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You can tell immediately from David Betker's black tailcoat, white gloves and silver tray that he's a cut or three above your average domestic service employee. Courteously introducing himself as "just David", his bearing makes it clear: he's pursuing the time-honoured profession of butler, a seemingly unusual choice of career for a 29-year-old from northern Germany.
A boom in consumer drone sales has spawned a counter-industry of start-ups aiming to stop drones flying where they shouldn't, by disabling them or knocking them out of the sky. Dozens of start-up firms are developing techniques - from deploying birds of prey to firing gas through a bazooka - to take on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are being used to smuggle drugs, drop bombs, spy on enemy lines or buzz public spaces.
With more than 100,000 people aged 100 or over, Spain is the country with the greatest life expectancy after Japan, OECD data and the latest population census shows. Over a year, Reuters photographer Andrea Comas interviewed and photographed Spaniards aged 100 or more across the country from the green-hilled northern region of Asturias to the Balearic island of Menorca.
Grandparents who help out occasionally with childcare or provide support to others in their community tend to live longer than seniors who do not care for other people, according to a study from Berlin, Germany. Having full-time custody of grandchildren can have a negative effect on health, but occasional helping can be beneficial for seniors, the researchers write in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour.
Elderly hospital patients may be less likely to die prematurely or be readmitted for serious complications when they're treated by female physicians, a US study suggests. With female doctors, patients had 4 percent lower odds of dying within a month after being admitted to the hospital and a 5 percent smaller chance of repeat hospitalizations within the first month after leaving the hospital, the study found.
For the last few years, Pakistani film industry is making a comeback. At the end of the year 2016, its time to look back the progress of the Pakistani film industry. This year, the industry has come up with number of good and bad movies. Educated and professional film making teams have created romantic, comedy, biography and patriotic movies. Some films were box office hit, while other failed to get public response. This mixed trend shows that film industry in Pakistan still has a long way to go. Lets take a look at the trend of Pakistani cenima in the year 2016.
Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, who sang and danced her way into the hearts of millions of moviegoers around the world in musicals like "Singin' in the Rain," died last Wednesday at age 84, her son said. Reynolds, one of the most enduring and endearing Hollywood actresses, died hours after being rushed to the hospital in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke, her son, Todd Fisher said. Her death came just one day after her daughter, the actress Carrie Fisher, died of a heart attack.