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Heathrow jet pilot saw ‘UFO’ that ‘passed within feet of his plane’

A passenger jet pilot has told how he was sure his plane would be hit by a UFO at 34,000ft. The pilot described the craft as shaped like a rugby ball or cigar and metallic in appearance. File picture The captain claimed the ‘metallic’ bright silver ‘cigar/rugby ball-like’ UFO came within a few feet of his A320 Airbus. He spotted the object travelling towards the jet out of a left-hand side cockpit window. The close encounter took place about 20 miles west of Heathrow, although the Airbus is not believed to have taken off from the airport. A report into the incident states: ‘He (the pilot) was under the apprehension that they were on collision course with no time to react. ‘His immediate reaction was to duck to the right and reach over to alert the FO (first officer); there was no time to talk to alert him. ‘The captain was fully expecting to experience some kind of impact with a conflicting aircraft.’ Immediately after the incident the pilot checked the aircraft’s instruments and reported it to air traffic control but there was no sign of the UFO. Meteorological balloons and other aircraft in the area were all ruled out during an investigation by the UK Airprox Board, which looks into near misses in British airspace. The report found that it was ‘not possible to trace the object or determine the likely cause of the sighting’, which took place at about 6:30pm on July 13 last year. Dr David Clarke, the UFO consultant for the National Archives, told The Telegraph: ‘This latest sighting is interesting, because it is detailed and clear. These pilots don’t file these reports for something and nothing. There was obviously something there.’ The Ministry of Defence closed its UFO desk and hotline in 2009.

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Cheeky penalty! Bizzare video shows Antwerp players using women’s bump for target practice

A video has reportedly surfaced on YouTube showing players from a Belgian football club firing the ball towards two scantily-clad women. Ouch: The ball connects with the backside of one of the Belgian beauties Waiting game: A model prepares to take a shot from the Antwerp players, who are managed by former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink The club, Royal Antwerp, is managed by former Chelsea and Leeds striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and currently sit fifth in the Belgian second division. According to the Daily Star, Antwerp may have attempted to spice up shooting practice for their strikers by having two women, wearing only their underwear, stand in the goal, while the players chip footballs at their bottoms. Perhaps the reason the unusual shooting drill took place is because their goal-shy forwards have only struck 33 goals in 20 games, the report added. The ex-Leeds forward, who bagged 129 goals in the Premier League and had a notoriously powerful shot, did not take part, much to the relief of the girls. The second division side, who currently sit fifth in the league, are taking part in a National Futsal tournament this weekend. ANI

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Semi-naked shoppers turn up to Italian clothes store in just their underwear to get their hands on freebies in bizarre promotion

It may have been a little warmer in Italy than much of the United Kingdom at eight o’clock this morning. Bargain hunters stampede into the Turin store this morning after queuing up for the first day of the sales But that should take nothing away from the brave efforts of those who stripped down to their underwear for the beginning of the January sales in the cities of Rome and Turin. These photographs show the bargain hunters queuing up outside designer shops promising free clothes and discounts. Satisfied customer: Woman enjoys looking through the sale items in the Turin store to find her freebies The Seminaked Party was organised by Desigual, which promised the first 100 that they would be dressed for free. Participants began queuing in Turin late last night for the 8am opening, according to local reports. And those who arrived as late as 3am missed out on the free clothing. To soften the blow, the store was selling a number of items at half price this morning. The Spanish brand has previously held the parties in Madrid, Barcelona and other Spanish cities as well as London. It has also been held in European capitals including Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and Lisbon. And the party has travelled across continents to Tokyo, in Japan, and New York in the United States. The Seminaked Party was launched in 2005 by Desigual. The company claims that more than 10,000 people have participated in the parties. The Desigal Seminaked Party will return next week to the streets of Paris. In addition to dressing in just their underwear again, participants will also be required to take part in a 100-metre race. The Seminaked Party came to London in 2011. Despite organising the event for a summer month, shoppers were still left drenched after queuing from 11pm in the rain and cold for a 9am opening. The first 100 through the door got a free top and bottoms, but everyone else who turned up in their underwear got treated to 50 per cent off Desigual’s summer collection. In the England capital, the half-naked shoppers were serenaded by Australian band Set Sail and treated to goodie bags as they queued. @MailOnline

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Instagram journey of brave teen who went from anorexic to fitness role model

Just over a year ago, Antonia Eriksson’s heart and organs were giving up, her bones were weak and her reflexes stopped working. But rather than surrendering to anorexia, the 18-year-old checked in to a hospital in September 2012 in a bid to reclaim her life. Eager to help other people suffering from a crippling eating disorder, the Swedish teenager used Instagram to document her difficult road to recovery and show that it ‘was possible’ to get better. Before and after What a difference a year makes: On 5 October 2012 (left), Eriksson said she had ‘horrible anxiety’ and felt like ‘s**t’. But on 18 October 2013 (right), she felt ‘amazing’, she didn’t ‘fear food’ and she was ‘healthy and strong’ ‘When I first started @eatmoveimprove, it was actually called @fightinganorexia and it was an anonymous account,’ Eriksson told The Daily Dot. ‘It took me a while before I decided to share my identity. So I had this account alongside my personal [Instagram account] to track my recovery, and then it grew and changed into what it is today.’ Today, the photo-sharing account is brimming with body-positive messages, photos of Eriksson working out and healthy meals she’s prepared for herself. However, her 15-month journey to recovery was often dark and painful. When she was admitted to hospital, Eriksson weighed just 84 pounds and feared she wouldn’t survive another night. The Instagram photos were grim, with pictures of her hospital bed, thin frame and gaunt features. The hospital Where it all began: On 28 September 2012, Eriksson posted this – her first picture – to Instagram, ‘ So i don’t know for sure yet, but tomorrow I’m probably being put in #hospital for my #eatingdisorder. I just can’t fight it on my own anymore and it’s gotten really serious and out of hand. I’m anyway considering starting a blog so I can write about my life and my #disorder in a better way, what do you think?’ But after two months in hospital, she overcame her demons, developed a healthy eating plan and got her life back on track. She said she reached a healthy weight in February 2013. Now, Eriksson’s photo feed shows her posing in the gym, flashing the muscles she’s worked hard for, and the nutritious food she prepares. The teenager said the Instagram account has helped in her battle against anorexia. ‘Instagram helped me a lot. I found other people who felt the same way or were struggling with battles like my own,’ she told The Daily Dot. ‘We supported each other a lot and when I was feeling low I could always turn to my ‘Instagram family’ for support and advice. ‘I felt I had a responsibility since I had a lot of followers who looked up to me and saw me as an inspiration … it became very important to me to recover in a good way and to stay healthy. To show people that it was possible and worth it.’ Road to recovery Eriksson said the shift from the anonymous @fightinganorexia to the identifiable @eatmoveimprove account was important for her recovery. ‘Today I don’t see my account as an inspiration for recovery, but for being recovered, [for being] healthy, if you see the difference,’ she said. Shaping up: Eriksson said she was growing to love her body again and was working hard to get in shape, seen in these pictures from 15 April 2013 (left) and 10 May 2013 (right) ‘Anorexia is part of my history and a disease I once had, but it does not define me as a person...

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Baby girl DIES after her skull was CRUSHED during forceps delivery

The parents of a baby girl who died after her skull was crushed during a forceps delivery are suing the Texas hospital where she was born. Heartbroken: Allen Coats and Rachel Melancon with baby Olivia whose skull was crushed during an attempted forceps delivery Rachel Melancon had experienced a healthy pregnancy, but when a doctor at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas used forceps during the birth on December 28 it had devastating consequences. As the medical device was clamped around her baby’s head, the 24-year-old and her fiance Allen Coats claim they heard a popping sound as their daughter’s skull was crushed. Damage: Baby Olivia was born with a fractured skull and broken spinal cord, which left her brain damaged The baby girl, named Olivia Marie, survived for five more days after being left brain damaged and with a fractured skull and severed spinal cord. Her parents plan to sue their obstetrician, Dr George T Backardjiev, and the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. The couple have also started a Facebook campaign page to petition against the use of forceps in all births. Ms Melancon, at 4ft 11in and weighing 95lb before she became pregnant, had asked for a cesarean section when her baby was overdue and large, considering her mother’s petite frame. But doctors warned her against having that type of delivery, saying she’d be left with a scar, her mother-in-law Angie Coats told ABC News. After going into labor, baby Oliva’s heart rate was increasing but the expectant mom kept being told to wait. ‘It was 18 hours until the delivery. [Rachel] was running a 103 fever … Five hours passed, then [the obstetrician] came in and she started to push. But she was so worn out and the baby wasn’t even in the birth canal,’ Ms Coats said. She claimed the baby was facing the wrong way and Dr Backardjiev tried to turn her with his hands. ‘When he couldn’t do that, he took the small forceps to try to pull the baby out. He kept going and even put his foot up on the bed trying to pull,’ she said. ‘When he touched the top and side of the skull, we heard a pop, like clay cracking in pottery and heard her skull crush.’ Ms Melancon was rushed off for an emergency cesarean but when Olivia was finally delivered the family say she was unable breathe. Their baby was rushed to Hermann Hospital, where the parents were told that she had suffered numerous fractures. In a post on their Facebook page, Ms Melancon said she heard ’2 big popping sounds (it was her skull)’ as the doctor used the forceps. She claimed her baby was then left in the birth canal while the doctor stitched Ms Melancon up before she could have the emergency C-section. ‘I felt her pulled out of me and the room was silent. No crying baby and they told Allen to leave the room

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Meet The Lady Whose Butt (And Its Selfies) Have 1.3 Million Instagram Followers

She’s recognized wherever she goes and counts Rihanna among her fans – and it’s for one very impressive attribute: Her rounded rear end. Proud: She says that while she has worked hard to achieve her behind, anyone can do it Jen Selter, 20, from New York City, has amassed more than 1.3 million followers on her Instagram account, @jenselter, after posting poses from her workout and yoga sessions. Just one picture of her on a workout ball or squatting at the gym can garner as many as 80,000 likes, and thousands consider her a fitness inspiration. Fitness fanatic: Photos of Selter working out at the gym can garner as many as 80,000 ‘likes’ ‘I’m recognized wherever I am,’ Selter told the New York Post. ‘I don’t really go to public gyms anymore just because it is a whole big scene when I’m there. I don’t like being watched.’ Active: Selter, originally from Long Island, is now a spokeswoman for a nutrition supplement company and hopes to launch her own line of workout gear while inspiring others to keep fit She admits that her photos are always focused on her rounded behind, explaining: ‘I don’t really post a lot of face pictures… They don’t want to see my face.’ Selter, who is single and lives with her mother on the Upper West Side, took cosmetology classes while holding side jobs at a plastic surgeon’s office and a gym after graduating high school. When she started working out at the gym, she noticed that her behind began getting bigger and was inspired by the transformation. She joined Instagram in March 2012 and began posting images of her body. When she saw people reposting her images, she asked for a credit and her number of followers boomed. Once she achieved 300,000 followers, sponsorship offers piled up from companies including Nike, Lululemon and New Balance, among others. She has since quit her gym job and secured deals with water company NY20 and a nutrition supplement company, Game Plan Nutrition, for which she is a spokeswoman. While she would not reveal how much she makes from these deals, Selter, who did not go to college, said they give her ‘a lot more money than a graduate would be making’. Her mother, Jill Weinstein, said she couldn’t be more proud of her daughter and her following. ‘I’m very proud of her because this is a girl who didn’t want to go to college, and she was able to build up this social media in such a way that she has become famous and she is an inspiration and motivation for so many people,’ she told the Post. Many followers have suggested her plump derriere is fake – but she insists it is real, explaining that the only cosmetic surgery she has undergone was a nose job as a teenager. ‘I’m Jewish,’ she said. ‘Jewish girls have big noses. Probably 1 out of 3 girls I know [has] a nose job.’ Selter, who hopes to create a line of workout gear or even her own chain of gyms, admits that some of the photos can be ‘showy’ – but said that she simply wants to inspire people.

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Hilarious reaction of a dog who sees its deployed soldier owner on webcam chat

A Reddit user uploaded a hilarious photo of the moment his dog sees him on video chat while he was deployed in the military. Hilarious: Akita/Jindo mix Kiba has a very intense reaction to her deployed soldier owner via Skype Kiba, a Korean Jindo and Akita mix, is utterly astounded by the vision of her owner Justin Jones, who goes by nekoFrog on the site. With her eyes wide and mouth agape, it couldn’t be more obvious that Kiba was truly missing her master. ‘I was deployed in mid-2011. This was my dog’s very first reaction upon seeing me over Skype,’ Jones wrote in the caption. Expanding family: Since her owner’s return from deployment, Kiba (left) has gotten a new friend named Aggro (right) The funny shot was taken as he served the country, but Kiba and Jones have since reunited. ‘For what it’s worth,’ nekofrog wrote, ‘my wife giggled profusely at this.’ Since the photo was snapped, nekofrog has posted other photos to imgur and has apparently gotten another dog. ‘Kiba (Skype dog) and Aggro (her little wolfamute brother) are ready to go on a car trip,’ reads the caption on a picture of a smiling Kiba and a larger companion. No word yet on how Aggro feels about video chat. Nekofrog’s story is unique for its hilarious photo, but not for its dog reunites with soldier owner subject matter. One heartwarming example can be seen in a dog called Jasmine, which looks like a black and tan Hovawart. She can’t contain her excitement on seeing her owner who was in Afghanistan for a year. As the newly-returned soldier, known only as Josh enters a garage to greet the dog – her reaction is crazy. Howling and barking, Jasmine, bounds over to him, jumping wildly up onto his uniform, trying to lick his face. Despite polite protestations from the soldier the delighted pet refuses to leave his side as he rubs and tickles her, eventually jumping again and forcing him over on the floor. The video has spread across the internet since it was posted on the Armed Forces website, www.welcomehomeblog.com. Agencies

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