Bank Manager Finds 9.07-Carat Diamond In Arkansas State Park

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A bank manager discovered a 9.07-carat diamond at a state park in southwestern Arkansas after thinking the precious gem was a piece of glass.

Kevin Kinard of Maumelle found the second-largest diamond in the 48-year history of Crater of Diamonds State Park on Labor Day, according to a news release from Arkansas State Parks.

Kinard said he and his friends hauled sifting equipment to the state park in Murfreesboro. Kinard noted that he’s been visiting Crater of Diamonds regularly since he was a kid but had never stumbled upon a diamond until Sept. 7.

“I only wet sifted for about ten minutes before I started walking up and down the plowed rows,” he said. “Anything that looked like a crystal, I picked it up and put it in my bag.”

While searching in the southeast portion of the 37.5-acre (15 hectare) diamond search area, Kinard scooped up a marble-sized crystal that had a rounded, dimpled shape.

“It kind of looked interesting and shiny, so I put it in my bag and kept searching,” Kinard said. “I just thought it might’ve been glass.”

Several hours later, Kinard said he and his comrades stopped by the park’s Diamond Discovery Center, where park workers identify visitor findings and register diamonds.

“I almost didn’t have them check my finds, because I didn’t think I had found anything,” Kinard said. “My friend had hers checked, though, so I went ahead and had them check mine, too.”

Upon having his finds assessed, an employee informed Kinard he had discovered a diamond.

“I honestly teared up when they told me,” Kinard said. “I was in complete shock!”

Assistant Superintendent Dru Edmonds noted that conditions were ideal for Kinard to spot the gem.

“Park staff plowed the search area on August 20, just a few days before Tropical Storm Laura dropped more than two inches of rain in the park,” he said. “The sun was out when Mr. Kinard visited, and he walked just the right path to notice the sunlight reflecting off his diamond.”

As of Wednesday, 246 diamonds have been registered at Crater of Diamonds State Park this year, weighing a total of 59.25 carats. On average, people find one or two diamonds there daily.

Is there life after death? Man says ‘I was warm and calm and at peace’ after drowning

“Instead, I recall a feeling beginning between my eyes that quickly swept back, over my head and cascaded down my body.”

At this point, Stephen recalls a sensation of lightness that overcame him.

He said it was as if the weight of his body and his earthly responsibilities were suddenly washed away by the waves.

Stephen said: “I no longer felt the ocean current. I was warm and calm and at peace – surrounded by a sense of pure love.

“It was a familiar feeling as if I had been there before. As if I were returning to a natural state.”

UFO sighting in NASA images from 1966 Gemini mission – claim

In June 1966, NASA sent its 13th crewed mission into space as part of the Gemini 9A mission. The crew was tasked with docking with another vehicle in Earth’s orbit. However, NASA may have got more than it bargained for in the mission as conspiracy theorists believe they can see proof of aliens in images from the mission.

Alien enthusiasts claim there is a UFO seen near to the Gemini rocket in an image from the mission.

The object in question looks like a flat surface with ridges in it which is outside the window.

Prominent UFO enthusiast Scott C Waring made the claim, stating NASA cannot “explain this one”.

Mr Waring wrote on his blog UFO Sightings Daily: “This photo is from the Gemini 9A mission. There is an unidentified flying object moving past one frame.

“The object has spiky sides and is slightly blurred which means it was travelling fast and moved slightly when the photo was taken.

“I only saw it in one frame, but its kind of strange looking and seem not too far away from the Gemini rocket and module.

“Very odd and definitely not a NASA spacecraft. I would like NASA to try to explain this one.”

However, there are several logical explanations which could be attributed to the apparent UFO.

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End of the world ‘omen’ will appear on Halloween as rare Blue Moon, claims evangelist

According to Paul Begley, a TV evangelist and online personality from West Lafayette in Indiana, US, the Blue Moon will most certainly be a Biblical sign.

The Moon will peak in brightness just three days before the US election, which Pastor Begley has called the most important election in American history.

The Blue Moon will also arrive at a time of civil and political unrest across the globe, the deadly coronavirus pandemic, as well as wildfires and other natural disasters raging across the US.

All of this combined, Pastor Begley believes, has been foretold in the .

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He said: “Something Biblical is going on guys, something really Biblical.

“Wildfires are happening every year, US elections happen every four.

“Yeah, but they don’t all come together during a Blood Moon and then a Blue Moon.

“What? In a covid pandemic, plandemic, coronavirus, China coronavirus – call whatever you want to.

“Something Biblical is going on here guys with the signs of the Second Coming of Christ. It’s unbelievable.”

Pastor Begley, like many US evangelicals, awaits the day of the prophesied Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Although the Bible does not state when this will happen, Jesus has told his disciples and followers to look out for the prophesied signs.

Pastor Begley attempts to predict these signs on an almost daily basis on his YouTube channel as well as his weekly TV series The Coming Apocalypse.

He interprets wars and rumours of wars, political unrest, natural cataclysms and cosmic phenomena as signs of His Second Coming.

Pastor Begley has previously linked .

He also bizarrely claimed we are living in the end times after it was announced a .

In the Old Testament and New Testament alike it states there will be signs of the Second Coming, although it is hard to put a finger on any specific modern-day event.

Jesus said in Matthew 24: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.

“You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.

“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.”

However, the Bible also makes a very clear point about not attempting to predict when any of this will unfold.

Jesus said: “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

And in any case, the Blue Moon is not a prophetic harbinger – it is simply the second of two Full Moons that will peak next month, with the first appearing on October 1 – .

3 Retirees In Japan Form ‘Monkey Busters’ To Defend Crops From Pesky Primates

Throughout history, heroes have appeared when things seemed their darkest.

That may be the case in a small town in rural Japan where local farmers have been dealing with hordes of hungry monkeys eating up potatoes, onions, eggplants and cucumbers for the last month, according to Ja-fukuiken.or.jp, a Japanese-language publication in the prefecture of Fukui.

Now help is on the way in the form of three older women who call themselves the “Monkey Busters.” The trio use air guns to scare monkeys away from the crops, according to SoraNews24.com.

The website says the women are so dedicated to the cause they often show up to a monkey sighting still in their aprons so not a moment of monkey-scaring is wasted.

The Monkey Busters don’t actually kill their targets. Instead, they fire warning shots that are followed up with firecrackers and other loud noises, the website reported.

The women’s efforts have been effective for the most part, but Monkey Busters leader Masako Ishimura refuses to rest on her laurels.

“We were really troubled by the monkeys’ damage to the crops, so the three of us cooperated to get rid of the monkeys,” Ishimura told Ja-fukuiken.or.jp. “I will continue to do my best for the region with the feeling of not losing.”

But while Ishimura and crew have gotten rid of monkeys near their small Japanese town, they have gained followers worldwide based on Twitter comments.

Israel peace deal: ‘Jesus will return soon’ claims Bible follower in prophecy analysis

“This is intriguing given the prophecy of Daniel the Prophet who saw a time far in the future when a covenant of many would be confirmed by a future global world leader, (who Christians know as the Antichrist).”

This so-called covenant with many is described in the Book of Daniel, Chapter Nine.

According to some interpretations of scripture, the covenant describes a temporary peace deal between Israel and its adversaries.

The peace will last until Israel clashes with its neighbours over the Third Temple in Jerusalem, which as of today is yet to be constructed.

Daniel 9:27 reads: “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’

Alien hunters believe NASA images revealed an extraterrestrial base on the Moon – claim

Alien enthusiasts browsing through NASA images from an Apollo mission and believe they have hit the jackpot in the hunt for extraterrestrials. The supposed proof comes in the form of a rock, which vaguely resembles a bottle top.

This was evidence enough for certain conspiracy theorists who believe it is an alien base.

The photo comes from one of NASA’s early Apollo missions, and according to prominent alien hunter Scott C Waring, it is “100 percent proof that aliens build structures” on the Moon.

Mr Waring made the claim on his blog UFO Sightings Daily, saying: “I found a strange looking structure on Earth’s moon today.

“I was in an old NASA site and found what looks like an empty plastic bottle top.

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Alien hunters believe NASA images revealed an extraterrestrial base on Moon – claim (Image: UFO SIGHTINGS DAILY)

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“I found a strange looking structure on Earth’s moon today.” (Image: UFO SIGHTINGS DAILY)

“Well if this photo of the Moon was not faked by NASA, then this photo is 100 percent proof that aliens build structures in craters on Earth’s Moon.

“Now, I believe this theory to be true. That a alien structure happened to look like a discarded, cut off bottle top.

“But from what I see, the photo looks authentic taken during an Apollo mission.”

Some conspiracy theorists believe the Moon is occupied by aliens and say the reason NASA has not returned since the Apollo missions ended in 1972 is because of an extraterrestrial threat.

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“This photo is 100 percent proof that aliens build structures in craters on Earth’s Moon.” (Image: UFO SIGHTINGS DAILY)

Unfortunately for Mr Waring, the object in question more resembles a rock which is casting a shadow on the lunar surface.

NASA and other scientists would attribute Mr Waring’s claim to a phenomenon known as pareidolia – which is where the brain essentially tricks the eyes into seeing familiar objects or shapes in patterns or textures such as a rock surface.

NASA said: “Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognisable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data.

“There are many examples of this phenomenon on Earth and in space.”

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Nonetheless, Mr Waring has made several claims that the Moon is home to aliens, and last month claimed to find an extraterrestrial space ship on the lunar surface.

He said: “I found a UFO, unidentified flying object hovering over an area of the moon map.

“The object is metallic, smooth and shiny. It measures 25 miles across according to the moon map ruler.

“The craft is hovering, as if parked but not touching the surface of the moon. Its even making a shadow below it. Sure 25 miles is huge, but sitting in the shadows of the moon can easily go unnoticed by anyone astronomers.”

UFO sighting: Hunter spots an anomaly in archive photos and claims it’s ‘100% alien’

Intriguing photos have emerged which some believe show an unidentified flying object () above Youngsville, Louisiana. The series of three amateur photos show a man working on a boat.

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But behind him, an apparently-unexplained object is visible in the distance.

This UFO has a trail behind it and yes, some UFOs do that

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The anomaly is triangular in shape, leading some to speculate it is extraterrestrial in origin.

UFO hunter Scott Waring bizarrely believes the photos prove the existence of alien visitors.

He said on his blog UFO Sightings Daily: “This just came into MUFON today and I don’t like to report old sightings, but these photos are fantastic.

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UFO sighting: A UFO hunter has spotted an anomaly in archive photos and claims it's '100% alien'

UFO sighting: A UFO hunter has spotted an anomaly in archive photos and claims it’s ‘100% alien’ (Image: UFO Sightings Daily)

UFO sighting: Photos have emerged which some believe show an unidentified flying object (UFO) above Youngsville

UFO sighting: Photos have emerged which some believe show an unidentified flying object (UFO) above Youngsville (Image: Express)

“This UFO has a trail behind it and yes, some UFOs do that.”

Mr Waring thinks the images, shot in 2006, are reminiscent of another infamous UFO incident.

The conspiracy theorist said: “Remember the CIA UFO footage that the military recorded in infrared?

“Yeah, that one did it too in raw video footage, so we know that UFOs do sometimes make contrails.

UFO sighting: The anomaly is triangular in shape

UFO sighting: The anomaly is triangular in shape (Image: Express)

“The declassified 2014 Chilean Navy UFO video that was released is 100 percent proof that UFOs make contrails when they want.

“Yeah, I haven’t been making it all up, I gather my info from past sightings.

“So these 2006 photos have data backing them up from past sightings. This looks 100 percent alien to me.”

And the eyewitness who shared the photos to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) said: “One evening while playing with cat on blocked watercraft in yard my wife took photos of me playing with the cat.

Mr Waring thinks the images, shot in 2006, are reminiscent of another infamous UFO incident

Mr Waring thinks the images, shot in 2006, are reminiscent of another infamous UFO incident (Image: UFO Sightings Daily)

“There was no sound or we would have looked up towards it.

“The craft appears to be within approximately five miles in the photo.

“An old F-100 would definitely have made quite a roar at that close proximity. Also, I know of no remaining F-100s still flying today.

“In the three photos, the first shows no anomaly second photo shows craft in close.

“[In the] third photo, it appears as a bright speck heading off to the NW towards Lafayette.

“This may just be some sort of digital photo artefact but I think it’s quite odd that the object would show up with such clarity.”

As far as scientists can tell, we are the only intelligent life form in the solar system and possibly the Universe.

And many UFO sightings can be explained through a phenomenon known as pareidolia.

Pareidolia is a form of apophenia and describes the brain’s tendency to see recognisable shapes and patterns where they do not exist.

The effect can cause people to see faces in clouds or UFOs in otherwise mundane objects.

The US space agency NASA said: “Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data.

“There are many examples of this phenomenon on Earth and in space.”

UFO hunters claim extraterrestrial spaceship was over Plymouth ‘This is alien’

A resident of Plymouth spotted a light in the sky moving over the city, which he believes is evidence of aliens. The witness grabbed his camera phone and began recording the strange light, which he said had been present all day.

According to the person who filmed the strange lights, there were planes flying near the object earlier in the day, although there is no evidence to support the claim.

After being confused by the sighting, the person submitted a report to the UFO investigation network MUFON.

An eyewitness report said: “I was walking up a hill to my local shop and normally see a bright star on my way up the hill.

“I looked up and noticed something moving from a right to left motion in one speed on a straight line, recorded for a few seconds then walked 60 meters down the road and recorded the same UFO on the same line.

“So I recorded it again, it had military planes flying around earlier in the day but it was so quiet when I recorded it.”

Alien researchers were quick to pick up on the sighting, and claimed it is genuine evidence of an extraterrestrial visit.

Prominent alien hunter Scott C Waring wrote on his blog UFO Sightings Daily: “This glowing white UFO was caught over Plymouth, England yesterday.

“The UFO was seen flashing over the city and moving about. You can clearly see in the video that the UFO has no plane or helicopter lights, so it is not an aircraft.

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There are more than 2,600 satellites orbiting Earth, with even more space junk, such as defunct rockets, caught in Earth’s gravitational pull.

Astronomers have cursed the ever increasing amount of satellites in orbit, claiming it is ruining their view of the cosmos.

Last year, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) said in a statement: “The scientific concerns are twofold.

“Firstly, the surfaces of these satellites are often made of highly reflective metal, and reflections from the Sun in the hours after sunset and before sunrise make them appear as slow-moving dots in the night sky.