Ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin dies in a diving accident

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Corey Griffin, a philanthropist who was instrumental in making the ALS ice bucket challenge fund-raising drive go viral, has died after drowning in a diving accident off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

The 27-year-old’s life was cut tragically short on Saturday (16 August) when he dove off a wharf that serves as a popular diving perch for locals, resurfacing once before disappearing back under the water and drowning.

Griffin “helped turn the ice bucket challenge for ALS into a fund-raising sensation after his friend Pete Frates was diagnosed”, according to an obituary in the Boston Globe, with his father Robert describing him to the newspaper as “the happiest guy in the world”.

Griffin reportedly raised $100,000 at a fundraiser just hours before his death, with the ice bucket challenge having been one of the biggest talking points online in the past few days.

Oprah, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Lady Gaga, Charlie Sheen, George Bush and the Foo Fighters have all taken part in the campaign, which sees a bucket of ice water dumped over participants’ heads, with even Vladimir Putin being challenged this week.

The drive has so far raised $22.9 million in aid of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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Sri Lankan students who tackled gunman to receive Australian bravery awards

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Two Sri Lankan students who overpowered a gunman during a McDonalds robbery are among dozens of courageous Victorians to be recognised with bravery awards.

They disarmed and disabled a gunman trying to rob a McDonalds store, but what scared Kasun Fernando more, was telling his parents back home in Sri Lanka that he had risked his life in doing so.

“At first mum was a bit scared, but she’s really proud now,” he told 7News reporter Brendan Roberts.

His fellow suburban crime fighter, Ishan Chathuranga, avoided telling his parents, fearful of the worry it would cause them.

In 2012, the pair was waiting at a McDonalds outlet in Continue reading

Pope Francis speaks about his own death

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Pope Francis has spoken publicly about the prospect of his own death for the first time, giving himself ‘two or three years’ before he meets his maker.

In a press conference aboard his jet as he returned from a trip to South Korea, Francis also mentioned the possibility of retiring from the Papacy if he felt he could no longer perform his duties.

His predecessor, Benedict XVI stepped down last year, an almost-unprecedented move that opened the way for Francis’s accession to the Papal throne.

‘I see it as the generosity of the people of God. I try to think Continue reading

Mahela Jayawardene ends his Test career as the seventh highest run scorer

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One of the game’s most elegant stroke-makers, Mahela Jayawardene, enjoyed a fitting farewell to Test cricket at his home ground as Sri Lanka completed a 2-0 series sweep against Pakistan on Monday

Few cricketers exemplified the spirit of the game better than the gentlemanly 37-year-old, though his pleasant demeanour hid nerves of steel, a calculating, street-smart mind and an obsessive drive for perfection.

His final innings at his favourite Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) in Colombo on Sunday had been yet another classy knock of 54 that saw him complete the milestone of a half century of Test fifties.

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Australian hospital sends out death notices for very much alive patients

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An Australian hospital apologized on Thursday after mistakenly sending out death notices for 200 of its – very much alive – patients.

Austin Hospital, in Australia’s second most populous city of Melbourne, erroneously killed off the patients when it faxed death notices to their family doctors.

The notices were the result of an inadvertent change to the templates the hospital sends to doctors once a patient has been discharged, operator Austin Health said in a statement.

“We apologized unreservedly to affected clinics who, for the most part, were very understanding about the error,” it said.

Patient care had not been affected, the company stressed.

The Australian Medical Association said the error was unacceptable and potentially distressing to family doctors, while an opposition lawmaker said it was symptomatic of an overworked health system.

Sri Lanka calls for private investments to build port city

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Sri Lanka’s port city to be built on reclaimed sea will be financed with private capital and investors would be free to come up with proposals on how to use the land, an official said.

“We do not depend on the government, we do not get any government guaranteed finances,”Priyath Bandu Wickrama, chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) told a forum organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

“We will keep on raising funds from open market.”

The Port city is to be constructed between Continue reading

Comedy star Robin Williams found dead in apparent suicide

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Robin Williams’ Family Guy episode showing failed suicide attempt was on BBC Three minutes before death was announced

Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, according to the sheriff’s office in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.

An episode of cartoon comedy Family Guy about Robin Williams featuring a failed suicide attempt went out at almost exactly the time his death was announced.

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