ANNE HEGERTY has hit back at claims she’s a millionaire after rising to fame on The Chase, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.
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ANNE HEGERTY has hit back at claims she’s a millionaire after rising to fame on The Chase, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.
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In December 2020, Junior Achievement Azerbaijan in partnership with MOL Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Education launched the “Career Success: Youth Mentorship and Career Guidance” program. It was a mentorship and work readiness program that focuses on helping youth to develop employability skills and prepare them for the world of work. The overall goal of the program was to support young people in development of professional and business skills and cultivate the future business leaders’ character, creativity and leadership through mentorship.
Due to the pandemic situation the project was implemented online engaging more than thousand young people at age 13-25, across all over Azerbaijan. Youth living not only in the regions along the BTC line including Garadagh, Absheron, Hajigabul, Agsu, Kurdamir, Yevlax, Aghdash, Shamkir, Tovuz, Gazakh, and but also other regions such as Guba, Khachmaz, Lankaran, Gakh and Gabala showed high interest in the program. The eight months long program was a great opportunity, particularly for the young people living in rural areas.
The program was designed and delivered based on the age group of the participants. Tailor Made training programs have been offered to the secondary school children and university students separately. Training sessions and mentor meetings organized during the program aimed to help participants to estimate their strengths and weaknesses, to determine their interests, to understand the world of work and to improve personal skills needed to achieve career and lifelong learning success. Through the online workshops they were introduced to the fundamental business and economic concepts, explored career interests and opportunities, and developed work-readiness skills.
The program closing and award ceremony held on July 16, 2021. Project participants, trainers and mentors attended the event with greater enthusiasm. Mr. Bakhtiyar Akhundov, country manager at MOL Azerbaijan, underlined the value of the program for the career planning and development of youth as future professionals. This project opened and showed different perspectives and opportunities for the participants.
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The most recent reports suggest that GTA 6 will be released in 2023 and set during modern times.
There could be significant time jumps to help provide popular content for gamers to enjoy, with plenty of ideas being floated for the anticipated sequel.
For now, Rockstar Games are keeping quiet about what they have planned, and it could be a while before we learn its full plans.
One interesting thing that has been noted is what kind of format changes Rockstar Games and parent company Take-Two Interactive could use in the launch of GTA 6.
Following the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games followed up with the release of a multiplayer experience.
But unlike GTA Online, Red Dead Online struggled to find an audience, suffering from a lack of content and connection issues.
However, Rockstar Games decided to change up the format of Red Dead Online, making it possible to play without needing to buy the full game.
Red Dead Online became its own product, and has since scored success finding its own player base.
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick revealed as much during a recent earnings report, telling investors:
“Sales of Grand Theft Auto V also surpassed our expectations. And to date, the title has sold more than 145 million units worldwide.
“Red Dead Online exceeded our expectations during the fourth quarter with active players increasing significantly in recurrent consumer spending performing above our plans, due in part to the success of the recently released stand-alone version of the game.
“Throughout the period, Rockstar Games released new content updates for Red Dead Online, including brand-new missions for solo players.
And speaking about the future of its biggest franchises and how storytelling could change with the arrival of new metaverse experiences, Zelnick added: “What moves the dial in our business is amazing creativity, great characters, great stories, great graphics, great gameplay, the ability to enjoy those experiences with other people all around the world.
“That’s what really matters. I think what the metaverse implies is what we already do with Grand Theft Auto Online and with what Red Dead Online, what we do with NBA 2K and what we aim to do with some upcoming titles, an opportunity to exist in that fictional world and express yourself in ways that are challenging, fun, competitive and new and find ourselves in places doing things that we can’t really do usually in the real world. I think that’s what it means.”
There was a lot of hype surrounding the release of Red Dead Online, and there’s a good chance that Take-Two is taking note of how its launch went.
They have also noted how performance grew with the stand-alone version of Red Dead Online, and already have plans to do the same with GTA Online on next-gen consoles.
So is it possible that GTA 6 will launch by itself, while GTA Online is peeled off and becomes its own product?
Only time will tell, but for now, it appears Take-Two are happy to experiment when needed and leave things alone that have a proven track record of success.
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Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, 61, has recently admitted to feeling “genuinely amazed” over the response from fans to his new show, Clarkson’s Farm. It comes as police have had to intervene at his farm in the Cotswolds after viewers rushed to the location to visit in their hundreds over the weekend.
Jeremy’s Diddly Squat Farm Shop, where he sells his crops to the public, has been inundated with fans of the hit Amazon Prime show in recent weeks.
Unfortunately, despite customers being welcome at the shop, fans also reportedly caused huge traffic jams by arriving in droves to the small Chipping Norton town where Clarkson’s farm is based.
Eager fans were also pictured queueing up to get into Diddly Squat Farm.
A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police has confirmed that they were called about the congestion on the roads over the weekend.
“Clarkson will not be remotely bothered. I’m sure he’s laughing at us all from behind the shop till,” a third person claimed.
Jeremy bought his farm in 2008, before getting to work on it in 2020 during the coronavirus lockdown.
Cameras followed his progress for his Amazon Prime show.
He then opened the Diddly Squat Farm Shop in 2020, which sells local produce, and a small cafe and bar.
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President of Generation Frexit, a campaign dedicated to removing France from the European Union in the same way as Brexit, Charles-Henris Gallois, lashed out at the behaviour of eurocrats on the continent. During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Gallois warned the tense situation was creating issues for the UK and French fishing communities. He highlighted the ongoing rows between France and Jersey as an example of an issue made worse by EU politicians.
He also argued those wishing to punish the UK were behind the row which has erupted over the Northern Ireland border.
Mr Gallois said: “I don’t think it is just Emmanuel Macron but the whole European Union that were causing the Jersey crisis or even the Northern Ireland crisis.
“It shows that the eurocrats are mad and angry.
“They have seen that Brexit and the vaccination rollout was a success.
“It shows to other people across the continent that taking back control is the solution.
“They are desperate to see Brexit as a failure to dissuade other countries to leave the European Union.
“That is why they are so mad about Jersey and the Northern Ireland crisis.
“The European Union act like a sect, they want to punish the members that leave the sect.
“They are crazy mad once they have seen that the UK has managed a very successful vaccination rollout compared to the EU who have been a complete failure.”
Earlier in the week, the UK and EU concluded talks that were set to resolve fishing issues between the pair.
At the first meeting of the Partnership Council, Brexit negotiator Lord Frost spoke to European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič about veiled threats issued by member states since the end of the transition period at the end of last year.
French fishermen have accused the UK of being slow to issue licences that would give them access to fish in the UK’s 12-mile zone.
Lord Frost admitted the UK was prepared to stand up to the EU and would not be bullied on fishing.
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He also said during the talks the UK was “frank and honest” about the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
He said: “There weren’t any breakthroughs. There aren’t any breakdowns either and we’re going to carry on talking.
“What we really now need to do is very urgently find some solutions which support the Belfast Good Friday Agreement, support the peace process in Northern Ireland and allow things to return to normal.
“What the EU is insisting on is we should operate the Protocol in an extremely purist way.
“The reality is that it’s a very balanced document that’s designed to support the peace process and deal with the very sensitive politics in Northern Ireland.”
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Finerenone, an investigational agent from a new drug class, just scored a second pivotal-trial win after showing significant benefit for slowing progression of diabetic kidney disease in patients with type 2 diabetes in the FIDELIO-DKD pivotal trial with more than 5700 patients.
Top-line results from FIGARO-DKD showed significant benefit for the primary endpoint of cardiovascular death and nonfatal cardiovascular disease endpoints in a placebo-controlled trial with about 7400 patients with type 2 diabetes, reported Bayer, the company developing finerenone, in statement released on May 10.
Based on the FIDELIO-DKD results, finerenone is currently under review by the US Food and Drug Administration for marketing approval as a treatment for patients with type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease. FIDELIO-DKD, in addition to the primary endpoint that focused on slowing progression of diabetic kidney disease, had a secondary endpoint that assessed the combined incidence on treatment of cardiovascular death, or nonfatal episodes of stroke, MI, or hospitalization for heart failure. Results from the study published in 2020 in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that finerenone was safe and effective for both endpoints.
In the current study, FIGARO-DKD, run at more than 1000 sites in 47 countries, these endpoints flipped. The primary outcome was a composite of cardiovascular death or nonfatal cardiovascular disease events, and the secondary outcome was prevention of DKD progression.
Other than stating that the results significantly fulfilled FIGARO-DKD’s primary endpoint of reducing the incidence of combined cardiovascular disease endpoints, the release gave no further outcome details. The release noted that the enrolled patient cohort in FIGARO-DKD included more patients with earlier-stage chronic kidney disease, compared with FIDELIO-DKD.
Finerenone is a first-in-class investigational nonsteroidal, selective mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist (MRA). As an MRA it shares certain activities with the steroidal MRAs spironolactone and eplerenone. But the absence of a steroidal structure means that finerenone does not cause steroidal adverse effects such as gynecomastia. Results in FIDELIO-DKD showed that finerenone caused more hyperkalemia than placebo, but the level of hyperkalemia that it causes relative to spironolactone or eplerenone remains uncertain.
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There is an “aversion” towards Novak Djokovic among some sections of the media because the Serb disrupted the dominance of fan favorites Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, according to countryman Viktor Troicki.
World number one Djokovic, 33, could potentially finish his career with an all-time record haul of Grand Slam titles. The Serb currently has 18 to his name – two behind the tally held by fellow greats Nadal and Federer.
Djokovic was the victor at the Australian Open earlier this season, comfortably seeing off young Russian pretender Daniil Medvedev in the final, although heading into Roland-Garros clay court king Nadal will be the hot favorite to add to his 13 titles in the French capital.
Despite rivalling Nadal and Swiss icon Federer on court for so long, Djokovic is widely perceived as the least popular of the trio and has also come under fire for his stance on the Covid-19 vaccine as well as organizing the ill-fated Adria Tour amid the pandemic last summer.
At this year’s Australian Open, Djokovic was labeled “a tool” by fellow pro Nick Kyrgios for suggesting that some players forced into hard quarantine could be offered better conditions to allow them to train.
For countryman Troicki – a former world number 12 who has three ATP Tour titles to his name – the perceptions of Djokovic among many fans and members of the media are often misguided.
“We all see that aversion. It is very easy to see,” Troicki said in a recent interview in his homeland when asked if Djokovic is treated with hostility by some in the western media.
“The fact is, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were at the top before Nole appeared, and then suddenly a guy from Serbia came and won all the tournaments.
“That doesn’t please others. We all know what the situation has been like in our country in recent decades, the world doesn’t have a good image of us, so not everyone, but some [people] condemn it and have the wrong image of it.”
Djokovic has been derided for his alternative views on issues such as self-healing and outlandish suggestions that the power of positive energy could cleanse polluted water.
However, even the Serbian star’s Adria Tour last summer – which ended in a blaze of ignominy when it was canceled following a spate of Covid-19 infections – was based on charitable intentions to help people in his native Balkans.
“He is above all a well-meaning man, he wants to help everyone, which he’s shown many times,” added Troicki, who joined Djokovic on the doomed Adria Tour last June.
“The fact that they condemn him, or they don’t know him, or they want to make a sensation where there is none, it’s not nice, they’re wrong in many situations.”
Since winning the Australian Open in February, Djokovic has suffered a shock early exit at the Monte-Carlo Masters and a semi-final defeat to Russian underdog Aslan Karatsev at his home Serbian Open.
Despite those setbacks, Troicki says his countryman will be in contention for more Grand Slam success this year – something which the world number one himself has said he will focus on, potentially at the expense of performances elsewhere.
“His priority is to win Grand Slams,” Troicki said. “In Paris it won’t be easy, but he’s a favorite at Wimbledon and at the US Open, he should win another Slam this year.”
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Microsoft has added 300 million new users to its Windows 10 desktop operating system over the last year. That brings the total number of Windows 10 users to an all-time record – some 1.3 billion worldwide.
That’s a pretty phenomenal number. Windows 10 became available worldwide on July 2015, meaning that it has taken less than six years to reach around 1 in 7 people on the planet.
With 1.3 billion users, Microsoft’s desktop operating system is comfortably the most popular on Earth. For comparison, there were only 100 million macOS machines in-use when Apple last updated us on the exact numbers of its desktop operating system. That was back in 2018, so it’s reasonable to assume there has been some growth since then… but it’s unlikely to an extra one billion, so we think Microsoft’s crown is safe.
Google’s ChromeOS, which is based on its immensely successful web browser – comfortably the most popular on the planet, is also trailing behind Windows 10. Google hasn’t revealed any concrete numbers about its desktop operating system, although it has confirmed that there are now 40 million ChromeBooks, which run Chrome OS, in-use in education worldwide.
Both Google and Apple are likely to have seen a boost in new users following the events of the last year.
Microsoft has attributed its recent surge in growth to customers purchasing large-screen devices, like desktop PCs, while working from home. For people who have only relied on a laptop until recently, the move to working from home full-time has pushed some to upgrade to a sprawling desktop set-up – like you’d find in most offices – to gain some extra screen real estate for multitasking.
With the vaccination programme steadily ticking along and restrictions starting to lift in the United States and parts of Europe, that trend is likely not going to be around for much longer.
However, it seems clear that Microsoft is keen to retain these new customers with its software solutions, like Microsoft Teams which now commands more than 145 million users worldwide, and Microsoft Edge, which is now the second most-used web browser on the planet – despite only launching (in its new iteration) one year ago.
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Until Pep Guardiola wins a Champions League title with Man City, he can never be compared to the great Sir Alex Ferguson, that’s the opinion of former Reds winger Andrei Kanchelskis, who was speaking on his show ‘Down the Line’.
However it was under Sir Alex that Kanchelskis, then an unknown and untried young winger from behind the Iron Curtain, emerged from anonymity and became a football superstar.
Currently, Pep Guardiola’s City lead the Premier League by 14 points ahead of neighbours and second-placed United, in the derby at the Etihad on Sunday, with victory all but sewing up the championship.
Speaking on RT Sport’s Down the Line with Andrei Kanchelskis, the 52-year-old says City are the “best team in Europe” and will “100 percent” be champions should they beat United.
“It’s finished, of course… No chance. Especially at the moment, Man City great form, players play more relaxed. Not too much pressure like on Liverpool, Man Utd. Man City play for themselves, more relaxed. If Man City lose this game, no big problems. If Man Utd lose, big problems, finished,” Kanchelskis said.
“It’s a derby game, a special game for Man Utd and Man City. Difficult game [for Man Utd], playing away, Man City in great form, not dropping points. I said before, if you drop points in this period, December, January, February, if you don’t drop points, maybe you’ll win the title.
“This game is a derby, special for the players and fans… If Man Utd win, there’s a little bit of a chance for the race for the title. It’s an important game for Man Utd, because it’s against the best team in Europe at the moment.”
Despite achieving the most dominant domestic success of any club in recent years, Kanchelskis insists there is one thing missing from Pep Guardiola’s voluminous list of achievements, that prevents him from being considered in the same bracket of managerial greatness as Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Everybody says [Guardiola] is so good, winning titles, winning the league, but he doesn’t win the Champions League. Only Barcelona won the Champions League. Bayern Munich, no, in the league, yes, OK. Man City, in the league, but no Champions League,” Kanchelskis said.
“If Guardiola wins the Champions League with Man City, OK, after we start to speak about Guardiola. Now Guardiola is a great coach, but not great like Sir Alex Ferguson.”
Ferguson won 13 league titles and two Champions League titles during his 26-year tenure at United. Guardiola won two European Cups With Barcelona – both in finals against United – and looks on course for his third Premier League crown in five years at the City helm.
Kanchelskis says the difference between the Spaniard and Ferguson is his relentless winning streaks which including two runs of three Premier League titles in a row from 1999-2001 and again from 2008-2010.
“Why I say Alex Ferguson is top? Because Man Utd win titles in a row, three times in a row. Guardiola, one title, the next season, problems. Klopp won the title, the next season is a little bit problems. Not the same level like Ferguson. That’s why I say Ferguson is the best, always stabilization,” Kanchelskis, who was part of two of Ferguson’s Premier League wins, notching back-to-back titles in 1993 and 1994, said.
“He’s a great man, a great coach. He’s a sparkling man. Before the game, just concentration for the game. Half-time, if you play badly [he’s] very angry, aggressive, very bad shouting in the dressing room. After the game, he’s a new man, change, smiles, drinks for the players, speaking, laughing.
“For me, I saw in Ferguson a new coach. Because I was born in the USSR. Nobody was speaking to the coaches like the players speaking to Ferguson. It was a little bit scary coach [in the USSR]. Ferguson of course was scary before the game, during the game, but not after the game, it was OK. It’s a nice personality.”
Ferguson was famous for his ‘hairdryer treatment’ of berating under-performing players by leaning into their faces and barking his order, which Kanchelskis unwittingly suffered most apparently in an incident that involved the quick wit of his interpreter George Scanlan.
“One game I played bad, Ferguson came to the dressing room. George Scanlan, he was an interpreter for me and Cantona as well. [Ferguson] told George Scanlan, because I didn’t understand in English, ‘Andrei played very bad, blah blah blah,’ like this. I didn’t understand what he said, you know,” Kanchelskis said.
“After that I said to George, ‘what did he say’? And he said, ‘ah you played excellent, come on, come on.’ He told me after the game, that was a very [big] surprise for me.”
Kanchelskis was however complimentary of Guardiola’s attitude towards poor refereeing decisions, of which many of his rivals have often fell victim. The introduction of video assistant referees (VAR) has seen Frank Lampard, Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as well as players and pundits, debate its suitability after consistently producing bizarre decisions determined by questionable criteria.
“If you drop points, anyway you speak about referees. A lot of coaches speak about referees. Sometimes there are mistakes, [the referee] is a man as well. People make mistakes, like referees as well. Referees aren’t robots, the referee is alive, people make mistakes,” Kanchelskis said.
“Sometimes coaches say bad referees, no results, the referee is no good. I’ve never seen Guardiola say about referees. He never speaks too much, of course sometimes, but not so much, and now top of the league. No questions.”
Manchester City’s success has led pundits to compare them, as well as last season’s champions Liverpool, with the great Premier League sides of yesteryear.
Among them are Ferguson’s double-winning team of 1994, in which Kanchelskis played an pivotal role on the right flank, his most famous individual feat being a hat trick in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford in 1994.
“It’s a different time, you know. Man City are demonstrating great football. When we played, in 93-94, we demonstrated great football, excellent football. This is a new day, a new life now, new football, new pace, a different pace,”
“When I played, when I scored my hat-trick against Man City, we were first in the table, Man City were near the bottom. It doesn’t matter, it’s a derby, it’s a different mind, everybody is concentrating, determination for the game. I hope Man Utd win, I hope Rashford or maybe another player [will score] a hat-trick against Man City,” he said.