Coronation Street fans baffled as new Summer ‘looks 25’ as she returns to soap


Coronation Street fans were left baffled tonight as Summer Spellman returned – but with a completely different personality and face.

Actress Harriet Bibby made her debut on the ITV soap this evening as she took over from Matilda Freeman.

But viewers were still surprised by how different she looked and acted when she came face-to-face with Todd for the first time.

Todd, now played by Gareth Pierce, disappeared from her life with Billy Mayhew in 2017 after he fled the police.




Summer hasn’t seen Todd since and over the last few months has been staying with her grandmother Geraldine, so has not been aware of his return.

Tonight, Summer was stunned as she set her eyes on Todd and lashed out at him for disappearing on her and Billy all those years ago.



Summer Spellman returns to Coronation Street this evening


Summer won’t be happy to see Todd again tonight

Viewers flocked to Twitter to give their opinion on the new Summer.

One tweeted: “Summer has had a personality transplant #Corrie.”

While another commented: “How olds Summer supposed to be, as the new Summer is actually 22.”

A third wrote: “Surprised Summer and Todd recognise each other.”

“Summer left two years ago as a 14 year old and had returned two years later aged 25,” another joked.

One insisted: “That’s not Summer!”

Another commented: “Nice to see Summer back after her face & personality transplants. Must have come back from the same place Todd had his done.”

Following the announcement of her departure earlier this year, actress Matilda released a statement saying: “I’d like to say thank you to my second family, the cast, crew and viewers who have supported me during my time on the cobbles.

“After three and a half lovely years I felt it was time for a change and I’m excited to be starting that next chapter with a new role.”

*Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV





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Mohamed Salah: Liverpool forward returns second positive coronavirus test


Mohamed Salah scored a penalty in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City earlier this month

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has again returned a positive test for coronavirus while on international duty with Egypt.

The 28-year-old initially tested positive last week, despite not displaying any symptoms.

On Wednesday, the Egyptian Football Association confirmed Salah had been tested again and the result was positive.

He is likely to miss the Reds’ next two games because of self-isolation rules.

Liverpool host Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday and then Atalanta in a Champions League group match on 25 November.

On Tuesday, Salah posted on social media:external-link “I’d like to thank everyone for the supportive messages and well wishes. I’m confident I’ll be back on the field soon.”

Salah has started all eight of Liverpool’s Premier League games this season, scoring eight goals.

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England v France: Natasha Hunt returns to squad for rematch


Hunt has won 54 caps for England
Date: Saturday, 21 November Kick-off: 12:00 GMT Venue: Twickenham
Coverage: Live on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and online with live radio and text commentary

Scrum-half Natasha Hunt has returned to the England squad for Saturday’s rematch against France at Twickenham.

Loughborough’s Abbie Brown, who can play at wing or full-back, is called up for the first time since her return to the 15-a-side game from sevens.

Hunt’s Gloucester-Hartpury team-mate Ellena Perry is a new front-row option.

A strong second-half performance helped England to a 33-10 win over France in Grenoble last weekend.

“Last Saturday’s game against France was a tough and physical affair and we expect more of the same,” said head coach Simon Middleton.

“We’ve spoken a lot about resilience, which we’ve shown in our training and our two matches at the start of the season to date.

“While we were delighted with the result and much of the performance in France, we know we need to be better this weekend.”

Hunt’s return increases Middleton’s options at nine after Claudia MacDonald and Leanne Riley played scrum-half in the wins over Italy and France respectively.

England training squad

Forwards:

Sarah Beckett, Shaunagh Brown, Poppy Cleall, Amy Cokayne, Vickii Cornborough, Lark Davies, Detysha Harper, Sarah Hunter, Laura Keates, Heather Kerr, Alex Matthews, Harriet Millar-Mills, Marlie Packer, Ellena Perry, Morwenna Talling, Abbie Ward.

Backs:

Holly Aitchison, Jess Breach, Abbie Brown, Katy Daley-Mclean, Abby Dow, Zoe Harrison, Natasha Hunt, Megan Jones, Ellie Kildunne, Claudia MacDonald, Leanne Riley, Helena Rowland, Emily Scarratt, Kelly Smith, Lagi Tuima.



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Bon Fromage returns as virtual festival in 2020


For the first time ever, the highly anticipated Bon Fromage Festival of European Cheeses will be held online, bringing the wonderful world of French cheese to homes across Australia.

A celebration of Frances’ finest fromage, the virtual cheese festival will launch online and run for a week, between Saturday 21st November through to Sunday 29th November. Bringing 1.5 tonnes of French cheese to Aussie homes, the festival will offer cheese lovers a selection of four Gourmet Tasting Packs containing half a kilo of high-quality French cheese and free access to a series of curated online masterclasses.

The fun and interactive demonstrations will take Aussies on a gastronomical journey to Europe to master the art of French cheese – all from the comfort of their own home.

 

Recognised as one of France’s best Cheesemongers, Bon Fromage Ambassador and French cheesemonger, François Robin, will lead Bon Fromage, sharing his passion and extensive knowledge of French cheese. François will share the (virtual) stage with some of Australia’s best cheese and drink purveyors, including Maker and Monger’s Anthony Femia. For an extraordinary culinary experience, a limited selection of VIP Packs with exclusive workshops are also available.

Each VIP Pack and masterclass has been curated by some of Australia’s leading artisanal cheese and beverage merchants including Sydney’s Simon Johnson Quality Foods, Adelaide’s Smelly Cheese Shop and The Drink Hive.

The Gourmet Tasting Packs and VIP Tasting packs are available to purchase now until Sunday 15th November or until stock runs out.

Masterclass spaces are limited and booking is essential.

François Robin said of his involvement in the festival, “I’m ecstatic to once again bring the world of French Cheese to Australia and share the rich cultural and culinary heritage that each cheese encompasses. But most of all, help Aussies experience the simple pleasure of eating French cheeses”.

Presented by the Centre National Interprofessionel de l’Economie Laitière (CNIEL), with the support of the European Union, Bon Fromage will be held from Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th November 2020.

To register into a masterclass or purchase a Bon Fromage Pack, please visit: https://europeancheeses.com.au/bon-fromage-festival/

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Bon Fromage Key Facts: Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th November 2020.

Cheese Packs and Festival Program are available at https://europeancheeses.com.au/bon-fromagefestival/

Gourmet Tasting Packs Each pack features a selection of five hand-picked cheeses made in France, one recipe booklet and cheese tasting notes. Cost: $20 including shipping.

● The Classics – a selection of classic French cheese favourites. Perfect for those who want to learn more about the Cheese of Europe. Masterclass on Saturday 21st November at 5pm.

● Blue Lovers – a blue cheese lovers’ dream. A range of delicious cow’s milk blue cheeses from different regions across France. Masterclass on Saturday 21st November at 7pm.

● Soft and Creamy – a mix of soft, creamy cheeses from France with flavour intensity ranging from subtle to strong. Masterclass on Sunday 22nd November at 5pm.

● Strong and Stinky – full of flavour and perfect for those who are fans of French cheese with pungent aromas. Masterclass on Sunday 22nd November at 7pm.

VIP Packs Exclusive culinary packs and masterclasses curated by Bon Fromage and some of Australia’s best artisanal cheese and beverage merchants. Cost: $85-$140 including shipping.

● The Drink Hive – a collection of perfectly paired French cheese and wine. Masterclass on Friday 27th November at 7pm.

● Simon Johnson – a collection of very different French cheeses and paired condiments. Masterclass on Saturday 28th November at 5pm.

● The Maker and Monger – a collection of French cheeses paired with Australian wines. Masterclass on Saturday 28th November at 7pm.

● The Smelly Cheese Shop –delicious and diverse French Cheeses paired with locally made ciders from Adelaide. Masterclass on Sunday 29th November at 2pm. • The Studd Siblings – selection of cheeses from their range of premium French cheeses. Masterclass on Sunday 29th November at 5pm.



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Brian Goorjian returns as Australian Boomers coach for Tokyo Olympics to 2023 FIBA World Cup


Now Goorjian will hope to have all three along with veteran performers Matthew Dellavedova, Aron Baynes and NBA All-Star Ben Simmons for a run at gold.

Goorjian will need to bring Simmons into the fold as he hasn’t played in recent years but he has spoken positively about competing in Tokyo, while the new coach faces tough decisions on who to name and who to leave out from the team’s deep roster of players.

“When I finished with the Boomers [after Beijing] I was just excited to watch them develop,” Goorjian said on Friday.

“You see how great they have done and now I get this opportunity to get back with a lot of the guys I started with on that Beijing team.

“There is that small window you get in sport where you have an opportunity to do something great.

“Andrej Lemanis and BA did a tremendous job to get this team where it is right now. For me to come back to that group when they are in their greatest moment and have the greatest opportunity is really special.”

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There is still so much uncertainty about the Tokyo Olympics and doubts also remain about whether all NBA players will be fit and available due to the late start to this upcoming season.

The NBA season will begin on December 23 (AEDT) and play a 72-game season plus playoffs, so players should be available for Tokyo but they will have little time to adjust to fit into Goorjian’s plans.

The likes of Thon Maker, Jock Landale, Josh Green, Ryan Broekhoff, Dante Exum, Will Magnay and Jonah Bolden are on the fringe of the NBA, or face uncertainty around their roles next season.

NBL and European stars like Chris Goulding, Mitch Creek, Nick Kay, Nathan Sobey, Cameron Gliddon, Xavier Cooks and Brock Motum will all be pushing for a roster spot too.

But Goorjian has kept a close watch on the international game and marvelled at how the young talents he took to Beijing have become one of the most respected rosters in the world.

He has no doubt they will be motivated to take their chance in Tokyo.

“There is an opportunity to get gold and there is a fine line – a free throw is the difference between that happening and that not happening,” Goorjian said.

“It’s really just continuing and trying to get a little bit better at everything they did.

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“I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the table has been set. The pieces are in place. The guys have a tremendous camaraderie and they have a cause. It’s something they want to get done.

“Usually there is a process to go all the way, they have been hit a couple of times right at that finish line so I think they are ready, physically and mentally, to take the next step.”

Meanwhile, the Sydney Kings are on the hunt for a new coach after confirming Will Weaver was leaving the team to take up an opportunity as a lead assistant in the NBA.

According to the New York Times, Weaver – who guided the Kings to top spot on the NBL ladder with the league’s top defensive record – is set to join the Houston Rockets, having missed out on the top job at the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this week.

In a statement, the Kings said they were “thrilled” for Weaver and his family, but will have to move quickly to install a replacement ahead of the start of the new season in January.

“Further updates will be provided in the coming week, and until such time the club will not be making any further comment,” the statement read.

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Look who’s back – Nigel Farage returns to torment the Conservative Party | Britain


“FRANKLY, I’VE had enough of lockdown,” declared Nigel Farage in a video shot on November 1st in the bar of Donald Trump’s Washington, DC, hotel. The man responsible for Brexit, who was visiting America to support his friend’s campaign, has announced that he will be launching a new political party, Reform UK, to contest local elections next spring. It will advocate letting covid-19 circulate freely among the young and healthy, while the old and vulnerable shield themselves.

The Tory party once dismissed Mr Farage’s followers as a gaggle of golf-club bores and pub cranks. The problem for Boris Johnson is that, once again, Britain’s club houses and bars are closed, and a growing slice of their Conservative-voting patrons are unhappy about it. On November 5th, the government instigated a second national lockdown, which will be in place until at least December 2nd.

Mr Johnson had vowed to avoid that at all costs, and had wanted to pursue a series of tiered regional restrictions. He changed course on October 31st, after the government’s scientists warned that on its current trajectory the disease would kill up to 4,000 people a day in the week before Christmas. That, Mr Johnson said, would be a “moral and medical disaster”, which would see hospitals filled and doctors choosing whom to save.

Ministers scoff at Mr Farage’s many comebacks. He is “like Frank Sinatra”, says one. But he is hard to ignore, for he has traumatised and transformed the Conservative Party in the past decade. First, as leader of the UK Independence Party, he turbocharged the question of EU membership by fusing it to immigration, and compelled David Cameron to hold the 2016 referendum. Then, as Theresa May’s exit treaty became stuck in Parliament, he launched the Brexit Party, which swiftly overtook the Tories in the polls, prompting them to dump her and her deal. His method is to harass the party through local and European elections, thus panicking the leadership into adopting his policies.

Mr Johnson was chosen to replace Mrs May because Tories believed that only he could suppress Mr Farage and unite the party under the Brexit banner. The Tory village has been rebuilt as a citadel against future assaults. Europhiles and fiscal disciplinarians were given the boot. Its mission is to deliver Brexit, and to hold together the coalition that Mr Johnson built. Yet Mr Farage can spy cracks in the fortress walls.

On November 4th, 34 Tories voted against the new restrictions. They abhor the lockdown as a violation of civil liberties, a destroyer of jobs and a humiliating reversal. Ministers fear that in future they will need Labour support to pass covid-19 rules—a sign of impotence that last year’s election victory was meant to banish.

The splits on covid-19 are shallower and less treacherous than on Europe, which afflicted the party for three decades. But they run along similar lines. The lockdown critics include Iain Duncan Smith and Steve Baker, leading Brexiteers. Mr Farage will get enthusiastic support from the Daily Telegraph, a Brexity newspaper, and the right-wing commentariat. Each side has its favoured scientists. The polarisation makes it increasingly hard to forge a national consensus on epidemiology, just as it was on European trade policy.

Lockdown scepticism is a minority pursuit, but growing: support has fallen from 93% of voters in March to 72% now. The low-trust, anti-immigration voters who flitted between Mr Farage and Mr Johnson are the “shakiest wing” of the Tory coalition, says Rob Ford, a political scientist and co-author with Maria Sobolewska of “Brexitland”, a new book. “It doesn’t take much for them to be out the door.” The government’s net approval rating among Leave voters stands at -3%, compared with 67% in March. A growing share of Leavers say the prime minister is weak rather than strong, according to YouGov, a pollster. Most significantly, Mr Johnson’s vote is spongy at the edges. The proportion of people who voted Tory in 2019 who are now either undecided or wouldn’t vote at all is up from 8% in January to 18% now. For Labour voters the figure has fallen one point to 12%.

This is fertile terrain for Mr Farage, who undermines Mr Johnson’s raison d’être. The prime minister’s appeal to his party lay in his ability to match Mr Farage’s beery charm. He is now mirthless, and deeply reliant on the Whitehall expertocracy he once mocked. “Boris and his people want us all to hide behind the sofa,” says Richard Tice, chairman of Reform UK. The damage may last even if a vaccine curbs the pandemic soon, for rebellion is habit-forming.

Mr Farage’s return will sharpen the Conservatives’ instinct to prioritise holding its Brexit coalition together over pursuing new voters. But the task will get harder. Since 2015, the Tories have told Mr Farage’s followers that while they might like the cut of his jib, only they can deliver a referendum on Europe, or an exit deal. A Labour Party with a hard-left leader was a useful bogey. But Brexit is nearly done, and Sir Keir Starmer does not frighten the horses.

How is Mr Johnson to bind his coalition? One answer is money. The government will launch an infrastructure spree in its new northern constituencies. Another is the threat of a Scottish independence referendum, which Mr Johnson will oppose. It will also double down on cultural issues; ministers think a row over the singing of patriotic songs at the Proms music festival resonated with their base. Many Conservatives will conclude from Mr Trump’s better-than-expected performance that a disastrous response to covid-19 can be overcome by whipping up angry identity politics, says Mr Ford.

Yet that approach is fraught with risks. It may push the liberal wing of the Tory coalition towards the soothing Sir Keir. Continental Europe’s experience suggests that aping the rhetoric of the radical right fans its flames rather than dousing them, reckons Tim Bale, a political scientist. Mr Johnson may eventually succeed in managing the pandemic. But a prime minister can never match Mr Farage as a crusading outsider, nor as the toast of the golf club.

This article appeared in the Britain section of the print edition under the headline “Look who’s back”

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Virus focus returns following US election


Stocks surged across the globe last week as the US election risk passed. The S&P500 recorded its best week since April, climbing 7.32 per cent, supported by a significant drop in the US dollar, and as the VIX index dropped from 41 to 25 by the week’s close.

The surge in US stocks paradoxically came in large part to due a pricing out of a Democrat “Blue Wave” and the large-scale fiscal stimulus it was expected to bring, with a drop in US bond yields underpinning an outperformance in US tech stocks. Locally, the ASX 200 added 4.32 per cent.

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VOCID-19 back at the forefront

With the focus squarely on the US election, the pandemic went under the radar for market participants last week. As the dust settles on the election, the health and economic impacts of the virus are likely to return to the fore in the week ahead, as the crisis continues to spiral out of control in both the US and Europe. European Union nations are continuing to move towards tighter lockdowns, raising the risk of a double-dip recession for the economic bloc. In the US case numbers are exploding, with more than 130,000 infections reported on Friday alone.



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Wayne Bennett forced into changes for Maroons as Valentine Holmes returns


Coen Hess has been dropped after starting in the back row in game one. Jaydn Su’A takes his place in the starting side after playing a strong hand as part of the Maroons bench in game one.

And Canberra’s Dunamis Lui will start in the front row in place of Welch. His elevation means the entire Maroons starting pack, aside from hooker Jake Friend, is Polynesian, which underscores their immense impact on the game since the turn of the century.

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Su’A’s move to the starting side will also hand an Origin debut to the Gold Coast’s Moeaki Fotuaika, capping off a strong year in the middle for the Titans star. It will be an emotional night for Fotuaika, who lost his older brother Mosese, a promising young forward at the Wests Tigers, in 2013.

Kurt Capewell has been cleared to play after overcoming a groin injury, although he didn’t train on Monday, while Brenko Lee was named in the extended squad as he continues to rehab the calf injury that saw him drop out of the starting side for game one at late notice.

Queensland: Valentine Holmes, Xavier Coates, Kurt Capewell, Dane Gagai, Phillip Sami, Cameron Munster, Daly Cherry-Evans (c), Dunamis Lui, Jake Friend, Josh Papalii, Felise Kaufusi, Jaydn Su’A, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui. Interchange: Ben Hunt, Lindsay Collins, Jai Arrow, Moeaki Fotuaika.

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South Africa v England: Kagiso Rabada returns to Proteas squad


Kagiso Rabada (right) has taken 117 wickets in 75 one-day internationals for South Africa

Pace bowler Kagiso Rabada has returned to the South Africa squad for the upcoming Twenty20 and one-day internationals against England.

Rabada, 25, had a groin strain in March, which is when the Proteas last played competitively because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He has since featured in the Indian Premier League.

The first of the three T20s is in Cape Town on 27 November, with the three ODIs starting on 4 December.

Uncapped Glenton Stuurman is included in the 24-man party, as is fellow seamer Junior Dala, who has not played internationally for more than 18 months because of a lengthy injury.

Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is captain, with former skipper Faf du Plessis also included.

South Africa squad: Quinton de Kock (captain), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Faf du Plessis, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts, Glenton Stuurman, Pite van Biljon, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne.



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Australian Olympic swimmer Brenton Rickard returns positive drug test from 2012 London Games


Retired Australian swimmer Brenton Rickard has returned a positive drug test from a sample taken at the 2012 London Olympics.

The sample returned a positive result for the banned diuretic furosemide when it was re-tested recently.

The breaststroker will front the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland on Monday, where he will have to prove his innocence.

If he fails, the 2012 4×100 metre medley relay team that won bronze would be stripped of their medals.

Swimming Australia chief executive Leigh Russell told The Ticket that support had been offered to Rickard.

“We are aware of the adverse analytical finding of the London 2012 sample by Australian Olympic team member Brendon, but as this is an IOC matter, Swimming Australia has no official involvement,” she said.

“However, what we can do for Brenton, and he is a part of our swimming community, is of course offer him any support that he may need during this time.”

When asked if Rickard had requested support, Russell said: “He’s in touch with the Swimmers Association, they’ve reached out to him to offer support as well, so he hasn’t asked [us] for that at this time.”

Rickard swam in the heats of the 2012 event to help Australia qualify for the finals, but did not swim in the final race itself. That team was composed of Hayden Stoeckel, Christian Sprenger, Matt Targett and James Magnussen.

Tommaso D’Orsogna was also a member of the bronze-medal-winning team.

Furosemide and other diuretics are not considered doping agents on their own, but cause extensive dilution of the urine and can act as a masking agent for other banned products.

(LtoR) Matt Targett, Christian Sprenge, Hayden Stoeckel and James Magnussen, as well as Tommaso D’Orsogna, stand to lose their bronze medal if Brenton Rickard fails to prove his innocence.(Reuters: Michael Dalder)

Some substances must reach a certain threshold in a tested sample before being reported as a positive. Over time, the thresholds for some substances have been lowered or abolished altogether.

Any level of furosemide, even as low as 6nn/ml as in Rickard’s test result, is deemed to be positive.

The substance is unlikely to be in any over-the-counter medications in Australia, although that may not be the case in other countries.

Over time the quality of tests continues to improve, picking up ever-smaller traces of banned substances — a positive development for catching those who intentionally dope, but a tragedy for those who may have ingested a seemingly safe — but possibly contaminated — product.

Former Olympic swimmer Rob Woodhouse, who is now the general manager of the London Roar team in the International Swimming League, says it is very important Australia’s swimming authorities get behind Rickard.

“From what I understand, it’s a very small amount of something,” he told the ABC.

“Brent’s a very popular figure both in Australian swimming and globally, very highly respected and had an outstanding career.

“That’s irrelevant in the case if he’s returned a positive sample, but he’s going to get a lot of support. I imagine he’s going to need support from bodies like Swimming Australia.”



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