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Bernie Ecclestone, 89, Welcomes 4th Child, His 1st With Fabiana Flosi, 44

Round four! Bernie Ecclestone welcomed his fourth child on Wednesday, July 1, his first with his wife, Fabiana Flosi.

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The baby boy is named Ace, their rep confirmed to CNN on Thursday, July 2.

News broke in April that the businessman, 89, was expecting a baby with the marketing executive, 44. The British entrepreneur already shares Deborah, 64, with his ex-wife Ivy Bamford, as well as Tamara, 35, and Petra, 31, with his ex-wife Slavica Ecclestone.

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Bernie gushed about becoming a father again, telling U.K. news agency PA Media at the time: “I don’t see there’s any difference between being 89 and 29. You’ve got the same problems I suppose. It’s all right.”

The British star’s rep went on to tell CNN that his eldest daughter is “absolutely thrilled for” her dad and his wife.

The former chief executive of Formula One Group met Flosi in 2009 at the World Motor Sport Council. Their engagement was announced in April 2012, which was how Tamara found out that her dad was dating the Brazil native.

“I was sitting by the pool in Dubai with my boyfriend, Omar [Khyami], and my make-up artist Gary Cockerill when I checked Mail Online and read that my dad was engaged,” the model told Daily Mail the following month. “I thought, ‘Oh, my God, he’s done it.’”

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Bernie’s second-born went on to tell the outlet: “My first thought was for my mum because I knew she wouldn’t have known. My mum hasn’t dated since the divorce so my immediate feeling was, ‘How is she going to take this?’ I just thought that because he’s been married before, he’s got children, and he’s older than her, I didn’t think he’d get married again.”

In August 2012, the couple tied the knot in Switzerland. Tamara and Petra did not attend the ceremony.

Bernie told Daily Mail after his proposal that he and his then-fiancée get on “enormously well” despite their age difference. He said, “We have been together for two years and what makes it work is that Fabiana has a really good sense of humur — and when you live with me you need to have a sense of humor.”

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We welcome Boris Johson's 'housing revolution' but the PM must now act on his words and get it done

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SLASHING red tape, bulldozing NIMBYs and building a housing revolution. Yes, it’s what Britain needs, along with much else.

But these so far are just words every Prime Minister utters. Getting it done is the other 99.999 per cent of the battle.

Britain is still held back by archaic restrictions, councils blocking developments for political reasons, MPs opposing much-needed projects to appease their NIMBY constituents . . . even local councillors wanting harmless outbuildings torn down over some footling ­planning infraction.

So we wish the Johnson-Gove-Cummings team luck taking on this habitual obstructionism, where no one else has managed it. 

It is true that they have far more revolutionary zeal than almost any of their predecessors. Let’s hope their party follows their lead.

The PM’s big speech yesterday was full of trademark and welcome “glass half-full” optimism despite the economic abyss we are staring into.

But he was at least realistic about it being a far greater challenge than the 2008 crash. Yesterday’s figures underline that.

A staggering 12million workers are being shored up by taxpayers.

No one should fault the scale of the Government’s bailouts. But when that money stops, as it must, the pain will be widespread and acute.

So a job-creating infrastructure programme is a sound idea — even if the initial £5billion promised is a fraction of what’s needed.

More worrying to us is a Tory PM all but ruling out tax cuts, while reassuring us only that rates will stay “reasonable” and that he is “not a Communist”.

Lower taxes not only create jobs, as the Coalition proved to great effect from 2010, they will enable firms to keep staff in work when the furlough expires.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has a big speech of his own next week. We hope he knows that Britain’s Bounce Back won’t happen solely via the State’s ­generosity with public money.

It will mainly be led by private enterprise thriving again in a post-Brexit economy where taxes undercut those elsewhere.

City in pain

OUR hearts go out to the people and businesses of Leicester. How agonising to be locked down again.

But there is no question it had to happen. 

And it should stand as a warning to every part of Britain, even as we approach our big liberation on Saturday: A new flare-up will put your town or city right back where we were in March.

The temptation to abandon social distancing, masks and so on may be great. But we cannot do so yet.

Our first victory over the disease is in sight. Infections and excess deaths are right down.

The death rate is now BELOW the seasonal average. And yet a national second wave, unlikely though it is, is still possible.

Let’s all play our part in avoiding it.

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Welcome to Croatia's hotel graveyard

Croatia’s hotel graveyard: Haunting before-and-after pictures show the once-exclusive holiday resort that now lies in war-torn ruins just six miles from enchanting Dubrovnik

  • The centrepiece of the resort was the opulent Grand Hotel, constructed in 1919 
  • Other hotels – the Kupari, Goričina, Goričine II, Galeb and the Pelegrin – were built between the 60s and 80s   
  • The military largely bankrolled the expansion of the resort and so inevitably it became an enclave for officers
  • When war broke out the Yugoslav People’s Army bombed their holiday project to flush out Croatian soldiers 
  • It now serves as a surreal, ghostly backdrop for beachgoers – but plans are underway to revive the complex 

Walls strewn with bullet holes and graffiti, crumbling brickwork and shattered glass.

It’s hard to believe that these abandoned buildings once stood gleaming – part of the exclusive Dalmatian beach resort of Kupari, where the Yugoslav military elite and their families would holiday.

These fascinating before-and-after pictures highlight the transformation of the resort – which lies just six miles along the coast from enchanting Dubrovnik – from dazzling to decaying.

Beachgoers soak up the sun in front of the abandoned Kupari resort’s Grand Hotel

The military largely bankrolled the expansion of the resort – and so inevitably it became an enclave for officers 

The exterior of the Hotel Goričina, which has crumbling walls and is daubed with graffiti 

The Hotel Pelegrin, pictured, was once the largest hotel on the Adriatic coast. Now it is an eerie shell

The resort of Kupari is around six miles from enchanting Game of Thrones location Dubrovnik. It now looks like a Call of Duty level

This eerie snap of the exterior of the Grand Hotel was captured by Joris van Velzen, who travelled to Kupari in 2018 and posted this image on his Instagram page 

The ‘heyday’ images were taken between 1964 and 1990.

The year after the most recent image from this batch was taken, the Croatian War of Independence began.

Four years of fighting left the complex a ghostly hotel cemetery – a surreal backdrop for today’s beachgoers.

The swimming pool inside one of the abandoned hotels is now filled with debris

This is what is left of the ballroom inside the Goričina Hotel after four years of fighting and decades of neglect and looting

Overgrown trees and plants surround the abandoned Goričina Hotel. Holidaying in Kupari was difficult unless you had military connections 

During the war, each hotel floor was looted and gutted with phosphorus bombs. Pictured is the interior of the Grand Hotel 

Inside the Grand Hotel, which makes for an extremely spooky place for a child to ride their bike

The Grand Hotel, pictured, was constructed in 1919 and was the centrepiece of the Kupari resort

It was 1991 when war broke out between those loyal to the government of Croatia and the Serb-controlled Yugoslav People’s Army

Yugoslavian leader Josip Broz Tito had a holiday villa in the resort. Pictured is one of the hotels

The crumbling courtyard inside the Grand Hotel – which was one of the most opulent in Kupari 

Each of the hotels at Kupari had stunning views across the Adriatic Sea 

From 1998 to 2000, three of the former hotels in the resort – the Grand, Goričina and Pelegrin – were used as a base by the Croatian army

Locals have stripped anything useful from the shells of the hotels, such as tiles and copper piping

Some tourists make the journey to Kupari from Dubrovnik to explore the ‘hotel graveyard’

The centrepiece of the resort was the opulent Grand Hotel, constructed in 1919, with other hotels – including the Kupari, Goričina, Goričine II, Galeb and the Pelegrin – built between the 1960s and 1980s.

When the Pelgrin Hotel opened in 1963, it was the biggest in terms of size and capacity on the Adriatic Coast, while Kupari also had a nearby campsite with room for 4,000 people and multiple villas, one of which belonged to Yugoslavian leader Josip Broz Tito.

The military largely bankrolled the expansion of the resort – and so inevitably it became an enclave for officers and their friends and families. Civilians could stay too, but vacancies were more readily available if they had military connections.

A black-and-white image of the Hotel Goričina in 1964, when the resort of Kupari was beginning to expand 

This old postcard image from 1969 shows the distinctive Hotel Pelegrin and the shimmering Adriatic

A shot that appeared on a postcard from 1972, showing holidaymakers soaking up the sun at the Hotel Goričina

The Hotel Kupari, pictured in 1977, with the Hotel Pelegrin in the background close to the coastline 

This image is from 1989 and shows a packed beach full of holidaymakers in Kupari 

An aerial view of Kupari from 1990 – just a year before the outbreak of the war that would lead to its demise. This image appeared on a postcard 

When war broke out the Yugoslav People’s Army (also known as the JNA) ended up, ironically, bombing their holiday project in an attempt to flush out Croatian soldiers.

They then, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear, set about vandalising and looting all the hotels, gutting the corridors and rooms with phosphorus bombs.

After the war, from 1998 to 2000, three of the former hotels in the resort – the Grand, Goričina and Pelegrin – were used as a base by the Croatian army.

When they left, locals stripped anything useful from the shells of the buildings, such as tiles and copper piping.

Now the former hotels are overgrown with ivy, weeds and trees, and disturbed only by the occasional inquisitive holidaymaker.

Mother Nature may not get her own way for much longer, though.

The Croatian National Tourist Office told MailOnline Travel: ‘It appears that the whole complex Kupari is still intact, none has been taken down just yet, but plans for a revival project are underway.’

Today, the abandoned hotel buildings can still be seen from the beach, which still attracts sun-seekers 

An exterior view of the Hotel Goričina, which is slowly being enveloped by trees and bushes

The abandoned hotels of Kupari might not be there for much longer as a project to revive the resort is underway 

The ruins of the Hotel Pelegrin in Kupari. Earlier this year, architects had asked for the building to be saved but their appeal was rejected 

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