Almost half of businesses have continued to see a fall in sales in recent months, despite lockdown restrictions easing.
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The actor's co-stars on CBBC series 'So Awkward' paid tribute to a 'beautiful soul'.
Nicola Sturgeon has refused to say whether her husband had privately called for pressure to be put on police to investigate Alex Salmond, as she was accused of a “shabby abuse of power” for failing to order the release of evidence to MSPs. The First Minister said it was not her place to confirm the authenticity of WhatsApp messages, apparently sent by her spouse and SNP chief executive Peter Murrell, and leaked to the media and MSPs probing the Salmond affair. In the messages, allegedly sent by Mr Murrell the day after Mr Salmond’s first court appearance on sexual harassment charges, he apparently said it was a "good time to be pressuring" police and “would be good to know Met looking at events in London.” The second alleged message, sent 80 minutes later, says: “TBH [to be honest] the more fronts he is having to firefight on the better for all complainers. So CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] action would be a good thing.” Mr Salmond was later cleared of 13 sexual assault charges at a trial in Edinburgh and he was never prosecuted south of the border.
Gogglebox Australia viewers were left sufficiently unimpressed by Ellen DeGeneres’ season 18 opener, in which she windingly apologised for reports describing her as a boss who harboured a toxic workplace.
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Two prominent leaders of India’s opposition Congress Party were attacked and arrested by police on Thursday while trying to visit the family of a gang rape victim whose death has sparked nationwide protests. Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi claim their convoy was stopped by police in Greater Noida, a satellite city on the outskirts of New Delhi, before he was beaten with wooden sticks known as lathi and wrestled to the ground. Footage shared on social media by Mr Gandhi’s team shows police pushing him, after which he appears to fall. “Just now, police pushed me, lathi-charged me and threw me to the ground,” Mr Gandhi told Asian News International. “I want to ask, can only Modi-ji walk in this country? Can’t a normal person walk? Our vehicle was stopped so we started walking.” The Congress Party has condemned the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the brutal gang rape of the 20-year-old Dalit woman, who died from her injuries on Tuesday after fighting for her life for two weeks. The opposition party argues the BJP has not done enough to ensure women’s safety in India, where 91 women are raped each day.
Nicholas Lyndhurst, the Only Fools and Horses star, said he was “utterly grief stricken” following the death of his teenage son. Archie Lyndhurst, 19, an actor best known for playing Ollie Coulton in Bafta-award winning CBBC comedy So Awkward, died at the family home in Fulham. Police and paramedics were called “to a report of a concern for welfare” on September 22 but the teenager was found unresponsive and declared dead at the scene. His death is being treated as “unexplained but not suspicious". An inquest will be opened next week. In a statement released on behalf of himself and his wife, Lucy, on Thursday, Lyndhurst said: “Lucy and I are utterly grief stricken and respectfully request privacy.” The BBC said that Archie, who would have turned 20 on Sunday, had died after a short illness.
Nicola Sturgeon is facing a backlash from Scotland’s crisis-hit hospitality industry after she suggested a popular discount scheme credited with saving businesses and livelihoods should have never been set up. The First Minister questioned whether the Eat Out to Help Out initiative, which saw diners across the UK receive discounts for dining in at pubs and restaurants in August, had contributed to a surge in coronavirus cases. However, representatives of businesses north of the border said the UK Government subsidy scheme, which cost taxpayers £522m, had been a huge success and accused Scottish ministers of failing to listen to their concerns. Stephen Montgomery, spokesman for the Scottish Hospitality Group, said much of the cost of the scheme had been offset by increased tax receipts through VAT and alcohol duty and that it was seen within the industry as a lifeline.
The Home Office was forced to use a chartered passenger jet to deport a single asylum seeker to France after the courts frustrated plans to put another 29 illegal Channel migrants on the flight. Human rights lawyers successfully mounted last-minute challenges yesterday (Thur) against all but one of the 30 Channel migrants scheduled for the £30,000 flight after France had agreed to take them back to process their asylum applications. Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, is understood to be furious at the continual last-minute legal challenges which officials claim are “often baseless and entirely without merit.” The flight had been paid for and could not be halted. The Home Office said the deportation of the migrants - all of whom had illegally entered the UK after crossing the Channel - was “entirely legitimate and legal” under EU rules as all 30 should - or had - made asylum applications in the first EU country where they arrived. A spokesman said: “It is right that we seek to remove migrants who have travelled through a safe country and have no right to remain in the UK – people should claim asylum in the first safe country they enter and we make no apologies for pursuing removals. “The Government’s efforts to facilitate entirely legitimate and legal returns of people who have entered the UK through illegal routes are too often frustrated by last minute challenges submitted hours before a scheduled flight.” Of the 30, lawyers for 18 mounted last minute appeals on human rights grounds, six claimed they were victims of modern slavery and five were repeat claimants who had previously taken legal action to prevent being returned on a flight. The one on the plane is a Sundanese national. It is the third deportation flight to be disrupted in less than a month with a further 1,000 Channel migrants awaiting removal under the EU rules, known as the Dublin agreement. Ms Patel is planning to overhaul asylum laws which she has reportedly claimed are being “exploited by leftie Labour-supporting lawyers” who she says are doing everything to stop the Government removing people. It came as friends of Priti Patel accused political rivals in other departments of leaking the offshore island asylum plans to make her look stupid. A paper on the feasibility of using islands like Ascension, St Helena and Papua New Guinea was prepared for Number Ten but then leaked earlier this week amid claims that it was impractical, potentially illegal and expensive. Although the idea had been dismissed by the Government, senior officials maintained it was justified for civil servants and ministers to “brainstorm” and consider all options to combat the surge in migrants crossing the Channel. An ally of the Home Secretary claimed the policy was being driven by a Cabinet Office taskforce. “When someone in the Foreign office or Cabinet Office saw them, they thought they were going to look like idiots so they briefed it out and pinned it on someone else,” said the friend.
A number of celebrities have reached out to Chrissy Teigen and John Legend after the pair announced their unborn baby had died.The couple shared the devastating news, which comes after Teigen, 34, was admitted to hospital earlier this week complaining of continuous bleeding, on Instagram.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that changes to the Scottish Government’s routemap out of lockdown slated for October 5 will not go ahead. Speaking ahead of First Minister’s Questions on Thursday, Ms Sturgeon said that the changes, which have already been moved from September 14, will be reviewed on October 15. Scotland has recorded three new coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The deaths, of patients who first tested positive for the virus in the previous 28 days, take the toll under this measure to 2,522.
Sir Keir Starmer said both sides in the UK-EU talks need to get around the table to end their “absurd” legal row in the wake of the Government's Internal Market Bill.The Labour leader said the nation is weeks away from the Brexit deadline and everyone needs to "sit down" and work out a deal.
US president reveals he and first lady Melania are awaiting test results after Hope Hicks gets Covid-19.
Much like watching anyone who's spent most of their life in the spotlight, longtime Mariah Carey fans have had the pleasure of seeing the legendary singer evolve over the last three decades. That growth, of course, isn't only limited to her artistic abilities, but Carey's style and beauty have also evolved as she matured and her career reached new heights. Carey has never been one to do a lot of experimenting with her look (her hair has stayed the same honey-blond color for as long as we can remember), but her beauty choices have often adapted to the trends popular in each respective era. In the early days of her career, for example, Carey frequently attended events wearing her hair in its naturally curly state with minimal glam, though as the years have gone by, she's gone back and forth between straight and wavy styles, depending on the occasion. Keep reading to get a look at Carey's beauty transformation from the start of her career to now.
Donald Trump on Thursday declared his opposition to changing the rules for the next two presidential debates and suggested he would not “allow” such a thing to happen, setting up a potential clash with the organisers. The Commission on Presidential Debates, the nonpartisan body which puts on the events, announced after Tuesday’s raucous clash between Mr Trump and Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, that “additional structure” would be put in place for the two remaining meetings. One specific change they are considering, according to the Associated Press, is giving the debate moderator the ability to cut off the microphone of one candidate to allow the other to answer a question, a move that could be effective but controversial. Mr Trump left no doubt about his opposition on Thursday afternoon, tweeting: “Why would I allow the Debate Commission to change the rules for the second and third debates when I easily won last time?” The remarks raised the question of whether the US president will agree to attend the last two debates if, as expected, the Commission announces format changes. The idea of cutting microphones is being discussed after Mr Trump interrupted either Mr Biden or the moderator Chris Wallace at least 128 times during the 90-minute debate in Cleveland, according to the magazine Slate which went back and counted. Details of specific format changes are yet to be announced. But Mr Trump’s tweet was preceded by his campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh rejecting the need for any modifications.
You wouldn't know it just by looking at her, but Hilary Duff has a lot of tiny tattoos - around 19, actually. The small pieces of ink are scattered throughout her body, mainly on her arms. Duff strategically selected the location for each of her tattoos with subtlety in mind - when her arms are down, they're completely hidden, but when her arms are on display, you can see her vast collection of body art. There are, however, two tattoos that are rarely photographed: a star on the back of her neck and the French phrase "Ma Petite Amie," which means "my girlfriend," on her ribs. (But her husband, Matthew Koma, has her beat with the most hidden tattoo of them all - his wife's name, "Hilary," tattooed on his butt cheek . . . ) Some of her tattoos are around 10 years old, but her most recent piece of ink is a sun symbol that she got in 2019. Many of Duff's tattoos have special meanings behind them, like one for her son, Luca, and she has multiple matching tattoos with friends and her sister. Aside from one tiny red heart, Duff clearly prefers the style of delicate black-ink tattoos, which is why celebrity tattooist Dr. Woo is her go-to. Keep scrolling to see all of Duff's tattoos and read about each one's meaning.