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Lando Norris fires Mercedes and Red Bull warning as he issues new Lewis Hamilton response

Lando Norris is confident he can take on the Mercedes and Red Bulls between now and the end of the season – but does not expect to finish on the podium at the British Grand Prix this weekend. McLaren driver Norris meanwhile insists it was an honour to be complimented by Lewis Hamilton midway through the previous race in Austria.

Norris kept Hamilton frustrated for 15 laps around the Red Bull Ring during the Styrian Grand Prix but eventually the Mercedes driver got past the young Brit.

After he finally overtook the McLaren, seven-time world champion Hamilton said on his team radio: “Such a great driver, Lando.”

Norris went on to finish ahead of Hamilton for his fourth career podium having qualified for the race in second which saw him start on the front row for the first time ever.

And the 21-year-old told Sky Sports F1 after the race after being played back Hamilton’s message: “Love you Lewis. It’s cool. To have that kind of respect, for him to say that, it does mean a lot.”

Opening up on the comment further, the former F3 champion reflected ahead of Formula One’s return to Silverstone this weekend that it was unexpected to receive such praise from his compatriot.

Norris also added that the comment means more coming from Hamilton, with only Ferrari icon Michael Schumacher having won as many driver’s titles as the 36-year-old in the sport’s entire history.

He declared: “It was cool hearing it from Lewis. More so than from any other driver in F1. It was in the middle of the race which I wouldn’t ever do. And it was a bit odd because you don’t expect to hear it.

“But it means even more that he said it after he had gone past and I was racing against him, rather than him dropping back because of any problems.

“So it was weird – but cool at the same time because it was the first time I’d ever raced against Lewis for more than one corner.

“It’s a different feeling because you know he’s the best. And he’s the best for a reason. He’s good at attacking and defending but I feel like I was capable of holding him off for 20 laps last week.”

Norris is confident he can go wheel to wheel with the likes of Hamilton in the Mercedes and championship leader Max Verstappen in the Red Bull here on out.

He added: “Now I know that if I’m in the same position next time, I’m able to do it.

Norris does not want to downplay McLaren’s chances at his home race but says they are “still a way away” from consistently achieving podiums and beaten Mercedes and Red Bull to race wins.

“People are now expecting a lot,” he continued. “More so because of Austria and finishing third. Now people are thinking we’re going to finish on the podium and fight Mercedes again – which I have my doubts about.

“I think we can do well. We don’t have to play it down too much. But while we’re closer than we have ever been, we are still a way away from it.

“There are examples from last season when Pierre [Gasly] won and you can get a bit lucky. You can suddenly be in that position because others have crashed or had failures.

“That needs to happen for us to win a race, we can’t win it outright. But those things can happen. It’s understandable that expectations are high – they can be high – but not podium high.”

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Coronavirus latest: J&J says vaccine produces durable immune response against Delta variant

Ohio University has announced a series of scholarship and prize giveaways for vaccinated students, while the state prepares to revive its multi-million-dollar lottery scheme to boost vaccination coverage.

Fully vaccinated students who sign up for the college’s “vaccination pathway” programme, which exempts them from having to take a weekly asymptomatic Covid-19 test, will be eligible for weekly prize drawings between now and mid-August, Ohio University said in a statement on Wednesday.

Two weekly winners for the next four weeks can choose between $ 500 scholarships or other prizes such as an on-campus autumn photo shoot, a VIP ride in the homecoming parade or “dinner with a soon-to-be-announced Ohio University celebrity.” (The university’s alumni include Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, MacGyver star Richard Dean Anderson, and businessman Robert Walter, who had a role in the creation of Cardinal Health.)

The grand prize, to be drawn in the fifth week, is a scholarship for the autumn 2021 semester.

The announcement comes a day after Ohio governor Mike DeWine said the state planned to announce a new vaccination incentive programme within the next week.

DeWine provided few details during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, but hinted the lottery could include smaller amounts of money to give more people a chance at winning, local media reported.

While some states had begun to offer beer or tickets to the baseball, Ohio in May became the first to announce a vaccine lottery offering million-dollar cash prizes and full college scholarships to previously or newly vaccinated residents. California and New Mexico were among those to follow Ohio’s lead. West Virginia did, too, but also pledged guns as prizes.

The Republican governor said on Tuesday he was concerned about the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19 and parts of Ohio that have low vaccination rates. The highly-transmissible strain of the virus, which was first identified in India, is behind an increase in cases in communities in states like Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi that have low vaccination coverage.

When DeWine announced the first lottery in mid-May, Ohio had vaccinated about 37 per cent of its population, which compared to the national average of about 35 per cent. Two months later, 45.6 per cent of residents are fully vaccinated, which is 2.6 percentage points below coverage for the US overall and puts Ohio in the bottom half of states.

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News: Mooted response to England quarantine update

The travel trade in England has given a mixed reception to plans to remove quarantine restrictions on travellers returning from amber list countries.

From July 19th, fully vaccinated UK citizens returning from a trip will no longer have to isolate for ten days.

Holidaymakers will, however, have to take a test before their trip, and then one within two days of their return.

In response to this announcement, Simon Cooper, chief executive of On the Beach, said: “We’re pleased with the progress the UK is making in reducing lockdown restrictions and the impact this has on our chances of being able to holiday sooner rather than later. 

“However, we are celebrating today’s announcement with caution, since we need to bear in mind that it is not just the UK government that can decide on how easy it is to go on holiday – British holidaymakers’ plans are also reliant on the policies in our holiday destinations too, and extensive testing requirements remain in place for customers travelling in both directions.”


In the aviation sector, Shai Weiss, chief executive of Virgin Atlantic, said the move was welcome.

He explained: “The UK government’s announcement that fully vaccinated UK residents will no longer need to self-isolate when arriving into the UK from amber countries from July 19th is a positive development.

“Providing assurance for consumers and businesses who can now book and travel with greater confidence.

“With the launch of a proof-of-concept trial on selected US and Caribbean routes from this week, we are ready to implement the new policy and to work with government and authorities to ensure safe and seamless international travel.”

Having reported financial losses earlier today, Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com, said the decision was a chance to begin the recovery.

He said: “This is the news that UK holidaymakers have been looking forward to, as it finally signals a meaningful restart to international travel.

“Instead of a handful of destinations to choose from, this news means our customers can plan and look forward to flights and holidays across 40 green and amber list destinations this summer.

“We will be restarting flights and holidays to all amber List destinations from July 19th onwards and we are ready for the wave of demand that this long-awaited and very welcome news will bring.”


In the cruise sector, Paul Melinis, managing director of APT, said it would allow the line to return to operations.

“With such a limited number of destinations on the table up to this point, we have had to make the difficult decision to suspend all of our trips so far, and it is a great relief to be able to start planning for our much-wanted return to operation.

“We can’t wait to welcome APT and Travelmarvel guests back onto our river cruise ships and tours soon,” he said.

However, Virginia Messina, senior vice president with the World Travel & Tourism Council, said more needed to be done.

“While it’s a step in the right direction, there is still a long way to go before holidays become truly affordable – and accessible.

“The requirement for PCR tests to return from amber list countries will remain, pricing out many hard-working families from being able to take holidays abroad.

“And though it is great news for the double jabbed and under-18s who also are exempt from quarantines, it still leaves more than one in three UK adults who have only received a single dose, forced into quarantine when they arrive back in the UK from an amber list country.

“Countries must take a coordinated and harmonised approach and align policies to avoid confusion among holidaymakers who need easy to understand rules and regulations more than ever before.”

Finally, Mark Tanzer, chief executive of ABTA, said this could be the light at the end of the tunnel the travel trade has been waiting for.

“We know there is significant pent-up demand to travel abroad – to see family and friends, make business connections and have a well-deserved holiday.

“The minister today has sent a clear message that people can travel abroad to amber list countries this summer – opening up travel to many popular holiday destinations, but there is a lot more than needs to happen for the industry to get back on its feet, and the need for government support remains pressing.

“Government also needs to work to reduce the cost and need for testing, as well as making sure it has the right resources at the border to deal with the increased number of passengers, and it is important that the Foreign Office advice against travel to some amber list countries takes into account the increasing vaccination rates in destinations, and the reducing risks.”

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Multiple Myeloma Patients May Not Mount Adequate Response to COVID Vaccine

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Patients with multiple myeloma mount a highly variable antibody response after completing the recommended two-dose COVID-19 vaccination regimen, with some not having any detectable response, according to a new study.

“Patients with zero or low antibodies after both doses/full vaccination should continue wearing masks and social distancing. Their family and social network should be encouraged to get vaccinated, if not already vaccinated,” Dr. Samir Parekh, co-lead author of the study and director of translational research in multiple myeloma at The Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai in New York City, told Reuters Health by email.

COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are very effective in preventing severe COVID-19 infections or death. But patients with multiple myeloma (MM) are immunocompromised and often on immunosuppressive therapy, and preliminary data suggest their antibody response may be lower and/or delayed compared to healthy people.

To investigate further, Dr. Parekh and colleagues analyzed SARS-CoV-2 spike-binding IgG antibody levels in 320 MM patients who received COVID-19 vaccinations; 69% received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, 27% the Moderna vaccine and 4% unknown.

Of the 260 fully immunized patients, 219 (84.2%) mounted measurable antibody levels which varied by three orders of magnitude (median 149 AU/mL; range, 5 to 7,882 AU/mL), the team reports in Cancer Cell. And the remaining 41 patients (15.8%) had values below the level of detection.

Antibody responses in a control group of 67 healthcare workers selected to best match the MM population were, in comparison, more homogeneous (median 300 AU/mL, range: 21 to 3,335 AU/mL), and none of them had antibody levels below the level of detection.

“Notably, antibody levels in the 38 fully vaccinated MM patients with prior reported COVID-19 infections were 10 times higher than those of MM patients that were naive at the time of vaccination. This difference has been described previously for healthy vaccinated individuals,” the researchers note in their article.

MM patients receiving anti-CD38 antibodies or B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA)-directed therapies were “particularly vulnerable” to having a suboptimal response to COVID-19 vaccination, Dr. Parekh told Reuters Health.

Twenty-four of the 41 (58.5%) “non-responders” were on anti-CD38 therapy at the time of vaccination, 13 (31.7%) were on anti-BCMA bispecific antibody therapy and four (9.8%) had undergone anti-BCMA CAR-T therapy more than three months prior.

“Patients with myeloma should talk to their physicians and obtain COVID-19 antibody testing, especially those actively on chemotherapy,” Dr. Parekh said.

“Patients may benefit from booster doses or passive antibody infusions. This is an area of active research for our team,” Dr. Parekh added.

The study had no commercial funding.

SOURCE: https://bit.ly/3yisuK3 Cancer Cell, online June 28, 2021.

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(Video) Free Iran 2021: Topics at Iranian Expatriate Summit to Include Catastrophic Coronavirus Response

Free Iran gathering Paris 2018.

July 2, 2021 - The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the coronavirus death toll in 547 cities surpasses 320,800.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the coronavirus death toll in 547 cities surpasses 320,800.

July 2, 2021 - With the strategy of mass casualties, Khamenei intends to erect a barrier against the looming popular uprising, Mrs. Rajavi said. Otherwise, he could have limited the dimensions of the catastrophe by allocating part of the one trillion doll

With the strategy of mass casualties, Khamenei intends to erect a barrier against the looming popular uprising, Mrs. Rajavi said. Otherwise, he could have limited the dimensions of the catastrophe by allocating part of the one trillion dollars stolen.

July 2, 2021 - The predictable result of this situation is that, of the less than six percent of Iranians who have received a vaccine, the overwhelming majority are wealthy and well-connected individuals, including regime officials.

The predictable result of this situation is that, of the less than six percent of Iranians who have received a vaccine, the overwhelming majority are wealthy and well-connected individuals, including regime officials.

July 2, 2021 - Photos of some of the Martyrs of the November 2019 Iran protests, which MEK's network inside Iran has collected.

Photos of some of the Martyrs of the November 2019 Iran protests, which MEK’s network inside Iran has collected.

July 2, 2021 - (NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Women Leaders in the November 2019 Uprisings.

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Women Leaders in the November 2019 Uprisings.

July 2, 2021 - Fallen for Freedom in November 2019 Uprising Across Iran.

Fallen for Freedom in November 2019 Uprising Across Iran.

June 26, 2021 - Expatriates Planning Rally To Follow up on Boycott of Iran’s Presidential Election.

Expatriates Planning Rally To Follow up on Boycott of Iran’s Presidential Election.

Soon after vaccines became available to international markets, Khamenei banned their import from the United States or the United Kingdom.

The Free Iran World Summit, with reference to currently ongoing protests and labor strikes, and the June 18 boycott of the election that handed the presidency to Ebrahim Raisi a mass murderer.”

PARIS, FRANCE, July 2, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — On July 10, the Iranian expatriates will begin their three-day “Free Iran World Summit,” an online event that will connect Iranian expatriate communities and political supporters of the pro-democracy coalition in numerous countries throughout the world.Speeches by Iranian activists will naturally present details of the political situation in Iran and the renewed growth of unrest in the wake of the June 18 appointment of notorious human rights violator Ebrahim Raisi as the country’s next president. But many of the same speakers can be expected to touch upon other issues that remain unresolved after months or years, including issues related to Iran’s Covid-19 outbreaks.

Even Iranian regime officials are now anticipating a “fifth wave” as part of the global coronavirus pandemic. Whereas many of the surrounding countries of the region have vaccinated significant portions of their populations, the Iranian regime has delivered shots to less than six percent of Iranians, and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has unequivocally described this situation as the product of both incompetence and malice on the part of regime authorities.

The coalition of democratic opposition has also emphasized that despite Tehran’s acknowledgment of the potential for future outbreaks, the regime has dramatically downplayed the severity of the crisis it helped create.

The latest reports from Iran’s Health Ministry suggest that the overall death toll from Covid-19 infections is around 84,000. But according to the NCRI, the true death toll is over 320,000, nearly four times higher than the official estimate. Over the course of the pandemic, official statistics and independent reporting have seen even wider discrepancies, with long stretches during which the Health Ministry was apparently reporting around one-sixth as many fatalities as had actually occurred. But in terms of percentages, the largest discrepancies came at the earliest stages of the pandemic, when people were only just beginning to die but the regime refused to acknowledge that anyone in the country had even become sick.

Iranian regime’s outgoing President Hassan Rouhani was quick to deny that this had been the situation once the severity of the crisis had become obvious. In a speech, he declared that the regime “did not delay one day” in informing the people of community spread, making that announcement just ahead of the country’s February 2020 parliamentary election. Almost immediately, though, this claim was disproven by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), which obtained documents from the National Emergency Organization showing that the first suspected cases of coronavirus infection had been recorded as early as December 2019.

The regime’s denial of these early cases set the stage for a crisis that would spiral out of control, and it clearly demonstrated the self-serving nature of the regime itself. Had public concern been stoked or lockdowns put into place at that early stage, authorities might have lost opportunities to facilitate large-scale participation in public celebrations and parades on the occasion of the regime’s 40th anniversary, as well as in the election which Tehran envisioned as a means of demonstrating vital political legitimacy in the wake of two massive nationwide uprisings.

In fact, it seems likely that the only reason Rouhani and other officials even acknowledged the pandemic when they did was because it had become clear by then that a MEK-led boycott of the parliamentary election was going to prove successful, depressing election turnout to the lowest levels in the history of the Iranian regime. Sudden warnings about the novel coronavirus allowed the regime to blame the low turnout on public vigilance – an ironic strategy in light of the fact that many of the same authorities would later blame the people’s supposed lack of vigilance for the third and fourth waves of infection.

In reality, those waves had more to do with the regime’s refusal to impose serious restrictions on movement and social activity in the middle of a year that the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei declared should be dedicated to boosting economic production. That twisted priority also guaranteed that authorities would not release financial resources to support the general population during the crisis, even though Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps each control hundreds of billions of dollars through so-called religious foundations, front-companies, and other sources.

What’s more, the IRGC and other government-linked institutions have been keen to capitalize on potential solutions to the crisis in order to make even more money. Soon after vaccines became available to international markets, Khamenei banned their import from the United States or the United Kingdom, effectively canceling pre-arranged philanthropic donations and leaving the Iranian people to rely on less effective and less thoroughly tested vaccines from Iran-friendly countries like Russia, as well domestic vaccines that had not gone into production at the time. Their distribution was entrusted to supposedly private entities, most of which were IRGC front companies, and although Tehran had assured the people that vaccinations would be free, doses soon began appearing on the black market with extortionate price tags.

The predictable result of this situation is that, of the less than six percent of Iranians who have received a vaccine, the overwhelming majority are wealthy and well-connected individuals, including regime officials. Such selective protection clearly justifies the Iranian people’s pre-existing outrage over the regime’s self-serving behaviors – outrage that had been expressed on a vast scale in November 2019.

That uprising was the second of its kind, having been preceded by nationwide protests in January 2018 and countless loosely connected local demonstrations throughout the subsequent year. All of this unrest featured slogans such as “death to the dictator,” which evoked clear public demand for regime change and scared the regime leader into acknowledging that the MEK had played a leading role in organizing the nationwide activism.

Since then, Khamenei and others have continually warned one another about the prospect of more MEK-led unrest. These warnings prompted an extraordinary crackdown on the second uprising, which killed approximately 1,500 people and sent more than 12,000 to jail where they faced systematic torture over a period of months. During that period, Iranian jails and prisons became hotbeds of coronavirus infection, and the resulting impact on political prisoners helped push the NCRI toward the conclusion that regime authorities were deliberately allowing the pandemic to go virtually unchecked in Iran because it reduced the risk of large-scale demonstrations.

Indeed, such unrest remained largely absent throughout 2020, but began to return earlier this year with incidents that Mrs. Maryam Rajavi highlighted as evidence that “the flame of the uprisings has risen from the ashes of the coronavirus.” That message is sure to reiterate at the Free Iran World Summit, with reference to currently ongoing protests and labor strikes, and the June 18 boycott of the election that handed the presidency to Ebrahim Raisi, the man who, as judiciary chief, spearheaded the crackdown on the November 2019 uprising.

These details should demonstrate to Western powers that there is practical value in supporting the Iranian Resistance. The underlying context, meanwhile, will reinforce the moral value of working against a tyrannical regime that is willing to focus on enriching itself while a deadly virus spreads unimpeded among the civilian population.


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Childcare costs petition response 'nonsensical' – the Government rejects funding review

Childcare costs have reached eye watering levels in the UK in recent years, with analysis from the charity Pregnant Then Screwed highlighting British people face the second most expensive childcare system in the world. In light of this, Joeli Brearley, the founder and CEO of Pregnant Then Screwed, launched a UK Government and Parliament petition pushing for change.

The petition called for an independent review of childcare funding and affordability, as it detailed: “We have the second most expensive childcare system in the world. A full time place costs, on average, £14,000 per year, making it completely unaffordable for many families.

“Parents are forced to leave their jobs or work fewer hours, which has a negative impact on the economy and on child poverty.

“Childcare workers are paid so badly that one in 10 are officially living in poverty.

“Meanwhile, a lack of funding has resulted in 2,087 childcare settings closing in England in the first three months of 2021 when provision was already low.

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“Without an adequate and affordable childcare system, I do not believe we can achieve equality in the workplace as the majority of women still bear greater responsibility for childcare by comparison with men.

“I believe this is one of the biggest barriers for women and their career progress. It is clear that a change is long overdue. However, in the meantime, employers can help employees who are hampered by unaffordable childcare, by offering ad hoc flexible working or implementing simple adjustments for employees who need to work around school drop offs and pick-ups or other childcare arrangements or even permitting flexibility to enable them to integrate their work and family time.

“Employers could also help women through subsidy or an on-site facility which may encourage women to return to work because the barriers to doing so will not be as high. This initial investment to support employees makes business sense due to the long-term pay off in terms of engagement, retention and productivity.”

Despite these realities, many will be disappointed by the Government’s response to the petition.

The Government then went on to list some of the childcare support that is currently available to families, which includes:

  • 30 hours of free childcare has been available for working parents of three and four year olds in England since 2017, which the Government claims benefited around 345,700 children in January 2020
  • All the department’s entitlements provide free early education for parents across 38 weeks of the year
  • The Chancellor announced on November 25 2020 a £44million investment for 2021-22, for local authorities to increase hourly rates paid to childcare providers for the Government’s free childcare entitlement offers
  • A tax-free childcare scheme is also available for children from birth up to their 11th birthday. This specific scheme means that for every £8 parents pay their provider via an online account, the Government will pay £2
  • Working parents on a low income may also be eligible for help with up to 85 percent of their childcare costs through Universal Credit
  • In February 2021, the Government announced a further £10million for a pre-reception early language recovery programme to support early years staff in settings, and in June, it announced a further investment of up to £153million over three academic years, including funding for training early years staff to support the very youngest children’s learning and development

In responding to the Government’s decision, Joeli had the following to say: “The response form the Government to 110,000 concerned parents was not only insulting but it was nonsensical.

“The petition was asking for evidence that our childcare sector is both affordable and that it is properly funded; this response essentially informed us that there isn’t a problem with the Government’s childcare investment, or it’s affordability, whilst also refusing to collect the evidence that would prove that statement correct. Since receiving the email, we have been inundated with messages from furious parents who feel dismissed and ignored.

“The Government is gaslighting parents, childcare providers and childcare workers. We all know that the investment is not enough, that the childcare sector is on its knees, that there are hundreds of thousands of mothers who want to work but can’t because of the cost of childcare thereby preventing them from contributing to their families and the economy. We would have appreciated an open and adult conversation about this, but instead we have been met with obfuscation and nonsense.

“The debate will still take place in Westminster Hall in September, and if the Government refuses to collect the relevant evidence about our childcare sector, then we will just have to do that ourselves.”

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ASDA shoppers stunned by supermarket staff member’s response to elderly blind customer

Michael Fuller, who has been blind since he was born and is now 71-years-old, formed a close bond with staff member Kieran O’Rourke who works as a front-end runner. Mr O’Rourke helps Mr Fuller do his shopping almost daily before walking him safely to the front door of his house. As reported by the Manchester Evening News, Mr O’Rourke guides Mr Fuller around the shop by holding his arm, as well as picking up all of the items he needs before packing his backs and helping him pay.

He said: “Kieran’s such a nice, helpful lad; it’s such a pleasure to do my shopping with him.

“Before we start off I will give him a rough idea of what I’m looking for because I know where most things are in the store and in what order we need to go. Kieran remembers what I usually get and he also points out new items and things I may like too.

“I go on most days and that’s the idea so I don’t have to get an awful lot all in one go.”

Mr Fuller explained that he would be lost without the help of both the 23-year-old and the rest of the shop staff, who frequently assist him during his visits.

He added: “The store’s on a very, very busy road. Getting there is traumatic enough, but I do need some help getting back with my shopping and Kieran kindly brings me back. He is really, really good.”

Since joining the store three years ago, Mr O’Rourke has helped Mr Fuller on an almost daily basis.

He said: “He’s a really good bloke and he’s always saying that our store is the best. We’ve developed quite a bond and we get on really well.

“Michael doesn’t do big shops, but comes in for bits and pieces almost every day. He doesn’t have a list, he just does it from memory. He may come in twice a day if he’s forgotten something!

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“We talk about all sorts really – how his wife is, what he got up to when he was younger. He loves cooking and is always giving out tips too.”

Despite living on the same road as the Asda Strelley store in Nottingham he shops at, Mr Fuller has to walk across a busy road which can take a long time if he does not have someone there to help.

Asda has nominated Mr O’Rourke for a service superstar award because of his kindness, though he claimed to just be doing what comes naturally.

He said: “I think it’s nice to treat someone the way you would like to be treated if you were in a similar situation.”

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Laura Morris, the store manager of Asda Strelley, said: “Michael comes to our store particularly because of Kieran’s help and is extremely grateful. He told us he’s our customer for life as he doesn’t receive the same level of customer service from anywhere else he goes.

“Kieran is amazing with all his customers, but with Michael he definitely goes above and beyond. Well done Kieran, keep up the great work.”

ASDA shared the story on its Facebook page, quickly garnering over 48,000 likes and numerous comments praising Mr O’Rourke.

Responding to the post, one shopper wrote: “Fabulous.. Kieran is certainly going the Extra Mile ..You just can’t beat great customer service ! Well done Asda for employing such a wonderful young gentleman.”

Another said: “Lovely story. You’re a gentleman for helping this guy, it will mean so much to him.”

“What a lovely story and how lovely is Kieran, his Parents must be so proud of him. He must make shopping a pleasure for the Gentleman he helps. They must really enjoy each other’s company,” praised a third shopper.

A fourth exclaimed: “What a lovely story, well done Kieran for helping this gentleman you definitely go the extra mile, so nice to see good people making good news.”

Additional reporting by Rachel Pugh.

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A Young Cheyenne Leader Was Beaten Bloody. The Response Brought More Pain.

BILLINGS, Mont. — From the moment Silver Little Eagle decided to run for Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council, people dismissed her as too young, too green. But she was determined. Wooing voters with coffee, doughnuts and vows of bringing new energy to tribal issues, she won as a write-in candidate, becoming her tribe’s youngest councilwoman at age 23.

Then last month, Ms. Little Eagle was beaten and robbed inside a Billings hotel room by two other women. News of the assault of a young Native American leader traveled fast, shocking people far beyond Montana. But it was only the start of Ms. Little Eagle’s travails.

In the month since the May 16 assault, Ms. Little Eagle said she had been bullied and harassed, and failed by the very tribal systems she had campaigned to change. To some, her story has become an example of the shame and indifference Indigenous women confront as victims of violence, even from their own communities.

“I was thrown to the wolves,” Ms. Little Eagle said, sitting inside a safe house where she has been staying with relatives. Cedar smoke from a family prayer drifted through the living room.

As Ms. Little Eagle talked about her assault one recent morning, her left eye was still bloodied and swollen. The bandages had just come off her broken nose. Her right arm was a fading map of bruises.

The deeper wounds were harder to see.

Ms. Little Eagle and her family said tribal agencies and law enforcement had been slow to take her attack seriously. A tribal judge dismissed their efforts to get a permanent restraining order. People on local social media groups have spent weeks maligning her. Ms. Little Eagle said she no longer felt safe on the reservation. She does not know when she will return to the tribal council.

“It just leaves me wondering who I am,” she said.

More than 80 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives become victims of violence, according to the Justice Department, a long-running crisis that activists say is worsened by inconsistent and haphazard responses from law enforcement. On some reservations, Native women are 10 times as likely to be killed as the national average, according to the Indian Law Resource Center.

Under pressure from activists and victims’ families, leaders in Washington as well as state and tribal governments have passed laws and created task forces to address the violence and improve coordination between law enforcement agencies. But activists said little had actually changed on the ground when it came to prosecuting those who commit violence or addressing the needs of victims and their families.

“It’s so pervasive that it even happens to our elected tribal leaders, and there’s no recourse,” said Desi Small-Rodriguez, a demographer and sociologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Northern Cheyenne citizen. “In Montana, Indian women are not safe. We’re not even safe among our own people.”

Ms. Little Eagle’s story began far from the small safe house where she now shuttles back and forth between doctor’s visits and counseling sessions. She grew up among the rolling grasses and rocky hills in the tiny reservation town of Lame Deer, population 2,000.

She got a scholarship to Dartmouth College but felt out of place, at the bottom of a hierarchy of class and money. She left after a year.

After coming home, she got a job as an activities coordinator for the Northern Cheyenne Elderly Program, spending her days making dolls and balms, playing cards and planning outings. Ms. Little Eagle had been raised by her grandmother, and said she sometimes felt like an elder who happened to inhabit the body of a 20-something. A desire to help tribal elders propelled her to run for council, she said.

“It took a long time and a lot of hard work and prayer to get where I am,” she said.

When Covid-19 tore through the reservation late last year, she joined in efforts to protect elders by ferrying meals of ham steaks and sweet potatoes down winding country roads to people’s homes. She shooed elders home if she saw them driving around. But several died of the virus, including Ms. Little Eagle’s grandfather.

Ms. Little Eagle’s case was far from the first time Indigenous victims have felt stymied by the justice system in Montana.

Family members spent years asking the authorities for answers and attention in the deaths of 18-year-old Kaysera Stops Pretty Places, whose body was found in a yard in Hardin, or 14-year-old Henny Scott, who was found dead on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation 20 days after the authorities say she walked away from a house in Lame Deer and died of hypothermia in 2018. Nobody has been charged in their deaths.

At the same time, Ms. Little Eagle’s story has stirred pained conversations about violence within Indigenous communities, and the price of speaking out. Ms. Little Eagle said her assailants were two other Native women — she said she knew one through intramural volleyball.

On the night of the attack, they had gone out together in Billings and ended up in Ms. Little Eagle’s room at the DoubleTree, according to Ms. Little Eagle and her family. The last thing Ms. Little Eagle remembered was being kicked in the head.

When she woke up the next morning, her money, identification and phone were gone, and her car had been stolen, according to Ms. Little Eagle and the Billings police. When she staggered into the bathroom to wash off the blood, she said, she could barely recognize her swollen face in the mirror.

The police in Billings said that Ms. Little Eagle’s attack was not random or racially motivated, and that they were seeking to interview two women, 25 and 27 years old, whom they described as “persons of interest.” Nobody has been arrested.

Ms. Little Eagle and her family said the assault had forced them onto a frustrating quest for justice.

When the family called a tribal agency that helps victims of violence, they were told the sparse staff was too busy working on budgets and a new computer system to immediately help. The tribal council has made no public statements about the attack.

Ms. Little Eagle was able to get a temporary protective order against the two women she says assaulted her, but it expired after a tribal judge would not let her attend a court hearing remotely. Her family said driving to court in Lame Deer would have been too dangerous and traumatizing. They said they had to start over and fill out paperwork for a restraining order in Yellowstone County’s courts, off the reservation.

The Northern Cheyenne Nation’s president, judges and council leaders did not respond to several messages seeking comment.

As Ms. Little Eagle sought justice, her case became grist for voracious gossip and speculation on social media.

Local Facebook groups have become no-holds-barred public squares source in many rural communities where local news sources are shutting down. A scrappy newspaper that had served the community, A Cheyenne Voice, closed in 2016. Into the void stepped groups like Cheyenne Truth, a Facebook group whose 6,400 members outnumbered the population on the reservation.

People on the group traded rumors and falsehoods about the assault. Some minimized Ms. Little Eagle’s injuries. Others speculated that Ms. Little Eagle had been having an affair with the husband of one of her assailants, and that her attack had been some form of retribution.

One person wrote: “Held accountable is what needs to happen to Silver!” Another said: “Silver Little Eagle you need to resign!”

Ms. Little Eagle said there was no affair, but said the question was beside the point. The rampant shaming and dissection of her personal life would never have happened if Ms. Little Eagle were a man, she said. The online gossip became like a second assault.

“My healing was stripped away,” she said. “I wish I knew what was hurting them that made them want to hurt me.”

Facebook removed the Cheyenne Truth group for violating its policies against bullying and harassment after being contacted to comment for this article.

Others inside and outside the tribe rallied to her aid. Ms. Little Eagle’s family created a fund-raising page that quickly raised more than $ 25,000 to cover medical and legal bills. Members of the Oglala Lakota Nation drove from Pine Ridge, S.D., to deliver a red quilt emblazoned with their tribal flag. There has been an outpouring of support on social media to counter the criticism.

“It’s important to support young female leaders,” said Kevin Killer, president of the Oglala Lakota.

At the same time, her case has caused some families to ask why one act of violence draws media coverage, thousands of dollars in donations and a public outcry while other victims struggle for attention.

These days Ms. Little Eagle is trying to shift attention away from her case to those of other Indigenous women who have faced violence or have gone missing altogether.

Indigenous people are four times as likely to go missing in Montana as non-Indigenous people, and Ms. Little Eagle recently drove five hours to the Blackfeet Reservation in western Montana to join a search party looking for Arden Pepion, a 3-year-old girl who has not been seen since April. There was slim hope of finding Arden, but Ms. Little Eagle said she needed to be there.

She said she wanted, more than ever, to help other families and keep them from going through what she had.

“I was turned away from support and help,” Ms. Little Eagle said. “I’m fortunate to have support that other women don’t. That has to change. There are so many other women who ask for the same help, and they’re not able to get it.”

Author: Jack Healy
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Man City boss Pep Guardiola gives blunt response when asked about surprise starting XI

Pep Guardiola insists he did what was best for the team when quizzed on his Champions League final lineup. Manchester City fell short in Porto against Chelsea after Kai Havertz’s winner saw them record a famous night at the Estadio do Dragao.
Thomas Tuchel appears to have Guardiola’s number, having now beaten him three times since arriving at Stamford Bridge.

Guardiola has often faced scrutiny on the European stage with City for tinkering with his team in the crunch matches.

Frustrating defeats to Monaco, Liverpool and Lyon in the past have stopped his side from conquering the game on the continental stage.

Tonight Guardiola left out a defensive midfielder and instead brought in an extra attacker in Raheem Sterling.

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Not only has Sterling been out of form but City’s captain Fernandinho is the club’s most-experienced player who has been central to their success in recent times.

Rodri was also absent and named on the bench and the decision appeared to cost City.

Yet Guardiola insisted he made what he felt was the right call.

“I did what was best for the team,” he said to BT Sport’s Des Kelly when quizzed on the lack of a holding midfielder.

Despite falling short in Europe once again, Guardiola remains insistent that there is plenty to be proud of as he looks to rally his troops ahead of next season.

“Exceptional season for us, today we’re sad, but we’ll analyse how exceptional the season was for us. It was a tight game, we had almost first gear chances, they missed one with [Timo] Werner, in the second-half with [Christian] Pulisic,” he said.

“In the second-half, we were brilliant, we were brave but we could not convert the goals, because defensively they are so strong, so fast in the counter-attack. We didn’t allow them to make the process to play, the players were exceptional for them. Yeah, we’ll come back maybe one day again.

“He was injured, but it happened. This kind of competition, in these games, we need everyone, we need everyone to do it and Kevin was injured.

“The ambition now is rest. After we will prepare for the next season and try to recover with the players coming back in two or three months. Game by game, we will try to do it.

“It’s the first time we’re at these stages, for us, it’s a moment to be here and hopefully we will return in the future.”

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