Tag Archives: The Independant

Amelia Blake: British backpacker and boyfriend found dead in Sydney flat in apparent 'murder-suicide'

The family of a British woman killed in Australia in a suspected murder-suicide have said they are “deeply shocked and saddened” by her death. Amelia Blake, 22, was found dead in the Newtown suburb of Sydney last Friday. New South Wales Police Force said the body of a man in his 30s, named in reports as Nepalese chef Brazil Gurung, ...

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WhatsApp Business: New messenger app launches, letting companies chat to you

WhatsApp has officially launched a new app, called WhatsApp Business. It’s completely separate to the standard version of WhatsApp, but it works in much the same manner – only its purpose is connecting businesses and customers, rather than friends and family.  The app is aimed at small business owners. It’s designed to make it easier for them to communicate with ...

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Overworked parents having to scale-back careers to spend time with family, new study shows

Working parents who are struggling to cope with the strain of overtime are having to scale-back their careers, according to a new study. The research by charity Working Families and Bright Horizons, a provider of nurseries and day schools, revealed that significant numbers of parents are having to work more than their contracted hours due to increasingly intense workloads or ...

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At UFC 220, Francis Ngannou looks to complete his journey from homeless to heavyweight champion

Francis Ngannou has knockout power that snaps back heads like Pez dispensers and earned him comparisons to Mike Tyson in his ferocious heyday.  Ngannou has stood tall against all opposition in his UFC career and his terrifying run has shaped the challenger into the betting favourite in the heavyweight champion bout against Stipe Miocic.  He’s not afraid to go face-to-face ...

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Mea Culpa: clearing the clutter of needless punctuation

We reported the collapse of a bridge under construction in Colombia with this dramatic photograph and the headline: “Colombian suspension-bridge collapse kills nine workers and injures five.”  A reader wrote in to point out that “this is a cable-stayed bridge”, a kind “that has largely superseded suspension bridges in modern construction”. A suspension bridge, he explained, has chains or cables ...

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Selfless mother donates two organs to save her son's life

A devoted mother has risked her own life to undergo a double organ donation for her four-year-old son. Sarah Lamont, from Ballymena, Northern Ireland, recently donated one of her kidneys to her little boy, Joe, and just months later surgeons also removed a section of her liver.  Diagnosed with two aggressive organ diseases before his first birthday – polycystic kidney ...

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Exotic private island once owned by speed-boat racing heiress for sale

A private island in the Bahamas once owned by a cross-dressing, tattooed, speed-boat racing heiress who had affairs with a string of Golden Age Hollywood actresses has gone on sale for just over £14million ($20million). Whale Cay has 12 miles of shoreline and more than a dozen white sandy beaches just 30 miles from the coast of Florida in the ...

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Best business class beds in the sky, from Japan Airlines to Qatar's Qsuites

When it comes to booking a business class ticket for a long-haul flight, there’s more to consider than just the price. Is the airline’s food any good? Can you expect extra assistance or attentive onboard service? Will the seat turn into a fully flat bed, or is it a less desirable angled recline? Airline websites aren’t exactly forthcoming when it ...

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Loch Fyne: Search and rescues continue hunt for two missing fishermen after their boat capsizes

People have been searching throughout the night for two fishermen who are missing after their boat capsized in Scotland. HM Coastguard received a 999 call and a distress alert from a vessel in Loch Fyne at about 6pm on Thursday, reporting the crew had recovered a man from the water. The rescued man then told the coastguard that his 40ft fishing boat ...

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Angered by the President's perceived racism, sportspeople were the face of the resistance in 2017

January 8, 2018. It is just a couple of weeks shy of the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, which hogged headlines principally for its lack of attendees. Trump is in Atlanta for the College Football Championship game, a titanic clash between Georgia’s Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide of Alabama. With two schools from Trumpland reaching the big game, the ...

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