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Spice Girls To Reunite In Epic £50M Deal

They are without a doubt one of the biggest pop acts to ever grace the face of the Earth, and fans have been clamouring for a proper reunion ever since the 2012 Olympic Games. And it seems that six years after that momentous moment in pop culture, the Spice Girls have finally said yes to a reunion featuring the entire original line-up.

Geri Horner, Victoria Beckham, Mel B, Mel C, and Emma Bunton have agreed to get together for the sum of £10 million each, according to The Sun.

Simon Fuller, the man who masterminded their original pop success, is said to have put the deal together. Victoria has long been known to be the biggest hurdle to a reunion, having chosen to steer clear of music to focus on her career as a fashion designer, but has reportedly said yes on the condition she doesn’t have to sing. According to The Sun, the five stars have agreed to deal which will see them take on a TV show, endorsements and a greatest hits outing

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Spice Girls photographed backstage at the Brit Awards in February 1997 .; (Photo by Ray Burmiston/Photoshot/Getty Images)

 

However, it seems Posh has finally relented, as an insider told the newspaper: ‘This is the pop reunion no one thought would ever happen again. But after a long period of negotiation Victoria agreed the time is right to work on new projects this year.’ The ‘exciting’ move reportedly is set around TV projects in China, a new telly talent show, endorsement deals and a compilation album celebrating their greatest hits. However, fans should be warned that a full-on world tour is off the cards, as the source explained: ‘Victoria and Geri agreed it would be impossible to be part of a fully-fledged tour because of family and business commitments.’

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Speaking about why Victoria has seemingly had a huge change of heart, they added: ‘Now that she’s a top designer Victoria is concerned about singing but she wants to make money to pump back into her business.’ The singer’s VB fashion house reported a loss of £4.6 million in accounts made public last year. The reunion will be a huge surprise to fans given it was only a few months ago that Victoria said Spice Girls comeback was NEVER going to happen.

Speaking to This Morning, she said: ‘It is not happening. At some point you’ve gotta know when it’s time say, “that was great”.’ Metro.co.uk has reached out to reps of Victoria and the group for comment.

 

 

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Second Royal Wedding Looms As Princess Eugenie Gets Engaged

So a second Royal Wedding of the year looms as Princess Eugenie, daughter of Duke & Duchess of York got engaged to her long term boyfriend, party organiser Jack Brooksbank.

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Her engagement ring is reported to cost in excess of £100k, twice the cost of Meghan’s ring.

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Copy of the Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring at argos at £32.99

Already a copy of Eugenie’s ring is available for sale at Argos at £32.99. So if your Bae presents you with it, know where he got if from.

 

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Former UK Minister Tessa Jowell Opens Up On Brain Cancer Diagnosis

Baroness Tessa Jowell has spoken about having a “clear sense of purpose” despite being diagnosed with brain cancer last year.

The 70-year-old revealed she didn’t experience “a single symptom” before the tumour was found. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Baroness Jowell explained: “I was diagnoses with an acute and very serious form of brain cancer. I had not a single apparent symptom.”

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Dame Tessa Jowell was diagnosed with brain cancer last year

In May 2017, Tessa was diagnosed with a high-grade brain tumour known as glioblastoma. “I don’t think I immediately leapt to the inevitability of cancer,” she added. “I think that to begin with I thought I would have this tumour, it would be operated on and that would be it.

It is actually much harder now because now my life is day by day affected by the tumour.” Tessa, who is mother to two children and three stepchildren, confessed that the support from her loved ones has been invaluable. “I have so much love in my family, my children, my close friends it’s the most extraordinary, blessed and recreating sense and I feel that I want that to be experienced by so many other people as well,” she said.

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Tessa continued: “I am not afraid. I feel very clear about my sense of purpose, and what I want to do, and how do I know how long [my life is] going to last? I’m certainly going to do whatever I can to make sure it lasts a very long time.”

She also called for more innovative brain cancer treatments on the NHS.

Tessa was first elected to Parliament in 1992 and served as culture secretary from 2001 until 2007 under Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair and his successor Gordon Brown. Hailed as the woman who brought the Olympics back to Britain, she was made a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours lost in 2012 before standing down as an MP at the 2015 general election.

Celebrity Big Brother Show To Be Axed

The reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother and its civilian original show will reportedly be axed later this year.

According to The Daily Star, Channel 5 are planning to ‘pull the plug’ on the show after dwindling ratings, with a lack of interest meaning the programme is ‘consigned to the dustbin for good’.

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It would mean this year’s 21st series of Celebrity Big Brother would be the last one, with a summer civilian edition of the show planned for the summer.

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Politician and former MP Ann Widdecombe is a contestant on this year’s show (Picture: Channel 5)

Big Brother originally began on Channel 4 as a social experiment – quickly becoming a national phenomenon which paved the way for reality shows in the following years. The show has been criticised however in recent years since its move to Channel 5 for deviating from its original premise, and instead serving as a launchpad for celebrities and fame-hungry civilians.

Nigerian Oil Tycoon Jailed For Fraud And Money Laundering At Leicester, UK

The Nigerian businessman, along with twelve other defendants, was convicted of conspiracy to launder money in an international fraud and money laundering investigation.

Walter Wagbatsoma was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months imprisonment for his part in the crime, following a trial at Leicester Crown Court

This investigation was conducted by Lincolnshire Police Economic Crime Unit under Operation Tarlac, in which over £12m was defrauded from public bodies including hospital trusts, housing associations and councils around the UK.

Nigerian born Wagbatsoma, 47, was originally detained on a European Arrest Warrant in June 2016 whilst travelling through Germany. He was extradited soon afterwards and charged with conspiring with others to launder the proceeds of fraud through his business interests in the UK.

He was also disqualified from being a company director for 6 years.

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Walter Wagbatsoma

Wagbatsoma and his co defendants fraudulently obtained funds in the UK that were laundered through an account in Dubai under the control of a co-conspirator Oluwatoyin Allison, a UK national who was convicted in his absence at an earlier trial in April 2017 and sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

The funds were then transferred to Wagbatsoma’s account in the UK.

Wagbatsoma, an oil and gas businessman, was on trial in Nigeria at the time of his arrest for his part in a £1.9 billion oil subsidy fraud for which he was convicted and sentenced in his absence to 10-years imprisonment in January last year.

This is the third criminal trial for this operation and follows the successful conviction of 12 other defendants in the investigation which began with a complaint of fraud from Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust in September 2011, in which £1.28m was fraudulently obtained by the gang. Subsequently, a further 20 linked offences was identified resulting in losses of £12.6m.

After a four-year investigation, those convicted have received prison sentences in excess of 50-years and proceedings are underway to recover the gains of the conspiracy under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This is to make sure that victims can in some way be recompensed for what the Judge described as a “sophisticated and widespread fraud in its conception and execution.”

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Deputy Chief Constable Craig Naylor said: “For a small force, this investigation shows that officers in our Economic Crime department have shown real endeavour and determination in investigating what is a huge money laundering and fraud offence.

“Operation Tarlac has now seen thirteen individuals given lengthy prison sentences for their part in an international offence, which has had a national impact on public bodies in the UK. As a force, we have achieved a significant impact against organised crime in this investigation and this shows the hard work by our officers.

“Proceedings are now underway to recover a large amount of money, and I want to personally thank partners for their support and co-operation with us in this investigation and congratulate my officers and staff on a job well done.”

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Prince William Spots New Shaven Hair Style On Royal Outing

The Duke of Cambridge sported a newly trimmed hairstyle as he visited a children’s hospital.

Prince William revealed the close-shaven style at the launch of the Step into Health programme at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital in Lambeth.

He opted for the military-style cut before meeting armed forces veterans working in the NHS.

Members of the Royal Family have been known to tease the 35-year-old about his receding hairline.

In 2014, the Duchess of Cambridge suggested a tuft of alpaca wool might be the perfect solution for her husband’s growing bald patch.

As they visited the Sydney Royal Easter Show, she was shown the wool, which was a similar shade of brown to the duke’s hair.

The duchess pointed to her husband’s head and said: “You need it more than me.”

Prince Harry has also been known to poke fun at his balding brother. While chatting to a World War Two veteran in Barbados in 2010, he said Prince William “was already bald aged 12”.

Step into Health is a programme that helps former members of the armed forces and their spouses or partners to take up careers in the NHS.

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Image captionPrince William met patients at a central London children’s hospital
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Image captionThe 35-year-old royal has often been on the receiving of jibes from family members about his receding hairline
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Image captionIn 2008, the prince still boasted a reasonably full head of hair

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Former Model And Accomplice Charged With Murder of Harry Uzoka

Twenty-four-year-old model George Koh and his friend, Jonathan Okigbo, have been charged with the killing of Harry Uzoka, an up-and-coming star in the fashion world who was found dead of a single knife wound in west London on Thursday night.

The two men were arrested this weekend, and charged on Tuesday. Koh was also charged with possessing an offensive weapon. A 27-year-old man who was arrested on the day of the stabbing has been released under investigation.

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Uzoka, 25, was represented by Premier Model Management, and modeled for Dior, Everlane, and Mercedes, among others. One industry source who worked with Uzoka told the The Guardian he was a “wonderful model but, even more so, a good person and a pleasure to work with.”

Shortly after his death, model Jourdan Dunn tweeted “Rest in Paradise Young King.”

Koh’s fashion career was also on the rise. He modeled for brands like Kenzo and Paul Smith, and amassed over 12,000 followers on Instagram. He was previously represented by IMG models, but his page on their site is no longer active, and a company representative reportedly told the Daily Mail that Koh had not been on their books since March 2017.

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It remains unclear what led to the attack on Uzoka.

The killing brings the number of murders in London in the first two weeks of 2018 to five. Two of them are of Nigerian descent.

Police have confirmed four of the victims were stabbed to death