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Messi is now the rebel at Barcelona, and is finally showing leadership for club and country – The Sun

THE French sports paper L’Equipe recently published a cover with Lionel Messi made up to look like another famous son of the Argentine city of Rosario – Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.

Lionel had become ‘Che’ Messi because of the way he took on the Barcelona directors, standing up to them after they used media leaks to force the players to accept salary reductions during the coronavirus shutdown.


“It can only surprise us,” said Messi in a statement, “that, inside the club, there were those who were trying to pressure us to do something that we made it clear we were already going to do.”

This is not the first sign of a combative, rebellious Messi. In early February he was not pleased by remarks made by his former team-mate, Barcelona’s director of football Eric Abidal.

Towards the end of the reign of coach Ernesto Valverde, said Abidal, some players were unsatisfied and were not working hard enough.

“If you’re going to talk about players,” replied Messi, “then you have to give names, otherwise you are dirtying the reputation of everyone, and feeding rumours which are not true.”

BARCA RIFT

Clearly all is not well between the Catalan club and its biggest star – and there has even been speculation that Messi could be moving on, with Inter Milan casting envious eyes across the Pyrenees.

But there is something else going on. This is not just a case of Messi becoming more vocal with the directors of his club. It is a case of Messi becoming more vocal.

This was plain to see last year when he was on national team duty in the Copa America.

During his time with Argentina there has often been a feeling that Messi was an aloof figure, shut in his own introspective world, who, with the exception of trusted friends such as Sergio Aguero and Javier Mascherano, was not big on communication.

A CHANGED MAN

In Brazil for the Copa, though, he was a changed man.

“In this Copa America he was different,” said Angelo Di Maria, his international team-mate for so many years.

“I liked the way that he talked, both to the group and to the press. For the younger players, it was fundamental. I really like this version of Messi.”

Argentina’s captain even talked himself into trouble, picking up a suspension for an unwise remark about the tournament being corrupt.

But he defended the team for ages after the match, speaking to journalists with admirable patience.

And in training and on the field and even in the team hotel there were reports of Messi as a vocal, encouraging figure.

The conclusion would seem to be clear. All of this would appear to be the product of a conscious decision by the little genius, an acknowledgement that in the time he has left as a player he is ready, willing and able to assume the burden of leadership.

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Reverend says coronavirus is adding to despair of grieving families

‘We’re witnessing immeasurable heartache’: Reverend tells how coronavirus crisis is adding to despair of grieving families who can’t have church service and must limit number of relatives at funerals

  • Reverend Kim Mannings said she is ‘witnessing families fall apart’ over funerals
  • Curate, 30, at Prescot Parish Church in Merseyside says relatives are suffering 
  • Funeral services can only be held at crematoriums or gravesides – not churches 
  • Only immediate family members can attend while abiding by social distancing

A reverend has told how vicars are seeing ‘immeasurable heartache’ among grieving families who cannot have proper funeral services due to the coronavirus.

Kim Mannings, 30, the curate at Prescot Parish Church in Merseyside, said relatives are suffering through having to limit the number of family members at funerals.

The services can only be held at crematoriums or gravesides – not churches – and only immediate family members can attend while abiding by social distancing.

Reverend Kim Mannings is the curate at Prescot Parish Church in Merseyside (file picture)

And Reverend Mannings told Sky News: ‘Normally when you go to visit a family who are bereaved, you go to their home, you shake their hands, you sit down in their living rooms, you listen as stories are told of the person who they loved so much.

‘You pray for them in person and you make the promise that you’ll make the service as fitting a goodbye as possible. As perfect as possible. 

‘And actually I can’t make that promise right now, I can’t make the promise that the service will be as perfect as possible because it won’t. 

‘You’re having to tell grieving families that they can’t have flowers. That they can’t have more than ten people at the service. They can’t have the service in a church. That some relatives perhaps shouldn’t be present because they’re high-risk.

Reverend Kim Mannings, 30, told Sky News how relatives are suffering through having to limit the number of family members at funerals, which is causing ‘immeasurable heartache’

Mourners spaced out for social distancing at a funeral at a burial ground in Chislehurst, South East London, for Ismail Abdulwahab, 13, who died after testing positive for coronavirus

‘When you look around and there’s key people missing there at the graveside. We’re just witnessing families fall apart. We’re just witnessing immeasurable heartache.

‘And whilst I might believe with all of my heart that death is not the end, that Jesus walked among the mess and the death of this world and conquered death forever, we know that it really hurts now, that people are really hurting now.

‘And it’s those families who I will really, really be praying for this night.’

Mrs Mannings, who is married to pianist Stephen, 36, is a former secondary school religious education teacher who was ordained a priest in Liverpool last year.  

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Reverend Rachel Treweek, has told how funerals are ‘going to be different for the foreseeable future’

While weddings were banned when the lockdown was brought in on March 23 and all churches were ordered to close, funerals are still allowed to take place.

However they are subject to strict limits on numbers present and social distancing rules, with only the partner, parents and children of the deceased allowed to attend.

No wake or gathering should be now held following any funeral, and this should be scheduled for a later date – along with any larger memorial service in the future. 

The Church of England has also issued recommendations on using technology to capture the event for those who are unable to be there in person. 

Speaking about funerals last month, the Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Reverend Rachel Treweek, said: ‘When someone we love dies, it is a time of great sadness.

‘Funerals are significant events to mark the end of a person’s life here on earth, and family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping.

‘As we adapt to the threat of Covid-19 in our society the nature of funerals is having to change because we all need to be keeping people safe in line with government guidelines.

‘However, while funerals are going to be different for the foreseeable future we remain committed to offering pastoral and spiritual support as we share the love and hope of Jesus Christ.’ 

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Kylie Jenner Is Going Au Naturel While in Quarantine

Kylie Jenner is using her time in self-quarantine to reset her beauty routine and let her hair recoup from all the wigs and extensions she wears in her usual life.

On Friday, April 3, the Lip Kit creator posted a video to her Instagram Stories showcasing her natural bob haircut. Overtop the snap, she wrote, “Hair health journey rn.”

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Later that day, when appearing on an Instagram Live session with her BFF Stassie Karanikolaou, she further explained her current au naturel process. “This is actually the first time I’ve worn my natural hair,” she said during the chat, revealing that she still “used her little Dyson thing,” possibly referring to the new Corrale straightener. She explained that she’s also been using hair masks and argan oil on her dirty blonde strands, to give it a bit of a boost.

But it’s not just her hair she’s letting recover. The Kylie Cosmetics founder is also letting her natural nails breathe, going acrylic-free for what feels like the first time in forever.

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“I feel so uncomfortable [about my natural nails] I don’t know how to type on my phone anymore because I usually type with the flats,” she told her friend during Friday’s session. “My nails didn’t even need to be taken off, this is just such a good time to take your hair out, nails out, go no lashes.” Then she joked, “We’re so natural, Stass.”

Her older sister Kim Kardashian is indulging in a similar beauty detox at the moment. However, she has big plans for when it’s over.  The Skims founder posted a throwback image of herself sporting bleach blonde locks on Sunday, March 29. “My hair is gonna be so healthy after this quarantined time,” she wrote in the accompanying caption. “Contemplating dying it blonde when we can have human interaction again.”

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Bill Gates reveals he is spending billions of dollars on vaccine

Bill Gates reveals he is spending billions of dollars building several factories to develop a vaccine against Covid-19

  • Microsoft co-founder said seven potential vaccine makers will receive funding
  • He said the foundation aims to accelerate development of a vaccine for the virus
  • Comes after $20million was pledged to three institutions for research 

Bill Gates is spending billions of dollars building factories to develop a vaccine against coronavirus.

The Microsoft co-founder and philanthropic billionaire said seven vaccine makers had secured funding but admitted that mountains of cash may be lost before a cure is found.

He revealed the mammoth investment on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah after answering questions about the virus that has paralyzed the globe.

The Microsoft co-founder revealed seven vaccine makers had received funding during an interview with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show

The philanthropic billionaire said he hoped the money would accelerate vaccine development

‘Our early money can accelerate things,’ Gates said. ‘Even though we’ll end up picking at most two of them, we’re going to fund factories for all seven.

‘(It’s) so that we don’t waste time in serially saying which vaccine works and then building the factory.

‘The only thing that really lets us go back completely to normal and feel good about sitting in stadiums with lots of other people is to create a vaccine and not just take care of our country but take that vaccine out to the global population.’

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $20million to three institutions in the US and UK to fund clinical trials aiming to study the effectiveness of repurposed drugs in combating coronavirus.

The recipients are the University of Washington, University of Oxford and La Jolla Institute for Immunology.

‘These grants to leading institutions in their fields will advance our understanding of how existing drugs and antibodies can contribute to addressing the pandemic we’re facing around the world,’ said the Foundation’s chief executive, Mark Suzman.

Pictured are the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the US since January up until now

President Donald Trump stands in front of a chart labeled Goals of Community Mitigation showing projected deaths in the United States after exposure to coronavirus  during the daily coronavirus response briefing at the White House in Washington on March 31

Speaking to Fox News yesterday, Gates said the pandemic is a ‘nightmare scenario’ but that fewer Americans will die than the 240,000 predicted if the government changes the way it tests people. 

He has pushed for a nationwide shutdown, limited domestic travel and administering more targeted testing to stop the overflow of patients at hospitals unable to cope with the surge in numbers.

‘Well, if we do the social distancing properly, we should be able to get out of this with the death number well short of that,’ Gates told Fox News Sunday.

‘This is a nightmare scenario because human-to-human transmittal respiratory viruses can grow exponentially. And you know, if we had kept on going to work, traveling like we were, you know, that curve would never bend until you had the majority of the people infected and then a massive number seeking hospital care and lots of lots of deaths.’

The US is predicted to see its worst day in the coronavirus outbreak in 11 days when more than 2,000 people are expected to die.

Bill Gates said: ‘If we do the social distancing properly, we should be able to get out of this with the death number well short of that’

Gates believes that by obtaining test results within 24 hours, the US will be able to quickly identify those an infected person has come into contact with so they can be isolated and slow the spread.

While there are strict international travel restrictions, Gates focused on the importance of domestic boundaries too.

‘Well, when you have finite resources you need to allocate them to where there’s the most need,’ Gates told host Chris Wallace. ‘Certainly because people move around the country, we have to have the shutdown or else you’ll have exponential growth. It will spread back into other parts of the country.’

The outbreak was identified in Wuhan, China in November with the first case in the US January. As early as February, before any lockdowns, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated $10million to help fight the virus.

Gates has criticized the government’s delay in taking precautions and serious action after the outbreak.

‘Between 2015 and 2020, less than 5 percent of what should have been done was done,’ Gates said.

Gates is pictured in a 2015 TED talk where he warned about ‘microbes’ being the enemy in the next pandemic. ‘Between 2015 and 2020, less than 5 percent of what should have been done was done,’ Gates said Sunday

During the interview from Microsoft’s Skype service, Gates admitted that he wakes up every morning thinking the pandemic is only the subject of his nightmares.

But he said compared to a disease like small pox, COVID-19 ‘isn’t the worst case’.

‘The one percent mortality rate when your system is not overloaded… if that was small pox that would be 30 percent,’ he explained.

‘So this is super, super bad, but we will eventually get a vaccine. Even before then, if we do the right things we’ll be able to open up significant parts of the economy,’ he said.

‘Once you’re in the crisis you’re doing your best to deal with this.’

He added: ‘I’m sure you know, once we get past this, we’ll look back, understand what we could have done differently, and make sure that we’re not letting it happen again, particularly because it could be even worse in terms of the fatality rate.’

As many as 1,277,962 cases of coronavirus have been detected worldwide, according to John Hopkins University, and 69,527 deaths linked to the disease have been reported so far.

Italy has been the worst affected, reporting 15,887 deaths, followed by Spain that has seen 12,641 deaths and France that has recorded 8,078 deaths due to coronavirus.

New York has recorded the seventh highest number of deaths due to coronavirus worldwide at 3,048 at the time of writing. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BEING TESTED FOR CORONAVIRUS

On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence announced that any American can be tested for coronavirus as long as a doctor approves it.

The move appears to expand upon previous criteria needed for testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

But how do you determine if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and when you should see a doctor?

We break down everything you need to know about being tested for the virus that has infected more than 120 Americans and killed at least nine. 

WHAT ARE THE LATEST GUIDELINES FOR BEING TESTED? 

There are three groups of people that the CDC recommends get tested.

1. People with symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath who have been in ‘close contact’ with someone confirmed to have coronavirus

2. Patients with symptoms who have traveled to areas affected by the virus within the last 14 days

3. Those with symptoms who need to be hospitalized and no other cause for their illness is found. They don’t need to have a travel history or exposure to another patient   

HOW DOES THIS DIFFER FROM THE PREVIOUS CRITERIA?

When the CDC first began testing, only those with a travel history to China – where the outbreak emerged – or those who had been exposed to a confirmed coronavirus patient were tested.

However, the agency says its criteria for testing is always ‘subject to change as additional information becomes available.’  

WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED A TEST?

Health officials strongly advise that anyone who believes they may be infected not show up unannounced at their doctor’s office in case they expose others to the highly-contagious disease.

Instead, the CDC suggests immediately calling your physician or healthcare provider.  

‘Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19,’ the CDC’s website states.

If you are suspected of having the virus, you will most likely get tested at a hospital.

The test involves getting a swab of the patient’s nostril and throat. If the patient has a wet cough, a sample of sputum (a mixture of saliva and mucus) will also be collected.

WHY HAS IT BEEN DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE TO GET TESTED?

There have been multiple reports of people not having accessing to get tested.

The first batch of test kits that the CDC sent to state and local health departments were faulty, which led to a delay.

Secondly, the CDC had strict criteria for testing, which led to missed diagnoses of people who caught the virus from so-called ‘community spread,’ meaning it’s unknown how they were infected.

A third reason is that some health departments did not leave the decision to test up to doctors as the CDC suggested.

For instance, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health initially required doctors to call a hotline to determine if their patients met CDC criteria for testing.

Then, before the test could be administered, it had to be authorized at the State Public Health Lab.

WILL IT BE EASIER TO GET TESTED NOW?

Since the CDC’s testing fiasco, several health departments have either received new kits from the federal agency or made their own.  

Additionally, the US Food and Drug Administration expanded its Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) policy so allow more labs can apply for approval to test for the virus. 

The CDC that 75,000 test kits are currently available and more are being manufactured.

FDA Commissioner Dr Stephen Han told reporters on Monday that close to one million people would be tested by the end of the week.

But figures from the Association of Public Health Laboratories show that likely no more than 100,000 people would be tested by week’s end. 

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Brie Bella Is Worried About Balancing Everything When Baby No. 2 Arrives

Quite the surprise. Brie Bella was absolutely shocked in November when she found out she was pregnant with her second child with husband Bryan Danielson, especially since she had trouble conceiving before.

“I was really dead set on just having one child. Bryan and I were trying to have a baby, gosh [it] was eight months, I couldn’t get pregnant. It was the beginning of the summer of 2019,” Bella, 36, told Us Weekly exclusively on the “Watch With Us” podcast, released on Thursday, April 2. “I’m like, ‘Bryan, in my heart, I honestly feel like we’re just meant to have one child.’ I just felt like it’s not in the cards for us.”

Additionally, the former WWE superstar is crazy about her 2-year-old daughter Birdie and loves “being a career woman.” She didn’t want to mess that up.

“I know it was very hard on my husband because he’s always wanted two kids and we went through a lot of therapy and certain stuff,” she told Us. “Before he went on a European tour and before I was headed to France, it was, like, you just have some fun and you’re not careful. There was no way I was at all thinking I could get pregnant and that’s how I got pregnant.”

She shared that “it took a while with Birdie” so she was completely “shocked” when she found out she was expecting, two days before her twin sister, Nikki Bella, found out she was also pregnant.

“I was like her, even though I’m married and I have a kid,” she shared. “It definitely makes me be, like, how am I going to do it all? That’s something I have to think about. I have until July. My husband and I travel for work and I told them, I’m like, ‘You’ve got till July to figure it out.’ Like [does] he take a step back? How do we balance it?”

During the podcast, Brie also admitted that having a child completely changed her and Danielson’s romantic relationship.

“Before having kids, it was just all about Bryan and I going on these adventures, having fun. All we thought about was us and we were on our own time,” she said. “When a child comes in, it rocks your world. I feel, like, immediately, as parents, [we] go into survival mode. You’re individually trying to survive and then you’re trying to have your marriage survive. I feel like, especially in the beginning stages, where fun is just not there. Then you’re working hard to try to find fun.”

She continued: “I tell [Nikki] all the time, I’m like, ‘This is easy right now when the baby’s inside. When the baby comes out, that really tests the relationship. Either your man’s going to be the greatest man or he’s going to be the worst. You’re going to want to kill him or you’re going to love him.’”

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How is Boris Johnson? Fears grow over the Prime Minister’s health – The Sun

PRIME Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, March 27, and fears have grown over his health as he entered his 10th day of self-isolation. His aides have said he “looked dreadful”.

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who recovered after also testing positive for coronavirus last week, has confirmed the PM was “OK” but still had a temperature.

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How is Boris Johnson doing since contracting coronavirus?

Boris has been stuck inside the No.11 Downing Street flat for over a week.

On Friday he gave an update on his progress, saying that he will have to continue to work from home.

In a video posted on his twitter he said that he's feeling better but is still not well enough to go out after his seven-day stint.

The Prime Minister said he still has a temperature and is therefore continuing his self isolation in accordance with Government advice.

He said he was still working and touted "the big announcement yesterday about 100,000 tests per day by the end of the month."

But government aides said he had been “coughing and spluttering” on video conference calls over the last few days.

It sparked fears the PM’s health is deteriorating, with doctors saying patients are at risk of developing pneumonia if a temperature persists for more than a week.

Mr Johnson was due to end his seven days of self-isolation last Friday but was still recording a high temperature so continued to remain holed up in his No11 flat in accordance with Public Health guidance.

When asked about the PM’s health, the Health Secretary said: “He’s okay, I’ve been talking to him every day, often several times a day, throughout this, throughout the time that both of us were off and so he has very much got his hand on the tiller but he has still got a temperature.

“In a way it shows this virus affects different people differently.

“I was lucky, I had two pretty rough days and then I bounced back and some people do get it pretty mildly, and then for others it’s very, very serious and the Prime Minister is not at that end of the spectrum.”

When did Boris Johnson start self-isolating?

The Prime Minister has been self-isolating since March 27 when he announced he has contracted the virus.

In a Twitter statement after originally being diagnosed, Johnson said: "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.

"Those are a temperate and a persistent cough. On the advice of the chief medical officer I have taken a test and that has come out positive.

"So I am working from home, I'm self-isolating and that's the right thing to do.

"But be in no doubt, thanks to modern technology, that I can continue to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fightback against coronavirus."

What symptoms does Boris have?

The Prime Minister originally confirmed that he had a temperature and a persistent cough – two of the signs of coronavirus.

He then took the test for coronavirus on the advice of medical staff and it came back positive.

He now says that the cough is gone but he's still got a temperature.

Who is standing in for Boris while he's in quarantine?

Johnson was adamant that he was well enough to continue working from home with his mild symptoms.

He has been holding video call conferences and having chats with his Cabinet members and ministers.

There is currently no Deputy Prime Minister in the UK, but Dominic Raab is the highest-ranking member of the Cabinet and would take charge should the PM fail to specifically nominate a stand-in.

 

 

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What is NHS and Government advice if you have coronavirus symptoms?

The NHS website advises that anybody with symptoms of coronavirus need to self-isolate for seven days.

If after seven days the temperature has gone, there is no need to continue self-isolating.

If you live with someone who has symptoms, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the day their symptoms started.

This is because it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear.

The NHS have set up a coronavirus 111 service online for more information.

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How Much Is Ninja's Deal With Adidas Really Worth?

Ninja, whose real name is Tyler Blevins, is perhaps one of the most successful internet gamers out there.

Blevins has made millions from streaming himself playing video games, and he’s even been on The Masked Singer. And now he’s even getting sponsorships from athletic wear companies.

Adidas signed a sponsorship deal with Blevins in August 2019, according to The Verge. That sponsorship deal may be worth some big bucks.

Ninja moved from Twitch to Mixer

Most of Blevins’ fans likely know him from watching him play Fortnite on Twitch, which is Amazon’s video game streaming platform. His play style and personality led to more and more people following him on Twitch. Eventually, Fortnite’s growing popularity, mixed with Blevins’ growing popularity, led him to play Fortnite with celebrities such as Drake and Travis Scott.

But all good things must come to an end. And, as The Verge reported, Blevins’ manager and wife, Jessica Blevins, said that Twitch offered a new contract with Tyler Blevins which would put a limit on what he can and can’t do outside of Twitch in terms of his own brand. They didn’t want to be limited like that, and so they decided to move to Mixer, which is Microsoft’s video game streaming platform. 

But, they weren’t going to move platforms for free. Microsoft broke out the checkbook and signed Blevins onto an exclusive streaming contract. This contract is estimated to be worth anywhere between $20 million to $30 million.

New sponsorships for Ninja 

As Business Insider reported, Blevins has been able to secure many sponsorships, both before his move over to Mixer and afterwards. For example, Business Insider says that Red Bull, one of Blevins’ sponsors, installed equipment valued at about $20,000 in his home to help him stream. 

Uber Eats is another one of Blevins’ sponsors, and it’s not uncommon for him to hand out discount codes to his fans. Engadget says that Blevins also has a toy line with Wicked Cool Toys. It’s not known how much that deal is worth, but it’s likely lucrative. Other ways that companies have sponsored Blevins has been simply paying him money to stream himself playing their games. 

For example, Engadget also reports that Apex Legends paid Blevins $1 million to stream himself playing the game for a few days. This introduced many of Blevins’ viewers to Apex Legends, which quickly became a competitor to Fortnite.

That’s the influencer power that companies are trying to get from Blevins, so it’s not surprising that Adidas has jumped in on the action and sponsored him. 

What we know about Ninja’s deal with Adidas

Like The Verge mentioned, while Adidas has sponsored Esports teams before, this is the first time that Adidas has sponsored an individual gaming personality. However, with that said, most details about this deal has been kept secret from the media. As such, it’s unknown how much money this deal between Blevins and Adidas is worth. 

But, the deals that Adidas has signed with major sports teams are very lucrative in their own right. The amount varies based on the team, but those multiyear deals range from being worth about $400 million to over $1 billion. That said, those deals are for major sports teams, not for individual athletes like Blevins.

Additionally, while Blevins is a big name for a gaming personality, he’s not as big of a name as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo or Conor McGregor. 

That said, as The Verge reported, Adidas and Blevins’ deal has already bear fruit. Ninja’s own shoe line from Adidas is now available for purchase. It costs $150 for adult sizes and $120 for child sizes. If they’re successful, Blevins may make even more money from the Adidas deal.

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Is Chris Paul Married and Does He Have Any Kids?

There’s no question that Chris Paul is one of the top points guards in the last 20 years of the NBA. But aside from being a great basketball player, Paul is also killing it off the court with his family. 

What exactly is the star guard’s family situation? Is he married, and does he have any kids? While his prowess on the hardwood is well documented, his family life isn’t as widely known. Here’s what we know about whether Chris Paul is married and whether he has any kids. 

Is Chris Paul married? 

 According to Essence Magazine, in 2011 Paul married his high school sweetheart, Jada Crawley. The two attended rival high schools and despite a one-year age difference, they found a way to make it work. On their wedding day, Vera Wang designed the bride’s gown while Ralph Lauren provided the tux for the groom.

By all accounts, the two have a strong marriage based on a relationship they’ve had since they were young. Here’s what she had to say about her partner in crime: 

“Our relationship has been a progression. I feel safe with Chris. He’s very protective.”

For Paul, his love for his wife goes beyond his love of the game. Paul stated, “I truly love Jada; she has been there for the ups and the downs. Basketball isn’t going to last forever. Jada and I love spending time with each other, genuinely.” 

One reporter tracked down Paul and Crawley on the red carpet for the BET Awards. She asked the two if there were any couples they emulate. Both Crawley and Paul referred to Paul’s parents for their long-lasting marriage so obviously full of love as a great model and inspiration. 

Does Chris Paul have any kids? 

Paul and his wife’s wedding ceremony included their two-year-old son, Chris II (also known as Lil’ Chris). They had a special message for their son on their big day: 

“We never knew it was possible to love someone as much as we love each other until you came into our lives.”

The couple added a second child, their daughter Camden, in 2012. Paul enjoys spending time with his children. He got an opportunity to do so at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards several years back when he was “slimed.”

Paul is a lucky man with a beautiful family, but how does he balance the demands of his NBA career with being a great parent? 

How Chris Paul manages the stress of NBA life with having a family

One way Paul manages to be a great parent and husband is through sheer proximity. Though he’s been traded several times during his illustrious career, he’s never let his family stay far away from him. He told Sports Illustrated as much in an interview: 

“I remember when Chauncey [Billups] came to the Clippers, his wife and kids were in Denver…I’ll never forget, I was in L.A. with my family, my brother and his wife. I told my wife that ain’t never going to be my story. She said, ‘You know, that’s right, whatever team you go to, tell them you have a plus-three.’ Whatever team I go to, I can’t be myself without my wife and kids.”

For Paul, it’s about prioritization. Though he strives to win a title, he doesn’t let it consume him or distract him from being the best parent and husband he can be. According to Paul, “If one day I can sit over here and say I got me a championship ring but I’ve been the worst parent, somebody got their priorities all messed up.”

Paul may not be quite the player he was in his prime, though he’s still very effective for being in his mid-30s. But it’s apparent that his ability as a husband and father has not diminished at all. If anything, they’ve only strengthened. 

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Tesco is expected to post surge in profits to £1.85billion

Tesco is expected to post surge in profits to £1.85billion as boss Dave Lewis, 54, who was brought in to turn around its fortunes prepares to step down after six years in charge

  • Last year the supermarket giant recorded pre-tax profits of £1.56billion 
  • Mr Lewis has been credited with stabilising Tesco during his time at the helm 
  • Supermarket stocks have been resilient due to panic buying over coronavirus

Tesco is expected to post a surge in profits to £1.8billion as supermarket boss David Lewis prepares to step down after six years in charge.  

The supermarket giant is set to record pre-tax profits, for the year to February, up from £1.56billion last year. 

It will be the final full-year for Mr Lewis, 54, who has been credited with stabilising Tesco during his time at the helm.   

Tesco is expected to post a surge in profits to £1.8billion as supermarket boss David Lewis prepares to step down after six years in charge (stock image) 

Shares in Tesco remain at similar levels to those achieved twelve months ago despite the recent financial uncertainty facing many businesses in the face of the coronavirus epidemic.   

Supermarket stocks, such as Tesco, have been broadly resilient as panic buying of essential items, such as pasta, flour and toilet roll, has helped to drive a surge in sales. 

Supermarkets dealt with record levels of demand in March with combined grocery sales rising by 20.6 per cent in the last four weeks, according to figures released by Kantar earlier this week. 

The survey also showed that Tesco sales were particularly strong and had jumped 5.5 per cent.

Russ Mould, at investment platform AJ Bell, said that the rise in sales had provided ‘some respite from the market share war with Aldi and Lidl as punters flock through [Tesco’s] doors so they can stock up’. 

It will be the final full-year for Dave Lewis, 54, (pictured) who has been credited with stabilising Tesco during his time at the helm

Analysts at Goldman Sachs said: ‘With the largest UK online grocery business and the broadest network of distribution points, we also believe Tesco is best positioned to respond to any demand spikes related to Covid-19’. 

And analysts at Exane BN Paribas added that: ‘Whilst it is well understood that the food retailers have seen a surge in sales as a result of Covid-19, the impact on earnings and the longer-term is more complicated.’ 

It comes after the supermarket giant pledged to give a 10 per cent bonus to its staff on the frontline of the pandemic.

Supermarket stocks, such as Tesco, have been broadly resilient as panic buying of essential items, such as pasta, flour and toilet roll, has helped to drive a surge in sales. Pictured: Customers kept their distance as they queued outside Tesco in Leatherhead, Surrey, earlier this month

Supermarkets dealt with record levels of demand in March with combined grocery sales rising by 20.6 per cent in the last four weeks. Pictured: Member of staff waiting for a delivery in London on Sunday

Mr Lewis, nicknamed ‘Drastic Dave’, had shocked the business world when he first announced that he would be stepping down from his position as CEO.

He originally took the reins in 2014 after the group posted a £6.4billion loss.

Mr Lewis instigated a massive overhaul which saw thousands of jobs cut as well as radically changing the company’s culture, reducing product lines and shedding non-core activities. 

The Tesco supremo had previously said that the group’s turnaround was ‘complete’ and he desired to move onto new challenges. 

‘My decision to step down as group CEO is a personal one,’ he said in a group statement issued alongside first-half earnings adding that the job has not been an easy one. 

‘It is all consuming. The business never sleeps. It is 365 days, 24/7. 

‘I believe that the tenure of the CEO should be a finite one and that now is the right time to pass the baton.

‘Our turnaround is complete, we have delivered all the metrics we set for ourselves. The leadership team is very strong, our strategy is clear and it is delivering.’

He will be replaced by Walgreens Boots Alliance executive Ken Murphy.  

Mr Murphy was joint chief operating officer at Boots UK & Ireland before rising to executive vice president, chief commercial officer and president global brands at Walgreens Boots Alliance.

He left his executive position at the U.S. retailer at the end of 2018 but retained a consultancy role, Tesco said.

Who is ‘Drastic’ Dave Lewis?

Dave Lewis, 54, chief executive of Tesco 

Pay: In May 2019 it was revealed that Dave Lewis landed a hefty £4.6million pay packet after overseeing a turnaround for the supermarket that involved putting thousands of jobs on the line.  

Lewis, who earned the moniker ‘Drastic Dave’ during his tenure at consumer goods giant Unilever, received a base salary of £1.25million, a £1.6million bonus and £1.3million through the grocer’s share plans. 

Family: Grew up in Yorkshire but moved to affluent Richmond, south-west London. He had two daughters from his first marriage but remarried to Helena.

Background: Graduated from Trent Polytechnic, now Nottingham Trent University, with a BA in business studies. He also attended Harvard University in 2002, where he completed an advance management programme offered by the business school.

Career history: Worked at Unilever before being appointed Tesco boss in 2014. He was head of personal care in the UK for Unilever, where he earned the nickname ‘Drastic Dave’ for slashing hundreds of jobs. A former rugby player and fitness fanatic, Mr Lewis runs marathons and triathlons.

What he said on Brexit: Mr Lewis was impartial. He had also said: ‘It is not something that would significantly disadvantage Tesco, vis-a-vis the marketplace.’

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Kristen Bell Is Guilty of Hoarding Sheet Masks and Her Solution Is Genius

Kristen Bell is a multi-talented actress who is perhaps best known for her portrayal of detective Veronica Mars. She has appeared in a wide variety of both comedy and drama films and in recent years, has become very popular with young fans everywhere as the voice of Anna in the smash-hit Frozen movies.

Bell is happily married to fellow actor Dax Shepard and they have two children together. As well as being a successful actress, Bell is also an entrepreneur, with a line of curated baby products that she founded with her husband.

Recently, Bell opened up about her life with Shepard and the innovative beauty routine that she came up with. 

How did Kristen Bell become famous?

Bell was born in Michigan in 1980. Bell’s mother worked as a nurse and her father worked as a television news director. Perhaps it was through her father’s work that Bell first found her inspiration to pursue a career in the arts.

When she graduated high school, Bell moved to New York City and began attending  New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, with an emphasis on musical theatre. In between studying, Bell developed her skills on stage.

In 2001, she left the university to play the character of Becky Thatcher in the Broadway musical The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. In addition to working on stage productions, Bell began branching out to television and film projects as well. A few of her early television appearances include roles in Gracie’s Choice and the TV show Deadwood.

Bell got her big break when she was cast in the drama series Veronica Mars. Bell became closely associated with the character and went on to play Mars on television for over three years and again in a Kickstarter-funded movie. 

Kristen Bell launched her own baby skincare line

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In October 2013, Bell married Shepard. The two had been dating for six years at that point and decided to have a small, low-key courthouse ceremony.

They have two daughters, Lincoln, born in 2013, and Delta, born one year later. Bell and Shepard have taken easily to being parents and it was their experience with parenthood that inspired their latest business venture.

The couple launched Hello Bello in 2019, a plant-based baby product line designed to be affordable and all-inclusive. The line includes products such as baby lotion, shampoo, wipes, diapers, and bug spray.

All the products are created for an infant’s sensitive skin and have become very popular with parents all over the United States. Bell’s own obsession with all things skincare helped to provide background knowledge for the line. In a recent interview, Bell talked about her own skincare indulgences. 

What are Kristen Bell’s favorite skincare products?

A self-confessed skincare junkie, Bell admitted to Self magazine that she is an avid collector of self-care products. She counts CBD bath salts and silk pillowcases, stating that the pillowcases help to prevent her hair from breaking.

Bell also loves a good sheet mask and stated that recently, she and her girlfriends realized that they collectively have a ton and that they were “saving our sheet masks for nothing.” Bell came up with the ideal solution: She and her friends instituted Sheet Mask Wednesday, where they all put on face masks and discuss different things that have happened during the week.

One of the best sheet masks that Bell has tried so far is by the brand Sulwhasoo. The mask is known as the Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Mask and is “juicy” enough, according to Bell, that she can get several uses out of it. 

Fans that have time on their hands will likely be utilizing Bell’s tips in the near future, so they can all start to enjoy their best skin. 

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