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Amanda Kloots Shares Moving Nick Cordero Video Documenting Their Relationship ‘from Day 1’

Amanda Kloots is sharing an emotional time capsule of her romance with Nick Cordero.

On Tuesday morning, Kloots posted a powerful montage tracking her romance with the late Broadway star, who died on Sunday after a three-month-long battle with the novel coronvairus (COVID-19). He was 41.

The six-minute clip features photos taken between 2015 and 2020, and was compiled by Kloots' sister, Anna. Snapshots in the touching video include glimpses at the pair's wedding, as well as welcoming their son, Elvis, 13 months.

"Another video from @annakloots documenting Nick and I from day 1 till now," Kloots captioned the post. "Nick always said we were completely different people that normally would never be together. We challenged each other and in doing so caused each other to grow and change. We pushed each other’s buttons in the best of ways."

"He would always look at me and say, 'I’m the luckiest,'" she continued. "Well darling, I was the luckiest to get to spend five years with you and to share a son that will always remind me of you. ❤️ "

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The loving video came hours after Kloots shared another video scrapbook of memories from the last 95 days, as she and her loved ones supported Cordero through his hospitalization and health battle.

Kloots explained that family helping her to see the "silver linings" is what has gotten her through the "hardest time" in her life.

"I have always been lucky to have a family that loves to be together and to support each other," Kloots captioned the second video made by her sister on Monday. "I’m even luckier to have Nicks family and extended family that are the same. This video captures these last 95 days. The love, the exhaustion, the bonds, the smiles, the song, the exercise, the hard work, the care, support and most of all love."

"They did all of this for Nick, Elvis and I- selfless time from their lives to be with us," she continued. "In times of trauma, look for the silver linings. Spend time with family. Smile through the tears. Have faith when things seem impossible. Love one another. ❤️ "

Announcing the sad news on Sunday night, Kloots paid tribute to her "darling" husband on Instagram, writing that "God has another angel in heaven now." Cordero, whose Broadway credits include Waitress and Rock of Ages, died on Sunday morning at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he had been hospitalized for over 90 days.

"I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him," she wrote at the time. "Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband. Elvis and I will miss him in everything we do, everyday."

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Bill Turnbull: BBC Breakfast host opens up on heartbreaking loss ‘I cried myself to sleep’

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Bill Turnbull, 64, debuted his latest venture last month, a new podcast where he speaks to fellow animal loving celebrities about their furry friends and how they’ve impacted their lives. Paws and Claws has allowed him to take his own trips down memory lane and in the latest episode, he recalled the first time he lost his beloved pet dog.

Even at 15 I cried myself to sleep that night because it was such a big deal

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In this specific edition, Bill was joined by radio presenter and dog lover Johnny Vaughan, who told him of the tales of his precious Ryder who had to be put down when he was eight-years-old and away at boarding school.

He recalled his mother had sent him a letter detailing the terrible news which left him heartbroken.

But Bill had a bone to pick: “At least she told you that, Johnny!”

The radio host admitted he’s “held it against” his mum ever since, but the BBC Breakfast stalwart had more to his own story.

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“My first dog lived until I was 15, which is amazing,” he said.

He continued to detail a time where he went to Germany for a couple of weeks when he was younger, to learn the language before taking his A-Levels.

But a shock was waiting for him when he arrived home.

“Got back [home], there’s no dog in the bed,” he remembered.

Johnny gave a sympathetic sigh because he knew what was coming next.

“There’s no dog in the bed, she didn’t tell me,” Bill explained his mum’s choice to keep the news from him so as to spare his feelings.

“And the worst thing was, I didn’t ask her!”

His guest seemed a little stumped by what appeared to be a lack of enthusiasm for his pet, until Bill’s next emotional admission.

He continued: “I just noticed the dog was gone and that was it.

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“Even at 15, I cried myself to sleep that night because it was such a big deal.”

Bill went on to note that the first pet you have is likely to be the most important.

“The first dog is maybe the most important dog and you and I have a shared experience because we both went to boarding school,” he said to Johnny.

“I think I missed the dog probably more than anyone or anything else!”

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The host recalled he used to have dreams while he was away from home about being back playing with his dog and waking up upset and disappointed that he was still away.

And that’s probably something all animal lovers can relate to.

Home is where your pet is!

Paws and Claws is available to listen to on Global Radio, Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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Killer bees' aggression comes from genetics of European insects

Why are killer bees so angry? Study finds insects’ aggression comes from genetics of European insects which mixed with African honey bees

  • Killer bees get their aggression from Western European bee genetics 
  • Researchers measured the defense response of 116 colonies with these bees
  • They found that the most defensive were related to South African honey bees
  • Genomes that influenced aggression were linked to those from Western Europe

Killer bees are known to chase people when agitated and experts have now found the root of this insect’s aggression.

A new study into the African hybrid honey bee reveals it was the mixing of European genetics that led to this invasive species’ hostility.

Researcher first bred South African honey bees with those in Europe during the 1950s with the hopes of created a better subtropical version, which escaped and mated with the local bees – bringing the dangerous insects to the Americas.

The team measured the defense response of 116 Brazilian colonies and found the most defensive were related to South African honey bees, except the genomes that influenced aggression were linked to those from Western Europe.

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Killer bees are known to chase people when agitated and experts have now found the root of this insect’s aggression. A new study into the African hybrid honey bee reveals it was the mixing of European genetics that led to this invasive species’ hostility

The findings were collected by teams at York University and Purdue University, which set out to understand why this strain of honey bee is known for its aggression.

Amro Zayed, associate professor at York University, said: ‘The resulting bees were highly invasive and aggressive, much more than the European honey bees used by North and South American beekeepers at the time.’

‘The genetics causing this hyper defensiveness were not well known, but the prevailing wisdom was that killer bees are aggressive because South African bees are aggressive.’

When the bees escaped their cages in Brazil, they began to spread around South and Central America and by 1990, the insects had made their way up to the southern parts of the US.

Now, the African hybrid honey bees (AHB) have replaced the honey bees that came from Europe in Brazil and are the most common of its kind in Northern Argentina and the southern US.

To investigate the roots of AHB, the team study the defense response of 116 Brazilian AHB colonies using the Suede Ball test.

During this test, a ball was swung at the entrance of the colony as if it was an intruder.

Researcher first bred South African honey bees with those in Europe during the 1950s with the hopes of created a better subtropical version, which escaped and mated with the local bees – bringing the dangerous insects to the Americas

The team then examined the ball to see how much of it was destroyed to determine the colony’s defense response.

Brock Harpur, an assistant professor at Purdue University, said ‘We sequenced the genomes of the most aggressive colonies, which would sting the ball 90 times or more per minute, and the least aggressive colonies.’

‘We then compared the genomes of the most and least aggressive colonies to identify mutations that associate with these differences in behavior.’

The most defensive colonies were found to be more related to the South African insects, but after sequencing the genomes the team found the most aggressive bees came from Western Europe.

How do honeybees make a queen?

Queen bee brood cell is pictured above

Honeybees make a queen by treating a normal youngster in a unique way, causing it to develop into a queen rather than a worker.

They start by building a special, larger cell, and filling it with a substance called ‘royal jelly’.

This is a combination of water, sugars and proteins that appears milky in colour, secreted from glands in the heads of worker bees.

A youngster is then plucked from its cell and placed into the unique cell with the royal jelly, which it consumes.

To aide its development, a study published in Science Advances in 2015 suggested, it is also denied pollen and honey to aide its development, which is fed to normal workers.

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'Say I Do': People Can't Stop Crying While Watching Netflix's New Wedding Show

Weddings can have a strong affect on people to where they’re brought to tears. But Netflix released a show that pulls at your heartstrings even for people who don’t normally cry because of them.

Say I Do shows a person surprising their future spouse with a wedding. They then get help from interior designer, Jeremiah Brent, fashion designer, Thai Nguyen, and chef, Gabriele Bertaccini to plan their wedding in a few days. Find out why it’s getting compared to Queer Eye and what fans are saying about it.

‘Say I Do’ shows people getting surprised with a wedding

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Each episode starts with a couple telling their love story. We then find out one of them is going to surprise the other with a wedding. Sometimes these couples are already engaged but for some reason haven’t been able to walk down the aisle yet. The first episode focuses on a couple who have already been married for years, but their first wedding was a disaster.

Brent, Nguyen, and Bertaccini are then brought in to plan the wedding with the help of the other partner. The hosts talked about what it was like to work together.

Thai Nguyen said the show is different from ‘Queer Eye’

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The show is getting a lot of comparisons to Queer Eye. The show does come from the same producers and it has a few similarities. The hosts don’t just plan weddings, but sometimes they help couples with their other issues like struggling to start the adoption process, not being able to connect with family, and more.

However, Nguyen said their show is different. “It’s so different than Queer Eye,” he told Entertianment Weekly. “With Queer Eye, it’s everyday life. But this show, Say I Do, it’s about a fantasy. It’s about a dream. Some of these brides and grooms, they dream about this day their entire lives. But with obstacles in their lives, they cannot pursue their dreams. So, here we come in.”

The hosts also had to do tests before getting their jobs like Queer Eye. “I still remember the first time we all met at that round table at the chemistry test,” Nguyen said. “Jer, I don’t know if you remember when they asked how we would describe each other in one word. And I said, ‘Jer, you are calm, you calm me down.’”

Fans are crying over the new show

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Fans aren’t able to hold back their tears when watching the new show. Many of them tweeted about crying during the emotional episodes.

“The first couple on this Netflix show Say I Do is coming for my heart,” tweeted one person. The first couple is Marcus and Tiffany LaCour.

Another fan tweeted, “Okay y’all I stumbled upon Say I Do: Surprise Weddings on Netflix and I am straight up SOBBING at the very first episode omfg. This poor woman!! What they’re doing for her is so heartwarming.”

A third person tweeted, “Anyone spending this weekend crying through episodes of Say I Do on Netflix? Just me? Ok.”

It’s unknown if the show will return for another season. But it looks like fans are really enjoying the emotional stories after it was released.

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Piers Morgan questions future on GMB ‘every morning’ in surprise admission

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Piers Morgan, 55, has long been the outspoken face of Good Morning Britain alongside his co-host Susanna Reid, 49, the woman many have hailed for being able to “handle” his many on-air rants. Amid all the negativity in the world, Piers has been constantly bashed by members of the public for his opinions.

That is a question that crosses my mind every time my alarm goes off at 4.45am

Piers Morgan

Earlier this year, he dropped a huge hint that he might not be returning to the show after he took a week off in May.

It comes after the show was hit by over 500 Ofcom complaints in a week due to his rants and rows with MPs over how the government have handled to deadly coronavirus pandemic.

He said on-air at the time: “Today could be our last day. You never know, do you? These days.

“It’s weird to have half term off when there’s no half term. We’re sort of having half term off from this everyone needs a bit of time out to think about all of this.”

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But to his fans joy, he did indeed return to the hot seat and continued on his crusade to get the nation the answers they want.

There was even a petition to have him removed from the show, which garnered just over 68,000 signatories from viewers unhappy with his attitude.

Meanwhile Piers remains strong.

But he has his doubts, too.

In his most recent Daily Mail column, he thanked This Morning host Eamonn Holmes, again for hailing him as the “saviour of breakfast TV”, rescuing GMB from “going down the drain of vanilla blandness”.

Eamonn’s comments came during an interview with journalist Rodney Ed­­­­wards on the Human Nature pod­­cast, where he explained Piers arrived and “shook it up”.

“The thing about Piers, and probably why a lot of people watch him, is you don’t know how long it’ll last, you don’t know how long he will last,” he continued, sounding concerned about his fellow ITV colleagues future.

And Piers acknowledges that frame of mind.

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Addressing Eamonn’s concerns, he wrote: “That is a question that crosses my mind every time my alarm goes off at 4.45am.”

“I’ve been at GMB for nearly five years and our ratings just hit a record high.

“Amusingly, they’ve risen steadily since the Government started boycotting the show – so I’m definitely due a self-implosion.”

He continued with a phrase ingrained in his mind: “As my late, great grandmother loved to remind me whenever things were going too well: ‘Remember: one day you’re c**k of the walk, the next a feather duster.’”

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But will Piers ever leave the show he adores so much?

After announcing the terms of his latest contract with ITV, the telly stalwart has secured his place until 2021.

Whether he decides enough is enough after that point, we don’t know.

But one thing is for sure – it won’t be because of the complaints or the trolls that continue to attack him for his opinions.

Good Morning Britain continues weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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Barcelona blow as Xavi signs contract extension to stay as manager at Qatar club Al-Sadd until 2021

BARCELONA have been dealt a blow with the news former midfielder Xavi is to remain in Qatar.

The Spanish ace manages Qatari club Al-Sadd and has signed an extension to his deal which will see him stay until 2021.

Reports had previously linked the former Catalan giant with a return to the Nou Camp to takeover from underfire Quique Setien.

It was previously reported the legendary player had agreed a £5.4million a year deal to take the hot seat in Catalonia.

It was believed that Lionel Messi and Co had rubber-stamped the 40-year-old's return in what would be a sensational move.

Messi is even believed to be tempted to STAY at the club if his old pal Xavi takes the reins.

Barcelona trail Real Madrid in the La Liga title race and rumours of a rift in the camp are rife.

Setien only replaced Ernesto Valverde as Barca boss in January but pressure is mounting on the 61-year-old.

The report stated Xavi had a "firm agreement" to take charge of the Blaugrana at the end of the season.

But it appears the move will be at the least delayed after news of his extended contract broke.

Xavi has been in charge of Al-Sadd since the start of the 2019-20 season, leading them to the Super Cup and Qatar Cup titles.

He previously admitted he hoped to lead Barca in the future and, on a video conference, said: "The biggest hope I have now is to be Barca coach and get Barca back to winning ways."

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Tou Thao, ex-Minneapolis cop charged in George Floyd death, released from jail – The Sun

TOU Thao, an ex-Minneapolis cop who was charged in George Floyd's death, has been released from jail.

The former officer was released on Saturday morning on a conditional bond, kstp reported.

His bail was set at $1million without conditions and $750,000 with conditions.

Thao was charged with unintentional aiding and abetting second-degree murder, as well as aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

His co-worker, Derek Chauvin, who was filmed kneeling on George Floyd's neck for eight minutes, is the only cop who remains in jail following the Black man's death.

The officers became known worldwide after the incident which happened on May 25.

On the evening of May 25, Officers Chauvin and Thao responded to a report of a "forgery in progress".

According to reports, police had responded to a call from a grocery store that claimed Floyd had used a forged check.

After Floyd allegedly resisted arrest, officers dragged him from his car and pinned him to the ground.

It was then that officer Chauvin held Floyd down with his knee on his neck and his other knee in the middle of his back.

The disturbing fatal encounter was caught on video by onlookers.

Also in the video, officer Thao can be seen to the right of Floyd ushering the crowds away from the scene.

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Texas sees highest number of coronavirus cases recorded since start of pandemic

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Texas on Saturday reported its largest daily rise in confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic – 8,258 – following a facial mask mandate from Gov. Greg Abbott in an effort to slow the uptick in cases.

Texas health officials said the state’s total number of confirmed cases is now up to 191,790, The Associated Press reported.

In addition, there were reportedly 33 additional deaths linked to COVID-19, which brings the statewide death toll up to 2,608, officials said. Hospitalizations remained somewhat steady at 7,890.

“COVID-19 is not going away, in fact, it’s getting worse. Now more than ever, action by everyone is needed until treatments are available for COVID-19,” Abbott said in a video released by his office. “We must do more to slow the spread without locking Texas back down.”

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Anyone found to be non-compliant with Abbott's face mask order could be subject to a $250 fine, Fox 4 reported.

First-time violators can expect a verbal or written warning from authorities. If someone violates the mandate a second time, they can be fined, but no one will be arrested or jailed for not wearing a mask.

The governor's order also gives local officials the power to restrict certain outdoor gatherings that exceed 10 people.

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Despite criticism over rising case numbers, President Trump has argued that as testing expands, so, too, will the number of positive results — with most patients recovering or remaining asymptomatic.

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Six month stamp duty holiday could be introduced later this year to revive the housing market

MINISTERS are considering introducing a six-month stamp duty holiday to revive the housing market later this year, The Sun has learnt.

The temporary measure would remove tax on the purchase of homes at the lower end of the housing market to ensure the tax giveaway is targeted at those most in need of help following the coronavirus crisis.

It is understood to be a policy being considered by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak for his Autumn Budget.

Treasury officials are said to be looking at raising the threshold at which homebuyers start paying stamp duty.

Currently homebuyers don't pay any stamp duty on the first £125,000 of homes, then 2 per cent of the value of the home up to £250,000 and 5 per cent on the next £675,000.

One source said the new stamp duty threshold could be set at £300,000 but it could be set as high as £500,000.

That would enable some homes at the lower end of the London housing market to be taken out of stamp duty but crucially would take out hundreds of thousands of properties in the crucial 'Blue Wall' seats that handed Boris Johnson his huge election win last year.

Sources said the proposals being looked at are only for a six-month holiday, designed to trigger demand.

One source familiar with the proposal said: "A six-month stamp duty holiday would save people lots of money, is very Thatcherite and would please Tory backbenchers."

The move would mirror the popular measure introduced by ex-Chancellor Philip Hammond in 2017 when he removed stamp duty for all first-time buyers on homes under £300,000 and £500,000 in London.

Another measure being looked at is removing stamp duty land tax (SDLT) on vacant land. The move is designed to take advantage of disused land to boost the development of new house-building projects.

Both forms of stamp duty cuts are unlikely to be announced in the economic statement Mr Sunak is giving next week, which will instead focus on the Government's plan  to tackle mass youth unemployment triggered by the coronavirus crisis.

The Treasury declined to comment.

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Nick Robinson: BBC broadcaster in close call with PIRANHA ‘It promptly bit it off’

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Nick Robinson got a little close for comfort with a piranha when he was a youngster, he has revealed for the first time. The BBC broadcaster spoke out in a new interview, saying the freshwater fish isn’t particularly scary unless there’s a number of them.

When people are scared of piranhas, it is because there is lots of them

Nick Robinson

The 56-year-old detailed his very odd memory on the Paws and Claws with Bill Turnbull podcast.

The BBC Radio 4 presenter left the presenter seemingly taken aback as he chatted about the pets that he has had over the years.

But it was one memory that Nick shared that is most likely to peak listeners’ intrigue.

“I find it intriguing you went for fish. What brought you to fish?” Bill, 64, started.

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Laughing, Nick responded: “I actually had a friend who had a piranha and I remember bathing the piranha’s eye in Optrex…

“Just one piranah?” the host interrupted in shock.

“Not everyone can say that!” he continued, referencing his previous admission.

“I’m amazed! Why? How?” Bill urged, as Nick said bluntly that the fish had an eye infection.

He continued: “So we had to take the piranha out of the fish tank, which you might thing has the odd risk…

“I remember having to put a pencil in its mouth, which it promptly bit off, while my friend bathed it in Optex, and we plopped it back.”

“Eye got better,” Nick stated, but quipped light-heartedly: “Yet we lost all our fingers, but it was fine.”

Seemingly desperate to hear more, Bill questioned: “How big was this piranha?”

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“Oh not that big,” he stated. “When people are scared of piranhas, it is because there is lots of them. When you get eaten by a piranha – it’s not like sharks, is it? Because there’s an awful lot of them.”

“It is interesting, because from this I deduce, that you are not adverse to risk,” Bill told him.

Nick added: “Indeed, although I didn’t own the piranha… he had all sorts of dangerous things. There’s a thing called a Lion Fish.”

He told him about its “poisonous tendrils” that, if it touches a human’s skin, means “you’re in trouble

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Nick also discussed the dogs he had had in his life and the significance they had on his family.

He was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, and went on to attend Oxford University.

The star met his wife Pippa, a relationship counsellor, while there and they married in 1991. They have three children.

Listen to the full interview on the Paws and Claws with Bill Turnbull podcast.

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