Some 10,000 Thai protesters gathered Thursday in defiance of a sweeping crackdown after authorities moved to crush months of pro-democracy demonstrations by imposing emergency powers and rounding up leading activists.
Former Blue Peter colleagues of John Leslie, including Anthea Turner, have dismissed suggestions he is guilty of sexual assault insisting he is "incredibly respectful" towards women. Ms Turner, who has known the Scottish former television host since the 1980s, said she had never heard any stories about him being inappropriate towards females and said he was "absolutely adored" by those who knew him. She gave evidence in his defence, alongside fellow Blue Peter stars, Yvette Fielding and Diane-Louise Jordan - who has also hosted Songs of Praise. Mr Leslie, 55, is accused of grabbing a woman's breasts at a Christmas party in London's West End on December 5 2008. But his former colleagues insisted he had always been a "gentleman" when dealing with them. Ms Turner, who worked with him on Blue Peter, said she had felt it was "very important" to come to court and give evidence in his defence. She told the jury at Southwark Crown Court she knew Mr Leslie incredibly well and added: "I would just like to mention, when he asked me to come I wanted to be here. This is very important." Asked about his behaviour around women she said: "I am a woman, he was always respectful, incredibly respectful, with myself." Turner said the team at Blue Peter had been largely female and "everybody loved him", adding that he was "absolutely adored by every woman I knew that worked with him".
The total number of coronavirus cases in the UK has risen by 18,980 to 673,622, according to government figures. A further 138 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the total to 43,293. Separate figures published by the UK's statistics agencies show there have now been 58,500 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
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Tempest, the British-led project to build a new fighter jet, could support 20,000 jobs in the country and add 25 billion pounds to the UK economy, said BAE Systems <BAES.L> as it tries to drum up more government backing for the project. BAE, the UK's Britain’s biggest defence company, British engine maker Rolls-Royce <RR.L>, European missile maker MBDA and Italy's Leonardo <LDOF.MI> are amongst the companies working on the jet, which is meant to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon from 2040. The initial findings of an independent report carried out by PwC said that over the first 30 years of the project, Tempest would contribute at least 25.3 billion pounds to Britain, and support an average of 20,000 jobs every year between 2026-2050.
A disgraced MP who broke Covid rules by making an 800-mile round trip on public transport while suffering from the virus has escaped a £4,000 fine. Margaret Ferrier, who is resisting calls to quit her seat, was investigated by the Metropolitan Police but will now not face punishment under English laws as a result of a technicality, as a new legal requirement to self-isolate did not come into force until a few days after she took a test. The force has referred the case back to Police Scotland, however, as a requirement to self-isolate in Scotland is guidance, rather than written into law, she is unlikely to face a penalty. Even if she was found to have broken the law north of the border, the heaviest fine available to police is £60, reduced to £30 if paid promptly. The Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP travelled from Glasgow to London on Monday, September 28, after experiencing coronavirus symptoms and taking a test two days earlier. She then gave a speech in the Commons on the Monday and found she tested positive later that evening, before taking the train back to Scotland the following day. Under the Scottish guidelines, she should have self-isolated as soon as she took the test and waited for a result.
Coronavirus infections in the US have reached more than 8 million, with spikes in nearly every state prompting fears of a third “surge” nearly eight months after an outbreak that has killed more than 217,000 people. “After a month of warning signs, this week’s data makes it clear: The third surge of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States is underway,” according to The COVID Tracking Project.
Police are reviewing whether an investigation into an interview with David Starkey, in which he said slavery was not a genocide because “so many damn Blacks” survived, is “proportionate”.
The changes will that mean more than half of England will be banned from meeting friends and family from other households indoors - or altogether. Currently, only the Liverpool City Region is under Tier 3 restrictions. Yesterday, a bitter political row between local politicians and the government prevented Greater Manchester from also being subject to the harshest restrictions.
Addison Rae took the stage at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards not to dance, but to present for the category of the Billboard Chart Achievement Award (which ended up going to Harry Styles). Although Rae isn't new to being in the spotlight by any means, this was her first awards show and with the help of a fully stacked glam team, she looked completely at home on stage. Mara Roszak, celebrity hairstylist and Authentic Beauty Concept Advocate, had the all-important job of creating Rae's ultra-glam hairstyle to match her all-black ensemble for the event. "We decided we wanted to go with a bit more glamorous look – our inspiration was a modern take on the classic Old Hollywood wave," Roszak told POPSUGAR. "We put our own twist on it by parting her hair in the middle as opposed to the deep side part a la Veronica Lake."
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Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of trying to "shamelessly flog Scottish independence" to the EU after wooing the bloc in a German newspaper article. Writing in Die Welt, a national daily broadsheet, the First Minister argued there was no contradiction between her "stated desire for solidarity" with the European Union and her dream of leaving the UK. She said the UK Government is "determined to turn its back on cooperation, consensus and solidarity" but the EU was a "partnership of equals where decisions require consent and often unanimity from members." Ms Sturgeon also launched an outspoken attack on the UK Government's Brexit negotiating stance, accusing it of a "utterly reckless" determination to leave without a deal. She said its approach runs "entirely counter to the Scottish Government's vision for our country" and her government had concluded that "the best future for our country is as an independent nation within the EU." Her article appeared the day after an opinion poll showed support for independence at a record 58 per cent, prompting the SNP to claim that separation was Scots' "settled will." But, although she emphasised she did not want a border in Ireland, Ms Sturgeon did not address warnings that a separate Scotland in the EU with the UK outside the bloc would require a border with England. The article also did not mention Scotland's yawning public spending deficit even before the pandemic struck. It stood at 8.6 per cent of GDP last year - nearly three times the 3 per cent required for EU membership.
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Let's be honest: Schitt's Creek wouldn't be Schitt's Creek without Dan Levy's eyebrows. Throughout all six seasons of the historically acclaimed comedy, Levy's hilarious expressions are a staple of the show, and it definitely would not be the same without his bold, ever-moving brows. Even with all of his quirky outfits on the show (like mother, like son), Levy's eyebrows remain the most important style choice for David Rose. Raising one perfectly manicured brow can express any number of David's emotions: disbelief, frustration, glee, humor, or any number of other moments that the Roses' hilarious but heartfelt lives call for. The best part? It appears to be something of a family trait, both on and off screen. Levy's brows meet their match in the eyebrows of his father, Eugene Levy (who, of course, also plays his onscreen father, Johnny Rose). Father and son both use their epic brows to convey every emotion imaginable and elevate the humor of any scene. It's one of the most memorable parts of a show that we miss already!
It's not abnormal for Lizzo to hit a red carpet wearing a jaw-dropping gown paired with an even more stunning hairstyle to match, but when the singer attended the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14, she let her dress and nails do all the talking, pulling her hair back into a sleek ponytail instead. For the event, Lizzo came dressed in Christian Siriano's now-iconic "Vote" dress, a black, one-shoulder mini-dress with the word "Vote" printed on it in all-capital white letters. She matched the dress with an equally-powerful manicure. Celebrity hairstylist Shelby Swain styled the singer's hair for the award show, telling POPSUGAR that she decided on a low-maintenance look to avoid taking away from the important message that her dress and nails were both driving home. "Since Lizzo was wearing a dope statement dress tonight with a very important message, we wanted to make sure her hair was slicked back off her face so we could let the dress shine," she said. "We wanted something sleek and simple but still super edgy."