Two MUFC legends could join Ten Hag at Old Trafford, according to insiders

Manchester United legends Edwin van der Sar and Robin van Persie could seal a return to Old Trafford as members of Erik ten Hag's backroom staff if the Dutchman takes the lead, according to journalist Dean Jones. Ralf Rangnick's interim term ends when the season comes to an end. [...] (Author: Gardener)

MUFCManchester United legends Edwin van der Sar and Robin van Persie could seal a return to Old Trafford as members of Erik ten Hag's backroom staff if the Dutchman takes the lead, according to journalist Dean Jones. Ralf Rangnick's provisional tenure comes to an end when the season reaches its peak and it appears that ten Hag will be installed as his long-term successor. According to The Athletic, Manchester United have reached an agreement in principle with ten Hag to become their next boss. The report suggests the current Ajax boss is likely to sign a four-year deal at Old Trafford and his coaching staff will be finalized in due course. Former Red Devils frontman van Persie, who has a backroom role at Feyenoord, is reportedly to be hired as ten Hag's assistant. Another Manchester United favorite van der Sar is currently working with ten Hag as he is the chief executive of Ajax. It is understood that van der Sar played a key role in his ex-employers being able to hold talks with his Dutch compatriot before the end of the season. Erik ten Hag TALKS about ManUnited's job! Jones believes van der Sar and van Persie could be eyeing a return to Old Trafford. The transfer insider believes the duo could help rebuild a strong relationship between the fan base and those on the pitch. Under Solskjaer, there was an incredible bond between the team, the manager and the fans at the stadium. "Obviously ten Hag fans are more excited than ever about Rangnick, but they still don't know him as a man, as a character or as a football person. "Having someone by your side who has a connection with United would definitely help." Van der Sar made 266 appearances after becoming the first signing of the Glazer era at Manchester United. During his time at Old Trafford, the 51-year-old won four Premier League and Community Shield titles, two Carabao Cups, the Champions League and the Club World Cup. Despite spending less time in the Manchester red-half after making the £24m move from Arsenal, van Persie still made a huge impression. The former striker scored 58 goals and recorded a further 21 assists in 105 games, with his prolific form allowing him to get his hands on the Premier League Trophy and the Community Shield.


Winners, grades, reactions and highlights from April 13th

All Elite Wrestling Championship week began Wednesday in New Orleans with an episode of Dynamite marked by a dream match pitting Samoa Joe against Minoru Suzuki for the Ring of Honor World Television Championship... (Author: Gardener)

April 13thChampionship week in All Elite Wrestling kicked off Wednesday in New Orleans with an episode of Dynamite marked by a dream match for the Ring of Honor World Television Championship, pitting Samoa Joe against Minoru Suzuki. Featuring an AEW tag team title match between Jurassic Express and RedDragon's Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish, as well as a dream match between CM Punk and Penta Oscuro, the show was another blockbuster episode en route to double or nothing pay-per- view.Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland vs. Chris Jericho, Jake Hager and Daniel GarciaCM Punk's march to the AEW World Championship continued Wednesday in the night's opener, a one-on-one showdown with Penta Oscuro that got fans in New Orleans very early in involved in every strike. The competitive back-and-forth shrugged off a potentially devastating spot where Punk clearly nursed a sore left knee and delivered down the course after a botched headscissor off the top rope. The finish was fantastic and set an exclamation point for a very good match between a top contender for the world title and a competitor who excels as a singles or tag wrestler. A grueling match, it will be interesting to see the impact on Punk. If it's the latter, how does that affect its ability to contend for the grand prize in the company, a direction Tony Khan is clearly leading the competitor in on that road to Double or Nothing? If he's doing well, expect a lot of interest in his journey to the world title and a showdown with either Hangman Page or Adam Cole in Las Vegas. The pre-match dueling chants underscored the fans' investment in both contenders. A nasty slip off the top rope left Punk clutching his knee in pain as worried fans shouted "CM Punk!" in support. Punk responded with a hurricanrana from the top, executing the move seamlessly despite his injured knee. The teased stakes from each competitor on the ring court made for a cool spot. The goal where Punk caught Penta in the air and Delivering Go To Sleep was fantastic. Jurassic Express passed its toughest test yet in a phenomenal pay-per-view match against RedDragon on Wednesday night. Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus overcame their opponent's challenge and clinched a hard-fought victory that featured great late sequencing and some tandem attacks from both teams, reflecting their status as two of the best in the world. There was a minor issue as Luchasaurus forgot to sell the injury at one point, particularly when he tipped over and continued unloading his offensive arsenal without issue or hesitation, but that was barely enough to derail a match brewing on the double or Nothing card would have been home if the company had waited that long to produce it. The introduction of FTR into the mix afterward has been intriguing and creates several different directions for the tag division to take ahead of the Vegas PPV, including a three-way dance for the titles that would be difficult to follow. Props to Jungle Boy, who has developed his in-ring play to the point where he is a true top 10 worker at the company. The intensity with which Jungle Boy throws his lasso clotheslines is underestimated and is one of the best elements of his work. Jim Ross Naming the plethora of tope suicidas and injured knees on the show so far has been hilarious and absolutely unsold by both Excalibur and Tony Schiavone It wasn't great after a standing moonsault near the fall. Jungle Boy just managed to get his foot under the rope to break a submission that drowned out the game of inch feel of the match. FTR confronted RedDragon and hinted they could be fighting for the AEW clinching titles in the near future as they look to extend their championship haul. MJF dominated Captain Shawn Dean early and often in their match, only for Wardlow to once again crane his head and stalk the scarf-wearing loudmouth. Big man presence and decimation of security forces cost his former protégé the match as Dean claimed the first-ever countout victory in AEW Dynamite history. Wardlow's reveal was phenomenal and MJF sold it great. There will come a moment when Wardlow gets his hands on MJF and the crowd, presumably in Las Vegas, will erupt accordingly. This story is straight out of Batista hitting up Triple H before WrestleMania 21, and the crowd ate it up, proving that sometimes borrowing from the past isn't a bad thing. Kudos to the young Ohioan and MJF for ensuring the feud was as successful as it has been through their performances. The camera, which captured footage of security guards being beaten up backstage, one shirtless, before Wardlow revealed he was posing as a guard, was a great moment. Wardlow shrugged off Spear's chair shot, turning him into an unstoppable force driven by revenge. Dean wins over MJF in a clip no one else has managed is a great side story and one the company can revisit from time to time. At one point it seemed like Eddie Kingston, Santana and Ortiz were getting the best of the Jericho Appreciation Society, especially after they attacked Angelo Parker and Matt Menard on the airport runway. However, that would be the only win the trio achieved. Chris Jericho, Daniel Garcia and Jake Hager won a solid trio match by capitalizing on interference from Menard and Parker, not to mention using a baseball bat to their advantage in a feud that never felt like it was going to be solved with this match. There's a bigger, wilder, more chaotic match outside of this program, presumably with two other competitors joining Kingston and Co. for the showdown. Parts of the feud were hot, some weren't, but Kingston is great and Santana and Ortiz are finally taking center stage instead of playing minions, so it's more beneficial than not. Ortiz had Angelo Parker's shoes around his neck after he attacked and stole him earlier in the day was a nice touch of continuity. Kingston's "THUMP" shirt paid homage to the New Orleans legend and WWE Hall of Famer, the great Junkyard Dog. Backstage, Lexy Nair revealed that Hook will face Tony Nese in his first Dynamite match next week in Pittsburgh. Marina Shafir vs Skye Blue; Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland vs. Team TazMarina Shafir crushed Skye Blue in an improvement match and sent a message to TBS Champion Jade Cargill in what was more of an introduction for the Dynamite audience than anything. Her lack of screen time in both NXT and Here in AEW reared its head as she struggled to overcome her killer personality, appearing one-dimensional and emotionless rather than sadistic and domineering. To reach her full potential, she needs to get reps in front of the cameras. Hometown Hero and FTW Champion Ricky Starks entered the arena to thunderous applause as he and Powerhouse Hobbs faced Swerve Strickland in a week-long match. The match, full of energy and fun with great performances from Strickland and Starks, saw heels skyrocket after interference from Taz. Nothing about the match felt like the end of the feud between the two teams, particularly when Hobbs scored the win for his team over Lee, nor did it feel like anything destined to move things forward. It was a good match four good wrestlers, with great heat from a New Orleans crowd firmly behind Starks. The same Starks who, oddly enough, didn't get the nod to score the win in front of his hometown fans. Shafir vs Blue: C-; Tag Match: C+Red Velvet and Kiera Hogan sat in Cargill's baddies section, hinting at a future onscreen pairing with the champion. Pop for Starks and the genuine emotions it evoked was a great moment for a young star with all the potential in the world to be a big part of AEW's future. A barrage of badassery kicked off the evening's main event as televised Ring of Honor world champions Minoru Suzuki and Samoa Joe slammed the hell out of each with an open-hand attack on the chest that only led to angrier, wilder punches from the opposition led. Joe's body was red early on but he absorbed and advanced, overcoming a submission-based attack from his opponent in time for cameras to catch Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt ringside, a harbinger of the future however Joe's newfound rivals stayed up throughout the match distance as The Destroyer ended the intensely physical fight with a muscle buster for victory and the title. The brutality of the match was typical of the fiercest rivals of all time and just what fans of both men expected when they went head-to-head. Winning Joe makes sense since he's signed to AEW and lives in the States. He also gets some of the loudest reactions from anyone at the company, so it certainly makes sense that Khan would want to highlight him with a big title win. The arrival of former NBA player Satnam Singh was... not good. There was no reason to do the lights out gimmick, and fans were very quick to let AEW officials know. Maybe Singh will become a star for AEW, but it was an awkward start to a pro wrestling career. Joe and Suzuki's red, bruised breasts reflected the ferocity behind each blow. Joe, who beat Suzuki cleanly, was the right choice. Both men are legends, the fan base knows them (for the most part) and both results would have been accepted and respected. Singh's debut was a massive disappointment, especially given the lights-out shtick that came with it. Fans expect awe-inspiring surprises from those moments, and this...wasn't one of them.


At Amanda Holden's sumptuous Surrey home, she shares life with husband Chris

New Neighbors star Amanda Holden has two beautiful homes - we take a look at Holden's headquarters in Surrey, where the family of four lives in the lap of luxury (Author: Gardener)

Surrey'New Neighbors' star Amanda Holden has two gorgeous homes - we take a look inside Holden's headquarters in Surrey, where the family of four lives in the lap of luxury - a new character for a London-based storyline. The trailer shows Holden looking glamorous while hanging out in central London, but where does the real celebrity actually live? Amanda and her husband Chris Hughes actually have two houses together - one in Surrey and one in the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds crèche is a beautiful, rustic place, but they use it as a holiday home - instead, the Surrey facility is the Holden HQ, where the couple live daily with their daughters Lexi and Hollie. Amanda Holden showed off her huge garden and home as she played with her Mini-Me daughters. In the past, Amanda has emphasized how important it is to her that the family home isn't just a "show home," telling House Beautiful, "We have two little girls and don't want them to feel stepping on eggshells.” Amanda showed hers when she posted a relaxed picture of her with her feet up enjoying what appears to be a gin and tonic. Sleek black decor and button back bar stools line the well-stocked bar with beautiful bubble-like lights overhead. Speaking to House Beautiful, she said, "We've got record prices and an electric guitar on the wall, plus a giant picture of a girl in a space suit and a useless Pacman machine!" The hot tub is the jewel in the crown of her beautiful garden, Nach During lockdown, Amanda posted pictures of her mowing the lawn in her wedding dress. manicured plants and trees, in the background a rustic brick wall features trellises with colorful plants trailing behind them. She also posted pictures of a gorgeous looking patio with metal tables and chairs, sitting with her feet up in the sun enjoying a glass of wine surrounded by lush flowers and another fire pit. Amanda Holden planted a palm tree in her yard in memory of Captain Tom. In the summer of 2021, Amanda posted a picture of a palm tree she planted in honor of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore. The tree is surrounded by a beautiful gray patio with flower beds and seating. On the patio, a fireplace also features a gorgeous glass wall near steps that lead to the star of the show - the hot tub. The hallway in Amanda's Surrey home is painted a classy selection of grays, with a window seat flooded with natural light - she shared a clip of this part of her home on TikTok. Completing the hallway is a pineapple lamp that looks a little like it's modeled after a Fabergé egg. Amanda Holden shows off her slick new kitchen Post-lockdown, Amanda has revamped her kitchen – a part of the house she's dubbed the 'hub' – and outfitted the store with new cabinets and a new worktop. Huge disco ball-style lights hang from the ceiling above the breakfast bar. The dining room was also refurbished in 2019, with a round marble dining table topped by a £5,000 Timothy Oulton lamp. Pineapples seem to be a bit of a theme for the house, with a luxurious looking grey-green wallpaper adorned with gold images of the fruit featured in some of her videos. Amanda's luxurious home is exactly where Amanda's living room looks absolutely stunning, with huge speakers and a green velvet sofa and a humorous vintage poster on the wall.


Footie Mad Postie's love for LUFC leads him to build a museum full of memorabilia

Quirky items in his collection include real West Stand seats and a life-size cutout of David Batty (Author: Gardener)

David BattyThe Postman and Leeds superfan's home has a hidden museum dedicated to the LUFC. Quirky items in his collection include real West Stand seats and a life-size cutout of David Batty. Thank you for signing up! Fan has curated Leeds United memorabilia and souvenirs in a hidden museum at his home. Crazy LUFC footie fan has been collecting the LUFC themed items for years. Ben Hunt, 44, has been a lifelong LUFC fan since his uncle recommended the club to him. His prized collection includes shirts, retro sock tags and random artifacts, including an old West Stand seat from Elland Road. It's a family affair as Ben, who lives in Denby Dale, met his wife after a game in Leeds. As reported in LeedsLive, Ben's collection includes hundreds of worn shirts that some of the all time greats have played in to date including Billy Bremner, Mark Viduka and Jermaine Beckford. He also has items from the Don Revie era in the 1960s and 1970s including match shirts from the 1965, '70, '72 and '73 FA Cup Finals and the '68 League Cup Final shirt. Random artifacts from the club's history include the original Lucas the Cop Cat mascot costume. Other quirky additions include real West Stand seats and a life-size cutout of David Batty because Ben's wife "loves" him. Ben, who has been a season ticket holder for more than 25 years, said: “My first shirt was a late 1970's Eddie Gray. Ben Hunt is proud of the Leeds United Museum he has built at home: “Now I have over 400 worn items and museum pieces and have regular visitors to the museum. It paved the way for meeting Marcelo. He wanted to give me something for the museum. I told him I'm 'el Loco', not him!” Ben also has a full set of retro sock tags and the club crest, taken from the East Stand entrance. Other impressive exhibits include a model stadium that stood on Blue Peter in 1986, street signs, man-of-match trophies, boots, goalie gloves and kit bags. Former head coach Marcelo Bielsa parted ways with Leeds United after the 4-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur. Ben said: “Leaving Bielsa is like a kick in the butt. It feels like someone you loved has died, I'm disappointed. I'm sure Marcelo would like all the Leeds fans to support him and the team to the end, that's what we do best.” A seat from Elland Road is one of the more quirky items in Ben's collection. When asked if he would mix up the exhibition after Bielsa's departure, he said he would not do his own exhibition for Bielsa. Ben said: "I keep changing the displays inside anyway to freshen it up for visitors. I feel like if I did something specific for him he would want to know why not Revie or Wilkinson instead. Bless him." Ben has co-authored a book with football writer Robert Endeacott about the history of the club's kits and pictures of his collection, which can be found on his website.


Where the heck are you? Tigers boss goes to the outback in times of crisis

Revealed: The Tigers' six-year highway to hell... and the man responsible - Jimmy Brings (Author: Gardener)

TigersIt's a shame the power brokers at the Wests Tigers are taking so long to get the tip. In the tale of bizarre decisions comes Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe's call for annual leave to be taken in the Northern Territory after the club's 5-0 start to the year, the grand final of every season since 1908. Stream each one Play every round of the 2022 NRL Telstra Premiership season live and non-commercially in-game on Kayo. If the Wests Tigers need more proof of why their on-field performances often appear lacking - look no further. Like it or not, when you're raising $450,000 plus a year as the CEO of an NRL club and stumbling blindly from one disaster to the next, it's impossible to resist criticism. Spare us the financial charts, record membership numbers, and model charts of Concord's $75 million center of excellence — let's talk the scoreboard in relation to the football division and on-field results. Pascoe was named CEO of the Wests Tigers in September 2015. Below is the road to nowhere Pascoe has led the Wests Tigers in terms of on-field results over the past six years. INCLUDED: Panthers secure Cleary duo for FIVE years with huge contract extensions First big decision: Mark manager Jason Taylor wants to ditch club legend and captain Robbie Farah - a move that turns into a complete fiasco, pushing himself past 18 dragged on for months and cost the Tigers $700,000 for Farah to play for South Sydney in 2017. April 2017: Manager Jason Taylor sacked SIX months after Farah was finally sacked from the club. April 2017: Signs good pal Ivan Cleary as the new head coach of the Wests Tigers. April 2017: Ivan tells the unsigned Tigers star players to either get on the bus or get off the bus. May 2017: One of the worst days in Wests Tigers history. The Wests Tigers grant local star junior fifth Mitch Moses an immediate release to join the Parramatta Eels. The Tigers sign Russell Packer, Josh Reynolds and Ben Matulino to long-term, big-money deals. Word is beginning to spread that Nathan Cleary may be moving to the Wests Tigers to play under his old man Ivan. September 2017: The Tigers ended the year ranked 14th in the NRL with seven wins and 17 losses. May 2018: The Tigers sign Moses Mbye on a well-funded four-year deal from Canterbury-Bankstown. May 2018: Injured Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary sits in the Keith Barnes booth at Leichhardt Oval and watches the Tigers play. August 2018: Pascoe is stalked by his best pal and trainer Cleary, who is being linked with a return to the Penrith Panthers in a whopping five-year, $5 million deal - despite having two years left on his contract with the Wests Tiger's running. August 2018: It turns out that Pascoe's great pal Cleary has been in secret talks with Penrith for at least a month. September 2018: The Panthers offer Cleary a three-year contract beginning in 2021 - and pressure the Tigers to release him early. September 2018: The Wests Tigers sign Ryan Matterson to a three-year contract through the end of 2021. Cleary signs a five-year, $5 million deal with the Panthers, effective immediately. The Panthers are paying West's Tigers a $250,000 transfer fee. Cleary and Pascoe argue and in the end there is no talk. October 2018: Michael Maguire is named the new head coach of the Wests Tigers on a three-year contract. December 2018: Pascoe checks off Luke Brooks signing a new four-year deal through the end of 2023. Pascoe will be signed off by the NRL for six months for failing to disclose a four-year, $639,000 deal for Robbie Farah as club ambassador. June 2019: Pascoe is allowed to return to the role as CEO of the Wests Tigers. July 2019: Josh Reynolds is told he is free to seek another club despite being under contract for $750,000 a season through the end of 2021. July 2019: The club appoints Adam Hartigan as the new General Manager of Football. August 2019: The Wests Tigers sit ninth in the NRL standings with 11 wins and 13 losses. August 2019: The Wests Tigers sit ninth in the NRL standings with 11 wins and 13 losses. Wests Tigers sack Ryan Matterson with two years remaining on contract after explosion with club January 2020: Hail Mary. The Wests Tigers have signed Canberra Raiders center Joey Leilua to a two-year deal with an option for a third year in favor of the club. June 2020: Coach Michael Maguire pushes club legend Benji Marshall off the NRL side despite the playmaker being the Tigers' spiritual leader. August 2020: Some epic stuff. West's Tigers legend Marshall learns through media reports that the club will show him the door. August 2020: The Wests Tigers rank 11th with seven wins and 13 losses. November 2020: Another Ave Maria. The Tigers are trumpeting the signing of James Roberts, although no other NRL club is willing to take the risk. December 2020: The Tigers extend coach Michael Maguire's contract until the end of 2023, citing 'stability' as key to the club's future. April 2021: The Tigers are booed from Leichhardt Oval at half-time in the fifth round against North Queensland on a day when the club commemorate the death of club legend Tommy Raudonikis. May 2021: The Wests Tigers start the season with two wins and six losses as the pressure mounts on manager Maguire. June 2021: The club appoint Tim Sheens to return to the role of Director of Football, ten years after the four-time Premiership winner was sacked. June 2021: Wests Tigers are beaten 66-16 by Melbourne Storm on the Sunshine Coast. August 2021: In the final game of the season, the Tigers are whipped 38-0 by Canterbury-Bankstown. August 2021: The Tigers finish the season in 13th place with eight wins and 16 losses. August 2021: Pascoe leads an end-of-season internal review alongside Sheens, chairman Lee Hagipantelis, board member Danny Stapleton and football boss Adam Hartigan. September 2021: Coach Maguire survives the ax after internal end-of-season review. October 2021: Tigers head of football Hartigan and assistant coaches Shane Millard and Wayne Collins are released from the club. April 2022: The Tigers start the season with 0 wins from five games as coach Maguire puts the blowtorch on again. April 2022: Pascoe takes leave until April 21 to travel to the Northern Territory with family. We spoke to Pascoe on Tuesday night to review the reasons behind the pre-season stay in the Northern Territory and the Tigers boss detailed how COVID restrictions meant the family holiday was postponed three times. The Tigers boss also said his presence would not affect the result on the pitch on Easter Monday when the Tigers take on the high-flying Eels in round six. Pascoe also pointed out that his phone was still on, he had spoken to Tim Sheens and the club's leadership guru and was continuing to work on the club's Centers of Excellence project. For the record, we don't recall any other NRL club CEO taking annual leave when his club was 0-5 to start a season. A longtime rugby league administrator told us this was simply a no go. From October to March there is a low season for annual holidays and family holidays. We offered Pascoe to answer questions on the record about the free time, but he declined.


Every word Newcastle United owner Amanda Staveley said in her first interview with NUFC TV

Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Staveley has given her first major interview since the day she took over from Mike Ashley. (Author: Gardener)

Amanda StaveleyNewcastle United co-owner Amanda Staveley has given her first major interview since the day she took over from Mike Ashley. Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Staveley has given her first major interview since the day she took over from Mike Ashley. Staveley covered a wide range of subjects in an interview with the club's official media channel, NUFC TV. Staveley covered a wide range of subjects in an interview with the club's official media channel, NUFC TV. Here's everything she has to say about Eddie Howe, plans for infrastructural improvements and planning for the January transfer window: "We are very excited to have Eddie join and lead the first team. He's an incredible coach. We have conducted a very thorough manager search and were very proud to appoint such an incredible manager to take Newcastle United to the next stage in their development. One thing we've learned in football is that things happen incredibly quickly. “We had met and spoken to Eddie some time ago and we had discussed his appointment, back in fact when Mike (Ashley) was running the club. "Eddie fits perfectly. "Obviously he's had an incredible impact on Bournemouth and to have someone who's built a club from the Second Division to the Premier League is an incredible achievement. It's very easy to win trophies when you have a lot of money or a lot of infrastructure or a lot of people, but actually when you're limited by those set factors, your success really showed. He has a great team joining him that we are very proud of as well. Why Eddie Howe is the right man for Newcastle: "We needed to have someone at the top of the club who wasn't afraid of relegation. I remember Eddie and I talking about it at the Brighton game at the weekend and he's leaving back to a position that he is." "It's not one that we've sat in as an investor group. It wasn't bold but it would have been an easy decision for us not to buy the club yet and wait until after Christmas and publish the January window, see where the club stands in the league and then make the purchase . We had to take that risk and we felt that we took the risk because we knew the club were sitting in 19th place at the time. “Eddie took that risk with us because he knew there was always a chance of relegation. I think he's just going to do the most incredible job - and the first team. We have a fabulous team of players who I like a lot in a very short time. I know that you will work very well with him. On the first five weeks in Newcastle: "It's been quite exhausting. It's exhausting, exciting. The welcome we had in Newcastle was just so extraordinary and special. I think we just don't want to disappoint anyone. One of the things I do want to do is to be able to communicate with the fans and say if we make mistakes we will quickly agree to meet them and fix them." Investment is needed in all areas. We've spent time with the academy teams and we've spent time with the Foundation and all the other departments." It's clear there's a lot to invest in and we're trying to talk to the teams here. It's a big family and everyone is incredibly passionate about their job." One of the things I've felt is this extraordinary feeling of being in a family and people will come to you very quickly and suggest opportunities and better jobs iron, more efficient ways of working. Obviously getting Eddie in place was crucial. That appointment was the most important thing we could do. Then we now have to make sure that the infrastructure that surrounds the first team, whether it's new training facilities, we're considering building a new academy - that's something that's also on the agenda. “I attended the Newcastle United Foundation dinner last night and it was so much fun, like I was part of an amazing, incredibly close-knit group of people. When you look at the work of the Foundation and you see the stories of some of the honorees last night, it really puts into context how privileged I am to be sitting here in my job and I think how tough it is for a lot of people, just to feed their families. “That's one thing I love about Newcastle, that there's so much support from the whole community. On the future and plans for the January transfer window: "We have a solid business plan and we're evolving it every week. January is among us so we're getting ready for the January transfer window." It's not a window we normally want to invest in because you probably won't get the right deals, but that's something that's important at the moment. to prepare. “And then working with all the teams. I think we have a lot of meetings scheduled with the staff over the next few weeks and we look forward to working with everyone. “But I have to say that everyone was incredibly welcoming. We are very privileged – Mehrdad and I and the team at PIF to have such an incredible support base and team here at the club.”


In praise of Jorts the Cat, the unlikely labor leader

Instead of using internet fame to make a quick buck, the iconic feline has become an outspoken ally of the labor movement. (Author: Gardener)

Jorts the CatThe first thing that struck me as someone who has seen this countless times over my decades-long career was the way the (still anonymous) user approached merchandise. Rather than use virality to sell t-shirts and mugs, the human behind Jort's Twitter account urged fans to write "I LIKE JORTS THE CAT on something you already have," $28 to one donating strike funds or adopting a cat from an animal shelter. I've seen people use their platforms for good causes before, but never without trying for some personal gain. In fairness, not being able to monetize something is a bit of a privilege, but in a side hustle world, not using virality to make money is fairly unheard of. Since that initial flare-up of enthusiasm, the Jorts account has certainly been busy. In this role, I have seen a surge in interest in fair labor movements over the past year. Just last week, Jorts tweeted support for a miners' strike fund and farm workers' union, and offered a guide on cats to starting a union. I've seen a lot of wild internet moments in my career, helped a lot of good people get paid for their work, and watched a lot of others turn what they enjoy into something they make a living from be able. Jort's commitment to fair labor and anti-capitalist principles while supporting animal shelters and self-care feels unique in our current internet culture. In a world where we expect people who go viral to take advantage of the fame to launch a career — or, at worst, become a milkshake duck — this cat feels like a breath of fresh air. Seeing Jorts (and the person behind him) focus on community organization and empathy gives me hope for the future of the internet. Maybe it's not just about profits (and stupid cat videos) after all.


Nadine Dorries spat with Kirstie Allsopp

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has clashed with TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp after the Cabinet Secretary blasted opponents of proposals to privatize Channel 4 as a "leftist Luvvie lynch mob". (Author: Gardener)

Kirstie AllsoppCulture Secretary Nadine Dorries has clashed with TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp after the enthusiastic Tory Cabinet minister blasted opponents of the government's proposed privatization of Channel 4 as a "leftist Luvvie lynch mob". The Twitter spat erupted after Boris Johnson's arguably most staunch ally in Cabinet warned that the publicly owned and ad-financed Wake broadcaster since 1982 would be sold. Miss Dorries wrote in The Mail on Sunday that Margaret Thatcher ultimately wanted C4 to be "free from the constraints of the state" and described opposition to the move as "lazy" and "overwhelmed". The government has been deliberating on plans to privatize C4, with sources insisting ministers believe public ownership of the channel prevents it from competing with streaming giants like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+. But Labor and C4 stars have accused the Johnson government of selling the channel for £1billion over a "small vendetta" against its left-leaning news bulletins and personal attacks on the Prime Minister. Critics claimed Miss Dorries' promise to take it out of public hands was "payback" for "biased reporting" including Brexit and climate change, with one hysterical MP branding it "fascism". Miss Allsopp, who hosts real estate show Location, Location, Location on C4, responded on Twitter by asking if it was "really ministerial" to call those who denied privatization a "lynch mob" while " at the same time complain about having been accused of fascism'. In an NPR article about the US Senate passing an anti-lynching bill, she added, "This article might make you think twice about using the term." - Why does the government want the broadcaster privatize? The government has argued that Channel 4's long-term future must be secured amid concerns about its survival in the streaming age. A statement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said it made the decision to allow the channel "to thrive in the face of a rapidly changing media landscape," while a government source said the move would " removed". Channel 4's straitjacket.” The government has also argued that a sale would benefit the broadcaster, which has limited ability to borrow money or raise capital from the private sector to invest in new platforms and products, and has no original content own and sell, could enable to establish its own production house and generate its own intellectual property.- What is the current model? Channel 4, established in 1982 to cater to underserved audiences, is currently government-owned. It gets its funding from advertising, not the taxpayer.- What has happened so far? Ministers launched a public consultation on a possible change of ownership of the channel last July and Ms Dorries has processed 60,000 responses to the consultation. The government information informed the broadcaster on Monday of the decision to proceed with the sale. It comes after years of disputes between the two sides. The DCMS said further details would be announced "soon". Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon said "there will now be a long process ahead", writing in an internal email to staff on Monday that it could take 18 months or more for the necessary legislation to pass the House of Commons and then pass the House of Lords. "During this time we will continue to work with DCMS and the government, as well as our supporters across the industry, to make the case to ensure Channel 4 can continue to deliver on its mission," she said complete the sale in early 2024, ahead of the next general election, which is expected no later than May this year, the Daily Telegraph reported. A Channel 4 spokesman said he was "disappointed". with the decision, but w could continue to engage in the process with the Government to ensure Channel 4 continues to play its unique role in the creative ecology and national life of Britain and its future financial stability" and enable it to do more for the public, to do with the creative industries and the economy. Ms Mahon also said in the internal email to staff that they had proposed a "vision for the next 40 years" based on "continued public ownership" and "built on the tremendous amount of public value that this." model has delivered to date and on the possibility of delivering so much more in the future". and to decide Parliament" and that her priority now is "to look after you all and the wonderful spirit of Channel 4". and plans to do everything in its power to "ensure that Channel 4 continues to play its unique role in the creative ecology and national life of Britain". - What did the advocates of the sale say? Baron Grade of Yarmouth, who was the channel's chief executive between 1988 and 1997, has said that "the status quo is not an option" and that his current mandate is like a "straitjacket" in today's media landscape. He told the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee last October: "Channel 4 needs to do what every other free-to-air, advertiser-backed company does, which is own its own intellectual property and be able to scale." Everything in Channel 4's constitution is against it at the moment and so I think it will really start to struggle in a very short time.' Foreign ownership has not been ruled out so long as regulator Ofcom is 'suitable and reasonable', the ownership test has reportedly passed . The Telegraph reported that ITV was said to be interested while Discovery had held informal talks and Rupert Murdoch had been linked to a potential takeover. Offers from Sky, Channel 5 owner Paramount, Amazon and Netflix are also possible. A government source told the newspaper that ministers expect 'a lot of interest in buying C4 from a number of serious buyers who want to build on C4's strengths and help unlock its full potential.' - How much could it sell for ? The government has yet to set a price, but reports suggest the channel could sell for as much as £1billion. Ministers have announced that they will try to reinvest the proceeds in the creative industries. Labor has called the decision "cultural vandalism" - but some viewers have wondered whether a new owner could improve shows like Naked Attraction - an uncensored nude dating show that has repeatedly been called "the worst show ever shown on television". was branded. Ministers deny they are seeking revenge and the Culture Secretary is pushing ahead with plans to sell C4 in what will be the largest sale of a government asset since Royal Mail in 2013. Miss Allsopp responded to the government's announcement by tweeting that "no". a true conservative would sell Channel 4" and that "Lady T will be turning in her grave". In response to her contributions on Sunday night, Miss Dorries suggested that Thatcher's memoir The Downing Street Years proved that she intended to sell C4. She also claimed that the channel could not be sustained in its current state due to "declining advertising revenue and falling investment in new content." The Culture Minister added: "There is of course the bonus that a sale will bring to the whole sector, which is that the proceeds of the sale will be reinvested in people from all backgrounds, particularly those from communities left behind, because talent is everywhere, not just in the SE . "We will invest in capabilities to capitalize on incoming demand from our booming film and television sector due to the favorable tax breaks/reliefs and funding this government has put in place to encourage the film industry to make the UK their home consider. “I also love C4, especially Location Location, but as I say in my article, it's time to look to the future. The station's salad days are a thing of the past. Miss Dorries wrote in The Mail on Sunday: "Last week I made the decision that it was time to unleash the channel's full potential and open Channel 4 up to private ownership and investment while also retaining its important public broadcasting mission protection. Plans for the sale will reportedly be set out in a white paper later this month and will be included in a new media bill for next spring. A number of Tory MPs and colleagues including Sir Peter Bottomley, former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee leader Julian Knight and former Cabinet ministers Damian Green and Jeremy Hunt have publicly questioned these plans. Sir Peter, representing Worthing West, said he was against the sale "because I'm a Conservative". US TV giants Paramount and Discovery are said to be vying with ITV and Sky to buy Channel 4 for £1bn and take it out of public ownership amid years of disputes over the treatment of the Conservatives. Its star presenter Jon Snow, who retired last year after 32 years, has been accused of shouting "F**k the Tories" in Glastonbury, while Channel 4 News has faced years of criticism for its reporting, most recently on Brexit and climate change. When Mr Johnson secured an 80-seat majority in 2019, boos erupted in the studio during C4's live coverage of the general election, hosted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy. Shadow Culture Secretary Lucy Powell said today the decision was a "little little revenge against Channel 4" which will "do no good for the British public", adding: "It doesn't make sense. Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former spin doctor, tweeted: "Channel 4's move is straight out of the Orban playbook and timed to be obvious. The Tory privatization of Channel 4 is a revenge for all the good journalism they have done. Former Minister Damian Green said: "The sale of Channel 4 has made politicians and officials think they know more about running a business than the people who run it. Ruth Davidson tweeted: "Channel 4 is publicly owned, not publicly funded. Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat, touted as the future candidate for party leadership, said he was "quite doubtful" that the sale of Channel 4 would be a good move. He said: "Given the success that Channel 4 has had in promoting independent productions across the UK, I remain convinced that this will achieve the Government's objective." looks to compete with the BBC in so-called public service broadcasting, the kind of programs that aren't commercially viable – and it would be a shame to lose that,” said Jeremy Hunt. Channel 4 was launched by Margaret Thatcher in 1982 to provide a fourth UK not-for-profit television service alongside BBC1, BBC2 and ITV. It has been funded from the start by advertising and sponsorship deals, with revenue of around £1billion recently boosted by a surge in traffic on its All 4 streaming platform, where the most watched shows are The Great British Bake Off, Gogglebox, SAS: Who is Dares Wins as well as its archive of shows including Father Ted, The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinners and Peep Show. The shows are free to watch but £3.99 a month if you want to remove ads. But the channel has also faced repeated attacks from Conservatives who complain that some of its programming is anti-Tory biased. One MP said that while it is home to many popular shows, it has "sealed its own fate" with years of "one-sided" left-leaning newscasts. Speaking to Times Radio last Tuesday, Dorothy Byrne, former head of news and current affairs at C4, insisted the station was not left-wing, adding: "I think it's going to be privatized to give Tory supporters a little bit." throwing red meat very right-wing nature at a time when the government is in trouble. “I think the political agenda is to show that the government is doing something radically right to please the people. It's A Sin writer Russell T Davies previously said the privatization of Channel 4 was a "great crime" that would result in programs like his hit series not being produced. Channel 4 News, which was hosted by Jon Snow until last Christmas, has been repeatedly branded leftist and accused of unfairly slamming Conservatives, reportedly sparking complaints from its own journalists about the program's "anti-Tory bias". In 2017, it was even claimed that Mr Snow dropped into a chant of "F*** The Tories" while attending Glastonbury, and in 2019 there was a submissive apology after the veteran presenter said he had "never seen so many white people in it". one place,” while covering a pro-Brexit rally. And after an attack on two gay women on a London bus, a reporter has been accused of "persuading" the pair to blame Mr Johnson for the homophobic crime and saying he was "unfit to run Britain". In 2019, Ofcom dismissed a Conservative complaint about Channel 4's use of an ice sculpture to represent the Prime Minister during a climate change debate after a captioner incorrectly reported he said "people of colour" when saying "People of Talent" said Rallye. How the quiz show Countdown was the first program to be broadcast on Channel 4 after Margaret Thatcher ordered its launch in 1982 When it was launched in 1982 by then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Channel 4 was given the task of appealing to tastes that were not catered for on the three existing television channels. By then, public broadcaster BBC and its commercial rival ITV had held a duopoly over UK television screens. The first voice to be heard on the new channel when it launched on November 2, 1982 was that of Continuity announcer Paul Coia. He said, "Hello. It's a pleasure to welcome you to Channel Four.” After a montage of clips playing to the sound of the station's theme song, the first show to air was an episode of the quiz show Countdown, hosted by Carol was moderated by Vordermann and Richard Whiteley. The first advertisement aired on the channel was for the car manufacturer Vauxhall. On the first day, the channel also aired the Phil Redmond-created soap opera Brookside, which Chief Executive Jeremy Isaacs would have to provide "a fair share of content calculated to appeal to tastes and interests not generally catered for." The channel was also asked to show "educational programming" that "encourages innovation and experimentation." Channel 4 is also known as Countdown and Brookside for hit comedy Father Ted, late night show The Word and many other popular programmes. Channel 4 was launched in 1982 by then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to offer the UK a fourth television service alongside BBC1, BBC2 and ITV. Above: The Channel 4 studio on the day the station launched. Recent shows, including Naked Attraction and Sex Box, have drawn criticism from some viewers for alleged inappropriateness. The former is a dating show in which the contestants' bodies - including their private parts - are slowly revealed from the feet up. In the latter, couples who appeared on the show had sex in a box on the stage. The channel has also faced criticism in recent years for its alleged left-leaning bias. The creation of Channel 4 was part of a series of changes in the UK media landscape during Mrs Thatcher's tenure. Changes introduced by Mrs Thatcher also included the launch of the breakfast channel TV-am and an insistence that independent producers should make much of the programs that aired UK television screens in-house. Channel 4 was also required from the outset to obtain "a significant portion" of its programming from independent producers. It was funded through advertising and sponsorship deals. The first show to air was an episode of the quiz show Countdown presented by Carol Vorderman (pictured) and Richard Whiteley. Countdown proved extremely popular and continues to air on Channel 4. Above: Original presenters Richard Whiteley and Carol Vorderman before the launch of Channel 4, A government report concluded that "the younger generation of producers is bubbling over with ideas that are not allowed to surface." In a letter to mark the Celebrating Brookside's 30th anniversary in 2012, Redmond said that Channel 4 "had a tremendous, immediate impact" because it was given a mandate to "serve minorities and find voices that were unheard". "It certainly did justice to that. This allowed new people with new ideas and new voices to be seen on TV,” he added. However, the station was hit by controversy less than 24 hours on the air when members of the Deaf Broadcasting Campaign besieged its London headquarters complaining of a lack of news programs for the deaf. The first major drama to air on the station was Walter, the story of a mentally handicapped man, played by Ian McKellen. In recent years it has been known for its left-leaning coverage. The creation of Channel 4 was part of a series of changes in the UK media landscape during Mrs Thatcher's tenure. Some of the original Channel 4 News presenters can be seen above. These include Sir Trevor McDonald (pictured far left) in 1982. The first major drama to air on the channel was Walter, the story of a mentally handicapped man, played by Ian McKellen. In 2017 it was alleged that former headline presenter Jon Snow joined in a chant of 'F*** The Tories' while attending Glastonbury Festival and in 2019 there was a creeping apology after the veteran presenter said he "never had so many Whites seen in one place" while reporting on a pro-Brexit rally. And after an attack on two gay women on a London bus, a reporter has been accused of "persuading" the couple to blame Boris Johnson for the homophobic crime and saying he was "unfit to lead Britain". In 2019 Ofcom dismissed a Conservative complaint about Channel 4's use of an ice sculpture to represent the Prime Minister during a debate on climate change after a captionist incorrectly reported he had said 'people of colour' when speaking at a rally ' People of Talent" said. Channel 4 was also required from the outset to obtain "a significant portion" of its programming from independent producers. It was funded through advertising and sponsorship deals. The channel is also known for its youth programs and "property porn" shows such as Grand Designs and Location, Location, Location. It's also home to the Great British Bake Off and is known for its groundbreaking theatres. The recent show It's A Sin was praised for its portrayal of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Channel 4 is commercially funded. It made £985m in revenue in 2019 but made a pre-tax loss of £26m. The sale of Channel 4 could be seen as an easy win for the government as it seeks new savings. The taxpayer has 100 per cent ownership of Channel 4, but relatively few viewers even know it's a state-owned company. The original Channel 4 presenters can be seen above. From left to right: dr. Linda Barrett, Cathy Hytner, Beverly Isherwood and Carol Vorderman. The channel also aired the soap opera Brookside, created by Phil Redmond, on day one. Proposals to privatize the channel were first put forward in 1988, but Mrs Thatcher turned them down because she feared the channel would be forced to abandon its public service remit. After a series of meetings on the subject, Mrs Thatcher decided that facing commercial pressures on the newly privatized channel would mean that its role in serving underserved viewers and taking risks with new programming would be jeopardized. Minutes of the meeting, published in government papers last year, said: "It was extremely doubtful whether the channel's distinctive mission would be sustained by a profit-driven organization in a highly competitive climate." The committee was chaired by Ms Thatcher had also warned that the government would be vulnerable to defeat if privatization were put to a vote in Parliament. Recent shows, including the likes of Naked Attraction (pictured) and Sex Box, have been criticized by some viewers for allegedly being inappropriate MAIL ON SUNDAY Tories are said to detest Channel 4. And it doesn't always help itself by having its newscaster yell "f*** the Tories" or broadcast an alternative speech by Iranian dictator Ahmadinejad's queen or Her Majesty's deep fabrication. Having said that, and for the metropolitan elite who say I'm out to destroy the channel, I'd like to say that I really like Channel 4. Since it was founded in 1982 by radical leftist Margaret Thatcher, it has more than fulfilled her aim of stimulating the independent manufacturing sector - which has exploded from a £500m industry in 1995 to £3bn in 2019. However, as her memoirs show, in 1988 Mrs Thatcher concluded that Channel 4 should be sold. Broadcasting is now a completely different and digital world. Streaming giants have exploded onto the scene, with juggernauts like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ upending the old order. To say that Channel 4 isn't already competing with new platforms for market share, talent, ideas and qualified staff is willfully misleading. Netflix spent £779m on original UK productions in 2020 - more than double that of Channel 4. In fact, Channel 4 cut spending on new content by £158m at a time when it should be investing in new programmes. technology and skills. The channel is niche and state-owned, a restrictive incongruity in itself. And because of the way Channel 4 is owned, it can't create a back catalog for export or have an in-house studio to create and sell content. That's why I made the decision last week that it's time to unlock the channel's full potential and open Channel 4 up to private ownership and investment while protecting its important public service mission. Few opponents want to grapple with the question of how to guarantee Channel 4's long-term future. Few opponents want to grapple with the question of how to guarantee Channel 4's long-term future. A Labor MP claimed a sale of Channel 4 would "seed the seeds of fascism". A Labor MP claimed a sale of Channel 4 would "seed the seeds of fascism". His former news chief, Dorothy Byrne, who defended the station, is the same person who gave a speech comparing our Prime Minister to Vladimir Putin. His former news chief, Dorothy Byrne, who defended the station, is the same person who gave a speech comparing our Prime Minister to Vladimir Putin. But let's drop the lazy, overwrought, and ill-informed rhetoric of the left-wing Luvvie lynch mob and take a cool look at the facts. But let's drop the lazy, overwrought, and ill-informed rhetoric of the left-wing Luvvie lynch mob and take a cool look at the facts. Our independent production companies are thriving, with only seven percent of industry revenue coming from Channel 4. We shot more movies than Hollywood in the fourth quarter of 2021, and dozens of new studios are slated to open. Channel 4 is a special heritage that has produced some of the best programming we've ever seen. It's time to look to a grown-up future against the backdrop of a digital future. We believe we can sell Channel 4 to a buyer who will fund emerging talent, independent and impartial news and invest in every corner of the UK. The Government intervened to move Channel 4 to Leeds despite much opposition within the station and there is no reason for a sale lest this process be speeded up and more of the station moved north. After the sale, I would like to reinvest the proceeds to improve the creative sector and train skilled workers to fill the jobs in our booming film and television studios. Developing creative skills in left behind parts of the country. The sale of Channel 4 will not only benefit the broadcaster. This is a truly conservative and Thatcherist vision for Channel 4. One in which we protect the public service elements of broadcasting, ensure its sustainability and invest in creative skills, opening up the sector to a much broader segment of society. It's inherently conservative to want Channel 4 to grow so it can invest in better technology, content and people and have an even bigger impact on our creative industries than it already has. I intend to continue with that – and the ebullient reaction from the same people who snobbishly denounced my appointment as soon as I step through the doors of my department will not stop me. In 1988 Margaret Thatcher was right. She could see that Channel 4 would only reach its full potential if it were free from government restrictions - and that is the vision and outcome we will deliver.


Allegedly 'assaulted' Everton fan's mum refuses to meet Man United star after phone incident

Cristiano Ronaldo: Allegedly 'assaulted' Everton fan's mother refuses to meet Man United star after phone incident (Author: Gardener)

Man United starThe mother of a young Everton fan who Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to have slapped the phone out of his hand in a controversial incident last weekend has turned down the Manchester United star's offer to meet him and attend a game at Old Trafford. A frustrated Ronaldo was caught on camera as he appeared to throw down the phone of 14-year-old Jake Harding as he left the pitch and the Goodison Park tunnel after United's dismal 1-0 defeat at Merseyside on Saturday went down. Merseyside Police have since confirmed they are investigating the incident, which Jake's mother Sarah Kelly described as an "assault" and said they smashed their son, who has autism and dyspraxia and was going to his first game over the weekend, with a smash phone and a bruise on his hand. "We can confirm that we are in connection with Manchester United Football Club and Everton FC following reports of an alleged attack at the Everton v Manchester United football match in Goodison," police said in a statement. "As the players left the pitch at 2:30pm, it was reported that a boy was attacked by one of the away teams as they left the pitch. "Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Merseyside Police Social Media Desk via Twitter MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police Contact Center quoting reference number 228 dated 9 April 2022." Ronaldo apologized after the incident in the social media and wrote on Instagram: "It's never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments like the ones we're facing. "I would like to apologize for my outburst and, if possible, I would like to invite this supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford as a show of fair play and sportsmanship." Ms Kelly, however, says she has no intention of taking her son to Old Trafford to meet Ronaldo and watch a United game as she heavily criticized the Portuguese striker's apology. "I have nothing to say to him," she told Sky News. "Why should I travel to Old Trafford? Ms Kelly added: "If he [Ronaldo] was real, I think he should have turned around at the moment of the incident, picked up Jake's phone and said, 'I'm sorry'. If you can do that to a 14-year-old boy. It's not sportsmanship at all.” From a daily news briefing to insights into homes and real estate, plus lifestyle, going out, deals and more.


Alaska Army suicide crisis spurs bipartisan call to action

Members of Congress have called for answers about the Army's shortage of mental health advisers in Alaska, a key finding of the USA TODAY investigation. (Author: Gardener)

Alaska ArmyWASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers has urged the Army to address its alarming suicide problem in Alaska, calling for plans to improve living conditions and ensure soldiers have timely access to mental health counselors, a key finding of a USA TODAY investigation suicide deaths there. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., and Alaska Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan wrote to Army Sec. Christine Wormuth on the Army's suicide crisis responsible for the confirmed or suspected deaths of 17 soldiers in Alaska in 2021. "The epidemic of military suicides across America calls for immediate action, particularly in Alaska, where 2021 saw double the number of military deaths compared to 2020," Speier said in a statement. "I've previously spoken to the spouses and parents of soldiers who have died by suicide there, as well as other soldiers and behavioral health providers who are overwhelmed by demand in the area." "Like Suffocating": An Army base in Alaska is the epicenter of military suicides. Speier and Sullivan plan to travel to Alaska to speak with Army leaders about efforts to save soldiers from suicide. "It is a tragedy that the scourge of suicide is disproportionately damaging Alaska to military members and their families." , said Sullivan. "Alaska is home to thousands of military personnel and more veterans per capita than any other state. B Aside from this proud distinction, our state also has a staggeringly high rate of military suicide." According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alaska has the second-highest suicide rate in the country, after Wyoming. For the active-duty military as a whole, the suicide rate increased from 20.3 per 100,000 troops in 2015 to 28.7 per 100,000 troops in 2020, according to the Pentagon. The military's suicide rate is similar to that of society. However, troops are subject to far greater oversight than civilians, and the Pentagon expects a lower rate, defense officials said. Suicide in Alaska for the military in 2021 was almost exclusively an army issue. While there have been 17 confirmed or suspected suicides among soldiers, only one of the 10,000 Airmen stationed there died by suicide, according to the Air Force. Wormuth was in Alaska on Wednesday where she was meeting with soldiers and their families and behavioral health professionals, her spokesman, the lieutenant colonel, said. "She is very concerned about suicide deaths and is working with the (Pentagon) to prioritize the support needed to respond to the problem in Alaska and across the Army," Farrell said. About 11,500 troops are stationed there, most at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage and Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks.Fort Wainwright in cold Alaskan interior is the epicenter of the Army's suicide crisis.USA TODAY spent several days there in February and had access to Soldiers of all ranks who were open about delays in the Counseling spoke: "Our research and conversations have made several things clear: Military personnel stationed in Alaska are under undue stress from a variety of perspectives, including shortages of behavioral health professionals, financial challenges, infrastructure and transportation limitations, and adjusting to living in a remote location with extreme... cold," wrote the legislature r at Wormuth. "The problem is particularly acute at Fort Wainwright, a duty station for which many are not adequately screened or prepared." A defense official involved in overseeing health programs said the soldier likely would have been seen immediately or taken to an emergency room must. The Army acknowledged in a statement that some soldiers in Alaska had experienced supply delays. "Behavioural health capacity at Fort Wainwright and Fort Richardson is inadequate due to a shortage of providers," the lawmaker's letter said. “As of now, there are 11 vacant civilian mental health positions at Fort Wainwright. They asked Wormuth for a plan with a timeline for sending more behavioral counselors to Alaska and expanding video counseling. "We must do all our power to turn this tide and be there for our service members — to get them the right help they need so suicide is never the answer," Murkowski said in a statement to those who support ours Defend the nation.” The letter also urged Wormuth not to send soldiers with current or recent mental health problems or those from warm-weather locations to Alaska for their first deployment to the state. Lawmakers also called for a plan to incentivize service at Fort Wainwright, including reducing duty trips there from three to two years. If you are a Soldier or veteran in crisis or having suicidal thoughts (or you know someone who is), call the Military Crisis Line/Veterans Crisis Line for confidential assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year at. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Army's suicide crisis in Alaska spurs a bipartisan call to action