Month: November 2017

Daphne Caruana Galizia’ 上海品茶微信s son: ‘They killed my mother but they won’t stop me’

They had spent hours discussing power and corruption, lawsuits and personal threats. But in the end their last words were about what to eat for supper. As Daphne Caruana Galizia, a renowned investigative journalist on the island state of Malta, rushed out of the family home to get to the bank, her son Matthew offered to make ravioli. They joked about his culinary skills, and then she was gone.

Moments later, he heard an explosion. A powerful bomb placed under the seat of Caruana Galizia’s car had blown it and its occupant into pieces. For Matthew, who was at the site of the blast within minutes, it was a terrible shock – but not a surprise.

News of her killing reverberated across the world and finally drew global attention to the issues she had devoted her life to exposing: cronyism and corruption among Malta’s political and business elite. Now her story has been made into a five-part docudrama, to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 this week. Daphne: A Fire in Malta is written by playwright Lizzie Nunnery and stars Michelle Fairley, previously of Game of Thrones and Suits, as the investigative reporter.

Not all of it is strictly fact-based. “There’s much we don’t know, and some of it we’ve had to imagine,” says the narrator at the start of every episode. But the dramatisation humanises the determined, committed journalist and the impact of her work on her husband and three sons.

“I’ve never met anyone like my mother,” Matthew – also an investigative journalist – told the Observer. “She had the energy of 10 people. She could do so many things at the same time, accomplish so much. She never did anything half-heartedly; she did everything with passion and intelligence.”

The day of her murder was a Monday. “We both had a lot of work that day,” he said. “The hours just flew by. We were sitting at the dining table, which doubled as our desk. We didn’t even stop for lunch. At 3pm, she had to go to an appointment at the bank. A couple of minutes later I heard the explosion and ran out of the house.”

Caruana Galizia had faced threats and attacks before. Her dog’s throat had been cut; an arsonist had targeted the family’s home. There were phone calls, letters, text messages. By the time of her death, 47 libel suits had been filed against her.

Her enemies were motivated by fury over her blog, Running Commentary, which relentlessly probed the activities of Malta’s ruling elite, including the prime minister, Joseph Muscat, and his allies. She investigated the sale of Maltese passports, drug smuggling and money laundering. She and Matthew had pored through the detail of the Panama Papers, the biggest data leak in history, for information about Maltese misconduct at the highest levels. Her blog, according to the radio series, dug into “allegations of corruption, organised crime and ethical failures at every level of Maltese society. At its height, the blog had more readers than the population of the island. From day one, Daphne became a thorn in the side of many … she would find herself at war with some of the most powerful people in the country.”

Matthew said: “We could see things were getting worse and worse in Malta. After publication of ,上海品茶QQDavey,the Panama Papers [in 2016], I expected prosecutions and resignations, but nothing happened. Instead they went on the offensive against my mother, me and other journalists. There was a heightened atmosphere of impunity.

“My mother was living in fear, but she was also focused on doing her work. She refused to give in to intimidation.” Within weeks of her death, three people were charged with murder, the criminal use of explosives, criminal conspiracy, and being involved in organised crime. But there has been no trial, and there are fears the suspects could be released on bail soon.

Last week the Council of Europe called for an independent inquiry into the murder to be set up within three months, and said the Maltese authorities’ failure to bring the suspected killers to justice raised “serious quest,上海品茶会所Benjamin,ions about the rule of law in Malta”. The motion adopted by the council argued that the rule of law in Malta was “seriously undermined by the extreme weakness of its system of checks and balances”. The country needed “fundamental, holistic reform”.

According to Matthew, the council’s resolution was “extremely significant”. “The government can no longer get away with this,” he said. But, he added, the work to expose wrongdoing – now an international journalistic collaboration called the Daphne Project – would continue. “We have no choice – and that’s the position of my entire family.” Asked if he was concerned about safety, he said: “Yes, I am frightened, especially for my father. He is in Malta almost all the time, whereas I am often away. But unless we carry on, there will never be justice.

“Growing up, even from a very young age, I knew the problem was not with my mother but with the people who were telling her to stop writing the things she did.

“I remember going to school the day after the front door of our house was set on fire, and the teacher in my class saying ‘your mother should not have written these things’. The problem was not my mother. It’s like blaming a woman who walks down the street wearing a skirt for her own rape. It’s just another kind of victim-blaming.

“Even though the threat of violence is still there, we’re not going to let it paralyse us. I’m proud of my mother. Of course I wish she was still alive, but I’m proud of the fact that this is what it took to stop her.”

Daphne: A Fire In Malta begins at 10.45am tomorrow on Radio 4 and on BBC Sounds

The Sadio Mane Jassir Champions League final celebration Liverpool fans may have missed

Sadio Mane won his first major honour with Liverpool when Jurgen Klopp’s side defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final at the start of the month.

The superstar striker, who scored 26 times last season, was naturally very excited to get his hands on the Reds’ sixth European Cup.

And in the build-up to the spine-tingling moment when skipper Jordan Henderson was finally presented with the prestigious trophy, the Liverpool player’s wonderful celebration was captured.

A short clip has emerged on social media showing the moment Mane jumped onto the huge canvas which was being waved on the grass.

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In the video Mane runs towards the giant pitch decoration and leaps onto it.

Fans loved the moment, with one account on Twitter writing: “Mane after the final. I love this guy.”

The 27-year-old forward should be in a,上海品茶工作室Arielle,ction for Senegal in their final Africa Cup of Nations group game against Kenya which takes place on Monday.

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Must-read Liverpool FC stories from the past 24 hours

Mbappe ‘pushes for PSG transfer’ as Real JonathanMadrid target ‘refuses’ to sign new deal with French club

KYLIAN MBAPPE is reportedly refusing to sign a new contract as he pushes for a £200m move away from Paris Saint-Germain.

The 20-year-old has emerged as one of Zinedine Zidane’s top transfer targets for Real Madrid.

And the World Cup winner is believed to have his heart set on a switch to the Bernabeu.

PSG have moved to secure the long-term future of the ex-Monaco star by offering him a bumper new pay rise.

However, Marca claim he has informed the Ligue 1 champions he has “no intention” of penning an extension.

And that will remain the sa,上海品茶会所Shania,me no matter how much he is offered to stay.

Mbappe is understood to see his future away from club and reportedly believes he will never be viewed as PSG’s top player while Neymar remains in Paris.

The hotshot remains under contract for another three years but the French giants could be forced to cash in either this summer or next rather than risk losing him for a reduced fee.

Liverpool are also believed to be interested in a move for the hitman.

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But PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has publicly declared his forward will not be going anywhere.

He said this month: “I will not let go of this ‘crazy’ player.

“I want players proud to wear our jersey, not players who do the job when it suits them.

“He wants to be more involved in our project to grow wit,上海品茶微信Terry,h the team, the club.

“But I explained to him that the responsibilities, it does not ask.

“We must go get them, sometimes even tear them away. We do not wait, we provoke.

“As he is very intelligent, I am sure he understood.

“Will he still be at PSG next year? I am not 100% sure but 200%.”

Austrian Grand Prix Jassirqualifying results: Lewis Hamilton clashes with Kimi Raikkonen

Charles Leclerc finally gave Ferrari something to smile about by landing pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton was involved in a heated exchange with Kimi Raikkonen.

Leclerc delivered a stunning lap to secure top spot for Sunday’s Spielberg showdown, finishing ahead of Mercedes rival Hamilton in second while Max Verstappen came home in a respectable third place for Red Bull.

The pole was Leclerc’s second of the season and Ferrari’s first in Austria since Michael Schumacher in 2003.

The sister Silver Arrow of Valtteri Bottas endured an underwhelming session and had to settle for fourth, a disappointing showing for a driver who landed pole here in 2017 and 2018.

While Leclerc was buoyant, it was yet another miserable afternoon for Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who was unable to compete for pole due to a mechanical issue.

Lewis Hamilton in action on Saturday (Image: AFP/Getty Images)
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,上海品茶会所Hailee,The German will start down in 10th after being sidelined for the final session, but this was a much-needed pole for Ferrari after seeing Mercedes win every race so far this season.

Hamilton’s qualifying session, however, was overshadowed by an opening-session clash with Kimi Raikkonen, an incident that is being investigated by stewards.

The world champion, who is bidding for his fifth successive victory after dominating in France last weekend, appeared to get in the Finn’s way in Q1 and could be hit with a five-place grid penaty.

Kimi Raikkonen gave Hamilton the finger after being blocked by the Briton
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“Hamilton completely blocked me” said Raikkonen before showing his rival the finger.

Also in the first phase of qualifying, Tor,上海品茶微信Lennon,o Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat was fortunate to avoid a high-speed collision with Williams rival George Russell.

Kvyat came flying around a blind corner and had to show sharp reactions to avoid a shunt, but the move forced him off the circuit and ultimately ruined his hopes of reaching Q2.

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The chilling tale of the Pennington Street Poltergeist who terr 上海品茶QQorised family

From the outside it looks like a tiny street which is home to bustling businesses – but more than 165 years ago residents were left trembling with fear.

Pennington Street in east Hull was once apparently home to a poltergeist who terrorised a family by peppering them with pieces of coal and firing stones at their windows.

According to Victorian news cuttings, a man called Mr Gard who lived at number 22 claimed that his sister was hit,上海品茶QQBoris, by a stone in December 1954.

The small story describes the attack, but says “the unseen hand could not be traced” by the police who were in the house at the time of the incident.

Historians says the episode came at a time where Victorians from previous centuries had serious passions for “ghostology” and “Spiritualism” – which tended to fill newspaper columns with detailed accounts of paranormal activities.

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An excerpt from the Hull Packet and East Riding Times from December 1854 reads: “The police have been for some days on the look out for the mysterious personage who (invariably in their absence), sometimes immediately before and sometimes immediately after their visits, throws stones and other things at the house and family of Mr Gard, No 22, in that street.

“On Wednesday, while policemen were in the house, something hit Mr Gard’s little sister, who was standing at the gate about 6pm.

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“An immediate rush was made, but the unseen hand could not be traced. A piece of coal was thrown from the kitchen window and broke at half past 4.30pm.”

History boffins say that “stone throwing” in particular was a staple part of poltergeist behaviour.

In the 1850s, the area of Pennington Street, which is a cul-de-sac off Pemberton Street, close to where a Wind and Steam Mill producing corn was located, had several small alleyways and back yards.

Infant mortality rate was sky high and there was a lack of clean water which resulted in illness.

However, it was described as a close knit community made up of the working class who worked jobs such as engineers, blacksmiths, shipwrights, and salesmen dominating the old trade directory entries.

In 2019, the street is full of industrial firms, such as Kingston Engineering and RRS Recovery Services. The roadside has also been taken over by high metal fencing, barbwire, and closed circuit television cameras.

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Pregnant woman’s horror after finding KFC takeaway chicken is JassirGREEN inside

A pregnant woman was horrified after finding th,上海品茶QQamantha,at chicken from her KFC takeaway was GREEN inside.

Chanelle Jackson made the stomach-churning discovery after ordering two Mighty Buckets for One for her family from the Lakeside KFC drive-thru in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.

But she noticed something was horribly wrong after pulling it apart in order to share with her 15-month-old daughter.

“As soon as I looked inside, I knew it wasn’t right. Luckily I’d not taken a bite of it yet though,” Chanelle told GrimsbyLive .

“I’m not sure why it was that colour, but I knew I didn’t want to eat it, especially as I am 30-weeks pregnant.

“I was going to share it with my 15-month-old daughter as they had run out of popcorn chicken, and I don’t know what would have happened if she had eaten it.

Pictures show how the skin of the chicken was green (Image: GrimsbyLive/ WS)
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“We checked the rest of the chicken, but it was the only piece that had that colour.”

She was with her young daughter Lilliarna and partner Craig at the time.

After approaching staff, Chanelle says they responded to the stomach-curdling sight of it by saying: “Oh god…”

She was given a replacement – but found that she and her family no longer had much of an appetite.

“I didn’t want to eat much after that, and we left a lot of the chicken,” she said.

KFC say the green skin is a rare side-effect not harmful (Image: GrimsbyLive/ WS)
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“We were looking online to try and find out why it could be that colour, and found a lot of worrying things.

“I think,上海品茶微信Christopher, I’ll probably be avoiding KFC for a while after this.”

The fast food chain has said that the off-putting colour is a rare side-effect and doesn’t present any health risks to customers.

A spokesman for KFC said: “We’velookedinto this andwhilst it’s clearly not nice to see, it’s completely harmless andoccasionallycomes as a result of dealing with freshchicken.

“That said, we’re sorry for Chanelle’s experience and immediately offered her a refund when our team members found out.”

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Co Chazncerns mounting for teenage boy missing from Chesterfield


Police are attempting to trace a 14-year-old boy who has gone missing from his home in Chesterfield.

Callum Evans was last seen leaving home in Tapton View Road last night (Friday, June 28) and police are growing concerned for his welfare.

Where is Callum?

He is white, of slim build, and with short mousey hair.

He ,上海品茶工作室amantha,was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt, blue jeans and grey Nike trainers.

It is possible he is in Chesterfield ,上海品茶QQArielle,town centre or the surrounding area and officers want anyone who has seen him to call 101, quoting incident 1220 of June 28.

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Katie JassirPrice to star at Keighley Cougars Pride event

FORMER glamour model Katie Price will appear at a groundbreaking Pride event being held in Keighley.

She will be a special guest at Keighley Cougars’ Pride Party & Festival, at the Lawkholme ground on Sunday, July 14.

The extravaganza, celebrating the Pride movement’s 50th anniversary, will take place ahead of the rugby league club’s League One fixture against West Wales Raiders.

For the match, Cougars players will sport a specially-designed Pride kit chosen by supporters, in what is believed to be a first for the Rugby Football League in the UK.

Club co-owner Ryan O’Neill – son of Mick O’Neill, who helped lift the club to unprecedented heights during the ‘Cougarmania’ period of the 1990s and is now back at the helm – will be there with his Brazilian husband, Kaue Garcia.

“This will be a real celebration for our loyal supporters and volunteers and a party to put the club back on the map,” said Ryan.

“We want to show that ,上海品茶微信Ethan,everyone is welcome at Cougar Park and share the passion we have for the club, which has been through some tough times.

“We plan to put the club at the heart of our Keighley community and our Rugby Football League family, making it as accessible, inclusive and fun as possible.

“Our aim is for the club to be the one to watch, the one challenging perceptions of the sport, and the one that sets the standards and gets everyone talking as Cougarmania did.”

The initiative is welcomed by David Connor, equality and diversity lead at the Rugby Football League.

He said: “Rugby league has been breaking down social barriers for more than a hundred years and this is another important milestone.

“We pride ourselves on genuinely being a sport for all and Keighley is to be congratulated for actively demonstrating the inclusivity of our game.

“Equality of aspiration, access and opportunity is vital to the future of rugby league. Our sport needs to address all forms of inclusion and diversity – ethnicity, sex, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation – together and Keighley is making an important contribution to this.”

Katie Price, who recently relaunched her music career, will headline the pre-match entertainment line-up at the Party & Festival with a performance of her new single Hurricane.

Ryan added: “The Pride festival will be another milestone in the history of our team, our town and our beloved sport.

“We’re sending a clear message in support of the movement to kick discrimination out of sport and we’re inviting like-minded people in our community and beyond to stand with us on the day.”

The festival will start at 1pm, with the match kicking-off at 3pm.

Tickets for the festival are £10, concessions £5 and under-14s free. Visit cougarpark.co.uk/event-info/cougar-pride.

Included are a barbecue, food stalls and live music.

Tickets for the VIP bar, where guests can mingle with Katie Price, are £35.

And places are available to join her at a Sunday lunch in the president’s suite, for £50.

Go to cougarmania.co.uk/eventsbooking, or contact the Cougars events team on info@co,上海品茶QQFatma,ugarmania.co.uk or 01535 606044.

Cougars Pride shirts and socks can be bought at cougarmania.co.uk/merchandise.

Cristiano dines with basketball icon Michael Jordan in double date with Jassir girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez

CR,上海品茶工作室Anika,ISTIANO RONALDO shared a snap on a double date with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and basketball icon Michael Jordan.

The Juventus star, fresh of a Serie A winning season, is holidaying with his model partner in the south of France.

Ronaldo posted a picture on his Instagram on a double date with basketball legend and former Olympian MJ – who was also accompanied with a brunette girl.

Spanish model Rodriguez and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo have been spending time on a superyacht in St Tropez.

The pair have been enjoying the luxuries on board a stunning yacht called the Africa I that’s worth an incredible £15millon and costs a staggering £180,000-per-week to rent.

Ronaldo has also spent time with British billionaire businessman Sir Phillip Green.

The Topshop tycoon, 67, invited the Juventus footballer, 34, aboard his 300ft ‘Lionheart’ boat during his end-of-season break in the Mediterranean this week.

They shared a game on table tennis aboard Green’s £120 million superyacht, and Ronaldo’s nine-year-old son Cristiano Jr watched on.

It comes with the pair both currently embroiled in ongoing sexual assault allegations.

Billionaire Green has been charged with four counts of assault after Pilates instructor Katie Surridge accused him of groping her during gym sessions at a spa in Arizona.

He strenuously denies the allegations, which were first r,上海品茶微信Khalil,eported in The Sun back in February, and is due to face a US court next month.

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