Migrant rescue vessel declines Spain's offer to dock in Algeciras

Open Arms says conditions for 107 migrants on board too dire to make 6-day journey to the Spanish port.

    A Spanish charity operating a migrant rescue boat stranded off the coast of Italy has rejected Spain’s offer to dock in Algeciras, citing a “humanitarian emergency” faced by more than 100 people on board.

    Open Arms’ spokeswoman Laura Lanuza on Sunday said that delaying disembarkation by another six days, the time it would take to reach the port in southern Spain, may put the safety of the migrants and the crew at risk.

    The migrants, most of whom are African, were picked up by the Open Arms vessel off the coast of Libya in the past two weeks and have been waiting to disembark on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.

    “We are in a state of extreme humanitarian emergency. What they need is to be disembarked now,” Lanuza said. “It is unthinkable to navigate for six days; that is what it would take for us to arrive at Algeciras.”

    The rescue group’s decision continues the standoff with Italy’s far-right Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini, who had ordered his officials to not let the vessel enter Italian waters. 

    On Saturday though, Salvini made a partial concession by allowing 27 minors to leave the boat, saying he agreed at the insistence of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

    Earlier on Sunday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a statement that the port of Algeciras was “ready to receive the Open Arms boat”.

    “Spain always acts on humanitarian emergencies. It is necessary to establish an orderly and supportive European solution, leading the migration challenge with the EU’s values of progress and humanism,” he posted on Twitter.

    ‘Desperation has its limits’

    Meanwhile, at least four migrants on board the Open Arms boat, anchored about 275 metres off Lampedusa for 17 days, jumped into the sea on Sunday in a desperate attempt to swim to the shore.

    Several crew members from the boat jumped into the water to stop the migrants, who were wearing life vests, and brought them back on board.

    Open Arms founder Oscar Camps tweeted a video of the migrants’ attempt to swim to the shore, saying: “We have been warning for days desperation has its limits.”

    In the last two weeks, at least 40 ailing or minor migrants were taken ashore by Open Arms, leaving 107 more on board, according to the organisation.

    Migrants at centre of political rift

    In a Facebook post, far-right leader Salvini hailed Spain’s offer to migrants as a victory. “Those who stick it out are the ones who win,” he said, adding that any other minister would probably “have given in”.

    He later tweeted that Open Arms’ refusal of Spain’s offer was “incredible and unacceptable”.

    Salvini also renewed his attack on the charity, accusing it of lying about the conditions on board and calling their decision to remain in Italian waters “a political statement”.

    Salvini rose to popularity on a hardline anti-migrant stance and has repeatedly faced off with ships carrying rescued migrants.

    But the Open Arms standoff has laid bare the split between Salvini’s anti-migrant League and the 5-Star Movement, which govern Italy together. 

    Salvini, who is also the deputy prime minister, is seeking to end Conte’s populist coalition with a no-confidence vote and early election that he hopes would make him the prime minister. 

    In an open letter last week, Conte accused Salvini of disloyalty and using immigration for political gain. 

    France, Germany, Romania, Portugal, Spain and Luxembourg said earlier this week they would help relocate the migrants. The offer would take place once the ship docked in Algeciras, the Spanish government said in a statement.

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    Brit tourist, 30, fighting for life after horror fall while romping on balcony in front of horrified onlookers in South of France

    A BRIT tourist is fighting for his life after falling 12 feet from a balcony during a "passionate sex session" in the South of France.

    Horrified onlookers watched as the 30-year-old man plunged to the ground during the romp in the Riviera seaside resort of Le Cannet, north of Cannes.

    His partner, a 28-year-old Canadian, suffered minor injuries.

    It is thought that the woman may have been cushioned by her lover following the fall in Le Cannet, which is extremely popular with British tourists during the summer months.

    The British man was rushed to an intensive care unit at the Pasteur Hospital in Nice.

    His partner was "hurt but stable".

    An investigating source said: "It happened at around 12.30am on Saturday when the couple were seen making love on the balcony of their holiday rental flat.

    "They were becoming very passionate indeed, and suddenly toppled from the first floor of the villa into the street below.

    "Neighbours called the emergency services immediately."

    Police opened an immediate investigation to try and work out whether alcohol or drugs may have been involved in the accident.

    There was no indication that anybody else might have been involved, said the source.

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    Sunday report card and racing results: A Mick Channon gelding on the up at Pontefract, Fabre delight at Deauville and a Kevin Ryan filly to follow

    IT was all about France on Sunday as two Group 1 contests at Deauville took centre stage.

    There was also some classy fare at Pontefract, and we've picked out a few snippets that may have passed you by.

    Earthly delight ⭐️

    Andre Fabre has long been the master of the French thoroughbred and it would appear he has a future superstar on his hands in Earthlight.

    The blisteringly exciting two-year-old took on a whole host of Royal Ascot winners in the Prix Morny – and downed them all in style.

    Raffle Prize ran a fine race to finish second in receipt of weight, but if they meet again she's surely almost certain to be bested once more.

    The Dewhurst and then the 2,000 Guineas is the plan for the winner, and you wouldn't want to bet against him in either.

    One for the tracker 📙

    She may have been a skinny price, but Queen's Order couldn't have won the opener at Pontefract any more impressively.

    Having finished second at the track on debut to a winner who has since followed up, the money was down – and she didn't disappoint.

    Showing bright speed from the gate, she never saw another rival. A step up in class now looks assured for a trainer who has a bucketload of exciting youngsters.

    A three-year-old on the rise 👀

    Storting has been slightly frustrating for Mick Channon but now that he's starting to put it all together, he looks a horse to follow.

    It may not have been the strongest of races he won at Pontefract this afternoon, but he had to go round the wide outside on the home bend and was only pushed out by SDS to land the spoils.

    Having contested some hot handicaps prior to this, the drop in class clearly worked a treat.

    Such was the manner of his victory he could be worth a crack at pattern company, with the money beforehand suggesting connections are well aware they've got a nice three-year-old on their hands.


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    Hurricane track: Why do 85 percent of US hurricanes happen after August 15?

    Hurricane trackers in the US see a barrage of storms develop in the Pacific and Atlantic ocean during the summer. This period, known as hurricane season, starts on June 1 and lasts until November 30. The Pacific side of the US has already seen eight total storms, four of which were hurricanes. The east coast, however, has seen two total storms, just one of which made it to hurricane strength.

    The stalled development in the Atlantic ocean is due to a cloud of dust particles suspended in the upper atmosphere along the east coast.

    These dust particles travel over from the African northwest during the summer, and prevent storms from building by sapping moisture from the atmosphere.

    Experts believe the dust particles can even “rip” developing systems apart.

    When these particles dissipate, storms are free to form once again.

    The dust particles are not the only factor in stalling storm development, however, as systems require a specific sea temperature.

    The NOAA notes hurricanes require at least 26.5C (79F) in the ocean at a depth of 50 metres to form.

    For this to happen, the sea needs time following the “official” July 1 hurricane season to warm up.

    The NOAA explains: “Oceans (water) have great heat capacity than landmasses because of something called specific heat.”

    “Specific heat is defined as the amount of heat for some given unit mass that is required to increase temperature by 1 degree C.

    “Because of its higher specific heat, it takes water longer to heat up or cool down than dry soil (land).”

    By August 15 the ocean is close to the right temperature to sustain a hurricane.

    Experts have noted more than 85 percent of storms in the Atlantic hurricane season take place after this date.

    Meteorologist and University of Georgia Professor Marshall Shepherd explained August is “like the coaster car just starting to creep up that first hill before the plunge”.

    He said the first storms of the “peak” season begin from the Caribbean islands before they move into the US.

    Other experts have concurred with professor Marshall, predicting a “back-loaded” hurricane season in the Atlantic.

    The US National Weather Service (NWS) predicts another 10 to 17 ‘named storms’ – which pack winds of 79mph and above – could form within the next six weeks.

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    Here’s Where You Can Watch The ‘Sweetbitter’ Cast While You Wait For Season 3

    Tess’ Sweetbitter love triangle is coming to a head, and with only two episodes left to close out Season 2, she has to make a big decision. Whoever she chooses, fans will surely want to see how things play out in Sweetbitter Season 3. Though the show hasn’t officially been renewed, the door is open for the Starz series to come back, particularly now that they’ve expanded the story beyond Tess’ limited point of view.

    The first season of the show stuck fairly close to Stephanie Danler’s novel. And while there was still book material to cover in Season 2, the series also explored the perspective of some of the other characters who make up the restaurant’s organized chaos.

    "We almost thought of Season 1 as a six-episode pilot," showrunner Stu Zicherman told Eater. "When we came into Season 2, we were excited because it felt like we could start making the series, and the series, to us, is more expansive than just Tess. We cast all these other amazing actors and we wanted to start telling their stories." Hopefully, that ball will keep rolling all the way into Season 3.

    It took about a month after Season 1 ended for Starz to announce that Sweetbitter had been renewed for Season 2, so just because we don’t know anything now doesn’t mean all hope is lost. Until then, you can catch all those captivating cast members Zicherman mentioned in their other upcoming projects; and don’t worry, they should still have time for more Sweetbitter should it come back.

    Ella Purnell

    In 2020, you can see Purnell as Lady Maria Grey in Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia, an adaptation of a period drama the Downton Abbey creator first published as a novel. Alice Eve, Harriet Walter, and Tom Wilkinson also star.

    Tom Sturridge

    Currently, Sturridge is starring on Broadway alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Seawall/A Life through Sept. 29.

    Evan Jonigkeit

    The former X-Men actor can be seen in upcoming titles including Old Man in France and The Enemy Man. You can also catch up on Easy, which dropped its third season on Netflix in May.

    Caitlin Fitzgerald

    The UnREAL star, who plays Tess’ mentor, can be seen next in Spinning Gold, a star-studded Neil Bogart biopic about the music industry in the ’70s. The cast is lead by Jeremy Jordan and includes Peyton List, Samuel L. Jackson, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Isaacs, Richard Dreyfus, Kenan Thompson, and Michelle Monaghan, to name a few.

    As for Sweetbitter‘s boss man, Paul Sparks (aka Howard) has a few films lined up, though the most exciting may be Michael Showalter’s new comedy The Lovebirds. If you’re a fan of Wet Hot American Summer and They Came Together, you’ll have to check that out. In addition, Eden Epstein is the lead in indie drama Listen, and Daniyar is in the upcoming thriller Follow Me.

    So while it certainly seems like most of the cast is available for a potential Sweetbitter Season 3, there are plenty of places to see their shining faces in the interim.

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    Ashes 2019: Rain causes delayed start to final day of second Test at Lord’s

    Rain caused a delayed start to the final day of the second Ashes Test but England and Australia were set to resume their intriguing battle at Lord’s prior to lunch.

    Umpires Aleem Dar and Chris Gaffaney announced play would get under way at 12:10 local time following an inspection.

    The home side will resume on 96-4 in their second innings, meaning a lead of 104 runs. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler will be back out in the middle, the pair having survived a tricky period of play late on day four to reach the close unbeaten on 16 and 10, respectively.

    Yet it was the duel between England paceman Jofra Archer and Australia talisman Steve Smith that was the major talking point following Saturday’s action at the home of cricket, the latter felled a bouncer and forced to retire hurt on 80.

    The right-hander did return later in the innings, though, adding a further 12 runs before he was trapped lbw by Chris Woakes, the tourists eventually bowled out for 250 in reply to England’s first-innings score of 258.

    Australia lead the series, 1-0, after a 251-run victory in the opener at Edgbaston.

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    Vegetarian GCSE student, 16, disqualified because she criticised halal meat in Religious Studies exam – The Sun

    A VEGETARIAN GCSE student was disqualified over criticising halal meat in a Religious Studies exam.

    Abigail Ward, 16, was told she had made "obscene racial comments" after the practicing vegetarian said she found the idea of halal meat "absolutely disgusting".

    The 16-year-old pupil at Gildredge House school in Eastbourne, East Sussex, made the observations during an exam in June.

    She was informed by exam board OCR that she would be disqualified "due to obscene racial comments being made throughout an exam paper" and, as such, had committed a "malpractice offence", the Telegraph reported.

    However, the disqualification was overturned when the board was informed the student's distaste for halal butchers came from the fact she is a strict vegetarian.

    Gildredge School appealed the decision on the grounds that their student had not made an Islamophobic or racist comment about Muslims, but was merely expressing her distaste for halal butchers.

    The exam board upheld the appeal and apologised for the “upset and stress” they caused and accepted their original interpretation had been "inaccurate".

    Abigail's mother Layla Ward, a 36-year-old nurse, said the misunderstanding was probably down to an “over-zealous, over-righteous” examiner.

    She told the paper: “Abbey is an animal lover and a very strict vegetarian.

    "It made me angry … when asked a question in the exam, you can't even express your feelings.

    "It's great that it has been overturned, but it should never have happened.

    “Philosophy is all about debating and getting your opinion out. I can’t believe how pathetic it is."

    OCR said in a statement: "OCR takes all incidence of suspected offensive material against a religious group in exams very seriously and must apply rules which are set out for all exam boards in such cases.

    "We accept that initially we did not reach the right conclusion and were too harsh."

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    Lightning too close for comfort during school counselor's campus walk in shocking video

    Man almost struck by lightning during storm in South Carolina

    Raw video: Surveillance footage shows school counselor Romulus McNeil almost being hit by lightning outside the Academy for Technology and Academics in Conway, South Carolina.

    A South Carolina school counselor was caught on surveillance video narrowly escaping danger after nearly being struck by lightning on campus last week.

    Romulus McNeill, a counselor at the Academy for Technology and Academics in Conway, was walking across campus to get to his car while carrying an umbrella on Thursday when he was nearly hit during a storm.

    Before he walked out, while others were debating whether to wait for the storm to pass, McNeil "took a chance" and said "I hope I don't get struck by lightning," he told WMBF. It nearly happened.

    Released security footage shows McNeil walking across a sidewalk when lightning strikes right beside him. Alarmed, McNeil seemingly jumps up and drops his umbrella, before picking it up and quickly walking off.

    “I felt a shock,” McNeill said. “It was just kind of insane for it to happen like that. I was just trying to get home and get something to eat.”

    He wrote on Facebook Friday that the footage shows his "crazy experience with lightning," and added he's super "thankful to have been able to motor scoot out of there without major [injuries.]"

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    Neymar left OUT of PSG clash with foot injury despite continued transfer speculation over Barcelona and Real Madrid move – The Sun

    NEYMAR has been left out of Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 clash against Rennes.

    The Brazilian star is out of action with a foot injury despite ongoing speculation surrounding his future at Parc des Princes.

    Neymar was welcomed back to PSG training this week with open arms by manager Thomas Tuchel.

    But the German tactician has confirmed that the 97-cap Brazil international is not fit enough to face Rennes.

    Tuchel said: "He has been with the group, but at the end of the session, he has trained individually.

    "He is not yet recovered from his injury and therefore has not been included in the squad."

    Neymar made it clear that he wanted to leave the Ligue 1 giants this summer – just two just years after he joined for £198million.

    Former club Barcelona were linked, while Spanish rivals Real Madrid also made their interest known.

    But Tuchel confirmed that the 27-year-old is set to stay at Parc des Princes for the 2019/20 campaign.

    The PSG boss said: "If there is no solution for him, he stays.

    "Neymar is my player and when I think of a strong team, I include him.

    "He is sensitive, so I will always protect him. I want to see him play at his best level in the 90 minutes, with aggressiveness and a lot of dribbling."

    Neymar's move back to La Liga hit a stumbling block as Paris Saint-Germain continued to reject offers for him.

    His former club reportedly saw their latest offer of £92.4million plus Philippe Coutinho rejected.

    And reports claim that Madrid offered a player-plus-cash deal including James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale.

    But PSG would have only reportedly let the Brazilian leave for a £206m fee.



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    Stacey Solomon says her stretch marks give her ‘joy’ in latest body positive Instagram post

    Stacey Solomon, 29, has praised her stretch marks and said they “bring her so much joy” in her latest inspirational Instagram post.

    The mum-of-three shared a sweet selfie of her three month old son Rex sleeping on her chest with a few stretch marks on while she smiles and looks up the camera.

    Stacey, who has Rex with boyfriend Joe Swash, 37, said her “silver strings” bring her “so much joy” in the caption.

    “I know for a fact he wouldn’t settle half as quickly on me if he didn’t have some stretch marks to strum like a guitar every night when he settles for his night sleep,” Stacey said in the caption with a laughing emoji.

    She added: “He plays those silver strings until he’s snoring! It brings me so much joy."

    She then gave an inspirational message to her followers and added: “There’s so many positives to what the world wants us to see as negatives.”

    Known for being open about life as a parent, Stacey’s latest honest social media update received more than 166,000 likes, and 2,300 comments.

    Her fans praised the mum in the comments for her uplifting words.

    “Every one needs a Stacey Solomon in their life,” one said with a kissing emoji.

    “I love your attitude towards everything Stacey but especially how you embrace the things we’ve all been conditioned to hate about ourselves,” another added.

    “Wishing the world was more like you,” a third fan commented.

    “You’re such a positive role model for women,” a fourth wrote while adding a string of heart emojis.

    This comes after Stacey, Rex, Joe and her two sons from previous relationships, Zachary, 11, and Leighton, eight, went on their first family holiday together since Stacey gave birth to Rex in May.

    During their trip, Stacey posted a series of photos updating fans on their family trip including an adorable photo of baby Rex wearing a bow tie and a hilarious snap of her squirting sun cream at her suns while on the beach.

    Stacey was also recently praised by friend Vicky Pattinson, 31, after she shared a post of herself in a bikini, declaring “cellulite is beautiful” in the caption.

    Former Geordie Shore lass Vicky, re-shared the photo on her profile and called Stacey her Woman Crush Wednesday.

    Vicky wrote alongside the photo: “Stacey you are beautiful inside and out and proved to me it is possible to be warm, genuine, and kind in an industry that isn’t always easy to be in!”

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