Homeless man wins “dream” place at Britain’s Cambridge University

Geoff Edwards, 52, says he left school at a young age with two qualifications and few ambitions, then ended up homeless in the city of Cambridge after work as a field laborer dried up. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 11 November 2017
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Homeless man wins “dream” place at Britain’s Cambridge University

LONDON: A 52-year-old man who spent most of his adult life sleeping rough and selling copies of a magazine to help the homeless has enrolled at Britain’s illustrious Cambridge University.
Geoff Edwards, 52, says he left school at a young age with two qualifications and few ambitions, then ended up homeless in the city of Cambridge after work as a field laborer dried up.
Now Edwards is studying English literature, having completed a college course designed for adults who want to return to education or need extra qualifications to go on to university.
“I didn’t think of applying to Cambridge — I didn’t think Cambridge University would take someone like me, but my (course) tutor encouraged me to apply,” Edwards said in a statement.
“It is the first thing I am proud of in my life,” he said.
Edwards said it had always been his “dream” to attend Cambridge, considered one of the top universities in the world.
The number of homeless people in Britain has soared past 300,000 — an increase of 4 percent on last year — with one in 200 sleeping rough, the housing charity Shelter said this week.
Edwards said selling “The Big Issue” — a magazine founded in 1991 to help the homeless earn a living — while sleeping on the streets had helped give him back “a bit of self-respect.”


Lionel Messi’s brother Matias sentenced for illegal gun possession

Updated 16 August 2018
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Lionel Messi’s brother Matias sentenced for illegal gun possession

BUENOS AIRES: Matias Messi, brother of Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi, has been sentenced for illegally possessing a firearm.
Messi received a 2 ½-year prison sentence on Thursday but will not go to jail. He was instead ordered to perform community service. La Capital newspaper in the Argentine city of Rosario says that the decision was reached under a deal with investigating prosecutors.
The weapon was found late last year inside a blood-stained boat which Messi crashed in the Parana River.
The 35-year-old Messi was held under preventive arrest and later released while he recovered from a fractured jaw and other injuries at a hospital in Argentina’s Santa Fe province.
Messi’s attorney has originally said his client crashed into a sandbank and denied that he owned the gun.