled species.


Ex-Catalan leader demands regional govt be reinstated

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 16:10

Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on Saturday demanded Madrid reinstate his regional government, which was deposed after an independence referendum that Spanish courts judged illegal, as part of a political settlement. Puigdemont's administration followed up the October 1 referendum by declaring independence but Madrid promptly sacked him and his team and, facing arrest, he fled into Belgian exile while colleagues were arrested and jailed.


Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s 4 Pillars Plan: Make a few easy changes for a slimmer, healthier and happier 2018

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 16:04

Of all the GPs at Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s previous surgery, he was the only one to eschew the Tannoy system when calling his patients in. Rather charmingly, he walked to the waiting room to fetch each one. “It’s more personal,” he says. “It’s really nice to go and shake someone’s hand, look them in the eye and watch them walk to your consultation room. The dynamic starts there. It also got me out of my chair 45 times a day. It’s just a small thing that I think the patients really liked and had a lot of benefits for me.” This “small thing” he’s recounting across the kitchen island at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, goes to the heart of Dr Chatterjee’s philosophy. As he points out, it enabled him to build extra movement into his daily routine without much trouble. But perhaps more importantly, it signalled a resetting of the doctor-patient relationship; making a connection that enabled the physician to see the bigger picture.  Our lifestyles can be our best medicine! ���� Over 16 years of seeing tens of thousands of patients has taught me this. When you get the fundamentals of food, movement, sleep and relaxation right, it is amazing how good we can feel. ���� This is what I wrote my book, The Four Pillar Plan. To give people simple, practical information, as well as a little bit of inspiration ��, to live as well as they possibly can. (Link to pre-order in my bio above!) ���� Who agrees that our lifestyles can be our best medicine? Type ‘YES’ below if you agree! ���� #the4pillarplan #healthylifestyle #bookstagram #selfcare #lifestylemedicine #livebarefoot #vivobarefoot #food #healthykids A post shared by Dr Rangan Chatterjee (#health) (@drchatterjee) on Dec 22, 2017 at 8:17am PST The handsome 40-year-old father-of-two, star of BBC One’sDoctor in the House, is at the forefront of a new generation of social-media-savvy medics who are all about making connections – sharing everything from the quick vegetable coconut curry he whipped up for his kids with his 12.5k followers on Instagram, to his Tedx talk on how he helps patients reverse type-2 diabetes without medication, which has amassed more than 850,000 views on YouTube.  And he has a very big picture in mind: overhauling the way the NHS operates. “Our whole model is about diagnosing and giving a pill,” he tells me. “That’s what we’re very good at and that model of care works very well for acute problems.” Many chronic conditions, often viewed as inevitable evils of modern life, could be cured with a series of straightforward tweaks to our daily routines It is clearly working less well for tackling chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, obesity and depression, which have reached genuine crisis levels in Britain, despite our ever increasing intake of pharmaceutical products. A record number of antidepressants were dispensed last year, according to NHS Digital, while spending on diabetes drugs reached £984.2m as the number of Britons diagnosed with the condition has more than doubled to nearly 3.5 million in the past 20 years.  What truly empassions Dr Chatterjee – so much so that he regularly springs from his chair to emphasise his point – is that most of these conditions, often viewed as inevitable evils of modern life, could be cured with a series of straightforward tweaks to our daily routines.  He is more likely to write lifestyle prescriptions – a diet high in healthy fats, some meditation and more physical activity – to tackle the root causes of a patient’s depression, than a mood-altering drug to suppress their symptoms. “The way we are collectively living our modern lives is having a negative impact on our health,” he says, simply. “I want to strip it all back – and give people the blueprint.” Which is exactly what he does in his first book, The 4 Pillar Plan: How to Relax, Eat, Move, Sleep your way to a Longer, Healthier Life, published this Thursday and serialised in The Daily Telegraph from tomorrow. Following a six-way auction among publishers, the simple health revolution looks set to become a 2018 bestseller. The way we are collectively living our modern lives is having a negative impact on our health. I want to strip it all back – and give people the blueprint A whole-life plan rather than another quick-fix gimmick, Dr Chatterjee advocates making five small and easily achievable changes in each of the four broad areas outlined by the titular 'pillars': rest, diet, movement and sleep.  In practical terms, that might mean prioritising at least 15 minutes of me-time a day; introducing daily micro-fasts; building more walking into your regular routine; and setting a bedtime alarm that kicks off a ‘no-tech’ 90 minutes before sleep that will give you more energy the following morning.  It is striving for balance, with a couple of changes across all four pillars rather than 20/20 perfection, that will lead to the biggest improvements and, crucially, ones that can be sustained, even when our optimistic New Year’s resolutions are a distant memory.  'People think about calories, they think of fat and carbs. That’s too short-sighted,' says Dr Chatterjee, pictured here in his kitchen in Wilmslow, Cheshire Credit: Andrew Fox/The Telegraph It’s a revelation Dr Chatterjee took several years to arrive at. Having grown up in a medical family in the North West - his father moved to Britain from Calcutta in the early 1960s to work in the NHS - he studied at Edinburgh Medical School, sat exams in immunology, and worked in the city for two years. When his father fell ill with lupus, he returned to Cheshire to help care for him, continuing to do so -– in tandem with his busy job as a GP – for the 15 years Dr Chatterjee Snr was on dialysis, until his death almost five years ago.  “A huge part of me has been defined by being a carer for my dad,” he says. “I understand what it’s like for patients when they’re sick.” A huge part of me has been defined by being a carer for my dad. I understand what it’s like for patients when they’re sick But the real turning point came seven years ago, when his then six-month-old son almost died on a family holiday in the French Alps, as he and his wife relaxed in their friend’s chalet, one evening. “She suddenly screamed out to me, ‘His arms went back and he’s not moving!’” recalls Chatterjee. “I froze. He had been very phlegmy throughout the day so I thought maybe he’d blocked his airway. I was trying to clear it and I couldn’t.” At the nearest A&E he was given diazepam to stop his convulsions, then rushed down the mountain by ambulance to the main hospital. “I was freaking out,” says Chatterjee. “He ended up in a foreign hospital for five nights.” The problem? A simple vitamin deficiency. “His calcium level in his blood was really low and the reason was he was low in vitamin D.” My workout yesterday afternoon. Clearing up leaves with my 2 little ‘helpers’. Loads of brushing, raking, lifting and a ton of fresh air. Was it cardio, HIIT or strength training?? Doesn’t really matter and probably a combination of all 3! What are you doing this weekend to get moving? #Autumn #instagood #photooftheday #fashion #like4like #picoftheday #happy #photography #instagram #followme #style #travel #life #cute #fitness #nature #girl #fun #photo #me #lifestyle #follow4follow #friends #food #like #followforfollow #Family #l4l #igers #hair A post shared by Dr Rangan Chatterjee (#health) (@drchatterjee) on Nov 12, 2017 at 2:08am PST That his son nearly died from a preventable condition which his father, a doctor, knew nothing about, had a profound effect on Chatterjee, who is only just learning to relinquish his guilt.  “It ate me up,” he says. “I became obsessed. I started to read about vitamins, nutrition, the gut microbiome and gut health, and I was coming across all this science that with all my [medical] training I hadn’t heard about.” He spent tens of thousands of pounds of his own money travelling to conferences in the US to develop his understanding of the interconnectedness of human health. “I was going to get my son sorted, and I have: he’s thriving.” I became obsessed. I started to read about vitamins, nutrition, the gut microbiome and gut health - all this science that with all my [medical] training I hadn’t heard about The cornerstone of his solution was a change in his family’s diet, incorporating foods to promote gut health. “People think about calories, they think of fat and carbs. That’s too short-sighted. I think about food in terms of its impact on our gut microbes and how it impacts on our immune system. Because 80 per cent of your immune system lives in your gut.” Central to his dietary advice is a redefinition of our five-a-day, shifting the focus to five different coloured vegetables, rather than any old combination of fruit and veg. He practises what he preaches: on his fridge is a rainbow-coloured chart and each night his wife, a former criminal barrister, seven-year-old son and five-year-old daughter tick off the colours they’ve managed that day. Dr Chatterjee advocates eating five different coloured vegetables a day Credit: Maximilian Stock Ltd/ Getty Images Contributor “The different colours help promote the growth of different gut bugs so the more colours you have, the more health benefits you’re going to get,” he explains. “We made it into a fun game at home.” He jumps off his seat again to show me the step he keeps on the kitchen floor (“it drives my wife crazy”), on which he performs the glute exercises that have cured the chronic back pain he suffered for 10 years, in the time it takes his morning coffee to brew.  “I build it in to be part of my life. I want to inspire people and say ‘look, it’s not about joining that expensive gym. You don’t need any equipment, you can do press-ups here,” – he demonstrates against the island. “I’ve got 80-year-old patients who are doing a strength workout in their kitchen every day.” We’re walking around feeling tired, needing coffee to get us through, an alarm clock to get us up, working from deadline to deadline. I want to help people understand how quickly they could feel well From the patient whose panic attacks improved by 80 per cent to the menopausal woman whose symptoms dramatically reduced by following The 4 Pillar Plan, he reels off success stories with the enthusiasm and excitement of one who has seen the light. Upon reading the book, I felt I had too.  “People these days don’t know how good they could feel. We’re walking around feeling tired, needing coffee to get us through, an alarm clock to get us up, working from deadline to deadline. I want to help people understand how quickly they could feel well,” he says. “For all chronic health conditions, 10 per cent of our health outcome is down to our genes. A whole 90 per cent is down to our environment and how we live our lives.”  He wants to help us tackle the 90 per cent. I’m starting tomorrow. Tomorrow: the first part of Dr Chatterjee’s four pillar plan: Relax (and lose weight) The 4 Pillar Plan: How to Relax, Eat, Move and Sleep Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life by Dr Rangan Chatterjee is published by Penguin Life (£16.99). To order your copy for £14.99 plus p&p call 0844 871 1514 or visit books.telegraph.co.uk. Dr Chatterjee will appear at the Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival


Western Canada ice storms cause power outages during bitter cold spell

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 15:35

By Jim Finkle TORONTO (Reuters) - Some 36,000 homes and businesses in British Columbia lost power due to ice storms in western Canada on Saturday, and workers rushed to restore service before nightfall as forecasters predicted extremely cold temperatures across the nation. Electric utility BC Hydro warned on Twitter that conditions remained hazardous in the affected area of southwestern British Columbia, which is known as Fraser Valley, due to downed power lines. Canada is suffering from the same blast of Arctic air that sent much of the U.S. Northeast and Midwest into a record-breaking deep freeze.


Christians in shock after deadly attack on Coptic Church in Egypt

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 15:27

By Mostafa Salem CAIRO (Reuters) - At an hour that Sama'an Farag usually spends leisurely sipping his morning tea, the doorman at the Mar Mina Coptic Church near Cairo found himself springing up to close the doors upon hearing gunshots and the sound of ricocheting bullets. Inside, dozens of children at Sunday school, held on Friday morning to coincide with Egypt's weekend, were rushed upstairs out of the range of the gunfire. God forbid if he (gunman) had entered the church - there would have been many more victims," said churchkeeper Saad Saeed.


Neighbors Greet Vacationing Mike Pence With 'Make America Gay Again' Banner

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 15:15

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence was welcomed to Colorado with snow-dusted pines, cool mountain air and a bright rainbow banner with the words, “Make America Gay Again.”


Blaze in Manchester apartment block brought under control

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 15:06

Firefighters battled a blaze in an apartment block in central Manchester, northern England, on Saturday, with one person taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. The Manchester fire service said 12 engines had been dispatched after flames engulfed several apartments on the ninth floor of the 12-storey building.


Iran protests: Donald Trump warns 'oppressive regimes cannot endure forever' and touts US military power

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 14:23

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter again to comment on the ongoing protests in Iran, this time to warn that "oppressive regimes cannot endure forever."


Alleged 'Nigerian Prince' Email Scammer Arrested In Louisiana

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 13:51

Police in Slidell, Louisiana, have arrested a man who allegedly helped scam people out of thousands of dollars in “Nigerian prince”-style email schemes.


'Shaking' 2-Year-Old Girl in Diaper Found Wandering Into Traffic on Frigid Day

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 13:37

A two-year-old girl wearing only a diaper was found in Massachusetts


German police union chief slams NYE 'safe zone' for women

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 13:19

BERLIN (AP) — A German police union boss has criticized organizers of Berlin's annual open-air New Year's Eve party for designating a special "safety area" for women, saying it suggests they aren't safe from assault elsewhere.


Police Rescue Adorable Baby Seal Found Waddling on the Road

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 13:12

He was 2 miles from the ocean.


LA Man Arrested For 'Swatting' Call That Led To Innocent Kansas Man's Death

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 12:53

Authorities arrested a 25-year-old man in California for a “swatting” prank emergency call that led to the death of an innocent 28-year-old Kansas man who was shot by police responders on Thursday evening as he stood on his front doorstep.


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