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Stafford council will not fight plan for asylum seeker housing – BBC

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Stafford Borough Council says it will not seek a judicial review to prevent former university halls of residence becoming housing for asylum seekers.
A planning inspector ruled in June the site in Weston Road, Stafford, could be used despite the borough council previously refusing permission.
Theo Clarke, MP for Stafford, urged the council to push for a judicial review.
But the local authority says legal advice it sought states "no reasonable prospects" of a successful application.
The site will be run by Serco, which manages this housing for the Home Office, and will provide temporary accommodation for 480 people while their asylum claims are being processed.
The government has said it will also put additional funding into local services in Stafford, including healthcare.
Serco's proposals include creating 170 rooms for urgent stays of up to four weeks and 310 rooms for more extended periods at the former Staffordshire University halls of residence in Beaconside.
The council's decision to not grant permission was appealed by Serco and overturned after a four-day public inquiry.
But the local authority said it had instructed an independent legal expert to see if there was a realistic chance of successfully challenging the judgement of the government-appointed planning inspector.
The response the council received stated any application "would not get through the permission stage".
"The advice from experienced legal counsel is categorical and clear – there are no reasonable prospects of a judicial review being successful," council leader Aidan Godfrey said.
"I know this may not be the news some people want to hear, but it would be foolish to ignore the advice and spend potentially tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money on a legal challenge that will fail."
The council would now be prioritising the local community and liaising with Serco to remain fully briefed on its plans, he said.
"We must now lobby the Home Office and central government for the necessary levels of funding and resources that will be required to make sure we can look after our residents and those people who will be here on a temporary basis – and it was good to see our local MP is supportive of that approach too," he added.
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What time is Floyd Mayweather vs. John Gotti III today? Schedule, main card start time for 2023 exhibition boxing fight – Sporting News

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Floyd Mayweather once again steps inside the ring to compete in an exhibition fight. This time, he faces someone with legit combat sports experience and a last name nobody will ever forget. Mayweather faces John Gotti III, the grandson of infamous gangster John Gotti, on June 11.
The fight is inside the FLA Live Arena in Florida and airs on the Zeus Network. 
Gotti turned pro in 2017. Winning five in a row to start his MMA career, Gotti lost his last fight in 2020 against Nick Alley. The 30-year-old has since competed in boxing bouts, winning two contests in the past eight months.
Calling this fight a “pinch-me moment,” Gotti has nothing but respect for Mayweather. However, he will not let his fandom get in the way of what he needs to do. 
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“I’ve been following him since I was eight years old,” Gotti said via Boxing Scene. “This was my idol. This was a guy I did school projects on. It was a guy I looked up to. The fact that I’m in a position to stand across the ring from Floyd is a tremendous honor. But make no mistake, June 11, I’m bringing bad intentions to that man. I don’t care if it’s an exhibition or not. You signed to fight me, there’s no quarter. It’s kill or be killed.”
This is the latest exhibition for Mayweather, who retired in 2017 at 50-0. In 2018 he teamed with RIZIN and beat young kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa via TKO. Mayweather fought Logan Paul and former training partner Don Moore in non-scored bouts. He beat Mikuru Asakura and YouTuber Deji in 2022 via TKO. In February, Mayweather went the distance against MMA fighter Aaron Chalmers.
Here is all you need to know regarding Mayweather vs. Gotti, from the time, channel, and card.
Mayweather vs. Gotti begins at 6:30 p.m ET | 3:30 p.m. PT. Ringwalks are scheduled for 10 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. PT, depending on how long the undercard fights last. 
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Floyd Mayweather vs. John Gotti III can be streamed on Zeus Network. 
Fans in the U.S. can pre-order the fight for $15.99. They can also sign up for the network at the annual rate of $59.99 per year. In the U.K., the pre-order price is about £13, $21 in Canada, and $23 in Australia. 
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Daniel Yanofsky is a combat sports editor at The Sporting News.

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