Premier League clubs 'to discuss liability if player dies of Covid-19'

Premier League clubs ‘will discuss whether they would face corporate manslaughter prosecution if a player DIES from coronavirus’… as seven BAME stars refuse to train over fears of becoming infected

  • Premier League clubs expected to vote for return to full contract training 
  • But executives are still seeking answers and clarifications to their concerns
  • One executive reportedly asked who is liable if a player dies of Covid-19
  • The club boss feared directors could be prosecuted for corporate manslaughter
  • It comes as at least seven BAME players aren’t training amid virus fears 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Premier League clubs are still seeking reassurance on the implications of Project Restart plans ‘with one executive concerned about a corporate manslaughter prosecution’ in the worst case scenario of a player dying from Covid-19.

The English top-flight is kicking on with plans to resume the season, with a target date of mid-June for games to get underway again.

It is expected the 20 Premier League clubs will give the green light in a vote on Wednesday for a return to full contact training this week.

Premier League club executives are reportedly still seeking reassurance on several issues including whether directors could be prosecuted if a player dies of Covid-19

Premier League teams are now training in small groups but could start contact training soon

But, according to The Times, serious fears remain that questions remain unanswered and the timeframe is too short for the responses to be signed off by their lawyers.

Clubs are reportedly still seeking clarification on what happens if several first-team squad members are isolated because of Covid-19 and whether that would lead to their matches being postponed.

And one club chief executive raised the extreme scenario of a player dying of the virus and whether that could make club directors liable to prosecution for corporate manslaughter.

Clubs are also seeking clarity on what happens to the rest of the squad if a player involved in contact training tests positive.

Sportsmail revealed on Monday that at least seven BAME players have opted out of training sessions so far, among them Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante and Watford striker Troy Deeney.

Chelsea star N’Golo Kante has decide to opt out of returning to training over Covid-19 fears

Watford captain Troy Deeney has also decided against a return amid the coronavirus pandemic

There has been particular reluctance from the BAME playing community after the Office for National Statistics released data that black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die from Covid-19 as white people.

However, it was stressed in a meeting between the Premier League’s BAME advisory group and the government’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam last Friday that this equates to a 0.04 per cent chance of black players catching the virus and 0.02 per cent for white.

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He finds love and life away from home

As a child, Mr Lucky Darl Amor Nariz Matias was always aware that he could one day leave home and work abroad.

What he did not imagine was the happily-ever-after love story he would experience in Singapore.

Growing up in Nueva Vizcaya, a Philippines province in north-eastern Luzon almost six times the size of Singapore, Mr Matias always had dreams of moving abroad.

Job opportunities at home were scarce. Many took up to a year to land a job. He also assumed that he would be able to earn more working overseas.

But his aspirations remained elusive — until 2015.

That year, he seized the opportunity to uproot and move to Singapore. It was a dream come true, he admits, but moving to a foreign country did not come without difficulties.

“My biggest challenge was adjusting to the culture,” he says of his first year in Singapore.

Then 24, he found comfort and familiarity in three friends from his hometown, who had accompanied him to work here, and among his colleagues at Sunshine Welfare Action Mission (Swami).

He also continued to stay in touch with his parents back home in the Philippines, sharing stories about his new job and sending them money twice a month with the Singtel Dash mobile wallet.

Since arriving in Singapore, he has been working as an enrolled nurse at Swami — an elderly nursing home in Sembawang. An enrolled nurse provides direct patient care under the supervision of registered nurses. Like him, most of the nurses there are foreigners.

Mr Matias (left) with his fellow colleagues at Sunshine Welfare Action Mission. PHOTO: LUCKY DARL AMOR NARIZ MATIAS

Forging a new family

Now 29, Mr Matias feels at ease and at home; he says he has the folks at his workplace to thank.

“It’s been a real blessing. The residents (of Swami) are like a family to me. It’s almost as if they are my grandparents.”

At Swami, he serves elderly residents their meals and ensures that they take their medication and keep to their prescribed treatment plans.

When local Covid-19 cases began to appear in Singapore in January, Swami introduced a series of protocols, such as daily temperature checks and split-zone arrangements, in line with precautionary guidelines implemented by the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Visitors were not allowed as well to prevent the infection from spreading to its elderly residents.

On May 2, Mr Matias and staff at Swami, whose jobs involve interacting with elderly residents, were moved to Mandarin Orchard Hotel. They are among thousands of nursing home employees who are being housed in hotels or on-site at the nursing home where they work, as part of the Government’s efforts to reduce community exposure during the circuit breaker period.

Aside from helping to arrange alternative accommodation for staff who interact with elderly residents of Homes, MOH is also providing funding for Homes to arrange for dedicated transport for affected staff during this time.

“Transportation is arranged for us to get to work and then back to the hotel, but otherwise we are not allowed to go outside or mingle with fellow colleagues,” Mr Matias explains.

Notwithstanding the lack of social interaction amid the coronavirus outbreak, he looks forward to waking up every day. He says it is the residents at Swami that keep his spirits up.

One of his favourite sessions of daily nurse-patient routines is “talking with them and hearing about their life experiences”.

Lucky in love

True to his name, Mr Lucky Matias has been fortunate enough to find his life partner within the first five years of working here.

He met his fiancée, a fellow Philippine national and colleague, through a mutual friend in 2015. They were close friends for a few years before romance blossomed in 2018.

“I knew that she was the one for me,” he says.

When he popped the question at Gardens By the Bay in January this year, he was a bunch of nerves. “I was so nervous…I was afraid I would not be able to execute it properly.”

The couple’s home is a rented four-room Housing Board flat in Yishun. They plan to marry next January.

For now, they are being housed in different rooms at Mandarin Orchard. They have also been kept apart at work by zoning measures, which were implemented by the Home per MOH guidelines to minimise interactions between nurses from different wards.

Mr Matias shares that being separated from his fiancée is difficult, but he is determined to observe the rules to keep the elderly in his care safe.

“My main focus is to stay strong and stay safe. By not compromising my health, I can provide uncompromised service to the residents.”

App a helping hand in harsh times

While the healthcare worker’s love and life are now tied to Singapore, there is one key app that links him to his businessman father and civil servant mother: the Singtel Dash mobile wallet.

Mr Matias’ parents live by themselves in the Philippines as all three of their children are working abroad. His older sister works in Canada while his younger sister is also working as a healthcare worker in Singapore.

Dash’s remittance feature makes it convenient for him to remit money to his parents and his fiancée’s parents in the Philippines.

He has been using the app since 2018, after learning of it through a friend.

“I don’t have to waste time making trips to remittance shops at Lucky Plaza and waiting in a queue. I can now do it right from my phone.”

Dash enables users in Singapore to remit money to seven countries in the region: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines.

One of the key benefits of the mobile application, which customers from all telcos can download for free on their smartphones, is that it allows users to send money home quickly and conveniently. This is especially useful in a time of circuit breaker restrictions.

For example, he found Dash a real benefit when his friend desperately needed to send money to the Philippines.

“He came home crying as his niece was hospitalised due to a medical emergency. He needed to send money home to pay for the hospital bills,’ he explains.

Mr Matias immediately whipped out his phone and was able to quickly remit money on his friend’s behalf.

“It was late at night and no remittance outlets would be open, so I’m glad I was able to do it instantly from my phone.”

Ms Cindy Tan, head of marketing at Singtel’s International Group, says: “We’re heartened that Dash is able to provide a safe and convenient remittance solution for those with overseas-based loved ones, especially in stressful times of unforeseen emergencies like now.”

“It’s our honour to be able to support the foreign worker community and we will continue to make our services accessible and useful for them.”

Singtel Dash lets users remit money from their mobile phones without the need to leave home or queue at remittance outlets.

How it works:

Step 1: Users top up their Dash wallets with a local online bank account, or with cash at 7-Eleven stores and Singtel shops.
Step 2: Users can then remit money from their Dash wallet to bank accounts, mobile wallets and cash pick-up points in their home countries.

At present, Dash offers mobile remittance services to seven countries in the region: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines. Dash customers can also make online and in-store payments for goods and services globally.

Users can also make a peer-to-peer transfer between Dash wallets, allowing employers to easily send money to their employees.

Singtel has introduced new initiatives on Dash to help those who wish to remit money.

  • Complimentary* remittance for healthcare workers
  • One-time complimentary* remittance and $3 cashback for all users
  • Free^ 30-day insurance for remittance of at least $100

​*Complimentary remittance and cashback valid till 1 June 2020. ^ Free insurance is valid till 30 June 2020 and is protected up to specified limits by SDIC. Underwritten and issued by NTUC Income. T&Cs apply. Visit for info.

The Singtel Dash app can be downloaded for free on iOS and Android devices by clicking here or scanning the QR code.

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Jimmy Cobb, ‘Kind of Blue’ drummer for Miles Davis, dies

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Jimmy Cobb, a percussionist and the last surviving member of Miles Davis’ 1959 “Kind of Blue” groundbreaking jazz album which transformed the genre and sparked several careers, died Sunday.

His wife, Eleana Tee Cobb, announced on Facebook that her husband died at his New York City home from lung cancer. He was 91.


Born in Washington, D.C., Cobb told The Associated Press in 2019 he listened to jazz albums and stayed up late to hear disc jockey Symphony Sid playing jazz in New York City before launching his professional career. He said it was saxaphonist Cannonball Adderley who recommended him to Davis, and he ended up playing on several Davis recordings.

But Cobb’s role as a drummer on the “Kind of Blue” jam session headed by Davis would forever change his career. That album also featured Adderley and John Coltrane.

The album, released on Aug. 17, 1959, captured a moment when jazz was transforming from bebop to something newer, cooler and less structured.

The full takes of the songs were recorded only once, with one exception, Cobb said. “Freddie Freeloader” needed to be played twice because Davis didn’t like a chord change on the first attempt, he said.

Davis, who died in 1991, had some notes jotted down, but there weren’t pages of sheet music. It was up to the improvisers to fill the pages. “He’d say this is a ballad. I want it to sound like it’s floating. And I’d say, ‘OK,’ and that’s what it was,” Cobb recalled.


The album received plenty of acclaim at the time, yet the critics, the band and the studio couldn’t have known it would enjoy such longevity. He and his bandmates knew the album would be a hit but didn’t realize at the time how iconic it would become.

“We knew it was pretty damned good,” Cobb joked.

It has sold more than 4 million copies and remains the best selling jazz album of all time. It also served as a protest album for African American men who looked to Davis and the jazz musicians to break stereotypes about jazz and black humanity.

Cobb would also work with such artists as Dinah Washington, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Wynton Kelly and Stan Getz. He’d also release a number of albums on his own.

He performed well into his late 80s and played in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2017, as part of the New Mexico Jazz Festival. Jazz fans from throughout the American Southwest came to pay their respects in what many felt was a goodbye.

Cobb released his last album, This I Dig of You, with Smoke Sessions Records in August 2019.


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Babyface Says This Legendary Producer Gave Him the Opportunity to Create the 'Waiting to Exhale' Soundtrack

In 1995, Forest Whitaker brought Terry McMillan’s legendary book, Waiting to Exhale to the big screen. The story follows the lives of four Black women living in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Savannah (Whitney Houston), is a successful television producer who moves to Arizona from Denver. After being frustrated by her dating life, she begins seeing an old flame. Meanwhile, Bernadine (Angela Bassett), is reeling from the breakdown of her 11-year marriage. Gloria (Loretta Devine) wants to find love but doesn’t feel that it’s possible for her anymore. Finally, Robin (Lela Rochon) is in an on-again, off-again relationship with her married boyfriend.

Bringing the film to life meant that for the first time, successful modern-day Black women could see their lives in three-dimensions on-screen. However, the film’s soundtrack was just as important as the movie. Written and produced by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, the legendary producer almost didn’t get to create the album.

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Babyface wasn’t sure he could do the ‘Waiting to Exhale’ soundtrack

Knowing that Whitney Houston was attached to the film, following the smash success of The Bodyguard, Babyface was uncertain about taking on the soundtrack, especially when Whitaker asked him to do the score for the film as well.

“That was new territory for me, so I was very nervous,” he told Billboard in 2015. “But [Forest] said, ‘You can do it, I’ll help you get through it and we can make it happen.’ I had a huge responsibility on my shoulders because Waiting to Exhale, the book, was huge, and so the film was very important. And then, this was Whitney. I was taking it in, but I kind of wasn’t all the way there when it was happening.”

Whitney Houston didn’t want to sing on the ‘Waiting to Exhale’ soundtrack

Coming off of the monumental success of The Bodyguard, Houston was unsure if she wanted to tackle another soundtrack with Waiting to Exhale.

“Whitney Houston originally came to me and said, ‘Face, I don’t even know if I’m going to sing on this album, but if I do, I get to pick who dos and the don’t,’” Babyface shared on Instagram.

Houston did eventually decide to sing on the album, but she also decided that she wanted to have several women join her, making Waiting to Exhale, the first female-only soundtrack.

RELATED: Babyface Originally Wrote the Entire ‘Waiting to Exhale’ Soundtrack for Whitney Houston but She Changed His Mind at the Last Minute

Quincy Jones gave Babyface the opportunity to create the ‘Waiting Exhale’ soundtrack

Though Babyface got a call from Whitaker asking him to create the score and soundtrack for Waiting to Exhale, he came highly recommended by someone else in the music industry.

“I found out just recently, that one of the people that were responsible for me getting this gig in the first place was because Forest Whitaker actually went to talk to Quincy Jones about this project,” Babyface said on his Instagram Live. “I don’t know if Quincy turned it down or if he said that he was too busy, but what Quincy did was he told [Forest] to see me. And it’s amazing, I just found out about that last week. But, I’ll take Quincy Jones’ leftovers any day. “

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Rihanna Celebrates 15th Anniversary of Her First Single 'Pon de Replay': 'Where It All Began'

Rihanna concluded, "I love you Navy, and I cherish you. I'm so grateful to be gifted you as my fans and family. G4L!"

"Pon de Replay" first dropped on May 24 in 2005. The reggae-influenced club track reached No. 2 on the Billboard singles chart and announced Rihanna as the next up-and-coming pop star.

Sure enough, Rihanna lived up to that expectation and has since scored 14 No. 1 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, earning more Hot 100 No. 1 hits than any other artist this century, according to Chart Data. She is also Spotify’s most-streamed female artist.

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Earlier this year, Rihanna appeared on a new song for Canadian singer PartyNextDoor's  album PARTYMOBILE. She was featured on the track “Believe It."

The song was Rihanna’s first musical work since the release of her album Anti in 2016.

Since Anti, Rihanna has hinted at dropping new music, teasing in a cover story for Vogue's November issue that it will have a reggae flavor. “I like to look at it as a reggae-inspired or reggae-infused album,” Rihanna said. “It’s not gonna be typical of what you know as reggae. But you’re going to feel the elements in all of the tracks.”

She then confirmed in February that she was working on new music, teasing a potential collaboration with The Neptunes, a producer team that includes Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo.

However, in April, Rihanna warned fans that her long-rumored, upcoming ninth album was on hold as she is "trying to save the world" amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The artist donated $5 million to the global coronavirus relief fund via her Clara Lionel Foundation to be split among organizations like Direct Relief, Feeding America, Partners in Health, the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, the International Rescue Committee, and others.

She also recently teamed up with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey to donate over $4 million to help address the escalating domestic violence cases in Los Angeles that have spiked because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

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My boyfriend confessed he’s been cheating throughout our five-year relationship – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE MY partner cheated on me on our very first date.

I found him outside the pub with a man and he said it was sexual assault.

That was five years ago but just last month he told me the truth, that it had been consensual sex.

We are two openly gay men and he was only 20 when we met.

I was 26 and felt protective towards him.

We’ve been together for five years and he’s now admitted he has been cheating on me throughout our relationship.

He’s picked up men for casual sex and even had men in our bed.

I know he’s a cheat and a liar but he says he loves me and hates himself for what he is.

He says the pandemic has made him rethink his values and behaviour but I feel broken inside.

Do you think he can change?

Get in touch with Deidre today

Got a problem?

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Send an email to [email protected]

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DEIDRE SAYS: He can, if he’s truly remorseful and knows he wants to be faithful to you from now on.

You both need to understand why he was cheating on you for so long.

He needs to share with you the efforts he’s making to change.

You can both find support through Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline (, 0300 330 0630).

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What You Didn't Know About the Shocking Story of John & Lorena Bobbitt

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Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl. Girl cuts off boy’s penis. Girl throws penis out the window. Boy has penis reattached. Boy and girl become punchlines. The world moves on but continues to snicker from time to time.

On June 23, 1993, 24-year-old Lorena Bobbitt took a 12-inch kitchen knife and sliced off her 26-year-old husband John Wayne Bobbitt‘s penis while he was asleep in the bedroom of their apartment in Manassas, Va. Then she got in her car and drove off, throwing the detached member into a nearby field before driving to her boss Janna Bisutti’s house, where they called police.

Lorena told authorities and later testified in court that her husband of four years had come home that night, drunk, and proceeded to rape her. She further alleged that John had been sexually, physically and emotionally abusive for the duration of their marriage.

But first, people—the law, the media, the public—tried to process what had happened. It didn’t go great.

John and Lorena Bobbitt became household names, their story leading every newscast and covering all the tabloids. The puns ran wild in late-night talk show monologues and in a Saturday Night Live sketch featuring Mike Myers and Rosie O’DonnellThe New Yorker sent Gay Talese to cover the proceedings but ultimately didn’t print what he came up with, while Lorena actually posed in a bathing suit for Vanity FairHoward Stern, who said on the air he doubted whether John had raped his wife because “she’s not that great looking,” helped raise money—a reported $260,000—for John’s medical and legal expenses. A Howard Stern Show New Year’s Eve special implored listeners to make John “whole again” (alas, they didn’t sell hats).

“I do remember my Vanity Fair editor saying, ‘If these people were not attractive, nobody would be this amped up about the case,'” Kim Masters, who was covering the case for VF, remembered to the Washingtonian in 2018. “But because they were pretty attractive, it had this allure. I was surprised when he said that, but looking back, I think it’s true.”

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On the legal side, Lorena, a manicurist who was born in Ecuador, successfully pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and after being acquitted—with folks selling penis-shaped chocolates and “Love Hurts” T-shirts outside the courthouse—she was hospitalized for five weeks for psychiatric evaluation. In a separate trial, John, a former Marine, was acquitted of marital sexual assault.

“They always just focused on it,” Lorena told The New York Times last year. “And it’s like they all missed or didn’t care why I did what I did.”

It would be years before the significance of the actual series of events came close to being widely understood. And there was still plenty more to explain, as the four-part Amazon Prime docu-series Lorena, executive-produced by Jordan Peele, directed by Joshua Rofé set out to do last year. The new Lifetime Movie I Was Lorena Bobbitt—executive-produced and narrated by Lorena herself—promises to reveal more about the very real human who was unwittingly swept up in a tabloid super-storm decades ago.

“People used to judge me before, saying that they don’t believe my story,” Lorena, who now goes by Lorena Gallo, told Entertainment Tonight about the project. “To tell the story again is more than a blessing, to me it is an opportunity to tell it right.” She explained, “If I could help at least one person to escape domestic violence then all my pain and suffering that I went through was not in vain.

Dani Montalvo stars as Lorena in the movie, premiering May 25, whilei Luke Humphrey plays John.


And Montalvo admits she took on the part with no pre-conceived notions about Lorena’s character—because the 26-year-old had at first never heard of her.

“I didn’t even know her name,” the actress told ET. “I had never heard of the jokes. I had never heard of the incident, which is incredible because it was a huge deal.” She spent time with Lorena and watched the Amazon series to prepare.

“One thing that really did help was that she spoke to me about the emotional abuse,” Montalvo said. “And how that’s more painful than the physical abuse or the sexual abuse. It’s what he made her believe and how he changed her mind about herself and her world.”


2018 marked 25 years since the events in question and ensuing trials—a milestone number that had people naturally wondering “where are they now?”—and it proved a fairly opportune time to revisit the case: its legal implications, the social reaction to it and how far, or not far in some respects, we’ve come with regard to listening to women and talking about sexual violence, masculine entitlement, spousal dynamics and domestic abuse.

I felt that Joshua [Rofé] was an amazing person to tell the story, and the human demeanor that he had along with Jordan Peele,” Lorena told Variety about the 2019 docu-series. “To see men onboard and talk about this serious issue, to me, that was eye opening. I was like, ‘Wow, that could work.’ That meant a lot to me, that men are involved in women’s issues. And that was the key element for me to decide, because if we are going to evolve to reach gender equality, it is very important to involve men. My role in this documentary, was to tell the story as honestly and authentically that I could and to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.”


“Virginia has a tough standard for marital rape. It’s a much tougher standard than stranger rape. We need to look at it,” then-Lt. Gov. Donald S. Beyer Jr. told reporters in 1993 after a grand jury returned an indictment of marital sexual assault, which carried a maximum 20-year prison sentence (instead of a potential life sentence that the rape charge carried), for John Bobbitt.

To be considered spousal rape, the couple had to be estranged at the time of the attack, and the victim would have to have suffered “serious permanent damage.” 

“He jumped on top of me and he started grabbing my arms really tight,” Lorena told ABC News’ 20/20 in an interview in 1993. “I said, ‘I don’t want to have sex’… he forced me… my underwear was ripping off. I was just fighting… He wouldn’t listen.”

After the assault, she recalled, she went into the kitchen to get a glass of water, saw the knife and “everything went just fast.”

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John denied raping her—then or at any other time—and in the first of two back-to-back trials that November at the Manassas courthouse, both prosecuted by Prince William Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul B. Ebert, he was found not guilty of marital sexual assault. Sixteen days later, Lorena went on trial for malicious wounding, a felony charge that carried a maximum 20-year prison sentence, and the lesser charge of unlawful wounding. Plus, because she wasn’t a citizen, she faced the possibility of deportation.

John’s trial, because it was a sexual assault case, wasn’t televised. Lorena’s was, and coming pre-O.J. but after the circus that was the first Menendez brothers’ murder trial, the media were in top sensationalizing form.

It’s not as if the story isn’t murky and full of “oh, well if that‘s true…” moments. These cases were prime examples of he-said, she-said, except for the one part they agreed on, which is that they weren’t happy. And there is no such thing as a perfect victim.

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It was said during the proceedings that John and Lorena Bobbitt had consensual sex 72 hours before the alleged rape.

“He always have orgasm and he doesn’t wait for me to have orgasm,” Lorena told a police lieutenant hours after the incident in a statement that prosecutors would point to as evidence she was thinking lucidly in the moment. “He’s selfish. I don’t think it’s fair, so I pulled back the sheets then and I did it.”

According to a friend of John’s who was staying with the couple that night, sleeping on the sofa, Lorena stole $100 from him before taking off, still holding the knife and the penis.

Psychologists and psychiatrists called by both sides at trial had expected differing opinions as to whether she was legally insane in that moment, but all agreed in not doubting that she had suffered abuse in her marriage.

“They are like children,” Ebert, who had expressed no doubts about trying both cases, said in his closing argument at Lorena’s trial. “Neither one plays with a whole deck. They don’t have all their spigots open.”

Lorena Gallo met John Bobbitt at a Marine Corps officers ball in 1988. Talking to ABC News’ 20/20 in 2018, he recalled seeing her across the room, “and she looks shy and innocent, and I went over there and asked her to dance. She can barely speak English… I go, ‘Here’s my number.'”

Lorena was born in Ecuador, grew up in Venezuela and was in the United States on a student visa, attending Northern Virginia Community College.

“I thought John was very handsome,” Lorena told Vanity Fair in 2018. “Blue eyes. A man in a uniform, you know? He was almost like a symbol—a Marine, fighting for the country. I believed in this beautiful country. I was swept off my feet. I wanted my American Dream.”


John claimed he was pressured by Lorena’s mother to marry her, because her visa was about to expire. “Had to bite the bullet, I guess, get married,” he said. Asked if he loved her, John replied, “Well, I thought I did.” They married on June 18, 1989.

“She said she loved him and she wanted her marriage to work,” Janna Bisutti, who employed Lorena as a nanny and then as a manicurist at her salon in Manassas, told ABC News in 1993. “She was going to do anything to try to make her marriage work.”


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When he was 3, John and his two brothers went to live with an aunt and uncle, who had four boys of their own, in upstate New York, after their mother decided she was unable to care for them. It was a loving, church-on-Sundays household, John told ABC. There were also a lot of fights, he added, and he generally played peacemaker.

Lorena alleged that John hit her for the first time about a month after they got married and that started a pattern of abuse.

John, meanwhile, alleged that Lorena was the one who was jealous, had a temper and would hit him, and his physical response was only to “subdue her or restrain her.”

But as seen at trial (and in countless tabloids and on TV), there were photos of injuries to Lorena that she said were inflicted by her husband. Defense witnesses testified that John had bragged about forcing his wife to have sex, that she had called 911 on him, and that they had seen bruises which Lorena said John had given her.

“I mean if we get in a fight and you jump on me and start hitting me, and I try to subdue you, you’re going to end up getting some type of injury, like a bruise or fat lip,” he said on 20/20.

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Both of them called police on each other—resulting one time in John being arrested and charged with assault and battery. He in turn filed a report accusing Lorena of assault and battery. Neither case went forward.

After being discharged from the Marines in 1991, he had trouble finding steady work, so Lorena became the main breadwinner. John says she wasn’t satisfied living within their means, so they moved to a bigger apartment and had two new cars.

Lorena was caught shoplifting from Nordstrom once and sentenced to community service. Janna Bisutti said that her employee also stole $7,000 from her; she just demanded Lorena pay her back.

The Bobbitts briefly broke up, then reconciled.


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Lorena has explained that, as a Catholic, she didn’t believe in divorce and that’s why she didn’t leave John. She had an abortion, however, after finding out she was pregnant, saying later that she wanted to have the baby but John told her he didn’t think she could handle a child. She was too afraid to keep it, she said.

At one point she went to police to file for a restraining order, but left before the paperwork was processed. John later said that he had already told her he wanted a divorce by then.

Asking for a divorce “hurt her,” John recalled on 20/20

“It hit her like a ton of bricks. She was crying and she was begging. She said she didn’t believe in divorce, but I said, ‘It’s pointless. I mean what’s the point of staying married? You’re not happy. I’m not happy.'”

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“And there was the green card, too,” John also told Vanity Fair. “That didn’t come to my mind at the time, but it’s obvious. You have to be married to an American citizen for five years to get one, and we’d only been married for four.”

On the night of June 22, 1993, he went out drinking with a friend who was in town from Buffalo, N.Y. Both men returned to the apartment in the early morning hours of June 23. John says he got into bed to go to sleep and Lorena made sexual advances. He says they fooled around but he was too out of it and there was “no sex.”

“Never raped anybody in my life,” John reiterated last year. “Everything was done in my sleep. The sexual advances, the talking… all in a deep sleep.”


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Then, “I sprung up and I was bleeding, I was applying pressure, then immediately I thought it was something out of a horror movie,” John said. “A nightmare… turned into reality.” He thought he was going to die, he said.

Robert Johnston, the friend who was staying with them, drove John to Prince William Hospital about 10 minutes away.

In the meantime, going by Lorena’s directions, a police officer had found the detached penis in the field where she tossed it, packed it on ice in a Big Bite hot dog box procured from a 7-Eleven across the street and drove it to the hospital.

Urologist Dr. James Sehn, a veteran of numerous microsurgeries but no penile replantations, performed the emergency procedure, which involved reconnecting various arteries, veins and nerves to restore blood flow, with plastic surgeon Dr. David Berman. It took nine hours.

“It remains the most interesting and dramatic case I’ve ever done in my life,” Berman told 20/20. “It kind of really blew a lot of people’s imaginations away with what could be done.”

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In hindsight, John admitted to being “a little cocky” on the witness stand when testifying at Lorena’s trial. “I didn’t know how to explain the story.”

“John Bobbitt is what he is and he testified, I’m sure, to the best of his ability,” Paul Ebert, the prosecutor, said in January 1994 after the verdict was announced.

John, who was not in the courtroom when the verdict was read but watched on TV, recalled to ABC News that “everybody was shocked” that Lorena had been found not guilty, thinking “how can somebody get away with it?”

But while he painted Lorena as a greedy, materialistic woman who did what she did because she was angry and afraid he was going to leave her, John wasn’t the most sympathetic victim—except to those who couldn’t get past feeling bad for a man because he had suffered a grotesque penile injury (while simultaneously making rampant fun of him).

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And “everybody” didn’t think that Lorena had gotten away with a crime. In fact, plenty of people thought John was the one who got away with the crime.

Which isn’t to say that it was OK to turn “Bobbitt” into a verb or the forever-term for removing a penis from its person. It was a sickening situation all around. While some wrote Lorena off as a crazy scorned wife, most felt great sympathy for her—but also didn’t think what she did was right. Still others considered her a feminist hero—not necessarily for her actions (though some supporters proudly flashed V-for-victory signs then made snipping motions) but for telling her story and not being cowed by people dragging her through the mud or legal eagles who recommended she take a plea.

“Lorena Bobbitt was part of a group of women—everyone from Hillary Clinton and Monica Lewinsky to Tonya Harding—who were shamed in the 1990s, women who were what I call ‘bitchified’—undermined, objectified, and thwarted by a sexist media narrative,” Allison Yarrow, author of 90s Bitch: Media, Culture and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality, told NBC News last year. “The abuse of Lorena Bobbitt was ignored in favor of a narrative that celebrated male sexuality and shamed her for being a vengeful perpetrator, instead of shining a light on domestic violence and abuse.”


But though his name was a punchline, it was also world-famous, and John decided to capitalize on it. (He simply had bills to pay, his lawyers explained.)

“John is starting his life again,” Paul Erickson, one of his attorneys, told the Washington Post after his acquittal. “He has to pick a place to live and has to decide what kind of job he wants.”

He became a Howard Stern Show regular (back when Stern was on regular radio, so by the end of 1993 the FCC was all over the shock jock). He booked a 40-city media tour. He starred in two comedic porn movies directed by XXX-star Ron JeremyJohn Wayne Bobbitt: Uncut and—after Stern offered to pay for John to undergo male-enhancement surgery—1996’s Frankenpenis. For awhile he played in a band called The Severed Parts.

Though Lorena acquired an agent to handle any biopic offers at the time (she thought recent Oscar winner Marisa Tomei would do a nice job), most of the flamboyantly visible continuation of their saga came from John’s corner. Comedians continued to enjoy their rim shots. For years, what prompted Lorena to cut off her husband’s penis in the first place remained the B-side of the splashy single. 


In the fall of 1994, John was sentenced to 60 days in jail for misdemeanor domestic battery against his girlfriend at the time, Kristina Elliott. In 1999 he pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny for stealing $140,000 worth of clothes from a Nevada store and was sentenced to five years’ probation. Months later he was convicted of harassing an ex-girlfriend, adult-film actress Desiree A. Luz.

John was married again for 13 days before the union was annulled. In 2002 he was going to appear on Celebrity Boxing 2, the pitting of D-listers against each other being all the rage, but ended up getting arrested for allegedly battering his third wife, Joanna Ferrell. He was ordered to attend domestic violence classes. In 2004, he was found not guilty of assaulting Ferrell and her teenage son but the judge ordered him to finish his court-ordered counseling.

“I’ve never been so happy with the judicial system,” John told the Las Vegas Sun

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According to Vanity Fair, at one point he left Nevada to go help care for his sick mother in New York. In 2014, John’s neck was broken in a car accident in Buffalo, N.Y., when another car ran a red light and slammed into him. In 2016, VF reports, he went back to Dr. Berman, the plastic surgeon who helped reattach his penis, to get his member un-enhanced. As of 2018, he had received a settlement from the accident and was living in Vegas again, busy searching for the so-called Fenn Treasure, a chest of loot rumored to have been buried in the Rocky Mountains somewhere by art collector Forrest Fenn.

“I didn’t batter Lorena,” John told VF. “And those women after Lorena—the ones who were using me, my name, as a stepping-stone—I didn’t batter them, either. I’m a Marine. I’m trained to protect people, not hurt them.”


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When John was acquitted of marital sexual assault by a jury with nine women on it, legal and armchair experts thought that boded poorly for Lorena, who testified at her husband’s trial.

“If she was my client, I would be begging for a misdemeanor,” an American University law professor told the Washington Post. “I would not be very happy about the prospect of putting her before a jury.”

But Lorena’s team stayed the course, her lawyer James Lowe telling the Post, “Based on media reports, the [first] jury was concerned with a lack of corroboration. As to the issue of long-term, egregious spousal abuse, there will be so much corroboration, you’ll be bored to tears hearing it.”

There were tears, and there was enough corroboration to convince the jury of seven women and five men at Lorena’s trial that she was rendered temporarily insane. They deliberated for just over six hours, finding it plausible that she had snapped when one more instance, after years of alleged abuse, prompted, as the defense put it, an “irresistible impulse” to retaliate.

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“She did once and will again seek her American dream when she is able, and if the publicity of her abuse can help one person find freedom, then all of this is not in vain,” Janna Bisutti read in a statement on Lorena’s behalf after court that day. The statement was also released in Spanish.

“We’re glad the jury rejected the twisted argument that a battered woman should be locked up in a prison cell,” Kim Gandy, executive VP of the National Organization for Women at the time (then president from 2001 until 2009), said in response, per the New York Times. She added, “this whole saga drives home the need for swift passage of a comprehensive version of the Violence Against Women Act, which is stalled in the never-neverland of Congressional maneuvering.”

President Bill Clinton signed the act into law on Sept. 13, 1994. Congress reauthorized it in 2000, 2005 and in 2013. It was allowed to expire in 2018, but its reauthorization was part of the short-term spending bill that a government shutdown on Jan. 25, 2019, and it was reauthorized for another five years that April.


“I never meant to hurt anybody,” Lorena told ABC News in 1994 upon her release from the psychiatric hospital. “I never hurt anybody before. It just happened.”

While John hit the road, eventually landing in Las Vegas where he still lives, Lorena went back to work at Bisutti’s salon in Manassas. She became a U.S. citizen in the summer of 1994 and then her parents, brother and sister came to the U.S. and she supported them, as a manicurist and administrative assistant, while they embarked on the path to citizenship too.

The Bobbitts officially divorced in 1995.

Lorena did speaking engagements but turned down more lucrative offers such as the chance to pose for Playboy for $1 million. In 1997, she was briefly back in the news when she was arrested for allegedly striking her mother, but was found not guilty after Elvia Gallo said “a pimple, a big one,” had caused what looked like an injury to her face.

Lorena went back to college and met her longtime partner, David Bellinger. They had a daughter, Olivia, in 2005. She became an advocate for victims of domestic violence and started the Lorena’s Red Wagon foundation in 2007 to help prevent domestic abuse and aid survivors.


And now, Lorena’s story is the subject of more than a Letterman Top 10 list.

“Basically I just had to say, ‘Look, I owe this to myself. I owe this to my child. I owe this to women who are victims of domestic violence,'” she told Variety about re-injecting herself into the public conversation for the Amazon series.

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Looking at what transpired after June 23, 1993, “I was very saddened in the way how the media was treating the whole situation. They used me as a joke and it was very sad. It was very hurtful to me that people actually take a look at and not see the reality of what happened here. I did not know how to handle it at that time. Instead of having a serious conversation about domestic violence and sexual assault, it was about John’s organ. The whole essence of the whole situation is indignant.”

Asked if she thought Howard Stern—whose stripes have changed over the years but was too big of an advocate for John Bobbitt to not merit a presence in Lorena—owed her an apology, Lorena said, “The way how I look at it, if I was waiting for everyone to give me an apology, then that would have prevented me from moving on with my life. And I am not going to sit around for everyone to give me an apology. I think that Howard and many others missed tremendous opportunities to talk about these serious social issues.”

Almost three decades later, those issues are at least being examined in a new way.

Lorena, she told the New York Times, “is about a victim and a survivor and this is about what’s happening in our world today.” And while she’s been to Sundance and will be trending once again on Twitter when I Was Lorena Bobbitt comes on, nowhere is she more of a celebrity than in Manassas, Va.

“I know I am still Lorena Bobbitt,” she said. “That name you know, it’s very important here.”

I Was Lorena Bobbitt premieres Monday, May 25, at 8/7c on Lifetime

(Originally published Feb. 15, 2019, at 3 a.m. PT)

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Founder of Kate Middleton's favourite children's brand is pregnant

Kate Middleton’s favourite children’s clothing designer Pepa Gonzalez who dressed Princess Charlotte and Prince George at Pippa Middleton’s wedding is expecting her first child

  • Designer behind Pepa & Co, Pepa Gonzalez, 37, has announced she is expecting
  • The designer is beloved by royals, especially Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
  • Prince George and Princess Charlotte have worn Pepa creations over the years
  • She dressed the page boys and flowers girls for Pippa Middleton’s 2018 wedding 

The Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite children’s clothes designer has announced she is pregnant. 

Pepa Gonzalez, 37, founder of London-based Pepa & Co, is ‘over the moon’ to be expecting her first child with husband Mike Hoare, 42. 

Speaking to Hello! Magazine, Pepa revealed she is due in July – and the little one will surely be the best dressed tot at nursery. 

Pepa’s old-fashioned designs with a modern twist are loved by Kate Middleton, 38, while European royals have also dressed their children in her garments.

The talented stylist dressed the page boys and flower girls at Pippa Middleton’s 2017 wedding to James Matthews.

After seven years of designing clothes for other people’s children as her own label Pepa & Co, Pepa Gonzalez, 37, has announced she is expecting a baby of her own with her husband Mike Hoare, 42

Pepa is the woman behind some of Princess Charlotte’s most darling outfits, like this blue and coral dress she wore during her tour of Canada in 2016. Pepa’s brand Pepa & Co is believed to be a favourite of Kate Middleton

‘I’m so excited,’ she told Hello! magazine. ‘When my husband and I found out we were expecting we were over the moon.’

Her and Mike’s joy was shared by her parents. Pepa said: ‘I wanted to tell my parents personally.

‘They were so happy and we spent all Christmas talking about the new baby.’

Coming from Andalusia, Pepa explained how she grew up with the tradition of mothers doing needlework for newborns in the family.

She said her mother is already embroidering bed linens, clothes and other sweet garments for her grandchild. 

In May 2017, Pepa designed the outfits worn by the flower girls and page boys at Pippa Middleton’s wedding to James Matthew, which included Prince George and Princess Charlotte 

Pepa revealed it was her mother who inspired her to start her own label, having dressed her and her siblings in beautiful, slightly ‘formal’ attire to go to nursery and school. 

The designer explained she decided to bring these touches of her Spanish heritage to Britain through her brand. 

But even though she is the woman behind exquisite children’s wear, Pepa admitted that after lockdown was lifted in Spain, she struggled to find clothes from her own brand as they were all sold out. 

However, she said she managed to find a few select pieces from her range which she kept aside for her own son. 

In 2018, Pepa designed the outfits for the children in the wedding party of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank 

Charlotte, pictured at Eugenies’ wedding wearing a Pepa creation: a lovely white dress with a colourful belt 

Pepa started Pepa & Co in London in 2013. The Cambridge children have worn the designer’s pieces several times over the years. 

In 2016, during Prince William and Kate’s tour of Canada, Charlotte stole hearts in a blue dress designed by Pepa. She also wore an adorable frock from the designer on another occasion during the tour. 

In 2017, Pepa designed the outfits for Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Kate’s sister Pippa’s wedding.

During Pippa’s wedding, George wore a white shirt with green button with trousers of the same colour 

George, like the other page boys, wore a white shirt with green buttons and assorted trousers with white flat shoes. 

In 2018, Pepa & Co designed the outfits of the page boys and flowers girls at the wedding of Prince Christian of Hanover to Alessandra de Osma.  

That same year in October, she dressed Mia Tindall, Maud Windsor and Isla Phillips in lovely white dresses with colourful belts for Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank. 

Princess Charlotte, meanwhile, wore a lovely white dress with a pink ribbon for a belt, which matched her mother Kate’s dress. Her hair was styled with a flower crown.  

Pepa said she could barely find anything in her line for her own baby because stock almost ran out during the Spanish lockdown. Pictured: a Pepa & Co model

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These Are the Best *Actually Funny* Comedy Podcasts

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One of the *very* best features about podcasts: they do a bang-up job of keeping you company when you’re alone and doing mundane tasks. Folding laundry? Podcast! Commuting (RIP)? Podcast! Walking the dog? Podcast! Waiting for that text back? Podcast!

So, why not play the podcasts that’ll make you lol to sweeten the deal? For shits ‘n’ gigs, here are the best comedy podcasts to listen to rn.

Anna Faris Is Unqualified

Uh…beg to differ. Anna Faris (comedic actress angel!) hosts her relationship podcast inviting her listeners to join her on her “mission to create a community where those of us who have no idea what the f*ck we’re doing can find comfort, support and laughter.” She interviews fellow celebs about relationship stuffz and then they call her “dear listeners” to give them ~unqualified~ relationship advice.

Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast

If you’re a true com’ snob, Comedy Bang Bang should do it for ya. The pod is hosted by comedian Scott Aukerman who directed and co-created Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. As for Comedy Bang Bang? It “blends conversation and character work from today’s funniest comedians.” (Translation: expect improv, hilar’ celeb guests and other comedy bits in weekly episodes.)

Best Friends with Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata

Best Friends is a podcast founded on, duh, friendship, hosted by comedian besties Nicole Byer (you know her from Netflix’s Nailed It!) and Sasheer Zamata (you remember her from Saturday Night Live). Their decade-long friendship makes for hysterical random banter and earnest answers to listeners’ friendship Q’s.

Why Won’t You Date Me? with Nicole Byer

Nicole Byer has her own podcast, too. But this one swaps the topic of BFFs for BJs. Every week, single-lady Nicole invites a comedian or (gasp!) ex on her show to chat about sex, dating and relationships in an attempt answer the why-won’t-you-date-me Q for herself.

My Favorite Murder

A true crime comedy podcast? Yep! On mega-popular My Favorite Murder, hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark story-tell two murder stories per ep in a way that feels like you’re listening to your smart, witty friend tell you about that insane documentary she watched on Netflix this weekend. (Bonus: the comedians also open up about mental health which will have you wondering how a comical murder podcast is making you feel so understood.)

I Said No Gifts!

Fun fact: My Favorite Murder was SO successful that Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark founded their own podcast network, Exactly Right. And I Said No Gifts lives there! In his podcast, host Bridger Winegar who has written for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, invites “friends, loved ones, and people he’s secretly trying to destroy to join him in conversation.” He says no gifts, but ofc guests bring one and they talk about it.

Girls Gotta Eat

In this sex, dating and relationship podcast, hosts Rayna Greenberg and Ashley Hesseltine (PS: Ashley runs @BrosBeingBasic) chat about “everything from anal to finances.” They pull from their own relationship ~traumas~ that makes way for a comedy show that boasts 2.5 million (!) monthly downloads.

Absolutely Not

Actress and comedian Heather McMahan is the hilarious, no-bullshit best friend you’ve always needed. She’s refreshingly unfiltered and super-relatable. In Absolutely Not, she tells all, bitches it out and invites her listeners to call in to do the same. (FYI: Her Insta stories featuring the doings of her daily life are She’ll make you laugh, hard.

Pardon My Take

yoU’RE a GIrL Who LikEs SPortS? Seriously, though: Barstool’s Pardon My Take (P.M.T.) is a refreshing sports comedy podcast that tackles sports in a funny, entertaining way. (Read: NOT two middle-aged men arguing over game film for two hours!!!). Hosts Big Cat and PFT Commenter dish hot takes on sports and sports entertainment, interviewing some of the best athletes and personalities in the game. And because many of their guests are *also* fans and/or friends (ahem, Blake Griffin and Gronk), P.M.T.’s interviews are bursting with hysterical soundbites you won’t get anywhere else.

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With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus

Get ready for some pod-ception, babes. Meet actress and improviser Lauren Lapkus (you may know her as the prison guard from Orange is the New Black). Sure, it’s her podcast, but she gives the hosting reigns to a new, funny pal every week. Lauren is the guest, always, and she’s in character the whole time. It’s a podcast that’s all improvised and all impressive.

My Dad Wrote a Porno

Holy, YIKES. This was Jamie Morton’s truth and, lucky for us, he made a podcast about it. In this podcast, Jamie reads a chapter of the porno a week with the help of his buddies. (Bonus: He is British so his accent is lovely!) Oh, and My Dad Wrote a Porno *also* exploded into an HBO comedy special. One of the ultimate, “when life gives you lemons” moments, IMO.

WTF with Marc Maron

Seasoned stand-up comic (and current GLOW actor) Marc Maron hosts this uber-popular, long-running podcast featuring “revelatory conversations with iconic personalities,” ranging from President Barack Obama (‘twas a ground-breaking move) to Dan Levy.

Seek Treatment

Self-proclaimed shy, slutty psycho comedian hosts Cat (Catherine Cohen) and Pat (Regan) host this snarky podcast on “boys, sex, fucking, dating, and love” … sort of. Enter non-boring, non-basic guests and a show that finally (wink) answers, “What if a gay guy and a girl…were friends?

How Did This Get Made?

Here’s to the movies that are so bad, they’re kinda… good? How Did This Get Made (HDTGM) hosts Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas watch those movies you love to hate and then unpack them on the episode. Rotten Tomatoes be damned.

No Such Thing as a Fish

No, really. There is no such thing as a fish. This is a British comedy podcast (more fun accents!) hosted by the writers of BBC comedy quiz show, QI. Hosts present one fave fact they learned over the past seven days and let loose.

A Very Fatal Murder

True crime has had more than a *moment*. And A Very Fatal Murder is The Onion’s satirical podcast on it. The plot? “Onion Public Radio (OPR) correspondent David Pascall from New York City to the sleepy town of Bluff Springs, Nebraska to investigate the mysterious death of a 17-year-old girl, Hayley Price. Hayley was a popular, smart animal lover, with a bright future ahead of her.” Serial, you’ve been put on blast.

My Brother, My Brother and Me

IRL brothers Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy host “an advice show for the modern era.” Spoiler: obvi, the advice is not good! They answer listeners’ questions or questions submitted on Yahoo! Answers (vintage!)

Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend

‘Tis the familiar voice of your favorite red-headed late-night host, unfiltered. Why does homeboy need a friend? According to Team Coco, “Over the years and despite thousands of interviews, Conan has never made a real and lasting friendship with any of his celebrity guests. So, he started a podcast to do just that.” Ha, we’ll take it.

You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes

Comedians’ secret weirdnesses, revealed.” (OK, and that of other people you’ll recognize, too). Here are some of the best 1:1 interviews to dive into.

The Read

Wrong; not a podcast about books! On The Read, hosts Kid Fury and Crissle West cover hip-hop and pop culture’s most ~trying~ stars. They say no celeb is safe; except Beyonce and Blue Ivy. (FYI: You can watch The Read on Fuse, too!)

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

JVN! Can you BELIEVE? In his podcast Getting Curious, Jonathan Van Ness sits down for a 40-minute convo with an expert on a topic he’s curious about. Like, how do plants get their freak on? And, how can we be stop being such grumpy nightmares? Yassss, queen!

Terrible, Thanks for Asking

“I’m fine!” *Narrator: she was not fine.* Terrible, Thanks for Asking keeps it ~real~ as a “funny/sad/uncomfortable” podcast where host (author and TED mainstage speaker) Nora McInerny hosts guests who share their complicated and honest feelings about how they’re really doing. GTFO, small talk.

Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

Calling all know-it-alls: Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! is NPR’s weekly, panel-style news quiz. Go wild trying to guess the answers before the guests. But, if you want something more ~interactive~, good news (pun intended): you can play the “Wait Wait Quiz” on your smart speaker.

2 Dope Queens

OK, 2 Dope Queens stopped recording in 2019, but it’s still one of the funniest podcasts you should totally binge-listen to. Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams (the dope queens, hello!) performed their standup shows live in Brooklyn that were then edited into a podcast format. Expect topics from race and gender to sex and hair, guest comedians and a bunch of other shit.

Sooo Many White Guys

Heyyo, 2 Dope Queens has a spinoff podcast, y’all! Phoebe Robinson was *so over* being the token black chick in the white-male-dominated world of comedy. So in her podcast, she “hosts intimate, funny and super honest conversations with musicians, actors, writers and comedians who are killing it in their fields—AND who aren’t white dudes!” Groundbreaking!

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Google Chrome Tab Groups: How to use new tab groups update

Google Chrome has this month introduced the eagerly-anticipated new Tab Group feature. This allows Chrome users to group open websites together with a single click, in addition to labelling them with a custom name and colour.

And once a Tab Group has been created users are also able to move and reorder the tabs to their heart’s content.

Google Chrome now offers the ideal solution for those who frequently have too many tabs filling their browser.

Tab Groups became enabled by default following this month’s release of Chrome 83.

Developer Google will slowly enable Tab Groups for more and more people over time.


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Although not everyone will get Tab Groups immediately, you can use the experimental flag here to enable it if it is yet to be enabled on your Chrome browser.

Users can check whether Tab Groups is already enabled in Google Chrome.

Simply right-click a browser tab and look out for the Add To New Group option.

If this is visible, Tab Groups are enabled meaning the flag does not need to be activated.

How to Enable Tab Groups in Chrome:

To enable Tab Groups, open a new Chrome browser tab, type chrome://flags into the address bar and press Enter.

In the search bar at the top of the page, type Tab Groups and choose Enabled from the dropdown menu next to the flag.

Finally, after saving any work left in any open tabs, click Relaunch Now to restart Chrome and apply the enabled experimental flag.

Google Chrome will reopen any tabs you had open, but text typed into fields on the page may disappear.

Remember, this feature is behind an experimental flag on older Google Chrome iterations, meaning developers were still working on it and it is not guaranteed to be 100 percent stable.

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How to Use Tab Groups in Google Chrome:

Any changes will not be immediately apparent following the Google Chrome relaunch.

To use the tab grouping feature, users will need to open a few tabs to use it to its full extent.

Start by opening a few web pages to begin grouping your tabs.

Next, right-click on a tab and select Add To New Group from the context menu.

Now right-click a tab before selecting Add To New Group” from the context menu.

A coloured circle will now appear next to the tab, and the Tab Group menu will show after clicking either the tab or the circle.

This allows Chrome users to name the group, alter the colour coding, add a New Tab into the group, ungroup all tabs in the group and close all the tabs in that group.

When a group receives a name, the circle disappears and is replaced by the new label.

To provide Tab Groups with even more personality, users can choose one of the eight colours on offer.

This helps easily distinguish between groups without giving one a name.

To add a New Tab page inside an existing group, click New Tab In Group and it will appear alongside others already in the group.

Open a new tab and immediately group it in the current tab grouping.

To include more tabs to an existing group, right-click a tab, click Add To Existing Group and then select the group it should be added to.

Users can also quickly add tabs to an already existing group.

Alternatively, drag a tab over into the existing tab group until the colour encapsulates it and let it go.

Users can also easily re-arrange the order in which the groups are organised.

Just drag the label or coloured circle around the tab bar until to a preferred location.

If users no longer want a specific tab in a group, this can also be removed with a click of a button.

Simply right-click on the tab and select Remove From Group, or by dragging the tab from the group and place it in an empty section.

Right-click on a tab and choose Remove From Group to remove a tab from its current group position.

Should users wish to disband the group, just click on the group name, then click Ungroup.

Users can also ungroup all tabs in the group by clicking Ungroup from the Tab Group menu.

Finally, users can close all the tabs at once, destroying the group and everything in it, by clicking the designated group name, then selecting Close Group in the menu.

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