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Player ratings and analysis as Cristiano Ronaldo ends the goal drought

Ronaldo was in the midst of his longest scoring drought in over a decade but finally returned to his goalscoring form during United's win over Brighton (Author: Gardener)

Cristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo's first goal in seven games eased the pressure on Ralf Rangnick and the general somber atmosphere that threatened to derail his bid to lead Manchester United into the top four. Bruno Fernandes' second goal in the 96th minute for United gave a flattering look to the goal line as he broke away from the Brighton defense and completed impeccably. After a lackluster first half greeted by some boos from home fans, the game changed dramatically within three minutes as the second half began. Yves Bissouma took possession of Scott McTominay after 51 minutes and steered the ball towards Ronaldo just 25 yards from goal. The veteran took a sharp step forward, passing Adam Webster before burying an impressive finish from the edge of the Brighton area. It was the stroke of luck Rangnick had been waiting for and more were to follow moments later when Lewis Dunk was caught in possession by Anthony Elanga. Duly alerted by VAR, Bankes consulted his pitchside monitor and went from yellow to red - a moment that immediately undid a fine first half from the visitors. Ronaldo also had a chance from Sanchez's disastrous 71st-minute clearance but selflessly chose the place for compatriot Bruno Fernandes, whose feeble attempt was well saved by the embarrassed keeper. There were also good late saves to deny Fernandes and Harry Maguire and late concerns for United when a spectacular try from Jakub Moder from the edge of the area hit the bar. There were some promising moments of attacking flair for the Reds, notably from Ronaldo and the in-form Jadon Sancho. And the evening would have opened with a United goal after six minutes after a mistake by Adam Webster that allowed Ronaldo to break free. The Portuguese bet on Sancho, whose shot was saved well by Sanchez before Dunk cleared Sancho's subsequent cross well. Brighton had generally enjoyed the better first half, thanks largely to United's carelessness with the ball and an alarming habit of turning it around in midfield. After just four minutes Pascal Gross played behind the United defense in Moder and luckily for United his shot went straight to a well-placed David de Gea. Joel Veltman later freed Gross for a similar opening, his cross selecting Alexis Mac Allister, whose shot was conveniently saved by the United keeper. And twice in quick succession towards the end of the first half, Brighton had glorious chances to take the lead as they got closer to the opening goal. In the 39th minute, a Veltman cross was parried by Moder, whose powerful header De Gea saved with a spectacular save. And just seconds later, as the spectators at Old Trafford grew increasingly anxious, Moder played into Bissouma, at the end of a beautiful, flowing movement, and his low shot went just wide of the home goal.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes score as Ralf Rangnick's side move up to fourth place

Report and free match highlights as Manchester United beat Brighton on a nerve-wracking night at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes; Brighton had chances to get something out of the game (Author: Gardener)

Bruno FernandesCristiano Ronaldo ended his goal drought in style as Manchester United moved up to fourth in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Brighton at Old Trafford. Ronaldo had gone six games without a goal but blasted home before Lewis' dunk's red card dashed Brighton's hopes and Bruno Fernandes' shot on goal added late glory to the result. "That was a good performance from Ronaldo," said Man Utd interim manager Ralf Rangnick. It was far from a convincing performance from United overall, with Jakub Moder hitting the bar and Danny Welbeck somehow heading over after Brighton were down to 10 men. Brighton produced the more enterprising football in that first half, with United relying on counterattacks, with Jadon Sancho having the best chance early on. But the game turned around two turnovers in his own half, Ronaldo punished Yves Bissouma's mistake and Dunk fouled Anthony Elanga after his own bad touch. The win - only United's third in seven games - puts Ralf Rangnick's side two points ahead of West Ham and into the Champions League qualifying spots. Ronaldo could have added to his tally in the second half. Twice he failed to head to Brighton – once thanks to a fine save from Robert Sanchez and then when he sent his attempt wide of goal. He was disinterested in the second half too, setting up Fernandes. The bigger concern for Rangnick will be that his team was outplayed before the red card. In terms of a coherent ball possession game, there was little sign of a revolution. Fred endured a miserable night in midfield and Brighton's passing looked superior. What Manchester United possess are those crucial players and Rangnick will at least be buoyed that the pressing game has been on target - both goals and the red card for dunk all come after he recovered the ball from opponents. But there is still work to be done to achieve that fourth place finish in May. In the spotlight after a slump in form, Ronaldo made the difference. It was a mistake that gave him the ball with room to run, but there are few players who would have been so reckless with that chance. It was the moment that changed the night. "We're being punished by a world-class player with a world-class finish," Potter said afterwards. Ronaldo tends to play in moments now, but he's had a few here. He could have easily had assists after creating clear chances for both Sancho and Fernandes. After a string of games where Manchester United led at half-time and then didn't win, this was a very different game. This time the game turned in United's favor in the second half - and that was the result of a tactical change by Rangnick at the break. "Everyone saw after the first half that it wasn't an easy game," he explained. We made a change and it paid off. In the second half we were more aggressive and tried to intercept the ball. "The question at half-time was do we change the formation or how do we attack. It was a different game from then on." Graham Potter enjoyed much of what he saw at Old Trafford. Remarkably, his team finished the game with more possession despite having almost a 10-man half. He had to rue the big moments that went against his Brighton side. "I thought we were the better team in the first half. It's disappointing how the second half went. There are a lot of positives and I'm proud of the players. The second goal is a foul on Alexis but it's something ." * Manchester United have kept two clean sheets in their last three Premier League home games, as many as in their previous 18 games at Old Trafford. * Brighton suffered their first defeat in eight Premier League games (W3, W4). this was only their second away defeat of the season, also at Aston Villa in November, when they lost 2-0.* After Brighton had fired eight shots in the first half (against Man Utd's three), Brighton managed just two more tries after half-time. * Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored against 168 different opponents in his career for club and country, while he has netted at least once in the last 21 calendar years dating back to 2002. * Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes has created more chances than any other player in the Premier League this season (71), with the Portuguese creating a further five against Brighton tonight. Manchester United travel to Elland Road this Sunday to take on Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United live on Sky Sports. Brighton are in action in front of their home crowd on Saturday as they host Premier League bottom side Burnley.

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Ronaldo finally ended his worst goal drought in over a decade

Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the first time against Brighton in 2022 but only went 587 minutes without a goal - his longest fruitless streak since 2010. (Author: Gardener)

RonaldoNot scoring within the first 10 minutes of a game isn't usually a disaster for any striker, not even one of Cristiano Ronaldo's caliber, but at the start of Tuesday's Premier League clash against Brighton & Hove Albion the Manchester United striker did one overtakes unwanted personal milestone. Before the game against Brighton, Ronaldo had not scored in the final 537 minutes of the game (excluding stoppage time), one of the longest goal streaks of his club career since he ended his first spell at United to join Real Madrid in 2009 in a then world-record £80m transfer as one of the game's elite forwards and Ballon d'Or holder. The longest the Portugal captain had gone without a club goal since joining the Bernabeu was his 546-minute losing streak between May and September 2010. The 37-year-old's strike from the edge of the box ultimately gave his team a much-needed 2: 0 win and boosted their top-four hopes, but it also marked the end of his goal drought at 587 minutes (according to ESPN stats and intelligence), his longest in more than 11½ years. What's more, it took Ronaldo until his seventh appearance in 2022 before he scored his first goal of the year - the most games he has gone without a goal at the start of a calendar year since 2003, when he made 23 appearances across the country as a teenager by the end his time at Sporting CP and his first eight games for United before scoring. Ronaldo then completed five games before scoring his first goal in each of the next three calendar years, but never has he started a year so poorly as he evolved from a shrewd winger into a prolific forward, scoring more than Has scored 800 senior goals for club and country and is the all-time leading goalscorer in men's internationals and the Champions League. Here's a closer look at Ronaldo's individual performance in every game since his last successful signing for United, against Burnley on December 30, looking at his attacking stats in his six Premier League games and one FA Cup appearance in 2022. Ronaldo played the full 90 minutes against Wolves, mustering just two shots throughout the game as his side suffered a dismal 1-0 defeat at Molineux. The former came in the 26th minute and was Ronaldo's only shot on goal, a relatively tame 20-yard effort that was comfortably saved by Wolves keeper Jose Sa. Ronaldo's second try came in the 69th minute, when he channeled a long ball and sprinted into Wolves' box, only to lash an unpredictable low shot over goal and wide of the far post. United galloped to a comfortable 3-1 win at Community Stadium but Ronaldo played no particularly significant role, attempting three shots before replacing Harry Maguire in a tactical switch with around 20 minutes remaining. All of his shots came in the second half, with two of them blocked by Brentford defenders at the source while the third was a header that hit the bar in the 47th minute, with the score still stuck at 0-0 was. The second followed five minutes later, when Ronaldo turned deftly on the edge of the box but his long-range shot was blocked hard by centre-back Craig Dawson before it could worry goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. The third came in the final minute of regular time when Bruno Fernandes found Ronaldo with a quick pass into the box, only Areola able to gather the effort in a fairly direct manner. Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game at Old Trafford when he struck in the third minute of added time to give United a dramatic last-minute 1-0 lead. The first tie of the FA Cup fourth round went the distance at Old Trafford as Boro finally looked into extra time to win 9-8 on penalties and let the hosts grab in front of 71,000 of their own fans (stream the replay on ESPN+ in the U. Ronaldo had the perfect opportunity to end his losing streak when United were awarded a penalty midway through the first half, but missed his shot before howling with despair in one of 10 shots Ronaldo in Two hours of hard work tried its course, though only three forced saves from Boro keeper Joe Lumley while two were blocked.But Rangnick threw Ronaldo in place of Edinson Cavani with the same score for the final rounds as United chased a winning goal.Ronaldo showed three attempts in his short time on the pitch, although he didn't get very close to the net.To see United's late Sp To sum it up as throwing the ball into the box and hoping for the best, the first two of Ronaldo's shots were headers from deep crosses, both of which sailed high over Nick Pope's crossbar. The third came in the 94th minute when the No 7's low, angled shot was blocked by James Tarkowski in what was effectively the last game of the game which ended in a frustrating 1-1 draw for United. Ronaldo may have only attempted two shots in 90 minutes against the Saints, but at least he had 100% accuracy for the first time this calendar year, successfully putting both on target. The first came just six minutes later when the United star fired from behind the defense and deftly rounded goalkeeper Fraser Forster only to see his shot on target thwarted by Romain Perraud's superb sliding block. Forster then parried his second shot on the hour by parrying a powerful left-footed shot from inside the box. Ronaldo failed to get a shot on target in the first 10 minutes of the game against Brighton, making his losing streak the longest since 2010. However, after blocking an attempt from outside the box late in the first half, he found his reach just after the break when his right foot shot from the right on the edge of the box defeated Seagulls goalkeeper Robert Sanchez. Ronaldo then had three more chances to double United's lead, including two headers from close range, but in the end it was Bruno Fernandes who put the finishing touches on the result with a late goal. Taking international matches into account, Ronaldo last suffered a five-game goal drought between June and September 2018 when he drew a gap in the last two of Portugal's four games at the 2018 World Cup and then failed to score until his first game of the 2018/ 19 at Juventus. But you have to go back over a decade to find out the last time Ronaldo went five full club games without a goal. That fruitless run began after he converted his 22nd-minute penalty against Athletic Club in Madrid's penultimate game of the 2009/10 season. He failed to score in the last game of the season against Malaga, nor in any of his first four games of 2010/11 – against Real Mallorca, Osasuna and Real Sociedad in LaLiga and Ajax in Real's opener of the Champions League group stage. Meanwhile, he scored for Portugal at the World Cup, but even in South Africa he scored his only goal in four games in a 7-0 win over North Korea. 21 by scoring the opening goal, again from the penalty spot. Ronaldo's relief as he celebrated the second goal was visible to all. Ronaldo finished the 2010/11 season with 53 goals in 54 games for Los Blancos in all competitions and he has never looked back: he has won 15 trophies, including four Champions Leagues and two LaLiga, as well as the Ballon d'Or four times, before returning to Old Trafford last year.

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Craig Dawson saves the day for West Ham with a late equalizer at Leicester

West Ham salvaged a point thanks to an injury-time equalizer after Leicester City fought back to a 2-1 lead in the second half (Author: Gardener)

Craig DawsonCraig Dawson capitalized on Leicester's usual inability to defend set pieces by clinching the injury-time equalizer that allowed West Ham United to capitalize on their rivals' slip-ups and move up a point in the bid to qualify for the Champions League drive. With Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur faltering again, West Ham consolidated fourth in the Premier League with a welcome point considering Leicester had fought their way back from a deficit on Jarrod Bowen's goal to a 2-1 lead. Youri Tieleman's penalty just before half-time and Ricardo's Pereira's first goal in more than two years - the last also coming against West Ham - appeared to have given Leicester a much-needed morale boost before they gave up a winning position for the third straight game Home games in the league this year. Five of the last seven goals they have conceded in the Premier League have come in the last 10 minutes of games. Leicester have conceded one goal from 14 set pieces (excluding penalties) in the Premier League, their worst record in the division, and despite a vastly improved performance, Brendan Rodgers remains a manager whose future - or at least his team - looks uncertain. Bowen swung over the corner from which Dawson got up to equalize, albeit from an upper arm inviting a VAR check. Saïd Benrahma's substitution in the 79th minute made all the difference as the winger's proactive attitude earned him three shots on goal, the last of which was deflected to the winning corner. West Ham have been less impressive away from home lately, having lost four of their previous seven Premier League away games, but that will count as a point won. Kurt Zouma withdrew just before the game - on the grounds of illness - but like such a direct, clipped pass from Issa Diop, Zouma's backup, went around the entire Leicester defense and gave Bowen a clear run over the 10th minute left canal beggar could allow faith. West Ham's regulars showed no hesitation as he shot Kasper Schmeichel into the bottom corner for his seventh goal in as many games over Kasper Schmeichel. Bowen, the match-winner against Watford on Tuesday, has been involved in 15 goals in his 25 Premier League games this season and his movement from the center circle to the inside left channel was enough to wow Leicester. The home side were cautious at this point, unsurprisingly after a run of six defeats in their last 12 games, particularly last Sunday's FA Cup humiliation against Nottingham Forest. That had led Rodgers to lash out at his players for their lack of hunger and dropped some of his bigger names like Tielemans, Harvey Barnes and Caglar Soyuncu for Thursday's 2-0 loss at Liverpool. James Maddison, who played in a more advanced broad role as Rodgers tried to bolster their midfield, faced some meaty challenges as he attempted to help Leicester fight their way back into the game and as the crowd took their game in response then increased, Leicester equalized with a penalty. Maddison's corner caught Aaron Cresswell's outstretched elbow and Tielemans fired the ensuing penalty to his usual side, the keeper's right. Eventually, the Foxes had their tails up again and took the lead 12 minutes into the second half. Tielemans made the move from right flank to Barnes on the other side of the box and the winger's cross challenged Pereira to climb over Cresswell and get to the top in his first league start in three months after a gradual recovery from a broken leg Corner. But just as West Ham never know when they're done, as Kidderminster Harriers would attest, Leicester can never be sure they've won. Unfortunately we conceded the last games here late. I was much happier with the mentality and intensity of the team, especially in the second half.”

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MUFC to unleash 'extraordinary' jewel valued at £16.2m in FA Cup, he 'knows he's good'

Manchester United return to action against Middlesbrough in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night, with Ralf Rangnick leading his team at Old Trafford after a January transfer window full of squad trimming. The club made no signings last month but released eight players including Anthony Martial and Donny Van de […] (Author: Gardener)

16.2Manchester United return to action against Middlesbrough in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night, with Ralf Rangnick leading his team at Old Trafford after a January transfer window full of squad trimming. The club haven't made any signings in the past month but have sacked eight players including Anthony Martial and Donny Van de Beek, both of whom are on loan for the remainder of the season. Rangnick was also the focus of a media storm during the transfer window when it emerged that up to 17 players were reportedly looking to leave the club in the middle of the dressing room, including Dean Henderson. The goalkeeper has fallen out of favor in United's first-team after David de Gea returned to his phenomenal form this season, giving the Englishman no starts in the Premier League and just two total appearances as a senior in all competitions. Henderson had been linked with a move from Old Trafford last month, with Newcastle United having expressed interest, but nothing materialized and the goalkeeper has remained in Rangnick's Red Devils squad for the remainder of the season. The 24-year-old played a huge role in United's second-place finish in the league under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season, with much more playing time than he's currently enjoying, making 26 appearances in all competitions. In 2020/21 he kept clean sheets in three out of four Europa League knockout games he started and United lost just one game in 13 while appearing in the Premier League starting XI. Henderson proved unequivocally last season that he deserved first-team football, but with De Gea doing so well at his position this season, the 24-year-old's reported urge to leave the club speaks volumes that he wants to be first choice and clearly feels the only way he can achieve that is by leaving Old Trafford. Today's FA Cup clash is the perfect opportunity for Rangnick to show Henderson he's still a valued member of the squad and in the manager's future plans by putting him in the starting XI in place of De Gea. In other news: Man Utd board blocked this prospective exit on deadline day

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EX-MUFC star Berbatov launches second edition of 'United We Play' in India

The United We Play winners are determined after two rounds of selection by the Apollo Tires and Manchester United coaches. (Author: Gardener)

BerbatovLeading tire manufacturer Apollo Tires has announced the launch of the second season of United We Play, the on-site selection tests in partnership with Manchester United. In two rounds of selection, the coaches from Apollo Tires and Manchester United Soccer School will select 3 to 5 young footballers to visit Manchester's legendary Old Trafford Stadium and attend a training session. Season two of United We Play kicked off with a virtual interaction with Manchester United legend Dimitar Berbatov as he spoke about the importance of grassroots development and initiatives like United We Play to encourage young footballers to play sport. While restrictions on gatherings are still in place, Apollo Tires has been running online master classes accompanied by skill challenges with many exciting prizes on offer. United We Play is a pan-Indian initiative by Apollo Tires and Manchester United to support young footballers in India by giving them a platform to show their skills. In United We Play's first season, over 4,000 players from across the country took part in a hybrid program consisting of on-site testing and virtual sessions with Manchester United Soccer Schools coaches. United We Play Season 2 will be conducted in 19 markets in India in a hybrid format comprising 10 virtual workshops and masterclasses in 12 markets and an on-site leg in 8 markets in two phases, with a potential reach of over 6,000 aspiring players . As part of United We Play, Indian coaches go through a development program under Manchester United Soccer School coaches, after which they conduct the first round of testing to shortlist the best players from each market. The second phase of testing will be conducted by Manchester United Soccer School coaches who will shortlist 5 winners. Subject to travel grants, these 5 players will have the unique opportunity to visit Old Trafford to take part in exciting activities such as a matchday experience, a training session with Manchester United Soccer School coaches and interactions with legends. "The Club is delighted to be collaborating with Apollo Tires on the second season of 'United We Play'." The popularity of football in India is steadily increasing and it is encouraging to see the number of young players interested in playing more to learn about game. “The programs we use at Manchester United Soccer Schools not only teach young players football skills, but also lessons they can take on and apply to everyday life, such as teamwork, dedication, hard work and respect. “We've been associated with football for a long time and initiatives like United We Play are our attempt to give aspiring Indian footballers a global platform to showcase their talent with a club like Manchester United. At Apollo Tires we have been very encouraged to see the response to the first edition and are delighted to announce the second edition of the program which promises to be much bigger and better. The theme for this edition of United We Play, as envisioned by Apollo Tires and Manchester United, is 'Access to Sports' with the aim of providing access to global standards in player development and getting youth excited about sport without access to open spaces . Apollo Tires in India is not only Global Tire Partner of Manchester United Football Club, but also represented in the Indian Super League (ISL) and main sponsor of Chennaiyin FC.

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Edinson Cavani wants to leave Manchester United when his contract ends

Edinson Cavani is expected to leave Manchester United after his contract expires at the end of June, according to Fabrizio Romano. (Author: Gardener)

Edinson CavaniEdinson Cavani is expected to leave Manchester United when his contract expires at the end of June. The veteran striker has been at the club since June 2020 when he joined from Paris-Saint-Germain on a free transfer. Cristiano Ronaldo's return to the club also meant he only had to play on the bench early in the season. According to Fabrizio Romano, Cavani is likely to leave Man United in June as he prioritizes La Liga experience. Edinson Cavani is expected to leave Man United as a free agent in June - his priority will be getting some La Liga experience. Spain could be his next destination but Cavani will only make up his mind in the coming months. River Plate, not even an option for Cavani's future. pic.twitter.com/wjBMJmwPrH He said in a tweet: "Edinson Cavani is expected to leave Man United as a free agent in June - his priority will be getting some La Liga experience." but Cavani won't make a decision for the coming months. "River Plate, not even an option for Cavani's future" It is important to clarify that Cavani will remain focused on Man Utd until the end of the season. He will have a new experience as a free agent in June - but also had the chance to leave in January and after speaking directly with Rangnick wanted to stay 🔴 #MUFC pic.twitter.com/CSrk7Ct8sA So far, the Uruguayan forward has made 38 Premierships -appeared with 12 goals and was a real role model for the youngsters who came through. Many European clubs have expressed interest in signing the striker during the winter market, including Barcelona, ​​but a move didn't materialize. In what may be his last season at United it was quite disappointing to see such a talented player fail to compete and score important and crucial goals for the team. United fans are hoping the club will sign a younger striker in the summer to replace the outgoing Cavani and possibly many other players as well.

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Emily Maitlis and Naga Munchetty make over £10,000 per speaking event

At least four TV favorites made over £10,000 from single paid events in November, according to figures released by the BBC. (Author: Gardener)

Emily MaitlisBBC stars topped their six-figure salaries with moonlighting appearances presenting corporate events between October and December last year. At least four TV favorites made over £10,000 from single paid events in November, according to figures released by the BBC. The broadcaster, which shares its stars' earnings on a quarterly basis, said 55 per cent of outside events run by staff involved payments of less than £1,000 to the register shared on Thursday. Figures show that BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, who receives more than £325,000 a year, could have received over £40,000 last year after outside events paid her more than £10,000 each in November and December. Ms Maitlis made over £10,000 hosting World Universities Insights Limited in November last year - and a month later she made over £10,000 speaking at the Healthcare Financial Management Association in December. BBC breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty, who earns over £255,000 a year, could have received £50,000 after multiple events paid her more than £10,000 for a single event in November. Elsewhere, mastermind presenter Clive Myrie, who earns over £205,000 a year, earned over £10,000 for hosting the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners in November. BBC technology program Click presenter Spencer Kelly made over £10,000 hosting Indian multinational information technology service Tata Consultancy Services in November. Ms Munchetty was awarded £10,000 in November as a moderator for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which works to promote the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Elsewhere, the broadcaster was paid less than £5,000 to work as an interviewer for fans and received a further fee of less than £5,000 to host an England Golf event. In October, BBC presenter Sally Bundock became one of the few stars to earn over £10,000 for an outside event. Other stars earning up to £10,000 for a single appearance include HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur, Maryam Moshiri, Clive Myrie and former editor of the Independent Amol Rajan, who hosted controversial BBC Two documentary The Princes And The Press. Another high earner is Ms Munchetty's colleague Dan Walker, who is being paid more than £295,000 by the BBC. After three paid events this year, he received more than £15,000. Mr Walker was paid more than £5,000 to work as a moderator for St James' Place Management in January. In March he again earned more than £5,000 in a role as presenter for Co-op and in May an appearance on Best Companies brought him at least another £5,000. In May it was revealed that veteran broadcaster Andrew Marr, who left the BBC after 21 years in December, had been paid at least £5,000 for a Zoom call to a wealth fund. The political interviewer received funding to host an event from the BBC offices for investment management firm Brewin Dolphin in March.

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Expert Simon Calder answers your questions about travel from the UK as restrictions ease

"Expiry dates" for jabs, travel rules in Canada and Japan, and an alternative for high car rental prices in the US (Author: Gardener)

Simon CalderThe Independent's travel correspondent was last seen boarding a southbound train from the town of Migennes in northern Burgundy, where the Orient Express once stopped for supplies, bound for the Mediterranean. But thanks to the wonders of technology, he was able to answer 19 of your urgent travel questions from a distant train station. Q: I will be flying to Spain shortly. My son (who I live with) tested positive for Covid 12 days ago. He tested negative on February 6 and was therefore released from isolation two days later through his "Day Six" test. The health screening form asks if you have had “close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the last week”. A: Yes. Your question is about whether you can truthfully fill out the form that allows you to leave without posing a risk to others. My interpretation is that a "confirmed case of Covid-19" is no longer such if they are a negative case. I trust you have been testing regularly with NHS lateral flow equipment since his infection was identified; this is permitted for domestic purposes but not for travel. Assuming they were all negative I wouldn't think of mentioning the problem on the Spanish health form. Due to the "270-day rule" that is now in force, our third Covid vaccinations (boosters) expired in July. As a result, we will no longer have a valid vaccination record to enter the country. As boosters started rolling out in the UK in September 2021, this issue will be hitting thousands of travelers and holidaymakers from around June 2022. Surely the government must start introducing second boosters? Otherwise, international traffic will be severely restricted again. A: The decision by a number of European countries to set an “expiry date” on the original course of Covid vaccines has caused widespread dismay. The Spanish Ministry of Health announced that after 270 days (nearly nine months) the original vaccination course was no longer effective. Validity periods may be shorter in other countries - for example 180 days for activities/venue access in Italy. Authorities say that from 270 days after your second Covid vaccination "the vaccination record must reflect the administration of a booster shot to be valid". They add that the booster is valid indefinitely from the day of vaccination - and I'm not aware of any major country that imposes a time limit on boosters. There will be many more changes to travel regulations in the six months leading up to your trip. But when expiration dates are imposed on booster shots, it is because a fourth shot is necessary because there is general medical agreement. Should that happen, I am confident that health services in the UK and elsewhere will roll out vaccinations with sufficient speed to allow those who have been boosted early to travel. Q: We booked a holiday to Fuerteventura in April. Can you clarify if a PCR test is required for tourist trips to the Canary Islands? We are all triple vaccinated but as the UK is on Spain's 'high risk' list part of the website says a PCR test is required for entry regardless of vaccination status. But another part of the site says no test is needed if you are fully vaccinated. A: No test is required for vaccinated UK travelers. See above what constitutes a full vaccination. Q: Due to a trip to Italy in early April. Can you clarify the issue of vaccines? Is it 180 days if you have had two vaccinations and 270 days if you have had three? A: Neither: 270 days is the deadline for entering Italy for your jabs, 180 for activities within Italy. But as mentioned above, a booster trumps these with no expiration date. Q: What test do you need to take before traveling to the US? Can it be a fast antigen or do you have to book the more expensive PCR? A: Rapid Antigen is fine, I recommend a professionally administered test on the day of departure to the US or the day before. Q: What are the chances that the US will stop pre-trip testing soon? A: Low. The US was extremely slow to open up to Britain and the EU, even when it was fully clear that America had a far bigger Covid problem than Europe. The best I can hope for at the moment is that the test period will be extended again to three days before departure. That's how it started when the US opened up to Europe in November, but the Omicron scare reduced it to the previous day. Q: How do you rate the chances of being able to visit Japan independently by the end of April? The UK and the rest of Europe have been on the very long list of places from which travel to Japan is generally not permitted for many months. Arrivals from Australia, New Zealand and some Pacific countries are allowed. The relatively few people who are exempt from these rules (mainly due to family ties) are required to quarantine upon arrival. While the length of self-isolation has recently been reduced from 10 days to seven, Japan is still a long way from welcoming tourists from the UK again. Just 200 Britons were allowed into the country in December 2021, 99.3 per cent fewer than the same month in 2019 and barely half the number in the last month of 2020. How different from October 2019, when Abta's annual gathering , the Travel Association, was held in Tokyo and big plans were made to increase the number of British tourists in Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida hinted that the no-holds-barred policy could soon change, with international students and business travelers being the first to benefit. The current rules expire at the end of February. A condition of each visit is likely to be a booster shot. While quarantine will still be required, reports say it may be reduced to just three days - which is the kind of length a traveler could tolerate for the joy of visiting the nation. In many Asian countries, there is still a different way of thinking than in Europe when it comes to opening up international travel. But I know that if Japan opens in time for cherry blossom season, you'll be able to book in no time. Purchasing a ticket a day or two before departure is quite sufficient – ​​and allows you to pass any existing tests before spending any cash. Q: We are planning a family holiday from Plymouth to Roscoff (by ferry) in August and then traveling by car through France to Santander in Spain. She will not have had any Covid vaccinations as she is under 12. Can my 12-year-old daughter travel to Spain from France without being vaccinated? At 12, can she leave either Spain or France unvaccinated? My prediction is that travel restrictions will be much lighter. Even last week, when I was lucky enough to be in France, it was clear that verification/enforcement had become quite arbitrary. The TousAntiCovid app (which, by the way, is very intuitive and has a benign English-language version) has been of great interest to the cafe at Charles de Gaulle airport and an outdoor bar in Auxerre, but has not been checked at all by passport control or the hotels where I have stayed. Q: I had my refresher in October 2021. Do I need another refresher? 1 Governments can radically change restrictions in a short space of time with little obvious evidence. 2 Many rules remain in effect much longer than the evidence suggests. Q: My flight from Faro to Leeds Bradford in December was initially delayed due to fog. After a few hours we were told we had been rebooked onto a Manchester flight. This was also delayed and we had to fill out new passenger tracking forms. The board finally showed that the flight to Leeds was cancelled. The Manchester flight finally took off at 11:15 p.m. A bus transfer to Leeds followed which meant we were about 12 hours late. So I'm wondering if the flight was canceled and moved to Manchester for financial reasons and not because of bad weather? And are passengers entitled to formal compensation under these circumstances? If there is a significant delay - or a complete rebooking, as happened to you - an airline is obliged to pay compensation unless it can show that "extraordinary circumstances" were responsible for the disruption. Just because apparently only a few passengers were booked on the flight does not mean that it was a commercial cancellation. During the coronavirus pandemic, many airlines have continued with passenger numbers well below normal. Finally, you say you need to fill out new passenger tracking forms. The law states that you must complete the form within 48 hours of the scheduled departure time of your original flight. If there is a delay (or in your case an effective re-routing), the same passenger locator form should suffice. I'm afraid that's another 20 minutes of your life that you won't get back. Q: You wrote about getting rid of arrival tests (for fully vaccinated travelers). Does this mean you no longer need to take a test before boarding a plane bound for the UK (i.e. the country you are on holiday in) from wherever (let's say anywhere in Europe)? Or is this rule still at the discretion of the flight provider? A: The pre-departure test before traveling to the UK by train, boat or plane was canceled a month ago. While some airlines have their own testing/vaccination requirements, the vast majority do not. What changed over the weekend: The post-arrival test known as "day two" is no longer required for fully vaccinated travelers. Unvaccinated travelers must take a second day test on both sides of the journey to the UK before departure. Q: I am due to fly to Barbados in two weeks after postponing the trip due to a positive PCR. I've read that sometimes PCRs can be positive beyond your recovery, but Barbados will accept an airworthy note from a doctor if you do. I am fully vaccinated A: Assuming you are fully vaccinated I would simply do a lateral flow test the day before departure as Barbados allows visitors. Q: We are flying to the Maldives with a plane change in Dubai. Do we need to have PCR tests for both Dubai and Maldives even though we are just passing through? "Passengers in transit are not required to present a Covid-19 PCR test certificate unless required by their final destination," Emirates says. Q: May I visit my son in Perth, Western Australia in October 2022? I am 70 and am fully vaccinated and boosted. The Prime Minister of Western Australia insists on full vaccination and strengthening of the entire state before outsiders are allowed to return to this vast and glorious region. But I really hope and expect that that will change soon. October is a wonderful time to be there. I understand that I do not need to book a Covid-19 test on my return to London, but after checking the Singapore Airlines website it appears that I need a negative lateral flow test to travel through Singapore, although I will be in a holding area between flights. Unfortunately, pharmacies in Sydney have discovered the money-making opportunities of travel testing and it appears that it will cost my husband and I around A$300 [£165] for both of us. Singapore Airport says: "All transit travelers must take a Covid-19 test within two days before departure for Singapore (i.e. if the pre-test is taken on November 1, 2021, it is valid for departures until November 3, 2021, 2359 hrs)." All I can say is that I'm hoping competition will step in in a healthy way in the near future to push prices down. Q: I'm due out in the summer for a much delayed tour with my teenage son fly to canada it seems i need to travel first 3 days in advance in case we need to test on arrival and then book a hotel 14 days in advance in case we test positive believe that is ahead A: Current Canadian travel regulations are confusing. Those arriving are being told that they may be selected for a post-arrival test, because even if you are not infected, you must identify yourself oling until your negative result comes through, which should be within hours or a few days. Currently, these rules are tolerated by many British travelers traveling to Canada to visit family. Q: We are traveling to France from the UK shortly. We would like to travel on to Germany but are not sure which rules apply. A: I think Germans want to know about their recent travel history from everyone who enters their country. You should fill out the online form to register your recent trips. Q: My grandson has just turned 12, so he has only just received his vaccination certificate. Even though he had his first vaccination this weekend, he will not be fully vaccinated by April to be able to travel for the Easter holidays. Where can we go in Europe so he can enter either with a negative test or unvaccinated without quarantine? A: Norway is the best bet right now - it just abandoned all testing, vaccination and quarantine regulations. But we're still a long way from having a picture of what the restrictions might be like next week, let alone by April. Our flights this year are comparable to previous years. However, car rental is at least three times more expensive. Do you foresee this change in the near future? A: The car rental industry in the US and elsewhere in the world has been traumatized by the coronavirus pandemic. In March 2020, they had billions of dollars worth of shiny new vehicles that suddenly almost nobody wanted anymore. Of course, they responded by selling cars by the tens of thousands and stopped ordering new fleets. As drivers returned, a shortage of cars began to emerge. As in any part of the travel industry, when an asset is scarce and demand is strong, the most efficient (and profitable) way to allocate is to increase prices. The travel market is naturally highly competitive, and in normal times the picture from the customer's point of view would improve within a few months: the companies would see how the high proceeds are collected and quickly add more capacity in the form of additional cars from news to politics, from travel to sports, from culture to climate, The Independent has a variety of free newsletters to suit your interests.

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Brian Laundrie's body was 'cleansed' of animals after he shot himself

Brian Laundrie's body was "cleaned" and eaten by wild animals before being discovered by law enforcement in a Florida swamp in October, a newly released autopsy report has revealed. (Author: Gardener)

Brian Laundrie'sBrian Laundrie's body was "eaten" and eaten by wild animals after the fugitive shot himself in the head before being discovered in a Florida swamp after a six-week manhunt, an autopsy report revealed on Monday. When officers finally found Gabby Petito's killer, almost all that remained were "apparent human skeletal remains, scattered on the filthy floor where they were visible." "At approximately 8:20 a.m. on October 20, 2021, search parties found a backpack and shoes identified as belonging to Brian Laundrie," reads the much-anticipated report, released months after the 23-year-old's body was found sprawling Carlton Reservation. In the report released by the Office of the Sarasota Medical Examiner, investigators found that Laundrie's "personal effects" — including a notebook in which Laundrie confessed to killing his fiancé as they traveled across the country in a van — "from surrounded by apparent human skeletal remains scattered on the dirt floor above." In addition to the notebook, several other items were recovered from a "drybag" near Laundrie's remains, which were found near his parents' home in North Port, including a wooden box with the diary and several photos. Both "the skeletal remains and personal belongings were clearly visible and scattered on the dirty floor," it said. The report confirmed that Laundrie died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head as police frantically searched for the man as the primary "person of interest" in 22-year-old Petito's disappearance. Authorities also recovered "the vast majority of [Laundrie's] skeleton," aside from a few bones from his teeth and face upon discovery of the remains, the filing goes on to say, adding that a toxicology report showed no signs of drug use before his death showed . The bomb document also revealed that authorities recovered a pair of green shorts, shoes, a ring, a backpack and a handgun from the remains of the devastated remains, partially obscured by "overgrown vegetation," the document said. Near Laundrie's body, at an adjacent "secondary" crime scene, authorities discovered animal skeletal remains that suggested the professed killer had been hunting before his death. Lawyers also found an incomplete, handwritten note on the "secondary" website, but did not provide details of its contents, as well as a "MOAB Coffee Roasters" hat owned by Laundrie, advertising the same Utah coffeeshop stopped by police for a became a domestic incident on August 12 - about two weeks before Petito's death. The search for Petito began after Laundrie returned from her trip without her to his parents' Florida home on September 1. On September 11, Gabby's family reported her missing and two days later her boyfriend Brian Laundrie disappeared from his parents' home. Chris and Roberta Laundrie, Laundrie's parents, were widely condemned for not speaking to Petito's family or turning their son over to the police when he returned home from his trip, particularly after she was reported missing. He left her home on September 13, two days after her family on Long Island reported her disappearance. Petito's family criticized the laundries for not helping them. Prior to Petito's disappearance, she and Laundrie were pulled over by a Utah police officer in Moab after visiting the "MOAB Coffee Roasters" on August 12, 2021, which was responding to a call from a witness who saw the couple enter a domestic dispute was involved. Last week, an independent investigator said the officers who stopped her should have been suspended for failing to quote Petito after the violent encounter in which she admitted being the attacker. Officers Eric Pratt and Daniel Robbins stopped the couple after responding to a call from a witness who saw the couple engaged in a domestic dispute. Bodycam footage showed a visibly shaken Petito admitting to being the aggressor in the public altercation. During the conversation, Pratt noted that Petito should have been arrested for her actions, as required by Utah state law. After the bodycam footage surfaced, the Price City Police Department launched its own independent investigation and said Wednesday that officers should have pressed charges into the incident. "I believe the officers were responding to a domestic violence call and probably had the reason that an act of domestic violence had been committed," Price police captain said of the relationship. As a result of the investigation, Ratcliffe recommended that Pratt and Robbins be placed on probation for their handling of the incident. "Would Gabby still be alive today if this case were handled differently?" the report reads, according to CNN. July 1: Gabby Petito and boyfriend Brian Laundrie leave Blue Point, New York, for a cross-country road trip. August 17: Laundrie reportedly flies back to Florida to clear out a storage unit to Utah to rejoin Gabby on her trip. August 24: Petito was last seen at a hotel in Salt Lake City with LaundrieAug. 25: Petito makes one last call to her mother, Nichole Schmidt, saying she's at Grand Teton National ParkAug. 25th or 26th: The couple chats for about 20 minutes with the owner of a store called "Rustic Row" in Victor, Utah. August 27: Video of Petito's van was captured by blogger Jenn Bethune at Spread Creek Campground around 6:30 p.m.; Witnesses say they saw a "riot" involving the pair at Tex-Mex restaurant Merry Piglets in Jackson, Wyoming on August 29: the day TikToker Miranda Baker of Wisconsin claimed she and her boyfriend were from Laundrie Approached in Grand Teton National Park and asked for a ride at 5:30 p.m. August. 30: Schmidt receives the last text message from Petito's phone: "No service in Yosemite" Sept. 1: Laundrie returns to his parents' home in North Port, Florida, in a van without PetitoSept. 11: Schmidt reports Petito missing to authorities in New York; Petito and Laundrie's van was seized by Florida police the same day in September. 13: Laundrie's solicitor says on October 5 his parents now "believe" that was the day they last saw him heading out for a hike in September. 14: Laundrie, through his lawyer, makes a statement about Petito's disappearance; Laundrie's parents claim on September 17 that Laundrie left his parents' house for a hike that day and has not seen from him since September 15: Laundrie is officially named a person of interest in Petito's case. 18: North Port Police and FBI begin search on Carlton Reservation in Sarasota County for missing Brian LaundrieSept. 19: Bethune realizes she has video of Petito's van at around 12:00 a.m. and 10 minutes later files the footage with the FBI. Officials say a body matching Petito's description was found near Grand Teton National Park in the afternoon of September. 21 Coroner confirms remains found in Grand Teton belong to Petito. 20–22: The FBI and North Port Police Department continue to search for Laundrie in the Carton Reserve. September 22: Neighbors say they saw the Laudrie family packing up their detached motorhome on the day Gabby was reported missing. Photos from DailyMail.com show the camper back in the driveway two days later on September 13 September 23: The FBI issues an arrest warrant for Laundrie for 'use of an unauthorized access device' for fraudulent use of a debit card from the Capitol One Bank, which wasn't he has to spend $1,000 between August 30 and September 1; An investigation is launched into the police handling of the August 12 Utah police incident; Laundrie's parents visit her attorney in Orlando September 25: Dog the Bounty Hunter joins the search for Laundrie September 26: A funeral is held for Petito in Holbrook, New York and her family starts a charity to help parents with the Search for missing children to help. Sept 27 Manhunt for laundry facility on Carlton reservation scaled back after 10 day search failed to find him. Dog the Bounty Hunter says Laundrie and his parents stayed at Fort De Soto Park from September 1-3 and September 6-8 - and that on the latter visit only the parents left on September 29: documents show that Laundrie's mother has canceled a reservation for the fort De Soto Park campsite for two from 1st to 3rd September and booked for three from 6th to 8th September; FBI Seizes Surveillance Footage From Site; FBI investigates leading laundrie who bought burner phone on September 14; September 30: Bodycam footage of a second officer at the August 12 incident is released and shows a distraught Petito admitting that Laundrie hit her; FBI agents gather more evidence from the Laundrie home. October 1: Laundrie's sister turns out to have been in touch with him after saying she did. October 2: A hiker along the Appalachian Trail claims to have seen Laundrie near the Tennessee-North Carolina border. 3: Investigators searched the Appalachian Trail area for signs that Laundrie had been there. October 4: Laundrie's sister told protesters outside her home that her family is ignoring her after she rebuked her story and that she doesn't know where she is Brother is October 5: Laundrie's sister appeared on Good Morning America to say that she has met her brother would report if she knew where he was; Oct. 7: Laundrie's father, Christopher, assists FBI agents in finding his son at the Carlton Reserve, but the search turns up no leads. Oct. 12: Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue announces autopsy results showing Petito died from strangulation; No exact date of death was given - just that she was dead 3-4 weeks before her body was found. October 16: Petito's parents are seen collecting her ashes from the Valley Mortuary in Jackson, Wyoming

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