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Banks Financing Elon Musk’s Twitter Deal Raise Concerns: All Details

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NEW YORK: The banks providing $13 billion in financing for Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter Inc have abandoned plans to sell the debt to investors because of uncertainty around the social media company’s fortunes and losses, people familiar with the matter said.

The banks are not planning to syndicate the debt as is typical with such acquisitions, and are instead planning to keep it on their balance sheets until there is more investor appetite, the sources said.

The banks, which include Morgan Stanley and Barclays Plc, did not respond to requests for comment. Bank of America declined to comment. Representatives for Musk and Twitter did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Musk agreed to pay $44 billion for Twitter in April, before the Federal Reserve started raising interest rates in a bid to fight inflation. This made the acquisition financing look too cheap in the eyes of credit investors, so the banks would have to take a financial hit totaling hundreds of millions of dollars to get it off their books.

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Also preventing the banks from marketing the debt was uncertainty around the deal’s completion. Musk has tried to get out of the deal, arguing Twitter misled him over the number of spam accounts on the platform, and only agreed to comply with a Delaware court judge’s Oct. 28 deadline to close the transaction earlier this month. He has not revealed details on Twitter’s new leadership and business plan, and many debt investors are holding back until they get more details on that front, the sources said.

The debt package for the Twitter deal is comprised of junk-rated loans, which are risky because of the amount of debt the company is taking on, as well as secured and unsecured bonds.

Rising interest rates and broader market volatility has pushed investors to stay away from some junk-rated debt. For example, Wall Street banks led by Bank of America suffered a $700 million loss in September on the sale of about $4.55 billion in debt backing the leveraged buyout of business software company Citrix Systems Inc.

In September, a group of banks canceled efforts to sell about $4 billion of debt that financed Apollo Global Management Inc’s deal to buy telecom and broadband assets from Lumen Technologies after failing to find buyers.

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Here’s How You Can Have a Safe and Healthy Deepavali This Year

HAPPY DIWALI: Diwali preparations have started with much zeal and zest. It is one of the most significant festivals in India. However, amid all enthusiasm and excitement, people avoid paying heed to the safety factor during festivals and end up getting sick or hurt. Ensuring a safe and healthy Diwali doesn’t mean you have to restrict yourself to the four walls of your home. You can still celebrate the festival of light to the fullest by keeping in check some safety measures. For this year, we have curated a list of tips on celebrating a safe and healthy Diwali. Let’s get started with it!

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Avoid using sanitizer before lighting diya or candles

Hand sanitizers are alcohol-based, which makes them flammable and can cause fire hazards. So, to avoid such things, do not apply sanitizer before lighting a diya or candles.

Be careful with the placements of lamps and diyas

To avoid any fire hazard caused by lamps or diyas, make sure you keep them at a safe distance from curtains and any other flammable objects. Do not light them near electrical writing and place them on a flat surface in a firm position.

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Avoid bursting firecrackers

Firecrackers are considered a big part of the Diwali celebration, but they can lead to several accidents if one is not careful. They also increase air pollution. So, it’s advised to avoid firecrackers, especially loud ones that release excessive smoke.

Ensure proper ventilation at home

During Diwali, keep your doors and windows open to maintain proper ventilation. In the evening, do not open them for a longer period and make sure to close them at intervals to avoid the smoke of firecrackers polluting your house.

Avoid eating oily food

Diwali can make you crave tasty food and sweets readily available in the market, but you should not forget that it can cause several health problems. Excessive oily food can lead to indigestion, among other health issues. Also, a variety of snacks and sweets can be prepared easily at home. So, this Diwali, eat homemade food.

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Leah Charles-King talks about travel shows and her bipolar condition

Leah Charles-King talks about the wonder of A Place In The Sun (Picture: Alamy/Channel 4)

A Place In The Sun host Leah Charles-King shares her memories of sailing in Cyprus, Las Vegas nights, and how a beach in St Lucia helped with her bipolar.

What is your favourite on-the-road moment?

I was in Cyprus last October with the A Place In The Sun crew and it also happened to be my birthday.

Scarlette Douglas [fellow presenter] and the crew organised a posh dinner that evening at Oniro By The Sea in Paphos, which is a restaurant that overlooks a shipwreck.

I had mussels for starters, salmon sous vide for main and birthday cake for dessert, all washed down with a few Charlie’s Tattoo rum-based cocktails.

The next day we sailed along the Cypriot side of Paphos on a boat called The Wave Dancer Yacht. It was all-inclusive with a buffet lunch, booze, music, dancing and entertainment – so much fun, I certainly felt the love.

Paphos’s Oniro By The Sea restaurant overlooks a shipwreck (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)

Favourite city?

Las Vegas. I suffer from insomnia, so it’s a great place for me because the city never sleeps. It’s free and easy to walk into most hotels, especially the big, themed ones. Visit the Venetian Resort and take one of their gondola rides down the Grand Canal (from £29.75).

The famous fountains of the Bellagio in Las Vegas (Picture: Julie Quarry/Alamy Stock Photo)

Head to the Bellagio for their special fountain shows; very impressive, and Caesars Palace offers pure decadence. I love Mr Chow at Caesars, the Beijing cuisine is delicious (mains about £45).

For a bit of nightlife check out Drai’s Nightclub. It’s a huge half-indoor, half-outdoor club with massive rooftop swimming pools, cabanas and palm trees.

Downtown Las Vegas with the famous Strip (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)

What keeps you sane when you’re on the road?

Coming back to my hotel room after 
a long day filming and listening to music to unwind. Depending on my mood it could be anything from No Doubt to Earth, Wind & Fire.

When have you been most frightened while travelling?

I’ve had some really turbulent flights in the past, which has given me a fear of flying. Once I got caught in a tropical storm flying back from St Lucia. You know it’s bad when the cabin crew can’t do their duties and have to sit buckled up for most of the eight-hour flight.

I was crying with fear and so were most of my fellow passengers. I was sat next to a man and his wife who were so sweet. They offered to hold my hand throughout the journey. We were all petrified, but thank god – and the pilots – we made it back safely.

What is the best souvenir you’ve come home with?

Rum deal (Picture: Bounty Lime Rum)

Alcohol for my home bar. Especially rum. I have Chairman’s Reserve and Bounty Lime from St Lucia, Rivers Rum from Grenada and Mount Gay Rum XO from Barbados.

What has been your most life-changing experience while travelling?

The tiny, unspoiled Anse Cochon Beach in the south of the Caribbean island St Lucia (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)

I feel most at peace by the sea and always find it helps me reflect and feel gratitude. My favourite beach in the world is Anse Cochon in the south of St Lucia.

In the early days of my bipolar diagnosis and whenever my mental health was suffering, I would literally leave the UK to visit this beach and spend time with my now late grandmother.

It’s a tiny, unspoiled beach near my home in the Canaries on the west coast. I get there by fishing boat or dingy most of the time, although you can access it by car and walk down the cliff stairs via the neighbouring Ti Kaye hotel.

The worst meal you’ve ever had abroad?

I’m allergic to nuts and recently I ordered a Caesar salad while filming in Spain and the chef decided to ‘make it fancy’ (his words) by adding pine nuts and cashews to the dish. I didn’t realise this until I’d eaten some of it.

Safe to say, I had a close shave as it could have been a lot worse but I was ill afterwards.

And the strangest place you’ve spent the night?

I was filming in Salobreña in Spain and there was only one hotel in the area, which was very weird and dated.

It was packed with strange artefacts such as paintings and statues that appeared to be watching me from all angles. It was just a very strange place. It gave me the creeps.

Where are you going next?

A Route 66 road trip is on her travel bucket list – with a stop in Las Vegas, of course (Picture: Alamy)

I’d love to do Route 66 from LA to Las Vegas, stopping by Area 51 on the way. I’ve always wanted to stay in a luxury sea villa in the Maldives, and I’m determined to get out to Brazil for the carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

It’s the biggest festival in the world with millions of people lining the streets celebrating with music, booze and food. It sounds wild.

Leah Charles-King presents A Place In The Sun; catch up with all the latest episodes on All4.

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Rishi Sunak emerges as the favorite in the race to be next U.K. prime minister : NPR

Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London on Saturday, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean following the resignation of Liz Truss as prime minister.

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Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London on Saturday, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean following the resignation of Liz Truss as prime minister.

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LONDON — Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Sunday he will not run to lead the Conservative Party, ending a short-lived, high-profile attempt to return to the prime minister’s job he was ousted from little more than three months ago.

His withdrawal leaves former Treasury chief Rishi Sunak the strong favorite to become Britain’s next prime minister — the third this year — at a time of political turmoil and severe economic challenges. He could win the contest as soon as Monday.

Johnson, who was ousted in July amid ethics scandals, had been widely expected to run to replace Liz Truss, who quit last week after her tax-cutting economic package caused turmoil in financial markets, was rapidly abandoned and and obliterated her authority inside the governing party.

Johnson spent the weekend trying to gain support from fellow Conservative lawmakers after flying back from a Caribbean vacation and held talks with the two other contenders, Sunak and House of Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt.

Late Sunday he said he had amassed the backing of 102 colleagues, more than the threshold of 100 needed to make a ballot of lawmakers on Monday.

But he was far behind Sunak in support, and said he had concluded that “you can’t govern effectively unless you have a united party in Parliament.”

Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office in London on Sunday. Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister.

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Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office in London on Sunday. Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister.

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The prospect of a return by Johnson had thrown the already divided Conservative Party into further turmoil. He led the party to a thumping election victory in 2019, but his premiership was clouded by scandals over money and ethics that eventually became too much for the party to bear.

In his Sunday statement, Johnson insisted he was “well placed to deliver a Conservative victory” in the next national election, due by 2024. And he said that he likely would have won a ballot of Conservative Party members against either of his rivals.

“But in the course of the last days I have sadly come to the conclusion that this would simply not be the right thing to do,” he said. “Therefore I am afraid the best thing is that I do not allow my nomination to go forward and commit my support to whoever succeeds.”

But he hinted he might be back, saying: “I believe I have much to offer but I am afraid that this is simply not the right time.”

After Truss quit on Thursday, the Conservative Party hastily ordered a contest that aims to finalize nominations Monday and install a new prime minister — its third this year — within a week.

The clear favorite now is Sunak, who has support from more than 140 lawmakers, according to unofficial tallies. Mordaunt is backed by fewer than 30.

If both make the ballot, the 357 Conservative lawmakers will hold an indicative vote on Monday to show their preference before the choice goes to the 172,000 party members around the country. If Mordaunt does not reach 100 nominations, Sunak will win by acclamation.

Sunak, 42, was runner-up after Truss in this summer’s Tory leadership race to replace Johnson. On Sunday, he confirmed he was running again in the latest leadership contest.

“There will be integrity, professionalism and accountability at every level of the government I lead and I will work day in and day out to get the job done,” Sunak said in a statement.

Johnson’s exit came only hours after allies insisted he would run. Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg told the BBC on Sunday that he spoke with Johnson and “clearly he’s going to stand” after flying back to London Saturday from a vacation in the Dominican Republic.

But Northern Ireland minister Steve Baker, a former backer of Johnson and an influential politician within the Conservative Party, warned a Johnson comeback would be a “guaranteed disaster.” Baker noted that Johnson still faces an investigation into whether he lied to Parliament while in office about breaking his government’s own coronavirus restrictions during parties at Downing Street.

If found guilty, Johnson could be suspended as a lawmaker.

“This isn’t the time for Boris and his style,” Baker told Sky News on Sunday. “What we can’t do is have him as prime minister in circumstances where he’s bound to implode, taking down the whole government … and we just can’t do that again.”

Truss quit Thursday after a turbulent 45 days, conceding that she could not deliver on her botched tax-cutting economic package, which she was forced to abandon after it sparked fury within her party and weeks of turmoil in financial markets.

Sunak, who was Treasury chief from 2020 until this summer, steered Britain’s slumping economy through the coronavirus pandemic. He quit in July in protest at Johnson’s leadership.

In the summer contest to replace Johnson, Sunak called promises by Truss and other rivals to immediately slash taxes reckless “fairy tales” and argued that soaring inflation must be controlled first.

Tory voters backed Truss over Sunak, but he was proved right when Truss’ unfunded tax-cutting package triggered chaos in the markets in September. Now the task of stabilizing Britain’s wobbling economy is likely to fall to him.

Live news updates: US, UK and France warn Russia against Ukraine escalation

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Cyril Ramaphosa has proposed independent panels to vet board appointments at state companies rather than the inquiry’s call for a ban on loyalists being deployed to public roles
Cyril Ramaphosa has proposed independent panels to vet board appointments at state companies rather than the inquiry’s call for a ban on loyalists being deployed to public roles © Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has re-established a permanent anti-corruption agency in Africa’s most industrialised nation in his official response to the findings of an inquiry that blamed his governing African National Congress for the country’s worst post-apartheid graft scandal.

Ramaphosa announced the overhaul in a televised address on Sunday as part of “a new chapter in our struggle against corruption” after a decade of accusations of looting under Jacob Zuma, the former president, that has been blamed for rolling blackouts and other ills holding back South Africa’s economy.

The government will make permanent a special directorate of the national prosecuting authority that has been investigating the plunder, known locally as “state capture”. 

The move effectively revives a similar prosecutorial unit, the Scorpions, that was neutered years ago by the ANC, which has ruled the country since 1994.

“This response constitutes an ethical, moral and institutional departure from the abuses revealed [by the inquiry],” Ramaphosa said. “The people of South Africa are tired of corruption and want it to end,” he added.

The inquiry, headed by South Africa’s chief justice, concluded this year that Zuma “readily opened the doors” for looting of the Eskom power monopoly by the Guptas, three Indian-born brothers, and that he manipulated the national spy agency to pursue political opponents as part of a policy of wrecking institutions.

Read more about South Africa’s anti-corruption agency here.

How to get the best deals online: experts share their tips

Save money and stay safe with these expert tips (Picture: Getty)

Shopping on the internet ought to make it easier to spot the best deals. You can compare prices easily, set up alerts for when bargains appear and make the most of marked-down prices, all while you are sitting at your desk.

However, it is also easy to get carried away and spend too much online. You might also be targeted by scammers – or even end up paying more for delivery than an item is worth.

‘With the likes of next-day delivery and the constant temptation of online discounts, deals and offers through social media and email marketing platforms, online shopping is generally much more appealing to consumers during this financially difficult time,’ says Nick Drewe, founder of online discount store, Wethrift.

Nick predicts that online sales such as those offered on Black Friday, as well as the expense of driving to stores due to increased fuel bills, will be pushing more people towards online shopping in the coming months.

However, he also warns shoppers to be careful online, and to be especially alert to the ‘red flags’ that mean they might fall prey to scammers.

With all of this in mind, here’s our guide to getting the best out of online shopping, while ensuring you don’t pay too much.

Know what you need

First make a list of everything you want to buy using Amazon (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)

The first step on your path to well-priced internet shopping is to know exactly what you need to buy, to prevent you from overspending on unnecessary ‘bargains’.

Prepare by making a list of the items you want to buy and check their current prices at online retailer Amazon and also in store.

A good place to do this is at Camel Camel Camel (uk.camelcamelcamel.com) which tracks the cost of items at Amazon and shows you when they drop.

Not everything you want is sold on Amazon, of course, so it is also worth checking other prices via Google Shopping. It is a good idea to do this now, especially if you think you might wait until days such as Black Friday to do your Christmas

If you think you might wait until days such as Black Friday to do your Christmas shopping. That way you’ll know if you are really getting a bargain.

Set up alerts

Once you know what you want to buy, you can set up alerts to ensure you know when prices drop.

Use sites such as Alertr (alertr.co.uk), which allows you to paste in URLs of products you want so that you get an alert when the price drops – or use Camel Camel Camel for Amazon products.

Salman Haqqi, personal finance editor from money.co.uk, says you should make plans to get discounts on these products from retailers by signing up to their newsletters.

‘Most shops will send regular discount codes to customers by email. Sign up to emails from the shops where you will spend the most money in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

You will get notifications for things such as discounts, free delivery and in-store promotions,’ he advises.

Play your cards right

The way you pay could see some great cashback rewards (Picture: Getty)

Using the best cards to pay for items online can give you valuable consumer protections as well as other benefits, so ensure you 
check what payment methods you are using.

If you pay for something worth more than £100 with a credit card and the online shop does not deliver, you can rely on Section 75 protection.

This means that if an item is faulty or doesn’t arrive and for some reason the company you bought from does not cough up the money, you can claim it back from the credit card company.

However, if you buy through PayPal, you aren’t eligible for this protection, although you generally are with Apple Pay.

PayPal has its own schemes for refunds, but they aren’t legally binding, so bear this in mind and buy direct if you’re spending more than £100.

If you are planning to do a lot of online shopping, a cashback or rewards credit card will help you save more.

Try the Amex Preferred Rewards credit card, which is free for the first year and gives you 30,000 points if you spend £3,000 in the first three months.

That’s enough for a £150 gift card at M&S or Amazon, or the points can be used for travel on planes or Eurostar. Make sure you cancel after the first year, though, as the card has a £140 annual fee after this.

Use cashback

Topcashback gives you 12% back at M&S (Picture: TopCashback)

Another way to make your money go further when shopping online is to use cashback sites. These sites earn money when you click through from them to other retailers and pay you a percentage of this.

At present, TopCashback is offering up to 12 per cent back at M&S and up to 15 per cent cashback at Oasis.

Rival Quidco is offering 7.5 per cent cashback at online giant Shein and up to 5.25 per cent at computer games manufacturer Game.

Remember, though, if you use a discount code online it often means that your cashback will not come through, so check whether a code might gain you more of a saving than the cashback before you spend.

Watch out for red flags

Stay safe while shopping online (Picture: Getty)

Shopping online can be dangerous, especially if you do not know the sites you are buying from. Customers looking for cheaper versions of brands can be easy prey for scammers.

Nick Drewe, at Wethrift, suggests being particularly wary of instant messages that promise you a great deal, even if the website they link to happens to be one that you know.

‘Often, you may receive a suspicious-looking message with a link to a well-known website, urging you to click to secure a great deal,’ he says.

‘However, the link will most likely be fake, and clicking on it will unleash an intrusion of malware on your device, making your personal information vulnerable.

‘Scammers will replicate the retailer website’s URLs and layouts URLs, and as time has gone on, they have become extremely good at it – making it hard to spot whether it is fraudulent or not.’

Nick also says that when you’re reading Amazon reviews of products, it is important to be aware that among the real reviews are fake ones that should be taken with a pinch of salt.

‘These reviews usually feature unusual turns of phrase and are over-packed with technical jargon,’ he says.

‘However, humans are the ones promoting these [items], often for payment from the product manufacturer in return,’ Nick adds. Cybersecurity expert Adrianus Warmenhoven, from online security group NordVPN, says shoppers should be aware of a phishing scam where hackers send out an email or text message asking the recipient to enter their log-in details to verify their account.

‘They may even claim that there has been a fraudulent attempt to access it already and that, only by confirming your password, can you regain control,’ he says, adding that often these messages may appear as if they come from Amazon.

If you receive a message claiming to be from the company, do not click on any links, he advises. ‘It’s likely there will be clues in the message, such as bad grammar and spelling mistakes, which show the message is not genuine.’

Be sure to study the small print

Even where companies are legitimate, you need to know your rights when online shopping. This includes charges and timing on returning items.

Some retailers, such as Zara and Boohoo, used to have free returns policies, but now charge you to return items, while many companies have hiked postage charges, too.

Tara Flynn, co-founder of money saving website, Choosewisely.co.uk, says that more companies will put up charges in the current cost of living crisis, meaning consumers need to be wary.

‘These kinds of practices are all a new trend we’re seeing where consumers bear the brunt of retailers trying to claw back losses from soaring overheads.

‘This is a sign of the times, and I expect to see that many clothes retailers will be forced to follow suit.’

Make sure you know your rights when it comes to returning goods – for example you shouldn’t have to pay to return faulty items.

The Citizens Advice website has more help on what your rights are if things go wrong.


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Daily horoscope for October 24, 2022 – forecast for all star signs

Taurus, keep your ears to the ground (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)

Forging forward with new-found gusto is how many of us feel right now, but be careful it’s not devil take the hindmost with your fizzing energy – there are others to consider.

Suss out the vibes and make sure plans stand up to scrutiny. Leave sensitivity at home and use logic to work out that way forward.

It’s about information gathering, intuition and connecting with the right people in the know.

Aquarius, you will enjoy being busy.

Pisces, why not pamper yourself with a well-deserved treat.

Ahead, you’ll find all the star signs’ horoscopes for October 24, 2022.

Read on for your full forecast.

Aries

March 21 to April 20

If recent events have left you wondering why you bother, today’s upbeat lunar links can give a brighter perspective.

It’s understandable if someone has let you down, but it’s time to pick yourself up and start again.

There are people around who support you wholeheartedly, and it is these you should turn to. A chat could reveal opportunities and ideas that get you going Aries.

Head here for everything you need to know about being an Aries

Taurus

April 21 to May 21

Keep your ears to the ground Taurus, as information you need to know is circulating. Get in on those group chats.

And if you get an intuitive nudge to call someone, do it right away.

There may be an opportunity that is made for you, or an encounter that could propel you into a new league, and you won’t unearth it by staying at home.

Networking in new circles can be golden for you.

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Taurus

Gemini

May 22 to June 21

The Libra Moon makes some sterling angles that you should take advantage of today.

Links to upbeat Mercury and Mars, can highlight your entrepreneurial and creative ability.

It’s time to think out of the box, and see where your curiosity takes you.

You may notch up several areas of interest, but don’t spread yourself too thin. Put your attention on something that moves you.

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Gemini

Cancer

June 22 to July 23

Cut out all distractions, so you can hear yourself think. Resolving a complicated issue could lead to a breakthrough and see you soaring ahead.

You usually operate by tuning into situations, but there are times when you are too sensitive for your own good.

Logic might cut through any haze or confusion, and allow you to see the potential in something that has frustrated you for a while. 

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Cancer

Leo

July 24 to August 23

The encounters you have today could lead you on a journey of discovery, Leo.

One conversation can lead to another, and bold ideas emerge as a result.

Out of this, there may be new developments that bode well for the future. Don’t take everything at face value though, as some propositions might need a lot of research.

Not everyone will be as straightforward as you prefer.

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Leo

Virgo

August 24 to September 23

Who you know could be an asset, if you need help with a goal or career issue.

Their advice can set you on the right path, help increase your income, or bring you an opportunity just when you need it.

There’s a lot of scope to move forward if you take your time.

Don’t take on too much in your bid to impress. If you can do one or two things better than most, you’ll likely get there.

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Virgo

Libra

September 24 to October 23

You’ll be firing on all cylinders and keen to do what you love best, which is being around others.

It maybe you that initiates an event or calls people for a chat, meal or outing.

If you’re ready to collaborate on an idea, this is a good day to talk things over and find your bearings.

Feel a tug at your heartstrings? Go easy Libra, as with Mars rewinding there’s potential for disappointment.

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Libra

Scorpio

October 24 to November 22

The upbeat Sun/Venus tie, can boost your mood and bring optimistic strands into the equation.

Have an important discussion on the go? Don’t let it slide, as you may stand to gain, and what you agree to, could be long-term and lucrative.

If an offer comes your way, don’t leave it until next week. Let your enthusiasm show and it might be yours.

Do your part, then be very patient.

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Scorpio

Sagittarius

November 23 to December 21

The usual methods are all well and good, but the cosmos encourages you to take on board new ideas.

Today though, it might not be information that creates a breakthrough, but an intuitive nudge.

Trust your gut when it encourages you to try something different that takes you way out of your comfort zone.

Once you see the results, you’ll realise it was so worth it, Archer.

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Sagittarius

Capricorn

December 22 to January 21

There are light-hearted influences showing that encourage socialising and liaising with friends, colleagues and close ones.

But there are also lunar ties in the picture. These can see you getting a feel for a plan, thinking about any decisions, and preparing to get on with career or business responsibilities.

Mind, if you have a result in mind, networking can help it happen, Capricorn.

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Capricorn

Aquarius

January 22 to February 19

With a lively focus on your social sector, the coming weeks and months may be animated, and you’ll find yourself busier than ever in an enjoyable way.

As nice as someone can be, don’t take flattery as a positive sign, as they might want something from you.

Use your ability to suss out vibes to find who could be a worthy friend or associate, and who should be kept at a distance.

Head here for everything you need to know about being an Aquarius

Pisces

February 20 to March 20

The Libra Moon can entice you to pamper yourself, and enjoy a well-deserved treat.

And why not, Pisces? Relish a relaxing massage or spa treatment, and you’ll be ready for almost anything.

On a social note, if you’re attending an event, then you may get more out of it than you thought.

If a family member makes you an offer that sounds perfect, be sure that it stands up to scrutiny.

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Pisces

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Barcelona 4-0 Athletic Bilbao: Robert Lewandowski scores again as Barca keep up pressure

Robert Lewandowski
Lewandowski has scored 16 goals in all competitions this season

Robert Lewandowski scored his 12th goal in 11 La Liga games as Barcelona thrashed Athletic Bilbao to stay three points behind leaders Real Madrid.

The Poland striker got his side’s third goal when he drove in an unstoppable drive from Ousmane Dembele’s pass.

Lewandowski had provided the assist for the opener, lofting the ball for Dembele to head in.

Dembele found Sergi Roberto to make it 2-0 and also set up a late fourth as Ferran Torres swept in.

It was a dominant display by Barcelona but some of the shine was taken off the win as Roberto went off with a shoulder injury late on.

The win, Barcelona’s second in succession, keeps them in touch with Real, who beat Sevilla 3-1 on Saturday.

Real are top on 31 points from 11 games, while Barcelona have 28 points.

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20RobertoSubstituted forat 86′minutes
  • 23KoundéSubstituted forAlonsoat 63′minutes
  • 24GarcíaBooked at 78mins
  • 28Balde
  • 21de Jong
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 71mins
  • 8GonzálezSubstituted forTorresat 63′minutes
  • 7DembéléSubstituted forTorreat 77′minutes
  • 9LewandowskiSubstituted forFati Vieiraat 63′minutes
  • 30Páez GaviraSubstituted forKessieat 34′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bellerín
  • 3Piqué
  • 10Fati Vieira
  • 11Torres
  • 17Alonso
  • 18Alba
  • 19Kessie
  • 22Raphinha
  • 26Peña Sotorres
  • 32Torre
  • 36Tenas

Ath Bilbao

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Simón
  • 18De MarcosBooked at 16minsSubstituted forLekueat 60′minutes
  • 5Álvarez
  • 4Martínez
  • 17Berchiche
  • 6VesgaBooked at 89mins
  • 23HerreraSubstituted forGarcía Carrilloat 21′minutesSubstituted forSancetat 60′minutes
  • 11Williams
  • 19ZarragaSubstituted forVencedorat 70′minutes
  • 7Berenguer Remiro
  • 9WilliamsSubstituted forGarcíaat 70′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Morcillo
  • 3Vivian
  • 8Sancet
  • 10Muniain
  • 12Guruzeta
  • 13Agirrezabala
  • 14García Carrillo
  • 15Lekue
  • 16Vencedor
  • 22García
  • 24Balenziaga
  • 31Paredes

Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera

Attendance:
84,817

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Mob of youths ‘threw cat like ragdoll’ before dumping him in bin

Rachel said the kids were seen throwing Griffin into a bin (Picture: SWNS)

A gang of cruel youths were spotted throwing a beloved pet cat into a bin, his owner has claimed.

Rachel Craft, 27, was left horrified after learning a group of yobs had dumped her much-loved moggie Griffin into a litter bin before trying to launch him into a river.

The 18-month-old puss is adored by locals in Canterbury who have affectionately nicknamed him ‘The Sainsbury’s Cat’ as he often greets supermarket shoppers.

But last week a gang of youths captured the friendly kitty and chucked him into a bin after ‘throwing him around like a ragdoll’.

The group then went to heartlessly dump the cat into the River Stour but they were bravely confronted by a passer-by who rescued Griffin and rushed him to the vets.

Griffin was ‘thrown around like a ragdoll’ one witness said (Picture: SWNS)
Rachel was ‘horrified’ when she was told what happened to her cat (Picture: SWNS)
A gang of youths tried to throw Griffin into the river (Picture: Rachel Craft / SWNS)

Mum-of-one Rachel was contacted by the vets to fetch Griffin and Essex Police has now launched an investigation.

Rachel, a psychology student, said: ‘I felt pure panic as soon as they told me what had happened.

‘They were throwing him around.

‘They were putting him into the bin and trying to throw him in the river.

‘She [a passer-by] just stepped in and took him from them.

‘How would you feel if someone did that to you? I mean animals have feelings. They’re just like us.

‘If anything Griffin probably would have approached them because he is just so friendly and likes to meet everybody and they’ve just taken advantage of that.

‘It’s just disgusting.’

Griffin was rescued by the charity Bid to Save a Stray as a kitten from Romania and adopted by Rachel and her family over a year ago.

She said he’s been targeted by yobs before – and believes it to be the same children.

She added: ‘The first time was a few months ago and the fact that this is now not an isolated incident makes me so worried for his future wellbeing.

‘I’d like to massively thank the kind lady who approached these kids and took my cat safely to the vets.

‘I have been told that the police have been informed but I have also contacted them myself as something needs to be done about this.’

A Kent Police spokesman said officers were investigating reports ‘that a group of boys had been seen putting a cat into a bin in Kingsmead Coach Park’

They added: ‘Enquiries are being carried out to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

‘Anyone with information should call police on 01843 222289, quoting reference 46/202666/22.’

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Fashion House Balenciaga Severes All Ties With Rapper, Designer Kanye West

With his outrageous public behavior and very contentious comments on race and religion, rapper, businessman, and fashion designer Kanye West has always maintained his status as controversy’s darling. The prestigious fashion house Balenciaga has now made the decision to cut all relations with the West.

The revelation that West would no longer be a part of the prestigious fashion label was finalized in a statement released by Balenciaga’s parent company, Kering. In the statement, it was stated that Balenciaga had no current affiliation with the artist and had no plans to do so in the future.

“Balenciaga has no longer any relationship nor any plans for future projects related to this artist,” read the statement.

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Since the beginning of October, West has made numerous alarming anti-Semitic comments in interviews and on social media. He also mocked George Floyd’s painful death, which sparked a nationwide demonstration under the motto “Black Lives Matter.” In this situation, West was spotted wearing a t-shirt with the slogan “White Lives Matter” at his Yeezy fashion show during Paris Fashion Week.

Kanye West
Black T-shirt with the words WHITE LIVES MATTER written on the back worn by Kanye West.

Kanye West and Balenciaga have a long-standing friendship thanks to the rapper’s participation in the SS23 collection runway show during the recently finished Paris Fashion Week. He made his runway debut at the occasion.

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