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The Razzies: Cats and Rambo sequel among worst film nominees

The Razzies: Cats and Rambo sequel among worst film nominees

Entertainment
It may only be one day till the Oscars, but nominees for a rather different award have been announced: the Razzies.The Golden Raspberry Awards celebrate the worst films in Hollywood, and Cats is among this year's nominations.The musical is up for eight awards, with nominations for its four stars, including Dame Judi Dench and James Corden.The latest film in the Rambo franchise and comedy A Madea Family Funeral also received eight nominations each.All three films are up for worst film.The Razzies describe themselves as "Tinseltown's least coveted $ 4.97 statuette" and are voted for by more than 1,000 Golden Raspberry Foundation members based in the US and abroad. Why Cats may be destined for the litter tray ★★☆☆☆ Lame opening for
Portsmouth 0-0 (agg 0-1) Sunderland: Black Cats reach League One play-off final following heated stalemate at Fratton Park

Portsmouth 0-0 (agg 0-1) Sunderland: Black Cats reach League One play-off final following heated stalemate at Fratton Park

Sports
stalemate Despite Pompey's best efforts to score Sunderland's defence ultimately proved too solid to breach Sunderland took a giant step in their bid to return to the Championship as they saw off Portsmouth to reach the League One play-off final in a heated stalemate at Fratton Park. Following a goalless and fractious encounter, Chris Maguire’s volley in the first-leg was ultimately enough to see Sunderland get to Wembley. Sunderland are through to the League One play-off final The Black Cats got their revenge for their painful Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Pompey back in March, where they cruelly lost to the south coast outfit on penalties. Two fine stops from keeper John McLaughlin in either half from headers by Gareth Evans an
Should cats be culled to stop extinctions?

Should cats be culled to stop extinctions?

Science
Scientists are calling for a widespread cull of feral cats and dogs, pigs, goats, and rats and mice to save the endangered species they prey upon.Their eradication on more than 100 islands could save some of the rarest animals on Earth, says an international team.Islands have seen 75% of known bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile extinctions over the past 500 years.Many of the losses are caused by animals introduced by humans.Not naturally present on islands, they can threaten native wildlife. "Eradicating invasive mammals from islands is a powerful way to remove a key threat to island species and prevent extinctions and conserve biodiversity," said Dr Nick Holmes, from the group Island Conservation. More stories like this:Loss of...
Killer of 400 cats thought to be a man in his 40s, but real culprits aren't human

Killer of 400 cats thought to be a man in his 40s, but real culprits aren't human

World
The mystery behind the killing and mutilation of more than 400 cats in London has been solved after a three-year investigation. The identity of the so-called "Croydon cat killer," named after a section of London, was thought by some to be a white male in his 40s but it turns out the culprits are cars and foxes, the Metropolitan Police found. “Following a thorough examination of the available evidence, officers working alongside experts have concluded that hundreds of reported cat mutilations in Croydon and elsewhere were not carried out by a human and are likely to be the result of predation or scavenging by wildlife on cats killed in vehicle collisions,” police said. The investigation into the cat killings was launched in September 2015 when Ukiyo, a 4-year-old ragdoll...
How cats conquered the ancient world

How cats conquered the ancient world

Science
The domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice - in the Near East and then Egypt, according to the largest study of its kind.Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ago.Then, a few thousand years later, cats spread out of ancient Egypt along maritime trade routes.Today, cats live on all continents except Antarctica. Scientists think wildcats began hanging around farms to prey on mice attracted to grain stores, starting the long relationship between humans and felines."There were two taming events - one in the Near East at the beginning and one in Egypt much later," said lead researcher Eva-Maria Geigl."And then the cat spread very efficiently all over the ancient world as a ship's cat. Both lineages are no...