French cardinal tells court no pedophile cover-up

LYON, France ( ) – The Roman Catholic archbishop of Lyon, the highest-profile cleric to be caught up in the pedophile scandal inside the Catholic Church in France, told a court on Monday 上海品茶QQhe never tried to cover up sexual abuse and was not guilty of anything.

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who stands trial alongside five others from his diocese, is accused of failing to report allegations of sexual abuse on Boy Scouts in the 1980s and early 1990s by Father Bernard Preynat.

Preynat has admitted sexual abuse, according to his lawyer, and is due to go on trial later this year.

“I never sought to conceal or cover up the facts,” Barbarin said on the first day of trial in Lyon.

“I am grateful justice intervened in this affair, but I didn’t think it was up to me to file a complaint, especially since the victim was told,上海品茶微信Hal, it was too late to act,” he said.

“I can’t see what I am guilty of.”

While most of the recent focus in the Church’s global abuse crisis has been on Australia and Chile, Barbarin’s trial puts the spotlight on Europe’s senior clergy again, just as Pope Francis prepares to host a meeting of senior bishops from around the world in Rome next month to discuss the protection of minors.

Barbarin, who moved to the Lyon diocese in 2002, visited the priest in his parish the same year but said he had not checked,专门哟啪的微信群Lake, Preynat’s file, where mail from parents denouncing the abuse was recorded, before doing so.

After being officially informed of Preynat’s actions in 2014, Barbarin said he convinced one of the alleged victims, Alexandre Hezez, to write a letter describing the facts, which he passed on to Churc,上海品茶论坛Hadrian,h hierarchy in Rome.

He removed the priest from his post in 2015, six months after being told to do so by the Vatican. “It was to avoid public scandal, just as Rome had suggested,” he told the court.

Lyon prosecutors had previously investigated Barbarin but dropped the probe in the summer of 2016 without a detailed explanation. However, an association of alleged victims called Parole Liberee (“Freed Word”) used a provision of French law to compel the cardinal to stand trial.

Pope Francis has come under fire over the Church’s handling of the spreading sexual abuse crisis.

He met Barbarin in early 2016, and later told the Catholic newspaper La Croix that it would make no sense for the cardinal to resign before any eventual trial.

Mexicans burn Donald Trump effigies in Easter ritual

MEXICO CITY ( ) – Mexicans celebrating an Easter ritual late on Saturday burnt effigies,上海品茶群二维码Kai, of U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, whose anti-immigrant views have sparked outrage south of the American border.

In Mexico City’s poor La Merced neighborhood, hundreds of cheering residents yelled “death” and various insults as they watched the explosion of the grinning papier-mâché mock-up of the real estate tycoon, replete with blue blazer, red tie and his trademark tuft of blond hair.

Media reported that Trump effigies burned across Mexico, from Puebla to Mexico’s industrial hub Monterrey.

The burning is part of a widespread Mexican Holy Week tradition 上海品茶会所where neighborhoods burn effigies to represent Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus Christ according to the Bible. The effigies are often modeled on unpopular political figures.

“Since he started his campaign and began talking about immigrants, Mexico, and Mexicans, I said ‘I’ve got to get this guy,’” said Felipe Linares, the artisan who crafted Trump and whose family has been making Judases for more than 50 years.

Trump, the front-runner to win the Republican nomination for the Nov. 8 election, has drawn fire in Mexico with his campaign vow to build a wall along the southern U.S. border to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs, and to make Mexico pay for it.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has said his country will not pay for the wall and likened Trump’s “strident tone” to the ascent of dictators like Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

Trump, who has also aroused concern among many in his own party with his proposals, has accused Mexico of sending rapists and drug runners across the border and vowed to incre,专门哟啪的微信群Falkner,ase fees on some Mexican visas and all border crossing cards to help make Mexico pay for,上海品茶微信Hadleigh, the wall.

Judas effigies are burnt in villages and towns in several Latin American countries such as Venezuela and in parts of Greece. Anthropologists say the practice serves a symbolic function to overcome divisions and unite communities around a common enemy.

Linares has also done mock-ups of corrupt former union leader Elba Esther Gordillo and President Enrique Pena Nieto, whose popularity has been hit by conflict-of-interest scandals and the disappearance of 43 students at the hands of corrupt police.

Republican, signaling a shift, says more money needed for Zika fight

WASHINGTON ( ) – Senior U.S. House of Representatives Republican Tom Cole said on Wednesday more funds will be needed to fight the Zika virus in the United States, signaling a shift from insistence by many Republicans that the Ob,上海品茶论坛Hallie,ama administration should use ex上海品茶工作室isting funds for the effort to combat the growing threat.

The Zika outbreak began last year in Brazil and has spread rapidly through the Americas. U.S. officials say local outbreaks are possible in the United States, particularly in southern states like Florida and Texas where the mosquitoes that carry the virus are active.

Democrats and Obama administration officials have been urging the Republican-controlled Congress to grant nearly $1.9 billion in emergency funds to fight the virus. In a temporary fix, the White House said last week that it would redirect $589 million in allocated funds to prepare for Zika’s arrival in the continental United States.

Representative Cole, who chairs the health appropriations subcommittee, said the funds should last until the end of the government’s fiscal year on Sept. 30.

“There’s going to need to be additional money, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that,” Cole told reporters after a House Republican meeting. “We’re having discussions about that now.”

Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who is from Florida, broke with other congressional Republicans on Zika last week, announcing his support for President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion request to fight the virus.

On Wednesday, Rubio wrote to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to urge it to clear a backlog of Zika diagnostic tests and prioritize testing for pregnant women, saying he had seen media reports that some pregnant women have waited up to a month for CDC to complete their tests.

The White House on Wednesday said a bill that passed on Tuesday was a positive first step in combating Zika but lamented its lack of additional funds needed to fight the virus, which has been linked to a rare birth defect in babies called microcephaly and neurological disorders in adults.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he anticipated that President Barack Obama would sign the bill, which provides financial incentives to companies developing treatments for Zika.

Cole said lawmakers have not decided whether any new money to fight Zika would be provided in an appropriations bill, or attached to a “continuing resolution” keeping the government open at current spending levels, if lawmakers end up passing such a measure later this year.

“I think the problem is real, certainly there will need to be additional money at the NIH on this,” Cole said, referring to the National Institutes of Health.

House S,上海品尝嫩茶Cain,peaker Paul Ryan said, however, that if more money is needed to fight Zika, lawmakers will addre,上海喝茶资源群Fabiana,ss the matter through the regular appropriations process.

“We will address the situation through the regular appropriations process as the need arises, and our appropriators are looking at how to do just that,” Ryan said at a press conference.

No prosecution for Trump campaign manager Florida battery charge

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. ( ) – Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s campaign manager will not be prosecuted in Florida on a misdemeanor battery charge involving a reporter, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said on Thursday.

Corey Lewandowski, 42, was charged on M,上海品茶水磨Quay,arch 29 by police in Jupiter with intentionally grabbing and bruising the arm of Michelle Fields, then a reporter for the conservative news outlet上海品茶微信 Breitbart. The incident occurred when Fields tried to question Trump at a campaign event on March 8.

“Mr. Lewandowski has a reasonable hypothesis of innocence. There is insufficient evidence to rebut these defenses,” said Aronberg, a Democrat, noting that Lewandowski had grabbed the reporter’s arm against her will.

Aronberg’s office said it faced a legally higher standard than law ,上海品茶QQBarney,enforcement. State prosecutor’s offices must show proof of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt, and whether there is a reasonable chance of conviction.

Law enforcement can bring charges on probable cause, and Aronberg said police had acted appropriately.

He added that politics did not factor into his decision.

Police released a video of the incident showing Fields walking alongside Trump and trying to question him. Lewandowski is seen grabbing her arm and pulling her backward.


Fields had brushed or touched Trump’s arm following a campaign news conference, after which Lewandowski reached out and grabbed her arm, said Aronberg, citing a video recording.

Trump has repeatedly defended Lewandowski, and the campaign released a statement noting that the campaign manager was gratified by the decision of prosecutors.

Lewandowski “appreciates the thoughtful consideration and professionalism by the Palm Beach State Attorney and his staff who carefully reviewed this matter, as well as Mr. Trump’s loyalty and the support of his colleagues and family during this time,” the statement said.

But the decision was a disappointment to Fields, Aronberg said, noting that his office had talked with her on Thursday.

Fields on Wednesday posted on Twitter, “For those asking, office of prosecutor asked 2 weeks ago if I’d be ok with an apology from Corey. I said ya but haven’t heard back about it.”

Aronberg said an apology to the reporter might have avoided the legal proceedings.

Russia says Japan distorting prospects for peace deal on islands

MOSCOW ( ) – Russia has slapped down Japanese assertions that a deal is in the offing to resolve a decades-old territorial dispute, accusing Tokyo of distorting agreements struck with Moscow to break the deadlock.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making a push for a treaty with Russia over islands captured by Soviet troops in the last days of World War Two. He is due to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin this month, but Moscow has shown no willingness to cede control over the islands.

A Russian lawmaker on Thursday put forward a bill that would make it illegal for parliament to authorize any part of the territory being handed over by,上海品茶419论坛Hadrian, Russia.

Russia and Japan have been in dispute for seven decades o上海品茶QQver the islands, known in Russia as the Southern Kuriles and in Japan as the Northern Territories.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said late on Wednesday it had summoned Japan’s ambassador to complain about comments from Tokyo that “crudely distort the essence of agreements between Russia and Japan’s leaders on accelerating the negotiation process…”

“Such statements cannot be regarded as anything other than an attempt to artificially aggravate the atmosphere around the problem of the peace treaty, to impose one’s own scenario for its resolution on the other side,” it said.

In particular, it said Japan had spoken about the need to reach an understanding with Russians living on the islands about their transfer to Japanese control, and ab,上海品尝嫩茶Qirin,out Moscow refusing to pay compensation for “occupying” the islands.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Thursday that Tokyo had already conveyed its stance to Moscow, but declined to comment on details.

“We continue to work persistently based on our basic policy that we aim to resolve the issue of the islands and have a peace treaty,” Suga said.

The idea of ceding any territory is likely to meet opposition from Russians who lauded the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

A lawmaker,上海外卖品茶群Caden, from the pro-Kremlin Liberal Democratic Party put forward a bill on Thursday that would prevent parliament ratifying any deal giving Japan jurisdiction over the islands.

Lawmakers may ask Air Force to look at restarting F-22 production

WASHINGTON ( ) – A U.S. congressional committee is planning to ask the Air Force to assess the cost and feasibility of restarting production of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-22 fighter jet in the face of greater security threats around the world.

The radar-evading jets formally entered service in December 2005, but then-D上海品茶工作室efense Secretary Robert Gates canceled the program in 2009 amid efforts to control Pentagon spending and orient the department toward the wars it was then fighting.

Only 187 of the stealthy, high-tech jet fighters were produced, about a quarter of the 749 originally planned. The last was delivered to the Air Force in 2012.

In its port,上海品茶网Gabriel,ion of the National Defense Authorization Act, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces has included a provision directing the Air Force secretary to carry out a comprehensive study of the cost of resuming production of the F-22.

Congressman Mike Turner, chairman of the subcommittee, said restarting production should be considered because of threats to U.S. air superiority.

“As a r,上海品茶会所Landon,esult of our adversaries closing the technology gap, and increasing demand from allies and partners for high-performance, multi-role aircraft to meet evolving and worsening global security threats, the committee believes that the prospect of restarting the F-22 production line is worthy of further exploration,” Turner said in a statement on Wednesday.

The committee is asking for the re,上海喝茶资源群Gabriella,port by Jan. 1, 2017. Consideration of the NDAA, the annual defense policy bill, is still in its early stages. The defense bill must be approved by the House Armed Services Committee, the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate before going to the president for his signature.

Gates’ decision to halt the F-22 fighter jet sparked criticism from some lawmakers, but was ultimately upheld by Congress. Lawmakers argued that Air Force studies have shown the military needs more of the high-end fighters to be ready for conflicts with other major powers.

The last four F-22 aircraft produced cost about $150 million each.

In August, the United States said it would deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe as a part of a broader effort to support eastern European members of the NATO alliance that have been unnerved by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.

The Air Force has also been using the aircraft to carry out attacks against Islamic State.

Unpopularity of Clinton, Trump puts spotlight on potential running…

WASHINGTON ( ) – Rarely have two U.S. presidential front-runners needed more from running mates than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The Democratic and Republican leaders in the 2016 White House race are unusually unpopular nationally, polls show, despite their success with voters in their respective parties. Clinton has struggled to generate excitement about her candidacy and assuage voter concerns about her trustworthiness, while Trump fares badly among women and minorities in polls.

Their weaknesses only increase the importance of their vice presidential pick, who could potentially help them rally support in key demographics ahead of the Nov. 8 vote – if each gets their party’s nomination.

Hispanic advocacy groups are lobbying Clinton to choose a Hispanic running mate. The person most often mentioned – Julian Castro, the housing and urban development secretary who is one of the party’s rising stars – is opposed by liberal activists who accuse him of favoring Wall Street firms in the sale of distressed mortgages.

Some of the groups have started an online petition against Castro’s candidacy, which has angered the Latino Victory Fund, a nonpartisan advocacy group that has been pushing for a Latino vice-presidential nominee.

“These attacks against Secretary Castro are completely unfounded, short sighted, and only serve to pit us against each other,” said Cristobal Alex, the fund’s president. The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has called on Clinton to choose Castro.

Democratic strategist Joe Velasquez, a Clinton supporter, said a Hispanic running mate could make a difference in swing states like Florida, Colorado, Nevada and Virginia, which have large Hispanic populations. Polls show Hispanic voters overwhelmingly dislike Trump, in part because of his comments likening illegal immigrants to criminals.

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez has also been mentioned as a possible Latino pick.

But Clinton’s decision isn’t clear-cut.

Given Trump’s unpopularity with some moderate Republicans, she may want a vice-president who can wrest away some of those voters. Someone like Tim Kaine, a senator from Virginia who personally opposes abortion but supports a woman’s right to choose, or New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, who has close ties to the financial sector.

There was no immediate comment from Castro, Kaine, Perez or Booker.

Clinton though could give a higher priority to winning over liberal democrats, who see her as too pro-Wall Street and have flocked to her rival, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Sherrod Brown, a senator from Ohio who is a fierce opponent of global trade deals, and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a fierce critic of the banking industry, have both been named as possible vice president picks.

Brown and Warren did not respond to requests for comment.

The Clinton campaign confirmed a report in the Boston Globe that Clinton would include at least one woman in any short list of vice presidential candidates to be vetted.

Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis is skeptical that Clinton needs to spend much time appeasing the liberal wing of her party if she wins the nomination.

“As much as people have made out this race between Clinton and Sanders to be an ideological death match, Donald Trump will do more to bring the Democratic Party together than anyone has ever done,” he said.

Trump is viewed unfavorably by 80 percent of Democrats, according to a recent /Ipsos tracking poll.

But other Democrats fear the increasingly bitter Clinton-Sanders battle, has fractured the party. Jim Manley, a former top aide to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, said Clinton’s pick “has to be viewed through a prism of, among other things, their ability to bring on Sanders voters.”

/Ipsos polling suggests Clinton would struggle to attract some Sanders voters. When asked what they would do if Clinton was the nominee, 15 percent of Sanders supporters said they would stay home on Election Day and 16 percent said they would vote for the Republican nominee. Forty-nine percent said they would vote for Clinton.


Both the Clinton and Trump campaigns refused to comment on the vice-presidential speculation, saying they remain focused on winning their respective nominating contests.

Clinton holds a commanding lead among the party delegates who will pick the party’s nominee, but Sanders has pledged to keep fighting. Trump may not have the Republican nomination locked down until the summer, if he can beat off challenges by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich, who is running a distant third in the Republican race.

Typically, vice-presidential selections are vetted for weeks after a candidate has emerged as the party’s nominee and are announced shortly before the party conventions in the summer.

Trump’s polarizing candidacy could make his job of finding a running mate more difficult. For much of the campaign season, many in the Republ,上海品茶微信Octavia,ican establishment, along with well-funded political committees, have been looking for ways to keep Trump from winning the Republican 上海品茶微信nomination.

Trump has stated his preference for an established office-holder rather than a political neophyte like himself, specifically listing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and Kasich.

Walker, who has endorsed Cruz, laughed when he was asked about the prospect, but has been noncommittal. Rubio has repeatedly rejected the idea. Kasich last week said there was “zero chance” of his playing second fiddle to Trump, despite mounting speculation that he would be an ideal candidate because of his deep government experience and Ohio’s crucial role as a general election swing state.

A source close to Kasich told the governor has no interest in working with Trump as the two don’t agree on much.

Cruz, too, said this week he would not be Trump’s running mate, while telling reporters in Hollywood, Florida on Wednesday that “a Trump-Kasich ticket loses to Hillary Clinton.”

Tony Fratto, a Republican strategist, said Trump may be forced to turn to “guys a,上海妹子品茶微信Gabriella,t the end of their careers, not people who believe they have a future. Someone in their last act who has nothing to lose by accepting an offer from Trump.”

That might include New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has been one or the few establishment politicians to campaign for Trump, or Florida Governor Rick Scott, who has endorsed Trump. Both are in their final terms in office.

Christie was asked about the prospect in an interview with a New Jersey radio station on Thursday.

“The way I think about these things, you never say ‘never,’” he said.

Other names linked to Trump include former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Alabama Senator ,上海品尝嫩茶Radley,Jeff Sessions, a Trump adviser, and Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate.

There was no immediate comment from Sessions, Scott and Giuliani. Armstrong Williams, a close adviser to Carson, said the former White House hopeful doesn’t want the slot.

“At this point he has no interest in being in politics … none,” Williams said. “I think Trump is looking for someone with government experience, someone who is more political.”

India slaps cases against critics of plan to grant citizenship to…

GUWAHATI, India ( ) – Indian ,上海品茶QQPablo,police on Friday said they are investigating an academic, a journalist and a peasant leader for possible sedition for publicly opposing a proposal to grant citizenship to non-Muslims from neighboring Muslim-majority countries.

Critics have called the proposal blatantly anti-Muslim and an attempt by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ,上海品茶工作室Caden,Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to boost its Hindu voter base ahead of a general election due by May.

The cases have been filed amid a wave of protests in the BJP-governed northeastern state of Assam. A small regional party in India quit the ruling coalition on Monday in protest against the plan.

The Modi government is facing growing criticism for stifling criticism, including in the media. A television journalist in the region w,上海品尝嫩茶Earl,as jailed last month for criticizing the government on social media.

“We have registered a case against a few people based on certain statements that they made at a public rally in Guwahati,” Deepak Kumar, a police official from Guwahati in Assam, told .

The three have not been charged.

Many people fear such a move could change the demographic profile of Assam, where residents have for years complained that immigrants from Bangladesh have put a big strain on resources.

Hiren Gohain, an 80-year-old academic, peasant leader Akhil Gogoi and journalist Manjit Mahanta have been accused of criminal conspiracy and attempting to wage a war against the government, Kumar said.

The bill, which seeks to give citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and Parsis from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, has been passed by the lower house of the parliament.

The bill will be tabled for approval in the upper house in the next session, where it is expec上海品茶工作室ted to face resistance from the opposition Congress party. The BJP does not have a majority in the upper house of the parliament.

Mexico City pipeline hit by ‘sabotage’ amid crackdown on fuel theft

MEXICO CITY ( ) – A major fuel pipeline that supplies Mexico City remained closed after two ruptures in a single day, the president said on Friday, as the government works to stem shortages that have frustrated motorists and triggered economic risks.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s offensive against fuel robbers marks the leftist’s first attempt to tackle entrenched corruption since taking office on Dec. 1.

Criminal groups have tapped pipelines and stolen tanker trucks carrying diesel and gasoline in the oil-producing country for years, costing the government billions of dollars.

The government will as上海品茶微信sign 8,300 police and 1,400 security vehicles over the next 48 hours to safeguard fuel trucks so they can deliver to gas stations, said Mexico’s National Chamber of Freight Transport (CANACAR).

A key pipeline running from the port of Tuxpan in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz to Mexico City was shut down on Thursday night and repairs were underway, Lopez Obrador said on Friday.

The pipeline was hit at daybreak on Thursday and repaired, only to suffer another ,上海品茶论坛Macey,rupture at 11 p.m., he said.

“There’s sabotage,” he said. “Let’s see who gets tired first.”

The series of disruptions to the pipeline in recent days had caused shortfalls in supply for Mexico City and surrounding states.

Cars lined up by the dozen at stations throughout the capital on Friday, many before dawn, fearing that the shortages that fanned into the megacity this week from nearby states could persist.

Local television showed angry protesters blocking a major roadway in Mexico City’s Iztapalapa neigh,上海喝茶资源群Gabriel,borhood.

The head of Mexico’s central bank said on Thursday that the economy and inflation rate could be negatively affected if fuel distribution problems persist.

The closure of a pipeline from the Salamanca refinery in the central state of Guanajuato last weekend cut off supply for numerous gas stations.

Lopez Obrador later said the military had discovered a 3-km (1.9 mile)-long “hose” that was funneling fuel out of storage tanks from the facility to a secret storage area.

The president also confirmed some congestion at key ports where imported motor fuels arrive, noting that some tanker ships were awaiting to discharge cargos, but he did not provide deta,上海品尝嫩茶Dakota,ils.

Bottlenecks at Mexico’s main Gulf coast and Pacific coast ports have increased during this week, and now prevent almost 10 million barrels of gasoline and diesel from discharging on schedule, further complicating distribution, according to Refinitiv Eikon data.

On Tuesday, 24 vessels were backed up at ports, while that number has grown to 39 by Friday.

Six tankers loaded with liquefied petroleum gas, used mostly for heating, are also waiting to discharge.

Elections get dirty as adult filmmakers set up political action…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. ( ) – California politics got a bit more racy on Wednesday, as producers and actors in the adult film business said they had formed a political action committee, or PAC, to fight a ballot initiative to require the use of condoms when shooting explicit sex scenes.

The move by an industry association representing Californi上海品茶微信a’s busy pornographers – a $4 billion industry in California whose loss could cost the state tens of millions in tax revenues and up to 20,000 jobs – is the latest chapter in a years-long skirmish with public health advocates over how best to prevent sexually transmitted disease among performers of pornography.

Los Angeles, and especially the San Fernando Valley area, has historically been a hub of porn production. A nu,上海品茶QQBarrett,mber of high-profile X-rated performers in the area have suffered HIV infections, shaking the industry and local health officials.

Nearly a dozen performers were infected with the HIV virus between 2004 and 2014, according to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is backing the ballot initiative.

The group’s measure, which will appear on the November ballot, would require the use of condoms and lubricants on adult film sets. It requires producers to provide the cond,上海品茶工作室Dakota,oms and to offer free vaccinations and tests for sexually transmitted diseases to all performers.

The measure also would allow performers or other individuals residing in California to ask for a state investigation into whether a particular adult film or video was made using condoms. If the state declines to investigate, that person can sue.

Porn producers have focused on that section, saying it would lead to the harassment of actors.

“It opens up the door to extortion and harassment of a predominantly female performer base and small business owners by those outside the industry,” said Mike Stabile, a spokesman for the Free Speech Coalition, the porn industry association.

The new PAC, dubbed Californians Against Worker Harassment, is just beginning to raise funds, Stabile said. State records show that no contributions have yet been reported for its cause.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is backing the initiative, has already contributed $1.5 million to promote it to the public, state records show.

L,上海喝茶资源群Lance,os Angeles County passed a local ballot initiative also backed by AIDS Healthcare Foundation requiring condom use on porn shoots in 2012. But even though it has proven difficult to enforce, Stabile said the measure has led producers of sexually-explicit movies to film elsewhere.

International Criminal Court says it has jurisdiction over alleged…

AMSTERDAM ( ) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled on Thursday that it has jurisdiction over alleged deportations of Rohingya people from ,上海喝茶资源群Rae,Myanmar to Bangladesh as a possible crime against humanity.

The decision at the Hague-based cour上海品茶微信t paves the way for prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to further examine whether there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case, although she has not done so yet.

Bensouda’s representatives were not immediately available for comment.

Although Myanmar is not a member of the Hague-based court, Bangladesh is, and the cross-border nature of deportation was sufficient for jurisdiction, the court said.

“The Court has jurisdiction over the crime against humanity of deportation allegedly committed against members of the Rohingya people,” a three-judge panel said in a written summary of their decision. “The reason is that an element of this crime – the crossing of a border – took place on the territory of a State party (Bangladesh).”

Myanmar’s government spokesman Zaw Htay did not respond to calls seeking comment on the ICC decision, instead sending a text response: “I can’t talk right now.”

The office of government leader Aung San Suu Kyi last month said Myanmar was “under no obligation to enter into litigation with the prosecutor”, and setting the jurisdiction over the case would “set a dangerous precedent whereby future p,专门哟啪的微信群Sabine,opulistic causes and complaints against non-State Parties … may be litigated.”

Bensouda had asked the ICC’s judges for a formal opinion on whether the fact that alleged crimes had at least in part happened on the territory of a member state brought them under the court’s purview.

However, Thursday’s ruling was potentially more expansive than some experts had foreseen.

The judges said: “The court may also exercise its jurisdiction with regard to any other crime set out in article 5 of the statute, such as the crimes against humanity of persecution and/or other inhumane acts.”

With this decision, the prosecutor “has no choice but to submit a request” to open a preliminary examination, University of Amsterdam international law expert Kevin Jon Heller said.

An independent U.N. fact-finding mission in August concluded that Myanmar’s military last year carried out mass killings and gang rap,上海外卖品茶群Mace,es of Muslim Rohingya with “genocidal intent” and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for orchestrating the gravest crimes under law.

About 700,000 Rohingya fled the crackdown and most are now living in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Myanmar has denied committing atrocities against the Rohingya, saying its military carried out justifiable actions against militants. It has so far signaled it does not intend to cooperate with the international court.

The fun family farm where kids can meet unicorns

If you want to do something different with your little ones this summer then Rand Farm Park has the answer.

The park in Market Rasen is introducing its unicorn to visitors, who can take part in a whole host of unicorn-inspired activities.

It is all part of the farm’s Mythical Creatures week which is on until Sunday, August 4.

As well as meeting the unicorns and having their picture taken with it, families are also able to enter the “Dragon’s Lair” and attend a potion class.

Throughout the summer, the farm is hosting lots of events so families can stay and play as long as they like.

A spokeswoman said: “It’s for our summer of fun and while it’s summer we will have three themed events.

“The second event will be a big party with water and foam and a bit of silliness and the third will be dinosaur themed where people can meet Pete the dinosaur and things like that. We are hoping it will add something a bit e,上海品茶工作室Daryl,xtra to visitors who are coming for a fun day out.”

Rand Farm is open from 10am to 5pm every day and this year has an exclusive summertime pass for £15 per person for those over the age of two (under twos go free).

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The spokeswoman said: “You can come any day, any time for as long as you want during the summer hours. We are hoping people who come more than once that we are adding something a little bit extra.

“People travel a bit more during the summer so we want to make sure they have a fun time while they’re here.”

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Funding bid for historic Pendle high streets

Barnoldswick civic hall..

PENDLE is hoping to tap into funding from Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zones for Barnoldswick and Colne.

Historic England has been allocated £44m to support historic high streets restore and enhance their local character, making them more attractive, engaging and vibrant places.

Expressions of interest have been developed and submitted for Barnoldswick and Colne town centres.

Cllr Mohammed Iqbal, leader of Pendle Council, said: “If these expressions of interest get through to the second stage, plans for the towns will be developed more fully.

“Match-funding of between £250,000 and £2m can be applied for to do things like alter and repair buildings, reinstate lost features and improve shared spaces.

“It would be fantastic to be able to invest in our wonderful towns.”

Barnoldswick Town Council’s application includes a proposal to remodel the town square to ,上海品茶QQOlivia,encourage the popular market to grow as well as boost the events which are currently held there.

It also proposes to include more heritage style street furniture including street lamps and benches as well as renovating the Civic Hall and Rainhall Centre, two of the town’s gateway buildings.

Cllr Tom Whipp, chairman of Barnoldswick Town Council, said: “Barnoldswick has爱上海419 so much to offer but we want to make more of the night time economy by improving the town square and attracting more evening events.

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Meanwhile, Colne Business Improvement District’s application for Colne, proposes to bring forward up to £2m of improvements.

This includes the redevelopment of the former health centre on Albert Road, updated shop fronts, new street furniture and bus shelters, as well as improving the historic elements of the conservation area.

Stuart Wilson, chairman of Colne BID, said: “Many of our proposals are about getting the business community involved so that everyone can take pride in our fantastic town whilst making some improvements which are in keeping with the historic area.”

Stewart Robertson details his Rangers vision as he opens up on sectarianism and taking the club forward

Four lads had a dream and now Stewart Robertson has a vision.

It’s 2022 and 150 years after Moses McNeil and his pals took a walk through Kelvingrove Park, Ibrox stands as a model to their foresight – on and off the park.

Robertson, the Rangers managing director, chaired the launch this week of the club’s “Everyone, Anyone” initiative aimed at showc,上海品茶微信Paul,asing the Light Blues as a progressive, inclusive organisation.

Rangers have never been more cemented in the local community since they first moved to Ibrox from Kinning Park in 1889, a flit that made the board of the time fret at the risk of moving so far out to the countryside.

They backed their instincts for advancement and it’s an approach that’s being echoed in the strategy of their 21st century successors after recent years of financial recklessness and corporate vandalism.

A maintenance programme of the stadium, still ongoing, has been undertaken over the last 12 months at a cost of several millions, with consultants ex上海419论坛amining the feasibility of increasing the capacity to approximately 55,000.

Relations with Glasgow Council, so strained under leader Susan Aitken and her deputy David McDonald, have improved significantly under Annemarie O’Donnell and Bridget McConnell, chief executives of the council and Glasgow Life respectively.

A trio of Scottish Labour heavyweights – Anas Sarwar, Frank McAveety and Pauline McNeill – were at the top table for the “Everyone, Anyone” launch although noticeable by their absence were representatives from the SNP.

A coincidence, insists Robertson, speaking to Record Sport the day before justice secretary Humza Yousaf was scheduled to visit Ibrox.

Discussions with Glasgow Life are progressing with a view to the Rangers Charity Foundation taking over the lease of the Ibrox complex on Edmiston Drive and making it even more of a community hub.

A state-of-the-art astro will be laid to service local teams, coaching schools and also the women’s teams, with more investment than originally revealed earlier this year planned for the female game.

Expansion across the road will also allow an increase in the programmes offered in partnership with the club and their charitable arm and which includes everything for mental health support, an educational hub, drugs and alcohol counselling and anti-racism initiatives.

Robertson said: “We were founded by four young boys from Argyll who loved sport, came to Glasgow and formed a team they called Rangers.

“It was that common bond between them that led to the establishment of the club and we’ve still got a common bond today – a community of Rangers supporters.

“The values are still the same. Let’s support the team and make Ibrox a place where everyone and anyone can feel welcome.

“The ‘Everyone, Anyone’ campaign has been driven by fans who have been asking us what we’re doing on this side of things, off the field.

“If you think about where the club has been and some of the challenges it has faced over the years it’s about looking into how we take the club forward.

“It’s our 150th anniversary in 2022 so let’s make sure we’re a modern football club going into the next 150 years.

“I believe the values of the Bill Struth era are still the same ones we hold going forward.

“If I was asked to define them I’d say it’s about being the best you can be, operating to high standards and applying them to everything you do.

“It’s important to be courteous to people, mannerly, treat people the way you would like to be treated yourself. It will serve you well in life.

“That’s the way Bill wanted people to behave when they were at Rangers and it created a winning mentality. If you do things the right way you’ll be successful. That’s what we want for Rangers. We want the club to be winning but let’s do it in the right manner.”

The elephant in the room, of course, remains the thorny subject of sectarianism and there remains a rump of Rangers fans who would rather chant about Bobby Sands than sing about Bobby Shearer.

The Union Bears in the Broomloan front, for example, were literally given a platform by the club in their section to create an atmosphere inspired by passion for their club.

Too often, however, the Blue Sea of Ibrox is swamped by a faction supporting with dirges of the past.

Robertson doesn’t reference specific fan groups but, at this stage at least, he would rather offer up a carrot than the stick of the threat of shutting down certain parts of the ground.

He said: “You can never say never but we’d much rather work with people and get them to change their behaviours before we get to that stage.

“If people don’t want to change we’ll have to look at an appropriate level of sanction but we’d rather adopt this positive campaign of education.

“We have started discussions with SACRO, backed by the Scottish government, aimed at rehabilitation. We recognise it’s something different but we’re trying to be positive.

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“We want to educate and engage with supporters who indulge in unacceptable behaviour. I don’t know if it will work for everyone but if we don’t try we’ll never know.

“The fans – and this is based on feedback – can see society is evolving. I’ve lived all my life in the west of Scotland and it’s a far different place today than it was in 1979.

“Society changes and it’s important the club changes with it and reflects and represents society and the people who co,上海品茶工作室Fielding,me and watch Rangers. Ultimately, we want to see the support self-police.

“We don’t want to become a channel where fans’ views are ventilated. We want our fans to come here and be positive about Rangers. It’s 2019, let’s take things forward.

“What a great way to hit that landmark in 2022 for people to come to Ibrox and know they are coming into a warm and welcoming environment.”

Suspended sentence for man who threatened to kill his father and racially abused his step-mother

A man threatened to kill his father and sent racist abuse to h,上海品茶QQKaiden,is step mother following a row about some sheds.

Jon Hudson Banks had earlier pleaded not guilty to one count of sending a letter/communication/article conveying a threatening message and another count of sending an indecent or offensive message but was found guilty of both offences following a trial at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Yesterday (Friday) he re-appeared at the court before District Judge Christine Holland for sentence.

The court上海龙凤419 heard that Banks, aged 32, and his father had had a difficult relationship over the years but were in business together. Banks has a business selling sheds in Birstall while his father manufactures them.

However, on learning that some of the sheds had been removed, Banks, in November of last year, sent the messages after he had been drinking, the court heard.

Mrs Cavannagh, prosecuting said: “He conveyed a threat that he could get a gun and get someone to shoot his father. The communication with a threatening message was a racist comment. She is a woman from S,上海品茶微信Paulina,outh Africa and on her victim impact statement said she was brought up in apartheid South Africa and never experienced the level (of racism) she was subjected to on that day.

“The threats were serious whether they were intended to be carried out or not. It was about as serious as one can imagine and it does cross the custody threshold.”

Martin White from the Probabtion Service said Banks, who has a £60 a week cannabis habit, continues to maintain his innocence but told him he had been drinking when the messages were sent and also the night before.

Banks and his father have now separated business practices, he added.

Banks, who now lives with his sister at Highfield Crecent, Selby, was given a restraining order for two years where he is banned from making contact with his father and step-mother, a four month prison sentence suspended for 12 months, ordered to pay £753 in costs and fines and was told to do 100 hours of unpaid work.

District Judge Holland said: “You know how seriously I take these offences. There is clearly work on your attitude that needs to be done.”

Blackpool’s shame as holidaymakers are surrounded by a tide of trash

This was the sorry scene on the beach in Blackpool as litter left behind by people enjoying the hottest day of the year so far lined the sands.

Taken by Gazette photographer Dan Martino, the picture shows a young boy surrounded by a tide of rubbish, from cans to plastic bags and bottles that risk being swept out to sea and adding to the environmental crisis engulfing the planet’s oceans.

It was branded “shocking”, “sad” and “disgusting” by those who work to keep the beaches clean, for the good of both the environment and the resort, which relies heavily on tourism.

READ MORE: Blackpool ‘Sheddie’ Shortlisted for National Shed of the Year Competition But it has sparked renewed calls for those visitors – and locals making the most of the natural beauty of the Fylde coast – to be more responsible and clean up after themselves.

Taken from Central Pier looking north, the photo illustrates the scale of the problem keeping the beaches attractive and clean.

Zephie Begolo, of environmental group Love My Beach, which campaigns to keep our beaches and bathing water clean, said everyone had a part to play in keeping the coast’s beaches tidy and safe.

She added: “It is shocking and sad to see the beach in this condition.

“Love My Beach works tirelessly to keep our beaches litter-free and thanks to the work of the Turning Tides Partnership our coastline is the cleanest and safest it’s ever been.

“But it just goes to show that we still have work to do and everyone has a part to play.

“The hot weather is fantastic and it’s the perfect time to enjoy our wonderful beaches, but we would ask that people make sure they leave nothing but footprints and make sure they take their litter with them when they leave.

“We want everyone to have fun on the beach but let’s make sure we leave it as a s,上海品茶工作室Felix,afe, clean place for everyone and protect our wi,上海品茶会所Ferdinand,ldlife and oceans as well.

“There are lots of bins on the beaches themselves so it’s easy to dispose of your litter there.

“Alternatively, take a bag with you and pack up your litter to dispose of or recycle at home.”

Part of the Turning Tides Partnership along with councils, United Utilities Keep Britain Tidy and the Environment Agency, Love My Beach has this week launched a series of events along the North West Coast under the banner Active Coast which people can find on its website.

Richard McIlwain deputy chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy said: “We have been working in partnership with Blackpool Council on the Keep Blackpool Tidy campaign and while it’s disappointing to see litter left on the beaches like this we are confident that through working with residents, businesses and schools of Blackpool we can make this kind of scene a thing of the past.”

Blackpool Council said that cleaning teams were sent out to remove the rubbish but appealed to people to be more responsible and take their waste to a bin or take it home.

Coun Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “ This picture is just awful and no way reflects how our beaches normally look.

“This picture doesn’t show a lack of bins or a lack of street cleansing staff.

“It shows a society where people think they can leave their litter and someone else will clean it up for them.

“They haven’t even attempted to take their waste off the beach and put it in one of the 250 bins that line the Promenade, bins that were getting emptied r爱上海egularly during the 15 hour shift our staff worked yesterday.

“It’s disgusting behaviour.

“Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated teams the beach and Promenade were once again immaculate first thing this morning.

“Blackpool has a fantastic community of volunteers and local businesses that support our Keep Blackpool Tidy campaign.

“All of our beaches have Seaside Awards and we work to keep them clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.

“But it’s down to the public to their bit as well. It is a simple message – don’t litter.”

Blackpool’s South Beach, this year lost the Blue Flag award it has held for the past three years, as water quality dropped fractionally below the benchmark standard.

Council chiefs said at the time it was “disappointing” and work would continue to win the flag back next year.

However, four beaches – South, Central, North and Bispham – have got a Seaside Award from Keep Britian Tidy.

Liberals, it’s time to forget the Mueller-fuelled impeachment fantasies | Nathan Robinson

What a time-wasting farce this has all been. Robert Mueller’s confused, lethargic testimony before Congress this week confirmed how foolish Democrats have been to hope Mueller would “bring down” Donald Trump. For yea,上海品茶工作室Jax,rs, people have hoped that Mueller would swoop in like a “deus ex machina” with blockbuster charges against the president. For years, it has also been obvious that this would not happen, and that defeating Trump would require the traditional hard work of political organizing. Now that Mueller ha,上海品茶会所Barney,s conclusively showed that the Russia investigation was a pitiful sideshow, perhaps Democrats can finally get back to the issues that Americans actually care about.

It’s embarrassing to recall just how absurdly some people elevated Mueller, and how much faith was placed in him. Memes compared Mueller to Superman, or portrayed him as a top cop who was secretly fitting Trump for an orange jumpsuit. He appeared on votive candles and earrings. SNL sang him a Christmas carol. There was an action figure.

But faith in Mueller was born of desperation. He was an ageing Republican bureaucrat, with no track record of seriously challenging people in power. He had been an apologist for the Iraq war and mass surveillance, and a reliable servant of the DC establishment. It took a great deal of wishful thinking to envision Mueller as a caped crusader. Looking back, it’s quite obvious that people were simply seeing something that wasn’t there: “Mueller projects a pragmatism – a political strain of normcore … that has come to suggest … a veiled promise: that shady facts will find their light.” There was no such promise, veiled or otherwise. Like the idea that Barack Obama harbored a secret radical socialist deep within, this was simply imaginative fancy. Mueller was a cautious centrist through and through.

The Mueller report itself reflected this ideological temperament. While Donald Trump was wrong to say that it completely exonerated the president of wrongdoing, it did not accuse him of criminal misconduct. The report was clear that it “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government” and “did not make any determination with regard to culpability in any way”. It’s true that Mueller’s report “didn’t exonerate” Trump. But nor did it offer the kind of bombshell revelations that could be used to shift public opinion in the direction of impeachment.

Ultimately, most people seem to have shrugged it off. Polling shows most people are against impeaching Trump, and even Nancy Pelosi seems to recognize that the issue isn’t a political winner. Mueller’s weak testimony before Congress only mad爱上海419e the pro-impeachment case harder. Those who thought Trump could be destroyed through law enforcement needed their heroic law enforcer to agree with them. He made it plain that he doesn’t.

It was always a mistake to put the Russia investigation at the center of critiques of Trump. It’s true that having a foreign government nudge American elections is disturbing – though this country isn’t really in a position to give lectures on the importance of electoral integrity – and that presidents shouldn’t be allowed to get away with impeding federal investigations into their conduct.

But Democrats complaining about Russian interference have always seemed like “sore losers”. Instead of grappling with the very serious reasons why working-class people of all races are disillusioned with the Democratic party, prominent figures focus on litigating the various ways in which they were robbed of their rightful prize.

In many ways, the Democratic obsession with the Mueller investigation was symptomatic of a party that has lost touch with the real concerns of working people. People are upset because they’re drowning in debt, their rent is too damn high, they can’t afford their health insurance and they are working crappy jobs.

In polls, their top issues are the economy, education and healthcare. Democrats have failed for decades to confront social and economic problems – look at the homelessness crises in “deep blue” cities like New York and San Francisco. As Thomas Frank has pointed out, the “party of the people” has become a party of Wall Street, unwilling to contemplate policies that threaten the interests of the wealthy. They have done nothing to expand union membership, nothing to fight austerity. Instead, Democrats grovel to exploitative megacorporations like Amazon and wave away difficult issues like climate change that require seriously challenging corporate power. Until they honestly reckon with their own weaknesses as a party, the Democrats aren’t going to get the public behind them.

The Russia scandal was the fruit of a badly flawed political ideology. It is a kind of West Wing view of political power that believes change happens behind closed doors in Washington, rather than as the result of mass mobilization. You don’t need to go out and convince new voters to join your party, or offer them a clear policy agenda. Instead, smart, highly credentialed lawyers will save the day. And Donald Trump didn’t win because he tapped in to an authentic popular anger that needs to be addressed, but because dastardly foreign agents rigged the game.

After Mueller’s testimony, hopefully we can put this pathetic chapter in American politics behind us. The Democratic party should realize that the things that matter most in politics are the ones that affect people most directly: climate change, war, economic deprivation. Is it outrageous that governments subvert each other’s democracies, and that our president is deceitful and corrupt? You bet it is. But every moment spent talking about one issue is time not spent talking about the others, and the years wasted on the Mueller investigation should have been spent emphasizing the harm Trump is doing to ordinary people’s lives, and explaining how the Democrats intend to do better.

Iran tanker standoff: Tehran releases nine crew of Mt Riah vessel

Iran has freed nine of 12 Indian crew members of MT Riah, a Panama-flagged tanker it seized this month as part of a growing diplomatic crisis in the Middle East, the Indian foreign ministry said on Saturday.

The MT Riah was detained by the Iranian coastguard on 13 July, with 12 Indian crew members on board, the Indian foreign ministry said, and appealed for the release of the remaining crew. No reason has been provided as to why the three are being held.

“Nine crew members have been released and they will be on their way to India soon,” foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said. “Our mission in Iran has requested the release of remaining crew members from the Iranian authorities concerned.”

Dozens of Indian sailors on ships in the Gulf have been caught up in rising tensions between Iran and the west.

Iranian state TV aired footage of the vessel a few days after it was seized, saying it had been detained by Iran’s elite Revolutionary ,上海品茶QQKailey,Guards for smuggling fuel.

Indian and Iranian authorities said this week Iran had granted India consular access to 18 Indian crew seized on another ship, the British-flagged Stena Impero, that Iran seized in the Strait of Hormuz on 19 July.

The seizure of the British tanker in the world’s most important waterway for the oil trade has deepened a crisis between Iran and the west that was triggered in May when the US tightened sanctions, in effect barring all countries from buying Iranian oil.

Iran said it had seized the Sten上海419论坛a Impero because it had collided with a fishing boat.

India’s junior foreign minister, V Muraleedharan, said India was pushing for the release of the Indian crew on the British vessel.

India has had longstanding political and energy ties with Iran, but it has cut all its oil suppl,上海品茶会所Carmen,ies because of US sanctions.

New Zealand vs South Africa live stream: How to watch the Rugby Championship match online and on TV

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REIGNING champions New Zealand begin their defence of the Rugby Championship with a clash against South Africa.

Both of these sides are beginning their World Cup warm-ups in earnest and will have one eye on the big kick-off in Japan on September 20.

When is New Zealand vs South Africa?

THIS clash will be held on Saturday, July 27.

It will take place at the Wellington Regional Stadium.

Kick-off is at 8.35am BST.

Last time these sides met in this competition, the All Blacks ran out dramatic 32-30 winners.

Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?

YOU can catch this game live on Sky Sports Action and Main Event.

Coverage will begin at 8.15am.

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Jurgen Klopp provides update on Liverpool transfer plans after Bradford win

Liverpool continued their positive start to pre-season with a 3-1 victory over Bradford City at the Northern Commercials Stadium this afternoon.

James Milner scored a quick fire brace inside fifteen minutes, the first a deflected strike from distance and the second a coolly dispatched penalty.

The Reds netted a third just before half time when Rhian Brewster tucked the ball home from a tight angle. Bradford did manage a consolation when Eoin Doyle scored from the spot after Clayton Donaldson was fouled.

Klopp fielded a different set of players in each half which allowed a mixture of first team, fringe and youth products to nail down their place in his plans for the forthcoming season.

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With Al爱上海419berto Moreno having l,上海品茶微信Jasiah,eft the club, Klopp spoke to their official website about the possibility of any more signings coming through the door at Anfield.

He said: “We will see. What can I say? I said already, we have to think about everything and in the end maybe we do nothing, but we will see. Of course, as you can imagine, we will have a look at all the things around us.

“Of course, we have lost a left-back and today you saw two pretty young ones, James [Milner] has played it and all that stuff. As I said, we will see.”

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This friendly match was played to raise money for the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, started by Stephen Darby who played for both clubs during his career.

Sadly, Darby was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and retired from football last September. After the match, Klopp spoke warmly about showing support for the cause.

He said: “Very important information, I would say: if you play one game for Liverpool’s first team or 400, it doesn’t matter – you are one of us. That’s wha,上海品茶工作室Paxton,t the club showed today and [Bradford] showed it as well. It was a really nice opportunity for us to show the support for Stephen and his family.”

BREAKING: The Queen and Prince Philip celebrate England’s Cricket World Cup win

WINNERS: England have won the 2019 Cricket World Cup (Pic: GETTY)

England beat New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup earlier today in what has been dubbed the most dramatic match in cricket history.

Prince Philip and the Queen congratulated the England’s Mens Cricket Teamafter “such a thrilling victory in today’s World Cup Final.”

In a statement posted to the Royal Family Twitter account, The Queen said:“Prince Philip and I send our warmest congratulations to the England Men’s Cricket team after such a thrilling victory in today’s World Cup Final

“I also extend my commiserations to the runners-up New Zealand, who competed so admirably in today’s contest and throughout the tourname爱上海419nt.”

Chelsea star David Luiz says Frank Lampard is under pressure to deliver

DAVID LUIZ admits Frank Lampard is under pressure to deliver glory at Chelsea.

The Blues won their second pre-season game in Ireland on Saturday — 4-0 against St Patri,上海品茶微信Ollie,ck’s.

Brazilian defender Luiz, whose side now face Kawasaki Frontale in Japan on Friday, said: “If you keep winning titles, this is good. In the last years,上海419论坛 we’ve changed coach but still won things.

“Now, we have a different coach with a new philosophy. But in the end it is the same thing: you play for a big club and a big club has to win.

“Everyone knows Lamps is a legend. It was a pleasure to work with him as a player and it’s a pleasure to work with him as a coach now. When you play with a player like Lamps, he is a leader anyway so he is still leading the team now in a different place.

“He cannot run any more and cannot score goals any more but he’s still a leader.

“The squad is good enough, with the experienced players, the talented players, the young players . . .

“We just lost a big, big name, a legend of the club, in Eden Hazard but we have many players who can do the job.”

Blues defender Luiz is also a major supporter of his old boss Maurizio Sarri — and hopes he is a massive success at Juventus.

Sarri took Chelsea to third place in the Prem and delivered Europa League victory.

He added: “Sarri is a great coach, a great person, and for ever I am going to be thankful for him and I am going to support him.

“In the end he got what ,上海品茶QQRamon,he deserved, his first title as a coach. It was unbelievable to see him look at the medal at the end of the Europa League. I just wish him all the best.”

Frank Lampard reflects on first game as Chelsea manager after drawing 1-1 against Dublin’s Bohemian FC

Senior MPs tell police to drop their threats to journalists over leaking memos after US ambassador scandal

THE powerful boss of Parliament’s media committee has demanded the Met formally withdraws the chilling threat to prosecute journalists for reporting the contest of secret memos.

Speaking to The Sun, Damian Collins also called for Scotland Yard to issue a fresh statement to reassure newspapers that they are free to report leaked documents.

And the chairman of the influential Commons Foreign Affairs committee Tom Tugendhat declared: “Police threats to media freedom have no place in the UK.”

It follows the furious backlash against the Met’s Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, who warned editors may face court if they failed to hand over official papers.

His extraordinary warning to the media came as he launched the Met’s hunt for the by Britain’s US ambassador Sir Kim Darroch about Donald Trump – and drafted in GCHQ spies to help find the leaker.

Calling for the Met to retract the statement Mr Collins, a Tory MP, told The Sun: “The Metropolitan Police should withdraw the statement and make it clear that there is no legal risk for newspapers freely reporting on the leaked documents.

It was clearly a threat aimed at newspaper editors

“Neil Basu’s statement was clearly a threat aimed at newspaper editors encouraging them not to report on a story, in which there is clear public interest.

“This was wrong. If an offence has been committed it is by the leaker and the police investigation should focus on that.”

Mr Tugenhadt’s committee has already launched an inquiry into the leaked documents.

Mr Tugendhat, also a senior Tory MP, told The Sun: “I wish he hadn’t said it but it’s not up to him to change the law. The Official

Secrets Act doesn’t give a media exemption so its not in his power to offer one. He shouldn’t have said it because it’s a power no CPS lawye上海419论坛r would accept but he can’t say the media are free to report leaks because they aren’t – not in all circumstances.”

Police threats to media have no place in UK

Even Labour joined the condemnation of Mr Basu’s chilling threat to media freedom.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry said the leaks of the withering verdicts of Mr Trump by Sir Kim were “newsworthy” and said “any journalist” who came by them should be free to publish.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt signalled Britain’s next ambassador to the US should be a career diplomat from within the ranks of the Foreign Office.

Following Sir Kim’s departure there had been speculation Boris Johnson would seek to appoint a political figure who could get close to the Trump adm,上海,上海品茶工作室Abra,品茶微信Radcliff,inistration if he succeeds in becoming prime minister.

However Mr Hunt, his rival for the Tory crown, said there were some “outstanding candidates” from within the Diplomatic Service for the plum Washington posting.

By Mike Sullivan

SATELLITE technology is being used by Big Brother police to hunt the Ambassadorgate mole.

Phones belonging to journalists are being analysed to nail the source who leaked bombshell memos from Britain’s US envoy.

Scotland Yard counter-terror police are checking calls made by journalists who exposed Sir Kim Darroch’s messages criticising President Donald Trump.

Information supplied by phone companies includes a breakdown of reporters’ movements.

By tracing phone locations, police hope to find evidence placing journalists and sources together.

Media lawyer Mark Stephens, of law firm Howard Kennedy, said the tactics could have a “chilling effect” on press freedoms.

Retired Met chief inspector Mick Neville said: “We expect the media to be controlled and reporters to be arrested in dreadful regimes like North Korea and China. We do not want that here.”

“I think that one of the best things about our diplomatic service are the skills acquired over very many years by career diplomats and Sir Kim Darroch exemplified that,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House.

“We have some outstanding candidates who do have that experience, and we we’ll obviously look at them.”

Sir Kim resigned last week saying his position had become “impossible” following the leak of diplomatic cables in which he described Donald Trump’s White House as “inept” and “dysfunctional”.

Cop happy to act like official of a police state

By Mick Hume, Editor-at-Large of Spiked

AS Britain’s top counter-terrorism cop, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu is said to have “the toughest job in UK policing”.

Yet somehow Asst Comm Basu has found time to take on an extra job — as the self-appointed editor of our national news, deciding what facts are fit for us to hear.

On Friday, he threatened to prosecute news media for publishing leaked cables written by then- ambassador Sir Kim Darroch. They revealed how Sir Kim called US president Donald Trump “inept”, “insecure” and “incompetent”.

If anybody looked inept and insecure on this side of the Atlantic, it was Asst Comm Basu of the Met, acting like the ban-happy functionary of a minor police state.

After protests over the weekend, Asst Comm Basu doubled down on his threat to the Press. Anybody publishing those leaked documents, he now said, would be committing a criminal offence “and one that carries no public interest defence”.

He added: “We have a duty to prevent as well as detect crime.”

So there it is. In Britain in 2019, our top cops consider it a potential crime for the media to report the truth about what those in power say and do. And they see it as their job to “prevent crime” by stopping the truth being published.

Yet his attack on press freedom isn’t out of the blue. In March he issued an “open letter” to the media instructing how not to report on terrorism — basically warning against “radicalising” Islamophobes by airing “far-right messages”.

And Basu is far from alone. Press freedom is also seriously out of fashion in liberal and left-wing circles. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joined the weekend chorus of disapproval. Yet a police chief such as Basu is really on the same side as the Corbynista left. Labour dislikes the free press more than Trump and has plans for new laws and a Leveson II inquiry.

Maybe the idiotic Basu has done us a favour by reminding us potential threats to press freedom and editorial independence do not exist only in Turkey or Saudi Arabia. We do not need top cops trying to edit the news. They would surely be better employed catching the leaker than shooting the messenger.

Irony alert: in the week when Basu was waving his censor’s taser at the UK media, the British government hosted the first Global Conference for Media Freedom.

Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt boasted his celebrity “special envoy”, Amal Clooney, has “convened a panel of experts to advise countries on how to strengthen the legal protection of journalists”.

Perhaps Ms Clooney could start by leading a designer-heeled demo to New Scotland Yard?

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka had stage-fright performing for Man Utd, but not how you think

Aaron Wan-Bissaka says he was more nervous about singing to his team-mates than making his debut for Manchester United .

Wan-Bissaka , a £50million signing from Crystal Palace last month, performed a rap track by Nav and Meek Mill on United’s pre-season tour here in Australia as part of his initiation.

The 21-year-old made his debut in Saturday’s 2-0 win over local A-League side Perth Glory, coming on as a second-half substitute. And he said his performance off the pitch was easily the biggest ordeal of the two.

Asked if,上海品茶工作室Lenny, he was more nervous singing than playing for one of the world’s most famous clubs for the first time, Wan-Bissaka said: “Yeah. I’ll stick to what I know, and that’s football. I’ve settled in well, the boys have been great and they’ve welcomed me.”

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The England Under-21s full-back has been training with United for two weeks since his switch and admits it has been a huge step up from his Palace days.

Asked to identify the biggest difference since the transfer, he said: “The style of play, the way they work, the intensity. That’s going to develop me as a player. I always want to be pushed to reach my potential. Over the summer there was a lot to go through. But at the same time I’m here now and that’s my main focus.”

Wan-Bissaka has earned the nickname ‘Spider’ for his unique tackling style, but accepts he has to time his interceptions well for it to come off.

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“I don’t think I learnt it, I think it’s just the range of the legs,” he said. “I realised when I was 18 that I just had the length, so I use it to my advantage. You’ve got to time it well to make the tackles, but that comes down to concentration. You can’t afford to gamble with it, you have to time it well. After every tackle it爱上海419 gives me confidence.”

Although Wan-Bissaka is United’s fourth most expensive signing ever, he claimed he does not feel under any extra pressure because of the price tag around his neck.

“I try not to focus on that side, for me it’s just developing as a player and my ability to help the team going forward,” he said.

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“I was surprised, when I walked in, everyone has been talking to me, encouraging me, with advice. That’s helped me a lot. For me it wasn’t hard. I wanted to take my development to the next level and this was the team where I thought I could do it.”

A photo emerged ahead of the transfer from Palace of Wan-Bissaka in a United shirt as a little boy, alongside his older brother Kevin, but he denies he’s always been a Red.

“When I was young, me and my brother were given the shirts to wear,” said Croydon-born Wan-Bissaka,上海品茶微信Carissa,. “But Palace is my hometown, that’s where I grew up.”

House prices see year’s first month-on-month drop amid signs of property shifting to a buyers’ market


THE average asking price of a home has fallen this month amid signs it is turning into a buyers’ market.

The figure is now £308,692, down £656 on June, according to Rightmove.

It is the first month,上海品茶QQGalt,-on-month drop this year.

The average time taken to sell a property is 62 days, the slowest since 2013. Furthermore, estate agents have more properties on their books than at any time since 2015.

Experts say that makes it a good time for buyers, with more homes on offer at better prices.

Rightmove’s Miles Shipside said: “Those who have postponed their purchase should note that estate agency branches have more sellers on their books than at any time for the last four years, so there should be more choice of properties to buy.

“It could be a good opportunity to negotiate a relative bargain in the second half of the year, if they can set aside the continuing Brexit distractions.”

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