Sheryl Crow has spoken about her experience as one of Michael Jackson's backing singers, revealing she had “a lot of questions” about the late pop star’s behaviour. Crow performed with Jackson during his 18-month Bad tour in the Eighties, and later starred in his music video for “Dirty Diana”. Speaking to The Telegraph, the singer revealed she has not watched controversial documentary Leaving Neverland, which addresses multiple allegations of child sexual abuse by Jackson, but was around “for some things that I thought were really strange”. “I haven’t seen the documentary and I don’t want to see it,” she said. “I was around for some things that I thought were really strange, and I had a lot of questions about.”Crow also spoke about Jackson in another recent interview, this time with The Guardian, where she remembered one of Jackson’s accusers, James Safechuck, as “a great kid”. Asked if she ever wondered what those young children were doing on the tour, she responded: “I think that there were a lot of exceptions made because of the damage that [Jackson]... I mean, he didn’t intentionally project it, but it was part of his aura – this almost being untouchable and almost alien-like [figure].“And yeah, I mean, I’m sad, and I’m mad at a lot of people. I feel like there was just a huge network of people that allowed all that to go on. It’s just tragic.”
Khloe Kardashian said she is taking time to focus on her "mind," "body" and "soul" as she posted a series of holiday photographs with her daughter True.The reality star, 35, shared images of herself on a beach in a blue bikini, hat and light blue robe while True, 16 months, plays in the sand.In the post, Kardashian said: “This summer I have been focused on ME. Me from within. Mind. Body. Soul,” and later added: “My beach baby and me” with the photos of her daughter.Fans flocked to praise the mother-of-one on her figure, with one commenting: “You are too cute Khloe you look amazing, just gorgeous. That core is tight and those workouts got you looking on point! Baby True is such a cutie.” View this post on Instagram ♡ This summer I have been focused on ME. Me from within. Mind. Body. Soul. ♡ focused peace strength A post shared by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on Aug 18, 2019 at 4:31am PDTHer posts come after a tumultuous year which saw her split from her ex-partner and father of True, Tristan Thompson, 29.The pair broke up when it was revealed that Thompson kissed Jordyn Woods, 21, while at a party in February. Woods was previously the best friend of Kardashian’s half sister, Kylie Jenner, 22, and a model for Kardashian’s fashion label, Good American.It came after Thompson was found to have cheated on Kardashian while she was pregnant with their child.But Kardashian has since said she wants to forgive Thompson and recently stood up for him after an Instagram post claimed she “hated” her former partner.Instagram page FreakyMarko2 shared a side-by-side of Tristan and True with the caption: ‘I know Khloe hates Tristan but Baby True starting to look just like him.’"I’m too busy raising my beautiful baby and securing that to hate any individual. Sweet True has always looked like her daddy. She’s beautiful!!”Thompson previously wrote an emotional post to Kardashian on her birthday in June, describing her as the "most beautiful human" he had met.
Free movement for citizens will end on day one of a no-deal Brexit, under new Home Office plans – despite warnings of chaos and of people trapped in legal limbo.Priti Patel, the new hardline home secretary, is pressing for border restrictions to be imposed immediately on 31 October, even though no replacement system is ready, The Independent has been told.Previously, ministers had intended to delay scrapping free movement until new rules are in place, with a Bill stuck in the Commons and fierce rows over what those rules should be.The Liberal Democrats condemned the acceleration as “brutal”, warning it exposed Ms Patel as being “completely detached from reality”.And the organisation representing more than 3 million EU citizens in the UK said: “This will open the door to discrimination. There are no systems in place.”The dramatic shift comes despite the government declining to bring forward the stalled Bill which would end free movement under a slower timetable, for fear of a Commons ambush.Instead, Ms Patel believes she can act through secondary legislation, in a way that would bypass MPs of all parties who would oppose it.More follows…
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After plenty of Page Six rumors, from silent dinners to a surprising lack of PDA, Bradley Cooper and longtime girlfriend Irina Shayk have officially called it quits after four years together. The couple shares daughter Lea de Seine Shayk Cooper. Although it was previously speculated that Cooper was on a “romantic getaway” with his A Star is Born co-star Lady Gaga, The Sun claimed that the figure that had been mistaken for the songstress was reportedly a 60 year old man named Guggi. Despite Cooper’s private approach to relationships, fans have speculated about Cooper and Lady Gaga after the pair's apparent chemistry in A Star is Born. The fervour only continued after their intense duet of Shallow at the Oscars.While Gaga didn't address the rumours directly, some have interpreted her recent move at a concert as a nod to the Cooper rumours.In June, during one of the singer's Las Vegas concerts and prior to singing Shallow, she told her fans, "And one more thing, be kind or f**k off."She is also currently seeing audio engineer Dan Horton.Cooper, who is known for being notoriously tight-lipped, hasn’t exactly been open about his past relationships. He usually takes his mother to awards show instead of his love interests. “I don’t necessarily see the upside of it. You know? I don’t,” he told The New York Times about his reluctance to talk about personal issues.But who has Cooper previously dated? From his short-lived first marriage to the years he spent with Shayk, here's a run-down of his past (and rumored) loves. The pre-Hangover years and his short-lived first marriage Rumors first surfaced that the pair was dating in early 2006. By October of that same year, People confirmed their engagement, and they married in December 2006 in France. But they were divorced only four months later. Esposito later wrote about their relationship in her book, Jennifer’s Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease — What Doctors Don’t Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again. She mentioned that one of her exes was a “master manipulator”, with some speculating this could be Cooper. It has been 12 years since their divorce, but there might still be tension between the former couple. David Spade posted an Instagram photo of Lady Gaga and Cooper cozying up to each other during their “Shallow” performance at the 2019 Oscars, captioned “Is there any chance these two aren’t f******?” Esposito commented with one word, but a meaningful one: “Ha.”His rumored romances with Hollywood’s elite After his split with Esposito, Cooper was rumored to be romancing multiple Hollywood stars. When he spent time with Cameron Diaz in New York in 2007, people thought there was a new power couple but both denied a romantic relationship. They were photographed watching a Giants vs. Eagles NFL game alongside Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore and on a walk through Central Park. “I think she’s great. We’re good friends,” Cooper told People. He went on to say, “I’m sort of nomadic. I love going on location,” which might explain a few of his short-lived dalliances. He then dated actress Jordana Brewster’s sister, Isabella, for about a year in 2008. She was a CAA talent agent at the time.He went on to spend time with his He’s Just Not That Into You co-star Jennifer Aniston in 2009 - but it could have been a friendly moment between colleagues. He was also rumored to be dating Denise Richards. Other A-listers he was briefly seen with include Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson, Zoë Saldana and Jennifer Lopez. Cooper met Renée Zellweger in 2006 on the set of Case 39. While the film wasn’t a hit, he dated the Bridget Jones star from 2009 until 2011. “I can’t say enough about her,” Cooper told Entertainment Tonight at the time. “I just love her. I [loved] coming to work. I love acting with her. I can learn so much from her.”The modelizing years While Cooper is no Leonardo DiCaprio, he did date two models. Before meeting Irina Shayk, Cooper coupled up with the 12-years younger Suki Waterhouse, who he met at the Elle Style Awards in 2013. They were together for two years before splitting in 2015.Cooper started dating Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Irina Shayk in April 2015 - they were first spotted seeing Finding Neverland on Broadway by Page Six. While he rarely spoke out about his romance with the supermodel Shayk, he did notably thank her during his BAFTAS acceptance speech. "Most of all I have to thank Irina for putting up with me, for all the music I was trying to make in our basement for a year," Cooper said. "Thank you very much."Shayk was similarly quiet about their relationship. “I have a lot of friends who share a lot of their personal life on Instagram or social media, very publicly. I admire it and I think it’s great – but I think it’s all about personal choice. Because my work requires me to be out there, I just decided my personal life will be quiet. That’s why it’s called personal, because it’s something for you and your family, and I feel happy with it,” she told Glamour UK.The couple welcomed their daughter, Lea Seine, in April of 2017. “I guess having a child, and having a family of my own - which is a miracle and something I've always dreamt of - has opened me up even more, I guess, to the day, and to be present,” Cooper told NPR.The pair officially called it quits this month, with the Russian model spotted leaving their Los Angeles home with a suitcase. Lady Gaga heading to Bradley Cooper’s house after hearing the break up news pic.twitter.com/Iyf8ttciLF — Kyla (@kylamartinyoung) June 7, 2019Though Shayk confirmed she does still believe in marriage in an interview with Bazaar.com, it's unlikely either will say much more than that regarding their split - but all eyes surely will be on who they decide to date next.
Mattia Binotto is convinced Sebastian Vettel remains focused on his goal of becoming Formula 1 champion with Ferrari, despite the latest setbacks and his apparent disillusionment with F1.
Troops have reportedly used teargas, chilli grenades and pellets to disperse crowds during weekend of clashes. Indian officials have ordered government employees in Kashmir to return to duty and some schools have reopened after a tense weekend of protests in the territory. At least two dozen people were reportedly admitted to hospitals with pellet injuries after violent clashes on Saturday night, almost two weeks on from the Indian government’s abrupt decision to revoke Kashmir’s special status. Indian troops also used teargas, chilli grenades and pellets to disperse protesters. A 65-year-old man died after being admitted to the hospital with breathing difficulties, according to reports. Jammu and Kashmir’s chief secretary had relaxed curfew rules on Friday, saying: “It is expected that over the next few days as the restrictions get eased, life in Jammu and Kashmir will become completely normal.” Officials have downplayed the protests and maintain that the situation remains calm. Over the weekend, however, authorities reimposed heavy restrictions in some areas. On Saturday and Sunday, small groups of teenage boys and young men blocked roads and forced commercial vehicles to turn around – a sign that restive and angry youth may not allow the administration to go ahead with its plan to open government offices. The government of Jammu and Kashmir said 190 schools in the capital, Srinagar, would resume classes on Monday. In Srinagar’s old city, a hub of protests, shops remained shut on Sunday, there was a heavy presence of armed paramilitary personnel, and few people walked the streets. In the Chattabal neighbourhood, residents told the Guardian that police had detained a man, apparently a fellow policeman, who had stood and watched as a group of young people clashed with officers on Sunday afternoon. “The police came in armoured vehicles from two sides and fired pellets and tear smoke shells. They then barged inside this house and detained a man,” a local resident said. “If that can be his fate, what will be our fate?” said one of the residents. Tanveer Ahmad, who runs a shop in a neighbourhood on the western edge of Srinagar city, said he pulled down his shop shutters whenever he saw a police vehicle approaching. “It [may] be normal for [the government] but it is not normal for Kashmiris any more,” he said. “They have locked down everything, so how can anything be normal overnight? “They say there are few troublemongers. If that is the case, why have they locked [up] every Kashmiri, why have they arrested every political leader, even those who were their own?” In the run-up to the revocation of Kashmir’s status, the region’s most prominent politicians were detained and an unprecedented communications blackout and curfew was imposed on millions of residents. The government said on Friday that it it would restore landlines, but many residents rely on mobiles services and so remain cut off from relatives and friends. “They [the government] are speaking lies to deceive the people and deceive the world,” said Ahmad. “Every aspect of our lives have been impacted. We are living a trauma. My mind is disturbed and everyone we meet at home or outside is tense.” In Safa Kadal, the gateway to Srinagar’s volatile old city, Syed Shanawaz, 35, described life under lockdown as “hell”. “For 13 days now, I have done nothing. I have sat inside my room, ate food and went to bathroom – this is all I have done,” he said in his home. “Even though people could go out in the street and take a walk, I am so depressed that I did not even do that.” Two days ago he heard loud bangs of teargas shells and then bursts of aerial fire. “It continued for several hours. I shut the windows of my room and locked myself in the room. I don’t know what happened, if anyone was killed or if anyone was injured. But I am sure it was aerial firing because the sound was echoing in air,” he said. At a shopping mall in Srinagar’s commercial neighbourhood of Lal Chowk, a staff manager said it seemed unlikely the situation would return to normal any time soon. “If we do nothing this time then we will be defeated,” he said. “I have heard people saying that they will not resume their business and will not open the shops.” Shireen Makhdoomi, 21, an engineering student who was in the middle of an exam session when the lockdown began, said the situation was tense. “When the curfew is removed there will definitely be protests,” she said. “If [the government] thinks it was a positive step, why did they impose such restrictions and block communication?” Reuters contributed to this report
Kit Harington has revealed he hated filming his dragon-riding scenes for the final series of Game Of Thrones - and that he was "a bit p****d off" that he didn't get to kill the Night King. The actor, who starred as Jon Snow from the start of the show in 2011 until the final series earlier this year, also said he loved his character's ending - heading back to the North, leaving Bran behind as King - despite hugely divided opinion among fans. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Harington said his dragon scenes in the final Game Of Thrones series, which saw him riding the beasts for the first time, were even harder to film than the tough battles and gruesome deaths.
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google has shut down a service it provided to wireless carriers globally that showed them weak spots in their network coverage, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, because of Google's concerns that sharing data from users of its Android phone system might attract the scrutiny of users and regulators. The withdrawal of the service, which has not been previously reported, has disappointed wireless carriers that used the data as part of their decision-making process on where to extend or upgrade their coverage. Google's Mobile Network Insights service, which had launched in March 2017, was essentially a map showing carriers signal strengths and connection speeds they were delivering in each area.
Fixing the world's "faulty food system" is increasingly being recognised as one of the key ways to fight climate change as well as tackle high rates of both malnutrition and obesity.
The BBC has been calmly discussing Jeremy Corbyn’s letter to MPs, which contained talk of him taking over and forming an “interim government” to block leaving the EU without a deal. What on earth is he trying on? We know he craves power, and we know he is very Left-wing, but “taking over”? “Forming a government”? This describes a coup, insurrection, an overthrow of the Government, a takeover in third-world style. Has the Remain faction come to this? Clearly, democratic politics in the UK has come to a sorry pass — just because the Remainers won’t accept the referendum result. I despair. Tom Trust EDITOR'S REPLYDear TomWe have a constitution, even if it is not codified. That constitution comprises of two central ideas: Parliament is sovereign, and whoever can command a majority in the House of Commons gets to decide what happens. Stay focused on that and ignore all the other noise. We’re in an unusual situation, as the Prime Minister has a majority for staying in office but doesn’t appear to have a majority for his central policy. How this dilemma plays out will be the drama of the autumn. But one thing is for sure: whatever happens, it cannot be a “coup” or an “insurrection” — as that would be unconstitutional. George Osborne, Editor Loss of Virgin’s trains is bad newsI HAVE been a regular traveller on the West Coast line for more than 35 years, and I view the loss of the Virgin franchise with dismay and trepidation. I am old enough to remember the rail services before privatisation. The reality was dirty, smelly, unpunctual trains and staff in ugly uniforms who were obstreperous, boorish and uncommunicative and treated all passengers as if they were an unmitigated nuisance.Richard Branson changed all that and set entirely new standards, which had to be emulated by the other rail companies. We now have brightly painted trains that are always scrupulously clean; welcoming friendly staff in smart, attractive uniforms; but most of all, staff with impeccable manners. Of course, the Virgin operation is not flawless. The seating is still uncomfortable and the food offer is not great, but overall the change must be a factor in the big rise in passenger numbers. Are we now to lose all that good work through what looks like administrative pettiness? Stephen Levrant Today we support women’s aid workAs women working on the frontline of emergencies, we welcome that today’s World Humanitarian Day is dedicated to raising the voices of women aid workers. The upcoming G7 in Biarritz will be the first of many international events over the next 18 months where our leaders will celebrate the strides made towards gender equality in the 24 years since the Beijing Declaration. These will be empty words unless they focus on how better to protect and empower the women and girls being left behind, to listen and plan according to need, and make political declarations a reality. Asha Abshir Ali, Fairouz Hassan and more than 370 othershttps://www.rescue-uk.org/press-release/world-humanitarian-day-letter-world-leadersInternational Rescue Committee New referendum respects 2016 voteIF THE current lawmakers must respect the result of the 2016 referendum, they should conclude that British voters were split down the middle. There was no trend of opinion either way, in practical or statistical terms. And the voters were as a group uninformed; no formal factual arguments for and against leaving were presented. So many of us would have voted on emotional impulse or with lack of knowledge. So let’s pull together now for a second referendum — but this time an informed one. Rex Melville A talonless gull can’t be a dog snatcherGulls will eat whatever they can — including small mammals, if the opportunity presents itself [“Pigeons helped win war so don’t persecute them”, August 15]. However, gulls have flat, webbed feet, not talons, so I struggle to believe that one did successfully “carry off” a small dog. But watching the gulls in St James’s Park hunt the pigeons proves nature has a way of balancing things out. Oliver Bournat
Former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre will front a documentary about his time at the helm of the national newspaper, it has been announced. Channel 4’s The World According to Paul Dacre will see the journalist discuss his 26 years as Daily Mail editor, along with how he used the publication to influence UK politics.Announcing the three-part series, Channel 4 said: “Telling the extraordinary story of how he shaped the Mail as the voice of middle England, he will share his unique insights into the events and the people who defined the front page of his newspaper.”The documentary promises to “bring to life the decisions, debates and dilemmas that faced the editor of the Daily Mail throughout his tenure”, recounting all the “highs and lows” along the way.Dacre was an elusive figure during his Daily Mail editorship who rarely gave interviews or made public appearances. He was known for his attacks on liberal Britain – including against Channel 4 – and in recent years his editorship was characterised by his pro-Brexit stance.He was succeeded by new editor Geordie Greig in 2018.The Daily Mail's Saturday edition is by far the biggest-selling print newspaper in the country, selling 1.7m copies on the newsstand, and the publication is expected to overtake The Sun as the biggest-selling British national newspaper overall.The World According to Paul Dacre is expected to air in early 2021.
The Spanish government denied on Monday it had agreed with Italy to disembark the 107 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean at a Spanish port in Mallorca, while reiterating its readiness to receive the migrants there. Spanish rescue ship Open Arms said in a statement earlier the two countries appeared to have struck a deal for the Mallorca disembarking, which would add another three days to what has been a trying situation. "The government denies the existence of any alleged deal with Italy," it said in a statement.
A man gathering firewood on the shores of western Alaska found a perfectlypristine 50-year-old message in a bottle from a Cold War Russian sailor
Love Island's Chris Taylor has confirmed he has split from Harley Brash, three weeks after the dating show’s finale.The couple, who met in the villa this summer, are the first pair from 2019’s series to break up.Taylor, 28, and Brash, 21, were the subject of break-up rumours last week, but the reality star said that they officially called things off last night.On Monday morning, he shared a photo of him and his ex and told Instagram followers that he was "sad" to announce the news.“Both of us have been very busy with separate opportunities and haven’t had enough quality time for each other," he continued. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chris Taylor (@christophertaylorofficial) on Aug 18, 2019 at 10:33pm PDT"We both have the upmost support and respect for one another and the decision was made amicably. I wish her all the best and will always be glad we rode the Love Island adventure together.” He went on: "I will be very proud of everything she has done and everything she'll do. The future is bright crumpet go get em! Chris xx."Taylor and Brash started a romance inside the villa after joining the show in its latter stages and confirmed they were a couple on Love Island Aftersun on August 4.Since leaving Majorca, the duo have had dates and made appearances on Good Morning Britain, Kiss FM, and Heat Magazine's Under the Duvet YouTube. Taylor and Brash's split makes for one of the fastest break-ups in Love Island history, tying in closely with last year’s Samira Mighty and Frankie Foster.Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea won Love Island 2019, beating more established couple Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury.Ovie Soko and India Reynolds and Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard finished in third and fourth place respectively.
The health and safety watchdog is looking into the demolition of towers at Didcot power station after three people were injured in the explosion. Locals had gathered to watch 375ft cooling towers come crashing down at Didcot A power station, three years after four workers were killed at the site.But witnesses described the “very scary” scenes as an “explosion” rippled across the surrounding area while debris surged away from the three razed concrete structures.Families were forced to run for cover, while one child's hair was singed by sparks. The Health and Safety Executive has now confirmed it is “aware and making inquiries” into the controlled explosion, which left 40,000 homes without power and reportedly damaged cars.Thames Valley police said three suffered minor injuries, with South Central Ambulance Service taking one person to hospital and treating two others at the scene.Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSE), which owns power cables near the Oxfordshire plant, said debris struck a power line, sending an electricity pole bursting into flames.One mother reported how her three year-old daughter’s hair was singed as sparks rained down on those below as an “explosion” terrified nearby residents shortly after the demolition yesterday at 7am. "It rained down with sparks that burned, and we got burned," she told the Oxford Mail, adding that while her five-year-old daughter was injury-free, her three-year-old had suffered some burns to her hair.Vicki Lee, who was beneath the electricity pole at the time, took to Facebook to recall the terrifying moment it ignited. Forget the cooling towers coming down - a pylon just exploded! Caught the tail end of it. didcotpowerstation pic.twitter.com/pso2NN1B3E — Thom Airs (@thomairs) August 18, 2019“It sparked blue then made a huge noise,” she said. “Sparks flying out, literally everyone running in fear.”Another eyewitness, Jayme Granito, wrote on Facebook: “Roughly a minute after the cooling towers were demolished this morning and when everyone thought the excitement was over, one of the telegraph poles started surging with electricity sending sparks of electricity into the air.”Others questioned why a road close to the power plant had not been closed, reporting damaged cars.SSE said: “An investigation is underway as to the cause of the incident and SSEN is working with all relevant authorities. Further details will be shared once they are known.”A spokesperson added they were in contact with RWE Power, which owns the site, “to support them in their incident investigation” and that power was restored to homes after an hour and a half-long outage.RWE said it and its contractor Brown and Mason had been planning Sunday’s demolition “over several months, liaising with the relevant authorities.”Crowds has been urged to stay away from the site, they added, and an exclusion zone had been put in place.The blast was the latest in efforts to permanently shut down the now defunct Sutton Courtenay site, which ceased operation after 43 years in 2013 prompting three cooling towers to be torn down the following year.Four workers were killed at the power plant in February 2016 after a boiler house partially collapsed as they readied it for demolition.It took six months for their bodies of Christopher Huxtable, 33, Kenneth Cresswell, 57, John Shaw, 61, and Michael Collings, 53, to be recovered, drawing heavy criticism from families.A joint investigation between Thames Valley police and HSE is still underway, with officers considering manslaughter and health and safety offences. An RWE spokesperson said before Sunday’s demolition: “RWE project manager Tiernan Foley said: "For many people the demolition will mark a significant day for both Didcot and Oxfordshire."We would like to thank the local community for their support and all the people who have worked at the site."