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Aldi shoppers gobsmacked by what ‘queue jumper’ does when he gets to front of the line

During a trip to her local Aldi, a woman let a young man cut ahead of her when she was lining up for the till. She said that she was fine with him taking her place as he only had two items – but seconds later she was left in awe of what he did when he reached the checkout.

As reported by the Manchester Evening News, the man’s generous act at Aldi Clockface in St Helens earlier this week made the woman’s day.

To thank her for her kindness, when the man reached the front of the line he decided to pay towards her shopping bill.

The man allegedly gave the cashier serving them £5 and “refused to take it back”.

His wholesome act was later shared on social media by the woman, being met with a huge response from people praising the “wonderful young man”.

The post said: “I would like to say a big thankyou to a lovely young man who was behind me at the till in Aldi Clockface at around 1pm.

“He only had two items so I said to go in front of me. He gave the cashier £5 and said to put it towards my shopping, he refused to take it back.

“I have kept the kindness going and put it in the charity box at the till. Thankyou again.”

Fellow shoppers were overwhelmed with happiness by the kind act, sharing their thoughts in the post’s comments.

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Wimbledon finals to be played in front of full stadium after Boris Johnson announcement

The men’s and women’s finals at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships will have a full capacity crowd, the government has confirmed. Boris Johnson addressed the country on Monday evening to confirm that ‘Freedom Day’ on June 21 would now be delayed until July 19 over concerns of rising cases in the Delta variant of coronavirus.

But the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have now confirmed that restrictions will be eased for Wimbledon this year.

The tournament, which was postponed last year, is scheduled to start on June 28 with the world’s best players in action.

The All England Club had originally announced plans to operate at 25 per cent capacity for the two-week Grand Slam.

But that will now be increased to 50 per cent, meaning 21,000 spectators will be able to attend every day.

It means 45,000 fans may be allowed to watch the Euro 2020 final and potentially England in the last-16.

Gareth Southgate’s side must win their group to play at Wembley in the first knockout stage match.

And if they top Group D, then England could face Portugal, France or Germany for a place in the quarter-finals.

It will be the largest sporting crowd in the UK in more than 15 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There are also discussions ongoing about increasing capacity at the British Grand Prix as well as The Open golf championships.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced the government had identified close to 20 pilot events for sport and entertainment.

“The expansion of trials of the NHS app and lateral flow testing will mean that bigger crowds will be able to attend a limited number of major sporting and cultural events early this summer as part of our events research programme.

“In the next few weeks, this means more fans enjoying the Euros and Wimbledon, and some of our biggest cultural and sports events.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed

Homeless camps being cleared out in front of Austin City Hall

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin said Monday it is clearing out homeless encampments around City Hall due to “upcoming construction.”

Since the city’s camping ban was put back into place by the passing of Proposition B in May, people moved their tents around City Hall in protest. The city says people camping around City Hall near the intersection of Guadalupe and Cesar Chavez were told about the construction “within the last 30 days” by members of the Homeless Outreach Street Team and Austin Police Department representatives.

The city also says those with tents on the north side of City Hall are trespassing and have to move immediately or face fines or being arrested. The second phase of Proposition B’s enforcement began Sunday.

A City of Austin spokesperson confirmed seven people were arrested earlier today on charges such as interference with public duties and failure to obey a lawful order.

Downtown Austin Community Court is giving people access to storage bins, and the city says they are “actively pursuing options for increasing temporary shelter capacity and creating designed campsites in the near future.”

Austin City Council voted to use 58% of its money from the American Rescue Plan, around $ 84 million, for homelessness services over the next two years. In total, the council passed framework to spend more than $ 107 million to address homelessness before they went on summer break. The council is set to meet next July 29.

Save Austin Now, the group that organized to get Proposition B on the ballot in November, says the council isn’t acting fast enough.

Author: Billy Gates
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

G7 Leaders Offer United Front as Summit Ends, but Cracks Are Clear

BRUSSELS — President Biden and fellow Western leaders issued a confrontational declaration about Russian and Chinese government behavior on Sunday, castigating Beijing over its internal repression, vowing to investigate the pandemic’s origins, and excoriating Moscow for using nerve agents and cyberweapons.

Concluding the first in-person summit meeting since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the leaders tried to present a unified front against a range of threats. But they disagreed about a crucial issues, from timelines for halting the burning of coal to committing tens or hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to challenge Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, China’s overseas investment and lending push.

Still, as they left Cornwall, where they had met at a resort overlooking rocky outcroppings in England’s far west, almost all the participants welcomed a new tone as they began to repair the breaches from four years of dealing with Mr. Biden’s predecessor, Donald J. Trump.

“It is great to have a U.S. president who’s part of the club and very willing to cooperate,’’ President Emmanuel Macron of France said after meeting Mr. Biden — praise that many Americans will welcome but those who embrace Mr. Trump’s “America First” worldview might consider a betrayal of U.S. interests.

The difference in tone was indeed striking: The last time the Group of 7 met in person, in Canada in 2018, its final communiqué never mentioned China and the United States dissented from all the commitments to confront the climate crisis. Then Mr. Trump withdrew American support from the gathering’s final statement.

This time, however, the session had distinctly Cold War overtones — a reflection of the deepening sense that a declining Russia and rising China are forming their own adversarial bloc to challenge the West.

The group’s final communiqué called on China to restore the freedoms guaranteed to Hong Kong when Britain was returned it to Chinese control, and condemned Mr. Putin’s “destabilizing behavior and malign activities,” including interfering with elections and a “systematic crackdown” on dissidents and the media.

It cast the West as the ideological rival of a growing number of autocracies, offering a democratic alternative that Mr. Biden conceded they had to prove would be more attractive around the world.

“Everyone at the table understood and understands both the seriousness and the challenges that we are up against and the responsibility of our proud democracies to step up and deliver to the rest of the world,” Mr. Biden said, returning to what has become the central doctrine of his foreign policy: A struggle between dissonant, often unruly democracies and brutally efficient but repressive autocrats.

Even before the meeting broke up, the Chinese Embassy in London, which had been almost trolling the pronouncements of the Group of 7 nations — the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, France and the United Kingdom — delivered a bitter denunciation.

“The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone,’’ the Chinese government said in a statement.

China is a member of the larger and more contentious Group of 20, whose member nations will meet in Italy in late October, which could be the first time in more than a decade for Mr. Biden to sit face to face with President Xi Jinping.

Even as Mr. Biden successfully pushed his counterparts in England to embrace a more aggressive posture against autocracies, the group failed to reach agreement on key parts of the president’s early foreign policy agenda.

It did not settle on a timeline to eliminate the use of coal for generating electric power, and climate activists said that signaled a lack of resolve to confront one of the world’s leading causes of global warming.

And while the leaders called on China to respect “fundamental freedoms, especially in relation to Xinjiang,” there was no agreement on banning Western participation in projects that benefited from forced labor.

Instead, the effort to confront Beijing’s human rights abuses ended with a vague declaration that the allies were setting up a working group to “identify areas for strengthened cooperation and collective efforts towards eradicating the use of all forms of forced labor in global supply chains.”

Mr. Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said on Air Force One on the way from London to Brussels on Sunday evening that the question was: “Can we turn the commitments on forced labor and ending overseas financing of coal into genuine outcomes by the end of this year.”

And to counter China’s Belt and Road development push, the G7 leaders pledged to set up yet another working group to design what they called Build Back Better for the World, playing off Mr. Biden’s campaign theme.

Mr. Biden’s aides argued that he had never expected to persuade the allies to adapt his entire agenda. But they said he had pushed them toward concrete agreements, starting with a 15 percent minimum corporate tax, to prevent corporations from seeking the cheapest tax haven to locate their headquarters and operations.

His aides also cited the commitment to provide upward of a billion doses of vaccines to the developing world by the end of 2022. Half would come from the United States, though Mr. Biden, in an aside to reporters on Sunday, said that vaccine distribution would be a “constant project for a long time” and that the U.S. could eventually donate another billion doses.

The leaders unanimously promised to cut their collective emissions in half by 2030, a striking contrast with the statement issued by the same group three years ago in Charlevoix, Canada, where the United States refused to sign onto the pledge to combat climate change.

That year, President Trump joined the overall summit agreement but angrily withdrew his support in a tweet from Air Force One as he left the summit, accusing Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, of being “very dishonest and weak.”

Speaking to reporters at a news conference before he visited the queen at Windsor Castle, Mr. Biden told reporters he was “satisfied” with how the joint statement addressed China.

“I think China has to start to act more responsibly in terms of international norms on human rights and transparency,” Mr. Biden said. “Transparency matters across the board.”

Mr. Sullivan said that G7 leaders had divergent views about the “the depth of the challenge” from China and how to calibrate cooperation with confrontation in dealing with Beijing. He said the discussion would spill into a meeting of NATO allies on Monday.

The strategy, Mr. Sullivan argued, is “don’t try to push towards confrontation or conflict, but be prepared to try to rally allies and partners toward what is going to be tough competition in the years ahead — and that’s in the security domain as it is in the economic and technological domains.”

On Russia, Mr. Biden told reporters he agreed with Mr. Putin’s assessment, in an NBC interview, that relations between Washington and Moscow were at a “low point,” and committed to being “very straightforward” with Mr. Putin during their planned meeting on Wednesday in Geneva.

Topping a list of concerns for that meeting are the SolarWinds cyberattack, a sophisticated effort by Russia’s most elite intelligence agency to undercut confidence in American computer networks by infiltrating the network-management software used by government agencies and most of corporate America. He is also expected to take up Russia’s willingness to harbor criminal groups that conduct ransomware attacks.

But Mr. Biden also raised areas for potential compromise, including providing food and humanitarian assistance to people in Syria. “Russia has engaged in activities which we believe are contrary to international norms, but they have also bitten off some real problems they’re going to have trouble chewing on,” he said.

Mr. Biden indicated openness to Mr. Putin’s proposal to extradite Russian cybercriminals to the United States, on the condition that the Biden administration agree to extradite criminals to Russia. But the last time Mr. Putin proposed that — to President Trump — it turned out he wanted the United States to send dissidents back and allow for the questioning of Michael D. McFaul, the American ambassador to Moscow under President Barack Obama.

On climate, energy experts said the inability of G7 nations, which together produce about a quarter of the world’s climate pollution, to agree on a specific end date on the use of coal weakens their ability to lean on China to curb its own coal use.

The Group of 7 did promise that their nations would end by 2022 international funding for coal projects that do not include technology to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions. They also promised an “overwhelmingly decarbonized” electricity sector by decade’s end. And they promised accelerated efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Even as Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the host of the meeting, hailed the summit’s results, he was battling a diplomatic flare-up over Northern Ireland, over which Britain and the European Union have been in a tense negotiations over post-Brexit trading rules.

British newspapers reported that France’s president suggested to Mr. Johnson in a meeting on Saturday that Northern Ireland was not part of the United Kingdom. On Sunday, the British foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, described Mr. Macron’s reported comments as “offensive.”

But Mr. Johnson himself tried to play down the dispute, declining at a news conference to discuss the exchange and insisting that Northern Ireland had occupied very little of the leaders’ time during the meeting.

“What I’m saying is that we will do whatever it takes to protect the territorial integrity of the U.K.,” Mr. Johnson said.

Mark Landler, Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Lisa Friedman contributed reporting.

Author: David E. Sanger and Michael D. Shear
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'Spherical’ UFO splashes into ocean in front of US Naval troops in leaked video

Mr Corbell previously leaked footage of three pyramid-shaped UFOs flying off the coast of California.

He described the footage as the best he had “ever seen”.

The video, which is now public, was reportedly gathered by the Pentagon’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) and leaked to the filmmaker.

In the short clip, recorded by personnel aboard the USS Russell, three faint orbs are seen hovering above the warship.

Pentagon spokeswoman Susan Gough confirmed to The Sun “the referenced photos and videos were taken by Navy personnel” but did not comment on what the footage showed.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Weird Feed

Pound to euro exchange rate: Sterling 'on the front foot' following local election results

The pound to euro exchange rate has proven to be strong as the results of the local election continue to be shared. An expert commented on the changes expected in the exchange rate this week.
In Scotland, the SNP won 64 seats but were one short of a majority.

Some experts have shared this could have affected the exchange rate today.

Michael Brown, currency expert at Caxton FX, spoke exclusively with Express.co.uk to share his analysis.

He said: “Sterling starts the day, and the week, on the front foot against its G10 peers.


“This is likely as market participants react to the SNP’s failure to win a majority in the Scottish Parliament when results were announced over the weekend.”

He continued to say there are no events likely to drastically impact the sterling at the beginning of this week.

However, it is expected to stay similar to where it is in the coming days, Michael added.

He added: “The day ahead is quiet, though given the momentum-driven nature of today’s markets, we can expect sterling to remain rather well-bid.”

The pound to euro exchange rate can be hugely impacted by events going on in the UK and world.

Last week, the strength of the sterling changed immediately after the elections took place on Thursday May 6.

It was also impacted by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, which took place on the same day.

Michael explained those events caused the sterling to go down.

On Friday, Michael commented: “Sterling lost ground, modestly, against the common currency, despite a bullish set of forecasts from the Bank of England, as a ‘buy the rumour, sell the fact’ trade played out.

“A quiet calendar awaits today, with the monthly US labour market report of interest broadly, but not to the cross.”

Last week, the Government confirmed travel can take place from May 17 meaning Britons could be looking to exchange money soon.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps listed 12 countries those in England can travel to from May 17 and confirmed those we can not travel to.

Portugal, Gibraltar, Israel and Australia were all named as ‘green list’ locations which can be visited from next week without the need to quarantine.

Other countries have either been put on the ‘amber’ or ‘red’ list. 

Those on the ‘amber’ list means Britons who travel back from the will need to quarantine, and people are urged not to travel to ‘red’ list countries.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Austin Police to release video Wednesday of deadly police shooting, man killed in front of family

Author: Jacqulyn Powell
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — One day after the family of Alex Gonzales viewed the police dashcam and body camera footage of the deadly police shooting, the Austin Police Department will release that video to the public.

APD said it plans to release the video Wednesday morning on its website.

APD was supposed to release the dashcam and bodycam footage of the shooting within 60 days of the Jan. 5 incident, according to city policy, but failed to do so. That would have been March 6. Wednesday marks 113 days since the shooting.

Austin Police said the weeklong winter storm that hit in mid-February delayed the release.

Video ‘heartbreaking and tragic,’ family attorney says

Pictured on right: Alexander “Alex” Gonzales
Pictured on right: Alexander “Alex” Gonzales

Attorney for Gonzales’ parents, Scott Hendler, described the video Tuesday to KXAN.

“I think when you see the video, it’s going to be heartbreaking and tragic,” he told reporters. “What happened is unconscionable, in my opinion. There’s no credible defense for it.”

Gonzales’ mom was so overcome with emotion after seeing the video that she canceled a planned news conference Tuesday at Austin City Hall.

Hendler says Gonzales, 27, was already wounded and bleeding and checking on his 2-month-old baby when responding officers shot him multiple times, killing him. His girlfriend was also wounded but survived.

Police say they found a gun in Gonzales’ car on the floorboard.

Hendler says the video never shows Gonzales with that gun.

Why the video won’t show perhaps the most important encounter

Scene of the Jan. 5, 2021 shooting where Alex Gonzales was killed. (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)

Off-duty police officer Gabriel Gutierrez was driving in his personal car. He said Gonzales cut him off in traffic and then pointed a gun at him. Officer Gutierrez shot at Gonzales from the moving car in traffic, perhaps hitting him. Gutierrez then called for backup.

But since Gutierrez was off-duty and in a personal car, none of this exchange was captured on bodycam or dashcam video, according to former police Chief Brian Manley, who spoke from the scene in January.

Gonzales drove a little farther before stopping on Wickersham Lane in southeast Austin as other on-duty police officers responded.

Attorney: Gonzales was killed as he reached to check on his baby

“He’s clearly wounded,” Hendler said of Gonzales following Gutierrez shooting at him in traffic. “The officers responding know that he’s bleeding because [Gutierrez] reported to the dispatcher, ‘He’s got blood on his face.’”

“He can be seen walking very unsteadily toward the back of the car using the car to hold him up. You can see him walk behind the car. He has no weapon in his hand. He doesn’t brandish a weapon. He doesn’t have anything in his hand. He doesn’t point anything at the officers.”

APD said bodycam and dashcam footage shows officers gave Gonzales multiple commands he did not follow. Eyewitness video from the scene appears to corroborate this. You can see and hear officers telling Gonzales to stop, but he kept walking.

“He walks to the other side of the vehicle where his girlfriend and the mother of his child is lying on the ground, wounded, to check on her,” Hendler said. “She asks him to check on the baby. He then opens the back door to look in and leans in to check on the baby, and that’s when he’s shot.”

The family says Gonzales was shot 10 times. Police have only said he was shot multiple times.

Gonzales’ baby was not hurt. His girlfriend was shot but survived her injuries.

Officer’s attorneys criticize public release of video

“There is an appropriate time for evidence to be released, but [Wednesday] is not that time. You are damaging the legal process.”

Attorneys for APD Officer Luis Serrato

Luis Serrato was the responding on-duty Austin police officer who shot and killed Gonzales. His bodycam footage will be among those released on Wednesday.

His attorneys sent an open letter to interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon and Travis County District Attorney José Garza asking them not to release the video.

“Releasing video footage under the guise of transparency, in this manner and at this time, is completely counterproductive to the overriding goal of maintaining fairness in our justice system and ensuring public confidence that the system worked properly,” the attorneys wrote. “There is an appropriate time for evidence to be released, but [Wednesday] is not that time. You are damaging the legal process.”

Serrato’s attorneys instead called on DA Garza to show transparency in his own processes, asking him to “record every word spoken” during the grand jury review to show the community he presented the case fairly.

Serrato has been with APD for two years. Gutierrez has been in the department for five years. Both are on administrative leave.

KXAN asked the director of the Office of Police Oversight for clarity on why this video release took so long. She said that’s a question for Austin Police. KXAN asked Austin Police multiple times for clarity on the timeline of the video’s release but has not yet gotten a response.

Four-midable: Late Laporte strike seals 4th Carabao Cup in row for Man City as Spurs struggle in front of fans at Wembley

Author: RT
This post originally appeared on RT Sport News

Manchester City welcomed fans back to English football as they secured the first silverware of the season with a late Aymeric Laporte strike enough to clinch their fourth successive Carabao Cup at the expense of Tottenham.

Frenchman Laporte provided the breakthrough in what was in truth a dull affair in front of around 8,000 fans at Wembley Stadium on Sunday when he nodded in a late Kevin de Bruyne free kick to continue Pep Guardiola’s impressive cup final record.

Premier League champions-elect City had the better of the action throughout the 90 minutes but the identity of the goalscorer will ruffle some feathers in North London, as Laporte was lucky to remain on the field after coming close to picking up a second yellow card in the first half. 

Tottenham, who had former player Ryan Mason in the dugout following Jose Mourinho’s sacking last week, continue their trophy drought, with the Londoners having gone empty handed in each of the previous 12 seasons.

The contrast between luckless Spurs’ form and that of Manchester City, though, couldn’t be clearer. Guardiola’s side have all but secured what would be the Spaniard’s third Premier League crown – while having already secured their position in this season’s Champions League semi-finals.The win is a successful rebound from their defeat to Chelsea in last week’s FA Cup semi-final as they chased an historic ‘quadruple’, with goalscorer Laporte noting in his post-match comments of the importance of returning to winning ways.

It’s very special for us after we lost in the FA Cup. [We needed] to get confidence and keep going. In the last two months we have been so good. We have to keep this rhythm, to win more titles,” he told Sky Sports.

It was difficult today, they were a good team. It’s never easy. Today we have done very well.I was thinking about my yellow card. We know a little mistake can cost you. I was being careful.

We are so happy to see our supporters back. I wish there could have been more, but we are so happy to have their support.

For Tottenham, defeat caps what has been a week to forget for the club. They faced immediate fan backlash when they were revealed as one of the initial 12 signatories to the fiercely unpopular Super League last Sunday, before landing on the back pages once more the following Monday when they announced the departure of Mourinho after just 17 months in charge.

His temporary replacement, 29-year-old Ryan Mason, though, proved incapable adding to Spurs’ trophy cabinet which has gathered dust since former boss Juande Ramos claimed the EFL Cup back in 2008. 

The man in the opposite dugout, Guardiola, was more than happy with the result – and his 30th major trophy as a manager.

Today we are incredibly happy that we have four in a row in this competition,” he said.

We tried to win the game, created a lot of chances. They had some chances on the counter but in general we had a good game.”

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Martin Kemp talks 'obsessive' fans who travelled from Germany to his front door every week

The 59-year-old reportedly tells Jonathon: “Obsessive, some of them,” referring to some of his most memorable fan visits.

His son then chimes in with a recollection of two women in particular.

“I have this very vivid memory of having these two very pleasant women who would fly every week from Germany to our front door,” he remembers.

“They would turn up with chocolates every week to our house.”