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  • Two police officers are arrested after ‘taking selfie next to bodies of sisters who were stabbed to death

    Two police officers are arrested after ‘taking selfie next to bodies of sisters who were stabbed to death by stranger in London park and sharing it with a WhatsApp group

    Sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman were stabbed to death in Fryent Country Park in Wembley Credit: Metropolitan Police

    Two Metropolitan Police officers have been arrested after allegedly sharing “inappropriate” photographs of a double murder scene.

    Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, are believed to have been stabbed to death by a stranger at Fryent Country Park, off Slough Lane, in Wembley, north-west London.

    Detectives believe the sisters were killed in the early hours of June 6 after meeting friends the previous evening to celebrate Ms Henry’s birthday.

    Scotland Yard said its directorate of professional standards was told last week about allegations that “non-official and inappropriate photographs” had been taken at the crime scene.

    Two officers were arrested on Monday by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and suspended from duty.

     

    The police watchdog said the pictures were allegedly “shared with a small number of others”, adding that the Met was “handling matters involving those members of the public who may have received those images”.

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    Selfies taken by two sisters who both died from multiple stab wounds in Fryent Country Park, Wembley.
    Selfies taken by two sisters who both died from multiple stab wounds in Fryent Country Park, Wembley. Credit: Metropolitan Police

    The Met’s Commander Paul Brogden said: “I am horrified and disgusted by the nature of these allegations; a sentiment which will be shared by colleagues throughout the organisation.

    “If true, these actions are morally reprehensible, and anyone involved will be robustly dealt with.”

    The sisters’ family previously told of the “devastating impact” of their loss after their loved ones’ bodies were found next to each other shortly after 1pm on June 7.

    Mr Brogdan said investigators have informed them of the allegations, adding: “This deeply disturbing information will no doubt have created additional trauma for a family who are already grieving the devastating loss of two loved ones.

    “I can only start to imagine the impact of this; and I’d like to sincerely apologise to them for this further burden.

    “I know that the wider community will share our shock and repulsion at these allegations and whilst our focus remains with Bibaa and Nicole’s family we are also listening to the concerns our communities and key stakeholders will want to raise about these allegations.”

    Tributes left at the scene in Wembley.
    Tributes left at the scene in Wembley. Credit: PA

    The two police officers, who are based on the Met’s North East Command, have been bailed pending further enquiries.

    IOPC director for London Sal Naseem said: “These are sickening allegations and when we were made aware by the Metropolitan Police, we acted quickly to arrest the officers involved in order to seize vital evidence.

    “The victims’ family are naturally extremely distressed at this turn of events and we are ensuring that they are updated as our investigation is progressing.”

    The IOPC is separately investigating how the Met handled calls from worried family and friends of the sisters after they went missing.

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Londoners will be undoubtedly disgusted by these sickening allegations and I am deeply concerned about the impact this will no doubt have on the victims’ family, friends and the wider community.

    “I welcome, and wholeheartedly support, the action taken by the Met and their decision to refer this incident to the IOPC for independent investigation.”

    Police previously released pictures of senior social worker Ms Henry, from Brent in north-west London, and photographer Ms Smallman dancing with fairy lights before they were murdered.

    Their family said: “The pain we feel as a family is so deep no words can express how we are feeling.

    “This has had a devastating impact on our lives and each day gets worse to think our daughters, Bibaa and Nicole, are not with us and that they have been brutally killed by someone.”

    Their killer is thought to have suffered a “significant injury” during the attack before he left the park via its Valley Drive entrance.

    The sisters are thought to have ended up alone in the park by around 12.30am on June 6, and police said they were in “good spirits” and “taking selfie pictures, listening to music and dancing with fairy lights” until at least 1.13am.

    Their last contact with friends and family was about 1.05am, police said.

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    Big companies like Apple, super successful websites like Facebook, and bestselling books like The 4-Hour Workweek all have one thing in common:  They begin with a million pound idea.

    The big question is:  How did their creators come up with these ideas?  

    The answer is:  Spontaneity and luck had little to do with it.

    In this article, we’ll take a brief look at 20 tried and true techniques that some of the brightest and most successful entrepreneurs have used to generate million pound ideas.

    You don’t need to have a 100-person company
    to develop and execute a good idea.
    – Larry Page (Google)

    1. Generate lots of ideas. – The more ideas you create, the more likely you are to create an idea worth a million pounds.
    2. Fail a lot. – All of the ideas that don’t work are simply stepping stones on your way to the one idea that does.  Sometimes you have to fail a thousand times to succeed.  No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.
    3. Consume information consciously. – Some of my friends think it’s wasteful that I spend so much time reading books and blogs.  It’s not.  It’s what gives me an edge.  I feel engulfed with new ideas and information.  And I’ve actually used what I’ve learned to launch this websites.  When you read things and interact with people, take off your consumer cap and put on your creator cap.  There are million pound ideas (or at least some really good ideas) all around you waiting for discovery.
    4. Focus on topics and ideas with large markets. – A million pounds is not a lot of money in the grand scheme of things, but it certainly is if you’re trying to earn it in a small market with limited opportunities.  Even if you put Steve Jobs in the role of CEO for a new venture with a maximum market size of 100 people he wouldn’t make more than a few pence.  ‘Money’ result from high demand in a substantial market.
    5. Make sure there’s money in your market. – Bank robbers rob banks because that’s where the money is.  Before you become emotionally attached to an idea, do a little market research.  Make sure the idea you’re pursuing is where the money is.  Who are the clients and consumers?  How much disposable income do they have?  Etc.
    6. Keep your eyes, ears and mind wide open. – Oftentimes one idea’s failure will open a door to a new idea.  Don’t get so hung up on one failed attempt that you miss the opening for many more.
    7. Test variations of the same idea. – Think about the iPhone and the iPad for a second.  One is just a variation of the other.  Both are multi-million pound ideas.
    8. Figure out what works well in one market and tailor it to another. – Find an idea that’s already proven and think about how it could be applied in a different context.  Take a formula that works in one niche and apply it to a new niche.  Or take the best aspects of one product and combine it with another product.
    9. Put the pieces together. – YouTube’s creators didn’t invent Flash.  They didn’t invent modern digital cameras that can record computer-ready MP4 video format.  And they didn’t invent broadband Internet connections, cheap web hosting, embedded website content, or one-click website uploading technologies either.  What they invented is a technology that takes all of these existing pieces and combines them into an online video sharing portal. We created our website with the same exact format. 
    10. Spin a new twist on a previous breakthrough. – A new twist on an old idea can still be a million pound idea.  Take Facebook for instance, it wasn’t the first big social networking site, but Mark Zuckerberg and company added twists and features the others did not grasp.....eg MYSPACE.  How can you take an existing million pound idea, or even a common idea, and give it a new twist, a new direction and journey?
    11. Systematize a popular service into a reproducible product. – A service is productized when its ownership can be exchanged.  Think about Alienware and Dell back in their infancy.  Both companies simply systematized the service of building IBM compatible PCs and then sold them as a packaged product.  If you can convert a high demand service into a scalable, systematized, efficient process and sell it as a packaged deal, the million appears.
    12. Play with opposites. – When something becomes extremely popular, the opposite often also becomes popular as people turn away from the mainstream.    There are hundreds of examples.  Just remember, the opposite of a million pound idea can paradoxically give birth to another million pound idea.
    13. Look for problems and solve them. – There are many real problems in this world.  Like a business owner wondering why his profits are sinking.  Like a young man who is growing bald at 26.  Like a mom whose child is suffering with allergies.  Like a new dog owner who’s unsure what to do about her puppy barking all night.  Solving problems like these can make millions.
    14. Design new products that support other successful products. – How much money do you think iPod, iPhone and iPad case manufacturers are making?  Millions?  Billions?  What about companies that jumped into the market of manufacturing LCD and Plasma TV mounting brackets eight years ago?  You get the idea.
    15. Keep it simple. – Don’t over complicate a good idea.  Business marketing studies have shown that the more product choices offered, the less products consumers typically buy.  After all, narrowing down the best product from a pool of three choices is certainly easier than narrowing down the best product from a pool of three hundred choices.  If the purchasing decision is tough to make, most people will just give up.  So if you’re designing a product line, keep it simple. 
    16. Exploit the resources and skills you already have. – It’s not as much about having the right resources as it is about exploiting your resources right now.  Stevie Wonder couldn’t see, so he exploited his sense of hearing into a passion for music, and he now has 25 Grammy Awards to prove it.  If you pursue a new venture that involves leveraging your resources and skills, you’re ahead of the game.
    17. Surround yourself with other thinkers. – You are the sum of the people you spend the most time with.  If you hang with the wrong people, they will affect you negatively.  But if you hang with the right people, you will be more capable and powerful than you ever could have been alone.  Find your tribe and collaborate to make a difference in all your lives.  Bounce ideas off each other, etc. 
    18. Be enthusiastic about what you’re doing. – Enthusiasm is the lifeblood of creativity.  Big ideas blossom when you’re passionate and enthusiastic about what you’re doing.  It’s nearly impossible to pioneer ground breaking solutions in a domain where there is not passionate intensity.  But when your mind is stimulated by a fundamental curiosity and interest in the subject matter, your creativity will run rampant and your motivation will skyrocket.
    19. Accept constructive criticism, but ignore naysayers. – When someone spews negativity about your idea or product, remember, it doesn’t matter how many people don’t get it, it matters how many do.  No matter how much progress you make there will always be the people who insist that whatever you’re trying to do is impossible.  Or they may jealously suggest that the idea or concept as a whole is utterly ridiculous because nobody really cares.  When you come across these people, don’t try to reason with them.  Instead, forget that they exist.  They will only waste your time and energy.
    20. Actually do something with your ideas! – A million pound idea is simply a good idea given the chance to grow.  On paper, Google and Facebook sprung from fairly ordinary ideas: ‘a search engine that’s accurate’ and ‘a website where friends connect with each other.’  Remember, neither of these companies were the first ones in their market.  Their ideas weren’t groundbreaking at the time.  Many people had the same ideas even before Google and Facebook existed.  But Google’s and Facebook’s creators did something with their ideas.  They worked hard and one-upped the competition.  Their initial success was in their execution.  Remember, it’s not the ideas themselves that count, it’s what you do with them. With the right execution, a simple idea can evolve into a million dollar idea. 

     

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  • 22 police officers injured trying to break up block party overnight

    22 Police Officers Injured Trying to Break Up Block Party 

    A huge police presence was seen in Brixton overnight, with footage on social media showing people throwing items at officers, after reports that officers had broken up a block party.

    Different videos being shared widely on social media this morning show police clad in riot gear retreating as groups of people approach.

    Some of the videos show items being thrown at police. According to a local politician police were injured in the incident.

    Further footage, though yet to be verified, being shared widely shows a group smashing up a police car with no officers in sight.

    Earlier yesterday, Met Police in Lambeth tweeted that a dispersal order had been put in place covering the areas around Lilford Road, Dorra Way and Myatts Field because of a planned unlicensed music event.

     

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  • Ruby Bridges, first girl to desegregate New Orleans school in 1960

    In 1960, as a 6-year-old, Ruby Bridges became the first Black child to integrate a previously segregated school in New Orleans. 

     

    In November 1960, as a 6-year-old, Bridges became the first Black child to integrate a previously segregated elementary school in New Orleans, an event that was met with angry protests from white parents and children.

     In an Instagram video Sunday, Bridges shared rare video footage from the scene with Gomez's 180 million followers.

    "It was very important for me to share this with you because I think it will help you to understand why I think we Black and brown sisters and brothers need to stand united in this fight to save Black and brown lives," she said. "I want you to remember that it is all of our shared history. This is your legacy, too."

    Warning: This video contains strong language.

    The black-and-white footage, from the 1961 documentary "The Children Were Watching," shows hoards of angry white adults and children using racial slurs, and federal marshals escorting young Bridges to and from school.

    The clip also captures a white mother who chose to keep her child in school fighting back against a crowd of angry segregationists. Bridges talked about that woman, Daisy Gabrielle, in her Instagram caption.

    "You will see footage that highlights the courageous (Gabrielle) family and moments around Daisy (Gabrielle), a mother who was trying to bring her daughter (Yolanda) to school the day that I integrated the school," Bridges wrote. "It is such a heart wrenching video to see the sacrifices she had to make trying to bring her daughter to school that day as well. It was important to me to show her story to the world."

    TODAY anchor Hoda Kotb, who worked as a reporter in New Orleans for several years, has a special attachment to Bridges and got to interview her in 1994. In a recent tweet, Hoda wrote, "Ruby Bridges is an incredible human being ... My daughters will know her name."

    Hoda Kotb @hodakotb
     

    Ruby Bridges is an incredible human being... I had a chance to interview her when I was a reporter in New Orleans — my daughters will know her name xx https://twitter.com/katiecouric/status/1195100773882966016 

    Katie Couric @katiecouric
     

    59 years ago today, 6 year old Ruby Bridges walked through the doors of an all-white elementary school in Louisiana, making her the first African American student to desegregate the school, & propelling the civil rights movement to new heights. #SeeHerStory ⬇️ @people @seeher2020

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    Bridges and Hoda dug into some of the details of Bridges' first day at William Frantz Elementary School.

    "There's a knock at the door, and there's four very tall white men standing at the door, and they're here," Bridges said. "(They said), 'We've been sent by the president of the United States to escort you and your daughter to school today.'"

    She went on to explain that she didn't know what the word "integrate" meant or understand what the crowds were yelling at her. But one threat did stick with her.

    "The coffin, it was a real baby's coffin, and they put this black doll inside," Bridges said. "I used to have nightmares about the coffin."

    Over the course of the year, many of the white parents who'd pulled their kids out of school started to send them back, and Bridges said she was excited to finally play with them.

    Ruby Nell Bridges
    Ruby Bridges at age 6. She shared footage Sunday on Selena Gomez's Instagram page of the angry mobs who gathered on her first day of school.Bettmann Archive

    "This little boy looked at me and he said, 'I can't play with you, you know. My mom said not to play with you because you're a n---.' And that's when everything made sense at that point," Bridges told Hoda. "I realized why there were no kids in the school. It was all about me and the color of my skin."

    Asked how the situation with her classmates turned out, Bridges recalled, "The thing about that is he remembered what his mom said initially, but like most kids, after a while he forgot it and we all played together."

     

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  • Family demands answers after Robert Fuller 24 was found hanging from a tree

     

    The family of a black man found hanging from a tree is demanding answers and allege he was murdered despite initial reports that he killed himself. The Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner’s office originally called Robert Fuller’s death a suicide. However, Fuller’s family and city officials pushed back and insisted the death be investigated as a homicide, demanding a independent probe and autopsy, which the city has also requested.

    Fuller, 24, was found hanged outside Palmdale City Hall on Wednesday morning, sparking protests across the weekend and calls for justice, which the city has since joined in on. ‘The City of Palmdale is joining the family and the community’s call for justice and we do support a full investigation into his death,’ the city said, reversing a release on Thursday in which City Manager JJ Murphy branded the death a suicide. However, Murphy’s claim was backed by LA County Sheriff’s Captain Ron Shaffer on Friday.

    Fuller’s body was reportedly found shortly after 3:30am on Wednesday, which is a time his close friend, 21-year-old Tommie Anderson, said he would never have been out. Anderson also said Fuller was too large and muscular for the thin tree to have held his weight for long, adding that he was too tall to hang from the lower branches on the tree. ‘For people to say he did this, this wasn’t Robert. For him to tie himself to that tree, it’s not possible,’ Anderson told the Los Angeles Times, echoing claims made by Fuller’s family. ‘This is really crazy to all of us,’ Fuller’s sister Diamond Alexander said. ‘We want to find out the truth of what really happened. Everything that they’ve been telling us has not been right. To be here, staring at this tree, it don’t make no sense. My brother was not suicidal. My brother was a survivor.’

     

     

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