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Prem target Boubacar Kamara demanding £150k-a-week deal as West Ham join Newcastle in transfer chase for Marseille star

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 23:30

TUG-OF-WAR   star Boubacar Kamara wants a £150,000-a-week deal from his next  club after West Ham joined Newcastle in the fight to sign him.

The Toon are taking a keen interest in the Marseille star, who is free to talk as his deal runs out in the summer.

AFPWest Ham and Newcastle target Boubacar Kamara wants £150,000-a-week wages[/caption]

However, his massive demands are causing snags.

Both Newcastle and West Ham can get the 22-year-old on a pre-contract now and could even try to buy him this month.

But the size of the contract is making it an expensive swoop.

Eddie Howe’s Magpies are keen but would not be sure to commit so much on Kamara at this stage, especially as their Premier League status is uncertain.

However, that is playing into the hands of the Hammers, who could yet sneak in and would also be willing to wait for Kamara to join in the summer when he is a free.

The France Under-21 international is also being linked with several clubs around Europe.

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But his demands may be too great for many and make the wealthy Premier League his likely destination.

Irons boss David Moyes is looking to find a long-term replacement for Hammers legend Mark Noble, 34, and Kamara on a free would be an ideal solution in the summer.

Meanwhile, West Ham are hoping to have Kurt Zouma back in a fortnight to save them signing a new centre-half.

The powerful defender, 27, is close to fitness after a hamstring tear and that is a boost for Moyes who was struggling to find a short-term replacement.

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Wayne Rooney’s Derby face bitter fight with Middlesbrough and Wycombe as clubs seek £51million in compensation

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 23:30

WAYNE ROONEY’S Derby County are in crisis talks with the EFL as a fight with Middlesbrough and Wycombe threatens their survival bid.

The Rams administrators want to ‘compress’ the compensation claims by Boro and Wanderers who are seeking £45million and £6m respectively for the effect of their Financial Fair Play breaches.

GETTY IMAGESDerby are in crisis talks with the EFL with Middlesbrough and Wycombe demanding huge compensation[/caption]

Boro owner Steve Gibson is asking the EFL to back their push for cash as creditors, avoiding a legal fight and any possible reduction in their pay day.

Wycombe have also taken ‘top level advice’ on their stance as Derby’s administrators battle to get their way.

The administrators hoped to have an agreement on this method and pick a preferred bidder, with Mike Ashley and a consortium including Andy Appleby waiting for a result.

The EFL need to approve Derby’s takeover plan before they are allowed out of administration. They are under severe pressure to back the claim from Boro and Wycombe.

If that £51 million bill is added to the list it will make settling claims with the tax man and other creditors much harder.

News of the EFL’s position has been passed to the prospective buyers. An EFL spokesman declined to comment on their stance last night.

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Rams boss Wayne Rooney expects the Derby takeover to be completed next week.

Rooney said: “Whoever this preferred bidder is obviously wants to stay quiet until it happens, which is fair enough.

“But I know it is very close and I’m sure I will be sitting in front of you next week with the preferred bidder in place.

“Have I had any contact with the preferred bidders left in the race? I don’t even know who they are.

“I think there are two in there but I’ve no idea who they are.”

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Ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell reckons Nottingham Forest selling him led to their 25-year Prem exile

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 23:30

KEVIN CAMPBELL says Nottingham Forest’s near 25-year exile from the Premier League is down to selling HIM against his wishes.

Forest had just bounced back from relegation by winning the Championship in 1998, with Campbell and Pierre van Hooijdonk netting 57 goals between them.

News Group Newspapers LtdKevin Campbell believes Nottingham Forest’s decline can be traced back to the club’s owners selling him to Trabzonspor 25 years ago[/caption]

But the club’s new owners decided to flog Campbell to Turkish side Trabzonspor, as well as club captain Colin Cooper to Middlesbrough.

It proved to be a disastrous move that sparked dressing-room disharmony.

Forest ended up bottom of the top flight — and have not been back since.

Campbell, 51, lamented to SunSport: “One million per cent that was what led to Forest being out of the Premier League for so long.

“If you have possession of a Premier League spot, you have to protect it for dear life because it’s so difficult to get there.

“We won the Championship title, we were back up and the club decided to shoot themselves in the foot.

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“We had something in that dressing room that was special, to be able to bounce back from disappointment and go again, win the Championship… you add that and I think you’re in a really good spot.

“But they decided to pull it all apart. They brought players in who hadn’t played in the Premier League.

“It was a mess. I was looking at it from afar and I was cringing. It still makes no sense to me.”

The story of Campbell’s move to Turkey is quite the tale too. After such a prolific season, the striker was looking forward to life back in the big time and had been promised a new contract by Dave ‘Harry’ Bassett.

Campbell was preparing to go on the pre-season tour to Scandinavia the day after a training session at the City Ground when about 50 Trabzonspor fans suddenly pitched up outside the stadium.

News of his move had clearly broken back in Turkey and the supporters thought it was a done deal.

Yet Campbell had not been informed of anything and was left baffled.

He explained: “We could hear them chanting songs in Turkish. I thought they were probably playing Notts County!

“I’d not had a call — no one had alerted me to what was going on.

“Then when I went home to pack, I got a call saying they had accepted a bid from a Turkish team called Trabzonspor and it was in my best interests to go. No, I hadn’t heard of them.

“My initial thoughts were obviously that the club were cashing in and I might as well go and listen because the writing is on the wall now. If I say I’m not going, then they’re going to make life very difficult for me.”

ON STRIKE

That reaction might seem strange now given the power players wield today.

But Campbell had seen others have their lives be made a misery by not going along with a club’s wishes, such as Kenny Sansom at his old outfit Arsenal.

Campbell agreed to the move and actually enjoyed his time out in Turkey immensely, commenting that they were ahead of England with their approaches to sport science and match preparation.

Yet the switch infuriated strike partner Van Hooijdonk, who went on strike.

Campbell recalled: “I got to the airport and was just about to board the plane when my phone rang. It was Pierre.

“He was irate. He was saying, ‘What’s going on, speak to me, son’. I said I was just getting on a flight, that I’d speak to him when I got to Istanbul.

“You should have heard the cursing coming down the phone!

“When I got to Istanbul, we had a conversation. I told him they said it was in my best interests to go, that I wasn’t welcome at the club.

“He said he wasn’t going back. I said, ‘Come on, Pierre, don’t be silly’.

“He said, ‘No, they’ve split us up, they’ve broken this team up, you’re an important player, I’m not going back’.

“I thought he was messing around but lo and behold, he went on strike!”

Alan Cozzi - The SunPierre van Hooijdonk went on strike after learning partner Campbell had been shipped off to Turkey[/caption]

It was a sad end to what could have been a prolific partnership — a platform to making Forest top-flight mainstays.

Instead the two-time European Cup champions even dropped down to League One for three seasons.

And they remain light years away from today’s FA Cup rivals and Campbell’s previous team Arsenal.

That is despite finishing nine places and 26 points above the Gunners in 1995, when Blackburn won the title.

Asked what it has been like watching Forest these past years, Campbell replied: “It’s tinged with frustration.

“There have been false dawns, a lot of heartache. I feel for the fans, they didn’t deserve what’s happened.

“It just goes to show that when you’re in possession of something and you let it go, you can’t just pick it up and expect somebody else to get the club to where you need to be.

“Those new owners put the club years backwards. It is frustrating because I would never have left Forest.

“I loved my time there and still think the world of that club.

“That squad had all the fighting qualities, the talent, everything. It’s very difficult to get that togetherness, camaraderie and know-how in the building at one time.

“Now it’s taken all this time for Nottingham Forest to try to get back to the Promised Land.”

YOUNG GUNNS

Campbell reckons the clutch of wonderkids at today’s opponents Arsenal need to win a trophy like the FA Cup to go to the next level.

The Gunners won the world’s oldest football competition only two years ago — but the likes of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli did not feature in the final.

Campbell, who was at Arsenal from 1988 to 1995, is hugely excited about the young talent at Mikel Arteta’s disposal.

He said: “These youngsters are special. We may not see them really flourish until a couple of seasons’ time but it’s exciting. The foundations are set now.

“The key is they have to taste success because that is the catalyst to push you forward. It makes you learn how to win.

“These players have to play, get over the line and learn what it is like to win and be under pressure. Once they do that, then they jump to the next level.”

In the meantime, Campbell feels the Gunners need to sign two new strikers to compensate for the likely exits of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah.

He added: “I think Arsenal really need to address that. Dusan Vlahovic and Alexander Isak have been mentioned.

“Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been mentioned too but Everton need him. If Everton get rid of him, who do they replace him with? That’s the hard part.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo holds crisis talks with agent Jorge Mendes with Portugal star concerned about Man Utd struggles

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 23:30

CRISTIANO RONALDO has held crisis talks with his agent Jorge Mendes about his future at Manchester United.

Mendes jetted into the UK to address Ronaldo’s fears his dream return to Old Trafford is in danger of ending in disaster.

GettyCristiano Ronaldo has held crisis talks with his agent amid Man Utd’s tricky season[/caption] ReutersA source close to Ronaldo claims he and Jorge Mendes have been speaking with ‘nothing ruled out’[/caption]

Ronaldo has bagged 14 of United’s 29 goals in all competitions this season.

But it is understood the Portuguese superstar is frustrated by how Man Utd are performing.

The ex-Real Madrid star is also disillusioned with interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s tactics and style of football.

A source close to Ronaldo revealed: “Cristiano is very concerned about what is happening at United.

“The team is receiving a lot of criticism and he knows he is regarded as one of the leaders.

“There are quite a lot of problems and Cristiano is feeling the pressure and is very stressed by the situation.

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“He desperately wants his United move to be a success, but he is starting to recognise that winning trophies with the current set up could be a real struggle.

“Jorge came to see him and they spent time chatting through how things are going, what they think are the problems, how they might be solved and what the solutions may be.

“Nothing has been ruled out.”

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Kate Middleton is the jewel in Royal Family crown Princess Diana would be proud of

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 23:30

ON her 40th birthday, Kate has not only become the woman her husband’s mother might have been but has undoubtedly surpassed even Diana’s ambition.

She has shown all the qualities needed to become a great Queen to steer the monarchy and Britain into a new era; tough, considerate, intelligent and thoughtful.

RexPrince William exclaimed ‘Wow, she’s hot!’ when he first saw Kate Middleton at St Andrew’s in 2002[/caption]

The image of Kate leading the country in the Queen’s absence during the Remembrance ceremony last November reassured monarchists that when the time comes, King William will have not only a Queen by his side but also a loyal friend, an outstanding mother for his children and critically, a wise advisor to guide him through the inevitable perils of public life.

The genius of Kate’s evolution into an icon, since she emerged as William’s girlfriend in 2003, has been the unfussy determination of a middle class woman to shed any irritating regal pretentitions. 

Gradually, as Kate’s style and personality have developed, her own identity has matched the expectations of a diverse country.

Over the last weeks, her public appearances as a pianist, photographer, sportswoman and patron of charities have enhanced her appeal as a modest, hard working mother epitomising the best of British virtues.

Of course, it could have been so different.

Just five years ago, in the run up to Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle, palace insiders were shocked by the Californian actress’s tantrums, none more so than Kate. 

Meghan’s imperial demands were causing great unhappiness among Kate’s staff in Kensington Palace, at times shared with Meghan. 

“What Meghan wants, Meghan gets,” Harry notoriously shouted at Angela Kelly, one of the Queen’s most trusted aides.

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Harry was demanding that Kelly hand over Meghan’s choice of tiara for the wedding.

With the Queen’s support, Kelly refused. The bitter argument was a foretaste of Meghan’s stubborn unwillingness to submit to the traditional codes of royal behaviour. Not least that the Queen is supreme over her family.

To Britain’s good fortune, Kate rather than Meghan is the future Queen.

But Kate knows that the fractious relationship between the Cambridges and Sussexes threatens the monarchy’s future.

Kate’s skill has been to control William’s anger with Harry and Meghan, not least after the Sussexes’s notoriously inaccurate interview last March with Oprah Winfrey.

The butt of the exiles’ untruthful allegations was that the Royal Family was racist, they were trapped and that Kate had made Meghan cry before their marriage in Windsor. 

Uniquely, Meghan’s outrageous attack on Kate did not produce a whispered counter-attack. There was only silence from Kensington Palace.

That refusal to brief media friends made the recent BBC TV documentary by Amol Rajan suggesting the Cambridges were waging a media war against the Sussexes all the more disgraceful.

Not only did Rajan produce no convincing evidence for his ‘revelations’ about the Cambridges, but in truth, Kate and William have been the target of Harry’s and Meghan’s propagandists. 

The scandal was that Meghan’s tame propagandist Omid Scobie was not challenged by Rajan as he spewed unjustified accusations against Kate.

Not least that Kate was unwelcoming to Meghan.

For her part, Kate has resisted entering the bear pit.

RESISTING THE BEAR PIT

Not because she is angelic but because as an intelligent observer of the media, Kate has learned that the media invariably consumes those who seek to control their own image.

Steely self-control has sustained Kate’s occasionally turbulent pre-marriage relationship with William.

Anxious not to make a mistake, William refused to propose marriage to his student sweetheart until he was 30.

During a break in their relationship that lasted several months, Kate was humiliatingly dubbed ‘Waity Katie’. 

Without a public murmur, she held onto her pride and status. Eventually, with his family’s encouragement, William succumbed at 28.

Their own experience encouraged Kate and William to warn Harry not to rush into marriage with Meghan.

Both loved Harry and feared that Meghan wanted royal status without the obligations. 

Kate spotted the danger signal before most, including William, even before the couple’s engagement.

Kate’s frozen smile at the unveiling of the Fab Four re-launch of their charitable Royal Foundation in February 2018 was sparked by Meghan’s declaration that she would “hit the ground running” to campaign for women’s rights. 

The Royal Family, Kate knew, does not campaign but encourages and consoles organisations and people. 

Unlike Meghan who sought the spotlight, Kate understands the importance of discretion.

KATE’S RESILIENCE

Just weeks later, Kate’s worst fears were realised. During a fitting for the bridesmaids’ clothes, Kate was reduced to tears by Meghan’s manipulative manner towards Charlotte, Kate’s daughter.

At the end of that day, Kate took a bunch of flowers to Meghan. Not because she was guilty, but because as a natural conciliator Kate had no pride to make a peace offering. Gossips would claim that Meghan threw the flowers in the dustbin. 

Irrefutably, in her Oprah denunciation of Kate, Meghan twisted the incident to accuse Kate of wrongful behaviour. 

That mean-spirited public rebuke confirmed Meghan’s unsuitability for public life in Britain.

By contrast, Kate’s silence under attack confirmed her ideal resilience, so familiar to the Queen’s admirers.

PAFor her part, Kate has resisted entering the bear pit.[/caption]

Future biographers of Kate Middleton will seek clues to how the daughter of a former British Airways dispatcher and a mother brought up in a council flat who became a successful businesswoman living in a millionaire’s country house, learned the secrets of impeccable royal behaviour.

Iron self-discipline has proven to be a Middleton characteristic. The family have never been known to utter even a peep about their relationship with the Royal Family. 

Even when the Middletons were shunned by snobs in the royal household, the family remained silent.

It fell to William to ask his grandmother for a show of affection. 

Accordingly, photographers were tipped off to record the Queen driving with Carol Middleton through a royal park.

Of course, William is hugely grateful to Kate’s family. However reasonable he now seems, William was damaged by his parents’ tumultuous relationship and their blatant adultery played out on the global stage. 

SOLID ANCHOR

Humiliated by their serial indiscretion, William needed a solid anchor before he could assume his destiny’s huge responsibilities.

‘Wow, she’s hot,’ he said when he first spotted Kate in 2002 shay-saying in a see-through dress as a student in St Andrews. Soon they were an item.

Folklore credits Carol Middleton with manoeuvring her daughter to land up in the same course as the prince.

William therefore owes his mother-in-law a great debt.

Throughout his bachelor years, he regularly spent weekends with the Middletons.

With Kate, he witnessed the normal family life denied to him by his divorced parents.

Kate, he knew, would create the same loving environment for his children.

Astutely, Kate decided that the ideal environment to establish a happy family was to live at a distance from the palaces in London. 

Nothing, she realised, could be gained by close proximity to Charles and Camilla, or the claustrophobic existence in Kensington Palace.

She and William, she decided, needed space to develop their relationship and create the ideal atmosphere to bring up their children.

First, they moved in 2011 to a remote area in Anglesey, Wales. Far from the media and the Hooray Henry set, William was a rescue pilot, witnessing harrowing life-and-death incidents. 

With Kate’s support, he became more balanced and mature. Then, still unwilling to take on more than a smattering of royal responsibilities, the family moved to Norfolk.

Kate had however fulfilled one responsibility. Within hours of her first child’s birth, she stood, perfectly made up, on the hospital steps to smilingly show Prince George to the mass of photographers.

And then she gracefully fled to her sanctuary.

In the aftermath, unlike Diana who publicly visited Chelsea Harbour to keep fit – and for other reasons too – Kate’s employment of a trainer has been private.

Kate makes modesty sexy and attractive. That discretion confirms that Kate is genuine while everything Meghan has done smacks of insincerity.

Comparisons with the Queen Mother, I believe, are inaccurate. While the Queen Mother was undoubtedly admired by the public, she was nasty to those she disliked.

PAKate makes modesty sexy and attractive, writes Tom Bower[/caption]

No one has ever suggested that Kate has treated people other than with civility. 

The Queen Mother’s lifestyle was also indulgent. She enjoyed all the perks of her position, and was an inadequate mother to Margaret, her second daughter.

Kate’s lifestyle is modest. She is never seen in expensive restaurants.

She wears off-the peg High Street clothes and is shameless about re-appearing in the same outfit one year later – unlike Meghan who frequently flaunts £20,000 Givenchy and Dior designs and expensive accessories.

And while the Sussexes habitually use private jets, Kate and her family were photographed on a budget airline from Norfolk to visit the Queen in Balmoral.

Above all, she has adeptly managed her timetable to be both a private mother and on public show as the Firm increasingly promotes the Cambridges as the face of the modern Royal Family.

A woman at forty is in her prime. With care she has retained the best of her looks and with thought, she has absorbed sufficient wisdom to carve a meaningful future.

This Sunday we can say with some certainty that Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has a clear run to reach the summit, that Diana would be proud of her and Britain should be grateful for her success. 

Happy Birthday, Kate!

The Mega AgencyPrince William’s mother Princess Diana would have been so proud of Kate[/caption]
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Leicester join transfer chase for Todd Cantwell with Norwich holding out for £15million fee from rival clubs

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 23:30

LEICESTER have joined the host of clubs considering a January swoop for Norwich’s Todd Cantwell.

The Canaries want around £15m for Cantwell, whose contract expires in the summer.

GettyTodd Cantwell, 23, is wanted by Leicester City[/caption]

Liverpool, Tottenham, Newcastle, Leeds and Roma are also keeping tabs on the wideman’s situation.

But if no club meets the valuation and agrees a deal in the current window, it is believed that Norwich intend to trigger the option to keep the former England Under-21 international for another year.

Cantwell, 23, fell out of favour under former Carrow Road boss Daniel Farke after failing to regain form following back and Achilles problems.

The Norfolk-born local lad has not managed to find the back of the net this season, nor provide an assist.

New head coach Dean Smith has given the academy graduate two starts since replacing Farke.

But his future appears to lie elsewhere and the right offer could see him leave in the coming weeks to make a fresh start.

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With a comparative lack of investment at Carrow Road, the club could look to sell their homegrown star in order to raise the cash needed to support their survival bid.

The Canaries face Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup on Sunday and a good performance from Cantwell could add value to his transfer tag.

Cantwell had scored six goals in the 2019-20 Premier League season and was a key player as Norwich won the Championship last term.

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BTK serial killer Dennis Rader ‘was like a robot with a dead stare’ and was ignored by girls, says former school friend

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 23:03

BTK serial killer Dennis Rader was “like a robot with a dead stare” who drew no interest from girls growing up despite his movie star good looks, a former school friend has exclusively told The Sun.  

Rader, now 76, brutally murdered 10 people from 1974 to 1991 in Wichita, Kansas, while hiding himself in plain sight as a respectable family man, church president and Scout troop leader.  

Jeff Rayner/Coleman-RaynerRaymond Reiss went to school with Dennis Rader, who went on to become the notorious BTK serial killer[/caption] Jeff Rayner/Coleman-RaynerRader is seen in his Wichita Heights High School yearbook pic from 1963[/caption] Jeff Rayner/Coleman-RaynerRaymond Reiss, left, and Dennis Rader, right, are seen posing next to each other at a high school reunion in 1987[/caption]

In his first interview since Rader was arrested in 2005, his school pal Raymond Reiss told The Sun how he was left “shocked and dumbfounded” when the killer was finally caught.

Speaking as a new A&E true crime docuseries “BTK: Confession of a Serial Killer” hits screens, Reiss, also 76, revealed two chilling moments he shared with one of America’s most notorious serial killers.  

The pair attended Wichita Heights High School together from 1961 to 1963 and in a strange twist of fate ended up marrying women who had been best friends at school too.

Raymond and Rader were in the same junior and senior class at school and even worked together on physics papers before Rader went on to become known as the ‘Bind Torture Kill’ murderer. 

Raymond told The Sun: “Dennis was quiet, reserved. He was there, but nobody really noticed him that much.

“He was probably the most handsome man in the school, he was just a good looking guy. He could have been a movie star.

“But he wasn’t a hit with the girls because he was quiet and reserved. I don’t remember seeing him around girls ever.” 

A high school yearbook from their senior year shows Rader and Raymond’s pictures almost side by side on the same page.    

Rader signed Raymond’s copy of the yearbook with the message: “Ray, best of luck for the many years to come.”

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Despite describing Rader as a “nondescript, non-remarkable person”, Raymond did get a glimpse into his dark side during their school days. 

He said: “The one thing I remember that was odd about him was one time we were in drafting class and he said something and I didn’t know what he meant. 

“He just looked up at me with this dead stare. I remember that look he gave me because it was so weird.

“It wasn’t like I thought ‘Oh, you’re a killer’ but later when he was caught I recalled that moment.”

After high school Raymond left Kansas to live in San Francisco and didn’t see Rader again for over a decade. 

Meanwhile, Rader began his reign of terror over the population of Wichita with the horrendous quadruple murder in January 1974 of Joseph Otero, 39, his wife Julia, 33, their nine-year-old son Joseph Otero Jr. and 11-year-old daughter Josephine Otero.

The father-of-two struck again in April 1974 when he stabbed and strangled Kathryn Bright. 

Then in March 1977 he strangled Shirley Vian using a rope before asphyxiating Nancy Fox with a belt in December that year. 

Raymond came back to Kansas to be with his mom while she was dying in 1980 and the following year was elected first ever mayor of Park City.  

During Raymond’s three-term tenure as Park City mayor the BTK killer reemerged to murder Marine Hedge in April 1985 and Vicki Wegerle in September 1986. 

BTK’s final victim Dolores Davis was handcuffed, tied up and strangled with a panty hose in January 1991. 

All through the string of killings, Rader would taunt police and the public via cryptic notes and letters.

Rader started working as a compliance officer for Park City in 1991 after Raymond’s terms as mayor had ended.

But one day he took his wife to city hall to show her around and Rader was in his office there working – and they caught another sight of his extremely cold nature.

Raymond said: “Dennis was at his desk and I introduced Jane as one of his wife Paula’s best friends. 

“He shook her hand and just stared at her. He was just a very cold person, you couldn’t get a read on him. 

“After we found out that he was the BTK killer that really unnerved me, that I introduced my wife to BTK.”

Exclusive pictures provided by Raymond show him and Rader posing with former classmates at high school reunions over the years. 

Raymond witnessed how the killer – who later admitted that he murdered to fulfil his twisted sexual fantasies – continued to strictly carry out his duties as a compliance officer until very shortly before he was brought to book for his crimes. 

The former mayor shared a notice of violation that the serial killer wrote up for a property Raymond owned just four months before Rader’s arrest. 

Raymond said: “I was already gone from office then but he would write me up if it was necessary because people hadn’t mown the yard, things like that.

“He was a stickler for the rules and would say stuff like ‘That would be correct, sir’.

“He was always out patrolling and doing his job but he just overdid it. 

“I think it was a power thing, he was in control and he just was not warm. 

“BTK was about sex too but I think it was more about power. 

“The day before they picked him up he had been at one of my rentals and he unnerved the people living there. 

“There was a lady living at another house and he had been coming by and talking with her and being there for no reason, checking this or that. She was getting kind of scared of him.

“She was pretty afraid of him because he was becoming like a stalker almost. 

“He was the compliance officer but he overdid it. 

“He was almost like a robot. He was always like that since I first met him, not very personable.”

Rader committed his murders before Kansas reintroduced the death penalty in 1994 so he was sentenced to 10 consecutive life terms in prison with a minimum of 175 years without the possibility of parole.

It came after he pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first degree murder and coldly provided the court with details of how he stalked and killed his victims, who he referred to as “projects”.

He is currently serving his sentence at the El Dorado Correctional Facility near Wichita – but Raymond says he is not inclined to ever go visit his old school friend.

He said: “The court hearing was hard to watch, this is somebody that you know. I first met him in 1961, that’s a long time to know somebody, but I watched every day.

“He was matter of fact about all these things he did, there was no emotion there. 

“I felt bad for his wife Paula, she was blindsided by the whole thing. She was devastated. She didn’t deserve that. 

“I don’t have any desire to go see him or talk to him. If I did speak to him I would say ‘What were you thinking?’ 

“But I don’t think I’d ever put myself in that situation.” 

One of the selfies police found inside Dennis Rader’s home Rader went on to become known as the ‘Bind Torture Kill’ murderer Jeff Rayner/Coleman-RaynerRaymond Reiss, left and circled, and Dennis Rader, right and circled, are seen at their 40th anniversary high school reunion in 2003[/caption] Jeff Rayner/Coleman-RaynerRaymond Reiss at the front door of his home in Wichita, Kansas[/caption] Jeff Rayner/Coleman-RaynerRaymond Reiss, left and circled, and BTK serial killer Dennis Rader, right and circled, are seen on the same page of their high school yearbook[/caption]

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Who was Marilyn Bergman and how did she die?

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MARILYN Bergman was an Oscar-winning lyricist and the wife of Alan Bergman.

On Saturday, January 8, 2022, Marilyn Bergman passed away at her home in Los Angeles.

Marilyn Bergman passed away at 93 years oldGetty Images Who was Marilyn Bergman?

Born on November 10, 1928, Marilyn Bergman attended The High School of Music & Art in New York before studying psychology and English at New York University.

She moved to California in the 1950s, where she was friends with songwriter Bob Russell and his wife, Anna.

Bergman met her husband, Alan, after they both became collaborators with the composer Law Spence.

“If one really is serious about wanting to write songs that are original, that really speak to people, you have to feel like you created something that wasn’t there before – which is the ultimate accomplishment, isn’t it?” Marilyn Bergman reportedly said to The Huffington Post in 2013.

“And to make something that wasn’t there before, you have to know what came before you.”

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At the age of 93, Bergman passed away following respiratory failure unrelated to Covid-19, according to a representative close to the songwriter.

Her husband Alan was reportedly by her side at her time of death.

Together, the Bergmans won three Oscars: one for The Way We Were, another for Windmills of Your Mind, and a third for the soundtrack to Streisand’s Yentl.

Throughout their career, they recieved a total of 16 Academy Award nominations.

The famous couple also won two Grammys and four Emmys, and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980.

Alan and Marilyn Bergman Who is Marilyn Bergman’s husband Alan?

She and her husband are known for their work on songs such as The Way We Were and How Do You Keep the Music Playing?, among hundreds of others.

The two married in 1958 and are known as one of the most successful songwriting partnerships of all time.

The Bergman’s worked with artists including Marvin Hamlisch, Cy Coleman, and Michel Legrand, with their songs covered by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand.

Together, Marilyn and Alan have one daughter: Julie Bergman Sender, who works as an independent film producer.

Both of the Bergmans were raised in New York, and were reportedly born at the same Brooklyn hopsital, just three years apart.

However, the two didn’t meet until they both lived across the country in California.

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Marilyn Bergman dead at 93 – Oscar-winning songwriter who teamed up with husband Alan Bergman on ‘The Way We Were’ dies

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 23:01

OSCAR-WINNING lyricist, Marilyn Bergman, died at her home in Los Angeles on Saturday. She was 93.

A representative for Bergman, Jason Lee, said she died of respiratory failure that wasn’t related to Covid-19. Her husband, Alan Bergman, was by her side.

Marilyn Bergman died at her home at age 93

The couple, who married in 1958, are best known for their songs The Way We Are, How Do You Keep the Music Playing? and hundreds of others.

They are considered one of the most successful songwriting partnerships in film and television, working with iconic composers including Marvin Hamlisch, Cy Coleman and Michael Legrand.

Their songs were covered by world-famous singers such as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson.

“If one really is serious about wanting to write songs that are original, that really speak to people, you have to feel like you create something that wasn’t there before—which is the ultimate accomplishment, isn’t it?” Bergman said to the Huffington Post in 2013.

“And to make something that wasn’t there before, you have to know what came before you.”

The duo’s resume includes the Streisand-Neil Diamond duet You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Sinatra’s Nice ’n’ Easy and Dean Martin’s Sleep Warm.

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They also wrote theme songs to sitcoms including Maude and Good Times as well as collaborated music for the 1978 Broadway show Ballroom.

Their work was best known for appearing in films such as Tootsie, The Thomas Crown affair and Best Friends. However, their most iconic song was The Way We were from Streisand and Robert Redford.

The couple won three Oscars and received 16 nominations. They also have two Grammys, four Emmys and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

TRIBUTES

Famed composer Quincy Jones sent his condolences after the news of Bergman’s death. “You, along with your beloved Alan, were the epitome of Nadia Boulanger’s belief that ‘an artist can never be more or less than they are as a human being,” he wrote on Twitter.

“To those of us who loved the Bergmans’ lyrics, Marilyn takes a bit of our hearts and souls with her today,” said Normal Lear, who created Maude and Good Times.

Bergman was the first woman elected to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, later serving as the chair and president. 

The Bergmans appeared to not have faced many obstacles that have plagued other songwriting teams, comparing their chemistry to housework or baseball.

“Our partnership as writers or as husband and wife?” Marilyn told the Huffington Post. “I think aspects of both are the safe: Respect, trust all of that is necessary in a writing partnership or a business partnership or in a marriage.”

Besides her husband, Alan, Bergman is also survived by their daughter Julie Bergman.

The Bergmans have won three Oscars, two Grammys and four EmmysGetty Images
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Aston Villa FA Cup tie is huge for Man Utd’s season because they’re at least two years away from a title challenge

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 23:00

IF THE stories are true, Ralf Rangnick’s first signing at Manchester United should be an industrial tub of Polyfilla.

One month into the job and we’ve got tales of rifts in the dressing room, how some players are not having him, of cliques and splits.

GettyMan Utd are bang average right now, SunSport columnist Harry Redknapp thinks[/caption] PARalf Rangnick has been in the job one month, but there are already tales of dressing room rifts[/caption]

Well I’d suggest that instead of blaming others and pointing fingers, they should concentrate on getting on with the job because right now United are bang average.

The Red Devils didn’t buy into Jose Mourinho, didn’t buy into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and now we hear they don’t buy into the new fella.

I keep hearing how good these players are… well they should start proving it because they have done precious little of that so far.

It was positive to see skipper Harry Maguire has fronted up and been big enough to admit they have got to show it’s not all talk.

Now the pressure is on the rest of them in that dressing room to back him up because it doesn’t matter how impressive the words are, if you don’t follow them with actions.

If they can do that, then fine. But at the moment you’d have to say the club needs a massive rebuild, and that’s far easier said than done.

You look at what United have done to this point and think the top four is the best they can hope for. And even that is far from certain.

It’s times like these when you really find out what you’ve got in the dressing room.

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We’ve all had it. Back in the day, I’d only been at Tottenham for three weeks and got a call from a reporter saying he’d heard I had lost the dressing room.

We’d won the first game, come back to draw 4-4 at Arsenal, and beaten Liverpool. But I’d bombed out a couple, so I knew who was trying to cause a problem. Now Rangnick is copping it, with people moaning about tactics, his training, that they’re not in the team…

As a manager, when you leave someone out they hate you, their wives hate you, their kids hate you, and it can be a very lonely job.

That’s when you need characters, players ready to take on all the challenge, and you wonder where they are at United.

I’ve taken sides to Old Trafford and, if you conceded early on, you would be thinking ‘my God, this is going to be a long day’. Well no one thinks that any more.

News Group Newspapers LtdHarry Redknapp celebrates on the touchline after Tottenham’s dramatic late equaliser in a 4-4 draw at Arsenal in 2008[/caption] PASteven Gerrard takes his Aston Villa side to Old Trafford in the FA Cup on Monday night[/caption]

To be honest you’d struggle to find one of the current lot who’d have been a regular in some of the teams under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Even keeper David de Gea — who has been their best player by far — but would you put him in ahead of Edwin van der Sar or Peter Schmeichel before him?

That’s how big the rebuilding job is for Rangnick. That’s why you can’t start blaming a manager who’s only been there five minutes.

Of course United could have a good Cup run, a few decent draws and you’re flying but a serious title challenge? That’s at least two years away, probably longer to be honest.

That’s why tomorrow’s FA Cup game against Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa is huge for the rest of their season, which in itself shows how bad things have become.

In the past United would go for the Cup, of course, yet it was always a nice addition to what was usually a title or a Champions League challenge. Often both.

But could anyone be totally cent confident they would beat Villa? I certainly couldn’t say so.

And if those players are looking to blame someone for that, I’d suggest they start with themselves.

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Take a vintage train back to the golden age of British seaside

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 23:00

A STEAM train chugs behind us along a raised track just above a row of beach huts as the smell of fish and chips wafts past.

Before us, shrieking kids and adults splash about in the shallow waters of Goodrington Sands.

AlamyA holiday in Paignton, Devon is like classic British beach break from yesteryear[/caption]

Sat on this reddish beach in Paignton, Devon, you can imagine yourself in a bygone age before people were jetting off to sunny Spain for their summer holidays.

Families are building castles in the sand, relaxing behind colourful wind-breaks, and dipping their toes into the calm sea.

The only giveaway that this is the 21st century is the array of fun buoyancy aids and anti-UV ray tents.

Goodrington’s sandy bay is popular among tourists in the summer months. It’s sheltered from the winds and a great place to paddle with a number of watersports on offer from paddleboarding to pedalos.

But the sky has other plans for us today, as overhead the dark clouds threaten to break.

We all know that the British summer can prove to be unpredictable — which is why the Devon Hills holiday park, just a few minutes drive from here, is so well positioned.

Lush green hills

Tucked away in a countryside setting on the edge of Paignton, it doesn’t take long to head inland to the unspoilt magnificence of Dartmoor.

And there’s plenty in Dartmoor to keep a family occupied on drizzly days including a zoo, huge cinema and amusement arcades.

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The highlight, though, is a ride on the steam railway that runs along the coast from Paignton and offers some of the best views in the country.

Visitors can wind their way along the English Riviera Geopark and through woodland to Dartmouth before hopping on the ferry to Kingswear, a charming village with coffee shops and restaurants – perfect for a Devon cream tea (jam on top, of course).

For us, occasional rain showers weren’t going to stop us taking a walk across the breathtaking landscape — after all, as the saying goes, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.

We weaved through fields and over rocky mountains with views of the rugged landscape laid out in front us.

The brilliant thing about a hike through Dartmoor is you don’t need to be an outdoors type to conquer many of the spectacular granite rocks poking out of the lush green hills.

Known locally as “tors”, they are often an easy walk from a car park and provide the best kind of climbing for kids — challenging, yet achievable.

That isn’t where the dazzling views end, either. Driving through the narrow lanes of Dartmoor and the open moors, there are so many pretty places to stop for a bit of lunch or to take some snaps.

If you’re planning a picnic, few spots are more idyllic than the tiny village of Postbridge, in the centre of the national park.

We sat beside the 12th century clapper bridge, made out of huge granite slabs, tucking into sand-wiches while a family nearby — in typical English fashion — held brollies aloft over their blanket as the rain fell softly.

When the rain prevails, there’s enough at Devon Hills holiday park to keep you busy, including an 18-metre indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym and a kids’ play area.

Our four-person lodge was modern with a very comfy lounge and a good-sized outside deck area that has a hot tub, checked every morning by staff.

If you don’t fancy making use of the well-equipped kitchen, there is a 15th-century thatched roofed bar and restaurant on site.

The spacious Blagdon Inn has all the family favourites on the menu — burgers and pizzas — with lovely views from the outside seating area.

Cosied up in our Devon Hills lodge, we were surrounded by quaint villages, scenic beaches and endless countryside walks.

Our only problem was not having enough time to enjoy everything Paignton had to offer.

But that just means there’s even more reason to go back.

GO: Devon

STAYING THERE: A seven-night stay in a four-person Classic Lodge at Devon Hills holiday park starts from £650 in total, off peak.

See haulfrynholidays.co.uk.

OUT & ABOUT: Dartmouth Steam Railway And River Boat Company offers day tickets from £19.60 per adult, £12 per child or £57 per family, which includes a return steam train trip from Paignton to Kingswear and return ferry journey from Kingswear to Dartmouth.

See dartmouthrailriver.co.uk.

SOUTHWORKSCREATIVELTDOur four-person lodge was very comfortable with a spacious lounge[/caption] AlamyThe village of Kingswear is perfect for a Devon cream tea[/caption]

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Wellness and fitness breaks to revitalise your body and boost your mental health from the Maldives to Exmoor

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 23:00

GIVE yourself a break in 2022 and concentrate on your wellness, fitness and “me time”.

You can revitalise your body and boost your mental health while staying in a sunshine hotel or rural retreat, learning a new craft or watersport, walking and wild swimming.

Trisha Harbord selects ten breaks to enjoy while recharging your batteries. 

Unico 20°87°, Mexico Unico 20°87° has a holistic fitness programme with a range of classes including floating yoga, hydro-pilates and meditation

RELAX IN LUXURY: This beats pounding the treadmill in a gym. A stay at a luxury adults-only hotel on Mexico’s Riviera Maya on the Caribbean coast with all the fitness and health facilities you need. 

Unico 20°87° has a holistic fitness programme with a range of classes including floating yoga, hydro-pilates and meditation. 

You can step up the pace by trying aqua spinning, pool volleyball and basketball. You can also go kayaking or paddleboarding.

Back on dry land, take part in daily beachfront classes and cardio dance, as well as personal training sessions. 

Pamper yourself with treatments and beauty rituals at the wellness centre and spa, which has a plunge pool, hydrotherapy facilities, steam and sauna rooms. 

Take time out to relax and chill by one of the three pools on a daybed or in a cabana, or join an art or cookery class. 

GO: Seven nights’ all-inclusive at the five-star resort, including flights from Heathrow on selected dates in March, costs from £1,683 per person, based on two sharing. See ba.com/unico.

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GO WITH THE FLOW: Get back to nature on a weekend retreat in Exmoor National Park. Sust Flow’s daily programme includes a mix of yoga, resistance training, cold water therapy and meditation. There are guided hikes within the park and plenty of downtime to enjoy a massage or relax in the hot tub, plus a nutrient-packed menu showcasing local produce. You can also enjoy nutritional talks, quizzes and demonstrations. The retreat at Devon’s Natsley Farm, which has a heated yoga studio, freshwater pool and a wood-fired hot tub, is for adults of all fitness levels. 

GO: Three nights’ all-inclusive from February 25, from £375pp, based on sharing a room. See susthealthretreats.com.

Juicy Oasis, Portugal Gary Barlow at Juicy Oasis, pictured with owner Jason Vale

TAKE THAT JUICE: If celebs such as Gary Barlow and Amanda Holden need a touch of R&R, they head to Portugal. And they drop a few pounds after living off smoothies and soup at Juicy Oasis.

The aim of owner Jason Vale, author of 7lbs In 7 Days, is to change the way guests feel mentally and physically in just a week. The programme includes yoga, meditation, fitness and workshops.

Gary – above, with Jason – said: “As I’ve got older, it’s become a passion to feel good. The way I feel after a stay at Juicy Oasis is my benchmark.”

GO: Seven nights all-inclusive costs from £975pp, based on two sharing an eco-pod. See juicemasterretreats.com. Ryanair and easyJet both fly to Lisbon with fares from £33 return.

Sun Siyam Olhuveli, Maldives Experts are also on hand to instruct for parasailing, windsurfing and diving

FLY THE KITE: Learning a watersport is good for the body and soul. Put the Maldives into the mix and the feelgood factor goes to a new level.

Sun Siyam Olhuveli, a 45-minute speedboat ride from the capital Male, is in a vast lagoon where the water is perfect for kitesurfing.

Experts are also on hand to instruct for parasailing, windsurfing and diving. The resort has two spa complexes with a range of therapies and yoga sessions. See sunsiyam.com.

GO: Seven nights’ all-inclusive, with Heathrow flights and speedboat transfers, between March 1 and April 15, costs from £1,989pp, including a 15 per cent discount. Book by January 31. See awayholidays.co.uk.

Blue Health Surf Breaks, Cornwall Family Surf Co run holidays for all ages but have launched special weekends, with a touch of luxury, for women who want some “me time” to boost their wellness

RIDE THE WAVES: Get an adrenaline rush by riding the waves in Cornwall. Health experts say surfing is great for strength, balance and fitness. 

Family Surf Co run holidays for all ages but have launched special weekends, with a touch of luxury, for women who want some “me time” to boost their wellness. 

The Blue Health Surf Breaks include surfing instruction off beautiful Watergate Bay in North Cornwall, wild swims, beach walks, spa treatments and yoga. And to relax, the Watergate Bay Hotel has five restaurants, an 80ft indoor infinity pool, sauna and hot tub.

GO: Three nights’ B&B from May 13 or June 24, costs from £975. See familysurfco.com.

Brimstone Hotel, Lake District For a bit of pampering, the Brimstone Spa, with an indoor-outdoor pool and fitness studios, offers thermal experiences and treatments

BRIMMING WITH TREATS: Sometimes doing absolutely nothing is the best tonic. Retreat to Brimstone Hotel in the Lake District and stay in a luxurious suite with a log-burning stove, huge bed and private terrace. Chill in the reading room with free beer, wine and treats on tap 24/7. For a bit of pampering, the Brimstone Spa, with an indoor-outdoor pool and fitness studios, offers thermal experiences and treatments. The hotel near Ambleside is surrounded by breathtaking scenery. You can go wild swimming at Loughrigg Tarn, or walking in the Langdale Valley. 

GO: Double rooms are from £310 a night, including breakfast and use of spa facilities. Spa packages available. See brimstonehotel.co.uk.

Gartmore House, Scotland If you fancy trying a new craft, Scotland’s 18th century Gartmore House has 40 breaks with activities galore

ON YOUR HOBBY HORSE: Diver Tom Daley kept calm between events at the Tokyo Olympics – by knitting. And he struck gold, as research shows people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from stress. So, if you fancy trying a new craft, Scotland’s 18th century Gartmore House has 40 breaks with activities galore. Tom would go for knitting but the list includes patchwork and quilting, painting and, new for 2022, candle-making. Gartmore House is in the stunning Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, perfect for photography, birdwatching and hill walking. 

GO: Five nights’ full-board, four days of tuition and transfers from Stirling train station, costs from £849 per person. See gartmorehouse.com.

Lincolnshire Wolds Outdoor Festival The festival, from April 30 to June 5, will also feature activities from fishing to yoga and golf to water sports

GET FIT AT A FESTIVAL: Lincolnshire is going all-out wellness this spring with the launch of its Wolds Outdoor Festival. The area of outstanding natural beauty has been a magnet for hikers and cyclists with its wealth of trails. The festival, from April 30 to June 5, will also feature activities from fishing to yoga and golf to water sports. For those looking for an adrenaline rush, you can glide 2,000ft in the air and drive a racing car. See woldsoutdoorfestival.com.

GO: Laurel Park, which has a yoga barn and hot tub, is one of the county’s most beautiful glamping sites. A camping pitch is from £18 a night, while a safari tent sleeping four is from £60 a night. See lpcampsite.co.uk

Wicklow Way, Ireland Hikers will trek through the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park before descending into green valleys and farmland

WALK THIS WAY: Walking and wellness go hand in hand – especially if you are surrounded by stunning scenery. 

A new self-guided break takes in the 81-mile Wicklow Way – one of Ireland’s most famed long-distance trails, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary. Hikers will trek through the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park before descending into green valleys and farmland. 

While you walk, your luggage is transferred to the B&Bs and on the final night you will recover in a deluxe eco-lodge with a geothermal spa. 

GO: Four nights B&B, luggage transfers and transfers to and from Dublin, route notes and map costs from £580. See wildernessireland.com

Glass House Retreat, Essex Glass House, near Upminster, only serves vegan food and is caffeine and alcohol-free

TIME TO DETOX: Wild swimming is all the rage but you can avoid traipsing through mud to a local river. The new natural pond at the Glass House Retreat in Essex is a lot more comfortable.

You can step from the warmth of the spa and ease yourself down steps into the water. Glass House, near Upminster, only serves vegan food and is caffeine and alcohol-free. 

They have a package that includes a night in a superior room, facial or body scrub, vegan chef demo, exercise classes and wellbeing sessions. It includes breakfast, dinner, gym and spa.

GO: Package price starts from £290 per person. See glasshouseretreat.co.uk

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Did Boris Johnson take us for fuels with big fat VAT lie?

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 23:00

WERE the big promises made by the Leave campaign during the 2016 EU Referendum totally worthless?

In 2016 Boris Johnson and Michael Gove looked the British people in the eye and — writing in The Sun — solemnly pledged leaving the European Union would mean, “fuel bills will be lower for everyone.” And their reasoning was sound enough.

Were the big promises made by the Leave campaign during the 2016 EU Referendum totally worthless?

Because inside the EU, the UK was unable to cut VAT on energy bills below five per cent. And outside the EU, we are free to make our own rules. But five years on, Boris has completely changed his tune. “The argument as you know is that it (cutting VAT on energy bills) is a bit of a blunt instrument,” Boris blustered and backtracked this week. 

“And the difficulty is that you end up cutting fuel bills for a lot of people who perhaps don’t need the support in quite the direct way we need to give it. We need to help people who are in fuel poverty the most.” 

But this is the opposite of what Boris promised when he wanted your Leave vote in 2016. No wonder Remainers are cackling with amusement. When Boris and Gove promised cheaper energy bills outside the EU, there was no talk about only helping just one section of the population. 

Don’t these out-of-touch Tories get it? When the price cap on energy bills rises in April, coinciding with a hike in National Insurance and spiking inflation, there is not one working man or woman who will not experience soaring gas and electricity bills as a kick in the teeth. 

Quitting the EU was supposed to help ALL of them, Prime Minister. And now you are reneging on that promise.

We know now that both Leave and Remain campaigned on exaggerations, fabrications and even big fat fibs. 

George Osborne, the Right Honourable Member for Project Fear, predicted an “immediate” recession if we dared turn our back on our benevolent Brussels masters, with half a million people slung on the dole. It did not happen.

But the Brexiteers boasted that “taking back control” would mean taking back control of our borders. How’s that working out? Even in the middle of winter, those tough-talking Tories can’t stop the dinghies full of illegal immigrants — the only folk who can travel freely! — alighting on Dover beach. We understand that the real world has a way of intruding on political promises that are made in all good faith. And, of course, this Prime Minister has had to deal with a global health emergency that nobody saw coming all those years ago. 

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But cutting VAT on fuel bills — already grotesquely inflated by extortionate green levies — is not asking Boris to dream the impossible dream or to fight the unbeatable foe. Cutting VAT on fuel bills is the right thing to do

And, lest we forget, Boris explicitly promised to do it when he wanted your vote to leave the EU. 

“When we vote Leave, we will be able to scrap this unfair and damaging tax,” Boris seductively said in 2016, like some silver-tongued lothario slipping a casual arm around a tipsy starlet’s bare shoulders. 

Leave and Remain shared a great dishonesty, for neither side ever admitted that there were pros and cons to both leaving and staying. 

One of the real benefits of getting out should have been the freedom of being able to do what we like with fuel bills. 

But it looks like it was just more Brexit baloney, folks.

Boris, to his eternal credit, has done a mostly heroic job steering this country through the virus that came so horribly close to killing him. He got the two big calls right — throwing money at the vaccination rollout and then unlocking the country as fast as possible. 

Tidal wave of debt

But the story of 2022 will not be Covid. It will be the cost of living. 

And just like the virus, the coming crunch will hammer every man, woman and child in this country. 

It is not too late. But ditching VAT on gas and electricity prices needs to be done NOW

Boris seems to think the world is neatly divided between “the poor” and the wine-swigging, cheese-noshing, wallpaper-fretting elite circles that he knocks around in. But ordinary families who work for a living are seeing a tidal wave of debt heading straight for them. They are not “the poor”. They are the struggling workers of this country.

They are not on benefits so do not qualify for the Government’s £140 Warm Home Discount. Their taxes pay for benefits. They voted Leave in their millions. They put Boris in 10 Downing Street. And they are being betrayed by a Government that cares more about its pious, self-harming net-zero emission goals than the Brexit promises of years ago. 

But I struggle to comprehend that Boris can so brazenly betray the people who believed he was telling the truth in 2016.

It is not too late. But ditching VAT on gas and electricity prices needs to be done NOW. Brexit cost us all so much. All that poison, all that division, all those long years of national paralysis.

If leaving the EU did not set us free, then what was the point?

FOUR protesters who decided to tear down a statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston are found not guilty of criminal damage.

 This seems to set a precedent that is somewhere beyond dangerous and insane.

Where does it end? Can a mob of spotty, self-regarding students now chuck Sir Winston Churchill’s statue in the Thames and call it a political act? 

The law is a woke ass. 

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CHECKING for a friend, I discovered that the Supergirl dress Liz Hurley sported during her raucous New Year’s Eve celebration is available on Amazon for around 16 quid. 

Liz definitely got her money’s worth. 

 Andy’s clear plight Royal sources whisper that the Duke of York has ‘not ruled out making a financial settlement with his accuser in order to avoid further damaging the reputation of the Royal Family’

WILL an unexpected way out of his sexual abuse case present itself to the portly prince formerly known as Randy Andy?

Royal sources whisper that the Duke of York has “not ruled out making a financial settlement with his accuser in order to avoid further damaging the reputation of the Royal Family”.

The vast majority of civil lawsuits in America – ­some 97 per cent ­– are settled out of court. 

Indeed, Andrew’s lawyers are attempting to have Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit against him thrown out because she reached a financial settlement of $500,000 (£370,000) with paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in her civil case against him in 2009. 

Virginia’s lawsuit against Andrew claims that she was forced to have sex with him on three occasions when she was 17. 

Andrew can’t recall ever meeting her. 

If a financial settlement without an admission of guilt eventually happens, it would spare Andrew’s 95-year-old mother the stress of seeing the case go to court. 

But the one thing a financial settlement would not do is clear Andrew’s name. 

Isn’t that what he wants? 

KATE’S GRACE

CATHERINE, Duchess of Cambridge, turns 40 today.

Kate is, by some distance, the British Royal Family’s greatest asset for the future.

She has grace, dignity and the common touch. 

The monarchy has lasted because of the Queen. 

It will endure beyond all of our lifetimes because of Kate.

Do the noble thing There are many who believe that Labour’s most successful Prime Minister – at least in terms of winning general elections – should not be in the same room as a knighthood

TONY BLAIR has not just been given any old knighthood.

 He has been made a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the most senior form of knighthood.

 And yet there are many who believe that Labour’s most successful Prime Minister – at least in terms of winning general elections – should not be in the same room as a knighthood.

The arguments against knighting Blair are fierce and passionate, because they are born in the blood and sacrifice of his reckless wars. 

Mark Thompson’s son Kevin was killed by a roadside bomb in Basra, Iraq, in 2007. 

“If Tony Blair receives a knighthood, I will return my son’s medal,” Mark said. 

“I have spoken to more than ten families who are all prepared to hand their medals back. I think there are hundreds out there who will join us. 

“They all feel the same way – they are all fuming. It is all so wrong.” 

Perhaps Blair still believes the dodgy dossier on Saddam Hussein’s elusive Weapons of Mass Destruction was the gospel truth. 

Perhaps he still believes that sacrificing the lives of people’s sons and daughters in Iraq and Afghanistan was all worth it. 

But, for the life of me, I just can’t believe that Blair wants to cause further heartache and distress to the families who lost loved ones in his wars. The bereaved of the brave souls who served have surely suffered enough in this life. 

For that reason alone, if he had any shred of human decency, Tony Blair would quietly decline his knighthood.

As one Aussie epidemiologist told Wacko Djoko: ‘Just get vaccinated, ya knob’

I HAVE my doubts any free country can force anyone to have a Covid vaccination. But the fury Novak “Novac” Djokovic is provoking in Australia – bowling up waving his medical exemption form – suggests the world is sick of selfish anti-vaxxers.

 As one Aussie epidemiologist told Wacko Djoko: “Just get vaccinated, ya knob.” 

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From smart glasses to watch TV to wallet tracker – the best tech for 2022

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 23:00

SMART GLASSES that create the effect of a giant TV and a collar that monitors your dog’s stress levels have been unveiled at the world’s biggest tech show.

Titans Google and Microsoft had to appear virtually at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas – but there were still plenty of gizmos to see. Here are my top picks.

Smart glasses give illusion of 140in screen TCL NxtWear Air, out later this year, price TBC

A new version of TCL’s “wearable display glasses” has built-in micro screens that give the wearer the effect of viewing a 140in screen from around 13ft away.

Speakers giving 3D sound are in the arms. Portable, lightweight and with 47 pixels-per-degree resolution it offers cinema-like clarity, too. Handy for watching movies in a tiny room.

Stressbuster for dogs InvoxioInvoxio smart dog collar, out in early summer for about £100[/caption]

This canine health tracker can also locate Fido if you lose him chasing a rabbit. Using various sensors, it monitors heart rate and breathing plus activity like walking and running, scratching, eating, drinking, barking and resting.

These can indicate health or behaviour issues on the app. There’s a monthly £10 fee.

No waiting for bath to fill Kohler PerfectFill, out later this year, price TBC

THE bathroom specialist’s new product fills your bath to the perfect temperature and depth.

It has a drain kit and digital valve – so no waiting on a cold morning, or fears of flooding your bathroom if you forget it’s running. Links to Alexa, so you can tell her to do it.

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AS with the Chipolo you can use Apple’s Find My app to locate this bag if it goes missing. The tracker is integrated in the bag, so a thief can’t just take it out.

Unable to locate your iPhone? Press a button on the backpack and the phone will beep to help you find it.

Don’t lose your wallet ChipoloChipolo Card Spot, £30, chipolo.net[/caption]

MAKES use of Apple’s Find My network to track down your lost gadgets. This one is credit card-sized and you put it in your wallet.

It’s like Apple’s own AirTags, which are circular and chunky and refuse to stay in a purse or wallet.

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COOL, colourful straps AND faces for Apple Watch, featuring logos and characters from Marvel, Star Wars, Arsenal FC and more. Better value and more fun than Apple’s versions.

Straps come with matching faces that can be downloaded. For example, you get Tom hidden in a block of cheese on the Tom & Jerry one.

Battery-free TV remote SamsungSamsung Eco Remote, out later this year[/caption]

LIKE the previous TV remote that used solar energy instead of batteries, the Samsung Eco Remote can now also recharge itself by harvesting radio waves emitted by wifi routers.

The technology is enough to power a remote but would not be enough for more energy-hungry gadgets like phones – yet. The small solar panel can also get energy from indoor lights.

Monitor weight and more WithingsWithings Body Scan, due in spring, around £250[/caption]

SMART scales that do much more than measure your weight. The clever tech includes an array of sensors to monitor your body composition plus cardiovascular measurements and nerve activity.

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IF you wear glasses, it’s hard to see what a new pair will look like on.

This clever service – on websites such as Fashion Eyewear and due to roll out to optician stores – will take a picture of you in your current pair and superimpose the set you want to try on in their place.

Bluetooth for your vinyl Cambridge Audio Alva ST, £750, out in the spring

WITH vinyl sales at a 30-year high, the British hi-fi specialist’s new Alva ST lets fans listen to songs from the turntable in high quality on compatible wireless headphones, thanks to aptX HD Bluetooth.

There’s also the fancier TT V2 turntable.

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Audi RS Q e-tron review: Dakar buggy is like nothing you’ve seen before

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 23:00

LOOK closely. There’s one part on this car you probably see on the roads every day.

You might know someone who has one, or you might even have one yourself.

The Audi RS Q e-tron racer is taking part in this year’s Dakar Audi’s incredible Dakar racer is like nothing you’ve seen before It’s powered by a combination of three Formula E motors and a DTM (German touring car) engine

Give up? It’s the windscreen from an Audi A4.

In every other way, Audi’s incredible Dakar racer is like nothing you’ve seen before.

It’s got 6,000 parts — double the amount of an average car — and just that ONE thing is off the shelf.

What makes it move is a combination of three Formula E motors and a DTM (German touring car) engine.

The truth is, a pure-electric car wouldn’t cut it on Dakar yet. 

The marathon stages are too long. Plus, soft desert sand devours range. Plus, you would need a really long charging cable stretching across Saudi Arabia.

So Audi dreamed up this Frankenstein moon buggy instead.

I think I know how it works. The 2-litre petrol engine acts as a generator, along with an electric motor, to charge a 52kWh battery, which then feeds two other electric motors, one on each axle, to drive the wheels.

You’ll blink first

So it’s electric all-wheel drive. All that has the potential to make 680hp but to abide to Dakar rules it’s been restricted to 392hp. Bah.

Actually, thinking about it, that’s probably enough when you’re surfing up a dune the size of a tower block and you can’t see the drop on the other side. Now, forgive me if this next bit reads like a list — but there’s so much cool stuff to share.

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The Audi RS Q e-tron has one forward gear. Seemples. Just press and go. You’ll blink first.

The tyres are 37 INCHES. They’re huge. And heavy. The suspension travel is hilarious. 

The triple-layer underbody protection is 54mm thick.

The body is carbon fibre-reinforced plastic and Kevlar. The roll cage is aerospace steel. The dash has more screens and buttons than Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter. Lines and lines of software code run pretty much everything on this car, including the virtual centre differential. It distributes torque to each axle in milliseconds. In total, there’s something like 4km of cables. All working as one.

Energy is also recuperated during braking. Even when you tug the hydraulic handbrake to do skids. Excellent.

But best of all, it has number plates. So it’s road-legal. You could do the Friday big shop in one.

Today is day nine of the legendary two-week Dakar Rally and you may ask: How are Audi doing? Er, they’re not winning. Toyota are, with a Hilux, although British team Prodrive are running them close.

Play to win 

Audi are here to learn first time out with such an experimental car. But rally god Carlos Sainz did score an early stage win.

Team boss Sven Quandt compared Audi’s Dakar debut to the first moon landing.

He said: “Back then, the engineers didn’t really know what was coming.

“It’s similar with us. If we finish the first Dakar event, that’s already a success.”

I’ll give him that.

But we all know, Audi play to win. As we’ve seen in WRC, Le Mans, Formula E and more. 

Bosses have already committed to Dakar in 2023 and 2024. Tick that box then it’s F1 in 2026. So we keep hearing.

Until then, it’s official: Audi A4 drivers have the coolest windscreen in the world.

Best of all, it has number plates. So it’s road-legal. You could do the Friday big shop in one Team boss Sven Quandt compared Audi’s Dakar debut to the first moon landing KEY FACTS: DAKAR RALLY

Jan 1-14, Saudi Arabia

12 timed off-road stages: 4,252km

Liaison sections: 3,847km

Total distance: 8,099km

Start: Jeddah

Finish: Jeddah

Rest day: Riyadh (Jan 8)

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Kim Kardashian’s daughter North, 8, praised for ‘dressing better’ than famous mom as star wears ‘awful’ vest

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 22:58

KIM Kardashian’s daughter North was praised by fans for actually “dressing better” than her famous mother as the reality star wore an “awful” vest.

Kim, 41, shared an Instagram post about how “there’s nothing more precious than time.”

Kim Kardashian/InstagramKim Kardashian and her daughter, North, were walking the pink carpet in a new Instagram post[/caption] Kim Kardashian/InstagramKim wore a puffer vest and North had on a matching black outfit[/caption]

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians alum shared a sweet mother and daughter moment with her followers. 

While walking the pink carpet with the 8-year-old, Kim had on a puffy black vest that matched with the rest of her outfit.

The two were also wearing shades on their faces. 

In another snap, North tried on a wardrobe that went with her rainbow rocks and a purse with an orange chain. 

Kim captioned her post with a random series of emojis. 

Fans on Reddit, however, pointed out in the comments section how the little one had a much better fashion sense than her mother. 

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One said: “North’s outfit is better than Kim’s,” while another harshly wrote that the TV star’s “vest is awful.”

A third chimed in: “I’ve no idea why anyone’s into the puffer vest look. It’s quite hideous.”

Another person stated: “Do you think North styled herself? The rainbow socks are fun.”

THE CLOSET SPACE

Back in December, North gave fans a peek inside her mother’s luxury accessories closet in a TikTok video. 

The shelves appeared to be piled high with designer shoes and bags, including a collection of Hermes Birkin and Kelly totes.

North showed off her braces while she was lipsyncing to Bruno Mars’ song, Locked Out Of Heaven.

In addition to North, Kim also shares Saint, six, Chicago, three, and Psalm, two, with ex Kanye West.

MOVING ON

Julia Fox, 31, and Kanye, 44, were recently spotted together on a dinner date at the Carbone Restaurant in Miami, Florida by TMZ.

The two appeared to be enjoying themselves as they smiled over their candlelit dinner.

The duo also went out on another date together days later as they saw a Broadway show, Slave Play, and ate at Carbone in New York.

Meanwhile, comedian Pete Davidson, 28, has been dating Kanye’s ex since he kissed Kim in an Aladdin skit for the NBC variety show in October 2021.

The TV personality seemed to have moved on since she filed for divorce from the rapper back in February 2021.

Kim Kardashian/InstagramNorth had on rainbow socks with her black boots[/caption] Instagram / Kim KardashianKim shares four kids with ex Kanye West[/caption] GettyKanye is said to be dating actress Julia Fox[/caption]
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Vicky McClure smashes car window and nicks a bag for ITV series Without Sin

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 22:56

VICKY McClure takes a break from her Line of Duty character to smash a car window and nick a bag in her latest role.

The 38-year-old, best known as DI Kate Fleming in the hit BBC drama, finds herself on the other side of the law in ITV series Without Sin.

CLICK NEWS AND MEDIALine Of Duty actress Vicky McClure was on the other side of the law for her latest role[/caption] CLICK NEWS AND MEDIABest known as DI Kate Fleming, the star was snapped smashing a car window and nicking a back for ITV series Without Sin[/caption]

She plays a grieving Uber driver who loses her daughter, and was pictured at the shoot in Nottingham wearing a woolly hat and scruffy overcoat.

The four part ITV drama begins when she finds her 14-year-old daughter dead at the family home after a murderous attack.

The channel’s drama chief Polly Hill said: “Without Sin is a brilliantly compelling story while carefully dealing with a mother’s grief.“

It is due to hit screens later this year.

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We’ve put the past behind us and bonded over our OCD, says footie legend Paul and son Regan Gascoigne

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 22:52

BATTLING booze and mental health problems, football legend Paul Gascoigne was not the dad his family needed him to be.

But when son Regan takes to TV’s Dancing On Ice rink next Sunday, Gazza will be there as his biggest fan.

© Zoë Savitz || www.zoesavitz.com || zsavitz@gmail.com || +44 7501 000 007After battling booze and mental health problems, Paul Gascoigne turned his relationship around with son Regan[/caption] News Group Newspapers LtdAs he will take the Dancing On Ice rink next Sunday, Gazza says ‘I want him to win, and if he doesn’t, I’ll be f***ing mad’, here with baby Regan in 1996[/caption]

Today, in their first interview together, the father and son reveal they have put the past behind them and become firm friends — bonding over the fact they both have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

When Regan, 25, and Gazza, 54, sit down with The Sun on Sunday for our exclusive chat at a restaurant, their need for order is easy to spot.

After rearranging the cutlery, moving the water bottles and lining up the condiments, Gazza says: “I’ve got OCD and he’s got it too. When I used to go and see him, if he wound us up I’d open all the cupboard doors to annoy him, because I knew he’d have to go round shutting them.

“With OCD, if we do something once we have to do it again. I remember England manager Terry Venables going mad because when I’d go on to the pitch I’d be ready, and once we had kicked off I had to tie my laces again, just the right foot.

“The game could have been going on but I’m just tying my shoelace. He’d be like, ‘What are you doing that for?’. I had to. And I didn’t wear pants on the pitch either.

“I was always commando. Let it just do what it wants to down there, right?” Regan, a professional dancer, does not wear underwear either and will also be commando when he hits the ice with American pro skater Karina Manta, 25.

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He says: “When Dad comes to mine he ruins my house. So when I go to his, I move everything too. We know it annoys each other. At work, as soon as I enter the theatre, I’ve got to do everything in an order, including touching door handles and stuff.

“It’s a nightmare. And, yes, Gascoignes don’t wear pants!” Regan and former Strictly star Brendan Cole, 45, are already tipped as favourites to win the ITV show.

Their competition includes Coronation Street’s Sally Dynevor, 58, ex-rugby player Ben Foden, 36, S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens, 43, Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, 39 and Love Island’s Liberty Poole, 21.

Find all the latest updates from Dancing On Ice with our live blog...


Regan’s relationship with his dad was strained long ago because of the latter’s battle with booze and mental health problems.

One of Regan’s earliest memories is spending weekends visiting him at rehab facility The Priory. Then there was Gazza’s well-publicised divorce from Regan’s mum Sheryl, 56, in 1998 adding to the misery.

In 2009, Sheryl, Regan and his half-siblings Bianca, 35, and Mason, 31 — who were both adopted by Gazza — filmed a documentary about trying to survive a life with him in the grip of his addiction to drink and drugs.

Regan was filmed begging to never see his dad again, telling the filmmakers: “If I could wish, I’d wish that he would go away from us. Because he’s the top player doesn’t mean he’s a good dad.”

But more than a decade later the cracks in the Gascoigne clan have healed, and the pandemic has brought them even closer as they realise how lucky they are to have each other.

Gazza said: “We’re all different. I mean, I’m different, he’s different, Bianca’s on another planet!” The family, including Mason’s partner Jaimee, 23, and their son Teddy, ten months, met for dinner in Gazza’s now hometown of Bournemouth recently for a catch-up.

When we get together we just feel like we’ve never been away from each other. Now we hang out as mates. It’s special, I feel lucky.

Gazza

The former England midfielder said: “That was a lot of fun. When we get together we just feel like we’ve never been away from each other. Now we hang out as mates. It’s special, I feel lucky. We never talk about the past, ever. We just talk about what’s happening in our lives now, we focus on the now and the future, not what’s happened.”

Despite having a dad who spent two decades in football — which saw him win the FA Cup with Spurs, take home two Scottish titles with Rangers and play for England 57 times — Regan always preferred dance.

He also took part in the BBC’s The Greatest Dancer in 2019. Gazza said: “When he was about four I said, ‘Come on, son. I’m going to get you some football boots’. He went f***ing off on one — ‘I don’t want boots. I don’t want boots’. I go, ‘Why? You can play football’. He started crying. I said, ‘What do you want?’. He went, ‘I’ll show you’, and he took us into the ballet shop. I went, ‘Sheryl, what’s happening? I want him to have football boots’.”

Now Gazza is pleased with the decision. He said: “I think there would have been too much pressure on him to be like me if he played football. People would have expected him to play like I did. That’s a lot of pressure. Now he’s found something that makes him happy and he’s good at it, that’s all that matters. I’m pleased for him.”

In 2019 Regan revealed in an interview that he is bisexual, admitting at the time he had not told his dad. But Gazza says the announcement did not come as a surprise. He said: “I remember he called to tell me and I was like, ‘So what? I’m watching a movie’.

“I went, ‘It’s OK, son. I knew when you were four’. It was the Minnie Mouse dress he loved. I remember I took him shopping as a kid and he wanted a Barbie, not an Action Man, too.

‘I’m going to be a nightmare watching’

“It didn’t bother us one bit. It’s just who he is and that’s the end of it, it’s not a problem. Why should it be? Even if he was having an affair with a dolphin, it still wouldn’t bother us.”

Despite enjoying a successful dance career, Regan has largely stayed out of the limelight, previously admitting he did not want to cash in on his family name. But when he was offered Dancing On Ice he realised he should be thankful for Gazza’s past and the doors it has opened for him now.

He said: “I stayed out of the spotlight and didn’t want to use Dad’s success. But I’ve come to realise that my surname can help me, not hold me back. I will still work hard to carry on his success, live up to the Gascoigne name and get where I want to go.”

When the competition kicks off all eyes will be on whether Regan can give fellow dancer Brendan a run for his money. Regan said: “I’m not going to be competitive with Brendan.

“It’s not that I’m like, ‘I want to win at all costs’, or would trip or stamp on someone to get ahead. It’s not me. I want to do it right and enjoy it.”

Gazza interrupted: “He will be competitive, he’s talking bulls**t! Be f***ing confident, Regan. “He might not say it but he’s got my competitive streak. Of course he wants to win.

I stayed out of the spotlight and didn’t want to use Dad’s success. But I’ve come to realise that my surname can help me, not hold me back.

Regan

“I want him to win, and if he doesn’t, I’ll be f***ing mad. I’m quite confident because I know how good a dancer he is. I’m going to be a nightmare watching him. You will hear me screaming, ‘Regan, cha cha cha’.

“I’ll do everything to just embarrass him.

“I might shout from the audience, ‘Regan, the country’s watching! Keep up the Gazza name’.”

  • Dancing On Ice begins at 6.30pm on ITV next Sunday.
regangascoigne/instagramIn 2009, Regan and his half-sister Bianca, 35, filmed a documentary about trying to survive a life with him in the grip of his addiction to drink and drugs[/caption] Regan, a professional dancer, will be commando when he hits the ice with American pro skater Karina Manta, 25 suppliedPaul, here with Sheryl and Regan, said ‘I might shout from the audience, ‘Regan, the country’s watching! Keep up the Gazza name’’[/caption]
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Duggar sisters admit to needing ‘lifelong therapy plan’ over brother Josh’s molestation scandal in lawsuit against cops

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 22:51

COUNTING On’s Duggar sisters admitted to needing a “lifelong therapy plan” over their brother Josh’s molestation scandal in a lawsuit against cops.

In 2015, a 33-page Arkansas police report about the Duggars was released to In Touch, as it stated dad Jim Bob had confessed to local authorities that his eldest son Josh fondled the breasts and genitals of young girls while they were asleep in the famous family’s home years prior.

InstagramDuggar sisters Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Amy admitted needing ‘lifelong therapy’ after scandal[/caption] APJill and Jessa came forward as victims revealing their brother Josh molested them as children[/caption]

Four of the Duggar sisters are suing the Springdale, Arkansas police department and several of its employees over the release of the report.

Jill, 30, Jessa, 29, Jinger, 28, and Joy-Anna, 24, are still pursuing their lawsuit against the Arkansas police department and its employees who helped release documents.

Jill and Jessa previously came forward as victims of the conduct described in the report, revealing their brother Josh, 33, had molested them as children.

Sisters Jinger and Joy-Anna are also suing over the report, though they have not publicly come forward as victims of the alleged molestation.  

The sisters are allegedly considering a settlement, but are reportedly not looking to recover their lost potential profits.

According to The Ashley, one of the attorneys representing the Duggar girls stated on court that it was “not even worth the trouble” for the girls to seek lost wages from the dropped 2015 scandal, since they were paid so little for appearing in the franchise television show.

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However, the sisters are seeking money to have a “lifelong therapy plan” to recover from the emotional distress.

The girls’ attorney, Steven Bledose, told their judge Timothy Brooks: “We’re not going to seek any damages for lost wages, lost past earnings or lost future earnings.

“The categories of damages we are going to seek—it’s basically all going to be based on the witnesses’ testimony.”

He continued: “We want a life care plan involving the cost of therapeutic intervention in these four women’s lives over a period of time to address the emotional issues that are arisen from this nationwide disclosure since they’re public figures. 

“And then the emotional distress-type damages and punitive damages.”

Their judge Timothy Brooks is the same judge who presided over Josh’s child pornography trial.

Josh was found guilty of child pornography charges and taken immediately into custody after a dramatic court case.

The ex-TLC star now faces up to 20 years behind bars on each guilty count.

He is expected to be sentenced in three months.

HOW IT BEGAN

Jill and Jessa came forward as two of Josh’s alleged victims in a 2015 interview with Megyn Kelly, where they insisted they had forgiven Josh, who was never charged, for his wrongdoings

In May 2017, Jill and Jessa sued the City of Springdale, police department employees and other Defendants for invasion of privacy and more, claiming releasing the records caused “extreme mental anguish and emotional distress.”  

The Sun exclusively revealed the trial has been postponed to April 18, 2022 with a backup date of June 20, 2022 if the court has scheduling conflicts. 

The trial is expected to last seven days and will include an eight-person jury. 

The order sets out what is expected from the day: “The purpose of the settlement conference is to precipitate settlement of this case, if that is appropriate.  

“It will be conducted in such a manner as to not prejudice any party in the event settlement is not reached that all matters communicated to the undersigned (judge)… will not be disclosed to the trial judge. The undersigned of course will not serve as trial judge in this case.” 

A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for April 11, 2022. 

Depositions to be used at trial must be filed by March 14, while a “final” witness list must be submitted by April 4. 

A settlement conference has been set for February 18.

The Sun previously reported the trial had been scheduled for December 9, 2021.

But their brother Josh’s child pornography trial lasted from November 31 to December 9 with the same judge. 

FIGHT FOR JUSTICE

The Sun also recently reported the famous sisters hired attorney Hilary Potashner to join their legal team

The former Federal Public Defender’s bio reads: “Having built her reputation as a skilled courtroom advocate, Hilary is being honored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association Criminal Justice Section as the 2020 Defense Attorney of the Year.” 

The attorney has other accolades and major case wins listed on her law firm’s website as well. 

One source close to the family told The Sun that Josh’s conviction on child pornography charges could impact the outcome in the sisters’ case.

The insider said: “They’ve been allowed to proceed on their case against the police department and a couple of police officers.

“That was supposed to go to trial the same week as Josh’s trial, but it got reset.

“If there is a trial, the damages could be cut as a consequence of Josh’s conviction.” 

DECLARED GUILTY 

On December 9, Josh was found guilty on child pornography charges, ending an explosive two-week trial.  

The eldest Duggar son was taken into custody immediately after the verdict came in, and is expected to remain in jail until his sentencing in 2022.  

The Sun obtained video showing Josh being led into a booking area by an officer.  

He was handcuffed with his hands behind his back.  

Josh was first arrested in April, more than a year after Homeland Security raided his Arkansas car dealership.  

He was charged with possessing and receiving child pornography.  

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) at 800-656-HOPE (4673). 

Instagram/@jessaseewaldThe sisters are allegedly not looking to collect lost wages or future earnings[/caption] Instagram/Jill DuggarThey are allegedly seeking for support of a ‘lifelong therapy plan’ to recover from the trauma[/caption] Toby CanhamJinger and Joy-Anna are also suing, though they have not come forward as victims[/caption]
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Lottery results and numbers: Lotto and Thunderball draw tonight, January 8, 2022

Sab, 08/01/2022 - 22:05

THE NATIONAL Lottery results are in and it’s time to find out who has won a life-changing amount of money tonight (January 8, 2022).

Could tonight’s jackpot of £7.7million see you handing in your notice, jetting off to the Bahamas or driving a new Porsche off a garage forecourt?

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You can find out by checking your ticket against tonight’s numbers below Good luck!

Tonight’s National Lottery Lotto winning numbers are: 21, 28, 33, 36, 43, 46 and the Bonus Ball is 27.

Tonight’s National Lottery Thunderball winning numbers are: 10, 15, 26, 27, 38 and the Thunderball is 13.

The first National Lottery draw was held on November 19 1994 when seven winners shared a jackpot of £5,874,778.

The largest amount ever to be won by a single ticket holder was £42million, won in 1996.

Gareth Bull, a 49-year-old builder, won £41million in November, 2020 and ended up knocking down his bungalow to make way for a luxury manor house with a pool.

TOP 5 BIGGEST LOTTERY WINS ACROSS THE WORLD
  1. £1.308 billion (Powerball) on January 13 2016 in the US, for which three winning tickets were sold, remains history’s biggest lottery prize
  2. £1.267 billion (Mega Million) a winner from South Carolina took their time to come forward to claim their prize in March 2019 not long before the April deadline
  3. £633.76 million (Powerball draw) from a winner from Wisconsin
  4. £625.76 million (Powerball)  Mavis L. Wanczyk of Chicopee, Massachusetts claimed the jackpot in August 2017
  5. £575.53 million (Powerball)  A lucky pair of winners scooped the jackpot in Iowa and New York in October 2018

Sue Davies, 64, bought a lottery ticket to celebrate ending five months of shielding during the pandemic — and won £500,000.

Sandra Devine, 36, accidentally won £300k – she intended to buy her usual £100 National Lottery Scratchcard, but came home with a much bigger prize.

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The biggest jackpot ever to be up for grabs was £66million in January last year, which was won by two lucky ticket holders.

Another winner, Karl managed to bag £11million aged just 23 in 1996.

The odds of winning the lottery are estimated to be about one in 14million – BUT you’ve got to be in it to win it.

Sandra Devine and her husband Mike won by chance - can you too?
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