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Barcelona ex-president Josep Maria Bartomeu arrested over ‘Barcagate’ smear controversy

The club’s offices were also raided as police conduct their investigation (Pictures: Getty Images)Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been arrested by Spanish police as they probe his involvement in the ‘Barcagate’ scandal which saw the club’s players smeared. Bartomeu, who resigned from his role in October last year, is one of three people arrested so far, along with the club’s CEO Oscar Grau and head of legal services Roman Gomez Ponti, and more could follow. Spanish police entered the club’s offices at Camp Nou on Monday morning in a search and seize operation as they conduct an investigation into the ‘Barcagate’ allegations. Star players like Lionel Messi were allegedly the subject of smear campaigns (Picture: Getty)Last year, club officials were accused of ...

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What life is like in Britain’s biggest council estate as it turns 100

The changing face of the Becontree Estate in London which turns 100 this year (Picture: Becontree Forever/www.becontreeforever.uk)The UK’s biggest council estate marks its 100th birthday today with a burst of activity celebrating its place on the national map. Originally designed for working families and returning First World War veterans, the Becontree Estate in east London now encompasses 27,000 houses. After the first homes went up in November 1921, it became home to more than 100,000 people over four square miles in the borough of Barking and Dagenham. Focal points include the internationally-recognised ‘garden city’ houses and iconic ‘banjo’ closes. Famous names hailing from estate include 1966 World Cup winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey, actor Dudley Moore and the former Ar

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Kody and Meri Brown: The Marriage is “Dead and Over,” Okay?!?

Kody and Meri Brown stopped pretending on Sister Wives this week. On Sunday night's episode of Sister Wives, the TLC personalities opened up about the status of their tenuous three-decade-lonng relationship, with Kody calling it "amicable" -- and Meri countering that "it's dead, it's over." Points for honesty we guess, huh? The topic was broached after Christine Brown revealed during a family meeting that her Las Vegas house had at last sold, raising the question of when Kody would begin building homes for him and his four spouses on the Coyote Pass property. It's been sitting unused for years now. A total sunk cost. Last spring, the family "got into a squabble," explained Kody "because it turned out that there was a bunch of confusion." He told the cameras: "I got in ...

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Artificial intelligence called ‘Deep Nostalgia’ brings photos of the dead to life

The ‘Deep Nostalgia’ artificial intelligence brings old photos back to life (MyHeritage)A new artificial intelligence has been created to bring old photos to life. The technology, called ‘Deep Nostalgia’, has been used to infuse the illusion of life into photos of long-dead people. It was created by online genealogy company MyHeritage and is available online for anyone to apply to their own photos. The results have been posted on Twitter and, while it’s very impressive tech, we’re getting some strong uncanny valley, Harry Potter-style vibes. Deep Nostalgia uses pre-recorded driver videos of facial movements and then applies whichever one works best to the photo that’s uploaded. In order to use it, you need to sign up for a free account on MyHeritage and then you can upload...

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Struggling AMC is giving its CEO a $3.75 million bonus, and paying $8.3 bonuses in total, for ‘extraordinary efforts’ during the pandemic

Summary List PlacementAMC has approved millions in bonuses to its top executives and eligible employees as a means to preserve stockholder value during the COVID-19 pandemic, the theater operator said. In a regulatory filing on Friday, the company said CEO Adam Aron would receive $3.75 million as bonus, while four other top executives are entitled to bonuses of between $173,000 and $507,000. The company approved $8.3 million in bonuses in total, including some to corporate associates and theater management. The bonuses were approved to recognize "the extraordinary efforts of employees to maintain the company's business and preserve stockholder value during the COVID-19 pandemic, encourage continued engagement and retention, and incentivize our management and employees during the contin...

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Manchester United have a mentality problem against the top six, claims Roy Keane

Manchester United have scored just once against the top six in seven matches this term (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)Manchester United legend Roy Keane believes his former side could have a mentality problem in the matches against their top six rivals. The Red Devils played out a 0-0 draw with top four rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, which was fourth 0-0 in a row for the club against one of their top six rivals. United have failed to win in their seven matches against Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham this season, scoring just once in a 6-1 defeat to Spurs in October. That goal came from a Bruno Fernandes penalty within two minutes in the defeat to Jose Mourinho’s side and United once again failed to sc...

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Loner hid iPhone X in communal bathroom to watch students taking showers

Doyun Kim – also known as Eric – had 24 upskirting clips on his phone (Picture: Cavendish)An undergraduate has been spared jail after he was caught secretly filming more than 20 students. Doyun ‘Eric’ Kim, 21, took up-skirt videos across the Manchester University campus as his victims climbed flights of stairs before lectures or at freshers’ events. He was caught out when a woman taking a shower spotted his iPhone X poking out behind a toilet roll and some small binbags he had used to try and hide it. In November 2019 she noticed that the phone was recording and saw a thumbnail of engineering student Kim on the screen. She stopped the recording, deleted the footage and rang the police. The mobile was scanned by forensics experts who discovered 24 different up-skirting vid...

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons March update: how to get all Super Mario items

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – a super addition (pic: Nintendo)March means new bugs, fishes, and sea creatures for Animal Crossing, but also a brand new set of Super Mario items and clothing. Nintendo Switch blockbuster Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be a year old this month and to commemorate the fact a huge collection of new Super Mario themed items has been released. The timing is also to mark the end of the Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary celebrations, which will see Super Mario 3D All-Stars disappear from sale at the end of the month. Rather than being something you craft, or have to exchange for Nook Points, the items are just ordinary purchases you pay for using bells, assuming you have enough money. To buy the Super Mario items just go to Nook Shopping, which is

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Hyatt Hotels said it is taking claims the CPAC stage was inspired by a Nazi rune ‘very seriously’ and called hate symbols ‘abhorrent’

Summary List PlacementThe Hyatt Hotels Corporation called hate symbols "abhorrent" after the stage at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which took place at a Hyatt hotel, resembled a Nordic rune that appeared on Nazi uniforms. CPAC was held this year at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida, and ran Thursday to Sunday last week. Some people noted on social media that the event's stage — which hosted speakers like former President Donald Trump — was in the shape of an "Odal rune," with tweets like this one going viral: Has anyone else noticed the shape of the CPAC stage is the Odal Rune/SS insignia? pic.twitter.com/TCns4B1tq8 — The Daily Beans Podcast (@dailybeanspod) February 26, 2021 As Insider's Kelsey Vlamis reported, the symbol was used on some...

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Prince Harry Tells Oprah He Left the Royals Because He Feared Meghan Markle Would Suffer Like Princess Diana

JOHNNY EGGITT / Getty ImagesPrince Harry has told Oprah Winfrey that he decided to step back from the British royal family because he was fearful of “history repeating itself,” apparently referring to the tragic story of his mother, Diana, who died at 36 in a car crash in Paris while being pursued by paparazzi. Harry, who is now 36 himself, made the remarks in his interview with CBS which will be screened on March 7. Two advance clips from the special were released on Monday morning. In one of the new Oprah clips, Harry was seated next to Meghan, 39, with whom he is expecting a second child. As he held her hand, he reflected on the ordeal his mother went through when she left the royal family. at The Daily Beast. ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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10 Things in Politics: Trump teases 2024 run at CPAC

Summary List PlacementGood morning! Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. I'm Brent Griffiths. Sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox each day. Send your tips and thoughts to bgriffiths@insider.com or tweet me @BrentGriffiths. Here's what you need to know: Trump's 2024 ambitions face a major test next year. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces another sexual-harassment allegation. Congressional Democrats want to move gun violence legislation this month. 1. HE'S BACK: Former President Donald Trump tore into his successor and disloyal Republicans in his CPAC speech, his first since leaving the White House. While he rejected the idea of creating a new party, Trump strongly hinted he'll run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024. For now, activists and fellow Republicans say h...

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Barcelona could target Mikel Arteta with Arsenal boss on presidential candidate’s list of targets

Arteta is one of Joan Laporta’s targets if Koeman leaves (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is among the list of managerial targets for Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta should Ronald Koeman depart at the end of the season, according to reports in Spain. Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa are vying for control at the Camp Nou will elections set to be held on March 8. Koeman replaced Ernesto Valverde as Barca head coach last summer and while Laporta, who is seeking a second term club as club president, has publicly backed the Dutchman, Arteta is among a list of possible alternatives should he leave his post at the end of the season. RAC1 report Arteta could be an option due to his affinity with the club and given his tutelage under club legend Pep Guardiola. ...

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I can’t get through the week without receiving hate mail – this time it was another death threat

Barely a week goes by when I do not suffer from abuse, racist, sexist or general threats on social media (Picture: Getty Images/Cultura RF)Last week I received yet another death threat against me online, this time a man threatening me with ‘a bullet to the back of the head’.   This threat was deeply distressing and appalling for me to read. My friend MP Jo Cox was murdered in 2016 and every threat reminds me of that.   Barely a week goes by when I do not suffer from abuse, racist, sexist or general threats on social media.   I’m very grateful to the police for their support and for understanding the distress caused, and I hope this person will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.   I am also thankful for the people who identified him as a former Prospective Parliamentary Candid

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Investor Paul Singer warned of ‘head-smacking craziness’ in markets and said there could be ‘trouble ahead’

Summary List Placement Paul Singer said there had been some "head-smacking craziness" in markets recently. He singled out "staggering valuation metrics" and "overleveraged capital structures" as worries. Singer's Elliott Management made money every month in 2020, Bloomberg reported. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. Billionaire investor Paul Singer told clients that early 2021 has been a period of "head-smacking craziness" for US stocks and warned there could be "trouble ahead." The boss of $42 billion investment group Elliott Management also struck a pessimistic tone on bitcoin and Tesla in a January 28 letter to clients seen by Bloomberg. Singer suggested bitcoin would falter, bringing about a "we told you so" moment for him and colleagues. El...

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Stillborn baby tests positive for Covid after getting infected in womb

Medics at the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, Israel – where a stillborn baby tested positive for Coivd Picture: Getty)A stillborn baby tested positive for coronavirus after becoming infected in the mother’s womb, according to reports in Israel. A woman who was suffering from Covid-19 symptoms and in the 36th week of her pregnancy arrived at the the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, near Tel Aviv over the weekend. Doctors found the unborn baby had died in the womb and subsequent tests showed the foetus had contracted Covid. Doctors haven’t yet linked the death to the virus but the Times of Israel reported it was the second such case in the country in recent weeks. Last week, another expectant mum, 29, lost her baby at 25 weeks. The woman was experiencing a fever and realise

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