UK’s opposition Labour chides government over Brexit ferry contract

LONDON ( ) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party criticized the government on Monday for awarding a 14 million pound ($18 million) contract to,上海品尝嫩茶Pamela, a ferry company with no ships to provide backup freight cover in case the country exits the European Union without a deal.

Labour’s transport spokesman, Andy McDonald, said the transport ministry had failed to carry out proper checks on the company, Seaborne Freight, contrary to what it had asserted.

He pointed to “mounting evidence of a lack of relevant expertise or experience” on the part of Seaborne.

“Our economy depends on these trading routes continuing to function yet [Transport Secretary] Chris Grayling is prepared to rely on amateurs in the event of a no deal,” he said.

“A no-deal (Brexit) scenario would be terrible for our transport networks under any circumstance but the sheer incompetence with which preparations have been handled is alarming in the extreme.”

Seaborne Freight Chief Executive Ben Sharp rejected the criticism ,上海品茶QQGabriel,and said the company had been working on providing a ferry service for the last two years.

“Collectively, the directors and investors of Seaborne have significant experience in operating vessels and ferries alike – in particular ferries in the Channel,” he told .

“Seaborne is no threat to the United Kingdom because they are not paying us anything until we deliver. So, what is the problem?”

Currently, Britain’s EU membership means that trucks drive smoothly through border checks within the 28-nation bloc. But in a no-deal Brexit, even a few minutes’ delay at customs for each truck could mean vehicles backed up at ports and queued on feeder roads on both sides of the Channel.

British lawmakers are expected to reject Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, potentially leading to a disruptive departure of the UK from the EU on March 29 without an agreement on their relationship.

Britain awarded contracts worth more than 100 million pounds in total to three shipping firms to provide extra ferries. The other two are established operators – French firm Brittany Ferries and Danish group DFDS.

Grayling said on Monday the contract with Seaborne was “subject to the achievement of a range of key milestones”.

“It is not uncommon that they d上海品茶会所o not own their own vessels and will be chartering them through third parties,” Grayling said. “The bids we received to provide capacity were subject to technical, financial and commercial assurance.”

In a review of UK filings, Seaborne Freight’s Sharp served as a director with a shipping company, Mercator International Ltd, which filed for insolvency in 2014. The firm owed creditors 1.7 million pounds, a filing for the year to March 31, 2013 showed.

Sharp said: “That was part of a complex chartering contract that failed, and the company was wound up in the United Kingdom. The directors were not sanctioned, disciplined or c,上海妹子品茶微信Balthazar,riticized and that has never changed.”

Seaborne Freight faced separate criticism last week when its business terms and conditions showed references to placing “any meal/order”, prompting speculation on social media that it had copied the format from a takeaway delivery company. Seaborne has since updated its website.

U.S., China can reach trade deal ‘we can live with’: U.S. Commerce…

BEIJING/WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross predicted on Monday that Beijing and Washington could reach a trade deal that “we can live with” as dozens of officials from the world’s two largest economies resumed talks in a bid to end their trade dispute.

Ross told CNBC the immediate trade issues would be easiest to tackle while enforcement issues and structural reforms, such as intellectual property rights and market access, would be more challenging to resolve.

“I think there’s a very good chance that we will get a reasonable settlement that China can live with, that we can live with and that addresses all of the key issues,” Ross said in an interview with CNBC.

China’s Foreign Ministry said Beijing had the “good faith” to work with the United States to resolve trade frictions as Chinese officials met their U.S. counterparts in Beijing for the first face-to-face talks since U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed in December to a 90-day truce in a trade war that has roiled global markets.

After the first day of talks wrapped up, Chinese importers made their third large purchase of U.S. soybeans in the past month, Chicago-based traders said. But China has bought only around 5 million tonnes since purchases resumed in December, less than 20 percent of the beans it bought a year earlier.

Trump said on Sunday that trade talks with China were going very well and that weakness in the Chinese economy gave Beijing a reason to work towards a deal. Ross told CNBC the talks were being held with appropriate-level staff and would help determine how the administration moves forward.

The two sides agreed to hold “positive and constructive” dialogue to resolve economic and trade disputes in accordance with the consensus reached by their respective leaders, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular news briefing.

After losing CDU leadership race, Germany’s Merz takes party post

BERLIN ( ) – Ge,上海品茶会所Dalton,rman conservative Friedrich Merz, a former rival to Chancellor Angela Merkel who last month lost the race to succeed her as leader of the Christian Democrats (CDU), is to take a party post focusing on economic policy and transatlantic ties.

Championed by veteran cons上海品茶QQervative and former finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, Merz is popular with members of the party’s right wing who want to change direction from Merkel’s centrist economic and migrant policies.

In particular, the CDU needs to boost its support this year before regional elections in three eastern states where the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) is strong.

Merz’s narrow loss to Merkel protege Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as party leader exposed divisions in the CDU that both candidates vowed to heal, and she made clear she wanted him to play an active role.

The CDU said Merz would take a position on the CDU commission for the social market economy and would have a special focus on the future of transatlantic ties.

“I am pleased that Friedrich Merz brings his experience and knowledge of economic and financial policy. An excellent strengthening of our circle of experts from representatives of industry and science,” tweeted Kramp-Karrenbauer.

A trained lawyer, Merz had lost out to Merkel in a power struggle in 2002 and has been out of the lower house, the Bundestag, since 2009. Since then he has had various corporat,上海品茶QQDahlia,e roles including chairman of the German arm of the U.S. i,专门哟啪的微信群Gabriel,nvestment fund BlackRock.

He had hinted he would like a cabinet post, but Merkel ruled that out.

Merkel relinquished leadership of the party after the CDU haemorrhaged support in a regional election in October, but has said she intends to remain chancellor until the next election in 2021.

Portuguese parliament widens residency scheme with ‘green visas’

LISBON ( ) – Portugal’s parliament on Friday extended a residency program for wealthy foreigners to include investors who spend at least 500,000 euros on environmental projects.

A majority of lawmakers approved the extension and rejected a motion by two far-left parties to end the scheme altogether. Such “golden visa” programs have faced criticism in Brussels for exposing the EU countries that operate them to corruption risks.

The ruling Socialists have given no indication that they intend to end the program, which has generated a steady inflow of funds, mainly into real estate, by non-EU investors notably from the Americas, China, Russia and Turkey.

Proposing scrapping it, Left Bloc lawmaker Jose Manuel Pureza called it “just a tool for real estate speculation, corruption 上海品茶工作室and money laundering.”

La,上海妹子品茶微信Kailani,wmakers instead approved the addition of,上海喝茶资源群Hadley, “green visas.”

“Taking into consideration the importance of reinforcing a multicultural and open society …it’s important to create an additional scheme to attract foreign investment of an ecological nature,” said Andre Silva, a lawmaker from the PAN animal-rig,上海品茶论坛Gabi,hts and environmental party.

Under the extension, foreigners will qualify for Portuguese residency if they invest at least 500,000 euros ($575,000) in organic agriculture, ecotourism, renewable energy and other environmental projects that contribute to cut carbon emissions.

The existing scheme – which allows visa-free travel through Europe’s Schengen area – offers residency for investments including property, setting up tech companies and creating jobs.

Other EU countries including Spain, Malta, Greece and Cyprus run similar programs.

The European Commission is scheduled to publish a report offering guidance to member states on managing such programs, including background checks for applicants, on Jan. 23.

Venezuela opposition plans incentives for officers who disavow Maduro

CARACAS ( ) – Venezuela’s op,上海品尝嫩茶Cain,position-led congress is considering offering le,上海品茶QQJacob,gal incentives to military officers who disavow President Nicolas Maduro and help lead a transition to a new government, according to four legislators and a draft document seen by .

Maduro was sworn in on T上海品茶工作室hursday for a second term following a disputed 2018 election, triggering a hailstorm of international criticism that his leadership of the country suffering a hyperinflationary collapse is illegitimate.

The proposal, which comes in part at the request of high-ranking officers on active duty, seeks to ensure that defectors from the armed forces would not be persecuted by a future government if they abandon Maduro, according to the legislators, who asked not to be identified.

It would apply to officers who “do not obey the orders of the man who has usurped the Presidency of the Republic … and collaborate with the tradition and re-establishment of constitutional order,” the draft says.

The plan shows the opposition increasingly focused on the military as crucial in removing the ruling Socialist Party from power. But the law will almost certainly be thrown out by the pro-Maduro Supreme Court, meaning its legal impact would remain symbolic as long as Maduro is in office.

Opposition leaders have faced significant hurdles in recruiting military dissidents due to Maduro’s continued sway over the armed forces and a crackdown on accused insurgents that human rights groups have said includes torture of officers and abuse of their families.

Plans to offer incentives to officers as a way of hastening Maduro’s departure has not been previously reported.

Opposition leaders have publicly discussed creating a transition plan, as well as amnesty for military officers who are already in jail on accusations of conspiring against Maduro – many of whom the opposition considers political prisoners.

Congress plans to vote on the 17-page draft document entitled “Law Governing the Transition to Democracy” in the coming weeks, the legislators said.

The draft does not detail what the incentives would be or under what conditions they would be offered, which would be approved in a separate law, they said.

The ov,上海品茶网Mace,erall transition law is in principle supported by major opposition leaders including Popular Will, First Justice, and Democratic Action, the lawmakers said.

Spokespeople for the three parties did not respond to requests for comment.

The Information Ministry did not reply to a request for comment.

Human Rights Watch and local rights group Penal Forum found 32 cases in which military officers accusing of plotting against Maduro’s government were subjected to beatings, asphyxiation and electric shocks.

Internal military documents reviewed by in 2018 showed that the number of soldiers detained for treason, rebellion and desertion rose to 172 in the first four months of that year, up three-and-a-half times on the same period of 2017.

Sweden faces political deadlock after gains by far-right party

STOCKHOLM ( ) – Sweden headed for a hung parliament after an election on Sunday that saw support for the nationalist Sweden Democrats surge, as one of Europe’s most liberal nations turned right amid fears over immigration.

Far-right parties have made spectacular gains throughout Europe in recent years as anxieties grow over national identity and the effects of globalization and immigration following armed conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.

In Sweden, an influx of 163,000 asylum seekers in 2015 – the most in Europe in relation to the country’s population of 10 million – has polarized voters and fractured the long-standing political consensus.

With almost all districts having reported, the ruling center-left Social Democrats and Greens and their Left Party parliamentary allies had 40.6 percent of the vote, while the opposition center-right Alliance was at 40.3 percent.

That gave the center-left 144 seats in the 349-seat parliament against 142 for the Alliance, suggesting weeks of uncertainty before a workable government can be formed.

The Sweden Democrats, a party with roots in the white supremacist fringe, won 17.6 percent and 63 seats, up from 12.9 percent and 49 seats in the las,专门哟啪的微信群Kade,t election four years ago, the biggest gain by any party in Sweden’s parliament, the Riksdag.

The results were largely in line with the conventional opinion polls tracked by in the run-up to the election but well below some online surveys that had predicted the Sweden Democrats could become the largest party.

54 brilliant pictures of girls’ nights out in Hull in 1994 and 1995

More than two decades have passed since these pictures were snapped.

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Have you been snapped in the photos in the video- or do you recognise anybody that has?

Take a look at the pictures in the video above.

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Sunderland’s Elliot Embleton can ‘hurt’ League One teams, says Dylan McGeouch

Dylan McGeouch has backed youngster Elliot Embleton to seize his chance at Sunderland after learning the ropes while out on loan last season.

Talented youngster Embleton spent the campaign with League Two Grimsby Town to get valuable爱上海419 first team experience, but he returned to Wearside and has signed a new two-year contract this summer.

Manager Jack Ross now sees the academy product as part of his first team squad and the 20-year-old is likely to be involved in Sunderland’s forthcoming promotion push.

Scotland international midfielder McGeouch rates the England U20 man highly, and believes he has the ability to cause problems for League One teams.

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“I played w,上海品茶QQKarina,ith him a bit last year before he went on loan and did well,” said McGeouch.

“You can see in training the quality that he’s got.

“If we can get him in the right positions on the pitch, he can hurt teams. You can see that already in the few games we’ve had.

“The manager has given him a chance and I think he can be a big player for us this year.

“He’s learning, he’s a young boy, but he’ll learn from the quality we’ve got in the squad, players like [Aiden] McGeady who have been there and done it.

“It’s great for him to be involved and I think the manager has a lot of hope for him.”

Embleton is an attacking midfielder, and competition for places in the middle of the park is intense.

Aside from McGeouch, he will be vying for places with the likes of Grant Leadbitter , Luke O’Nien , George Honeyman , Chris Maguire , Max Power , Ethan Robson , and latest addition George Dobson.

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But McGeouch says that kind of competition should be seen as a sign of strength rather than a potential headache for players or manager.

He said: “As ,上海品茶工作室Elizabeth,much as people are pushing each other, that’s healthy for the squad.

“People come back from their loan want to push and those already here want to keep their place.

“We’re all mates and we’re all pushing each other in the right direction, it’s a good position for the manager to be in.”

Brave teenager discovered she had rare cancer after breaking her leg on holiday

A brave schoolgirl who discovered she had a rare form of cancer after breaking her leg on holiday is set to face a life-changing operation.

Chardonnay Rawcliffe-Roberts, from Accrington, fell over and broke her leg while playing on South Pier at Blackpool in February and was taken to hospital for treatment.

However, after more than a week of treatment t,上海品茶工作室Becky,he 13-year-old was transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for a series of tests.

Two weeks later her mum Liz Rawcliffe received the devastating news that her ‘happy-go-lucky’ daughter was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in her left leg.

The Broadfield Specialist School pupil, who has undergone months of chemotherapy, is now set to have a full leg amputation next month and doctors hope she will be able to make a full recovery.

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Speaking to Lancs Live, she said: “We were very surprised and shocked. You don’t ever think that your child will get something like this.

“She has taken in her stride. She is still smiling through her treatment and the pain as well.

“It was then either have a disabled leg or have it off. It wasn’t my decision and the doctors asked her as she is the one who will have to live with it.

“She chose to have it off. She is half excited and half worried because it’s a part of her. She hasn’t used that leg since February.

“She will still have to have chemotherapy afterwards. The cancer hasn’t spread anywhere.

“She is a very strong girl.”

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Liz, who is a charity book shop volunteer in Accrington, said Little Mix fan Chardonnay had felt pain in her leg for several weeks before the leg break after falling over playing football in January.

Family friend and neighbour Ann Goodwin said she was ‘heartbroken’ b爱上海419y the cancer diagnosis and teamed up with four other people to organise a family fundraising day with proceeds going towards helping Chardonnay and Liz after the operation.

An online fundraising appeal and Facebook page has also been set up with hundreds of people offering their support.

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Ann, who lives on Bold Street in Accrington, said: “They have lived across the road from me for many years and every day Chardonnay would be running up and down smiling.

“She is a happy-go-lucky child and is very friendly with everybody.

“I was just devastated when I found out about this. I was heartbroken and felt I needed to do something.

“It wasn’t meant to be anything big but it’s gone absolutely massive. People in Accrington have really come together and are coming forward with all sorts for us. It’s fantastic.”

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The fundraising day will be held at Enfield Cricket Club in Church on Sunday, September 22,上海品茶QQHayes, between 11am and 5pm and entry is free.

It will include music from Michelle Jolly, Tia Christina, Dance Nation School and a raffle, tombola and auction.

Anyone interested in holding a stall at the event can contact Ann by emailing goodwinann96@yahoo.com.

To make a donation visit www.uk.gofundme.com/f/chardonnay-rawcliff-roberts

What’s happening at Amazing Accrington’s Big Weekend

A PACKED programme of events will bring fun and excitement to the heart of Accrington.

Accrington’s town square is set to host Amazing Accrington’s Big Weekend this August Bank Holiday, from Friday, August 23 to Sunday, August 25.

The weekend kicks off on the square with Accrington’s Biggest Quiz, a fun family interactive ,上海品茶会所Dani,quiz which is open to all.

On Saturday afternoon the square will host a pop party, featuring free live music, fairground rides and community stalls.

The Biggest Weekend will end spectacularly on Sunday 爱上海419with a fantastical forest parade, a colourful and lively procession of giant puppets, including a 15 foot Oaken Giant, a,上海品茶工作室Ellen,ll complete with handmade props, parading though the town in a spectacle of music and dance.

The puppets and props will be made in a series of local workshops running up to the weekend which are open to anyone who wants to make costumes, parade art or help create a giant puppet.

Hyndburn Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, said: “We’re looking forward to Amazing Accrington’s Biggest Weekend, a packed weekend of fun and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy the August Bank Holiday.

“It’s part of the programme of events for Accrington’s town square and everyone is welcome, come and be part of it.”

Council boosts green credentials with electric charging points

MORE electric car chargers have been introduced across council car parks.

People with electric or hybrid vehicles can now charge up in ,上海品茶工作室Nate,five car parks in Blackburn and Darwen.

New EV (electric vehicle) charging points have been installed in Brown Street Car Park in Blackburn, Varley Street Car Park in Darwen and Weir Street Car Park in Blackburn.

This is part of the council’s efforts to combat climate change, after it passed a motion to declare a climate emergency at a council forum meeting.

This committed the council to a target of making Blackburn with Darwen carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.

The council also has an electric van in its fleet of vehicles, used in the environmental 上海龙凤419crime team, and hopes to add to this.

All the car parks have two EV 22kWh fast sockets each, making it easy for people who have switched to the eco-friendly mode of transport.

They join charging points at Feilden Street Car Park and Darwen Market Rooftop Car Park, supporting the growing population of plug-in cars in the area.

There are more than 100 in the borough and more than 1,000 in surrounding areas.

EV chargers,上海品茶微信Bernadette, will also be available at the Reel Cinema development on the site of the former Waves Centre when it is completed in 2020.

Parking continues to be free for electric and hybrid vehicle drivers while charging at council car parks.

Cllr Phil Riley, executive member for growth and development, said: “All council-run car parks now have electric vehicle chargers which is a great move forward for a greener and more environmentally-friendly future.

“Electric car use is growing across the borough and this shows that Blackburn with Darwen welcomes electric and hybrid car users and they can now visit the borough knowing they can charge up wherever they go.”

Farmer Focus: Tweaking next year’s cropping plans

Harvest kicked off on 16 July with some contract combining in winter barley and, apart from a couple of fir上海419论坛st-day teething issues, everything went smoothly and at the time of writing we are now parked up waiting for oilseed rape to be ready.

This year I have fitted an RDS weigh system to the trailers to, ho,上海品茶微信Mackay,pefully, get a better indication of what is in the store, and to calibrate the yield monitor on the combine more accurately. I have heard good reports about the system, so fingers crossed it lives up to them.

In between harvest we have a number of projects on the go around the farm to increase productivity and improve the yard.

See also:How a grower uses cultivations and precision tech to kill slugs

As part of my mid-tier stewardship I’m building a bunded and covered sprayer filling area with a biofilter system, and alongside it will be my liquid fertiliser tanks and chemical store to create a single sprayer filling area in the corner of the yard.

We are also removing an old hardcore track that extends out into a field and currently has to be worked around – removing it will save a lot of time with machinery in the field and provide some useful material for the work in the yard, so it is a win-win job.

Cropping plans for next year are still as undecided as they have be,上海品茶QQPatrice,en all year. Oilseed rape hasn’t been dropped just yet: I’m planning on waiting to see what the conditions are as fields become clear.

If conditions are good I will plant some in with a mixture of clover and vetch, but only about half the usual area. The rest will be winter beans, or potentially some winter linseed.

Wheat variety wise, I am sticking with Skyfall but dropping Zyatt and Barrel and moving to Skyscraper and Gravity with a small amount of Extase.

The mid-tier stewardship plots that have been drilled in the past couple of months have started growing fast and some are starting to flower. I am looking forward to seeing what the various different mixes look like once established, and what different wildlife they attract.

The next phase of the mid-tier scheme is to get the pollen and nectar and grass margins established before the end of August – once these are going they will really transform the look of the farm, and complete the wildlife pathways across it as the scheme was planned to do.


Bahrain executes three people, despite human rights outcry

Bahrain has executed three people convicted in two separate cases, one a case of “terrorism” and killing a police officer, and the second related to the killing of a mosque imam, the public prosecutor has said.

Human rights groups had been warning against the execution of two men, Ali Mohamed Hakeem al-Arab and Ahmed Isa Ahmed Isa al-Malali.

Malali and Arab were convicted in a mass trial involving 60 people in January 2018. Both had exhausted all possible judicial appeals.

A last-minute appeal to stop their imminent execution was also issued by the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnès Callamard.

Callamard said in a statement the men were allegedly tortured, prevented from attending their trial and sentenced to death in absentia.

Amnesty International Middle East research director, Lynn Maalouf, also warned the executions were “an utterly shameful show of co,上海品茶上海龙凤419工作室Edward,ntempt for human rights”.

“The death penalty is an abhorrent assault on the right to life and the utmost cruel, inhuman and d,上海品茶微信Rebel,egrading punishment. Its use is appalling in all circumstances, but it is all the more shocking when it is imposed after an unfair trial in which the defendants were tortured to ‘confess’,” she said.

The small Gulf state, a key US ally located between rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, has been gripped by bouts of unrest since 2011, when authorities cracked down on Shia-led protests demanding political reform. The UK advises Bahrain on training its police and independent complaints procedures.

Sun Racing ambassador Megan Nicholls is back as she discusses the weekend action at Ascot and York


WITH conditions hotter than the sun this week, it’s been fantastic to see stable staff and racecourses handling everything so well.

The hosepipe has been running non-stop and luckily we haven’t had to change our routine too much at Ditcheat.

I never thought I’d be so pleased to see the rain come down, and hopefully the weather will drop a few degrees over the next couple of weeks.

However, whatever the weather does, it won’t make a difference to Enable.

She was very impressive on her to return to the track off the back of a long layoff in the Eclipse and I’d love to see her win again.

This will be the first time she returns to a track she’s won at before which is quite an interesting stat.

Of those taking her on, Crystal Ocean looks the most interesting considering he’s really stepped up to the mark this year with a fine victory at Royal Ascot.

Enable’s had his match in the past, though, and I don’t see why he should turn the form around now.

It’s great to see such a big field this year, and kudos to Aidan O’Brien and Roger Varian for bringing their big guns. It really adds spice to the occasion.

The International Stakes is a reunion of several 7f veterans, and I reckon Raising Sand can make up for his near-miss at Royal Ascot.

I was slightly concerned the ground would be too quick for him but there’s rain in the air now and it could come at the right time.

He loves the track and has another win in him off this mark.

If Makzeem turns up in the same form he was in last week at Newbury then he probably has a shout, though he’ll need to step up again.

Summer Romance is the one to be with in the Princess Margaret Stakes.

She’s 2 from 2 and won a Listed race at Newmarket last time out in tremendous style.

She sprinted clear of the field impressively that day and looks the one to beat now upped to a Group 3.

So Sharp won her only start and the form was franked when runner-up Dark Lady struck at Lingfield next time out so she could be the one to serve it up to the favourite.

The Porsche Handicap could go the way of Beatboxer.

He disappointed last time out but I think he has a lot of ability and is the one to beat if everything drops right for him.

A smaller field could help and he was tough when winning at Haydock

Motakhayyel won at the July Festival and ha,上海品茶QQMacmillan,s only been beaten once so is definitely worthy of respect, but I reckon Beatboxer will take the beating.

I’ve got three rides at Newcastle on today, headed by St Andrews in the 3.20

He’s won at the track in the past and should be suited perfectly by the trip.

He ran well in an amateur race at Doncaster a couple of weeks ago which was a class higher than the grade he runs in today, so hopefully he can take advantage.

I would definitely give him an each-way shout on the back of that performance.

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I ride Furzig in the Silk Series race at 3.55.

He stepped up to 1m2f last time out which brought a little more improvement out of him and hopefully he can find a little more kept to this trip.

Second that day, he bumped into an improver and if he relaxes here and runs a similar race then he’ll be bang there.

Gas Monkey is the one to beat as he’s found a new lease of life recently but I reckon we might just catch him out considering how much he’s gone up in the weights.

In the last, I take the reins on Top Offer.

He loves the all-weather and should step forward for his run after a break last time.

Hopefully, if at his best, he can capitalise on a mark of 52.

French action

On Sunday, the action in the UK is no great shakes but over in France the Group 1 Prix Rotchschild is the highlight.

Laurens makes her eagerly-awaited return and has run well across the Channel before, so with any luck she can bounce back to her best.

It’s a very competitive race, though, and perhaps the strongest British challenge comes in the form of Move Swiftly, who won the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes in grand style.

She probably has the biggest chance, though make sure you watch out for Obligate, who’s unbeaten in three starts and could well step up to the top level.

Over at York, Get Knotted has a massive chance of winning the opener, a race he’s won three times and is now named after him.

He loves this time of year and definitely has a big effort in him.

I also quite like Love Dreams.

He’s had a couple of starts on soft ground in the past which he handled perfectly well and should appreciate this drop in grade.

Mark Johnston’s horses drop in and out of form but he was running well at the beginning of the year and has found the higher class a bit too tough an ask.

I’m hoping the rain will fall ahead of the Dash as Camacho Chief loves the mud.

He’s been running well of late and won quite nicely at Doncaster last time out, so looks the one to beat if he gets the soft ground he needs.

Regal Reality ran a big race in the Eclipse last time out and has a big chance in the Sky Bet York Stakes.

He’s clearly a quirky sort as he struggles to settle in the preliminaries but when he puts it all together he’s very talented.

However, i’m sticking with Addeybb, who was a very impressive winner of the Wolferton at Royal Ascot and may well get the rain that is so vital to his challenge.

The Sun Racing Team look ahead to the King George and the best of the rest on Saturday

Nine people dead in Swedish airplane crash

A small aircraft carrying parachutists has crashed into a Swedish island, killing all nine people on board.

The accident happened just after 2pm local time off Storsandskar, an island near the airport of Umea, a town in northern Sweden.

Region Vasterbotten municipality spokeswoman Gabriella Bandling said: ‘I can confirm that all those aboard the plane have died.’

Rescue worker Conny Qvarfordt told Swedish news agency TT that the plane carried parachutists and that ‘it seems that something has happened straight after the takeoff’.

Local media has reported that some of the parachutists were seen trying to jump off the plane just before the crash.

Axel Pettersson, 上海419论坛16, told,上海品茶会所Fanny, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet he heard the plane make high pitched sounds which he had not heard from a plane before.



He began to film the small aircraft and captured the plane plummeting back to the ground.

Axel then said he heard a loud ‘bang’ before everything went quiet.

Swedish authorities said the plane had taken off from Umea Airport shortly after 1.30pm and sounded an alarm at 2.12pm.

Local rescue wor,上海品茶工作室Malika,ker Conny Qvarfordt told The Local: ‘We are already on the scene with a rescue team which is assisting the ambulance and we have opened a location, together with aid organisations, to give psychological and social care.’

The identities of those involved in the crash have not yet been released.

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Kim Cattrall rules out ever returning to Sex and the City after feud with Sarah Jessica Parker


KIM Cattrall has ruled out ever returning to Sex and the City after her bitter feud with Sarah Jessica Parker.

The actress – who played man-eating PR maven Samantha Jones in the HBO series – was the breakout 上海龙凤419star of it and the following to films, but became disappointed over being paid less than Parker.

Asked if she would return for a third movie in the future, Kim told the Daily Mail: “Never. It’s a no from me.”

The Sun previously reported how the feud between Kim and Sarah was so toxic that they barely spoke unless cameras were rolling.

A source told The Sun on Sunday: “Kim felt Sarah tho,上海品茶QQBarney,ught she was more important than the others.

“By the time filming was wrapped, Kim was telling her team she would never do another film with Sarah.

“She couldn’t take the negativity between them.”

Kim previously was forced to hit back at suggestions her demands for cash had stalled the third film, instead revealing she had said no when first approached.

he said: “Woke up to a s***storm. The only ‘DEMAND’ I ever made was that I didn’t want to do a 3rd film… and that was back in 2016.”

She was forced to speak out after Parker announced the third film had been scrapped on a red carpet – despite their being no deal for the four women to return.

Kim Cattrall reveals why she turned down Sex and the City 3 on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories


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It sparked a bitter war of words in the,上海品茶微信Fabian, press between he women and their friends in the media with Kim later opening up about the feud on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories and insisting she would not return for anything.

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Lewis Capaldi dedicates Someone You Loved to suicide teen after mum reveals it was funeral song

Lewis Capaldi has dedicated his hit single Someone You Loved to a tragic Scots suicide teen during his TRSNMT set.

During his Main Stage performance, the 22-year-old, from Bathgate in West Lothian, told the crowd “this song is dedicated to Robbie McArthur” before launching into the song.

The 18-year-old, from Lochgelly in Fife, sadly passed away in May this year, with the song being played at his funeral.

His heartbroken family and pals launched a bid to get Lewis to sing his chart-topper at the Glasgow Green festival.

Robbie’s mum Carmen Duff wrote to him on Instagram saying: “Hey Lewis, I’m hoping you would do me the honour of giving my son Robbie McArthur from Lochgelly a massive shout out at TRNSMT on Sunday before you sing So爱上海meone You Loved.

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“I recently lost Robbie to suicide and your song was what I chose for his funeral.

“Every time I go into the cemetery to see him, you come on the radio.

“My tellly also came on by itself one day and there you were belting this out with the lyrics on the screen.

“You would really lift myself and Robbies friends’ spirits.”

After Lewis’ performance Carmen’s friends Bryan and Pamela Wilson thanked him and everyone who got behind their efforts on Facebook.

They wrote: “Lewis Capaldi we f****** love you!!!!

“First time i,上海品茶微信Hannalise,n nine long weeks I’ve heard my bestie as happy as that. You have made her day.

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“She is over the moon hysterical and Robbie will be up there buzzing!

“Cheers to every one that shared… especially the young team… yous are ace.”

Lewis kicked off his set at 7.30pm, before George Ezra rocks the crowd for the last time this weekend.

The home favourite was drafted in to replace Snow Patrol after they had to pull out for ‘medical reasons’.

Pamela is also running an online fundraiser in memory Robbie with money raised going to a men’s mental ,上海品茶QQPatrick,health facility in Dunfermline.

You can donate here.

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Man City flight to China cancelled again

Manchester City’s plane to China has been rescheduled for a second successive day, causing further disruption to the Blues’ pre-season plans.

The Blues were due to leave for Shanghai at 8pm tonight, after the original flight was cancelled when it was initially due to depart at 6.30pm last night.

MEN Sport understand that the same “unforeseen administrative issue” that saw yesterday’s flight cancelled is also the cause for the club not flying out today.

The club are hoping to fly out to China tomorrow but do not yet know when, however they are confident that they will still be able to compete in the Premier League Asia Trophy, with their first match against West Ham scheduled for Wednesday.

The private Aeronexus jet was spotted on a remote stand with its doors closed just 90 minutes before it was due to leave, the first hint that there were still problems.

None of the 26-man travelling squad or the management team got as far as the airport tonight, but Pep Guardiola and the City hierarchy will be furious at the second cancellation.

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The Blues have already had to push back a press conference du,上海品茶微信Sailor,e to take place tomorrow morning UK time, and they are due to play West Ham in the Premier League Trophy in Nanjing on Wednesday

A City statement last night said: “Due to an unforeseen administrative issue beyond the club’s control, which is being resolved, regrettably, we will embark on our pre-sea爱上海419son tour a little later than intended.”

The City players trained at the City Football Academy today and were on stand by to go to the a,上海品茶会所Beckham,irport but were allowed to go home.

Videos: England win the Cricket World Cup and fans go wild following Super Over drama

ICC Cricket World Cup final

England have won the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time after one of the most dramatic matches in cricketing history.

In the final at Lord’s the result was decided on the final ball of the “Super Over” after both sides ended their innings on 241. In their extra six balls England scored 15-0 meani爱上海419ng New Zealand needed to hit 16 to win the trophy.

Needing two runs from the final ball Kiwi batsman Martin Guptill scored a single before being run out. This meant that England won the World Cup having scored more boundaries during the match.

Ben Stokes was the star of England’s innings, hitting 84 not out as the hosts chased 242 to win. He then came out to bat for the super over with Jos Buttler and the duo scored eight and seven runs respectively.

In New Zealand’s super over England gave bowler Joffra Archer the responsibility and his first ball went for a wide. Jimmy Neesham scored 13 from five balls, but Guptill was unable to return for the two runs needed on the final delivery and the cup was England’s.

How the players reactedBen Stokes, England

“I’m pretty lost for words. All the hard work over four years, to get here and be champions of the world it’s an amazing feeling. I’m pretty done. Playing against New Zealand is always a great event, they are a seriously good team and really good lads. I said to [Kiwi captain] Kane Williamson I’ll be a,上海品茶QQIdris,pologising for that for the rest of my life.”

Joe Root, England

“Wow! It’s hard to sum it up, what a day, what a tournament. Everyone has done everything asked of them. We have performed under pressure, it was almost written in the stars for Ben Stokes. He’,上海品茶工作室Odessa,s had such a tough time, I’m so proud of him and pleased for him and his family.”

Chris Woakes, England

“I am lost for words. I can’t believe what has happened. I can’t get my head around it. I thought it was gone needing 30 off 16. It has probably been the best day for cricket in this country. I feel like everything that has happened today is destiny.”

Jonny Bairstow, England

“One hell of a game, it edged both ways and the way the guys came out in the super over was huge. We bowled well to be honest with you and they put us under a lot of pressure. It was tough. The way that Stokesy and Jos put that partnership together, that won us the game. What a spectacle! What an atmosphere. To play a World Cup final in front of friends and families, it was huge. Difficult to put into words.”

Kane Williamson, New Zealand captain

“Look, it certainly wasn’t for one extra run, there are so many parts in that match that could have gone either way. Congratulations to England, they had a fantastic campaign and deserve their victory. It’s been challenging, the pitches have been different. There was a lot of talk of 300+ scores but there hasn’t been much of that. We have showed heart and fight to get to this stage and a tie in the final – it wasn’t meant to be. The guys are shattered. It’s devastating. Tough to swallow.”

Jimmy Neesham, New Zealand

“We knew we would have to fire a few shots. Credit to England for the way they stuck at it. On another day the coin may have fallen our way. We’ll look back in a couple of years and say this was a pretty good experience. That’s the way we are as Kiwis, we get par scores and then scrap like hell. We don’t blast teams off the park.”

How Twitter reacted to England’s win

Police officer assaulted while taking prisoner to Hull Royal Infirmary

A police officer has been injured by a prisoner she was escorting to Hull Royal Infirmary.

Humberside Police officer PC Inman suffered head and爱上海 facial injuries f,上海品茶QQGalilea,ollowing the assault on Saturday and was rescued when a member of the public intervened.

The Humberside Police – Hull Twitter account posted to thank the member of the public and to warn people that assaulting officers will not be tolerated.

The tweet says: “PC Inman would like to thank the member of the public that came to her rescue in Hull Royal after her prisoner assaulted her causing injuries to her face and head. We don’t come work to be assaulted.”

It is not known how serious the injuries are or whether the prisoner has been charged with any offence.

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European gossip: Manchester United’s next key target, Liverpool to bring back star

The summer transfer window has already seen some massive deals across Europe.

Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann have both fo,上海品茶微信Quincy,und news clubs and some,上海品茶工作室Olia, other big-name players may yet join them.

Here are the latest rumours from around Europe – and we’ve rated them as always.

New signing for Atletico

Atletico Madrid are being linked with a shock move for James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.

The Colombian international has spent the last two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich after falling out of favour at the Bernabeu.

Zinedine Zidane hasn’t changed his view on the playmaker and a move across Madrid may be on the cards.

Marca report that the 28-year-old is close to agreeing on a deal at the Wanda Metropolitano as the look to replace Antoine Griezmann.

Likelihood: Maybe. One thing for certain is that he needs to find a new club.

Arsenal move for winger

Brazilian publication UOL are suggesting that Arsenal have opened talks with Gremio winger Everton Soares.

The Brazilian was the star of the show as his country won the Copa America and he was named man of the man in their 3-1 in over Peru in the final.

New Gunners technical chief Edu has apparently been in talks with the player’s agents over a potential move to the Emirates Stadium.

Manchester United have been linked with the 23-year-old after his impressive performances over the summer.

Likelihood: No money is mentioned here – so it’s hard to say. But it will need to be reasonable for Arsenal to entertain it.

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Coutinho return

Philippe Coutinho could be set for a shock return to Liverpool, according to reports from Spain.

Coutinho departed Anfield in a deal worth £142m 18 months ago but he has slipped down the pecking order at the Nou Camp.

Barca have added Griezmann to their attacking options and Coutinho could be on his way out.

Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo are reporting that Liverpool could be interested but only for a cut-price transfer fee.

Likelihood: No.

New midfielder for United

Manchester United are still keen on signing Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.

That’s according to reports from Portugal who suggest Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made his next key target the talented midfielder.

Fernandes is valued at around £50m with Sporting Lisbon unwilling to reduce their asking price.

Portuguese publi上海419论坛cation Correio da Manha reports that Solskjaer has asked the United board to reduce the money needed for the deal.

Fernandes was part of the Portuguese national team who won the Nations League final in June.

Likelihood: It would be money better spent than if they moved for Longstaff.

Newcastle United news and transfers RECAP: What Sheff Wed owner told fans about Bruce future

Hello and welcome to the Newcastle United live blog on Sunday, July 14.

Steve Bruce has confirmed he has held talks with the Magpies about succeeding Rafa Benitez as the club’s new manager and it is now up to both Newcastle and Sheffield Wednesday to agree a compensation fee.

“It’s in the hands of both clubs and we will see what develops over the next 24 to 48 hours,” he said after taking charge of the Owls’ pre-season win against Lincoln. “It’s football and it has come from nowhere really in the last two to three days so we will see what the weekend brings.”

Stick with us for all the latest reaction from St James’ Park and remember to follow our Instagram account (@ChronicleNUFC) and our NEW transfers Facebook group where you can get notifications to your phone when anything happens.

Newcastle United have work to do this summer with a new manager to find – and new signings before next month’s deadline.

Signing off – top stories of the day

OK, thanks for joining us today. Here are your top stories:

Sheffield Wednesday owner asked by fans about Bruce future

From the Sheffield Star. What Dejphon Chansiri said (or didn’t say) to fans about Steve Bruce:

Sat in front of the Stocksbridge Park Steels press box with his two young sons, the Sheffield Wednesday owner smiled and signed autographs for the scores of Owls fans shuffling to and from their seats. Generous with his time, the Thai businessman smiled and greeted each and every one, refusing only to answer questions about the one name on everybody’s lips.

And here’s more from the Wednesday ‘paper:

With less than three weeks to go until the start of the new Championship campaign, Chansiri and the club’s fans have every right to feel let down and be disappointed about the situation. Wednesday were heading in the right direction under Bruce and now it appears Chansiri will have to find a replacement at short notice.

It is far from ideal and I don’t blame Chansiri in the slightest for holding out for the best compensation package the club can get.

Ian Lavery: Support the boycott

From the Morning Star – which doesn’t get in this blog very often.

Labour MP Ian Lavery showed solidarity with campaigners The Magpie Group and told Newcastle fans to not “give up” in their continued fight to rid the club of Mike Ashley.

Speaking at the Durham Miners’ Gala over the weekend, Lavery backed the fans’ boycott of the club and told them: “If we don’t hit Mike Ashley in the backside pocket, this will continue.”

With no manager at the helm, Rafa Benitez walked away at the expiry of his contract when it became apparent that “the club did not share the same vision,” and with key players being sold without being replaced, supporters are preparing industrial action in the latest attempt to force Ashley to leave.

Mr Lavery told the Star: “Newcastle supporters are renowned for their loyalty to the club.

“Football is a religion in the north-east but many fans 爱上海feel cheated by the billionare chairman Mike Ashley.

“Ashley runs the club using the same business model as he does Sports Direct, as a bargian basement” venture.

“The Magpie Group are a determined group who want to see the end of Ashley and the club see some success with the restoration of respect between the fans and the club.”

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Lee Ryder provides an update from Newcastle United’s pre-season trip to China

John Carver and Shola Ameobi throw support behind Steve Bruce

It didn’t go down well yesterday…

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Dean Smith gives credit to Steve Bruce for the part he played in Aston Villa’s promotion

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A run through of Steve Bruce’s record as manager

Confirmed: Joselu out of PL Asia Trophy squad

Joselu’s Newcastle United future appeared to be in further doubt as the club confirmed he has been replaced in the travelling party for the Asia Trophy by youngster Elias Sorensen.

The Spaniard was named in the initial ,上海品茶微信Isa,squad to travel to China for the Premier League’s pre-season tournament but with Alaves set to firm up their interest in the striker, it has now been confirmed that he has been left at home with an exit looming.

The 29-year-old has been in talks with the La Liga side all summer and Newcastle have deemed him surplus to requirements. While the former Stoke striker was only a bit part player last season and the club need to upgrade, his possible departure would leave United with just Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto as recognised strikers and just 25 days left of the transfer window to address that.

Joselu not pictured with Newcastle in China

Could a move to Spain be edging closer? Elias Sorensen is with the Magpies instead, it seems.

Lee Clark on Steve Bruce

“(It is) a tough job for whoever takes over from Rafa. Steve’s got broad shoulders and a strong personality. He wouldn’t be bothered about the outside noise.”

Newcastle’s disastrous summer laid bare

This wretched summer is no way for the 19th richest club in the world to carry on. Newcastle’s summer is not normal and no-one should pretend it is, writes Mark Douglas.

The Sheffield view on Bruce to NUFC

Spare a thought for Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri, writes Sheffield Star reporter Dom Howson.

The Sheffield Wednesday owner turned to promotion expert Bruce after sacking Jos Luhukay last December.

Bruce was appointed as Luhukay’s successor as Owls boss on January 2 but he was not due to take up his post until February 1. Chansiri agreed to delay Bruce’s starting date and the former Manchester United defender, who promised his family he would take a break following the loss of both his parents in quick succession in 2018, jetted out to the Carribean to watch the first Test between England and West Indies in the men’s cricket.

How many chairman up and down the country would have agreed to Bruce’s terms? Not many, in my humble opinion, but Chansiri is unique. He doesn’t do things by the book.

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Steve Bruce confirms he’s held talks with Newcastle

Chris Waddle’s warning for Steve Bruce

The former Newcastle star told the Mirror:

“The Newcastle job is a massive ­challenge for Steve Bruce. Don’t get me wrong, Newcastle are a huge club, but he’s having to follow ­Benitez, who has been one of the most popular ­managers they’ve ever had.

“So he’s got his work cut out – it’s the biggest job he’s taken on.

“He’s highly regarded at Wednesday, the fans have taken to him. He had a good run late in the season and nearly got them in the play-offs. Four or five more wins and they might have been ­in the top six.

“Everybody is expecting good things from Wednesday. They’re in pre-season and have been to Portugal and look fit, sharp and ready to go. So [for Bruce] to go and speak to Newcastle, a lot of people are taking a step back and asking, ‘Why?’ They’ll be upset that he wants to leave. I’m surprised by it, too, because he was starting to build a team gearing up for the Premier League.

“Newcastle have lost ­Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez [last season’s two top scorers] as well, with only a short time now ­before the first game of the season.”

Report: Newcastle to make first summer signing in next 48 hours

Football Insider claim Newcastle will confirm the signing of former Chelsea youngster Kyle Scott in the next 48 hours.

Football Insider report:

Midfielder Kyle Scott is set to undergo a Newcastle United medical and complete a move to the club in the next 48 hours, Football Insider can reveal.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that Scott, 21, is poised to sign a three-year contract after accepting the club’s offer to join on a free transfer.

The rising star, who can operate in central, defensive or attacking midfield roles, is available after his contract at Chelsea expired ,上海品茶工作室Dania,at the end of last month.

Newcastle have arrived in China

The Magpies have arrived in Nanjing ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy.

Report: NUFC to make Steve Bruce worst-paid Premier League manager

The Mirror claim:

– Bruce has agreed to manage Newcastle for £1m per year.

– He can boost £20k per week wages by avoiding relegation

– Bruce will receive an increased incentivised payment for every position Newcastle finish above the relegation zone

– Sheffield Wednesday are holding out for £5m in compensation for Bruce

– Mike Ashley believed he would only have to pay £1m and does not want to pay ‘anywhere near’ the £5m the Owls are demanding.

– Ashley hopes Bruce will walk away from Sheffield Wednesday, leaving the two clubs to negotiate over the terms of his exit.

– Bruce wants former NUFC Chief Scout, Graham Carr, to return to his scouting team

Bob Moncur joins Newcastle in China

The Magpies legend has travelled over with the squad ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy.

The type of striker Steve Bruce loves to sign

Could this give an insight into the type of forward he will target at Newcastle?

‘It’s in the hands of both clubs’ – Steve Bruce speaks on Newcastle United manager’s role

Steve Bruce has stated Newcastle United and Sheffield Wednesday are trying to come to a “compromise” on a payout.

Bruce – who was approached by an angry fan during a friendly at Lincoln – is wanted by the Magpies to take charge of the club for the new season.

The ex-Manchester United captain is on a two-year rolling contract but Sheff Wed chiefs are playing hardball on his release.

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The amazing thing James Cordon and Ruth Jones did to thank residents in Barry after filming the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special

Gavin and Stacey fans were given a treat by the stars and writers of the show James Cordon and Ruth Jones after the pair bought ice cream for everyone.

As filming conti上海419论坛nued on the BBC comedy in Barry on Sunday for a reunion Christmas special, hundreds of people flocked to see if they could get a glimpse of Nessa or Smithy.

While there wasn’t much going on, bystanders were delighted to see an ice cream van pull up with a note signed by James and Ruth saying that the Flake 99s and choc ices were on them.

The note, which had been pinned to the van, said: “Thank you for all of your support, it means the world to us. See you on Christmas Day! Enjoy! James Corden + Ruth Jones .”

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Not long after that, a barrier was used to move the crowd further back and vans and screens were put in the way by request of the cast so plot of the upcoming episode was kept top secret.

Taylor Jones, 23, from Cwmbran , had travelled down to Barry to see if she could see her favourite characters in action.

She said: “We just came down to see the filming and the ice cream pulled up and one of the guys from the set said James had paid for free ice cream for everyone.

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“There was a sign signed by James and Ruth. There wasn’t much going on with the filming so I think that’s why they did it. There was quite a few people getting ice creams, probably a hundred people or possibly more.

“I thought it was really nice of them to do that, everyone is loving them being down here and everyone is enjoying it, something like that coming to Wales.”

Filming officially started in Trinity Street on Friday, with Joanna Page, who plays Stacey, and Matthew Horne, who plays Gavin, seen filming an emotional scene .

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Rob Brydon, who plays Uncle Bryn, and Melanie Walters, who plays Gwen, were also spotted on Friday afternoon.

And on Saturday Ruth Jones, who plays Nessa in the sitcom, joined the other main characters of the show.

There was even the return of,上海品茶QQSamara, the actor who played Nessa’s baby son, Neil, returned to the set to meet his former co-stars last week.

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The Christmas special is co-written by Ruth Jones and James Corden, who said: “Over the last 10 years we’ve talked a lot about Gavin & Stacey – where they might be today and what their lives might look like.

“And so in secret we took the plunge and wrote this one hour special. We’ve loved revisiting Barry and Essex again and bringing the characters back together has been a joy.

“We’re so excited to get the chance to work with our fabulo,上海品茶微信Jay,us cast and crew once more and to give fans of the show a festive treat this Christmas.”

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard makes frank Daniel Candeias admission following Europa League snub

Steven Gerrard hailed the capture of £3m Swedish international defender Filip Helander as a bargain buy in today’s crazy transfer market – and urged the giant stopper to become one his leaders on the park and in the dressing room.

Helander watched from the stand and was introduced to the fans at half time in Sunday’s 4-0 romp over Marseille and afterwards insisted that he is determined to help Rangers challenge for the title.

Gerrard also commended two-goal Daniel Candeias for his response to being cut from the club’s Europa League squad – but admits he wishes he’d get more from the winger on a consistent basis.

And the Rangers boss also believes the club has pulled off a great piece of business in luring the former Bolonga defender to Ibrox.

He said: “It’s a position where we have been looking for the right solution for a long time. To have someone of his calibre, a Swedish international with his height and profile – he ticks a lot of the boxes we were looking for.

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“We are relie,上海品茶会所Macauly,ved to get it over the line and now our centre back positions are set for what is hopefully going to be a 60-game season.

“He naturally gives us balance as a left footer. That enables us to play with a two or with a back three. He will be able to defend our box and be a threat at set pieces.

“He is comfortable on the ball. He’s a good man, he’s a leader. We do need more voices out there if we want to challenge for the top prizes. He is another good type through the door.

“At £3 million for him, we’ve done really well If you look at what is going on in the market in front of us, in England and around the world for a centre back, £3 million is money well spent. But he 上海龙凤419has to go and prove it now.”

Helander insisted he is up the challenge and admitted: “This is a very big club and the perfect opportunity for me to play at a high level.

“I wanted to play here. I know a lot about this club. From the first moment I heard about the interest, I wanted to come here.

“It was quite an easy choice.

‘You can see today, it was a friendly match and there are more than 25,000 people inside the stadium. That is what you want as a football player. You want that interest and to be able to play in front of a lot of people.

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“European football was one of the main reasons for coming. I have played in Europe with Malmo before and it is something I wanted to do again.

“I want to play for a team with a winning mentality, who fight for the title every year.

“When I played for Malmo as a kid they had the same mentality as Rangers in that you need to win every game and win titles. I think that can be perfect to me.

“I have played at a high level for a long time, and even though I am on,上海品茶QQAaron,ly 26, I have a lot of experience and hopefully I can bring that to the team.”

Gerrard was pleased with the display against Marseille – and with the brace from Candeias following his disappointment earlier in the week.

Further goals from Connor Goldson and Jermain Defoe completed the victory but Candeias’ display was the most eye-catching and Gerrard, who revealed there has been no bids for Alfredo Morelos, despite speculation that West Ham had joined Crystal Palace in showing an interest in the striker, said: “Daniel was outstanding for the 45 minutes he was on the pitch. That’s not a surprise. I have been around Daniel for 12 months now. I wish I’d seen more of that on a consistent basis.

“That’s probably the best 45 miinutes I’ve seen from him. You have to take into account it was a pre-season friendly.

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“It’s impossible to pick everyone in squads of 22, 18 or the starting eleven. People are going to be upset and disappointed when they are left out.

“Of course, you expect them to be professional and give you the right reaction. But it wasn’t a surprise. Daniel is a great professional, he is in first every morning. He is robust and always available.

“He had a decent season for me last year, he scored a handful of goals and provided a handful of assists.

“But I’m always trying to raise the bar. I’m looking for players in those positions to get double figures in terms of those numbers and that’s the challenge for all of them.”

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Why Edu is not responsible for Arsenal’s summer transfer plans

Arsenal technical director Edu is not responsible for the Gunners’ transfer plans this summer.

Brazilian Edu has returned to the Emirates this summer as the backroom restructure shaped up.

Arsenal have been linked with a host of players since his appointment was confirmed last week, including Brazil’s Copa America hero Everton .

And while it is a huge summer for Arsenal in the transfer market after missing out on the Champions League, the hierarchy insist Edu is not responsible and is not taking a lead role in this summer’s window.

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Edu will take a keen interest but the club’s plans had already been put in place with chief negotiator Huss Fahmy has remained in London to oversee deals.

Unai Emery has been given a transfer budget of just £40m to spend this summer with other deals only being funded through the sale of other players.

Former Arsenal midfielder Edu will only begin his role in earnest after the window shuts days before the start of the,上海品茶QQBenji, new Premier League season.

However, Edu was so keen to feel part of the set-up again that he insisted upon flying to London from Brazil last Thursday – only getting a three hour stop-over – just to get the club’s charter plane for the US tour rather tha爱上海419n going direct to Los Angeles.

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Arsenal have already had bids rejected for Wilfried Zaha and Kieran Tierney as they look to strike agreements, paying less money up front.

But they have returned with an improved £25m bid for Tierney and remain in the hunt for Zaha, despite Crystal Palace valuing the winger at £80m. ,上海品茶微信Nigel,

Arsenal have also dismissed reports from France that a £70m bid has been made for Nicolas Pepe.

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