Student paramedic, 31, killed after ambulance smashes with BMW on country lane – The Sun

A STUDENT paramedic has died in a horror crash between her ambulance and a BMW on a country road.

The 31-year-old woman was airlifted to hospital but died a short time later following the collision in Needwood, Burton-upon-Trent, West Mids.

Two other ambulance crew members were taken to Queens Hospital Burton, along with the BMW driver, who is receiving treatment for a leg injury.

The crash took place at around 5.45pm last night and the scene remains sealed off by police as an investigation is launched.

The university student paramedic, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

A statement from the West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "It is with great sadness that West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm the death of a university student paramedic who has died following a collision between an ambulance and a car.


"The tragic incident happened at the junction of Anslow Road and Belmont Road at around 5.45pm this evening.

"The student was airlifted with critical injuries to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, but sadly died a short time later.

"Two other members of the ambulance crew were assessed at the scene and taken to Queens Hospital Burton for a check-up but were later discharged.

"The woman driving the car was transported by land ambulance to Queens Hospital Burton for further treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

"The Trust will work closely with officers from the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit on the investigation which is already underway."

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Trust chief executive Anthony Marsh said: “This is an incident that will affect every member of our staff.

"Our staff deal with difficult incidents every day, but to lose one of your colleagues will always make it that much harder.

"We are very lucky to have so many student paramedics who want to work with us and it is tragic that someone who showed so much promise has died doing the job that they loved.”

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Taylor Swift Couldn’t Buy Masters Without Signing New Big Machine Deal

In the wake of Sunday’s blockbuster announcement that Scooter Braun has acquired Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group — and with it the rights to Taylor Swift’s first six albums — most reports have noted that Swift could have purchased the rights to her music and/or the label itself. While that is true, the playing field was not quite as level as it might seem.

Parsing the statements from both Swift and her attorney Donald Passman, it is clear that she was not offered the opportunity to acquire the rights to her music without signing a new deal with Big Machine, under terms she herself said were not acceptable. Her Tumblr post from Sunday begins: “For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in.” It is worth noting that nowhere in her statement does she say she was not offered any opportunity to buy her masters, as many have reported.

Passman’s statement on Tuesday reads: “Scott Borchetta never gave Taylor Swift an opportunity to purchase her masters, or the label, outright with a check in the way he is now apparently doing for others.” While Passman declined Variety’s request for further comment, a source close to the situation confirmed that Swift was not offered the opportunity to buy either her masters or the label without signing a deal that would bind her to Big Machine, apparently for another 10 years, and whomever Borchetta chose to sell the label to.

“I walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future. I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past,” she wrote.

In his blog post titled “So, It’s Time for Some Truth,” Borchetta writes, “As you will read, 100% of all Taylor Swift assets were to be transferred to her immediately upon signing the new agreement.  We were working together on a new type of deal for our new streaming world that was not necessarily tied to ‘albums’ but more of a length of time.” Those terms, judging by the excerpt of the deal memo he posted, were proposed as seven years by Swift’s team and 10 years by Big Machine — the contract was never signed, so presumably that is one of the terms on which the two sides did not agree. (Reps for Swift and Big Machine either declined or did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.)

Informed observers might say: “Duh! Of course he wouldn’t let her just buy her masters!” Although Big Machine still has strong artists on its roster, obviously Swift’s catalog represents an overwhelming percentage of its reported $300 million value — and apparently Borchetta made the calculation that he’d get a better deal selling the label with Swift’s masters than selling the two assets separately.

And despite the seeming disingenuousness of some of the other comments from Swift and her camp — Braun and Borchetta had been conspicuously bro-ing down for weeks and insiders, particularly the industry trade Hits magazine, had speculated loudly that something big was afoot, so the claim that her camp did not know the sale was imminent is almost on the level of climate-change denial — in the context of her stated feelings about Braun and her history with him, her comment that she “walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future” is at the core of the situation.

That is the unique disadvantage at which artists can find themselves when trying to acquire the rights to their past work — which amounts to, “You can buy it if you agree to give me more” — and the reason why this particular playing field is not as level as some might maintain.

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Dear Coleen: I’ve fallen for exciting guy who will never commit

Dear Coleen

I’ve been seeing this really exciting guy who’s 50. He’s like no-one else I’ve ever met – he’s really spontaneous and it’s thrilling being around him. I’m 40 and have had several toxic relationships in the past and was single for a couple of years before meeting him.

We’ve had some great times together – one weekend he flew me to Barcelona with a day’s notice. He’s very romantic and our sex life is amazing, too. The problem is, I’m falling for him, but he told me right from the start that he’s not interested in a serious commitment after two failed marriages, and he also has grown-up kids from both those relationships.

I don’t think he ever wants to settle down with one woman again. The thing is, I don’t want to stop seeing him, but I know it’ll be hard for me to make do with a lover who doesn’t want to develop the relationship. If I’m honest, I haven’t totally given up on the idea of having a child and finding my “Mr Forever”.

He’s just so addictive, though, and I’m enjoying life for the first time in years.

Have you any advice?

Coleen says

Well, at least he’s been honest with you from the beginning and not led you up the garden path only to break your heart.

I can see the attraction of this sexy, exciting thing you’ve got with him, especially after a string of bad relationships.

Perhaps it’s a case of going with the flow for the time being, getting yourself back in the dating driving seat and feeling more confident in yourself. It could be a good stepping stone to your next – more serious – relationship.

Only you can decide whether you can handle seeing him without expecting more than he’s willing to offer, or feeling jealous or possessive when he’s not with you. I suppose the longer the relationship goes on and the more it develops, there’s always a chance he’ll feel differently.

He might want to make more of a commitment, but it’s not guaranteed, so it’s important to adjust your expectations.

If I were you, I’d enjoy it while it lasts and hopefully it’ll give you the confidence to go on and meet someone else who’s more in tune with what you see in your future.

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What caused Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram worldwide outage?

Users globally were not able to send and receive images, videos and other files over its social media platforms.

    Facebook said it was “back at 100 percent” after an outage on all of its services affected users in various parts of the world.

    Online monitoring service DownDetector reported on Wednesday that the outage began around 12:00 GMT and affected Facebook as well as its Instagram and WhatsApp services.

    “The issue has since been resolved and we should be back at 100 percent for everyone,” the company tweeted at 00:06 GMT on Thursday, adding they were sorry for “any inconvenience”.

    A Facebook spokesperson, also speaking on behalf of Instagram and WhatsApp, explained that a “routine maintenance operation” accidentally triggered a bug that made it difficult for users to upload or send photos and videos, US media reported.

    #Facebookdown and #instagramdown were trending on Twitter as users around the world reported these apps were not functioning.

    Later in the day, Twitter also said they were experiencing issues with their platform as well. 

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    When I tell you I have HIV, please don't unmatch me

    Shame, shame, shame.

    We all know the reference, Cersei taking her walk of shame in Game of Thrones. That’s where my head goes when I face a dating rejection because of my HIV. Like I’m doing a walk of shame.

    The stigma runs deep, particularly with straight men and I go on a shame spiral. Agonising over every detail of the conversations, analysing, should I have told him then? Should I have worded it differently? Should I have waited until we met in person? It just goes around and around.

    A new survey by Terrence Higgins Trust shows I’m not alone. HIV stigma continues to be shockingly high and it’s people like me who are having to face the consequences. 38 per cent of people would feel uncomfortable going on a date with someone living with HIV.

    While nearly half would feel uncomfortable kissing someone living with HIV. HIV never has or ever will be passed on by kissing or across the dinner table during an awkward date.

    But this is the reality I have to deal with when it comes to dating and I am fed up with it.

    Shame, shame, shame.

    A new guy super liked me on Tinder and commented he was very glad he did. I’ve put a link to an HIV article in my bio and I ask people to read it.

    It includes the information – which is backed up by evidence and two major studies, as well as endorsed by Terrence Higgins Trust – that because I’m on effective treatment I can’t pass on HIV, with or without a condom.

    So if a guy’s at the point of messaging me I assume they’ve looked at it.

    New guy was a nurse in an area of women’s health. New guy messaged me at 07.20 saying he had woken up thinking about me.

    New guy messaged me as soon as he was on a break at work with a smiling picture.

    We had planned to meet at the weekend, new guy said he was so excited to meet me.

    New guy liked big curvy girls. New guy was a fan of kink.

    During the conversation, the new guy told me he had worked at a women’s HIV treatment and assessment unit in Uganda. I was so happy, could this new guy be any more of a fit for me? I asked new guy if he’d read the article, he said no.

    My stomach flipped, he doesn’t know.

    I’d assumed he had. I assumed that as he worked in health care he was just more educated on the matter and it didn’t concern him. Maybe I was being naïve, how could someone possibly know and not ask me about it?

    New guy asked for the link again, said his phone wouldn’t let him copy and paste it.

    No turning back.

    I sent new guy the link at 11.16. he said he’d read it on his lunch and message me then. By 20.00 new guy had not read the two (casual, light and agonised over) messages I’d sent. One at lunch, one after work.

    What is it going to take? When are three letters not going to stop the conversation? Every. Single. Time.

    My friend said to me ‘he might still reply’.

    New guy didn’t. New guys never do.

    I want to be able to say ‘I’m HIV+ undetectable’ and they just go ‘okay’ and we move on.

    I’ve seen it before, I’ve walked this path before and it’s like I’m in last night’s dress, smeared makeup, hungover and everyone can see.

    And if my love life (and its challenges) has got you to read this, then please click off knowing what I really, really want you to know: people living with HIV and on effective treatment can’t pass it on to sexual partners.

    That’s because treatment reduces the amount of virus in my blood to undetectable levels to protect my immune system from damage. That also means it can’t be passed on.

    Only 19 per cent of people across the country know this and that needs to change. Because it has a real and devastating impact.

    Most men still don’t know about HIV. They won’t take the time to read information about it. If they think their dick is in danger they disengage, no matter how much they liked you in the first place.

    I cannot pass on HIV to anyone else, and neither can any other person on effective HIV treatment. In the UK that’s 97 per cent of all of us diagnosed and on treatment.

    But until more people know this me and countless other women will face rejection after rejection when we choose to share our HIV status.

    That’s what needs to change. I want to be able to say ‘I’m HIV+ undetectable’ and they just go ‘okay’ and we move on.

    Terrence Higgins Trust has launched its Can’t Pass It On campaign to champion the message that people living with HIV and on effective treatment can’t pass the virus on. 

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    MAD magazine to cease publishing new content after 67 years

    MAD Magazine is set to release its final two issues with new content – after that, future editions of the longtime satirical staple will only feature classic content from the nearly seven decades that it’s been in business.

    The magazine was the subject of reports that it was ceasing production on Wednesday night – that’s not quite what’s happening.

    MAD Magazine owner DC Comics told Global News that it’s not ceasing production, but that it will leave newsstands after issue number nine, which will come with all-new content in early August.

    After that, issue number 10 will feature new content but only be available to customers through subscriptions and the “direct market” – meaning comic book shops.

    Subsequent issues of MAD will feature “classic, best-of and nostalgic content from the last 67 years.”

    Some employees, though not all, have been let go from the magazine because there will “no longer be new content and thus no need for staff to create and edit new content.”

    The only new content will be featured in the magazine’s end-of-year special.

    That will be all new, said DC Comics.

    7-year-old TJ Desjarlais poses in Medicine Hat, Alta., on May 6, 2016. Desjarlais is basking in the limelight after being featured in Mad Magazine as a dead ringer for the publication’s iconic face Alfred E. Neuman.

    MAD began life as a comic in 1952, with its iconic character Alfred E. Neuman making his debut four years later.

    Neuman became known for his catchphrase, “What? Me worry?”

    The magazine’s circulation would grow to over 2 million in the 1970s, having built a reputation for skewering the famous and powerful, and encouraging people to question what they’re being told.

    “The editorial mission statement has always been the same: ‘everyone is lying to you, including magazines. Think for yourself. Question authority,’” editor John Ficarra told Fast Company in 2012.

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    Tour de France 2019: 3D interactive map of the route with every categorised climb, profiles and more

    The 2019 Tour de France is a brute: five summit finishes and a whole host of climbs peppered through France from the north right down to the Pyrenees and the Alps.

    It is a route which will demand from its conqueror a strength in the mountains, a resilience in the thin air in the clouds, and the skill and bravery to descend at high speed. 

    The race starts in Brussels on Saturday 6 July to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx’s first Tour de France win, and culminates in Paris three weeks later. 

    We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view.

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    The critical days may well fall just before Paris, however, and three back-to-back mountain stages which will test the yellow jersey hunters to their limit.

    Take a look below at our 3D interactive map of this year’s Tour de France route, complete with details of every categorised climb along the way. 

    Map by Esri UK.

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    Oklahoma Couple Wanted by Police After 1 Child Is Found Dead, 3 in Critical Condition, & 1 Missing

    An Oklahoma couple are currently wanted by local police after authorities found one of their five children dead and three others in critical condition and are searching for one more.

    Early last month, the Altus Police Department issued an arrest warrant for Hakim Mustafa Moore and Robin Alexander in Jackson, OK, according to a post on APD’s Facebook page.

    The couple are wanted by authorities after they failed to appear in court for several charges, including three counts of child abuse, one count of child neglect and one count of enabling child neglect.

    Police believe they have since fled to the St. Louis, Missouri area to “evade capture”.

    The investigation involving Moore, 27, and Alexander, 29, who are parents to five children, has been ongoing since Sept. 2018, according to authorities.

    The APD said they first became involved with the child abuse case on September 6, 2018, after Oklahoma Department of Human Services showed up to their residence and requested their assistance “in regards to signs of physical abuse on the three minor children.”

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    The three children were treated and released from medical care, according to APD.

    After filing the charges, APD said Moore and Alexander were taken into custody and then released on bond, but failed to appear in court on June 10.

    It was around that time that the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Marshals were called on to provide additional assistance with the search.

    During the investigation, police said they located three of Moore and Alexander’s children in Oklahoma. The children were listed in critical condition, but are currently in the state’s custody. It was not immediately clear when the children were found.

    They later located a fourth child who had sadly died and authorities are now searching for the fifth. According to police, the last child was believed to be born in a hotel room with no documentation, making the identification process incredibly difficult.

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    As authorities continue to their search, they are now offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to Moore and Alexander’s arrest.

    Anyone with information regarding the couple or the fifth child’s whereabouts is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service Communication Center at (800) 336-0102 and CrimeStoppers at (866) 371-TIPS (8477).

    People can also report any pertinent information on the case to the U.S. Marshals’ website at

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    ‘Stranger Things’ Invades ‘Fortnite’ Ahead of Season 3 Premiere!

    Stranger Things is finding some fun ways to promote the show’s upcoming third season – including an invasion of Fortnite!

    The Netflix series has introduced portals into the massively popular game as of Wednesday (July 3), just ahead of the show’s Season 3 premiere on Thursday (July 4).

    The orange portals inside of Fortnite’s Mega Mall, in the middle of the map, resemble the portals to the Upside Down from the show.

    You can also hear the same noises that the characters from the series hear when they start to appear around town. Walking into one transports you to whatever portal it’s connected to inside of the mall.

    Back in May, a Scoops Ahoy ice cream shop was added to the Mega Mall – which is the same store that will appear in the upcoming third season of the show.

    Click here to see an example of the portals in action – and click here to watch the trailer for the show’s upcoming third season!

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    Kelly Ripa Claps Back at Troll Who Accused Husband Mark Consuelos of Skipping Out on Family Time

    There’s a new clap back queen in town, and her name is Kelly Ripa!

    On Tuesday, Ripa, 48, shared a steamy snap of her husband Mark Consuelos shirtless in beautiful blue water, showing off his impressive upper body muscles.

    “An actor prepares………..for the end of vacation,” Ripa captioned the photo.

    While the sexy snap garnered plenty of attention from other celebrities and fans, including The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna, who wrote in a comment, “Thank you Kelly 🔥” — some used the moment as an opportunity to criticize the Riverdale star, 48.

    “He spends a hell of a lot of his time working out should spend it with his wife and kids,” an Instagram user wrote, adding a crying face emoji.

    Ripa promptly responded, “He’s on vacation WITH us. He’s a multitasker.”

    Ripa and her family have been on vacation since last week, and both she and Mark have been documenting the sunny getaway to their social platforms.

    The mother of three caught some attention herself while on the trip, after posting a stunning photo of herself in a white bikini and beach coverup snapped by her 18-year-old daughter Lola Consuelos.

    “Sous le soleil avec #papa(Not pictured)” Ripa wrote in the caption. The French phrase translates to “under the sun with #papa.”

    Holly Robinson Peete also commented on the photo, writing, “Damn sis,” while Mark’s Riverdale costar Marisol Nichols added, “Stunning!!!”

    Mark has also shared some great family photos from the trip, including one of the whole crew at sunset.

    “Entourage…(said w/French accent),” he wrote in the caption.

    Before Ripa’s fun in the sun ended, she also shared a sweet throwback photo of Mark and their three kids — Lola, Michael, 22, and Joaquin, 16.

    The throwback photo was taken eight years ago in 2011, as the foursome smile atop a beautiful bluff with the ocean in the background on one side and old buildings on the other.

    She shared a photo from their current trip, as well, writing jokingly in the comment that the walls behind them got smaller.

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