Amazon Echo DOWN: Alexa ‘goes rogue’ in homes worldwide

Down Detector, the internet site that monitors failures of websites has attained a number of reports stating that the home-helper smart gadget ceased operation before 9am this day.

A few users even noted that the Echo, which in normal working condition reacts to the name “Alexa”, apparently has gone “rogue” and was all of a sudden turning itself off and disregarding voice instructions. A map providing an image of where the device is down internationally revealed it was mainly UK and European customers that are impacted.

However, some reports came up from the United States, even though with the time zone difference the majority of people were sleeping when the problems were first documented.

One user lamented on Down Detector: “MyAlexaa devices are intermittent this morning.”

While another one stated: “Anybody else’s Alexa ignoring them this morning? It played my local radio station after a while, but won’t do anything else. Just ignoring me. Won’t even turn off.”

And some even stated that Alexa seemed to have possessed its own mind: “Won’t turn up the heating, and is thinking long and hard about whether to turn lights on or off.”

A representative for Amazon explained to Daily Star Online that the issues were fixed a short period afterward.

A statement reported: “For a short period this morning we had an issue that impacted some Alexa customers’ ability to interact with the service. The Alexa service is now operating normally.”

All services stopped at London train station after ‘passenger incident’

A “passenger incident” as well as signal malfunction, both at Liverpool Street station, caused trains to stop throughout the rush hour in the morning. Passengers were trapped on trains going into the station in the middle of misunderstandings over what triggered the interruption.

Transport for London stated that a signal malfunction prompted the travel chaos. However, passengers stated they were being informed that it was because of a passenger alarm being activated on a train due to troublesome passengers.

One posted on Twitter: “Stuck on an overcrowded train waiting to get into liverpool street because of a passenger alarm on one of the trains in front – but the driver can’t get to the affected carriage, because of overcrowding.”

Meanwhile, another one has posted: “Delayed going into Liverpool Street; train ahead stopped in tunnel due to ‘passenger action’. Driver can’t investigate due to packed train making passage difficult.”

However, TFL published on social media that: “I’m sorry to advise that due to a points failure at London Liverpool Street train services to and from this station may be subject to disruption on all routes.”

One baffled passenger responded to the post, saying that: “@LDNOverground been stuck outside Liverpool Street station for coming upto 15 mins (and still stuck). First told it’s a signal failure on four platforms. Then it changed to a passenger alarm being pulled on one. #realfactsplease”.

The problem was fixed later that day, with TFL posting a Twitter update: “Update: the disruption caused by a points failure at London Liverpool Street has now been resolved. Services are no longer affected by this problem.”

Shock as top women’s footballer dies suddenly aged 25 with ‘flu-like symptoms’

Molly Webb, who competed for the Loughborough Foxes, had apparently been enduring flu-like signs and symptoms in the days leading to her death. Her illness is stated to have quickly deteriorated on Sunday, January 6, and she died a short while after.

Close friends and family members have since given their tribute to the gifted athlete, who had also began doing work in the prison service.

Her family mentioned in an announcement: “On behalf of the family we would like to thank you all for your heartfelt support and beautiful messages which are comforting at this difficult time. We really appreciate how much everyone recognises Molly’s wonderful nature, kind and caring soul which will leave a lasting impact on everyone who was blessed to know her.”

In addition to playing for the Foxes going back when she was just a young teenager, Molly also handled the U12s side.

Steve Wilkinson, the club director of football referred to her as a “joy” who inspired everybody that she worked with.

He said:

“Molly was a joy to spend time with; she was vibrant, enthusiastic, a motivator and someone you want in your team whatever the situation.”

He further talked about Molly’s earlier life, saying that:

“Molly spent most of her teenage years and early adulthood as part of Loughborough Foxes where she played junior and senior football, was a key fund-raiser, coached several junior teams while also being a key decision maker behind the scenes.”

Brit surfer, 36, dies while out surfing with pals in Sri Lanka

Jon Lewin, aged 36, had been traveling to the Sri Lanka on a vacation with friends. They had went out to go surfing early in the morning, however his surfboard was discovered just floating in the water. Local doctors were not able to resuscitate him.

Lewin, who was an author as well, divides his time among Bristol, a caravan in the Gower, Wales, and Sri Lanka.

Posting on Facebook, his girlfriend Immy stated they were having “the most amazing holiday” prior to Lewin’s demise.

She had written: ”I am absolutely devastated, words can’t even describe the hole I feel through my heart. He died in the water, doing something he loved. He had said to me before that he never felt his seizures coming on so his last moments on this earth would have been surfing a wave in his absolute element, loving life.”

Mr Lewin initially went to Sri Lanka back in 2004, and was involved in the aftermath of the Boxing Day Tsunami, which wiped out over 230,000 people.

He proceeded to pay a visit to the country a number of times, often shooting surfing photos for his job and he released a cookbook based mostly upon his time in Sri Lanka.

Last December, Jon discussed about his passion for surfing, detailing how it’s the “one thing” that kept him going forward.

He stated: ”I have been surfing since the age of 16.

“It was the one thing that kept me level through my life. It has taken me to some amazing places around the world.”

He added:

“You’re just in that moment, and time slows down, it’s just something that will be with me until I die I imagine.”

Putin getting MARRIED: Kremlin hints President will wed in secret

The strongman leader of Russia first sent the rumors into a big news that he would get wedded once again after he hinted at it last december. Talking at a news meeting, the 66 years old president stated: “As a respectable person, I will have to [get married] at some point.”

Putin was reported to be married to Lyudmila Putina from 1983 prior to the finalization of their divorce back in 2014.

He is famous for being extremely secretive about his family and relationships, with extremely small information known about his daughters, Katerina and Maria, who are both stated to be in their 30s. However, his official representative has made a hint that Putin will be married again.

Mr Peskov has been cited as suggesting that the President’s responsibilities as head of state will not be impacted by his marriage status – and also said that he does not think that he has the right to discuss to Putin about his private life.

Mr Peskov stated: “I doubt that Putin is concerned about this, and I don’t think that I have the right to ask. Whether he is married or not, it does not affect his presidential duties in any way.”

Mr Peskov was also questioned about whether or not Putin cusses when he is furious, to which he replied: “I can only say that, being a normal man, he, of course, is capable of expressing his negative opinion of this or that person or process in a way that your blood turns to ice.”

Gran, 71, who wed toyboy, 17, after meeting at son’s FUNERAL brags about ‘great sex life’

Almeda Errell, now 74 years old, and Gary Hardwick, now 21 years old, closed their lips for a kiss and made their love for one another as man and wife back in 2016.

The couple had been going out for only two weeks when Gary bent down on a single knee and popped the breathtaking question to Almeda. 6 days and £137 after they got wedded to each other. Then on the evening of their marriage Almeda and Gary had sexual intercourse for the very first time, which Gary later referred to as “beyond my wildest dreams”.

Now, three years after, Almeda has boasted regarding their love life – boasting that they have “great sex” and continues to be in love like the old times.

Almeda of Maryville, Tennessee stated in a video uploaded to YouTube that:

“We are always complimenting and kissing. We’re enjoying our relationship. When you meet that perfect one, that’s when you know you don’t want to lose that feeling.”

Almeda also blushed in the video regarding their date nights, disclosing that they sometimes eat out or watch movies.

She even stated that the relationship have a large distinction to her earlier relationship where there “wasn’t a lot of romance” as well as “kissing and hugging”.

Almeda, who already have 4 offspring, was formerly wedded to Donald for 43 years – but he unfortunately passed away in 2013 from issues of diabetes.

What Brexit? Armed guards deliver Krispy Kremes in Downing Street on Theresa May’s D-DAY

The Prime Minister’s withdrawal deal from the European Union will be decided to the Houses of Commons and is anticipated to be completely turned down. In spite of the hugely crucial vote that will occur, MPs have still appeared to have time to take pleasure in some doughnuts.

Video footage uploaded to Twitter reveals a bag of the sweet treats cautiously escorted in to the protected street. It is not known if the Prime Minister herself will have fun with the glazed snacks.

Andy Silke caught the moment early on this morning while standing out of politician’s home in London. After being published to his Twitter, the video has since acquired 37,000 views and mixed responses.

One viewer has commented: “Sublime messaging: Doughnut vote for the deal”.

While another said: “Little wonder they can’t think rationally with all that sugar in them!”

Other viewers likened the scene to Donald Trump’s choice to purchase 300 burgers for a White House Banquet – even though there is an ongoing partial US federal government shutdown.

One commenter stated:

“Courtesy of Donald Trump.”

Today is one of the most crucial political times in recent years.

In spite of putting off the initial vote to acquire support, over 100 Conservative MPs have announced that they will refuse May’s deal. If that take place, the government have only three days to develop a “plan B” – or risk the possibility of facing a no deal, or even no Brexit.

Brits braced for COLDEST weekend in 12 months as sub-zero winds sweep in

Temperature ranges will go down as climate systems similar to the one that triggered the Beast From The East arrives. Snow has been forecasted to strike the UK starting today. Within the next couple of days bitterly cold gusts of wind will howl along coming from the Arctic. Citizens have been asked to check out on senior and susceptible neighbours.

The cold weather arrives as hot air above the North Pole directs cold wind gusts to Britain. And it will have a consequence of the coldest end of the week since last January in some areas of the nation.

Helen Roberts of the Met Office stated: “It will start to turn colder on Tuesday as we begin to see a cold front edging in from the north. This will meander around Scotland to start with. This cold air will start to move across the country on Wednesday covering Scotland and northern England in the morning before continuing its journey south-eastwards.”

She added:

“Another front moves in from the north on Thursday introducing properly cold air to the country and this is when we expect much colder conditions. We may start to see some wintry showers along the leading edge of this front in some northern regions. By Thursday we are looking at maximums in single figures.”

Meanwhile, Malcolm Booth, chief executive of the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners, explained: “Cold weather can often catch people off guard especially when it comes suddenly after milder weather. People should make sure they are ready for this bout of cold weather. We would also encourage people keep an eye out for vulnerable neighbours.”

Marks and Spencer closures: FULL list of every M&S store closure announced so far

The M&S store shut downs are component of the chain’s major transformation strategy, which will have 100 shops closed by 2022.

Sacha Berendji, retail, operations and property director at Marks & Spencer, stated: “We’re continuing to transform M&S with pace and as part of this we are making good progress with our plans to close over 100 stores – radically reshaping our store estate to become more relevant for our customers.”

The executive added:

“Proposing to close stores is never easy, for our colleagues, customers or the local community, but it is vital for the future of M&S. Where we have closed stores, we are continuing to see an encouraging number of customers choosing other nearby locations and shopping on M&S.com.”

Up to now 38 store places have been declared, 30 of which have by now closed. As of now 1,891 employees have been affected by the shut downs, with more coming.

M&S has gave their assurance that 80% of their workers have been moved to other roles. The major transformation strategy is a bid to yield one third of sales on the internet by 2022.

The 17 stores arranged to be shut down as part of the latest announcements are as follows:

  • Ashford
  • Barrow
  • Bedford
  • Boston
  • Buxton
  • Cwmbran
  • Deal
  • Felixstowe
  • Huddersfield
  • Hull
  • Junction One Antrim Outlet
  • Luton Arndale
  • Newark
  • Northwich
  • Rotherham
  • Sutton Coldfield
  • Weston Super-Mare

Dry January ‘will be DEATH of Brit pubs’ – landlords warn

Over five million individuals in the UK state that they will go sober for the month, which is a massive increase, up by a million compared to last year. Pub managers fear that struggling boozers and breweries could not deal with such a enormous drop in trade.

Sarah John, proprietor of Swansea’s Boss Brewery and quite a few local pubs, stated: “It has had a big effect on small businesses. I know a couple of breweries that closed down at the end of December because they were finding it tough.”

Dry January has been encouraged by organizations such as Public Health England, in spite of scientists stating it is not effective.

University Hospital Southampton’s Dr Mark Wright think that many will counteract this it by binge drinking for the remaining portion of the year.

And Sarah, aged 32, believes it would be more practical to consume alcoholic beverages moderately.

She stated: “I’d rather see a healthy attitude to alcohol than all or nothing. Alcohol does serve a purpose for socialisation and reducing loneliness by getting people out to the pub.”

A group of bars have introduced “Tryanuary” to advertise brand new tipples.