The information site Wikipedia describes Craigslist as an American classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums.
Craig Newmark began the service in 1995 as an email distribution list to friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area. It became a web-based service in 1996 and expanded into other classified categories. It started expanding to other U.S. cities in 2000, and now covers 70 countries.
The popular site has grown to become a huge tool for buying or selling all manner of objects and products ranging form the most normal and useful to the downright weird and wacky. From sexual hookups to surrogate mums to women who want to conceive a child during the total eclipse – you can find them all on the site
But a recent BBC report has revealed that organised criminals are misusing the UK version of the popular classifieds site to trade in class A drugs and offer criminal services, according to the probe by the BBC.
The investigation, by regional news programme Inside Out, found reporters were openly able to buy cocaine online from a dealer in Derby, illegal cigarettes from two sellers in Corby and Carlisle and a £550 stolen passport from Kent.
According to leading intelligence and security expert Philip Ingram MBE, the levels of organised crime on the site are “frightening”.
After arranging an exchange of cocaine for £80 a gram on Craigslist, undercover reporter Jonathan Gibson said: “Controlled drugs are being sold next to second hand sofas.
Other people offered services on the site including money laundering, recruiting postmen to steal mail and fraudulently asking other people to take a learner driver’s theory test in exchange for money.
But criminal activities on the site is not limited to this side of the pond. A California woman was sentenced to five years in prison for a bizarre and elaborate scheme to frame her husband’s ex-fiancée for trying to have her raped.
For months, Diaz made it appear that her husband’s ex-fiancée, Michelle Suzanne Hadley, 30, had been harassing and stalking her, as well as recruiting men to go to Diaz’s home and rape her by posting “rape fantasy” ads on Craigslist.
And in Miami, Florida the Food for Florida cards that were issued to victims of the Hurricane Irma to help them get back on their feet are being advertised on Craigslist for cash. The cards which have a face value of $1,300 are being illegally sold for $700.
Also, a New Jersey corrections officer was charged with receiving images of child sexual abuse. 37-year-old Stephen Salamak was arrested after an undercover officer made contact with him after he posted on Craigslist that he was looking for women and moms “that are into Cheese Pizza,” a reference to child pornography.
According to the BBC, Craigslist was contacted but has declined to comment.
See this story in full on BBC Inside Out on BBC One on Monday 23 October.
X-RATED photos are being shared by hundreds of people on a Facebook group in which anyone including children could join.
Admins of the UK-based group, which boasts more than 1,500 members, host explicit photo-sharing sessions every Wednesday during a “happy hour” where users are urged: “Have fun you filthy f********.”
The group was full of racy, nude snaps which were posted and later removed by Facebook
Entitled “UK Sexy Singles Come and Mingle”, the group initially seems like an innocent place for single people across Britain to meet others.
On the page its description reads: “Hello and welcome to UK Singles laughter and love house 21+.
A place to have fun, flirt, banter, chat, enjoy games, make friends and maybe find that special some we’re all looking for!!
“We’re a friendly bunch and welcome all new members. Please post an introduction when you join so people can interact with you.
“Join in and have fun.”
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However one insider has told how while the group advertises itself as a place for people to meet and begin meaningful relationships, the group is actually a “non-stop stream of porn which anyone can join”.
The insider added: “I joined the group with a blank profile, no picture, no nothing. You have to request to join, but they do not do any checks at all.
“I just wanted to take a look around and see what it was about, but it was very explicit.
“Then over the last three weeks they have introduced this ‘Happy Hour’, where everyone is told to share pictures of themselves naked or hardly wearing anything.
“There’s men posting pictures of their member, women doing similar. It doesn’t end.
“It’s horrific that people can just make something that just resembles porn and nothing is done about it.”
The group member decided to speak out against the group when he became aware that young teenagers were involved.
Members of the group had been playing a game in which they post a picture of themselves and then others have to guess how old they are.
Eventually one member admitted they were only 16, and was removed by admins.
“They could sign up for this for all they care and see all that.
“This could be used by predators, people looking for revenge porn, anything.
“Facebook took down a few of the images when people complained, but hardly any of them.”
Men who have performed oral sex on five or more women are at greater risk of developing head and neck cancer, especially if they smoke.
Oropharyngeal cancer can be triggered by contracting the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is a common cause of cervical cancer in women.
Although the risk of diagnosis remains low – just 0.7 per cent of the male population – US researchers warned that men are more likely than woman to contract it.
According to the research, published in the journal Annals of Oncology, 15 per cent of men who smoked and had five or more oral sex partners are most likely to get HPV.
Around seven per cent of men who smoke and have had two to four oral sex partners contract the infection.
And the lowest risk group were those who had one or no oral sex partners in their lifetimes, with only 1.5 per cent of them getting an oral HPV infection. This rises to four per cent among non-smokers with two to four oral sex partners.
The risk was much lower among women, anyone who did not smoke, and people who had less than five oral sex partners in their lifetimes.
One of the authors of the study, Dr Amber D’Souza, said cases of head and neck cancer are predicted to overtake cervical cancer by 2020 and said that, because of this, an effective screening process was crucial.
“It would be useful to be able to identify healthy people who are most at risk of developing oropharyngeal cancer in order to inform potential screening strategies, if effective screening tests could be developed,” she said.
“Most people perform oral sex in their lives, and we found that oral infection with cancer-causing HPV was rare among women regardless of how many oral sex partners they had.
“Among men who did not smoke, cancer-causing oral HPV was rare among everyone who had less than five oral sex partners, although the chances of having oral HPV infection did increase with number of oral sexual partners, and with smoking.”
Researchers analysed data from 13,089 people, aged 20-69.They used the numbers of oropharyngeal cancer cases and deaths from US registries to predict the risk of cancer from oral HPV infection.
There are over 100 different kinds of HPV but only a few are known to cause cancer. HPV 16 or 18, for example, is known to cause most cervical cancer, and HPV 16 also triggers oropharyngeal cancer.
In a fascinating and scorching editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, three authors argue that the myth that exercise is the key to weight loss – and to health – is erroneous and pervasive, and that it must end. The evidence that diet matters more than exercise is now overwhelming, they write, and has got to be heeded: We can exercise to the moon and back but still be fat for all the sugar and carbs we consume. And perhaps even more jarring is that we can be a normal weight and exercise, and still be unhealthy if we’re eating poorly. So, they say, we need a basic reboot of our understanding of health, which has to involve the food industry’s powerful PR “machinery,” since that was part of the problem to begin with.
The major point the team makes – which they say the public doesn’t really understand – is that exercise in and of itself doesn’t really lead to weight loss. It may lead to a number of excellent health effects, but weight loss – if you’re not also restricting calories – isn’t one of them. “Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers by at least 30%,” they write. “However, physical activity does not promote weight loss.”
Plus, in the last 30 years, exercise has stayed about the same, while overweight and obesity have skyrocketed. So something else must be at play – like the type of food we’re eating. That part has gotten steadily worse over the years, as highly-processed sugary foods and sodas have taken over as our go-to choices. “According to the Lancet global burden of disease reports,” they write, “poor diet now generates more disease than physical inactivity, alcohol and smoking combined.” This is a disturbing statistic. But it gets worse.
The related and larger issue is that even normal weight people who exercise will, if they eat poorly, have metabolic markers that put them at very high risk of chronic illness and early mortality. “Up to 40% of those with a normal body mass index will harbour metabolic abnormalities typically associated with obesity, which include hypertension, dyslipidaemia, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease.”
And the crux of the issue is this: We’re continually “fed” the idea that all that’s behind the rise in obesity is lack of exercise, or sedentariness. There have certainly been a lot of studies and popular articles suggesting that sitting is our downfall. Instead of effective messages about diet and health that science actually knows to be true, “members of the public are drowned by an unhelpful message about maintaining a ‘healthy weight’ through calorie counting,” the team writes, “and many still wrongly believe that obesity is entirely due to lack of exercise. This false perception is rooted in the Food Industry’s Public Relations machinery, which uses tactics chillingly similar to those of big tobacco.”
What we know to be true is much simpler: “Sugar calories promote fat storage and hunger,” the write. “Fat calories induce fullness or satiation.” For every additional 150 calories in sugar (i.e., a can of soda) a person consumes per day, the risk for diabetes rises 11-fold, regardless of how much or little we exercise. The single most effective thing people can do for their weight, they write, is to restrict calories – and even more, restrict carbohydrates.
So if this is all true, and research seems to suggest it is, how will it change? It might take quite a lot of work to shift our psychology around food, especially since advertising is so saturated with the message that carbohydrates are good for us. The celebrity endorsements might need to be tweaked, the authors say, and certainly the way foods are advertised and, perhaps, created, need to be shifted. The public should be repeatedly hit with the message that whole, natural foods, where possible and affordable is the best way to go. If you’re trying to lose weight, reduce your calories (especially sugars) – don’t think exercise alone will cut it. And even if you’re normal weight, you can’t subside solely on junk and stay healthy.
The authors end with this powerful finale: “It is time to wind back the harms caused by the junk food industry’s Public Relations machinery. Let us bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity. You cannot outrun a bad diet.”
Turns out those who don’t have to trudge through a morning commute and humor water-cooler talk can get more done throughout the day — or at least they feel like they do.
That’s according to new research from the University of Cardiff, which found that while 69% of in-office workers said they put in more effort than required of their jobs, 73% of remote workers said they did the same. The study also found that those who work from home have higher job satisfaction. That said, the benefits come at a price: Work-from-home employees reported putting in more overtime (39%) than their in-office counterparts (24%).
If working from home is supposed to promote better work-life balance, why are remote workers clocking in more hours? Ironically, the lack of physical boundaries between work and life could be to blame. After all, when your commute is the 10 seconds it takes to move from the bedroom to the living room, you may decide to stay online for another 30 minutes to make up for it. You might also feel the need to prove your work-from-home arrangement makes you more productive, leading you to log more hours to go above-and-beyond your normal output from the office.
So whether you’re working from home full-time or just a few days a month, consider these work-life balance tips that can help you get more done throughout the day — and log off at a reasonable hour.
Mimic a Regular Work Day — to an Extent
One of the best things about working from home is not having to wake up as early, make yourself look presentable and take the time to commute into work. So why do any of these things when you don’t have to? Simply put, studies have shown employees who dress the part in turn act the part. Similarly, mimicking some of your regular routine — throwing on a bit of makeup, taking a walk around the block during the time you’d normally drive in — can help you get in the right headspace before settling down with your laptop for the day.
Create a Dedicated Workspace
“A separate workspace makes it easier to set boundaries between your home and office [lives],” says Lisa Kanarek, a home office expert. Moving from the couch to a desk can also put you in the mindset to get work done, instead of feeling like you can fire up your Apple TV while you file reports.
Most people can only work for about 90 minutes at a time before their productive energy levels begin dropping, says productivity strategist Cathy Sexton. Put time on your calendar or set an alarm for 10- to 15-minute breaks throughout the day. While this is a good idea even when you’re in the office, an extra reminder at home may be necessary when you don’t have the usual workday distractions like chatting with a coworker, checking out the kitchen snacks or stepping out for lunch.
Stick to a Hard Stop
What’s another 30 minutes finishing up a presentation when you don’t have to beat rush hour? That 30 minutes can quickly become hours if you don’t give yourself a hard stop the way you would at an office. Set an “end time” as a calendar reminder, let your colleagues know (a little peer pressure goes a long way), log off email and — maybe best of all — change back into your “home” clothes to recreate the feeling that you’re finally done for the day.
**Article by jennifer Liu was featured in Forbes.com
Iré Hassan-Odukale and Jeremy Chan are an unlikely pair seeking to take Nigerian and West African food to gastronomical levels to attract international patrons and a new followership of African cuisine.
Ikoyi has been in the works ever since Chan, 30, and Hassan-Odukale, 31, first met at a mutual friend’s birthday party when they were 15 in Chiswick.
“They say you should never work with your friends,” says Hassan-Odukale. “If we were more similar, it probably wouldn’t work but where one ends the other one picks up.”
The two were flatmates for two years, and share a mutual passion for food. “We were so obsessed with food that we used to save up for tasting menus at The Ledbury by not eating for four days,” says Hassan-Odukale. “But we’ll eat anything that’s edible. Our meetings are often over a breakfast in McDonald’s.”.
Their work is a composite of the food Hassan-Odukale grew up on in Ikoyi, a wealthy borough in Lagos, Nigeria, transformed into fine cuisine. Chan, the chef, has worked with Heston Blumenthal at Dinner, Noma and Claude Bosi at Hibiscus, and is keen to stress that it’s their own translation of West African cuisine.
Many Nigerians will be forgiven for being nervous around the new contemporary twist that the guys intend to put on traditional African food in order to make it more appealing to international palate. Who can forget the woeful take on Jollof Rice by chef jamie Oliver. But it would seem that the guys have made a real go of it and the restaurant has been buzzing for four months now.
The project represents a crossroads for both of them.
‘West African food is woven into London’s fabric but no one’s used it in a gastronomic context before’
“West African food is woven into London’s fabric, with plantain, peppercorns, spices, fermented chillis, beans, yams and raw produce readily available from any grocery store or food market in Peckham or Dalston,” he says. “But no one’s really used it in a gastronomic context. There’s this whole world of possibility for creativity with West African produce, and we’ve only scratched surface of what think can achieve with this project.”
The menu features ingredients unfamiliar to many Londoners (but they won’t be for long). Selim, for example, is a peppercorn used in traditional Nigerian broth which smells like smoked wood and eucalyptus and has a gingery taste. Chan is introducing it to London in the form of a sweet cookie. For mains, rare-breed lamb ribs use cuts from a four-horned Manx Loaghtan, served with a relish of fermented chillis, burnt onions, sweet and sour condiments; while cocktails include a plantain-based Old Fashioned served in a ceramic cup, and a Guinness cocktail — the stout is a hugely popular drink across Africa — with cacao nib- infused rum.
“It’s like you’re going to your gran’s house for dinner,” says Hassan-Odukale, who looks after front-of-house. “She’s made sure everyone’s taken care of, everyone’s had an amazing meal, and everyone leaves smiling, with that warm fuzzy feeling — sorry for sounding cheesy — but full and taken care of.”
Ikoyi is just beginning. They’re working on a cookbook and have concocted “hundreds of dishes that aren’t on the menu”. “Lots are wintery so we have to wait to serve them. We must be the only people looking forward to winter in London.”
“We want there to be an element of mystery,” adds Hassan-Odukale. “We don’t want you to go on Instagram and feel like you’ve been to the restaurant.”
The most important ingredient, after all, is making everyone feel at home. “We had such different backgrounds, we’re not trying to target one type of person.”
The West African restaurant, which opened in July 2017, is the last jigsaw piece in the £450 million St James’s Market development on Regent Street
Madison Coe, 14, was electrocuted while using her cell phone in her bath tub. Her family told Inside Edition she regularly used her phone while soaking in the tub.
So is it ever safe to use your cell phone in the bathtub?
To find out, electrical engineer Steve Fowler set up a demonstration with Inside Edition’s Chief Investigative Correspondent, Lisa Guerrero, to show what exactly happens when you accidentally drop a cell phone in the water.