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Ranvir Singh admits ‘I’ll never be able to dance like Maisie’ as she exposes disadvantage

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Strictly Come Dancing stars Ranvir Singh and former winner Ore Oduba joined Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain during Tuesday’s instalment. Ranvir gave an update on how training was going and soon quashed ideas of romance with Giovanni Pernice, yet again. However, she seemed to expose a disadvantage, believing she would “never be able to do the steps Maisie [Smith] does”.

Last weekend, Ranvir sizzled on the dance floor as she took on the first Argentine Tango of the series with her partner Giovanni Pernice.

The raunchy number landed huge praise from the judges and put her towards the top of the leaderboard once more. 

Today, Ranvir spoke out on her fears of what she was capable of as she compared herself to 19-year-old Maisie. 

She was joined by TV star Ore who won the coveted Glitterball Trophy back in 2016 alongside partner Joanne Clifton. 

Of course, Piers once again asked his colleague about rumours of a romance between the pair.

Ranvir replied: “We get on, it’s just that we both… there’s a performance element to the dancing which is all about telling the story of two people.

“Of course, when you keep replaying that bit it’s slightly awkward, thank you very much,” the presenter added.

“You leave it to me, I recognise the signs, has there been any hanky panky?” Piers probed. 

However, Ranvir was adamant nothing had gone on between the pair, replying: “No, of course not – there hasn’t. 

“There really hasn’t,” she added, “He’s very much about the energy of the performance, so much more than learning the steps or the routine.”

But she went on to add why she believed this was such an important element of the performance. 

“I’m never going to be able to do the steps Maisie does, she’s an incredible dancer,” Ranvir commented. 


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Pirates of the Caribbean: Johnny Depp ‘to be replaced’ by Zac Efron in PREQUEL movie

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Pirates of the Caribbean sailed into cinemas in 2003 and collected a hefty box office. The unexpected blockbuster hit took home $654, making it an unprecedented success for the new franchise. This success was mostly built upon Johnny Depp’s esoteric and almost ethereal performance of Captain Jack Sparrow. The character was famously based upon a cross between Keith Richards and Pepe le Pew, making him stand out from the other characters at the time. Despite Depp’s undoubted effect on the series, it sounds like he might not be returning to the series.

Earlier this year Depp was involved in a legal battle against a British newspaper over “abuse” claims.

This public high court case saw his private life being laid bare, including testimonies from his ex-wife Amber Heard.

With this extremely public event making headlines, it has been heavily rumours that Disney have since dropped Depp from his flagship franchise.

Since then, the rumours have been swirling online that Depp’s Jack Sparrow will be replaced with a new actor.

Earlier this year reports surfaced that Zac Efron could be the man for the job.

However the interesting piece of information is that Efron may not be playing a brand new character, but could be playing Jack Sparrow himself.

Of course, Efron could not simply replace Depp in the next follow-up movie as there is a 24-year age gap between the two actors.

It would be much more likely that Efron could be playing a younger version of Jack Sparrow in a prequel film.

Disney already showed off the cunning nature of Jack Sparrow in his youth during the fifth Pirates film, Salazar’s Revenge.

But detailing the true nature of the swashbuckler’s early days on the Black Pearl may give the House of Mouse a new avenue to venture down without Depp attached to it.

Other notable prequel films from Disney include Monsters University, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Bambi II, so it is certainly in their wheelhouse already.

Fans will simply have to wait and see – but in the mean time it has now been confirmed that Margot Robbie will be starring in an upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean film.

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The Australian actor was rumoured to be joining the franchise in some capacity earlier this year – either in the mainline Pirates of the Caribbean 6, or a spin-off film.

During an interview earlier this month, Robbie outed the rumours as truth while promising “lots of girl power” in her upcoming role.

She went on to reveal Birds of Prey director Christina Hudson was also involved in the project.

The 30-year-old said: “It’s too early to talk about it. I love Christina, obviously.”

Robbie continued: “I’m not a producer on Pirates, so I’ll sit back and kind of wait for the process.

“We’re really, really excited at the prospect of adding, obviously, a very key female element to that world.”

The Pirates of the Caribbean films are available to watch on Disney Plus now.


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Prisoner is found guilty of murdering 'Britain's worst paedophile'

Prisoner who killed ‘Britain’s worst paedophile’ Richard Huckle in his cell by strangling him with a cable and stabbing him in the brain with a pen is found guilty of murder

  • Paul Fitzgerald, 30, strangled and tortured Richard Huckle in HMP Full Sutton
  • Huckle, 33, was bound as Fitzgerald sexually assaulted him with a cooking tool
  • The killer – who is a sex offender himself – will be sentenced for the murder today 

A sex offender serving time with ‘Britain’s worst paedophile’ has been found guilty of murdering him in an attack he claimed was ‘poetic justice’ for his victims.

Paul Fitzgerald, 30, strangled and tortured Richard Huckle, 33, in HMP Full Sutton on October 13 last year.

Huckle was bound and gagged as Fitzgerald sexually assaulted him with a cooking instrument and shoved a bladed pen up his nose.

He then smashed Huckle’s face and head into the floor ‘six or seven times’ and said after the killing he felt as ‘high as a kite.’

Two prison officers rushed to the cell and discovered Fitzgerald in the same position with his face up against the paedophile.

They told police the attacker appeared to be whispering into the ear of his victim, although it is not known what was said.

After being forcibly removed from the cell Fitzgerald told the officers, ‘I think I’ve killed him, he’s dead’.

Richard Huckle (left) was killed in his own cell on October 13 last year by Paul Fitzgerald (right)

Huckle was given 22 life sentences at the Old Bailey in 2016 for offences against children

The pair both lived on the prison’s Delta wing, which is an area designed for sex offenders and other inmates who struggle to cope with life in prison.

Giving evidence at the five-day trial at Hull Crown Court, Fitzgerald said he had decided to kill Huckle a week before.

Although he had had ‘intrusive’ thoughts of killing and harming others for a long time before that, he decided Huckle was to be his victim.

Fitzgerald said he sexually assaulted Huckle as he ‘wanted him to know what it felt like’.

He admitted he had plans to kill others but was ‘having too much fun’ with him.

During his evidence, Fitzgerald said he wanted to cook Huckle using the pots in his cell, and said it would be ‘funny’.

Richard Huckle (pictured) was serving 22 life sentences for abusing nearly 200 children

During the trial the jury heard from two psychiatrists who said Fitzgerald had lived with a conduct disorder from an early age, gender personality dysphoria and a personality disorder.

Jurors were told Fitzgerald was a risk to females and at risk of hostage taking. He had been prescribed medication in the past, but was not prescribed any at the time of the killing.

Nurses and mental health professionals at Full Sutton described how Fitzgerald had seemed ‘calm’ and ’emotionless’ after the killing.

Prison officers who led Fitzgerald from Huckle’s cell said he told them he had ‘two shanks’ – otherwise known as makeshift knives.

One officer told how they were aware of intelligence that Fitzgerald carried a ‘murder bag’ filled with weapons.

Fitzgerald told the jury that although he did not call it a ‘murder bag’ he did possess a bag filled with items that could be used to attack others, including ‘shanks,’ bandages and a cable sheath.

The attack happened in a cell at HMP Full Sutton near Pocklington, East Yorkshire

Jurors took just two hours to deliver their verdict of guilty and he will be sentenced later today.

Huckle was dubbed Britain’s worst paedophile as he was jailed in 2016 for his sickening crimes.

He was ordered to serve a minimum of 25 years in prison for a ‘campaign of rape’ against children spanning nine years.

He had bragged on the dark web about his horrendous crimes against Malaysian children, some of whom were babies as young as six months old.

Huckle had first visited South-East Asia on a gap year aged 19 and returned masquerading as a teacher and respectable Christian to infiltrate small and impoverished communities.

He was caught after he shared photos and videos of his assaults with paedophiles worldwide and had attempted to make a business out of his horrific crimes by crowdfunding the release of the images.

Huckle was even in the process of drafting a 60-page paedophile manual at the time of his arrest by the National Crime Agency.

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Messi told Griezmann the Frenchman's first Barcelona snub 'screwed' him after the Argentine publicly supported transfer

LIONEL MESSI told Antoine Griezmann that his decision to initially perform a U-turn on joining Barcelona had 'screwed him'.

The Argentine publicly sang the Frenchman's praises when the Catalans were first linked with a move for the then-Atletico Madrid star in 2018.

But in a now-infamous documentary, Griezmann rejected Barcelona's advances – only to eventually make the move to Catalunya in 2019.

Since arriving at the Nou Camp, the 29-year-old has been the subject of several reports that he has a fractured relationship with Messi.

Griezmann admitted last year that he has found it hard to strike up any relationship with the Argentine – because they barely talk to each other.

Yet the France international has now revealed on Universo Valdano that he did seek out captain Messi when he joined Barcelona.

I spoke with Leo when I arrived and he told me that when I turned down the first chance to go, he was screwed because he had asked for it publicly

As quoted by Goal, he said: "When I signed for the club I asked for forgiveness for delaying the move and saying I wouldn’t join Barcelona.

"I told Lionel Messi that I would give everything on the pitch for the club.

"I spoke with Leo when I arrived and he told me that when I turned down the first chance to go, he was screwed because he had asked for it publicly, but he told me he was with me and I notice it every day."

Tensions between the two reignited this month after Griezmann's former agent Eric Olhats and uncle Emmanuel Lopes took public digs at Messi.

But six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi has already hit back to claim that he is 'tired of always being the problem' at the Catalans.

Griezmann, who was hounded in his car for the claims, has now admitted he has no contact with either his former agent or his uncle.

He added: "He (Olhats) was very important in my life but I don’t have a relationship with him anymore.

“I stopped having any relationship with him since the day I got married. I invited him to the wedding day, and he didn’t come. That’s why I stopped having a relationship with him. 

“My uncle doesn’t know how football works. And in the end, the journalist ended up getting the statement out of him.

"I told Leo that I never speak to them, in fact, I don’t even have my uncle’s phone number. 

“My parents don’t talk to Eric either, so who is going to talk to him? He can do a lot of damage, and create problems in the dressing room.”

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Half of Black and mixed-race employees 'have experienced discrimination at work'

In a year which has seen a global push for racial equality, a new report has revealed almost half of UK Black and mixed-race workers have experienced some kind of workplace discrimination.

The study from job site Indeed, also revealed a worrying number of workers who are disabled (51%) and over a third (39%) of lesbian, gay and bisexual respondents have also lived through workplace discrimination of some kind. 

47% of Black and mixed-race (Black and white) workers say they feel the need to hide parts of themselves, their personality or their identity from colleagues, compared to just 29% of all workers who feel this pressure.

The pandemic has also been shown to be having a negative impact on the wellbeing of minoritised groups at work.

More than a third of workers (34%) believe Covid-19 has delayed efforts to improve diversity, inclusion and belonging in their company.

The survey of more than 1,500 workers from a range of industries and business sizes, found nearly a fifth (18%) of respondents thought that the pandemic has also had a negative impact on job opportunities for minority candidates, rising to a third (31%) of those from Black or mixed-race backgrounds and a quarter (25%) of those with a disability.

In addition, in March 2020 the Government Equalities Office and the Equality and Human Rights Commission suspended the enforcement of the Gender Pay Gap Report due to the Covid outbreak.

This means that for this year no organisation has to report data on its gender pay gaps, avoiding any subsequent court action. A third of workers (32%) believe this will have a negative impact on equal working opportunities between men and women in the UK. 

‘Employers are rethinking their attitudes and behaviours to make workplaces the best they can be and for that to happen people need to feel that they belong,’ says LaFawn Davis, VP of diversity, inclusion and belonging at Indeed.

‘That’s difficult during a pandemic when millions more people are working remotely but there are steps leaders and managers can take to embrace and nurture diverse talent. 

‘Building that culture starts from the top and should focus on bringing a greater sense of community to the organisation. That involves creating plans that involve all and are reflective of the entire workforce and the barriers experienced by different populations.

‘Human decency and understanding other individual’s circumstances also go a long way to truly making someone feel like they belong. 

‘While our research shows that in many cases this is already happening, the deficit between words and actions suggests there is still some way to go before all employees feel valued and understood.’

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Charlotte Hawkins thrills GMB fans as she flaunts curves in tight minidress

Charlotte Hawkins looked as hot as ever as she took to Good Morning Britain this morning while donning a riskier number.

Clearly feeling herself, the news reader first took to her official Instagram account to share a snap of her outfit in a mirror with her 211,000 followers.

Sharing the snap on her main page, she wrote in the caption: "Today’s @gmb dress courtesy of @karen_millen! #dressingroomselfie @debbiedresses @kkelsing1 #gmb #goodmorningbritain."

In the pic Charlotte can be seen standing tall in her dressing room as she dons the burgundy dress which reached half-way down her thighs and featured sleeves down to her forearms.

The piece sat way above Charlotte' knees as she posed up a storm while holding her phone up and smiling.

Charlotte's dress clung tightly to her frame and featured orange and white detailing to give the illusion of curves.

She completed the look with a matching pair or burgundy pump heels which matched the dress perfectly.

The TV star wore her blonde locks down in loose glamorous waves as her locks sat on her shoulders.

Charlotte also uploaded another snap of her in the pretty dress as she was joined by co-star Richard Arnold who is celebrating turning 51 today.

Richard can be seen standing behind her as the pair beam from ear-to-ear.

Taking to the caption, Charlotte wrote: "Happy Birthday to the man who keeps us all entertained every morning – it’s @tvsrichardarnold!"

Fans also rushed to the comments section under both photos to gush over Charlotte's dress.

One commented: "You are on fire today," followed by the flame and love-struck emoji.

A second gushed: "Looking hot in that dress this morning."

"Stunning as always," said another.

"You really are quite beautiful, Charlotte," complimented one fan.

GMB continues at 6am tomorrow on ITV

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Who was David Dinkins' wife Joyce?

DAVID Dinkins, New York City's first Black mayor, died aged 93 on Monday, November 23, in his Upper East Side home.

Mr Dinkins was Mayor of New York between 1990 and 1993 and lovingly described the city as a “gorgeous mosaic” – but who was his wife, Joyce?

Who was David Dinkins' wife Joyce? 

Joyce B. Dinkins was the wife of David N. Dinkins and a supporter of children’s education throughout her lifetime. 

Born Joyce Elizabeth Burrows in Manhattan on December 22 in 1930, Joyce was the daughter of a real estate broker and was raised in Harlem.

Her father Daniel Burrows was one of the first Black people to be elected as a Manhattan Democratic District leader. 

As David Dinkins’ wife, Joyce became the first Black first lady of New York City between 1990 and 1993, inspiring thousands of African Americans. 

During her time as New York’s first lady, she supported her husband’s role as Mayor and helped many charities. 

In an interview to the New York Times, she once said of her husband: “I can’t say that he asks for my advice; nor am I an adviser.

"I consider myself more a supporter than I do an adviser. I give my opinions. I can’t say he always accepts them.”

Joyce was particularly passionate about children’s literacy and education and supported programs that worked to prevent child abuse. 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Joyce was “such a strong and good woman, so dignified in everything she did".

Joyce Dinkins died in her home in Manhattan on October 11, 2020.

She was 89. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo paid tribute to her on Twitter saying she showed "grace and purpose" in her role as First Lady.

How long had David Dinkins and Joyce been married?

David Dinkins and Joyce Burrows married in 1953. 

The couple were married for 67 years and had two children together, David N. Dinkins Jr and Donna Dinkins Hoggard. 

The couple are survived by their children and two grandchildren. 

How did Joyce and David Dinkins meet? 

David Dinkins met Joyce Burrows while studying Mathematics at Howard University in Washington, historically a Black university, where he enrolled in 1946. 

Mr Dinkins had just finished serving in the army when he began his studies – he met fellow student Joyce, a sociology major, in 1953. 

The young couple were married in the same year before moving to Harlem in New York. 

How did David Dinkins die? 

David Dinkins passed away around 9.30pm on Monday, November 23 in his Upper East Side home in New York. 

He was 93. 

The cause of Mr Dinkins' death was not immediately available. 

His passing comes just a month after that of his wife.

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Man City to offer Lionel Messi New York City transfer and ambassadorial role as part of 10-year plan for Barcelona star

MANCHESTER CITY are reportedly set to offer Lionel Messi a future move to the MLS to maximise the benefits of bringing him to the club.

The Times claim Pep Guardiola's side are set to launch another attempt to sign the Argentine in the new year.

And the report adds that the City Football Group (CFG) are willing to offer Messi the chance to play for sister club New York City FC later in his career – as they once did with Frank Lampard.

The Barcelona icon could also choose any of the other eight teams in the CFG portfolio including Japanese outfit Yokohama F Marinos and Melbourne City in Australia.

Furthermore, City are said to be planning to tempt Messi with an ambassadorial role after he has hung up his boots.

City missed out on the Barca superstar in the summer when he was forced into staying after a bitter legal row.

But with the Argentine’s relationship with Barca still frosty and the Spanish club desperate for money, City are considering making a move in the upcoming transfer window.

But Barcelona presidential favourite Victor Font has told City to forget about signing Messi in the new year.

Messi, 33, will be out of contract in the summer and a cut-price deal could tempt the cash-stricken Catalan giants.

But Font says he has already made it clear to City chief executive Ferran Soriano that if he is nominated, Barca will not consider selling him.

Font revealed: “I already told Soriano to forget about Messi, to look for alternatives to win the Champions League.

“Messi will continue with us and we will win the Champions League.”

Messi has scored an incredible 640 goals in just 742 appearances for Barca, winning an astonishing ten LaLiga titles and four Champions Leagues.

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Who is Dancing With The Stars winner Kaitlyn Bristowe?

AFTER months of training and live shows, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev were named the winners of Dancing With The Stars 2020.

But before being crowned Queen of the Dancefloor, the reality star was well known as being part of the The Bachelor franchise.

Who is Dancing With The Stars winner Kaitlyn Bristowe?

35-year-old Kaitlyn was born on June 19, 1985 and is a Canadian television personality, podcast host and reality star.

She started her career as a spin class instructor before finding fame on ABC's The Bachelor.

In 2017, she debuted on Broadway hosting the show Home For the Holidays, Live on Broadway.

She also has her podcast, Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe, which also began in 2017 and sees her chatting to special guests

When was Kaitlyn Bristowe on The Bachelorette?

Kaitlyn was a contestant on Chris Soules's season of The Bachelor in 2015.

She caught the audience's attention with her wry, sometimes inappropriate sense of humor.

She placed third overall, losing to runner-up Becca Tilley and winner Whitney Bischoff.

That same year she took part in season 11 of The Bachelorette and picked Shawn Booth.

The couple then got engaged during the show's season finale.

But after 3 years together, the pair called things off in 2018.

Does Kaitlyn Bristowe have a boyfriend?

Kaitlyn is dating Jason Tartick, who competed in the 14 season of The Bachelorette.

The couple started seeing each other in 2019 and now live together in Nashville, Tennessee.

The pair have even adopted two rescued Golden Retrievers named Ramen Noodle and Pinot.

Speaking to E! about the possibility of Jason proposing, Kaitlyn said: "[Jason] knows I don't want to do my second proposal on TV. I've already done that,"

When did Kaitlyn win Dancing With The Stars?

Kaitlyn scooped the coveted Mirrorball Trophy on November 23, 2020.

She beat finalists Justina Machado and Sasha Farber, Nelly and Daniella Karagach, and Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson.

For the final show she earnt two perfect scores from judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Derek Hough, and Bruno Tonioli.

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Dynamo Kiev vs Barcelona: Live stream FREE, TV channel, team news, kick-off time for Champions League contest

BARCELONA have been inconsistent for the most part this season but in the Champions League they've been flawless.

The Catalan side take on Ukrainians Dynamo Kiev in their next outing, with a win enough to secure them a place in the last-16 of Europe's elite competition.

Lionel Messi and co. managed to topple Dynamo in their first match at the Nou Camp with a 2-1 victory.

But their challenge with the Ukrainian side is just that little bit tougher this time around.

What time does Dynamo Kiev vs Barcelona kick off?

  • Dynamo Kiev vs Barcelona will kick-off at 8pm UK time.
  • The game will take place at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.

What TV channel is Dynamo Kiev vs Barcelona and can it be live streamed?

  • Barcelona's clash with Dynamo Kiev will be shown live on BT Sport.
  • The game is available for streaming on the BT Sport app, which can be downloaded onto your mobile or tablet device.

Can I watch Dynamo Kiev vs Barcelona for FREE?

  • Yes, the game is available to watch free-of-charge but only if you're an EE customer.
  • If you're with EE, you can get three months of BT Sport FREE by clicking HERE.
  • After the three months are over, you can cancel the subscription.

What is the team news?

Dynamo Kiev have been hit with a coronavirus outbreak NINE players missing the game and in isolation.

They also have a further three players, including Oleksandr Tymchyk, out on the sidelines through injury.

Lionel Messi will play no part in this game after being left out of the travelling squad.

Barca still have Ronald Araujo and Sergio Busquets on the injury table while Samuel Umtiti has a knee problem.

Sergi Roberto has a muscle problem and is doubtful to make the squad to play Kiev.

Philippe Coutinho returned from injury at the weekend was used as a sub so may start in the Champions League.


Dynamo Kiev – 19/5

Draw – 3/1

Barcelona – 4/6

*Odds courtesy of Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication.

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