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Mr Magnet: Man, 56, claims his body gives off a ‘special energy’ which means he can stick any object to his face and body

For any ordinary person, a fork, a spoon and a bland set of kitchen utensils would not generate much excitement. Special talent: Muhibija Buljubasic, 56, stands as his wife Senija puts cutlery on his body at their home in Srebrenik, Bosnia and Herzegovina He began using metal kitchen utensils to experiment with his strange ability before moving on to other objects Gadgets: Here, he poses with a Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone resting on his head, proving that he could also attach plastic items to his skin. He discovered the talent five years ago Dishes: As well as the metal tray, his wife assists him in attaching a small china plate to his forehead. His closed eyes show he is concentrating Mr Buljubasic also discovered that he could stick remote controls to his head. He claims he developed the unusual skill without any practice and without preparing his body in anyway Two phones: The 56-year-old can also attach items onto his chest But for Muhibija Buljubasic, the items present a chance for him to show off his special talent – of sticking random objects onto parts of his body. The 56-year-old from Srebenik, Bosina and Herzegovina, says he discovered the unusual talent five years ago. He has not had any practice and has not trained his body in any way, but believes his body gives off a ‘special energy’ which means the items stay attached to his skin. At first, he began placing metal objects on his face and body, but soon realised plastic gadgets, such as mobile phones and remote controls, worked too. Agencies

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Adorable toddler cries after hearing parents’ wedding song for first time

Listening to a romantic wedding song can be enough to reduce anyone to tears – even a two-year-old girl. Emotional trigger: In a description of the video, the little girl’s mother Diana explains: ‘She starts to cry every time she hears this song now’ In a video that has garnered nearly 130,000 views since it was posted on Wednesday, a toddler from the U.S. is seen intently watching her parents’ wedding slideshow, with Feels Like Home by Chantal Kreviazuk playing in the background. But the sentimental song soon becomes too much for her; after a few moments of listening, the little girl’s eyes well up with tears and she turns away dramatically, burying her face in her hands. In the beginning of the video, the little girl sits on her mother Diana’s lap and listens to the piano playing in the start of the song, her eyes wide with anticipation. As soon as they lyrics begin, the toddler breaks down, covering her face with her hands as she cries. The girl gets more and more emotional as the song goes on, until finally she waves her hands in the air, signalling for her mother to change the tune. In a description of the video, Diana wrote: ‘I showed my two-year-old our wedding slideshow and had the song, Feels Like Home by Chantal Kreviazuk, and this was the response she had. She starts to cry every time she hears this song now,’ she added.The adorable video has been watched nearly 130,000 times, with a number of viewers commenting on how cute it is. ‘That’s the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen,’ wrote one person. Another explained: ‘Children are very sensitive to music. My mom told me that I cried every time in church when the choir started to sing, or when she listened to My Heart Will Go On on the CD player.’ Agencies

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World’s oldest known holocaust survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer, dies aged 110 in London

The world’s oldest known Holocaust survivor has died aged 110. Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest known Holocaust survivor has died aged 110, her family have said Alice Herz-Sommer, who lived in London and was originally from Prague, survived two years in the Nazi camp in Terezin, or Theresienstadt, in Germany during the Second World War. Ms Herz-Sommer was a talented musician and an adept pianist and a film about her life is nominated for an Academy Award. She is said to have counted esteemed existentialist writer Franz Kafka among her family friends and, more recently, was the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary about her life. The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life, a 38-minute film, is up for best short documentary at the Academy Awards to be handed out next weekend. Her grandson, Ariel Sommer, said tonight: ‘Alice Sommer passed away peacefully this morning with her family by her bedside. ‘Much has been written about her, but to those of us who knew her best, she was our dear ‘Gigi’. ‘She loved us, laughed with us, and cherished music with us. ‘She was an inspiration and our world will be significantly poorer without her by our side. We mourn her loss and ask for privacy in this very difficult moment.’ Ms Herz-Sommer’s devotion to the piano and to her son sustained her through two years in the Nazi prison camp, and a film about her has been nominated for best short documentary at next week’s Academy Awards. She died in a hospital Sunday morning after being admitted on Friday, daughter-in-law Genevieve Sommer said. ‘We all came to believe that she would just never die,’ said Frederic Bohbot, producer of the documentary ‘The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.’ ‘There was no question in my mind, “would she ever see the Oscars.”‘ An accomplished pianist, Ms Herz-Sommer, her husband and her son were sent from Prague in 1943 to a concentration camp in the Czech city of Terezin — Theresienstadt in German — where inmates were allowed to stage concerts in which she frequently starred. An estimated 140,000 Jews were sent to Terezin and 33,430 died there. About 88,000 were moved on to Auschwitz and other death camps, where most of them were killed. Ms Herz-Sommer and her son, Stephan, were among fewer than 20,000 who were freed when the notorious camp was liberated by the Soviet army in May 1945. Yet she remembered herself as ‘always laughing’ during her time in Terezin, where the joy of making music kept them going. ‘These concerts, the people are sitting there, old people, desolated and ill, and they came to the concerts and this music was for them our food. Music was our food. Through making music we were kept alive,’ she once recalled. ‘When we can play it cannot be so terrible.’ Though she never learned where her mother died after being rounded up, and her husband died of typhus at Dachau, in her old age she expressed little bitterness. ...

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Nets’ Jason Collins becomes first openly gay player in NBA

Veteran basketball player Jason Collins has become the first openly gay athlete to play in a competitive game for a major US professional sports league. Jason Collins has signed with the Nets, and with it, the N.B.A. has its first openly gay player. Earlier on Sunday, he signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets. Collins entered the court at the start of the second quarter in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The 35-year-old centre has played for five other NBA teams, but only revealed he was gay in a Sports Illustrated magazine interview last April. At the time he was not signed to a team. Needing another big man, the Nets turned to the seven-foot Collins, who helped them reach two NBA Finals in the early 2000s. “The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision,” general manager Billy King said in a statement. “We needed to increase our depth inside, and with his experience and size, we felt he was the right choice for a 10-day contract.” The news comes as Michael Sam, another US sportsman who recently revealed he is gay, prepares to take part in American Football’s NFL Scouting Combine – a showcase of college players looking to be signed by NFL teams. Last May, Los Angeles Galaxy footballer Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay male athlete to play in a US professional league. However Major League Soccer is not regarded as one of the four main sports competitions in the US. Agencies

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Sydney Skinny dippers attempt world record for largest nude ocean swim

Hundreds of people stripped off on Sunday to take part in the second annual Sydney Skinny in an attempt to break the world record for the largest nude ocean swim. Competitors enter the water at the start the second annual Sydney Skinny. Photo AFP Over 700 people took part in last year’s inaugural swim, which aims to promote a positive body image. Held at Cobblers Beach, Middle Head, in Sydney Harbour National Park, the event sees participants swimming 900m amid the waters of Middle Head. There is also a 300m nudie novice swim. As well as promoting “greater self-acceptance”, the ticketed event also raises money for Australia’s National Parks and Wildlife Projects. Starting at 9am, participants set off in quarter-hourly waves, before celebrating their achievements in the site’s festival area. Creator Nigel Marsh said that people use the Sydney Skinny “to throw aside concerns of body image, to connect with nature and celebrate living with more courage and kindness”. Writing on the event’s Facebook page after the swim, Andrew Gee said: “Did everyone enjoy today? Was such a great event. Thank you to all those who took time to organise it – see you next year!” And Karuna Elliot added: “Such an amazingly fun and well organised event. Thank you to all behind the scenes and those making it smooth today. “MoMo and I had a REALLY enjoyable swim and fun nudie festivities. We are looking forward to next year already.” Source Independent

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Drama teacher charged with having sex with schoolboy she met while directing production of hit musical

A drama teacher from North Somerset has been charged with a series of sexual offences against a teenage boy. Kelly Burgess. Facebook photo Kelly Burgess, from Newport, south Wales, faces four allegations of sexual activity with a boy aged between 13 and 17, the MailOnline reports. The 26-year-old has been suspended from her post at a school in North Somerset and is due to appear in court next month. She will face four charges of adult abuse of a position of trust – sexual activity with a boy between 13 and 17 years. An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman told the MailOnline: “Kelly Ann-Marie Burgess, aged 26, of Newport, has been charged with four sexual offences against a teenager.” “She is due to appear at North Somerset Magistrates’ Court at Worle on March 17. “She has been charged with four counts of adult abuse of position of trust – sexual activity with a boy between 13 and 17 years.” A spokesman for North Somerset council confirmed a teacher had been suspended from their post while the allegations were investigated. The spokesman said: “We can confirm that a member of staff at a North Somerset school has been suspended. “As the matter is currently the subject of a police investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment any further.” Agencies

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Baby boy died after nurse removed him from a ventilator without permission at scandal-hit hospital trust

The parents of Rohan Rhodes, a baby who died at St Michael’s Hospital, have spoken out about their ordeal ahead of his inquest tomorrow. The Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital – which is part of the same trust as St Michael’s where Rohan died Alex Rhodes and Bronwyn Vincent told MailOnline how they used wood which was originally to be used for their son’s cot to build his coffin. Ten days ago, the medical director of NHS England Sir Bruce Keogh ordered an independent review to investigate the care received by youngsters at the University Hospitals of Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and tomorrow, Monday, Avon coroner Maria Voisin will rule over the fourth inquest of a child’s death at the UH Bristol between 2011 to 2012. The jury in the fourth inquest are expected to be sworn in and Rohan’s mother’s statement will be read out. Rohan was born on August 27, 2012 at Singleton Hospital in Swansea, with a Patent Ductus Arteriosus. This is a congenital condition where one of the blood vessels in the heart remains open. The clinical team felt Rohan would require a ligation of the PDA, an operation where the open vessel is tied off. On September 28, at five weeks old, Rohan was transferred on ventilation to Bristol’s St Michael’s Hospital to undergo the procedure. At the time of his transfer, Rohan was in a stable condition, but against a backdrop of “poor care” which his parents claim he received, he deteriorated rapidly. They claim that on September 29, without senior authorisation, a nurse took Rohan off the ventilator on which he was dependent, and failed to monitor his blood readings. Following the extubation, Rohan crashed and nurses struggled to resuscitate him

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