Sheffield United’s rise under Chris Wilder continues with victory at Everton

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To watch Chris Wilder on the touchline at Everton you would think he was from the old breed of football managers.

Dressed in a club tracksuit, barking orders to his players, the Sheffield United boss looked at odds with the smartly dressed and rather calmer Marco Silva.

However, there is nothing old school about Wilder’s management.

The 51-year-old masterminded the Blades’ first away win of the season, 2-0 at Goodison Park – no mean feat against a Toffees side whose last home defeat was against champions Manchester City in February.

United are a very solid eighth in their first season back in the top flight and unbeaten away from home since mid-January. A record even more impressive when you consider it has included trips to Chelsea and now Everton.

So how does Wilder keep managing to surpass expectations?

A master of psychology

About 30 minutes after watching his side take three points from a side notoriously tough to beat at home, Wilder sat down in front of the media and gave his blunt assessment of the performance.

“With the ball it’s as poor as we’ve been this season,” he said.

It prompted a couple of chuckles, but he was deadly serious.

“It’s not like us,” he added. “We turned it over cheaply, made poor decisions – we didn’t have any control.

“I won’t con punters. We were excellent [against Southampton] last week and it’s roles reversed today.”

It is, perhaps, a surprising assessment of a first away win as a Premier League manager, but this is Chris Wilder and brutal honesty has paid off for him before.

Three weeks ago, Sheffield United were clapped off the pitch by fans despite a 2-1 home loss to Leicester.

“Cheers for effort doesn’t tick a box for me,” Wilder said afterwards.

His players responded by fighting back to earn a 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Two years ago, after a 1-0 defeat at Hull in United’s first season back in the Championship, Wilder criticised his players’ attitude and questioned their motivation to succeed. The response was a 3-1 win at Reading in their next game.

Sticking to what he does best

“To change our identity as a team would be very foolish and very dangerous.”

That is what Wilder said as his side prepared to embark on their first season back in the Premier League.

It is not hard to understand why Wilder is so determined to stick to his style. It worked for him when Alfreton Town won four trophies in 27 weeks. It worked when Oxford United regained their place in the Football League. It worked when Northampton won the League Two title and it worked when Sheffield United won promotion from League One to the Championship and then to the Premier League.

Understanding that also makes it clearer why he was critical of his side’s display at Everton.

They may have won 2-0 but they had just 30% possession and one shot on target. As Wilder pointed out afterwards, on another day this could easily have been a 3-0 defeat for his side.

Wilder wants his side to stick to their identity through the good times and the tough.

Recent history has not been kind on those sides who have abandoned what got them into the Premier League in the first place.

Huddersfield were praised for their swashbuckling ‘gegenpressing’ style when they went up in 2016-17 but after getting rid of that in their second season they were relegated in almost record time.

Fulham, meanwhile, spent millions to make wholesale changes to the squad that got them back into the Premier League and were relegated the following season.

Sheffield United may not have been at their best at Everton but they still showed a unity and a togetherness that was not quite so evident in the Toffees team who looked more like a collection of individuals.

Finding a diamond in the rough

Sheffield United’s signing of striker Lys Mousset from Bournemouth for £10m certainly took many observers by surprise, especially given he had only scored three goals in 58 Premier League appearances for the Cherries.

But Wilder has an eye for spotting players with ability who just haven’t quite realised their potential.

He turned Leon Clarke from a journeyman striker into one of the most prolific in the Championship two seasons ago and Mousset showed a glimpse of what he can offer with his clinical finish against Everton to wrap up the win.

But they are just one or two examples. The Blades’ team at Everton was, to all intents and purposes, a Championship team – yet they did not look out of place.

In fact defender John Egan, who three years ago was playing for Gillingham in League One, was arguably the best player on the pitch as he limited a multi-million pound Everton forward line that featured Moise Kean, Richarlison, Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson to just three shots on target.

Wilder is doing things his way in the Premier League, and earning more and more admirers as he does so.

“Chris Wilder is winning me over,” BBC pundit Garth Crooks said on Final Score on Saturday.

“His teams are not very sophisticated but, blimey, they are professional and they stick to it. They are surprising me.”

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Daniel Jones’ Giants journey is unlike any other

TAMPA — The story, of course, is as much about who he is replacing as how he performs. A year ago, Daniel Jones was living the perfect life of a BMOC, allowed to roam the Duke campus as a football hero and virtually unknown to the world beyond.

Now, he becomes the QB1 of the New York Giants.

Now, he replaces Eli Manning.

Now, the erstwhile Big Man On Campus is the Toast of the Big Town, an army of hungry Giants fans turning their eyes to him, hoping he can show at least a glimpse of tomorrow, of next year, of the next decade-and-a-half, when he trots onto the Raymond James Stadium field Sunday afternoon to make his starting debut for Big Blue.

BMOC to OMG, in one skinny year.

“Obviously it’s a unique circumstance,” Jones said earlier this week, “but I’m excited for the opportunity.”

In truth, it is unique for Jones, because he is replacing a two-time Super Bowl champion, an almost certain Hall of Famer, one of the most beloved players in franchise history who, by the way, also happens to own one of the iconic surnames in quarterbacking.

It is certainly different than what Eli himself faced on Nov. 21, 2004, when he completed 17 out of 37 passes for 162 yards, a touchdown and two picks in a 14-10 loss to the Falcons at old Giants Stadium. Manning was replacing a Hall of Fame quarterback, yes, but Kurt Warner’s best years lay behind him in St. Louis and ahead of him in Phoenix; he was a placeholder from the moment he signed on. Nobody lamented his absence.

It is certainly different than what Phil Simms faced on Sept, 30, 1979, when he completed 8 of 19 passes for 115 yards — also with one touchdown and two interceptions — in a 24-14 loss to the Saints at the Superdome in New Orleans (Archie Manning was the opposing QB that day). But Simms was replacing Joe Pisarcik (though Randy Dean had started the week prior), and wherever Manning exists on the Giants’ pantheon, Pisarcik is tucked all the way in the opposite corner.

It is certainly different than what Chuckin’ Charlie Conerly faced on Sept. 23, 1948, when he completed three passes — including touchdown heaves of 65 and 67 yards — in a 27-7 win over the old Boston Yanks at Fenway Park. But Conerly was replacing Paul Governali, who’d been at the helm when the Giants won a then-franchise-low two games in 1947.

If there is a Giants quarterbacking Rushmore, then that’s it: Conerly, Simms, Manning — and Y.A. Tittle, who was already a well-established star by the time he joined the Giants in 1961. The first three were kids, just like Jones, when they got the job, but they weren’t shrouded in someone else’s shadow. Maybe that doesn’t make the job easier. It certainly makes it different.

“We think Daniel is ready for this,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said, “in all the ways necessary.”

Much is made about the other team in town’s inability to find a franchise-level quarterback in the half century since Joe Namath ruled the sport and ruled the city. But if the Giants have had more success over the years filling the job, they have also had their share of misses. At one time or another Earl Morrall, Craig Morton, Fran Tarkenton and Norm Snead — who all had successes elsewhere — fell short of expectations here.

Dave Brown — once a Duke BMOC himself — helped expedite the end of Simms’ playing days, and never quite played to form. Randy Johnson had his moments. Kerry Collins led the Giants to a Super Bowl. Jeff Hostetler actually won a Super Bowl. But mostly, all of those names are like Warner — place-holders between the icons.

Now, it is Daniel Jones’ turn and it is Jones’ time, and across the next weeks and years we will see where his place will be. It starts Sunday. Where it leads will be one of the more fascinating of all journeys to follow along.

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Stacks of cash shown at trial of Sudan's toppled leader Bashir

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Stacks of cash piled high were shown as evidence on Saturday against ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir at his trial on charges of possessing illicit foreign currency and corruption.

Millions of euros and Sudanese pounds were found at Bashir’s residence in April after he was overthrown and detained by the military following months of demonstrations against his rule.

The court heard four defense witnesses on Saturday, including Abubakr Awad, who was minister of state for the presidency until Bashir’s fall, before it was adjourned until next Saturday.

A member of Bashir’s defense, Mohamed al-Hassan al-Amin, said possessing the funds was not a crime.

“These sums of money were found in the possession of the president. And possessing any sum does not constitute a crime, whether it was $1 million or $100 million,” he told reporters.

“Trading in foreign currency is what constitutes a crime,” he said, adding that charges related to illicit gain and accepting gifts did not apply to the president.

Bashir smiled as he sat in a metal cage in the courtroom. Supporters cheered for him as he entered and left the court, shouting “Allahu akbar!”

Speaking publicly for the first time since his ouster, Bashir said last month he had received $25 million from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as from other sources, but had not received or used money for his own benefit.

His prosecution is a test of how far power-sharing military and civilian authorities will tackle the legacy of his 30-year authoritarian rule.

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Young royal Archie to embark on first official tour aged only four months

London: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is about to embark on his first official royal tour at the tender age of four months.

The young royal has only been seen in public a few times but on Monday he will be flying thousands of kilometres with parents Prince Harry and Meghan to South Africa.

An official christening photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Saturday.

The Sussexes' first tour as a family comes after the duke and duchess flew to Rome to watch Meghan's close friend, fashion designer Misha Nonoo marry oil tycoon Michael Hess on Friday.

Harry will travel to Angola during his Africa tour, to pay homage to Princess Diana's work campaigning for landmines to be outlawed during a visit she made to the country in 1997.

Highlights of the trip will see the duke and duchess visit a township in Cape Town to tour a workshop supporting children and empowering young girls, and visit another near Johannesburg where they will learn about a project tackling rising unemployment.

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Donald Trump issues terrifying threat to dump 2,500 ISIS prisoners on Europe’s doorstep

The US President has repeatedly criticised European countries for their reluctance to take back their citizens who defected to fight in the middle east and were captured. According to Trump, after the US defeated the so-called caliphate, Washington has “thousands of prisoners of war, ISIS fighters” who are European nationals. He claimed the countries are refusing to cooperate, singling out France and Germany on the matter.

Trump said: “We’re asking the countries from which they came, from Europe, we’re asking them to take back these prisoners of war.

“And they can try them, do what they want. So far, they’ve refused.

“And at some point, I’m going to have to say, ‘I’m sorry, but you either take them back or we’re going to let them go at your border’.”

Trump insisted the US “is not going to have thousands and thousands of people” to hold at Guantanamo Bay, where an American prison for terrorists is located, for the next 50 years, “spending billions and billions of dollars”.

He added: “We’ve done Europe a tremendous favour. If they don’t take them back, we’re going to probably put them at the border and then they’ll have to capture them again.”

This is not the first time Trump has warned European countries about the consequences of being uncooperative in regards to the prisoners, deemed too dangerous to release.

Trump warned in August that Washington is prepared to dump up to 2,500 Daesh prisoners into countries in Europe if those nations do not accept them voluntarily.

He also threatened to release the captives in February but no country is yet to act upon Trump’s demands.

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Trump resumed his threats at the G7 summit last month in Biarritz, France.

He again pressed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to deal with Daesh fighters from Germany held captive by the US after the terror groups were curbed.

When Ms Merkel was specifically asked about his earlier demand, Trump took the word first and reassured they were discussing the issue.

Commenting on the situation, Trump said: “We did a great job, and we have had very good talks.

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“It’s not fair for the United States to have these people and we want to give them to the areas where they came from.

“That includes not just Germany. We have a lot from France. We have a lot from the UK. We have a lot from a lot of different countries.”

Trump added: “We’re talking about that now. We have a lot from Germany, which is a great thing. We’ll work something out. I think we’re going to work something out.”

Merkel noted that her country had already taken “a number of family members, among them primarily children back” and indicated that Berlin “wants to find a solution together” to the problem.

European nations have reportedly been reluctant to take back people who joined the terrorists, even if they were not actively involved in military operations.

According to the European Commission, 42,000 foreign fighters from over 120 countries joined Daesh’s ranks between 2011 and 2016.

Around 5,000 of them allegedly originated from Europe.

The Commission’s 2017 report on returnees highlighted the average percentage of militants returning to Europe amounts to around 30 percent.

Long term custody of the the former fighters remains unresolved between the US government and its European allies.

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Potential future leader Rebecca Long- Bailey promised ‘walk on’ tune

Music war rocks Labour party after potential future leader Rebecca Long- Bailey is promised her own ‘walk on’ tune sparking jealous infighting among her rivals

  • Shadow Business Secretary Ms Long-Bailey has prominent conference slot   
  • Shadow Ministers heard of leadership-style music and they demanded the same 
  • The 39-year-old Lancastrian was widely tipped to carry on Left-wing mission
  • Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth will walk onto Little Mix song 

Plans to ‘showcase’ a firebrand Labour MP as a potential successor to Jeremy Corbyn at the Labour Party conference have led to jealous in-fighting among her Shadow Cabinet rivals – because she has been promised her own ‘walk on’ music before her speech.

Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey is being given a prominent slot on Tuesday by allies of Mr Corbyn who are keen for her to succeed him.

But when other Shadow Ministers heard that she had been promised leadership-style music when she walks on the stage, they demanded the same treatment.

Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rebecca Long-Bailey has been promised her own ‘walk on’ music before her speech at the Labour Party conference

A source said: ‘They have all been scrabbling for songs – although some have found that their choices have already been nabbed. There is a lot of jealousy about her seeming to get all this special treatment.’

Despite only being an MP since 2015, Ms Long-Bailey quickly emerged as a protege of Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Mr Corbyn.

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth will walk on to the conference stage today to a hit from British girl band Little Mix, chosen by his children

The 39-year-old Lancastrian was widely tipped to be the Labour leadership’s best hope of carrying on the Left-wing mission should the leader’s health fail.

Within months of being elected as Salford MP in May 2015, she was on the frontbench as a Treasury spokesman, before being quickly promoted to serve as Mr McDonnell’s deputy.

Ms Long-Bailey is rumoured to be behind her Left-wing boss’s attempts to promote a more avuncular image, such as wearing a red jumper for interviews from his suburban front room.

The Shadow Chancellor is said to be behind her 2017 elevation to Business Secretary – as well as her central role as part of the Labour team to negotiate with the Government on Brexit. Despite her meteoric rise, a series of poor media appearances and flustered Commons performance saw colleagues quickly nickname her ‘Rebecca Wrong Daily’.

Mr McDonnell also has his own nickname for the married mother-of-one – tenderly calling her Becky in public.

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth will walk on to the conference stage today to a hit from British girl band Little Mix, chosen by his children.

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The truth about key chemicals in beauty products and when to go natural – The Sun

SYNTHETIC = bad, natural = good has long been the message when it comes to beauty, and the industry has been quick to capitalise on consumers’ appetite for “green” products. But how nasty can these chemicals really be?

While in the past it has been suggested that certain compounds may cause long-term damage, such as skin irritation and even an increased risk of cancer, many beauty experts now preach that such scaremongering is unfounded.

“If a beauty product enters the market in the UK, it is safe for our skin and health due to rigorous industry regulation,” explains consultant dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto. Read on for our guide to the three key chemicals you need to know about.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)

What is it? SLS is a synthetic cleaning agent that removes dirt and oil from skin and hair. It’s the ingredient that makes shampoos and cleansers really foamy and gives us that squeaky-clean feeling.

The controversy: Continual use of products containing SLS has been found to be irritating for some skin types, causing problems such as dryness and redness. It can also strip hair of moisturising oils, leaving it drier and weaker.

The latest update: Although it’s deemed safe to use by many beauty experts, it’s clear that SLS can irritate sensitive skin. “It can occasionally be problematic,” explains Anjali.

“But it depends on a specific person’s skin and whether a product is left on or washed off.”

Silicones

What are they? Silicones give products a smooth glide-on texture. They go by many different names – words ending in “ane”, “on” or “one” usually refer to a silicone derivative. Dimethicone tends to be the most commonly used in beauty products.

The controversy: Some experts believe silicones can “suffocate” hair and skin with a cling-film-like effect. So while they initially give skin a smooth feel, in the long run they could be clogging pores and doing acne-prone complexions no favours.

The latest update: Silicone plays a key role in the success of many bestselling cosmetics, and hair and skincare experts agree that newer formulas are effective for hydration and protection.

“When silicones were first launched, they were difficult to wash out and could cause build-up,” says trichologist Anabel Kingsley.

“However, modern silicones – such as dimethicone – are water-soluble and can be hydrating and protective.”

Parabens

What are they? Parabens are a type of preservative that have been giving our beauty products shelf life since the ’50s. They come in many different guises, but the most common ingredients to look for on labels are butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben.

The controversy: A small 2004 UK study found parabens in the tissue of women with breast tumours. While it didn’t prove parabens cause cancer, it concluded these chemicals could enter your body through your skin and remain within tissue for years.*

The latest update: “Extensive research shows that parabens are not toxic to human cells and are some of the safest preservatives in current day cosmetics,” explains Anjali.

“All cosmetic products and their ingredients are governed by strict European laws, and the EU has signed off on the safety of the parabens currently in our products. Preservatives like these are absolutely essential in our skincare. If we didn’t have them, we would be smearing bacteria, viruses, fungi and mould over our faces within around 48 hours of our skincare products being opened, risking skin, eye and scalp infections,” says Anjali.

How do so-called clean beauty products stay fresh then? Green brand Lush, for example, uses natural preservatives, such as honey and salt, which eliminate the need for synthetics and chemicals.

Natural V Synthetic

Both lab-derived chemicals and natural ingredients have their benefits, so which way should you swing?

Goal glowing skin: Choose Natural

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When it comes to everyday skincare products, opting for natural formulas might be best.

If you have dry skin, you may find that harsh chemicals dehydrate even more. Natural ingredients and botanical oils that work to soothe and nourish, such as chamomile, sweet almond and wheatgerm, could be the answer.

All-natural Frances Prescott Tri-Balm, £42, cleanses, moisturises and exfoliates skin all at the same time!

Goal Frizz-free hair: Choose Natural or Synthetic

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If you’ve got thick hair, synthetic silicones should be avoided. “They’re harder to wash out if hair is thick, leaving strands dry, broken and dull,” says hairstylist Michael Van Clarke.

Instead, try Michael Van Clarke 3 More Inches 10 Second Transformation, £24.50, which acts like a lip balm for dry hair. Its natural ingredients, such as olive oil, cashmere proteins and rose oil, help smooth out frizz.

However, the synthetic path is great for normal and finer hair. ”Silicones can be very hydrating and heat-protective,” explains Anabel.

Try Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence Conditioning Spray, £18.

Goal a flawless base: Choose Synthetic

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For a flawless complexion, silicone-based make-up is worth looking into.

“Silicone primers are the beauty equivalent of undercoating your walls,” explains celebrity make-up artist Caroline Barnes.

“They glide effortlessly over skin and smooth over pores, creating an even surface for your base.”

We rate Max Factor Miracle Prep Beauty Protect Primer SPF30, £12.99.

Goal clearer skin: Choose Natural

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Some chemicals can be troublesome if you have sensitive skin or are prone to breakouts and redness, so try opting for a natural, more gentle cleanser.

Urban Veda Daily Soothing Facial Wash, £12.99, uses clary sage to balance, lavender to calm and geranium to heal, leaving a cleansed, non-irritated complexion.

  • Source: *Journal Of Applied Toxicology
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Love Island’s Amber Gill on life after Greg and how she was born to make it big – The Sun

THE course of Love Island romance never did run smooth. What appears rock solid in the Majorcan bubble so very often falls apart once the cameras stop rolling amid the endless parties, freebies and teeth whitening deals.

Sure enough, just 24 hours after our cover shoot with Amber Gill, it’s announced that she’s been dumped via text by Greg O’Shea, the Irish rugby player who was cast as her knight in shining armour in the series that saw them both crowned winners.

The news prompted some of Amber’s fans to demand latecomer Greg give their girl his share of the £50,000 they’d split (“We voted for her, not you!” they cried, with some justification). But when we put this to Amber a few days later on the phone, she laughs.

“Nah, he can keep it. I needed someone else to win and we won it together. I don’t hate him, I’m just disappointed in him, really.

“All I’d wanted was a little bit of effort on his part to come to London or Newcastle to see me, and we’d had a discussion about that a couple of days before. And then he texted me on the day I was supposed to fly to Ireland.”

She adds: “I think in the future I’ll look back on this as a blessing in disguise. I can focus on work and spending time with my family and friends.”

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If Amber seems sanguine about their split, it’s not really surprising given that during our interview before the announcement she hadn’t exactly been burning with desire when the conversation turned to Greg.

They were just over a month into their relationship (which was never made “boyfriend-and-girlfriend-official”), and this should have been the honeymoon period, but her near indifference was rather telling.

When asked if there was a future for them, she said something vague and non-committal about “seeing how things pan out”, and that you never truly get to know someone inside the villa. The “real test”, as she put it, is when you come out.

“I don’t know what people were thinking but it was always the case that he was in Ireland and I lived in Newcastle,” she says. “Did people expect him to move there straight away or me to move over to Ireland? That was never possible and we both have opportunities to focus on.”

“You don’t need to be in a relationship at all. I think if you’re going to be with somebody they have got to enhance your life, otherwise there’s no point. Being by yourself is amazing – it is powerful.”

Powerful indeed. Since leaving the island, Amber has hired a top management team and has just signed a deal with fashion brand MissPap worth a reported £1million. She’s currently weighing up several other lucrative offers before making her next move. If she plays her cards right, the former beauty therapist will surely elbow her way on to our Reality TV Rich List next year.

“I always knew I’d be a millionaire!” she laughs.

She’s only half-joking.

It was never about being famous. Rich, yes, but not famous

“My family say I always used to expect big things for myself, like: ‘I’m gonna do this, that and the other, I’m gonna have my own businesses,’ and all that. But it was never about being famous. Rich, yes, but not famous.”

Nevertheless, she can’t quite get her head around the amount of money, freebies and opportunities being bandied around.

“Like, it’s mad. You just have to not think about stuff for too long because it’s…”

She mimes her mind being blown.

The things people want to pay you to do, it’s crazy

“You know, the things people want to pay you to do, it’s crazy. I used to work long hours for not even half as much.

"I’d tell myself I’d order just one dress or whatever, and now I’ve suddenly got loads of clothes from all over sent to me for free, and I don’t know what to pick.”

Amber, 22, may not have been the bookies’ favourite to win, but it’s clear why she did. People voted for the fairy tale, her triumph over adversity.

Viewers watched her arrive at the villa full of sass – she was feisty and stand-offish, a self-proclaimed “diva”, and was borderline hostile to Callum Macleod, 28, the hapless first guy she was, by default, coupled up with.

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But when Michael Griffiths, 28, so cruelly ditched her after hooking up with Joanna Chimonides, 22, in Casa Amor, we saw her crumble. Suddenly the ice queen was human and hurting – it was genuinely heartbreaking watching her desperately trying to hold it together.

Yet throughout what was a public humiliation, she conducted herself with complete dignity. By the time Michael came crawling back asking for a second chance (so brazen, so predictable), she’d sent him packing in that nail-biting recoupling showdown where – thank goodness! – she chose Greg, 24, and a nation cheered.

That was probably the moment she won the show.

“Somebody was awful to me and everybody was expecting me to react really badly and I didn’t, and I think that shocked people,” she says. “But I thought: ‘I’ve been shown what you’re like, I don’t need to do anything more, can you just get away from me?’

“I could have screamed till I was blue in the face, but what would be the point? He’d still have done what he did. Leave him to do his thing, I’ll do mine.”

Their paths haven’t crossed since coming out of the villa.

“I go to good events,” she says pointedly, with a flick of that fabulous hair. “I don’t think he gets invited.” Ouch!

“Eeh, that’s terrible!” she laughs, mock-scolding herself. “But no, he’s not been in touch. I don’t think I’m the easiest person to approach if you know I don’t like you.”

“I’d say: ‘Thanks, hun, for making me win the show.’ I’ll not be mad – there’s nothing to be mad about now because the outcome couldn’t have been better for me. When I came out people were like: ‘You’ve been such an inspiration and a role model for girls,’ and that was lush for me. If someone does you wrong just get rid of them. It works out better for you in the end.”

The duty of care producers have to the stars of the show has been of paramount importance since the suicides of former contestants Sophie Gradon, 32, and Mike Thalassitis, 26.

Amber says that while the Michael furore was rumbling on, bosses made sure she had time out of the villa and away from the cameras to speak to a counsellor every day, whether she felt like she needed it or not.

“At the time I was like: ‘Maybe I don’t need it,’ but they said to just go and do it. And actually, it was always good to get outside of the situation and just talk without it being in the villa and [Michael and Joanna] being, like, two seconds away from me. Just being in a safe space to talk helped.”

Since leaving, all the contestants have had compulsory therapy as well as social media training and expert advice on how to manage the mind-boggling amounts of money thrown at them by brands.

“I think it’s eight [therapy] sessions we have to do, and then if we want to continue we can. We also got social media training and financial training as soon as we left the villa and I don’t think that was optional either. We got told about everything that was in the press and how to handle it. They have definitely looked after us well.

“You’ve got to stay in touch with your friends and your family that were there beforehand and not get caught up in everything that’s going on.

“And you’ve got to have somebody who wants to look after you and not just try and make a bunch of money from you as quickly as possible before the new contestants come out. It’s who you surround yourself with and being careful.”

I want to be honest about things rather than just sell something for a bit of money

Amber is being choosy about what offers she accepts, preferring to take time before she decides which direction to go in.

But the fact she’s been relatively quiet on social media since winning – sometimes going several days between posts – and didn’t announce a major fashion deal as quickly as some of the others caused some people to question what she was “doing”.

She told one worried fan on Twitter to “be patient” and that she would always do “the most”.

“I was never the loudest on social media before all this and I find it a struggle to post all the time because it’s not me and I want to be authentic. I don’t want promote something I don’t love and I think it’s very easy for people to promote things they don’t actually use. I’ve got nearly 3 million followers who are interested in me, and I want to be honest about things rather than just sell something for a bit of money.

“I understand why people do it, but I think people liked that I was a girl’s girl and how I was strong, real and honest and I’ve got to keep that up. But I’m not sitting around doing nothing. That would be stupid! I’m making moves, I’ve just got to keep it quiet for the minute.”

There were reports earlier this month that she’d lost her Dancing On Ice place to Maura Higgins, 28, who finished fourth on Love Island with Curtis Pritchard, 23.

“I didn’t realise I had a place to lose to be honest,” she says nonchalantly. “I think a few Islanders from this series went to ITV and had a chat about Dancing On Ice, but it’s a super-huge commitment and I went away from that meeting thinking it was probably a bit much, training constantly. I went to see them, though, because I think you have got to find out what something is before you just say a flat-out no.”

Surely there must be competition between the contestants? They have a limited window in which to make the biggest impact until the new kids on the block come snapping at their heels. And with a winter version of the show due to launch in January, this time there’s even less opportunity to make their mark.

“There’s definitely no competition on my part,” Amber says. “I’m totally different from everyone else. If I get picked for things, great, but if somebody else gets picked, that’s fine. I’m my own person and I’m on my own path. I think there’s enough room for everybody.”

Out of all this year’s contestants it’s Amber and Maura who were the standout stars, so it figures there might be some rivalry between them.

Much has been made of Maura’s reaction when Amber and Greg were announced as winners over Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague, both 20, with her obvious shock being interpreted by some as contempt. Amber magnanimously gives her the benefit of the doubt.

“I’m not sure if her reaction was more because Ovie was so super-excited. If you watch it – and I’ve watched it back – Ovie screams his head off and Maura looks up at him like: ‘What’s going on?’

“She was shocked, but everyone was, so it would be unfair for me to [criticise] her for that. If you look back on the other seasons it’s always the couple who have been boyfriend and girlfriend from the beginning who win.

“It’s never been the girl with the guy who showed up like, two days ago, so we had all ruled it out.”

Asked if she likes Maura and there’s a pause. Quite a long one.

“Umm, yeah. You know what? I do. When she first came in I thought: ‘Oh my god she’s come in to steal Tommy from Molly.’ She didn’t care and we were all like: ‘Who is this girl?’ But as the time went on I grew to like her because she did have a softer side. I haven’t spoken to her that much since leaving, though.”

Ask her where she sees herself in a year’s time and she says the plan is to return to her roots. That doesn’t mean going back to work in her auntie’s Newcastle beauty salon – she hopes to use her expertise to forge a high-profile career in the industry.

“I’ve always said that I want get back to beauty – it would be a waste of the knowledge I have to not use that. I’m just seeing what opportunities come up and what I like best.

“It feels like the past couple of months have been years, and my feet haven’t touched the ground yet. But I’m enjoying it!”

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Joe Giudice's Request for Release From ICE Custody Denied

Joe Giudice will not get to go home to be with his family before a possible deportation.

On Friday, an immigration judge denied a bond for the Italian national and permanent U.S. resident, who shares four daughters with wife and Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice, and ruled he must remain in ICE custody until the case is settled. Joe, whose real name is Giuseppe Giudice, had requested to be allowed out of the facility pending his appeal. He can separately appeal the judge’s latest decision within 30 days.

“We are very disappointed in the judge’s decision,” Joe’s family’s attorney said in a statement to E! News. “We continue to believe that Joe should be given the opportunity to return home to his wife and children.”

Joe has remained in an ICE detainment centers since he was released from federal prison in March after serving just under three years for fraud. In April, federal authorities denied his request for appeal, while his lawyer vowed to continue fighting the deportation case.

Teresa and the couple’s daughters have visited Joe at the ICE detainment center.

“If he gets deported, he’ll never be able to go to their graduation, celebrate their birthdays, anything,” Teresa told Bravo Insider in June. “He’s going to be missing out on so much. The girls adore their father and no child should have to go through what my daughters are going through. They should have their daddy here.”

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If Joe is deported, he and Teresa are expected to break up.

“While he still has this next appeal pending, she has been mentally preparing to leave him,” a source told E! News in April. “She was taking it day by day and was hoping the decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals would not have turned out this way.”

—Reporting by Beth Sobol and Jessica Finn

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Welcome to Chaos Cabinet: If Johnson falls this crew could seize power

Welcome to the Chaos Cabinet: If Boris Johnson falls this motley crew of opposition MPs and Tory Remainer rebels could seize the reins of power

  • Draft lists of ‘interim’ Coalition Cabinet drawn by Labour and Lib Dem strategists
  • There is mounting speculation that PM will have to quit if there is no Brexit deal 
  • Chaos Cabinet kept by loose coalition in the Commons of opposition parties
  • Posts would be carefully shared out across the opposition parties for ‘big beasts’

It has been condemned as the Cabinet of Chaos – a collection of opposition MPs and Tory Remainer rebels who could seize the reins of power if Boris Johnson’s Government falls next month.

The plum Foreign Office job is being lined up for high-profile Tory rebel Rory Stewart

Draft lists of how an ‘interim’ Coalition Cabinet would look have been drawn up by Labour and Liberal Democrat strategists. They are planning for a situation where the two parties form a government with Scottish Nationalists and the 21 Tory rebels booted out by Mr Johnson for defying him on Brexit.

The ‘war-gaming’ is taking place amid mounting speculation that the Prime Minister will be forced to quit if he fails to secure a Brexit deal, with the Tories replaced by a so-called ‘unity government’ committed to delaying the UK’s departure from the EU.

Yesterday’s dramatic events at Labour’s conference – where deputy leader Tom Watson fought off an attempt to axe his job after Jeremy Corbyn’s allies claimed that he had been in negotiations about helping to form a government of national unity – have increased speculation about the composition of the Cabinet: Mr Watson would hope to be the new Prime Minister’s de facto Number Two – if not the leader himself.

The Chaos Cabinet would be kept in place by a loose coalition in the Commons of opposition parties who could together outvote the Tories loyal to Mr Johnson and the party’s DUP allies.

Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson. The influence of the anti-Brexit Lib Dems – now up to 18 MPs after high-profile defections by Tory and Labour MPs – would be recognised, with party leader Jo Swinson made Home Secretary

With the Lib Dems refusing to put Jeremy Corbyn into No 10, the strategists have suggested Europhile Tory grandee Ken Clarke or senior Labour moderate Hilary Benn as the most ‘acceptable’ interim PM.

Father of the House Ken Clarke has been a Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe since 1970

According to one version of the draft coalition frontbench seen by The Mail on Sunday, other posts would be carefully shared out across the opposition parties to ensure that their various ‘big beasts’ are happy.

John McDonnell, a key ally of Mr Corbyn’s but now seen by Labour allies as ready to contemplate ‘life after Jeremy’, would become Chancellor in line with his ambitions.

Despite being accused of wanting to be unity PM himself, Sir Keir Starmer – Labour’s spokesman on quitting the EU – would get the job of Brexit Secretary.

However, Emily Thornberry, currently Labour’s foreign affairs spokesman, would not get the equivalent Cabinet post, although sources insist she would be handed a high-profile portfolio.

The plum Foreign Office job is being lined up for high-profile Tory rebel Rory Stewart, while fellow party dissident Dominic Grieve, one of the Government’s fiercest critics over Brexit policy, would return to his old job as Attorney General.

Strategists have suggested Europhile Tory grandee Ken Clarke or senior Labour moderate Hilary Benn (pictured) as the most ‘acceptable’ interim PM

The influence of the anti-Brexit Lib Dems – now up to 18 MPs after high-profile defections by Tory and Labour MPs – would be recognised, with party leader Jo Swinson made Home Secretary.

She has effectively vetoed any idea that the interim regime could be led by Labour leader Mr Corbyn. Instead, Corbyn would be marginalised, deemed unacceptable by Lib Dems, Tory rebels and even his own Labour MPs.

Former Cabinet Minister Sir Ed Davey, the man Ms Swinson defeated in this summer’s Lib Dem leadership race, is being earmarked to become Environment Secretary.

Party dissident Dominic Grieve, one of the Government’s fiercest critics over Brexit policy, would return to his old job as Attorney General

Sources say the solitary Green Party MP – Caroline Lucas – would be ‘typecast’ by being handed the climate change brief. Similarly, although the SNP has not so far been involved in the unity Cabinet talks, party leader Ian Blackford has been inked in as Scottish Secretary.

Loyal Tory MPs fear Mr Johnson could be forced to resign if he fails to secure a deal by the next EU summit, starting on October 17.

The Prime Minister has vowed to ignore the Commons vote compelling him to ask the EU for an extension to Brexit beyond October 31, leaving him facing a stark choice between breaking the law or resigning if talks have broken down.

If Mr Johnson quits or is brought down by a vote of no confidence for refusing to obey the order, opposition parties are expected to push to form the unity government. One close to the discussions said last night: ‘It’s only sensible for the main opposition parties to draw up plans for who would do what job.

‘Bearing in mind this temporary government would be taking over from Tory chaos and would have to be formed very quickly, we have to have a draft Cabinet in mind.’

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