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Alton Towers closes until further notice due to lockdown – despite planned Christmas events and experiences

From Thursday, the UK is going into full lockdown until at least December 2, which means a trip to the theme park is not allowed.
As a result, the park has announced that it will close from Thursday, without a set date for reopening.
An Alton Towers Resort spokesperson told Sun Online Travel: "Further to the latest update from the UK Government on the response to the coronavirus outbreak, Alton Towers Resort will be temporarily closing from November 5 until further notice."
They added that while they hope to reopen by December 3, they are waiting on further government advice.
Anyone with bookings from tomorrow until December 2 will be given a voucher to use for next year.
Guests with hotel bookings between November 4 and December 2 will have their short break automatically converted into a voucher, which they can use to book another visit.
Theme parks usually close for the winter period, with Thorpe Park closing on November 1, although others, such as Legoland, offer seasonal events.
Britain’s biggest theme park, Alton Towers featured in a fly-on-the-wall documentary on Tuesday night after giving unprecedented access to the television cameras as it came out of lockdown and reopened.
The resort, which attracts millions of visitors a year, was due to celebrate its 40th birthday and then the Covid-19 pandemic hit and all the plans were put on hold. It furloughed all but 90 of its 2,000-strong workforce.
The documentary: Alton Towers: A Rollercoaster Year follows the resort’s team as they have just a week to get ready for the reopening on July 4 after being closed for 13 weeks.
These include Santa sleepovers at the Alton Towers hotel, as well as Santa's grotto and festive garden walks, which were due to go ahead from December 4 to December 6, and December 11 to December 23.
It isn't clear if they will go ahead or be cancelled, despite being scheduled for after the lockdown due to end.
Guests with pre-booked tickets on dates when the park is closed will have their tickets revalidated, so they can rearrange their visit for a later date.
This puts a number of festive events and experiences at risk, which many families had booked for the Christmas period.
Holiday parks including Haven, Center Parcs and Butlins are all closing their doors until next month, while some are staying shut until 2021.
Tour operators and airlines are also stopping flights until next month and offering refunds and free changes.
Ryanair, however, recently announced that they would not be stopping flights or offering refunds

McDonalds Joins Rashford

The fast food giant has joined the Manchester United and England striker’s campaign and will provide funding to FareShare so food can be ‘urgently redistributed’ to households ‘in greatest need’. Rashford has pleaded with the government to offer free meals to school over the holidays through to next Easter, but MPs voted down the motion. However, pubs and cafes up and down the country have stepped in to plug the gap by encouraging families to get in touch and offering food during the October half-term.

Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonald’s for UK & Ireland, said of the deal with FareShare: ‘As a business we are committed to supporting and serving the communities in which we operate. ‘In these challenging times, we know it’s more important than ever to support those most in need.’ Lindsay Boswell, FareShare CEO, added: ‘McDonald’s is showing real leadership in supporting the most vulnerable in society to get access to healthy food at this critical time. ‘The funding will enable the equivalent of 1 million meals to be redistributed to our charity network very swiftly, and we are very grateful for their urgent support.’ Rashford, 22, has been described as a ‘hero of our times’ after his campaign to provide free meals to children during the school holidays prompted an outpouring of support on social media.

Rishi Sunak told he's banned from local pub over free school meals vote

Alex Cook, who owns the The Mill pub and its restaurant Il Mulino in North Yorkshire's Stokesley, confirmed media reports that he will refuse entry to Mr Sunak and three other Tory MPs because they voted against a proposal to extend the scheme over the holidays amid the coronavirus pandemic.
He says it was a "personal protest" to permanently ban Mr Sunak, alongside Jacob Young, Simon Clarke and Matt Vickers, from visiting the pub - which falls in the chancellor's Richmond, Yorks, constituency.

Colindale police station blockaded as 14 year old arrested

Young people have blockaded a police station in north-west London, accusing police of assaulting and arresting youth workers who had gone to investigate the arrest of a 14-year-old.
Several dozen people had gathered to block the car park entrance on Friday evening, while police in riot gear stood behind the gate. They were demanding the release of two youth workers, the 14-year-old, and another teenager.
Barnet police said they had made a section 35 dispersal order. Arrests under the order were not being made while the Guardian was present.
Temi Mwale, director of the 4Front Project, which works with young people on the Grahame Park estate, used a PA sound system to berate officers inside the station. “We tried to de-escalate the situation, I actually think it was going well,” she said. “But at some point, someone … decided it would be appropriate to send four, five huge vans full of hundreds of you, to start dragging community workers across the floor.”
Mwale told the Guardian that the incident had begun when young people from the estate had come to the 4Front Project’s offices to tell her colleagues that a 14-year-old was being arrested.
She and colleagues had challenged officers, who told them they had smelled cannabis on the boy and found drugs nearby. Onlookers were not satisfied with the their responses given and sat down in the road to block their vehicle from leaving the area.
“Here we have enormous issues with strip searches,” Mwale said. “We have had young people with their trousers down on the main road … this is why we said we don’t really trust what you are doing today.” She alleged that the boy who had been arrested had previously been the victim of an illegal search, in which police officers had put their hands in his underpants.
Mwale said she tried to de-escalate the situation, but many more officers arrived. “They started grabbing people, dragging them across the floor. One person had 10 or 15 officers around him, they were pinning him down with their knee on his neck.”
4Front Project workers were among those attacked by police, Mwale said. “The young people have got trust in these workers, they have been with them in the police station as appropriate adults,” she said. “From that point the young people were saying: no, you are not taking them.”
There are videos of police violently restraining at least one individual. The arrival of police in such large numbers was seen as a provocation on an estate where the community say they are the victim of excessive policing, which has intensified during the coronavirus lockdown. The incident came the day before a demonstration in nearby Tottenham against “the over-policing of black communities”.
Members of the community followed officers back to Colindale police station. They remained there late on Friday evening. A late tweet from police in Barnet said that the 14-year-old had been released.

 

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Legendary Actor Sir Sean Connery has died

The iconic James Bond star’s death was confirmed by his family on Saturday. Connery’s son Jason told the BBC his father died peacefully in his sleep overnight while in the Bahamas, having been ‘unwell for some time’, and said his father ‘had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him’ when he died. He said: ‘We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time.

James Bond legend Sir Sean Connery dies aged 90

Sir Sean Connery has died aged 90. The iconic James Bond star’s death was confirmed by his family on Saturday. Connery’s son Jason told the BBC his father died peacefully in his sleep overnight while in the Bahamas, having been ‘unwell for some time’, and said his father ‘had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him’ when he died. He said: ‘We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time.

‘A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor.’ The Scottish star’s legendary acting career spanned decades, but he was best known for being the first person to play 007. Connery played the suave secret agent in seven films between 1982 and 1983 – Dr No, You Only Live Twice, From Russia With Love, Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, Goldfinger and Never Say Never Again – and is considered to be the best actor to ever play Bond.

Connery had originally been unsure about signing on to the franchise, but his time as Bond proved to be iconic – so iconic, that Bond author Ian Fleming wrote Connery’s Scottish heritage into canon. However, his career was far from just Bond. In 1988, five years after his last Bond film Never Say Never Again, Connery won the Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in The Untouchables. Other classic roles included parts in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, Murder On The Orient Express, Highlander, The Rock, Finding Forrester and The Hunt For Red October. He was also offered two iconic roles – that of Gandalf in Lord Of The Rings, and the Architect in the Matrix – but turned them down because he didn’t understand the scripts. In 1999, he received a lifetime achievement award with a Kennedy Center Honor, and the following year, he was knighted for his services to film and drama. 

Connery announced his retirement from acting in 2006, but briefly returned to the world of film in 2012 when he voiced the title character in Sir Billi the Vet. His close friend Sir Michael Caine previously said that his friend decided to retire ‘because he didn’t want to play small parts about old men and they weren’t offering him any young parts in romantic leads’.

The CW networks premiere dates and delays for 2021

The CW will be ringing in 2021 with a bang and a vengeance. The network on Thursday announced January/February premiere dates for nearly a dozen delayed returning favourite's, including The Flash, Riverdale, Charmed and Batwoman, as well as anticipated freshman entries Superman & Lois and the Jared Padalecki-headlined Walker.

As previously reported, COVID-related production delays forced The CW to push its traditional fall launch to 2021.

In making its schedule announcement, The CW also confirmed that it has acquired the Canadian supernatural drama Trickster, to air Tuesdays-at-9 pm beginning Jan. 12.

Returning dramas being held for Spring/Summer 2021 include DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, In the Dark, Roswell, New Mexico, Stargirl and Supergirl. Rookie series Kung Fu and The Republic of Sarah are also being targeted for that time frame .

FRIDAY, JAN. 8
8 pm Whose Line Is It Anyway? (New Cycle Premiere)
9 pm Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Season Premiere)

TUESDAY, JAN. 12
8 pm Two Sentence Horror Stories (One-Hour Season Premiere)
9 pm TRICKSTER (U.S. Series Premiere)

SUNDAY, JAN. 17
8 pm Batwoman (Season Premiere)
9 pm TBD

MONDAY, JAN. 18
8 pm All-American (Season Premiere)
9 pm TBD

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20
8 pm Riverdale (Season Premiere)
9 pm Nancy Drew (Season Premiere)

THURSDAY, JAN. 21
8 pm WALKER (Series Premiere)
9 pm Legacies (Season Premiere)

SUNDAY, JAN. 24
9 pm Charmed (Season Premiere)

MONDAY, FEB. 8
9 pm Black Lightning (Season Premiere)

TUESDAY, FEB. 23
8 pm The Flash (Season Premiere)
9 pm SUPERMAN & LOIS (Series Premiere)

Gemma Collins Says Stranger Followed Here Round The Airport Calling Her "Fatty Fatty"

The former The Only Way Is Essex star, 39, has been no stranger to charged encounters online and in-person.

Now, in an interview with Glamour, Gemma has described a disturbing time she had at an airport.

"I was at an airport recently, this guy kept trying to take a picture and he was filming. He just started chanting, 'fatty, fatty, fatty'," she remembered.

"Who behaves like this? He thought it was bothering me, but it wasn't because I've heard it all before.

"I just thought, 'gosh, how awful that you live with this feeling inside of you'."

So, just how did the Diva Forever and Ever star choose to respond to this scary episode?

The GC revealed: "I sent him love and wished him well, mentally. Not got time for bad karma or nothing bad in my auric field, I'm not interested.

"If you feed something energy, it's going to keep breeding it so it's almost best not to give it the energy."

The reality TV star also reflected on the issue of fat-shaming in general in the interview and how we all need to be kinder.

"We should not be shamed - fat shaming is not okay, and people are out to shame," she said.

"People still don’t realise the damage it can do to people.

"We should just all be a lot kinder and I'm really realising that now myself, as well."

In fact, this kindness and empathy extends to the trolls doing the abusing themselves.

Gemma noted: "Now I wish the trolls well, because if they live with that anger, that nastiness inside them, that's so sad for them."

It comes after Gemma previously candidly admitted that she bribed a driving instructor into helping her pass.

"I took my test loads of times and then I think I actually bribed my driving instructor with sausage sandwiches to try and get him to pass me," she revealed on her BBC podcast.

"I used to love ­driving ­lessons."

"You've got to ­concentrate but it’s so easy to get distracted."

Michael B Jordan's male assistant makes shocking claimaboutthe actor

Michael B. Jordan's former assistant, Amir Yass, claims that the actor was flirtatious with him, asking to kiss at one point.

Michael B. Jordan's former house assistant is dishing a lot about their former working relationship, claiming that they had a bond unlike any other during a new episode of Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald.

Right when you thought that the story was finished, Yass added that there was a moment that Jordan even asked him if the two would ever lock lips.

"I was in his closet and he was just like ‘Are we gonna kiss?’ ... yeah and I was like ‘Michael!’ and he was like, ‘I just like to josh around with you,’ said Yass. 

The host then goes on to theorize about what Jordan actually wanted to do with his house assistant, with Yass thinking that he missed out on something special with the actor.

Indeed, the scoop was juicy when Amir Yass, a former publicist and house assistant for Michael B. Jordan, hopped on the show to speak about his experiences with some of Hollywood's A-listers. When he spoke about Jordan, Yass claims that they were flirtatious together, even insisting that he had a "moment" with the actor.

"He walked around in boxers and no shirt. He was so flirtatious. He would flirt with a wall," said Yass about the Black Panther star. "He would flirt with me, with everyone — he was such a flirt."

 

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Lil Wayne girlfriend dumps him reportedly Over Trump

Lil Wayne is single once again, his girlfriend model Denise Bidot, is moving on and it sounds like his endorsement of President Trump was the last straw.
Denise deleted her IG account Tuesday, but before she went dark, there were a bunch of signs of trouble spotted by Internet sleuths. For starters, folks noticed at some point that Mr. Carter and Ms. Bidot stopped following each other.
Then there was Denise's not-so-cryptic meme post that read, "Sometimes love just isn't enough." However, blogger Love B. Scott is reporting Weezy's love for Trump was the problem specifically, last week's meeting/photo-op with DT was the last straw for Denise.
It's not entirely clear how long they've been an item, but they've only been Instagram official since the summer -- and have been very open with their PDA, sometimes to the chagrin of Wayne's kids.
Politics. Sometimes they make for strange bedfellows and sometimes they leave you with none!
Weirdly, Wayne hasn't scrubbed old pics of Denise from his IG feed just yet a go to move of famous exes.

WELP KANYE 2024': Rapper Kanye West admits defeat in presidential election after getting a DISMAL 57,000 votes in 12 states - but hints at another run in four years

Kanye West has conceded defeat in the US presidential election after getting a little more than 57,000 votes on Tuesday, though he hinted that he'll mount another run for the White House in four years.
The rapper known as Yeezy posted a picture of himself on Twitter in front of an electoral map saying 'WELP KANYE 2024.' 
Earlier on Tuesday, West voted for himself as the next US president after a long-shot campaign marked by erratic statements and speculation that he might siphon some black votes from Democrat Joe Biden.
The rapper, who made a late entry into the presidential race in July, tweeted a string of videos on election day, showing himself filling in his ballot at a polling place in Park County, Wyoming, where he owns a ranch. 
Clips posted to his Twitter page showed he had entered his name as a write in candidate along with his Vice presidential pick Michelle Tidball - after he failed to submit enough petition signatures in August to get onto the Wyoming ballot.
'God is so good,' the 43-year-old wrote on Twitter. 
'Today I am voting for the first time in my life for the President of the United States, and it's for someone I truly trust...me.'
He later posted video of himself casting his vote in Cody, Wyoming, where he wrote himself in on the ballot.
West, 43, got onto the presidential ballot in a handful of states, although not in battlegrounds like Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan. 
According to the Associated Press, West appeared on the ballot in 12 states, where thousands of people voted for him.
West's best performance in the election was in Tennessee, where he won 10,188 votes, according to the AP tally.
In Colorado, which went for Democrat Joe Biden, West won nearly 6,000 votes. 
West received a little more than 1,200 votes in Vermont, a state which Biden also won.
In Utah, 4,053 voters cast their ballots for West. 
West also received thousands of votes in Arkansas (3,979); Idaho (2,309); Iowa (3,179); Kentucky (6,259); Louisiana (4,837); Minnesota (6,796); Mississippi (3,009); and Oklahoma (5,587). 
He has spent recent weeks instructing followers how to vote for him as a write-in candidate elsewhere.
One of those who did not appear to be supporting his bid for the presidency was his wife, Kim Kardashian West. 
She has given no public endorsements of her husband and on Tuesday she retweeted a message about voter hot lines from Democratic vice presidential contender Kamala Harris.
West, once one of Trump's biggest celebrity supporters, launched his campaign for the White House in July with erratic statements that raised concerns over his mental health. 
The 21-time Grammy Award winner said in 2018 that he suffers from bipolar disorder.
West loaned $6.7million to his campaign, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission, and in a recent video emphasized religion and family values.

Jason Derulo Left Speechless After Bar Bill

Jason Derulo was feeling pretty generous when he found out that his single Savage Love went to No. 1.

The 31-year-old singer hit up swanky Los Angeles rooftop restaurant, Catch, with his nearest and dearest following the smashing success of the remix, featuring BTS and New Zealand singer Jawsh 685, which topped the US Billboard charts.

In a video the performer shared to both Instagram and TikTok, he was seen showing off the total of the bill he was given after treating everyone at the restaurant to a drink on him.

But the singer looked less than thrilled when he first saw how much the bill came to - a staggering $112,742.30, approximately £87,245.63.

“Cheers to everyone in the building,” Derulo told his fellow diners.

Kelly Rowland Opens Up

Destiny's Child star Kelly Rowland has opened up about the "torture" of constantly being compared to one-time bandmate Beyonce.

Rowland, 39, was a founding member of the 1990s R&B band and went on to have a highly successful solo career.

But when a contestant on The Voice Australia said he feared being overshadowed by his older brother, who is already a singer, she admitted she suffered the same problem.

She told the show: "I know this feeling. Can you imagine what it's like being in a group with Beyonce? I would just torture myself in my head."

Rowland was speaking to contestant Chris Sebastian, whose brother Guy is now a successful singer-songwriter after winning the first Australian Idol in 2003.

Now a TV presenter and an actress as well as a performer, Rowland first teamed up with Beyonce in 1990 to form Girl's Tyme with two others in their home city of Houston, Texas.

Speaking in her role as a coach on the talent show, she said that being in a band with someone as successful as Beyonce made her question her choices.

The singer said she would often think: "'I can't wear this dress because they're going to say it's like B.' Or, 'I can't have a song like that because it sounds too much like B.' They're gonna compare anyway."

She added that having a more famous bandmate felt like an "elephant in the room" for "a whole decade" and she "would be lying" if she said it never bothered her.

 

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Willian completes Arsenal move

Willian's contract with Chelsea expired after their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich and Arsenal have beaten off competition from Barcelona and Inter Miami to sign the 32-year-old.
Willian made 47 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions last season and finished in fine form, with four Premier League goals after the restart taking his tally for the season to nine.
"I decided [to join] because Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world," Willian said. "They have a new project with Mikel Arteta.
"I think this club deserves to shine again and I want to be a part of this project - to be a part of the Arsenal family is amazing. I'm very happy to do that.
"I come to try to win trophies, because this club deserves to win again, and I think you have to do the best as possible to win every game. I always train hard and go on the pitch giving 100 per cent to help this team to win games and to win titles as well."

Andrea Pirlo appointed by Juventus as manager

Juventus have appointed Andrea Pirlo as manager to replace the sacked Maurizio Sarri, a week after hiring the former midfielder as Under-23 boss.

The Italian giants sacked Sarri after just one season despite winning Serie A following the club's Champions League last-16 defeat by Lyon on Friday.

Pirlo, 41, has signed a two-year deal until June 2022.

The former Italy midfielder was only named the club's Under-23 manager on 30 July.

Juventus said the decision to promote him is "based on the belief that Pirlo has what it takes to lead from his debut on the bench, an expert and talented squad to pursue new success".

"The decision for Pirlo was very natural, in the Juventus style, because he is someone who played for us, has always been in contact with everyone here and it felt natural," said Juventus' chief football officer Fabio Paratici.

"We also believe he is pre-destined for greatness. He was as a player and we are confident he can do the same as a coach."

Pirlo played 164 games for Juventus between 2011 and 2015 and won four Serie A titles in Turin after joining from AC Milan, with whom he spent most of his career and won two Champions League and two league titles.

Maurizio Sarri sacked by Juventus

Italian giants Juventus have sacked Maurizio Sarri as manager after just one season.

Sarri guided Juventus to a ninth straight Serie A title but they were knocked out of the Champions League by Lyon at the last-16 stage.

Juventus won 2-1 in Turin on Friday but the French side progressed on away goals.

Italian Sarri, 61, was appointed on a three-year contract last summer after one year at Premier League club Chelsea.

Juventus lost three of their last four league matches to finish only one point clear of Inter Milan in the end.

They were also beaten by Napoli in the Coppa Italia final after football in the country restarted following the coronavirus shutdown.

Juventus are two-time European Cup/Champions League winners but have not lifted the trophy since 1996.

Former banker Sarri coached 16 different sides in the lower divisions of Italian football before reaching Serie A with Empoli in 2014.

After three years at Napoli, he moved to Chelsea where he finished third in the Premier League and won the Europa League in his one season in charge.

He then succeeded Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus in June 2019 and became the oldest manager to win Serie A.

A club statement thanked Sarri for "having written a new page in Juventus' history", adding that it was "the culmination of a personal journey that led him to climb all the divisions of Italian football".

Vickie Officially Joins AEW

Vickie Guerrero is officially All Elite.
The former WWE personality showed up on at last night's Dynamite special (16.7.20), Fight for the Fallen, having been introduced as former AEW Women's Champion Nyla Rose's new manager.
Rose had teased bringing an ally in during a quick promo at Fyter Fest last week. This led to an in-ring segment with Dasha Gonzalez who asked who 'The Native Beast' had recruited, before music peppered with Guerrero's "excuse me!" hit and out came Vickie, who hasn't been a full-time pro-wrestling performer since 2014.
Guerrero's promo saw her claim the rest of the women's roster were lying to themselves, saying they'd never be smart enough to cheat to win, with Rose set to steal every opportunity they had ever dreamed of.
Vickie has appeared for AEW in the past. She worked a Dark taping in December 2019 that prompted WWE to "cut her off," in her own words, and has featured in the background since the global health crisis kicked in. 2014 saw her released as a regular WWE performer though she made a handful of appearances over the next few years, most notably entering the 2018 women's Royal Rumble

 

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