iPhone 5 Release To Include Launch Of Facebook’s iPad App

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Facebook is expected to launch its iPad app at the reported unveiling of Apple's iPhone 5 on October 4.

According to former engineer Jeff Verkoeyen, Facebook has been sitting on its iPad app ever since May but has only now decided to finally unveil it.

Verkoeyen was so frustrated at the delays in its release that he recently left the company to join Google.

The powers that be at Facebook now appear willing to launch the eagerly-awaited app, and according to Mashable are also planning on releasing a revamped version of its iPhone app at the Apple event next Tuesday.

There are also reports Apple has been working with Facebook on the latter’s plans to bring the Facebook Platform to the mobile market. The so-called Project Spartan involves plans to create a HTML 5 app store which works within Apple’s Mobile Safari.

Facebook and Apple have yet to comment on the continued speculation about next week’s event, with reports varying for complex details about features which will be available on the iPhone 5 to claims Apple’s CEO Tim Cook will only unveil the iPhone 4S on October 4.

Treasure Worth £150m Found In Atlantic Shipwreck

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When the SS Gairsoppa was torpedoed by a German U-boat 70 years ago, it took its huge silver cargo to a watery grave.

Florida-based Odyssey Marine Exploration’s divers are working to recover what may be the biggest shipwreck haul ever, valued at some $210 million.

The British ship was carrying some 219 tons of silver when it sank in 1941 in the North Atlantic some 300 miles (490 kilometers) off the Irish coast.

Valued then at 600,000 pounds, the silver today is worth about $210 million, which would make it history’s largest recovery of precious metals lost at sea.

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“We’ve accomplished the first phase of this project — the location and identification of the target shipwreck — and now we’re hard at work planning for the recovery phase,” Odyssey senior project manager Andrew Craig said in a statement.

“Given the orientation and condition of the shipwreck, we are extremely confident that our planned salvage operation will be well suited for the recovery of this silver cargo.”

Recovery is expected to begin next spring. The British government awarded Odyssey an exclusive salvage contract for the cargo, and under the agreement Odyssey will retain 80 percent of the silver bullion salvaged from the wreck.

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The 412-foot (125-meter) Gairsoppa had been sailing from India back to Britain in February 1941 bearing a cargo of silver, pig iron and tea, and was in a convoy of ships when a storm hit.

Running low on fuel, the Gairsoppa broke off from the convoy and set a course for Galway, Ireland.

It never made it, succumbing to a German torpedo in the contested waters of the North Atlantic. Of the 85 people on board, only one survived.

The Gairsoppa came to rest nearly 15,400 feet (4,700 meters) below the surface, where for decades it was lost to the world.

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Odyssey is a world leader in deep-ocean exploration and has numerous shipwreck hunting projects in process around the globe.

In May 2007, it announced it had found half a million silver coins and hundreds of gold objects from a ship they code-named the “Black Swan,” which went down in 1804 in the Atlantic off the Strait of Gibraltar.

UNESCO estimates there are some three million shipwrecks worldwide, with billions of dollars in sunken treasures that can be recovered from the depths of the ocean.


Enchiladas De Mole

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Serves 1
Prep time:
20 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 500ml water
  • 250g chicken breast
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 100ml vinegar
  • 15g onion, chopped
  • 1 tin mole paste
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 10g cooking chocolate
  • 3 corn tortillas
  • sour cream, coriander leaves, and sesame seeds

 

 Preparation

1. Fill a pot with water, add the chicken and bring to a boil. Add salt, pepper, vinegar and onion (reserve two pieces for garnish). Cook until tender.

2. Remove chicken and reserve the broth. Shred the chicken.

3. To make the sauce, in a pan heat mole paste, sugar and chocolate. Add 100ml of chicken broth (reserved earlier) and boil for 5 minutes. Blend until smooth.

4. To make the enchiladas, warm the tortillas. Place chicken in the centre of each tortilla, add a little mole sauce and roll to close. Pour remaining sauce on top. Garnish with sour cream, a coriander leaf, onion slices and sesame seeds.

Lonely Planet Names Tastiest Food Sites In The World

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A Turkish spice bazaar, gelateria in Italy and a Belgian house of chocolate are just some of the tastiest gourmet sights in the world, according to Lonely Planet.

Along with historic sites, natural wonders, architectural masterpieces and wildlife spectacles, travel editors have included a few culinary food stops in their new Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Sights.

At No. 484, for instance, is the Tokyo Fish Market in Japan where visitors can bear witness to an action-packed tuna auction.

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For travelers with adventurous and fearless palates, the Donghuamen night market in Beijing is also a sensory feast, or rather “a kaleidoscopic food zoo of all the Chinese food you could wish to try.”

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In addition to your run-of-the-mill lamb and beef kebabs and slurpy noodle soups, the market crawls with candied insects and scorpions on a stick.

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Cheese lovers are also advised to make it out to the Roquefort caves of France, where the blue-veined cheese has been aged for centuries, and La Grande Epicerie, part of the oldest department store in Paris, Le Bon Marché.

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Described in fawning terms as a “glorious food store” where gourmet and artisan chocolates, pastries, biscuits and fruits and vegetables are exquisitely presented, items at the high-end food market also come with pretty price tags.

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Here are some of the other food sites listed in Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Sights:

– Gelateria di Piazza, San Gimignano, Italy for gelato
– House of Master Belgian Chocolate-Makers, Brussels, Belgium for chocolate
– Darjeeling, India for tea
– Maison Mercier, Epernay, France, the champagne capital of the world
– San Miniato National, White Truffle Market, San Miniato, Italy for truffles
– Spice Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey for their mounds of spices

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The book has a suggested retail price of £15.99 and is released September 27.

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The Drivers So Addicted To Their Phones They Have To Keep Texting While At The Wheel

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  • 30% 'text-and-drive' say road safety campaigners
  • They warn of increasing levels of mobile phone addiction

Nearly 30 per cent of drivers send text messages while at the wheel, according to a new survey.

And eight per cent text-and-drive at least once a week, according to a poll which warned of increased levels of addiction in the UK by users unable to go for long without checking their mobile phone.

The poll by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line claimed the amount of data transferred over the UK's mobile networks increased an astonishing 40-fold between 2007 and 2010.

The findings, based on responses from 841 drivers, follow a recent Ofcom report which warned of increased levels of phone addiction.

Brake and Direct Line said other research had shown that texting at the wheel can make drivers 23 times more likely to cause a crash and that using a phone to email or surf the web also causes serious distractions.

Studies in the U.S. have shown that incidents of death due to distracted driving had increased, with researchers putting this down to increases in drivers using mobile phones.

Brake campaigns director Julie Townsend said: 'People who text, use the web or social networking when driving are taking enormous risks with their own and other people's lives.

'This kind of irresponsible behaviour is illegal and it kills so there should be no excuses.

'We are concerned that the increasing uptake of this technology could lead to more crashes and casualties caused by distracted drivers, as is happening in the U.S.

'It is vital that the Government acts now to prevent an upsurge in distracted driving, and it's vital that drivers listen to these warnings and make a pledge to never use their phone when driving.'

Another survey today, from the RAC, showed that 48 per cent of 18 to 24  year olds used their phone while driving.

As many as 15 per cent of this age group tweet behind the wheel, while  eight per cent even admitted playing games on their phone and 21 per cent texted while driving, compared with just 14 per cent in 2010.

Overall, 12 per cent of the 1,002 motorists of all ages who were surveyed said they made or received calls on phones while driving, compared with eight per cent in 2010.

Only 10 per cent reckoned the current penalties for using mobiles while driving worked well, with more than half wanting stiffer punishment for offenders.

RAC motoring strategist Adrian Tink said: 'A driver using a hand-held mobile phones is still an all-too-common sight, and one that appears to be getting worse.'

Carlos Tevez Suspended And Fined £500,000 By Manchester City

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• Tevez suspended for a fortnight following incident at Bayern
• Striker loses two weeks' wages as City back Roberto Mancini

Carlos Tevez has been suspended by Manchester City for two weeks after Roberto Mancini made it clear to the club's chairman, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, that the player has no way back following his apparent refusal to take part in their Champions League tie at Bayern Munich.

A furious Mancini told Tevez to "go back to Argentina" during their dressing-room confrontation after the 2-0 defeat and the club's owners in Abu Dhabi have backed the manager after he said the striker must never play for City again.

"Manchester City can confirm that striker Carlos Tevez has been suspended until further notice for a maximum period of two weeks," the club said in a statement. "The player's suspension is pending a full review into his alleged conduct during Tuesday evening's 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich. The player will not be considered for selection or take part in training while the review is under way." The club wanted to suspend Tevez for longer but were restricted by Premier League guidelines.

The club's lawyers are now scrutinising Tevez's contract to determine what more action they can take and, specifically, whether he was guilty of gross misconduct by refusing to come on as a second-half substitute at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday. Tevez, in a remarkable change of direction, now denies this, blaming a "misunderstanding" presented by language issues.

The process is not going to be particularly quick, with City acutely aware of the importance of going through the appropriate channels to cover the club should the dispute develop into a legal battle. They are so determined to present a watertight case they intend to interview everyone who was in City's dugout when the controversy flared up.

Tevez may be required to attend a formal disciplinary hearing and will almost certainly be fined two weeks' wages, the maximum amount permitted. As the highest earner at the club and in the Premier League, that amounts to £500,000, the biggest fine ever meted out to a player in English football.

Tevez had issued a statement through his advisers earlier in the day apologising to the club's supporters but denying he had refused to play, blaming "confusion on the bench". However, that is undermined by his interview directly after the match, when he admitted going against his manager. His new version of events has been ridiculed behind the scenes at the Etihad Arena, where there is the sense of compelling evidence in Mancini's favour.

City have already compiled a dossier of Tevez's previous misdemeanours and are keeping all possibilities open as they contemplate what to do with a player who would ordinarily be valued as one of the club's main assets. The top-end option is to terminate his contract and launch legal action. High-level sources at the Premier League believe Tevez is "sackable" and Jim Boyce, the vice-president of Fifa, has said his organisation would then investigate imposing a worldwide ban on the Argentinian.

"If he has done what has been said, and it appears there is no doubt about it, I think his club would be better off with him not being part of it," Boyce said.

"If Manchester City prove it, write to Fifa and state the exact circumstances, I believe Fifa should have the power, as they do for drugs-related cases and other cases, to ban the player from taking an active part in football. I would have no problem with that whatsoever. It hasn't occurred before, but I think what happened [with Tevez] was despicable."

Mancini spent a long part of the day discussing the matter with Mubarak and asked for a suspension to be invoked that would mean Tevez was not allowed at the stadium or the training ground. The players were on a day off but report for duty on Thursday and Mancini has told Mubarak he will not accept Tevez being involved in first-team sessions.

The most likely outcome is that Tevez will be sold for a cut-price fee in the January transfer window. Until then, however, Mancini will push for him to continue to be left in isolation, his career on hold after one controversy too many for the former West Ham United and Manchester United striker, who is now openly reviled by supporters of the city's two clubs.

‘Parents Need To Have Eyes In The Back Of Their Heads’: Coroner’s Warning After Boy, 4, Drowned In River While Feeding Ducks

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A boy of four drowned after he fell into a river shortly after feeding the ducks with his family, an inquest heard.

Ernie Warwick was visiting relatives in Stanground, Cambridgeshire, when his parents took him to feed ducks on the River Nene.

The inquest heard the youngster later ran off to feed the ducks on his own and was found by his aunt in the water.

Despite her desperate attempts to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital.

Coroner Gordon Ryall warned parents to have 'eyes in the back of theirs heads', as he recorded a verdict of accidental death at Peterborough Coroner's Court.

He said: 'I do convey my sympathy to you. It's a terrible tragedy.

'With children you need eyes in the back of your head and for a child to run off it's not unusual and he clearly had headed to the river to do something he enjoyed a short time earlier.'

Ernie, whose parents Abbie and Frank Warwick, of Walsall, Cambridgeshire, work as showmen, had been visiting family when the tragic accident occurred last month on August 5.

The inquest heard he fed the ducks with his parents but later ran off to feed them on his own.

Ernie's aunt Sophie Deeks found his body in an isolated part of the river and pulled him from the water.

The East of England Ambulance Service arrived on the scene at 6.58pm, but the youngster was pronounced dead at Peterborough City Hospital.

Sergeant Andrew Lunn, of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, told the inquest Ernie had been feeding ducks beside the river earlier in the day and had 'run off' as a game.

The inquest heard Dirk Stringthorpe, of Stanground, was walking his dog when he came across the accident.

Sergeant Lunn said: 'He saw the woman in the water. She was screaming for help and pushing a young child out of the water.'

A verdict of accidental death was recorded.

Ed Miliband Looks In A Bigger Picture

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Days before Tories conference, Ed Miliband looks in a bigger picture, but will he deliver?

The Labour leader claimed Britain was crying out for a new kind of society in which the right people – responsible “grafters” – are properly rewarded.

And he vowed to fight for “a new bargain in our economy so reward is linked with effort”. The Tories said Mr Miliband helped create the culture he was attacking. And he was a “weak leader telling his party what they wanted to hear”. 

Mr Miliband praised both his predecessors, Mr Blair and Gordon Brown, but stressed: “I’m my own man and I’m going to do things my own way.”

He also sought to humanise his public image by joking about his “nose job” and speaking warmly about his new wife Justine and his two young sons.

A Labour government would offer rewards and incentives to firms that give something back to Britain, he continued.

But “asset strippers” who make money without contributing to the communities in which they operate would be penalised.

Labour will make businesses that secure government contracts offer young people apprenticeships.

Linking values to the economy, he also suggested it had been a mistake to give Sir Fred Goodwin, the former head of the Royal Bank of Scotland, a knighthood.

The speech also made proposals for how to shake up the welfare system, for example changing the way social housing is allocated.

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Ed Miliband won applause for criticising the Government’s NHS policy

Mr Miliband said councils should give priority to people who work and contribute to their communities over benefit claimants and trouble tenants.

On education, he confirmed his pledge to cut tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000, by making better off graduates pay more and reversing the corporation tax for banks.

But he said it would be “irresponsible” to promise to axe fees altogether as he may not be able to keep the pledge.

Tories annual conference kicks off on 2nd October 2011 in Manchester.

The Highest Crane Installed To Build Skycraper

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Britain's highest ever crane is to be put in place at the building site of what will become Europe's tallest building.

Builders will use the machine to complete the spire of the Shard skyscraper near London Bridge in south London.

When fully extended the crane will sit at 317 metres or 1,040 ft above ground level, making it seven metres taller than the building's eventual highest point (310 metres).

The Shard will become the tallest building in the European Union and the 45th tallest in the world when it is completed in 2012.

It will surpass the current record-holder, One Canada Square at London's Canary Wharf, which stands at 235 metres or 773 ft and was completed in 1991

Irvine Sellar, chairman of the Sellar Property Group which is developing the Shard, said: "This is another unique milestone in the development of this global iconic landmark building.

"The Shard is already making a positive impact on London's skyline and the spire will complement the design of the building and complete a truly stunning piece of architecture."

At present the building stands at 244 metres. The crane will be used to complete the top 23 floors from a total of 95.

Sitting on a platform outside the building at floor 55, it is expected to raise 500 tonnes of steel in a total of around 100 lifts.

The spire will be made up of some 800 separate pieces of steel but sections have been assembled off-site and transported to the Shard rather than individual beams.

Richard Branson Renting Out Flying Submarine

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Described as an underwater aircraft, the Necker Nymph comes in tandem with the Necker Belle, Branson’s catamaran on the high seas.

But the Nymph allows boaters to get low, flying underneath the water to depths of 30 meters (98 feet). Helmed by a trained pilot, it soars at a speed of 6 knots (7 mph).

Dives typically last from one to two hours and passengers wear normal scuba breathing gear.

It’s housed at Necker Island, Branson’s luxury home in the Caribbean – the same one that indeed recently burned down.

The dives, which last for 1-2 hours at time, start at $2,500 per day. Click here for more details.

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