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Extinction Rebellion threaten “swarm” on City of London

Extinction Rebellion threaten “swarm” on City of London

October 14, 2019

Eco-activists Extinction Rebellion have vowed to “swarm” the City of Londonand cause “maximum disruption” to financial institutions like the Bank of England.

The group said it would try and close roads and stop public transport early on Monday morning, citing what it called the banking sector’s “contribution to funding climate breakdown is driving us toward ecological collapse”.

Protesters are aiming to block multiple routes into the Square Mile to mark the second week of its “climate emergency” action.

Scotland crash out of Rugby World cup

Scotland crash out of Rugby World cup

October 13, 2019

Scotland withstood both a typhoon and an earthquake on the eve of their win-or-bust showdown with Japan but found themselves blown out of the World Cup as the super-charged hosts claimed a 28-21 win in Yokohama.

Gregor Townsend’s men needed an eight-point triumph to book a quarter-final slot and it looked promising when Finn Russell put them ahead early.

But the Brave Blossoms hit back with a series of ceaseless attacks as they repeatedly crashed through the Dark Blues to secure top spot in Pool A and a rematch with their 2015 victims South Africa in Tokyo next Sunday.

Martin Scorsese says no one would back The Irishman  - his new mob movie.

Martin Scorsese says no one would back The Irishman - his new mob movie.

October 13, 2019

Martin Scorsese says he couldn't get a Hollywood studio to back his three-and-a-half-hour mob movie The Irishman.

Speaking at a press conference hours before the film premieres in London later at the closing gala of the BFI London Film Festival, he also explained how a CGI technique was used to digitally de-age Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

He describes the process as “an evolution of make-up.”

The Irishman follows hitman Frank Sheeran played by De Niro from when he is a young soldier to when he is a   old man and visual effects artists used technology to make the 76-year-old appear decades younger.

Pacino, who plays union boss Jimmy Hoffa, added: “I saw the film without any work, without any effects and it was fine.”

Three dead in California wildfires

Three dead in California wildfires

October 13, 2019

Three people have died in wind-driven wildfires which have swept across southern California and burnt more than 8,000 acres.

Two of the victims of the Saddleridge fire were found this week in a mobile home park - with one identified as 89-year-old Lois Arvikson.

The third victim suffered a heart attack earlier this week during the blaze and died later in hospital.

It comes as the Los Angeles County Fire Department confirmed it had managed to contain around a third of the fire, which is currently covering 12 square miles.

Brexit still needs “significant work” according to UK PM Boris Johnson

Brexit still needs “significant work” according to UK PM Boris Johnson

October 13, 2019

There is still a "significant amount of work" to do to close the Brexit deal - that according to British PM Boris Johnson.

UK and EU officials have been in talks to get a deal in place before the 31st of October Brexit deadline.

But the British prime minister said there was "a way forward" that could "secure all our interests".

Parliament will meet on Saturday and vote on any deal achieved by Mr Johnson at a Brussels summit this week.

Labour said it would "wait and see" but would oppose anything "damaging".

Simone Biles lands two golds in Stuttgart

Simone Biles lands two golds in Stuttgart

October 13, 2019

Simone Biles had landed two golds at the Gymnastics World Championships in stuttgart making her the most decorated gymnast in history.

The 22 year old American surpassed the overall medal record by winning on the balance beam - her 24th medal, 18 of them gold - in Stuttgart.

She then created yet another stunning display to post a score of more then 15 to pick up her fourth gold of the championships.

She then produced a stunning 15.133 to beat compatriot Sunisa Lee and win another gold in the floor final.

China's Liu Ting ting and Li Shijia took silver and bronze respectively on the balance beam.

Dunn parents fly to States

Dunn parents fly to States

October 13, 2019

The mother of Harry Dunn is on her way to the states for a  possible meeting with Mrs Sacoolas involved in the crash that killed her 19 year old son.

He was on his motorbike in August when he crashed and died.

Parents Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn are travelling to the US after the Foreign Office said that Anne Sacoolas, the wife of an American diplomat, no longer has diplomatic immunity because she has returned home.

Mrs Sacoolas says she wants to meet to "express her deepest sympathies and apologies" after the fatal accident outside an RAF base in Northamptonshire but Ms Charles said "that's not really quite enough".

Home Secretary remains tight-lipped over suggestions a US diplomat’s wife could be extradited to face charges over Harry Dunns death

Home Secretary remains tight-lipped over suggestions a US diplomat’s wife could be extradited to face charges over Harry Dunns death

October 13, 2019

Home Secretary Priti Patel remains tight-lipped on suggestions a US diplomat's wife could be extradited from the United States over the death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn in a road accident.

Mr Dunn died when his motorbike crashed into a car outside an RAF base in August of this year.

The suspect, 42 year old Anne Sacoolas, was granted diplomatic immunity following the crash.

The Foreign Office has said in a letter that it no longer considers that Mrs Sacoolas has diplomatic immunity.

Canadian Rugby players help clean up efforts after Japanese Typhoon

Canadian Rugby players help clean up efforts after Japanese Typhoon

October 13, 2019

Canadian rugby players have helped with recovery efforts after landslides and flooding cancelled their match against Namibia in Japan.

The Rugby World Cup match in Kamaishi was called off after Super Typhoon Hagibis saw torrential rain and tornado-like winds hit large parts of the country.

At least 18 people have died, and Japan has deployed tens of thousands of troops and rescue workers.

With the Pool B match cancelled, Canada’s players instead joined in with recovery efforts around the stadium.

Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley slams The X Factor as Brutal

Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley slams The X Factor as Brutal

October 13, 2019

Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley has described shows like The X Factor as “brutal”, and says he fears the “consequences” for some of the contestants.

Over the years, the X Factor has made stars of performers such as James Arthur, Shayne Ward and Alexandra Burke – but many others have either been ridiculed or disappeared after brief fame.

“They have unearthed talent over the years. But it is a very brutal way of doing that and I am not a big fan.”

56 year old Ridgeley was speaking at an event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival to promote his memoir about his friendship with George Michael entitled Wham! George And Me.

The book details his  first meeting Michael in 1975 at Bushey Meads School to their rise to fame and success.

It also covers the band’s farewell gig at London’s Wembley Stadium on June 1986, which Ridgeley had hoped to be a tour.