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Covid outbreak at Cranswick meat factory as 144 workers catch the virus

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About 140 people have tested positive for the coronavirus at a Norfolk meat processing plant, it emerged today.

Norfolk County Council said there had been a ‘significant outbreak’ of Covid-19 at the Cranswick Country Foods site in Watton.

So far, some 300 plant staff have been tested, with the rest to be cleaned up today.

The outbreak comes as 75 workers at a Bernard Matthews turkey factory in Great Witchingham, Norfolk, also tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month.

There has been a ‘significant outbreak’ of Covid-19 at the Cranswick Country Foods site in Watton (pictured)

This map shows the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the Watton area in the seven days leading up to October 21 - the most recent data, before the outbreak

This map shows the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the Watton area in the seven days leading up to October 21 – the most recent data, before the outbreak

Last week, a cookie factory where Jammy Dodgers and Wagon Wheels are made was hit by a Covid-19 outbreak, with four staff members testing positive for the virus.

Burton’s Biscuits in Edinburgh said four workers were asked to return home and self-isolate after receiving positive test results on October 23.

A spokesperson for the company added that social distancing measures were in place and production would continue at the bakery.

The council’s director of public health, Dr Louise Smith, said local authorities were working with the Joint Biosecurity Center to urge residents of the Watton area to get tested if they were showing symptoms.

She said in a statement: ‘Tests on Cranswick Foods staff have revealed a significant outbreak.

“At this point, we have identified around 140 positive cases out of around 300 tested to date. Swab analysis continues, and staff remaining on site are tested today and tomorrow.

“ Due to the high proportion of positive cases received so far, we are liaising with the Joint Biosafety Center and have stepped up contact tracing and pamphlet distribution in the Watton area, urging those with symptoms to access tests. ”

Cranswick Country Foods has been contacted for comment.

As of October 15, there had also been 72 positive cases at Bernard Matthews' food processing plant in Holton near Halesworth.

As of October 15, there had also been 72 positive cases at Bernard Matthews’ food processing plant in Holton near Halesworth.

Some 75 workers have also tested positive at a Bernard Matthews turkey factory in Great Witchingham, Norfolk

Some 75 workers have also tested positive at a Bernard Matthews turkey factory in Great Witchingham, Norfolk

Cool, humid interiors with ultraviolet light: Why meat factories are a hotbed for coronavirus outbreaks

The virus thrives in cold, humid, and indoor environments, especially on cool surfaces.

The absence of breeze or ultraviolet light from the sun means that moisture remains and cannot be killed inside food processing plants.

Additionally, social distancing is especially difficult in workplaces with a busy production line, which means the virus is likely to spread more easily.

Loud machines also force people to raise their voices, and researchers say situations in which people have to scream lead to an increased risk of projecting the virus onto others.

It wasn’t just in the UK that a trend was seen, after hundreds of people tested positive at a slaughterhouse in Berlin, while a wet market in Wuhan was said to have been at the heart of a large number of infections at the onset of the attack.

The local authority said testing at the Bernard Matthews turkey factory began on October 15, with more than 600 staff tested.

‘The results showed the majority of positive cases so far were working on the afternoon shift at the site, prompting public health to advise Bernard Matthews that the entire shift had to be self-isolate, ” Norfolk County Council said.

As of October 15, there had also been 72 positive cases at Bernard Matthews’ food processing plant in Holton near Halesworth, Suffolk County Council said.

In Suffolk, Bernard Matthews brought Covid-19 bus marshals on his free personnel transport as part of his response to the outbreak.

Food production at the processing plant has not been affected by the Covid epidemic.

The site has put in place controls since March to reduce coronavirus infections, including regular temperature checks, staff working in bubbles, Covid commissioners, masks and visors, and social distancing.

The majority of the 18 workers who tested positive live in the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft areas and the cases have reportedly been detected in the community.

Officials including Suffolk County Council, Public Health England and Bernard Matthews are working together to deal with the situation.

Earlier this month, ten cases were linked to a factory in Scunthorpe where employees claimed they were told not to wear masks because they posed dietary risks.

The pork processing plant of Karro Food Group, one of the country’s largest food producers, has been criticized by employees for its measures against coronaviruses.

Workers have reported a spate of cases over the past week, although the company has claimed to have been infected through “contact with the community.” He also insisted that he was following all government guidelines.

A factory worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘The staff are falling like flies and being sent home. There are now around ten confirmed cases.

Food factories ravaged by Covid epidemics

  • October 26: Cranswick Country Foods site in Watton, Norfolk
  • October 23: Burton Biscuit Factory in Edinburgh
  • October 22: Bernard Matthews Turkey Factory, Great Witchingham, Norfolk
  • October 6: Karro Food Group pork processing plant in Scunthorpe
  • September 30: Pilgrim’s Pride Food Factory in Pool, near Redruth, Cornwall
  • September 29: Bernard Matthews Turkey Factory, Holton, near Halesworth in Suffolk
  • September 23: Greggs factory in Newcastle
  • September 11: Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshire Pudding Factory in Hull
  • September 2: Millers of Speyside in the Scottish Highlands
  • August 26: Food Standards Authority reveals there are at least 40 active households in factories in UK
  • August 22: Banham Poultry in Attleborough, Norfolk
  • August 21: Greencore in Northampton
  • August 20: Cranswick to Ballymena, Northern Ireland
  • August 18: Bakkavor in Newark
  • August 17: 2 Sisters Food Group at Coupar Angus, Tayside
  • August 17: Fyffes to Coventry, West Midlands
  • August 13: Greencore in Northampton
  • July 12: AS Green and Co, Herefordshire
  • July 3: Walkers, Leicester
  • June 26: Tulip, Tipton
  • June 24: Kepak Food Group in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
  • June 23: Princes, Wisebech
  • June 19: Asda, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire
  • June 19: Rowan Foods in Wrexham, Wales
  • June 17: 2 Sisters Food Factory in Anglesey, North Wales
  • May 15: Cranswick, Barnsley
  • May 11: Moy Park in Dungannon, Northern Ireland

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HENRY DEEDES watches the American election chrono

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As the roar of Air Force One cuts the Pennsylvania skies in two, a dizzying sensation of excitement crosses the stands.

For a moment, the great flying fortress of blue-and-white steel just seems to hang there, its dreaded snout piercing the drizzle.

Slowly, effortlessly, he lowered himself to the ground before plunging his big belly on the tarmac like a stranded whale.

It was midday Monday on a dark and humid day in Northeastern America and Donald J. Trump had arrived in town. And, as was his custom, he had not come quietly.

On stage, he was her usual arrogant personality. If he thinks he’s going to be beaten next week as thoroughly as many suggest, he hasn’t shown any signs of it.

Supporters gather as President Trump's campaign rally at Lancaster Airport in Lititz, Pennsylvania

Supporters gather as President Trump’s campaign rally at Lancaster Airport in Lititz, Pennsylvania

The jibes against Team Biden were relentless. “They are going to kill the country! He cried.

“They are going to raise taxes. Who do this? I mean, who does that?

Every beard was said with the cheesy delivery of a failed Las Vegas cabaret act.

A lazy roll of the shoulders here, a smarmy rooster of the head there.

When they felt particularly satisfied with himself, those rubbery lips formed into an elongated oily smile as if they were savoring the bile frozen on his tongue.

“Isn’t it great having someone who doesn’t need to use an autocue?” he asked triumphantly, ignoring his own inconsistency.

Welcome to Lancaster, a charming, albeit slightly off a horse, town 130 miles west of Philadelphia, where thousands of diehard fans sneaked into an airport hangar yesterday to see their man gather for the last. times here before the crisis next Tuesday. .

Face masks were worn, even though any notion of social distancing was thrown out the window.

For most election observers, Pennsylvania is where next week’s election will be won or lost.

As a traditional swing state, it has always been seen as an essential battleground for any successful presidential campaign.

Which could ultimately be bad news for Trump supporters.

A poll this week put blue collar Joe Biden, who grew up in the leafy city of Scranton, at least six points ahead.

But as the Donald knows better than anyone, America’s number crunchers have already figured it out.

In 2016, they put Hillary Clinton in a similar predicament in Pennsylvania, but on election day she became one of Democrats’ famous’ blue walls’ that collapsed, bringing the Trump machine to victory. .

Back in Lancaster, a vast queue snaked all the way back from the hangar three hours before the President even arrived. Everything must have been searched. Everything had to be temperature tested.

Everyone wore a distinct scarlet “Make America Great Again” cap. From above, they looked like a sea of ​​red crabs crossing Christmas Island during the breeding season.

The air was thick with the smell of hot dogs, fried onions, and other nostril-punching smells coming from the van lines of questionably nutritious snacks. Trump merchandise stalls were everywhere.

One owner, David Cast, told me he had already sold two dozen T-shirts that morning. At $ 20 a pop (at least that’s what he billed me for), it’s not a bad morning’s work. We’re not exactly talking about high quality hand-sewn Sea Island cotton here.

A poll this week put blue collar Joe Biden, who grew up in the leafy city of Scranton, at least six points ahead.

A poll this week put blue collar Joe Biden, who grew up in the leafy city of Scranton, at least six points ahead.

All horizons were exposed. Young, old, women in casual clothes, men in suits. Surprisingly, even a number of Amish came (Lancaster has several Amish settlements).

Some of this sleepy town’s most distinguished residents simply came to take in the atmosphere, spreading their picnic chairs outside the airport and munching on sandwiches from Tupperware boxes.

“Give me a loud cry when you’re in there!” yells a good old boy with a thick walrus mustache as he walks past me.

And then, just before 1:45 p.m., after the Macho Man from Village People yelled at the tannoy for the umpteenth time, threatening to lead us all to the door, Trump finally appeared.

On stage, he was her usual arrogant personality. If he thinks he’s going to be beaten next week as thoroughly as many suggest, he hasn’t shown any signs of it.

He swayed across the stage, shooting exaggerated faces in surprise. “Who me?

President Trump holds up Make America Great Again hat as he arrives for rally in Pennsylvania

President Trump holds up Make America Great Again hat as he arrives for rally in Pennsylvania

He hit the air, he threw his arms wide. Finally, after what appears to be a kidding age of adulation, he addressed the microphone.

“It’s a lot of people”, enthusiastically the president.

“They have a big surprise, don’t they? Just like they did four years ago. Almost at the right time, the crowd erupts into a chorus of “USA!” UNITED STATES!’

As always, his contempt for squeaky Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris pushed the boundaries of bad taste, even by his standards, frankly, poor in dirt.

Biden has been constantly taunted as a financial know-nothing who wants to raise taxes and kill the American energy industry.

D’oh Biden: He urges voters to prevent four more years of ‘George’

Donald Trump has ridiculed his rival Joe Biden after the Democratic candidate forgot the president’s name during an online speech.

The 77-year-old warned of “ four more years for George ” – an apparent reference to previous President George W. Bush, who stepped down in 2009.

The error was caught by Mr Trump, who tweeted: ‘Joe Biden called me George.

“I don’t remember my name. I got the anchor’s help to get him through the interview.

This fuels the narrative launched by Mr. Trump – who is three years younger – that Mr. Biden, pictured, is mentally unfit to be president due to his age. He has regularly referred to Mr. Biden as “Sleepy Joe”.

The former vice president and his wife Jill spoke online at a virtual concert hosted by the Democrats.

Mr Biden said: ‘This is the most important election in a long, long time, and the character of the country is literally on the ballot. What kind of country we’re gonna be – four more years of George, uh, George, uh …

Ms Biden then whispered “ Trump, Trump ” under her breath in an attempt to correct it.

“The guy doesn’t know what he’s doing,” sneered Trump. “It will kill your economy.

He then attacked Harris for his green ambitions.

“What about her, eh?” He asked mockingly. “No planes, no cars, no cows, right? They don’t like any cattle.

Naturally, his own accomplishments received substantial airtime. “I did things they said they couldn’t do,” he boasted. Trade deals, drug prices – there is no negotiation in which he, the master of affairs, has failed to impose himself.

But for all the jokes about Joe Biden’s gloom (“ he barely made it through the televised debates ”), the president himself is not Dorian Gray.

His eyes were sharply narrowed, his face sagging and jerky. This famous cream-colored comb looked gray and soft.

Trump’s voice was also starting to sound a bit sandy, though after his recent frantic trip across the country, that might be forgivable.

During all this time, the coronavirus has barely been mentioned.

But why would it be? No problem has done more to destroy Trump’s presidency.

And yet he shed light on his own illness, telling a rather strange story of how he despaired of being released from the hospital to escape all the medics touching his body.

He seemed much more comfortable talking harshly to the economy, which, despite everything, is growing again.

“We will be back very soon,” he insisted. “It’s the biggest comeback in the world.

Finally, after more than an hour and a half of chest puffs and fist pumping, in which he asked the crowd to choose between “ a boom from Trump or a disaster from Biden, ” the president finished. things and traveled to nearby Martinsburg.

After that, he was back on that giant bird to return to the White House in time for a presidential supper.

One week before the election, the very devoted tribe that visited yesterday is praying that this is not one of their last.

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Trump says ‘Big problems and discrepancies with mail-in ballots’ in tweet flagged as misleading

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Donald Trump tweeted Monday night that there were “ big problems ” with the postal ballots, in a tweet quickly marked as misleading and barred from sharing.

“Big problems and discrepancies with the ballots in the United States,” he tweeted.

“Must have final total by November 3rd.”

What he meant by “final total” was not clear.

Donald Trump, pictured on Monday night, tweeted that there were ‘big problems’ with the vote

He could have asked for the election results to be declared on the night of November 3.

In 2016, it was declared at 2 a.m., after a long night of anticipation.

Many experts believe that the outcome of this year’s contest won’t be known for several days, given the unprecedented level of postal votes and the fact that many states do not allow the counting of postal ballots before. on election day.

He could have requested that all postal ballots be received by November 3.

Several states, including Pennsylvania, will still count canceled votes on November 3 even if they arrive three days later.

The case was fiercely fought, culminating in the Supreme Court last week, which ruled that the three-day policy could stand.

Republicans hope to ask the Supreme Court to re-examine the issue in its entirety and hope that with the formal appointment of Amy Coney Barrett they will have the voices to rock the decision and end the vote in Pennsylvania on November 3.

The Supreme Court has yet to agree to take up the case – which is vitally important, given Pennsylvania’s position as a pivotal state, with 20 votes in constituencies.

Facebook also flagged the tweet, posted on Trump’s page, as problematic.

They added a disclaimer explaining that the results “may not be available for days or weeks.”

Facebook users wishing to share Trump’s tweet were instead allowed to share the warning message.

When they clicked on it, it led to Facebook’s “vote clearinghouse”.

Twitter called Trump’s tweet misleading, adding the disclaimer: “ Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and could be misleading about how to participate in an election or other process civic. ”

The tweet could not be liked or retweeted directly: instead of a simple retweet, the words were protected by the warning that the content was misleading.

They then linked to their ‘civic integrity policy“.

“The public conversation that takes place on Twitter is never more important than during elections and other civic events,” the authors write.

“Any attempt to undermine the integrity of our service is contrary to our fundamental rights and undermines the fundamental principles of freedom of expression, the value on which our business is built.

The company said it would suspend accounts for “serious or repeated violations of this policy.”

Users received a sign that read: “Find out how safe and secure voting by mail is”.

On the page was a “what you need to know” section, explaining that “USPS says it is equipped to deal with expected increase in mail due to election.”

Twitter linked users to a page explaining the postal voting system

Twitter linked users to a page explaining the postal voting system

Utah (above) is one of many states to switch to mail-in ballots for presidential elections

Utah (above) is one of many states to switch to mail-in ballots for presidential elections

Utah County election officers deliver sealed boxes of ballots for processing at the election office Monday in Provo

Utah County election officers deliver sealed boxes of ballots for processing at the election office Monday in Provo

The new guidelines were introduced on October 20 and will be temporary, Twitter said.

Twitter has frequently reported that the president’s tweets violate their guidelines.

His tweets in response to the George Floyd protests have been flagged as inciting violence, while his tweets about the coronavirus pandemic have been deemed misleading.

Trump and his team are trying to use this to their advantage, claiming they are fighting not only Democrats but also the media and fake news tech companies.

When the new policy was announced on Twitter, the Trump campaign reacted angrily, calling them “ extremely dangerous to our democracy. ”

“ After months of Big Tech censorship against President Trump, Silicon Valley’s unelected liberal coastal elites are once again attempting to sway this election in favor of their favorite ticket by silencing the president and his supporters, ” he said. said Samantha Zager, deputy national press secretary. for the Trump campaign.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday said the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook would testify before the panel on November 17, over their decision to block articles that made statements about the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The judicial committee voted Thursday to assign the two CEOs.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey To Testify Before US Senate Judiciary Committee Next Month

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey To Testify Before US Senate Judiciary Committee Next Month

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will also appear voluntarily

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will also appear voluntarily

The leaders will testify on allegations of anti-conservative bias, the committee said.

Companies have come under heavy criticism from Conservatives for their decision to flag two New York Post articles as spreading disinformation.

Businesses have come under heavy criticism from Conservatives for their decision to flag the Post's articles as spreading disinformation and censoring the story.

Businesses have come under heavy criticism from Conservatives for their decision to flag the Post’s articles as spreading disinformation and censoring the story.

The CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet Inc will also testify before the Senate Commerce Committee on October 28 about a key law protecting internet businesses.

Trump and many Republican lawmakers have continued to criticize tech companies for allegedly suppressing conservative voices.

The two hearings aim to discuss the matter.

The hearings come just over a week after Dorsey apologized after Twitter blocked a story about Biden and his connections in Ukraine, leading to accusations of censorship and election interference.

Many say this demonstrates the big tech bias towards the left, given that many anti-Trump stories have been published and shared online without intervention despite denials by the president or conservatives over the years.

Dorsey tweeted his company’s actions were ‘unacceptable’ and explained that there had been a lack of communication around Twitter’s decision which was ‘unacceptable’ but he was upholding the decision to block it.

“Our communication around our actions on the NYPost article was not excellent. And block URL sharing via tweet or DM with no context as to why we are blocking: unacceptable, ” he said.

He then linked with a statement from the company that it was restricting the link because “ personal and private information ” had been shared in the story.

Hunter and Joe Biden.  The Post's story suggests that Joe, while a vice president, had a meeting with a Ukrainian businessman after being introduced to him by Hunter, eight months before pressuring Ukrainian officials to they fire a prosecutor who was investigating the businessman.

Hunter and Joe Biden. The Post’s story suggests that Joe, while a vice president, had a meeting with a Ukrainian businessman after being introduced to him by Hunter, eight months before pressuring Ukrainian officials to they fire a prosecutor who was investigating the businessman.

The Post’s story indicates that the former vice president met Ukrainian businessman Vadym Pozharskyi, as an associate of his son Hunter, months before Biden pressured Ukrainian officials to they fire a prosecutor who was investigating Pozharskyi’s company.

Twitter claimed to have placed restrictions on the articles because they contained personal information such as phone numbers, as well as information that had been hacked.

“The images in the articles contain personal and private information – like email addresses and phone numbers – that violate our rules,” the company said.

“ We also currently consider the materials included in the articles to be violations of our Pirated Materials Policy.

“ Comments or discussions about pirated materials, such as articles that cover them but do not include or relate to the materials themselves, do not constitute a violation of this policy.

“Our policy only covers links to or images of pirated material themselves,” he concluded.

Facebook and Twitter were accused of “electoral interference” for strangling the article.

Facebook has claimed it needs to be independently verified by fact-checkers before it can be shared on their platforms.

The social network decided to “reduce distribution” of the article until it was verified by its own third-party “fact checkers”.

In an op-ed, the New York Post also refuted the piracy claims, saying the original story explains where the material came from.

“Our story explains where the information came from, and a Senate committee now confirms that it also received the files from the same source,” he replied.

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US airstrike in northwestern Syria kills seven Al Qaeda leaders, officials say

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The United States believes it killed seven top Al Qaeda leaders in Syria in an airstrike last week as they gathered near the Turkish border, the U.S. Central Command said on Monday.

Central Command spokeswoman Major Beth Riordan said the attack was carried out in Idlib, northwestern Syria, on October 22. She did not identify the seven rulers by name.

“The removal of these AQ-S leaders will disrupt the ability of the terrorist organization to plot and carry out global attacks threatening American citizens, our partners and innocent civilians,” she said.

“AQ-S takes advantage of the instability in northwestern Syria to establish and maintain havens of peace in order to coordinate terrorist activities,” she added. “Together with our allies and partners, we will continue to target Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.”

A total of 17 jihadists died in the attack and five civilians were killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The United States believes it killed seven top al Qaeda leaders in Syria in an airstrike last week as the leaders gathered near the Turkish border (file photo)

A total of 17 jihadists died in the strike.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said five civilians were also killed (pictured: A US armored fighting vehicle is on patrol near the Rumaylan (Rmeilan) oil fields in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakeh, under Kurdish control)

A total of 17 jihadists died in the strike. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said five civilians were also killed (pictured: A US armored fighting vehicle is on patrol near the Rumaylan (Rmeilan) oil fields in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakeh, under Kurdish control)

In his statement, Riordan did not specify the total death toll resulting from the strike.

The British Observatory said the strike targeted a jihadist dinner meeting in the village of Jakara, in the Salqin region.

The village sits in the last major rebel stronghold of Idlib, dominated by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group, led by a former al-Qaeda affiliate, and its rebel allies.

Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told Military.com that five non-Syrian jihadists were among those killed, but their nationality was not immediately known.

“They had been invited to dinner in a tent on a farm in Jakara,” he said.

“It is a meeting of leaders opposed to the HTS and who reject the Russian-Turkish agreements” which has led to a fragile truce in Idlib, he said. “Some were close to Hurras al-Deen.

The Idlib region is the largest area in Syria that is currently not under government control. It is home to nearly three million people.

Idlib is threatened on the one hand by Syrian government troops loyal to President Bashar Assad who is supported by Russia and on the other by the Turkish army which is moving more troops to the region.

The United States also carried out an airstrike against al-Qaeda in Syria, near Idlib, on October 15.

U.S. military officials said the drone attack was carried out by Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

Rahman said a Jordanian and Yemeni military commander of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Hurras al-Deen group was killed when a missile fired from a drone hit their car.

People pick up steel rods from rubble and destruction in the aftermath of aerial bombardment in the town of Ihsim in rebel-held northwestern Syria's Idlib province on October 18

People pick up steel rods from rubble and destruction following an aerial bombardment in the rebel-held town of Ihsim in northwestern Syria’s Idlib province, the October 18

Syria The Idlib region is the largest area in Syria that is currently not under government control.  It is home to nearly three million people

Syria The Idlib region is the largest area in Syria that is currently not under government control. It is home to nearly three million people

Afghanistan claimed on Sunday that it killed a top Al Qaeda propagandist on an FBI’s most wanted list during an operation in the east of the country.

The reported death of Husam Abd al-Rauf, also known as the war Abu Muhsin al-Masri, follows weeks of violence, including a suicide bombing by the Islamic State group on Saturday at an education center near Kabul that has killed 24 people.

Details of the raid that led to al-Rauf’s presumed death have remained obscure for hours after Afghan intelligence, the National Security Directorate, claimed on Twitter that it killed him in Ghazni province. He said one of its members was also killed during the operation. T

The agency released a photograph on Sunday afternoon that it described as al-Rauf’s corpse, which looked like FBI footage of the militant leader.

The Afghan presidential palace issued a statement on Sunday saying that al-Rauf was killed and warning him that he “proves that the threat of terrorism and the Taliban’s ties to terrorist networks are still in place.”

“The Taliban should prove to the people, the Afghan government and the international community that they are ending their links with terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda,” the statement said. They “should end the war and violence and facilitate a dignified and lasting peace in the country.”

Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York filed an arrest warrant for al-Rauf in December 2018, accusing him of supporting a foreign terrorist organization and participating in a plot to kill US citizens.

The FBI put him on the bureau’s “most wanted terrorists” list, which now includes 27 others.

Al-Qaeda did not immediately acknowledge Al-Rauf’s death. The FBI declined to comment. U.S. Army Central Command and NATO did not respond to requests for comment.

The reported death of Husam Abd al-Rauf, also known as the war Abu Muhsin al-Masri, follows weeks of violence, including a suicide bombing by the Islamic State group on Saturday at an education center near Kabul that has killed 24 people.

The reported death of Husam Abd al-Rauf, also known as the war Abu Muhsin al-Masri, follows weeks of violence, including a suicide bombing by the Islamic State group on Saturday at an education center near Kabul that has killed 24 people.

Returning to Idlib on Monday, Russia was accused of an airstrike on a training camp in the region that killed more than 50 Turkish-backed militia fighters.

The daytime attack was considered one of the most severe blows inflicted on the most powerful opposition groups.

Youssef Hammoud, a spokesman for the Syrian opposition, said the airstrike targeted a military training camp for Faylaq al-Sham. Faylaq al-Sham is the largest armed group supported by Turkey and one of the most disciplined and best trained.

Turkey has long supported Syrian rebel forces and has used many of these fighters to bolster its military campaigns in Libya and Azerbaijan.

The camp, in Jebel al-Dweila, not far from the Turkish border, hosted training sessions for new recruits, according to a war observer and another opposition spokesperson. Camp leaders were among those killed, according to Hammoud.

A fighter from the Turkish-backed Faylaq al-Sham rebel faction in Syria fires in the air during the funeral of 10 of the faction's fighters in the northwestern city of Idlib on October 26.

A fighter from the Turkish-backed Faylaq al-Sham rebel faction in Syria fires in the air during the funeral of 10 of the faction’s fighters in the northwestern city of Idlib on October 26.

People attend funerals for fighters killed in an airstrike in the Syrian city of Idlib on Monday

People attend funerals for fighters killed in an airstrike in the Syrian city of Idlib on Monday

The Human Rights Observatory, which monitors the war in Syria, has a higher death toll of 78 fighters and nearly 90 wounded. Rescue efforts are still underway, the Observatory said.

Syrian rebel groups have vowed to retaliate.

“We, the factions of the National Liberation Front, will respond to these violations,” said Naji al-Mustafa, another spokesperson for Turkish-backed fighters, threatening to target government and Russian positions. He called the strike a “crime” on the part of Russia.

After a string of military victories backed by Russia’s key ally, the Syrian government has regained control of around 70% of the country, according to the Observatory.

The war, which erupted after a bloody crackdown on anti-government protests in 2011, has killed more than 380,000 people and displaced millions of Syrians from their homes.

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ANDREW PIERCE: Attacked from all sides, Rishi Sunak pays the price for his popularity

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ANDREW PIERCE: Attacked from all sides, Rishi Sunak pays the price for his popularity

From the tour de force of his first “ coronavirus budget ” last March to his ruthless determination to save jobs and revitalize what is left of the post-pandemic economy, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has a habit of earning applause .

The events of the past 48 hours and the brutal attacks unleashed on social media will have confused the former Goldman Sachs banker – but they certainly will not have confused him.

If anything, they add even more sparkle to the legend that Sunak and his team nurture.

Few voters had heard of Sunak when Boris Johnson promoted him to the second most powerful government post last February.

The events of the past 48 hours and the brutal social media attacks will have baffled former Goldman Sachs banker Rishi Sunak – but they certainly won’t bother him, writes ANDREW PIERCE

Indeed, he was dismissed as the “Chancellor of Chino” – a puppet or puppet No.10, a chancellor in name only.

Yet within a month he had established himself as his own man – a future Tory leader, observers said – with a stellar budget performance that roared the government benches with approval and left Labor with nothing to say.

As the pandemic took hold, he proved to be a steady hand on the bar of the Treasury while having to do what no Tory chancellor could ever imagine – repeatedly rocking a forest full of trees. money to limit the damage caused by Covid by extending the leave program and offering packages to support people subject to localized lockdowns.

“Eat out to help” was Dishi Rishi’s brilliant wheezing that wowed voters on both sides of the political divide and averted disaster in parts of the hospitality industry.

His career in the city made Sunak one of the richest full-fledged members of the cabinet - with a £ 7million house in London, a £ 1.5million estate in Yorkshire and a house of vacation in california.

His career in the city makes Sunak one of the richest full-fledged members of the cabinet – with a £ 7million house in London, a £ 1.5million estate in Yorkshire and a house vacation in California.

At the same time, he reassured his party that balancing the books would be his priority.

It’s no wonder that in successive polls he has emerged as the most trusted minister in a cabinet beset with accusations of incompetence.

On the ConservativeHome website this month, its approval rating was 82% – 12% ahead of its closest rival. What’s intriguing is exactly where these online attacks are coming from.

His career in the city made Sunak one of the richest full-fledged members of the Cabinet – with a £ 7million house in London, a £ 1.5million estate in Yorkshire and a house vacation in California.

He is also married to the daughter of billionaire Akshata Murthy.

This makes him an easy target for Labor apparatchiks such as Adam McNicholas with his One Rule For Them campaign – although portraying Sunak as a champagne-drinking reveler somewhat stretches reality, given that the Chancellor is a teetotaler and a workaholic that barely took a day. since the start of the pandemic.

He is also married to the daughter of billionaire Akshata Murthy.  He is therefore an easy target for Labor apparatchiks like Adam McNicholas with his One Rule For Them campaign.  Pictured: Sunak with his wife in an image taken from McNicholas' attack video

He is also married to the daughter of billionaire Akshata Murthy. He is therefore an easy target for Labor apparatchiks like Adam McNicholas with his One Rule For Them campaign. Pictured: Sunak with his wife in an image from McNicholas attack video

There are others, however, who seek to harm Sunak for different reasons – for his composure and ever-increasing political clout and those claims that he is inclined for the top-level post when Boris Johnson, besieged, chooses to throw in the towel or is seen from the side. by his own party, rumored to be going around Westminster this week.

Just a few weeks ago, Health Secretary Matt Hancock was accused by Treasury insiders of telling reporters the “traffic light” lockout system was a done deal while in reality Sunak fought him tooth and nail.

Now, an acrimonious row has erupted with the Education Department over who is to blame for the row of school meals.

Sunak was furious to read in the Sunday papers that the Treasury was responsible for blocking the £ 20million per week extension of free school meals.

One headline reported him as ‘Rishi vs Rashi’ – a reference to footballer Marcus Rashford who demands that the program continue.

A member of Education Secretary Gavin Williamson’s team is believed to have reported on the story.

No.10, of course, completely disapproves of attacks on his next-door neighbor – but one can only wonder how sincere the condemnation is.

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US threatens to destroy all Iranian missiles shipped to Venezuela

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The United States has threatened to destroy all long-range missiles sent to Venezuela from Iran, after a United Nations embargo on the purchase or sale of arms by Iran expired last week .

The warning comes days after Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro announced the creation of a Military Scientific and Technological Council that will seek the country’s independence in terms of the weapons system with the help of ‘sister’ nations , among which he mentioned China, Russia, Iran and Cuba.

There is no confirmation that an expedition is imminent, but a US official has said countries are likely to strike arms deals.

“The transfer of long-range missiles from Iran to Venezuela is not acceptable and will not be tolerated or permitted.” Elliot Abrams, the State Department’s special representative for the two countries, told Fox News.

The United States has threatened to destroy all long-range missiles sent to Venezuela from Iran. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is pictured on September 30

An Iranian missile is fired on October 21.  The media reported that the Iranian armed forces had launched military air defense exercises to test

An Iranian missile is fired on October 21. The media reported that the Iranian armed forces had launched military air defense exercises to test “local” systems.

1962 CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS

The Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world as close as it ever was to nuclear war in October 1962.

After the failed US attempt to topple Fidel Castro, the Cuban strongman allowed the Soviet Union to deploy nuclear missiles in Cuba – putting the warheads within easy striking distance of most of the United States.

If Russia chooses, it could launch missiles at the United States before Washington has a chance to retaliate.

Medium Range Ballistic Missile Base, San Cristobal, Cuba, showing released launch positions and missile ready tents

Medium Range Ballistic Missile Base, San Cristobal, Cuba, showing released launch positions and missile ready tents

America had previously deployed ballistic missiles in Italy and Turkey, placing them within easy striking distance of Moscow.

President John F. Kennedy informed the Americans on a television broadcast on October 22, 1962 that the Soviets had placed missiles on Cuba and that in retaliation the United States would blockade the island to force Castro and Khrushchev to withdraw from missiles.

He announced that America would be prepared to use military force if necessary to deter what was seen as a threat to national security – and the world was waiting with baited breaths.

On October 24, 1962, another key moment came when Soviet ships heading for Cuba approached the line of US blockade ships. An attempt to break the blockade would likely have ended in a military standoff, but Soviet ships retreated.

One flashpoint that could have sparked all-out war was when an American reconnaissance plane was shot down on October 27, 1962.

An American invasion force prepared for an invasion of Cuba but was ultimately resigned. The pilot of the downed plane, Major Rudolf Anderson, 35, is considered the only American casualty in combat of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Throughout the tense standoff, Khrushchev and Kennedy were in contact in an attempt to avoid any military escalation between the two superpowers. On October 26, 1962, Khrushchev sent a message to Kennedy in which he offered to withdraw Cuban missiles in exchange for a pledge from the American leadership not to invade Cuba.

The next day, Khrushchev sent a letter proposing that the USSR dismantle its missiles in Cuba if the Americans removed their missile installations in Turkey.

“We will do everything possible to stop the long-range missile shipments, and if they somehow get to Venezuela, they will be eliminated there.”

The proposed blockade bears similarities to 1962 when President John F. Kennedy blocked Cuba to prevent the Soviet Union from sending missiles there.

It almost sparked a nuclear war on October 27, 58 years ago, but the countries came to an agreement at the last minute.

Administrator Trump recently tried to convince the UN Security Council to extend an embargo on the Iranian arms trade, but without success.

Last week, Maduro boasted that his military council would have the “greatest minds” and that other countries around the world would be in awe.

A senior administration official, Abrams, continued: “Iran has announced its intention to engage in arms sales, and Venezuela is an obvious target as these two pariah regimes already have a relationship.

“Venezuela is paying in gold to buy gasoline from Iran, and there is an Iranian presence in the country. Venezuela’s economy has collapsed, so every bar of gold for Iran represents tens of thousands of dollars that the Venezuelan people need for food and medicine.

Abrams said a missile transfer would endanger countries close to Venezuela.

In an announcement last week, Maduro, the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) stand alongside expected attacks from Colombia and prepare to defend the country’s border with Brazil and the Caribbean Sea.

Maduro accused Colombian President Ivan Duque of training thousands of mercenaries to invade Venezuela.

“Iran has shipped missiles to the Houthis, so we know they are ready, willing and able to ship them to Venezuela and other potential buyers,” Abrams continued.

“Each Iranian arms shipment destabilizes South America and the Caribbean, and is particularly dangerous for Venezuela’s neighbors in Brazil, Colombia and Guyana.

Last week, Reuters reported that a senior Trump administration envoy secretly met with a Maduro representative last month in an attempt to secure Maduro’s peaceful exit from power.

However, no agreement has been reached between Richard Grenell, a former acting US director of national intelligence and former ambassador to Germany, and Jorge Rodriguez, according to three people familiar with the matter.

They reportedly met in Mexico City after Trump became frustrated that his pressure to topple Maduro was not working.

Grenell is also a senior adviser to Trump’s campaign and it is believed that Trump is looking to win favor with some Latin American voters in Florida ahead of the election.

Sources told Reuters that Venezuela is waiting to see the election results.

Meanwhile, the United States on Monday imposed new Iran-related sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic’s oil sector, including Iran’s Oil Ministry.

The Treasury Department in a statement said it was imposing sanctions on key players in Iran’s oil industry for supporting the Quds Force, the elite foreign paramilitary and espionage branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on the United States blacklist.

“The Iranian regime is using the oil sector to finance the CGRI-QF’s destabilization activities,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

“The transfer of long-range missiles from Iran to Venezuela is not acceptable and will not be tolerated or permitted.” Elliot Abrams, State Department special representative for the two countries, told Fox News

Last week, Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro announced the creation of a Military Scientific and Technological Council that will seek the country's independence in terms of the weapons system with the help of `` sister '' nations, among which he mentioned China, Russia, Iran and Cuba.

Last week, Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro announced the creation of a Military Scientific and Technological Council that will seek the country’s independence in terms of the weapons system with the help of “ sister ” nations, among which he mentioned China, Russia, Iran and Cuba.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have skyrocketed since Trump unilaterally withdrew in 2018 from the Iran nuclear deal struck by his predecessor, President Barack Obama, and began to reimpose US sanctions that had been relaxed under of the agreement.

The Minister of Petroleum, the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and the National Iranian Tanker Company were also blacklisted alongside other people and entities in Washington’s decision on Monday, which freezes all U.S. assets in those countries. blacklisted people and generally prohibits Americans from doing business with them.

The Treasury also imposed sanctions on UAE-based Mahmoud Madanipour and Mobin International Limited, accusing them of making a deal with Venezuelan state-owned company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) to ship gasoline obtained from NIOC. in the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. .

UK companies Madanipour, Mobin Holding Limited and Oman Fuel Trading Ltd were also blacklisted.

Mobin International and Oman Fuel said they were the owners of the cargo aboard several tankers confiscated by US authorities in August.

The Justice Department said the shipment was destined for Venezuela, whose oil industry is also under U.S. sanctions, but the companies have denied in court that Venezuela was the destination.

Iran sent two more flotillas carrying fuel to Venezuela, running out of gas, and they entered the South American country without US intervention.

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Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward appears in court

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Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward appears in court over racial harassment of two Jewish men at Euston station and possession of cocaine

  • Dawn Ward Charged with Race Aggravated Harassment and Possession of Cocaine
  • Ward, 47, allegedly committed the offenses at Euston station in London
  • Former football star Ashley Ward’s wife to stand trial in March 2022

Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward appeared in court for racially aggravated harassment and possession of cocaine

Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward has appeared in court for racially aggravated harassment of two Jewish brothers and possession of cocaine.

The Wag and the Businesswoman, who lives in a £ 15million mansion with her husband, former footballer Ashley Ward, is charged with committing the offenses at Euston Station in London on October 29 from last year.

But the mother of four she was told she would not be on trial until March 2022.

Ward, of Great Warford, is charged with intentional racially aggravated harassment of Jake and Sam Jacobs at London station.

She was also charged with possession of cocaine – a Class A drug.

Each charge carries the potential of six months behind bars or an unlimited fine.

Each charge carries the potential of six months behind bars or an unlimited fine.

She first appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on September 10 of this year, but was subsequently summoned again on September 28 for a plea hearing.

She denies all the charges.

The charges read: ‘On 10/29/2019 at Euston Station, Eversholt Street, Camden, London with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress to Jake Jacobs, used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior or disorderly behavior thereby causing this or other harassment, alarm or distress of the person and the offense has been compounded by race.

She faces an identical charge which names Sam Jacobs.

The charges continue: ‘On 10/29/2019, at Euston Station, Eversholt Street, Camden, London, had in your possession a quantity of cocaine, a class A controlled drug, in violation of the Law of 1971 on drug abuse. ”

Her case went to London’s Inner Court today for a preliminary hearing and a court official said she is now due to stand trial in March 2022.

The mother of four, who lives in a £ 15million mansion in Cheshire with her ex-football star husband Ashley Ward, has been told she will not be on trial until March 2022.

The mother of four, who lives in a £ 15million mansion in Cheshire with her ex-football star husband Ashley Ward, has been told she will not be on trial until March 2022.

Dawn (third from right) stars alongside her fellow Real Housewives on the hit show (LR) Lauren Simon, Ampika Pickston, Leanne Brown, Tanya Ward, Magali Gorre

Dawn (third from right) stars alongside her fellow Real Housewives in the hit series (LR) Lauren Simon, Ampika Pickston, Leanne Brown, Tanya Ward, Magali Gorre

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Woman mistakenly orders McDonald’s burger with no ingredients

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She will have a McFail! McDonald’s Delivers Only Two Packets of KETCHUP to Hangover Woman Who Mistakenly Ordered Burger Without Bread, Patty, Onions, Pickles, or Mustard

  • Katie Poole of Toronto, Canada got a hangover on October 17 when she ordered McDonald’s for delivery
  • She ordered a burger but inadvertently personalized it to have nothing but ketchup
  • The channel delivered two packets of ketchup, a photo Katie’s husband Jody shared on Instagram

Employees at a McDonald’s in Toronto, Canada must have assumed that a customer was a very McPicky eater when his order arrived last week.

According to her husband, Katie Poole was having a hangover when she decided to order McDonald’s on October 17, thinking the fast food would make her feel better.

But Katie personalized her burger a bit more than she thought she would, asking Micky D to hold the pickles, onions, mustard, bread and even the burger patty, leaving her with just ketchup.

Not so filling! Katie Poole was hungover when she decided to order McDonald’s on October 17 – and asked for her burger to be made with no burger, no bread, and almost no toppings.

Always hungry!  Instead, she only got two packets of ketchup

Always hungry! Instead, she only got two packets of ketchup

Her husband, Jody Poole, shared the confusing order receipt on Instagram.

“ So we had a couple of drinks last night – Katie decides a McDonald’s burger is going to cure her hangover, ” he said.

“Now Katie is the kind of person who will make changes to a classic – ‘no pickles, no onions’ etc. So here is what she ordered: “no pickles, no onions, no mustard, no bread, no pancakes”.

‘They literally sent us 2 packets of ketchup !!!!’ he said.

For her part, Katie just commented with the hashtag #whoops.

Oh oh!  For her part, Katie just commented with the hashtag #whoops

Oh oh! For her part, Katie just commented with the hashtag #whoops

Earlier this year, Canadian TikTok user Austin Martin went viral, revealing how some of McDonald’s customer favorite dishes come together.

In a clip, Austin shows how McDonald’s gets the eggs in a perfectly round Egg McMuffin to fit so perfectly on an English muffin.

Using a custom grill divided into 12 sections, each with a circular barrier to hold the egg in place, he takes real eggs from a carton and smashes them directly into each egg section on the grill.

In another video, Austin reveals that the onions found on the burgers don’t exactly come from the farmer’s market. Rather, they are dehydrated in a large 12 oz. package, which empties into cups.

Water is then added, allowing the onions – 386 servings in a bag – to rehydrate and expand. The bag warns that onions must be left in water for a full hour to be properly rehydrated and not fluffy, and hot water should be avoided as it activates enzymes and turns onions pink.

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Will we EVER learn to love the board kid who became F1’s greatest driver?

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Even if you don’t know anything about Formula 1 and care even less about the high testosterone sport of motor racing, you will almost certainly have heard of Lewis Hamilton.

There’s Lewis the regular red carpet with a slew of glamorous celebrity girlfriends, Lewis the fashion icon with his tattoos, braids of hair and bling,

Lewis, the social activist with a checklist of trendy causes, from veganism to the world’s conference on environmental issues – a tough sell for a man who flies around the world and earns £ 35million a year for driving gas-hungry cars.

And, of course, there is his courageous but controversial support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

He’s been linked to several women, including singer Rita Ora – but hasn’t had another serious public relationship

These qualities, admirable as they are, however, are not what made him the most recognized and successful sportsman in Great Britain. Because they are just a by-product of his success on the track.

At 2:43 p.m. London time yesterday, his status among a luminous handful of drivers who have graced motor racing received another layer of glory – a victory in the Portuguese Grand Prix and his 92nd career victory, a record that place in front of Michael Schumacher and everyone. another who’s been behind the wheel of a 200 mph race car.

His victory by an incredibly comfortable 25-second margin turns his march into another seventh world championship, a record, into a procession.

Yet despite all the triumphs that have brought him incomparable riches, he remains in the unique position of being a sports hero who receives decidedly mixed reviews.

On the one hand, its history is remarkable and edifying. A mixed race pioneer raised in a one bedroom council apartment in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, watching drugs being pushed down the street below.

Now he’s worth some £ 250million, the very definition of a self-made man, with a home in Monaco’s millionaire enclave, where his shoe collection alone spans two rooms, and an Instagram account with 20 million subscribers.

At 2:43 p.m. London time yesterday, his status among a luminous handful of drivers who have graced motor racing received another layer of glory - a victory in the Portuguese Grand Prix and his 92nd career victory, a record that place in front of Michael Schumacher and everyone.  another who has ever gotten behind the wheel of a 200 mph race car

At 2:43 p.m. London time yesterday, his status among a bright handful of drivers who have graced motor racing received another layer of glory – a victory in the Portuguese Grand Prix and his 92nd career victory, a record that place in front of Michael Schumacher and everyone. another who has ever gotten behind the wheel of a 200 mph race car

At 35, he is tied with Roger Federer, Lionel Messi and great basketball player Michael Jordan in terms of a true world superstar. But while he is adored by many, unfortunately, he is not universally loved as much as his extraordinary deeds warrant.

The obvious contrast is with tennis great Sir Andy Murray, who escaped his early reputation as a surly and thin-skinned to recast not only as a three-time Grand Slam champion, but with self-deprecating modesty. The country is warmed to him.

Still, Hamilton’s accomplishments eclipse those of Murray who, although briefly ranked No.1 in the world, is only fourth best in a quartet that includes Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Hamilton is the outstanding driver of his day – and quite possibly any era – who announced himself in princely style with a courageous overtaking move at the very first corner of his Formula 1 debut in Melbourne in 2007.

He missed the title in his first year by just one point only to win it by the same slim margin the following season.

Along with the reactions of a fighter pilot and the endurance of a long-distance runner, he has the ability to empty his brain so that it lives in a state of perceptual clarity.

These natural gifts, which were spotted by his father when he gifted him with his first radio-controlled car at the age of five – and saw his son beat his rivals from years older, are backed by an absolute will to win. .

But allied with this genius was an ability to feel persecuted. He came close to answering why in a flippant remark he made in Monaco nine years ago.

After being penalized for strangely erratic driving, Hamilton questioned the sanction citing the Ali G line: “Maybe it’s because I’m black. He was only half joking.

Some people, depressing, will hold its color, but fortunately there are few. So why isn’t he as universally loved as the other racing characters? Is it because it’s too mold breaker? And if so, why is this important?

The handsome James Hunt only won one World Championship, but he was adored, his untimely death shining his legend.

Sir Jackie Stewart, after Hamilton’s most successful British driver, has achieved national treasure status, with the Queen appearing as the guest of honor on her 80th birthday last year.

Hamilton is also not considered as cool as Sir Stirling Moss, nor as modest as Jim Clark, who won two world championships in the 1960s. Indeed, Hamilton’s character has evolved, at times awkwardly, in the eyes. public.

The world had noticed since he was a child prodigy of the kart circuit.

Even then he was polite, articulate, perhaps too perfect, as he progressed through the age groups and disciplines of motor racing, aided in large part by his father Anthony who made countless sacrifices. – while keeping three jobs – to support his son.

Then came that moment when he gave up his father’s professional services in 2010. It was Anthony who had the idea that Hamilton was going to live abroad to escape the constant attention of the fans. His father’s choice of fiscally favorable Switzerland suggested other impulses at play.

Moving so soon after the start of his career, and offering a pretext for doing so, damaged Hamilton’s reputation.

Beyond his father’s control, Lewis set out in search of more freedom. He moved again, to Monaco this time, following a well-worn route of Grand Prix millionaires. He befriends rappers, pop stars and actors, and his increasingly bizarre dress style reflects the tastes of his newly acquired “ friends. ”

Came in tattoos and chains. His ears were pierced. Her hair, strangely thicker than in her early twenties, had grown.

He made music and designed clothes with Tommy Hilfiger. Other lucrative collaborations have come with fashion brands Police and Puma, watchmaker IWC, Italian motorcycle brand MV Agusta, and energy drink makers Monster.

He was the only racing driver to lend both his name and his voice to a character in the animated Cars franchise, he made an appearance in the movie Zoolander 2 alongside Kate Moss and voiced a character from the series. Call of Duty video games.

Hamilton has started taking his bulldog puppy Roscoe to the F1 VIP paddock. His other most constant companion – and deepest influence – throughout those years of self-discovery was his girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger, the Pussycat Dolls singer whom he first met in 2007.

Seven years his senior, she immersed him more deeply in the culture of American celebrities, while he cultivated a strange mid-Atlantic twang. But she was only an occasional presence at the races, where she and Hamilton would hold hands and say thanks together before lunch. Their intermittent relationship died out in 2015.

Hinting at the split, Hamilton said, “My cars are my babies. I used to say, when I had a girlfriend, “I take one of the ‘girls’, so you can come if you want, but you come second behind the cars.” ”

Since then, he’s been linked with several women, including singer Rita Ora – but hasn’t had another serious public relationship.

The world had noticed since he was a child prodigy of the kart circuit.  Even then he was polite, articulate, perhaps too perfect, as he progressed through the age groups and disciplines of motor racing, aided in large part by his father Anthony who made countless sacrifices. - while keeping three jobs - to support his son.

The world had noticed since he was a child prodigy of the karting circuit. Even then he was polite, articulate, perhaps too perfect, as he progressed through the age groups and disciplines of motor racing, aided in large part by his father Anthony who made countless sacrifices. – while keeping three jobs – to support his son.

The past few years have seen him embrace various enthusiasms and lifestyle choices, most notably as a proselytizing vegan, and he was involved in the launch of Neat Burger, a central London restaurant describing itself as’ the premier chain of Sustainable plant-based burgers of its type ‘.

He also spoke of environmental concerns – recently berating reporters for wearing disposable masks for fear they clutter the ocean floor. ‘Hypocrisy!’ shout his detractors.

Still, Hamilton is instinctively kind, cares for team members who have suffered struggles, and he is devoted to his half-brother Nicolas, who has cerebral palsy. But if he’s well-meaning, he can be naïve and, frankly, a bit of a preacher.

Never have these combinations of his personality been so evident as in the last and perhaps deepest of all his passions – his overt anti-racist campaign, which was sparked by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by a white policeman.

As the only black rider in the whitest sport, he deserved to be listened to.

He called on his fellow drivers to join him in “taking a knee” before every race this season. Some of his peers weren’t too keen on genuflecting for the cause.

Hamilton went on to accuse the reluctant hilt of being complicit in racism unless they speak out and prove otherwise.

But all of these are just distractions. Winning remains his number one ambition and as he showed yesterday, it has put him beyond the reach of his rivals.

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Joe Biden appears to confuse Trump and Bush as he calls President ‘George’ at virtual rally

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‘We have to stop four more years of George’: Jill Biden whispers ‘Trump’ under her breath after husband Joe mistook President for Bush at virtual campaign rally

  • Joe Biden on Sunday night appeared to say George W. Bush was president
  • He spoke of the need to avoid ‘four more George years’
  • Bush was president from 2001 to 2009, while Biden was senator from Delaware
  • When Biden said ‘George’ his wife Jill quietly corrected him in her beard
  • On social media, the moment was taken as a sign of senility for Biden, 77

Joe Biden on Sunday night appeared to forget who the president was, noting he was battling ‘four more years of George’.

Speaking to supporters online, during a virtual concert to generate excitement, the 77-year-old sat next to his wife Jill.

“Four more years of George, uh, George, uh, he – we’re going to find ourselves in a position where, if Trump is elected, we’ll be in a different world,” Biden said.

As he spoke, his wife seemed to remind him, in a low voice: “Trump.”

Many have speculated that he was thinking of George W. Bush, president of 2001-2009.

The blunder will once again raise questions about the mental capacity of the 77-year-old – a topic President Trump has repeatedly referred to on the eve of the election.

Joe Biden said on Sunday night he was fighting to end ‘four more years of George’

The moment has been seized by Trump War Room, a pro-Trump group that claims to ‘hit back 10 times as hard’.

Many speculated that Biden was referring to Bush

Many speculated that Biden was referring to Bush

On social media, people were appalled.

“ Watch his wife say Trump under her breath 3 times, ” one said.

Another remarked: “The look on Jill’s face was like ‘come on Joe, get the train back on track …'”

Yet another said Biden was showing signs of dementia – an accusation frequently made by Trump himself.

“Having been accused of caring for a parent with dementia, I recognize Jill’s actions,” said one woman, Karen Gresham.

“Say the words he can’t find. Move it to where it is supposed to stand. Guide his steps when he is not sure of his destination.

“You don’t have to watch him. Watch her. ‘

Earlier Sunday, Biden, in an interview with 60 Minutes, mocked Trump’s attacks on his mental agility.

“Hey, the same guy who thought the 911 attack was a 7-Eleven attack?” Biden responded.

“Is he talking about dementia?”

“All I can tell the American people is look at myself, see what I’ve done, see what I’m going to do. Look at me. Compare our physical and mental acuity.

“I’m happy to have this comparison.

Joe Biden spoke to Norah O'Donnell for his 60-minute interview, which aired Sunday night

Joe Biden spoke to Norah O’Donnell for his 60-minute interview, which aired Sunday night

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