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Iran minister says EU trade arrangement moving slowly, talking to…

NEW DELHI ( ) – Iran’s foreign minister said on Tuesday the European Union was moving more slower than expected in facilitating non-dollar trade with Tehran to circumvent U.S. sanct上海品茶工作室ions, forcing it to explore avenues with other nations.

“We continue to work with the Europeans for the special purpose vehicle but we are not waiting for them,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in New Delhi. “We are working w,专门哟啪的微信群Hal,ith our traditional partners like India, like China, like Russia so that we continue to work in the interest of our people.”

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North Korea’s Kim visiting China for fourth summit: media

SEOUL ( ) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is on his way to China for his fourth summit with China’s Xi Jinping, South Korean media said on Monday.

South Korea’s Hankyoreh newspaper, citing an unidentified source with close knowledge of North Korea-China affairs, reported that Kim was traveling to Beijing late on Monday to meet with Xi.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, citing an unspecified source familiar with North Korea issues, said a North Korean train possibly carrying a “high-level” official had crossed the border into China.

The source told Yonhap it had not been confirmed whether a senior official was on board, but that dozens of security vehicles and officials had blocked the roads around a station in the Chinese border city of Dandong as the train passed.

Last year Kim traveled to China three times to meet with Xi, before and after Kim held other summits with U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Kim is expected to meet again with both the U.S. and South Korean presidents in the near future, and another visit to China has been seen as a possible move before those summits.

Earlier o,上海妹子品茶微信Gabrielle,n Monday the South Korean newspaper Munhwa Ilbo reported that U.S. State Department officials recently met multiple times with North K,上海外卖品茶群Kailani,orean counterparts in Hanoi and discussed planning a second summit between Trump and Kim, fuelling speculation that Vietnam could host the event.

The U.S. State Department and White House declined to comment on the Munhwa Ilbo report and the State Department referred queries about Kim’s reported China visit to the Chinese government.

In an interview with CNBC, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised China’s support for resolving the North Korean crisis and said he did not think the U.S. trade dispute with Beijing would affect this.

“The Chinese have been very clear to us that these are separate issues,” Pompeo said.

“Their behavior has demonstrated that as well and we appreciate that. China has actually been a good partner in our efforts to reduce the risk to the world from North Korea’s nuclear capability; I expect they will continue to do so.”

At a landmark June summit in Singapore, Kim and Trump pledged to work toward denuclearizat上海品茶微信ion, but the pact was light on details and talks since have made little headway.

China is North Korea’s most important economic and diplomatic backer, despite anger over its neighbor’s nuclear and missile programs. Ties have warmed in the last year as Pyongyang’s relations with both Seoul and Washington have also improved.

China also played a role in Trump’s meeting with Kim, lending the North Korean leader an airliner for his trip to Singapore.

Diplomatic sources say Xi will probably go to N,上海喝茶资源群Lance,orth Korea at some point soon, which would make him the first Chinese leader to do so since 2005.

In early December, Xi told North Korea’s foreign minister during a visit in Beijing that he “hoped North Korea and the United States meet each other halfway and address each other’s reasonable concerns, allowing positive progress on the peninsula’s nuclear talks.”

Canadian diplomats in China met second of two detained citizens

OTTAWA ( ) – Canadian diplomats in China on Tuesd上海品茶工作室ay met the second of two citizens who were detained last month after the arrest of a senior Chinese executive in Vancouver, the Canadian foreign ministry said.

“Today, Canadian consular officials in China visited with Michael Spavor,” th,上海品茶论坛Jackson,e ministry said in a statement that provided no further details. Officials met Michael Kovrig on Dec. 17.

Canadian authorities arrested Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL] Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on Dec. 1 on a U.S. extradition warrant. Beijing denounced the move and threatened reprisals unless the case against Meng was dropped.

“The Canadian government remains deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention by Chinese authorities of the,上海品茶交友群Cade,se two Canadians since last month and continues to call for their immediate release,” the foreign ministry said in the statement.

The spat is threatening to increase global tensions at a time when W,上海品茶群二维码Jace,ashington and Beijing are already locked in a trade war.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday and the two leaders agreed to continue pressing Beijing to free Spavor and Kovrig, Trudeau’s office said in a statement.

Although Canada says China has made no specific link between the detentions and Meng’s arrest, experts and former diplomats say they have no doubt Beijing is using the cases of the two men to pressure Ottawa.

Alabama governor to face impeachment push in state legislature

( ) – Alabama Governor Robert Bentley will face a legislative effort seeking his impeachment, a state lawmaker said on Tuesday, announcing the start of formal proceedings amid escalating political fallout over his relationship with a former advisor.

Bentley, a two-term Republican governor, has apologized for making inappropriate remarks to the married ex-staffer, while denying allegations of a physical affair. Since he acknowledged the accusa,上海品茶会所Jace,tions two weeks ago, he has been dogged by questions about their relationship and potentially inappropriate use of state resources.

State representative Ed Henry, also a Republican, held a news conference on Tuesday to discuss impeachment proceedings, acknowledging uncertainty about exactly how they would unfold.

“We are looking at this governor that has essentially betrayed the trust of the people of Alabama,” he said, calling on Bentley to step down.

“We’ve never done this before. We’ve,上海品茶网Tallulah, never tried to impeach a governor,” added Henry, who spoke alongside several state representatives who support impeachment.

He drafted articles of impeachment that accuse Bentley of corruption, incompetence, immoral上海品茶微信 behavior, and neglecting his duties as governor.

In response, Bentley issued a statement calling the effort a distraction from pending issues before the stat,上海妹子品茶微信Tamara,e legislature.

“There are no grounds for impeachment, and I will vigorously defend myself and my administration from this political attack,” said Bentley, a medical doctor who easily won re-election to a second term in November 2014.

The senior advisor in question, Rebekah Mason, resigned last week. She said she intended to focus on her husband and children and did not address the alleged affair. Funding for her salary was among the issues questioned in the impeachment documents.

Discussions about their relationship have dominated Alabama politics since March 23 when Bentley was publicly accused of having an affair by Spencer Collier, the former head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, just after he was fired by the governor.

Audio recordings have emerged that depict Bentley making suggestive comments to Mason, according to state media reports.

Bentley’s wife filed for divorce in August 2015 after 50 years of marriage, citing unspecified problems.

U.N. chief in Myanmar concerned over fighting in Rakhine State

YANGON ( ) – The head of the United Nations in Myanmar on Wednesday expressed concern about the situation in the western state of Rakhine, where fighting between the military and the rebel Arakan Army has displace上海品茶工作室d about 4,500 people since early December.

Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday discussed insurgent attacks on police in a rare meeting with the military chief, and her administration called for the armed forces to “crush” the rebels.

Knut Ostby, who acts as the resident coordinator for the Un,上海品茶会所Jacklyn,ited Nations, said in a statement he was “deeply concerned about the situation” and urged “all sides to ensure the protection of all civilians” and to respect human rights.

“Mr Ostby further appeals to all sides to intensify efforts to find a peaceful solution to the situation and to ensure humanitarian access to all people affected by the violence,,上海品茶交友群Larissa,” the United Nations said in a statement.

The Arakan Army wants greater autonomy for Rakhine State, where the mostly Buddhist ethnic Rakhine people make up the majority of the population.

Rakhine State saw a military-led crackdown in 2017, following attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents that prompted hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee westwards into neighboring Bangladesh.

At a meeting on Monday between government and military leaders, the office of President Win Myint said it had instructed the military to “crush the terrorists”, the government spokesman later told a news conference.

While Suu Kyi is barred from being president by a military-drafted constitution, the president is a loyalist. Suu Kyi is seen as de facto leader of the civilian government, while the military remains in charge of security.

Arakan Army insurgents killed 13 policemen and wounded nine in attacks on four police posts on Friday, as Myanmar celebrated Independence Day, state media reported.

An Arakan Army spokesman outside Myanmar told last week the group attacked the security forces in response to a broad military offensive in the north of Rakhine State that also targeted civilians.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Monday that 4,500 people were shelte,上海品茶水磨Barrett,ring in monasteries and communal areas after being displaced by the fighting in the past month.

Myanmar governments have battled various autonomy-seeking ethnic minority insurgent groups since shortly after independence from Britain in 1948, though some have struck ceasefire agreements.

Cambodian jailed for three years for insulting king on Facebook

PHNOM PENH ( ) – A Cambodian court jailed a man on Wednesday for three years for insulting the king in Face,专门哟啪的微信群Balthazar,book posts, the second known conviction under a new lese majeste law enacted last year, which rights groups fear could be used to stifle dissent.

“The court announced a verdict against Ieng Cholsa which sentenced him to 3 years in prison and ordered him to pay five million riels ($1,250),” Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman Y Rin said.

The Facebook posts, which the court found had insulted King Norodom Sihamoni, were uploaded in June last year, Y Rin said.

Facebook did not immedia上海品茶工作室tely respond to a request for comment. The defendant could not be reached for comment and the court did not say whether he had a lawyer.

Cambodia’s lese majeste law was unanimously adopted by parliament in February last year. Rights groups expressed concerns at the time that the law, which is similar to legislation in neighbo,上海妹子品茶微信Kaiden,ring Thailand, could be used to silence government critics.

Last October, a court in the northern province of Siem Reap jailed a member of the dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) under the law.

The Supreme Court dissolv,上海品茶论坛Hadrian,ed the CNRP in 2017 at the government’s request after it was found guilty of plotting to take power with the help of the United States – an accusation the party and Washington have denied.

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won a general election in July last year which critics said was flawed because of a lack of a credible opposition, among other factors.

Malta disembarks migrants sparking Italy government clash

VALLETTA ( ) – Forty-nine migrants disembarked in Malta on Wednesday after spending more than two weeks stranded on board rescue ships, ending a standoff in which European Union countries had refused to offer them a safe port.

The agreement that ended the stalemate was brokered by the European Commission, and it calls for a total of some 300 migrants who have reached Malta in recent weeks to be redistributed between eight EU countries, including Italy.

But Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, during a visit to Poland, has demanded a “clarification” within the government since the agreement was announced, a League source said, and he will meet with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and other ministers upon his return later on Wednesday.

“I am and remain absolutely against any new arrivals in Italy,” Salvini said on Twitter. “Caving to the pressures and threats of Europe and the non-governmental organizations is a sign of weakness that Italians don’t deserve.”

The Sea-Watch 3, a vessel run by a German humanitarian group, plucked 32 people from an unsafe boat off the coast of Libya on Dec. 22. Another German charity, Sea-Eye, rescued 17 others on Dec上海品茶工作室. 29.

They had both been sailing back in forth in Maltese waters for days after Italy, Malta and all other EU countries refused to offer them a port of safety.

Italy allowed rescue ships to dock regularly until June of last year when the new populist government took over and Salvini, who is also leader of the anti-immigration League party, closed the country’s ports to humanitarian vessels.

Since then, the EU executive often has had to conduct lengthy negotiations with member states in order to share out new arrivals before the rescue ships are al,上海品茶工作室Rachel,lowed to dock.

But on Wedne,上海妹子品茶微信Idaline,sday Salvini said the deals made in the past are not being respected. EU partners said they would welcome 270 migrants after Italy agreed to allow them to disembark in Sicily in July, but only 129 had actually been taken in, he said.

Malta, which had agreed to take 50, has so far accepted none, Salvini said.

The majority of the nearly 300 migrants now in Malta will be shared among Germany, France, Portugal, Ireland, Romania, Lu,上海品茶419论坛Fabian,xembourg, the Netherlands, Italy and Malta, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said. The remainder, including 44 Bangladeshis, will be sent home, he added.

Over the last week, humanitarian groups had warned of growing physical and psychological distress among the migrants on the stranded boats, many of whom also suffered seasickness due to the rough seas.

Rivals unite in Indian state in bid to beat Modi in elections

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI ( ) – Two political rivals in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh will form an alliance in a bid to defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in national election scheduled for May, leaders of the parties said.

The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), both of whom command large support bases among Uttar Pradesh state’s working class and are led by former chief ministers, will contest the election as a team, they said.

Uttar Pradesh is India’s most populous state and accounts for about a sixth of all members of the parliament, the highest by a single state. Barring a coupl,上海品茶419论坛Barbara,e of exceptions in the 1990s, the party winning the most number of seats there has helped form the federal government.

Out of the 80 seats in the state, SP and BSP will nominate candidates for 38 seats each, BSP chief Mayawati Das said at a joint press conference with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday.

They will not contest the other four seats, which include two that have historically been held by the country’s main opposition party, Congress.

Congress, which ruled India for nearly four decades since its independence from Britain in 1947, has also been working to build a “grand alliance” with other parties ahead of the polls.

Mayawati, however, said Congress would not be a part of the BSP-SP alliance in Uttar Pradesh. “We can surely stop the BJP from coming to power with this alliance with SP,” she said.

On Friday, Yadav had told news channel NDTV: “We can give Congress two seats they have always held”, referring to the constituencies from where Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi have contested in the past.

Mamata Banerjee, head of Trinamool Congress party and chief minister of eastern India’s West Bengal state who has been pushing to create a mega alliance of regional parties to defeat the BJP, welcomed the announcement in a tweet.

“I welcome the alliance of the SP a上海品茶工作室nd the BSP for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections,” Banerjee tweeted.

“Let us cherish the ‘idea of India’ for which our freedom fighters laid down their lives. Our people and our great institutions must strive to remain “independent”, in the true sense of the word.”


Opposition parties across the country received a fillip last month, when India’s ruling party lost power in three states and dealt Modi his biggest defeat since he took office in 2014.

The BJP, SP and BSP contested against each other during the state elections in March 2017, which the BJP comfortably won, but political analysts say a BSP-SP alliance could affect the ruling party’s prospects.

The BJP had a 40 percent vote share in the state polls, the BSP and SP put together accounted for 44,上海品茶QQLance, percent. To be sure, voting patterns could be different when the world’s largest democracy goes to polls.

The BJP, however, is confident of winning elections in Uttar Pradesh. “We will win 74 out of the 80 seats in Uttar P,上海外卖品茶群Ida,radesh,” president Amit Shah said in a televised address on Friday.

Despite the strategic significance and having been ruled by different parties since independence, Uttar Pradesh remains one of India’s most backward states.

It is notorious for its crime rate and unlicensed gun use, has below-average literacy levels, an abysmally low human development index and worrying levels of population growth.

U.S. diplomat Nuland says optimistic about Ukraine reforms

KIEV ( ) – U.S Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said on Wednesday she was encouraged by signs of commitment to reform from Ukraine’s new government and urged Kiev to start jailing corrupt officials.

Months of political turmoil in the run-up to the cab,上海喝茶资源群Tamara,inet reshuffle – the biggest since an uprising in 2014 brought in a pro-Western leadership – have derailed efforts to root out corruption, delaying billions of dollars in foreign loans. 上海品茶会所

“Overall, I go home encouraged by the commitment of all the political forces ‎to continuing and accelerating reform, economic reform, anti-corruption reform, in particular judicial reform,” she said at the end of her first official visit to Kiev since the political shakeup earlier in April.

Former prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk resigned two weeks ago and was replaced by Volodymyr Groysman, a close ally of President Petro Poroshenko.

“Obviously corruption is still a very deep problem. It’s time to start locking up people who have ripped off the Ukrainian population fo,上海品尝嫩茶Idaia,r too long,” she said.

Nuland called for greater political unity, insisting Ukraine must “stay the course” with a $1,上海品茶群二维码Macauly,7.5 billion bailout program from the International Monetary Fund, whose third tranche of $1.7 billion has been delayed since last October.

Pro-European reformists in Ukraine have previously expressed concern that the latest political reboot will not eliminate the influence of powerful business interests on policymaking.

Nuland said further U.S. financial assistance to Ukraine – a third $1-billion loan guarantee is in the offing – would depend on the government sticking to the IMF program.

Fund battling AIDS, TB and malaria seeks $14 billion to invigorate…

LONDON, Jan 11 ( ) – At least $14 billion is needed to accelerate the fight against AID,上海妹子品茶微信Eason,S, tuberculosis and malaria and quell stubborn epidemics that still kill millions, the head of a global health fund said on Friday.

Announcing a fundraising target for the next three-year cycle, Peter Sands, director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said the money could help save 16 million lives, halving deaths from the three diseases.

It would also be used to build stronger health systems in poor countries ill-equipped to handle existing outbreaks and unable to cope with potential new epidemics.

“New threats mean there is no middle ground,” Sands said in a statement. “We need to … protect and build on the gains we have made, or we will see those achievements eroded, infections and deaths resurge, and the prospect of ending the epidemics disappear.”

The Global Fund is a group of governments, civil society and private sector partners wh上海品茶QQich invests around $,上海外卖品茶群Qirin,4 billion a year to fight ,上海品茶群二维码Oakley,infectious diseases. It was launched in 2002 and has since helped slash the number of people dying from AIDS, TB and malaria by around a third.

Yet the epidemics are still far from beaten.

In 2017, TB killed 1.6 million people, including 300,000 people with HIV, making it one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. Malaria kills almost half a million people each year, most of them babies or young children in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the AIDS pandemic, almost 37 million people worldwide are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and around 15 million of them do not get the antiretroviral drugs needed.

Sands acknowledged in a telephone interview how hard it would be to encourage international donors to pledge funds towards such a high target. But he added that with the fund’s reach and ability to elicit engagement and investment by governments in nations affected by the epidemics, he was confident it would have a major impact.

“If we step up the fight now, we will save millions more lives,” he said.

Russia says names of men accused over Skripal ‘mean nothing to us’

MOSCOW ( ) – The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that the names of two men accused by 上海品茶微信British prosecutors of trying to murder former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia meant nothing to Moscow, Russian news agencies reported.

British prosecutors on Wednesday identified two Russians — Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov — who they said had tried to murder the Skripals with a military-grade nerve agent in England.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the names of the two men “do not mean anything to us,” adding that the case required careful analysis and therefore,上海外卖品茶群Fabian, close cooperation between London and Moscow.

Britain has blamed Russia for the poisonings. Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement.

“A link is being made with Russia. The names published in the media as well as the photographs mean nothing to us,” TASS quoted Zakharova as saying.

“We again call on the British side to move from public allegations and information manipul,上海品茶419论坛Balthazar,ation to practical co,上海品茶会所Balthazar,operation via law enforcement,” she was quoted as saying by TASS.

Russia’s envoy to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Moscow had nothing to do with the poisoning, RIA news agency reported.

Daniel James explains the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer change helping Manchester United

Daniel James believes Manchester United are beginning to benefit from the new philosophy which has been introduced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the club.

United impressed during their pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East and have earned victory in all four of their fixtures so far this summer.

Not only have United done enough to secure four victories so far in the off-season but there has been a clear change in tactical play which has seen Solskjaer’s side play in a more energetic pressing style.

United secured their fourth victory with a 2-1 win over Tottenham on Thursday and after the game Wales international James spoke of the manager’s desire to get his side playing a different style of football in the new season.

“We’ve been showing what we’ve been doing in training,” James said.

“That high press and trying to win the ball back. We’ve had chances and goals from it today, when we’ve,上海品茶工作室Tandie, won the ball high up and we’ve gone on the counter which is something the gaffer has brought. That’s his philosophy.”

James was one of the stars of the show for United in Shanghai and continued his fine start to life at United with a lively display on the left hand side. The 21-year-old featured prominently in all four of their fixtures so far, but James insists he is not surprised by the amount of opportunity he has been given.

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The Welsh winge,上海品茶会所Paulin,r added: “I wouldn’t say surprised because the manager brought me in for a reason. Obviously my aim is to play but I don’t expect to play. We’ve got amazing forward players here and even the youngsters coming through have done really well.

“Mason (Greenwood) has scored two, (Tahith) Chongy has done really well and Angel (Gomes) scored today. It’s always going to be tough but it’s a long season. If it’s not there at the start I’ve just got to keep biding my time and try and get in that team. Obviously I hope that I start on the first day but it’s not always the case. I’ve started a few but we’ve shared the mi上海龙凤419nutes. I think all the positions are still up for grabs.”

The blessing and curse for Swansea City as transfer trends change significantly

If there has been one recurring theme in this transfer window, not only in the Championship but globally too, it would be youth.

Possibly more than ever before, young players are making the headlines and for the most part they’re the ones generating the biggest bucks.

Transfer fees across the board have increased rapidly over the years but this is particularly true of younger players.

In 2011 Paris Saint Germain, who had just received an enormous cash injection following a Qatari takeover, broke the world record for a player aged 23 or under when they purchased Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore from Palermo. At around £37m it was way above market value for a player of his age, experience and probably ability.

But PSG were determined to get him at all costs and one of the reasons they paid so much was that they were investing in potential.

The same reason was given in 2015 when that record was smashed by Manchester City when they spent around £50m on 20-year-old Raheem Sterling. This was an eye-watering sum at the time, seen by many as particularly risky. Sterling clearly had incredible potential but was still a kid and nobody knew how he would develop.

Pastore never fully repaid PSG’s faith in him but Sterling has since gone on to achieve great things and probably justified his enormous price tag. His transfer also proved to be a watershed moment which set a trend for the years to come.

In the four years since Sterling’s big-money move, the price of younger players has sky-rocketed. Paying for potential has become the norm and potential,上海品茶工作室Patton, usually comes at a premium.

Everybody is desperate to unearth the next big thing and clubs will often pay vast sums to get a player they think can blossom into a superstar.

This summer the trend has been taken to new extremes. At the time of writing this column, 11 of the most expensive 14 transfers across the globe so far this summer have been for players under 23 including this year’s record transfer, João Félix who cost Atletico Madrid around £113m.

Félix is 19 years old and has had just one full season of senior football and while he has stood out for Benfica in the Portuguese top flight, it remains an eye-watering sum for a player in his footballing infancy.

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In the Premier League top clubs have spent big on youngsters such as Man City’s new Spanish midfielder Rodri, Spurs’ French acquisition Tanguy Ndombélé and Manchester United’s new 21-year-old right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The only players this summer over the age of 23 who have moved for more than the players mentioned above are Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann.

Kids are dominating the transfer window across Europe but if anything this trend is even more pronounced in the Championship and here’s where Swansea City come into play.

Daniel James’s £15m transfer to Manchester United kicked off a summer where the Championship’s top youngsters h上海419论坛ave been in high demand.

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Five players aged 23 or under have been sold by Championship clubs for fees of £9m or more during this window. Other than West Brom’s Solomon Rondon, who spent last year on loan at Newcastle and recently moved to the Chinese Super League for £16million, the most expensive player over the age of 23 in the division was Kenneth Zohore who joined West Brom from Cardiff for approximately £8m.

Clubs like Swansea have worked out that others are willing to pay more for untested youth than tried and tested experience.

A look at the most in-demand Championship players this summer reveals a list dominated by players aged 23 or under.

The likes of Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, Hull’s Jarrod Bowen, Brentford’s Neal Maupay and of course Swansea’s Oli McBurnie are all still in the formative years of their careers but if reports are to be believed none of them will be going anywhere unless big-money offers are involved.

Clubs in the Championship are able to demand these huge fees because the league’s developed a fine reputation recently as a breeding ground for young talent.

Last summer saw James Maddison move to Leicester and David Brooks to Bournemouth, both of whom had excellent first seasons in the Premier League.

These conditions are a blessing but may also become a curse for Swansea City, a club which has invested heavily in its academy over recent years and as a result has a squad littered with young talent.

On the one hand it means they can get top dollar for their youngsters, as was the case with James earlier this summer. This is a great help for Swansea as they continue to adapt financially to life in the Championship following the brutal hit of Premier League relegation.

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On the other hand it means any player coming through the Swans’ system is unlikely to escape the radar of bigger and wealthier clubs.

The short-,上海品茶QQBastian,term gain of large transfer fees is counter-balanced by potential long-term frustrations of being on Premier League watch-lists.

Fellow Championship clubs like West Brom and Barnsley know this frustration all too well. As soon as any youngster performs well at either of these clubs, they instantly attract attention from elsewhere and more often than not they end up leaving. The Swans want to avoid this situation if possible.

Youth and potential are becoming increasingly expensive attributes in football and this should have a big impact on Swansea’s activities in the transfer market over the coming years. The big question is whether they can make it work to their advantage.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s bizarre contract clause – and five other odd demands

Contract clauses are a big part of the modern game.

They are a way for a club to sweeten a transfer and generally work to the benefit of the player being signed.

But every now and again a club will insert a contract clause to assert a level of control over a player, to ensure they’re kept in check.

At Arsenal Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had a rather bizarre clause written into his contract.

Alan Gernon explained the clause in his book, The Transfer Market: The Inside Stories.

“Following Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s move to Arsenal in 2011, Gunners fans became increasingly frustrated with the midfielder’s lack of playing time,” reads a section.

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“He was predominantly used as a substitute, often around the 71-minute mark.

“After his contract details emerged, it all became clear: Arsenal were obliged to pay Southampton £10,000 every time he played 20 minutes or more.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain isn’t the only footballer to have had an unusual clause written into his contract in recent years.

Here are five other strange clauses from the bizarre world of football.

Stefan Schwarz’s space ban

Sunderland were delighted to sign Stefan Schwarz for £4million back in 1999.

The Swede put pen to paper on a four-year deal that was entirely run of the mill, aside the from the line that read ‘space travel would see the contract terminated.’

No we are ,上海品茶QQHarmony,not joking.

Sunderland’s chief executive, John Fickling told BBC Radio 5 Live at the time: “One of Schwarz’s advisers,上海品茶微信Bennett, has, indeed, got one of the places on the commercial flights.

“And we were worried that he may wish to take Stefan along with him. So we thought we’d better get things tied up now rather than at the time of the flight.

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“It 上海龙凤419was a reasonable request. We would normally get insurance cover for the player throughout the length of his contract. And like a lot of insurance policies there are certain exclusions, such as dangerous activities.

“At the end of the day we are protecting the club, really. It was a little bit of a light-hearted moment during protracted negotiations.

“But one day it could become be quite acceptable to put such clauses in various contracts.”

Cooking with Rolf-Christel Guie-Mien

When Rolf-Christel Guie-Mien moved from Karlsruher to Eintracht Frankfurt back in 1999 he made a rather unusual request.

The Congolese demanded the German club stick a clause in his contract that would see them pay for his wife to have… wait for it… cooking lessons.

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Presumably Guie-Mien wasn’t a fan of what his better half was serving up and thought swapping clubs was a great opportunity to address this.

Can’t image she was too pleased, though.

Stig Inge Bjornebye can’t hit the slopes

During his formative years, Stig Inge Bjornebye was a keen skier – a passion he inherited from his dad.

Bjornebye’s father, Jo competed in the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble and the 1972 Winter Olympics in Japan.

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However, when Bjornebye put pen to paper with Liverpool the Anfield club put a stop to all his snow-based fun with a sneaky clause in his contract.

The clause prevented Bjornebye from skiing – it was the club’s way of protecting their investment from a broken leg – for the duration of his stint on Merseyside.

Neil Ruddock’s weight clause

Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan inserted a clause in Neil Ruddock’s contract following his free transfer from West Ham in 2000 – on the advice of then Hammers boss Harry Redknapp.

The clause stipulated that Ruddock would be fined every time he went over his ‘recommended weight’, 99.8kg.

Jordan wrote in his autobiography: “On approaching West Ham I discovered he was a free transfer, although he did have a weighty salary – which was not the only weighty thing about him.

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“Harry Redknapp, the West Ham manager at the time, told me to put in a weight clause.

“So I decided to put a 10 per cent penalty on the contract we were proposing to offer him if he was over the recommended weight of 99.8kg, which by the way was still frigging huge.”

According to reports, Ruddock was hit with no fewer than eight fines.

Spencer Prior and the sheep testicle

English defender Spencer Prior had a rather bizarre contract clause inserted in the deal that saw him sign for Cardiff from Manchester City in 2001.

Prior was told he had to have “a physical liaison with a sheep and eat sheep’s testicles”.

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Then Cardiff City chairman Sam Hammam told Sky Sports at the time: “It’s simple.

“With Spencer being non-Welsh, he needs to prove to the people of Wales that he understands the place – then he can become a true leader.”

Royal revelation: ‘She was petrified’ – How the Queen feared one Royal Family member

Royal news: How the Queen feared one royal (Image: GETTY)

During that reign, the Queen has become adept at being able to handle any personal上海419论坛ity and person. However, according to royal expert, Ingrid Seward, the Queen never learnt how to deal with one person whose popularity reached incredible levels. Writing in her book, The Queen and Di: The Untold Story, Ms Seward revealed that Her Majesty became fearful of Princess Diana.

She writes: “There was one person she never learnt to handle.

“The Queen came to fear her daughter-in-law.”

According to one member of the household: “The Queen was petrified of Diana.”

The royal expert stated that Her Majesty was fearful of Diana’s “popularity”.

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Royal news: The Queen came to fear Diana (Image: GETTY)

Despite her incredible amount of popularity, behind closed doors Diana often would break down with the Queen in private.

Such was Diana’s emotion that the Queen would come to “dread” meeting with Prince Charles’ the wife.

Ms Seward writes: “The Queen came to dread these meetings with her daughter-in-law.

“They left her feeling drained and despondent and confused – an uncommon state for a woman accustomed to the certainties of her position.”

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Royal news: The Queen also came to dread her meetings with Diana (Image: GETTY)

Following the result of those meetings, that Ms Seward also revealed that Her Majesty began to meet with Diana less and less.

Diana married Charles in what became one of th,上海品茶微信Cannon,e most-watched events around the world.

According to estimates, 750 million watched the event.

Such was Diana’s popularity that Tony Blair once described her as the People’s Princess shortly after her death.

Ryan Christie, Tom Rogic and the Celtic mantle about to change hands – Chris Sutton

Tom Rogic is someone I rate extremely highly.

The Australian is a magician with the ball at his feet and it was no secret I was delighted when Celtic managed to get him on a new contract at the tail end of last season.

However, if the truth is told there are warning signs flashing now for Rogic.

And his mantle is in serious danger of being taken by Ryan Christie who is developing into the No.10 the club always hoped he’d be when he was signed by Ronny Deila.

Rogic has aspects to his game no one at the club has.

His ability to manipulate the ball and take it on the half turn to get the team going at opposition.

But he’s also developing a knack for missing games and if Christie can keep himself fit and firing it might just be the case the Aussie has to stand aside.

What Christie lacks in terms of Rogic’s traits he more than makes up for with his speed and his workrate.

The 24-year-old is full of invention bu,上海品茶工作室Gerard,t, crucially, he’s also full of energy.

Neil Lennon likes his teams to play with a tempo and it is most certainly increased when the former Inverness Caley man is on the pitch.

Not only does it make them more urgent when they are in possession it gives Celtic a chance to win the ball back much higher up the pitch and get at teams faster.

The make-up of the midfield is important for Lennon both domestically and in Europe.

Obviously, that little bit more stability might be required for Champions League matches both in the later qualifying rounds and in the group stage matches.

But when it comes to the Premiership when Celtic are faced with teams that camp in around their own box and try to make it tough for them to get through, that bit of zip is crucial.

Too many times last season when they were faced with those challenges it got a bit bogged down.

Scott Brown would do his job and I also feel Callum McGregor is most effective when he’s getting the game moving as opposed to being an out-and-out No.10.

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McGregor can also finish with aplomb but there’s a bit of me that feels he’s a bigger influence just a little deeper as it also helps him see the game ahead and therefore time runs into the box better. He didn’t look quite as impressive pushed on.

Olivier Ntcham looks as though his race is run at Parkhead and on the occasions he has also been pushed into a more offensive position it again became a little bit too slow and predictable.

The Frenchman has ability. But he doesn’t do things rapid and off the cuff.

I’ve stated before Mikey Johnston is one who could blossom as the season goes on but you feel Rogic or Christie offer the best hope of really hammering home their talents as No.10.

At this moment in time Lennon simply has to stick with Christie.

The one accusation ,上海品茶微信Jasper,levelled at Rogic from some of the supporters was also the reason that got him deserved praise at the same time.

He is a big-game player. Someone who comes up with big goals in big games such as Old Firm matches, European qualifiers and cup finals.

Yet Christie is starting to do the same thing. He scored massive goals in the semi-finals and the Final of the Betfred Cup last season to help Celtic win it and now he has got three in three Champions League qualifiers.

As yet Christie hasn’t shone in the Old Firm but that’s not his fault because he’s not faced them enough for Celtic.

Under Brendan Rodgers he wasn’t fancied. He looked like being pushed out of the door at one stage before an injury crisis in the middle of the park gave him an opportunity last autumn that he grasped.

Christie was among those who didn’t fire at Ibrox last December but wasn’t alone and injury kept him out of the next two matches against Rangers after Rodgers had left for Leicester before the season was concluded.

Let’s not forget, he scored winners for Aberdeen against Rangers at Ibrox during his loan spell at Pittodrie so it’s in his locker. It’s the other games where he might have the edge.

Rogic is not guaranteed to fire if the opposition is lowly and the game doesn’t get his juices flowing.

Christie, though, looks as if he’s ready to go with the same enthusiasm regardless of the opposition.

That, in itself, makes him a great bet for the games against the bottom-six teams through the season when Celtic are having to break down brick walls to get a goal.

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Rogic remains a fantastic player and I would far rather he stayed.

He has had some injury issues and it’s not fair to judge him on the 上海419论坛past few months when he has been fighting to get back to peak form and fitness.

But the man in possession of the jersey is doing the business.

If anything, Christie is stamping down a marker that HE is the one Lennon sees as his Perfect 10.

Former Farming Minister Lord Rooker discusses agriculture’s prospects post-Brexit

Lord Rooker was elected Labour MP for the north Birmingham constituency of Perry Barr in 1974 – a seat he held for 23 years.

He served as Minister in six Government departments between 1997 and 2013, including two appointments as Minister for Agriculture – first for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and later Defra.

He signed the order to create AHDB in 2008 and was appointed chairman of the Food Standards Agency in 2009. He is a lifetime peer in the House of Lords and is still very much focused on scrutinising the business of Government.


As he describes it, ‘bringing some corporate memory back to the job of monitoring Government’.

In his role on the EU Exit sub-committee, Lord Rooker is forensic in questioning the Government’s h,上海品茶微信Faris,andling of Brexit, food legislation and biosecurity.

He said: “An unplanned, disorderly Brexit could have a big impact on UK animal and plant health.

“It is all very well Ministers saying we will not diminish standards in future trade deals, but we need to look beyond the headlines of hormone-treated beef and chlorine-washed chicken and think about risk assessment and management more broadly.”

There are currently 47 pests and diseases in Europe, which pose a threat to the UK’s economy, food safety and ecology.

Former Farming Minister, and Food Standards Agency chairman, Lord Rooker, reflects on his time in Government, food safety and agriculture’s prospects post-Brexit.

Hayley Campbell-Gibbons reports. Post-Brexit, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) loses its membership of The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and its seat on the EU standing committee. This is something that concerns him greatly.

“EFSA issues 3,000 notices a year on biosecurity and animal health. It is fundamental we remain part of that system,” said Lord Rooker.

Politicians are yet to grant the FSA the new powers it needs to make risk management decisions in place of the European Commission.

Without them, all decisions will have to go through the Minister for Health. In Lord Rooker’s view this will compromise the FSA, as the rationale for its creation was to depoliticise food safety.


He added: “This is a blatant land-grab opportunity by Government, which wants to get its fingers back into the food safety pie. Consumers trust the FSA to tell them the truth, more than elected politicians.”

Reflecting on his time as the Agriculture Minister, Lord Rooker looks to farming’s future.

“People think I am an expert because of the job I did. I am not, but I am optimistic for agriculture’s future, providing a more youthful generation comes through to lead from the front.

“We need to be focused on using technology and growing as much food ,上海品茶工作室Makaela,as possible. That includes genetically modified food. We have to accept the economics of it, too.

“There is no farming system in the world that does not get support in one way or another. Farmers do need to be prepared to work together and take more control of the supply chain though; we do not want the retailers calling all the shots.

“Soft fruit is a successful example of collaboration, and Arla making UK dairy farmers part of the co-op is a really positive move since I was in post.”

Against a boisterous political backdrop, what does Lord Rooker think about Labour’s position and prospects?

He added: “That depends on which party you are referring to. The one I think I still belong to, or the one [Jeremy] Corbyn has created?

“Anti-Semitism has been dealt with appallingly, and Labour’s dancing around on Brexit is preposterous. That is not the party I am in.

“The Labour Party does not have a chance while Jeremy Corbyn is leader. The A-listers in the party are on the back benches.

Lord Rooker’s stance on Brexit is clear.

“The Lords would stop Brexit if it could,” he added.

“When the Withdrawal Bill comes to the Lords we will be ready. We will want an amendment that gives the public a say with a second 上海419论坛referendum.

“My bet is we will not leave.”

Man took his own life after family dad his sexuality had to be ‘cured’

Matt Mahmood-Ogston met his “soulmate” back in 2001 after a chance encounter.

However, the future he had planned out for himself and fiancé Dr Nazim Mahmood, known as Naz, was tragically cut short.

13 years after they met, Naz took his own life just days after his strict Muslim family discovered his sexuality, reports Birmingham Live.

His family decided he needed to have his sexuality “cured” because they considered it to be a disease.

The couple had met in a Birmingham nightclub in November 2001 when Naz came and sat down next to Matt.

They quickly fell in love and set up home in Moseley but one thing clouded their happiness. Nazim feared his family would not accept their relationship.

Wanting freedom and the anonymity of a new life in a big city, they moved to London, quickly formed a circle of friends and, in time, became engaged.

But still Naz kept his sexuality a secret from his relatives back home until the truth emerged during a trip back to Birmingham for Eid celebrations in July 2014.

Within days, he had taken his own life. He was just 34.

Now Matt runs the Naz and Matt Foundation in his fiance’s memory to help families learn to accept their children and see that being gay is not a choice.

He said some were still being pressed into forced marriages with members of the opposite sex, with families hoping it would “cure” their kids of being gay.

Matt recalled: “I first met Naz on a night out in Birmingham. I was sitting there and I heard this soft voice say: ‘Excuse me, can I sit he,上海品茶QQPatrice,re please?”

“In that moment my life changed because he’d arrived. He was the one I was looking for.

“We got quickly got talking and we fell in love.

“We just wanted to be together but to live our lives and be ourselves we had to move to London because living in Birmingham was just too scary.

“We couldn’t walk down the street together, we couldn’t even have our blinds open in the living room.

“Naz would say that if his parents drove past and saw us holding hands or doing something any other couple might do, they would be on the doorstep demanding we broke up because it wasn’t acceptable in their family to have a gay son.”

Nazim was raised by a strict Muslim family and he knew they would not accept his sexuality, Matt said.

He was questioned by relatives about when he was going to find a wife and pretended Matt was just a friend at family events, his partner said.

Matt said: “We had to do everything in our power to protect our relationship which is why running away to London was the only way forward for us.

“We didn’t know anyone there but we wanted to find freedom in the bright lights, the big city with adventure ahead where 爱上海we could be ourselves.

“When we were in London we could be ourselves but every so many weeks we’d travel back to Birmingham and he would see his family.

“That was where he would have to pretend to be the perfect Muslim son they wanted him to be.

“Then, when we got back to London, he would be grumpy because he’d been through a lot emotionally as he was having to hide his identity.”

On their tenth anniversary, the pair decided they would throw a party to thank friends for their support – and Matt decided he was going to propose.

He continued: “I got down on one knee in the DJ booth and asked him to marry me and he said yes.

“But, if we were to get married he would have to come out because he wanted his mum at the wedding.

“We knew that might never happen because he feared what his family would do if they found out.”

Despite knowing they may never marry, Matt didn’t mind.

Just being engaged to the love of his life and getting to share that moment with all of their friends was enough.

However, in July 2014, Naz’s family discovered his sexuality when he was visiting them during Eid celebrations.

Matt said: “His sexuality was brought up and challenged, which made him break down in tears.

“They told him he needed to see a psychiatrist to be cured because they saw being gay as a disease but it’s not.

“Just as somebody is born straight, we were born gay. The only choice we have is to accept ourselves for how we are born and the way that God made us.

“This is a journey we all have to go on, hoping one day our parents accept us too.

“Quite often when we come out, many of us in the community face rejection, particularly when there is a strong, conservative, religious interpretation.

“That confrontation left Naz deeply upset and in the days following we talked about what happened and tried to make sense of it all.”

Matt tried desperately to console his distraught partner but just two days later, their love story came to a tragic end.

On July 30, 2014, Matt received phone calls begging him to leave work and go home with no explanation of what was happening.

He said: “I got home and I saw police cars and blue flashing lights.

“I was bundled into one of the cars when I tried to get into our home and that’s when I saw a red blanket on the floor.

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“That’s when I realised that my fiancé and soul mate was g,上海品茶工作室Carmen,one, and when the police said the words I desperately didn’t want them to say. I broke down.

“My reason for living was no longer here. In the weeks afterwards, it didn’t get any easier.”

Matt later changed his legal name to Matt Mahmood-Ogston even though they were not married.

He said: “Naz once asked me to promise him that, if anything happened to him, I would never forget him.

“When Naz passed away I wanted to make sure that I, and the rest of the world, would never forget.

“I changed my name to include Naz’s name so, whenever I write my name in full, his name will always be there next to mine.”

Where is Matt now?

Matt set up the Naz and Matt Foundation in his fiance’s memory to help families learn to accept their children and see that being gay is not a choice.

He said: “The work I’ve now done setting up the Naz and Matt Foundation, which I set up in his memory, hundreds of people have come forward with similar stories.

“I felt I had to create the foundation because a community and a conservative religious family did not understand what it means to be born gay.

“They saw it as a disease that needed to be got rid of; something incompatible with their interpretation of their religion.

The Naz and Matt Foundation was set up in 2014 in memory of Dr Nazim Mahmood. It is a charity that aims to empower and support the LGBTQ+ community, their friends and family to work towards resolving challenges linked to sexuality or gender identity, particularly in cases where there is a strong religious influence.

You can request help from the organisation via email – hello@nazandmattfoundation.org or visit their website.

“I hear from men and women who fear their parents will disown or emotionally or physically abuse them if they find out they’re gay.

“In some cases they force them to marry a member of the opposite sex in a belief it will somehow ‘cure’ them of being gay.

“It’s made me realise that this was never an isolated incident.

“This is a wider issue that needs to be tackled in communities from all around the UK.

“There is a very strong religious interpretation that some families from any faith have that tells them that they can’t accept someone from being gay, this is what happens.

“It leads to suicides and it’s not acceptable. That’s why we need to challenge these views because

“I don’t want anything to happen to their children. We just want acceptance for their children for how they were born.

“There’s no one to blame, there’s nothing wrong with them.

“The true beauty of a relationship with your child is loving them unconditionally and that’s all we ask.”

The Boohoo playsuit that one Manchester shopper has pointed out a bit of a problem with…

A shopper has hit out at Manchester fashion giant Boohoo for sending her a playsuit with no zip or,上海品茶工作室Quiana, opening.

Steph Thomas, 30, paid £10.80 for the ‘Tall Tailored Sleeveless Playsuit’. But when it arrived, Steph found it had no zips – or even an opening – to put it on.

Believing it was faulty, the 30-year-old tweeted Boohoo a photo of the garment, saying: “Hi @boohoo_cshelp @boohoo may I ask how you suggest I get into this playsuit which has no zips or openings?!

“I can’t fit my entire body through t,上海品茶微信Lark,he neck hole, unfortunately…”

The brand was quick to reply to Steph and offer a replacement, which this time happened to have a small opening.

Steph tweeted another photo, this time of her struggling to get into the replacement playsuit.

She captioned the second tweet to Boohoo with: ‘Thanks @boohoo_cshelp @boohoo for sending me a replacement which HAS an opening!

‘However, I think the neck opening is still not quite big enough for somebody to fit their entire body through….I gave it my best shot and got this far…’

Steph explained; “It was totally stitched up! the replacement has the tiniest opening, meaning I had to fit my entire body through the neck.

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“I know playsuits are sometimes hard to get into, but 上海龙凤419that was another level.”

Although Steph is still awaiting a refund from Boohoo, she claims she won’t completely ditch shopping with the brand.

She said: “I would probably shop there again but let’s just say I am glad there is a free returns policy as my experience with their products are either a hit or a massive miss!

Boohoo has been approached for comment.

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The ‘fast fashion’ retailer has grown rapidly in recent years, with booming online sales.

Earlier this month it launched a new payment platform where shoppers can pay two weeks or more after a purchase.

Clearpay is a digital, paying solution – used by other retailers including JD Sports , Urban Outfitters and Free People- will helps those wanting to spread the cost of items they buy online.

The Manchester based fashion retailer joined the Clearpay platform designed for millennials wanting to spread the cost over four equal, interest free payments.

Boohoo shoppers will be able to use the platform when ordering a minimum of £10 worth of products on the Boohoo , BoohooMan and Nastygal websites.

You can shop at Boohoo here over on their website.

New Netflix horror series Typewriter terrifies viewers who say ‘definitely not for the faint hearted’

Geordie horror fans have taken to hiding behind their sofas when it comes to a new series.

Netflix series Typewriter is about a haunted house and a haunted book that stirs the imagination of a group of young, wannabe ghost hunters, and a dog, determined to capture the ghost that plagues the notorious home in their neighbourhood in Goa.

When a new family moves i,上海品茶工作室[,上海品茶会所Thelma,随机符],nto the haunted home, the crew finds it difficult to balance the demands of school and chores with the renewed desire to capture the neighbourhood ghost before it is too late.

Viewers of the Netflix global original have taken to Twitter and spoken of their reactions to the scary scenes.

One viewer wrote : “Typewriter” on Netflix is a crazy ass show”

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Another tweeted : “ @netflix ‘s new show, Typewriter, is actually good. If you’re a sucker for horror movies and shows that is.

One of the viewers was unsettled, saying: “typewriter on netflix >> it’s so scary”

Another agreed in their tweet : “Watched #typewriter on Netflix. Definitely not for the faint hearted. Very engaging and horrifying”

One was definitely not turning the lights off in a hurry, writing : “Watching typewriter on Netflix during day and still getting scared”

The series frightened one viewer so much that they could barely watch it, tweetin爱上海419g : “I’m feeling so helpless!!! I tried watching #typewriter in the daytime but could barely watch the first episode. Don’t know how will I muster the courage to finish this till the end. Scary!! @sujoy_g , this is called being true to the genre. #Netflix “

Sounds horrific – guess we will have to check it out ourselves.

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‘It may be a cruel activity, but at least I look like a tit while doing it’ says fox hunter

‘It may be a cruel activity, but at least I look like a tit while doing it’ ,上海品茶工作室Terry,says fox hunter 27th July 2019

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A MAN is completely certain that everyone apart from him drives like a total w*nker, it has emerged.

While driving on the M1 in his BMW, Martin Bishop once again explained that all humans except him are incapable of using the road properly via a stream of foulmouthed shouting.

Bishop’s girlfriend Sarah said: “You know what’s more annoying than other people’s slightly bad driving? Being trapped in a car with someone who thinks he’s Lewis Hamilton.

“He just called a little old lady a ‘dried-up old bitch who should hop in her coffin’ because she wasn’t going fast enough for his liking.

“If you’ve ever fancied going for a drive with the Incredible Hulk, ask for a lift from Martin. It’s broadly the same experience of never knowing when he’s going to go into rage mode.

“He’s been like this ever since he got the BMW. I’ve been seriously considering jumping out of the window just to get away from him.”

Bishop was unavailable for comment because he was too busy calling a Ford Ka driver a “f*cking useless sh*tting nutsack”, although obviously the other driver could not hear him.

A FOX hunter has confirmed that, while his preferred sport may be controversial, at least the clothes make him look a right dildo

Garish fox hunting outfits were designed by a kindly tailor to warn the public there was a band of arseholes approaching.

But hunter Tom Logan, speaking on top of a horse while wearing a little helmet and long leather boots, agreed that he did indeed look like a complete and utter,上海品茶会所Paulina, tw*t.

Logan said: “There is no real argument in favour of the sport. It’s literally no fun for anyone involved. On the flipside, at least I look like an animatronic Victorian toy when I’m doing it.

“Look at these faux gold buttons, and these skintight white trousers. F*cking hell.”

He added: “I’ve also got this floppy stick to hit my horse with. Again, it’s spiteful. And, again, it makes me look like I’ve been sown together from unwanted parts.”

Sir Rod Stewart is backing The Sun’s Never Forget Them veterans campaign and says ‘We need to be doing more for them’


SIR Rod Stewart is backing The Sun’s Never Forget Them veterans campaign.

The r,上海品茶会所Danica,ocker, 74, said: “Count me in! We definitely need to be doing more for them.”

Sir Rod spoke ahead of a gig in which he dedicated chart-topping ballad Rhythm Of My Heart to British forces veterans.

The Sun’s campaign has been launched to battle injustices against veterans and introduce a Minister for Veterans in the next Cabinet.

Rod told a crowd of 20,000 at the Lytham Festival in Lancs: “Three weeks ago I had the great pleasure of being introduced to some of the D-Day veterans.

“I’m going to dedicate this one to those guys, those precious men who gave their lives, the ultimate sacrifice, for our freedom.”

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Photos of fallen troops flashed up behind the rocker along with a photo of wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

Last week The Sun secured the backing of Conservative leadership contender Boris Johnson. The N,上海品茶QQRaia,o10 front-runner vowed to introduce a new government ministry for the welfare of ex forces personnel and end the unfair prosecutions of British troops in Northern Ireland.

Other big names backing our campaign include Judge Rob Rinder, ex-SAS soldier Ant Middleton and Coronation Street’s Kym Marsh.

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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 tournament.”

The gangsters who dressed up as grannies and hid out in an old folks’ home with a load of guns and ammo

It was then council-owned sheltered housing for the elderly in a quiet street off Station Road, Pendlebury.

But it became part of one of the most bizarre episodes in the criminal history of Salford.

Laurence Lowry Court is off Lowry Drive, close to Station Road, where the artist it was named after lived.

One day in late May 1999 – in the aftermath of a spree of violence which would later be described by a barrister as a revenge plot ‘of Biblical proportions’ – the home received some unlikely new ‘residents’.

They were the members of a gang who had kidnapped, shot, stabbed, and tortured three men in a bid to track down those behind a gun attack on their leader.

They were to spend a week holed up in the sheltered accommodation.

The then-warden at the complex and her friend were intimidated and forced to harbour the gang.

While the gang were there, they attempted to disguise themselves by wearing women’s clothes and wigs.

They were armed with an arsenal of guns – but forced to flee after a gun was accidentally fired at the property.

In the twenty years that have passed, the property has passed to new management and is no longer run by Salford council.

On June 17, 1999, a month after the kidnappings that preceded the invasion of the home, police swooped on a flat in Redmires Court, Weaste, Salford, and arrested three men.

Another, fearsome arsenal found at that address included a sub machine gun, handguns, ammunition, body armour, and police scanners.

The event that sowed the seeds for all this occurred on April 24, 1999, when Stephen Lydiate, the brother-in-law of Salford hardman Paul Massey , was peppered with bullets by a would-be assassin as he watched Manchester United play Leeds away, live on TV at The Ship pub in Pendleton.

But the gangland hit was not a success. Hit eight times in the chest, stomach, left arm, elbow, and upper thigh, Lydiate survived.

Twelve days later he discharged himself from hospital, where he had had a police guard around the clock, and vowed to take revenge on the two men he suspected of having ordered the hit on him.

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He then put together a team to carry out sadistic attacks.

They included Michael Boyle – the elder brother of Steven Boyle, who, 20 years later, would be jailed for his part in the assassination of John Kinsella, a close associate of Paul Massey.

On May 19th, just after 9am, two men tried to get into the home of a man in Monton, Eccles. But they walked away after his girlfriend screamed from a window.

At 11am that day another man was abducted from a house in Salford. He was stabbed three times in the legs and taken to Hickey Farm at Astley Moss, Tyldesley. There he was pistol-whipped and forced to give up the address of his brother-in-law, before being released.

The next day Lydiate booked thr,上海品茶QQBernard,ee rooms at the Campanile Hotel in Ordsall, Salford, to establish a base for the gang’s operations.

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On May 22nd a 37-year-old man was woken in the middle of the night at his ho,上海品茶微信Pablo,me near Leigh by four masked men.

They shot him once in both legs and also took him to Hickey Farm. He was tortured and forced to call a relative and ask for £50,000 for his safe release.

During his three day ordeal salt was poured into his wounds and a branch forced into them and twisted.

He was threatened with rape and shown a shallow grave which his captors said they had dug for him.

A relative carried £10,500 to a rendezvous with a gang member. The meeting was watched by officers from the National Crime Squad, but he returned without the money or the hostage.

The hostage was then moved to a house in Lower Kersal but escaped on May 25th by slipping some sleeping tablets into the drink of his armed guard.

He jumped from a window and hid in a skip where he was found by workmen.

The man the gang had tried to kidnap in Monton was eventually abducted by five masked men, on May 24th just after midnight, who shot him in the leg at his home. He was taken to an address and a pillow case put over his head. He heard the gun click several times and it was placed in his mouth.

He was later found in the back of a Transit van outside the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital with gunshot wounds to his leg and knee.

A fourth man was shot in the leg in front of his girlfriend and children after his car was chased through Duchy Road, Salford. He managed to fight the gang off.

At Manchester Crown Court, Judge Peter Openshaw QC, said of the mayhem: “In a city where shootings have become common, this is a case set apart by its savagery and brutality.”

Lydiate was given a life sentence after being found guilty of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to kidnap. Four other members of the gang were sentenced to a total of 41 years for their part in the kidnappings -including Michael Boyle, then of Winton Road, Salford, who was jailed for 15 years.

Sixteen years after that sentencing, after being released on licence, Stephen Lydiate was recalled to prison after he was attacked at the graveside 爱上海419of Paul Massey.

Mr Massey was murdered on July 26th 2015 by hired hitman Mark Fellows with an Uzi machine gun outside his home in Clifton.

Fellows, 38, who also shot dead Massey’s close friend, John Kinsella, three years later, using accomplice Steven Boyle as a spotter, was given a whole life sentence. Steven Boyle was also jailed for life.

Baker, 20, almost died of sepsis after having wisdom teeth removed so she could get braces

A baker came within 30 minutes of dying from sepsis after having seven teeth extracted so she could get a brace fitted.

Faith Hoch, 20, had all four wisdom teeth, two molars and a front tooth removed on May 28. She suffered such severe pain that evening she got her housemate to take her to hospital.

Staff told Faith, from Lacrosse in Wisconsin, not to worry, and sent her home with pain medication.

But Faith’s twin sister Grace was so disturbed on seeing how sick and swollen her sister was the next day she insisted on taking her back to hospital.

Faith, who works as a senior baker, told Metro US: ‘I was just sleeping, and between sleeping I was vomiting, probably 12 times that day.

‘That night i was coherent enough to check my phone to see if anybody had contacted me.



‘My twin sister noticed I had gone online on Facebook and she’s like “Hey, are you OK? People have been trying to contact you, mom’s trying to call you.”

‘Shes like, “That’s not normal swelling.” That’s way too much swelling for wisdom teeth. I’m taking you to the ER.

Faith added: ‘I could barely walk to the car. I was just out of it and needed a wheelchair.

‘Grace saved my ,上海品茶QQEliana,life. The doctors said that if I had waited another half hour to hour to come in to hospital I would have been dead.’

Faith was admitted with a temperature of 105F, and blood pressure so low doctors were unable to give her pain medication for the agonizing swelling she was suffering.

She was given a CT scan, and hooked up to intravenous drips.

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Surgeons quickly realized from how swollen Faith was that she had sepsis – a serious complication from an infection that sees the body turn on itself, often with deadly consequences. They rushed her into an operating theater for emergency surgery.

Recalling the terrifying news she was given, Faith said: ‘(They told me) it was spreading.

‘They thought it was the start of the flesh-eating virus. They said “She’s in septic shock. We need to get this going right away.”

After surgery to clear the infection, Faith spent three days drifting in and out of consciousness in intensive care.



She suffered disturbin,上海品茶微信Kade,g hallucinations about having her organs harvested, and even more painful swelling after she woke up.

It left her unable to speak, write or even type on her phone because her hands were so puffed-up.

Faith said: ‘I couldn’t talk because I had the breathing tube in. My mom gave me a whiteboard, but my body was so swollen I couldn’t hold the marker.

‘I tried to type her a message, I thought I typed out everything. “We gotta get out of here, this is a scam.”

‘I gave it to her and she said “I don’t know what this says.”‘

Faith spent another four days in a ward for seriously ill patients, before being allowed to go home.

She was desperate to return to the restaurant where she works, fearing she would fall behind on her rent, and now faces thousands in me爱上海dical bills.

Recalling the after effects of the debilitating illness, Faith said: ‘I had to teach myself how to walk again.

‘I couldn’t shower alone. I had to have a nurse in there to help me.

‘I lost 25% of my muscles, and 25 pounds while i was in the hospital, so getting my strength back is going to take a really long time.’


Faith has since discovered that the tooth whose removal sparked the sepsis was her lower left wisdom tooth.

Her doctors have been unable to say why such a common, routine procedure resulted in an infection that nearly killed her.

Although still recovering from her gruelling experience, Faith is happy to joke about it, saying: ‘I didn’t have any issues with my teeth prior. I was just getting all the teeth removed for my braces.

‘(The dentists) didn’t really have an explanation. They said they’ve never seen anything like it. I was the first case they ever had like this.

‘My twin sister got hers out and went to the Mall of America the next day, I ended up in the hospital with sepsis.’