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The whole Sherif drama is firmly over, and we STILL don't have answers about why he was kicked out of the Love Island villa. We enjoy a good mystery but this is getting ridiculous.

According to the man himself, it was "a case of poor judgement", and we'll most likely never hear anything else. Did he break the solo sex rule? Did he leak secrets on his phone? Is it about a sponsorship deal?

We honestly can't sleep at night without knowing some answers. Sherif is now back in the UK, and The Sun are claiming that two bodyguards have been stationed outside his London home since his return.

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A spokesperson for Love Island has since responded to the claims that producers have hired 24-hour security for Sherif Lanre by saying;

"Security is provided to assist families as part of our duty of care," a rep for the show told Digital Spy. 

Faked messages from Sherif leaked the other day, stating that the 20-year-old fought with Anton and was removed.


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Sherif and ITV producers released a vague statement following his removal;

"In a case of poor judgement, I broke the villa rules and as a result agreed with the producers that it was best for me to leave the villa," Sherif said.

"I regret that I didn't conduct myself in the right way and, as a 20 year old guy, it's something I know I will take on board and learn from. I really enjoyed my time in the villa and look forward to catching up with everyone on the outside," Sherif continued.

Since his return, he thanked supporters and family on Twitter and Instagram:

"Thank you to everyone including my friends and family for the support I've come back to. I appreciate you all and hope I provided some good, positive moments during my time on Love Island and for anyone wondering I'm all good  #ItIsWhatItIs."


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American officials have now told tourists to plan ahead when they’re organising trips to the States, as applications for the ESTA visa are about to get much harder.

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a reminder to anyone planning a visit, warning potential visitors to; “Apply for ESTA no later than 72 hours before departing for the United States.”

The ESTA visa grants you access to enter the USA, but now the process is totally changing, maybe not for the better…

It was, until recently, possible to apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) until basically the last second, with real-time approvals achievable.

Now, you will need to apply for a visa at least 72 hours before you travel in order to gain the documentation in time. The old service is no longer available.

Without an ESTA visa, you cannot gain entry into the United States;

“Real-time approvals will no longer be available and arriving at the airport without a previously approved ESTA will likely result in being denied boarding.”

Just as the Christmas travel rush has started, holidaymakers and business travellers will have to change the way they visit the USA.

US authorities have always advised applicants to carry out the documentation at least three days in advance, most people could get their ESTA almost instantly.

The DHS also warn: “Upon arrival in the United States you will be inspected by a Customs and Border Protection officer at a port of entry who may determine that you are inadmissible.”

The DHS recently added a query regarding the applicant’s social media activities to the form, but it’s optional.

“If an applicant does not answer the question or simply does not hold a social media account, the ESTA application can still be submitted without a negative interpretation or inference.”

Stronger security measures are expected over Christmas and the New Year, when 41 million passengers are expected to travel through American checkpoints nationwide.

Take note, globetrotters.


Richard Madden has had quite a year, and it's only getting bigger following his stint as David Budd in the worldwide TV thriller The Bodyguard.

News has just emerged that the 32-year-old Scottish actor has received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Drama.

He visited Ellen DeGeneres on her veteran show to discuss the breakout BBC hit, which is now on US Netflix and has been streamed constantly, as predicted.

Ellen is never one to hide away the shirtless photos of her male guests, and she continued her tradition of embarrassing her talk show visitors by addressing Madden's naked scenes in the show.

She asked the actor how his parents feel about his nudity as the bodyguard of the Home Secretary of Britain, and he replied that his parents are less than impressed with seeing his rear end on screen:

"I've made a few mistakes I've made in my time, one of which is neglecting to tell my mother that there's going to be a sex scene in my show," he told Ellen.

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This would be fairly embarrassing TBH, most parents don't want to witness their loved ones wearing nothing on TV…and Richard's rents are no different:

"I get a hysterical phone call of "you must tell me and your father, I was watching it at the time with a cup of tea, I nearly spilled it!"", he laughed.

We're gonna throw in another Richard Madden gif for good measure:

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You're welcome.

His mum certainly sounds exactly like any Irish mother, cup of tea and slightly judgemental tone paired with the casual Catholic shame… classic.


Taylor Swift is one of pop's biggest superstars, and has a rake of security on her team whose sole job is to protect the Reputation songstress.

Her tour has attracted millions of people, and after the attack on Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester last year, the use of facial recognition technology is on the rise at stadiums and areas.

It has now emerged that Tay Tay uses special software to detect stalkers at her ground-breaking shows, and that fans who were mesmerised by her May 18 Rose Bowl rehearsal clips were unaware of this detail.

The Rose Bowl is an annual college football event, and used hidden cameras to capture images of guests in order to transfer them to a command post based in Nashville.

These snaps were later cross-referenced with a database of the musician's well-known stalkers, of which there are HUNDREDS.

According to chief security officer of Oak View Group, the advisory board for concert venues; “Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working,” 


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A man who had broken into Swift's New York townhouse and stopped by for an actual NAP made a plea deal last week and as a result, he will only serve a mere six months in prison.

The stalker, full name Roger Alvarado, gained entry when he  “allegedly climbed up a ladder and smashed a window with his hand”

While Taylor needs to make sure she is safe at all times, whether in concert or in her home, there are clear privacy concerns of the photographs.

Issues of ownership and the length of time for which they can be kept on file are the obvious queries…we wonder if Taylor ever has a sneaky peak at them? 

More and more arenas and stadiums are turning to facial-recognition technology; this year, Ticketmaster invested in a start-up named Blink Identity.

This company claims that its sensors can identify anyone walking past its cameras at full speed in just half a second… whoa.

The veteran ticketing corporation intends to use the technology to help fans pass through the turnstiles faster and in a more practical way.

Ticketmaster’s chief product officer Justin Burleigh commented that: "It holds a lot of promise. We’re just being very careful about where and how we implement it."

We want our snake-obsessed icon to be safe, but does anyone else think it's a tad 1984



Extra security measures will be in place at this year's Electric Picnic to keep festival goers safe.

It is reported that armed guards will be stationed at the festival.

'We’ve been working really closely with the Gardai about that, holding tabletop exercises and really spending a lot of time with all the different agencies – talking through likely scenarios, potential scenarios,' organiser Melvin Benn told The Irish Mirror.

'Of course we’ve changed our security plan, I mean the whole of Europe has changed their security plan in every aspect of everything we do.'

'We’re not alone in that.'

An updated list of prohibited items has also been published. 

These include:

  • Smoke & Gas canisters
  • Aerosols over 250ml  
  • Fireworks or flares
  • Glass (Larger than 100ml)
  • Illegal substances, drugs, ‘legal highs’
  • Laser equipment/pens
  • Megaphones
  • ky or ‘chinese’ lanterns
  • Sound systems
  • Spray cans
  • Tabards/high viz jackets
  • Drones
  • Professional Cameras,
  • Video/ Audio Equipment
  • Weapons (anything that could reasonably considered a weapon)

Patrons are also advised to bring layers for sleeping in their tents at night, as it is set to get extremely cold.

Bright sunshine is expected during the day, as is heavy rainfall over the weekend, so prepare for every type of weather. 



A Garda Superintendent has today warned that festival-goers should except additional security measures at events throughout the year.

The statement comes on the last day of the Longitude music festival in Marlay park and Gardaí are reminding people to be patient when entering the grounds.

Huge queues on the opening day of the festival saw many people complain of being crushed and fainting after they were left waiting for over a hour.

Superintendent Peter Duff says people can expect to see increased safety measures at all public events.

"We in An Garda Síochána, particularly this year, have taken increased steps to ensure the safety of patrons attending concerts, matches etc.," he said.

"That's my primary concern is make sure that everyone gets in here, enjoys the concert, and goes home safely."

The heightened security measures come after a series of terror incidents in the UK which saw attackers target an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.



Additional security measures have been put in place ahead of Justin Bieber's sold-out performance at the RDS on Thursday June 21.

The Canadian singer will bring his Pupose World Tour to Dublin tomorrow and concert organisers have asked fans to arrive when the gates open at 5:00pm as they will be subject to individual “pat downs and metal detector checks for their safety and comfort”.

As the RDS is located in a residential area, no queuing is allowed outside the venue prior to gates opening. Early arrivals will be tuned away and asked to return at a later stage.

Due to heightened security at event venues throughout Europe, a number of extra measures will be enforced to ensure the safety and confidence of all attendees:

  • Be aware of bogus ticket sellers.

  •  No backpacks, large bags or any large objects.

  •  Only bags of A4 size (210x297mm) will be admitted after searching.

  • You will be subject to a “pat down” and a “wand” metal detector check.

  • Check ticket for correct approach route before leaving home.

  • You will be asked to show your tickets before joining queues.

  • Patrons are advised to keep their ticket in a safe place on their approach to the venue.

  •  The following items will not be permitted: alcohol, banners or flags larger than A4, cameras with more than 1” lens, fireworks, flashlights, food, garden furniture or seats, glass or cans, glowsticks, inflatable balls or   balloons, laser pointers, selfie sticks, shooting sticks, studs & spikes, umbrellas, video cameras & audio devices & weapons.

Concert organisers are advising patrons attending the gig to use public transport as parking at the RDS is limited.

However, if you are planning on taking the car, An Garda Síochána have devised a traffic management plan. For full details please check www.garda.ie.

For those of you attending the concert with children, there will be TAG-A-KID safety wristbands available at all the customer care points both outside and inside the venue.

Doors – 5pm, John Gibbons – 5.45pm, Halsey – 7pm, Justin Bieber – 8.15PM – 10.15PM.



A security operation is currently underway at the Champs-Elysees district in Paris.

Several news outlets have confirmed that Parisian police say a "major security operation" is unfolding in the area.

It is not yet known whether it is terrorist-related.

According to The Daily Mail, police have pinned a man down in the district.

Another report by AFP states that a car rammed into a police van before bursting into flames.

This is a breaking story. More to follow.



Following last months Manchester Arena attack, concert venues across the world have been cracking down on security.

This weekend Robbie Williams will perform at Dublin's Aviva Stadium and in the wake of those attacks, the venue has issued a public notice listing it's heightened security measures.

You will not gain access to the venue if you are in possession of any of the following items:

  • Backpack or large handbag.

  • Selfie sticks, professional cameras or cameras with a detachable lens, go-pros, iPads.

  • Garden furniture, deck-chairs, fold up chairs or shooting sticks, umbrellas.

  • Aerosols, spray cans.

  • Illegal/unidentifiable substances, legal highs, herbal highs or NoS.

  • Anything that can be perceived as a weapon or which could cause danger or disruption to any other persons at the event.

Concert organisers have warned that any attendees who are carrying any of the above items could be "refused entry or experience delays on entry." 

Note that there will be no cloakroom available to store items. 

MCD have advised those attending the concert to read the full notice thoroughly and allow at least an extra teo hours travel time to and from the venue.



In the wake of last week's attack in Manchester, which saw a bomb go off at one of the city’s largest concert venues, Dublin’s 3Arena have announced updated security policies.

The new policies will be enforced at tonight’s Shawn Mendes show, and presumably for all events in the foreseeable future.

The updated regulations are as follows:

  • Backpacks, larger purses or bags are not allowed; only purses or clutches measuring 4.5in/11.4cm x 6.5in/16.51cm or smaller will be allowed.

  • A full body pat down search and/or metal detector search will take place prior to venue entry.

  • Pocket contents will need to be completely emptied and viewed during the search process.

  • Patrons should minimise jackets and additional layers when possible.

Concert-goes can expect hour-long queues as a result of the new security measures, however, the venue has promised to do their utmost to make sure everyone gets into the arena before show time.

Shawn Mendes is scheduled to take to the stage at 8:30pm, however, it’s recommended you arrive as close to 6:30pm as possibly.



If the classic hand-on-hip pose fails us after a few too many gins on a night out, you can be fairly certain we'll pull out the peace sign, and hope for the best.

And while we may cringe at ourselves while trawling through Facebook the following morning, it turns out that that particular gesture does more than make us look like a Miley Cyrus wannabe, but actually poses a genuine risk to our security.

No, seriously.

According to a recent study, displaying your fingertips in a digital image leaves you vulnerable to data hacking.

Investigating the theory, Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) recently conducted an experiment into the likelihood that fingerprints can be copied and stolen, and findings conclude it is possible even from as far as nine feet away.

"Just by casually making a peace sign in front of a camera, fingerprints can become widely available,’ explained NII researcher Isao Echizen. "Fingerprint data can be recreated if fingerprints are in focus with strong lighting in a picture."

Attempting to combat the threat, the NII are said to have developed a transparent film which when attached to an individual's fingertips conceals the unique print, but it won't be available until at least 2019.

Back to the classic 'skinny upper arm' pose, pronto.



It's been three weeks since Kim Kardashian was held at gun point and robbed while at Paris Fashion Week.

And while the police have yet to come forward with anything concrete, new security footage has emerged of the thieves making their getaway… on bicycles.

The video shows five men, three on bikes and two on foot, approaching Kim's apartment complex at 2.19am on October 3.

The video, which was just released on France's M6 News, reveal that the suspects spent just under 50 minutes inside.

One of the robbers is carrying a backpack, while the rest make a speedy recovery.