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Netanyahu demands to confront state’s witnesses in corruption probes

JERUSALEM ( ) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, contesting an April election under the shadow of possible corruption charges, demanded on Monday to confront the state’s witnesses against him.

Announcing on Twitter, three hours beforehand, that he would make a “special announcement” on Israeli TV, Netanyahu – now in his fourth term – touched off a wave of social media speculation that he might resign or even launch legal action of his own to try to stay any indictment.

Instead, he kicked off Israel’s main TV evening news programs with an anticlimactic speech in which he again professed his innocence in a series of corruption cases. He contended he was a victim of a political witchhunt and said he was being denied the chance to challenge his accusers face-to-face.

“I demand a confrontation with the state’s witnesses now. What are they afraid of? What do they have to hide? I am not afraid and I have nothing to hide…As far as I am concerned it can be broadcast live, so the public can see and hear it.”

In response, Israel’s Justice Ministry said the investigations against Netanyahu – who is now in his fourth term – have been carried out professionally and thoroughly.

Netanyahu’s calling of th,上海品茶网Pablo,e snap election, ahead of a national ballot due by November, was widely seen as a direct appeal to voters for a fresh political mandate that could help him weather a potential indictment.

Netanyahu, who heads the right-wing Likud party, said investigators had twice turned down his requests to confront the witnesses. At least three ex-Netanyahu confidants have agreed to provide evidence against him, Israeli media reports said.

Netanyahu is enmeshed in three graft cases. He has said he would not bow out of the election race if Israel’s attorney-gen,上海品茶419论坛Talon,eral announces his intention to accept police recommendations to indict him.

上海品茶微信Should he decide on an indictment, the attorney-general would, under Israeli law, then hold a hearing with Netanyahu in which the prime minister and his lawyers could make their case against filing charges in court.

There has been mounting speculation in Israel that an indictment decision will be announced in the next few weeks, before election day.

Police have alle,上海品茶群二维码Fabian,ged that Netanyahu granted regulatory favors to Israel’s leading telecommunications company, Bezeq Telecom Israel, in return for more positive coverage on a news website belonging to the firm’s owner.

In a second case, police contend that Netanyahu received expensive gifts from wealthy friends. A third investigation focuses on suspicions that Netanyahu negotiated a deal with one newspaper for better coverage in return for promises to back legislation that would have limited the circulation of a rival.

Ousted Slovak PM Fico seeks top court job

BRATISLAVA ( ) – Slovakia’s dominant political figure Robert Fico ,上海品茶论坛Pablo,will run to become a Constitutional Court judge this month, seeking to quit party politics less than a year after he was pushed out of prime min,上海品茶419论坛Gabriel,ister’s office in the furor ,上海妹子品茶微信Gabe,over the murder of a journalist.

The murder of Jan Kuciak, who investigated political corruption and EU subsidy fraud, and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova triggered biggest protests since the 1989 fall of communism against the sleaze in politics.

Fico resigned in March after being in power for almost a decade, but remains chairman of the ruling Smer party and is seen as driving policy behind the scenes while party ally Peter Pellegrini serves as prime minister.

Now Fico, 54, who has a law degree and represented Slovakia at the European Court of Human Rights in 1994-2000, has been nominated to become a Constitutional Court judge.

The body is the country’s top court, which rules on whether legislation passed by parliament and judgments by lower courts are in line with the constitution. Former lawmakers have been elec上海品茶微信ted previously to serve on it, but never former party leaders or prime ministers.

The parliament, where the governing coalition has a narrow majority of 76 out of 150 votes, will select 18 candidates to become Constitutional Court judges in a vote later this month.

President Andrej Kiska, who is unaffiliated with any party and who sided with protesters calling for Fico’s ousting, will pick nine of them to replace judges whose term expire on Feb. 16.

The court has 13 judges in total, elected for a term of 12 years.

Biden visits Iraq in show of support amid multiple crises

ERBIL, Iraq/BAGHDAD ( ) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other top officials in unannounced visits to Baghdad and Erbil on Thursday to show support for a government battling Islamic State a,上海品尝嫩茶Macauly,mid political and economic crises.

It was the first visit for Biden, the White House’s point person on Iraq, since U.S. forces withdrew in 2011 after nearly nine years of occupation. He was the third and highest-level U.S. official to visit the country this month.

Islamic State, also known as ISIL, seized large portions of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. Iraqi forces have won back some territory, such as the western city of Ramadi, but often after long battles that have left the areas destroyed.

Biden’s trip, several months in the planning, is a sign of the progress Washington believes Iraqi forces have made in beating back the militants over the past year and its hope that the northern city of Mosul can be recaptured before U.S. Presid上海品茶微信ent Barack Obama leaves office in January.

“This is a good indication of the United States’ continued support for Prime Minister Abadi’s efforts to unify the nation of Iraq to confront ISIL,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

The vice president has close relationships with Iraqi leaders and speaks with them about every 10 days. Still, “there’s no substitute for being able to sit down face-to-face,” a U.S. official said.

Biden, a longtime U.S. senator before becoming vice president in 2009, said he had been to Iraq almost 30 times during his career.

His first stop on Thursday was Baghdad where he met Abadi and Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri to discuss “progress” in the fight against Islamic State, including plans to retake Mosul.

“It’s real. It’s serious. It’s committed,” Biden told reporters.

Iraqi officials say they will retake Mosul this year but, in private, many question whether that is possible. Biden hopes some progress can be made before the extreme summer heat, a senior administration official said.

He later flew to Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, for a 90-minute working dinner with the Kurdistan region’s president, Massoud Barzani, to discuss the Mosul offensive in which Kurdish peshmerga forces are expected to have a critical role.

The peshmerga have emerged as a key component of a U.S.-led coalition’s strategy to “degrade and destroy” Isla,上海品茶网Jackson,mic State, driving the insurgents back in northern Iraq with the help of air strikes despite a financial crisis that has made it difficult to pay salaries.

POLITICAL CRISIS

Biden’s trip also served to counter a “misperception in the region” that Iran, which backs powerful Shi’ite Muslim militias fighting Islamic State in Iraq, has undue influence in the nation, the U.S. official added.

But it comes at a turbulent time in Iraqi politics. Abadi has faced resistance to a government overhaul aimed at tackling corruption. He won lawmakers’ approval to replace a handful of ministers on Tuesday after delays and disruptions.

The political battle has also sparked populist protests that forced the government to bring back troops from the front lines to secure the capital.

U.S. officials have expressed concern that unrest could distract from the war effort. Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited Baghdad earlier this month to show their support.

“It’s been a pretty all-consuming political affair,” a senior U.S. official told reporters, noting recent signs of a “calmer trajectory” in the drama.

Obama has said he has seen “momentum” in the efforts of the coalition fighting Islamic State, and recently authorized more U.S. forces to go to Iraq and Syria to help train and assist local fighters.

Their goal is to help Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake Mosul by the end of the year. The United States has already redeployed several thousand troops to Iraq to help defeat Islamic State.

The White House is concerned that not enough is being spent to rebuild parts of Iraq devastated by the fight, a deficit made worse by the low price of oil, Iraq’s main revenue source.

The United Nations is urgently seeking $400 million from Washington and its allies for reconstruction, while Obama asked Gulf Arab leaders to assist during a visit to Riyadh last week.

He also discussed the issue with European leaders in London and Hanover, Germany, and told reporters Iraqi reconstruction would be a topic for the G7 meeting in Japan next month and for NATO.

Biden, whose late son Beau spent a year in Iraq with the Army, later spoke with U.S. troops and embassy workers. He showed them a daily tally of the number of U.S. troops serving, killed and injured in the line of duty that he carries in his front suit pocket.

“The history of this region is a nightmare from which everyone is constantly trying to awake,” he said, adapting a line from Irish novelist,上海品茶工作室Falkner, James Joyce.

France tells Iran to stop ballistic missile work designed for…

PARIS ( ) – France on Friday called on Iran to immediately stop all activities linked to ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear weapons after Teh,上海妹子品茶微信Naia,ran sai,上海品尝嫩茶Mace,d it could put two satellites into orbit in the coming weeks.

“France recalls that the Iranian missile program (does) not conform with U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231,” Foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll told reporters in a daily briefing.

“It calls on Iran to immediately cease all ballistic missile-related activities designed上海品茶QQ to carry nuclear weapons, including tests using ballistic missile technology.”

Von der Muhll was responding to comments by President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday, who said two satellites would be sent into space using Iran-made missiles.

The heartbreaking bond William made with Kate’s mother revealed – ‘it was intoxicating’

Prince William formed a close bond with Carole Middleton according to a royal expert (Image: GETTY)

The claim was made by NBC royal correspondent Ashley Pearson in a new documentary for the channel. William and Kate met at St Andrew’s University in 2001. They began dating two years later in 2003.

Speaking on NBC documentary ‘Brothers In Arms’ Ms Pearson explained how close William came to Kate’s mother.

She said: “He would lie on the couch with his head in the lap of Mrs Middleton.”

He also said William became close to Kate’s father, and would chat to him for “hours” after dinner.

Prince William’s own mother, Princess Diana, was killed in a Paris car crash when he was just 15 years old.

READ MORE:Kate Middleton daily diet plan revealed

William and Kate pictured together in 2010 prior to their marriage (Image: GETTY)

According to Ms Pearson the close Middleton family bond was one of the things that attracted him to Kate.

She said: “Talking to a royal insider several years ago, she told me one of the reasons William fell in love with Kate Middleton from the very beginning was because of her family and her close relationship with her siblings and parents.

“As much as William fell in love with Kate h爱上海419e definitely fell in love with the Middleton family at the same time.

“He l,上海品茶工作室Danny,oved the way Kate was very friendly and playful with her brother James or her sister Pippa.

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William and Kate were married at Westminster Abbey in 2011 (Image: GETTY)

“Feeling part of that close, tight-knit, very British family was the f,上海品茶会所Abbot,irst time in his life that he’d had that experience and for William it was entirely intoxicating.”

In 2011 Kate and William got married in Westminster Abbey in front of a global audience of many millions.

The couple have three children; Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Carole Middleton was working as a stewardess when she met her future husband, Michael Middleton.

The couple went on to found the successful children’s entertainment company Party Pieces.

Blackburn Rovers might already have the centre half they crave in the Ewood ranks

Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray wants to add some defensive reinforcements to his ranks in the final fortnight of the transfer window.

A loan deal for Manchester City youngster Tosin Adarabioyo is understood to be close with the 21-year-old centre back set to add competition for places at the back.

But any thoughts of adding further players to help out the backline could be put on the back burner with Mowbray admitting he can see Ryan Nyambe emerging as an option at centre back.

The Namibia international played in the middle of a back four for his country in the recent Africa Cup of Nations and started in that position at Bury on Wednesday night.

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The 21-year-old was calm and assured at the back and Mowbray believes he offers a genuine challenge to the likes of Charlie Mulgrew, Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams at centre back.

“I think what Ryan Nyambe brings us is fantastic acceleration, speed and physicality regarding dealing one on one with footballers,” said the Ewood chief.

“He doesn’t really give you towering headers and defending crosses. That is all part of his game that he has to develop this year and work on.

“There’s going to be good completion for places next season all over the pitch. Ryan can play right back and compete to play centre half, along with another centre half to come in, along with Mulgrew, along with ,上海品茶工作室Jamie,Lenihan, along with D爱上海errick Williams.

“It looks alright to me, it is not just a question of going and brining loads of bodies in and causing problems within a group that is so tight,上海品茶会所Bea, and so close and hopefully we get that right. My job then becomes difficult in picking the right ones for each game.”

She was Malawi’s first qualified black nurse and a true friend – Susan Dalgety


Susan Dalgety bonded with Homba Mbekeani, the first qualified black nurse in Malawi, over frocks, chocolate cake, politics and the People’s Friend, while hearing stories about the racist attitudes of some British colonialists in the days of Empire.

We said goodbye to Hombakazi Tanaach Reve Mbekeani yesterday. As her chestnut brown coffin, its gilt hardware glistening in the afternoon sun, was lowered into the dusty red soil of Africa, I remembered the first time we met.

It was 11 years ago, a few days before the wedding of our good friends Debra and Peter Potani. Debra, a shy young woman, asked if I could meet her grandmother before the wedding. “She raised us,” she said, explaining that she and her six siblings had spent most of their childhood under the watchful eye of ,上海品茶工作室Edison,Agogo (Granny) Anabetha. “She is like a mother to me, as well as grandmother.”

Homba, who had just celebrated her 82nd birthday was, at first glance, a genial, grey-haired old lady, slightly overweight with the merest hint of a stoop. Appearances, as I was to find out within minutes of our meeting, are usually deceptive.

Hombakazi – which means beautiful girl in 爱上海her native Xhosa language – was a force of nature.

She enveloped everyone with her charisma, at once chiding a great grandchild for being greedy, while continuing a conversation about the chances of Barack Obama becoming the next president of the United States. “He is going to be the first black president,” she declared with absolute certainty, “now, no more Coke, you have had plenty,” she said, looking young Bill directly in the eye.

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Homba was Malawi’s first qualified black nurse when she arrived from South Africa in 1954. She had married her Malawian “angel”, Jarvis Jimmy Mbekeani, a few years earlier in Durban and was determined to make his country her home.

“I tell people I changed countries for love,” she told me once. But she was less than enamoured by the institutional racism she encountered in the “warm heart of Africa”. To her angry surprise, she discovered she was not allowed to treat white patients, nor was she permitted to enter Blantyre’s few shops, which were reserved for “whites only”.

“Africans were supposed to be served from a window at the side,” she remembered. “On my first visit, I ignored that and walked straight in, my head held high. The white ladies didn’t know what to do,” she laughed.

She was less amused by the racism that prevented her from working in the mission hospital reserved for white people. “I was considered a ‘native’ nurse,” she recalled. “Even though I was a state-registered nurse, just like them. In Malawi at that time, Africans were not allowed to sit the exams that would make them fully qualified.

“We Africans were just not considered clever enough…” she finished, looking directly into my eyes.

The relationship between Scotland and Malawi is something to be proud of. Our two countries have shared a bond since David Livingstone sailed up the Shire River to Lake Malawi, 160 years ago.

Scottish missionaries built schools where Malaw,上海品茶QQNikki,ians were taught Latin as well as the scripture in their native tongue.

It was those same Scots teachers and preachers who fostered a feeling of African identity among young Malawians, which led directly to the formation of the country’s independence movement.

It was Scots traders who built the tea, coffee and tobacco industries, which remain crucial to the country’s economy today. Nearly half of Malawi’s export trade, which brings desperately needed foreign currency, is in tobacco, first introduced by the Perthshire-born Buchanan brothers in the 1880s.

But, as Homba experienced, not every Scot who made their life in Malawi regarded their fellow Malawians as equal. It was a Scottish nurse whose racist remarks almost destroyed Homba’s career as a nurse, as she recalled nearly 60 years later.

“We were not really allowed to mix with the white nurses,” she recalled. “But one time I had a violent argument with a nurse who had insulted me because of my skin,” she said. “And when I made a complaint, it was me who nearly lost my job. That is how it was.”

That is, indeed, how colonialism was. A few thousand white people, many well-intentioned, others not so, with absolute power over the lives of several million Malawians.

There are some who would argue that today’s development industry is, at its core, a few thousand white people with absolute power over the lives of 18 million Malawians, but that is a discussion for another time. Today is for remembering Hombakazi, the beautiful girl from the Eastern Cape, who made Malawi her home.

She and I were friends from the moment we met. We bonded over shopping for frocks, the ‘People’s Friend magazine’ – Homba was a huge fan – and a shared love of chocolate cake.

We met at least twice a year, and spent our time gossiping about shared acquaintances and the useless politicians who were damaging our grandchildren’s future – with the exception of Barack Obama of course, who remained Homba’s hero.

In the last two years of her life, she suffered a series of strokes which left her completely dependent on her grand-daughters. She railed against the “nappies” she was forced to wear at night, but was still able to quieten the gaggle of great-grandchildren at her feet with nothing more than a loud whisper and a stern, if lopsided, look.

She died, as she had so fervently prayed for, quietly in her sleep in the early hours of Wednesday morning, only three weeks after her 92nd birthday.

A few hours after her death, I found myself sitting on a reed mat on the floor of her now empty sitting room, swaying gently with the white bloused women of her church choir, singing her favourite Chewa hymns.

Homba, as always, dominated the space. Only this time it was her chestnut brown coffin, resting gently on a mattress in the middle of the room, that held our attention.

Inside lay the remains of a beautiful girl. A Xhosa chief, a loving wife, a health care expert, a matriarch who raised an extended family of 30 people and counting.

Above all, a proud African woman, who looked everyone in the eye, young, old, black or white, rich or poor. “Hello, I am Mrs Hombakazi Mbekeani, who are you?” Rest in peace Homba, the true spirit of Africa.

Summer takes toll on lamb prices

Warmer weather at home and on the continent has met a seasonal increase in prime lambs to take £3 a head off finished stock this week.

Great Britain’s SQQ fell 14p/kg in July to stand at 188.09p/kg last week, with deadweight processors dropping base prices to around 390p/kg.

Monday’s (22 July) markets reported a national SQQ of 177p/kg (-7.07p/kg on the week), with SQQs at Ayr, Bakewell, Welshpool, Ruby, Newton St Boswells and Ludlow all 8-13p/kg back on the week.

France’s school holidays and reduced lamb consumption due to the warm weather has meant the demand side of the market has suffered as supply starts building, say analysts.

See also: Lamb prices start to lift as buyers look ahead to Easter

Lanark

A busy Lanark market has seen lamb throughputs lift to 33% and cull ewe number上海龙凤419s hit new highs, according to Archie Hamilton, head of sheep sales at Lawrie and Symington.

He said Monday’s SQQ of 180p/kg was 5p/kg dearer than a lot of places, adding: “Light lambs at 32-38kg were easy to sell. Mule wethers at 33kg made £63.50.”

Mr Hamilton said the Qurbani feast of Eid-al-adha was earlier this year, meaning many lambs had not reached the six-month age limit for the Islamic festival, shifting focus on to cull ewes instead.

He said a yarding of 4,200 ewes was a record in recent times for Lanark and that ewe entries had doubled over the past year.

Skipton

Numbers lifted at Skipton on Monday as 2,415 lambs averaged 182/kg, a drop of 10p/kg on the week, with Ted Ogden also noticing a surge in sheep numbers.

He said demand has slowed somewhat for prime lambs, but Muslim festival demand was maintaining a strong cull ewe price in s,上海品茶微信Nadine,pite of throughputs being double the normal amount.

“Decent lowland ewes are making £90-105, the best Texels and Suffolks are at £120-130 and mid-road animals are at £75-85,” said Mr Ogden.

Ross

A remarkably buoyant trade was reported at Ross market this week (22 July) despite attentions turning to the Royal Welsh Show and deadweight price cuts, said auctioneer Will Probert, RG and RB Williams.

Trade was back 6p/kg on the week at 179.8p/kg for 1,184 sold, 23% fewer lambs on the week.

He said £90 had become a mental ‘ceiling on price’ in recent weeks, which buyers wer,上海品茶QQQueenie,e struggling to pass.

We owe it to ourselves to rise to a challenge for the sense of wellbeing it can bring

Here’s a question for you. Do you know how to vectorise? More specifically, do you have it within your toolbox of special powers to gift someone a vector-based digital illustration in scalable EPS format?

I didn’t. (No need to add an ‘obviously’ – it’s SO obvious.) But, astonishingly, it appears I now do. I couldn’t have been more chuffed. I even did a little dance. I then texted Pete. “Do YOU know how to vectorise an image?”

He didn’t. Which, of course, made me happier still.

“I can teach you how to vectorise if you like,” I added proudly. But he was too busy picking teams for Fantasy Football.

I’ll teach him later. I’ll teach anyone, anytime. Come on down! The way to advanced digital image manipulation for a multitude of uses is through me!

Seriously, this is welcome, welcome news to me. Not entirely unexpected – I’m not stupid, and what I lack the internet can, more often than not, provide – but it still feels like a notch in my modern-life-skills bedpost that I can learn something complex and new.

It came about because of work. As in my book writing work. I have a novel out in January, a dark, psychological thriller, and to my delight, my lovely publishers have agreed to use an image I created (or, in olden days speak, a picture I painted) as a line drawing at the start of certain key chapters, where the image – which is of a peppered moth – applies. (I know. It,上海品茶微信Genevieve,’s complicated. If we’re talking learning tricksy new skills, creating and plotting dark, psychological thrillers – particularly those involving moths – is a BIG one.)

So this moth thing, this green-lighting of my own image being used, was hugely remarkable in itself. (Lowly authors, so it tends to go, are not graphic artists.) So if all that stood between me and my very own moth gracing the pages of my very own novel was a request to send in a vector-based digital illustration in scalable EPS format then, by the power of Greystoke (other warrior-themed powers are available), that was what I was going to send the上海龙凤419m. Even if I was still floundering in the pre-school department of not really knowing the difference between a jpg and a png.

I won’t bore you with the technical details. All you really need to know is that, as with most things that aren’t things (ie most things computing), the first rule is to unpack and unpick the language, since so much of it initially reads like gobbledegook. So it was that I then spent best part of an afternoon establishing what was needed (to turn an image into a series of mathematical vectors, essentially), and creating it.

“Oh, for sure,” I said airily, in the email to which I attached it. “Absolutely no problem. Here it is.” Just like a person who knocked off vector-based digital illustrations in scalable EPS formats on a daily basis, before breakfast.

Even better was the email I got back from my editor, who is (I can’t believe I’m writing this) some 25 years younger than me. “I’m glad one of us knows what a vector-based digital illustration in scalable EPS format is!” she quipped.

So, now I’m treble happy.

And so to my point. Which, with hindsight, and in the warm glow of having mastered some tech, is just how important all this ,上海品茶会所Idaia,upskilling is. Not to all of us, all the time (on other days I’m just as happy footling about in a park with my grandson). But for most of us, if not all of us, when the need becomes apparent, we owe it to ourselves to rise to the challenge, not least for the sense of wellbeing it can bring.

I remember my mate Rachel, then newly divorced and with No Previous Experience, setting up a complex Smart TV/Ethernet/streaming/wi-fi configuration back when plug-in-and-go was still a distant dream. It’s hard to overstate just how thrilled she was with this achievement. (Her text to share the news was comprised mostly of capitals, which I think, at least for most of us, says it all.)

Because it’s so easy, isn’t it, NOT to rise to such challenge. To accept, in a world where technology changes daily, that it’s genuinely impossible to keep up with it all, specially if we were born into a time when a computer was the size of a Victorian lady’s steamer trunk. So why try?

Because, to misquote Henry Ford, it doesn’t matter if you’re 20 or 80. If you continue to learn you stay young for longer, and if you don’t you grow old all the faster.

So, in other words, fail to learn, and head at speed towards decrepitude. And that, folks, (oh, I’m on fire today!) is a vector.

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Love Island fans nickname Molly-Mae ‘Money-Mae’ as she’s accused of fake crying again in bid to win £50k cash prize

LOVE Island’s Molly-Mae suffered another blow as fans nickname,上海品茶微信Oakley,d her “Money-Mae” after she “fake cried to win the £50,000 cash prize”.

The Instagram star has come under fire numerous times from viewers who are convinced she’s pretending to like boyfriend Tommy Fury in order to get to the final of the show.

And last night as the couple enjoyed their last date together in the villa in a beautiful ballroom setting, Molly opened up to Tommy about how he had transformed her Island experience.

But people at home could only concentrate on her facial expressions and cruelly branded her with the nickname Money-Mae.

One person wrote on Twitter: “money-mae really needs to work on her crocodile tears #loveisland”

Another moaned: “That 50K is within reach ayye Money-mae?#LoveIsland”

Another reasoned: “…Why ain’t no one clockin onto Money-Mae in the Villa for bein fake?”

She told him: “I just didn’t think for one minute that it would become what it’s become. I just want to thank you…. why am I getti爱上海419ng upset?”

The conversation then moved onto their plans for the future, with Molly bringing up the subject of them living together, and Tommy agreed it was a good idea.

Molly admits: “I feel like we’ve done so much in there. The next thing would be moving in together. It’s even scary to say it!”

dont understand why everyone hates molly-mae and think shes on love island for the money. 1) i think she actually does like tommy the way she says she does and

2) funny thing is, they’re ALL on love island for the money 😂

think some people are just jealous of her #loveisland

— georgiaa (@xgeorgiegxx) July 27, 2019

And one fan commented: “Actual real tears from molly this time …oooooh kill em”

As another confessed: “Tommy and Molly-Mae had me in tears too on that date, beautiful”

Another viewer celebrated as they said: “Catching up on last nights love island, oh my god Molly-Mae is just a dream”

Love Island recap – Catch up on all the action from episode 46 of 2019 series

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reunited Love Island stars’ family members entered the villa last night – & here’s who went

OVIE-PROTECTIVE Love Island’s Ovie had a MASSIVE fight with the boys while defending Amber

NO LOVE FOR FURY Tyson Fury snubs Love Island by refusing to visit brother Tommy in villa

FOLLY MOLLY Love Island fans call Molly-Mae and Tommy romance fake AGAIN after ‘text’ gaffe

MAU-RAGE Love Island’s Maura slams Jordan for Anna betrayal but fans call her a hypocrite

EYES ON THE PRIZE Jordan & Anna accuse islanders of playing games ahead £50k cash prize

And one more suggested on Twitter: “I dont understand why everyone hates molly-mae and think shes on love island for the money. 1) i think she actually does like tommy the way she says she does and 2) funny thing is, they’re ALL on love island for the money. think some people are just jealous of her”

Love Island will continue on Sunday and see the islanders reunited with their family members.

Molly-Mae sprang from her cushion and screamed when she spotted her sister and mum enter the villa in the first look that aired last night.

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Explosive EastEnders affair and Coronation Street health scare – Soaps 20 years ago

EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale had some huge stories lined up in 1999.

Many of,上海品茶会所Jacqueline, the scenes playing out 20 years ago this month, in July, set the premise for what was to come in each soap for the rest of the year.

From hospital dashes, stunts, and unexpected affairs, viewers were kept on the edge of their seats all summer.

But what went down in Walford, Weatherfield and the Dales, and how did it affect the soaps going forward? Here’s a look back at some of爱上海 the big moments in July 1999…

EastEnders

Over in Walford, one of the soap’s biggest affairs ever was fully underway featuring villain Dan Sullivan and his stepdaughter Bianca Jackson.

Dan was engaged to Bianca’s mother Carol the whole time, while she was with on/off lover Ricky Butcher.

The fling would be exposed in the most dramatic fashion later on in the year, but in July 1999 it was Dan doing the chasing and Bianca left super guilty – it didn’t stop the affair going on for months though.

Also in Walford, Steve Owen and Matthew Rose had just been charged with the murder of Saskia Duncan leaving residents stunned.

Elsewhere, and a family feud erupted between Barry and Roy Evans after Barry learned of his dad’s betrayal of his mother.

With Barry’s partner Natalie tasked with trying to get them talking again, things didn’t go quite to plan.

July also saw the return of Peggy Mitchell’s daughter Sam Mitchell, the sister of Phil and Grant.

Her siblings were sure there was something she was hiding and were determined to know why she was really in Albert Square.

Over in Weatherfield, and July 1999 brought the reveal of Mike Baldwin’s affair with future wife Linda.

Alma and Mike had ended their marriage, but she didn’t find out about his mystery woman until later on.

This wasn’t the only marriage breakdown though, as Leanne and Nick Tilsley, who are together on the soap in present day, broke up and he fled the Street.

Leanne demanded money from his mum Gail Platt claiming it was what she was owed, leading to a tense feud between her and the family.

Elsewhere, and Jack Duckworth sparked concern after learning from a doctor that he needed a triple heart by-pass.

Just days later and the character suffered an attack, found by his horrified close friend Tyrone Dobbs.

He tried to keep the news from wife Vera but she soon found out, and begged him to go private for the operation fearing she was going to lose him, but he refused as he wanted Vera to have his savings if he passed away.

Emmerdale

Emmerdale saw the continuous cover-up of a murder in July 1999, as Graham continued to lie about killing Rachel, staging it as an accident.

He also continued to meddle in Kathy and Biff’s relationship ahead of their wedding, with her realising she had feelings for him.

There was horror in the Dales too, as Emily got into a car accident with her strict father who disapproved of her romance with Butch Dingle.

After surviving the accident, Emily refused to stop seeing Butch and told her father he had to accept the relationship.

Tragically Butch would be killed off in a bus crash some time later, with him passing away in hospital moments after the pair got married.

Live Hull weather updates as thunderstorms and torrential rain hit Hull and East Yorkshire

Huge claps of thunder have been heard over Hull and East Yorkshire and torrential rain has begun to fall.

Storms arrived in the area in t,上海品茶工作室Jameson,he early hours of Saturday morning after days of hot and humid weather.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for Hull stating that “heavy rain could potentially lead to flooding”.

The warning is in place from 9am on Saturday to 3pm Sunday, July 28.

It also states that “spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures” as well as “a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.”

The website Weather Radar showed a huge band of rain over Hull at 7am on Saturday, with more forecast.

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New Ambleside burger bar

The La’al Burger Bar on Lake Road

A NEW eco-conscious eatery has opened in Ambleside.

Jayne Birkett, who owns The La’al Burger Bar with husband Stuart, said: “The aim was to provide a really tasty, nutritious burger that was also helping the environment.”

The La’al, on Lake Road, was formerly the Tarantella Italian Restaurant. It is largely a family run operation, with the Birkett’s son Cameron, 26, working as a chef in the eatery and sister Lily, 21, front of house.

Much of its stock is supplied by Primal Meats, a company which focuses on providing grass-fed, organically-reared produce.

Mr and Mrs Birkett have tried to make the restaurant environmentall,上海品茶QQKaison,y-friendly and of good quality in other ways too. Compostable packaging is supplied for takeaways, FriPura filters are used to try to improve the quality of the oil, and orga,上海品茶工作室Bea,nic salad is used in dishes – which Mrs Birkett felt tasted better.

“I think a lot of supermarket food is very bland tasting, and a lot of mass produced food is very bland in comparison to organic food, and it’s often sprayed with chemicals,” she said.

They are also aiming to use food that is more seasonal. For example, The La’al currently sells a lamb burger with red pepper; however, Mrs Birkett, who has a background in catering and shamanic therapy, sai爱上海d: “When they [peppers] go out of season, we’ll look at a different product.”

Armed vigilantes are recruiting members in this crime-ridden town

Armed vigilantes are threatening to take the law into their own hands because there are not enough police to tackle crime in a local park.

Details of the org,上海品茶会所Nikki,anised mob, some of whom have threatened to arm themselves with baseball bats, came to light during a meeting between concerned families and local cops.

Police heard how the ‘vigilante group’ was created on social media in response to trouble around Clough Hall Park,Birchenwoodplaying fields and local schools inKidsgrove, Staffordshire, reports StokeonTrentLive.

Recent incidents have included a four-on-one attack on a 13-y,上海品茶工作室Rachel,ear-old girl, a taxi driver being robbed by four knife-wielding teenagers, and drug-dealers trying to recruit children at The King’s School into their gangs.

Now some residents are so sick of the problems that they are threatening to take matters into their own hands.

Baseball bats

Kidsgrove Ladsandads chairman Mark Porter told the meeting: “People have said they’re going to go out and get baseball bats and be vigilantes. We’re going to have people taking the law into their own hands.

“The problem we’ve got in Kidsgrove is, we’re the forgotten town. This is no slight to anybody, but that’s why we’ve got people on Facebook groups threat上海龙凤419ening to go out into the park with baseball bats at night.

“If we don’t sort this out we’re going to have no-go areas and it’s just going to get worse. But if we can nip it in the bud now, we might be able to stop it.”

Residents are also having ‘massive problems’ with off-road bikers tearing up Birchenwood fields and terrorising families.

Mr Porter added: “We’ve called the police numerous times to try to sort out the motorbike issue. We go down on a Sunday morning and there’s drug paraphernaliaand alcohol and they’re wrecking pitches. They’re causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

“We have got a massive problem”

“We don’t ring 999. We ring 101 – and I’ve waited 50 minutes for them to answer and just given up.

“It isn’t a little problem, it’s massive. We have got a massive problem.”

Kidsgrove mum Laura Dillon added: “Without doing something about the motorbikes you’re going to end up with vigilantes with bats who are going to kick somebody off the bikes. I had to run off the field with my kids one lunchtime this week.”

Community leaders also attended Wednesday night’s meeting.

Ward councillor Kyle Robinson said: “When the police station closed at Kidsgrove we did raise concernsabout that and we were told bobbies not buildings – and we’ve ended up with neither in some cases.”

“The police require money to deliver safe streets for us”

Stoke-on-Trent North MP Ruth Smeeth – whose constituency includes Kidsgrove – said: “The fact is our local force has lost over a quarter of its resources and this is clearly impacting on its ability to tackle the visible rise in violent crime and anti-social behaviour. The police require money to deliver safe streets for us.”

Jonathon Gullis, the Tories’ prospective parliamentary candidate, said: “Vigilante activity does nothing to make local residents feel safe. Any public concerns should be reported to the police.”

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Chief Inspector Claire Langley has defended crime levels at Clough Hall Park – and says a drone could be brought in to target off-road bikers at Birchenwood playing fields.

She said: “Kidsgrove is not forgotten. It’s as much on my agenda as anywhere in the borough and I’m as committed to try to make things work as I am everywhere.

“Clough Hall Park has been a problem. But when I look at it compared to other parks, does it sit off the scale?

“No it doesn’t. I’ve looked at it over a year and anti-social behaviour is down 18 per cent here and that’s quite significant when for the force as a whole it was down three per cent and 12 per cent across Newcastle.

“We’re doing better here than in other places, but you just don’t see and feel that.”

Fed-up residents of crime-ridden ‘forgotten town’ threaten to form armed vigilante mob

Vigilantes are threatening to arm themselves with baseball bats because there is not enough police to tac爱上海kle crime in a local park.

Civic officials blamed cuts to the local police force but fed-up residents say their area has become the “forgotten town.”

They confronted officers during a meeting where details of the organised mob, some of whom have threatened to arm themselves with baseball bats, first came to light.

Police heard how the ‘vigilante group’ was created on social media in response to trouble around Clough Hall Park,Birchenwoodplaying fields and local schools inKidsgrove, Staffordshire, reports StokeonTrentLive.

Recent incidents have included a four-on-one attack on a 13-year-old girl, a taxi driver being robbed by four knife-wielding teenagers, and drug-dealers trying to recruit children at The King’s School into their gangs.

Now some residents are so sick of the problems that they are threatening to take matters into their own hands.

Baseball bats

Kidsgrove Ladsandads chairman Mark Porter told the meeting: “People have said they’re going to go out and get baseba,上海品茶微信Hayes,ll bats and be vigilantes. We’re going to have people taking the law into their own hands.

“The problem we’ve got in Kidsgrove is, we’re the forgotten town. This is no slight to anybody, but that’s why we’ve got people on Facebook groups threatening to go out into the park with baseball bats at night.

“If we don’t sort this out we’re going to have no-go areas and it’s just going to get worse. But if we can nip ,上海品茶会所Tempe,it in the bud now, we might be able to stop it.”

Residents are also having ‘massive problems’ with off-road bikers tearing up Birchenwood fields and terrorising families.

Mr Porter added: “We’ve called the police numerous times to try to sort out the motorbike issue. We go down on a Sunday morning and there’s drug paraphernaliaand alcohol and they’re wrecking pitches. They’re causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

“We have got a massive problem”

“We don’t ring 999. We ring 101 – and I’ve waited 50 minutes for them to answer and just given up.

“It isn’t a little problem, it’s massive. We have got a massive problem.”

Kidsgrove mum Laura Dillon added: “Without doing something about the motorbikes you’re going to end up with vigilantes with bats who are going to kick somebody off the bikes. I had to run off the field with my kids one lunchtime this week.”

Community leaders also attended Wednesday night’s meeting.

Ward councillor Kyle Robinson said: “When the police station closed at Kidsgrove we did raise concernsabout that and we were told bobbies not buildings – and we’ve ended up with neither in some cases.”

“The police require money to deliver safe streets for us”

Stoke-on-Trent North MP Ruth Smeeth – whose constituency includes Kidsgrove – said: “The fact is our local force has lost over a quarter of its resources and this is clearly impacting on its ability to tackle the visible rise in violent crime and anti-social behaviour. The police require money to deliver safe streets for us.”

Jonathon Gullis, the Tories’ prospective parliamentary candidate, said: “Vigilante activity does nothing to make local residents feel safe. Any public concerns should be reported to the police.”

Chief Inspector Claire Langley has defended crime levels at Clough Hall Park – and says a drone could be brought in to target off-road bikers at Birchenwood playing fields.

She said: “Kidsgrove is not forgotten. It’s as much on my agenda as anywhere in the borough and I’m as committed to try to make things work as I am everywhere.

“Clough Hall Park has been a problem. But when I look at it compared to other parks, does it sit off the scale?

“No it doesn’t. I’ve looked at it over a year and anti-social behaviour is down 18 per cent here and that’s quite significant when for the force as a whole it was down three per cent and 12 per cent across Newcastle.

“We’re doing better here than in other places, but you just don’t see and feel that.”

Blackburn fire involving 30 tonnes of rubbish is suspected arson

ARSONISTS are thought to have targeted a large pile of rubbish once again – just months after the last incident.

The fire happened on wasteland off Hart Street, Blackburn, at around 1.40pm today (Sunday) and involved 30 tonnes of rubbish.

Firefighters spent around two hours battling the fire and used a stinger appliance to put out the blaze.

Crews were due to carry out a further inspection of the site this evening to ensure no further risk of fire remains.

Blackburn fire station crew manager Alistair Cameron said the rubbish needed moving.

He said: “The fire happened to the rear of Aquamania.

“The stinger fire engine from Blackburn attended and we put out the fire in around two hours.

“We’ve contacted the environment agency and council as the rubbish needs moving as we’ve be,上海品茶微信Ignatius,en called out several times in recent mont,上海品茶QQHal,hs.”

In March, crews were called to the same site as arsonists set the pile of rubbish on fire.

It includes household and commercial waste.

Dumped items on the site which lies near to the Leeds Liverpool canal include tyres, sofas and planks of wood.

Mr Cameron added: “We believe this was deliberate as there’s no other explanation.

上海龙凤419 “It’s just a waste of resources and the rubbish is polluting the environment and the waterways.

“We just want to see it moved.

“There are old needles and drinks cans there also so we’d warn the public not to go down there.”

Boy of seven finds dead body in the woods while searching for his lost football

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A BOY retrieving a football found a body in the woods behind his garden.

The seven-year-old had first thought the man, in his thirties, was asleep and called his sister to help him wake him.

The family, of Shanklin, Isle of Wight, said there had been a strange smell in the garden for days.

Hampshire cops are trying to identify the man but are not treating the death as suspicious.

The childrens’ mother, who did not want to be named, 上海419论坛said her daughter had suffered with terrifying nightmares since the discovery.

She added: “It is very sad and all we can hope is that the man’s family have some closure now.”

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A spokesman for Hampshire police said: “The body of a man was found on an area of land behind houses in Shanklin.

“At this stage the death is not being treated as suspicious. “Identification procedures remain ongoing. A file is being prepared for the coroner.”

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Love Island’s Lucie forced to discuss Tommy Fury with ex Joe as they reunite for first time

LOVE Island’s Lucie Donlan is forced to discuss her feelings for Tommy Fury as she meets up with Joe Garratt for the first time.

In a sneak peek from tonight’s Aftersun, the surfer, who was booted out the villa this week, and sandwich maker had a rather awkward reunion about her antics after he left the show.

As they sit to chat on a bench, Lucie asks him: “Was it weird watching me stay on there?”

He replies: “Yeah because I forgot I was even in there.”

Lucie continues: “I was with you for two weeks and it was amazing and there was nothing the same as what we had in there but then I did tell Tommy I liked him.”

Joe says: “Yeah that definitely took me by surprise.”

Lucie was torn between Joe and boxer Tommy Fury during the first week of the ITV2 dating show, ultimately choosing to couple up with Joe before Tommy found love with Instagram i爱上海nfluencer Molly-Mae Hague.

Before Joe was brutally dumped from the villa he came under fire for expressing concern about Lucie’s friendship with Tommy, admitting that he felt she still had feelings for him.

When Lucie confessed that she had a crush on Tommy weeks later, the 22-year-old hunk wasted no time in issuing a savage response on his social media page.

He tweeted: “Always trust your gu,上海品茶工作室Felix,t instincts.”

Joe Garratt is more bothered about eating his takeaway than his ex Lucie Donlan declaring her love for Tommy Fury at Love Island screening

Lucie then attempted to crack on with Tommy again following their time apart ,上海品茶QQLarson,during the Casa Amor twist, and this time a fan caught Joe focusing on his noodles as he tucked into a snack at a special Love Island screening.

The reality star couldn’t have looked less interested in his former flame’s antics, and later brushed off his apparent snub by tweeting: “That Pad Thai was sensational to be fair

Lucie was kicked out of the show earlier this week after enraging fans when she broke down in tears as Tommy asked Molly to be his girlfriend.

She then raised eyebrows when she refused to give up on a romance with the hunk during her exit interview – insisting that they might stand a chance in the outside world.

Meanwhile Lucie’s meet up with Joe seems to get better because other images Lucie beams as she cuddles up to the 22-year-old sandwich maker while they stroll through a park – but his body language appears to be slightly more closed off.

The two also seem to loosen up when they lark about on some adult tricycles, with Lucie pulling funny faces at the hunk as things get competitive.

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Inside EastEnders’ Maisie Smith’s boozy 18th birthday bender

EastEnders star Maisie Smith turned 18 this week and she celebrating by having her first legal drink on a boozy bender with her mates.

The actress, who plays Tifffany Butcher,celebrate her big day on Tuesday and made the most of it by hitting a pub with her mates.

She shared a picture of herself having her first legal drink and carrying a pink balloon with 18 on it.

One of her presents was a set of vodka shots, and she later wrote on Instagram: “Had the best day of my life.”

She later posted pictures of a boozy garden party at爱上海419 home, showing her dancing with one of her mates surrounded by balloons, glasses of wine and bowls of snacks.

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A video on Instagram shows that the group later took the party to a London nightclub, where Maisie was seen sipping cocktails with her pals.

She got into the birthday spirit by dancing and twerking as other clubbers held drinks with sparklers in them.

Outside of EastEnders, Maisie is also a talented singer and launched a pop career during a break ,上海品茶工作室Elexis,from the soap back in 2016.

She also has a huge following on social media.

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With flawless selfies, party memories with friends and updates of her gym routine she’s given fans plenty of insight into her incredible Instagram life.

She’s fast turning into the Kylie Jenner of Walford with her sultry close-ups going from 100,000 Insta followers to over 200,000 in just a few months.

The teen has played Bianca Jackson’s daughter Tiffany since 2008 after landing the role at the age of six.

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‘I turned to sex work because Universal Credit left me with £50 to live on’

Women are turning to sex work in ‘desperation’ as they wait for their first Universal Credit payments.

Other women have returned to sex working decades later – through sheer necessity – after having benefits sanctioned or falling into debt or rent arrears.

One woman told charity workers that she sat at home deliberating before deciding that sex work was her only option to make some cash.

Another woman went into prostitution after she found herself in debt to the government for four separate ‘advance payments’ of benefits.

Workers at Manchester Action on Street Health (MASH) – a charity which works with the city’s female sex workers – say the situation for many women is tougher than ever before.

And they believe that the cases they know of women pushed into prostitution by benefits reform may only be the tip of the iceberg.

They are also seeing an increase in rough sleeping and drug and alcohol use with vulnerable women involved in on-street sex work in Manchester.

“There has always been an issue with benefits and women supplementing a very low income, but it’s never felt quite as bad as it is now,” says MASH operations manager Tina Threadgold, who has worked for the charity for 18 years.

“Now it’s at rock bottom, the worst I have ever seen it.”

Sanctions, the wait for the first payment and the accumulation of debt due to deductions or Advance Payments have been identified as the main aspects causing difficulties for benefits claimants.

Caroline Leavy is the MASH homeless outreach worker.

“We have seen a number of women recently who have never sex wo上海419论坛rked before turning to it,” she says.

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“If they come out here and don’t know the street dynamics, they’re not street wise and they have no background,” Tina says.

“It makes them more unsafe because they are more reluctant to engage with our MASH mobile outreach van.

“They’re not getting all the safety info and the support and sexual health services they could be getting if they identified as sex workers. Really they’re hoping nobody notices that they have done it.

“And they probably wouldn’t report anything that might happen to them or any dodgy punters.”

The Work and Pensions Committee is currently investigating the link between UC and so-called ‘survival sex’ after charities reported an increase.

Caroline says that in the last three months alone, five women who had never done sex work before have ‘reluctantly’ engaged with MASH workers, who can link them with organisations like Shelter and the Professional Budgeting Service.

“They all say they have turned to sex work because of Universal Credit out of sheer desperation,” she says.

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“They have spoken about the enormous stress and the emotional impact of having to sex work when it’s something they have never done before.”

She adds: “One lady we saw who had never sex worked before she said she was at home for a really long time deliberating and thinking of all the alternatives and all the other avenues were closed to her. You could tell she had really wrestled with it.

“This is just over a three month period but we don’t know if it will continue to grow,” she says.

Universal Credit is usually paid monthly and claimants need to agree to terms set out between them and their work coach. If a claimant fails to meet one or more of their responsibilities they may receive reduced payments – known as a sanction.

“We’ve had women who have sex worked in the past but haven’t worked for maybe 10 – 15 years. One woman had not worked for many years. They’ve had to turn back to sex work wh,上海品茶QQKalista,ile they’re waiting for their first Universal Credit payments”, Caroline says.

“Or they’re being sanctioned. Some women don’t have the skills to be able to do it online or miss an appointment. So they’ve turned back to sex work.”

Deductions from the payments of those who have accepted Advance Payments have also caused stress for women.

“We have seen people who are getting just under £100 a month because they’re got £220 in deductions,” says Caroline.

“One women had done a claim and gone into custody. This happened a couple of times and each time the UC claim had to be restarted. Each time she was having to wait weeks for each claim and each time she was offered an advance payment. She ended up paying off four lots of advance payments.

“They can be deferred but people don’t know realise that.”

Caroline started working at MASH nine years ago as the Government’s austerity policy was just taking hold.

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“It’s dire,” she says. “You can see why people give up and fall homeless. We’re just trying to meet the needs of the clients but they’re becoming more and more difficult.

“These are complex issues that women are presenting with and the services aren’t there.”

“I am trying my best. I go a penny over I can’t get other stuff that I need, tampons and things”

The stark warning comes after MPs heard how evidence from a 21-year-old woman who says she was left scrabbling around for enough money to afford tampons or a Pot Noodle.

The anonymous sex worker and former carer – known as T – gave harrowing evidence at a private Parliamentary hearing.

She said she had turned to sex work when UC left her with around £52 to live and was forced to visit foodbanks three times while waiting for her first formal payment, The Mirror reports.

“I had heard about a girl who was dancing and things and she ,上海品茶工作室Bella,told us about escorting,” she told MPs.

“I used to judge people like that, you know, I would never do nothing like that, but I thought it was the easiest way.”

T told MPs: “I am trying my best, £30 on shopping, not a penny over, because if I go a penny over I can’t get other stuff that I need, tampons and things, do you know what I mean?

“That Universal Credit advance, by the time I got it I had spent it and then I was waiting another three to four weeks.

“Even then when I got my benefit, they were taking £150 off my benefit and I was left with £50.”

Since claiming UC she lost her house and was living between friends while also paying fees to use an apartment for sex work.

“Whatever money I make that day, I pay some rent so I can stay there that night… get a Pot Noodle” she said.

“If I pay £60 for one day, I can stay there that night.

“But I am having to do five or six duties of sex before I get to pay my rent and stuff.”

Describing two recent 12-hour shifts she added: “Having sex for 12 hours for two days in a row is a lot.

“It is a lot just to think, ‘Oh, I have done this for 12 hours today. I have my gas, electric and my food and tomorrow I am going to have to do it all over again to pay my rent’. It is awful.

“What happens if one day we don’t want to and we don’t feel like it or lady things happen?

“Because that is another thing, like when it is your time of the month and stuff, we do not want to work.”

A Department of Work and Pensions spokeswoman said: “We’re committed to providing a safety net for the most vulnerable in society and urge anyone who feels they need further support to contact us.

“People claiming UC can access 100 per cent advance payments from day one of a claim and other support includes continuing to pay Housing Benefit for two weeks as people move over from the old system.”

You can donate to MASH by clicking here .

*If you’re a sex worker and you need help you can visit the MASH has a drop in centre at 94 – 96 Fairfield Street, in Manchester city centre.

The charity offers a range of services including counselling, sexual health clinics and help with the law.

You can also call the MASH helpline on 0800 1830 499 or visit the website for advice.

Philippe Coutinho’s agent makes transfer admission amid wild Manchester United links

Philippe Coutinho’s agent has admitted the player’s Barcelona future is unclear but that it would be “very difficult” for him to join a club like Manchester United.

The former Liverpool playmaker has endured a tough time since making the switch to Camp Nou and has been linked with a move away already — with United named as a potential suitor.

MEN Sport understands a transfer for Coutinho is implausible, however, and his agent Kia Joorabchian has seemingly confirmed that it’s almost impossible the ex-Anfield star would come to Old Trafford.

“The information from Barcelona is rather mixed,” Joorabchian told Sky Sports News.

“We had a meeting last week with the president (Josep) Bartomeu and other directors, and they told us he was absolutely not for sale, that they have never spoken about the boy leaving, that they had never offered him to any club.

“Although there is a guy that works for them called Andre Cury, who apparently has been touting him about — but the president has told us he is categorically not for sale.”

Barcelona have already secured Antoine Griezmann for £107mil爱上海lion and bee,上海品茶QQFalkner,n linked with a mega-money move for Neymar, throwing Coutinho’s future at the La Liga giants into doubt.

But joining a former rival of Liverpool is virtually out of the question, Joorabchian confirmed when asked where — if he leaves — could Old Trafford be a potential destination for the Brazilian. The 27-year-old played six games for his country en route to Brazil’s Copa America victory this summer, scoring twice.

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“I think Liverpool lies very, very deeply in his heart,” added his agent. “He was a big fan of them throughout the campaign (last season).

“He was wishing for them to win the title and he has a very strong affinity there so I think it will be very difficult for him to go to a direct competitor of Liverpool from a ,上海品茶微信Lake,personal standpoint.”

Post-Game podcast as Liverpool make it two wins from two on emotional afternoon

Let’s face it. It wasn’t as exciting as the cricket, was it?

But still, it was another good workout for Liverpool, who foll上海龙凤419owed their 6-0 success at Tranmere Rovers with a 3-1 victory at Bradford City on Sunday to maintain their 100% winning start to pre-season.

James Milner – does this man ever age? – scored two goals in quick succession before Rhian Brewster took his tally in pre-season to three in 90 minutes of football with another clinical strike.

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But more important than all of that was the fact that the money raised from the friendly, which was watched by Bradford’s biggest crowd since Valley Parade reopened, will go to the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation .

The foundation was launched by former Liverpool and Bradford defender Stephen Darby following his MND diagnosis and subsequent retirement from football la,上海品茶QQRae,st September.

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It is a subject touched upon by both our Liverpool FC reporter Ian Doyle and Reds manager Jurgen Klopp in their post-game verdicts, which make up this podcast.

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Kylie Jenner poses completely naked on trip to promote new skin care range

KYLIE Jenner posed complet,上海品茶QQOlivier,ely naked on a trip to promote her new skin care range.

The billionaire got a private jet with her skin ca,上海品茶会所Jay,re range emblazoned across the front as she flew off with her one-year-old daughter Stormi and baby daddy rapper Travis Scott on Sunday.

Kylie, 21, stripped off completly naked as she embarked on her promotional tour of her skin care range – the latest addition to her hugely successful empire.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star, who was crowned Forbes youngest self-made billionaire last year thanks to her popular Kylie’s Cosmetics make-up range, posed in her birthday suit for a picture she posted on Instagram.

The stylish star kept her hat on for the shoot.

Kim Kardashian’s half-sister showed off her perfect yellow pedicure and ankle bracelet as she perched on the edge of a pool in her swanky hotel.

Kylie certainly didn’t cut corners when it came to the launch of her latest product line.

A pink carpet awaited Kylie and her family as they boarded the plane with air hostesses and Kylie’s team wearing matching pink and white outfits.

She shelled out for a private jet – with soft silk pink cushions with Kylie Skin on the front.

On board she was treated to pink donuts.

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When she arrived at her lavish destination, she was given coconuts to drink from with Kylie Skin written on the front of the shell.

Pink and white sweets were in each room in keeping with the theme – and guests had a goodie bag from Kylie.

Each room had pink and white rose petals scattered over the sprawling beds, as well as gift sets from Kylie’s new bath range in the bathrooms.

Inside the wardrobes there were pink fluffy robes and customised vest tops with Kylie’s skin care brand on them.

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This is largely down to hugely successful flash sales of her lipstick range Kylie’s Lip Kits.

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Meghan Markle fan’s jaw-dropping reaction as he sees her on red carpet

A Meghan Markle fan has been pictured looking utterly gobsmacked as the duchess walked towards him at The Lion King premiere this evening.

The male looks visibly stunned and gasps as the 37-year-old former actress greets the crowds at the glitzy bash being held at Leicester Square in London.

His adorable jaw-dropping reaction has been hailed iconic, with one social media user commenting: “The look on his face is hilarious and cute at the same time.”

He also remains open-mouthed as he takes a photo of Meghan, who looked chic in a £3,500 black knee-length flared dress with sheer sleeves from the Jason Wu Collection.

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The photo is now doing the rounds on Twitter , with one person quipping: “This guy’s reaction is a meme!!!!”

Another said: “I wonder what he’s thinking.”

Meanwhile, Meghan sparkled at the star-studded event, which she attended with husband Prince Harry .

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked a picture of happiness as they arrived holding hands to the tune of Can You Feel The Love Tonight.

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Meghan teamed her stunning frock with a black Gucci clutch and Aquazzura heels, and styled her hair in a sleek bun.

Her shoes also caught the attention of Sir Elton John, who is one of the singers behind the music of the hotly anticipated film.

He looked at the black stilettos which had a pretty diamanté strap at the back and said: “I’m admiring your shoes” prompting a smile from Meghan.

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The Duchess, who is on maternity leave, chatted and waved at the crowds and at one point was in fits of giggles.

While Harry, 34, looked dapper in a suit with bow tie.

The pair, who welcomed son Archie in May, spent the evening mingling with A-Listers, including Beyonce and Donald Glover who star in the updated Disney classic.

The photorealistic computer-animated remake of the beloved 1994 film boasts a star-studded cast, including Glover as king-in-waiting Simba and Beyonce voicing his love interest Nala.

Beyonce and the Duchess looked thrilled to see each other ahead of the screening, as they shared a hug and talked baby Archie.

The pair couldn’t hide their excitement and embraced before Beyonce gushed: “We love you guys.”

The singing sensation, dressed in a daring yellow evening gown split to the thigh, also commented on how “beautiful” Archie is as they exchanged parenting tips.

“The baby, so beautiful,” cooedBeyonce. “We love you guys.”

EU powers warn Iran it must limit uranium enrichment to keep nuclear deal alive

European powers including the UK have warned that their continued support for the Iran nuclear deal is dependent on Tehran coming back inline with provisions limiting its stockpiles of enriched uranium.

As foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt travelled to Brussels for talks with EU counterparts on Iran scheduled for Monday, the so-called E3 nations – Britain, France and Germany – issued a last-ditch bid to keep the four-year-old deal alive, calling for “signs of goodwill” from the Islamic republic.

Mr Hunt vowed to do everything in his power to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, which he said would pose “an existential threat to mankind”.

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The developments came amid growing tensions in the region, following the seizure of a tanker carrying Iranian oil in Gibraltar and a confrontation between a Royal Navywarship and boats of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the Gulf last week.

Meanwhile, Tehran has confirmed it has breached limits on uranium stockpiles, in a move designed to put pressure on Europe to take action to offset the impact of sanctions reintroduced last year by US president Donald Trump.

In a statement issued on the fourth anniversary of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which offered Iran relief from sanctions in return for curtailing its nuclear programmes, the E3 confirmed their commitment to the deal despite Mr Trump’s decision to pull the US out.

But they added: “Today, we are concerned by the risk that the JCPOA further unravels under the strain of sanctions imposed by the United States and following Iran’s decision to no longer implement several of the central provisions of the agreement.

“We are extremely concerned by Iran’s decision to stockpile and enrich uranium in excess of authorised limits. Moreover, our three countries are deeply troubled by the attacks we have witnessed in the Persian Gulf and beyond, and by the deterioration of the security in the region.

“We believe the time has come to act responsibly and seek a path to stop the escalation of tensions and resume dialogue. The risks are such that it is necessary for all stakeholders to pause and consider the possible consequences of their actions.”

In a clear warning of the consequences if Tehran continues to flout the terms of the deal, the E3 said: “While we continue to support the JCPOA, its continuation is contingent on Iran’s full compliance, and we strongly urge Iran to reverse its recent decisions in this regard.”

They added: “Our countries have recently taken several diplomatic initiatives to contribute to de-escalation and dialogue, for which signs of goodwill are urgently needed from all sides … In search of a resolution we will continue our active engagement with all interested parties, in the interest of the preservation of international peace and security.”

Speaking ahead of the Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, Mr Hunt said: “The Middle East is already one of the most unstable regions in the world, but if the different parties were armed with nuclear weapons it would represent an existential threat to mankind. I will do everything in my power to prevent that from happening.

“Today I’ll be building on the leadership shown by the UK, alongside France and Germany, as we do what it takes to maintain the nuclear deal, and to work to encourage Iran back into compliance.”

Mr Hunt spoke at the weekend with Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif, who demanded the release of the oil tanker Grace 1, currently being detained in Gibraltar on suspicion of busting UN sanctions on Syria.

“As I said to the Iranians this weekend, the detention of the Grace 1 was a Gibraltar-led enforcement of EU Syria sanctions,” said Mr Hunt. “Action had to be taken, and this was nothing to do with the oil being Iranian.”

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