Two Minnesota sisters vacationing at a resort off the coast of Africa were found dead inside their luxury villa in a mystery that has left their loved ones devastated.
The bodies of Ann Marie Korkki, 38, and Robin Marie Korkki, 42, were discovered on the same bed in their villa at the Maia Luxury Resort and Spa in the Seychelles at about noon last Thursday, the Seychelles Nation reported.
The pair had reportedly been helped to their room by staff the night before after spending the day drinking at the resort, which they originally planned to leave on September 22, but extended their stay for two more days.
When a butler assigned to the women’s room realized there had been no movement all morning, he alerted his supervisor and police were called to the resort, officials said.
Neither woman’s body showed signs of violence or trauma, but medications found in the room have been confiscated by police as part of the ongoing investigation, authorities said.
A medical examiner will determine the women’s causes of death.
Ann Korkki worked as a senior administrative assistant for JPMorgan Chase in Denver, while Robin Korkki was based in Chicago where she worked as Head of FX and Metals at Allston Trading, according to their professional websites.
Both women shared photos in the Seychelles to social media, posting numerous images showing the sisters enjoying their time together at the resort.
“Love you ladies … may your spirit bless us all!” one friend commented on a picture of the pair smiling and embracing each other.
Friends and family were stunned by the Korkki sisters’ sudden deaths.
“The loss is devastating and incomprehensible. My beautiful cousins. My heart and my thoughts do not stray from them and our family,” one relative posted on Facebook.
“Their untimely death has left many all over the world saddened and undoubtedly heartbroken,” noted a GiveForward page created to help their family with travel expenses and to bring the women home. “Robin & Annie were loving sisters and best friends. They were loved by many.”
Teachers must endure a minefield of different germs and diseases every time they enter their classroom. Given the flurry of possible illnesses floating around school, teachers drill proper manners and bodily fluid etiquette into their students at a young age.
Thankfully, this little kid with a snotty nose was well trained in booger courtesy, and informed his teacher with a short note that he accidentally dropped a snot right on his test.
“Do not touch,” the note warns. “Is snot it fell from my nose.”
Hey, at least the kid got a 91 on the spelling test.
What did Conor McGregor do with his evening in New York City after absolutely crushing it at the UFC 205 press conference? Well, if his Instagram is any indication, it seems like he spent it smoking what looks suspiciously like a joint. We suppose it could be a rollie full of tobacco, but does Conor seem like the kind of guy to smoke cheapo cigarettes?
If it is the marijuana, we’re glad USADA has upped the amount of cannabinoids allowable in a fighter’s system while out of competition. Along with many athletic commissions across the U.S., they made changes so casual weed smoking would stop triggering drug failures. We’re sure that was a great relief for many fighters, and now the only way to test positive for marijuana is to basically show up on fight night stoned (aka the Nick Diaz method).
Still, we’re at a time where showing up smoking a blunt on social media continues to be a not so great idea. But Conor McGregor seems to believe he’s exempt from most rules, so it’s not shocking that he ain’t care about any potential fallout from this. There have already been several freakouts from the Irish media after he showed up on Instagram toting various kinds of machine guns. So what’s a little pot added into the mix?
An anti-Hillary Clinton political group called Make America Number 1 is out with a series of videos hoping to undermine two of the Democratic nominee’s most effective surrogates: Barack and Michelle Obama.
The videos pull from then-Sen. Obama’s 2008 primary against then-Sen. Clinton, a notoriously bitter race that pitted the rising star against the longtime party loyalist in a drawn-out fight for what would be, for either, a historic nomination.
Three of the ads begins with text reading, “If you really want to know who Hillary Clinton is, let’s hear from those who know her best. … Like Barack Obama,” then flash to footage from Obama on the campaign trail.
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama at the DNC
“Her basic view about this election is that the say anything, do anything, special interest-driven politics of Washington, that that’s how it’s got to be,” the future 44th president says in one spot. “That that’s how the game is played. And so you should elect her to be your nominee because she’s been in Washington longer and she knows how to play the game better.”
In another, he says: “Sen. Clinton – this is the same person who has taken more money from lobbyists than any other candidate, Democratic or Republican. Taken more money from drug company lobbyists and insurance company lobbyists, and she’s saying I’m out of touch? Who do you think is out of touch?”
And in the third, Obama accuses his rival of stooping as low as his eventual Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
“I expected this out of John McCain, but I’ve got to say, I’m a little disappointed when I start hearing the exact same talking points coming out of my Democratic colleague, Hillary Clinton,” he says. “She knows better. Shame on her.”
“Barack Obama doesn’t trust Hillary Clinton,” the ads conclude. “Doesn’t sound like much of an endorsement.”
A fourth ad in the same format features Michelle Obama. In her video, the ad shows the future first lady dinging the Clintons’ marital issues.
“One of the things, the important aspects of this race, is role-modeling what good families should look like,” she says. “And my view is that if you can’t run your own house, you certainly can’t run the White House. Can’t do it.”
The videos are part of the Defeat Crooked Hillary project from Make America Number 1, which has been funded by $4.5 million from Republican megadonor Robert Mercer and $1 million from Cherna Moskowitz, widow of hospital and gambling magnate Irving Moskowitz.
The ads, which reportedly will hit the web backed by a six-figure buy, come as the Obamas ramp up their face time on the campaign trail.
Both Obamas are enjoying positive favorability numbers, which makes them particularly valuable surrogates for Clinton.
The president, whose ratings had been in the red since 2013, has often seen his approval top 50 percent for much of the past six months, according to the RealClearPolitics average.
The first lady, meanwhile, remains one of the country’s most popular public figures. According to Gallup, Michelle Obama had the highest favorability rating of any of the key figures speaking at the Democratic National Convention in July, with a net positive rating of 25 points.
The new ads are clearly meant to undermine the Obamas’ efforts to share their popularity with Clinton, who has languished with net unfavorables since announcing her candidacy last year.
Clinton and the Obamas have put a positive spin on their past, saying their now-close relationship comes not only in spite of their animus, but because of it. After all, at the end of their primary fight, Obama invited Clinton to join his Cabinet as secretary of state.
“This is not me just going through the motions here: I really, really, really want to elect Hillary Clinton president,” Obama said at a recent rally for Clinton. “Sometimes folks are kind of surprised by that because they remember, ‘Man, you guys had a tough fight eight years ago.'”
“Every time I thought I had that thing won, I’d turn around and she was right there,” he said. “No matter how many times people mess with her and knock her down, she does not quit.”
More than 200 foreign tourists were feared trapped on an Indonesian volcano Wednesday after the peak erupted and sent a plume of ash 6,500 feet in the air, officials said.
More than 1,000 people were evacuated after Mount Barujari erupted just before 3 p.m. Tuesday (3 a.m. ET), officials said.
Rescuers initially were looking for at least 389 tourists — 333 of them foreigners — who had registered to climb the mountain since Sunday, according to a statement by the country’s National Disaster Management Authority issued late Tuesday.
Around 120 of these hikers, most of them foreigners, were subsequently located and were heading down the mountain Wednesday, local search-and-rescue official Heronimus Guru told The Associated Press.
Going off to preschool is a big moment in a child’s life, but a new study found that these children may be exposed to racial bias in their preschool classes — through their teachers.
Researchers from the Yale University Child Study Center revealed that teachers are more likely to expect young black children, particularly boys, to misbehave, according to the Washington Post. As part of the study, more than 130 preschool teachers watched video clips of students and were asked to point out signs of “challenging behavior.”
However, unbeknownst to the teachers, the children in the clips were actually actors and did not exhibit any difficult behaviors. Equipment that tracked the teachers’ gaze found that they spent more time looking at black children — especially black boys — than white children. Lead study author Dr. Walter S. Gilliam told the Washington Post that the findings show that teachers expect problems from black children — and that racial biases are deeply rooted.
“Implicit biases do not begin with black men and police. They begin with black preschoolers and their teachers, if not earlier,” Gilliam said. “Implicit bias is like the wind: You can’t see it, but you can sure see its effects.”
The study also had teachers decide whether certain children’s behavior warranted suspension. Some teachers were told that the child had a stereotypical black name, such as DeShawn or LaToya, while others were told the child was named Emily or Jake, stereotypical white names. White teachers were found to be more lenient on the children they assumed were black. The researchers said this is likely because white teachers expect black children to misbehave, so they didn’t find their behavior to be so out of line.
The researchers recommend that teachers undergo training to confront their racial bias, which many probably don’t realize they have.
Referring to Trump, the board wrote, “The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified.”
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In the piece, the newspaper praises Clinton’s political track record and her ability to withstand criticism throughout her career, including from Trump, who has often crossed generally accepted boundaries during this election cycle — hitting Clinton’s personal and professional life in ways the paper describes as “demeaning.”
“They are evidence of deep character flaws,” the editorial board wrote, “They are part of a pattern.”
“The challenges the United States faces domestically and internationally demand a steady hand, a cool head and the ability to think carefully before acting,” the column reads. “Hillary Clinton understands this. Donald Trump does not.”
The publication goes on to criticize Trump’s many controversies on the campaign trail — many of which have prompted critics to question whether he is fit to be commander-in-chief.
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“The president commands our nuclear arsenal,” they wrote. “Trump can’t command his own rhetoric.”
Apparently rebutting evidence that Trump appeals to down-trodden working-class voter who feel alienated by their government, the editorial board vaulted Clinton as a centrist who “knows how to compromise and to lead with intelligence, decorum and perspective.”
“This is Hillary Clinton’s opportunity. She can reach out to those who feel left behind. She can make it clear that America sees them and will address their concerns.”