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‘Way Harry looks at Meghan…’ Royal fan meltdown at Sussexes’ New York visit

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are living in California after quitting royal duties, visited One World Trade Centre on Thursday morning. Meghan said it was “wonderful” to be back in New York.

Harry and Meghan’s appearance prompted a frenzy from some on social media.

Twitter user, @ddarveyy, shared a video of the couple said: “The way Harry looks at Meghan.”

The post attracted a string of likes, comments and retweets.

Another Twitter user, @lizstead214, replied: “That man right there loves his wife.”

A third, @JmDydy, wrote: “He’s so proud of his wife.”

Another user, @sannetje_26, added: “She is stunning. Love seeing them out again.”

A fifth, @GarethWorld1, said: “He looks at her with Admiration, Pride, Love!”

Former actress Meghan looked chic in a black outfit for the visit, while Harry was smart in a suit.

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Asked by a reporter if they were enjoying their trip to New York, Meghan smiled and replied: “It’s wonderful to be back, thank you.”

On Saturday Harry and Meghan will take part in the Global Citizen Live event urging leaders to adopt a vaccine equity policy to help end the Covid pandemic.

They are joining the 24-hour broadcast being staged in Central Park and around the world.

It is part of a number of shows being held in cities from London to Lagos by the organisation Global Citizen, with artists like Ed Sheeran, Sir Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Metallica and Coldplay scheduled to perform.

The trip to New York is the Sussexes’ first public appearance together since their parental leave following the birth of their daughter Lili in June.

Harry and Meghan quit as working royals in March 2020 for a new life in America.

They are now living in California with two-year-old Archie and Lilibet Diana.

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Liz Hurley, 56, sparks meltdown amongst fans as she strips down to jaw-dropping swimsuit

Fans flocked to comments to offer birthday wishes to the Austin Powers star.

Meanwhile, Liz recently addressed how she maintains her youthful appearance and glowing skin.

“I’m very active outside all the time, plus I spend my life running upstairs carrying things and faffing, so I think I burn a lot of calories by being active.”

However, she did confess she also “tries not to eat too many biscuits and sweets”.

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Lawmakers fled their state with a message: The US political system is nearing a meltdown

Texas state lawmakers, enacting an intricately plotted escape, left their posts and the Lone Star state itself and took flight to Washington on Monday on an extraordinary mission to halt Republican restrictive voting bills built on former President Donald Trump’s fraud lies.
After stepping off two chartered jets, they insisted they planned to stay until a highly unlikely scenario unfolds in which moderate Democratic senators kill filibuster rules used by the GOP to block voting rights reform.
“We are coming to DC to put pressure on them to act, because this isn’t just Texas,” Texas Democratic state Rep. John Bucy III told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Monday.
“All over the South and in Republican states, we are seeing voter suppression bills. We need Congress to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act,” said Bucy, who unlike his colleagues set off the long drive from Texas to the US capital.
The spectacle is the latest stunning example of how the US political system is on the edge of meltdown as a result of turmoil triggered by Trump’s false claims of a stolen election, which are now taken as fact by millions of Republican voters. The move also represents the growing desperation of Democrats who believe that their chances of winning future elections, including in 2022 and 2024, are being undermined by orchestrated assaults on the voting system by the GOP.
In effect, the fleeing Texas House Democrats are denying Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott a quorum in a special session he called partly to pass a new measure that critics say severely curtails access to voting, especially for Democratic and Black voters. The dramatic gambit is the ultimate act of civil disobedience by the Texas lawmakers. It is intended to provide a stark contrast with federal Democrats — like West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin — who are unwilling to break their own conventions to overturn the Senate filibuster.
The lawmakers hope that they can hold off the passage of the Texas law to give them time to somehow convince senators to pass new federal measures that would supersede their state’s legislation, which is likely to eventually pass.
Chris Turner, chairman of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper after landing at Dulles International Airport outside Washington that he had a clear message for the US Senate.
“You have to act, and you have to act now. There’s no more waiting,” he said. “We need Congress to pass federal voting rights legislation to save our democracy because these Republican attacks will continue to occur, over and over again, in Texas and across the country.”
But the action of the Texas Democrats raises its own uncomfortable questions about the health of American democracy — as did walkouts by state Republican lawmakers in Oregon in recent years, for example, to block the passage of progressive legislation by Democratic majorities.
While the sincerity of Texas Republicans appears tainted by political opportunism, their majorities in the state legislature and Abbott’s position in the governor’s mansion were themselves the product of fair and democratic elections. In this case it is Democrats, rather than Republicans, disrupting regular order and challenging the principle that power follows certified elections in which the will of voters are expressed.

Biden to address voting rights

The walkout — which could force the lawmakers to stay out their home state until the end of the special session, well into August — also comes as President Joe Biden travels to the incubator of US democracy in Philadelphia Tuesday. He will give a major speech devoted to what the White House says is the “sacred, constitutional right to vote.”
Biden however so far is not in favor of abolishing the Senate filibuster in order to pass voting rights legislation, despite warning parts of the US are falling back into the days of Jim Crow laws that established barriers Black Americans had to surmount before voting.
Given Abbott’s capacity to call any number of special sessions and to take other steps to potentially compel attendance from lawmakers, their exodus may be hard to sustain in the long-term. Democrats are accusing Abbott of rushing through voting measures — and a raft of other controversial legislation, including a ban on the teaching of critical race theory in schools — to boost his own reelection race next year among Republican voters and potentially a presidential run in 2024.
Their protests — along with the GOP’s success in thwarting broad voting rights legislation in the Senate and a recent Supreme Court decision further neutering the Voting Rights Act — might add up to Democratic futility.
Such an outcome could mean that the only chance that Democrats in Texas and elsewhere will have in countering Republican restrictive voting laws will be in using them to supercharge turnout in the midterms and the next presidential election. That will be a tall task since the Brennan Center for Justice, a law and policy institute, says there are now 28 new restrictive voting laws in 17 states.

Lawmakers allege racial motive in new voting laws

The Texas lawmakers say they had no choice but to take desperate measures after walking out of a regular session of the legislature in June to prevent the passage of Senate Bill 7, which would have made mail-in voting more difficult, banned drive-thru voting introduced in the pandemic and prevented 24-hour voting allowed by Houston, one of the state’s most populous Democratic strongholds that is key to that party’s hopes of turning Texas blue.
“This bill will make it harder for the people of Texas to vote. The secretary of state’s office in Texas told us that our elections ran smoothly, securely, and were a success,” Bucy said as he drove from Texas to Washington.
“So, you have to question what is the problem these bills are trying to solve? Clearly, all they are trying to do is make it harder for the people of Texas to vote, specifically individuals with disabilities, women and people of color.”
The previous Democratic boycott did appear to work in removing several of the most contentious measures from the legislation. It does not contain new restrictions on the Sunday voting that is popular with Democratic Party activists for maximizing turnout from Black churchgoers. But it does make it harder to cast ballots by limiting the collection of ballots by third parties, introduces new restrictions for voting by mail and takes further steps to water down the non-partisan nature of the counting and certification of ballots.
Abbott reacted to the departure of the Texas Democrats by accusing them of failing to show up to work on behalf of their constituents.
“As they fly across the country on cushy private planes, they leave undone issues that can help their districts and our state,” the governor said.
So far, Abbott has not mentioned potential sanctions, including the use of law enforcement officers or the possible use of fines against the lawmakers to compel attendance. Texas Republican House leader Dade Phelan vowed to use “every available resource under the Texas Constitution” to establish a quorum — the minimum number of members legally required to hold a valid legislative session. And Texas US Sen. John Cornyn mocked the Democrats, saying their behavior insulted the self-image of hard-driving Texans. “It’s not very Texan. “You stay and you fight — you don’t run away,” he told CNN’s Manu Raju.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, meanwhile, hit the angle that the “immature” behavior by the Democrats was in itself an affront to the political process. “It is a disgrace to democracy,” Paxton said in a statement.

Harris praises Texas Democrats

A source familiar with the group’s plans said they hoped to set up meetings with Democratic senators in Washington.
But they have already had a strong endorsement from Vice President Kamala Harris, who mentioned their “extraordinary courage and commitment,” during a voting rights event in Michigan on Monday.
“They are leaders who are marching in the path that so many others before did when they fought — and many died — for our right to vote,” said Harris who has been tasked by Biden with leading the administration’s voting rights battle.
“I do believe that fighting for the right to vote is as American as apple pie.”
Texas Republicans have argued that Democrats should not have advantages — such as increased voting hours — that are not available to conservative voters in sparsely populated rural areas. That principle effectively makes it harder to vote in high density cities long known for long lines on Election Day than in regions where polling places are less crowded.
There is no evidence of widespread fraud in Texas or anywhere else in last November’s election. Multiple efforts by Trump to prove there was have been thrown out of court — often by judges appointed by GOP presidents.

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Wimbledon fans in meltdown as BBC choose not to show Roger Federer match on TV

But some fans were unaware the 20-time Grand Slam champion had even started his match as BBC Two opted to continue showing Zverev against Auger-Aliassime.

One frantic viewer asked: “@Wimbledon how can I watch the Federer game this evening? BBC aren’t showing it

Another couldn’t even find the stream on BBC iPlayer: “Disappointed at bbc for not streaming live federer’s match.”

For fans using BBC’s website to find Federer’s match, they had to go over to a video entitled ‘Best of the rest’.

Author: Stuart Ballard
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Ulrika Jonsson, 53, sparks meltdown by baring all in naked pic for mental health campaign

She wrote: “To mark us becoming 150k strong on this page, I’m baring myself for @strongmenorguk.”

The star went on to urge her social media followers to donate to the charity that helps men deal with “bereavement; open up and talk about grief.”

“It’s never unmanly to talk”, she added.

Ulrika tagged her celebrity friends including James Cracknell, Ore Oduba, Saira Khan, Jenny Stoute and Richard Bertinet to do the same in a show of solidarity.

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Trump humiliation: Ex-POTUS sends Twitter into meltdown after closing blog – 'Sad!

The former US president launched his website ‘From the Desk of Donald J Trump’ in May. It was supposed to serve as a way for Mr Trump to communicate directly with fans – after his ban from social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook following the Capitol Hill riots. Senior aide Jason Miller confirmed to CNBC the blog would “not be returning” after visitors to the website on Wednesday were redirected to a page encouraging them to sign up for alerts from Mr Trump.

Mr Miller suggested the website was just a preliminary step in a wider social media project that the Trump team was devising.

He said: “It was just auxiliary to the broader efforts we have and are working on.”

The move delighted the former president’s army of critics, who took to social media channels to mercilessly mock him.

Political commentator Ameshia Cross posted: “He was hoping it would get him the same traction that Twitter did.

“It didn’t. No one cared about the Trump blog and its traffic was dismal at best.”

Another wrote: “Trump shut down his rage fax website because nobody visited it?

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Petfinder is a pet-adoption service and was gaining more visitors than Mr Trump’s blog, according to a report by The Washington Post.

Mr Miller told Fox News about Mr Trump’s intentions to launch his blog back in March, claiming the property tycoon would “bring millions and millions, tens of millions of people to this new platform.”

Interactions with the website, however, peaked at 159,000 on its launch, before falling to just 15,000 thereafter.

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‘Giant’ Joe and Jill Biden send Twitter into meltdown after bizarre photo with the Carters

The Bidens met the former US President and former First Lady in Plains, Georgia. Late on Monday evening, the Carter Center posted a picture on its official Twitter account showing the four meeting.
Social media users were quick to spot that the Bidens look unusually large compared to the Carters in the photo.

The Carters can be seen sitting down on arm chairs with the Bidens kneeling either side of them.

Some Twitter users believe the image looked peculiar because of the type of camera lens used and the position of the Bidens.

One person tweeted: “These four are adorable but this is a perfect example why to avoid photographing portraits with a super wide lens.

“Anything on the edges will appear huge due to lens distortion. Must have been a very small room and no other option.”

Another Twitter user said: “It’s all about the angles, just look how much closer Joe’s foot is to the camera and that his hand is resting on the front of the chair arm.”

Others suggested the photo might look odd because Jimmy, 96, and Rosalynn, 93, may have shrunk a little, as is common when people age.

Several social media users were utterly confused by the bizarre image.

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According to the Washington Post, by Tuesday morning more than 13,000 people had retweeted one of several posts questioning the bizarre picture.

Marlena Sloss, a freelance photographer in San Francisco, told the paper the image seemed to have been captured with a strong flash and a wide-angle lens.

She added that although Mr Biden is kneeling much farther in front of Mrs Carter, the strong flash reduces the shadows which makes it seem like the President is right next to her.

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Credit Suisse ousts top execs, slashes bonuses amid heavy losses from US hedge fund meltdown

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse said on Tuesday it expects a first-quarter pre-tax loss of around $ 960.4 million after taking a charge of $ 4.7 billion as a result of the US hedge fund Archegos Capital collapse.

“The significant loss in our Prime Services business relating to the failure of a US-based hedge fund is unacceptable,” said Thomas Gottstein, chief executive of Credit Suisse.

Investment banking CEO Brian Chin and the chief risk and compliance officer, Lara Warner, will step down from their roles with immediate effect, according to Credit Suisse.

It also said the executive board will forgo both short-term and long-term bonuses for the 2020 financial year, with Chairman Urs Rohner giving up his “chair fee” of 1.5 million Swiss francs ($ 1.6 million).
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Credit Suisse will be suspending its share buyback program and reducing its dividend, to be paid through a mix of capital and retained earnings. According to the bank, it won’t resume share purchases “before we have regained our target capital ratios and restored our dividend.”

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Credit Suisse was one of several lenders that acted as prime broker to the New York-based billionaire Bill Hwang’s Archegos Capital Management. The sudden liquidation of the hedge fund last month ignited a fire sale of more than $ 20 billion in assets that has left some of the world’s biggest investment banks bearing billions of dollars of losses. Credit Suisse was one of the last to try to unload its shares in the company, selling at just over $ 40 per share, compared with the $ 100 they were priced at earlier in March.

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Feeling the heat: Russian top seed Medvedev in epic meltdown in Miami as he crashes out to Bautista Agut (VIDEO)

Russian world number two Daniil Medvedev obliterated his racket not once but twice on the way to defeat against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in their Miami Open quarter-final.

Continuing his winless run against the veteran Spaniard, Medvedev slipped to a third defeat in meetings with Bautista Agut as he went down in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.

Medvedev had spoken beforehand of the danger posed by the number seven seed, praising him as a “hell of a player” and claiming it was something of a puzzle as to why the 32-year-old was not ranked higher.

Medvedev again could not find the answer to the conundrum, and despite a tight opening eight games in the first set, Bautista Agut broke through at 5-4 before serving out the set.

The second set was more straightforward as the Spaniard took an early lead and continued to counterpunch his way to victory against his big-hitting rival.

Medvedev was clearly feeling the heat, at one stage hammering his racket into the ground before continuing to take his frustrations out on the already-mangled frame.  

After recently ascending world number two – the first new name in the spot outside of the ‘Big Four’ of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in more than 15 years – Medvedev let an opportunity slip to consolidate that spot and claim a maiden title in Miami.

Instead, the 32-year-old Bautista Agut remains in the hunt for a first ATP Masters 1000 title, and will meet Italian teenage sensation Jannik Sinner in the semi-final.

Sinner overcame Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik in straight sets in their quarter-final, and also defeated Bautista Agut two weeks ago in their round-of-16 meeting in Dubai. 

Bautista Agut said after his victory over Medvedev: “I want to give Daniil all the credit, I know he is one of the best players in the world.”

“He’s been winning a lot of matches, he’s No. 2 in the world, so I’m very happy and proud about how I played today. I think I showed a great level on the court.”

There will be a maiden Masters 1000 champion regardless of who is crowned this weekend, with all the names still in competition yet to win a title at this level.

Russia still has a representative in the hat in the form of fourth seed Andrey Rublev, who meets America’s Sebastian Korda in their quarter-final on Thursday.  


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Novak Djokovic divides opinion again after backing co-president of controversial new tennis players’ group over on-court meltdown

Tensions over Novak Djokovic’s new tennis players’ group have reopened after the world No1 publicly offered his backing to Vasek Pospisil, who appeared to call the head of the ATP a “f***ing a*****e” in an umpire row this week.

Canadian Pospisil, with whom Djokovic announced the creation of the controversial Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) in August, was at the center of a shocking on-court meltdown at the Miami Open this week, apparently fueled by an earlier meeting with Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) chairman Andrea Gaudenzi.

Chair umpire Arnaud Gabas challenged the world number 65 over his enraged outburst after watching him throw a huge wobbly that included smashing his racket and angrily recounting his exchange with Gaudenzi the previous day.

“An hour and a half yesterday, the chair of the ATP, f***ing screaming at me in a player meeting for trying to unite the players,” Pospisil ranted, evidently indicating that the row over the new association is not likely to dissipate anytime soon.

“For an hour and a half. The leader of the ATP, get him out here.”

When Gabas asked why the ATP chief should be summoned, Pospisil offered the reply “f***ing a*****e” – widely interpreted as a further reference to Gaudenzi.

Unsurprisingly, Djokovic supported his co-president. “Concerning matters at hand, I am not in Miami,” the Australian Open champion told his following of almost nine million on Twitter.

“However, Vasek Pospisil is my good friend and I empathize with him wholeheartedly.

“Players on tour would agree that he is an individual of the highest integrity who cares about the wellbeing of his fellow competitors. I am hopeful that players recognize the importance of standing together.”

Fellow modern greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had hinted that they felt the inception of the new association was divisive, with the Spaniard speaking out against “separation” and the Swiss urging players to remain “united” in response to Djokovic and Pospisil’s proposals at the time.

While the Serbian superstar received a familiar deluge of love from his legion of admirers after his latest message, others were unconvinced that Pospisil should be supported.

“Didn’t care about his fellow competitor while he was throwing his hissy fit and ruining his opponent’s rhythm,” replied one.

Another argued: “There is a time and a place, Novak – and on the court and to an umpire is not that place.”

Talk of the PTPA has quietened since the two players directly behind Djokovic in the rankings appeared to at least temporarily shun the idea.

“Spoken like a true leader,” said one Djokovic admirer. “The biggest tragedy is that it never should have reached that level in the first place.

“The players are not employees of the ATP. They are in a mutually beneficial relationship so when the ATP chairman becomes toxic, it is time for them to step down.”

Another respondent also criticized Gaudenzi. “He has poisoned the well, no matter how the players interact with the ATP now or in the future,” they warned.
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“When you burn that credibility and show your colors, you cannot recover. He has to go, no matter what history will show. The players need to demand action.”

Djokovic initially welcomed the appointment of Gaudenzi in 2019, although his patience with the supremo may have been tested by the one-time world number 18 comparing him to a child riding a bike while suggesting that his ill-fated Adria Tour last summer had “endangered many” within the context of the pandemic.

Gaudenzi and Djokovic met fora  two-and-a-half hour meeting the month after the PTPA plan was announced, with Djokovic praising their “open and transparent” relationship while claiming that the associations would work together.

Speaking earlier this month, Gaudenzi credited Djokovic with “redefining excellence” in tennis.
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