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‘My baby you came back!’ Mum embraces son in tearful reunion after abduction 24 years ago

'My baby you came back!' Mum embraces son in tearful reunion after abduction 24 years ago

A Chinese man was at the centre of an emotional reunion with his parents after being abducted by human traffickers as a child. Guo Xinzhen’s father spent the last 24 years looking for his missing son in a dangerous trip where he broke bones and was confronted by robbers.

Guo Gangtang travelled across the country on a motorbike in a desperate bid to find his son, who was kidnapped aged only two.

Mr Xinzhen vanished in 1997 in front of the family’s home in Shandong.

Mr Gangtang, 51, travelled 310,000 miles around China following tip-offs on a mission that cost him his life savings.

He carried a banner featuring his son’s picture with him in case the information could lead him to where he was.

The police were able to find Mr Xinzhen’s identity thanks to DNA tests, China’s Ministry of Public Security said.

According to Global Times, two suspects were later identified and detained.

China News reported that the two suspects had been dating at the time of the disappearance.

According to the report, the couple intended to abduct a child and then sell them.

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She Was a Black Election Official in Georgia. Then Came New G.O.P. Rules.

She Was a Black Election Official in Georgia. Then Came New G.O.P. Rules.

LaGRANGE, Ga. — Lonnie Hollis has been a member of the Troup County election board in West Georgia since 2013. A Democrat and one of two Black women on the board, she has advocated Sunday voting, helped voters on Election Days and pushed for a new precinct location at a Black church in a nearby town.

But this year, Ms. Hollis will be removed from the board, the result of a local election law signed by Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican. Previously, election board members were selected by both political parties, county commissioners and the three biggest municipalities in Troup County. Now, the G.O.P.-controlled county commission has the sole authority to restructure the board and appoint all the new members.

“I speak out and I know the laws,” Ms. Hollis said in an interview. “The bottom line is they don’t like people that have some type of intelligence and know what they’re doing, because they know they can’t influence them.”

Ms. Hollis is not alone. Across Georgia, members of at least 10 county election boards have been removed, had their position eliminated or are likely to be kicked off through local ordinances or new laws passed by the state legislature. At least five are people of color and most are Democrats — though some are Republicans — and they will most likely all be replaced by Republicans.

Ms. Hollis and local officials like her have been some of the earliest casualties as Republican-led legislatures mount an expansive takeover of election administration in a raft of new voting bills this year.

G.O.P. lawmakers have also stripped secretaries of state of their power, asserted more control over state election boards, made it easier to overturn election results, and pursued several partisan audits and inspections of 2020 results.

Republican state lawmakers have introduced at least 216 bills in 41 states to give legislatures more power over elections officials, according to the States United Democracy Center, a new bipartisan organization that aims to protect democratic norms. Of those, 24 have been enacted into law across 14 states.

G.O.P. lawmakers in Georgia say the new measures are meant to improve the performance of local boards, and reduce the influence of the political parties. But the laws allow Republicans to remove local officials they don’t like, and because several of them have been Black Democrats, voting rights groups fear that these are further attempts to disenfranchise voters of color.

The maneuvers risk eroding some of the core checks that stood as a bulwark against former President Donald J. Trump as he sought to subvert the 2020 election results. Had these bills been in place during the aftermath of the election, Democrats say, they would have significantly added to the turmoil Mr. Trump and his allies wrought by trying to overturn the outcome. They worry that proponents of Mr. Trump’s conspiracy theories will soon have much greater control over the levers of the American elections system.

“It’s a thinly veiled attempt to wrest control from officials who oversaw one of the most secure elections in our history and put it in the hands of bad actors,” said Jena Griswold, the chairwoman of the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State and the current Colorado secretary of state. “The risk is the destruction of democracy.”

Officials like Ms. Hollis are responsible for decisions like selecting drop box and precinct locations, sending out voter notices, establishing early voting hours and certifying elections. But the new laws are targeting high-level state officials as well, in particular secretaries of state — both Republican and Democratic — who stood up to Mr. Trump and his allies last year.

Republicans in Arizona have introduced a bill that would largely strip Katie Hobbs, the Democratic secretary of state, of her authority over election lawsuits, and then expire when she leaves office. And they have introduced another bill that would give the Legislature more power over setting the guidelines for election administration, a major task currently carried out by the secretary of state.

Under Georgia’s new voting law, Republicans significantly weakened the secretary of state’s office after Brad Raffensperger, a Republican who is the current secretary, rebuffed Mr. Trump’s demands to “find” votes. They removed the secretary of state as the chair of the state election board and relieved the office of its voting authority on the board.

Kansas Republicans in May overrode a veto from Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, to enact laws stripping the governor of the power to modify election laws and prohibiting the secretary of state, a Republican who repeatedly vouched for the security of voting by mail, from settling election-related lawsuits without the Legislature’s consent.

And more Republicans who cling to Mr. Trump’s election lies are running for secretary of state, putting a critical office within reach of conspiracy theorists. In Georgia, Representative Jody Hice, a Republican who voted against certifying President Biden’s victory, is running against Mr. Raffensperger. Republican candidates with similar views are running for secretary of state in Nevada, Arizona and Michigan.

“In virtually every state, every election administrator is going to feel like they’re under the magnifying glass,” said Victoria Bassetti, a senior adviser to the States United Democracy Center.

More immediately, it is local election officials at the county and municipal level who are being either removed or stripped of their power.

In Arkansas, Republicans were stung last year when Jim Sorvillo, a three-term state representative from Little Rock, lost re-election by 24 votes to Ashley Hudson, a Democrat and local lawyer. Elections officials in Pulaski County, which includes Little Rock, were later found to have accidentally tabulated 327 absentee ballots during the vote-counting process, 27 of which came from the district.

Mr. Sorvillo filed multiple lawsuits aiming to stop Ms. Hudson from being seated, and all were rejected. The Republican caucus considered refusing to seat Ms. Hudson, then ultimately voted to accept her.

But last month, Arkansas Republicans wrote new legislation that allows a state board of election commissioners — composed of six Republicans and one Democrat — to investigate and “institute corrective action” on a wide variety of issues at every stage of the voting process, from registration to the casting and counting of ballots to the certification of elections. The law applies to all counties, but it is widely believed to be aimed at Pulaski, one of the few in the state that favor Democrats.

The author of the legislation, State Representative Mark Lowery, a Republican from a suburb of Little Rock, said it was necessary to remove election power from the local authorities, who in Pulaski County are Democrats, because otherwise Republicans could not get a fair shake.

“Without this legislation, the only entity you could have referred impropriety to is the prosecuting attorney, who is a Democrat, and possibly not had anything done,” Mr. Lowery said in an interview. “This gives another level of investigative authority to a board that is commissioned by the state to oversee elections.”

Asked about last year’s election, Mr. Lowery said, “I do believe Donald Trump was elected president.”

A separate new Arkansas law allows a state board to “take over and conduct elections” in a county if a committee of the legislature determines that there are questions about the “appearance of an equal, free and impartial election.”

In Georgia, the legislature passed a unique law for some counties. For Troup County, State Representative Randy Nix, a Republican, said he had introduced the bill that restructured the county election board — and will remove Ms. Hollis — only after it was requested by county commissioners. He said he was not worried that the commission, a partisan body with four Republicans and one Democrat, could exert influence over elections.

“The commissioners are all elected officials and will face the voters to answer for their actions,” Mr. Nix said in an email.

Eric Mosley, the county manager for Troup County, which Mr. Trump carried by 22 points, said that the decision to ask Mr. Nix for the bill was meant to make the board more bipartisan. It was unanimously supported by the commission.

“We felt that removing both the Republican and Democratic representation and just truly choose members of the community that invest hard to serve those community members was the true intent of the board,” Mr. Mosley said. “Our goal is to create both political and racial diversity on the board.”

In Morgan County, east of Atlanta, Helen Butler has been one of the state’s most prominent Democratic voices on voting rights and election administration. A member of the county board of elections in a rural, Republican county, she also runs the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda, a group dedicated to protecting the voting rights of Black Americans and increasing their civic engagement.

But Ms. Butler will be removed from the county board at the end of the month, after Mr. Kemp signed a local bill that ended the ability of political parties to appoint members.

“I think it’s all a part of the ploy for the takeover of local boards of elections that the state legislature has put in place,” Ms. Butler said. “It is them saying that they have the right to say whether an election official is doing it right, when in fact they don’t work in the day to day and don’t understand the process themselves.”

It’s not just Democrats who are being removed. In DeKalb County, the state’s fourth-largest, Republicans chose not to renominate Baoky Vu to the election board after more than 12 years in the position. Mr. Vu, a Republican, had joined with Democrats in a letter opposing an election-related bill that eventually failed to pass.

To replace Mr. Vu, Republicans nominated Paul Maner, a well-known local conservative with a history of false statements, including an insinuation that the son of a Georgia congresswoman was killed in “a drug deal gone bad.”

Back in LaGrange, Ms. Hollis is trying to do as much as she can in the time she has left on the board. The extra precinct in nearby Hogansville, where the population is roughly 50 percent Black, is a top priority. While its population is only about 3,000, the town is bifurcated by a rail line, and Ms. Hollis said that sometimes it can take an exceedingly long time for a line of freight cars to clear, which is problematic on Election Days.

“We’ve been working on this for over a year,” Ms. Hollis said, saying Republicans had thrown up procedural hurdles to block the process. But she was undeterred.

“I’m not going to sit there and wait for you to tell me what it is that I that I should do for the voters there,” she said. “I’m going to do the right thing.”

Rachel Shorey contributed research.

Author: Nick Corasaniti and Reid J. Epstein
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Runner failed to prove banned substance came from burrito, sport's court says

Runner failed to prove banned substance came from burrito, sport's court says

Distance runner Shelby Houlihan’s case went ahead in secret for five months and was published just days before the start of U.S. Olympic track and field trials.

Shelby Houlihan, the American record holder in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters, was banned for four years after failing to prove that tainted pork caused her positive test for an anabolic steroid, sport’s highest court said Tuesday.

Houlihan blamed a pork burrito bought at a Mexican street food truck when she revealed her doping case in an announcement on her Instagram account Monday.

A case that went ahead in secret for five months was published days before the start of U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, where the top three in each event earn a spot to the postponed Tokyo Games. Houlihan finished 11th at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in the 5,000 meters.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed Tuesday its panel of judges “unanimously determined that Shelby Houlihan had failed” to prove how the anabolic steroid nandrolone got into her system.

The case was fast-tracked with the consent of all parties to be heard on June 4 by video link with the court in Lausanne, Switzerland. The verdict was announced without a detailed verdict.

It stayed confidential until Houlihan’s own announcement of the positive doping test and ban that runs to January 2025. It also rules her out of the 2024 Paris Olympics and the first track worlds to be held in the United States, next year in Eugene.

The 28-year-old Houlihan said she received an email from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on Jan. 14, notifying her that a drug testing sample returned a finding for nandrolone.

She said she’s since learned it has “long been understood by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) that eating pork can lead to a false positive for nandrolone, since certain types of pigs produce it naturally in high amounts. Pig organ meat (offal) has the highest levels of nandrolone.”

Houlihan made a list of all the food she ate leading up to a Dec. 15 test that detected the anabolic steroid.

“We concluded that the most likely explanation was a burrito purchased and consumed approximately 10 hours before that drug test from an authentic Mexican food truck that serves pig offal near my house in Beaverton, Oregon,” Houlihan wrote. “I notified the AIU that I believed this was the source.”

An email and text were left with her agent.

Houlihan added that “although my levels were consistent with those of subjects in studies who were tested 10 hours after eating this source and WADA technical guidelines require the lab to consider it when analyzing nandrolone, the lab never accounted for this possibility. They could have reported this as an atypical finding and followed up with further testing. The anti-doping experts I have reached out to say they should have. I did everything I could to prove my innocence.”

She said she passed a polygraph and had a hair sample analyzed by toxicologists.

“WADA agreed that test proved that there was no build up of this substance in my body, which there would have been if I were taking it regularly,” Houlihan wrote. “Nothing moved the lab from their initial snap decision. Instead, they simply concluded that I was a cheater and that a steroid was ingested orally, but not regularly. I believe my explanation fits the facts much better — because it’s true. I also believe it was dismissed without proper due process.”

Houlihan said she was informed last Friday that CAS “did not accept my explanation of what had occurred and has subsequently banned me from the sport for four years.”

The court said in a statement its judges decided by a 2-1 majority the athlete had not proven her claim that her case and sample were improperly managed.

“I feel completely devastated, lost, broken, angry, confused and betrayed by the very sport that I’ve loved and poured myself into just to see how good I was,” Houlihan wrote.

She set the American 1,500-meter record of 3 minutes, 54.99 seconds at the world championships in Doha, Qatar, on Oct. 5, 2019.

Last July, Houlihan broke the U.S. 5,000-meter mark with her time of 14:23.92 in Portland, Oregon.

“I want to be very clear. I have never taken any performance enhancing substances,” Houlihan wrote. “I’m not interested in cheating. I don’t do this for the accolades, money, or for people to know my name. I do this because I love it.”

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Two Black Students Won School Honors. Then Came the Calls for a Recount.

Two Black Students Won School Honors. Then Came the Calls for a Recount.

The parents of the just-named valedictorian and salutatorian left the ceremony, aware that Emma and her father were upset, but thinking nothing of it. Over the next day, however, the parents of Emma and Dominic did their own homework.

“We found the 2020-2021 handbook,” Mr. Berry said. “It all came down to the handbook.”

At issue was just how to calculate who the top two students were. Ikeria and Layla won based on a calculation of quality point average or Q.P.A., a system of calculating grades that gave extra weight to advanced placement and dual credit courses. But, it turned out, Dominic and Emma were the top two finishers based on unweighted grade point average.

The parents of the two white students held discussions with Burnell McDonald, the superintendent of West Point schools. They complained that based on the West Point High School Student Handbook, the school had not followed its own rules in calculating class rank.

After talking with the white parents, Mr. McDonald, who is Black, concluded that the handbook and tradition backed them up: In the school system, class rank has been calculated by unweighted grade point average, not Q.P.A., which would have made the two white students the honorees.

The evening before graduation, Mr. McDonald informed the parents of Dominic and Emma: He was adding the two white students as co-honorees — Dominic was now co-valedictorian and Emma co-salutatorian.

Mr. McDonald also permitted two missing grades — which a teacher had failed to record in the system — to be added to the final grade in one of Emma’s classes, past a deadline and after senior awards night.

Mr. Berry said the grades added for Emma did not change the outcome.

Once the decision was made, race was not the only issue that was raised.

Author: Stephanie Saul
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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel explains joy that Champions League superstition came true

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel explains joy that Champions League superstition came true

“For Kai, I was so happy,” Tuchel said. “It would have been nice in the moment to have gone 2-0 up though!

“It’s so hard to defend, there was deflected shots, throw ins, long balls but we got out the other side.

“It was very intense on the sideline, very fast. It was a tough match to step in, step out constantly and not lose your shape.”

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount added: “I can’t put it into words. It’s impossible. I just mentioned then that I’ve played in two finals for Chelsea and we lost them both. The way that hurt… It’s all I’ve dreamt winning a trophy with Chelsea. To go all the way in the Champions League.

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Aliens: US Senator 'can't imagine' sighted UFOs came from Earth

Aliens: US Senator 'can't imagine' sighted UFOs came from Earth
Several videos have emerged from official US sources which appears to show strange objects in the skies. Headlines were made across the globe in 2017 when US Navy radar footage of a mystery object with a “glowing aura” and flying erratically was leaked to the public.
The debate over UFOs reached fever pitch when the footage emerged of what some called an alien craft.

The Pentagon will release a report next month over the “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP) sightings, but one senator believes they are not of this world.

New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich told TMZ: “I don’t know what it is, but any time you have legitimate pilots describing something that doesn’t seem to conform to the laws of physics that govern aviation and is in US airspace, I think It’s something we need to get to the bottom of.”

Many experts believe the UFOs, or UAPs, could be highly technological drones sent by a foreign government to spy on the US.

The key word in the two acronyms is ‘unidentified’ which does not necessarily mean they are of alien origin.

However, Mr Heinrich believes there is no government in the world with the technological capabilities to make such drones.

He continued: “If there is a foreign government that had these kinds of capabilities, I think we would see other indications of advanced technology.

“I can’t imagine that what has been described or shown in some of the videos belongs to any government that I’m aware of.

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“And so, you know, I think that people still take seriously trying to investigate and figure out what that is.”

The current president, Joe Biden, was then asked by Fox News during a press conference: “President Obama says there is footage and records of objects in the sky — these unidentified aerial phenomena — and he says we don’t know exactly what they are.

“What do you think?”

President Biden replied: “You should ask him again,” before making a swift exit.

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Predictions for 2021: Three predictions that came true in 2020 – 'New and different virus'

Predictions for 2021: Three predictions that came true in 2020 - 'New and different virus'
The year 2020 has been one hell of an ordeal for most people around the globe. The year started with wildfires tearing through the Amazon rainforest and Australia, soon to be followed by the rapid spread of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. More than 147.19 million people have contracted the new disease COVID-19, as of April 26, and more than 3.1 million have died as a result – a pandemic the World Health Organization (WHO) said can affect people of all ages.
The world of politics was also shaken to its core, with one of the most intense US presidential elections in modern history.

The elections saw incumbent President Donald Trump lose out to Democrat rival Joe Biden, among unverified claims of electoral fraud and tampering.

The year 2020 has also brought the UK closer to Brexit than ever before, with the Brexit transition period finally ending with the new year.

With the new year 2021, take a look at some correct predictions psychic Craig Hamilton-Parker of Psychics.co.uk made about 2020.

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1. Donald Trump survived an impeachment effort

Speaking to Express.co.uk in 2019, Mr Hamilton-Parker predicted the US President would face an impeachment trial.

However, the psychic said at the time Mr Trump would not be removed from office.

Instead, he predicted: “Impeachment will empower Trump. He claims a deep-state Coup d’état.”

The impeachment process was initiated on December 18, 2019, and concluded by February 2020.

The US House of Representatives found President Trump guilty of “abuse of power” by 230 votes to 197.

The case against the President alleged he had solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election.

However, the President was acquitted of the charges by the US Senate by 52 “not guilty” votes against “48 guilty votes”.

2. Donald Trump would fall ill in 2020

Mr Hamilton-Parker predicted in 2019 that the US President would suffer an illness.

He said: “He will have a stomach problem that will temporarily interrupt his.”

However, what happened instead, was Mr Trump contracted the coronavirus in October.

The President was hospitalised on October 2 and treated with remdesivir and dexamethasone, as well as an experimental antibody treatment made by Regeneron.

Mr Trump was discharged from hospital by October 5 although his doctor said at the time he was not quite out of the woods yet.

Days after being taken to hospital, Mr Trump tweeted: “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.

“We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs and knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago.”

3. Boris Johnson’s handling of Brexit and foreign trade

Project Fear has assured Brexit would be an economic disaster for the UK, the likes of which has not been seen in decades.

Mr Hamilton-Parker, however, was positive the UK would secure strong deals that would allow the nation to thrive outside of the EU.

He predicted new trade deals with India, Taiwan and Japan, as well as “hard-ish Brexit”.

In October, the Government confirmed it had signed a free trade agreement with Japan – the UK’s first major trade deal as an independent nation.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said: “Today is a landmark moment for Britain. It shows what we can do as an independent trading nation, as we secure modern and bespoke provisions in areas like tech and services that are critical to the future of our country and the reshaping of our economy.”

Predictions for 2021: Brexit prosperity and new virus emerges

Speaking of 2021, Mr Hamilton-Parker told Express.co.uk the UK will prosper in the days after leaving the EU.

Free trade zones will be established to attract business from companies such as Google and Facebook, and although he thinks there will be dip immediately after departure, the economy will “recover in leaps”.

The psychic said: “Within three years, the UK economy will boom.”

However, with the world still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, Mr Hamilton-Parker predicts another virus will emerge in the new year.

He believes this virus will also emerge in China although this time around it will be dealt with.

The psychic said: “A new and different virus, that’s unrelated to COVID-19, will appear in China.”

He added: “In the aftermath of the virus, more people will turn to spiritual ways of thinking.

“We will question the selfishness ingrained in our societies and address the problems of waste and greed that threaten the world’s future.”

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Nostradamus 2021: Three predictions that came true – is coronavirus the fourth?

Nostradamus 2021: Three predictions that came true - is coronavirus the fourth?

The assassination of President John F Kennedy, 1963

In Century 1, Quatrain 27, Nostradamus wrote: “The great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt,

“The evil deed predicted by the bearer of a petition:

“According to the prediction another falls at night,

“Conflict in Reims, London, and pestilence in Tuscany.”

The “great man” in the passage is believed by some to be the US President John F Kennedy.

President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, by gunman Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas.

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Nostradamus predictions for 2021: What came true so far and what could happen this year

Nostradamus predictions for 2021: What came true so far and what could happen this year
Michele de Nostredame (1503 to 1566) was the 16th-century astrologer and mystic whose cryptic writings have fascinated conspiracy theorists for decades. Better known as Nostradamus, he penned hundreds of supposed prophecies about the future in his 1555 book Les Propheties, which many believe has accurately predicted everything from the death of John F Kennedy in 1963 to the Great Fire of London in 1666. The astrologer’s predictions took the form of four-lined poems or quatrains that were divided into 10 chapters called Centuries.
Nostradamus’s quatrains are puzzling and rarely mention specific places, dates or locations.

But many conspiracists are convinced the pages of Les Propheties contain clues about our future, including predictions yet to pass in 2021.

One social media user tweeted: “You thought 2020 was bad? Nostradamus says 2021 will be worse.”

Another person said: “Nostradamus’s predictions for 2021 are making me wanna stay in 2020.”

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2. The Great Fire of London

On September 2, 1666, a fire broke out in central London that grew to consume entire swathes of the medieval city.

The fire is estimated to have destroyed more than 13,000 houses and destroyed the homes of some 70,000 people.

A hundred years earlier, Nostradamus is said to have predicted the fire in Century 2, Quatrain 52.

The astrologer wrote: “The blood of the just will commit a fault at London,

“Burnt through lightning of twenty threes the six:

“The ancient lady will fall from her high place,

“Several of the same sect will be killed.”

3. The assassination of president JF Kennedy

President Kennedy was killed on November 22, 1963, when lone gunman Lee Jarvey Oswald opened fire on a presidential cavalcade in Dallas Texas.

The circumstances surrounding the attack and Oswald’s death just days later at the hands of nightclub owner Jack Ruby gave birth to many conspiracy theorists over the years.

Perhaps the most bizarre, however, is the claim Nostradamus knew this would happen.

Nostradamus wrote in Century 1, Quatrain 26: “The great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt.

“An evil deed, foretold by the bearer of a petition.

“According to the prediction another falls at night time.

“Conflict at Reims, London, and pestilence in Tuscany.”

Did Nostradamus make any predictions about 2021?

There are many Nostradamus prediction people believe are still waiting to unfold.

For instance, it has been claimed Nostradamus warned us of a Third World War.

Although not specifically mentioning 2021, Nostradamus made vague references to a conflict between the West and the East.

In Century 8, Quatrain 59, he wrote: “Twice put up and twice cast down,

“the East will also weaken the West.

“Its adversary after several battles

“chased by sea will fail at time of need.”

In Century 9, Quatrain 95, Nostradamus is also said to have predicted the rise of super-soldiers and the armies of tomorrow.

The French mystic wrote: “The newly made one will lead the army,

“Almost cut off up to near the bank:

“Help from the Milanais elite straining,

“The Duke deprived of his eyes in Milan in an iron cage.”

Unfortunately, there is no real evidence Nostradamus ever predicted the future and his writings are too vague to back the claims.

According to sceptics such as Brian Dunning, science writer host of the Skeptoid podcast, no one has ever used a Nostradamus quatrain to predict a future event.

Instead, his writings have been linked to events after they have happened.

Mr Dunning said: “Nostradamus’ writings are exploited in a number of fallacious ways.

“Ambiguous and wrong translations, ‘creative’ interpretations, hoax writings, fictional accounts, and the breaking of non-existent codes within his quatrains all contribute to a vast body of work, all of it wrong, and many times the size of everything Nostradamus ever actually wrote.”

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David Suchet admits the death of Poirot came as a major loss: 'I've lost my best friend'

David Suchet admits the death of Poirot came as a major loss: 'I've lost my best friend'
Sir David Suchet, 74, became a household name to many as fan-favourite detective Hercule Poirot, until he bid farewell to the character he still refers to as his “best friend” in 2013. His death was a sad affair, not only for loyal viewers of the series but for the actor himself, who after 25-years portraying the French inspector also felt like part of him was dying.
In a recent interview, Suchet admitted that his upsetting demise felt like he had lost a real-life family member.

“As a human being, losing your real family is always painful,” he said.

“But my saddest day as an actor was filming Poirot’s death.

“I miss him in my life because he was my life for 25 years and I’ve lost my best friend.”

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On the ITV television series, Poirot died in October 1949 from complications of a heart condition at the end of Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case.

When asked what he thought the essence of Hercule Poirot was after all these years, Suchet explained: “He comes across as very self-sufficient, but Agatha Christie has him mention on several occasions that the greatest gift from God to human beings is a husband-and-wife relationship.

“I’d try to bring that out more as I aged with Poirot – that he would’ve loved to have had a companion.”

But he added cheekily: “However, no one person could have put up with him. He would be impossible to live with! He’s an egotistical perfectionist.”

But the actor isn’t ready to give up on his on-screen alter-ego just yet.

Before lockdown, he took Poirot on tour in Australia and New Zealand with his one-man show Poirot and Me: A Retrospective, but he has hopes to revive it in the UK.

Wanting to showcase the show, which is an even split between the actor’s life story and his time as the detective, in the West End and then with a national tour, Suchet revealed it might “try to get people back into the theatre”, after what has been a dismal year for the performing arts sector.

And the ITV series, which ran for a total of 70 episodes between 1989 to 2013, has been enjoying a bit of a lockdown revival since it was added to ITV Hub, to which the actor admitted has done wonders for his popularity.

“My fan mail has increased three-fold with people who have watched the whole box set twice!” he told Radio Times.

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“I’m humbled that it has increased worldwide.”

Despite being his “best friend”, Suchet confessed he had never watched the show until he walked in on his wife rewatching the box sets.

“I don’t watch him – actually, that’s not true. My wife does,” he smiled.

“I walked into the room the other day and he was on and I sat next to her and watched him. I’m here to say that I actually quite enjoyed it!”

Suchet’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.