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Tottenham open talks with Mauricio Pochettino as PSG boss could resign to force move

Tottenham have begun talks with Mauricio Pochettino over a sensational return to the club. Pochettino was sacked just 18 months ago by Spurs but is reportedly considering resigning at Paris Saint-Germain in order to move back to north London.

The Argentine was only appointed as PSG boss in January but has failed to settle in the French capital and is interested in the vacant manager’s position at Spurs.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is leading the search for a successor to Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in April following a disappointing run of results.

Pochettino has endured a mixed time at PSG, winning the French Super Cup and the Coupe de France and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League, but falling short in Ligue 1.

He has another year left on his contract with the French giants, who do not want any more turbulence, having sacked Thomas Tuchel earlier in the season.

The Athletic reports therefore that Pochettino would likely have to resign in order to force the move through.

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The 49-year-old has reportedly run into the same problems which caused Tuchel’s downfall, with a lack of power behind the scenes causing friction.

According to reports in Italy, PSG are concerned enough about the situation to be sounding out replacements, just four months on from hiring Pochettino.

PSG finished second in Ligue 1, one point behind champions Lille, after suffering three damaging defeats in six matches between February 21 and April 3, while they were knocked out of the Champions League in the semi-finals by Manchester City.

Levy has been searching for a new manager ever since sacking Mourinho and his coaching staff on April 19.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, Brighton’s Graham Potter and German coach Ralf Rangnick have all been linked with the role.


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According to the report, none of those four candidates have been ruled out – and Ten Hag in particular remains popular, despite signing a new contract with the Dutch champions.

However, a move for Pochettino represents a significant surprise, given it was Levy who dismissed him in November 2019.

Yet with Levy trying to appease fans following the fallout from the European Super League and a disappointing seventh-place finish, Pochettino is reportedly seen as an attractive option.

The Athletic reports that the Tottenham players are aware of the possibility of Pochettino returning and are excited by the prospect.

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‘Outrageous’ plastic bag charge increase has come into force – ‘it’s doubling!’

The Government has said the use of single-use plastic carrier bags has seen a 95 percent decrease in sales since the 5p charge was enforced six years ago. It has now increased the price to 10p in a bid to reduce the amount of plastic pollution in the environment.
One person wrote: “This is outrageous, I’d rather they’re scrapped altogether, it won’t stop people buying them.”

Another person said: “Quite a big increase, it’s doubling!”

Others responded positively to the news, expressing how welcome the news is.

One user tweeted: “This needed to be enforced years ago, it’s crazy to think we used to get them for free.”

Morrisons has said that scrapping single-use plastic bags will save 3,200 tonnes of plastic per year.

David Potts, Chief Executive at Morrisons, said: “We have been listening hard to our customers over the past year and we know that they are passionate about doing their bit to keep plastics out of the environment.

“Removing all of the plastic bags from our supermarkets is a significant milestone in our sustainability programme.”

Co-op also announced the news that it was removing its “bags for life” from sale last month, replacing them with compostable carrier bags. 

Jo Whitfield, Chief Executive of Co-op Food commented on the move, noting that customers usually buy bags for life “just once”.

She said: “Increased use of bags for life has led to a sharp rise in plastic use.

“With over 1.5 billion bags sold each year by retailers, this remains a massive issue for our industry as many shoppers are regularly buying so-called bags for life to use just once and it’s leading to a major hike in the amount of plastic being produced.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Life and Style Feed
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Pilot dies after military contract aircraft crashes near Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — A pilot has died after an aircraft operated by a military contractor out of Nellis Air Force Base crashed in a nearby residential area, authorities in Las Vegas said Monday.A statement attributed to base spokesman Lt. Col. Bryon McGarry confirmed the crash occurred about 2:30 p.m. Florida-based company Draken US owned the aircraft, and said in a statement that the pilot, whose name has not been released, had died and no one else was on board.

It’s unclear whether there were injuries to people on the ground.The plane crashed in a yard where a neighbor, Alex Reyes, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he heard a loud thump and then saw black smoke billowing from the home.

Neighbor Eugenia Brackeen told the newspaper she heard a boom so loud that she couldn’t hear her television. She said her power went out for a short time.

Witnesses posted online images of a plume of smoke not far from a southern fence to the base, of city and base fire crews arriving, and a helicopter circling.

In a Twitter post, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said he and his wife, Kathy, were “praying for all those involved in today’s incident,” including Nellis service members and first-responders.

Deputy Clark County Fire Chief Warren Whitney confirmed only that fire crews were called to the area in unincorporated county territory. He directed follow-up inquiries to Nellis.Police cordoned off the neighborhood about 7 miles (11 kilometers) northeast of downtown Las Vegas.

Nellis is best known internationally as host of periodic training exercises where U.S. and allied pilots conduct mock battles over a restricted military reserve in central Nevada that is half the size of the state of New Jersey.

Aircraft based at Nellis include F-16 Falcon and F-22 Raptor fighter jets and A-10 Warthog attack jets.

The base also is home to the elite Thunderbirds flight demonstration team.

Retired Brig. Gen. Robert Novotny, who stepped down last year after commanding the 57th Wing at Nellis, told KTNV-TV that contract aircraft and pilots take part in some exercises as participants “to train against.”A National Transportation Safety Board investigator is traveling to site of the crashed Dassault Aviation Mirage F-1, the agency tweeted.

The crash was the first out of Nellis since Thunderbirds pilot Maj. Stephen Del Bango of Valencia, California, died in April 2018 during a training flight over the Nevada Test and Training Range.

In September 2017, an Air Force pilot died after a crash about 100 miles (160.93 kilometers) northwest of Nellis.

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As millions blocked from Sky TV and free movie streams, another ban comes into force

Streaming illegally via the web has just been made even harder. A fresh block, announced this week, has seen another major provider of movies and TV shows closed by authorities leaving a huge number of users unable to access a vast catalogue of content. The latest shutdown has been enforced by the team at Brein who say they recently discovered the identity of the administrator of illegal site Discoverthisplace. Two prolific uploaders were also tracked down. This illegal website was home to tens of thousands of films, TV series, music, ebooks and more.
Users would be offered access to free content with some VIP members paying a monthly subscription to watch more premium movies and the very latest shows without having to sign up via official channels. Having been discovered, the site was immediately taken offline with those involved now pledging to cease the infringement and pay a settlement of €20,000.

In a post on its website, Brein said: “We recently discovered the anonymous administrator and two major uploaders of the illegal site Discoverthisplace.

“Together, the three had uploaded around 3,800 audiovisual files, 3,300 music files, and 24,000 writings files. The manager tried to stay under BREIN’s radar through a strict admissions policy.”

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Those illegal Sky streams were taken offline just after another massively popular website was banned from being accessed.

The Alliance For Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), which is backed by major media companies including, Amazon, Fox, Netflix, MGM and HBO, closed down 123movies.la earlier this month.

With 30 million monthly users, it’s one of the biggest platforms on the web and had been in operation since 2017.

Speaking about these latest crackdowns Kieron Sharp, CEO at FACT, said: “This outcome really highlights the benefits of agencies and law enforcement working together. When serious and highly profitable organised crime groups operate across borders, disruptive action requires collaboration between the private and public sectors in different jurisdictions.

“This is an excellent result from this innovative multi-agency approach. We welcome all initiatives to tackle serious organised crime and FACT will continue to monitor channels used to advertise, market, sell and distribute apps, devices and streams, in order to take action against suppliers and operators.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Polish Air Force hijacking alert sparks panic as plane turned towards the west

Earlier this morning, France News 24 tweeted that hijackers have taken control of the jet over Europe.

But the online news source later tweeted this could also be part of an ongoing training exercise.

France News 24 wrote: “Renegade/Sarex-21 exercises are taking place in Poland.

“Hijacking this aircraft may be an element of these exercises.”

The Polish Armed Forces also referred to the “tactical-special exercise renegade/Sarex-21” aimed at countering terrorist threats from the air, as well as conducting search and rescue operation on land and at sea.

This began on May 17 and is running until tomorrow (May 21).

The Polish Armed Forces wrote on its website: “During the exercise, four episodes will be conducted. The first will concern the abduction of a civilian aircraft as a possible means of terrorist attack posing a threat to national security.

“The second episode will be massevac in connection with the collision of two ships with injured people on burning and sinking units.

“The scenario involves carrying out a rescue operation, rescuing military property and transporting the victims to medical facilities.

“The next two episodes will be related to the conduct of search and rescue operations after air events (application crash of aircraft in hard-to-reach areas).”

The air force explained the training drill is being in airspace over Poland and in areas of the West Pomeranian, Pomeranian and Mazovian provinces.

This involves several military teams, as well as a host of emergency service operations.

The Polish Air Force added: “The main objective of the exercise is to test the capabilities of the Polish Armed Forces and the non-military system, as part of the state security system, to deal with crises specific to the air defence and air and sea rescue systems.

“The organizer of the project is the Operational Command of the Armed Forces of General Bronisław Kwiatkowski.

“The training project will be held in the airspace of The Republic of Poland and in the areas of the West Pomeranian, Pomeranian and Mazovian provinces.

“The exercise will involve, inter alia, the following entities responsible for national security and rescue and rescue operations: Operational Command of the RSZ with subordinate centres and centres, General Command of the Polish Army with subordinate military units, Military Gendarmerie, Territorial Defence Forces, Polish Air Navigation Agency, Police, Border Guard, State Fire Brigade, Maritime Search and Rescue Service, Air Ambulance, Polish Red Cross and military university officers.”

This is a breaking story. More to follow…

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Boris to unleash Brexit secret weapon as IDS spearheads Global Britain task force

The Prime Minister is recruiting an external adviser to identify new opportunities following the UK’s departure from the European Union. Their specific role will be to find and highlight the benefits that leaving the bureaucratic bloc has handed the UK.
Their job will complement former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith’s Global Britain Taskforce which is examining how the UK can reshape its economy to the benefit of everyone.

Its hotly anticipated report should be published in the coming months and is hoped will suggest how the government can “level up” the economy by distributing wealth evenly across the nation.

The new role will report to former Brexit chief negotiator Lord Frost – who is now the Cabinet Secretary.

He told Parliament this week: “We have high hopes of outside input into this process.

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Lord Frost agreed with this assessment and told the Parliamentary Committee that Brexit has created the “huge advantage” of being able to design our own laws.

He added: “It is really important that we exercise that freedom in as useful and productive a way we can.”

He also used his appearance at the European Scrutiny Committee to slam “indoctrinated” UK officials for still operating like the bureaucratic EU.

A revolution was needed to “normalise” EU law still on Britain’s rulebook and return them to UK common law traditions, which are “lighter touch” and less risk averse, he claimed.

Addressing the committee, he said: “Lots of our bureaucracy and our regulatory systems have had to operate within a prescriptive EU law framework.

“We have internalised principles of EU law and EU ways of thinking about things for the last 50 years, which is harder to eradicate because it’s quite subtle.”

Since his role as chief Brexit negotiator ended in January, Lord Frost has stayed in Mr Johnson’s cabinet – taking a number of key roles.

In February he replaced Michael Gove as the UK chair of the partnership council – a body set up to settle disputes resulting from the trade agreement with the bloc.

He also took Mr Gove’s role chairing the withdrawal agreement joint committee which has been engulfed with the ongoing dispute about the Northern Ireland Protocol.

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Former WilCo deputy of Live PD fame charged with assault for force used against domestic violence victim

Lorenzo Hernandez booking photo (Williamson County Sheriff’s Office)

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — A former Williamson County deputy has been charged with assault and official oppression stemming from the level of force he used against a domestic violence victim in September 2019.

Former Deputy Lorenzo Hernandez, 37, of Cedar Park, was booked in the Williamson County Jail.

KXAN reported on the 2019 incident significantly. Body camera video obtained by KXAN last year shows Williamson County deputies responding to a domestic violence call at an Austin apartment complex.

The video shows a female deputy speaking with the victim. The woman did not appear to cooperate with the investigation, telling WCSO she did not trust the agency.

The victim eventually walks back inside her apartment. Hernandez later showed up to the scene and knocked on the victim’s door. The woman walked out of her apartment blocked the door.

Details of the 2019 domestic violence response that led to the deputy’s arrest

The woman, who asked not to be identified in this report, wouldn’t tell deputies where the man reported in the call went. Deputies called the woman “uncooperative,” and the video shows her trying to hold her door closed as Hernandez pushed his way inside to search the apartment. The woman told deputies the man wasn’t inside.

“Let go of the door, or you’re going to be tased,” the deputies told her.  

The woman continued screaming and holding onto the door handle, while deputies tried to handcuff her. Deputies told the woman they were going inside her home to search for an unidentified man involved in the original 911 call.

This Sept. 21, 2019 body camera video shows Williamson County Deputy Lorenzo Hernandez attempting to get inside a victim’s home to search for a suspect in a domestic violence call at an apartment complex. (Williamson County Sheriff’s Office video)

The video shows the woman yelling as Hernandez placed a hand around her chin and then pushed her head down against a wall. Deputies then attempted to pull the woman’s arm behind her back and put her in handcuffs.

Hernandez and another deputy searched each room, as deputies detained the woman outside.

“We don’t get your cooperation, that is what happens. All this screaming and all this [expletive] does not make us stop,” Hernandez told the woman as he stood in her living room near the end of the video.

A Williamson County deputy’s body camera captured this image of Deputy Lorenzo Hernandez from a September 2019 domestic violence call where Hernandez used force against the victim. The woman did not give permission to Hernandez to search her home and blocked the door and the video shows Hernandez take the woman to the ground. Hernandez was suspended and removed from the Field Training program after this call. (Williamson County Sheriff’s Office video)

Another deputy was uncuffing the woman as Hernandez lectured her.

In the arrest affidavit, a Williamson County detective wrote that the woman Hernandez is accused of assaulting “did not pose a threat.”

“Defendant Hernandez escalates the event through an intentional, unreasonable use of force against [the victim] by placing his hand on her throat directly below her chin,” the affidavit said, adding that Hernandez then squeezed her throat and pushed her back into the apartment wall.

“The intentional use of force by Defendant Hernandez by placing his hand on the throat of [the victim] is unlawful, as no exception provides Defendant Hernandez the justification for the use of said force.”

KXAN has tried to identify and reach out to Hernandez’s attorney about his arrest but so far have been unable to find that information. If we get a comment from Hernandez in the future, we will update this story with that information.

Hernandez has been a peace officer for more than a decade and did complete training in de-escalation techniques. The affidavit states because of this Hernandez should have known what he was doing was against the law.

Hernandez was ultimately disciplined in this case for “sustained violation of the Sheriff’s Office Conduct and Behavior policy,” according to WCSO Chief Deputy Tim Ryle.

Hernandez also a responding deputy in case featured on Live PD that prompted lawsuit

Hernandez was also one of five deputies involved in a June 14, 2019 “Live PD” broadcast on A&E that showed the use-of-force arrest of Ramsey Mitchell.

Deputies pulled Mitchell over for not having a front license plate and told him to turn his car off and stay seated, according to a lawsuit filed against the sheriff’s office. The lawsuit states the deputies then called for “Live PD” camera crews to come to the scene.

The “Live PD” broadcast then shows deputies ask Mitchell to get out of his car. When he did, Mitchell turned to run. During the arrest, Mitchell was kneed, punched, choked, wrestled and stunned with a stun gun by four deputies. Mitchell went limp.

Then Hernandez joined the other four deputies. He could be seen jumping and landing on Mitchell with a knee before punching him several times in the back. At this point, Mitchell appeared to be unconscious, lying face-down in a pool of blood.

Author: Wes Wilson
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Did a Woman Force Dogecoin Millionaire To Impregnate Her?

In May 2021, a junk news article alleging that a woman named “Jenifer Garcia” had forced her Tinder date — Dogecoin millionaire named “Tomas Martinez” — to have sex with her in an attempt to conceive a child was widely spread on websites such as 4chan, Reddit, iFunny, and the Bodybuilding and AR15 forums:


This is not a genuine news story. This is a piece of fiction that was published to a junk news website.

This article was first published on ihlayanews.com on May 7, 2021. This is not a reputable source for news. While it’s easy to miss, this site does carry a pseudo disclaimer at the top of their page that states “nuusparodie waarvan jy hou” which translates from the Afrikaans language to “News parody you like.”

We’ve covered a few other articles from this website in the past. For instance, an insect repellent company did not hire a Ugandan man whose flatulence was known to be deadly to mosquitos, bee stings do not cause permanent penis enlargement, and a male birth control test did not cause testicles to explode.

Author: Snopes Staff
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Travellers force two schools to close after camp set up on playing field

A number of caravans reportedly arrived on Sunday evening at Alun School, which shares grounds with Ysgol Maes Garmon, in Mold, North Wales. Pupils at both schools are using remote learning today as a result.
Police say they are “actively utilising legal powers,” reports North Wales Live. However, parents online have expressed their anger at their children having to miss their education.

“Surely the law needs to change. If we took a caravan on holiday and parked anywhere we felt like we would be paying massive fines,” wrote one man on Facebook.

“People think it’s ok to protest about Kill the Bill when it gives more power to the police to deal with situations like this and stop costing local councils thousands of pounds,” another social media user wrote.

Another posted: “What about the GCSE assessments? It’s ridiculous that they can do just what they want.”

One comment reads: “Here we go again! This needs to be stopped.”

In a joint statement, both schools say they are working closely with the police and council to resolve the matter.

It reads: “Due to unauthorised visitors on the Mold Alun and Ysgol Maes Garmon shared campus, both schools will be closed to pupils and staff on Tuesday 4 May.

“Remote learning will be in place and pupils should follow their usual timetable.

“The school understands the disruption that this will cause for pupils and families.

“We are working closely with the council and North Wales Police to resolve the issues on site as soon as possible.

“Further information will follow regarding arrangements for later in the week and provision for families entitled to Free School Meals.”

North Wales Police used Facebook to reassure the community in Mold.

Its post says: “We would like to reassure the local community that we are aware of the Travellers which are currently at Alun School in Mold and the matter is in hand.  

“The group have been served notice to leave and we are actively utilising legal powers and are working closely with our colleagues at Flintshire County Council.”

The authority, led by the Labour Party, has apologised for the disruption.

Claire Homard, Flintshire Council’s Chief Officer, Education and Youth, said: “Due to an unauthorised encampment at the Mold Alun and Ysgol Maes Garmon shared campus we have had to make the decision to temporarily close both schools – to pupils and staff – on Tuesday 4th May.

“We apologise for the disruption and are working to resolve the situation. Parents and carers are asked to check their emails for an update from the schools.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: UK Feed

Youths force hedgehog to smoke cannabis then threw her into river

The youths blew cannabis smoke into a bag containing the female hedgehog in the sickening abuse. Witnesses then saw them tip the bag out into a river and rushed to grab the creature.
The hedgehog – which would have only just emerged from hibernation at the time of its ordeal – was collected by the RSPCA the following day, Leicestershire Live reports.

It’s since been treated at Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital near Kibworth, where she remains in an incubator but is recovering well.

“We are extremely grateful to the members of the public for saving this poor hedgehog’s life and for keeping her safe overnight until we were able to collect her and take her to the hospital,” RSPCA Inspector Karl Marston said.

“I am frankly quite shocked by what I have been told has potentially happened to this poor hedgehog and it is a miracle that she survived given all she has been through.”

He added: “Witnesses said they saw a group of young males, possibly teenagers, with the hedgehog and they had her in a bag and were believed to be blowing cannabis smoke into the bag.

“They then tipped the the hedgehog out of the bag into the water near Northampton Road.

“It is hard to imagine why anyone would want to deliberately attack an animal in this horrific and callous way.

“It’s shocking and upsetting and we desperately need to hear from anyone who may know anything about this incident.”

The incident happened at Memorial Gardens in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, on Saturday, April 10.

A spokesman for Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital said: “We are saddened and shocked to hear what has happened to this hedgehog as she would have just woken up from hibernation.

“Despite everything that has happened to her she is still fighting on – she is currently being cared for in one of our incubators.

“We have discovered that she is blind in one eye. We don’t think this is in relation to the cruelty incident, so therefore she will remain in our care.

“She was also covered in ticks, which we have now removed.”

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: UK Feed