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Jan 15, 2014
A politician in Pakistan has been arrested after seven people - including two women and three children - were discovered chained up in a dungeon at his home, according to police.
They were discovered when Abdul Rehman Khetran's private guards attacked police at a checkpoint on Sunday and stole their weapons.
Officers then raided the MP's home in the Baluchistan province where they found the cellar.
Following the discovery, Khetran and his son were taken into custody, along with six members of the family’s security team.

According to Reuters, the chained captives had been mistreated however Khetran remained defiant, telling local press that his arrest was politically motivated.

Khetran, whose wife is also a politician, is an MP for Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, a conservative religious party, and a former provincial minister for special education.
The mineral-rich western region of Baluchistan is deeply impoverished and a haven for smugglers, drug lords, Taliban insurgents and separatist rebels.

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Posted: Jan 15, 2014 4:41pm
Jan 9, 2014
After a move to Chelsea it began to look bright. Under the Rafa Benitez’s short reign in charge, Moses was a genuine mainstay in the squad. Benitez seemed to enjoy the mixture between Oscar, Mata and Hazard with the power and pace that Moses was able bring. Following the inevitable sacking of the former Liverpool manager and it seemed to be dark days for Moses.
During the summer he was out of the picture. The return of The Special One in Jose Mourinho, and new signings within his position made it seem a pretty bleak prospect of staying at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers saw this as an opportunity and decided to bring in Moses on a loan deal, a move that could kick-start his career again.
Since his arrival at Anfield, the Nigerian international has provided a string of bad performances and has been faced with criticism from fans and legends of the club regarding his displays. He hasn’t been able to excite many of the clubs fans this season. It has caused a sigh of discontent whenever the imminent substitution of the loanee is echoed around the Merseyside tannoy.
Simply put, Moses hasn’t been good enough. He has provided the Reds with below par displays, all of which have been eclipsed by youngsters Raheem Sterling and Phillipe Coutinho. Two players over three years his junior, with well under half the Premier League experience of him, have outshone, outperformed and excited fans in a single match than Nigerian Moses has done in a any games this season. This simply is not good enough.
Liverpool now has the choice whether to keep the winger until the end of the season, or terminate his contract early. A situation Liverpool fans will remember last year with Nuri Sahin. On that occasion Rodgers made the tough decision to send the unhappy Sahin back to his parent club Real Madrid, where he could make a switch back to his former club Borussia Dortmund permanent again. Will it be the same this time around?
If this is to be the case, you have to feel that Liverpool would need to bring in reinforcements to help aid their pursuit for a top four finish. As good as the influential Coutinho and Sterling have been, relaying on youngsters to stay fit, in form and consistent for the remainder of the season is a big ask.
Many have heard the name of Egyptian winger Mohammed Salah brandished around as an imminent incoming for the Reds. The FC Basel winger has impressed many with his trickery and ability to put the ball in the back of the net. This is something Moses has failed to show all season.
As of late it has been noted in the press that the price for Salah may have increased, and this has left Rodgers questioning to spend the money required to get his man. Also, an increase in popularity over the player has left many Liverpool fans questioning whether it is just going to be a similar case to Henrik Mkhitaryan and Willian from the summer.
Either this, or Moses stays with the Anfield club. He works hard on the training ground and looks to improve on his performances. Currently if Moses continues the way he is, he will return to Chelsea either now or at the end of the season and will be likely sold off. It’s at a stage where Chelsea’s squad is so deep that if he doesn’t improve upon his return he will leave. He just simply isn’t good enough at the minute to warrant a place in that squad.
So Moses has a job to do, a point to prove and is in need of an attitude adjustment. The lacksidasical approach that is only being shown currently needs to change if the fortunes of this player are to turn around.
The winger is by no means old, at 23 Moses still has a long career ahead of him. The only question remains, will he still be at a top club at the end of the summer.

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Posted: Jan 9, 2014 7:38am
Jan 9, 2014
The Los Angeles writer told huffington post that she has purported in her mind to post her unique experience, whether attractive or not and just to be honest about it.

The result was a raw, VERY personal look at the miracle of life, starting with contractions around 8:15 p.m. on Christmas and updates that included how the pain was akin to a "shitty period" and how she had a lot of diarrhea.

Iorio used a midwife to help with the birth and sat with her dog in bed a few hours into the labor

She wrote a lot about her "nasty" back pain and also asked: Why does no one say your asshole aches like hell, too? We told you this was awfully personal.

Ruth said she was "in and out of sleep" for a few minutes here and there, as "this beast" ripped her "back apart." Good thing the midwife was around to assist

In the end, of course, it was all worth it, as Ruth gave birth to a son named Nye.

She has to be transported to a hospital and remain there for two days due to a loss of blood after her placenta failed to be delivered.

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Posted: Jan 9, 2014 7:17am
Jan 9, 2014
Mae Young, one of the most famous women in wrestling history, was taken off life support last night and passed away this morning at her home in Columbia, South Carolina at the age of 90.

Young broke into the professional ranks at the age of 15 and was profiled many decades later in a documentary titled "Lipstick and Dynamite.

May young was from Sand Springs, Okla.

Signature Move: Bronco Buster

Career Highlights: First-ever NWA United States Women's Champion; competed in the ring in eight different decades; winner of Miss Royal Rumble 2000 Bikini Contest; 2008 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee.

Young is an influential pioneer in women's wrestling, helping to increase its popularity during World War II and training many generations of wrestlers. She wrestled throughout the United States and Canada, and won multiple titles in the National Wrestling Alliance.

May her soul rest in perfect peace.

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Posted: Jan 9, 2014 7:02am
Dec 27, 2013
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Liverpool are genuine contenders to lift their first championship in 24 years - and not just because of Luis Suarez.
The Uruguay striker has netted 19 goals in 13 Barclays Premier League appearances this season after serving a 10-match suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in April.
After three wins in the opening five games, Suarez's return has helped the Reds, last champions in 1989/90, into the top four.
"He didn't start the season, with suspension, and after that the numbers are fantastic," Mourinho said.
"When he came back, it was a big plus. But let's be fair: Liverpool did very well without him when he was suspended."
Not playing in European competition this term means Liverpool, under Brendan Rodgers, have a sole focus, while Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal are still in the Champions League.
Mourinho, who employed Rodgers at Chelsea, said: "I think they can (win the Premier League), because they are good, because Brendan is good, because they have time to prepare the team tactically, because they are not involved in the heat of the knock-out situation in the Champions League or even Europa League.
"These (Chelsea) players are going to play 60 matches. Liverpool will play 40 matches. It's a big difference.
"Quality, plus ambition, plus this advantage, so yes (they are contenders)."
With Liverpool, who finished seventh last term, among the contenders, Mourinho recognises achieving Chelsea's first goal is a stiff challenge.
"This year the pressure will be not just to win the title, but also to get top four (and Champions League qualification)," Mourinho added.
"Man City are the big, big, big favourites. Liverpool are on holidays one season: one week to prepare a match, play the match, one more week to prepare the next match. This is an advantage, an unbelievable advantage.
"And Man United, in spite of being a few points behind, are the reality of the last years.
"Arsenal are like us. For many years they've not been at the top of the league. Chelsea won the league a few years' ago, but in the last two leagues were 25 and 14 points off the leaders.
"For us and for Arsenal we have to try and do the best we can. We'll do our job, we'll try to finish top four. And if we manage to be in the top four, let's see what we can do (in terms of the title)."
Chelsea will be tested on Sunday by a Liverpool side beaten by Manchester City on Thursday.
Suarez sunk his teeth into Ivanovic in the most recent meeting between the teams, and with the on-field incident going unpunished, Suarez netted an equaliser seven minutes into stoppage time to earn Liverpool a draw.
Ivanovic has moved on and Mourinho was not prepared to be drawn into the controversy.
Mourinho added: "Iva is a big guy. He's not a Mickey Mouse player who complains at little things. This was a big thing, but Iva thinks it's something from the past. Everyone moves on."
It was put to Mourinho that having a striker like Suarez would be the difference for Chelsea, whose front three of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba have scored five times between them in the Premier League this season.
"That's what it is," Mourinho said.
Mourinho's meetings with Liverpool bring recollections of intense rivalry in cup competitions both domestically and Europe, where Luis Garcia's 'ghost' goal was the most controversial of all the major incidents.
With Rodgers, one of Mourinho's "best friends in the game", now in charge, the personal nature of the rivalry may have lessened.
Mourinho said: "He's doing fantastically. But he's training every week in a calm way. Every day. Maybe twice a day.
"He needs to work well, because you can work a lot and work bad, but he has a big advantage compared to other teams.
"Not to be involved in European competition gives them a big advantage: not in terms of resting, in terms of working. They can work."

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Posted: Dec 27, 2013 11:54pm
Dec 19, 2013
Anxiety is a real difficulty for many adults
lts with autism or Asperger syndrome. It can affect a person psychologically and physically.

Anxiety can happen for a range of reasons and people with autism or Asperger syndrome can vary in their ability to cope with it.

Emotions are abstract. To understand emotion you need an imagination. One of the areas of difficulty for people with autism is not being able to imagine things, so understanding emotions can be difficult for them. People with high-functioning autism may understand some emotions and recognise the feelings that are associated with them. By helping someone to understand anxiety, you can help them to manage it better.

Resources such as those sold by Incentive Plus as well as the Autism Research Centre's CD ROM, Mind reading, can help teach someone with autism about emotions.

Anxiety can affect both the mind and the body, and produce a range of symptoms. The psychological and physical symptoms of anxiety are closely linked and so can lead to a vicious cycle that can be difficult to break. The psychological symptoms of anxiety are:

easily losing patience
difficulty concentrating
thinking constantly about the worst outcome
difficulty sleeping
becoming preoccupied with or obsessive about one subject.

Its physical symptoms include:

excessive thirst
stomach upsets
loose bowel movements
frequent urinating (going to the loo)
periods of intensely pounding heart
periods of having gas
muscle aches
pins and needles

If you do experience any of these symptoms, it is important to also get medical advice to rule out other medical conditions.

Once someone understands anxiety and has identified the things and situations that make them anxious, they can then take steps to cope with the anxiety. If you are looking after someone with autism, try and be aware of what makes them anxious and how best to help them manage certain behaviours.

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Posted: Dec 19, 2013 5:05pm
Dec 14, 2013

China on Saturday successfully carried out the world’s first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually have a Chinese astronaut set foot on the moon.
The unmanned Chang’e 3 lander, named after a mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, touched down on Earth’s nearest neighbor following a 12-minute landing process.
The lander carried a six-wheeled moon rover called “Yutu,” or “Jade Rabbit,” the goddess’ pet. After touching down Saturday evening on a fairly flat, Earth-facing part of the moon, the rover was slated to separate from the Chang’e eight hours after landing and embark on a three-month scientific exploration.
China’s space program is an enormous source of pride for the country, the third to carry out a lunar soft landing after the United States and the former Soviet Union. The last one was by the Soviet Union in 1976.
“It’s still a significant technological challenge to land on another world,” said Peter Bond, consultant editor for Jane’s Space Systems and Industry. “Especially somewhere like the moon, which doesn’t have an atmosphere so you can’t use parachutes or anything like that. You have to use rocket motors for the descent and you have to make sure you go down at the right angle and the right rate of descent and you don’t end up in a crater on top of a large rock.”
State-run China Central Television showed a computer-generated image of the Chang’e 3 lander’s path as it approached the surface of the moon, explaining that for about a 12-minute landing period it would have no contact with Earth. As it was just hundreds of meters (yards) away, the lander’s camera broadcast images of the moon’s surface.
The Chang’e 3’s solar panels, which are used to absorb sunlight to generate power, opened soon after the landing. The Chang’e 3 will set up antennae that will transmit pictures back to Earth.
A soft landing does not damage the craft and the equipment it carries. An earlier Chinese craft orbited and collected data before intentionally crash-landing on the moon.
The Chang’e mission blasted off from southwest China on Dec. 2 on a Long March-3B carrier rocket.
China’s military-backed space program has made methodical progress in a relatively short time, although it lags far behind the United States and Russia in technology and experience.
China sent its first astronaut into space in 2003, becoming the third nation after Russia and the United States to achieve manned space travel independently. In 2006, it sent its first probe to the moon. China plans to open a space station around 2020 and send an astronaut to the moon after that.
“They are taking their time with getting to know about how to fly humans into space, how to build space stations ... how to explore the solar system, especially the moon and Mars,” Bond said. “They are making good strides, and I think over the next 10, 20 years they’ll certainly be rivaling Russia and America in this area and maybe overtaking them in some areas.”


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Posted: Dec 14, 2013 11:35am
Dec 9, 2013

U.K.'s Glamour has decided that the latest Man of Steel, Henry Cavill, is the Sexiest Man of 2013, besting some serious competition to win the top spot.

Yeah, we're going to have to go ahead and agree with them. Henry's a hottie!

Cavill beat fellow Brit Robert Pattinson for the top spot. Pattinson fell this year to number 2 after holding the title for the past four years.

Catching Fire's Gale, played by Liam Hemsworth, came in number 3 while his brother Chris Hemsworth, aka Thor, took number 7.

Tom Hiddleton and Benedict Cumberbatch managed spots 4 and 5 respectively.

Justin Bieber's legion of loyal Beliebers managed to boost him into the 10th spot on the list despite the ridiculous year he's had, but he couldn't beat One Direction's Harry Styles who managed to place 6th.

Mega-hottie Ryan Gosling landed on the list at no. 32 while People's Sexiest Man Alive, Adam Levine, entered Glamour's list at no. 93.

Christian Grey himself, Jamie Dornan, is nowhere on the list though Charlie Hunnam was ranked 11th.

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Posted: Dec 9, 2013 7:35am
Dec 6, 2013
The musician - who had worked with Mandela in his campaigns to help end poverty on the continent - has written an essay about him for Time.
He wrote: "Mandela saw extreme poverty as a manifestation of the same struggle. 'Millions of people... are trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free,' he said in 2005. 'Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome... Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. You can be that great generation'.
"It certainly fell to Mandela to be great. His role in the movement against extreme poverty was critical. He worked for a deeper debt cancellation, for a doubling of international assistance across sub-Saharan Africa, for trade and private investment and transparency to fight corruption.
"Without his leadership, would the world over the past decade have increased the number of people on Aids medication to 9.7 million and decreased child deaths by 2.7 million a year?"
And he insisted that the statesman's commitment to equality had changed Africa for the better.
"Mandela would be remembered as a remarkable man just for what happened - and didn't happen - in South Africa's transition.
"But more than anyone, it was he who rebooted the idea of Africa from a continent in chaos to a much more romantic view, one in keeping with the majesty of the landscape and the nobility of even its poorer inhabitants.
"He was also a hardheaded realist, as his economic policy demonstrated. To him, principles and pragmatism were not foes; they went hand in hand. He was an idealist without naiveté, a compromiser without being compromised."

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Posted: Dec 6, 2013 5:08am
Dec 2, 2013
I was given one printed sheet telling me about [The National Autistic Society] and how to contact them, which I did. I was not offered any assessment of my needs and the local authority and health service have never been in contact with me about my ASD, so I don’t know whether I should get support to meet my needs. Maybe it depends on how one defines 'needs'. I get depressed and anxious and do not have anyone to talk to about it. I don’t see a counsellor or psychologist, but I'd welcome a chance to do so if it could be arranged

I have some arthritis, some forgetfulness, and a pervasive sense of an unfulfilled life and loneliness. The physical heart is fine, but my mental heart isn't happy. I feel that if I could find something fulfilling and useful to do, especially something with a technological content, it could help me with my present feeling of unfulfilled worthlessness.

I definitely am feeling both loneliness and isolation. This is pretty common in elderly folk generally, but in my case it's also largely engendered by my introspective nature. I never learned how to go out and find friends because I've always been too busy and too shy to allocate time to doing that.

A year after my diagnosis, when I raised the question of isolation and loneliness associated with Asperger's, my GP suggested I contact the nearest Aspie group, which I've done, but it is 170 miles away - rather a long way to go. I don’t think he understands my needs as a person with Asperger’s at all.

I don't really have any friends, only occasional acquaintances, and if and when I meet them I feel I have to go along with their wishes rather than impose mine. There’s no club or social meeting place locally where people know my name, so my only social relationships tend to be through social networking or forums. I'm interested in the idea of e-befriending and wondering if I could somehow participate, not necessarily to only receive befriending support from the NAS, but perhaps to give some online support as well.

I'd like to belong to a local group that's not only there for recreational purposes, but which also doubles up as a kind of self-help counselling group; where members could speak freely to other members about their problems and worries. In other words, provide a kind of substitute for unaffordable counselling services. I think not having anyone to talk to is at the heart of the loneliness and isolation that many old folk tend to suffer. I haven't thought through the details of how such a group could be organised; there would need to be some arrangement in place to avoid get-togethers descending into prolonged agony sessions and keep a nice balance going between social recreation and such heart-to-heart substitute counselling.

I consider myself pretty healthy for my age. I cycle and always walk around town to do my shopping, but I don't generally exercise for its own sake; there has to be a purpose to it. I like hill walking, a bit of photography, playing with satellite TV dishes, trying to solve my own and other people's computer problems where I can, and generally messing around with electrical gadgets.

I live in my own short-term holiday accomodation, but I travel a lot and am away more than I'm there. I have a wife in a far-away tropical country and I stay in her house quite a bit, especially in winter. Other family difficulties are such a serious issue with me that I have isolated myself from them and drawn red danger zones around them. I had a family, but I haven't been in touch for over 20 years now.

I've been retired for the last 17 years, after taking voluntary redundancy, so I am financially independent. My career entailed living for quite longish periods in many different countries all around the world. Quite exotic, actually. I have a degree and was quite successful.

I had some difficulties at work, but in those days nobody had heard of Asperger’s, not even me. I was no good at multi-tasking, and got confused in situations requiring compromise rather than perfection. I resisted attempts to promote me to positions where I would have had to manage staff. Although there was no support on my AS-related difficulties, my different bosses tended to like my unusual style.

Looking back on it, I believe I subconsciously chose an unsettled, nomadic kind of life in preference to a conventional one in order to avoid all the social complications that living in a conventional community requires. In retirement the expat community keep in touch via an online email group.

I visit lots of places and I'm often on the move. In 2010 I spent three months in the USA, and met some Aspies there. I met an acquaintance in Las Vegas and travelled with them to Mexico where I ended up living on my own again looking after a country ranch. I've visited New Zealand several times and done quite extensive touring there. In 2011 I stayed with a British family on one of the offshore islands around UK, and thoroughly enjoyed getting involved in day-to-day household chores with them. It was a very nice change for me.

My working career infected me with itchy feet to such an extent  that I don't feel inclined to settle anywhere permanently, but I can see that this is going to make life more difficult as I get older.

Within the constraints of what's possible, I suppose I do what I want every day: but basically, unless I’m travelling, mundane domestic activities occupy my whole time, so social activities rarely get any look-in. What I want to do is work on clearing up the daily tasks I always seem to have outstanding, so that I can be free to embark on some bigger project in future, like joining some volunteer group perhaps.

I would consider moving into a care home if I could no longer cope on my own, but I can't really imagine myself in that situation. I've spent my whole life being busy and wouldn't know how to relax. I'm well in to my retirement already and I'm simply living it on a day-to-day drifting on basis. I can't think of any one person who understands my current unusual set-up sufficiently well to weigh up all my possible options and choices and make recommendations about what my final move and resting place should be.

I feel unfulfilled, as if I ought to be making amends for all the things I've missed out on in pursuit of my exotic life. I was taught and tasked by my grandmother to leave the world in a better state than it was when I first arrived, and I don't really feel I've done enough yet to make that possible. Trouble is, I don't know how best to channel my abilities to achieve it.

Source: National Autistic Society UK

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