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Christie Brinkley and Sports Illustrated models strip to bikinis for Air New Zealand’s in-flight safety video

Supermodel Christie Brinkley leads the likes of Chrissy Teigen, Ariel Meredith, Hannah Davis and Jessica Gomes as they strip down for the Air New Zealand’s latest safety video, whilst simultaneously celebrating the magazine’s 50th anniversary. Christie Brinkley, still stunning at nearly 60 years of age. Picture: Air New Zealand Set in the tropical Cook Islands, a preview of the Safety in Paradise video suggests it will include dancers in traditional costume and plenty of shots of the stunning location. Air New Zealand hopes the video will encourage passengers to travel to Rarotonga – as well as emphasise core safety messages. The video will be released on Wednesday next week to coincide with Sports Illustrated‘s 50th anniversary and will be rolled out across the airline’s fleet from the end of February. The magazine’s editor MJ Day said the “raucous” safety video shoot would feature in the special anniversary edition. Ms Brinkley said the “playful script” may have folks on the ground reaching for their oxygen masks. Air New Zealand has gained a reputation for its fun safety videos featuring international stars, with Bear Grylls, Richard Simmons and Betty White all making appearances in previous clips. The airline also collaborated with Weta Workshop on aHobbit-inspired video that has over 11 million YouTube views.

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Google Earth now shows CLIMATE CHANGE

LONDON – Want to know if it was a rainy day or a sunny one when you were born? Google Earth may help. Climate researchers from the University of East Anglia used land-surface air temperature information to show climate data around the world. The new Google Earth layer lets users zoom in on 6,000 weather stations, including this one at Bridgnorth, Shropshire, to see monthly, seasonal and annual temperature data Climate researchers at the University of East Anglia, UK, have made the world’s temperature records, dating back to 1850, available via Google Earth. The Climatic Research Unit Temperature Version 4 (CRUTEM4) land-surface air temperature dataset is one of the most widely used records of the climate system. The new Google Earth format allows users to scroll around the world, zoom in on 6,000 weather stations, and view monthly, seasonal and annual temperature data more easily than ever before. Users can drill down to see some 20,000 graphs — some of which show temperature records dating back to 1850. The move is part of an ongoing effort to make data about past climate and climate change as accessible and transparent as possible. “The beauty of using Google Earth is that you can instantly see where the weather stations are, zoom in on specific countries, and see station datasets much more clearly,” Tim Osborn from UEA’s Climatic Research Unit said. The Google Earth interface shows how the globe has been split into 5 degrees Celsius latitude and longitude grid boxes. The boxes are about 550km wide along the Equator, narrowing towards the North and South poles. This red and green checker-board covers most of the Earth and indicates areas of land where station data are available. Clicking on a grid box reveals the area’s annual temperatures, as well as links to more detailed downloadable station data. But while the new initiative does allow greater accessibility, the research team do expect to find errors. “This dataset combines monthly records from 6,000 weather stations around the world, some of which date back more than 150 years. That’s a lot of data, so we would expect to see a few errors. We very much encourage people to alert us to any records that seem unusual,” Osborn said. The initiative is published in the journal Earth System Science Data. Agencies

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Walking Dead zombies terrorize New York City streets in hilarious promo video

Now New Yorkers have another reason to fear walking over those grates in the sidewalk. Shock: An unsuspecting man jumps back as zombies reach at him through a metal grate in New York City as part of a prank held by the people behind top AMC show The Walking Dead A hilarious video has revealed the moment that the team behind The Walking Dead pranked the city’s residents by cramming a hoard of zombies beneath a grate in Union Square. As passersby approached the grate, the zombies croaked in pain and reached their bloodied hands through the bars in an effort to catch and devour the unsuspecting New Yorkers. The footage captured people yelping in surprise when they spotted the gurning faces beneath the metal cover, while others simply ducked and fled. Once the passersby see what’s really there, many are filmed laughing with relief. The video is a promotion for the show’s forthcoming season, which begins to air this Sunday, February 9 on AMC. At the start of the video, AMC lets viewers into its secrets – showing actors being prepared with makeup to look like festering zombies as organizers explain to them their task. There are also shot of workers pulling up the grate in the middle of the night and cutting out sections that can then be pushed through by the actors. Eventually, the zombies descend into the darkness and wait. One of the first visitors was a little girl – but the team wisely chose to stay silent. The airing this Sunday is the beginning of the season’s fifth series. New cast members are expected to join the hit show, which is filmed in Atlanta, by the end of the month. Agencies

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Little Girl Is VERY Excited To Go On A Train (VIDEO)

Little Madeline Dubious was wide-eyed with delight as she celebrated birthday with first locomotive ride. Madeline Dubois, 3, celebrates her birthday with first train ride. Life just couldn’t get any better for tiny train fan Madeline Dubois. Adorable footage shows the excited three-year-old from Nashville, Tenn., leaping up and down and squeaking with delight as she gets ready for her first ever train ride. “Look at how it goes to us,” Madeline says in wide-eyed delight as it rolls towards the platform. The clip, filmed by her dad Daniel, has gone viral in the last two days – with hundreds of thousands logging on to see her delightful expressions. But it was in fact first uploaded to YouTube for family and friends more than two years ago, only gaining traction this week when an unknown person posted it to Reddit. Daniel, who was tracked down by ABCNews.com, said of his now five-year-old daughter, “If she reacted in terror, it would have been different. At that age, they’re so honest and sincere, and I love that raw excitement. We used to live where we would cross train tracks a lot and she was so fascinated with them. She was like, ‘I wanna ride a train,’ so we did that for her birthday. We didn’t know quite how she would react.” Agencies

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Mysterious giant jellyfish found on beach in Australia

Scientists in Australia are working to classify a new species of giant jellyfish that washed up on a beach in Tasmania. The jellyfish was found by the Lim family as they walked on the beach A family found the 1.5m (5ft) jellyfish on a beach south of Hobart last month. Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin, of Australia’s CSIRO government agency, said that scientists had known about the species for a while but had not yet classified it. She described the specimen as a “truly magnificent animal”. Experts at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) were alerted to the discovery by Josie Lim and her family, who came across it. “She and her children found the jellyfish and took this amazing photo that just boggles the mind,” jellyfish expert Dr Gershwin said. This species was part of the Lion’s Mane group, she said. These jellyfish “look like a dinner plate with a mop hanging underneath – they have a really raggedy look to them”, she said. The Tasmanian discovery was found stranded belly-up, Dr Gershwin explained. It was one of a “species I’ve known about for a while but it’s not yet named and classified”, she said. “We’re very eager to know more about it.” It is one of three new species of Lion’s Mane in Tasmania which the scientist is currently working to classify. Recent years had seen “huge blooms” of jellyfish in Tasmanian waters, she said, but scientists were not sure why.

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‘I wish I had breast cancer’: Outrage at pancreatic cancer charity’s ‘repugnant’ new ad campaign

A campaign to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer has sparked outrage after the ads showed patients wishing they had more common types of the disease such as breast and testicular. Outrage: The ‘cancer envy’ campaign was devised by the charity Pancreatic Cancer Action to highlight the poor survival rates of the disease The ‘envy’ campaign was devised by the charity Pancreatic Cancer Action to highlight the poor survival rates of the disease. The crux of the message is that the disease has a five-year survival rate of just three per cent – compared to 85 per cent of breast cancer patients and 97 per cent of men with testicular cancer.  In the TV ad, genuine pancreatic cancer patients are seen saying ‘I wish I had testicular cancer’ and ‘I wish I had breast cancer’ as information about symptoms and survival rates appears on the screen. But critics have slammed the controversial campaign as ‘horribly insensitive’ and ‘repugnant’. Many took to Twitter to condemn the campaign. @lesleykinney said: ‘Your I Wish I Had Breast Cancer slogan is offensive, repugnant and hurtful towards all cancer victims and their families.’ @MBCNbuzz wrote: ‘Survival stats meaningless if you’re the one who dies. A death is a death.’ @BCCare said: ‘Unless you have experienced it yourself, it’s impossible to fully understand the brutal reality of breast cancer’ @ABHuret said: ‘Since when is “any” #cancer a contest? @OfficialPCA promotes misguided “I Wish I Had Breast Cancer”‘ @Lolly_Knickers wrote: ‘I understand that pancreatic cancer patients want a better prognosis and funding but you can’t use cancer as a competition.’ @bjj1212 wrote: ‘”I wish I had breast cancer”. Horrible insensitive campaign for those with bc and those who have lost loved ones to it.’ And @Brandie185 wrote: ‘I had breast cancer. I speak from the heart when I tell you I wish it upon NO ONE. Not a single person.’ But the charity’s founder, Ali Stunt - diagnosed herself with pancreatic cancer in 2007 at the age of 41 – defended the campaign. She told MailOnline: ‘When I was diagnosed I was horrified to learn the survival rate and actually found myself wishing I had a different type of cancer. ‘I understand that any type of cancer is a horrible, horrible disease – not least metastatic breast cancer [that which has spread] – and would not wish cancer on anyone. ‘But there are patients with pancreatic cancer who would prefer to have another type with a better prognosis [such as breast or testicular]. ‘Eighty-two per cent of patients with pancreatic cancer will die within a year and the average life expectancy is four-six months.’ She added that many patients have not even heard of pancreatic cancer before they are diagnosed with the disease – despite it being the ninth most common cancer in the UK and fifth most common cause of cancer death, killing 8,000 people in the country every year. Ms Stunt continued: ‘Awareness is key to early diagnosis and this is particularly true for pancreatic cancer. ‘In our case, despite the best efforts of ourselves and other pancreatic cancer organisations, for 40 years, pancreatic cancer patients in the UK have faced the same grim prognosis.’ But in a statement, Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said:  ‘We strongly dispute any message which suggests that one type of cancer is preferable to another. ‘We believe Pancreatic Cancer Action’s recent campaign does just this. I’ve yet to meet a man or woman with breast cancer who would consider themselves in any way fortunate to have received a diagnosis. ‘It’s utterly misleading to imply that breast cancer is a more desirable form of the disease.

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Sochi 2014 journalists find hotels awash with stray dogs and toxic brown water

And the gold medal for the most vile thing at Sochi goes to . . .? (Clue: it’s not Putin) Olympic visitors’ horror at hotels awash with stray dogs, brown water, bugs and no light bulbs With terrorist threats, homophobic attacks, and diplomatic tensions, many have questioned whether Sochi is ready to hold the Winter Olympic Games. Now, just days away from the landmark event, the first images have emerged of the city’s unprepared hotels. And it seems the doubtful were right. Journalists checking in were left stunned as they arrived for bookings made last summer to be told they would have to wait indefinitely. The few that did get rooms, were met with stray dogs, half-built walls, and toxic yellow water spitting from the sinks. One hotel lobby had no floor – but staff had found time to hang a framed photo of Vladimir Putin.  Mark MacKinnon tweeted: ‘For those of you wondering, when’s there’s no lobby in your hotel, you go to the owner’s bedroom to check in.’ Having book 11 rooms five months ago, CNN’s team were told to share one. The shocking images and anecdotes comes after it emerged Russia exceeded its budget by millions to spend $32billion on the games. Russia insists widespread fears for human rights are unfounded despite a video by Human Rights Watch incorporating clips from some of the worst examples of homophobic violence in Russia which has been filmed and uploaded to the internet. However, Vladimir Putin has sanctioned action to be taken on the city’s large population of stray dogs.  In a bid to make the area presentable to welcome in people from around the world, the animals are being fed poison on the streets and left to die. The strategy has outraged animal rights activists – and baffled journalists arriving in Sochi today who claim the city is brimming with ailing dogs. Another guesthouse warned toilet users not to flush loo roll but instead put it in the plastic bin by the door. One reporter was told to wait a day for their room, which had no running water, no internet – and no door to access it. Nearby, hotel managers advised guests not to splash water on their faces as it ‘contains something dangerous’

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