Geert Wilders is blocked from Twitter after branding D-66 ‘suckers’

Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders is blocked from Twitter after branding opposition party D-66 ‘suckers… who import ever more Islam’

  • Wilders, who gets threats from Islamists, relies on Twitter to contact supporters
  • He has 811,000 followers – second to PM Mark Rutte among Dutch politicians
  • He called D-66 ‘suckers …who import ever more Islam and then weep crocodile tears over the consequences, such as honour killings’

Dutch far-right politician and anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders said Twitter has temporarily blocked his account following remarks he made about a political rival.

Wilders, who faces threats against him by Islamists, relies heavily on Twitter to communicate with his supporters. 

He has 811,000 followers, second only to Prime Minister Mark Rutte among Dutch politicians.

Geert Wilders (pictured) said Twitter has temporarily blocked his account following remarks he made about a political rival

He said in a statement today: ‘Twitter often tolerates death threats against me, but not a factual tweet by me about a colleague. Madness!’

Twitter could not immediately be reached for comment. 

A spokesman for Wilders’ Freedom Party sent a screenshot of his account showing the ban, which was due to expire in about eight hours.

The far-right politician and anti-Islam campaigner (pictured casting his ballot in the European Election) relies heavily on Twitter to communicate with his supporters

The tweet that led to Wilders’ block referred to D-66, a progressive centre-left party as ‘suckers …who import ever more Islam and then weep crocodile tears over the consequences, such as honour killings’.

Wilders is currently appealing a 2016 conviction for inciting discrimination for an incident in which he led followers in chanting they wanted ‘fewer! fewer! fewer’ Moroccans in the Netherlands.

How did Geert Wilders raise tensions in Holland after launching a cartoon competition for people to submit drawings of the prophet Muhammad?

Tensions in the Netherlands rose dramatically last year after far-tight politician Geert Wilders launched a cartoon competition for people to submit drawings of the prophet Muhammad.

Mr Wilders reacted angrily when Hardi N, an Iraqi-born jihadi alleged to be the ring-leader of the foiled plot, was freed in 2014 on his return to Holland from Syria and was set free by the Dutch courts.

Judges allowed the suspected jihadi to walk the streets and be monitored with an electronic tag.

In August last year, a 19-year-old Afghan with a German residence permit stabbed and injured two American tourists at Amsterdam’s busy Central Station before being shot.

The Dutch prosecutor said he had chosen the Netherlands for the attack believing Islam to be ‘frequently insulted’ in the country.

The Amsterdam attack came after a Taliban call for attacks on Dutch troops after Mr Wilders organised the Prophet Muhammed cartoon competition as many Muslims consider images of the prophet to be blasphemous.

The likelihood of a terror attack in the Netherlands ‘remained substantial’, the Dutch anti-terror agency NCTV said at the time, with terror threat levels then at level four out of five.

The day before the attack on August 31, Mr Wilders cancelled the competition following death threats and large-scale protests in Pakistan.

Terror-related arrests in September came three months after two men were arrested in Rotterdam on suspicion of preparing attacks in France and in the Netherlands.

Prosecutors said earlier they were ‘close’ to launching their attack but there had been no mention of what the target in France might have been.

In the Netherlands the pair arrested in July are said to have staked out and ‘identified several possible targets’ in Rotterdam, including ‘a police station and the Erasmus Bridge’, the country’s second largest. 

He was acquitted of hate-speech in a closely watched trial in 2016 but convicted after the judges said in their verdict: ‘The inflammatory character of the way in which the statements were made have incited others to discriminate people of Moroccan origin.’

But they added that there was ‘insufficient evidence’ that his words at an election rally in 2014 amounted to incitement to hatred.

Wilders is currently appealing a 2016 conviction for inciting discrimination

The judges also dismissed the prosecution’s request to impose a 5,000 euro fine on the far-right MP. 

‘In this case, the most important question is whether Wilders has crossed a line. This judgement has answered that question,’ the judges said in their verdict.

‘Therewith, the chamber finds that justice has been done. Consequently, no punishment is imposed.’

At the time, Wilders used his favoured tool Twitter to react, tweeting a number of responses to the verdict as well as posting personal message on his YouTube account.

Wilders made it clear immediately that he intended to appeal his conviction, as he believed it was ‘a big loss for freedom of speech’.

Wilders, who was not present at the trial, commented on the character of the judges who delivered his verdict in 2016

Just before the verdict in 2016, Wilders tweeted that he would ‘continue to speak the truth about the Moroccan problem’

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Football club caught celebrating with a stripper in their locker room

Spanish football club in hot water after celebrating league promotion with a STRIPPER in their locker room

  • A Spanish football club are in trouble for celebrating post-match with a stripper 
  • Club Esportiu Llanca were filmed watching the strip routine in the change room
  • The stripper was hired after they were promoted to the Catalan Second Division

A Spanish football team has been slammed after a video emerged of their players celebrating promotion with a leather-clad stripper performing in her underwear in the changing rooms.

Spanish side Club Esportiu Llanca have issued an apology after their players were filmed celebrating their promotion to the Catalan Second Division with a stripper in the changing rooms.

In the video, the players can be seen celebrating when a stripper in a leather getup and mask performs for them.

A Spanish football club are in trouble for celebrating post-match in their locker room with a stripper

She climbs onto a chair and dances in a bra for the players as they cheer and chant.

She then strips down to her underwear, before she takes off her mask to reveal her flowing blonde locks.

The stripper forward rolls, before dancing on the floor and pouring champagne over herself in front of the cheering players.

The video was posted online and the club have now apologised in a statement, writing: ‘CE Llanca would like to apologise if anybody felt offended by the incidents which took place in the changing rooms once the first-team match ended.’


Club Esportiu Llanca were celebrating being promoted to the Catalan Second Division when the video was taken

The statement added that the stripper had been hired as ‘a gift from one person’ adding the club ‘in no way’ were involved in hiring her.

The club added: ‘It was never the intention to offend anyone, just to celebrate the promotion to the Catalan Second Division.’

Local media report the stripper was hired by the club’s secretary Franscesc Romero, who said nobody on the club’s board knew about the surprise he had prepared.


The stripper was hired by club secretary Franscesc Romero, who said ‘everything was normal’

Romero said: ‘It was a party atmosphere, nothing got out of hand. There was cava, smiles and joy, but she did her show calmly and at the end, she got dressed and left. Everything was normal.’

He added that no minors had been in the changing room at the time of the performance.

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HBO's Deadwood movie, the Good Omens debut: What to Watch this Weekend:

We know TV has a lot to offer, be it network, cable, premium channels, or streaming platforms including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple, Facebook Watch, and elsewhere. So EW is here to help, guiding you every single day to the things that should be on your radar. Check out our recommendations below, and click here to learn how you can stream our picks via your own voice-controlled smart-speaker (Alexa, Google Home) or podcast app (Spotify, iTunes, Google Play).

Friday

Deadwood

HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: 8 p.m. on HBO

Almost 13 years after being canceled after three seasons and ending on a cliffhanger, fans of the HBO drama Deadwood now have a movie to serve as a farewell to wrap up the gritty Western. And the entire core cast is back, including Ian McShane as the ruthless bar owner Al Swearengen, and Timothy Olyphant as hard-nosed lawman Seth Bullock. —James Hibberd

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North Korea executes top diplomat after failure of Donald Trump summit

North Korea executed its special envoy to the United States following the collapse of the second summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, according to reports.

A South Korean newspaper said Kim Hyok Chol, who laid the groundwork for the Hanoi meeting and accompanied Kim on his private train, was executed by firing squad for ‘betraying the supreme leader’ after he was turned by the US.

‘Kim Hyok Chol was executed in March at Mirim Airport along with four senior foreign ministry officials following an investigation,’ the publication said quoting unidentified sources.

Kim Hyok Chol was the North’s counterpart of US special representative Stephen Biegun in the run-up to the Hanoi summit in February.

South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean relations, declined to comment on the report.

The newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, also said Kim Jong Un’s interpreter Shin Hye Yong was sent to a prison camp for a mistake at the summit.

She failed to translate Kim’s new proposal when Trump declared ‘no deal’ and walked away from the table, it was also reported.



Kim Jong Un and Trump left the Vietnamese capital without a deal after they failed to reach agreement on rolling back Pyongyang’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.

The North has since sought to raise the pressure and carried out two short-range missile tests in May.

Senior party official Kim Yong Chol, the North’s counterpart to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in nuclear talks, was also sent to a labour camp, the paper said.

In April, South Korea’s parliamentary intelligence committee said Kim Yong Chol had been censured over his handling of the Hanoi summit, despite the fact he had recently been named a member of the State Affairs Commission, a supreme governing body chaired by Kim Jong Un.

News of the reported purge came as North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper, mouthpiece of the ruling party, warned that officials who committed anti-party or anti-revolutionary acts would face the ‘stern judgement of the revolution’.

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Hollyoaks star Andy Newton-Lee placed in COMA for a week

Hollyoaks star Andy Newton-Lee placed in a COMA for a week after collapsing at wheel of his car… blaming ‘burning the candle at both ends’ for health scare

Former Hollyoaks actor Andy Newton Lee has woken up after being placed in a medically-induced coma for a week.

The 38-year-old star – who played Robbie Flynn in the soap – was found collapsed at the wheel of his car in Los Angeles and rushed to hospital, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia and placed in a coma last Thursday.

Andy, who was woken up on Wednesday this week, is now on the road to recovery, blaming the shock health scare for ‘burning the candle at both ends’.

Shock health scare: Former Hollyoaks actor Andy Newton Lee has woken up after being placed in a medically-induced coma for a week

The former soap star was found in his vehicle by a passerby at a viewing point overlooking the city.

Andy has paid tribute to the kind Samaritan, revealing he would have died from pneumonia if they hadn’t called for help when they did.

Speaking to Hull Live, Andy said: ‘I’d just been sleeping next to the ocean in my car, it’s nice, it’s like being at the Humber Bridge, my dad used to do it.

‘I’ve been really run down and stressed for a bit with my business. I’ve had a cold and the flu but I thought I was just run down.

Stressed and overworked: Andy, who was woken up on Wednesday this week, is now on the road to recovery, blaming the shock health scare for ‘burning the candle at both ends’

‘I’ve done marathons, going to yoga and the gym, flying back to London every second week and burning the candle at both ends.’

Andy insisted he was feeling ‘much better’ despite facing a slow recovery. 

He was devastated to miss the funeral of his close friend Melissa Ede, which he was supposed to fly back to the UK for.  

The British actor, who is also known for his roles in Casualty and Coronation Street,  first burst onto the scene thanks to his 2004 Christmas single with the Cheeky Girls.

A classic: The British actor, who is also known for his roles in Casualty and Coronation Street, first burst onto the scene thanks to his 2004 Christmas single with the Cheeky Girls 

Fitness fan: Athletic Andy has competed in an incredible 13 marathons and seven half marathons to date

He is best known for his role as Robbie Flynn on Hollyoaks from 2003 to 2004 and Stacey Merrick on Casualty from 2005 to 2008.  

This isn’t the actor’s first health scare since in 2005 Andy was diagnosed with stage 3 malignant melanoma in both legs.

He went on to become an ambassador for Cancer Research UK and raise awareness for skin cancer in men, competing in an incredible 13 marathons and seven half marathons to date. 

Andy rebranded himself as a successful businessman and entrepreneur during his 12 years living in LA, setting up relocation company Next Stop LAX.

The leading service has helped clients in the entertainment industry including Tulisa, Matt Lucas and Ruby Rose secure visas to move to America.

The businessman said: ‘I’ve done marathons, going to yoga and the gym, flying back to London every second week and burning the candle at both ends

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Coronation Street's Ali Neeson actor James Burrows welcomes his first baby with girlfriend Sophie

CORONATION Street actor James Burrows has welcomed his first baby with his girlfriend Sophie.

The 27-year-old who plays Ali Neeson in the ITV soap hasn't officially announced the birth of his young girl, but told fans he was enjoying being "baby free" in a rare post.

He said: "Out with my beautiful girlfriend @sophie_coates baby free for a few hours while nana and grandad look after her #happyness."

Fans rushed to send their congratulations to the actor's newest addition.

One said: "Aww Congratulations to you both.

Another added: "Congrats ! hope you had a nice night."

Someone else announced: "Congrats on your little girl."

A fan added: "Wish I looked that fabulous so soon after having my baby!! Congratulations x"

James was forced to halt his wedding plans to Sophie when she fell pregnant just ONE MONTH after they started trying for a baby.

The couple have been together three years.

Speaking to OK! magazine, the father-to-be explained why he and Sophie aren't yet engaged.

He told the publication: "I’d liked to have got engaged before now.

"I was going to ask Sophie in Australia when we were visiting my family last November but then we found out we were expecting."

Sophie added: "We’d only recently said we’d properly start trying. And a month later we fell pregnant."

The actor went on to reveal that his Corrie co-star Kym Marsh was the first person he told, sharing: "She got really excited and gave me a massive hug and said I’d be a great dad."

James and Sophie are expecting a little girl, with James admitting that he "can't wait to meet her" as he shared his excitement at becoming a dad for the first time.

The loved-up couple announced their pregnancy in October last year, with James sharing a photo of the baby scan to his Instagram page at the time.

He captioned the snap: "Me and my beautiful girlfriend @sophie_coates are over the moon to announce that we're having a baby.

"We can not contain our excitement we are so, so happy".

James' Weatherfield alter ego Ali delighted fans when he returned to their screens last month, having disappeared after being at the centre of a huge plot twist last year.

Ali sensationally killed evil gangster Ronan Truman as he tried to stop the villain from attacking his family.

The character was seen going on a downward spiral after being racked with guilt, but viewers were left confused when he suddenly disappeared from screens.

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Alesha Dixon shouts ‘my dress is off’ in BGT wardrobe malfunction

Alesha Dixon very nearly suffered a wardrobe malfunction on Britain's Got Talent as she could be heard screaming "my dress is off" as the show began.

In Thursday night's semi-finals the BGT judge was gearing up to arrive on the stage after an introduction by hosts Ant and Dec when the panic set in.

Just seconds later as Alesha took her seat alongside fellow judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and David Walliams , they mentioned her "wardrobe malfunction".

Ant and Dec asked the foursome if they were ready for tonight's performances when David joked that Alesha's dress nearly came off.

A pregnant Alesha giggled as she nodded that she'd suffered a problem with her pink sparkly look that showed off her baby bump .

Alesha, who revealed she was expecting her second child with her husband on the first live semi-final via Ant and Dec's opening song, looked incredible in the pink number.

But just moments before it seems as though she nearly didn't make it to the stage alongside an equally glamorous Amanda.

The 40-year-old has won over fans all week with her stylish look, wearing an array of sparkly numbers.


They’ve also been loving the fact the judge has been displaying her blossoming baby bump in each outfit, after confirming her pregnancy on Monday.

The expecting mum, who has five-year-old daughter, Azura, with partner Azuka Ononye, stood up to reveal her bump during Monday’s semi-final.

On Thursday, Alesha went for sparkles once again, this time in a metallic pink number.

Opting for another short, mini dress instead of a floor-length gown, Alesha's frock was covered in sparkling bright pink sequins.

She also kept up with the winged sleeved, while completing the look with a pair of silver heels.

On Wednesday, she shook things up with a silver sparkly number.

The long-sleeved gown featured a plunging neck line, while it was covered in silver sequins in its entirety.

Alesha showcased her gorgeous pins, while completing the look with matching silver heels.

Britain’s Got Talent airs live all this week on ITV at 7:30pm.

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De Blasio’s bail-reform bid for ‘woke’ cred puts you at risk

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a plan to triple the number of teen defendants released without bail in a move likely aimed at one-upping his archrival, Gov. Cuomo, who has also been busy ­“reforming” the bail process.

Hizzoner’s latest brainstorm could prove especially dangerous. He hopes to achieve his goal by expanding the scope of eligibility for a supervised-release program reserved for defendants between the ages of 16 and 19. Soon, even those charged with first- and second-degree robbery, assault and burglary will qualify for the city’s Youth Engagement Track — that is, bail-free release from custody while their cases are pending.

Teenage robbers, violent assailants and burglars aren’t a low-risk population, and there will likely be a price tag attached to a policy of leniency when it comes to handling such cases. So why is the mayor pulling this lever now? The answer is twofold.

First, de Blasio’s plan to close Rikers Island calls for reducing the city’s jail population to 5,000 ­inmates. In a column last year, I posited that this goal couldn’t be achieved without putting more ­serious and violent offenders on the street.

Though the city has drastically reduced its jail population over the years — it was more than 17,000 in 1998 and cut down to about 8,800 by last summer — it seems that we have run out of “lower-level” ­offenders to release or divert from detention. This isn’t just my assessment. The de Blasio administration has been essentially saying as much since 2017.

As I’ve noted in these pages, New York’s jail violence has been rising. Despite the population being essentially cut in half since 1998, ­violence among inmates has nearly doubled.

Asked for explanation, de Blasio & Co.’s standard excuse has been that “successful ­efforts to divert low-risk, nonviolent offenders,” have left behind a population of inmates who “tend to be more ­violent and difficult to manage,” as the 2017 Mayor’s Management Report put it.

That’s not all. Per the same report, “young adults . . . have historically been involved in disproportionately more violent incidents” in Big Apple jails. But never you mind.

Further highlighting the incapacitation benefits of pretrial detention for violent criminals is a Bureau of Justice Statistics study showing that, between 1990 and 2002, 12 percent of violent felons convicted in America’s largest urban counties committed their offense while “on release pending disposition of a prior case.”

Even so, de Blasio is plowing ahead with a policy that will help get the jail population down to where he says it needs to be. After all, the “woke” left would see closing Rikers as a major victory — a win that might come in handy for a mayor looking to stand out in a crowded Democratic primary field.

Which brings us to the second ­answer to the question of why he is moving forward with this policy.

Many on the Democratic Left (and, increasingly, some on the Republican Right) subscribe to the view that the criminal-justice system is racist and overly punitive. As a result, many 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have taken up this issue as a way to establish their “progressive” bona fides and to call their opponents’ social-justice credentials into question.

De Blasio may very well be using his authority to enact “reforms” to the same end.

Supporters of de Blasio’s teen initiative will be quick to point out that judges will retain their discretion to decide whether the more serious teenage offenders will be diverted from pretrial detainment.

But as The Post reported this week, many judges “fear they will have to adopt de Blasio’s new, more lenient standards or risk losing their jobs.” And let’s not forget that there are a number of city judges who welcome any opportunity to go soft on such offenders with open arms.

The most prominent of the mayor’s prior reforms aimed at younger offenders has been his decision to take punitive segregation — better known as solitary confinement — off the table for jail inmates under 21.

That policy led to more violence committed by younger inmates, which has driven much of the ­increase in the city’s overall jail violence. Despite acknowledging that “higher rates of fights” were in part “a result of reducing and eventually eliminating punitive segregation,” the mayor has stayed that course in the name of “equity,” and is going further down that road in pursuit of the same with his bail plan.

Rafael Mangual is a fellow and deputy director of legal policy at the Manhattan Institute.

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Coleen Rooney hits back after being slammed for sharing photo of her children using iPads

Coleen Rooney has defiantly hit back at trolls after being slammed for letting her children be “glued” to their iPads.

The 33 year old mother-of-four took to social media to share a photo of her youngest sons, Kit, three, Klay, six, and one-year-old Cass, with their iPads set up.

She captioned the image: “Kai’s football (soccer here) tournament set up!!! When Dads away… we all have to go along!!”

Some hit out at the doting mum as they claimed she should “set an example” by not letting them use the electronic devices.

Hitting back, Coleen wrote: “calm down, calm down… yes my children have and use iPads!!!

“And even my 15 month old watches Peppa Pig on one would you believe!! They come in handy sometimes and can be very educational.

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“Mathletics and spelling apps are used all time by kai and klay … check them out.”

Coleen later added:" Criticism entertains Me sometimes!! Relax.”

She also responded to a tweet from Super Nanny Jo Frost, who praised the use of iPads.

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Coleen said: “the educational quick thinking tests are brilliant … Tbh my little ones don’t want to spend much time on them anyway!

“3 brothers and mum and dad in the house… what better way for interaction than with each other.”

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Tesco is selling blackberry gin so you can make your own brambles at home

Tesco is selling a luxurious blackberry gin.

The juniper-based spirit has been infused with berries, giving it a fruity flavour.

Customers seem to be pretty excited about the premium product, with many sharing pictures of it on social media.

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Tesco is selling 70cl bottles of Whitley Neill Handcrafted Gin for £22.

The product description claims the tipple is “a luscious handcrafted vibrant gin”.

It adds: “Inspired by English Hedgerows laden with blackberries in late summer, this gin has a vibrant and intensely fruity taste of these summer favourites.”

The spirit has an ABV of 43% and would taste delicious in a G&T.

Alternatively, you can use it to whip up a Bramble cocktail at home.

When a picture of the product was posted to the Store Offers UK Facebook page, shoppers were very excited.

Dozens of gin fans liked the post, with many also taking the time to leave a comment.

One responder said: “We really need to try this.”

Another gushed: “Bet this is lovely.”

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