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Padma Lakshmi punches back at figure shamers while cooking in her plays bra: ‘Let’s not police women’s bodies’

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Bulldog in England hands birth to 20 puppies

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Stray dogs and coronavirus: Only a hypothetical ideology with no proof

( CNN) You’re about to hear in the news that digres, feral puppies could be responsible for transferring the deadly tale coronavirus to humans.

It’s a conjecture, a hypothesis, based on a computer analysis of the genome of a variety of coronaviruses — a conjecture that has yet to be proven by any established facts.

Some worry that based on this theory, people expressed fears their domesticated dogs, or begin to take action against digress. There’s no reason to fret about puppies and coronavirus, experts say.

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Violent puppy thieves incarcerated after machete raid

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Three humen have been penitentiary after staging a violent raid on a house in Glasgow to steal eight puppies.

Liam Kinsella, 27, Samuel Durnion, 21 and Ben Murphy, 19, crushed into the home of Leanne Hodge in Castlemilk last-place August.

They nursed a machete against the throat of a 10 -year-old girl inside the property before stealing eight three-week old-fashioned Bull Mastiff puppies.

It is not known how many of the dogs, valued at PS8, 000, were returned.

The three people were sentenced at the High court in Glasgow after acknowledging behaving with others in the assault and robbery.

‘Pre-meditated’

Kinsella was jailed for five years and three months while Durnion received a four time prison term. Murphy was sentenced to 30 months

Lord Beckett described the attack as “pre-meditated” and said it has had a “profound” effect on Ms Hodge and others involved.

Addressing Kinsella – who too admitted to a same crime on an ex-boss – the adjudicate said: “It seems these attacks were carried out on your agenda against others you felt had harmed you and your family.”

Durnion will likewise be administered for a further two years on his release.

The raid on Ms Hodge’s home happened on 21 August last year while she was at home with her spouse. Three children were also there.

Image copyright Google Image caption The Castlemilk robbery took place in Barlia Drive

The robbers stormed in armed with machetes and mallets as a 10 -year-old girl did her lane downstairs.

One of the armed humen grabbed the girl and screamed at her, requesting where her father was.

As the family concealed for their security, the mob took the puppies.

‘Seduced by excitement’

A high-profile appeal was later launched to try to find the raiders and the three-week-old pets.

When police arrived they discovered keys belonging to a Volkswagen Polo the gang had driven there. They too recovered a number of pieces including a character in the name of Murphy, and his passport.

Kinsella was involved in an armed robbery five days earlier at the residence of his former boss George Murray in Wishaw.

David Nicolson, defending Murphy, said: “He is a young man who was persuasion by the excitement of being involved.”

Durnion’s advocate Louise Arrol said he was not the person who supported the machete at the girl.

Prosecutors told the hearing that the Crown “does not appear to know the perpetrator of that particular act”.

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Why soap, sanitizer and heated ocean work against Covid-1 9 and other viruses

( CNN) Tired of showering your hands for 20 seconds each time? Fingers starting to prune or feel like sandpaper?

The world is counting on you to help stop the spread of Covid-1 9, the deadly new illnes caused by SARS-CoV-2, or severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.

Take heart that while you’re scrubbing, you’re too killing off a host of other nasty bacteria and potentially lethal viruses that have plagued humen for centuries — including influenza and a number of different coronaviruses.

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Grief and suspicion after a coronavirus demise: Succeeding a double trauma

( CNN) In the midst of heartbreak we are alone, unable to reach out and comfort those who mourn, stand a careful six feet from one another.

Instead, we must listen to the tinny audio of the funeral emanating from laptopsor smartphones, bidding our anguish and assistance could hasten through digital space and environment those in agony with a hug or a touch — the most basic of human solaces.

This is the grim face of sorrow and loss in the age of coronavirus.

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Appearing for intimacy during your quarantine? This non-profit helps cover the cost to foster senior dogs

( CNN) As people around the country begin to sit and stand during the coronavirus pandemic, numerous now find themselves dwelling alone. That’s why Erin Stanton, founder of Susie’s Senior Dogs, is trying to help others offer a little bark to their lives. Through her non-profit, she’s offering to help with the cost and costs for those willing to foster older hounds while they’re self-isolating.

In a social media post on March 16, Stanton said Susie’s Senior Dogs will help cover the cost of any meat, renders, spay and neutering costs and prescriptions for however long beings are able to foster. The dogs must be 6 years or older and come from a 501 c3 rescue or shelter.

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Blethyn’s Vera: More than a scruffy mac and hat

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Image copyright ITV Image caption “There are lots of good crime narratives on telly but Vera different, ” says Blethyn

TV viewer loyalty – the nature that propels a series into doubled digits – is these days a rarity.

Too numerous platforms offering too much content have us perpetually tempted elsewhere.

Still, one show that’s eluded the stranges is ITV’s detective drama Vera, which this year contacts its decade-long milestone.

Admittedly, Vera began before the thunder in streaming services. But its gathering need not have stayed, averaging 7.8 million people per escapade. It’s also one of the best-selling British dramas internationally.

Our never-ending love affair with crime dramas could explain its longevity. As could the trend for those which are female-led. Yet the TV graveyard is occupied with shows that can be similarly categorised.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Brenda Blethyn, director Mike Leigh and co-star Marianne Jean-Baptiste from Secret and Lies

In truth, the secret to success lies in a fortuitous alchemy of ingredients.

Having Oscar-nominated Little Voice and Secret and Lies performer Brenda Blethyn playing the eponymous snoop is a good start.

Each stand-alone case episode is based on or inspired by the bestselling fictions by Ann Cleeves, guaranteeing the source material is sound.

Her scruffy mac- and pail hat-wearing Geordie detective chief inspector Vera Stanhope is a straight-talking, work-obsessed loner – with a compassionate underbelly.

In charge of a unit of men( there is one dame ), she has no time for the trappings of make-up, style, romance or personal angst. Solving a crime and ensure right done are Vera’s sole objectives.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Brenda Blethyn payed a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for Little Voice

Blethyn declares Vera was initially a hard sell.

“I don’t suppose people liked her very much, ” she says. “But then they could see she was respected by her unit and she would represent them like a mother[ dog] her puppies. So people began to warm to her, ” she says.

“There are lots of good crime tales on telly but she’s different. She looks like someone who could live down the street. You don’t know much about her personal life, you’re not passion after her, so nothing gets in accordance with procedures of the drama.

“It’s also good to see a woman of her age in a position of government, telling a load of men what to do. I know lots of women around her age rejoice in that.”

In person Blethyn is nothing like Vera. She giggles and rifts jokes and is glamorous in an understated room. You can’t help but like her.

Image copyright ITV Image caption Kenny Doughty plays Vera’s right-hand husband Aiden

But she does share some of her characteristics – some stand out of her humble background growing up in Ramsgate, she says.

“I’m a coper and is likely to be somewhat independent. And solving perplexes has been my anger from when I was a kid. We didn’t have a TV and the radio would get cut off because the bill hadn’t been paid. Still now, I challenge my brother every day to do the Times cryptic crossword.”

Blethyn has built a strong friendship with Cleeves, has read all her notebooks and feels very protective of the author’s character. She will tell the scriptwriters if they’ve included something Vera exactly wouldn’t say or do.

The show’s executive producer Phil Hunter says Blethyn “embodies this reputation in a manner that was which seduces an audience and genuinely property an emotional stone in the heart”.

He also considers the show a “trailblazer” in female booster police indicates.

“There’s now an appetite for telling floors with certainly capable women around the those orientations. The more gender equilibrium we get on screen, the very best, ” he adds.

The new series’ firstly episode experiences Vera investigating the death of an entrepreneur whose organization is help find bailiffs attempting to repossess his house.

Image copyright ITV Image caption Vera’s trusty Landrover carries her around Northumberland

Ultimately, it is a classic “crime of passion” Vera story – one where the tension is ramped up, to be delivered down to a cathartic conclusion.

Professor Charlotte Brunsdon from Warwick University’s Department of Film and Television Studies says in this sense Vera “belongs more in the British detective story habit, along with the likes of Inspector Morse and Rebus, rather than female-led detective series”.

“Classic to that filament of detective myth is the fact that it adjusts a mystery that can be solved, shown in a real world, a shortcoming nature. So you get the feeling of closure and satisfaction that Vera has managed to get something right, ” she says.

“But there’s no pretence that she can put right the things that have caused either what’s happened or the things she meetings along the way.

“In some courses it’s misleading to think of her in relation to female sleuths. Some of these evidences tend to be more about the drama of being a modern woman.

“You get a lot about their private lives because they have endlessly to circle the question, ‘How can a woman be doing this? What’s wrong with her? ‘ because it’s still difficult plausibly to have female attributes who are devoted to their jobs and aren’t monsters.”

It also means such line have a running narrative focusing on the woman’s personal rigors. Their stories have inevitably to reach a conclusion, signifying the show is more likely to fizzle out.

Image copyright ITV Image caption Vera unveils a twisted entanglement involving the dead man’s business and family things

Among reviewers, the programme has its devotees and detractors. The Telegraph’s Michael Hogan swore after the first episode of lines nine: “Brenda Blethyn deserves better than this slow drama.

“The script plodded from one plan point to the next, like Vera herself through the handsome Northumbrian scenery … This was Death in Paradise without the Caribbean sun or Midsomer Murders without the camp fun.”

Meanwhile, Chitra Ramaswamy from The Guardian, praised the demo, saying in 2016: “Brenda Blethyn stomps across the moor with a solvable carnage on the horizon. What’s not to like? Closely followed by Northumberland, Blethyn is the best thing about Vera…

“She has the loveliest tone, at once girlish and gruff. Her face is kind but represents business. Not many actors can pull off shambolic but effective but Blethyn can do it with a single, imbuing glance from beneath that hat.”

As the reviewers highlight, the settle of Vera is a key component. It’s at once glorious and threatening – a reputation in its own right.

Image caption Brenda Blethyn: Not ready to hand up her mac hitherto

Vera has boosted tourism to the area, which was labelled with a Royal Television Society Award last year. For each sequence the cast and crew expend six months filming all round Northumberland and specifically Newcastle.

As well as showcasing the beautiful landscapes, Vera delves into the industrial stronghold. Kenny Doughty, who romps Vera’s prime sidekick Detective Sergeant Aiden Healy, adoration the region.

“Northumberland and the coast are breathtaking but beings don’t actually know it’s there, ” he says.

“And Newcastle has its own cultural identity. It’s still sprung in its working-class roots and there’s a real sense of parish even though it’s a city. I’ve never felt unwelcome. Everyone wants to talk to you, and everyone’s got a story to tell.”

If Ann Cleeves ever hangs up Vera’s mac and hat, the TV scriptwriters could feasibly continue establishing new legends room into the future. Contemplating getter older and older as Vera, Blethyn gets misty-eyed.

“Oh, imagine. It could be really good, ” she says. “But they would probably have to wheel me around in a chair.

“Deciding who would do it … well, they’d have to draw straws.”

The tenth sequence of Vera begins on ITV1 at 20:00 GMT on Sunday 12 January.

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