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William Shatner on ‘weeping uncontrollably’ after space travel with Jeff Bezos and how Star Trek V…

William Shatner has opened up about ‘weeping uncontrollably’ after travelling into space with Jeff Bezos in 2021 – as he reflected on his legendary Star Trek career. In a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Shatner, 92, opened up about the emotional conversation he had with Amazon founder Bezos after they returned from space aboard Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket. Shatner was 90 years old at the time of the flight, making him the oldest person to go into space. Upon returning, Shatner was overcome with emotion as the trip made him come to grips about Earth’s future. ‘I was weeping uncontrollably for reasons I didn’t know. It was my fear of what’s happening to Earth. I could see how small it was,’ he told The Hollywood Reporter. ‘It’s a rock with paper-thin air. You’ve got rock and 2 miles of air, and that’s all that we have, and we’re f**king it up. And, that dramatically, I saw it in that moment.’ Prior to his rocket launch, Shatner played legendary space traveler Admiral James T. Kirk on the Star Trek franchise. The show featured a groundbreaking interracial kiss between Shatner and his co-star Nichelle Nichols. The actor was asked if he insisted on making every take real – even with the network reportedly asking for faked takes as an alternative. ‘I do remember saying, “Maybe they’ll try and edit it. What can I do to try and discourage the editing of the kiss itself?” I don’t remember quite what I did because it’s difficult to cut away [from the kiss in an edit]. But yeah, I remember thinking that,’ he told the outlet. Star Trek ran for three seasons before it was cancelled – he wound up broke, living out of a truck, and performing summer stock theater. Reflecting on that period of time, he said: ‘I’m broke, living in a truck, sleeping in the back and trying to save that money so I could support my three kids and my [ex-]wife, who were living in Beverly Hills. ‘The only thing that ever occurred to me was, “I can always go back to Toronto and make something of a living as an actor there.” I never thought, “Oh, I’ve got to become a salesman.” It never occurred to me from the age of 6 to do anything else. In 1982, Shatner joined the cast of T.J. Hooker – another iconic series, and one in which he starred in for it’s four year run. ‘It was a terrific show. It had all kinds of drama. I got to direct several of the episodes. And some of my shots are in the opening. I was totally involved, committed to the writing, committed to the directing. You’re running all the time. You’ve got to make decisions and you don’t have enough money.’ His incredible career does not come without disappointments – notably, the 1989 film Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, which Shatner starred in and directed. Shatner called his inability to be emotionally ‘equipped’ enough to handle the film his biggest regret. ‘I wish that I’d had the backing and the courage to do the things I felt I needed to do. My concept was, “Star Trek goes in search of God,” and management said, “Well, who’s God? We’ll alienate the nonbeliever, so, no, we can’t do God.” ‘And then somebody said, “What about an alien who thinks they’re God?” Then it was a series of my inabilities to deal with the management and the budget. I failed. In my mind, I failed horribly. When I’m asked, “What do you regret the most?,” I regret not being equipped emotionally to deal with a large motion picture. So in the absence of my power, the power vacuum filled with people that didn’t make the decisions I would’ve made.’ Shatner took complete responsibility for the failure of the film. ‘It is on me. [In the finale,] I wanted granite [rock creatures] to explode out of the mountain. The special effects guy said, “I can build you a suit that’s on fire and smoke comes out.” I said, “Great, how much will that cost?” They said, “$250,000 a suit.” Can you make 10 suits? ‘He said, “Yeah.” That’s $2.5 million. You’ve got a $30 million budget. You sure you want to spend [it on that]? Those are the practical decisions. Well, wait a minute, what about one suit? And I’ll photograph it everywhere [to look like 10].’ In an editor’s note, THR writes: ‘The plan to use one suit famously did not work well onscreen and was ultimately abandoned.

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The new 6G phone technology that spots skin cancer sooner

Scientists have found a new way to detect any type of skin cancer in a matter of seconds. Currently, the 270,000 new skin cancer cases diagnosed each year in the UK are identified using a microscope-type device or scans such as computer tomography (CT). These scans use high-frequency radiowaves (a type of radiation) to create a detailed image of what is happening inside the body but involve a hospital visit and bulky equipment. While they can detect the disease in its early stages, the higher frequency radiowaves the scans use can also damage healthy cells in the body. They are also time-consuming and expensive. But now researchers at Queen Mary University of London and Glasgow University have come up with another solution which they claim could revolutionise the diagnosis of skin cancer. They have developed a sensor that uses less harmful, low-frequency terahertz (THz) radiation which is more accurate than using a microscope and just as accurate, but safer, than CT scans. This is the same technology that will be used in the next generation of 6G mobile phones. While traditional scanning techniques build up pictures of the tissue, the THz scan looks at how the tissue reacts to certain radio frequencies. This means it can identify even a small number of cancer cells, say the researchers. They claim the new sensor can detect skin cancer ‘within a matter of seconds’ and with ‘exceptional sensitivity’. In future it could be incorp- orated into a hand-held device so patients can be diagnosed more conveniently, even at home. In a study, published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, the scientists tested the sensor on 3D synthetic skin to see if it could detect subtle cell changes. After shining the THz radiation on skin samples, they monitored the radiowaves and found that with cancerous tissue the radiowaves bounced back with three particular characteristics. This was then fed into a computer programme which creates graphs on a screen. This technology allows ‘for more accurate differentiation between healthy and cancerous cells and to measure the malignancy degree of the tissue’, said Dr Shohreh Nourinovin, a research associate at Queen Mary’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, who led the study. In lab tests, the sensor successfully identified normal skin cells and basal cell carcinoma cells in less than five minutes. T he researchers say this ability to detect early-stage cancer holds immense potential for improving patient outcomes. Professor Qammer Abbasi, co-director for Communication Sensing & Imaging Hub at Glasgow University’s James Watt School of Engineering, who was involved in the study, says the new technology could be ‘particularly beneficial for people who are unable to travel to hospital or live in remote areas’. He envisages it being used to screen people for skin cancer. If it detects a cancer, more detailed checks would be required. ‘The earlier we can diagnose skin cancer, the better the outcome. This technology could save countless lives,’ he adds. Commenting on the technology, Dr Hattie Brooks, research information manager at the charity Cancer Research UK, said: ‘While more research is needed before this biosensor can move from the laboratory bench to bedside, it’s exciting to see promising new innovations that could one day help more people affected by some types of skin cancer to get diagnosed at an earlier stage.

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Rudy Giuliani faces heat as creditors seek to seize his Florida home

Creditors are intensifying their efforts to recoup significant debts from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani by targeting his $3.5 million Florida condominium, as disclosed in a recent court filing. The saga unfolds as Giuliani navigates a bankruptcy proceeding initiated in December, citing an array of unpaid debts — notably a whopping $148 million claim linked to allegations regarding Georgia election poll workers tampering with 2020 ballots — during his tenure as legal counsel for former President Donald Trump. In response to the latest legal maneuver, Giuliani’s legal team — led by Heath Berger of Berger, Fischoff, Shumer, Wexler & Goodman, LLP — rebuffed the attempt to force the sale of his Florida property, labeling the move as “extremely premature.” “The case is still in its infancy,” Berger, underlining the ongoing nature of Giuliani’s bankruptcy litigation, told CNBC. Giuliani contends he lacks the financial means to settle his debts, with his primary income sources cited as Social Security payments and funds from his Individual Retirement Account. However, court documents reveal Giuliani’s hefty monthly expenses to sustain his Florida abode and over $26,200 on his credit card in January alone for Amazon purchases, Netflix and Uber rides. “Unfortunately, like everybody else, that’s like a debit card for him,” Berger told the outlet. “We don’t believe that there’s anything out of the ordinary, outside of normal living expenses.” While Giuliani’s main residence in New York remains protected as it is cited as his primary residence, his Florida property has become a focal point for creditors aiming to recoup what they’re owed, the court filing said, citing Giuliani’s significant presence in the Sunshine State as justification for targeting the condo. The document stated Giuliani’s spends “approximately 20-30% of his time in Florida,” and therefore creditors claimed the $3.5 million condo must be sold. Yet, Giuliani’s legal team asserts he’s already in the process of selling his Manhattan apartment, intending to shift his permanent residence to Florida. However, The Post previously reported that Giuliani has taken his New York home off the market for now. The Post has reached out his reps for clarification. Despite creditors’ demands for homeowners insurance coverage for both his Florida and New York residences, Giuliani maintains he’s unable to afford such protection. The specter of legal battles stemming from Giuliani’s involvement in efforts to overturn the 2020 election looms large, contributing to his dire financial straits. His bankruptcy filing painted a grim picture, estimating assets between $1 million and $10 million, paling in comparison to the towering $152 million debt burden, inclusive of obligations to the IRS and law firms.

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NYC’s hottest nightlife scene is a literal candy shop

The cool kids are in the candy store. BonBon, a Swedish confectionery on the Lower East Side that’s open until midnight, has become an unlikely nightlife hot spot. “Last week, we came here instead of going to the bars,” said Katie Miller, 23, who works in e-commerce. “It’s a great Saturday night.” This past Saturday, a gaggle of 20-somethings dressed in knee-high boots and black leather miniskirts queued up outside the pink storefront, eager to get in. A dedicated “candy bouncer” named Sage managed the line as Britney Spears’ “Toxic” blared from inside. “Saturday night is the rowdiest it gets – like a rowdy, drunk party,” Sage, 28, said. “It’s fun.” BonBon has been around for years but it’s suddenly having a moment thanks to TikTok and its social media-friendly pink shopping bags. “It’s been chaos lately,” an assistant manager named Sophie told The Post. “We’re firing on all cylinders nearly all the time. It’s exhausting.” Roughly 10 customers are allowed inside the tiny shop at a time. They’re given sanitized scoops and set free to pick and mix from among colorful bins of Rambo Watermelon Sours, White Chocolate Licorice Marbles, Berry Bites and fruity Bubs brand chews — the holy grail of Swedish candy. “They’re a texture that’s not a marshmallow or gummy, but foam – so they’re right in between,” said BonBon COO Sara Ciliberto. “They’re so intriguing.” The shop’s Swedish co-founder, Robert Persson, 40, admitted that some customers are clearly inebriated as they scoop their candy, which is priced at $18 per pound. “The boozy people spend more money, no shame,” Persson said. Then, “You have the stoners – they can spend $150, so you know they’re smoking something. They fill up the big bag – they don’t stop. Or they’ll take forever in the store, just staring.” But, some people are looking for nothing more than a sugar high. “This is our plan for the night,” Battery Park-based Riane Puno, 27, told The Post outside the sweet boutique on Saturday. “This is enough of a night for me.” She and two well-heeled friends clutched pink bags of sugary booty. “We justified spending the money on a drink on this instead,” said Puno’s friend, Amy Pinkus, 28, of her $26 purchase. BonBon, which also has locations in Williamsburg and on the Upper East Side, imports 12 tons of goodies from Sweden every three weeks to keeps its bins stocked. Persson said the fact that the Scandi candy is made with real sugar, not high fructose corn syrup, makes it superior to domestic treats. “It tastes so good,” said Haley Alpert, a 27-year-old from the East Village who visited the shop last Saturday night with her boyfriend — after calling ahead to make sure her favorite Bubs treats were in stock. “I don’t want normal American candy anymore.” Gummies, licorice and the like have a unique place in Swedish culture. Children go to the candy store every Saturday and spend the day feasting on sugary treats, a practice known as lördagsgodis, which translates to “Saturday sweets.” The practice dates back to the 1950s when health authorities recommended concentrating treat consumption into a single day to limit tooth decay. “It’s a whole culture of candy that’s blown up [here] – and I think it started with BonBon,” said Alpert. As midnight nears, sugar fiends are desperate for a fix. Customers have been known to show up in their pajamas in an Uber just before the clock strikes 12, according to Ciliberto. BonBon also delivers via apps such as Seamless and Door Dash. Even on the busiest nights, turning off the apps is a no-no, Persson said. The phone will just ring off the hook with hungry customers. “It’s like the crack is gone. It’s like selling drugs – they’re addicted,” he said. “Thank goodness, this is a positive thing.”

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Ambient Air Black Carbon Analyzer Market is anticipated to reach USD 7,759.4 Thousands by 2031

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“She had been provided with crack cocaine for free… and had been told not to leave”: Pub accused of being used as a brothel where sex workers were paid in drugs loses its licence

A pub allegedly being used as a brothel where trafficked sex workers were paid in drugs has had its licence revoked. Trafford’s licensing sub-committee today (Monday March 18) opted to revoke the licence of The Railway Inn on Manchester Road, Altrincham held by Rebecca Ellis following a closure order granted by Manchester Magistrates’ Court on February 21. Ms Ellis and her father Richard Gerard Ellis are currently on police bail until May 14, pending a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service over whether charges will be brought against them. Trafford council solicitor James Parry said that the Railway Inn was the subject of a visit by Greater Manchester Police and officers from the council on February 13. “In one of the upper rooms of the premises they discovered a woman who said she was a sex worker who advised the police in a statement captured on body-worn video that she had been trafficked to the premises,” he said. Ms Ellis and Mr Ellis were arrested in respect of offences connected with the trafficking of sex workers in a brothel. READ MORE: Creamfields security guards opened Strongbow Dark Fruit cans and were shocked at what was inside Later that day the council issued a closure notice on the grounds that the use of the premises had ‘resulted in nuisance to members of the public and was likely to be the cause of disorder as a result of the premises being used as a brothel’. Magistrates later granted the closure order because they were satisfied that ‘a person had engaged in criminal behaviour on the premises, namely that Rebecca Ellis and Richard Gerard Ellis had used the premises as a brothel’. They also said there was likely to be disorder near the Railway Inn associated with its ‘use as a brothel and the trafficking of sex workers to work within the premises’. Mr Ellis appeared at the sub-committee hearing but said his daughter was too ill to attend. He was advised by Mr Parry and the chair Coun David Jarman that he had the right to remain silent because a police investigation into the allegations against him and his daughter was ongoing. Mr Ellis replied: “You can ask me whatever you like and I will answer you.” Asking to see a copy of the police evidence, he said: “Why is the pub being hounded when we are only on bail for alleged offences?” And he added: “I am denying all the allegations. I intend to return to the pub and maintain the licence and run it as a pub as we did before.” However, Coun Simon Thomas, sitting on the panel, said: “We are not here to decide on the [criminal] allegations being made. We are here to judge whether it is right and property for the licence to continue.” Written evidence submitted to the hearing by Trafford’s community safety and CCTV team leader Neill Courtney said that a check with companies house has revealed that the Railway Inn is incorporated as a company with Richard Ellis as the sole director with Rebecca Ellis as a person with ‘significant control’. He said the company was dissolved in November 2023, although Mr Ellis told the hearing he intended to have it ‘restored’. Mr Courtney’s statement said that GMP officers received intelligence that indicated that the Railway Inn was being used to offer ‘sexual services for reward’. After police and council officers carried out their raid, a female told them she had been brought to the premises by Richard Ellis having been collected from Manchester where she was carrying out sex work, it says. “She explained to officers, who recorded her account on their body-worn video, that she had been engaged in sex work at the pub, where Richard Ellis had provided her with drugs,” his statement said. “The female, whose identity is known to me, explained that she engages in sex work in Manchester to pay for her addiction to crack cocaine. She stated that she had been provided with crack cocaine for free and had been told not to leave the upstairs of the pub. She felt that Richard Ellis would make it difficult for her to leave by doing such things as keeping her belongings and refusing to transport her elsewhere unless she agreed to return. “She told police officers that Richard Ellis pestered her to have sex with him in exchange for crack cocaine.” Mr Courtney said the female concerned was immediately transported from the premises by police officers for safeguarding purposes and was treated as a victim of tracking throughout with appropriate officers of support. Rebecca and Richard Ellis were in the downstairs area of the pub and were placed under arrest for ‘offences of controlling prostitution for gain’. At the conclusion of the hearing Coun Jarman told Mr Ellis: “The decision of this licensing sub-commitee is to revoke the premises licence.” Mr Parry added: “This is a decision made in the interests of public safety. It is not a criminal matter.” He added that Mr Ellis had a right to appeal to magistrates against the revoking of the licence, but must do so within 21 days. Following the hearing, Coun Rose Thompson, Trafford council’s executive member for communities and safety, said: “We are committed to protecting our residents and communities. Our community safety officers work in partnership with police to support our neighbourhoods to prevent and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. “If there is an issue within your neighbourhood that is causing you to feel unsafe, please don’t hesitate to contact us.”

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Chicago Mandates Measles Vaccine for Sheltered Illegal Immigrants Following Outbreak

A new policy demanding that all illegal immigrants in Chicago receive the measles vaccine before entering publicly-owned shelters has gone into effect as authorities step up efforts to contain the disease. However, authorities have met resistance from a large number of illegal immigrants who are refusing to be vaccinated. In response, Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker requested the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist local officials in ensuring that illegal immigrants who are hesitant or refuse to get the vaccine would comply with the order. The city also placed over 100 illegal immigrants in quarantine who were believed to have been exposed to the disease. “Vaccination remains by far the most effective way to prevent the spread of measles. New arrivals and all Chicagoans should get the MMR vaccine if they haven’t already.” The outbreak comes as many of Chicago’s illegal immigrants confront a Saturday deadline to move out of their shelter, as the city will begin enforcing a 60-day shelter stay limit. The initial evictions began on Saturday, with the immigrants then having the option to go back to the city’s migrant landing zone to reapply for shelter. Chicago has maintained its status as a sanctuary city since 1985, when former Mayor Harold Washington issued an executive order. The order became law in 2006 when city officials were directed not to ask about immigration status, disclose that information to federal authorities, or deny city services depending on citizenship status. Nearly 12,000 illegal immigrants are spread out over 23 shelters throughout the city, with more continuing to arrive daily. As recently as five years ago, measles cases were believed to have been a dark relic of the city’s past. Since 2019, the state of Illinois had not reported a single measles case until last year, when five incidents were registered. CDPH claimed an increasing number of measles cases have been identified nationwide and worldwide in recent months “due to lower vaccination coverage.” Tyrone Muhammad, executive director of ECCSC, a Chicago-based group promoting social change, told The Epoch Times that Chicagoans should be the first priority and are in dire need of the limited resources being delegated to illegals. “It’s clear to me that from the government perspective that they are saying to us openly is that it is okay for black children to die, to be de-invested, to lack education, so long as we continue to send our resources to non-citizens,” said Mr. Muhammad. “The people here have grown tired of seeing every foreigner, every non-citizen, every illegal provided billions of dollars in funding while the people who built this city are struggling to put food on the table,” he continued. “It is an outrage. Our people keep watching the city find money to give rent, food, housing, [and] transportation to migrants when our own children no longer feel welcome in this city,” he added.

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