Coronation Street’s Samia Ghadie sends fans into a frenzy with EPIC throwback snap

Samia Ghadie delighted Coronation Street fans[Samia Ghadie/Instagram]

And the actress, who plays Maria Connor in the ITV soap, showed just how much had changed on the cobbles during her time on the show.

Taking to Instagram the mum of two, who recently tied the knot with husband Sylvain Longchambon in a glamorous wedding, shared the ultimate throwback picture with her 130k followers.

In the cute snap, she posed alongside past and present Corrie stars, including Kate Ford, … …read more

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Nadal holds off Zverev to reach 4th round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Rafael Nadal had a good, hard look at the future before pulling a few tricks from his past to hold it back — for now.

The 14-time Grand Slam winner, still recovering from a couple of months off with an injured left wrist, rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 win over German teenager Alexander Zverev on Saturday to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.

The 30-year-old Spaniard finished stronger in the 4-hour, 6-minute match on Rod Laver Arena as Zverev, widely touted as a Grand Slam champion of the future, tightened up with cramping and nerves.

“I enjoyed a lot this great battle. I was losing the last couple of times in the fifth set and I said to myself, ‘Today’s the day,”‘ said ninth-seeded Nadal, who had lost eight of the previous nine times he’d trailed 2-1 in a best-of-five-sets match.

Nadal attributed his superior finish to the experience of 236 previous matches in the majors.

“Well, fighting — and running a lot,” Nadal said, when asked to explain how he pulled off the win. “I think you know, everybody knows how good Alexander is. He’s the future of our sport and the present, too.”

It was 19-year-old Zverev’s 15th Grand Slam match, but he had been on a three-match winning streak against top 10 players.

“Now I’m disappointed, but I know that this was a great match,” he said. “That was a great fight.

“He’s probably one of the fittest tennis players in the history of the game, so … there are a lot of positives in this match.”

Nadal finished with 43 winners and 34 unforced errors, while Zverev — hitting harder, using a wider array of shots and trying more to find the lines — had 58 winners and 74 unforced errors.

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Fake news sells because people want it to be true

A mural of Orwell: why do we still go in for fake news?

The rise of bullshit, from George Orwell to Donald Trump.

When is a lie not a lie? Recently, the Daily Telegraph reported that university students had demanded that “philosophers such as Plato and Kant” be “removed from [the] syllabus because they are white”. Other outlets followed suit, wringing their hands over the censoriousness of today’s uninquiring young minds. The article generated an extraordinary amount of consternation click bait. Angry responses were written and hot takes were quick-fried and served up by outlets anxious to join the dinner rush of ad-friendly disapproval.

It’s a story that could have been designed to press every outrage button of the political-correctness-gone-mad brigade. It has students trying to ban things, an apparent lack of respect for independent thought and reverse racism. It seemed too good to be true.

And it was. In reality, what happened was far less interesting: the student union of the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) at the University of London had proposed that “the majority of philosophers on our courses” be from Asia and Africa, and that the Western greats be approached from a “critical standpoint”. Some might consider this a reasonable request, given that critical analysis is a component of most philosophy courses, and Soas has a long tradition of promoting the study of the global South. Yet a story about students declaring Kant irrelevant allows the Telegraph to despair for the youth of today and permits advertisers to profit from that despair.

People didn’t start pumping out this stuff because they decided to abandon journalistic ethics. They did so because such principles are hugely expensive and a hard sell. Even those of us who create and consume news can forget that the news is a commodity – a commodity with a business model behind it, subsidised by …read more

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SpaceX is back to launching rockets again, but pressure is still high after last year’s failure

SpaceX celebrated the first flight of its Falcon 9 rocket in over four and a half months on Saturday, with a remarkably smooth launch of the vehicle from California. The Falcon 9 had previously been grounded since September, after one of the rockets exploded on a launchpad in Florida during a routine fueling procedure. Though the stakes were high for Saturday’s launch, the mission’s success doesn’t relieve the pressure on SpaceX.

Questions about the accident’s cause have been circling the company for months, and the company only disclosed the probable source of the explosion two weeks ago. The failure was apparently complex, involving an elaborate interplay of materials in an extremely cold propellant tank. That’s not all: SpaceX uses…

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