Lifestyle 

Favourite songs will help you beat dementia: Old tunes can revive lost memories

Doctors believe we retain the clearest memories for songs we enjoyed between the ages of 10 and 30.  The effects are thought to be so profound that British researchers have set up a task force to explore the role music can play in mitigating dementia’s devastating effects.  They want people to learn to play instruments to help prevent the onset of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and have called for music-based therapies to be officially adopted.  Baroness Sally Greengross, chief executive of the International Longevity Centre, which has set up a…

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Entertainment 

The Post film review: Meryl Streep scooping all the plaudits in Spielberg recreation

Steven Spielberg’s The Post recreates what happened almost 50 years ago and is both a fascinating history lesson and a timely reminder of the importance of defending basic democratic rights. The Post is a little slow to start as it fills in the back story. In the 1960s, secretary of defence Robert Mcnamara (Bruce Greenwood) commissioned a report on America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. It concluded that the war was lost in 1965 but that successive presidents committed increasing numbers of American soldiers to the conflict rather than admitting…

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Entertainment 

Coco review: Pixar back on track in latest animation

Fortunately they are right back on form with Coco, a joyous celebration of life, family and music that unfurls in a riot of eye-popping colour and heart-melting sentiment. It has all the charm of vintage Pixar allied to a story that displays more depth and complexity than many a live-action drama. Coco has a spring in its step from the very beginning as we enter the world of Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), a 12-year-old hungry to emulate his idol, the late Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), the greatest musician in…

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Street rapper stepson of US soldier who became ISIS propaganda chief killed in Syria

NC Intelligence officials say the rapper was killed this week. Now his demise on Wednesday near Deir Ezzor has been confirmed. Casper joined the jihadists early in 2014, abandoning his home to become a mouthpiece in charge of IS propaganda that caused the German government to declare him a central figure at the “highest management level” of the terror group. It was he who arranged for the videoing and distribution of the tapes showing the beheadings of British innocents David Haines and Alan Henning. Like Joseph Goebbels – the Nazi…

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Wife of deported Michigan man to attend State of the Union

The wife of an undocumented immigrant who was deported to Mexico this week after living in the U.S. for three decades will be attending this year’s State of the Union speech, according to a Michigan congresswoman. Cindy Garcia’s husband, Jorge, was deported on Monday. The 39-year-old father of two was undocumented when he was brought to the U.S. at age 10, according to Cindy Garcia and their family lawyer. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., announced Thursday that she had invited Cindy Garcia to be her guest to President Donald Trump’s first…

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Inside Turpin family’s Disney holidays: Photos show kids in identical clothes each time

The Turpin parents face 94 years in jail each if convicted as prosecutors branded the case one of “human depravity.”  It comes as photos emerged of the couple and their children on regular trips to Disneyland where it appears the children were forced to wear identical clothes each time.  David and Louise Turpin were apparently obsessed with the famous tourist venue, in Anaheim, California – and their Facebook revealed they visited on several occasions with their huge family in tow. At the time, the couple had twelve children, and all…

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‘Bigfoot’ roams free in Canadian wilderness as viewers claim creature is REAL 

The clip, shot on January 5, was captured by a Canadian family who entitled it: “”Remarkable footage shows a huge Bigfoot walking through the Canadian wilderness.” It appears to show a mysterious creature lurking behind trees on the edge of a thickly-forested area. They uploaded it the YouTube channel Modern Galaxy and since then it has been viewed 126,000 times, with plenty of viewers apparently convinced of its veracity. One remarked: “The thing is freaking huge and wide as hell. You can see where the direction of the sun is…

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Entertainment 

Star Wars Men’s Rights edit REMOVES the WOMEN: Stars attack but do some cuts make sense?

First uploaded to Pirate Bay, the radical male-orientated cut reduces the lengthy 155 minute movie to a brisk and breezy 46 minutes. Whoever is responsible (wisely) decided to remain anonymous but titled his work: “The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit… Basically The Last Jedi minus Girlz Powah and other silly stuff.”  The edit has started a social media storm but it’s hard not to agree with some of his changes. After all, even some of the most hardcore devoted Star Wars fans had major issues with many Episode 8 plot points.…

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Technology 

Uber’s former CEO said to cash in at $1.4B in Softbank deal – CNET

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is cashing in. James Martin/CNET The world looks like it’s about to get a new billionaire: former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Uber has confirmed that it closed its deal with a consortium led by Japanese internet giant SoftBank Group on Thursday selling a 20 percent stake in its shares. Once the deal is officially done, Kalanick reportedly will walk away with $1.4 billion, according to CNBC. The agreement comes at a time when Uber is working to clean up after a year of scandals, which…

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Turpins face 94 YEARS: ‘House of Horrors’ parents facing life for captivity of 13 children

David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, have been charged with nine counts of torture and 10 counts of child endangerment. The two are scheduled to make their first court appearance later today, where they could face 94 years in prison if convicted. Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin told reporters at a press conference: “We’re fully prepared to seek justice in this case and do so in a way that protects these victims from further harm.” He added: “These individuals sleep all day and are up all…

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