Who was Thomas the Tank Engine narrator Michael Angelis? – The Sun

MICHAEL Angelis died suddenly at home with his wife May 30, aged 76, according to his agent.

But who was he and why has he likely impacted your life?

Who was Michael Angelis?

Michael Angelis was born January 18, 1944 (though other sources say 1952), in Liverpool, Angelis was best known as the narrator of Thomas The Tank Engine series Thomas And Friends and for his role as Mickey Startup in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

He left Liverpool to train at the Royal Scottish Acadey of Music and Drama in Glasgow.

His career took off in 1972, when he played roles in The Scobie Man, The Thirty Minute Theatre and Episode 1226 of Corrie.

Arguably the biggest role he played was Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.

Taking over from Ringo Star in 1991, Angelis narrated and voiced all of the characters for 13 seasons of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends through to 2012, including three spin-off video games.

He was a staple of British entertainment throughout his 40 year TV, radio and film career.

Thomas and Mickey aside, he was also best known to adult audiences for his role as Arnie in September Song, Martin Niarchos in GBH and Lucien Boswell in The Liver Birds.

Angelis has 15 film credits, having made his film debut with The Black Stuff, in 1978.

He spent most of his career in TV, where he played characters in 54 titles that include The Bill, Midsomer Murders, Holby City, Gearbeat, Harry Enfield and Chums, A Touch of Frost, Casualty and Coronation Street.

His last credited TV role came in 2012, when he appeared as Robert Rocksavage in Good Cop. He retired in 2012.

In his private life he was married to Coronation Street actress Helen Worth, who played Gail Platt, from 1991 to 2001, and later married Welsh model Jennifer Khalastchi in 2001, who he remained with until he died.

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Death knell for Hong Kong

President Trump announced Friday he plans to “revoke Hong Kong’s preferential treatment,” as it’s “no longer sufficiently autonomous” from China.

Good. As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Congress last week, Beijing has sounded the “death knell” for Hong Kong’s freedoms.

The execution comes 27 years early: The UK-China treaty that shifted the territory to Beijing’s rule in 1997 guaranteed it special status for 50 years under the “one country, two systems” rubric.

That let Hong Kong flourish as a top world financial center and commercial mecca — and a huge asset to the mainland as a gateway for global investment. Notably, it prompted Washington to grant Hong Kong favorable trading status and exempt it from tariffs imposed on China.

But there’s that “death knell”: Beijing’s new law prohibits acts of “treason, secession, sedition or subversion,” criminalizes dissent and lets the Communist government place national-security agencies in the city. Another new law, criminalizing “disrespect” of the mainland’s national anthem, reinforces the message.

As Hong Kongers gathered to protest, the authorities arrested hundreds for unauthorized assembly and blocking traffic — and ordered journalists to quit filming as riot police fired on the crowds.

This has been coming for a while: The huge protest movement began last year when Beijing sought subtler means of control, a bill to allow extradition from Hong Kong to mainland (kangaroo) courts.

The regime’s crackdowns prompted Congress to require the secretary of state to report on whether Hong Kong retains the quasi-independence that justifies its US trade privileges. Pompeo was simply doing his job in saying it doesn’t.

Beijing plainly saw the pandemic as a good time to move, starting with last month’s arrest of more than a dozen high-profile pro-democracy activists. With much of the globe asking awkward questions about the pandemic’s beginnings, China’s rulers may have figured they’d lost world opinion anyway. Plus, governments out to save their economies may flinch from, say, hitting China with new sanctions.

But they need to, because Beijing won’t stop here. It’s already upping its threats to Taiwan and its broader efforts to browbeat all its neighbors into submission and threatening freedom of navigation in the area, as Trump noted Friday.

US law gives President Trump the power to impose penalties for Beijing’s evildoing, and he’s indicated he’ll use it — though he declined to offer specifics Friday. He needs to follow through:. If China doesn’t pay a huge price for crushing Hong Kong, it’ll move on to other targets.

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Nike releases ‘Don’t Do It’ ad in wake of George Floyd death

For once, Nike is telling its fans “Don’t Do It.”

But the twist on its famous slogan is for a good cause: a public service announcement tackling racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd, which has led to protests throughout the country.

Instead of the athletic company’s famed, “Just Do It” slogan, the short Instagram video begins with the words, “Don’t Do It.”

“For once, Don’t do It. Don’t pretend there’s not a problem in America. Don’t turn your back on racism. Don’t accept innocent lives being taken from us. Don’t make any more excuses. Don’t think this doesn’t affect you. Don’t sit back and be silent,” reads the all-text post, featuring white letters on a black background.

“Don’t think you can’t be part of the change,” says the ad posted Friday, before transitioning to read, “Let’s all be part of the change.”

Nike is known for tackling racism, backing Colin Kaepernick amid the controversy over his decision to kneel during the national anthem while a member of the NFL as a peaceful protest.

Kaepernick later successfully lobbied Nike to pull a controversial Fourth of July shoe featuring the Betsy Ross flag, which has been considered racially offensive, from its shelves.

Nike also previously teamed up with Kaepernick on a “Just Do It” ad campaign that received high praise.

In the ad, Kaepernick pleads, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

Last year, the company partnered with Kaepernick to release sneakers with his likeness which sold out in a single day.

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Trump postponing G7 & wants to add Russia, Australia, India & South Korea to ‘represent what’s going on in the world’ – The Sun

DONALD Trump said he is going to postpone the G7 meeting until the fall.

The president wanted to host the Group of 7 Nations conference in Washington DC in June.

Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One that he wants to add Russia, Australia, South Korea and India to the lineup.

The president hinted that he is thinking the meeting might take place in September.

He also said that it might wait until after the November presidential election.

“I’m postponing it because I don’t feel as a G7 it probably represents what’s going on in the world.

"It’s a very outdated group," Trump said.

The current G7 members are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Harry & Meghan wanted to keep some of their Met police bodyguards in the US & even offered to hire them privately – The Sun

PRINCE Harry and wife Meghan wanted to keep some of their Scotland Yard bodyguards and even offered to hire them privately.

The Met Police rejected an official deal as “unworkable” but it is not known if any of the cops quit to accept the private offer.

A source revealed: “During the ‘Megxit’ talks, Harry and Meghan said they were keen to keep their royal protection Met cops and offered to pay the Met to have them.

“This was rejected by the Met as unworkable.

“Harry and Meghan then explored other ways of keeping at least one or two of the Met cops – offering to pay them privately.”

Sources close to Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, say they have not yet hired their own guards and are currently being protected by a Hollywood security firm.
The couple and son Archie, one, are living at actor Tyler Perry’s £15million mansion in Beverly Hills.

Prince Harry is said to have believed they could keep their taxpayer-funded Scotland Yard team because of his position in the line of succession.

But they were forced to change plans by the Megxit backlash.

When the pair moved to Los Angeles in March, US President Donald Trump took to Twitter and insisted that the US would not pay for their security.

He wrote: “They must pay!”

Pals also deny that Prince Charles is to pay their £4million-a-year security tab after reports they cannot afford to refund the £2.4million cost of renovating their UK home if he does not.

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Lockdown relaxed: Cliff jumpers injured at Durdle Door

Beach-goers are forced to cram together as air ambulances land at Devon beach to rescue four thrill-seekers who hurt themselves jumping off 200ft cliffs

  • The four unidentified jumpers vaulted from the top of the ancient arch in Dorset
  •  Images from the scene show a mass of sun-seekers crammed into one area
  •  Videos from earlier today show the jumpers leaping 200ft into the sea below 

Beach-goers had to be crammed together to make room for air ambulances to land at Durdle Door in Dorset after three people injured themselves jumping off cliffs into the sea.  

The four unidentified jumpers vaulted from the top of the ancient limestone arch, which reaches 200ft at its highest point. 

Images from the scene show a mass of sun-seekers crammed into one area, near the only available exit, to vacate the area as the air ambulance lands.  

Handout photo issued by Dorset Police of air ambulances landed at Durdle Door this afternoon after three people were seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea

The sun-seekers were crammed into one area this afternoon in order to vacate the Dorset beach through the one accessible exit 

A tombstoner can be seen plummeting towards the sea after vaulting from the top of the ancient limestone arch known as Durdle Door in Dorset

Despite initially claiming that only three people were hurt jumping off the famous archway, it has now emerged that figure is one higher. 

Pictures taken earlier on Saturday showed the beach busy as the public were reminded to practise social distancing in the good weather following the relaxation of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. 

HM Coastguard and the RNLI are helping to clear the area after police were called at around 3.45pm.

Chief Inspector Claire Phillips, of Dorset Police, said: ‘We have had to close the beach at Durdle Door to allow air ambulances to land. As a result, we are evacuating the beach and the surrounding cliff area.

‘I am urging people to leave the area to enable emergency services to treat the injured people.’

Piers Morgan called the scenes at Durdle Door ‘Total insanity’ while other social media users criticised the government’s early relaxation of lockdown, calling it a ‘sham’. 

Another Twitter user wrote: ‘People are absolute morons. Some of these people will be sending their kids to school on Monday to be taught by my loved ones (or by me in 2 weeks). I am livid! This is what happens when you ease lockdown early.’ 

Piers Morgan called the scenes at Durdle Door ‘Total insanity’ while other social media users criticised the government’s early relaxation of lockdown, calling it a ‘sham’

A tombstoner can be seen plummeting towards the sea after vaulting from the top of the ancient limestone arch known as Durdle Door in Dorset

Until the helicopter landed this afternoon, people were largely seen complying with social distancing guidelines at Durdle Door, Dorset

Visitors and sunbathers flocked to Durdle Door at Lulworth in Dorset this afternoon 

Sun-seekers jumped the gun on the next stage of lockdown easing and crowded on to the nation’s beaches today.

Restless Britons brushed aside warnings from police and scientists and were tempted outdoors by scorching temperatures, which climbed to highs of 82F (28C).

From Monday, groups of up to six people will be allowed to meet both in public spaces and in private gardens, where they can even enjoy barbecues.  

But Boris Johnson’s preemptive announcement of the loosening last Thursday has already spurred a wave of revelry across the country. 

Police chiefs have warned their officers face an uphill struggle to enforce the existing rules this weekend, but have attempted to stamp out mass flouting by threatening to impose fines. 

The current lockdown allows the public to travel to beauty spots to sunbathe with members of their household, or to meet one person from another household at a two-metre distance.

A family wewar protective visors as they enjoy the sunshine at Ruislip Lido in west Londonthis afternoon as lockdown measures are eased during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic 

Scenes at bustling seaside hotspots, especially along the south coast (Brighton pictured), showed large groups sprawling on the sand and pitching up tents from early this morning

Britons have been urged ‘not to tear the pants out of’ the loosened lockdown when more freedoms are granted on Monday by England’s deputy chief medical officer amid fears too quick an easing would rapidly increase the spread of infection

Yet scenes at bustling seaside hotspots, especially along the south coast, showed large groups sprawling on the sand and pitching up tents from early this morning.

Compliance with the curbs frayed further on the 68th day of lockdown as three of the nation’s top scientists – all on the government’s Sage panel of experts steering the crisis response – voiced concerns that restrictions were being lifted ‘too early’.

Prof Peter Horby this morning lined up behind Sir Jeremy Farrar and Prof John Edmunds to break ranks and caution that measures were being relaxed when the infection rate was still not low enough.   

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Trump sets first campaign events after coronavirus shutdown

President Trump is heading back to the campaign trail after a three-month coronavirus hiatus.

The president’s re-election effort is hosting two in-person fundraisers — one in Texas and one at his New Jersey golf resort — in early June, The Hill reported Saturday.

Only 25 supporters will be allowed to attend — and each of them will have to pass a coronavirus test on the day of the event, administered by the White House medical unit and paid for by Trump’s fundraising committee.

The group should have plenty of cash to cover the bill. Tickets for the outdoor gathering at the Trump National Golf Club on June 13 in Bedminster, New Jersey, will go for $250,000 a pop. Couples wanting in on the Dallas, Texas, event on June 11 will have to pony up $580,600.

Trump has been champing at the bit to reopen the economy after widespread coronavirus shutdowns — but his campaign events will abide by local rules.

Texas has relaxed most restrictions statewide. But hard-hit New Jersey, which has been slower to reopen, only allows outdoor crowds of 25 people or fewer.

He was forced to cancel a March 12 fundraiser when the coronavirus crisis hit critical mass.

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Ministers allow return of competitive sport in England from June 1

Sport is BACK in England from June 1, with 2000 Guineas stakes at Newmarket the first major event to take place and Premier League football following soon after – but spectators will be banned

  • Culture Secretary today announced return of professional sport from June 1
  • Oliver Dowden said after three month coronavirus break competition can restart
  • Horse racing and Premier League football likely to be the first sports to return
  • However, all action will take place behind closed doors and without spectators 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Ministers today gave the green light for the return of professional competitive sport in England from June 1, with horse racing likely to be the first back. 

Oliver Dowden fronted the daily briefing today and outlined the specific steps that must be taken to allow events to be hosted starting from next month.

The first major sporting showpiece to return is expected to be the 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket on June 6 – and the race will also be shown on free-to-air television. 

Meanwhile the Premier League is expected to return on June 17.

But Mr Dowden today confirmed that no spectators will be allowed at events for the foreseeable future.  

The Government is hoping the return of televised live sport will provide a boost to the nation as it tries to recover from the current crisis. 

The first major sporting showpiece to return is expected to be the 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket on June 6 – and the race will also be shown on free-to-air television

Ministers today gave the green light for the return of professional competitive sport in England from June 1, with horse racing and Premier League football likely to be the first back (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sokratis of Arsenal during a training session in London today)

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden made the announcement at the daily Downing Street press conference

Preparations are in the process of being finalised for the Premier League to return. 

The Premier League has already struck a deal with broadcasters to televise a significant number of its remaining matches on free-to-air TV.   

The Government today published a new set of guidance which all elite sport will have to comply with if it is to get back underway. 

Ministers published stage one guidance earlier this month which allowed professional athletes to return to individual training at official venues while maintaining social distancing from teammates. 

Stage two guidance was then released on May 25 which made clear that elite athletes could resume competitive, close contact training so that they could get match fit.

But today’s stage three guidance is what professional sports leagues and competitions have been waiting for because it sets out that meaningful action can soon resume. 

The publication of the rules is likely to trigger a wave of announcements in the coming weeks as different sports set out how and when they will get back underway.

Mr Dowden said: ‘The wait is over. Live British sport will shortly be back on in safe and carefully controlled environments.

‘This guidance provides the safe framework for sports to resume competitions behind closed doors. 

‘It is now up to individual sports to confirm they can meet these protocols and decide when it’s right for them to restart.

‘This is a significant moment for British sport. By working with clinicians every step of the way, we are creating the safest possible environments for everyone involved.’

The Premier League is targeting a June 17 return to complete the 2019/20 season. The first game is expected to be Manchester City V Arsenal 

The new guidance for elite sport is the product of consultation between the Government’s health and science experts, Public Health England and medical representatives across Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports governing bodies. 

The ‘strict conditions’ set out by ministers make clear that spectators will not be allowed to go to any of the events which return. 

Assuming conditions are met, the 2000 Guineas Stakes horse race is likely to be the first major sporting event allowed to go ahead. 

The race, taking place at Newmarket Racecourse on June 6, will be broadcast on free-to-air TV. 

The Government, Public Health England, the Premier League and the English Football League have been locked in talks for weeks over the return of the nation’s favourite game. 

The Premier League is targeting a return on June 17 while the Championship could restart soon after. 

However, League One and League Two look set to go the way of Scottish football, with early curtailments. 

The return of professional football will be subject to a successful vote from the relevant clubs and the support of the police. 

The Government had urged the Premier League to widen access for for fans to view live coverage given the fact that none can attend matches in person. 

The Premier League this week agreed a deal which will see some matches shown for free on Sky’s ‘Pick’ TV available on Freeview and for the first time ever on the BBC. 

The Premier League is aiming to complete the remaining 92 matches of the 2019/20 season. 

The first matches back are slated to be Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal, which would complete the 29th round of fixtures. 

A full set of fixtures would then take place across the weekend of June 19-21.

All games are due to be behind closed doors and televised while police have requested a handful of matches, including any in which Liverpool could secure the title, be held at neutral venues.

The FA Cup quarter-finals have been provisionally rearranged for the weekend of June 27-28, with the semi-finals on July 17-18 and the Wembley final set for August 1.  

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters welcomed the announcement by the Government and said: ‘We have provisionally planned to restart the Premier League on 17 June, but there is still much work to be done to ensure the safety of everyone involved. 

‘This includes consulting with our clubs, players and managers – along with all our other stakeholders – as the health and welfare of our participants and supporters is our priority.

‘If all goes well, we will be thrilled to resume the 2019/20 season in just over two weeks’ time.’ 

It will ultimately be up to leagues and competitions to decide whether it is ‘safe and appropriate’ to return and resume competition. 

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Can I now see my family and friends again under the new coronavirus lockdown rules? – The Sun

AFTER weeks of strict restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus, Boris Johnson dished Brits a raft of new freedoms on Thursday, May 28.

But the Prime Minister stressed the importance of social distancing, reminding the nation that if new allowances cause a second spike of infections, they will be taken away.

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When can I see my family and friends again?

Until now, Brits have been allowed to sunbathe, sit on park benches and exercise as much as they want as long as they continue to stay two metres apart from people outside of their household.

However, in the latest lockdown review Boris Johnson announced that groups of up to six will be allowed to meet outside in parks and gardens from Monday, June 1 – meaning friends and families can see each other for the first time in months.

Some group sports will also be back on the cards, with golf games and tennis matches of up to four people permitted from June 1.

Mr Johnson said: “We will now allow people to meet in gardens and other outdoor spaces. This means friends and families can now see their loved ones.

“I know for many this will be a long awaited and joyful moment.”

What about garden parties and BBQs?

Brits must still maintain social distancing if they do meet up, and despite the sunny weather, there are a number of restrictions they must abide by.

Hugging is not allowed, as is sitting on the sofa, lingering inside and indoor dinner parties.

You can however use the toilet during your visit, and as long as you maintain a two-metre distance, groups of up to six people from different households can meet outside – meaning BBQs are back on the menu.

The Prime Minister urged Brits to “avoid seeing people from too many households in quick succession” and said people should keep the number of households they interact with to a minimum.

He was also quick to stress that the Government will monitor the nation's rate of infection and reimpose restrictions if necessary.

The tweaked rules will only apply in England – as Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will follow slightly different guidelines as they have a higher rate of infection.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has already ordered all parks to keep their gates open and put an end to council patrols stopping people from catching rays and sitting on benches.

Police were previously allowed to issue on the spot fines of £60 for meeting without a good reason, and this has been increased to £100 following Boris Johnson's announcement on Sunday, May 10.

Social distancing rules continue to be even stricter for over-70s and those with serious underlying health conditions such as a weakened immune system, chronic respiratory disease or chronic heart disease.

NHS guidance currently says all those aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions — and those under 70 with an underlying health condition listed on its website — must remain shielded indoors.

Mr Johnson said he was desperate to get to a stage where he can allow the over-70s back into society.

Some of these rules have been relaxed but they remain dependent on the "R" rate staying lower than one.


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Can you exercise with family and friends?

Mr Johnson has encouraged Brits to do “more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise”.

People are allowed to sit in their local park, drive to other destinations, and play sports.

The Prime Minister stressed people must continue to “obey the rules on social distancing”.

To enforce those rules police will be increasing fines for people who break them.

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Elon Musk’s net worth – how did the Tesla boss make his money?

ELON Musk is the eccentric billionaire behind some of the world's most innovative companies including SPACEX and Tesla.

He hit the headlines earlier this year by naming his newborn baby X Æ A-12 – as his profits continued to soar. Here's what you need to know.

What is Elon Musk's net worth?

Self-made billionaire Elon Musk, 48, is ranked number 25 on the Forbes rich list with an estimated personal fortune of $37.2bn (£30.1bn).

A notorious workaholic, he doesn't spend his money on lavish vacations or expensive hobbies.

Instead, the entrepreneur spends most of his free time at the office or in factories.

At the end of the day he heads back to one of several Los Angeles mansions he owns at the end of the day.

How did he make his fortune?

In 1995 he and his brother Kimbal started software firm Zip2, which created internet city guides for the New York Times and Chicago Tribune.

Four years later Elon pocketed $22million when the firm was sold to Compaq.

Later in 1999 he founded X.com, one of the world's first online banks, which merged with PayPal the following year.

Musk, who held 11.7 per cent of PayPal shares, scored a huge payday when the firm was bought by eBay for $1.4bn in 2002.

He went on to found SpaceX and took over Tesla Motors which is now worth around $70bn.

What companies does Elon Musk own?

Elon Musk began investing in space travel in 2001 when he tried to buy Russian ballistic missiles that he hoped could send payloads into space.

Instead he set about building his own rockets through his firm SpaceX.

The company has pioneered re-usable rockets and has successfully landed its Falcon 9 craft, a first for an orbital rocket.

SpaceX has won contracts to launch payloads into orbit for Nasa and is now valued at more than $20bn.

Musk has much grander plans including a colony of a million people living under glass domes on Mars.

In 2004, Musk was involved in refinancing start-up tech firm Tesla Motors and oversaw the design of its the Roadster electric car.

He took over as boss in 2008 and has led the push to make electric cars mainstream.

In 2018, Musk was forced to resign as Tesla chairman and pay a 15million fine after settling a deal with US regulators over tweets about taking the company private.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission said his claims were "false and misleading".

The company's market cap hit $100bn in January 2020, helping Musk's personal net worth soar.

Musk funded the SolarCity firm founded by his cousins, which makes solar panels and is now owned by Tesla Inc.

He also co-founded Hyperloop One, which aims to develop high-speed train travel, and The Boring Company which is testing cheaper ways to dig tunnels.

Another of Musk's start-up is Neuralink, which aims to integrate the human brain with artificial intelligence through implants in the skull.

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