Police begin criminal inquiry into failed training firm 3aaa

Police have launched a criminal investigation into allegations of fraud at the UK’s largest government-funded apprenticeship provider. Derbyshire constabulary said its specialist fraud investigation unit has begun a formal fraud investigation into the collapse of 3aaa, which was training 4,216 apprentices at companies including Ocado, Volkswagen and the National Grid. “A formal criminal investigation has […]

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City’s Cup comeback, Liverpool on top and Zidane’s return –Football Weekly

Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email. We look back at the weekend of football just gone, starting with the FA Cup and Manchester City’s 3-2 comeback win at Swansea. Also making their way through to the semi-finals at Wembley were Watford, Brighton and Wolves, who saw off a lacklustre Manchester United. We round […]

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Warriors News: Kevin Durant to Return After Missing 2 Games with Ankle Injury

Jeff Chiu/Associated Press Kevin Durant is returning to game action for the Golden State Warriors on Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs after missing the last two games with a right ankle sprain, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. The Warriors stepped up in Durant’s absence, going 2-0 against the Houston Rockets and […]

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Hampshire stint on hold as Dimuth Karunaratne enters frame for Sri Lanka World Cup captaincy

Dimuth Karunaratne’s forthcoming stint with the Hampshire county side may be cancelled, with Sri Lanka’s selectors now strongly considering handing the ODI reins to Karunaratne for the World Cup. Hampshire had signed Karunaratne as their overseas player in February, but Karunaratne has now been asked to remain in Sri Lanka through April, in order to […]

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Trump’s Policies Are Threatening the Health of His Own Supporters

When author and professor Jonathan Metzl was doing research for his new book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland, he met a man in Tennessee with severe lung disease—forced to cart around a personal oxygen tank—who said he’d rather die than receive benefits from the Affordable Care Act. […]

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Duty-free alcohol to be kept in sealed bags as airlines attempt to reduce drink-fuelled violence : International de

Air passengers buying duty-free alcohol at Britain’s biggest airports will have it put in sealed bags to cut drink-fuelled violence. Beers, wine and spirits will be kept in carriers marked ‘do not open’ until holidaymakers have landed’, the Times reported. Opening bottles on flights is already against most airlines’ rules. The policy will be introduced […]

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The Fantauzzo, Brisbane: Art Series’ newest hot property

Heath Ledger adorns a suite. Photo: CIERAN MURPHY Received wisdom states that artists achieve fame only in death. However, Melbourne painter and photographer Vincent Fantauzzo, best known for his portraits of prominent Australians, is bucking the trend, and is currently in Brisbane, hanging his own artworks in The Fantauzzo hotel, which opens on March 26. In […]

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March Madness Bracket 2019: Easy Upset Picks to Make on Printable NCAA Bracket

Michael Hickey/Getty Images The difference between a successful March Madness bracket and an unsuccessful one can be the ability to correctly pick the right upsets. Easier said than done, as Cinderella teams can emerge from anywhere on the NCAA tournament bracket, and it’s difficult to know which lesser-known team will surprise the country. But that’s […]

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CWI ‘admit liability’ in Phil Simmons’ unfair dismissal case

Cricket West Indies has been forced to admit liability in a case brought against them by Phil Simmons for unfair dismissal as West Indies coach. Simmons, the current Afghanistan coach, has claimed damages of more than US$300,000 with a final sum to be agreed at a court date in Antigua on March 26. With legal […]

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These Terrifying New Clips from Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Will Fully Freak You Out

Jordan Peele’s new horror movie, Us, completely destroyed SXSW last week. The movie pulled in a slew of rave reviews and even nabbed the rare distinction of having a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Hollywood Reporter called it “fiercely scary,” IndieWire praised it as “relentless” and “anxiety-inducing,” and Variety went on and on about […]

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Giant bronze statue of crouching woman arrives in Plymouth

Even before Messenger, a giant bronze sculpture depicting a female actor, had been craned into place outside the Theatre Royal Plymouth, it was attracting a mixture of praise, anger and ribaldry. Some agreed with those who had commissioned the seven-metre-high, 9.5-tonne piece that it was an exciting and bold statement about the creative life of […]

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How to stay toasty warm in sub-zero temperatures

As a guide in Canada’s Northwest Territories, Kyle Thomas knows how to keep warm while enjoying the outdoors.  KYLE THOMAS Kylie Thomas is a guide in Yellowknife in Canada’s Northwest Territories, where the average January temperature is  minus 26 degrees. See ykonline.ca STEP ONE A lot of people think they are prepared for the cold when […]

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Anonymous NFL Draft Source: Montez​ Sweat’s Heart Condition ‘Wouldn’t Stop Us’

Darron Cummings/Associated Press Montez Sweat was diagnosed with a heart condition at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, but it does not appear to be having any effect on his draft stock. Teams have compared the situation favorably to Oakland Raiders defensive tackleMaurice Hurst, who had to leave the 2018 combine after being diagnosed with a […]

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Sam Smith comes out as non-binary: ‘I’m not male or female’ : International de

2019-03-18 English singer-songwriter, Sam Smith Sam Smith has come out as non-binary saying he feels “like a woman sometimes” and has considered having a sex change. He was speaking to actress Jameela Jamil about fame, body image and confidence. “I’ve always had a little bit of a war going within my body and my mind,” […]

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LITTLE, Ruth (STAPLETON

27/05/1948 –16/03/2019 Ruth passed away peacefully at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre on 16 March 2019 after a very long, stoic and private battle with cancer. Much loved wife of Peter, daughter of Dorothy and James Stapleton (both dec and “Mummy Ruth” to many hundreds of disadvantaged children she supported and educated. Ruth lived her […]

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Woman jailed for drowning three-year-old daughter in bath

A woman who drowned her three-year-old daughter in the bath to prevent her estranged husband from having contact with the girl has been jailed for a minimum of 18 years. Claire Colebourn, a former biology teacher, said she drowned Bethan because she believed she would be “safer in heaven” than with her husband, Michael. Mr […]

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The Exit Interview: Todd McKenney

Todd McKenney recommends asking questions of strangers and locals to find the hidden gems in a city.  NUMBER OF COUNTRIES VISITED 18 WINDOW OR AISLE Aisle on long haul, window on short haul. ANY PASSPORT MISHAPS? None, thankfully. I GOT MY FIRST PASSPORT WHEN I WAS 12 in 1977. I felt very important because until then I’d […]

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Browns GM: HC Kitchens Will Hold Players Accountable After Odell Beckham Trade

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey said he expects head coach Freddie Kitchens to “hold players accountable” when asked about how the team plans to deal with its personality-filled locker room.  Dorsey told Peter King of NBC Sports: “From a planning standpoint, you want to surround a first-year head coach with quality coaches at […]

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Manhunt Launched After Shooting On Dutch Tram Leaves Multiple Wounded : International de

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP — A shooting on a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday left “multiple” people wounded, police said, adding that they are considering the possibility of a “terrorist motive.” A manhunt was launched for the shooter. Police, including heavily armed officers, flooded the area after the shooting that […]

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Batchelor, Joan Lillian

BATCHELORJoan Lillian 24/2/1925 – 17/3/2019 On Sunday 17th March 2019 our lovely mother passed away peacefully, Aged 94 years, at Epworth Richmond. Loved and loving wife for 70 years of the late Jack Batchelor. Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Owen and Sue, Sue and Brent and Lyn. Adored grandmother of Cameron, Louise and Nicholas […]

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Beto O’Rourke beats rivals by raising $6.1m in first 24 hours – live

9.33am EDT09:33 Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who is mulling a primary challenge to Donald Trump, tells the Washington Post that if he runs, he’ll pitch himself as the traditional Republican in the race. “I come from the Ronald Reagan school of politics,” he said, emphasizing support for US allies and NATO. He said he hasn’t […]

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Why Fiji has been dubbed the ‘isles of smiles’

Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Malolo Island. Photo: Alamy Although it was many years ago, I still clearly recall my first “bula” (hello). After a late arrival on my inaugural visit to Fiji, my wife and I were walking through the dimly lit grounds of our resort when what appeared to be no more than an enormous smile […]

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