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    Sophie Gradon’s heartbroken parents deny ‘coke and booze’ death verdict and claim Love Island star had rare undiagnosed brain condition 

    SOPHIE Gradon’s distraught parents today denied an inquest verdict that the Love Island star took a lethal cocaine and booze mix before she was found hanged.

    Deborah and Colin Gradon instead insist their “beloved” daughter had an undiagnosed brain condition that causes irrational thoughts.

    Sophie Gradon with her parents Deborah and Colin
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    This would have had a “severe and brutal impact” on Sophie in the months leading to her tragic death last June.

    Their claims are in stark contrast to the coroner’s findings that Sophie, 32, ended her life last June after taking the deadly cocktail.

    A coroner cited research in the US that revealed mixing drink and drugs made people 16 times more likely to kill themselves.

    But Deborah and Colin told Sun Online that a post mortem revealed Sophie had been living with Arteriovenous malformation (AVM).

    This causes an abnormal connection between arteries and veins that has been shown to affect a person’s thinking and reasoning abilities.

    ‘SEVERE AND BRUTAL IMPACT’

    The heartbroken couple said: “We needed more time to research and talked to a leading psychiatrist and neuroscientist.

    “They both unanimously agreed that Sophie’s cerebral and cognitive reasoning would have been influenced by the presence of the AVM in her brain.

    “We believe Sophie started to become symptomatic in December 2017. We noted an acute change in her personality and behaviour.

    “Sophie was convinced she had ADHD and would often complain ‘that her brain wasn’t working right’.”

    TRAGIC DEATH

    Sophie, who was battling depression, was found by her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong at her parent’s home in Northumberland last summer.

    He frantically performed CPR on her for 15 minutes but she was sadly unable to be saved.

    Aaron, 25, hanged himself five days after her funeral having taken a similar cocktail of cocaine and booze, a separate inquest was told last month.

    'The pain is visceral' — Sophie's parents statement in full

    Today is, without doubt, one of the saddest of our lives. Our precious Daughter is no longer with us and to read the cause of her passing all over the media is shattering beyond measure. The last ten months have been filled with agony, anguish we have suffered torturous interference almost on a daily basis. Particularly in the past few weeks from the sewer that is social media.

    We were given the Coroner’s file on Friday 15th March at 16.00. The Coroner then expected to hold the Inquest, giving us only 3 days to read the file and make any legal submissions. This timescale was unconscionable with the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. The law is quite clear, in that it specifies that disclosure to Family of the diseased should be given in a reasonable time. We did not consider three days reasonable. We, therefore, asked for a postponement.

    On his appointment as the first Chief Coroner, His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC advocated that Families should be prioritised and given information as quickly as it was made available. Procedures to make the process more timely and less stressful for the bereaved families involved, were to be put in the process. Sadly, this wasn’t our experience.

    Contained within the file was the Post Mortem report, which we were advised not to read. Mercifully, we did and discovered to our devastation that our beloved Daughter Sophie; had a life-threatening undiagnosed brain condition known as an Arteriovenous malformation (AVM).

    This is an abnormal connection between arteries and veins, bypassing the capillary system. This vascular anomaly is widely known because of its occurrence in the central nervous system (usually cerebral AVM) but can appear in any location.

    This would have had a severe and brutal impact on Sophie. We needed more time to research and talked to a leading psychiatrist and neuroscientist. They both unanimously agreed that Sophie’s cerebral & cognitive reasoning would have been influenced by the presence of the AVM in her brain.

    Sophie’s ability to reach logical conclusions and judgments about whether an action is right or wrong would have been relentlessly compromised. We believe Sophie started to become symptomatic in December 2017. We noted an acute change in her personality and behaviour. Sophie was convinced she had ADHD and would often complain “that her brain wasn’t working right”. None of this was apparent as a child. Sophie was always incredibly clever and bright. Other physical systems started to manifest themselves such as back and neck pain (owing to blood starvation to the area.

    One of her last postings on Facebook was about how much back pain she was experiencing. Sadly, the survival rate of a 35-year-old with an AVM is only 25% and at 40 this drops to 20%.

    Sophie in her own words said she felt her life was spiralling out of control. She admitted to making some really bad decisions in her personal life and made associations with people whom she knew to be bad for her. She claimed she was getting involved with “The wrong men”. She swore to herself that “nothing is going to stop me from taking care of myself & that includes men”.

    The toxicology report showed us that Sophie was 2½ times over the drink driving limit, which to some is a large amount but to others a normal evening in front of the T.V. Additionally, there was a Cocaine found in her system, of which one of the metabolites, is Benzoylecgonine. It is known that prescribed medication such as Sertraline an SSRI can give a ‘false positive’ reading of Cocaine in someone’s system. Sophie was taking Sertraline at the time of her passing. I asked the Toxicologist to take this into consideration, but he wouldn’t. Everything has to be black or white with no grey area.

    The pain we feel is visceral. Ask any parent that has lost a child. The grief and guilt eat away at you from the inside out. Someday it’s difficult to breathe. There is a hole in our hearts that will never ever be filled again with the love that we knew to be our beloved daughter Sophie.

    Sophie lived each day knowing she was cherished and adored. There was nothing she could ever do that would make us love her any less. We will love Sophie for eternity.”

    North Shields Coroners Court heard how Sophie, crowned Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain in 2009, had been prescribed the anti-depression drug Sertraline in 2013.

    Toxicology tests showed she had a blood reading of 201mg per 100ml of blood – around three times the legal driving limit, as well as cocaine.

    But her parents have blamed Sophie’s medication for the positive cocaine reading – and claimed they asked a toxicologist look into their fears but were refused.

    LIFE WAS ‘SPIRALLING OUT OF CONTROL’

    The inquest was dramatically halted from its planned start on March 21 so Sophie’s parents could read a new report into her death.

    Deborah and Colin, who were not at today’s hearing, have also revealed how their daughter told them her life was “spiralling out of control” in the months leading to her death.

    She had admitted “making really bad decisions” – including in her choice of men – but had swore to herself nothing would stop her “taking care of myself”.

    Sophie lived each day knowing she was cherished and adored. There was nothing she could ever do that would make us love her any less. We will love Sophie for eternity

    Deborah and Colin Gradon

    Paying tribute to their daughter, Deborah and Colin added: “The pain we feel is visceral. Ask any parent that has lost a child. The grief and guilt eat away at you from the inside out.

    “Someday it’s difficult to breathe. There is a hole in our hearts that will never ever be filled again with the love that we knew to be our beloved daughter Sophie.

    “Sophie lived each day knowing she was cherished and adored. There was nothing she could ever do that would make us love her any less. We will love Sophie for eternity.”

    North Shields Coroners Court heard how Sophie, crowned Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain in 2009, had been mourning the recent death of close friend Paul Burns at the time of her death.

    ‘I CAN’T DO THIS ANYMORE’

    She exchanged a series of Instagram messages with pal Sondeep Gill before the pair spoke for nearly an hour on the phone in the early hours of June 20.

    Sophie said Paul “had been there for so many people and he had stopped her from taking her own life”.

    “I cannot do this any more I struggle every day with my ADD [Attention Deficit Disorder],” she told Sondeep.

    “I would never want to do that to my family but if I could escape I would. I cannot believe I am telling you this.

    “I have been struggling with the world, no one knows why or how.”

    I would never want to do that [take my own life] to my family but if I could escape I would

    Sophie Gradon

    The phone suddenly went dead at 2.40am, and Sondeep’s messages went unanswered after that point.

    Sondeep told police: “Her speech was slurred, she was repeating herself a lot and during the conversation I was worried she sounded down so I tried to keep the conversation light and told her she should go to bed.”

    The court heard that Sophie had been prescribed the anti-depression drug Sertraline in 2013 – and that the drug was found in her system along with the alcohol and cocaine.

    Toxicology tests showed she had a blood reading of 201mg per 100ml of blood – around three times the legal driving limit, as well as cocaine.

    HEARTBREAK

    Aaron and Sophie also exchanged texts the day before her death that were “very general and loving in nature” while both were at home looking after their respective parents’ dogs.

    But when he couldn’t contact Sophie the next day, Aaron became so worried he called his brother Ryan and the pair went together to her home in the village of Medburn near Newcastle, arriving at around 7pm.

    At first they threw stones up to Sophie’s bedroom window to get her attention, before Aaron peered through the living room window and saw his girlfriend was unconscious.

    The brothers smashed their way in through a door before Aaron began performing CPR.

    He continued for 15 minutes while Ryan spoke to the ambulance service, until it became clear that Sophie was dead.

    Aaron’s devastated mum, Donna Armstrong, described their relationship as “very intense and emotional”.

    LETHAL COCKTAIL

    Coroner Eric Armstrong said he was “certain she would not have acted as she did without taking alcohol and cocaine”.

    “The combination is used by those who believe it brings on a so-called high much quicker,” he told the court.

    “What they do not appreciate is it also gives rise to violent thoughts.

    “If Sophie’s death is to serve any purpose at all, that message must go out far and wide.”

    Recording a narrative verdict, Mr Armstrong said he could not be sure it was suicide, but ruled out any third party involvement.

    His conclusion read: “Sophie Hannah Gradon, having consumed alcohol and cocaine, took her own life by hanging.”

    Fellow Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis was also found dead last month, prompting calls from Health Secretary Matt Hancock for reality shows to do more for competitors once they have become famous.

    Deborah and Colin are against the inquest’s findings
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    Sophie Gradon was crowned Miss Great Britain in 2009
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    Sophie Gradon, who was a former Love Island star, was battling depression at the time of her death in June 2018, according to an inquest today<img class="size-thesun-article-image wp-image-4000270" src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/NINTCHDBPICT000483877459.jpg?strip=all&w=960&quot; alt="" width="960" height="737" />Friends of Love Island star Sophie Gradon, Hannah McGuire (right) and Kat Milligan are seen leaving her inquest at North Shields Coroners Court in North Tyneside
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    Sophie Gradon was one of the stars of the 2016 series of ITV2’s hit reality show Love Island[/caption]

    YOU'RE NOT ALONE

    EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

    It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

    It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

    And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

    Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

    That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.

    The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

    Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.

    If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:


    If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123, or visit Mind’s website.


     
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    Chelsea vs Slavia Prague LIVE SCORE: Latest updates from Europa League clash at Stamford Bridge 

    CHELSEA host Slavia Prague as they aim to book their place in the Europa League semi-finals.

    Maurizio Sarri’s side are in control of the tie after the first leg in Prague, where a late Marcos Alonso header gave them a crucial away goal.

     
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    My son, 11, is appalled that I am dating three years after his dad’s death 

    DEAR DEIDRE: MY son is appalled that I am seeing someone. He is 11 and his dad died in an accident when he was eight.

    I am 33. I can understand my son’s feelings but I don’t want to spend the rest of my life alone.

    My son, 11, is appalled that I am dating three years after his dad’s death
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    One day my son will be old enough to live his own life. He will find a girlfriend and be thinking about her all the time. I want someone to feel like that about too.

    I have tried to reassure him that things will not change and that I have not forgotten his father, but he is very cold with me and keeps asking who I am talking to on the phone and where I am going.

    DEIDRE SAYS: Your son lost his dad and is terrified of losing you – or some of your attention – too.

    But you are right to want to enjoy a full life and his dad would not have wanted you to be alone.

    Keep reassuring your son that you love him, that no one will displace him in your affections and no one will replace his dad.

    Say you have enough love to go round.

    You can find comfort through Winston’s Wish which helps bereaved families.(winstonswish.org, 08088 020 021).

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    READ TODAY’S DEAR DEIDRE My wife says I never stop punishing her for an affair ten years ago

    READ DEIDRE’S PHOTO CASEBOOK Craig finds out about his girlfriend’s saucy past


    Get in touch with Deidre today

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    My wife says I never stop punishing her for an affair ten years ago 

    DEAR DEIDRE: ACCORDING to my wife I never stop punishing her for an affair ten years ago.

    She left me for another man during a hiccup in our relationship. We are both 57.

    My wife says I never stop punishing her for an affair ten years ago
    Alamy

    She was with him for almost a year but the grass wasn’t greener and she begged me to take her back.

    Now, whenever we have an argument, I mention her affair. I just can’t forget it. When we try to have sex, I can’t always perform because it’s on my mind.

    This is driving a wedge between us.

    DEIDRE SAYS: She did wrong to leave but you need to accept your share of responsibility for the state your relationship was in.

    You were presumably glad she returned, so focus on the fact that she came back rather than the affair.

    My e-leaflet Cheating – Can You Get Over It? tells how to strengthen your bond. Try to do that – before you drive her away again.

    If thoughts of your wife with that other man creep into your mind, blot them out with memories of your happiest days together.

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    READ TODAY’S DEAR DEIDRE I’m acting like an alcohol addicted hooker after string of one night stands

    READ DEIDRE’S PHOTO CASEBOOK Craig finds out about his girlfriend’s saucy past


    Get in touch with Deidre today

    Got a problem? Send an email to problems@deardeidre.org. Every problem gets a personal reply, usually within 24 hours weekdays.

    You can also send a private message on the DearDeidreOfficial Facebook page.

    Follow me on Twitter @deardeidre.

     
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    Jeopardy smashes record for most money won in one game as player scoops £100,000 

    JEOPARDY contestant James Holzhauer has landed a huge win of £100,000 – breaking his own record on the US game show.

    It was the 10th straight win for the 34-year-old professional sports gambler, who has now smashed the record for the most money banked in a single night.

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    It was the 10th straight win for the 34-year-old professional sports gambler James[/caption]

    He previously scooped an incredible £85,000 in one night, bringing his total winnings to £540,000.

    James’ tactic fascinated viewers, picking questions with larger amounts and making risky bets on Daily Doubles.

    He’d also bet big in the Final Jeopardy and his strategy paid off.

    He is now in four out of the top five slots of the highest wins on the show.

    Jeopardy
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    He previously scooped an incredible £85,000 in one night, bringing his total winnings to £540,000[/caption]

    Contestant Roger Craig, from 2010, is in fifth place with £60,000.

    While record-holder Ken Jennings earned more than £1.93 million during his run on the show.

    Meanwhile, Jeopardy host Alex Trebek says he is “feeling good” after recovering from cancer and plans to return to work after a summer break.

    He announced last month that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and said on Wednesday he’ll return for the 36th season of the US game show.

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    In a video posted on the micro-blogging site, he said: “Despite what you may have heard, I’m feeling good, I’m continuing with my therapy and we, by we, the staff, are already working on our next season, the 36th year of ‘Jeopardy!’”

    Trebek, who was speaking after wrapping up the previous season, went on to thank those who had sent him well-wishes and cards and said he was “touched beyond words”.

    He added: “So here, on the last day of taping for our 35th anniversary season, I wanted once again to thank you for your continuing messages of encouragement and support, particularly the many cards I’ve received from young people. I’m touched beyond words.”

    Alex previously vowed to do everything he could to fight the disease, even though he knows the prognosis is “not very encouraging”.

    He said in a video message to fans: “I wanted to be the one to pass along this information. Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.”Now normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this and I’m going to keep working.”


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    Posh Extinction Rebellion protester behind Heathrow shutdown plot brags about disrupting holiday plans for thousands 

    THE eco-warrior behind a plot to shutdown travel at Heathrow tomorrow bragged his protest “will disrupt the travel for lots of people”.

    Robin Boardman-Pattison, 21, plans to ruin the Easter holiday plans for thousands of British families on Friday in a bid to raise awareness about climate change.

    Robin Boardman-Pattison appeared on Sky yesterday to outline Extinction Rebellion’s ‘demands’ before storming off

    The privately educated activist says his protest will ‘disrupt the travel for lots of people’ at Heathrow tomorrow
    Instagram / Robin Boardman
    His Instagram account shows him enjoying lavish holidays – like this scenic skiing trip
    Instagram / Robin Boardman

    Activists – who have already caused chaos across the capital by blocking landmarks for the past four days – said they were “raising the bar” tomorrow to target the busiest airport in the UK ahead of the long weekend.

    In internal messages seen by the Sun Online, protesters were told: “Tomorrow we raise the bar. We are going to shut down Heathrow.”

    Rebels – who have already blocked Waterloo Bridge, Vauxhall Bridge and Oxford Circus in four days of illegal demos this week – vowed to “swarm” the airport.

    The group described the dramatic new tactic as an “escalation strategy”.

    The plot threatens to throw the Easter plans of 800,000 passengers expected to travel through the airport into chaos tomorrow.

    HEATHROW COMMENTS

    When asked today about Friday’s protests, Boardman-Pattison told Guido Fawkes: “It’s been shared with the police, the public have been told about it and they can respect that tomorrow.

    “It will disrupt the travel for lots of people – and that disruption is totally necessary given the emergency that we’re in”.

    When asked if he thought people shouldn’t go on foreign holidays, Boardman-Pattison answers: “I think that in this day and age, when we are facing a collapse of society, it’s not about people’s individual decisions, it’s about how this government deals with that collapse.

    “Building an expansion of Heathrow – that’s going to kill people.”

    Boardman-Pattison’s Instagram account shows him enjoying lavish holidays overseas, including on a skiing trip in Italy.

    The Extinction Rebellion spokesman -a former public schoolboy who stormed off Sky News after host Adam Boulton called him “middle class and self-indulgent” yesterday – said to activists about the Heathrow protest: “This will be standard swarming process. If there are lots of us, there will be a low risk of arrest.

    “We are all going to face pushback on this. We hope, together, we can recognise the necessity of this action and communicate that necessity to our friends, our loved ones, and the general public.”

    There is a deep remorse for those whose holiday and family plans will be disrupted tomorrow

    Extinction Rebellion

    Self-professed “poet” Boardman-Pattison acknowledged it would hit families’ holiday plans – but said the shutdown was “necessary”.

    He said: “There is a deep remorse for those whose holiday and family plans will be disrupted tomorrow. It is not our intention to cause further separation.

    “However, the aviation industry needs to be targeted and we are all aware of the deep, structural change that needs to come.”

    The messages also thanked the protesters for their efforts to shut down the capital for the past week.

    Organisers said: “Over the last week, we have listened to the concerns of the movement and we can assure you that, as we test our escalation strategy on the ground, we are adapting and changing our carefully designed plan. We thank you for all your wisdom and guidance on this.”

    It comes as 10million Brits are set to hit the road this weekend.

    But the protests have left holiday-makers stressed and nervous as they wait to see what will happen at the airport — which was one of the first to sign up to the goals of the Paris Agreement.

    One man was left in tears as he revealed he had put months into organising a romantic proposal in Paris this weekend — which could now be ruined by climate change protesters targeting the airport.

    The man, only known as Richard, told LBC Radio he was “shaking” after hearing the news.

    He said: “I’ve put months of preparation into taking my girlfriend to Paris.

    “I went over at Christmas to look at all the hotels. I’ve spent months preparing for this, they’re going to ruin it!”

    A Heathrow Airport spokesperson said: “We are working with the authorities to address any threat of protests which could disrupt the airport.

    “While we respect the right to peaceful protest and agree with the need to act on climate change, we don’t agree that passengers should have their well-earned Easter Break holiday plans with family and friends disrupted. Passengers should contact their airlines for up to date information on their journeys.”

    POLICE RESPONSE

    A Metropolitan Police statement said it had “strong plans” in place to deal with any planned demonstration at Heathrow Airport.

    The force said: “We are aware of information that suggests the protesters will carry out a demonstration on Friday, 19 April in the vicinity of Heathrow Airport.

    “We have strong plans in place that will enable us to deploy a significant number of officers to Heathrow and take firm action against any protester seeking to cause disruption at this location by committing criminal offences such as obstruction of the highway.

    “We have requested mutual aid from other police forces to support our operation.

    “The airport is part of our national infrastructure and we will not allow the illegal activities of protesters to cause further disruption and misery to thousands of travellers, many of them families, over Easter.

    “We would urge any protester planning to attend Heathrow to strongly reconsider.”

    ARRESTS CONTINUE

    Police today confirmed more than 400 people had been arrested over the ongoing protests.

    It has been suggested the sheer volume of protesters arrested have put pressure on police, with activists themselves claiming cells in the capital are full and “operating on a one-in, one-out capacity”.

    Some have even claimed they were taken as far away as Luton and Brighton as police struggled with demand.

    But police refused to comment, saying that had “contingency plans in place” should they run out of space.

    Activists glued themselves to a train at Canary Wharf yesterday in a bid to stop the Tube running and drivers have been stuck in traffic jams for more than an hour this morning after the protesters blocked Vauxhall Bridge.

    Among those at Oxford Circus include actress Emma Thompson.

    The protest has already disrupted the lives of more than 500,000 hard-working Londoners and cost businesses £12million and counting – with Extinction Rebellion threatening to keep it going for two more weeks.

     

    It comes after Black Lives Matter got onto the runway at London City Airport in 2016, causing havoc.

    The group later said it had targeted the airport because of climate change’s disproportionate effect on black people.

    Gatwick Airport was also recently thrown into chaos when a drone was spotted flying over airspace in the days before Christmas last year.

    Heathrow Airport has been contacted for comment.

    The Extinction Rebellion spokesman enjoying a trip to Amsterdam – thousands of families’ holiday plans will be scuppered by his protests tomorrow
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    Protesters warned they would target Heathrow Airport from tomorrow
    Extinction rebellion climate change protesters warned they would target Heathrow Airport specifically
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    Climate change protesters have vowed to continue camping out, despite police warning they would be arrested
    Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters have vowed to continue camping out, despite police warning they would be arrested
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    Climate change protesters have been asked to swarm Heathrow Airport tomorrow as Easter holidays begin - pictured is a protester being removed from Oxford Circus
    Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters have been asked to swarm Heathrow Airport tomorrow as Easter holidays begin – pictured is a protester being removed from Oxford Circus
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    Roads empty of cars as Extinction Rebellion campaigners occupy Parliament Square in London on a fourth day of protests
    Roads empty of cars as Extinction Rebellion campaigners occupy Parliament Square in London on a fourth day of protests
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    Oxford Circus was blocked on Wednesday, with the protests still going
    Oxford Circus was blocked on Wednesday, with the Extinction Rebellion climate change protests still going
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    Good Friday 2019 Irish pub opening times after 90-year ban lifted – and trading hours for Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday 

    IRISH pubs will open their doors on Good Friday for the second year after a decades-old veto was lifted.

    Legislation introduced last year saw publicans all over the country legally permitted to serve alcohol on the religious festival for the first time in 90 years.

    Lifting the ban was hailed as common sense
    Lifting the ban was hailed as common sense
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    Both the Vintners Federation of Ireland and Licensed Vintners Association hailed the decision as long overdue last year.

    LVA chief Donall O’Keeffe said: “Removing the ban is simple common sense.

    “The extra day’s trade at such a busy time of year will be a welcome boost.”

    A VFI spokesman previously added: “Based on excise and Vat returns, Good Friday will be worth about €2.8million to the Exchequer in the form of excise and Vat returns.”

    But what times will the pubs open on Good Friday this year?And do any public holiday arrangements apply over the Easter weekend? We’ve got all you need to know.

    GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 19

    Pubs can open at 10.30am and can remain open until 12.30am.

    EASTER SATURDAY, APRIL 20

    Pubs open their doors at 10.30am and close at 12.30am.

    EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 21

    Pubs can start trading at 12.30pm and stay open until 12.30am.

    EASTER MONDAY, APRIL 22

    Pubs can open at 10.30am and close at 11.30pm.

    Irish supermarkets may operate different hours to usual over the long weekend but you can find out about your local with our guide here.

     
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    BBC’s Emily Maitlis reveals she caught Bill Clinton reading the Kama Sutra in a hotel before interview 

    BBC presenter Emily Maitlis has revealed she once caught notorious womaniser Bill Clinton reading infamous sex manual the Kama Sutra before their interview.

    The Newsnight host, 48, detailed her encounter with the former US President in her new book Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News.

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    Emily Maitlis claims she caught Bill Clinton reading a copy of sex manual the Karma Sutra in an Indian hotel book shop[/caption]

    Maitlis, who had flown to India to interview Clinton in 2014, claims she spotted the smooth-talking American browsing a “heavily decorated” copy of the Kama Sutra in a hotel gift shop.

    The Canadian-born journalist, who also revealed she found Donald Trump “creepy” when she interviewed him, said she regrets not pressing Clinton on his affair with 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

    She says the former Governor of Arkansas’ team told her at the last minute that Bill had taken a “funny turn” and would cancel the interview if “anything happens on camera.”

    Maitlis said: “I was trying to read between the lines, thinking, ‘What are you saying?’

    “There were all these sorts of things stacked against us that we had to weigh up.

    “The fact that he wasn’t well, that we had travelled all this way to get the [interview] – and if they pulled the tape, I would come away with nothing.”

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    The BBC host regrets not pressing the former US President on his affair with Monica Lewinsky[/caption]

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    Clinton’s two terms in the White House were dogged with salacious allegations against him
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  • Adam 20:54 on 18.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
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    Video: Trump: «Es ist ein guter Tag» 

    Der Mueller-Bericht zur Russland-Affäre um US-Präsident Donald Trump ist am Donnerstag veröffentlicht worden. Trump sah sich durch eine Zusammenfassung des Mueller-Berichts entlastet.

     
  • Adam 20:50 on 18.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
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    Sonderbericht veröffentlicht: Mueller-Report: Trump wollte Russland-Ermittlungen beeinflussen — Mitarbeiter verhinderten das 

    US-Präsident Donald Trump ist mit mehreren Versuchen gescheitert, Einfluss auf die Russland-Untersuchungen von Sonderermittler Robert Mueller zu nehmen. Hintergrund sei Widerstand aus seinem Umfeld gewesen, Anweisungen dazu auszuführen, heißt es in dem am Donnerstag veröffentlichten und in Teilen geschwärzten Abschlussbericht Muellers.

    «Die Versuche des Präsidenten, die Ermittlungen zu beeinflussen, waren überwiegend erfolglos, vor allem weil Personen aus dem Umfeld des Präsidenten sich weigerten, Anweisungen auszuführen oder seinen Aufforderung zu folgen», schreibt Muellers Team darin. Die Ermittler hatten fast zwei Jahre lang untersucht, ob das Wahlkampflager von Trump Geheimabsprachen mit Vertretern Russlands traf und ob Trump die Justiz behinderte.

    Mueller-Report Erste Meldung_17.40UhrDiverse Einflussversuche von Donald Trump in Bericht aufgelistet

    In dem mehr als 400 Seiten langen Abschlussbericht listet Muellers Team diverse Einflussversuche Trumps mit Blick auf die Russland-Untersuchungen auf. So habe der Präsident nach Muellers Ernennung als Sonderermittler zum Beispiel mehrfach versucht, dessen Abzug zu erzwingen. Mitte Juni 2017 etwa habe Trump seinen damaligen Rechtsbeistand Donald McGahn zu Hause angerufen und ihm gesagt, er möge wiederum den Justizminister anrufen und diesem sagen, dass Mueller in einem Interessenkonflikt stehe und deshalb abgelöst werden müsse. McGahn sei der Anweisung nicht gefolgt.

    Als die Episode mit McGahn 2018 in einem Medienbericht öffentlich wurde, habe Trump intern Druck gemacht, McGahn müsse die Unterhaltung öffentlich bestreiten, heißt es weiter in Muellers Bericht. Der Präsident habe sowohl über Mitarbeiter als auch über ein direktes Gespräch versucht, McGahn dazu zu drängen — jedoch ohne Erfolg.

    Muellers Team kommt in dem Bericht nicht zu einem endgültigen Schluss, ob Trumps Einflussversuche eine Behinderung der Justiz darstellen. Die Ermittler schreiben darin, sie seien nicht in der Lage, ein solches Urteil zu fällen. Sie betonen aber: «Während dieser Bericht nicht zu dem Schluss kommt, dass der Präsident eine Straftat begangen hat, entlastet er ihn auch nicht.»

    25-Mueller-Bericht: Keine wissentliche Verschwörung mit Russland-6017652752001

     
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