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Bond girl Tanya Roberts receives a tribute from fellow 007 siren Britt Ekland

Tributes have been coming in for veteran Hollywood actress Tanya Roberts who died at the age of 65 on Christmas Eve.

Roberts is best known for her role in the Bond movie A View To A Kill, as well as her work on Charlie’s Angels and That 70s Show. 

Fellow Bond girl Britt Ekland, who played Mary Goodnight in the 1974 Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, said on social media: ‘Rip Tanya Roberts, once a Bond Girl always a Bond Girl!’

Sad loss: Tributes have been coming in for veteran Hollywood actress Tanya Roberts who died at the age of 65 on Christmas Eve

Ekland, who also popped up on the TV series The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and The Fall Guy, is 78-years-old.

Film producer Jonathan Sothcott also paid tribute, writing on Twitter: ‘A View To A Kill has always been the 007 film I enjoyed the most and I’m awfully sad to hear leading lady #TanyaRoberts has died at just 65 – she was the consummate 80s Bond girl and had a lovely chemistry with Roger. A Hollywood star from another, more glamourous age gone. RIP.’ 

Tanya’s friend and representative Mike Pingel also paid a moving tribute to the star – who also appeared in movies such as The Beastmaster and Sheena: Queen of the Jungle.

He told The Hollywood Reporter: ‘I feel like a light has been taken away. To say she was an angel would be at the top of the list. She was the sweetest person you’d ever meet and had a huge heart. She loved her fans, and I don’t think she realised how much she meant to them.’

The had a bond: Fellow Bond girl Britt Ekland said on social media: 'Rip Tanya Roberts, once a Bond Girl always a Bond Girl!'

The had a bond: Fellow Bond girl Britt Ekland said on social media: ‘Rip Tanya Roberts, once a Bond Girl always a Bond Girl!’

Her time with 007: Britt played Mary Goodnight in the 1974 Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun

Her time with 007: Britt played Mary Goodnight in the 1974 Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun

She passed away Saturday, according to her friend, Pingel. 

Roberts collapsed at her home in the Hollywood Hills on Christmas Eve after she returned from taking her dog out for a walk, TMZ reports. 

She was subsequently rushed to hospital and put on a ventilator, but ‘never got better’.  

Before her collapse, sources told TMZ that Roberts seemed ‘perfectly healthy’ and was participating in video chats with her fans. Pingel stated that her death was not related to COVID-19.  

Bond girl: She played geologist Stacey Sutton alongside Roger Moore in his seventh and final James Bond movie; also seen with Grace Jones and Christopher Walken

Bond girl: She played geologist Stacey Sutton alongside Roger Moore in his seventh and final James Bond movie; also seen with Grace Jones and Christopher Walken

A natural union: Though Moore was much older than Roberts when they filmed 1985's A View To Kill, they seemed to click

A natural union: Though Moore was much older than Roberts when they filmed 1985’s A View To Kill, they seemed to click

In addition to being a Bond Girl, Roberts starred in the fifth and final season of Charlie’s Angels between 1980 and 1981. 

She is also famous for playing Midge Pinciotti in the hit sitcom, That 70s Show, appearing alongside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. 

Roberts’ husband, screenwriter Barry Roberts, died in 2006. The couple had been married for 32 years, and had no children. 

An Angel as well: She was chosen above 2,000 other actresses to replace Shelley Hack in the fifth and final season of Charlie's Angels, which aired between 1980 and 1981. She is pictured at left with Jaclyn Smith, center, and Cheryl Ladd, right

An Angel as well: She was chosen above 2,000 other actresses to replace Shelley Hack in the fifth and final season of Charlie’s Angels, which aired between 1980 and 1981. She is pictured at left with Jaclyn Smith, center, and Cheryl Ladd, right

Another hit on her hands: Roberts holding a perch with a bird on it in a scene from the film Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, 1984

Another hit on her hands: Roberts holding a perch with a bird on it in a scene from the film Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, 1984

Roberts was born Victoria Leigh Blum in October 1955 in New York City, before starting her career as a fashion model in her late teens.

She married Barry Roberts when she was just 19, and started studying to become an actress at The Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen. 

The leggy blonde made her film debut in 1975’s Forced Entry. 

Roberts and her husband relocated permanently to Los Angeles in 1977, which paid off in a big way three years later.

The beauty was chosen above 2,000 other actresses to replace Shelley Hack in the fifth and final season of Charlie’s Angels, which aired between 1980 and 1981. 

Love of a lifetime: Roberts tied the knot in 1974 to screenwriter Barry Roberts. She was just 19 years old at the time. The pair are pictured together in 1982

Love of a lifetime: Roberts tied the knot in 1974 to screenwriter Barry Roberts. She was just 19 years old at the time. The pair are pictured together in 1982

She sold her redheaded bombshell image: In a glamorous portrait shared in 1983

She sold her redheaded bombshell image: In a glamorous portrait shared in 1983

She always looked fabulous: At the 2005 E.T. Emmy Party where Earth, Wind & Fire performed at the Mondrian hotel in West Hollywood

She always looked fabulous: At the 2005 E.T. Emmy Party where Earth, Wind & Fire performed at the Mondrian hotel in West Hollywood

However, she became a global sensation several years later, when she was elevated to ‘Bond girl’ status in 1985’s A View To A Kill.

In that film, she starred as sultry geologist Stacey Sutton alongside Roger Moore in his seventh and final James Bond movie.

Afterward, Roberts continued to work regularly with roles in films such as Body Slam, Twisted Justice, Purgatory and Legal Tender, which was written by her husband. 

In 1998, Roberts returned to the small screen to play Midge in That 70s Show. She is pictured front row second from left. The show also starred Ashton Kutcher (back row second from left) and Mila Kunis (front row third from left)

In 1998, Roberts returned to the small screen to play Midge in That 70s Show. She is pictured front row second from left. The show also starred Ashton Kutcher (back row second from left) and Mila Kunis (front row third from left)

In 1998, she returned to the small screen to play Midge in That 70s Show. 

The hit Fox sitcom also starred Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Wilmer Valderrama and Topher Grace. 

She left the show in 2004 to take care of her husband who was terminally ill at the time. He tragically passed away two years later. 

Roberts did not re-marry, and she did not appear in anymore films or television shows following her husband’s death. 

However, the beauty appeared to be looking healthy and in good spirits late last year. 

She frequently uploaded photos to Instagram, including a snap that showed her wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic as she signed fan photographs. 

The beauty frequently uploaded photos to Instagram, including a snap that showed her wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic as she signed fan photographs

The beauty frequently uploaded photos to Instagram, including a snap that showed her wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic as she signed fan photographs

Roberts appeared to be looking healthy and in good spirits late last year. She is pictured with a fan in a recent photo

Roberts appeared to be looking healthy and in good spirits late last year. She is pictured with a fan in a recent photo 

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Mrs Brown’s Boys’ Brendan O’Carroll being sued by fellow star

Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll is being sued by former co-star Gary Hollywood, according to reports.

The Irish writer, producer, comedian, actor, and director – best known for playing Agnes Brown on Mrs Brown’s Boys – faces accusations of constructive dismissal and workplace discrimination after a row over pay with fellow actor Gary Hollywood.

Gary – who played Dino Doyle before leaving the series in the autumn – has also revealed that he is taking legal action against the BBC too as he feels he was not “paid equally” and vows that he “won’t be treated like that.”

The 41-year-old told The Daily Star: “I feel I wasn’t being paid equally and I wasn’t being given an explanation for decisions.

“When I tried to resolve it, nothing was done. I was just disregarded. But I won’t put up with it any more. I won’t be ­treated like that. This has gone too far. They shouldn’t do this to people.

Gary Hollywood is suing Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll

“I am taking legal action. The papers have been lodged for a tribunal and the process has now started.”

Gary says that he is sure that he was not paid as much as others on set for the spin-off show All Round To Mrs Brown’s and adds that when he asked bosses why it led to himbeing axed from the 2020 Christmas special.

Brendan O’Carroll writes and produces and stars in the show

He also told the outlet that he hopes that the tribunal will lead to any wrongdoing being identified and added he is not “greedy” but wished to be “compensated for times when I haven’t been paid fairly.”

Gary added in the interview that he feels like “there is bullying going on” and that he had viewed Brendan as a “father figure” and “mentor” before he was cut from the Christmas episodes and only informed via a single text from him.

Programme Name: Mrs Brown’s Boys – TX: n/a – Episode: n/a (No. 3) – Embargoed for publication until: 15/01/2013 – Picture Shows: Dino Doyle (GARY HOLLYWOOD), Agnes Brown (BRENDAN O’CARROLL) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alan Peebles

The star was understandably “hurt” and said the ordeal was “extremely sad for him” as he would have appreciated a phone call about the decision.

The Mirror has reached out to a rep for Brendan and the BBC for comment.

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Jesy Nelson quitting Little Mix ‘saved her life’ says fellow X Factor winners

Jesy Nelson quitting Little Mix ‘could have saved her life’ according to fellow X Factor winners Rak-Su.

The singer announced that she was leaving the band so that she can “focus on her mental health” and the 2017 winners of the ITV singing competition have praised her for making that decision.

Rak-Su, which currently consists of Myles Stephenson, Ashley Fongho, Jamaal Shurland, have also announced that their bandmate Mustafa Rahimtulla was “struggling with mental health issues” and would be taking “time out” from the band.

Ashley said there were parallels between Mustafa and Jesy’s decisions and said that they were both “perceived as slightly different than the other three.”

Speaking to Metro, Ashley spoke out about the pressures the bands are under after being propelled to fame by X Factor.

Jesy Nelson announced that she was leaving Little Mix for the good of her mental health

He said: “When you’re going through that process (The X Factor) and other things are happening in your life, it can become a difficult time for anybody in any walk (of life).

“But when you’ve also got fame added on to that and there are lots of people talking about it then, it obviously becomes a lot to deal with.

“There’s a lot of pressure and I guess it gets to a point whereby you have to say, ‘You know what, the most important thing for me to do right now is to look after myself’.”

Mustafa has flown to Egypt to spend time with his mum and Ashley admitted that he was didn’t know if he would come back and join the band again.

Mustafa Rahimtulla is taking time away from Rak-Su

Ashley continued: “He is taking some time out there just to kind of regather himself and we don’t know whether he’s going to feel like he’s in a situation or a mental state to return afterwards.

“He might decide that he does need to stay away from it and obviously, Jesy made the decision that she no longer wants to be in the band because she feels like it’s better for her as well.”

Myles, who went on to win over viewers on I’m A Celebrity, said that Jest had made a “very smart personal decision.”

Rak-Su won X Factor in 2017 – Mustafa Rahimtulla, Myles Stephenson, Ashley Fongho and Jamaal Shurland

He said: “We all know that she’s gone through drama with people, obviously trolling and social media so I think she made a very smart decision and that decision could have potentially saved her life.

“We don’t know if she had stayed in the group and continued to receive the social media trolling that she used to get, who knows what could have happened.

“It’s the same situation with Mustafa when he used to get trolled as well.”

Myles added: “How long can people take it? You know whether you’re a confident person or you’re not so confident person, everybody has a breaking point, people just need to find out what it is.”

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ALEXANDER VON SCHOENBURG: Why my fellow Germans DO want a Brexit deal

What happened yesterday regarding the Brexit talks was reminiscent of the Battle of Waterloo – at least the version taught in my German school.

The French had Britain on the brink of defeat, when Prussian troops stormed in and reprieved them.

Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier – a former foreign minister of France, don’t forget – and his francophone troops were ready to declare all further negotiations futile and walk away when Germany’s EU ambassador relayed a message from Berlin.

Alexander Von Schoenburg (pictured), editor-at-large of Germany’s biggest-selling newspaper Bild

Our foreign minister Heiko Maas insisted it was time to end the doctrinaire approach and ‘start looking for a political solution’. If that meant talks had to go on beyond Sunday night, then so be it. As we have seen, his intervention proved decisive.

At around the same time, a press conference was taking place at Germany’s Bundeskanzleramt, the Chancellery.

It was designed to be solely devoted to explaining Germany’s new Covid measures but one journalist asked whether the Chancellor Angela Merkel was in favour of the Brexit negotiations continuing.

She replied: ‘One should try everything that is possible to reach an agreement.’

That word ‘everything’ highlights the difference between the German and the French positions.

From the very beginning of the Brexit talks, there have been two schools of thought prevailing on the continent. Pictured: Prime Minister Boris Johnson with EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels

From the very beginning of the Brexit talks, there have been two schools of thought prevailing on the continent. Pictured: Prime Minister Boris Johnson with EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels 

From the very beginning of the Brexit talks, there have been two schools of thought prevailing on the continent.

The German approach has always been to offer Britain a tailor-made deal that is more favourable than the one reached with Norway, or even with Switzerland.

The argument being that the size of Britain’s economy justifies a more delicate approach. Contentious areas could be sidestepped via extended transitional periods.

The second school of thought, favoured by those in the Francophone block, argued the outcome had to be so detrimental to Britain that no other member state would ever again dare go down the road of secession. In short, Britain needed to be punished.

The running gag in Brussels was that whenever the French anti-secessionist general Michel Barnier was away and non-French-speaking civil servants were running the show, negotiations were constructive. When he had to leave the negotiating table and self-isolate after a colleague contracted Covid, for example, there are said to have been a few minor breakthroughs.

But when he returned to the negotiating table, the tone of the talks turned distinctly hostile, thanks to Barnier’s insistence that the UK must abide by EU regulatory changes made after it leaves the bloc.

Germany, of course, has much more to lose from a No Deal conclusion than France.

Last year we exported €80billion (£73billion) of goods and services to the UK – which is the world’s biggest buyer of German cars, accounting for almost one in five of our motoring exports. Volkswagen alone sold 200,000 cars in Britain last year. You are also big buyers of German pharmaceuticals, chemicals and petroleum products.

Volkswagen (pictured) alone sold 200,000 cars in Britain last year. You are also big buyers of German pharmaceuticals, chemicals and petroleum products

Volkswagen (pictured) alone sold 200,000 cars in Britain last year. You are also big buyers of German pharmaceuticals, chemicals and petroleum products

Given that our ‘golden decade’ of growth stuttered to a halt last year and the economy has since been devastated by the pandemic, the last thing we need is a tariff barrier to one of our biggest markets.

After all, Britain is not just any old member of the EU. The UK economy is bigger than the 11 smallest EU member states combined. In effect, the EU is shrinking from 27 member states to 16.

We are now at an historical turning point. On Friday, German foreign minister Maas rightly said that future generations will judge us harshly if we walk away from the talks now.

This amounted to a veto from Berlin against the EU Commission’s hawkish stance towards Britain. Monsieur Barnier’s strategy, to force Britain into a position of such despair that it would be forced to come grovelling back some time in the future, has effectively been rebuffed by Berlin.

From what I hear from those close to Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the European Commission, the EU had ceased negotiating in earnestness long before Prime Minister Johnson’s fruitless journey for that dinner in Brussels last Wednesday.

Ursula bossed him around in front of the cameras and served him fish and an Australian dessert – a not so subtle hint as to where this whole affair is heading.

But as Mr Johnson’s plane waited to take him back to London, journalists in Berlin were briefed that Chancellor Merkel was in favour of a face-saving solution for Britain – one that would preserve your sovereignty in so far as there is such a thing in a world growing ever more interdependent.

Alas, the sources told us, Mrs Merkel’s former protegee Ursula had told her in no uncertain terms that it is the prerogative of Brussels and of Brussels alone to conduct all last-minute negotiations and any interference from single national governments was regarded as unwelcome interference. This, Mrs von der Leyen insisted, was the only way to safeguard the interests of all member states collectively.

The sources told us, Mrs Merkel¿s (pictured) former protegee Ursula had told her in no uncertain terms that it is the prerogative of Brussels and of Brussels alone

The sources told us, Mrs Merkel’s (pictured) former protegee Ursula had told her in no uncertain terms that it is the prerogative of Brussels and of Brussels alone

Yesterday’s change of course is a sign of hope, that Paris – and with it Brussels – is coming to its senses.

It would be a grave misreading of Britain’s determination to take back control from the EU, to punish you now on the basis that a future government will knock on our door asking politely for re-entry.

Needless to say, the negotiations could still fail but, if they do, it could be a blessing in disguise.

Once you are out completely, even if it is on WTO-terms, you may well look back on 2020 as the year in which you managed to escape the dead hand of Brussels and regain your role as a global player with a distinctly more liberal, more entrepreneur-friendly and hence more attractive and innovative place to do business.

Ursula von der Leyen (pictured) might be slightly bossy ¿ but the good thing from your point of view is that she is not French but German

Ursula von der Leyen (pictured) might be slightly bossy – but the good thing from your point of view is that she is not French but German

A kind of Singapore on Thames is exactly what is feared most in Berlin and this is why Germany will do everything it takes to avoid a trade war and to get Monsieur Barnier and France off their high horse.

Ursula von der Leyen might be slightly bossy – but the good thing from your point of view is that she is not French but German.

In fact, she is from Lower Saxony, a place which not only has particularly close ties to Britain but is the region where Volkswagen’s headquarters is located.

With the entreaties of Mrs Merkel and Germany’s foreign minister Maas ringing in her ears, my prediction is that Mrs von der Leyen will go that extra mile the French seem incapable of going.

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Saliba sends “locked up” message to fellow Arsenal outcast Guendouzi

William Saliba has made light of his Arsenal omission after claiming he is “locked up” like former team-mate Matteo Guendouzi.

The Frenchman is yet to feature for the Gunners having joined from Saint Etienne.

Saliba was signed a year before he arrived by Unai Emery, but has been unable to impress Arteta.

Senior figures at the Emirates are having to accept that the young centre-half has no future at the club while the Spaniard is at the helm, according to reports.

But Saliba has seen the funny side in a brief Instagram exchange with Guendouzi and Nicolas Pepe.

Guendouzi is spending the season away on loan at Hertha Berlin where he scored an excellent goal at Borussia Monchengladbach.

William Saliba is yet to get an opportunity under Mikel Arteta

Saliba commented on social media praising his compatriots goal before Pepe replied and said: “This is your problem, you comment on everything.”

Saliba replied by saying “Hahaha, I’m sending well wishes to the brother that was locked up like me.”

Before Guendouzi had the final word when he said: “We are together bro”.

The French midfielder fell out of favour under Arteta following his conduct in a defeat at Brighton.

He grabbed Seagulls forward Neal Maupay round the neck, an act he was heavily criticised for.

Arteta was understood to be less than impressed and subsequently left Guendouzi out of his squads going forward.

The Frenchman though did celebrate his goal on Saturday as if he didn’t know what more he could do, although whether that is directed at the Arsenal boss is up for debate.

Saliba though is being linked with a loan move away until a long-term resolution to his future can be found.

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Sugababes legend Mutya Buena slams fellow pop stars Kylie Minogue, JLo and more

Mutya Buena has let the world know exactly what she thinks of some of the music world’s most accomplished female songstresses – rating the likes of Kylie Minogue and Jennifer Lopez as below average.

The 35-year-old singer enjoyed four number one singles herself as part of chart topping band Sugababes in the first half of the noughties – as well as one number one album.

And while the singer also bagged some awards for her work both in Sugababes and as a solo artist, she has opted to dish out some rather choice feedback for some of her contemporaries.

Takin to Instagram Live for a Q&A with fans, Mutya gave some brutally honest opinions about some of the biggest names in the music business.

Mutya Buena has shared her rather blunt opinions about other music stars

She said of Kylie Minogue:“I don’t think she’s a singer. She’s a great entertainer, she’s amazing at what she does, but singing is not for her.

“Can’t Get You Out Of My Head? You can sing that drunk and so can I.

“I don’t think I’ve ever bought a Kylie Minogue track in my life and I don’t think I ever would.”

But Mutya had more blunt opinions to spill – turning her attention to Jennifer Lopez, she continued: “J-Lo, you can just shake your a**e crack. Let’s be honest, J Lo, she can’t sing.

The Sugababes star made it clear she’s not a big fan of Kylie Minogue

“I’m not being rude. She’s an amazing performer, sexy as hell and looks great.

“But I’m not going to tell you J-Lo can sing. I’d be lying to you.”

Lady Gaga didn’t escape unscathed, with Mutya stating: “She goes along with the rest of them. She can hit a note, yes, but not for me.”

Mutya also panned Jennifer Lopez

While there was a mixed review for fellow British singer, Ellie Goulding – who Mutya explained: “Her voice is all right. But it kind of irritates me slightly, just how it is.”

Meanwhile, The Sun also states Mutya blasted Taylor Swift, Cheryl Tweedy, Madonna and Miley Cyrus during her blunt reviews.

Earlier this year, Mutya teased that Sugabebs fans would soon be able to hear new material from founding members Keisha Buchanan, Siobhan Donaghy and herself with the band back recording together.

Original Sugababes trio Keisha Buchanan, Mutya and Siobhan Donaghy are said to be working on new music

She said: ”We’re working on new music and have a secret project that should be made public later this year. Plus we are working on something special for our fans that is coming out for our 20th anniversary. As well as the music we’ve planned a tour.

“We need to put it out there for everyone to see and hear us again. Everything new we are working on will be classic Sugababes/MKS sounds. I’m excited to get out there.”

While in April she also teased more of her own solo material, saying during another Instagram Live: “I’d maybe do an old-school, Nineties R&B album. All of my favourite R&B songs. Or an EP – an EP would be great now.”

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Ilhan Omar congratulates fellow ‘Squad’ members on re-election


The Squad – four Democratic women who have been frequently targeted for criticism by President Trump and his supporters for their progressive positions – crushed their Republican opponents on Tuesday and cruised to re-election.

House Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley received a fresh, two-year mandate from their voters on Tuesday.

AOC, 31, who has emerged as the face of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, easily maintained her 14th congressional district seat.

The New York City Democrat on Tuesday defeated Republican John Cummings, a teacher and former police officer.

The Squad – four Democratic progressive members of Congress who have frequently been targeted for criticism by President Trump and his supporters – cruised to re-election on Tuesday night. From left: Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ayanna Pressley

‘Our sisterhood is resilient,’ House Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted late on Tuesday

‘Our sisterhood is resilient,’ House Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted late on Tuesday

Omar, 38, the first American of Somali origin to be elected to Congress, easily defeated well-funded GOP challenger Lacy Johnson in the district that includes Minneapolis.

Her victory in the race for the 5th congressional district was all but assured after she survived a primary challenge this summer from Antone Melton-Meaux.

Tlaib, 44, is expected to handily defeat her Republican opponent, David Dudenhoefer, for Michigan’s 13th congressional district seat, which encompasses parts of Detroit.

She is the first woman of Palestinian descent to be elected to Congress.

Pressley, 46, who in 2018 became the first woman of color from Massachusetts to be elected to Congress, defeated independent candidate Roy Owens.

Pressley keeps her seat representing Massachusetts 7th congressional district, which encompasses much of Boston as well as some of its surrounding suburbs.

‘Our sisterhood is resilient,’ Omar tweeted late on Tuesday.

Her tweet included images of all four members of the ‘Squad’ congratulating them for their victory.

After she was declared the winner, Omar tweeted: ‘We are building a movement that sees my struggle as inherently tied to your struggle, and sees a world where all workers can be uplifted.

‘Together. Today’s vote – the results of this election – are not the end. This is just the beginning.’

AOC tweeted: ‘Serving NY-14 and fighting for working class families in Congress has been the greatest honor, privilege, & responsibility of my life.'

AOC tweeted: ‘Serving NY-14 and fighting for working class families in Congress has been the greatest honor, privilege, & responsibility of my life.’

After she was declared the winner, Omar tweeted: ‘We are building a movement that sees my struggle as inherently tied to your struggle, and sees a world where all workers can be uplifted'

After she was declared the winner, Omar tweeted: ‘We are building a movement that sees my struggle as inherently tied to your struggle, and sees a world where all workers can be uplifted’

Pressley tweeted: ‘Together, we have fought for our shared humanity. We have organized. We have mobilized. We have legislated our values'

Pressley tweeted: ‘Together, we have fought for our shared humanity. We have organized. We have mobilized. We have legislated our values’

AOC tweeted: ‘Serving NY-14 and fighting for working class families in Congress has been the greatest honor, privilege, & responsibility of my life.’

‘Thank you to the Bronx & Queens for re-electing me to the House despite the millions spent against us, & trusting me to represent you once more.’

Pressley tweeted: ‘Together, we have fought for our shared humanity. We have organized. We have mobilized. We have legislated our values.

‘I am so proud to be your Congresswoman & your partner in the work.

‘I believe in the power of us. And we’re just getting started.’

Ocasio-Cortez has become one of the most well-known voices of the American left in her first term.

She was a lead sponsor of the Green New Deal, a proposal to have the federal government mobilize a massive effort to wean the nation from fossil fuels and invest in zero-emission transportation.

She’s agitated with members of her own party to support universal health care, a higher minimum wage, cancellation of student debt and abolition of immigration enforcement.

Ocasio-Cortez has also become a target of constant criticism from the right, demonized frequently by conservative talk show hosts as the socialist future of the Democratic Party. 



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Army officer, fellow set record by pedalling across Himalayas


Manali, November 1

An Indian Army officer and his fellow have made their way into the Guinness World Records by covering the arduous 427-km long rugged and inhospitable terrains of Himalayas from Leh to Manali by paddling on their cycles by braving harsh climatic conditions with snowfall, extremely low oxygen and temperature.

Col Vishal Ahlawat and Sepoy Ravi Kumar of the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME Corps) made a world record by covering this stretch in record 31 hours and 45 minutes on one of the toughest mountain bike expeditions in the world.

The challenge was to finish the expedition in 40 hours to make it into the Guinness World Records.

After crossing three high mountain passes in the cold deserts of Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir—Tanglangla Pass (17,480 ft), Lachungla Pass (16,620 ft) and Baralacha Pass (16,020 ft) — they reached the picturesque resort of Manali on October 31 at 11.15 p.m.

The duo started their journey from Leh at 3.30 p.m. on October 30. They were riding Trek Sports V bikes.

Photo courtesy: Col Vishal Ahlawat

They avoided the Rohtang Pass (13,050 ft) and used the 9.2-km-long Atal Tunnel, beneath the majestic pass, to reach here.

“We started our expedition from Leh late in the afternoon as we wanted to cross the treacherous Baralacha Pass in the morning. Though the height of Baralacha Pass is slightly less compared to two other passes, it normally receives heavy spells of snow. So we decided to cross it in the day time,” Col Ahlawat, 44, who scaled the Mt Everest in 2016, told IANS.

He said this was for the first time he cycled while snowing.

“We were expecting to encounter high velocity icy winds while crossing the passes. But the onset of snowfall has subdued the wind velocity. Secondly, the movement of trucks and heavy vehicles was halted by local authorities owing to onset of snowfall,” he explained.

Col Vishal Ahlawat

He said they oxygen deprivation while crossing Tanglangla Pass and Paang.

“In fact, it is my mountaineering experience that really helped me battling the nerve and selecting the clothing and logistics amidst the challenging mountains,” he said.

He said this kind of expedition was a good beginning and a lot of lessons were learnt.

For this officer, who has created a national record in 2007 for cycling from Leh to Kanyakumari in 18 days 17 hours and 35 minutes, no terrain is tough.

“The toughest terrain is that in which you fail to protect your vehicle from certain break down and harm yourself too. For the first time we were travelling on the snow-laden, slippery mountainous stretch. With patience and presence of mind, we decided to cross the Baralacha Pass at an extremely slow speed. At slightly high speed, there were chances of slips. At that time, the temperature hovers between minus 10-15 degree Celsius and the water we were carrying in bottles was frozen,” Col Ahlawat said.

He has also created a world record for the longest journey in a single country on bicycle by covering 25,337 km in 107 days, 23 hours, 34 minutes.

A technical team of five soldiers was accompanying both the riders in a vehicle during the expedition.

“All expedition really tests one’s nerves, patience and determination. Surviving in extreme cold with low oxygen plus treacherous terrain in high mountain passes is really challenging for a biker,” he said.

The strategic Manali-Leh road reopens for vehicular traffic every year in the first week of June after remaining closed for over six months due to heavy snowfall.

The non-stop journey in a four-wheeler between Manali and Leh takes 16-18 hours.

Backpackers descend in Manali from August to September every year. Most of them prefer to drive down the Manali-Leh highway. — IANS





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Felicity Huffman shops for a new car while fellow college bribery schemer Lori Loughlin begins jail


Desperate Housewives’ actor Felicity Huffman was spotted shopping for a new car on Friday as she looks to put her involvement in the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal firmly in the rear view mirror.

Huffman, 57, was seen purchasing a brand new black Tesla at a showroom in California. 

She appeared to want to keep a low profile as she went to the car showroom in sunglasses and a face mask as she picked up the keys to her new ride.  

The purchase comes days after it was revealed that she has now completed her probation and is officially a free woman.  

She served nearly two weeks behind bars late last year at a federal lockup in Dublin, California after she admitted to paying $15,000 to have someone correct her daughter’s entrance exam answers. 

Desperate Housewives’ actor Felicity Huffman was seen buying a new car Friday

Huffman checked out the trunk of the car before being given the keys

Huffman checked out the trunk of the car before being given the keys 

Before driving off the forecourt Huffman had to sign some final pieces of paperwork

Before driving off the forecourt Huffman had to sign some final pieces of paperwork

It's not clear what model of Tesla Huffman was purchasing however the cheapest is $32,000

It’s not clear what model of Tesla Huffman was purchasing however the cheapest is $32,000

Huffman gave the vehicle a look over to make sure everything was in perfect condition

Huffman gave the vehicle a look over to make sure everything was in perfect condition

Huffman decided to make the purchase to celebrate her completing probation in the college admissions scandal

Huffman decided to make the purchase to celebrate her completing probation in the college admissions scandal 

It was time to charge the electric car for a final time before driving away

It was time to charge the electric car for a final time before driving away

One of the car saleswomen explained to Huffman how to use the electric charging station

One of the car saleswomen explained to Huffman how to use the electric charging station

Loughlin is reported to have gone to FCI Dublin, where Felicity Huffman served her sentence

Loughlin is reported to have gone to FCI Dublin, where Felicity Huffman served her sentence

Meanwhile, Full House actor Lori Loughlin reported to the same California prison to begin serving her two-month sentence for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal, authorities said Friday.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston said Loughlin was being processed at the federal lockup in Dublin, California.

‘The parties recently agreed that the defendant can report to prison on October 30, 2020, instead of on November 19, 2020. The defendant has further agreed that, during her two month sentence, she will not seek an early release from prison on COVID-related grounds,’ prosecutors said in a statement.

Under the Bureau of Prisons’ coronavirus protocols, Loughlin will be screened and tested for COVID-19 and will be placed in quarantine for 14 days.

The low-security prison in Northern California houses 874 inmates and had two positive coronavirus cases among inmates federal statistics show.

In August, Loughlin was sentenced to two months and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, got five months for paying half a million dollars in bribes to get their two daughters, Olivia Jade, 21, and Bella Giannulli, 22, into the University of Southern California as rowing recruits. 

Prosecutors said Giannulli didn’t report to prison with Loughlin on Friday.

The couple’s daughters are said to be preparing for a ‘hard holiday season this year’ with their mother in jail, according to E!Online.

‘The girls were there saying their goodbyes before Lori headed off. It was a big moment for their family and everyone was very upset. Although the girls knew it was coming and have had time to prepare, it’s still devastating to see their mom go,’ a source said. 

‘Both Olivia and Bella are very distraught over it. They are grateful it is for only two months but are anxious knowing they will have a very different and hard holiday season this year.’

Lori with the couple's daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella. She reported to a prison in California to start her two month sentence for her role in the college bribery scheme on Friday

Lori with the couple’s daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella. She reported to a prison in California to start her two month sentence for her role in the college bribery scheme on Friday

‘Lori said goodbye to Mossimo and was accompanied by her lawyer to prison,’ a source said to E. ‘She was very nervous but she wanted to go first and get it over with. It’s been hanging over her head for so long. She is hopeful that she can be home for the holidays and put this behind her.’

Plea deals worked out with the celebrity couple call for Loughlin to pay a $150,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service, and Giannulli to pay a $250,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service.

The famous couple’s sentencing came three months after they reversed course and admitted to participating in the college admissions cheating scheme that has laid bare the lengths to which some wealthy parents will go to get their kids into elite universities.

They are among nearly 30 prominent parents to plead guilty in the case, which federal prosecutors dubbed ‘Operation Varsity Blues.’ 

Actor Lori Loughlin, and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli had insisted for more than a year that they believed their payments were 'legitimate donations'

Actor Lori Loughlin, and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli had insisted for more than a year that they believed their payments were ‘legitimate donations’

It uncovered hefty bribes to get undeserving kids into college with rigged test scores or fake athletic credentials.

Loughlin and Giannulli had insisted for more than a year that they believed their payments were ‘legitimate donations’ and accused prosecutors of hiding crucial evidence that could prove the couple’s innocence because it would undermine their case.

The case shattered the clean image of Loughlin, who gained fame for her role as the wholesome Aunt Becky in the sitcom ‘Full House’ that ran from the late 1980s to mid-1990s, and later became queen of the Hallmark channel with her holiday movies and the series ‘When Calls the Heart.’

Prosecutors said Giannulli deserved a tougher sentence because he was ‘the more active participant in the scheme,’ while Loughlin ‘took a less active role, but was nonetheless fully complicit.’

The couple funneled money through a sham charity operated by Rick Singer — the admissions consultant at the center of the scheme — to get their two daughters into USC as crew recruits, even though neither was a rower, authorities said. Singer, who has also pleaded guilty, was expected to testify against them if they had gone to trial.

Investigators had recorded phone calls and emails showing the couple worked with Singer to get their daughters into USC with fake athletic profiles depicting them as star rowers. 

In one email, Singer told Loughlin and Giannulli he needed a picture of their older daughter on a rowing machine in workout clothes ‘like a real athlete.’

Prosecutors said the couple allowed the girls ‘to become complicit in crime,’ instructing them to pose on rowing machines for photos and warning their younger daughter not too say too much to her high school counselor to avoid getting caught. 



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Strictly’s Maisie Smith is ‘homesick’ as she remains in bubble with fellow stars


Strictly Come Dancing’s Maisie Smith admitted she’s missing home “like crazy”.

The EastEnders actress, 19, has been torn apart from her loved ones while she competes on the hit BBC dancing show.

As part of the show’s guidelines this year, all the stars signed up to bubble with their fellow contestants and professional dancers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

However, it’s left the youngest Strictly contestant missing her home “like crazy” and in particular her little dog.

Maisie took to Instagram to post a throwback picture of herself cuddling her Jack Russell on the floor at her home.

Strictly’s Maisie Smith is ‘homesick’ as she remains in bubble with fellow stars

Over the top of the photo, she wrote: “Missing u like crazy girl.” (sic)

Although she’s missing home, Maisie has been quick to make friends and she’s been enjoying flirting on Instagram with rival contestant HRVY.

TV bosses reportedly have been keeping their eye on the pair to enforce the show’s “kissing ban”.

A source told The Sun On Sunday : “Maisie and HRVY are being monitored by the producers after it’s become clear their connection could easily lead into a Strictly romance.

However, it’s left the youngest Strictly contestant missing her home “like crazy” and in particular her little dog

“They’re both young, single and hot and the thought is that the two of them could bring the other cast into risk if they break the guidelines and get closer.”

Mirror Online’s insiders added kissing and hugs are off the cards for the stars because of social distancing measures on set.

Amid their online flirtation, HRVY gushed over his co-star Maisie who looks “incredible”.

He said: “I love Maisie, she’s a great girl and has got great banter. When I saw her in her blue dress last week, she looked incredible. I can’t wait to see her grow and look amazing every week.”

Although she’s missing home, Maisie has been quick to make friends and she’s been enjoying flirting on Instagram with rival contestant HRVY

However, the pair haven’t been able to hang out on set because of the social distancing rules.

He added: “I’ve spoken to Maisie at the studios, but the thing is legally I’m not even allowed to go near her.

“So for now we are great friends, and she’s lovely. I am going to focus on the dancing, and all that stuff can come second, but who knows what will happen after the show!”

Last weekend, the actress got a standing ovation for her sexy samba with her professional partner Gorka Marquez

Already soap star Maisie has been making waves on the dancefloor.

Last weekend, the actress got a standing ovation for her sexy samba with her professional partner Gorka Marquez.

The dance was choreographed to Samba (Conga) by Gloria Estefan.

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Maisie has kept up her gruelling gym routine while competing on the show.

Her legion of Instagram fans have been impressed with her phenomenal abs.

Maisie told New! magazine of going to the gym: “I’ll be honest, I love going to the gym – it’s my happy place where I can work on myself.

“But in lockdown it was closed and I didn’t do one home workout. I just couldn’t be bothered. I was tired. But as soon as the gyms opened again, I knew I was doing Strictly, and I’ve gone every single day to prepare.

“I know how hard it is and I want to be fit enough.”





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