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Disney confirms selfie stick ban at theme parks

Disney has banned selfie sticks from its theme parks over safety concerns, the company has
The gadgets were already prohibited on rides but now visitors will be asked not to bring them to the parks
at all.
A spokeswoman told the BBC: "Handheld extension poles have become a growing safety concern for both
our guests and cast."
The ban comes into effect at Disney parks in the United States on Tuesday.
Paris and Hong Kong will follow suit on Wednesday.
The long arm of a selfie stick helps users take a better self-portrait, but there are fears that they could
cause injury if somebody was accidentally struck with one during a photo opportunity.
The gadget also poses a safety risk on rides as its long arm can extend far outside the carriages and could
come into contact with a ride's mechanism.
Visitors will now be asked to leave their selfie sticks in lockers at the parks' entrances to collect later.
A number of football clubs, the National Gallery, and the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in
Wimbledon have already banned the sticks over concerns they could cause injury or be a nuisance to
other visitors.
Apple banned the device from audiences attending its annual WWDC developers conference, held in the
US earlier this month.
A spokesperson for St John Ambulance said the first aid charity had not noticed a surge in selfie stickrelated injuries but did offer advice for anybody hurt.
"If you get hit in the head with a selfie stick, sit down and hold a cold compress against the injury," said
training officer Clive James.
"Advise the casualty to seek medical help if they develop signs of a worsening head injury - like dizziness
or nausea, confusion and loss of memory of events preceding the injury."

The girl in the picture: Kim Phuc's journey from war

to forgiveness
This is the first in an occasional series called "Rewind: Where are they now?" It catches up
with people who stumbled into the headlines -- and then faded from view. Also, tune in at 9
p.m. ET Thursday June 25 for an episode of "The Seventies" that focuses largely on the
Vietnam War.

Vietnam napalm attack 12 photos


Ajax, Ontario, Canada (CNN)Even without the benefit of context, the image of a
naked 9-year-old girl running for her life is as searing and indelible today as it was 43 years
That image jolted people around the world. Some say it hastened the end of the Vietnam
"I always remember that horrible day that we ran from life to death," says Kim Phuc, the girl
in that iconic photo. Now 52, she lives just outside Toronto, a wife, mother and survivor
inextricably linked to a photograph that dominated front pages in 1972, seven months
before the signing of Paris Peace Accords led to the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from
South Vietnam.
In the beginning, says Phuc, she hated the photo. It embarrassed her. And she struggled
with the publicity that surrounded it. For her. it was personal: It captured a moment of
torment -- her face frozen in an agonizing wail moments after a napalm attack burned and
disfigured her for life.
In fact, no one would blame Phuc if she had tried to get as far away from the image as
possible. But that is not what she did.
After a long struggle, Phuc came to realize that if her pain and terror had not been captured
on film that day, the bombing -- like so many other wartime horrors -- might have been lost
to history.
She began to think about what the photograph could give, rather than what it could take
Eventually, the photo became much more than a depiction of a moment in time to Phuc -- it
became what she calls "a path to peace."
"I realized that if I couldn't escape that picture, I wanted to go back to work with that picture
for peace. And that is my choice."
'I can work with that picture for peace'

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It's hard to square the anguish and terror of the girl in the picture with the warm, relaxed,
engaging presence that is Kim Phuc today.
Besides being a loving wife and mother, she is a mentor, and a goodwill ambassador for the
United Nations. Every year she travels the world to recount her story of survival, to raise
awareness about the brutality of war.
In addition to her work with the U.N., Phuc started the Kim Foundation International, a
charity that helps children suffering from war, just as she did so many years ago. Its mission
is to help the most underprivileged children suffering from war -- building hospitals, schools
and homes for children who have been orphaned. Phuc says she plans to live out her life in
service of that mission.
"That's why I'm really thankful that I had that picture taken and I can work with that picture
for peace."
Phuc and her husband claimed asylum in Canada more than 20 years ago and have raised
two boys there. Phuc says she is very happy in her "second home" and gratified that her
parents have been able to join her in Canada.
Now, says Phuc, that terrified little girl in the picture is "not running anymore. She's flying."
It was not always so.
'I saw a girl, naked ... running'
In 1972 Phuc lived in the village of Trang Bang, north of Saigon. She and family were
sheltering in a temple when they heard planes overhead. Afraid they would be bombed,
they ran outside to find safety, just as bombs detonated all around the temple. The bombs
delivered napalm, a flammable liquid that clings to human skin, causing horrific burns when
Phuc remembers intense heat and excruciating pain. She pulled burning clothes from her
body. She ran.
Moments later, a young Associated Press photojournalist took the photograph of his life.
Nick Ut was only 21 years old and already a seasoned war photographer when he arrived
at that South Vietnamese village.
"I looked through the black smoke and I saw a girl, naked ... running," Ut told CNN this year.
Instinct took over. He started taking pictures as Phuc and the other children ran straight for

As Phuc approached, Ut saw parts of her skin falling off. She had torn off her clothes to
stop the burning. The napalm already had seared her neck, most of her back, and her left
"I said: 'Oh my God I don't believe she's burned so badly,'" Ut recalled. "I put my camera
down on the highway and tried to help her."
He poured water on her wounds and covered her with a coat. He picked up Kim and the
other children and put them in his van to get them to a hospital.
"Inside my van she said, 'I'm dying, I'm dying.' I kept watching her every minute. I said, 'We
will be there soon.'"
'I learned to forgive'
Phuc spent more than a year in hospitals. Her family feared she would never survive. She
underwent countless painful skin grafts and other surgeries and eventually recovered from
her physical wounds.
Yet she could not find peace. She wanted to disappear. She even wished for death. She
thought if she died she wouldn't have to suffer mentally, physically and emotionally.
She began to seek answers, studying different religious texts. At 19, she became a
Christian, and she credits her faith for helping her embrace life again.
"When I became Christian, I have a wonderful connection -- the relationship between me,
and Jesus, and God."
Phuc says she prayed for help: She wanted to move on. She wanted to have kids.
"And from that point," she says, "I learned to forgive."
Now Phuc radiates an unmistakeable poise and peace when she tells her story. She says
she sees that famous picture as just one of many blessings.
"I really want to thank God that he spared my life when I was a little girl," she says.
"Whatever happened to me, I have another opportunity to be alive, to be healthful, to be a
blessing, to help honor other people."
You go to bed feeling fine. The next morning youre sick with a fever, exhaustion, headache, body
aches and more.You may have influenza, better known as the flu. Its caused by a virus, a tiny bit of
genetic material surrounded by a protein. Flu viruses infect the nose, throat and lungs. (If people
claim to have stomach flu, they are mistaken. They really have some other infection.)
Every year, between 5 percent and 20 percent of all Americans come down with the flu. Those
numbers come from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.

Complications send more than 200,000 of these flu victims to the hospital each year. Worse, the flu
kills anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 people annually and thats just in the United States.A
widespread outbreak of flu or another infectious disease is called an epidemic. In some years, flu
spreads so far and so fast that it causes a worldwide epidemic. This is known as a pandemic.
Researchers hope to prevent a pandemic if possible. One tactic: vaccines.
Flu vaccines offer people some immunity. Immunity is the bodys ability to resist a particular disease
by making proteins called antibodies. A vaccine can give that process a head start. However, no
vaccine yet can fight all types, or strains, of flu.
Whats more, notes David Morens, Flu is not one virus. Its many, many viruses. Morens works at
the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. As an epidemiologist, he studies the causes,
patterns and effects of disease in populations.
Flu viruses constantly evolve. That means their genes undergo change. Those changes are called mutations. And
some mutations can let a virus evade any immunity. Each year, the flu vaccine is updated to keep up with those
mutations. The vaccine targets strains based on what health experts saw happening with different strains the previous
flu season. Recently, an usually high percentage of changes happened in one type of flu virus, known as H3N2. As a
result, the vaccine for the 2014 to 2015 flu season didnt work well. In fact, the vaccine was only about one-third as
effective as a well-matched vaccine would have been. Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
and other organizations reported the results this past January 16 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Recently, health officials decided the vaccine for the upcoming flu season in the United States will include
the H3N2 Switzerland type that made this years vaccine a poor match. It will have a new Type B strain
as well. But new mutations keep occurring. Vaccines are always a little behind, Morens notes.
Now science aims to get ahead of the flu. Some researchers are trying to gauge how flu evolves. These experts want
to know what strains are likely to strike hard and soon. Others are searching for vulnerabilities common to all types
of flu. Still other scientists are looking for ways to stop new flu strains before they can easily infect people at all.
there are 3,000 to 49,000 people who die of flu over the world each year
fever is one of symptoms of influenza
Another word of worldwide epidemic is pandemic.
antibodies. are proteins which can help resist a particular body
That flu virus always stay unchanged is called mutations
what does the tactic means?

An Algerian groom didnt recognize his wife after their wedding. His wife always wore make-up when they were
dating. This made him believe that she was a beautiful and attractive woman . When he waked up in the morning , he
saw her face au naturel and mistook her for a thief. he was shocked by her real beauty , so he decided to sue her for
cheating him.

AN Algerian groom is suing his wife for not looking pretty enough at their wedding.
The unnamed man launched legal action against his new spouse just 24 hours after their
nuptials and is seeking 13,000 damages.
Reports in Algeria claim the claimant told a court in capital Algiers that / he his wife had always
worn make-up prior to their wedding.
He said / he was shocked when she decided to go au naturale on the big day, insisting he
barely recognised his bride.
So much so, he claimed / he even mistook her for a thief who came to steal his apartment.
A court source said: The groom told the judge / that he could not recognise his wife after she
washed the make-up off her face.
He said / he was deceived by her as she used to fill up her face with make-up before their
He said / she looked very beautiful and attractive before their marriage, but when he woke up
in the morning and found that she had washed the make-up off her face, he was
frightened as he thought she was a thief.
The groom told the court / that he is demanding $20,000 damages for his psychological
wear make- up
go au naturel: being in natural style or condition

A 16-year-old bully who was filmed humiliating two teenage girls on a video watched more than ten million times
walked free from court today.
The girl claimed she had drunk a litre of vodka before forcing two younger children to the floor in the Northfield
area of Birmingham.
She has since received thousands of death threats after her mobile phone number was leaked on social media - and
her mother admitted she had brought shame on her family.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced to a ten-month referral order at Birmingham Youth
Court, after what a judge called a horrendous act of bullying.