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Monkeys kill family of five by collapsing a wall in India

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A mother and four of her children were crushed to death at their home in India after a wall was brought down by a troop of monkeys. 

The five victims were killed by falling masonry after the wall was ‘violently shaken’ by monkeys while the family slept in the courtyard, the Times of India reports.  

The family was sleeping outside because their indoor ceiling fan was not working amid scorching weather in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh. 

Two other children survived in what authorities called a ‘tragic incident’ as they offered to pay compensation to the family. 

A mother and four of her children were crushed to death at their home in India after a wall was brought down by a troop of monkeys (file photo)

A mother and four of her children were crushed to death at their home in India after a wall was brought down by a troop of monkeys (file photo)

A mother and four of her children were crushed to death at their home in India after a wall was brought down by a troop of monkeys (file photo) 

District magistrate Vikram Singh met the survivors and said they were getting the ‘best possible treatment’. 

‘It was a tragic incident and five members of the family died immediately after the wall collapsed on them,’ he announced after inspecting the scene. 

The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, has offered the family 400,000 rupees (£4,200) in compensation, the magistrate said. 

Friday’s freak accident was the latest in a long line of monkey-related tragedies in India, which is thought to be home to around 50million of the primates. 

Last August, a 50-year-old man died in Sambhal after falling from a terrace at his home when he was attacked by a troop of monkeys. 

Reports at the time said it was the sixth monkey-related death in Sambhal during 2019 alone. 

In June last year, a one-and-a-half-month-old infant was killed by a monkey which apparently jumped into her cot to steal her milk bottle.  

Red-faced rhesus macaques have also been known to spread havoc in Delhi, snatching food and phones and even breaking into homes.  

More recently, authorities said a troop of monkeys had attacked a medical official and snatched away blood samples of coronavirus patients in Meerut. 

People living near the medical college feared a further spread of the virus if the monkeys carried the samples into residential areas. 

However, there is no evidence so far that monkeys can be infected with the coronavirus.  

Environmentalists say the destruction of monkeys’ natural habitats is the main reason the animals move into urban areas in search of food.     

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Ira Johnson is an 18-year-old explorer living in Missouri who made an astonishing find while walking along the Grand River – he discovered a fossilized mastodon tooth. 

Johnson noticed a ‘big rock’ near the water that seemed to be out of the ordinary and when he took it home, he realized it was an ancient tooth.

Researchers who analyzed the remains say it once belonged to an American mastodon that lived during the Pleistocene Epoch some 10,000 years ago.

Mastodons are ancient relatives of the elephants and mammoths that were thought to have been destroyed by humans, but recent DNA testing shows they went extinct long before.

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Ira Johnson is an 18-year-old explorer living in Missouri who made an astonishing find while walking along the Grand River – he discovered a fossilized mastodon tooth

Ira Johnson is an 18-year-old explorer living in Missouri who made an astonishing find while walking along the Grand River – he discovered a fossilized mastodon tooth

Johnson shares the love of treasure hunting with his father and has been exploring rivers since he was about 5 years old.

‘I usually find silver-plated spoons or just a bunch of junk really,’ Johnson told FOX2now.com.

‘When I was in there looking and I walked over to the water’s edge and I saw the tooth and I didn’t really think much about it because it looked just like a normal rock.’

Johnson spotted the tooth, thinking it was just a rock, and brought it home to show his father whose ‘face brightened.’

The tooth is about the same size as a human hand and was confirmed to have belonged to an American mastodon by researchers at the University of Iowa

The tooth is about the same size as a human hand and was confirmed to have belonged to an American mastodon by researchers at the University of Iowa

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Mastodons are ancient relatives of the elephants and mammoths that were thought to have been destroyed by humans, but recent DNA testing shows they went extinct long before

The tooth is about the same size as a human hand and was confirmed to have belonged to an American mastodon by researchers at the University of Iowa.

Another young explorer found a jaw of a mastodon on a farm in southern Iowa last year.

Ira Johnson shares the love of treasure hunting with his father and has been exploring rivers since he was about 5 years old

Ira Johnson shares the love of treasure hunting with his father and has been exploring rivers since he was about 5 years old

The bone still has a row of teeth attached and is the second fossil to have been discovered on the farm in the last 30 years.

It is thought to have belonged to a young member of the prehistoric animal that may have stood up to seven foot tall and lived in ancient Iowa around 34,000 years ago.

This is the second Mastodon fossils in 30 years onsite, with the last discovered by the couple who own the farm while fishing on the property.

They have handed over the new bones to the University of Iowa (UI) and has asked to stay anonymous so fossil hunters do not visit their property.

Another young explorer found a jaw of a mastodon on a farm in southern Iowa last year. The bone still has a row of teeth attached and is the second fossil to have been discovered on the farm in the last 30 years

Another young explorer found a jaw of a mastodon on a farm in southern Iowa last year. The bone still has a row of teeth attached and is the second fossil to have been discovered on the farm in the last 30 years

The remains are now kept in a cupboard at the Trowbridge Hall at the University of Iowa.

Tiffany Adrain, collections manager at the UI’s Palaeontology Repository, said these remains are somewhat common, particularly along waterways in Iowa.

‘We were notified a couple of weeks ago that somebody had found a fossil in the middle of a small river on the property.

It is thought to have belonged to a young member of the prehistoric animal that may have stood up to seven foot tall and lived in ancient Iowa around 34,000 years ago

It is thought to have belonged to a young member of the prehistoric animal that may have stood up to seven foot tall and lived in ancient Iowa around 34,000 years ago

‘It was actually a high school student who had found the object, and the landowners contacted us and notified us [and] sent us photographs.

‘Now we could tell right away it was a jaw bone of a mastodon,’ she added.

These discoveries are more common than people think, said Ms Adrian.

‘I think people are finding stuff all the time,’ she said.

‘Maybe they are out canoeing or fishing on a bank. Farmers, in particular, on the land can spot things pretty easily.’

UI’s Palaeontology Repository has a number of prehistoric fossils from Iowa, many of which are large mammals that lived in the last 150,000 years.

These include sloths, beavers, short-faced bears, bisons as well as camels.

While it was traditionally thought that mastodons roamed areas in the Arctic and Subarctic when it was covered with ice caps, scientists now think that that the area was only temporarily home to the animals when the climate was warm.

The massive animals’ preferred habitat of forests and wetlands abundant with leafy food.

They also disappeared before humans colonized the region according to radiocarbon dating of fossils from the mammal.

The findings indicated that mastodons suffered local extinction several tens of millennia before either human colonization – the earliest estimate of which is between 13,000 and 14,000 years ago.

They also hinted that the creatures died out before the onset of climate changes at the end of the ice age about 10,000 years ago, when they were among 70 species of mammals to disappear completely in North America.

WHY DID THE MASTODON GO EXTINCT? 

Radiocarbon dating of North American fossils suggests mastodons died out before humans could hunt them to extinction.

Humans have long been blamed for hunting the American mastodon – an ancient relative of the elephant – to extinction.

Experts are still not certain why the animals died out, but now think that changing habitats from forests to tundra could have played a role.

Arctic and Subarctic were only temporary homes to mastodons when the climate was warm, according to the new international study

But new data suggests that mastodons became extinct in pockets of eastern Beringia around 75,000 years ago, following a habitat change from forest to tundra.

Mastodons occupied high latitudes between 125,000 and 75,000 years ago when it was covered with forests.

But ecological changes led to habitat loss and population collapse.

After this, mastodons were limited to areas south of the continental ice sheets where they suffered complete extinction over 10,000 years before the first humans crossed the Bering Strait – or the onset of Pleistocene climate changes.

The study says that local extinction of mastodons were ‘independent; of their later extinction south of the ice.

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BlackRock makes it policy for their workers to disclose office romances with third party clients 

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The world’s largest money manager has introduce a new policy forcing its 16,000 employees to disclose ‘personal relationships’ with all the company’s clients, in what is being described as the toughest policy yet on office romances.

BlackRock, the New York-based firm which manages $7.4 trillion in assets, introduced the new rules last week.

They are in addition to existing policies which forced the disclosure of relationships with other staff members. 

Given that BlackRock, on behalf of the funds it runs, is one of the five largest shareholders in nearly every corporation in the S&P 500, the impact of the new policy is expected to be significant. 

BlackRock, based in midtown Manhattan, is the world's largest money manager

BlackRock, based in midtown Manhattan, is the world’s largest money manager

Chairman and CEO Larry Fink is among the most influential Wall Street figures in the U.S.

Chairman and CEO Larry Fink is among the most influential Wall Street figures in the U.S.

The new policy, obtained by the New York Post, states: ‘Employees are required to disclose all Personal Relationships with other BlackRock employees or contingent workers; as well as Personal Relationships with employees of a service provider, vendor, or other third party (including a client), if the non-BlackRock employee is within a group that interacts with BlackRock.’ 

A senior BlackRock executive told the paper it may be the broadest dating disclosure requirement in the financial business, if not Corporate America.

He said that it was designed to help employees. 

‘It takes the assessment of what is or is not a conflict out of the employees’ hands and puts it into the hands of HR and lawyers — which makes it eminently enforceable,’ the executive said.

BlackRock is among the most progressive of companies when it comes to office romances.

Last year two executives were fired for their office romances, with an email being sent to all staff informing them of the reason for their departure.

Jeff Smith, BlackRock’s global human resources head, was fired in July 2019 for breaches of the company policy on disclosing relationships, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Mark Wiseman, an executive who headed BlackRock’s active equities business and has been married to one of BlackRock’s country heads, was publicly forced out in December 2019 for failing to disclose a relationship with another woman. 

He had been involved for a few months with the woman, who worked directly for him, according to people familiar with the matter. 

Office romances must be disclosed under BlackRock's new policy

Office romances must be disclosed under BlackRock’s new policy

Wiseman was considered a contender to eventually replace Larry Fink, the 67-year-old chairman and CEO, who is currently tipped for a role in a possible Joe Biden administration. 

Fink has told senior leaders that the public firings make clear to staff that they are free to point out problems in the workplace.

‘More and more people who are entering the workforce think differently from I did when I was young,’ said Fink in January, when BlackRock released its quarterly financial results. 

‘I think everybody is looking to be a part of an organization they want to believe in.’

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The lawyer of the prime suspect in Madeleine McCann‘s abduction says people will ‘fall off their chair’ when he reveals new evidence which allegedly clears his client’s name. 

Convicted paedophile Christian Brueckner, 43, was accused by German police earlier this year of kidnapping the three-year-old in Portugal in 2007. 

However his lawyer, Friedrich Fulscher, insists he is innocent. Mr Fulscher claims that an anonymous source has provided ‘vital information’ which will make Brits ‘fall off their chair’. 

He told The Sun: ‘I cannot go into details but it is very significant and involves someone who has provided me with vital information. 

‘When I reveal it you will fall off your chair.’ 

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Friedrich Fulscher (left), the lawyer representing Madeleine McCann prime suspect Christian Brueckner (right), claims that an anonymous source has provided ‘vital information’ which will make Brits ‘fall off their chair’ and prove his client’s innocence

Mr Fulscher, who has previously admitted he wouldn’t let his client babysit his daughter, is sure that the case will not go to court. 

Madeleine went missing while on holiday with her family in Praia da Luz resort in Portugal in May 2007. 

Her distraught parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, were desperate for the German police investigation to put an end to their ongoing ordeal. 

However it was revealed last week that the German prosecutor, Hans Christian Wolters, isn’t expecting any new developments on the case until next year at the earliest. 

He added that he was sure they have the right man during an interview with Portugese TV show Sexta as 9 on Friday, even though there was ‘no smoking gun’ evidence against Brueckner. 

Fulscher also hit out at German prosecutors for suggesting Madeleine (pictured) is dead, saying they have shown him no evidence

Fulscher also hit out at German prosecutors for suggesting Madeleine (pictured) is dead, saying they have shown him no evidence

He said: ‘All I can say is this [is] like a puzzle and there are many pieces that lead us to believe Christian B is responsible.’

Convicted burglar Helge Busching contacted the Met Police Operation Grange unit in 2017 to implicate Brueckner in Madeleine’s abduction. 

He was in custody in Greece at the time for people trafficking charges. But Mr Fulscher is suspicious as to why Busching waited ten years after Brueckner allegedly told him he was involved to come forward to the police. 

However, Busching last night told The Sun: ‘I don’t give a **** what [his] lawyer says. [Christian Brueckner] is guilty.’ 

Last week Mr Fulscher told the Daily Mirror: ‘I’d let him look after my dogs but I wouldn’t let him look after my children or my daughter – if I had them.

‘He could be my dogsitter, yes, but because of his record I would not let him look after my own daughter.’ 

Fulscher, who has in the past described Brueckner as a ‘friendly conversationalist’, also opened up about what it has been like stepping into the media spotlight around the Madeleine case.

He admitted that ‘I don’t sleep as well as I used to’, partly due to threats he started receiving when he took on the case. 

‘I’ve had threats, lots of them, some of them death threats,’ he said. ‘Some of them have been online and some of them have been on the phone.

‘I have pressed charges on some of them. I’ve also been told my life is in danger for looking into the Madeleine McCann case.’

He also said that he has been to Portugal to review years-worth of evidence collected in the case, and uncovered some ‘completely new’ information.

Madeleine vanished from a resort in Praia da Luz in 2007, and investigators say phone signals place Brueckner - who has multiple sex convictions including against children - in the area

Madeleine vanished from a resort in Praia da Luz in 2007, and investigators say phone signals place Brueckner – who has multiple sex convictions including against children – in the area 

Fulscher refused to reveal what it is, but called it ‘big’, adding: ‘It certainly surprised me.’ 

Madeleine has not been seen since 2007 and nobody has ever been charged over the disappearance, but earlier this year, British investigators unveiled Brueckner as their new prime suspect. 

Born in Germany in 1976, he moved to the Algarve in 1995 after serving part of a two-year sentence for molesting a six-year-old girl.

There, he is thought to have become involved in the local drugs trade before raping an American pensioner in 2005 – a charge he denies.

Prosecutors say that, on the night of Madeleine’s disappearance, signal from a phone tower in Praia da Luz places Brueckner in the area. 

Shortly after Madeleine’s disappearance he moved back to Germany, where he was subsequently jailed on drug charges. 

He was convicted of sexual abuse of a child and possession of child pornography in 2016, before being jailed for the rape of the American woman in 2018.

He is currently in prison in Kiel, 55 miles north of Hamburg, where he is appealing against that conviction.

German prosecutors also named Brueckner as the prime suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance, saying they have ‘concrete evidence that she was killed.

However, parents Kate and Jerry McCann say they have not been shown that evidence, and Fulscher says he has not been sent a single document from the German side.   

‘It is not comprehensible how a public prosecutor’s office can repeatedly approach the media and make statements like: “We are firmly convinced that Christian B is the right person and the perpetrator and killed this girl”, but then at the same time we are told that they don’t have the crucial evidence,’ he said.

Madeleine’s case officially remains a ‘missing persons’ inquiry, and her parents say that – until evidence of her death is uncovered – they hope she will be found alive.

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