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Chris Hemsworth's Marvel co-stars aren't the only ones reacting to the actor's recent fitness photo over the weekend.
Hulk Hogan, who Hemsworth is set to portray in an upcoming biopic, also took a moment on Monday to comment on the 37-year-old's Instagram picture.
In the snapshot, Hemsworth is seen shirtless and lifting a massive wheel. He teased in the caption of the pic, "Cheat day today. Decided to treat myself to this extra large donut, gosh it’s heavy."
Meanwhile, the WWE wrestler said of Hemsworth on Twitter: "He’s already there! He’s ready BROTHER!!!" Hogan then jokingly asked, "But is he good looking enough to play me lol,lol,lol. HH."
In addition to the comment, Hogan, 67, shared several side-by-side photos of the stars.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Hemsworth would be portraying Hogan in a movie about the performer and reality star's life.
Of the film, Hemsworth said in a July interview with Games Radar for its “Total Film” series, "This movie is going to be a really fun project," he shared (via Comic Book). "As you can imagine, the preparation for the role will be insanely physical. I will have to put on more size than I ever have before, even more than I put on for Thor. There is the accent as well as the physicality and the attitude."
Currently, Hemsworth is getting into shape to play the god of thunder in his fourth standalone movie, "Thor: Love and Thunder," and eighth Marvel film overall.
Hulk Hogan, who actor Chris Hemsworth is set to portray in an upcoming biopic, took a moment to comment on the star’s recent workout photo. (AP, File, Getty)
After Hemsworth posted the pic, his co-star Chris Pratt teased: “Hey bud, Just heard from my trainer and he needs you to stop working out because since we’re gonna be in the same movie and everything he doesn’t want me to stand next to you if you look like that so I’m gonna need you to put on 25 lbs real quick cool thanks.”
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Not to be outdone in terms of funny comments, Hemsworth responded to Pratt, 41, by implying that his cut figure in the image is simply the result of a photo filter.
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"Don’t worry mate we can just both use the same fancy filter that’s been applied here,” he said. “It’s called instashred.”
Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report
Outdoor grassroots sport is expected to return when national lockdown measures are lifted next month.
Prime minister Boris Johnson is set to make a statement to the House of Commons on Monday where the next phase of restrictions will be outlined.
It is expected that grassroots sport, that has been banned since 5 November under the current guidelines, will be able to restart from 2 December.
Golf courses, tennis courts and other recreational sports venues are set to be allowed to open.
Elite sport has continued behind closed doors throughout the current lockdown but a move to allow fans to return to stadiums in limited numbers could also be confirmed by the prime minister imminently.
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has maintained that getting grassroots back was always a priority.
“I’m desperate for it to come back,” he said last week.
“I am pretty hopeful and confident as we go back into the tier system. It’s top of the list for us to get it back from 2 December. I know how valuable it is.
“We have to go through a proper process of evaluating the evidence; we have to wait until the final decisions are made.”
A £300million ‘winter survival package’ for elite sport was confirmed by the government last week with rugby union and racing some of the chief beneficiaries but non-elite sport was not included.
MP Damian Collins believes grassroots sport must be able to return for benefit of young people and children in particular.
“The big difference between the lockdown we’re going to have in the next few weeks and the one we had in the spring and summer is that the schools are going to be allowed to stay open,” he told Sky Sports News.
“That’s absolutely right, because it’s important for children’s wellbeing, as well as their education, that they’re back in school. But if we recognise that children are better off in school, even with Covid, then I think we should recognise that they’re better off doing grassroots sports than they are being stuck at home.
“We know the rate of infection in outdoor settings is lower than indoor ones, and the danger to children’s health is much lower from coronavirus.
“Being allowed to take part in grassroots sports will be much better for the mental and physical health of young people.”
MEGHAN Markle’s former best friend Jessica Mulroney said the duchess “checked up” on her daily after she was left “suicidal” during her racism row.
Earlier this year, mum-of-three Jessica was accused of abusing her "wealth and privilege" by influencer Sasha Exeter to attempt to shut her up in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The high profile spat, in which the mum-of-three appeared to threaten Sasha with legal action in a private message after publicly apologising, also reportedly left the Duchess of Sussex “mortified.”
A source claimed to The Post that Jessica battled “severe depression and suicidal thoughts”, after the incident, which saw her lose her job on ABC's Good Morning America along with a number of fashion deals.
They alleged: “Jess couldn’t talk without crying. She could barely respond to a text message.”
Despite rumours that Meghan and Jessica’s friendship is “not what it once was”, Jessica said that she is “constantly” in touch with Meghan, saying the royal often “checks up” on her.
Posting a statement on her Instagram stories, she wrote: "I'm going to tell this once and for all. Meghan and I are family.
"She is the kindest friend and has checked up on me every day."
However, the source claims that they aren’t as close as they once were, adding: “It’s not because of [Exeter]. They’ve just grown apart.”
This follows an insider claiming in July that Jessica was "devastated and distraught that Meghan had done nothing to stand up for her publicly".
A source close to Meghan said she was left "mortified" by Jessica's actions and feels she can "no longer be associated with her."
They told the DailyMail.com: "She said Jessica is in no way a racist, but the way she handled the situation was tone-deaf and heartbreaking.
"Meghan said friends reflect friends and because of what's at stake she can no longer be associated with Jessica, at least not in public.
"She has to do what she has to do in order to preserve her dignity and her own reputation."
The Duchess of Sussex, who is currently living in California with Harry and Archie, one, reportedly met celebrity stylist Jessica Mulroney while she was living in Toronto filming Suits.
In August, Jessica shared a photo of Meghan and her son on the Duchess' wedding day and said it brought her "pure joy".
However, she has since deleted the snap.
In more Royal Family news, Meghan Markle & Prince Harry would’ve ‘reached beneficial’ Megxit deal if they’d been more ‘dignified’, an insider has claimed.
And Kate Middleton’s famous see-through dress was actually a SKIRT she ‘yanked up’ to show off her figure.
Plus Charlotte and George’s school Covid-19 restrictions have been revealed & ‘Kate and William are only parents allowed inside gates’.
Mandarins’ £42m bonus bonanza: Ministry of Defence fat cats get bulk of the payouts as it emerges staff on £200k a year got £20k cheques… and the handouts total is likely to be just the tip of the iceberg
Ministry of Defence spent more than £12.2 million on bonus packages last year
Officials on salaries of nearly £200,000 were handed cheques for up to £20,000
The bonuses will anger taxpayers who earn just a fraction of their pay packets
Whitehall officials banked at least £42 million in bonuses last year – and the true figure is likely to be much higher, the Daily Mail can reveal.
Civil servants at the Ministry of Defence pocketed the lion’s share of salary top-ups, with the department spending more than £12.2 million on bonus packages.
Bureaucrats on salaries of almost £200,000 were handed cheques for up to £20,000, while up to £25,000 was pocketed by a department boss earning more than £130,000.
Whitehall officials banked at least £42 million in bonuses last year – and the true figure is likely to be much higher, the Daily Mail can reveal. Whitehall buildings are seen above in London
News of hefty bonuses to senior staff – many already on six-figure salaries – will anger taxpayers, most of whom earn a fraction of public sector staff’s lucrative pay packets.
The £42.4 million in bonus packages is thought to be only the tip of the iceberg. The figure is based on 14 responses to Freedom of Information requests asking for details of bonus pay and details – meaning only a third of the Government’s 43 ministerial and non-ministerial departments replied – and details from two annual reports.
The Mail’s investigation shows that the Competition and Markets Authority paid chief operating officer Erik Wilson, who earns up to £135,000 a year, a bonus of up to £25,000.
The watchdog’s chief executive, Andrea Coscelli, who earns between £190,000 and £195,000 – pocketed up to £20,000.
John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, which worked with the Mail in uncovering the figures, criticised the lavish bonus payments and called for the ‘gold-plated bonuses’ to be cut.
Dame’s £170k salary… and a £20k bonus
Ofcom’s new chief executive was handed the largest slice of the Ministry of Housing’s £1.06 million bonus pot last year.
Dame Melanie Dawes, who moved to the broadcasting regulator in February, pocketed between £15,000 and £20,000 on top of her salary as permanent secretary – which, at more than £170,000, already exceeded Boris Johnson’s pay packet.
Ofcom’s new chief executive Dame Melanie Dawes, who moved to the broadcasting regulator in February, pocketed between £15,000 and £20,000 on top of her salary as permanent secretary
The former Whitehall mandarin, 54, also received £23,900 in pension contributions, despite sitting on a pension pot of almost £1 million in 2016/17 – three years before she left the Civil Service.
Six of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s senior civil servants – all on salaries of at least £90,000 – pocketed bonuses worth up to £95,000 combined.
Jeremy Pocklington, who took over from Dame Melanie in March, was also given a bonus of up to £20,000. He is on a salary of between £135,000 and £140,000.
Dame Melanie had been the most senior woman in the Civil Service. She is thought to be on about £315,000 a year as Ofcom chief executive.
Bonuses are awarded to staff based on performance at an individual, team or organisational level and assessed by each department. The Government launched a review of public sector bonuses in 2012 after outrage over pay-outs at bodies such as Royal Bank of Scotland.
Former Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander wrote to all Whitehall departments at the time, asking them to examine their reward structures to ensure only ‘genuine excellence’ is recognised.
Public sector pay was frozen for two years up to 2013, then capped at 1 per cent rises for five more years. In July, pay was increased by up to 3.1 per cent, but workers say they have incurred nearly a decade of real-term pay cuts.
At the end of March, 6,450 Whitehall employees were at ‘senior civil service’ level, up from 4,300 five years earlier.
Their median salary was £81,440 – three times the average across all ranks of £28,180.
The MoD said its payouts were made up of £11.7 million to ‘below senior civil service’ staff and £595,410 to senior staff on ‘standard contracts’.
The figures are likely to infuriate those on the front-line of the Armed Forces whose staff numbers have fallen for nine consecutive years. Many who left cited poor pay as the main reason.
Also topping up civil servants’ pay by thousands was the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which spent £4.3 million on rewarding staff.
The Department for Transport made payouts of almost £9 million, while the Home Office figure was more than £8.1million.
Several bodies would not disclose details of the highest bonus payments, claiming the figures would be published in annual reports.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport was unable to provide a total figure, stating bonus payments have ‘not yet been paid in their entirety’.
The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs spent almost £2.5 million on bonus payments to more than 5,000 members of staff ‘for both sustained performance and exceptional contributions.’
Mr O’Connell said: ‘Taxpayers will be baffled at the bonuses being handed out to public sector fat cats.
‘People in the private sector are worried enough about keeping their own jobs, let alone the thought that they should fund big bonuses for government officials.’
A Government spokesman said: ‘We are committed to delivering the best value for money. We routinely publish our expenditure to maintain transparency.’
And they’re sitting on £1m gold-plated pension nest eggs
Mandarins have amassed £1million-plus ‘gold-plated’ pension pots with vast annual payments guaranteed when they finally retire.
Senior civil servants – dubbed the ‘pension aristocracy’ – are sitting on lucrative nest eggs that would cost millions more to buy on the annuity market.
Pension pots for the leading 23 civil servants totalled £24.5million in 2018-2019, the last year for which data exists, the Mail can reveal.
Thirteen had pension pots worth more than £1million, only two of whom were women. Those with the biggest nest eggs are guaranteed payments on retirement of £87,500 a year, almost ten times the full annual state pension of just over £9,100.
On top of this, 15 department heads will receive a lump sum on retirement – the average value of this is £148,167.
Mandarins have amassed £1million-plus ‘gold-plated’ pension pots with vast annual payments guaranteed when they finally retire [File photo]
News of the figures is likely to outrage private-sector workers who have seen the value of their pensions plummet on the stock market.
Generous final salary schemes have been almost wiped out as bosses are unwilling to bear the cost or risk of running them.
The mandarins’ pensions are referred to as gold-plated because after retirement they get a guaranteed income for life linked to inflation. Simon McDonald, head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, is sitting on the largest nest egg valued at £2.05million.
Sir Mark Sedwill, former Cabinet Secretary, received a £250,000 ‘golden goodbye’ when he stepped down in September and also has a pension pot of £1.5million, or £87,500 annually.
Former pensions minister Baroness Altmann said it would cost those with a private pension at least £3.5million to buy such a package on the annuity market. She added: ‘I call them the pension aristocracy.’
John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, which worked with the Mail in uncovering the figures, criticised the lavish bonus payments and called for the ‘gold-plated bonuses’ to be cut. Mr O’Connell is pictured above
Clare Moriarty, former permanent secretary at the Department for Exiting the European Union, had a pension pot worth £1.6million at the end of March 2019.
Miss Moriarty, a civil servant for 35 years, took on the post in April 2019 after three years in the same role at the Department for the Environment.
The other woman on the list of those with pensions of £1million-plus is Bernadette Kelly, permanent secretary at the Department for Transport, with a retirement package worth £1.39million.
A Government source said overall remuneration is constantly reviewed so it is affordable and competitive with the private sector.
They added the civil service pension scheme has been reformed twice and it is not unusual for senior staff to accumulate large pots towards the end of their careers.
Many taxpayers are currently struggling to afford even life’s essentials – but they are still funding the purchase of fine artwork for government buildings and the House of Lords.
Many of the pieces – costing hundreds of thousands – are not even on display and have been left to gather dust in store cupboards.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport spent £432,071 on acquiring art for buildings through the Government Art Collection (GAC). This included £24,000 on a five-foot wall made of 13,000 white Lego bricks. The wall was created by Michael Wilkinson but it is unclear where it has been installed.
Other works of art include a photographic print called Shadows and Disturbances by Zarina Bhimji, bought for £20,160. And an untitled collage made from magazines in 1994 by Donald Rodney cost £5,400.
The most expensive purchase was a £107,250 oil painting by Denzil Forrester titled Family Living.
It was bought for the UK consul general’s official residence in New York. Separately, the House of Lords spent just over £17,200 on art: £5,258 on an oil painting called the Tank Attack by Frank Brangwyn, £5,000 on a piece called Royal Gallery by Toby Ward, and it commissioned a £7,000 portrait of Lord Fowler, the current Lord Speaker. The three pieces have not been displayed yet.
DCMS also paid £34,865 to transfer artwork to Tokyo, taking the total paid out by the Government and the Lords last year to at least £484,194.
The works of art from the GAC are displayed in government buildings in Britain, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and in British embassies for what it terms ‘cultural diplomacy’.
DCMS also spent £17,000 on a bizarre artificial snakeskin sculpture titled Snake, Apple, Tree. The sculpture is by Siobhan Hapaska, who was inspired by the Book of Genesis.
The art magazine Frieze says of the piece: ‘In Hapaska’s take on the tale, Adam and Eve are nowhere to be seen, while the serpent retains a vestigial, artificial presence.’
A spokesman for the DCMS said: ‘The GAC helps promote the creativity of British art and culture at home and across the globe with acquisitions approved by an independent expert panel.’
A Lords spokesman said: ‘Every acquisition is considered very carefully to ensure it represents value for money and fits the acquisitions policy. The latest acquisitions will be placed on public display as soon as it is safe to do so. This has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is not true to say they are ‘gathering dust’.’
Rosemarie Vega arguably had one of the best glow ups in 90 Day Fiance history.
We first met her when her boyfriend, “Big Ed” Brown, left his swank home in San Diego to visit her home country of the Philippines.
While he was worried about air conditioning, he was shocked when he walked into an open-aired shack with sheets for doors and exposed electrical wiring.
The relationship didn’t work
Ed’s arrival in Caloocan City quickly showed the flaws in their relationship. Rosemarie realized that he lied about his height and later found out that this wasn’t his only indiscretion.
From telling her she had bad breath, to omitting the truth about his planned vasectomy, Rose dealt with a lot until she finally left Big Ed while the couple was on a getaway.
Although the relationship didn’t work, 90 Day Fiance is proving to be a good move for the young mother. Since leaving the show, she’s been renovating a huge two-story home and has built a YouTube following of over 621,000 followers.
The glow up is real
Since appearing on the hit TLC show, she’s snagged brand partnerships and collaborated with other creators.
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Rose changed up her look and experimented with some bright colors.
Her latest venture is a ‘Bake with Me’ Youtube video with a local baker in Manila.
Using her platform to bring light to issues that matter, she captioned one of her most liked photos “Morena and Proud”.
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Although she’s left the TLC franchise with a huge following and fans, it’s clear Rosemarie left with new confidence.
Ending the message of self-love to her followers, she concludes, “And just like me, I am asking some of you who has insecurities with skin color to please, please embrace yourselves.. embrace the color that you have. Above all, it’s about loving and accepting ourselves. ❤”
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A tattoo-obsessed woman has spent nearly £20,000 on covering herself in ink from head to toe.
Julia Nuno, 32, got her first piece of body art when she was 18, but in the last three years, has dedicated a total of 234 hours to getting a full body suit.
The residential carer, from California, has splurged £19,530 exactly, covering the top of her head down the soles of her feet.
Despite concerns from her family, Julia even had her genital area tattooed earlier this month in Texas.
Julia also has plans to get her face – the last remaining untouched space – covered in geometric flowers.
She said: ‘It’s taken me quite a while, I started getting tattooed as soon as I was old enough.
‘It’s only over the last few years that I have been going constantly.
‘I started out small with a hibiscus flower on my chest but it just ended up growing.’
Julia added: ‘I had no intention of collecting or getting a suit but somewhere down the line I just decided to go all the way.
‘Now I can’t stop.’
For the last three years, Julia has spent three hours in tattoo parlours every fortnight adding to her collection.
But the tat lover admits it’s the sessions and process of getting the work done that keeps her going back, adding she usually lets the artist choose the design.
She said: ‘For a long time I told myself and other people that I would never shave my head to get it tattooed, I said: “that’s crazy”.
‘But when I ran out of space on my body it was the next obvious part.
‘I feel like the more tattooed I am the more irritating it feels to see empty space.
‘When I’m finished I’m going to go over my existing suit restoring the colours and existing lines.
‘The sessions are really special to me, the art is nice but it’s the actual tattooing sessions that I’m really addicted to.
‘A lot of times I let the man who tattoos me pick the art. I have ideas about what I want to get but usually, it’s what he chooses.’
Despite concerns from her family that she might be going too far, Julia feels she must keep going and plans to get her face covered later this year.
The singleton added that while some people have been put off by her tattoos, others have been entranced by them and often strangers will come up to her to touch her skin.
Julia continued: ‘The people I work with are very accepting and look past it but I think some of my family have problems with how many tattoos I have.
‘They weren’t surprised when I shaved my head to have my head tattooed but my mum doesn’t like face tattoos so I know she won’t be a fan when I have that done, but I feel like I have to do it.
‘People are fascinated and they do look at me, a lot of people want to touch them as well which can be unnerving when they do it without asking.
‘It hasn’t made much of a difference in a romantic sense, some people are really into it and like me even more for my tattoos and others are put off but it’s what I want to do and it makes me happy, so I don’t worry too much about what other people think.’
THIS YEAR, many of us have put up the Christmas decorations early to get in the festive spirit.
One couple from Doncaster have gone all out with the festive decks and have totally transformed their home into a winter wonderland.
Michael Fenning, 36, and husband Paul, 30, have decorated their home in a festive film theme, taking inspiration from The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Grinch.
A whole week and hundreds of pounds later, their home glitters with Christmas lights and garlands and a total of THREE Christmas trees.
Among their festive display is a model of the Grinch and Jack Skellington, a giant nutcracker, and a TV showing a fake fire to create a cosy atmosphere.
The couple used decorations collected throughout their relationship as well as some new items and the result is dazzling.
Paul said: "Both of us have always loved Halloween and Christmas, although we've never gone this big before!"
"We brought back all the traditional colours of red and green but with a twist and used mainly a local cash and carry for the lights which are all energy efficient LEDs.
"We just wanted to make it a bit over the top, crazy and fun!
"With it being my 30th and such a miserable time, we decided to put them up early so people from the area could come and see the house."
"We thought it'd be nice for people to enjoy the house on a little outing in their households to put a smile on not only the kids' faces, but also for the inner child that lives in us all," Paul added.
"It's always exciting viewing Christmas lights. I think it was just the perfect time for this."
Michael and Paul share their interior design projects on Instagram account: @cherrytree.home
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