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Natalie Elphicke forced to issue apology just one day after crossing floor | Politics | News

Natalie Elphicke forced to issue apology just one day after crossing floor | Politics | News

[ad_1] Labour’s newest MP Natalie Elphicke has been forced to apologise for the role she played in defending her ex husband both during and after he was imprisoned for sexual assault. The Tory defector defended her ex-MP husband, Charlie, after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting two women and jailed for two years. Ms Elphicke argued he had merely been “attractive, and attracted to, women” and that made him “an easy target for dirty politics and false allegations”. She claimed he had been the victim of a “terrible miscarriage of justice”. She was then temporarily suspended from the Commons and told to apologise in 2021 for being found to have tried to influence a judge presiding over Mr Elphicke’s trial. In a statement this afternoon, Ms Elphicke said she is sorry for her comments and blamed her actions from 2017 to 2020 on stress. She has said: “My decision to join the Labour Party is not one I have taken lightly but one I made because I am convinced that this country needs a …

The Tiny Nation at the Vanguard of Mining the Ocean Floor

The Tiny Nation at the Vanguard of Mining the Ocean Floor

[ad_1] Two ships arrived in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific in March of last year. One was a familiar sight: a massive cruise ship, bringing hundreds of tourists to the pristine shores of this nation of 15,000 people. The other, a neon-orange vessel hauling complex scientific equipment, was more unusual. On a nearby wharf, Prime Minister Mark Brown and many other prominent citizens had gathered to celebrate the smaller boat’s arrival. To Mr. Brown, the cruise ship represented his country’s troubling dependence on tourism. He described the other vessel, owned by an international mining company, as a harbinger of incredible wealth. The Cook Islands is at the vanguard of a quest to mine the ocean floor for minerals used in electric car batteries. Mining these deposits has never been attempted on a large scale, but their reserves are so vast, proponents argue, that extracting them could power the world’s shift away from fossil fuels. It would be a transformation for the Cook Islands, as well: Seabed mining could generate tens of billions of …

The Guardian view on MPs crossing the floor: a triumph of political theatre over substance | Editorial

The Guardian view on MPs crossing the floor: a triumph of political theatre over substance | Editorial

[ad_1] Surveying recent election losses, some Conservatives have concluded that the problem is a deficit of radical Conservatism – a prospectus defined by commitment to always cutting taxes, public spending and immigration. Natalie Elphicke would once have been considered a likely proponent of that approach, but on Wednesday the MP for Dover expressed her frustration with Rishi Sunak’s leadership by moving in a very different direction – to cross the Commons floor and join Labour. Ms Elphicke’s politics, rooted on the hard right of her former party, gave no indication of propensity for conversion to Keir Starmer’s creed. Setting policy differences aside, some Labour MPs are queasy about the concerted effort their new colleague put into supporting Charlie Elphicke, her predecessor in the Dover seat and now ex-husband, when he faced allegations of sexual assault – offences for which he was jailed. Ms Elphicke was among a group of MPs whose lobbying of a judge in the case was deemed a breach of the code of conduct by the parliamentary regulator. Had her defection not come with a …

Madonna’s biggest-ever concert transforms Rio’s Copacabana beach into a massive dance floor

Madonna’s biggest-ever concert transforms Rio’s Copacabana beach into a massive dance floor

[ad_1] An estimated 1.6 million people attended the show, G1 reported, citing Rio City Hall’s tourism agency. That is more than 10 times Madonna’s record attendance of 130,000 at Paris’ Parc des Sceaux in 1987. Madonna’s official website hyped the show as the biggest ever in her four-decade career. In recent days, the buzz was palpable. Fans milled outside the stately, beachfront Copacabana Palace hotel, where Madonna is staying, hoping to catch a glimpse of the pop star. During the sound check on the stage set up in front of the hotel, they danced on the sand. By midday Saturday, fans crowded in front of the hotel. A white-bearded man carried a sign saying, “Welcome Madonna you are the best I love you.” Flags with “Madonna” printed against a background of Copacabana’s iconic black and white waved sidewalk pattern hung from balconies. The area was packed with street vendors and concert attendees kitted out in themed T-shirts, sweating under a baking sun. “Since Madonna arrived here, I’ve been coming every day with this outfit to welcome …

Madonna’s biggest-ever concert transforms Rio beach into a massive dance floor

Madonna’s biggest-ever concert transforms Rio beach into a massive dance floor

[ad_1] RIO DE JANEIRO —  Madonna put on a free concert on Copacabana beach Saturday night, turning Rio de Janeiro’s vast stretch of sand into an enormous dance floor teeming with a multitude of her fans. It was the last show of The Celebration Tour, her first retrospective, which kicked off in October in London. The “Queen of Pop” began the show with her 1998 hit Nothing Really Matters. Huge cheers rose from the buzzing, tightly packed crowd, pressed up against the barriers. Others held house parties in brightly lit apartments and hotels overlooking the beachfront. Helicopters and drones flew overhead, and motorboats and sailboats anchored off the beach filled the bay. “Here we are in the most beautiful place in the world,” Madonna, 65, told the crowd. Pointing out the ocean view, the mountains and the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking the city, she added: “This place is magic.” Madonna performed her classic hits, including Like a Virgin and Hung Up. For the introduction to Like a Prayer, her head was completely covered in …

Dua Lipa, from the beach bar to the dance floor

Dua Lipa, from the beach bar to the dance floor

[ad_1] Dua Lipa poses to promote her new album, “Radical Optimism,” in New York on April 26, 2024. DREW GURIAN/INVISION/AP On the cover of her third album, singer Dua Lipa is in great danger, like the bather in the first scene of Jaws. In murky waters, she faces a shark’s fin. The visual echoes the London pop group Blur’s idea for The Great Escape: golden boys diving from their speedboat, likely to be devoured by a shark. That album was released in 1995, the year the daughter of a Kosovar rock musician was born in London. Like Blur, Lipa plays on the contrast between the desperate situation and the title: Radical Optimism. Here, only the second word is accurate: Ahead of the summer solstice, the album does celebrate hedonism, in stark contrast to the darkness of the times. But radical it is not. Unlike Taylor Swift, who turned to folk for a while, or Beyoncé, with her recent country urges, Dua Lipa isn’t abandoning her comfort zone. Rather than get in the water, she prefers …

The Tineco Floor One S5 Extreme Is 0 Off Right Now — Save on the 3-in-1 Floor Washer

The Tineco Floor One S5 Extreme Is $150 Off Right Now — Save on the 3-in-1 Floor Washer

[ad_1] Whether you have a sprawling house or tiny apartment, you know how difficult it is to keep your floors clean. Between sweeping up spills with a broom, suctioning up dust and hair with a vacuum and pushing around a mop, floor maintenance is incredibly time-consuming. If you didn’t fully tackle your spring cleaning in April, now’s the time to refresh your home and prepare for the warm months ahead. With spring comes the season’s best deals on Tineco devices. Right now, the Tineco Floor One S5 Extreme is on sale for $150 off at Walmart and Best Buy. This three-in-one cleaning tool can can mop, vacuum and clean itself all at the same time.  For those with hard floors at home, Tineco’s Floor One S5 Extreme Smart Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaner and Hard Floor Washer will be such a time-saver. Say goodbye to the hassle of mopping, sweeping, and vacuuming separately. Unlike other hybrid cleaning devices, this this versatile three-in-one vacuum, mop, and floor cleaner vacuums up dust and debris as it washes. Equipped with a larger capacity …

I am resigning from the Tory party and crossing the floor. Only Labour wants to restore our NHS | Dan Poulter

I am resigning from the Tory party and crossing the floor. Only Labour wants to restore our NHS | Dan Poulter

[ad_1] Alongside serving my ­constituents as their MP, during the junior doctors’ strike I have spent more than 20 night shifts over the past year or so ­working as a mental health doctor in a busy hospital A&E department. It has been a truly life-changing experience. Working on the frontline of a health service under great strain left me at times, as an MP, struggling to look my NHS colleagues, my patients and my constituents in the eye. Throughout the small hours, my clinical colleagues and I cared for many patients suffering from serious psychosis who would routinely be waiting several days, rather than hours, in a windowless room in A&E for a mental health bed. When beds finally became available, they would often be with a private healthcare provider hundreds of miles from their homes and the vital on-hand support from their friends and families. I saw countless people at potential risk of suicide and others in crisis with a dual diagnosis of alcohol or drug dependence, together with severe mental illness. The chaos …

“The Yen Collapse Has Become Disorderly”: Look For A Final, Sharp Decline Before It Hits A Floor

“The Yen Collapse Has Become Disorderly”: Look For A Final, Sharp Decline Before It Hits A Floor

[ad_1] The BOJ came, issued the shortest statement in the history of central banks… … and left, leaving traders stunned and speechless at the sheer idiocy of the world’s most clownish central bank, which has decided to invite currency collapse the same abandon as Zimbabwe, if it means pushing up domestic stonks a little bit more even as hyperinflation is unleashed among Japanese society. And now that the collapse in the yen is making banana republics like Turkey blush, and is making FX managers and traders who are still long the Japanese Dong Lira Yen to the imploding “developed” insolvent, everyone wants to know what happens next? Below we share to views, one from Deutsche Bank’s Geroge Saravelos, and one from SocGen’s Kit Juckes. We start with the DB FX strategist who frames the BOJ’s wilful incompetence merely as “benign neglect”, to wit: On the collapse The yen has again collapsed today to fresh record lows following the Bank of Japan meeting. We think this is warranted and that this finally marks the day where …

Dentist Alarmed to Spot Human Jawbone in Parents’ Tile Floor

Dentist Alarmed to Spot Human Jawbone in Parents’ Tile Floor

[ad_1] “Could it be a hominid? Is it usual?”  Tile Driver A dentist was in for a huge shock when he looked down at his parents’ new tile floor and saw what appeared to be the fossil of a human mandible. The dentist, who has not provided media outlets with his name to protect his privacy and that of his parents, first made waves on the r/fossils subreddit when he posted a photo of the jawbone in question to get information from others about it. “This looks like a section of mandible,” the user, Kidipadeli75, wrote in his post. “Could it be a hominid? Is it usual?” In a subsequent interview with the Washington Post, the semi-anonymous dentist explained that to his eyes, the fossil found in the travertine stone tile “looked very familiar.” “As I am specialized in implant dentistry,” he said, “I work with this kind of image everyday.” [let’s never do one line of text between an embed and an h2 — looks too lonely imo] Denzili Days As both WaPo and the assembled …