JEREMY CLARKSON has revealed his girlfriend warned him about his flashy choice of sports car ahead of a lengthy trip down to Cornwall last week.
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JEREMY CLARKSON has revealed his girlfriend warned him about his flashy choice of sports car ahead of a lengthy trip down to Cornwall last week.
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James Martin, 49, is not unfamiliar with royal encounters and has met Prince Charles on a few occasions over the years. The Saturday Morning host had the opportunity to take over the Prince of Wales kitchen for an evening as he hosted an event at Clarence House.
The TV chef confessed it can often be “awkward” when cooking for notable people including royals and celebrities.
Speaking on Saturday Kitchen, James was later joined by the Prince of Wales where the latter made a cheeky comment.
It comes after the TV chef detailed to the royal what he planned to cook for him ahead of the banquet.
James began: “This is Clarence House. Home of Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall.
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“He’s making fresh horseradish sauce,” James explained.
While the royal appeared impressed by the meal he couldn’t help but issue a warning to the chef for making a fresh condiment sauce.
“Oh my God. Well, that will blow our heads off,” Prince Charles joked, in reference to the horseradish sauce.
Later in the clip, James praised the royal for his passion for food and supporting homegrown British products.
The event took place in 2014 when James previously worked as a presenter on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen.
The Yorkshire-born chef quit the programme in 2016 and now fronts his popular self-titled cooking programme Saturday Morning.
Taking to Twitter, James explained that he will be back filming new episodes next month.
He penned: “Sorry but we always have a summer break as sport is on normally and the Olympics… back in the studio next month.”
James Martin’s Saturday Morning airs today on ITV at 9.25am.
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IR35, formally known as off-payroll working rules, are a tool used by HMRC to check whether a contractor is genuine. Some instances will arise where contractors are being “disguised” as employees for tax purposes, and thus IR35 is in place to ensure everyone pays their fair share. While the changes were first due to be introduced in April 2020, they were delayed by a year as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
However, Mr Oury urged all Britons to take particular caution when it comes to IR35 decision making.
This is because each contract will be different, and therefore a separate IR35 decision will need to be made on each one.
This, he said, has the potential to create a “minefield” of decision making when it comes to IR35.
IR35 rules will not apply in a number of circumstances, and these will be important to check.
If an organisation is not a UK limited company, for example, and is not supplying services to a client who is a limited company, IR35 will not apply.
If those doing the work concerned do not own more than five percent of the limited company, and the worker is not employed by the company concerned – similarly IR35 will not apply.
However, there will be many circumstances where IR35 does have to be taken into consideration.
This burden now lies with the client who must determine themselves if IR35 applies to the situation.
The matter is complicated by the fact there is no single test to determine employment status for tax purposes.
As a result, then, a number of factors will have to be considered when it comes to decision making.
However, in an attempt to reduce this level of uncertainty, Oury Clark has developed an infographic flow chart which allows Britons to answer specific questions about their circumstances.
It is hoped this will provide further clarity to those who are currently dealing with IR35.
In a similar way, HMRC has developed a tool known as Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST).
But it is worth noting some experts have criticised the tool for failing to provide a response in some circumstances.
Responding to this recently, HMRC told Express.co.uk: “In the vast majority of cases, the free CEST tool will determine the worker’s employment status for tax and NICs. In the minority of more finely balanced cases, CEST will give an undetermined outcome.
“To reach a view in all cases HMRC would need to add more complex questions, increasing the burden of using the tool for the majority of users. HMRC has recently launched an enhanced customer support offering where users can speak to an online adviser for help whilst using the tool.”
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The Russian Su-30 fighters intercepted the US Navy Boeing P-8 Poseidon multi-mission maritime patrol plane over the waterway, Russia’s National Defense Control Center reported this morning. Russian radar stations had detected what they described as an “aerial target” approaching Russia’s state border.
The fighters, from the Black Sea Fleet’s quick reaction alert naval aviation and air defense forces, were scrambled to investigate, the statement explained.
The National Defense Control Center added: “The crews of the Russian fighters identified the aerial target as a Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft, and shadowed it over the Black Sea.”
The statement insisted the aircraft, which belonged to the United States, was “not allowed to violate Russia’s state border.”
Separately, Russia is tracking a Spanish naval ship in the Black Sea, the Interfax news agency cited Russia’s defence ministry as saying on Wednesday, with both Ukraine and NATO countries both holding military drills in the area.
The ministry said the Spanish ship had entered the Black Sea on Wednesday to take part in the Sea Breeze 2021 military drills, which started late last month in the Black Sea and southern Ukraine and involve more than 30 countries.
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Former Manchester United and England defender Paul Parker has suggested that Denmark will provide Gareth Southgate‘s side with their toughest challenge of Euro 2020 in Wednesday evening’s semi-final clash. The Three Lions will go into the all-important match at Wembley Stadium with high hopes of downing the Danes to reach a first major tournament final since the World Cup in 1966.
England are yet to concede a single goal at the Euros and have been widely tipped to progress to Sunday’s final at the expense of Denmark.
Southgate’s men have enjoyed a strong campaign in which they have successfully matched their efforts at the last World Cup to reach a second tournament semi-final in three years.
Two wins and a draw in Group D set up a mouthwatering first knockout round clash with Germany, a test that England passed with flying colours.
Saturday’s quarter-final against a spirited Ukraine side threatened to serve as a potential banana skin, but the Three Lions also rose to that challenge, coasting to a 4-0 victory under the lights in Rome.
England are widely considered to be the favourites ahead of Wednesday’s last-four meeting with Denmark, but Parker is not convinced that it will be plain sailing.
The 57-year-old, who played for England in their semi-final defeat to Germany at the World Cup in 1990, exclusively told Express Sport that he is expecting a tough test at Wembley when the likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling go into battle once again.
“England are in another semi-final in the Euro competition,” said Parker. “They’ve had the easiest path but the path has got very, very difficult.
“They’re up against a team which everyone is quite sentimental about, a team that’s maybe gained a bit more momentum off the back of how they nearly lost one of their team-mates.
“Secondly, how UEFA dealt with them after that and it could’ve cost them. But somehow they’ve got through that somehow with the skin of their teeth, to get through off two defeats and a win [in the group stage].
“So this is going to be England’s biggest test. It isn’t against a big-name country.
“It’s up against a team which is a team, not a team full of individuals. So this is going to be very, very difficult for England and Gareth Southgate.
“As much as he’s most enjoyed this moment of two tournaments and getting to two semi-finals, this is going to be his biggest concern really.”
Parker went on to suggest that England’s heroes will be motivated by the level of stardom they would enjoy by reaching the final of the Euros, with matches like Wednesday’s last-four clash able to separate the good from the great.
“The greatest thing of all about being in the semi-final is that they’re not coming up against Germany, I think we have to say that,” added the former United man.
“Yes, we’ve got Germany out of the way, but it’s not a semi-final which they seem to like against us.
“I would just say that in their minds and everything, it’s just one of those moments knowing the difference between them being what they are or them stepping into another level of being a footballer by reaching a final.
“That level which only the people from 1966 can talk about, that’s the level they are going to go into.”
Parker was speaking to Express Sport on behalf of Outlaw Pro, who are launching a six-part mini-series where Parker will join fellow ex-footballers in being trained by multi-world champion anglers on BT Sport next year.
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Felicia Ekpouko, 63, is charged with injury to an elderly or disabled individual by omission, which is considered a felony. She is being held in jail and is expected to make her first court appearance Friday morning.
The fire happened on Aug. 11, 2020, at 6111 Gladewell in the Alief area. The Houston Fire Department said seven people were living there at the time, and several of them had special needs.
The victim killed in the fire was Charles A. Dunn, who was described in court documents as one of society’s most vulnerable, “deaf-mute, elderly and physically disabled.” The 68-year-old did not make it out of the house and police believe he may have never known there was a fire.
Records show Ekpouko was warned on July 28, 2020, about a slew of safety violations. She was cited by HPD Boarding Home Enforcement Unit Officers for at least five violations, which included having a deadbolt on the front door, fire extinguishers that had not been inspected annually as required by law, and no visual smoke alarms that would warn a hearing-impaired resident, like Dunn, of a fire.
Dunn died from smoke inhalation and was “still in bed,” when firefighters found him, records said. In the meantime, the other six residents “were in a panic” at the front door, which was locked with a deadbolt. They were finally able to escape through a side door.
Ekpouko does not yet have an attorney of record.
According to court documents, when investigators asked Ekpouko, who admitted to operating group homes in Houston for 12 years, why she did not correct the problems, she told them it was “on her list of things to do” but could not because of “coronavirus.”
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Raheem Sterling fired England to the top of Group D at Euro 2020 – and into the unknown. The 1-0 win against Czech Republic leaves England with a nervous wait to see who finishes second in Group F. Depending on results between France and Portugal, and Germany against Hungary, any of the four could be England’s opponents at Wembley on Tuesday.
However, Sterling, who netted his second goal of the tournament, is very much of the mind: “Bring it on!”
He said: “At some point you have to face the best teams. It is about challenging yourselves. The most important thing was to win the group.
“It’s tournament football, it’s very different to being at your clubs. We just need to get to see games out a little bit better. We’re making good progress and now it’s time for a big challenge.”
Bukayo Saka was named man-of-the-match and Sterling feels the Arsenal winger can get England buzzing in the knockout stages.
“I thought Bukayo Saka was brilliant,” he said. “He got in the pockets of space, drove at people and was direct.
“He’s tough, he’s funny, he gets on with everyone in the dressing room – I’m buzzing for him.”
The game saw Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire in action for the first time and Gareth Southgate admitted he would need his full squad firing if England are to go much further.
“These will be different games,” he said. “World champions, European champions or Germany who are back on song.
“Whoever we play will be tough opposition but we have known the route through for 18 months. But the good thing is that we are still improving – there is more to come from us.
“We said to the players before the game that the pressure was off, we had qualified but there was still something to achieve by winning th Group which was always our target.
“First or second, there was no way of knowing what is the better route and there’s no way of knowing who we will face next but you have to take control of what you can achieve and we wanted to stay at Wembley.
Southgate added: “The coronavirus situation is not helpful for us as a team, but devastating for the two boys.
“They are in a major championship and have had to miss out on a big part of it in this way. It feels incredibly harsh.
“We have been incredibly vigilant throughout and what has happened with the two boys has been an anomaly.
“We have had to speak to the players again to remind them but frankly we have not come unstuck in the past and how we have come unstuck and others haven’t is beyond comprehension.
“Just because there is some evidence of ours, but the situation with others has been a higher risk in terms of passing the virus on.”
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The EU has told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the bloc is ready to act “firmly and resolutely” to ensure the UK respects its commitments in the Northern Ireland Protocol. The UK is unilaterally planning to extend a “grace period” to allow Northern Irish shops to continue selling chilled meats, including sausages and mince, from Britain once it expires at the end of June. However, last week, the European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said they would “not be shy” in taking action to ensure that the UK abides by its international commitments.
The UK angered Brussels in recent months by unilaterally extending grace periods in the protocol on supermarket goods and parcels.
Mr Sefcovic added: “Unfortunately, we see numerous and fundamental gaps in the UK’s implementation – even though the protocol entered into force over 17 months ago.
“Mutually agreed compliance paths, with concrete deadlines and milestones for the UK to fulfil its existing obligations, would therefore be an important stepping stone – and, I believe, a credible outcome of this joint committee,” Sefcovic added.
“If this does not happen, and if the UK takes further unilateral action over the coming weeks, the EU will not be shy in reacting swiftly, firmly and resolutely to ensure that the UK abides by its international law obligations.”
In a recent report, though, Ray Bassett, the former Irish ambassador to Canada, warned Brussels that its behaviour could be making the case for an Irish Brexit stronger.
He explained: “Many in the Republic understand this and it is clear that the situation calls for direct talks between Dublin and London to sort out this local issue, with flexibility on all sides. Co-operation on an overhaul of the protocol could be the catalyst for a reset of Irish/British relations. That, however, is something that the EU will never countenance.
“Perhaps this would matter less if the EU was taking Dublin’s other interests more seriously, yet Brussels has time and again proved a poor partner.”
Mr Bassett noted Ireland, just like the UK, has extensive and rich fishing grounds and under the Common Fisheries Policy, the local fishing fleet is only allocated 15.5 percent of the stocks in Irish waters.
This was partially compensated for by quotas inside UK waters but after Brexit, the Commission imposed very large cuts on the Irish allocation in the British maritime area, the largest cuts of any EU nation.
He added: “The interests of France, Spain and the Netherlands clearly trumped those of the Irish.”
Mr Bassett concluded in his piece for Briefings for Britain: “Ireland’s two main trading partners are the UK and the USA, with total non-EU trade accounting for well over 60 percent, by far the highest percentage of any EU country.
“The US and the UK are the largest overseas investors in Ireland and between them they receive the bulk of Ireland’s growing external investment. Ireland is part of the Anglosphere of English-speaking countries.
“There are other developments inside the EU which are not to the Irish public’s taste. The growing demand, especially by Germany, for a common foreign policy based on majority voting in the European Council, a push for greater militarisation of the EU, and Ireland’s growing net contribution to the EU budget will all place a strain on the traditional Irish pro-EU sentiment.
“These changes could yet cause an eventual rupture with Brussels. Irexit may be emerging as a credible prospect in the future.”
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Johnson’s trade adviser Shanker Singham echoed Mr Bassett’s claims as he insisted the level of trust between Ireland and Brussels was never going to be the same after the EU’s blunder earlier this year.
At the end of January, the EU said it would be triggering an emergency provision in the Brexit deal to control COVID-19 vaccine exports, including the possible introduction of checks at the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland to prevent shipments entering the UK.
The move was immediately met with fierce condemnation from London, Belfast, and Dublin and the EU performed a swift U-turn.
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Mr Singham explained: “It was a spectacular blunder. It is quite hard to imagine doing anything worse than this.
“And the speed, in which they said they can under certain circumstances put a border on the island without consulting anyone…
“Well, it has without a doubt affected their relationship with Ireland significantly.”
The trade expert added: “The Irish government must be highly suspicious of anything the EU is doing or saying now.
“Because if I were them, I wouldn’t think the EU has necessarily my best interests at heart.
“Obviously, the EU has 27 member states with their own interests… so the notion that they would privilege the Irish has never made much sense.
“But it has now made the Irish understand they are not a priority in respect to the EU.”
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UK and EU‘s post-Brexit relations have continued to deteriorate in recent weeks as Brussels hits out at Boris Johnson over the Northern Ireland protocol. The EU has warned it will retaliate “swiftly, firmly and resolutely” if the UK continues to challenge Brussels on the Northern Ireland protocol. The row comes as the Government is reported to be considering unilaterally extending the grace periods under the protocol that give businesses in Northern Ireland time to adapt to new rules – including for the import of chilled meats such as sausages and mince from Britain.
The grace periods are due to expire at the end of June but, according to the Telegraph, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is contemplating extending them in the face of a lack of progress towards a new agreement.
This comes amid tension over the City of London’s access to European markets and a recent furore in France over access to Jersey’s fishing waters.
While the UK left the EU to seek more independence, an expert believes Britain will “never entirely escape the gravitational pull of the EU”.
Martin Westlake of the London School of Economics warned in December that the UK will simply need “a relationship with its largest trading partner, whatever form it ultimately takes (and it is probably going to take a long time for the rhetoric to dissipate and the dust to settle).”
He also highlighted the UK will face similar dilemmas to that of countries like Switzerland, Norway and Iceland – all of which are not EU members.
Mr Westlake added: “To take some examples, countries like Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway enjoy all the benefits of the EU’s internal market through their membership of the EEA, but they have had to accept in return that they will have no direct say in the market rules by which they have to abide.”
The expert concluded his essay saying: “Of course, the UK economy will not wither and die once the UK has entirely left the EU – far from it; but, because of the ‘Brussels effect’, it can never entirely escape the gravitational pull of the EU and its internal market.”
Earlier this month, Swiss foreign minister Ignazio Cassis pulled the plug on talks as the country’s government rejected the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and a free movement directive that would offer permanent residence to EU citizens, with access to social security services.
But Switzerland also faces its own economic conundrum, as the EU has not granted Bern equivalence – meaning it is excluded from parts of the European market.
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