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More than 5,000 Britons have volunteered to take part in the world’s biggest COVID-19 drug trial

More than 5,000 people in Britain have volunteered to take part in a pioneering drug trial in search of a treatment for the currently incurable COVID-19. 

The Recovery Trial, conducted by Oxford University, recruited the participants — all of whom are COVID-19 patients already in hospital — at more than 160 NHS hospitals. 

Participants will receive one of four drugs currently on the market — including one that is used to treat HIV and the anti-malaria drug touted by Donald Trump, known as hydroxychloroquine.

It is the world’s biggest trial of drugs to treat the coronavirus, which has killed more than 13,000 people in Britain and almost 150,000 globally.   

This is significantly more than similar clinical trials in the US and Europe, which have just a few hundred participants.

Currently, experts are divided on which drugs offer the best protection against the disease. 

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It is the world's biggest trial of drugs to treat the coronavirus, which has killed more than 13,000 people in Britain and almost 150,000 globally. it will be run by Oxford University and includes four potential treatments, of which one is hydroxychloroquine

It is the world's biggest trial of drugs to treat the coronavirus, which has killed more than 13,000 people in Britain and almost 150,000 globally. it will be run by Oxford University and includes four potential treatments, of which one is hydroxychloroquine

 It is the world’s biggest trial of drugs to treat the coronavirus, which has killed more than 13,000 people in Britain and almost 150,000 globally. it will be run by Oxford University and includes four potential treatments, of which one is hydroxychloroquine

WHAT DRUGS WILL FEATURE IN THE RECOVERY TRIAL? 

A range of potential treatments have been suggested for COVID-19 but nobody knows if any of them will turn out to be more effective in helping people recover than the usual standard of hospital care which all patients will receive.

The RECOVERY Trial will begin by testing some of these suggested treatments: 

  • Lopinavir-Ritonavir (commonly used to treat HIV) 
  • Low-dose Dexamethasone (a type of steroid, which is used in a range of conditions typically to reduce inflammation)
  • Hydroxychloroquine (related to an anti-malarial drug) 
  • Azithromycin (a commonly used antibiotic)

Peter Horby, professor of emerging infectious diseases and global health at Oxford University, is leading the project and said: ‘This is by far the largest trial in the world.

‘We’re guessing some time in June we may get the results. 

‘If it is really clear that there are benefits, an answer will be available quicker.’ 

However, professor Horby cautioned against thinking the trial will provide an instant cure.

He told The Guardian: ‘We haven’t got anything like a magic bullet. 

‘I think we have to temper people’s expectations about these drugs. 

‘It’s possible some might have an effect, but it’s likely to be modest. 

‘I think what we’ll be looking at in terms of making a significant impact will be moving on to combinations once we know of things that work. 

‘If we combine antiviral and anti-inflammatory drugs, they might have a bigger impact.’

The huge number of volunteers comes after leading medical scientists called for Britons to take part in the trials at the start of the month. 

NHS England medical director Professor Stephen Powis and the UK’s chief medical officers penned an open letter to doctors urging them to enrol more volunteers. 

This call to arms included the Recovery (Randomised Evaluation of COVID-19 Therapy) trial, as well as the Principle trial, for high-risk patients in primary care and REMAP-CAP, for critically ill patients.

WHAT ARE THE THREE MAIN CORONAVIRUS TRIALS IN THE UK?

Principle 

The Principle trial is studying people aged 50 to 64 who have COVID-19 symptoms and a chronic health condition such as heart disease, asthma or cancer. 

It is unclear how many patients are taking part. 

It is also open to those aged 65 or over, with or without other illnesses.

The first drug that will be trialled is hydroxychloroquine, sold as Plaquenil. Other potential treatments will be used if they show promise in pre-clinical studies.

The study is being run at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC) in Surrey.

It will last until March next year.

Recovery

The Randomised Evaluation of COV-id19 thERapY (RECOVERY) trial is being run by the University of Oxford. 

It will test the HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir, marketed as Kaletra and Aluvia, hydroxychloroquine, a malaria medication sold as Plaquenil, and dexamethasone, a type of steroid use in a range of conditions to reduce inflammation.

Almost 1,000 patients from 132 different hospitals have been already recruited in just 15 days.

Thousands more are expected to join the trial in the coming weeks, making it the largest randomised controlled trial of potential COVID-19 treatments in the world.

Definitive results on whether the treatments are safe and effective are expected within months and, if positive, they could potentially benefit hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. 

REMAP-CAP

The REMAP-CAP trial is an international effort, with more than 50 research teams around the world taking part. 

It is looking specifically at patients who develop community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) as a result of viral infections.   

The study will test 16 drugs, including  hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir and interferon beta, which have all shown promise in pre-clinical trials.

Between 2,000 and 4,000 patients will be enrolled.

‘The faster that patients are recruited, the sooner we will get reliable results,’ the letter stated.   

The Recovery Trial will start by investigating four pre-existing drugs, including the highly-touted hydroxychloroquinem, which was voted as the best coronavirus drug currently available in an international poll of thousands of doctors. 

The other drugs being looked at as a treatment for COVID-19 include a combination of Lopinavir and Ritonavir (known by the brand name Kaletra), which is used to treat HIV; low-dose Dexamethasone,a steroid used to reduce inflammation; and azithromycin, a commonly used antibiotic. 

Controversial evidence claims a combination of hydroxychloroquinem and azithromycin is effective against coronavirus. 

Donald Trump gave this theory life when he tweeted saying it is ‘one of the biggest game-changers in the history of medicine’. 

The combination has also received tentative support from French President Emmanuel Macron, who called for further trials into the treatment’s efficacy. 

He visited the lab of prominent French doctor Didier Raoult who claimed the combination is a cure for the killer virus. 

Recovery will look at the drugs separately and gauge how effective they are as independent treatments. 

If they show promise it is possible a combined trial will be set up further down the line, the scientists claim. 

According to the Guardian, a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis is also set to be included in the RECOVERY trial. 

Called tocilizumab, it is an interleukin 6 antagonist and combats the fall-out when the immune system goes into overdrive, as can happen in severe COVID-19 cases.  

Other ongoing trials in the UK include the REMAP-CAP trial, which is an international effort.

It includes more than 50 research teams around the world and is looking specifically at patients who develop community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) as a result of viral infections.   

The study will test 16 drugs, including hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir and interferon beta, which have all shown promise in pre-clinical trials.  

New potential treatments specific to COVID-19 will also be tested at these sites. 

The Principle trial is another onging project and is studying people aged 50 to 64 who have COVID-19 symptoms and a chronic health condition such as heart disease, asthma or cancer. 

It is also open to those aged 65 or over, with or without other illnesses.

The first drug that will be trialled is hydroxychloroquine, sold as Plaquenil. Other potential treatments will be used if they show promise in pre-clinical studies. 

The study is being run at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC) in Surrey. It will last until March next year. 

The University of Oxford is also leading the charge in the search for a vaccination, and is looking for more than 500 people aged between 18 and 55 to test the effectiveness of the vaccine, dubbed ChAdOx1 nCoV-19. 

The potentially life-saving injection is already in production but will not be ready ‘for some weeks’, the institution said in a statement. 

Those selected for the study will be split into two groups, and given either the vaccine itself or a dummy jab. The patient will not know which one they are given. 

Manufacture of the vaccine is occurring at the university itself.   

Work on the vaccine started in January when the first details of the SARS-Cov-2 virus were reported to the World Health Organization. 

It has been fast-tracked through development and flown through clinical trials and preliminary animal tests. 

Professor Adrian Hill, Director of the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, said: ‘The Oxford team had exceptional experience of a rapid vaccine response, such as to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014. 

‘This is an even greater challenge. Vaccines are being designed from scratch and progressed at an unprecedented rate. 

‘The upcoming trial will be critical for assessing the feasibility of vaccination against COVID-19 and could lead to early deployment.’  

The trial has full scientific and ethical approval but scientists acknowledge the accelerated pace does pose risks. 

However, these are likely to be outweighed by the benefits of creating an effective vaccine to the novel coronavirus which has infected more than half a million people. 

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UK’s patient zero ‘is Sussex IT worker, 50, who caught coronavirus in Austrian ski resort party bar

The UK’s coronavirus patient zero is an ‘IT consultant who caught the killer bug at an Austrian ski party’ and started spreading it here weeks earlier than was thought.

Daren Bland from Maresfield, East Sussex, is understood to have infected his wife Sarah and children after returning from Ischgl in mid January.

The 50-year-old had been there with three friends from January 15 to 19, with the others travelling home – two to Denmark and one to Minnesota in the US – sick.

Prosecutors are investigating the destination for possible negligence due to hundreds of foreigners leaving with the illness.

Daren Bland, 50, from Maresfield, East Sussex, is understood to have infected his wife Sarah (pictured) and children after returning from Ischgl in mid January

Daren Bland, 50, from Maresfield, East Sussex, is understood to have infected his wife Sarah (pictured) and children after returning from Ischgl in mid January

Daren Bland, 50, from Maresfield, East Sussex, is understood to have infected his wife Sarah (pictured) and children after returning from Ischgl in mid January

The 50-year-old had been there with three friends from January 15 to 19, with the others travelling back to their native Denmark and Minnesota in the US sick

The 50-year-old had been there with three friends from January 15 to 19, with the others travelling back to their native Denmark and Minnesota in the US sick

Mr Bland

Mr Bland

The 50-year-old (left and right) had been there with three friends from January 15 to 19, with the others travelling back to their native Denmark and Minnesota in the US sick

The popular Ischgl resort, in the province of Tyrol, Austria has been blamed for hundreds of coronavirus cases in Europe

The popular Ischgl resort, in the province of Tyrol, Austria has been blamed for hundreds of coronavirus cases in Europe

The popular Ischgl resort, in the province of Tyrol, Austria has been blamed for hundreds of coronavirus cases in Europe

Mr Bland told the Telegraph: ‘We visited the Kitzloch [bar] and it was rammed, with people singing and dancing on the tables.

‘People were hot and sweaty from skiing and waiters were delivering shots to tables in their hundreds. You couldn’t have a better home for a virus.

‘I was ill for 10 days. It was like wading through treacle. I couldn’t get up, I couldn’t work, it knocked me for six. I was breathless.’

He said he passed it on to his family – with his youngest daughter off school for two weeks – before symptoms spread through his neighbourhood before half term.

The Bland family have not been tested for coronavirus, but if their results came back positive it means the virus hit UK shores a month earlier than thought.

Officially the first recorded case in Britain was on January 31, with the first transmission on February 28.

The virus has since spread across the four countries, racking up 465 deaths and 9,529 cases.

Mrs Bland has called for the family to be tested in a bid to help authorities understand how the virus has swept across Britain.

Ischgl, dubbed ‘Ibiza of the Alps’, faces tough questions over how revellers there ended up spreading the virus across Europe.

Austrian officials have launched a probe into whether the popular resort in Tyrol province purposefully chose not to report cases because it would hurt the tourist industry around the time of a key local election.

Leader of the opposition Dominik Oberhofer said questions need to be asked about the relationship between hoteliers and politicians who were in charge of overseeing the coronavirus response.

The tiny town, with a permanent population of just 1,500, has almost double the number of coronavirus cases as Austria’s capital Vienna, population 2million and has been linked to outbreaks in five other countries

An investigation has been launched over whether an outbreak of the disease was covered up to protect trade around the time of local elections

An investigation has been launched over whether an outbreak of the disease was covered up to protect trade around the time of local elections

An investigation has been launched over whether an outbreak of the disease was covered up to protect trade around the time of local elections

The inquiry centres around reports a 36-year-old German barman at the popular Kitzloch pub who fell ill with COVID-19 in February.

The resort has been linked to hundreds of cases in Austria, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark.

Despite concerns the virus was running rampant at the resort, the slopes and bars were allowed to stay open for weeks.

German media has branded Ischgl ‘the breeding ground’ of coronavirus, while Norway believes almost half of the country’s cases were imported from Ischgl. 

The number of infections in Ischgl – a small town of about 1,500 people – is double that of Vienna, the country’s capital, which has a population of 2million.

There have been at least 1,020 confirmed infections in the town, compared to 456 in the capital.

Europe has become the new epicentre of the pandemic, with more than 100,000 people confirmed to have been infected across the Continent. Italy makes up more than half of cases.

Reports say a German barman at the Kitzloch pub fell ill with coronavirus symptoms at the end of February, although it has not been officially confirmed.

Tourists from Scandinavia, Germany and other parts of Austria all started testing positive for the illness after returning from Ischgl in early March.

German media described the resort as a ‘breeding ground’ for the virus, but local authorities played down concerns.

Werner Kurz, the mayor of Ischgl, told German newspaper Der Spiegel the shut down was ‘a catastrophe’ for the town, saying: ‘We implemented all regulations in a timely manner’.

The number of infections in Ischgl  is double that of Vienna, the country's capital, which has a population of 2 million

The number of infections in Ischgl  is double that of Vienna, the country's capital, which has a population of 2 million

The number of infections in Ischgl  is double that of Vienna, the country’s capital, which has a population of 2 million

Police at a roadblock outside the Ischgl, which has now been put on total lockdown

Police at a roadblock outside the Ischgl, which has now been put on total lockdown

Police at a roadblock outside the Ischgl, which has now been put on total lockdown 

Officers in masks and gloves check papers of drivers travelling out of the region

Officers in masks and gloves check papers of drivers travelling out of the region

Officers in masks and gloves check papers of drivers travelling out of the region

Austria’s Health Minister Rudolf Anschober announced the number of tests would ‘massively’ rise, with more regular checks for hospital staff.

‘The number of tests is increasing and will continue to increase dramatically over the next two to three weeks,’ he said in a statement.

It comes after Austria announced it was mobilising its military for the first time since the Second World War.

Soldiers will be deployed to fight the outbreak by helping with food supplies, medical support and police operations.

Austria still has compulsory military service. Men must serve six months in the army or nine months in a civilian service when they reach 18.

Around 3,000 soldiers – 10 per cent of the reserves – will for three months take over coronavirus-related tasks from soldiers whose military service expires in May.

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New blitz on freed jihadis: Are these jailed fanatics now back on our streets?

Police last night made the first arrest in a new blitz on convicted terrorists who are free to walk our streets.

An Islamist jailed alongside London Bridge killer Usman Khan was dramatically held for allegedly plotting a fresh atrocity.

Nazam Hussain, 34, was detained just hours after Boris Johnson announced a top-level review into the licence conditions of 74 convicted terrorists who are now out of jail.

An Islamist jailed alongside London Bridge killer Usman Khan (pictured) was dramatically held for allegedly plotting a fresh atrocity

An Islamist jailed alongside London Bridge killer Usman Khan (pictured) was dramatically held for allegedly plotting a fresh atrocity

Nazam Hussain, 34, was detained just hours after Boris Johnson announced a top-level review into the licence conditions of 74 convicted terrorists who are now out of jail

Nazam Hussain, 34, was detained just hours after Boris Johnson announced a top-level review into the licence conditions of 74 convicted terrorists who are now out of jail

An Islamist jailed alongside London Bridge killer Usman Khan (left) was dramatically held for allegedly plotting a fresh atrocity. Nazam Hussain (right), 34, was detained just hours after Boris Johnson announced a top-level review into the licence conditions of 74 convicted terrorists who are now out of jail

Forensic officers attend a property in Lanehead Road, Stoke-on-Trent, that is linked to terrorist Khan

Forensic officers attend a property in Lanehead Road, Stoke-on-Trent, that is linked to terrorist Khan

Forensic officers attend a property in Lanehead Road, Stoke-on-Trent, that is linked to terrorist Khan

Police conduct a final sweep of London Bridge before it reopened in the early hours of today

Police conduct a final sweep of London Bridge before it reopened in the early hours of today

Police conduct a final sweep of London Bridge before it reopened in the early hours of today

Officers with torches made sure nothing had been missed before the public were allowed back on to the bridge for the first time since Friday's attack

Officers with torches made sure nothing had been missed before the public were allowed back on to the bridge for the first time since Friday's attack

Officers with torches made sure nothing had been missed before the public were allowed back on to the bridge for the first time since Friday’s attack

London Bridge reopened to pedestrians and traffic at around midnight. The police thanked the public for their patience during the two days it was closed off for forensic examination

London Bridge reopened to pedestrians and traffic at around midnight. The police thanked the public for their patience during the two days it was closed off for forensic examination

London Bridge reopened to pedestrians and traffic at around midnight. The police thanked the public for their patience during the two days it was closed off for forensic examination

Hussain was originally jailed in 2012 as part of a terror cell which was plotting to attack the London Stock Exchange and other high-profile targets in the City of London.

His arrest means new offences were allegedly discovered within hours of the review being demanded – raising serious questions about how convicted terrorists are supervised after being freed from jail.

The police move came two days after Khan, 28, murdered two people at a prisoner rehabilitation conference less than a year after being released from prison. 

His second victim was yesterday named as former Cambridge University student Saskia Jones, 23, who had recently applied to join the police.  

On Sunday evening police were seen doing a last minute search by torchlight of London Bridge before reopening it.

The police move came two days after Khan, 28, murdered two people at a prisoner rehabilitation conference less than a year after being released from prison

The police move came two days after Khan, 28, murdered two people at a prisoner rehabilitation conference less than a year after being released from prison

The police move came two days after Khan, 28, murdered two people at a prisoner rehabilitation conference less than a year after being released from prison 

Saskia Jones, 23, (pictured) of Stratford-upon-Avon, died alongside Jack Merritt, 25, of Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, after Usman Khan went on a stabbing frenzy in London on Friday

Saskia Jones, 23, (pictured) of Stratford-upon-Avon, died alongside Jack Merritt, 25, of Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, after Usman Khan went on a stabbing frenzy in London on Friday

Pictured: Saskia Jones, 23, on the day she graduated from Cambridge University

Pictured: Saskia Jones, 23, on the day she graduated from Cambridge University

Khan’s second victim was yesterday named as former Cambridge University student Saskia Jones (left and right), 23, who had recently applied to join the police

She had been volunteering at the conference at Fishmongers’ Hall, near London Bridge, when Khan began his rampage on Friday afternoon.

Miss Jones’ family paid tribute to her ‘funny, kind, positive influence’ and said she was ‘generous to the point of always wanting to see the best in all people’.

Specialist officers from the West Midlands Counter-Terrorism Unit arrested Hussain in Stoke-on-Trent yesterday. 

Sources confirmed he was being held ‘on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts’.

He’ll end up in hell, says his Imam

The Imam of the mosque where London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan worshipped as a child yesterday condemned the attack.

Abdul Qadir Hashmi said his actions ‘cannot be justified under any circumstances’ and according to his religion the killer would ‘end up in hell’.

Khan grew up in the Cobridge area of Stoke-on-Trent and attended the Ghausia Mosque, before he left home in his late teens.

Imam Hashmi said the community’s thoughts were with the victims. He said: ‘My prayers are with the victims and relatives of those who were killed. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the victims of this terrible act.

‘As Imam, I condemn any killing of innocent human beings. The religion I practice day in day out has no connection with those who choose to kill innocent people. The actions of this young man are wrong and cannot be justified under any circumstances. The Koran is clear, anyone who kills anyone else unjustly will end up in hell, no two ways about it.’

Police continued to search the home where Khan’s parents live yesterday and the Imam also said his thoughts were with the killer’s family. ‘The parents are as helpless as anyone else because they had no control over their child’s actions,’ he said.

He is believed to have been freed from jail less than a year ago, at roughly the same time as Khan. In other developments it emerged that:

  • Khan – who schoolfriends said used to carry a photo of Osama bin Laden – was poised to begin a course at Cambridge University;
  • The authorities forced him to be accompanied by an escort on a previous trip to London in March but this time he was allowed to travel to the capital alone by train;
  • The killer had been seen driving a taxi in his home town of Stoke-on-Trent;
  • Britain’s most notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary claimed Khan and Hussain were ‘entirely innocent’ when they were jailed for the Stock Exchange plot in 2012.

Mr Johnson yesterday pledged to toughen anti-terror laws and said it was ‘repulsive’ that someone as dangerous as Khan had served only eight years behind bars after plotting to carry out acts of terrorism.

The Prime Minister told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show: ‘I think it is ridiculous, I think it is repulsive, that individuals as dangerous as this man should be allowed out after serving only eight years and that’s why we are going to change the law.’

He blamed Labour for changing to the law in 2008 so offenders serving Khan’s type of jail term were automatically released without a parole hearing after serving half of it.

‘I’m sure people can imagine what we’re doing to ensure that 74 other individuals who’ve been let out early on the basis of this Labour change in legislation, they are being properly invigilated to make sure there is no threat,’ the Prime Minister said.

Ministry of Justice officials are understood to be going through emails and phone records to ensure that licensing conditions are being met, as reported by The Telegraph. 

Mr Corbyn argued that cuts to public services had contributed to the attack on Friday. 

Khan was on licence and wearing a GPS monitoring tag when he attended the conference on prisoner rehabilitation hosted by a Cambridge University scheme called Learning Together at Fishmongers’ Hall.

The other person killed was Jack Merritt, 25, from Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, who worked in the university’s criminology department.

His grieving family said he was a ‘beautiful, talented boy’ who died ‘doing what he loved’. Floral tributes were placed at the scene in memory of Mr Merritt yesterday, including a sign which read: ‘I love you forever. I am so so proud of you.’

Her fellow Cambridge graduate Jack Merritt (pictured) was a coordinator at the event on Friday

Her fellow Cambridge graduate Jack Merritt (pictured) was a coordinator at the event on Friday

Her fellow Cambridge graduate Jack Merritt (pictured) was a coordinator at the event on Friday 

Both the victims were killed inside the building before Khan was bundled outside where he was overpowered by members of the public and then shot dead by police.

Two other victims remain in a stable condition in hospital. A third has been allowed home.

Khan had applied for a ‘continuing education’ course at Cambridge University and was due to begin studying there within weeks. 

Security services are analysing all the electronic devices seized from his address in Stafford to work out how long he had been planning the attack and whether anyone else was involved.

One Whitehall source said: ‘It is still quite a puzzle as to how someone who appeared to be a reformed character decided to do this.’

Khan was among the 3,000 terrorists being monitored by the security services, but he was not under round-the-clock surveillance, it is understood.

To have monitored him any more closely would have taken resources away from someone known to be planning an attack, sources said.

Khan and Hussain are both thought have been disciples of hate preacher Anjem Choudary.

They had both planned to travel to Pakistan in January 2011, but were arrested shortly before leaving. 

Dr Rakib Ehsan, research fellow at security think-tank the Henry Jackson Society, said: ‘A more uncompromising approach must be taken when dealing with those who have been found guilty of such crimes, in the name of broader public safety.

‘The 74 other released jihadists are likely to include those who continue to pose a threat to society.

‘We know Usman Khan’s original co-conspirators to be amongst the most hardened jihadists. All were convicted for involvement with plotting to carry out deadly terrorist attacks on locations including the London Stock Exchange.

‘In light of the deadly act of terror on Friday, there is a strong case for other plotters who have been released from prison, to be recalled immediately by the authorities. These are dangerous people who all could pose a similar risk to society.’

A police spokesman said: ‘Officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit have arrested a man in Stoke-on-Trent. A search warrant was conducted… in connection to a wider on-going review of existing licence conditions of convicted terrorism offenders.

‘As a result of a search of his home address, the 34-year-old was arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

‘These searches continue.’

Jail time is up – so are these fanatics back on the streets?

Left to right: Mohibur Rahman, 35 Jailed for five years in 2012. Behind bars again, 20-year sentence. Gurukanth Desai, 37 Prepared for acts of terrorism. Jailed for 12 years in February 2012. Now free. Abdul Miah, 33 Prepared for acts of terrorism. Jailed for over 16 years in 2012. Now free. Usman khan, 28 London bridge attacker. Mohammad Chowdhury, 29 Key to 2012 plot. Jailed for 14 years, now back in prison. Mohammed Shahjahan, 34 Sentenced to 17 years ten months in 2013. Now free

Left to right: Mohibur Rahman, 35 Jailed for five years in 2012. Behind bars again, 20-year sentence. Gurukanth Desai, 37 Prepared for acts of terrorism. Jailed for 12 years in February 2012. Now free. Abdul Miah, 33 Prepared for acts of terrorism. Jailed for over 16 years in 2012. Now free. Usman khan, 28 London bridge attacker. Mohammad Chowdhury, 29 Key to 2012 plot. Jailed for 14 years, now back in prison. Mohammed Shahjahan, 34 Sentenced to 17 years ten months in 2013. Now free

Left to right: Mohibur Rahman, 35 Jailed for five years in 2012. Behind bars again, 20-year sentence. Gurukanth Desai, 37 Prepared for acts of terrorism. Jailed for 12 years in February 2012. Now free. Abdul Miah, 33 Prepared for acts of terrorism. Jailed for over 16 years in 2012. Now free. Usman khan, 28 London bridge attacker. Mohammad Chowdhury, 29 Key to 2012 plot. Jailed for 14 years, now back in prison. Mohammed Shahjahan, 34 Sentenced to 17 years ten months in 2013. Now free

Omar Latif, 35, jailed for assisting in preparation for terrorism. Latiff, pictured on Sunday, sentenced to ten years in 2012. Now free

Omar Latif, 35, jailed for assisting in preparation for terrorism. Latiff, pictured on Sunday, sentenced to ten years in 2012. Now free

Omar Latif, 35, jailed for assisting in preparation for terrorism. Latiff, pictured on Sunday, sentenced to ten years in 2012. Now free

Mohammed Bhatti: Conspiracy to cause explosion Jailed for 20 years in 2007

Mohammed Bhatti: Conspiracy to cause explosion Jailed for 20 years in 2007

Junade Feroze Conspiracy to cause explosion Jailed for 22 years in 2007

Junade Feroze Conspiracy to cause explosion Jailed for 22 years in 2007

Left: Mohammed Bhatti: Conspiracy to cause explosion Jailed for 20 years in 2007. Right: Junade Feroze Conspiracy to cause explosion Jailed for 22 years in 2007

Mohammed Zia Ul Haq. Conspiracy to cause explosion Jailed for 18 years in 2007

Mohammed Zia Ul Haq. Conspiracy to cause explosion Jailed for 18 years in 2007

Yunes Tsouli. Inciting murder Jailed for 16 years in 2007

Yunes Tsouli. Inciting murder Jailed for 16 years in 2007

Left: Mohammed Zia Ul Haq. Conspiracy to cause explosion Jailed for 18 years in 2007. Right: Yunes Tsouli. Inciting murder Jailed for 16 years in 2007

Habib ahmed Acts preparatory to terror Jailed for 10 years in 2008

Habib ahmed Acts preparatory to terror Jailed for 10 years in 2008

Rangzieb ahmed. Directing terror in 2008 Jailed minimum 10 years

Rangzieb ahmed. Directing terror in 2008 Jailed minimum 10 years

Left: Habib Ahmed. Acts preparatory to terror Jailed for 10 years in 2008. Right: Rangzieb ahmed. Directing terror in 2008 Jailed minimum 10 years

Munir Farooqi. Soliciting murder in 2011 Jailed minimum 9 years

Munir Farooqi. Soliciting murder in 2011 Jailed minimum 9 years

Jamshed Javeed. Acts preparatory to terrorism Jailed for 6 years in 2015

Jamshed Javeed. Acts preparatory to terrorism Jailed for 6 years in 2015

Left: Munir Farooqi. Soliciting murder in 2011 Jailed minimum 9 years. Right: Jamshed Javeed. Acts preparatory to terrorism Jailed for 6 years in 2015

Kazi islam. Preparing for terrorism Jailed for 8 years in 2015

Kazi islam. Preparing for terrorism Jailed for 8 years in 2015

Zakariya ashiq. Preparing for terrorism Jailed for 6 years in 2015

Zakariya ashiq. Preparing for terrorism Jailed for 6 years in 2015

Left: Kazi Islam. Preparing for terrorism Jailed for 8 years in 2015. Right: Zakariya ashiq. Preparing for terrorism Jailed for 6 years in 2015

Stephen Gray. Preparing for terrorism Jailed for 5 years in 2016

Stephen Gray. Preparing for terrorism Jailed for 5 years in 2016

Trevor Mulindwa. Preparing for terrorism Jailed for 6 years in 2015

Trevor Mulindwa. Preparing for terrorism Jailed for 6 years in 2015

Left: Stephen Gray. Preparing for terrorism Jailed for 5 years in 2016. Right: Trevor Mulindwa. Preparing for terrorism Jailed for 6 years in 2015

Imran Mahmood. Preparing acts of terrorism Jailed for over 9 years in 2013

Imran Mahmood. Preparing acts of terrorism Jailed for over 9 years in 2013

Anjem Choudary. Inviting support of a proscribed organisation

Anjem Choudary. Inviting support of a proscribed organisation

Left: Imran Mahmood. Preparing acts of terrorism Jailed for over 9 years in 2013. Right: Anjem Choudary. Inviting support of a proscribed organisation

Omar Abdur Rehman. Conspiracy to cause explosion Jailed for 15 years in 2007

Omar Abdur Rehman. Conspiracy to cause explosion Jailed for 15 years in 2007

Qaisar Shaffi. Conspiracy to murder Jailed for 15 years in 2007

Qaisar Shaffi. Conspiracy to murder Jailed for 15 years in 2007

Left: Omar Abdur Rehman. Conspiracy to cause explosion Jailed for 15 years in 2007. Right: Qaisar Shaffi. Conspiracy to murder Jailed for 15 years in 2007

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Сколько стоит быть владельцем футбольного клуба минского «Динамо»?


Минский футбольный клуб «Динамо» во время чемпионата Беларуси-2019 в футболе
Минский футбольный клуб «Динамо» во время чемпионата Беларуси-2019 в футболе

Один из самых известных футбольных клубов страны не может найти собственника. Свобода попыталась разобраться, почему.

8:1

16 августа 2018 года в российском Санкт-Петербурге местный «Зенит» принимал минское «Динамо» в рамках квалификационного турнира Лиги Европы. Первый матч в Минске российский клуб сенсационное проиграл с разгромным счетом 0: 4. Шансов отыграться и пройти в следующий раунд было немного. Однако в итоге россияне еще более сенсационные выиграли у «Динамо» (Минск) — 8: 1.

Для белорусского клуба эта игра закончилась не только позором (в футбольном среде до сих пор ходят слухи, что матч был заранее условленном), но и потерей владельца. Юрий Чиж , которому «Динамо» принадлежало 20 лет, больше никогда не появлялся на стадионе и фактически отказался от управления клубом. Сначала бизнесмен собирался продать «Динамо», однако в итоге решения хозяйственного суда избавился его без денежной компенсации. Судья решил, что Юрий Чиж все 20 лет владел «Динамо» незаконно. Клуб передали на баланс Мингорисполкома.

Чиж 20 лет незаконно владел «Динамо». Суд передал футбольный клуб Мингорисполкома

Гуцериев и Прокопеня

23 октября в течение одного дня «Динамо» (Минск) «изменила» владельца аж четыре раза. В начале издание «Прессбол» сообщила, что клуб приобретает известный предприниматель Виктор Прокопеня .

Виктор Прокопеня, архивное фото
Виктор Прокопеня, архивное фото

Всего через несколько часов после этого TUT.BY уточнил информацию коллег — клубом «Динамо» (Минск) будут обладать сразу несколько IT-компаний, в том числе одна из компаний Пракапени. Однако уже во второй половине дня сайт dev.by, который специализируется на информации о развитии белорусского IT-сфере, опроверг сообщения «Прессбол» и TUT.BY. Завершилась история новостью от сайта naviny.by , который со ссылкой на собственные источники в бизнес-кругах информировал — «Динамо» приобретет приближенный к Александру Лукашенко российский олигарх Михаил Гуцериев . При этом никаких официальных комментариев ни от Виктора Пракапени, ни от Михаила Гуцериевым и связанных с ними компаний об этом пока не было.

Прокопеня и другие айтишники будут финансировать минский футбольный клуб «Динамо», — Tut.by

Слухи о том, что один из самых известных футбольных клубов страны приобретут Виктор Прокопеня или Михаил Гуцериев являются не впервые. Говорить об этом начали примерно год назад. Примерно тогда же в качестве нового владельца столичного футбольного клуба называлась корпорация Wargaiming, однако позже о ней говорить перестали. Прокопеню, кстати, видели на стадионе во время матча «Динамо» против «Витебска», который столичный клуб проиграл со счетом 0: 2. Бизнесмен выдержал только один тайм.

10 миллионов долларов за год

Игроки минского футбольного клуба «Динамо» во время чемпионата Беларуси-2019 в футболе
Игроки минского футбольного клуба «Динамо» во время чемпионата Беларуси-2019 в футболе

Бюджеты белорусских футбольных клубов обычно являются закрытой информацией, в СМИ попадают только их примерные размеры. Владелец брестского «Динамо» Александр Зайцев году рассказал, что бюджет его клуба составляет 10 миллионов долларов. Это большие цифры для Беларуси. Годовой бюджет борисовского БАТЭ, например, оценивается в 3-4 миллиона долларов за год; солигорского «Шахтера», который финансирует «Белкалий», — 4-5 миллионов долларов.

В ходе обсуждения возможного приобретения «Динамо» (Минск) новым собственником в качестве предполагаемых ежегодных затрат на клуб называется цифра 10 миллионов долларов. Ее происхождение назвать сложно. По приблизительным оценкам, в настоящее время бюджет «Динамо» меньше 3 миллионов долларов в год. Что, в свою очередь, уже сказывается на результатах. Столичный клуб впервые за много лет может закончить сезон вне тройкой призеров.

В высшей футбольной лиге Беларуси захотели уменьшит количество клубов из Минска

Причин, по которым Мингорисполком может хотеть продать «Динамо», несколько. Во-первых, столичные власти уже имеют свой футбольный клуб «Минск», который также играет в Высшей лиге (а еще женскую команду «Минск», которая в этом году дошла до 1/8 розыгрыша Лиги чемпионов). Вторая — деньги на финансирование. Третья — правила UEFA, которые запрещают играть в одной лиге двум клубом, принадлежащих одной юридическому лицу. Если в этом сезоне «Динамо» (Минск) еще смогло играть против ФК «Минск» (заявка на участие в соревнованиях казалось, еще когда собственником клуба был Юрий Чиж), то со следующим сезоном могут быть проблемы.

Минский футбольный клуб «Динамо» во время чемпионата Беларуси-2019 в футболе
Минский футбольный клуб «Динамо» во время чемпионата Беларуси-2019 в футболе

Следует также добавить, что заработать на футболе в Беларуси очень сложно. Пока такое удавалось только Анатолию Капскому с БАТЭ, который сейчас фактически обеспечивает себя самостоятельно через постоянное участие в еврокубках (UEFA платить за это немалые для белорусских клубов деньги), а также через продажу футболистов иностранным клубом. Александр Зайцев, который приобрел брестское «Динамо», уже несколько лет только вкладывает в клуб собственные средства. Все другие белорусские команды в различной степени (в основном полностью) финансируются за счет госбюджета и не приносят прибыли.

Как в Беларуси игнорируют права собственности. На примере футбольного клуба «Динамо»

Что будет, если «Динамо» так никто и не купит

Такой вариант тоже возможен. Наиболее вероятное развитие событий — объединение с ФК «Минск». Слухи об этом ходили весной 2019 года.

Объединения двух футбольных клубов в один в Беларуси периодически случаются. Например, после прошлого сезона это сделали минский ФК «Луч» и могилевский «Днепр». В результате образовалась команда из официальным названием «Днепр-МЧЗ».

Игроки минского «Динамо» во время чемпионата Беларуси-2019 в футболе
Игроки минского «Динамо» во время чемпионата Беларуси-2019 в футболе

Каким может быть объединение «Динамо» (Минск) и ФК «Минск», сказать сложно, но у такого решения много критиков. В первую очередь потому, что ФК «Минск» специализируется на подготовке молодых футболистов и успешно справляется со своей задачей. Его воспитанники ежегодно переходят в более богатые клубы Беларуси и зарубежья. В случае объединения со столичным «Динамо» эта практика может исчезнуть, потому что целью «Динамо» (Минск) всегда было чемпионство и выступление в еврокубках, а делать это, опираясь на 18-20-летних белорусских футболистов, невозможно.

Еще один вариант развития событий — расформировании «Динамо» или перевод в низшую лигу (в данном случае — в другую). Однако такой вариант почти не рассматривается специалистами как реальный. Все-таки ФК «Динамо» (Минск) — познавательный белорусский спортивный бренд, за судьбой которого следит в том числе руководитель страны. Поэтому можно не сомневаться, что в следующем сезоне клуб вновь попытается бороться за чемпионство. Вопрос только — чьей ценой?

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Sydney Instagram models at war as one is exposed as a $15,000-per-week escort

Instagram model Sophia Alia has lashed out at fellow influencer Nicole Shiraz for cutting her out of a business venture after discovering she was working as an escort.

The women, who have a combined 230,000 followers and both live between Sydney and Los Angeles, planned to launch a range of sunglasses together, before their friendship soured last year.

‘It broke my heart that she’d use the sex industry against me. I am owning what I do,’ said Ms Alia, who makes up to $15,000 per week as an escort.

It's war! Instagram model Sophia Alia (left) has lashed out at fellow influencer Nicole Shiraz (right) for cutting her out of a business venture after discovering she was working as an escort

It's war! Instagram model Sophia Alia (left) has lashed out at fellow influencer Nicole Shiraz (right) for cutting her out of a business venture after discovering she was working as an escort

It’s war! Instagram model Sophia Alia (left) has lashed out at fellow influencer Nicole Shiraz (right) for cutting her out of a business venture after discovering she was working as an escort

The women, both 24, visited China together last year on a ‘research trip’ for their brand, which they had initially planned to call Shade. 

After discovering Ms Alia’s profession, Ms Shiraz apparently decided to continue with the project alone, which she launched in July under the name Shiraz

‘I make my money legally, I pay my taxes, so why should I be shunned from my own business venture because of my profession?’ said Ms Alia.

‘That is called discrimination. Nicole was quite happy to take my money. Despite her criticism about the way I earned it, she couldn’t even return the funds to me.’ 

Not happy: The women, who have a combined 230,000 followers, planned to launch a range of sunglasses together, before their friendship soured last year. Pictured: Ms Shiraz

Not happy: The women, who have a combined 230,000 followers, planned to launch a range of sunglasses together, before their friendship soured last year. Pictured: Ms Shiraz

Not happy: The women, who have a combined 230,000 followers, planned to launch a range of sunglasses together, before their friendship soured last year. Pictured: Ms Shiraz

Ms Alia, who had a ‘sugar daddy’ in Los Angeles before she turned to escorting in Sydney, told Daily Mail Australia she is proud to work in the sex industry. 

When contacted for comment, Ms Shiraz acknowledged she was shocked to discover Ms Alia’s career, as she was under the impression her friend was simply a makeup artist. 

‘There was no combined effort. There is a difference between throwing around ideas and actually working putting in the work,’ said Ms Shiraz.

Drama: 'It broke my heart that she'd use the sex industry against me. I am owning what I do,' said Ms Alia (pictured), who makes up to $15,000 per week as an escort

Drama: 'It broke my heart that she'd use the sex industry against me. I am owning what I do,' said Ms Alia (pictured), who makes up to $15,000 per week as an escort

Drama: ‘It broke my heart that she’d use the sex industry against me. I am owning what I do,’ said Ms Alia (pictured), who makes up to $15,000 per week as an escort

Ms Shiraz claimed that ‘no money’ was taken from Sophia, and insisted the only cost she endured was for a domain name, which was never used.

She added that they both funded their ‘research trip’ to China, but she later found a manufacturer independently in Italy, six months later. 

The beauty also denied ‘discriminating’ against her friend’s profession.  

Business trip: The women, both 24, visited China together last year on a 'research trip' for their brand, which they had initially planned to call Shade. After discovering her friend was working as an escort, Ms Shiraz decided to continue with the business alone

Business trip: The women, both 24, visited China together last year on a 'research trip' for their brand, which they had initially planned to call Shade. After discovering her friend was working as an escort, Ms Shiraz decided to continue with the business alone

Business trip: The women, both 24, visited China together last year on a ‘research trip’ for their brand, which they had initially planned to call Shade. After discovering her friend was working as an escort, Ms Shiraz decided to continue with the business alone

Not ashamed: 'I make my money legally, I pay my taxes, so why should I be shunned from my own business venture because of my profession?' said Ms Alia, who is proud to be an escort

Not ashamed: 'I make my money legally, I pay my taxes, so why should I be shunned from my own business venture because of my profession?' said Ms Alia, who is proud to be an escort

Not ashamed: ‘I make my money legally, I pay my taxes, so why should I be shunned from my own business venture because of my profession?’ said Ms Alia, who is proud to be an escort

Ms Alia and Ms Shiraz have both made headlines in the past due to their associations with famous American rappers.

On Tuesday, Ms Shiraz was pictured boarding a luxury yacht on Sydney Harbour for an ‘Instagram model party’ hosted by Tyga.

Ms Alia, who was not at the party, had previously spent time with Tyga during his last visit to Australia in January. 

Shocked: When contacted for comment, Ms Shiraz (pictured) acknowledged she was shocked to discover Ms Alia's career, as she was under the impression she was simply a makeup artist

Shocked: When contacted for comment, Ms Shiraz (pictured) acknowledged she was shocked to discover Ms Alia's career, as she was under the impression she was simply a makeup artist

Shocked: When contacted for comment, Ms Shiraz (pictured) acknowledged she was shocked to discover Ms Alia’s career, as she was under the impression she was simply a makeup artist

Famous friends! On Tuesday, Ms Shiraz was pictured boarding a luxury yacht in Sydney for an 'Instagram model party' hosted by American rapper Tyga

Famous friends! On Tuesday, Ms Shiraz was pictured boarding a luxury yacht in Sydney for an 'Instagram model party' hosted by American rapper Tyga

Famous friends! On Tuesday, Ms Shiraz was pictured boarding a luxury yacht in Sydney for an 'Instagram model party' hosted by American rapper Tyga

Famous friends! On Tuesday, Ms Shiraz was pictured boarding a luxury yacht in Sydney for an 'Instagram model party' hosted by American rapper Tyga

Famous friends! On Tuesday, Ms Shiraz (right) was pictured boarding a luxury yacht in Sydney for an ‘Instagram model party’ hosted by American rapper Tyga (left)

Last year, Ms Alia went viral when she featured in a leaked video in which she exposed her breasts in a car with U.S. hip hop star Offset.

The footage, which was filmed in 2017, surfaced in December, just hours after rap superstar Cardi B announced her split from Offset.

Cardi B and the Migos hitmaker later reconciled. 

Mutual appreciation: Ms Shiraz claims she has been friends with Tyga for a long time

Mutual appreciation: Ms Shiraz claims she has been friends with Tyga for a long time

Mutual appreciation: Ms Shiraz claims she has been friends with Tyga for a long time

Scandalous! Last year, a video of Ms Alia exposing her breasts in a car with rapper Offset (right) went viral. Pictured: Offset and his wife, Cardi B, on August 7, 2017 in Toronto

Scandalous! Last year, a video of Ms Alia exposing her breasts in a car with rapper Offset (right) went viral. Pictured: Offset and his wife, Cardi B, on August 7, 2017 in Toronto

Scandalous! Last year, a video of Ms Alia exposing her breasts in a car with rapper Offset (right) went viral. Pictured: Offset and his wife, Cardi B, on August 7, 2017 in Toronto

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JAN MOIR: With those Disney dimples, Jennifer Arcuri was perfect for panto

She’s behind you! Don’t look now Boris, but Jennifer Arcuri has arrived just in time for the pantomime season.

Puss in Boots? Beauty and the Beastly? It is too soon to say. But with her Cinderella hair, that iron-jawed kale-crunching California smile and those astonishing Disney dimples, sunny Jen was simply born to stride across a stage in buckled shoes shouting: ‘Oh no I didn’t!’ while slapping her velvet clad thighs.

Oh yes she did?

At breakfast time yesterday it was up to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid to find out if there was a poisoned pip at the heart of her panto apple.

Businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri is miffed about being objectified in the UK as 'an ex-model pole dancer'

Businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri is miffed about being objectified in the UK as 'an ex-model pole dancer'

Businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri is miffed about being objectified in the UK as 'an ex-model pole dancer'

Businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri is miffed about being objectified in the UK as 'an ex-model pole dancer'

Businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri is miffed about being objectified in the UK as ‘an ex-model pole dancer’

Thrilled with a world-exclusive interview, Good Morning Britain (ITV) devoted a whole hour to the woman at the centre of allegations concerning her relationship with PM Boris Johnson when he was mayor of London. 

Straight away, successful businesswoman Jennifer established that she was miffed about being objectified in the UK as ‘an ex-model pole dancer’.

Whatevs, but Piers was keen to know what role the pole in her Shoreditch flat had played in their friendship. This led to the following astonishing interlude.

‘Did you ever use the pole when Boris was there?’

‘Oh God no. Categorically not.’

‘Did Boris ever use the pole?’

No one could have weaponised her answer had she simply denied the rumours. Yet she chose not to, while Piers and Susanna took her slur in their stride

No one could have weaponised her answer had she simply denied the rumours. Yet she chose not to, while Piers and Susanna took her slur in their stride

No one could have weaponised her answer had she simply denied the rumours. Yet she chose not to, while Piers and Susanna took her slur in their stride

No one could have weaponised her answer had she simply denied the rumours. Yet she chose not to, while Piers and Susanna took her slur in their stride

So she asked again. What was the nature of their relationship? ‘It’s really not anyone’s business what private life we had,’ said Arcuri, adding; ‘I’m not going to be put in a position where you weaponise my answer. What a bunch of churlish little guttersnipes’

‘I am never going to tell you that,’ said Miss Arcuri, dimpling attractively as the nation choked on its cereal.

The thought of the pinstriped Boris buttocks clamped around a pole in fashionable East London was too much for many to bear.

Arcuri also couldn’t tell her host exactly how many times Boris had visited her flat. For a Tech Entrepreneur – which is how GMB billed her – Jennifer seemed woefully unsure of numbers.

‘Five, ten times, a handful of times?’, she shrugged.

‘What is a handful, Jennifer? asked Piers, solemnly. What indeed.

Susanna had on her best ‘I’m A Feminist, Too’ face while going in for the kill. She clearly didn’t seem to believe that there could be friendship between male and female colleagues without intimacy, even though she works with Piers every day. 

So she asked again. What was the nature of their relationship? ‘It’s really not anyone’s business what private life we had,’ said Arcuri, adding; ‘I’m not going to be put in a position where you weaponise my answer. What a bunch of churlish little guttersnipes.’

Jennifer Arcuri was evasive when interviewers tried to pin her down on rumours she had an ‘affair’ with Boris Johnson – and couldn’t even say exactly how many times he had visited her flat

No one could have weaponised her answer had she simply denied the rumours. Yet she chose not to, while Piers and Susanna took her slur in their stride.

Throughout the interview they were more dogged than a dog yoga festival on the Isle of Dogs on a dog day afternoon when everyone was doing the downward dog.

Their persistence reminded me of that terrible night back in 1996 when Richard and Judy interviewed OJ Simpson on their evening television show, and tried to winkle a murder confession out of him before the ad break and a song from Neil Diamond. I recall that the build-up was huge. ‘He is one of the most controversial men in the world,’ said OJ of Richard. Or was it the other way around?

Anyway, Judy was so wound up she said ‘c*ck up’ on air, which was just about as bad as showing off her bra at the Brit Awards four years later.

In short what I am saying is this; thank God for Piers and Susanna. Their attempt to ascertain just how close Boris Johnson and Jennifer Arcuri really were is not scurrilous, but germane to any future investigation of his conduct.

At the end of the day – and indeed the start of the morning – good journalism is all about someone knocking on a door, picking up a phone, clipping on a mic and asking an embarrassing question.

Unusually, everyone came out of this interview well, not least Jennifer Arcuri herself. She emerged as a winning character – ebullient, confident and with an eccentric charm.

I liked her apparent loyalty and the fact that she clearly is no lady victim, sobbing into her lace handkerchief as the man she says she bonded with over Shakespeare texts pedals off into the sunset. Who knows what will happen next, however. Et tu, Boris? Only time will tell.

Jennifer Arcuri has insisted there was nothing inappropriate about her friendship with Boris Johnson

Jennifer Arcuri has insisted there was nothing inappropriate about her friendship with Boris Johnson

Jennifer Arcuri has insisted there was nothing inappropriate about her friendship with Boris Johnson 

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Artie Lange wants to make up with Howard Stern following drug-fueled departure from his radio show

Artie Lange extended an olive branch to his former boss Howard Stern on the latest episode of podcast host Steve Grillo's 'AftershockXL' show, set to air Wednesday

Artie Lange extended an olive branch to his former boss Howard Stern on the latest episode of podcast host Steve Grillo's 'AftershockXL' show, set to air Wednesday

Artie Lange extended an olive branch to his former boss Howard Stern on the latest episode of podcast host Steve Grillo’s ‘AftershockXL’ show, set to air Wednesday

An entire decade after their high-profile split, it appears shock jock Howard Stern and his ex-sidekick Artie Lange, the former dynamic duo of no-holds-barred talk radio, are overdue for a reunion.

It was Stern who fired Lang in 2009 after the comedian’s notorious drug addiction imperiled his work and ruined his relationship with the King of All Media.

Stern has expressed some recent misgivings about how things went down with Lange, whose years-long battle with addiction hit a low point earlier this year.

The 51-year-old’s fellow comedians begged him to seek professional help after he tested positive for cocaine use twice in two months and was arrested in January and February, according to NJ.com.

The fallen star was reportedly living in a halfway house in May when a Twitter user shot video of him working a new job pumping gas to comply with the terms of his probation.

It was Stern who fired Lang in 2009 after the comedian's notorious drug addiction imperiled his work and ruined his relationship with the King of All Media

It was Stern who fired Lang in 2009 after the comedian's notorious drug addiction imperiled his work and ruined his relationship with the King of All Media

It was Stern who fired Lang in 2009 after the comedian’s notorious drug addiction imperiled his work and ruined his relationship with the King of All Media

Howard Stern

Howard Stern

Artie Lange

Artie Lange

Stern has expressed some misgivings about how things went down with Lange whose years-long battle with addiction hit a low point earlier this year

‘If this gets back to Howard, tell him I love him. I love him to death and I miss him,’ Lange told the man shooting the video. ‘I gotta pump gas. I’ll be back on stage soon though. I promise.’

Lange told 'AftershockXL' podcast host Steve 'Gorilla' Grillo reading Stern's remarks made him 'feel terrible'

Lange told 'AftershockXL' podcast host Steve 'Gorilla' Grillo reading Stern's remarks made him 'feel terrible'

Lange told ‘AftershockXL’ podcast host Steve ‘Gorilla’ Grillo reading Stern’s remarks made him ‘feel terrible’

Seven days later, sheriff deputies in Essex County New Jersey booked Lang on a warrant for violating his drug probation. 

All the negative news about his former friend seemed to take a toll on Stern who told the New York Times the same month that he ‘loves’ Lange, but that the two have ‘lost touch.’

‘That’s my doing,’ Stern said. ‘I don’t want to do anything that would rock his boat.’

Lange told ‘AftershockXL’ podcast host Steve ‘Gorilla’ Grillo reading Stern’s remarks made him ‘feel terrible.’

Page Six obtained an advanced copy of the interview, which is set to air on YouTube on Wednesday.

‘Sounds like Howard has some guilt about firing me or whatever,’ Lange said. ‘There should be no guilt on Howard’s part. Howard did nothing wrong. All Howard did was try to help me. I love him so much.’ 

Essex County Prosecutor spokeswoman Katherine Carter said Lange was arrested for being ‘non-compliant with his drug court requirements’ in May, but Sheriff Armando Fontoura noted at the time that Lange ‘looked sober’ and ‘sounded good.’

He’s reportedly been sober for eight months and said he wants to apologize to Stern for their falling out.

The twosome have talked over the phone since Lange left Stern’s show, but Lange never said he was sorry for his behavior or the break up.

‘I’m going to call him one of these days,’ Lange said. 

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Beto O’Rourke says Texans told him ‘they do not need’ their AR-15s and would happily turn them over

Democratic presidential nominee hopeful Beto O’Rourke said Friday that his fellow Texans have said that they ‘don’t need’ their AR-15s and that they’ll turn them in if it means keeping the population safer. 

O’Rourke, 46, who was born in El Paso, Texas, where 22 people died in a mass shooting in early August, has been hitting the gun control argument hard during his campaign and said during Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate that he would take away military-style assault rifles from gun owners.  

During an MSNBC interview Friday, the former Texas congressman said that owning ‘guns to hunt or for self-defense makes a lot of sense to us here in Texas,’ but that a ‘weapon of war’ is unnecessary.

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Beto O'Rourke said Friday that he has spoken with Texas gun owners who would be happy to give up their AR-15 rifles if necessary, if it means keeping the population safer

Beto O'Rourke said Friday that he has spoken with Texas gun owners who would be happy to give up their AR-15 rifles if necessary, if it means keeping the population safer

Beto O’Rourke said Friday that he has spoken with Texas gun owners who would be happy to give up their AR-15 rifles if necessary, if it means keeping the population safer

He added that ‘even from those Texans who own AR-15s, they’ve told me this themselves ― “I don’t need this. I don’t need it to hunt, I don’t need it to protect myself. It was fun to use. I like taking it out to the range, but if giving this back, or cutting it to pieces, or selling it to the government helps to keep us safer, then by all means, let’s do it.”‘ 

He said that these sentiments were shared with him by people including parents who were concerned about the children’s safety in schools, in the wake of multiple mass shootings around the country which have involved AR-15-style rifles and have resulted in high death tolls.

During the Thursday night debate, O’Rourke said: ‘Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.’ 

His statement prompted Republican Texas House of Representatives member Briscoe Cain, 34, to tweet, ‘My AR is ready for you Robert Francis,’ a statement which O’Rourke – whose first and middle names are Robert Francis – promptly called ‘a death threat.’  

O'Rourke said Thursday (pictured) during the Democratic presidential debate, 'Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47'

O'Rourke said Thursday (pictured) during the Democratic presidential debate, 'Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47'

O’Rourke said Thursday (pictured) during the Democratic presidential debate, ‘Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47’

The statement prompted 34-year-old Republican Texas representative Briscoe Cain (pictured) to tweet 'My AR is ready for you Robert Francis'

The statement prompted 34-year-old Republican Texas representative Briscoe Cain (pictured) to tweet 'My AR is ready for you Robert Francis'

O'Rourke, whose first and middle names are Robert Francis, called Cain's words 'a threat'

O'Rourke, whose first and middle names are Robert Francis, called Cain's words 'a threat'

The statement prompted 34-year-old Republican Texas representative Briscoe Cain (left) to tweet a ‘threat’ to O’Rourke (right) saying that ‘My AR is ready for you Robert Francis’

O'Rourke said that his plans to take away the 'weapons of war' would be to instill a mandatory buyback program, in which the assault rifle owners would be given fair market value

O'Rourke said that his plans to take away the 'weapons of war' would be to instill a mandatory buyback program, in which the assault rifle owners would be given fair market value

O’Rourke said that his plans to take away the ‘weapons of war’ would be to instill a mandatory buyback program, in which the assault rifle owners would be given fair market value

Cain’s tweet has since been removed for violating Twitter’s ‘rules for threats of violence.’ 

While speaking with MSNBC, O’Rourke said that he was proposing a mandatory buyback of the military-style assault rifles, in which the government would give gun owners a fair market price for their ‘weapon of war.’ 

‘It’s expecting Americans to follow the law,’ he said. 

He added that he was also willing to listen to alternative methods of ensuring that these types of guns would not be used to slaughter people in the streets, as well.    

O’Rourke’s assault rifle buyback idea comes in the way of two mass shootings in Texas within 30 days. 

On August 3, a gunman killed 22 people and wounded 26 at an El Paso Walmart. Then, on August 31, a shooting spree between Texas’ Odessa and Midland left seven dead and 21 wounded. 

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Михаил Захаров вновь назначен тренером хоккейной сборной Беларуси


Михаил Захаров, архивное фото
Михаил Захаров, архивное фото

Главный тренер минского хоккейного клуба «Юность» Михаил Захаров назначен главным тренером хоккейной сборной Беларуси, пишет БелТА . Контракт с ним заключили на два года.

Решение принял исполком Федерации хоккея. Прежний главный тренер Андрей Сидоренко хотел остаться на посту, но с ним не продлили контракт после того, как сборная заняла второе место в первом (не наивысшим) дивизионе чемпионата мира в хоккее.

57-летний Захаров уже дважды руководил сборной Беларуси: в 2003-05 и 2009-10 годах. В 2005 году он лишился поста после поражения в квалификации к Олимпийским Гуль. В 2010-м национальная сборная под руководством Захарова заняла 9 место в олимпийском турнире в Ванкувере.

Вместе с клубом «Юность» (Минск) завоевал восемь титулов чемпиона Беларуси.

Также известен как многолетний хоккейный наставник Александра Лукашенко и его партнер в президентской команде.

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Miley Cyrus ‘went back to her old partying ways’ after marrying Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth and  Miley Cyrus are never getting back together, according to friends of the Australian actor.

A source told NW magazine that Liam couldn’t handle the fact Miley had reverted back to her old partying ways after they got married last December.

‘Liam is sick of being humiliated. And the way she’s acting, she’s doing an excellent job of making sure he won’t go back,’ they said.

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'He's sick of being humiliated. This time it's really over': Liam Hemsworth's friends say estranged wife Miley Cyrus 'went back to her old partying ways' as soon as they tied the knot

'He's sick of being humiliated. This time it's really over': Liam Hemsworth's friends say estranged wife Miley Cyrus 'went back to her old partying ways' as soon as they tied the knot

‘He’s sick of being humiliated. This time it’s really over’: Liam Hemsworth’s friends say estranged wife Miley Cyrus ‘went back to her old partying ways’ as soon as they tied the knot

Miley released a break-up ballad titled Slide Away last week, in which she sings about drug and alcohol use and moving on, amid her split from Liam. 

The telling chorus appears to hint Liam will relocate to Byron Bay, as she repeats: ‘So won’t you slide away? Back to the ocean, I’ll go back to the city lights.’

Lyrics also allude to their younger years, as she sings, ‘Move on, we’re not 17/I’m not who I used to be/You said that everything changed/You’re right I’m grown now.’ 

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‘As soon as they tied the knot, she went back to her old ways, partying,’ the source claimed.

They added: ‘They might have been on and off in the past, but this time it’s really it!’

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Liam and Miley’s management for comment.  

'As soon as they tied the knot, she went back to her old ways, partying': According to NW , a mystery insider claimed Miley's behaviour since their December wedding had escalated

'As soon as they tied the knot, she went back to her old ways, partying': According to NW , a mystery insider claimed Miley's behaviour since their December wedding had escalated

‘As soon as they tied the knot, she went back to her old ways, partying’: According to NW , a mystery insider claimed Miley’s behaviour since their December wedding had escalated

'So won't you slide away? Back to the ocean, I'll go back to the city lights': Miley released a break-up ballad last week, in which she sings moving on, amid her split from Liam

'So won't you slide away? Back to the ocean, I'll go back to the city lights': Miley released a break-up ballad last week, in which she sings moving on, amid her split from Liam

‘So won’t you slide away? Back to the ocean, I’ll go back to the city lights’: Miley released a break-up ballad last week, in which she sings moving on, amid her split from Liam

It comes after The Sun claimed Liam’s family was begging him to ‘cut off all contact with the Nothing Breaks Like A Heart singer. 

According to the publication, the Hemsworths were deeply concerned that Liam, 29, would reconcile with Miley, 26, after their split was announced this month.

A source said: ‘Miley and Liam both keep saying the word “separated”, not “divorcing”, which has his family really worried they’re leaving the door open to get back together in the future.’

The insider added: ‘[Their marriage] has been toxic for way too long. They’re not meant to be together.’ 

'They're not meant to be together': Liam's family was reportedly begging him to 'cut off all contact' with estranged wife Miley Cyrus. Pictured on June 6, 2019 in Malibu

'They're not meant to be together': Liam's family was reportedly begging him to 'cut off all contact' with estranged wife Miley Cyrus. Pictured on June 6, 2019 in Malibu

‘They’re not meant to be together’: Liam’s family was reportedly begging him to ‘cut off all contact’ with estranged wife Miley Cyrus. Pictured on June 6, 2019 in Malibu

Brothers for life: Liam is the youngest member of the Hemsworth acting dynasty. Pictured with his brothers Chris (centre) and Luke (right) on July 27, 2015 in Westwood, California

Brothers for life: Liam is the youngest member of the Hemsworth acting dynasty. Pictured with his brothers Chris (centre) and Luke (right) on July 27, 2015 in Westwood, California

Brothers for life: Liam is the youngest member of the Hemsworth acting dynasty. Pictured with his brothers Chris (centre) and Luke (right) on July 27, 2015 in Westwood, California

A representative for Miley confirmed the split this month, by releasing a statement: ‘Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time. Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers.’  

‘They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy.’ 

While the pair didn’t confirm their break-up until this month, it’s believed they actually called it quits in June after ‘drifting apart’.

The last known footage of them together was from July 9 during an appearance in California, but they looked decidedly unhappy.

End of the road: While the pair didn't confirm their break-up until this month, it's believed they actually called it quits in June after 'drifting apart'. The last known footage of them together was from July 9 (above), but they looked decidedly unhappy

End of the road: While the pair didn't confirm their break-up until this month, it's believed they actually called it quits in June after 'drifting apart'. The last known footage of them together was from July 9 (above), but they looked decidedly unhappy

End of the road: While the pair didn’t confirm their break-up until this month, it’s believed they actually called it quits in June after ‘drifting apart’. The last known footage of them together was from July 9 (above), but they looked decidedly unhappy

Insiders revealed to Page Six that Liam was hoping to have a ‘a normal, settled-down life’, while the Can’t Be Tamed hit-maker headed back to her famously wild ways.   

After announcing their split, allegations have sprung from both sides concerning the reasons for the demise of their marriage, including claims that Liam was abusing ‘certain substances’ and that Miley is ‘immature’. 

Following their initial split in 2013 Miley famously shed her wholesome girl-next-door image, opting instead for sexually provocative outfits and outrageous behavior, culminating in her notorious appearance at the VMAs with Robin Thicke.

After toning down her wild ways when they reunited in 2016, sources claimed that the return to ‘old Miley’ and her subsequent raucous behavior caused an issue for Liam.

Gracious: Liam broke his silence last week, two days after pictures of Miley kissing blogger Kaitlynn Carter emerged

Gracious: Liam broke his silence last week, two days after pictures of Miley kissing blogger Kaitlynn Carter emerged

Gracious: Liam broke his silence last week, two days after pictures of Miley kissing blogger Kaitlynn Carter emerged

Didn't cheat: Despite Miley being pictured kissing Kaitlynn Carter in Italy this month, a source for the singer said 'she never hooked up with girls while she was married'

Didn't cheat: Despite Miley being pictured kissing Kaitlynn Carter in Italy this month, a source for the singer said 'she never hooked up with girls while she was married'

Didn’t cheat: Despite Miley being pictured kissing Kaitlynn Carter in Italy this month, a source for the singer said ‘she never hooked up with girls while she was married’

Liam broke his silence on Tuesday, two days after pictures of Miley kissing Brody Jenner’s blogger ex-Wife Kaitlynn Carter emerged.

He shared a photo to Instagram of a beach at sunset alongside a brief caption addressed to his fans after it was claimed that they have been separated for months.

He wrote: ‘Hi all. Just a quick note to say that Miley and I have recently separated and I wish her nothing but health and happiness going forward… Peace and Love.’

Miley and Liam married last December in her native Tennessee after an on-off romance that began when they co-starred in the 2010 movie The Last Song. 

Heartache: It emerged at the beginning of this month that Brody Jenner and Kaitlynn had decided to end their relationship. Pictured on June 1, 2015 in Los Angeles

Heartache: It emerged at the beginning of this month that Brody Jenner and Kaitlynn had decided to end their relationship. Pictured on June 1, 2015 in Los Angeles

Heartache: It emerged at the beginning of this month that Brody Jenner and Kaitlynn had decided to end their relationship. Pictured on June 1, 2015 in Los Angeles

Miley & Liam’s Romance: A Timeline

 June 2009: Miley and Liam first met on the set of the movie The Last Song, in which they played romantic interests – foretelling their real-life future.

Young love: Miley and Liam first met on the set of the movie The Last Song (pictured in 2010)

Young love: Miley and Liam first met on the set of the movie The Last Song (pictured in 2010)

Young love: Miley and Liam first met on the set of the movie The Last Song (pictured in 2010)

March 2010: Following months of speculation, the lovebirds confirmed their romance in the most Hollywood way possible, by making their red carpet debut as a couple at an Oscars party.

August 2010: After solidifying their status as Hollywood’s coolest young It Couple, the pair reportedly went through their first breakup, with Miley’s exhausting work schedule being cited by sources as the cause.

September 2010: Within weeks of the news that they had gone their separate ways, the pair were spotted out and about together.

November 2010: Fans rooting for the photogenic twosome’s fledgling romance were left disappointed as they decided to split once again.

Big step: Liam proposed to Miley in 2012 (pictured in 2012)

Big step: Liam proposed to Miley in 2012 (pictured in 2012)

Big step: Liam proposed to Miley in 2012 (pictured in 2012)

April 2011: After spending a whole winter apart, it appeared that they came to the realisation they couldn’t live apart, as they reunited in time for spring.

December 2011: Of course, nothing says ‘we’re together and madly in love’ in Hollywood like a red carpet outing. Liam joined Miley at the CNN Heroes Gala in Los Angeles.

March 2012: Shortly after Miley accompanied Liam to the premiere of The Hunger Games, engagement rumours swirled as she was seen sporting a ring. However, the star took to Twitter to shoot down the fevered speculation.

June 2012: What a difference a few months make! The couple announce their engagement after Liam proposes with a 3.5-carat Neil Lane sparkler.

February 2013: There appears to be trouble in paradise once again, as Miley shoots down cheating rumours. Despite her denials, the couple step out separately for high-profile Oscar parties, fuelling breakup speculation.

Time-out: Miley and Liam broke off their engagement in September 2013  and reunited in 2016 (pictured in 2013)

Time-out: Miley and Liam broke off their engagement in September 2013  and reunited in 2016 (pictured in 2013)

 Time-out: Miley and Liam broke off their engagement in September 2013  and reunited in 2016 (pictured in 2013)

September 2013: Miley makes the big step of unfollowing Liam on Twitter. Just days later, her spokesperson confirms that the engagement is over. That same month, Liam is seen kissing Mexican beauty Eiza Gonzalez.

November 2014: Miley moves on! She embarks on a romance with Patrick Schwarzenegger, and their every exploit soon starts hitting social media.

March 2015: After Miley is embraced and welcomed into the Schwarzenegger fold, Patrick is seen getting cosy with another woman.

I do: The couple wed in Tennessee in December 2018 (pictured in 2018)

I do: The couple wed in Tennessee in December 2018 (pictured in 2018)

I do: The couple wed in Tennessee in December 2018 (pictured in 2018)

April 2015: It’s announced that the pair’s Instagrammable romance is over.

 

July 2015: Miley is linked to model Stella Maxwell after they’re seen out together. One month later, Miley shares that she’s pansexual – and single.

January 2016: The singer confirms that she’s back with Liam – and they’re engagement is on again – after she’s seen with moving trucks at his home.

October 2017: Miley and Liam make their first red carpet appearance together in more than four years as they attend the Hollywood premiere of Thor: Ragnarok, starring his brother Chris.

Happier times:  The pair split after seven months of marriage in August 2019

Happier times:  The pair split after seven months of marriage in August 2019

Happier times:  The pair split after seven months of marriage in August 2019

 

November 2018: The couple lose their Malibu home, after devastating wildfires destroy homes throughout the state of California. They subsequently relocate to Tennessee, where they’re thought to have wed a month later.

December 2018: Miley and Liam marry at their home in Franklin, Tennessee

August 2019: Couple split after just seven months of marriage

 

 

 

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