‘No idea how she got there’: Veteran Russian football manager baffled after stunner pops up on his Instagram account

Former Lokomotiv Moscow manager Yuri Semin has said he was as confused as everyone else after pictures of a semi-naked model popped up on his Instagram account.

A series of spicy images featuring the scantily-clad brunette wearing a jacket over her naked torso was shared on the manager’s Instagram stories – attracting significant attention among his followers.

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The post included a link to the profile of the model, named Yulia Dimetra, where football fans found a picture of her posing provocatively in a T-shirt from Semin’s sportswear collection.

The 73-year-old said he was unaware of the post, laughing off the episode by saying that he hoped the girl was beautiful enough to grace his page.

I don’t know, maybe I was hacked. I don’t know this girl,” Semin said.

“Everything’s OK. It’s nice when beautiful girls pop up on my page. If she is beautiful of course, I need to check. I really have no idea how this happened, I even don’t know how to make Instagram stories.

Sometimes I share posts, sometimes my granddaughter does it.” 

Judging by the model’s Instagram output, she more than meets the criteria to appear on Semin’s social media pages.   

Fan favorite Semin left his post as Lokomotiv manager in June after his contract expired. In four separate spells as manager, he guided the Moscow club to a total of three league titles and nine domestic cups.

Patient DIES as ransomware attack paralyzes German hospital

A woman in need of urgent care died after a Dusseldorf hospital’s computer systems were hacked, preventing the patient from receiving the treatment she needed, and marking a rare case in which ransomware has led to death.

The ransomware attack that exploited a vulnerability in a “widely used commercial add-on software” caused Duesseldorf University Clinic’s IT systems to crash, the hospital said. As a result, the medical facility wasn’t able to access data, and emergency patients were rerouted to other hospitals. The hack also forced the hospital to postpone operations. 

Tragically, one death has been attributed to the cyber attack, after a woman in need of emergency care had to be rushed to another city for treatment. The patient was transported 32 kilometers (20 miles) to a hospital in Wuppertal, with doctors saying that the delay was fatal. A homicide investigation has been opened in connection with the incident and the hospital says it will take time before it can resume normal operations.

The hackers were able to encrypt 30 servers at the hospital, essentially holding the facility’s data hostage. According to the Dusseldorf hospital, the ransomware – which is usually used to extort money – came with “no concrete demand,” but instead provided instructions on how to contact the hackers. The note was left at Heinrich Heine University, which is affiliated with the hospital. 

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German investigators contacted the hackers and explained that they had targeted the hospital, and not the university, endangering the lives of patients. The perpetrators then provided a digital key to decrypt the data. The hackers then broke off communication and law enforcement haven’t been able to track them down.

The hospital said that its systems were being gradually restored and that it doesn’t believe that any of the affected data will be irretrievably lost. 

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UK health Secretary refuses to rule out 2nd national lockdown, but it would be ‘last line of defense’

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock says another national lockdown isn’t something “that we ever take off the table,” but he did not clarified whether or not it would be imposed next month.

The coronavirus is accelerating across the country, with hospital admissions doubling every eight days, Hancock said on Friday. The previous day, Britain recorded 21 deaths from the disease, taking the total according to the government’s accounting method to 41,705.

Coronavirus cases started to rise again in the UK in September, with between 3,000 and 4,000 positive tests recorded daily in the last week. That is still behind France which has more than 10,000 cases a day.

Asked about the possibility of a second national lockdown, Hancock told Sky News: “The last line of defense is full national action and I don’t want to see that.” The Health Secretary added that the government will do “whatever is necessary to keep people safe in a very difficult pandemic.”

He admitted, however that another lockdown across the country “isn’t something that we ever take off the table, but it isn’t something that we want to see either.” The country once again needs “to come together and recognize there is a serious challenge,” Hancock said.

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Earlier media reports said that scientists advising the government have proposed a two-week national lockdown in October to try to tackle the rising number of coronavirus cases.

A surge of Covid-19 cases in London may put the capital on track for curbs on socializing and nights out in around a fortnight, the Evening Standard newspaper reported. It cited a plan outlining more severe restrictions on the public, including “reintroducing epidemic controls”, “mandatory masks”, “restricting religious gatherings and social contacts.” Official figures due for release later on Friday will show a sharp rise in cases in the capital, the newspaper said.

The government has also struggled to ensure sufficient testing in recent weeks, but Hancock said Dido Harding, who is in charge of the system, had done an “an extraordinary job.” The testing system was not a mess, the minister added.

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‘We’re working on some fun stuff’: UFC boss Dana White teases Conor McGregor comeback

Conor McGregor could return to the UFC as early as the start of 2021, promotion boss Dana White has hinted, saying that he was working on some “fun stuff” with the notorious Irishman.

McGregor announced his ‘retirement’ from the sport in June, and the former two-weight champ has since stuck to the line that he is a man of leisure, taking up a high-profile – if controversial – residence on the Mediterranean coast for much of the summer.

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But Dana White has now hinted that we could see McGregor back in the UFC again early in 2021, although he remained cagey about what capacity that might be in. 

“We’re actually working on some fun stuff for Conor at the beginning of next year,” White told ESPN.

“He should be back next year. I’m not saying he’s coming back to fight guaranteed, but we’re talking right now about some stuff.”

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Intriguingly, White later added on TSN that he was “kicking some stuff around” with McGregor, again without revealing the nature of the plans.

“I came up with an idea a couple days ago, and I reached out to him to see what he thought, and he was interested,” the UFC chief said. 

“So, we’re kicking some stuff around. It’s not done. When it’s done, I would love to share the idea with you when it’s ready to roll. It’s just an idea right now. Yeah, late 2020 or early 2021.”

McGregor, 32, has again made headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks, being arrested for alleged indecent exposure in Corsica.

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The Irishman and his team have vigorously denied those claims, issuing a defiant message on Facebook in which he asserted he was being “set up.”

Try set me up all yous f***ing want over and over and over. The truth will always set me free! Be it baby father claims, rape, indecent exposure, bullsh*t WhatsApp group sh*t. You f***ing name it. Never will I fold!” wrote McGregor.     

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He revealed earlier in September that he was still part of the USADA pool, sharing pictures of testing kit from the anti-doping agency on his yacht.

That further fueled rumors that his retirement is merely temporary – as was the case with his previous two claims that he was calling time on his career.

McGregor’s last octagon appearance was in January, when he returned after more than a year out to demolish fan favorite Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in just 40 seconds in their welterweight bout in Las Vegas.    

UBS ‘very bullish’ on gold as bank expects bullion price to surge higher

The price of safe haven gold, which has soared nearly 30 percent this year, could rise further and remain high as global uncertainties persist, according to Swiss investment bank UBS.

“We are very bullish on gold. We think that the prices will go higher and what is interesting is we think it will stay higher for longer than expected,” Yeoh Choo Guan, the bank’s head of ASEAN global markets, told CNBC on Friday.

She said the bank has raised its forecast for gold next year from $1,850 to $2,100 per ounce. On Friday, the yellow metal was trading at around $1,953, which is roughly 29 percent higher than where it was at the start of the year.

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According to Yeoh, the environment of negative real interest rates and global uncertainties, including the upcoming US presidential election, are among the factors pushing investors to build up their gold holdings.

“So recently we have a retracement in the equity market. What was interesting is that gold was very resilient despite the equity’s pullback, suggesting that there’s ongoing buying support,” she said.

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“On top of that, gold is also a very attractive portfolio diversifier. I think a lot of investors have been piling into bonds and REITs [real estate investment trusts], so gold is viewed as an alternative to that, in case that particular segment gives you pressure.”

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China’s yuan strengthens against US dollar, could grow even stronger

Buoyed by a weaker US dollar and the fast recovery of China’s economy after the coronavirus outbreak, this week the Chinese yuan (renminbi) hit its strongest level against the greenback since May 2019.

Both the onshore and offshore Chinese yuan extended weekly gains against the dollar on Friday. In one week, the renminbi rose around one percent, from levels above 6.83 against the greenback to the current rate of 6.75.

If the yuan continues to advance against the dollar, or at least does not give up its latest gains, it may become the best performer among its Asian peers. Spiking over four percent since the end of the June quarter, the renminbi is headed for the largest quarterly gain on record, according to Bloomberg data.

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The Chinese currency could further advance against the US dollar, according to various outlooks. Goldman Sachs expects the onshore yuan to strengthen to 6.5 per dollar in one year, while analysts from JP Morgan believe the yuan may have “more catch-up to go.”

“As the dollar has entered this dollar depreciation, this weaker dollar environment, the (yuan) has somewhat lagged,” Alex Wolf, head of investment strategy for Asia at JP Morgan Private Bank, told CNBC.

While far from the two year-lows seen at the start of September, the dollar continued to face losses this week. The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of currencies, slipped to 92.83 on Friday, from above 93.33 on September 11.

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China has become one of the few major economies which managed to avoid falling into recession during the coronavirus crisis. Strong exports, which were rising for several consecutive months, gave another boost to the Chinese economy and its national currency, analysts believe.

“Crucially for the renminbi, this strong economic recovery has partly been due to a jump in net trade,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard, a China economist at Capital Economics. “With China on course for a more pronounced recovery than elsewhere, its external position the strongest in a decade, and onshore yields unusually attractive by global standards, there is still room for further gains.”

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Russian Olympic figure skater Maria Sotskova slapped with 10-YEAR BAN over forged medical document

Russian figure skater Maria Sotskova has received a 10-year suspension for falsifying a medical document to explain three missed doping tests and the presence of a prohibited substance in her body.

Russia’s anti-doping agency (RUSADA) disqualified the skater, who provided a forged medical document in an attempt to explain why she missed doping tests.

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RUSADA’s Disciplinary Committee has disqualified Maria Sotskova for 10 years for forging a medical certificate while trying to explain why she failed to comply with doping test obligations.

Prohibited substance was also detected on one of Sotskova’s doping probes,” A source familiar with the situation told Russia’s TASS news agency, without specifying the exact drug allegedly taken by the athlete.

In 2019 Sotskova missed three doping tests during a non-competitive period forcing RUSADA to launch an investigation.

The skater who finished eighth at the 2018 Olympics hasn’t commented on the allegations, she just shared an Instagram post thanking her followers for their support.

In addition to her eighth place at the Winter games, Sotskova also finished eighth at the 2017 and 2018 world championships. She also took silver at the 2017 ISU Grand Prix Final.

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The 20-year-old who didn’t compete last season due to health problems announced retirement from sport in July.

Vocal protest: Van Morrison rebels against ‘taking our freedom’ in new anti-lockdown songs

Sir Van Morrison, the latest high-profile UK musician to take a stand against Covid-19 restrictions, is set to put out three songs, unloading on those “taking our freedom” and questioning the gravity of the pandemic.

Award-winning musician Van Morrison will release the anti-lockdown songs in the coming weeks, one titled ‘Born To Be Free’ is set to hit the airwaves next week. The lyrics, which invoke new buzzwords of the Covid-19 era like “the new normal,” proclaim: “Don’t need the government cramping my style/ Give them an inch, they take a mile.”

Another song, ‘No More Lockdown’, is even more strident. In there, Morrison unleashes his wrath on “fascist bullies disturbing our peace.” “No more taking of our freedom / And our God given rights,” the lyrics of the yet-to-be-released song reads, as cited by the BBC.

The third song openly questions the mortality and danger of the coronavirus, recalling a government announcement that informed that Covid-19 is no longer a high consequence infectious disease in the UK.

Morrison recently made headlines in the UK, when he urged the music industry to rise up against “pseudoscientific” social distancing rules. He called for full capacity concerts, as socially-distanced gigs – in which people are seated at least 1 meter apart – were simply not economically viable.

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He is not alone to have publicly spoken out against the coronavirus restrictions. Ex-Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown and the Irish folk rock singer Jim Corr have recently voiced outrage over mandatory mask wearing and other virus-containing measures.

Meanwhile, Minister of Health for Northern Ireland Robin Swann described Morrison’s anti-lockdown release as “dangerous.” The official advised him to channel his artistic talent into saving lives instead.

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‘Those who play with fire will get burnt’: China issues warning & holds military drills as US official visits Taiwan

Beijing has launched military exercises near the Taiwan Strait. The drills coincide with a high-level summit in Taipei attended by a senior US official, which China has labeled as a provocation.

China’s Defense Ministry said on Friday that the People’s Liberation Army’s eastern theater command was carrying our exercises in the area, but did not provide details about the operation. 

A spokesman for the ministry, Ren Guoqiang, described the drills as “reasonable action” aimed at “protecting national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Referring to US Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach’s visit to Taiwan, Ren claimed that Washington and Taipei are guilty of “collusion” and “frequently creating disturbances.” He added that it would be unwise to attempt to “use Taiwan to control China,” warning that “those who play with fire will get burnt.”

Krach is slated to meet with Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, on Friday. This visit follows a trip last month by US Health Secretary Alex Azar, the highest-level US official to come to the island in four decades.

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Local media reported that Taiwan Air Force jets were scrambled more than a dozen times in the early hours of Friday, allegedly to counter maneuvers being carried out by Chinese fighters. 

Washington’s growing ties with Taiwan, which Beijing claims sovereignty over, has been a major contributing factor to the deterioration of US-China relations. Washington does not have official diplomatic ties with the island, but continues to honor the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act to help Taiwan defend itself, and serves as Taiwan’s primary arms supplier. 

China has repeatedly urged Washington to abandon its political and military ambitions in the region, warning that the United States’ hostile stance could lead to catastrophe. 

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‘I lost all my friends’: Trump says being president has ruined his social life

Landing a job at the White House can be lonely, according to US President Donald Trump, who lamented during a campaign stump speech that old friends have become overly formal and uptight with him since he took office.

Trump told a rally in Wisconsin on Thursday that he knows “a lot of very successful people,” but that they treat him differently now that he’s president.

“Now they call me up: ‘Mr. President, sir, would you like to get together sometime?’ I say: ‘Loosen up. Call me Donald, you’ve known me for thirty years.’”

He bemoaned how “respect for the office” has made personal relationships far more difficult. “I lost all my friends,” Trump told the crowd. “They used to be loose. They used to be great. I’m not a drinker but you can sit back and have a drink, whatever you’re drinking. Now you can’t do that anymore.” 

Perhaps most distressing, Trump claimed that now he “has to rely on people in Congress” to be his friends – humorous given the legislative branch’s notorious unpopularity, not to mention the president’s seemingly endless squabbles with lawmakers. The joke garnered laughter from the audience.

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Trump narrowly won Wisconsin in 2016, but is currently trailing behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the state, according to the latest polls. A recent survey by Morning Consult gave Biden a nine-point lead over the incumbent.

Trump has broadcast his social life problems before. Last year, he told a rally in North Carolina that his friends have “choked” since he became president, and said they needed to “loosen up.”

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