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DWP confirms dates for UC to be paid over Xmas holiday period

he countdown to Christmas is on.

And with just ten weeks left until the big day, those who receive Universal Credit may be wondering when they can expect their payments.

UC payments are usually paid monthly but, according to the UK Government's website, if a payment date falls on a bank holiday - including Christmas - then claimants will receive the money earlier.

This year, Christmas falls on a Saturday and Boxing Day on Sunday. This means that both Monday, December 27 and Tuesday, December 28 will both be official Bank Holidays.

And so according to the Government's website, anyone who usually receives their UC payment on those dates will get their money on the Friday before Christmas Day which this year is Christmas Eve.

If your payment is due around the festive period here are the new dates you can expect the money to hit your bank account:

  • Due date: December 27; payment date: December 24

  • Due date: December 28; payment date: December 24

  • Due date: January 3; payment date: December 3

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Rapper Nines jailed for importing 28kg of cannabis

British rapper Nines has been jailed for importing 28kg of cannabis into the UK from Spain and Poland.
The chart-topping musician, real name Courtney Freckleton, 31, and Jason Thompson, 35, were both given 28-month sentences.
The pair had previously pleaded guilty to drugs and money laundering charges.
Sentencing them both at Harrow Crown Court, Judge Rosa Dean said: "What a waste of all of that talent, to be sat in Wormwood Scrubs."
Last year, Nines topped the UK album chart with his record Crabs In A Bucket and was named best hip hop act the Mobo Awards.
The court heard the pair had been involved in one successful bid to import the class B drug, while another attempt had also been made.
Prosecutor Genevieve Reed said the money laundering charge related to a £98,000 debt, the value of the drugs, and the use of Bitcoin to buy the cannabis.
Some of the cannabis was imported inside boilers brought into the UK from Poland, the court heard.
Nines, of Barbican, central London, and Thompson, of Barnet, north London, were arrested in June after police raids across London and Borehamwood in Hertfordshire.
The operation is understood to have stemmed from the infiltration of encrypted messaging service Encrochat.
The network, which was used by thousands of criminals worldwide, was infiltrated by authorities last year after being hacked by French investigators.
Father-of-two Nines, who was known as "Big Boss" by his fellow conspirators, had previously been imprisoned for 18 months for possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

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Hungry driver gets a Nando’s delivered directly to her car while queuing for two hours

Getting a Nando’s successfully delivered to a basement flat can be a feat on its own, but somehow a woman managed to get Peri-Peri chicken delivered to her car.
Lily Potkin, 40, was stuck in a two hour queue in Kingsbury, northwest London to get fuel given the shortage and resulting chaos that’s ensued.
On Tuesday lunchtime, she was in ‘the mother of all queues’ and was becoming increasingly hungry.
So she decided make the best of it and order Nando’s directly to her car via Deliveroo, opting for a chicken wrap and Peri-Peri chips.
The ‘genius’ idea was met with laughter by those also stuck in the queue to get petrol.
Lily said: ‘It was really funny. The people behind me saw him delivering it and the mood changed.
‘Everyone was really aggy and then I could see all the people behind me cracking up. They were just in hysterics.’
To make it even better, Lily’s aunty then stopped by to drop off some snacks to keep her going, as she lives just down the road.
Lily continued: ‘I joined the queue just before lunchtime. My car was on zero and I’ve got to do the school run.
‘Everything in me was saying “go home you idiot” as I was sat there getting so hungry.
‘It took me an hour to get around one side of a roundabout.
‘I sat there and I thought about what my husband was having for lunch and got really hungry.
‘The traffic was moving so slowly so I thought I could get a Deliveroo where I was.
‘I put the delivery pin a little bit further down the road and he just pulled up right outside my window.’
The tech firm worker took to Twitter to document her delivery, with readers calling her an ‘absolute hero
Once her meal arrived, she wrote: ‘The people in the car behind me are cracking up’, and clearly those not at the scene were amused by her antics too.
One person said: ‘Fantastic! Well done on finally getting fuel! Loved the Nando’s and Auntie food deliveries – absolute genius’
Another added: ‘Lily this is spectacular.’
Once she finally arrived, she then got stuck behind someone that filled up with the wrong petrol type – making the process that bit longer.
She said: ‘It’s like the hunger games. The forecourts are filled with people with their fuel canisters.
‘There are normal people marshalling others around the station.
‘It’s a really charged atmosphere.’

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R. Kelly found guilty in sex trafficking trial

Eleven accusers - nine women and two men - took the stand over the searing six-week trial to describe sexual humiliation and violence at his hands.

After two days of deliberation, the jury found the US star guilty on all nine charges he was facing.

Sentencing is due on 4 May and he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

  • The testimony that secured Kelly's conviction

  • R Kelly trial: A look at the key moments

  • The history of allegations against R. Kelly

The jury found Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was the ringleader of a violent and coercive scheme that lured women and children for him to sexually abuse.

The singer - most famous for the hit songs I Believe I Can Fly and Ignition (Remix) - was also found to have trafficked women between different US states.

Along with eight counts of sex trafficking, Kelly was found guilty of racketeering - a charge normally used against organised crime associations.

During the trial, prosecutors detailed how his managers, security guards and other entourage members worked to assist him in his criminal enterprise.

The court also heard how Kelly had illegally obtained paperwork to marry Aaliyah when she was 15 in 1994, seven years before the singer died in a plane crash.

  • R. Kelly ‘abused Aaliyah when she was 13 or 14’

  • Aaliyah: 'Her influence is absolutely everywhere'

The certificate, leaked at the time, listed Aaliyah's age as 18. The marriage was annulled months later.

Her 1994 debut album, Age Ain't Nothing But a Number, was produced and written by R. Kelly.

One woman who testified that Kelly imprisoned, drugged and raped her said in a written statement after the verdict that she had "been hiding" from Kelly due to threats made against her since she went public with her accusations.

"I'm ready to start living my life free from fear and to start the healing process," added the woman, identified in court as Sonja.

Another woman who testified in court, Lizette Martinez, said she was "relieved" by the verdict.

"I'm so proud of the women who were able to speak their truths," she added.

Legal documents have revealed the mental torment that Kelly subjected his victims to. They were not allowed to eat or use the bathroom without his permission, he controlled what clothes they wore and made them call him "Daddy".

  • Jim DeRogatis: The thorn in R. Kelly's side

Gloria Allred, a lawyer who represented several victims, told reporters: "I've been practising law for 47 years. During this time, I've pursued many sexual predators who have committed crimes against women and children.

"Of all the predators that I have pursued, Mr Kelly is the worst."

At a news conference outside the court on Monday, prosecutor Jacquelyn Kasulis said that the jury had sent a message to other powerful men like Kelly.

"No matter how long it takes, the long arm of the law will catch up with you," said Ms Kasulis.

The verdict comes 13 years after Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges after a trial in the state of Illinois.

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Amazon announces Astro home robot that will guard the house and help with caregiving

Amazon has created a home robot designed to guard the house as well as help with caregiving.
Named Astro, the device works with Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant to respond to voice commands and also syncs with Ring home security products.
Astro can set up routines and reminders, and also play music and TV shows while rolling around the house.
Its round digital eyes close or widen as it does tasks, giving it a human-like touch, and it uses cameras and sensors to avoid walls.
Snacks or fizzy drink cans can be placed on its back to be transported to someone across the house.
The technology giant has said it will release the robot to customers in the US later this year. It will cost $1,000 (£740).

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Drivers in the UK risk a £200 fine and conviction for paying by phone at McDonald's, KFC and Burger King drive thrus

Drivers in the UK have been warned they risk a £200 fine and six points on their license if they're caught paying for food on a phone at fast food restaurant.
There are several driving rules which many drivers don't know about, but breaking them could land you in serious trouble, and with a fine.


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Will Smith had plan for ‘harem of girlfriends’ including Halle Berry during marriage crisis

Will Smith has revealed he once wanted to date a “harem” of women – including Halle Berry – when his film career and marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith began to crash.
The Bad Boys star said that he visited an “intimacy coach” in the midst of a mid-life crisis.
Asked by the coach – Michaela Boehm – what he would have if he could have anything in the world, Smith said that he’d want a “harem of girlfriends”, and named Berry and ballet dancer Misty Copeland as two women he’d invite into it. At the urging of his coach, Smith spent a session researching the women and planning to contact them.
Then, Smith had a revelation.
“After we played it out a little bit, I was like, ‘That would be horrific. That would be horrific,’” Smith told GQ Magazine. “I was like, ‘Can you imagine how miserable?’”
“What she was doing was essentially cleaning out my mind, letting it know it was okay to be me and be who I was,” Smith continued. “It was okay to think Halle is fine. It doesn’t make me a bad person that I’m married and I think Halle is beautiful. Whereas in my mind, in my Christian upbringing, even my thoughts were sins.
“That was really the process that Michaela worked me through to let me realise that my thoughts were not sins and even acting on an impure thought didn’t make me a piece of s***.”
Smith added that, during his crisis, he rented a house in Utah and sat in solitude for 14 days, before flying to Peru to take part in a number of ayahuasca rituals. He also travelled without security for the first time and launched his own TikTok account.
“I totally opened myself up to what, I think, was a fresh sampling of the fruits of the human experience,” he explained.
In the same interview, Smith also revealed that he and wife Jada had opened up their marriage to other sexual partners after both realised that they were “miserable”.


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'Unhappy' Jesy Nelson reveals she left Little Mix after 10 years of feeling 'trapped'

Jesy Nelson has revealed she left Little Mix after feeling 'trapped' and 'unhappy' for 10 years.
The singer, who quit the band last year to focus on her mental health, has spoken in detail about the reasons behind her shock departure.
Speaking on the Reign with Josh Smith podcast, Jesy admitted: "I really didn't want to upset people and I didn't want people to think that about me, but I don't care anymore - because it was ten years of my life that I was very unhappy with and I needed to take myself out of that."
In the interview Jesy compared the group to a ‘machine’ and said: "I wanted so badly to be accepted and didn’t want to be compared all the time.
“Even the last interview I did with you I was like yeah this is the most confident I’ve been, I was f*****g lying that wasn’t the truth. For once in my life, hand on my heart this is the happiest I’ve been."
Jesy recalled having to wear a bikini when she wasn’t feeling confident, explaining: “People don’t realise how hard it is to be in a girl band.
“I mean I feel like some people won’t understand it and will think this is a bit dramatic, but just little things like being able to wear what I want to wear… when it came to little things, like if we had to do a video and everyone had to wear bikinis and I didn’t want to wear a bikini because I felt like s**t, I couldn’t not,” she said.
The 30-year-old continued: “Because then if I was to wear, I don’t know, trousers and a top, people would be like, 'Why is Jesy wearing trousers and a top?' And then I would get loads of s**t for it."
The X Factor winner recalled: "It’s just the little things like that, that would make me feel trapped. And I know that can sound quite dramatic, but I feel like unless you’re in it, you won’t ever understand it.
“And it was just the constant comparison every single day that was hard and that eventually, after 10 years, takes a massive toll on your mental health. I think that’s what people don’t understand,” she reflected.
Jesy previously described how she suffered panic attacks and winded up back in hospital before she quit the band in December 2020.
Jesy went on: “I feel like now I’ve obviously got a lot more freedom. Being in Little Mix is literally like a machine. You don’t have any time off. You can’t switch off.
“Even when you go home, your phone is constantly going off about work and your life is planned out.”
However, the now solo artist insisted that she, Perrie, Jade and Leigh-Anne are still really close.
“We laughed so much, they are, they’re like my sisters. Obviously, them getting the number one with Sweet Melody and the Brit Award is everything they deserve.
“I was so happy for them when they won that Brit Award because they f*****g deserve it.”


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Cody & Brandi Rhodes Talk About Their New Reality Show, Reveal Mt. Rushmore Lists

CODY: “The inspiration is the expansion of the AEW footprint. Dynamite was so good. We moved from Wednesday – Friday nights. With that in mind, the idea that we could put mics on members of management, turn the cameras on and get this unprecedented look behind the scenes in the craziness, most tumultuous season just felt like it just happened. I’m proud we were able to keep it authentic, it’s not a framed reality show and just a reality show. That excites me.”

BRANDI: “What happens on the show falls on a very interesting period of time. When we were filming everyone was scared that we’d wrap before the baby was born. Then the baby came early which is why we shifted courses. You get pregnant Brandi at the end of her road and then this beautiful baby is here and there’s this adjustment. That’s where we end off and whatever’s next is up to TNT. I’m hopeful we’re able to see what’s next, it’s really a fun and amazing time. I’ve changed a lot in a good way. This is a process everyone goes through and I want to share that with people.”

Their Mount Rushmore of wrestling:

CODY: “Vince (McMahon), Dusty (Rhodes), The Rock, Tony (Khan).”

BRANDI: “Sherri Martel, Ms. Elizabeth, Mae Young, Madusa.”


Ronda Rousey gives birth! WWE star welcomes a baby girl named La'akea her first child with Travis Browne

The 34-year-old WWE star revealed the happy news via her Instagram on Monday, welcoming her first child with husband Travis Browne.
Rousey had a baby girl - naming her La'akea Makalapuaokalanipō Browne - and posted two adorable pictures showing just a glimpse of the little one's hand.