Moment stunned holidaymakers find miracle pilot floating in the sea after Brit-made military jet smashes into sea off Hawaii

Footage shows the airman being rescued three miles off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii – just moments after his British-made jet plunged into the water.

He was found with his parachute still attached after he ejected the Hawker Hunter fighter moments before it went down at around 2:25pm local time on Wednesday.

Witness Brendt Chang told Hawaii News Now: "After the pilot ejected, the plane went down in a big way."

The pilot – a 47-year-old civilian working for the Hawaii Air National Guard – was left with serious injuries but remained stable in hospital last night.

He had been taking part in a series of military exercises called the Sentry Aloha testing the pacific islands' defence capabilities.

The Hawaii Air National Guard was hosting the trials – which involved 800 personnel and 30 aircraft from nine US states.

Flights from the nearby Honolulu Airport were briefly suspended as a rescue operation was scrambled.

Parasail operator Mark Neumann said the jet came within yards of two people gliding off the coast at the time before it smashed into the water – spewing fuel and debris.

He said: "My captain and crew thought it was going to hit the parachute.

"It went by and right after it went by them, the pilot ejected and the plane crashed into the water real close to our boat."

The plane was owned by Airborne Tactical Advantage Company, which is a civilian “tactical airborne training organization."

A spokesman for the firm said it was investigating.

The Hawker Hunter is a British jet developed in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Initially, a single-seat version was used as a manoeuvrable fighter aircraft.

It was later used as both a fighter and bomber and for reconnaissance missions.

The British navy and air force continued to use a two-seat version into the early 1990s.

Britain exported the plane, and it was also used by the air forces of 21 other nations.

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What happened to Laura-Leigh from Vanderpump Rules?

Vanderpump Rules viewers have seen a lot of cast members come and go, but not many as memorable as Laura-Leigh.

She was around during Season 2 of the show and was attached to Jax Taylor. If anyone knows anything about the show, they know that is a recipe for disaster.

Back in 2013, Vanderpump Rules viewers saw Jax Taylor and Laura-Leigh hook up several times. He was on the rebound from Stassi Schroeder (the first time) and found comfort in the new girl on the scene. Unfortunately, their most memorable moment comprised of hooking up in the bathroom at SUR.

Why did Laura-Leigh leave Vanderpump Rules?

After some rocky moments with Jax Taylor, Laura-Leigh decided to hang up her outfit at SUR and move on from the reality show. She had talked about being an actress and getting ready for her big break.

It came at just the right time because Jax dumped Laura-Leigh, and shortly after that she was off to film a movie with some big-name Hollywood actors.

Where is Laura-Leigh now?

Currently, Laura-Leigh goes by the name Laura-Leigh Claire. Her big break back in 2013 when she left Vanderpump Rules came in the movie We’re the Millers with Jennifer Aniston.

She has also been in 15 episodes of The Client List with Jennifer Love Hewitt, and has done several guest-starring roles here and there as well.

Laura-Leigh will be in the movie Under the Silver Lake. Other names attached to the movie are Riley Keough, Topher Grace, and Andrew Garfield. Things appear to be falling into place for Laura-Leigh as she navigates life as an actress.

Vanderpump Rules airs Monday nights at 9/8c on Bravo.

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William Shatner battles with fans over defense of 'Baby It's Cold Outside'

William Shatner attacks ‘social justice warriors’ on Twitter

‘Star Trek’ actor William Shatner sounds off on social media over modern day social justice warriors setting off a twitter war

Former “Star Trek” actor William Shatner has taken a hard stance on the ongoing controversy surrounding the Christmas song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” to both the joy and dismay of his fans.

As previously reported, the song has been removed by some radio stations over claims that the song deals with a woman saying “no” to a man’s advances and him persisting. The 87-year-old actor took to Twitter on Tuesday to urge fans to call into CBC radio after it announced that it would remove the holiday song from the airwaves to demand they play it.

“Call in to CBC radio all day and get them to play ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ over and over until midnight!” Shatner wrote.

The former “T.J. Hooker” lead continued to engage with fans on the issue, explaining that he’s worried about the “myopic glasses” that the classic song is being viewed through in 2018.

“C’mon Bill. Isn’t there something, anything, you can find that is more important to rally for?” one user questioned.

“I would think that censorship of classics because certain “types” need to judge things through their own 2018 myopic glasses and demand they be stricken from history is important.  Or is this 1984 only 34 years too late?” the star shot back.

Fans were quick to continue to debate the highly contentious issue before Shatner chimed in again to make it clear that he actually believes what he’s saying.

He didn’t relent when confronted with CBC Music’s report that it is restoring the song to the airwaves either.

“I’d still call and request the song be played just to stick it to the Myopia Censorship Club members!” he wrote.

Shatner continued to argue with disgruntled fans noting that the original 1949 choreography for the song is more indicative of the song’s sweeter intentions.

“Have you watched the original choreography, myopic Peter or are you one of those who needs to take the lyrics & extrapolate worst case? You must clutch your pearls over rap music,” he wrote along with a video of the song being sung in the film “Neptune’s Daughter.”

He continued: “The choreography is the interpretation of the lyrics from the timeframe when it was written(1940’s.) If 2018 prudes want to interpret the lyrics as something else; the problem obviously lies in their own minds not in the original lyrics.”

It’s worth noting that, while Shatner responded to his critics, several people were on board with his call to defend the controversial song and make attempts to restore it to the radio waves.

“Way to go Bill.This PC stuff is nuts,” one user wrote.

“Let’s get em Bill!” another wrote.

When it comes to talking about Christmas music, Shatner is not speaking from an uneducated place. Earlier this year, he released his first ever Christmas album, "Shatner Claus," in which he collaborated with several other musicians to cover a slew of classic holiday songs. However, "Baby It's Cold Outside" was not one of them.

“It’s moving, and the reviews have been extraordinary and I’m very gratified by that,” Shatner told Fox News of the album. “I think people will have a wonderful evening listening to this album. It’s a really joyful celebration of Christmas.”

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Dwyane Wade is confident his friend will win with Lakers: ‘It’s LeBron James, man’

LOS ANGELES — As LeBron James readied himself at the free-throw line late Monday night, Dwyane Wade jokingly made a request he knew would not be fulfilled.

“I asked him to miss one,” Wade said after the last meeting between the close friends and former title-winning teammates. “So I could go down the other end and hit the game-winner.”

James, for all his much-noticed, late-game troubles at the stripe, knocked down both attempts and ultimately steered the Los Angeles Lakers to a 108-105 win at Staples Center.

Wade, on his retirement lap with the Miami Heat, doesn’t think James will miss with his next goal either: the task of bringing a championship to the Lakers.

“They should be very confident in all they have got on that team,” Wade said. “The way (LeBron) is able to make shots and take over a game, it gives you confidence that you have a threat.

“Then there’s (Kyle) Kuzma, Josh Hart is a hell of a player, the right kind of player. Lonzo Ball is the kind of player who doesn’t need to score to have a great game. Experience is a key for them and as the season comes on they will get there.”

The Lakers have yet to put together a perfect game and still have noticeable weaknesses, but they have pieced together a 17-10 record and deserve to be taken seriously in the Western Conference. If anything, their run of 15 wins in the past 20 games while still with much to improve upon is an ominous warning to the rest of the West.

More than anything, though, what will ultimately determine whether James’ move to L.A. is a success is the man himself, and whether he can use his impact and influence to raise another banner. Wade knows just what is possible when James sets his mind to a mission. He saw it in Miami, where he and James won titles in 2012 and 2013.

“He wants to be great,” Wade said. “I know you guys say he is already great. He understands he has unbelievable God-given ability and he wants to make sure he is also in awe. He doesn’t lack when it comes to his preparation, he doesn’t lack when it comes to his greatness and his imprint on the game.

“That’s why he is in the 16th year, and if you didn’t know basketball, you’d think he has just come in the league. He is a special, special player. I am going to be retired so long and he is still (going to be) playing and people are going to forget we were drafted in the same draft. That’s how long he’s going to be around for.”

James cherishes his closeness with Wade for factors that stretch far beyond basketball. He describes his old colleague — with the Heat, two United States Olympic teams and for half of last season with Cleveland — as part of his family.

While the pair first connected at the NBA pre-draft combine in 2003, their bond became unbreakable during James’ four years in Miami, which saw them advance to the Finals four seasons in a row. 

“I spent my first 25 years in Akron,” James said. “For me to move down to a place that was foreign to me and my family, for him to open up that city and that franchise to me and make it so seamless – I owe so much to him”

Wade has a home in Los Angeles and James already expects to invite him to workouts once his career concludes at the end of this campaign. With the Lakers expected to make a serious play to add a superstar in the summer in anticipation for a championship push next season, Wade is looking forward to seeing what’s next, sometimes from the courtside seats.

When describing why he thinks James’ move to L.A. will have the desired end result, Wade began by setting out the additional things James has done since the very start of career, tedious attention-to-detail habits of looking after his body and prioritizing physical longevity that few teenagers have the mind for.

But really, there is just one reason why he thinks his friend’s latest career move will end in triumph.

“It’s LeBron James, man,” he said.

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Ferne McCann shows off toned figure as she announces fitness DVD but fans beg her not to 'lose any more weight'

The former TOWIE star has toned up ahead of the release of her new fitness programme called Fit as Ferne.

But sharing a photo of her newly slimmed down body, Ferne was targeted by trolls who slammed her appearance.

"Ferne I love your strength and positivity however please don't lose any more weight," one troll commented while another added: "Your nose reminds me of an old boot."

But others rushed to praise the mum-of-one for being body "goals" after her weight loss.

"You look incredible my girl," one fan gushed.

Ferne previously revealed that she was considering getting another nose job and surgery to fix her "saggy breasts" after giving birth to daughter Sunday.

But now she's put in the work at the gym and is feeling more body confident than ever.

Ferne said: "I’m really excited to be releasing my first ever fitness programme – Fit as Ferne. It’s this workout that helped me lose my baby weight.

"It’s fun, easy to follow and packed with mega workouts."

She added: "Broken down into seven sections, the program gives you the flexibility to build your workout to suit you.

"Each workout is designed to get your heart pumping and your body sweating.
"There’s even a HIT section which will help you burn calories even after you’ve finished your workout. Get strong, get toned, feel confident. Don’t just get fit, get fit as Ferne."

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Why is the Copa Libertadores final being played at Real Madrid?

The first match finished 2-2 – but trouble outside River's Estadio Monumental meant that the reverse fixture has been moved to a neutral location outside of South America.

Why is the Copa Libertadores final being played at Real Madrid?

Los Blancos' Estadio Santiago Bernabeu was chosen as the new venue for the second leg.

This followed the fan violence as River Plate fans attacked the Boca Juniors bus as it made its way to the stadium.

It saw Boca's Pablo Perez with glass in his eye, whilst several players including Carlos Tevez were left physically sick due to the effects of tear gas.

CONMEBOL, South America's football governing body, postponed the match and insisted the match be played at a neutral venue outside of Argentina.

Asuncion in Paraguay had been a possible location for the Buenos Aires derby, while Miami was also another option.

Initially Qatar were favourites to host it at their 40,000-seater Khalifa International Stadium.

This in part looked a smart idea with the winner set to take part in the Club World Cup in the Middle Eastern nation just nine days later.

But it was revealed that they had offered £10m for the right to host the match, leading to an uproar among fans – before Real Madrid's stadium was named as the venue of choice.

Prior to the first leg, both teams agreed to host each match with only one set of fans, as Boca's La Bombonera was covered entirely in supporters wearing blue and gold shirts.

River fans had been expected to fill Estadio Monumental – but the tickets will be equally shared between the two clubs for the match at Santiago Bernabeu.

What other controversy has surrounded this second leg?

Boca Juniors had called on CONMEBOL to award them the Copa Libertadores trophy without playing the second match because of the troublesome fans belonging to River Plate.

While, the other major side in Buenos Aires are threatening to boycott the Bernabeu clash, after the club stated that the venue change 6,000 miles away impedes football development in Argentina.

When is River Plate vs Boca Juniors?

The Copa Libertadores final will now be played on Sunday, December 9.

It will kick off at 8pm UK time.

The new venue is Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu.

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Chimney fire spreads into Okanagan home

West Kelowna fire crews were called to a home at 3711 Glenford Road for a report of flames on the roof.

A chimney fire had extended into the attic.

Crews quickly climbed to the top of the two-storey structure and opened the roof to douse the flames.

It’s unknown how many people were displaced because of the blaze.

Damage to the home did not look extensive.

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Captain America and Black Widow Lead ‘the Fight of Our Lives’ in First ‘Avengers 4’ Trailer

The highly-anticipated trailer for “Avengers 4” is finally here. Officially called “Avengers: Endgame“, the title is one of the major reveals obtained from the more than two-minute video that mostly focuses on how the remaining heroes deal with the loss after the end of “Avengers: Infinity War“.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is drifted in space after their attempt to stop Thanos in Titan failed. Running out of food, water and oxygen, he leaves a message to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) with his semi-wrecked Iron Man helmet. He’s not alone on the spaceship though, as Nebula also (Karen Gillan) survives Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) snap and is later seen in the trailer.

All are mourning, including Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Bruce Banner a.k.a. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), who flips through the images of those who are missing. “All of us,” Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America (Chris Evans) says, as tear runs down his face. “We lost friends, we lost family.”

Elsewhere in the video, Thanos enjoys peaceful solitude after reaching his goal. His armor is propped up like a scarecrow and he walks through a field of plants that he seemingly grows.

But when all hope seems lost, Steve and Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are not ready to give up yet. They seem to hatch a plan, with Steve saying, “This is the fight of our lives.” Natasha hopefully adds, “This is going to work, Steve.”

While it’s unclear what they’re planning for, it may lead Natasha to meet Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), who in the trailer appears to take the mantle of Ronin instead of Hawkeye. Another old friend unexpectedly returns when Scott Lang a.k.a. Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) shows up in the front door of the Avengers headquaters. Scott was stuck in the Quantum Realm in “Ant-Man and the Wasp“, but he appears to have found a way out to escape.

Marvel has not released an official synopsis for the movie and only accompanies the trailer with a logline that reads, “Part of the journey is the end.”

Anthony and Joe Russo direct “Avengers: Endgame”, which is set for a U.S. release on April 26, 2019, a week before its initial release date.

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The Guardian view on women’s rights: do not take progress for granted

When Theresa May became prime minister and set out her vision, women were among the groups she promised to champion. She cited unequal pay on a list of “burning injustices” alongside race and class inequalities. This year companies with more than 250 employees were for the first time compelled to report on their gender pay gap. This can be calculated in different ways, but the Office for National Statistics has it at 17.9%, down 0.5% from last year. At this rate it will be decades before women and men are paid the same, but the data is moving in the right direction.

Unfortunately, even such modest progress is the exception rather than the rule in 21st-century Britain. Unpalatable though it may be both to ministers and feminists, the evidence suggests that women’s advancement has stalled and is in danger of going backwards – if it is not doing so already. The government did not accept last year’s finding by the House of Commons Library that 86% of the burden of austerity since 2010 has fallen on women – £79bn, against £13bn for men – and refuses to conduct its own analysis. But work by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Women’s Budget Group and Runnymede Trust has shown that women, and particularly BAME women, are disproportionately affected by cuts to public services and other spending.

Nine in 10 single parents are women, single female pensioners are more likely to be poor, and poor BAME women face multiple disadvantages even before the effects of cuts are calculated. Last month’s report by UN poverty expert Philip Alston highlighted the impact on single mothers of policies including universal credit. Four women have launched a high court challenge to benefit reforms they claim are discriminatory. The Equality and Human Rights Commission projects that the poverty rate for children in single-parent households will be 62% by 2022. Any economic shock following from Brexit will only exacerbate such hardships.

The bad news is not limited to money. From criminal justice to business to mental health, evidence suggests the position of women is not improving. As complaints of rape have soared, the rate of charging has fallen by 23.1%. The number of women holding boardroom positions has barely changed in a decade. A recent NHS survey found that almost one in four older teenage girls has a mental disorder. While #MeToo raised awareness of the extent of sexual harassment, attempts to hold men to account have in many cases – most recently in the House of Lords – fallen flat. In Northern Ireland, seeking an abortion remains a criminal offence.

The referendum to legalise abortion in Ireland cheered feminists the world over. But last year the World Economic Forum warned that movement towards gender parity was “shifting into reverse”. This week another report highlighted the lack of progress on eradicating child marriage and high rates of domestic violence. In the US, as Margaret Atwood writes in this weekend’s Guardian Review, reproductive rights are under attack as never before.

The current number of female MPs in the UK, 209, is a record. The photos of the recent G20 meeting show just one woman prime minister: Theresa May. The UK can be proud of its progress in some areas, even if it is sometimes slow; and there have been advances in recent years, such as the law broadening the definition of domestic violence. In the scheme of things, however, it is difficult to see how shrinking the state can ever be compatible with reducing inequality between the sexes. Because the greater share of domestic and caring work is undertaken by women, any attack on dependency is, by definition and even if inadvertent, an attack on women.

In 2010 Mrs May, who was then equalities minister, wrote to warn George Osborne that his emergency budget risked worsening the position of women and minorities. Successive waves of cuts since then have hit these groups again and again. The fact that many women are not affected should not blind us to the facts. Progress towards sexual equality must not be taken for granted.

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‘The Hookup Plan’ Could Be A Fresh Start For Netflix’s French Programming

Netflix’s efforts towards crafting International programming has increased in the past few years, with Netflix debuting new series made in Germany, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, India, and a variety of other locations outside of Netflix’s American home. However, while they’ve found success with producing original shows for some countries, success in France has eluded them — but that may chance with the premiere of Plan Coeur. Depending on how French audiences take to it, Plan Couer, or The Hook Up Plan, could return for Season 2 and could revitalize France’s opinion of Netflix originals following a difficult start.

The Hook Up Plan is Netflix’s second original French-language series, and follows the misadventures of a Parisian woman, Elsa, whose friends hire her a male escort in an attempt to build up her confidence — and what happens when Elsa’s friend plan goes a little too well and results in Elsa falling for escort Jules, not knowing that’s he’s an escort hired by her friends. The show is a light-hearted rom-com, a genre that Netflix has been finding great success with in 2018 thanks to films like Set It Up and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and could be a welcome restart of Netflix’s French-language efforts following their first French-language series Marseille, a politically-charged crime drama that Télérama referred to as a "momentous false start" for the streaming platform’s French efforts.

The shadow of Marseille looms so largely over Netflix’s presence in France, that Télérama’s positive review of the french series ends by saying "This is not yet the revolutionary Netflix [show] that was hoped for France, but it is already much better than Marseille." While Marseille and The Hook Up could not be farther apart in genre, tone, or presentation, the fact that Marseille was so poorly reviewed as Netflix’s first French outing, that to the country’s television critics any French Netflix production begs comparison to a show that Le Monde referred to as "an industrial accident." That’s a big deal. Imagine The New York Times saying of a popular streaming platform’s first show, "no one will lend a charitable hand to a series that has thrown itself into a rut. We do not even want to say it’s a shame because, in fact, no it’s not," and you’ll understand the effect a review like the Le Monde review could have on a show. It’s the kind of review that’s so critical that it could jeopardize a platform’s standing in a country they had not yet appealed to.

The fact that The Hook Up is a complete 180-degree turn from Marseille could bode well for the platform. Besides, what better story to tell in the city of love than a story about finding love in a city? By producing a low-stakes show that puts an emphasis on fun, The Hook Up could end up being so watchable that France will forget Marseille ever happened and international rom-com fans could start paying attention to Netflix’s future French shows to try and find more tales of Parisian romance, and continue to tune into future seasons of The Hook Up should the series be renewed for a second season. There’s no confirmation that The Hook Up is getting a Season 2 yet, but the fact that Marseille got two seasons despite poor reviews indicates that Netflix may be willing to take a chance on any French shows that find an audience.

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