The EPA Is Coming Under Fire For Using The Coronavirus As An Excuse To Relax Rules Against Big Polluters

EPA head Andrew Wheeler testifies at a Congressional hearing in March 2020.

Lawmakers are pushing back against a sweeping rollback of pollution regulations recently announced by the Environmental Protection Agency in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a letter from Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey shared with BuzzFeed News.

On March 26, the EPA announced a temporary relaxing of enforcement rules, allowing factories, power plants, and other companies to stop conducting routine tests for pollutants and reporting them to the agency if they could claim the pandemic had led to a shortage of staff or other operational challenges.

“This pandemic isn’t an excuse for polluters to ignore the law and for EPA to let them get away with it,” Warren told BuzzFeed News in an email. “It’s absurd that Donald Trump and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler are using this public health and economic crisis as a cover to roll back environmental laws. The government should be focused on protecting public health now, not making it worse.”

The new EPA rule states that the agency would not issue fines for “violations of routine compliance monitoring, integrity testing, sampling, laboratory analysis, training, and reporting or certification obligations in situations where the EPA agrees that COVID-19 was the cause of the noncompliance.” The guidance is retroactively effective to March 13 with no current end date in place.

Companies are still being required to maintain various records and must turn them over to the agency upon request, according to the EPA. Moreover, companies are being told to “make every effort to comply with their environmental compliance obligations.” EPA has said it will review all identified violations on a case-by-case basis.

“The claims made by the Senators’ are false,” an EPA spokesman told BuzzFeed News in an email. “EPA’s enforcement authority and responsibility remains active. It is not a nationwide waiver of environmental rules.”

In their letter, Warren and Markey asked the EPA to respond to six questions about the rationale for the new policy and who weighed in on it, clarification on how it will be carried out, and what will factor into the decision to end it.

“Did you meet with or communicate with officials or lobbyists representing the oil and gas, coal, automobile, or other polluting industries prior to announcing this decision? Please provide a record of all meetings and communications regarding this decision with these industry representatives,” the senators wrote.

The EPA is refusing to say how many companies have requested non-compliance waivers under the new policy, E&E News has reported.

The senators also asked about whether the agency conducted any analyses to determine how the policy will impact pollution levels, and what that could mean for environmental justice communities.

Some public health experts have warned that people suffering from lung damage due to poor air quality, such as from air pollution, could experience serious complications if they contract the coronavirus.

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Jesse Lingard to snub Arsenal transfer chance to stay at Man Utd and fight to win place back after being left on bench – The Sun

JESSE LINGARD will snub the chance of a transfer to Arsenal in order to fight for his place in the Manchester United side.

The academy graduate has not started a Premier League match since New Year's Day.

His last league goals came in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first match in charge way back in December 2018.

But according to the Metro, Lingard, 27, is determined to do all he can to force his way back into the starting XI after a prolonged period on the bench.

A combination of poor form and the arrival of Bruno Fernandes have limited his minutes.

As revealed by SunSport, Lingard's balance hangs in the balance with United considering letting him and Andreas Pereira go.

The pair have been on the receiving end of abuse from their own supporters and could be the victims of a summer shake-up by Solskjaer.

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Chelsea lead Man Utd and Arsenal in transfer chase for Stoke’s giant teenage defender Nathan Collins – The Sun

CHELSEA are eyeing up a summer move for giant Stoke City teenager Nathan Collins.

SunSport has learned that the London club have shown strong interest in the Ireland Under-21 centre-half.

The 18-year-old is regarded in England as one of the hottest properties outside the Premier League.

Manchester United were tracking his progress last season after he made his first-team debut when still aged only 17.

SunSport revealed in July that German giants Werder Bremen had also made contact about the teenager.

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Atom bomb tech means scientists can carbon date whale sharks

Scientists have for the first time calculated the true age of whale sharks, with the help of a radiocarbon that was formed in the atmosphere during the atomic bomb tests in the 1950s.

The findings, published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, appear to back theories that these species, which are classified as endangered, have long life spans.

Dr Mark Meekan, from the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Perth, Western Australia, and one of the study authors, said: ‘Earlier modelling studies have suggested that the largest whale sharks may live as long as 100 years.

‘However, although our understanding of the movements, behaviour, connectivity and distribution of whale sharks have improved dramatically over the last 10 years, basic life history traits such as age, longevity and mortality remain largely unknown.

‘Our study shows that adult sharks can indeed attain great age and that long lifespans are probably a feature of the species.

‘Now we have another piece of the jigsaw added.’

Biologists have found it hard to determine the age of whale sharks because they lack bony structures called otoliths that are traditionally used to obtain information about the age of fishes.

Instead, the world’s largest fish have vertebrae that feature distinct bands, or rings, which are thought to increase in number with age, much like those seen in tree trunks.

But whether these rings formed every year or every six months has been unclear.

To find out more, an international team of researchers turned to the radioactive legacy of the nuclear arms race during the Cold War.

Between 1955 and 1963, the use of atomic bombs doubled the amount of an isotope called carbon-14 in the atmosphere, which was absorbed by every living being on the planet.

Carbon-14 is a naturally occurring radioactive element used by archaeologists and historians to date ancient bones and artefacts.

The researchers measured the carbon-14 levels in the growth rings of two long-dead whale sharks stored in Pakistan and Taiwan, which helped them figure out how often the rings were created.

Analysis showed one of the specimens to be 50 years old at the time of death.

Dr Meekan added: ‘We found that one growth ring was definitely deposited every year.

‘This is very important, because if you over or under-estimate growth rates you will inevitably end up with a management strategy that doesn’t work, and you’ll see the population crash.’

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The Countess and the Russian Billionaire: Socialite breaks down

Countess whose Russian oligarch ex was known as ‘Putin’s banker’ admits she ‘lost herself’ in the ‘vulgar’ life of private jets and no-limit shopping and says she now lives in fear of eviction after he cut off her and their children

  • Cameras followed Alexandra Tolstoy, 45, and Sergei Pugachev, 57, for five years 
  • Follows the demise of their once lavish lifestyle and happy marriage 
  • Relationship fell apart when Sergei got in trouble with Russian government 
  • Billionaire accuses wife of stealing their children and cutting her off financially 
  • Alexandra breaks down as she admits the situation is ‘a nightmare’   
  • The Countess and the Russian Billionaire airs on BBC2 on 8 April at 9pm 

An English countess tells how she ‘lost herself’ in a ‘vulgar’ life of excess during her relationship with a Russian oligarch in a new BBC documentary. 

Aristocratic beauty Alexandra Tolstoy, 45, daughter of Count Nikolai Tolstoy and a distant relation of author Leo Tolstoy, fell in love with billionaire Sergei Pugachev, 57, while working as his English tutor in Russia and immediately fell for him. 

The couple went onto have three children together and Alexandra enjoyed all of the trappings of a billionaire’s girlfriend – the pair never married – including no-limit credit card shopping sprees and jaunts on private jets between their homes in Moscow, Paris, London and St Barts. 

Speaking in TV documentary The Countess and the Russian Billionaire, which airs on BBC2 on Wednesday, Alexandra tells how her world came crumbling down around her when Pugachev fled to France in fear of his life after the Kremlin issued an arrest warrant, claiming he owes the state £1billion. 

Alexandra Tolstoy, 45, and Sergei Pugachev, 57, were followed by cameras for five years for the documentary The Countess and the Russian Billionaire, which airs on BBC2 on Wednesday at 9pm

She brands her old life ‘vulgar and not me’, saying: ‘As an adult you can lose yourself. I really never thought I could lose myself. But I’m 45, I’m not old, and really I have my whole life ahead of me and this is who I am.’ 

The former couple, who allowed cameras into their lives for five years for the documentary, are now completely estranged. Pugachev has cut off Alexandra and their children financially, she claims, and she now faces being left with ‘nothing’ after the Kremlin threatened to evict them from their £12million London townhouse.  

‘My worst fear is that we have nowhere to live and no money,’ she says on camera. ‘It’s really stressful, it’s a nightmare.’  

As filming began in 2015, Alexandra offered cameras a tour of her lavish home in Battersea, south London, where her neighbours included Brian Ferry. ‘We have a PA, two housekeepers, two drivers, an English nanny, a Russian nanny and a French tutor,’ she says. 

Sergei once owned two major shipyards, the world’s biggest mine and large chunks of real estate in Moscow and St Petersburg, as well as the Mezhprombank, which he co-founded in the 1990s.

The couple met in 2008 after Sergei hired Alexandra to help improve his English while both living in Russia, where Sergei was once-close friends with Putin. 

Sergei said he enjoyed a ‘very close’ friendship with Russian president Vladimir Putin before falling out with the state 

Speaking of her relationship with her husband, she reveals on camera: ‘When I met Sergei it was electric. It was amazing. I fell so in love with him. I’ve never felt such a connection to someone ever.’   

But when Sergei revealed to ‘very close friend’ Putin that he was dating an English woman, the Russian leader was ‘very surprised’.

WHO IS ALEXANDRA TOLSTOY? 

Before she met Sergei, Alexandra was married to a penniless Cossack named Shamil Galimzyanov. 

The pair met whilst travelling along the Silk Road on horse in 1999.

He was an Uzbek showjumper employed as a guide on the trip. They married in 2003 in London.

Tolstoy first met Sergei, then a Russian senator and trusted friend of Putin who had separated from his wife, when asked to give him English lessons while she was living in Moscow with Galimzyanov.

A year later, they met again at an awards ceremony attended by the Russian president.

Within months, Tolstoy and was pregnant with Sergei’s child. They had three children together – Alexei, known as Aliosha, Ivan and Maria.

Alexandra is the eldest of Anglo-Russian historian and writer Nikolai Tolstoy’s four children.

She grew up in Oxfordshire before going to Edinburgh University to study philosophy. She spent her gap year in Russia. 

She has also taken extensive riding trips through Mongolia and Siberia and organises riding holidays in central Asia as well as being a writer.

Alexandra said: ‘Many of these problems are because he is with me. Putin has said to him at some point, “You’re a traitor”.’ 

Putin’s frustration over the relationship didn’t stop it from progressing and, within a year of meeting, they had a baby and another on the way,  and were living a life of luxury in London, Moscow and Paris.

Alexandra said: ‘It was incredible, he would give me his credit card and I would go shopping, I had a private jet. I just had to pack my suitcase and I could go.’

The family moved between an array of properties including a £12million family home in Battersea, a 200-acre country estate in Hertfordshire, and a £40million beachfront villa in St Barts.

Alexandra revealed: ‘All that money meant I didn’t have to work, clean, I could spend as much time as possible with my children.’

But in 2008, Sergei’s bank hit problems and the Russian bank bailed it out with $1 billion loan.

Sergei, who left Russia in 2011, claims that after relations between him and Putin cooled, the Kremlin tried to seize or destroy his business empire.  

The Russians then accused him of profiting from vast sums of taxpayers’ money given to Mezhprombank by the Russian central bank at the height of the 2008 economic crisis. 

The Russian authorities froze his assets, put him on Interpol’s wanted list and obtained a court order in Britain forcing him to hand over his passports.

By 2015, he was dividing his time between France and the family home in London and reputed to be number 3 on Kremlin’s hitlist.

The billionaire revealed: ‘It’s clear this is a war. I need bodyguards to feel safe. It’s not some kind of whim, it’s a necessity for life.’ 

Alexandra breaks down in the documentary as she admits she is terrified of being left homeless after her relationship with Sergei fell apart 

In Nice, he was visited by the DIA who demanded repayment of the billion dollar loan and threatened his family, saying they could ‘cut off his son’s finger and send it back to him.’

Meanwhile in London, the family become aware that they were being followed. Later, police discovered GPS trackers on their cars.  

Sergei was summoned back to the high court in London but remained in France, deciding to go head-to-head with the Russian state and suing them for his business assets of $12 billion. 

Alexandra reveals: ‘I do feel very frightened for Sergei and for me and the children. especially in London….but I chose him and I chose this life and I love him. It’s my choice.’   

Sergei was accused by the Russian state of stealing $1 billion, and became an enemy of the country (pictured, with Putin during their friendship)

Alexandra said her partner fell out with Putin after they started dating, with the politician calling Sergei ‘a traitor’

In December 2015, three police officers arrived late at night looking for Sergei, with a search and arrest warrant, leaving Alexandra terrified to stay in the country.

She said: ‘I feel so out of control. I don’t regret it [my relationship with Sergei] because I love my children so much, I do really love Sergei.

WHO IS SERGEI  PUGACHEV? 

The Russian state has been pursuing Sergei Pugachev through the High Court claiming he illegally siphoned hundreds of millions of pounds from a government bailout of the Mezhprombank he co-founded.

Mr Pugachev denies the allegations and claims Moscow is trying to steal £11billion of his assets, including two shipyards and the world’s largest mine.

Mr Pugachev has previously been declared to be in contempt of court, with a two-year prison sentence left hanging over his head should he return to this country.

He had been living in France for the past five years after being ordered to give up his passports in 2014 and having his assets frozen. 

He also claims ‘credible attempts’ had been made on his life in the UK. 

The tycoon is in another legal battle with Russia in The Hague where he is suing the Federation for £11billion.

He claims he is being targeted because of his knowledge of state secrets.

 

‘We have had a very turbulent relationship and I feel regret for my children that it hasn’t been more peaceful and calm.’ 

Bursting into tears, she added: ‘Some people look at me and think, “Your life is so easy. Your children are so privileged.”

‘But the most privileged upbringing is to be in a safe family unit where you’re all together.’ 

Later that month, Sergei was sentenced to two years in prison for leaving the country without permission. If he sets foot in the UK, he’ll go straight to prison. 

But while Sergei remains living in Nice, Alexandra admits the chateau makes her feel ‘too isolated’ and she resists moving the family to France.

She said: ‘I guess I just feel concerned about how our future as a family work.

‘Sergei wants us to live in France and I don’t know if I can do that really. Everything in life you’re able to cope with, if you have any idea of what will happen.  

‘But I just have no idea of what will happen and I just found that very stressful. That I can’t plan, or envisage what will happen.’ 

Alexandra leaves the chateau in the Spring of 2016 abruptly, claiming Sergei ‘physically attacked’ her, before locking the children in one room and hiding her passport.

She said: ‘Something in me snapped, and I said, “I cannot ever do this ever again”. At that point I was wavering, should I go and live there, but that was just the end.’

Meanwhile Sergei revealed: ‘She had security, I organised everything for her. Even a private plane but she said no i’ll take a BA flight, we’ll be back in two weeks. And she never came back. The mother of my children stole them.’

Alexandra toyed with moving to France to be with Sergei in exile in the country, but ended up deciding to stay in the UK (pictured) 

The countess was left devastated after Sergei cut her family off financially completely and was left terrified she and her children would have nowhere to live 

In London, Alexandra lives in fear of both the Russian state and of Sergei, having seen someone standing outside her home 24 hours a day for six months.

She said: ‘He talks really loudly in Russian. I do find it really really odd. It’s the style of person who Sergei would get to spy on us.’  

Now permanently separated, Sergei is consumed by his multi-billion dollar lawsuit against the Russian lawyers. 

Sergei once owned two major shipyards, the world’s biggest mine and large chunks of real estate in Moscow and St Petersburg, as well as the Mezhprombank, which he co-founded in the 1990s 

The children haven’t seen their father since they left France in 2016, with Alexandra saying Sergei has cut her off financially completely.

She said: ‘Our relationship is non-existent really, except he occasionally writes me abusive emails.

‘He accuses me of working with the Russian government, He says I’m a KGB spy. He thinks that because I went to the family court and sued for maintenance. Obviously he never ever paid for a penny of that maintenance. He completely cut us off.’

On the order of the high court, the family home is put on the market, Alexandra makes a deal with the Russian government to drop her claim to his fortune.

Sergei amassed enormous wealth from his companies, and lived a lavish lifestyle before becoming an enemy of the Russian state 

After Sergei cut her off, Alexandra returned to organising travel holidays and working as a writer, calling her old lifestyle ‘vulgar’

She revealed: ‘The Russian government said to me, “If you agree to waive your maintenance, we will let you stay in the house for one year”. What was i meant to do? I either signed the agreement or I left the house the next day.’ 

Alexandra tries to support herself and the children by writing and reviving her old travel business but, after a year, her deal with the Russian government comes to an end.

49.53 Alexandra said she felt she had ‘lost’ herself during her relationship with Sergei after regaining her independence 

She says: ”Each month, I sign a document saying I promise to get out by the 31st. My worst fear is that we have nowhere to live and no money. I’ve tried to shield the children… they know that I don’t know where we’ll live.’  

These days Alexandra and the children spend whatever time they can at her cottage in Oxfordshire, with lawyers telling her not to take the children to France. 

Meanwhile Sergei remains living in isolation in France, with Alexandra refusing to let her children travel to see him 

She revealed: ‘Of course the children have asked me, “Why does he never come here?” so I told them that he has a prison sentence here. And they say, “Why can’t we go there? and I say “It’s dangerous. his life is under threat”.’

She said she does plan to tell her children about their father in the future, revealing: ‘I’m going to say that he needs to sort out the situation that he’s in, and maybe when you’re older you can go find him yourself. And it’s not your fault.’ 

 

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7.45am Chelsea news LIVE: Philippe Coutinho transfer LATEST, Jadon Sancho update, Spurs want Giroud – The Sun

CHELSEA are eyeing up a big summer rebuild to back Frank Lampard when the transfer window opens – with the club's transfer ban lifted.

We have the latest transfer talk on the likes of Gabriel Magalhaes, Alex Telles and Philippe Coutinho and – but the Blues could miss out on Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Meanwhile, should Chelsea hope to sign Jadon Sancho, they will need to be playing Champions League football next season.

Follow all the latest updates and gossip from West London below…

  • Griez lightning

    Antoine Griezmann wants to take Philippe Coutinho’s shirt number at Barcelona next season.

    Griezmann has worn No 17 since joining Barca from Atletico Madrid last summer, but has now set his sights on No 7 – currently worn by Coutinho.

    “I would like to get the number seven shirt again,” Griezmann said during a live Twitch stream.

    Barcelona are open to offers for Coutinho this summer and will consider bids in the region of €80m (£69.45m).

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is thought to be keen on the Brazilian given his proven Premier League quality.

  • MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    The Blues have reportedly been given a boost in their quest to sign Jadon Sancho with the Borussia Dortmund ace ready to reject Manchester United if they fail to secure Champions League football.

    Sancho is the prime target for United in the next transfer window but the huge uncertainty created by the coronavirus crisis means the Borussia Dortmund star has no need to hurry any decision.

    But should the Red Devils land Sancho, then it could pave the way for Chelsea to complete the signing of Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho.

    Spanish outlet Sport are reporting that the United have stolen the march on the Blues in the race to sign Sancho meaning Frank Lampard's side are likely to turn their attention to Barcelona's Coutinho.

    Reportedly boss Lampard has asked Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich for a substantial war chest to strengthen his attacking resources this summer.

    And Sancho is also being chased by Callum Hudson-Odoi, with the England winger wanting to play his compatriot on Fifa 20.

    Speaking to MOTDx, the teenage he said: “Listen, do you know who I’m calling? I’m calling this person on purpose because he always thinks he’s better than me but he knows he’s not. I’m calling Sanch. Jadon Sancho.

    “I’m waiting for you to play me right now. I don’t care where you are, what you’re doing, you need to play me. Make sure you’re ready.”

    In other news, Chelsea are reportedly battling Arsenal for the signature of Achraf Hakimi – with the Moroccan full-back impressing on loan at BVB.

    The Athletic state that should Real Madrid want to offload him, the two London clubs are ready to snap him up.

    And finally, TEAMtalk state the Gunners are ready to hand Willian a two-year deal should the Brazilian not sign a new deal at the Bridge.

  • FRANCE SHOCK

    Ligue 1 side Stade de Remis are in shock tonight after club doctor Bernard Gonzalez tragically committed suicide after contracting coronavirus.

    According to reliable reports in Le Parisien, the 60-year took his own life at home on Sunday afternoon, linking his death with getting COVID-19.

    It is understood he was in quarantine with his wife – who also had the virus – when the devastating incident occurred.

    He is believed to have written a suicide note, explaining the reasons he killed himself.

    His death has said to have caused heartbreak throughout the city in northern France, according to its mayor Arnaud Robinet.

    He added: “He was the club doctor. A great professional, recognised and appreciated by all.

    “I have a touched thought for his parents, for his wife, his family.

    “He is a collateral victim of COVID-19, because it had been detected positive and was inside for a fortnight.

    “I know he left a note to explain his gesture, but I ignore its content. He was a committed man.”

  • PAY 'N DISMAY

    EXCLUSIVE by Mark Irwin: Some Premier League clubs fear they are being pushed into an unwanted war with their players by top-flight rivals.

    Teams are alarmed by the PFA’s rejection of the proposal for ALL players to take a wage cut or pay deferral of up to 30 per cent.

    And while some billionaire club owners are ready for a confrontation, others want to ease off and reach an amicable compromise agreement with the players’ union, who fear the wage-cut proposal will cost the Government £200million in lost taxes.

    More talks are planned this week and a number of chief executives are looking to take the heat out of the situation.

    But there is a growing feeling that at least three clubs are looking to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis to slash their annual wage bills.

    PFA bosses are angry their members are being singled out for criticism after Liverpool, Spurs, Newcastle, Norwich and Bournemouth put non-playing staff on furlough.

    Top-flight stars feel they are being blamed for the actions of owners who are asking the taxpayer to pick up the tab for their lowest-paid workers.

  • EUR OFF

    Both the Champions League and Europa League could be ABANDONED if coronavirus shutdown continues, warns Uefa chief Aleksander Ceferin.

    The Uefa boss added that playing behind closed doors would be the preferred option to scrapping games all together.

    Ceferin told ZDF Sportstudio: “We are waiting for the development of this terrible situation in the world, and mainly in Europe. Football isn’t the same without fans. But it is definitely better to play with fans than without fans.

    “The thing is, football is absolutely not the same without spectators.

    “But it is still better to play the game behind closed doors and have it on TV, which is what the people need and want because it brings positive energy to their homes, than not playing at all.

    “That’s what the people want, that brings positive energy, and it will be July or August. We can’t play it out in September or October.”

    “If the authorities do not allow us to play, then we cannot play.”

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Pink Says She ‘Cried’ And ‘Prayed’ During ‘Scary’ Coronavirus Ordeal With Son

In a pointed reminder that the coronavirus can impact anyone, Pink has detailed the rollercoaster experience she and her 3-year-old son Jameson had with the virus.

“It got really, really scary, I’m not gonna lie… In the beginning, all we were hearing was ’If you’re young, this is 65 and older, our kids are fine,” the singer said during an Instagram Live with her friend, author Jennifer Pastiloff. 

“I’m hoping we are out of the woods, but this thing is a rollercoaster. Just when you think you are better, something else happens.”

On Friday, the 40-year-old confirmed that she and Jameson had both shown symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, and that she tested positive. She said they had since been re-tested and were negative for the virus.

During Saturday’s livestream, she said they’re both “better than they were” but were shaken by the experience. Pink, whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore, suffers from asthma, and said that she required the use of a nebulizer (a machine that changes medication from a liquid to a mist so it can be inhaled) for the first time in decades as a result of the sickness.

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She said her husband Carey Hart and their 8-year-old daughter Willow remained healthy, but reminded people that the virus can strike those of all ages.

“There were many nights when I’ve cried and I’ve never prayed more in my life,” Pink said, explaining that Jameson experienced “the worst of it.”

“It’s funny, at one point, I heard myself saying ‘I thought they promised us our kids would be okay.’ It’s not guaranteed. There is no one that is safe from this.”

Last week, when Pink announced her diagnosis, she also revealed she’d donated $1 million to two funds to support healthcare workers battling the outbreak.

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Pink announced that $500,000 would go to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia, where her mom, Judy Moore, worked for 18 years in the Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Center. She also gave an additional $500,000 to the Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

On Saturday, she spoke with her friend via Pastiloff’s Instagram profile to promote viewers to donate to the author’s food drive OnBeingHuman2020, which is working to bring food to families hardest hit financially by the pandemic. 

 

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WWE WrestleMania 36 results in full: Drew McIntyre makes history with title change galore on Show Of Shows – The Sun

DREW MCINTYRE made history as he defeated Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 36 to become the first-ever British WWE Champion.

In a historic Show of Shows taking place behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Scottish Terminator survived a series of F5s from the Beast Incarnate to upset the odds and claim the gold.


Although McIntyre's crowning glory threatened to be overshadowed by one of the craziest WrestleMania matches of all time.

The Fiend Bray Wyatt dominated WWE legend John Cena in a bizarre Firefly Fun House Match that involved a series of sketches poking fun at the two stars history in wrestling.

Featuring cameos from both the Eater of Worlds and Dr of Thuganomics gimmick, the likes of Eric Bischoff, Vince McMahon and Nikki Bella were poked fun at.

But another WWE legend made a victorious comeback to the Performance Center as Edge gained revenge on Randy Orton to seal a triumphant return.

The icon survived a bloody encounter to claim his first win for nearly a decade thanks to a con-chair-to to complete his remarkable comeback story.

The 46-year-old, real name Adam Copeland, was forced to retire in 2011 due to a neck injury but stunned the world in January with a dramatic appearance at the Royal Rumble.

Mandy Rose and Otis finally sealed their relationship with a kiss in an iconic WrestleMania moment as they followed up the revenge theme by showing up Sonya Deville and Dolph Ziggler.

Charlotte Flair added another accolade to her impressive collection as she was crowned the new NXT Women’s champion.

The Queen celebrated turning 34 by defeating Rhea Ripley to regain the belt she first won six years ago.

Meanwhile, both Bayley and the Street Profits managed to retain their SmackDown Women's Championship and the RAW Tag-Team belts respectively.

Lana cost Bobby Lashley the chance to score a decisive victory over Aleister Black but Liv Morgan earned a potential break-out win against Natalya on the kick-off show.

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Drew McIntyre makes history by beating Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 36 to become first-ever British WWE Champion – The Sun

DREW MCINTYRE made history as he defeated Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 36 to become the first-ever British WWE Champion.

The Scottish Terminator survived a series of F-5s from the Beast Incarnate to upset the odds and claim the gold.



The 34-year-old – from Ayr – finally fulfilled his destiny and Vince McMahon’s prediction as being “The Chosen One” after a short but brutal match with the ex-UFC king.

McIntyre was on the back foot from the opening bell as Lesnar began pounding him early.

He ate German Suplexes and two F-5s but managed to kick out.

The champ then hit a third F-5 and looked certain to claim the victory only for the Scotsman to kick out again.

Paul Heyman yelled encouragement to his man Lesnar from ringside, saying: “He’s good, he’s really good, hit him again! Keep doing it all night long! He can’t keep kicking out.”

Lesnar looked like he was having fun now as he picked up the challenger from the mat.

But suddenly McIntyre exploded into life and hit a Claymore Kick.

He then landed another as the Beast began to rock and finally he landed a third.

McIntyre went for the pin and the wounded Beast had no fight left to kick out as the party began north of the border.

It caps a phenomenal journey for McIntyre and his rollercoaster career.

He was released from WWE back in June 2014 and even watched WrestleMania 31 in a nightclub back home in Glasgow.

But after rebuilding his reputation on the independent scene, he returned to WWE in 2017 as part of their NXT brand before moving back up to the main roster a year later.

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Little Fires Everywhere: Here's How the Characters on the Show Compare to Those in the Book

Little Fires Everywhere: Here’s How the Characters on the Show Compare to Those in the Book

Now that Hulu has brought Celeste Ng’s book Little Fires Everywhere to the small screen, we’ve been keeping an eye on how the adaptation differs from the novel. The series has stayed pretty true to the book, especially in its essence, but it’s made some modifications that (depending on how you look at it) have either helped or harmed the experience of watching the drama unfold.

The story, which takes place in Shaker Heights, OH, in the ’90s, details the events that occur after a woman named Mia Warren (Kerry Washington) and her daughter, Pearl Warren (Lexi Underwood), move to the picture-perfect town. There, they meet the Richardson family: spouses Elena (Reese Witherspoon) and Bill (Joshua Jackson) and their children, Lexie (Jade Pettyjohn), Trip (Jordan Elsass), Moody (Gavin Lewis), and Izzy (Megan Stott). What starts off as a relatively paltry encounter eventually develops into a power struggle that offers nuanced commentary on race, class, privilege, and motherhood.

Things intensify when a woman named Bebe Chow (Lu Huang) — who leaves her baby, May Ling, at a fire station — wants custody back after a family, the McCulloughs, takes the child in. The town is split in opinions, and Mia and Elena take sides: Mia believes May Ling deserves to be with her birth mother, and Elena believes the McCulloughs can provide the best life for May Ling.

While all of this is going on, we explore each character’s background and see that there’s more to everyone than meets the eye. And the more they try to put on a front, the more they begin to unravel. Seeing how it all plays out on the show versus in the book has been interesting, especially when it comes to the Warren and Richardson families. So if you’re wondering exactly how they differ, look ahead to see a book-to-TV comparison of each personality.

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