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Dark figures and shoves from behind: Inside one of the UK’s most haunted castles

Dark figures and shoves from behind: Inside one of the UK’s most haunted castles

DISEMBODIED legs wandering a castle keep, terrified screams heard in an ancient monastery, and even Roman soldiers guarding a historical library – these are just a small handful of spine-chilling stories of the ghosts that are said to haunt Newcastle.

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Phoenix Wright, Miles Edgeworth, And Monika From DDLC Are Getting Nendoroid Figures

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It only took twenty years, but finally, Phoenix Wright (ace attorney) is getting his own Nendoroid figure. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on the fanfic you read), that spotlight is going to be shared with best friend rival prosecutor Miles Edgeworth, who’s also “coming soon”, according to the GoodSmile Twitter account.

But the fun doesn’t stop there; Monika from Doki Doki Literature Club is also getting a Nendoroid figure, so you can keep her on your desk where she can always see you.

These figures have just been announced, so we don’t know what they look like yet, but if you’re a fan of either games — or you’ve bought Nendoroid figures before — you’re probably already sold. The only information we have from GoodSmile for now is to “stay tuned to our socials“, and that the Ace Attorney boys are being released in celebration of the July 27th launch of The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles.

Which ones are you getting? Oh, you want all of them? Okay, but… isn’t your shelf already pretty full? No, no, we’re not judging, it’s just… well, yes, we know they’re different from amiibo, and those poseable figurines were mostly gifts, but… no, no, you’re right, it’s your money and you can spend it however you like. Just let us know in the comments where exactly you’re going to find the space.

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Covid vaccine in numbers: PHE figures show LANDSLIDE of infections and deaths prevented

A total of 44,454,511 people have had at least one jab, affording them protection from up to 60 percent of infections.

And second jab totals are quickly catching up, with a further 32,583,746 given more than 90 percent of protection via complete dosage.

Together, health officials have administered more than 77 million Covid vaccine doses.

Dr Paul Birrell, Senior Research Associate at Cambridge’s MRC Biostatistics Unit, said the programme prevented an “astoundingly high” number of infections and deaths.

He added the vaccine gave the UK a “path back towards a normal life”.

And newly-minted Health Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed as such.

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GB News viewing figures: How 'anti-woke' channel ratings compare as it takes on Sky & BBC

Since GB News’ opening night, things haven’t gotten much better in terms of the technical side of things.

The news channel has faced a variety of technical blunders, advertisers pulling their campaigns, and an embarrassing on-air prank.

Further revelation shows GB News has sparked a flood of Ofcom complaints, with hundreds contacting the broadcasting watchdog over Dan Wootton’s show.

The former The Sun showbiz journalist began his show on Sunday evening with a monologue over the then-rumoured delay to England’s delaying of lockdown easing.

Ofcom is said to have received 373 complaints after Mr Wootton said: “It’s increasingly clear now that there is a move among some pubic health officials and politicians to create an ultra-cautious biosecurity state, copying the likes of China.”

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Alarming figures lay bare the toll obesity is taking on nation's health

Women accounted for two thirds of cases, while admissions were twice as likely in the most deprived areas. Health experts said yesterday’s shocking figures laid bare the immense toll obesity is taking on the nation’s health. Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum said: “Obesity is a risk factor for a plethora of medical conditions – diabetes, heart, kidney, lung disease, to name but a few.
“It is only with statistics such as these that the widespread damage caused by fat becomes really apparent.”

In 2019-20, 1.02 million admissions listed obesity as a primary or secondary diagnosis, up from 876,000 the previous year.

NHS Digital has said some of the increase may be due to better recording of data in hospitals.

There was a three percent fall to 10,780 in cases where obesity was the main cause of admission.

But Mr Fry said although those figures fell, “we should be truly alarmed at the huge increase in the other admissions that excess fat triggers”.

Admissions included 6,740 for weight loss surgery, down four percent on the previous year. Eighty per cent of bariatric op patients were women.

About two thirds of England’s adults are overweight or obese. Twenty-seven percent of men and 29 percent of women are obese. Children in the most deprived places are more than twice as likely to be obese than those in the least deprived areas.

Christina Marriott of the Royal Society for Public Health warned the figures “paint a familiar picture that we have a serious obesity problem”.

She said: “Behind the numbers are people living with the negative mental and physical ill health effects, which is a particular concern given the increased risk people with obesity have from becoming seriously ill with Covid-19.

“We need to take a holistic approach to reducing obesity and prioritise prevention by tackling the environment that influences us to eat food of poor nutritional quality and to lead sedentary lifestyles.

“If we are to reverse the obesity trend, we need to support people to understand how to make healthier choices, along with making those healthier choices readily available and remove barriers such as availability and cost of nutritional food, poor mental health and deprivation levels.”

John Maingay of the British Heart Foundation said: “These striking figures underline the immense toll that obesity is taking on the nation’s health.

“It is particularly disturbing to see the disproportionate impact it is having on people in our most deprived communities. Such startling inequality demands urgent action.”

NHS England medical director Professor Stephen Powis said: “Today’s shocking figures are a growing sign of the nation’s obesity crisis.” 

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Israel Steps Up Gaza Offensive, Kills Senior Hamas Figures

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel on Wednesday pressed ahead with a fierce military offensive in the Gaza Strip, killing as many as 10 senior Hamas military figures and toppling a pair of high-rise towers housing Hamas facilities in airstrikes. The Islamic militant group showed no signs of backing down and fired hundreds of rockets at Israeli cities.

In just three days, this latest round of fighting between the bitter enemies has already begun to resemble — and even exceed — a devastating 50-day war in 2014. Like in that previous war, neither side appears to have an exit strategy.

But there are key differences. The fighting has triggered the worst Jewish-Arab violence inside Israel in decades. And looming in the background is an international war crimes investigation.

Israel carried out an intense barrage of airstrikes just after sunrise, striking dozens of targets in several minutes that set off bone-rattling explosions across Gaza. Airstrikes continued throughout the day, filling the sky with pillars of smoke.

At nightfall, the streets of Gaza City resembled a ghost town as people huddled indoors on the final night of Islam’s holiest month of Ramadan. The evening, followed by the Eid al-Fitr holiday, is usually a time of vibrant night life, shopping and crowded restaurants.

“There is nowhere to run. There is nowhere to hide,” said Zeyad Khattab, a 44-year-old pharmacist who fled with a dozen other relatives to a family home in central Gaza after bombs pounded his apartment building in Gaza City. “That terror is impossible to describe.”

Gaza militants continued to bombard Israel with nonstop rocket fire throughout the day and into early Thursday. The attacks brought life to a standstill in southern communities near Gaza, but also reached as far north as the Tel Aviv area, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) to the north, for a second straight day.

The military said sirens also wailed in northern Israel’s Emek area, or Jezreel Valley, the farthest the effects of Gaza rockets have reached since 2014.

“We’re coping, sitting at home, hoping it will be OK,” said Motti Haim, a resident of the central town of Beer Yaakov and father of two children. “It’s not simple running to the shelter. It’s not easy with the kids.”

Gaza’s Health Ministry said the death toll rose to 69 Palestinians, including 16 children and six women. Islamic Jihad confirmed the deaths of seven militants, while Hamas acknowledged that a top commander and several other members were killed.

Rescuers pulled the bodies of a man and his wife from the debris of their home that was hit by rockets in the latest Israeli airstrikes early Thursday, relatives said.

A total of seven people have been killed in Israel, including four people who died on Wednesday. Among them were a soldier killed by an anti-tank missile and a 6-year-old child hit in a rocket attack.

The Israeli military claims the number of militants killed so far is much higher than Hamas has acknowledged.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said at least 14 militants were killed Wednesday — including 10 members of the “top management of Hamas” and four weapons experts. Altogether, he claimed some 30 militants have been killed since the fighting began.

More raids conducted early Thursday were aimed at several “strategically significant” facilities for Hamas, including a bank and a compound for a naval squad, the military said.

While United Nations and Egyptian officials have said that cease-fire efforts are underway, there were no signs of progress. Israeli television’s Channel 12 reported late Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Security Cabinet authorized a widening of the offensive.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the “indiscriminate launching of rockets” from civilian areas in Gaza toward Israeli population centers, but he also urged Israel to show “maximum restraint.” U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken called Netanyahu to support Israel’s right to defend itself and said he was sending a senior diplomat to the region to try to calm tensions.

The current eruption of violence began a month ago in Jerusalem, where heavy-handed Israeli police tactics during Ramadan and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers ignited protests and clashes with police. A focal point was the Al-Aqsa Mosque, built on a hilltop compound that is revered by Jews and Muslims, where police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters who threw chairs and stones at them.

Hamas, claiming to be defending Jerusalem, launched a barrage of rockets at the city late Monday, setting off days of fighting.

The Israeli military says militants have fired about 1,500 rockets in just three days. That is roughly one-third the number fired during the entire 2014 war.

Israel, meanwhile, has struck over 350 targets in Gaza, a tiny territory where 2 million Palestinians have lived under a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade since Hamas took power in 2007. Two infantry brigades were sent to the area, indicating preparations for a possible ground invasion.

In tactics echoing past wars, Israel has begun to target senior members of Hamas’ military wing. It also has flattened three high-rise buildings in a tactic that has drawn international scrutiny in the past.

Israel says the buildings all housed Hamas operations centers, but they also included residential apartments and businesses. In all cases, Israel fired warning shots, allowing people to flee, and there were no reports of casualties.

The fighting has set off violent clashes between Arabs and Jews in Israel, in scenes unseen since 2000. Netanyahu warned that he was prepared to use an “iron fist if necessary” to calm the violence.

But ugly clashes erupted across the country late Wednesday. Jewish and Arab mobs battled in the central city of Lod, the epicenter of the troubles, despite a state of emergency and nighttime curfew. In nearby Bat Yam, a mob of Jewish nationalists attacked an Arab motorist, dragged him from his car and beat him until he was motionless.

In the occupied West Bank, the Israeli military said it thwarted a Palestinian shooting attack that wounded two people. The Palestinian Health Ministry said the suspected gunman was killed. No details were immediately available.

Still unclear is how the fighting in Gaza will affect Netanyahu’s political future. He failed to form a government coalition after inconclusive parliamentary elections in March, and now his political rivals have three weeks to try to form one.

His rivals have courted a small Islamist Arab party. But the longer the fighting lasts, the more it could hamper their attempts at forming a coalition. It could also boost Netanyahu if another election is held, since security is his strong suit with the public.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since the Islamic militant group seized power in Gaza from rival Palestinian forces in 2007.

The International Criminal Court has launched an investigation into possible war crimes by Israel and Hamas. In a brief statement, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she had noted “with great concern” the escalation of violence and “the possible commission of crimes.”

The ICC is looking into Israeli actions in past wars in Gaza. Israel is not a member of the court, does not recognize the ICC’s jurisdiction and rejects the accusations. But in theory, the ICC could issue warrants and try to arrest Israeli suspects while they are traveling overseas.

Conricus, the military spokesman, said Israeli forces respect international laws on armed conflict and do their utmost to minimize civilian casualties. Israel blames Hamas for civilian casualties because the group fires rockets from residential areas.

Emanuel Gross, a professor emeritus the University of Haifa law school, said Israel should “take into consideration the concerns of the ICC.” But he said he believes the military is on solid legal ground while rockets are striking Israeli cities.

“That’s the real meaning of self defense,” he said. “If you are attacked by a terrorist group, you defend yourself.”

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Switch vs PS5 vs Xbox Series X sales figures: Nintendo console lays down huge marker

The Nintendo Switch has just hit another incredible sales milestone. Earlier this year the Nintendo Switch celebrated its fourth birthday with the hit hybrid console first releasing on March 3 2017. And now Ninty has revealed how many units the console sold between its launch and the end of March this year.
As of March 31 2021 the Nintendo Switch has sold a staggering 84.59million units.

That means the Switch, after just over four years on sale, has already sold more than the Xbox 360 and Gameboy Advance did during its lifetime.

The Switch is already the eighth best selling console of all time, and is just behind the PS3 which it looks certain to eclipse soon.

The PS3 sold 87.4million consoles during its lifetime, with the Nintendo Wii the next console on the all-time leaderboard – selling 101.63million units during its lifetime.

Analysts previously predicted the Switch could eclipse the Wii’s all-time sales figures this year, and when all is said and done it could be very high up the list of the best selling consoles ever.

The PS2 is the most successful console of all time, selling 155million units with the Nintendo DS not too far behind on 154.02million.

The latest Switch sales figures lay down an enviable marker for the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles.

Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X launched last November, kicking off the ninth console generation.

Sony and Microsoft’s latest consoles have been hit with widespread stock shortages since launch which are continuing across the globe.

Despite this though, the PS5 and Xbox Series consoles have still sold millions of units.

According to new analysis by VGChartz, between launch and April 24 the PS5 has managed to sell more than the Xbox Series X and S.

Worldwide the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition have allegedly sold just shy of eight million units (7.94million) with the Xbox Series X and S selling 4.75million.

If supplies were more plentiful than the PS5 and Xbox Series X and S would no doubt have sold much more.

The Switch itself last year was hit by worldwide stock shortages when coronavirus lockdowns first hit, with Nintendo warning recently that the Switch could suffer from low stock once again in 2021 due to the semiconductor shortage which has impacted PS5 and Xbox.

Either way though, the Switch in its first four years on sale has laid down an impressive marker for the PS5 and Xbox Series X to try and match. And right now this huge sales momentum the Switch is having is showing no signs of slowing down.

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