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Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon turns 48 years old today

Today, Crown Prince Haakon celebrates his 48th birthday. 

The Crown Prince plans to mark the day with a private and limited celebration.

“It will be celebrated privately,” communications manager Guri Varpe at the Palace told NTB.

Last year, the Crown Prince’s family celebrated the birthday in glorious sunny weather on Dvergsøya in Kristiansand, where they often spend their summer holidays. 

Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus were also present.

July 22 anniversary

In the next few days, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess will participate in a number of events in connection with the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attack on Utøya and the government quarter in 2011.

The Crown Prince recently described the attack as an “open wound,” which can be difficult to talk about and address.

“It was an attack on the Labor Party, on the AUF, on our state, our society. It was also a national trauma. This is something we, like all other Norwegians, carry with us, as part of our history,” the Crown Prince said. 

He joined the rest of the royal family in meeting with several people affected by the attack in recent months.

Outdoor life

Crown Prince Haakon holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California and a master’s degree in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

In his spare time, he is a passionate surfer, and he is very interested in music.

“The Crown Prince also likes to ski and is a skilled skier,” the official biography of the royal family states.

He also loves the outdoor life and was recently seen paddling out in the Oslo Fjord with young people under the auspices of Norsk Friluftsliv.

The Crown Prince was born at Rikshospitalet on July 20, 1973, and is the first in line to inherit the Norwegian throne. It will soon be 20 years since he married Crown Princess Mette-Marit in Oslo Cathedral on August 25, 2001.

Later this autumn, the stage is set for another anniversary in the royal family: his big sister Märtha Louise turns 50 on September 22.

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French police fire tear gas as anti-vaccine protest turns violent

Demonstrators, many of them unmasked, are unhappy with vaccination mandate for health workers and health pass to enter public places.

Police in Paris fired tear gas and made arrests as they tried to disperse demonstrators, many of them sceptical of vaccines, the so-called “anti-vaxxers“, who marched throughout France over new coronavirus restrictions.

Some of the protests began as early as Wednesday morning in Paris as the annual military parade for the traditional Bastille Day parade, watched by President Emmanuel Macron, was taking place along the Champs-Elysees.

The protests went on into Wednesday night, with protesters captured on video clips posted on social media, also aiming fireworks at police.

The demonstrators, many of them unmasked, are unhappy at the decision announced on Monday to oblige health workers to get vaccinated and for people to show a vaccine health pass to enter most public places. Those who are not vaccinated would need to show a negative test result.

The announcement prompted a record number of French people to book appointments for COVID-19 jabs.

“This is in the name of freedom” was the message from some of the protesters.

In one area of the French capital police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

The declared route was not respected, the prefecture of police said in a tweet, deploring the “throwing of projectiles” and lighting of fires by the protesters.

Throughout Paris some 2,250 people protested, while other demonstrations took place in Toulouse, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nantes and elsewhere. The French authorities put the total number of protesters at 19,000.

‘Health segregation’

The interior ministry said that there were 53 different protests throughout France.

“Down with dictatorship”, “Down with the health pass” protesters chanted.

One of them, Yann Fontaine, a 29-year-old notary’s clerk from the Berry region in central France, said he had come to demonstrate in Paris arguing that the health pass was equivalent to “segregation”.

“Macron plays on fears, it’s revolting. I know people who will now get vaccinated just so that they can take their children to the movies, not to protect others from serious forms of COVID,” he said.

“There isn’t any vaccine obligation, this is maximum inducement,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal said then.

“I have a hard time understanding, in a country where 11 vaccines are already mandatory … that this could be seen as a dictatorship,” he said, adding that after a year of studying the vaccines “the time of doubting is long past”.

The rules will be relaxed for teenagers who have only been able to get the jabs since mid-June – “Making summer hell is out of the question,” Attal said.

According to an Elabe opinion poll published on Tuesday, a large majority of French people approve of the new safety measures.

Approximately 35.5 million people – just over half of France’s population – have received at least one vaccine dose so far.

At the start of the pandemic, France had some of the highest levels of vaccine scepticism in the developed world.

In December 2020, a survey conducted by the Odoxa polling group and Le Figaro newspaper, showed that only 42 percent of the French population wanted to get vaccinated. By April of this year that had risen to 70 percent, while about 14 percent remain vehemently opposed to vaccines.

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Ex-North Carolina center Sterling Manley turns pro, eliminating chances of transferring to the Gophers

Former North Carolina center Sterling Manley will not play for the Gophers next season after announcing on Wednesday that he will pursue a professional basketball career next season.

After entering the transfer portal in the spring, the 7-foot Manley was in constant contact with new Minnesota coach Ben Johnson, but he decided before the July 7 deadline not to return to college.

At UNC, Manley averaged 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 58 games, but he was limited to three games the last two seasons after recovering from torn cartilage in his left knee.

Finally healthy this year, the Pickerington, Ohio native heard from a number of high major programs after entering the portal. The Gophers appeared to be the best fit if he came back to school.

Johnson has added 10 newcomers to the 2021-22 roster and center Eric Curry announced Tuesday that he will return to play this season for the Gophers instead of becoming a graduate assistant. Curry and Treyton Thompson, a 6-11, 190-pound incoming freshman from Alexandria, are the only centers on the roster.

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Jacob Zuma turns himself in to South African police

Jacob Zuma, former South African president, turned himself in to police on Wednesday to begin 15 months in jail for contempt of court, the culmination of a long legal drama seen as a test of the post-apartheid country’s ability to enforce the rule of law.

Police spokesperson Lirandzu Themba confirmed in a statement that Zuma, who was president from 2009 – 2018, was in police custody, in compliance with last week’s Constitutional Court ruling.

The court sentenced Zuma to 15 months in prison for defying an order in February to give evidence at an inquiry examining corruption during the nine years that he was president. The inquiry is led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Police had signalled they would arrest Zuma by the end of Wednesday if he failed to appear at a police station. Hundreds of his supporters, some of them armed with guns, spears and shields, had gathered nearby at his rural homestead in Nkandla, eastern South Africa, to try to prevent his arrest.

But in the end, the 79-year-old Zuma decided to go quietly.

A convoy of cars believed to be carrying Zuma drove out of his homestead at high speed about 40 minutes before the cut-off time for him to give himself up.

“Please be advised that (ex) President Zuma has decided to comply with the incarceration order,” his foundation tweeted, marking the first time Zuma’s camp had shown any willingness to cooperate with the court.

“He is on his way to hand himself into a Correctional Services Facility in KZN,” it added, just minutes before the deadline expired.

A convoy, believed to be carrying former South African President Jacob Zuma, left his Nkandla home shortly before midnight on July 7 [AFP]

It is a remarkable fall for a revered veteran of the African National Congress, who was jailed by South Africa’s white minority rulers for his part in its struggle to make everyone equal before the law.

Zuma’s daughter Dudu Zuma-Sambudla tweeted that he was “en route and he is still in high spirits”.

“He said that he hopes they still have his same overalls from Robben Island … We salute dad!” she wrote on Twitter.

Zuma has denied that there was widespread corruption during his years in power and struck a defiant note on Sunday, lashing out at the judges and launching legal challenges to his arrest.

His lawyers asked the Constitutional Court on Wednesday to suspend its order to the police to arrest him by midnight, pending the outcome of his challenge against a jail sentence.

Zuma was forced out of office in 2018 and replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa after a nine-year tenure stained by corruption scandals and the taint of cronyism.

Critics nicknamed him the “Teflon president” for his perceived ability to sidestep justice.

The Zondo Commission is examining allegations that he allowed three Indian-born businessmen, Atul, Ajay and Rajesh Gupta, to plunder state resources and traffic influence over government policy. He and the Gupta brothers, who fled to Dubai after Zuma stepped aside, deny any wrongdoing.

Zuma also faces a separate court case relating to a $ 2bn arms deal in 1999 when he was deputy president. He has denied the charges. The former president maintains that he is the victim of a political witch-hunt and that Zondo is biased against him.

People rallied outside Zuma’s home in Nkandla in eastern South Africa to show their support for the former president [Rogan Ward/Reuters]

Despite his tarnished reputation, the former president carries substantial weight among officials and grassroots members of the ANC.

During the weekend, he told his supporters that there would be chaos if police “dared” arrest him.

The former herdboy was the ANC’s intelligence chief during the armed struggle against apartheid.

Despite its internal tensions, the ANC said it would not interfere with the judicial process.

Party spokesman Pule Made told reporters earlier that “we respect the independence of the judiciary.”

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US Olympic Track Trials | Teen turns in fastest time in semis of 200

Amidst the blazing heat in the Pacific Northwest several athletes punched their tickets to Tokyo.

EUGENE, Ore — Erriyon Knighton, a 17-year-old from Florida, turned in the fastest time in the semifinal round of the men’s 200 meters at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.

He finished in a personal-best 19.88 seconds in a heat that included world champion Noah Lyles. The Adidas-backed Knighton will have a chance to earn a spot to the Tokyo Games on Sunday as the trials conclude.

Knighton broke the under-20 world record that Usain Bolt set in 2004. Bolt, the retired Jamaican sensation, has the overall world record of 19.19.

Knighton was also a wide receiver in high school. He shut down any speculation he would consider playing football in college.

“Nah,” Knighton said. “Not an option of mine to go play football.”

Grant Holloway didn’t get the world record, but he did become an Olympian.

Holloway ran the 110-meter hurdles in 12.96 seconds, finishing first in the event at the track and field trails Saturday.

Holloway ran a fast 12.81 during the semifinals, leading to speculation that he might break the world record of 12.80 set by Aries Merrit in 2012.

“Don’t ever give up,” Holloway said to the television camera after his race, the last final of the day at Hayward Field.

Hollway is the 2019 world champion in the event and the current world record holder in the 60 hurdles.

Joining him on the team for Tokyo is Devon Allen, the former Oregon football player, who ran a 13.10 for a second straight Olympic berth. Daniel Roberts was third in 13.11 to round out the team.

Gabby Thomas held off a field that included Allyson Felix with a blazing fast time to win the women’s 200 meters at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.

Thomas finished in a trials-record time of 21.61 seconds to earn a spot at the Tokyo Games. Joining her will be runner-up Jenna Prandini and third-place finisher Anavia Battle.

Felix wound up fifth. The nine-time Olympic medalist has already made her fifth Olympics team courtesy of a second-place finish in the 400 meters. Felix received a round of applause from the Hayward Field audience after an on-track interview.

Thomas turned in the third-fastest of all-time, trailing only Florence Griffith Joyner, who went 21.34 and 21.56 in 1988.

Thomas broke the trials record of 21.69 set by Felix in 2012.

Katie Nageotte’s pole vault of 16 feet, 2 3/4 inches Saturday put her on the Olympic team for Tokyo.

Nageotte’s vault was a record at the U.S. track and field trials, as well as a personal best and the best leap in the world this season.

It will be Nageotte’s first Olympics after finishing fifth at the trials in 2016.

Also making the team is Morgann LeLeux, who finished second with a vault of 15-5, and Sandi Morris, who was third with a leap of 15-1.

Morris is the American record holder in the event and finished with a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jenn Suhr, who won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London after winning the silver in the 2008 Beijing Games, finished fifth and did not making the Olympic team.

Rai Benjamin won the 400-meter hurdles at the Olympic track and field trials Saturday, earning a spot on the team for the Tokyo Games.

Benjamin, the silver medalist in the event at the 2019 world championships in Qatar, set a meet record with a finish in 46.83 seconds. It was also a personal best and gave him the world-leading time this season.

Rai Benjamin’s finish was just off Kevin Young’s 1992 world record of 46.78. Tokyo will mark his Olympic debut.

Also making the team was Kenny Selmon, who finished second in 48.08 and David Kendziera, who was third in 48.38 at Oregon’s Hayward Field.

Maggie Malone won the javelin at the track and field trials to earn a spot on the U.S. team at the Tokyo Games.

Malone set a meet record with a throw of 208 feet, 4 inches at Oregon’s Hayward Field on Saturday. It will be her second Olympics. She was on the 2016 team and finished 25th in the event.

Kara Winger made her fourth Olympic team with a throw of 201-8. Avione Allgood-Whetstone finished third at 193-4 but she does not have the Olympic standard.

DeAnna Price bested her own American record in the hammer throw and secured a spot on the U.S. Olympic team for Tokyo.

Price set the record at 263 feet, 6 inches. She became the first American woman with a throw over 80 meters (80.31) and just the seventh overall to throw that far.

She beat her own American record twice during the Olympic track and field trials on a steamy Saturday at Oregon’s Hayward Field.

Also securing a spot on the team for Tokyo was runner-up Brook Anderson, with a throw of 255 feet, and third-place finisher Gwendolyn Berry, with a throw of 241-2. It is Berry’s second Olympics.

It is also Price’s second Olympic team. She finished eighth in 2016 in Brazil. Since then, she won the gold at the 2019 world championships in Doha and is considered among the favorites heading in Japan.

Emily Sisson won the 10,000 meters at the Olympic trials in a race that was moved to earlier in the day to avoid the extreme heat.

Wearing sunglasses, Sisson pushed the pace early and no one could keep up as she finished in a trials-record time of 31 minutes, 3.82 seconds.

Sisson is headed to the Tokyo Games after not qualifying during the marathon trials in February 2020 on a cool day in Atlanta.

In the heat, she earned her place. Karissa Schweizer was second. She’s now qualified in both the 10,000 and 5,000 meters. Alicia Monson took third.

The temperature at the start of the race was 85 degrees (29.4 Celsius). It was supposed to held in the early evening when the temperature was expected to reach 102 degrees (38.9). There was a water table set up on the track for the athletes.

The runners stayed cool before the race any way they could. They wore ice vests, poured water over their necks and remained in the shade as long as possible.

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Now Biden turns on AstraZeneca! US President's huge pledge scrapped in major U-turn

On Monday the Biden administration announced further plans to share coronavirus vaccines with the world, but it will not include the Oxford AstraZeneca inoculation in its exports. The Biden administration will export 55 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to other countries. The vaccines, which will come entirely from the US, will not include the Oxford AstraZeneca inoculation until it is cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Meanwhile, the US will donate the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to different parts of the world.

The announcement is a U-turn for the Biden administration’s original plans to share 60 million doses of Oxford AstraZeneca’s vaccine worldwide.

The FDA is still reviewing whether the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is safe for human use.

Doses of the vaccine are produced in the US at a plant in Baltimore.

The US vaccine donations will be sent to COVAX, the global vaccine equity effort.

Most of the inoculations will be sent to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa.

An official from the Biden administration said that the US still plans to send AstraZeneca vaccines abroad, but only when they have been cleared by the FDA.

President Joe Biden has promised that the US will be the vaccine powerhouse of the world, and will donate millions of inoculations to help end the pandemic.

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Identified locally as “Delta plus,” the new strain was found in 16 cases in the state of Maharashtra, Federal Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan told a news conference.

The vaccine roll-out effort in India has fallen short of stopping a devastating second wave of the virus.

So far, about 5.5 percent of the 950 million people eligible in India have been vaccinated.

Indian health officials doubt the nation can maintain the pace of vaccinating people against this new strain that has reportedly more transmissibility than former strains.

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The N64 turns 25 today: Here's Nintendo console's biggest innovations

On June 23 1996 the Nintendo 64 hit shelves for the first time. The N64 launched in Japan before heading to North America a few months later (September 29 1996) and then UK and Europe the following March. The first 3D Nintendo console, the N64 is home to some of the most iconic and beloved video games of all time – Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time and Goldeneye, to name a few.

It’s also the console that arguably changed the video games market forever.

Until that point, Nintendo had been the leading name in the world of gaming – with the SNES and NES the best selling home consoles of their generation.

Going into the fifth console gen, Nintendo held all the cards.

But the failed SNES CD project, which led to Sony creating the PlayStation, coupled with the N64 opting for cartridges instead of compact discs ended up creating the perfect storm.

Games such as Final Fantasy 7, which were pencilled in for the N64, ended up shifting to the PlayStation as Sony’s first entry into the console market was a huge success.

The PS1 ended up selling over 100million consoles, compared to the N64’s 32.93million.

And it wasn’t till the Wii, which released 10 years after the N64, that Nintendo regained its position as having the most successful home console on the market.

Despite not being as commercially successful as the PS1, the N64 was home to a number of gaming innovations that changed the industry forever.

Express.co.uk looks back at a few of these game-changing additions…

N64 INNOVATIONS – THE ANALOGUE STICK

Nintendo changed video game controllers forever when Gunpei Yokoi (the influential creator of the Game Boy) designed the modern D-Pad. This released on the 1982 Game & Watch version of Donkey Kong and since the NES and Famicom days has appeared on virtually every single major controller, bar a few notable exceptions (we’re looking at you Steam Controller).

So it seems only fitting that Nintendo would once again change video game controllers forever with the joypad’s next evolution.

That’s thanks to the N64’s controller, which was the first console joypad to feature an analogue thumbstick.

With the shift to 3D spaces from the SNES and Mega Drive’s 2D games it seems only natural a new type of controller was needed.

And the N64’s analogue stick did just that, giving players complete 360 degree control of a character.

The game-changing nature of this was perfectly demonstrated in Super Mario 64, one of the N64’s launch games.

From simply using the analogue stick to send Mario off exploring in any direction, to spinning it round and round to send Bowser flying off face first into a bomb during the memorable boss battles – Mario 64 was the perfect demonstration of how revolutionary the analogue stick is.

Sony ended up using analogue sticks with its DualShock controller a year later, and it has since gone on to become an essential part of any modern day controller.

Which, brings us on nicely to our next point.

N64 INNOVATIONS – THE RUMBLE PAK

In April 1997 Nintendo once again changed the destiny of video game controllers with the release of the Rumble Pak in Japan.

The Rumble Pak was an additional accessory that offered force feedback for the first time.

Vibrations were felt in context specific situations – such as when firing a weapon, to help immerse gamers into the experience more.

The Rumble Pak was a bit of a bulk accessory, that required two AAA batteries to power it.

But its influential on gaming is undeniable.

With the DualShock, Sony once again took a leaf out of Nintendo’s book and introduced force feedback to its controllers following the release of the Rumble Pak.

And, like with the N64’s analogue stick, force feedback is now a feature you just expect to come with any modern day joypad as standard.

Nintendo went on to take force feedback to another level decades later with the Switch’s HD Rumble.

While Sony have also gone on to change what we expect of rumble tech, thanks to the revolutionary haptic feedback seen in the PS5’s DualSense controller.

N64 INNOVATIONS – 3D GAMES

The 90s was a defining time for 3D games, with franchises that are household names now such as Resident Evil, Tomb Raider all launching for the first time.

But arguably some of the most influential 3D games launched on the N64.

There’s a reason Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are not only critically acclaimed hits but timeless classics beloved by Nintendo fans around the world.

Mario and Link’s first 3D adventures were truly groundbreaking games – offering never before seen experiences that laid the blueprint for what legions of gamers would come to expect from 3D platforming and adventure games for decades to come.

Countless games that came afterwards owe a debt to the 3D controls and mechanics introduced in Mario 64 and Ocarina.

And for that reason, and many others, the N64 will always have a special place in gaming’s history.

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NHS app turns into a vaccine passport – more than 1m new users registered in the last days

The NHS app has added a new feature that allows people to access their Covid-19 vaccine records. The app has then turned into a vaccine passport, which travellers will be able to use this summer to show evidence they have received their jabs.
The app has seen more than 1.3 million new users in the last few days and since it started displaying the vaccine status.

The NHS app is one of the first internationally compliant systems in the world to show your vaccine records.

Since the international travel ban in the UK has been lifted and the EU announced that it will allow vaccinated tourists to travel quarantine-free this summer, millions of people in the UK rushed to download the new app.

It now shows your vaccine status, and how many doses you have received.

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The Covid-19 vaccine status service will be useful for those going on holiday soon, as it will allow users to show proof of their vaccine if required for entering a foreign country

When travelling internationally this summer, people will be allowed to quickly access their records and show that they have been fully vaccinated, or how many jabs they’ve had.

The existing NHS app already had more than four million users.

It allowed people to book GP appointments or order prescriptions.

DON’T MISS

Those who already have it on their smartphone, don’t need to do anything.

The app will automatically update and display their vaccination status.

However, people that have been vaccinated but don’t have access to the app, can call 119 and request a letter.

The letter will be sufficient proof that a person has received the two doses and is eligible to travel without restrictions.

Chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, Jenny Harries, announced today the incredible increase in the number of people using the app and said that the prospects for ending all coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England on June 21 are “looking good”.

However, he explained people still need to be cautious for the time being, especially when travelling and as new variants of coronavirus continue to circulate.

More than 22.6 million people in the UK have had the two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The nation is hoping to achieve the entire adult population by July 2021 for the first dose and autumn 2021 for both doses.

Since the new travel passport addition, it seems the NHS app will now be a must-have for Britons who want to travel abroad this summer.

At the moment different countries have different entry requirements.

Some have already said they will allow international travellers to enter without negative coronavirus tests or having to quarantine as long as they are fully vaccinated.

EU ambassador agreed on a proposal last week for borders to reopen to foreign who have received their Covid-19 vaccine.

The only condition will be that the vaccines that have been administered have the approval of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

These will be Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen.

Tourists must have received their two jabs at least 14 days before their arrival, and children will be able to travel with vaccinated parents.

The new measure will allow Britons that have had their vaccine, to travel across Europe this summer with no restrictions, and they will easily be able to show proof with their NHS app.

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Couple Turns to Ted for promised refund after storm cancelation

LA MARQUE, Texas (KTRK) — When Hurricane Laura was headed toward the Gulf Coast last summer, Mike and Lupita Castelline weren’t entirely sure where it would hit, but decided to book a hotel more inland just in case.They needed a place where their aging and sick cats, Abby and Junior, could also stay with them.

“We started first looking in Alvin, couldn’t find any place that would take pets. Looked at Angleton, still no place. And we’d been through Bay City several times, so we decided to look there in Bay City and there was a place that took pets,” Mike said.They made an online reservation for the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Bay City.

When they got to the La Quinta, the hotel said they didn’t allow cats. Even though it was outside the cancellation period, Mike said the hotel agreed to cancel the reservation and even help them find a nearby hotel with a more lenient pet policy.

“They canceled the request,” Mike told the Turn to Ted Team. “I made the assumption that they were going to refund the money.”

But once the storm passed, Mike saw a $ 290 charge for the full stay on his credit card bill.

He said he called the hotel and they stood by their word, saying they canceled the reservation.

The hotel manager told us that, too.When he looked into the issue, Mike said he realized the problem was with the company he booked the trip through.

When the couple couldn’t get them to budge, they Turned to Ted.

“We’ve seen how you help people who have, I mean, just people have done them wrong and you go in and you straighten it and that’s why I kept telling him, ‘You’ve got a call Ted,'” Lupita said.

The Turn to Ted team tracked the issue down to Expedia, which has its own cancellation policies. After looking into it, Expedia told us there was a miscommunication.

“There appears to have been some misunderstandings or miscommunication between Expedia and the hotel partner. Our records show the hotel declined our refund request back in October 2020, but we understand they informed the customer otherwise. In any case, we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience the customer experienced and are glad to have the opportunity to correct the issue and regret we did not do so earlier,” Expedia said in a statement.Mike said he never heard from Expedia, the hotel or his credit company who he disputed the charge with. But, he did see a refund on his card after we reached out and asked about it.

“We got the money,” Mike said.

Now, Mike’s advice to others is that sometimes it may be easier to book directly with the hotel or make sure to be clear about online cancellation policies before you click confirm – even if you’re in a rush – to avoid any confusion with cancellation policies.

“You’ll know what their requirements are,” Mike said.

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Dua Lipa turns heads in boob-baring dress and SUSPENDERS on Brit Awards 2021 red carpet

Dua Lipa, 25, will be taking to the stage at The Brit Awards 2021 held at London’s 02 Arena this evening for a performance, but ahead of this she posed for cameras on the red carpet and certainly gathered attention. The singer turned heads in a yellow mini dress which clung on to her sensational physique.
As part of her risqué display, she added suspenders to her look and leather high-heeled boots.

The New Rules hitmaker completed her look with a beehive hairstyle and carefully contoured make-up.

She posed confidently for the cameras in various poses before making her way into the venue.

Fans have swiftly flocked to social media to share their thoughts on the singer’s outfit.

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Singer Mabel also turned heads in a striking green number which clung on to her figure.

The ceremony will be fronted by Jack Whitehall at London’s 02 Arena.

He will be joined by a 4,000-audience, who won’t need to wear masks or be socially distanced, but will need a negative Covid test.

Over half of the tickets were given to key workers from London “to thank them for their remarkable hard work and selfless commitment” during the pandemic.

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