"Met police officer compared black men to chimpanzees and told colleague they lived in mud huts during racist banter on patrol"

'Racist Met police officer compared black men to chimpanzees and said they lived in mud huts'
PC Kevin Hughes allegedly directed racist comments at members of the public while on patrol
Fellow PC David Hair 'asked black colleague if she was going home to cook bananas'Officers were suspended in April following complaints from other PCs

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A police officer told colleagues ‘all black people look like monkeys’, a court heard yesterday.

PC Kevin Hughes, 42, is accused of making the racist comment as he pointed to three black men leaning against a wall. When challenged, he allegedly replied ‘but it’s true’ before arguing that the men were ‘closely related to chimpanzees and more closely related to Neanderthals’.

His comments were alleged to have been made while he was on patrol in Newham, one of London’s most ethnically diverse areas.

David Hair

PC Kevin Hughes

PC David Hair (left) and PC Kevin Hughes (right) denied their comments – overheard by a colleague – were racist

And his colleague David Hair asked a
black officer if she was staying to do overtime or ‘going home to cook
bananas', it is alleged.

Kate Wilkinson, prosecutor, told
Westminster Magistrates Court that PC Hughes was on patrol with PC
Costas Dakoutros when he made the comments.

Hair, of Epping, Essex, and Hughes, who met at police training school, both deny making any racist comments.

Hughes allegedly made the racist remarks while in a patrol car in Green Street with three colleagues on February 22 after seeing three black men standing on the pavement, the prosecutor said.

He allegedly turned to his colleague, PC Costas Dakoutros, who was in the back of the car with him, and said: 'Look at them, they look like f****** monkeys.'

'PC Dakoutros looked shocked and said ‘You can't say that',' Ms Wilkinson said.

But Hughes allegedly replied: 'No, but it's true.'

'He began to deliberate that they [black people] were closely related to chimpanzees and then said they were more closely related to Neanderthals,' according to the prosecutor.

Giving evidence, PC Dakoutros, who made an immediate note of the incident, said it has had a profound impact on his wellbeing.

He said: 'It was horrible. I'd heard the comment and it was always playing on my mind.

'It affected me at the time. I felt I was given something that I didn't know how to deal with. I felt something should be done but I didn't know exactly what to do. I just wanted the matter taken out of my hands.'

Charges: The two officers appeared in Westminster Magistrates Court where they denied making racist comments

Charges: The two officers appeared in Westminster Magistrates Court where they denied making racist comments

He added: 'I stopped sleeping. I put on a bit of weight. I was generally moody. I retreated into myself a lot.

'I was kind of starting to doubt the organisation that I worked for.'

PC Dakoutros described a culture of racist banter between Hughes and Hair, who were good friends.

He
told the court the pair would refer to each other as 'auntie and
uncle'- using imitation Asian accents in the style of the TV show
Goodness Gracious Me, starring Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar.

He
also described an incident in which the pair were on an operation with
an Asian female Special Constable and they decided not to use the term
in case she made an official complaint against them.

He said: 'K [Hughes] said we can't use 'auntie' as she might complain. D [Hair] agreed.

'It backed up my initial thoughts that these two officers were aware that someone might complain if they heard it being used.'

Another colleague who was in the car said he heard Hughes say: 'Black people hadn't evolved and lived in mud huts in Africa', according to Ms Wilkinson.

But under questioning the officer denied being racist and said he was commenting on the way a man walked.

Ms Wilkinson said: 'He said he didn't recall seeing three black males but said he saw someone with a certain gait who walked like a monkey and he had said to PC Dakoutros something about a monkey.'

'I didn't know if you were going to go into a little rant and say you were going to go home and cook bananas.'

– Alleged words of PC Hair to black colleague

Hair is alleged to have made racist comments to his black colleague, PC Julia Dacres, on March 13.

PC Dacres lived in south London and so would not regularly work overtime as she found it difficult to travel home late at night, Ms Wilkinson told the court.

While on patrol, Hair asked PC Dacres if she was going to do any overtime, to which she sarcastically laughed and said she would.

Hair then allegedly said: 'I didn't know if you were going to go into a little rant and say you were going to go home and cook bananas.'

Ms Wilkinson said PC Dacres was 'stunned' by this comment and replied: 'That is a weird concoction. Is that what you had for dinner'

PC Dakoutros said when he heard the comment, he initially thought it was an ongoing joke', but 'when I spoke to PC Dacres, about it, it had obviously upset her'.

Hughes was present in the police van at the time.

'PC Hughes admitted hearing the comment and said it was stupid,' Ms Wilkinson said.

Hair admitted making the comment but said it was not racist because he 'could have named any food', according to Ms Wilkinson.

She added: 'He does not deny the statement but asserts it was made with no racial connotation.'

The prosecutor also said the pair, who worked in the North East Victim Offender Location Time team (Volt), regularly mocked Asian culture while working, which distressed some colleagues.

Hughes and Hair would call each other 'aunty' and 'uncle', common terms in Asian culture for elders, using mock accents 'such as those heard on television comedy series', Ms Wilkinson said.

Senior staff never challenged the pair for this, she said.

The decision to charge the officers came after an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) following a referral of the complaints in April.

The Met said both officers were suspended from duty on 5 April.

The case continues.

Children in UKIP foster row have been split up: Decision sparks further criticism of Rotherham council

Children in UKIP foster row have been split up: Decision sparks further criticism of Rotherham council

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Appeal: UKIP's Lisa Duffy says the couple want the children back

Appeal: UKIP's Lisa Duffy says the couple want the children back

The three children removed from their foster parents because the couple were UKIP members have been separated from one another, it emerged last night.

The boy has been sent to live with one family, while his two sisters – a baby and an older girl – have gone to another home.

The revelation sparked further criticism of Rotherham council, whose original decision had been dubbed a ‘disgrace’ by politicians.

Officials at the authority said the case was ‘sensitive’ and they could not discuss the details.

The foster couple, who do not want to be named, said they are horrified to hear the children have been split up.

‘We just want them all back under one roof,’ they said last night.

‘We are surprised there has been no apology from Rotherham Borough Council. We feel they are hiding behind the complexity of this case.’

Lisa Duffy, UKIP’s campaign director, said: ‘They want those children back. They want to be able to look after these children.

‘The three children have gone from being looked after by one loving family who were learning their language, to being separated and being in two separate families.

‘It’s really not good at all for young children like this.’

Tim Loughton, a Tory MP and former children’s minister, said: ‘It is impossible to see how the children’s best interests are being best served by disrupting their placement with loving carers in a hurry and now splitting them up.

‘Rotherham are clearly continuing to fail in their duty of care here and the children further destabilised.’

And Robert Tapsfield, of the Fostering Network, said children in care should be kept together ‘wherever possible’.

He added: ‘Relationships with our siblings are often some of the most important and longest lasting of our lives. Any decision to split up siblings in foster care should only be made when it’s in their best interest.’

Admitting fault: Leader of Rotherham council Roger Stone, has admitted wrongdoing saying 'membership of UKIP should not bar someone from fostering'

Admitting fault: Leader of Rotherham council Roger Stone, has admitted wrongdoing saying 'membership of UKIP should not bar someone from fostering'

Tony Mannion, a Tory councillor in Rotherham, said the decision to separate the brother from his sisters was ‘an absolute disgrace’ and condemned the council for failing to give further details.

‘You always want to keep children together if possible and this couple were prepared to do that,’ he said.

‘If the children have now been split up then that has compounded a really appalling story.’

Roger Stone, who leads Rotherham council, admitted yesterday that ‘membership of UKIP should not bar someone from fostering’.

He said officials would co-operate with an inquiry ordered by Education Secretary Michael Gove, who said on Saturday that the council had made ‘the wrong decision, in the wrong way, for the wrong reasons’.

Insisting that the children were ‘safe and in very good care’, Mr Stone said: ‘This is a sensitive child protection case.

Condemning: Britain's Education Secretary Michael Gove said the council had made the wrong decision and that ideology behind it was harmful to children

Condemning: Britain's Education Secretary Michael Gove said the council had made the wrong decision and that the ideology behind it was harmful to children

‘It involves both vulnerable children and the foster carers, so the information the Council is able to release publicly is limited by law.

‘At all stages however we will seek to be as open and transparent as possible as we cooperate with the Secretary of State.’

Commenting on the council leader’s response, Councillor Mannion said: ‘It’s their usual way of dealing with anything contentious – shut up shop and claim they can’t tell anybody anything.’

Condemning: UKIP leader Nigel Farage

Condemning: UKIP leader Nigel Farage

Rotherham social services removed the
three Eastern European youngsters from the experienced foster parents
two weeks ago after discovering they were members of the anti-European
Union political party.

The couple, who are in their 50s and have looked after about a dozen children over seven years, had previously been praised as ‘exemplary’ foster carers by the council.

They said the children had been thriving under their care – with the baby gaining weight and the older children starting to call them ‘mum and dad’.

The couple claimed the decision to remove the children from their care had left the youngsters ‘completely traumatised’.

‘They have been passed from pillar to post,’ the father said.

‘They have lost their family and they just get moved around and another move might not tbe the best thing for them.’

The former Labour voters fear their names will become blackened if they are revealed.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage condemned the council for their response yesterday.

He said: ‘The council have simply pulled up the drawbridge and refused to discuss the issue.

‘There is no apology to the foster carers for the slur on their character, nor any indication that their situation will be reinstated.

‘It is not acceptable for the council to prevaricate on this, we want to see action now. The way this Labour-controlled council have acted is an absolute outrage.’

He called for senior managers to quit and said an independent inquiry should be held to see if ‘politically-motivated discrimination’ was happening elsewhere.

Dying rhino leads calf to safety in final act of motherly love as game reserve poachers go on four-day killing spree in South Africa

Dying mother rhino leads her calf to farm lodge and safety after being attacked by poachers on killing spree in South AfricaPoachers kill eight rhino in four day killing spree in North West provinceIt left maggot-covered carcasses dotted across Finfoot Game ReserveFive men charged in connection with the massacre and due in courtBut game reserve staff say 'It's not “if”, it's “when”' poachers return

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A dying rhino summoned the strength to save her calf as poachers went on a killing spree on a game reserve in South Africa, keepers said today.

The slaughter lasted between three and four days and left maggot-covered carcasses dotted across the landscape at the Finfoot Game Reserve near Sun City in North West province.

Gamekeepers said after being shot at, the pride of the reserve named Longhorn realised she would die. But in a final act of bravery she led her 18-month-old calf to the reserve farm's lodge, where she would be safe.

Slaughter: Miles Lappeman, with the carcass of Longhorn, a 24-year-old Rhino Cow, at the Finfoot Lake Reserve

Slaughter: Miles Lappeman, with the carcass of Longhorn, a 24-year-old Rhino Cow, at the Finfoot Lake Reserve

Longhorn, who was 24-years-old, was then butchered for her 3ft-long horn. Rhino horn is highly sought after and is sold for around $60000 per kilo (about R532000/kg).

Another calf found by gamekeepers did not escape the slaughter – it was found lying next to its mother, butchered for its tiny horn that measured just an inch, Times Live reported.

Miles Lappeman heard from his son, Mark, that rhino poachers had hit the farm, the first question he asked was: 'What about Longhorn'

Longhorn was the first animal Mr Lappeman bought from the Natal Parks Board, and the reason he spent 25 years caring for his breeding herd of White Rhino on his farm.

He let out a huge sigh of relief when he learned that Longhorn was not among the seven rhino found killed.

But last Monday, Longhorn's body was discovered 300m from the farm's lodge. She had suffered a mortal wound to her stomach.

Rhino's on the Finfoot Lake Reserve on November 24 in North West, South Africa

Rhino's on the Finfoot Lake Reserve on November 24 in North West, South Africa

Finfoot Game Reserve in North West is about 30km south of Sun City in South Africa

Five men have been arrested in connection with the massacre and are due to appear at Brits Magistrates' Court next week

Since the slaying, seven men have been working around the clock to protect the remainder of the herd

Since the slaying, seven men have been working around the clock to protect the remainder of the herd

Her calf has been taken to a place of safety.

Since the slaying, a group of seven men has been working around the clock to protect the remainder of the herd, with the help of Mark Prangley, an anti-poaching operator.

Mr Lappeman says it is inevitable that the poachers will return.

'Its not “if”, it's “when”,' he told Times Live.

Pride of the reserve: Miles and Mark Lappeman with the carcass of Longhorn

Pride of the reserve: Miles and Mark Lappeman with the carcass of Longhorn

The carcasses of a rhino and her calf lay on the reserve surrounded by dried blood

The carcasses of a rhino and her calf lay on the reserve surrounded by dried blood

Killing spree: A rhino calf butchered for her horn at the Finfoot Lake Reserve

Killing spree: A rhino calf butchered for her horn at the Finfoot Lake Reserve

'We are fighting a bush war against trained professionals, with people who are not trained for it,' he says.

Mr Lappeman's son Mark grew up with the animals .

'To see animals dead on the farm is like walking into your home and seeing a relative lying dead. It's soul-destroying.'

Pelham Jones, chairman of the SA Rhino Owners' Association, said: 'We are losing this war and people who think there is a quick fix are living in denial.'

Mr Prangley, however, proposes a practical solution: 'Kill the poachers.'

Five men have been arrested in connection with the massacre and are due to appear at Brits Magistrates' Court next week charged with illegal possession of a firearm and poaching.

GPs paid to register an illegal immigrant: Fury over 64-a-patient incentive deal for doctors

GPs paid to register an illegal immigrant: Fury over 64-a-patient incentive deal for doctors
New guidance says GPs cannot withhold appointment on the grounds that patient does not have identificationMPs Frank Field and Nicholas Soames said the situation is 'absolutely unacceptable'

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llegal immigrants must be given free treatment by GPs, under a hugely controversial edict handed down by NHS managers.

The doctors will be paid 64 a year for each migrant they put on their books – the same amount they receive for all new patients.

The guidance, which was slipped out in July, states that an overseas visitor can register with a doctor provided they are in the area for more than 24 hours.

A GP’s appointment cannot be withheld on the grounds that the patient does not have personal identification or proof of residence.

Guidance: GPs have been told they must give illegal immigrants free treatment (file picture)

Guidance: GPs have been told they must give illegal immigrants free treatment (file picture)

The instruction also says that past or present payment of taxes or National Insurance is not to be taken into account.

Last night, Whitehall sources said Jeremy Hunt was ‘concerned’ by the edict, which was issued before he became Health Secretary in September.

Officials said a review of the rules is under way to see if they need to be tightened. Two senior MPs have also written to the Prime Minister demanding the instruction – designed to protect the human rights of foreign visitors – be withdrawn immediately.

In a joint statement, Labour’s Frank Field and Conservative Nicholas Soames said the order goes much further than rules operated in other EU countries.

Some, including France and Germany, insist visitors have health insurance worth around 20,000 before they are granted a visa.

The MPs said: ‘The public will be astonished to learn that access to GPs in the NHS has been opened to anyone in the world who comes to Britain. We believe that this is absolutely unacceptable at a time when the NHS is already struggling financially.’

The impact of the instruction, passed without debate in the Commons, was revealed in a report by think-tank Migration Watch. Earlier this year the Daily Mail reported how foreign students and tourists must be given free treatment by GPs under human rights law.

But the analysis by Migration Watch reveals this must also apply to illegal immigrants. Refugees and asylum seekers already have the right to free NHS care so are unaffected by the change.

Joint statement: Conservative MP Nicholas Soames, left, and Labour MP Frank Field, right, said the situation was 'absolutely unacceptable' (file picture)

Joint statement: Conservative MP Nicholas Soames, left, and Labour MP Frank Field, right, said the situation was 'absolutely unacceptable' (file picture)

Joint statement: Conservative MP Nicholas Soames, left, and Labour MP Frank Field, right, said the situation was 'absolutely unacceptable' (file picture)

The group’s chairman, Sir Andrew Green, said it threatened to turn the NHS into the ‘World Health Service’. Its provisions allow illegal migrants and foreign visitors full and free access to primary care services, which can be the first step to costly secondary treatment in hospital.

Sir Andrew said: ‘At a time of intense pressure on the NHS this is an incredible decision. It is an open invitation to the whole world to come and take free advantage of a health service paid for by the taxes of the people of this country. Taxpayers will regard this as an insult and will want it reversed at once.’

GPs are paid 64 a year for any patient they register. Once registered, migrants will be entitled to the same care as all other patients and can receive free blood tests, jabs and – in certain cases – free prescription drugs.

In some respects, the new rules will give overseas patients more rights than those living in the UK , who can be turned away from surgeries if they live a few yards outside the catchment area.

In a statement, Mr Hunt said: ‘This is a National Health Service, not a global health service, and we must stamp out this abuse of the system. Where people are using registration to get free treatment through the backdoor, we will take action.’

n MINISTERS should break EU laws and test all foreign doctors on their English to ensure patient safety, Tory MPs Andrea Leadsom and Charlotte Leslie have insisted.

Brussels currently bans the Government from carrying out such checks on European doctors.

Manhunt underway for notorious sex offender Dean Goodwin, 32, suspected of raping woman in Poole area of Dorset

Serial sex offender on the run: Police issue alert after woman was raped in her own home by attacker who kicked in the door
Public urge public not to approach him
Suspect was previously jailed for sex assaults on a 63-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl

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A serial sex offender was on the run last night after raping a young woman in her own home.

Police have warned the public not to approach Dean Goodwin, 32, who has served time for vicious sexual assaults on a 63-year-old woman and a girl of 13.

Police described the latest attack, on a woman in her 20s, as shocking.
Serial sex offender Dean Goodwin, 32, from Poole is on the run again as police investigate the rape of a woman in her 20s

Serial sex offender Dean Goodwin, 32, from Poole is on the run again as police investigate the rape of a woman in her 20s

‘It was an exceptionally nasty attack and one that gives us great cause for concern,’ said Detective Inspector Marcus Hester of Dorset police.

‘We very quickly identified who we believe the offender is and that is Dean Goodwin.

‘He was known to the victim and he was not a stranger to her.

‘I would urge members of the public not to approach him but to dial 999. We need to have him in custody as soon as possible for the safety and the benefit of the public.’

GOODWIN'S VIOLENT PAST

Goodwin had 31 previous convictions by his late teens when he was sentenced to 15 months at the Portland Young Offenders’ Institute

He was released early and just over a month later attacked a 63-year-old woman in broad daylight in Poole

Five days after that Goodwin subjected a 13-year-old schoolgirl to equally vicious sex assault in Poole

He was arrested at his grandmother’s home in Ringwood a week later where officers found him hiding in a wardrobe

Goodwin was arrested in 2009 when he briefly went on the run after failing to announce himself at a bail hostel in the West Country

He was arrested after police found him on the Isle of Wight and sent back to jail for two more years for breaching his bail conditions

Up to 40 officers are conducting door-to-door enquiries in the hunt for Goodwin. High-visibility police patrols are in place in and around the Poole and Bournemouth area and the force helicopter has been called into action.

The rape victim had the front door of her home in Poole kicked down in the middle of the night last Friday. Neighbours said that two weeks earlier armed police had visited the property following another disturbance.

Goodwin had been living in a hostel in Poole since his release from prison 12 months ago.

In 2009 – toward the end of his sentence – he absconded while out on licence and was caught and jailed for a further two years.

The incident saw him branded a high risk offender and local women were warned not to go out alone.

Mr Hester added that ‘anyone found to be helping, harbouring or in any way aiding Dean Goodwin will be arrested’.

He said the rape victim was being looked after by her family supported by specially trained officers.

Goodwin racked up 31 convictions in his teenage years which led to him being given 15 months at the Portland Young Offenders Institute.

He was released early from that sentence and within a month had attacked the 63-year-old woman in broad daylight in Poole.

Just five days later he subjected the 13-year-old schoolgirl to an equally vicious and terrifying sex assault. He was arrested a week later at his grandmother’s home, where officers found him hiding in a wardrobe.

He was jailed at Bournemouth Crown Court for the two offences in 2000. Judge Samuel Wiggs said only an extended period in custody could ensure the public were protected from him.

Nine years later he went on the run after failing to report to a bail hostel in the West Country. Police found him on the Isle of Wight and the extra two-year sentence was imposed for the breach of the terms of his licence.

The victim was raped in her flat in the Parkstone area of Poole, Dorset

The victim was raped in her flat in the Parkstone area of Poole, Dorset

Mr Hester confirmed reports that Goodwin had been spotted on CCTV footage during an ‘incident’ on Sunday evening but would not say where in Dorset this was.

‘He may well offend again just to survive,’ he added.

‘We don’t believe he has any money on him and he needs to eat and may well be stealing to achieve that aim.’

Detective Superintendent Mark Cooper, of Dorset police, said: ‘Dean Goodwin is believed to be responsible for a very violent offence and members of the public should be very cautious if they see him or suspect they see him.’

Goodwin, who is from Poole, is described as white, 5ft 10in and stocky and muscular with very short hair.

Pong is FORTY: Classic that launched the multi-billion dollar video games industry celebrates anniversary this week

It's a long way from Call of Duty! How the multi-billion pound video games industry began 40 years ago with table tennis in black and white Classic video game was the first release by Atari in 1972They were later sued after another company claimed it stole their idea

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Now here's an anniversary to make you feel old. Pong is 40 this week.

The classic video game, one of the first to reach mainstream popularity, was officially released on November 29, 1972 – 40 years ago this Thursday.

The two-dimensional table tennis simulator, the first release by Atari, is credited with being one of the progenitors of the video games industry, which is now worth a phenomenal $65billion a year.

Simple, but addictive: Pong, the first release by Atari, is credited with being one of the progenitors of the video games industry, which is now worth a phenomenal $65billion a year

Simple, but addictive: Pong, the first release by Atari, is credited with being one of the progenitors of the video games industry, which is now worth a phenomenal $65billion a year

The simple two-dimensional simulation of ping pong, consists merely of two paddles which moved up and down to pass a moving spot between each player.

Yet its addictive gameplay captured the imagination of thousands of players around the world, building Atari's status as an early video games giant.

The game was designed by Allan Alcorn, an expert in electrical engineering and computer science, who was handed the project as a training exercise by Atari co-founders Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney.

It was not the first commercial coin-operated video game – that accolade belongs to Computer Space, which Dabney and Bushnell helped to develop for Nutting Associates.

But it was the first to really take off with the paying public, spawning a host of imitators and, indeed, a lawsuit from the makers of the first home computer games console who claimed it was a rip-off of their product.

Despite that, it formed the basis of Atari's first home video games console and, following a settlement, the company went on to become, for a time, the world leader.

The high tech of the old days: Liverpool FC and England footballer Steve Heighway and a woman playing the computer tennis game Pong on the Videomaster games console

The high tech of the old days: Liverpool FC and England footballer Steve Heighway and a woman playing the computer tennis game Pong on the Videomaster games console

Atari's Home Pong console, released through Sears in 1975: A far cry from today's all singing, all dancing motion sensitive video games entertainment systems

Atari's Home Pong console, released through Sears in 1975: A far cry from today's all singing, all dancing motion sensitive video games entertainment systems

Pong is a two-dimensional sports game that simulates table tennis.

The player controls an in-game paddle by moving it vertically across the left side of the screen, and can compete against either a computer controlled opponent or another player controlling a second paddle on the opposing side.

Players use the paddles to hit a ball back and forth, with the aim being for one to earn more points than opponents by forcing fail to to return the ball to the other.

Pong was the first game developed by Atari after its incorporation in June 1972 by Bushnell and Dabney, who were fresh from producing Computer Space.

The pair asked Alcorn, an expert in electrical engineering and computer science who had no computer games experience, to develop the game as an exercise to familiarise him with game production.

Bushnell told Alcorn that he had a contract with General Electric for a product, and asked him to create a simple game with one moving spot, two paddles, and digits for score keeping.

The way we played: A little boy plays a video game of noughts and crosses in a picture dated to 1975

The way we played: A little boy plays a video game of noughts and crosses in a picture dated to 1975

Youngsters play on a Sega Mega Drive: The video games industry has come on in leaps and bounds since its early beginnings

Youngsters play on a Sega Mega Drive: The video games industry has come on in leaps and bounds since its early beginnings

ATARI CO-FOUNDER'S DOUBTS ABOUT THE LATEST NINTENDO

Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell has said he doesn't get Nintendo's latest tablet-controlled console the Wii U and told of his doubts about its long term success.

'I am baffled by it,' he says in an interview with the New York Times. 'I don't think it's going to be a big success.'

He told the paper that Nintendo's latest machine could mark the end of an era in which consoles are the dominant force in gaming.

'These things will continue to sputter along, but I really don’t think they’ll be of major import ever again,' he said, adding that consoles are being made obsolete by mobile games.

Nintendo has admitted it is losing money on every Wii U sold, but claims that the sale of just one game per machine would put them back in the black.

Alcorn built the first prototype from a $75 Hitachi black and white television set bought from a local shop and placed in a 4ft wooden cabinet, with wires soldered into boards to create the necessary circuitry.

Feeling the basic game was too boring, Alcorn added features to give the game more appeal, according to Wikipedia. He divided the paddle into eight segments to change the ball's angle of return.

For example, the centre segments return the ball a 90 angle in relation to the paddle, while the outer segments return the ball at smaller angles.

He also made the ball accelerate the more it was returned back and forth between paddles; missing the ball reset the speed.

Despite its simplicity, the game impressed Bushnell and Dabney so much that they felt it could be profitable and they installed a prototype in a local bar for market testing, where it was a success.

Despite interests from gaming companies including Midway, which would later go on to fame with the Mortal Kombat series, Atari decided to build the product themselves and by 1973 were shipping Pong cabinets worldwide.

Experts consider Pong the game that launched the video game industry, with the release of its home version in 1974 the successful beginning of home video game consoles.

The moment that Anders Breivik planted his bomb: Never before seen CCTV footage shows mass murderer parking van that killed eight in Oslo

The moment that Anders Breivik planted his bomb: Never before seen CCTV footage shows mass murderer parking van that killed eight in Oslo
Breivik wearing security guard's uniform walks away from bomb inside vanCCTV footage captures significant damage caused by the device last yearAfter bomb exploded, Breivik got into second van which he drove to Utoya

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This is the chilling moment mass murderer Anders Breivik walks away from his van in Oslo before a bomb inside it explodes killing eight people and injuring dozens.

Never before seen CCTV footage also captures the devastation the device caused in July 2011, which was planted by the 33-year-old Norwegian.

Breivik, wearing a security guard's uniform, is seen parking his white van at the entrance of a Government building that housed the Prime Minister's offices. The PM was not there at the time.

After the bomb exploded, Breivik got into a second van which he used to drive to the nearby island of Utoya
where he gunned down 69 people – mostly teenagers.

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Chilling footage of Anders Breivik parking the van with a bomb inside at the Prime Minister's offices in Oslo

Chilling footage of Anders Breivik parking the van with a bomb inside at the Prime Minister's offices in Oslo

Breivik, centre back, leaves the van with the bomb after parking it in the Government headquarters. Minutes later the bomb went off and caused large scale death and destruction

Breivik, centre back, leaves the van with the bomb after parking it in the Government headquarters. Minutes later the bomb went off and caused large scale death and destruction

Haunting: A far away still of the moment Breivik briskly walks away from the vehicle in the capital Oslo

Haunting: A far away still of the moment Breivik briskly walks away from the vehicle in the capital Oslo

Chilling footage shows Breivik walking further away from the van packed with explosives

Chilling footage shows Breivik walking further away from the van packed with explosives

Anders Breivik earlier this year. He is serving the Norwegian maximum sentence of 21 years and is expected to spend most of that time at high security facility Ila prison near the capital Oslo

Anders Breivik earlier this year. He is serving the Norwegian maximum sentence of 21 years and is expected to spend most of that time at high security facility Ila prison near the capital Oslo

Although photographs of Breivik parking
the van had previously been released and footage was shown during his
trial earlier this year, this is the first time the video has been
released publicly.

After parking the first van at the
Government offices, Breivik is seen getting out of the vehicle in the
capital Oslo and briskly walking away.

The security camera video contains pictures of the significant damage caused by the
device, which weighed nearly a ton.

Breivik
then gets into a second vehicle, a grey Fiat van, which he used to
drive to the nearby island of Utoya where he shot 69 people at a Labour
Party youth camp.

A
security guard at a government building said of the Oslo footage,
reported by Sky News: 'My colleague got a call from the reception at the
high-rise building (PM's office). At the same time I saw the white van
on the monitor in front of me.

'It is normally only the Prime
Minister and the bodyguards who park there. But every day we get cars
parking there without permission so we need to chase them away.'

The guard added: 'I
see he has the usual reflex markings on the trousers and it looks like
he has a circular logo on his arm, so I believe it is a uniform from a
security company. I see that he calmly leaves the car and walks away.'

The guard said he zoomed in on the
registration number and was about to send a text to the motor tax office
to find out which security company it belonged to when the explosion
happened.

Breivik is serving the Norwegian maximum
sentence of 21 years and is expected to spend most of that time at high
security facility Ila prison near the capital Oslo.

This photo shows the moment the bomb in the parked van went off outside the Goverment headquarters in Oslo

This photo shows the moment the bomb in the parked van went off outside the Goverment headquarters in Oslo

The trees shake during the bomb explosion as the outside of the building shatters

The trees shake during the bomb explosion as the outside of the building shatters

Shattered glass at the Government building as the footage captures the devastation caused by the bomb

Shattered glass at the Government building as the footage captures the devastation caused by the bomb

He
slaughtered 77 adults and teenagers in total when he bombed the
government buildings in Oslo and carried out a mass shooting last year.

The footage is part of a documentary that Norway's public broadcaster NRK will air on Tuesday evening and will include comments by the security guard on duty that day.

The programme also features comments by the security guard on duty that day.

Video of killer Breivik parking van with bomb

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Smoking harms your brain as well as your body: It leads to sharp decline in mental ability, warns study

Smoking harms your brain as well as your body: It leads to sharp decline in mental ability, warns study Test on nearly 9,000 people over 50 have shown lifestyles could damage the mind as well as the bodySmoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and a high BMI all worsen the risk

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Tests on 8,800 people over 50 have showed cigarettes can damage memory

Tests on 8,800 people over 50 have showed cigarettes can damage memory

Smoking is known to be highly damaging to physical health, being a major factor in cancer and heart disease.

Now, however, its alarming effects on the mental well-being of millions of smokers have been outlined by British scientists.

Lighting up regularly has been associated with a sharp decline in the performance of the brain, according to their study.

They found that middle-aged smokers performed less well on tests compared with those without the tobacco habit.

The project examined memory, planning
and overall mental ability after four and eight years. The tests
included asking people to learn new words or name as many animals as
they could in a minute.

Researchers concluded that smoking ‘consistently’ reduced all three performance measures after four years.

They also found that high blood pressure and being overweight took their toll of brainpower – but not as much as smoking.

The team warned that people need to be aware of the impact on their health of lifestyle choices, like smoking.

Risk factor data was examined for more
than 8,800 people aged 50 and over taking part in the English
Longitudinal Study of Ageing.

The researchers at King’s College
London were investigating links between the likelihood of a heart attack
or stroke and the state of the brain.

Smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and a high BMI all worsen the risk of dementia

Smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and a high BMI all worsen the risk of dementia

High blood pressure and high risk of
stroke were also associated with lower scores for memory and overall
mental ability after eight years.

Being overweight was linked to poor
memory, according to the findings published in the journal Age and
Ageing. Lead scientist Dr Alex Dregan said ‘Cognitive decline becomes
more common with ageing and, for an increasing number of people,
interferes with daily functioning and well-being.

‘We have identified a number of risk
factors which could be associated with accelerated cognitive decline,
all of which could be modifiable. This offers valuable knowledge for
prevention and treatment interventions.’

The researchers said their results indicate that high blood pressure has a gradual effect on the brain over a long period.

This could explain why short-term
trials of blood pressure drugs being used to treat mental decline failed
to show a clear benefit.

Recent laboratory research suggested a
compound in tobacco called NNK provokes white blood cells in the
central nervous system to attack healthy cells, leading to severe
neurological damage. There are almost 10 million smokers in the UK. The
habit is still by far the biggest single cause of preventable illness
and premature death.

It is a major contributory factor in causing heart disease and 39,000 lung cancer cases each year.

Dr Simon Ridley, of Alzheimer’s
Research UK, said: ‘Research has repeatedly linked smoking and high
blood pressure to a greater risk of cognitive decline and dementia. This
study adds weight to that.

‘Cognitive decline as we age can
develop into dementia, and unravelling the factors linked to this
decline could be crucial for finding ways to prevent the condition.’

Jessica Smith, of the Alzheimer’s
Society, said: ‘We all know smoking, a high blood pressure, high
cholesterol and a high Body Mass Index is bad for our heart.

‘This adds to the huge amount of evidence that also suggests they can be bad for our head too.’

One in three of the over-65s will develop dementia, she added.