Gerry McCann "I dream about Maddie …I want to cry & hug her" The new torment of father on fire

MADELEINE father tearfully insisted yesterday that she is still alive — and he will be reunited with her for a cuddle. Gerry Mccann revealed he has “painful” dreams about his girl, who vanished aged three in 2007 on holiday in Portugal.

Here’s a timeline of events of the fateful evening:

Sobbing as he spoke, the surgeon, 52, said: “It’s almost like an instinctive reaction… it’s just a feeling… but I do feel we will be reunited. I just want to hug her and hold her and cry… a lot”.

Gerry gave the most harrowing account yet of the ordeal he and wife Kate, 52, have suffered since Maddie vanished at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz.

He told of Kate ‘s screams at the discovery — and how the couple are plagued by thoughts of her being “abused”.

Gerry remains convinced Maddie is still alive, despite police probes failing to shed any light on her whereabouts.

He said: “I thought about it a lot early on and what I was confident about is whatever had happened, Madeleine was still alive and is still alive”.

“There’s never a day goes by I don ‘t think about Madeleine and the situation and what might have happened. I have dreamed about her, including in the last months. They’re painful when they happen”. Gerry revealed his agony in a BBC Radio 4 programme about the bond between fathers and daughters.

It was broadcast as the Home Office last night considered whether to grant funds to continue the seven -year Met probe.

Gerry told of how Maddie’s siblings Sean and Amelie, now 13, gave them a reason to carry on. He said: “The twins kept us going. Having two other children, trying to make sure they had enough love and attention was important. I don’t know what it would have been like without them.

“It would have been even worse if she had been our only child. Thank God Sean and Amelie have had each other , but that they’ve missed out on having such a lovely big sister is painfull”.

Gerry said he will look at Amelie and how she has developed and wonder what Maddie would look like. He added that anniversaries and birthdays are hard — but also seeing the twins go through the stages that Madeleine would.

Gerry choked back tears as told of memories holding her and watching her go swimming or run around their gar den before watching Doctor Who.

He said: “The relation ship I had with Madeleine was special. All parents think that their child is amazing but some of the stuff I was able to do with Madeleine — the conversations, her character — it was really fantastic”.

Gerry also spoke of the moment he realized Maddie was missing on May 3, 2007 — and his immediate fear she had been kidnapped by a pedophile.

He said: “Kate came running back from the apartment screaming. I was in shock and Kate was screaming, Madeleine is missing, she’s gone’. I was like, ‘She can’t be gone ‘. I was looking every- where. It was disbelief, shock, horror, then panic and terror because I could only think of one scenario.

“I couldn’t get the darkest thoughts out of our minds that somebody had taken her and abused her.” Telling of the initial sense of guilt, Gerry spoke of how they had counselling after doing an appeal.

He said: “You can imagine the feelings we had and how and this had been misconstrued many times but Kate said, I’ve let her down, I wasn’t There”’.

“And that feeling of guilt we both had and that we had somehow let this happen or had given someone the opportunity, but at that time it was guilt that we were partly responsible.

“And after listening to us [the counselor] said, ‘You sound like model parents’. I suppose at the time that was some- thing we probably needed to hear”.

Gerry said time has now helped them adapt while they continue the search. He said: “Now we’re 11 years down the line but since particularly the Met started investigating we’ve had a new normality that our day-to day life is a family of four and not a family of five.

“And although Madeleine will always be part of it, you adapt”.

Gerry also said the relationship he shared with Madeleine was ‘incredibly special’ and dubbed the bond between himself, Kate and Madeleine ‘an equilateral triangle’

Cristiano Ronaldo faces heat over rape allegation

Accused of sexual assault, Ronaldo to sue German magazine over illegal’ report

Lawyers for Cristiano Ronaldo said on Friday they would sue German magazine Der Spiegel after it published “blatantly illegal” accusations by an American woman who alleges she was raped…

Ronaldo’s lawyer Christian Schertz said in a statement the report was “an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy”, and that he would seek legal redress for his client from the magazine.

The statement was sent to Reuters by Ronaldo ‘s agency, Gestifute, in response to a re- quest for comment on the Der Spiegel story. Gestifute did not answer any specific questions about the content of the Der Spiegel report, which Reuters was unable to independently verify.

Ronaldo is one of the biggest names in world sport. He has been named player of the year five times and transferred to Juventus from Real Madrid this summer for €100 -million (S149-9million). The Italian club declined to comment on the Der Spiegel report.

The magazine said the rape allegedly took place in June, 2009, in a hotel room in Las Vegas, according to Leslie Mark Stovall, lawyer for the alleged victim, Kathryn Mayorga.

Ronaldo and Mayorga then reached an out-of-court agreement, according to Sto- vall as reported in the magazine.

It said, according to Stovall, that she had pledged never to speak of the accusation again and Ronaldo paid her USS375,ooo.

“Kathryn was sexually assaulted in June, 2009, by an individual named Cristiano Ronaldo”, Mayorga’s lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall, said in a video published online by Der Spiegel.

Reuters was not able to independently verify Mayorga’s allegations. Stovall did not immediately respond to e-mail requests from Reuters for comment on the report, and Mayorga was not available for comment in telephone calls to her home.

Her lawyer told Der Spiegel, however, that he had filed a civil complaint seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.

“The purpose of this lawsuit is to hold Cristiano Ronaldo responsible within a civil court of law for the injuries he has caused Kathryn Mayorga and the consequences of those injuries”, Stovall told Der Spiegel.

Schertz said he would seek compensation from Der Spiegel for “moral damages in an amount corresponding to the gravity of the infringement, which is probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years

Man admits to biting son who laughed at him after spilling packet of peanuts

A man appeared before magistrate Monica Vella yesterday accused of punching and biting his son in an argument that started with a packet of peanuts.

Inspector Trevor Micallef charged the man with causing fear that he would use violence, slightly injuring the boy, breaching the peace and insulting or threatening his 14 year-old son.

The man’ s legal aid lawyer Benjamin Valenzia and the police inspector approached the bench where they dis cussed the case out of earshot of the public.

Sources said that the two came to blows after the boy laughed at his father for spilling a packet of Peanuts and the accused had switched off the family’s WiFi in retribution. In the ensuing fracas, the father had bitten his son on the leg.

Valenzia asked for a ban on the publication of the names of the accused and the injured party. The court upheld the request and ordered journalists present not to carry the names in their stories. The accused pleaded guilty.

The court asked if he knew what this meant. “I’m not understanding exactly, ” was his honest reply. The court explained the implications of a guilty plea to the man, who reiterated his plea. “So what am I to do to correct Him?” blurted out the man. The court said it was not the forum for these questions and directed him to his lawyer.

The court, having taken into account the particular circumstances of the case said it felt that prison would not be ideal, sentencing the man to 150 hours of community work instead.

A 6 month protection order was also issued in favor of the boy. The man was concerned that this meant that he would not be allowed to speak to his son. “You can speak to your son civilly, but the incident must not be repeated nor anything like it, said the court.

Video of the Week: Lil Peep & XXXTENTACION — Falling Down

AS soon as there was word there was a nearly finished track by Lil Peep and XXXTentacion, who both died in the past year, the internet was buzzing. XXXTentacion was gunned down in a car- jacking/…During a Broward County court hearing on Thursday, surveillance footage of rapper XXXTentacion’s murder came to light for the first time.

In the footage, X can be seen walking to the motorcycle dealership in Deer field Beach, Florida, where he was killed in June 18, as two suspects follow behind. Later, his BMW is stopped by two suspects with guns. X struggles with the attackers before they fire at him. The suspects then take off with a Louis Vuitton bag, reportedly filled with $50,000 in cash.

This video was played for the discovery and bail hearing for suspect Robert Allen, the third man arrested and charged for XXXTentacion’s murder. Four men have been indicted, charged, and arrested for first degree murder with a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm.

Prosecutors argue the alleged attack by Allen, Dedrick Devonshay Williams, Michael Boatwright, and Trayvon Newsome was premeditated. By August, all four suspects had been apprehended and plyed not guilty.

In June, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel called the incident a “tragic shooting,” vowing to “bring those who did it to justice.

“According to police documents, Boat-wright and New-some were both armed when they confronted XXX. Police believe it was Boatwright who ultimately discharged his weapon, killing 20-year-old Jahseh Onfroy. Earlier this month, Boatwright accused prosecutors of violating his 14th amendment rights to due process by withholding documents and information that would help his case.




Possible last witness sought after body found believed to be missing boy with autism.

Body believed to be that of missing boy found in N.Carolina

Search crews have found a body be lieved to be that of Maddox Ritch the 6 -year-old boy who has been missing since Saturday, Gastonia police said Thursday.

The body was found at… Authorities announced a news conference in Gastonia for 4 p.m. Thursday. Maddox Ritch was last seen at mid day Saturday at Rankin Lake Park. The boy, who is autistic and nonverbal with strangers, was with his father and an- other adult at the time.

Ian Ritch the boy’s father, told “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that he last saw his son running and laughing at the park. Maddox then started running after spotting a jogger on the trial around the lake, Ritch said, and continued out of sight.

Ritch, who said he has foot pain because of diabetes, said he ran after his son but couldn’t find him. “I just want my son home, Ritch said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, according to a Gastonia police news release. “It’s torture.” Earlier Thursday, police said They wanted to speak with a young man who was using the park’s boat ramp near the time Maddox was last seen.

The appeal for that potential witness came as the FBI s Under Water Search and Evidence Response Team searched the lake with sonar and agents trained “to locate even the smallest possible piece of evidence underwater, Gastonia police said in a statement.

North Carolina Emergency Management teams have also arrived to broaden the search into marshlands and the dense woods surrounding the park, the police department said. Police said the potential witness they’re now trying to find had backed his truck to the lake’s boat ramp and appeared to be loading a silver kayak Saturday.

The truck was described as a large, white, newer model with four doors, oversized tires and running boards. The young white man with it was talking on the phone and wore a camouflaged baseball cap. “He may be a valuable witness, the department’s statement said. Police said they’re also looking for a male jogger who was in the area.

Model and Instagram star, 22, is shot dead by gunmen in Iraq

An Iraqi model and Instagram  influencer was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Baghdad on Thursday morning.

Tara Fares, 22, who had almost three million followers on the social media site, was killed by shortly before 6am local time in the city’s Kam Sara neighborhood. She was taken to Baghdad’s Sheik Zaid hospital, where doctors told local media she had suffered three bullet wounds.

The Interior Ministry announced it had opened an investigation into the model’s death, according to Kurdistan 24.It is unclear who killed Ms Fares.Her death comes just days after the death of Suad al-ali, an Iraqi human rights activist who was shot and killed in her car in the southern city of Basra


Huge 7.7 significance quake moves off Indonesia simply hours after fatal quake.

An earthquake measuring 7.7 magnitude struck off the coast of Sulawesi island, Indonesia, on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey, just hours after a fatal quake in the region.

Officials asked people in affected area to remain on the alert as a number of moderate aftershocks hit the area, and warned of more damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of the second quake at a strong 7.5, after first saying it was 7.7.

The earlier quake destroyed some houses, killing one person and injuring at least 10, authorities said.

“The (second) quake was felt very strongly, we expects more damage and more victims,” Nugroho said.

A series of earthquakes in July and August killed nearly 500 people on the holiday island of Lombok, hundreds of kilometers southwest of Sulawesi.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

In 2004, a big earthquake off the northern Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered a tsunami across the Indian Ocean, killing 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

Shocking moment teenage thugs coax beloved cat Sully from under car then watch their dog tear her

Both were slapped with a 12-month referral order to the youth offending team, were disqualified from keeping any animal for 10 years and ordered to pay £300 costs.

The dog involved in the case has also been subjected to a deprivation order and will be taken into RSPCA care until he’s ready for rehoming.

Sully’s owners became concerned after he had been missing from their home for a number of days.

They checked their CCTV camera for clues about where Sully may have gone – but they were confronted with images of their cat’s shocking plight.

One youth can be seen hitting the 13-year-old grey Bengal type cat from beneath a car with a stick, before the dog is set on him to catch and kill the defenceless pet.

They checked their CCTV camera for clues about where Sully may have gone – but they were confronted with images of their cat’s shocking plight

The dog is held by the collar behind the car, before being released to chase Sully.

The footage shows the dog duly chasing Sully up the street, and – after attacking the cat on a number of occasions – mauls him to death.

Sully’s dead body was found in the bushes – after one of the offenders had tossed his remains away.

RSPCA inspector Gemma Cooper said: ‘The shock and horror I felt when I first witnessed this CCTV footage has remained with me.

This was a disturbing, harrowing and deeply sinister attack which would have caused immense suffering to poor Sully.

‘It is frightening to think two children would set out to do something so deliberately cruel. It appears the dog had been trained to kill like this.

‘We know most people across Merthyr and beyond will be disgusted by the treatment of an innocent, defenceless cat in this way.

This was a premeditated attack, seemingly done for the boys’ fun and pleasure, for which the RSPCA had to seek justice.

The actions of these individuals has left a family broken and without their beloved pet cat and family member of 13 years.’

Sully’s owner – who wishes to remain anonymous – added: ‘We are absolutely heartbroken.

‘Sully was so happy, and was a member of our family. His killing by these cruel people brings shame to Merthyr Tydfil. This was a heinous act.

‘He was well-known and popular in the local area – always sitting on the path he’d get petted and fussed by people walking along the lane and regular dog walkers all knew him.

He’d regularly sneak into a neighboring dental practice, and make friends with patients in the waiting room. Sully was a real character and was loved by all who met him. He was harmless and had never hurt anyone.

We all miss him so, so much. It was so strange for Sully to be missing. He’d gone to follow family members to the local park and was out and about as usual – but didn’t come home that day.

We started to get worried, so I checked our CCTV cameras – and saw these boys walking with a dog and that’s when it all happened.

‘It was horrifying to watch. I was screaming at the screen for Sully to run for his life but the dog was just too fast for him.

‘What I witnessed that day will never leave me – it was like watching one of my children being attacked.

Sully was 13 years old and was one of our family members who spent every night curled up on our children’s beds and his senseless killing has affected them deeply.

‘Telling my wife and children he was dead was so, so hard. I will never forget watching the offenders revel in what they did, and will never forgive them for what they have done to us.

They threw poor Sully’s body into the bushes like a piece of junk; and I had to go and get the body, and get him cremated, to get some dignity for him.

It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.’

17 Year-Old Achieves Scientific First With This Odd Electrical Phenomenon

What were you doing when you were 17? Trying to buy booze and flirt with people – badly – at parties? Yeah, us too. We’ll bet you weren’t wowing the scientific community with your research, insight and genius. We certainly weren’t. But Shaheer Niazi is.

The Pakistan-born whizz kid may only be a teenager, but he’s making serious waves in the world of science right now. Muhammad Shaheer Niazi, to give him his full name, is a high school student who attends the Lahore College of Arts and Sciences. And his claim to fame? His stunning solution (and photography of that solution) after being assigned an epic problem at the 2016 International Young Physicists’ Tournament in Russia.

The problem? That of the ‘electric honeycomb’. His interpretation and findings have been deemed so brilliant that his work has recently been published in the highly esteemed Royal Society Open Science journal.

The electric honeycomb occurs when a layer of oil is put in an electric field between a flat electrode and a pointed one. The instability that is then caused by the build-up of ions forces pressure to the very surface of the oil, making a curious honeycombed pattern. Niazo perfectly replicated, photographed and explained it in his work.

“Your research is like your child, and you feel out of this world when it is accepted for publication,” Mr Niazi told the BBC in an interview from his Lahore home.

“Electric honeycomb perfectly demonstrates how everything in this universe is seeking equilibrium. Its hexagonal shape is the most stable structure.”

“It is just like lightning striking the surface of earth,” he goes on. “The amount of energy that goes in equals the energy that comes out and thus the flow of electricity is efficient. This way equilibrium is restored.”

Electric honeycomb perfectly demonstrates how everything in this universe is seeking equilibrium,” says Shaheer.

The young science prodigy went on to say this: “I thought if I see my research from a different perspective, I might discover something new. That’s how I managed to photograph the shadow of ion wind and it was added as novelty in my paper.”

“When I was a child I used to watch documentaries on science with my grandfather and read books on mathematics and other science subjects,” says Shaheer. “I would love to win another Nobel Prize for Pakistan. Isaac Newton was 17 when his first paper was published; I was 16 when I officially received my acceptance letter.”

The future certainly looks bright for this young man. ‘Shaheer Niazi’. It could be a name to remember.

These High-Rise Forests Are Causing Waves in Italy Right Now

Standing tall and proud in the middle of the Milan skyline, the two buildings known as ‘The Vertical Forest’ truly are very special indeed. First opened back in 2014, they have since won the extremely prestigious Frankfurt International Highrise Award, as well as the Chicago Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat ‘Best Tall Building Worldwide’.

The Vertical Forest is stunning and is collecting architectural awards all the time. But what is it about it that’s so remarkable? Well, it’s facia is entirely covered in lush greenery. In fact, there are more than 20,000 plants adorning the outside walls of the two towers.

So popular is the idea that the genius behind the idea, architect Stefano Boeri, is exporting the concept to buildings all across the world. From the Netherlands to China.

Boeri claims that the initial idea came from his love of trees and his obsessive determination to make them into what he calls “an essential component of architecture.”

“I was in Dubai in 2007 and I watched this city growing in the middle of the desert, with more than 200 glass towers multiplying the effect of heat,” he remembers. “I wanted instead to create something that as well as welcoming life, can contribute to reducing pollution, because trees absorb microparticles and CO2”.

Stefano Boeri is the Milanese architect behind the idea.

“For every human being living in the building, there are about two trees, 10 shrubs and 40 plants,” Boeri says. “Cities now produce about 75 percent of the CO2 present in the atmosphere. Bringing more trees into the city means fighting the enemy on the spot.”

“The extraordinary thing that we did not expect was the incredible amount of birds that nested here. We have small hawks on the roofs and swifts that had previously disappeared from Milan.”

“China is now realising it faces the dramatic problem of air pollution, but also of uncontrolled urbanisation, with cities growing out of suburbs, creating megacities. Every year fifteen million peasants abandon the countryside to come to the city, we have to come up with some answers, with new green cities,” Boeri goes on.

The trees on the buildings are a mixture. There are cherry trees, olive trees and even apples trees all over the balconies and walls.

“It’s a unique thing to live here, we’re in direct contact with the plants while being in the city centre and in a super modern skyscraper. The plants have developed a lot over the past three years, and we see them changing with the seasons,” says Simona Pizzi, who lives in a beautiful 14th floor apartment from which she can see the mountains.

It’s certainly a fantastic idea. For not only does The Vertical Forest look amazing, it’s really helping to inspire thought about the nature of climate change.