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Thousands of people lined the streets of football great Jack Charlton's hometown to pay their respects ahead of his funeral.

Born in Ashington, in Northumberland, the former Republic of Ireland boss Charlton, who won the World Cup playing for England, he often returned to the former mining town.

With well-wishers applauding and cheering as the cortege passed through the streets where he and his younger brother Sir Bobby honed their football skills, many were waving flags and banners. Floral tributes in the hearse included a football and a red England shirt with "Jackie 5" on it, as well as floral tributes in the colours of the Republic of Ireland and Leeds United.

As the procession slowed, as it passed close to the terraced house where the Charltons once lived and played, his family said they had been "overwhelmed" by the support shown and added "he would have been thrilled by the outpouring of kindness". They also said Sir Bobby had not been well enough to be there.

The cortege then made its way to a private service at a crematorium in Newcastle, where just a small number of relatives attended due to coronavirus restrictions.

In more than 20 seasons at Leeds United, he made 773 appearances and won the 1969 league title and the 1972 FA Cup. He then managed Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and his home-town club Newcastle before later finding success managing the Republic of Ireland.

The former defender had been diagnosed with lymphoma in recent years and was suffering from dementia.
The funeral procession left the Charlton family home in Dalton, Northumberland, and was met by a police escort in Ashington before going along Newbiggin Road into the town centre.
It stopped outside Hirst Welfare Centre, where Big Jack – as he was so affectionately known as - and Sir Bobby played football as children, before travelling to the crematorium.

Since the beginning of the confinement you have surely tried to get into yoga, sports, better cooking or other activities. Have you maintained this habit?

The habit, whether good or bad, is defined by a way of behaving or acting acquired through learning and repetition, giving rise to automatisms. To build a habit, some people talk about 21 days, others about 66 days or more. In reality, even if these deadlines have some truth in them, a habit depends above all on its type (whether it is pleasant or not), on the action plan to integrate it and above all on regularity. In order to establish it, it is fundamental to base it on important pillars of trigger, routine and reward.

Setting up a trigger
The first way to develop a new habit is to anchor it to a trigger, to something you're already doing. It could be simply waking up, eating, showering. Normally, you wake up, eat and wash every day. Implanting a habit to a routine event that you are unlikely to change helps to reinforce its inking.

Associate the new habit with an existing one
This time it is no longer a question of associating the new habit with a fixed time of day, but with another habit already present. And if you enjoy it, it's even better. Sport, for example, is one of the most difficult reflexes to implement because it requires a lot of effort. To make anchoring easier, it can be useful to combine this new practice with music that you particularly like and that you listen to regularly. For cooking, you can try to start by preparing the food you are used to cooking. This will allow you to appreciate what you have prepared while at the same time allowing you to diversify and improve your talents. Also, if like many Belgians you are fond of coffee or tea, you can make time available to read a few pages of a book.

Set small goals and focus on one habit
Putting oneself into action is the act that requires the most effort, so one must start with voluntarily very low objectives. If you want to establish reading as a new habit, start by reading 5 pages a day or less and increase over time. The same applies to all other activities: start with 5 minutes of sport, meditation, yoga, very simple dishes, etc. Also, very important: if you want to start a new habit, be sure to start one at a time.

Minimize distractions
When doing your new routine, get as far away as possible from all possible distractions such as: social networks, emails, children, parents or friends. These elements are potentially "start-up frictions", disruptive.

Use habit tracking
In order to motivate you in your new habit, try to keep track of your progress. This can be done on a calendar or through a mobile application. Loop - Habits Tracking on Android and Productive - Task List on iOS.

Don't get discouraged and expect resistance.
If you forget, or you can't carry out your new habit one day, it doesn't matter. It won't affect your results if you don't give up. It's obvious that events in life will prevent you from performing your routine. The most important thing is to bounce back, stick with it and start over.

Also, expect resistance. The brain likes comfort and its habits already ingrained. Therefore, when faced with new habits, it will resist. So it's up to you to hold on and do whatever you think is right for you.

Rep John Lewis, a leader in the civil rights movement and later US congressman, has died.

One of the ‘Big Six’ Civil Rights leaders, which included Martin Luther King Jr, he helped organise the historic 1963 March on Washington.

As a congressman he was a Georgia Democrat, and represented an area which covered most of its capital Atlanta.

In December 2019 Lewis announced that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

"I have been in some kind of fight - for freedom, equality, basic human rights - for nearly my entire life," he said in a statement released at the time. "I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now."

During the civil rights movement, Lewis was one of the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and then became its chairman from 1963 to 1966. He co-organised and spoke at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the rally at which Dr King delivered his historic I Have a Dream speech. Lewis was the last surviving speaker from the march.

Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi confirmed Lewis's death in a statement posted on her website and on social media writing that Lewis ‘was a titan of the civil rights movement whose goodness, faith and bravery transformed our nation’, and that as a congressman he was ‘revered and beloved on both sides of the aisle and both sides of the Capitol’.

"Every day of John Lewis's life was dedicated to bringing freedom and justice to all," she said. "As he declared 57 years ago during the March on Washington, standing in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial: 'Our minds, souls, and hearts cannot rest until freedom and justice exist for all the people.'

"How fitting it is that even in the last weeks of his battle with cancer, John summoned the strength to visit the peaceful protests where the newest generation of Americans had poured into the streets to take up the unfinished work of racial justice."

Upon news of his death, civil rights group the NAACP tweeted that they were "deeply saddened. His life-long mission for justice, equality and freedom left a permanent impression on our nation and world," the organisation said. "The NAACP extends our sincerest condolences to his family, and we send prayers of comfort and strength to all."

In a statement, former President Barack Obama said he had spoken with Lewis after a virtual town hall with a group of activists following the death of George Floyd. Obama said Lewis could not have been prouder of their efforts - "a new generation standing up for freedom and equality".

"Not many of us get to live to see our own legacy play out in such a meaningful, remarkable way. John Lewis did," he said. "And thanks to him, we now all have our marching orders — to keep believing in the possibility of remaking this country we love until it lives up to its full promise."

Former presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren tweeted that Lewis "was a true American hero and the moral compass of our nation".

Lewis's death comes on the same day as the death of fellow civil rights leader C T Vivian at the age of 95. Vivian helped organise the Freedom Rides - a protest to integrate buses in the south - and later went on to lead the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

He was 80.

Captain Tom Moore is to be knighted for his fundraising efforts after a special nomination from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The World War II veteran raised more than £32 million for NHS charities after walking for over 100 laps of his garden, in Marston Moretaine, in Bedfordshire, before reaching his 100th birthday in April.

Prime Minister Johnson said that the centenarian had provided the country with a beacon of light through ‘the fog’ that is coronavirus.

In a statement, he (Boris Johnson) said Capt Tom's "fantastic fundraising broke records" and "inspired the whole country".

"On behalf of everyone who has been moved by his incredible story, I want to say a huge thank you. He's a true national treasure".

 Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer congratulated Capt Tom and said he had "brought inspiration to millions and helped all of us to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of our NHS.

"In his actions, Tom embodied the national solidarity which has grown throughout this crisis, and showed us that everyone can play their part in helping build a better future".

Capt Tom, who was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, captured the hearts of the nation and his birthday celebrations were extensive.

The occasion was marked with an RAF flypast as well as birthday greetings from the Queen and prime minister.

He was also made an honorary colonel and received an estimated 140,000 cards.

And, as an honorary colonel, his official title will now be Captain Sir Thomas Moore under Ministry of Defence protocol.

 

Jamaica’s Olympics World’ and Commonwealth sprint legend, Usain Bolt, is now a happy new father of a new baby! He and girlfriend Kasi Bennett welcomed their baby girl on May 19. 

Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness broke the exciting news to fans on social media.

“Congratulations to our sprint legend Usain Bolt and Kasi Bennett on the arrival of their baby girl,” Holness shared, along with a photo of himself with the Olympic gold medallist.

The record-breaking world superstar had announced, with an Instagram tribute in January that he and his longtime sweetheart were expecting their first child together. A photo of the then mom-to-be in a beautiful red dress, cradling her baby bump was accompanied by the caption, “I just want to say a KING or QUEEN is about to be HERE.”

Bennett also gifted her followers with photos from a maternity shoot captioned, “Our biggest blessing…,” “Our greatest celebration…,” and, “Our golden child. Coming soon…”

The couple has been an item for close to seven years now, and both have often vocalized their hopes to grow their family. “I have [had] a girlfriend for four years now [and] it’s going steadily, so we’re thinking about kids very soon,” said Bolt in 2017.  “We’ll see how it goes, we’re taking our time.”

After announcing their news, Bolt said he doesn’t plan to pressure his kids into filling his large athletic shoes. “People always say, ‘Are you going to put your kids in sports?’ But for me, if they want to be in sports, fine, I don’t really care,” he said in February. “But I won’t push them to do track and field. I think it’s going to be hard,” he added.

“It’s the hardest thing when you have a dad that is a superstar in a super-sport. I don’t think you should do that sport. You should do something else because there is so much pressure on you to live up to expectations.”

 

The media industry lost a true, genuine legend after it was announced that media mogul, The Honorary Oliver Frederick Clarke OJ, Hon. LL.D, JP, FCA, B.Sc. (Econ), had passed away after succumbing to a lengthy battle against cancer.

A former chair of the RJRGLEANER Group, he was a shining light in a group which included the Jamaica National Group and the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica.,, just a month before his passing.

Born and educated in the Jamaican capital of Kingston, he was chair of 1834 Investments – an investment spin-off of The Gleaner Company Limited, which would merge with the RJR Group.

The son of a farmer and businessperson, Clarke was also educated at the London School of Economics before joining The Gleaner Group in 1976 before being appointed chair of JNBS in 1977. He was chair until 1997 before serving as deputy chair until 2002.

As a professional chartered accountant, he would serve the group for 40 years.

He would then be appointed as chair of the subsidiary JN Bank, as well as mutual holiday company, The Jamaica National Group and JN Financial Holding Company.

Described as a unique human being, Clarke was also appointed as chair of the 2003 Parliamentary Salaries Review Committee by Jamaica Prime Minister, PJ Patterson, which recommended the construction of a new parliament building, constituency office and radical changes to compensation packages for lawmakers.

A proud Jamaican with an aura of true respect and compassion, Oliver F Clarke OJ received an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies, the University of Technology and the Jamaica and the Northern Caribbean University.

His achievements and influence will remain evident in Jamaica, and across the wider Caribbean, for years to come.

Married, he leaves a widow, Monica and daughter, Maria Alexandra.

He died at his St. Andrews home age 75.