A Dundee-born scientist has died in Antarctica after fell into a crevasse.

Dr Gordon Hamilton, 50, was killed after the vehicle plunged 100ft (30.48m) into the crevasse on Saturday.

His body was later recovered and the US Antarctic Program has started an investigation into his departure.

He was part of a team camped in a heavily crevassed area called the Shear Zone, around 25 miles (40.23 kilometers) south of McMurdo Station, the biggest of the three US research stations in Antarctica.

‘Awful reminder’

Colleagues paid tribute to the scientist following the tragedy.

Paul Mayewski, director of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, said: “You knew that if Gordon came into the tent, that things were going to be enjoyable and pleasant.

“They were repeating an activity which they’d done many times before, but it is a dangerous place and injuries happen. That is precisely what this was.”

Dr Hamilton spent much of his time in Greenland and Antarctica studying the motion and melting of glaciers and its effect on rising sea levels.

The National Science Foundation, which was financing the research of Dr Hamilton, is organizing the return of his body to the States.

Kelly K. Falkner, manager of the department’s polar programs, said: “The departure of one of our co-workers is a tragic reminder of the hazards we all face, no matter how hard we work at mitigating those risks, in field research.”


More than 20 individuals, many of them children, have now been killed in air strikes on a rebel-held village in northwestern Syria, activists say.

A school complex was reportedly in Idlib state, among several places targeted in the village of Haas.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the raids were carried out by Syrian government or Russian warplanes.

State media quoted a military source as saying several “terrorists” had been killed when their positions were hit.

The episode comes as the government and its ally Russia said they’d continue a moratorium rebel-held eastern districts of the city of Aleppo.

The attack on Haas, about 75km (46 miles) south west of Aleppo, appears to have been extreme, reports the BBC’s James Longman in Beirut.

The rescue workers of the Syria Civil Defence, whose, said a complex containing three schools was targeted.
Activists shared photographs of bloodied corpses, many of them children, lining the floors of a makeshift treatment centre.

The Syria Civil Defence said first reports were of more than 20 people while the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 22, including 14 children and a teacher.

Our correspondent says Idlib is among the last strongholds of the Syrian resistance.

The area is where civilians from eastern Aleppo would be sent under faltering UN ceasefire strategies.

That effort is still ongoing, our correspondent adds, but while the bombardments of eastern Aleppo of Russia have stopped the government’s ground offensive continues – meaning assistance deliveries and evacuations cannot take place.


Russia has withdrawn a request for three warships to dock at the Spanish port of Ceuta for refuelling, the Spanish foreign ministry says.

It says the stopovers have therefore been cancelled.

Spain had been coming under pressure from Nato allies to not allow the refuelling of Russian warships bound for Syria.

A battle group continues to be sailing to the Mediterranean for the past week from Russia.


President Barack Obama has disclosed that his youngest daughter recently mocked him on Snapchat.

The US leader said Sasha had recorded him discussing the social network and softly posted a reaction to her pals.

It’s not initially the president has discussed his 15-year old’s actions that are online.

In July, he said she additionally tweets, leading several media outlets to attempt to identify her account.
It stays secret.

Also a copy of the detailed Snapchat post is not made public. Messages posted to the program are designed to evaporate after being seen or within a brief period of time, but you can find means to circumvent the restrictions.

The latest event was recounted by President Obama on Monday’s edition of the Jimmy Kimmel Live TV show.

“Sasha gave me directions on Snapchat,” he said.

“One night at dinner we’re sitting there, and I had read that Snapchat was becoming extremely popular among her age cohort. Thus, I said: ‘So, tell me.’

“So, she begins explaining things – you are able to make small faces on your own picture, and this and that and another.

And I said: ‘Is Not this interesting?’

“[And I] come to find out she was recording us the entire time, and then sent to her buddies after: ‘This is my dad lecturing us on the meaning of social media.’

“And she shot a picture of herself sort of looking bored.”


A teen whose “dramatic mullet haircut” became an internet sensation after he was photographed at a party is suing several media outlets claiming he became the theme of ridicule.

Mosslmani’s lawyers claimed that he had been defamed as “hideously horrible” and that he was subjected to ridicule as an outcome of the coverage.

But in a preliminary judgment before the case would go to trial, district court judge Judith Gibson did not mean the teenager was not beautiful and said most of the opinions in the posts were of a comical nature.

She also found that saying a hairstyle was ridiculous was not exactly like saying the plaintiff was not beautiful.

The plaintiff’s dramatic mullet haircut has generated a great deal of interest on the internet, most of it funny, and a few of it in the sort of smart observations, like the ‘Pythagoras’ direction in one of the memes,” she said.

The picture was taken by a professional photographer Jeremy Nool in Hurstville, in Sydney’s west. The photographer said he had no idea it would generate as much interest. It was made into memes featuring creatures and famed landmarks.

Judge Gibson said Mosslmani’s case was “overpleaded” and seemed to be designed to “promise as many imputations as potential while simultaneously avoiding a defence of honest opinion or justification”.

The only imputation the judge let was that “the plaintiff is a man that is silly because he wears a haircut” that is contentious.

The plaintiff is entitled to plead an imputation of state – namely being a foolish individual for having such a hairstyle – together with an imputation amounting to an action. This imputation is fairly capable of being conveyed and will head to the jury”.

The imputation he was “hideously nasty” was rejected despite the headline saying the complainant had a haircut” that is “ridiculous.

He ruled the closest any photo that was such got to indicating there was not anything attractive in the plaintiff’s look was the photo “where a skunk has been added to the plaintiff’s head”.

“ugliness was not suggested by comparing the adolescent to a bust or a horse on Mount Rushmore on the part of the plaintiff”, the judge said.

“The plaintiff will not be compared to Frankenstein, or some other body that is hideously unattractive; his haircut continues to be criticised as absurd.”

The proceeding are recorded for further directions on 17 November.


Putting a finish to all speculations, Indian film commerce analyst and critic, Taran Adarsh, took to Twitter to break the news that Pakistan is not allowed to release ADHM.

He said, Fox Star, the distributor of ADHM, have affirmed to him that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer, Anushka Sharma and the Ranbir Kapoor WOn’t be screened in the cross-border theatres.

Not only ADHM, but Ajay Devgn starrer Shivaay will additionally not reach the displays, as affirmed by its vendor Reliance Entertainment.

Earlier, Pakistani theater owners planned to lift the prohibition on the screening of Bollywood movies yesterday day but later decided to delay it owing to the Quetta tragedy.

Pakistani exhibitors and Distributors Association Chairman Zoraiz Lashari said, “Our basic demand was a lift on the ban on Pakistani actors working in India and the Indian authorities have lifted that ban. Even Fawad Khan’s film is all set to be released in India on time, which is why even we are looking forward to a more positive outcome of this entire scenario.”