HOMER Simpson says cheers – but Victor Meldrew is as miserable as ever. They are a couple of verdicts on Rishi Sunak’s Budget this week. Now a host of TV characters help us to understand who will benefit from changes . . . and who won’t. TELLY STARS Furloughed staff Sam Dingle The Emmerdale troublemaker, played by James Hooton, has been on furlough and is among millions who could get another six months’ pay at 80 per cent of their usual wage. But from July, baddie boss Kim Tate must pay ten per cent of it. The self-employed Albert Arkwright Ronnie Barker’s shopkeeper Albert Arkwright in Open All Hours could have cashed in, as State aid for the self-employed was expanded. Now 600,000 who became self-employed since April 2019 can claim 80 per cent of their average earnings. High Street Martine Deveraux Hollyoaks’ Price Slice store boss Martine (Kelle Bryan) will breathe a sigh of relief after £5billion was reserved for High Street shops. Grants of up … [Read more...] about The winners and losers of Rishi Sunak’s Budget as TV characters
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THE National Lottery Set For Life numbers are in and it's time to find out if you've won the top prize of £10,000 every month for 30 years. Could tonight's jackpot see you start ticking off that bucket list every month or building your own start-up as a budding entrepreneur? You can find out by checking your ticket against tonight's numbers below. Good luck! Tonight’s National Lottery Set For Life winning numbers are: 02, 16, 28, 32, 45 and the Life Ball is 10. The first National Lottery draw was held on November 19 1994 when seven winners shared a jackpot of £5,874,778. The largest amount ever to be won by a single ticket holder was £42million, won in 1996. Gareth Bull, a 49-year-old builder, won £41million in November, 2020 and ended up knocking down his bungalow to make way for a luxury manor house with a pool. £1.308 billion (Powerball) on January 13 2016 in the US, for which three winning tickets were sold, remains history’s biggest lottery … [Read more...] about Lottery results LIVE: National Lottery Set For Life draw tonight, March 8, 2021
THEIR hotly anticipated comeback had been almost a decade in the making when JLS finally told me last February they were hitting the road for a greatest hits reunion tour. But with the world on hold just a month later, the four-piece were forced to postpone their plans. Fortunately for fans, I can today reveal the band have put their time to good use anyway — signing a new deal with record giant BMG which will see them release new music this year to coincide with the rescheduled tour. And in a Covid-friendly Bizarre special via Zoom, the lads told me how they have already begun recording the record and are hoping to team up with a string of top writers, performers and producers including Ed Sheeran to get it finished. Marvin Humes told me: “We were absolutely devastated. We were riding such a massive high this time last year when we announced the comeback, and we did a couple of performances. “We were on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and that was the last … [Read more...] about JLS set to reunite for first time in a decade as they sign new record deal
Three weeks is a long time in football. Before their Champions League last-16 first leg against Borussia Dortmund on February 17 , Sevilla were riding the crest of a wave with nine straight wins and seven clean sheets in a row. Since then, they've lost three of their last four games and fallen out of the La Liga title race. Dortmund, meanwhile, appear to have turned a corner. Marco Rose has been announced as their next coach and, with the exception of last weekend's 4-2 defeat in Munich , the team are on the rise again. The turning point for both teams was that fraught night in Andalusia. But not so fast. Dortmund have failed to get beyond the last-16 of the Champions League since 2017, when they lost to Monaco under the shadow of the terrorist attack on their team bus . Last season, they beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in the first leg, only to let it slip in the second. Interim Dortmund coach Edin Terzic is keen to avoid a repeat and knows that a big performance is … [Read more...] about Champions League: Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla on opposite trajectories
MORE details on the proposed European Super League have emerged days after Fifa attempted to kill off the plans. A numbers of Premier League clubs were touted for the controversial proposals, which were dealt a huge blow on January 20 by global football chiefs. Fans will be keen to know what is being laid out, how it would work and the impact any breakaway would have. SunSport explains the plans, as they stand - and the hurdles that have to be overcome: WHAT IS THE PLAN? An 18-team, self-elected and ring-fenced European Premier League , with matches to be played midweek and an end of season play-off to determine the winners, with a provisional kick-off from the start of the 2022-23 season. WHO WOULD PLAY? That is less than clear but the expectation is that we are only talking about the “Big Five” leagues. England will have the largest contingent, with Liverpool and United joined by three from Arsenal , Chelsea, Manchester City and Spurs. Spain … [Read more...] about European Super League explained: How many matches would be played, which clubs involved and what about Champions League?