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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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Dominic Raab: The karate black belt with one year's Cabinet experience

Self-styled ‘tough guy’ and one-time boxing blue with just one year’s Cabinet experience: Ex-Foreign Office lawyer Dominic Raab is a relative new kid on the block – but is no stranger to controversy

  • Dominic Raab now de facto prime minister after Boris Johnson was hospitalised
  • Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State in Cabinet for just over one year 
  • Mr Raab had previously served as Brexit Secretary in Theresa May’s government 
  • He joined Tory leadership contest in 2019 but fell short and backed Mr Johnson
  • Ardent Brexiteer’s loyalty then rewarded by PM as he made him his number two
  • Mr Johnson’s stand in is a former Foreign Office lawyer and a black belt in karate 

Dominic Raab is now the UK’s de facto prime minister after Boris Johnson was hospitalised, with the running of the country placed in the hands of a man who has just one year of Cabinet experience. 

Mr Johnson has asked the Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State to deputise for him while he fights coronavirus in a London intensive care unit. 

The elevation of Mr Raab to the top political job in the country completes what has been a meteoric rise for the former Foreign Office lawyer, karate black belt and Oxford University boxing blue who is no stranger to controversy.      

Dominic Raab, pictured in Westminster today, is now the de facto prime minister after Boris Johnson was hospitalised with coronavirus

Mr Raab’s bulging muscles and athletic frame leap out of a photo taken during his days as an Oxford University boxing blue in 1995

Westminster was stunned last July when Mr Johnson became Prime Minister and chose to select Mr Raab, a self-styled Tory ‘tough guy’, as his future stand-in. 

Many were expecting the 46-year-old to be rewarded with a big job after he backed the PM in the Tory leadership contest having seen his own bid fall flat. 

But few had anticipated Mr Raab being awarded one of the four great offices of state while even fewer predicted he would be designated Mr Johnson’s deputy. 

However, the appointment made political sense for the new premier given Mr Raab’s hardline Brexit credentials.

Mr Raab was one of the most vocal supporters of the UK leaving the EU and his appointment to the highest echelons of government reassured Eurosceptic Tory MPs that the PM was not going to go soft on Brussels after winning power. 

Becoming Foreign Secretary represented a massive step up for Mr Raab in terms of government responsibility having only held one Cabinet role prior to his major promotion. 

Mr Raab, first elected as the Conservative MP for Esher and Walton in 2010, had to wait five years before getting a proper ministerial job. 

And after slowly climbing the Whitehall ladder he finally broke into the Cabinet in July 2018 after receiving the call from Theresa May to be her new Brexit Secretary following the resignation of David Davis. 

However, he would only last until November of the same year as he also quit in protest at the then-PM’s Brexit plans – just like his predecessor.  

Having entered the Tory leadership contest in late May 2019, he was quickly eliminated but swiftly announced he was supporting Mr Johnson’s candidacy. 

He was then subsequently appointed Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State on July 24, 2019. 

That means that as of today, Mr Raab has just over one year of Cabinet experience under his belt – eight months in Mr Johnson’s administration and five in Mrs May’s. 

The designation of Mr Raab as Mr Johnson’s deputy has not been without controversy with some ministers unhappy at the prospect of the Foreign Office chief being put in charge. 

Some members of the government had recently been pushing for Michael Gove, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, to be given the responsibility.     

Mr Raab, pictured with his wife Erika in June 2019 during his Tory leadership run, was first elected as an MP in 2010 

Mr Raab, pictured alongside Mr Johnson in the House of Commons in December last year, will now be tasked with overseeing the UK’s coronavirus response

One minister said a few weeks ago that ‘a lot of people think that Michael should be running the show’ if Mr Johnson became incapacitated and that ‘one of these people is Michael, of course’. 

But Downing Street has been clear for weeks that Mr Raab would take over if the situation demanded it.

Mr Raab has dealt with a number of political controversies since becoming an MP and later a Cabinet minister.  

Upon being appointed Foreign Secretary, Mr Raab was soon thrust into handling the Transatlantic fall-out over the death of British teenager Harry Dunn, who was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27 last year.

The fact Mr Dunn’s parents tried to heckle Mr Raab at a constituency hustings event was indicative of how well the family felt he dealt with obtaining justice for their son as the government tried and failed to persuade the US to extradite the teenager’s alleged killer.

Mr Raab also had to manage the thorny issue of repatriating children of British jihadis.   

Early on in his parliamentary career Mr Raab sparked a furious row after he wrote an article in which he argued ‘feminists are now amongst the most obnoxious bigots’.

He refused to apologise and stuck by his comments, defending them last year when he was challenged on them during the Tory leadership battle. 

He said he stood by what he had said because he believed it is ‘really important that in the debate on equality we have a consistency and not double standards and hypocrisy’.

Mr Raab, who is married to a Brazilian called Erika who he has two children with, has also said he is ‘probably not’ a feminist, sparking a further backlash. 

He found himself again at the centre of a storm of controversy in May 2017 after claiming that people who use food banks are not typically in poverty but have an occasional ‘cashflow problem’.

The Foreign Secretary first made it to the Cabinet in 2018 when he was appointed Brexit Secretary. He is pictured with Michel Barnier in Brussels in August of that year

Critics labelled the remarks ‘stupid and deeply offensive’. 

He also got into hot water last year after he said he would keep open the option of suspending Parliament in order to prevent MPs blocking Brexit.

His past comments, and his hardline stance on Brexit, have not endeared Mr Raab to his political opponents. 

At the 2019 general election he was relentlessly targeted by the Liberal Democrats in his Surrey constituency and came relatively close to being ousted. 

He had previously held the seat with majorities of more than 20,000 votes but in December he held on with a majority of just under 3,000 as the Lib Dems surged, capitalising on the pro-Remain vote. 

Mr Raab has sought to create something of a ‘hard man’ image in Westminster, with his website boasting that he ‘holds a black belt 3rd dan in karate and is a former UK Southern Regions champion and British squad member’. 

He captained the karate club at Oxford University where he studied law and was also a boxing blue as a member of the institution’s famous amateur boxing club. 

Mr Raab is clearly proud of his time as a university boxer, having previously handed a picture of him in his shorts and vest to a TV company to use for their profile of him. 

He still trains at a boxing club in Thames Ditton and has a poster of Muhammad Ali in his Commons office.

In 2006, he was appointed chief of staff to fellow Tory Mr Davis. The former Special Forces reservist said Mr Raab’s karate black belt impressed him more than his two Oxbridge degrees –  the second came in a form of a Masters from Cambridge.   

Mr Raab said karate helped him cope with the premature death of his father, who had fled to the UK from Czechoslovakia at the age of six in 1938 to escape the Nazis. 

Mr Raab was just 12 when his father died. ‘Sport helped restore my confidence, and that hugely benefited my attitude to school and life,’ he said in May last year.

‘There were strong role models, camaraderie and an ethos of respect. I take the discipline and focus I learnt from sport into my professional life – and I believe that approach is vital to making a success of the Brexit negotiations and delivering a fairer deal from Brussels.’

Despite his karate black belt, Mr Raab is known for his courtesy and was upset when civil servants who worked for him as Brexit Secretary anonymously described him as a bully.

Mr Raab, who previously worked at the Foreign Office as a lawyer, denied claims, made by his former diary secretary, that he insisted on the same Pret a Manger lunch every day.

The ‘Dom Raab special’ apparently consists of a chicken Caesar and bacon baguette, superfruit pot and a vitamin volcano smoothie.    

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court Ruled In-Person Voting Must Proceed Tuesday Despite The Coronavirus Pandemic

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday declared that in-person voting in the swing state must proceed as planned despite the coronavirus pandemic, blocking an executive order issued earlier the same day by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers that attempted to delay Tuesday’s scheduled primary election until June.

It was not immediately clear if the governor would try to appeal to the US Supreme Court, which was already contemplating another case involving counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin.

Democrats have argued for weeks that holding the primary election amid the pandemic could expose people to the virus — and keep turnout extremely low — while Republicans have insisted extending deadlines would undermine election integrity.

In announcing their lawsuit, Republican leaders of the state legislature called the governor’s last-ditch effort to postpone the vote a “constitutional overreach” and said, “Evers can’t unilaterally run the state.”

Evers, who previously said he could not postpone the election on his own, issued his order Monday afternoon delaying in-person voting for the primary until June 9 and directing the legislature to convene on Tuesday afternoon. Wisconsin’s election was the last April in-person primary that had not yet been delayed.

In its 4-2 decision, the state Supreme Court blocked the provision that suspended voting, but said the legislature could still convene on Tuesday.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly — who was appointed by Republican former governor Scott Walker — tweeted on Monday afternoon before the decision urging “clerks, poll workers, and voters to stand ready to conduct the election” as scheduled on Tuesday. He abstained from the court’s ruling.

Evers said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the absentee voting case “could end up in the Supreme Court yet today but the bottom line is the people of Wisconsin, they don’t care about the fighting between Democrats and Republicans — they’re scared.”

At least 15 states have postponed primary voting dates due to the pandemic — and Evers and other Democrats pleaded to do the same in Wisconsin — but Republicans who control the state legislature balked.

The GOP has long tried to suppress voter turnout, particularly by people of color in swing states; in the lawsuit about the absentee ballot filed last week, the Republican National Committee and Wisconsin Republicans called on courts to order Wisconsin’s primary to proceed as scheduled and block efforts to extend the timeline for counting ballots.

Ruling largely in favor of Democrats, however, US district court judge William Conley ruled on Thursday that ballots received by April 13 must be counted regardless of when they are postmarked — six days after the original deadline for officials to receive ballots. On Friday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Republicans’ request to block that lower court ruling.

The next day, Republicans filed an emergency application at the Supreme Court saying, “Requiring a state to permit unlimited absentee voting for almost a week after election day presents significant dangers to election integrity, voter confidence and the orderly administration of an election that already has strained state resources due to the difficult circumstances associated with COVID-19.”

The Democratic National Committee countered there had been a backlog of 21,590 requested mail-in ballots — driven by voters who wanted to vote absentee during the pandemic — as of April 2.

“It appears that tens of thousands of voters may not even receive their requested absentee ballots by election day,” said a response filed at the Supreme Court by Democratic election lawyer Marc Elias, who added, “Thousands of voters at minimum will be disenfranchised if their requested absentee ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday the 7th.”

The Democrats’ filing went on to argue that the Republican plan “could exacerbate the unfolding COVID-19 public health disaster. If voters are not confident their absentee ballots will be counted, this will drive more people to vote in-person on election day, thereby increasing the risks of community spread through polling places in cities and towns throughout Wisconsin.”

The US Supreme Court had not issued an order on the case when this article was published.

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Here’s the Deal With Florence Pugh and Zach Braff’s ’Ship for Everyone Who’s, Um, Curious

In the event that you are one of the many people suddenly and completely obsessed with Florence Pugh due to Little Women Feels™, kindly move over because my friends and I (a collection of Timothée Chalamet posters) are right there with you. Florence was hands down the best part of that entire perfect movie, so logically, she was nominated for a casual Academy Award. And whomst could have walked the Oscars red carpet with her, you ask? None other than, uh, *checks notes* Zach Braff, man who once starred in Scrubs.

Twenty-four-year-old Florence and 45-year-old Zach have a 21-year age difference between them (no, my math is not wrong, Zach just turned 45), and as a result, they’ve been dealing with a fair amount of backlash online. To wit:

when zach braff was thirty, florence pugh was 9 pic.twitter.com/SkDrgUYFvi

Florence Pugh and Zach Braff pic.twitter.com/onlRygljbI

And, I mean, sure—it’s kinda weird to think about the fact that Florence was only 5 when the first season of Scrubs aired. But not our business! They seem happy! Anyway, if you are still in need of answers, we’ve put together a timeline of their relationship so you can consider boarding their ’ship.

Circa August 2018

Zach hops on ye olde Instagram and starts Liking Florence’s Instagram posts in earnest. Truly, there is no chill to be found.

Circa April 2019

Florence stars in Zach’s short film, In the Time It Takes to Get There. There’s no confirmation that this is how they originally fell for each other, buuut it seems like a possible starting point for their romance:

Either way, later that same month, the pair are seen holding hands in New York City, so looks like things definitely ~heated up~ at some point.

Circa August 2019

Florence and Zach are spotted on vacation with friends, and pics start making the rounds on Twitter’s many, many, many Florence-themed fan accounts:

📸 Florence with Zach and a couple of friends enjoying a sunny day in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (sydmo7 via Instagram) pic.twitter.com/oRv4WQE7bn

November 7, 2019

Florence and Zach go to Disneyland with friends! Mickey Mouse is shook!

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Epic day at @disneyland #Disneyland #HappiestPlace

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December 10, 2019

Zach casually calls Florence one of the people he “loves” on Instagram. I mean, it’s a group pic, but still:

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People I love.

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December 7, 2019

Florence and Zach attend the premiere of Little Women but don’t pose together even though, like, we all know they’re dating.

December 28, 2019

One of Florence’s followers randomly comments, “You’re 44 years old,” under a cute emoji Zach leaves on her Instagram post, and she hits back with, “And yet he got it 👌🏽.”

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First pit-stop, Matzo Ball soup. #curingjetlag101

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Wow, a clapback AND a confirmation of their relationship? We are not worthy.

April 6, 2020

Florence hits Instagram with a Zach Braff B-day message and strategically shuts all her comments off ahead of time. Probably wise!

Here’s what she wrote:

“Today we shall smile wider than the clouds are grey.
April 6th and we’re celebrating hard!
Happy Birthday wishes, boogies and cheers for this special person.
Raise those bubbles and jiggle!”

That just about brings us up to date, so prepare yourself for more now that they’re Insta official.

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‘The Real’ Co-Host Jeannie Mai Reminded Of Past Comments Made About Black Men After Announcing Engagement To Jeezy

The Real’s Jeannie Mai is over the moon after getting engaged to rapper and philanthropist, Jeezy. The two dated for a little under two years before Jeezy proposed during a romantic date night. While many are congratulating the couple, some social media users are not happy.

Mai previously made comments that offended many about dating black men. Fans took the time to remind Mai of her past statements after the engagement announcement. 

Jeannie Mai said she liked “dark meat on the side” during a conversation about dating and race

During a 2014 segment about dating, the hosts of The Real opened up about what their preferences were in men. The subject of interracial dating was brought up and Mai spoke about dating black men in the past but choosing to marry a white man.

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“I loved Black guys! I did, I did. But for me, dark meat on the side,” she said. “White keeps me mean and lean, you know? That’s why I married white. That’s what I like.” Mai was married to Freddy Harteis at the time.

Mai’s co-host, Tamar Braxton, was not happy with her remarks. Mai elaborated on her comments, saying, “What I’m saying is I really do think Black men are attractive. When I think about men, I like dark men. I used to date Black men. I think they’re attractive. But when I decided to stick to – because it just kept me happiest – was my man Freddy, who just happens to be White.”

Social media users remind Jeannie Mai of past comments after Mai announced her engagement

Mai’s comments came back to haunt her when she and Jeezy went public with their relationship in 2019. The couple announced their engagement in an exclusive statement to People Magazine and some social media users were not supportive, due to Mai’s infamous words on The Real.

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“She said black men were just to have on the side though, not for serious relationships but oh ok congrats I guess,” one wrote in the comment section of The Shade Room of a post of Mai and Jeezy’s announcement.

“She likes that dark meat on the side,” another wrote.

“Something about her doesn’t sit right with my spirit but congrats,” another commented.

Jeannie Mai has since spoken about the beauty of an interracial relationship

Mai and Jeezy have embraced each other’s cultures and deem it important to learn about one another.

“When he steps into my house, he takes off his shoes. He knows how Vietnamese people do it,” she said on The Real. “When I met him, I was like, ‘I want to go to Hawkinsville [Georgia]. Show me exactly this yellow house that you grew up in, and how did you start your business and how did you understand how to make a dollar.’ I actually loved it.”

Mai believes she has a major responsibility while being in an interracial relationship. She spent Thanksgiving 2020 with Jeezy and his family in his hometown and Jeezy was planning to surprise Mai with a proposal during a planned trip to Vietnam was but unable because of travel restrictions related to coronavirus. Instead, he planned a Vietnamese themed date night for the engagement. 

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The unexpected item Clare Crawley kept post-Bachelor breakup

Now that Clare Crawley’s highly anticipated season of The Bachelorette has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the reality star has resorted to the next logical outlet—Instagram Live. Like many celebrities these days, Clare broadcasted to her more than 600,000 Instagram followers in early April 2020, and, if you didn’t tune in, you likely missed an interesting tidbit of information. 

While most fans simply assumed she’d tossed her infamous teal dress—the asymmetrical gown she wore during her breakup with former Bachelor lead lead Juan Pablo Galavis — Clare still has the frock stashed away in the back of her closet.

“Cleaning out closets today… look familiar?!” the 39-year-old hairstylist wrote in a now-expired Instagram Story, per Page Six. “Fun fact: the entire zipper is shredded and unusable because I ripped this dress off as soon as I got into the car,” she added. Clare also explained, per E! News, that she kept the dress because: “1) Cary hand-beaded this and it meant the world to me. 2) It was the most empowering moment of my life.”

Clare’s final speech, after all, sparked one of the most memorable breakups in Bachelor history. “I lost respect for you,” Clare told Juan Pablo during the Season 14 finale. “Because, I’ll tell you what, I thought I knew what kind of man you were, what you just made me go through, I would never want my children having a father like you.” 

And that wasn’t the last time that Clare and Juan Pablo shared harsh words.

Clare Crawley stood firm when Juan Pablo Galavis criticized her future suitors

Soon after ABC announced that Clare Crawley would be the next Bachelorette, the network released the cast of suitors who’d be vying for her affection on the upcoming season. Yet, while producers purposely sought a more “mature” lead, the youthful cast drew a lot of criticism. Even Juan Pablo Galavis decided to add his two cents.

“I just SAW the GUYS for @Clare_Crawley Bachelorette season and its gonna be INTERESTING seeing HER get hit on by KIDS on their 20s… I think this MIGHT be the 3rd SEASON Im [sic] gonna watch,” the 38-year-old former soccer star tweeted.

According to Us Weekly, a fan replied: “I knew you’d have some sort of jealous petty response to this.” Juan Pablo responded: “Jealous? I just see it FASCINATING…” But Clare’s take wasn’t far behind. “And yet here you are, older than 99% of them and still cant practice compassion and kindness…” she tweeted. 

Even host Chris Harrison showed his support when he retweeted Clare’s rebuttal. “And this is why she’s our #Bachelorette,” he wrote. “She’s playing chess while the rest play checkers.”

Unfortunately, however, Clare’s season remains on hold indefinitely, which means many men will have to be recast. But, since most fans agreed the current cast wasn’t right for Clare, perhaps this new iteration will hold the key to true love for the fan-favorite!

Clare Crawley believes the "years under her belt" will work to her advantage

As The Bachelorette‘s oldest contestant ever, Clare Crawley promises to add some much needed flair. As the reality star told Good Morning America in March 2020, she sees her age as an advantage over previous leads because she knows what she wants. “A lot of people put it out there as this negative thing, but for me, it just is more years under my belt, more learning and knowing what I want, what I don’t want and what I won’t settle for,” she said.

“I have been known to date younger guys, so that’s not a problem for me. The thing is I’m wondering if they’re ready for me, for my age,” Clare added. “I feel like that would be more of an issue, than me with them, because I feel so much younger at heart than my actual age.”

However, now that this “strong” woman has chosen to open her heart, she wants a man who will do the same. “I want a man who is strong, but is willing to take off the body armor, open himself up and be vulnerable, and I think that is some serious strength right there.” 

Well, it might take longer than initially expected, but we’re sure it’ll be worth the wait!

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The World's Strongest Man Shows How He Trains By Just Hanging Out

Reigning World’s Strongest Man Martins Licis isn’t letting the coronavirus quarantine slow down his training. He took his YouTube followers along for a workout using a hanging bar and a barbell, and it was full of training nuggets.

Licis shared the actual list of movements that went into the workout early in the video:

– Hanging Single-Arm L-seats – 3 sets of 5 to 10 seconds
– Gorilla Hangs – 3 sets of 5 to 10 seconds
– Pullups with Pause – 5 sets of 1 to 10 reps
– Bent-Over Barbell Rows with Pause – 3 sets of 8 to 10 reps
– Bent-Over Barbell High Rows with Pause – 3 sets of 8 to 10 reps
– Barbell Standing Upright Rows – 3 sets of 8 to 10 reps
– Barbell Biceps Curls – 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps
– Barbell Overhand Biceps Curls with Pause – 3 sets of 8 to 10 reps

He starts his workout with the hanging L-seats. “This will be more of an activation. It is core work, but it doesn’t burn out the core,” he says. “And if you can’t do single arms, just do two arms.”

Next, he’s onto gorilla hangs, pulling himself up and holding for 10 seconds.

Pullups come next. The bodyweight move can be especially challenging for such a big man, no matter how strong he is. “Last week, I did five sets of five, where I paused right about eye level. My goal is to eventually bring back my chin touching the bar. I’m around 345 pounds right now…it’s tough,” he says.

Licus also offers some advice on modifications for those who can’t do a pullup.

“You get on a step stool of some sort, you jump up and hold as long as you can,” he says. “The goal is to be able to get 10 seconds with your eyes at the same level as the bar. Even if you get a few seconds, that’s good.”

After that, he hits the bent over barbell rows, followed by high rows.

“This is actually a little counter intuitive because the idea is to shut off the lats and to really activate the upper back, the rear delts, the lower traps and the rhomboids,” he says. “So you’re gonna want to raise your elbows as you’re rowing, but you’re going to have this urge to shrug. Don’t shrug. You want to keep the rhomboids and lower traps engaged by pushing the shoulder blades down and in.”

Next, he’s onto standing upright rows.

“I really don’t want to shrug, you want to scoop the hands in turn the elbows open and pull to your chin,” he says. “You want to go light and controlled.”

He switches to one arm upright rows, which he says feels better on his shoulder.

“One arm feels better because when you have two hands, naturally if you’re not holding onto anything when you lift up your elbows, your hands want to spread apart,” says Licis. “With a barbell that motion’s restricted, instead of your hands pulling apart, your body has to compensate by rotating the weight up which puts a lot more strain on your rotators, which is why I ask you guys to do this motion slowly and controlled with a pause.”

To finish, he’s knocks out his sets of overhand biceps curls.

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'The Eternals' Set Leak Reveals Exactly Who Will Be the Main Villain

Move aside Thanos, there is a more powerful villain headed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. New leaks related to Marvel’s upcoming movie, The Eternals, may have revealed the MCU’s next big antagonist. Which iconic villain will be taking Thanos’ place as Marvel heads into Phase 4?

Will ‘The Eternals’ debut a more powerful villain than Thanos?

A fan theory suggests that the superheroes in The Eternals will be fighting a more powerful villain than Thanos. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) defeated the MCU’s former big bad by snapping him out of existence in Avengers: Endgame

In the comics, the Celestialscreated the Eternals after experimenting with the genetic code of humans. Theirsuccessful experiments led to the Eternals while their failures created a groupknown as the Deviants.

Marvel has already confirmed that the Deviants will play acentral role in the film, which likely means that fans will be introduced tosomeone who is more powerful than Thanos.

We still do not know which of the Deviants will appear in themovie, but a new leak teases the identity of the project’s main villain.

Leak teases a more powerful villain than Thanos

Marvel has kept a tight lid on spoilers for Phase 4, but a newline of Funko Pop! toys may have revealed the identity of future characters inthe MCU.

According to We Got This Covered, a list of future tie-in toys were allegedly leaked on social media, and one of the names on the list belongs to the Deviant named Kro. If the information is accurate, then it looks like we will be introduced to the leader of the Deviants in The Eternals.

As the group’s leader, Kro is often portrayed as a horned,red-skinned being reminiscent of the Devil. He is also an immortal creature anda shapeshifter.

Another name on the list of toys is Arisham, who is the head ofthe Celestials. If Arisham makes an appearance in the film, he will likely befeatured in a flashback scene to help explain the group’s origins.

As a side note, Thanos’ parents were both Eternals, though he wasa carrier of the Deviants gene.

Has Marvel already teased ‘The Eternals’?

Over the first three phases of the MCU, Marvel has done an excellent job planning future developments. This includes faking Bucky Barnes’ death in Captain America: The First Avenger and introducing Thanos at the end of The Avengers.

With that in mind, Marvel has already teased the Eternals inprevious movies. The first mention of a Celestial, for example, was in Guardiansof the Galaxy Vol. 2.

As fans will recall, Ego (Kurt Russell) called himself aCelestial when he was talking about his origins with Peter Quill (Chris Pratt).

Fast forward to Thor: Ragnarok and a space ship in one of the scenes looks awfully close to the vessel the Eternals use in the comics. We cannot say for sure that the ship is linked to the Eternals, but the resemblance is definitely there.

These references are admittedly very subtle, but there is a goodchance Marvel will further expound on them in the upcoming film, especiallyconsidering how the movie will span thousands of years.

Inside the Marvel Phase 4 delays

Luckily, filming for The Eternals wrapped up prior to the coronavirus pandemic. Even still, filmmakers are working hard to get through the post-production work as most companies are under a lockdown.

Marvel has already delayed several projects related to the coronavirus, including Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, the latter of which was scheduled to premiere in theaters on May 1.

Black Widow has officially been pushed back until November,which could push back the premiere of The Eternals. Hopefully, thingsget under control in the near future and Marvel does not have to switch up itsPhase 4 schedule too much.

The Eternals, directed by Chloe Zhao and starring the likes of Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Gemma Chan, and Salma Hayek, is set to open in theaters in November.

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Hail the heroes of NYC’s coronavirus struggle

Most New Yorkers are doing their part, social distancing to protect elderly and vulnerable friends and family, in the struggle to flatten the curve and keep the coronavirus from overwhelming our hospitals. But some are going far above and beyond.

The Post’s profiles of some of these heroes tell of their inspiring work on the front lines, a testament to the never-sleeps New York attitude.

Take respiratory therapists Bryan Zabala and Jennifer Cubero. The 30-something couple have 1- and 3-year-old children at home — and she’s eight months pregnant. But they keep on running ventilators at Brooklyn’s Maimonides Hospital (her) and NYU Langone-Brooklyn (him). “Given the circumstances, it’s crazier than usual for us. So then, being pregnant, it’s a challenge,” Cubero admitted — but she hasn’t given up.

Emergency-room technician Megan Benjamin, 32, goes days without seeing her kids, aged 9, 4 and 2. The mom works 13-hour days in an overnight ER at Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center, clocking 50 to 60 hours a week since the crisis began. “It takes a little bit of an emotional toll,” she . . . well, understated.

As her dad Gil told The Post, “She’s the one putting herself at risk every day. She’s the one who sometimes comes home and cries because of what she sees during the day but still goes back to work so she can help the next family, the next person.”

Nermeen Botros, the chief medical resident at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, is working 80-hour, six-day weeks — and then some. She’s on call 24/7 supervising young residents, who call as late as 3 a.m. “It’s not only for medical information, it’s because it’s a serious situation for all of us, so many of the residents are scared of the disease, scared of the death,” she revealed.

Indeed: “This is more death than we are used to seeing, and the death is totally indiscriminate,” said Rocky Walker, a chaplain at Mt. Sinai Hospital. He delivers the final words of patients dying alone in glass rooms to their family members.

Only chaplains sent by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York cross the threshold of patients’ rooms, getting as close as they can to make eye contact and hear confession. If they can fully suit up in protective gear, they give Communion.

Health care workers aren’t the only ones stepping up. Eduardo Marino, 59, a Queens driver for Uber and Lyft who lives with his 88-year-old mom, has upped his hours from 40 to 60 a week, as he ferries people to and from hospitals and grocery stores, disinfecting his car regularly.

Boerum Hill’s True Care Pharmacy owner Omar Abouelnas, 26, is giving away medicine to those who can’t afford it, including newly jobless bartenders and musicians. “I haven’t kept track of how many people we’ve helped out, but we’ve given out mostly blood-pressure pills, diabetes pills, antibiotics and generics for chronic illnesses,” he reports.

Chaplain Walker likened the battle to a real war: “It reminds me so much of the time I spent in Desert Storm,” he said. “It’s not a natural thing to go toward the sound of a gun that’s trying to shoot you. That’s what health care workers are doing every day when they get out of bed and come into the hospital.”

How blessed, this town, to hold such heroes.

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The band may have split or their movie is a distant memory – but these stars remain BFFs – The Sun

Kimberley Walsh, 38, Nicola Roberts, 34 & Cheryl, 36

It was hit show Popstars: The Rivals that saw Cheryl, Nicola and Kimberley make it into the band with Nadine Coyle and Sarah Harding to become Girls Aloud.

But since the girls split in 2013, it’s the threesome who have remained closest.

Nicola says: “Kimberley and Cheryl are my roots.

“We’ve gone through everything together.”

Cheryl says: “I left [the band] with these two amazing, gorgeous souls and the best friends anyone could ask for.

“I will never be able to thank you enough for the support, love and loyalty you brought to our group.”

Kimberley says: “It is a real connection between us three.”

Leonardo DiCaprio, 45 & Kate Winslet, 44

They showed us what true love looked like as Jack and Rose in Titanic in 1997, aged 22 and 21 years old respectively.

And yet, over two decades later, it’s their real-life friendship that still makes us go gooey.

The stars have played a huge part in each other’s lives, with Leo walking Kate down the aisle for her third marriage to Ned Rocknroll in 2012, not to mention the speeches, hugs and shout-outs at every awards ceremony since.

Kate says: “Leo, I’m so happy I can stand here [at the Golden Globes 2009] and tell you how much I love you and how much I’ve loved you for 13 years…”

Leo says: “She’s such a terrific person in general that our chemistry naturally happened on screen. We just like each other.”

Maisie Williams, 22 & Sophie Turner, 24

We know and love them as the fearsome Stark sisters Arya and Sansa in Game Of Thrones, but IRL the two girls have a bond that is a lot more, well, snuggly than their telly siblings.

As well as consistently gushing over each other in interviews, they’ve got matching tattoos with the date they landed their roles in GOT, and in May last year Ms Williams was even one of Sophie’s maids of honour at her south of France wedding to beau Joe Jonas. Sister goals!

Maisie says: ”Whenever I’m like: ‘I need help! This is bigger than anything I can sort out on my own’, Sophie is my point of call.”

Sophie says: “We were pretty much best friends from [the moment we met]…Maisie is definitely my protector, and I’m hers, too.”

Courteney Cox, 55 & Jennifer Aniston, 51

The pair met on the set of Friends back in 1994, and quickly went from being unknown actresses to much-loved TV stars.

Since the end of the show in 2004, they’ve spoken out about continuing to be pillars of strength for each other.

Courteney says: “We just have fun, we laugh, we’re inseparable and it’s great.”

Jennifer says: “She’s extremely fair, ridiculously loyal and fiercely loving… All I can say is she’s been there for me through thick and thin.”

Cameron Diaz, 47 & Drew Barrymore, 45

Forget the glamour of a film set – these two met when Drew served Cam in their local coffee shop in Beverly Hills when she was just 18.

While they remained casual mates after that, it wasn’t until Drew rang up Cameron when she was cast as her ass-kicking co-star in Charlie’s Angels that a true friendship was born.

And they remain as close as ever, with Drew being a bridesmaid at her bestie’s wedding to rocker Benji Madden in 2015, plus in December she inspired the middle name of Cameron’s daughter, Raddix Chloe Wildflower Madden – named after Drew’s autobiography, Wildflower. Beyond cute.

Drew says: “We’re like sisters and we see each other all the time.

“She’s the most loyal, fierce, fun, cosy friend.

“We have incredible honesty with each other.”

Cameron says: “We’ve been in this industry for a long time and that’s a feat.

“To have people that you’ve known for that long – those are real relationships.

“We’ve gone through a lot in life together.”

Donald Faison, 45 & Zach Braff, 44

They have one of TV’s most famous bromances, and it’s continued to thrive long after the 2010 demise of sitcom Scrubs, in which they played besties JD and Turk.

Since then, they’ve shared their ongoing love for each other through Insta pics and joint family vacays, plus Zach was a groomsman at his pal’s wedding in 2012 and is godfather to two of his children, Rocco, six, and Wilder, four.

Donald says: “[Zach]’s my best friend. I’m really fond of that man, I’m not ashamed to say it.”

Zach says: [In an Insta post to his bestie] “Happy Birthday to my Ride Or Die. I love you so much it hurts sometimes.”

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