SARAH VINE: With women in charge, hair salons would be first to open

SARAH VINE: With women in charge, hair salons would be the first businesses to open

Citizens rejoice! The Government has decreed that from June 15, Britain will once again be a nation of shopkeepers.

Non-essential retail such as mobile phone shops and fashion stores (and car showrooms, which are allowed to open from next Monday) are to fling wide their doors to a grateful public who, it is hoped, will come flocking in their socially-distanced droves to worship at the temples of consumerism and restart our economy.

It is the beginning of the end of lockdown in a tangible sense (though not that tangible: the guidance also states that we are not supposed to touch any of the stuff unless we intend to buy).

But while it spells hope for thousands of businesses, I fear there may be a slight fly in the ointment. In a word: hairdressers.

While the beginning of the end of lockdown spells hope for thousands of businesses, I fear there may be a slight fly in the ointment. In a word: hairdressers, writes SARAH VINE

Yesterday, we heard they won’t open until July. July!

It has often been theorised during this crisis that had the Government put more women at the heart of decision-making, matters might have gone more smoothly.

I can now see clearly that this is the case. For who but a group of middle-aged men with excess nasal hair and bushy eyebrows would make such a daft error as to open up fashion before hair and beauty?

Really, it’s quite simple. Men buy clothes when they need them: new socks to replace those with holes in; new trousers when they lose (or gain) weight; a new jumper if the old one’s moth-eaten.

They tend to stick to the familiar and shop quickly and efficiently, with targeted precision. It is simply another task, like replacing a light bulb or going to the dump.

Women are different. We rarely shop for necessity if we can help it; we shop for pleasure. For us it is a form of escapist leisure activity, a way to slip out of our ordinary lives into a fantasy world where we might just be Kate Moss or Eva Longoria, if only we had the right dress.

For the same reason we read glossy magazines and subscribe to Instagram feeds featuring impossibly beautiful ‘influencers’ doing impossibly glamorous things. This transports us away from the kids and the bills and the fact that even though he says he’ll load the dishwasher, he never does it properly and you always have to do it again anyway.

And the thing about this non-essential shopping women do — which sustains so much of the fashion industry and retail in general — is that it is very dependent on mood and self-esteem.

If we leave the house feeling a million dollars, we’ll spend. Confidence breeds confidence: the more you like what you see in the mirror, the more you buy.

By contrast, if your roots are showing and your face looks like putty, everything looks bloody awful and it’s all pointless. So you dump the lot and head for the nearest cake shop instead.

It’s basic psychology. And it’s why hairdressers, beauty clinics and the other wellness services that power our self-esteem are so important to the overall retail landscape.

And never more so than now. Every woman I know is desperate to get her roots done or her split ends sorted. Others want a pamper, a decent pedicure, some waxing or a facial to blast away the cobwebs.

For who but a group of middle-aged men with excess nasal hair and bushy eyebrows would make such a daft error as to open up fashion before hair and beauty? writes SARAH VINE (stock image)

I long to get my eyebrows threaded and can’t face leaving the house in any meaningful way until they have been. Because, frankly, why get all dressed up in new clothes if you still look like you’ve lived in a hedge for three months?

In this crisis we have discovered entire sectors of previously undervalued workers who, it turns out, are worth their weight in gold. Hairdressers belong in that category, too, and there is no earthly reason, that I can tell, why they can’t reopen along with everything else.

Surely with appropriate PPE, a strict appointment system and lots of common sense, they can get back to work. And we can get back to saving the economy, one pointless purchase at a time.

The X factor for Papa Musk 

I used to think Elon Musk was a mad genius. Now I realise he’s just mad. Having decided to name his baby with the singer Grimes X Æ A-12, the couple have changed it to X Æ A-Xii. Apparently because California doesn’t recognise numerals as names. Oh, right. That’s their objection.

Only in the Golden State.

I used to think Elon Musk was a mad genius. Now I realise he’s just mad, writes SARAH VINE

Cummings clan have feelings, too 

On a deeply personal note, watching the very public focus on Dominic Cummings over the past few days has brought back vivid memories of finding myself — and my family — similarly under siege in the run-up to, and beyond, the EU referendum.

It’s no exaggeration to say the relentless hostility almost broke me, and there are times when it feels as if it may yet do so.

Whatever mistakes Cummings may have made, being the target of so much anger and negativity is a very difficult thing for a human being to bear — and he is, after all, human, despite what his detractors would have you believe.

It’s even harder for his wife and child, who arguably suffer twice, as targets themselves and seeing him hauled over the coals.

It makes me question why anyone would want to be in politics. Because, trust me, no amount of power or influence, real or perceived, is worth seeing your loved ones destroyed in this way. 

Cummings’s wife (pictured) and child arguably suffer twice, as targets themselves and seeing him hauled over the coals, writes SARAH VINE

Having a pie or a fatty burger for lunch can apparently ruin your memory. I can’t remember the last time I ate either. Then again, perhaps that’s precisely the problem.

Ever since No7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum came out tops against far more costly face creams in a 2007 BBC Horizon programme, the launch of a new No7 cream — in this instance, Advanced Retinol 1.5% Complex Night Concentrate (RRP £34) — has been met by the nation’s women with the same levels of excitement as the prospect of a date with Brad Pitt. This latest offering claims to be able to ‘reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restore skin tone lost with age and exposure to the sun’. Currently, there is a 100,000-strong waiting list. Let’s hope its restorative powers live up to the hype: by the time most of us get our hands on it, we’re going to need, at the very least, a double dose! 

Furlough isn’t a free holiday 

Speaking to friends of mine who run small businesses (a chiropractic clinic, a production company, a dog-walking service), a pattern is emerging. Staff who have been furloughed simply don’t want to return to work. Their rationale is that they can get 80 per cent of their salaries to sit in their gardens, get nice tans, play with their kids, make banana bread, do yoga and generally have a nice summer — and return in autumn when the scheme ends.

Don’t get me wrong, I can completely see the appeal of this idea. Trouble is, if everyone behaves that way, there won’t be anything to go back to. The furlough scheme was conceived as a vital lifeline for people during this deadly crisis — not an excuse to have an extended holiday at the expense of the taxpayer.

Staff who have been furloughed can get 80 per cent of their salaries to stay at home and do yoga (stock image)

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Prince Harry Was Unhappy in the Royal Family for a 'Long Long Time' Source Reveals

Prince Harry was a senior member of the British royal family for 35 years. From a young age, he was thrust into the spotlight, committed to bowing and waving to all of those who looked upon him. However, following the death of his mother, Princess Diana when he was just 12, the red-headed prince’s perspective changed drastically.

During his teen years and early 20s, Prince Harry began acting out and finding himself in the middle of various scandals. There was the naked incident while playing pool and the Nazi uniform he sported at a costume party. However, as he matured, the prince spoke openly about the mental health issues he struggled with amid his mother’s death. He was also able to transform himself into one of the most beloved royal family members.

However, when the Duke of Sussex married Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, he was reminded once again that life in the spotlight wasn’t necessarily tolerable or sustainable. In fact, a source is now saying that Prince Harry was unhappy as a senior working royal long before Megxit.

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The Duke of Sussex attended the inaugural OnSide Awards at the @RoyalAlbertHall this evening, joining over 2,500 youth, volunteers and staff of @OnSideYZ. These awards celebrate the young people who have gone above and beyond for their communities, many of whom have overcome the most challenging of circumstances. With 13 Youth Zones around the UK and over 50,000 members, OnSide is making an incredible impact in some of the most deprived communities. During visits to OnSide Youth Zones earlier this year, The Duke and Duchess had the chance to witness the impact these facilities are having – providing local youth with a safe space where they can learn new skills, develop lasting friendships and be part of a shared and supportive community. #OnSideAwards Photo © PA / OnSide

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Prince Harry has always thought the media was intrusive

Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris after being chased through the streets by the paparazzi. As a result, the duke has never had a soft spot for the media. That didn’t change when he married Meghan. Instead, the spotlight became even more glaring for them. So much so, that it became unbreakable as rumors fueled by sexism and racism hit the tabloids constantly.

“For most, all of my life, I’ve always been part of a family and part of a country that is scared of the tabloid media because they have so much power and influence and no morals (laughs),” Prince Harry explained in a leaked phone call. “From the moment that I found a wife that was strong enough to be able to stand up for what we believe in together, has basically scared them so much that they’ve now come out incredibly angry, they’ve come out fighting, and all they will try and do now is try and destroy our reputation and try and, you know, sink us. But what they don’t understand is the battle we are fighting against them is far more than just us. Even though they want to make it personal they are scared because we are some of the first two people willing to stand up to their bullying and my wife, we can’t stand back. It hasn’t been very nice. It’s been horrible but we will come out of it stronger people.”

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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Prince Harry hates the term ‘Megxit’

Details from the upcoming tell-all book about the Sussexes, Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Royal Family have just leaked to the press. One of them reveals that Prince Harry absolutely hates the term Megxit.

“It gives the impression that the decision to walk away from the Royal Family was Meghan’s,” a publishing insider told The Sun. “The reality is Harry drove that decision. The book will make that clear and explain why it had to happen.”

In fact, just after announcing their decision to step down, the duke said openly that it was his idea. “The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” he said during a dinner for his charity, Sentebale. “It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always got it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.”

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Prince Harry was miserable as a senior royal for a long time

Living life in the spotlight certainly isn’t everything that it’s cracked up to be. In fact, Finding Freedom is set to reveal that the prince was troubled for some time.

“The truth is Harry had been unhappy for a long, long time,” the source told The Sun. “He wanted to move in the direction that they did and had been considering it for more than a year. Meghan supported Harry’s decision. But there was more than one occasion where she asked him if he was certain it was what he wanted. And she always made it clear she would support him in whatever he did.”

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Ozark in money laundering plot hole as Marty fails to notice botched transfer from Eugenia – The Sun

OZARK featured a glaring plot hole surrounding a massive bank transfer to financial whizz Marty Byrd, it can be revealed.

With the Netflix US gangster drama now three seasons in, viewers have been gripped by the Byrde Family's money-laundering business with the Navarro Cartel.

But in a key scene back in the first series, eagle-eyed viewers may have missed a major inconsistency with Marty’s accountancy background.

For when he makes a transfer worth hundreds of thousands of dollars into his account there is a significant shortfall – which a true financial expert would have been unlikely to make.

The plot hole occurs in episode seven, titled Nest Box, when Marty (played by Jason Bateman) and wife Wendy (Laura Linney) needed funds to keep their money laundering business going having moved from Chicago to The Ozarks.

The couple approached local real estate mogul Eugenia Dermody (Sharon Blackwood) with an investment opportunity that seemed too good to turn down.

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After initial reluctance, Eugenia entrusted Marty with her finances in the hopes of profiting in the future.

With a fortune of close a $1million, Marty transferred Eugenia’s money into his own account to be used in his own business.

Having logged on to his computer to transfer the funds, viewers saw his balance standing at $15,736.42, while Eugenia had a massive $906,352.17.

After Marty quickly transferred her money into his own account, viewers saw the crooked accountant’s delight as his finances increased to $932,088.59.

 

However, it should instead have been $922,088.59 – some $10,000 less – which a self-proclaimed "numbers guy" like Marty would have surely spotted.

It’s not the first time Ozark has been accused of making a plot error. 

We last month reported a blunder with the security camera in a scene where Ruth successfully robbed Marty.

Fans subsequently took to Reddit to call out the blunder.

Ozark is available to stream on Netflix now.

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Britain is set to bask in 79F mini heatwave from today

Hotter than Ibiza! Britain is set to bask in 79F mini heatwave from today sparking fears crowds will flock to beauty spots after lockdown was eased

  • UK’s south east set to see highs of 79F (26C) from Monday as the bank holiday sees a mini heatwave 
  • Two days of heavy rain and blustering winds saw a quieter start to the bank holiday as punters stayed inside 
  • However local authorities fear good weather could bring social-distancing flouting crowds back to beaches
  • Scorching 80F temperatures on Wednesday saw locals clash with sun seekers as beauty spots were overrun

‘Wall to wall’ sunny blue skies and scorching highs of 79F are expected to hit the UK today and tomorrow in a mini heatwave set to peak with 80F temperatures on Wednesday, after a wet and windy start to the weekend kept crowds off the beaches.  

Two days of heavy rain and blustering winds saw a quieter start to the bank holiday weekend, as punters stayed in despite the reopening of many outdoor bars in parks and on beaches across the country.

However with highs of 77F (25C) and 79F (26C) expected in the south east and London tomorrow, with temperatures hotter than Ibiza and Marbella, Spain.

UK beauty spots could be set to see a repeat of Wednesday’s scenes, as 80F temperatures saw clashes between locals and sun-seeking tourists on the hottest day of the year so far. 

Local daytrippers are likely to clog roads arriving at beaches as ten million short leisure car journeys are being made in the UK this weekend, the RAC said.

The RAC said: ‘There will be jams on local roads leading to beaches and beauty spots, probably made up of people living within easy reach.’

Elsewhere on the country’s coastlines temperatures are expected to stay at around a moderate 70F (21C) to 72F (22C) with clear sunny skies.  

People sit on the beach at the popular tourist spot Durdle Door near West Lulworth on the south coast of England on May 24, 2020

Met Office Meteorologist Alex Burkhill said: ‘Today will see quite a bit of cloud towards northern and eastern parts of the UK and some outbreaks of rain mainly across Scotland.  But cloud will break up and any rain should largely clear up by the end of the day.

‘Towards south western parts of the UK there will be lots of sunshine and particularly through the afternoon it will be wall to wall blue sky across many parts of Wales, South England and Northern Ireland.

‘Temperatures are not as high as tomorrow, but still warm, reaching 70F (21C) or 72F (22C) today  – slightly higher than yesterday. Tonight will be a clear and calm night, a little bit chilly in places with temperatures falling to low single figures, 37F (3C) or 39F (4C).

‘Tomorrow will be clear and sunny with temperatures rising to 77F (25C) and 79F (26C) for much of the UK. But across parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland it will turn cloudy through the day with some rain arriving by the evening. 

Families enjoy the warm weather on Preston beach on May 24, 2020 in Weymouth, United Kingdom, as ‘wall to wall’ sunshine takes over in the south west

People walk along the esplanade on Preston beach on May 24, 2020 in Weymouth. The British government has started easing the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its ‘stay at home’ slogan in favour of a message to ‘be alert’

A family walk along the sea front at Preston Beach in Weymouth, south west England, on bank holiday Sunday

A couple leave their bikes on the beach as they enjoy a rest on Preston Beach in Weymouth amid the coronavirus pandemic

Individuals sit two meters apart in the sun on Preston Beach, May 24, in Weymouth, as cruise ships are seen anchored out to sea

People enjoy the warm weather on Preston beach on May 24, 2020 in Weymouth, early afternoon. This year’s Spring bank holiday is set to be around 50F (10C) warmer than last year

Highs of 77F (25C) and 79F (26C) expected in the south east and London tomorrow. Elsewhere on the country’s coastlines temperatures are expected to stay at around a moderate 70F (21C) to 72F (22C) with clear sunny skies

 ‘Tuesday will see central parts of Wales and northern England are likely to be cloudy with spots of rain. But towards the south east it should be fine and sunny. A few showers are possible in the north west but it should be drier than Monday.

‘The rest of the week will bring cloud and rain from north and north west but further south it will be largely a clear pciture due to areas of high pressure and temperatures will peak around the middle of the week, at 79F (26C) or 80F (27C). Above average for the time of year with a good deal of sunshine.’ 

On Wednesday an illegal rave held in Stoney Bank Quarry, Lancashire, during the warm weather left James Bunting, 41, from Bolton, horrified by the piles of rubbish left behind by 100 or so young revellers, who he said had a ‘couldn’t care less millennial attitude’ as they spent the day inhaling ‘hippy crack’. 

A canoeist and dog paddle down the river in Christchurch, Dorset, as they enjoy the warm temperatures expected across the south of England today

People sit on the grass bank overlooking the popular tourist spot Durdle Door near West Lulworth on the south coast of England on May 24, 2020

A cruise ship anchored in the English Channel is pictured through the popular tourist spot Durdle Door near West Lulworth on the south coast of England on May 24, 2020

Cruise ships are seen at anchor off of the Isle of Portland. Travellers arriving in Britain will face 14 days in quarantine from next month to prevent a second coronavirus outbreak, the government announced on Friday

A man takes a selfie photo atop the Durdle Door rock, as a Cruise ship is seen in the sea beyond, near West Lulworth on the south coast of England on May 24, 2020

People pass rows of parked vehicles in the car park as they walk on a leading to the popular tourist spot Durdle Door near West Lulworth on the south coast of England on May 24, 2020

A mother feeds her children snacks on the beach in Bournemouth as crowds gather to enjoy the sunny Sunday bankholiday

Bournemouth beach, Dorset, south England, is filled with lots of people out sunbathing as temperatures begin to soar on Sunday

Sunbathers make the most of the hot rays as they settle down for a day on Bournemouth beach, while many people have had the same idea

A couple soak up the Sunday bank holiday rays, attempting to remain socially distanced from others as the beach fills up in Bournemouth

Families and friends are seen out and about on bank holiday weekend as some make the most of the warm weather by stripping down to their swimming costume and heading for the sea

A couple take an early morning stroll on Branksome Chine beach in Poole, Dorset, as clouds clear and temperatures begin to rise, beginning the mini heatwave expected this week

People enjoy some bank holiday exercise this morning on Branksome chine beach, Poole, Dorset, as temperatures are set to reach 79F (26C) in parts of the UK

A couple walk hand in hand on the brisk bank holiday Sunday morning as clouds clear and the sun begins to shine in Poole, Dorset

Paragliders fly over Perranporth Beach on May 24, 2020 in on the north coast of Cornwall, southern England

The Coastguard patrol on Perranporth Beach on May 24, 2020 in Perranporth, England, as lockdown measures are eased

A family don their wetsuits on Branksome beach in Poole, Dorset, as a the nation gears up for a sunny few days in lockdown

A couple pose with their dog in Poole, Dorset, as crowds begin to arrive at Branksome Chine Beach in Poole, Dorset

A mother is climbed on as she takes her daughter to the beach to build sandcastles on bank holiday Sunday amid lockdown

A family take it easy on the sandy shores of Branksome Chine beach, Poole, Dorset, on what will be a sunny Sunday for the south of England 

Puppy enjoys a day out on the beach as families flock to beaches ahead of a 79F heatwave later this bank holiday weekend 

Police in the Peak District warned day-trippers to stay away after the area was blighted by gridlocked traffic and lines of cars clogging the roads on the Staffordshire border with Derbyshire.

And in Torpoint, where Devon and Cornwall police have been stopping campers from staying overnight illegally at their beaches, a local jogger was filmed taking out his frustration on a visiting car by giving it several kicks. 

It came as ministers fear the UK could go ‘back to square one’ in the fight against coronavirus if Britons do not adhere to lockdown rules as data suggests people have been flouting restrictions for weeks. 

Londoners are seen enjoying bank holiday exercise in the sunshine at Southwark Park, South east London, this morning, ahead of a sunny day

Dogs are out for a walk in Southwark Park after two days of wet and windy weather kept many bank holiday revellers inside

Two people practice their planks in Southwark Park, London, today as temperatures are expected to reach highs of 79F in London by monday, with sunny skies expected today

Londoners photographed enjoying the sunshine at Battersea Park, west London, this morning as youngsters play football in view of police

A group of Londoners enjoy a coffee and picnic in Potters fields Park, central London, this afternoon as crowds are due to descend once again due to hot weather

A woman practices yoga in Potters fields Park, central London, as crowds begin to gather in the capital’s parks

A couple are seen taking shots in nature as they enjoy a break in Southwark Park this afternoon as clear skies bring ‘wall to wall’ sunshine

Keen tennis players practice social distancing while playing a game in Southwark Park, central London, this morning

More tennis players are seen enjoying a game in the leafy Southwark  park, amid the coronavirus pandemic lockdown

A couple are seen biking along the South Bank, central London, near City Hall (pictured behind), with crowds beginning to gather on the steps

People walk down a footpath towards the popular tourist spot Durdle Door near West Lulworth on the south coast of England on May 24, 2020

People pass a sign warning that social distancing may not be possible on the beach steps leading to the popular tourist spot Durdle Door near West Lulworth on the south coast of England on May 24, 2020

A woman prepares for some sunbathing on Branksome Chine Beach in Poole Dorset, this morning

A couple of brave swimmers take the plunge in just their swimming cosies at Chine Beach, Poole, Dorset, on Sunday morning

A couple of women wear wetsuits to enjoy an early morning splash in the sea ahead of sunny skies expected later this bank holiday weekend

Bikers exercise along the south west coast in Poole, Dorset, ahead of a what could be a busy bank holiday weekend in the tourist hot spot

A couple enjoy a warm drink from a flask on Chine beach in Poole, Dorset, where temperatures could reach around 70F today

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Stacey Solomon breaks down in tears as she praises son Rex as her ‘love and light’ on his birthday – The Sun

STACEY Solomon admitted breaking down in tears as she praised her one-year-old son Rex as her "love and light" on his birthday.

Yesterday, proud parents Stacey and Joe Swash celebrated Rex turning one with a "rustic" cake, balloon arch, doughnut wall and loads of presents.

After a day of fun and laughter watching Rex playing with his new gifts, Stacey wrote an emotional post on Instagram about her third child.

"Happy Birthday Pickle," she said.

"One whole year of our little pickle.

"How has the time passed by so quickly? How did you get so big all of a sudden? And how did we get so lucky to be blessed with your soul?


"Pickle you will never know how much happiness you bring to us & so many and how loved you are.

"You really are a beaming ray of sunshine in our lives and It feels like you’ve always been here. Thank you for this wonderful year.

"For bringing so much joy into our lives. For making us smile EVERY day no matter what is happening in the world.

"We love you so much with all of our hearts and souls. Rex Toby Francis Swash, our love, our light, our pickle.


"P.S All of Your birthday messages, stories & posts are overwhelmingly beautiful I’ve just sat down to read them and I can’t stop crying.

"Thank you. I honestly Love you all to the moon and stars and back again."

She shared a special snap of Rex with his big brothers Leighton and Rex who cuddled into the one-year-old on Stacey's egg chair.

Dad Joe looked thrilled as he taught Rex how to clap and watched him open his gifts.

Rex also shared a very sweet video call with Mrs Hinch's son Ronnie on his birthday.

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Federal judge in Michael Flynn case hires high-powered attorney to defend his decisions

The federal judge who denied a Justice Department request to immediately drop the prosecution of former Trump advisor Michael Flynn has hired a high-powered DC attorney to defend his decision.

US District Judge Emmet Sullivan has retained Beth Wilkinson to represent him in a federal appeals court in Washington, The Washington Post reported.

The US District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is currently reviewing whether Sullivan overstepped his authority in the case against the former national security advisor after Flynn’s lawyers tried to force Sullivan to toss Flynn’s guilty plea.

The appeals court set a June 1 deadline for Sullivan to respond to a petition from Flynn’s lawyers asking for the case’s immediate dismissal.

Flynn initially pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his communications with the Russian ambassador to the US. But the Justice Department earlier this month moved to drop its criminal case against him.

In court documents, the Justice Department said it wanted to drop the case “after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information.”

Wilkinson is known in DC for taking on high-profile defendants. Of late she has most notably represented Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his contentious Senate confirmation hearings.

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Two men wounded in dramatic early morning Queens shooting

Police surrounded a Queens home after shots were fired outside, leaving two men hurt.

The drama unfolded outside 139-29 Glassboro Ave. in Jamaica shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday, police said.

One man, 25, was shot in the torso and another, 44, was shot in the leg, cops said.

At one point, police surrounded the Glassboro Avenue address with guns drawn and eventually searched the residence — but turned up nothing.

The victims were brought to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition and were “not cooperating” with the investigation, police said. There have been no arrests.

Cops canvassing the block found a Dodge Charger parked on the corner, sitting on cinder blocks with its wheels missing. There was no word if the car had anything to do with the shooting.

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Rugby in chaos as Leicester Tigers boss says it will take EIGHT WEEKS to get back – then chiefs slam brakes on training – The Sun

RUGBY was plunged into chaos as Leicester Tigers boss Geordan Murphy broke ranks and admitted they needed EIGHT WEEKS of pre-season training to return.

Just days after Bristol Bears boss Pat Lam reckoned it would take his stars a month to get into shape, Murphy delivered a hammer-blow for a sport that can't agree on anything.

Premiership Rugby boss Darren Childs' ludicrous claim that they wanted to be the first sport back on TV is in tatters and now their chances of completing this season with the final at Twickenham on August 15, now look shot too.

Last night it was confirmed that there would be no training for at least TWO weeks – despite being given the all-clear by the government.

And Leicester boss Murphy said: “We obviously have goals for ourselves in order to get the guys fit. That would be, realistically, a couple of months.

"Rugby is very different to football. Our players have been hugely impressive throughout this period, keeping themselves very fit and attacking training in a strong way.

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In A Positive, Trump Says He's Positive He Tested Positively (Meaning Negative) For The Coronavirus

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President Donald Trump shared some positive news on Thursday: his coronavirus test was positive … meaning it was negative… or in his words, “positively towards the negative.”

Did you get that?

“I tested very positively in another sense this morning,” Trump told reporters outside the White House on his way to Michigan.

“I tested positively toward negative, right?”

“I tested perfectly this morning,” he continued. “Meaning I tested negative.”

“But that’s a way of saying it: positively toward the negative,” he said.

Trump’s confusing answer came in response to a question about whether he was still taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine in an attempt to protect himself from COVID-19.

The president said he had at least one day left on a two-week course of the drug, which the FDA has cautioned against using to prevent the coronavirus and which medical studies have reported only mixed success in doing so.

In response to another question on Thursday, Trump also revealed he had not yet taken an antibody test to determine if he had previously had the virus.

Trump announced earlier this month that he and his inner-circle are tested daily for the virus.

Last week, the president also raised eyebrows with comments in which he appeared to blame testing for driving up the number of infected people.

“When you test, you have a case,” he said. “When you test, you find something is wrong with people. If we didn’t do any testing, we would have very few cases.”

The president also went viral last month for a free-wheeling answer at a White House briefing on the virus in which he mused whether disinfectant or sunlight could be used to treat the virus in people.

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Aldi launches giant pigs in blankets and sausage whirls for the BBQ

IF you’re hoping to pig out at a BBQ this bank holiday weekend, Aldi has got you covered with its new giant pigs in blankets kebabs and sausage whirls. 

The pigs in blankets kebabs feature British sausages wrapped in Beechwood smoked cured streaky bacon.

Each porker then has a wooden stick pierced through it to make it easier for you to snack away while chilling in the garden.

Meanwhile, the whirls are essentially sausages that have been shaped into a swirl, with a stick stabbed through each banger.

Aldi is selling the pigs in blanket kebabs for £1.99 for four kebab sticks, while the sausage whirls cost £1.99 for six swirls of meat.

Both porky products are available in Aldi stores now, so you can pick them up as part of your next essential shop.

Aldi doesn’t offer an online shopping service.

We couldn't find giant pigs in blankets being sold by any other major supermarket, although you could have a go at making your own.

For example, you can buy a pack of eight sausages from Asda for £1.10 and bacon for £1.39.

This works out at £2.49, which is 50p more expensive than Aldi – but you do get double the sausages for your money.

This price also doesn't include the sticks.

The Sun also couldn't see sausage whirls being sold by any other major supermarket.

But again, you could get more sausage for your money by buying a pack of pain bangers, a pack of sticks and folding them into a whirl shape.

If you'd rather stick to Aldi, you can use the online store finder tool to track down your nearest branch.

Aldi has 875 stores across the UK.

The Sun has asked Aldi for the relevant calorie information and also for how long items will be on sale for.

Meanwhile, Morrisons is selling 1.5kg of sausages and burgers for £8.

The Sun has rounded up where to buy the cheapest BBQ and charcoal for delivery this week.

If pizza is more your thing, here's where to buy pizza ovens.

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