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Murderers who beat up student and threw him over a balcony jailed for life

The four men were arrested the day after Henham’s body had been discovered (Picture: PA)Four men have been jailed for life for murdering a ‘gentle and peaceful’ student at a New Year’s Eve party by viciously beating him unconscious and then throwing his body over a balcony. Billy Henham, 24, was last seen on CCTV at a shop in Brighton in the early hours of January 1, 2020. His naked, battered body was discovered by police the next evening in an abandoned building where a party to welcome in the new year had been held. Billy had been subjected to a ‘sustained and significant’ attack involving punches and stamps, and left him with 67 separate injuries. Gregory Hawley, 29, Dushane Meikle, 28, Lamech Gordon-Carew, 21, and Alize Spence, 19, were sentenced on Friday having been foun

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Rapist attacked woman in her own home after meeting on a dating app

The 28-year-old was convicted over a 2016 attack on a woman he met on Plenty of Fish (Picture: MEN Media)A woman was raped in her own home after meeting a man on Plenty of Fish. Michael Collins, 28, has been jailed for eight years after making contact with his victim online in 2016. A court heard how the Manchester man forced himself on the woman during a visit to her house. The pair spent the evening watching television together and kissed but she made it clear she did not want to have sex. Collins continued to touch her despite her protests, repeatedly sexually assaulting her before raping her. He labelled her ‘lazy’ and said: ‘For f**k sake, that took me an hour to get that out of you.’ Minshull Street Crown Court heard the victim thought he was picking her up to go ...

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Berkeley Unified tells students, staff to mask up again amid COVID surge

More than two months after state officials lifted an indoor mask mandate for public school students, Berkeley Unified leaders will require students to mask up again for the last two weeks of the academic year amid a surge of COVID cases. In a memo to parents, Superintendent Brent Stephens said all students, staff and people at district campuses and facilities must begin wearing masks on Monday. The mandate includes people attending indoor school events and indoor graduations, even those taking place off campus. The move follows a meeting between the district’s COVID response team and Berkeley public health partners “to discuss the COVID-19 surge we are now experiencing,” the letter reads.  Stephens said Berkeley Health Officer Lisa Hernandez recommended the mask reinstatement “to protect ...

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‘Triangle of Sadness’ Review: Ruben Östlund’s Beauty Satire Is Bent All Out of Shape

It’s been a long two years since audiences ran away from the American remake of “Force Majeure” like it was a killer avalanche cascading towards their families, so perhaps Ruben Östlund — the rascally Swedish filmmaker whose other features include “Play” and 2017’s Cannes-winning, take-no-prisoners caricature of the art world, “The Square” — has just forgotten that other people are perfectly capable of making toothless, watered-down versions of Ruben Östlund movies. He may have dug that particular hole, but he’s under no obligation to fill it himself. Alas, the much-anticipated “Triangle of Sadness” — which features Woody Harrelson as the alcoholic communist captain of an 100-meter superyacht once owned by Aristotle Onassis, and which ought to be Östlund’s most hostile and ambitious comedy

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Scott Mills convinced Eurovision star Sam Ryder is ‘the new Adele’

Could our Eurovision star actually be the ‘next Adele’? (Pictures: Getty/PA/Rex)Radio DJ Scott Mills is convinced Sam Ryder could be the next Adele, after his incredible Eurovision 2022 performance. Sam, who second in Eurovision 2022 with a massive 466 points (466 more than our 2021 entry), only beaten by Ukraine’s entry Kalush Orchestra, has recently been announced as the newest performer at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. He’ll be performing alongside the likes of Diana Ross, Queen and Alicia Keys, so it’s not too much of a stretch to have compared him to the Grammy-award winning Skyfall singer. Speaking on BBC Radio 2 on Rylan Clarke’s show, Rylan on Saturday, Scott said: ‘The thing is back to Sam as well, he’s got really good songs that I think peop

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Cop Mom Arrested for ‘Using Taser on Her Kids’

Harris County Sheriff's OfficeA Texas police officer is facing violent felony charges after she was accused of tasing her three young children at her Houston-area home. Xochitl Ortiz, 34, was fired from her job as a deputy constable in Harris County following her arrest earlier this week. Ortiz, a two-year veteran of the force, was hit with three counts of bodily injury to a child under 15. According to court documents reviewed by The Daily Beast, Ortiz “drive-stunned” the children, 8, 11, and 12, in early April, allegedly shocking the three on the hand, shoulder, and buttocks with a department-issued Taser belonging to her boyfriend—who worked alongside Ortiz as a Harris County deputy. at The Daily Beast. ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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Russia obliterates Ukraine’s Palace of Culture in huge missile strike

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video This video shows the moment Ukraine’s historic Palace of Culture was wiped out by a Russian missile strike in a matter of seconds. Devastating footage shows the recently renovated building engulfed in flames after being hit with a rocket believed to have been launched from a strategic bomber. President Zelensky condemned the attack, which happened in the Lozova region of Kharkiv. He wrote on Facebook: ‘The occupiers identified culture, education and humanity as their enemies. ‘What is in the minds of people who choose such targets? Absolute evil, absolute stupidity.’ Image from a surveillance camera shows the moment a...

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Australia PM Morrison defends record despite election loss

Scott Morrison said his conservative government had left Australia in a robust condition, even as voters on Saturday punished him for his handling of issues including climate change and the pandemic that helped return the center-left opposition to power for the first time in almost a decade. Morrison, 54, said he would step down as head of the Liberal party — the senior member of the conservative coalition that had ruled since 2013 — after conceding defeat to the Labor party and its leader Anthony Albanese. A former tourism marketer before switching to politics, Morrison was labeled the “accidental prime minister” in 2018 when his government colleagues chose him to replace then-leader Malcolm Turnbull. Morrison sprung a major surprise by leading the coalition to victory in a 2019 election

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‘I will jump straight in there!’ – Fabian Edwards ready to step in and fight Gegard Mousasi this summer after stunning Lyoto Machida win

Edwards destroyed Machida in one round in the capital last week (Picture: Lucas Noonan)Fabian Edwards is on standby to step in and fight Gegard Mousasi for the Bellator middleweight title should Johnny Eblen withdraw from their fight this summer. The Birmingham contender endured a deeply frustrating 18 months where he suffered the first two defeats of his professional career, having to wait for the chance to bounce back with his next two fights postponed. Edwards was made to wait for his chance to set the record straight but did so in stunning fashion at Bellator 281 in London last week, blasting out fight legend Lyoto Machida inside one round to underline his explosive ambition of becoming world champion. The 29-year-old feels the opportunity to achieve that is closer than ever.

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Vicky Krieps Should Be in the Cannes Competition for Best Actress

Vicky Krieps should be up for Best Actress at Cannes this year. But as usual, festival programmers have slotted one of the best films at Cannes, Marie Kreutzer’s irreverently feminist Austrian royal drama “Corsage,” in Un Certain Regard. (That’s also where Krieps’ other movie, German filmmaker Emily Atef’s relationship drama “More Than This,” is programmed.) Krieps’ time will come. Ever since she broke out in 2017 opposite Daniel Day Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread,” the Luxembourg actress has been making up for lost time, shooting one role after another, with no regard for making smart career choices, she told me at Cannes. “My choice always comes from my heart, which is why it doesn’t seem like a career choice, ever.” Mia Hansen-Love’s “Bergman Island,” starring Krieps an

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Russia ‘destroys cache of Western arms’ amid fierce fighting for east Ukraine

Intense fighting is continuing in the battle for the Donbas region (Picture: Getty/Rex/Shutterstock)Russia claims it has destroyed a major consignment of Western weapons sent to Ukraine’s army. The defence ministry in Moscow said it targeted a store in the west of the country by launching cruise missiles from the Black Sea. A statement claimed to have hit a ‘large batch of weapons and military equipment delivered from the USA and European countries’. Russia also says its bombs struck oil depots nears Odesa and shot down two fighter jets, as well as 14 drones. It’s unclear how much truth is in the Russian claims but invading forces are intensifying their efforts to seize the east of Ukraine after capturing Mariupol. The last fighters were told by their commanders to lay down

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Airbnb host called woman ‘fatso’ for complaining about pet rats and ‘awful smell’

Lianna Bartle, 35, is in a bitter dispute with property owner Matthew Tolley (Picture: Lianna Bartle/MEN Media)A mum who complained to an Airbnb owner about mess and pet rats in her accommodation was told: ‘F**k off fatso.’ Lianna Bartle who says she ‘struggles’ with her weight, had booked a weekend away for her 35th birthday with her eight-year-old daughter, Lily. They chose a room in the village of Endon, Staffordshire, marketed by host Matthew Tolley as ‘Luxury Endon House Share’. But Lianna said the offering – located half-an-hour’s drive from Alton Towers, was ‘anything but luxury’. Matthew claims the mum is on a ‘hate campaign’ against him but admitted sending her a WhatsApp message saying: ‘No you were rude and wrong. F*** off fatso.’ The host, who lists his property

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Danniella Westbrook rushed to hospital with septicaemia after having ‘sudden health shock’

Danniella Westbrook was taken to hospital with sepsis, which was thankfully caught earlyDanniella Westbrook was rushed to hospital with septicaemia, according to reports, which can be life-threatening if not dealt with quickly.  The former EastEnders star, 48, was bedridden for several days while unwell, but is now recovering at home after having hospital treatment.  A representative for the actress told The Sun: ‘Danniella suffered a sudden health shock. Thankfully the issue was caught early and dealt with by medical professionals.  ‘Danniella has been released from hospital and is home recovering with the support of close family. We are grateful that Danniella hasn’t suffered from any major risks. ‘Danniella appreciates everyone’s immediate support and we will be sure to is...

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Not Feeling ‘Pleasure’? ‘Kamikaze Hearts’ and ‘Jonathan Agassi’ Show Queer Porn Stars on Their Own Terms

“Kamikaze Hearts” Kino Lorber Whether its the drugs or the ego talking, Mitch’s musings on the thin veil between performance and real life are downright poetic, and eerily foreboding of today’s fame-hungry social media landscape. She drapes her naked body around a film set like some kind of divine deity, always with an awareness of the role she is being asked to play. When asked if the film is more truth or fiction, she says: “I don’t know, because I don’t know if I’m more truth or more fiction.” But is there anything more true than a performance artist flaying herself raw for the camera? That experiment is ongoing. Reaching across the decades of smut comes Mitch’s erotic offspring, a beefy Israeli with a boyish glint in his eye named Jonathan Agassi. In his devastating character study of

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What needs to happen on the final day of the Premier League season for Arsenal to finish fourth?

Spurs only need to avoid defeat to secure Champions League football (Pictures: Getty)The race for the final Champions League spot will go down to the final match of the Premier League season – though Arsenal need a big favour from Norwich City in order to secure an unlikely fourth-place finish. A little over a week ago, the Gunners were just one win away from Europe’s premier club competition with three points in the north London derby enough to ensure they would finish ahead of their local rivals for the first time in six years. But instead they imploded in N17, with Rob Holding sent off in a 3-0 defeat, and four days later they suffered another massive setback when they lost 2-0 to Newcastle at an atmospheric St James’ Park. That result on Monday night, coupled with Tottenham’s

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