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World’s ‘loneliest’ frog gets a date

Image copyright Robin Moore, Global Wildlife Conservaqtion Image caption Romeo (L) is to meet Juliet (R) A frog believed to be the last of his kind in the world has been granted a reprieve from solitude. Romeo, known as the world’s loneliest frog, has spent 10 years in isolation at an aquarium in Bolivia. Scientists say they have found him a Juliet after an expedition to a remote Bolivian cloud forest. Five Sehuencas water frogs found in a stream were captured, with the goal of breeding and re-introducing the amphibians…

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Dior switches Paris catwalk date to avoid ‘yellow vest’ protests

PARIS (Reuters) – Christian Dior is bringing forward its men’s fashion show in Paris to avoid “yellow vest” protesters who have fought police, torched cars and smashed up shops over recent weekends, a source familiar with the decision said. FILE PHOTO: The Dior logo is seen on the facade of a shop in Paris, France, August 5, 2018. Picture taken August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau Dior, part of the LVMH luxury goods conglomerate, wrote to guests to reschedule a menswear catwalk show initially planned for Jan. 19 – a Saturday,…

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Speedboat date death: Jack Shepherd wins right to appeal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJack Shepherd told police he never asked if Charlotte Brown could swim A man found guilty of killing his date in a speedboat crash has won the right to appeal against his conviction, despite being on the run. Jack Shepherd, of Paddington, was jailed for six years in July for the manslaughter of Charlotte Brown, 24. Shepherd, who was absent from his Old Bailey trial, let Ms Brown, of Clacton, drive his speedboat “at full throttle”. The Court of Appeal confirmed a…

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WADA discussing date for lab visit as deadline nears: Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow and the World Anti-Doping Agency are discussing a date for WADA experts to visit and receive laboratory data, Russia’s sports minister said on Saturday, as Russia’s anti-doping agency, RUSADA, stands on the verge of suspension. Russia’s Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov leaves after a ceremony to inaugurate Vladimir Putin as President of Russia at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin RUSADA was stripped of its accreditation in 2015 after a WADA-commissioned report found evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics, but conditionally…

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Zynga buys Empires & Puzzles gamemaker in largest deal to date

(Reuters) – U.S. game software firm Zynga Inc (ZNGA.O) said on Thursday it would buy a majority stake in Finland’s Small Giant Games, maker of the popular Android game Empires & Puzzles, for about $700 million, in a move to strengthen its mobile game portfolio. The Zynga logo is pictured at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, California April 23, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/File Photo It is the largest deal to date for Zynga, Chief Executive Frank Gibeau said in an interview, topping its $527 million acquisition of UK developer Natural…

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Voice changes may show your date fancies you

Image copyright Getty Images If you are on a first date, listen very closely to the sound of your partner’s voice because it might reveal if they fancy you, according to researchers. It’s not about what your date is saying, but the pitch of their voice. If they lower their pitch, it could be a subtle, subconscious sign they find you attractive, the study, in The Royal Society Proceedings B journal, suggests. Experts say it is probably an evolutionary tool to attract a mate. The study The researchers listened in…

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Ilford crossbow killing: April 2019 trial date set

Image caption Sana Muhammad died in hospital on Monday A man accused of shooting dead his heavily pregnant ex-wife with a crossbow may face trial next year. Sana Muhammad 35, died on Monday after the attack in Ilford, east London. Her son was delivered safely. Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 50, formerly of Applegarth Drive, Ilford, has been charged with her murder. During a hearing at the Old Bailey, the defendant, who has yet to enter a plea, was told a provisional trial date of 8 April 2019 had been set. A plea…

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The first date that created a £10m company

Image copyright Simon Dawson Image caption The couple met thanks to a dating website The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Radha Vyas and Lee Thompson, founders of travel firm Flashpack. When Radha Vyas went on a first date with a man she had met online, little did she know that by the end of the night they would be starting to fall in love… and planning to go into business together. Radha was 32 and single back…

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From Blockbusters to Blind Date: Cult TV show comebacks

Image copyright ITV/Shutterstock Image caption The original Blockbusters was hosted by Bob Holness, who died in 2012 TV bosses are always looking for the next big blockbuster. “Wait! I’ve got it. What about Blockbusters?” many producers have (repeatedly) suggested over the years as the format has been rebooted. Simon Mayo and Liza Tarbuck have both fronted various iterations of the show, originally hosted by Bob Holness, over the years. And now, according to The Sun, the show will be returning to our screens once more thanks to production company Thames…

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EpiPen users told to use devices past normal expiry date

Image copyright Science Photo Library People with severe allergies have been told they can use their EpiPens past their normal expiry date, amid a continuing shortage of the devices. The medicines regulator said it had agreed to extend the use-by date of some EpiPens by four months. It comes as parents told the BBC their children’s supplies were due to expire in a few days, and they had been unable to get replacements. The government says it is working with EpiPen’s makers to resolve the issue. EpiPens are the most…

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