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Australian beer brewer XXXX Gold has created an island paradise just for men on Pumpkin Island in Queensland

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Australian beer brewer XXXX Gold has created an island paradise just for men on Pumpkin Island in Queensland. XXXX Gold has negotiated a three-year lease on a 6 ha island on the southern Great Barrier Reef, with the aim of turning it into a blokes’ paradise called “XXXX Island”. From October, the beer company plans to send groups of four mates, selected through promotional event...

Fire broke out last night at Richard Branson's Caribbean Great House on Necker, his private isle in the British Virgin Islands

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...ightning strike swept through the Virgin’s boss opulent home on the tycoon’s private Caribbean island.[googlead tip="patrat_mare"] Richard Branson said about 20 guests were accommodated in the eight-bedroom Great House on Necker, where fire broke up. Richard Branson’s daughter, Holly, who will marry shipbroker Freddie Andrews on the island at the end of this year, and his 90-year-old m...

Staten Island residents were guided to a polling site in the dark this morning by flares as problems mounted for New York voters across the city struggling with power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy

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Staten Island residents were guided to a polling site in the dark this morning by flares as problems mounted for New York voters across the city struggling with power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy. With hundreds of temporary polling places in operation across the battered East Coast, voters in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island lined in pitch black to cast their ballots in outdoo...

Robert Bales, the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in Kandahar, was trying to leave active service in response to financial problems

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Robert Bales, the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in Kandahar, including nine children, was trying to leave active service in response to financial problems, it emerged yesterday. Bypassed for a promotion and struggling to pay for his house, Robert Bales, 38, was eyeing a way out of his job at a Washington state military base months before he was deployed to Afghanistan. While Robe...

Csepel Island Budapest where a Romanian was buried alived last week.

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Horror scene near Budapest, Hungary. Man buried alive on Danube’s Csepel Island.   [googlead tip="lista_medie" aliniat="stanga"]The Romanian Hungarian ethnic who managed to escape after he was buried alive on Csepel Island in Budapest gave his first interview to Realitatea TV, one of the most important Romanian news channels.   “They tied my hands and legs and started digging and then burie...

The Easter Island Statue Project (EISP) has been carefully excavating two of 1,000-plus statues on the islands, doing their best to uncover the secrets of the mysterious stones, and the people who built them

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A research team has discovered that the mysterious heads on Easter Island have full bodies, extending down many, many feet into the ground of the island. The Easter Island Statue Project (EISP) has been carefully excavating two of 1,000-plus statues on the islands – doing their best to uncover the secrets of the mysterious stones, and the people who built them. Project director Jo Anne Van...

Tourists on 16 mile long Ocracoke Island off the coast of North Carolina have been evacuated ahead of Hurricane Irene

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Hurricane Irene: 10 deaths and millions of power outages.   Hurricane names: how and why scientists named hurricanes?   Kenny Chesney’s Foxboro Show rescheduled due to hurricane.   Tourists on 16-mile-long Ocracoke Island off the coast of North Carolina have been evacuated ahead of Hurricane Irene.   Residents were asked to leave their homes Thursday morning as Hurricane Irene strengthened t...

There is no evidence in Afghan massacre suspect Sgt. Robert Bales, says his lawyer John Henry Browne

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...s owed a reported $1.5 million from an arbitration ruling nearly a decade ago which found him guilty of securities fraud while he was working as a stockbroker. John Henry Browne told Associated Press “that doesn’t mean anything”. “Sure, there are financial problems. I have financial problems. Ninety-nine percent of America has financial problems,” John Henry Browne sa...

According to US researchers, children who snore, or who have other night-time breathing conditions, are at risk from behavioral problems

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...11,000 children living in the UK. Lead researcher Dr. Karen Bonuck, from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York, said the sleep problems could be harming the developing brain. One estimate suggests one in 10 children regularly snores and 2% to 4% suffer from sleep apnoea, which means the breathing is obstructed and interrupted during sleep. Often enlarged tonsils...

Sandy Island in South Pacific, shown on marine charts and world maps as well as on Google Earth and Google Maps, does not exist

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Sandy Island in South Pacific, shown on marine charts and world maps as well as on Google Earth and Google Maps, does not exist, Australian scientists say. The supposedly sizeable strip of land, named Sandy Island on Google maps, was positioned midway between Australia and French-governed New Caledonia. But when scientists from the University of Sydney went to the area, they found only the blue o...

The inhabitants of small Greek island Ikaria live on average 10 years longer than the rest of Western Europe

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...e of life is slow and people socialize frequently with friends and family, drinking moderate amounts of wine. Extended families give older people an important role in society. Levels of depression and dementia are low. Dr. Christina Chrysohoou, a cardiologist from the University of Athens who has studied the islanders, says they suffer the same sorts of diseases like cancer and cardiovascular prob...

Pope Francis has stepped up the fight against corruption at the Vatican by strengthening supervision of financial transactions at its internal bank

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...Pope Francis has stepped up the fight against corruption at the Vatican by strengthening supervision of financial transactions at its internal bank. The Pope issued a decree designed to combat money-laundering and prevent any financing of terrorism. It is the latest move to stamp out abuses at the Vatican bank, which handles funds for the Catholic Church. Pope Francis recently set up a commission...

The US Federal Reserve released transcripts from its 2007 meetings have shown it may have underestimated the looming global financial crisis

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...released transcripts from its 2007 meetings have shown it may have underestimated the looming global financial crisis. The documents suggested Fed Governor Ben Bernanke wanted to hold off from addressing rising panic in the markets. Ben Bernanke said in December 2007 that he did not “expect insolvency or near insolvency among major financial institutions”. Yet many US banks and other f...

It has been longtime argued that one mathematical formula known as Black-Scholes, along with its descendants, helped to blow up the financial world

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...amics way before.” The Black-Scholes method turned out to be a way not only to calculate value of options but all kinds of other financial assets. “We were like kids in a candy story in the sense that we described options everywhere, options were embedded in everything that we did in life,” says Prof. Myron Scholes. But Fischer Black and Myron Scholes weren’t the only kids...

Tropika Island of Treasure, the reality TV show featuring girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenakamp, is to be broadcast this weekend as scheduled, despite her tragic death

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Tropika Island of Treasure, the reality TV show featuring girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenakamp, is to be broadcast this weekend as scheduled, despite her tragic death. Producers of Tropika Island of Treasure said they had decided not to shelve the pre-recorded show, which will premiere on South African TV on Saturday. Filmed in Jamaica, the celebrity show sees Reeva Steenkamp compete t...

Hungarian police unearthed four bodies of suspected murder victims in a wooded area of Csepel Island

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Man buried alive on Csepel Island, Hungary, gave his first TV interview.   [googlead tip="lista_mica" aliniat="stanga"]Police unearthed four bodies of suspected murder victims in a wooded area of Budapest’s Csepel Island.   Budapest, Hungary. Police unearthed four bodies of suspected murder victims in a wooded area of Budapest’s Csepel Island, according to a Friday statement of t...

Aogashima is a tropical, volcanic island, in the Phillipine Sea that bears a remarkable resemblance to the home of International Rescue in Gerry Anderson's hit Sixties series, Thunderbirds

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Tracy Island, the South Pacific paradise rendered in vibrant Supermarionation, was the setting for the home base of the Thunderbirds, a secretive organization created to help those in grave danger. Aogashima is a tropical, volcanic island, in the Phillipine Sea that bears a remarkable resemblance to the home of International Rescue in Gerry Anderson’s hit Sixties series, Thunderbirds. Part...

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at his first Groundhog Day ceremony on Staten Island

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Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck were in agreement in their prognostications on this year’s Groundhog Day. While Punxsutawney Phil tends to get the most attention, Staten Island Chuck stole the show as he squirmed out of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s arms. Staten Island’s furry prognosticator, Charles G. Hogg, called for six more weeks of cold winter weather on F...

Kim Kardashian showed off a bare baby bump as she got time to relax with her family on holiday in Greece

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...ngeles. However, with Kim Kardashian being in her third trimester, she’ll probably be grateful of the cooler temperatures Mykonos belongs to the Cyclades islands, located in the South Aegean, and includes over 10,000 inhabitants. No doubt, the Kardashians’ wealth and their love of shopping will give the island a boost in tough financial times for Greece. Other celebrities to have holid...

JP Morgan Chase has agreed to pay four regulators $920 million relating to a $6.2 billion loss incurred as a result of the "London Whale" trades

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...has agreed to pay four regulators $920 million relating to a $6.2 billion loss incurred as a result of the “London Whale” trades. Under the settlement, $200 million will go to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and $215 million to the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). As part of the deal JP Morgan admitted violating US federal securities laws. Traders at JP Mo...

Firefighters in Greece are battling a large forest fire sweeping across the eastern Aegean island of Chios

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...e winds. Authorities said that by Monday the blaze had destroyed about 7,000 hectares (16,000 acres) of forest and farmland. Residents of nine villages and hamlets were evacuated from their homes over the weekend as the fire approached. Firefighters in Greece are battling a large forest fire sweeping across the eastern Aegean island of Chios Chios lies north-east of the capital, Athens, off the c...

Rescuers are searching for dozens of people believed to be missing after a boat sank near Christmas Island, off north-western Australia

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Rescuers are searching for dozens of people believed to be missing after a boat sank near Christmas Island, off north-western Australia. Ships have so far picked 110 survivors from the sea, but officials believe about 200 people were on the boat. Three bodies have been recovered. The ship, believed to be carrying asylum-seekers, capsized on Thursday. Australian patrol vessels, merchant ships and...

Michelle Kwan and Clay Pell have married in Rhode Island

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Figure-skating champion Michelle Kwan and Clay Pell have married in Rhode Island. Michelle Kwan – a two-time Olympic medalist – and Clay Pell exchanged vows at the First Unitarian Church in Providence on Saturday. About 250 guests attended the ceremony, including Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and his wife, Stephani, as well as Olympic champions Brian Boitano, Dick Button and Doroth...

A dental file sent from Germany to Papeete, where the charred bones were sent for analysis, shows the remains to be positively identified as of Stefan Ramin

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...Bild wrote: “It is the suspicion of the authorities that the hunter carved his victim up, ate parts of the body and burned the remainder along with animals cadavers. He is regarded as a cannibal.” A dental file sent from Germany to Papeete, where the charred bones were sent for analysis, shows the remains to be positively identified as of Stefan Ramin Jose Thorel, prosecutor on Polynesian island...

Bank of America's Countrywide Financial unit was found liable for defrauding two US government-backed mortgage companies

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A federal jury has found Bank of America’s Countrywide Financial unit liable for defrauding two US government-backed mortgage companies. Countrywide, which was acquired by Bank of America in 2008, was accused of selling thousands of defective loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The ruling is a major win for the US government, which launched the case in the wake of the financial crisis. The...