Love you mum! The moment tiny baby orangutan gently bites his mother’s nose

1 Jan

A photographer has captured the endearing moment a baby orangutan nibbles his mother’s nose.
The tiny Borneon orangutan – aged just 18 months – is seen cuddling up to his 12-year-old mother after tucking into a snack of fresh leaves and branches.
Despite the meal, the adorable youngster was obviously still hungry, as he was photographed chewing on his mother’s nose just minutes later.
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Photographer Hiroya Minakuchi from Yokohama, Japan, travelled to Tama Zoological Park in the capital Tokyo to capture the special moment.
The 60-year-old said: ‘The baby Borneon orangutan was playing with the branches next to his mother.’
He added: ‘Some of the branches had large leaves on and the youngster started to rip them off with its mouth before eating the fresh leaves.’
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The photographer says he originally set out to document the various facial expressions orangutans use to communicate.
But after spotting the adorable interaction, he was struck by the youngster’s natural charm.
Mr Minakuchi said: ‘After eating, the baby started sucking on its mother’s nose for around 30 seconds – I think it’s a sign of emotional dependence.’
He added: ‘I hope the audience can see baby orangutan’s curiosity and charm and its inquisitive nature.’
Hiroya Minakuchi is one of Japan’s most successful wildlife photographers and has worked in the field for over 30 years.
Much of his work takes place in the Arctic and Antarctic but he has also produced work from tropical rainforests in Asia and South America is recent years.
Somewhat closer to home, Mr Minakuchi’s orangutan images echo those released earlier this month by Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire.
Those shots captured a tiny baby orangutan snuggling up to its mother shortly after being born.
The Twycross zoo baby was born to its 36-year-old mother as part of a European Breeding Programme designed promote reproduction in endangered animals.
The scheme, which is run by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, is an intensive form of population management that provides plans to maximise breeding among endangered species.
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Bankers’ very happy New Year: RBS boss gets £1.5m shares after three months in job as 115 Goldman Sachs executives pocket £3m each

1 Jan

Fury over bankers’ pay erupted again last night after the new boss of RBS was quietly handed an astonishing £1.5million in free shares.
Ross McEwan, who only took over the State-backed bank in October, was given the stock as compensation for missing out on bonuses at his previous employer.
The announcement was made after markets closed for the New Year holiday, and was seemingly designed to attract minimum publicity.
Mr McEwan’s payout emerged as Goldman Sachs revealed ‘obscene’ pay deals worth more than £3 million each to 115 of its senior bankers.
The bumper packages were disclosed as Archbishop Justin Welby said foreign-owned banks in the City of London were ‘in denial’ about their role in the financial crisis, and Barclays boss Antony Jenkins admitted it could take a decade for the sector to win back public trust.
Deborah Hargreaves, of the High Pay Centre, said: ‘When you look at the pay everyone else is getting, to see bankers on that kind of salary is just not justified.’
She added: ‘We live in a country where some people are being forced to go to food banks because they can’t feed themselves, so it’s obscene to see bankers being paid £3 million on average. It’s an outrageous indictment of a civilised society.’
New Zealand-born Mr McEwan, who is paid a basic salary of £1 million, was given 454,106 RBS shares when he joined the bank in 2012 as its head of UK retail to make up for leaving his job at Commonwealth Bank in Australia. In October, he became chief executive after Stephen Hester walked away from the role.
The 454,106 shares were paid out to Mr McEwan yesterday, with a value of £1.53 million. RBS issued a statement confirming the figures only after the stock market had closed for the year.
Mr McEwan immediately sold 214,019 of the shares to cover tax liabilities arising from the vesting, but will hold on to 240,087 shares, worth £816,775, which he will not be able to sell for six months.
He is entitled to a further 1.05million shares – worth £3.5 million based on RBS’s closing price yesterday of £3.38. They can’t be vested until August 2015.
An RBS spokesman said: ‘Ross McEwan will not sell any shares in RBS while he is chief executive of the bank. He wants everyone to have confidence that his interests are 100 per cent aligned with our customers and our shareholders, including UK taxpayers.’
Goldman, meanwhile, said 115 of its top staff around the world shared a cash pool worth £122 million, or more than £1 million each.
But senior bankers are also entitled to a bonus paid in shares, which are awarded in three instalments and cannot be cashed in for five years.
The shares are currently worth a combined £250 million, or £2.2 million for each recipient. Taken with the cash, this adds up to a payout of more than £3 million a head.
Goldman employs 5,000 staff in London and 32,400 worldwide. The bank’s role in the global crisis came under heavy scrutiny in 2010, when it was slapped with a £333 million fine by US regulators over claims that it misled investors.
New rules limiting what banks in the European Union can pay in bonuses come into force today. They will be banned from paying bonuses worth more than a banker’s annual salary, or twice as much as their pay if sanctioned by shareholders. But most banks are expected to raise basic pay in order to offset the decline.
Mr Welby, an Eton-educated former oil executive who sat on the influential Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, said many bankers did not understand how the industry’s culture of high risk and reckless pursuit of profit had brought the global economy to its knees.
‘I don’t want to name names but I came across some people recently who were senior members of the City from foreign organisations, but who were very clearly still absolutely in denial about what happened in 2008,’ he said.
Mr Welby called on banks to think harder about their role in society. But he was forced to admit that the Church had yet to sell £80,000 worth of shares in Wonga, the controversial payday lender that has been attacked for charging sky-high interest rates.
Mr Jenkins, speaking in his role as a guest editor of Radio 4’s Today programme, said: ‘Trust is a very easy thing to lose and a very hard thing to win back. In my view it will take several years – probably five to ten – to rebuild trust in Barclays.’
Mr McEwan’s first three months as chief executive have been beset by problems, including an IT failure that left 750,000 customers of RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank unable to use their credit and debit cards for hours. He branded the failure ‘unacceptable’ and vowed to ‘do better’.

Happy New Year London (and Edinburgh, Berlin, Moscow…)! Midnight sets off dazzling celebrations for 2014 around the world

1 Jan

Skylines across the world burst into a riot of colours as the New Year was welcomed in with a succession of spectacular fireworks displays.
In London, the London Eye was again the focus for much of the most intricate pyrotechnics, with thousands of fireworks turning it into an enormous Catherine wheel.
Big Ben was also illuminated against the night sky as 250,000 people who lined the Thames were treated to the city’s first ever ‘multi-sensory’ fireworks show.
Revellers who braved the damp and drizzle were treated to peach snow, edible banana confetti and orange flavoured bubbles which descended on the crowd




Up to 100,000 people in key viewing areas by the Thames were also given packs featuring scratch ‘n’ sniff programmes, LED wristbands and seven kinds of fruit-flavoured sweets that link to the tastes and smells of the multi-sensory display.
But after a day which saw the Environment Agency issue more than 100 flood warnings, the outdoor event proceeded without any weather hitches.
Mayor Boris Johnson said: ‘There is no better way to celebrate the highs of 2013 and the start of an exciting New Year than by seeing one of the world’s most dazzling firework displays.
‘Watched by millions around the world, and hundreds of thousands of people from the banks of the Thames, it highlights our capital’s fantastic community spirit and its premier position on the global stage.’
The Metropolitan Police, which deployed around 3,800 police officers to monitor the event, said 100 people were arrested up to 4.30am following the celebrations in central London.




Police made 39 arrests for drunk and disorderly behaviour and 21 for assault, with others held for drugs offences, affray, sexual offences, theft and carrying an offensive weapon.
Chief Inspector Robyn Williams said: ‘Visitors were not put off by the threat of wind and rain and the viewing areas filled up quicker than ever before.
‘Officers worked hard, alongside stewards, to keep people safe during the event and ensure that everyone who came into central London was able to make their way home at the end of the night.
‘Crowds were good-natured and there were no major issues reported to police.’
In Scotland, tens of thousands gathered in Edinburgh city centre for the famous Hogmanay street party, with music from the Pet Shop Boys as well as traditional Scottish sounds at an outdoor dance event.
It is believed that more than 150,000 guests from over 60 countries from as far away as Australia, Brazil , China, Japan, New Zealand and the USA travelled to celebrate in the Scottish capital.
Chief Superintendent Mark Williams, Police Scotland Edinburgh Commander, said: ‘Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations have once again proven to be a major success and Police Scotland has played a key role in ensuring that everyone has been kept safe during what has been a memorable three days of activity.
‘I would like to thank members of the public whose good-natured conduct ensured the success of each event and I would also like to thank our partners in City of Edinburgh Council, Unique Events, and emergency services for their co-operation throughout the planning.
‘Finally, I would like to wish everyone well for 2014.’
Preliminary figures show there were five arrests for minor disorder. The big clean-up began at around 3am after the celebrations ended.
The majority of the 60 to 75 tonnes of refuse will be plastic bottles, with the remainder made up of food cartons, clothing and glass.
In Dubai, a Persian Gulf city known for glitz, glamour and over-the-top achievements like the world’s tallest skyscraper, they sought to break another record by creating the largest fireworks show.
Its skyline became a canvas for a dazzling 30-minute show capping off with six minutes of fireworks that engulfed the city’s man-made, palm-shaped island, with its fronds and trunk shimmering in thousands of lights.
The fireworks display was slated to surpass the current world record held by another Gulf Arab state in just the first 60 seconds. Kuwait has held the record since last year, when it fired more than 77,000 fireworks in a display lasting more than an hour.

Organisers had promised that the fireworks would form a flying falcon, sunrise and United Arab Emirates flag. It was not immediately clear if the world record had been achieved.
In total, the extravaganza included half a million fireworks from 400 firing locations synchronized by 100 computers, said Barrett Wissman, co-chairman of IMG Artists, which was managing the event. ‘It is really mind-blowing the size of this,’ Wissman said of the display.
The company also organised the grand fireworks for the Atlantis hotel opening on Dubai’s Palm island in 2008.
In Ukraine, anti-government protesters hoped to set their own record for the most people to sing a national anthem at the same time.
On Kiev’s main square, at least 100,000 Ukrainians sang their national anthem in a sign of support for integration with Europe.
The square has been the scene of massive pro-European protests for more than a month, triggered by President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to ditch a key deal with the European Union.
Crowds heading to New York City’s Times Square could expect the traditional ball drop but no mayor this year. The New Year was rung in by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor instead.
In Australia, exploding fireworks sprayed from Sydney’s iconic opera house and harbor bridge as the world began ushering in a new year.
More than one million people crammed the Sydney Harbor foreshore on a warm summer night to watch Sydney’s renowned annual pyrotechnics show, which appeared to live up to its billing as the city’s most extravagant.
And for the first time in more than a decade fireworks launched from four sails of the Sydney Opera House.
In Hong Kong, the harbour provided the focal point much like Sydney harbour three hours earlier.
A bright spray of fireworks erupted from the water at the same time as rockets burst above the city creating a stunning spectacle of red and white light.

In Malaysia, fireworks exploded across the sky near Kuala Lumpur’s most famous landmark, the Petronas Towers.
Fireworks lit up the sky as thousands of people gathered to watch the show in the main business district on New Year’s Eve in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Closer to the edge of the International Dateline, New Zealand bid farewell to 2013 two hours before Sydney with fireworks erupting from Auckland’s Sky Tower as cheering revelers danced in the streets of the South Pacific island nation’s largest city.

In Tokyo, five priests at the Zojoji temple used ropes to swing a wooden pole against a large bell, sounding the first of 108 gongs to mark the new year. Simultaneously, ‘2014’ lit up in white lights on the modern Tokyo Tower in the background.
Both Japanese and tourists jammed the temple grounds for the traditional ceremony. Suburban resident Juji Muto said he was curious to hear how the bell sounded. At his age, the 75-year-old retiree said he wishes as every year for good health in the new year.
Thousands of visitors, some donning kimono, prayed, rang a bell and tossed coins as offerings at shrines, wishing for health, wealth and happiness. Temple bells rang the customary 108 times, for the 108 causes of suffering according to Buddhism, and to welcome in the Year of the Horse.
Japanese are hopeful about the economy for the first time in years after some signs of revival under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose easing lending policies and pump-priming measures have been dubbed ‘Abenomics.’
Among those upbeat about what the new year might bring is Junya Sakata, a 23-year-old Tokyo waiter looking forward to taking sommelier classes next year so he can move up in his career.
‘I hope the economy will keep improving, building up to the 2020 Olympics,’ he said, which will be held in Tokyo. ‘So many things happened this year, but I was able to grow. Maybe next year I will find a girlfriend.’
In North Korea, all eyes were on the Juche Tower and the Taedong River in Pyongyang to celebrate the New Year.
A group of tourists, including Americans, planned to watch fireworks in Kim Il Sung Square and watch the Pyongyang Bell strike midnight, said Andrea Lee, CEO of Uritours, a tour group specializing in travel to North Korea.
‘There were a lot of people out on the streets today for an outdoor dance event, and cars filled the streets,’ Ms Lee said.
China displayed light shows at part of the Great Wall near Beijing and at the Bund waterfront in Shanghai.
The city of Wuhan in central Hubei province called off its fireworks show and banned fireworks downtown to avoid worsening its smoggy air.
In Beijing, one flower shop manager said he hoped the new year brought more customers.
‘Since the government started its campaign to crack down on luxury spending and promote frugality, our business with government agencies has been in decline,’ said Mao Xiangfei. ‘In the past, government clients accounted for about 10 percent of our business, but now it’s zero.’

In the Philippines, more than 260 people were injured by firecracker blasts and celebratory gunfire ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations, one of Asia’s most violent revelries.
Department of Health spokesman Dr Eric Tayag said he expected the number of injuries to rise sharply when Filipinos ignite powerful firecrackers to end a year marked by tragic disasters, including a typhoon on November 8, that left more than 6,100 dead and nearly 1,800 others missing.
‘Many here are welcoming the new year after losing their mothers, fathers, siblings and children so you can imagine how it feels,’ said village chief Maria Rosario Bactol of Anibong community in Tacloban, the city worst hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
‘I tell them to face the reality, to move on and stand up but I know it will never be easy.’
In Russia, Vladimir Putin has added a twist to the stolid ritual of Russian presidential New Year’s Eve address by doing two versions this year.
Russian leaders traditionally make short, prerecorded messages to be broadcast as the year begins in each of the country’s nine time zones.
The address broadcast in Russia’s Far East was typical, showing Putin at the Kremlin and calling for Russians to work together, according to Russian news websites.
But an hour later, Putin came out with a different speech mentioning this week’s suicide bombings in Volgograd that killed 34 people and vowing to destroy terrorists, reports said.
Putin made that recording Tuesday while visiting the city of Khabarovsk. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there wasn’t time to get it to the Far East, according to Ekho Moskvy radio.


‘Let’s make it a good one!’ Elizabeth Hurley sports comedy glasses as she leads celebrities tweeting their best wishes for 2014

1 Jan

She’s had a difficult year which saw her split from fiancé Shane Warne.
But Elizabeth Hurley is doing her utmost to maintain a positive outlook while looking to the future, and tweeted her best wishes to her fans as she saw in 2014 on Tuesday night.
The 48-year-old beauty sported comedy glasses for a quirky Instagram snap, which she accompanied with the caption: ‘Let’s make it a good one….#2014.’
Elizabeth is currently on holiday in Switzerland, where she saw in the New Year in style.
But she isn’t the only star to have sent her New Year’s wishes via her Twitter page.
Hollywood actors Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen posted the words ‘Auld Lang Syne’ with a picture of themselves with party glasses and streamers as they celebrated at New York’s Cort Theatre, where they are both starring in Waiting For Godot.
Meanwhile, Strictly Come Dancing winner Abbey Clancy posted a picture of her best friends, adding: ‘NYE My Home Girls’.
The snap saw her pals wearing elaborate face masks with feathers.
The Saturdays singers were all out in force celebrating the beginning of a new year, with all the members of the group tweeting their best wishes.
Rochelle Humes, who is currently on a break in the Maldives with her husband Marvin and daughter Alaia-Mai, shared a shot of her and her spouse standing in front of a fiery display which read ‘Goodbye 2013’.
Una Healy marked the occasion with friends and family in her native Ireland, sharing a picture of herself with a commemorative sign for the occasion.
And Frankie Sandford went for a slightly more low-key celebration as she saw in 2014 with a dinner party at her house – sharing a picture of her stylishly decorated table for the evening.
Mollie King also tweeted her New Year message, writing: ‘Thank you for all your New Year msgs! I hope all your hopes and dreams come true in 2014 xxx’
The Only Way Is Essex star Joey Essex, who recently competed in I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here, said: ‘2014 is almost here… Happy new year to everyone! … This is going to be a very good year.’
Meanwhile, Sam Faiers – who also celebrated her birthday – added: ‘Thank u so much for all my kind birthday tweets and messages. 2014 is nearly here … Let’s make it a good one.’
And ex TOWIE star Lauren Goodger certainly courted attention in her New Year’s outfit, wearing a sheer black lace top and tiny miniskirt for the occasion.
Meanwhile, model and businesswoman Katie Price had made an early-morning post, saying: ‘I know it’s early but want to wish all my fans, all the people that follow me a happy new year have a great day and a fantastic 2014 xxx.’
Model Kelly Brook wrote: ‘Wishing Everyone a Happy New Year and all the best in 2014!’
Meanwhile, Alexa Chung – who is reported to have moved back to UK after failing to crack America – sent a more cryptic message, saying: ‘I resolve to resolve’.
Clearly enjoying the festivities, former Spice Girl Emma Bunton posted a picture of herself in a glittery wig as she partied with her partner, Jade Jones.


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Fancy seeing you here! Mila Kunis embraces a female friend on the set of Two And A Half Men as she visits boyfriend Ashton Kutcher

13 Oct

She was on set to say a loving hello to boyfriend Ashton Kutcher, but Mila Kunis looked to be taken with another companion on Friday.
The 30-year-old actress was spotted running up to a female friend on the set of Two And A Half Men in Hollywood, and appeared delighted to see her.
Ukraine-born Mila was dressed in a chic all-blue ensemble for the day, sporting a cropped blue blazer, nautical blue and white-striped top and denim skinny jeans.
She completed the sophisticated casual look with a pair of blue espadrilles as she ran over to her tall friend who was dressed in similarly casual attire.
Mila kept her silky brunette locks down and loose to tumble over her shoulders whilst opting for neutral make-up toned which accentuated her flawless sun-kissed complexion.
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall actress clearly had a few hours to spare as she wandered around the set without Ashton, who was presumably busy filming the hit CBS sitcom, which was first aired on 2003.
Ashton Kutcher, who stars as Walden Schmidt, a hopelessly romantic internet tycoon, was also spotted entering his trailer on set whilst being surrounded by a group of crew ladies who were working on the series.
Earlier the 35-year-old actor was seen carrying his Apple Macbook as he arrived at the Warner Brothers Burbank Studios of his hit show.
Only the day before Mila was seen visiting a friend’s home in Hollywood, looking significantly less happy as she did on set.
Ashton and Mila, who confirmed rumours about their relationship in March this year, recently reunited with their That ’70s Show co-stars Wilmer Valderrama (Fez), Laura Prepon (Donna), Danny Masterson (Steven), and Topher Grace (Eric) for a sing-a-long the show’s theme song, In the Street, on Tuesday.
Mila has previously revealed that she had such a great time filming the retro sitcom that she would jump at the chance to revive her character, Jackie Burkhart.
Earlier this year, she told E! News: ‘I’m more than game for it. I’ve said it before — I would love to do it…Yeah, I would totally do it.
‘Why not? I loved it. It was eight years and they were eight amazing years of my life.’

Supermodel Kate Moss wears an over sized jacket and shades as she slips out for shopping with Jamie Hince

13 Oct

She’s one of the world’s most celebrated models, but on Saturday afternoon Kate Moss was just another face in the crowd when she stepped out for a sedate stroll along her local high-street.
The 39-year-old fashionista was accompanied by husband Jamie Hince for a low-key spot of shopping in leafy Hampstead, north London – a mere stone’s throw from their Highgate home.
Kate cut a casual figure as she strolled hand in hand with Hince on a chilly day in the capital, opting to embrace the current trend for over-sized coats by wearing one of her own.
Indeed, having matched it with undemanding star patterned jeans and strappy ankle boots, the black leather double breasted affair dominated an altogether relaxed look for the willowy model.
Both Kate and Jamie made the decision to wear sunglasses – despite the evident lack of sun as they browsed a string of local stores during a brief shopping excursion.
Much like his wife, Kills rocker Jamie went for an altogether relaxed look comprised of a knee length navy blue coat, black skinny jeans and a pair of dusty brown boots that had clearly seen better days.
The musician appeared to be the one splashing out, with his right hand clutching half-a-dozen plastic shopping bags – one of them from bookshop Waterstones – while his left tenderly intertwined with Kate’s as they mingled with fellow shoppers.
As well as splashing out on goodies, the couple are said to be splashing out on their £10 million home after building work at a nearby mansion causing damage to homes in the immediate area.
Extensive repairs to the tune of £50 million are currently being made to 65-room Witanhurst House close to a luxury home owned by the couple in leafy Highgate.
Building work at the site has coincided with water damage to local houses, with Kate and Jamie’s £10 million home bearing the brunt after her basement was flooded.
Residents have since pointed the finger of blame at Witanhurst – the former home of BBC talent show Fame Academy.
Kate’s home was previously flooded with raw sewage less than week after it was burgled in 2010.
At the time the 39-year-old model stayed with friends while more than £100,000 of repair work was carried out following the incident, during which three rugs, furniture, a costly show collection and three portraits by Mario Testino were all destroyed
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