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THE
PAPER – BRITAIN’S FIRST AND ONLY CONCISE QUALITY TITLE
Christmas
comes early
for Robins
Deputy PM
is sacked
Bristol City dump
Man United out of
the League Cup
Green fired for misleading
the Prime Minister over
office porn claims
P54
P10
EXCLUSIVE
THURSDAY
21 DECEMBER 2017
Number 2,208
News.co.uk
UK demands
total secrecy
for trade
talks with US
Alarm over animal welfare, food safety,
NHS and parliamentary scrutiny
Saved by
the beautiful
game
» Fox strikes agreement with Washington that negotiations must be kept confidential
» No files released for four years after talks end, unless both sides waive secrecy rule
Reports & analysis, pages 6 & 7
P50
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Edwina
Currie
Eat your
greens
Britain’s money
makers need
our love
...and boost
your
memory
PLUS KIM SENGUPTA IN CATALONIA
P17
P25
I SCIENCE
P30
In praise of
the nanny
state
P15
SIMON
KELNER
I EDUCATION
Ten best
stocking
filler
books
P20
P32
I TV GUIDE
P35
P28
The
News
Matrix
POLICE
What are the
rhyme and
reason for barbs
aimed at
Beckham?
See p.15
The day at
a glance
THURSDAY
21
DECEMBER
Quote of the day
GEORGE ELIOT
WELFARE
POLICE
DENMARK
GRENFELL TOWER
Terror suspects face
further questioning
UN refugees will no
longer be resettled
Inquiry has stalled,
say grieving families
Plunging temperatures have
triggered the biggest spending on
cold-weather payments for five
years. More than £18m has been paid
out by the Government this month.
The total is already more than
double the amount paid in 2016-17
(£3.1m), but it is still well below the
£141.7m paid in 2012-13.
Police have been given until
Christmas Day to decide whether
or not to charge four men held on
suspicion of plotting a terror attack.
Andy Sami Star, 31, a fish-and-chip
shop owner, and three men aged 22,
36 and 41, are being questioned after
raids in Chesterfield and Sheffield.
Police urged residents to be alert.
Denmark will no longer take in
refugees under a UN resettlement
programme after passing a
law yesterday that enables the
government to determine how many
may enter the country. Since 1989,
Denmark has accepted 500 refugees
a year under a scheme to ease the
burden on countries near war zones.
The Grenfell Tower inquiry has
reached an “impasse” because of
conflicting messages, bereaved
relatives have warned. Families say
that Sir Martin Moore-Bick’s refusal
to ask Theresa May to change the
format of the inquiry contradicted
claims she was waiting for his views
about the need for a diverse panel.
CONSUMER
If a sorbet really tastes like
Champagne, it can be called that,
the European Court of Justice has
ruled. Champagne producers sought
to ban the supermarket Aldi from
selling “Champagne Sorbet”. The
court said the name could be used if
the icy treat had “a taste attributable
primarily to Champagne”.
Sunday 21 December 1975
The Venezuelan terrorist
Carlos the Jackal leads a
raid on a meeting of Opec
oil ministers in Vienna,
Austria. German and Arab
militants stormed in with
guns, killed three people
and took 63 people hostage,
including 11 ministers.
Hotspots
for homes
Top 10 places where homes have been selling the quickest
Livingston
West Lothian
Falkirk
Stirlingshire
Average
number of
days to sell
The List
What we love and
hate about Christmas
Amid all the festivity of Christmas,
most people have their favourite
and least favourite moments. Here
are the top and bottom five,
according to a poll for a fruit
drinks brand:
Anniversaries
Livingston has been identified as a property
hotspot. Homes in the Scottish town typically sell in
just 23 days — about a third of the national average
selling time of 67 days. Meanwhile, asking prices in
the Suffolk market town of Sudbury have surged by
13.1 per cent over the past year, more than
anywhere else in Britain.
PROPERTY
23 £147,588
36 £127,553
Birthdays
Samuel L Jackson, actor,
69; Jane Fonda (below),
actress, 80; Emmanuel
Macron, French
president, 40; Albert
Lee, guitarist, 74; Kiefer
Sutherland, actor, 51
FAVOURITE
Eating Christmas dinner (below)
Opening presents
Watching Christmas films/TV
Cooking Christmas dinner
Playing board games
LEAST FAVOURITE
People talking about Christmas
Hearing Christmas music/carols
Christmas jumpers
Christmas shopping
Christmas movies
Average
asking
price
Glasgow
=6
=6
Edinburgh
2
34 £242,223
36 £150,388
Kettering
Northamptonshire
Corby
Northamptonshire
35 £198,354
35 £173,720
Coventry
West Midlands
Rugby
Warwickshire
=9
GERMANY
Nearly 4.8 million joints worth of
marijuana were incinerated at a
power plant in Germany and could
be used to generate heating and
electricity for homes. About 550kg
of the drug was seized near the city
of Nuremberg last December but
could not be kept for medical use
because its origin was unknown.
=9
36 £223,799
Aldershot
Hampshire
1.
Sudbury, Suffolk
2.
Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire
3.
Kendal, Cumbria
LONDON WAS EXCLUDED FROM ALL FINDINGS
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
Vandals have partially destroyed
a 115 million-year-old dinosaur
footprint. The 30cm-wide imprint
of three toes, discovered in 2006 at
Flat Rocks National Park in Victoria,
is thought to have been deliberately
attacked with a hammer. The area
is home to thousands of dinosaur
fossils of teeth and bones.
=3
=3 =6 =3
35 £201,971
TELEVISION
Gillingham
Kent
37 £272,995
Top three places for asking price growth (annual percentage increase)
index
AUSTRALIA
Vandals damage
dinosaur footprint
Sky high: marijuana
burns to heat homes
1
37 £279,343
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Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................46
The police watchdog is investigating
the death of a black law student
who was arrested in Oxford. The
Independent Police Complaints
Commission found Nuno Cardoso,
25, of Kentish Town, north London,
was restrained and subsequently
collapsed and died in November.
Cold snap increases
benefits payments
Aldi raises a glass
to European court
Blessed is the man who,
having nothing to say,
abstains from giving
wordy evidence of the fact
Death of black law
student investigated
13.1%
12.5%
10%
SOURCE: RIGHTMOVE
‘Sesame Street’ will
help young refugees
Characters from Sesame Street
(above) will be used to help teach
children displaced by war in Syria.
The Sesame Workshop and the
International Rescue Committee
have won a $100m (£75m) grant to
deal with the “toxic stress” on child
refugees. It will support children in
Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria.
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21 DECEMBER 2017
BUSINESS SPORT
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Letter from
the Editor
EMMA WREN GIBSON, BABY BORN FROM FROZEN EMBRYO
Oliver Duff
i@inews.co.uk
Bonniest baby… or the oldest
thing in nappies?
Emma Wren Gibson has yet to reach
the one-month milestone on life’s
journey, having been born on
25 November. But this “snow baby”
holds the distinction of already being
a world record-holder.
Is she a champion thumb-sucker?
Not quite. Her birth is the happy
result of conception involving
the longest-known frozen human
embryo. The embryo from which baby
Emma emerged was frozen 24
years ago in October 1992,
beating the previous
record of 20 years.
Frozen embryos are
sometimes known
as “snow babies”.
If a couple receive
in-vitro fertilisation
(IVF) treatment,
there are sometimes
leftover embryos, which
are frozen for potential
later use.
A flying start to life, then?
For all concerned. Emma’s embryo
was originally created for IVF by
another, anonymous couple and was
then left in storage so that it could be
used by someone unable to conceive
a child naturally. Ms Gibson said she
was particularly pleased with the
results, adding: “I just wanted a baby. I
don’t care if it’s a world record or not.”
Cheese and whine
A God-given gift?
The Gibsons certainly think so.
“We are just so thankful and blessed.
She’s a precious Christmas
gift from the Lord,” Ms
Gibson added. “We’re
just so grateful.”
Was it celebrations all round?
Absolutely. Emma’s parents, Tina and
Benjamin Gibson (pictured above),
from Tennessee in the US, admitted
that they felt surprised when they
were told the actual age of the
embryo. “Do you realise I’m only 25,”
Ms Gibson told a US news channel.
“If the baby was born when it was
supposed to be born, we could have
been best friends.”
So will the
Guinness World
Records book be
interested?
Not quite. Dr Jeffrey
Keenan, of the US
National Embryo
Donation Centre, who
oversaw the embryo
transfer, said it was impossible
to be sure whether Emma Gibson had
set a record in the process of being
born, but it was likely. He added: “We
had our medical library, which is
very good at finding things, look to
see if they could find anything older
than that – and they could not. But it
is kind of neat that this embryo was
conceived just a year or so before the
mother was.”
Sally Guyoncourt
TECHNOLOGY
NEW ZEALAND
NATURE
CHINA
‘Iron Man’ tale may
become a reality
‘Secret Santa’
goes supersize
Rare clouds appear
over Lincolnshire
Panda poo toilet
paper, anyone?
Entrepreneurs have unveiled a
giant robot that can be piloted by
humans to make them faster and
stronger. The FX-2 was created by
Rainbow Robotics, a spin-off from
South Korea’s Advanced institute of
Science and Technology, and aims to
use robots to enhance people rather
than replace them.
New Zealand held a nationwide
“Secret Santa” exchange arranged
through social media with more than
3,600 people taking part. Strangers
gifted each other a Harry Potter
edition of Scrabble, bubble bath,
kites and even a mug dedicated to
the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s
cat, Paddles, who died this year.
A rare cloud formation in the shape
of waves has been spotted above
Lincolnshire. Arlene Towriss saw it
at Swinhope, near Market Rasen, on
Tuesday. She posted a photograph
on social media and was told it was a
Kelvin-Helmholtz formation, named
after the scientists Lord Kelvin and
Hermann von Helmholtz.
A Chinese firm is to begin recycling
panda faeces and food waste into
tissue paper. The panda reserve in
Sichuan has signed a deal with the
Sichuan Qianwei Fengsheng Paper
Company to collect and use waste
which was previously discarded or
used as fertiliser. An adult panda can
produce 10kg of faeces per day.
The Environment Secretary,
Michael Gove, urges us all to
become cheese patriots.
We import about a third of
our Cheddar from Ireland, using
nearly 20 per cent of Ireland’s
milk. If Britain leaves the EU
without a trade deal and defaults
to World Trade Organisation
rules – a highly undesirable turn
of events – Cheddar faces tariffs
of 40 per cent, with distressing
consequences for ploughman’s
lunches and cheese sandwiches.
It is encouraging to see Mr Gove
continue the fine work of one of his
predecessors, Liz Truss, who – as
viewers of Have I Got News For You
are frequently reminded – once
addressed a Tory party conference
with the words: “We import
two-thirds of our cheese. That. Is.
A. Disgrace.” Mr Gove has picked up
the Buxton Blue and run with it.
Mr Gove says that – in a WTO
doomsday scenario – cheese prices
will not rise steeply if the UK
public buys more British Cheddar.
I admire Mr Gove’s pluck here,
and indeed the cheese course at the
Duffs’ Christmas table will include
Harrogate Blue, Black Bomber
(Snowdonian Cheddar) and a
Dewlay Lancashire, as well as a
couple of continental interlopers.
But his argument has not been as,
er, Caerphilly thought through as
one might hope. A flight to British
Cheddar would drive up its price.
Irish cheesemakers, meanwhile,
contemplate switching to dairy
products that sell better in the EU
free-trade area – like mozzarella,
ubiquitous on frozen pizzas.
While there are no guarantees
that trade talks will succeed, we
live in hope that they result in low
or no tariffs on products like meat
and cheese. Already, Brussels wants
Britain to recognise the protected
status of Parmesan and Champagne
after Brexit, in return for similar
treatment for UK products.
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NEWS
SOCIETY
Village post offices thrown
a lifeline in new deal
By Alan Jones
Struggling village post offices have
been thrown a lifeline with a £370m
cash injection.
The three -year government
funding agreement, to run from
April, comes after the Post Office
moved into profit for the first time
in 16 years, making £13m in the past
financial year. About £210m will be
invested in continuing to modernise
the network, while £160m will help to
protect smaller branches.
The Government said it had
invested more than £2bn since 2010,
leaving a network of about 11,600
branches, extended business hours
and opening thousands of branches
on Sundays. The Business Secretary,
Greg Clark, said: “The Post Office is
at the heart of communities across
the UK, with millions of customers
and small businesses relying on their
local branch every day to access a
wide range of important services.
“With the network at its most
stable in decades, this £370m of
Government funding will ensure that
it can continue to modernise and
bring further benefits to customers.”
Festive mail delays
Deliveries ahead of Christmas are not
arriving as planned, as consumers
complain of lengthy delays, damaged
packages and poor communication,
according to a watchdog.
Which? found that just a third of
consumers (35 per cent) received
their deliveries as expected. More
than half (56 per cent) reported a
delivery not arriving when expected,
including 26 per cent who received a
package early. One in five said at least
one delivery did not arrive at all.
One person reported a parcel being
left under their car and another had a
parcel left with a neighbour without
permission – who opened it and
showed it to others in their village.
The Post Office chief executive,
Paula Vennells, added: “Making a
profit for the first time in 16 years
is a major milestone in the Post
Office’s journey to a sustainable and
successful business. We are fulfilling
the promises we have made and this
is recognised by the Government’s
further investment, which will
enable us to continue transforming
the business to meet our customers’
changing needs.”
The Post Office said its financial
turnaround would reduce its reliance
on public funds.
B u t a s p o ke s m a n fo r t h e
Communication Workers Union
(CWU) said: “While the Post Office
and Government are dressing this
up as good news, in reality the Post
Office is facing a significant cut in
Government funding for the next
three years.
“The CWU wants to see a profitable
and successful Post Office, but its
financial results have been delivered
on the back of closures, thousands
of job losses and huge reductions
in income for sub-postmasters. Far
from modernising the network, this
is managing its decline.”
Rebecca Long-Bailey, the Shadow
Business Secretary, said: “Despite
the rhetoric, today’s announcement
is a significant year-on-year cut in
GovernmentfundingforthePostOffice.
“The Conservatives’ claims about
modernisation are code for closures,
job losses and pay cuts.”
Drivers on the A303
near the Wiltshire
tourist stop last
Christmas ‘enjoyed’
13-hour tailbacks GETTY
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VOICES
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TV
28-29
IQ
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BUSINESS SPORT
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MOTORING
CRIME
Stonehenge ‘is site of
worst Christmas traffic’
Innocent
arrested after
horrifying
data blunders
afternoon could take five times as
long as normal, with peak delays
As druids gather at Stonehenge to from 2.30pm.“People are creatures
mark the winter solstice tomorrow of habit, and they start journeys in
morning, the Wiltshire tourist stop the afternoon,” Dr Cookson said.
has been named the UK’s worst for
Tomorrow afternoon and early
evening is predicted to see the
Christmas traffic.
highest density of traffic
Traffic on the A303 beside
on the roads, when the
the Neolithic stone circle
normal rush at the end
during the Christmas
of the working week
getaway will be
i s a u g m e n t e d by
“horrendous”, the
people beginning the
transport analyst
The
number
of
miles
seasonal getaway.
Inrix warned.
of roadworks that
Dr Cookson
“There were 13 hours
Highways England
advised motorists:
o f t a i l b ac k s l a s t
is lifting for the
“Set off in the morning,
Christmas,” said Dr
festive season
give yourself plenty
Graham Cookson, the
of time and have lots of
chief economist at Inrix.
Christmas tunes.”
The only worse traffic
Highways England is lifting
jam was found on the A5 near
Watford Gap in Northamptonshire, almost 400 miles of roadworks
following a serious accident on for the festive season, from 6am
t h e M 1 w h i c h c l o s e d t h e on tomorrow until 2 January. It
says that “almost 99 per cent of
southbound carriageway.
Dr Cookson also warned of motorways and strategic A roads”
“doubled and tripled journey times” will be free of works.
Traffic may also increase from
today and tomorrow, particularly
on the M25 around London, and normal levels from tomorrow
the M6 in the Midlands and North until Christmas Eve because of
West. Inrix predicts that journeys rail strikes on Virgin Trains and
on the southbound M6 this CrossCountry. THE INDEPENDENT
By Simon Calder
400
By Hayden Smith
Innocent people have been caught
up in paedophile and murder
investigations because of blunders
in the handling of phone and
internet data, a report reveals.
Blameless individuals have been
arrested, seen their homes and
electronic devices searched, and
had their children taken into care
as a result of serious errors.
The incidents were revealed as a
i THURSDAY
21 DECEMBER 2017
5
watchdog flagged up the “appalling”
consequences of erroneous use of
communications data. Particular
concerns were raised about
mistakes made when authorities
link internet protocol addresses –
numerical labels assigned to devices
on the web – to physical locations.
In his annual report for 2016, the
Interception of Communications
C o m m i s s i o n e r, S i r S t a n l ey
Burnton, said errors in attempts
to “resolve” IP addresses were “far
more common than is acceptable”.
He warned that the impact on
some victims of these mistakes had
been “appalling” and “enormous”.
Communications data cover such
information as who sent a message
or made a phone call, when and
where this happened – but not
the content.
TECHNOLOGY
High-speed broadband a legal right
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Homes and businesses will be
able to demand high-speed broadband from providers as a legal right
by 2020.
The Government rejected a voluntary offer from BT to improve
speeds in favour of the legally en-
forceable universal service obligation (USO), with speeds of at least
10Mbps. An Ofcom study last week
revealed that more than 1.1 million
properties did not receive broadband speeds to meet their needs.
In rural areas, 17 per cent of
homes and businesses experience
poor broadband, compared with
2 per cent in urban areas.
6
NEWS
EXCLUSIVE
Revealed: Britain
demands secrecy in
trade talks with US
By Cahal Milmo
and Paul Gallagher
The British Government has demanded total secrecy in its free trade
talks with the US for a post-Brexit
deal, i can reveal.
Liam Fox’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has quietly
opened preliminary discussions with
a team of American officials.
Both sides have agreed that their
talks will be classified as either “sensitive” or “confidential”, and information will be shared only among
approved individuals.
Nothing can be released for four
years after talks are concluded, unless both sides waive the secrecy rule,
according to documents seen by i.
The approach will prove controversial for parliamentary scrutiny of
British-American trade talks, as well
as in policy areas such as food safety
standards and animal welfare. Alarm
has been raised at Cabinet level that
an eventual deal could lead to Britain
accepting inferior welfare or environmental standards, including chlorinewashed chicken and antibiotic use in
beef, as well access to the NHS for US
health conglomerates.
Campaigners accuse Dr Fox of
imposing draconian controls on
the discussions, which are considered vital to Britain’s prosperity postBrexit. He argues that officials should
be allowed to negotiate privately
while policy positions are developed.
Last month, the DIT agreed with its
American counterparts that details of
talks will be regarded as confidential
“unless otherwise jointly decided”.
The rules have been signed off by
DIT’s director of UK-US trade policy,
Oliver Griffiths, and the Office of the
United States Trade Representative.
Britain asked for assurances about
BACKGROUND
Lack of transparency will hurt
public confidence, warns expert
By Cahal Milmo
An expert in freedom of information
rules said the protocols appeared to
shift the balance away from openness and would make it significantly more difficult to secure
the public release of material.
Professor Heather Brooke,
of City, University of London,
(inset) said: “The Freedom of
Information law sets a default
for openness but with these
documents, the Government instead set the default at ‘secret’ and
only in a few exceptions will the public get a look.
“Negotiating a trade policy is sensitive. No one doubts that. But there
must be transparency and public engagement if people are to have confidence that the policy works for all.”
Freedom of Information rules contain powers for ministers to
withhold material to protect
relations with a foreign
state, including the conduct of negotiations.
But campaigners said
the DIT was seeking excessive control, including
by trying to limit US transparency rules. Earlier this year,
information released by Washington
revealed that a 27-strong British delegation contained no experienced
trade negotiators. By contrast, the
US team of 77 had 20 experts.
secrecy because the US has looser
freedom of information laws. The DIT
insists that some material produced
by the working group will be subject
to Freedom of Information rules.
In one letter between the UK and
US teams, first identified by Greenpeace and its Unearthed investigative
unit, the DIT insists it has a “commitment to transparency and inclusivity”, and that Parliament, trade
unions, businesses and the public will
have the “opportunity to engage with
and contribute to our trade policy”.
But the memo adds that trade talks
information can be seen only by government officials or third-party officials who “have a need to review or
be advised of certain information”.
It states: “Anyone given access... will
be warned that they cannot share
the information with individuals not
authorised to see the information.”
Dr Doug Parr, policy director for
Greenpeace UK, said: “You’ve heard
of a hard Brexit and a soft Brexit,
but it turns out what Liam Fox really
wants is a secret Brexit. It’s going to
be hard to convince people that they
stand to benefit from Brexit trade
deals if the first thing ministers try to
do is cloak them in secrecy.”
A DIT spokesman said: “The UK
and US Trade and Investment Working Group discussions are focused
on providing commercial continuity
for US and UK businesses as the UK
leaves the EU. To support productive discussions, the working group
needs to exchange information
in confidence.”
Dr Fox has said: “Consumers
will want to be consulted. We
don’t want to get into a situation...
[as] with the TTIP agreement with
the US and the EU, where a huge
amount of work is done only to find
the public won’t accept it.”
Why the secrecy?
What’s happened so far?
A trade deal with the US has been
held up by Brexiteers as one of the
key prizes of leaving the EU. In the
summer, the Government announced
the formation of a working group
of American and British officials to
prepare the basis for an agreement.
What’s the controversy?
Any deal will have to resolve thorny
issues, including fears about Britain
having to accept US welfare and food
safety standards, and the desire of
American health companies to access
the NHS.
Campaigners say there needs to be
transparency to allay such fears, but
instead the Department for International Trade is shrouding these talks
in secrecy by restricting who will be
allowed to see related material.
Surely such sensitive talks cannot
be conducted without some
confidentiality?
The Government insists there will be
a full consultation on the issues, but
says it is standard procedure for talks
to be conducted with safeguards on
information provided in confidence.
Critics say the protocol agreed leans
too far towards secrecy.
How long is this likely to take?
EU rules mean that Britain cannot
officially start trade talks until it has
left the union in 2019 – but the UK
Government is insistent it should
be able to negotiate immediately in
readiness to sign a deal once the UK
leaves the EU. Canada’s deal with
Brussels took seven years to finalise.
Jordan, however, took just 18 months
to tie up its deal with the US.
Can talks like this be leak-proof?
The DIT has an agreement that
it will keep all information
arising from US-UK talks
confidential for four years
at the conclusion of negotiations. But the Whitehall
and Washington distribution lists for input into
these discussions are going
to be large. Previous experience suggests that material tending
to help one side or another can find its
way into the public domain.
confi
nt
DIPLOMACY
Trump’s desire for a quick
deal unlikely to be satisfied
By Paul Gallagher
If Donald Trump has his way then
a “very big and exciting” trade
deal between the US and UK
is imminent.
However, it often takes years
to negotiate tariff and non-tariff
barriers in areas such as agriculture and the car industry, and any
agreement will also require the approval of US Congress, so a deal
delivered within two years looks all
but impossible.
One big winner would be services – particularly financial services. A deal will involve liberalising
financial flows and the commercial presence of British
financial services companies in the US as regulations and standards
become more compatible. However, if the UK
is serious about maintaining access to the EU single
financial market any regulatory changes must be limited.
A number of US technology giants have already announced sig-
nificant investment plans since the
Brexit vote, including Google planning to create 3,000 jobs in Britain
and Facebook seeking to boost
its UK headcount by 50 per cent.
More are expected to follow.
An American trade deal raises
the prospect of more private involvement in UK health care. Some
7.6 per cent per cent of the NHS is
managed by private companies
and it is conceivable that US firms
might be allowed to tender for
things like a regional ambulance
contract or community health
services, just as European (and
British) firms can, but the Government is unlikely to allow it.
For the UK, the US is the secondlargest trading partner, accounting
for nearly 17 per cent of the value of
UK exports in 2015.
The EU, at around 44 per cent,
is the largest. One potential benefit of any deal could be fans of
US wines. A free trade agreement
might make expensive wines from
California’s Napa valley much more
competitive in the UK, both in price
and logistics.
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CONSUMER
GM, antibiotics
and hormones are
areas of concern
By Paul Gallagher
and Sally Guyoncourt
POLITICS
AGRICULTURE
Special reading
room for secret
trade talk papers
Gove plays chicken with
Fox on American imports
By Paul Gallagher
By Cahal Milmo
Britain’s poultry farmers
supply 77 per cent of
the UK’s needs. The UK is the
second-biggest producer in
the EU after Poland. The main
export markets are Ireland, the
Netherlands and Germany.
ECONOMY
CHIEF REPORTER
The Transatlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership was
a series of trade negotiations
being carried out mostly in
secret between the European
Union and the United States.
Due to the level of secrecy
involved elected representatives
could only view draft texts
relating to TTIP in a secure
“reading room” in Brussels,
to avoid any further leaks of
information about negotiations.
In August 2015, the European
Commission was accused
of a cover-up after refusing
to release details of talks
with the tobacco industry. It
subsequently made negotiation
documents public, including all
EU proposals in the regulatory
and rules components of the
agreement. Joakim Larsson,
the EU’s Trade Commissioner,
described the negotiations as
“the most transparent trade
talks ever conducted by the EU”.
Food safety has become one of the
main areas for concern in any future
US-UK trade deal with campaigners worried about standards.
An early issue that has emerged
concerns chickens. The US is the
second-largest exporter of poultry
meat in the world, behind Brazil,
but Europe has long banned its
chickens from import, thanks to
the American practice of bathing
chicken carcasses in chlorine.
The International Trade
Secretary Liam Fox has
urged reconsideration of
that policy, arguing a UKUS poultry deal could
mean lower-cost chicken
meat and insisted there
are “no health reasons”
why UK consumers should
not enjoy chlorine-washed meat.
In 2006, the EU banned the use
of antibiotics as growth agents in
farming and in 2011 it outlawed the
use of antibiotics as a preventative measure. But in the US, 80
per cent of all antibiotics sold are
used on livestock rather than humans. Many of these are mixed with
animal feed to prevent disease and
promote growth rather than for medicinal purposes.
The US Food and Drug Administration did issue new guidelines
in January limiting “medically important” drugs to uses “that are
considered necessary for assuring
health” in farm animals. However,
this may not be enough for campaigners. America’s beef industry
could see any trade deal as a golden
opportunity. The EU banned US
beef in the 1980s over the use of synthetic growth hormones, leading to
the so-called “beef war”. A US-UK
trade deal might lead to US beef
returning to supermarket shelves
in the UK.
Genetically modified (GM) food
is another contentious issue. The
EU has always taken a hard stand
against GM food, although favouring a stringent approval process
rather than an outright ban. Only
one GM crop has ever been approved and cultivated in Europe
– a weevil-resistant strain of
maize. Earlier this year
apples became the latest
GM food to go on sale
in the US, sold under
the brand name “Arctic apples”, designed
to brown more slowly
than their unmodified
counterparts.
The US has long embraced
genetic modification as a means
of improving the nutritional profile of food, reducing the need for
large quantities of pesticide and
increasing crop yield. But with antipathy toward GM food in Europe,
more than half of the EU, including
France, Germany, and most of the
UK (Wales, Scotland and Northern
Ireland) have imposed various bans
on its sale and cultivation.
The Environment Secretary Michael
Gove once more placed himself on a
collision course with his fellow Brexiteer Liam Fox yesterday when he
said Britain could never accept US
imports of chlorinated chicken.
Mr Gove (inset) told MPs that
there could be “no compromise” on what has become
a litmus test of whether or
not Britain is ready to accept controversial American welfare and food
safety standards as part
of an eventual post-Brexit
trade deal.
The Environment Secretary,
who insisted that the issue related to
welfare rather than safety, said Britain would be “assertive” in negotiations with Washington.
He told the House of Commons
Environment Select Committee:
“The Cabinet is agreed that there
should be no compromise on high
animal welfare and environmental
standards. In America they cannot
guarantee the same high standards
in terms of how chickens are reared
that we insist on here. Unless there
is a change in the American side, we
would say that those animal welfare
rules are things on which we will
not compromise.”
Mr Gove said that Parliament
could stop the Government signing a trade agreement if MPs
did not like it. He said: “The
whole point about trade
deals is that you have got
to be assertive in defence
of your own interests.”
In his role as cheerleader for British agriculture,
Mr Fox, the International
Trade Secretary, has previously played down the significance
of the American practice of washing chicken carcasses in chlorinated
water after slaughter, saying it was a
media obsession.
Mr Fox said the issue would
be “a detail of the very end stage
of one sector of a potential free
trade agreement”.
Forbes ranks UK as ‘best
country for business’
By Katie Grant
The UK has topped a list of the best
countries in which to do business in
2018. Forbes analysed 153 countries
for its 12th annual “Best Countries
for Business” survey.
The US business publication
measured countries across 15 criteria including trade freedom, innovation and technological readiness.
Across all but one of the criteria –
political risk – the UK ranked within
the top 25.
Forbes said that although sterling
plummeted nine per cent against
the US dollar the day after the EU
referendum result and remains
down, as a whole the economy has
“held up relatively well”.
“Much uncertainty remains with
the official exit from the EU sched-
uled for March 2019,” it said. “Some
UK companies are holding off on
investments to see how Brexit [affects] trade relations, and growth
is [forecast] to slow in 2018, but
Britain’s business climate remains
attractive.”
This is the first time the UK has
topped the chart. New Zealand, the
Netherlands and Sweden took second, third and fourth place respectively, with Canada in fifth. Chad
was ranked last, behind Gambia.
The UK scored particularly well
on technological readiness and the
size and education of its workforce.
“The best thing going for the UK
is that London is one of three global
hubs for financial services,” Jeff
Lessard, a real estate consultant
who advises companies on where to
locate, told Forbes.
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POLICE
Scotland Yard to review
30 rape investigations
By Henry Vaughan and Nina Massey
The collapse of two rape prosecutions in the past week has been described as “deeply worrying” by the
justice minister Dominic Raab.
Scotland Yard has launched a
review into 30 of its live sex cases –
where the Metropolitan Police is in
discussion with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) – over concerns
relating to the disclosure of evidence.
Police said “scores more” investigations could face further review.
The trial of Liam Allan, 22, was
halted at Croydon Crown Court last
week, while on Tuesday another
prosecution collapsed against Isaac
Itiary, who was facing trial at Inner
London Crown Court accused of raping a child.
Both cases involved the same
investigating officer, and the detective remains on full duty in the
sexual offences investigation unit,
the Met said.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live
yesterday, Mr Raab said: “The basic
principle of British justice is at stake.
“The proper disclosure obligations
in these two cases have not been
discharged, and that is worrying.
What we need to know now is quite
how widespread that is and why.”
The Met announced a major review
after the CPS offered no evidence
against Mr Itiary. He was charged in
July but police only disclosed further
“relevant material” in response to his
defence case statement submitted on
15 December.
Commander Richard Smith, who
oversees Met rape investigations,
said: “I completely understand that
this case may raise concerns about
our compliance with disclosure legislation given the backdrop of the case
of R v Allan last week. We are reviewing all our investigations, where we
are in discussion with the CPS, to
assure ourselves that we are meeting
our disclosure obligations in an acceptable timescale based on the volume of data that some cases involve.”
A spokesman for the Met said it
was unable to say, at this stage, how
many cases in total would be affected.
A shock to the system
What has gone wrong?
Two rape prosecutions failed in
court in swift succession because
investigating police officers failed
adequately to disclose relevant
information to defence barristers.
Should the officers be disciplined?
The same officer is involved in both
cases but police say they are very
different. The officer remains on duty
and has not been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Authority.
Why is that important?
Without full and proper disclosure,
defendants cannot mount a proper
defence against the charges they
face. No disclosure can mean
inadequate defence resulting
in injustice.
A little local difficulty?
Critics say not. Barristers warn of
“systemic” widespread evidence of
non-disclosure. They say manpower
cuts are making the situation worse.
Inadequacies in training and supervision have also been highlighted.
Chocs away (from dogs)
Dog owners have been urged to
keep festive treats away from
their pets, as vets prepare for
a spike in cases of chocolate
poisoning.
At least 350 dogs have suffered
the symptoms of chocolate
exposure in the past five years,
according to research in Vet
Record. Christmas tree decorations and gift box selections were
among the items dogs devoured.
Chocolate contains theobromine, a stimulant that can cause
vomiting, increased heart rate and
seizures in dogs.
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SPACE
LEGAL
Pentagon’s UFO
hunter warns
public: ‘We may
not be alone’
Uber is
definitely a
transport firm,
EU judges rule
By Jon Sharman
The former head of the Pentagon’s
secret UFO-hunting bureau has said
he believes “we may not be alone”.
Luis Elizondo’s admission came
after declassified footage showed US
fighter pilots reacting with astonishment as they observed an unknown
aerial object off the coast of California in 2004.
The Advanced Aviation Threat
Identification Programme ended
five years ago, when US defence officials shifted attention and funding
to other priorities.
After the Department of Defence
admitted the programme’s existence, Mr Elizondo (below) said the
objects it had observed provided
“compelling evidence” to support
the idea that humans are not alone.
He told CNN his
team’s role was
“from a national
security standpoint, [to]
identify those
things that we
see, whether
we see them
electro-optically,
with radar, or as
eyewitness reports...
and try to ascertain if that information is a potential threat”.
He added: “We found a lot. I think
it’s probably been a little bit mischaracterised on social media. A lot
of times, when we don’t have a lot of
information, we tend to fill in those
gaps with what we think is logical.
“And there’s still, by the way, a lot
we really don’t know. I think what’s
important is that we have identified
some very interesting, anomalous
type of aircraft.
“Things that don’t have very obvious flight surfaces, any obvious
forms of propulsion; and manoeu-
vring in ways that include extreme
manoeuvrability, beyond, I would
submit, the healthy g-forces of a
human or anything biological.
“Hypersonic velocities, low observability, positive lift – again,
s e e mingl y d e fy in g t h e l aw s
of aerodynamics.”
Some of the craft displayed abilities neither the US nor any other
country was able to match “that we
are aware of”, Mr Elizondo added.
“I’m not in the US government any
more [but] my personal belief is that
there is very compelling evidence
that we may not be alone, whatever
that means.”
After the Advanced Aviation
Threat Identification Programme
was dismantled, many employees
were simply shifted to different
areas of the Pentagon – but they still
hunt for flying saucers part time, according to the New York Post.
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
How US fighter pilots reacted when spotting a UFO off the coast of California
in 2004 US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE VIA CNN
Many Americans believe
in alien encounters. A
1997 poll from CNN/Time found
that 80 per cent of Americans
thought the government
was hiding knowledge of the
existence of extraterrestrial life.
Rendlesham Forest Britain’s own ‘Roswell’
The UK has had its own bizarre
encounters. In June of 2013, an
Airbus A320 pilot reported an object
closing in on his passenger plane.
The unidentified flying object
passed close to the cockpit as
the plane was flying at 34,000ft
above Berkshire.
The West Midlands became a hub
of UFO activity in November 2007
when numerous people reported
sightings of a silent triangular-
shaped object hovering in the skies.
It earned the nickname the “Dudley
Dorito” in the local press, for its
resemblance to the triangularshaped snack.
Sightings of another triangular
UFO were recorded in March 1993
across the West and South-west of
England which sped across the sky,
leaving a luminous wake.
The most celebrated UFO sightings occurred in December 1980,
when different people reported
seeing unexplained lights near
Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk.
The events occurred just outside
RAF Woodbridge, which was used at
the time by the US Air Force.
The events have since been
referred to as “Britain’s Roswell”.
The Ministry of Defence said no
investigation ever took place as
the event posed no threat to
national security.
The cab-hailing service Uber should
be classified as a transportation
company and not a digital business, the European Court of Justice
has decided.
The ruling is a blow for the firm,
which has always maintained it is
an “information society service”,
merely linking customers with
drivers, making it exempt from
the rules which regulate other
transport services.
Uber “must be classified as ‘a service in the field of transport’ within the
meaning of EU law”, the ECJ’s judges
ruled yesterday. “Member states can
therefore regulate the conditions for
providing that service.”
The company will now be forced
to comply with the same
rules as taxi and minicab firms across
Europe. An Uber
spokesman said:
“This ruling will
not change things
in most EU countries where we already operate under
transportation law.”
The verdict comes
after Transport for London
(TfL) refused to renew Uber’s operating licence in the capital in September on the grounds of “public safety
and security implications”.
Uber’s appeal against the decision will be heard by April 2018 at
the earliest. The GMB union and the
Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association
(LTDA), which represents the city’s
black cab drivers, will be allowed to
participate in the case.
Westminster magistrates’ court
ruled on Tuesday that the GMB and
the LTDA could participate in Uber’s
forthcoming legal battle to appeal
against the decision.
The European case stemmed from
a complaint by Barcelona taxi drivers who claimed Uber drivers should
be licensed.
CRIME
Across
Daughter murdered after
disturbing father’s killer
By Henry Vaughan
Scotland Yard has released CCTV
footage in a bid to trace the killer of a
convicted sex offender, whose limbs
were removed from his flat after he
was strangled and dismembered.
Noel Brown’s body was found next
to the body of his daughter, Marie
Brown, 41, at his home in Deptford,
south-east London, at about 2.30am
on 4 December. Ms Brown is believed to have been strangled after
disturbing the killer when she went
to check on her father, 69, on 2 De-
cember. Detectives are keeping an
open mind over the motive, but are
investigating whether Mr Brown’s
murder was linked to his conviction
in 1999 for a child sex offence.
Yesterday, police released images
of a man seen carrying a distinctive
large backpack. Detective Chief
Inspector Simon Harding said the
suspect may have visited the flat at
least four times as he dismembered
Mr Brown’s body.
“Parts of both his [Mr Brown’s]
arms and a part of one of his legs
have been removed from the scene
Noel Brown and his daughter Marie
were found dead at his home PA
and those have not been recovered,”
said DCI Harding. “In my 27 years
of policing, I have not seen anything
quite like this.”
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POLITICS
POLITICS
May ‘undermining MPs’
vote on withdrawal Bill’
By Richard Vaughan
The Prime Minister has been accused of attempting to back out of
giving MPs a “meaningful vote” on
the final Brexit deal before the UK
leaves the EU.
Theresa May suffered a damaging defeat in the Commons last
week after MPs voted in favour of
giving Parliament a say on whatever agreement is struck by the
Government with the EU.
The move was designed to
ensure MPs could prevent the
Government from circumventing Parliament by using so-called
Henry VIII powers to press on
with Brexit regardless of the deal.
But during a two-hour appear-
ance in front of the Liaison Committee, Mrs May refused to say
whether MPs would vote on legislation or on a parliamentary motion. She appeared to suggest that
MPs would only get the chance to
vote on a “take it or leave it” basis,
which would stop them from dictating terms.
In a heated exchange with
Yvette Cooper, chairwoman of
the Home Affairs Committee, the
Prime Minister refused six times
to give an assurance that MPs
would have a vote on a Bill.
Deputy PM
is fired for
misleading PM
on office porn
By Sally Guyoncourt
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Damian Green was sacked as Theresa May’s deputy last night following
allegations that pornographic material was found on his House of Commons computer.
The First Secretary of State and
the Prime Minister’s closest ally was
asked to resign from Cabinet after he
was found to have breached the ministerial code.
He was said to have made “inaccurate and misleading” statements
about what he knew about the claims
that pornography had been found on
his computer in 2008.
In his resignation letter, he said he
“regrets” being asked to resign but
apologised for the breaches of the ministerial code. He repeated his denials
he had downloaded or viewed pornography on parliamentary computers.
“I accept I should have been clear
in my press statements that police
lawyers talked to my lawyers in 2008
about the pornography and that the
police raised it with me in a subsequent phone call in 2013. I apologise
my statements were misleading on
this point,” he said.
“The unfounded and deeply hurtful
allegations that were being levelled at
me were distressing both to me and
my family and it is right that these are
being investigated.”
The inquiry into his conduct was
triggered by allegations made by
journalist Kate Maltby, 30 years his
junior, that he had touched her knee
and sent her a suggestive text.
Mr Green, 61, said he regretted the
distress caused to Ms Maltby following an article in which she claimed the
minister offered her a job at the same
time as making sexual advances. Mr
Green said he did not recognise the
events she described but apologised
for making her feel uncomfortable.
In her response to Mr Green, Mrs
May said that she was “extremely
sad” to accept his resignation.
“We have been friends and colleagues throughout our whole political lives – from our early days
at university, entering the House
of Commons at the same election,
and serving alongside each other
both in Opposition and in Government,” she wrote. However, she
added that his statements had been
“inaccurate and misleading”.
Kate Maltby’s parents
said last night they were
not surprised to find the inquiry
found Mr Green to have been
“untruthful as a minister”. They
praised her courage in speaking
out about the “abuse of authority”.
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November 2008 Damian Green
is arrested by the Met Police at his
home in Kent on suspicion of “aiding
and abetting misconduct in public
office”. Officers were investigating
the leak of official documents. He was
never charged.
1 November 2017 The First Secretary
of State is referred to the Cabinet
Secretary for investigation after
writer and Tory party activist Kate
Maltby claimed Mr Green touched
her knee in 2015 and, a year later, sent
her a suggestive text message.
5 November 2017 A report
emerges that police found that
pornography on Mr Green’s
parliamentary computer during
the 2008 raid.
1 December 2017 Former Met Police
detective Neil Lewis claims thousands of “thumbnail” images of legal
pornography were found on Mr
Green’s Commons computer during
the 2008 raid of his office.
20 December 2017 Mr Green is
invited to Downing Street and asked
to resign.
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It may be the first time
Birmingham has hosted the
Commonwealth Games, but
the West Midlands region has
a long history of producing
sporting stars.
Olympic gold medalwinning heptathlete Denise
Lewis (left) hails from West
Bromwich and trained with
the Birchfield Harriers
athletics club at the Alexander Stadium. Birminghamborn figure skater John Curry
won gold at the 1976 Olympic
Games and at the World and
European championships the
same year.
Sprinter Mark LewisFrancis (right) also trained
with Birchfield Harriers and
was part of the gold medalwinning 4x100m team at the
2004 Athens Olympics. Triple
jumper Ashia Hansen (above
right), who won gold in the
2002 European championships, began her career at the
Alexander Stadium.
SPORT
Commonwealth gets ready
for the Brummie Games
By Sally Guyoncourt
Birmingham is to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022, bringing both business and tourism to
the city.
Official confirmation is expected
from the Commonwealth Games
Federation today in an announcement from the Arena Academy
in Birmingham.
The West Midlands city will become the third British city to host
the Games since 2000, after beating Liverpool to the “candidate
city” place in September.
For Birmingham, this will be
the first time it is hosting a global sports event and the city has
pledged to build the country’s largest permanent athletics stadium
and four indoor arenas.
The city council sees it as a
chance to invest in Birmingham’s
future, bringing improvements to
transport, housing and health while
also offering economic growth
through new jobs and tourism.
According to the council, this is a
“once in a lifetime” opportunity to
shine both nationally and internationally. It has branded its bid: “Birmingham – heart of the UK, soul of
the Commonwealth.”
Part of the city’s plan is to expand
and upgrade the Alexander Stadium in the suburb of Perry Barr to
a 40,000-seater for the event, becoming a 20,000-permanent seater
afterwards. This would put the city
at the forefront for any future athletics events in the UK.
It also plans to build a games village of 1,000 homes, which would
be returned to the council after the
event, forming part of the regeneration of the Perry Barr area.
Construction, hospitality and
event management for the event is
also expected to bring more jobs to
the region.
And like the London 2012
Olympics, there will be volunteering opportunities, which the council views as a chance for young
people to gain skills and confidence
to help them into employment.
In addition, a cultural programme during the event will
promote the city’s “confident,
multidimensional and vibrant narrative” showcasing the region’s
arts and heritage facilities.
Birmingham City Council put
forward its bid to host the Games
in August following the South African city of Durban’s withdrawal as
hosts in March.
The Government has
pledged to fund 75 per
cent of what is expected to be
a £750m event, with the city
council and other regional bodies expected to find the other
25 per cent.
SECURITY
MI5 ‘facing unprecedented terror threat’
By Hayden Smith
MI5 has recorded a surge in the
number of “high-risk” terror suspects, as security services confront the unprecedented threat
facing Britain.
The agency is devoting an increasing share of its activity to
monitoring individuals who have
received terrorist training or are
plotting attacks, a parliamentary
report disclosed. It also flagged up
serious concerns about extremists
driven out of Iraq and Syria
and laid bare the extent
of Isis’s ambitions, with
an arm of the group
said to be plotting terrorism in the West
“pretty much all day
every day”.
The disclosures were
contained in the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report for 2016-17. Members
have access to highly classified
material and take evidence from
ministers and senior intelligence officials.
Committee chairman
Dominic Grieve (inset)
said: “The scale of the
terrorist threat facing
the UK is unprecedented in terms of the number
of current investigations
and the overall number of
‘individuals of interest’.
“MI5 have told us that it represents a pace which they have not
experienced before.”
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CRIME
City star Sterling
‘shocked’ by
racial assault
By Eleanor Barlow
Footballer Raheem Sterling was
“completely shocked” when he was
racially abused and assaulted outside
Manchester City’s training ground, a
court has heard.
Karl Anderson, 29, smiled as
he was jailed for 16 weeks after he
pleaded guilty to racially aggravated common assault on the City
player at Manchester and Salford
magistrates’ court.
The court heard that he kicked and
shouted racial abuse at the 23-yearold midfielder ahead of City’s game
against Tottenham on Saturday.
Carl Miles, prosecuting, said Sterling described himself as “completely
shocked” by the incident.
The footballer said: “I didn’t think
this type of behaviour still happened
in this country in this day and age.”
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HEALTH
CONSUMER
Mental health
services ‘ignoring
young women’
Watchdog bans
emoji cosmetic
surgery adverts
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Services aimed at improving the
mental health of young women are
“almost invisible” in government policy even though suicides among that
group are at their highest recorded
rate, according to researchers.
Women are currently three times
as likely as men to have experienced
common mental health problems
and rates of self-harm have tripled
among young women since 1993.
Young women are also three times
more likely than men to experience
post-traumatic stress disorder.
A Mental Health Foundation
(MHF) report reveals services targeted at tackling mental health
problems among young women are
“almost entirely absent” from current government strategy. This is
despite the latest official figures this
week showing suicides among young
women are at their highest recorded
rate, with the number having doubled
in a decade. Overall suicide rates in
the UK are at a 20-year low.
Last year, 118 women aged 20 to 24
took their own lives, compared with
67 in 2006 – a 76 per cent increase.
Among this group, there were 5.7 suicides per 100,000 last year – up from
3.3 per 100,000 in 2006. Meanwhile,
the UK-wide rate fell by 4 per cent
last year. Experts attributed the rise
to the negative impact of modern life
on our mental health, including the
“selfie culture”.
“Over the past 15 years, mental
health overall has risen up the policy
agenda and is now one of the highestprofile issues within UK government
and most mainstream political parties,” the MHF report says. “Interestingly however, the specific challenges
of tackling mental ill-health amongst
young women has lost momentum.”
The report’s author, Dr Amy Pollard, said: “At a time when young
women are facing a crisis in their
mental health, there is a desperate
need for targeted policy.”
By Josie Clarke
Lunch date with the Queen
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
waved to the crowds after the
couple enjoyed a festive lunch at
Buckingham Palace. Ms Markle sat
down to the meal yesterday with
the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh
and their extended family. In a
break of tradition for someone
yet to be an official member of the
royal family, Mr Markle will join
Prince Harry at Sandringham on
Christmas Day PA
Instagram posts featuring emojis and
cartoon characters to advertise cosmetic surgery have been banned for
trivialising the procedures and causing offence.
Two Instagram posts in August
and the cosmetic-surgery company
All Dolled Up’s website included the
name of the cosmetic surgery package, “Barbie Pussy”, accompanied by
the sparkling-heart emoji, followed by
hashtags such as “barbiepussy”, “perfect pussy” and “designervagina”.
Each package name was accompanied by a different emoji such as
“the peach”, “the hair flick” and “the
unicorn”. The promotion offered a
discount for customers who booked
a package with three other people,
accompanied by a caption which
contained various hashtags including “bootygains” with a peach Emoji,
“overnight abs” and “here to help”.
The Advertising Standards Authority said it was clear that the ad
offering the discount was for medical
tourism but the tone, including the
emojis and hashtags, was likely to
detract from the seriousness of the
surgery offered.
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Joel Braham Eggs are the perfect start to the day
MARTIN HUNTER
Some would cry with hunger – but
this breakfast makes a big difference
By Chris Green
2017 Christmas Appeal
What donations can do
The i Christmas Appeal aims to
raise £100,000 to help the charity
Magic Breakfast give hungry pupils
a healthy, nutritious breakfast. Each
meal costs just 22p.
For just £1, you would give a child a
healthy breakfast for four days.
For £3, you would provide a healthy
breakfast for more than two weeks.
For £5, you would pay for 22
breakfasts, equal to a month’s worth.
For £10, 45 breakfasts would be
paid for – more than two months’
worth. For £25, you would provide
more than 100, enough for six months.
For £50, you would provide at least
220 – more than a whole year’s worth.
who has been at the school for almost
20 years. “We did have a couple of
children who really did cry with the
hunger. They didn’t know what was
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wrong with them. They would say
that their tummy was sore. But when
you asked them ‘When did you last
eat’ or asked if they’d had anything
that morning, you found they hadn’t.”
Many of the pupils at Abercorn,
which caters for young people with
additional support needs, come from
the poorer parts of Drumchapel and
Knightswood, where many families
are on tight food budgets.
“If they’re getting a good breakfast, straight away they feel better
about themselves and they’re far
more receptive. They’re not going
to be able to manage their behaviour
if they’re hungry,” said deputy head
Tommy Shields.
Although the staff at Abercorn can
now be more confident that pupils
are not attending lessons hungry,
the school holidays pose a fresh set
of problems.
“We get pupils that are doing well
physically at the end of June, but you
see them when they come back in August and you can tell that they’ve lost
weight,” said Mr Shields.
“We see pupils getting quite emotional towards the end of June. We’ve
had pupils turning up on the first day
of the holiday and the janitor’s had to
tell them the school’s shut.
“You know fine well that part of
that is so they can get at least one
good meal a day.”
Joel Braham, a founder of Good Egg
restaurants, has backed i’s Christmas
Appeal with Magic Breakfast despite
rarely getting the chance to eat
breakfast himself.
What did you have for breakfast
as a child?
I think it varied depending on how
old I was and what time I was getting
up but I remember a lot of porridge.
What is your most memorable
breakfast? What made it
so memorable?
One of the first-ever street food
markets we did was Kerb
at King’s Cross in London
for breakfast – it was
February, freezing cold
and the wind was so
strong we nearly lost
our gazebo! Among all
the chaos of not having the
right power adapters, the
gas hobs constantly blowing
out in the wind and trying to prep
with gloves on, Emilie, from Good
and Proper Tea, brought us over two
crumpets and tea to warm us up
– that was pretty memorable.
What would you never eat
for breakfast?
I don’t think there’s anything I
wouldn’t at least try
for breakfast...
What would you
recommend for a quick,
healthy breakfast?
Eggs! Obviously. Fried
eggs on toast without too
much oil/butter – that’s the
perfect start to the day.
Why are you a fan of
Magic Breakfast?
Because they do amazing work and
reach so many children. In conjunction with Magic Breakfast, we’re able
to donate 10 breakfasts for children
for every bowl of granola we sell
in our restaurants. The number of
kids they make a difference to every
day is unbelievable and we are very
proud to work with them.
Do you usually eat breakfast?
What do you have?
I’m embarrassed to say that despite
cooking a lot of it I very rarely
eat breakfast!
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success at Abercorn
Secondary
Several pupils at a school in Glasgow
would arrive for lessons crying with
hunger before the introduction of a
free breakfast club, its headteacher
has said.
Patricia McGowan, the head of
Abercorn Secondary in Cowcaddens, told i the children would break
down in tears and complain that their
stomachs were sore because of a lack
of food.
The school launched a free breakfast club for pupils last month
which has proved so popular that
sometimes more than a third of its
128-strong population attends.
The food is provided by the charity
Magic Breakfast, which is being supported by i’s 2017 Christmas Appeal.
It has only recently expanded to Scotland but is already serving up toasted
bagels, cereal and juice to children at
10 schools across the country, with
more expected to follow.
The problem of school hunger is
just as acute in Scotland as in other
parts of the UK. Earlier this year a
report by the EIS, the country’s largest teaching union, found that some
school staff had seen hungry children
stealing food from their classmates.
“On an average day we have about
30 children [at breakfast], but it can
be as high as 50,” said Ms McGowan,
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EdwinaCurrie
Let loose the entrepreneurs
Strivers freed from red tape can boost our productivity
H
ere in the High Peak,
where I’ve been
living for almost
seven years now, I
run a little business
club. It serves its
members as a network; I’m always
surprised how many business cards
they swap, bonding over the bacon
butties at the end of a meeting.
I’ve never had to network – work
chases me! But in the snowy hills of
Derbyshire, word of mouth is the
trusted route to do business.
Before Parliament I used to teach
economics and business studies;
had I not gone into politics I’d have
loved to end up running a successful
FTSE 100 company. There’s nothing
like a keen young entrepreneur,
male or female, rhapsodising about
their latest coup, to have me swoon
with admiration. So it troubled
me that the sole activity worthy of
praise in our local press is charity
and volunteering work. Hardly a
mention of the profit-makers – it’s
as if they’ve all gone into hiding.
Last week, as the snow lay like
cotton wool over the hills and
gritting lorries fell into ditches , we
discussed the recent Budget with
our accountant guru Ian Bingham.
It’s the second Budget of this year,
Ian pointed out; the first, just before
the general election, collapsed
over Philip Hammond’s efforts
to bring self-employed national
insurance into line with that paid
by employees. That should have
been a portent of trouble to come
over the manifesto’s “dementia
tax”. You can’t wallop your voter
base, outraging them to the point of
incandescence, then expect to come
off lightly, whether your target
is Mr White Van Driver or Mrs
Better-Off Pensioner.
I thought the same when
George Osborne began having
a go at Grandma and Grandpa
Buy-To-Letters. There’s a myth
that capitalists who own property
other people live in must be
plutocratically rich, and that they’re
therefore legitimate targets for the
taxman (who sees them as avoiding
their dues) or a chancellor keen to
reduce the budget deficit (who sees
them as golden egg layers). But up
here, retired people often own only
one or two terraced houses or flats,
providing a modest supplement
to their pension. Tax them till the
pips squeak, and you’ll find they’ll
quit the market and live off the
proceeds instead.
You can’t help feeling the strain
between the twin objectives of
getting in as much moolah as
‘We need to
nurture strivers.
That won’t happen
if they’re tied
down’ REUTERS
possible to help pay for police,
nurses, and other public goodies
and encouraging growth and
enterprise in a competitive global
marketplace. HMRC are getting
better at chasing misanthropes
who wilfully try to reduce their
personal tax burden. But this is
how it works out: the moment any
bright idea raises its head, the
Chancellor pounces, and it is taxed
ferociously. These days businesses,
banks especially, are stuffed
with compliance officers, HR
departments, diversity advisers and
the like, all paid to avoid trouble.
Put that a different way: to avoid
risk. But taking risks is exactly what
business is about.
If we don’t have risk-takers,
working all hours to get a return on
their (or somebody else’s) money
then we don’t have any tax to play
with. Risk-takers can be quiet types,
but are a marketable commodity;
the best, like star footballers, will
go to the highest bidder. So taxing
them and their innovatory ideas to
the hilt is counter-productive.
Theresa May wanted to
put workers on the boards of
If we don’t
have risk-takers,
working all
hours, then we
don’t have any
tax to play with
companies; that, fortunately, never
got beyond the waste bin. It appears
she trusts worker representatives
more than directors of companies.
That’s strange coming from a Tory
prime minister. Could we start
recognising that some top people do
know what they are doing?
The mentality that seeks a
safe haven will appoint a lesser
candidate who ticks the right boxes,
instead of the outlier who’ll change
the world. The manager who meets
only short-term targets will employ
cheap labour rather than punt a
fortune on new technology which
will take years to pay off.
It’s no wonder, with all that
dead wood, that productivity
is in the doldrums. In business
you’re either out there seeking
and serving paying customers,
or you’re draining funds from
those who do. You can’t be both
a driver and a drag. Too many
drags, and everything slithers to
a halt, while the UK slides down
the international tables of growth
and enterprise.
To encourage individuality and
achievement, we need to welcome
and nurture strivers. That won’t
happen if they’re tied down, like
Gulliver by the Lilliputians, with a
mass of red tape. It won’t happen if
we’re all squealing about equality.
It will happen if we admire those
who see the opportunities and
seize them, and are able to reap the
rewards. It will help if we learn to
love those who make money, and let
them keep most of it.
Twitter: @edwina_currie
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Are the
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forward to seeing you
tomorrow. AS YOU
WERE LG x.” (A quick
translation: NG is Noel
Gallagher, LG is Liam
Gallagher).
A fan asked: “Team
who? Your [sic]
not going to have a
meltdown on here
come Christmas day
are you Liam when NG
doesn’t reach out to
you?” To which, Liam
replied: “He’s already
reached out... We’re all
good again.”
Considering Liam has
been trolling his brother
on social media - mostly
calling him a potato
- all year, the proof of
any truce will be in the
Christmas pudding.
This is either a
Christmas miracle or
a farce. Liam Gallagher
has claimed he and
brother Noel, from
whom he has been
estranged since Oasis
disbanded in 2009, have
called a truce.
Liam tweeted: “I
wanna say Happy Xmas
to team NG. It’s been a
great year, thanks for
everything, looking
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No sugar and Spice for Victoria
Victoria Beckham has
been criticised for
sharing a poem copied
out by her six-year-old
daughter Harper.
It was the nursery
rhyme that goes: “Frogs
and snails and puppy-dog’s
tails, that’s what little boys are
made of. Sugar and spice and
Crook captures
a robin’s heart
As detailed on the pages
of this newspaper last
month, Detectorists
star Mackenzie Crook
(inset) witnessed life
imitate art when he
discovered a piece of
treasure while out with
his metal detector.
That has not been the
only highlight of Crook’s year,
however: he also found the “time
all that’s nice, That’s what little
girls are made of.”
Beckham’s critics claimed
on Instagram that the poem
perpetuated archaic gender
stereotypes and cultural
rules. Maybe they’re not
so keen on her current
interpretation of
“girl power”.
and patience” to tame a robin in his
garden. “It started with me throwing
him a worm as I was gardening and,
over the weeks, he became braver
and braver,” writes Crook in The
Daily Telegraph. “He would
think nothing of coming
into the house, perching
on my shoulder and
shouting at me while
I was cooking for my
family. He is brilliant
and fearless and I now
dread the day he doesn’t
show up.”
The downside? “Mealworms
are costing me an absolute fortune.”
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KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
L
iberty is, I’m sure, a very
fine organisation, protecting
the rights of citizens against
encroachment from the state
and big business. “When those in
power threaten rights and freedoms
in the UK, Liberty has something to
say,” says its website.
It’s no small job these days, as
technology assists governments and
commercial concerns to monitor us,
restrict us and shape our tastes. Yesterday, as is its wont, Liberty found
something to say about what it called
“a staggering misuse of power” that
would, the organisation said, “unjustifiably curb the rights and freedoms”
of the good people of Rochdale.
The home town of Gracie Fields,
Cyril Smith and Andy Kershaw,
the birthplace of the co-operative
movement, and the site of the
world’s first railway tunnel,
Rochdale has a pioneering history.
The town council is rightly proud of
its heritage, and is keen to present
itself to the world in the best light.
So what did it do that so annoyed the
good folk at Liberty?
As part of a proposed Public Space
Protection Order (PSPO) it unveiled
earlier in the year, the
council instituted a ban
on swearing in the town
centre. A bit draconian,
you may think. A touch
of Big Brother?
But its instincts
were completely
right: the council
wanted to protect
its residents from
anti-social behaviour, so
it banned the consumption of
alcohol in the street, begging, using
skateboards, the loud revving of
car engines, playing loud music,
and, yes, swearing. Yesterday, after
consultation with residents, and
mindful of Liberty’s objections, it
dropped the ban on bad language.
The council has been derided
for ever thinking it could sanitise
its streets to such an extent. But
I’m fully behind it. Of course, the
implementation of a swearing ban
(what actually constitutes a swear
word, for instance?) is problematic,
and I doubt if anyone would ever
be given a £100 fine for an expletive
infraction, but that’s not really the
point. What Rochdale Council was
doing was to express its extreme
disapproval of foul language on its
streets. And what’s wrong with that?
It may be a sign of my incipient old
age, and a greater leaning towards
authoritarianism, but I think the
advent of PSPOs is an altogether
good thing, and gives a council the
wherewithal to introduce bespoke
restrictions on the particular
behaviours it considers
adversely affect its
own public spaces.
I’d like Westminster
Council, for instance,
to ban buskers from
using amplification
and even consider
prohibiting the wheeling
of suitcases on especially
busy streets. There. I
did tell you I was developing
authoritarian tendencies.
Others may complain about
the incursions of the nanny state,
but what can be more fitting for
our increasingly infantile society?
Leicestershire Council was mocked
earlier this week for its tweeted
suggestion that six Brussels sprouts
constituted a portion. “Don’t
overbuy and they won’t go to waste.”
The council is right in highlighting
the issue of food waste at Christmas.
Nanny state? Political
correctness? It is too easy to poke
fun at those who are trying to
improve the quality of life for all.
It’s not true that they are taking a
liberty with our freedoms.
ENVIRONMENT
uncomfortable out of sight. These
spikes are little different to the
spikes placed in some doorways
– not to deter pigeons, but the
homeless looking for a place to sleep.
Since the agricultural revolution,
we have done our best to keep nature
at arm’s length. From the scarecrow
to pesticides to electric fences, we
try to keep predators at bay. We have
put bridles and carts on horses, bred
dogs to help us hunt, to lead the blind
and even to sniff out illegal drugs.
We have manipulated almost
every aspect of nature to suit our
lifestyles. We have wiped out species
because we enjoyed their meat or
fur so much, or simply because we
have trampled roughshod over their
habitats. Most of it makes sense – we
have harnessed nature to minimise
disease, and maximise food.
All of this makes a few pigeon
spikes seem like small fry. The
spikes, we are reassured, will not
skewer the pigeons, just force them
to seek shelter elsewhere. And, in
defence of the posh car owners,
pigeon poop does practically burn
through paintwork. But what of
other residents, on other streets?
Perhaps the answer is to laminate
our surroundings in stainless steel.
If it’s any consolation, nature will
have its revenge eventually. Sure, we
will have wiped out a whole bunch of
species, but when we have succeeded
in wiping ourselves out, nature will
prevail. Plants will break and tear
down buildings, microbes will eat
into our possessions. Probably, those
pesky pigeons will last the course, too
– then they’ll have the last laugh.
Siobhán
Norton
The pigeons
will have
their revenge
I
t’s the time of year when we
festoon our trees with all
sorts of things, but in a leafy
neighbourhood in Bristol,
you might spot spikes instead of
spangles. Anti-pigeon prickles on
Pembroke Road were installed by
a management company to protect
residents’ expensive cars.
It is a somewhat macabre sight.
Yes, we like having pretty trees in
our neighbourhoods, but must we
really have the yucky creatures that
live within them? The spikes are
completely at odds with the trees
to which they are affixed. There is
something Atwoodian about it, the
idea that even the few natural items
left in our urban sprawl should be
accessorised with metal.
It feels sinister, too, because
we don’t just do it to pigeons.
In our attempt to sanitise our
surroundings, we do whatever we
can to keep the things that make us
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Richard III’s car park grave protected
serving the council offices by the
mid-20th century. As there has been
little disturbance from buildings
and foundations, the area has
great potential for the survival of
archaeological remains, experts say.
It has been granted protection by
the Department for Digital, Culture,
Media and Sport on the advice of
Historic England. The heritage
minister, John Glen, said: “The
discovery of Richard III’s skeleton
was an extraordinary archaeological
find and an incredible moment in
British history. By protecting this
site, we are ensuring the remains of
this once lost medieval friary buried
under Leicester are preserved for
future generations.”
Duncan Wilson, of Historic
England, said yesterday: “The site
is one of the most significant in our
national history. The archaeological
remains are now well understood
and fully deserve protection as a
scheduled monument.”
By Emily Beament
The former burial place of Richard
III, a medieval monastic site which
now lies under a car park in Leicester,
has been given protected status.
T h e re m a i n s o f t h e 1 3 t h century Greyfriars, where the last
Plantagenet king was hastily laid to
rest after his death at the Battle of
Bosworth in 1485, has been listed as
a scheduled monument.
It is thought the site – “one
of the most significant in
our national history”
because of its link to the
dramatic events around
the final battle of the
War of the Roses – is well
preserved under the car
park. Designating the friary
as a scheduled monument
will mean special consent will be
required before any work or changes
can be made.
Richard III’s skeleton was found
during an excavation at the car
park in 2012 and was confirmed as
his remains following DNA analysis
of the bones which matched that of
living descendants. He was reburied
in 2015 at Leicester Cathedral.
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The Mayor of Leicester,
Peter Soulsby, said: “The
scheduling of this site will help
to ensure this remarkable
discovery is protected for future
generations to enjoy.”
The king’s remains were found beneath a car park in Leicester in 2012 PA
Potentially fatal
snake fungus ‘a
global threat’
By Katie Grant
A potentially fatal snake fungus
thought to exist only in a handful
of the species in the US and
Europe, could be global in scale,
experts have warned.
The fungus Ophidiomyces
ophiodiicola can infect snakes of
many species regardless of
their ancestry, physical
characteristics or habitats,
according to researchers.
“This really is the worst-case
scenario,” said Frank Burbrink of
the Museum of Natural History
in New York. “All snakes could
become infected, or already
are infected.”
The disease primarily affects
snakes’ skin, causing lesions that
spread quickly and can cover a
large part of the body. Although
moulting can resolve most cases,
snakes can die from the infection.
Behavioural changes that
snakes exhibit while battling the
disease also put them at increased
risk of death from predators,
exposure or starvation, the study,
published in the journal Science
Advances, said.
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PM defends his £320,000 private flight
Couple sent to
different homes
By Dominique Vidalon
IN PARIS
The French prime minister, Édouard
Philippe, has defended the cost of
his recent overseas trip to New
Caledonia and Japan, following
media criticism of the expenses
incurred and use of a private aircraft.
Mr Philippe and the French
delegation took a private plane to
fly from Tokyo to Paris on their way
back from an official trip to New
Caledonia earlier this month at a cost
of €350,000 (£320,000).
“I totally understand the surprise
and the questions of the French
people,” Mr Philippe told RTL radio.
“We knew there was no commercial
flight [from Tokyo] at the time we
needed to return, and we knew we
had to return because the President
was leaving on the Wednesday
morning of our return for Algeria.
“The rule is that, whenever
possible, the prime minister or the
President must be on the national
territory... I take full responsibility
for this decision.”
The criticism followed similar
rebukes this month of President
Emmanuel Macron’s 40th birthday
celebrations in the grounds of a
royal palace. His office sought to play
down the controversy, insisting that
the event had been paid for by the
President and his wife.
In August, President Macron’s
office confirmed a report that the
French leader had spent €26,000
In 2016, it emerged that
the then balding French
president François Hollande
had spent $10,000 of taxpayers’
money on a personal hairdresser.
(£24,000) on make-up during his
first three months in power, but said
it was trying to reduce costs.
The President put financial and
ethical probity in public life at the
heart of his presidential campaign
and his new government passed a
law earlier this year to tighten up on
ethical standards. However, some
of his opponents have branded the
former investment banker as a
“president of the rich”.REUTERS
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Goodine, 89, in Perth-Andover,
New Brunswick, and move into
a nursing home because of his
declining health and dementia.
A Facebook post by their
daughter, Dianne Phillips,
read: “My mother said,
‘Christmas is over for us now’.”
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POLAND
EU takes ‘nuclear
option’ to curb
right-wing reforms
By Alice Hearing
THE NETHERLANDS
BRAZIL
‘Violent’ biker
gang banned
Banker charged
over corruption
The Dutch branch of the
Bandidos motorcycle club has
been banned by a civil court
that ruled the biker gang to be a
threat to public order.
The court in Utrecht said the
ban “is necessary to protect
society”. The Bandidos had
“a culture that stimulates
violence”, including awarding
club patches to members who
have been involved in violence.
There was no immediate
reaction from the Bandidos
to the ruling, which is part of
a crackdown on motorcycle
gangs. AP
Brazilian prosecutors have charged
a Spanish-Swiss banker with laundering $21.7m (£16.5m) in bribes for
Brazilian clients – including senior
politicians – involved in the country’s
largest corruption scandal.
David Muino Suarez, a relationship
manager of the Zurich-based BSI
bank, was arrested in Sao Paulo as
he got off a flight from Switzerland on
27 November and is being held in Curitiba, the centre of the so-called Car
Wash scandal, in which engineering
companies are alleged to have paid
billions of dollars in bribes for contracts with state-run companies such
as Petrobras. REUTERS
The European Commission has
taken an unprecedented step toward
imposing sanctions against Poland’s
right-wing government, over a shakeup of judicial laws seen as violating
Europe’s basic democratic values.
The Polish justice minister
Zbigniew Ziobro said he had
received the decision with calm
and insisted that Poland was a
law-abiding country.
The Polish government says the
changes, which appear to weaken
the powers and independence of
the judiciary, are needed to root out
Communist-era stooges.
The Commission triggered what
is formally known as Article 7
yesterday, a procedure that could
eventually lead to Poland losing its
voting rights in the EU.
Sometimes called the “nuclear
option”, Article 7 has never before
been triggered against a member
state. The step is seen as a sign
of serious concern about the new
judicial laws.
Berlin would support the European
‘Law abiding country’: Polish justice
minister Zbigniew Ziobro AFP
Commission if it opened proceedings
against Poland over the controversial
legal reforms there, Steffen Seibert,
a spokesman for the German
government, said.
Western EU peers, the bloc’s
executive Commission, opposition
in Poland and democracy advocates
say the reforms undermine courts’
independence by putting them under
more direct government control.
RUSSIA
Kremlin is
preparing for
more US
sanctions
By Dmitry Solovyov
IN MOSCOW
MYANMAR
UN investigator
barred from
visiting country
By Tom Miles
IN GENEVA
The UN independent
investigator into human rights
in Myanmar has been barred
from visiting the country for the
rest of her tenure.
Yanghee Lee said she had been
Postcard
From...
Bethlehem
President Donald Trump’s
recognition of Jerusalem as
Israel’s capital looms large in
Christmas festivities this year
in the birthplace of Jesus.
Some food vendors, sellers of
holiday trinkets and a leading
hotelier in Bethlehem say
Palestinian protests, triggered
by what many here view as a
show of pro-Israel bias, have
hurt their Christmas business.
Yet Bethlehem also offers
a stage for a Palestinian
rebuttal: banners proclaiming
Jerusalem as the eternal
capital of Palestine have been
draped over facades on Manger
Square as a backdrop for
due to visit in January to assess
human rights across Myanmar,
including alleged abuses against
Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine
state, but Myanmar had now told
her it would not cooperate with
her any more.
“This declaration of
non-cooperation with my
mandate can only be viewed as
a strong indication that there
must be something terribly
awful happening in Rakhine, as
well as in the rest of the country,”
she said. “It is a shame that
Myanmar has decided to take
this route.” REUTERS
Christmas TV broadcasts to a
global audience.
The Israeli-Palestinian
conflict is keenly felt – perhaps
even more so at Christmas – in
Bethlehem, just a few miles
south of contested Jerusalem.
Bethlehem’s flagship luxury
hotel, the 250-bed Jacir Palace,
has closed because of frequent
nearby clashes.
The general manager
Marwan Kittani said the
hotel had been fully booked
for Christmas, but that he is
now assessing day by day if he
can reopen.
In Manger Square, next to
the Church of the Nativity
built over Jesus’s traditional
birth grotto, some merchants
blamed Mr Trump for a drop
in business.
Palestinian activists have
called for more protests. AP
By Karin Laub
Who are you
calling chicken?
Is it a bird? Is it a dog? No, it’s the
window cleaners. This comedy duo
must have dominated conversation
at this office block in Tokyo. AP
Russia is working on defensive measures to prepare for possible new
sanctions from the United States
and other countries, the Kremlin
said yesterday.
The US President Donald Trump
signed into law a new package of
sanctions in August drafted by
Congress. One of the provisions asked
the US Treasury Secretary to submit
a report on the impact of expanding
sanctions to cover Russian sovereign
debt, with an outcome expected
by February.
“We are working on and taking
measures aimed at defending our
interests against possible new
restrictive actions and sanctions by
various countries, which we continue
to deem unlawful,” the Kremlin
spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
“It would probably not be right
now to make public or disclose all
these measures aimed at hedging our
risks,” he added. REUTERS
SOUTH SUDAN
MEXICO
SOUTH KOREA
UN to close
protection camp
‘Cartel boss’
Coastguard fires
extradited to US at Chinese boats
The United Nations says it has
closed the first of seven protection
camps that have sheltered more
than 200,000 civilians during
South Sudan’s civil war.
More than 560 people are being
voluntarily relocated from the
camp in Melut in Upper Nile State,
with some moving to another
camp. The move by the UN to open
its doors to civilians had been
controversial since the conflict
began four years ago. AP
An alleged former leader of a Mexican drug cartel has been extradited
to the United States to face drug conspiracy charges.
Mario Ramirez Treviño, an alleged
former leader of the Gulf Cartel,
was extradited on Monday and
appeared in court in the District of
Columbia on Tuesday. He is charged
with conspiracy to manufacture and
distribute 5kg or more of cocaine and
1,000kg or more of marijuana for
importation into the US. AP
South Korea’s coastguard said
it fired 249 warning shots over
a group of Chinese fishing boats
“swarming around” one of its
patrol ships in South Korean
waters, prompting a call for
restraint from Beijing.
South Korean coastguard
vessels regularly chase Chinese
boats suspected of fishing
illegally in South Korean waters,
at times sparking violent
confrontations. REUTERS
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Republicans rejoice after
tax cuts clear Congress
By Michael Day
FOREIGN EDITOR
To its Democrat critics – and millions
of ordinary Americans – it looks like
a return to the discredited 1980s theory of trickle-down. But yesterday
Republicans were celebrating in the
US Congress after passing reforms
that will slash tax rates for corporations and the rich, and according to
President Donald Trump, provide
“rocket fuel” for the US economy.
The instant loss of tax revenue
will cause America’s budget deficit
to soar. The bill’s supporters say,
however, that rising debt will soon be
outweighed by the boost to economic
growth. “Workers benefit. Wages go
up. More jobs occur,” said the Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.
The $1.5trn (£1.1trn) in cuts affect
everyone’s taxes but are dominated
by breaks for business and higher
earners. The corporate income tax
rate will plummet from 35 per cent to
21 per cent. The top tax rate for welloff individuals will fall from 39.6 per
cent to 37 per cent.
Democrats called the legislation a
boon to the rich that leaves middleclass and working Americans behind. The New York Senator Chuck
Schumer said to Republican opponents: “We believe you are messing
up America.”
The passing
of the bill is a
boost for Donald
Trump REUTERS
For President Trump, who was
desperate for a political victory after
11 months of legislative failures and
nonstarters, seeing the bill pass, was
a major fillip. He tweeted: “This is
truly a case where the results will
speak for themselves, starting very
soon. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!”
But his critics have compared
the policy to the largely discredited
trickle-down policies of the Reagan
era in which tax cuts caused debt
levels to rise to unsustainable levels,
leading to cutbacks that dispropor-
tionately hit the poor. Democrats also
mocked the Republicans’ contention
that the bill will make taxes so simple that millions can file their returns
“on a postcard”.
The legislation also
repeals a requirement
that all Americans carry health
insurance or face a penalty. It also
allows oil drilling in the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge.
NORTH KOREA
Saudis to keep supply port open
after missile attack on Riyadh
Kim executes
test site official
By Katie Paul
By Samuel Osborne
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in
Yemen said it would keep Yemen’s
Houthi-controlled Hodeidah port
open for a month, despite a fresh
missile attack at Riyadh, but it
kept up air strikes that killed at
least nine people.
Saudi air defences shot down a
ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s
Houthi group towards Riyadh on
Tuesday, the Saudi-led coalition
said, in an attack that could
escalate a proxy war between the
kingdom and Iran.
Iran said claims by Saudi
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Arabia and the US that it supplied
the missile fired by Yemen’s
Houthi rebels were “baseless”.
A spokesman said Iran had “no
arms links with Yemen”.
Saudi Arabia, which controls
Yemen’s airspace and port access,
said last month it would allow aid
through Hodeidah after a nearly
three-week blockade imposed
because of an earlier missile
attack towards the Saudi capital’.
The Saudis say the Red Sea
port, which is Yemen’s main entry
point for food and humanitarian
supplies, is also a hub used by the
Iran-allied Houthi rebels to bring
in weapons. REUTERS
The North Korean leader Kim Jongun has reportedly executed the official responsible for the country’s
nuclear test site.
Park In-young was the chief of Bureau 131, tasked with supervising military facilities such as the Punggye-ri
nuclear test facility and the Sohae
satellite launching station. The official was executed as part of a recent
purge, an unnamed North Korean defector told the Japanese newspaper
Asahi Shimbun. Mr Park could have
been blamed for North Korea’s sixth
and most powerful nuclear test being
delayed, the defector said.
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WORLD FOCUS
Ghost of Franco
haunts Catalonia
as it goes to polls
By Kim Sengupta
YEMEN
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Catalonian voters return to the
polls today, this time to elect a new
regional government in an election
called by Spain as a way out of a political crisis that has left the region
deeply polarised.
Friendships have been broken,
families split. Many Catalans who
had mixed feelings about independence, or didn’t care about the issue
much, now feel compelled to take a
position. But the polls on the deeply
divisive issue are not new.
Eight years, four months and
seven days ago, the municipality
Arenys de Munt held a referendum
on whether Catalonia should secede
from Spain. Then, 99.6 per cent of
the population turned out to vote
and out of that 96.2 per cent voted
Yes, 2.3 per cent No and 1.1
per cent left the ballot
paper blank.
Arenys is not well
known. The turnout
for the secession vote
was 2,659 and the result was dismissed by
the government of Madrid as irrelevant.
But, as Catalonia votes
in an election today seen in
Spain as the most important since
the time of Franco (inset), Arenys
de Munt is held up by nationalists
as the place where the fuse was lit
in the current passionate struggle
for independence.
“Madrid told us holding the vote
would be illegal, we will be prosecuted, but we decided to go ahead
anyway,” recalled Josep Sanchez
i Camps, chief of operations at
Arenys council.
“The feeling was that someone
needed to make that first move towards getting freedom. We have
seen what has happened since then
– that there is this great desire for
independence in Catalonia, also
exposing the fact that Spain is not
a democracy like the rest of the European Union. The ghost of Franco
is very present, the culture of intol-
erance and repression is present.”
Most other towns and cities in Catalonia have some posters, placards,
flags proclaiming unionist loyalties.
It is hard to find any in Arenys; the
streets and walls are full of Catalan
colours and yellow ribbons in solidarity with Catalan political leaders
languishing in Spanish jails. There
are also pictures of Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan president who
fled to exile in Belgium and faces arrest if he returns home.
Sitting at the La Puntaire cafe
on the town’s main street, Frances
Roca wanted to point out that the
use of force and incarceration is
nothing new in confrontations with
Madrid: “My grandfather was put
in prison by Franco’s junta in Barcelona. He was a socialist: this was two
years after the civil war and that is
what they did to people who
opposed them. The government has a history of
not liking opposition.”
Mr Roca, 65, retired
after a working life
in banking, voted for
independence in the
2009 referendum and
intended to back the Republican Left of Catalonia
in the impending election. “We
took the vote all those years ago
very seriously and this election had
its beginning with what happened
here eight years ago. Catalonia
needs to break away, we have been
sending our very high taxes to Madrid and we get nothing back.”
Families from other parts of
Spain have been attracted to the
relative affluence of Catalonia over
the years and the government of
Mariano Rajoy will depend on them
to ensure that the separatists do not
get a majority.
As for today’s vote, the polls
suggest neither the pro-independence nor the pro-unity camp
will win a majority. The likely
outcome is a hung parliament
and many weeks of wrangling to
form a new regional government.
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acebook has for the
first time formally
acknowledged that social
media use can be bad for
your mental health. It
admitted in a blogpost on Friday
that surfing Facebook “passively
consuming information” can leave
people “feeling worse”.
Previous psychological research
confirms that browsing others’
profiles without posting yourself
is particularly psychologically
damaging. Photos of sociable
events to which you were not
invited can make you feel bitter,
lonely, and envious. Investing
too much time on profiles of
ex-partners could slow postbreakup healing.
A psychology study published
as far back as 2012 established
that those with more strangers
as Facebook ‘‘friends’’ were more
likely to believe that others lead
better lives and that life is not fair.
Among the new solutions
Facebook unveiled last week
to help prevent mental health
damage was a tool called Take a
Break. Given the emotional pain
of viewing ex-partners’ social
media, this new feature controls
availability of exes’ content.
Those of us in the psychology
and psychiatry communities have
become increasingly concerned
that Facebook could be more toxic
for us mentally than commonly
realised – a recent survey of the
academic research on the link
between Facebook and mental
health found 65 recent studies.
Facebook use was associated
with internet addiction, anxiety,
depression, body image and eating
disorders, alcohol abuse, and
even dissatisfaction with intimate
partner relationships.
Our concern is that incessant
engagement through crafting
and preserving a profile of one’s
self and life, including constant
responding to notifications and
updates, might not be what our
brains were originally designed to
cope with.
And it’s not just Facebook. A
scientific study published in 2015
entitled Instagram #Instasad?:
Exploring Associations Among
Instagram Use, Depressive
Symptoms, Negative Social
Comparison, and Strangers
Followed found that the number of
strangers followed on Instagram
Andrew Johnson
IT’S NOT COOL
BUT I LOVE...
Star Trek
Psychiatrists
are concerned
that Facebook
is ‘toxic’ for our
mental health
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was associated with increased
social comparison (how confident,
attractive, desirable and inferior
one feels in comparison to others)
and depressive symptoms.
Now a brand new study, just
published, using Instagram
photographs from 166 individuals,
has found computerised machine
learning can successfully identify
which users of Instagram are
clinically depressed. Social
media doesn’t just affect our
mental health – it could be used to
measure and monitor it, too.
The authors of the new study,
Andrew Reece and Christopher
Danforth, based at the universities
of Harvard and Vermont, argued
that investigating Instagram was
particularly important as the
rate of users joining has outpaced
Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn,
and even Facebook. Instagram
members contribute almost 100
million new posts per day – could
this wealth of information be
used to diagnose mental health
problems such as depression?
The study compared a suite
of machine learning algorithms
with what is already known about
general practitioners’ diagnostic
accuracy, as benchmarks for
comparison. General practitioners
are already known to suffer quite
a significant rate of misdiagnosing
healthy subjects as depressed,
and the computerised system was
better at not making this mistake.
The study, entitled Instagram
photos reveal predictive markers
of depression, also found that the
computer algorithm was better
I
editor Dorothy Fontana) – and
draws on the best of humanity.
As a period piece it bends over
backwards to be forward thinking.
It has a multinational crew, black
people (at the height of the civil
rights movement) are in positions
of command, as are women. But,
the women all wear tiny skirts,
and there’s still the odd Benny Hill
moment when Kirk and Bones look
at each with their arms around an
alien dolly bird.
Each of the three main
characters – Kirk, Spock and
Bones – and their relationship to
one another are exquisitely drawn.
Spock is an early representation
of autism. He doesn’t get on
with Bones, a bad-tempered
doctor who is full of emotion and
compassion. Kirk is an idealised
leader, an unlucky-in-love ladies’
have spent the past few
months working my way
through the entire 79
episodes of the original Star
Trek series. It started when
I discovered it by accident on
Netflix. I look up each episode
after viewing online to check out
guest stars and directors etc. It’s
amazing who crops up – David
Soul (inset) is an alien in one of the
less good episodes, Joan Collins is
incredible – and beautiful – in what
is considered the best episode.
Sean Penn’s dad directed one.
Star Trek has a huge fan base,
but no one really admits to liking
it, associated it as it still is with
geekdom. At its best – and there
are a fair few dud episodes – it is
clever, thoughtful, compassionate
and brilliantly written (the best
episodes are usually by the script
Incessant engagement...
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were originally designed to
cope with
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Sew this is Christmas,
with the jail stitchers
Prisoners produce costly work. By Matilda Battersby
E
at diagnosing depression than
humans were when examining the
same photos.
Photos posted by depressed
individuals tended to be
different in colour, being bluer,
darker, and greyer. Higher
posting frequency was also
associated with depression,
while healthy participants most
disproportionately favoured
lightening the tint of their photos.
It has already been established
that depression is associated with
a preference for darker, bluer, and
monochromatic colours.
Most attempts to get inside our
mind using our data posted on the
internet has focused on analysing
our texts, just as psychoanalysts
have tended to interpret what we
say. Yet this new research confirms
depression can manifest also in the
very way we visualise the world,
opening up new ways of thinking
about ourselves. Depressed users
in this study tended to post fewer
faces per photo. This finding may
indicate that they interact with
fewer people – in accordance with
the well-established feature of
depression, that it is associated
with reduced socialising.
But what is particularly
intriguing about this study is that
depressive signals were detectable
in Instagram posts made even
before the date of first diagnosis.
This research also suggests that
it is possible Facebook can use
similar machine learning to come
to know more about us than not just
our doctors do, or our best friends,
but more than we do ourselves.
man of action and determination,
married to his ship and crew, who
nevertheless listens and admits
when he’s wrong, and is also good
at wrestling. In the Joan Collins
episode – “The City on
the Edge of Forever”
– Spock and Kirk
travel back in time
to stop Bones from
changing history.
Kirk falls in love
with Collins, only to
realise he has to let
her die.
It’s cheesy, yes. Red
shirts die every week,
yet the crew number always
remains at 430; they still have
huge spanners in the engine room.
In one episode Kirk goes to his
cabin to pack his bag. The writers
could imagine a Star Ship, but
not that hefty oblong suitcases
wouldn’t necessarily be in vogue
in 300 years’ times. There are
echoes of later sci-fi classics:
a robot man who can beat
everybody on the bridge,
just like the Terminator,
and a huge sharklike alien craft that
devours everything
in its path to very
Jaws-like music.
Above everything,
it’s the ambition of
Gene Roddenberry’s
vision that shines
through. In a time of turmoil
he created a future of men and
women who want peace, but are not
afraid to fight, and in which smart
compassion always wins out over
cruelty and violence. And each
episode ends with a corny joke.
Dr Raj Persaud and Dr Peter
Bruggen are psychiatrists and
co-authors of the forthcoming book
‘The Streetwise Person’s Guide To
Mental Health Care’.
mbroidery: the word
conjures images of fine
society ladies, their
delicate fingers working
at a sampler. But it’s a
little-known fact that the largest
workforce of hand-stitchers in
Europe is made up of big burly
men in some of Britain’s most
feared prisons.
For the past 20 years, volunteers
for the charity Fine Cell Work have
been going into 32 British jails
to teach inmates how to stitch.
The 500 prisoners involved, 96
per cent of them male, spend on
average 24 hours per week on their
embroidery – though some are so
keen they spend up to 60 hours a
week sewing.
The cushions they make, some
of them taking five months to
produce, can sell for huge amounts
in some of the most exclusive shops.
Artists from Cornelia Parker to Ai
Weiwei, and designers including
Stella McCartney and Cath
Kidston, have commissioned work
from or collaborated with them.
The charity is currently selling
hand-embroidered Christmas
decorations: beautifully
crafted figgy puddings, turkeys
and painstakingly produced
needlepoint baubles.
“Our Christmas decorations take
between five and nine hours,” says
Victoria Gillies, managing director
of Fine Cell Work. It can be hard
to persuade the inmates to begin
working on them in January, she
admits, but they must do that to
meet demand.
“They’re very happy to make
them in October but by then it’s
almost too late – that is stressful.”
Some might question the
wisdom of putting a needle into the
hands of the inmates. “In prison,
normal everyday items become
so important,” says Gillies. “It’s a
privilege to have a needle and if
they harm themselves they’ll lose it.
“They can’t have scissors. We
give them nail clippers to cut
threads, or we cut them and make
them into a kit for them.”
Fiona Lees-Millais has been
going into prisons in the North East
of England for Fine Cell Work for
nine years. She is one of the few
volunteers working with Category
A prisoners, meaning her stitchers
might have committed rape,
murder or manslaughter.
“The whole ethos of Fine Cell is
we don’t know that this person is
‘Joe Bloggs who tortured 92 people’.
You leave your preconceptions at
the door. I have rather good banter
with my prisoners and we have
quite a laugh. I like the informal,
slightly mad and eccentric
approach,” she says.
Lees-Millais has a farm and
chairs a local charity but gives up
her Thursdays without fail to spend
the best part of nine hours in a high-
Stitch in time: Some prisoners spend up to 60 hours per week sewing
security prison. Even for a visitor,
the process of going into the lock-up
can be daunting.
“We have to take off our shoes,
watches, any metal, and walk
through a body scanner. I’ve got two
new hips and I make the thing go
off, so I always get a pat down. I then
have to walk through 19 gates, which
you have to open and lock behind
you with a clang, to get to my boys.”
Lees-Millais teaches 24 inmates,
the first half in small groups in the
psychiatric wing and an afternoon
session for two hours with a group
of 12 Category As.
“They appreciate being treated
like human beings,” she says. “Some
of my guys are amazing stitchers.
When they first start they’ve never
held a needle, ever. Yet the standard
is phenomenal. Last year, we were
doing gold work on altar cloths.
Beautiful gilded lilies.”
“They have to take instruction
and criticism,” she adds. “Some of
their crimes are related to women
and suddenly they’re being bossed
around by women.
“There was one guy who was
very angry and threatening. I dared
to tell him that there was a problem
with his work. He was huge and
scary and I thought he was going to
hit me. I think I was the first person
to ever criticise him. But two guys,
other prisoners, immediately
jumped up and defended me.”
The emphasis is on rehabilitation
and showing prisoners who might
Some people really don’t
like it. They find it very
difficult that we should be
dealing with prisoners
not have had an education that
they can achieve something. “I am
learning a new skill which I did not
think possible,” says one stitcher
at HMP Wandsworth. “I also know
that people do care about me and
what I do... What others think
about me makes a real difference to
how I conduct myself.”
Lees-Millais has also seen the
positive impact stitching can have
on prisoners who self-harm. “One
of the psychiatric nurses came
in and said: ‘I want to see what
witchcraft you’re doing’. She said:
‘I’ve been treating this guy for six
years and he’s changed overnight.’
‘Why?’ ‘Because he’s stopped selfharming. When I asked him why,
he said he didn’t want to get blood
on his cushion.’”
All the stitchers receive a small
payment for their work, going
towards soap and cigarettes or
else saved up for when they get out.
Last year, the workforce earned a
combined £75,000, but this does not
please everyone.
“Some people really don’t like it.
They find it very difficult that we
should be dealing with prisoners
at all,” says Gillies. “They’re
completely entitled to their opinion.
We wouldn’t try to change that.
Particularly if you’ve been a victim
of crime, or a family member has,
we can totally understand that.
“But we think about the fact
that there are only 54 all-life
sentences [being served in
Britain], so if the majority of
prisoners are going to come out
then the ability to live independent
crime-free lives is crucial.”
finecellwork.co.uk
Television Thursday 21 December
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
===
Joanna & Jennifer:
Absolutely Champers
MasterChef: The
Professionals: The Finals
9pm, BBC2
A Bolly jolly for Joanna Lumley and
Jennifer Saunders (left) as they head
off to the Champagne region of
France to investigate their Absolutely
Fabulous characters’ favourite tipple
– although as Saunders remarks to
Lumley when faced with an earlymorning glass of bubbly at St
Pancras Eurostar terminal: “Why are
we doing this? We’re not Eddie and
Patsy!” Britain is a world-class
guzzler of fizz and the Champagne
houses gladly throw open their
cellars to the duo as they rock up in
a 1974 Citroën DS, but what’s more
fun is the banter between the two
actresses, their reminiscences
interspersed with Ab Fab clips.
8pm, BBC2
The three professional chefs return
from their Riviera adventure to cook
one last fault-free “spellbinding”
menu for Marcus and Monica before
this year’s winner is revealed.
===
Star Wars Night
From 8pm, BBC4
The BBC is being extraordinarily
generous with the airtime it is giving
(being the apt word) to the new Star
Wars film, and the advertisement
continues with a Prom celebrating
the 85th birthday of Star Wars
composer John Williams, followed
by The Galaxy Britain Built (at 10pm),
a celebration of the UK’s immense
contribution to the films, and, at
11pm, Hollywood’s Master Of Myth,
the story of writer Joseph Campbell,
whose visionary ideas first inspired
George Lucas.
===
Love, Lies And Records
9pm, BBC1
The final part of Kay Mellor’s hectic
saga and the cat is out of the bag
concerning Kate’s clinch with her
colleague, her husband shoving his
clothes into a suitcase as Kate says
things like “he’s just a friend”.
===
Gordon, Gino And Fred’s
Great Christmas Roast
9pm, ITV
A head-to-head between Gordon
Ramsay and Gino D’Acampo as they
===
The Tunnel: Vengeance
9pm, Sky Atlantic
The Anglo-French take on Scandinoir’s The Bridge continues with
detectives Karl Roebuck and Elise
Wassermann (the appealing Stephen
Dillane and Clémence Poésy)
investigating a call-centre worker
whose prankish video posting
doesn’t end well.
6.00 The Cube: Celebrity
Special (R) (S). 6.45
Britain’s Got Talent:
Stephen’s Top 10
Unbelievable Talents (R)
(S). 7.35 Emmerdale (R) (S).
8.00 Coronation Street (R).
9.00 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (R) (S). 9.50 Mr Bean
(R). 10.20 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 10.30 FILM: Planet
51 (Jorge Blanco, Javier
Abad, Marcos Martinez
2009) Animated sci-fi
comedy, with the voice of
Dwayne Johnson (S). 12.20
Emmerdale (R) (S). 12.50
Coronation Street (R) (S).
1.50 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (S). 2.40 The Jeremy
Kyle Show: Festive
Fallouts (R) (S).
6.30 Flog It! Trade
Secrets (R) (S). 7.00 Sign
Zone: MasterChef: The
Professionals (R) (S). 8.00
David Suchet: In The
Footsteps Of St Peter
(R) (S). 9.00 Victoria
Derbyshire (S). 11.00
BBC Newsroom Live (S).
12.00 Daily Politics (S).
1.00 Snow Babies (R) (S).
2.00 Nature’s Miniature
Miracles: Natural World
(R) (S). 3.00 Victorian
Bakers At Christmas (R)
(S). 4.00 Back In Time For
Christmas (R) (S). 5.00 The
Lake District: A Wild Year
(R) (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 Judge Rinder (S).
3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal
(R) (S). 3.59 ITV Regional
Weather (S). 4.00 Tipping
Point (R) (S). 5.00 The
Chase (S).
6.20 3rd Rock From The
Sun (R) (S). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
9.05 Frasier (R) (S). 10.05
The Big Bang Theory (R) (S).
10.35 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 11.00 Ramsay’s
Kitchen Nightmares USA
(R) (S). 12.00 Channel
4 News Summary (S).
12.05 Jamie’s Cracking
Christmas (S). 12.15
Jamie’s Comfort Food
Bites (R) (S). 12.25 FILM:
Carry On Constable
(Gerald Thomas 1960)
Comedy, starring Sid
James (S). 2.10 Countdown
(S). 3.00 Lost And Found
(S). 4.00 A Place In The
Sun: Winter Sun (S).
5.00 Kirstie’s Handmade
Christmas (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Sacred Rivers
With Simon
Reeve The
adventurer
travels along
the Yangtze in
China (R) (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Bart is
kidnapped by a
chimpanzee (R)
(S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
7.00 Inside The
Christmas
Factory How
traditional
Christmas
items are made
(R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Hungry,
Homeless And
On Benefits:
Tonight (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
7.30 EastEnders
Max quizzes
Bernadette on
what Phil and
Aidan are up to
(S).
7.00 World’s
Strongest Man
2017 Highlights
of the North
American Open
in Martinsville,
Indiana (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Christmas
University
Challenge The
final of the quiz
(R) (S).
8pm
8.00 DIY SOS: The
Big Build
Transforming
the home of an
ex-fireman in
Shropshire (R)
(S).
8.00 MasterChef: The
Professionals:
The Finals The
winning chef is
announced. Last
in the series (S).
8.00 Emmerdale
Aaron’s
insecurities are
exposed (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street (S).
8.00 The Supervet
At Christmas
Professor Noel
treats a poorly
penguin from
Longleat Safari
Park (S).
8.00 Britain’s
Craziest
Christmas
Lights (R) (S).
8.00 BBC Proms
2017 A musical
celebration of
film composer
John Williams’
85th birthday (R)
(S).
9.00 Love, Lies &
Records Rob
discovers
the hidden
photographs.
Last in the
series (S).
9.00 Joanna &
Jennifer:
Absolutely
Champers (S).
9.00 Gordon, Gino
And Fred’s
Great Christmas
Roast (S).
9.00 The Undateables
At Christmas
Familiar faces
sharing their
plans for the
festive season
(S).
9.00 Donny
Osmond’s
Easy Listening
Christmas (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.45 Darcey Bussell:
Looking For
Fred Astaire (S).
10.00Absolutely
Fabulous Patsy
is rushed to
hospital (R) (S).
10.35 Insert Name
Here With Jack
Dee (S).
10.15 ITV News (S).
10.45 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.55 The Royal
Variety
Performance
2017 (R) (S).
10.00The World’s
Most Expensive
Toys (R) (S).
10.30 An Audience
With Donny &
Marie (R) (S).
10.00The Galaxy
Britain Built:
Droids, Darth
Vader And
Lightsabers (S).
11pm
11.45 New Tricks
The hunt for
a serial killer
forces Sandra
to rethink her
career (R) (S).
11.05 QI With Jenny
Eclair, Johnny
Vegas and Bill
Bailey (R) (S).
11.35 Dara And
Ed’s Road To
Mandalay (R) (S).
11.05 Father Ted
Christmas
Special Dougal
and Ted get lost
in a lingerie
department (R)
(S).
11.30 Lip Sync Battle:
Christmas
Special Shane
Richie takes on
Jessie Wallace
(R) (S).
11.00 Hollywood’s
Master Of Myth
(S).
11.40 Alexander
Armstrong’s
Real Ripping
Yarns (R) (S).
11.15 FILM:
Candyman
(Bernard Rose
1991) Horror,
with Virginia
Madsen (S).
11.30 Family Guy
Peter loses his
Christmas spirit
(R) (S).
12.50 BBC News (S).
12.35 The Alternativity
(R) (S). 1.35 Sign Zone: The
Apprentice (R) (S). 2.35
Sign Zone: The Apprentice:
You’re Hired (R) (S). 3.35
Sign Zone: The Sweet
Makers At Christmas (R)
(S). 4.35 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.15 Father Ted (R) (S).
1.45 Britain’s Favourite
TV Detectives (R) (S). 3.10
Extraordinary Teens:
Young, Gifted And Broke
(R) (S). 4.05 Grand Designs
Australia (R) (S). 5.00
Extreme Cake Makers (R).
12.00 SuperCasino 3.10
Top 20 Funniest (R) (S).
4.00 Now That’s Funny! (R)
(S). 4.45 House Doctor (R)
(S). 5.10 Great Artists (R)
(S). 5.35 Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
12.40 Bought With Love:
The Secret History Of
British Art Collections
(R) (S). 1.40 The Story Of
Fairytale Of New York (R)
(S). 2.40 Peaky Blinders (R)
(S). 3.40 Close
1.20 FILM: Magic Mike
(Steven Soderbergh 2012)
Comedy drama, starring
Channing Tatum (S). 3.40
Close
12.00 Family Guy (R).
1.30 American Dad! (R).
2.25 FILM: That Awkward
Moment (Tom Gormican
2014) Comedy, with Zac
Efron. 4.00 Britain’s Got
Talent: Stephen’s Top 10
Unbelievable Talents (R).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Let’s Get A Good Thing
Going (S). 10.00 Homes
Under The Hammer (R)
(S). 11.00 Street Auction
(S). 11.45 Fake Britain (R)
(S). 12.15 Bargain Hunt
(R) (S). 1.00 BBC News At
One; Weather (S). 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 1.45 FILM: Indiana
Jones And The Temple Of
Doom (Steven Spielberg
1984) Action adventure,
starring Harrison Ford
(S). 3.35 FILM: Wallace &
Gromit In The Curse Of The
Were-Rabbit (Nick Park,
Steve Box 2005) Animated
adventure, with the voice
of Peter Sallis (S). 4.50
Merry Madagascar (R) (S).
5.15 Pointless (R) (S).
6pm
9pm
Late
1.20 Jackpot247 3.00
Hungry, Homeless And On
Benefits: Tonight (R) (S).
3.25 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 FILM:
The Snow Queen 2: Magic
Of The Ice Mirror (Aleksey
Tsitsilin 2014) Fantasy (S).
10.50 FILM: Open Season
3 (Cody Cameron 2010)
Adventure, with the voice
of Matthew J Munn (S).
12.15 FILM: Loch Ness
(John Henderson 1996)
Drama, with Ted Danson
(S). 2.15 FILM: Christmas
With The Andersons
(Michael Feifer 2016)
Comedy, with Christy
Carlson Romano (S).
3.55 FILM: Mrs Miracle
2: Miracle In Manhattan
(Michael Scott 2010)
Drama, with Doris Roberts
(S). 5.40 FILM: A Royal
Christmas (Alex Zamm
2014) (S).
compete to create the best
Christmas banquet for “members of
the public and the emergency
services who have put their lives at
risk for others”. In what could be
seen as an extension of ITV’s Pride Of
Britain Awards, this banquet is laid
on at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in
London, where First Dates maitre
d’ Fred Sirieix serves mulled wine.
The ‘MasterChef’ judges
select their winner
8pm, BBC2
Gordon Ramsay cooks
for deserving diners in
‘Gordon, Gino And Fred’s Elise and Karl in ‘The
Tunnel: Vengeance’
Great Christmas Roast’
9pm, Sky Atlantic
9pm, ITV
6.55 FILM: X-Men
(Bryan Singer
2000) Sci-fi
comic-book
adventure,
starring Hugh
Jackman (S).
6.00 Take Me Out
Celebrity
Christmas
Special With
Keith Lemon
and Matt
Johnson (R) (S).
7.15 You’ve Been
Framed! At
Christmas
Harry Hill
serves up a
crop of festive
bloopers (R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Jake cheats
on his girlfriend
(R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Escape
Plan (Mikael
Hafstrom 2013)
Prison thriller,
with Sylvester
Stallone (S).
9.00 The Great Xmas
Rant Stand-up
show in which
comedians
have a good old
moan about
Christmas (S).
10.30 Celebrity Juice:
The Sweetest
Bits Highlights
from the most
recent series of
the outrageous
game show (S).
NEWS
2-27
===
Darcey Bussell: Looking
For Fred Astaire
10.45pm, BBC1
Last Christmas she went looking for
Audrey Hepburn, and now it’s Fred
Astaire in whose fleet footsteps the
ballerina turned Strictly judge
follows. This initially takes Bussell to
the hoofer’s birthplace of Omaha,
Nebraska, where Astaire’s ambitious
Austrian émigré mother put Fred
and his older sister Adele through
dance school. Indeed Adele was seen
as the more talented, Fred her junior
partner for 27 years – and forever
after chafing at his perceived need to
be partnered. “Fred hated his dance
duos, whereas audiences loved them,”
says Bussell in tones fans of Channel
4’s The Windsors will recognise from
Beatrice and Eugenie.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
VOICES
16-20
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
FILM OF THE DAY
===
Magic Mike
Indiana Jones And
The Temple Of Doom
1.20am, Film4
(Steven Soderbergh, 2012)
Magic Mike is about male strippers
in Tampa, Florida, and also the
economy, the commodification of
desire, and characters whose selfworth is intimately connected to
their financial worth. But instead of
moralising, it finds Soderbergh in
mainstream entertainment mode:
it’s all polished dance routines,
party scenes, group sex and MDMA.
And even when it does turn into
a cautionary tale, about how Mike
(Channing Tatum, left) is getting too
old for the lifestyle, and his protégé
(Alex Pettyfer) is taking too many
drugs, it remains guiltless about its
status as entertainment, and puts
on the most stylish show that it can.
1.45pm, BBC1
(Steven Spielberg, 1984)
The charismatic adventurer Indiana
Jones rescues children enslaved by an
evil thugee cult, in a sequel even more
knowing, ambitious and relentlessly
paced than Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
Wallace & Gromit In The
Curse Of The Were-Rabbit
3.35pm, BBC1
(Steve Box, Nick Park, 2005)
Five years in the making, Wallace and
Gromit’s feature-length adventure
offers a non-stop cavalcade of puns
and precision-timed gags, wedded to
a plot that pays affectionate tribute
to Universal’s 1930s horror films.
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Charmed (R) (S). 7.55
Rude(ish) Tube Shorts (R)
(S). 8.10 FILM: A Christmas
Wedding Tail (Michael
Feifer 2011) Romantic
comedy, with Jennie Garth
and Brad Rowe (S). 10.00
Rules Of Engagement (R)
(S). 11.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 12.00 New
Girl (R) (S). 1.00 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 2.00
Kevin Can Wait (R) (S).
2.30 Kevin Can Wait (R)
(S). 3.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 4.00 New Girl (R) (S).
4.30 New Girl (R) (S). 5.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) (S).
5.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.35 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 10.05 Four In A Bed
(R) (S). 10.35 Four In A
Bed (R) (S). 11.05 Four In
A Bed (R) (S). 11.40 Four
In A Bed (R) (S). 12.10 A
Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (R) (S). 1.15 A Place In
The Sun: Winter Sun (R)
(S). 2.20 Time Team (R) (S).
3.25 Time Team (R) (S). 4.30
The Great British Bake Off
(R) (S). 5.50 Jamie’s Night
Before Christmas (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama (R) (S).
6.30 Futurama (R) (S).
7.00 Futurama (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons (R) (S).
8.00 The Simpsons (R) (S).
8.30 The Simpsons (R) (S).
9.00 The Simpsons (R) (S).
9.30 Modern Family (R)
(S). 10.00 Modern Family
(R) (S). 10.30 Modern
Family (R) (S). 11.00 Big
Cats: An Amazing Animal
Family (R) (S). 12.00
Terry Pratchett’s Going
Postal (R) (S). 2.00 Terry
Pratchett’s Going Postal
(R) (S). 4.00 Modern Family
(R) (S). 4.30 Modern Family
(R) (S). 5.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S). 5.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
7.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
8.00 Without A Trace (R)
(S). 9.00 Without A Trace
(R) (S). 10.00 Without A
Trace (R) (S). 11.00 Without
A Trace (R) (S). 12.00
Without A Trace (R) (S).
1.00 Blue Bloods (R) (S).
2.00 Blue Bloods (R) (S).
3.00 Blue Bloods (R) (S).
4.00 Blue Bloods (R) (S).
5.00 Blue Bloods (R) (S).
6.55 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
finds herself
on a murder
charge (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory Leonard
and Sheldon try
to meet one of
their idols (R).
6.55 The Supervet
Noel Fitzpatrick
operates on a
Bengal cat with
a broken back (R)
(S).
6.00 Futurama (R)
(S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Bart realises he
has a crush on
his new teacher
(R) (S).
6.00 Blue Bloods A
famous car is
stolen (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks After
confessing his
love, Jesse waits
for a response
from Courtney
(S).
7.55 Grand Designs
Kevin McCloud
revisits the
Sampsons in
France (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Professor
Frink plays
matchmaker (R)
(S).
7.00 Blue Bloods
Danny and
his family are
threatened (R)
(S).
8.00 Gwen Stefani’s
You Make It Feel
Like Christmas
The singersongwriter
hosts a festive
special.
8.00 Micro Monsters
With David
Attenborough
(R) (S).
8.00 Midsomer
Murders
The life of a
reclusive couple
comes under
police scrutiny
(R) (S).
10.00The Suspicions
Of Mr Whicher
Period drama,
starring Paddy
Considine (R) (S).
12.05 Agatha Christie’s
Marple (R) (S). 2.00 The
Knock (R) (S). 2.55 The
Knock (R) (S). 3.55 A Touch
Of Frost (R) (S). 5.35 ITV3
Nightscreen
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 BBC Radio 1’s
Residency – Eats Everything
12mdn’t BBC Radio 1’s
Residency – Metrik 1.00 Toddla
T 3.00 Radio 1’s Artist Takeover
With Louisa Johnson 4.00
Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am A.Dot 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target
9.02 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Seani B 1am Toddla T
3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00 Seani B
BBC Radio 2
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Bob Harris Country 8.00
Jo Whiley 10.00 The Radio 2
Arts Show With Jonathan Ross
12mdn’t The Craig Charles
House Party 2.00 Radio 2’s
Tracks Of My Years Playlist
2.55 Pause For Thought 3.00
Radio 2 Playlist: Have A Great
Weekend 4.00 Radio 2 Playlist:
Feelgood Friday 5.00 Vanessa
Feltz
BBC Radio 3
9.00 2 Broke Girls (S).
9.30 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
punishes
Leonard for a
past mistake (R)
(S).
9.00 Coastal
Railways With
Julie Walters
The actress
travels from
Cardigan Bay to
Liverpool (R) (S).
9.00 A League Of
Their Own
Christmas
Special 2017
With Nigel
Havers and
David Seaman.
9.00 The Tunnel:
Vengeance
A shocking
discovery is
made at an
immigration
removal centre.
10.00The
Inbetweeners
(R) (S).
10.30 The
Inbetweeners
The four lads
play truant (R).
10.0024 Hours In
A&E Medics
treat a diabetic
with an infected
leg wound (R)
(S).
10.00Russell Howard
Christmas
Special Topical
comedy and
entertainment
show (S).
10.00Game Of
Thrones Robb’s
bannermen
make a
momentous
declaration (R)
(S).
11.05 The Big
Bang Theory
Leonard’s
mother visits (R)
(S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E A 23-yearold builder is
rushed in after
an accident (R)
(S).
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he fundamental job
o f a s t ro p hy s i c i s t s
and astronauts is to
explore the universe,
and find what is out
there. This year, the universe
explored us. On 19 October, the
Pan-STARRS 1 survey telescope
in Hawaii captured a faint
streak of light during its nightly
search for asteroids and comets.
An astronomer on the Pacific
islands, Rob Weryk, realised it
had a trajectory unlike anything
seen before – and follow-up
data taken over the next few
nights confirmed it had come
from outside our solar system.
Humanity had identified its first
alien visitor from another star.
What exactly is this interstellar
object, which has been named
‘Oumuamua from the Hawaiian
for “the first messenger from
afar reaching out to us”? This
is a difficult question to answer
because it was not clear how
‘Oumuamua compares to other
bodies that belong to our solar
system. Its unusual, elongated
shape has even prompted some
to question whether it might have
been created artificially by an alien
civilisation. But my colleagues
and I discovered that while it
appeared to be an unusually long
rocky asteroid, it may actually be
an icy body covered in a protective
crust of organic chemicals.
We were already pretty
certain ‘Oumuamua was not
artificial. Radio telescopes have
been used to listen for signals
from ‘Oumuamua but not heard
anything. Its path through space
also suggests that it is only moving
because of gravity. So initial lines
of inquiry pointed to it being a
natural object.
However, there was still a
puzzle. The most likely visitor to
our solar system would be a giant
Eating
seaweed
couldhelp
savethe
oceansand
ourfish
ByPallaviAnand
andDaniela
Schmidt
Getting
to know our
alien visitor
When a cigar-shaped object arrived in our
solar system from outer space, it was up to
AlanFitzsimmons and his team to investigate
lump of ice. As it approached
the Sun, such an icy body should
start to melt and release a tail of
gas behind it . Yet, despite coming
within 23 million miles of our sun,
‘Oumuamua showed no sign of this
kind of outgassing. Why, instead,
did it look like an asteroid?
Our team reacted quickly to
the discovery by getting time to
use the Very Large Telescope in
Chile and the William Herschel
Telescope on La Palma in
the Canary Islands within 48
hours. We used these facilities
to measure how ‘Oumuamua
The other big
question is, where
did ‘Oumuamua
come from?
If we have to feed
9.8 billion people
by 2050, food from
the ocean will have
to play a major role.
Ending hunger and
malnutrition while
meeting the demand
for more meat and
fish as the world
grows richer will
require 60 per cent
more food by the
middle of the century.
But around 90 per
cent of the world’s
fish stocks are
already seriously
depleted. Pollution
and increasing levels
of carbon dioxide
in the atmosphere,
reflects sunlight by looking at
the wavelength of the returned
light. This powerful technique
can reveal the composition of an
object and whether it has rocky
minerals or ices on its surface.
Our data revealed its surface
was red in visible light but
appeared more neutral or grey
in infra-red light. Previous
laboratory experiments have
shown this is the kind of reading
you’d expect from a surface made
of comet ices and dust that had
been exposed to interstellar space
for millions or billions of years.
High-energy particles called
cosmic rays dry out the surface by
removing the ices. These particles
also drive chemical reactions in
the remaining material to form
a crust of chemically organic
(carbon-based) compounds.
which is making the
oceans warmer and
more acidic, are also
a significant threat to
marine life.
There is potential
to increase ocean
food production
but, under these
conditions, eating
more of the species
at the top of the
food chain, such as
tuna and salmon,
is not sustainable.
We should instead
be looking at how to
harvest more smaller
fish and shellfish,
but also species that
aren’t as widely eaten
– such as seaweed
and other algae. The
oceans have absorbed
around one third
of the CO₂ emitted
into the atmosphere
since the Industrial
Revolution. The
absorbed carbon
lowers the pH of the
water and reduces
the concentration of
carbonate ions. This
leads to corals and
shellfish forming
weaker skeletons and
using more energy to
do so – leaving less
energy for growth
and reproduction.
Consequently, they
grow smaller.
Several of the
Could it
be that
this long,
strange
object
was
made by
aliens?
S o although ‘O umuamua
appeared as an asteroid-like
point of light in our telescopes, it
may be icy in its interior. And its
insulating red rock-like surface
could be the consequence of its
lonely journey between the stars.
Indeed, another study using the
Gemini North telescope in Hawaii
showed its colour is similar to
some “trans-Neptunian objects”
orbiting in the outskirts of our
solar system, whose surfaces may
have been similarly transformed.
The other big question is, where
did ‘Oumuamua come from? One
possibility is that it emerged
from a planet-building process.
Planets are built from smaller
rocky asteroids and icy comets,
but this is a messy business. Many
trillions of objects would have
been thrown into interstellar
species affected,
such as corals in the
tropics or coralline
algae around the
UK, play a key role in
providing food and
nursing grounds for
fish, so their numbers
will decline, too.
One possible
solution is to eat
more smaller fish
and shellfish such
as mussels. Large
fish need to eat
smaller fish to grow.
If we eat smaller
fish instead, we
remove a step from
the food chain and
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Can science explain why
we can’t escape Mariah?
Christmas songs often stick in our heads even when we don’t like them,
and we’re likely to go on suffering for years. AlexandraLamontexplains
I
space as our planets formed and
settled down into their current
orbits. Additionally, comets have
been lost from the Oort Cloud
surrounding our solar system,
pulled away by passing stars and
the tides from the Milky Way
galaxy in which we live.
If all stars are as wasteful as
our sun in building solar systems,
there should be large numbers of
interstellar objects in our galaxy.
But we would only see them if
they get close enough to the Sun
and Earth to be detected with
our current telescopes. Earlier
this year I was part of a study that
showed there could be 1,000 trillion
such objects per cubic light year.
Several astronomers have
found that ‘Oumuamua cannot
be tracked back to any known
star, but it approached from the
reduce the energy
lost in the process.
What’s more, it might
become easier to
farm these smaller
fish because the algae,
cyanobacteria and
other plankton they
eat could benefit from
warmer waters and
higher levels of CO₂ in
the atmosphere.
We could also
add some of these
organisms directly
to our diet. Seaweed
is a type of algae
that has been eaten
for centuries, but
only 35 countries
commercially harvest
it today. Spirulina
direction that the Sun is moving
towards. This is the most probable
direction any interstellar object
will come from, like clouds of
insects hitting a car windscreen
as you drive through them.
‘Oumuamua has already passed
the orbit of Mars and is travelling
outward above the asteroid belt.
This winter, if you can find the
Great Square of Pegasus in the
night sky, you can wave farewell
to our first interstellar visitor. But
combiningpreviousstudieswiththe
discovery of ‘Oumuamua suggests
there should be a similar object
somewhere within the orbit of
Mars at any time, not yet seen. The
universe is closer than we thought.
Alan Fitzsimmons is a professor
of astrophysics at Queen’s
University, Belfast
cyanobacteria is
already eaten as a
food supplement and
several companies
are trying to turn
other forms of algae
into human food.
Farming these
organisms could help
counter some effects
of climate change on
the rest of the food
chain. Growing more
seaweed lowers the
amount of CO₂ in the
surrounding water,
reduces acidification,
and improves the
environment for
oysters and other
shellfish. To make
algae a common part
of people’s diets we
need to ensure that
algae food products
have the needed
nutritional value, are
attractive and safe
to eat. Expanding
our seafood menus
could be a vital way
of keeping the ocean
healthy while it
supplies the food
that we need.
Pallavi Anand is a
lecturer in ocean
biogeochemistry at
the Open University;
Daniela Schmidt
is a professor in
palaeobiology at the
University of Bristol
n the run-up to Christmas,
we’re subjected to a daily
barrage of festive music –
on the radio and television,
in shops, train stations,
restaurants, pubs and bars.
There are old favourites by
bands such as Slade and Wham!,
along with newer contenders
from Kelly Clarkson and Justin
Bieber – and, of course, Britain’s
two most popular Christmas
songs, by Mariah Carey and
The Pogues.
Even if you’re not a fan,
you might still find yourself
humming “Jingle Bells” or “All
I Want for Christmas” while
you wrap your presents. Catchy
songs or “earworms”, as they
have become known, are songs
that get stuck in our heads –
and while about two-thirds are
pleasant or neutral, some can
become quite annoying.
Earworms are common.
Nearly 90 per cent of adults
reported having one a week, in
one study in Finland. Musically,
they seem to come more often
from songs which have fairly
conventional melodic patterns,
together with something
unusual – a key change, or
unexpected leaps or repetitions.
Just like the negative effects of
background music on our ability
to do tasks, earworms can even
impair our concentration – no
matter whether the songs
have lyrics that could interfere
with memory or are purely
instrumental sequences.
Two years ago one journalist
even claimed to have identified
an elusive “Christmas chord” (a
diminished minor 7th flat 5) that
might explain the popularity of
Christmas songs and why they
give us earworms. But not all
commentators are convinced.
Research suggests that
although there could be some
common features, the specific
songs that become earworms
differ from person to person.
This chimes with what we find
when we look at how people
listen to music in general.
Even very similar types of
listeners who live together
choose different daily favourite
pieces of music – and our music
listening and preferences are
highly individualised.
What’s different about
Christmas music is that we are
all listening to a much smaller
pool of options. Because of the
dominance of Christmas music
in public settings such as shops
and bars or on the radio, we all
get a lot more exposure to the
same songs than we do at other
times of year. So, we could argue
that Christmas music helps to
bring us together – whether we
love it or hate it.
Among the cheesy sleigh
bells-filled tunes, there are some
great Christmas classics – and
All you want? We could argue that, whether we love it or hate it,
Christmas music, like Mariah Carey’s earworm, helps bring us together
it’s interesting to note that
“White Christmas” by Irving
Berlin is not only one of the most
well-known Christmas songs but
is also the best-selling song of all
time. It has the characteristics
of an earworm, with shifts and
slides around a simple rising and
falling melodic shape. And, like
many other songs, it has that
scrunchy “Christmas chord”.
But how does a song like that
maintain its popularity over the
decades? The pattern of liking
for an individual song over
time is held to fit an inverted
U-shape curve. According to
this, when we first hear a new
piece of music we tend to not
like it very much. But repetition
breeds affection – and repetition
both within a song and through
repeated listening will usually
increase our liking of the song in
a rapid linear way.
There’s a limit to this
repetition effect, though. Too
much exposure sends liking
down the other side of the curve,
meaning that when we have
heard something too much we
eventually, and quickly, get quite
fed up with it.
In our research we find that
people regulate their exposure
to their own music over long
periods of time, putting things
to one side in favour of new
music. In that way, people
constantly keep their music
fresh. Following this, coming
back to music after a period
of time away means it moves
back up the liking curve and
we can enjoy it again. Most
of us do this quite intuitively,
filing songs away physically or
figuratively for later; we have
labelled this kind of listening
the “squirrel” approach.
That means a lot of Christmas
music, whether we think it
is good or bad, will be more
popular than it might deserve to
be, as it usually only gets aired
for a few months of the year.
By the time we’re taking down
the Christmas tree in January,
we’ve all become thoroughly
sick of Mariah, and so we put
the songs away in the attic with
the tree, to be dusted off and
enjoyed again next year.
Alexandra Lamont is a senior
lecturer in music psychology at
Keele University
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BY JEFF ROBSON
HEIR, APPARENTLY
The report on page 11
of the 18 December
issue referred to
Prince William as “the
heir to the throne”.
That title belongs to
Prince Charles. The
Duke of Cambridge
is second in line to
the throne.
ORDERLY CHANGE
The feature on the
Christmas single for
the Thank U NHS
campaign (page 33, 15
December) referred
to “doctors, nurses,
orderlies, cleaners
and service staff”
forgoing festivities.
Margaret Sillett
pointed out that
“orderlies” are
now called “health
care assistants”.
HOLY HOMOPHONES
A report on the bells
in a Swiss church
ringing again after a
ban was overturned
in court (page 29, 14
December) described
their “peeling chimes”
being restored. As
June Thomas wrote,
one hears “the peal of
a bell”.
TERMS OF DIVORCE
Several readers have
written in about
multiple instances of
child is misbehaving
in class. Despite
repeated requests
to desist and get
on with their work,
the pupil continues acting up.
A final warning is given before
the teacher presses record on a
body camera they are wearing to
capture the interaction and any
potential conflict. The footage is
then kept on the school’s servers
ready for a disciplinary report on
the student’s behaviour.
This scenario may be about to
come to a classroom near you,
according to experts. Earlier this
year, news that body cameras
were to be trialled in Britain’s
schools for the first time made
the headlines. Since then, the
academic behind the pilot project
has said that “several” more
schools have approached him to
try out the technology in their
classrooms in an effort better to
manage behaviour.
Allowing teachers to film bad
behaviour appears, on the face of
things, to be a modern solution to
the word “divorcee”
being written with
an accent. American
English uses “divorcé”
to mean a divorced
man and “divorcée”
a divorced woman
(both with accents);
the standard English
term for a divorced
person has none.
WELL TRAVELLED
The story in the 1
December issue about
an age-old problem. But for many
the issue of recording pupils to
control behaviour has more than a
hint of Orwellian control about it.
Tom Ellis, principal lecturer
at the Institute of Criminal
Justice Studies at the University
of Portsmouth, tells i it will not
be long before body cameras
are being used in most, if not
all, schools.
“I do think it’s inevitable,”
Professor Ellis says. “We are in
delicate negotiations with several
other schools about trying out
the cameras. But there are lots of
different ways to use them, and
using them gives you far more
information than not using them.
It just has to be done responsibly.”
While he admits the issue
is “highly emotive” (headlines
at the time warned that body
cameras would turn pupils into
“suspects”), he believes that if
used properly, cameras worn by
teachers could have more positive
than negative effects.
“People didn’t understand how
the body cameras were being used
90-year-old Vera
Burrell accepting a
cruise invitation from
a stranger said she
lived in “the Sussex
village of Great
Cornard”. The village
is in Suffolk.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Several readers felt
that the sub-heading
to the feature
on charging for
in-flight meals in
the 1 December
issue (“there’s no
free lunches as
ruthless cost-cutting
changes the way
we travel”) was a
touch too colloquial.
Though headlines
occasionally involve a
certain compression
of language, it should
have read “there’s no
such thing as a free
lunch” or “there are no
free lunches”.
Teachers’ views on
body cameras
37.7 %
of teachers said
they would wear a body
camera in school.
66.4%
of teachers said
they would feel safer if a
camera recorded everything
in class.
35.1%
of those who
would wear a bodycam
would use it to monitor
student behaviour.
19.5 % of those who
would wear a bodycam
would do so to improve
their teaching.
18.5 %
of those who
would wear a bodycam
would do so for their
own safety.
when those headlines appeared,”
Professor Ellis asserts. “It would
not be the idea for every teacher
to wear a bodycam, only ‘on call’
teachers who deal with behaviour
issues would be wearing them and
they would be off for the majority
of the time.”
The academic was instrumental
in the successful trial of police
officers wearing body cameras.
But whereas the police use the
cameras to record conflict and
abuse, Professor Ellis envisages
the technolog y being used
differently in schools.
“They are used as a deterrent,”
he says. “For want of a better
word, it will be used as a ‘threat’ to
pupils who are taking part in lowlevel disruption. It is about using
tech as a way to reduce conflict.”
Interestingly, the idea of using
such technology in schools has
been cautiously supported by
teachers. A small survey by The
Times Educational Supplement
this year found that just over twothirds of teachers would feel safer
if there was a camera recording
everything. A third said they were
prepared to wear cameras.
Some teachers said the use of
bodycams would have provided
an “easy way to evidence
assaults” they had either been
subjected to or witnessed at
school. But for many, bodycams
would destroy the teacher/pupil
They are used as a
deterrent. It is about
using tech as a way
to reduce conflict
SUBJECT MATTER
On page 41 of the 12
December issue, the
subject of a sentence
became confused. The
opening paragraph
said HSBC was given
a boost when “the
US Department of
Justice said it will
dismiss criminal
charges deferred
since it was fined for
money laundering
five years ago”. As
relationship. Tom Bennett, the
Government’s behaviour tsar and
a teacher, warns that new, invasive
technology like cameras can do
far more harm than good.
“Body cameras are an
expensive and clumsy attempt to
deal with a problem that requires
a little more sensitivity,” he says,
explaining that fixed cameras in
schools are fine because they
are permanent, and public.
“But body cameras massively
interfere with the relationship
of trust and dignity that is
essential to building a school
culture that values everyone –
especially in the act of turning it
on. That sends a powerful signal.
It says: ‘I do not trust you; I am
now your observer’.
“If a teacher’s word isn’t being
taken at face value without the use
of digital evidence, then I suggest
the school has bigger problems
around staff autonomy and trust.”
Much of the opposition to using
body cameras stems from the fear
that it would effectively turn the
classroom into a prison.
The anti-surveillance campaign
group Big Brother Watch echoes
Mr Bennett’s comments, saying:
“Children should be allowed to
learn and make mistakes in the
classroom without their every
move under constant surveillance.
Teachers arming themselves with
wearable cameras undermines
any concept of teacher-pupil
trust and creates an oppressive
surveillance environment.”
But Professor Ellis suggests
that such attitudes are based only
on the negative aspects of modern
technology, rather than what the
new tools can offer those working
on the front line of public services.
He believes that their use in
schools should be encouraged, not
prevented, and even extended to
other areas of the public sector.
“Body cameras don’t just
have to deal with disciplinary
procedures,” he says. “Teachers
could also use them in subjects
such as PE or sports where pupils
want them to capture something
they have learnt in a lesson.
“I also see it being used in
mental health services a lot more.
With a camera, you have very
powerful evidence that could be
used to show to psychologists
or GPs to say this person needs
professional help.”
With the ubiquity of mobile
phones and social media apps, it
could be argued that young people
have already become desensitised
to being on camera. Using
cameras as a means of control is
viewed as a step too far for many
teachers – but for how long?
Alan Keslian pointed
out, HSBC was fined,
not the Department
of Justice.
ONE TOO MANY
Several readers
have remarked on
the use of phrases
such as “one in eight
workers are skipping
meals”. The “one” is
a singular subject
and should take a
singular verb: “One
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want to
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national
headlines
After ‘National Treasure’,
Jack Thorne wanted to write more
about blame culture, this time in a
drama inspired by his mother
I
come from quite a big family –
I’ve two sisters and one brother
– and when we get sick, we all
have one policy we always stick
to: don’t tell mum. Because
if we’re sick, she is – and she
stops sleeping until she knows we’re
okay. And because her instinct is to
be with us, looking after us, and she
hates not being around. Indeed, if
we call her while we’re sick, her first
question is a statement wrapped up
as a question: “You sound better? Are
you better?” She’s desperate – with
every inch of her body – for us to be
well again.
My mum is one of those people who
cares quite easily. Possibly cares too
much. She finds the notion of being
selfless – of thinking about others
before herself – quite an easy thing
to contemplate. Maybe it’s because
she grew up with a mentally ill and
violent brother and has cared for him
all her life; maybe it’s because she’s a
child of the 60s who went to jail for
the CND (Campaign for Nuclear
Disarmament). Maybe it’s because
she had four kids and got used to
putting us before herself, or maybe
it’s just her natural proclivity: she
was born that way.
I had a friend at primary school
that I thought was the coolest kid
because he got a packet of biscuits
for his dinner. Mum said: “Bring him
round to ours.”
Christmas day was generally
spent at the residential care home
she taught at because the other
people had families and, although
she probably had a larger family of
her own, she put them first.
So, yes, my mum is a carer with
a capital C, a giver with a capital
G. And she has never, of course,
received any credit (or money) for
being so. She retired on £4.60 an
hour after 45 years.
My mum rolls up her sleeves
and assumes confidently (perhaps
arrogantly) she can make any
situation better. I’ve always been
amazed by her ability to take on
everyone’s troubles as her own.
Kiri came about as a result of a
conversation with Toby Bentley, my
script editor on National Treasure.
Normally when you write a show, the
conversation turns to the possibility
of a second series if the show does
well. With National Treasure, that
wasn’t going to happen – we knew
the ending was final and we’d
explored all we were going
to explore.
But we did want to
do something else
together, something
that examined this
country in a particular
way, something that
looked again into the
abyss of blame culture
and tried to find the nuance
within it. We wanted to do
something else that would
p r o v o ke n a t i o n a l
headlines, but
that in looking
behind them
we might be
I hope
we’ve built
a portrait
of what the
word ‘care’
means
able to find something interesting.
Toby suggested an adoption
gone wrong, and my thoughts
immediately turned to my mum:
a way of exploring all that care
through the prism of her care.
And that became the thread we
pulled on to build this show.
The best bit about my job, and
it is I think particular to TV, is that
what starts as a show simply about
two things – an adoption gone wrong
and an examination of the caring
professions – quickly becomes
something else entirely. This is
partly because of the process of
shared authorship (with producers,
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BERNADETTE McNULTY
Dench branches out
with a captivating
woodland wander
» Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees BBC1, 8pm
» Peaky Blinders BBC2, 9pm
I
directors and actors), the joys of
doing research as a team (and of
working out our feelings together),
and partly because of the demands
of the format – the advert breaks are
strangely useful and then there’s the
whole notion of “episodes”. You can’t
tell one story through – even if you’re
just focusing on the one person – each
part has to do something different.
Film is a short story, TV is the novel.
So Kiri starts with Miriam’s story.
An embattled social worker – spiky,
a tiny bit dangerous, sad in her soul
– who is set on doing the right thing.
The trouble is, the right thing is a
tricky thing to gauge. She’s involved
in an inter-racial adoption of a girl
called Kiri and, determined to serve
the child’s cultural needs, arranges
an unsupervised visit with Kiri’s
birth grandfather. And from there
things go wrong. Very wrong. We tell
the story from Miriam’s angle, Kiri’s
grandfather’s angle, and Kiri’s foster
mother’s angle.
We create a mess and then we
try to untangle it. Or at least pose
interesting questions about it and tell
a storywithout judgement of everyone
involved. If it works, it’s because it’s a
portrait of the many facets of care, and
the many ways you can care. From
those that dig in to other’s lives at the
slightest opportunity, like my mum, to
those who are perennially outside but
who feel things just the same. I hope
we’ve built a portrait of what that
word ‘care’ means, and examined it
from all angles.
I don’t know what my mum will
think. I don’t think she’ll see a lot of
herself in Miriam – but she may.
She likes to watch all my stuff
twice because she gets too nervous
watching it the first time. She cares
too much about it being good (and
sometimes she gets too upset about
it being bad). Then, usually, her and
my dad come back with a thought or
two about what I did right or wrong,
generally in a text message and I try
not to take it to heart. Because I care.
‘Kiri’ starts Wednesday 10 January at
9pm on Channel 4
Clockwise from left:
Felicia Mukasa as Kiri
and Sarah Lancashire
as Miriam; Andrea
Riseborough as Dee,
with Robbie Coltrane
as Paul and Julie
Walters as Marie in
‘National Treasure’; Lia
Williams as Alice with
Steven Mackintosh as
Jim and Finn Bennett
as Si in ‘Kiri’, the new
drama by Jack Thorne
(inset) CHANNEL 4
t hasn’t been a great year
for trees. Sheffield council
has been trying to cut down
thousands of trees in the county
while nature lovers were horrified
this week to hear some Bristol
residents were trying to deter
roosting pigeons from despoiling
their expensive cars by embedding
dense spikes into the branches of
trees overhanging a car park.
You can bet one person who
would be outraged at these attacks
on our wooden neighbours would
be the actress Judi Dench. Judi
Dench: My Passion for Trees
sounded dull as ditchwater on
paper, with a trailer that promised
the sight of one of Britain’s greatest
actresses reduced to spending an
entire hour hugging trees while
looking as if she might burst into
tears, probably because she had
lost her script and had to dress
in waterproofs.
In fact, this one-off encounter
was one of the most charming,
quirky programmes I have seen
in a while, a gentle meander
through the seasonal changes
in woodlands with Dench as a
squawking companion.
And she squawked, squealed
and flirted throughout the show
with gusto. All with a devilish glint
in her eye. Anyone who saw the
video this year of the grime star
Lethal Bizzle teaching Dench to
rap will already know that she
is very much a game bird. Her
mischievousness and passion
Sh
he squawked,
squealed and flirted
throughout the
show with gusto
lightened up what could have been
a more sombre portrait.
The reason Dench is such a
dendrophile (although there was no
suggestion this love was anything
but platonic, beyond the odd bark
stroking) was down to the six acres
of Surrey woodland the actress
lives on. Many of these trees have
been planted in remembrance of
loved ones who have died, from her
husband Michael Williams back
in 2001 to her drama school friend
Vanessa Redgrave’s daughter
Natasha. She said that by planting
trees her memories of the deceased
could go on growing.
Which is an entirely beautiful
sentiment but one not practically
open to most people without six
acres of garden. So Dench took a
more general look at the wonders
Dench’s mischievousness and
passion lit up the programme BBC
of the woods as they go through the
year, from the insulating properties
of bark to the role squirrels have in
helping trees to pollinate.
It was gentle enough science with
Dench whooping in delight as she
found her oak tree was 200 years
old by putting a big bit of string
around it. But with her dulcet
tones and gentle arm around the
scientists there was enough magic
to keep you watching. It would have
been nice to hear a few more of the
personal stories behind her own
trees, but it was sweet enough to
be introduced to her partner David
Mills, a conservationist, as they
read out bits of Shakespeare to
each other.
Trees have never heavily
featured in Peaky Blinders unless
someone with a gun and a vengeful
heart is hiding behind one ready to
pounce. This fourth series, though,
has been as solid and magnificent
as any oak tree, drawing on past
plot lines with style while opening
new avenues of mayhem and
mischief for the Shelbys to pursue.
What has made this run so
magnificent – bar the scenestealing appearances of Adrien
Brody, Aidan Quinn and Tom
Hardy – has been the fabulously
intricate layers of plotting and
intrigue. The finale was no
exception, with the denouement
seemingly wrapped up within the
first five minutes and the Shelbys
apparently done for. But keep
topping it they did, so that by the
improbable ending, with Tommy on
track for a new life in Parliament,
you felt like giving this most
audacious, swaggering of dramas a
standing ovation.
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Michael Gould as the
well-meaning Brit Derek in
‘The Jungle’ DAVID SANDISON
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THEATRE
The Jungle
YOUNG VIC, LONDON
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Welcome to the Jungle. Joe
Murphy and Joe Robertson were
the young Oxford graduates who
built a theatre in the unofficial
refugee and migrant camp in
Calais. They called it the Good
Chance – the term refugees use
when feeling that the odds are
favourable for them to make
it across the Channel – and it
became a symbol of hope.
Now the pair make their
playwriting debut with this
remarkable work that pulls you
into the life of the camp, charting
its story from inception to final
eviction. It manages to be sharp
and undeceived about what
happens when refugees from
a wide variety of backgrounds
meet well-meaning volunteers
POP
DANCE
Dinosaur Jr
The Little
Match Girl
ART SCHOOL, GLASGOW
HHHHH
Grunge godfathers Dinosaur Jr
are known for their taciturn stage
presence – frontman J Mascis
appeared largely unmoved by
numerous audience members
wishing him a happy birthday
– and slacker soundtrack
associations, but there were
moments in this set, such as early
single “Little Fury Things”, where
his original concept that the
band play “ear-bleeding country”
seemed a closer fit for their mix of
ragged soul tunes and epic, though
at times just sprawling, Neil
Young-style. guitar wrangling.
Reinforcements on guitar
and drums were drafted in for
“The Wagon”, making some
additional impact, but the original
power trio of Mascis, Trojan tub
thumper Murph and the Cousin
Itt-like Lou Barlow on bass and
contrasting vocals, didn’t require
any supplementary heft on the
likes of flailing indie disco anthem
“Freakscene”, the nosebleed
punk of “Training Ground” by
Mascis and Barlow’s first band,
Deep Wound, or the heroic and
decidedly non-slacker riffola on
which they ended their set.
FIONA SHEPHERD
from the UK. But it’s also a moving
celebration of how the people set
aside their differences, creating a
world that, albeit cold, muddy and
scary, was a tribute to tremendous
resourcefulness and resilience.
The superlative staging by
Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin
– a co-production between the
Young Vic, the National and
Good Chance Theatre – invites
you to take a seat in a space that
has been transformed into the
camp’s Afghan restaurant. Miriam
Buether’s immersive set is a
deliberately makeshift affair of
chip wood and tarpaulin.
The 18-strong company let you
hear a rich diversity of voices.
Among them, there’s Salar (Ben
Turner), the diehard Afghan who
built the restaurant. Our sad,
gracious guide for the evening is
Safi (Ammar Haj Ahmad), fleeing
the nightmare of Aleppo, and
noting in a coda that he spoke
more English in the thronging
camp each day than he does now
in Leicester, where he awaits a
decision about asylum. Okot, a
17-year-old boy from Darfur,
had to go through several kinds
of hell to get to Calais to get here;
his story is embodied with an
astonishing intensity of pain by
John Pfumojena.
An assortment of Brits descend,
eager to organise the troops.
Michael Gould’s Derek, with his
earnest chivvying manner, might
seem straight out of Ayckbourn,
but he has his depths.
The production invites
the gentle laughter of rueful
recognition at the volunteers
and we come to respect their
dedication. Alex Lawther brings
delicate touches to the potential
caricature of Sam, the posh-boy
turned town planner.The play as
a whole has too much humour to
fall into the trap of preachiness.
It also performs the vital role
of raising awareness, swarming
with details that bring home the
experiences of refugees. A joint
endeavour which is wonderfully
humane and illuminating.
To 9 January (020 7922 2922)
PAUL TAYLOR
THE INDEPENDENT
The most comprehensive survey
of May Morris to date, bringing
together more than 80 works from
collections around the UK, many
of which have never been on public
display, and revealing the breadth
of her creative pursuits, featuring
wallpaper and embroidery
alongside jewellery, dresses and
book designs, as well as sketches
and watercolours. On show for
the first time is a hand-painted
Valentine card made by Morris for
George Bernard Shaw from 1886.
(020 8496 4390) to 28 Jan
Roy Lichtenstein
TATE, LIVERPOOL
More than 20 works, drawn from
the Artist Rooms collection, chart
Roy Lichtenstein’s career, from his
early interest in landscape to his
pop paintings influenced by comic
strips and advertising imagery.
The free display also presents a
three-screen installation, his only
work with film, which was made
after spending two weeks
at Universal Studios in 1969.
(tate.org.uk) to 17 Jun
Rebecca Warren
TATE ST IVES
The sculptor’s first major UK solo
exhibition in eight years, drawing
connections between her practice
and the geographical context
and artistic legacy of St Ives with
roughly worked sculptures and
neon vitrines. (tate.org.uk) to 7 Jan
FILM
Mountains May Depart
12A, JIA ZHANGKE, 123 MINS
Jia Zhangke’s film might best be
described as an intimate epic,
combining family melodrama with
a probing analysis of changing
times in contemporary China and
unfolding over three decades.
It opens in 1999 and centres
on a dance instructor (played
by the director’s partner and
regular collaborator Zhao Tao), a
seemingly carefree young woman
living in a fast-changing provincial
town. Limited release
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON
HHHHH
Retelling the Hans Christian
Andersen tale, Arthur Pita’s
child-friendly dance production
is gleeful, angry and wonderfully
unexpected. His characters
scamper from an imaginary Italy
to the Moon and back, with music
from Frank Moon that varies
from full-throated song to sound
effects and tinkling music boxes.
It’s a story of winter poverty,
a little girl struggling to sell
matches in the street, dismissed
by rich passers-by and bullied by
rival sellers. She’s buoyed up by
memories of her grandmother
and dreams of happiness.
The material could have been
maudlin, but Pita sidesteps that
with whirling invention.
As the match girl, Corey
Claire Annand is waifish but not
wet. There’s a lush scale to her
movement, and sparks of anger as
she deals with her troubles. These
include a full cast of brilliantly
horrible villains. Valentina
Golfieri is emphatic as the rival
seller, swaggering about and
always ready to shout louder. She
also has Karl Fagerlund Brekke as
WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY,
LONDON E17
Star Wars: the Last Jedi
12A, RIAN JOHNSON, 152 MINS
Arthur Pita’s child-friendly version of the Hans Christian Andersen
tale is full of surprises and whirling invention PHIL CONRAD
scary back-up: they hold fistfuls
of long matches as if they were
knuckledusters, with a swishing
noise when they swing their arms.
Then there’s the airy fantasy of
the happier scenes. In the original
tale, the match girl dreams of
going into the skies; Pita’s version
comes with a friendly astronaut,
whose spaceship needs the help of
our heroine’s match for ignition.
The whole production is quick and
deft. In Yann Seabra’s witty sets,
the town streets are pulled on by
sledges, while a huge Moon shines
over the action. For the lunar
scenes, the grandmother turns it
round, to reveal a glowing image
of the Earth. Played live by the
composer, the music is as quirky
and effective as the storytelling,
with Moon wheeling out ever
odder instruments.
To 24 December (020 7863 8000)
ZOE ANDERSON
THE INDEPENDENT
Writer-director Rian Johnson, a
new recruit to the franchise, has
a monumental task with Episode
VIII, and he has risen to the
challenge, having great fun with
the hardware in the George Lucas
toybox and also handling a multistranded narrative with dexterity.
It’s a bit overblown, cheesy and
cod-mystical, but like all the best
Star Wars films it has a sense
of fun, energy and fantastical
creation. Nationwide release
TALKS & POETRY
Kenneth Steven
WATERSTONES, OBAN
The writer reads from Winter
Tales, his recent collection of
selected short stories, set in
different countries around the
world and exploring what
effect the seasons have on us.
(01631 571455) tonight 6.30pm
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THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
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TV
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The Nutcracker
FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH
Created by Scottish Ballet’s
founder Peter Darrell, this
Nutcracker has been lovingly
restored, its sparkling designs
updated by Lez Brotherston.
(0131 529 6000) to 30 Dec
FOLK & ROOTS
The Albion Christmas Band
COMEDY
The Showstoppers’
Christmas Kids Show
LEICESTER SQUARE, LONDON WC2
The Showstoppers are an insanely
talented improv gang who knock
together new musicals based
purely on audience suggestions.
Here, in a whopping great
spiegeltent in the heart of the
West End, the kids are in charge.
(christmasinleicestersquare.com)
to Sat
Casual Violence
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
Ace sketch gang Casual Violence
offset the tinsel and baubles
with The Grot in the Grotto,
a nightmarish festive show
about department-store
Father Christmases who
harbour a secret history.
(020 7478 0100) tonight and Fri
CLASSICAL
London Symphony
Orchestra
Joyce DiDonato
WIGMORE HALL, LONDON W1
The vibrant American mezzo is
joined by the Brentano Quartet
in a selection of Richard Strauss
song arrangements, plus Jake
Heggie’s 2012 song-cycle, Camille
Claudel: Into the Fire, about the
tragic life of Rodin’s muse.
(020 7935 2141) tonight 7.30pm
POP
The Prodigy
BRIXTON ACADEMY, LONDON SW9
Bulldozing a path between
splenetic breakbeats, scything
synths and metal-head
riffs, Braintree’s foremost
electro-punks return. Their
seasonal outings are becoming
dangerously close to a tradition,
but 2015’s galvanic The Day
Is My Enemy suggests the
Ed-Sheeran’s-Christmas-jumper
years are some way off yet.
(gigsandtours.com) to Sat
DANCE
VARIOUS VENUES
Simon Nicol, Kellie While, Simon
Care and Ashley Hutchings tour
their latest album, Magic Touch,
featuring fresh recordings of
old classics alongside new
original songs. Norden Farm Arts
Centre, Maidenhead (01628 788997)
tonight; Kings Place, London N1
(020 7520 1490) Fri
Jonathan O’Boyle handles well the
tricky shifts of tone between the
whimsical and the heart-wringing.
(020 7407 0234) to 30 Dec
Twelfth Night
ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE,
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
The RSC has gone all-out on a
sumptuous design that positively
drips with opulence in this
updating of the most bittersweet
of Shakespeare’s comedies to the
Aesthetic movement’s heyday
of the 1890s. Kara Tointon
and Adrian Edmondson star
in Christopher Luscombe’s
confident, light-on its-feet staging.
(01789 403493) to 24 Feb
First
Chance
Opening
next month
DANCE
Mark Bruce Company
MERLIN THEATRE, FROME
A national tour of the choreographer’s
adaptation of Macbeth starts here.
(markbruce company.com) opens 25 Jan
COMEDY
Slapstick Festival
JAZZ
VARIOUS VENUES, BRISTOL
St Agnes Fountain
TURNER SIMS, SOUTHAMPTON
RAINWORTH VILLAGE HALL
The American pianist leads a
quartet featuring saxophonist
Dave O’Higgins, bassist Matt
Ridley and drummer Wesley
Gibbens through selections
from his father Dave Brubeck’s
songbook, alongside other
modern jazz masters.
(023 8059 5151) tonight
St Agnes Fountain embark on
their 15th Christmas tour since
their first eponymous album in
2001, with founder David Hughes,
Fairport’s Chris Leslie and the
duo of Chris While and Julie
Matthews. (01623 794700) tonight
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Darius Brubeck Quartet
Bristol’s silent comedy festival has
a stellar line-up of guests including
Tim Vine, Lee Mack and Lucy Porter.
(slapstick.org.uk) opens 18 Jan
THEATRE
Julius Caesar
BRIDGE THEATRE, LONDON SE1
David Calder stars as Caesar in
Nicholas Hytner’s staging.
(0843 208 1846) opens 20 Jan
THEATRE
Dreamgirls
SAVOY THEATRE, LONDON WC2
This celebrated musical,
loosely based on the story of
the Supremes, hits the stage as
if it means business in Casey
Nicholaw’s full-throttle, fastmoving blast of a production.
(0844 871 7687) to 10 Feb
BARBICAN HALL, LONDON EC2
What the Moon Saw
Simon Rattle conducts a concert
performance of Leonard
Bernstein’s zany Greenwich
Village musical, Wonderful Town,
starring Alysha Umphress as
aspiring writer Ruth and Danielle
de Niese as her sister Eileen.
(0845 120 7511) tonight 6.30pm
THE PLACE, LONDON WC2
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Based on a Hans Christian
Andersen tale, this new show
from 2Faced Dance is aimed at
children aged three and over,
with acrobatic choreography
by Tamsin Fitzgerald. (020 7121
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Adam Ant
ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON NW1
A night of unfinished pirate
business, as the Ant-man
follows last year’s return
to Kings of the Wild Frontier
with an invitation to “move
real good”, “dress so fine”
and revel in the Burundibeat jamboree of Anthems:
the Singles Tour. (roundhouse.
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RETAIL
Investors flee Poundland
owner in accounts turmoil
By Richard Jinman
Poundland’s beleaguered parent
group, Steinhoff International, hit
a new low yesterday after its shares
plunged by almost 35 per cent and it
faced a lawsuit from disgruntled German investors.
South Africa-based Steinhoff has
had more than $10bn (£7.5bn) wiped
off its value in the past two weeks
following the disclosure of serious
accounting irregularities. On 6 December, the company said those irregularities would require further
investigation and retained PwC to
carry out the probe. Details of the accounting scandal remain sketchy, but
the company has said it relates to the
viability of about ¤6bn (£5.3bn) worth
of assets on the balance sheet of operations in Europe.
The swift resignation of chief exec-
utive Markus Jooste and board chairman Christo Wiese have so far done
nothing to alleviate the crisis.
On Tuesday, with the magnitude
of the accounting irregularities still
unknown, Steinhoff attempted to
reassure its creditors at a meeting
in London. It gave details of its debt
structure and a summary of the 40
brands it operates in 30 countries,
including Poundland, Harvey’s and
Bensons for Beds in the UK.
But Steinhoff’s continuing inability to give details about the extent
The fortune of Christo
Wiese, Steinhoff’s
largest shareholder and former
chairman, has plummeted from
$5.8bn to $742m, according to
Forbes magazine.
of the alleged fraud and the revelation that it was still not sure when it
would publish its audited results for
the 2016 and 2017 financial years left
investors rattled.
The company’s shares had fallen
by 34.99 per cent by yesterday afternoon in Frankfurt, where the company moved its primary listing from
Johannesburg in 2015 as part of a
program of rapid expansion.
Adding to Steinhoff ’s woes was
news of a lawsuit brought by German
investors who allege it has made itself
liable for damages after providing its
shareholders with incomplete market information.
The suit was filed by German law
firm TILP in Frankfurt, which noted
that Steinhoff fell under German financial rules because it is listed on
the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
Andreas Tilp, the managing direc-
Steinhoff, Poundland’s owners, is also
facing a lawsuit in Germany
tor of TILP, said in a statement that
Steinhoff was aware it should have
adhered to the “rules of the game”.
“Incorrect financials do not happen by accident,” he said.
The depth of the crisis makes
a January sale of its assets look
“increasingly likely”, according to
Bloomberg’s Andrea Felsted.
But that does not alter the fact that
“for some of its large assets, buyers
are unlikely to be queuing up”.
ECONOMY
IMF warns
of slowdown
in economic
growth
By Ben Woods
Quote of
the day
The 30
Second
Briefing
By the gods
you’ve done it.
Somehow you’ve
found your way
here to me
Recorded message on
SpaceX founder Elon
Musk’s mobile phone
after he accidentally gave
the number to his
16.7m Twitter followers
CARGO
GRIDLOCK
What’s the news?
More than 300 large dry cargo ships
are having to wait for weeks and
even months outside ports in China
and Australia, forming a massive
maritime traffic jam. Placed end-toend, the total delayed fleet would
stretch more than 40 miles, enough
to span the English Channel from
Dover to Calais and back. Some ports
in eastern Australia have 80 vessels
anchored, which translates into 20
to 25 days of delay and congestion.
What’s causing the backlog?
China has embarked on a coal and
iron ore “buying spree”, but bad
weather – fog and high winds are
common in China at this time of
year – and infrastructure issues at
some Australian ports have highlighted supply chain bottlenecks .
Which are the worst affected ports?
Queensland export terminals at
Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay are
particularly hard hit. There are 76
capesize and panamax vessels – the
former are so large they have to pass
the southern capes rather than the
Suez or Panama canals; the latter
are the largest size that can navigate
the Panama Canal – waiting to load.
At Dalrymple Bay, the 93,296-ton
panamax Piavia arrived to load coal
on 4 November, but only started
loading on Sunday.
What effect is the queue having?
As well as choking supplies to the
world’s second-biggest economy, it
is costing extra in a shipping sector
on tight margins, just as it recovers
from its worst downturn in more
than three decades. Charterers of
capesizes – the largest bulk dry cargo
carriers – face paying an extra $1m
(£746,000) per vessel, assuming a
45-day wait, according to estimates.
The International Monetary Fund
(IMF) has cut its outlook for UK
economic growth and warned that
Square Mile tax revenues could
shrink if banks shift operations overseas following Brexit.
In its annual review of the UK
economy, the IMF said UK gross
domestic product (GDP) looked set
to expand by 1.6 per cent this year,
knocking back its prediction of 1.7 per
cent growth from October.
However, it stood by previous
forecasts for GDP to slow to 1.5 per
cent in 2018, as Brexit uncertainty
and the inflationary squeeze on
household spending power puts the
brakes on the economy.
It also warned that Britain’s divorce
from the European Union could force
the Government to consider further
cuts to public spending, as it grapples
with a potential loss of tax revenues
from the financial sector and slower
productivity growth.
The report said: “Despite a strong
recovery in global growth and
supportive macroeconomic policies,
the impact of the decision to exit the
European Union has weighed on
private domestic demand.
“The employment rate has
remained around record highs, but
the sharp depreciation of sterling
following the referendum pushed
up consumer price inflation,
squeezing household real income
and consumption.
“Business investment growth
h a s b e e n l owe r t h a n wo u l d
be expected.”
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AIRLINES
BANKING
Ryanair faces scrutiny over
worker pay and conditions
Carney warns
digital currency
risks causing
instability
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business
pages
By Ravender Sembhy
By Kalyeena Makortoff
Ryanair is to be investigated by two
powerful parliamentary committees
following damning allegations over
employee working conditions at the
budget airline.
MPs Frank Field and Rachel
Reeves, who chair the Work and
Pensions and Business Select Committees, have written to the airline’s
boss, Michael O’Leary, to demand answers amid claims of staff being underpaid, having to pay for their own
uniforms and incurring fees when
they leave.
Ms Reeves even accused the company of “trying to wiggle out” of paying the national minimum wage.
Labour veteran Mr Field added:
“Sadly, it will not surprise me if the
sorry picture painted here is true: a
company that turned in £1.15bn profit
last year squeezing its workers.
“People who work long, hard hours
and have an important role in passenger safety, and yet apparently cannot
count on receiving the national minimum wage – or even close to it.
“Ryanair once tried to make its
passengers pay to use the loo – now
they even make their workers pay to
quit. As well as foisting a host of other
miserly – and potentially unlawful requirements on them.” He said that
the two committees “will be investigating these allegations further”.
Ryanair has
been accused
of charging
staff for their
uniforms
The letter to Mr O’Leary sets out in
detail the allegations, which include
staff having to pay £25 per month
for their uniform in the first year of
employment and a £175 “administration cost”, taken from their salaries, if
they leave in the first 15 months.
Ms Reeves said: “These allegations
of hours of unpaid work, of charges
for uniforms, of fees being incurred to
leave, suggest a company falling well
short of its duty to the staff who help
their planes get off the ground and
who spend the flight attending to and
serving its paying customers. Ryanair now need to provide answers.”
Ryanair earlier this week
said it is to recognise cabin
crew unions for the first time
as part of a major shake-up in
employee relations.
RETAIL
Tesco gets all-clear for £3.7bn Booker merger
By Holly Williams
Supermarket Tesco’s £3.7bn takeover of wholesale group Booker has
been given the final all-clear after the
competition watchdog said it would
not lead to higher prices.
The Competition and Markets
Outlook
JAMES
MOORE
Stiff Records limps
into a less than
revolutionary deal
I
f it ain’t Stiff, it ain’t worth a…
well you can guess the next word.
The maverick 1970s record label
wasn’t at all shy about using it.
Under its new ownership, by music
industry titan Universal Music
Group, uttering those four letters
will probably get you a trip to human
resources rather than a laugh.
Authority (CMA) said its
investigation into the tie -up
found it did not raise competition
concerns despite fears raised by
rival wholesalers.
The deal is now expected to
complete in March. The CMA said
Tesco and Booker do not compete
“head to head” in most areas in which
they operate.
It added that it “carefully”
considered the impact on shops
supplied by Tesco that it also
competes with, but found the
supermarket cannot have any
direct influence.
Stiff, parts of its back catalogue,
fellow label ZTT and its entire
back catalogue, and publisher
Perfect Songs are being bought
by Un i ve rs a l f ro m S PZ , t h e
independent outfit co-founded by
record producer Trevor Horn and
his late wife Jill Sinclair.
Stiff was set up in 1976 and issued
what some regard as the first British
punk rock single, “New Rose” by
The Damned.
It was also called home by artists
such as Elvis Costello, Kirsty
MacColl, The Pogues and Ian Dury
and was revived by Mr Horn after
having hit hard times.
ZTT, meanwhile, came into being
in 1983 – the NME journalist Paul
Morley was a co-founder – and
launched Art of Noise, Propaganda
and Frankie Goes to Hollywood on to
an unsuspecting world.
The latter’s first No 1 single “Relax”
was infamously banned on air by
Radio1 DJ Mike Read after he took
note of its rather explicit lyrics. He
did later play it, while the BBC has
sought to deny that it bans anything.
But by creating a massive (and
delightful) fuss, Read’s move was a
gift to both artist and label.
While Frankie’s star soon faded,
ZTT spent rather longer in the
spotlight, moving on into dance
with acts such as 808 State, Seal
and Adamski.
“UMG is committed to building
Pu
unks, indie kids, and
anarchists all grow up, and
go to work, and inevitably
lose some of their fervour
upon the legacy of these revolutionary
labels, in keeping with the spirit of
their founders,” said Universal’s
chairman and chief executive, Sir
Lucian Grainge.
For his part, Mr Horn opined that
he was pleased with the new owner,
having taken note of the friendship
Mark Carney has warned that
the adoption of digital currencies
in the wake of bitcoin’s popularity raises the risk of an “instantaneous run” on lenders, threatening
financial stability.
In moments of panic, the speed of
virtual currency transactions could
be a downfall, as it would make it easier for bank account holders to take
out their deposits – converting them
to digital currencies rather than
physical banknotes – during a period
of financial panic.
“If you have a retail central bank
digital currency – in other words a
currency that allows everyone across
the country to have an account at the
Bank of England, as well
as to have an account with other
banks – you create a situation
where you can
have an instantaneous run,”
the Bank’s Governor told MPs
during a Treasury
Select Committee
hearing yesterday.
Without restrictions on the size
and frequency of virtual currency
transactions, the financial system
could be put at risk.
“As soon as there were any concern, people could switch into their
account at the Bank of England.
That’s the financial stability issue,”
Mr Carney explained
The Governor was echoing concerns aired by his counterpart at the
Reserve Bank of Australia, Philip
Lowe, earlier this month, who said he
does not “see a publicly policy case”
for digital currency adoption.
“It might be easier to run on the
banking system. This could have adverse implications for financial stability,” Mr Lowe said.
of Ms Sinclair with the latter. But it’s
hard to see Universal’s commitment
being kept in such a corporate
environment. Revolutionary is one
thing it is not.
Of course, punks, indie kids and
anarchists nearly all grow up and go
to work, and inevitably lose some of
their fervour because of the necessity
of making a living.
Some of them even end up paying
the revolutionary artists they loved
for their music so it can be featured
in ads touting product to their peers.
Those artists have livings to make
too, so you can’t blame them for
signing up.
It’s not as if recorded music
pays like it once did. Not in the era
of streaming.
The ZTT/Stiff deal isn’t as sad
as the one Universal was involved
in that saw EMI broken up and
gobbled up.
The heyday of both is firmly in the
rearview mirror. THE INDEPENDENT
No home of their
own for millennials
The Daily Mirror
Almost 1.5 million young people
are forced to live at home with
their parents because they can’t
afford not to. More than half of
people aged 21 to 35 who don’t
own a home are not confident
they will ever get a foot on the
property ladder as the cost
of everyday basics eats up
too much of their income. For
almost a fifth of millennials their
usual outgoings are often more
than their average income.
Food giants snap
up snack rivals
The Daily Telegraph
Two American food
heavyweights are poised to
swallow their snack food rivals
following a multibillion deal
bonanza. US sweet maker the
Hershey Company has struck
a deal to buy Tyrrells’ parent
Amplify Snack Brands for
$1.6bn, while Campbell Soup has
agreed to acquire the maker of
Kettle Chips, Snyder’s-Lance, in
a $4.9bn deal.
Primark owner’s
shares fall
The Times
Questions about the strength
of sales at Primark have held
back its owner Associated
British Foods. The FTSE 100
group fell 48p to £28.14 as
analysts expressed concerns
about the future of the
fashion retailer. RBC Capital
Markets downgraded ABF
from “outperform” to “sector
perform”, cutting earnings
forecasts by 2 to 3 per cent.
ESPN chief quits
over addiction
The Financial Times
The head of ESPN, Walt
Disney’s cable sports network,
has resigned, citing a substance
abuse problem. John Skipper,
who was also co-chairman of
Disney Media Networks, said he
had “struggled for many years”
with addiction. “I have decided
that the most important thing I
can do right now is to take care
of my problem,” he said. “I have
disclosed that decision to the
company, and we agreed that it
was appropriate that I resign.”
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RETAIL
ECONOMY
Heavy snow slows
holiday build-up
UK employers
less confident
Heavy snow resulted in a
disappointing build-up to
Christmas for the high street.
Footfall in the first three weeks
of this month was down 9.9 per
cent on last year, the Ipsos retail
traffic index showed. Snow
resulted in a 21 per cent drop in
footfall on Sunday 10 December
across the UK compared with
the previous Sunday.
Confidence among employers
about recruitment and
investment in the coming
months is falling, a study shows.
A survey of 600 employers
found that one in four did not
know if they would hire new
staff or lay workers off in the
first quarter of 2018. A third
said that economic conditions in
the UK were worsening.
TELECOMS
CONSTRUCTION
EE and Three lose
legal challenges
EU workers urged
to return to UK
EE and Three have lost
separate High Court cases over
caps on the amount of mobile
spectrum that any network can
control, a move which opens the
door for long-awaited 4G and
5G auctions. Both companies
took issue with Ofcom’s plans to
cap at 37 per cent the amount
of mobile spectrum that any
operator can own.
Construction industry leaders
are urging “highly valued”
workers from Europe to return
to the UK if they go home for
Christmas. The Federation of
Master Builders praised the
quality of employees from EU
countries, saying that most
firms would suffer if their EU
staff returned permanently to
their home countries.
SPORT
EMPLOYMENT
Fifa signs Chinese
dairy as sponsor
Holiday workers’
pay decreases
Fifa has signed up China’s
second-largest dairy company,
China Mengniu Dairy, as a
sponsor for next year’s World
Cup football tournament in
Russia. It is the fourth such
backer from China as world
football’s governing body
works to regain trust following
a bribery scandal.
Security guards, nurses,
doctors, police and cleaners
are among those working on
Christmas Day whose monthly
pay is less than a decade ago, a
study shows. The TUC said that
apart from kitchen staff, most
people having to forego a day off
on 25 December had seen their
wages fall since 2007.
TRANSPORT
TECHNOLOGY
Train workers to
stage more strikes
Revenue falls 25%
at BlackBerry
Rail workers are to strike in a
long-running row over the role
of guards. RMT union members
at South Western Railway,
Greater Anglia, Merseyrail,
Northern and the Isle of Wight’s
Island Line will walk out on 8,
10 and 12 January, while those at
Southern will do so on 8 January.
Third-quarter revenue at the
Canadian software maker
BlackBerry has fallen by almost
25 per cent. But the result beat
analysts’ expectations and
triggered a 7 per cent jump in
share value. Quarterly revenue
fell to $226m (£168m), beating
the forecast of $215.4m.
the
markets
European markets slipped into
the red yesterday, despite the US
Senate backing plans for sweeping
tax reforms which will slash
corporation taxes in America. The
Republican-backed tax bill
– designed to drive down the levy
on businesses from 35 per cent
to 21 per cent – was narrowly
passed by the Senate, but must
face a second vote to address
procedural problems.
***
The FTSE 100 Index closed 18.87
points lower at 7,525.22, with the
Cac 40 in France and Germany’s
Dax also down 1.1 per cent and 0.6
per cent, respectively.
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43
PERSONAL FINANCE
MPs call for agreement in
row over free-to-use ATMs
By Vicky Shaw
A powerful committee of MPs has
urged bodies involved in a row
about the future funding of the
UK’s free-to-use cash machine
network to “engage constructively”
to reach an acceptable agreement.
Nicky Morgan, who chairs the
Treasury Committee, has written
to Sir Mark Boleat, the chairman
of cash-machine network Link, to
urge all of those involved – including
Link, banks and ATM deployers –
to reach agreement amid concerns
about how consumers’ access to
cash could be affected.
The row centres on interchange
fees, which fund the free-to-use
ATM network. These interchange
fees are paid to ATM operators
by card issuers such as banks and
building societies. Consultation
plans previously outlined by Link
include a reduction in interchange
rates over the next four years, from
about 25p to 20p per withdrawal.
The Treasury Committee said
it had received representations
that the consultation process
was rushed and lacked
a suitable degree of
transparency. The
MPs added that their
overriding priority
was that consumers’
ability to access cash
did not suffer.
Ms Morgan has also
written to Hannah Nixon,
the managing director of
the Payment Systems Regulator
(PSR), to urge it to step in if it
feels any party is not engaging
appropriately in constructive
discussions. The PSR has
previously said that it is monitoring
the situation closely.
Ms Morgan said: “The relevant
parties – Link, the banks, and the
ATM deployers – must engage
constructively in the consultation.
If they do not, or if consumer
access to cash is at risk, the
PSR should not hesitate to take
appropriate action.”
She added: “As bank
closures increase, so too
does the reliance on freeto-use ATMs. The ability
of consumers to access
cash must not suffer.
“We will monitor
developments closely.
If there is a risk of
unacceptable consumer
detriment, the committee will
consider taking oral evidence
from Link, individual banks, and
independent ATM deployers.”
Link said earlier this
month it would protect
free-to-use ATMs which are a
kilometre or more from the next
nearest free-to-use ATM.
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How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 49
RHYME LETTERS
17
7
4
13
COVES
3
26
17
6
LOVER
15
16
3
4
28
5
10
17
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BROAD
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WIFE
10
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PEARL
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SERVES 4
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16
16
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
½ red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1cm root ginger, peeled and grated
2 tbsp red Thai curry paste
400ml tinned coconut milk
500ml chicken or vegetable stock
1 stalk lemongrass, bashed
3 sweet potatoes, peeled
(2 roughly chopped, 1 spiralised)
2 skinless chicken breast fillets, sliced
150g baby corn, chopped into quarters
Juice of ½ lime
Small splash fish sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
MEANING
10
11
4
DISH
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5
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21
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2
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16
8
MEANING
Minesweeper
6
14
23
LETTERS
Futoshiki
How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
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(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
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cell indicated.
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Killer Sudoku No 1165
Tomorrow
Courgette, roast tomato
and goat’s cheese frittata
REVERSE
1
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
8
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BUCK
GRIPE
3
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5
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How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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HELP
4
4
Jigsawdoku
Heat the oil in the casserole dish and
cook the onion over a medium heat for
five minutes, or until softened. Add the
garlic, chilli, ginger and curry paste, and
cook for a further two to three minutes.
Add the coconut milk, stock,
lemongrass and chopped sweet
potatoes and continue to cook over a
medium heat for 15 minutes, or until
the potatoes are soft. Remove the
lemongrass and discard.
Carefully blend with a stick blender
until smooth. Add the chicken and baby
corn and cook gently over a medium to
low heat for 10 to 12 minutes, until the
chicken is cooked through.
Add the spiralised sweet potato and
cook for a further two to three minutes.
Stir in the lime juice, fish sauce, sugar
and coriander leaves, and serve.
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1886
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
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Underground
legend Tufto back
for his 200th race
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Unless you’re really into bread-andbutter all-weather racing, or if you’re
a Southwell regular, the chances are
you’ve never heard of the 12-year-old
gelding General Tufto.
Sand has never really been my
bag, but still, it is to my shame that
I didn’t know much about him either
until being alerted to one rather impressive fact prompted a scroll down
his pages – and pages – and pages – of
form history.
Today General Tufto runs for the
200th time. 200th! It will also be his
110th race at Southwell, where he has
gained all but two of his 17 career victories. In short, he’s a bit of a legend.
A 200,000gns yearling purchase
in 2006, he made an inauspicious
start to his racing life carrying the
familiar black and white silks of Anthony Oppenheimer (Golden Horn,
Cracksman) and was sold on aged
three for 4,000gns to Charles Smith,
who has trained him ever since.
All his wins have been in Class
Fives or Sixes, his biggest paydays
BEST OF EXETER
12.35
1.05
1.35
2.05
BEST BET
Night Of Sin
(2.40pm, Exeter)
Won twice last season on soft
ground. Conditions in his favour
again.
General Tufto will run for the 110th time at Southwell today, on the venue’s
all-weather track (in foreground), where he has won 15 times GETTY
have been £3,000, give or take, and
his handicap rating has never risen
above the mid-70s. No matter, he has
given Smith, his current owner John
Theaker, and his fan club (I’m told
they send him gifts) years of fun.
His most recent triumph was at
this meeting 12 months ago, fittingly
on his 100th appearance.
It was typical of his wins: a dawdling start, an unpromising early
READ NOEL FEHILY AT 188BET HANDICAP HURDLE
(CLASS 3) £12,000 added 2m 2f 111yds
position, relentless progress in the
home straight and then a signature
storming finish, this time with an
extra flourish to mark the occasion.
Cue tears all round. Theaker was
presented with a cake.
General Tufto, back at his happy
hunting ground for the 12.45, may
not be done with yet. To be honest,
I haven’t got a clue how competitive he will be this afternoon after
TOTEEXACTA NOVICES’ CHASE (CLASS 3) £10,000
added 2m
KAYF BLANCO (D) G McPherson 8 11 0.......... Kielan Woods
RATHER BE (D) N Henderson 6 11 0........ Nico De Boinville
WAR SOUND (D) P Hobbs 8 11 0.......................................T J O’Brien
RUBY RAMBLER (CD) Mrs L Wadham 7 10 7............ L Aspell
- 4 declared BETTING: 5-4 War Sound, 11-8 Rather Be, 8-1 Kayf Blanco, Ruby Rambler.
TOTETRIFECTA NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4) £6,000
added 2m 5f
1
2-4F COEUR PENSIF B Pauling 5 10 12.............................................D Jacob
2 4-P008 EARCOMESTOM P Pritchard 5 10 12.......................T Bellamy T
3
3/0 FREE TRAVEL B Case 6 10 12.............................Max Kendrick (7)
4
MR JACK Mrs L Jewell 5 10 12 .................................................... L Aspell
5
P2-06 PAULS HILL F O’Brien 5 10 12............................................. P Brennan
6
3/7F PULL TOGETHER Stuart Edmunds 5 10 12.C Gethings (3)
7
U238-7 TOMMY RAPPER (BF) D Skelton 6 10 12..............H Skelton T
8
9 TWENTYONEBLACKJACK M Keighley 5 10 12......A Tinkler
9
32-2 MISS ADVENTURE P W Middleton 5 10 5........C Shoemark
KING GEORGE BETTING AT 188BET NOVICES’ HURDLE
- 9 declared (CLASS 4) £8,000 added 2m 7f
BETTING: 6-5 Tommy Rapper, 9-4 Miss Adventure, 5-1 Coeur Pensif, 6-1
Pull Together, 20-1 Twentyoneblackjack, 33-1 Pauls Hill, 66-1 Mr Jack,
1
/57-16 POLYDORA Tom Lacey 5 11 4..............................................A Coleman Earcomestom, 100-1 Free Travel.
2
1-312 WHO’S MY JOCKEY (BF) P Hobbs 4 11 4.................. R Johnson
TOTEPOOL BETTING AT BETFRED.COM CHASE (NOVICES’
3 8313-U BABYTAGGLE D L Williams 6 10 12 ..................................D Crosse
LIMITED HANDICAP) (CLASS 4) £7,000 added 2m 6f
4 23-3P0 BIG TIME FRANK P Gundry 6 10 12 ............Bryony Frost (5)
5
111/4- BLACKMILL (BF) David Dennis 6 10 12 S Twiston-Davies 1 PP21P6 DEFINITLY GREY C Longsdon 6 11 8............................J J Burke T
6
9- MAHLER’S FIRST V Dartnall 5 10 12....................... D O’Regan C 2
65P2-U PINE WARBLER Stuart Edmunds 8 11 7...C Gethings (3) T
7
3-2 OCEAN COVE F O’Brien 5 10 12.....................................R Patrick (5) 3
374-5P ANOTHER FRONTIER N Twiston-Davies 6 11 6 ...J Bargary (3) C
7111-P BANDON ROC (C) K Bailey 6 11 5................................................. D Bass
8 F3-2P0 ROBIN DE BROOME B Barr 5 10 12 ...........................G Lavery (7) 4
3444-5 SIR WILL (BF) Kerry Lee 6 11 5.......................... Jamie Moore C,T
9
88 SNAZZ MAN Mrs S Gardner 7 10 12...........Lucy Gardner (3) 5
6
100-77 MISS TONGABEZI P Webber 8 11 4...............R McLernon H,T
- 9 declared 73-041 SOMEWHERE TO BE M Keighley 5 11 3................T Bellamy C
BETTING: 4-5 Who’s My Jockey, 9-2 Polydora, 5-1 Babytaggle, 7-1 Ocean 7
313-44 INDIAN NATIVE (BF) A Hales 7 11 2................ Kielan Woods T
Cove, 10-1 Blackmill, 33-1 Mahler’s First, 66-1 Robin De Broome, 100-1 8
9
3F24-1 KAYFLEUR H Daly 8 11 1 ................................................................A Tinkler
Big Time Frank, Snazz Man.
10 4814-6 ATLANTIC STORM D Skelton 5 11 0...........................H Skelton T
Roger Thorpe, 14-1 others.
11 235-22 PINK GIN (C) N Twiston-Davies 9 10 12..................... M Grant T
12 17642P HEROES OR GHOSTS Miss J Davis 8 10 12 ..........T J O’Brien
13 944-97 SAY MY NAME R Buckler 6 10 10...........Sean Houlihan (7) C
14 77/U4- ONEIDA TRIBE R Dickin 8 10 5........................................... A P Heskin
- 14 declared TOTEPOOL MERRY CHRISTMAS HANDICAP CHASE
BETTING: 5-1 Kayfleur, 6-1 Pink Gin, 7-1 Indian Native, 8-1 Somewhere
(CLASS 5) £5,000 added 2m 4f
To Be, Atlantic Storm, Sir Will, 10-1 Definitly Grey, Pine Warbler, 12-1
others.
1
-432P6 EDWARD ELGAR Mrs C Bailey 6 11 12..............A Thornton C
2
845-32 NORMANDY KING (D) T Vaughan 6 11 11...................A Johns T
3 336UU- VERY LIVE P Webber 8 11 10...................................... R McLernon C
4
P1-551 SOME FINISH (C)(D) R Dickin 8 11 1............................J Quinlan C
BETWAY CASINO HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £7,250 added
5
444627 MORE MADNESS Julia Brooke 10 11 1 .....................H Brooke V
6
4-F653 PRESENTING WILLIAM A Phillips 9 10 13.....................J Banks
1m 4f
7
15-534 BALLYEGAN (CD) R Buckler 12 10 3......... Sean Houlihan (7)
1
488653 START SEVEN (C) J Osborne 5 10 0...........................D Costello 2
8
-85674 HEURTEVENT (C) A Carroll 8 10 0.............................L Edwards V 2 318099 ROYAL MARSKELL (CD) Miss G Kelleway 8 9 13 ........................
9
4/PPU- ONURBIKE J G O’Neill 9 10 0..................................... Mr J Nailor (7)
.......................................................................................................... Harrison Shaw (7) 4
- 9 declared 3
1/5121 MOABIT P Nicholls 5 9 9 ........................... Megan Nicholls (5) T 5
BETTING: 13-8 Some Finish, 3-1 Normandy King, 6-1 Very Live, 8-1 More 4
216211 RESTIVE (CD) I Jardine 4 9 6...................................................L Morris 1
Madness, 10-1 Ballyegan, 12-1 Edward Elgar, 14-1 Heurtevent, 25-1 5
815115 SNOWY WINTER (D) Archie Watson 3 9 5 ......A Mullen T 3
Presenting William, Onurbike.
6
13 SPINNING MELODY S Crisford 3 9 3 ............ K Shoemark C 9
2.40
PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING AT 188BET MARES’ NOVICES’
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £8,000 added 2m 2f 111yds
1
51 WAIHEKE (CD) P Hobbs 4 11 2.....................................................L Heard
2
04399- DEFINITE WINNER Katy Price 6 10 10.............................. B Poste
3
24 DIVA DU MAQUIS Noel Williams 4 10 10...........T Garner (3)
4
410-72 DROPS OF JUPITOR A Honeyball 5 10 10............... N Fehily H
5
1-3 EBONYS ENCORE Jonjo O’Neill 5 10 10...................A Coleman
6
023-3 FLORAL BOUQUET J Snowden 4 10 10..................... G Sheehan
7
009 KIWI MYTH Mrs F M Shaw 5 10 10......................Mr M Legg (5)
8
8/25 NEETSIDE David Dennis 5 10 10.................. S Twiston-Davies
9
5- QUITE RIGHT (BF) P Gundry 6 10 10 .......................N Scholfield
10
39 SAMARAYIA Henry Oliver 5 10 10............................Sean Bowen
- 10 declared BETTING: 9-4 Waiheke, 4-1 Floral Bouquet, 9-2 Ebonys Encore, 6-1 Diva
Du Maquis, 7-1 Neetside, Drops Of Jupitor, 25-1 Samarayia, Quite Right,
Definite Winner, 100-1 Kiwi Myth.
BRITISH STALLION STUDS EBF MARES’ NOVICES’
CHASE (CLASS 3) £18,000 added 2m 1f 109yds
1
P4-321 CASABLANCA MIX N Henderson 5 11 6 ...............N Curtis (5)
2
6/544- DANCING CONQUEST J W Mullins 7 11 0.......D Sansom (7)
3
0-3157 ON DEMAND C Tizzard 6 11 0........................................R M Power T
4
2122-2 SHAAMA GRISE D Pipe 5 11 0...........................T Scudamore H,T
5
116-24 THE NIPPER (D) W Greatrex 6 11 0.......................... R Johnson T
- 5 declared BETTING: Evens Casablanca Mix, 3-1 Shaama Grise, 4-1 The Nipper, 6-1
On Demand, 100-1 Dancing Conquest.
DOWNLOAD THE APP AT 188BET HANDICAP CHASE
(CLASS 4) £11,000 added 2m 3f
1
5412-3 LLANCILLO LORD R Walford 7 11 12...............James Best H,T
2
315-15 MIDNIGHT REQUEST (C) N Hawke 8 11 10..........................................
...................................................................................................................James Bowen (5)
3
52-2P8 GORES ISLAND (D) G L Moore 11 11 5.......William Clarke (10)
4
338-P5 ADMIRAL’S SECRET V Dartnall 6 11 5...................D O’Regan T
5
324-P1 SIRUH DU LAC N Williams 4 11 4 ........................Lizzie Kelly (3)
6
3-246P ONLY GORGEOUS (CD) Mrs S Gardner 8 11 3.................................
...................................................................................................................Lucy Gardner (3)
7
3113/5 THE CIDER MAKER C Tizzard 7 11 3 ......................R M Power T
8
13-242 LOOKS LIKE POWER Mrs D Hamer 7 11 0...........T Whelan T
9 P44-PP HURRY HENRY Mrs R Ford 8 10 11 ..............................A Wedge T
10 2-2241 TRIPLE CHIEF (CD) J Frost 6 10 10..........Bryony Frost (5) C
11 400-93 AUENWIRBEL Mrs L Young 6 10 6...................T Dowling (5) T
- 11 declared BETTING: 3-1 Siruh Du Lac, 9-2 Llancillo Lord, 6-1 Midnight Request,
Looks Like Power, 7-1 Triple Chief, 8-1 The Cider Maker, 12-1 Admiral’s
Secret, 14-1 Auenwirbel, 16-1 others.
188BET GRADUATION CHASE (CLASS 2) £20,000 added
2m 1f 109yds
1
3416-1 OVERTOWN EXPRESS (C) H Fry 9 11 7 .......................... N Fehily
2
212-07 LE ROCHER (D) N Williams 7 10 10.......................T Scudamore
- 2 declared BETTING: 4-6 Overtown Express, 5-4 Le Rocher.
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312/P- GO LONG E Williams 7 11 12........................................................A Wedge
2
7117-7 NIGHT OF SIN N Williams 4 11 10.......................Lizzie Kelly (3)
3
/510-0 LE PRECIEUX G L Moore 4 11 7................William Clarke (10)
4
5-435 ROCKPOINT C Tizzard 4 11 4...............................................R M Power
5
P0-277 JENNYS DAY Katy Price 6 11 1..................................................... B Poste
6 2PP-P8 MAX DO BRAZIL D Pipe 5 11 0......................... T Scudamore B,T
7
62-170 TRAVERTINE Jonjo O’Neill 7 11 0...................................A Coleman
8
6233-1 MIXCHIEVOUS Miss V Williams 6 10 12..........C Deutsch (3)
9
01-179 DELFACE D Pipe 4 10 8.......................................................M Heard (5) B
10 2-PP40 DRUID’S FOLLY R Walford 7 10 7........................James Best H,T
11 0-5156 TRANS EXPRESS (CD) Mrs S Gardner 7 10 7 ..................................
...................................................................................................................Lucy Gardner (3)
- 11 declared BETTING: 3-1 Mixchievous, 4-1 Rockpoint, 11-2 Travertine, 7-1 Night Of
Sin, 8-1 Trans Express, 10-1 Go Long, 12-1 Max Do Brazil, 14-1 Delface,
16-1 others.
1.55
1
2
3
4
58-2F2
12U18910/32
1314P/
2.25
3.15
3.00
BEST OF TOWCESTER
12.55
BEST OF SOUTHWELL
11.45
NEXT BEST
Rather Be
(1.55pm, Towcester)
Smart hurdler; fancied to
beat War Sound on his chasing
debut before going on to better
things.
ANTE-POST
Irish raider Disko has attracted
market attention in the King
George VI Chase and is now
trading at around 10-1.
his seven-month break. But he’s one
of the all-weather stalwarts who deserve a round of applause just for
turning out so many times.
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5-4258 ALTON BAY Peter Fahey (IRE) 9 9 0............ Martin Harley 7
919311 GOOD TIME AHEAD (CD) P Kirby 3 8 12(6ex)...J Gormley (5) 8
723622 EPITAPH M Appleby 3 8 7.......................................................J Quinn V 6
- 9 declared BETTING: 3-1 Restive, 7-2 Moabit, 5-1 Good Time Ahead, 6-1 Start Seven,
7-1 Spinning Melody, 10-1 Snowy Winter, 12-1 Epitaph, 16-1 Alton Bay,
20-1 Royal Marskell.
SUNBETS.CO.UK HANDICAP (DIV 2) (CLASS 6) £3,500
added 1m
LITTLE CHOOSEY (D) S Bowring 7 9 7.... K Lundie (5) T,V 3
AFRICAN SHOWGIRL (D) I Furtado 4 9 7........ Jane Elliott (5) 1
GUNNER MOYNE (CD) E Owen 5 9 6 ........P J McDonald V 8
SUNSHINEANDBUBBLES (BF) J Candlish 4 9 5 ...........................
...............................................................................................................Rossa Ryan (7) C 6
5 286541 BREAKING FREE (CD) J J Quinn 3 9 4....................... T Eaves C 4
6 223460 GENERAL TUFTO (CD3) C Smith 12 9 3............... J Haynes B 5
7
004732 WHY ME G Cromwell (IRE) 7 9 1.............Martin Harley T 10
8 843526 LIMERICK LORD (CD) Miss J Feilden 5 9 0.........................................
................................................................................................. Shelley Birkett (3) C 11
9
6-7080 ROGER THORPE (CD) J Balding 8 8 13 ................. J Duern (3) 7
10 7949-0 MADAKHEEL S G West 6 8 13...........................................J Quinn C 9
11 70970- CAN CAN DREAM Olly Williams 3 8 12........................S James 2
- 11 declared BETTING: 11-4 Why Me, 4-1 Breaking Free, 5-1 Sunshineandbubbles, 8-1
Limerick Lord, Gunner Moyne, 10-1 General Tufto, 12-1 Little Choosey,
12.45
1
2
3
4
798540
6-0590
930097
753446
BEST OF CHELMSFORD CITY
BET TOTEQUADPOT AT BETFRED.COM FILLIES’
HANDICAP (CLASS 5) £8,000 added 1m
CORKED (C) Ed Walker 4 9 8 ..................................................L Keniry 1
HAWATIF A Carson 4 9 7............................................................L Morris 7
STOSUR (C)(D) Miss G Kelleway 6 9 4...................... A Kirby V 5
DELLAGUISTA T Easterby 3 9 3............................P J McDonald 2
TITAN GODDESS (CD) Mike Murphy 5 9 1............S W Kelly 3
PALAVICINI RUN J F Levins (IRE) 4 8 13..............................................
..................................................................................................Donagh O’Connor (5) 4
7
521296 INDIGO PRINCESS (D) M Appleby 4 8 10.......K Lundie (5) 6
- 7 declared BETTING: 2-1 Dellaguista, 5-2 Corked, 5-1 Hawatif, 7-1 Titan Goddess,
10-1 Palavicini Run, 12-1 Indigo Princess, 14-1 Stosur.
BET TOTETRIFECTA AT BETFRED.COM HANDICAP
(CLASS 4) £12,500 added 6f
1
828834 DIAMOND LADY (D) W Stone 6 9 9......................Hollie Doyle 2
2
814358 UPAVON (CD) S C Williams 7 9 7 ...................Fran Berry H,T 6
3
175041 CAPPANANTY CON (CD) D Ivory 3 9 7...................R Winston 8
4 420225 NEZAR (D) D Ivory 6 9 6........................................................J Duern (3) 1
5 908504 ALEEF (D) D O’Meara 4 9 6 ...............................................A Kirby H,T 5
6
243471 ENVISAGING (D) J Fanshawe 3 9 5...............P J McDonald T 7
7
535570 AGUEROOO (C)(D) O Pears 4 9 5............................... S W Kelly C 4
8
709203 RED TYCOON (D) K C-Brown 5 8 11.....................H Crouch (3) 3
- 8 declared BETTING: 7-2 Cappananty Con, 4-1 Envisaging, 5-1 Red Tycoon, Aleef, 6-1
Diamond Lady, 7-1 Nezar, 10-1 Upavon, 20-1 Aguerooo.
7.15
1
2
3
4
5
6
3-2212
596336
252270
576231
321301
040460
8.15
Results service
KEMPTON
Going: Standard
4.10 (6f nov): WORSHIP (Oisin
Murphy 11-4) 1; Desert Doctor (8-1) 2;
Count Otto (6-5F) 3. 11 ran. 1/2l, 23/4l. (D
M Simcock). NR: Ambroise.
4.40 (7f nov): MR RITZ (Martin Harley
6-1) 1; La Maquina (9-2) 2; My Boy
Sepoy (50-1) 3. Royal Residence 9-4F.
13 ran. 1l, 10l. (J Noseda). NR: Michael
Corleone.
5.10 (1m nov): GLENCADAM
MASTER (R Havlin 13-8) 1; Tum Tum
(6-1) 2; Battle Lines (25-1) 3. Statehood
11-8F. 12 ran. 13/4l, 21/2l. (J Gosden). NR:
La Mernancia.
5.40 (1m nov): NATIVE APPEAL (A
Kirby 9-4F) 1; Albishr (11-2) 2; Talas
(3-1) 3. 12 ran. 3/4l, 11/2l. (C Appleby).
NR: Fronsac.
6.10 (1m h’cap): DANCE TEACHER (L
Keniry 14-1) 1; Chestnut Fire (10-1) 2;
Ice Royal (15-2) 3. Lacan 9-2F. 13 ran.
1l, nk. (D Elsworth). NR: Gentlemen.
6.40 (6f h’cap): COOL BREEZE (Milly
Naseb 11-2) 1; Pretty Bubbles (11-2) 2;
Toolatetodelegate (8-1) 3. Lady Cristal
5-2F. 8 ran. 21/4l, 1/2l. (D M Simcock).
7.10 (7f h’cap): VEENA (Oisin Murphy
10-1) 1; Groundfrost (7-2) 2; Courier
(4-1) 3. Magic Mirror (3-1F) 3. 8 ran.
hd, hd, dht. (D M Simcock). NRs: Made
Of Honour, Robbie Roo Roo. Made Of
Honour| Rule 4 applies to All Bets,
deduct 20p in the pound.
7.40 (1m7f218yds h’cap): AUMERLE
(L Morris 7-1) 1; Great Return (4-1)
2; Spiritoftomintoul (14-1) 3. Black
Prince 5-2F. 14 ran. 3l, hd. (S Lycett).
Placepot: £58.40. Quadpot: £21.50.
LINGFIELD
Going: Standard
11.40 (1m1yds nov): THREE WEEKS
(Martin Harley 8-11F) 1; Brigham
Young (7-2) 2; Thistimelastyear (33-1)
3. 10 ran. 3/4l, 7l. (W Haggas).
12.10 (1m1yds nov): MEWTOW (Oisin
Murphy 7-1) 1; Oskemen (13-8F) 2;
Sweet Charity (7-2) 3. 9 ran. 11/2l, 11/2l.
(G Scott).
12.40 (7f1yds nov): DANCING BRAVE
BEAR (S Donohoe 20-1) 1; Cosmic
Love (12-1) 2; Perfection (5-4F)
3. 11 ran. 1l, 11/2l. (E Vaughan). NR:
Completely.
1.10 (1m2f sell): BLACK DAVE (Fran
Berry 3-1) 1; Lazarus (9-2) 2; Top
Diktat (14-1) 3. Drumochter 4-6F. 5
ran. 11/2l, ns. (P Evans).
1.45 (7f1yds h’cap): MOTOWN MICK
(T J Murphy 13-8F) 1; Roseau City
(11-2) 2; The Mums (10-1) 3. 5 ran. shd,
ns. (R Hannon). NRs: Central City,
Zalshah.
2.20 (6f1yds h’cap): BILLYOAKES (L
Morris 7-1) 1; Strictly Carter (4-1) 2;
Krazy Paving (16-1) 3. El Torito 9-4F.
10 ran. 3/4l, 1/2l. (C Wallis). NRs: Drop
Kick Murphi, Spin Top.
2.55 (1m7f169yds h’cap): NOBLE
BEHEST (A Kirby 2-1F) 1; Lost The
Moon (4-1) 2; Volpone Jelois (7-2) 3. 7
ran. nk, 11/4l. (Robert Stephens).
3.25 (1m4f h’cap): BAMAKO DU
CHATELET (Luke Catton 20-1) 1;
Alternate Route (11-2) 2; Zambeasy
(10-1) 3. Nurse Nightingale 11-4F. 11
ran. 21/4l, 1l. (I Williams).
Placepot: £30.20. Quadpot: £17.80.
LUDLOW
Going: Hurdle: soft-good to soft
in places; chase: good to soft-good
in places
12.20 (1m7f169yds nov hdle):
MELANGERIE (James Bowen 11-2)
1; Casterly Rock (5-1) 2; Scorpion
Princess (33-1) 3. Gortroe Joe 8-13F.
14 ran. 3l, 21/2l. (N Henderson). NRs:
Urtheonethatiwant, Vbadge Treat.
12.50 (2m4f11yds nov ch): HOGAN’S
HEIGHT (G Sheehan 9-2) 1; Midnight
Target (16-1) 2; Bach De Clermont (8-1)
3. Burbank 8-11F. 8 ran. 11/4l, 11/2l. (J
Snowden).
1.20 (1m7f212yds h’cap ch): COLIN’S
BROTHER (J Bargary 9-4F) 1; Festive
Affair (12-1) 2; Vivaccio (3-1) 3. 6 ran.
33/4l, 13/4l. (N Twiston-Davies).
1.55 (2m5f55yds nov hdle): CHILLI
FILLI (R Johnson 7-2) 1; Diva Reconce
(9-2) 2; Fairy Pol (28-1) 3. Maire
Banrigh evs F. 12 ran. 21/2l, 1l. (H Daly).
2.30
(2m7f171yds
h’cap
ch):
RELENTLESS DREAMER (James
Bowen 5-1) 1; Marcilhac (9-1) 2;
Monbeg Charmer (7-2) 3. Battle Of
Shiloh 3-1F. 9 ran. nk, 16l. (Miss R
Curtis).
3.05 (1m7f169yds h’cap hdle):
LITTERALE CI (Miss A B O’Connor
7-2) 1; Prussian Eagle (6-1) 2;
Ascendant (8-1) 3. Cloonacool 2-1F.
9 ran. 4l, 41/2l. (H Fry). NR: Nefyn Bay.
3.35 (1m6f7yds nh flat): HARAMBE (T
Bellamy 14-1) 1; Flash The Steel (3-1)
2; Thibault (7-1) 3. Cracking Destiny
5-2F. 14 ran. nk, 41/2l. (A King).
Placepot: £269.40. Quadpot: £37.60.
NEWBURY
Going: Soft
12.30 (2m69yds hdle): STYLE DE
GARDE (Nico De Boinville 5-4F)
1; Doctor Bartolo (7-4) 2; The Blues
Master (8-1) 3. 12 ran. 8l, 2l. (N
Henderson).
1.00 (2m69yds mdn hdle): PACIFIC
DE BAUNE (Nico De Boinville 7-1) 1;
Potterman (7-4F) 2; Brianstorm (7-2)
3; Leapaway (66-1) 4. 21 ran. 7l, 5l, 5l.
(N Henderson).
1.30 (2m7f86yds h’cap nov ch): DINGO
DOLLAR (W Hutchinson 7-2JF) 1;
Baden (7-2JF) 2; Joe Farrell (5-1) 3. 7
ran. 15l, 6l. (A King).
2.05 (2m7f86yds nov ch): MS
PARFOIS (N Fehily 9-4F) 1; Happy
Diva (13-2) 2; Two Swallows (5-1) 3. 7
ran. 31/2l, 4l. (A Honeyball).
2.40 (2m92yds h’cap ch): LAKE FIELD
(M Hamill 7-2) 1; Red Riverman (9-1)
2; Old Salt (8-1) 3. Bally Gilbert 3-1F.
8 ran. 18l, 6l. (K Bailey). NRs: Born To
Size, Ramonex.
3.15 (2m4f118yds hdle): MR
WHIPPED (Nico De Boinville 7-1) 1;
Gowiththeflow (9-4) 2; Melrose Boy
(4-5F) 3. 10 ran. 3l, 8l. (N Henderson).
3.45 (1m4f143yds nh flat): AIMEE DE
SIVOLA (Lizzie Kelly 5-1) 1; So Lonely
(40-1) 2; Maebh (20-1) 3. Empreinte
Reconce 10-11F. 10 ran. 2l, 7l. (N
Williams).
Jackpot: £13,677.70. Placepot: £19.10.
Quadpot: £14.10.
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BOXING
RUGBY UNION
Gustard’s ‘brilliant’ input
helps to lift Northampton
By Hugh Godwin
RUGBY UNION CORRESPONDENT
Billy Joe Saunders was impressive
when he defeated David Lemieux
Saunders could
fight on Alvarez
v Golovkin bill
By John Dillon
Billy Joe Saunders may
be handed a place on the
undercard of the US rematch
between Gennady Golovkin and
Canelo Alvarez.
Britain’s WBO middleweight
world champion Saunders has
catapulted himself towards
major global recognition
following a superb defeat of
Canadian David Lemieux
in Montreal.
Promoter Frank Warren will
now explore a headline date
for the 28-year-old in London
in the spring, with an outside
chance of a slot on the bill when
Kazakh Golovkin and Mexican
Alvarez meet again in May.
That fight is set to be
confirmed soon following the
controversial draw between
the pair in September, with Las
Vegas the favourite venue.
Daniel Jacobs and
undefeated pair Demetrius
Andrade and Jermall Charlo –
all American fighters – are all
possible opponents.
Warren revealed that a plan
for a catch-weight contest
against former IBF supermiddleweight champion James
DeGale had been scuppered
after his defeat by Caleb Truax.
DARTS
Wright to compete
despite gallstones
By Sports Staff
World No 2 Peter Wright has
announced he will compete in
the World Darts Championship
after last month’s health scare.
Wright was rushed to
hospital on 30 November and
scans later confirmed the
47-year-old Livingston-born
player has three gallstones.
The flamboyant thrower, who
is known as “Snakebite” and
is one of the most recognisable
players due to his Mohican
hairstyle, had to cancel
several planned exhibition
appearances but confirmed
he is fit enough to take on the
Brazilian Diogo Portela today.
“I’m feeling totally fine in
many ways, and I’m rested,”
he said. “I’ve done everything I
can to recover so far.”
While there was no sign yet of white
smoke at Northampton over a new
director of rugby being named to
replace the sacked Jim Mallinder,
the Saints’ captain Dylan Hartley
yesterday hailed the emergency
contribution of England coach Paul
Gustard aimed at stopping the
defensive rot.
Northampton have lost 10 of their
last 11 matches in all competitions, a
record which helped end Mallinder’s
10-year stint in charge nine days ago.
Across the current season, they
have conceded an average of four
tries per match – with 56 against
them in 14 games – and slumped
to 10th place out of 12 in the
Premiership and out of contention Dylan Hartley praised Paul Gustard’s
to qualify for the quarter-finals in the training session yesterday
European Cup.
A m i d t h i s d i r e b a c kd r o p, Eddie Jones’s front-line coaching
Northampton’s interim head coach, team. “Paul is a good coach, and a
Alan Dickens, made an SOS call to different voice, and it has definitely
Gustard to run yesterday’s crucial been beneficial.
midweek defence session.
“Our defence hasn’t been
The pair used to be playgreat and it is about going
ing team-mates at Saraback to basics and praccens, before Gustard
tising the real basic
began his coaching
things. It’s not just one
career at the same
fix-up, you want these
Northampton
have
club and created the
things to become a
won just one of their
famous ‘wolf-pack’
habit.”
last 11 matches
approach to hunting
It is not unknown
opposing attackers
for England assistants
down.
to help out at clubs –
“It was a brilliant sesSteve Borthwick sees
sion,” said Hartley, who in
Hartley for throwing prachis other role as captain of Engtice each Monday, and Neal Hatley
land knows Gustard well as part of has been to look at the Saints’ scrum
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– but the timing of Gustard’s enthusiastic input alongside the club’s
own assistants Mark Hopley and
Phil Dowson was significant, with
the reigning English champions
and league leaders Exeter visiting
this Saturday.
Hartley, who joined the Saints in
2006, the year before Mallinder, said:
“It is never one person’s fault, it is a
collective and we have got to look at
ourselves as players.”
But in that regard, the 31-yearold skipper admitted to feeling
bereft. Hartley pointed out the
gigantic photo of Northampton’s
2014 Premiership-winning team on
the exterior of Franklin’s Gardens’
main stand.
From that side, eight international
players – George Pisi, Kahn Fotuali’i,
Alex Corbisiero, Salesi Ma’afu, Samu
Manoa, Calum Clark, Lee Dickson
and Dowson – have left for other
clubs or retired, and George North
will be heading off home to Wales
next summer.
“We need to remove the idea that
we’re the same team that we were,
because we’re not,” Hartley said. “But
I don’t see a squad that’s got fear. The
guys are in good spirits, considering.
“Four seasons ago we were this
stage at Christmas-time, and in the
new year we went on to win just
about every game and reached the
top four. So it is do-able.”
Hartley said he expected to be consulted over the director of rugby appointment, but it had yet to happen.
Meanwhile, he praised the Saints’
21-year-old utility back Harry
Mallinder, the former boss’s son.
“I said ‘well done’ to him because
he trains bloody hard and there
were no signs of him feeling sorry for
himself, or aggrieved. If anything, he
has probably ripped in harder.”
LEICESTER
‘Sanity prevails’
as Tuilagi’s tackle
charge is dismissed
lay-off from the game and is back fit
and had got through a quality 80 minutes,” O’Connor said.
Leicester have declared that “sanity
“After his first game back it would
prevailed” after Manu Tuilagi’s citing have been devastating for him and the
for a dangerous tackle was dismissed. group if he was to miss more games,
The England centre faced an in- but thankfully sanity prevailed.
dependent disciplinary hearing in
“I was very surprised when the
London and pleaded not guilty
citing came though. There
to making a high challenge
was no malicious intent,
on Chris Cloete in the
it wasn’t particularly
49th minute of Sunday’s
high. It was a pretty
Champions Cup defeat
sound tackle from our
by Munster at Welford
perspective.
Number
of
Road.
“Everything Manu
appearances
Manu
His former British
does is scrutinised
Tuilagi has made
and Irish Lions teambecause
he’s such a
for Leicester this
mate Brian O’Driscoll
fantastic talent. There
season
insisted the “game has
will always be headlines
gone soft” in response to
around Manu and everythe citing and Leicester direcone understands that.”
tor of rugby Matt O’Connor was satThe three-strong disciplinary
isfied by a decision that clears Tuilagi panel found that while Tuilagi had
to start against Saracens on Sunday. committed “a reckless act of foul play
“We’re really thankful because in that his shoulder had made contact
Manu has just had a much publicised with Cloete’s head”, the offence did
Manu Tuilagi’s career
has been chequered by
off-field indiscipline, but he has
been suspended only once for
in-game infractions: five weeks
for punching Chris Ashton in
2011.
By Duncan Bech
2
Manu Tuilagi is free to play against
Saracens this Sunday
not warrant a red card.The decision
to issue the citing was met with widespread disapproval and O’Connor
has reminded lawmakers – eager to
clamp down on dangerous play – of
the inherent risks of playing rugby.
“It’s a collision sport and we have to
make sure we don’t pander to health
and safety issues. It’s a highly-physical game played by tough players,”
O’Connor said.
“I don’t think we need lawmakers
to be overly hard, to get that physical
dominance and play the game how it
was intended to be played.
“Everyone is working hard at all
levels of the game to make sure the
duty of care is there, that guys at
grass roots level are taught the appropriate technique and players are
looked after at all levels.”
Tuilagi was making his first appearance since returning from the knee
surgery needed after being injured on
the opening day of the season.
Serious chest, groin, knee and
hamstring injuries have plagued
his career for the last four years
and his most recent international
appearance was against Wales in
March in 2016.
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And Hartley is not immune to the
signs of disquiet around Northampton, as the rumour mill continues to
throw up names of contenders such
as Newcastle’s Dean Richards.
“Talking to the chief executive at
[local shoe manufacturers and club
sponsors] Church’s, production in
the factory goes down when we lose,”
said Hartley.
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You’ll be lucky,
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Across: 1 s-ample, 3 Paling, 4 DA-ph(o)ne
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The Welsh Rugby Union have
laughed off Northampton Saints’
interest in national team head
coach Warren Gatland, with the
chief executive Martyn Phillips
claiming he “didn’t lose a beat”
over the Premiership’s side open
interest.
Northampton are searching
for a new director of rugby after
sacking Jim Mallinder last week
following more than 10 years of
service at Franklin’s Gardens,
with club president Keith Barwell
publicly admitting that they
had drawn up a shortlist with
Gatland’s name on it.
Interest in Gatland appeared
to be a dead end given that the
54-year-old is preparing to lead
Wales into a third consecutive
Rugby World Cup at Japan 2019,
but that has now effectively been
confirmed after Phillips revealed
he expects Gatland to honour his
contract, which runs until the end
of the tournament.
“I didn’t lose a beat if I’m
honest,” Phillips said. “He’s going
to get linked with all sorts of jobs,
isn’t he, because he’s one of the top
coaches in the world.
“When you come down to a list
of the proven top class coaches,
those that are will get talked
about a lot. I would like to believe
he will be here for the World Cup.”
Gatland is also due to receive
a substantial financial bonus if
he remains in the Wales job until
the end of the next World Cup. THE
INDEPENDENT
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Celtic (1)......................................2 Partick (0) ................................0
Armstrong 35
Tierney 67
P W D L
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A Pts
Celtic
19 13 5 1 43 15 44
Aberdeen
19 12 3 4 32 21 39
Rangers
19 11 3 5 38 23 36
Hibernian
19 8 6 5 28 25 30
Hearts
19 7 6 6 21 19 27
St Johnstone
18 7 3 8 20 27 24
Motherwell
18 7 2 9 24 26 23
Kilmarnock
19 5 7 7 22 26 22
Hamilton
19 5 5 9 27 32 20
Dundee
19 5 3 11 20 29 18
Ross County
19 4 4 11 19 31 16
Partick
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COPPA ITALIA ROUND OF 16
Atalanta 2 Sassuolo 1; Juventus 2 Genoa 0; Roma
1 Torino 2.
SPANISH LEAGUE
Getafe 2 Las Palmas 0; Real Sociedad L Sevilla L.
Leading Positions: 1 Barcelona P 16 pts 42, 2
Atletico Madrid (16-36), 3 Valencia (16-34), 4 Real
Madrid (15-31), 5 Sevilla (16-29), 6 Villarreal (16-24).
GERMAN CUP THIRD ROUND
Bayern Munich 2 Borussia Dortmund 1; Borussia
M’gladbach 0 Bayer Leverkusen 1; Heidenheim
0 Eintracht Frankfurt 0 (Score after 90 mins);
Werder Bremen 3 SC Freiburg 2.
FRENCH LEAGUE
Amiens 0 Nantes 1; Angers 2 Dijon 1; Bordeaux
0 Montpellier 2; Guingamp 2 St Etienne 1; Lille 1
Nice 1; Marseille 3 Troyes 1; Metz 3 Strasbourg
0; Monaco 2 Rennes 1; PSG 3 Caen 1; Toulouse 1
Lyon 2.
Leading Positions: 1 PSG P 19 pts 50, 2 Monaco
(19-41), 3 Lyon (19-41), 4 Marseille (19-38), 5 Nantes
(19-33), 6 Nice (19-27).
BASKETBALL
NBA: Milwaukee 119 Cleveland 116; Philadelphia
95 Sacramento 101; Washington 116 New
Orleans 106.
CRICKET
FIRST ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL
West Indies v New Zealand, Whangarei: West
Indies 248-9 (50.0 overs; E Lewis 76, R Powell 59;
D A J Bracewell 4-55). New Zealand 249-5 (46.0
overs; G H Worker 57). New Zealand beat West
Indies by 5 wickets.
FIRST TWENTY20 INTERNATIONAL
India v Sri Lanka, Cuttack: India 180-3 (20.0 overs;
K L Rahul 61). Sri Lanka 87 (16.0 overs; Y S Chahal
4-23). India beat Sri Lanka by 93 runs.
DARTS
PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, ALEXANDRA
PALACE, LONDON: Preliminary round: B Smith
(NZ) bt X C Zong (Chin) 2-0. First round: M Smith
(GB) bt S Lennon (Rep Ire) 3-2.
ICE HOCKEY
NHL: Arizona 2 Florida 3; Buffalo 0 Boston 3;
Dallas 3 Washington 4; Nashville 4 Winnipeg 6;
NY Islanders 3 Detroit 6; NY Rangers 4 Anaheim
1; Ottawa 4 Minnesota 6; Toronto 8 Carolina 1;
Vancouver 5 Montreal 7; Vegas 4 Tampa Bay 3.
SKIING
FIS ALPINE WORLD CUP, COURCHEVEL,
FRANCE: Women’s Parallel Slalom: 1 M Shiffrin
(US), 2 P Vlhova (Slovak), 3 I Curtoni (It).
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find a win somewhere to help production in the town. People in another
country are getting thirsty.”
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WALES
By Jack de Menezes
Paul Gustard, the
England defence
coach, gives
orders during
Northampton
training at Moulton
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Yarnold eyes gold as her form goes downhill
By Philip Duncan
Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy
Yarnold insists she will be gunning for gold at the Winter Games
in Pyeongchang despite her recent
World Cup setbacks.
Yarnold, the 29-year-old who
stormed to Olympic glory in Sochi
four years ago, endured another frustrating day in Innsbruck last week,
finishing only 16th.
It marked the third consecutive
race in which Yarnold has failed to
finish in the top 10 with the Winter
Olympics now less than two months
away.
But Yarnold, who is bidding to
make history by becoming the first
athlete to defend a Olympic skeleton
title, is confident she can turn the
form book on its head.
“Every race that I go into, I am
going there with an unabashed view
of wanting to win,” Yarnold said.
“There is complete self-belief in doing
my very best and going for victory.
“It is difficult to predict how every
competition will unfold, and you cannot reflect on form just by looking at
Lizzy Yarnold hasn’t finished in the top 10 in three races GETTY
past results. Every track is different
and you cannot compare one race
to another. Of course, I would love
to have won every race up until this
point, but sport is sport, and anything
can happen.
“The World Cup circuit is the only
time we have on ice over the winter,
so there is an element of learning and
getting back into it. My main focus,
and my main goal, is Pyeongchang.”
Yarnold found stardom in Sochi
after dominating the skeleton from
start to finish before completing a career grand slam with European and
world titles the following year. But
her recent form suggests she will arrive in South Korea on the back foot.
“I am in a lucky position that I am
the Olympic champion, and I am always surprised when people ask if it
brings added pressure because it certainly doesn’t,” she added.
“There is no more pressure from
anyone else than I put on myself. Although I do really enjoy sport, I expect a lot from myself and the best I
can do on the day – whether that is
win or lose – is making sure I perform
and do myself justice.”
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SPECIAL REPORT
Stoneman knows Test
future is on the line if
big scores elude him
harder to bat when you have just
spent more than two days in the
field. Stoneman spent most of
Australia’s mammoth first innings
in Perth fielding on the boundary,
ou spend more than a
where he got an insight into the
decade making your
inimitable charm of the Australian
way in the county game.
cricket crowd.
You fight your way to a
“They’re not the nicest people
first Test cap, earning
when you’re playing against them,”
your place through sheer weight
he says.
of runs. You win a place on your
“It gives you a different take on
first Ashes tour, fulfilling a dream
the population when they’ve got a
you have held since childhood.
few ales down their neck. Everyone
And at the end of it all you are left
knows what’s riding on [the
frustrated.
cricket]. It’s been great to
England’s Ashes
be a part of, it’s just very
defeat can hardly be
disappointing about the
laid at the feet of
results.”
Mark Stoneman,
Such candour is
the Surrey opener
unlikely to endear
In 11 Test innings
but, like every
him to the capacity
Stoneman has never
member of the
Melbourne crowd
converted a halfteam, he is looking
that will be greeting
century, his best
back on where it all
Stoneman
on Boxing
being 56 runs
went wrong, even in a
Day but, like most
series where sometimes
Geordies, Stoneman is
things appeared to been
made of stern stuff and is
all right.
determined to face down whatever
“Obviously at 3-0 down, ‘all
the Aussie quicks – and the crowd
right’ hasn’t been good enough,” he – can throw at him.
says, “and it’s frustrating that there
“It’s one of the perks of being
have been times out there when
an opener,” he says. “It gets your
I feel I’ve belonged but I haven’t
beans going a bit, and you certainly
made the scores that are required
know you’re in a contest.
in Test cricket.”
“More often than not, if you can
For a batsman who has got
get through those periods then you
off to several good starts in his
can handle whatever else comes
Test career, a failure to break 60,
at you and make a good score.
despite passing 50 three times, still Unfortunately, so far, I haven’t
threatens to cast a shadow over
quite gone on to make the bigger
Stoneman’s Test career: a question scores that would make a better
mark he will never quite shake off
contribution for the team.
until he makes that big score.
“I can’t wait. There are
“In the first two games, we’ve
experiences in world cricket that
made fifties, and they’ve made
everybody would like to be a part of
hundreds,” he says. “And in Perth,
and a Boxing Day Test is certainly
we made hundreds and they made
one of those.”
double-hundreds. That’s been the
The first step for England now
difference.”
is to obtain the win or draw that
Clearly
would prevent an ignominious
Stoneman (right)
whitewash. “The
is no stranger to big
Aussies are going
scores: 10 centuries
to be coming at us
in the last three
looking for 5-0,”
seasons testify to that.
Stoneman says. “So
Yet until he gets to three
there’s the first thing
figures, the doubts will still
we’ve got to stop.
remain. His place may
They’re not going
be secure for this series
to be serving up
at least, but he has no
half-volleys for fun
means secured it in the
because they’re won the
long-term. How to convert
series, that’s for sure.”
those promising starts
The battle, it seems, is
into more substantial
clearly still of paramount
contributions?
importance to Stoneman,
“Just repeating things
and his comments about the
for longer,” he says. “Look
Australian public are all the
at Steve Smith. He just
more striking in light of the
kept repeating what he did.
fact that his wife Serene is
Any plan we had, he worked
Australian.
out how he was going to
“Aye, she’s all
counter it or absorb it. He’s
right,” Stoneman
shown levels of patience
says, and with pride
and good attacking
and an England
instincts and he just
place on the line, it is
repeats. Simple,
probably about as much
really.”
of a concession as he is
Of course,
prepared to make right now.
it is far
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Jonathan
Liew
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THE GOOD OF
FOOTBALL
O
n the night of 10
September 2016 armed
police broke down
the door to a flat in
Dhaka, the capital of
Bangladesh. Ahmed, a boy of 14,
hurled himself at the intruders.
In the time it took for the police to
subdue him, the boy’s father killed
himself, slitting his throat with a
knife. Ahmed and his mother, who
fell wounded, were arrested and
jailed.
Early next morning a 12-year-old
girl called Nupur woke up in a small
room in a Dhaka slum that she, her
two younger siblings and her mother
and father call home. They turned on
the TV, the family’s one luxury, and
found the night’s events at Ahmed’s
flat dominating the news. The man
who had committed suicide during
the police action had formed part
of a jihadi cell responsible for a
terrorist attack two months earlier
in which five men, armed with guns
and machetes, had stormed into
a restaurant and slaughtered 18
foreigners and four locals, before
themselves being killed by police.
This is the story of what has
happened since then to Ahmed (not
his real name, for security reasons)
and Nupur, two children who do not
know each other and have little in
Amid the poverty of Bangladesh, far
from its excesses in Europe, the world’s
most popular sport is being used to
heal and to teach. John Carlin reports
common save for one thing: the role
football has played in their lives.
Ahmed’s well-off, well-educated
parents sent him to a private
school before embracing holy war.
Nupur’s father is a rickshaw driver,
her mother works in a garment
manufacturing sweat shop and,
while they are both practising
Muslims, their chief mission in life is
strictly terrestrial: paying the rent
of their cramped abode and keeping
the family clothed and fed.
They also have a dream. Bucking
the conservative religious trend
of recent decades, driven in
Bangladesh as elsewhere in the
Muslim world by Saudi money,
they wish their daughter Nupur to
receive an education that will enable
her to become an independent
woman, get a good job and help raise
the family out of squalor.
Ahmed’s mother, who was
radicalised following a trip to Saudi
Arabia, has a dream too. Having
repented of her jihadi conversion,
she hopes to get out of prison by
the end of this year and resume a
normal life with her son Ahmed,
recently freed from a correctional
centre for minors where he spent
nine months.
I visited the correctional centre,
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Futbolnet has been embraced
enthusiastically by children of
Bangladesh, including Nupur (below
left); while religious instructor Halim
(below right) says ‘Religion and
football have a lot of good things in
common’ SAMUEL ARANDA
than five successive passes together,
you receive a bonus score.
Ahmed got involved at his
correctional centre and Nupur
in her slum. “The instant I put
my foot on the ball I knew my life
had changed,” said Nupur, rather
dramatically. But her mother
enthusiastically backed her up. “I
suddenly noticed that Nupur began
to smile more, that she worked
harder at school, that she helped
more at home with the younger
children.” The girl’s father, who
delivers 600 kilos of potatoes on
his rickshaw to a market 10 times
a day, said football had helped give
his child the belief that she would
succeed one day in escaping her
destiny and doing a job she enjoyed
for decent pay.
Ahmed, who belongs to the
privileged five per cent of the
Bangladeshi population that
speaks English, entered his jail
in a state of mind reminiscent of
Oliver Twist when he was locked
up in the Victorian workhouse of
Dickens’ novel – “Sad and lonely
and friendless”, he said – only much
worse. Not only were the living
conditions dingy and the boys
rougher than any he had met before,
Football transformed me.
I learned to be less selfish, to
make friends and help others
less fortunate than me
I spent time at the slum where
of respect for others, hard work,
Nupur lives, I spoke to people who
humility and, somewhat more
know both families well and I
subversively in Bangladesh,
spoke to the two children.
equality between the
Bangladesh is better
sexes. The winner of this
known as a cricket mad
game is not necessarily
country but football
the team that scores
was practically all
the most goals. Points
More than 50
we talked about,
are added or taken
countries
have
specifically a form
away depending
embraced Futbolnet
of football taught to
on the behaviour
as a way of
deprived or distraught
of the players. Bad
changing lives
children in more than
fouls, insults and
50 countries. They call
rudeness are penalised;
it Futbolnet, it arrived in
spotsmanship and
Bangladesh at the start of this year
teamwork are rewarded. For
and it’s run by the FC Barcelona
example, if your team strings more
Foundation, which is part of
Barcelona FC, in partnership with
the United Nations Children’s Fund,
Unicef.
Futbolnet has more rules than
the game they play at Anfield or
the Camp Nou. The idea is to lure
children in with the fun of it all and
then employ trained instructors
simultaneously to convey the basics
of football and the basic values
50
I suddenly noticed that
Nupur began to smile more,
that she worked harder at
school, that she helped more
he carried the devastating image in
his head of his father lying dead in a
pool of blood.
“But football transformed me,”
he said. “I learned to be less selfish
and to make friends and help
others less fortunate than me. I
became happier and more sure of
myself. I left the centre a different
person.”
Much as I love football myself,
I could not help thinking that
Ahmed, Nupur and the adults who
waxed rapturous about football’s
transformational powers were going
a little far. Football may be the great
global religion but it is not a miracle
cure to life’s ills. Yet, as the cases of
the two children reveal, it can serve
as fuel for those driven by a desire to
improve their lives.
I found reinforcement for this
view from an unlikely authority, a
small, thin, softly spoken elderly
man called Halim. A longtime
religious instructor at Ahmed’s
correctional centre, Halim said
that the Prophet Muhammad had
handed down certain rules, as
had football. “For me, one thing
nourishes the other. Both teach
responsibility, both narrow the
distance between people and both
teach discipline and respect.”
Serene and holy, but no warrior,
Halim said he took pleasure in
watching his young flock play
football. “Religion and football,”
he had learned, “have a lot of good
things in common.” Nupur and
Ahmed, their families and the many
good people who care for them,
would say amen to that.
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LIVERPOOL
Klopp: Liverpool
have unlocked Ox’s
goalscoring potential
He has scored twice in 20 appearances – seven of which have
The Liverpool manager, Jürgen been starts – in all competitions so
Klopp, feels Alex Oxlade-Chamber- far for the Merseyside outfit, maklain has “unbelievable” potential in ing the first XI for four of the last six
terms of goalscoring that was “not league games.
asked for too much” during his time
Klopp said: “He had to adapt.
at Arsenal.
He did well from the first day, but
The England midfielder, who I know how it is if you’re kind of a
scored nine times in 132 Premier big signing – then everybody exLeague appearances for the Gun- pects you immediately on the pitch,
ners, switched from them
and when you are on the
to Liverpool in August on
pitch, then you have to
The biggest perform immediately. But
transfer deadline day. He
is set to go up against his improvement it’s difficult. A lot of things
old club tomorrow night was in scoring are difficult.
when the Reds visit the situations. But
“I was happy from the
Emirates Stadium.
first day about his involveI
think
he
was
And Klopp said of the
ment, about his attitude,
24-year-old ahead of the not asked for
and since then he became
game: “I think the biggest this too much more and more a Liverimprovement, or the big- in the past at
pool player.”
gest potential he still has, Arsenal
Klopp suggested adis really being involved
justing to the difference
in goalscoring situations,
between Arsenal and
because he has it in himself.
Liverpool’s styles, as well as joining
“It is unbelievable. But he was after the season had started, was a
not asked for this too much I think factor in how things have panned
in the past. If you watched Arsenal out for Oxlade-Chamberlain.
in the past, the two decisive players
were Alexis Sanchez and Mesut
Özil. In a lot of moments, the decisive passes, Özil or Sanchez. Or
Olivier Giroud when he is coming
on the pitch. Then you are not that
much involved.
“Here, we put it on much more
shoulders, and if he’s on the pitch
he needs to be involved in situations
like this. So I’m fine for the moment,
it is all good, but I see really a lot of
space for improvement as well, and
that’s good.”
After a fairly slow start to his
Liverpool career, Oxlade-Chamberlain has been producing some Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has
eye-catching performances of late. scored twice in 20 Liverpool games
By Phil Medlicott
AFC WIMBLEDON
Milton Keynes name snub
lands other Dons in the dock
fans after the Football Association
allowed the team to relocate to
AFC Wimbledon have been charged Milton Keynes and change their
by the Football League after failing name to MK Dons in 2004.
to use MK Dons’ full name durWimbledon have been charged
ing their League One match in
for breaching a regulation
September.
which states that no club
They called the visitors
“shall by any means
MK and Milton Keynes
whatsoever unfairly
and did not use any
criticise, disparage,
pictures of the team
belittle or discredit
or badge in the matchany other club”.
After they were
day programme.
A Fo o t b a l l
founded in 2002-03
It was a repeat of
League spokesman
AFC Wimbledon
the first meeting besaid: “Their case
won six promotions
tween the two sides at
will now be heard by
in 14 seasons to rise
to League One
the Cherry Red Records
an independent panel
Stadium in March and
and the EFL will make
came after the EFL sought
no further comment until
assurances that Wimbledon would the matter has been determined.”
treat MK Dons the same as any
AFC Wimbledon are still decidother visiting side.
ing on their response to the chargAFC Wimbledon were formed es. The teams are due to meet again
in 2002 by disgruntled Wimbledon at Milton Keynes on 13 January.
By Sports Staff
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FOOTBALL
SCOTLAND
PREMIER LEAGUE
Kieran Tierney
lashes home
Celtic’s second
goal against
Partick Thistle PA
Pulis and
Britton are
among
candidates
» Continued from back page
Armstrong and Tierney ensure
normal service resumes for Celtic
CELTIC
Armstrong 35, Tierney 67
PARTICK THISTLE
2
0
By Andrew Smith
AT PARKHEAD
Normal-ish service was resumed
for Celtic last night as they registered a victory that moved them five
points clear at the top of the Scottish
Premiership.
Brendan Rodgers’ men were anything but scintillating in shaking off
the shock of a first domestic defeat
in 19 months that had arrived with
a 4-0 flailing away to Hearts three
days earlier.
Yet, they hardly needed to be
against a Partick Thistle side that
offered little enterprise in being undone by stellar strikes either half
from Stuart Armstrong and Kieran
Compper is
keen to make
flying start
at Parkhead
By Ronnie Esplin
Celtic signing Marvin Compper
wants to make an immediate impact
when he begins his Parkhead career.
Tierney. The win for a team that created so much history in racking up
a British record 69 domestic games
without loss, ensured they have not
been entirely deprived of milestonemaking following their spectacular
collapse at Tynecastle on Sunday.
Last night’s success means they
have now gone two years and one day
since a Scottish team last beat them
in their own patch. It is more than a
decade since they could last boast
that achievement.
On the day that Celtic paraded
new central defensive recruit Marvin Compper, the 32-year-old signed
from RB Leipzig in a £1m deal, injury
resulted in Kristoffer Ajer replacing
the out-of-touch Jozo Simunovic. The
Bosnian might have been relieved at
the opportunity of a break from a
hellish spell of mishaps.
The 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain loanee Odsonne Édouard being
preferred in attack to the benched
Moussa Dembélé and Leigh Griffiths
perhaps betrayed Rodgers’ thoughts a moment of individual brilliance
on the sluggish displays from his rather than a clever move for Celtic
principal goal sources.
to breakdown their visitors. There
Whatever side the Irishman sent was no disputing the craft and class
out, would have been expected to that Armstrong delivered in the 35th
take care of the Premiership’s bot- minute. A cut-back from Tierney set
tom club Thistle. If Celtic
him up to dance his way into the
had handpicked a side to
penalty box and arrow into
get themselves back
the far corner of the net.
on track following
A series of corners
Tynecastle it would
early in the second
have been their city
half was as close as
Years (and one day)
neighbours. The only
the Partick came to
since Celtic lost to
team in the Scottish
producing a response.
a
Scottish
team
at
Premiership not to
They seemed acceptParkhead
have posted an away
ing of their fate even bewin this season.
fore Tierney condemned
Yet Alan Archibald’s
them to it with 22 minutes
men proved more than
of normal time remaining.
stubborn opponents in the early
It was notable, though, that the
stages. They ensured they had num- biggest acclaim of the evening did not
bers in their defensive third. For long arrive until a minute later when, in the
passages, it had the desired effect for 69th minute, the stadium was roused
a team that had only avoided defeat in in acknowledgement of the team’s
two of their previous six encounters.
record run. A sequence unlikely ever
It was no surprise then that it took to have an equal in the Scottish game.
The 32-year-old German central defender signed a two-and-a-half-year
deal and officially joins the Scottish champions on 1 January.
Compper (right) has
been recruited by
Brendan Rodgers, with
questions asked of the
Hoops’ defence following
the 4-0 defeat at Hearts
on Sunday, which ended
their 69-game unbeaten
domestic run.
Speaking before last night’s Premiership clash with Partick Thistle,
he was asked if he expected to fit
straight into the first team. “If you
get a 32-year-old from Germany that
is the plan,” he said.
“If I don’t perform in training and in the game then
I’m not going to play. So
it is all about that. This
is what I ask for myself
and ask from my teammates and this is what I
am counting on, that I am
going to bring here.”
Compper, who declared
himself “proud and honoured to be
part of this fantastic club”, will not be
available for the Europa League tie
2
against Zenit St Petersburg as he has
played in the Champions League.
“I want to show Scottish people that I am capable of playing for
Celtic,” he added.
“I think it is obvious, if you get a
player who is 32 years old you are
looking for experience. This is what
the club is getting: experience, quality in passing and my heading is fine.
I speak a lot on the pitch and try to
help the guys around me and I am
used to high defending.
“So all these things I bring to the
table. This is what they saw in me and
why they contacted me.”
second half of last season to
keep us in the top flight was a
tremendous feat.
“For that, and his effort and
commitment this season, it
goes without saying that the
club thanks him for his work,
together with Nigel [Gibbs] and
Karl [Halabi].
“I have had an excellent
working relationship with
Paul and we are all, including
the owners, surprised and
disappointed it hasn’t worked
out this season.
“We wish Paul every success
in his career going forward.”
The club confirmed they
will provide an update on
the management team’s
replacements “within the next
24 hours”.
Clement’s previous
managerial role came when
he succeeded former England
boss Steve McClaren as
manager of Derby before being
sacked after eight months in
the role in February 2016.
Tony Pulis, with his vast
experience of getting clubs
out of trouble, is among the
candidates to replace Clement,
having lost his job at West
Brom last month. Ryan Giggs
would be a leftfield option, as
he has yet to manage in the
Premier League.
Leon Britton could be in
with a shout, as the 35-year-old
Swansea midfielder was
named as Clement’s assistant
coach in November following
the departure of Claude
Makelele and he knows the club
inside out.
Having initially joined in
2003, Britton briefly left the
Liberty Stadium in 2010 to join
Sheffield United but returned
less than a year later and
has remained in Wales ever
since. The Swans have hired
from within before when they
appointed Garry Monk in 2014.
Assistant manager Leon Britton
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WEST HAM UNITED
CARABAO CUP
Hammers
muscle in
on Everton
for Nzonzi
Bravo is just the
man when City
are in spot of
bother, says Silva
By Ken Dyer
Goalkeeper hailed after latest penalty
heroics, while Pep rules out quadruple
One of those young guns, Oleksandr Zinchenko, missed out on taking
Bernardo Silva praised penalty hero a penalty in the shoot-out, thanks to
Claudio Bravo for helping Manches- his colleague’s heroics.
ter City edge into the semi-finals of
“I was due to be the fifth penalty
the Carabao Cup and continue
taker,” the Ukranian, making
their domestic winning
his third appearance for
streak.
the club, said. “But I
Goalkeeper Bravo,
am so happy because
brought in for the
Claudio was the hero
rested Ederson, saved
again and many conDefeats
suffered
Riyad Mahrez’s spotgratulations to him
by Manchester City
kick in the shoot-out
and all the team.”
this season – against
on Tuesday as the
Despite City’s latShakhtar Donetsk
Premier League leadest success, manager
in the Champions
ers beat Leicester on
Pep Guardiola insists
League
penalties following a 1-1
that it is not possible for
draw after extra time. Silva
them to complete a clean
scored a first-half opener only
sweep. His side are 11 points
for it to be cancelled out by Jamie clear atop the Premier League ahead
Vardy’s injury-time penalty.
of Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth
Bravo helped Chile to the final of and remain in every competition but,
the Confederations Cup this year by after being run close by the Foxes,
saving three penalties in the semi- Guardiola dismissed suggestions
final against Portugal, while in the they can win everything.
last round of the Carabao Cup he
He said: “That is not going to hapstopped two spot-kicks in another pen. Of course not. Come on, that
shoot-out success against Champi- isn’t real. What we’re living isn’t real.
onship side Wolves.
“That is not going to happen. The
“Claudio is amazing the way he situation of winning 16 or 17 games in
saves penalties like he does. Even a row in the league and qualifying for
this summer, when I was playing for the Champions League before we finPortugal against Chile, he beat us on ished the groups and now we’re here
penalties,” Silva said.
playing with a lot of young players.
“He has saved us twice and it’s
“That is not normal. In football
great to be on his side when you are
talking about penalties because he
always wins. We’re very happy, it’s
What we’re living isn’t
great to pass through to the semi- real. I am thinking about
finals. We know it’s not the main the next game, not about
competition but it’s very important
how many titles
for the young players.”
you drop points and lose competitions. I am not thinking about titles,
I am thinking about the next game.”
The Spaniard also spoke of his
pride in the way his players recovered from being forced into the additional half-hour so late on.
“There were no complaints in
extra time to say how unfair it was
in the last minutes,” he added of
Vardy’s spot-kick leveller. “Instead
of that, we tried again.
“To overcome that and the way we
played extra time is not easy because
Vardy was there and Mahrez was
there, so it was difficult.
LEICESTER CITY
ARSENAL
By Nick Mashiter
1
Claudio Bravo and Pep Guardiola celebrate at Leicester on Tuesday night GETTY
Guardiola also refused to be
drawn over who would feature in the
last four, having made nine changes
from the weekend victory over Tottenham for Tuesday’s match.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next round or who will be
playing. We have to adapt because
you’re thinking two weeks in advance. Maybe there are injuries,
maybe there are sendings-off. We
are going to see the level of the team,
how are their behaviours and consider the players who deserve to play.”
Sterling attacker jailed, p11
Everton are facing competition from
West Ham in their attempt to sign
Steven Nzonzi from Sevilla.
Hammers manager David Moyes
is keen to strengthen his midfield
next month and has identified the
28-year-old France international as
a top target.
Sam Allardyce, the Everton manager, managed Nzonzi (below) at
Blackburn and, remains favourite to
sign the £20m-rated midfielder, who
wants to leave Sevilla following a row
with head coach Eduardo Berizzo.
Nzonzi joined Blackburn from Amiens for £500,000 in 2009 – and then
moved to Stoke in 2012 for £3m before joining Sevilla for
£7m two years ago.
West Ham have
been keen to bring
in a holding midfielder for some
time and Moyes’s
predecessor
Slaven Bilic tried
to sign Portugal international William
Carvalho from Sporting
Lisbon in the summer. The move
broke down after West Ham’s £25m
offer for Carvalho was rejected.
West Ham striker Diafra Sakho
looks certain to leave next month.
He is reported to have had a row with
Moyes over appearance bonuses before Tuesday’s Carabao Cup defeat
at Arsenal.
Sakho was keen to join Rennes last
summer and arranged a medical on
transfer deadline day. The move
fell through and it is understood an
agreement was then reached between West Ham and player that he
would be paid £50,000 each time he
started a Premier League match.
However, all 14 of his league appearances this season have been as
a substitute and his bonus drops to
50 per cent when he comes off the
bench. EVENING STANDARD
Gray escapes punishment after I can earn England recall, insists Wilshere
winning penalty for Foxes
dent going into games that I can af- string injury after he and Francis
By Mark Mann-Bryans
By Sports Staff
Demarai Gray will face no
retrospective punishment
from the Football
Association after
winning a penalty
in stoppage time
against Manchester
City in the Carabao
Cup on Tuesday.
The FA convened a
three-person advisory
panel to analyse the
footage, but they were unable
to agree on whether Gray had
dived or not under the challenge
of substitute Kyle Walker to
win the penalty. For a charge of
simulation to be given, all three
members of the panel have to
agree unanimously
Therefore, Gray (left)
will not be charged and is
available for Leicester
in their next match
against Manchester
United on Saturday.
Despite equalising
late from the spot
through Jamie Vardy,
Leicester were unable
complete a successful comeback
against a much-changed
Manchester City side as they lost
4-3 on penalties.
Jack Wilshere is determined to earn
a place in England’s World Cup finals
squad after proving he can still cut it
in the Premier League.
The 25-year-old midfielder returned to Arsenal in the summer
after a season on loan at Bournemouth and has been restored to Arsène Wenger’s Premier League side.
He has not been capped since
the 2-1 defeat by Iceland at Euro
2016, with England manager Gareth
Southgate wanting only players who
are regulars in the Premier League.
Wilshere told Sky Sports News:
“I think I have proved to myself that
I can play in the Premier League, I
trust my body again and I am confi-
fect them. That is all I can do, I can
have a positive affect on this team
and then we will see if the England
manager picks me.”
Wilshere’s contract expires at the
end of the season and talks about a
new deal are due to start next
week.
Meanwhile Wenger, whose
side faces Liverpool at the
Emirates tomorrow night,
fears he will lose key
members of his squad
to injury as the fixture
come thick and fast over
the Christmas period. Oliver Giroud (right, with
Wenger) is out for up to
three weeks with a ham-
Coquelin limped out of the Carabao
Cup win over West Ham.
Wenger said: “What is very worrying in my job is when you start to lose
players. After, you cannot afford to
lose another one. I have to look how I
can manage the schedule.
“When you look at our
fixtures in January and
February, you cannot imagine we will always play
with the same players in
every game.
“Will I change from Premier League game to Premier League or only in the
Carabao Cup? I don’t know
yet – I have to look at the
fixtures to see what I do.”
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FOOTBALL
CARABAO CUP
Robins rock
Mourinho as
Smith scores
last-gasp goal
BRISTOL CITY
Bryan 51, Smith 90
2
MANCHESTER UNITED
Ibrahimovic 58
1
By Rob Stewart
AT ASHTON GATE
First Manchester United manager
Jose Mourinho’s best-laid travel
plans were knocked off course by
fog. Then his defence of the Carabao
Cup suffered a similar fate thanks to
Korey Smith’s stoppage-time winner.
United’s flight to Bristol had to
be diverted to Cardiff and it looked
as though a morning of frustration
would be followed by an evening of
despair when Bristol City took the
lead in their quarter-final thanks to
Joe Bryan.
But Zlatan Ibrahimovic, captaining United on his first start of the
season, may well have looked ringrusty but he still had enough about
him to maintain his club’s interest in
this competition - until Smith found
space in the penalty box in the dying
moments of the game.
The presence of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Ibrahimovic in the
starting line-up showed Mourinho
continues to hold this competition in
high regard.
But Lee Johnson’s Championship
promotion contenders immediately
gave notice that they would not be
awe-struck when Marlon Pack nutmegged Ibrahimovic.
Bristol City
Steele
Wright
Flint
Baker Magnusson
Brownhill
Pack
Smith
Bryan
Paterson
Reid
Martial
Shaw
Blind
Ibrahimovic
Rashford
Pogba McTominay Darmian
Rojo
Lindelof
Romero
Manchester United
Substitutes: Bristol City Taylor (Magnusson, 69),
Eliasson (Brownhill, 74); Manchester United Lukaku
(Blind, 61), Mkhitaryan (Ibrahimovic, 69), Smalling
(Darmian, 90).
Booked: Bristol City Paterson, Taylor; Manchester
United Rashford, Pogba.
Man of the match Bryan. Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Bristol City 46% Manchester Utd 54%.
Attempts on target: Bristol City 6 Manchester Utd 5.
Referee M Dean (Wirral). Attendance 26,088.
City had already knocked Watford, Stoke and Crystal Palace out
of the competition and the highenergy trio of Bryan, Jamie Paterson
and Bobby Reid all showed they were
not to be underestimated.
Pogba, easing his way back into action following a three-match suspen-
sion, tried to restore order but was
robbed by Pack, whom he fouled in a
dangerous position, paving the way
for Josh Brownhill to sting Sergio
Romero’s palms with a free-kick.
United finally got into their stride
and Ibrahimovic almost gave United
the lead in the 11th minute following
Semi-final draw
Chelsea v Arsenal
Manchester City v Bristol City
First legs take place 9/10 January;
second legs take place 23/24 January
good work by Anthony Martial, but
his half-volley was deflected onto the
crossbar by Nathan Baker.
The home side continued to live
dangerously and Marcus Rashford
went one way and then the other before his right-footed shot thudded off
the base of Luke Steele’s right-hand
Battling Bournemouth stunned by late Morata winner
CHELSEA
Willian 13, Morata 90
2
BOURNEMOUTH
Gosling 90
1
By Miguel Delaney
AT STAMFORD BRIDGE
Chelsea predictably made it past
Bournemouth to reach the Carabao
Cup semi-finals, but only after the
most unpredictable and gloriously
chaotic ending.
Having rather edgily led 1-0 for
most of the game through an early
Willian strike, they were justifiably
punished in the 90th minute when
Dan Gosling curled in an equaliser.
Rather than bringing extra-time,
though, that just saw Chelsea show
that extra quality. Substitutes Eden
Hazard and Alvaro Morata beautifully combined for the Spanish striker to score, and send the Blues into
the last four.
The very fact they were on the
pitch showed just how much Antonio
Conte wanted to win this game, and
this competition, for the first knockout trophy of his career.
It might not have been great for
Chelsea’s younger players on the
bench, but one of them already on
the pitch did greatly impress.
Perhaps the most eye-catching
change to the home side was Conte’s
decision to select 17-year-old Wales
international Kwame Ampadu in the
very centre of defence and he again
showed he was more than willing to
seize the occasion.
He also very quickly showed Jermain Defoe the type of night he was
going to endure, going in hard on the
Alvaro Morata scores the winner to end Bournemouth’s comeback GETTY
striker in the first minute. Chelsea
were also playing their way through
Bournemouth rather abrasively,
and one burst brought the opening
goal on 13 minutes. Michy Batshuayi
played in Pedro, who flicked the ball
on for a surging Cesc Fabregas.
Having been taken a bit too wide,
the creative midfielder squared for
Willian, who flicked the ball into an
open net for the breakthrough.
Bournemouth were still looking
dangerous, or at least they were
when Defoe was on the pitch. He
felt the full force of another Ampadu challenge before the half-hour,
though, and limped off to be replaced
by Jordon Ibe.
If it didn’t leave Eddie Howe too
happy, it did show just undaunted
the teenager was. It also helped that
Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger
were clearly encouraging him.
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post. Those two scares might have
been enough to put lesser teams back
in their place but Johnson’s team
played with a joy that ensured United
were pushed on to the back foot.
The long throw-ins of Icelandic international Hordur Magnusson, accompanied by thunderclaps, would
have caused consternation among
the travelling supporters but the
resolute Romero stood firm.
The Argentinian also came to
the rescue when Magnusson set
his sights on goal and the keeper
punched away a powerful 25-yard
shot. Ibrahimovic had an easier
Another player back in the Carabao Cup side and looking to show he
should get more minutes was Kenedy.
He looked like he might add to Chelsea’s goal, only to blaze an effort wide
shortly before half-time.
Chelsea were in the lead, but they
still weren’t quite in control. Bournemouth actually had most of the ball
in the second half, their three-man
midfield over-running Conte’s two of
Fabregas and Danny Drinkwater.
That might give the manager
cause for thought, given that it is his
most possession-based pairing.
The only issue for Howe was that
they couldn’t quite get the ball beyond Chelsea’s three-man defence,
with Cahill doing well to power one
Harry Arter cross away, and Ampadu continuing to look sturdy and
suited to the level.
It was perhaps no surprise that
Conte decided to bring on Tiemoue
Bakayoko for Pedro. If that move was
to retake control of the game, the decision to bring on Hazard for Willian
was surely to make sure they won it.
It was ironic then that Bournemouth immediately had their best
chance of the game up to that point,
as the ball fell for Gosling in the box,
who could only blaze wide.
Conte’s response was to bring on
Morata but it was Bournemouth who
were still striving to create chances,
and one break saw Ibe shoot wide
from distance.
Even after the exchange of late
goals, there was still time for a Davide
Zappacosta block.
There was no blocking Chelsea’s
route to the semi-finals, although it
was much more eventful than they
would have wanted. THE INDEPENDENT
Substitutions: Chelsea Hazard (Willian, 61), Bakayoko
(Pedro, 61), Morata (Batshuayi, 73); Bournemouth Ibe
(Defoe, 17), Wilson (Mousset, 71), L Cook (Arter, 74).
Booked: Chelsea Ampadu, Fabregas, Zappacosta,
Morata; Bournemouth Simpson, Francis, A Smith,
Gosling.
Man of the match Fabregas. Match rating 6/10.
Possession: Chelsea 50% Bournemouth 50%.
Attempts on target: Chelsea 2 Bournemouth 2.
Referee L Mason (Greater Manchester).
Attendance 41,168.
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chance following Danny Blind’s corner but sliced wide as Ashton Gate
held its collective breath.
Smith found space in the United
penalty area but Blind then came
to the rescue with a perfectly-timed
tackle.
There might not have been a goal
before half-time but a humdinger of
a cup tie was still unfolding at a jampacked Ashton Gate.
Steele, who was on the Old Trafford books as a young keeper, frustrated his old club with a fine save to
keep out Rashford’s free-kick.
There was, though, no stopping
City who snapped straight back at
their illustrious rivals, who were
caught on the counter-attack and fell
behind in the 51st minute.
Bryan was set free by Pack and
smashed the ball past Romero in
sumptuous fashion, showing why he
is one of the hottest properties outside the Premier League.
Ibrahimovic cut the Robins’ celebrations short seven minutes later.
Pogba was fouled and the Swede
stepped up to drive a 22-yard freekick through the wall and beyond
Steele to send the tie seemingly toward extra-time.
But then Smith stepped forward in
the third and final minute of stoppage
time to drive a low shot past Romero
and prompt a pitch invasion following the final whistle. THE INDEPENDENT
Chelsea
Caballero
Rudiger
Cahill
Ampadu
Drinkwater Fabregas
Kenedy
Zappacosta
Willian
Pedro
Batshuayi
Defoe
Fraser
Simpson
Gosling
Surman
S Cook
Arter
Francis
Boruc
Bournemouth
Mousset
A Smith
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Jorgenson offers
free pint to fans
Mathias Jorgensen has offered to
buy every Huddersfield Town fan
who travels away to Southampton
on Saturday a Christmas drink
as a thank-you for their support.
The Danish defender could end
up forking out more than £8,000
on drinks for those that make
the 472-mile round trip down the
south coast. Fans will be given a
voucher which they can redeem at
Huddersfield’s next home match
on Boxing Day against Stoke.
FOOTBALL
DOPING
Mice infestation at
the Emirates
Paralympic chiefs
stick by Russia ban
Arsenal insist they are taking
the “right actions” to address a
mice infestation at the Emirates
Stadium dating back to October
2016. A council investigation
from 14 months ago discovered
“extensive evidence of mouse
activity” in the club’s ground –
including across the hospitality
levels. The stadium’s proximity to
the East Coast Main Line is being
touted as a potential cause of
any infestation.
Russia’s hopes of sending a
full team to the 2018 Winter
Paralympics have been dealt a
blow after failing to persuade
the International Paralympic
Committee (IPC) to lift its
suspension after allegations of
state-sponsored doping. A final
decision on whether Russia
will be involved in the 2018
Winter Games in Pyeongchang,
however, will not be made until
late January.
BOXING
Skoglund ‘recovering’ after brain surgery
Erik Skoglund has been woken from his medically-induced coma, his
promoters have confirmed. The Swedish super-middleweight, 26, was
taken ill at the end of a training session and had been in “a serious yet
stable condition” after brain surgery earlier this month. Skoglund
(above, right) last fought on 16 September when he lost to Britain’s
Callum Smith in a World Boxing Super Series quarter-final contest
in Liverpool. Sauerland Promotion said in a statement: “He is now
breathing on his own, with the help of a ventilator, and is responding to
instructions. Although he remains in intensive care, the most critical
and life-threatening stages of his recovery are now behind him.”
CRICKET
Indian pair put
Sri Lanka in a spin
Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep
Yadav helped skittle Sri Lanka
as India won their opening T20
international by 93 runs. Chahal
(4 for 23) and fellow wrist-spinner
Yadav (2 for 18) dismissed Sri
Lanka for 87 with four overs
remaining after India had set
a winning target of 181. Hardik
Pandya mopped up the tail and
finished with 3 for 29.
Sport on tv
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Freestyle skiing: World Cup
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Darts: PDC World Championship
Sky Sports Main Event, 7pm
Football: Eibor v Girona
Sky Sports Football, 6.25pm
Football: Alaves v Malaga
Sky Sports Football, 8.25pm
CARABAO CUP QUARTER-FINALS
Chelsea to face Arsenal in semis
after late show from Morata
» Match report, p54-55
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Robins
Holders Man United out of Cup as
Championship side set up semi with City
» Match report, p54-55
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RUGBY UNION
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knows it’s big
tons or bust for
his Test place
Swansea lose patience and sack Clement
By Samuel Lovett
P50-51
FOOTBALL
How the game
is bringing
hope to kids in
Bangladesh
Swansea have sacked manager Paul
Clement with the club rooted to the
bottom of the Premier League table.
Clement, 45, had been
under increasing pressure and the
Swans have confirmed his departure
after Monday night’s 3-1 defeat at
Everton left them four points adrift
of safety.
Swansea have lost all but two of
their last 10 league games and have
registered just 12 points from their
opening 18 fixtures.
And the recent resurgence of the
clubs around them, such as West
Bromwich Albion and West Ham,
who both recently changed managers, may have served as a
further catalyst for Swansea to act. The club confirmed that assistant
managers Nigel Gibbs
and Karl Halabi have
also left the club
Clement (right), who
managed Derby and was
assistant to Carlo Ancelotti
at Bayern Munich, Paris SaintGermain and Real Madrid, had been
at Swansea for less than 12 months,
having replaced Bob Bradley in January. Swansea were in the relegation
zone when Clement took charge
and he steered them to safety
as the club finished 15th at
the end of last season.
But the Swans have
won only three league
games this time around,
scoring 10 goals, and
chairman Huw Jenkins
said the club could not
leave it any longer.
Jenkins said: “To change the
manager, especially at only the halfway point of the season, is the last
thing we wanted to do as a club. We
had three different managers last
season and as a result we all wanted
to give Paul as much time as possible
to turn things around.
“But we felt we couldn’t leave it
any longer and needed to make a
change to give us the best chance
of an uplift and a turnaround in fortunes with the club bottom of the
Premier League.
“Paul has been at the club for 12
months and what he achieved in the
» Continued on p52
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