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QUA L I T Y, C O N C I S E – T H E F U T U R E O F I N D E PE N D E N T JOU R NA L I S M
Sexist BBC pay
Parliament
hears explosive
testimony from
top correspondent
S P O RT
Deadline day deal drama
(And there was some
actual football
played, too)
P6
Diners beware
Revealed: how
plastic waste
passes through
the food chain
P10
Stroke
warning for
over-40s
THURSDAY
1 FEBRUARY 2018
Number 2,243
Dog’s dinner
Is it safe to
feed your pet
raw meat?
» Record number of people aged 40-69 are having strokes
» Weight, heavy drinking and lack of exercise behind increase
» Younger adults urged to change lifestyles – and learn symptoms
» One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime
Reports – P5
P30
News.co.uk
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‘I wanted to
hide away’
May in China
Joel Dommett’s
comeback
from online
sex shame
P8
P36
INSIDE HAMISH McRAE
P21
Beijing opens up
An extract from
Chris Packham’s
award-winning
memoir
Stand up
To lose weight
P27
P4
I SCHOOL CAREERS ADVICE FIT FOR 2018
Start of a life’s
adventure
P32
I TWO PAGES OF PUZZLES
P44
The
News
Matrix
POLITICS
A group of
celebrities is
calling for what
change in the
preparation of
this dish?
See p.11
The day at
a glance
THURSDAY
1
FEBRUARY
Quote of the day
In any contest between
power and patience,
bet on patience
W B PRESCOTT
MPs criticise Gove’s
‘rushed’ animals law
Michael Gove’s proposed new laws
to improve protections for animals
appear to have been written in haste
and are in a “far from finished state”,
according to a Commons committee.
In a brutal assessment of the
Environment Secretary’s plans, MPs
said the work had been rushed.
ENVIRONMENT
COURTS
POLITICS
Anti-climate change
tech ‘not enough’
Gay priest pursues
discrimation case
Rudd ‘watered down’ Nine Albanians
civil partnership bill rescued in Channel
MIGRATION
Technologies to capture carbon
emissions from the atmosphere
have “limited realistic potential” to
help avoid climate change, scientists
warn. Schemes such as planting
forests and adding iron to oceans to
boost plankton cannot take carbon
out at the rate required to meet
targets set by the Paris Agreement.
A gay priest who was prevented
from working as a hospital chaplain
after marrying his partner has urged
senior judges to find he suffered
discrimination. Canon Jeremy
Pemberton, a Church of England
minister, had his permission to
officiate revoked after he married
Laurence Cunnington in April 2014.
The Government has “effectively”
withdrawn its support for plans
to allow straight couples to have
civil partnerships following Justine
Greening’s departure from the
Cabinet. MP Tim Loughton said
that Amber Rudd, who took over the
equalities brief, had watered down
his proposals for a law change.
The National Crime Agency is
investigating after nine migrants
were rescued from a boat in the
Channel at 5.30am yesterday. The
eight men and one woman, who told
Border Force officers they were
Albanian, were rescued by lifeboat
crews in the Dover Strait. Two men
have been arrested.
COURTS
DEFENCE
NATURE
ITALY
Cannabis smoke
blown in baby’s face
‘MoD faces £20bn
budget black hole’
Packham’s book is
an online winner
Small print adds
€25,000 to €1 house
A woman blew cannabis smoke in
the face of her Muslim neighbour’s
baby because of “warped views”, a
court heard. Cheryl McKeown, 32,
harassed Koutar Mrimou between
August 2016 and April 2017 in
Shepherd’s Bush, west London.
Westminster magistrates court
imposed a two-year restraining order.
The Ministry of Defence is
potentially facing a £20bn black hole
in the Armed Forces’ equipment
budget. The National Audit Office
said the £180bn 10-year equipment
plan was “unaffordable” and did not
represent a “realistic forecast” of the
costs. It called for urgent action was
taken to address the issue.
TV presenter Chris Packham’s
memoir Fingers in the Sparkle Jar has
been voted the UK’s favourite nature
book in an online poll.
The naturalist and wildlife
campaigner’s book describes
growing up with Asperger’s
syndrome, and his obsession with
nature. PAGE 27
There’s usually a catch, especially if
something seems too good to be true.
Authorities in the town of Ollolai,
nestled in central Sardinia, are
offering homes for just €1 each. The
aim is to rejuvenate a population
that has halved. But the small print
says buyers have to commit to spend
around €25,000 restoring it.
Birthdays
Harry Styles (below),
pop singer, 24; Michael C
Hall, actor, 47; Lisa Marie
Presley, singer, 50; Terry
Jones, comedian, 76; Kevin
Kilbane, ex-footballer,
41; Laura Marling, folk
musician, 28
Anniversaries
Monday 1 February 1790
The US Supreme Court
meets for the first time
in the Royal Exchange
Building in New York City,
with Chief Justice John Jay
presiding. The court was
established by Article 3 of
the US Constitution, which
took effect in March 1789.
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Consumer
The List
Britain’s areas most
hit by floods
The UK is well-known for its wet
weather. It’s bad enough getting
drenched when you’ve forgotten
your umbrella, but it’s a lot worse
when your home is flooded.
Research from comparison
website MoneySuperMarket
has revealed the areas where
properties are most likely have
been hit by water damage.
The percentage of buildings
affected are:
1. Hull – 7.6%
2. Carlisle – 3.1%
3. Lancaster – 2.1%
4. Llandudno – 1.9%
5. Worcester – 1.7%
6. Gloucester – 1.7%
7. Oxford – 1.6%
8. Exeter – 1.5%
9. Hereford – 1.5%
10. Perth – 1.3%
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
Candles are growing in popularity across Europe. According to the European
Candle Association, consumption has jumped 25% from 1.17kg per person in
2011 to 1.45kg in 2016. Denmark consumed the most in 2016, burning through
an average of 4.3kg, while in the UK citizens use approximately 1.2 kg per head.
The top 10
EU countries
consuming candles
2.7
kg
4.3
kg
Per person, kg
2.1
kg
Finland
Denmark
Estonia
2.6
kg
1.2
kg
UK
2.8
kg
Li hu ni
2.4
kg
Germany
Portugal
2.3
kg
3.1
kg
Slovenia
Austria
1.17kg
1.18kg 1.25kg
3.7
kg
Czech
Republic
1.32kg
1.36kg
2014
2015
2.4
kg
Poland
1.45kg
The rise of
the EU’s
candle
consumption
Average EU
consumption
per person, kg
index
Crossword.............22
TV & Radio...........28
The 10 Best...........35
Business.................40
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
The EU candle
resurgence
2011
2012
2013
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ThePage3Profile
SWEDEN
LORD BATES, MINISTER OF STATE AT THE
DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Duke sends ‘cheeky’
message to Princess
Paul Gallagher
The Duke of Cambridge has written
a cheeky dedication to Sweden’s
Crown Princess – on a high-tech
bag. William made the heir to the
Swedish throne laugh when he chose
“I belong to Victoria” to appear
on the item via Bluetooth.Crown
Princess Victoria has been meeting
Britain’s future king in Stockholm.
It’s never been more
important to Act F.A.S.T
UNITED STATES
‘Support peacock’
not allowed to fly
A performance artist’s “emotional
support peacock’” has been turned
away from a United Airlines flight
in Newark, New Jersey. The bird,
named Dexter, had its own ticket,
but was prevented from boarding
over health and safety concerns.
Dexter and his owner spent six
hours trying to get on the flight.
RUSSIA
Locusts a threat to
World Cup pitches
What’s this about a quitter storm?
The minister suprised the House
of Lords by offering his resignation
after missing a question from a
fellow peer. Michael Bates should
have been present to answer a
question from Labour’s Baroness
Lister yesterday but he was a few
minutes late. The Tory peer, who
became a Lord in 2008, apologised
to the chamber – but decided this
wasn’t enough and announced he
would step down.
A politician with honour?
Lord Bates gave a dramatic speech
about levels of behaviour that were
expected of Lords. “I have always
believed that we should rise to
the highest possible standards of
courtesy and respect in responding
on behalf of the Government to
the legitimate questions of the
legislature,” he told the House.
“I am thoroughly ashamed at not
being in my place and therefore I
shall be offering my resignation
to the Prime Minister with
immediate effect.”
And with that, he turned on his
heel and left.
Oh dear. Did the others accept it?
Not willingly. His speech was met
by a chorus of disbelief, peppered
with shouts of “no”and incredulous
looks across the chamber. Baroness
Smith, Labour’s leader in the Lords,
told him an apology was good
enough for “a minor discourtesy of
which any of us can be guilty of on
occasion”.
Is he really gone for good?
The last time he quit a post, he
went on a charity trek across South
America and raised more than
£200,000 for good causes. But this
time, any walking plans will have to
be put on hold as Theresa May has
refused to accept his resignation.
A spokesman for Mrs May said:
“His resignation was refused as it
was judged this was unnecessary.
It is typical of his approach that
he takes his responsibilities to
Parliament so seriously. We are
pleased that he has decided to
continue in his important roles at
the Department for International
Development and HM Treasury.”
So he should be back at work this
morning - and presumably, bang
on time.
Alina Polianskaya
A plague of locusts could destroy
the grass in World Cup stadiums
this year, including one in Volgograd
where England will play Tunisia.
“We have more or less learnt how
to deal with locusts, but I’m afraid
we could end up in an international
locust scandal,” a Russian
government spokesman said.
PERU
Driver damages
World Heritage site
A truck driver has damaged part
of the famous Nazca lines in Peru.
Jainer Flores drove into a section
of the UN World Heritage site,
damaging part of three lines.
The Nazca lines are 1,500- to
2,000-year-old huge etchings
depicting imaginary figures,
creatures and plants.
Letter from the
Health Correspondent
i@inews.co.uk
The good news from today’s Public
Health England (PHE) stroke awareness
campaign is that far more people are
saved compared to just a few years
ago. Thanks to a combination of better
prevention, earlier treatment and more
advanced treatment, deaths related to
stroke have declined by 49 per cent in
the past 15 years.
However, the bad news is the average
age when both men and women suffer
a stroke has fallen significantly over the
past decade.
Simon Allison, a fit and healthy
41-year-old from Dundee, told i he
feels lucky to be alive after suffering a
mini-stroke last year while out running
with a friend, who insisted he went to
hospital. While there, the employment
lawyer suffered a massive stroke and
was thankfully able to quickly receive
specialist treatment.
Simon is one of a growing number of
middle-aged men and women across
the UK who have suffered a stroke.
Experts suggest the rise is down to
rising obesity rates, drinking too much
alcohol and high cholesterol levels,
among other factors. But cases like
Simon’s – who is not overweight and
regularly exercises – shows that it
can strike those who are seemingly
perfectly healthy.
That is why PHE is relaunching its Act
F.A.S.T campaign to promote awareness
of the signs and symptoms of stroke. As
Professor Julia Verne, a director at the
agency, says: “Many people think that
strokes only affect older people, but
that’s not the case.”
She says the nation needs a better
awareness in people aged 40 to 69 of
factors that can contribute to stroke.
One in six people will have a stroke and
there are around 35,000 stroke-related
deaths in England and Wales each year,
with more than 4,300 in Scotland and
almost 1,000 in Northern Ireland.
If we all become more familiar with
the signs of a stroke, and be ready to act
fast, then the number of deaths should
continue to fall as well.
4
NEWS
HEALTH
DIET
Standing at work
‘could help keep
employees fit’
Too much fish
oil is bad for
you, report says
By Alina Polianskaya
Standing instead of sitting for six
hours a day could stave off weight
gain and could even help shift extra
pounds, a study found.
With more people leading sedentary lifestyles that have been linked
to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, researchers wanted
to find out if standing burned more
calories than sitting.
They discovered that staying on
your feet used up 0.15 calories more
per minute.
The senior author, Professor
Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, chief of
Preventive Cardiology at the Mayo
Clinic in Rochester in the US, said:
“Standing not only burns more calories, the additional muscle activity
Julie Ward, senior cardiac
nurse at the British Heart
Foundation, warned the study
was limited and a “larger, more
representative” sample was
needed to recommend how long
people should stand.
By John von Radowitz
Consuming too much fish oil can increase the risk of serious liver disease, a study suggests.
Fish oil and sunflower oil were
linked to harmful long-term changes
and ageing effects in the liver. The
result was non-alcoholic steatohepatitis – a dangerous inflammatory condition that can lead to cirrhosis and
liver cancer.
Fish oil rich in omega-3 fatty acids
and vitamin D is considered one of the
most beneficial superfoods, warding
off heart disease, helping to preserve
healthy brain function, and protecting against inflammatory disorders.
The World Health Organisation recommends one to two servings of oily
fish a week. The Journal of Nutritional
Biochemistry published the findings.
is linked to lower rates of heart attacks, strokes and diabetes, so the
benefits of standing could go beyond weight control.”
The results found that a person
who weighs 65kg who stood up
rather than sat for six hours burned
around 54 extra calories a day. This
added up to around 2.5kg a year,
assuming they didn’t eat any additional food.
Professor Lopez-Jimenez added:
“Our results might be an underestimate because when people stand
they tend to make spontaneous
movements like shifting weight or
swaying from one foot to another.”
Tim Spector, a professor of
Genetic Epidemiology at King’s
College London, said the UK was
“behind the times” in shifting our
work practices away from spending
all day in a chair.
The physician and author of The
Diet Myth, said: “Whenever I got to
hospitals or universities in California, they have stand-up meetings.”
SCIENCE
Blood test‘detects’
Alzheimer’s
By Alex Matthews-King
A blood test that could allow accurate
and cheap identification of one of the
early indicators of Alzheimer’s before
the disease begins to cause noticeable symptoms has been developed.
It is thought this could open the
way to earlier treatment to slow or
halt the progression of the disease.
Only expensive and invasive tests
can now reliably detect the early
build-up of amyloid beta, the defective protein molecules in the brain
that are a major hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers from Japan and
Australia, reporting in the journal
Nature, have demonstrated that the
“precursor” molecules that form
amyloid beta protein build-ups can
be detected in the blood with 90 per
cent accuracy.
The research is published
in the ‘European Journal of
Preventive Cardiology’
DIET
Losing weight ‘has ripple effect’
By Sally Guyoncourt
People pursuing weight loss pass
on the benefits to their partners
in a “ripple effect”, scientists
have found.
A study at the University of
Connecticut in the US, funded
by Weight Watchers, tracked the
weight loss of 130 couples over six
months, where one partner had decided to lose weight.
Researchers found when one
member of a couple committed
to losing weight there was a good
chance the other partner would too,
even if they did not actively participate in a weight-loss programme,
Professor Amy Gorin, lead investigator, said.
Modern home for ancient king
A 3,200-year-old statue of King
Ramses II, the most powerful
pharaoh, has moved home with
the help of army engineers and
specialist contractors.
The 83-tonne structure was
transported 400 metres in a
specially contructed cage on a truck
from a storage area to the newly
built Grand Egyptian Museum
in Cairo. It will now grace the
museum’s entrance hall. REUTERS
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i THURSDAY
1 FEBRUARY 2018
5
HEALTH
Marr: I’m
lucky to
be alive
Excess eating and
drinking causing
more middle-aged
to suffer strokes
published today by Public Health
England (PHE) reveal.
While the majority (59 per cent)
Middle-aged people are suffering still strike those over 70, almost four
from strokes in record numbers with in 10 strokes now occur in middlemany of them paying the price for aged adults, defined as 40 to 69 years
eating and drinking too much, and old. The figure has risen sharply from
a decade ago, when 33.7 per cent of
taking too little exercise.
So many middle-aged people are first strokes occurred in middle age.
having them that the average age for In 2016 the figure was 38.2 per cent.
Obesity and diabetes rates among
suffering a first stroke has fallen from
71 to 68 years for men and from 75 to adults have risen sharply in recent
years and can greatly increase the
73 years for women.
More than 30,000 people died risk of stroke. Other risk factors infrom a stroke in 2016 in England and clude high cholesterol levels, high
57,000 suffered their first, figures blood pressure and drinking too
much alcohol.
Professor Julia Verne, a director at
PHE, said: “Many people think that
Signs What to look for
strokes only affect older people, but
that’s not the case. We need a better
The findings have prompted Public
awareness in people aged 40 to 69 of
Health England to relaunch its
factors that can contribute to stroke
national stroke campaign to remind
such as smoking, being overweight,
people of all ages to be aware of
not getting enough exercise and
the symptoms and call 999
heavy drinking.”
urgently at the first signs.
It is estimated that just
Awareness and timing
are crucial – around 1.9
under one in three people who have a stroke
million nerve cells in
the brain are lost every
will go on to experience another one.
minute that a stroke is
The percentage of
Strokes, which occurs
left untreated, which
40- to 69-yearwhen blood flow to an
can result in slurred
olds who suffered
a stroke in 2016 in
area of the brain is cut
speech and paralysis. If
England
left untreated, a stroke
off, are the third most
can result in permanent
common cause of predisability or death.
mature death and a leading
The Act F.A.S.T Stroke
cause of disability in the UK.
Campaign urges awareness of:
One in six people will have a stroke
Face – has their face fallen on one
in their lifetime and there are around
side? Can they smile?
35,000 stroke-related deaths in EngArms – can they raise both their arms
land and Wales each year, with more
and keep them there?
than 4,300 in Scotland and almost
Speech – is their speech slurred?
1,000 in Northern Ireland.
Time – time to call 999
The Scottish Stroke Care Audit,
The campaign urges the public to which looks at stroke incidence,
call 999 if they notice even one of the also showed a rise in under-60signs of a stroke in themselves, or in year-olds suffering a stroke over
others. Timely treatment can reduce the last year, although it was not
the risk of disability and death.
statistically significant.
Andrew Marr suffered
a stroke in January
2013 while exercising
at home.
When he was taken
to hospital, doctors
discovered that the
BBC presenter and i
columnist had had two
transient ischaemic
attacks – or “ministrokes” – the previous
year but not noticed.
He believes his major
stroke was triggered
by vigorous use of a
rowing machine. He
left it until the next day
to seek treatment and
now admits: “I’m lucky
to be alive.”
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
38.2
Case Study
Case Study
‘I thought I was
too fit to have one’
‘I still have some
of the effects’
SIMON ALLISON, 41, an employment
lawyer from Dundee, was out
running with his friend Graham
in January last year when he felt his
arm become numb
Elaine Pye, a Stroke Association
worker from Wigan, was getting
ready to go on holiday in 2016 when
she had a stroke at the age of 52
“A couple of miles into the run,
Graham just turned to me and said
I was incoherent, not making any
sense at all,” he recalls. “I carried
on running, but he then noticed
that one side of my face had started
to droop and said that I should get
myself to hospital.”
The pair drove to A&E at
Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and
although Simon’s symptoms had
entirely abated within 20 minutes, a
scan revealed he had suffered a tear
in an artery in his neck which had
caused a blood clot. Since he had
had a mini-stroke, the doctors kept
him in for observation, during which
time he suffered a massive stroke –
aged just 40 – and his family was told
to prepare for the worst.
“Luckily, as I was in Ninewells at
the time, doctors were able to give
SOCIETY
HEALTH
Homes on surplus NHS land
will be offered first to staff
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Nurses and other NHS staff will be
given first refusal on thousands of affordable homes to be built on unused
or surplus NHS land across England,
the Government has announced.
The policy is expected to create
around 3,000 homes with the money
generated set to be pumped back into
health services.
The announcement follows 17
recommendations made last March
by Sir Robert Naylor’s NHS Prop-
me clot-busting drugs immediately
and I had a swift recovery.”
Doctors said the cause was a
whiplash injury Simon had recently
suffered, although he has no
memory of an incident where that
could have occurred. Within a week
he could walk normally and tie his
shoelaces. His speech took longer
to return, but he was soon able to
return to work.
He added: “It never occurred to
me that someone my age, who is fit
and not overweight, could have one.”
“Even though the hospital
provided amazing care, waking
up on a hyper-acute stroke unit
was still without doubt a truly
terrifying experience,” says Ms
Pye (inset), who is
now 53. “I do still
have some of the
hidden effects,
mainly cognitive
and memory
problems, but I
am very aware
how fortunate I
have been to make
such a great recovery.”
Her Stroke Association role
changed when she returned and
she now helps to run a volunteer
network caring for younger
stroke patients. “I’ve definitely
noticed a lot more younger people
being referred,” she says.
However, a recent report from
a think-tank called into question
whether staff would be able to afford these new homes, as reported by
Nursing Times. It claimed homes
erty and Estates review, of
being built on land sold off
which 15 have now been
by the NHS will be largely
accepted in full by
unaffordable for nurses,
whose median salary is
the Government.
In order to achieve
around £24,000, sugRecommendations
its aim on affordable
gesting Government
made last year by
housing, the Departpledges to offer staff
Sir
Robert
Naylor’s
ment of Health also
“first refusal” may be
NHS
review
have
reiterated an earlier
“worth little”.
been accepted by the
announcement that
A total of 59 sites
Government
there would be a new
have so far been sold
by the NHS as part of the
national NHS Property
Government’s public land sale
Board, chaired by health minister Lord James O’Shaughnessy, to programme, said the report from the
New Economics Foundation.
oversee the release of surplus land.
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Breast screening figures hit a low
By Ella Pickover
The number of women taking
up breast screening has fallen
to the lowest level in a decade,
figures show.
Just 71.1 per cent of women in
England aged 50 to 70 took up invitations for routine screening in
2016-17 – down one per cent from
the previous year.
The figure is the lowest in 10
years – in 2007, 73.6 per cent of
women attended, according to NHS
Digital data.
Around one in eight women in the
UK are diagnosed with breast can-
cer at some point in their lifetime.
It was announced today that a
“life-changing” drug for breast cancer has been given the go-ahead for
routine NHS use in England.
The National Institute for Health
and Care Excellence issued its final
decision recommending Perjeta,
also known as Pertuzumab, for
some women with breast cancer.
The drug previously had to
be accessed through the Cancer
Drugs Fund.
Charity Breast Cancer Now
said it was “delighted” by the
news, describing the drug’s effects
as “extraordinary”.
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MEDIA
POLITICS
BBC ‘insulted’
editor who quit
over pay equality
MP critical of
funds to fight
knife crime
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Carrie Gracie, the BBC China editor who quit in protest over pay
inequality at the broadcaster, was
insulted by bosses who told her
they had accidentally underpaid
her £100,000 because her career
was “in development”.
Fighting back tears during an
emotional appearance before the
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Select Committee, Ms Gracie said
the BBC had offered her three
years of back pay after admitting it
had “inadvertently” underpaid her
since 2014, compared with men in
equivalent roles.
Ms Gracie, who was paid
£135,000, said: “From 2014 to 2016
the BBC said they had inadvertently
left me off when they raised the pay
of the others [editors]. It sounds like
a tacit admission of pay discrimination because they wanted to pay me
£100,000 in back pay.”
A BBC veteran of 30 years, Ms
Gracie added: “They said that from
2014 to 2016 I was basically ‘in development’. That was an insult to
add to the original injury. It is un-
acceptable to talk to your senior
women like that.
“I’ve been leading the BBC’s
China coverage for four years. I’ve
faced significant risks and am a
two-time Royal Television Society
award nominee for specialist journalism. That’s the first time I’ve
been ‘in development’ at [age] 55.”
The BBC’s “reputation for pursuing truth without fear or favour”
was now under threat from its obfuscations during the gender pay
row, Ms Gracie said. She rejected
the back-pay offer made during her
grievance dispute.
“If the BBC doesn’t report the
truth, how can its journalists?”
she asked.
Ms Gracie agreed to take the
China post after being assured that
her pay would be in line with other
BBC international editors. She was
“shocked” to discover last July that
figures including Jon Sopel, the
North America editor, were being
paid £100,000 more.
Ms Grace quit her China role
since the BBC was “still not giving
me parity” with the salaries of Mr
Sopel and Jeremy Bowen, the Middle East editor.
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Carrie Gracie said the BBC had ‘tacitly admitted’ pay discrimination in wanting
to give her £100,000 after paying men in equivalent roles more than her PA
Carrie Gracie Talking about the BBC
n “I knew I would do that job at least
as well as any man. And there was no
man. There was no other candidate
for the job.”
n “She [Fran Unsworth, BBC director
of news] knows I don’t work parttime. I work very hard. I would
expect the most senior woman in
BBC News to stand up for her senior
women journalists.”
n “BBC management needs to stop
treating us as some kind of enemy.”
n “The BBC lives or dies by its reputation for telling the truth without fear
of favour – that is what we go out and
do every day, and that is what our
bosses should do.”
n “I ask myself if they appoint a man
as the next China editor, maybe it will
be easier to get [reports] on air?”
n “If the BBC can’t sort out pay for me,
then how can it sort it out for more
vulnerable people that don’t have
such a public profile?”
EQUALITY
Not every editor deserves exactly the same pay, insists Hall
By Adam Sherwin
The BBC’s Director-General, Lord
Hall, said Carrie Gracie’s pay should
have been reviewed earlier but
refused to accept she was the victim
of sex discrimination.
He told the select committee that
it would be “completely outrageous”
for pay to be based on gender.
However, he said he did not
agree with the notion “that
every single editor, home
and abroad, should be
paid exactly the same”.
The peer (inset) added:
“I profoundly believe the
BBC needs to demonstrate
under the law that we are
paying equally. Where
Carrie and I would
disagree is that there was
a hierarchy within a band
which has been far too big
between the China editor
versus the Europe editor,
versus the North American
editor, versus the Middle East editor.”
Sir David Clementi, the BBC
chairman, added: “The clue is in the
word ‘talent’. Not everyone is paid
exactly the same for doing similar
sorts of jobs.”
The head of BBC News, Fran
Unsworth, said the amount of time
spent on air was a factor in salaries.
The epidemic of knife crime is being
driven by “gangsters, organised
criminals and dirty money”, an MP
warned as he told Prime Minister’s
Question Time of a brutal attack on
a teenage constituent.
David Lammy, the Tottenham MP,
condemned the Government for allocating only £500,000 for projects
dedicated to reducing numbers of
knives carried on the streets. In a series of articles this week, i has highlighted shocking figures on numbers
of schoolchildren carrying blades.
Mr Lammy told the Commons that
17-year-old Reece Oduleye-Waters
was stabbed on Sunday with “lifechanging results”.
He said: “The knife crime happening across our country is not being
driven by minors and young people.
It is being driven by gangsters, organised criminals and dirty money.”
He said the cocaine trade was
worth £12bn a year, with 100 tons
smuggled annually into Britain.
He asked: “Why has London been
offered, in the violence reduction
strategy, a community fund of only
half a million pounds? No one could
buy a house for half a million in
London.”
The Cabinet Office minister, David
Lidington, standing in for Theresa
May, said: “There is no doubt organised crime is contributing to this, and
is exploiting young people.”
David Lammy
wants more done
to cut knife crime
Safer
schools
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MPs back plan
for restoration
programme
By Richard Wheeler
MPs have backed plans for both
houses of Parliament to move
out of the Palace of Westminster
during a multibillion-pound
restoration programme.
They committed to a “full and
timely decant” after deleting
sections from a motion which
would have allowed them to kick
into the long grass the need for
“comprehensive works”. A body
will be set up to provide up-todate costings and a “realistic”
timetable for the repairs.
The amendment was tabled by
Meg Hillier, the MP who chairs the
Public Accounts Committee, and
was viewed as a way of ensuring
more rapid progress in repairs
to the palace, compared with two
motions tabled by the Commons
Leader, Andrea Leadsom.
But Sir Edward Leigh, a former
Tory minister, warned that Ms
Hillier’s amendment could result
in MPs leaving Parliament for
up to 12 years and effectively
authorise the spending of £5bn.
Pe e r s w i l l d i s c u s s t h e
restoration plans next Tuesday.
COURTS
Librarian stole
books to sell
on Amazon
By Claire Hayhurst
Stargazers in awe as super blue moon lights up the night sky
Stargazers across the world were hoping to be
treated to the sight of a blue moon last night. A
blue moon, defined as the second full moon in
a calendar month, rose for the first time since
July 2015. It was also a supermoon, meaning the
Earth’s natural satellite appeared 14 per cent
bigger and 30 brighter as it reached its closest
point to Earth.
People in the Phlippines were among the first to
see the phenomenon (top). The Statue of Liberty
provided an unsual setting in New York (bottom
left), while the moon appeared as if trapped
between two office buildings in Bangkok, Thailand
(bottom right). Dr Gregory Brown, an astronomer
at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said: “This
full moon is unusual in that it is the second full
moon of the month, when typically there is only
one full moon per calendar month.” AP/GETTY
SCIENCE
Ears grown in lab can be grafted on to patients
By Harry Cockburn
Scientists in China say they have
achieved a world first by successfully
growing a perfectly compatible ear in
a lab and grafting it on to a recipient.
What makes the procedure
groundbreaking is that the patient’s
own ear cartilage cells were used to
form the new organ. Five children
suffering from the condition microtia,
in which the ear is underdeveloped,
have undergone the experimental
surgery to receive the ears.
The first child to have the surgery
did so two-and-a-half years ago and
the research team has said so far
there are no signs the body has rejected or accidentally absorbed the
new cells.
The results of the Chinese
team’s work are published in the
journal EBioMedicine.
The widely used treatments for
microtia now include the use of silicone prosthetic ears, or rib cartilage
reconstruction, which have had
mixed results.
The new technique involves taking a scan of the child’s normal ear,
reversing the dimensions and 3D
printing a biodegradable mould
punctuated with tiny holes. Cartilage cells taken from the recipient’s
other, unaffected ear are used to fill
the holes.
Over three months the cartilage
cells grow in the shape of the mould.
While this process is under way, the
ear is grafted on. THE INDEPENDENT
A librarian who stole rare
books – including one on the
Aberfan disaster – and put
them up for sale online has
been jailed for eight months.
Elizabeth McGregor, 57, was
working at Pontypridd Library
in Rhondda Cynon Taf, South
Wales, when it was noticed that
books were going missing.
Her employers
suspected that
McGregor
(inset), of Maes
Y Cynon,
Hirwaun,
was stealing
the books
and a police
investigation
discovered that
some were being
advertised for sale on her
Amazon account.
Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court
heard that McGregor put
the Report of the Tribunal
of Inquiry into the Aberfan
Disaster on the site for £400.
Hundreds of other stolen
books were also recovered from
her home.
She was convicted of two
charges of theft, committed
between August 2016 and
January 2017, and a charge
of perverting the course of
justice, following the trial.
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POLITICS
M&S and Capita among
firms planning cutbacks
By Sally Guyoncourt
Britain was braced for a fresh
round of job losses last night as
some of the country’s biggest
businesses announced they were
making cutbacks.
High-street staple M&S and
burger chain Byron said they would
be closing some of their shops and
restaurants nationwide. Meanwhile,
drinks company Coca-Cola published plans to close two of its UK
sites with the loss of almost 300 jobs.
And the chief executive of the outsourcing and professional services
firm Capita warned there was “significant scope for cost efficiencies”
as it cut its profit forecast and saw
shares plunge.
The firm, which operates a raft of
public sector contracts such as the
London congestion charge and the
Government’s jobseeker’s allowance helpline, saw its shares dive by
42 per cent yesterday after warning
its profits for 2018 would take a hit.
Capita has 67,000 employees. It is
unclear how many jobs will be under
threat from the “cost savings”.
M&S plans to close 14 stores with
the loss of hundreds of jobs after disappointing Christmas sales.
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China agrees
to more open
market for
UK business
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
China will further open its vast market to British products, including
agricultural produce, its premier has
promised during talks in Beijing with
Theresa May.
Its ban on beef imports – imposed
after the outbreak of mad cow disease 20 years ago – is set to be lifted
within six months. China will also import a wider range of dairy products.
Mrs May has been joined in China
by 50 company chiefs on her visit to
China, with the aim of clinching contracts for UK businesses and laying
the groundwork for a post-Brexit
trade deal with the world’s most populous nation.
Following a meeting with Premier
Li Keqiang, Mrs May said the leaders
Bearing gifts May passes on Sir David’s message
Theresa May was due to give China’s
President Xi a box set of the hit BBC
nature series Blue Planet 2, with a
personal message written by Sir
David Attenborough.
The gift of the documentary, which
proved highly popular in China,
marked a trip during which London
and Beijing tightened co-operation
on environmental issues.
About 80 million people were said
to have enjoyed the documentary in
China, narrated by Sir David. But the
programme (pictured), which had a
heavy focus on the impact of plastic
pollution in oceans, helped spark
a more mainstream movement to
tackle the issue.
UK officials said Mrs May’s gift,
along with the note from its narrator,
was a sign that Mrs May saw the issue
as a “shared agenda” for the countries.
Yesterday the Prime Minister
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had agreed to intensify the so-called
“golden era” in relations between
Britain and China.
Mrs May is being accompanied by
her husband, Philip. It is only the second time he has travelled with her on
an official trip overseas.
She said trade between the countries was already worth £59bn a year,
with exports contracts worth another £9bn set to be signed during her
three-day visit.
Mr Li told a joint press conference that their talks had yielded
“substantive results” and the countries’ relationship would not be affected by Brexit.
“We will work to maintain the continued growth in our bilateral relations to take forward our relationship
in the golden era,” he said. “The twoway opening up between China and
the UK will go even further and China
will open even wider to the UK.
“In line with our agreement, China
will expand openness to UK products, including agricultural products.
China will import UK products that
are needed in the Chinese market.”
The leaders said they had agreed
to co-operate more closely on the
United Nations Security Council to
uphold world peace and the international rules-based order – including
in relation to North Korea.
“We agree that its pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile programmes
is illegal, reckless and poses an unacceptable threat to international security,” Mrs May said.
Today, Mrs May will visit a Chinese
agricultural academy before meeting
President Xi Jinping in the afternoon,
and attending a tea ceremony.
On Friday, the Prime Minister and
her delegation will be in Shanghai to
address a business forum before flying home.
Mrs May’s delegation
includes chief executives
of major exporters such as
Jaguar Land Rover, AstraZeneca
and BP, plus small firms
and representatives of UK
universities.
which cleans plastic particles from
the water before it gets to the sea.
Mrs May has also announced a
joint UK-China effort to strengthen
UK/China co-operation tackling the
ivory trade. Border Force officers
will share expertise in identifying
smuggled ivory. Earlier in the day
the Prime Minister gave a chess set
from the British Museum to Premier
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BREXIT
May ‘prepared for
fight’ with EU on
citizens’ rights
Leaked document to
be published – but
we won’t get to see it
By Joe Watts
Theresa May
inspects a guard
of honour in
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Theresa May has signalled she is preparing for a fight with Brussels over
its demands that EU citizens should
be able to secure full residence rights
in the UK during the Brexit transition period.
Mrs May said she is “clear” that
there should be a difference in the
rights afforded to people who arrived in the UK before the expected
March 2019 Brexit date and those
who come afterwards.
She made her comments after
the EU set out its demands for the
two-year transition period, including the one which would increase the
number of EU citizens who can win
UK residency rights after Britain officially quits the bloc.
MPs on the Conservative Party’s
right wing are even more annoyed by
the proposal, because they believed
the matter had been settled in the
“withdrawal” phase of Brexit talks,
agreed at the end of 2017.
Addressing the dispute while
travelling to China, Mrs May said:
“There’s a difference between those
people who came prior to us leaving
and those who will come when they
know the UK is no longer a member.
“People who had come to the UK
when we were a member of the EU
had set up certain expectations, they
made a life choice and… it was right
that we have made an agreement that
ensured they could continue their life
in the way they had wanted to.”
EUROPE
EU rejects City
plan for finance
free trade deal
By Richard Vaughan
Ministers have caved in to pressure
to publish a leaked Government
analysis which shows Britain would
be significantly worse off under any
Brexit deal – but the public will still
be unable to see it.
The papers are to be given to a
Commons committee, but Brexit
minister Robin Walker cautioned
that while MPs can see them,
they should be kept out of the
public domain.
Labour tabled a “humble address” early yesterday to give MPs a
binding vote on whether the secret
papers should be made public. But
the Government decided to abstain
from the vote to avoid another embarrassing defeat in the Commons.
It came just hours after Theresa
May said publishing the papers
would be “wrong”.
The documents were leaked on
Monday, and suggested that even
with a comprehensive trade deal
UK growth would be down by five
per cent over the next 15 years.
This would rise to eight per cent
if Britain left without a deal and was
forced to fall back on World Trade
Organisation rules.
Speaking in the Chamber, Mr
Walker confirmed the documents
would be handed to the Exiting the
No 10 said the Prime
Minister had seen a first
draft of the analysis last week.
A spokesman said: “It is right for
the civil service to prepare these
sorts of analyses to help inform
the Government’s decision.”
Public domain warning: Brexit
minister Robin Walker
European Union Select Committee.
But Mr Walker urged the committee against making the analysis
public, describing it as preliminary,
“unfinished” and said there are aspects of it which “remain negotiation-sensitive and should not be put
in the public domain”.
He also said the document contains a “large number of caveats”,
adding it is “not yet anywhere near
being approved” by ministers.
Government sources said the
document was “incomplete” and
“produced without ministerial
sign-off”.
Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir
Keir Starmer said: “I look forward
to studying the documents in full
and helping to ensure that in future
Brexit policy is driven by evidence,
not ideology.
“It’s time the Prime Minister reflected on her reckless red
lines that are clearly not in the
national interest.”
By Jon Stone
IN BRUSSELS
The UK finance industry came a step
closer to being locked out of European markets after Brussels officials
rejected a City plan for a post-Brexit
free trade deal in financial services.
The plan being pushed by financiers
proposed that the UK and the EU
would continue to allow cross-border
trade in financial services on the basis
that both sides’ regulations would adhere to international standards.
But European Commission officials have told the UK in meetings
since the start of the year that there
would have to be new trade barriers
for banks because the UK is leaving
the single market.
“They have made it very clear to
us that this is unacceptable to them,”
one senior UK finance executive
present at one of the meetings said.
“This was our best and, frankly, only
proposal. We don’t have a plan B.”
Michel Barnier, the European
Commission’s chief negotiator, publicly ruled out a special deal for the
City in December, stating that Theresa May’s red lines on Brexit made the
loss of the so-called “passporting
rights” inevitable. THE INDEPENDENT
CONSERVATIVES
Minister reprimanded for
doubting Brexit strategy
By Nigel Morris
A minister has been reprimanded
by the Tory Chief Whip for doubting
Theresa May’s Brexit strategy as
she faced renewed questions over
her future as prime minister.
Phillip Lee, the justice minister,
received the dressing-down from
Tory MP Anna Soubry accused ‘hard
Brexiteers’ of sabotage PA
the Chief Whip Julian Smith after
he argued that warnings over the
economic impact of leaving the
European Union cannot be ignored.
Mr Lee cited the leaked analysis
as he called for policy on leaving
the EU to be driven by “evidence,
not dogma”.
A Downing Street spokesman
said: “He has been spoken to by the
Chief Whip and reminded that it is
best to air views in private.”
In the Commons, Anna Soubry, a
former minister, rounded on Tory
“hard Brexiteers”, accusing them
of being ready to “destroy” Mrs
May and the party in their determination to achieve a complete break
with the EU. “It’s a battle to death as
far as many of them are concerned,”
she said.
Amid speculation over her survival chances, Mrs May responded
defiantly to her Conservative critics, declaring: “I’m not a quitter.”
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ENVIRONMENT
Long-term customers ‘are
paying price for loyalty’
By Katie Grant
Companies are hitting long-term
customers with a “loyalty penalty”,
squeezing nearly £1,000 extra from
many consumers every year, research has revealed.
It is “common practice” for firms
to charge loyal customers more
than newcomers for the same serv-
ice across six key markets – energy,
mobile, broadband, home insurance,
fixed-rate mortgages and savings accounts – Citizens Advice has found.
The body claims to have uncovered evidence from all six markets
that companies routinely use “unfair tactics” to take advantage of
consumers’ loyalty and deter them
from finding better deals elsewhere.
People who remain loyal to their
providers across these six markets
stand to pay on average £987 more
in a year than new customers for the
exact same service, says Citizens
Advice, which calls for reform.
Vulnerable people, particularly
the elderly and those on low incomes, are among those most likely
to be affected. Tactics include issuing contracts with complex terms
and conditions, failing to provide
notice when a contract ends and
creating financial barriers to exiting a contract.
Plastic particles
‘can make their
way to top of
food chain’
By Tom Bawden
ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT
Scientists have revealed for the first
time how minuscule plastic particles
can infiltrate every stage of the food
chain in rivers and oceans.
A study found tiny “nanoplastics”
moving up through all four levels of
the food chain – even penetrating embryo walls, so that they appeared in
newly hatched fish.
The minute particles – less than a
billionth of a centimetre wide – damaged the animals’ livers and made
them lethargic, meaning they travelled shorter distances and patrolled
a smaller area, researchers found.
Plastic fragments stuck to an algae
plant, at the bottom of the food chain,
ended up, via a water flea and a small
fish, inside the eco-system’s top predator, dark chub, a fish from Japan.
The findings have implications for
fish around the world, suggesting
plastic particles could even find their
way on to our dinner plates.
“Our findings clearly show that
plastic particles are easily transferred through the food chain. And
they strongly point to the potential
health risks of nanoplastic expoThe study goes much
further than previous
research in determining how
far plastic can travel along the
food chain. Previous research
has identified a single transfer
between prey and predator.
Clean
oceans
sure,” said Professor Youn-Joo An, of
Konkuk University in Seoul.
“The presence of nanoplastics
in edible fish suggests that they
could also be transferred to humans
through the same mechanism.”
It comes after separate research
found that tiny plastic particles are
finding their way into fish brains and
giving them brain damage.
Campaigners called the findings
“deeply worrying” and underlined
the need for action to stop the flow of
plastic into rivers and oceans – which
currently moves at a rate of one
truckload a minute.
“If polystyrene nanobeads can pass
so easily up through the food chain,
where do the implications end? Are
we also eating nanoplastics?” asked
Dr David Santillo, a senior Greenpeace scientist based at Exeter University. “This study gives us a sense
of just how pervasive a problem we
have created and how impossible it
will be to control unless we stop the
pollution at source.”
Dr Sue Kinsey, of the Marine
Conservation Society, said: “The research shows the significant problems that plastics can cause to the
wildlife in our oceans and highlights
the urgent need to act now stop plastics getting into our seas.”
BROADCASTING
Weather forecasts could
soon include regional slang
By Sally Guyoncourt
Forecasters’ references to “cold
f ro n t s ” , “ w a r m f ro n t s ” a n d
“precipitation” could be
consigned to broadcasting
history as the Met Office
turns to regional slang
to make weather reports
more accessible.
The national weather
service wants people to
submit local meteorological
terms so that it can compile a
glossary for regional broadcasts and
make them easier to understand.
Derrick Ryall, a spokesman for
the Met Office, said: “We are always
looking to improve the way weather
forecasts are communicated, to
make them as useful as possible and
increase their understanding.
“Ultimately we hope to use the
insights from our research to tap into
local dialects and vocabulary
to make it easier for
people across the UK to
understand the forecast
a n d m a ke i n fo r m e d
decisions based on it.”
R e s e a r c h e r s h av e
already found a wide range
of regional terms. People
in the Black Country use
“bucketing” to describe heavy rain,
whereas those in Leeds and Newcastle
might say “chucking it down”.
Londoners may say “caning it”,
whereas those in Birmingham and
Bristol use “tipping it down”.
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Analysis
Just how much plastic from fish is
ending up on our dinner plates?
Plastic bottles,
'microbeads' used in
cosmetics and other
plastic waste enters
the world's rivers and into
the sea every minute
Stage 1
The plastic starts to degrade
into tiny particles that stick to
plants such as algae which are
at the bottom of the food chain
Stage 2
The algae is eaten by small
organisms - such as the water
flea - which also consume the
plastic micro particles
Stage 3
In turn, small fish consume the
organisms furthering the plastic
along the food chain
Stage 5
Fish edible to humans feed off
the smaller fish meaning the
same plastic has now occupied
four stages of the food chain
Stage 6
Finally, humans could be
exposed to the plastic when
it ends up on the dinner plate
Tom Bawden
ENVIRONMENT
CORRESPONDENT
J
ust how much of the
plastic penetrating the
marine food chain ends
up on the dinner plate
is the subject of much
speculation. But at least some of
the tiny plastic particles pouring
into our oceans is finding its way
into our meals.
One study estimated excessive
consumers of Belgium shellfish
could be eating as many as 11,000
plastic fragments. While most
people are unlikely to ingest
anything like that amount of
plastic from eating shellfish, the
potential of some consumption
would seem to be high.
Another worrying study found
that a third of cod, haddock and
other fish caught off the UK
coast had plastic inside them.
These species are different from
shellfish because we only eat part
of them, rather than the whole
thing (minus the shell).
So we don’t know how much
of the plastic finding its way into
those fish, if any, passes from
their guts – which are taken out
before we eat them – into the flesh
that we do eat.
There is a growing suggestion
some of it does, because we
know that there is at least some
“plastic migration” within fish –
recent research shows that some
fish are developing brain damage
as plastic crosses the “blood
brain barrier”.
There are also plenty of
other fish, such as anchovies
or whitebait, that we consume
whole, which are probably
absorbing plastic.
More than 99 per cent of the
plastic that enters our bodies
passes straight through the
system. But the idea of any
entering our systems still feels
uncomfortable and it would
be good to know whether the
amounts involved are dangerous.
This is a question scientists are
working to answer.
Thank goodness we’ve put plastic on the global agenda, says Charles
The Prince of Wales has spoken of
his “deep frustration” at the world
ignoring plastic waste in the ocean.
Charles told business leaders and
environmentalists yesterday: “Over
the past few years, the awareness
and science about the negative
impacts of plastic waste in our ocean
have grown significantly. Many of
you… shared my deep frustration
that the world was seemingly just
turning a blind eye to this mounting
evidence. Thankfully, the level of
concern has now changed.”
ENVIRONMENT
The Prince (inset) was attending
a meeting of the International
Sustainability Unit in London, which
he set up in 2010 to help tackle
environmental issues such as
deforestation, climate change
and marine health.
He told delegates:
“Even though the
challenge at hand
is extremely grave
and unbelievably
urgent, I for one
at least find some
encouragement from the fact
that the legacy of plastic in the
environment is now very much
on the global agenda and in the
public consciousness.
“The nightmare result of eight
million tons of plastic entering
the ocean every year is set to
get worse rather
than better. We
cannot, indeed
must not, allow
this situation
to continue.”
HEALTH
Celebrities join call for ban on
boiling ‘sentient’ lobsters alive
By Florence Snead
A host of celebrities have given their
backing to wildlife campaigners who
are calling for a ban on lobsters and
crabs being boiled alive when cooked.
More than 50 people have signed
an open letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove urging him to
have the animals recognised as sentient creatures.
Famous faces who have signed the
letter include comedian Bill Bailey,
television presenter Michaela Strachan and Springwatch presenter
Chris Packham, along with representatives from the British Veterinary Association and the RSPCA.
The letter states: “We the undersigned write out of concern for the
About a third of cod caught off Britain’s coast contained plastic MSC/PA
Campaigners say lobsters should
killed humanely before cooking
welfare of decapod crustaceans who
remain unprotected by animal welfare legislation.
“Based on recent compelling scientific evidence that they are sentient
and therefore can experience pain,
and in light of the extreme practices
they are subjected to, we call on the
Government to include decapod
crustaceans under the definition of
‘animal’ in the Animal Welfare Bill
(Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) and in the Animal Welfare
Act 2006.”
The letter, organised by campaign
group Crustacean Compassion, refers to scientific evidence that decapod crustaceans are capable of
experiencing pain.
It adds: “There is no economic or
culinary reason why decapods cannot
be humanely dispatched, yet killing is
sometimes preceded by breaking off
the legs, head or tail, and is often accomplished by boiling alive.”
Video-game addicts ‘risk
physical and mental harm’
found. Gamers were also at risk of
mental side effects, ranging from
depression, obsessive-compulsive
Addiction to video games can
behaviours, anxiety, lack of
contribute to depression,
concentration and selfanxiety and low selfcontrol and impulsiveness, the report in the
esteem in players,
Journal of Health Psyaffecting them both
chology said. It exampsychologically and
The
number
of
ined data from more
physically, a study
studies into video
than 130,000 gamers
has suggested.
game addiction over
aged
between 12 and
Excessive game
the past 11 years
88, and the findings
playing caused physiof 50 studies into video
cal ailments including
game addiction conductcardiovascular stress,
ed over the past 11 years.
wrist pain, issues with sleep
The World Health Organisaand the nervous system and reduced physical activity, researchers tion announced it would list gaming
from Nottingham Trent University addiction as a recognised mental
and the University of Oulu, Finland, health condition this month.
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LEGAL
Edmonds wins
funding to sue
Lloyds Bank
Police and CPS
criticised after
trial collapses
By Ryan Hooper
A judge has criticised police and
prosecutors after the trial of
three people collapsed because of
“repeated failures”.
Judge Gregory Perrins, sitting
at Wood Green Crown Court in
north London, said there had
been “wholesale failure” by the
prosecution over its disclosures
of evidence in the case of Adrian
Iordan, Anisoara Lautaru and
Petruta-Cristina Bosoanca.
The trio were arrested in connection with allegations of people trafficking, but the judge said
the Crown Prosecution Service’s
(CPS) case was “fundamentally
undermined” by around 65,000
social media messages, served
after the trial began.
He added: “There have been
serious errors in the way in which
the prosecution dealt with disclosure throughout 2017. There have
been failures by both the police
and the CPS.”
By Ravender Sembhy
Noel Edmonds has secured funding
to pursue Lloyds through the courts
as he seeks up to £60m in compensation from the banking giant.
The former Deal or No Deal presenter is seeking redress from the
lender after falling victim to fraud by
former staff at HBOS Reading, which
Lloyds rescued at the height of the
financial crisis.
Mr Edmonds confirmed yesterday he has secured a “seven-figure”
sum from specialist litigation funder
Therium to bankroll his case.
“This is massively significant for
me and for the victims of Lloyds’
criminality,” he said. “It is a firm endorsement of my case, Therium do
Noel Edmonds says he has secured a
‘seven-figure sum’ from Therium PA
Corrupt financiers
from HBOS Reading
were jailed last year for
a £245m loans scam, that
destroyed several businesses.
They squandered profits on
prostitutes and luxury holidays.
not take on a case where they think
there’s a chance of losing.”
Therium helps to fund lawsuits and
then takes a portion of the damages
if successful. The deal the television
star struck with them also means he
is insured against any costs orders
that might be made against him.
He is pursing Lloyds for damages
for losses allegedly suffered when his
former business Unique Group was
destroyed because of the fraud.
Mr Edmonds added that after receiving a “derisory” compensation
offer, he was left “with no alternative
but to start legal proceedings”.
Lloyds has rejected Mr Edmonds’
claim. A spokesman for the bank
said: “Lloyds Banking Group made
determined efforts to reach a consensual resolution with Mr Edmonds
through mediation late last year, but
this was not possible. As a formal litigation process has begun it would be
inappropriate to comment other than
to say his claim will be contested.”
DIPLOMACY
Ocean style from a bygone era
A lacquered gold wall panel from the
French cruise ship SS Normandie is
on show at the Victoria and Albert
Museum’s exhibition Ocean Liners:
Speed and Style. The lavish interiors
of the Normandie, which entered
service in 1932, led many to consider
her the greatest ocean liner. In
1942, while being converted into a
US troopship, the ship caught fire
and capsized in New York’s Hudson
River. She was scrapped in 1946.
COURTS
Five men charged in attempt to import £50m of cocaine
By David Wilcock
Two British bricklayers have appeared in court accused of being involved in a plot to smuggle cocaine
worth more than £50m into the UK
on a private jet.
Stephen and Martin Neil, who are
brothers, were among five men ac-
cused of bringing 500kg of the class
A drug into Britain on a flight from
Colombia. The discovery on Monday
is believed to be one of the largest recent seizures of its kind.
The siblings stood side-by-side in
the dock at Uxbridge magistrates’
court yesterday, two days after the
twin-engined aircraft landed at Farn-
borough airport in Hampshire, having flown in from the South American
country’s capital, Bogota.
Stephen, 53, and Martin, 48, both
from Poole, Dorset, are yet to enter
pleas to a single charge of attempting
to import cocaine.
Three other men were in court accused over the same alleged plot.
An Italian national, Alessandro
Iembo, 28, of Bournemouth, Dorset,
and Spanish nationals Victor Franco-Lorenzo, 40, and Jose Ramon
Miguelez-Botas, 55, are also charged
with attempting to import the drug.
All five men were remanded in
custody to appear next at Isleworth
Crown Court on 1 March.
British embassy
in Bangkok is
sold for £420m
By Jon Vale
Britain has sold its embassy in
Thailand for £420m. The Foreign
and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
said it was the biggest sale in its
history, as well as the biggest-ever
land deal in Thailand.
The money will be used to
modernise FCO premises around
the world, including in Cairo, New
Delhi and Washington DC.
The building in Bangkok, which
dated from the 1920s, required
a major upgrade and parts of it
were no longer fit for purpose. A
new embassy will be based in the
AIA Sathorn Tower in Bangkok’s
central business district.
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MRS MAY’S
STABILITY
GENDER PAY
GAP AT BBC
HOUSING
CRISIS
BRITAIN’S
WAR RECORD
TRUMP’S BIG
SPEECH
NEW ‘JULIUS
CAESAR’
Replacing PM
will not solve
our problems
There are no
more excuses
for inequality
Young people
don’t mind
tower blocks
We value our
national
milestones
He reminded
America of its
opportunities
Apt take on a
play about
populism
The Spectator
BBC News
TheTimes
The Telegraph
EveningStandard
The Stage
Theresa May has
become so frightened
of putting a foot
wrong that she is now
extremely reluctant
to confront any
controversial issue.
This is an exceedingly
dangerous position for
a Prime Minister. You
cannot lead if you can’t
make decisions.
(James Forsyth)
Perhaps Carrie
Gracie’s strongest line
was the claim that the
BBC doesn’t trade in
toothpaste, it trades
in truth. The implied
allegation that it has
been less than honest
has the power to
hurt an organisation
founded on principles
of public service.
(Amol Rajan)
Daily Express
The Guardian
Building up is one
answer. Well-built,
cheaper city flats make
more sense. Many
of the young don’t
own cars any more.
They want to spend
any spare change
not on stuff but on
experiences, so they
are happy to be in
small homes if they
are in central locations
near their jobs.
(Alice Thomson)
Europhile zealots
might despise the
concept of national
heritage, but every
true, self-governing
nation values the
milestones of its past.
Reverence for the War
of Independence is
woven into the fabric
of the US. The legacy
of the Revolution
remains an integral
part of Gallic life.
(Leo McKinstry)
The clamour for Mrs
May to be replaced is
based on a curious but
false assumption –
that the voters would
welcome yet another
round of political
shenanigans and that
Brussels would give
us an easier time
if someone else were
in No 10.
(Chris Roycroft-Davis)
The rate of progress
towards genuinely
equal pay for men and
women, and for black,
Asian or minority
ethnic workers, is
still shockingly slow.
Tinkering with the
most glaring injustices
by cutting the pay of a
few famous men is an
inadequate answer.
(Editorial)
Donald Trump’s
State of the Union
address – one of the
longest on record –
was less an exercise
in statesmanship or
policy navigation
than emotional
manipulation
and pseudo-civic
sentimentality: a long
catalogue of anecdotes
and personal tributes
masquerading as a
plan for government.
(Matthew D’Ancona)
It doesn’t take a
soothsayer to figure
out why Shakespeare’s
play of political power
games, conspiracies,
assassination and its
aftermath feels so
current. It remains a
potent essay on what
it is to be popular; an
exploration of what
people think they
want from a leader
and the leader they end
up getting.
(Natasha Tripney)
Inside Housing
Daily Mail
Something has to
be done to stop the
loss of social rented
homes. Since the
Prime Minister made
her Tory conference
promise in October,
there has still been no
news on how it will
be implemented.
(John Perry)
No other major
European country
went through the
20th century without
occupation, revolution
or civil war. That fact
alone surely explains
why Britain was never
wholly converted to
the cause of the EU.
(Dominic Sandbrook)
Washington Post
Time Out
The best part was
when Trump made the
point that “Americans
are dreamers too”. He
emphasised that the US
is at a pivotal moment,
that opportunity is
great and expectations
can be high.
(Ed Rogers)
This populist
production of history’s
most popular play
about populism casts
you as the populace.
The audience mills
about and fills in as the
people of Rome in this
in-the-round take.
(Andrzej Lukowski)
Quote of
the day
LifeInBrief
MARK E SMITH MUSICIAN
Frankly, the
BBC has
become the
supporter
of a foreign
organisation
called the EU
Lord Tebbit
The former Tory
Cabinet minister
addresses the
House of Lords
Mark E Smith, founding member of the
band The Fall, died last week, aged 60.
But Smith was more than just a
founding member, and The Fall were
more than a band.
He was their driving force, the
aggressive general, a ranting, rebellious
boss who embraced chaos and often felt
the desire to poke his tongue out – most
notably when discussing the death of
John Peel live on Newsnight in 2004.
For four decades the man hired and
fired dozens of musicians at will, and it
was not just those on stage who had to
fear for their jobs – he once reportedly
fired a sound technician for ordering a
salad at lunch.
Inspired more by literary giants than
musicians, he was an extraordinary
lyricist with an aggressive bite. Smith
has cited dozens of writers and poets
as influential, including Thomas Hardy,
Philip K Dick, Edgar Allan Poe and
HP Lovecraft. His writing style often
changed. Sometimes intricate stories
laced with sci-fi madness, other times
wacky one-liners.
Born into a working-class family in
Broughton, Salford, on 5 March 1957,
Smith grew up in Prestwich.
He first found work in a meat factory
and then as a shipping clerk on the
Manchester docks where on his lunch
breaks he would write music. In 1976
he quit the docks for The Fall after
attending a Sex Pistols gig. He was
inspired, he said, because “whatever I
did would have to be better than most
of the so-called punk shite I was hearing
at the time”.
He launched the band alongside
friends Martin Bramah, Tony Friel
and Una Baines – who missed their
first gig because she could not afford
a keyboard. Their first two albums,
Live at the Witch Trials and Dragnet,
arrived in 1979. The former came as a
whirlwind punk record while the latter
lost the aggression of Bramah’s guitar
as he became an early member of The
Fallen club (although he returned in
1989). It was an important reshuffle
as the former bassist Marc Riley’s
foreboding sound is largely present in
their continuing sound.
Despite years of shows, Smith
revealed in a recent interview that the
nerves never left him. “I get it bad for
hours before,” he said. “All these cities I
go to, I never see them. They may be the
most beautiful places in the world but
I’ll just usually go to the nearest bar. I
need a couple of hours by myself.”
Often referred to as prolific, the band
unveiled their 31st studio album in
2017. That year also brought Smith’s
60th birthday – a day that made
headlines after the musician’s death
was accidentally reported.
Married three times, Smith first
tied the knot in July 1983 with Brix
Smith, who instantly became a band
member. After their divorce he was
briefly married to Safron Pryor – who
had run the band’s fan club – during the
Nineties before meeting Elena Poulou
in Berlin in December 2000. She joined
The Fall as keyboardist in 2002. His
partner at the time of his death was
Pam Vander, the band’s manager.
Born 5 March 1957
Died 24 January 2018
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Britain’s flight into the unknown
There’s a real danger everyday life will grind to a halt post-Brexit
A
t its heart, Brexit is a
problem of time and
capacity. The UK
doesn’t have enough
of either. This is why
David Davis has
lost the swagger that he had when
he first became Brexit Secretary,
and has replaced it with a kind of
perpetual, flummoxed anxiety. His
speech last week confirmed that
Britain would keep its relationship
with the EU completely unchanged
in transition. There is simply no
time to do anything else.
But even this is not enough.
Davis still faces the problem of
how to stay inside the deals the EU
has signed with other countries
after March 2019. We might be
able to get Brussels to roll over its
arrangements with us, but there are
no guarantees that other countries
will play ball. Negotiators are
particularly concerned about
three areas: trade, aviation and
nuclear material.
DEAD TRADE DEALS
The UK is currently a signatory
to dozens of EU-negotiated
trade agreements. These are
crucial to many businesses. The
South Korean deal, for instance,
significantly boosts car exports,
while half of the UK’s seed potato
exports come under a tariff
agreement with Egypt. When we
leave the EU, we will fall out of
these deals.
The International Trade
Secretary, Liam Fox, insisted that
he could negotiate extensions to the
deals bilaterally. Last October, he
bragged that he would have them in
place by Brexit day. “All these faint
hearts saying we cannot do it,” he
complained. “It’s absolute rubbish.”
Now his department has
effectively been put into special
measures. London has given up
trying to negotiate the deals itself
and is instead asking Brussels for
help. But even with a united front,
there are no guarantees.
When Britain and the EU united
to sort out tariffs at the World
Trade Organisation (WTO), they
were roundly rebuffed by their
trading partners.
UP IN THE AIR
Aeroplane tickets are already being
sold for the post-Brexit period,
but it is unclear if the passengers
buying them will actually be able to
board the flights.
The UK is currently part of a
single European aviation market
and will seek to stay in it during
Tickets are already being sold for the post-Brexit period, but it is unclear if those buying them will actually be able to board the flights REUTERS
transition. But flights to several
major destinations outside Europe,
such as the US and Canada, are
governed by deals with the EU.
When we stop being an EU member,
we fall out of the agreements.
There is a similar issue with
aviation equipment. Everything
you see on a plane in Europe – from
the landing gear to the trolleys
being pushed down the aisles –
has been certified as safe by the
European Aviation Safety Agency.
Again, Britain will want to
stay inside the agency during
transition. And again, the problem
will be with other countries, such
as Canada, India and China, whose
own certification body has a deal
with the EU.
Why should they recognise
British safety standards, when
it is so unclear about the type of
country it is going to become?
These countries need detailed
technical assurances about the
regime we will adopt post-Brexit.
They cannot just be waved away
with vague promises.
HALF-LIFE
After Brexit day, Britain needs to
figure out how to keep importing
radioactive isotopes for cancer
screening and treatment. Of all the
problems that the country faces in
March next year, this is arguably
the most serious.
The rules governing the
transportation of radioactive
isotopes are extremely strict.
London has
given up trying
to negotiate the
deals itself and
is instead asking
Brussels for help
Importers must demonstrate that
they know where the material is
at every stage of the journey, from
the point it enters the country
to disposal – and this needs to
happen to razor-sharp timetables.
Molybdenum, which is used in
90 per cent of scans, has a halflife of just 66 hours. Blockages
at the border mean that you lose
radioactivity literally by the minute.
At the moment, the regulation
is handled by Euratom, a
pan-European system dedicated
to ensuring the smooth flow of
radioactive material. Britain
announced its intention to leave
Euratom when it triggered
Article 50, in a move which horrified
many scientists.
That decision alone will
eventually have huge implications,
forcing the UK to either negotiate
some kind of associate membership
or to massively bulk up its domestic
regulator. But there is also a more
immediate problem, identical to
the issues with trade and aviation:
how do you carry over Euratom’s
existing deals with third parties?
Britain needs major radioactive
exporters – like South Africa, the
US, Canada, Australia and even
Russia – to agree to keep exporting
to us during transition. If they
refuse, the consequences are
life-threatening.
Any of these issues would be
enough to dominate the attention
of government in the short period
of time available before March
2019. But it must deal with all of
them – and countless others – while
simultaneously negotiating the
main Brexit deal. It doesn’t have
the time or capacity to do so, and
nor does it seem to have the basic
sense of organisation or purpose
one would expect of a government
which was up to the task.
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I read Yasmin AlibhaiBrown’s article on the
headscarves in Iran (i,
31 January) just before
going to a conference
in Geneva organised by
the National Council of
Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
They do not require
any of their women
supporters to wear
headscarves, but nearly
all of them do.
One friend of mine
in the organisation told
me that, at the age of 19,
she was arrested in Iran
for defending a woman
whom the police were
attacking for not wearing
a headscarf, imprisoned
for three years, and regularly tortured, leaving
her with permanent
health problems.
Gender equality
is one of the NCRI’s
fundamental principles
and not only is it led by
a woman, Mrs Maryam
Rajavi, but all its
committees are mixedgender and women in
senior positions are
slightly in the majority.
What right has anyone
to tell these women they
can’t or shouldn’t choose
to wear headscarves?
CAROLYN BECKINGHAM
LEWES, EAST SUSSEX
A true nuclear
deterrent
Congratulations on
your excellent exclusive
on Daniel Ellsberg (i,
31 January). A man
who understands the
mega-myth of nuclear
deterrence first hand,
he peered into the
abyss of Hades and
decided not to jump. In
a totally separate article
you quote the words,
“apparently we know
more about black holes
than the workings of the
human brain”.
What a pity that so
many of those who
presume to hold our lives
or extinction in their
hands actually seem to
have black holes where
their brains should be.
STEVE EDWARDS
HAYWARDS HEATH,
WEST SUSSEX
Who needs
forecasts?
The response of Steve
Baker, minister in the
Department for Exiting
the EU, to the leaked
report on the economic
consequences of leaving
is a glib statement that
Whitehall forecasts are
“always wrong”.
I am, therefore,
relieved that this man
is not Chancellor of the
Exchequer. The idea of a
chancellor drawing up
a Budget without the
benefit of any forecasts
is positively frightening.
SIMON GAMBLE
BRIGHTON
Traffic wardens
go too far
Andrew McDonald (i,
31 January) is quite right
to remind us traffic
wardens are just doing
their job. However, I
frequently return to my
car at around 10.58am
on a Sunday morning in
Kingston upon Thames
to find a warden in front
of my car with a book
in hand waiting for the
clock to tick round to
11am when he can issue
a parking ticket. I never
park a second longer
than 10:59 but object to
my car being staked out
in this manner.
PETER NICHOLS
LONDON
Britain will
survive beyond
Brexit, despite our
current concerns
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Sharp point of
responsibility
Your articles on child
knife crime seem to me
to be well researched.
You do, however, appear
to be shying away from
the root of the issue.
These are children
and is it not up to their
parents to monitor what
is their school bags?
As with child obesity, it
seems there are parents
who take little interest in
and care even less what
they children are getting
up to. Making teachers,
police and other agencies
somehow responsible for
controlling the situation
is tackling the matter at
the wrong end.
MICHAEL WILLIAMS
CHRISTCHURCH,
DORSET
On the way into our
village is a sign which
indicates the speed
that cars are travelling.
I have noticed that it
IN TOMORROW’S
Shouldn’t they
speak Whalesh?
I am somewhat
disconcerted by your
article about Wilkie
the killer whale and the
research being carried
out by Dr Jose Abramson
at a Madrid university (i,
31 January).
What concerns me
is the attitude that
non-humans should
learn to speak human
language. It would
be more polite for
academics to learn
Whalesh (not to be
confused with Welsh).
If, as I believe, whales
are as intelligent as
humans, they should
be encouraged to
become “orcademics”
PAUL HONIGMANN
We weathered
worse
I was born in April 1940,
just before the Battle
Habitat is the
true pioneer
While there is no doubt
that the founder of Ikea
and his company has had
a huge influence over
furniture in our homes
in the UK, it needs to be
remembered that the
first store did not open in
the UK until 1987.
In my view, the person
and company that
should be credited with
completely changing
the design of home
furnishings in the UK
in the post-war period,
is Sir Terence Conran
and Habitat.
It was the shop that we
all went to in the 70s and
80s, before Ikea took hold.
SIMON WILLIAMS
UPLYME, LYME REGIS
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accuracy
®
consistently understates
my speed by about 3mph.
Chief Constable
Anthony Bangham’s
suggestion of fining
anyone for being 1mph
over the speed limit is
totally unworkable in
that it would depend on
all car speedometers
and police measuring
devices being absolutely
accurate. As that can
never be determined,
any court case brought
about through this rule is
doomed to fail.
PATRICK McDONOUGH
NOTTINGHAM
of Britain. In my long
and misspent life I have
seen the Second World
War, the Korean War, the
Cold War, the Vietnam
War, the Cuban Crisis,
the three-day week,
Thatcherism, and the
2008 crash come and
go – together with many
other political storms
around the world.
The present Brexit
storm holds few fears
for me therefore, since
time has shown that
Britain will still survive,
whatever the outcome
of the present confusion.
As they say, “Keep calm
and carry on.”
DAVID F SMITH
BRIXWORTH,
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
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‘Scared’
Chapman
cancels
catwalk
show
Bringing Swedish style to the palace
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
absolutely could not visit Sweden
without acknowledging Ikea in
some way. And so the royal couple
were officially welcomed by one of
the top dogs at Ikea during a meet
and greet at the National Museum
of Architecture and Design in
Stockholm. Marcus Engman, the
company’s head of design, said that
the Duchess, above, had revealed that
they had Ikea furniture at Kensington
Palace, in both Prince George and
Princess Charlotte’s bedrooms. “I’m
proud that we can suit everybody,”
Engman told the media.
Widdecombe,
fair? No chance
will be in the final of this year’s series.
The former Tory MP, 70, is up against
Shane Jenek, 36, reality TV star
Jess Impiazzi, 28, former Boyzone
member Shane Lynch, 41, and dancer
Wayne Sleep, 69, in tomorrow night’s
live final.
Thankfully Widdecombe’s views
have not been swept under the carpet
but challenged during her three weeks
in the house, primarily by Jenek, who
is also known as Courtney Act - a drag
queen featured on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Widdecombe has even shocked
herself by getting a place in the final.
“When I consider that I’m a pensioner
and a defender of the unborn and
traditional marriage and the Roman
Catholic Church, all of which are
unfashionable views,” she says,
“And that I am the scourge of
political correctness and
general snowflakery and
emotional incontinence,
I think it’s surprising.
Everyone thinks I’m a
miserable old bat.”
That’s actually too
kind, Ann.
It gives me blurred vision trying to
decipher how Ann Widdecombe’s
post-political renaissance has
successfully appealed to the British
public. Stompy dancing on Strictly?
Lovable! Moaning about the lack of
food on Sugar Free Farm? Just like us!
Because Widdecombe (inset) isn’t
just like us. She made a lucrative
political career out of peddling
hateful views: voting
pro-blasphemy laws,
pro-capital punishment and
anti-gay rights, anti-civil
partnerships and anti-gay
adoption. Widdecombe
supported a move to
shackle pregnant prisoners
in hospital.
That’s all water under
the bridge for viewers of
Celebrity Big Brother, however:
a barrage of public votes has
decided that Widdecombe
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Georgina Chapman’s fashion brand
Marchesa has reportedly cancelled
its upcoming New York Fashion
Week show in the wake of the
widespread allegations of sexual
assault against her soon-to-be
ex-husband, film producer
Harvey Weinstein.
The label, which was
co-founded by Chapman and
her business partner Keren Craig in
2004, was set to present its latest
collection on 14 February, the final
day of New York Fashion Week.
Yesterday, it was reported that
Marchesa had decided to swap
the catwalk show for a digital
presentation. “Georgina couldn’t
go through with it,” a source said.
“She was too scared.”
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Why children not watching TV is cause for concern
KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
W
hen I arrived at my
office on Monday
morning, I asked the
assembled young
people what they thought of Piers
Morgan’s television interview with
President Trump the previous night.
Not one of them had watched it.
Some were going to catch up with
it later on their laptops, others had
seen clips on their smartphones –
but none thought of it as a television
occasion, something that everyone
would watch at the same time and
be able to discuss with friends and
colleagues the following day.
I come from a different age,
when, for instance, the entire world
tuned in to watch The Beatles sing
“All You Need Is Love” for the first
time. That was back in 1967, when
philosopher Marshall McLuhan’s
vision of a “global village” created by
the electronic spread of information
and entertainment was made flesh
by this television event, which
350 million people, from Alaska to
Australia, watched at precisely the
same moment.
I am not claiming that Morgan’s
overly familiar, strangely anodyne
encounter with the leader
of the free world was
on the same scale –
but, nevertheless, it
was something of a
landmark happening,
the first sit-down
interview Donald
Trump has given to
British TV. It was a
proper journalistic coup
for Morgan, and, boy, did he
tell us about it in advance.
So why did it not strike a chord
with my young colleagues? It’s not
that they don’t engage with the real
world, or aren’t interested in what
Trump may say. It’s just that they
don’t watch television – or, at least,
it’s not central to their lives, as it was
to people of my generation.
And yesterday there was
conclusive evidence that the trend
away from what Leonard Cohen
called “that hopeless little screen”
is more than a passing phase. For
the first time, according to an
exhaustive survey of the media
habits of five- to 15-year-olds, young
people are spending more time
online than they are in front of the
television. TV-watching among
children has been in steady decline.
Around the millennium, the average
for this age group was three hours a
day. This has now fallen to 2.1 hours
daily, compared with an average of
three hours spent on the internet.
I am not making a judgement
about whether this is a good thing
or bad, and clearly many are
simply choosing to watch
their favourite television
programme on a
device other than an
television. Childwise,
the research agency
that commissioned
this work, said this was
“a landmark change
in behaviour”.
Television-watching –
certainly in a home environment
– is a communal exercise. Being
plugged into a tablet or laptop
isn’t. This has contributed to the
atomisation of society, where choice
is all, and the individual holds sway
over the collective. The idea that
a modern family would gather
together in front of the television is
as old-fashioned as food rationing or
flower power.
At a time when loneliness and
isolation are real problems in
society, this cannot be a healthy
development. As humans, we long to
form bonds, to be part of something
bigger than ourselves. And, whether
we like it or not, television still
affords us the opportunity to do that.
POLITICS
Claire is one of those
people you want on your side:
super-smart, hard-working, decent
and committed to delivering for her
constituents. Haringey has some of
the country’s poorest communities
and, over the past 10 years, she has
helped transform the area. But that
clearly isn’t enough.
Being leader of the opposition is
said to be the toughest gig in politics,
but try being a Labour councillor
– responsible for making the best
of ever-diminishing budgets and
having to choose which cut to make,
how deep and what services to let
wither and die.
The proposed development in
Haringey was divisive – some locals
were unhappy. There is a huge
housing crisis, with 9,000 families
on waiting lists. The issue of private
money being used to build affordable
and social housing is a hot political
issue, especially with the collapse
of Carillion, the failure of private
finance initiatives and Corbyn’s clear
signal that those days are over.
I largely agree with that principle.
But what happens when the ideology
which shines bright and pure in
a meeting at Labour HQ collides
with the grim reality of being a
Haringey councillor?
In her parting shot, Kober said:
“Political issues are rarely binary;
solutions are not simply good or bad.
Leadership is about setting a vision
and working to deliver on it using
whatever tools are available.” That’s
the unsexy, unsavoury reality of
trying to make things work.
Ayesha
Hazarika
Reality check
for Labour’s
new leaders
A
fter Labour lost another
election in 2015 and Jeremy
Corbyn won the leadership,
it’s fair to say the party
wasn’t a happy, harmonious place.
Fed up with all the drama and
aggression, a group of Labour
women gathered for “wine and a
whine” about politics. We had a
fun, Sauvignon-fuelled moanathon
that produced many a cackle but
we were all still a bit Kevin the
teenager – apart from one person
who reminded us that we couldn’t
afford to just sit back and complain,
and that while we weren’t in power
in Westminster, our councillors had
a vital job to do.
That person was Claire Kober,
Labour’s most senior woman in local
government until Tuesday, when
she was forced to resign as Haringey
council leader in London after a row
with Labour’s ruling body, the NEC,
about housing and regeneration.
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KFC’s ‘chicken
killing’ ad tops
complaints list
Logan Paul is
rated top vlogger
by children
By Josie Clarke
By Sally Guyoncourt
A KFC campaign which featured
a chicken dancing as it headed to
slaughter was the most complainedabout advertisement last year.
The fast-food ad attracted 755
complaints for being disrespectful
to chickens and distressing for
vegetarians, vegans and children.
However, the Advertising Standards
Authority did not ban it after ruling
that it did not include explicit
references to animal slaughter and
was therefore unlikely to cause
serious or widespread offence.
T h e A S A r e c e i v e d 2 9, 9 9 7
complaints about ads last year. Only
two of the 10 ads that attracted the
most complaints were removed from
media: one for Dove soap, discussing
public breastfeeding, and the second
for McDonald’s, with a boy and his
mother talking about his dead father.
Controversial vlogger Logan
Paul (inset) has become the UK’s
favourite YouTuber among
children, knocking former
number one fashion and
beauty guru Zoella
into fourth place, a
survey suggests.
His new
ranking, despite
the storm
provoked when he
posted pictures of
an apparent suicide
victim, comes from
research by children’s
market research agency
Childwise.
Simon Leggett, Childwise
research director, said:
“Children’s favourite new
vloggers are more edgy.”
SPORT
Formula One calls halt to
use of glamorous ‘grid girls’
By Alina Polianskaya
Formula One has announced it will
no longer use “grid girls” in their
events, starting with the World
Championship next month.
For years, glamorous women,
usually in skimpy promotional
clothing, have lined the way for
drivers as they made their way
in to the competition. They
would hold up signs with
competitors’ names.
But Sean Bratches,
Formula One’s managing director of commercial operations, has said
the use of “grid girls” was
no longer “appropriate” or
“relevant” when gender equality
was taking centre stage.
The move follows that of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC),
which decided to stop using walkon girls (inset) to escort male players to the stage this year.
“Over the last year we have
looked at a number of areas which
we felt needed updating so as to be
more in tune with our vision for this
great sport,” Mr Bratches said.
“While the practice of employing
‘grid girls’ has been a staple of Formula One Grands Prix for decades,
we feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and is at
odds with modern-day societal
norms. We don’t believe the
practice is appropriate
or relevant to Formula
One and its fans, old
and new.”
Sexism in various
industries has been in
the spotlight since the
#MeToo campaign launched
after allegations of inappropriate
sexual behaviour against the Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein.
He denies any wrongdoing.
The models, who take part in a
range of promotional activities,
have also been axed from other motorsports series during Grand Prix
weekends. Famous grid girls of the
past include Kelly Brook and Katie
Price, also known as Jordan.
The Women’s Sport Trust, a national charity campaigning for the
rights of women in sport, praised
the decision. They tweeted: “Thank
you @F1 for deciding to stop using
grid girls. Another sport making a
clear choice about what they want
to stand for.”
The 2018 FIA Formula One
World Championship starts on 25
March, with the first event in Melbourne, Australia.
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Critics suggest that
removing models would
take away some of the glamour
and spectacle from sporting
events. A petition to bring back
walk-on girls in darts has been
signed by over 36,000 people.
SOCIETY
Memorial to fallen Sikhs gains support
By David Hughes
A new war memorial to
commemorate the sacrifice of
Sikh servicemen for Britain has
been backed by the Government.
Hundreds of thousands of
Sikh soldiers saw active service
during the First and Second
World Wars and subsequent
conflicts. More than 83,000
Sikhs died and over 100,000
were injured in the world wars.
Labour MP Tan Dhesi – the
first turban-wearing Sikh to be
elected to the Commons – led the
campaign for the memorial in
London.
The Government will
support Mr Dhesi in setting up
a working group and finding
a suitable location. Once an
appropriate site has been
found, the Government will
provide funding towards the
project as part of its work to
commemorate the centenary of
the end of the First World War.
Communities Secretary
Sajid Javid said: “A Sikh war
memorial in our capital will
honour their sacrifice and
ensure this part of our shared
history is never forgotten.”
Slough MP Mr Dhesi said
£375,000 has been pledged for
the memorial, which “would
have huge additional benefits
for community cohesion and
integration within our country
– something that is very close to
my heart.”
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AFGHANISTAN
Taliban threat ‘far higher than Nato estimates’
By Luke Rix-Standing
Taliban fighters are openly active
in 70 per cent of Afghanistan
despite US-led forces having spent
billions of dollars trying to defeat
them, it was claimed yesterday.
A BBC study found that the
insurgents were in full control
of 4 per cent of the country and
demonstrably present in another
66 per cent. Its report, based on
1,200 interviews in every part of
the country, said the Taliban now
controlled or threatened much
more territory than when foreign
combat troops left in 2014, and the
threat was significantly higher
than the most recent assessment
by the Nato-led coalition.
On Tuesday, Nato said the
Taliban contested or controlled
44 per cent of Afghan districts in
October. An upsurge in violence in
the past nine days has increased
scrutiny of a more aggressive USbacked strategy to bolster Afghan
forces. More than 100 people were
killed by a bomb in central Kabul,
and another attack on the city’s
Inter-Continental Hotel left more
than 20 people dead.
The BBC research suggests that
Isis is more active in Afghanistan
than ever, although it remains far
less powerful than the Taliban.
UNITED STATES
Trump heralds
‘new American
moment of unity’
By Julie Pace
IN WASHINGTON
Addressing a deeply divided nation,
President Donald Trump summoned
the country to a “new American moment” of unity in his first State of the
Union, challenging Congress to make
good on long-standing promises to fix
a fractured immigration system and
warning darkly of evil forces seeking
to undermine America’s way of life.
Mr Trump’s address on Tuesday
night blended self-congratulation
and calls for optimism amid a growing economy with ominous warnings
about deadly gangs, the scourge of
drugs and violent immigrants living
in the US illegally.
He also spoke forebodingly of catastrophic dangers from abroad, warning that North Korea would “very
soon” threaten the United States
with nuclear-tipped missiles.
“The United States is a compassionate nation. We are proud that we
do more than any other country to
help the needy, the struggling and the
underprivileged all over the world,”
Mr Trump said. “But as President,
my highest loyalty, my greatest compassion, and my constant concern
is for America’s children, America’s
struggling workers and America’s
forgotten communities.”
He addressed the nation with tensions high on Capitol Hill. An impasse over immigration prompted
a three-day government shutdown
last month and lawmakers appear no
closer to resolving the status of the
Dreamers – undocumented migrants
who came to the US as children.
Democrats provided a short spurt
of polite applause for Mr Trump as
he entered the chamber, but offered
muted reactions throughout.
After devastating defeats in 2016,
Democrats are hopeful that Mr
Trump’s sagging popularity can help
the party rebound in November’s
midterm elections. In a post-speech
rebuttal, Massachusetts Representative Joe Kennedy, the grandson of
Robert Kennedy, was seeking to undercut Mr Trump’s optimistic tone
and remind voters of the personal
insults and attacks often levelled by
the President.
“Bullies may land a punch,” Mr
Kennedy said. “They might leave a
mark. But they have never, not once,
in the history of our United States,
managed to match the strength and
spirit of a people united in defence of
their future.” AP
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Guantanamo stays open
President Trump in
his State of the Union
speech to a joint
session of Congress
WIN MCNAMEE/AP
President Donald Trump has signed
an executive order to keep open the
US military prison at Guantanamo
Bay, marking a formal reversal of his
predecessor’s eight-year effort to
shut it down.
Mr Trump made it clear during his
campaign he wanted Guantanamo
to remain open and to “load it up
with some bad dudes”, but he has not
yet sent a new detainee there.
The order, which Mr Trump signed
before his first State of the Union
address, says the US maintains the
option to detain additional enemy
combatants at the detention centre
in Cuba, when lawful and necessary,
to protect national security.
“In the past, we have foolishly
released hundreds and hundreds
of dangerous terrorists only to
meet them again on the battlefield,
including the Isis leader [Abu Bakr]
al-Baghdadi, who we captured, who
we had, who we released,” he said.
The controversial detention
centre, which President George W
Bush opened after the 11 September
2001 attacks, reached a maximum
population of about 680.
Mr Bush transferred about 500
out before he left office. Obama
transferred 197 out, leaving 41.
The office of the Director of
National Intelligence said in its
most recent report on the subject
that about 17 per cent of the 728
detainees who have been released
from Guantanamo are “confirmed”
and 12 per cent are “suspected” of
re-engaging in militant activities. AP
Analysis
Some good lines, but speech will
leave the doubters unimpressed
Andrew
Buncombe
B
y now, we know Donald
Trump can read from
a teleprompter. And
sometimes he can speak
with passion and energy – a far
better orator than his critics
concede.
His second address to the joint
houses of Congress, and his first
State of the Union, was certainly
one of Trump’s better speeches
yet. For an hour and 20 minutes
– records show it was one of the
longest – he spoke with flair and
confidence, earning himself many
more standing ovations than
hisses and boos.
He had some good lines, too.
This was not the grey, America
First brutality put together by
Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller
for Trump’s inauguration address
that made everyone, other than
hardcore supporters, wince.
“We want every American to
know the dignity of a hard day’s
work; we want every child to be
safe in their home at night, and we
want every citizen to be proud of
this land that we love,” he said at
one point.
The sincerity of the claims is
in doubt, though. Earlier this
month he was playing politics
with the lives and futures of
700,000 young people known
as the Dreamers, permitted
to remain in the US under an
emergency order by President
Barack Obama.
Trump has taunted, teased
and used those young people as
pawns. Eventually the White
House has said he supports a
path for citizenship for them, but
only if he receives $25bn for the
border wall with Mexico.
Likewise, Trump was able
to brag about three million US
workers getting bonuses, but
that came at the expense of one
of the biggest corporate tax
giveaways in history. Even many
Republicans admit they cannot
see how the federal government
can now balance the books.
So much of what he did
infuriated and angered people.
He currently has an approval
rating of around 38 per cent – a
record low. In a country that was
created from immigrants, many
Americans cannot understand
how he has done so little to build
bridges and so much to create
antagonism. There was very
little to assuage those people on
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US healthcare
system could
change the
entire world
S
ometimes, not very often,
there is a news story that
makes you sit up and think:
wow, this is going to change
the world. And so it was on
Tuesday, when Amazon, Berkshire
Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase
announced they had agreed to
join forces to create an independent healthcare system for their
US employees.
It is headline stuff because it
brings together the world’s richest
person (Jeff Bezos), the mostadmired US investor (Warren
Buffett) and the head of its largest
bank by assets (Jamie Dimon).
Bezos understands logistics, Buffett
understands insurance and Dimon
understands money.
Together they ought to be able
to improve US healthcare. But it
is more than that. If these three
companies can really deliver more
efficient healthcare, that will become
a model that will disrupt health
provision around the world. And
the funny thing is that this has been
inspired by Obamacare.
The reputations of those three
companies are huge. That they
should combine shows that big
companies are dissatisfied with the
provision of healthcare in the US. It
is extremely expensive, absorbing 18
per cent of US GDP (double that of
most European countries), and yet is
uneven in its service.
The best is wonderful, but there
are, of course, many holes in the
system, and outcomes overall are
not as good as Western Europe
or Japan.
It ought to be possible to do better
for less and that is the challenge
facing this venture. It is big enough
to achieve economies of scale. The
three companies have 1.2 million
employees. Add in their families and
we are talking something like three
Fact check The boasts and the truth
President Donald Trump’s
problematic relationship with the
truth continues:
Trump: “We enacted the biggest tax
cuts and reform in [US] history.”
Fact: The December tax overhaul
ranks behind Ronald Reagan’s in the
early 1980s, post-Second World
War tax cuts and several more.
Trump: “After years and years of
wage stagnation, we are finally
seeing rising wages.”
Fact: Actually, they are not rising
any faster than they have before.
Trump: “The third pillar [of my
immigration plan] ends the visa
lottery... which randomly hands out
green cards without any regard to
skill, merit.”
Fact: The existing programme is not
that random and it does address
skills, merit and safety.
Trump: “We slashed the business
tax rate from 35 per cent all the way
down to 21 per cent... changes alone
estimated to increase average family
income by more than $4,000.”
Fact: Few economists think incomes
will jump by $4,000 simply because
companies are paying less tax. AP
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million, the population of a smaller
European country such as Lithuania
or Albania. It would be bigger than
the Greater Manchester area. And
there is enough money to deliver a
really good system.
How will they improve
things? Details are sparse but
the snippets are encouraging.
Buffett, with his genius for the
pithy phrase, explained: “The
ballooning costs of healthcare
act as a hungry tapeworm on the
American economy.”
Bezos spoke more circumspectly:
“Success is going to require talented
experts, a beginner’s mind and a
long-term orientation,” he said.
I particularly like the point about
a beginner’s mind. You would not
start from here if you were trying
to design a healthcare system
from scratch. For many Britons it
is hard to accept that the National
Health Service, now 70 years old,
is based on a completely different
demography and healthcare
possibilities. If you were starting
again, you would design a completely
different system. But you can’t.
In the US there are multiple
inefficiencies: the key point is to shift
incentives, so that outcomes matter
rather than inputs. But it is very
difficult, as the reforms introduced
by Barack Obama showed. The aim
of those – in fact there were many,
but this was one – was to nudge
insurers towards better control
of costs.
But there has been huge pushback. That has been partly from the
health industry, which, at one level
at least, is happy to account for 18
per cent of GDP and would not like
to come down to, say, 12 per cent as
in Germany. But it is also coming
This will deliver
high-quality
care at a more
affordable cost
from patients who don’t want to see
their benefits squeezed down in the
name of efficiency. Unsurprisingly,
there are also a lot of well-educated
citizens who also don’t want to
cross-subsidise people who, they
think, have less healthy lifestyles
than they do themselves.
And that I think will be the
most interesting outcome of this
initiative. This will deliver highquality care at a more affordable
cost by nudging the system towards
greater efficiency.
A lot can be achieved by shifting
incentives and improving logistics.
But I expect that something else will
happen, and if it does it will have a
global impact. It will be that care
will move to pushing people to lead
healthier lives. Healthcare will not
be fixing things when they go wrong,
but rather trying to stop them going
wrong in the first place.
Amazon and the social media
giants know a huge amount about
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FRANCE
Briton pulled over for trying motorway jog
By Luke Rix-Standing
A British long-distance runner
who attempted to run the 109-mile
stretch of motorway connecting the
Alpine ski resort of Valmorel with
Lyon airport tested not only his
physical endurance but also the patience of French police.
The 29 year-old man had been taking part in the notoriously demand-
ing Spartan Race – a snowy obstacle
race held at Valmorel – but apparently still had enough energy left to
shun conventional vehicles and jog
all the way to the airport. He made it
25 miles down the A43 before being
picked up by local police near La
Tour-du-Pin.
“He was running on the hard
shoulder wearing a hat and listening
to headphones, so he couldn’t hear
the sirens and we had to pull in front
of him,” a police source said. “We told
him that running there is illegal but
he couldn’t understand why.”
According to the gendarme,
he is not the first Briton to have
caused such an incident on French
autoroutes.
“This isn’t the first time this has
happened, and it’s usually British
nationals,” the gendarme said. “It’s
strange to run on a motorway. Maybe
in the UK it’s a national sport.”
After breathalysing the man and
finding him sober, the confused
French police diverted him to a different route and sent him on his way.
The officers waived the mandatory €4 (£3.50) fine, described by police as “derisory” compared with the
danger of the man’s situation.
Efforts have been made, unsuc-
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identity and to find out whether he
caught his plane.
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visit to “La Maison des Jeunes” in
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Police ask public for help to
hunt down lesbian couple
By Luke Rix-Standing
Zambian authorities have called on
the public to help them hunt down a
lesbian couple, in the latest example
of the LGBT community being persecuted in the country.
Police in the capital, Lusaka, have
appealed to the public for information concerning two women who are
allegedly in a same-sex relationship.
The investigation began after social media posts of the pair together
drew the attention of local media
outlets, which accused the couple of
“openly flaunting” their relationship.
The police force has mobilised its cyber-crime unit to look
into the posts, most of which show
the two women in varying forms
of embrace.
The whereabouts of the two
women is unknown.
Esther Mwaata Katongo, a police
spokeswoman, stated that she expected the couple, if caught, to spend
no less than seven years in jail.
“Police officers have taken a keen
interest in this story,” she said.
“We call upon people with information to report to any police station so
that the perpetrators are brought
to book”.
Homosexuality continues to be is
heavily prosecuted across much of
southern Africa.
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GERMANY
‘Syrian rocket’
wounds two
Industrial
workers strike
At least two people were hurt
when a rocket fired from
northern Syria landed in a
Turkish border town yesterday.
Turkey’s Anadolu news
agency said two missiles fired
by Syrian Kurdish fighters in
the enclave of Afrin hit a house
in the town of Reyhanli.
It was the latest in a string of
rocket attacks on Reyhanli and
the border town of Kilis since
20 January, when Turkey’s
military launched a crossborder operation to drive out
the Syrian Kurdish militia
from Afrin. AP
Germany’s biggest industrial union
has launched a campaign of 24hour strikes after talks on demands
for wage increases and an optional
shorter working week broke down.
The IG Metall union called
out it members, starting with
Tuesday’s night shift workers,
at various companies in regions
including the industrial heartlands
of Baden-Württemberg and North
Rhine-Westphalia.
The companies targeted included
truck maker MAN. The union said
yesterday that production at MAN’s
main plant in Munich came to a
standstill at midnight. AP
Cars banned to
fight ‘hazardous’
city pollution
By Fatos Bytyci
Hundreds of people wearing
white masks gathered in
Pristina yesterday as authorities
banned cars from driving in
city centre to counter pollution
that is so bad that it sometimes
exceeds levels in Chinese cities.
US ‘cautiously optimistic’
on drug war rights record
By Manuel Mogato
TURKEY
KOSOVO
PHILIPPINES
The crowd chanted “Don’t
poison us”, “Help” and “Let’s
save Pristina”. At noon, the air
quality index measured by the
US embassy in Pristina was
262, a level deemed unhealthy
and worse than Shanghai and
Hangzhou in China. In recent
days, it has reached 400, or
“hazardous”.
A 2013 World Bank study
showed air pollution in Kosovo
was estimated to cause 852
premature deaths each year.
The Kosovar parliament is due
to hold an emergency session to
discuss long-term measures.
The US government is “cautiously
optimistic” about the Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte’s war
on drugs, with evidence of a decline
in extrajudicial killings, a senior
narcotics official in Washington said.
America has withdrawn millions of
dollars in funding for law enforcement
from a drug control programme of
the Philippine National Police since
the bloody anti-narcotics campaign
started in July 2016.
But there are positive signs and
the US remains supportive of the
Philippines’ effort to battle illicit
Fremont
Welina Tong tried wrestling
for the first time six years
ago and loved the sport so
much she was willing to move
4,000 miles from her home in
Hawaii to the snowy plains of
Nebraska to compete.
She’s not alone. She and two
other women from the “Aloha
state” are competing this
season for Midland University,
a 1,400-student private college
in Fremont, Nebraska, which
is among three dozen small
four-year or junior colleges
sponsoring women’s varsity
wrestling programmes.
Ms Tong got into the sport
quite by accident. She was late
for the first day of basketball
tryouts during her junior year
in high school and afraid of
facing repercussions from the
coach. On her way to the gym,
she bumped into a friend who
persuaded her to try out for
wrestling instead. The next
year Ms Tong won the state
championship at 175 pounds,
and Midland’s assistant coach,
Antonio Barber, got on the
phone trying to recruit her.
Now a senior, Ms Tong was
one of the first in a line of
wrestlers to go to Midland
from the private Kamehameha
Schools system, which has
high school campuses on three
Hawaiian islands.
Back home, her friends were
a bit confused. For her high
school graduation, they made
a banner that said: “Good luck
wrestling in Alaska!” AP
Eric Olson
drugs, said James Walsh, a deputy
assistant state secretary in the
international narcotics and law
enforcement bureau.
Where
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the car?
Cars are parked in
Moscow after a heavy
snowfall yesterday.
Temperatures in the
Russian capital peaked
at about -6°C.
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IRAN
Most protesters detained in unrest ‘have been freed’
Iranian authorities have freed most
of the people arrested during antigovernment protests in December
but about 300 remain in jail facing
charges, the interior minister said.
Officials have claimed that about
1,000 people were detained during
the week-long protests, which spread
to 80 towns and cities, although one
MP has put the figure at 3,700.
Several captives have died in
custody. The judiciary has confirmed
two such deaths but said these were
suicides. “Less than 300 people who
committed a crime during the recent
unrest [remain] in jail and their
cases [are] under judicial process,”
the interior minister, Abdolreza
Rahmani Fazli was quoted as saying
by Tasnim news agency.
Sparked by rising prices, the
protests took on a rare political
dimension when demonstrators called
on the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei, to step down. REUTERS
FRANCE
THAILAND
HONG KONG
By Luke Rix-Standing
Postcard
From...
An estimated 4,000 people have been
killed in a state purge on drug dealers
“I would describe the United States
asbeingcautiouslyoptimistic,”hesaid.
“Many folks have been tracking the
extrajudicial killings in the Philippines
and the trends are going down, so
there is some encouragement that
we are seeing in some of our human
rights training working.”
The government claims that nearly
4,000 people have died in shootouts
with police during raids and sting
operations since Mr Duterte,
formerly the hardline mayor of Davao
City, came to power in July 2016.
But human rights groups put the
figure higher, accusing police of
executing drug users and peddlers in
cold blood. REUTERS
Teen gang attacks Six jailed for
Jewish boy, 8
royal offences
MPs back ivory
sales ban by 2021
French police are investigating
an anti-Semitic attack on an
eight-year-old Jewish boy wearing
a kippah skullcap.
President Emmanuel Macron
denounced the attack, in the Paris
suburb of Sarcelles on Monday, as
“heinous”. The interior ministry
said police were doing everything
to identify the perpetrators.
French media said a group of
teenagers ran away after tripping
and kicking the child. AP
Hong Kong MPs gave final backing
yesterday to a ban on ivory
trading in the Chinese territory
by 2021.
Conservation groups hailed the
vote as a major victory in the fight
to save elephants.
MPs overwhelmingly supported
the measure, voting by 49 votes to
four to amend existing legislation
to outlaw ivory sales in Hong
Kong, which researchers say is the
world’s biggest ivory market.
Six people have been jailed for setting
fire to portraits of Thailand’s King
Maha Vajiralongkorn and his father,
the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in
the north-eastern province of Khon
Kaen last year. The defendants, aged
18 to 20, were also found guilty of
arson that damaged public property.
Thailand’s lèse-majesté law is the
world’s toughest, and those judged
guilty of breaking it face up to 15 years
in jail for each count of offending the
king, queen, heir or regent. REUTERS
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The world’s
messiest
border?
One house can straddle Belgium and
the Netherlands. Leo Cendrowicz
reports from Baarle-Nassau-Hertog
Borders cross through homes,
meaning one side of a house can be
in a different country to the other.
The smallest enclave, Belgium’s De
Loversche Akkers, is only the size
of an Olympic swimming pool. A
two-mile walk along the main street
can take in 12 border crossings,
many of them marked on the streets
by white tiles and metal studs.
Even the town hall is two
municipal offices in one building.
The meeting room where Mr Van
Tilburg and Ms De Hoon-Veelenturf
chat to i has a neon light along the
floor, marking the border.
Both mayors agree that their
day-to-day work is defined by how
they can get along. They have
duplicate arrangements for almost
everything: gas, water, electricity,
police, fire services, football teams,
churches, schools and health.
Tourism and waste removal
are the only shared
services.
“We decide on the
same problems, but
have two councils, and
two majorities are
needed to agree,” says
Mr Van Tilburg. For
example, when it comes
to fixing roads, they have to
decide not just who will do it,
but who will pay.
“Every day is a challenge,” says
Ms De Hoon-Veelenturf. “It’s not
just about differences in laws, but
in structures and cultures. Each
step can bring its own problems –
political, cultural, legal.”
Locals are sanguine about the
effects of their bizarre borders.
The legal drinking age in the
Netherlands is 18 but just 16 in
Belgium, making the Baarle-Hertog
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‘Two towns, two countries, one community’: the town hall of Dutch Baarle-Nassau; and border markings (inset) ALAMY
bars particularly attractive for
intrepid Dutch teenagers. Shops
selling fireworks in Baarle-Hertog
vex the Dutch authorities: fireworks
are banned in the Netherlands.
Some of the schemes are comical.
When the Dutch authorities denied
a developer permission to expand
his apartment block straddling the
border, he simply installed a second
front door, on the Belgian side,
where he was able to build three
new apartments. At a former bank
sited over the border, clerks would
slide paperwork from one side of
the building to the other whenever
tax inspectors dropped in. And
there was the time when the local
cultural centre, bisected by the
border, screened a film banned in
Belgium, on to the Dutch wall.
Jan van Strijp, who runs the
Candle Museum in Baarle-Hertog,
says that even though the combined
community is not much more
than a village, he can identify each
nationality through their accent.
“You hear it immediately,” he says.
He also detects the broader cultural
distinctions between the Dutch
speakers in the Netherlands and
Belgium. “The Spanish were in
Flanders for so long that they are
almost part of Latin Europe. The
Blurred lines Borders
Cooch-Behar (Bangladesh/India)
A series of enclaves and counterenclaves not unlike the BaarleHertog/Baarle-Nassau area.
Cooch-Behar has the distinction of
containing the world’s only thirdorder enclave: an Indian enclave in a
Bangladeshi enclave, which is itself in
a Indian enclave within Bangladesh.
Pheasant Island (Spain/France)
A tiny, uninhabited islet that bisects
the River Bidasoa, every year Pheasant
Island spends six months under
French control, before being handed
over to Spain. The river was marked
as the border in a peace treaty in
1659, including the symbolic sharing
arrangement, making Pheasant Island
the oldest condominium in history.
Diomede Islands (Russia/USA)
Halfway across the Bering Straits,
bisecting Alaska and Siberia, the
two Diomede Islands are separated
by the International date line. This
means that when the residents of
Little Diomede, owned by the US, look
across the channel at Big Diomede,
owned by Russia, they are looking 21
hours into the future.
Netherlands, which kicked the
Spanish out, is part of the north:
Calvinist, Anglo-Saxon. You can feel
some of this difference here.”
Could the border be tidied up
one day? One such restructuring
occurred earlier this year, when the
Netherlands and Belgium agreed a
land swap equivalent to around 27
football pitches, to make the border
follow through the middle of the
River Meuse. But at the town hall,
Leo van Tilburg waves his hands
in horror. “Even if one enclave
changes here, it would have huge
consequences,” he says. “We are not
just talking about the geographic
borders here, but identities.”
He is happy to celebrate the
cartographic cacophony for the
charm it brings to the area. It
helps that as Belgium and the
Netherlands are both members of
the European Union, most of the
serious issues have been ironed out.
Marjon de Hoon-Veelenturf says
everyone appreciated the scrapping
of roaming charges in the EU last
summer. “That was a huge relief for
all of us here,” she says.
The towns have even bid to be
listed as a Unesco World Heritage
Site, for their unique cross-border
co-operation.
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es, we have a very special
situation,” says Marjon
de Hoon-Veelenturf, the
mayor of Baarle-Nassau,
a town on the southern
edge of the Netherlands with a
population of 6,757.
Leo van Tilburg, sitting next to
her, chuckles in agreement. He
is the mayor of Baarle-Hertog,
population 2,695, a Belgian town
that might be described as the
Baarle-Nassau’s conjoined twin.
“We live together as two towns, two
countries, but one community,” he
says. “But about 90 per cent of us
have no idea where the border is.”
Welcome to Baarle-NassauHertog, the world’s messiest
border. At first glance, it looks like
a Belgian enclave about three miles
inside Dutch territory. On closer
inspection, it is much more
convoluted: a byzantine
tangle of districts and
patches sprinkled on
top of each other.
The Belgian part,
the Flemish town
of Baarle-Hertog, is
made of 26 separate
parcels of land,
including 22 enclaves
in the Netherlands.
Baarle-Nassau has eight
exclaves in Belgium, of which
seven are inside the Baarle-Hertog
enclaves. That means seven bits of
the Netherlands in Belgium, in the
Netherlands.
The 30 enclaves of BaarleNassau-Hertog account for half
of the 60 recognised international
enclaves, such as San Marino, in
Italy, and Lesotho, in South Africa.
But on the ground, the labyrinthine
lines make for surreal scenarios.
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t’s a bold claim. By 2025,
England will become the
first country to eradicate the
potentially life-threatening
liver disease hepatitis C – if
health officials can live up to the
prediction they made this week.
It’s not just England that could
banish the virus. Globally, hepatitis
C kills 400,000 people every year,
but the World Health Organisation
(WHO) aims to eradicate it
entirely by 2030. Diseases have
been cornered and eliminated
before, most famously the deadly
and disgusting smallpox. But are
scientists right to be so confident
that we can rid the globe of this
infection – and is the UK as a
whole set to meet the target? Not
everyone is so sure.
The reason why England is
thought to be leading the way is
simpler than you might think:
better identification of people
with the condition who need
to be treated. Once people are
diagnosed, more than 90 per cent
can be cured with tablets. But
one of the main problems with
hepatitis C – which was identified
only in 1988 – is that it often causes
no noticeable symptoms until the
liver is damaged.
At least 215,000 people in the
UK are thought to have the virus.
It can be spread merely by sharing
razors or toothbrushes, but it is
particularly prevalent among
intravenous drug users, about half
of whom are infected.
The problem affects all parts
of Britain. More than half of
the estimated 39,000 Scots
with chronic hepatitis C are
undiagnosed. There are about
12,000 known sufferers in Wales,
but many others there and in
Northern Ireland (where statistics
are unavailable) will also be
unaware they are infected.
To counter this, the next round
of NHS England’s medicines
procurement plan will see new
agreements drawn up with drug
companies and more collaboration
on identifying infected people.
A national hepatitis C patient
registry has been established, and
it is hoped that dividing treatment
programmes into a network of
22 regions will ensure that all
patients can reach the help they
need, regardless of where they live.
Building on other recent
improvements, including new
treatments and investment, NHS
England believes this approach
could lead to hepatitis C being
eradicated as a major public health
concern “in the very near future”.
“The progress made in hepatitis
C treatment has transformed the
lives of many of my patients and
has been made possible by NHS
England working closely with
industry to bring prices down
and expand treatment options,”
said Professor Graham Foster,
the national clinical chairman for
hepatitis C at NHS England. “Yet
we have the opportunity to do so
much more.”
Charles Gore, chief executive of
the Hepatitis C Trust, said: “[The
proposed deal] will galvanise the
action we must take to find all
those living with hepatitis C who
have not yet been diagnosed so that
we can cure them. It will prevent
the liver cancer that hepatitis C
causes. It will save lives.”
However, there is no room
for complacency. At the World
Hepatitis Summit in Sao Paulo,
Brazil, last November, nine
countries were said to be on track
to eliminate hepatitis C by the
WHO target of 2030 – and the UK
was not one of them.
TECHNOLOGY
Big Brother is wondering
why you’re in the loo again
A new ‘eyes everywhere’ device can tell bosses where
in the building their staff are. By Mark Blunden
A
new tracking device
could signal the end
of workers sneaking
out for a cigarette – or
even spending too
long in the office lavatory. Chips
that monitor the movements of
employees as they walk about
the office have been designed by
a London start-up to give bosses
“eyes everywhere”. The devices
costs less than 20p each.
Unlike traditional ID cards
used to swipe into buildings,
these smart cards, by Canary
Wharf-based Unifi.id, bounce
signals from data sensors dotted
in corridors and doorways. The
technology allows “real-time
monitoring of employees in all
building locations and floors”
so firms know the “location and
movement of occupants”.
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human disease eradicated by
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in 1798 after Edward Jenner
showed the protective effects of
vaccinating humans with material
from cowpox lesions.
Rinderpest
In the 20th century, a series of
campaigns tried to eradicate
rinderpest – a viral disease which
infects cattle and other ruminants
and belongs to the same family as
measles – primarily through the
use of a live, attenuated vaccine.
The final, successful campaign was
led by the UN Food and Agriculture
Organisation. On 14 October 2010,
with no diagnoses for nine years,
it announced that the disease
had been completely eradicated,
making it the first (and so far only)
livestock disease to have been
wiped out by human endeavour.
Polio
A dramatic fall in poliomyelitis
cases in industrialised countries
followed the development
of a vaccine in the 1950s. In
1960, Czechoslovakia was the
first country certified to have
eliminated polio. Since then, all of
Europe, the Americas and South
East Asia have been declared poliofree. The lowest annual wild polio
prevalence seen so far was in 2017,
with only 22 reported cases.
Initially worried about being
overwhelmed by a tsunami of
patients wanting treatment, NHS
England introduced rationing but
now finds itself confronted with
the opposite problem: not enough
people with infections are coming
forward, making it harder to hunt
down the disease.
“To make the 2030 elimination
target, at least 10,000 patients
need to be treated each year, and
there are already signs that it is
becoming harder to find diagnosed
patients to treat,” said Dr Homie
Razavi, of the US Centre for
Disease Analysis Foundation,
who presented the UK findings.
“Although 10,000 people were
treated in 2016 and this could reach
12,500 in 2017, projections suggest
that the annual total will drop to an
estimated 5,000 patients treated
per year by 2020 without better
diagnosis and linkage to care.”
The All-Party Parliamentary
Group on Liver Health is so
worried about this that it is
conducting an inquiry into the
elimination of hepatitis C and
recently finished taking evidence
from experts. Its report is expected
within the next few months.
And while England has been
succeeding, things are tougher
north of the border. An inquiry in
Scotland, led by the Hepatitis C
Trust, showed that parts of the
health system must be encouraged
to improve hepatitis C diagnosis,
including substance misuse
services, prisons, GPs, pharmacies
and A&E departments. It ended on
a gloomy note, warning: “Based on
current testing and treatment rates,
Scotland will not meet the WHO
targets for elimination by 2030.”
Should England fail to harmonise
with other parts of the UK, it is hard
to see how its target of eradicating
the virus by 2025 can be achieved.
shows where each employee is
to calculate the best evacuation
routes in case of emergency.
But privacy campaigners warned
today that increased surveillance
will make workers “feel
uncomfortable” that their
every move is being
tracked.
The cards use a
long-range version of
the Radio Frequency
Identification
(RFID) chips that
IBM deployed for its
instant checkout to
scan an entire basket’s
worth of goods at once.
It means that when an
employee arrives at work and walks
past sensors with a card in their
pocket, they do not need to swipe in
through the door as their employee
profile flashes up automatically on
security screens. The firm said its
RFID system is already being used
in London by City firms, Shoreditch
co-working spaces and a West End
private members’ club.
Founder Paul Sheedy
said: “The sensors
mean that you get
out of the lift on say
the 36th floor of a
building and it will
show on a screen
that you have
arrived there.
“We’re detecting
each individual on
each floor of a building
in real time. It helps with
efficiency because you know
floor by floor if there are people
there so you can turn off the air
conditioning or lights… you have
eyes all over the building.”
Responding to criticism
about staff surveillance, he said
that “employee data can be
anonymised”, although this would
be overwritten in an emergency.
Silkie Carlo, director of Big
Brother Watch, said: “Intrusively
tracking staff around the
workplace is an absolutely absurd
measure and will no doubt make
staff feel uncomfortable.
“Tracking staff isn’t a sensible
safety measure – it simply defies
commonsense and actually raises
safeguarding issues. The increasing
view of surveillance as mundane in
an age of emerging technologies is
profoundly concerning.
“Surveillance in the workplace
is a gross example of how far down
the road the UK has gone.”
EVENING STANDARD
IQ
30-39
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
i THURSDAY
1 FEBRUARY 2018
27
CULTURE
‘Nothing – not even
Subbuteo – was as
good as animals’
TV naturalist Chris Packham has been
voted the nation’s favourite nature writer
Chris Packham’s 2016 book Fingers
in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir has been
voted Britain’s favourite piece of
nature writing in an online poll
organised by the Arts and Humanities
Research Council. Described by one
voter as “the most powerful, honest
account I’ve ever read about how
nature can shape a person”, here we
share an extract from the awardwinning title.
T
he boy listened to the
noisy birthday party
across the road, then
trod the stairs centrally,
opened and closed his
bedroom door with his left foot. He
was cradling the stuffed reptile as if
it was alive and not the tattered and
broken, sparsely scaled ruin that had
been abused by a taxidermist years
ago. He placed the juvenile caiman –
it was not a crocodile – reverentially
on his chest of drawers. Then he
sat in a preordained spot, his toes
touching the dragons he’d drawn
on the lino and from where his view
of the reptile’s mutilations were
minimised. He studied it intensely,
rocking his head imperceptibly
to improve, with ample
imagination, the idea that
this withered fragment
of worshipped wildlife
was actually still alive.
Outside, sparrows
argued, the sun
flooded over his wall’s
mishmash of creased
maps and corner-less
posters of dinosaurs,
Daleks, Spitfires and the
solar system. The TV was on
downstairs but he didn’t care. It
was half-time in a Subbuteo match
between Liverpool and Everton
and he played both teams, it was
12-all. His games were always draws
because he played each team until
they scored irrespective of the rules
of Association Football, a copy of
which his father had bought him.
Everton only had eight outfield
players, the others having been
painfully knelt upon. Repeated
gluing had reduced them to blobby
dwarves and thus imperfect, thus
unacceptable and thus euthanised,
banished to the battered and
collapsed green box beneath the bed.
Table football, played on the floor
because they didn’t have a table big
enough for the baize pitch, was OK
but it wasn’t as good as animals. He
turned to his windowsill menagerie,
his jam jars, neatly lined up and
gently roasting their inhabitants in
soft afternoon light.
The cinnabar caterpillars that
had trundled so frenetically in
their exotic ochre and black stripes
whilst annihilating fronds of smelly
ragwort had been emulsified and
Chris Packham (inset) played games
when not finding creatures AFP/GETTY
remained only as a brown soup
corrupting the bottom of the jar. The
last two-legged tadpole, which had
bravely outlived so many hundreds
of its spawn fellows since March,
was now struggling through a mat of
choking algae to desperately gulp for
warm air. This year metamorphosis
would be understood only from
books, not witnessed in nature.
A coiled bronze bangle gleamed,
a tailless slow-worm, too
heavily petted, perhaps too
long confined. Fifteen
minnows, a tortoiseshell
butterfly, three male
smooth newts and too
many garden snails
were already “gone”
and the worm jar was
ominously still.
However, a riot
of glimmering life was
exploding in the central
Robinsons repository: between
three and five hundred newly
emerged queen ants were circling
with a furious urge to meet and mate
with the males who were somewhere
outside, rising into the cooling sky,
feeding screaming squadrons of
happy swifts.
These celibate spinsters were
rapidly losing their wings, the
glass base was already gilded with
a fragile skin of golden tiles and
the lumpy virgins were tumbling
through the kaleidoscope of
fractals with diminishing vigour.
By morning, they too would have all
but expired, the last old maids just
twitching before
his next safari
would set off to
nonchalantly
and excitedly
replace them.
This is an extract
from ‘Fingers in
the Sparkle Jar: A
Memoir’ by Chris
Packham (Ebury,
£8.99)
Television Thursday 1 February
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
===
Animals With Cameras
The Hairy Bikers’
Mediterranean Adventure
8pm, BBC1
Is Gordon Buchanan (left) our new
David Attenborough? In recent years
the Scotsman has emerged from
behind his wildlife camera as a
personable presenter at ease with
humans and other animals, and in
this wonderful new series he uses
this to attach camera-collars to
some surprisingly amenable
Kalahari meerkats and a far less
cooperative chimpanzee orphan
called Kimbang. The results are
astonishing as the world gets its first
pictures from inside a meerkat
burrow, which they share with dung
beetles that act as a sort of mass
sewage-processing plant, while
Kimbang reveals how chimps wash
their hands and clean their teeth.
8pm, BBC2
Nice to see that Si King and Dave
Myers are taking at face value the
local legend that mayonnaise was
invented by an 18th-century French
chef in the Menorcan capital of
Mahon. The Balearic island
vacillated between French and
British rulers before eventual
independence, and the British
influence is most strongly felt
in the local Menorcan gin.
===
Death In Paradise
9pm, BBC1
Pippa Haywood and John Sessions
are among the visiting actors
enjoying this enviable gig in the
Caribbean (yes, I know, terribly hard
work and all that), playing the
secretary and chairman of the Saint
Marie Yacht Club, the scene of a
fatal stabbing. Suitably enough, the
island’s Day of the Dead celebrations
are happening at the same time.
imprisoned for 170 years at the age
of 15 after he murdered two women
and an unrepentant serial killer who
says of his triple murders: “I could
kill a person and then go out for
dinner. I don’t even care.”
===
Hunted
Death Row 2018 With
Trevor McDonald
9pm, Channel 4
Apparently, a lot of young people
love this show (as I do), which is
interesting in that, on one level, it’s
about erasing your digital footprint
and going off-grid. Perversely, Joe
and Don, the Prestonians who have
so far managed to be the most
elusive quarry, decide to take to
social media to live-stream a
hunter-taunting singsong from a
friend’s pub (“Dipsticks,” says one
of the pursuing drivers as their
===
9pm, ITV
Five years after his last visit, Trevor
McDonald returns to Indiana State
Prison’s death row, which has a new
death chamber to show off – except
this grim cell has remained unused
for eight years since drug
manufacturers refused to supply
their medicines for lethal injections.
Among those talking to Sir Trevor
are a young man who was
6.00 My Life In Books (R)
(S). 6.30 Wanted Down
Under (R) (S). 7.15 Food:
Truth Or Scare (R) (S). 8.00
Sign Zone: MasterChef:
The Professionals (R) (S).
9.00 Victoria Derbyshire
(S). 11.00 BBC Newsroom
Live (S). 12.00 Daily
Politics (S). 1.00 Coast
(R) (S). 2.00 Sahara With
Michael Palin (R) (S). 3.00 A
Place To Call Home (R) (S).
3.45 This Wild Life (R) (S).
4.15 The Hunt (R) (S). 5.15
Flog It! (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 (S). 3.59 ITV Regional
Weather (S). 4.00 Tipping
Point (S). 5.00 The Chase
(S).
6.00 Countdown (R) (S).
6.45 3rd Rock From The
Sun (R) (S). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
8.00 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 8.30
Frasier (R) (S). 9.00 Frasier
(R) (S). 9.35 Frasier (R) (S).
10.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
11.00 Undercover Boss
USA (R) (S). 12.00 Channel
4 News Summary (S).
12.05 Couples Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 1.05
Posh Pawn (R) (S). 2.10
Countdown (S). 3.00
Village Of The Year With
Penelope Keith (S). 4.00 A
Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (S). 5.00 Four In A
Bed (S). 5.30 Extreme Cake
Makers (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The
Wright Stuff 11.15 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors
(R) (S). 12.10 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.15
Cowboy Builders (R) (S).
1.15 Home And Away (S).
1.45 Neighbours (S). 2.15
NCIS (R) (S). 3.15 FILM:
Escaping Dad (Ross Kohn
2017) Premiere. Thriller,
starring Sunny Mabrey (S).
5.00 5 News At 5 (S). 5.30
Neighbours (R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads Quiz
show, hosted by
Jeremy Vine (R)
(S).
6.30 Great American
Railroad
Journeys (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Homer gets a
new assistant
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks Ryan
tries to keep his
secret safe (S).
6.00 Home And Away
Willow tells
Justin she has
agreed to do
another job for
Boyd (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
7.00 Big Dreams
Small Spaces
Two Oxford
neighbours
combine their
front gardens
(R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 NHS Winter
Crisis: What’s
The Truth?
Tonight (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
(S).
7.30 EastEnders
Aidan goes to
extreme lengths
to find his
money (S).
7.00 The Wonderful
World Of
Puppies The
development of
puppies’ senses
(R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days News and
analysis from
Washington DC
and London (S).
7.30 Top Of The Pops:
1985 (R) (S).
8pm
8.00 Animals With
Cameras
New series.
A close-up look
into the lives
of various wild
creatures (S).
8.00 The Hairy
Bikers’
Mediterranean
Adventure (S).
8.00 Emmerdale (S).
8.30 The Cruise:
Return To The
Mediterranean
(S).
8.00 George Clarke’s
Amazing Spaces
A woman who
has turned a
double-decker
bus into a
mobile home (S).
8.00 Bargain-Loving
Brits In The Sun
Chris and Gary
arrive in Spain
for a new life
in the sun (S).
8.00 How We Got
To Now With
Steven Johnson
Innovations
in cooling and
refrigeration
(R) (S).
9.00 Death In
Paradise A
man receives a
voicemail from
his wife saying
she is being
attacked (S).
9.00 Winterwatch
2018 A roundup of the past
few days’
activity. Last in
the series (S).
9.00 Death Row 2018
With Trevor
McDonald The
broadcaster
visits prisoners
awaiting
execution (S).
9.00 Hunted
Sheffield
deputy mayor
Magid Mah
makes a daring
move to avoid
capture (S).
9.00 Celebrity
Big Brother
The last full
highlights show
before the final
(S).
9.00 Forces Of
Nature With
Brian Cox
The physicist
examines the
building blocks
of life (R) (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Question Time
(S).
10.00The Mash
Report Satirical
news show,
presented by
Nish Kumar (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At Ten
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 The Late Debate
(S).
10.00Derry Girls (S).
10.35 The Undateables
An autistic man
has a date after
being single for
18 months. Last
in the series (R).
10.00The Special
Needs
Employment
Agency Part
one of two (S).
10.00Prehistoric
Autopsy Last in
the series (R) (S).
11.45 This Week The
past seven days
in politics (S).
11.15 Dragons’ Den
Pitches for
natural raw
dog food, and
a date-based
smoothie (R) (S).
11.10 Great Art
Mysteries
surrounding
Vermeer’s Girl
With A Pearl
Earring. Last in
the series (S).
11.35 Katie Piper’s
Face To Face
Katie Piper
invites women
with facial
conditions for a
makeover (R) (S).
11.05 Celebrity Big
Brother’s Bit On
The Side Rylan
Clark-Neal
looks ahead
to tomorrow
night’s final (S).
11.00 Charles Darwin
And The Tree
Of Life David
Attenborough
shares his views
on evolution
(R) (S).
11.15 FILM: The
Grey (Joe
Carnahan 2011)
Wilderness
adventure,
starring Liam
Neeson (S).
11.20 Family
Guy Peter
establishes his
own country
(R) (S).
11.45 American Dad!
(R) (S).
12.35 BBC News (S).
12.15 Sign Zone: A House
Through Time (R) (S). 1.15
Sign Zone: The Hairy
Bikers’ Mediterranean
Adventure (R) (S). 2.15 This
Is BBC Two (S).
12.15 Lethal Weapon (R)
(S). 1.00 Jackpot247 3.00
NHS Winter Crisis: What’s
The Truth? Tonight (R). 3.25
ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.35 One Born Every
Minute (R) (S). 1.30 Obsessive
Compulsive Cleaners (R) (S).
2.25 Can You Rebuild My
Brain? (R) (S). 3.20 Location,
Location, Location (R) (S).
4.15 China: Between Clouds
And Dreams (R). To 5.05am.
12.00 SuperCasino 3.10
GPs: Behind Closed Doors
(R) (S). 4.00 Get Your Tatts
Out: Kavos Ink (R) (S). 4.45
House Doctor (R) (S). 5.10
Great Artists (R) (S). 5.35
House Busters (R) (S).
12.00 Top Of The Pops:
1985 (R) (S). 12.35 Boy
George And Culture Club:
Karma To Calamity (R) (S).
1.35 How We Got To Now
With Steven Johnson (R)
(S). 2.35 Forces Of Nature
With Brian Cox (R) (S).
1.30 FILM: Stranger By
The Lake (Alain Guiraudie
2013) Thriller, starring
Pierre Deladonchamps (S).
3.45 Close (S).
12.15 American Dad! (R) (S).
12.45 Two And A Half Men
(R) (S). 1.15 Superstore (R)
(S). 1.40 Ibiza Weekender
(R) (S). 2.30 Teleshopping
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Food: Truth Or Scare (S).
10.00 Homes Under The
Hammer (S). 11.00 Wanted
Down Under (S). 11.45 A1:
Britain’s Longest Road
(S). 12.15 Bargain Hunt
(R) (S). 1.00 BBC News At
One; Weather (S). 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 1.45 Doctors (S). 2.15
Father Brown (R) (S). 3.00
Escape To The Country
(R) (S). 3.45 The Farmers’
Country Showdown (R) (S).
4.30 Antiques Road Trip
(R) (S). 5.15 Pointless (S).
6pm
9pm
10pm
11pm
Late
Si and Dave head to
the island of Menorca
8pm, BBC2
Bronagh Taggart is
among the cast of
‘Derry Girls’, a comedy
set in Northern Ireland
10pm, Channel 4
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.55 Dress To
Impress (R) (S). 7.45
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.20
Coronation Street (R) (S).
8.50 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 9.25 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (R) (S).
10.10 Who’s Doing The
Dishes? (R) (S). 11.10 Dress
To Impress (R) (S). 12.10
Emmerdale (R) (S). 12.45
Coronation Street (R) (S).
1.15 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 1.45 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (S). 2.35
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S). 3.40 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 4.50 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
5.50 Take Me Out (R) (S).
‘Death Row 2018 With
Trevor McDonald’
9pm, ITV
7.10 FILM: The Cold
Light Of Day
(Mabrouk El
Mechri 2012)
Thriller, starring
Henry Cavill (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold A
man takes on a
big spider (R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (S).
8.30 Superstore A
new corporate
vice president
shakes things
up at the store.
9.00 FILM: Wild
(Jean-Marc
Vallée 2014)
Drama,
starring Reese
Witherspoon (S).
9.00 Release The
Hounds With
Dawn Ward,
Lauren Simon
and Tanya
Bardsley (S).
10.00Celebrity Juice
With guests
Rylan ClarkNeal and Ben
Hanlin (R) (S).
10.50 Family Guy
(R) (S).
NEWS
2-27
location is immediately pinpointed).
It doesn’t matter anyway as we’re
all rooting now for Alex, the 26-yearold with Asperger’s who admits to
never having had a friend in his life
and who is growing in self-belief
with each day on the run.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Derry Girls
10pm, Channel 4
Lisa McGee’s comedy has so far used
the Troubles as a backdrop, but the
city’s sectarian divide comes more
sharply into focus this week as
Orange Order parades start and the
Quinn family race to pack their bags
to leave for the Republic or become
“the last Fenians standing”. Their car
becoming stuck in the middle of a
parade proves the least of the
family’s problems, however.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
FILM OF THE DAY
===
Lawrence Of Arabia
Triangle
1pm, Sky Cinema Select
(David Lean, 1962)
This film about the charismatic,
maverick, indomitable army officer
TE Lawrence (Peter O’Toole, left)
and his unification and leadership
of various Arab tribes during the
1914-17 British campaign against the
Turks is the crowning glory of the
epic phase of Lean’s movie-making
career. It is three-and-three-quarter
hours of pure cinema – and really,
what with Freddie Young’s Oscarwinning 70mm cinematography,
and the way that its characters
are so often dwarfed amid
widescreen desert vistas, it wants
be seen on the big screen to be
fully appreciated. It is monumental
in its scope and ambition.
9pm, Horror Channel
(Christopher Smith, 2009)
In this film – the only good Bermuda
Triangle movie – six people are
rescued at sea by a 1930s ocean liner
that seems to be a ghost ship at first,
but turns out to be full of recurring
gruesome activity.
===
Stranger By The Lake
1.30am, Film4
(Alain Guiraudie, 2013)
Set at a French lakeshore gay-cruising
spot, this sunny but confrontational
film combines a wry comedy
of manners, explicit sex and a
psychological thriller about a young
innocent’s attraction to a man he
knows to be a sociopathic killer.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 6.55 Heartbeat (R)
(S). 7.55 The Royal (R) (S).
9.00 Judge Judy (R) (S).
9.20 Judge Judy (R) (S).
9.50 Judge Judy (R) (S).
10.15 The Darling Buds
Of May (R) (S). 11.25 The
Darling Buds Of May (R)
(S). 12.35 The Royal (R)
(S). 1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.50 On The Buses (R) (S).
4.20 On The Buses (R) (S).
4.55 Rising Damp (R) (S).
5.25 George And Mildred
(R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Coach Trip: Road To
Tenerife (R) (S). 7.30 All
Star Driving School (R)
(S). 8.00 Baby Daddy (R)
(S). 9.00 Melissa & Joey
(R) (S). 10.00 How I Met
Your Mother (R) (S). 11.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) (S).
11.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 12.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 12.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 1.00 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 2.00
Melissa & Joey (R) (S). 2.30
Melissa & Joey (R) (S). 3.00
Baby Daddy (R) (S). 3.30
Baby Daddy (R) (S). 4.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) (S).
4.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 5.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 5.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.35 A Place In The Sun:
Summer Sun (R) (S). 10.30
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 11.00
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 11.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 1.05 A
Place In The Sun: Summer
Sun (R) (S). 2.10 A Place In
The Sun: Summer Sun (R)
(S). 3.15 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 3.50 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 4.20 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 4.50
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Of The Zoo (R) (S).
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(R) (S). 5.30 Futurama
(R) (S).
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(S). 7.00 Fish Town (R) (S).
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(R) (S). 11.00 House (R) (S).
12.00 House (R) (S). 1.00
Without A Trace (R) (S).
2.00 Blue Bloods (R) (S).
3.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
4.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.00 House (R) (S).
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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
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
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Theory Leonard
asks a woman
out (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
A chihuahua
is rushed to
the clinic after
being hit by a
car (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
Aliens threaten
to destroy Earth
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House
A professional
cyclist has
respiratory
problems (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Cabot
Cove’s new
priest faces a
moral dilemma
(R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks (S).
7.30 Coach Trip:
Road To
Tenerife The
tourists visit an
exclusive golf
club in Portugal.
7.55 Grand Designs
Kevin McCloud
revisits a Royal
Marine who
lost three limbs
in Afghanistan
(R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
(R) (S).
10.00Foyle’s War
The detective
investigates
a mysterious
military facility
(R) (S).
12.00 Inspector Morse (R)
(S). 2.00 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
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 – TQD 12mdn’t BBC
Radio 1’s Residency – Jubilee
1.00 Toddla T 3.00 Radio 1’s
Artist Takeover With Clean
Bandit 4.00 Radio 1’s Early
Breakfast Show With Adele
Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6.00 Heartbeat
Ventress probes
a possible case
of industrial
sabotage (R) (S).
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Christie’s
Marple Murder
mystery,
starring Julia
McKenzie (R) (S).
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Jo Whiley 10.00 The Radio 2
Arts Show With Anneka Rice
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House Party 2.00 Radio 2’s
Tracks Of My Years Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlist: Have A
Great Weekend 4.00 Radio 2
Playlist: Feelgood Friday 5.00
Vanessa Feltz
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8.00 Duck Quacks
Don’t Echo With
guests Trevor
McDonald,
David Mitchell
and Katherine
Ryan (R) (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Danny
investigates a
series of attacks
on a college
campus (R) (S).
9.00 2 Broke Girls
Caroline
runs into her
ex-boyfriend
Candy Andy (S).
9.30 2 Broke Girls (S).
9.00 Walks With
My Dog Emilia
Fox takes her
dachshunds
through a
wooded valley
in Cornwall (S).
9.00 A League Of
Their Own With
Rob Beckett,
Denise Lewis
and James
DeGale (R) (S).
9.00 Britannia Aulus
is reborn, but
his destiny
remains
undetermined.
10.00The
Inbetweeners
(R) (S).
10.30 The
Inbetweeners
The friends go
clubbing (R) (S).
10.00The Yorkshire
Dales And The
Lakes Mountain
rescuer Pete
Roe attempts to
find a missing
man (R) (S).
10.00Carpool
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With Katy Perry
and Jennifer
Lopez (R) (S).
10.00Active Shooter:
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Fire (R) (S).
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Theory Howard
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A&E A woman
with a weak
immune system
is bitten by her
cat (R) (S).
11.00 The Force:
Manchester
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following the
work of Greater
Manchester
Police (R) (S).
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is reborn, but
his destiny
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undetermined
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Finale (R) (S). 3.55 Rude
Tube (R) (S). 4.20 Rude(ish)
Tube (R) (S). 4.45 How I Met
Your Mother (R) (S).
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Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 Walks With My Dog
(R) (S). 2.05 Grand Designs
(R) (S). 3.15 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Uncut (R) (S). 4.00 Close
12.00 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World (R) (S). 1.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 2.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 3.00 The
Blacklist (R) (S). 4.00 Stop,
Search, Seize (R) (S). 5.00
The Dog Whisperer (R) (S).
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Dexter (R). 2.25 Banshee
(S). 3.25 Girls (R) (S). 4.05
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.05
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Mariam Batsashvili plays
Bach and Liszt at the Royal
Birmingham Conservatoire.
2.00 Afternoon Concert.
Giordano’s opera Siberia, from
the 2017 last year’s Montpellier
Festival. 5.00 In Tune 7.00
In Tune Mixtape. In Tune’s
specially curated playlist. 7.30
Radio 3 In Concert. The BBC
Scottish Symphony Orchestra
live from Glasgow. 10.00 Free
Thinking 10.45 The Essay:
Looking Good 11.00 Late
Junction 12.30am Through
The Night
ON DEMAND
The Young Offenders
BBC iPlayer
A new spinoff of the comedy
about a pair of tearaways.
Lady Dynamite
Netflix
Sadly now cancelled, but there
are two seasons of Maria
Bamford’s comedy to enjoy.
The New Builds
Are Coming
BBC iPlayer
An idyllic Oxfordshire village
prepares to welcome (not)
new neighbours.
news. 8.30 The Bottom Line.
New series. The intricacies of
building a bridge. 9.00 BBC
Inside Science. Presented
by Adam Rutherford. 9.30
In Our Time. The biology of
squid, octopus, cuttlefish and
nautilus. 10.00 The World
Tonight 10.45 Book At Bedtime:
Reading Europe – Turkey: The
Red-Haired Woman. By Orhan
Pamuk. 11.00 The Brig Society.
Marcus Brigstocke looks at
the history and function of the
House of Lords. 11.30 Today In
Parliament 12mdn’t News And
Weather 12.30 Book Of The
Week: No Place To Lay One’s
Head 12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
5.20 Shipping Forecast 5.30
News Briefing 5.43 Prayer For
The Day 5.45 Farming Today
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Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
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Marriage Lines 8.30 The Goon
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Jeeves 10.00 The Brothers
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programme. 7.45 The Truth
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Others 2.45 Someone Like Me
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Finnemore’s Souvenir
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The director Paul
Thomas Anderson
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A real dog’s
dinner?
Raw meat may seem like a healthy meal for a
pooch but it may pose health risks for canines
and their owners. By JacquelineBoyd
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ust as many people are trying to eat less processed
food to improve their
health, some dog owners
are turning away from
conventional pet food. They’re
trying to get back to what they see
as a more traditional “butcher’s
dog” diet of raw meat, albeit with
pre-prepared products that can
be served easily and frozen.
But these health-conscious canine lovers may have been concerned to read a recent study
about the risks of these raw meatbased diet products as possible
sources of some bacterial and
parasitic diseases. So just how big
a problem is this?
The evidence for the health advantages of raw meat-based diets
is limited. Some research suggests they may enhance an animal’s digestion. But robust studies
are rare and there are concerns
about whether some of these diets
provide enough nutritional value.
Domestic dogs are not like
wild carnivores. They have been
evolving alongside humans for
30,000 years, and their diet has
been shaped by our food and environment. They can survive on
a mixed diet, often on waste from
human settlements, and have
even evolved to digest starch.
Traditional dog diets would
have included raw meat but also
table scraps and other homemade
foods. And unlike most human
processed foods, manufactured
pet food is often tailored to provide a key range of nutrients.
After all, the move to commercial
pet food coincided with increased
research into the nutritional requirements of the dog.
The recent study in the journal Veterinary Record analysed
35 commercial frozen raw-meat
products from eight different
brands. It found E.coli in 28 products, Listeria monocytogenes in 19
and Salmonella species in seven.
Several products had parasites.
Other studies have previously
highlighted similar contamination
of raw pet food in Canada, North
America and New Zealand.
By comparison, unprocessed
raw meat from the butcher is
less likely to be an issue than the
products in the study, in the same
way it is safer to eat rare steak
than raw mince. The problem is
Ournew
tsunamialert
technology
couldsave
thousands
oflives
Tsunamis are one of
the most terrifying
natural events in the
world. The results
can be devastating:
230,000 people were
killed by the 2004
Boxing Day tsunami
in the Indian Ocean.
Only last week,
people in Alaska
rushed to higher
ground after a
warning was
issued following a
7.9-magnitude earthquake off the coast.
The longest
warning people might
have is a few hours at
best, but waves can
hit a coast in minutes.
ByUsamaKadri
&ChiangMei
Domestic dogs can
pass on bugs to
humans after they
have eaten
that there is no study comparing
commercially produced raw dog
food with small batches of raw
butcher’s meat, so we cannot be
certain about how much riskier
these manufactured products are.
For dogs, the bacteria and
parasites found in food aren’t that
much of a problem. Dogs are pretty resistant to many of the possible bugs that can be isolated from
raw meat and they rarely become
ill, though they can suffer gastric
illness as a result of Salmonella.
But dogs can become carriers
of these bacteria and spread them
through their faeces, which can
lead to serious illness in humans.
What is especially significant is
these food products’ level of con-
tamination with bacteria that are
resistant to treatment with antibiotics. This is a concern for both
pet and human health. Infections
with these bacteria are increasingly difficult to treat, and the
spread of antibiotic resistance is a
critical public health issue.
The parasitic pathogens found
in the products can cause significant health problems, but aren’t
as common and can mostly be inactivated by freezing at -20C.
Many human food products are
full of similar bugs. The UK Food
Standards Agency reported that
antibiotic-resistant superbugs
were found at record levels in supermarket chickens. Even bags of
salad can contain Salmonella.
The same guidance for storing
and preparing food for human
consumption applies to raw-meat
pet food. Wash hands and surfaces thoroughly. Separate different
foods to prevent cross-contamination. Defrost frozen items in the
fridge, ideally in sealed containers
and on the lowest shelves. Handle
pet food bowls with care to prevent bacteria spreading.
However pets can pass on bugs
after they have eaten. Owners can
become exposed by touching, petting, exposure to saliva and faeces
and even sharing sleeping spaces.
Bugs can also be passed on indirectly through contact with contaminated surfaces like floors and
toys. But sensibly handling, cleaning and caring for your dog should
minimise the risks of going for a
raw meat diet.
Jacqueline Boyd is a lecturer in
animal science at Nottingham
Trent University
At present, early
warning systems
rely on measuring
the movement of
dart buoys, which
record changes in
the sea level, or by
assessing the pressure at the bottom of
tsunami. The problem
is these systems
only work when the
waves have reached
the measuring apparatus, meaning an
unrealistic number
of buoys for coverage
providing sufficiently
advanced alerts.
Together we have
now developed new
technology that could
increase the warning
time people receive
for tsunamis, by
using sound waves.
Acoustic signals
that radiate from an
earthquake can travel
much faster than the
tsunami, and over
longer distances
too – up to thousands
of miles – carrying
information on the
earthquake itself as
well as the forthcoming tsunami.
Using underwater
microphones we can
record these sound
waves long before
the tsunami arrives.
It doesn’t matter if
the tsunami front is
heading towards the
hydrophone location
or away from it, the
sound waves will be
recorded either way.
The sound signals
are the results of
changes in pressure,
so we analyse data on
how the pressure is
changing over time.
Though the idea of
using acoustic waves
to predict tsunamis
has been put forward
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‘We can meet the challenge
to find better ways to treat
cancer – and we must’
IN ASSOCIATION WITH
Baroness Jowell’s call to arms should inspire faster ways of
testing new drugs, say SilviaMarinoand PeterHall
Standing
ovation:
former Cabinet
minister Dame
Tessa Jowell,
who has brain
cancer
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previously, the key
to our idea is a new
mathematical method
that can be used to
analyse these recorded
sound signals in near
real-time.
It is based on the
assumption that the
underwater faults
which cause earthquakes are slender
– the width is much
smaller than the length,
which is the case in
many known eruptions. Working on this
basis, we can then
start to figure out how
the sound evolves as
it moves.
We can then go back
and use the pressure
signals to assess the
fault’s main properties,
such as its location,
length, width, time,
duration, speed, elevation and orientation.
Using these, we can not
only warn of a tsunami,
but also more accurately estimate its size
long before it reaches
the shoreline.
With these data
sets at hand, we can
evaluate the impact
the tsunami will have
on the shoreline and
provide a rapid threat
assessment within just
a few minutes of the
initial signal.
While we work to
adapt our method
so that it will run
automatically, we
hope and anticipate
that governments
around the world
will use it to create
a new, quicker, early
warning system for
coastal communities.
Usama Kadri is a
lecturer of applied
mathematics at
Cardiff University,
and Chiang C Mei is a
professor emeritus of
engineering
at Massachusetts
Institute of
Technology
t’s rare for the House of
Lords to applaud a speech.
But Baroness Jowell was
given an emotional minutelong standing ovation
last week, when she spoke in
the chamber for the first time
since being diagnosed with
brain cancer.
The type of brain cancer
that Baroness Jowell has –
glioblastoma – is usually treated
with surgery, followed by
radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Unfortunately the disease nearly
always returns. The average
survival time from diagnosis is
12 to 15 months.
The Baroness used her speech
to appeal for better global
collaboration in developing
drugs and an increased use
of them on the NHS. Many
sufferers would be keen to try
experimental treatments in the
hope it could prolong their life or
improve the time they have left,
and are frustrated to find it’s not
as straightforward as that.
Clinical trials have
traditionally investigated one
new drug at a time. That drug
has to pass several hurdles,
or phases, that test its safety
and effectiveness. Each new
phase needs its own set-up
and funding, which is costly
and takes several years. Fewer
than 7 per cent of the cancer
drugs that start the process will
become approved treatments.
New “adaptive clinical
trials”, designed to improve
the speed and efficiency of
drug development, allow
multiple drugs to be tested
within the same trial. Drugs
that do not meet pre-specified
targets can be discarded and
new ones added, while those
that show promise can move
more seamlessly through the
different phases. In this way,
patients can have quicker
access to new drugs because
they can be added within the
existing adaptive trial structure.
For patients with rapidly
progressing, life-threatening
conditions, such as glioblastoma,
this can make the difference
between having access to a new
drug or not.
We are entering an era of
precision medicine. That means
that if we notice that a patient’s
cancer has mutated, we can
tailor the treatment to target
that mutation – assuming a
treatment is available. This
is currently done for breast
and lung cancers. Given that
researchers – through global
collaboration – have identified
mutated targets in glioblastoma,
this should be possible for future
treatments for this disease.
To speed up development of
new drugs for mutated cancers,
researchers have designed socalled umbrella trials and basket
trials. Umbrella trials involve
patients with the same cancer –
say, lung cancer – being assigned
different treatments based
on their mutations. This way,
several drugs or combinations
of them can be tested at once.
This gives researchers a quicker
way to find the best candidate
medicine for a specific mutation.
Basket trials involve patients
with the same cancer cell
mutation, regardless of where
the tumour is – lung, kidney,
spleen, say – testing a single
drug. That way, researchers
can quickly discover the drug’s
effects on several cancer types
at the same time.
Both basket and umbrella
designs can be combined with
an adaptive trial approach to
provide a powerful technique for
accelerating drug development.
Because glioblastoma is a
relatively rare form of cancer,
global collaboration is essential,
from basic research that might
help identify new biomarkers,
to the development of precision
medicine clinical trials. The
sharing of basic scientific
knowledge among scientists,
and the sharing of anonymised
clinical data from patients
(with their consent) will lead
to an accelerated discovery of
powerful new treatments.
Of course there will be
challenges, particularly with
co-ordinating and unifying
different experimental and
treatment protocols across the
globe. There will also be debates
about how to fund a patient if
they travel to another country to
participate in a trial.
Baroness Jowell ended her
speech in the Lords by saying:
“I also have such great hope.
So many cancer patients
collaborate and support each
other every day. They create
that community of love and
determination wherever they
find each other.”
We now need policymakers
and health professionals to show
the same love and determination
by taking Baroness Jowell up on
her challenge.
Silvia Marino is a professor of
neuropathology and Peter Hall
is an academic clinical fellow in
oncology, both at Queen Mary
University of London
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Education
Y
ou already have natural
skills, aptitudes and interests, some of which
you are actively aware
of and others which are
there but you have yet to identify,
and it is for this reason that selfknowledge is so critical to the
effective planning of your career
and academic goals.
If you hate people and working
in an office, no matter how hard
you try, working around lots of
people in an office environment
is always going to be terrible. You
can’t be what you’re not and trying
is often going to be horrible and
painful and a waste of your time.
Happiness in work isn’t a given of
course, but it doesn’t mean that at
this stage you shouldn’t at least
strive for the possibility. Don’t
compromise on your ambitions.
The path to self-knowledge can
be difficult and painful, but like
anything worth doing it was always going to be that way. Before
you can block out a career path you
need to be honest with yourself in a
way that probably won’t make you
feel very good.
I wanted to be a comic-book
artist when I was younger but,
try as I might, I simply wasn’t
good enough and, because I was
arrogant enough to ignore that little voice in the back of my head, I
still pursued art at university with
no real idea of how I was going to
turn that into a career. Inevitably I
didn’t become a comic book artist
and squandered time which has
taken me a long time to claw back.
So, what are you
going to do next?
EddWilliams
I suppose I might have given myself a better chance of success if I
had networked and tried to get internships etc, but that’s for another
chapter. The point is, you need to
understand who you are and where
your abilities and interests lie. If
your parents always wanted you to
be a lawyer, no problem, but be really sure it is what you want; don’t
do it because they were lawyers.
Do it because you genuinely love it.
So, let’s break down the different considerations when it comes
to self-knowledge.
Aptitude – a natural ability to do
something; a natural tendency.
This is what we need you to identify. It’s the manifestation of who
Whatever it
is, there is one
thing you can
do better than
other people
you know
you are, what defines you – your
innate abilities. Everyone’s got
something, maybe it’s sport,
maybe it’s debate, drawing, languages, influencing people, listening skills, acting. Whatever it is,
there is one thing you can do better than other people you know.
Through self-knowledge and reflection you can identify what that
thing is and you can develop that
to become an advantageous selling
point. The biggest scandal is when
you have a natural aptitude and
refuse to use it and develop it properly, which is where we come to...
Skill – the ability to do something well; expertise.
It actually comes from an old
Norse word which is more akin to
knowledge. Knowledge of an area,
really knowing something.
Skill is an aptitude that has been
developed. To take my cartooning
as an example, I had a talent for it
and I practised lots and lots, and
over time that aptitude was developed into a skill. Now, many of you
may think you are without skills,
but that almost certainly isn’t
true; it simply means it’s either
undercooked right now or you’ve
yet to identify it as such.
When you’re at school it’s very
hard to shake off that institutional
thinking that accompanies every
conversation about your future:
by that I mean how what you
do can be equated to a tangible
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Marvel, but that doesn’t mean to
say you can’t still carve a career
for yourself in a field that will be
a whole lot more fulfilling than
something which doesn’t excite
you. There’s an old exercise which
asks the question, “If money
wasn’t an issue what job would
you do?” – obviously the thinking
is flawed because money is always
an issue, but it does raise a valid
point: stop thinking about your
expectations from life for a moment and think about what you’d
genuinely love to do.
So, to follow the football idea, if
it’s what you love, be honest with
yourself – are you going to play in
the Premier League? Probably not,
so stop pretending it’s a possibility and think around the problem.
Coaching, refereeing, something
in sports management? Could you
study overseas and get a scholarship to do so in a country where the
sport is played at lower level? All of
these are options for you, but the
sad truth is people give up too easily. By understanding what the limitations of your abilities are you can
afford to get creative; where others
might see the end of the road, look
beyond it and see where else your
skills may take you.
The single biggest issue people
have is failing to recognise their aptitudes as aptitudes and rather just
dismissing them as stuff they are
OK at. Self-knowledge isn’t innate;
it’s something you have to work at
Having an interest
is how we can begin
to define where your
skills may take you
educational result. Being good at
writing is associated with English
Language, a flair for languages
would see you being encouraged
to do French or German. Good at
adding? Maths is the thing for you.
Only that’s very short-sighted
and wrong-headed and students
are press-ganged into academic
choices without a focus on the bigger scheme of things. You may be
good at certain academic choices
that would naturally map on to
a variety of career choices, but
equally you might be unremarkable in lessons but have a wealth
of skills that your school doesn’t
know how to harness effectively
– the skill to lead a group of people such as in sports or the Duke
of Edinburgh Award, or in the
Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
or in a school society; the skill to
work with people in a collaborative way; the skill to persuade and
influence; an entrepreneurial ability – these are all skills that can be
used effectively in the real world.
Maybe you have a logical bent
of mind that means you are
particularly good at problemsolving, there’s some maths
in there, maybe a nod to the
sciences, but it’s fundamentally
just an ability you have that
can be parlayed into a career
in something such as project
management or logistics.
So, if you look at that as an end
point and work back from it, a
path can be revealed to you that
wouldn’t necessarily suggest itself
from your current vantage point.
Interest – the feeling of wanting
to know about something
or someone.
It almost naturally follows that
your interests will be aligned with
your skills and aptitudes: if you
love playing football it’s unlikely that you won’t also
enjoy watching it and
discussing it with your
friends. If you enjoy
drawing and painting, chances are you
will enjoy going to
galleries. If you like
writing you’re going
to like reading.
Having an interest
in a subject is how we can
begin to define where your
skills and aptitudes may take you.
By taking an interest in an area
you are more likely to turn up possible career paths, even inadvertently. That’s why it’s so important
to foster your interests – your
parents and school may see them
as a distraction but what your unconscious mind is doing is giving
you the biggest signposts towards
where your goals may lie.
If money wasn’t an issue what
job would you do?
Now we’ve identified what we
mean by each of these words, how
do they relate to self-knowledge
and why is it so important? The
important thing to realise is that
not everyone who enjoys playing
football is going to make it to the
Premier League, and not every
cartoonist is going to draw for
and sometimes disproving ideas
is as helpful as proving them. You
might think you want to do something because you just feel like
you want to do something, or your
parents want you to do something,
or your school or the society you were born into
suggests it’s the right
thing to do. This is
flawed thinking: a
decision that has
been made in a
vacuum.
As important
as it is to understand what positive attributes and
capacities you have, it is
equally important to understand how far those abilities may
take you – we’ve all watched deluded contestants on TheXFactorwho
believe they have what it takes to
fill arenas and we all know that the
closest they’ll get to that is busking.
Not everyone can be famous
or fêted and that’s OK. If you like
singing, join a choir, form a band,
maybe even gig a little, but have a
back-up plan just in case. I think at
a certain point you have to be honest with yourself and own up to the
fact that you may not have what
it takes; you can then enjoy it as a
hobby and get on with the business
of forging a path that will pay the
bills as well as make you happy.
I’m not saying don’t pursue your
dreams. You should absolutely pursue your dreams, but give yourself
a time frame, don’t go looking for
the end of the rainbow – you need
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Those who can do,
those who can’t advise
Every student, no matter
what their background, is
likely to be let down by their
school through a combination
of bad advice and stupid
advice. I was lucky enough
to get a scholarship to go to
a private school. It was fairly
progressive and was generally
regarded as pretty good; but
they cheated me.
It wasn’t through malice, just
ignorance – the guy responsible
for careers and university
admissions had been cloistered
in a grace-and-favour house on
the school grounds for nearly
three decades. His most recent
experience of any of the stuff
he was charged with teaching
was his own exposure to it after
finishing his degree.
You wouldn’t opt for
surgery from a keen amateur
who had watched Casualty 20
years ago, but this was pretty
much the same thing – we
were putting our lives in
the hands of a man who was
to be hard on yourself, you may be
an undiscovered genius but you
have to accept the possibility that
you might not be. Once you accept
that possibility, put plan B into
place; this isn’t an admission of failure, it’s a proactive decision to take
control of your life.
Some of the greatest discoveries and most inspiring stories from
business have come about through
thoroughly unqualified to do
the job.
Does this sound familiar to
you? Somewhere in your or
your children’s building is a
very nice, well meaning person
who has lots of books about
the types of jobs there are, lots
of leaflets, some box-ticking
psychometric forms. They
probably used to work for
Connexions, a careers service
paid for by the Government that
has since been disbanded.
The vast majority of these
people are lovely and sincere,
but the trouble is if they’ve
spent their working life doing
that they don’t really have any
concept of what an employer is
actually looking for, or how to
interview. Or how to get the best
internships, how to network,
how to write a CV or a personal
statement.
In fact, of all the practical
skills you’ll need to acquire
there’s not much they can offer
beyond the broad strokes.
accident or failure: sometimes plan
B takes you exactly where you were
supposed to be, even if it doesn’t
feel that way when you set off.
‘Is Your School Lying
to You? Get the Career
You Want, Get the Life
You Deserve’ (£11.99,
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Take your little onee
from A to B in a
safe, comfortable
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transporter. By
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{1} SILVER CROSS AVIA
The knitted fabric, padded straps and
cosy foot muff give the Avia a high-end
finish that’s a step above many compact
competitors. The hood can be rolled up for
extra ventilation and has UPF50 protection;
with the footmuff and rain cover included,
there’s no need to pay for seasonal extras.
The 5.5kg weight is impressive for this
all-season pushchair and it can be used from
birth to approximately five years.
£199, johnlewis.com
{2} BUGABOO BEE 5
Bugaboo sits at the premium end of the
market, but investment buys quality,
comfort and durability. The updated Bee5 is
the brand’s compact travel system. It comes
with customisable colours and a compact,
sleek and robust chassis, available in black
or aluminium. However, the Bee’s durability
means that it weighs in at a fairly hefty 9.5kg.
£569, mamasandpapas.com
{3} QUINNY YEZZ AIR
The Yezz Air was designed with travelling
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29cm x 69cm x 25cm by pressing one button
and is so compact that you could take it as
hand luggage on the plane. The weight is
a manageable 5.6kg and the stroller feels
incredibly light and smooth to use, with a
single, front swivel wheel and two fixed
wheels at the back that brake and release
with a tap on each side respectively.
£150, kiddicare.com
{5} MOUNT
TAIN BUGGY NANO
Mountain Buggy devised the Nano with
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also comes with a travel satchel, protecting
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down and freestanding once folded.
£249, johnlewis.com
{6} MACLAREN MARK II RECLINE
This is Maclaren’s lightest buggy, a sturdy
but dainty 3.3kg that is easy to lift and fold
with one hand. Like most Maclarens, it’s
not suitable for newborns as it only faces
forward, though this newer version does
offer a slight recline, using two side zips
to allow the fabric seat to fall back. A great
option for travelling, it features Maclaren’s
signature, easy-to-use umbrella fold.
£100, johnlewis.com
{7} RECARO EASYLIFE
German brand Recaro’s EasyLife stroller is
a stylish and lightweight option, weighing
in at 5.7kg and available in a variety of
bright colours, as well as black and grey. The
one-handed fold felt easy and intuitive and
when collapsed (to 59cm x 48cm x 26cm),
the buggy was freestanding.
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{8} BABYZEN YOYO+
This popular compact French-designed
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and faces forward or back.
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{9} NUNA PEPP LUXX
Dutch brand Nuna has updated its Pepp
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{10} ICKLE BUBBA AURORAG
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£144, argos.co.uk
{4} CHICCO OHLALA
Excellent manoeuvrability is the best thing
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simple and intuitive. At 3.8kg it is noticeably
light, and great for car journeys because
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BERNADETTE MCNULTY
Joel Dommett (far left) was runner-up on ‘I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here’ in 2016
behind the winner, Gogglebox’s Scarlett Moffatt (second from left)
So he turned it into a stand-up
show. “I decided to tackle it headon and make it funny. At least then I
owned it, instead of a paper owning it.
“It’s a mad thing but it’s the new
world that we live in. I’m in a very
lucky position that I’m a comedian
and I can talk about it. If I was a
teacher I would have lost my job.”
Now the thing that makes his blood
run cold about the whole thing is that
he was wearing a beanie in the video.
“I think that’s the worst part of all of
it. Naked except for a beanie? Who
does that?”
Turning his sex life into comedy
wasn’t something new for Dommett.
Tales of his own sexual failings,
disastrous hook-ups and bad Tinder
dates formed the basis for the standup that made him popular in the
first place.
Those embarrassments also fill
the chapters of Dommett’s first book,
It’s Not Me, It’s Them: Confessions of
a Hopeless Modern Romantic. It was
inspired by Dommett finding his
teenage diaries, in which he declared
he would never sleep with more than
40 women. At the time of reading it,
Dommett realised he had reached 38.
And so he began to write – about
t’s the worst part
of all of it. Naked except
for a beanie? Who
does that?
the A-list celebrity from Los Angeles,
whose name is changed to Poppy for
the purpose of anonymity, who invites
him to her birthday party in Las
Vegas after he meets her in London.
He spends his last few hundred
pounds to book a flight after which a
rather uninterested Poppy gets him
to help craft emails to a guy she likes
before vomiting on him.
And then there’s his sex scene with
Sienna Miller in The Edge of Love,
during his early acting career (he
was also on the teen drama Skins),
which is so lukewarm that Dommett
mostly ends up on the cutting-room
floor. And the Tinder date who turns
up at his house for sex so blind drunk
that she urinates all over his bedroom
floor leaving him to Google “How to
clean urine from a carpet” at 4am.
It’s not all failure, though. Dommett
used the final page of the book to
propose to his girlfriend, Hannah
Cooper, whom he met last year on
Instagram (the catfishing incident
did not put him off scouring social
media for potential partners).
“The book was like a 90,000-word
proposal,” he says. He ripped the final
page out of the book and handed it to
Cooper to read while she was away on
a trip. When she got back, he read it
to her while dressed in a tuxedo and
surrounded by candles. “I learned
that night if you light 100 candles in a
London studio apartment it gets very
hot, very quickly.” She said yes.
The book was the result of the
exposure he got from his appearance
on I’m A Celebrity. The public voted
him into second place, behind
the winner, Scarlett Moffatt, of
Gogglebox. He returned to the UK
with a level of celebrity he never
expected – partly thanks to his
readiness to whip off his top.
“I know it’s not a real mark of
success but I had 7,000 Instagram
followers when I went in and 460,000
when I came out a few weeks later,”
Dommett says (he now has 580,000).
He has been touring almost nonstop for the past year, with a break
to fly back to Australia to present
the I’m a Celebrity spin-off show
in December.
“The week before I flew to
Australia to be on I’m a Celeb [in 2016]
I did a tour show in Newcastle. It was
a small show and I’d only sold about
40 tickets.
“I drove all the way there and back
– seven hours each way. I got back at
five in the morning. Next week I’m
doing a gig at the Newcastle Theatre
Royal which is 2,000 seats and it’s
sold out.”
As a comedian who has built a
career partly on exploiting fleeting
sexual experiences, could the current
climate, in which the Time’s Up and
Me Too movements are making
waves, push his particular brand of
comedy past its sell-by date?
“I didn’t want things to be taken
the wrong way but obviously I
think everything in the book, not to
mention everything I’ve ever done
in my life, has been on the right
side of everyone being comfortable
in that scenario and everyone
being complicit.”
“The stories come from a good
place, there’s nothing that could be
twisted. Girlfriends and people who
I’ve dated have generally got used to
the fact that I’m going to talk about
them a little bit. My comedy isn’t blue
or gratuitous. Whatever happens,
I’m always the one who comes out of
any of this looking stupid.”
Joel Dommett is
touring the UK in
‘Joel Dommett: Live’
(joeldommett.com);
‘It’s Not Me, It’s Them’
by Joel Dommett is
published by Headline
(£16.99)
Provocateur’s right-wing
rhetoric punctured by
‘yoof-speak’ comedian
» Hate Thy Neighbour Viceland, 9pm
» Kiri Channel 4, 9pm
M
ilo Yiannopoulos’s
infamy seemed to
burn out fast. One
moment, the Britishborn provocateur and professional
bigot was the bête noire of liberals,
his plastic-faced snarl and leer all
over the news, like 80s avatar Max
Headroom come to life. In 2015,
after provoking “No Platform” bans
from several British universities, he
decamped to the US to capitalise
on the popularity of Donald Trump,
whom he refers to as “Daddy”. His
success seemed to be crowned
in December 2016 by a bidding
war over his memoir, acquired by
publisher Simon and Schuster for
$250,000 (£176,000).
Yet only two months later his
publishers had dumped him, after
he made comments in support of
paedophilia.
The real problem may have
been the quality of Yiannopoulos’s
writing. When he tried to sue his
publishers, the editor’s notes on
his manuscript were hilariously
damning. “Three unfunny jokes
in a row. DELETE.” “The way you
casually bring up the KKK makes
no sense.” Or “No need to drag the
lesbians into this! And DON’T use
lesbian as a slur!”
East London comedian Jamali
Maddix meets the fallen man in the
latest episode of his tour around
the US, Hate Thy Neighbour.
He encounters him still trolling
around university campuses, this
Maaddix sums up this
new television genre
as ‘man goes around
America not really
understanding things’
time, set for a “Free Speech Week”
at Berkeley in California.
Donald Trump may be clamping
down on visas, but there seems to
be no problem for hapless Brits
with cameras getting into the
country right now to document
the new political divisions in
the US. Maddix sums up this
new television genre as “man
goes around America not really
understanding things”. While his
budget may be smaller than Louis
Theroux’s, Maddix does at least
eschew the quirky Brit-in-linen
look. In fact, with his big beard,
baseball caps, baggy T-shirts
and “yoof-speak”, the 25-year-old
comedian looks and sounds much
like many of the students on the
Californian campus.
Comedian Jamali Maddix (right)
meets Milo Yiannopoulos
His laid-back demeanour and
open-minded, gentle curiosity
which allows the conservative
students to feel comfortable with
him, even when, ahead of the visit,
they open up a box of pamphlets so
incendiary that they are forced to
cancel the whole event.
When Maddix finally meets
Yiannopoulos it is much like when
the Wizard of Oz is exposed behind
the curtain. He comes across as
twitchy, uncertain and needing to
be liked rather than as a fascist
menace. “I’m like Madonna in the
90s,” he screeched unconvincingly.
With even more economy than his
former book editor, Maddix nails
the dangerous trick. “He’s always
trying to hide behind a joke.”
Although named after the
murder victim, the one person Kiri
never seemed to get near to was the
little girl herself. When her birth
father was finally, and wrongly
arrested for killing her, you for once
sympathised with Alice, the woman
who wanted to adopt her, as she
handed out pictures of Kiri to the
press baying outside the door.
Sadly, while Jack Thorne’s drama
had started with so much promise,
it ended as the worst kind of
whodunnit – the one where you just
don’t care. Even worse, the culprit
turned out to be the only character
you hadn’t spent much time with,
who then had to garble out his
entire story, utterly improbably.
Which is a shame. Because in
all that fake intrigue, the really
interesting plot line about interracial adoption and beleaguered
social workers was lost, although
Sarah Lancashire’s compassionate
performance will stay in the mind
for a long time.
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David Morrissey and
Ben Whishaw star in
the thrilling promenade
production
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This thrilling promenade
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confirms two things. Nicholas
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extraordinary spatial flexibility of
the Bridge Theatre, the new base
he has created by Tower Bridge.
For this in-the-round
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BBC Music
Sound of 2018
GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL
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Composer Max Richter has carved
a happy commercial niche at the
confluence of contemporary
classical, electronic music and
film soundtracks, making him
a natural fit for the similarly
boundary-blind Celtic
Connections and their partners
the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
For his festival debut, he choose
to concentrate on the music for
the Royal Ballet’s Woolf Works, a
contrasting trio of movements,
each inspired by a different
Virginia Woolf novel – Mrs
Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves.
The Orlando movement was by
far the most intriguing, almost
restless in its dynamism and
baroque influence. Filmic surges
of synthesizer were followed by a
more forceful iteration of the curt
bowing of the strings.
Then a voiceover recording
by actress Gillian Anderson
captured the sobering emotion of
Woolf’s final written words, her
heartbreaking suicide note to her
husband Leonard Woolf, setting
the tone for the final movement.
FIONA SHEPHERD
manipulated by cannier operators
than the out-of-touch elite, who
conspired to assassinate Caesar.
The attractions of populism and
the failure of dismayed liberals to
understand its appeal are potently
pervasive in this production. The
show doesn’t have to spell out the
relevance to such matters as the
leave and remain positions in the
Brexit referendum.
The evening starts with a rock
concert, part of a pro-Caesar rally
and David Calder’s swaggering,
crowd-pleasing Caesar suggests
a hint of a certain US president,
in the way he throws his baseball
cap into the audience. The chilling
reality beneath the fake bonhomie
becomes gradually apparent.
The production gives you
an extraordinary sense of
the terrifying panic after the
assassination, because the
conspirators have not planned
what they will do next. And it
marks the contrast so acutely
between the mentalities of Brutus
and Mark Antony that the funeral
orations scene is spellbinding.
The excellent Ben Whishaw
plays Brutus as a bookish
academic, happier poring over
tomes of revolutionary theory
than putting their cogitations
into practice. By contrast, coming
over like some ageing jackthe-lad putting on the pretence
of being a plain, blunt man, David
Morrissey’s charismatic Mark
Antony delivers a masterpiece of
populist rhetoric – flattering the
mob, resorting to story instead
of logic, appealing to the instincts
rather than to reason. Any
modern parallels?
The performances are excellent
across a large company. Several
of the men have been recast as
female characters, with Michelle
Fairley a wonderfully clear-eyed
and passionate Cassius and Adjoa
Andoh striking as a drily sarcastic
Casca. An urgent interpretation of
the play and its timely challenge to
out-of-touch liberal complacency.
Strongly recommended.
To 15 April (0843 208 1846)
PAUL TAYLOR
THE INDEPENDENT
SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY OF
MODERN ART, EDINBURGH
More than 100 paintings,
sculptures and works on paper
charting Scottish modernism,
from the early years of the century
when JD Fergusson and SJ Peploe
experienced at first-hand the
radical work produced in Paris by
artists such as Pablo Picasso and
Henri Matisse, to the turn of the
1950s, when emerging Scottish
artists such as Alan Davie, Doris
Zinkeisen, William Gear, Margaret
Mellis, and Eduardo Paolozzi
were at the forefront of
European contemporary art.
(0131 624 6200) to 10 Jun
FILM
Early Man
PG, NICK PARK, 84 MINS
Eddie Redmayne, Tom
Hiddleston, Maisie Williams and
Timothy Spall provide the voices
for Nick Park’s first feature as
a director since The Curse of the
Were-Rabbit. This stop-motion
animation from Aardman, in
spite of its prehistoric and Bronze
Age dressings, turns out to be a
football film, crammed full of puns
and in-jokes that won’t make much
sense to anyone not well versed
in British culture and humour.
Nationwide release
Coco
PG, LEE UNKRICH AND
ADRIAN MOLINA, 105 MINS
After the anti-climax of Cars 3,
Coco is another triumph for Pixar
– a film that deals with death and
memory in a wondrously inventive
and life-affirming way. The conceit
is that humans die twice: first,
when they leave the Land of the
Living, and second, when their
friends and relatives forget about
them. Nationwide release
TALKS & POETRY
BBC MAIDA VALE STUDIOS, LONDON
Ruby Wax
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The BBC’s annual Sound of... poll
is a valuable indicator of which
musicians are on their way to
ubiquity. Some of the 2018 batch
were brought together last night
for Radio 1, in a studio adorned
with a plaque dedicated to a
hot young thing of yesteryear,
Bing Crosby.
The winner this year,
Norwegian singer Sigrid, is
already rewarding the critics
and industry types who voted
for her by zooming towards the
top 10 with her current single,
“Strangers”. Although tiny and
invisible to all but the front row in
this room with no stage, the size
of her voice and the song’s blazing
chorus showed why she deserves
the fuss.
The rest of the bill suggested
that the year is unlikely to be
dominated by any one trend. Both
Yxng Bane and Not3s did the halfsinging, half-rapping thing. The
former ensured that he would
stay in the memory this evening
by reappropriating other people’s
hits — “Shape of You” and “Bestie”
– and even titling his original
VISUAL ARTS
A New Era: Scottish Modern
Art 1900-1950
VARIOUS VENUES
The writer discusses her
new book, How to Be Human.
She is joined at each event by
Tibetan monk Gelong Thubten.
Watershed, Bristol (0117 927 5100)
today 12.30pm; The Junction,
Chorleywood (01923 283566)
Fri 7pm
The size of Sigrid’s
voice showed why
she was crowned the
BBC’s Sound of 2018
DANNY LAWSON/PA
song “Rihanna”. Not3s was joined
by Mabel, new winner of the rival
MTV Brand New poll, to help his
already strong case.
Pale Waves and Rex Orange
County offered what just about
counts as indie music these
days. Pale Waves had guitars and
were led by a female Edward
Scissorhands in Heather BaronGracie, but the tunes were pure
pop. Rex Orange County, also
known as Alex O’Connor, from
Surrey, was a stylish smoothie
with a warm voice.
To close, Years & Years
returned. The trio were named
BBC Sound of 2015 and went on
to have a No 1 album and single. To
show the others what the big time
looks like, they brought along four
backing singers. Others here will
be enjoying such riches sooner
rather than later.
DAVID SMYTH
EVENING STANDARD
Stanfords Travel
Writers Festival
OLYMPIA, LONDON W14
Talks by explorers, adventurers,
historians, novelists and TV
presenters as part of the
Destinations show, including
Levison Wood, Julia Bradbury,
Rick Stein, Michael Portillo,
Charley Boorman, Dallas
Campbell and Phoebe Smith.
(stanfords.co.uk) to Sun
James Oswald
PRIMAVERA, NEWTON MEARNS
The crime writer talks about
the latest investigation in his
Inspector McLean series, The
Gathering Dark, which begins
when a lorry spills its toxic load
in the middle of Edinburgh.
(0141 616 3933) tonight 7pm
NEWS
2-27
Arts
agenda
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
POP
Mogwai
VARIOUS VENUES
Glasgow’s mavens of moody
instrumental rock continue
to locate new paths between
blissed-out abstraction and
buffeting sonic meltdown on
their ninth album. Synths and
sublime melodies signpost the way
forwards on Every Country’s Sun.
Northumbria University, Newcastle
(ticketline.co.uk) tonight; Albert
Hall, Manchester (seetickets.com)
Fri and Sat
A Savage
follow. Deaf Institute, Manchester
(ticketweb.co.uk) tonight; Brudenell
Social Club, Leeds (crashrecords.
co.uk) Fri
Nadine Shah
VARIOUS VENUES
“How you gonna sleep tonight?”
demands the North-east
mood-pop maven on her
third album. Biting political
rage and post-punk intensity
merge on Holiday Destination,
an album of simmering anxiety
and glowering gothic style
served in roughly equal measure.
Leaf, Liverpool (seetickets.com)
tonight; Roundhouse, London NW1
(roundhouse.org.uk) Fri
VARIOUS VENUES
The Parquet Courts frontman
gets intimate on his debut
solo album. Spiky and laconic,
cryptic and clear-cut, Thawing
Dawn ruminates deeply on the
mid-points between matters
personal and political. Soup
Kitchen, Manchester (seetickets.
com) tonight; Garage, London N5
(wegottickets.com) Fri
COMEDY
Sarah Millican
VARIOUS VENUES
The softly spoken, sharp-tongued
Geordie shows who’s in charge on
her latest mammoth tour, Control
Enthusiast. ARC, Stockton-on-Tees
(01642 525199) tonight; Lyceum
Theatre, Crewe (01270 368242) Fri
Deer Tick
VOICES
14-18
DANCE
Jakop Ahlbom Company
and Alamo Race Track
PEACOCK THEATRE, LONDON WC2
Fresh from the comic hit Horror,
Jakop Ahlbom returns with
Lebensraum, inspired by the
silent comedy of Buster Keaton.
(020 7863 8222) to Sat
OPERA
Orlando
ST JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE,
LONDON SW1
Lawrence Zazzo stars as the
deranged paladin, with Lucy
Crowe as Angelica and Rowan
Pierce as Dorinda, in a concert
performance of Handel’s opera,
with dynamic period band La
Nuova Musica directed by David
Bates. (020 7222 1061) tonight 7pm
IQ
30-39
Gregory Doran for the most part
maintains a zippy fluency in a
turbulent story of legal wranglings
and bitter rivalries that is full of
incident and often violent.
(01789 403493) to 10 Feb
Girl from the North Country
NOEL COWARD THEATRE, LONDON WC2
Conor McPherson has never
written a musical, but from The
Weir onwards he has shown
himself to be a laureate of lost,
yearning souls. This play, written
and directed by McPherson
is set in Bob Dylan’s home
town of Duluth, Minnesota,
during the winter of 1934, and
incorporates 20 songs from all
phases of the songwriter’s career.
(delfontmackintosh.co.uk) to 24 Mar
FOLK & ROOTS
Kings of the South Seas:
Franklin
CUTTY SARK, LONDON SE10
These three Kings – Ben Nicholls,
Richard Warren and Evan Jenkins
– first became a crew with their
album of whaling songs in 2014.
They’re back with a superb new
album exploring the myth, reality
and folklore of Lord Franklin’s
doomed Arctic expeditions.
(rmg.co.uk) tonight
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1 FEBRUARY 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
First
Chance
Opening
this week
FILM
Phantom Thread
15, PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON, 130 MINS
Daniel Day-Lewis stars as a
dressmaker in 1950s London whose
controlled life is disrupted by a young
woman (Vicky Krieps). Opens Fri
THEATRE
Brief Encounter
BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE
CLASSICAL
Philharmonia Orchestra
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON SE1
Paavo Järvi conducts an
all-Dvorak concert featuring the
exuberant Carnival Overture,
wistful Cello Concerto
(soloist Gautier Capuçon) and
dramatic Seventh Symphony.
(020 3879 9555) tonight 7.30pm
Emma Rice’s Kneehigh staging of Noël
Coward’s screenplay for the 1945 film.
(0121 236 4455) opens Fri
VISUAL ARTS
Ocean Liners: Speed & Style
V&A, LONDON SW7
How liners from the golden age of
ocean travel helped shape the modern
world. (020 7942 2000) opens Sat
Travel Offer
Bob Green
THEATRE
VARIOUS VENUES
John Kearns
Imperium
After their early roots-punk,
Rhode Island’s wild cats assumed
reflective positions on 2013’s
Negativity. Building on the twin
extremes of 2017’s Vol 1 & Vol 2, the
Twice Is Nice tour upholds best
strengths with an acoustic set to
open and a plugged-in rumpus to
THE BREAD SHED, MANCHESTER
SWAN THEATRE,
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Resplendent in trademark tonsure
wig and hideously discoloured
buck teeth, John Kearns manages
to wring unexpected wisdom
from surrealist meanderings
in Don’t Worry, They’re Here.
(seetickets.com) tonight
TV
28-29
Robert Harris’s West Wing-intogas novels centred on Cicero
provides the source for these
six plays, performed as a pair of
trilogies, with a running time that
exceeds seven hours. Director
Ste
day tarm
ip
£
from
109 pp
If you only see
one thing today
The Cotswold Venturer
POP
Steam to the cathedral city of Worcester
Jeff Tweedy
ALBERT HALL, MANCHESTER
JASON MERRITT/GETTY IMAGES
One-part alt-country
survivor, one-part art-rock
royalty, Wilco’s tenacious
alterna-pioneer returns for
a solo acoustic tour. Any
losses in intricacy will surely
be met by gains in intimacy
as Jeff Tweedy upholds rock
music’s capacity to redeem,
articulate, move and – lest
we get too reverent – rouse
alike. (seetickets.com) tonight
Saturday 10th February 2018
Departing London Paddington 08:05, Slough 08:40,
Reading 09:05, Didcot 09:40 (times approx)
Enjoy a scenic steam tour through The Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty, characterised by attractive small towns and villages built of Cotswold stone,
to Worcester in the company of historic locomotive 70013 Oliver Cromwell. We
will take a break at Worcester to explore this fine city set on the River Severn and
overlooked by its 12th Century cathedral, which was the site of the final battle of the
Civil War between Oliver Cromwell, after whom our steam loco for day was named,
and King Charles II. On the return our steam train will take the Golden Valley route
through the picturesque Stroud Valley.
Price includes:
Standard £109pp/£332 family – a reserved seat usually at a table for four
First £169pp/£506 family – morning coffee with a variety of tulip muffins and afternoon tea with a savoury of the day followed by a selection of cakes and fancies
Premier £259pp/£780 family – a full English breakfast and a four course dinner
silver served at your seat
Enjoy The i £10pp discount when you book using code SKR
Buffet car available. Junior fares available. Tables for two can be guaranteed in First/Premier for a £22pp
supplement subject to availability. Organised by The Railway Touring Company. The Railway Touring
Company’s Standard Conditions of Booking and Travel apply – see website or brochure for details.
For more information or to book, please call:
01553 661 500 use code SKR
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Business Editor Elizabeth Anderson
+4420 7361 5718
business@inews.co.uk
COMPANIES
Capita faces overhaul after
profit warning hits shares
By Holly Williams
Outsourcing firm Capita has
issued a profits warning for 2018
and announced a major overhaul,
including plans for a cash-call to
investors, cost cutting, and the sale of
unprofitable businesses.
New chief executive Jonathan
Lewis, who took up the role on 1
December, said “significant change”
was needed. An “immediate priority”
was to strengthen the group’s
balance sheet, with plans for a rights
issue this year, as well as cost-cutting
after finding “significant scope for
cost efficiencies”.
Capita will also suspend its
shareholder dividend payout. It
warned full-year profits for 2018
would be between £270m and £300m
as savings so far would not offset lost
contracts and other setbacks.
Mr Lewis said: “Significant change
is required. We are now too widely
spread across multiple markets and
services, making it more challenging
to maintain a competitive advantage
in every business and to deliver world
class services to our clients.
“Capita has underinvested in the
business and there has been too
much emphasis on acquisitions to
drive growth. As our markets have
evolved, the group has not responded
consistently to new customer
demands. Since December, we have
The planned overhaul will
take at least two years to
complete, and there are no details
yet of its impact on Capita’s
67,000-strong workforce.
continued to experience delays in
decision making and weakness in
new sales.”
He added: “An immediate priority
is to strengthen the balance sheet
through a combination of cost
savings, non-core disposals and new
equity. Cost savings and non-core
disposals alone will not be enough.
We have also taken the significant
decision to suspend the dividend and
seek equity.”
Capita’s shares plunged almost
48 per cent to 182.5p after the
profit warning.
Neil Wilson, senior market analyst
at ETX Capital, said the “similarities
with Carillion are all too clear”.
B u t h e a d d e d : “A c t i o n ,
however painful, is better than
fudging numbers.”
Mr Lewis said he had identified a
“small number” of businesses that
Capita’s new chief executive Jonathan
Lewis promises ‘significant change’
could be offloaded. He said he would
also address the “sins of the past”
by spending in areas that had seen
under-investment, such as IT, as well
as putting resources into growth
areas such as automation.
Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat
leader, said: “Coming [weeks]
after Carillion’s collapse, this profit
warning highlights concerns over
handing outsourcing contracts to
just a few big companies.”
MANUFACTURING
Car firms
invest less as
UK demand
falls 10%
By Alan Jones
Quote of
the day
I met with the
director of
Intermarche. I
told him that this
must be stopped
– we can’t have
scenes like this
every few days
Bruno Le Maire
French economy minister
on fighting in stores over
discounted Nutella
The 30
Second
Briefing
FACEBOOK
VS BITCOIN
What has Facebook got
against bitcoin?
Facebook is banning all adverts that
promote cryptocurrencies in a bid to
crack down on adverts “frequently
associated with misleading or
deceptive promotional practices”.
It has created a policy prohibiting
the advertising of financial services
linked to binary options, initial coin
offerings or cryptocurrency.
Is it going in hard or softly-softly?
The policy is intentionally broad
while the company investigates
misleading advertising practices,
and may be amended at a later date,
product management director Rob
Leathern said. “We want people to
continue to discover and learn about
new products and services through
Facebook ads without fear of scams
or deception,” he added.
What happens to dodgy bitcoin
advertisers?
Adverts found to violate Facebook’s
policies will be removed from
Facebook’s app and website, as well
as from its advertising network
Audience Network and from
Instagram, which it owns.
Are cryptocurrencies that
attractive right now?
Digital currencies, including bitcoin
and the lesser-known litecoin and
ethereum, are notoriously volatile.
All major cryptocurrencies dropped
by a fifth in mid-January, sparking
fears the bitcoin bubble could burst.
How is this different from
Facebook’s current guidelines?
Facebook allows financial
advertising on its platform,
under heavy restrictions. Ads for
“misleading or deceptive” student
loans are not allowed.
Car production fell last year after a
near 10 per cent drop in domestic
demand, while investment by auto
companies was more than half-abillion pounds lower than in 2016,
figures reveal.
Despite the decline, the 1.67 million cars built in this country was
still the second highest figure since
the turn of the century, said the Society of Motor Manufacturers and
Traders (SMMT).
Domestic demand for new cars
was down by almost 10 per cent last
year amid falling economic confidence and “confusion” over the Government’s policy on diesel cars, the
trade body reported.
Exports fell by 1.1 per cent, but
overseas demand continued to dominate production, accounting for four
out of five of all of the UK’s car output.
The EU remained the UK’s biggest
trading partner, with over half of exports, while there were big increases
in countries including Japan (25 per
cent), China (19 per cent), Canada
(19 per cent) and the United States
(7 per cent).
The production figure is around
130,000 below the forecast last year
from the SMMT, which urged the
Government to give some “clarity”
on the transitional arrangements
for Brexit.
Investment by the car industry fell
by a third last year to £1.1bn, down
from £1.66bn in 2016 and well down
on the average for the past few years.
The SMMT’s chief executive,
Mike Hawes, said the investment fall
was “significant”.
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
BANKING
RETAIL
Fees shake-up for ATMs
could create ‘cash deserts’
M&S planned
store closures
puts nearly 500
jobs at risk
i THURSDAY
1 FEBRUARY 2018
By Vicky Shaw
By Ben Chapman
A planned shake-up of the ATM
network could make it more difficult
for people to access cash, consumer
campaigners have warned.
Cash machine network Link has
confirmed it will go ahead with
proposals to cut the fees operators
receive from banks when ATMs
are used. But some in the industry
warned thousands of free cash
machines could be removed or
changed to fee-charging, with the
possibility of “cash deserts” being
created across the UK.
Link said there would be a phased
reduction in the interchange fee – the
fee card issuers pay ATM operators
– from 1 July.
The position will then be reviewed
annually, taking into account the
impact on consumers, with a 20 per
cent reduction in interchange fees
anticipated after four years.
Link said the impact was expected
to be “a modest decline in the
number of ATMs in areas where
they are heavily concentrated but
with no diminution in the overall
geographical coverage”.
It said its plans would include
rebalancing the network and
protecting cash machines in remote
areas where they were really needed.
All ATMs one kilometre or more
from the next free ATM will be
Thousands of cash
machines could
be removed after
their operators
start to receive
lower fees
exempt from any reductions in the
interchange fee and there will be
enhanced subsidies where needed
to ensure that free ATMs remain
in areas that could not otherwise
sustain them.
But Gareth Shaw, a money expert
at Which?, said the consumer group
was concerned about Link’s ability to
maintain free access to cash.
He said: “Link’s plans could still
lead to a significant reduction in freeto-use ATMs across Britain, leaving
consumers facing an uphill struggle
to access the cash they need. These
potentially far-reaching proposals
appear to have simply been waved
through. It’s vital that the Payment
Systems Regulator conducts an
urgent market review.”
Ron Delnevo, executive
director of the ATM
Industry Association in Europe,
says 25,000 to 30,000 free ATMs
may be removed or start charging.
MEDIA
Costa and Co-op open on ‘Coronation Street’
By Shafi Musaddique
Coronation Street is set to get its own
Co-op supermarket and Costa Coffee
branch in a landmark productplacement move. Both stores open
on the street this spring.
Co-op’s and Costa Coffee’s facade
Outlook
JAMES
MOORE
Retail staff made
redundant might
actually be lucky
T
here are retail workers
who have had it worse
than those at Marks &
Spencer of late, and quite
a lot worse. Just ask those
who used to clock on at BHS.
But that doesn’t change that they
have been badly let down by their
multimillionaire bosses over the
will be seen on the show, alongside
bags and cups used by Coronation
Street characters. ITV did not disclose the amount agreed in the deal
“Coronation Street is all about community life and the Co-op is a retailer
at the heart of local life and being
close to the customer, which makes
years. Now, having already had a new
contract imposed on them, a number
of them are going to be left in search
of new pastures.
After a grim Christmas, the retailer’s store-closure programme is
being accelerated, putting 500 jobs
at risk. The company says it will try
to find the affected workers new roles
but some redundancies may be inevitable. I’ve lost jobs in the past. It’s a
horrible experience.
But long term, the affected M&S
staff may, if they can secure decent
redundancy terms, ultimately look
back and see what happened to them
as a blessing – because if M&S’s decline can’t be arrested their numbers
are poised to grow.
M&S’s people have worked under a
succession of bosses, who have tried
fancy ads featuring celebs and super
models, the launch of new brands,
business reviews and most recently
a focus on food. They’ve tried prioritising sales, they’ve tried prioritising
this a perfect match”, said Co-op’s
customer director Alison Jones.
Costa Coffee’s UK and Ireland
commercial marketing director
Eric Tavoukdjian said the chain was
“delighted to be welcomed to the famous cobbles of Coronation Street”.
THE INDEPENDENT
profits. They’ve tried going overseas.
They’ve tried coming back.
They’ve all of them received delivery trucks full of cash in the process,
even though none of them has really managed to find an answer to the
question: “What is M&S for in modern Britain?”
That is what is at the heart of the
company’s problems, and why it feels
like it is in the midst of a managed decline. Others have found answers to
No
one of them has really
managed to find an answer
to the question: ‘What is
M&S for in modern Britain?’
their own questions, even though it
is brutally tough out there for almost
any retailer not named Amazon.
The retail analyst Steve Dresser
opined that a shake-up at M&S “is
sorely needed”, in response to the
announcement. He is probably right
about that.
Marks & Spencer has announced the
closure of up to 14 stores, putting 468
jobs at risk.
The retailer said the closures were
part of its strategy to downsize its
clothing and home offering to focus
more on food.
Six stores will close by the end of
April: Birkenhead, Bournemouth,
Durham, Fforestfach, Putney and
Redditch, with all staff moving
to nearby stores. A further eight
stores are proposed for closure:
Andover, Basildon, Bridlington,
Denton (outlet), Falmouth, Fareham,
Keighley and Stockport.
M&S is the latest retailer to
announce large-scale job cuts,
f o l l o w i n g Te s c o ,
Sainsbury’s, Asda
and B&Q.
High street
chains are
battling rising
prices, falling
real wages and
large increases
to business rates.
M&S said it
w i l l n ow co n s u l t
employees in these branches
about their future. The company did
not confirm how long that process
would take.
If the stores do close, staff would be
offered the chance to move to other
stores, M&S said.
Martin Lane, managing editor of
personal finance site money.co.uk,
said the news was distressing for
employees but warned of further
redundancies at high street retailers.
“This is the third time in a
matter of weeks we’ve heard of
job cuts impacting some of the
UK’s biggest stores,” he said. “The
retail giants are facing turbulent
times with competitive pressure
from discount rivals and online
sales.” THE INDEPENDENT
But will it do any good? That’s an
open question, and it explains why
the workers who go may ultimately
be served by exiting when alternative jobs are still relatively easy to
find and there are labour shortages
in some areas.
They only need to look at the
number of big, generalist retailers that have fallen by the
wayside in recent years, most recently the aforementioned BHS,
another long-established, one-time
high-street staple.
What M&S has in its favour is
that it still makes money, pays a dividend. Maybe its latest boss, Steve
Rowe, can suddenly pull a rabbit
out of his hat, and find a way to sail
through the current choppy waters
while solving his company’s existential crisis.
I’m just not sure I’d want to bet my
future on him. The idea of focusing on
food was his, and it hasn’t turned out
too well. THE INDEPENDENT
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From the
business
pages
Driverless trucks
on mining duty
The Calgary Herald
Suncor Energy Inc will phase
in more than 150 electric
autonomous trucks to work at
its mines over the next six years,
with a knock-on reduction of
equipment operator positions
expected by 2019. The Calgarybased oil and gas company says
four years of evaluations have
convinced them that the selfdriving trucks are safe, effective
and efficient.
Has-bean? Coffee
industry in decline
The Standard
Coffee production in Kenya
has dropped sharply, from 130
million tonnes of beans a year
to 40 million. Production and
labour costs are blamed for the
decline, as are cartels who have
been oppressing farmers and
preventing the sector hitting its
annual potential of 300 million
tonnes. A weak regulatory
framework is also identified as
being culpable.
5G technology is
an Olympian effort
The Korea Herald
The PyeongChang
Winter Olympics will be a
showcase for KT, the official
telecommuncations partner of
the Games, and its ultra-fast 5G
network. KT have been working
with Intel and Samsung to
ready the world’s first largescale trial of 5G technology,
which is designed to be at
least 10 times as fast as current
4G networks.
Indian tourists have
cash and will travel
The Deccan Chronicle
Annual tourism spending by
Indians could rise from $16.4bn
(£11.5bn) to $40bn by 2027 if
Indian airlines launch low-cost
long-haul flights, according to
a report by CAPA India and
Expedia. Indian airlines have
already placed orders for nearly
800 aircraft suitable for longhaul flights, and two, IndoGo
and SpiceJet, are currently
drawing up plans to add routes
to Europe and the United
States.
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TRAVEL
CONSUMER
Ryanair to make
claims easier
Upbeat note for
confidence index
Ryanair has said it will make it
easier for passengers to claim
compensation when flights
are delayed or cancelled. The
Dublin-based carrier will
establish a dedicated team to
process valid claims in 10 days.
It has also pledged to offer help
to its disrupted passengers on
its website or app rather than
forcing them to call the helpline.
Figures show that consumer
confidence has jumped as
Britons report optimism about
their financial prospects for
the year. GfK’s consumer
confidence index increased
by four points in January to
minus nine in a “surprisingly
upbeat note”, with all five of the
survey’s measures showing a
rebound in optimism.
ENTERTAINMENT
TRADING
Nintendo profits
are switched on
Cryptocurrency
crimes revealed
Nintendo reported its biggest
third-quarter operating profit
in eight years, driven by the
big demand for its new Switch
games console, and said it now
expects annual earnings to
outstrip its previous estimate.
Nintendo posted an operating
profit of 116.5bn yen (£754m) for
the third quarter, up almost fourfold from 32.26bn yen a year ago.
South Korea has detected
hundreds of millions of dollarsworth of illegal cryptocurrency
trading, shortly after imposing
new regulations. The country’s
customs service says around
637.5bn won (£423.2m)-worth of
foreign exchange crimes have
been uncovered. The government
says it has no plans to shut
down cryptocurrency trading.
BANKING
INVESTMENT
New Standard
Chartered hub
Health chief quits
in tobacco row
Standard Chartered has
said plans for its new EU
hub in Frankfurt were at an
advanced stage, having set up a
management board and begun
hiring as the bank continues
to ready itself for a worst-case
Brexit. It announced last year
that it was to set up a subsidiary
in the German financial centre.
Health protection agency
chief Brenda Fitzgerald has
resigned as director of the US
Centres for Disease Control and
Prevention after being shown to
have invested in tobacco shares.
Fitzgerald had made roughly a
dozen new investments after
taking the job, including Japan
Tobacco stock.
EQUALITY
TRAVEL
Legal and banking
firms ‘inclusive’
Wizz Air and
Flybe flying high
Legal and banking firms were
yesterday named among the
most inclusive UK employers
for LGBT people, but there was
a lack of blue-chip firms in the
rankings. Citi, Lloyds Banking
Group and Pinsent Masons
were among the companies that
made Stonewall’s annual list.
An early Easter is putting wind
under the wings of the budget
airlines with both Wizz Air and
Flybe expecting to benefit from
the March bank holiday. Lutonbased Wizz Air raised its annual
growth forecasts by a quarter
after a busy Christmas and
“encouraging” Easter bookings.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 ended the day down
0.7 per cent or 54.43 points at
7,533.55 points, marking its lowest
level so far this year. While world
stock markets started to recover
from a global sell-off fuelled by
profit-taking earlier this week, the
FTSE 100 failed to follow suit.
Shire and Astrazeneca were two
of the worst performers, down
99p at 3,327.5p, and 127.5p at
4,886.5p, respectively.
***
In currency markets, the pound
rose 0.3 per cent against the US
dollar to 1.419 and was about
0.1 per cent higher versus the euro
to trade at 1.141.
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1 FEBRUARY 2018
43
ACCOUNTANCY
Coconut offers tax help
for the self-employed
By Serina Sandhu
A new digital current account that
combines banking and accounting
services will eliminate the hassle of
filing a yearly tax return for freelance and self-employed workers,
according to its creators.
Coconut launched yesterday –
the deadline for online self-assessment tax returns – and offers an
easy way for workers to categorise
their invoices, payments and taxdeductible expenses.
Believed to be the first of its kind
to launch in the UK, the account
calculates a running tally of tax
owed, allowing users to save as
they go instead of having to stump
up the cash in one payment at the
end of the year.
The business account is free to
set up and can be downloaded to
mobile, with transactions accessi-
Joules bucks
gloomy trend
daily
money
The Financial Ombudsman
Service (FOS) have reminded
holidaymakers that insurance
claims for mishaps while they
are away could be turned down if
ble through the app. The founders
of Coconut hope it will save selfemployed workers in the UK time
and the headache often associated
with the annual tax return.
Sam O’Connor, the chief executive who co-founded Coconut with
Adam Goodall, said the account
aims to meet the needs of self-employed workers, who are one of the
“most underserved groups of businesses when it comes to banking
products and services”.
The pair, who met as accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers,
set up Coconut when they went
freelance.
“We were spending so much
time worrying about tax, expenses
and getting paid. The products that
solved the problem were focused
on bigger businesses.
“They were pricey and hard to
use,” Mr O’Connor said. “We want-
Joules has injected some much
needed cheer into the high
street by upping its outlook and
bolstering profits by more than
a fifth. The colourful country‑
they have been drinking too much
alcohol. The FOS looked at nearly
900 travel insurance complaints
in the last three months of 2017,
deciding in nearly four out of 10
cases that the insurer had treated
the customer unfairly.
***
Atom Bank has boosted its
one‑year fixed‑rate bond to 1.95
per cent, an increase which puts it
at the top of the market. The rate
is paid after the full year, though
ed to build something that does
everything in an instant and in an
effortless way.”
So far 7,500 have signed up to get
a Coconut Smart account.
The account and app are also
aimed at helping freelancers when
HM Revenue and Customs rolls
out its Making Tax Digital initiative from April next year.
This will put an end to the annual tax return for small businesses, requiring them to keep an
electronic record of their accounts
and file their tax details digitally,
every quarter.
There are 4.8 million
self‑employed
workers in the UK. They
make up 15 per cent of the
country’s workforce.
clothing retailer’s pre‑tax profits
surged 22.8 per cent to £8.3m for
the 26 weeks ending 26 November.
Group revenues also rose by 18
per cent to £96.2m PA
there’s another version of the
account which pays monthly at 1.93
per cent. New customers need a
£50 minimum investment.
***
Hopeful home-buyers have a few
weeks to get a savings boost by
transferring from a Help to Buy Isa
to a Lifetime Isa. Transfer money
saved before the Lifetime Isa was
launched last year and it won’t
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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
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How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
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minurl.co.uk/i
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Killer Sudoku No 1200
Tomorrow
Rio beef kebabs with beetroot salad
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
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squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Futoshiki
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MAGNITUDE
DYES
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas
Mark 4.
Chop the peppers finely; discard any
white pith or seeds.
Wipe the mushrooms, then chop finely.
Fry the mince in a large frying pan or
wok, in a little oil until sealed, breaking
up the mince with a wooden spoon as
you cook.
Add the chopped peppers, mushrooms,
chilli powder, paprika and basil and cook
for a few minutes.
Add the salsa, then season with a little
salt and plenty of pepper.
Cook, stirring for a few more minutes.
Put the tortilla wraps out flat on
a work surface; divide the mixture
between them, putting it in the centre of
the wraps.
Put a teaspoon of sour cream on the
top, then add a slice of cheese.
Fold the wraps into a parcel then put
them on a baking tray and bake in the
oven for 15 minutes.
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1 450g pack turkey mince
2 peppers
200g mushrooms
1 300g jar salsa dip
1 300g jar sour cream dip
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp dried basil
8 slices Bavarian beechwood smoked
cheese slices
1 pack 8 tortilla wraps
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salt and black pepper
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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.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
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tips
Expect more fun
and games over
National weights
gets on first at Cheltenham, while
the Berwickshire-trained Seeyouatmidnight will fly the Saltire in
There were no surprise names One For Arthur’s injury-enforced
among the 105 initial entries for
absence.
this year’s Grand National
So far, so predictable, but
if last year is anything to
published yesterday, although one noticeable
go by, the real fun and
games will begin a
omission was Whisper,
who had been expectweek on Tuesday
when the weights
ed to line up for Nicky
Number of horses
Henderson at Aintree
are unveiled at a
on yesterday’s
initial entry list for
grand ceremony in
on 14 April.
the Grand National
Cause Of Causes
London’s West End.
The weights are
and Blaklion, second
and fourth behind Scotframed personally by
the BHA’s Head of Handiland’s One For Arthur in
capping, Phil Smith. This is the
last year’s race, will be back for
more, this time alongside the latter’s one race in the calendar when Smith
is allowed absolute discretion to declassy stablemate Bristol De Mai.
Gold Cup contender Definitly Red viate from normal handicap ratings
may join them, depending on how he and we can be certain that he will
BEST BET
Doc Carver
(2.15pm, Towcester)
Improving and begins life in
handicaps off a fair mark.
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
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BEST OF KEMPTON
MATCHBOOK CASINO HANDICAP (QUALIFIER)
(CLASS 4) £11,200 added 1m 3f
Cause Of Causes, who came second in last year’s Grand National, is on the list
of initial entries for the 2018 race at Aintree GETTY
have one last tinker before his summer retirement.
And we can be equally sure that
not everybody will be happy about it.
Last year Michael O’Leary, the Ryanair CEO and the boss of Ireland’s
powerful Gigginstown House Stud,
almost blew a gasket when he saw
the weights some of his horses had
been allotted.
STAR SPORTS DAILY SPECIALS HANDICAP CHASE
(CLASS 5) £8,416 added 3m 102yds
2.50
BASFORD BEN (D) Jennie Candlish 10 11 12...S Quinlan B
BLACK NARCISSUS (C)(D) A Dunn 9 11 10..G Sheehan B,T
MAGICAL MAN (CD) Mrs D Hamer 11 11 8..........T Whelan V
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06263- FIRST UP (C) Oliver Greenall 4 9 10....................C Noble (5) T 2
AMBION LANE V Dartnall 8 11 7 ........................N Scholfield B,T
2
33127- SEA TIDE Mrs L Mongan 4 9 10........................................A Kirby T 8
TOUCH OF STEEL (D) Oliver Greenall 9 11 2....H Skelton C
3
6241- WARM OASIS J Fanshawe 4 9 6................................... D Muscutt 5
TOUCH SCREEN M Gillard 8 11 1.........................Mr T Gillard (7)
4 11040- OURMULLION J Best 4 9 6 .......................Josephine Gordon C 6
HOW’S MY FRIEND (C)(D)(BF) J G Cann 13 11 0....J Bowen (3)
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/596-2 FANOULPIFER M Attwater 7 9 6.................................... K Fox H,T 7
BIG TIME FRANK P Gundry 7 11 0...............................A Thornton
6 4007-3 GRACEFUL JAMES (C) J Fox 5 9 6..............................K O’Neill C 3
CHEAT THE CHEATER (CD) Miss C Dyson 11 10 8.B J Powell C,T
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735-11 THAQAFFA (CD) Miss Amy Murphy 5 9 6(6ex)....Martin Harley H 10
BOBONYX
D L Williams 8 10 6.......Mr Shane Quinlan (7) V
8 0067-5 AZAM (C)(BF) M Appleby 4 9 2 ......................................L Morris C 4
SNOWBALL (CD) D Arbuthnot 11 10 3.... Nico De Boinville
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97132- BAZOOKA D Flood 7 9 2.......................................................T J Murphy 1
MAZURATI (D) B Case 9 10 0 ..............................Max Kendrick (5)
10 123-57 TOPAMICHI M Appleby 8 8 11...................Keelan Baker (7) V 9
TRY IT SOMETIME (D) Sheila Lewis 10 10 0..S Bowen B,T
11 8747-6 SUFI K C-Brown 4 8 10................................................... Hollie Doyle 11
OVER MY HEAD (D) Miss C Dyson 10 10 0.........J Quinlan T
- 11 declared - 14 declared BETTING: 11-4 Warm Oasis, 9-2 Thaqaffa, 6-1 Sea Tide, 7-1 Azam, 10-1
BETTING: 4-1 How’s My Friend, 5-1 Basford Ben, 7-1 Bobonyx, Touch
Graceful James, 12-1 Topamichi, Sufi, First Up, Bazooka, 14-1 others.
Screen, 10-1 Magical Man, Black Narcissus, Ambion Lane, 12-1 Over My
MATCHBOOK BETTING PODCAST HANDICAP
Head, 14-1 others.
7.30
8.00
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FIFTYSHADESOFGREY (CD) G Baker 7 9 7................A Kirby 5
TIME TO REASON (D) C Wallis 5 9 7.......................... W Carson 1
MR BOSSY BOOTS (CD) Mrs A Perrett 7 9 6..J Haynes V 3
BOBBY WHEELER (D) C Cox 5 9 4............. Amelia Glass (7) 4
ARNARSON (D)(BF) E Dunlop 4 9 0..........................R Havlin C 7
GENTLEMEN (C)(D) P McEntee 7 9 0 ........Danny Brock H 2
HELFIRE (CD) H Morrison 5 8 13..........................C Bennett (3) 6
- 7 declared BETTING: 9-4 Helfire, 4-1 Arnarson, 9-2 Mr Bossy Boots, 5-1 Bobby
Wheeler, 8-1 Gentlemen, Fiftyshadesofgrey, 14-1 Time To Reason.
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NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4) £8,000 added 2m
SPICE GIRL (CD) M Keighley 5 11 4............................H Stock (7) T
THE VOCALIST N Henderson 6 11 4 ......... Nico De Boinville
JOLIE FRANCINE C Longsdon 6 10 12 .........Jonathan Burke
LOVE LANE Henry Oliver 5 10 12.....................................J M Davies
NICHEINTHEMARKET C Fryer 6 10 12.................R Patrick (5)
PETRONELLA MANNERS H Daly 5 10 12....Mr H F Nugent (7)
ZARA’S REFLECTION B Case 5 10 12....Max Kendrick (5) T
- 7 declared BETTING: 4-6 The Vocalist, 6-4 Spice Girl, 20-1 Jolie Francine, 25-1 Love
Lane, 33-1 Petronella Manners, 66-1 Others.
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Siruh Du Lac
(3.35pm, Wincanton)
Toughed it out at Exeter last time
and still at the right end of the
handicap
CALL STAR SPORTS ON 0800 521321 HANDICAP
HURDLE (CLASS 3) £13,400 added 2m
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23-126
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SHANROE SAINT B Case 6 11 12 ................................................D Jacob
DOC CARVER Henry Oliver 7 11 10.................................J McGrath
APACHE SONG J Eustace 5 11 7.............................................J Quinlan
LETTHERIVERRUNDRY (CD) B Powell 8 11 6....B J Powell C,T
THE GAME IS A FOOT (D) Miss Z Davison 11 11 2 .. T Dowling (5)
- 5 declared BETTING: 7-4 Doc Carver, 9-4 Shanroe Saint, 7-2 Lettheriverrundry, 8-1
The Game Is A Foot, Apache Song.
STAR SPORTS DAILY SPECIALS NOVICES’ HURDLE
(CLASS 4) £8,400 added 2m 3f
3.25
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DR DES Henry Oliver 7 11 10.................................................J M Davies
BABYTAGGLE D L Williams 7 11 4....Mr Shane Quinlan (7) H
CUBAN PETE Miss V Williams 6 11 4..................C Deutsch (3)
DU DESTIN N Henderson 5 11 4..................... Nico De Boinville
HIER ENCORE N Dunger 6 11 4..........................................R T Dunne
MEGA MIND Sam Thomas 5 11 4................................................A Nicol
POYNTZPASS R Harper 8 11 4 ....................................T Dowling (5)
VOIE DANS VOIE A King 5 11 4.................................W Hutchinson
JUDGE JUDY Mrs L Hill 5 10 11.......................................N Scholfield
- 9 declared BETTING: 8-15 Dr Des, 4-1 Voie Dans Voie, 8-1 Babytaggle, 10-1 Du
Destin, 14-1 Cuban Pete, 25-1 Judge Judy, 66-1 Poyntzpass, 100-1 Hier
Encore, Mega Mind.
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HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 5) £8,416 added 2m
4.00
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57-634
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DAVERON B Pauling 10 12 1...........................Max Kendrick (3) B
BARNEY FROM TYANEE M Blake 7 11 12............H Reed (3) T
NORSE LIGHT (D)(BF) David Dennis 7 11 10...J Bargary B,T
PEMBROKE HOUSE (CD) S-J Davies 11 11 9...C Hammond (3) C
SKIPPING ON Laura Morgan 9 11 5....Patrick Cowley (3) H
MR BACHSTER (CD) Kerry Lee 13 11 0.............R Patrick (3) C
HEURTEVENT (CD) A Carroll 9 10 0....................C Deutsch T,V
- 7 declared BETTING: 2-1 Pembroke House, 5-2 Norse Light, 5-1 Barney From
Tyanee, 7-1 Daveron, 10-1 Mr Bachster, 12-1 Skipping On, Heurtevent.
VISIT OUR SHOP ‘SPORTS MAYFAIR’ HANDICAP
HURDLE (CLASS 5) £7,463 added 2m 3f
4.35
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318-11
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37-322
DULCE PANEM Rebecca Menzies 6 12 0......................T Kelly C
GOODNIGHT CHARLIE (CD) C Fryer 8 11 12...Mr Jack Andrews (7) V
BILLY CONGO R G Hawker 11 11 9 .......Robert Hawker (7) T
ROBIN DE BROOME B Barr 6 11 9...............................T Garner (3)
CAFE AU LAIT (CD)(BF) D Skelton 8 11 8........ H Skelton C,T
O’Leary called Smith’s rationale
“utter drivel”. Smith insisted he
wasn’t making it up as he went along.
Soon they were rolling around on the
ground, kicking and a’gouging in the
mud and the blood and the beer.
I made that last bit up, but the verbal encounter was pretty tasty and
resulted in the owner withdrawing
three of his horses, including the
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9408 PODILI ROAD E Williams 6 11 4......................... M Bastyan (5) C
7 -PF050 WAY OF THE WORLD Sheila Lewis 7 11 4...Sean Houlihan (7) C
8
/PP-21 JUST SPOT (CD) K Bishop 11 11 3.......................Conor Smith (5)
9
9909 EATON MILLER T Symonds 6 11 3 ......................................... B Poste
10 0/4-P7 NOSPER R Buckler 6 11 2.............................................Alice Mills (3) T
11 73-426 SHEELBEWHATSHEELBE R Phillips 8 11 1 ....D Hiskett (5)
12 P76-P5 COUDEFOUDRE Miss V Williams 6 10 10 .C Deutsch (3) C
13 /P00-8 SILENT DOCTOR A Phillips 8 10 1....................................S Bowen C
- 13 declared BETTING: 3-1 Goodnight Charlie, 10-3 Cafe Au Lait, 9-2 Dulce Panem,
11-2 Just Spot, 8-1 Coudefoudre, 12-1 Sheelbewhatsheelbe, 16-1 Podili
Road, 20-1 Eaton Miller, 25-1 others.
3.00
1.20
CHAMPAGNE CHAMP B Millman 6 11 2......................... L Aspell
2870 EAST WING A Honeyball 6 11 2 ....................................A Coleman T
8 HARDNESS P Hobbs 5 11 2......................................................T J O’Brien
LE MUSEE N Hawke 5 11 2......................................................T Cannon T
-44232 MOLINEAUX (BF) C Tizzard 7 11 2..........................T Scudamore
00 MR MAGILL N Mitchell 6 11 2............................................ J Banks H,T
97-70 NEWQUAY CARDS E Williams 6 11 2.............................C Ring (3)
6-440 PYRIOS P Hobbs 5 11 2..................................................................M G Nolan
2765 SAMSON THE MAN Noel Williams 5 11 2 ....T Garner (3) H
04 TURBOTIM M Scudamore 5 11 2............................................... B Poste
415/PP ATTRACTIVE LIASON N Mulholland 8 10 9 ....P K Donovan (7)
AARDWOLF W Greatrex 4 10 6 ......................................... R Johnson
- 12 declared BETTING: 5-4 Molineaux, 3-1 Aardwolf, 11-2 Champagne Champ, 10-1
Samson The Man, 12-1 Hardness, 14-1 Pyrios, 20-1 Le Musee, Turbotim,
50-1 others.
1.50
231-34 PERSIAN DELIGHT (C) P Nicholls 8 11 8.....S Twiston-Davies T
8-33F1 VALHALLA (D) C Tizzard 8 11 7 .............................T Scudamore T
2-8231 SAN PEDRO DE SENAM G L Moore 5 11 1...Joshua Moore T
- 3 declared BETTING: 11-8 San Pedro De Senam, 7-4 Persian Delight, 5-2 Valhalla.
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DROPS OF JUPITOR A Honeyball 6 11 6............A Coleman H
BONZA GIRL J Scott 5 11 0......................................................M Griffiths
DINOS BENEFIT Kayley Woollacott 6 11 0.........James Best
FROZEN MOTION C Longsdon 6 11 0.....................R Johnson H
INCH LALA N Mulholland 6 11 0 ...............................T Scudamore
JUBILYMPICS J W Mullins 6 11 0.............................D Sansom (7)
LA MADRINA Mrs K Stephens 6 11 0 ....Brodie Hampson (5)
ROSEMARY RUSSET H Fry 6 11 0 ...................................N Fehily T
SOLSTICE TWILIGHT A Honeyball 6 11 0 ...........D G Noonan
- 9 declared BETTING: 4-6 Drops Of Jupitor, 5-1 Dinos Benefit, 6-1 Jubilympics, 8-1
Rosemary Russet, 20-1 Inch Lala, Solstice Twilight, 25-1 Frozen Motion,
50-1 La Madrina, 66-1 Bonza Girl.
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FORM VERDICT
GRAND VISION was last seen doing his best impression of the great
Desert Orchid when jumping spectacularly at Newbury in December
before getting run out of it by Daklondike over further. The drop back
to 2m4f will be no issue having won over the trip two starts ago at
Lingfield and he can put his rivals to the sword. Le Boizelo and Kayf
Adventure both come here having won handicaps over C&D and have
both taken a fair hike in the weights, while Siruh Du Lac is respected in
his bid for a hat-trick.
4.10
STEWART TORY MEMORIAL OPEN HUNTERS’ CHASE
(CLASS 6) £3,000 added 3m 1f
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0009-2 UNIONISTE (D)(BF) P Nicholls 10 12 6... Mr L Williams (5)
31-131 SUPREME DANEHILL (D) A Hill 10 12 0 ....Mr Joe Hill (3) C
40-406 VINCITORE Miss S Rippon 12 11 12...... Miss S Rippon (7) T
- 3 declared BETTING: 1-6 Unioniste, 11-2 Supreme Danehill, 16-1 Vincitore.
EBF MARES’ ‘NATIONAL HUNT’ NOVICES’ HURDLE
(CLASS 4) £7,000 added 2m 5f
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DICK HUNT HANDICAP CHASE
(CLASS 3) £25,000 added 2m 4f
VIC DE TOUZAINE (D) Miss V Williams 9 11 12...A Coleman
KAYF ADVENTURE (CD) P Hobbs 7 11 12................. R Johnson
GRAND VISION (D) C Tizzard 12 11 8..............................H Cobden
BALLINVARRIG (CD) T R George 11 11 5...........A P Heskin B
LE BOIZELO (CD) R Walford 7 11 2 ...............................James Best
SIRUH DU LAC (D) N Williams 5 10 8..............Lizzie Kelly (3)
- 6 declared BETTING: 15-8 Kayf Adventure, 11-4 Le Boizelo, 4-1 Siruh Du Lac, 6-1
Grand Vision, 10-1 Ballinvarrig, 12-1 Vic De Touzaine.
DIRECT GROUP CHASE (NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP)
(CLASS 3) £15,000 added 2m
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(CLASS 3) £15,000 added 2m 4f
1-41 CAPTAIN CATTISTOCK (C)(D) P Nicholls 5 11 12
Bryony Frost (5) T
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839/83 HURRICANE HOLLOW D Skelton 8 11 9... Bridget Andrews (3)
3
11-2UP ON THE ROAD (D) E Williams 8 11 5...........................C Ring (3) T
4
85-4F3 HERE’S HERBIE Mrs S Gardner 10 11 3..Lucy Gardner (3) T
5
315-59 JUSTIFICATION (D) G L Moore 10 10 11............Jamie Moore
- 5 declared BETTING: 10-11 Captain Cattistock, 9-2 Hurricane Hollow, 5-1 On The
Road, 6-1 Here’s Herbie, 10-1 Justification.
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ante-post favourite Don Poli. With
11 Gigginstown entries this time
around, O’Leary’s reaction to Smith’s
latest calculations will be interesting,
to say the least.
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WINCANTON
CARLING NOVICES’ HURDLE
(CLASS 3) £11,500 added 1m 7f
ANTE-POST
Last April’s Grand National
fourth Blaklion remains a clear
10-1 favourite for this year’s
big race following entries
publication.
4.45
CARLING STANDARD OPEN NH FLAT RACE
(CLASS 5) £3,500 added 1m 7f
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764-3 BELLAMY’S GREY C J Gray 6 11 3 ...................................M G Nolan
DANDOLO DU GITE N Mulholland 5 11 3.......................N Fehily
DASHEL DRASHER J Scott 5 11 3....................................M Griffiths
884-F3 DONT BE ROBIN Mrs R Ford 6 11 3 .........................R McLernon
JOG ON C Tizzard 5 11 3 .................................................................H Cobden
RHYTHM IS A DANCER P Nicholls 5 11 3...S Twiston-Davies T
MINNIE ESCAPE V Dartnall 6 10 10...............Mr J Bament (7)
PUZZLE CACHE M Hill 4 10 0 ............................................James Best
- 9 declared BETTING: 13-8 Hideaway Vic, 11-4 Rhythm Is A Dancer, 11-2 Dandolo Du
Gite, 7-1 Jog On, 10-1 Bellamy’s Grey, 16-1 Dashel Drasher, 20-1 Minnie
Escape, 25-1 Puzzle Cache, 50-1 Dont Be Robin.
Results service
AYR
Going: Heavy
1.35 1. SWEET AS CANDY (Craig Nichol) 4-1; 2. Behindthelines 15-2; 3.
Ardean Lass 9-4 fav. 9 ran. 3/4l, 16l.
(Mrs R Dobbin).
2.05 1. UNCLE ALASTAIR (Craig Nichol) 4-6 fav; 2. Bulkov 3-1; 3. Chasseur De Tete 50-1. 7 ran. 11/4l, 2l. (N
Richards).
2.35 1. THE DELRAY MUNKY (Ross
Chapman) 9-1; 2. Massini’s Lady 9-2; 3.
Floramoss 9-2. 8 ran. 11-4 fav Cockley
Beck (4th). 15l, 9l. (I Jardine).
3.10 1. KNOCKNAMONA (A P Cawley)
3-1; 2. Buffalo Ballet 11-4; 3. Shanroe Street 7-4 fav. 4 ran. 1l, 21/2l. (M
Hammond).
3.45 1. HILLS OF DUBAI (B Hughes)
13-8 fav; 2. Present Flight 25-1; 3. Calivigny 7-2. 7 ran. 13/4l, 11l. (D McCain).
4.20 1. PRECIOUS CARGO (Derek Fox)
Glow.
9-2; 2. Sao Maxence 15-8; 3. Sporting
Press 7-4 fav. 7 ran. 11l, 13l. (Miss
L Russell).
Placepot: £40.60. Quadpot: £26.30.
Place 6: £61.74. Place 5: £40.73.
2.25 1. HARVEST DAY (J P Sullivan)
CHELMSFORD CITY
Going: Standard
1.25 1. SHAMROKH (K Lundie) 10-3;
2. My Amigo 9-4 fav; 3. Medicean El
Diablo 11-1. 8 ran. nk, 31/2l. (M Appleby).
Tote: £5.10; £1.40, £1.60, £2.30. Exacta:
£11.70. Tricast: £73.66. Trifecta: £90.30.
CSF: £11.56. NR: Wicker.
1.55 1. CAPTAIN PUGWASH (L
Keniry) 7-1; 2. Zoffany Bay 12-1; 3.
Squire 10-1. 13 ran. 4-1 fav Unit of
Assessment (5th). hd, 23/4l. (H Spiller).
Tote: £9.50; £3.10, £3.90, £5.20. Exacta:
£125.60. Tricast: £864.61. Trifecta:
£2238.70. CSF: £94.57. NR: Ember’s
7-4 fav; 2. Highly Approved 11-4; 3.
Boomerang Betty 16-1. 6 ran. 31/4l,
11/2l. (M W Easterby). Tote: £2.60;
£3.00, £1.90. Exacta: £7.50. Trifecta:
£42.10. CSF: £6.74.
3.00 1. OCEAN OF LOVE (H Crouch)
9-2; 2. Isaac Bell 8-1; 3. Time To Blossom 3-1 fav. 7 ran. 23/4l, 31/2l. (S bin
Suroor). Tote: £3.60; £1.80, £5.60. Exacta: £54.00. Trifecta: £324.40. CSF:
£40.44.
3.35 1. DANZAN (Oisin Murphy) 1-8
fav; 2. Persian Prize 22-1; 3. Regina
Nostra 3-1. 5 ran. 4l, 33/4l. (A Balding).
Tote: £1.10; £1.10, £7.10. Exacta: £6.40.
Trifecta: £11.40. CSF: £9.49.
4.10 1. JACK THE TRUTH (Fran Berry)
3-1; 2. Penny Dreadful 14-1; 3. Jorvik
Prince 6-1. 10 ran. 5-2 fav Bosham
(7th). 1l, nk. (G Scott). Tote: £3.90;
£1.40, £3.20, £2.30. Exacta: £53.50.
Tricast: £251.30. Trifecta: £205.00.
CSF: £45.90. NRs: Red Stripes, Saved
My Bacon.
Jackpot: £4,000.00.
Placepot: £103.30. Quadpot: £8.60.
Place 6: £206.56. Place 5: £130.41.
LEICESTER
Going: Hurdle: heavy; chase: softheavy in places
1.15 1. SPRINGTOWN LAKE (R Johnson) 1-12 fav; 2. I’m Always Trying 8-1;
2 ran. 38l. (P Hobbs). Tote: £1.02;
1.45 1. MALAPIE (S Bowen) 7-2; 2.
Head To The Stars 6-4 fav; 7 ran. 5l.
(Mrs C Bailey). Tote: £3.80; £1.80,
£1.20. Exacta: £11.90. Trifecta: £9.70.
CSF: £8.80.
2.15 1. INDIAN REEL (P Brennan) 6-4
fav; 2. Iniesta 4-1; 3. Royal Etiquette
22-1. 7 ran. 33/4l, 33/4l. (F O’Brien).
Tote: £2.60; £1.40, £1.70. Exacta: £7.50.
Trifecta: £65.80. CSF: £7.17.
2.50 1. SOME ARE LUCKY (A P Heskin)
7-2; 2. Enola Gay 9-2; 3. Ballyarthur
8-15 fav. 3 ran. 21l, 27l. (T R George).
Tote: £3.60; Exacta: £12.40. Trifecta:
£12.50. CSF: £13.03.
3.25 1. KINCORA FORT (W Hutchinson) 4-1 fav; 2. The Bay Birch 6-1;
3. Dylanseoghan 16-1. 9 ran. 2l, 21/4l.
(Noel Williams). Tote: £5.10; £2.20,
£2.00, £3.80. Exacta: £36.60. Tricast:
£341.29. Trifecta: £340.40. CSF: £28.02.
3.55 1. ARDMAYLE (Mr J Newman)
4-1 jt-fav; 2. Sporty Yankee 12-1; 3.
Dragon Khan 17-2. 13 ran. 4-1 jtfav Georgieshore (5th). 3/4l, nk. (Ali
Stronge). Tote: £6.50; £4.20, £2.20,
£3.10. Exacta: £61.50. Tricast: £393.26.
Trifecta: £507.50. CSF: £47.91. NRs:
Hartside, Tactical Manoeuvre.
Placepot: £354.70. Quadpot: £83.40.
Place 6: £46.71. Place 5: £42.06.
5.45 1. THE BRITISH LION (J Fanning)
NEWCASTLE
7-2; 2. How Bizarre 5-1; 3. Hard Graft
7-2. 5 ran. 10-11 fav Windsor Cross
(4th). 3/4l, 1/2l. (M Johnston). Tote: £4.70;
£1.20, £1.80. Exacta: £25.50. Trifecta:
£67.70. CSF: £21.48.
6.15 1. ORIENTAL LILLY (Phil Dennis)
7-4 fav; 2. Hamish Mcgonagain 15-2;
3. Run With Pride 11-1. 10 ran. 1l, hd.
(J Goldie). Tote: £3.20; £1.70, £2.10,
£3.30. Exacta: £20.40. Tricast: £123.50.
Trifecta: £220.90. CSF: £16.48.
6.45 1. DUKE COSIMO (H Shaw) 4-1 jtfav; 2. Mythical Spirit 25-1; 3. Poppy In
The Wind 4-1 jt-fav. 8 ran. 11/4l, 1/2l. (M
Herrington). Tote: £5.20; £5.40, £1.50,
£1.90. Exacta: £86.60. Tricast: £436.07.
Trifecta: £566.10. CSF: £101.20.
Placepot: £358.20. Quadpot: £41.80.
Place 6: £153.41. Place 5: £73.98.
Going: Standard
4.05 1. DESERT RULER (J Garritty)
13-8 fav; 2. Luv U Whatever 25-1;
3. Henpecked 8-1. 11 ran. 1l, 5l. (J
O’Keeffe). Tote: £2.20; £1.20, £3.30,
£2.60. Exacta: £40.40. Tricast: £283.89.
Trifecta: £137.80. CSF: £58.71.
4.40 1. GOOD BOY ALFIE (R Scott)
16-1; 2. Dubai Acclaim 11-4; 3. Lumi 8-1.
8 ran. 4-11 fav Vale Of Kent (4th). 11/4l,
hd. (K Dalgleish). Tote: £28.70; £3.90,
£1.10, £2.90. Exacta: £67.90. Trifecta:
£402.20. CSF: £67.77. NR: Biscuit Billy.
5.15 1. SWISSIE (S Gray) 10-1; 2.
Furni Factors 2-1 fav; 3. Displaying
Amber 17-2. 8 ran. shd, 11/4l. (I Furtado).
Tote: £11.70; £3.10, £1.20, £3.00. Exacta: £41.50. Tricast: £193.16. Trifecta:
£356.70. CSF: £33.50.
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1 FEBRUARY 2018
49
RUGBY LEAGUE
Shifting sands in 2018 Super League
Season begins tonight but uncertainty surrounds competition. John Davidson reports
D
espite a thrilling end
to the 2017 season and
England reaching their
first World Cup final in
22 years, the 2018 Super
League campaign begins today
under a cloud of uncertainty.
The departures of long-time
Rugby Football League chief executive Nigel Wood and his lieutenant
Roger Draper last month have left
a massive void in leadership at the
top. The 12 clubs are angling for
greater control and a larger share of
television revenue, while the rumour
grows that the competition will be
expanded to 14 teams next year.
The future of the structure of
Super League, and its controversial Million Pound Game, is under
threat. No one knows if licensing
will return, whether promotion or
relegation will be stopped or whether expansion to North America will
continue unabated.
Without strong direction, rugby
league will continue to struggle to
secure a clear place in the national
sporting psyche. This season, what
happens off the field might be more
important than what happens on it.
On the up
Players from every Super League side gather at John Smith’s Stadium with the trophy they are all playing for GETTY
The contenders
Castleford will seek to prove that
2017 was no fluke and are out to
avenge their upset Grand Final loss
to Leeds. The Tigers ran away with
the regular Super League season,
finishing 10 points clear at the top
and winning the League Leader’s
Shield for the first time in their history. But ultimate success at Old
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Across: 1 See you (Cu), 3 L-O-unge, 4 Win-c-es
Down: 1 Sallow, 2 (on your) Uppers
WORD WHEEL
NINE-LETTER WORD correlate
OTHER WORDS ale, alert, alter, alto, carol, carrel, cartel,
cereal, claret, clear, clearer, cleat, clot, coal, col, colt, coral,
corral, creel, earl, eel, elate, elect, elector, lace, late, later, lea,
leat, lee, leer, let, locate, lore, lot, octal, oracle, oral, real, reel,
relate, relator, relocate, role, talc, tale, teal, treacle
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Wigan were most un-Wiganlike last season, notching
their worst finish since
2009. They still reached
the Challenge Cup final
and won the World Club
Challenge, but that is not
good enough for a club that
craves constant success.
Injuries were Wigan’s biggest
problem, causing havoc at the DW
Stadium and there is hope that a
healthy squad will see the Warriors
back at Old Trafford for the fifth
time in the past six years.
Everton (2)........................................2
Walcott 25, 39
Man City (1)......................................3
Fernandinho 19
De Bruyne 68
Aguero 89
Newcastle (0).................................1
Lascelles 65
Burnley (0) ...............................1
Vokes 85
Att 50,174
Brighton (1)..............................1
Murray 14 (pen)
Att 30,034
Watford (0)...............................0
Att 27,458
Man Utd (0)...............................0
K S D C Z
Stoke (0)...............................................0
Tottenham Hotspur (2)......2
Eriksen 1
Jones 28 (og)
Man City
Man Utd
Liverpool
Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal
Burnley
Leicester
Everton
AFC Bournemouth
Watford
West Ham
Crystal Palace
Newcastle
Brighton
Stoke
Huddersfield
Southampton
Swansea
West Brom
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Exeter (0)............................................2
Stockley 51
Sweeney 57 (pen)
Luton
Wycombe
Notts County
Exeter
Att 81,978
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THE WILLIAM HILL SCOTTISH CUP FOURTH ROUND
Fraserburgh (0)...........................0 Rangers (1) ................................3
Windass 15 (pen), 55, 67
Forest Green (0)..................0
Att 3,382
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Stirling (1) .........................................1 Cowdenbeath (0)................0
McLaughlin 36
Att 395
CRICKET
FIRST TEST MATCH
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Chittagong: Bangladesh
374-4 (90.0 overs; Mominul Haque 175no,
Mushfiqur Rahim 92, Tamim Iqbal 52). Sri Lanka.
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LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Hibernian (1) ..................................2 Motherwell (0) .....................1
Kamberi 28
Main 78
Barker 47
Att 15,459
Ross County (0)..........................2 Aberdeen (3)............................4
Schalk 77, 82
McLean 28, 64
Rooney 32 (pen), 34
Att 4,318
P W D L F A Pts
Celtic
25 18 6 1 54 17 60
Aberdeen
25 15 4 6 40 29 49
Rangers
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Hibernian
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Hearts
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Motherwell
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Kilmarnock
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St Johnstone
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Dundee
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Hamilton
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Partick
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Ross County
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Mansfield
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Accrington Stanley
Lincoln City
Newport County
Colchester
Crawley Town
Carlisle
Stevenage
Cambridge Utd
Cheltenham
Grimsby
Port Vale
Yeovil
Morecambe
Crewe
Chesterfield
Forest Green
Barnet
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Fighting the drop
Widnes finished bottom
but avoided the Million
Pound Game last year,
while French side Catalans
were 40 minutes from relegation. Hull KR have replaced Leigh
in the top flight, a year after they
went down, and are desperate to
dodge an immediate Championship
return. All three have their work cut
out for them this season.
CRICKET
Bournemouth (0)..............3
Wilson 51
Stanislas 64
Ake 67
Att 41,464
Leicester (0).............................1
Vardy 71 (pen)
Att 38,390
West Brom (0).......................0
Att 53,241
Southampton (0)......................1
Stephens 64
LEFT TO RIGHT:
sear; swig; join;
fix; seam; rig;
team; tear; rip;
side; kip; size; nap;
wide; kit
5-CLUE CROSSWORD
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Results Service
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away from the Grand Final in 2017.
Despite the losses of Gareth Ellis
and Mahe Fonua, stability is Hull
FC’s biggest strength.
row, there is a newish look to Brian
McDermott’s Leeds team. No club
has won more Super League Grand
Finals – eight – in history, and that
is just in the past 14 years, so
write off Leeds at your peril.
St Helens are one of the
favourites to take the title
this year. They have a
talent-laden squad and an
Antipodean star in Ben
Barba (left) who is likely to
be a Man of Steel contender.
With England internationals
James Roby and Alex Walmsley
leading up front, and experience and depth from 1 to 17,
Saints have the tools to go all
the way.
Like St Helens, Hull
FC were just one game
Trafford eluded them
as the Rhinos produced
a smash-and-grab
Grand Final performance, orchestrated by
their crafty half-back
Danny McGuire.
The Tigers will
have to adapt to life
without their talismanic
full-back Zak Hardaker.
Ben Roberts has been
given the nod to replace
him, but it remains to be
seen if he can have the same
immense influence.
Old Trafford hero McGuire
will be wearing red and white this
year after a switch to newly promoted side Hull KR. Combined with
the retirement of veteran Rob Bur-
Wakefield have gone from relegation favourites to top-eight finishers
in two seasons. They are primed for
another successful campaign, proving that money isn’t the be-all and
end-all in rugby league.
Salford have lost their colourful
owner Dr Marwan Koukash, with
a fan trust taking control. The Red
Devils’ spending power might have
been cut, but they are still a gritty
outfit who have the players, like
Junior Sa’u (below) and Rob Lui, to
make the finals again.
Huddersfield started poorly but
finished strongly in 2017. With tryscoring machine Jake Mamo and
England flyer Jermaine McGillvary
in their ranks, the Giants will notch
some major scalps.
Warrington have spent close
to a £1m in the off-season after a
disastrous campaign. The Wolves
have brought in a new coach, a new
assistant and six new players, with
14 departing, as they seek
to rejoin the title-chasing
pack.
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SNOOKER
GERMAN MASTERS BERLIN First round: J
Robertson (Eng) bt A Hamilton (Eng) 5-1; D Junhui
(Chin) bt M Georgiou (Eng) 5-3; J Perry (Eng) bt Yu
De Lu (Chin) 5-4
TENNIS
WTA TAIWAN OPEN, TAIPEI CITY: First round:
(4) T Babos (Hun) bt A Rodionova (Aus) 6-3 6-2;
D Jakupovic (Sloven) bt L Cabrera (Aus) 6-0 6-1.
Second round: M Niculescu (Rom) bt (6) Z DIYAS
(Kaz) 6-0 1-6 6-4; S Lisicki (Ger) bt N Hibino (Japan)
6-4 6-1; (5) Y PUTINTSEVA (Kaz) bt K Chang (Taipei)
6-3 7-6 (7-3); K Kozlova (Ukr) bt Y Duan (Chin) 3-6
6-2 7-6 (7-4).
WTA ST. PETERSBURG LADIES OPEN, RUSSIA:
First round: E Makarova (Rus) bt (6) A PAVLYUCHENKOVA (Rus) 6-4 6-4; P Kvitova (Cz Rep)
bt (7) E VESNINA (Rus) 6-2 6-0. Second round:
(8) D KASATKINA (Rus) bt A Cornet (Fr) 6-2 6-1; E
Rybakina (Rus) bt (3) C GARCIA (Fr) 4-6 7-6 (8-6)
7-6 (7-5); (2) J OSTAPENKO (Lat) bt V Zvonareva
(Rus) 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.
TODAY’S FIXTURES
FOOTBALL
FA WOMEN’S SUPER LGE: Chelsea v Man City (7.0).
CRICKET
FIRST ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL: SOUTH AFRICA
V INDIA (Durban, 11.00am).
EUROPEAN TOUR MAYBANK CHAMPIONSHIP
(Saujana G&CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).
DARTS
UNIBET PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS (Dublin, Ireland).
GOLF
USPGA TOUR WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX
OPEN (TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona, United
States of America).
EUROPEAN TOUR MAYBANK CHAMPIONSHIP
(Saujana G&CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).
SNOOKER
GERMAN MASTERS (Tempodrom, Berlin,
Germany).
RUGBY LEAGUE
BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE (7.45): Hull v
Huddersfield, Warrington v Leeds.
RUGBY UNION
PRINCIPALITY BUILDING SOCIETY PREMIERSHIP
(7.30): Neath v Cross Keys.
T20 league
investigated
for corruption
By Jack de Menezes
The International Cricket
Council is investigating a private
Twenty20 league in the United Arab Emirates after video
footage of some farcical dismissals went viral on social media, the
governing body’s anti-corruption
unit has confirmed.
A match in the Ajman All Stars
League, which is not sanctioned
by the Emirates Cricket Board,
saw several batsmen appear to
throw their wickets in bizarre
fashion, by running themselves
out or getting stumped without
trying to return to the crease, even
when the opposing wicketkeeper
fumbled.
“There is currently an ICC anti-corruption unit investigation
under way in relation to the Ajman
All Stars League held recently
in Ajman, UAE,” ACU general
manager Alex Marshall said in a
statement. THE INDEPENDENT
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ENGLAND
Harris is worth
a punt at No 13,
insists Scotland
coach Townsend
By Duncan Smith
‘It’s the best
team I’ve ever
been involved
in,’ says
Danny Care
of the current
England team
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Scotland
Scotland coach Gregor Townsend
hailed Chris Harris’s defensive attributes and impressive showing
during training after naming the
Newcastle centre in his team to face
Wales in Cardiff to open the Six Nations on Saturday.
Of the six changes made from
the side which ran in eight tries to
hammer Australia 53-24 in November, the inclusion of the 27-year-old
was the surprise inclusion as he
was selected to start at outside centre, with prolific scorer Huw Jones
shunted inside to No 12.
Born in Carlisle but with a Scottish grandmother, Harris had a
cameo off the bench at wing against
Samoa but didn’t feature in the
subsequent autumn squads against
New Zealand and Australia.
With Glasgow’s Alex Dunbar and
Saracens’ Duncan Taylor both unavailable, Townsend has opted for
Harris (below), with Peter Horne on
the bench.
“It’s a big ask but Chris has shown
it this year,” said Townsend. “I’ve
been really impressed with him,
no matter who he has come
up against. We watched
him down at Newcastle against Exeter, the
English champions
[earlier this month].
He played really well.
“We’ve watched his
games on video before
that. He’s found a groove
in his defence this year. He’s enjoyed tackling, he’s read plays really
well. He has been very confident
and relaxed in this environment,
both in November and now. There
are parts of his game, away from
the defending, where he has really
impressed us this week.
Team to play Wales on Saturday
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“We believe he’ll be in a good
place to grab his opportunity.”
For all the talk of Scotland’s burgeoning attacking flair heading
into this highly-anticipated championship, the selection of the 6ft
2in, 16 stone centre suggests that
Townsend feels a strong, defensive
midfield will be required in the
bid to end a 16-year drought
in Cardiff against Wales.
Townsend revealed he
would have no problem
in having the Principality Stadium roof closed,
but only in the event of
wet weather on Saturday afternoon.
Wales coach Warren
Gatland prefers it to be closed
but both teams must agree and
Townsend said: “We’re still to make
that decision.
“If it’s dry conditions outside
there’s no need to close the roof; if
it’s not, then let’s close the roof and
let’s have a really good game.”
WALES
Cardiff wing James getting
treatment for depression
being treated for depression,” it
said. “He has been closely supportFormer Wales wing Tom
ed by the medical team and is
making good progress.
James is being treated
for depression, his
“Tom’s playing colleagues are in regular
club Cardiff Blues
have announced.
contact. The directors and management
James, 30, has
Number of caps
not played since
team are fully behind
for
Wales
won
31 December but
Tom during this peby Tom James
is making “good
riod
and look forward
between 2007
to
his return at the approgress”, accordand 2012
propriate time.”
ing to a statement reJames won the last of
leased by the Blues.
his 12 caps against Scotland
“Cardiff Blues can conin 2016.
firm that Tom James is currently
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hen Conor
O’Shea this week
mischievously
predicted England’s
starting line up
to face his Italy team next Sunday
in Rome the only position he was
undecided upon was scrum half.
“Youngs or Care,” O’Shea said,
when he reached No 9, having
rattled off the other 14 names
without hesitation.
Perhaps there was some
residual loyalty towards his former
Harlequins lieutenant Care, 31, but
it says everything about how little
there is between the Leicester and
Harlequins scrum halves that a
straw poll of England fans over who
should be chosen would probably be
closer than Brexit.
In recent times under Eddie Jones
it has been Youngs who has generally
got the nod, with his outstanding
box-kicking game thought to give
him the narrowest of edges, although
Care’s form off the bench last
autumn and continued excellence
for Quins since has seen him keep up
unrelenting pressure on his rival.
“A lot of people think Ben is
better,” Care joked when asked why
it was so hard to choose between
them. “It’s a great, friendly rivalry
and whatever role I am asked to
play in a team I will play. It’s the best
team I’ve ever been involved in. I
love pulling on an England shirt.
England scrum-half Danny Care tells
Sam Peters about his rivalry with Ben
Youngs, coming off the bench and why
everyone is focused on the World Cup
Obviously everybody wants to start
but I understand the importance of
finishers. I enjoy that role as well.”
With 42 of his 76 caps to date
coming off the bench, Care is
accustomed to the “finisher” role
given to substitutes by Jones.
Youngs, 28, has started in 56 of the
75 appearances he has made in an
England shirt but it is Care who edges
his rival with 13 tries to 12, despite
his relative lack of game time. Care
was electric last autumn, especially
in England’s win over Australia at
Twickenham, and it would be no
surprise if he gets the nod to start
against Italy next Sunday.
“Eddie puts a massive emphasis
on it being a full squad effort and the
importance of the finishers coming
on to do just that: finish the game
off,” he said.
“You do feel as important as the
starters and he places a massive
emphasis on that. The guys starting
put in a hell of a shift to get you in
position to win the game and then
the finishers come on to increase
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‘Everyone
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and winning that World Cup.
hopefully kill teams off.
“ Nothing has changed. We have a
“Eddie has told me to keep doing
lot of games to play and we have to
what I’m doing and to keep working
keep improving every week but it’s
hard. He was happy with how I’d
always at the back of your mind that
gone and just wants me to keep
we’re doing all this to try and win the
pushing on. He always
World Cup.”
says when you go back
This week has seen
Ever since
to your club, show you’re Eddie took
England’s players put
an international player,
through their paces by Jones
over we’ve
standing out in games.
and his back-room team on
talked about
Hopefully I’ve done that
their warm weather camp in
becoming the the Algarve, Portugal.
since the autumn.”
Despite England’s
The Australian has proved
best team in
mounting injury-crisis – a the world.
a brutal task master since
problem shared by other Nothing has
taking over, with previous
nations, most notably
camps criticised for their
Wales – O’Shea was right changed
intense physicality which
to reflect on the depth of
have led to concerns over
talent at Jones’s disposal.
player welfare with a number of
Eighteen potential starters may
high-profile injuries.
be unavailable through injury or
“It’s hard but we can see why he
suspension but a back line of Mike
does it,” Care said. “If we want to be
Brown (if fit), Anthony Watson,
the best team we have to train like
Jonny May, Jonathan Joseph, Owen
that. The boys are willing to put the
Farrell, George Ford and Care or
effort in to get the rewards.
Youngs hardly screams “crisis”.
“It is still fun. I love going into
Victory over Italy, which should
camp, training and playing for
be a formality despite last season’s
England. He puts a lot of emphasis
“no ruck” wobble at Twickenham,
on the players to drive stuff off the
would be England’s 23rd in 24
field and me and [hooker] Jamie
matches under Jones and set them
George do a few things to keep the
up perfectly for an assault on an
boys entertained. We work hard but
unprecedented third Grand Slam in
enjoy it as well.” THE INDEPENDENT
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CHIEF SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
Boxing should now
follow F1 and get rid
of scantily clad ‘girls’
The days of feminine drapery in
underpins his proclivities, is upon
Formula One are over. The grid
us. “We’re living in changing
girls (never women) of Grand
times,” he says.
Prix racing have joined the gone
“The PC brigade, the liberal
girls of darts in the dustbin of bad
brigade, are out in strength and
taste. What price boxing’s ringit’s causing changes in sport
card girls falling next?
everywhere we look and it’s
You wonder how it took this
probably going to get worse, ” he
long. Next week marks 100 years
tells talkSPORT. Oh dear, does
since the Act of Parliament that
this mean the end of Page 3 girls
gave women the vote. I’m guessing next, or busty bikini selfies on
Emmeline Pankhurst and other
MailOnline?
members of the Women’s Social
Poor Barry and his ilk have
and Political Union did not
yet to make the link between the
commit to hunger strikes or chain
characterisation of women as
themselves to railings for the right decorative frippery, pointing
to pose in their knickers and bras
arrows at the action as opposed to
for the delectation of men.
filling roles in the action itself, and
Sean Bratches, commercial
the conditions that produce the
operations managing director of
Harvey Weinsteins of this parish.
Formula One, says: “While the
Barry sees this as a choice made
practice of employing
by women, and payment
grid girls has been
received is the justification
Women
a staple of Formula
of that choice. If he feels
did not go
One Grands Prix
that way about it, why is
for decades, we feel
this a job only for young,
on hunger
this custom does not
strike or chain mainly white women of a
resonate with our brand themselves to certain appearance? Can’t
values and clearly is
women, of any age or
railings for the all
at odds with modern
size, walk alongside a darts
right
to
pose
in
day societal norms.
player, hold a number aloft
their knickers or stand in front of a car?
We don’t believe the
practice is appropriate and bras
“I think the girls are
or relevant to Formula
great, they get paid and
One and its fans, old and
it’s a job for them. I haven’t
new, across the world.”
got a problem. But I do have a big
While we applaud Bratches for
problem in the age we live in.”
bringing Formula One into step
He will be telling us it’s their
with the times, others still see the
choice next, as if they opted for
world, and women’s place in it, as
mute posing in a beary den for the
a 1970s sitcom, all Miss Brahms
joy it brings.
in Are You Being Served flitting
Perhaps Barry is living in a
between double entendres and a
recurring episode of Till Death Us
Do Part, setting the world to rights
heaving bosom.
with Alf Garnett.
Barry Hearn, head of the
Elsewhere, women of all shapes,
great Matchroom empire and
sizes, ages and creeds – mothers,
chairman of the Professional
daughters, sisters, wives – are
Darts Corporation, quivers like
out there rolling up their sleeves,
Mr Grace at what he sees as a
trying to get on, to make a
mauling by the ‘PC brigade’. For
contribution, free of the gaze of
him, the end of civilisation – at
panting men.
least the patriarchal variety that
F1 has joined darts in saying goodbye to provocatively dressed ‘girls’ as
sporting adornments and boxing’s ‘ring girls’ may well be the next to go
Charly Musonda believes playing
for Celtic will make him better
My loan spell
with Celtic is
a dream move,
says Musonda
By Ronnie Esplin
Charly Musonda believes his 18month loan deal at Celtic can help
him become a Chelsea regular.
The 21-year-old midfielder
made just seven appearances for
the London giants this season following a loan spell at Spanish club
Real Betis.
Musonda, who has been capped
by Belgium Under-21s, made his
Celtic debut as a second-half substitute in the 3-1 win over Hearts
at Parkhead on Tuesday. He said:
“At the stage of my development
I have to be lucky to get games,
especially at a club like Chelsea.
With every opportunity I got I was
happy to be able to play games.
“Most of the players who play
there are transfers who come at
24-25 [years old], at the peak of
their career. They are mature,
they have played Champions
League football and that
is the players they
go for. I am at the
start of my career and I have
no doubt that,
Charly Musonda
at 24-25, I will
played in seven
be as good to
games for
play for a big,
Chelsea,
scoring
big club.
once
“I am at one
now. I am lucky to be
here and happy to have
the opportunity to be at a big club
like Celtic, at 21, and to be able
to play here is a dream. I have a
manager that has developed a lot
of good players at big clubs so I
think it is perfect for me.”
Musonda believes the demands
of playing for Celtic will prove
invaluable. “Celtic is a team that
needs to win. As a youngster coming from Chelsea, it is the same
type of pressure. That is the most
important thing for me.”
Musonda was taken aback by
the noisy reception he got from
the Hoops fans when he replaced
James Forrest in the second half.
He said: “It was amazing to play
in front of the fans at Celtic Park.
I didn’t think it was going to be
that loud.
“The crowd at Betis was quite
loud as well, but none of it compares to what I experienced yesterday. It was unbelievable to get
such a reception.”
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ARSENAL
Window highlights
‘Crazy kid’ signs
as Giroud joins
Chelsea for £18m
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for £42.5m in September 2013 and
he will extend his time at the club to
eight years if he stays until the end of
his new contract.
Aubameyang, who is reunited with
former Dortmund team-mate Mkhitaryan, proved a prolific goalscorer
in Germany, netting 141 goals in 213
games for Dortmund after moving
there from Saint Etienne in 2013, but
was also a controversial figure.
He was suspended by Dortmund
several times during his time at the
club for internal disciplinary reasons, including this month when he
missed a team meeting. He was then
withdrawn from the squad to face
Hertha Berlin because the German
club felt he was not focused.
Aubameyang apologised for his
behaviour after securing the move
to join Arsène Wenger’s side. “First
of all, sorry for everything that has
happened in the last month, but I
already wanted a transfer last summer. It did not work out, but now it
had to be,” he said.
“Maybe it was not the best way for
me to choose, but everyone knows
that Auba is crazy – and yes, I am a
crazy kid. I’ve made mistakes, but
never with malice.”
He added: “I’m really happy to be
here in this great team. The club has
such a big history and great players,
like Thierry Henry. He’s an example
for us strikers. I’m a fast player and
I score goals, too, like Henry a little
bit. I think I have to work a lot to be
like him, but I will do. I hope that we
will come back to the top as soon as
possible. I will do my best to join in.”
Aubameyang, who will wear the
No 14 shirt, was the Bundesliga’s top
scorer last season, with 31 goals, and
was player of the year in 2016. He has
scored 23 times in 56 appearances
for Gabon.
Olivier Giroud watches his new Chelsea team-mates in action last night PA
Batshuayi replaces Aubameyang
at Dortmund for the rest of the season and, to complete the triangle
of transfers, Olivier Giroud, 31, left
Arsenal for Chelsea in an £18m deal,
signing an 18-month contract.
“Chelsea is one of the biggest
teams in the Premier League –
they have won maybe the most trophies in the last six or seven years,”
Giroud said.
“It’s a massive club. I am proud to
sign for Chelsea, and I’m looking forward to playing.”
Arsenal, meanwhile, failed with a
deadline bid to sign defender Jonny
Evans from West Bromwich Albion.
The clubs were far apart on their
valuation of the Northern Ireland
international.
LEICESTER CITY
Transfer collapse
leaves Mahrez
‘very depressed’
» Continued from back page
Leicester received – and rejected
– was £32m from Roma.
Mahrez (right) has been in
fine form for Puel’s side and had
hoped that would be enough for
Leicester to grant him his wish
of a move away. “Riyad is very
depressed at what has happened
over the past few days,” a friend
of the Leicester player told Sky
Sports News.
“Leicester would have made
£59m profit on the player. He’s
given his all for Leicester so
he can leave in this window.
Joining Man City to work with
Pep Guardiola would have been
a dream for him. He still hopes to
do it.”
Mahrez joined Leicester
in January 2014 and was
named PFA Players’
Player of the Year as the
Foxes won the Premier
League in 2016.
It remains to be seen
if City resume their
pursuit of Mahrez when
the transfer window
reopens in the summer.
It is understood that
City’s interest in him
was unrelated to Leroy
Sane suffering ankle
ligament damage in
Sunday’s 2-0 FA Cup
fourth round victory
over Cardiff City.
Sane is set to spend
up to seven weeks on
the sidelines, ruling
him out of City’s
Champions League
knock-out tie against
Basel and the
Carabao Cup final
with Arsenal at the
end of the month.
City made a club-record
signing on Tuesday when
they bought French defender
Aymeric Laporte from
Athletic Bilbao for £57m.
THE INDEPENDENT
Badou Ndiaye [Galatasaray to
Stoke City] £14m
Andre Ayew [West Ham to
Swansea] £18m
Lucas Moura [Paris St-Germain
to Tottenham] £25m
Olivier Giroud [Arsenal to Chelsea] £18m
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
[Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal]
£56m
Aymeric Laporte [Athletic Bilbao
to Manchester City] £57m
Emerson Palmieri [Roma to
Chelsea] £17.6m
Jack Harrison [New York City to
Manchester City, then loaned to
Middlesbrough] £4m
Guido Carrillo [Monaco to
Southampton] £19m
Aaron Lennon [Everton to
Burnley] £4.5m
Henrikh Mkhitaryan [Man Utd to
Arsenal] Swap for Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez [Arsenal to
Man Utd] Swap for Henrikh
Mkhitaryan
Jurgen Locadia [PSV Eindhoven
to Brighton] £14m
Adam Forshaw [Middlesbrough
to Leeds] £4.5m
Theo Walcott [Arsenal to Everton] £20m
Alex Pritchard [Norwich to Huddersfield] £14m
Francis Coquelin [Arsenal to Valencia] £12m
Lee Evans [Wolves to Sheffield
United] £750,000
Philippe Coutinho [Liverpool to
Barcelona] £142m
Ross Barkley [Everton to Chelsea] £15m
Cenk Tosun [Besiktas to Everton]
£27m
LOAN DEALS
Didier Ndong [Sunderland to
Watford]
Michy Batshuayi [Chelsea to
Borussia Dortmund]
Gerard Deulofeu [Barcelona to
Watford]
Daniel Sturridge [Liverpool West Brom]
Leonardo Ulloa [Leicester to
Brighton]
Kenedy [Chelsea to Newcastle]
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou [Tottenham to Burnley]
Comment
What price beautiful game in era of sovereign wealth funds?
to see who can score the most goals
against feeder teams. On the rung
below, Real Madrid, Barcelona,
Manchester United and
CHIEF SPORTS
Chelsea are left to
CORRESPONDENT
fiddle for scraps. As
nd so the rampant
for the Arsenals
commodification of
and Liverpools of
the beautiful game
this world, well, we
rages on, football’s
can see how that is
free market radicals
working out.
spending themselves silly in pursuit
With a potential
of success. But what kind of success move to Chelsea just
might this be? The logical conclusion 24 hours away, Olivier
of this unfettered gluttony is a
Giroud was called off the Arsenal
league of two: Manchester City and
bench at Swansea. With 14 minutes
Paris Saint-Germain fighting it out
remaining of a match they were
Kevin
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A
losing, putting at risk a property
chain that involved Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang leaving Dortmund for
Arsenal, Michy Batshuayi (left)
leaving Chelsea for Dortmund
and Giroud heading for
Stamford Bridge. Arsène
Wenger argued that he
was needed, but for what
purpose?
At 28, Aubameyang is not
your typical keynote signing.
Giroud is clearly insurance at
Chelsea and Batshuayi, himself
a £33m acquisition from Marseille
18 months ago, just wants to play,
which highlights the negative
impact of the spend-spend-spend
reflex. If the talented kids shipped
in can’t get a game, what chance the
academy babes?
City’s response to Leroy Sane
going lame was to reach out for
ready-made Riyad Mahrez, not
18-year-old Brahim Diaz, or even
last summer’s off-the-shelf recruit,
Bernardo Silva. Poor Phil Foden.
I bet he can’t wait to recover from
injury. I mean, who doesn’t want to
sit on City’s bench?
Keen to make the most of an
unexpected opportunity, Mahrez
immediately hit Leicester with a
transfer request. This is how the
game proceeds when the check and
balance on transfer policy extends
no further than a rich man’s whim.
The fault does not lie with
individuals but the tyranny of an
unregulated market. It was ever
thus. Only the values have changed,
fuelled by broadcast billions, and, in
the case of City and PSG, sovereign
wealth funds. Even by football’s
extraordinary standards the closing
days of these January sales have
been manic. Meanwhile, Chester
are scrambling to raise the £50k
required to keep the club turning
over. City et al spend more than that
on biscuits for the boardroom.
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Double for
Walcott sees
off battling
Leicester
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
£25m Moura set
for Anfield debut
Tottenham
have completed
the signing of
£25million winger
Lucas Moura,
from Paris SaintGermain, on a
contract until 2023. The Brazilian
(above) has made only six substitute
appearances this season, having
fallen behind Neymar and Kylian
Mbappé in the pecking order.
Moura, 25, could make his debut
for Tottenham in their match at
Liverpool on Sunday.
By Gareth Cox
WATFORD
Ndong loan is
midfield boost
Sunderland and Gabon midfielder
Didier Ndong has joined Watford
on loan. Ndong (below), will remain
with Javi Gracia’s side until the end
of the season, when they will have
an option to make it permanent.
Watford have signed Gothenburg
keeper Pontus Dahlberg, 19, on a
five-and-a-half
year deal but he
stays on loan at
the Swedish club
for the rest of the
season.
SWANSEA CITY
Ayew is a Swan
again for £18m
Swansea City have
completed the
signing of Andre
Ayew (left) from
West Ham for a
club-record fee of
£18m. The Ghanaian
international joined West Ham
from Swansea in 2016 but is now
returning to the Liberty Stadium,
where his brother Jordan also
plays. The 28-year-old has signed a
three-and-a-half-year deal until the
summer of 2021. He scored 12 goals
in 50 appearances for the Hammers.
SPAIN
Sandro leaves
Everton on loan
Everton forward Sandro Ramirez
has joined Sevilla on loan until the
end of the season, with a view to a
permanent deal this summer.
The £5.25million summer arrival
from Malaga has not lived up to
expectations, failing to score a
league goal. The 22-year-old
(right) netted only
once in 15 games
in all competitions
and is not part
of manager Sam
Allardyce’s plans.
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Conte despairs as
woeful defence
is ripped apart in
16 mad minutes
Chelsea
Courtois
Azpi cueta Christensen Cahill
Zappacosta Kanté
Bakayoko
edro
Barkley
Hazard
Stanislas
of a nightmare. It was Bournemouth
who made the early chances and it
0
was only when Chelsea forced themselves to go direct that they started
BOURNEMOUTH
to threaten, Gary Cahill skimming a
Wilson 51, Stanislas 64, Ake 67
3
header just over the bar from a Pedro
corner and Eden Hazard, playing as
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
a lone striker, misjudging a header
AT STAMFORD BRIDGE
from a Marcos Alonso cross.
With three big centre-backs in the
An evening that started with Chel- way, Chelsea’s crosses were not alsea looking toothless in attack ended ways landing and while they ended
with them brutally exposed in de- the first half building steadily, they
fence, as they fell to a scarcely believ- struggled to put Bournemouth under
able home defeat by Bournemouth.
enough pressure.
This defeat, their worst and most
But it took only five minutes after
surprising result of the seathe restart for Chelsea to
son, leaves them further
sabotage their evening with
adrift in what can barely
more lazy, distracted debe described as a title
fending than anyone
race and left Antonio
could have expected.
Conte fuming at havTiemoue Bakayoko,
Chelsea last
ing to play on transfer
imprecise as ever, lost
conceded
three
deadline day.
control of the ball in
league
goals
on
With new signing
midfield and Callum
the first day of the
Olivier Giroud here,
Wilson
pinched it from
season, losing 3-2 to
sitting just behind the
him, gave it to Jordon
Burnley
bench in his new Chelsea
Ibe, ran in behind Cahill,
training gear, Conte’s 18-man
took the return pass and beat
squad did not include one convenThibaut Courtois with a low early
tional striker.
finish.
But still no one would have preThe goal came out of the blue but
dicted the events of the second half as what was more surprising was the
Chelsea’s defence collapsed, allowing lack of a Chelsea response. Ross BarBournemouth to score three goals in kley was hauled off for Cesc Fabregas
16 minutes.
but it made no difference to Chelsea’s
It was a result Eddie Howe could control or their focus. Lewis Cook
not have dreamt of: only his third fizzed a shot wide and soon enough
away league win of the season. For Bournemouth had their second.
Conte the whole evening was more
Wilson slid a reverse pass to Junior
Alonso
Ibe
CHELSEA
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S Cook
Fraser
Fra cis
Begovic
Bournemouth
Substitutions: Chelsea Rudiger (Christensen 28),
Fabregas (Barkley 54), Hudson-Odi (Zappacosta 65);
Bournemouth King (Stanislas 71), Pugh (Ibe 83),
Mousset (Wilson 90).
Booked: Chelsea Fabregas; Bournemouth none.
Man of the Match Stanislas.
Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Chelsea 65% Bournemouth 35%.
Attempts on target: Chelsea 5 Bournemouth 5.
Referee L Probert (Wiltshire).
Attendance 41,464.
Stanislas and, like Wilson before
him, his early finish was too sharp for
Courtois.
Conte found himself having to
gamble to chase a must-win game.
He threw on Callum Hudson-Odoi
for Davide Zappacosta, shifting to a
rare 4-3-3. But the rot had set in and
when Chelsea failed to clear a corner,
Bournemouth scored their third.
The ball came to Stanislas on the
edge of the box, he was free to shoot
and Nathan Ake stuck out his right
leg to divert the ball past Courtois.
Chelsea saw more of the ball in
the final minutes as Bournemouth
retreated to their own box but they
still had no striker, no focal point, and
it should have been harder than it
was for Bournemouth to hold them
off. THE INDEPENDENT
Theo Walcott’s maiden Everton
goals secured a first win in eight
matches as a 2-1 triumph over
Leicester arrested their slide
under Sam Allardyce.
The £20m January signing
became the first Toffees player
to score twice in his maiden
Premier League appearance at
Goodison Park since Romelu
Lukaku against Newcastle in
September 2013 with a first-half
double.
Jamie Vardy’s penalty midway
through the second half – Wayne
Rooney penalised for tugging on
Wilfred Ndidi’s shirt – set up a
nervous finish but Everton clung
on to inflict the Foxes’ first defeat
of 2018.
Goalkeeper Karl Darlow’s
late own goal denied struggling
Newcastle a first Premier League
win at St James’ Park since
October as Burnley struck late to
snatch a 1-1 draw.
Sam Vokes’ close-range
header went in off Darlow via
the crossbar with five minutes
remaining to cancel out Jamaal
Lascelles 65th-minute opener,
on a night when the main focus
off the pitch on Tyneside was
Leicester striker Islam Slimani’s
proposed loan switch.
Southampton’s Jack Stephens
had played 38 games for the club
without scoring before netting
the winner against Watford in the
FA Cup on Saturday. He clearly
enjoyed the experience as he
did it again last night to give the
Saints a share of the points.
Brighton had gone in front with
Glenn Murray’s first-half penalty
but failed to build on their good
start and allowed the home side
back into the game.
Stoke City were booed by
fans in just their third game
under Paul Lambert as they
played out a dour goalless draw
with Watford.
The sides shared the spoils
from a game that will not live
long the memory, leaving new
Hornets boss Javi Gracia with
a point from his first two games
in charge.
Everton’s Theo Walcott celebrates
after scoring his second goal
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FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
United fail to
recover after
early strike
from Eriksen
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Eriksen 1, Jones og 28
2
MANCHESTER UNITED
0
By Sam Cunningham
Tottenham Hotspur
Lloris
Trip er Sanchez Vertonghen D vies
AT WEMBLEY STADIUM
Five touches, 10.5 seconds: goal.
There was no coming back for Manchester United after the shock of
Tottenham’s early lead at Wembley
which was added to the history
books last night.
Mousa Dembélé took the kick-off
back to Jan Vertonghen, who floated
a ball to the edge of Manchester United’s penalty area. Harry Kane won
the header, sending the ball into the
path of Dele Alli’s run into the box.
Alli was heading away from goal
but produced a brilliantly inventive
scooped pass to the corner of the
six-yard box and Christian Eriksen
calmly finished across David de Gea
into the left of the goal.
Nobody could quite believe it. Family members were still stacking the
dishwasher at home and hurtled into
the living room to watch the replays.
Fans were still at the bars squeezing in one last drink before kick-off.
“It’ll be fine,” they’d say, “nothing’ll
happen in the first 10.5sec.” This kind
of thing never happens.
Around the world it was debated
whether the strike came after 10sec
or 11sec, until it was officially recorded as exactly inbetween.
The Premier League tomes were
frantically flicked through; surely it
was the fastest goal ever? No, it was
only the third-fastest goal in Premier
League history: 0.6sec behind Ledley King’s strike against Bradford
in 2000 and 0.1sec slower than Alan
Shearer’s for Newcastle in 2003.
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Dembélé
Son
Eriksen
Kane
Lukaku
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Youn
Sanchez
Lingard
Mati
ba
Jones
Smalling Va encia
De Gea
Manchester United
Subs: Tottenham Lamela (Son, 80), Sissoko (Alli, 88),
Wanyama (Dembélé, 90); Man Utd Mata (Pogba, 63),
Fellaini (Lingard, 63), Herera (Fellaini, 70). Booked:
Tottenham Dembélé, Alli; Man Utd Jones, Young.
Man of the Match Eriksen. Rating 8/10.
Possession: Tottenham 53% Man Utd 47%.
Attempts on target: Tottenham 6 Man Utd 3.
Referee A Marriner (W Midlands).
Attendance 81,978.
Pah – it wasn’t even the fastest goal
this millennium. Spurs now have
the first and third fastest Premier
League goalscorers, and no Premier
League title. Optimism was high – if
they could maintain this strike-rate
they would win 514-0.
It might have got close to that
were it not for De Gea in United’s
goal. United steadied themselves for
the next 10.5sec, found their feet and
managed not to concede,but they
were rattled. A couple of minutes
later Phil Jones under-hit a pass
RUGBY UNION
Haskell off to secure
spot at World Cup
James Haskell is looking for a new
Premiership club to keep alive his
hopes of playing in the 2019 World
Cup in Japan. The England forward,
32, failed to convince Wasps to offer
him a new deal and will leave at the
end of the season. Haskell, who has
been linked with Northampton, said:
“I have had a fantastic career at
Wasps and would like to think I have
played a part in the club’s success
over the years. I am looking forward
to the next phase of my career.”
back to his goalkeeper and De Gea
had to sprint from his position in the
middle of the penalty area to reach it
before Tottenham’s Son Heung-min.
Quite how rattled United were
was fully realised when Jones stuck
the ball into his own net some 27
minutes and 49.5sec after Spurs
opened the scoring.
Eriksen worked the ball out to
ieran Tripper on Tottenham’s right
and his low ball was converted by
Jones under absolutely no pressure
whatsoever. The defender grimaced
and gurned as only he can.
Jones banged his forehead against
the padded posts behind the goal
holding up the nets, instantly adding
to the gallery upon gallery of photos
he would prefer to forget. Less than
five minutes later, Antonio Valencia
went through the back of Alli inside
United’s area. No penalty, referee
Andrew Marriner decided,
but it could well have been.
New Spurs signing
Lucas Moura – a £25m
purchase from Paris
Saint-Germain – was
paraded on the pitch
at half-time and could
not have watched a more
daunting 45 minutes of
football, knowing he has to try
to force his way into that attacking
line-up.
He would have been no more reassured by the second half. Eriksen
smoothly unleashed one from 30
yards inches wide of a post and dum-
mied the ball to give Kane the chance
to bring up his 100th Premier League
goal, but the striker missed.
Eriksen freed Son but he
shot too close to De Gea with
Alli and Kane waiting for
easy finishes. They were
furious.
Jose Mourinho and
United were all over the
place. Marouane Fellaini
(left) came on for Paul
Pogba in the 63rd minute.
Seven minutes later he was
hooked for Ander Herrera, the plan
to bring the Belgian back from injury
backfired. Mourinho can blame no
one but himself.
Most of the final 20 minutes were
played inside at least United’s half,
TENNIS
ICE HOCKEY
Edmund keen to play in Davis Cup
Scrapper Nickerson
hit by 20-game ban
Australian Open semi-finalist Kyle
Edmund will play in Great
Britain’s Davis Cup tie
against Spain tomorrow,
fitness permitting.
The 23-year-old
British No 2 (right)
struggled with a minor
hip problem during his
defeat by Marin Cilic in
Melbourne.
But the world No 26
still hopes to lead Britain’s
team and said in a statement: “My
intention is to play as I love Davis
Cup and representing my country.
“My body has a few niggles
and the transition from
any surface to clay is not
an easy one. Things are
improving and I’m taking
it one day at a time.”
Cameron Norrie, Liam
Broady, Jamie Murray and
Dominic Inglot are the other
four players who make up
Great Britain’s squad for the match
in Marbella.
Milton Keynes Lightning’s Matt
Nickerson has been banned for 20
games for abusing an official and
punching a fan at the end of their
match against Guildford on Sunday.
The American, 33, left the bench
to fight with an opponent, abusing
an official in the process. This
resulted in a 14-game ban. Six games
were added, the department of
player safety said, as he “delivered a
forceful backhand punch directly to
the head of an unsuspecting fan.”
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Another star turn from De Bruyne
David de Gea
can only watch
as the ball
whizzes in off
Phil Jones
MANCHESTER CITY
Fernandinho 19, De Bruyne 68,
Aguero 89
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
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By Mark Critchley
3
0
Fernandinho
opens the
scoring for
Manchester
City AFP/GETTY
AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM
» Moura signs for Spurs, p53
Who needs a tricky, diminutive
£95m playmaker when you
already have Kevin De Bruyne?
Manchester City possess a wealth
of talent and Riyad Mahrez would
only have added to it, but this was
another performance from their
best player that suggested he can
win football matches almost on
his own.
De Bruyne set up the opening
goal and scored the second as City
moved 15 points clear at the top of
the table, Sergio Aguero adding
a late third to make it a typically
dominant scoreline.
Pep Guardiola handed a debut
to £57m Aymeric Laporte, whose
reign as City’s record signing
very nearly lasted just one day.
City were prepared to pay £60m
make that difference tell and
to sign Mahrez but were not
unsurprisingly, that player was
willing to go as high as Leicester’s De Bruyne.
£95m asking price.
Fernandinho made the
Laporte received a predictably
breakthrough, slipping a finish
warm welcome. The applause
through Ben Foster’s legs after
was all the more enthusiastic
being played in through the
when the arrival from Athletic
inside-left channel, but the goal
Bilbao found a team-mate
was all about De Bruyne,
in space with an inchwho provided yet
perfect 50-yard pass.
another example
This, clearly, was
of his mastery
Guardiola’s type of
with the ball. The
defender.
Belgian’s pass cut
Points City moved
That was the
West Bromwich to
clear of the rest of
highlight of a quiet
ribbons, undoing
the
Premier
League
opening quarter of
all their early
with last night’s
an hour, which City
hard work.
victory
dominated without
De Bruyne was not
ever truly dictating.
satisfied, though, and
West Bromwich were on
spent the remainder of
the back foot but relatively
the half attempting to get on
comfortable, hoping the smashthe scoresheet. However, one shot
and-grab tactics that proved
straight at Foster and another
so successful at Anfield last
devilish effort that zipped over
weekend would work again.
the crossbar meant a mere
Yet even compared with
one-goal lead at the break. The
Liverpool’s fearsome attack,
only real downside of the opening
this City side is a different gravy
45 minutes was yet another
and Alan Pardew’s visitors had
injury as David Silva hobbled off.
won just one of their previous
Raheem Sterling miscued
22 Premier League games. You
when he should have doubled
expected that, eventually, one
City’s lead immediately after the
of Guardiola’s players would
restart. The winger has shown
ATHLETICS
BOXING
RACING
Selby’s warning for Warrington
Leg injury forces
Smad Place to retire
if not their defensive third. Still Alli
could not resist a needless swipe at
Alexis Sanchez’s heels for a booking,
mirroring the Spurs supporters’ reaction to the Chilean’s every touch;
that one was for the fans.
Mauricio Pochettino subbed him a
minute later, wary that Alli can easily
get carried away.
Tottenham’s manager does not
want to lose him at any point of the
final stages of the season, not after
this result coupled with Chelsea’s
shock defeat to Bournemouth moved
them within two points of the top
three and reeled United to within
five. Not even for 10.5sec, because
anything can happen.
Rutherford targets
Glasgow comeback
Greg Rutherford will return to
competitive long jumping at
the Muller Indoor Grand Prix
in Glasgow on 25 February. The
31-year-old Olympic, World,
European and Commonwealth gold
medallist is fit again after an ankle
injury forced him to withdraw from
the World Championships in London
last year. Last week he pulled
out of the England team for the
Commonwealth Games in Australia
in April due to a lack of preparation.
Manchester City
Ederson
Wal er
De Bruyne
15
World champion Lee Selby kept
his cool amid a hostile crowd
at an Elland Road press
conference for his
world-title grudge fight
against long-time rival
Josh Warrington.
IBF featherweight
title holder Selby, 30,
refused to get drawn
into a war of words in
Warrington’s home city
of Leeds before the all-British
showdown at the same venue on
19 May. “It doesn’t faze me in the
slightest,” said Selby (left). “It won’t
be easy. It will be a tough fight,
but my class will show on the
night. If he comes steaming
up, with all his friends
roaring behind him, I’ll
box his head off.”
Warrington told Selby:
“On 19 May I know a few
things: there’s going to be a
royal wedding, the FA Cup final
and Leeds is going to have its first
world boxing champion.”
Laporte Otemendi Zin henko
B Silv
Fernandinho
Aguero
D Silva
terling
Rondon
Rodriguez
McClean
Krychow
ob
Nyo
McAuley
Hegazi
Field
D
son
Foster
West Bromwich Albion
Subs: Man City Gündoğan (D Silva, 39), Diaz (De
Bruyne, 78); West Brom Barry (Krychowiak, 33),
Phillips (Field, 55), Sturridge (Rondon, 78).
Booked: Man City D Silva; West Brom McClean,
Rondon, Phillips.
Man of the Match De Bruyne. Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Man City 74% West Brom 26%.
Attempts on target: Man City 10 West Brom 1.
Referee R Madley (Wakefield).
Attendance 53,241.
a striker’s instinct at times this
season, but it deserted him as he
shot high and wide.
Two-thirds of the way through
and the contest had lulled. The
visitors were still to trouble
Ederson, then De Bruyne decided
to flick the switch. Bursting
forward from inside his own half,
the Belgian somehow stayed
upright after James McClean’s
cynical attempt to fell him.
Unfazed, he exchanged a one-two
with Sterling and, after Foster
had rushed out to close him
down, stroked the ball into an
unguarded net.
He now had the sublime goal
his performance deserved.
Moments later, De Bruyne hit
a high, dipping effort from five
yards inside the West Bromwich
half. Foster, back-pedalling, only
just prevented it from dipping
underneath the crossbar.
The third goal arrived as
stoppage time approached.
Aguero, a quieter presence than
usual, delightfully lifted the
ball over Foster after Sterling
had slipped him in through the
visitors’ defence. THE INDEPENDENT
» Premier League table, p49
Smad Place, the popular, striking
grey chaser, runaway winner of the
2015 Hennessy Gold Cup and placed
three times at the Cheltenham
Festival, has been retired due to a leg
injury. He made a winning start to the
current campaign in the Old Roan
Chase at Aintree in October, but has
been well beaten on his two most
recent starts at Ascot and Kempton.
Trainer Alan King described him as
“a wonderful horse”.
» Racing,p48
Sport on tv
Cricket: Scorchers v Hurricanes
BT Sport 2, 8.30am
Snooker: German Masters
Eurosport, 9am & 1.45pm
Tennis: St Petersburg Trophy
BT Sport 1, 10am
Cricket: South Africa v India
Sky Sports Cricket, 10.55am
Football (WSL) Chelsea v Man City
BT Sport 1, 6.45pm
Darts: Premier League
Sky Sports Action, 7pm
Rugby League: Warrington v Leeds
Sky Sports Main Event, 7.30pm
Aubameyang
signs for
Arsenal and
Őzil agrees
new contract
Quick feat
Eriksen scores
third fastest
goal in Premier
League history
By Sam Cunningham
FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
Sport
» Tottenham 2-0 Man United, p54-55
Arsenal signed striker PierreEmerick Aubameyang from
Borussia Dortmund for a
club record £56m – and, in a
significant move, are on the
verge of securing Mesut Özil on
a new long-term deal.
Gabon captain Aubameyang
(below), 28, passed a medical
yesterday morning and the
move was rubber-stamped
by Dortmund when they
signed replacement Michy
Batshuayi, from Chelsea, on
loan. Aubameyang’s
fee surpassed
the £46.5m
Arsenal paid
for Alexandre
Lacazette
in July.
It is a huge
coup for
Arsenal, who
lost star forward
Alexis Sanchez to
Manchester United this
month in a player-swap deal
for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and
they were further boosted by
Özil’s decision to remain in
north London.
Özil, 29, was expected to
leave on a free transfer in the
summer but he is set to sign a
contract extension until 2021
by the end of the week, after
agreeing to a new deal worth
around £350,000 a week. It
will make him the highest-paid
player in the club’s history.
The German international was
free to speak to clubs outside
England from 1 January, but he
has been persuaded to stay.
Arsenal sources said
yesterday that the deal was not
yet complete, but that it is close
to a conclusion. Özil joined
Arsenal from Real Madrid
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City refuse to pay £95m
asking price for Mahrez
Leicester City playmaker left without dream move for second straight window
By Mark Critchley
KEVIN GARSIDE
Good riddance
to F1’s grid girls –
now boxing
should follow suit
Riyad Mahrez has missed out on
a dream move to one of Europe’s
major clubs in a second successive
transfer window after Manchester
City refused to meet Leicester City’s
£95m valuation of the playmaker.
Mahrez submitted a transfer request on Tuesday – his second in the
space of a year at the King Power
Stadium – after City made enquiries
about the player’s availability.
The 26-year-old winger did not
travel with Claude Puel’s Leicester squad on their Premier League
trip to Everton last night as the two
clubs held informal discussions over
a deal.
It is understood that City were
willing to pay up to £60m for the
Algeria international but Leicester’s
valuation of their former PFA Player
of the Year was much higher.
Leicester have remained adamant
that Mahrez would not be sold, while
Puel has repeatedly insisted that his
player is happy at the King Power
Stadium.
As with the pursuit of Alexis
Sanchez earlier this month, City
have elected not to meet a selling
club’s asking price for a transfer
target.
City withdrew from the race to
sign the former Arsenal forward
earlier this month, claiming the cost
of the deal was too great for a player
nearing the end of his contract. The
decision paved the way for Sanchez
to join Manchester United.
Whereas Sanchez had just six
months left to run on his Arsenal
contract, Mahrez has two and a
half years remaining on his deal at
Leicester.
Mahrez handed in a transfer request during the summer, seeking a
move to either Chelsea or Barcelona, but the only offer that Leicester
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