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Les fans de l’Eurovision affluent à Liverpool dans l’espoir que la Britannique Mae Muller puisse battre la favorite suédoise Loreen

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Les détenteurs de billets enthousiastes ont afflué dans le village des fans de Liverpool avant la grande finale de l’Eurovision ce soir.

Des milliers de personnes venues de loin se sont rassemblées pendant des heures sous le soleil battant aujourd’hui sur le site historique de Pier Head.

Les supporters drapés de drapeaux Union Jack ont ​​applaudi, car beaucoup espèrent que la candidate britannique Mae Muller pourra battre la favorite suédoise Loreen.

Certains ont couru directement sur le devant de la scène pour revendiquer une place de choix pour le début de la grande finale à 20 heures.

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Sean, 28 ans, de Liverpool, est venu vêtu d’un t-shirt avec l’entrée finlandaise Kaarija, le rappeur excentrique dont le hit hyperpop Cha Cha Cha est parmi les favoris pour gagner.

Liverpool accueille la compétition au nom de l'Ukraine - et les fans montrent leur soutien aux deux pays

Liverpool accueille la compétition au nom de l'Ukraine - et les fans montrent leur soutien aux deux pays

Liverpool accueille la compétition au nom de l’Ukraine – et les fans montrent leur soutien aux deux pays

Le village des fans de Liverpool a ouvert ses portes avant la finale de l'Eurovision ce soir

Le village des fans de Liverpool a ouvert ses portes avant la finale de l'Eurovision ce soir

Le village des fans de Liverpool a ouvert ses portes avant la finale de l’Eurovision ce soir

Il a déclaré: «Comme vous pouvez le voir, je pense que vous savez qui nous soutenons aujourd’hui. Évidemment, le favori est la Finlande. Je pense qu’il a une chance.

Parlant de l’entrée britannique Mae Muller, qui se produit en dernier, Sean a ajouté: «J’apprécie l’entrée. Je pense qu’il y a eu des problèmes avec la voix.

«Mais je pense que c’est un bon rapprochement. Ce sera une belle façon de terminer le spectacle.

Mark, 29 ans, également de Liverpool, portait une tenue verte luminescente rappelant la veste de style boléro de Kaarija.

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Il a ajouté à propos de la chanson de Muller: “C’est très typiquement pop, ce n’est pas le style typique de l’Eurovision que j’aime bien.” Je pense que ça marchera très bien.

Parlant de la présentation de la culture ukrainienne par Liverpool, Mark a ajouté: “Je pense que c’est incroyable.” Si vous vous promenez, vous pouvez voir l’Ukraine partout, que ce soit les panneaux ou les drapeaux, c’est juste ukrainien.

«Il est même vrai qu’ils ont fait venir un hôte ukrainien pour aider Liverpool. J’espère que nous avons rendu l’Ukraine fière.

Nicki, 30 ans, de Darlington, est venue dans la fan zone habillée en Serduchka avec le drapeau ukrainien peint sur ses joues, et a dit à PA qu’elle regardait habituellement la grande finale dans le cadre d’une soirée de visionnage, mais qu’elle “voulait le faire depuis des années”. .

Elle a dit qu’elle soutenait Loreen de Suède, une autre favorite pour gagner, mais qu’elle soutenait également Muller.

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Les Britanniques soutiennent l'acte britannique Mae Muller drapé d'Union Jacks alors qu'ils se préparent à célébrer

Les Britanniques soutiennent l'acte britannique Mae Muller drapé d'Union Jacks alors qu'ils se préparent à célébrer

Les Britanniques soutiennent l’acte britannique Mae Muller drapé d’Union Jacks alors qu’ils se préparent à célébrer

Des fans enthousiastes se sont réunis dans le compte à rebours de la grande finale de ce soir

Des fans enthousiastes se sont réunis dans le compte à rebours de la grande finale de ce soir

Des fans enthousiastes se sont réunis dans le compte à rebours de la grande finale de ce soir

Mae Muller a raconté comment elle espère rendre le Royaume-Uni fier alors qu'elle se prépare pour la finale de l'Eurovision

Mae Muller a raconté comment elle espère rendre le Royaume-Uni fier alors qu'elle se prépare pour la finale de l'Eurovision

Mae Muller a raconté comment elle espère rendre le Royaume-Uni fier alors qu’elle se prépare pour la finale de l’Eurovision

Les drapeaux Union Jack ont ​​rempli la foule aujourd'hui, avec de nombreux Britanniques en route pour la chanteuse Mae Muller

Les drapeaux Union Jack ont ​​rempli la foule aujourd'hui, avec de nombreux Britanniques en route pour la chanteuse Mae Muller

Les drapeaux Union Jack ont ​​rempli la foule aujourd’hui, avec de nombreux Britanniques en route pour la chanteuse Mae Muller

Il y avait des acclamations de fans déguisés en actes ukrainiens Verka Serduchka et Kalush Orchestra et des familles en tenues de drapeau de l'Union

Il y avait des acclamations de fans déguisés en actes ukrainiens Verka Serduchka et Kalush Orchestra et des familles en tenues de drapeau de l'Union

Il y avait des acclamations de fans déguisés en actes ukrainiens Verka Serduchka et Kalush Orchestra et des familles en tenues de drapeau de l’Union

Certains ont couru directement sur le devant de la scène pour réclamer une place de choix pour les performances

Certains ont couru directement sur le devant de la scène pour réclamer une place de choix pour les performances

Certains ont couru directement sur le devant de la scène pour réclamer une place de choix pour les performances

Vingt-six artistes se produiront au M&S Bank Arena de Liverpool devant un public mondial attendu de 160 millions de téléspectateurs

Vingt-six artistes se produiront au M&S Bank Arena de Liverpool devant un public mondial attendu de 160 millions de téléspectateurs

Vingt-six artistes se produiront au M&S Bank Arena de Liverpool devant un public mondial attendu de 160 millions de téléspectateurs

Liverpool est plein de couleurs aujourd'hui alors que les fans célèbrent avant la finale de l'Eurovision ce soir

Liverpool est plein de couleurs aujourd'hui alors que les fans célèbrent avant la finale de l'Eurovision ce soir

Liverpool est plein de couleurs aujourd’hui alors que les fans célèbrent avant la finale de l’Eurovision ce soir

Cependant, Nicki a ajouté: “Je pense qu’il est difficile de rivaliser avec l’acte de l’année dernière. Nous avons en quelque sorte atteint notre apogée l’année dernière. C’est juste dommage que nous ayons raté la victoire, mais évidemment tout le monde voulait que l’Ukraine réussisse. J’espère donc qu’elle sera du côté gauche du tableau.

Elle a déclaré que la présentation de la culture ukrainienne par Liverpool dans la ville était “fantastique” et montrait “nous sommes unis”.

La grande finale de samedi soir verra Muller monter enfin sur scène, après qu’il est apparu que le président ukrainien Volodymyr Zelensky n’avait pas été autorisé à prendre la parole lors de l’événement.

Après des mois de préparation, la chanteuse de 25 ans du nord de Londres interprétera enfin son morceau, I Wrote A Song, devant le public votant international.

Elle espère poursuivre le succès de l’entrée britannique de l’année dernière, Sam Ryder, qui a terminé deuxième derrière Kalush Orchestra.

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Vingt-six actes se produiront au M&S Bank Arena de Liverpool devant un public mondial attendu de 160 millions de téléspectateurs, selon la BBC, après que le Royaume-Uni ait accepté d’accueillir le concours au nom de l’Ukraine déchirée par la guerre.

Cela vient après que l’Union européenne de radiodiffusion (UER), qui produit l’événement, a déclaré qu’elle avait refusé la demande de M. Zelensky de prendre la parole samedi par crainte de politiser le concours.

Il avait voulu faire une apparition vidéo inopinée et on s’attendait à ce qu’il implore le public mondial de millions de personnes de continuer à soutenir son pays dans sa lutte pour repousser les envahisseurs russes.

Le Royaume-Uni accueille au nom de l'Ukraine, dont la candidature a remporté le concours de chansons de l'année dernière, mais n'a pas pu organiser le concours de cette année en raison de la guerre

Le Royaume-Uni accueille au nom de l'Ukraine, dont la candidature a remporté le concours de chansons de l'année dernière, mais n'a pas pu organiser le concours de cette année en raison de la guerre

Le Royaume-Uni accueille au nom de l’Ukraine, dont la candidature a remporté le concours de chansons de l’année dernière, mais n’a pas pu organiser le concours de cette année en raison de la guerre

Sur la photo : Olena Ablaieva (photo de droite), avec sa fille Vasylysa (à gauche).  Le couple est originaire d'Ukraine mais vit maintenant à Sidcup avec une famille d'accueil après le déclenchement de la guerre l'année dernière.  Aujourd'hui, ils voyagent de Londres à Liverpool pour regarder le concours

Sur la photo : Olena Ablaieva (photo de droite), avec sa fille Vasylysa (à gauche).  Le couple est originaire d'Ukraine mais vit maintenant à Sidcup avec une famille d'accueil après le déclenchement de la guerre l'année dernière.  Aujourd'hui, ils voyagent de Londres à Liverpool pour regarder le concours

Sur la photo : Olena Ablaieva (photo de droite), avec sa fille Vasylysa (à gauche). Le couple est originaire d’Ukraine mais vit maintenant à Sidcup avec une famille d’accueil après le déclenchement de la guerre l’année dernière. Aujourd’hui, ils voyagent de Londres à Liverpool pour regarder le concours

Liverpool en tête: la grande finale de l'Eurovision sera diffusée en direct sur BBC One à partir de 20 heures ce soir

Liverpool en tête: la grande finale de l'Eurovision sera diffusée en direct sur BBC One à partir de 20 heures ce soir

Liverpool en tête: la grande finale de l’Eurovision sera diffusée en direct sur BBC One à partir de 20 heures ce soir

L’UER a déclaré que M. Zelensky avait des “intentions louables” mais “malheureusement” sa demande était contraire aux règles.

Cette décision a suscité les critiques du Premier ministre Rishi Sunak et de son prédécesseur Boris Johnson, entre autres personnalités.

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L’UER a refusé de commenter davantage.

La grande finale de l’Eurovision sera diffusée en direct sur BBC One à partir de 20 heures samedi.

LIRE LA SUITE: Rylan et Scott Mills sont sauvés par Merseyside Water Rescue après que le pandémonium de l’Eurovision les ait empêchés de retourner à leur hôtel

Vendredi, Rylan et Scott Mills ont été secourus par les services d’urgence lors du pandémonium de l’Eurovision à Liverpool.

Le duo, qui a commenté les deux demi-finales, s’est retrouvé piégé dans une foule de fans après un dîner près de la M&S Arena avant la finale en direct de samedi.

Rylan, 34 ans, s’est rendu sur son Instagram pour partager des mises à jour avec des abonnés révélant que Merseyside Water Rescue l’a aidé, lui et Scott, 50 ans, à monter sur un bateau, uniquement pour que le navire ne parvienne pas à sortir du quai.

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L’ancienne star de X Factor a ensuite été forcée de sauter à l’arrière de la voiture des services d’urgence alors qu’ils étaient escortés lentement vers leur hôtel à travers les masses de fans de musique.

Vêtu d’une veste haute visibilité, on pouvait voir Rylan donner des instructions au conducteur alors que Scott déplorait: “C’est ridicule”.

Aider!  Rylan et Scott Mills ont été secourus par les services d'urgence lors du pandémonium de l'Eurovision à Liverpool vendredi

Aider!  Rylan et Scott Mills ont été secourus par les services d'urgence lors du pandémonium de l'Eurovision à Liverpool vendredi

Aider! Rylan et Scott Mills ont été secourus par les services d’urgence lors du pandémonium de l’Eurovision à Liverpool vendredi

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As France makes abortion a constitutional right, UK women see sharp rise in abortion convictions

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As France enshrines abortion access in its constitution, the UK is facing a sharp rise in abortion convictions. A law dating from 1861 is being used to prosecute women in England and Wales, in at least one case leading to incarceration.

France has become the only country in the world to protect the right to terminate a pregnancy in its constitution after abortion access was officially added to the freedoms guaranteed in the French constitution on Monday. The move was a direct reaction to the rollback of abortion rights in the United States and elsewhere.

But across the English Channel, women are still at risk of prosecution for having the procedure because abortion in the UK has not been decriminalised. Britain is facing a sharp rise in abortion convictions, with a law dating from 1861 being used to prosecute women and in at least one case leading to incarceration.   

Between 1967 and 2022, three women were convicted of having an illegal abortion in England and Wales. But in the last 18 months alone, six women have been prosecuted over suspected abortion offences.

Of the six prosecutions, three cases were dropped and two cases are awaiting trial, according to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS). One woman was sent to prison.

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Illegal abortion and life imprisonment

According to legislation passed 163 years ago, abortion is still a crime in England and Wales.

The Offences Against the Persons Act of 1861 states that it is illegal for a woman to procure her own abortion or provide the means for another woman to terminate a pregnancy.  

What makes abortions accessible today is the Abortion Act, passed by parliament in 1967. The law allows doctors to perform abortions and allows women access to them, but only if they have authorisation from two registered medical practitioners and meet at least one of a specific set of circumstances: These include potential injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman or any existing children in her family, any substantial risk to her life, and any serious physical or mental abnormality the unborn child could have.   

A time limit of 24 weeks was added in 1990 but with exceptions, for example, if a woman faces the risk of death or “permanent damage” to her physical or mental health, or if there is a serious foetal abnormality.

But outside of these restrictions, women can still face a sentence of life imprisonment – one of the harshest penalties for having an illegal abortion in Europe.  

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Many countries in Europe will punish you for performing your own abortion or getting an abortion outside of the healthcare system, says Mara Clarke, co-founder of Supporting Abortions for Everyone (SAFE), a pan-European charity for providing access to abortion.

“But none of [the punishments] is life in prison.”  

Read moreThe long and winding history of the war on abortion drugs

Doctors in England, Wales and Scotland have the final say on whether or not a woman can access an abortion. They determine whether a risk to health is serious enough to call for terminating a pregnancy, whether an abortion is necessary to avoid “grave permanent injury” to a woman’s mental or physical health, and can even opt out of providing abortion care if they object for reasons of conscience.

A woman in England or Wales can even be prosecuted if they purchase abortion pills online without the authorisation of the two required doctors, or if they terminate their pregnancy beyond the 10-week limit for at-home medical abortions or the 24-week limit for abortions at a vetted healthcare facility.   

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Other health care professionals, including nurses, are not authorised to sign off on an abortion, with the necessary double approval restricted only to doctors.  And there is “no consideration of the reasons why a woman might want to end a pregnancy”,  according to a UK abortion rights campaign group run by healthcare professionals called Doctors for Choice.

“The law prevents nurses and midwives from having a full role in abortion care despite being more than capable of doing so,” the group says on its website.

The Independent newspaper reported that Dr Jonathan Lord, the co-chair of the British Society of Abortion Care Providers, knows of at least 60 criminal inquiries into suspected illegal abortions in England and Wales since 2018.

‘An aberration’

“We really have better things to be doing with our time and money,” sighs Clarke from SAFE. “There are 60 investigations, yes, but out of how many abortions – 200,000?” She feels frustrated by the fact that public attention is turned to the prosecutions rather than the safe and guaranteed provision of abortion care for all.

“How many times did Carla Foster have to turn up in court before her case was overturned?” For Clarke, the answer is “too many”.

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Carla Foster is a mother of three who ended her pregnancy outside the legal 24-week legal limit in the early weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic. She took mifepristone – a medical abortion pill – after the limit expired during lockdown.  

Read moreUS Supreme Court ruling on abortion pill could ‘tie the hands of every state’

She received a 28-month custodial sentence in June 2023 and was sent to Foston Hall prison in Derbyshire, where she was incarcerated for 35 days.

Foster took her case to a court of appeal to reduce her sentence and won. A judge deemed the 46-year-old needed “compassion, not punishment” and reduced her punishment to a 14-month suspended sentence. She was released in July.

“UK public opinion is very liberal on abortion and is quite strongly pro-choice,” says Sally Sheldon, a professor at University of Bristol specialising  in healthcare law. “It’s relatively easy for people with access to the NHS (National Health Service) to receive abortion care. In that context, these cases are really an aberration.”

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Nevertheless, the legal remedies – when applied – are severe.

“Most of these women are having their laptops and phones taken away … There have been reports of women having their children taken into care because they were seen as a risk to their kids,” says Sheldon. “It impacts the whole family. The impact is enormous.”

Sheldon surmises that the sudden uptick in prosecutions could be connected to an increased awareness of abortion pills. “Since the pandemic … women can have an online consultation and have the pills sent to them,” she says. “I think that has led to a climate of much greater suspicion around unexplained later pregnancy loss or premature delivery. It seems like most cases are being reported by healthcare professionals … who report it to the police.”

Earlier this year, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists released new guidance for abortion care. Stating their “concern at the increasing number of police investigations following later gestation abortion and pregnancy loss, and the impact this can have on women”, it urged healthcare professionals to “abide by their professional responsibility to justify any disclosure of confidential patient information”.

Labour MP Diana Johnson this month is expected to introduce an amendment to the UK’s Criminal Justice Act that would end prosecutions of women for terminating pregnancies after the 24-week limit.

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“If that amendment gets selected for debate, I would hope it’s got a good chance of being passed,” says Sheldon. “But it’s very difficult to know.”

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Meghan Markle is named on star-studded keynote panel on opening day of SXSW festival in Texas alongside Brooke Shields, author Katie Couric and pop culture expert Nancy Wang Yuen

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The Duchess of Sussex has been named on a star-studded keynote panel for the opening day of SXSW festival in Texas – alongside actress Brooke Shields, author Katie Couric and pop culture expert Nancy Wang Yuen.

South by Southwest, also referred to as SXSW, is an annual festival that celebrates the convergence of technology, film, music, education and culture. It is taking place between March 8-16 in Austin, Texas, this year.

Meghan will be headlining the opening day keynote which falls on International Women’s Day. 

The session, titled Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen, will also be moderated by Errin Haines, host of The Amendment podcast.

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It will be the latest in a string of public appearances that Meghan and Prince Harry have made in recent weeks, the latest of which saw the duchess appearing via video link in London to open a new wing of an animal charity.

This was publicised via the new Sussex.com website she launched with Harry, which instantly became controversial due to the prominence of its royal branding.

Earlier in February, she made dumplings with Afghan female refugees, before a clip of the visit was posted on the Archewell Foundation website last Monday.

The duke and duchess have also recently returned from a trip to the slopes in Whistler, Vancouver, where Harry gave a series of American media interviews ahead of next year’s Invictus Games.

The Duchess of Sussex has been named on a star-studded keynote panel on the opening day of SXSW festival in Texas

The Duchess of Sussex has been named on a star-studded keynote panel on the opening day of SXSW festival in Texas

The Duchess of Sussex has been named on a star-studded keynote panel on the opening day of SXSW festival in Texas

Brooke Shields is also named on the keynote panel

Brooke Shields is also named on the keynote panel

Brooke Shields is also named on the keynote panel

And Katie Couric will also be at the annual festival in Austin, Texas

And Katie Couric will also be at the annual festival in Austin, Texas

And Katie Couric will also be at the annual festival in Austin, Texas

Meghan followed that up with another ski trip with her friends Kelly McKee Zajfen and Heather Dorak in Powder Mountain near Salt Lake City in Utah. 

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Hugh Forrest, SXSW co-president and chief programming officer, said: ‘Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, Katie Couric, Brooke Shields, Nancy Wang Yuen, and Errin Haines are the perfect finishing touch to eight days of remarkable Keynote Speakers.

‘We are so honoured to host this distinguished group on International Women’s Day for a significant discussion on the importance of representation in media and entertainment.’ 

Meghan has been chosen by SXSW because she and the other guests are seen as ‘visionary female leaders at the forefront of news, media, entertainment, and philanthropy’.

They are also described as women ‘who are breaking barriers, challenging stereotypes, and working toward a healthier society on and off our screens’. The Duchess of Sussex was referred to as a New York Times bestselling author.

Meghan’s session will focus on ‘how the ubiquitous nature of social media is creating an often dangerous environment which has led to serious mental health issues for teenage girls in particular’.

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Previously announced featured speakers and panellists at this year’s festival include Selena Gomez, Kirsten Dunst and Sydney Sweeney.

Last year, Meghan spent International Women’s Day helping with a visit to a homeless shelter for pregnant woman, handing out essential supplies to expectant mothers on behalf of her Archewell Foundation.

The announcement of Meghan’s latest public appearance comes after a royal expert claimed that the Sussexes could be putting off Americans with their ‘endless moans’ and attacks on the Royal Family.

Prince Harry and Meghan moved across the pond after quitting as senior royals and leaving Britain in January 2020. 

While attempting to start a new life in the US, the couple have starred in a Netflix docuseries, launched a controversial new website, released a book and held explosive interviews about the Royal Family.

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Prince Harry and Meghan are pictured on their trip to Vancouver last month ahead of next year's Invictus Games

Prince Harry and Meghan are pictured on their trip to Vancouver last month ahead of next year's Invictus Games

Prince Harry and Meghan are pictured on their trip to Vancouver last month ahead of next year’s Invictus Games

Harry and Meghan at an Invictus Games event in Whistler, Canada, on February 14, 2024

Harry and Meghan at an Invictus Games event in Whistler, Canada, on February 14, 2024

Harry and Meghan at an Invictus Games event in Whistler, Canada, on February 14, 2024

In a bid to branch out to the celebrity world, the Sussexes are often seen making appearances at glitzy events, including the ‘Bob Marley: One Love’ premiere in Jamaica in January.

But they were branded ‘insensitive’ for posing on the red carpet with Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who wants to ditch the monarchy.

Last month, Harry said King Charles’s cancer diagnosis could have a ‘reunifying effect’ on the family. He made a transatlantic dash to see his father at Clarence House on February 6 but they only met for around 45 minutes.

There had been reports that Harry was willing to return to a temporary royal role to help out the slimmed down monarchy, with Princess Kate also recovering from abdominal surgery. But palace aides later said there was ‘no way back’ for Harry.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are putting off Americans with their 'endless moans' and 'attacks' on the Royal Family , a royal expert has claimed

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are putting off Americans with their 'endless moans' and 'attacks' on the Royal Family , a royal expert has claimed

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are putting off Americans with their ‘endless moans’ and ‘attacks’ on the Royal Family , a royal expert has claimed

Speaking about Harry and Meghan’s time since leaving Britain, royal author Angela Levin said even Americans are getting fed up with the couple’s ‘hypocrisy’ and whinging.

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She told The Sun: ‘I think endless moaning puts off Americans because they like people who are go-getters rather than those who blame everyone else.

‘They also don’t like the attacks on the Royal Family especially as they so loved and admired the Queen.’

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US Supreme Court unanimously rules Trump can remain on 2024 ballot

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The US Supreme Court on Monday unanimously restored Donald Trump to 2024 presidential primary ballots, rejecting state attempts to hold the Republican former president accountable for the Capitol riot.

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The justices ruled a day before the Super Tuesday primaries that states cannot invoke a post-Civil War constitutional provision to keep presidential candidates from appearing on ballots. That power resides with Congress, the court wrote in an unsigned opinion.

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Trump posted on his social media network shortly after the decision was released: “BIG WIN FOR AMERICA!!!”

The outcome ends efforts in Colorado, Illinois, Maine and elsewhere to kick Trump, the front-runner for his party’s nomination, off the ballot because of his attempts to undo his loss in the 2020 election to Democrat Joe Biden, culminating in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold expressed disappointment in the court’s decision as she acknowledged that “Donald Trump is an eligible candidate on Colorado’s 2024 Presidential Primary.”

Trump’s case was the first at the Supreme Court dealing with a provision of the 14th Amendment that was adopted after the Civil War to prevent former officeholders who “engaged in insurrection” from holding office again.

Colorado’s Supreme Court, in a first-of-its-kind ruling, had decided that the provision, Section 3, could be applied to Trump, who that court found incited the Capitol attack. No court before had applied Section 3 to a presidential candidate.

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Some election observers have warned that a ruling requiring congressional action to implement Section 3 could leave the door open to a renewed fight over trying to use the provision to disqualify Trump in the event he wins the election. In one scenario, a Democratic-controlled Congress could try to reject certifying Trump’s election on Jan. 6, 2025, under the clause.

The issue then could return to the court, possibly in the midst of a full-blown constitutional crisis.

While all nine justices agreed that Trump should be on the ballot, there was sharp disagreement from the three liberal members of the court and a milder disagreement from conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett that their colleagues went too far in determining what Congress must do to disqualify someone from federal office.

Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson said they agreed that allowing the Colorado decision to stand could create a “chaotic state by state patchwork” but said they disagreed with the majority’s finding a disqualification for insurrection can only happen when Congress enacts legislation. “In doing so, the majority shuts the door on other potential means of federal enforcement. We cannot join an opinion that decides momentous and difficult issues unnecessarily, and we therefore concur only in the judgment,” they wrote.

The court did not delve into the politically fraught issue of insurrection in its opinion Monday.

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Both sides had requested fast work by the court, which heard arguments less than a month ago, on Feb. 8. The justices seemed poised then to rule in Trump ‘s favor.

Trump had been kicked off the ballots in Colorado, Maine and Illinois, but all three rulings were on hold awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision.

The case is the court’s most direct involvement in a presidential election since Bush v. Gore, a decision delivered a quarter-century ago that effectively handed the 2000 election to Republican George W. Bush. And it’s just one of several cases involving Trump directly or that could affect his chances of becoming president again, including a case scheduled for arguments in late April about whether he can be criminally prosecuted on election interference charges, including his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. The timing of the high court’s intervention has raised questions about whether Trump will be tried before the November election.

The arguments in February were the first time the high court had heard a case involving Section 3. The two-sentence provision, intended to keep some Confederates from holding office again, says that those who violate oaths to support the Constitution are barred from various positions including congressional offices or serving as presidential electors. But it does not specifically mention the presidency.

Conservative and liberal justices questioned the case against Trump. Their main concern was whether Congress must act before states can invoke the 14th Amendment. There also were questions about whether the president is covered by the provision.

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The lawyers for Republican and independent voters who sued to remove Trump’s name from the Colorado ballot had argued that there is ample evidence that the events of Jan. 6 constituted an insurrection and that it was incited by Trump, who had exhorted a crowd of his supporters at a rally outside the White House to “fight like hell.” They said it would be absurd to apply Section 3 to everything but the presidency or that Trump is somehow exempt. And the provision needs no enabling legislation, they argued.

Trump’s lawyers mounted several arguments for why the amendment can’t be used to keep him off the ballot. They contended the Jan. 6 riot wasn’t an insurrection and, even if it was, Trump did not go to the Capitol or join the rioters. The wording of the amendment also excludes the presidency and candidates running for president, they said. Even if all those arguments failed, they said, Congress must pass legislation to reinvigorate Section 3.

The case was decided by a court that includes three justices appointed by Trump when he was president. They have considered many Trump -related cases in recent years, declining to embrace his bogus claims of fraud in the 2020 election and refusing to shield tax records from Congress and prosecutors in New York.

The 5-4 decision in Bush v. Gore case more than 23 years ago was the last time the court was so deeply involved in presidential politics. Justice Clarence Thomas is the only member of the court who was on the bench then. Thomas has ignored calls by some Democratic lawmakers to step aside from the Trump case because his wife, Ginni, supported Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election results and attended the rally that preceded the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters.

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American Express credit cards EXPOSED in third-party vendor data breach – account numbers and names among details accessed in hack

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  • American Express told customers they are not liable for fraudulent charges
  • READ MORE:  Here’s how credit card information is sold for on the dark web

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American Express is alerting customers about a data breach in which hackers accessed personal credit card information through a third-party vendor.

Account numbers, names and other credit card information such as the expiration date of ‘some customers’ have been compromised, the financial service company shared in a letter filed with the state of Massachusetts.

The incident occurred at a service provider that uses American Express Travel Service, which lets customers book flights, hotels and other reservations using an online portal.

American Express is urging all cardholders to check their statements and alert the company if fraudulent charges have occurred.

Account numbers, names and other credit card information such as the expiration date of ¿some customers¿ have been compromised

Account numbers, names and other credit card information such as the expiration date of ¿some customers¿ have been compromised

Account numbers, names and other credit card information such as the expiration date of ‘some customers’ have been compromised

Anneke Covell, chief privacy officer, wrote: ‘We became aware that a third-party service provider engaged by numerous merchants experienced unauthorized access to its system.

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‘It is important to note that American Express-owned or controlled systems were not compromised by this incident, and we are providing this notice to you as a precautionary measure.’

The letter does not detail the number of people impacted or when the incident occurred. 

Gerilyn Cammaroto, vice president of American Express’s communications, told DailyMail.com: ‘This incident was not caused by a data breach at American Express or at a service provider of American Express. 

‘This incident resulted from a point of sale attack at a merchant processor in which American Express Card member data was impacted. 

‘A courtesy notice of this incident was provided to the Massachusetts regulators due to impacts to American Express Card Members residing in Massachusetts.’

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While information on the breach is sparse, it appeared that American Express has sent letters to customers with compromised credit cards. 

‘At this time, we have been informed that your current or previously issued American Express Card account number, your name and other Card information such as the expiration date, may have been compromised,’ reads the notification signed by Covell.

While information on the breach is sparse, it appeared that American Express has sent letters to customers with compromised credit cards

While information on the breach is sparse, it appeared that American Express has sent letters to customers with compromised credit cards

While information on the breach is sparse, it appeared that American Express has sent letters to customers with compromised credit cards

American Express told BleepingComputer that it has filed the proper notification with regulatory authorities following the hack.

‘When we learn about a data security incident that impacts our customers, we promptly begin an investigation and notify the appropriate regulatory authorities, as required,’ American Express told BleepingComputer.

‘We also work to identify impacted customers and understand the specific impacts, and then notify them as required by applicable laws and regulations.

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The financial company did note in the letter that customers who were part of the breach are ‘ not liable for fraudulent charges’ made with their credit cards.

To check if your American Express card may have been compromised, users are urged to log in to their accounts to look for unusual charges and to activate notifications to stay updated with information about the breach.

The incident comes less than two years of another that impacted 1.2 million customers who had their card number, expiration data, CCV, telephone number, address, social security number and other personal data stolen.

American Express said the 2022 breach was deployed by a third-party merchant, which allowed the sensitive information to leak onto the dark web. 

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‘Carry the burden’: Anger grows in Israel over military exemption for ultra-Orthodox

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People take part in a protest against an exemption to military service for ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem on February 26, 2024.

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As more and more Israelis are drafted into the military amid the war in Gaza, an issue that has long stoked debate is turning increasingly bitter and divisive – an exemption to military service for the country’s roughly 1.3 million ultra-Orthodox Jews.

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State pension would hit £13,236 a year by 2030 if triple lock remains

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  • Conservatives and Labour likely to pledge their support for triple lock 
  • Figures suggest this would see a triple lock beyond £13k by 2030 
  • From April, state pension will rise 8.5% to £11,502 per year

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The annual state pension could surpass £13,000 a year by 2030 if the current pension triple lock is retained, analysis claims.

Both the Conservative and Labour parties are expected to pledge their support for the pensions triple lock in their manifestos for the upcoming general election, according to reports.

Under the triple lock, pensions could reach £13,236.10 by 2023, and are set to surpass £12,000 in 2026/2027, according to research by investment platform AJ Bell.

The state pension is set to surpass £13,000 by 2023, but this could see pensioners lose 20% in income tax from 2027

The state pension is set to surpass £13,000 by 2023, but this could see pensioners lose 20% in income tax from 2027

The state pension is set to surpass £13,000 by 2023, but this could see pensioners lose 20% in income tax from 2027

However, analysis from the Mail on Sunday warns that pensioners could be dragged into the lowest income tax bracket from 2027, even if the state pension is their only income.

The warning comes after Jeremy Hunt confirmed that the Government will maintain the £12,570 tax-free personal allowance until 2028.

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The triple lock, brought in by the coalition government in 2011, ensures that the value of the state pension is not outstripped by the cost of living or the growth earnings of the working population.

This means that the state pension will be increased by the highest of average earnings growth, inflation or by 2.5 per cent per year.

Tom Selby, public policy director at AJ Bell, said: ‘Retirees will no doubt be rejoicing that both major parties appear set to recommit to the state pension ‘triple-lock’ for the next Parliament, with the gold-plated pledge potentially pushing the value of the state pension past £13,000 a year by the end of this decade.

‘Given how critical the votes of older people are to winning a general election, it is no surprise both the Conservatives and Labour appear to be taking a safety-first approach to the triple-lock,’ Selby said.

‘The policy has become a totem for ‘doing right by pensioners’, with debate over the state pension often restricted solely to politicians’ commitment to increasing the benefit by the highest of average earnings growth, inflation or 2.5 per cent.’

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Both Labour and the Conservatives plan to retain the pension triple lock in their upcoming election manifestos

Both Labour and the Conservatives plan to retain the pension triple lock in their upcoming election manifestos

Both Labour and the Conservatives plan to retain the pension triple lock in their upcoming election manifestos

From April, the state pension is set to rise by 8.5 per cent to £11,502 per year, or £221.20 a week, under the new flat rate, while those who retired before 2016 will see their pension rise to £169.50 per week.

Currently, the state payout sits at £10,600, or £203.85 for those who retired after 2016, while those who reached state pension age before April 2016, get £156.20 a week or £8,120 a year.

People on the basic rate, however, also get top-ups, called S2P or Serps, if those were earned earlier in life.

According to AJ Bell, however, the move to retain the triple lock is one of relative political safety in the short-term, but could lead to ‘intergenerational unfairness’ if planned pension age hikes are accelerated.

Selby said: ‘While the policy is understandably popular, it remains entirely aimless, with neither major party clearly stating how much they believe the state pension should be worth.’

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‘The next government needs to set a clear plan for the state pension, both in terms of what a ‘fair’ value is, perhaps as a proportion of average earnings, and the length of time retirees should be in receipt of it on average.’

‘For this necessary reform to happen, politicians will need to show bravery and step beyond the current “Will they? Won’t they?” debate over the triple-lock,’ Selby added. 

‘The state pension remains the bedrock upon which people’s retirement plans are built, so embedding at least some certainty into the system is crucial to help Brits plan with confidence.’

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I cycled 625 miles around Taiwan without ANY training – here’s how I got on

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‘I cried tears of joy because I actually did it.’

So says Riley Yen, a novice cyclist who completed a 625-mile (1,006km) bike ride – the equivalent of almost 24 marathons – around Taiwan.

Despite never owning a bike or cycling longer than 30 minutes at a time before, it took him just 12 days in total, with one of those being a ‘rest’ day.

The 21-year-old, from California, U.S, charted his journey with posts on his Instagram account @rileyyen, taking his 47,600 followers along with him.

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He told MailOnline Travel: ‘I just went in with the mindset that no matter what happens, I will figure it out.’

Riley Yen (above) completed a 625-mile (1,006km) bike journey around Taiwan - without any preparation

Riley Yen (above) completed a 625-mile (1,006km) bike journey around Taiwan - without any preparation

Riley Yen (above) completed a 625-mile (1,006km) bike journey around Taiwan – without any preparation

Riley cycled for 11 days and took just one day off to rest

Riley cycled for 11 days and took just one day off to rest
Riley had never owned a bike or cycled for longer than 30 minutes at a time before starting his journey

Riley had never owned a bike or cycled for longer than 30 minutes at a time before starting his journey

Riley cycled for 11 days and took just one day off to rest. He had never owned a bike or cycled for longer than 30 minutes at a time before starting his journey

Before embarking on his two-wheel adventure, Riley had just graduated from the University of Southern California, with a healthcare consulting job in New York lined up later in the year.

After graduating early, he decided to use the extra time – and money he had left – to travel around Asia.

‘I had completed everything I “should do”, from going to college to getting a job and getting healthy,’ he said. ‘I wanted to do something not because I should, but because I’m curious about it. Satisfying the child-like curiosity.’

Riley had reached Japan when the idea struck him to cycle around Taiwan. 

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He then travelled to the island and bought a bike for $130 (£103) and set off on the Taiwan Cycling Route No.1 in February.

The route starts and finishes in the capital city of Taipei and circles the island, with some parts passing along the coast.

Riley completed it in an impressive 12 days by spending up to 12 hours biking every day, taking just one day off on day nine of the journey, and staying in hotels along the way.

When asked if he ever veered off course, he said: ‘Yes. For the most part, I followed it but I did go off to Tainan, which is off route.’

Riley said he wanted to complete the journey to ‘satisfy a childlike curiosity’ 

Riley said: 'I just went in with the mindset that no matter what happens, I will figure it out'

Riley said: 'I just went in with the mindset that no matter what happens, I will figure it out'
Breaking past the physical pain was one of the toughest parts for the novice cyclist

Breaking past the physical pain was one of the toughest parts for the novice cyclist

Riley said: ‘I just went in with the mindset that no matter what happens, I will figure it out.’ Breaking past the physical pain was one of the toughest parts for the novice cyclist

The 21-year-old, from California, charted his journey with posts on his Instagram account @rileyyen , taking his 47,600 followers along with him

The 21-year-old, from California, charted his journey with posts on his Instagram account @rileyyen , taking his 47,600 followers along with him
Before embarking on his two-wheel adventure, Riley had just graduated from the University of Southern California

Before embarking on his two-wheel adventure, Riley had just graduated from the University of Southern California

The 21-year-old, from California , charted his journey with posts on his Instagram account @rileyyen, taking his 47,600 followers along with him. Before embarking on his two-wheel adventure, Riley had just graduated from the University of Southern California

Riley said breaking past the ‘physical pain’ was a tough part of the journey. 

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‘The most painful parts were my hands and my bottom because my bike did not have handle variations and was not fitted correctly,’ he added. ‘I also had a bag on my back rather than tied to the bike.

‘My hands were constantly numb, and I couldn’t use chopsticks for a week after.’

He also had a run-in with Mother Nature on day eight, which he described as the hardest day.

‘I encountered a storm with almost no energy and four more hours to go as I approached the night,’ he said.

And the hardest psychological part, he said, was posting ‘well-edited videos and interacting with my viewers – not just one day but every single day’.

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Riley revealed that during the ride his hands were 'constantly numb' and that afterwards, he 'couldn't use chopsticks for a week'

Riley revealed that during the ride his hands were 'constantly numb' and that afterwards, he 'couldn't use chopsticks for a week'

Riley revealed that during the ride his hands were ‘constantly numb’ and that afterwards, he ‘couldn’t use chopsticks for a week’ 

Did he ever get close to giving up? ‘Every day,’ he said. Why didn’t he? He explained: ‘I said I would complete it, so I must do it.’ 

And he claimed he doesn’t have any regrets. 

For the most part, Riley said, Taiwan is very cycle-friendly. But he explained he had to skip two small sections in the east of the island and take a train because it was either ‘illegal for bikes or too dangerous due to large trucks and falling rocks from the mountainside’.

Some of the best sights he saw were farmlands in eastern Taiwan, including Taichung and Hualien, and beaches in Kaohsiung and Checheng, in southern Taiwan. 

Riley's bike is pictured next to Xiluo Bridge in Changhua County

Riley's bike is pictured next to Xiluo Bridge in Changhua County
The cyclist said some of the best sights he saw were farmlands on the east side of Taiwan

The cyclist said some of the best sights he saw were farmlands on the east side of Taiwan

LEFT: Riley’s bike is pictured next to Xiluo Bridge in Changhua County. RIGHT: The cyclist said some of the best sights he saw were farmlands on the east side of Taiwan

What’s next for Riley? He said: ‘I’m running 30-mile runs now and scaling my clothing brand, Kaede Gardens.’

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While he said he would ‘love to’ continue cycling, Riley doesn’t have any more long journeys planned. 

However, he said Japan ‘would be very nice’ to cycle around, as well as the Taiwanese mountains.

For more from Riley, visit him on Instagram at www.instagram.com/rileyyen/, YouTube at www.youtube.com/@rileyyen and TikTok at www.tiktok.com/@rileyyen.

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Scientists may have finally found the cause of long Covid: Low iron levels after infection ‘might be trigger of poorly-understood illness’

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  • Scientists found those with long Covid had problems with iron levels in blood

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Experts may have found the cause of long Covid after discovering that low iron levels following an infection could be a key trigger.

An estimated 1.9 million people in the UK alone say they experience symptoms of long Covid.

These can include fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle aches and problems with memory and concentration – and last long after the initial Covid infection has subsided.

Now scientists believe that problems with iron levels in the blood – and the body’s ability to regulate this important nutrient – could be a key driver of ongoing issues.

And the discovery could point to possible ways to prevent or treat the condition.

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An estimated 1.9 million people in the UK alone say they experience symptoms of long Covid. These symptoms can include fatigue, muscle aches and loss of smell

An estimated 1.9 million people in the UK alone say they experience symptoms of long Covid. These symptoms can include fatigue, muscle aches and loss of smell

An estimated 1.9 million people in the UK alone say they experience symptoms of long Covid. These symptoms can include fatigue, muscle aches and loss of smell

Shortly after the start of the pandemic, a team led by Cambridge University began recruiting people who had tested positive for the virus.

Over the course of a year, participants provided blood samples and it became clear that a significant number of patients would go on to have symptoms that persisted.

What is long Covid ?

Most people with Covid feel better within a few days or weeks, but those with long Covid take much longer to recover.

The symptoms include:

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Fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of smell and muscle aches.

It can also cause:

Memory problems, a tight chest, insomnia, heart palpitations, dizziness, joint pain, pins and needles, tinnitus, stomach aches, loss of appetite, high temperature, a cough, rashes and depression. 

Source: NHS 

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In the end the researchers focused their analysis on 214 individuals, around half of whom reported long Covid symptoms between three and 10 months after their infection.

They discovered that ongoing inflammation and low iron levels in the blood could be seen as early as two weeks following an infection in those individuals reporting long Covid many months later.

Problems with iron levels in the blood were detectable in the long Covid group regardless of age, sex or infection severity, they found.

Dr Aimee Hanson, who worked on the study while at the University of Cambridge and is now at the University of Bristol, said: ‘Iron levels, and the way the body regulates iron, were disrupted early on during SARS-CoV-2 infection, and took a very long time to recover, particularly in those people who went on to report long Covid months later.

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‘Although we saw evidence that the body was trying to rectify low iron availability and the resulting anaemia by producing more red blood cells, it was not doing a particularly good job of it in the face of ongoing inflammation.’

Co-author Professor Hal Drakesmith, from the University of Oxford, said iron dysregulation is a natural response to infection.

‘When the body has an infection, it responds by removing iron from the bloodstream,’ he said.

‘This protects us from potentially lethal bacteria that capture the iron in the bloodstream and grow rapidly. It’s an evolutionary response that redistributes iron in the body, and the blood plasma becomes an iron desert.

Researchers discovered that ongoing inflammation and low iron levels in the blood could be seen as early as two weeks following an infection in those individuals reporting long Covid many months later

Researchers discovered that ongoing inflammation and low iron levels in the blood could be seen as early as two weeks following an infection in those individuals reporting long Covid many months later

Researchers discovered that ongoing inflammation and low iron levels in the blood could be seen as early as two weeks following an infection in those individuals reporting long Covid many months later

‘However, if this goes on for a long time, there is less iron for red blood cells, so oxygen is transported less efficiently affecting metabolism and energy production, and for white blood cells, which need iron to work properly. The protective mechanism ends up becoming a problem.’

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The findings, published in the journal Nature Immunology, may help explain why symptoms such as fatigue and exercise intolerance are common in long Covid.

The researchers say the study points to potential ways of preventing or reducing the impact of long Covid by rectifying iron dysregulation during early infection.

One approach might be controlling the extreme inflammation as early as possible, before it impacts on iron regulation.

Another approach might involve iron supplementation – however as Dr Hanson pointed out, this may not be straightforward.

‘It isn’t necessarily the case that individuals don’t have enough iron in their body, it’s just that it’s trapped in the wrong place,’ she said.

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‘What we need is a way to remobilise the iron and pull it back into the bloodstream, where it becomes more useful to the red blood cells.’

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EU slaps Apple with €1.8 billion fine for music streaming restrictions

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The EU on Monday hit Apple with a 1.8 billion-euro-fine ($1.9 billion) for violating the bloc’s laws by preventing music streaming services from informing users about subscription options outside of its App Store.

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The iPhone maker immediately vowed to appeal the first ever antitrust fine slapped on Apple by Brussels, the culmination of a case triggered by a complaint by Swedish music streaming giant Spotify.

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The European Commission said it “found that Apple applied restrictions on app developers preventing them from informing iOS users about alternative and cheaper music subscription services available outside of the app”.

“This is illegal under EU antitrust rules,” the EU’s powerful antitrust regulator said.

“Apple’s conduct, which lasted for almost ten years, may have led many iOS users to pay significantly higher prices for music streaming subscriptions because of the high commission fee imposed by Apple on developers and passed on to consumers,” it added.

Spotify’s complaint in 2019 triggered a broad commission investigation into the iPhone maker in 2021, but Brussels narrowed its probe last year to focus on Apple’s actions to prevent apps from giving users information about rival music subscription options.

“For a decade, Apple abused its dominant position in the market for the distribution of music streaming apps through the App Store,” commission vice president Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

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“We have ordered Apple to remove the necessary provisions and to refrain from similar practices in the future,” Vestager told reporters.

Apple slammed the commission’s decision and said it would appeal.

“The decision was reached despite the Commission’s failure to uncover any credible evidence of consumer harm, and ignores the realities of a market that is thriving, competitive, and growing fast,” Apple said in a statement.

“While we respect the European Commission, the facts simply don’t support this decision. And as a result, Apple will appeal,” the company added.

Sour Apple

Despite the scale of the penalty, critics point out that even fines above hundreds of millions of euros pale in comparison to how much Apple makes. In the last three months of 2023, Apple reported $33.92 billion in profits.

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Brussels has already hit Google with penalties of around eight billion euros in the past few years, although the US-based firm is challenging the fines in EU courts.

But the EU expects the fine will lead Apple to stop limiting access to rival streaming services — all the more since it will also be obliged to do so under a new law known as the Digital Markets Act that it must adhere to by March 7.

Google owner Alphabet, Amazon, TikTok’s parent company ByteDance, Meta and Microsoft must also comply.

The DMA gives the commission the power to fine companies up to 10 percent of global revenue for any violations or 20 percent for repeat offenders.

Apple rejects Spotify’s claims and points to the streaming giant’s market dominance in the online music field.

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Spotify has more than 600 million monthly users, a third of them are paying subscribers, according to the company’s latest figures published last month.

Apple Music, a music streaming service, represents eight percent of the European market, the company says, compared with Spotify’s more than 50 percent share.

Apple also says Spotify has paid them nothing — except a $99 developer programme fee — although the iPhone maker claims to have played a significant part in the firm’s success.

Bitter battles

It is not the first time Apple and Spotify have knocked heads.

Spotify has been one of the most vocal critics of Apple’s changes to its App Store as part of compliance with the EU’s DMA law.

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As part of the changes, the company will let rivals build app stores for iPhones and allow payment services beyond Apple Pay on the devices.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek charges that the iPhone maker’s attitude “mocks the spirit of the law”.

On Friday, 34 digital organisations including video games maker Epic Games and Spotify wrote to the commission to express concern about Apple’s plans.

They said Apple’s new terms, “if left unchanged, make a mockery of the DMA and the considerable efforts by the European Commission and EU institutions to make digital markets competitive.”

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Fresh woe for Christian Horner as NEW allegations are published in 19-page investigation which names his accuser – as he’s seen in furious mystery row with nemesis Jos Verstappen

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Christian Horner is facing fresh turmoil after new allegations were published in a 19-page investigation that names his accuser – as he was seen in a furious row with his nemesis Jos Verstappen.  

Geri Halliwell’s husband was cleared last Wednesday of ‘coercive behaviour’ towards a female colleague at Red Bull before screenshots of a text conversation allegedly between them were leaked via an anonymous email. 

The 50-year-old was spotted embracing the former Spice Girl on Saturday in a show of unity. 

However, Horner’s attempts to move on from the scandal were hampered today by the publication of a 19-page investigation into the case by trade publication BusinessF1 Magazine. 

Together with making a series of new allegations against Horner, it also names the female member of staff he is alleged to have texted and documents the power struggle at the top of Red Bull. 

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Sources close to Horner have dismissed the piece as ‘full of inaccuracies’, The Times reported, but it may be seized upon by critics. Foremost among these has been Max Verstappen’s father Jos, who has warned that the ongoing furore was ‘driving the team apart’.

Red Bull have denied bombshell claims from a F1 trade magazine over Christian Horner in a 19-page investigation which names the female member of staff he allegedly texted

Red Bull have denied bombshell claims from a F1 trade magazine over Christian Horner in a 19-page investigation which names the female member of staff he allegedly texted

Red Bull have denied bombshell claims from a F1 trade magazine over Christian Horner in a 19-page investigation which names the female member of staff he allegedly texted

Horner was seen having an animated discussion with Max Verstappen's father, Jos, in the Red Bull motorhome during the weekend of the Bahrain Grand Prix

Horner was seen having an animated discussion with Max Verstappen's father, Jos, in the Red Bull motorhome during the weekend of the Bahrain Grand Prix

 Horner was seen having an animated discussion with Max Verstappen’s father, Jos, in the Red Bull motorhome during the weekend of the Bahrain Grand Prix

Horner and wife Geri Halliwell put on a united front during the Bahrain Grand Prix after screenshots of a text conversation allegedly between Horner and the employee were leaked

Horner and wife Geri Halliwell put on a united front during the Bahrain Grand Prix after screenshots of a text conversation allegedly between Horner and the employee were leaked

Horner and wife Geri Halliwell put on a united front during the Bahrain Grand Prix after screenshots of a text conversation allegedly between Horner and the employee were leaked

The article’s author is Tom Rubython, who has run BusinessF1 Magazine since 2003 and describes himself as ‘probably the most sued journalist in Britain’.

The 68-year-old, who also stood for Ukip in the 2015 general election, has been the target of legal action by former Formula One leaders Max Mosely and Bernie Ecclestone, as well as business magnate Lord Alan Sugar.

Mr Rubython in total claims to have faced around ’20 to 30 legal battles’.

The Times quote him as saying: ‘They’ve forgotten about us. They [Red Bull Racing] are so busy chasing mainstream media they forgot our magazine is coming out. Our magazine is usually about business, sponsorship and engines — a good old scandal is very rare.’

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Mr Rubython also admitted that he did not put his claims to Red Bull before publication – known in journalism as a ‘right of reply’.

He said: ‘If I’d put the claims to Christian I’d have had an immediate injunction or attempted injunction… Harbottle [Horner’s lawyers] are going to have a problem if they go for us in the morning. Whether they will or not, I do have a certain reputation of not caving.’

Despite the controversy off-track, on the circuit Horner’s Red Bull team got the season off to a perfect start, with Max Verstappen winning the season-opener ahead of Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez.

However, Max’s father Jos has now emerged as one of Horner’s most vocal critics, and previously told Mail Sport that Red Bull will explode if Horner keeps his position.

He said: ‘There is tension here while he (Horner) remains in position.

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‘The team is in danger of being torn apart. It can’t go on the way it is. It will explode. He is playing the victim, when he is the one causing the problems.’ 

According to his affiliates, Horner believes Verstappen Snr has orchestrated a campaign to unseat him for the past few weeks, the implication being that the Dutchman even had a hand in the email leak – something which has not been proved.

Video footage was posted by Sky Italy which shows Horner having an animated discussion with Jos Verstappen during the weekend of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Verstappen, 51, walked out of the fiery meeting before returning to the room and reluctantly shaking hands. 

The Telegraph, reported that Verstappen’s father has told friends his son will move on from Red Bull if he has to.

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US Supreme Court unanimously rules Trump can remain on 2024 ballot

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