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Can we tell if Donald Trump has a high IQ?

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Question: How often does President Trump talk about IQ?

Answer: All the time.

When Mr Trump recently boasted that his IQ was higher than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's, it was part of a pattern.

In 2013, he tweeted that his IQ was "much higher" than Barack Obama and George W Bush.

He has also claimed a higher IQ than comedian Jon Stewart and British star of The Apprentice, Lord Sugar.

Despite this, Mr Trump has never revealed his own IQ. So can we work it out?

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"@gharo34: @realDonaldTrump Not only is your IQ somewhere between Barack Obama and G.W.Bush…but you're entertaining!"Much higher than both

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 1, 2013

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What is IQ?

An Intelligence Quotient is a score given to someone after taking an intelligence test.

There is no single "IQ test" – Mensa accepts results from more than 200 tests, including its own. Some tests last an hour, while some have no time limit.

Dr Frank Lawlis, the supervisory psychologist of American Mensa, says they usually test spatial, quantitative, and verbal skills.

Broadly, spatial questions are about shape and measurement; quantitative questions are mathematical; and verbal questions are about words – for example, how one word is similar to another.

Mensa accepts those who score in the top 2%. That equates – very roughly – to an IQ of 130.

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Image caption Sample Mensa questions (courtesy of Mensa and Dr Abbie F Salny) *Answers at bottom of the page

Who were the smartest presidents?

"I don't recall ever coming across a list of presidents and their IQs," says Dr Barbara A Perry, director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia.

"But you can easily find a list of presidents inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in their universities."

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa honours "the best and brightest liberal arts and sciences undergraduates from 286 top schools across the nation".

Of the 44 presidents, 17 have been Phi Beta Kappa members. Bill Clinton, George H W Bush, and Jimmy Carter were the most recent.

Dr Perry puts forward, among others, Herbert Hoover ("a very, very bright scientist, a geologist"), Woodrow Wilson ("our only PhD president"), and William H Taft ("a brilliant lawyer").

And, although a president's IQ has never been confirmed, in 2006 the University of California estimated that John Quincy Adams was the most intelligent of all presidents.

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Image caption Winston Churchill, Franklin D Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin at Yalta in 1945

Dr Perry also says some presidents have undeserved reputations.

"Gerald Ford was viewed as being a klutz, because he would trip in public, but that was so unfair.

"He had an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, where he was from, he was an Eagle Scout, he went to Yale Law School, and he was a star footballer on top of that."

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She also says that intelligence is only part of what makes a good president.

"It was the Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes who famously said Franklin Delano Roosevelt had 'a second class intellect but a first class temperament'.

"Roosevelt was re-elected in '36 by two-thirds of the electorate."

And who were the least smart?

"I would put Warren Harding in that category," says Dr Perry. "He was a journalist by training."

This is awkward…

"Some of my best friends are journalists!" says Dr Perry, laughing.

"And my brother is. But my point is, he wasn't from Harvard or Yale, and he wasn't a brilliant lawyer who ended up on the supreme court."

So where does Donald Trump fit in?

"If he ever releases his IQ, I just have a feeling – especially since he is daring Tillerson to release his – that it's higher than people would presume," says Dr Perry.

"People who don't like him say 'oh he's such an idiot, oh he's so stupid'. But I bet you it's higher than we might realise."

Professor Fred I Greenstein, professor of politics emeritus at Princeton University, lists six qualities that bear on presidential performance.

They are: public communication, organisational capacity, political skill, vision, cognitive style, and emotional intelligence.

"Trump scores low on emotional intelligence, cognitive style, vision, and organisational capacity," says Dr Perry.

"Where he has been superb, in order to win the presidency, is public communication and political skill."

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Image caption More sample Mensa questions (courtesy of Mensa and Dr Abbie F Salny)

Dr Perry also points out Mr Trump's business career – "he obviously had a certain native intelligence to be successful, such as he was" – and his degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

But – whether Mr Trump's IQ is high or low – Dr Lawlis from Mensa says it doesn't tell you everything.

"If you take someone we consider to be a genius like Einstein, he would probably not do well on an IQ test, because he thinks outside the box," he says.

"He could probably think of a dozen answers to one question."

Either way, the time for talking may soon be over – Mensa has offered to test both Mr Trump and Mr Tillerson's IQ.

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Answers

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  • 2.Jane's daughter (Jane's mother's husband is Jane's father, his daughter is Jane, and Jill is her daughter)
  • 3.Zipper (the others can be anagrammed into the names of cities: Rome, Paris, Chester)
  • 4.Cherries (Tabitha only likes food with two syllables)
  • 5.41
  • 6.Rachel

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Technology

Equifax data hack affected 694,000 UK customers

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Equifax data hack affected 694,000 UK customers

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The beleaguered credit reference agency Equifax has now admitted that 694,000 customers in the UK had their data stolen between May and July this year.

The firm's original estimate of its UK cyber-theft victims, made last month, was fewer, at nearly 400,000.

Equifax now says that it will contact its affected UK customers by letter to offer them help.

It admits they may be at risk of "possible criminal activity".

Patricio Remon, Equifax's chief European executive, said: "Once again, I would like to extend my most sincere apologies to anyone who has been concerned about or impacted by this criminal act."

More than 14 million further UK records were stolen, but they contained only names and dates of birth.

The huge data breach was part of an attack on the firm's world-wide customer records in which the personal details of 146 million people in the US were stolen, along with 8,000 Canadians.

The firm says that as an independent investigation into the saga has been completed, it can now help its UK customers by offering them free advice and ways to protect themselves from identity theft.

Four groups of affected UK customers have been identified:

  • 637,000 whose phone numbers were stolen
  • 29,000 whose driving licence numbers were stolen
  • 15,000 who had some of their Equifax membership details, such as usernames and passwords, stolen
  • and 12,000 whose email address was stolen.

The scandal led to the resignation last month of the company's chairman and chief executive, Richard Smith.

The company denied in September that the stolen UK data included any addresses, passwords or financial information.

However, the firm has now revealed that data belonging to the 15,000 customers, who had their Equifax membership details accessed, did indeed include Equifax passwords, secret questions and answers, and partial credit card details.

UK customers can phone Equifax for advice on 0800 587 1584.


Source – bbc.com

World

Trump challenges Rex Tillerson to IQ test

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Trump challenges Rex Tillerson to IQ test

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US President Donald Trump has challenged his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, to an IQ test, in the latest sign of discord between the two.

He made the remark in a magazine interview when asked about reports that Mr Tillerson had called him a moron.

"I think it's fake news," Mr Trump told Forbes, "but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win."

Mr Trump had lunch on Tuesday with Mr Tillerson.

Shortly beforehand, the president maintained he still had confidence in the secretary of state.

"I did not undercut anybody," he also told reporters. "I don't believe in undercutting people."

Asked about Mr Trump's IQ test challenge, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the daily news briefing: "It was a joke. You should get a sense of humour."

Reports have swirled of a schism in the Trump administration between the commander-in-chief and his top diplomat, as the US faces a host of vexatious foreign policy conundrums, from North Korea to Iran.

Last week Mr Tillerson called a news conference to dismiss reports that he was considering quitting.

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But the former ExxonMobil chief executive did not deny an NBC News report that he had called his boss a moron after a July meeting at the Pentagon.

Earlier this month, Mr Trump publicly undercut the former Texas oilman by tweeting that he was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with nuclear-armed North Korea.

Last week the New York Times reported that Mr Tillerson was astonished at how little Mr Trump grasps the basics of foreign policy.

According to the newspaper, quoting sources close to the secretary of state, Mr Trump has been irritated by Mr Tillerson's body language during meetings.

Mr Tillerson is said to roll his eyes or slouch when he disagrees with the decisions of his boss.

A classic Trump counter-punch

Analysis by Anthony Zurcher, BBC North America reporter

Donald Trump insists that the stories about Rex Tillerson insulting his intelligence – despite being heavily sourced – are "fake news". Now, however, he's lobbing one of his trademark counter-punches, just in case.

Mr Tillerson thinks he's a moron? Well, he's smarter than Rex, that's for certain.

It's classic Trump – a slightly less juvenile version of the "I guarantee you there's no problem" retort Mr Trump snapped off during a Republican debate, when Senator Marco Rubio questioned the size of his, er, manhood.

Mr Trump tends to get touchy when people doubt his intellect. That's probably why the "moron" line has prompted such a furious response from the White House and State Department. During the campaign he said he doesn't have to consult generals because he has "a very good brain" and told a rally in South Carolina that he was highly educated and has "the best words".

In August, he boasted that he was a "better student" and went to better schools than all his elite critics.

Mr Tillerson may have opened a difficult-to-repair rift with the president. While Mr Trump is quite comfortable with insult-trading, there's one topic that's clearly off-limits.


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Technology

ParentPay website unavailable for school meal payments

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ParentPay website unavailable for school meal payments

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The website of payment firm ParentPay has gone down, leaving some parents unable to transfer funds for school meals and trips.

The company normally serves more than 5,500 schools in 200 local authorities, helping about 1.5 million families.

The company said it was affected "by a national internet connectivity issue – impacting some users. This is out of our control and we'll update you."

Some parents said their children were unable to buy food due to the glitch.

ParentPay said payments had been suspended until the issue was resolved.

Some parents reported being able to make transactions on Tuesday evening, but the company told the BBC the issue was not yet fixed and there was no timescale for when it would be.

Scepticism

One parent, Victoria Lew, said on Twitter she had been trying to access her account for two hours.

"What do [the] kids do for lunch?" she asked, adding that she had been unable to get through to the company on the phone.

Charlotte Banks said on Facebook that neither of her sons had been able to buy food.

"This is getting ridiculous now. Seems to be every few days there are issues with this site," she said.

People also expressed scepticism about the company's explanation for the outage.

Heidi Burrows said: "The only company who appears to have national internet connectivity are ParentPay, so I think you may want to adjust your wording as many of us work in big firms relying on internet and no one else is having this issue!"

What is ParentPay?

  • An online payment system for schools, allowing parents to pay for meals, trips and activities, uniforms, music lessons and fees
  • Parents top up their ParentPay account by debit or credit card, or in cash through PayPoint stores
  • The system can send alerts when a child's catering balance is running low
  • Schools can also use it to send emails, texts and newsletters to parents


Source – bbc.com

Lifestyle

14 Horrifying Stories From People Who Came Back From the Dead

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Health is the most important thing which many of us take for granted until something big happens. As Josh Billings said: ”Health is exactly like money, you never have an idea about its exact value until its lost.” Your body and your health is your biggest possession. Take care of it as much as possible. If you will be healthy, you will be able to attain anything in life but if you are not feeling well nothing seems all right to you. Learn to take care of your body as when sudden disease attacks, at that time you realize what you were ignoring throughout your life. The ones who did not take care of their health and faced issues like heart attack know the worth of taking care of their health. Read their horrifying stories and get alarmed now:

14. Story Of Rob:

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Rob, a healthy man of 54 years age, faced a severe heart attack on one fine day after coming from work. He was perfectly all right before, had no such symptoms or did not have a history of heart attack. And when it happened, he was shaken to the core. Now his heart works only 20% and has got an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator. While explaining the whole experience he says no one in his family has suffered heart attack ever. The one he got was very severe and he has got three stents because of that. Because of it, so much damage happened to his left ventricle which has resulted in making his heart not working well. But all of this incident made him appreciate his life and his family more.

13. Lorraine’s Tale:

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A woman, 48 years old named as Lorraine suffered a cardiac arrest in 2005. And because of it, she is living with a failed heart. He says this whole experience was very hard. She was separated from her husband, had very young children by that time. They grew up so quickly by mind after this incident and have become so caring towards me. Lorraine still does not feel completely fine but does not want to lose this battle because of her children. Her children know there is no proper cure for heart attack but they know their mother is a very strong lady, she will make it.

12. Bronnach:

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Bronnach Pemberton, a woman of 35 years age, was a very fit mother before she suffered a very severe heart attack. It was so bad that even after so many days, she could not even lift her newly born baby. She was forced to leave the job of a teacher as she felt extremely exhausted all the time and used to sleep almost throughout the day. That one incident changed her life upside down. Now she wonders whether she will be able to live long enough to see her children grow up.

11. Clare’s Story:

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Clare being a nurse herself had seen many patients going through the pain of heart attack. But she never in her wildest dreams thought she would be facing the same situation too. She says one of the worst feelings is when you are not able to breathe or do anything on your own. But after coming out of that phase she became more passionate about her job as she also had experienced the same pain her patients used to go through.

10. Narrated By Carol:

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One fine day during a meeting with her clients, Carol suddenly felt a lot of pain in her chest. One of her clients who happened to be a doctor told her that she had no symptoms of a heart attack rather it was some gallbladder issue. When she went to the doctor she was not able to feel her breath. She says it was the most horrifying experience of her life. The surgeons did their work and after long hours of cardiac catheterization, her arteries were made clear. This incident made her appreciate her capabilities more and made her aware of what we all can possess but don’t really praise about.

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9. Story Of Janice:

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Janice explained her experience by stating that one day, early in the morning she felt pain in her chest and started sweating. She felt as if her body was not working. On reaching hospital she came to know that she was having a heart attack. She was immediately rushed to the surgery room and got a stent placed. During the recovery session, she got another heart attack and got two more stents placed. But post that experience she learned to take care of her body more and live every day to the fullest.

8. Cindy Steger Story:


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Cindy told her story by stating that her family did have a history of a heart attack which she did not know earlier. But since her younger days, she used to go to the gym. She made a resolution of doing race walk. One day after her race session she suffered a very severe heart attack because of the blockage of the right artery of her heart. She didn’t take that very seriously until the doctor told her that she had a heart attack. After that, she regularly went to the doctor and finished her treatment and then came back to normal life to pursue her passion of race. She even won a 5 km long race soon after the cardiac attack. Now she wants to continue this passion, to show the world that even after a disease like heart attack, life goes on and it can be normal.

7. Story Of Sue Chlebek:

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Sue Chlebek while describing her story of the cardiac arrest said that she used to think only breast cancer was the most dangerous disease until she encountered a severe heart attack. On 31st March 2010, she went to walk with her friend like she always did. Suddenly she felt problem while breathing. By the time she reached her home she started having a pain in her chest and when she saw the symptoms on her mobile, it turned out that she was having a heart attack. It came as a shock to her as she was a very fit person. It was a very severe attack and she got a stent in her artery. Post that incident, she started an awareness campaign around her surroundings. And by narrating her story she hopes that she will encourage people to live a happy and healthy life.

6. Laura Needham’s Story:


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Laura, a nurse of almost 33 years old, during a fine evening in December while on her way back home suddenly felt that something was wrong with her left shoulder and by the time she reached her house she had a severe pain in her chest. Along with that, she started vomiting. After few hours when she got up, she came to know that she had just encountered a heart attack. She could not believe it, being a nurse she never felt the symptoms of heart attack in herself. The heart attack which she suffered was of a different kind as the layers forming the coronary artery tore away and blood was collecting in between the layers. Two of her coronary arteries suffered this issue. One got a stent and the other got a balloon inside to clear the blood storage. But now she is completely fine. Post that scenario she feels very guilty at times because of ignoring the symptoms which were so obvious. But it did teach her a lesson and now she is living a life in which she is very concerned about her health.

5. Melanie Mully’s Stroy:

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Melanie Mully just 5 days away from her marriage, while doing some shopping suddenly started feeling sick and she felt severe pain in her arms. When she came home and was having a conversation with her friend she just fainted and when she got her senses she came to know that she had a cardiac arrest, and she stayed in a coma for five days. Her senses were lost because she could not believe it as she was a perfectly fine person. But after the recovery session of almost 6 months, she realized anything can happen to anyone at any time. So, we all should take care of our health always.

4. Story Of Sally Bee:

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During a hot summer day, Chef Sally Bee suddenly encountered a heart attack. She had no other health problem before. But still, she had two more attacks in the same week. Being a chef she was always concerned about her health but this attack came from nowhere and shook her existence. The cardiac attacks taught her that one should be aware of what to eat and what not to eat.

3. Story Of Bradley Smith:

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Bradley Smith says that during June 2008, he started having pain in his both elbows. Heart disease was present in his both families, paternal and maternal. But he still did not care much about his health until one day he got a very severe heart attack. He had to stay in the hospital for sixty days to become completely healthy. After that, he has become very much concerned about his health. He does workout 6-7 times in a week and eats healthy as much as possible. This incident made him realize the importance of going for a regular checkup at least 2 times a year.

2. Christian Jacobs:

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Christian’s heart disease diagnose journey started when he was informed about a disease called as Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia. He was living a normal healthy life until one day when he got a stress attack and was informed that his heart was blocked 75%. It was a very painful time for him and his family but then with time, he started feeling better as he got stunts placed. By letting people know his story he wants people to know there is no age to get a cardiac arrest. So, eat good food and do exercise properly to stay healthy.

1. David Wang:


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As a 40-year-old man who goes to the gym regularly and takes karate classes, David never imagined of having a heart attack. But it did hit him after he was diagnosed of having a heart attack. Initially, he could not digest it but then he was informed that one of his coronary arteries was 100% blocked but due to the advanced modern medicine his life was saved from the mouth of death. This incident made him realize the importance of family and friends more because earlier he used to be busy all the time but now he does know their worth.

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World

Trump wives

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The war of words between former and current Mrs Trumps

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Donald Trump's first wife, Ivana, has started a war of words by saying she, not Melania, is the real First Lady and by revealing that she has a direct line to the White House but uses it less than she could to avoid jealousy.

Melania is Mr Trump's third wife, and although this is the first time she and Ivana have crossed swords in public, the first wife has certainly had harsh words for her successor, Marla, before.

All three of them were at Mr Trump's inauguration as president in January.

Here are the stories of the three women and their marriages to Donald Trump.

Wife One

Ivana Trump (maiden name: Zelnícková)

Married to Donald 1977-1992

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Born in 1949 in Czechoslovakia, Ivana met Donald at a bar in New York and the pair were married for 15 years. She is the mother of three of his children: Donald Jr, Ivanka, and Eric.

The couple divorced after rumours surfaced that he was having an affair and he refused to tell Playboy magazine in an interview whether his marriage was monogamous.

During a divorce deposition, Ivana accused Mr Trump of raping her, but she later withdrew the comment, saying her words should not be "interpreted in a literal or criminal sense" and she meant instead that she had felt a lack of tenderness. He has said the episode was completely falsified.

The divorce is thought to have cost Mr Trump tens of millions of dollars. Ivana's attempts to receive more money than had been laid out in a pre-nuptial agreement were extensively reported in the New York press at the time.

She even had a cameo in the 1996 film First Wives Club where she repeated the line: "Don't get mad, get everything!"

She has married twice since, and has remained close enough to Mr Trump to be photographed next to him at functions (as above).

He went on to marry the mistress, Marla Maples.

  • Melania Trump hits back at Ivana's 'first lady' jibe

On becoming president, Mr Trump reportedly offered Ivana the chance to be the US ambassador to the Czech Republic but she declined, preferring to be able to summer in St Tropez.

"I'm known by the name Ivana. I really did not need the name Trump," she told the New York Post.

The first Mrs Trump is promoting her book Raising Trump, to be released on Tuesday. In the course of it, she quipped that she is the real first lady.

Melania responded with a statement including the lines: "There is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex. Unfortunately only attention seeking and self-serving noise."

Wife Two

Marla Maples (never changed her name)

Married to Donald 1993-1999

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Marla Maples was born into a Baptist family in Georgia in the US in 1963, making her 14 years younger than Ivana. The couple had one daughter, Tiffany.

Their relationship began in secret, as an affair that lasted for years. Before it, she had been a beauty queen who took a bit part in a Stephen King film (Maximum Overdrive) and posed for a Delta Air Lines ad.

Vanity Fair reported that Marla lived on Mr Trump's mega yacht, Trump Princess and avoided the press. But she would soon come to the world's attention, when she and the Trumps holidayed in the same town.

"I'm Marla and I love your husband. Do you?" are the words she reportedly said to Ivana when confronting her in Aspen in 1990.

"Stay away from him! Stay away from us!" Ivana reportedly replied.

Looking back on their divorce, Ms Maples has said she wanted to change Mr Trump but realised after some years that they were not bringing out the best in each other.

In 1990, Marla said: "I'm, like, of the soil, of the country, of a solid, firm belief in God. I would be happier living out on a farm away from everyone." After the divorce she moved to California.

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Last year when Marla competed in Dancing with the Stars she was eliminated quickly, and Ivana said she was "never happier in her life".

Ivana took another swipe at her during book promotion interviews this week, by telling CBS Sunday Morning that Ms Maples was "a showgirl" who had never achieved anything – but she has not responded.

Wife Three

Melania Trump (nee Knavs)

Married to Donald 2005 – present

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Born as Melanija Knavs in Slovenia in 1970, Melania is seven years younger than Marla, 21 years younger than Ivana and 24 years younger than her husband, Donald.

She later changed the spelling of her first name to Melania, and moved to the US in the 1990s.

  • Unusual and traditional at once: Melania Trump, First Lady

She married Mr Trump in 2005 after meeting him when she was working as a model. He was reportedly intrigued when she refused to give him her number, asking for his instead.

She is the mother of Barron, 11, and delayed their move to the White House so as not to interrupt his school year.

She is an unusual First Lady in another way: she is the first to have posed nude for a magazine.

When she found herself attacked in public by the first Mrs Trump, her scathing statement managed to take some moral high ground: "Mrs Trump has made the White House a home for [their son] Barron and The President.

"She loves living in Washington, DC and is honoured by her role as First Lady of the United States.

"She plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books."


Source – bbc.com

Technology

EE apologises for voice call fault

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EE apologises for voice call fault

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Mobile phone provider EE confirmed that some customers were experiencing problems making voice calls.

The firm has now tweeted that the issue is resolved. Data and messaging services were not affected.

The fault appeared to largely affect calls to non-EE phone numbers.

Nearly 3,000 people left comments on the website Down Detector from around the UK, saying they were unable to make or receive calls, on some occasions for several hours.

"Some of our customers are reporting problems when trying to make calls to some numbers this morning," the firm said in a statement.

"All data and messaging services are working as normal. We're working to fix this as quickly as possible and apologise for any inconvenience caused."

EE also said on Twitter that emergency services numbers were still accessible.

Customers took to social networks and forums to complain.

"Can only call other mobiles in Nottingham, even local numbers aren't working, sort this out EE, ironically I received a text from EE promoting BT Sports app during this downtime!" wrote Pat on Down Detector.

At the end of September the firm apologised again after a fault affected customers using its UK home broadband service.


Source – bbc.com

World

Game of Thrones: Traffic banned from Dark Hedges road

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Game of Thrones: Traffic banned from Dark Hedges road

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Traffic is to be banned from part of a County Antrim road – made famous by the TV fantasy drama Game of Thrones – to protect trees known as the Dark Hedges.

The tunnel of beech trees on the Bregagh Road, near Armoy, has become a major international tourist attraction.

The scene was used by the Game of Thrones crew to represent "the Kingsroad" in the HBO drama series.

Stormont's Department for Infrastructure is introducing a ban on cars using the road from 30 October.

  • Dark Hedges suffer Easter crowds and cars
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The order will also prohibit buses and coaches from using the designated stretch of the Bregagh Road.

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Media captionTourists at the beech-lined avenue have welcomed the move

Any motorist who flouts the ban could face a fine of up to £1,000.

Some vehicles – including agricultural and emergency vehicles – will be exempt from the ban "in certain circumstances".

'National treasure'

The Dark Hedges were planted more than 200 years ago by the Stuart family, who created a tree-lined avenue along the entrance to their Gracehill House mansion.

About 150 were planted by James Stuart, but time has taken its toll over the centuries and now fewer than two thirds remain standing.

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Image caption A large branch of one of the trees fell onto the Bregagh Road in July 2016

In January 2016, during Storm Gertrude, high winds ripped up two trees, causing them to collapse.

Later that year, a large, rotten branch broke off one of the trees and fell across the road.

The Dark Hedges became a huge draw for tourists and TV fans after they appeared, albeit very briefly, in the closing scene of one episode of Game of Thrones.

Image caption A sign at the Dark Hedges marks the site's contribution to the TV show

Arya Stark, one of the show's main characters, was filmed travelling on a cart along the road, disguised as a boy.

Conservationists have expressed alarm about the increasing traffic levels in the area and the possible damage to the trees' roots.

During the Easter holidays this year, pictures of traffic jams were shared on social media, some criticising the number of vehicles lining the road..

The cycling blog NI Greenways described the Dark Hedges as a "national treasure" and claimed it was being slowly killed.

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The Department for Infrastructure published the banning order on 5 October.

It had proposed the ban last year, after "discussions with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and other interested parties".

It launched a consultation and said "four written objections were received and duly considered and no other representations were received".

The ban is will be enforced along Bregagh Road, from its junction with Ballinlea Road to its junction with Ballykenver Road.

The department said new traffic signs, advising the public of the ban, would be erected in the area "in due course".


Source – bbc.com

World

Students skate 352 miles during Chinese holiday week

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Students skate 352 miles during Chinese holiday week

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Image caption Two students travelled 352 miles (567 kilometres), the same distance from London to Sheffield and back

A couple of Chinese students opted to avoid traffic jams during the Golden Week holiday by travelling 352 miles (567 kilometres) to their destination by roller skate, it's reported.

According to Beijing Youth Daily the two university students set off from Jining College in eastern Shandong province on 1 October and spent five days travelling by roller skate along the motorway to Beijing, where they had plans to spend their autumn break.

The Golden Week holiday sees millions of Chinese travel to their hometowns and villages to spend time with their relatives, but they usually choose conventional road, rail and air journeys.

The pair carried some clothes and basic food and water in backpacks, and chose to eat and sleep at places they came across at the roadside. English language newspaper China Daily says that they collectively wore out 12 bearings on their shoes during their journey, which is the same distance as travelling from central London to Sheffield and back.

Copycats discouraged

"Our families were concerned about our safety," one of the students told Beijing Youth Daily. "But before we set out, we sought the advice of professionals on where not to go, and how to stay safe."

Jining College confirmed the students' safe arrival by posting pictures of them on their official Sina Weibo microblog.

But state media have discouraged other students from copying their method of travel. Beijing Traffic Police told China Daily that the students violated traffic rules, and that others looking to carry out similar journeys could face fines.

Nevertheless, the students insist that they have no regrets about carrying out this journey. "This trip was interesting and meaningful. We just took advantage of this holiday and were able to realise a dream."

Reporting by Kerry Allen

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