Bill Maher Uses Children's Book To Explain Donald Trump's Deal With Democrats
Bill Maher believes there’s a simple explanation for why “fast-talking city slicker” President Donald Trump reportedly cut a deal with Democrats over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program earlier this month.
09/23/2017 - 03:15 AM
Forget Cheat ‘Sheet’ — Student Outwits Professor With Enormous 'Cheat Poster'
When Professor Reb Beatty of Maryland’s Anne Arundel Community College arrived at his accounting class to administer a test last week, he hardly could have imagined that he’d be the one getting outsmarted. In a Sept. 20 Facebook post that’s since gone viral, Beatty explained that he’d told his students that they were allowed to bring in a “3x5” cheat sheet to use during the test. Beatty, however, failed to specify the unit of measurement he was referring to.
09/24/2017 - 09:01 AM
NK Foreign Minister to UN: Trump’s ‘Insults’ Make Attack 'Inevitable’
In startling remarks made at the United Nations on Saturday, North Korea’s foreign minister said the escalating rhetoric increased the chances of a conflict.
09/23/2017 - 12:07 PM
Video Shows California Police Officer Shooting Man Multiple Times Outside 7-Eleven
Huntington Beach police officer was captured on a video struggling with a suspect and then shooting him multiple times in a convenience store parking lot.
09/23/2017 - 08:26 AM
Companies Look to Bridge U.S. ‘Middle Skills’ Gap
Companies like Toyota, Boeing, General Motors and Dow Chemical are all starting or expanding specialized job training programs to bridge the gap in technical skills for "middle skills jobs."
09/23/2017 - 12:16 PM
Dog Hoards Money So She Can Pay For Treats Herself
Holly the dog doesn’t beg for treats — she pays for them.
09/23/2017 - 12:06 PM
The Latest: After quakes, Mexico volcano spews vapor and ash
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on earthquakes in Mexico (all times local):
09/23/2017 - 07:27 PM
Red faces as Russia's Kalashnikov monument shows Nazi gun
Workers in Moscow have erased the illustration of a gun from a freshly-inaugurated monument of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the legendary AK-47 assault rifle, after it was found that the drawing was of a Nazi weapon. The sculptor, Salavat Shtsherbakoff, has acknowledged his mistake," the state-supported Russian Military History Society, which backed the monument, told TASS news agency Friday. The erroneous drawing was of an StG44 -- for Sturmgewehr (Storm Rifle), a name reputedly conferred by Hitler himself.
09/23/2017 - 06:48 AM
Turkey extends troop deployment mandate, pressures Iraqi Kurds on vote
By Daren Butler and Raya Jalabi ISTANBUL/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Turkey's parliament voted on Saturday to extend by a year a mandate authorizing the deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq and Syria, stepping up pressure against an independence referendum in northern Iraq's Kurdish region in two days' time. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Turkey would take security, economic and political steps in response to the referendum, which President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman described as a "terrible mistake" that would trigger new regional crises. The United States and other Western powers have, like Turkey, urged authorities in the semi-autonomous Iraqi region to cancel Monday's vote.
09/23/2017 - 02:09 PM
LeBron James Explains Why Trump's Attack On The NFL Is Personal
It seems as if LeBron James has finally had enough of President Donald Trump.
09/23/2017 - 09:09 PM
The Radioactive Puppies Of Chernobyl Are Finally Getting The Help They Need
A viral video this week sheds light on a heart-rending situation: The radioactive puppies and dogs of Chernobyl.
09/23/2017 - 02:21 PM
Ted Cruz Says He's Leaning No On The New Obamacare Repeal Bill
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says that he and a fellow conservative senator are inclined to oppose a new bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, making it even less likely that Senate Republican leaders will find the votes to get the proposal through the chamber.
09/24/2017 - 01:40 PM
'Hallelujah.' Family of Holly Bobo Thanks God After Guilty Verdict in Murder Case
"She's waiting on the other side"
09/23/2017 - 11:11 AM
Marriott refuses to cancel conference booking by anti-Muslim hate group
The Marriot hotel group are refusing to cancel an event organised by one of the largest anti-Muslim groups in America. ACT for America was launched as a response to the 9/11 attacks and it has been accused of existing “to advance anti-Muslim legislation and spread hate speech,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group, which claims to have 750,000 members and 1,000 volunteer groups, is holding its national two-day conference on 2 October in Arlington, Virginia, at the Marriott Crystal Gateway hotel.
09/23/2017 - 06:50 AM
These Are The 21 States Russian Hackers Targeted In The 2016 Election
The Department of Homeland Security told told election officials in 21 states on Friday that Russian hackers attempted to access their voting systems in the 2016 election.
09/23/2017 - 04:00 PM
New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, killing at least two people, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge, and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes that together have killed more than 400 people.
09/23/2017 - 11:58 PM
War of words between President Trump, Kim Jong-Un escalates
Former Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James Cartwright and New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos discuss the North Korea threat on "This Week."
09/24/2017 - 07:17 AM
Lavrov says US will not strike North Korea
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday that the United States would not carry out a strike on North Korea because it knows Pyongyang has nuclear bombs. "The Americans won't carry out a strike on (North) Korea because it's not that they suspect, they know for sure that it has nuclear bombs," Lavrov said in an interview with Russia's NTV television aired Sunday.
09/24/2017 - 06:59 AM
President Vs. Players: Trump's Comments 'Uniting' NFL Owners, Athletes
Rich Lowry, Stephen Henderson, Stephanie Cutter and Eliana Johnson are joined on the MTP Panel along with Mike Tirico from NBC Sports to discuss NFL protests during the National Anthem.
09/24/2017 - 02:25 AM
US health secretary suspends use of chartered jets following spending row
Tom Price, the US Health and Human Services Secretary, is to halt taxpayer-funded trips on private jets pending an internal review of his travel arrangements. Mr Price, a key ally of Donald Trump charged with helping to repeal Obamacare, came under fire when it emerged that he and his department had spent more than $300,000 (£222,000) on charter flights. Speaking on Fox News Mr Price said the use of private jets would be suspended while the programme is examined by Daniel Levinson, the department's inspector general. “We’ve heard the criticism. We’ve heard the concerns. We take that very seriously and have taken it to heart,” Mr Price said. He added that he would co-operate fully with the investigation. But Mr Price denied extravagance, saying that the figures related to 11 trips over an eight-month period and related to both the recent hurricanes and the opioid crisis sweeping the United States. On other occasions, Mr Price added, he and his staff, did use commercial flights and on occasion travelled by road, undertaking car trips lasting several hours. Five ways Donald Trumps healthcare plan is different from Obamacare We welcome this review,” Mr Price said. “We want to make certain that we have the full confidence of not just this administration, but the American people.” Critics accused Mr Price of using private jets when cheaper commercial flights were available. They pointed out that Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Kathleen Sebelius, who held the post under Barack Obama, did not use private jets. Charmaine Yoest, Mr Price's assistant secretary for public affairs, previously defended his use of private jets. “This is Secretary Price, getting outside of D.C., making sure he is connected with the real American people,” she said. “Wasting four hours in an airport and having the secretary cancel his event is not a good use of taxpayer money."
09/23/2017 - 07:19 PM
Clinton Says Angela Merkel Is The Most Important Leader In The Free World
Hillary Clinton told MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid that she believes German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the most important leader in the free world ― an extraordinary assessment by a former presidential candidate, U.S. secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady, and a remark likely to be seen as an affront to President Donald Trump.
09/24/2017 - 11:12 AM
Here Are Some Ways People Disrespect The Flag Daily Based On Flag Code
President Donald Trump accused athletes on Friday of disrespecting the American flag by silently protesting, but taking a knee isn’t covered in the U.S. Flag Code’s respect section.
09/24/2017 - 12:56 AM
Arkansas schoolteacher loses job and faces criminal charges after 'seducing' four of her students
A US teacher faces one count of first-degree sexual assault after allegedly having sex with four of her students, including two which took place in her apartment on the same day, according to police. Prosecutors said that the single charge was filed as only one of the students was under 18 years of age at the time of the alleged incidents. The investigation into the schoolteacher started when parents accused the 25-year-old of having sexual relations with several students at Marked Tree High School, where Goline taught.
09/23/2017 - 06:12 AM
Thousands greet Qatar's emir on return home
Thousands of Qataris lined the streets of central Doha Sunday to welcome back the emir as he returned from his first trip abroad during the ongoing Gulf diplomatic crisis. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani travelled to Turkey, France, Germany and the US -- where he addressed the UN General Assembly -- his first overseas engagement since Qatar was isolated politically by neighbouring states. The emir was greeted by crowds numbering in their thousands as his car, part of a large convoy, wound its way slowly through the capital, said an AFP correspondent on the spot.
09/24/2017 - 02:37 PM
Parents of Accused Teen: Boy’s Hanging Was Accidental
Rhianna Larkin and Eric Sullivan tell Newsweek the hanging of an 8-year-old biracial boy in New Hampshire was a tragic mistake, not a hate crime.
09/23/2017 - 09:09 AM
India, at U.N., calls Pakistan 'pre-eminent export factory for terror'
By David Brunnstrom UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - India responded with irritation on Saturday to Pakistani allegations of brutality in Kashmir, saying that while India had made substantial progress since independence, all Pakistan had achieved was a reputation as the "pre-eminent export factory for terror." Addressing the annual United Nations General Assembly, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj rejected allegations by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the world body earlier in the week in which he accused India of state-sponsored terrorism, and violating human rights. "Those listening had only one observation: 'Look who's talking!'," Swaraj said.
09/23/2017 - 12:37 PM
Everything We Learned From Russia's Massive Zapad Military Exercise
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09/23/2017 - 08:04 AM
These 7 Wild Creatures Were Found Deep In The Pacific
NOAA has been conducting years of deep sea exploration in the Pacific, researchers have found some pretty wild creatures.
09/23/2017 - 09:00 AM
Donald Trump Can't Stop Attacking Black Sports Figures
Saturday morning, President Donald Trump attempted to rescind a White House invitation he apparently had never extended, when he tweeted that Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry was no longer welcome to make the customary visit to celebrate the team’s NBA championship.
09/23/2017 - 06:03 PM
Melania Trump meets Prince Harry, Trudeau, thanks U.S. Invictus team
By Nichola Saminather TORONTO (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Melania Trump, on her first solo international trip on Saturday, to Toronto, met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and invited Britain’s Prince Harry to visit the White House. Trump, 47, who is leading the U.S. delegation attending the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games for wounded soldiers in Canada's biggest city, also wished the U.S. team luck in a brief speech. “On behalf of my husband and our entire country, I want to thank you and your families for all you have sacrificed to keep us safe,” Trump said at a reception for the U.S. team.
09/23/2017 - 08:09 PM
Seattle Seahawks Absent At National Anthem To Protest 'Injustice' Against People Of Color
As a protest of the “injustice that has plagued people of color in this country,” the Seattle Seahawks chose not to come on the field for the singing of the national anthem at their Sunday NFL game in Tennessee.
09/24/2017 - 05:31 PM
1 dead, several stabbed in California prison riot
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — An inmate was killed and several others were stabbed Sunday in a riot involving more than 160 inmates at a prison on California's central coast, authorities said.
09/24/2017 - 08:13 PM
Saudi Arabia marks national day with fireworks, concerts
With iconic buildings bathed in green light and planned cultural shows, concerts and fireworks, Saudi Arabia geared up to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the kingdom on Saturday. Car stereos blared patriotic songs as citizens began racing through the streets of the capital Riyadh at midnight in cars bedecked with the national flag to mark the annual event in the kingdom, founded in the 1930s. The national day celebration coincides with a crucial time for Saudi Arabia, which is in a battle for regional influence with arch-rival Iran, bogged down in a controversial military intervention in neighbouring Yemen and at loggerheads with fellow US Gulf ally Qatar.
09/23/2017 - 11:36 AM
Kris Jenner Speaks Out for the First Time Since Kylie’s Pregnancy News
The internet may be going crazy over news that Kylie Jenner is pregnant with her first child, but mom Kris Jenner and sister Kendall Jenner certainly stayed calm while leaving the Versace fashion show in Milan, Italy Friday
09/23/2017 - 12:55 PM
Fires rage in Rakhine as Myanmar army blames Rohingya for mosque blast
Myanmar's army chief on Saturday blamed Rohinyga militants for an explosion outside a mosque in Rakhine state, as a rights group accused the military of starting fires in the region to prevent refugees from returning. The unrest comes days after Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi declared troops had ceased "clearance operations" in the border area that have forced more than 430,000 Rohingya refugees to flee for Bangladesh in under a month. The army claims it is targeting Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on August 25.
09/23/2017 - 04:30 AM
Protesters against Turkey's president Erdogan again beaten up on US soil
Violence broke out at a New York hotel when protesters disrupted a speech by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As Mr Erdogan addressed supporters in Turkish at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, one man shouted in English “You’re a terrorist, get out of my country” before being struck and dragged away. Protesters were seen being hit and pushed by men in suits, thought to be the president’s bodyguards, his supporters or hotel security, before being thrown out of the venue.
09/23/2017 - 01:26 PM
At Least 1 Person Was Killed in Tennessee Church Shooting. Here’s What We Know
At least one woman was killed and seven people were injured Sunday when a masked gunman opened fire outside a Tennessee church, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.
09/24/2017 - 06:22 PM
MLB's First Player Just Took A Knee During The National Anthem
Bruce Maxwell, catcher for the Oakland Athletics, just became the first major league baseball player to take a knee during the national anthem in Saturday’s game against the Texas Rangers.
09/23/2017 - 11:03 PM
Chinese graft suspect returns from U.S. to surrender
A Chinese corruption suspect who was on the country's list of 100 most wanted overseas fugitives has returned to China from the United States after giving himself up, the anti-graft watchdog said on Monday. Xu Xuewei, who ran a technology company in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu, fled to the United States in late 2012 after being suspected of contract fraud, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Xu returned to China to give himself up "under the influence of policy and legal deterrence", the commission said, without elaborating.
09/24/2017 - 11:40 PM
Nibiru: How the nonsense Planet X Armageddon and Nasa fake news theories spread globally
Nibiru conspiracy theories about the end of the world have been circulating online for more than two decades, with the latest dubious prophecy predicting the apocalypse - September 23, 2017. Planet X, or Nibiru, refers to a mythological planet in our solar system that will supposedly crash into Earth and wipe out the human race, however it has been consistently dismissed by Nasa and other experts as an internet hoax. Despite absolutely no scientific evidence to back up the suggestions of a rogue planet getting rapidly closer to Earth, myths about Planet X continue to be perpetuated online. End of the world (23 Sept 2017) Of course, this isn't the first time time harbingers of doom have predicted the end of time; Nasa also had to deny the existence of Nibiru in 2012. Throughout history there have been similar claims, but thankfully none of them so far have been proved correct. How did conspiracy theories about Planet X start? Online chatter about Nibiru began back in 1995 when Wisconsin native Nancy Lieder created the alien-conspiracy website ZetaTalk. Ms Lieder claims to be a conduit for aliens from the Zeta Reticuli star system, 39.17 light years from Earth, who have warned her about the Nibiru catastrophe. The conspiracy theory hasn’t gone away, with so-called Christian numerologist David Meade claiming Planet X is heading in our direction. Meade believes October could see the start The Rapture and a seven-year tribulation period of widescale natural disasters. Why September 23? It has been claimed an unusual celestial arrangement mirroring signs from the Bible’s Book of Revelation, September 23, will signal the start of the end of the world. However, the EarthSky blog notes there will be “nothing unique” about the sun, moon and planets on the date. “In the past 1,000 years, this same event has happened at least four times already, in 1827, 1483, 1293, and 1056,” explains astronomer Christopher M. Graney. Haven’t we been here before? Mars, with Earth visible in background Credit: Getty This isn't the first time the apocalypse has been predicted: 1844 American Baptist teacher William Miller first shared publicly his belief in the coming Second Advent of Jesus Christ in 1833, predicting he would return in the year 1843. The Millerites were his followers and Millerism became a national movement, however when Jesus didn’t arrive, October 22, 1844, became known as the Great Disappointment. 1997 Twenty years ago, 29 members of Heaven’s Gate, a UFO religious millenarian group, committed suicide with the aim of boarding a UFO they believed was hiding behind the Hale-Bopp comet before the supposed end of the world. 2003 Planet X was also supposedly discovered by the ancient Sumerian people and was meant to hit Earth in 2003, but never arrived. “This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012,” say Nasa. 2011 The end of the world was also supposed to arrive on 21 May 2011, with Christian doomsday prophet Harold Camping predicting the Rapture would begin at 18:00 in each of the world's time zones, wiping out nay-sayers with rolling earthquakes as believers ascended to heaven. 2012 Nasa had to debunk an ancient Maya prophecy theory about the world ending back in 2012. The Mayan connection “was a misconception from the very beginning,” astrophysicist Dr. John Carlson said at the time. “The Maya calendar did not end on Dec. 21, 2012, and there were no Maya prophecies foretelling the end of the world on that date." 2015 Chris McCann, leader and founder of the eBible fellowship, said the world would be engulfed and destroyed by a great fire on October 7. McCann said he was "surprised" by the outcome and wrote a blog post entitled: "A response to being incorrect with the prediction that, in all likelihood, the world would end on October 7." What does Nasa say this time? Nasa is confident the world won't end Credit: AFP Nasa has definitively dismissed wild theories about Nibiru as pseudoscience, issuing a number of statements denying its existence. “Various people are ‘predicting’ that world will end on September 23 when another planet collides with Earth,” say Nasa. “The planet in question, Nibiru, doesn't exist, so there will be no collision. The story of Nibiru has been around for years (as has the 'days of darkness' tale) and is periodically recycled into new apocalyptic fables.” They add: “Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth … astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. “Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.” Nasa fake news and the days of darkness tale A fake news story being widely shared online suggests Nasa has confirmed Earth will experience 15 days of complete darkness in November 2015. Another fake news video claims that Nasa has found Nibiru and confirmed it is heading straight for us. Debunking website Snopes explains the “days of darkness” tale is a “bit of fake news lifted from an older viral rumour” They say that it “had already been around the online block several times before,” adding, “it has long since become an evergreen online hoax — a jape that is typically resurrected a few times a year by dubious websites that simply update the time span for the alleged ‘period of darkness’ and send it winging around the internet again. What do other experts say? Nick Pope, who used to investigate UFOs and other mysteries for the Ministry of Defence, says “Nibiru doesn't exist”. He adds: “The world won't end on September 23. Shame on the people promoting this hoax in the name of evangelical Christianity.” Mr Pope told The Telegraph: “I'm certain Nibiru doesn't exist because if there really was a rogue planet heading for Earth, due to hit on Saturday, it would be visible to the naked eye by now. “Furthermore, astronomers would have been aware of its presence for years, both through direct observation and through gravitational effects on other planets in the solar system.” Why are some people so keen to promote this conspiracy? “The people promoting this prediction seem to be doing so because of religious belief, tenuously linking the recent eclipse with Biblical passages, including one from the Book of Revelations,” Pope says. “I suspect the reasons include self-publicity and the desire to promote their particular brand of evangelical Christianity.” Is there anything we should be worried about? “All this isn't to say that there aren't some existential threats out there, but if people want to worry about something, they should probably worry about North Korean missiles, or about Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, not about Nibiru,” Pope adds. “There have been countless previous predictions of the end of the world. Self-evidently all these predictions were false. September 23 will pass without incident, just as we safely negotiated all the previous dates that had been put forward as doomsday.” Google Home spreads bizarre conspiracy theory A prepper's guide to everything you need to survive the apocalypse
09/24/2017 - 06:00 AM
Titans score 21 straight points in 3rd, beat Seahawks 33-27
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are proving they can put on quite an offensive show.
09/24/2017 - 09:23 PM
Australian Residents Sent Same-Sex Marriage Survey That Says 'Bum Sex'
Recipients can request to have a new ballot sent their way.
09/23/2017 - 05:10 PM
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09/23/2017 - 03:24 PM
Conflict leaves blind in rebel-held Ukraine stuck in dark
Partially sighted Georgiy Lukyanov makes his way through the ageing lathes in the factory where he works in rebel-held eastern Ukraine. The grim, dilapidated eight-storey plant, which produces disposable shoe covers and jar lids for pickles and jams, was set up in 1930 by the Soviet authorities in the industrial city of Donetsk to offer employment to visually impaired people. "For people like me, this work is the only chance to remain a normal member of society," 54-year-old Lukyanov, who has worked at the factory for 15 years, told AFP.
09/23/2017 - 11:16 PM
Woman Charged After Allegedly Leaving Baby in Hot Car While She Shopped
She said she had to go make a return, according to authorities.
09/23/2017 - 10:55 AM
Megyn Kelly's New Morning Show Debuts Monday
After a rough transition from Fox News to NBC, news anchor Megyn Kelly is looking to turn a new page with her daily talk show that begins this week.
09/24/2017 - 12:06 PM
US bombers fly near North Korea in show of force after Donald Trump 'rocket man' comments
The show of force follows a contentious week in which Mr Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un exchanged personal barbs over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. The comments marked an escalation in rhetorical warfare that has already seen Mr Trump promise “fire and fury” if North Korea does not curb its pursuit of nuclear weapons that could hit America. Earlier on Saturday an earthquake was detected near the site where North Korea has conducted numerous nuclear tests, sparking fears of a new detonation.
09/23/2017 - 01:58 PM
‘Big Brother’ 19: Christmas Poses With Josh After Voting For Paul
Christmas Abbott is still good friends with Josh Martinez even if she voted for Paul Abrahamian.
09/24/2017 - 04:33 AM
'Human computer’ Katherine Johnson opens Nasa research facility named in her honour
One of Nasa’s “human computers”, who helped plan the mission that saw an American astronaut orbit the Earth for the first time, has opened a new research centre named in her honour. The key contribution of Katherine Johnson, 99, and other African-American women to the US space programme was recounted in the film Hidden Figures, which gave overdue recognition to their work.
09/24/2017 - 04:13 AM
Why this Invictus Games will be the making of Prince Harry
Like many great ideas, it started somewhere between inauspicious and accidental. It was March 2008, and a young army officer was flying home from Afghanistan: not because he wanted to but because he’d been ordered to. As he stewed, he saw a curtain at the front of the plane blowing open slightly. Beyond it were three comatose soldiers wrapped up in what looked like clingfilm and with bandages round the stumps of missing limbs. It was the first time this officer had seen seriously injured men, and the sight rattled him somewhere deep within himself. That officer was Prince Harry. Prince Harry (R) races to scramble his Apache with fellow pilots Credit: WPA Pool,/Getty Images He didn’t know it at the time, but he had sown the first seeds of what would eventually blossom into the Invictus Games, a multi-sport event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel whose third edition begins in Toronto on Saturday. First came London 2014, then Orlando 2016. Next year will be Sydney. But right now all eyes are on Toronto, particularly given the worldwide interest in Harry’s relationship with California-born ’Suits’ actress Meghan Markle. The speculation about whether an engagement announcement is imminent will irritate Harry, who has put his heart and soul into the Games - this years being the biggest yet. Prince Harry meets veterans and their families ahead of the Invictus Games 01:20 He will want people to concentrate purely on the competitors - more than 550 of them from 16 nations competing in 11 adaptive sports. They’ve lost limbs, suffered crippling injury, battled cancer, dealt with post-traumatic stress, and any number of other physical and mental ailments. For every competitor there, it’s the start line rather than the finish line which is the real achievement, an achievement which Harry will consider far more worthy of comment than the status of his relationship. Many are speculating an engagement announcement to actress Meghan Markle is imminent Credit: George Pimentel/WireImage For the Invictus Games – ‘invictus’ is Latin for ‘unconquered’ – are not just Harry’s brainchild. They are his baby through and through: forged not perhaps strictly in his own image but certainly according to his own values. They are fiercely competitive, but they’re also fun. They give a voice to the damaged and the forgotten, just as he has done with the Sentebale charity in Lesotho for orphans and vulnerable children. And they leave no man or woman behind: there are gold, silver and bronze medals, but also medallions for every competitor. Prince Harry arrives in Toronto ahead of 2017 Invictus Games 01:07 ‘Sport is surely the best way to support recovery of mind and body,’ Harry said in 2014. ‘The premise is simple: set yourself a target, take your mind off all the negative thoughts and concentrate on the challenge in front of you, all while relearning to use your body.’ Prince Harry attends the launch of the UK's Invictus Games team at the Tower of London Credit: Jeremy Selwyn/PA Someone battling the daily fires of post-traumatic stress or the difficulties of life as a triple amputee is not suddenly going to find themselves cured by competing there, but the experience could help them on their path back to as normal a life as possible. The Games have mental and social benefits as well as physical ones. After talking to the competitors, it’s clear they fill the void which so many service personnel experience when they’re forced to retire. They offer, if only for a few days, the things which many have been missing: their country’s flag on their chest or left arm, being part of a team, the quickfire dark humour, the camaraderie. It gives them that military fix which they yearn for. Prince Harry (right) relaxes with fellow Pilots - many ex-servicemen miss the camaraderie the army gave them Credit: John Stillwell/Getty Images And Harry himself knows all this, feels all this. The army gave him what he’d always sought, the chance to prove himself. His fellow soldiers accepted him for the man he was rather than the title he bore: for the first time in his life he was treated as a normal bloke rather than anyone special. And he was good at his job. On his second tour of Afghanistan in 2012–13, he co-piloted Apache helicopters, something only the very best pilots in the Army Air Corps (AAC) get to do. Lt Col David Meyer, who oversaw Harry’s extensive training before that deployment, said: ‘Harry’s [preparatory training] course was incredibly well-galvanised and they tended to galvanise around him. That was one of his key strengths, as he wasn’t better than anyone else at flying or anything like that, but he just understood the whole team ethic, how to win together.’ Could there possibly be a better description of what the Invictus Games are all about? Bryony Gordon's Mad World: Prince Harry 27:16 Moreover, it was his army experience which helped him get through the ‘two years of total chaos’ he suffered in his late twenties while still struggling to come to terms with the death of his mother, Princess Diana. In April this year, he told the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon that his work with the personnel recovery unit, where he listened to servicemen and women talk about mental health issues, had proved a turning point in his understanding. 'I know there is huge merit in talking about your issues and the only thing about keeping it quiet is that it’s only ever going to make it worse,' he said. 'Not just for you but everybody else around you as well because you become a problem. I, throughout a lot of my twenties, was a problem and I didn’t know how to deal with it.' HRH Prince Harry at the Launch of the INVICTUS GAMES Credit: Julian Simmonds/TMG While writing UNCONQUERABLE: THE INVICTUS SPIRIT, I spoke to dozens of people. Not one of them had a bad word to say about Harry. He’s genuinely interested in people: he wants to know their stories, he wants to know what makes them tick. He looks out for them. His emotional intelligence is extraordinary. Mike Goody, who lost a leg in Afghanistan and swam in the 2014 and 2016 Games, said: ‘Harry was an absolute legend. He was everywhere. He was literally boosting everything, pumping everything, getting everyone going, really encouraging.’ And multiple sclerosis sufferer Mary Wilson, athletics team captain in 2014, said: ‘I told him, ‘your mum would be proud of you.’ Prince Harry Invictus Games 2016 The men and women who compete at the Invictus Games could do amazing things for our society, if only we let them. Harry’s final remarks at Orlando 2016 were addressed to the competitors, but they apply to all of us. Here we have a group of people who have something to teach us - if only we will listen. The Invictus spirit is there for anyone who chooses to take it. ‘You are all Invictus. You are now ambassadors for the spirit of these games. Spread the word. Never stop fighting. And do all you can to lift up everyone around you.’ UNCONQUERABLE: THE INVICTUS SPIRIT is published by HarperCollins (£14.99). To order your copy for £12.99 plus p&p call 0844 871 1514 or visit books.telegraph.co.uk. Boris Starling will be speaking about the book at the Bridport Literary Festival on Remembrance Sunday, 12th November. Tickets from 01308 424901 orwww.bridlit.com Copy of At a glance | Invictus Games Five to watch in Toronto. Lamin Manneh Lamin Manneh, 39, formerly of the Irish guard who was injured in Afghanistan, and will be competing in rowing, archery,shotput and discus at the games Credit: John Nguyen/JNVisuals A former Guardsman who lost both legs and an arm in Afghanistan. Competing in sitting volleyball, rowing and athletics. ‘The Games have inspired many other people to have a sense of self-belief - that nothing is impossible if you commit to it.’ Michelle Partington A former RAF paramedic who was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Competing in rowing and powerlifting. ‘Invictus has given me a fire back in my belly, helping me physically and mentally.’ Dave Sandles Veteran army Corporal who has lived with a spinal cord injury for 22 years. Competing in cycling and rowing. ‘The Games shows that people with my type of impairment are capable of so much.’ Michelle Turner An RAF Sergeant whose heart condition had largely confined her to life indoors. Competing in rowing, powerlifting and swimming. ‘I’m on a journey that is making me do things I never thought I’d do again.’ Charlie Walker Charlie Walker who will be competing in this year's games Credit: Harriet Courage/Speed Communications Former army Private who had his legs amputated following meningitis. Competing in wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. ‘Invictus keeps me physically fit and mentally strong, and lets me know that I haven’t been forgotten.’
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