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Iceland boss says panic buying is FINALLY easing

‘There’s only so much loo roll you need in your life’: Iceland boss says panic buying is FINALLY easing off but urges young people to come INTO supermarkets and save online delivery slots for the elderly

  • MD of Iceland supermarket today said ‘healthy people’ should be using stores
  • Said they should shop in store to free up delivery slots for elderly and vulnerable
  • Richard Walker said that people were reverting to their normal shopping habits  
  • Said stockpiling was ending, adding: ‘They only need so much loo roll in their life’

Iceland’s managing director has said panic buying is finally starting to ease off in his supermarkets because young people have realised ‘they only need so much loo roll in their lives’. 

Managing director Richard Walker said he is ‘pleased to report’ people are no longer stockpiling in such great numbers. 

He believes it is partially down to a ‘growing public awareness’ and Iceland ‘beefing up’ its supply chains, but also because the fit and healthy have realised they only need a certain amount of bathroom supplies. 

Toilet paper was one of the first products to disappear from supermarket shelves up and down the country more than a week before the Prime Minister put the UK on lockdown.

Managing director Richard Walker (pictured) said he is ‘pleased to report’ people are no longer stockpiling in such great numbers

He believes it is partially down to a ‘growing public awareness’ and Iceland ‘beefing up’ its supply chains, but also because the fit and healthy have realised they only need a certain amount of toilet paper 

Mr Walker told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘I totally understand why people are fearful, but stockpiling is inherently socially divisive because it’s not an option for those who can’t afford it, but also by stripping the shelves and not shopping responsibly it means that others go without.

‘Panic buying and stockpiling is unnecessary because production has not dried up. 

‘The current shortages will largely be resolved when people revert to their normal shopping habits and only buy what they actually need, which I am pleased to report is starting to happen. 

‘I think that’s down to a growing awareness from the public and because we have beef up our supply chains. 

‘But it’s probably a realization by people that they only need so much loo roll in their life.’  

Mr Walker also directly contradicted Boris Johnson’s Monday lockdown speech, urging young people not to use online food delivery services.

He said: ‘I would urge the opposite of the PM if you are healthy, not in a vulnerable category.

‘Please do shop in store but make sure you shop responsibly – adhere to social distancing, don’t panic buy – that will enhance priority online for those that need it most.’ 

Toilet paper was one of the first products to disappear from supermarket shelves up and down the country more than a week before the Prime Minister put the UK on lockdown

The Iceland boss claimed he has not been able to purchase enough personal protective equipment (PPE) for his frontline staff.

He added: ‘We’ve ordered hand sanitizers, face masks and gloves but they’re taking far too long to arrive, we don’t have enough to provide them for customer use.’

Mr Walker revealed he has 1million pairs of gloves arriving for staff tomorrow but an order of facemasks that was placed weeks ago is still not due to arrive until the middle of next week. 

He added: ‘It’s all well and good for the Government to lay down the law on protecting customers, but it would really help if they could give us more practical support by giving us the PPE we desperately want.’   

Iceland, like many other supermarkets, is now using age verification to prioritise older, vulnerable and self-isolating customers. 

Tesco have begun limiting their online supermarket delivery baskets to 80 items to stop people buying huge amounts.  

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Friday Night Dinner boss addresses claims that upcoming season 6 will be Channel 4 sitcom’s last – The Sun

POPULAR comedy Friday Night Dinner returns for its sixth series tomorrow night – and viewers have been reassured it won’t be the last.

The Channel 4 sitcom, which depicts the Shabbat meal in the middle-class secular Jewish Goodman family, has found a devoted following since it was launched back in 2011.

They were disappointed when former Inbetweeners star Simon Bird, who plays eldest son Adam, recently revealed this series would “probably” herald the show’s end.

But the good news for fans of Friday Night Dinner, which comes at a miserable time with the whole of the UK on lockdown over Coronavirus, is that its writer and creator has now said otherwise – although he’s making no guarantees.

Robert Popper told Radio Times: "Simon said it feels like it could be the last one. That's news to me! I've no plans to end it now.

"You know, whenever you make a TV series, you always think, 'Well, that's probably our lot' – you never really know. 

“But obviously, the show has now become successful, which is lovely.

"You'd like to think they'd do it again. I think they would. But it's also down to me, if I want to do it again. 

“I always have to think: 'Do I want to do it again or not?' I love writing it. So, who knows? I haven't got a thought like, 'I want to end it'.”

Channel 4 hasn't ordered a seventh series, but if they do then Bird may need convincing to return. 


The 35-year-old, who played nerdy Will McKenzie in Channel 4 smash-hit comedy The Inbetweeners and its two spin-off movies, may need convincing.

He previously said: "We think this is probably the end of the show.

"Every series it feels more like, 'OK, we're ready to say goodbye to these characters – we're really proud of it but we're ready and happy to move on'. But, who knows?"

Friday Night Dinner returns for its sixth series this Friday, March 27 at 10pm on Channel 4.

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NYSE boss and husband of senator sold shares before coronavirus crash

New York Stock Exchange boss and Senator Kelly Loeffler’s husband sold $3.5 million of his own stock when she had secret briefing before coronavirus market crash

  • The CEO of the Intercontinental Exchange, owner of the New York Stock Exchange, sold the shares days before the first reported US coronavirus death
  • Jeffrey Sprecher offloaded the ICE shares before they plunged by nearly 25%
  • Sprecher and his wife Kelly Loeffler, the junior Georgia senator, also sold another $15.3 million worth of ICE shares on March 11
  • Sprecher, Loeffler and the ICE have not said whether the shares were sold off by the couple personally or by financial advisers on their behalf 
  • Loeffler was previously accused of corruption after it emerged that she sold off $3.1 million in stocks days after she attended a coronavirus briefing in January
  • She claimed on Friday that her financial advisers handle her stock transactions
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

The CEO of the Intercontinental Exchange, owner of the New York Stock Exchange, sold $3.5 million of his own shares just days before the first reported US death from the coronavirus.

Jeffrey Sprecher, the husband of junior Georgia Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, offloaded the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) shares on February 26 – before the shares plunged by nearly 25 percent. 

Sprecher sold the stocks for an average price of $93.42 each, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), CBS reported.

Sprecher and his wife Loeffler also sold $15.3 million worth of ICE shares on March 11, at an average price of about $87, according to the SEC filings.  

Loeffler has been accused of corruption after it emerged that she sold off $3.1 million in stocks in the days after she attended a coronavirus briefing for senators on January 24. 

Jeffrey Sprecher, the husband of junior Georgia Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, offloaded the ICE shares on February 26  before they plunged by nearly 25 percent

Sprecher and Loeffler have not commented on the latest news of the sell-off. 

Loeffler was previously accused of corruption after it emerged that she sold off $3.1 million in stocks days after she attended a coronavirus briefing in January

In an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight Friday, Loeffler claimed her financial advisers handle her stock transactions, and tend to her vast fortune. 

Loeffler and her husband have an estimated net worth of $500 million.

Loeffler, 49, told Carlson that she did not know about the sales of her stocks until February 16, and thought little of it.

‘I don’t get involved there, I don’t have a say, I don’t want to have a say,’ Loeffler stated.  

ICE said on Friday that it ‘maintains a global personal trading policy that prohibits insider trading and discretionary trading of stocks by its employees without the prior consent of the company.’

The ICE statement also said that Sprecher and Loeffler’s sales of non-company shares were executed by financial advisers.

However, the ICE would not comment as to whether the ICE shares were sold by an adviser or the couple themselves.    

Loeffler claimed she had familiarized herself with The Stock Act before she took her senate seat, and has always acted within the law. The Stock Act stops lawmakers from using non-public information for stock trades.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr has agreed to be questioned by the Senate Ethics Cothmittee. Republican Senator James Inhofe and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein also sold stock, according to filings, but say they weren’t involved in the transactions

Meanwhile, Loeffler also asserted that the economic fall-out from the coronavirus crisis has been fast-moving, and contended that coronavirus wasn’t at the top of her mind when her stocks were sold off between January 24 and mid-February.

‘It comes down to the timeline, this is a fast-moving situation… None of us believe today what we believed today on February 1st. February 1st we were locked down in impeachment, we were heading into the State of the Union, we were having the Prayer Breakfast, there was a million things going on,’ Loeffler told Carlson.  

She continued: ‘Nothing was locked down, other than President Trump rightly said we need to seal off flights from Wuhan, China’.

Carlson disputed the claim, saying he had checked his date book and had met with a Washington official on February 3, where they discussed the seriousness of the coronavirus.

‘I mean it was out there,’ Carlson claimed, appearing incredulous.

 ‘It doesn’t help anybody to point fingers retroactively, but people want to think that their leaders are putting the people’s interest before theirs, and I wonder if that’s always happening,’ he pondered.

Loeffler also stopped short of criticizing three of other senators who also sold off stocks following the private coronavirus meeting.

‘I’ve been in the senate for 11 weeks, I didn’t advise my colleagues on how they manage their financial situation,’ she stated.  

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr sold up to $1.7 million worth of stock on February 13 in 33 separate transactions after offering public assurances the government was ready to battle the virus. His financial filings were first reported by ProPublica.

Burr has agreed to be questioned by the Senate Ethics Committee.

Republican Senator James Inhofe and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein also sold stock, according to filings, but both said they were not involved in the transactions.

Inhofe said he has divested most of his stock and is not involved in investment decisions. Feinstein’s money is in a blind trust.

 

 

 

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'Ndrangheta mob boss is captured thanks to coronavirus quarantine

‘Ndrangheta mob boss is captured thanks to coronavirus quarantine after empty streets enabled police to spot cigarette smoke coming from his ‘abandoned’ house hideout

  • ‘Ndrangheta boss Cesare Antonio Cordì, 42, discovered hiding in Calabria, Italy
  • He was laying low in a deserted cottage when his cigarette smoke gave him away
  • Police able to track thug thanks to coronavirus quarantine leaving streets empty
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

The boss of Italian mob ‘Ndrangheta has been captured this week thanks to the country’s coronavirus quarantine, after empty streets allowed police to spot cigarette smoke coming from his hideout.

Cesare Antonio Cordì, the 42-year-old boss of the gang based in Calabria, Italy, was caught out by the government’s ‘stay at home’ order after clear streets led police to inspect suspicious activity on uninhabited land. 

Hiding in an abandoned house in the isolated district of Bruzzano Zeffirio, a small town in the Locride area of Calabria, mobster Cordì, was betrayed by his own cigarette smoke seen emerging from the building. 

Police forces Locri and Bianco raid the hideout of Cesare Antonio Cordì in a video shared by Carabinieri

He had been on the run from authorities since August and is believed to have lived at the abandoned property for months.

With the support of the provincial command, police forces from Locri and Bianco determined that Cordì was unlikely to have strayed far from his gang territory, like  like many ‘Ndrangheta members before him. 

Due to the forced isolation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and with limited shops to secure food and other basic necessities, investigators were able to narrow down Cordì’s location.     

Arrestato dai Carabinieri delle Compagnie di Bianco e di Locri, coadiuvati dal personale dello Squadrone Eliportato Cacciatori “Calabria”, un latitante di ‘ndrangheta. Fondamentali le prescrizioni imposte per il contenimento dell’emergenza COVID19, che hanno permesso ai militari di accertare la presenza dell’uomo all’interno dell’abitazione dove si nascondeva da mesi. #PossiamoAiutarvi #Carabinieri #coronavirus #COVID19

In the video they are seen searching cupboards for illegal goods, however Cordì’s arrest is not pictured

Cigarette smoke coming from the window of an uninhabited cottage was the final tip officer’s needed to hone in on the criminal. 

Cordì was apprehended at a secondary door of the property as police teams and a specialised military unit, Cacciatori di Calabria, sprung upon the mob boss.  

In December authorities conducted the biggest sweep on the group in decades as 334 people, including a police colonel and a former MP were arrested in a major operation against the southern ‘Ndrangheta organised syndicate, considered Italy’s most powerful mafia group. 

Cordì was apprehended at a secondary door of the property as police teams and a specialised military unit, Cacciatori di Calabria, sprung upon the mob boss

Italy called for all shops except pharmacies and food outlets to be closed in response to the country’s coronavirus outbreak on Wednesday, as the country’s death toll from the disease jumped sharply.

On Thursday the death toll from the outbreak continued to rise, jumping by 189 to 1,016 in 24 hours, a rise of 23 per cent, it emerged on Thursday.  

Millions are locked down and unable to leave their homes. 

Throughout the country extra staff are being brought into accident and emergency departments, holidays have been cancelled and doctors say they are delaying non-urgent operations to free up intensive care beds. 

How the ‘Ndrangheta cocaine crime network extends around the world

December’s operation targeted the ‘Ndrangheta families based in the southern Italian city of Locri in the Calabria region – the rural, mountainous and under-developed ‘toe’ of Italy’s boot and the heartland of the worldwide crime group.   

Despite intense police attention and frequent arrests, the ‘Ndrangheta – which derives its meaning from the Greek word for ‘heroism’ – has continued to extend its reach. 

Notoriously ruthless, the ‘Ndrangheta has surpassed Sicily’s Cosa Nostra and the Naples-based Camorra to operate on all continents thanks to the wealth it has amassed as the principal importer and wholesaler of cocaine produced in Latin America and smuggled into Europe via north Africa and southern Italy.

That trade is worth billions and previous police operations have indicated that the ‘Ndrangheta has well-established links with Colombian producer cartels, Mexican crime gangs and mafia families in New York and other parts of North America.


In 2016, a suspected ‘Ndrangheta boss, Ernesto Fazzalari (left), was arrested after two decades on the run, fleeing a life sentence for murder. A year later, another suspected boss of the crime clan, Santo Vottari (right), was detained in Calabria having been on the run for a decade

The organisation’s tight clan-based structure has made it hard to penetrate, but police have made some in roads in recent years. 

In 2015, 163 people were arrested in a major crackdown on the notorious mafia gang, which by that time had become the most powerful crime organisation in the country.

In another sting that year, police snatched assets worth £1.4billion from the ‘Ndrangheta, which included more than 1,500 betting shops, 82 online gambling sites and almost 60 companies.  

In 2016, one of Italy’s most wanted mafia bosses Ernesto Fazzalari was arrested after two decades on the run, fleeing a life sentence for murder. 

The ‘Ndrangheta member was captured in an apartment in a remote part of the southern region of Calabria.

On the run since 1996, he was convicted in absentia in 1999 of mafia association, kidnapping, illegal possession of weapons and a double homicide linked to a bloody 1989-91 feud which left 32 people dead in his home town of Taurianova.

His arrest was hailed by the government as a significant victory for the state in its battle against the powerful mafia group.

Last year, another suspected boss of the crime clan, Santo Vottari, was detained in Calabria having been on the run for a decade.

He was arrested hiding behind a trap door of a bunker having gone to ground over a 2007 massacre in Germany.  

Vottari was convicted in absentia in 2009 of being one of the heads of an ‘Ndrangheta clan whose feud with local rivals culminated in the Duisburg killings.

He was given a prison term of 10 years and eight months, two years after he went on the run.

Vottari was one of 31 people sentenced to prison terms in 2009 in connection with the Duisburg killings, which happened after a vendetta between two clans based in the same village, San Luca, spiralled out of control.

The feud between the Nirta-Strangio and Pelle-Vottari clans reportedly began with an egg-throwing prank in 1991. Reprisals escalated after the killing, on Christmas Day, 2006, of Maria Strangio, the wife of clan leader Giovanni Nirta.

The feud was blamed for at least 16 deaths in total, with the killings in Germany bringing it to international attention.

Giovanni Strangio was convicted in 2011 of being the mastermind and one of the authors of the Duisburg killings.

He was sentenced to life in prison. Seven others were given life sentences linked to the feud at the same trial.

Notoriously ruthless, the ‘Ndrangheta has surpassed Sicily’s Cosa Nostra and the Naples-based Camorra in influence thanks to its control of Europe’s cocaine trade.

The organisation is made up of numerous village and family-based clans based in the rural, mountainous and under-developed ‘toe’ of Italy’s boot.

The name ‘Ndrangheta comes from the Greek for courage or loyalty and the organisation’s secretive culture and brutal enforcement of codes of silence have made it very difficult to penetrate.

But authorities claimed a major breakthrough last year when they captured Ernesto Fazzalari, whom they described as the last senior ‘Ndrangheta fugitive still at large.

 

 

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Chelsea boss Lampard challenges Ross Barkley to follow his lead and silence the boo-boys – The Sun

FRANK LAMPARD has challenged Ross Barkley to follow his example and beat the Everton boo-boys.

Barkley has been abused by Everton fans on previous occasions when he has returned to his old club with Chelsea.

Blues boss Lampard knows all about that after his own move to Stamford Bridge from West Ham — and he wants Barkley to use the jeers as inspiration, like he did.

Lamps said: “In the early years, playing West Ham fired me up too much.

“But after a couple of years, when I’d settled down, it was just something that fired me up in a good way and made me pretty determined.

“I actually liked getting fired up and the challenge of going up against them. Your personality dictates that quite a bit and I’m pretty confident Ross will handle it a very good way.

“Ross has been away from Everton for a couple of years now, and if you move and go back to your old club you are going to get abuse.

“I don’t think he’ll have a crazy reaction and revel in it but he’s the determined type who will want to do well against his old team.”

NO MERSEY

Barkley certainly seemed up for Tuesday night’s FA Cup tie against Everton’s Merseyside rivals, Liverpool.

The England midfielder grabbed a fine goal and gave the kind of all-round performance Lampard and England boss Gareth Southgate need to see more often if he is to re-establish himself as a first choice for club and country.

Lampard said: “All the players have been out at times but Ross had a longer time out.

“Some of that was down to injury, and a niggling one which kept him out for the best part of six weeks.

“Some of that earlier in the season Ross would probably have to look at himself and say he could have been doing better.

“But Ross has taken that on in the most positive way possible. He has worked hard, he’s got his nose in the team.

“He does need confidence as a player. To try and play him and give him more minutes is always going to help with his confidence. And if he plays like he did against Liverpool recently and Tottenham, then he’s a big player for this club.”

Barkley was tipped for greatness when he emerged as a teenager at Everton.

And after joining Chelsea in January 2018, he said he aimed to become a goalscoring midfielder of the calibre of Lampard himself.

It has not quite turned out that way and Lampard said: “I never had that — piles of pressure at 18 years of age.

“It’s not easy for anybody to have that in this Premier League, because it’s so tough.

“What Ross can say is that he’s moved on from Everton and come to Chelsea, which is a big club. If he’s playing games here at a big club then that’s a success.

“He might be wishing he’s had more minutes and a bit more of an impact here at Chelsea.

“But I think right now that Ross has got a lot to offer.”

Another he thinks has a lot to offer is his former England team-mate Steven Gerrard.

Like Lamps, Gerrard is in his second season as a head coach but has cut a forlorn figure after some poor recent results.

And the Chelsea chief said: “I know Steven well and he’s a hard lad. I mean it in a good way.

“He was a great professional and a good friend. I think he is doing a really good job and is going to be an absolutely top-class manager.

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Chelsea boss Hayes hoping to pay homage to childhood hero Clough as she aims for Women’s League Cup final triumph – The Sun

EMMA HAYES hopes to channel a bit of Old Big ’Ead at the City Ground today in the League Cup final clash with Arsenal.

The Chelsea boss has hailed Nottingham Forest legend Brian Clough for inspiring her straight-talking approach to management.

Hayes, 43, grew up in Camden and idolised Cloughie .

Her self-employed dad ran  various businesses and always took her to Forest games whenever they played in London.

And Hayes wants to pay homage to her childhood hero by wearing a version of his famous green shirt when she leads her team out today.

She said: “The minute we got through to the final I thought ‘Oh God, I’m going to Cloughie’s home!’.

“I’ve been to the City Ground as an assistant coach but to lead my team out there will be a really, really, really nice moment.

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My married boss lured me into having an affair and now he is stalking me – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: MY boss lured me into having an affair with him when I was feeling low. But I have fallen passionately in love with him and he says he can’t leave his family home.

I moved jobs to try to make the break but he turns up at lunchtime or after work. My love for him is ruining my life and I’m only 23. He is 39.


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I suffered from depression after my brother took his own life 18 months ago. He was 25.

I was off work for three months and my boss called me, saying he was worried about me and asking me out for a drink.

I thought it was kind and I was pleased to see him.

It became a regular thing and he started telling me how unhappy he was with his wife and that he was going for divorce.

He asked me out for a drink when I got back to work and said he had feelings for me.

I was a bit shocked and wary when he tried to kiss me.

He wanted sex but I said no, but over the following weeks he kept saying how unhappy he was and how much he loved me, and I fell for him.

We eventually had sex and it was wonderful, so special.

I thought we could have a future together, as he had led me to believe he was going for divorce, but after about six months he started making excuses as for why he couldn’t see me.

Eventually, he admitted the problem was that his wife was suspicious. I then discovered he had never left her.

He was still there in the family home with the three kids. He hadn’t even talked to a solicitor.

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I broke up with him but he would keep making up excuses for asking me into his office at work and texting and calling me.

It was agonising so I handed in my notice and found another job which started last month.

But he turns up at my office at lunchtime or after work and messages endlessly.

I love him and he says he loves me, but that he cannot leave his children. He insists he and his wife just co-exist.

I don’t know what he wants. I feel so unhappy I can’t concentrate at work. I don’t know how to escape from this.

DEIDRE SAYS: I am sorry. You have tried to do everything right but this man is cynically pursuing you and wrecking your chances of happiness.

He has made his choice, to stay with his family, and you must stick to your decision to move on.

Tell him you never want to see him again and will report him to the police for harassment if he doesn’t back off.

Put it in writing in some way, so you could produce it as evidence as need be.

He knows he is hurting you so don’t be sucked in by his claims to love you.

If he persists, you can find support through the National Stalking Helpline (stalkinghelpline.org, 0808 802 0300). My e-leaflet Mend Your Broken Heart will help you move on emotionally.

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