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Grandmother,51, dating man 16 years her junior insists she’s happier than ever

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A grandmother who had a lustful affair with a man 16 years her junior says she’s happier than ever after ending her ‘unhappy’ ten-year relationship – despite her daughters almost disowning her over the age-gap relationship.  

Joanna Turner, 51, from Surrey, was given a new lease of life after she managed to shed 4st 5lbs and, when she showed off her new slimmer physique on Facebook, she caught the attention of 35-year-old Christopher D’Rozario, from Croydon.

The pair quickly began dating, and despite feeling judged by some, Joanna insists that Christopher ‘swept her off her feet’ and introduced ‘passion and excitement’ into her life once again.  

Joanna Turner, 51, from Surrey, caught the attention of 35-year-old Christopher D'Rozario, from Croydon after posting pictures of her four stone weight-loss

Joanna Turner, 51, from Surrey, caught the attention of 35-year-old Christopher D'Rozario, from Croydon after posting pictures of her four stone weight-loss

Joanna Turner, 51, from Surrey, caught the attention of 35-year-old Christopher D’Rozario, from Croydon after posting pictures of her four stone weight-loss 

Transformation: For 20 years, Joanna had struggled with her body image but in March 2016, Joanna went on a juice diet, losing four stone in just nine months

Transformation: For 20 years, Joanna had struggled with her body image but in March 2016, Joanna went on a juice diet, losing four stone in just nine months

Transformation: For 20 years, Joanna had struggled with her body image but in March 2016, Joanna went on a juice diet, losing four stone in just nine months

The pair quickly began dating, and despite being accused of having a 'mid-life crisis', Joanna says he has introduced 'passion and excitement' into her life once again

The pair quickly began dating, and despite being accused of having a 'mid-life crisis', Joanna says he has introduced 'passion and excitement' into her life once again

The pair quickly began dating, and despite being accused of having a ‘mid-life crisis’, Joanna says he has introduced ‘passion and excitement’ into her life once again

‘Christopher may be 16 years younger than me but he completely swept me off my feet’, said Joanna.

‘Some people may not agree with our age gap, but we all only get one go at life. So why not be happy?’ 

For 20 years, Joanna had struggled with her body image, and in March 2016, she decided to try a Juice Plus diet, substituting meals for fruit and vegetable juices and became a promoter for the weight-loss brand. 

Originally tipping the scales at 14st 5lbs, in just nine months Joanna had lost 4st 5lbs and now weighs a svelte 9st 13lbs.

In December 2017, Christopher, a railway ticket officer, commented on how 'amazing' Joanna looked after losing weight

In December 2017, Christopher, a railway ticket officer, commented on how 'amazing' Joanna looked after losing weight

In December 2017, Christopher, a railway ticket officer, commented on how ‘amazing’ Joanna looked after losing weight 

Joanna explained: ‘For the first time in my life I felt sexy and confident. I began wearing cocktail dresses and tight clothing. Something I hadn’t done in years.

‘I loved the diet so much that I became a promoter on social media. I put my “before” and “after” photos on there too for people to see my weight-loss journey.’

In December 2017, Christopher, a railway ticket officer, commented on how ‘amazing’ Joanna looked in the ‘after’ photos. 

She told: ‘He wrote how he couldn’t believe how amazing I looked and called me stunning. I clicked on his profile and saw he was handsome and young-looking. It was such a thrill as I wasn’t used to men complimenting me.’ 

Joanna originally tipped the scales at 14st 5lbs

Joanna originally tipped the scales at 14st 5lbs

In nine months Joanna lost 4st 5lbs and now weighs 9st 13lbs

In nine months Joanna lost 4st 5lbs and now weighs 9st 13lbs

Originally tipping the scales at 14st 5lbs,(left)  in nine months Joanna lost 4st 5lbs and now weighs 9st 13lbs (right)

Only now my daughters have slowly started to accept Christopher. They still won’t spend any time with him but I hope one day they will… 
Joanna Turner on her family rejecting Christopher 

Three months later, Christopher contacted Joanna over Facebook, asking to become a promoter for the company, and the pair met in a cafe in Surrey to discuss the career move.    

She explained: ‘I signed Christopher up as a rep then we got chatting. He told me he was 33 and I realised he was 16 years younger than me.

‘I said I had two daughters in their 20s and I was also a grandmother but Christopher didn’t care and said age was just a number. After that, I couldn’t get him out of my head.’

At the time, Joanna, lived with her then partner of 10 years, but says they were experiencing problems and had been ‘unhappy for years’.  

Christopher contacted Joanna over Facebook, asking to become a promoter for the company and the pair met up in Surrey

Christopher contacted Joanna over Facebook, asking to become a promoter for the company and the pair met up in Surrey

Christopher contacted Joanna over Facebook, asking to become a promoter for the company and the pair met up in Surrey

Four months later, Joanna and Christopher were invited to a colleague's birthday party and hit it off immediately

Four months later, Joanna and Christopher were invited to a colleague's birthday party and hit it off immediately

Four months later, Joanna and Christopher were invited to a colleague’s birthday party and hit it off immediately 

Four months later, Joanna and Christopher were invited to a colleague’s birthday party.

She said: ‘We had a few drinks that night and Christopher and I ended up kissing on the dance floor. A few months later I decided to come clean to my partner and I ended our relationship.’ 

‘From then on, Christopher took me for romantic dinners and whisked me away to London where we stayed in fancy hotels. For the first time in years I had so much passion and excitement in my life.’

Eventually, Joanna introduced Christopher to her daughters. However, the pair were mortified by the age gap, and accused Joanna of having a mid-life crisis. 

She told: ‘They asked Christopher why he couldn’t find someone his own age and why he was going out with an older woman.

At the time, Joanna, lived with her then partner of 10 years, but says they were experiencing problems and had been 'unhappy for years'. She is pictured before her weight loss

At the time, Joanna, lived with her then partner of 10 years, but says they were experiencing problems and had been 'unhappy for years'. She is pictured before her weight loss

At the time, Joanna, lived with her then partner of 10 years, but says they were experiencing problems and had been ‘unhappy for years’. She is pictured before her weight loss 

Now, the couple have been dating for two years and Joanna says she's happier than ever with Christopher

Now, the couple have been dating for two years and Joanna says she's happier than ever with Christopher

Now, the couple have been dating for two years and Joanna says she’s happier than ever with Christopher 

‘I was mortified. We had a massive row and afterwards, they told me I was having a mid-life crisis. Not long after my mum accused me of being menopausal and refused to meet Christopher too.

‘When Christopher told his dad, he also had the same reaction. Every night I was in tears, all I wanted was to be happy.’

Thankfully, Christopher’s mum agreed to meet Joanna the following month and they hit it off – but during the next few months, Joanna and her daughters fought constantly. Fed up, Joanna decided to keep her relationship with Christopher a secret. 

‘I lied to the girls and said that Christopher and I broke up, said Joanna. ‘They were delighted and said it was for the best. I felt guilty but I didn’t want the drama.

Joanna introduced Christopher to her daughters, however the pair were mortified by the age gap, and accused Joanna of having a mid-life crisis (pictured with her grandchild)

Joanna introduced Christopher to her daughters, however the pair were mortified by the age gap, and accused Joanna of having a mid-life crisis (pictured with her grandchild)

Joanna introduced Christopher to her daughters, however the pair were mortified by the age gap, and accused Joanna of having a mid-life crisis (pictured with her grandchild)

‘After that, I began getting the train to Christopher’s house in Croydon. I didn’t know anyone in the area so we could hold hands and go out for dinner without worrying. I told the girls I was staying at friend’s houses whenever they rang.’

After one year of hiding their relationship, Joanna and Christopher came clean.

Joanna says: ‘I invited the girls over and told them firmly that Christopher and I are in love and they had to accept it. They were angry and didn’t speak to me for weeks.’

Now, the couple have been dating for two years. Joanna says: ‘Only now my daughters have slowly started to accept Christopher. They still won’t spend any time with him but I hope one day they will.

‘My friends and work colleagues always call me a cougar, which I think is funny. I intend to live life to the fullest with Christopher, he makes me so happy.’

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‘He’s dangerous’: Tory MP’s wife Sasha Swire renews attack on Michael Gove

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Ex-minister’s wife Sasha Swire has described Michael Gove as ‘dishonest with his ambition’ in her latest comments about her upcoming memoirs.

Lady Swire, who describes the minister for the Cabinet Office as ‘bonkers’ in her book, has said she believes he is ‘dangerous’.

In an interview with the Observer, she said: ‘I love Michael. I can forgive anything if they’ve got colour. The more dangerous, the more alcoholic, the madder they are, the better.

‘Where Michael is slightly dishonest is with his ambition. He’s always lied about that. He’s a typical hack.

‘He loves being at the scene of the crash. I think he’s quite dangerous.’

Lady Swire, pictured with husband Hugo, has described senior Tory minister Michael Gove as 'dangerous' and 'dishonest with his ambition' in an interview ahead of the release of her book

Lady Swire, pictured with husband Hugo, has described senior Tory minister Michael Gove as ‘dangerous’ and ‘dishonest with his ambition’ in an interview ahead of the release of her book

Lady Swire describes Gove, pictured, as 'bonkers' in her soon-to-be-published memoirs

Lady Swire describes Gove, pictured, as ‘bonkers’ in her soon-to-be-published memoirs

Barely a single senior member of the governments of Boris Johnson, Theresa May and David Cameron emerges unscathed in the memoirs of ex-minister’s wife.  

At one point, after a meeting of the National Security Council, her husband Hugo tells her he is ‘starting to think Gove is ever so slightly ­bonkers’. She adds that William Hague looked ‘exasperated every time Gove spoke’. 

Cameron ‘gave Gove a b*****king’ and ‘went ballistic’ when the ­Scotsman publicly attacked the ‘preposterous’ number of Etonians in Cameron’s inner circle. 

Gove’s aim in saying this was to wreck Boris Johnson’s chances of succeeding Cameron, declares Lady Swire, who adds: Gove is a ‘loose cannon’ and, as an ex-journalist, ‘mistakes headlines for achievements’. 

She describes Gove’s close ally Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s No 10 chief of staff, as ‘one of those odd amoebas you find in jars in school science labs’. Cummings is a ‘stark raving mad Rasputin’. 

Teaming him up with Gove, the ‘most volatile member of the Government, was always an explosion waiting to happen’.

Lady Swire accuses Gove of ‘lying through his teeth’ and says that when he fell out with Cameron over Brexit, Cameron was so angry he said he would never have Michael or his wife Sarah Vine — a Mail columnist — or his children in his house ever again. 

She says Gove also upset former Tory leadership contender Rory Stewart, who looked set to ‘punch’ him when Gove made a joke that backfired about a jihadi kissing Stewart’s wife. It was ‘nutter Michael in a nutshell’. 

David Cameron thinks it is ‘hilarious’ to joke with Lady Swire’s husband about the size of Michael Gove‘s manhood — and the former Prime Minister is drawn to Lady Swire because she is ‘lewd’. 

Lady Swire told the Observer that she was ‘terrified of causing trouble’ and says she is glad to be out of politics.

Her husband Hugo, who was knighted in David Cameron’s resignation honours, stepped down as MP for East Devon last year. 

She also doubles down on comments made about others in the book including ‘stark raving mad’ Dominic Cummings of whom she says: ‘It will all go tits up with him, it always does. He’ll explode.’

She also says that Theresa May ‘didn’t have an original idea in her head’. 

In Lady Swire’s tell-all memoir, she reveals how David and Samantha Cameron drowned their sorrows following the Brexit vote.

She tells how, in the wake of the 2016 referendum, she visited the Camerons for a weekend at their Oxfordshire home. She claims that the then-Prime Minister asked her husband to bring ‘two fat Cohibas [Cuban cigars] and plenty of booze’ and was ‘chomping on cigars’ over ‘endless bottles of wine’.

And she adds that Mrs Cameron had to muster up some Dutch courage before joining her husband for his resignation speech, feeling unable to do so ‘without drinking a large negroni’.

She also says that Mr Cameron told her former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had a two-way mirror in his bedroom.

‘I sit next to Dave at dinner,’ she writes. ‘He gives us wonderful vignettes of the Sarkozys’ fake marital displays and of being given a tour around Rome’s equivalent of No 10 by Berlusconi.

‘When they come to his bedroom he points at a Renaissance two-way mirror above the bed and with his characteristic grin says, ‘Well, they didn’t have porn channels in those days, did they?’ ‘

Boris Johnson is described as 'His Blondness', adding that he used to be a 'political calculating machine' with 'no political identity or proven ability to grasp difficult questions and decisions'

Boris Johnson is described as ‘His Blondness’, adding that he used to be a ‘political calculating machine’ with ‘no political identity or proven ability to grasp difficult questions and decisions’

She describes Gove's close ally Dominic Cummings, Johnson's No 10 chief of staff, as 'one of those odd amoebas you find in jars in school science labs' and says he is 'stark raving mad'

She describes Gove’s close ally Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s No 10 chief of staff, as ‘one of those odd amoebas you find in jars in school science labs’ and says he is ‘stark raving mad’

Of Boris Johnson, she is withering, writing: ‘It scares the s*** out of me that people don’t see [Mr Johnson] as the calculating machine he really is,’ and she describes Mr Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds as his ‘hot young vixen’. 

Meanwhile, Mrs May is Mrs ‘Glumbucket’, the ‘Maybot’, ‘Old Ma May’ or ‘old bat, crippled by her lack of intellectual confidence. 

Nor does Lady Swire, 57, spare the blushes of the Royal Family in her book, Diary Of An MP’s Wife. She says the Queen ‘fixed her beady eyes’ on her at a dinner at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland when Sir Hugo was an Ulster Minister in the Cameron administration. 

Prince Philip ‘ranted’ about how ‘appalled’ he and the Queen were that guests used laptops during Palace ­banquets. And Sir Hugo is distracted at a meeting with Prince Charles by his ‘thick Hanoverian hands’. 

Lady Swire’s reaction to Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle in 2017 is to predict ‘trouble ahead’. The future ­Duchess of Sussex is ‘eating the redhead for breakfast’, she declares; he is ‘clearly not as clever as she is’. 

Lady Swire claims her book is a modern version of the highly acclaimed and outrageous Alan Clark Diaries in the Thatcher era.

Like Clark, she gives a riveting insight into the political skulduggery and sexual high jinks of the Tory elite. 

She also pokes affectionate fun at her husband Sir Hugo, or ‘H’, as she refers to him and ­candidly talks of their marriage problems.

The book — the most indiscreet political memoir in decades — claims Boris Johnson was driven by jealousy of Cameron.

He saw Cameron as a ‘fee-paying squit’ at Eton in comparison to his own status of King’s Scholar at the school.

Mr Cameron has admitted the diaries, due out next week, were ‘kind of embarrassing’.

Diary of an MP’s Wife by Sasha Swire is published by Little, Brown on September 24.

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UK hospitals record another 12 coronavirus deaths with no fatalities in Scotland and Wales

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UK hospitals recorded another 12 coronavirus deaths, amid warnings from the Health Secretary the country is at a ‘tipping point. 

Health authorities today said there had been 12 fatalities in England, but none in Scotland or Wales. The figures for Northern Ireland have not yet been released. 

The victims were aged between 62 and 98, and all had known health conditions, NHS England said. 

The dates of the deaths were between April 30 and September 19, with the majority on or after September 18. Three other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result. 

It comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned Britain is at a ‘tipping point’ as he refused to rule out a second national coronavirus lockdown if the public fails to follow social distancing rules.

Pictured: staff at a Coronavirus testing centre in Leicester today. Health authorities today said there had been 12 fatalities in England, but none in Scotland or Wales. The figures for Northern Ireland have not yet been released

Pictured: staff at a Coronavirus testing centre in Leicester today. Health authorities today said there had been 12 fatalities in England, but none in Scotland or Wales. The figures for Northern Ireland have not yet been released

With cases rising across the country, Mr Hancock said there was a danger the numbers could ‘shoot through the roof’ unless effective action was taken to halt the spread of the virus.

His warning came as the Government announced anyone in England who refuses an order to self-isolate could face a fine of up to £10,000.

The Health Secretary said that hospital admissions for the disease were doubling ‘every eight days’ and would be followed by an increase in the number of deaths.

‘This country faces a tipping point,’ he told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show.

‘If everybody follows the rules – and we will be increasingly stringent on the people who are not following the rules – then we can avoid further national lockdowns.

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‘But we of course have to be prepared to take action if that’s what’s necessary.’

During a round of broadcast interviews, Mr Hancock said the Government had taken the decision to impose a legal duty on people to self-isolate if instructed as the data showed some were failing to do so.

At the same time ministers have said people on benefits in England will be eligible for a one off support payment of £500 if they face a loss of earnings as a result of being required to self-isolate.

Mr Hancock told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme: ‘We will support people who do the right thing and we will come down hard on people who do the wrong thing.’

Boris Johnson has been desperate to avoid another nationwide lockdown amid concerns about the economic damage it will inflict just as activity was beginning to pick up again.

Large groups of walkers enjoy the warm sunshine as Police patrol Hyde Park in London on the first weekend of the Rule of Six being in place

Large groups of walkers enjoy the warm sunshine as Police patrol Hyde Park in London on the first weekend of the Rule of Six being in place

However, as of Tuesday, around 13.5 million people across the UK will be facing some form of local restrictions as the authorities grapple with the disease.

Second wave of Covid cases in Europe is not causing deaths to spike compared with the peak in spring 

A second wave of coronavirus cases in Europe is not causing deaths to spike.

Although cases in Spain have soared to almost 15,000 a day – leading to a new lockdown in parts of Madrid – the number of deaths remains relatively low compared with the peak in spring. 

There were 240 deaths in Spain on Thursday – much lower than the 929 daily deaths reached in late March when there were a recorded 9,000 cases a day.

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In France, another 13,498 cases were reported yesterday. But the latest 24-hour death toll – 154 on Friday – is much lower than in mid-April when there were 1,400 deaths but 5,500 confirmed cases.

The difference may be explained by an increase in testing in the countries in recent months, but could also be a sign that the virus is mainly infecting younger, healthier people who survive the illness.

Sweden, which did not impose a lockdown, continues to have a significantly lower rate of cases and deaths from Covid-19. 

On Tuesday, Sweden had its lowest number of new cases since March. In April, Covid deaths in a single day in Sweden peaked at 115. Now, some days, that figure is zero.

Reported infections have been climbing steadily across most of Europe over the past two months, with more than half of countries seeing an increase of over ten per cent in the past two weeks.

 

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan is now pressing ministers to extend the controls to the capital, which he believes may be just ‘two or three days’ behind the hotspots of the North West and North East of England.

Mr Hancock said he was ‘very worried’ about the latest data which suggested Britain could be on the same path as Spain and France – where deaths and hospitalisations are increasing – without effective action.

‘I am very worried about this second wave. We have seen in other countries around Europe how it can absolutely shoot through the roof,’ he said.

‘When the case rate shoots up, the next thing that happens is the numbers going into hospital shoot up.

‘Sadly, we have seen that rise, it is doubling every eight days or so – people going into hospital – then, with a lag, you see the number of people dying sadly rise.’

Among the measures being considered by ministers is a temporary two-week ‘circuit break’ with tighter restrictions across England in an attempt to break the chain of transmission.

However, the Government is facing resistance from some senior Conservative MPs concerned that ministers are taking increasingly stringent powers with little or no parliamentary scrutiny.

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful Tory backbench 1922 Committee, said he intends to table an amendment which would require the Government to put any new measures to a vote of MPs.

He told The Sunday Telegraph that he would take the opportunity to seek to amend the legislation when the Government comes to renew the emergency powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020.

‘In March, Parliament gave the Government sweeping emergency powers at a time when Parliament was about to go into recess and there was realistic concern that NHS care capacity might be overwhelmed by Covid-19,’ he told the paper.

‘We now know that the NHS coped well with the challenge of the virus and Parliament has been sitting largely since April. There is now no justification for ministers ruling by emergency powers without reference to normal democratic processes.’

Under the latest rules, from September 28 people in England will have a duty to self isolate for 14 days if they test positive for coronavirus or they are instructed to do by NHS Test and Trace because they have been in contact with someone with the disease.

Sir Keir Starmer said Labour would support the measures but warned that a second national lockdown was becoming more likely because the Test and Trace programme was in a state of ‘near collapse’.

‘Because the Government’s now effectively lost control of testing, it doesn’t necessarily know where the virus is. So if I was the prime minister, I would apologise for the fact that testing is all over the place,’ he told the Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme.

Mr Hancock, however, said he was not prepared to apologise, saying: ‘I will endlessly defend my team. They are doing amazing work day-in-day-out.’

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British expats in Europe ‘will be stripped of UK bank accounts in weeks’ after post Brexit rules

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Tens of thousands of British expats who live in Europe risk having their UK bank accounts closed ‘in weeks’ due to post-Brexit rules.

Lloyds, Barclays and Coutts are among a number of UK banks that have starting giving notice to expatriate customers to say they will close their accounts at 11pm on December 31. 

The end of the withdrawal agreement makes it a ‘bureaucratic nightmare’ for UK banks to provide for British customers in the EU post-Brexit, with many simply choosing to pull their services.  

Lloyds Bank confirmed it will be withdrawing services from Holland, Slovakia, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Portugal - a move that will affect 13,000 British customers [File image]

Lloyds Bank confirmed it will be withdrawing services from Holland, Slovakia, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Portugal – a move that will affect 13,000 British customers [File image]

Banks are making their own decisions as to which EU countries to pull out of and which to continue operating in. 

Lloyds Bank confirmed to The Sunday Times that it will be withdrawing services from Holland, Slovakia, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Portugal – in a move that will affect 13,000 British customers. 

The bank, which is Britain’s biggest banking group, started writing to its customers living in these countries since August, telling them that their UK bank accounts would be shut on December 31.

Barclays also confirmed that its banking and credit-card customers living in the EU had started receiving letters.

One Barclays customer, who lives in Brittany, confirmed to the Sunday Times that she had received a letter saying her Barclaycard will be terminated on November 16, despite being a customer for more than 40 years. 

Other Barclays customers living in Spain, France and Belgium have also confirmed that they received notice their Barclaycards will be cancelled. 

Another expat said that in order to keep their British accounts, a number of their friends who also live abroad were giving addresses of family members in the UK.

Barclays confirmed that its banking and credit-card customers living in the EU have started receiving letters, giving them notice that their UK bank accounts will be shut [File image]

Barclays confirmed that its banking and credit-card customers living in the EU have started receiving letters, giving them notice that their UK bank accounts will be shut [File image]

Upon the completion of Brexit and the UK’s departure from the EU, it will become illegal for UK banks to provide for British customers living the EU without applying for new banking licences. 

The government has failed to negotiate post-Brexit banking rules and so pan-European banking rules, known as passporting, will no longer apply to these customers. 

Rather than negotiate the specific banking rules of 27 member states, which has been described as a ‘bureaucratic nightmare’, some banks are closing their customer’s accounts.  

In a statement, the Treasury said: ‘We expect banks to treat their customers fairly and provide timely communications to enable them to make appropriate decisions.’ 

‘However, the provision of banking services is a commercial decision for firms based on a variety of factors, including the local law and regulation of specific EEA countries.’

Two other major UK banks, NatWest and Santander have said that so far, they had no plans to close customer’s accounts but are ‘considering their options’.    

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