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Dump ‘Slip Slop Slap’ campaign, expert says

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The Slip, Slop, Slap campaign doesn't work and should be dumped, a dermatologist says. Source: News Limited

THE famous 'Slip, Slop, Slap' skin cancer campaign has failed and should be dumped, a dermatologist claims.

The Cancer Council immediately dismissed the criticism as 'one author's opinion' — but conceded he was correct in noting their statistics hailing it a success do not take into account Australia's changing ethnic mix.

Dr Douglas Czarnecki says figures used to support the campaign's success are skewed and the campaign is further compromised by "vested interests" seeking funding grants.

Immigration by dark-skinned migrants and their subsequent children has not been taken into account in the data, and a more effective campaign would be to warn young people about the dangers of wrinkles, he said.

Dr Czarnecki has had research published in a dermatology journal challenging reports that the incidence of melanoma is decreasing in the young Australian population.

The Melbourne dermatologist said the increase in migrants regarded as at low risk of skin cancer means data comparing melanoma rates in the early 1980s with now is not comparing like with like.

Low-risk people are defined as those born in Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East or sub-Saharan Africa, or had parents born in these regions, he said.

"There was a significant increase in the number of young Australians at low risk for melanoma in the past 30 years," Dr Czarnecki said, citing Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

"If these people are not included when calculating the crude rate of melanoma, the rate increased from 5.9 per 100,000 in 1982 to 6.3 in 2009.

"If the estimated number of young Maoris and young Aborigines is excluded from the susceptible population, the crude rate increased from 6.0 per 100,000 in 1982 to 6.8 in 2009."

Dr Czarnecki noted immigration data shows country of origin but not ethnicity.

"The Slip, Slop, Slap campaign is flawed and it should not be continued," he told The Advertiser.

"It is being promoted by vested interests who use its claimed success to seek funding.

"I deal with patients, and while most have vaguely heard of it they don't know what it actually means — they might use sunscreen but they won't wear unfashionable clothing and don't want to wear hats because it messes up their hair.

"A much more effective campaign, backed by research here and among US college students, would be to show young people that sunscreen and sun protection stops wrinkles — it should focus on people's vanity because that works."

Cancer Council Australia public health committee chair Craig Sinclair said Slip, Slop, Slap had been a remarkable success in changing behaviour.

"We now have an entire generation of parents looking after their children based on the messages from the campaign," he said.

"This is just one author's opinion — there are many others who regard the campaign as a huge success in reducing skin cancer rates in younger people."

Mr Sinclair agreed there had been a substantial increase in immigrants at low risk of skin cancer due to dark skin but said these figures were not statistically significant.

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Rap mogul shot six times and survives surgery

Shot at ... Marion "Suge" Knight was injured in a shooting at a nightclub. Source: AP

DEATH Row Records founder Suge Knight is out of surgery after being shot six times during a nightclub party in West Hollywood.

The 49-year-old mogul is still in ICU, but is expected to recover, TMZ reports.

Knight walked out of the club following the shooting, police told TMZ. He was then put in an ambulance and taken to hospital.

Knight was one of three victims taken to LA's Cedars Sinai Hospital after the incident at the 1OAK nightclub, TMZ reports.

One of the shooting victims is reportedly in a critical condition.

Unscathed ... Singer Chris Brown, pictured at the basketball in New York last week, was hosting the nightclub party. Picutre: AP Source: AP

Knight was attending a party hosted by controversial singer Chris Brown, who was reportedly caught up in the shooting but not hurt.

An hour-and-a-half prior to the shootout, Game got into a fight with security guards after being denied entry and left - his mates stayed on, according to TMZ.

A divisive figure in hip-hop, Knight was accused by his former friend Snoop Dogg of being involved in the 1996 murder of troubled rapper Tupac Shakur.

He was also implicated in the shooting murder of rap legend Christopher "Biggie" Smalls, which was said to be a revenge killing for Shakur's death.


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Block ‘cheaters’ say prank just harmless fun

On The Block Glasshouse, the judges find a mobile phone recording their conversation as the room was revealed. Courtesy: The Block, Network Nine

Simon and Shannon are caught red handed. Source: Huffington Post

IN what has been dubbed "the biggest Block scandal ever", brothers Simon and Shannon were tonight revealed as the "cheaters" who placed a phone under the bed to record the judges' secret conversations.

Judges Shayna Blaze, Darren Palmer and Neale Whitaker, as well as host Scotty Cam were not

impressed when they discovered Simon had deliberately hidden a mobile in the room to eavesdrop on the judges feedback.

"That is not on" said Shayna. "That is really bad. Is that cheating?"

Added Darren: "I don't know if it's cheating, but it's definitely giving them something that everybody else doesn't get. Scott delivers our judgments, recording them - that's never been done on The Block before."

Darren Palmer discovers the phone under the bed during judging. Source: Huffington Post

While Scotty Cam said: "So you don't trust me? You had to record the feedback? You don't trust what I was saying?"

Simon told news.com.au it was just a harmless prank borne out of frustration at not getting enough constructive criticism from the judges.

"They spend an hour in each room and we only get to hear a two minute spill of what they think, we never even get to see them (the judges), so I wanted to know more of their feedback, but it was mainly to do something cheeky to see what they're saying and then go from there.

"I don't think when I do stuff stupid things. It wasn't to get the upper hand, I'm not that clever, I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed," he laughed.

Scotty Cam was not impressed. "Don't you trust me?" he said. Source: Channel 9

The boys maintain the whole thing was a harmless prank that was blown out of proportion, refuting Nine's claim that it was the "biggest scandal" ever seen on The Block.

"It can't be," said Shannon, "the biggest (scandal) is those twins. It was just a cheeky little thing to do."

While Simon added: "No way, they're just trying to make a mountain out of an ant hill to try and get viewers, but if they want to play it like that, that's fine."

They also strongly refuted it was "cheating", saying they are honest blokes with good morals.

"I told all the other teams that I did it, so it's obviously not cheating. I don't know how that gives us the upper hand and judges thought it was just a cheeky prank too," said Simon.

Simon said when he went back to the room and discovered the phone had been found and removed he became nervous and was "packing it" at the consequences.

Darren Palmer, Shayna Blaze and Neale Whitaker discuss the "spy phone." Source: Huffington Post

He then confessed to his brother about what he'd done.

"I just called him a cheeky little d--khead, as brothers do," said Shannon of his brother's decision to hide the phone without telling him, "because that's what he is, he is a cheeky little d--khead.

"It didn't surprise me at all that he did it. No word of a lie, he came on the show just to prank people and it's probably not the best place to have fun, but that's what Simon brings to the show, likes to have fun and stir the pot a bit."

Simon said the only repercussion was a slap on the wrist from Scotty and everyone took the prank in good faith.

"I did the walk of shame out to Scotty to get the phone and he said I'm not angry, I'm just disappointed, which is way worse".

Shannon and Simon only got a slap on the wrist. Source: Supplied

But despite all the drama, Simon said he would do it again in a heartbeat.

"To be honest, I'd do it again tomorrow. Why not? I don't regret that I did it, I know my intention wasn't to cheat, it was just something in my character.

"I didn't think Darren would get on his knees looking for an electric point, but if I was doing it properly, I would have thought to have hidden it way better, I didn't think it would turn into what it did."

Scotty Cam told news.com.au that while he was disappointed with the boys dishonesty, he has decided to forgive and forget.

"This has never happened before. I'm a trustworthy bloke so whatever I say in the judges feedback is gospel. I think they got the message from me and I'm sure they'll never do it again."

Meanwhile, Maxine and Karstan won the master suite room reveal with a score of 28.

The boys say they would never cheat. Source: Supplied


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Key suspect in Foley beheading named

The UN has strongly condemned the 'heinous and cowardly' murder of journalist James Foley by IS militants.

Brave journalist ... James Foley on assignment in Aleppo, Syria. Picture: Nicole Tung Source: AP

THE British security services MI5 and MI6 have reportedly identified a British hip-hop artist as the key suspect in the hunt for the killer who beheaded American journalist James Foley.

The Sunday Times newspaper said Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, from Maida Vale in West London, had become a crucial part of the investigation.

The paper attributed the information to "senior government sources."

Bary, 23, is the son of an Egyptian-born militant who is awaiting trial on terror charges in New York tied to the deadly 1998 bombings of embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Former hostages held by ISIS have said he is one of several jihadists they nicknamed "the Beatles" due to their British accents, with two of his cronies referred to as "George" and "Ringo."

Bary — who recently tweeted a photo of himself holding up a severed head — was among three Brits identified as possibly being the masked killer known as "John".

In June, The Sunday Times revealed a threat made by Bary on Twitter. "The lions are coming for you soon you filthy kuffs (infidels)," he wrote. "Beheadings in your own backyard soon."

Sickening ... Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary recently tweeted a photo of himself holding up a severed head. Source: Supplied

Bary, who went to Syria last year to fight in its bloody civil war, has a build, skin tone and ­accent all similar to those of "John," according to The Telegraph.

Before becoming a jihadist, he was an aspiring rapper known as "L Jinny," whose music was played on BBC Radio 1.

Bary also appeared in music videos posted on YouTube for songs titled Overdose, Flying High and Dreamer.

But he was reportedly radicalised by followers of firebrand ­Islamic preacher Anjem Choudary and walked out of his family's plush West London home last year, saying he was "leaving everything for the sake of Allah."

Earlier this month, he was seen in a photo posted to Twitter wearing camouflage clothing and a black balaclava while holding a severed head with his left hand — the same hand "John" is seen using to draw a knife across Foley's throat in his execution video.

Slain ... James Foley, a freelance contributor for GlobalPost, in Benghazi, Libya. Source: AP

Also under investigation are Abu Hussain Al-Britani, 20, a computer hacker from Birmingham, and Abu Abdullah al-Britani, in his 20s, from Portsmouth, the MailOnline reported.

Mail Online reported that al-Britani was jailed in 2012 for stealing personal information from former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Since joining ISIS' brutal campaign in Syria al-Britani, real name Junaid Hussian, has worked to fund the ISIS war chest by mounting jihadist cyber attacks on British banks and celebrities.

Glamorising murder ... The Twitter profile pic of Abu Hussain Al-Britani, 20, a computer hacker from Birmingham. Picture: Twitter Source: Supplied

Abu Abdullah Al-Britani, meanwhile, is active on social media using Twitter to post pro-ISIS propaganda. According to Mail Online, he is believed to be behind an account on the ask.fm social media site giving young people advice on how to travel to Syria and Iraq and encouraging them to join the jihad.

Overcome ... After speaking with US President Barack Obama by phone, John and Diane Foley, parents of murdered journalist James Foley, talk to reporters outside their home in Rochester, New Hampshire. Picture: Jim Cole Source: AP

Other possible identities for "John" include the brother of a British doctor once charged with kidnapping two Western war correspondents, and a former gang member who converted to Islam and travelled to Syria, Britain's Telegraph newspaper reported.

A dozen American counterterrorism experts are expected to fly to the UK "within days" to help identify Foley's killer, the Daily Mail reported.


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Rap mogul shot at during party

Shot at ... Marion "Suge" Knight was injured in a shooting at a nightclub. Source: AP

DEATH Row Records founder Suge Knight is out of surgery after being shot six times during a nightclub party in West Hollywood.

The 49-year-old mogul is still in ICU, but is expected to recover, TMZ reports.

Knight walked out of the club following the shooting, police told TMZ. He was then put in an ambulance and taken to hospital.

Knight was one of three victims taken to LA's Cedars Sinai Hospital after the incident at the 1OAK nightclub, TMZ reports.

One of the shooting victims is reportedly in a critical condition.

Unscathed ... Singer Chris Brown, pictured at the basketball in New York last week, was hosting the nightclub party. Picutre: AP Source: AP

Knight was attending a party hosted by controversial singer Chris Brown, who was reportedly caught up in the shooting but not hurt.

An hour-and-a-half prior to the shootout, Game got into a fight with security guards after being denied entry and left - his mates stayed on, according to TMZ.

A divisive figure in hip-hop, Knight was accused by his former friend Snoop Dogg of being involved in the 1996 murder of troubled rapper Tupac Shakur.

He was also implicated in the shooting murder of rap legend Christopher "Biggie" Smalls, which was said to be a revenge killing for Shakur's death.


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Beef jerky with taste of toad

Jessiica McDonald was watching the footy with her family when they discovered the beef jerky they had bought contained a marinated dried toad. Originally it had two legs until her dad accidentally took a bite. Picture: Jessiica McDonald Source: Supplied

When Territorian Jessiica McDonald settled in to watch the footy with her family, they didn't expect to make a gruesome snack-related discovery.

"Beers while watching the footy," Jessiica wrote.

"Only to find the beef jerky we just bought isn't beef at all. Instead it's marinated dried toad!!! Yuckk."

NT News reader Scott Murray captured this monstrous cane toad eating another cane toad. Picture: Scott Murray Source: Supplied

CANE TOADS THE LATEST DELICACY

That's right, a jerked toad. At least it was marinated though.

Jessiica spoke exclusively to the NT News about her families' snack surprise.

"I actually wasn't the unlucky one who had a taste," she said cheerfully.

"But my father took a bite. He was so into the footy game he didn't realise until he took half a leg of what was supposed to be jerky - it was crunchy dried toad. Absolutely putrid."

Get some cane toad on your plate. Source: News Corp Australia

CANE TOADS EAT THEIR OWN

It's not the first time Territorians have had a taste of toad. Some intrepid culinary adventurers have deliberately eaten the feral invader, but we are not aware of toad jerky ever being on the menu anywhere in the world.

And toads themselves are not averse to having a crack at their own kind.

CANE TOAD V DEATH ADDER

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Aeroflot to launch budget airline

National carrier ... Aeroflot said the new airline could begin operations from the end of October. Source: AFP

RUSSIAN flag carrier Aeroflot will create a new low-cost unit after Western sanctions grounded its first effort to enter the market, the airline's chief executive says.

"We will after all register a new airline," Aeroflot chief executive Vitaly Savelyev was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

He said the company's low-cost carrier, Dobrolyot, had worked well during the six weeks it was allowed to operate.

Dobrolyot was forced to shut down because it flew to Russian-annexed Crimea and was therefore hit by EU sanctions imposed over the Kremlin's alleged support for pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine, including the cancellation of the leasing contracts for its Boeing aircraft.

"We are holding talks with leasing companies and the first steps show that they want to work with us," said Savelyev.

He said possible routes were still being worked out, but that the new airline could begin operations from the end of October when the winter schedule begins.

Savelyev said flights to Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March, would depend on demand.

Services to the popular Black Sea summer resort are usually cut back during the winter months.

New fuel-efficient jets are key to the success of low-cost airlines as the high cost of fuel often makes it their biggest expense.

Leasing allows new airlines the opportunity to acquire aircraft more quickly without huge upfront investments.

Dobrolyot, which operated two Boeing 737-800 aircraft when it was forced to shut down, had planned to lease another six this year to begin flying to a handful of Russian cities.


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Ricciardo wins Belgian GP

Daniel Ricciardo qualified fifth fastest for the Belgian GP at Spa overnight, but was lucky to post a time at all after making this impressive save in the wet.

Daniel Ricciardo won the Belgian Grand Prix for his third Formula One victory this season. Source: Getty Images

WORLD championship leader Nico Rosberg was condemned by his team and booed by spectators on Sunday after colliding with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton on the way to taking second place behind victorious Australian Daniel Ricciardo in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo's dominant effort in Belgium backed up a thrilling victory in Hungary in July, which itself followed his maiden F1 win at the Canadian Grand Prix in June.

Rosberg finished second, the German world championship leader having survived another run-in with Hamilton, whose tyre he punctured on the second lap, leading to the Briton's eventual retirement.

It was Red Bull's 50th win in Formula One and a beaming Ricciardo was hailed with cheers, while Rosberg was booed by the crowd at the end of the race. It appeared that Hamilton was the victim of a misjudged passing move by the German.

The damage wrecked his race and may have ruined his title bid, with seven of this year's 19 races remaining.

"I have apologized to Lewis ... A bad result for Lewis and a bad result for the Mercedes team," said Mercedes team chief Niki Lauda.

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo leads during the Belgium Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Source: AP

After struggling to regain his momentum, the 29-year-old Briton retired with four of the 44 laps remaining, leaving Rosberg content to take his first podium finish in Belgium at the eighth attempt. He came 3.3 seconds behind the beaming Ricciardo.

Ricciardo won with a bold and well-judged drive in a dramatic race that saw Hamilton lead from the start, but fall away and eventually retire after his second-lap puncture caused by his collision with Rosberg.

The win was Ricciardo's third win in six races in his first season with Red Bull since succeeding fellow Australian Mark Webber as teammate to four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel, who came home fifth.

Ricciardo remains third on the overall standings on 166 points - 25 points behind Hamilton, in second, while Rosberg is out in front on 220 points.

"Back home, there is a huge following for F1, but this is almost as many Aussie flags as there was in Melbourne!" said Ricciardo.

"So thanks so much. It is a bit different when you lead the race for that long, it's more about composure and trying to keep steady.

"Once Nico went in I knew he would be quick at the end so I had to keep my pace up to stay ahead of him.

"When you are leading the first thing is you hope everything holds together, mechanically you hope everything gets you to the finish line but certainly when you are in the lead the chequered flag can't come soon enough."

Mercedes team bosses Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff both laid the blame for the second-lap crash that left leader Hamilton with a race-wrecking puncture on Rosberg who appeared to drive into his teammate's car.

"Completely unacceptable," said Wolff.

"That was just an unacceptable race. It is unbelievable. You should not crash into your teammate. Lap number two of a long race and a crash between two teammates, we have often discussed the situation and it happened today.

"You don't try to overtake with the knife between your teeth in lap number two and damage both cars.

"This is a decisive moment in the battle between the two of them and for the team.

"Lewis is very upset, we kept him out there for a long time with a damaged car. He will recover quickly. It is going to be handled."

Mercedes team chief Niki Lauda added: "It's very simple. It is unacceptable that in the second lap Nico hit Lewis, completely unacceptable.

"There is going to be a meeting at 16.45, but it is unacceptable. If these things happen at the end of the race, when they are fighting for the win then you discuss it, but in the second lap to hand the victory to Red Bull.

"I thought they were clever enough to know that but obviously they aren't."

The damage wrecked Hamilton's race and may have ruined his title bid with seven of this year's 19 races remaining.

After struggling to regain his momentum, the 29-year-old Briton retired with four of the 44 laps remaining.

Finns Valtteri Bottas of Williams and Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari came home third and fourth ahead of Vettel, Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen and his McLaren teammate Briton Jenson Button, who were all engaged in a furious final tussle for positions.

On a welcome dry, if cool, afternoon in the Ardennes, Rosberg made a poor start from his 11th career pole position and Hamilton, from second on the grid, pulled alongside and outside to lead as they surged round the hairpin at La Source.

The 2008 world champion pulled clear on the entry to Eau Rouge and up the hill towards Radillon where a charging Vettel, who had taken second place, attacked without success and ran off track, falling back into third behind Fernando Alonso.

The Spaniard, who had struggled to leave the grid for the formation lap and required assistance to start, was handed a five seconds penalty - to be added to a pit stop - for the misdemeanor, but raced with great elan and determination.

Daniel Ricciardo clenches both fists in celebration on the podium after his victory. Source: AP

That persistence put him in the box seat when, on lap two, Rosberg attempted a slipstreaming pass on leader Hamilton at Les Combes where the Briton defended his line and, in another of his catalogue of misfortunes this year, suffered a puncture as the German's front wing slashed into his left rear tyre.

"Nico hit me, Nico hit me!" said an incredulous Hamilton.

Hamilton was forced to limp back to the pits with a puncture and, after his stop, rejoined in 19th position while Rosberg battled on with half his front wing missing until he pitted from the lead after eight laps.

"Nico, we advise you to hang it out," he was told, a decision that cost him several laps at reduced potential. He also had a struggle to remove a strand of debris from Hamilton's punctured tyre that was flicking into his cockpit.

It was clear he was struggling for outright pace and, following his stop, the aggressive Ricciardo took control at the front before he pitted after 12 laps and handed the lead to Bottas.

Lewis Hamilton leads Nico Rosberg into the first corner before the pair's collision on the second lap. Source: Getty Images

The Finn came in just a lap later passing the lead to Button, briefly, before he pitted and Ricciardo regained the ascendancy in a flurry of positional changes and pit stops before the race began to settle down, albeit with the drivers on contrasting tyre strategies.

By lap 20, Ricciardo led Raikkonen, Vettel and Bottas with Magnussen fifth, Alonso sixth and Button seventh. Perez was eighth ahead of Rosberg and a luckless Hamilton down in 17th after making two pit stops.

Raikkonen pitted again and Bottas climbed back to second.

Rosberg was content to work his way back up to second behind Ricciardo, knowing his teammate and only serious title-rival Hamilton had little chance of scoring any points. The Australian pitted, rejoined behind Bottas and led again when Bottas stopped again for fresh tyres, rejoining fifth.

All this left the young Australian out in front with 15 laps remaining, having driven flawlessly to head the field and leave Red Bull teammate Vettel struggling in his wake and unable to resist Bottas on lap 30. Rosberg stayed second ahead of Raikkonen, a four-time winner at Spa.Rosberg pitted for a final charge on soft tyres after 34 laps, immediately losing two places when Bottas passed him, but in a thrilling pass at Blanchimont he regained third and, seconds later, surged past Raikkonen to set up a final pursuit of Ricciardo.

- with Agence France-Presse

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