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Russian history expert, 63, admits murdering his young lover before dismembering her

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A Russian history expert has admitted he murdered his young lover before dismembering her body.

Professor Oleg Sokolov was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder after he was dragged from a freezing river carrying two severed arms in a backpack.

The young woman – identified by police sources as 24-year-old Anastasia Yeschenko had been a student of Sokolov’s at St Petersburg State University.

Students at the university have since described Sokolov as a ‘freak’, stating he would often do impression of Napoleon and would call his lover ‘Josephine’.

Sokolov’s lawyer Alexander Pochuev, said that Sokolov ‘has admitted his guilt’ and regrets what he has done.   

Professor Oleg Sokolov (right) has admitted killing 24-year-old Anastasia Yeschenko (left)

Professor Oleg Sokolov (right) has admitted killing 24-year-old Anastasia Yeschenko (left)

Professor Oleg Sokolov (right) has admitted killing 24-year-old Anastasia Yeschenko (left) 

Sokolov was a professor at St Petersburg University and would often dress up as Napoleon (he is pictured above in 2012 wearing a costume dating back to the 1812- era

Sokolov was a professor at St Petersburg University and would often dress up as Napoleon (he is pictured above in 2012 wearing a costume dating back to the 1812- era

Sokolov was a professor at St Petersburg University and would often dress up as Napoleon (he is pictured above in 2012 wearing a costume dating back to the 1812- era

Rescuers examine the bottom of the Moika River today where were the remains were found

Rescuers examine the bottom of the Moika River today where were the remains were found

Rescuers examine the bottom of the Moika River today where were the remains were found

Sokolov was reportedly drunk and fell in as he tried to dispose of body parts.

After disposing of the corpse he reportedly planned to commit suicide at the Peter and Paul Fortress, one of the former imperial capital’s most famous landmarks, dressed as Napoleon.

Anastasia had been in a relationship with the historian, 63, when he ‘accidentally killed her’ following an argument, according to the report which stated he had confessed to police. 

The relationship was said to have been an ‘open secret’. 

Multiple reports say the academic is in detention in hospital suffering from hypothermia.

A decapitated head and a body along with a saw covered in blood were later found at Sokolov's flat in St Petersburg

A decapitated head and a body along with a saw covered in blood were later found at Sokolov's flat in St Petersburg

A decapitated head and a body along with a saw covered in blood were later found at Sokolov’s flat in St Petersburg 

A former student also claimed that Sokolov was dedicated to his work but was also emotionally unstable and abused alcohol. 

He was dragged from the icy Moyka River in St Petersburg in the early hours of Saturday morning.

In his backpack were two female arms severed at the elbow and a gun.

The gruesome corpse and a severed head were found at his nearby apartment on Moyka Embankment, say reports.

Sokolov is considered a leading Russian expert on the Napoleonic Wars and is a professor at St Petersburg State University.

He is well known for reenacting moments of Napoleonic history. 

The historian, who also taught at Sorbonne University, is the author of books on French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

He acted as a historical consultant on several films and took part in historical re-enactments of Napoleonic wars.

Ms Yeschenko had been in a relationship with the historian, 63, when he 'accidentally killed her' following an argument

Ms Yeschenko had been in a relationship with the historian, 63, when he 'accidentally killed her' following an argument

A report also state he had confessed to police. Pictured: Victim Ms Yeschenko

A report also state he had confessed to police. Pictured: Victim Ms Yeschenko

Ms Yeschenko had been in a relationship with the historian, 63, when he ‘accidentally killed her’ following an argument, according to the report which stated he had confessed to police

Multiple reports say the academic is in detention in hospital suffering from hypothermia

Multiple reports say the academic is in detention in hospital suffering from hypothermia

Multiple reports say the academic is in detention in hospital suffering from hypothermia 

Both he and his lover studied French history and liked to wear period costumes, with Sokolov dressing up as Napoleon.

Sokolov was president of the Russian Association of Military History and is now a member of the body’s scientific council.

He has worked as a technical adviser to European television broadcasters on films depicting the Napoleonic era, and he was made a knight of the Legion of Honour in France in 2003.

Sokolov was president of the Russian Association of Military History and is now a member of the body's scientific council

Sokolov was president of the Russian Association of Military History and is now a member of the body's scientific council

Sokolov was president of the Russian Association of Military History and is now a member of the body’s scientific council

Sokolov is considered a leading Russian expert on the Napoleonic Wars and is a professor at St Petersburg State University

Sokolov is considered a leading Russian expert on the Napoleonic Wars and is a professor at St Petersburg State University

Sokolov is considered a leading Russian expert on the Napoleonic Wars and is a professor at St Petersburg State University

Pictured: Moyka river embankment, where Sokolov was found with two severed arms in his backpack

Pictured: Moyka river embankment, where Sokolov was found with two severed arms in his backpack

Pictured: Moyka river embankment, where Sokolov was found with two severed arms in his backpack

Rescue workers are pictured searching the river where Sokolov was dragged out earlier this morning

Rescue workers are pictured searching the river where Sokolov was dragged out earlier this morning

Rescue workers are pictured searching the river where Sokolov was dragged out earlier this morning

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Washed-up Biggest Loser winner Adriano ‘Adro’ Sarnelli is revealed to be bankrupt

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Biggest Loser contestant Adriano ‘Adro’ Sarnelli has narrowly avoided jail after breaching the terms of his bankruptcy. 

Sarnelli won the first season of the reality weight loss show in 2008 and used the $200,000 prize to open a weight loss centre in Melbourne.

The centre closed in 2014, and Sarnelli became bankrupt on February 12, 2015 after accruing debts of about $280,000.

In November 2017, he received an inheritance of nearly $33,000 from his late mother’s estate, but tried to hide it in a friend’s bank account, instead of using the money to pay back his creditors.

Adriano 'Adro' Sarnelli has narrowly avoided a jail sentence after breaching the conditions of his bankruptcy

Adriano 'Adro' Sarnelli has narrowly avoided a jail sentence after breaching the conditions of his bankruptcy

Adriano ‘Adro’ Sarnelli has narrowly avoided a jail sentence after breaching the conditions of his bankruptcy

Sarnelli received nearly $33,000 from his late mother's (pictured) estate in 2017, and had the money directed to a friend's bank account

Sarnelli received nearly $33,000 from his late mother's (pictured) estate in 2017, and had the money directed to a friend's bank account

Sarnelli received nearly $33,000 from his late mother’s (pictured) estate in 2017, and had the money directed to a friend’s bank account 

When his trustee asked for the identity of the friend, Sarnelli refused to tell, a statement from the Australian Financial Security Authority said. 

The personal trainer was charged with not fully disclosing property he received during bankruptcy to his trustee.

He was also charged with concealing, removing or disposing of that property and failing to disclose the identity of the person he gave the property to. 

The new charges came just months after Sarnelli was handed a 12-month good behaviour bond with a $2,000 surety for racking up credit card charges of more than $8,000 within two years of becoming bankrupt.    

His more recent offences breached that bond, and he lost the surety. 

Sarnelli failed to tell the trustee about the money and refused to divulge where it was

Sarnelli failed to tell the trustee about the money and refused to divulge where it was

Sarnelli failed to tell the trustee about the money and refused to divulge where it was

After winning the first season of The Biggest Loser in 2008, Sarnelli used his $200,000 prize to open a weight loss centre in Melbourne. The centre closed in 2014 and the reality show contestant was declared bankrupt in early 2015

After winning the first season of The Biggest Loser in 2008, Sarnelli used his $200,000 prize to open a weight loss centre in Melbourne. The centre closed in 2014 and the reality show contestant was declared bankrupt in early 2015

After winning the first season of The Biggest Loser in 2008, Sarnelli used his $200,000 prize to open a weight loss centre in Melbourne. The centre closed in 2014 and the reality show contestant was declared bankrupt in early 2015

Sarnelli pleaded guilty to the charges relating to his mother’s estate, and was sentenced to four months prison for each charge, to be served concurrently. 

Magistrate Simpson told the court bankruptcy only worked where creditors still received funds when they became available. 

As the former reality star had offended just four months after facing court on the credit card charges, the Magistrate said he did not accept Sarnelli was unaware of his obligations. 

Sarnelli was released immediately from his prison sentence, and he was instead placed on a $1,000 good behaviour bond for three years, and ordered to pay costs of $199.10.

The trustee has lodged an objection to Mr Sarnelli’s automatic discharge from bankruptcy and has extended the expiry date to 6 March 2023.  

He was sentenced to prison, but immediately released and put on a good behaviour bond (pictured is Sarnelli before his time on The Biggest Loser and after)

He was sentenced to prison, but immediately released and put on a good behaviour bond (pictured is Sarnelli before his time on The Biggest Loser and after)

He was sentenced to prison, but immediately released and put on a good behaviour bond (pictured is Sarnelli before his time on The Biggest Loser and after)

  

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Master Plumbers CEO Peter Daly reveals truth behind why public toilets have U-shape seats

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A plumbing expert has revealed the interesting reason behind why U-shaped toilet seats are used in public bathrooms across Australia.

The gap that exists at the front is designed for hygiene purposes to prevent people from touching the seat with their genitals. 

It also gives women an easier access point to clean up after themselves without brushing their hand against the seat.

‘The U-shaped toilet seat is commonly found in public bathrooms and often is installed for ease of use and maintenance,’ Master Plumbers chief executive officer Peter Daly told Daily Mail Australia.  

It also gives woman an easier access point to clean up after themselves without swiping their hand against the seat

It also gives woman an easier access point to clean up after themselves without swiping their hand against the seat

This style is typically seen in homes across Australia

This style is typically seen in homes across Australia

The U-shaped seats (left) found in public bathrooms are designed for hygiene purposes to prevent hundreds of people from touching their genitals to the chain (right: an oval shaped chair commonly found in homes)

What are the U-shaped seats for?

  • To help women clean up after themselves without touching the seat
  • To prevent people from brushing their genitals against the seat
  • They are cheaper and therefore easier to put in every public bathroom
  • They are easier for maintenance workers to clean 
  • While they are not strictly for public bathrooms, they are in the US

‘The gap in the front of the seat is also designed to be more hygienic for both males and females in a high-use environment, which you would be less likely to encounter in your home.’ 

‘Having a break in the front of the seat means that it needs to be thicker and stronger to be “self-supporting” – another reason it’s not as often found in the home,’ Mr Daly added. 

Full oval seats are found in every home because they’re only used by a handful of people each day.

In Australia adult changing facilities require a full-circle seat because they are easiest to sit on. 

‘There are also special requirements for making sure the seat can carry a higher weight and doesn’t shift when users have limited mobility,’ Mr Daly said.

'Having a break in the front of the seat means that it needs to be thicker and stronger to be "self-supporting" - another reason it's not as often found in the home,' Mr Daly added

'Having a break in the front of the seat means that it needs to be thicker and stronger to be "self-supporting" - another reason it's not as often found in the home,' Mr Daly added

‘Having a break in the front of the seat means that it needs to be thicker and stronger to be “self-supporting” – another reason it’s not as often found in the home,’ Mr Daly added

But aside from that there are no legislation around having the U-shaped seat installed in public bathrooms, and restrooms will vary nationwide.

‘How did I never know this? I must have used a public bathroom with this seat a hundred times,’ one social media user said.

‘This kind of grosses me out,’ said another.

In the United States, U-shaped toilet seats must be installed in all public bathrooms by law but that’s not the case in Australia.

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Gender pay gap: Netball the one sport where men trail women

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Female sports stars are celebrating equal pay deals, but one men’s team remains so firmly in the shadows of their women counterparts they are forced to pay their own way when representing their country.

News that the Matildas will now be paid the same as the Socceroos when pulling on the green and gold – about $100,000-a-year – was met with praise last week.

The move follows Cricket Australia’s deal to pay the women’s team at the upcoming T20 World Cup the same as the men.

But while women’s teams in two male-dominated sports are being financially looked after, the same can’t be said for men who play one the few female-dominated sports.

Each of the 12 players selected to play for Australia’s men’s netball team at the World Cup will have to pay $2,000 to cover the cost of flights, accommodation and meals.

On the other hand, Australian Diamonds stars can pocket $150,000 annually, enjoy endorsement deals and play in front of sold out stadiums, while thousands more are able to watch at home through a free-to-air TV broadcast deal with Channel Nine. 

This is despite the fact that although amateurs, the men would beat the nation’s best women.

Australia’s men’s netball team sits so firmly in the shadows of their female counterparts that players have to pay their own way when representing the country. This is despite the men’s team being regarded as superior

By contrast, Australian Diamonds mid-court player Jamie-Lee Pierce has an endorsement deal with Mercedes Benz and regularly plays in front of packed out stadiums

By contrast, Australian Diamonds mid-court player Jamie-Lee Pierce has an endorsement deal with Mercedes Benz and regularly plays in front of packed out stadiums

By contrast, Australian Diamonds mid-court player Jamie-Lee Pierce has an endorsement deal with Mercedes Benz and regularly plays in front of packed out stadiums

In a recent competitive pre-World Championship match, the New Zealand men actually beat the women’s world champions, the Silver Ferns.

Even with superstars such as Maria Folau, Ameliaranne Ekenasio and Jane Watson, they lost 66-54 to the men’s invitational team.  

Just three weeks later, the Silver Ferns beat Australia and were crowned the world’s best. 

While the outcome of New Zealand’s amateur men taking on the professional women may come as a shock to many, it wasn’t to those who regularly watch men’s netball.

‘It doesn’t surprise me… I would’ve expected it,’ Grant Crocker, the president of the Australian Men’s and Mixed Netball Association (AMMNA), told Daily Mail Australia.

‘They can jump higher, run faster and are physically stronger, so it’s not really fair to compare the men’s sport to the women’s sport.

‘Now, not every men’s team is going to beat the Australian Diamonds… but certainly the Australian men’s team would and probably the Victorian Men’s Open team may.’ 

Under a new pay agreement reached last year, players in the Suncorp Super Netball league – the national competition in Australia – earn an average of $67,000.

Despite being competitively superior than their female counterparts, men’s netball is totally self-funded – and shows no signs of changing in the foreseeable future.

Although they are desperate to grow the game, so small is the sport of men’s netball that the AMMNA is not officially recognised by Netball Australia. 

Goal shooter Junior Levi, who stands 219cm tall, leads star Silver Ferns defender Jane Watson, 181cm, to the ball during their clash in June. The NZ men's team would win comfortably, 66-54

Goal shooter Junior Levi, who stands 219cm tall, leads star Silver Ferns defender Jane Watson, 181cm, to the ball during their clash in June. The NZ men's team would win comfortably, 66-54

Goal shooter Junior Levi, who stands 219cm tall, leads star Silver Ferns defender Jane Watson, 181cm, to the ball during their clash in June. The NZ men’s team would win comfortably, 66-54

Just three weeks later the Silver Ferns were crown world champions with a 52-51 victory over Australia

Just three weeks later the Silver Ferns were crown world champions with a 52-51 victory over Australia

Just three weeks later the Silver Ferns were crown world champions with a 52-51 victory over Australia

Soccer star Sam Kerr (pictured) last week signed a landmark $2 million deal with English mega club Chelsea. It came days after Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced the Matildas would be paid the same as the Socceroos

Soccer star Sam Kerr (pictured) last week signed a landmark $2 million deal with English mega club Chelsea. It came days after Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced the Matildas would be paid the same as the Socceroos

Soccer star Sam Kerr (pictured) last week signed a landmark $2 million deal with English mega club Chelsea. It came days after Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced the Matildas would be paid the same as the Socceroos

‘Whether they play for a local team, a state team or for Australia, it is all self-funded,’ Mr Crocker said.

‘It’s difficult in that if we have problems with player we can’t just say “turn up or else we’ll give your spot to another person”, because they are the ones who are paying.

AUSTRALIAN SALARIES BY SPORTS – FOR BOTH MEN & WOMEN

CRICKET:

– Men: International stars have a base salary of $278,100. Steve Smith takes home an estimated $2 million, plus a number of six-figure endorsements

– Women: A new pay deal will see the women’s T20 World Cup team earn the same as the men. WBBL players have an average salary of $46,000, while those who represent Australia in long form cricket can take home $300,000

SOCCER:

Men and women are paid equal when representing Australia under new deal

NETBALL:

– Men: No wages. Players pay their own money to attend tournaments at all levels

– Women: Top Australian Diamonds stars like Caitlin Bassett are estimated to earn more than $150,000 annually

AFL:

– Men: Rookies earn a base of $71,500, while the league’s best earn more than $1 million

– Women: Wages range from $13,000 to $29,856 for top paid AFLW players 

TENNIS:

Men and women take home the same prize money at the Australian Open. Up to $75,000 for first round losers and $4.1m for the winners

GOLF:

– Men: Australian star Adam Scott took home $4.084 million in prizemoney in 2019

– Women: In the LPGA, Aussie young gun Minjee Lee pocketed $1.508m for her efforts in 2019

BASKETBALL: 

– Men: The minimum wage for NBA players sits at above $800,000, while Aussie star Ben Simmons agreed to a five-year, $170million deal, earlier this year

– Women: WNBA players earn a minimum of $75,000, with Australian centre Liz Cambage earning $110,500 in 2019 

 

‘To go to the Australian Championships next year is about $2,000, so for a team of 12 that’s about $50,000 a team.

‘We would certainly like to be able to fund players eventually, but that costs a lot and is a long way off.’

By comparison, Australian Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett is estimated to take home more than $150,000 from her domestic and national commitments.

But even with her standing as a veteran of the national team, Bassett, 31, has a university degree in journalism. 

Many of her domestic and junior teammates are also studying or working part-time, with an eye to eventually making sport their full-time profession.

In a similar boat are Australia’s women cricketers, who earn an average of $46,000 for playing in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) T20 competition.

Stars such Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning, who represent Australia in all three forms of the game, make in excess of $300,000 annually.

One of the nation’s leading female stars, Matildas golden girl Sam Kerr, last week signed a $2 million deal with English mega club Chelsea.

This was less than a week after Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced a new pay deal where the Matildas and Socceroos will share revenue equally from 2019.

While the nation’s top female stars in netball, soccer and cricket are all making a full-time living from their sports, that’s a long way off for the nation’s top male netballers.

Women’s netball currently has a modest free-to-air deal with Channel Nine, with the media giant broadcasting games and aiding the sport to attract sponsors.

The only place to watch the men’s sport is through a YouTube stream, once again organised and funded by the players.

A world record crowd of almost 17,000 fans packed into the 2015 World Cup Final in Sydney to see Australia beat New Zealand 58-55.

For the men, the national championships sees a total of 8,000 players, officials and spectators – many of them family and friends – attend over the week-long tournament. 

But that sits fine with Mr Crocker, who understands the sport’s position. 

He is also very supportive of the recent equal pay deals for women cricketers and soccer stars, believing it will grow both sports and make them more appealing to young girls – a stage he hopes men’s netball will also one day get to. 

Australia's women cricketers earn an average of $46,000 for playing in the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) T20 competition, while stars like Ellyse Perry (left) take home up to $300,000 for representing the country across all three formats

Australia's women cricketers earn an average of $46,000 for playing in the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) T20 competition, while stars like Ellyse Perry (left) take home up to $300,000 for representing the country across all three formats

Australia’s women cricketers earn an average of $46,000 for playing in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) T20 competition, while stars like Ellyse Perry (left) take home up to $300,000 for representing the country across all three formats

'(Men) can jump higher, run faster and are physically stronger, so it's not really fair to compare the sports,' Mr Crocker said

'(Men) can jump higher, run faster and are physically stronger, so it's not really fair to compare the sports,' Mr Crocker said

‘(Men) can jump higher, run faster and are physically stronger, so it’s not really fair to compare the sports,’ Mr Crocker said

‘The Australian Men’s and Mixed teams are very envious of where the women are and that’s our direction, we want to try and achieve what they have achieved,’ he said.

‘The women’s association has been doing it a lot longer, at least 50 years longer than we have, but they still have their own challenges.

‘I think the AFL gets $1billion for TV rights, Netball Australia is not getting that, so we understand where we sit. 

‘But a survey that just came out recently shows number are growing, we’ve got more than 107,000 players which is up 50 per cent.

‘They’ve put in a lot of work to get to where they are, now we need to do the same.’   

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