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Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist best known for a leading role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has died at the age of 56 after a year-long battle with lung cancer.

Nyqvist 'passed away quietly surrounded by family' in Stockholm, his spokeswoman Alissa Goodman said in a statement that called him 'one of Sweden's most respected and accomplished actors'.

'Michael's joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. 

'His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him,' the statement said.  dailymail.co.uk
The patch has a hundred tiny hair-like microneedles on its adhesive side that penetrate the skin's surface.

That should help more people get immunised, including those who are scared of injections, experts told the Lancet journal 

Unlike the standard flu jab, it doesn't need to be kept in the fridge, meaning pharmacies could easily stock it on their shelves for people to buy.

Experts say the patch could revolutionise how flu and other vaccines are given, although more clinical tests over the next few years are needed to get the patch system approved for widespread use.

Experts from Public Health England said it might also be good to use in young children, who tend not to like needles, although the UK has already introduced a nasal spray flu vaccine for them.

The patch can be thrown in the bin after it is used because the microneedles dissolve away. bbc.com
The US said on Tuesday that it had observed preparations for a possible chemical weapons attack at a Syrian air base allegedly involved in a sarin attack in April following a warning from the White House that the Syrian regime would “pay a heavy price” for further use of the weapons.

In a bluntly worded statement released late on Monday night, the White House said: “The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children

The unusual public warning on Monday night appeared to be intended to deter the regime from repeating its use of chemical weapons against rebel-held cities and towns.

It may also have been aimed at the regime’s backers in Moscow and Tehran, who have resolutely backed Assad and denied the regime’s responsibility for chemical weapons use.

Although the focus of US military operations in the region is the defeat of Isis in its two major strongholds, Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, the Trump administration has showed itself willing to act if the Assad regime carries out a major chemical weapons attack.

US forces in Syria have also been empowered to defend themselves and their allies against attack, which has led to a string of recent clashes with pro-regime forces competing for the same territory. theguardian.com
The $299 Nest Cam IQ’s big pitch is intelligence.

It combines high resolution with smart people tracking to automatically zoom in on a subject when it sees a person in the frame and still maintain good image quality.

It can “see” friendly faces that you identify in the Nest app and it can alert you when it sees a person that it doesn’t recognize.

To make this work, you need to subscribe to the Nest Aware service, which is available with 10 days of rolling back ups for $10 per month or $100 per year, or 30 days of rolling back ups for $30 per month or $300 per year.

Without the subscription service, the Cam IQ will still provide push alerts to your phone for motion, sound, and people, but its Familiar Faces feature will not work and it will only be able to rewind the last three hours of footage.

There are also three microphones and a speaker on the Cam IQ, so if you have it set up in the right place, you can talk to a person through it. theverge.com
His scheme, which is now estimated to have swindled close to $20 billion, lured the rich and famous, including owners of the New York Mets and actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick.

Picard’s fund has recovered more than $11.5 billion and distributed more than $9 billion to Madoff’s victims, including money from Madoff’s brother Peter, his wife Ruth and his niece Shana, who was the company’s compliance director.

Picard sued the brothers, who have always claimed they were kept in the dark about their dad’s scheme, in 2009, most recently claiming they owed investors a massive $153 million. marketwatch.com
For the past decade, Prague Zoo has been the only one continuing that tradition and it holds the studbook of a species whose ancestors - unlike other free-roaming horses such as the wild mustangs of the United States - were never domesticated.

The zoo completed its seventh transport last week, releasing four mares born in captivity in the Czech Republic, Germany and Denmark in the Gobi desert.

Prague has released 27 horses in total and officials estimate around 190 are now back in the wild in the Gobi B park, where the most recent arrivals were sent. reuters.com
Donald Trump’s business will be paid millions of dollars to release the owner of a Toronto hotel complex from using his name.

While no breakup fee was disclosed, the amount was at least $6 million, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

JCF Capital ULC, the closely held U.S. firm that owns the Trump International Hotel & Tower in the city’s downtown business district, reached a buyout deal to exit the contracts with the Trump Organization’s hotel unit, the companies said Tuesday in a statement.

JCF Capital acquired the tower with the Trump brand and agreements in place last year from former owner Talon International, the developer run by Russian-Canadian billionaire Alex Shnaider.

While Trump has resigned from any roles in his companies, he’s not divested his ownership stakes.

His interests were placed in a trust overseen by an independent ethics officer and managed by Trump’s sons Eric and Don Jr., along with Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg. bloomberg.com
The acceleration is particularly intense on the U.S. East Coast, especially for Virginia and North Carolina.

Some measurements suggest that in those locations sea levels are rising three times more quickly than the worldwide average.

There are several reasons for this, including a sinking of the land, caused in part by the removal of groundwater.

Due to complex ocean currents, the water level is also higher in this area than elsewhere, and the addition of freshwater to the North Atlantic from Greenland ice melt accelerates this dynamic, explains Larry Atkinson, a professor of oceanography at Old Dominion

University who wasn’t involved in the paper.

“Based on robust estimates of the melting of the Greenland ice sheet...maybe it’s from the surface melting and also the discharge of the ice gradually into the ocean,” Zhang said. newsweek.com
'Fuck Ugly God's chorus consists of him repeating these words, before calling himself a "hoe" in the first verse and declaring: "You a one hit wonder, bitch, your whole career a joke," - presumably a reference to his break-out song, 'Water'.

He continues: "When I catch you slipping, I'm gon' punch you in your teeth / Ugly God a bitch, pussy boy don't want no beef."

Ugly God originally went by the name Pussy Bacon, which the 20-year-old was forced to retire when his parents found out about it. independent.co.uk
It turns out those "Get out of jail free" cards from the Monopoly board game don't work in real life.

A Dakota County, Minnesota deputy arrested a man wanted on a felony warrant over the weekend in Ravenna Township, and the suspect pulled out his Monopoly card.

"We appreciate the humor!" the sheriff's office posted on Facebook. "A for effort!"

The 35-year-old suspect was arrested for a fifth-degree controlled substance warrant out of Ramsey County. Bail was set at $5,000.

The original Monopoly “Get out of jail free” card comes with the following conditions: “This card may be kept until needed or sold.

When not having this card you must wait three turns (unless doubles are rolled on any of those turns) then, after the third roll, you get out of jail AND must pay a fine of $50.” foxla.com