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French fitness blogger killed by exploding whipped cream dispenser

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An Instagram star and well-known French fitness blogger has died in a freak accident after a pressurised cannister used for dispensing whipped cream exploded, hitting her in the chest, her family has said.

Rebecca Burger, who had a large following on the social media site, where she posted regular pictures of herself promoting fitness products, was killed in eastern France in what the family said was a domestic incident.

"It is with great sadness we announce the death of Rebecca who died the June 18th, 2017 in an accident in the home," read a statement on Burger's Instagram account, signed "The grieving family".

Another post included a photograph of a dispenser, which has a small pressurised cannister, alongside a warning not to use similar devices.

"Here is an example of a whipped cream canister that exploded and struck Rebecca's chest, resulting in her death," the post read.

"Do not use this kind of utensil in your home! Tens of thousands of defective devices are still in circulation."

A police source confirmed the death to AFP. Officers have opened an investigation.

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Her death comes after after two similar accidents in France in 2014. Neither resulted in death.

France's National Consumer Institute (INC) had already issued a warning over the same type of cannister, used by the Ard'Time brand, saying the plastic lid may not be able to withstand pressure from carbon dioxide inside.   

In 2014, it was reported that at least 15 brands of dispensers sitting in thousands of French kitchens had the same defect and a consumer watchdog group called for the government to mount a full-scale public education campaign on the dangers of the devices.

When a user screws a new gas cartridge into the head of one of the defective canisters the resulting pressure causes the spray nozzle to break free and fire off like a rubber bullet, French consumer watchdog group 60 Millions de Consommateurs said at the time.

Whipped cream making casualties aren’t that rare in France. The watchdog group said the whipped cream propelled missiles have cut users necks and hands, prompted serious injuries to faces and throats.

In June 2013 a woman in Corsica even lost an eye when her dispenser exploded, French daily Le Parisien reported. Then last October an older woman, trying to make a dessert for her grandson, was wounded when her whip cream maker ran amok.

“There was a huge explosion. I fell to the ground. I broke six ribs and my sternum,” she told RTL radio. “At the hospital they told me that if the shock and the blast had been directed at my heart, I’d be dead now.”

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fitness и whipped cream?!
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ну вообще спортсменам надо МНОГО калорий.
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Paris: Russian businessman and female driver attacked after chasing thieves into estate

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A Russian businessman attending the Paris Air Show and his female driver were attacked in a Paris suburb after chasing thieves into a housing estate, according to reports.

The female driver of the car he was in was also assaulted when she tried to give chase.

The Russian businessman, described as the head of the country's delegation to the air show, was in a Mercedes driving through the tough Paris suburb of Saint-Denis to when he was robbed by thieves on a scooter.

He was struck and the driver had her bag snatched, according to a statement made to police. The thieves then sped off but the female driver, who is also a bodyguard, gave chase.

According to Le Point, the chase ended in a housing estate in Saint-Denis, where the victims were then set upon by dozens of people, who attacked and sexually assaulted her before police intervened.

Police have arrested four people and an investigation is underway.

It's not the first time foreigners have been targeted on the way to Le Bourget airport in northern Paris.

In November last year The Local reported that two sisters were fleeced of €5 million worth of jewellery during a highway robbery on the A1 motorway.

The women were travelling in a Bentley vehicle from the Le Bourget airport and had stopped at a service station on the way into the capital. 

They were then tear gassed and robbed of €5 million worth of jewellery, luggage, and clothing. 

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cherjr
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круто!
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пиздец у вас баклажаны выступают!
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думаю, скорее "арабы"
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Анекдот дня по итогам голосования за 21 июня 2017

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- Если я на четверть еврей, на четверть чуваш, на четверть русский и на четверть финно-угор, что мне писать в графе национальность?
- Знающие люди подсказывают, что все равно надо писать еврей .
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интересно, что это такие за знающие люди?!
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Amazon’s “Prime Wardrobe” Lets Customers Try Clothing Before Buying

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One of the biggest problems with ordering clothing online is that you can’t actually try on items before you buy them. Amazon seems to think it has the answer in its new Prime Wardrobe offering that sends a box full of clothes for customers to try out before actually buying them… but you’ll still have to deal with the hassle of returning the items if they don’t work out.

Amazon debuted Tuesday its latest Prime Membership benefit, which will include giving customers’ closets a clothing makeover via Prime Wardrobe.

The service is currently in beta testing and only available to those who have been invited by the e-commerce company, the Seattle Times reports.

Through the Prime Wardrobe, customers can order clothing, shoes, and accessories at no upfront change, take seven days to decide what they want to keep, and send back the rest for free. Shoppers will only pay for the pieces of clothing they choose to keep.

This charge, Amazon says, will depend on the specific items and how many items a person purchases. For example, if customers decide to keep three or four items in their order, they’ll receive 10% off, if they keep five or more items, the discount climbs to 20%.

As for the items customers don’t want, Amazon says the Wardrobe box is resealable and comes with a pre-paid label. The returns can be dropped off at a UPS location or picked up for free.

Amazon says that Prime Wardrobe has nearly one million eligible items in its virtual closet, ranging from brands like Levi’s, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, and others.

This isn’t Amazon’s first foray into providing fashion for customers. The company, which already offers a wealth of clothing options, has reportedly been working on its own line of workout apparel to go along with its private label clothing brand launched in 2016.

Back in April, the company debuted Echo Look, a $200 camera that lets complete strangers judge your outfits. This “Style Check” service comes with the Look camera. Amazon claims it uses “advanced machine learning algorithms and advice from fashion specialists” to judge you more objectively.

The concept behind Prime Wardrobe also isn’t new, as clothing subscription boxes — like StitchFix and TrunkClub — have long offered customers the option to trying on clothing and returning what they don’t want. The main difference, however, is that most of those service require an upfront flat fee that is either non-refundable or goes toward the cost of the clothing.





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The whole of Paris to go completely car-free just for one day

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Imagine a day when Parisians were not allowed to drive. That day will take place after the Paris mayor gave the green light to ban cars from the city for a whole day.

The car-free day will take place on October 1st, but unlike previous "car-free" days in Paris this one will mean what it says.

From 11am to 6pm cars, motorcycles and mopeds will not be allowed to travel around in the centre. Cyclists, roller bladers and non-motorized scooters will be allowed in Paris. And pedestrians too of course.

However you'll still need to keep an eye out whilst crossing the road.

That's because taxis, emergency service and delivery vehicles, RATP public transport vehicles and "artisans" who can prove they are working" will be allowed to take to the roads.

Although they will not be allowed to break a 30km/h speed limit.

But let's not complain, the 2017 car-free day has been vastly extended from previous years when it was held.

In 2015, only the very heart of Paris went car-free. Last year the area was extended to stretch from the Champs-Elysées in the west to Père-Lachaise cemetery in the east and from the Sacre-Coeur in the north to Montparnasse tower in the south.

Christophe Najdovski, the Deputy Mayor in charge of transport, told Le Parisien newspaper: “Only the Peripherique ring road and the main routes around the Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes will remain open to traffic.”

"The idea, it is to show that you can live in the city without having a car," said Najdovski. 

He said people would be able to come to Paris by car either before 11 or be forced to park on the city's limits and take public transport into the city.

“This third edition, will not only benefit Parisians but also the inhabitants of Ile-de-France, and tourists. It will be a first in the history of the capital and will allow everyone to rediscover a quieter and less polluted city," said Najdovski.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has long declared war on cars in a bid to battle pollution. As well as holding annual car free days she has also taken the controversial measure of pedestrianizing part of the highway along the right bank of the river Seine.

She has also banned the most polluting cars from the streets of Paris, and the plan is to ban all diesel cars from the city’s roads by 2025.

On the last car-free day, the 25th September 2016 the Airparif association, which measures air quality, said nitrogen dioxide had reduced on average by 20 to 35%.

Hidalgo said the first car-free day, on 27th September 2015, was an “indisputable success” which “involved citizens, reduced emissions and noise pollution, and roused the spirit of Parisians and tourists.”

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Анекдот дня по итогам голосования за 20 июня 2017

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Комната этажом выше сдаётся посуточно.
Снял на сутки, чтобы узнать пароль от Wi-Fi.
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