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Newcastle United Ready To Settle Piracy War



The infamous four and a half year ban on beIN Sports, who have paid £400m for the rights to show the Premier League in the Middle East and North Africa, is due to be lifted in Saudi Arabia. The potential takeover of Newcastle United is set to be significally boosted by Saudi Arabia agreeing to settle their privacy war with Premier League broadcast partners beIN Sports.

The lift of the ban means that for the first time in years they’ll be a legal way in watching top sporting events in Saudi Arabia. Their top investor, the Public Investments Fund, were ready to buy Newcastle United for £305m. Saudi Arabia’s bid to buy Newcastle and turn them into a top tier club was stalled last summer over alleged rows of piracy involvement in the country. They officially walked away from the Amanda Staveley brokered deal last summer after it became caught up in legal matters.

Saudi ready to settle piracy war?

Source: Newcastle United

It was almost impossible for the Premier League to allow a sale of one of their member clubs to a nation which had allowed games to be broadcast illegally, and banned their official broadcaster. But this was saved bt he Saudis have recently being very complient in removing pirate websites when informed of them by beIN Sports.

Lifting the ban on beIN Sports would open up a potential 40m for customers but there will still be a ruling on whether the Saudi state would become director of Newcastle or not. An arbitration hearing has been set for January 3rd to decide whether the Saudi Public Investments Fund can revive their bid once and for all or not. However it won’t be all smooth sailing as there’s already objections in the way of the bid due to the state involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Sources expect Saudi to quietly lift the ban on subscribing to beIN Sports and their website. The beoutQ piracy operation will be turned off for good. Saudis are ready to settle with the broadcaster in their $1bn arbitration case, making it the first time to watch major live sporting events legally since 2017.

Once the biggest obstacles have been removed, the many toon fans who want to end the current Mike Ashley era hope this triggers progress from early next year.

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Deborah James Awarded Damehood After Raising Over £3,000,000 for Charity



Deborah James has said she is ‘blown away’ after being made a Dame for her tireless campaigning for cancer charities.

The inspirational broadcaster and author announced earlier this week that she is receiving hospice care at home after stopping her cancer treatment, and has said she ‘could have weeks to live at most’.

In recent days, the You, Me & The Big C host has raised over £3million for charities that have helped her over the past five years, through her Bowelbabe Fund.

After calls for her to receive the Royal honour, it has been revealed that Deborah is now officially Dame Deborah James.

‘I don’t know what to say. I’m blown away and feel incredibly honoured,’ she said reacting to the news.

She added ‘I don’t feel like I deserve this. I can’t tell you what this means to my family, it’s so much to take in.’

Her husband Sebastien Bowen, said the public support of the fundraiser has ‘brought a piercing ray of light and hope into this, the darkest of times’, adding that the Damehood is ‘so truly deserved’.

Downing Street said the Queen was ‘pleased to approve the honour of damehood’ be bestowed upon Deborah James.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed Dame Deborah as an figure of inspiration to the country.

‘If ever an honour was richly deserved, this is it,’ the leader said.

‘Deborah has been an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage has been a source of strength to so many people.’

Thank you for all your incredible work.

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EuroMillions: UK ticket holder claims £184m jackpot



One lucky ticket-holder’s life has changed forever after winning the £184million EuroMillions jackpot. It means they have become the biggest ever National Lottery winner, operator Camelot has said.

Whoever they are, they have knocked the anonymous winner of £170million in October 2019 off the top spot. They have also become the National Lottery’s 14th winner of more than £100million.

The winner, who is yet to be named, is also the second person in the UK to win the EuroMillions jackpot this year, after someone bagged £109million in February.

The winning numbers were 3, 25, 27, 28 and 29 – plus the Lucky Star numbers 4 and 9. One ticket matched all seven numbers to win £184,262,899.10.

Senior winners’ adviser for the National Lottery, Andy Carter said: “What an amazing night for one UK ticket-holder who has scooped the incredible £184million EuroMillions jackpot – they have become the UK’s biggest ever National Lottery winner.”

The claim will now go through a validation process to ensure terms and conditions are met and once the ticket has been validated the winner can choose whether or not to remain anonymous.

What would you do with all that money?

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Baby P’s Killer Mum Tracey Connelly Set for Prison Release after Judge Gives Green Light



Tracey Connelly, the mother of Baby P, who died after months of abuse, will be released from prison after the Parole Board rejected a Government challenge against its ruling.

The decision comes after Justice Secretary Dominic Raab appealed against the recommendation to free Tracey Connelly from prison.

Connelly was jailed at the Old Bailey in 2009 for causing or allowing the death of her 17-month-old son Peter at their home in Tottenham, north London, on August 3 2007.

Dominic Raab said the decision demonstrated why the system “needs a fundamental overhaul – including a ministerial check for the most serious offenders”.

Now 40, this was Connelly’s fourth parole review after she was released on licence in 2013 but recalled to prison in 2015 for breaching her parole conditions by “developing intimate personal relationships” online and inciting another resident at her accommodation to engage in “inappropriate sexualised behaviour”.

In a statement, the Parole Board said: “In summary, the judge has concluded that the panel did take into consideration all evidence mentioned by the application and made rational conclusions.

“The reconsideration decision clarifies that the weight given to the evidence given by the Secretary of States witnesses, who supported release, and the proposed external controls, was proportionate and the reasons were clearly outlined in the decision letter.

“The final ground on the rationality of the outcome was also rejected on the grounds of not reaching the threshold, as defined by law, for becoming unreasonable.”

The Parole Board, which is independent of government, received a formal request to review the decision to free Connelly last week.

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