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Spy watch doctor filmed himself molesting patients

Written By MR on Thursday, March 21, 2013 | Thursday, March 21, 2013

A doctor pleaded guilty in the UK to using a secret camera hidden in his wristwatch to film himself sexually assaulting female patients.

Davinderjit Bains, 45, admitted that he assaulted 30 women at his practice in the south of the UK. The Indian-trained doctor filmed the attacks on his high-definition Tieex Spy Watch, which has been compared to a gadget from the James Bond films.

He admitted a total of 39 charges—13 charges of assault by penetration, 13 charges of voyeurism, 11 charges of sexual assault, and two charges of sexual activity with a child. He asked for a further 65 offences to be taken into account when the judge passes sentence.

Police branded Bains a "sexual predator" and said he had covertly filmed more than 100 women. The offences were committed against females aged between 14 and 51, from July 2010 until May 2012.

The doctor came under investigation when one woman told police she thought he had filmed her as she showered and said he had sexually assaulted her. Detectives found the wristwatch when they arrested Bains at his surgery and later recovered 361 video clips from the gadget and his computer.

Detective inspector Mark Garrett, who led the investigation, said Bains had used his position as a family doctor to abuse women. "They put their trust in their doctor and Dr Bains breached that trust massively—compromising his professional position—and breached that trust to the highest order," he said.

"Today he stands exposed as someone who has utterly betrayed that trust for his own sexual gratification. He is a sexual predator, simple as that. And he was allowed to abuse his position of trust and offend for two years."

Bains qualified as a doctor at Mangalore University, on India's western coast, in 1993 and became a family doctor in Britain in 2007. He's currently suspended from practising. His surgery said it was "appalled" by his crimes, stating, "This has been a shocking and distressing case for all concerned."

Source: AFP

Thursday, March 21, 2013 | 2 comments | Read More

It's about the money: Jessie J shaves head for RM2.3mil

Jessie J has shaved her head for charity. She showed off her new bald look at the recent Red Nose Day telethon, as part of Britain's Comic Relief festivities. "It's the weirdest feeling... It feels so liberating," she said, giddily.

Jessie raised over £500,000 (RM2.36 million) for the cause after offering to shave off her long dark hair, and admitted the drastic haircut—and money fans paid to will her on—had really stunned her family, who were backstage. "Everyone's crying. My mum's back there. My mum's crying with happiness," she said.

She also took to Twitter to thank her fans who contributed to the charity, writing, "I did it! Thank you to everyone who is donating!"

The Red Nose Day telethon highlights included a live performance of One Direction's 2013 Comic Relief anthem One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks). Harry Styles kicked off the song wearing a comedy red nose, while Louis Tomlinson celebrated the big gig by dying his hair red.

Source: Reuters
Thursday, March 21, 2013 | 2 comments | Read More

Muscly boys aren't just a hit with the girls - they live longer, too

Written By MR on Thursday, November 22, 2012 | Thursday, November 22, 2012

-Researchers tracked more than one million Swedish male adolescents over 24 years
-They found stronger boys lived longer, even if they became overweight adults
-Physically weaker people might be more mentally vulnerable, it was suggested

After a summer witnessing crowds of screaming girls jostling to catch a glimpse of Olympic diver Tod Daley's toned torso, there can't have been many young men who didn't feel a twinge of jealousy.
But now it seems there could be more to having the teenager's athletic physique than unfailing female attention - it could help you live longer too.
A team of researchers from Sweden have found muscular boys will live longer than their weaker friends.

A new study has claimed muscular teenage boys could live longer than their weaker school friends.
Olympic diver Tom Daley, 18, has achieved his athletic physique through years of training

And even if they are overweight by the time they get to adulthood, those with stronger muscles tend to live longer.
The team tracked more than one million Swedish male adolescents, all conscripts to the army and aged 16 to 19, over a period of 24 years.
The teenagers were asked to grip and to do leg curls and arm push ups  as a test of muscle strength.
The scientists found those with low strength, weak legs and arms and with a limp grip, were more likely to die earlier.
The report also suggests that physically weaker people might be more mentally vulnerable.
But the study, published in the BMJ, stressed that it does not mean building muscle through excessive weight training would make you live longer.

They have concluded that a basis of muscle strength instead reflects general fitness.
Over the course of the study, 26,145 of the men died.
The leading single cause of death was accidental injury, followed by suicide, cancer, heart disease and stroke.
A third of the deaths were due to other causes and the researchers grouped these together for their calculations.
The teenagers who scored above average on muscular strength at the start of the study had a 20 to 35 per cent lower risk of early death from any cause and also from cardiovascular diseases.
They also had a 20 to 30 per cent lower risk of early death from suicide and were up to 65 per cent less likely to have any psychiatric diagnosis, such as schizophrenia or depression.
But the 16 to 19 year olds with the lowest level of muscular strength had the highest risk of dying before they reached their middle ages.
While the effect of poor muscular fitness in those observed was similar to other risk factors for early death, such as obesity and high blood pressure, researchers still found the link between early death and muscle power remained after the other factors were taken into account.
The study also found thin and fat men alike fared worse in terms of life expectancy if they had weaker than average muscles, while more muscular men had better survival odds even if they were overweight.
But experts stress the findings do not mean muscle building through excessive weight training makes you live longer.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 | 2 comments | Read More

Halo 4 launch blasts past Hollywood

Written By MR on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Xbox shooter brought in $200m within 24 hours of its launch – easily outdoing first-day takings by cinema blockbusters

Halo 4’s Master Chief congratulates Peter Gagnon of Seattle on being the first person to
purchase the Xbox 360 game. Photograph: Stephen Brashear/Invision for Xbox

If you want to catch the largest-grossing entertainment launch of the year so far, you can forget about Skyfall – or, indeed, the cinema. Microsoft's Xbox 360 shooter videogame Halo 4 brought in $220m (£138m) within 24 hours of its launch on Tuesday.

The figure tops the record-breaking first-day cinema takings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two, which made $91m at the box office in its opening day in July 2011. (The new James Bond film Skyfall took $89m in its first weekend, from Friday to Saturday, this month.)

Developed by 343 Industries, Halo 4 is the latest title in the long-running console series and once again features muscular space marine Master Chief, this time battling an ancient alien force.

Microsoft expects it will bring in $300m worldwide in its first week on sale, making it the biggest launch in the history of the series, which has already shifted more than 46m units since the original title arrived in 2001. In the past week, fans have spent over 30m hours playing Halo 4.

It is unlikely, however, that Halo, which is only available on the Xbox 360 console, will hold on to the title of 2012's biggest entertainment release. Tuesday saw the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, the latest in Activision's series of military shooters, which is also out on PC and PlayStation 3. Last year's instalment, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, made $400m in its first day and reached $775m by day five.

The rivalry between Halo 4 and Call of Duty is good news for games retailers. Worldwide, video game sales have fallen this year, with the UK's October figures down almost 30% on the same month last year. A good shoot-out between two of the biggest brands in gaming should help the market recover.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | 2 comments | Read More

Asian elephant speaks Korean

An Asian elephant named Koshik can imitate human speech, saying words in Korean that can be understood by speakers of the language, researchers from the University Of Vienna say.

It's unclear why Koshik started mimicking human speech, but cognitive biologists Angela Stoeger and Tecumseh Fitch suggest in research published in the journal Current Biology that it might be related to his experiences as a juvenile.

Koshik was the only elephant living at the Everland Zoo in South Korea for about five years in his youth, with only people for company during an important phase for bonding and development.

"We suggest that Koshik started to adapt his vocalisations to his human companions to strengthen his social affiliation with them, something that is also seen in other vocal-learning species and in very special cases, even across species," said Stoeger.

There have been reports of elephants imitating the sound of truck engines, and a male elephant living in a zoo in Kazakhstan has been reported to say words in Russian and Kazakh, but that case was never investigated by scientists.

Koshik made headlines a few years ago by attracting tourists with his unusual ability, but the researchers have now run tests where they asked native Korean speakers to write down what they heard when listening to recordings of the elephant.

They found that by sticking his trunk in his mouth to help form the sounds, he has a vocabulary of the five Korean words for 'hello', 'sit down', 'no', 'lie down' and 'good'.

Unfortunately, there's no evidence that Koshik understands the meaning of the words he is using. So we guess he won't be snacking at a Korean restaurant any time soon.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | 3 comments | Read More

How to make McDonald's Big Mac at home

Written By MR on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 | Wednesday, July 11, 2012

If you still think the recipe for McDonald's Big Mac is a secret, think again.
A video posted last month on McDonald's Canadian YouTube channel shows executive chef Dan Coudreaut dishing out the ingredients for the fast food giant's iconic burger.
So what else do you need to make one (besides the two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions - all on a sesame seed bun)?

Click the video player to watch.

Here's the list of ingredients for the sauce:
- Mayo
- Sweet pickle relish
- Yellow mustard
- White wine vinegar
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Paprika
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 | 2 comments | Read More

Luxury retailers eye more airports as terminal shopping booms

Written By MR on Monday, July 9, 2012 | Monday, July 09, 2012

Who would have thought that rich jet-setters are doing their shopping at airports.

But according to Reuters, sales at airports and other travel venues are increasing faster than those at regular stores for many chains.
Swedish data firm Generation Research found that the worldwide, duty-free and travel sales of perfumes, cosmetics and luxury goods leaped 28.3 percent between 2008 and 2011. These sales are expected to increase 25 percent to $44.5 billion by 2014, based on the firm’s projection for 2012.
This is prompting some brands to take their businesses to more terminals large and small.  

Tiffany & Co. is scheduled to open a second store in Singapore's Changi Airport this year along with a store in the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport next year. Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot, which is part of LVMH, is reported to be eyeing Frankfurt's airport.

Estée Lauder Cos Inc, where travel retail sales growth has outpaced its overall growth, is planning to expand to domestic airports in smaller cities in China and Brazil. The company, whose brands include M.A.C and Coach, already has nearly 1,000 airport stores.

"The Chinese love buying when they travel-- it's a culture," said Hublot chairman Jean-Claude Biver.
Monday, July 09, 2012 | 4 comments | Read More

The Fantastic Voyager

Written By MR on Sunday, July 8, 2012 | Sunday, July 08, 2012

Voyager One left earth in 1977 on a five-year trip to Jupiter. 11 billion miles later, it is set to become the first man-made object to leave our solar system. Jonathan Brown tells its remarkable story

It is a journey that will never end and it began on August 20 1977, at the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida when a Titan-Centaur rocket blasted into a clear blue sky.

Back then the excited scientists had what now seem like relatively limited hopes for the payload spiralling above them in a plume of white smoke.

Voyager One, which was launched two weeks after its sister probe Voyager Two, was meant to exploit a rare geometric arrangement of the outer planets occurring just once every 175 years.

This unusual alignment meant that a space ship could "swing by" Jupiter and Saturn with the help of gravity. It would give Nasa scientists and those at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Los Angeles, or so it was hoped, the first ever close up view of our "neighbourhood" – Saturn's rings and the larger moons of the two planets.

But Voyager's journey did not stop there. It was a time of renewed interest in space travel – certainly in the public's mind – with cinema audiences queuing up for a glimpse of the newly released Star Wars.

Yet even the most optimistic of the Nasa engineers who had salvaged the Voyager project out of the budget-cut remnants of the Planetary Grand Tour programme of the 1960s, could have envisaged that the science they were conducting might echo the fantasies of George Lucas's cinematic fiction.

Today, after nearly 35 years in perpetual motion, armed with a computer boasting just a fraction of the processing power of the average smart phone, Voyager One is poised to open up a new frontier in man's exploration of space.

The 775kg probe is still sending back data despite the ravages of its fantastic voyage. Now it is on the brink of interstellar space.

Hurtling at more than 10 miles per second it is currently immersed in the foamy walls of the heliosopheric bubble – an area where charged particles blown off the Sun come up against the stellar winds blowing through the remainder of the galaxy.

In other words it has reached the edge of our solar system and is set to penetrate into a new and unvisited area of the cosmos previously only observable through powerful telescopes.

Dr Edward Stone of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena is now in his late 70s but retains a central role in the Voyager project for which he was the original chief scientist. "When the Voyagers launched in 1977, the space age was all of 20 years old," he explained recently. "Many of us on the team dreamed of reaching interstellar space, but we had no way of knowing how long a journey it would be – or if these two vehicles that we invested so much time and energy in would operate long enough to reach it," he added.

Nasa originally created two vehicles believing one was likely to perish. It also estimated they might work for five years. A veteran of 14 Nasa missions, Dr Stone's enthusiasm remains undimmed. "The laws of physics say that someday Voyager will become the first human-made object to enter interstellar space, but we still do not know exactly when that will be," he adds.

"The latest data indicates we are clearly in a new region where things are changing more quickly. It is very exciting. We are approaching the solar system's frontier."

Voyager One completed its key landmarks more than three decades ago. Despite being launched later, it was on a faster, shorter trajectory than its sister probe. It reached Jupiter on 5 March 1979 and Saturn on 12 November 1980. The twin probes gave the world its first close up view of Saturn's rings revealing not just a few, as seen from earth, but many thousands.

It also brought an initial glimpse of the planet's mysterious satellite Titan and while Voyager One headed off in the direction of interstellar space, Voyager Two was directed towards Uranus and then blue Neptune where it captured the first and only photographs of our distant neighbours.

In 1990 the probe's ability to charge the human imagination through powerful imagery was again demonstrated. Legendary cosmologist Dr Carl Sagan, who had been present at the launch of 23 years previously, and had pressed Nasa to create what has now become one of the most famous pictures ever taken.

On Valentine's Day the cameras on Voyager One were pointed back towards the sun creating the family portrait of our solar system. Earth appeared as a small "pale blue dot" taking up just a single pixel. Dr Sagan later said: "That's home. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot."

But perhaps Dr Sagan's other most famous contribution to the $865million (£551m) mission was the inclusion of the Golden Phonograph Record. This extraordinary time capsule was meant to show alien life forms, should they ever come across it, a little of what our planet and human civilisation is all about. The gold-plated copper disc should remain playable for a billion years – 5,000 times longer than modern humans have existed. It includes recordings of the wind, whale noises and greetings in 55 languages.

There is also message from then US President Jimmy Carter. While some have criticised the inclusion of a pulsar map giving Earth's position, which, it has been suggested might lead hostile life forms to seek and destroy us, others have compared the disc's inclusion to Iron Age scratchings – primitive but revealing of a lost civilisation.

And what of the future? Voyager's plutonium power sources will last until 2025, perhaps less, when we will lose touch with this increasingly distant outpost of human endeavour. In the meantime it will continue to feed back data – information which now takes nearly 17 hours to reach Earth.

But the story does not stop there. As it breaks through the heliosphere and into interstellar space, it will speed up from its current velocity relative to the sun of up to 40,000mph to about 500,000mph. Yet even at that rate it will not encounter another star for 40,000 years when it will pass within 1.7 light years of red dwarf star Ross 248.

And because distances in space are so immense the chances of it colliding with a piece of matter are virtually zero. Which means it will never stop travelling. Ever.
Sunday, July 08, 2012 | 2 comments | Read More

James Bond's style celebrated in Barbican exhibition

Written By MR on Friday, July 6, 2012 | Friday, July 06, 2012

Barbican showcases costumes and props from the films' 50-year history, from suits and swimwear to gadgets and diamonds
Designing 007 at the Barbican: A James Bond suit displayed
on a Sean Connery waxwork next to an Aston Martin DB5.

The Chesterfield coat and hat Sean Connery wears in Dr No for his first meeting with M; Roger Moore's yellow ski suit and red backpack seen on the slopes in The Spy Who Loved Me; George Lazenby's kilt donned in On Her Majesty's Secret Service; the Brioni suit Pierce Brosnan wore to drive a tank in Goldeneye; and Daniel Craig's infamously snug baby-blue swim trunks of Casino Royale fame. All are featured in the Barbican's blockbuster summer show Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style, which opens on Friday

Every aspect of this extensive retrospective of the Bond films has been carefully thought through. It is as camp and fun as it is nerdishly packed with facts, production sketches, storyboards and costume drawings. Film screens playing classic clips are dotted throughout, with scenes relating to the paraphernalia, from clothing to props, gadgets to 25-carat diamonds.

The opening scene of Dr No, the first Bond film, featured a close-up of a turned-back silk cuff on a tuxedo jacket designed by Anthony Sinclair for Sean Connery. The tailor's involvement in shaping the look of Bond is integral to the character's image. A three-piece grey-check suit by Sinclair is worn by a Connery-lookalike mannequin leaning on a DB5 Aston Martin in this show.

Bronwyn Cosgrave, fashion historian and co-curator of the exhibition, says Sinclair's designs are the male equivalent of a Chanel suit. Its athletic cut, she says, inspired designers such as Hedi Slimane, Tom Ford and Thom Browne.

Ford's mohair and cashmere tuxedo, worn by Craig in 2008's Quantum of Solace, also puts in an appearance in a section of the exhibition dedicated to Bond casino moments.

As well as Craig's trunks, there is a recreation of Connery's Thunderball shorts, which Bond costume designer and Oscar-winner Lindy Hemming – the exhibition's other key curator – asked British brand Sunspel to recreate. Such is the power of Bond – Cosgrave says many fashion trends have been inspired by the fashions of this franchise – that Sunspel, who also created clothes for Craig's Casino Royale wardrobe, has launched a new swimwear line.

Designed to take visitors on a Bond-style narrative journey – there are rooms dedicated to M, ski slopes and foreign locations. Cosgrave says the show aims to reflect all 23 films. Visitors walk through a bullet-shaped entrance covered with stills from the films, before arriving in the Gold Room, which features a revolving circular bed complete with white sheets and a gold-painted female body – a nod to the classic scene from Goldfinger.

Pussy Galore's gold waistcoat and Scaramanga's golden gun are displayed in glass cases alongside black-and-white footage of Connery arriving at the premiere of Goldfinger and being mobbed by fans. "The film Goldfinger made Bond a pop-culture phenomenon rivalled only by the Beatles," says Cosgrave.

Other costume highlights in the exhibition include Ursula Andress's Dr No bikini, which was created from the actor's bra and some bottoms found locally during filming, alongside designs by Prada, Gucci and Versace.

In 2002's Die Another Day, Halle Berry's Jinx Johnson paid homage to Andress by emerging from the sea in a similar bikini. But it is Berry's Versace evening dress that is one of the exhibition's standouts. It is a typically flesh-revealing gown in a pinkish purple and featuring glittering jewels across the top section. Alongside the dress are the original sketches by the designer Donatella Versace.

Similarly eye catching is a canary yellow Roberto Cavalli affair which is slashed in the front and splattered with Swarovski crystals around the bust. This was worn by Ivana Milicevic to play Valenka, the girlfriend of Casino Royale's villian Le Chiffre. There is also the red silk georgette, one-shouldered dress worn by Eunice Gayson to play Bond's girlfriend Sylvia Trench in Dr No. This dress was apparently bought by the actor herself from an inexpensive shop near Pinewood studios following the film director Terence Young vetoing costume designer Julie Harris's original choice.

In a section dedicated to Bond villains and enigmas, Madonna's fencing ensemble from Die Another Day and Jaws' metal teeth also feature.

"It's the longest running and most successful film franchise of all time – and the most glamorously made," says Cosgrove. "Nothing can touch it. That is why Bond and his sidekicks are inspirational to people all over the world and to all ages."

by - Simon Chilvers
Friday, July 06, 2012 | 3 comments | Read More