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‘Where’s the Recovery in All This?’: SF Buying Beer, Vodka for Homeless Alcoholics with Taxpayer Money

Homeless alcoholics are getting free beer and vodka under a taxpayer-funded pilot program in San Francisco as city leadership grapples with the homelessness crisis plaguing its streets. The city’s Department of Public Health runs the Managed Alcohol Program (MAP) to give doses of alcohol to the addicted, Fox News reported on Saturday. Officials hope the program will “keep the homeless off the streets” and decrease incidents in which emergency services have to step in. “Experts say the program can save or extend lives, but critics wonder if the government would be better off funding treatment and sobriety programs instead,” Fox noted. In 2020, the San Francisco Health Department confirmed that officials were giving alcohol, tobacco, medical cannabis, and other substances to people to keep them from going outside to get it themselves during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, Breitbart News reported at the time. Per the Fox article, the California Health Care Foundation said in 2020 nurses and trained workers administered managed alcohol programs in homeless shelters and transitional and permanent homes. The foundation said it is “one method to minimize harm for those with alcohol use disorder.” “By prescribing limited quantities of alcohol, the model aims to prevent potentially life-threatening effects of alcohol withdrawal, such as seizures and injuries,” the foundation added. The program was established during the pandemic and has reportedly expanded. Now, it operates inside a former hotel in the Tenderloin district and has a $5 million annual budget. Adam Nathan, the CEO of an AI company and chair of the city’s Salvation Army, criticized the program online after visiting the site. “The whole thing is very odd to me and just doesn’t feel right. Providing free drugs to drug addicts doesn’t solve their problems. It just stretches them out. Where’s the recovery in all this?” he said. In December, NBC News reported that a record number of people in the United States were experiencing homelessness: Many locals in San Francisco are fed up with the homeless situation and some residents have had to learn the “poopie dance” to avoid coming into contact with something nasty left on the city’s streets, Breitbart News reported in December.

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Celtic 2-1 Rangers: Brendan Rodgers says side ‘in touching distance’ of title

Clement says he won’t concede the title until it’s “mathematically sure,” but did acknowledge a comeback is now a “long shot”. And BBC Sport Scotland commentator Liam McLeod anointed Celtic the “undisputed kings” of Scotland in recent times as the full-time whistle at Celtic Park was drowned out by raucous celebrations. But with a proven manager at the helm and domestic dominance consolidated, can they kick on in Europe? “Rodgers has got to be given the opportunity to build a team that can go out there and compete,” former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner says. “They have the finances. He needs three really top-class players. Wil they come to Scotland? Will Celtic be able to afford them? “Those questions have got to be answered to give them a crack at the Champions League.” But before Rodgers asks those above him for backing, he says “living rooms, bars and clubs around the world” will revel in their derby victory on Saturday. The Celtic support have become used to days like these. Rangers, meanwhile, must use their envy to ensure this year’s close contest doesn’t remain a rarity.

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Burnley relegated: Vincent Kompany on club’s relegation from the Premier League

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany says “tomorrow is day one” in the club’s quest to regain their place in the Premier League next season. The Clarets were relegated back to the Championship after one season by a 2-1 defeat at Tottenham on Saturday. “I’m not here sulking and feeling sorry for us but if you take every game, every season as a learning experience, this is a step we need to get into our game,” Kompany said. “Today the Premier League is over but tomorrow we start day one of doing everything we can to get back to the Premier League.” The 38-year-old Belgian led the Lancashire club to the Championship title in his first season, having amassed 101 points during a dominant campaign. But the step up to the Premier League has been a difficult one. Kompany’s squad, which is largely made up of younger players with little Premier League experience before this season, have won five of their 37 matches. “It’s way too early to answer if I’d have done things differently,” said Kompany, who signed a new five-year deal with the Clarets after leading them to promotion. “I’m constantly thinking about what we could do better right now and before. “But if you treat it as something which improves you, us as a club and a group of players, there is a lot of value in what we have experienced this season.” Losing to Tottenham means Burnley stayed in 19th place with one game left, five points adrift of fourth-bottom Nottingham Forest. Burnley have lost 27 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, with only Brentford (30) losing more. “The game has gone a bit like others have gone for us this season,” added Kompany. “We created chances but the one where we missed the final pass.”

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Former Florida Gov. and US Sen. Bob Graham remembered for his civility at memorial service

By TERRY SPENCER and LYNNE SLADKY (Associated Press) MIAMI LAKES — Family and friends remembered former Florida Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham on Saturday as a politician who usually avoided rancor, enjoyed meeting regular Floridians and always behaved civilly, even behind closed doors. About 200 people gathered for a memorial service at Miami Lakes United Church of Christ for the two-term governor and three-term senator, who died last month at 87. They were greeted with recorded music by fellow Floridian Jimmy Buffett, who died last year. The program featured a photo of Graham smiling in a tie, his suit coat thrown over his shoulder, his pant legs rolled up as he stood calf deep in Everglades muck. A painting of Graham stood on an easel at the front of the chapel, his wife of 65 years, Adele, dabbing her eyes as she sat in the first pew with their family. Robin Gibson, a lifelong friend who was Graham’s general counsel as governor, said in his eulogy that Graham’s friendly and civil public demeanor was not a charade — he behaved that way even in important and stressful meetings. Graham, a Harvard University-educated lawyer whose family built Miami Lakes, was governor from 1979 to 1987. “There was no macho profanity. There was no agenda. There was no pettiness. There was no gossip. It was, ‘How do we get to make the best decision for the best reason?’ It was that simple,” Gibson said. Two practices Graham was known for were his penchant for taking meticulous notes after many interactions and his “workdays,” where as both a governor and senator he would spend a shift at a different ordinary job each month. Buddy Shorstein, a longtime friend who became his chief of staff, said Graham looked forward to each workday shift, eager to “learn what the average Floridian went through to make a living,” He did more than 400, including teacher, bellhop, construction worker and farm laborer. After each, Graham would return to his office “refreshed and rejuvenated,” Shorstein said. “The most important, consistent lesson he taught was good public policy makes good politics.” Shorstein bristled at how some political reporters considered Graham’s note-taking to be “quirky,” which he adamantly said his former boss was not. He wondered if that public perception played a part in Graham being passed over by Democratic presidential nominees Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton and Al Gore as their vice-presidential pick. Shorstein speculated that Gore would have won in 2000 if he had picked Graham because the race was decided by a 537-vote margin in Florida. That, he said, would have prevented the second Iraq war. Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, the eldest of Graham’s four daughters, joked about how she was a college student in Washington, D.C., in 1987 when her father was elected to the Senate. He became her roommate so her mother could stay in Florida as the youngest daughter finished high school. She said that one night she found her father in the kitchen “stirring something that looked inedible in a pot.” She asked him what it was. “He replied proudly, ‘Pumpkin.’ I spotted the empty can and offered to get him something more substantive and tasty for dinner. But he said, Nope, nope. This is great. That sums up Dad, so easy going. The pumpkin met his needs. Plus, it did not cost him a penny. Dad was notoriously frugal,” she said, drawing laughs. But then she turned serious, saying her father was always her inspiration and role model. “There has never been a day I haven’t been proud to be Bob Graham’s daughter.” __ Spencer reported from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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BBC Doctor Who fans ‘rumble’ return of original icon after Susan Twist ‘clue

Doctor Who viewers think a number of clues have given away the return of an original character on the BBC series. From a telling comment made by the Doctor to Ruby Sunday to the mystery surrounding her identity, there’s also the fact an actress named Susan Twist has been credited for more than one episode, all in different roles. Why is this significant? Susan has appeared in a few scenes in different episodes since Ruby debuted as the new companion, the latest being an episode where Ruby and the Doctor sang about “a twist”. Also in this episode the Doctor talked of his lost granddaughter Susan Foreman who he lost contact with, while he doesn’t know if she survived the genocide of the Time Lords. It’s been a while since she was mentioned, so for the Doctor to bring her up in the same episode where they sang the words “there’s always a twist at the end”, and with Susan Twist listed in the credits, fans were sure it had to mean something. Some viewers who hadn’t watched way back when had not realised the Doctor even had a granddaughter. One viewer informed them: “Susan was his first companion but also his granddaughter. She left Gallifrey with him, but he left her behind on Earth cos she fell in love with a human, David. The Doctor told her that he would come back one day – but he never did. ‘The one who waits.’.” The phrase ‘the one who waits’ is something that has previously been touched on in the series, and fans think it may now be linked to the past given it was said again in the latest episode. Viewers began to predict actress Susan Twist’s recurring roles were a hint, along with the musical number, of what was ahead. They questioned if Susan may finally return to the show and be reunited with her grandfather, as others also wondered if she was linked to Ruby who had been abandoned by her biological mother after she was born. One fan posted on X: “It would be kind of funny if Susan returned now. Peter Capaldi talked about the Doctor’s granddaughter a few times and how it would be nice if the Doctor returned to see her.” Another viewer agreed: “We all agree Susan is coming back, right??” as a third wrote: “There’s always a twist at the end. Are they trying to say that Susan will be really Susan, the granddaughter ??” On the possible twist with Ruby, one fan wrote: “So Susan Foreman is absolutely The One Who Waits right? She’s waited since her grandfather left her & has somehow been fractured across different instances. I suspect she’s Ruby’s birth mother making her the Doctor’s great- granddaughter (all about family).” Another said: “‘There’s always a twist at the end’ + Susan Twist + The Doctor mentioning his granddaughter Susan + The One Who Waits + Ruby’s mother.” A third questioned: “Is Ruby, Susan regenerated?” while another theory read: “Watch me be completely wrong, but I really think Ruby is The Doctor’s great- granddaughter … like Susan and maybe David’s daughter.” Doctor Who’s new series airs Saturdays on BBC One, and is also available on BBC iPlayer and Disney Plus. * Follow Mirror Celebs and TV on TikTok , Snapchat , Instagram , Twitter , Facebook , YouTube and Threads .

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Vladimir Putin’s invasion force captures key ‘grey zone’ villages in latest Ukraine blow

Russia claims to have control over five villages in northeast Ukraine – as more than 1,700 civilians flee from Vovchansk, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. While Ukrainian officials haven’t officially confirmed whether Russia has taken the villages in question, reports from Ukrainian journalists seem to suggest that they have. These villages are located in a disputed “grey zone” along the border of Ukraine’s Kharkiv region and Russia. Ukrainian journalists suggest that the villages of Borysivka, Ohirtseve, Pylna and Strilecha were captured by Russian forces on Friday. Meanwhile, Russia also claims to have captured the village of Pletenivka. The Institute for the Study of War confirmed on Friday that geo-located footage verifies at least one of the villages was seized. Russia’s latest advances have been described by the Washington-based think-tank as “tactically significant.” Putin’s latest move has forced more than 1,700 civilians living in settlements near the conflict zone to evacuate, as per Ukrainian authorities. This comes after Russia escalated attacks in March targeting energy infrastructure and settlements, which analysts believe is a strategic move by Moscow to set conditions for an offensive. Russian military enthusiasts believe that the attack suggests the beginning of a Russian plan to establish a “buffer zone”, the Daily Star reported. It is a concept that President Vladimir Putin pledged to do earlier this year to cease regular Ukrainian offensives on Belgorod and other areas near the Russian border. There is also increasing worry that, without enough provisions, Russia could potentially sever supply lines and impose a blockade on the city of Kharkiv, home to 1.1 million citizens. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday evening that Russian troops were broadening their strategies. He also urged his country’s Western allies to ensure that they promptly dispatch the assured supplies of military aid to the battlefronts. In a video message on X, formerly Twitter, he said: “It is critical that partners support our warriors and Ukrainian resilience with timely deliveries. Truly timely ones. A package that truly helps is the actual delivery of weapons to Ukraine, rather than just the announcement of a package.” This attack was commenced from two distinct areas in the Kharkiv region early on Friday, as per statements made by Ukrainian officials and analysts. Russian assault teams strove to penetrate the defensive lines of the Ukrainians in the city of Vovchansk and an area situated north of the village called Lyptsi.

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Israeli act Eden Golan booed again during Eurovision performance amid protests

Fury continued to grow as Eden Golan represented Israel during the Eurovision final this Saturday – and her performance received another icy welcome. The singer, 20, has been the target of controversy as many have protested against her participation in the song contest due to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the Gaza Strip. During Thursday’s dress rehearsal, Eden had been booed by pro-Palestinian onlookers as she took to the stage to perform her song Hurricane. Eden eventually struggled to the final, hours after protestors took to the streets of Malmö, where the final is taking place, to show their support for Palestine. Criticism has continued since – the singer, who took over a disqualified Joost Klein’s spot on stage, was booed for a second time during her performance. Making matters worse for the Eurovision contestant, the booing was clearly heard by many BBC One viewers. “You can hear the booing on tv too”, one of them pointed out. Another added: “You can hear the booing!” A third TV watcher quipped that the booing was “louder” than the cheers in the audience, which have been added into Eden’s segment: “not the booing of people on the arena being louder than the fake cheers.” This prompted another TV watcher to agree: “even with the anti booing technology you could steal hear the boos.” One final social media user chimed in: “And despite that you could still hear the booing.” Meanwhile, one audience member in Malmö shared a live video of Eden’s performance to set the record straight: “what you’re seeing on TV for Israel is not representative of what people ACTUALLY think. They’re adding fake cheers for Israel. This here is the reality. Everyone booing for Israel.” But despite the backlash, Eden has expressed her “pride” in representing Israel as she took to her Instagram account to share a passionate message. “I stand on this stage with so much pride. Proud of our song and the hard work we’ve put into it. Proud of my country and the people in it.” She then addressed her fans: “I feel your love and support from miles away that nothing or no one can break me down. Tonight I’m sharing OUR voice and going to give the best performance I can. I love you guys so much!!” Concerns for Eden Golan’s safety have been raised as controversy remains rife. The singer was notably escorted by around 100 police officers to the Malmö arena, after she was urged to stay in her hotel room by Israel’s national security agency Shin Bet. Prior to her performance, Eden already came under fire when she put forward her song October Rain, which many believed to be a reference to the militant group Hamas kidnapping and killing Israelis in early October, 2023. Follow Mirror Celebs onTikTok,Snapchat,Instagram,Twitter,Facebook,YouTubeandThreads.

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Meghan Markle ‘delighted’ as royal titles on display in Nigeria – but Prince Harry seems ‘surprised

Meghan Markle was left delighted when her and husband Prince Harry were addressed with their Royal titles in Nigeria, an expert has claimed. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen attending a Sit Out at the Nigerian Defence Headquarters in Abuja on May 11, as part of their visit to the country to help celebrate the Invictus Games anniversary. Dressed in a simple figure-hugging white bandeau dress, Meghan appeared delighted as she soaked up the culture of the event. She wore her hair in a sleek updo and accessorised with an array of jewellery including a sparkling cross pendant worn around her neck. Harry meanwhile complimented her look in a cream linen suit worn with a white shirt and dark-coloured tie as they greeted guests For all the latest on news, politics, sports, and showbiz from the USA, go to The Mirror US . READ MORE: Harry and Meghan ‘want to generate positive stories on Nigeria trip’ after mental health speech READ MORE: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle beam with delight as they receive traditional Nigerian gift As the pair headed to their seats inside the bash, they were marked with labels which very clearly referred to them as their official titles of “Duke” and “Duchess.” Body language expert Judi James believes the gesture was well received by Meghan who appeared “delighted,” but that Harry was a little less comfortable appearing somewhat “surprised” at the titles being used. Judi also pointed out that the Duke was displaying a certain degree of discomfort as they took up their place in the venue. She said: “Meghan looks relaxed and delighted here to be given their royal titles but Harry’s body language suggests a degree of awkwardness.” Judi elaborated further as she explained how Harry’s facial expression and positioning are a giveaway about his hidden feelings. She continued: “He is sat upright and with a bemused facial expression as though not quite sure how to enjoy the praise being lavished on them. His legs are splayed but his back is straight and his brows are raised in an expression of surprise while his wife’s wreathed smile looks excited and authentically relaxed and cheerful.” The Sussexes were invited to Nigeria by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, who met Harry last September at the Invictus Games in Düsseldorf, Germany. Their invite came after Meghan found out about her Nigerian heritage. The outing comes after Harry gave a moving speech about mental health while the couple visited a school on Friday. Speaking to the children and addressing the room, the Duke said: “In some places around the world, more than you would believe, there is a stigma against mental health. Too many people don’t want to talk about it because it’s invisible, it’s in your mind and we can’t see it.” He added: “There is no shame to be able to acknowledge that today is a bad day. Okay? If you woke up this morning feeling sad, if you left school feeling stressed, if you’ve lost a loved one in your family who you usually turn to or speak to, all of these things you may be led to believe are not for conversation. “We are here today to tell you that that is not the case. Every single one of those things is completely normal. It is a human reaction, whether it’s grief, stress, whatever the feeling is, it comes from experiences you have had.” *Follow Mirror Celebs on TikTok , Snapchat , Instagram , Twitter , Facebook , YouTube and Threads .

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Bayern Munich turn to Hansi Flick after being snubbed by another Premier League boss

Hansi Flick is in pole position to become Bayern Munich’s new head coach after the German giants’ interest in Oliver Glasner was rebuffed by the Austrian. Bayern announced back in February that Thomas Tuchel would leave at the end of his current contract and have endured a disappointing season under the German’s stewardship, missing out on both the Bundesliga title and the Champions League. Some of Europe’s elite coaches have been linked with the top job at the Allianz Arena in recent months as Tuchel’s exit draws nearer. But interest in the likes of Xabi Alonso, Ralf Rangnick and Erik ten Hag has failed to come to fruition – and another familiar name has now ruled himself out of contention for the role. According to Sky Sports, Glasner had been targeted by Bayern following his impressive start to life in the Premier League with Crystal Palace – but the 49-year-old will not be engaging in talks with them. Glasner is the second Premier League boss to rebuff interest from Bayern following Ten Hag. However, the report goes on to outline that Flick is now in talks to return to Munich for a second spell in charge. The former manager of the German national team won Bundesliga titles with Bayern before standing down from his role at the end of the 2020/21 campaign. Flick, 59, has been unattached since he was sacked by the German FA back in September 2023. Despite confirmation that he had would be parting with the club earlier in the season, Tuchel was forced to shoot down rumours he could stay on for another year this week. He told TNT Sports of his future: “It’s very, very, very unlikely that it’s at Bayern, I have to say, because we have an agreement, there is at the moment no reason to doubt this agreement. We took this position, the initiative came from the club, and so it is and I’m fine with it. Join the debate! Would Flick be a good choice for Bayern? Let us know here. “I don’t need it for the extra percentage of competitiveness because I’m always up for a win, I’m always thinking how to improve the squad or how to improve myself in coaching. We go all in. Does it have an influence on where I am next season? Maybe not, maybe I’m on holiday no matter what, let’s see, let’s see.” DON’T SCRAP REPLAYS! Join our petition to keep the magic of the FA Cup alive! Join our new WhatsApp community and receive your daily dose of Mirror Football content. We also treat our community members to special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners. If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. If you’re curious, you can read our Privacy Notice.

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Ancelotti asegura que no está pensando aún en la posible llegada de Mbappé al Real Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti aseguró que debido a que el Real Madrid tiene en la mira otro título europeo, no tiene tiempo para considerar la posibilidad de dirigir a Kylian Mbappé la próxima campaña. Al menos por ahora. En su primera conferencia de prensa desde que Mbappé confirmó el viernes que dejará al Paris Saint-Germain, Ancelotti enfrentó la inevitable pregunta de si podría confirmar que su destino es el Madrid. Ancelotti indicó que lo único en lo que quiere que él y su equipo pongan su atención es en la final de la Liga de Campeones ante el Borussia Dortmund el primero de junio. “Es un asunto que no tengo en cuenta ahora”, aseguró Ancelottti el sábado tras la victoria del Madrid ante Granada en la liga española. “Hasta el 1 de junio tenemos muy claro en lo que tenemos que pensar”. Mbappé anunció que su último encuentro en casa con el PSG será este domingo ante el Tolosa. El entrenador del equipo francés dijo el sábado que el delantero “todavía no ha dicho dónde va, aunque ya creemos que está claro”. “Entiendo y puedo comprender su decisión, añadió el entrenador español. ”Son 7 años aquí, es una leyenda del club, e un jugador que ha dado todo al club, y el club por supuesto le ha dado todo a él, y le deseo lo mejor en el futuro”. Madrid ha estado ligando desde hace tiempo al delantero francés. El PSG rechazó una oferta de 180 millones de euros del Madrid por Mbappé en el 2021. Este año, el jugador le informó a su equipo que se iría como agente libre al final de la temporada.

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