Thai police seek 'prime suspect' in British tourists' double murder

Police want to talk to this man over the murders of two British backpackers.

Thai police said he is the "prime suspect" in the murder of two British backpackers on the island of Koh Tao.

And they've released images from surveillance cameras showing the man they want to talk to, the Telegraph said.

The bodies of the pair - David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23 - were found on Monday.

A blood-stained hoe, believed to be the murder weapon, was found close by.

Suspicious

The man pictured in the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage was acting "suspiciously" on the morning of the killing.

Said to be wearing shorts, and of Asian appearance, he was walking up and down outside a business premises near the murder scene, the Daily Record reported.

"We are focusing on migrant workers because of the surrounding witnesses and evidence, including the video footage," Major General Kiattipong said.

"We are sweeping hotels, bars, businesses and residences of migrant workers on the beach to find the suspect."

 

Witheridge (above) was a speech therapy student at the University of Essex and lived in Colchester.

Devastated friends have described her as a "funny, bright and beautiful".

Miller, from Jersey, appears to have been travelling across Asia and Australia before he made his way to the island.

See the earlier report here.

Sources: Telegraph, YouTube

 

Tags: CCTV, suspicious and Murder

Urine test for cervical cancer virus offers non-invasive alternative to smear

A simple urine test for the virus that causes cervical cancer could offer a less invasive and more acceptable alternative to the conventional cervical smear test, researchers said on Tuesday.

In a study comparing the accuracy of urine sample testing with smear testing conducted by a doctor, scientists from Britain and Spain found the results were good.

They said using the urine test to detect human papillomavirus (HPV) could lead to more women agreeing to be screened.

“The detection of HPV in urine is non-invasive, easily accessible and acceptable to women, and a test with these qualities could considerably increase uptake,” the researchers said on Tuesday in thebmj.com, the online version of the British Medical Journal.

The study, which analysed 14 studies involving 1,443 sexually active women, was led by Neha Pathak of the women’s health research unit at Queen Mary University of London.

Sensitivity testing

Compared with cervical smear samples, urine HPV testing had an overall sensitivity – the proportion of positives correctly identified – of 87 percent, and a specificity – the proportion of negatives correctly identified – of 94 percent.

Urine testing for the particularly high risk strains of HPV that cause the majority of cervical cancer cases, had an overall sensitivity of 73 percent and a specificity of 98 percent compared with cervical samples.

HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, with up to 80 percent of sexually active women infected at some point in their lives.

Infection with specific high risk strains of HPV can cause cervical cancer, which kills around 266,000 women a year globally, according to the World Health Organisation.

By the far the vast majority of cervical cancer deaths are in poorer countries where access to screening and prevention methods is less widely available.

Smear test

Ilustration from American Academy of Family Physicians​

In a smear test, an instrument called a speculum is inserted into the vagina to allow access to the cervix and a brush is used to collect cells from the surface of the cervix.

In wealthier developed countries, cervical screening for HPV has been in place for many years and have been able to catch many potential cancer cases before they develop.

More recently, national immunisation programmes using vaccines from drugmakers Merck and GlaxoSmithKline have been launched to protect girls from HPV.

Yet in developing nations, where some 445,000 cases were diagnosed and 230,000 women died of cervical cancer in 2012, infrastructures have not yet been established to run national screening programmes and HPV vaccination is still rare.

Invasive technique

In a commentary on Pathak’s study, Henry Kitchener, professor and chair of gynaecological oncology at Manchester University noted that even in developed countries such as Britain, for example, cervical screening coverage has fallen below 80 percent in recent years.

This is partly due to some complacency about cervical cancer as it starts to be come less common, he said, but also partly due to emotional factors such as embarrassment or fear of an invasive speculum examination.

Using a urine test instead of a smear could persuade those reluctant women to come for regular screening, Kitchener said, while in lower income countries that lack infrastructure “self sampling (urine testing) might even be beneficial and cost effective for all women who are eligible for screening”. - Reuters

 

British doc admits he sexually attacked young cancer patients as young as 11

The attacks took place when the doctor worked at a hospital in Cambridge.

He was put in a position of trust to help heal children suffering from cancer but this despicable doctor abused that trust.

Myles Bradbury, a children's doctor, carried out a string of sex attacks on young boys suffering from cancer.

He pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual assault and 13 counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child.

The 41-year-old, a paediatric haematologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, also admitted three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

The attacks involved children as young as 11, newspaper Mirror reported.

At the Cambridge Crown Court, Bradbury also pleaded guilty to one count of voyeurism and two counts of making indecent images of a child.

The offences involved 18 complainants, prosecutor John Farmer said. They date back to 2009.

Over 800 families at risk

About 800 families have been told their children could have been at risk during the five years Bradbury worked there, The Daily Mail said.

The shocking total includes patients he saw at two other hospitals – in Colchester and Ipswich – where he held outpatient clinics between 2008 and 2013.

Police found more than 16,000 indecent images of children on a disc in Bradbury’s home. In one case he filmed the vile abuse.

Addenbrooke’s has now launched a helpline and is contacting the families of all patients he is thought to have dealt with.

Sex offender

Bradbury was bailed and told to sign the sex offenders register.

A sentencing date was not given but the judge said Bradbury could expect a "substantial" custodial sentence.

Here's what Cambridge University Hospitals' chief executive Keith McNeil said:

Sources: Mirror, Mail Online

Internet turns 25: Number of websites explodes past a billion... and counting

British scientist who invented the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

The number of websites has hit more than one billion.

And it's still growing, according to figures updated in real time yesterday (Sept 16) by online tracker Internet Live Stats.

Tim Berners-Lee, considered the father of the World Wide Web, touted the milestone  where else – but online.

It comes as the agency responsible for managing addresses on the Internet expands choices far beyond “.com” and “.net” to provide more online real estate for the booming ranks of websites.

The World Wide Web turned 25 in April this year.

It was born from an idea in a technical paper from Berners-Lee, then a relatively unknown young computer scientist at a European physics lab.

He was working at CERN lab in Switzerland when he outlined a way to easily access files on linked computers, paving the way for a global phenomenon that has touched the lives of billions of people. - AFP

Leonardo DiCaprio named UN messenger of peace for climate

Leonardo DiCaprio joins UN climate campaign.
Leonardo DiCaprio joins UN climate campaign.

Hollywood actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio has been named a United Nations Messenger of Peace, a post he will use to raise awareness about climate change, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday.

DiCaprio will address a UN summit meeting on climate change on Sept 23, a day before the UN General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders begins. Many leaders from the 193 member states of the United Nations are expected to attend the climate session.

"Leonardo DiCaprio is not just one of the world's leading actors," Ban said. "He has also a long-standing commitment to environmental causes, including through his foundation."


Photo: AFP

In 1998, the actor established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, whose mission is protecting Earth's last wild places and building a more harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world, the United Nations said in a statement. The organisation has contributed funds toward protecting tigers in Nepal, elephants in the wild, and marine animals, including sharks.

"I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history - it is a moment for action," DiCaprio was quoted as saying in the statement.

"How we respond to the climate crisis in the coming years will likely determine the fate of humanity and our planet."

DiCaprio, 39, added that it was an honor for him to accept the post.

 

 

The Academy Award-nominated star of The Wolf of Wall Street and The Aviator joins other celebrities past and present, from Audrey Hepburn to Angelina Jolie, who have represented various UN organizations.

There are currently 11 other messengers of peace and one goodwill ambassador, the United Nations said.

Other messengers who advise the world body on a variety of issues include actors Michael Douglas and Charlize Theron and author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. - Reuters

Ribery ruled out of City clash

Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery will not face Manchester City in the Champions League due to injury.
Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery will not face Manchester City in the Champions League due to injury.

Franck Ribery will not play in Bayern Munich's Champions League opener against Manchester City due to injury.

The Frenchman was on target for the Bundesliga champions when he returned from injury against Stuttgart over the weekend.

But Bayern coach Pep Guardiola has revealed that the 31-year-old has picked up yet another injury during training and ruled him out for the clash against the English champions on Thursday morning (Singapore time).

While he did not specify the problem, the Spaniard hinted that the attacker had suffered a relapse of a knee tendon problem that caused him to miss the start of the season.

In pain

The former Barcelona boss said: "After training the physio said that Franck would have to go to the doctor.

"Today they told me that he couldn’t play. That's all."

Guardiola did have some good news to share as he confirmed that Dutch winger Arjen Robben had resumed training while new signing Mehdi Benatia is nearing full fitness.

Source: AFP

Champions League: Olympiakos stun Atletico Madrid

Olympiakos' Kostas Mitroglou (C) celebrates after scoring a goal during their Champions League soccer match against Atletico Madrid.

 Olympiakos Piraeus secured a surprise 3-2 victory over last year’s Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid to make a dream start to their Group A campaign on Tuesday.

The Greek champions went ahead on 13 minutes at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium when slack Atletico marking at a corner allowed young French defender Arthur Masuaku to drill home a low shot.

Olympiakos' Arthur Masuaku (R) challenges Atletico Madrid's Juanfran (L) during their Champions League soccer match. Photo: Reuters

It got even better for the hosts just after the half-hour mark when Ibrahim Afellay doubled the advantage.

Mario Mandzukic pulled a goal back for Atletico seven minutes before halftime, but the visitors fell behind again to Kostas Mitroglou’s 73rd-minute strike – his first goal for 10 months.

Atletico substitute Antoine Griezmann set up a tense finish with a close-range strike with four minutes left, but Michel’s team clung on for victory.

After a tentative opening, the hosts went ahead from the first real chance of the match when Alejandro Dominguez’s short corner was teed up by Afellay for Masuaku, who beat Jan Oblak with a superb low strike from just outside the area.

Atletico fight back

Atletico fought back but striker Mandzukic was wasteful in front of goal and the Spanish side were punished against the run of play when Afellay put the hosts 2-0 ahead.

The goal came courtesy of a determined run from Dominguez, whose cross was dummied by Mitroglou. The ball broke for Afellay, who finished clinically into the bottom corner.

Atletico clawed their way back into the match when Mandzukic found the target, escaping the attentions of Eric Abidal to head home Cristian Ansaldi’s precise cross.

Olympiakos restored their two-goal lead when Mitroglou superbly controlled Pajtim Kasim’s cross, before swivelling to fire past Oblak from close range.

It was the striker’s first goal since he netted for Greece in their World Cup playoff against Romania last November.

Substitute Griezmann struck from Koke’s superb cross to set up a nervy final few minutes, but the hosts held on to claim the points amid jubilant celebrations following the final whistle. - Reuters

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Real Madrid 5-1 Basel
Benfica 0-2 Zenit St Petersburg
Monaco 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal 
Galatasaray 1-1 Anderlecht

Grandad shoots and kills lawyer in Danish court custody fight

The gunman opened fire in a courtroom yesterday morning.

A grandfather has shot dead a lawyer and seriously wounded his son-in-law during a custody battle in a Danish courtroom.

The unnamed gunman, 67, opened fire in the Copenhagen court before being arrested nearby.

Police and court officials confirmed that the victims were a 57-year-old lawyer and his client, a 31-year-old who was in a custody dispute with the gunman's daughter.

Danish media said the maternal grandfather entered the courtroom at about 10 am yesterday (Sept 16) with a sawn-off rifle, which he had hidden in a bag.

According to a BBC report, witnesses said he fired five to six shots, some in the courtroom and others in the hallway outside.

The child's father is said to have staggered outside the court building where he collapsed. He was then taken to hospital with serious wounds but his condition is not thought to be life-threatening.

The lawyer was pronounced dead at the scene, reported The Daily Mail.

The head of Copenhagen City Court Soren Axelsen said: "It is a family tragedy, not an attack on the court or the legal system."

First shooting

This is believed to be the first ever shooting at the Copenhagen City Court, which was established in 1771.

Security is normally relaxed in Danish courts except for court sessions related to terrorism, criminal gangs and high-security cases where everyone but lawyers and judges must walk through metal detectors.

The Danish judges' association is urging action to improve security.

Sources: BBC News, Mail Online

Tags: gunman, kills, lawyer and court

Teacher 'slays' Maris Stella students in funny gongfu video for Teachers' Day

A group of Maris Stella High School students made a short gongfu movie spoof for Teacher's Day.

What better way to show your appreciation for your teachers than with a video of them kicking your butt when you misbehave?

A group of Maris Stella High School students made a short gongfu movie spoof for Teachers' Day.

 

 

 

It had all the ingredients of a typical Hong Kong martial arts flick - cheesy opening credits, exaggerated and somewhat hilarious moves​ and bloopers.

Of course, getting beaten black and blue wasn't the actual message. The flick quoted Bruce Lee and Henry Adams to emphasise the noble role that teachers have.

If you're wondering why teacher Tao Yi Jun's moves look super cool, it's because she is a retired national wushu exponent.

She's also a SEA Games champion and was part of a trio that won the women's duilian at the 2011 World Wushu Championships in Turkey.


Miss Tao Yi Jun (centre) at the 26th South-east Asian Games in Indonesia in 2011. Her team won the gold.


Miss Tao Yi Jun (from left, in black) on the podium with Tay Yu Juan and Emily Sin after winning the duilian event at the World Wushu Championships in Ankara, Turkey, in 2011.


Miss Tao Yi Jun​ (left) is a retired national wushu exponent.

Photos: ST File, Sheng Shijie

You would have to be very brave, very stupid or very skilled to pick a fight with this teacher.

Tevez hits Juve brace to end five-year Champions League drought

Juventus forward Carlos Tevez celebrates after scoring against Malmo in their Champions League football tie.
Juventus forward Carlos Tevez celebrates after scoring against Malmo in their Champions League football tie.

Carlos Tevez ended his five-year Champions League goal drought with a second-half brace to give Juventus a precious 2-0 win over Swedish champions Malmo in Turin on Tuesday.

Tevez had not scored in the competition since hitting the net for Manchester United in a 2-2 draw with FC Porto at Old Trafford on April 7, 2009.

But amid a dominant display by the Italian champions in Turin, the Argentinian rekindled the flame to secure a win that leaves Juve level in Group A with Olympiakos after the Greeks’ 3-2 win over Atletico Madrid.

With Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal still recovering from injury, Claudio Marchisio had the task of marshalling Juve’s five-man midfield with Paul Pogba and Asamoah, the latter moving a notch inside in place of wingback Patrice Evra.

At the back, Giorgio Chiellini returned from suspension but for most of the match Juve’s three-man defence had comparatively little to worry about.

Malmo, who progressed to the group stages following UEFA’s decision to tweak rules on participation for national champions in affiliated countries, had little to offer.

The Bianconeri took command from kick-off but went in for the half-time break frustrated with what was a poor return from a one-sided encounter.

But the match, and the stadium, finally burst into life on the hour.

Tevez’s chip found Asamoah to the right of goal and when the Ghanaian responded with a cool backheel into the Argentinian’s path he stepped in to drive the ball past the outstretched hands of Olsen.

Juventus forward Carlos Tevez (R) scores his first goal. ​Photo: AFP 

Juve had the ball in the net moments later when Llorente tapped Lichsteiner’s low cross into the net but it was ruled offside.

Lichsteiner, again, got his head to a powerful delivery from Evra but saw his bouncing header go over.

Llorente and Pogba both failed to make contact with Evra’s low delivery across the face of goal.

The Spanish international was then denied twice in succession by a superb Olsen, who pulled off a brilliant one-handed save.

Tevez (not seen) scores his second goal through a free kick. ​

Llorente made way for Alvaro Morata in the closing minutes and when the Spaniard won a freekick on the edge of the area Tevez stepped up to curl the ball inside the far post. - AFP 

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Liverpool 2-1 Ludogorets
Real Madrid 5-1 Basel
Benfica 0-2 Zenit St Petersburg
Monaco 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal 
Galatasaray 1-1 Anderlecht

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