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Efforts to locate, stop ‘boom parties’ in New Jersey ‘largely unsuccessful,’ law enforcement says

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Elected officials and law enforcement on Staten Island and in Elizabeth, N.J., are working to address the noise from “boom parties” — where people in New Jersey gather in groups and play music through giant speakers — that’s impacting the quality of life of residents in both states. But despite best efforts, little has been done.

District Attorney Michael McMahon, who, along with other borough elected officials, signed on to a letter to Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage last month asking for assistance in addressing the issue, said he was encouraged to have received a prompt reply promising action.




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Meet richest Bollywood Khans!- Shah Rukh Khan, Salman and Aamir Khan, with a net worth of Rs. 5593 crores

First Published Sep 25, 2022, 11:51 AM IST

Bollywood is one of the most significant film industry in the world, and the income of the Bollywood stars are the highest. The khans are ruling the Bollywood industry for the longest time and don’t seem to stop. Let us find out the net worths of these Khans. 

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Bollywood is one of the biggest industries in the world. Bollywood produces the most amount of movies. The khans have been ruling the industry for the longest time. Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Amir Khan are one of the biggest stars in the industry and have an enormous fan base that goes gaga on them. Let us find out which one of them is the richest Bollywood Khan. 
 

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Shah Rukh Khan 
SRK is the owner of Red Chillies Entertainment and Kolkata Knight Riders. Since people in our country are crazy about Bollywood and cricket, Khan is earning money from them. He also owns properties in both Dubai and Mumbai. The superstar’s one-day salary comes around Rs 1.40 crore, and his net worth is Rs 5593 crore.  And Yes! he’s the richest Khan in the Bollywood industry, and nothing is surprising about it. 

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Aamir Khan 
Aamir is one of Bollywood’s most popular and dedicated superstars, and he’s not as active as Salman and SRK in films and brand endorsements. According to reports, his per day salary is around Rs 33.47 lakh, while his net worth can be Rs 1800 crore.

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Salman Khan 
Bollywood’s much loved ‘Bhai Jaan’  is among the wealthiest Bollywood celebrities. Apart from acting, he is also into producing films. He owns the Galaxy apartment, which reportedly costs around Rs 100 crores. He also has his brand Being Human and has other investments. Salman also costs a considerable amount for hosting the reality show Bigg Boss. His earnings are around Rs. 1.01 crore daily, and his net worth comes to around Rs 2900 crore. 

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Aamir is yet to announce his next project after the disastrous response to Laal Singh Chaddha. On the other hand, Salman will be seen in Farhad Samji’s Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan. He has also wrapped up the shoos of the Tiger 3 with Katrina Kaif as his co-star. As per the recent buzz, the actor has also given a yes to the sequel to No Entry. An official announcement is still awaited. Also Read: Heart Of Stone FIRST LOOK: Alia Bhatt unveils Gal Gadot, Jamie Dornan’s spy thriller promo




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Popularity gaps loom for GOP candidates Oz, Vance, Dixon and others

A month ago, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said out loud what many Republicans were undoubtedly feeling. Effectively, the message was: We’ve got a shot at a good 2022 midterm election, but some of these Trump candidates could screw it all up for us.

At the time, there was evidence of a GOP candidate problem — especially in the lagging poll numbers of some key Senate candidates.

Today, there’s considerably more.

An increase in public polling at the tail end of the primary season reinforces McConnell’s point — and not just in the races he and others might have had in mind. While it doesn’t count the GOP out of potentially winning the House and Senate and some key governor’s races, candidate popularity presents a significant and unnecessary hurdle in what should, historically speaking, be a good election for Republicans.

Where it’s perhaps most evident: when you look at the image ratings for the candidates — i.e. whether people view the candidate favorably or unfavorably.

The Washington Post reviewed more than 20 recent polls across the most competitive states in the 2020 presidential election, including Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. And in most cases, the Trump-aligned candidates that observers have pegged as being potential liabilities in those states look like exactly that.

Oftentimes, the polls show voters in these states will be pretty evenly divided on which party they want in power when it’s presented as a generic choice — but then they’ll side with the specific, more popular Democrat.

Here are some big races where these popularity gaps could come into play in November.

The gap is perhaps most pronounced in Pennsylvania, where both GOP Senate nominee Mehmet Oz and gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano have trailed consistently in the polls.

Oz was broadly unpopular during the GOP primary, and he doesn’t appear to have improved his standing too much. In three recent polls — from Muhlenberg College, CBS/YouGov and Monmouth University — the percentage of people who viewed him unfavorably was double-digits higher than those who viewed him favorably. The Muhlenberg poll showed 29 percent of people liked him, while 53 percent disliked him. And the CBS/YouGov poll shows even 36 percent of Trump voters dislike him.

Oz’s opponent, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), has middling approval numbers. But in each poll, Fetterman’s net favorability (i.e. positive views vs. negative ones) is more than 20 points higher than Oz’s, which helps explain Fetterman’s consistent edge in the race, which stands at around nine points in the FiveThirtyEight average.

The story is similar in the governor’s race, where Mastriano’s image ratings are about as bad as Oz’s; he’s also double-digits underwater in all three polls. (Monmouth, his best of the three polls, puts him at 36 percent favorable and 48 percent unfavorable.) And thanks to running against a Democrat who’s more popular than Fetterman, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Mastriano’s net image rating is consistently more than 30 points worse than his opponent.

Mastriano’s current average deficit is more than 10 points.

Perhaps the other two Senate races where this really comes into play are Ohio and Arizona.

Two recent polls show Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) with a net image rating 12 and 20 points better than Republican J.D. Vance. One of them — from Marist College — shows Democrats view Ryan by a favorably by a 76-point margin (79-3), but Republicans view Vance favorably by just a 45-point margin (58-13).

Ohio, unlike other states we’re focused on here, is increasingly a red state. But for these reasons, it’s looking like a headache for the GOP to win a race that should be in its column. The race is neck-and-neck.

In Arizona, there’s less quality public polling. But GOP nominee Blake Masters’s net favorability in a recent bipartisan AARP poll is minus-17 (37 percent favorable to 54 percent unfavorable), while Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) is slightly popular. In both that and another poll, Masters’s net image rating is around 20 points worse than Kelly’s.

A McConnell-linked super PAC pulled out of the race this week, canceling $10 million in ad buys. Kelly leads by an average of 7.5 points.

Another nominee some have suggested could hurt the GOP is Kari Lake in the Arizona governor’s race. The evidence on that is less clear, and the race is polling tighter than the Senate race. But the same AARP poll showed Lake 10 points underwater (43 percent favorable to 53 percent unfavorable), while her opponent, Democrat Katie Hobbs, was slightly popular.

This popularity gap could also be important in a few other races.

One is the Michigan governor’s race, where Trump-backed Tudor Dixon was double-digits underwater in two recent polls — including an EPIC-MRA poll that pegged her favorable rating at just 24 percent and her unfavorable rating at 44 percent. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) remains popular, with a majority approving of her job performance. In both polls, her net image rating is 28 points better than Dixon’s, and she leads by double digits in the head-to-head matchup.

Another is the Wisconsin Senate race, where both a recent Siena College poll and a Marquette Law School poll showed fewer than 40 percent of voters like two-term incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes’s (D) net image ratings are nine and 15 points better. But the race is very tight.

In the similarly tight Wisconsin governor’s race, Trump-endorsed GOP nominee Tim Michels is less popular than Gov. Tony Evers (D) by similar margins.

Georgia and New Hampshire

In the final two races we’ll spotlight, the gap is less pronounced — but still exists in a way that could matter.

Georgia GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker is consistently both underwater and less popular than Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D-Ga.), but the gap is usually between five and 10 points — which might help explain why he’s not underperforming as much as some of these other candidates, despite running a very uneven campaign. (Walker does lag behind GOP Gov. Brian Kemp’s performance in various polls, though. And the CBS/YouGov poll found a much larger gap in which candidate people like personally.)

And in New Hampshire, new GOP nominee Don Bolduc is 17 points underwater in a new University of New Hampshire poll (26 percent favorable to 43 percent unfavorable), compared to Sen. Maggie Hassan’s (D-N.H.) minus-nine image rating. Hassan led in that poll by eight points and has led Bolduc in every poll.

One thing we’ve alluded to — and which you’ll notice if you dig into these polls — is that these popularity gaps are often bigger than the margins in the actual head-to-head matchups. And there’s one main reason for that: partisanship.

As The Post’s Philip Bump recently wrote, the CBS/YouGov poll showed Fetterman led Oz on several key issues when it comes to voters’ decisions, often by double digits. Yet Fetterman led by just five points on the ballot test. That’s because party often wins out on voters’ decisions.

Even more telling: The same pollster showed that, in both Pennsylvania and Georgia, a majority of people supporting the Democrat said they were doing so primarily because they liked their candidate. But 8 in 10 supporters of the Republican said their vote was primarily about supporting their party or voting against the other candidate.

That’s undoubtedly in part because those Republican candidates aren’t exactly setting the campaign trail on fire. But those numbers also show that how much voters like a particular candidate is hardly their only consideration at the ballot box — and often, nor is it the most important one.

Indeed, what these polls suggest is that if Republicans can win in these states — and by extension win the Senate — it’ll be in large part because of a favorable environment and the ever-present pull of partisanship.

And it will apparently be in spite of some of the candidates they’ve put forward.


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Special report: How UAE’s construction sector is back to business?

Prominent property developers across the UAE are announcing a slew of high-end mixed-use projects.

A report by real estate investment and advisory firm JLL states that “the UAE construction projects’ market rebounded during 2021, with the residential sector being the highest performer within construction asset awards.” With the trend expected to continue through 2022, the market is witnessing several successful residential project launches. 

The work-from-home concept rung in by the Covid-19 pandemic is proving to be profitable for the construction sector. Home buyers are now demanding spacious and luxurious living spaces in all-inclusive communities featuring a range of leisure facilities such as parks, gyms, and swimming pools as well as commercial outlets such as restaurants, schools, and retail outlets. The sentiment has been further bolstered by the UAE government’s new visa legislation that allows property investors to get a Golden Visa when they buy a property worth Dhs2m. 

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Prominent property developers across the UAE are cashing in on the trend, announcing a slew of high-end mixed-use projects. Nakheel’s master plan for its Dubai Islands (formerly known as Deira Islands) development includes a diverse mix of residential, retail, and hospitality offerings. In addition to 20km of beaches and two square kilometres of parks, open spaces, and golf courses, the Islands will be peppered with nearly 80 luxury and wellness resorts and boutique hotels, enhancing Dubai’s holiday appeal. Earlier this year, the Dubai-based master developer also launched Tilal Al Furjan, a collection of 220 luxury villas that overlook its flagship Al Furjan master community. Nakheel also began work on its Murooj Al Furjan development that sold out last year. Due for completion in 2024, Murooj’s 620 villas and townhouses will be built by Al Shafar General Contracting.

Emaar Development, the build-to-sell property arm of Dubai-based Emaar Properties, delivered over 3,000 residential units in the first half of this year. During the same time, it launched over a dozen projects including Talia and Orania in The Valley, Elie Saab II and Bliss 2 in Arabian Ranches III, Greenview 3 in Emaar South, Park Field in Dubai Hills Estate and Seagate in Rashid Yachts & Marina. The Talia and Orania projects alone will add 638 luxury homes to Dubai’s real estate scene upon completion in 2025. Underpinned by these new launches, Emaar Development announced its highest ever property sales of Dhs15.21bn during H1 2022. In August this year, the developer fully acquired Dubai Creek Harbour from Dubai Holding, the emirate’s eponymously named property developer. With this Dhs7.5bn acquisition, Emaar Properties added 100 million square feet of land to its future development portfolio.

Last year, Dubai’s Deyaar appointed Gulf Asia Contracting as the main contractor on its Regalia project. To be built at a cost of Dhs750m, this will be the tallest-ever residential project by the developer. Launched in July 2021, over 85 per cent of the units were sold by September, raking in Dhs900m. The project is expected to be completed by 2024. In June this year, the developer also announced Dubai Silicon Oasis’ first luxury residential tower, Tria, which will feature studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, duplexes, and penthouses over one million square feet of built-up area.Apart from driving a spurt in construction, the demand or premium residences is boosting the real estate market as well in Dubai. The emirate ranked fourth in the Savills Prime Residential Index: World Cities in August 2022. The only non-US city to make it to the top five, Dubai recorded strong performance on prime residential capital values as well as rents. Prime prices grew by 4.7 per cent during the first half of the year and the city is expected to witness strong capital growth continue for the remainder of 2022. 

“The demand for real estate in Dubai has not slowed down over the course of the last six quarters. Initiatives like the Golden Visa have increased Dubai’s appeal as a long-term home for expats and global investors, spurring demand in the property market. As per the data from the Dubai Land Department, there have been over 66,000 transactions in the last year alone; a 50 per cent increase compared to the same period a year before. To keep up with this growing demand and taking into account the unique preferences of end users, there is a real need to create a regular supply of new inventory in the market. The volume of off-plan transactions has also grown impressively, increasing by over 70 per cent in the last 12 months, suggesting that there is a steady interest in new projects,” explains Haider Ali Khan, CEO of Bayut and dubizzle and head of EMPG MENA.

Bigger homes for Abu Dhabi 

Stoked by Covid-19 lockdowns, high returns on investments, and limited supply, Abu Dhabi is witnessing a strong demand for larger, luxurious villas too. In response, the capital’s leading developers are launching several high-end residential developments. In June 2022, Q Properties (a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi’s Q Holding) appointed ATGC Transport and General Contracting to carry out the early works construction on the first phase of its Dhs8bn Reem Hills luxury residential gated community development. Anchored on the eastern face of Reem Island, the 1.8 million square metres project is being managed by Abu Dhabi-based Royal Development Company and is due for completion in 2024.

Later this year, the emirate’s Aldar Properties will begin construction on Saadiyat Grove, a Dhs10bn mega mixed-use project on Saadiyat Island. Sprawling across 6.2 million square metres of prime land, the integrated community will include nearly 3,000 residential units, most of which are villas. Another development rising on the Grove is the Louvre Abu Dhabi Residences, a collection of 400 luxury apartments that yield views of the famed Louvre Abu Dhabi as well
as the Arabian Gulf. The property is expected to be handed over in 2025. 

The Ain Al Maha village, a new waterfront community, is rising on Jubail Island next door to Saadiyat Island. Launched by the Jubail Island Investment Company (JIIC) in July this year, it features 240 sea- and mangrove-facing villas and is expected to be completed in 2025. Before this, JIIC awarded a Dhs40m contract to Al Dhafra Pipeline and Contracting Company for a new 66-berth marina in the Marfa Al Jubail community which is due for completion by mid-2024. JIIC plans to unveil the district within Marfa Al Jubail in October. 

Another 257 villas will be up for grabs when Bloom Living opens its doors in Zayed City at the end of 2024. The project’s Phase 1 sold out within four hours of its market launch, and its Abu Dhabi-based developer, Bloom Holdings, is hoping to replicate the same success when Phase 2 goes live later this year. Altogether the Dhs9bn Bloom Living project will feature 4,000 villas, townhouses, and apartments across 2.2 million square metres. 

Northern Emirates join in

Moving north, Sharjah Sustainable City has now started to welcome its first residents. Two hundred and eighty villas will be delivered in the first phase of the project which is slated to have a total of 1,250 villas, recreational areas, and green spaces spread over 7.2 million square feet of land upon completion. Recently, Sharjah-based property developer Alef announced its Dhs3.5bn Hayyan project that will span 8.7 million square feet and will include 1,836 smart villas and the largest swimmable blue water lagoon and largest community park in the emirate. Sharjah’s Arada also unveiled Phase Three of its Dhs8bn Masaar project under which 565 villas and townhouses will rise in the emirate’s Suyoh district. Masaar’s master plan includes 4,000 homes divided into eight gated communities spanning 19 million square feet. During H1 2022, Arada awarded contracts worth Dhs460m for Masaar’s Phase One. It also sold 980 homes valued at Dhs709m at Aljada, its other megaproject in Sharjah. Aljada will be Sharjah’s largest mixed-use community to be built at a cost of Dhs24bn. 

UAE’s smallest emirate, Ajman is capitalising on the demand for luxury housing too. Recently, Al Zorah Development Company (a joint venture between the Government of Ajman and Solidere International) launched its beachfront SeaSide Hills residential project that will feature luxury apartments and villas with private beach access. 

Among the Northern Emirates, Ras Al Khaimah boasts one of the most active construction pipelines. In July, the emirate’s Al Hamra rolled out the second phase of its Dhs1bn idyllic residential community, Falcon Island, which will offer 127 luxurious townhouses and villas with prices starting from Dhs1.2m. Phase one of the project was launched in March when over five hundred villas were released and all of which were sold out within one week. Construction is set to begin later this year and will be completed over a period of 24 to 28 months. Ras Al Khaimah’s six million square feet Hayat Island is also undergoing a major transformation with its homegrown RAK Properties’ Gateway Residences 2 and Bay Residence – Central 1 projects rising there. 

Al Hamra’s group CEO, Benoy Kurien, attributes the increased investor interest in Ras Al Khaimah to booming tourism, affordable infrastructure, and attractive returns on investment. He also points to the long-term residency visa package Al Hamra is offering in partnership with Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) which gives investors the opportunity of securing a 12-year residence visa and business licence. “This was a game-changer as investors from across the world bought into our residences at Al Hamra Village and Bab Al Bahr. Given these attractive initiatives, our residential communities are now home to more than 100 nationalities,” he says.

Driven by the UAE Vision Programmes, UAE 2022 federal budget, recovery of oil prices, and improving investor confidence there is undeniable positive market sentiment in the construction sector. The sector is expected to reach a value of $133.53bn by 2027 according to the UAE Construction Market (2022 – 2027) report. The UAE government’s infrastructure projects, comprising housing, tourism, and transport networks, will also make a significant contribution to the sector. Given the pipeline of upcoming projects, it is evident that design-and-build opportunities are in plenty for the next few years.




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Alexandra Burke stars in Joseph musical at Alhambra

ANDREW Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for schools, and the youth ethos remains – with a children’s choir on stage throughout each performance.

But Alexandra Burke, who is the Narrator in the new London Palladium production, heading for Bradford next month, feels she missed out not seeing the show as a child.

“Unlike a lot of people, I didn’t grow up knowing Joseph at school, but I wish I had,” says the singer and actress. “My mum worked very hard to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table and theatre wasn’t something we had the opportunity to enjoy.

“I get quite sad because all these kids in the show know the musical word-for-word and it’s so beautiful to see that, but I was the only one who walked into the theatre going: ‘I’m new to this musical’. It’s been an insight for me to see how many people love it. They know it word-for-word so you can’t muck up on this show.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Alexandra with the cast of Joseph. Pics: Tristam Kenton Alexandra with the cast of Joseph. Pics: Tristam Kenton

She adds: “When they offered to show me some of the archive footage I chose not to watch it because I wanted to learn it from scratch. I decided not to watch what Sheridan Smith had done or anyone previously, because I wanted to put my own spin on it”.

What can audiences expect from this new production?

“They’re in for a massive treat. It’s such a vibrant, colourful and exciting show; you can’t help wanting to join in with the songs, clap along or get up and dance at the end. We’ve all been through so much in the past couple of years, we need shows like this.”

Alexandra is returning as the Narrator, after playing the role at the London Palladium last summer. It’s a role that requires her to be on stage the whole time. What does she most enjoy about it?

“It’s an important role because she’s telling the story, but I’m quite giddy when I play her. It’s the only role I’ve done where I’ve felt I can just be myself. What people are seeing on stage is really just me – I’m quite a goofy person and I play her in quite a goofy way. What you see is me having a laugh on stage, telling a beautiful story and singing some lovely tunes.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: "I play her in quite a goofy way," says Alexandra “I play her in quite a goofy way,” says Alexandra

The West End production was one of the first to open to full capacity after Covid restrictions. How was that?

“It was such a special feeling. Speaking on behalf of everyone who was part of the production, to not be doing what you love for a long time then suddenly being able to perform to a full audience is a feeling money can’t buy.

“It was a special moment for us to see all those faces, even though they were wearing masks. I don’t think any of us will ever take a moment of performing for granted again.”

Joseph has a much-loved score. Does she have a favourite song?

“The opening number, Prologue (Some Folks Dream), is one of my favourites simply because of the message behind it. It’s telling kids to find their dreams and it’s just me and the kids performing it. It’s an important message to put out there.”

How is it working with Jac Yarrow as Joseph?

“We love Jac! If anyone asked me if there’s a perfect Joseph out there I’d say ‘Yes there is and it’s Jac Yarrow’.

“He’s a great singer and a wonderful performer, a very talented young man who is going to go very far.”

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Joseph is a big contrast to The Bodyguard, which Alexandra toured in a couple of years ago. Was that part of the appeal?

“Yes it was, then I found out there hadn’t been many black Narrators and that was the selling point for me.

“I thought ‘I want to be that representation for young black girls to be able to see themselves in that role’.

“One of the kids in the show last year said ‘So I can be The Narrator one day when I grow up too?’ She was a young black girl and it blew my mind that she’d gotten some inspiration from me doing the role.

“That was the key thing for me – being part of an iconic show and representing people of colour.”

What have been her other favourite roles on stage?

“I’ve been lucky enough to do Sister Act, Chess, Chicago, The Bodyguard – all the most amazing experience. I’m not a trained actor or theatre performer, yet I’ve been blessed to have been given such fantastic opportunities.

“And I’ve loved every director I’ve worked with. I’ve learned so much from them, I’m like a little sponge who soaks up everything.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Alexandra performing at the opening of The Broadway Bradford in 2015Alexandra performing at the opening of The Broadway Bradford in 2015

Alexandra, who became a mum this year, hasn’t looked back since winning X Factor in 2008. She went on to have a successful recording career and in recent years has starred in musical theatre. In 2017 she reached the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Was theatre always part of the plan?

“It’s been more of a nice, happy accident if I’m honest with you. I never thought about doing theatre after X Factor because my mind was so set on music.

“I was only meant to do three months in The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre and that turned into five years of non-stop theatre work. And gosh, it’s been wonderful! Music will always be my number one but it’s been amazing to train my voice in a different way and build up my stamina.

“While recording what will be my fourth album I’ve realised that I’m more confident with my singing than ever before and I put that down to all the incredible roles I’ve played over the last seven years. You don’t know hard work until you’ve done 10 shows a week. I take my hands off to ensemble members as well because they do so much work, sometimes across multiple roles, whereas I’ve just got one role to concentrate on.”

What is she looking forward to about taking Joseph around the UK?

“When you tour you get to meet so many new people and visit places you don’t usually go to. It opens up your mind and your heart.

“I always find the people in Bradford to be so kind and welcoming, and the stage management team and the in-house crew at the Alhambra are so lovely. They’re very accommodating.”

* Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is at the Alhambra from October 17-22. Call (01274) 432000 or visit bradford-theatres.co.uk




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Arizona ruling banning abortion ‘dangerous,’ White House says

Arizona’s recent ruling on abortion is “dangerous” and will set women in the state “back more than a century — to a time before Arizona was even a state,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement Saturday morning.

Jean-Pierre’s comments came a day after a judge lifted a decades-old injunction blocking the enforcement of a 1901 Arizona law that bans nearly all abortions. The only exemption to that pre-statehood ban is when the mother’s life is at risk.

On Friday, Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson granted a request by the state’s attorney general, Mark Brnovic, to lift an injunction that was put in place after the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion nationwide.

Brnovic asked the court to lift the near-50-year-old injunction in July, shortly after the Supreme Court overturned Roe.

Johnson’s ruling — which takes effect immediately, but is expected to be appealed — means that abortion clinics in the state will have to close their doors.

It also means that anyone seeking an abortion will need to travel out of state.

“If this decision stands, health care providers would face imprisonment of up to five years for fulfilling their duty of care; survivors of rape and incest would be forced to bear the children of their assaulters; and women with medical conditions would face dire health risks,” Jean-Pierre said, slamming the potential consequences of the ruling as “catastrophic” and “unacceptable.”

In a statement released after the ruling Friday, Brnovich applauded the court for “upholding the will of the legislature and providing clarity and uniformity on this important issue.”

But Alexis McGill Johnson, the president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said that the ruling was “out of step with the will of Arizonans” and would “cruelly force pregnant people to leave their communities to access abortion.”

Jean-Pierre on Saturday agreed with McGill Johnson, saying that the “backwards decision” exemplified a “disturbing trend across the country of Republican officials at the local and national level dead-set on stripping women of their rights, including through Senator [Lindsey] Graham’s proposed national abortion ban.”

Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, earlier this month introduced a bill in Congress that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy nationwide.

On Friday, President Joe Biden mentioned Graham’s bill at an event in Washington, saying that the election of two more Democrats in the Senate would allow him to “once again make Roe the law of the land” and “once again protect a women’s right to choose.”

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris “will continue to push Congress to codify Roe to protect women’s access to abortion and health care,” Jean-Pierre said.

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