Marina Chaika’s lawyer confirms attack on her client outside of Moscow




Marina Chaika, the ex-wife of Russian businessman Artyom Chaika (who is the son of Russia’s former attorney general), was attacked outside of Moscow on the evening of January 12, her lawyer Ekaterina Gordon told Meduza. 

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Sarah Jessica Parker confirms Sex and the City reboot but fans have questions


“And just like that… the story continues.” Sex and The City is officially returning to our TV screens according to star Sarah Jessica Parker, and now fans are speculating over what will happen with Samantha.

Ever since Sex and the City ended in 2004, we haven’t quite been the same.

I mean, sure there have been series like Outlanderand our new Netflix obsession, Bridgerton, but nothing quite compares to our original foursome of sexy ladies getting up to mischief in NYC.

Mope no longer, my friends! We’re happy to confirm that after two films and many MANY reports that there will be a reboot, Sex and the City is finally returning to our TV screens!

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The girl gang is back… but it won’t be all of them. Image: HBO

Sex and the City is returning

Sarah Jessica Parker shared the news on social media, uploading a teaser clip of the new series.

“I couldn’t help but wonder… where are they now?” she captioned the short video of the bustling streets of New York along with the hashtag #SATCNextChapter.

We of course know she is referring to her character Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon), Charlotte York (Kristin Davis), and Samantha Jones (Kim Catrall).

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The teaser video shows Carrie typing away her hints of the return. Image: HBO / Instagram

In the video, you can hear the beeping of taxis and the iconic typing on a keyboard with Carrie’s voice narrating her words written: “And just like that… the story continues.”

We’re not the only ones excited. After just one hour of posting, the @justlikethatmax Instagram page gained 19.6K followers, all obviously eager to find out more about the series and the premiere date on HBO Max.

“NO WAY!!!!! Are u f**** kidding? I’m not gonna survive!” one excited fan wrote on SJP’s post.

“Omg…..I think my pulse just stopped,” another added.

And others were practically climaxing over the news. “Oh yes, Oh YES!”

Sarah Jessica Parker has just confirmed Sex and the City is returning

The video shows iconic snaps of a bustling NYC. Image: HBO / Instagram 

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But what will happen with Samantha?

While the squeals from die-hard fans could be heard around the world, many were wondering what would happen with Samantha Jones’ character after years of reports claiming that star Kim Catrall was feuding with her castmates and claims she demanded more money to even consider being part of a reboot.

“How do you think they’re going to weave Samantha in the storyline if she’s not in it?” Emily asked Kidspot.

“Sad if it did happen, but I think they might say her cancer returns and she died,” Lou added.

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Many fans claim the show won’t be the same without Samantha. Image: HBO

Meanwhile, others were disappointed the show was going ahead without their favourite blonde.

“Isn’t Samantha like the best character?” Dani asked.

“She was my fave by far. Can’t imagine it would be even remotely good without her,” Claire added.

While Nina asked: “What’s the point?”

On a scale of 1-10… how excited are you?

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Pat Cummins confirms his statistical pre-eminence with another peerless performance against India


There was an article from a real estate website doing the rounds a few days ago. You know the type; “Inside the homes of the rich and famous”. You think yourself too sophisticated to take the bait but end up clicking through anyway.

This one guided readers through the property portfolios of Australia’s cricket stars, all waterfront mansions, infinity pools, and relatable phrases like “building their forever home on a clifftop overlooking Lurline Bay after buying a dilapidated apartment complex” and “offloading a five-bedroom Mosman home for $5.95 million”.

There were two perfectly humble items among the jarring opulence. Of course Marnus Labuschagne had converted his three-car garage into indoor cricket nets.

And of course Australia’s congenial, no-nonsense vice-captain Pat Cummins lived in a mere three-bedroom unit.

At the first drinks break on day three at the SCG, Cummins had 2-24 from 17 overs. It was the main reason India had crawled painfully along for a return of 1-36 off 18 overs for the session.

A camera appeared in front of the fast bowler and he was asked to explain his bowling approach.

“Just keep it simple and bowl really straight,” Cummins replied, like if Bach had said he was just taking it one organ keystroke at a time.

Pat Cummins bowled beautifully on day three in Sydney.(AP: Rick Rycroft)

A little earlier, there was a captivating slow-motion replay that revealed the difficulties batsmen face dealing with the jagging short balls Cummins hammers into the splice of their bats.

From side on, we saw Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane shuffling onto his back foot and rising to fend off a ball whose impact just below the handle made the bat wobble and warp like one of those helium-filled rubber men that flap about at the front of car yards.

At that moment, Rahane’s calm handling of such a nightmarish delivery seemed another sure sign he was set for a long stay at the crease. But Cummins got him soon after.

India batsman Ajinkya Rahane throws his head back after being bowled by Pat Cummins, who is celebrating in the foreground.
Pat Cummins surprised Ajunkya Rahane with a bit of variable bounce.(AP: Rick Rycroft)

Starved of singles by the drip, drip, drip of pressure from Cummins and Nathan Lyon, forced by Cheteshwar Pujara’s stodginess into doing all the scoring himself, Rahane looked to glide a less threatening cutter towards third man and chopped it onto his stumps instead.

It is the sort of dismissal that doesn’t seem anything particularly special on highlight reels, just like so much of Cummins’ bowling the night before, and like so much of Lyon’s work in general.

The spinner ended up wicketless, no reflection of the quality of his bowling.

What Australia wouldn’t give for a couple more batsmen who can forge partnerships like Lyon does with the ball.

The most lethal bowling union of the day was Cummins and Josh Hazlewood after lunch, when little was happening for Australia.

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Nathan Lyon gets to Josh Hazlewood after the latter’s remarkable run out.(AP: Rick Rycroft)

Pujara and Rishabh Pant’s partnership was approaching 50 from 15 overs, Pujara’s innings a dour vigil, Pant’s a typically cheeky hand with momentum-shifting potential.

The pacemen started working their targets over like Woodward and Bernstein.

For much of the foregoing, Cummins repeatedly hit an area the size of a 50-cent piece on a good length, dead straight. Now he adopted the shorter, awkward length that makes batsmen wonder whether they should be forward or back, ducking or defending.

His fifth delivery lifted viciously, beat Pant for pace and smashed into his right elbow — a blow painful enough to prompt a five-minute delay in play and later, a trip to hospital.

Rishabh Pant bends over and holds his left arm out straight as another man looks at it
Rishabh Pant (right) was the latest in a line of Indian batsmen to be felled by Australia’s quicks.(AP: Rick Rycroft)

In Cummins’ next over, another horror short ball ripped into the flesh of Pujara’s shoulder. The rest was ruthless.

Grimacing through Hazlewood’s next over, aware that Cummins had hardly bowled a loose ball all summer, Pant tried to break the shackles and edged a drive to slip.

Untrusting of the pitch’s uneven bounce, the body blows perhaps playing on his mind, a hesitant Pujara feathered an edge to Tim Paine in Cummins’s over following.

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That double blow meant that India went from the relative comfort of 4-195 — its sights on a modest first-innings lead — to 8-210 and then 244 all out.

The tourists’ 94-run first-innings deficit became 197 by the end of the day, Australia amassing 2-103 in the third session.

Now India stares at a possible loss of match and series, its chances ruined again by Cummins.

It has been an edifying summer for Cummins, not just for anecdotal confirmation of his statistical pre-eminence.

Perhaps it is condescending to be surprised that a millionaire cricketer would take the time to absorb Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu and feel confident discussing his thoughts on it, as Cummins did in December. It is certainly heartening to hear a sporting role model discuss the world around him with humility and inquisitiveness.

If Cummins’s five-and-a-half-year absence from the Test scene taught us anything, it is to savour flawless displays like this one.

Pat Cummins celebrating by pumping his fist after taking a wicket against India.
Pat Cummins has 14 wickets in the series so far.(AAP: Scott Barbour)

He finished with 4-29 from 21.4 overs, almost half of which were unimprovable maidens.

Thanks to the sheer variety of brilliant performances by him, Hazlewood and Jasprit Bumrah, and the cameos of Mitchell Starc and Mohammed Siraj, it has been a golden summer of fast bowling — one of the best in recent memory.

On Saturday, there was one other wrinkle. Like tail-end batting, the fielding of Test pacemen has tended in the past to be viewed as a one-percenter.

Here, Hazlewood and Cummins made it a 20-percenter, each whipping out Indian batsmen with brilliant run-outs. Labuschagne joined in the fun — three dismissals conjured out of nothing.

Those three moments were obvious signs of renewed application after Australia’s woeful fielding in the Melbourne loss. If its batsmen become so ruthlessly efficient, a formidable cricketing outfit could become unbeatable.

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Stella Tennant death: Supermodel took her own life, family confirms as they pay tribute to ‘beautiful soul’


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tella Tennant’s family have confirmed the model took her own life, saying she “felt unable to go on” after being “unwell for some time”.

The statement from her family on Thursday said: “We have been humbled by the outpouring of messages of sympathy and support since Stella died.

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“She was a beautiful soul, adored by a close family and good friends, a sensitive and talented woman whose creativity, intelligence and humour touched so many.

“Stella had been unwell for some time. So, it is a matter of our deepest sorrow and despair that she felt unable to go on, despite the love of those closest to her.

“In grieving Stella’s loss, her family renews a heartfelt request that respect for their privacy should continue.”

The granddaughter of the 11th Duke of Devonshire, Andrew Cavendish, and Deborah Mitford, Tennant rose to fame in the 1990s, walking the runway for designers including Versace and Alexander McQueen.

She was among models representing the British fashion industry during the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, on the final day of the London 2012 Olympics.

Tennant married French-born photographer David Lasnet in the small parish church of Oxnam in the Scottish Borders in 1999. They had four children together.

In 1993, aged 23, Tennant broke into modelling, posing for magazines such as French, British and Italian Vogue as well as Harper’s Bazaar.

Later that decade Karl Lagerfeld announced Tennant as the new face of Chanel with an exclusive modelling contract, and she became a muse for the fashion designer which he attributed to her resemblance to Coco Chanel.

She was inducted as Model of the Year in the Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame in June 2012.

In an Instagram tribute after Tennant’s death, Stella McCartney wrote: “What sad, horrific news to end this already shocking year.

“My heart goes out to your stunning family who must be in such underserving pain.

“I am speechless… Rest in peace, you inspiring woman.

“Your soul and inner beauty exceeded the external perfection, Stella.”

Victoria Beckham also paid tribute to Tennant on Instagram at the time, saying: “So saddened to hear the devastating news about Stella Tennant.

“She was an incredible talent and someone I had so much admiration and respect for.” 

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Live updates January 8, 2021: US faces 13 more days of Trump; Trump banned from Facebook until end of presidency; Congress confirms Biden’s victory; Probe into Capitol breach; UK strain of coronavirus confirmed in Queensland


A growing number of lawmakers – including from Democratic leadership – are calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office either through impeachment or the 25th Amendment to the Constitution after a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol.

The calls have come largely from Democrats so far, but at least one congressional Republican has joined in.

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, a frequent critic of the President, has called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked, saying in a video message on Thursday, “the President must now relinquish control of the executive branch voluntarily or involuntarily.”

The top Democrat in the Senate has also embraced the 25th Amendment push.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer put out a statement on Thursday denouncing the “insurrection” at the Capitol “incited by the President,” and saying, “This president should not hold office one day longer.”

“The quickest and most effective way – it can be done today – to remove this president from office would be for the Vice President to immediately invoke the 25th amendment. If the Vice President and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president,” he said in the statement.

Invoking the 25th Amendment would require Vice President Mike Pence and a majority of the Cabinet to vote to remove Trump from office due to his inability to “discharge the powers and duties of his office” – an unprecedented step.

January 20, it is highly unlikely that there would be adequate time or political will in Congress for any kind of impeachment effort.

Any 25th Amendment push is also unlikely to come to fruition with little time left before Biden’s inauguration.

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Qld confirms UK variant of COVID-19


A traveller returned from South Africa is among three new Queensland COVID-19 cases detected in hotel quarantine.

All were infected overseas and are being transferred to hospital.

The other two of the trio came from India and Pakistan, with genome sequencing underway to determine viral lineages.

A traveller who returned recently from Ghana has also tested positive to a UK variant of the virus and has been transferred from hotel quarantine to hospital.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young says sequencing revealed he was infected with the reportedly more contagious strain.

“Cases are rising at a rapid rate internationally and new variants like this one would be difficult to contain in the community. Our best approach is ensuring potential cases are detected where they pose no risk to other Queenslanders,” she said on Thursday afternoon.

The diagnosis comes after a Sunshine Coast woman this week tested positive to a South African variant, also thought to be more contagious,

She is in isolation at Sunshine Coast University Hospital after landing in Brisbane carrying the 501.V2 strain on December 22.

Dr Young said she was closely monitoring the NSW cluster and new Victorian cases.

“I’m urging Queenslanders travelling to these states to reassess their plans, if it is not necessary, then consider staying here,” she said.

“The next 24 hours are critical for Victoria and the NSW cluster is growing daily. Queensland is in a good position right now because we acted quickly to declare greater Sydney a hotspot.”

Routine testing has found traces of COVID-19 in wastewater at Bundamba in West Moreton and Merrimac on the Gold Coast.

Dr Young said continued positive sewage results were particularly concerning given the NSW cluster and new cases in Victoria.

“It is very important that anyone in the Bundamba and Merrimac catchments who has COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, comes forward for testing,” she said.

“With the NSW cluster growing and new cases in Victoria, it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Another five locally-acquired coronavirus cases have been identified in Victoria, in addition to three women whose positive tests ended a two-month streak without infections on Wednesday.

NSW reported 10 new cases of community transmission, with five linked to Sydney’s northern beaches cluster.

The Queensland border is closed to anyone who has been in the COVID declared hotspots of greater Sydney and surrounding areas in the past 14 days.

Border declaration passes are also needed for travellers who have visited NSW since December 11.



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California confirms case of ‘mutated’ Covid-19 strain, day after Colorado — RT USA News



A new strain of the novel coronavirus first detected in the UK has made its way to California, Governor Gavin Newsom announced during a talk with Dr. Anthony Fauci, a day after the first US case was recorded in Colorado.

Newsom did not offer details about the case, saying only it was registered in Southern California on Wednesday. 

“I don’t think Californians should think that this is odd; it’s to be expected,” Fauci said.



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Colorado reports 1st confirmed US case of Britain’s fast-spreading Covid-19 strain, that sparked travel bans & lockdown


Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced on Tuesday that the first case of “B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the UK,” was recorded in a 20-something male. He is reportedly a member of the National Guard, who hadn’t been traveling, and is experiencing mild symptoms while self-isolating at home near Denver. 

Another National Guard may have been infected as well, AP reported. Both men were deployed to a nursing home struggling with a Covid-19 outbreak last week.

The initial discovery of the strain – designated ‘SARS-CoV-2 VOC 202012/01’ – earlier this month triggered panic across Europe similar to the original outbreak in China, as countries cut off all travel to and from the UK. The restrictions have since been relaxed somewhat. 



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While the mutation is said to be 70 percent more contagious, there is no evidence it may be more dangerous than the previously known variants of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. WHO officials described the mutation as “a normal part of virus evolution” that is no more severe than its previous iterations.

California has struggled with a surge in cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks, despite draconian lockdown measures ordered by Newsom and local officials across the state. However, several mayors and the governor himself had violated their own rules, without consequences. 



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Health officials ask Hollywood to halt ‘essential’ productions amid spike in Covid-19 cases


Meanwhile, the film industry was deemed an “essential business” and allowed to continue operations. Despite being mandated to observe precautions, several productions have been shut down after a cast or crew member tested positive for the virus. The LA County Department of Public Health sent out an email last week urging studios to “strongly consider pausing work for a few weeks during this catastrophic surge in [Covid] cases.”

According to the latest data from the state health authorities, there have been 2.25 million Covid-19 cases and almost 25,000 deaths in California since the outbreak of the pandemic. 

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Wife Jane confirms twist, stroke not heart attack, cricket news 2020, Boxing Day Test


Dean Jones’ wife has confirmed the Aussie cricket legend died of a stroke, rather than a heart attack as was initially reported.

Jones was in India preparing to commentate on the IPL when he collapsed in his Mumbai hotel and died in September, aged 59.

Fellow commentator and ex-Australian fast bowler Brett Lee was also quarantining with Jones and performed CPR on his great mate, but was tragically unable to save him.

Initial reports suggested Jones died of a heart attack but his wife Jane has confirmed her husband actually suffered a stroke.

“It is actually under a coroner’s inquiry at the moment, not that they think there is anything other than what they have found, but just that he was a bit young to have the stroke the way it happened,” Jane told The Age.

The Herald Sun reports both the Australian and Indian coroners have agreed Jones died from a catastrophic stroke.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions in place in his home state of Victoria, only 10 mourners were allowed at Jones’ memorial service, which took place at his beloved MCG. Today, as the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India kicks off in Melbourne, there will be a special tribute to the cricket icon, who leaves behind Jane and the couple’s two daughters Phoebe and Isabella.

“I hope Saturday is a big celebration. That’s the way we are looking at it,” Jane told The Age.

“The fact that we were only allowed to have 10 people (at his memorial service) in the middle of COVID, we were very alone.

“It will be nice for some of the public to be a part of it. The girls are thrilled to do something.”

Both of Jones’ daughters posted emotional messages on Instagram as they celebrated their first Christmas without the dashing batsman turned pundit and coach.

In a photo with Jane and her sister, Phoebe wrote: “From ours to yours, wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Although it’s incredibly sad to reminisce the Christmases we knew, this year we will celebrate in memory of you and Granma.”

She added a love heart and cricket bat emoji at the end. Lee commented on the post with a love heart emoji of his own.

Jones’ daughters also encouraged people to #zincupfordeano at the MCG to show their love and support for the Australian cricket cult hero.



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Dean Jones death: Wife Jane confirms twist, stroke not heart attack, cricket news 2020, Boxing Day Test


Dean Jones’ wife has confirmed the Aussie cricket legend died of a stroke, rather than a heart attack as was initially reported.

Jones was in India preparing to commentate on the IPL when he collapsed in his Mumbai hotel and died in September, aged 59.

Fellow commentator and ex-Australian fast bowler Brett Lee was also quarantining with Jones and performed CPR on his great mate, but was tragically unable to save him.

Initial reports suggested Jones died of a heart attack but his wife Jane has confirmed her husband actually suffered a stroke.

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12 more die of COVID-19 in B.C. as 2nd mink farm confirms cases


There are 582 new cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia, according to a release issued by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, minister of health. 

Another 12 people have died. In total, 808 people have died of COVID-19 in the province to date.

There are now 8,865 active cases in B.C. There are 9,732 people in isolation and under active surveillance by public health workers because of exposure to known cases of the novel coronavirus. 

A total of 341 people are currently in hospital, including 78 people in intensive care.

Meanwhile, three mink on a second Fraser Valley mink farm have tested positive for COVID-19. 

The B.C. farm is currently under a quarantine order. This means no animals or material can be moved from the farm under the order. 

No workers at the farm have tested positive for COVID-19, but 23 animals died on the farm between Dec. 19 and 23. The farm has about 1,000 mink.

In this Dec. 6, 2012, file photo, mink look out of a cage at a fur farm in Belarus. Mink at a second B.C. mink farm have now tested positive for COVID-19. (Sergei Grits/The Associated Press)

Earlier this month, mink tested positive for COVID-19 at another mink farm in the Fraser Valley, the first in the province. Fraser Health said eight people had tested positive as well. About 200 mink died at that farm.

Mink, which are farmed for their fur, are vulnerable to respiratory illnesses like COVID-19

All mink farms in B.C. are undergoing enhanced surveillance and testing for COVID-19. 

Keep Christmas small this year

In their written statement Dix and Henry encouraged British Columbians to keep Christmas celebrations small this year. They encouraged people to spend the holiday weekend participating in “virtual activities” like a church service, concert or theatre performance, or dropping off a warm meal or treat to friends and neighbours.

An employee with The Pie Hole hands over an order to a customer in line at their location on West 4th street in Vancouver on Dec. 24, 2020. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

“By staying small and staying apart this holiday season, we’re protecting the people we care about most and ensuring the coming weeks and months are better, brighter and safer for everyone. Together, let’s make this holiday season a safe season for all of us.”

Other outbreaks across B.C.

There are currently 54 outbreaks in B.C. long-term care facilities and six outbreaks in acute care facilities in the province.

There are no new health-care facility outbreaks or community outbreaks in the past 24 hours, and the outbreak at the Belvedere Care Centre in Coquitlam has been declared over.

Fraser Health announced the first long-term care resident in its health authority received a COVID-19 vaccine. Andy Yoon, 77, of Abbotsford received his vaccine Thursday.

Since the start of immunizations, 8,178 people have received their first dose of the the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Also on Thursday, Northern Health announced there are now 48 cases associated with the outbreak at 7 Mile Lodge in the Burns Lake area and Little Rock Lake Lodge in the Nechako area. Both sites serve as worker accommodation for the Coastal GasLink pipeline project.



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