Dear Coleen: My husband has moved out — but he won’t tell me why

Dear Coleen

My husband moved out of our family home a few weeks ago saying he was “done with the relationship”.

I tried to talk him out of it, or to at least agree to relationship counselling before he made a final decision, but he won’t listen to anything I say.

We have two children under 10 and they’re very upset, which is heartbreaking, and I can’t understand why my husband won’t at least try for their sakes.

I also don’t really know what’s at the root of it because he’s not opening up to me, although he has said that no one else is involved.

We’re very different characters, which is part of what drew us together in the first place and kept things interesting.

Now though these differences seem to be driving us apart.

Over the past 18 months, we’ve argued a lot about everything from the kids to the mortgage to where to go on holiday.

He thinks I’m domineering and that he never gets a say in anything we do, but I think I have to be organised because he’s the kind who is happy to drift through life.

I don’t want this to be the end for us, but I don’t really know where to go from here.

I know he’s hurting, but I can’t get through to him.

Can you help?

Coleen says

I think it’s crucial to keep the communication open and friendly if you can, and to stay calm, even though you’re hurt and angry.

Sometimes a separation works – I know several couples who took a break and found their way back to each other.

Things have been toxic at home and there’s been no space to think calmly and rationally.

So put that idea to him and let him think. If you can go back to the beginning, you might find you remember what drew you together.

There might be a compromise if you both want it, which I realise might sound ridiculous from a person who’s newly divorced.

I was trying to find compromises, but my ex-husband wasn’t and you can’t do it on your own. Both of you need to be committed.

It’s good he’s voiced he’s unhappy – it’s actually healthier than putting up with the status quo.

It’s hard to acknowledge your own faults, but if you can meet to talk, why not try having 20 minutes each (without any interruptions) to explain how you feel?

You’re both being defensive, so you’re not listening to each other.

Therapy would definitely help to break down these defences if he’d agree to it down the line.

But if he doesn’t want to carry on, you have to come to agreement on how to co-parent your children in a way that’s best for them.

Good luck.

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AOC turns to DayQuil, VapoRub for Queens Pride Parade

WASHINGTON – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ​hopped over the counter to get to the Queens Pride Parade​ Sunday — turning to cold medicines to get her out of bed after initially calling in sick.

“Couldn’t let this suit go to waste. Thanks to some extra rest, medicine + vaporu we were able to rally + join everybody for a bit at Pride today,” she tweeted later Sunday afternoon. The New York Democrat included a photo of herself wearing a light blue crushed velvet pantsuit.

Earlier in the day she told supporters she wouldn’t be making the parade. “Hey everyone – I was super excited to march in Queens Pride today, but sadly I came down with a really bad cold this weekend and won’t be able to make it,” she tweeted. “Our organizers will be marching + tabling at the festival with resources for the community. Celebrate extra for me!”

She later posted a video of herself holding up a box of Dayquil and Nyquil.

“Is this not the most Puerto Rican Dayquil you’ve ever seen?” she mused. “It’s got Vicks VaporRub on the pill,” adding that her “abuela” – which is Spanish for grandmother – would be proud.

The freshman congresswoman eventually made her way to the festival saying “lots of makeup” and cold medicine helped.

“Harold and Kumar go to White Castle” actor Kal Penn, who worked in President Obama’s White House before moving to New York to resume his acting career, tweeted that he had been hanging with a “buddy who’s a DREAMer, was offered free @nycHealthy condoms by a hijabi woman, and ran into @AOC,” he said, linking to Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter account. “I love my city,” Penn said.

Ocasio-Cortez also posed for photos with Tiffany Caban, a fellow Democratic Socialist who’s running for Queens District Attorney.

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Kylie Jenner’s Daughter Stormi is ‘Okay’ After She Was Hospitalized for Allergic Reaction

Stormi Webster had a minor health scare this weekend.

Kylie Jenner took to Instagram on Sunday (June 2) to say that her 1-year-old daughter is “100% okay” after she was recently hospitalized for an allergic reaction.

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“Spent the day in the hospital with my baby,” Kylie wrote along with a photo of a sleeping Stormi. “She had an allergic reaction but is 100% okay now and we are home. Nothing else matters when these things happen. God bless all the moms with sick babies. I’m sending so much love and positive energy your way.”

Kylie didn’t specify what caused Stormi‘s allergic reaction.

Glad to hear Stormi is doing better now!

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Don't 'Fear the Walking Dead' Premiere: Symbolic Reveal May Be Setting Up Rick Grimes Movies

“Fear” makes connections to both its future and its past as it looks to uncover secrets surrounding Rick Grimes’ abduction by Jadis and her mysterious benefactors.

AMC has hinted that "The Walking Dead" fans can expect those Rick Grimes sooner rather than later, and it looks like the prelude to them might be unfolding on "Fear the Walking Dead" this season.

Or at least perhaps the first half of this season. If they really wanted to stun fans, they’d air the first half of "Fear" Season 5 and have it lead right into Rick Grimes movie. If you’ve been keeping the timelines straight, both the parent series and the spinoff experienced time jumps last season.

First, "Fear" jumped to "TWD" present era, allowing Morgan to jump ship and join the spinoff (with Dwight to follow suit this year). Then, "TWD" catapulted years into the future after Rick’s rescue by the mysterious organization Jadis was working with.

So with "TWD" long gone from that last shot of Rick in a helicopter with Jadis, that leaves "Fear" to pick up the pieces as they’re still in the right era to get involved.

That’s not to say they had to get involved, but it looks like that may just be the plan. Already, producers have tried injecting "Fear" with Morgan from "TWD" in an attempt to bolster ratings. The gambit worked, but it also infuriated a lot of long-time "Fear" fans who are still not over the loss of Madison Clarke even as the new season premieres.

Producers have also suggested they’re interested in building a cohesive and sprawling "Dead" universe not unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that franchise is all about interconnected story elements. And with this premiere episode, we got a pretty key connection to Rick’s story.

It’s Not Going So Well

Season 4 of "Fear the Walking Dead" ended on a hopeful note, with Morgan and his new band of friends heading out on the road to expand Clayton’s mission of helping those in need. It almost had us believing that "Fear" would be the more optimistic of the two shows, exploring community building.

Instead, it’s already about as bleak and depressing as the parent series got. No, we’ll take it one step further; it’s worse than that. They’ve apparently been at this helping for quite awhile now and they’ve so far managed to help absolutely no one. They’ve also added absolutely no one to their ranks.

Either they’re not very good at this, or we’re to believe this part of the world is just so depraved and the people so insular and awful that they want nothing to do with a group of people seeking to add some much needed positivism to the world.

Take Back What’s Mine

Or maybe they’ll just take advantage of them, as Logan did. Whether we believe him or not, Matt Frewer’s delightfully practical Logan claims to be the actual owner of the C&L trucks and the denim factory the gang was holed up in. So he tricked them into leaving and took back what was his.

Even better, for him, he did so while no one was at home. So Victor, Wendell, Sarah and Charlie came home to find the gates closed and armed guards holding them at bay. Logan tried to be terrible reasonable about the whole thing, saying he just took what was legally his and really just wanted them to move on.

But we’ve seen reasonable men on these shows before. Can Logan be taken at face value that he wants no trouble? Or is he the next incarnation of the Governor or Negan. And if he is genuine, does that necessarily make him the bad guy here if Morgan and company steamroll him out of his own factory?

This gray area is actually compelling to explore as good and bad aren’t so easily defined in this world. Already, this group has crossed that line several times back and forth — particularly Morgan and the OG "Fear" trio of Alicia, Victor and Luciana — so it’s nice to continue poking at it.

Our sympathies are naturally going to lie with the heroes we’ve been following, but wouldn’t it be great if Logan actually turns out to be no worse than them. Granted, he didn’t have to take that particular factory or do it the way he did, but it would be neat to see them facing off against someone no more or less gray than they are.

It would be similar to when they took on Wendell and Sarah for stealing their truck only to wind up partnered with them. Could Logan be the expansion of their community they’ve been waiting for?

Something’s Not Right Here

But while the foursome back at home are feeling displaced, it’s nothing to the rest of the crew. We inexplicably met them this season through a pair of young boys as our "heroes" were crashing an airplane that everyone somehow survived. They they roped the kids into driving them to the truck stop Logan said he was at.

That, of course, was a lie. He claims he just chose one as far away as possible. If so, then it’s just a coincidence that our crew finds themselves in a sinister new area that the boys and their sister know way more about than they’re letting on.

The place is littered with biohazard signs and they uncovered a road barrier made up of the dead strung together by intestines with dangling dead heads in the tree above. The latter is just symbolic, but what kind of symbol is that? What kid of people are these?

Althea started to uncover the answer during the initial onslaught of the dead when she impaled a man wearing some sort of armor and a helmet. After everything fell apart at the truck stop — because of Logan’s switcheroo — she went back to the site of the plane crash to examine that walker.

It was a fresher dead than most walkers that had attacked them, but what was most interesting was the paperwork she found. We’ve no idea why she had to look at it in the rain considering it’s paper, but we guess the writers needed to keep her there so she could be tased shortly after by another man in the same uniform.

It’s the paperwork that eagle-eyed fans of the "Dead" franchise locked in on, though, as it featured the same tri-circle symbol we saw on Jadis’ canned goods and the helicopter that ultimately took her and Rick away. In other words, our intrepid heroes may have just stumbled onto the homebase of the people who’ve taken Rick Grimes.

Past Connections

Obviously, it would be huge for Morgan to see Rick again. It would be the fourth time their paths have crossed and as he left before all hell broke loose in Alexandria, Morgan has no idea that Rick is presumed dead. While it’s unlikely that Rick would appear in "Fear the Walking Dead," save maybe a quick cameo, it’s totally reasonable that Morgan might appear in at least the first of Rick’s upcoming movies.

Dwight, also, has history with Rick so a crossover between the new film franchise and the spinoff series isn’t completely off the wall. While most of the cast may have no idea who Rick is, the fans and enough people on the show will for it to have some emotional resonance and weight.

The same can be said for Daniel Salazar, who will be rejoining the retooled "Fear" after missing out on Season 4. Presumed dead at the dam explosion years ago, Victor is stunned to see Daniel on one of Al’s video tapes … and of course it’s the one she asked him to watch to find the guy who can provide them a plane.

Again, most of the "Fear" cast won’t know who Daniel is. And of the foursome not already trapped in tri-circle land, Victor is the only one who has history with Daniel. And quite frankly, with that history, Daniel might just kill him before he has a chance to say anything.

A Whole New World

As much as Season 4 was about rebooting the show and pushing in a new direction, the first half of the season was more about closing the chapter on the first three seasons, while the second tried to establish the new group dynamic and status quo. With Season 5, it finally feels like a fresh start.

Fans can jump on here without having seen any of the previous seasons and aside from missing a few references here and there, they’ll have no problem following any of the action. And there is already so much going on in this season with so many directions to go from here.

The tri-circle group is clearly going to be a big deal for the truck stop gang, while Victor and company are going to have to deal with a reunion with Daniel Salazar. Their plan is to rescue the truck stop gang before dealing with Logan, which becomes the third major development of the season.

Add to the the strong likelihood that this is also setting the stage for those Rick Grimes movies, and "Fear the Walking Dead" remains a rock-solid piece of this franchise that not enough people are watching.

Here’s something to consider. At this point, "Fear the Walking Dead" is everything the original "Walking Dead" was in its blockbuster seasons before they settled in Alexandria and started dealing with the likes of Negan. Our band of survivors is relatively small and they are out in a wild and volatile world. The danger is real, death is real and anything can happen at any time.

This is "The Walking Dead" people couldn’t get enough of. The cast is just as varied, just as capable and just as prone to bickering and disagreements. But they’re also all likable and compelling in their own way. "TWD" lost its way when it got too bloated and now it’s a totally different show, for better or worse. "FTWD" is what "TWD" was.

Ironically, "TWD" is coming off its strongest season in years, but it has evolved into something wholly different than it was. It’s nice that "Fear" is here to offer what "TWD" just can’t anymore. And the fact that it’s also firing on all cylinders certainly helps, meaning that creatively speaking there is no weak link in the franchise right now.

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Hank Haney says remarks about Korean golfers were ‘based on statistics and facts’

Hank Haney took to Twitter as Jeongeun Lee6 finished her Sunday surge and moved toward a victory in the U.S. Women's Open.

Haney was suspended from his Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio show last week after making insensitive remarks about the proliferation of South Korean players in women's golf.

An uproar in the golfing community, the aforementioned suspension from his show and a subsequent apology did not stop him from weighing in on the same subject Sunday afternoon.

"My prediction that a Korean woman would be atop the leaderboard at the Women's US Open was based on statistics and facts. Korean women are absolutely dominating the LPGA Tour. If you asked me again my answer would be the same but worded more carefully," Haney wrote.

In a follow-up tweet, Haney added "Congratulations to Jeougean (sic) Lee6 on your great win at the US Women’s Open. Who’s The Great Predictor now Steve Johnson @steveyrayj I knew a Lee would win."

Congratulations to Jeougean Lee6 on your great win at the US Women’s Open. Who’s The Great Predictor now Steve Johnson @steveyrayj I knew a Lee would win.

Haney's dismissive remarks about the professional women's game came on his show Wednesday on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio with co-host Steve Johnson.

"This week is the 74th U.S. Women's Open, Hank," Johnson said.

"Oh, it is? I'm gonna predict a Korean," Haney said.

Johnson, laughing, responded, "OK, that's a pretty safe bet."

"I couldn't name you six players on the LPGA Tour," Haney said. "Maybe I could. Well … I'd go with Lee. If I didn't have to name a first name, I'd get a bunch of them right."

"We've got six Lees," Johnson said.

"Honestly, Michelle Wie is hurt," Haney said. "I don't know that many. Where are they playing, by the way?"

The remarks even earned a rebuke from Haney's former student, Tiger Woods.

"He deserved it," Woods said Friday following his second round in the Memorial at Muirfield Village. "Just can't look at life like that." 

Lee6 began Sunday play two shots back of Yu Liu and Celine Boutier, two former Duke teammates who hail from China and France, respectively. Lee6 finished, fittingly, with a 70 in the final round and 6-under for the tournament.

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Health issues linked to coffee could be a myth

Health issues linked to coffee could be a myth as new study reveals you can drink up to 25 cups a DAY without causing heart problems

  • A study of more than 8,000 people across the UK found drinking five cups a day was no worse than drinking less than one
  • The research was part-funded by the British Heart Foundation
  • Those drinking more coffee were no more likely to have stiffening of arteries 

Coffee addicts rejoice – even drinking 25 cups a day is not bad for your heart, say scientists.

Previous studies have suggested the drink can stiffen arteries, with caffeine lovers often advised to cut down on their consumption.

But a study of more than 8,000 people across the UK found that drinking an average of five cups a day was actually no worse for their arteries than drinking less than a cup a day.

Drinking lots of coffee may not be bad for your health as a new study shows that drinking lots does not stiffen arteries

The research, which was part-funded by the British Heart Foundation, is being presented at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference in Manchester.

Experts from Queen Mary University of London divided 8,412 participants into three groups for their study.

The first group was made up of participants who drink less than one cup of coffee a day, the second contained those who drink between one and three cups a day, and the third was made up of people who drink more than three.

Some people drank up to 25 cups a day in the latter group – but the average was five cups a day.

Researchers found even those drinking the higher daily amounts were no more likely to have stiffening of arteries than those who drank less than one cup a day. 

More than 8,000 people took part in the study which was part-funded by the British Heart Foundation

Previous studies have suggested that coffee stiffens arteries, putting pressure on the heart and increasing the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke.

All the participants had heart scans and infrared pulse wave tests, and researchers found the results held true after factors such as age, weight and smoking status were taken into account.

Dr Kenneth Fung, from Queen Mary University of London, said: ‘Despite the huge popularity of coffee worldwide, different reports could put people off enjoying it.

‘While we can’t prove a causal link in this study, our research indicates coffee isn’t as bad for the arteries as previous studies would suggest.’ 

He highlighted that while some participants drank huge amounts of coffee, the average among the highest consumer group was five cups a day.

He added: ‘We would like to study these people more closely in our future work so that we can help to advise safe limits.’

Professor Metin Avkiran, associate medical director at the BHF, said the study ‘rules out one of the potential detrimental effects of coffee on our arteries’.

Another study presented at the conference found people admitted to NHS hospitals over the weekend with cardiac arrest did not face a higher risk of dying than those admitted during the week.

The study, led by experts at Aston University in Birmingham, included 4,803 people going to hospital with a cardiac arrest and assessed their five-year survival.

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Tiger Woods shifts focus to U.S. Open with late run final round at Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio – With the championship hardware out of reach in Sunday's final round of the Memorial, Tiger Woods turned his eye toward the U.S. Open.

He liked what he saw.

Woods polished off his final competitive work before the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach June 13-16 with a 5-under-par 67 at Muirfield Village, a score that once again fell short of reaching possible special status that Woods seemed poised to deliver with a spectacular front nine.

All in all, however, Woods' yo-yo week positioned him on the coveted path to Monterey Peninsula. While he moved up the leaderboard Sunday in the tournament he's won a record five times, he finished well behind the leaders after rounds of 70-72-70-67 but left the premises with some bounce in his step.

"It could have been a little better, for sure," said Woods, who birdied seven of his first 12 holes and got within four of the leaders before two bogeys coming in took some sting out of the round. "Going into today I was never going to win the tournament, but I was hoping I could get something positive going into the Open, and I was able to accomplish that, which is great, to get some nice positive momentum going into a nice practice week.

"Each day I got a little crisper. I made a few mistakes and didn't keep the card as clean as I'd like. A couple of loose iron shots here and there, but overall I drove it great this week. I just need to clean up the rounds."

The kid knew it. 😏 @TigerWoods is making buckets.#LiveUnderParpic.twitter.com/vuA957oGo5

Two double-bogeys – on the 15th hole in the second round and the 10th hole in the third round – derailed Woods' momentum. But he made 20 birdies for the week and left a bunch of other birdie putts on the lip.

"First 12 holes were an absolute clinic," said Joe LaCava, Woods' caddie. He still hit some decent shots coming in. It wasn't like he played poorly, he just didn't get anything out of it the last five or six holes.

"He's certainly going in the right direction with good momentum. I thought the iron play was top-notch today. Definitely some good momentum and positive vibes from both (weekend) days. The quality of shots on a scale of one to 10, I would say were a nine."

Woods said he's in a much better place heading into the next major than he was going into the last major. After he won his fifth green jacket and 15th major at the Masters in April, Woods did not play in the next four weeks on the PGA Tour before the PGA Championship. Woods, while dealing with an undisclosed illness, looked dull and far from sharp and missed the cut.

Now he's back to feeling like he did before the Masters. And he's hoping the USGA goes back to what they used to do when setting up a golf course for the national championship.

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Tiger Woods wowed the gallery at Jack's Place on the front nine Sunday and at one point was only three shots off the lead in the final round. (Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Woods said he hasn't been a big fan of recent decisions by the USGA to change the character of the national championship. He pointed out the introduction of graduated rough, the flexible employment of teeing grounds, the use of interchangeable pars in 2015 at Chambers Bay on the first and 18th holes.

He wants the USGA to go old school.

"I thought it was just narrow fairways, hit it in the fairway or hack out, move on. Now there's chipping areas around the greens. There's less rough," said Woods, who won the U.S. Open in 2000 at Pebble Beach, in 2002 at Bethpage Black and in 2008 at Torrey Pines. "They try to make the Open different, and strategically different. I just like it when there's high rough and narrow fairways and it's, 'Go get it, boys.'"

Whatever the setup, Woods knows anything less than his "A" game won't cut it in the Pebble Beach U.S. Open. Consider the winners there – Jack Nicklaus in 1972, Tom Watson in 1982, Tom Kite in 1992, Woods in 2000, and Graeme McDowell in 2010.

"You have to hit the golf ball well there," said Woods, who also finished in a tie for fourth in 2010. "There's no two ways about it. The smallest green complexes we play on besides Hilton Head. But they're slopey. And so, there's no way to fake it around that golf course. You have to hit the golf ball well.

"The times that I have played well there, whether it's in January or it's in June, I've hit the ball well enough that I've been in good spots. It's going to be a typical U.S. Open. It's going to be hard. It's going to be difficult. And we know that going in."

Judging from what Woods has done this week, and from what he did in winning the Masters, LaCava thinks Woods fits that mold to a tee.

"He's driving it very well with the 3-wood and the 5-wood, which I think we're going use for a lot of tee shots at Pebble," LaCava said. "He's driving it awfully well, too. First things first, when he knows he's driving it well, he pretty much knows he's always going to hit his irons pretty decent. So, if he can drive it well he knows he's going to be around Sunday afternoon."

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Conifa European Football Cup – where Mark Clattenburg and Right Said Fred collide

Colourful clothing, traditional song and reindeer herding are things commonly associated with the Sami, Europe’s only indigenous people.

However in June their attention will switch to football as Sapmi, the north European region they inhabit – often referred to as Lapland – returns to the closest they can get to the international stage for the first time in three years.

Sapmi, which stretches over parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, are one of 11 teams competing in the Conifa (Confederation of Independent Football Associations) Men’s European Football Cup.

It is the equivalent of the European Championship for teams that do not meet the criteria for fully fledged Fifa international status.

It is a welcome restoration for one of Conifa’s founding members, who won the inaugural Viva World Cup in 2006 and hosted the 2014 tournament following its renaming to the World Football Cup.

And while football is not yet Sapmi’s most popular activity, the Sami are rapidly rallying around their side.

“Ice hockey is probably the most popular sport but the football is uniting,” explains centre-half Jarkko Lahdenmaki.

“I think the team represents the northern people and their way of living… sometimes before games we listen to Sapmi music (joik) to relax.”

Joik is a traditional form of song often used as a form of expression to reflect a person, animal or place. It is a symbol of the culture that has been incorporated into the Sami way of living, much like the ethereal summertime midnight sun.

“The good side of the midnight sun is that you can train or play anytime but you have to have darkening curtains in the room where you sleep,” says Lahdenmaki. “Otherwise you will sleep very badly and that affects your recovery.”

For the defender, who has spent much of his career at Finnish top-tier side Rovaniemen Palloseura (RoPS), this tournament will not be his first taste of the limelight.

Previous European experience includes scoring in the Europa League for RoPS against Shamrock Rovers in 2016, as well as turning out for the festively named FC Santa Claus.

“A lot of people talk about this club, which is a bit weird for me,” continues Lahdenmaki. “But my motivation for playing in Sapmi is high. My first games in the World Football Cup in 2016 were great with high-level support – we have a great team and I know we can win.”

Mark Clattenburg and Right Said Fred

Conifa encompasses teams from all over the world who wish to represent their own people, spread as far and wide as Kiribati in Micronesia to Yorkshire and Cornwall in the UK.

“Everybody works as a volunteer, and nobody receives an income or salary,” says Sophie Royle, press officer for the organisation, which was founded in 2013.

“This includes the executive committee. We believe in full financial transparency and this is why our annual statements are published on our website.”

This summer’s European tournament in the Republic of Artsakh, which is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, is looking to build on the success of the Men’s World Football Cup held in June last year when, at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium in Enfield, north London, supporters witnessed a historic victory for Karpatalya in the final.

The Hungarian minority from south-western Ukraine triumphed in a competition featuring 16 international teams competing across 10 stadiums and representing over 300 million people.

The final itself was hosted by a Somali diaspora, refereed by former Premier League official Mark Clattenburg and all to the soundtrack of an official anthem by Right Said Fred.

You may have missed it though – this was Enfield not Anfield after all.

Everyone wants to be ‘the one who defeated Padania’

While Sapmi are making their return, one team are preparing to continue their proud record of competing in every European or World Football Cup organized by Conifa.

Padania, from northern Italy, came third in the 2018 World Football Cup, having won the Viva World Cup three years running from 2008 to 2010. They are also the reigning European Football Cup Champions.

“We aim at the cup, obviously, but our first goal is to reach the semi-finals,” says Padania manager Marco Gotta. “From then on, it’s a question of luck and not just strength.

“Every single team is getting stronger year after year and every single match will be a battle because everyone wants to be ‘the one who defeated Padania’.”

Padania begin the tournament as favourites but are currently ranked only fourth by Conifa.

The number one ranked team in the world are Occitania, a historical region covering mainly the south of France who have found their participation in recent tournaments limited by financial constraints.

A bona fide involvement with Conifa up until 2016 allows Occitania to currently maintain their elevated position.

“It is difficult to find people able to invest time without any payment in return,” explains Boris Massaré, Occitania’s most capped player.

“Due to financial reasons we have missed a lot of opportunities to play or attend events, which is a shame because we would have liked to go.”

‘Inclusion and representation’

Lack of finance is a common challenge for Conifa volunteers, but the esprit de corps of teams like Occitania, Padania and Sápmi remains a constant.

Real camaraderie exists within all the participating associations, many of whom have endured a troubled past. The Sami are no exception.

Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland and a short sleigh ride away from the Arctic Circle, was almost completely destroyed during World War Two.

The Nazi German army was stationed there as part of Operation Barbarossa, which began in 1941 but due to a separate peace agreement made with the Soviet Union, a demand was made to expel the German army from the area in 1944.

This resulted in the Lapland War between Finland and Nazi Germany and left 90% of Rovaniemi burned to the ground.

Border restrictions, separated communities and the prohibition of the language in schools are just some of the notable obstacles the Sami have fought to overcome.

However, modern times have seen something of a renaissance on and off the pitch.

Last year saw the Sapmi team triumph in the first Conifa women’s international match – a 4-0 victory over Northern Cyprus – and plans are afoot for FA Sapmi to arrange the first Conifa Women’s World Football Cup in Norway later this year.

At its annual meeting in Krakow earlier this year, Conifa reaffirmed its commitment to gender equality as a new policy was announced, emphasising distribution of equal resources equally between men’s and women’s football and supporting equal representation with Football Association roles.

So as kick-off approaches the objectives are clear. Inclusion and representation is key for every association under the Conifa umbrella and for Hakan Kuorak, president of FA Sapmi, this is essentially what the tournament is all about.

“FA Sapmi have been a member of Conifa since 2013, the Sami people are the most recognised in the Conifa World and we see many things that are the same in Sapmi,” he said.

“It’s only a positive thing – all the Conifa members want to play football and be proud to represent their own people.”

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Donald Trump's Past Rude Comments About Kate Middleton Resurface Ahead of President's UK Visit

President Donald Trump is set to visit England for a three-day state visit and, ahead of the trip, some unsavory comments he made about Kate Middleton in the past are getting attention again. The tweets, posted in 2012, could make for an awkward moment with Middleton, should she meet with the president.

Trump’s Twitter posts about Kate Middleton resurface

Back in 2012, while Prince William and Kate Middleton were on a holiday in the south of France, the paparazzi snagged photos of Middleton sunbathing topless. The French tabloid Closer published the images, with the palace suing the tabloid.

Among the many people who shared their opinions over theimages was Donald Trump, who took to Twitter to slam Middleton and side with thepaparazzi and tabloid.

He tweeted at the time: “Kate Middleton is great -— but she shouldn’t be sunbathing in the nude — only herself to blame.”

He followed it with another tweet, noting: “Who wouldn’t take Kate’s picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing. Come on Kate!”

It took five years following the lawsuit for a verdict, witha judge ordering that the magazine pay the couple €100k in damages.

Trump’s comments about Princess Diana surface again

In addition to his comments about Middleton, a 1997 interview with Howard Stern has also resurfaced, in which Trump says he could have “nailed” Princess Diana.

Stern asked: “Why do people think it’s egotistical of you tosay you could’ve gotten Lady Di? You could’ve gotten her, right? You could’venailed her.”

Trump responded: “I think I could have,” adding, “She wasactually really beautiful. I thought she was supermodel beautiful.”

He added, “She had times when she didn’t look great and she had times when she looked better than anyone in the world. But she had the height, she had magnificent skin, she was a great beauty.”

Broadcaster Selina Scott, a friend of Diana’s, said that Trump gave Diana “the creeps” and she felt like he was “stalking” her.

Scott noted in the Sunday Times in 2015: ‘He bombarded Diana at Kensington Palace with massive bouquets, each worth hundreds of pounds.. They were accompanied by handwritten notes expressing sympathy, his great regard for her and the suggestion that they get together.”

She added: “Trump clearly saw Diana as the ultimate trophywife. As the roses and orchids piled up at her apartment she becameincreasingly concerned about what she should do. It had begun to feel as ifTrump was stalking her.”

Scott noted that Diana once said of Trump, ‘“What am I going to do? He gives me the creeps.”’

Trump called Meghan Markle ‘nasty’

Of course, Trump’s most recent comments about a member of the royal family are rubbing many the wrong way, as he called Meghan Markle “nasty” for comments she made about him during his presidential run.

He responded, “I didn’t know that, no. So what can I say?No, I didn’t know that she was nasty.”

Today, he took to Twitter to say the reporting was “fake news,” tweeting: “I never called Meghan Markle ‘nasty.’ Made up by the Fake News Media, and they got caught cold! Will @CNN, @nytimes and others apologize? Doubt it!”

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Boy George Biopic on the Way from 'Anvil: The Story of Anvil' Director

After Bohemian Rhapsody became such a huge hit for Universal Pictures at the box office, studios have been far more interested in rock star biopics. This past weekend Elton John’s fantastical life story Rocketman debuted in second place at the box office this past weekend. That appears to have made studios even more eager to cash in on the fanbases of music’s biggest stars from the 1970s and 1980s, but the next rock star to get their own biopic is a surprising one.

Boy George, the androgynous lead singer of the group Culture Club, responsible for such hits as “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”, will be getting his own biopic at MGM, and the filmmaker behind it should make it an interesting retelling of his life story.

Deadline first reported the news on the Boy George movie, which is said to “explore his humble beginnings in an Irish a working-class family, through his rise to the top of the international charts with the ’80s band Culture Club.” In case you’re not familiar with his career, here’s the music video for one of Culture Club’s aforementioned hits:

Though this will likely have plenty of rock biopic tropes, Boy George’s life is at least a somewhat more unique story to tell since he fearlessly and confidently always put himself out there with a style that never explicitly defined his sexual identity. And this was long before that kind of behavior was more widely accepted by the general public.

In his musical career, Boy George has sold more than 100 million singles, over 50 million albums. He also won a Grammy for his work with Culture Club. More recently, he’s been spending time writing books recounting his wild life as a rock star, as well as being the co-producer, songwriter and star of the musical Taboo, which played Broadway and London’s West End.

Though Boy George’s life story and unique persona is interesting enough to warrant a biopic, I can’t imagine it will be anywhere near as anticipated as the recent offerings of Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman. While Boy George undoubtedly has plenty of fans, his solo career and work with Culture Club hasn’t reached the same levels of acclaim and admiration as the likes of Queen and Elton John. Of course, that doesn’t mean the movie won’t be worth seeing, and it could end up still being a big hit.

Bringing Boy George’s story to the big screen will be director Sacha Gervasi, who brought us the compelling story of a forgotten Canadian heavy-metal band in the documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil. Though  Gervasi may best be known for that rock doc, but he’s also played with biopics before in the stylish but meandering Hitchcock about famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. This time he’ll be writing and directing, which he also did in the recent HBO film My Dinner with Hervé, which focused on the life of Fantasy Island star Hervé Villechaize.

Gervasi made a statement to Deadline about the developing project at MGM:

“In the London clubs of the ’80s, George was impossible to miss and everyone knew he would be a star long before the world had ever heard a note of Culture Club’s iconic songs. As you can imagine, George’s life story is wickedly entertaining, yet also poignant and inspiring. I’m both honored and excited to be the one to guide it onto the big screen.”

The question now is who will play Boy George? Stay tuned to see how this project develops.

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