The format of this dreadfully dull show is identical to others of the Kardashian empire: wearisome incidents of people sitting in kitchens not feeing cheese plates
Is there a least qualified actuality show virtuoso than Rob Kardashian? If you lined up 10 people from the throwing record of A& Es Intervention and Rob Kardashian and had to choose one to base an ongoing television series around, would you ever pick him unless people know his last name? Isnt this a tragedy? Shouldnt we all be more disturbed?
Sunday darkness premiere of the brand-new E! sequence Rob& Chyna distinguishes the return of the black sheep Kardashian to the public eye. Hes invested years of his life unwilling to leave his room, which caused him to addition( his terms) a traction of weight. He gazes less comfortable obliging seeing linked with other human beings than the little orphan girl Newt from the movie Aliens. A Los Angeles Dodgers hat covers whats left of the poorest of the poor people thin, matted hair. His wardrobe contained in T-shirts , nondescript jeans and sneakers. In other messages, when I watch this astoundingly depressing platform, I check myself and what I might become( minus the millions of dollars ).
The first few minutes of Rob& Chyna intend to do us empathize with Rob and his pregnant fiancee Blac Chyna. As an digression, isnt it a bit horrid that Blac Chyna runs almost exclusively by the appoint Chyna in the first escapade now that the original Chyna the former WWE wrestler has died? Its like rummaging through people jewelry after a funeral.
Regardless of what you call her, Blac Chyna is the actual hotshot of this demonstrate, even if her name is second on the pavilion. She came up from the world-famous airstrip fraternities of Atlanta and became something of an entrepreneur, at least in accordance with the rules that we characterize that word in 2016. She took the Kardashian template of monetizing tabloid notoriety through a faith of identity social media ubiquity, branded concoctions, and now, the final section of the puzzle, an E! reality dealership. Shes become a major supporting player in the ongoing Kardashian meta-narrative having a baby with the rapper Tyga, who then leaves her for Kylie Jenner, which leads to Chyna link troops with Rob. Whether or not her relationship with Rob is genuine or a calculated effort to increase her deserving potential is not for me to decide (* cough its bullshit cough *) but what is is whether or not this TV show is good. Its not.
Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of teenager Laquan McDonald while on duty, was found guilty on Friday.
A Cook County jury found Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder, as well as 16 counts of aggravated battery ― one for each bullet he fired into McDonald, 17. He was acquitted of official misconduct, and a charge of first-degree murder was vacated for the second-degree conviction.
Judge Vincent Gaughan revoked bail and ordered Van Dyke taken into custody to await sentencing later this month. The officer faces up to 20 years in prison for the second-degree murder charge, and each aggravated battery charge carries a maximum sentence of six to 30 years.
The jury deliberated for less than eight hours over two days in the case, in which Van Dyke faced the possibility of life in prison for shooting McDonald on a Chicago street in October 2014 ― much of the confrontation captured on a police car dashcam.
Van Dyke showed little emotion as the verdict was read by the foreman of the jury, which consisted of eight women and four men. He was promptly led out of the courtroom after the verdict.
Across the city, protesters gathered in groups and waited for the verdict to come down. In front of City Hall, more than two dozen people formed and held signs, according to the Chicago Tribune. Some held phones to their ears as the verdict was read and, upon the word “guilty,” cheered and chanted.
Hundreds more demonstrators marched through downtown streets in celebration as police blocked traffic for them, The New York Times reported. Several jurors, speaking anonymously, told reporters after the hearing that there was never a chance for acquittal during deliberations ― the main discussion surrounded whether to convict on first- or second-degree murder.
Earlier in the day, Chicago police were on high alert as the city prepared for the verdict in the rare trial of an officer accused of murder for an on-duty killing. Hundreds of police were seen packing street corners and city parks. Jurors, who deliberated for five hours on Thursday and about 2 1/2 more on Friday, were sequestered by Judge Vincent Gaughan and kept at an unidentified hotel overnight.
Protesters and police had surrounded the courthouse before the verdict was read. There were reports that some workplaces allowed employees to go home early, and that some Chicago schools were on “soft lockdown” or let students go home in preparation for anticipated protests.
During the trial, Van Dyke testified in his own defense that he feared for his life and that McDonald was behaving erratically (an autopsy revealed PCP in his system). His defense team cited a state law that allows officers to use deadly force if it’s necessary to stop a fleeing suspect who has committed a felony while using a deadly weapon, according to Vice News. McDonald was carrying a knife at the time, but the dashboard camera footage refuted Van Dyke’s claim that the teen was aggressively swinging the blade at him.
“It’s Jason Van Dyke firing bullets, ripping into the flesh of Laquan McDonald 16 times. That’s not justified, that’s not necessary — that’s first-degree murder,” prosecutor Joseph McMahon told jurors, according to NPR. He urged jurors to convict on first-degree murder and aggravated battery.
Van Dyke’s lawyer, Dan Herbert, compared the scene that night to a monster movie, telling jurors that McDonald had attacked a truck driver and slashed a police vehicle’s tires just before he was shot.
“When a monster turns and looks at the victim, that’s when the music starts to play,” the defense lawyer said.
Two alternative jurors who were dismissed from the trial on Thursday said they would have leaned toward finding the officer guilty of murder, according to the Chicago Tribune.
One of them, a white woman, noted that other officers on scene that night didn’t use deadly force.
“Where was [McDonald] actually causing an issue that Jason Van Dyke thought that he needed to use deadly force? I just didn’t understand that,” the alternative juror told the newspaper.
This story has been updated with details from the scene in Chicago.
The new duvet cover has been bought, posters are packed, a favourite teddy has been sneaked in and the car boot is crammed full.
It’s that time of year when young people are heading off to university for the first time.
We asked graduates and older students for their top tips for starting at university.
1. Manage your workload
Kaylie Knowles, 24, studied at Nottingham Trent University, then did her PGCE at Derby University. She says staying on top of the workload is crucial.
“I got on just fine doing my undergrad at Trent, but my final year at Derby was a very stressful year leading me to four or five meltdowns across the year.
“All I’d say is prioritise your workload and make sure you take a break when you feel the workload is getting too much. “
2. Plan out a weekly budget
Mary O’Connell, 23, who did English literature at York University and an MA in Film Studies at King’s College London, recommends setting yourself a weekly budget.
“Don’t spend all your money on Freshers Week. If you haven’t really worked before uni then you may not have seen that much money in your account before. But remember that it’s still a loan that you need to be sensible with.
“Plan out a weekly budget. You can use an app to track your spending if you want to get an idea of how much you’re spending, because it’s something we usually underestimate.”
Sian Reed, 25, who studied marketing at Hull University, followed by an MA in sports journalism at Sheffield Hallam, agrees.
“My first top tip would be learn to budget. I know it sounds all serious but just because your student loan has come in, doesn’t mean you should spend it all at once.
“Just take half an hour or so to sit down and look at what money you have coming in and what you’re spending.
“It might mean making some adjustments like boosting your income or reducing your spending (ask for a student discount everywhere, you’ll be surprised at the sort of places that offer it as they don’t always advertise) but it means you can live comfortably.”
3. Back up your work
Peter Rogers, 22, who graduated from York University last year, says it’s a good idea to back up your work in more than one place.
“We all had gmail accounts through our university, so I used Google Drive to save everything which meant it was stored in the cloud.
“One piece of advice would be to make sure you save different versions of a piece of work as you go along.
“For example, if you are writing an essay on the French Revolution, save it as ‘French Revolution half’ at the halfway stage, and then again as a separate version three-quarters of the way through, etc.
“That way if you do manage to delete a copy you will not have to rewrite from the beginning.”
4. Make the most of the first year
Peter also says that the first year can often be a little lighter academically than subsequent years, so it’s worth enjoying it.
“If your first year doesn’t count towards your overall grade, make the most of the freedom that offers you,” he suggests.
“I still look back and wish I had done a little less work (nobody asks me what grade I got in first year) and spent more time trying out activities, sports or just hanging out with friends.
“Obviously the academic side is important but that really amps up in second and third year anyway.”
5. Don’t be afraid to be choosy about friends
Emmeke Megannety 21, a second-year journalism student at Nottingham Trent University, says it’s worth taking your time to find good friends.
“People starting uni need to remember that the people you meet in your first week will not necessarily be your friends for life.
“Don’t think that you have to stick to people like glue just because you haven’t met anyone else yet.
“Throw yourself into activities and societies, get a job, strike up a conversation with someone at the gym – you’ll make so many friends throughout the year in the oddest of places.”
Mary recommends joining all the societies that interest you.
“You don’t just want your uni friends to be the people on your course and who you live with, so join a society to make friends there,” she says.
“It’s a good way to socialise cheaply, especially if you’re not a big drinker. It also just makes the uni experience more fulfilling.”
6. Look out for people
Sadly many students suffer with mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. Recent statistics show 146 students took their own lives in 2016.
Peter says it’s important to keep an eye on your peers and ask searching questions.
“I was, and continue to be, regularly surprised at the number of people who would look and act fine outwardly but were actually really struggling.
“I think the key here is talking directly, especially with men. I know if I were just asked ‘How are you feeling?’ I’d probably just skirt around the question with a generic answer.
“But if a friend asked ‘Do you think your mental health has been affected by….?’ we might be tempted to answer more honestly.”
7. Eat a balanced diet
Matt Broderick, 29, a graduate from Queens University Belfast, says a poor diet can affect your mood.
“Learn to cook and go to class. I did neither of these things, or very, very little.
“I spent all of my money on really unhealthy oven food or nasty takeaways and barely went to lectures.
“I didn’t realise at the time but I was probably depressed because I was living in an awfully cold and dark house, eating dreadful food and only really leaving the house to go drinking with the odd class or lecture thrown in.
“I wish I could hit the reset button and go to every single lecture, do all of my readings, eat better and spend my time more wisely rather than drinking away my student loan.”
8. Learn to cook on a budget
Picking up on the issue of food, Mary recommends learning how to cook on a budget.
“Stop caring about brands just because you have them at home,” she advises.
“For example, if you’re making something like a bolognese then buy the ‘basics’ version of the chopped tomatoes. It’s not an ingredient you need to have a special brand for – chopped tomatoes is chopped tomatoes.
“Tupperware is your friend: Cook food in bulk then freeze it in meal-sized portions.”
Peter adds: “Like many students I didn’t really have anything other than rudimentary cookery skills before I went, and found learning to cook was reasonably enjoyable.”
9. Stay in touch with friends from home
Mary says keeping in touch with family and friends from back home is a good way of keeping loneliness at bay, and a good chance to speak openly about any problems.
“Uni can be very lonely. Make sure you check in with your home friends who are also at uni and keep track of who might be having a hard time, and make sure you tell your friends if you find yourself struggling.”
10. Stay true to yourself
Sian’s other top tip for university is to “stay true to yourself”.
“At university, students are usually living away from home for the first time which means no parents.
“You don’t have to be an extrovert to enjoy the experience – don’t feel obliged to go on nights out because you feel forced to (you will regret it in the morning).
“University seems to create a drinking culture so it’s okay if you’re not into it. Trust me, you will not be the only non-drinker on campus.
“Alternatively, if you do have a big personality, make the most of your student life, as life after uni is nowhere near as cheap.”
Produced by Katherine Sellgren and Shamaan Freeman-Powell
The presence of Ramzan Kadyrov in the front sequence of a UFC show highlights a disturbing link between the Chechen strongman and the MMA promotion
On Saturday 15 September, Ramzan Kadyrov marched into Moscow’s Olimpiyskiy Stadium to watch the evening’s crusades. Dressed in beige jeans and a white t-shirt with a pairing coat, the notorious Chechen strongman was surrounded by three of his most loyal bodyguards– one of whom has been accused of torture and another of scheming an homicide– as he made his acces to the front row of the 35,000 -capacity arena. Set merely a few feet away from the cage, Kadyrov and his friends watched the evening’s combats in an entirely new give. Though used to attending mixed martial arts occasions on a near-weekly basis in his native Chechnya, this was the first time that Kadyrov was present at a Ultimate Fighting Championship show.
Given Kadyrov’s well-documented human rights abuses- the most recent of which includes a deadly crackdown on LGBTQ+ people within Chechnya ensuing in torture and summary executions – his spirit in the front sequence of a UFC event highlights a concerning is connected with the authoritarian and the world’s largest MMA promotion.
Kadyrov’s decision to attend the UFC’s first ever show in Moscow is due to the presence of Magomed Ankhalaev, a UFC light heavyweight expectation from Dagestan who represents Kadyrov through the dictator’s battle guild, Akhmat MMA. That night, Ankalaev overcame Marcin Prachnio by head-kick knockout in the opening round. During his post-fight interview in the octagon, Ankalaev thanked Kadyrov for his support and finished off with Kadyrov’s now-infamous slogans “Akhmat Sila”( Akhmat Power ).
Founded in 2015, the Akhmat MMA engage sorority consists of an MMA promotion and various exercise facilities throughout Chechnya and various other post-Soviet territories. The battle squad is sponsored by Kadyrov himself through his government’s budget and assumes the refer of Kadyrov’s father, Akhmad Kadyrov. Fighters who are signed to the fight club’s official roster are paid monthly allowances that treat medical overheads, learn expenses, and roam costs. Depending on the level of success achieved, fighters are also gifted with expensive autoes and other gaudy goods.
The Akhmat MMA crusaded golf-club is operated by Abuzayed Vismuradov, a colonel to be one of the most powerful beings in Chechnya. Known by his nom de guerre’ Patriot ‘, Vismuradov formerly crusaded in the Chechen crusades against Russia alongside Kadyrov himself, before being elevated to commander of the Chechnya’s Special Forces, the’ Terek’ Chechen SWAT unit, as well as Kadyrov’s private security detail. Kadyrov’s decision to place one of his most influential protection chassis in charge of his MMA promotion and push fraternity is demonstrated that the Akhmat fight club is likely an extension of Kadyrov’s own government.
Through Kadyrov’s patronage and assist, the Akhmat fight club has risen to become one of the largest MMA training facilities and publicities within the Russian Federation. The crusade society has signed various notable soldiers from other MMA organizations and has situated its promotional might and natural resources behind them. Five of these combats have moved on to sign with the UFC: Magomed Bibulatov, Abdul-Kerim Edilov, Ruslan Magomedov, Said Nurmagomedov, and Magomed Ankalaev. Four of those fighters remain under contract with the UFC, despite the undeniable link between them and Kadyrov, while Edilov- who reportedly peril an HBO journalist in Chechnya– was reportedly released from his UFC contract in August 2018.
The format of this dreadfully dull show is identical to others of the Kardashian empire: wearisome backgrounds of people sitting in kitchens not devouring cheese plates
Is there a less qualified actuality establish adept than Rob Kardashian? If you lined up 10 parties from the casting document of A& Es Intervention and Rob Kardashian and had to choose one to base an ongoing tv series around, would you ever pick him unless you knew his last name? Isnt this a tragedy? Shouldnt we all be more upset?
Sunday nighttimes premiere of the new E! serial Rob& Chyna observes the return of the black sheep Kardashian to the public eye. Hes spent years of their own lives unwilling to leave his room, which stimulated him to increase( his texts) a grip of heavines. He searches less comfortable obliging attention linked with other human beings than the little orphan daughter Newt from the movie Aliens. A Los Angeles Dodgers hat covers whats left of the poor people thin, matted whisker. His wardrobe consists of T-shirts , nondescript jeans and sneakers. In other paroles, when I watch this astoundingly depressing curriculum, I realize myself and what I might become( minus the millions of dollars ).
The first few minutes of Rob& Chyna intend to oblige us empathize with Rob and his pregnant fiancee Blac Chyna. As an digression, isnt it a little bit ghoulish that Blac Chyna travels almost entirely by the reputation Chyna in the first escapade now that the original Chyna the former WWE wrestler has died? Its like ransacking through someones jewelry after a funeral.
Regardless of what you call her, Blac Chyna is the actual superstar of this see, even if her figure is second on the marquee. She came up from the world-famous deprive associations of Atlanta and became something of an entrepreneur, at least in accordance with the rules that we characterize that word in 2016. She took the Kardashian template of monetizing tabloid villainy through a religion of temperament social media ubiquity, labelled produces, and now, the final part of the mystify, an E! actuality dealership. Shes become a major supporting player in the ongoing Kardashian meta-narrative having a baby with the rapper Tyga, who then leaves her for Kylie Jenner, which leads to Chyna unite troops with Rob. Whether or not her relationship with Rob is genuine or a calculated effort to increase her making potential is not for me to decide (* cough its bullshit cough *) but what is is whether or not this Tv show is good. Its not.
Grandparents of Tiantian winning long legal combat for detention of frozen fetu left by his mother and father
The son of a Chinese couple who died more than four years ago has been born to a replacement father, according to the report of Chinese media.
Shen Jie and Liu Xi had been married for two years when they decided to try in vitro fertilization. Five eras before they were planned in order to transplant one of the fertilized embryo into Liu, the couple died in a car accident in March 2013 in the Chinese coastal responsibility of Jiangsu.
For the next three years, the parents of Shen and Liu fought for the rights to four frozen embryos left by their late children in a complicated and unprecedented law speciman in China, according to the Beijing News.
After various tribunal engagements, both of those parents finally acquired custody of the embryos, and in January of 2017, with the assistance provided by an underground surrogacy busines, they drove to Laos to find a mother. Surrogacy is illegal in China.
In December last year, Shen and Liu’s baby, a boy, was born in a infirmary in Guangzhou. Liu’s mother established him the appoint Tiantian, or “sweet”. Last month, the family celebrated Tiantian’s first 100 daylights by supporting a small party.
Liu’s mother, Hu Xinxian, told Beijing News:” Tiantian’s eyes look like my daughter’s but overall, he ogles more like “his fathers” .”
After the birth there have still been legal complications. The new grandparents had to carry out DNA tests to attest their relationship to Tiantian and prevent custody.
The grandparents had not been able to ended how to tell Tiantian about his background. Shen Xinan, Tiantian’s paternal grandfather, told Beijing News that until Tiantian is older they will tell him his parents are overseas.
” This son is destined to be sad on his arrival into the world. Other children have their leaders and mothers, but he doesn’t. We will definitely tell him in the future. How is impossible to not ?” Shen said.
In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, Las Vegas shooting survivor Chris Gilman, right, puts her arm across her wife as tears well in Aliza Correa’s eyes as they talk about the shooting a year earlier at their home in Bonney Lake, Wash. Gilman, with her wife at her side, was shot at the Route 91 country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip Oct. 1, 2017. Today Gilman and Correa are making a conscious effort to keep at bay what they experienced and witnessed from spoiling their everyday moments home, an hour southeast of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
BONNEY LAKE, Wash. – Every time Chris Gilman leaves her home at the foot of Washington’s Mount Rainier, she fights the gnawing urge to turn around and check that someone isn’t about to shoot her.
Sometimes she wins the battle. Sometimes she loses.
In the year since the 48-year-old was nearly killed in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Gilman has had to get used to living with fear: She has nightmares about family members getting shot, she only sits in spots in restaurants where she can see the exits, and she has to mentally prepare herself for movies that might include rapid gunfire.
And then there are crowds, the toughest new obstacle Gilman must brave since surviving the Oct. 1, 2017, massacre in Las Vegas, which killed 58 people and wounded hundreds of others. Gilman was shot in the back; the bullet punctured a lung, lacerated her spleen and a kidney, broke two ribs and lodged 2 millimeters from her spinal cord.
“There are times I’m at the grocery store and I feel that desire to turn around and look and see who’s behind me,” Gilman said. “I try to fight it, to just keep walking, and I think, ‘You’re at the grocery store. There’s no one behind you with a gun.’ But I always feel like I’m looking behind me.”
That feeling turned into panic at one of Gilman’s first concerts since the shooting.
Gilman and her wife of 18 years, Aliza Correa, were with friends at Seattle’s KeyArena following an Aug. 11 concert when the surge of people around them became overwhelming.
“All of a sudden I felt like the Tasmanian devil, where I was spinning in circles trying not to have anybody behind me,” Gilman said. “I tensed up and thought, ‘Here it comes, here it comes, I know I’m going to get shot. Who’s behind me, who’s behind me?’ In your mind you know it’s crazy to think that way, but when the visions come up it’s hard to control.”
Gilman grabbed her wife’s hand and told her she was freaking out, “but it was too late.”
“I was hyperventilating, and I ended up laying on the ground,” said Gilman.
Correa is struggling with her own trauma. She was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Vegas with Gilman when a lone gunman busted out the windows of his 32nd-floor hotel room and launched an 11-minute barraged of gunfire on the crowd below.
The women were helping a wounded friend when the bullet tore through Gilman.
Gilman laid down and told Correa to save herself. Correa refused to leave her side.
“I said, ‘If you die, I die, so if you don’t want me to die, you have to get up,” Correa said, recounting how she rolled Gilman over so her injured wife could Army-crawl for cover under some bleachers.
From there, Gilman said she knew she couldn’t go any farther. That’s when two married off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, Alex and Wanda Valiente, came upon the couple.
“My wife and I are going to get you out,” Alex Valiente told Gilman. “I just need you to help us. I just need you to get up.”
Overcome with exhaustion and pain, Gilman told everyone: “Just leave me.”
The Valientes and Correa wouldn’t budge.
“Get up,” Alex Valiente told Gilman. “You’re not going to die. You’re going to get up.”
Gilman did just that, and the Valientes helped carry her to a car as bullets continued flying around them. Correa tried to clear a path for them amid a sea of wounded people, bodies and chaos.
They made it. Out of the chaos, to the hospital and eventually, back home to the idyllic community of Bonney Lake, an hour southeast of Seattle. Gilman and Correa live in a recently developed, well-kept and tight-knit community that borders between suburban and rural, offering crisp mountain air and lots of grassy open spaces.
But coming home was just the beginning.
Correa, an ultrasound technologist, recently stopped working with patients needing the scans, often used to find the sources of an illness. Watching someone quietly weep as their mind races through the possibility of a life-threatening condition became unbearable.
Gilman is often on high alert, even on her front porch. In casual conversation, her hazel eyes dart between the person she’s talking to and her surroundings — from neighbors walking their dogs and the children playing in the street to the garbage truck passing by.
There are many dark moments that remind them of things they can’t forget. The physical nerve pain Gilman feels when Correa affectionately puts her arm on Gilman’s hip out of habit. And though she has largely recovered and even had the bullet removed from her body in a subsequent surgery, she proceeds gingerly when she has to bend down and is frustrated that she struggles to exercise like she used to at the gym.
There are waves of depression, the loss of freedom from fear, but also overwhelming gratitude for little things, like when Gilman got a card from an 8-year-old she never met who wrote: “I wish this never happened to you.”
Amid the struggle, the couple strives for normalcy, for experiences most people can enjoy without a second thought.
Though they weren’t regular concertgoers before the shooting, Gilman and Correa force themselves to get out in large, busy gatherings to face their fears. They also made themselves return to Vegas last month for a previously planned trip for Correa’s mother’s 70th birthday, a journey that induced panic for Gilman but became therapeutic by the end of the weekend.
Gilman and Correa try to focus on what they’re thankful for: each other, their friends and family, and the new relationships they’ve developed as a result of the shooting.
The Valientes, the off-duty sheriff’s deputies who helped save Gilman’s life, have become like family. The group got separated the night of the shooting and it took Gilman about a month to find them. She tracked them down on a Facebook page created to help survivors find the people who helped them, and vice versa.
The two couples got together at Christmas and plan to see each other again in October.
For now, Gilman and Correa will keep trying, keep putting themselves in uncomfortable situations, and eventually, they hope, live with a little less fear.
“Something bad happened in our life. It completely changed, and we’re finding a new normal,” Gilman said. “We can’t ever go back to the way we were before.”
Follow AP’s coverage of the Las Vegas mass shooting here: https://apnews.com/tag/LasVegasmassshooting .
Aidan Huddleston was lying in bunk on a Friday evening when he got a call telling him his girlfriend Skye and his sister Caitlin were dead.
“I kind of realised in that moment in time, my future that I’d had with Skye, and my sister’s future, had just been fully removed – and there was absolutely nothing I could do about it, ” he tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.
Skye Mitchell had been driving her friends Caitlin Huddleston and Ellis Marr to a eatery near Millom in Cumbria, where they lived in July last year.
The road was new to Skye, who had passed her experiment only four months earlier.
She was walking rapidly, but within the acceleration restriction. It was soggy.
As she turned a angle, “shes lost” power of her gondola, and smacked a van.
“I’d just got home from drive, was lying in couch, falling asleep actually, ” says Aidan.
“Then the lighting of my phone illuminated up, and I discovered I had numerous themes and missed calls.”
Aidan, 24, found out that night that his girlfriend and his sister had died at the scene. They were both 18.
Ellis, who was in the back seat, and the 51 -year-old driver of the van were both airlifted to hospital.
Ellis stayed in hospital for five months. The van operator is still there, 14 months after the crash.
‘It was all down to inexperience’
“We do not blame Skye whatsoever for what happened, ” says Aidan.
“There was nothing she could have done I believe on that night. It was all down to inexperience.”
That’s the reason Skye and Caitlin’s class are applying for graduated “drivers licence”( GDLs ).
A GDL scheme would make controls for new moves – for example a darknes curfew and limitations on the number of passengers they can carry.
Those controls could last one or two years and then be lifted as drivers gain more suffer.
Aidan said today “this whole situation wouldn’t have occurred” if GDLs were already in place.
“It would avoid hurts to people and it would stop houses having to go through what mine and Skye’s family has gone through, ” he says.
An RAC Foundation report earlier this year forecasted 281 fewer people a year would be killed or seriously injured if GDLs were introduced in England, Wales and Scotland.
Northern Ireland, which already has some restraints on new motorists, including a 45 mph accelerate cap for the first time, plans to introduce the GDL in 2020.
Data from non-eu countries which have GDLs, such as the US and New Zealand, seems to suggest it lowers the numbers of persons killed or seriously injured by young drivers.
‘It shouldn’t disadvantage young people’
Trudy Harrison, Conservative MP for the region where Caitlin and Skye were from, was driving near her bureau in Bootle on the night of the clang, and was diverted as a result.
“I afterwards learned that Skye and Caitlin were involved because my daughters came racing downstairs to tell me about it, ” she tells Newsbeat.
“These young girl were very much part of our community.”
Although Ms Harrison agrees “something needs to be done” to protect young drivers, she’s “not in favour of all aspects of the graduated driving licence”.
“I represent a very rural area in West Cumbria, and I’m very concerned that whatever is “ve brought” should not handicap young person economically, in an area where we just cannot are dependent upon public transport.”
Some illustrations she pays are of young mothers with their children in the car or people who work outside normal hours.
She would like to see better tuition for learner motorists, cheaper guarantee on safer autoes – and even intimates virtual reality engineering as a practice to assist peril perception.
There are already voluntary evaluates you can take, such as displaying light-green probationary P layers – which indicate others that you’ve merely overtaken your test.
‘This isn’t a punishment’
The coroner who carried out an inquest into the deaths of Skye and Caitlin has also called for GDLs to be brought into the whole of the UK.
“This isn’t a sanction on young motorists, ” says Aidan. “This whole graduated driving licence is here to help save lives.”
He does say that if the GDL was in place when he was a new motorist “it would be more difficult socialising with acquaintances, but still not impossible”.
But he wouldn’t busines the lives that would be saved “for a bit of a chuckle with my friends”.
Road safety charity Brake supportings GDLs.
“The government must act now to put an end to this daily misfortune and interpose graduated move licensing, a security measure which is proven to work and reduce young motorist crashes, ” Joshua Harris, Brake’s director of campaigns, said in a statement.
The Department for Transport says it has decided to use the introduction of GDLs in Northern Ireland as a captain to gather evidence on the possibility of establishing GDL across the rest of Great Britain.
‘You’ve got to keep going’
More than a year on from the disintegrate, Aidan says: “It surely doesn’t get easier, you merely cope with it better.
“Some epoches you wake up and you don’t just wanted to do anything, but you’ve got to keep going.”
“We truly were in love with each other, ” he says about Skye.
“It would not have been ever get easier again if they were back here.”
iOS 12 could be summed up in one feature: speed. The rest is just a footnote, especially when you compare iOS 12 to iOS 11.
You may remember that iOS 11 was filled with many new features, especially on the iPad. But it was also the buggiest release to date. Even the Calculator app wasn’t working properly. And let’s not forget about messages arriving out of order or your keyboard replacing the letter “it” with “I.T”.
Like many of you, I’ve been using a beta version of iOS 12 for the past few weeks. Even though it was just a beta, iOS 12 is by far the fastest version of iOS of all time. And Apple just released iOS 12.0 today. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new in iOS 12.
If you are reading this article on an iPhone or iPad, chances are you’re using iOS 11. Many devices support iOS 11 — the iPhone 5s, the iPad mini 2, the last iPod touch, and everything that Apple released since then.
And the good news is that Apple hasn’t dropped support for a single device with iOS 12. While this might seem anecdotal, it reveals Apple’s mindset with iOS 12.
In the past, Apple usually added new intensive tasks for your CPU, GPU and RAM. And at the end of the development process, those features would be vaguely optimized for older devices. That’s why older phones never got some features. Or some features were simply too demanding. In some cases, your battery life took a hit.
This time, when it comes to performance, Apple started from the bottom of the iPhone chain. For instance, if you optimize app launches and typing on the iPhone 6, newer devices will also benefit from those optimizations. Even after updating my iPhone X from iOS 11 to iOS 12, everything feels much smoother.
Apple didn’t stop at raw performance. The company worked on some much needed refinements for notifications, Do Not Disturb and the way you use your phone.
Android users will laugh at this feature, but iOS 12 finally groups notifications together. Most of the time, your notifications are grouped by apps. For instance, if you receive multiple New York Times and CNN notifications, you will get two stacks of notifications that you can expand or dismiss altogether.
More interestingly, your notifications are now grouped by threads. For instance, you may have some very active groups in WhatsApp. iOS doesn’t just group all WhatsApp notifications together. You can see all the notifications from a specific group in one stack. This way, you can ignore the noise and concentrate on the rest.
While you could already silence notifications in iOS 11, iOS 12 makes this incredibly easier. You can now swipe on a notification and hit “Deliver Quietly”. This option is the combination of multiple notification settings.
If you select that, notifications won’t make your phone buzz and will skip the lock screen. The only way to view them is by manually pulling up the Notification Center. I already use it for most news apps as I don’t need to see the headlines right away.
And if you keep getting spammed from a free-to-play game and never tap on those notifications, you get a suggestion on your lock screen to silence notifications from this app.
Do Not Disturb is also receiving some minor but important improvements. You can now use 3D Touch to turn on Do Not Disturb for an hour, until this evening (or the next morning), until the end of an event or until you leave a location.
Many people never use Do Not Disturb because they forget to turn it off. And yet, it’s one of the most powerful tools when it comes to using your phone less.
Talking about digital wellbeing, Apple is going all in with a bunch of new features. Screen Time sends you a notification every week to help you understand how you use your phone. You may know that you spend too much time on Instagram, but seeing that you spend an hour or two every day in the app might be an eye-opening moment.
In the Settings, you can now configure Downtime and App Limits so that only the most essential apps remain accessible at night, such as Messages and Phone. You’ll have to bypass the restriction screen to keep using other apps. It’s pretty smart as it works across your devices and also recognizes if you’re trying to access a social network in Safari for instance.
A new version of iOS also means new features. Competition with Android means that Apple needs to keep pushing forward on the feature front.
If you have an iPhone X or later, the big new thing is Memoji. In Messages, you can now create your own Bitmoji-style avatar. You can then use your digital face in selfies, use it as a sticker and record audio messages. There are also new Animojis.
The Photos app is getting a new “For You” tab and an improved search experience. There’s not much to say about this except that it works better than before. It’s easier to look for a specific location, events and more. Photos already had some smart albums, but the “For You” tab make them more prominent.
The Stocks app has been redesigned with better looking charts and business news headlines. Apple News has also been slightly redesigned, especially on the iPad. And Voice Memos now works with iCloud. You can record a memo on your iPhone and find it on your iPad or Mac.
Apple Music now supports lyrics and features new artist pages that look more like Spotify. And Apple Books (the new name of iBooks) is getting a visual redesign similar to the App Store redesign from last year. It looks great.
Finally, if your car supports CarPlay, Google Maps and Waze are working on navigation apps for your car. You won’t be limited to Apple Maps anymore.
Apple was supposed to add group conversations in FaceTime, but it isn’t available just yet. Apple says it will be available later this fall.
Now that the most straightforward features are out of the way, I’d like to talk about Siri, Shortcuts and Siri Shortcuts. While those three names sound similar, those are three different things in iOS 12.
Siri is the voice assistant of iOS 11 that you know and (rarely) use. It can do some basic things reasonably well, such as weather reports and setting timers. And it has also become quite good at understanding your voice and turning it into a text query.
In many cases, Siri understands what you say but can’t answer your question. That’s why many people now rely on an Amazon Echo or Google Home for voice queries.
Apple found a clever way to solve that by leveraging its developer community and acquisition of Workflow. Developers can now add new features to Siri through their apps. Those extensions to Siri’s brain are called Siri Shortcuts.
For instance, you can configure Carrot Weather and ask for a hyperlocal weather forecast using Siri. You can start a playlist in Overcast and listen to your latest podcasts on your HomePod. You can open a specific note in Ulysses much more quickly. All you have to do is set up customized phrases to run the Siri Shortcuts.
But expert TechCrunch readers like you can also go one step further and create scripts in the Shortcuts app. It looks and works just like the existing Workflow app.
For instance, you can create a “Going to Bed” shortcut that turns on Do Not Disturb, turns down the brightness and ringtone levels, turns off Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and your Philips Hue lights, and sets Low Power Mode on.
Shortcuts also work with many third-party apps. The ability to chain actions together has changed the way I use my iPhone and iPad. This is not new if you were already using Workflow. But many more users will use Shortcuts now that it is deeply integrated in the operating system and with HomeKit.
iOS has grown immensely over the years. At first, it was a mobile operating system with no support for third-party apps. I’m sure the first release of iOS (iPhone OS 1.0) was much faster than iOS 12. But systems on a chip are also an order of magnitude faster.
That’s why the combination of hardware improvements with software optimizations make iOS 12 a great release when it comes to user experience. For this reason alone, there’s no reason not to install the update.