Saturday 23 September 2017

Manning in pardon bid

Press Association

Chelsea Manning is seeking a presidential pardon for sending reams of classified information to WikiLeaks, a leak she says was done "out of a love for my country and sense of duty to others".

The White House said last month that a Manning request for a presidential pardon would be considered like any other. Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, is serving a 35-year sentence for 20 counts of disclosing information while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010. Manning has said she wants to live as a woman.

WIRELESS FUTURE

One of the founding fathers of the internet has said the human race would be "pretty stupid" if the world wide web was not accessible to everybody on the planet in the future.

Speaking before a keynote speech at Campus Party, a week-long technology festival at the O2 in London, self-styled 'internet evangelist' Vint Cerf, the vice-president of Google, said the future of the web was wireless and people would be able to control anything from the air-conditioning in their cars to the security of their homes.

BREAKFAST THIRST

More than a quarter of parents do not give their children anything to drink with breakfast, a survey has suggested.

A poll of more than 2,000 parents found 19pc said their child just had milk with their cereal, while 9pc said their child did not drink at all with the first meal of the day, the survey found.

RICHARD'S ROUNDWORM

England's Richard III suffered from a roundworm infection, according to research carried out on his skeleton.

A team of researchers led by Piers Mitchell, of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University, used a powerful microscope to examine soil samples taken from the skeleton's pelvis and skull, as well as from the soil surrounding the grave. It revealed multiple roundworm eggs in the soil sample taken from the pelvis, where the intestines would have been.

SEVEN-TONNE SALAD

The University of Massachusetts celebrated the start of the new academic year with a world record fruit salad weighing more than seven tonnes, mixed in a 15-foot diameter swimming pool.

It included 20 varieties of apples, 19 of melon, peaches, bananas, oranges and berries as well as more exotic fruits including quince and rambutan. A 'Guinness Books of Records' representative certified the record.

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