THE Premier League could still end up with NO relegation at the end of the season.
FA chief Greg Clarke is ready to make a U-turn over his promotion and relegation demands if the top flight and Championship cannot finish.
He angered some Premier League clubs by promising to invoke the FA’s “Special Share” and insist three clubs from each division swap leagues come what may.
But in an about-turn during yesterday’s latest virtual meeting of the 20 Prem “Shareholder” clubs, Clarke signalled he was no longer determined to enforce promotion and relegation IF a second shutdown means the leagues cannot be played to a conclusion.
Clarke’s apparent change of stance came as the Prem clubs agreed to put their “curtailment” concerns on hold for the time being.
The clubs agreed the issue would only come back on the table IF the League, due to resume on June 17, cannot be completed.
And while Clarke would prefer to see the season concluded, the clubs believe he is prepared to row back from confrontation.
One club chief explained: “Greg had made his position clear on this issue last month but it seems the FA have changed their minds on it now.
“We all agreed that if both leagues finish, there should be promotion and relegation.
“Everybody agrees we have to press on now, especially with the good news we’ve had from the Covid-19 testing.
“But if either we can’t, or the EFL can’t, that changes things.”
League chiefs are increasingly bullish that the improving Covid-19 picture means there are few bars to the remaining 92 matches being played before the end of July.
That ambition helped shape the tone of the meeting as clubs came together to shunt the issue onto the backburner.
But it was made clear that a number of clubs would demand there is NO relegation, even if the Prem does finish, if the Championship does not also get played out to a natural conclusion.
Instead, the Prem clubs would suggest the £129m in “parachute money” ring-fenced for relegated clubs be distributed throughout the entire EFL 71-club ecosystem.
The club boss added: “Greg suggested his position in that case would no longer be as cut and dried as it had been.
“He understood the argument about the parachute money.”
The strength of feeling about relegation was echoed by other clubs.
One said: “We’re not just talking about the six who were called “rebels”. It’s much wider than that.
“We believe there are real issues in the Championship and if it can’t finish, then how can any teams be relegated into that division? It would be plain wrong.”
The new program, consisting of two teams of full-time feeders, will run for three-and-a-half months total. So far, feeders have been working for three weeks and have provided thousands of meals to stray animals.
The team’s presence on the ground has also had the unintended additional benefit of providing medical care to animals that need it, as well as protecting street dogs from being taken in to the dog meat trade.
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"With flights halted, jobs gone, expats repatriated, and restaurants closed, stray animals on the island have lost their food sources," Dr. Katherine Polak, head of Four Paws Stray Animal Care projects in Southeast Asia, said in the release.
She continued, "Facing starvation, dogs are especially at risk of being poisoned or killed in brutal ways. Many starving dogs tend to steal food or hunt and kill farmed animals, placing them in conflict with local communities."
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Melania Trump is world famous now, as the wife of the President of the United States. First Lady is a busy job, despite not being a paid role for women married to the president.
Melania Trump looks chic in black midi dress with Donald
However, former-model Melania has claimed there is one job that will always be the most important to her.
The First Lady was born in Slovenia, and moved to the US to pursue modelling at 18.
She had Barron in March 2006, the year after she married Donald, and she was 36 at the time.
Melania told Parenting: “I am a full-time mom; that is my first job. The most important job ever.”
At the time of giving the interview Melania was running her own jewellery line.
She revealed that even though she had interesting as a sideline, parenting Barron was most important.
Melania said: “When he is in school I do my meetings, my sketches, and everything else.”
Shockingly, to many mothers, Melania revealed she was happy to let Barron draw on his bedrooms walls, even in their £10.7m New York apartment.
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Melania told the publication: “His imagination is growing and important.
“He draws on the walls in his playroom, we can paint it over.
“One day he was playing bakery and he wrote Barron’s Bakery on the wall with crayons. He is very creative, if you say to a child no, no, no, where does the creativity go?”
She went on: “I think it’s important to give a child room to make mistakes in order to learn. Mistakes build wings so later in life they can fly and go on their own.”
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Yesterday Melania Trump wore a black midi dress and £560 heels in Washington.
She was with Donald to pay her respects at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine.
Melania opted for a muted look as she joined the US President in Washington.
The US First Lady posted a selection of pictures from the shrine on her Instagram.
Sources revealed that Melania Trump and Barron were taken to a bunker with Donald Trump last week.
Donald was taken to an an underground bunker amid protests yesterday.
A White House Official and law enforcement source told CNN the president was there for little under an hour.
The protests were a result of the death of George Floyd, a black man, died after a white police officer held him to the ground in Minneapolis.
In the wake of George Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25th, streaming numbers for protest songs have soared. Vintage tracks like N.W.A’s “Fuck tha Police” that specifically call out police violence serve as a reminder that our current national crisis is nothing new. As Black Lives Matter resistance continues across the country, artists have channeled their anger and sadness into new protest anthems, directly inspired by Floyd’s death and its aftermath. Here’s how artists including YG, LL Cool J, and Teejayx6 have responded to the latest chapter of an age-old crisis.
A few years after releasing his two-part single, “FDT (Fuck Donald Trump),” YG has issued “FTP” — short for “Fuck the Police,” alluding to N.W.A’s 1988 landmark — in response to the killing of George Floyd and the protests that have followed. Although he doesn’t specifically reference Floyd in the lyrics, the Compton MC raps about “Murder after murder after all these years” and says the “Ku Klux cops, they on a mission.” He also captures the spirit of how exhausting it is to protest the same injustices that have been carried out against black people for centuries. “Been tired, fuck cardboard signs, we in the field,” he says at one point, and at another, “I’m tired of being tired of being tired.” But of course, he already said everything he needs to in the chorus: “Fuck the police. Fuck ’em. Fuck the police.”
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After a tense weekend of protests, hip-hop’s original G.O.A.T., LL Cool J, captured the outrage of a nation in two-and-a-half minutes of a cappella verses, delivered via a teary-eyed Instagram post. Beginning with “For 400 years you had your knees on our necks,” referring to the brutal way Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin took George Floyd’s life, LL holds no punches in addressing the effects of white supremacy. “Watching that man die slow left a hole,” he says. “He cried for his mama as the murder unfold/If it wasn’t for those phones, Chauvin would be at home/Feeling justified because of George’s skin tone/I’m telling those with melanin, you’re not alone.” The rapper also name-checks several other black people who have died wrongly at the hands of police and others through the years, including Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Amadou Diallo, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, and Breonna Taylor. He closes with the lines, “Black Lives Matter forever.”
Teejayx6, “Black Lives Matter”
“Black Lives Matter,” a new track by the young Detroit rapper Teejayx6 — shared with the hashtag #RIPGEORGEFLOYD and paired with a video featuring footage of Floyd’s final moments and other instances of police brutality against black people — is filled with rhetorical questions that have no good answers. “How the fuck my momma gon’ sleep at night and the police keep killing us?” he raps over a tense midempo beat by Atlanta producer TM88. Later in the song, he turns his inquiries directly on George Floyd’s killer, Derek Chauvin (“Why you had to put your knee on his neck?”) and those who witnessed his death (“Why you ain’t just go and help him out?”). The song pledges support to Black Lives Matter while lamenting that, at moments like these, that or any other slogan falls short: “Another black man just died on camera/But we can’t even use our hammers/All we can say is, ‘Black lives matter.’”
Terrace Martin feat. Denzel Curry, Daylyt, Kamasi Washington, and G Perico, “Pig Feet”
Producer and multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin’s genre-spanning background — his résumé includes work with Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Herbie Hancock, and many others — helps him bring together a stellar cast on this urgent new track, featuring MCs Denzel Curry, Daylyt, and G Perico, along with saxophonist Kamasi Washington. Curry jumps directly into the fray, painting a bleak picture of life as a black man in America: “Helicopters over my balcony/If the police can’t harass, they wanna smoke every ounce of me.” Daylyt’s lines speed by in a flurry of syllables, landing on stark declarations like “They gon’ pay for takin’ my brother.” Washington’s saxophone adds emphasis to the rappers’ lines, and as the track ends, his and Martin’s horns tangle in an impassioned improv outburst. “The video to this song is happening right outside your window,” says a message on the screen in the accompanying clip, driving home the urgency of this collective statement.
Conway the Machine, “Front Lines”
After protesters set fire to the Minneapolis police department’s third precinct as a reaction to the killing of George Floyd, Buffalo MC Conway the Machine released “Front Lines,” which addresses both Floyd’s death and the uprising that followed it. “Cracker invent the laws, that’s why the system is flawed,” Conway raps, after describing the way Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck. “Cops killin’ black people on camera and don’t get charged/We ain’t takin’ no more/We ain’t just pressin’ record/Can’t watch you kill my brother, you gon’ have to kill us all.” The track ends with a recording of a news reporter describing flames billowing out the police station, as Conway’s anxious-sounding backing track plays in the background.
Hiss Golden Messenger, “Stones (For George Floyd”)
M.C. Taylor, the singer-songwriter who performs as Hiss Golden Messenger, uploaded this folk lament to Instagram five days after Floyd was killed. “I watched that video of George Floyd being murdered by those cops in Minneapolis,” he said in his introduction to his freshly written song. “And I felt sick.” Taylor’s song is mournful and outraged, making direct reference to Floyd’s final moments: “Hey, it’s hot in the streets when they got you on the asphalt/It’s hot when you’re living in Hell.” He implicates his audience via a variation on a Toni Morrison quote — “I wanna go down singing songs by the river/I wanna tell y’all about something good/But if you only feel tall when your neighbor’s on his knees, I’ve gotta sing a different song for you” — and suggests that for any artist with a platform, no matter what their idiom, now is no time for silence.
Wyatt Waddell, “Fight!”
Many of the songs created in response to George Floyd’s death and the latest wave of Black Lives Matter protests have — for obvious reasons — captured feelings of outrage, despondency, or both. But Chicago singer-songwriter Wyatt Waddell chose to zero in on a different emotion, crafting an upbeat soul-funk track specifically designed lift the spirits of those out in the streets. “This song is me looking at what’s happening and what I’d tell the people protesting,” he wrote on Bandcamp. “I hope that it can be an anthem for my people as they’re fighting for a better America.” He uses a thumping beat, gospel-chorus–style vocals, and feel-good retro grooves to underscore the song’s core message of positivity in relentlessly bleak times: “There’s already so much pain/And there ain’t nothin’ else we can do.”
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LOS ANGELES — A writer from a “Law & Order” spin-off and the play-by-play broadcaster for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings found themselves out of jobs after making social media posts this week that their bosses found too incendiary or insensitive, highlighting an apparent surge in such firings across many lines of work.
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Lost jobs over social media statements that seemed like a good idea at the time have become a common occurrence, but the tense environment of nationwide protests against racism and police brutality with the backdrop of a pandemic have made Twitter, Instagram and Facebook especially dangerous for those who want to remain among the employed.
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With major events constantly unfolding that affect people in cities across the U.S., it can be difficult for some to resist the urge to post or tweet, even when they are a police officer, a local official or a teacher who is bound to draw scrutiny.
“People when they see a breaking news story they get that rush of wanting to be a part of something,” said Danny Deraney, a publicist who often works in crisis management. “There’s an adrenaline. They feel like they’re saying something so profound. But they need to think before they tweet.”
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Craig Gore, who has worked on the shows “S.W.A.T.” and “Chicago P.D.,” was fired Tuesday from the forthcoming “Law & Order: Organized Crime” spin-off because of Facebook posts. One was captioned “Curfew…” in which he’s shown holding a rifle on his front porch, and in another full of expletives, he threatens to shoot looters who come near his home.
Given the gravity of the moment, Gore’s boss, “Law & Order” franchise creator Dick Wolf, did not warn or suspend him but went straight to firing, saying in a statement, “I will not tolerate this conduct, especially during our hour of national grief.”
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A lawyer for Gore did not respond to a request for comment.
Grant Napear, longtime TV announcer for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings was fired from his talk radio job and subsequently resigned Tuesday from the team’s broadcast crew after he tweeted “ALL LIVES MATTER” and more to former Kings player DeMarcus Cousins when asked his opinion on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Bonneville International, owner of the radio station that fired Napear, said in a statement, “The timing of Grant’s tweet was particularly insensitive.”
Napear later tweeted, “I’ve been doing more listening than talking the past few days,” and “I believe the past few days will change this country for the better!”
And social media-based firings are not just for the prominent.
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Many others from public-facing institutions and businesses have been sanctioned, demoted, suspended or fired for impolitic statements online in recent days.
The principal trombonist from the Austin Symphony Orchestra was let go after a string of Facebook comments, including one in which she said black protesters “deserve what they get.”
The personal accounts of police are under especially tight scrutiny.
A Denver officer was fired Tuesday for writing “Let’s start a riot” as the caption to an Instagram picture of himself and two fellow officers smiling in riot gear. An officer in Fulton, New York, posted an Instagram image that read, “Black lives only matter to black people unless they are killed by a white person” and found himself out of a job.
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The poor timing cited by the former bosses Gore and Napear can make posts that might otherwise pass unnoticed have major consequences, especially in a moment marked by a volatile combination of politics and race.
“If you’re in a situation like this, you’ve got to read the room,” Deraney said. You’ve got to get a sense of what’s going on. You don’t need to always say something. These people who are getting fired or resigning, they’re not realizing this.”
Chris Trousdale, a former member of the boy band DreamStreet, died Tuesday from complications of coronavirus, according to reports. He was 34.
A family member said Trousdale died from the effects of COVID-19, TMZ reported. Former bandmate Jesse McCartney confirmed the cause on Instagram. A rep told Billboard Trousdale died of an “undisclosed illness.”
McCartney wrote about their time together as 12- and 14-year-olds and said Trousdale was the most popular in the group. “I truly envied him as a performer,” he wrote.
“Although we were a band for only 3 years, at that age, it felt like a lifetime and we built a real brotherhood,” McCartney added. “My deepest sympathies go out to his mother whom I know cherished him dearly. RIP Chris.”
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Dream Street played together from 1999 to 2002 before legal hassles between their parents and management reportedly caused a breakup. The group produced a No. 1 self-titled record on Billboard’s independent albums chart. Their biggest song, “It Happens Every Time,” climbed to No. 48.
Trousdale began as a stage actor at age 8, according to Variety, and later played Gavroche in “Les Miserables” on Broadway and Friedrich von Trapp in “The Sound of Music,” Playbill wrote.
He also did guest spots on kid shows like “Shake It Up” and “Austin & Ally” years after his boy-band days.
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Hyatt is extending its cancellation policy through July 2021 in an effort to provide further flexibility for guests whose plans have been upended by the novel coronavirus.
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Reservations booked through Hyatt for stays through July 31, 2021 can now be canceled up to 24 hours before any scheduled arrival time for no added fee including advance purchase rate reservations, the company announced Wednesday, noting that some exclusions apply.
Hyatt advises any guests who booked through online travel agents or other third parties to contact their booking provider for information on their policies and for assistance.
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"As we listen closely to our guests and members, we know that flexibility is more important than ever right now," said Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian.
‘Italians everywhere are weeping’: Bizarre ‘carbonara’ made with tinned spaghetti, processed cheese and sliced hot dogs appals foodies – and is branded ‘dog food’ by Gino D’Acampo
Gino D’Acampo has branded tinned pasta ‘dog food’ in an explosive rant
Italian chef, 43, said viral ‘carbonara dish’ was ‘everything that is wrong with UK’
Bizarre meal was made of tinned spaghetti, sliced cheese and chopped hot dog
When you don’t have all the right ingredients to hand, there’s nothing wrong with experimenting, but one man’s attempt at carbonara using tinned spaghetti was left foodies horrified.
In a post shared to popular Facebook Group Rate My Plate, user Steven S posted a picture of a cut up tinned spaghetti, topped with a slice of American-style burger cheese and chopped hot dog sausage.
Commenters were horrified, by the concoction and branded it the ‘worst thing they’ve ever seen’, while the dish also provoked a furious rant from celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo on today’s episode of This Morning.
The Italian-born chef told the show: ‘That is food for dogs, if you want my opinion on the dish.’
In a post shared to popular Facebook Group Rate My Plate , user Steven S posted a picture of a cut up tinned spaghetti, topped with a slice of American-style burger cheese and chopped hot dog sausage.
Gino D’Acampo, 43, was reacting to a Facebook user’s attempt at making a ‘carborna’ which foodies branded the ‘worst thing they’ve ever seen’. He is pictured in Northern Italy in December
The bizarre concoction quickly went viral receiving nearly 8,000 comments of people sharing their disgust, after it was shared to Facebook.
‘In what world is that carbonara??? Italians everywhere are weeping over this monstrosity,’ one user wrote
‘Now that, my friend, is one of the worse things I have seen on this page. I wonder what you had to drink with it – a nice glass of vinegar? That’s a bit like wine isn’t it?’ another added.
Knowing his passion for Italian cooking, Phillip Schofield revealed he sent a picture of the carbornara to Gino ‘to wind him up a bit’.
Knowing his passion for Italian cooking, Phillip Schofield revealed he sent a picture of the carbornara to Gino ‘to wind him up a bit’. Holly and Phil are pictured laughing at the rant
And it clearly worked, with Gino launching an hilarious rant against the dish.
In a voice note played out on air, Gino, who is in lockdown at his home in Sardinia with his family says: ‘This is what is wrong with this country, I’ve been showing how to make carbonara for over 20 years, especially on This Morning, and yet people still call it a carbonara because it’s got a little bit…’
Taking a breath to get his thoughts together, he continued: ‘Pasta that is in a tin! Who eats pasta that’s in a tin? That is food for dogs, so if you want my opinion on the dish..’
This Morning also showed a 2010 clip from the show, when Holly insulting Gino by comparing an authentic Italian dish he was cooking to a ‘British carbonara’.
Still fuming, Gino paused again to before continuing: ‘Let me calm down, because it’s very early in the morning here and I haven’t had a coffee yet. That dish is suitable for doggies.
‘Holly, Phillip, I love you but never send me that, don’t do that, just don’t, mwah mwah mwah, I love you.’
‘I think he quite liked it’ Holly joked.
‘Get off the fence Gino!’ added Phil, unable to hold back laughter.
This Morning also showed a 2010 clip from the show, when Holly insulting Gino by comparing an authentic Italian dish he was cooking to a ‘British carbonara’.
In a clip which has since earned viral fame Gino responds: ‘If my grandmother had wheels, she would have been a bike,’ he said, making Holly and Phillip collapse in laughter.