Thursday, December 26, 2019

Putin leads his ice hockey team to an 8

Vladimir Putin leads his ice hockey team to an 8-5 victory on Christmas Day with the Russian president ‘scoring over half of the team’s points’

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin periodically plays ice-hockey in Russia 
  • The Russian premier has long been keen to show off his athletic prowess  
  • Other sporting activities include working out with the PM and hitting the slopes 

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ice hockey team thrashed their opponents 8:5 in an annual game played on Moscow’s Red Square on Wednesday and Putin scored more than half of the goals. 

Putin’s team played in red jerseys while their opponents, a squad of influential Russian ministers, musicians and businessmen, donned white for the evening competition. 

A judo blackbelt, Putin has long been keen to show off his athletic prowess, including by working out with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, hitting the ski slopes in Sochi or diving to the bottom of the Black Sea.  

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in an exhibition match of the Night Hockey League on an ice rink at Red Square in Moscow on December 25, 2019

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin takes part in a Night Hockey League friendly match at the GUM ice rink in Red Square yesterday 

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, centre, is seen taking a break during a Night Hockey League friendly match at the GUM ice rink in Red Square

The Russian premier has played in the Night Hockey League since 2012, with his first game taking place shortly after he earned the presidency.    

He has played in every gala match since 2014, scoring 27 goals in just five games.  

Last year, Putin scored the opening goal that led his team to win 14-10 against their opponents, according to TASS news agency.   

Putin, right back to a camera, tries to score against goalie Governor of the Tula Region Alexei Dyumin during a match of the Night Hockey League skating rink next to at GUM Department store in Red Square in Moscow, Russia yesterday

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes a break during a match of the Night Hockey League skating rink next to at GUM Department store in Red Square in Moscow yesterday 

Putin leads the charge during the Night Hockey League friendly match yesterday in Moscow 

On team Putin were Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and former NHL stars: Pavel Bure, Valeri Kamensky, Sergei Fedorov, Alexei Kasatonov and others.

The opponent team included Tula governor Alexei Dyumin, businessmen Gennady Timchenko, Vladimir Potanin and Roman Rotenberg, jazz saxophonist Igor Butman, Moscow Region governor Andrei Vorobyev and others. 

Putin, whose approval ratings has slipped in recent years as Russia battles economic woes, periodically plays hockey with government officials, businessmen and former National Hockey League (NHL) stars in matches that are broadcast with pomp on national television. 


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Ruth Jones hints more Gavin & Stacey is to come after that massive cliffhanger

*Warning – spoilers ahead for Gavin and Stacey Christmas special*

The nation was left screaming at their televisions on Christmas night as Gavin and Stacey ended on a cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers.

In the closing moments of the Christmas special, Nessa (Ruth Jones) got down on one knee and proposed to Smithy (James Corden) – but before he could answer, the show cut to the credits.

Viewers have been demanding more episodes, as we can’t possibly endure another decade without knowing if Neil the baby’s parents give it a go.

And Ruth, who is also the writer and creator of the series, has hinted that there could be more Gavin and Stacey in the future.

Speaking to The Sun, the 53-year-old said that it was ‘so complicated’ to get together with James, 41, to write, seeing as they’re on different continents, but she won’t rule out more episodes.

She said: ‘I do say never say never, as while we did make it work that was after three years of trying to find time when we could sit down and write it.

‘Obviously with the way it ends, there is room for more.’

However, Ruth added that it was a ‘challenge’ to get even the Christmas special filmed, saying: ‘It’s a shame we didn’t have more time when we were writing so we could have written more, then have it all ready to go.’

So you’re saying there’s a chance?

After nine years away from the BBC, the Billericay and Barry gangs crashed back onto our screens last night in a festive special that has been praised by viewers.

The special saw Gavin (Mathew Horne) and Stacey (Joanna Page) struggling to keep the passion alive after having three – yes, three – kids together, while Nessa raised Neil the baby in Wales, while enjoying trysts with Smithy every fortnight.

However, Smithy has since found a new girlfriend, Sonia (Laura Aikman), and plans on proposing – but only after everybody meets her at Christmas.

Sonia chastises her boyfriend – who has entirely changed the way he speaks around her – over his weight and doesn’t gain many fans in Barry, resulting in Nessa telling her baby daddy how she really feels.

One part of the special that didn’t please everybody, though, was Bryn (Rob Brydon) and Nessa’s performance of Fairytale of New York, which included the uncensored slur ‘f****t’ in the second verse.

Gavin and Stacey is available to watch on iPlayer.

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Talk Kim and Kanye, Sex Life and More During Candid Lie

Given their political and social differences, Chrissy asks her husband if he misses “the old Kanye.”

It’s hard to find a Hollywood couple more relatable than Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, who welcomed Vanity Fair into their home for a super candid and highly entertaining lie-detector test.

The 25-minute ordeal gave the model-turned-cookbook author and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter the opportunity to put their spouse in the hot seat and ask all sorts of burning questions. And while the majority of the banter was adorable and unsurprising coming from the pair that also considers themselves "relationship goals," it also caught us off guard a few times.

Chrissy got hooked up to the machine first. After a few warm-up questions, John said, "You once told Vogue that three words to describe us as a couple are ‘Keeping it sexy.’ But that was two years ago. Would you still use those three words to describe us today?"

"I would use those words to describe us this morning," Chrissy replied with a smirk, as John let out a surprised gasp. Smiling, the polygraph administrator revealed the model "was telling the truth."

Blushing, John felt the need to explain he had just gotten back "from a four-day trip."

John then asked Chrissy if she’d still love him if he couldn’t sing. "Yes," she replied. What about if he wasn’t rich? "Yes," she said again. Neither time was deception indicated.

Pulling up a photo of "Vanderpump Rules" star James Kennedy, Legend pressed Teigen about whether she found him attractive. She belly laughed and said, "In his own way. I’ve told you this before! I think he’s cute!"

Her biggest complaints of John as a "roommate" are that he’s "messy" and he doesn’t listen. "Your ears are like always off!" she reprimanded. That question transitioned nicely into the next, which was, "Have you ever left the toothpaste open?"

"Every day," Chrissy replied. "’Cause it needs to have a snap-on top! And until it has a snap on the top or you get me one that has a snap on the top, I will continue to leave it open. And honestly, I’m leaving it open ’cause you’re gonna use it next. Then you don’t have to unscrew it!"

"You’re being considerate, is what you’re saying," John noted. Chrissy was glad he finally got the picture.

The musician then asked his wife, "Who’s your favorite musician, including me?" He leaned in close, but the pressure didn’t sway her: "Mariah Carey? Ariana Grande? There’s so many!"

Legend asked Teigen if there were other songs of his, in addition to "Green Light," that she didn’t like. She said yes, then turned it around on him. "You know it’s not that good of a song! You even said it’s kind of a little radio-ish and not you," she fired back.

John was caught off guard and vehemently denied disliking the song. In fact, he "loves" that song. "She just doesn’t like the lyrics," he defended, as the polygraph administrator said Chrissy was telling the truth.

Chrissy later admitted she was drunk when she posted a photo of John’s butt to her Instagram. He said his parents were upset and that it embarrassed him, but she insisted he "wanted" her to post it. When the administrator indicated that that was "questionable" on Chrissy’s part, she clarified that she "definitely got approval" from John to post it.

Toward the end of his questioning, Legend asked his wife if she would follow Donald Trump on Twitter in the event that POTUS unblocked her. Smiling, she said, "I would block him. That’s all I’m waiting for in life."

It was now John’s turn to get grilled, so Chrissy started off with a "simple" question: "Have you cheated on me?" She laughed it off and said she was joking, then said she didn’t want to know.

"Would you ever bribe a university to ensure our children go to the best schools?" Chrissy asked, to which John replied, "Bribe? I would more legally do stuff, like donate."

"As a couple," she asked, "would you say we are goals?" With no hesitation, John said, "Yes."

Quoting Legend’s "All of Me," which he admittedly wrote with his wife in mind, Teigen asked her husband what her "imperfections" are. He smiled and got awkward, as any loving husband would. "Ummm," he said, voice quivering. "What do you mean? We already discussed this. You don’t put the toothpaste cap on, and it incenses me!"

But Chrissy meant business: "Are you waiting on me to lose this baby weight?"

"No, you look perfect," John replied instantly, as the administrator confirmed he was "telling the truth."

Gwyneth Paltrow came up in conversation after Chrissy asked her husband if she cooked better than the Goop founder. While John answered that question to his wife’s standards, he did spend a bit too much time doting on the actress. "She’s gorgeous. She’s damn near perfect. She’s got the perfection of a Ryan Gosling," he said.

Chrissy then asked her husband what kind of sacrifices he feels he’s made in their marriage. "None of it’s like a bad sacrifice," he noted. "I work less than I would if I were single. I have sex with other women less than if I were single," he added with a hearty laugh. "But it’s fine! It’s worth it. It’s worth it."

After admitting he does enjoy some of the Bravo shows his wife forces him to watch with her, Chrissy asked John if she should be a Real Housewife.

"No, I think you don’t need it," he replied. "And I actually don’t think you would be dramatic enough for them. They like messier people. You’re not very messy with your friends."

And speaking of Chrissy’s friends, does John find any of them attractive? "I’m sure, yeah. I’m sure," he replied, prompting Chrissy to make a face. "You have attractive friends!" he defended.

"At this moment right now, are you concerned we’re not having enough sex?" Teigen asked her husband, who quickly replied, "No. Especially after last night. Wow. TMI, everybody! I’m sorry."

John first met Kanye West in 2001. Given their political and social differences, Chrissy asked her husband if he missed "the old Kanye."

He laughed nervously and said, "Oh, sometimes, yes. But people — they grow, they change. Artists are who they are." Teigen then asked Legend if West asked him for permission before posting screenshots of their text messages on Twitter. "He did not," Legend replied.

"Do you think Kim [Kardashian] wears the pants in that relationship?" Chrissy asked.

"No, they seem like they have kind of an equal relationship from what I’ve seen," John replied, prompting Chrissy to ask, "Do I wear the pants in our relationship?"

"In a lot of aspects you do," he said. "I feel like we both have things we care about and wanna take charge of more, and we do those things."

The model posed perhaps the toughest question of all when she asked, "Would you ever have married me without a prenup?"

The 10-time Grammy winner took a moment to collect his thoughts to avoid saying the wrong thing. "Um, I think prenups are a good thing to do," he said carefully. Chrissy just stared. "I actually wish I knew you were gonna be so successful," he added after he noticed he hadn’t said the right thing. "I would’ve re-written the prenup a little bit! You’re a lot richer than I thought you’d be."

"If you take one of my monies," she said sternly, "I will kill you."

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Inside Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan's extravagant Christmas in Essex with lots of booze and after dinner games

MARK Wright and Michelle Keegan enjoyed Christmas Day with Mark's family at a lavish bash in Essex.

The Wright clan kicked off their festive celebrations in matching pajamas, and looked extremely cosy as they posed for a photo with their pets in tow.

Later, Mark, 33, gave a glimpse inside their lavish day, telling fans on Instagram that it consisted of "drinks, food and dogs".

Panning the camera around their dinner table setting, fans spotted bottles of Moet champagne, personalised napkins, Christmas crackers and gorgeous candles.

The family enjoyed Christmas feast of turkey, roasted veggies, and all the trimmings, with more booze flowing during dinner.

Afterwards, Mark's sister Natalia filmed the family enjoying games as they were joined by more loved ones, for a round of Karaoke.

One video showed Mark without his trousers on as he stretched over to pick up a box on the floor, with his teeth.

Mark is brother to Jess Wright and younger siblings Natalya and Josh Wright and shot to fame when he appeared in the first three series of The Only Way Is Essex.

Mark began dating TV star Michelle Keegan in December 2012.

Due to their filming commitments on different sides of the Atlantic, the pair have to endure periods away from each other.

Mark landed the entertainment correspondent role on US showbiz programme, Extra, in 2017 – appearing alongside American co-star Mario Lopez.

But earlier in 2019, the former Towie star officially returned to the UK to live full-time with his wife Michelle.

The couple don't have any kids yet but they have both admitted that they plan to start a family together in the future.

Speaking of his departure to The Sun Online, he said: “I’m no longer living in LA. I was there for nearly two years and had the most amazing time.

“It just feels like the right time to come back to the UK and live here with my wife and family."

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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

'Shark Tank's' Kevin O'Leary Reveals What He Thinks When a Contestant Cries During a Pitch

Kevin O’Leary of ABC’s Shark Tank is known for his harsh demeanor and tough truth-telling skills when he considers an idea to be a flop. When aspiring entrepreneurs come on to the ABC hit reality show to present their product or service, they often share their personal stories of what brought them to their moment in the tank. Sometimes contestants are emotional when describing their journeys, even being moved to tears.

While O’Leary – ironically known as ‘Mr. Wonderful’ – will often listen quietly while a potential business partner gets misty through their account of their history, he has some thoughts on the act of crying during a pitch.

A shark’s sacrifices

O’Leary has established himself as a business icon. According to Inc., he spearheaded the company Softkey Software Products from his basement in 1983 and sold it in 1999 to Mattel Toy Company for $3.7 billion. He went on to launch a host of other successful businesses including O’Leary Funds, O’Leary Fine Wines and the O’Leary Financial Group.

The Shark Tank star makes no bones about what is required in being an entrepreneur. He has previously shared details on his own journey toward success, and what he personally missed out on along the way.

“Entrepreneurship is a personal sacrifice for a long period of time,” O’Leary said last year, according to The New York Times Magazine. “I never saw my kids grow up — they just went from zero to teenagers when I was traveling the world selling software, and yet today they enjoy certain freedoms that I could never have afforded had I not been successful.”

I’ve had many more great failures in my life than I’ve had great successes. And any entrepreneur who tries to convince you otherwise is lying! The path to success isn’t a steady uphill ride. You’re going to fuck up. Dozens of times. This is part of the journey and you’d better figure out how to love it, and learn from it. To fail is the most important lesson you’ll ever experience. The highest college tuition in the country can’t buy you that kind of education. Embrace failure, get over it, and do better next time. . . . . . . #sharktank #motivation #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #inspirationalquotes #motivationalquotes #financialfreedom #finance #smallbusiness #smallbiz

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There’s no crying in business

While he’s actually gotten watery-eyed at hearing some tough roads that contestants have had to travel, the shark known as Mr. Wonderful sees no benefit in crying during a pitch for an investment.

“Tears buy you nothing. At the end of the day, the market is a brutal place. Nobody cares that you had a little dog when you were in high school that you fell in love with. Nobody gives a [expletive],” O’Leary said. “You’re now in the real world, competing with people in Mumbai and Shanghai and Hong Kong who want to eat your lunch.”

When asked if he’s ever felt bad about harshly turning down an entrepreneur, using phrases like his trademark ‘take it behind the barn and shoot it’ regarding an idea, O’Leary apparently has no regrets. “Never. Business is so binary: Either you make money or you lose it,” he explained. “It’s so disingenuous to say to an entrepreneur, ‘I won’t write you a check, but you should keep going.’ I would rather say — and I do — ‘This has no merit; you’re going to lose all your money.’”

The whole truth and nothing but the truth

The millionaire investor views his sometimes brutal delivery as presenting necessary truth which will help aspiring entrepreneurs avoid wasting time and money. “If you’re doing something that’s going to go bankrupt, why not deal with it now, and start something else that maybe will be successful?” O’Leary told NBC News Better.  “In money, it’s just black and white. Either you make it, or you lose it. So you might as well deal with the truth right from the get-go.”

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O’Leary is never worried about hurt feelings – not when it comes to money. “I don’t care if they cry about it. I’m still giving them really good information,” he said. “All the other sharks are trying to keep their feelings inside. I don’t care about your feelings, I care about your money. The truth is what matters in business. Yes, you have to take it behind the barn and shoot it.”

The Shark Tank panelist reiterated this sentiment in the NYT Magazine interview, clearly considering his ‘tough love’ as more productive than the sensitivity sometimes shown by his fellow sharks. “I’m the only shark that tells the truth,” O’Leary said. “The others make themselves feel better by lying to these poor people who are going to lose all their money.”

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Prince George wears smart suit as he joins Charlotte for Sandringham service

Prince George and Princess Charlotte have arrived at the Queen's Sandringham estate for their traditional morning service at St Mary Magdalene Church.

George, aged six, and four-year-old Charlotte walked the short distance from Sandringham House to St Mary Magdalene Church hand in hand with their parents while Prince Charles walked alongside them.

The Queen, 93, was also spotted at the Norfolk estate wearing a bright red hat and matching suit along with the Duchess of Cornwall.

Prince Louis stayed at home with Kate Middleton's parents as he is still too young to join them on the stroll, which has become a Christmas tradition.

For live updates of the royal's Christmas Day at Sandringham follow our blog .

  • Prince Charles shows support for Andrew as they attend Sandringham service together

Andrew's daughter Princess Beatrice also joined the service with fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi for the first time after being invited by the Queen.

Today's Christmas celebrations follow a difficult few days for the family after the Duke of Edinburgh spent four nights at King Edwards VII's Hospital in central London.

  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wish followers a 'very merry Christmas' from Canada

Prince Philip, who was undergoing treatment for a undisclosed health issue, was discharged yesterday before flying by helicopter to the private estate in Norfolk.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 98, who was discharged from hospital on Christmas Eve, is not attending the church service.

Philip, who retired from public duties in 2017, did not attend last year's church service either despite being in good health at the time.

The Duke of York, who has had a tumultuous end to the year after his disastrous appearance on the BBC's Newsnight programme, walked side by side with Charles to a service at 9am but did not attend the 11am service.

Andrew's attempt to explain his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein backfired and he was heavily criticised for showing a lack of empathy towards Epstein's victims and remorse over his friendship with the disgraced financier.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also absent this year, instead opting to spend seven-month-old Archie's first Christmas with the Duchess's mother, Doria Ragland, in Canada.

The Earl of Wessex and daughter Lady Louise were also pictured heading to the early service and were swiftly followed by Andrew and Charles.

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The 115

If only Sydney to Hobart hopeful Katwinchar could talk. At 115 years of age, as the oldest yacht to ever compete in the race, she would have a story to tell.

We’d ask what it feels like to be still going, after all these years, having been built in London in 1904 by keg makers in the famous Watney brewery, which was owned by Ricardo Gilbey Watney.

Katwinchar and skipper Kendal Barry-Cotter.Credit:Jacky Ghossein

We’d ask what was said on board after she was bought by fisherman Brian Mossop and then sailed more than 22,000 kilometres, across the Atlantic, and then Panama, and then onto Sydney, before setting sail for Hobart for the 1951 race.

We’d ask just what happened when the boat was blown off course, only for the crew to eventually bring her back towards land, stopping into Triabunna, north of Hobart, to get on the drink on New Year’s Eve, before sailing to Hobart three days later where they were promptly disqualified.

We’d ask about how northern beaches man Frank Barry-Cotter bought her in 1960, sailing Katwinchar around Pittwater and Sydney Harbour for five years, before she was sold again.

We’d ask about all the missing years that followed until Barry-Cotter’s son, Bill, started searching for the 32-foot ketch he had been mesmerised by as a kid.

We’d ask what it felt like to be sitting in the front yard of an elderly woman’s home at Hexham, just north of Newcastle, ready to be taken to the tip when suddenly, out of nowhere, her phone rang.

We’d ask about Bill finding about the boat through an ad on Gumtree, promptly buying her, then spending two years and more money than he cares to mention to bring Katwinchar back to life.

We’d ask what it felt like to slip into the water just three months ago in preparation for another start on Boxing Day in the Sydney to Hobart, no less than 68 years after her first and only attempt.

“Yes,” smiles Bill, “Katwinchar would have some story to tell.”

Boats don’t usually talk to you unless you’ve had far too many rum and cokes, so Bill and his brother Kendal, who will captain Katwinchar, will have to do.

“I was an apprentice boat builder when Dad got it and I was really intrigued with the construction of it,” Bill says. “It was very lightly built and different in shape to most other boats. It was radically different at the time; about 60 years ahead of its time.

“About 14 years ago, I started the search to find it. I placed a few ads in boating magazines but then, two years ago, someone called me and said it was on Gumtree and they were selling it for nothing.”

Bill transported the boat to his base at Hope Island on the Gold Coast and for the next two years — about 10,000 man hours — breathed life back into Katwinchar. His team of boat builders replaced the rotten English oak, the deck, keel and cabin and added aluminium masts. The original Canadian cedar in the hull remains.

“There’s not many people around who would have the vision or drive to take something in that condition and totally restore it,” Kendal says. “Especially with all the safety and stability requirements for a professional ocean race like the Sydney to Hobart.”

Indeed, a yacht that is older than the Titanic would have a story to tell.

Perhaps the most interesting chapter came 70 years ago when Mossop bought the boat and sailed with his wife, Dorothy, and fellow fishermen Bill Bartlett and Dennis Tanner to Australia. They arrived in Sydney 196 days later — and just five days before the Hobart race started on Boxing Day in 1951.

There were only 13 other boats in the race that year. This year, which marks the 75th anniversary of the race, there are 164 entrants.

Bill won’t be on board after suffering a heart attack three months ago. Doctors have banned him from competing in the race.

But he has a very competitive and experienced crew on board, including sailing icon Michael Spies, who has made the 630-nautical mile trip to Hobart 43 times.

“There are 116 Sydney Hobart races between the first five of the six crew members on the boat,” says Kendal, who has sailed in the race 11 times, although this is his first since 1985.

Bill hasn't entered Katwinchar in this year's race simply for the purposes of nostalgia.

While the 100-foot supermaxis such as Comanche and Wild Oats XI will fight it out for line honours, he has his eye on handicap silverware. The boat is second favourite with the bookmakers behind Ichi Ban.

“It’s all subject to the wind direction and pace,” Bill says. “We’re a little boat. If it’s a slow race we’ve got a good chance.”

The oldest boat in the fleet winning the Sydney to Hobart race in its 75th year? That would be a story worth telling.

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