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About Mason
Journalist based in Manchester. 10 years experience writing for locals, regionals and national publications across a wide range of subjects.
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Don’t Overlook Commuter-Campus Ministry

09 Nov 2023  |  www.thegospelcoalition.org
The article discusses the challenges and rewards of ministering to students at commuter colleges, highlighting the differences from traditional residential college ministry. It emphasizes the unique opportunities to engage with nontraditional students, the need for flexible scheduling, and the potential for long-term community impact. Despite the difficulties, the author argues that commuter campuses offer receptive students, opportunities for whole-family ministry, and the chance to build lasting relationships.

After ‘Roe’: The Pro-Life Movement’s Next 50 Years

08 Nov 2023  |  www.thegospelcoalition.org
The article discusses the challenges and future strategies of the pro-life movement following recent electoral setbacks, emphasizing the need for a renewed commitment to protecting unborn life, persuasive public engagement, and shaping America's moral imagination. It highlights the importance of long-term vision and community support, particularly for women facing crisis pregnancies and young fathers. The text underscores the spiritual dimension of the pro-life cause and calls for continued, joyful advocacy in the face of opposition.

Here Are Some Recently Discovered Artworks by Britain's 'Most Notorious Prisoner'

01 Oct 2023  |  www.vice.com
Charles Salvador, formerly known as Charles Bronson and dubbed 'Britain's Most Notorious Criminal,' is set to enter the commercial art world with an exhibition at the Zebra One gallery in Hampstead. Salvador, who has a history of violent crimes and bizarre behavior in prison, claims to have reformed and is now focused on creating art. His surreal sketches, discovered during a gallery clear-out, will be displayed and auctioned, with proceeds intended for mental health charities and victims of his crimes.

Fifth Circuit Expands Scope of Liability for Title VII Discrimination Claims

01 Oct 2023  |  The Texas Lawbook
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has expanded the scope of liability under Title VII, allowing employees to challenge workplace discrimination beyond 'ultimate employment decisions' to include actions affecting the 'terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.' This ruling overturns nearly 30 years of precedent and aligns the Fifth Circuit with broader interpretations of Title VII. The decision, stemming from Hamilton v. Dallas County, has significant implications for employers, who must now reassess internal policies to ensure compliance. The Supreme Court's upcoming review in Muldrow v. City of St. Louis may further clarify the required level of harm for Title VII claims.

Vibrational and acoustic communication in fishes: The overlooked overlap between the underwater vibroscape and soundscape

01 Oct 2023  |  AIP Publishing
The article explores the intersection of vibrational and acoustic communication in fish, emphasizing the often-overlooked overlap between the underwater vibroscape and soundscape. It highlights various studies and personal communications that contribute to understanding how fish use mechanosensory and acoustic signals for orientation, prey detection, mating, and territorial behaviors. The research underscores the complexity and diversity of fish communication, suggesting that both vibrational and acoustic cues play crucial roles in their ecological interactions.

Old Brit who fell to his death from Sydney balcony 'after drinking with new flatmates'

01 Oct 2023  |  The Mirror
Kieran Jones, an 18-year-old from Thornton-Cleveleys, tragically fell to his death from a 16th-floor balcony in Sydney. His mother, Tracey Jones, expressed her devastation, noting that Kieran was on a gap year and was due to return home next month. Friends and family have paid tribute to Kieran, describing him as a 'beautiful boy with a beautiful personality.'

World's most relaxing song can reduce anxiety by more than 60%

27 Sep 2023  |  flipboard.com
A song has been identified as highly effective in reducing anxiety by 65 percent, potentially rivaling pharmaceuticals in its calming effects.

'World's most relaxing' song can reduce anxiety by more than 60%

27 Sep 2023  |  www.ladbible.com
A song titled 'Weightless' by Marconi Union has been found to reduce anxiety by 65%, potentially rivaling pharmaceuticals in calming pre-operative jitters. A study by the University of Pennsylvania showed that patients listening to the song had similar anxiety levels to those given sedatives, though patients preferred the drug experience due to communication ease. Mindlab International's research also supports the song's effectiveness. The song, created with sound therapists, combines various calming musical elements.

Underground dog fighting rings in UK are using people's pets as bait

13 Sep 2023  |  www.ladbible.com
Dogs in the UK are being forced into brutal underground fighting rings, with pets often stolen and used as bait. Despite being illegal since 1835, dog fighting persists, linked to other organized crimes like drug trafficking and money laundering. The RSPCA and the League Against Cruel Sports are actively working to combat this issue, with tougher prison sentences introduced in 2021. The article highlights the severity of the problem, the international connections of dog fighting rings, and the ongoing efforts to address this cruel practice.

Two dogs rescued from New York State underground tunnel after one refused to leave the other's side

02 Aug 2023  |  ladbible.com
Two dogs were rescued from an underground tunnel in New York State's Village of Liberty after one dog barked for two hours, refusing to leave the other's side. The Village of Liberty Police Department, including Officer Breann Jones and Dog Control Officer Joanne Gerow, responded to the scene. With the help of citizen Tom Lewis, they saved the dogs from the water-filled tunnel. The dogs are now in the custody of Gerow, who is seeking their owner, and anyone with information is asked to contact Catskill Animal Rescue.

BBC announces Match of the Day will have no presenters tomorrow night

10 Mar 2023  |  www.ladbible.com
The BBC's Match of the Day will air without presenters or pundits after several, including Alan Shearer and Ian Wright, boycotted the show in solidarity with Gary Lineker, who was stood down over his social media comments comparing new Government asylum policy language with 1930s Germany. The BBC seeks to resolve the situation with Lineker, who has been a long-time presenter of the show and has made political statements in the past, such as criticizing Qatar's human rights record during the 2022 World Cup. Support for Lineker and the boycotting pundits has been expressed by various sports media figures.

Family of 6-year-old who shot teacher speak out

19 Jan 2023  |  UNILAD
The family of a six-year-old boy who shot his teacher, Abigail Zwerner, at Richneck Elementary School in Virginia, released a statement expressing their sorrow and detailing their commitment to responsible gun ownership. The boy, who has an acute disability, accessed a secured firearm and is now in a medical facility. The school district plans to install metal detectors following the incident. Authorities, including police chief Steve Drew and school superintendent George Parker, provided insights into the event, highlighting the lack of prior warning and the school's response.

Derren Brown reduced man to tears after he tried to start fight

21 Nov 2022  |  www.ladbible.com
Derren Brown, known for his mind control and illusionist skills, shared an incident where he defused a potential street fight using psychological techniques, leaving the aggressor in tears. Brown emphasized the importance of having out-of-context statements ready to defuse confrontations. He also discussed his new show, 'Showman,' which has received excellent reviews and involves audience participation. The show, which has a personal and emotional touch, ties in with themes of shared difficulties and the pandemic.

Royal Mail workers to strike 19 times over next two months

27 Sep 2022  |  www.ladbible.com
Royal Mail workers, represented by the Communication Workers Union, are set to conduct 19 strikes over the next two months due to disputes over pay and conditions. The strikes are expected to significantly impact peak mail periods including Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the Christmas season. The union criticizes Royal Mail Group's senior management for withdrawing from agreements, cutting terms, and sidelining the union. General Secretary Dave Ward emphasizes the workers' role in keeping the country connected and achieving record profits for the company. Royal Mail, losing £1 million a day, urges the union to recognize the need for change and engage in talks through Acas. The company apologizes to customers for the inconvenience caused by the strikes.

3 Reasons Pastors Need to Read Petrus van Mastricht

26 Jul 2022  |  thegospelcoalition.org
Petrus van Mastricht's 'Theoretical-Practical Theology', originally published in Latin in 1698 and recently translated into English, is presented as essential reading for 21st-century pastors. The work is praised for its sound biblical orthodoxy, balance in avoiding theological extremes, and comprehensive practical application for the spiritual growth of believers. Jonathan Edwards is cited as having esteemed Mastricht's work second only to the Bible. The article argues that Mastricht's work offers a robust defense against modern errors and provides a mature synthesis of British and continental Reformed orthodoxy.

Gino D'Acampo Makes 'Offensive' Comment To Holly Willoughby On This Morning Christmas Special

28 Dec 2021  |  www.ladbible.com
Gino D'Acampo sparked controversy on ITV's This Morning Christmas special with comments made to Holly Willoughby during a game. Viewers accused the celebrity chef of making inappropriate remarks, with some calling for his removal from the show. Despite Holly's light-hearted reaction, many found the comments offensive for daytime TV.

Arizona House and Senate Bills Legalizing Sports Betting Mark Progress

04 May 2021  |  www.legalreader.com
Arizona is considering two bills that would legalize sports betting and online fantasy sports betting, potentially increasing state revenue. HB 2772, introduced by Representative Jeff Weninger, and SB 1797, introduced by Senators Thomas Shope and Sonny Borrelli, are making progress through the legislature. If passed, these bills would allow major sports teams to run sportsbooks and enable mobile and online sports betting. Governor Doug Ducey supports modernizing gaming laws, which could significantly benefit Arizona's economy and align the state with others that have already legalized sports betting.

Joggers Should Wear Face Masks When Running, Oxford Professor Says

02 Mar 2021  |  www.ladbible.com
An Oxford professor, Trish Greenhalgh, suggests joggers should wear face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, citing the risk of inhaling exhaled air from others. This advice has sparked debate, with Public Health England's infectious disease expert accusing Greenhalgh of causing unnecessary alarm. Professor Devi Sridhar from Edinburgh University advises joggers to use common sense and be considerate of pedestrians, while former Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson expresses difficulty in running with a mask.

California May Legalize Online Gambling: Pros and Cons

15 Dec 2020  |  www.legalreader.com
California is considering legalizing online gambling to generate significant tax revenue and support the state's budget deficit exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposal, led by Senator Bill Dodd and Assemblymember Adam Gray, faces opposition from tribal casinos and requires a two-thirds legislative approval followed by a voter referendum. Proponents argue that legalizing online gambling could bring in billions in revenue, while opponents highlight regulatory challenges and potential costs. The legislative process has seen some progress, but significant hurdles remain.

Killing Eve's Villanelle Was Inspired By A Real Female Assassin Who Murdered 23 People

19 Nov 2020  |  www.ladbible.com
The character Villanelle from 'Killing Eve' was inspired by Idoia López Riaño, a Spanish assassin who killed 23 people for the Basque separatist group ETA. Known as La Tigresa, Riaño was notorious for her sociopathic behavior, including getting distracted by her reflection during an assassination attempt. Luke Jennings, the creator of Villanelle, based the character on real-life female killers like Riaño. Despite the grim reality of Riaño's actions, Villanelle has become a popular on-screen character, portrayed by Jodie Comer in the BBC adaptation. Riaño was arrested in 1994, served a 23-year sentence, and was released in 2017 after condemning ETA's violence. The third novel, 'Killing Eve: Die for Me,' has been released, and a fourth season of the TV show is confirmed.

Why Sports Betting Regulation is Such a Big Deal for California

27 Jul 2020  |  www.legalreader.com
California is considering the regulation of sports betting to address a significant budget shortfall exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Assemblyman Adam Gray and State Senator Bill Dodd are leading efforts to legalize sports betting at horse racetracks and casinos, potentially raising substantial revenue for the state. Despite opposition from tribal leaders and concerns about the impact on the card room industry, the move is seen as inevitable. The regulation could generate up to $700 million annually, helping to mitigate financial challenges and regulate an already prevalent practice.

More Than 4,800 Dangerous Wild Animals, Including Tigers And Crocodiles, Are Kept Legally At UK Properties

04 Apr 2020  |  www.ladbible.com
A freedom of information request by LADbible revealed that over 4,800 dangerous wild animals are legally kept in private properties across the UK, with experts suggesting the actual number could be much higher when including those kept illegally. The Born Free Foundation reported at least 50 big cats in the UK, while various other animals such as primates, crocodiles, and venomous snakes are licensed under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act. Concerns have been raised about the welfare of these animals and the potential risks they pose to the public, as well as the inconsistency in safety guidelines across different councils. The ISPCA highlighted the risk of diseases from these animals, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Scottish SPCA has seen a rise in stray exotic animals due to internet impulse buying. Jamie Mintram, who runs Ark Wildlife Park, a rescue facility in Lincolnshire, emphasized the need for stricter measures to ensure animal welfare and expressed concern about the black market for dangerous wild animals in the UK.

Happy Mondays Dancer Bez Harvests ‘Viagra-Honey’ From Beekeeping Hobby

28 Feb 2020  |  www.ladbible.com
Bez, the dancer from Happy Mondays, has taken up beekeeping and claims his honey has significant effects on libido, likening it to Viagra. He shares anecdotes about his beekeeping experiences and his transition from a lifestyle of substance use to healthier habits. Bez also discusses his ventures into reality TV and the recent reissue of Happy Mondays' albums by London Records, noting the band's shift from a debauched image to a more settled and friendly dynamic.

Tyson Fury Beats Braun Strowman At WWE Saudi Arabia Show

31 Oct 2019  |  ladbible.com
Tyson Fury won his wrestling debut by knocking out Braun Strowman at WWE's Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia. Fury, a former heavyweight boxing champion, entered the ring in traditional Saudi attire and showcased his skills, including a drop kick and a homage to the Undertaker. The victory was decided by a count out after Fury delivered a powerful right hand. The match was well-received, with fans praising Fury's performance and adaptability to wrestling.

Ben Affleck Still Wants To Direct A DC Superhero Movie After Quitting Batman

08 Mar 2019  |  ladbible.com
Ben Affleck expressed interest in directing a DC Extended Universe movie despite stepping down from his role as Batman. He was not satisfied with the Batman script he was working on, leading to Matt Reeves taking over as director for the upcoming Batman film. Affleck is promoting his Netflix heist movie Triple Frontier, starring alongside Charlie Hunnam, Oscar Isaac, and Garrett Hedlund, directed by J.C. Chandor. The film, which releases on Netflix on March 13, 2019, involved training with ex-Special Forces operatives and live ammunition to ensure authenticity.

Online Gambling Regulation is Sweeping Through Europe in 2019

01 Jan 2019  |  www.legalreader.com
2019 marks significant regulatory changes in the European online gambling market, with countries like Sweden, the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, and the UK implementing new laws to enhance player protection and market regulation. Sweden has tightened controls and licensing requirements, the Czech Republic has opened its market to foreign operators, Italy has slightly relaxed its advertising ban, Germany has introduced temporary sports betting licenses, and the UK continues to scrutinize the industry. These changes aim to create a safer and more regulated environment for online gambling across Europe.

Leicester City Owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Reportedly On Board Crashed Helicopter

28 Oct 2018  |  www.ladbible.com
Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was reportedly on board a private helicopter that crashed outside King Power Stadium. The condition of those involved is currently unknown. Fans have laid flowers at the scene, and witnesses described the helicopter losing control and bursting into flames. Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and director of football Jon Rudkin were confirmed not to be on board. The club is assisting authorities and will provide further updates.

Rapper Mac Miller Has Died Aged 26

07 Sep 2018  |  ladbible.com
Musician Mac Miller has died at the age of 26 at his home in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, as reported by ABC News.

Britain's Youngest Lottery Winner Says She's Happier After Spending £2m Fortune

07 Aug 2018  |  www.ladbible.com
Callie Rogers, Britain's youngest lottery winner, reflects on her experience of winning nearly £2m at 16 and how it impacted her life. Despite spending the money on luxury items, friends, and drugs, she struggled with depression and trust issues. Now 31, she has retrained as a nurse, lives a more stable life with her partner and children, and feels happier and stronger after overcoming her past challenges.

Pest Controller Finds Massive Nests Containing 'Thousands of Wasps' Inside Attic

31 May 2017  |  ladbible.com
Shane Jones, a pest controller, discovered several massive wasp nests in an attic in Basingstoke, Hampshire. The smallest nest was the size of a football, and the largest was half the size of a person. Thousands of dead wasps were found, and the situation is attributed to the mild winter and warm spring, which have led to ideal breeding conditions for wasps. Experts warn that 'yellow jacket' wasps, which are larger and more aggressive, may become more common in the UK.

Pilot Refuses To Fly Plane As A Result Of Passenger's Personal WiFi Name

25 May 2017  |  www.ladbible.com
A pilot refused to fly a Thomson flight from Cancun to the UK after a passenger discovered a WiFi network named 'Jihadist Cell London 1' just hours after the Manchester Arena attack. The incident led to a two-hour delay as police and security services investigated, but the culprit was not found, resulting in the flight being canceled and passengers being sent to a hotel overnight. The situation caused significant distress among passengers, with many expressing fear and unease.

Zack Snyder Steps Down From 'Justice League' Movie

23 May 2017  |  www.ladbible.com
Director Zack Snyder has stepped down from his role in the production of 'Justice League' following the tragic suicide of his daughter. Snyder, known for his comic book film adaptations, has decided to prioritize his family during this difficult time. Joss Whedon will take over the remaining production duties. Warner Bros. Pictures and its president, Toby Emmerich, have expressed their support for Snyder's decision. The film is still set for release on November 17, 2017.

Another 'Take Me Out Couple' Are Getting Married

29 Apr 2017  |  www.ladbible.com
Adam and Beckie, who met on the TV show 'Take Me Out,' are getting married, marking the sixth couple from the show to tie the knot. Despite initial rejections on the show, the couple reconnected on Facebook and got engaged. The article highlights other couples who found love through the show, emphasizing the unexpected and serendipitous nature of their relationships.

Anthony Joshua's Touching Gesture To His Son Ahead Of Tonight's Fight

29 Apr 2017  |  ladbible.com
Anthony Joshua, the British IBF heavyweight title defender, has sewn his son Joseph's name into his boot for luck and motivation in his fight against Wladimir Klitschko. Joshua, who keeps his personal life private, has also made a touching gesture by buying properties for his family and surprising his old coach with a new BMW. The fight promises significant earnings, with each fighter guaranteed at least £15 million, marking it as the richest UK bout in history.

British schoolboy rejects £5million offer for his latest venture

20 Jan 2017  |  The Mirror
A 16-year-old entrepreneur, Mohammed Ali from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, has rejected a multi-million pound offer from American investors for his new price comparison site, weneed1.com, which he developed with his 60-year-old business partner, Chris Thorpe. Ali, who has previously earned over £40,000 from creating a video game and a financial app, aims to make the site a household name. The site, set to launch on January 28, provides real-time quotes and updates on various products. Ali hopes to inspire other young people to enter the business world and emphasizes the importance of self-learning and hard work.

A quarter of us have no idea how much we'll have to repay when we take out loans

29 Dec 2016  |  www.mirror.co.uk
A study of 2,000 people by vivus.co.uk found that 22% of Brits do not understand 'APR' and only 19% know the APR on their financial products. A third of middle-class individuals would struggle with an unexpected £500 bill, and 43% of 18-24-year-olds are confused by financial terms. The research highlighted misconceptions about borrowing costs, with many unaware that unauthorised overdrafts can be more expensive than payday loans. Julia Dallimore of Vivus.co.uk emphasized the importance of understanding financial terms and the impact of APR on borrowing costs. The study also showed a lack of trust in loan providers, with 31% of respondents skeptical about getting a fair deal. Despite this, payday loans have become more transparent under new Financial Conduct Authority regulations.

Eight-year-old boy writes heartbreaking letter to 'murdered' mum saying: 'I wish you didn't die'

05 Nov 2016  |  The Mirror
An eight-year-old boy, Reece Dunne, wrote a heartfelt letter to his mother, Ellia Arathoon, who is believed to have been murdered. Ellia's body parts were found near the M53 in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Her ex-partner, John Dunne, is trying to shield Reece from the details of her death. The community has shown an outpouring of support, with tributes and a planned balloon release. Craig Andrew Proctor has been charged with Ellia's murder and is awaiting trial. Cheshire Police continue their investigation, with formal identification of the remains pending.

‘You disclose or kill yourself’: Manchester men bravely waive anonymity to face child sex abuse ‘epidemic’

26 Apr 2016  |  Mancunian Matters
The Shatter Boys, a group of men from Manchester who were sexually abused as children, are working to change the way support is provided to male abuse victims in the UK. Co-founders David Norman and Daniel Wolstencroft aim to offer immediate, non-clinical support to men in crisis, bypassing government red tape that they believe is failing survivors. David, a victim of abuse by former police sergeant Donald Mackintosh, shares his personal struggle with the long-term effects of abuse, including substance abuse and suicidal tendencies. The Shatter Boys offer biweekly support sessions in Ancoats and plan to expand their services to Liverpool, Essex, and London, with a significant waiting list in the capital. They emphasize the importance of relatable support and the use of non-clinical language in aiding recovery.

Local Hero: The Manchester Man Who Fought Fascism in the Spanish Civil War

26 Mar 2016  |  Mancunian Matters
The article reflects on the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War, focusing on the story of Sam Wild, a Manchester local who joined the International Brigade to fight against Franco's fascists. It details the rise of fascism in Manchester during the early 1930s, with Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists establishing a strong presence. Sam Wild, initially protesting against the BUF in Manchester, later became a volunteer in Spain, joining many others from Greater Manchester. The article also covers the experiences of the volunteers, the limited training and resources they had, and the support Franco received from Nazi Germany and Italy. Sam Wild's post-war life is discussed, including his union activities and the lack of recognition for veterans upon their return. The article concludes with the Spanish government's belated acknowledgment of the International Brigade members in 1996, an event Sam and his wife Bessie Berry, an Aid to Spain campaigner, did not live to see.

Jeremy Corbyn criticizes Northern Powerhouse plans during Greater Manchester visit

18 Mar 2016  |  www.mancunianmatters.co.uk
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, criticized the Conservative Chancellor George Osborne's Northern Powerhouse initiative, citing systematic underfunding and a lack of adequate funding for cities in the region. He expressed concerns about the devolution deal leading to greater inequality in public services and highlighted the economic decline in northern towns and cities. Corbyn also visited the University of Salford's Energy House, praising the innovative research and calling for a national investment bank to support local businesses and manufacturing capacity.

Cilla Black holding a telegram from The Beatles wishing her good luck

08 Nov 2015  |  Express.co.uk
The article discusses previously unreleased photographs of the late singer Cilla Black, taken by photographer Ron Falloon during the Royal Variety Performance in 1964. Cilla Black is depicted backstage, preparing for her performance in front of Queen Elizabeth II, and holding a telegram from The Beatles. Falloon shares his memories of the event, noting Cilla's confidence and slight nervousness, as well as her superstitions and good-luck charms. The article also mentions Cilla's belonging to a talented group from Liverpool that rose to fame in the 1960s, which included The Beatles, Gerry And The Pacemakers, and comedians Jimmy Tarbuck and Ken Dodd. Cilla Black performed her song 'You're My World' at the event.

Here Are Some Recently Discovered Artworks by Britain's 'Most Notorious Prisoner'

19 Feb 2015  |  www.vice.com
The article recounts the story of Gabrielle, who discovered artworks with Charles Bronson's signature and prison number among old canvases and sketches in a drawer. Gabrielle was unaware of the significance or potential value of these pieces. She learned that her father had framed them for someone who may not have recognized their worth. Gabrielle was initially unaware of Bronson's status as an artist who sold his work for substantial amounts and that his art was known outside the prison.

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