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‘In a road, I’m lucky’: Doddie Weir on MND, rugby and his crusade for a remedy


In New York for merriment as well as treatment, the Scottish rugby great sat down to discuss life with engine neurone illness and what hes doing to fight it

In a famed incident from Living with Lions, the seminal documentary about the 1997 victory in South Africa, Doddie Weir is told his tour is over.

” Ah well ,” says the big fastening, his eyes betraying a deeper sorenes than his wince as medical doctors flexes his knee, smashed by some Mpumalanga stormtrooper.” We’ve had a good old-fashioned period of it, eh ?”

Twenty-one years later, in the bar of the Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel, at Lexington Avenue and East 57 th, Weir ruefully smiles again.

” It’s been a bit of a nightmare, having MND .”

The king of understatement is now 47. Eighteen times have elapsed since the last of his 61 detonators for Scotland. It’s 15 months since he was told he has motor neurone disease, closing on a year since he broke the word to the world.

Weir Weir in action, for Scotland against Ireland in 1998. Photograph: Allsport

” I don’t know if you know much about MND ,” he says,” or ALS, as I guess it’s called here in America, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s a muscle-wasting disease, so all the muscles in your body begin to stop functioning through the neurons stopping firing, so you eventually can’t foot, you can’t promote, you can’t immerse, you can’t dine. You can’t breathe, because your diaphragm stops operating. So your whole body closeds down eventually. It’s terminal, at the moment .”

Life expectancy is usually two to five years. Weir was told he’d be wheelchair-bound in one. But here he is, sides diminished a little but still cheerfully steadfast. Later, at the New York Athletic Club, he takes control of a donation auction. Reveling in hours of chat and horseplay, he raises $8,000 for his foot with a shirt worn in Scotland’s November loss to New Zealand. He throws in a bottle of special edition whisky- Doddie’s Dram– although he struggles to hold it, then sells two more for $2,000 a pop, a resound recited when he opens the bottles with their owners.

The room is full of laughter, fuelled by the genial monstrous in the” mode catastrophe” suit made of specially commissioned tartan.

” I’ve been looking over at wee-wee Alex ,” Weir says into the mic, gesticulating to where Alex Corbisiero, Lions prop turned US TV host, sits in his still-beefy prime.” And I’ve been thinking if I’d made in the gym as hard as he has, I might have longer to live .”

The room catches its breath. When it breath, the chime is somewhere between disturbance and a sigh.


Weir still toils his farm in the Borders- he’s boast a black eye dealt by one of his moo-cows- but he has acquired another cause: survive and ascertain a cure.

” In Scotland there’s only one drug for it ,” he says.” One dose that came out 22 year ago. Basically you’ve got a death sentence. So my crusade at the moment is to try to get options for people who have this, so they have a chance. It might be a negligible chance but at least a better occasion than they have now .”

This is Weir’s second inspect to New York in the last few months. The Colorado Clinic has an office in the city and can provide masitinib, an inhibitor drug, which the NHS cannot. Weir has spoken passionately on the subject abroad. Here, in the bar, he speaks warmly of the clinic and of Brian Kennedy, the former Sale Sharks owner who is funding his journeys to the State for treatment.

He speaks warmly of others, very, from his fellow” rugby mythology” and old-fashioned English adversary Jerry Guscott fixing his collar in the elevator down-” he was the first lady I watched so I asked him”- to the forces that have dined, cycled, moved or merely talked in support of My Name’ 5 Doddie, the research foundation containing his old shirt number.

” The approval is just unbelievable. Newcastle have been heavily involved”- last weekend’s game against Northampton at St James’ Park was held in part to help an old-time team soldier, more than 30,000 construing Weir walk the pair ball out.” We had a Doddie Gump, which was an attempt to follow on from the Ice Bucket Challenge, which Rob Wainwright, my former team-mate, very kindly put together.

Weir Weir- in appropriate tartan- and his sons bring out the dance at St James’ Park last week, before Newcastle beat Northampton. Photograph: Chris Lishman/ Rex/ Shutterstock

” Our large-scale climax was a walk in Italy which we recalled maybe 500 or 600 beings might do: I think there was 5,000 or 6,000 there. It’s just overwhelming, heartwarming and very difficult to explain. I’m just a Borders boy and a little of a manner cataclysm. The love and the supporting … it’s amazing.

He gives me a sharp appear.” There was somebody who biked up for the Calcutta Cup match- I don’t know if you know but Scotland won that this year, for the first time in 10 years .”

I shake my manager, Englishly.

” That was the first occasion I wore my Doddie’s tartan clothing, it came out for that tournament. No? Don’t remember ?”

The tartan is unforgettable: blue-blooded and white-hot for Scotland, yellowish and pitch-black for Melrose, black and white for Newcastle. Still no, though.

” A person cycled 500 miles from Twickenham to Murrayfield in two days, to raise money. That was quite a special day … when Scotland beat England, aye. Still no ?”

He laughs, attentions my Guinness enviously, takes a gulp of sea. Weir has always been a glass-half-full sort of chap. Now, it turns out, it’s literal.

” Drinking a jug ,” he says,” I can’t support it too long. So I drink half of it firstly to realise the glass a little lighter.

” A chiropractor I go to has been wonderful. An precedent of his thinking is, instead of sucking out of a straw because your hands are weak, you’ve got to lift and potion the jug. You use, “were losing”. You’re really telling MND you’re no gonna win .”


And hitherto, prohibiting some medical breakthrough perhaps helped by My Name’ 5 Doddie, MND will win. Not long before our gather came the end of the most famous case of all, with the death of Stephen Hawking at 76, 55 years after diagnosis. Weir recognizes Hawking as stimulate- as evidence- for hope.

He and his wife Kathy have three sons, Angus, Hamish and Ben, all in their teens. They accompanied him on to the pitch at Murrayfield in November before that All Blacks epic, then again at St James’ Park this month. He’s determined to see them grow. Nonetheless, life has acquired new importance. Long-held proposes have been brought forward. Last-place time Weir took his family to New Zealand to watch the Lions. The next target is the World Cup in Japan next year. Two years after that, the Lions in South africans again. This week, his eldest extended his driving test-” second experience, imagination”- and another longed-for day was done.

Doddie Weir delivers the accord pellet for Scotland v New Zealand in Edinburgh in November.

Weir has said he does not connection his MND to the blows and batterings of a top-flight rugby career. But it has taken musicians before. The Auckland and London Irish back Jarrod Cunningham learned he had the disease in 2002 and died five years later. The great Southern african scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen was diagnosed in 2011. He died last February. Weir is talking to Van der Westhuizen’s foot” about staging an affair in South africans “.

He shrieks, thinking back to that day with the Lions in’ 97.” Maybe do it in Mpumalanga, yeah … that’d bring back some, well, some recalls. I might not say good …

” Joost went through a lot of drugs and one thing or another and quite a lot of testing and I’m not really doing that at the moment. There’s a great deal of work been done since Joost was about into what’s working and not working. There’s a lot of bandwagon-ing about’ this will work’ or’ this will dry it’ but it doesn’t work, which can be cruel to the person with MND. So my gang are saying,’ We’ll not do that .'”

A A walk in New York. Photograph: Richard Sexton/ Instagram

Weir is not trusting to fortune- as suggested by the tours to New York for medication- but he contends more than once he is lucky, citing cases of beings diagnosed the coming month and dead the next, leaving spouses and young children.

” I wouldn’t say it’s been a wonderful jaunt ,” he says.” I probably knew something was wrong for a year or so before my diagnosis. But in a way, yes, I am luck. They say two to three years is a lifespan with this. And in that time, I’ve never been invited to so many parties .”

His laughter, like mine, is fuelled more by exuberance than mourning. And before the five-block walk to dinner through a chilly Manhattan dusk- he waves away all volunteers of an Uber- there is time for a philosophical turn.

” I never, ever remember I want to be someone else ,” he says.” I’m not that religious but there are certain things that have happened in my life. I crashed my vehicle 15 years ago, a real bad smash. But I suppose Him upstairs took a appear and said to Himself:’ I need a rugby actor, who am I going to get? Weir? Ah, you’re not good enough so I’ll just let you smash your automobile and you can live.’

” My brother-in-law, he was 54, he was found on the bathroom flooring. So I was thinking perhaps the big guy craved a shepherd.’ Michael Dun, you’re the one, come upstairs .’ So again, I’m not religious but maybe the big-hearted boy has just said:’ Right, you were lucky with your automobile clang, move style this MND/ ALS out, watch what you can do .'”

Doddie Weir’s charitable foundation is myname5doddie. co.uk. He was in New York with Captain’s Knock, a networking group with a charitable focus.

Can Prince Harry escape his ocean of troubles?


Like Hamlet, the Duke of Sussex is the epitome of the tortured ruler. But as long as he remains an active royal, he was able to never dodge the media spotlight

To be or not to be an active imperial, that is the question raised last week on behalf of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. It was aired by a concerned media after Harry use the media – his friend Tom Bradby’s ITV documentary Harry& Meghan: An African Journey – to discuss his fierce feelings about the media.

That circular advance organizes the perimeter of the hole in which the 35 -year-old prince experiences himself captured. He feels surrounded by the same obtrusive lenses he accuses for his mother’s death and, like Diana, Princess of Wales, he has tried to break free from them with an psychological illusion on primetime television.

Are his ailments legitimate or a case study in the kind of spoilt privilege that is normally filed under the phrase” first-world troubles “? Certainly the dubious optics of consideration of his own contends against the distressing backdrop of African deprivation did not go unnoticed by his commentators. Nevertheless, what seems beyond doubt is that Harry is a genuinely troubled soul, a 21 st-century tortured prince.

For many years he was known as the fun-loving brother, a walking-talking-drinking threat to stately etiquette. If you were looking for one of the Queen’s grandchildren to be photographed playing naked billiards with a woman in Las Vegas or wearing a swastika armband at a fancy-dress party, then Harry was your man.

He was Prince Hal, the riotous royal without a character, a wayward but essentially likable young bloke who seemed to react to his weighty birthright with an ebullient inclination for rebellion. But more recently, his anguished ruminations have suggested another Shakespearean hero- Hamlet, the harassed ruler who wants to avenge the deaths among a parent.

To hear him speak in Bradby’s film, and indeed to watch his body language, was to see a follower who, at least by his own suns, was taking up forearms against a sea of troubles.

” Part of this enterprise ,” he told Bradby,” and one of the purposes of any responsibility, like everybody, is putting on a brave face and turning a cheek to a lot of the stuff, but again, for me and again for my partner, of course there is a lot of stuff that hurts, especially when the majority of it is untrue. But all we need to do is focus on being real, and focus on being the people that we are, and studying up for what we believes in .”

It may not have been a soaring soliloquy with an innate general understanding lyrical metre, and you feel Harry has expended more time speak self-help journals than the Bard, but it was clearly heartfelt and it conveyed perhaps the only good advice given by Polonius, the premier counsellor in Hamlet: to thine own soul be true.

But who is Harry? One of the things that the man who is sixth in line to the throne has always ascertained difficult to accept is that millions of strangers, beings he’s never meet, feel as if they know who he is and are therefore in a position to pass judgment on him.

When he was 21 and a cadet at Sandhurst, he presented an interrogation in which he said:” I’m never going to … persuasion the general public of who I am or what I want them to think I am, because my image is always being portrayed as something else. I don’t want to change. I am who I am. I’m not going to change because I’m being criticised in the press .”

Though he is older and wiser, the conviction that he is routinely and deliberately falsified has remained unchanged. This appreciation of being made a caricature is an issue, he has said, that too aggrieved his father- in Prince Charles’s case as a hapless and ineffectual meddler. It’s not hard to is anticipated that Charles’s obvious anger of the media has helped inform his youngest son’s suspicions.

The problem is that the media are vital to the monarchy’s survival, like a parasite on which the host comes to depend. If their visits, births and bridals ceased to be the subject of media attention, they would sink into irrelevance. Royalty- the concept of a superior bloodline- is a dying anachronism, but luminary is alive and flourishing.

The Queen will very likely prove to be the last monarch to retain a regal interval from the outside. She is the embodiment of Walter Bagehot’s famed maxim about not giving in “daylight upon magic”. But that period has passed, even if the Queen lives on. Harry’s parents both appeared on television in separate discussions of their adultery. His uncle, a friend of a imprisoned paedophile, has been accused of sleeping with a trafficked teen, accusations that have been strongly disclaimed. The imperial curtains have been irreversibly opened.

Diana was said to have been a ” modernising ” force on the starchy ways and means to the Windsors. The” people’s princess” fetch a populist stroke to the dutiful business of photo opportunity. She was a democratising force, even though it is her approaching was not always appreciated by the royal household.

Harry told Bradby that he wouldn’t be” bullied into playing the game that killed my mum “. It’s an understandable feeling. His mother died in a automobile gate-crash under chase from paparazzi when he was just 12. But it’s hard to think what other tournament is available to a royal who wants to maintain a high profile.

Harry’s bride, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has event of the Hollywood kind of celebrity, a system controlled by pitiless publicists raising stage-managed interviews. According to a CNN report, based on” information sources close to the Sussexes”, she appeared to have conceived she could play a role in reforming an archaic institution to harness the “value” of a duet that has ” single-handedly modernised the monarchy “.

Harry and Meghan at the WellChild Awards in London this month. Photograph: Rex/ Shutterstock

That kind of limited approaching to image-maintenance may work with Vanity Fair but it’s not going to play in a tabloid world in which off-the-record briefings and forthright sentiments are the lifeblood of imperial coverage. In that situation, it’s impossible to suppress narratives about tensions between Harry and two brothers, or accusations of hypocrisy for campaigning on climate change while flying in private planes.

Yet Harry and his wife do have a large amount of public goodwill, regardless of their battle with the press that produced Harry earlier this month to sue the Daily Mirror and the Sun , and his wife to sue the Mail on Sunday . As a mixed-race couple, this constitutes a refreshing break with the racisms of the past.

Moreover Harry, like his mother, has a winning personal touch with ordinary people. An manager at the Children’s Society says that he recently did some work with the benevolence in which he allured everyone he dealt with.

Dylan Jones, the editor of GQ , says he’s met the sovereign several times and always find him” approachable, funny, engaging and whip-smart “. He recalls a photo session in which David Bailey was on confrontational kind, but Harry managed to win the banter contest.

” He doesn’t suffer suckers gladly ,” says Jones,” but then why should he? He’s always come across as a chairman .”

Perhaps his greatest strength, at this particular juncture in history, is his vulnerability. By coming forward a couple of years ago to discuss his mental health problems, he sounded with a younger generation anxiou to normalise the issue of mental illness. He spoke of how he closed down his passions for 20 times after his mother died, and how he consulted a therapist.

As someone who not only lost his mother at a tender age but likewise, according to his own evidence, killed enemy fighters in Afghanistan, he has a lot of haunting know-hows to resolve. It doesn’t help, of course, to be doing it under onrush from a unfriendly media. Harry strongly implied to Bradby that his pitch-dark daylights had returned.

If that is the case, he has two options. The first is to develop a zen-like indifference to the speculation and review that their own lives as a leading royal generates. To suffer, in other words, the straps and arrows of outrageous fate. The other is to help revive” the Firm” by cutting back on its numerals. He could take the large fortune he has, withdraw from public life, and devote himself to the good causes of his choice.

That way he and his wife can live rather than, as she places it, “exist”. To be or to thrive: that is the royal question the fame prince must face.

Golfer Bill Haas released from hospital after car accident that killed driver


Professional golfer Bill Haas escaped serious injuries following a gate-crash in Los Angeles that killed one person and also involved actor Luke Wilson

At least 10 killed after gondola crash ’causes’ hotel breakdown in India


Rescuers search wreckage of four-storey building in Indore for survivors after happen on Saturday night

A four-storey rickety hotel building collapsed in central India, killing at least 10 parties and wounded another three, police said Sunday.

Rescuers working through the nighttime with sledgehammers and chainsaws gathered alive 10 people from the debris of the building that came disintegrating down in Indore, a city in Madhya Pradesh state, on Saturday night, said police officer Sanju Kamle.

Up to five people may still be caught under the rubble, said Nishant Warwade, the district collector.


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The Times of India newspaper said the dilapidated improving collapsed after a vehicle crushed its front portion.

The hotel with 25 rooms was located in the commercial centre of Indore, close to railway and bus stations. Indore is nearly 900 kilometres( 560 miles) south of New Delhi.

At least 10 people killed when a hotel collapsed in Indore, 600 km north-east of Mumbai. Photograph: Guardian graphics

Building downfalls are common in India as developers try to cut corners by using substandard substances, and as multi-story designs are made with insufficient oversight. The massive demand for housing around India’s cities and pervasive bribery often to be translated into developers adding illegal storeys or putting up illegal buildings.

In August 2017, 33 parties were killed when an apartment house collapsed in India’s financial capital of Mumbai.

Demons and armageddon: items have appeared in naked kidnapping occurrence


A group of five who kidnapped three parties and crashed their gondola believed they were escaping the end of the world and faced imminent danger

Three people who were arrested naked by Canadian police after abduct their neighbours and crashing their gondola into another vehicle were Jehovah’s Observers who believed that they were escaping the end of the world, according to court documents.

In a plea document obtained by the Canadian Press, two women and a man admitted to kidnapping three parties in the western province of Alberta last year, which brought a degree of lucidity to the bizarre incident last November. One of the women too pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police launched their investigation after they were called to the scene of a vehicle clang in an industrial park in Nisku, south of Edmonton.

They arrived to find a lily-white BMW that had collided with a truck; inside were five people- four members of them naked- despite the centimetres of snowfall on the field and temperatures that poised around -1 0C( 14 F ).

According to the plea document, the chapter had begun several days earlier, when one of the women took her her two teenage daughters to visit her 27 -year old-fashioned nephew and his 30 -year old partner, who lived in Leduc, Alberta.

After three days at the house- during which the group barely ate- they came to believe that they had lived through the Great Tribulation, a period of suffering which some evangelical Christians believe heralds the second coming.

Believing they were in imminent danger, the group absconded the house- but in their haste , none of the family- except the mother- managed to get dressed, the document says.

” Four which find themselves naked were varying but they had to leave right away because it was unsafe, so they left without robes ,” the plea document said.

The group piled into a BMW SUV- which the mother drove through the garage doorway to make their escape- but then decided they needed to rescue the neighbours.

They obliged a serviceman into the trunk of their vehicle and realized his adult daughter and her baby ascent into the back seat.” They did so since they are believed that they were in danger, either from bad or wicked beings outside or from beasts ,” says the guilty plea.

The BMW then raced down the superhighway, detonation through a red light as its occupants sung “Jehovah” over and over.

According to the document, the three neighbours managed to escape when the SUV slowed down and flagged down a overtake truck.

” It’s the midriff of the winter and beings running around with no shoes on – you stop to help them ,” Derek Scott, the truck’s driver, told CTV News last year.

The neighbours climbed aboard the truck- but their aid was short-lived: the SUV rammed Scott’s truck, and both vehicles ended up in a snow-filled ditch.

When police responded to the accident, they faced a group who” exposed extreme forte” and refused to leave the vehicle. Harmonizing to the court document, one of the teenages imagine the officers were” were monsters who would kill them “.

Police eventually resorted to using a combination of pepper spay and tasers to subjugate and arrest the passengers.

At the time, police believed narcotics or alcohol might have been a factor in the incident. The father of the two teens- who wasn’t present during the incident- told researchers that he horror the group might have ingested a hallucinogenic tea.

But according to the Canadian Press, the plea document forms no mention of drugs or alcohol.

The two teens who were present during the abduction were not charged.

* This article was amended on 26 September 2018. An earlier version converted 10 C below 0 to 50 F. 10 C is similar to 50 F, -1 0C is 14 F. This has been corrected.

Real Madrid’s reputation for stunning comebacks is more myth than reality


The remontada has long been part of Reals identity but recent second-leg Champions League excursions show it is mere folklore

” If there is a team anywhere that can turn this around, it’s them ,” Pep Guardiola said. And so, it seemed, did almost everyone else. Down on the touchline at full age Casemiro said it. Up in the commentary box the former Real Madrid player and administrator Jorge Valdano said it, more. He knows: Valdano was a member of the team who fabricated an identity all over the remontada , realise dramatic comebacks part of Real’s mythology. It was a belief system, an ordinance of faith.

But faith is blind and the reality is different. Real may indeed turn their Champions League last-1 6 secure around after the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Bernabeu on Wednesday. They have the players to do so even if they don’t have that player any more. Cristiano Ronaldo is gone but no one would be daft enough to say it’s done. No one from City did so, that’s for sure.

In recent years, as Real triumphed three Champions Leagues in a row, it has often felt inescapable they would find a way. Going further back it was their thing, or so it croaks. But the legend doesn’t always stand up and history is not always reproduced- specially if it didn’t happen in the first place, at least not the room it was told.

They used to call it the Spirit of Juanito after the forward who were killed in a gondola clang in 1992. Juanito had cautioned Internazionale that” 90 hours at the Bernabeu are very long” after they had triumphed a European Cup first leg 3-1 in 1986. Real won the second leg 4-1. It was becoming a habit: they had turned around a 3-0 defeat against Anderlecht the year before, wining 6-0 at home. That season they also overcame a 5-1 first-leg defeat by Borussia Monchengladbach with a 4-0 residence win. In 1976 they had done the same to Derby, acquiring the second leg 5-1, having lost 4-1 in the first.

When those antagonists got to the Bernabeu they suffered what Valdano described as ” stage fright “. Real related what they called ” Code Red “: it was noisy and it was nasty and it acted. Sometimes it did, regardles. Epic was what they did, or what they said they did. It was a mental state in part, the midfielder Michel saying:” The history of Real Madrid is full of competitions triumphed in the last minute and the resist knows that. History substances, history plays. No one knows why but you pull on that Real Madrid shirt and you become a mini Incredible Hulk .”

Only history says something different, especially now. Before the quarter-final second leg against Wolfsburg in 2016, Juanito’s son Roberto pleaded with beings to leave his dad’s memory alone. It was not surprising considering one newspaper had be put into practice a ouija board session to call on his spirt to beat Atletico Madrid in the cup having lost the firstly leg. Even less surprising considering they had lost.” Each time you mention him for a comeback, we lose ,” Roberto said.

That time, as it turned out, they didn’t: Real came back to beat Wolfsburg 3-0 having lost the first leg 2-0. But that wasn’t epic- it exactly marked how bad Wolfsburg were and how strange it was that Real had got themselves into that mess in the first place. And Roberto was right. Juanito had been rekindled when Real had to overcome a 4-1 first-leg deficit against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semi-final in 2013. They failed to turn it round– just as they had done the last 14 times they had sought to overcome a first-leg deficit going back 27 years.

Liverpool’s Jay Spearing leaves Rafael van der Vaart floored as Real fail to overturn their first-leg deficit in 2009. Photograph: Paul Thomas/ AP

The Champions League era obligates the level powerfully. Since 1992, they have had wins invalidated more than they have induced remontadas : Juventus in 2003, Monaco in 2004, Juventus in 2005, Bayern in 2007, Ajax last year. Against Arsenal, Liverpool, Dortmund, Juventus, Barcelona and Bayern, the talk was of a comeback, overturning an adverse result but they didn’t succeed in any of them.

This time the second leg isn’t even at home, although that may not be such an advantage considering Real have won only one of their past six competitions at the Bernabeu, that stage fright felt more by them perhaps than their tourists now. Sergio Ramos had shown so much better in the buildup to the City game, talking of anxiety and possibility, a certain tension at a floor where they have shown vulnerability.

And so, to England they go again. Arsenal won 1-0 at the Bernabeu and held during at Highbury in 2006. When Liverpool won 1-0 in Madrid in 2009, Real’s president claimed it didn’t matter: they are able to” piss on” them at Anfield. Real lost 4-0.

Turning a 2-1 defeat around against City is a tough task: Guardiola’s squad were the better side for most part in Madrid, even if Real lamented that late downfall that allowed their lead to slip away. Real have disadvantages, which were exposed.

Rodri mentioned Real are a ” flatter ” team now without Ronaldo and they go to Manchester without their command, Ramos, extremely.” It isn’t over but we have a lot of work ahead of us ,” Casemiro said. History is not on their side, either. Simply formerly have Real overcome a dwelling first-leg defeat in Europe- against FC Wacker in the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970, losing the other four- but then history is there to be rewritten, too.

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Harvey Weinstein starts work on appeal from New York hospital


Disgraced movie moguls law team is discussing plead against his convictions for abuse and a criminal sex act

Days after he was imprisoned of rape and a criminal sex act, Harvey Weinstein is working on his appeal while he remains in Bellevue hospital in New York awaiting a probable transportation to Rikers Island jail complex before his sentencing.

Weinstein was admitted to Bellevue on Monday after concerns were expressed about high blood pressure and centre palpitations. During his trial Donna Rotunno, one of his advocates, told the judge that he has back injuries arising as a result of a gondola crash last summertime and a condition that requires hits in his eyes, so he does not go blind. Another of his advocates, Arthur Aidala, told the Hollywood Reporter that neither Weinstein nor his legal team had requested the admittance, and that it was a decision by the New York City Department of Corrections.

Aidala said that he is already discussing an appeal against the guilty verdicts, and that Weinstein” generated some counselings about how to proceed “.

If and when he is discharged from Bellevue, it is likely Weinstein will register Rikers Island before being moved to a district prison. While the Department of Corrections decides where inmates are room, trial magistrate James Burke has said he will question that Weinstein be placed in Rikers Island’s North Infirmary Command, where he would have something tantamount to protective custody.

Weinstein is due to be sentenced on 11 March. He was imprisoned on two weighs: a criminal sex act for forcefully play-act oral sex on the status of women in 2006 and third-degree rape for a 2013 attack on another woman. Together, the charges carry a maximum penalty of 29 years in prison.

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Miriam Haley, the former make assistant who accused Weinstein of forcing oral sex on her in 2006, said the verdict had supplied” massive aid “.” I just think that we’re being educated about current realities of sex crime and sexual assault preys ,” Haley said on CBS This Morning.” It’s not always simply a stranger. It’s very often mortal that the person or persons knows, and with that comes an entire other mantle of processing .”

Weinstein likewise faces accusations in California, with charges that he raped a woman at a Los Angeles hotel in 2013, then sexually assaulted a different lady in a Beverly Hills hotel the next night. He could be jailed for up to 28 years on service charges in the California case. Additional sexual assault subjects are under investigation by police in the LA area.

In the UK, the Labour MP Chi Onwurah called for Weinstein to be deprived of his CBE, a British commendation. In a letter to the Cabinet Office, Onwurah said:” In light-footed of the guilty judgment, will the secretariat ultimately strip Mr Weinstein of his CBE as I firstly solicited on 11 October 2017? Or will they continue to honour Mr Weinstein at the expense of all those who have experienced sexual violence and specially his scapegoats ?” Downing Street said Weinstein’s honour is a responsibility for the independent board but added that Boris Johnson’s government was ” crystal clear” in its disapproval of sexual abuse.

Ruler Andrew’s fall from grace returns uncertain times for the monarchy


After a difficult year, the last thing Britains royal family needed was the Duke of Yorks self-inflicted crisis

The unprecedented banishment of Prince Andrew to the outer reaches of the royal conglomerate, without a helpful future role or official actions, free- presumably- to spend more time with his golf clubs, comes at a critical time for the family.

After the calamities of the 1990 s and the patient rebuilding of reputation that followed, all seemed set fair simply 18 several months ago. The Queen was still soldiering stoically on into her 90 s, working on her red caskets of official newspapers every day as she had done for the previous seven decades and attending 293 participations during the year. Prince Harry had just married Meghan Markle to popular acclaim, apparently opening a brand-new period for the royal family. And the sequence was fasten to three generations, if they played their posters right.

How readily destabilising hesitations can intrude. From the Duke of Edinburgh’s car crash in January, through to Harry and Meghan’s evident unhappiness with their royal character and their cranny with Prince William and Duchess Kate, the great hopes of the royal family, it has been a difficult year, if not yet another annus horribilis like 1992. On top of that came Andrew’s self-inflicted crisis, which has angered other members of the family, specially Prince Charles, reopening age-old sores and shedding the smooth running of the institution into chaos.

Andrew’s fall from grace has had a slow motion inevitability. His relationship with the convicted child copulation delinquent Jeffrey Epstein had well known since the pair were envisioned strolling together in Central Park in 2011, but was ignored, especially once a Florida judge ruled that the allegations involving the prince were unnecessary to know. But following the latest complaints about Epstein and his suicide in prison in August, Andrew’s association with him is under an obligation to swam into view once more, even though no criminal allegations have been laid against him and he disclaims any personal wrongdoing.

His ill-judged television interview last weekend triggered his descend, highlighting as it did well documented flaws: his sense of right, freeloading, obtuseness and insensitivity. The British public can bear a lot from its royal family but resent exaggeration and superiority, especially over the expenditure of money and particularly from someone whose dedication to the common good has been sometimes hard to detect.

Prince Andrew at a British trade bazaar in Kuwait in 2000. Photograph: Yasser Al-Zayyat/ AFP via Getty Images

The prince’s timing was also at fault: distracting courtesy from national elections( which royals are not supposed to do) and, from Charles’s point of view, deflecting more positive publicity from the Waleses’ trip to New Zealand- not that that was generating much excitement anyway.

Making contents worse: Andrew did not have the excuse that the interview was sprung on him. It was his decision to take part, evidently without proper briefing, rehearsal or forethought. Perhaps he believed he could wing it, despite his ill-concealed disdain for the media and the threats of his newly appointed communications adviser Jason Stein, who lasted four weeks before leaving for the City PR firm Finsbury. The future of his private secretary, Amanda Thirsk, who lobbied in the interests of the interview as a clear-the-air exercise must now be in doubt.

The royal family controls to a complex grid method , not only in terms of official trips (” whose turn is it to go to the west country? … when was the last visit to Leicester ?”) but also in their association with particular interests: William and Kate with the arts, Camilla, duchess of Cornwall with health and literacy issues.

Andrew’s turf was business. For a season he relished the name of British trade ambassador, causing him scope to travel in some solace and no little expenditure by chartered airplane to often agreeable regions throughout the world, a capacity he continued to carry out until this month, though he lost the title some time ago because of his association with Epstein. If the trade decisions were nebulous- did foreigners certainly sign transactions because Prince Andrew had turned up at a British delegation reception?- the contacts did him no trauma at all. One such is Timur Kulibayev, the son-in-law of the former dictator of Kazakhstan, who bought the Yorks’ derelict former marital dwelling near Ascot for PS15m- PS3m above the asking price- in 2008.

Years of the media humiliating the costs of his trip-ups- last year’s best effort was PS22, 208 for a three-day visit to Hungary- had no effect whatsoever.” The commerce capacity was perfect for him because he felt he was have implications ,” a former palace official was just telling me.” The difficulty with Yorkie is he can be very arrogant and sullen. I think that’s down to insecurity .”


The Duke of York’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

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Andrew is reported as having been initiated to Jeffrey Epstein through mutual friend Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell. Epstein apparently calls the Queen’s private Scottish retreat in Aberdeenshire



Andrew, Maxwell and Epstein are ensure together at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida. Later in the year, Epstein and Maxwell attend a joint birthday party at Windsor castle hosted by the Queen


Teenager claims

Virginia Giuffre, then aged 17, claims to have had sex with Andrew in Maxwell’s Belgravia home. Giuffre, whose surname was Roberts at the time of the alleged incidents, says she slept with Andrew on two further occasions, at Epstein’s New York home and at an “orgy” on his private island in the Caribbean


Epstein jailed

Epstein is jailed for 18 several months after imploring guilty to prostituting minors


Epstein freed

Soon after his freeing from jail, Epstein is visited by Andrew in New York. The pair are photographed together in Central Park. Footage rises year later, apparently filmed on 6 December, that appears to show Andrew inside Epstein’s Manhattan mansion waving goodbye to a woman from behind a large door



Andrew retires his capacity as UK trade envoy following a furore over the Central Park photos


Claims emerge

Allegations that Andrew had sex with Giuffre emerge in US court documents related to Epstein. The articles, filed in Florida, state that she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was 17, which is under the age of consent in the state. Buckingham Palace repudiates the allegations.

The claims against Andrew are later struck from US civil court records following a federal judge’s decree


More claims

Andrew is accused of sexual indecency by a second alleged Epstein victim, Johanna Sjoberg. She claims he stroked her breast inside the US billionaire’s Manhattan apartment in 2001. Buckingham Palace said the allegations were” categorically specious “.

On 10 August, Epstein is were dead in his jail cell, having killed himself after being charged with sexuality trafficking.

A pilot on Epstein’s private spurt later that month claims Andrew was a passenger on past flights with the financier and Roberts

20 November 2019

Prince Andrew announces he is to step back from public obediences ‘for foreseeable future’.

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The writing was really on the wall for Andrew’s future when companies started questioning their sponsorship of his Pitch @Palace initiative, a sort of Dragon’s Den with chandeliers, where young entrepreneurs once a year attend Buckingham Palace and existing their ideas to business leaders.

They would just want to be associated with someone tarred by affection with a notorious sex crook. Andrew also has links to more than 200 donations, 33 of which are involved with education and young people. He won’t immediately molted his honorary military designations, as an admiral( except perhaps as admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps ), honorary colonel of various regiments and an air commodore in the RAF, but they won’t like the defile either and he may have to stand down for the good of the services. Talk that Andrew’s purdah will only last a few months is wishful thinking: Epstein’s ghost will ever waver behind him now.

Andrew’s absence will leave a hole in the royal grid: who will fulfil the 394 commitments he be carried forward last year? Who will step in to his persona with business, particularly with Harry and Meghan likewise taking a back seat? The passion of Prince Charles and some advisers to slim down the working membership of the family to a smaller active core is being achieved by natural wastage , not design.

Age is also having its effect: the 98 year-old Duke of Edinburgh has retired, the Queen herself is slowing down at 93, Charles is 71 and even William is nearly 40:” He’s just another bald-pated bloke in a dres ,” one royal photographer mourned. The recent poll this week, YouGov for the Times, was foreboding: 54% supporting the sovereign, 20% not and 25% apathetic. The strategy will need a rethink if the royals are, in the Queen’s words, needing to be seen to be believed.

* Stephen Bates is the author of Royalty Inc: Britain’s Best-Known Brand( Aurum )

Dog weepie movies- graded!


With mutts all over our screens in John Wick 3, A Dogs Journey, Paw Patrol and more, which of films furry friends can defrost the most middles?

16. John Wick( 2014)

Russian mobsters kill Daisy, the beagle puppy left to John Wick by his late wife. The sadness of the puppy demise is offset by Wick going on to kill everyone who had anything to do with it, which moves you feel better.

15. I Am Legend( 2007)

This third modification of Richard Matheson’s 1954 sci-fi classic about the last man alive cravenly misconstrues the novel’s premise, but grasps in its early stages, as Will Smith zooms around a depopulated Manhattan in a crimson Mustang with Sam, his trusty German shepherd, travelling shotgun. Alas, Sam gets bitten by a zombie puppy and has to be put down. It’s all downhill from there.

14. Frankenweenie( 2012)

Young Victor Frankenstein accompanies his dead dog Sparky back to life in this Tim Burton animation which is let down by some gratuitous anti-cat propaganda and a cop-out terminating that fails to elicit Corpse Bride levels of weeping. Sparky looks like an animated parsnip, but it is hard not to- no pun aimed- root for him.

13. Eight Below( 2006)

Six Siberian huskies and two malamutes are stranded in Antarctica and have to fend for themselves against these components( and a unnerving shut) while Paul Walker tries to find the money to bring them home. Spoiler: not all the dogs make it, but be thankful it isn’t the original Japanese survival drama this was based on, where the canine body count was devastating.

12. Turner and Hooch( 1989)

The best of the cop’n’canine sidekick subgenre, with Tom Hanks generating a mini masterclass in ad-libbing opposite a jowly, slobbering dogue de Bordeaux, a good son whose devotion to his human partner eventually exits above and beyond the call of duty.

11. Fluke( 1995)

Matthew Modine dies in a vehicle disintegrate and is reincarnated as a miscoloured golden retriever who gets busted out of Ron Perlman’s cosmetics-testing lab by a streetwise St Bernard-retriever cross announced Rumbo, voiced by Samuel L Jackson. Alas, Rumbo takes a bullet during the escape. Source material was a non-horror novel by James Herbert, better known as the author of The Rats and The Fog.

Blond desire … Owen Wilson and Jennifer Anniston document 15 years in dog Marley’s life. Photograph: Rex/ 20 th Century Fox/ Everett

10. Marley& Me( 2008)

Journalists Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, so blond and shiny they virtually look like labradors themselves, get a labrador pup but fail to train it properly, so it destroys substance and whacks over Kathleen Turner. Fifteen times and three kids later, it is time for that one last trip to the vet:” You’re a great hound, Marley .” Cue tearful collapse of hitherto sceptical viewer.

9. All Dogs Go to Heaven( 1989)

Burt Reynolds provides the voice of a roguish German shepherd announced Charlie who is killed by his business partner( a pitbull-bulldog cross) but returns to Earth to rescue an orphan in this noirish Don Bluth animation boasting bird-dogs operating casinoes- a terrifying vision of hell with an unabashedly sentimental ending.

8. Wendy and Lucy( 2008)

Michelle Williams plays a penniless gypsy whose gondola breaks down in a small Oregon town, where she gets arrested for trying to shoplift a can of bird-dog meat for Lucy, her golden-brown desegregated breed. The dog doesn’t die in Kelly Reichardt’s achingly heartbreaking painting of the sort of marginal cosmo you don’t often see in American films, but the cinema will leave you in bits anyway.

7. My Dog Skip( 2000)

A nostalgic but far from rose-tinted memoir about grown up in 1940 s Mississippi, where the eponymous jack russell aids a boy overcome his shyness. The money panorama for sad-dog-film completists is the one where an ageing, arthritis-suffering Skip( played by Frasier’s Eddie) tries to climb on to a berthed, and fails.

6. Umberto D( 1952)

For times, I refused to watch Vittorio De Sica’s neorealist masterpiece about a hard-up pensioner ejected from his room in Rome, because I was convinced that Flike, his jack russell, dies at the end. Well, spoiler alert: Flike survives! But it was unable to not to sob your center out regardless, especially when the poor old geezer tries to find a new dwelling for his beloved pooch.

5. Dean Spanley( 2008)

Sam Neill plays a preacher whose ardour of Hungarian tokay initiations recollections about his past life as a Welsh springer spaniel called Wag in this delicious Edwardian fantasy, adapted from a novella by Anglo-Irish writer Lord Dunsany. It all culminates in father-son reconciliation and a blub-worthy denouement.

4. Lassie Come Home( 1943)

Little Roddy McDowall’s mothers are so broke they have to sell their rough collie( played by a son dog announced Pal) to a luxuriou aristocrat. But, is assisting little Elizabeth Taylor, Lassie flees and treks from Scotland to Yorkshire, having lots of escapades, one of them involving a loyal but fated little terrier announced Toots.

Station ruler … Hachi: A Dog’s Tale Photograph: Allstar/ Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

3. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale( 2009)

Richard Gere play-acts a New England music professor who attachments with an akita puppy, with decisions that run from heartwarming to heartrending. This is the Hollywood version of the history of the loyal hound commemorated by a statue outside Tokyo’s Shibuya station, waiting eternally for the original who will never arrive. A five-Kleenex weepie to competitor Futurama’s notorious Jurassic Bark episode.

2. The Plague Dogs( 1982)

Like Watership Down, this animated denunciation of man’s inhumane treatment of swine was adapted by Martin Rosen from a Richard Adams novel, and is guaranteed to traumatise not just younger viewers, but numerous adults as well. Rowf( labrador concoction) and Snitter( smooth fox terrier, was put forward by John Hurt) escape from a research lab in the Lake District and evade capture with the aid of a shrewd fox. The film fastens with Adams’s original objective, which his publishers coaxed him to rework into something a little more cheerful.

1. Old Yeller( 1957)

A stray yellow dog( played by Spike, a labrador retriever and mastiff desegregate) alliances with a family of farmers in postbellum Texas. After saving its humans from angry bears, wild boars and mad moo-cows, the” best doggone bird-dog in the west” lastly goes burnt by a fanatic wolf, leading to a tear-jerking conclusion at the business end of a shotgun swung by little Tommy Kirk. If you have tears, prepare to molted them here.

Police attempt doubt after bundle bombard blowup in France


Twelve people injured in incident described by Emmanuel Macron as an attack

Police in France were hunting a doubt following a explosion in a pedestrian street in the heart of Lyon that wounded more than a dozen parties simply two days before the country’s fiercely struggled European parliament elections.

The president, Emmanuel Macron, called Friday’s detonation, apparently from a packet jam-pack with shrapnel and placed in the street, an “attack” and direct his interior minister, Christophe Castaner, to Lyon.

A chassis grasp from a surveillance video testifying a mortal pushing a mountain bike in the vicinity of a suspect box rocket explosion in Lyon. Photograph: AFP/ Getty Images

Police questioned an appeal for bystanders on Twitter as they sought the doubt, a boy believed to be in his early 30 s on a mountain bicycle caught on insurance cameras in the area immediately before the explosion.

They posted an image of the man, wearing light-coloured suddenlies and a longsleeved dark top and described him as “dangerous”.

The country’s justice minister, Nicole Belloubet, told BFM television it was too soon to say whether the blast was a “terrorist act”.

A police source said the package contained” pins or rods” and had been placed in front of a bakery.

The number of injured stood at 13 people, with 11 taken to hospitals. None of the traumata was life-threatening.

Macron said:” It’s not for me to give a toll, but it shows there are no casualties. There have been injuries, so obviously I’m thinking of these injured and their families .”

Denis Broliquier, the mayor of the city’s second arrondissement, said:” An eight-year-old girl was wounded … We’re reasonably relieved because apparently there were no serious injuries but, on the other hand, we are certain it was an explosive device .”

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” There was an detonation and I thought it was a car crash ,” said Eva, a 17 -year-old student who was about 15 metres( 50 hoofs) from the site of the blast.” There were bits of electrical cable near me and artilleries and chips of cardboard and plastic. The spaces were blown out .”

A terrorism investigation has been opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office, which has jurisdiction over all fright instances in the country.

France has been on high alert following a brandish of deadly terror attacks since 2015 that have killed more than 250 people.