Win a copy of The Sight Of You by Holly Miller in this week’s Fabulous book competition terms and conditions – The Sun

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'Get a grip' of Covid-19 crisis, Labour leader tells Boris Johnson

Keir Starmer tells Boris Johnson to ‘get a grip’ of Britain’s Covid crisis or risk a second wave and accuses the PM of ‘winging it’ over lockdown easing after official death toll reached 39,369

  • Sir Keir Starmer says there is no strategy for the UK to exit lockdown measures
  • Says decisions have been made to distract from Dominic Cummings scandal 
  • Downing Street says it ‘looks forward to hearing proposals Labour has to offer’
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has launched a scathing attack on Boris Johnson, telling the Prime Minister to ‘get a grip’ of a the Covid-19 crisis.

More than two months after it began on March 23, Mr Starmer says there is still no formal strategy for leaving lockdown.

In an interview with The Guardian, Mr Starmer said: ‘Like many people across the country, there is a growing concern the government is now winging it. At precisely the time when there should have been maximum trust in the government, confidence has collapsed.’  

Sir Keir Starmer has told Boris Johnson to ‘get a grip’ of Britain’s lockdown during the pandemic

Later today Home Secretary Priti Patel is expected to detail plans of 14-day quarantine rules for travellers arriving in the country from next week. The plan has sparked huge backlash from Tory MPs who are concerned it will damage the travel industry by grounding summer holiday plans. 

It comes less than two weeks after the government was rocked by the Dominic Cummings scandal – which saw the Prime Minister’s senior aide come under pressure to resign over his 260-mile trip to Durham and a subsequent drive to Barnard Castle, he claims he took to test his eyesight.

Mr Starmer warned government mismanagement had only made the lockdown situation worse, by losing the confidence of the public.

Boris Johnson is coming under pressure from the Labour leader over his handling of the Covid-19 crisis

He said: ‘If you had said which is the week the government needed maximum trust and confidence, the answer is the week in which you start easing restrictions … that’s where you need maximum trust and confidence. That’s the thing the government has burned in the last few weeks.’ 

Warm weather saw packed beaches in Dorset and Bournemouth at the weekend – with little room or ability for proper social distancing. 

Pictures of people lying next to one another have sparked concern that Britain’s rate of infection could rise above one and cause a second spike.

Mr Starmer said responsibility ultimately lies with the Prime Minister, saying: ‘I am putting the prime minister on notice that he has got to get a grip and restore public confidence in the government’s handling of the epidemic … if we see a sharp rise in the R rate, the infection rate, or a swathe of local lockdowns, responsibility for that falls squarely at the door of No 10.’ 

MPs returned to Parliament yesterday, with new social distancing measures in place – there were queues of half a mile to vote and only 50 politicians could be allowed in the chamber at once. 

Former Defence Secretary Tobias Ellwood has raised concerns about the R rate in seaside towns. 

Speaking on Good Morning Britain yesterday, the Bournemouth East MP said: ‘The bigger point to be made as we ease the lockdown rules, we saw this on the coast in Dorset in Bournemouth and indeed Durdle Door, where people are operating by guidelines at work … as soon as we look at recreations, those rules go out the window.

‘I’m really concerned that Dorset is going to move up the R rating to above 1 and we will be the first place to get that second spike.’

Epidemiologist Professor Neil Ferguson, who stepped down from his post last month after breaking lockdown rules by inviting his lover to his London home, has warned coronavirus cases will likely last until September. 

Yesterday the Department of Health revealed 324 more people had died across all settings. 

The figure, which brings the total closer to 40,000, is 68 per cent lower than the Tuesday a fortnight ago, when 545 deaths were recorded following a lag in reporting over the bank holiday. 

A Downing Street spokesman told the BBC it was focused on ‘helping the country recover safely from coronavirus and restoring the livelihoods of millions of people across the country’.

They added: ‘Now is the time to look to the future and not the past, as we continue to fight this virus while taking cautious steps to ease restrictions. The PM looks forward to hearing any concrete proposals Labour has to offer.’

Professor Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, University of Oxford said he expects deaths to be back to normal by next week. 

Asked during a Science Media Centre briefing whether he expects deaths from Covid-19 to stop or plateau, Professor Heneghan said: ‘If the trends continue, the deaths look like they will be back to where they should be normally by next week.

‘There’s been a continued reduction in hospital deaths, care home outbreaks are coming down so the ‘all deaths’ by (week) 22 I’m expecting will be back to where we should be.’

Professor Heneghan said there may be no Covid-19 deaths by the end of June – which would follow Spain yesterday. Italy is still reporting between 50 and 100 deaths per day, and France around 30.

‘But it also depends on what happens next, within sporadic outbreaks,’ Professor Heneghan said.

 Two new cabinet committees have been established by Mr Johnson to deal with the next phase of responding to Covid-19. 

According to the BBC one of the committees will oversee Britain’s recovery strategy and the other will monitor the delivery of policy.

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Short history of the iconic mini skirt – loved by everybody from Twiggy to Kim Kardashian – The Sun

REMEMBER that little black dress that makes you feel a million ­dollars?

Or those jeans that show off your curves to perfection?

They might be perfect to you but the mini skirt has been named fashion’s most iconic statement piece of all time.

Freeing our knees for nearly 60 years, the skimpy skirt first hit the scene back in the swinging Sixties.

It has kept us on-trend for generations, explaining why it has bagged top spot in the Samsung survey.

But it is not always easy to wear.

Clemmie Fieldsend trawls the archives to reveal, decade by decade, which version best suits which body shape.

1960s: Best for athletic figures

THE Swinging Sixties saw London-based Mary Quant design a garment that would change women’s fashion for ever.

Skirts had been getting shorter since the Fifties, but when customers kept demanding higher hemlines, Mary came up with the revealing mini skirt and mini dress.


  • Denim mini skirt, £25.99 from topshop.com – buy now

She said: “They are curiously feminine, but their femininity lies in their attitude rather than their appearance.”

Sixties sirens Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy were among just a handful of the first women to own an original.

More straight and column-like for the narrower figures of the time, the androgynous style is ideal for athletic shapes now.

1970s: Best for hourglass

PRESIDENT John F Kennedy’s wife Jackie was famed for her impeccable style and signature two-piece skirt suit.

So when she took on the shorter style, her social standing and global fame introduced the skirt to a higher class of customers.


  • Blue floral skirt, £29.99 from mango.com – buy now

But it wasn’t all tweed and twinsets. This era also saw the mini on hippies as they took to festivals in short styles with bright prints and florals.

Actress Ali MacGraw gave the skirt on-screen fame with fit and flare styles when she wore a tartan number in 1970 movie Love Story.

If your figure is more hourglass, Seventies-style minis are for you.

1980s: Best for top-heavy

WITH punk fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood still leading the way in the early Eighties, hemlines shrank even more in length.

But what they lost in height, they gained in width.


  • Ruffled skirt, £29.99 from zara.com – buy now

Rara skirts with organza or netting were key for volume – think “the bigger the better” – and style icon Madonna was at the forefront.

Blondie’s Debbie Harry made them cool for tough girls by opting for tighter styles in black or acid-wash denim.

These days, rara skirts have evolved into ruffled and frilled pieces. They are perfect if you are top heavy as they balance the fuller look.

1990s: Best for petite

THE Nineties saw Kate Moss heading a new era of models – and these “It Girls” wanted sophisticated, sexy and short hemlines.

When she first rose to fame, Kate sported mini dresses. But it wasn’t just the Supers that ­popularised the look.


  • Pink skirt, £29.99 from newlook.com – buy now

Film and TV stars had a role to play, too.

Actor Alicia Silverstone burst on to the scene in a yellow check co-ord for hit film Clueless.

Plus, Jennifer Aniston’s wardrobe in Friends was crammed with micro-minis.

For now, the look is best suited to petites as the skirts will elongate your legs with detailing like a small slit or wrap-looking ruffles.

2000s: Best for pear

A-LINE skirts had a surge in the Noughties with the likes of TV host Alexa Chung teaming embroidered styles with slogan T-shirts.

They got a little longer too, falling slightly above the knee.


  • Tan belted skirt, £19.99 from stradivarius.com – buy now

The A-line did not act alone, though. Cocoon-style skirts that created volume in the middle were also a trend, with Gwyneth Paltrow getting on board.

The trapeze shape with wide-angle bottom is ideal for skimming over hips and bums.

Look for belted styles to really cinch in and show off your waist.

2010s: Best for columns

COCOON styles slimmed down for 2010 with figure-hugging pencil skirts that show off women’s curves breaking the fashion fold.

Traditionally associated with midi lengths, the pencil got even sexier and more exciting with a shorter hemline hitting the bottom of the thigh.


  • Khaki skirt, £14 from boohoo.com – buy now

Championed by the likes of Rhianna, the thigh-hugging mini celebrated the female form.

The narrowness enhances the shape of your bum while a slightly longer length will slim the thighs.

2020: Best for apple

EVEN though we’re just a few months into a turbulent 2020, the mini skirt is stronger than ever.

Typical figures have changed significantly since the Sixties and now tend towards amazing curves.


  • Snake print skirt, £20 from prettylittlething.com – buy now

Kim Kardashian has kept her style standards high in lockdown by showing off her shape in skin-tight mini skirts.

Plus the likes of Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts have been hitting the streets in second-skin minis, too.

This style is great for apple shapes, tightly nipping you in at the waist. And by hugging your bum and hips, it will give you a more defined silhouette.

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Kim Kardashian Accused of Using Photoshop to “Slim Down” 6-Year-Old Daughter!

We all know that Kim Kardashian has been using photoshop to touch-up her Instagram pics throughout her career.

But usually, Kim sticks to doctoring her own physique.

Now, she’s being accused of editing a photo to make her daughter look skinnier.

And understandably, fans are more than a little disturbed by the idea that Kim would feel the need to “improve upon” a photo of 6-year-old North.

The @Celebface Instagram account posts evidence of photoshopping by celebs, and its admins believe Kim scandalously altered a recent photo of her eldest child.

According to the folks who run that page photo below is the original image:

Obviously, there’s nothing abnormal about the pic as shown, and it doesn’t seem that Kim would have any reason to retouch it.

But Kim has been accused of posting the photo below on her Instagram page and passing it off as the original.

As usual, the retouching is subtle but unmistakable when the two photos are viewed side-by-side.

“Have you ever seen non-natural children photos on Instagram?” @Celebface asked its followers, implying that Kim had followed her obsession with visual perfection into uncharted territory.

Comments on the photo indicate that in the eyes of many fans — or former fans, as the case may be — Kim has reached a new low in her alleged obsession wih beauty and physical perfection.

“I mean filters and Facetune. Do these women think their kids aren’t good enough for their Instagram pages?” one person wrote, according to UK tabloid The Sun.

“It’s sad when someone cares about perfection so much and loses touch with reality,” another commented.

“As a mother and just as a person, this make me very sad,” a third user chimed in.

Others remarked on what sort of long-term psychological effects such actions might have on Kim’s kids.

After all, it won’t be long before North will be able to use the internet and understand controversies like this one for herself.

“Wtf? And what about when these kids are adults and look at these photos from when they were kids,” wrote one user.

“Are they going to question their worth and have major insecurity issues? When does it end??”

The Sun claims to have reached out to Kim for comment and received no reply.

Given the level of backlash, we’re guessing Mrs. Kardashian-West won’t be commenting on this situation anytime soon.

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Twitter Accuses Jake Paul of 'Lying' After He Denies Looting Arizona Mall Amid George Floyd Protests

Jake Paul has found himself in yet another controversy.

After video footage showed the YouTuber and his crew amongst looters vandalizing/stealing from a shopping mall in Scottsdale, Arizona, many were convinced that he, too, was demolishing stores and businesses to gain attention. However, Paul insists that he was not taking part in any wrongdoings that night, which Twitter has a hard time believing.

Paul and his team were spotted amongst looters

Although Paul claims he didn’t take part in any looting at the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall in Arizona on May 30, he and his team were right in the middle of all the action that night.

In a series of videos shared to his videographer Andrew Blue’s Instagram Story, Paul and his team are seen wandering around the mall as rioters smash store windows and, in one instance, strike a car on display.

The looting came amid a wave of protests across the country following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.

While many people have been peacefully protesting to seek justice for those minorities who’ve died at the hands of white officers, others have been resorting to violence and destruction — taking their frustration out on various stores and businesses.

Though a handful of individuals were recorded vandalizing the Scottsdale mall, Paul wasn’t shown stealing or breaking anything.

However, the videos have since prompted a wave of criticism online from people accusing the YouTuber of using the nationwide protests for his own personal gain.

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“[Why] destroying a mall and taking stuff? thats peacefully protesting to you? im just gonna leave this here.. HES USING THIS IMPORTANT RIOT FOR LIKES,” one Twitter user wrote.

Someone else noted that Paul and his team weren’t even in the same town the Black Lives Matter protests were taking place, which was in Phoenix.

They wrote, “Then why were you not in downtown Phoenix where the protest was actually happening….”

The YouTuber claims he wasn’t looting

After many Twitter users called him out for vandalizing property and being the “epitome of white male privilege,” Paul responded to the ongoing backlash on social media.

In a lengthy statement released on Twitter, Paul denied accusations that he was involved in the mall’s vandalism, claiming that he does not “condone” criminal acts of any kind — despite what others might think.

“To be absolutely clear, neither I nor anyone in our group was engaged in any looting or vandalism,” he wrote. “I do not condone violence, looting or breaking the law; however, I understand the anger and frustration that led to the destruction we witnessed and while it’s not the answer, it’s important that people see it and collectively figure out how to move forward in a healthy way.”

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Paul wrote that he and his team did attend the protest in Phoenix but were tear-gassed and told to go somewhere else by police.

The vlogger and his crew eventually found themselves in the middle of a break-in at the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall, where they decided to film everything they saw for his YouTube channel.

After sharing the tweet, many responded with confusion, as some pointed out that Paul seemed to be encouraging the looters in the videos.

“You walked around filming them excitedly saying “sh*t is going down, sh*t is going down” with a vlog camera,” one person highlighted. While another pointed out, “He literally tried to break a window of a car inside the mall and it’s on video he’s just straight lying. He was also hyping up the people doing most of the looting going woo and making loud noises and getting all excited. Never seen someone so dumb.”

Though Paul says he does not condone violence, it sounds to followers that he and his crew were doing just that.

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Evidence of rare Neolithic textiles discovered in Orkney

Archeologists discover 5,000-year-old pottery fragments at Scottish dig site, offering new details about how Neolithic people used textiles to make tools and clothing

  • Researchers discover ancient pottery fragments on islands off the Scottish coast
  • They showed multiple imprints suggesting they had been used with textiles
  • The outer part of the pottery showed signs of having been conjoined with rope
  • The inner part of the fragments contained the imprint of cloth, potentially from their original potter’s clothing 

Archaeologists have found new evidence of ancient textiles making in Orkney, Scotland, dating back to the Neolithic period more than 5,000 years ago.

The discovery, only the second of its kind in Scotland, came from a fragment of pottery with an impression of a cloth stamped into its surface, found at Ness of Brodgar. 

The site is part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site on the small island archipelago off the northern coast of Scotland. 

Researchers in Orkney, Scotland discovered 5,000-year-old pottery fragments showing signs of textile use to both bind objects and used as clothing by potters

Because it’s rare for organic material from prehistory to survive outside of very specific oxygen-free conditions, researchers studying Neolithic textiles have generally had to rely on secondary evidence like pottery fragments.  

This latest discovery came from the Archaeology Institute of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), which in 2019 began working to find pottery fragments with these types of impressions on them, known as ‘sherds.’

The team used a technique called reflectance transformation imaging (RTI) to examine the sherds, which involves taking multiple photographs of them with a slightly different angled source of light in each frame. 

These images were analyzed by a computer program that created a highly-detailed digital image of the sherds, that could be more closely examined than the real physical fragment.   

RTI analysis of the outer face of the sherds suggested multiple fragments had been ‘co-joined’ with a cord cloth, possibly in the shape of a basket-like object.

Using an analysis technique called reflectance transformation imaging, the researchers identified the clear markings of woven rope in the outer surface of one of the fragments, suggesting it had been tied to something in a basket-like fashion

Other fragments found on the site contained the impressions of cloth, which researchers said could have come from clothing worn by the potter who created the vessels, left as they leaned against the vessels while shaping them

The inner face of the fragments had a different patterned impression that researchers believe came from the clothing worn by the potter who made the original piece. 

‘There is no evidence of textile tools available in Neolithic Orkney, suggesting textiles were made by hand, or using tools made with organic materials that have not survived in the archaeological record,’ Ness of Brodgar’s site director Nick Card said.

‘This lack of material culture around textile production can help us to infer what techniques they may have been using.’

The patterns match similar findings at other site’s in the region, that suggest using textiles with clay vessels was a common.  

Orkney is a Scottish archipelago and World Heritage Site off the northern coast of Scotland. The findings there match similar discoveries in other parts of the country that have shown impressions of coiled mats and other textiles incorporated into clay vessels

‘A growing number of base sherds from the Ness have impressions of coiled mats used in the construction of clay vessels,’ Card said.

‘These match examples found at Barnhouse and Rinyo in Orkney and also at Forest Road in Aberdeenshire.

‘All specimens suggest fibre mats of spiral construction that may have eased the turning of the pot as it was formed and even facilitated its transportation whilst it was dried and then fired.’

The announcement of the Orkney discovery comes just a month after researchers in France discovered strands of woven yarn believed to be between 41,000 and 52,000 years old. 

The yarn fragments were believed to have been used to bind simple tools and could have been used in more complex forms of weaving.  

Britain began the move from ‘hunter-gatherer’ to farming and settlements about 7,000 years ago as part of the ‘Neolithic Revolution’

The Neolithic Revolution was the world’s first verifiable revolution in agriculture.

It began in Britain between about 5000 BC and 4500 BC but spread across Europe from origins in Syria and Iraq between about 11000 BC and 9000 BC.

The period saw the widespread transition of many disparate human cultures from nomadic hunting and gathering practices to ones of farming and building small settlements.

Stonehenge, the most famous prehistoric structure in Europe, possibly the world, was built by Neolithic people, and later added to during the early Bronze Age

The revolution was responsible for turning small groups of travellers into settled communities who built villages and towns.

Some cultures used irrigation and made forest clearings to better their farming techniques.

Others stored food for times of hunger, and farming eventually created different roles and divisions of labour in societies as well as trading economies.

In the UK, the period was triggered by a huge migration or folk-movement from across the Channel.

The Neolithic Revolution saw humans in Britain move from groups of nomadic hunter-gatherers to settled communities. Some of the earliest monuments in Britain are Neolithic structures, including Silbury Hill in Wiltshire (pictured)

Today, prehistoric monuments in the UK span from the time of the Neolithic farmers to the invasion of the Romans in AD 43.

Many of them are looked after by English Heritage and range from standing stones to massive stone circles, and from burial mounds to hillforts.

Stonehenge, the most famous prehistoric structure in Europe, possibly the world, was built by Neolithic people, and later finished during the Bronze Age.

Neolithic structures were typically used for ceremonies, religious feasts and as centres for trade and social gatherings.

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Ex-wife of 'vaccine emperor' becomes a billionaire after divorce

Canadian ex-wife of China’s ‘vaccine emperor’ becomes a billionaire overnight after the tycoon gave her £2.6billion worth of shares in one of world’s most expensive divorces

  • Tycoon Du Weimin, 56, gave nearly half of his stocks from his company to his ex
  • Chinese-born Yuan Liping, 49, saw her fortune rocketing due to the settlement
  • Mr Du, a self-made vaccine mogul, ranked the 81st on the China Rich List 2019  

The ex-wife of a Chinese biotech tycoon has seen her wealth rocket overnight after receiving some £2.6billion worth of shares from her former partner in one of the world’s most costly break-ups.

Canadian-Chinese Yuan Liping, 49, became a multi-billionaire after recently ending her marriage with 56-year-old magnate Du Weimin, who is dubbed the ‘vaccine emperor’ of China.

Mr Du, who was worth £5.3billion, gave nearly half of his stocks from his vaccine manufacturer to his ex-wife, instantly making her one of the richest women in China.

Vaccine tycoon Du Weimin (file photo) transferred more than 161.3million shares of his company to his ex-wife Yuan Liping after the couple had agreed to divorce, a statement said

Mr Du, the chairman of Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products, transferred more than 161.3million shares to Ms Yuan, according to a statement released by the company on May 29. 

Each Kangtai stock was worth 140.78 yuan (£15.8, $19.8) as of Monday’s close, making the total value of the settlement a whopping 22.7billion yuan (£2.6billion, $3.2billion).

Mr Du owned 51.26 per cent of the company’s shares before passing 23.99 per cent of the firm’s total to his ex-wife, according to China’s Securities Times. 

Mr Du, the chairman of Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products, spoke to state-run CCTV

Kangtai’s statement said that Ms Yuan did not seek to have control over the company and delegated the voting rights to Mr Du.

Ms Yuan, who lives in Shenzhen, keeps a low profile and rarely appears on media.

She served as a director of Kangtai between May 2011 and August 2018, reported Bloomberg. She is said to be the current vice general manager of subsidiary Beijing Minhai Biotechnology. 

Mr Du, a self-made mogul, gained his business success by being a major producer of the Hepatitis B vaccine in the country.

He ranked the 81st on the China Rich List 2019 by Forbes. 

Mr Du amassed his wealth by being producing the Hepatitis B vaccine in China (file photo)

The tycoon was born in 1963 to an impoverished farming family in the southern province of Jiangxi.

He started studying in a local health school in 1984 and got his first job as an inspector at the Jiangxi Provincial Health and Epidemic Prevention Station in 1987.

His fate changed when he quit his job at the state-run health station to become a vaccine salesman in the 1990s. In 1995, he was promoted to be a sales manager for a biotech company. 

He stepped into the chairman’s role in Kangtai in 2009 after the firm acquired Minhai, a company Mr Du had founded five years earlier.

Mr Du and Ms Yuan’s dissolution of marriage has been one of the most expensive break-ups in China.

The world’s most expensive divorce settlement was agreed upon between Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his ex-wife MacKenzie, who ended their 26 years of marriage last year

Local media outlets have compared it to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s divorce, though the latter involved a much higher settlement.

Mr Bezos, the world’s richest man, and his wife MacKenzie agreed upon their divorce in April 2019.

Mr Bezos kept 75 per cent of their joint $144billion (£115billion) Amazon stake, leaving MacKenzie with a quarter which represented a four per cent stake in the company worth $35.8billion (£28billion) at the time.

MOST EXPENSIVE DIVORCE SETTLEMENTS

1. MacKenize Bezos ($36 BILLION)

The soon to be ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is being rewarded for her decades of loyalty with a settlement that gives her 25 percent of the couple’s Amazon stock. Far less then the 50 percent she is legally entitled too, but far more than any other spouse has received in a divorce. As a result, she is now the 22nd richest person in the world. The novelist was married to Bezos for 26 years, and by his side when he launched Amazon from their garage.

2. Jocelyn Wildenstein ($2.5 BILLION)

Cat-astrophe: Wildenstein is bankrupt

The Swiss-born socialite was the cat that got the milk in the years after her art dealer husband Alec paid out their record settlement.  She then managed to squander that money thanks in large part to her love for cosmetic procedures and her affinity for domesticating rare animals. Last May, Wildenstein filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection according to federal court papers which were obtained by DailyMail.com. It was a shocking turn of events for Wildenstein, who first became a fixture in the New York press around the time of her split as she bragged about the high costs of her lavish lifestyle and penchant for plastic surgery.Two decades later, the woman who once purchased a capuchin monkey as a pet finds herself with no checking or savings accounts, no retirement fund or pension plans and no investments according to her filing.

Anna-mosity: Rupert Murdoch poses with his wife Anna Murdoch and their children Lachlan Murdoch ,James Murdoch and Elisabeth Murdoch at their home in 1989

3. Anna Murdoch ($1.7 BILLION)

The woman who was by Murdoch’s  side as he rose to the top of the media world received a small portion of his fortune after their 1999 divorce. It was a shocking split to their children Elizabeth, Lachlan and James, especially when it was learned that their father had been having an affair with soon-to-be-fourth wife Wendi Deng.  That all came to a head at Lachlan’s wedding to wife Sarah, with Anna informing her estranged husband that his new wife was not  to attend the nuptials. Deng and Murdoch married almost immediately after he finalised his divorce from his second wife.

4. Slavica Ecclestone ($1.2 BILLION)

High and lows: The Ecclestones in 2005

The Croatian model split from her business magnate beau after 23 years of marriage in 2009, and walked off with a sizable chunk of the Formula One chief’s fortune.  That union lasted longer than many initially imagined it would in account of the couple’s difference in age (28 years) and height (Slavica is a foot taller than Bernie). Slavica also spoke no English, while Bernie only spoke English. The couple welcomed two daughters during their marriage, Tamara and Petra, who have also made waves with some of the biog purchases they have made with their father’s money. Petra notably bought the former residence of Aaron and Candy Spelling in Beverly Hills, which for a time was the largest private home in the United States. In the wake of that split, Bernie married a younger and shorter woman.

5. Elaine Wynn ($1 BILLION)

Wynn-fall: Steve Wynn (above in 2012) gave his wife $1 billion but with very specific instructions as to what she could do with stock

Elaine Wynn helped her husband Steve build his empire, and she was sure to take some of it with her when she left.  Her role in the company  has been vital ever since, and on Thursday she was in Massachusetts testifying about her split and why she failed to disclose a settlement her husband made with a woman who accused him of sexual assault.

6. Sue Ann Arnall ($974.8 BILLION)

Check please: Hamm and Arnall in 2012

The wife of Harold Hamm is pushed out of the top five with the addition of Bezos, but still made her mark thanks to her ex-husband paying out his entire settlement in one single check. Arnall had appealed that ruling but lost because she had cashed the check. In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled in favor of a motion filed by Hamm, chief executive officer of oil company Continental Resources Inc, to dismiss Arnall’s appeal. Earlier that month, Arnall had cashed Hamm’s check for $975 million, the vast majority of the lower court’s award in the case.The majority of the justices said Arnall also took possession of the marital property awarded to her. Those actions, the court ruled, caused her to forfeit her right to appeal the judgment.

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18-year-old organisers of the London BLM protest revealed

‘The police will kill me before corona kills me’: Two 18-year-old organisers of London Black Lives Matter protest say they ‘risk their lives on a daily basis’ living in ‘so racist’ UK

  • 18-year-olds Aima and Tash are revealed as organising the London protests over the killing of George Floyd 
  • They have posted a series of hard hitting social media messages slamming Britain for being a ‘racist country’ 
  • Aima defended the decision to defy ban on mass gatherings, saying police brutality will kill black people before coronavirus does  
  • Chants of, ‘I can’t breathe,’ rebounded across the Thames this afternoon, the words George Floyd was heard gasping before his death as a white police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Monday
  • Thousands had earlier gathered at Trafalgar Square before making their way to the gates of Downing Street and then south of the river towards the US Embassy 
  • They have defied the ban on mass gatherings due to coronavirus to show their solidarity with US citizens 
  • Dozens of US cities have been set ablaze over the last week amid deadly clashes with police officers over the killing of Floyd, whose death is seen as a symbol of systemic police brutality against African-Americans
  • Do you know Aima and Tasha? Email: [email protected] 

Two 18-year-olds have been revealed as organising the London protests over the killing of George Floyd which sparked violence on the capital’s streets.

Thousands of Black Lives Matter protestors defied a ban on mass gatherings to rally at Trafalgar Square on Sunday before making their way to the gates of Downing Street and then south of the river towards the US Embassy.

Today teenagers Aima and Tash were named as posting a series of hard hitting social media messages slamming Britain for being a ‘racist country’ and claiming that ‘police brutality’ will kill black people before coronavirus does.


Two 18-year-olds Aima (left) and Tash (right) have been revealed as organising the London protests over the killing of George Floyd which sparked violence on the capital’s streets. They’ve posted a series of hard hitting social media messages slamming Britain for being a ‘racist country’ and claiming that ‘police brutality’ will kill black people before coronavirus does

TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON, ENGLAND: Hundreds of demonstrators were packed into Trafalgar Square on Sunday, chanting ‘I can’t breathe,’ the words Floyd was heard gasping as a white police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis

On her website, Aima, who is believed to have spent part of her childhood growing up in the US, describes herself as ‘teenage creative,’ adding: ‘I am a 18-year-old girl who lives just outside of London. I have a passion for photography and content creating as a whole.’

In a Twitter video, posted after Sunday’s demonstration, she declared: ‘You guys are saying that the corona pandemic will kill us, but police brutality will kill us first. I’m already risking my life on a daily basis. Corona’s not going to kill me before the police kill me.’

In a video of her addressing the crowd at Sunday’s demonstration, which was captioned ‘A young black queen’ Aima declares: ‘The reason that I’m out here is that I’m scared for all my brothers and sisters. I want us all to spread the message that our lives bloody matter, black lives matter. And I’m tired of all the abuse and harassment and brutality from the police.’

US EMBASSY, LONDON, ENGLAND: Demonstrators block the road as they gather outside the US Embassy to protest the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis, USA

US EMBASSY, LONDON, ENGLAND: A man wearing a protective face mask kneels in front of police officers during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd near the U.S. Embassy

DOWNING STREET, LONDON, ENGLAND: Armed police officers guard the gates of Downing Street where hundreds of protesters were seen holding placards, as well as an Antifa (anti-fascist) flag 

Protesters react as a woman screams in pain as she is arrested and led off by police near the US embassy in London on Sunday

Tash, a student from London, told MailOnline that neither her nor Aima are willing to divulge any personal details about themselves.

In response to a Twitter post criticising protestors for not socially distancing, she said: ‘The UK is so racist it’s blaming activism on something the government has failed to protect us from since March.’

In another post, she wrote: ‘When I was growing up, it was all my wh*te friends shoplifting and that… we learned violence from you.’

The teenagers have been described as ‘the amazing sisters of this protest’ who have been using social media to help build a supporter base across the UK.

The two young women have organised another demonstration outside the US embassy for this weekend while others they are involved in are taking place in other British cities this week.

One supporter tweeted to Tash: ‘I am so f***ing proud of you, you are leading a revolution. A proud black young woman is leading the f***ing UK protests, you are creating history and I will be here to support you in any way I can.’

Sunday’s demonstration was largely peaceful but led to scuffles between police and protestors. One group of officers were seen tackling protesters on Kensington High Street, with reports some activists threw traffic cones at police.

Demonstrators gather in front of the US Embassy in London, protesting the police killing of George Floyd in America

People carrying banners gather during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after being pinned down by a white police officer in USA


Police officers struggle against protesters on Kensington High Street as violent scenes mar the mostly peaceful demonstrations in the capital today

Dozens of American cities have been set ablaze over the last week amid deadly clashes with police officers over the killing of Floyd, whose death is seen as a symbol of systemic police brutality against African-Americans.

A source close to protests that are being organised in Britain said: ‘Aima and Tash have done an incredible job. They are only young, but they’ve kicked off this whole movement and really tapped into people’s anger.

‘They’ve made it clear that they just want peaceful protest and that everybody needs to maintain social distance. That’s not quite happened because people get very passionate at these demonstrations, but you can’t blame the two of them for that. They are both amazing women.’

Following Sunday’s protest, Aima was also interviewed by the BBC World Service claiming that she never expected so many people to attend.

‘It was quite incredible the amount of people that came. There were all kinds of people there and that shows me that people in the UK are united,’ she said.

She also accused the Metropolitan Police of being ‘institutionally racist’ claiming that she had decided to organise the protest because she wanted to ‘take a stand.’

Aima claimed that British police ‘looked at her differently’ compared to her white friends and that it ‘dehumanised’ many young black men in particular.

Referring to the killing of George Floyd she said: ‘I think it really made me take a look at the police system all around the world. I have always been focusing on institutional racism in America but it really made me look in the UK. I have realised that there’s so much institutional racism in the UK police.’

Police officers were battered with traffic cones during today’s protests in London, with 11 activists arrested in total across the capital 

CARDIFF, WALES: Protesters outside Cardiff Castle in Wales today to show solidarity with the demonstrators in the United States

Protesters gather in Manchester today to demonstrate against the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Monday

Twenty-three people were arrested in London on Sunday as thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters peacefully marched on the US Embassy in London, with hundreds more taking to the streets of Cardiff and Manchester, to demonstrate against the killing of George Floyd.

Chants of, ‘I can’t breathe,’ rebounded across the Thames this afternoon, the words Floyd was heard gasping before his death as a white police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Monday. 

They defied the ban on mass gatherings to rally at Trafalgar Square before making their way to the gates of Downing Street and then south of the river towards the US Embassy. 

Three people were arrested for breaching coronavirus legislation, said police, while two others were detained for assaulting officers. The other arrests were for a range of offences from possession of an offensive weapon to assault on police, obstructing a public carriageway to breaches of COVID legislation.

In a tweet, the Metropolitan Police said: ‘The total number of arrests following gatherings in central London today is now 23, all for various offences. They remain in police custody.’

Police officers remove two protesters they handcuffed from outside the U.S. embassy after people marched there from Trafalgar Square in central London

A woman is led away by police during a Black Lives Matter protest outside the US Embassy in London

People carrying banners gather during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after being pinned down by a white police officer

The protest started gathering at the Trafalgar Square and marched through US Embassy in Vauxhall and 10 Downing Street

US EMBASSY, LONDON, ENGLAND: Demonstrators hold up placards as they march towards the US Embassy in central London

Witnesses reported seeing scuffles break out between police and protesters despite a mainly peaceful day of demonstrations. One group of officers were seen tackling protesters on Kensington High Street, with reports some activists threw traffic cones at police.  

The capital wasn’t the only site of protests, with activists outside Cardiff Castle in Wales holding placards which said, ‘The UK is not innocent,’ and in Manchester hundreds flocked to show their solidarity in St. Peter’s Square. 

Among those chanting at police officers guarding the gates of Number 10 was someone waving the black and red flag of Antifa (anti-fascist). Donald Trump has accused the militant left-wingers of fomenting anarchist violence during the riots in the States. 

Dozens of American cities have been set ablaze over the last week amid deadly clashes with police officers over the killing of Floyd, whose death is seen as a symbol of systemic police brutality against African-Americans. 

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab today appealed for the US not to ‘tear itself apart’ and said that the Floyd case was ‘very distressing’.  

CARDIFF, WALES: Black Lives Matter protesters outside Cardiff Castle in Wales on Sunday in solidarity with other protests around the world

Police officers block a road close to the Embassy of the United States of America as people join in a spontaneous Black Lives Matter march through central London

Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement gather to protest against police brutality in USA and in memory of George Floyd in London

US EMBASSY, LONDON, ENGLAND: Demonstrators with masks covering their faces stand-off with police officers outside the US Embassy in Vauxhall on Sunday

People hold placards as they join a spontaneous Black Lives Matter march at Trafalgar Square to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis

People carrying banners gather during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after being pinned down by a white police officer in USA

People carrying banners gather during a protest in London over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed by a white police officer in the US. These protesters are also holding up a sign for Belly Mujinga, a British transport worker who died of coronavirus after allegedly being spat at

The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, at the hands of police in Minneapolis has sparked violent protests across the USA, with demonstrations also now breaking out in the UK

Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement with a placard reading ‘Pro-Black isn’t Anti-White’ gather outside the US Embassy

Police officers block a road close to the Embassy of the United States of America as people holding placards join in a spontaneous Black Lives Matter march through central London

People hold placards as they join a spontaneous Black Lives Matter march through central London to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis

Demonstrators stand on top of a bus shelter they march near the US Embassy in central London to protest the death of George Floyd

Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement gather to protest against the Police brutality in USA and in memory of George Floyd in London

Police officers block a road close to the Embassy of the United States of America as people holding placards join in a spontaneous Black Lives Matter march

But he insisted he would not comment on the backlash against Donald Trump’s response to a wave of furious protests across the US, merely saying he wanted the country to ‘come back together.’

Having spent the last few months in coronavirus lockdown, very few of the attendees at the protests across the UK appeared to be concerned about social distancing. 

One demonstrator said the protests were ‘very important because it is sending a clear message that we have had enough racial injustice in our country’.

Raab appeals for US not to ‘tear itself apart’ over ‘distressing’ Floyd case

Asked about Donald Trump’s response, Dominic Raab told Sky: ‘I’m not going to start commenting on the commentary or indeed the press statements that other world leaders make, or indeed the US president.

‘Footage of what happened to George Floyd was very distressing, as has been the scenes across America of the rioting and some of the violence.

‘And what we do know is that the lead suspect has now been charged with murder, there is a federal review and we want to see de-escalation of all of those tensions and American come together.’

Later he told the BBC: ‘I’ve long kept to the self-imposed guidance not to comment on what President Trump says or indeed other world leaders, it is not really what my job is.’

Mr Raab said he wanted to see the US ‘come back together not tear itself apart over this, and of course that is a very distressing and upsetting case’. 

Isabelle Orsini, 20, is originally from New York, but now lives in Kensington. She said: ‘The US obviously has a much deeper and darker history of black discrimination compared to the UK.

‘The reason people are so angry is because this is reopening wounds that go back hundreds of years.

‘It is very important that we do whatever it takes to tell our government that racism will not be tolerated.’

After Battersea, protesters – many wearing masks – crossed the river again, and headed through affluent Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Notting Hill, before gathering at the base of Grenfell Tower where 72 people died in a 2017 fire.

A reverend at a church on Trafalgar Square, where the protest started, said she was ‘very sympathetic’ towards those marching but expressed some concern about how close they were.

Reverend Sally Hitchiner, associate vicar at St Martin-in-the-Fields, said: ‘It’s showing there are people in the UK who care passionately about the situation in the US.

‘Clearly they’re not following lockdown and social distancing, but I think there’s a huge amount of passion there and that’s overriding their concerns.

‘It’s an issue that requires passion but at the same time there’s a huge amount of risk in what they’re doing.’

The London demonstration comes after tens of thousands of people joined nightly protests across the US since the death, with at least 1,600 people arrested in 22 cities as some demonstrations descended into violence.

BLM have said of their protest in London: ‘We are doing this to place pressure on the American government and show that this is a world wide issue.’ 

BLM protests were also taking place at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, and at the US Embassy in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. 

After the crowd marched on from the US Embassy, a large number of them stopped under a railway bridge outside Battersea Park Station and chanted ‘black lives matter’. 

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: A New York City Police Department vehicle burns after being set alight by protesters

A man is taken away by police officers during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd in front of the U.S. Embassy, London, Britain

People are led away by police officers during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd in front of the U.S. Embassy, London

Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement gather at the US Embassy to protest against the Police brutality in USA

Demonstrators carry placards with slogans as they march in the road outside the US Embassy in London to protest the death of George Floyd

Demonstrators shout slogans as they march in the road outside the US Embassy in London on Sunday

Demonstrators block the road as they gather outside the US Embassy in London on Sunday in solidarity with demonstrators in the United States

US EMBASSY, LONDON, ENGLAND: A woman holds a banner which reads: ‘End white supremacy, white silence kills,’ as people flout the ban on mass gatherings to protest the killing of George Floyd

Black Lives Matter protesters outside the US Embassy in Vauxhall, London, holding signs including, ‘The United Kingdom is not innocent,’ and ‘Your justice is my justice’

Protesters outside the US Embassy in Vauxhall stand between blocked cars and buses on Sunday during the Black Lives Matter demonstration

Black Lives Matter demonstrators make obscene gestures as they march outside the US Embassy in London on Sunday afternoon

People take part in a Black Lives Matter protest outside the US Embassy in London. The protest follows the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, US, this week which has seen a police officer charged with third-degree murder

People holds signs during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd, in Trafalgar Square, London, Britain

People holds signs during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd

Men holds signs during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd, in Trafalgar Square

People take part in a Black Lives Matter protest outside the US Embassy in London. The protest follows the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, US, this week which has seen a police officer charged with third-degree murder

Four men climbed on top of a bus stop and encouraged the crowd in their chants, before getting down on one knee in silence, leading the gathered crowd to do the same.

Earlier a group of around 20 police officers were met with chants of ‘I can’t breathe’ and ‘no justice, no peace, no racist police’ when the demonstrators stopped on the corner of Ebury Bridge Road. 

The march moved past Chelsea Barracks buildings. Construction hoarding around the outside of a building site has been daubed with graffiti. The text on the hoardings, ‘A Heritage A Destiny A Legacy,’ has been sprayed underneath with ‘Don’t Black People Deserve This’ written in red. 

It comes after protests by BLM in southeast London yesterday, with hundreds marching through the streets of Peckham to demand justice. 

Buses and cars were forced to a standstill with groups shouting ‘no justice, no peace’ and ‘stop killing the mandem.’

Further protests are planned by the BLM movement in Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow, as well as the US Embassy in London. 

Footage of another protest in North London on Saturday showed a smaller group of demonstrators marching and carrying a banner reading ‘abolish the police’.   

Most of those attending both protests were seen standing closer together than the two-metre recommended to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Many could also be seen without face masks. 

BERLIN, GERMANY: A woman holds a megaphone during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd, at the Brandenburg Gate

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK: Hundreds of protesters in the Danish capital on Sunday to protest the killing of George Floyd

Protesters holding signs telling people to ‘stay woke’

Crowds of Londoners standing just feet apart amid the pandemic as they protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Two women at the BLM demonstration in Trafalgar Square, central London, on Sunday

A woman with a young child attending a protest over the death of an African-American in police custody

A woman holds a sign saying: ‘Who police the police?’

A protester holding a sign with names of those who have died in police custody or while being arrested, or as a result of alleged racial profiling, in the US in Trafalgar Square, London

A demonstrator holds up a sign with an optimistic reminder for people to socially distance during a Black Lives Matter protest outside the US Embassy in London

Police officers are seen behind people during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd in front of the U.S. Embassy in London on Sunday

Thousands gathered in central London and marched to the US Embassy to protest the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis while in police custody that has sparked days of unrest in the US city and beyond

Demonstrators carry placards with slogans as they march in the road outside the US Embassy in London today

Last night destruction continued to spread across the United States amid continued outrage at what many believe is a systemic problem of police brutality against African-Americans.  

In Minneapolis, protesters were seen fleeing after cops hurled tear gas into the crowds while some responded by launching fireworks back at officers. 

The National Guard was activated to defend the White House from attack as the Secret Service agents on the ground struggled to keep control of crowds descending on the seat of the US government.

The Big Apple was ablaze as NYPD vehicles were torched and ransacked while shocking footage emerged of cops violently detaining protesters. 

A man was left critically injured in Dallas when he was attacked and stomped on by a group of people when he allegedly tried to defend a store with a large sword. 

Black Lives Matter Protesters marching on Whitehall on Sunday

Black Lives Matter protesters marching through central Manchester on Sunday in solidarity with the demonstrators in the US

A woman holds a sign saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ during a protest outside Cardiff Castle in response to the death of George Floyd on May 31, 2020, in Cardiff, Wales

Black Lives Matter protester marching on Whitehall, London, on Sunday

BERLIN, GERMANY: Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement hold placards and banners to protest against the police brutality in the US following the death of George Floyd

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK: Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement protest in front of the US Embassy

A woman speaks into a megaphone while holding a sign which says ‘black lives matter’ during a protest outside Cardiff Castle

Crowds in Manchester today during the Black Lives Matter protest, as thousands of demonstrators turned out across the UK

A woman wearing a Malcolm X t-shirt holds a sign which reads: ‘Justice 4 George.’ One of many who gathered outside Cardiff Castle on Sunday

In Atlanta a cop suffered ‘significant injuries’ when they were hit by an ATV, while in Chicago, a man commandeered a police horse and rode off on it. 

Los Angeles deployed the National Guard for the first since the 1992 riots when the police officers who beat up black man Rodney King walked free of all charges and California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in LA County. 

A total of 11 states and the District of Columbia had activated the National Guard by the early hours of Sunday, as law enforcement buckled under the strain of the protests. 

In Peckham, London, buses and cars were forced to a standstill on Saturday afternoon when hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters furious at the Floyd’s slaying marched along the main road

Yesterday’s protests in Peckham (pictured) and North London were a precursor to a series of demonstrations planned for the next week across Britain by the BLM movement

States calling for Guard assistance included California, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington state. 

Meanwhile at least 25 cities roll out emergency curfews to try to bring rioting and looting under control, including San Francisco, Atlanta, Louisville, Los Angeles, Portland, Columbia, South Carolina, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Seattle.

Donald Trump has put the Army on notice to deploy to the streets with a four-hour notice – the first time this will have been done in almost 20 years during the 1992 LA riots over the beating of black man Rodney King by cops. 

Minnesota – where Floyd died – has borne the brunt of the protests which began there Tuesday before fanning out across the country. 

The killings reignited tensions between law enforcement and the black community in the US causing unrest across the country 

WASHINGTON, DC: A firecracker thrown by protesters explodes under police one block from the White House on Saturday night

Chicago: A Chicago police vehicle is set on fire during violent protests and bricks are hurled at it 

Minneapolis: Tear gas and fireworks go off in the streets Saturday night on day five of protests over Floyd’s death

Rioting was still going on in the early hours of Sunday, with the Minneapolis police department reporting a big group of protesters on foot and in vehicles throwing missiles of some sort at cops. 

Minnesota Dept of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell announced early Sunday there had been ‘dozens’ of arrests through the night but no ‘substantive’ injuries. 

The Minnesota National Guard announced at around 10.30pm it was sending 10,800 troops in to tackle protests Saturday night, as pleas for people to observe curfews fell on deaf ears. 

The Minnesota National Guard said on Twitter it already had more than 4,100 citizen-soldiers and airmen already in the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and was ramping it up to a staggering 10,800. 

Washington DC: The National Guard was activated to defend the White House from attack as the Secret Service agents on the ground struggled to keep control of crowds descending on the seat of the US government

New York: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and President Trump clashed Saturday night over New York’s response to the escalating crisis there

There were just 700 on duty on Friday. 

State police officers were seen in their masses surrounding the fifth police precinct Saturday night after officials insisted that the city would be brought under control following four nights of widespread destruction including a suspected looter being shot dead, businesses being burned to the ground and police officers forced to flee for their lives when a police precinct was stormed and torched.

The city was filled with smoke Saturday as protesters let off fireworks and set fires.  

Hundreds of protesters had gathered outside the fifth precinct and were driven out by state cops using tear gas and firing rubber bullets. 

New York: NYPD officers are poised with their batons after Trump praised their response – despite footage showing mutlipel scenes where cops manhandled protesters violently Friday 

New York: A vehicle burns near New York’s Union Square Saturday night 

Washington DC: Demonstrators gesture next to a fire during a rally near the White House

Washington DC: The seat of the government was under threat from protesters leading to the National Guard being activated in Washington DC

Washington DC: A firework is hurled by a protester and explodes by a police line

Footage showed protesters had retreated while the officers increased their circle around the vicinity – defending the police station for fear it will be stormed and torched like the third precinct was Thursday. 

People marching from Minneapolis to St. Paul were also met with tear gas from officers stopping them in their tracks and sending masses fleeing from the potent chemical.  

This comes as Governor Tim Walz has warned that a renewed spike in coronavirus cases could hit residents as protests have seen thousands take to the streets, while he admitted that the state’s jails cannot contain the number of people being taken into custody.   

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Stalker convicted of harassing BBC DJ Gilles Peterson and his family

Stalker, 43, faces jail after being convicted of harassing BBC DJ Gilles Peterson and his family in terrifying two-month campaign

  • Sarah Jayne Rook, 43, is convicted of harassing DJ Gilles Peterson and his family
  • Mr Peterson, 55, previously said Rook repeatedly was at his north London home
  • Rook would hurl abuse at them and call him ‘paedophile’, ‘Hiroshima’ and ‘rapist’
  • Mr Peterson’s wife Atsuko said she was called a ‘Hiroshima b****’ over 20 times
  • Rook from south-west London, had denied harassing Peterson and his family

A woman who repeatedly screamed abuse at a BBC DJ and his family has been convicted of harassment and stalking.

Sarah Jayne Rook, 43, was found guilty of ‘persistently’ stalking Gilles Peterson in February and March. 

Mr Peterson, 55, previously told Stratford Magistrates’ Court in east London Rook repeatedly turned up outside his north London home and hurled abuse.

It included ‘all kinds of stuff from paedophile to Hiroshima and rapist – all very extreme words that were shouted at my house’.

Sarah Jayne Rook (pictured), 43, has been convicted of subjecting DJ Gilles Peterson and his family to a campaign of harassment in February and March

Mr Peterson, whose real surname is Moehrle, also previously said he found a torn-up picture of himself clipped to the windscreen of his car and he had been scared by a tweet sent to him while on air reading ‘f****** kill him’.  

During a barrage lasting up to 30 minutes on February 15, Rook repeatedly shouted expletives including ‘c***’ outside the family home as well as calling Mr Peterson’s wife Atsuko a ‘Hiroshima b****’.

On another occasion, Mr Peterson, whose real surname is Moehrle, said Rook had been seen shouting obscenities outside his studio and felt ‘very threatened’.

He said: ‘It was a very traumatic situation. I was concerned. It seemed to be so frantic and extreme.’

Rook, of Surbiton, south-west London, pleaded not guilty to stalking, racially aggravated harassment and an alternative charge of non-aggravated harassment. 

Asked whether she would give evidence, Rook told the court: ‘It’s probably a waste of an exercise, to be honest.’

However, she later provided a written statement to the court which said she was conducting a ‘freelance investigation’ regarding the history of a jazz club owner linked to author John Steinbeck.

Writing in the third person, Rook said: ‘She is unsure why Mr Peterson has embarked on this legal action but she hopes to see release to continue her book and investigative journalism.’

She was convicted of stalking Mr Peterson on Monday by District Judge Louisa Cieciora, who also found the harassment against Mrs Moehrle was racially aggravated. 

Gilles Peterson, DJ for BBC Radio 6 Music, leaves Stratford Magistrates’ Court, east London, where Rook appeared on charges of harassing and stalking him and his wife

She was also convicted of racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress against Pc Karlene Richards by calling her a ‘f****** negro’ after her arrest on March 16.   

Mr Peterson’s wife told the court on Monday she had racist abuse repeatedly ‘screamed’ at her by her husband’s accused stalker at their home.

Giving evidence behind screens, Mr Peterson’s wife Atsuko said she was called a ‘Hiroshima b****’ more than 20 times in one torrent of abuse.

Mrs Moehrle said the first incident began around 10pm on February 15 after a woman knocked on the door asking for Mr Peterson.

She said: ‘I didn’t open the door because I knew there was something very wrong.

‘She started shouting ”you f***** b****, open the door b****”. She just started screaming obscenities.’

Mrs Moehrle said the woman, said to be Rook, ‘didn’t say many sentences, just words’.

She told the court: ‘She repeatedly said ”Hiroshima b****”, she called it more than 20 times.

‘It was racist words. it was targeted towards me. She asked if I was Atsuko, so she was aware of my name too. Obviously that’s my background. I’m Japanese.

‘She was not just shouting, she was screaming, the entire street could hear it.’ 

The court was shown footage, recorded by the couple’s son Luc, of Rook outside the family home shouting the word ‘c***’ and yelling ‘you dirty rapist c***’ towards them.

Mr Peterson (pictured), 55, previously told Stratford Magistrates’ Court in east London Rook repeatedly turned up outside his north London home and hurled abuse

Mrs Moehrle said Rook knocked on the door of their family home again at around 5pm on March 6, pretending to be a charity worker and asking for her email address.

She said: ‘I recognised her voice straight away. It was quite a traumatic experience.’

Mrs Moehrle added Rook then tried to push her hands through the letterbox and began to scream expletives and ”open the door b****”. I tried to call the police but my hands were shaking.’

Mrs Moehrle said Rook began banging on the window, adding she was scared she might be trapped if the window broke.

The following day, Mrs Moehrle was alerted to a woman sitting on a building site opposite their family home by a neighbour.

She told the court: ‘She was sitting on the building work inside the scaffolding, it was the same person. I didn’t go close to her, I was scared.’

On March 8, Mrs Moehrle said she saw Rook trying to open Mr Peterson’s car outside their north London home before hitting it with a pole ‘three or four times’. 

The Radio 6 Music DJ also told the court he was abused on Twitter while presenting his regular show, from an account in Rook’s name.

After the BBC was informed about the harassment, Mr Peterson’s security was increased so he was escorted to and from his car at the central London studio.

Rook, of Surbiton, south-west London, denied harassing Peterson and his family at their home and studios in north London.

She pleaded not guilty to harassment, stalking, racially aggravated harassment and racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress. 

Passing judgment, District Judge Cieciora said Rook had engaged in a ‘campaign against Mr Moehrle’.

The judge said: ‘She loitered in and around his home address, she loitered around his work address and attempted to contact him in inappropriate ways.

‘She targeted his family. She loitered in and around Mrs Moehrle’s home address and was abusive and demonstrated hostility based upon her race.’ 

District Judge Cieciora adjourned sentencing until June 22. 

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The tragic death of Jennifer Hudson’s family

American Idol introduced Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson to a world of opportunity. Even though the Cats star placed seventh on the third season of the singing competition – Fantasia Barrino went on to win that season — Hudson became an acclaimed film actress and successful recording artist. Unfortunately, however, fame does not always beget happiness; success does not prevent sorrow. And when tragedy struck Hudson’s family in 2008, it hit hard.

According to the Chicago Tribune, in October 2018, Hudson’s former brother-in-law William Balfour — estranged husband of her sister, Julia — was charged with murdering the singer’s mother, Darnell Donerson, her brother, Jason Hudson, and Julian King, Julia’s son and Hudson’s nephew. 

At the time of the murders, Balfour was on parole for a 1999 attempted murder conviction and was arrested for possession of cocaine in June 2008, but the Illinois Department of Corrections chose not to pursue additional charges. Later that year, however, on October 24, Balfour shot Hudson’s mother in her living room, where a relative found her body and notified the authorities. Police found Hudson’s brother’s body in his bedroom once they arrived at the scene.

Per the Chicago Tribune, an Amber Alert was issued for Hudson’s nephew and Balfour, who was his stepfather. The child’s body was found days after the attack on the singer’s mother and brother in the back of Jason’s Chevrolet Suburban. An autopsy revealed that King had “died of multiple gunshot wounds.”

In December 2008, Balfour was “arrested and charged with three homicides,” for which he was later found guilty and sentenced to life without parole.

But did Balfour really kill Hudson’s family members?

Jennifer Hudson forgave the man who murdered her family

Years after William Balfour was sentenced for murdering three members of Jennifer Hudson’s family, the alleged killer spoke with Chicago’s local ABC-affiliate to tout his own innocence. “I didn’t have nothing to do with her family being killed. Period,” he told Chicago’s ABC7 I-Team.

Upon hearing Balfour’s assertions, however, the Cook County State’s Attorney spokesperson issued an official statement: “This defendant was convicted of these heinous crimes, including the vicious murder of a 7-year-old child, after a lengthy trial before a Cook County Jury.” It continued, “He was afforded every legal right and provided the opportunity to present any relevant defense. The evidence establishing this defendant’s guilt of these unspeakable crimes was overwhelming.”

Despite Balfour’s claims, Hudson — who attended every day of his trial — told Oprah she already forgave the man who murdered her mother, brother, and young nephew shortly after he was convicted.

“For the most part, it’s not his fault,” Hudson said during an appearance on Oprah’s Next Chapter. “It’s what he was taught, how he was brought up. You never had a chance. Had you had the love my mother gave us, or the background, you know, that some have, then you would’ve stood a chance.” 

She added, “… [T]he greatest gift our mother gave us was introducing us to Christ and bringing us up in church. I feel like that’s the base, that’s the foundation and that’s what keeps me doubtless and grounded and I think of it every day.”

Jennifer Hudson's son David 'saved' her life

For actress Jennifer Hudson, tragedy will always be part of her story. Yet while such immense trauma could’ve crushed her ambitions, the birth of her son David in 2009 gave her something to “live for.”

“It would be worse, to me, not to press forward,” she told The Guardian in 2019. “I’m hearing my brother’s voice say, ‘Jenny, knock it off!’ He would be angry at me for giving up. Or all the things that my mother instilled in us. She prepared us. She would say, ‘You know, I’m not always going to be here and I want you all to be able to make it.’ She used to say, without family, you have nothing, which is why it’s so important to take care of family.”

“It’s frustrating as hell to me to have somebody who ain’t lost nothing try to talk to me about it,” Hudson added during an interview with Glamour. “I want to say, ‘Don’t even bother, because you know nothing.’ But you never know how much you can get through until you’re going through it.”

She continued, “I went from being an aunt, having a mom and being a child, to not having a mom, becoming a mom and raising my own child. I tell David all the time, ‘You saved my life.'”

After the deaths of her family members, Hudson vowed to “live in a way that honors them” because it “presses you forward.” And with her career’s current trajectory, it’s full speed ahead!

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