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THE
PAPER – BRITAIN’S FIRST AND ONLY CONCISE QUALITY TITLE
Britney, queen
of the desert
How Vegas rescued
the pop princess
P26
P4
THURSDAY
4 JANUARY 2018
Number 2,219
Why pregnancy
may not be good
for your health
P9
‘Remove the
homeless’
Council plan to
clear streets for
royal wedding
P5
NHS crisis:
I’m sorry,
says Hunt
» Lives are being put at risk,
says doctors’ chief after tens of
thousands of ops are cancelled
» Patients vent their fury after
being made wait for treatment
» Medics warn conditions are
the worst they have ever seen –
but PM insists there is no crisis
REPORTS AND ANALYSIS P6&7
Corbyn’s
muddle on
Brexit helps
Tories, says
Blair
Trump lashes
out at former
aide turned
critic who has
‘lost his mind’
Hardliners
hit back after
protests
against Iran
regime
P8
P21
P23
INSIDE PIPPA MIDDLETON BACKS OUR CHARITY APPEAL
P13
The volcanoes to
watch in 2018 P30
I SIMON KELNER
P18
I TV
P28
The
News
Matrix
HEALTH
Why has
employment
law in Iceland
become a lot
more cool?
See p.11
The day at
a glance
THURSDAY
4
JANUARY
Quote of the day
There is more stupidity
than hydrogen in the
universe, and it has a
longer shelf life
FRANK ZAPPA
CRIME
Digital GP services will have to
display inspection ratings for
patients, the Department of Health
has announced. A growing number
of schemes offer a consultation with
a doctor via a smartphone, 24 hours
a day. They are already inspected by
the Care Quality Commission.
CRIME
LOTTERY
Six ‘National Action
members’ arrested
Transgender bride’s Prison places staff
£4m scratchcard win outside for security
Free schools pioneer
defends credentials
Five men and a woman have been
arrested on suspicion of belonging
to the banned far-right terror group
National Action. West Midlands
Police said the suspects, aged
between 21 and 37, were detained
under Section 41 of the Terrorism
Act yesterday. The arrests were
pre-planned and intelligence-led.
A transgender taxi driver and selfconfessed social-media extrovert is
planning her dream wedding after
scooping £4m on a scratchcard.
Melissa Ede, from Hull, said she was
planning to marry her fiancée and
write her autobiography following
the win. She also quit her job after
receiving the windfall. PAGE 9
EDUCATION
Toby Young said he regrets making
“silly” comments in past articles as
a journalist but insisted he has the
credentials to serve on the board of
the new university regulator. The
free school pioneer argued that
a lack of direct experience in the
higher education sector does not
disqualify him. PAGE 10
A prison has started stationing
staff outside its perimeter wall
in an attempt to stop drugs and
mobile phones being thrown into
the grounds. The measure adopted
at HMP Swansea was revealed in
a highly critical inspection report
which raised concerns over violence
and overcrowding at the jail.
ECONOMY
CONSUMER
FILM
IRELAND
Petrol prices at
three-year high
New Creme Egg: how
do you find yours?
UK premiere for
Glasgow Festival
Stabbings ‘may have
link to terrorism’
Motorists are starting the new year
paying the highest price for petrol
since 2014. The average price of
a litre of unleaded reached £1.21
last month, according to RAC Fuel
Watch. This is the most expensive
since December 2014. Diesel has
reached £1.23 a litre as all fuel has
become more expensive.
Cadbury has produced a white
chocolate version of its Creme Egg
for the first time – but consumers
will not know if they have bought
one until they unwrap it. Between
350 and 400 of the white eggs are
on sale in the same packaging as
the standard milk chocolate version
until Easter Sunday on 1 April.
The latest movie from the director of
The Grand Budapest Hotel will open
this year’s Glasgow Film Festival in
February. It will be the UK premiere
of Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs, an
animated adventure which features
the voices of Bryan Cranston,
Scarlett Johansson, Edward Norton,
Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray.
A man was stabbed to death and
two others were injured in separate
attacks in Co Louth yesterday.
Police investigating said terrorism
is one line of inquiry. A man has
been arrested and detained in
Dundalk, just south of the border
with Northern Ireland. The man in
custody is an 18-year-old Egyptian.
Birthdays
Julia Ormond, actress, 53;
Beth Gibbons, singer, 53;
Rick Stein (below), chef, 71;
Labrinth, music producer,
29; Craig Revel Horwood,
dancer, 53; James Milner,
footballer, 32
Digital GP services
must reveal ratings
Alcohol is the UK's biggest risk factor for premature death, ill health and
disability for people aged 15 to 49. Alcohol Concern is working with six
charities to launch their annual Dry January campaign aimed to attract
funding through donations, raise awareness of alcohol-related
problems and educate people about the health benefits of abstention.
HEALTH
The List
Britain’s favourite
nature book
Staying dry
for January
Who decided not to drink this January?
N Ireland
Anniversaries
Friday 4 January 1974
The US President, Richard
Nixon, refuses to hand
over tape recordings and
documents that had been
subpoenaed by the Senate
Watergate Committee.
Nixon would resign from
office in disgrace eight
months later.
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Crossword.............20
TV & Radio...........28
The 10 Best...........35
Business.................40
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................46
The Wind In The Willows and Tarka
The Otter are among 10 works
shortlisted in a poll to find the
nation’s favourite nature book. The
Arts and Humanities Research
Council website is asking people
to vote for their favourite book
and the winner will be announced
on the BBC’s Winterwatch at the
end of January. The shortlist is:
1 The Peregrine by J A Baker
2 Poems by John Clare
3 Common Ground by Rob Cowen
4 The Wind in the Willows by
Kenneth Grahame
5 Findings by Kathleen Jamie
6 The Lost Words by Robert
Macfarlane and Jackie Morris
7 Fingers in the Sparkle Jar
by Chris Packham
8 The Living Mountain
by Nan Shepherd
9 The Natural History of Selborne
by Gilbert White
10 Tarka the Otter
by Henry Williamson
To vote in the poll, which closes at
midnight on 25 January, go to
ahrc.ac.uk/favouritenaturebooks
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
10%
London
8%
East
7%
England
6%
Midlands
5%
North
5%
South
4%
Wales
4%
Scotland
3%
5 million
Britons took part in the 2017
Dry January initiative
SOURCE: ALCOHOL CONCERN
79%
62%
49%
of participants
saved money
had better sleep
and more energy
of participants
lost weight
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DENMARK
QU SINIAN,
SCHOOLBOY
£960,000 bottle
of vodka stolen
i THURSDAY
4 JANUARY 2018
Copenhagen police are investigating
the theft from a bar of a bottle of
vodka that is claimed to be the
world’s most expensive at £960,000.
The bottle of Russo-Baltique is
made of 3kg (6.6lb) of gold and the
equivalent amount of silver with a
diamond-encrusted cap. The bottle
resembles a vintage car front.
UNITED STATES
Woman shot while
on Facebook Live
Chicago police say a 27-year-old
woman was wounded in a shooting
while she was streaming on
Facebook Live. It happened on the
city’s South Side as the victim was
arguing with another woman in a
car. The woman in the vehicle pulled
out a gun and fired multiple shots,
striking the victim in the arm.
HEALTH
Blindness treatment
to cost $850,000
Homework blues?
Most children merely trudge to
their bedroom to complete their
homework. Not so for eight-year-old
Qu Sinian. He makes the daily trek
to sit by a busy road near his house
because his house is too dark to study.
For the past four years, Qu and his
mother sit beside a 164ft flyover in
southern China as his parents can
only afford to rent a dark, single room
measuring roughly 8sq m.
Life became harder…
The boy’s father, a migrant worker,
moved to urban Guiyang from
Sichuan to earn a better living but
then became disabled eight years
ago – when Qu was born – after falling
from a height in an occupational
accident. As the sole breadwinner, he
now drives a motorbike taxi to make
ends meet. His mother suffers from
heart disease and cannot work.
Have his grades suffered?
Incredibly, no. Despite the impractical
setting of a noisy roadside, he is top
of his class – Qu gets A’s in every
exam. He achieves this by studying
for four hours, after school every day,
until the sun sets. One of his teachers
has described him as a “diligent,
down-to-earth and kind” pupil.
Is there anything he wishes for?
He said his New Year’s wish is to have
a desk lamp because he would like to
do his homework at home. His mother,
Li Gaoju, explained he is better off
doing schoolwork in daylight outside.
“Our room has poor lighting… Our
family is too poor. [He] has to come
here to do homework, there is no
other way.”
And when he grows up?
Qu said he wants to become a doctor.
He explained: “That way, I would be
able to make money to treat my mum
and dad.”
Valerie Browne
A first-of-its kind genetic treatment
for blindness will cost $850,000
(£630,000), making it one of the most
expensive genetic therapies. Spark
Therapeutics says it has announced
payment models for Luxturna,
after hearing concerns from health
insurers about their ability to cover
the injectable treatment.
AVIATION
Rat on board causes
flight to be cancelled
Alaska Airlines is calling in pest
control after a rat boarded a plane
at Oakland International Airport,
California, forcing it to cancel the
flight. Passengers were boarding
the flight for Portland, Oregon,
when the rat jumped on to the plane.
Passengers had to evacuate and the
aircraft was taken out of service.
3
Letter from the
Deputy Editor
Andrew Webster
i@inews.co.uk
£100,000-plus raised
You did it! Thanks to you, our
army of i readers, we have hit our
Christmas charity appeal target
of £100,000. In fact the wonderful
people at Magic Breakfast tell me
that you have already donated a
great deal more.
That means more than half
a million nutritious breakfasts
served to schoolchildren up
and down the country by the
wonderful team at Magic
Breakfast because you have taken
the time to fill in the coupon, text
or donate online. Thank you.
What an incredibly generous
lot you are.
Two things worth pointing out
about the campaign. This was the
first year that i has run its very
own charity appeal. We thought
you’d be kind and give to what is
obviously a fantastic cause, and
you’ve not let us down. In fact
you’ve set have set the bar high for
any forthcoming campaigns.
Second, because we’ve had no
corporate backing, all the money
has come from readers. A truly
remarkable achievement.
Our friends at Magic Breakfast,
who have been tremendously
busy opening envelopes and
furiously calculating daily totals,
are absolutely over the moon
with the sums raised. There’s
a message from the founder
and chief executive Carmel
McDonnell on page 13.
But of course the appeal does
not stop here. Let’s see how far we
can go. We are due to wind up on
Saturday, so let’s have a final push
to take it to the next level.
We will update you with the
final total raised and how the
money is being spent over the
coming weeks. But meanwhile,
you know what to do....
Use the coupon on page 12.
Visit magicbreakfast.com/
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NEWS
WEATHER
Storm Eleanor
leaves trail
of destruction
across the UK
witnessed some of the fiercest winds.
A 30ft section of the tide-battered
harbour wall in Portreath collapsed
Communities across the country into the sea. Part of a factory roof at
were counting the cost after Storm the Harland and Wolff engineering
Eleanor smashed into the UK, un- plant in Belfast was also ripped off by
leashing 100mph winds which dam- the storm.
aged buildings and injured motorists.
Overturned vehicles forced the
The storm caused widespread closure of the A1M near Hatfield in
disruption as it swept across the Hertfordshire, the M6 near Lancaster
country yesterday carrying heavy and the M5 near Worcester, where a
rain, hail and lightning, after leaving lorry spilled its load.
55,000 homes without power and
Power outages also halted rail
towns flooded in Ireland.
services between Letchworth Garden
Around 20,000 homes in Northern City and Cambridge, and services
Ireland also faced power cuts, between London and Paddington
along with 18,000 in Scotland, and were reduced after an object became
2,500 between Cornwall and
tangled in overhead lines.
the Midlands.
The Severn River Crossing
A body was recovered
and the Orwell Bridge in
at Splash Point on the
Suffolk were closed in
coast of East Sussex
the early hours due to
after being spotted in
strong winds.
Speed of winds
the water, but it was
The Thames Barrier
in storm that left
unclear whether they
was also closed to
buildings
damaged
had been swept into
protect London from
and motorists
the sea by the weather.
swelling tides.
requiring hospital
Police in Dumfries and
T h e E nv i r o n m e n t
treatment
Galloway declared a major
Agency issued more than
incident as they dealt with a
50 flood warnings and warned
high number of distress calls.
people against taking “storm selfies”.
A spokesman for the force said:
In Cheshire the RSPCA was called
“There were a lot of trees down from to a road in Poynton where a swan
the word go. We upped it to a major had taken up residence in a puddle,
incident for about four hours because blocking traffic. Trampolines were
of the number of calls in relation also caught in the high winds and
to trees down and roads blocked, blown over garden fences. The Met
mainly in the west of the region, and Office said gusts of 100mph were
water washing on to coastal roads recordedatGreatDunFellinCumbria
and bringing up debris.”
at 1am, while wind speeds reached
Roads became perilous in some 90mph at Orlock Head in Northern
areas with a man injured in the Vale Ireland on Tuesday evening.
of Glamorgan when a tree fell on his
Environment Agency said the risk
car. Two men were also injured when of flooding in coastal areas could
a tree hit their vehicle at the New remain for several days.
Forest in Hampshire.
The Atlantic coast of Cornwall Weather, page 46
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
100mph
WALES
Coastguard
rescues
pregnant
woman
By Jack Hardy
A pregnant woman who had gone into
labour early was taken to hospital by
helicopter as Storm Eleanor began
whipping across Mid-Wales.
The woman was collected from a
makeshift landing site at the coastal
town of Tywyn in Gwynedd at around
5.30pm on Tuesday.
Mid and North-West Wales
Coastguard sent a helicopter from its
base in Caernarfon, despite powerful
winds rattling the coast. A rescue
team took her to a neonatal unit at
Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital in Rhyl,
more than 60 miles away.
The Coastguard said: “Whilst
Storm Eleanor began to hit the
coastline, with gusts of up to 60mph,
hammering rain and massive waves,
Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 936
made its way down from its base
in Caernarfon.
“Despite the appalling conditions,
R936 was able to make the trip
safely and took the lady, who was
accompanied by her midwife, to
hospital. We’re amazed at what the
search and rescue helicopter guys
can get through.”
A yellow weather warning for
strong winds was in place for all of
Wales until 7pm last night.
Clockwise from above: waves crash over the stone jetty at Aberystwyth in
west Wales; this trampoline in Leeds was one of dozens that blew away across
the country; a damaged car in Marylebone, central London; a commuter
suffers a bad hair day; the harbour wall at Portreath, Cornwall, partly collapsed
in the storm; a jogger runs through sea foam on Blackpool promenade; a car
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MONARCHY
Taking beggars off
streets for wedding
an ‘abhorrent’ act
By Rachael Burnett
A council leader has been branded
“abhorrent” after calling on police to
clear rough sleepers from Windsor
before the royal wedding.
Conservative councillor Simon
Dudley said beggars could present
the town in a “sadly unfavourable
light” when Prince Harry marries
American actress Meghan Markle
in May.
He tweeted that some rough
sleepers had made a “commercial
life choice preying on residents
and tourists”.
In a letter to police, he complained
about “aggressive begging and
intimidation” and “bags and detritus”
on the streets.
His comments were criticised by
a local homeless charity manager,
who described them as “sickening”.
Murphy James, of Windsor Homeless
Project, said: “It’s absolutely
abhorrent that anybody has got these
views in this day and age, especially a
lead councillor of the borough.
“If somebody is sleeping out on the
street they are not there by choice,
they are there because something
has gone wrong.”
He added: “I went out on Christmas
Day and there were 12 people laid out
on Windsor High Street. They were
not there by choice.”
Mr James d es cribe d it as
“sickening” that Mr Dudley cited
the royal wedding as a reason for
his comments.
Thousands of wellwishers are
expected to descend on the town
for the event in Windsor Castle on
19 May.
M r D u d l e y, l e a d e r o f t h e
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will
marry on 19 May ALEXI LUBOMIRSKI
Royal Borough of Windsor and
Maidenhead, tweeted that there was
“an epidemic of rough sleeping and
vagrancy” in the town and demanded
police “focus on dealing with this
before the #RoyalWedding”.
He claimed people marched
tourists to cashpoints to withdraw
money, and for some begging was
a profession.
Windsor Police tweeted in
reply: “We need to protect the
most vulnerable in society by
w o rk i n g t o ge t h e r b u t e a c h
agency must understand its own
unique responsibilities.
“Housing is the responsibility
of the council but it is better that
agencies work together so people
don’t become homeless.
“We deal with reports of begging
proportionately but we have not had
reports of anyone being marched to
cashpoints to take out money.”
Mr Dudley said that “bags and
detritus” were a “significant security
concern, especially given the national
importance of Windsor”.
PEOPLE
Chef quits following claim
she ‘spiked’ vegan’s meal
By Sally Guyoncourt
A chef who provoked a storm of
criticism on social media when she
claimed she had “spiked” a vegan
meal has quit her job.
Laura Goodman, 47, who
was head chef at the Carlini
restaurant in Albrighton,
Shropshire, offered her
resignation yesterday
after posting the claim
on Facebook and then
receiving a deluge of
furious responses.
A statement from the
r e s t a u ra n t s a i d : “ L a u ra
Goodman has today tendered her
resignation from Carlini and the
board of directors are currently
considering their options.”
The incident began when Ms
Goodman (inset) created a vegan
menu for a party dining at Carlini’s,
only for one of the diners to choose a
cheese-based pizza from the menu.
Ms Goodman wrote on Facebook:
“Pious, judgmental vegan (who I
spent all day cooking for) has gone to
bed still believing she’s a vegan.”
In her posts in the early
hours of Saturday, which
have since been deleted,
she added that she had
“spiked” a vegan. It was
met with claims her
comments were “spiteful”,
“mean” and “terrible”.
Police are reportedly
investigating death threats
against the 47-year-old.
The chef has subsequently
apologised for her comments and her
fiance and business partner Michael
Gale said no meat had been used in
any of the dishes.
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NEWS
NHS IN CRISIS
HEALTH
Hunt apologises to NHS patients after
More than 50,000 procedures affected as health
service cracks under the strain of winter crisis
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Jeremy Hunt has apologised
“unreservedly” to tens of thousands
of patients who have had operations
cancelled as a result of extreme
winter pressures on the NHS.
The Health Secretary’s apology
comes after NHS England urged
hospitals to defer pre-planned
operations and routine outpatient
appointments until the end of the
month because of unprecedented
demand that has left some
hospitals and ambulance trusts
struggling to cope.
At least 55,000 operations will
be affected, provoking widespread
anger and criticism. Medical
staff took to social media to detail
examples of how hospitals are
struggling to cope.
In a drastic step to try to free up
hospital staff and beds to cope with
the crisis, NHS England also said that
the deferral of non-urgent inpatient
elective care should be extended
until 31 January. Mr Hunt said: “It is
absolutely not what I want. There are
real pressures, no question about it.
This is the busiest week of the year
for the NHS.”
He said he did not want a similar
situation that occurred last year
when a lot of operations were
cancelled at the last minute.
H e a d d e d : “ We
recognise that it is better,
if you are unfortunately
going to have to cancel
or postpone some
operations, to do it
in a planned way, and
that’s why this year this
independent panel has decided
to take this decision and that, I think,
in the end, is better for people.”
Mr Hunt said that reports of frail,
seriously ill patients waiting 22 hours
or more for treatment was “not the
standard of care we want to deliver”.
On the front line What staff are saying on social media
Anu Mitra, consultant in emergency
medicine at Imperial College
Healthcare NHS Trust
“Like everyone else, we’ve been
practising corridor medicine on a
brutal shift today. Moreover, we have
two triages: normal triage and resus
triage. Our five-bed [unit] has been
running with seven to eight patients.”
Chris Turner, NHS doctor
“It’s 4am and I’ve been lying awake for
the past hour worrying about how
we manage the department when my
shift starts in 12 hours’ time. The last
time the job felt so impossible for me
was [at] Mid-Staffs. This can feel like a
personal failure to staff; it’s not, it’s a
system fail.”
Dr Richard Fawcett, University
Hospitals of North Midlands
NHS Trust
“As an A&E consultant, I personally
apologise to the people of Stoke for
the third world conditions of the
department due to overcrowding.”
Ben White, junior doctor and
NHS campaigner
“[I have] been told that Milton Keynes
Hospital is in meltdown. [It is] so bad
[that] a senior A&E doctor asked to
close the hospital and there were no
ambulances serving Milton Keynes
for a time on Saturday night due to
queues at the hospital. Staff genuinely
fear for patient safety, especially in
the corridor.”
He acknowledged that the NHS
would have to find “substantially
more resources” to cope in the future.
Earlier Prime Minister Theresa
May denied there was a crisis in
the NHS. She said having to delay
operations was “disappointing” but
the NHS was “better prepared for
this winter than ever before”
Emergency doctors have
been speaking out around
the country amid fears for
patient safety.
Professor Suzanne
Mason, of the Royal
College of Emergency
M e d i c i n e, t o l d t h e
BBC: “Patient safety
is being compromised –
there is no doubt about that.
When patients are in crowded
emergency departments and staff
cannot actually move between
patients and provide the basic level
of care that’s required, then safety
is compromised.”
Dr Nick Scriven, the president
of the Society for Acute Medicine,
warned that cancellations could be
extended for even longer. The Tory
MP called for an increase in health
spending as NHS bosses defended
a move to postpone non-urgent
operations through January.
Dr Sarah Wollaston (inset), the
MP for Totnes, told the BBC: “We
do definitely need a better long-term
sustainable plan for how we’re going
to get the right amount of funding
into both health and social care.”
Interviewed on C4 News last night
Mr Hunt acknowledged a 10-year plan
for the NHS was needed, “We’re in
the middle of a five year programme
of reform and I think… I would argue
we should look forward… longer than
that because it takes seven years to
train a doctor.”
Health Secretary
Jeremy Hunt outside
BBC Wogan House
in London yesterday
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thousands of operations are scrapped
HOSPITALS
Doctor describes A&E
conditions as the worst
By Kate Proctor
A MP who works as a doctor in
an accident and emergency unit
has described the conditions that
NHS staff are working in as the
worst she has seen in her career.
Rosena Allin-Khan, the Labour
MP for Tooting in south-west
London, worked a 10-hour shift
at St George’s Hospital on New
Year’s Eve. She said there were
queues out of the door to the
casualty unit, not enough bays for
the numbers of sick children, a
full waiting room and ambulances
waiting to bring patients in.
“I was treating a four-year-old
who couldn’t stop vomiting but
I had to ask her to move into the
waiting room because I needed
her bay to treat a baby with a
rash,” she said.
“I would have loved to have
kept her in the bay and decisions
you have to make like that make
you feel rotten. The conditions
staff are working in are the
worst I’ve seen in my career. And
it’s our incredible staff that hold
this NHS together, something
the Government cannot take
credit for.”
Dr Allin-Khan, who worked
as a doctor full-time for 12 years
before winning the Tooting
seat in a 2016 by-election, said
operations likely to be cancelled
included pelvic floor surgery,
bladder prolapses, joint surgery,
non-urgent hip replacement and
non-urgent appendicitis.
“Those symptoms do not
go away,” she said. “This puts
pressure on GPs and people may
then come into A&E when they
cannot cope with the pain.”
Dr Allin-Khan continues
to work as a doctor during
parliamentary recess and
will work another A&E shift
on Sunday, the day before
MPs return to Westminster.
EVENING STANDARD
Dr Rosena
Allin-Khan,
the Labour
MP for
Tooting in
south-west
London,
worked a
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Analysis
Q&A What rights do patients have?
Winter pressures pile stress
on to an underfunded NHS
Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
T
he first week of the year is
usually the most difficult
for the NHS. The lack of
availability of community
services over the festive period
means hospitals tend to see a
surge in patients.
Respiratory illnesses also tend
to spike after families have been
mixing over Christmas, bringing
frailer older relatives in contact
with young family members,
increasing the risk of infections
being passed on.
That has now combined with
another year-on-year increase in
demand for emergency services,
on top of below-average budget
increases for the NHS.
Since 2010, the average rise in
NHS England’s budget has been
1.3 per cent – and it will drop to
just 0.4 per cent in 2018-19.
While Jeremy Hunt apologised
to patients yesterday, Theresa
May claimed her government
had increased bed capacity this
year. Chris Hopson, head of
NHS Providers, the body that
represents trusts, said there had
been a reduction of bed capacity
across the NHS in England of
“between 2-3 per cent”. That all
means the NHS is enduring yet
another torrid winter.
What can I do if my NHS surgery is
cancelled at the last minute?
If the hospital cancels your
operation at the last minute for
non-clinical reasons, it should offer
you a new date for your procedure.
This date should be within 28 days
of the date your operation was
originally booked for. This is a pledge
in the NHS Constitution.
What does “at the last minute” mean?
It is when a hospital cancels your
operation on the day you are due
to arrive in hospital, after you have
arrived, or on the day your operation
or surgery is due to take place.
What if I am offered a new date that
doesn’t suit me?
If you are offered another date
within 28 days, but the new date is
not convenient, you can choose to
be treated on a different date, even if
this falls after the 28 days.
What if I am not offered a new date
within 28 days?
You can choose to stay on the list for
your operation with your existing
consultant, or be treated at another
time and hospital of your choice.
If you have not been offered an
appointment within 28 days, you
should contact the organisation
(Clinical Commissioning Group or
NHS England) which commissions
and funds your treatment. If you
are not happy with its response, you
also have the option of taking the
complaint further using the NHS
complaints procedure.
What if my operation is cancelled
before the day I was due to arrive?
The cancelled operations pledge
does not apply, but you still have
the right to start consultant-led
treatment within a maximum
of 18 weeks from referral for
non-urgent conditions.
Even those on trolleys were affected
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PATIENTS
‘I can’t move
for pain and
postponing
op is risky’
By Ella Pickover
Patients vented their anger after
feeling the brunt of winter pressures in the NHS.
Hayley Borrows, 25, from
Liverpool, was told her operation
to remove her gallbladder had been
cancelled just before it was due.
Ms Borrows said she was in a lot
of pain and had been suffering for
two years.
It is the second time the
procedure has been cancelled, the
first having been called off when her
doctor requested a new scan.
She had been preparing for the
rescheduled surgery this Friday.
Ye s t e r d a y s h e w e n t f o r
preoperative blood tests but when
she arrived home, she received a
call saying it was being cancelled
because of “a shortage of staff”.
“It’s very frustrating and
upsetting, but it’s also mixed with
panic because of the pain I’m in
and the times I’ve been told it can
be dangerous if left untreated,”
she said.
“My operation is to have my
gallbladder removed because it’s
full of small stones.
“I have to be careful with my diet
because the wrong foods can kick
off my condition and I physically
can’t move with pain, I vomit for 24
hours and I can’t keep food or water
down so I become dehydrated also.”
Meanwhile, Sharon Green took
to Facebook to vent her frustration
over a 10-hour wait at Scarborough
Hospital Accident & Emergency.
She said her partner John, a
47-year-old stroke survivor, was
“randomly screaming in pain” from
broken ribs. She wrote: “We get
to Scarborough hospital, 4 other
ambulance crews waiting with their
patients on trolleys.
“Told it’s going to be 9-and-ahalf-hour wait. While our brilliant
ambulance crew were trying to get
some morphine for John for the
pain, we’re told it’s now 10 hours.
“Crew decided to take John to
Hull at risk of reprimand.”
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LABOUR
Britain considers joining Pacific group after Brexit
By Nigel Morris
The Government is
exploring the possibility
of Britain joining a
trade group centred
on the Pacific Ocean
after Brexit, the
International Trade
Secretary Liam Fox
has said.
It has held informal talks
over the feasibility of the UK
signing up to the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP),
which has 11 members,
including Australia,
Canada, Japan,
Mexico, Malaysia and
New Zealand.
President Donald
Trump withdrew the
United States last year.
Britain would be the first
member without a coast on
the Pacific Ocean or the South
China Sea.
Dr Fox (inset) said: “We know
that Asia-Pacific will be a very
important market and we know
a lot of the global growth will
come from there.”
Speaking in China, Dr Fox
said final negotiations between
the 11 members had not
been completed.
Muddled Brexit
stance ‘playing
into Tory hands’
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Tony Blair has mounted a scathing
attack on Labour’s “confusing”
Brexit stance, accusing it of playing
into Tory hands through its timidity
and ambiguity.
The former Prime Minister
claimed the party’s leadership
wanted to “have its cake and eat it”
by sending out conflicting messages
on Brexit.
He argued that Labour should
adopt an unequivocal position of
holding a second referendum on
Brexit and supporting continued
m e m b e r s h i p o f a r e fo r m e d
European Union.
Mr Blair singled out key allies
of Jeremy Corbyn – the Shadow
Chancellor John McDonnell and
the shadow Trade Secretary Barry
Gardiner – for criticism.
He argued that Labour’s support
for leaving the EU meant the party
could not attack the Government
over the time and money spent on
Brexit negotiations at the expense
of improving healthcare or tackling
rising crime.
When Theresa May presents an
eventual deal, Labour could be left
in the position next year of “simply
arguing that they would be better
negotiators”, he said in an article on
the Tony Blair Institute for Global
Change website.
“This isn’t credible. And here
Labour has its own ‘cake and eat it’
phrases. The Shadow Chancellor
says we will not be in ‘the’ single
market but ‘a’ single market.
“[Barry Gardiner] talks of keeping
the benefits of the customs union
agreements but still being free to
negotiate our own trade deals. This is
confusing terrain on which to fight.”
Tony Blair says Labour’s stance on
Brexit meant it was restricted on
attacking the Government PA
He argued: “Far better to fight for
the right for the country to rethink,
demand that we know the full details
of the new relationship before we quit
the old one, go to the high ground on
opposing Brexit and go after the
Tories for their failures to tackle the
country’s real challenges.”
The former Labour leader said the
party should position itself to “make
Brexit the Tory Brexit, make them
own it 100 per cent”.
He argued: “If we do leave Europe,
the governing mind will have been
that of the Tory right.
“But, if Labour continues to
go along with Brexit and insists
on leaving the single market, the
handmaiden of Brexit will have been
the timidity of Labour.”
The Labour leadership
did not respond to Mr
Blair’s attack. It has previously
said the party accepts and
respects the EU referendum
result and is pressing for a “jobs
first Brexit”.
ENVIRONMENT
Gove warns UK farmers to
be greener or lose funding
By Richard Vaughan
Farmers will be rewarded for planting woods, providing wildlife habitats
and creating wildflower meadows on
their land after Britain leaves the European Union, under plans to be set
out by Michael Gove.
The Environment Secretary will
unveil proposals to scrap the EU’s
Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
in favour of a system that delivers
government subsidies to farms that
boost the natural environment.
“I want to develop a new method of
providing financial support for farmers which moves away from subsidies
for inefficiency to public money for
public goods,” Mr Gove will tell the
Oxford Farming Conference.
He will say the CAP is “fundamentally flawed by design”. “Paying landowners for the amount of agricultural
land they have is unjust, inefficient
and drives perverse outcomes,” he
is expected to say. “It gives the most
from the public purse to those who
have the most private wealth.”
Under the proposals, the full details of which will not be published
until the Spring, farmers will be able
to bid for funding in return for environmental benefits they make to
their land. Additional money will be
made available to landowners who
collaborate to make environmental
changes at a “landscape scale”.
i understands that farmers will be
given five years once Britain leaves
the EU to prepare for the changes.
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HEALTH
Quarter of pregnant women have mental illness
By Sally Guyoncourt
A quarter of all pregnant women
suffer from mental health problems,
a UK study has revealed.
For the first time in the UK,
researchers at King’s College
London looked at the prevalence of
mental health problems or mental
health disorders in pregnant women
when visiting their midwives for
antenatal care.
They found that when
interviewed, one in four women
had a mental illness ranging from
depression (11 per cent) and anxiety
(15 per cent) to eating disorders (two
per cent) and obsessive-compulsive
disorder (two per cent). The results
show it is more common than
previously thought but also that two
simple questions can help identify
these problems (during the past
month, have you often been
bothered by feeling down,
depressed or hopeless;
and have you often
been bothered by little
interest or pleasure in
doing things?).
L o u i s e Howa rd ,
t h e re p o r t a u t h o r
and Professor of
women’s mental health at
King’s College London, said:
“In clinical practice, maternity
professionals need to identify
whether or not a woman has any
mental disorder, not only mood
disorders which until recently have
been the main focus of concern.
“This study supports the
NICE recommendation that
women should be asked,
by a non-judgmental
and supportive health
professional, at all
contacts in pregnancy
and after birth about
their emotional wellbeing and are given the
opportunity to respond to
these structured questions.”
It has already been
established that mental illness
during pregnancy can be damaging
for women, their pregnancy and
for the child from birth through to
adolescence. Early diagnosis and
treatment is therefore vital.
The research, published in the
British Journal of Psychiatry today
and funded by the National Institute
for Health Research, went on to
evaluate the best way of identifying
mental health problems during
pregnancy. Researchers recruited
545 pregnant women, over the age
of 16, attending their antenatal
booking appointment at an inner
city maternity service in south-east
London between November 2014
and June 2016.
It found that the two questions
asked by midwives were as effective
in identifying “any disorder” as the
10-point questionnaire patients were
asked to complete by themselves.
Maria Bavetta, of mental health
charity Maternal OCD, said:
“This shows how vital it is for
pregnant women to be asked the
right questions at the right time
with a non-judgmental space to be
listened to.”
Depression and anxiety
are the most common
mental health problems in
pregnancy, with around 10 to
15 per cent of women affected,
according to the Royal College of
Psychiatrists.
PEOPLE
POLITICS
Cabbies drive off with
£28m in lottery and
scratchcard wins
Lib Dems
members
show their
shy side
By Dean Kirby
Drivers could be on course to
regain their title as the profession
most likely to become National
Lottery millionaires after two
cabbies scooped a total of £28m.
Amo Riselli, 50, packed in work
and is planning to buy a big house
and a Ferrari after winning more
than £24m in the Lotto draw
last Wednesday. As soon as his
win was confirmed, the father of
five, from Gloucester, passed his
last regular taxi runs over to his
brother-in-law.
“I will miss all my friends at
Taxi driver Amo Riselli, 50, with his
sister Lisa after winning £24.5m PA
work as we really have a laugh
together,” he said. “But I’ve
decided I’m going to retire – just
because now I can.”
The new multimillionaire did
not have all six numbers, but the
top prize had to be won, so the
jackpot rolled down to those who
had matched five numbers and the
bonus ball.
Another taxi driver, who
has thousands of followers on
social media from her role as a
transgender rights campaigner,
has also quit her job after winning
£4m on a lottery scratchcard.
Melissa Ede, 57, of Hull, bought
the winning £10 card when she
stopped for petrol on her way
home from work on Saturday,
saying it “just caught my eye”.
She ran back to the petrol
station shouting: “You’ve just
given me £4m – 2018 is going to be
the best year ever.”
It is the first time in 25 years
that she has not worked over New
Year. Ms Ede, who has appeared
on TV shows including Jeremy
Kyle and Judge Rinder, said
she wanted to concentrate on
promoting a positive message
about transgender people.
By Shaun Connolly
Transgender rights campaigner Melissa Ede won £4m on a scratchcard PA
HEALTH
‘Drinking alcohol damages DNA and raises cancer risk’
By Sally Guyoncourt
Drinkers may be paying a heavier
price at the bar than first thought as
scientists have discovered alcohol
damages DNA, increasing the risk
of cancer.
A study looking at the effect
of alcohol on mice found it led to
permanent genetic harm, which
in turn can raise the risk of certain
types of the disease.
Professor Ketan Patel, lead author
of the study at the MRC Laboratory
of Molecular Biology, Cambridge,
said: “Some cancers develop due to
DNA damage in stem cells.
“While some damage occurs by
chance, our findings suggest that
drinking alcohol can increase the
risk of this damage.”
The scientists gave diluted alcohol,
known as ethanol, to mice. They then
used chromosome analysis and DNA
sequencing to examine the genetic
damage caused by acetaldehyde, the
harmful chemical produced when
the body processes alcohol.
They found it can break and
damage DNA within blood stem
cells, and when healthy stem cells
become faulty, they can give rise to
cancer.
The results of this research, partfunded by Cancer Research UK
and published in science journal
Nature, help explain the link between
drinking alcohol and developing
seven types of cancer: mouth, upper
throat, larynx, oesophagus, breast,
liver and bowel.
Professor Linda Bauld, of Cancer
Research UK, said: “This thoughtprovoking research highlights the
damage alcohol can do to our cells.
“We know that alcohol contributes
to more than 12,000 cancer cases in
the UK each year.”
Conservative Party activists are the
least likely to back gay marriage,
while Liberal Democrats are the
most shy about declaring they are
party members, according to a study
of the four biggest parties.
The wide-ranging study, published
by the Mile End Institute at Queen
Mary University of London, reveals
stark differences of outlook in key
areas. Based on a survey of 4,117
Conservative, Labour, Liberal
Democrat and SNP members,
taken shortly after the 2017 general
election, the findings include:
n Lib Dem activists are the most
shy about declaring they are
members of the party led by
Sir Vince Cable (inset),
with 36 per cent not
mentioning the fact
when discussions
turn to politics,
compared with
33 per cent of
Tories, 31 per
cent of Labour
supporters,
and 27 per cent of
SNP backers.
n More SNP members, 23 per
cent, believe young people do not
have enough respect for traditional
British values than Labour (20 per
cent) or Lib Dems (18 per cent). An
overwhelming majority of Tories, 77
per cent, agree with the view.
n Conservative activists are far less
likely to back gay marriage: 41 per
cent support the move, compared
with Labour (85 per cent), Lib Dems
(84 per cent), and SNP (81 per cent).
n Just 14 per cent of Tories want a
second referendum on a Brexit deal,
compared with 91 per cent of Lib
Dems, 87 per cent of SNP activists,
and 78 per cent of Labour members.
n More than half of Tory activists,
54 per cent, are in favour of restoring
the death penalty.
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EDUCATION
COURTS
Now Tory minister
attacks ‘sexist’ writer
on new watchdog
Arena bomb ‘hero’
admits theft from
attack victims
By Joe Murphy
Theresa May was warned last night
of a “Tory values failure” as one of her
women ministers joined criticism of
Toby Young, the writer appointed to a
new university regulatory body.
Critics attacked the Government
after unearthing a stream of social
media posts by Mr Young (inset),
including crude jokes and
“leering” comments about
women’s breasts.
He started work this
week as one of 15 board
members of the new
Office for Students (OfS).
Margot James, who is a
minister for small businesses
and is responsible for corporate
responsibility, joined criticism of Mr
Young’s attitude to women.
“Toby Young is worthy of his
appointment but it is a mistake for
him to belittle sexist comments by
labelling them ‘politically incorrect’,
a term frequently used to dismiss
unacceptable comments about – and
behaviour towards – women and
minorities,” she said. Mr Young, a
journalist who runs the New Schools
Network charity and has championed
education reform, said: “Given that
defending free speech will be one of
the OfS’s priorities, there’s a certain
irony in people saying I’m ‘unfit’
to serve on its board because of
politically incorrect things I’ve said
in the past.
“For the record, I’m a
supporter of women’s
rights and LGBT rights.”
But a former Downing
Street director of
strategy warned that the
appointment showed the
Conservatives were failing
to set out and uphold clear
ethical values. Andrew Cooper,
who was a senior adviser to David
Cameron, said such mistakes were
“killing them”.
Labour sources said the party
was considering putting down a
Commons motion opposing the
appointment next week, which
would pile pressure on ministers to
withdraw it. EVENING STANDARD
By Pat Hurst
A homeless man who was praised
for his heroism after the Manchester
Arena bombing has admitted stealing
from victims of the attack.
Chris Parker, 33, pleaded guilty at
Manchester Crown Court yesterday
and was told by the judge to expect a
prison sentence after admitting two
counts of theft and one of fraud.
The court was told that
Parker (inset) stole a purse
belonging to Pauline Healey,
who was seriously hurt in
the blast, and later used
her bank card. Ms Healey’s
14-year-old granddaughter,
Sorrell Leczkowski, died in
the attack on 22 May.
Parker also admitted stealing a
mobile phone belonging to a teenage
girl caught up in the attack. More
than £50,000 was raised for him on
a crowdfunding site after he claimed
he had rushed to help victims. But
CCTV showed him rifling through
Ms Healey’s bag. He never received
any of the funds collected for him.
Parker will be sentenced on 30
January. Judge David Hernandez
told him: “A custodial sentence is
most likely in this case.”
Paradise lost… and found
A man has been reunited with his
camera, a year after he lost it in
this river, following a social media
appeal by the photographer who
found it. Charlie Davidson’s Nikon
DLSR was swept away at the River
Etive in the Highlands on New
Year’s Day in 2017. The memory
card was working’ however, and
he recovered some of his pictures,
including the one above.
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SOCIETY
EMPLOYMENT
Iceland is first country to prohibit
paying men more than women
Minimum
wage increase
‘could lead
to more
automation’
By Heather Saul
WOMEN’S EDITOR
Iceland has become the first country
to legally require employers to prove
that they offer equal pay regardless
of gender, ethnicity, sexuality
and nationality.
The changes came into effect
on 1 January, nine months after
the government announced that
companies employing more than
25 people would have to prove they
offered pay parity with certification.
Iceland has set a target of closing
the gender pay gap completely by
2022. The gap was calculated at
16 per cent for 2016 by the agency
Statistics Iceland.
Asmundur Einar Dadason, the
social affairs and equality minister,
said the Equal Pay Standard was a
“landmark tool” to deal with gender
pay discrimination.
Mr Dadason’s predecessor,
Thorsteinn Viglundsson, told i last
year that Iceland was not closing the
pay gap fast enough. “It is the right
time to do something radical about
this issue,” he said.
Each company will be audited to
ensure their compliance.
“Auditors will analyse salaries
w i t h i n t h e c o m p a n y,” M r
Viglundsson said.
“What you get is an explanation
factor of how high a percentage of
the wage distribution within the
company is. You need to be within a
5 per cent ‘unexplained’ gap and 95
per cent wage distribution explained
by the mechanisms in place to get
the certification that there is not
a gender-based pay gap within
the company.”
Companies which fail will have
to notify employees and unions
and could be fined. Individual
employees then have the right to
seek compensation.
The certificates are compulsory
for both public and private firms.
Iceland has been at the forefront of
a drive towards pay parity, coming
first on the World Economic Forum’s
Gender Pay Index for nine years
running. The UK trails behind in
15th place, and its average gender
By Dan O’Donoghue
Companies employing more than 25 people would have to prove they offered pay parity with certification AFP/GETTY
Gender pay gap The case for tougher legislation in the UK
It is unlawful in the UK to pay people
unequally because they are a man
or a woman. Iceland’s move is about
enforcing law by making companies
get certification to prove pay parity
or face fines.
Under the Equality Act 2010,
British women and men have a right
to equal pay for equal work.
People who believe they are
being paid unequally because of a
protected characteristic such as their
gender or race can make a claim for
lost earnings in an employment
tribunal. There are time limits on
when claims can be made.
The UK is addressing
the gender pay gap with
legislation announced last
year requiring public and
private sector companies
with more than 250 staff
to publish their gender pay
gap by April this year.
The chief executive of the
Equality and Human Rights
Commission Rebecca Hilsenrath
(inset), said that it “would not hesitate
to resort to our more stringent
legal powers” if companies did
not comply.
But legal experts have
expressed concern
that sanctions on
companies will
not actually be
enforceable unless
there is a change in the
law. To date, only 5.6 per
cent of companies have
submitted their figures to the
Government’s website.
pay gap for full-time workers is 14.1
per cent.
Ministers in Iceland have
introduced a number of measures to
reduce the gender pay gap, including
quotas of a minimum of 40 per cent
women on the boards of companies
with 50 employees or more. Iceland
elected its first female president in
1980 at a time when just 5 per cent
of MPs in the country were women.
Before the 2017 election, almost
half of Iceland’s MPs were women.
The number has since dropped to 24
women MPs out of 63.
Machines may take more jobs as
a result of rises in the minimum
wage, an economic think-tank
has warned.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies
(IFS) has said that “extremely
careful” monitoring of the
minimum wage rate is required
as employers look to cut costs and
automatise aspects of business.
For employees aged 25 and over,
the minimum wage is currently
£7.50 and will rise to £7.83 in April.
The minimum wage is planned
to reach 60 per cent of median
wages in 2020 – which, under
current forecasts of wage growth,
would be £8.56.
Those expected to be in the
minimum wage net in 2020 are
more than twice as likely to be in
the 10 per cent most “routine”
occupations – such as retail
cashiers and receptionists – as
those who were paid the minimum
wage in 2015. This kind of work
tends to be easier to “automate”,
according to the IFS.
Agnes Norris Keiller, a research
economist at the IFS and an
author of the research, said: “The
fact that there seemed to be a
negligible employment impact of
a minimum at £6.70 per hour – the
2015 rate – does not mean that the
same will be true of the rate of
over £8.50 per hour that is set to
apply in 2020. Beyond some point,
a higher minimum must start
affecting employment, and we do
not know where that point is.
“The fact that the higher
minimum will increasingly affect
jobs that appear to be more
automatable is an additional
reason why extremely careful
monitoring is required.”
The IFS added that the future
is “uncertain” and that they “do
not know what the employment
effects will be”.
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By Nina Massey
A suspect appeared in court
yesterday charged with murdering
a barmaid who was found dead in a
park at Christmas.
Kasim Lewis, 31, is accused of
killing 22-year-old Iuliana “Julie”
Tudos between 24 December and 27
December. Ms Tudos, whose body
was discovered in Finsbury Park,
north London, on 27 December, had
gone missing on Christmas Eve.
A post-mortem examination gave
the cause of death as a stab wound to
the abdomen and a head injury.
Mr Lewis, of Friern Barnet,
a p p e a r e d a t We s t m i n s t e r
magistrates’ court and spoke to
confirm his name, date of birth,
address and nationality. He was
remanded in custody and will
appear at the Old Bailey tomorrow.
Ms Tudos, who was of Russian
and Greek origin, was last seen by
friends in Camden at about 8pm on
Christmas Eve when she headed for
a bus home. She was to meet them
Kasim Lewis is accused of killing
Iuliana Tudos, whose body was found
in Finsbury Park ELIZABETH COOK; PA
at another friend’s home in Enfield
later that evening.
A social media fundraising drive
to pay for Ms Tudos’s funeral
reached its £4,000 target in 11 hours.
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CHARITY
Breakfast clubs have given
parents new lease of life too
its help in Wales and Northern
Ireland. Long-term, it intends to
meet the need to provide breakfast
at school for children across
the UK.
Every £1 donated ensures a child
receives a breakfast for four days,
while £5 can ensure a hungry pupil
is given a breakfast every school
day for an entire month.
Rachael Anderson, Magic
Breakfast’s school partnerships
manager, said there have been
n u m e ro u s i n c i d e n t s wh e re
mothers gain an employment
foothold through volunteering at
breakfast clubs.
“It’s women in particular, who
have spent a long time out of the
job market through raising their
families, who can find themselves
in a situation where they have less
confidence about their ability to
find work,” Ms Anderson said.
“They often feel they don’t have
anything to offer, but volunteering
gives them a gentle route back in.
It builds their confidence, so they
realise they have skills, they have
something to put on their CV. It
often leads to a job in the school, or
them going back to college.”
Another school in Yorkshire
spoke of a mother who was
approached to volunteer at the
breakfast club last year, coming in
three days a week.
“Her volunteering really helped
with her daughter’s attendance,”
the head said. “Since then, Sarah
is now employed in the breakfast
club two days a week, and she still
volunteers for the third. She now
also has a second job working for
our lunchtime catering company.”
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met other parents, formed
relationships and had some fun.
“She felt useful and valued. As
her confidence grew, she applied
for a lunchtime supervisor’s job,
and is now enrolling on a college
course to train to become a
teaching assistant.”
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i’s Christmas Appeal has exceeded
its target with a few days yet to go.
This newspaper’s effort to raise
£100,000 for Magic Breakfast, a
charity which provides healthy
breakfasts to about 470 schools
in disadvantaged areas, has been
reached thanks to the generosity
of our readers. The amount
is made up entirely of small
donations from readers, rather
than big donations from corporate
sponsors. But that doesn’t mean
we don’t want to go even further.
Magic Breakfast already
operates in England and Scotland
and is working to establish how
many children and schools need
its help in Wales and Northern
Ireland. In the long term, it intends
to meet the need to provide
breakfast at school for children
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As part of its Christmas Charity
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£100,000, which will be enough to
give more than half a million pupils
a free, healthy breakfast.
The charity works to combat the
growing issue of children turning
up to school to hungry to learn.
And according to headteachers
at schools around the country, the
clubs are not just helping children
but also giving parents the boost
they need to gain work.
One headteacher at a school
in Yorkshire spoke of a mother
who eventually secured a place
on a college course to become a
teaching assistant.
“We had one mum, who was an
isolated, depressed single parent
who started coming to help at
breakfast after we asked her if she
would be willing to volunteer,” the
head said.
“She has two boys, both were
persistently late. We felt her being
alone didn’t help because she
wasn’t in a hurry to get rid of the
only company she had most days.
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I can’t start the day without eating
a proper breakfast, says Pippa
One of the many celebrity
supporters of Magic Breakfast is
Pippa Middleton, the sister
of the Duchess of Cambridge.
Ms Middleton and her brother,
James, raised funds for the
charity when they took part in
the Vasaloppet, an annual crosscountry ski race held on the first
Sunday of March in Sweden.
The 56-mile challenge is the
oldest, longest and biggest
cross-country ski race in
the world.
What is your most memorable
breakfast? What made it
memorable?
Up a mountain in the Trois Vallées
ski region of France, with beautiful
views, snow all around and crisp,
fresh air to heighten the senses.
Do you usually eat breakfast? What
do you have?
I always have breakfast. I can’t
start the day properly without
it. My usual breakfast is either
plain yoghurt with chopped fruit
and toasted seeds, oats and nuts
or toasted rye bread with eggs
or avocado.
What did you have for breakfast as
a child?
Almost everything, but lots
of porridge or boiled eggs
with soldiers.
What would you never eat for
breakfast?
Pancakes with bacon and maple
syrup – that certainly doesn’t do it
for me.
What would you recommend for a
quick, healthy breakfast?
Bircher muesli with fresh berries
on top – you can even make a batch
for the whole week.
Pippa Middleton says her tortilla recipe (right) offers a good start to the day
PIPPA MIDDLETON’S EGG
AND AVOCADO TORTILLA
Serves 2
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 to 7 minutes
INGREDIENTS
2 wholemeal or seeded
tortilla wraps
½ ripe avocado, peeled and
stone removed
100g quark or low-fat
natural yogurt
Squeeze of lemon
A handful of fresh coriander (10g)
2 medium eggs
To serve Olive oil, finely sliced red
or green spring onions and small
green chillies
This is a tasty dish with a LatinAmerican feel to it, especially
with added green chillies.
The combination of starchy
carbohydrate from the tortilla wrap
and protein from the yogurt and
eggs provides a healthy kick-start
to the day. This dish is also a great
refuelling snack after exercise.
Preheat the oven to 220°C/gas
mark 7. Place each wrap on a baking
sheet. Mash the avocado in a small
bowl with the quark or yoghurt,
a squeeze of lemon juice and
coriander. Spread this avocado mix
evenly over each wrap allowing a
1cm border around the edge, with
a slight hollow in the centre. Crack
the egg in the centre and bake in the
oven for five to seven minutes, or
until the egg is set and the yolk is
the way you like it.
Remove from the oven, drizzle
with olive oil and season with freshground black pepper, then scatter
with finely sliced spring onions and
fresh green chilli, if liked.
Recipe taken
from Pippa
Middleton’s
recipe book
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TECHNOLOGY
Pre-teens ‘ill-equipped’ for
social media pressure
By Georgina Stubbs
Pre-teens are “ill-equipped” for the
“avalanche of pressure” on social
media as they head into secondary
school, the Children’s Commissioner
for England has warned.
Anne Longfield said that for
many children the social
media world had begun
to dominate their social
lives, with many craving
and seeing “likes” and
comments as a way of
validating their identity.
In a report published
today, her office warns that
children become increasingly
anxious about their online image as
they begin secondary school.
Ms Longfield (inset) said it had been
known for a while that more and more
children under 13 were using social
media apps, despite the apps not
being designed for their use.
The study found the most popular
social media platforms are Snapchat,
Instagram, Musical.ly and Whatsapp.
She said she was most surprised
by the change in how social media is
used by younger children - those aged
between nine and 13. “What starts
as fun usage of apps – children
are using it with family and
friends and to play games
when they are in primary
school – turns into an
avalanche of pressure
when children really are
faced with a cliff edge of
social media interaction
when they start secondary
school,” she added.
This move is centred around a social
pressure to be constantly contactable
and connected, with children
describing this as an important
expectation of their friendships, and
fallouts over not being responsive
enough, the report said.
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IRAN
PROTESTS
PLASTIC
WASTE
CANNABIS
POLICY
TOBY
YOUNG
YOUTUBE
STARS
‘BLACK
MIRROR’
Trump is
right about
this
Plastic bottles
should be
uncool
Only
criminals
benefit
We are led
by Tory
caricatures
‘Disgraced’
Logan Paul
went too far
Helping us
enjoy and
fear tech
TheNewYorkTimes
The Times
The Daily Telegraph
The Guardian
New Statesman
Chicago Tribune
Trump – even if he
understands little of
Iran, even if his talk
of “human rights”
sounds hollow from
a sometime advocate
of torture, even if his
support of the Iranian
people is grotesque
from the man who has
barred most Iranians
from entering the
US– is right to speak up
in solidarity.
(Roger Cohen)
This should be the
year when it becomes
uncool to carry a
plastic water bottle. It
shouldn’t be seen as
healthy but ignorant:
as unacceptable as
smoking in front of the
kids or drink-driving.
Everyone can use
tap water at home,
in restaurants and
at work.
(Alice Thomson)
Any attempt to
reopen the arguments
around cannabis is
instantly shut down
by politicians who
are terrified of being
pilloried. On what
possible grounds are
people whose painracked lives might be
eased by cannabinoid
products being
denied them?
(Philip Johnston)
Young’s appointment
remind us of the
Conservatives’
loyalties. Gone are
those who disagree
– Alan Milburn and his
whole social mobility
team and Andrew
Adonis. Instead our
government and
bodies are led by
Tory caricatures.
(Faiza Shaheen)
There is no such
thing as a disgraced
YouTuber. On YouTube,
there is no line that
cannot be crossed.
No matter their
transgressions, the
disgraced YouTubers
of the last five years
all have one crucial
thing in common –
they continue to make
videos on the site.
(Amelia Tait)
As I watched “Black
Museum” I felt as if I
was seeing the show
press itself up against
the glass of a paradox
it will never really be
able to escape. Black
Mirror is not a show for
Luddites. It invites us
to enjoy and dread the
possibilities presented
by technology. It also
asks us to do the same
of human violence.
(Abby Ohlheiser)
The Sun
Evening Standard
Plastic is already piling
up in Britain following
China’s import ban
– and I’m afraid we
haven’t got a plan B.
The best method is just
don’t use or produce it
in the first place. Next
time you go shopping,
shop on the basis of
recyclability.
(Simon Ellin)
When you consider
what a green wave
could do for Britain
– freeing police and
court time and saving
lives – our approach
seems absurd. The
only people who
benefit from the
current situation
are criminals.
(Richard Godwin)
Forbes
Iran is at a turning
point. All parties
are before a major
decision. It is the time
for the world to unite
in encouraging the
protesters in Iran,
having them realise
they are not alone in
their struggle.
(Heshmat Alvi)
Quote of
the day
Never put
your trust in
experts
Sir Bernard
Ingham
Margaret Thatcher’s
former chief press
secretary takes
a dim view of
economists
Spectator
The reason for all this
confected outrage is
that I’m a Conservative
and a Brexit
supporter. Because
I’ve said and done
some sophomoric
things in the past,
the Government’s
opponents think
they can use me to
embarrass May.
(Toby Young)
Wired
There’s no excuse for
what Paul did. His
video was disturbing
and offensive. But
blaming the YouTube
star alone seems
insufficient. He
earns his living from
YouTube, a platform
that rewards creators
for being outrageous.
(Louise Matsakis)
Paste Magazine
While the sparseness
of “Metalhead” is an
admirable attempt
for the series, Black
Mirror is going to
have to tighten
its aim if it hopes
to find success
outside its talky
bread-and-butter.
(Jacob Oller)
LifeInBrief
ROSE MARIE ACTRESS AND COMEDIAN
Rose Marie, an actress and comedian
who played Sally, a colleague of the
protagonist in The Dick Van Dyke Show,
has died, aged 94.
Rose Marie Mazzetta was born in
Manhattan to Frank Mazzetta and
Stella Gluszcak. At the time of her birth,
vaudeville actor Frank was married to,
and had a family with, another woman.
However, he fully embraced his role as
her father, and later as her manager.
Rose Marie began her vaudeville
career as “Baby Rose Marie” at the age
of three, after winning a talent contest.
She had her own NBC show by the age
of five, though the raspy voice that
would become her trademark made
many people doubt she was a child.
At nine, she had her first musical
hit with Say You Were Teasing Me.
Meanwhile, Frank retained all of
his daughter’s earnings, using them
to support both his families. Frank
Mazzetta was a small-time gangster,
and in her autobiography, Hold The
Roses, Rose Marie claimed much of her
success came courtesy of the Mob.
Al Capone was an early fan. At their
first meeting, when Rose Marie was
eight, Capone promised: “If you need
anything, you want anything, you let us
know. We’ll take care of you.”
Dropping the “Baby” from her name,
Rose Marie worked as a nightclub
performer as a teenager. During those
brief periods when she didn’t have a job,
Capone’s associates soon stepped in. “I
was looked after with kid gloves. It was
absolutely wonderful,” she said.
After working on a musical called
Top Banana, she was all set to star in the
1954 film, but was propositioned by a
producer. She wrote in the Hollywood
Reporter: “The producer… came up to
me after I’d run through the song called
I Fought Every Step of the Way, which
had boxing references, and said that
he could show me a few positions. He
wasn’t referring to boxing.
“I laughed it off, but he said he was
serious and that the picture could be
mine. Well, in front of everyone on
stage, I said, ‘You son of a bitch, you
couldn’t get it up if a flag went by’.
Needless to say, that didn’t go over
well.” Her musical numbers were cut
from the film.
She made the transition to television,
and in 1961 joined the cast of The Dick
Van Dyke Show in what would become
her most famous role. She played
Sally Rogers, a comedy writer on the
fictional series-within-a-series.
In 1946 she married trumpeter
Bobby Guy, with whom she had a
daughter. He died from blood poisoning
in 1964, and she never remarried.
Rose Marie continued to work on
The Dick Van Dyke Show until 1966.
Rose Marie and Dick Van Dyke pictured
in 2006 REUTERS/FRED PROUSER
After that, she appeared on The Doris
Day Show, The Dean Martin Show and
The Monkees. In 2000 she reprised
Sally Rogers for a 2004 Dick Van Dyke
Show special.
Last year, her career was the subject
of Jason Wise’s documentary Wait For
Your Laugh.
She is survived by her daughter
Georgiana and son-in-law Steven
Rodrigues. THE INDEPENDENT
Born 15 August 1923
Died 28 December 2017
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DanKieran
Black and white in books
Diversity in publishing is worse than it was 20 years ago
A
few years ago I had
a meeting with
a black novelist
about diversity
in publishing. He
came to the offices
of Unbound, the crowdfunding
publisher I run. When he arrived I
felt suddenly uncomfortable about
the whiteness of the staff in our
office – we had just moved in and I
realised he was the only person of
colour who had been in our office
who was not there to clean.
I was embarrassed to be in an
industry stuck in the 1950s that
may as well have “whites only”
signs outside each of the main
office buildings. In publishing
as a whole, around 90 per cent
of workers consider themselves
“white British”.
As CEO of Unbound I had a
position of authority in publishing,
so I wanted to do something about
it, but didn’t know what. I thought
he might be able to help me – I
thought he might be able to help me
because he was black. I felt there
was some knowledge that being
black gave him access to and that
it was impossible for me, as a white
person, to understand. I could have
asked an Asian author too. Anyone
who had some experience of books
who was not a white person would
have done.
I knew I was on dodgy ground
even at the time, and I’m wincing
writing this now, but it’s true.
I could tell he had had similar
conversations with people like me
before, but he didn’t call me out on
it. I was ashamed of having to have
the meeting, I suppose.
But dealing with my own failings
of running a publishing company
that only had white staff, and
published 99 per cent white people,
was more important to me than
accidentally revealing myself as
racist to a black man.
It was a close run thing. I nearly
didn’t do it. “Not being racist” was
a key part of my white identity.
Up until then I felt I had achieved
it by not actually having to do
anything. Testing it publicly might
show that I was racist without
me realising it, and that was a
frightening possibility.
I tried to be honest with him
about why we had not employed
any people of colour. I trotted out
something about authenticity. I
thought that might account for
why an office of white people had
accidentally only ever hired white
people. It wasn’t conscious, I said.
We weren’t bad people. We just
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had a bias without
realising it.
Rather than join my
awkward attempt to
avoid falling into the
hole of racism I didn’t
realise I was already
sitting in, he told me a
few anecdotes. When
he was young he didn’t
think bookshops were
for him because none
of the books he could
find were written
by black men. Until
Yardie, the novel by
Victor Headley, came
out. Even now, every time he goes to
an awards ceremony or publishing
event he finds himself on a table full
of people who are not white. “It’s
like they have to put all of us on one
table,” he said. “They are terrified of
us spreading out.”
In the rare interviews he gets he
is always asked about his book “in
the context of being a black man”,
which is not a question a white
novelist is ever asked. “Initiatives”
aabout diversity are
u
usually only done so
th
he publisher can put
ou
ut a press release to
prrove they’re doing
soomething about
divversity. They seem
to think that does the
trick. But what it shows
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is that
they care more
aboout being seen to care
aboout diversity than
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He also said that
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diveersity in publishing is
worsse now than 20 years
If you work in
publishing, and
hire, or publish
anyone, then you
have the power to
do something
ago when he started writing. Worse.
Last year I spoke to someone I know
who is unusual in being a senior
non-white woman in publishing.
She also said it was worse now than
when she started 20 years ago, and
that one of the reasons she came
back to work after having children
was because if she hadn’t, there
would be no one senior where she
worked who was not white.
It is 2017. How can an industry
that exists to spread ideas and tell
stories still have this problem?
Unbound has made a bit of progress
in the diversity of our staff and in
what we publish, but we deserve no
applause for doing more than most
publishers. As you can see, it’s a
very low bar.
It would have been easier for
me not to write this. For a start, I
didn’t want to be seen as a white
middle-class man writing about the
problem of diversity in publishing.
I thought that surely someone who
wasn’t white should do it instead.
But that is precisely the
problem. Perhaps you can be a
white, middle-class man, run a
publishing company, and talk about
publishing’s lack of diversity. I
hope so.
It has taken me a few years,
but I’ve realised that the “not
being racist” part of my whiteness
requires you actually to do
something – assuming you have the
power to do something. If you work
in publishing, and hire, or publish
anyone, then you have the power to
do something.
You have to do something, even if
doing so means you have to admit
you are in a hole of racism. I’m still
trying to climb out of that hole
myself – it’s OK to be in that hole,
just as long as you are trying to get
out of it.
The problem comes when you are
incapable of acknowledging you’re
in this hole in the first place.
Dan Kieran is the CEO of Unbound,
the world’s first crowdfunding
publisher
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Matt Butler writes
that Phil “The Power”
Taylor has a chip on his
shoulder, but it seems
to me that Matt has one
regarding Taylor (i, 3
January). I have been
following darts for
many years and have
seen it rise in popularity
because of what Phil has
achieved. I agree that, as
in many sports, there
are bad losers, and I have
seen Phil get nasty – but
not many times.
Good luck to you Phil
– enjoy your retirement
and wealth, you have
earned it. Matt Butler,
have a bit of respect for
the old master.
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EAST SUSSEX
Long hours of
drinking
LLMAN.CO.UK
Yasmin AlibhaiBrown’s disgust with
the excessive drinking
which abounds in the
UK is well justified (i, 3
January). However, the
availability of alcohol
in supermarkets and
the legislation which
allowed 24-drinking
have played their part in
the development of this
heavy-drinking culture.
For too long
successive governments
have voted in laws which
generate money – with
little heed of the results
and the real cost to
society. In the 1970s if
you wanted to drink late
you went to a disco, and
more often this was to
make the night longer
than to get wasted.
Take alcohol out of
supermarkets and limit
licensing hours – but
which government will
have the guts to do that?
MEL STEVENSON
ABERDEEN
with this? What can
I say? The horror
approaches of standing
at the checkout and
responding to a friendly
greeting with, ‘Good
morning gender
neutral operative, I shall
immediately report you
to your superior for
calling me ‘luv’.
MIKE WALTERS
BEETLEY, NORFOLK
The young’s
problem
You say the Tories have
a serious problem
with young people (i,
3 December). Their
problem pales into
insignificance compared
with the problem young
people, hit by impossible
housing costs, university
fee rises, zero-hour
contracts, and austerity
and so on, have with
the Tories.
I had hoped that my
grandchildren’s life
would be better than
mine (I was brought up
during the war and in
post-war austerity) but it
seems less and less likely.
So, Tories, your problem
is not only with young
people, but increasingly
with us oldies as well,
who’ve seen what we
worked our lives for
trashed by you.
DEREK COLE
BRIDGNORTH,
SHROPSHIRE
A proud British
day off work
Simon Kelner’s piece on
snow days reminded me
of a morning commute
in London in the 1980s
(i, 3 January). After an
uncomfortable journey
home the previous
evening I struggled
through thick snow
to join a line of silent
figures along the
platform in the half
light. Eventually a train
wheezed to a halt. The
doors opened revealing
it to be fully packed with
miserable people. No one
Knives don’t
kill people
Does darts legend Phil Taylor have a chip on his shoulder? PA
got on and when the train
pulled out we quickly
dispersed, our mood
changed. Hats were
(metaphorically) flung
in the air and we shared
genial exchanges before
turning for home. There
would be no work today
and, like Simon, it made
me proud to be British.
MARK ROBERTSON
EXMOUTH,
EAST DEVON
claims credit for there
being no commercial
airline deaths in 2017,
I think it only fair that
he should also take
credit for there being no
dinosaur attacks since
he took office. Thank you,
Mr President.
JOHN SCOBBIE
COVENTRY
Defining
Grayling
I’m afraid I cannot share
Rhiannon Williams’
enthusiasm for a
crackdown on “hate
speech” on German social
media (i, 3 January). It
seems to me to be a
deliberate attempt to
suppress and intimidate
debate on subjects that
politicians do not want
to talk about and do not
”Grayling” (noun): A
shy, rather nondescript
bird which nests in high
places. Hides when
danger threatens and has
been known to migrate
when turbulent weather
threatens. Many perish
when cast from their
nests by rival, more
combative birds.
BERNARD MIDGLEY
THURLSTONE, SOUTH
YORKSHIRE
Trump beat
the dinosaurs
Since Donald Trump now
Who controls
the internet?
want anybody else to be
talking about either.
Politicians seem to
want as much control
over the internet as they
can get, and this is more
of a concern to me.
NICK HILL
CROFTON, WAKEFIELD
It’s just a
word, honey
If terms such as “luv”
“dear”, “darling”, “pet” and,
“honey” are to join the
ranks of forbidden words,
then I have news for you.
All over the country
these words have been
used for generations
– and not used as
insults but as a neutral
way of having a short
interaction with a fellow
human being.
Where are we going
Giles Maberly calls for
better control of even
kitchen knives, as they
are “potentially lethal”
(Your View, 3 January).
True enough, but
earlier in the paper we
had the story of “triple
killer” Theodore Johnson,
who pushed his wife over
a balcony, strangled his
next partner with a belt
and finally killed his last
partner by throttling her
with a dressing gown
cord and hitting her with
a hammer.
So that’s balconies,
belts, dressing gowns
with cords, and hammers
that we need to control
too. Instead, perhaps
we could tackle the root
cause of knife and other
violent crime. Until
we do, no amount of
control of the items we
humans use to hurt and
kill each other is likely to
be effective.
PHIL COUGHLIN
HOUGHTON-LESPRING, TYNE & WEAR
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Driven to
extremes
Blunt encounters
Where once you’d ask a celebrity for an autograph
if you happened to get in the same lift, now it’s
always about a selfie. Most of the time, no words
are even spoken during the exchange. It’s not
about meeting a star, it’s about proving you did.
Actress Emily Blunt says that she
feels like she has become “social
media currency” for that reason.
She explains to Vanity Fair: “Social
media has changed the landscape
so an encounter with you is
valued more as a socialmedia currency than a
genuine interaction.”
Fellow actress Frances
McDormand gave Blunt
some good advice on how to
sidestep a selfie. Explains Blunt:
“When someone asks [Frances]
for a picture, she says: ‘You know
what? I’ve actually retired from
that. But I would like to shake
your hand and meet you’.”
That sounds like a better
tactic than just being
“incredibly rude”, which
Jennifer Lawrence said
she opted for when
she was approached
by fans.
Adam Driver hasn’t got to where
he is by lying on the sofa. In fact, he
followed a weirdly intense regime
whilst studying acting at New
York’s Juilliard performing arts
school in order to propel himself
to greatness.
The Last Jedi star would have six
eggs for breakfast every morning,
then run five miles to the
school from his home
in Queens. He
would then eat a
whole chicken
for lunch and,
during a typical
day, would do
something like
1,000 push-ups
to keep himself at
optimal fitness level.
Of his old regime,
Driver has now mused to GQ:
“That must’ve been an obnoxious
thing to be around. I was trying to
make it as extreme for myself as
possible. Now it just makes me so
tired and annoyed.”
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KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
A
cursory look at Emily
Cole’s Twitter feed reveals
her as a serious young
woman interested in world
affairs. She comments to her 234
followers on such matters as Brexit,
restorative justice and feminism,
and has unexpectedly found herself
a champion of women’s rights.
It was the 27-year-old Ms Cole
who complained to Virgin Trains
East Coast that she had encountered
the vogueish scourge of “everyday
sexism” when a ticket inspector
on her train from Edinburgh to
London called her “honey” after she
challenged his abrasive approach.
She shared this experience on
Twitter, inviting Virgin Trains
to respond. They did so in such a
ludicrously ill-judged manner that
I can only assume it was posted
by someone in their press office
who had been out for a long lunch.
“Sorry for the mess up Emily,” it
said. “Would you prefer ‘pet’ or ‘love’
next time?”
Ms Cole (inset) was given air time
on the BBC to expose the company’s
“patronising” attitudes, and Virgin
Trains were forced to apologise
“unreservedly” for “the
offence caused”. Phew. We
can all go back to work
safe in the knowledge
that another blow in
the battle to ensure
half the population is
treated fairly has been
struck. What with the
news that Celebrity Big
Brother has an all-female
cast to commemorate the
centenary of universal suffrage,
women’s emancipation has taken a
huge step forward.
While I applaud any initiative to
curb gender-based inequality, there
are so many egregious examples of
discrimination in the workplace, in
the home and in politics that need
more urgently to be addressed. I
am worried that the concentration
on “everyday sexism” and the
unfortunate colloquialisms that slip
into daily life might divert attention
from more fundamental matters
of prejudice. Everyday sexism
is a problem, and deserves to be
exposed, but we should resist the
temptation to go looking for it just
because it’s on trend. So Emily Cole
was called “honey”. It shouldn’t
happen, but really...
(At this point, I should admit
that I am possibly not the person
to address this subject, given my
vintage. I am not as attuned to
what might be considered everyday
sexism as someone, say, half my age.
I occasionally call a woman who’s
been helpful – someone who
works for Virgin Trains,
even – “darling”. As in
“thank you, darling”.
Is that sexist? I can’t
really answer that,
although no woman
has yet complained).
And why do Virgin
Trains need to go
looking for trouble? When
rail passengers are facing
the biggest fare increases for five
years (during which period there
has been no rise in fuel duty), train
companies should be doing all they
can to win over customers. As an
irregular user of Virgin Trains West
Coast, this seems to be concentrated
on jokey announcements (visit one of
their on-board lavatories and you’ll
see what I mean) and constant fauxmatey emails.
It would be better if they focused
more on providing a reliable service,
cutting down the number of physical
tickets you need for a journey, and
not treating their passengers as
impediments to the smooth running
of their business. Then, perhaps, we
won’t mind if they call us all “honey”.
HEALTH
to be ready. There was no hope of
escaping the recent trauma of the
birth as I listened to other women
scream through their own deliveries.
When I got to the private room,
a closed door dimmed the sound
of women shrieking through their
contractions. I reclined in my own
single bed, and was given a cup of
tea and toast. I could bond with my
son, and make my first attempts at
breastfeeding. For these luxuries,
Homerton hospital charged us £70.
It felt strange to be handing over our
cash to the staff for a room that was
so essential to our post-birth wellbeing. It felt like the most vital NHS
service we had used.
Most patients understand the
cash crunch facing the NHS, but
charging up to £450 for a postnatal
room is steep, especially when
most patients will only use the
room for six to 12 hours after an
uncomplicated birth.
Levying a fee on a recovery room
implies it’s a luxury, but women postbirth have faced one of the most
earth-shattering challenges of their
lives – then they are plunged into the
tricky job of looking after a newborn.
A few hours spent catching their
breath in solitude is essential.
My 97-year-old grandmother
speaks fondly of giving birth in Goa
in the 1930s. After birth she stayed
in the quiet of her own room, looked
after by a doula who encouraged her
to rest in bed for a week to recover.
This small period of indulgence, she
said, was the only way to prepare for
the trials of motherhood. In Britain
in 2018, we’re not quite there yet.
Liane
Wimhurst
Why I paid for
a room in a
NHS hospital
A
fter the marathon of
childbirth, which in my
case was 17 hours, it’s
natural for new mothers to
expect a moment’s peace, and time
to recover.
But on pressured NHS maternity
wards across Britain, women need
to vacate their delivery suites almost
immediately to make space for the
next expectant mother in the full
throes of labour.
There are then two options – the
labour ward, where several other
women are giving birth nearby, or
paying for a private room, which the
NHS charges up to £450 a night for.
After a quick hose down in the
bathroom of the delivery suite at
Homerton hospital in 2014, I was
wheeled out into the maternity
ward to wait for my private room
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MUSIC
EMPLOYMENT
Spotify sued for ‘streaming songs
by top rock stars without licence’
Coldplay star
backs shared
parental pay
for roadies
By Rhiannon Williams
Spotify is being sued by a music publisher for $1.6bn (£1.17bn) for allegedly using thousands of songs without
a licence.
Wixen Music Publishing, which
licenses music by the late Tom Petty,
Neil Young, The Beach Boys, The
Doors and Stevie Nicks, claims the
streaming giant failed to obtain a
licence to reproduce and distribute
the songs.
Spotify’s race to be the first to
market meant it made “insufficient
efforts to collect the required musical composition information”, and so
failed to license the compositions or
comply with the Copyright Act, the
publisher asserted in a legal case
filed last week in California.
Wixen handles royalty compliance, publishing administration and
copyright management for many
acts and artists. It is seeking damages for more than 10,000 songs at
a rate of $150,000 per song listed in
the legal complaint, which includes
Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’.
“Spotify has built a billion-dollar
business on the backs of songwriters
and publishers whose music Spotify
is using, in many cases without obtaining and paying for the necessary
licences,” the complaint said. “Consequently, while Spotify has become
Spotify, founded in
Sweden in 2008, is the
world’s largest streaming
service, with more than
140 million active users, more
than 60 million of whom are
paying subscribers.
By Adam Sherwin
Tom Petty hits are
among the songs
at the centre of
the row ALBERTO E.
RODRIGUEZ/GETTY
In numbers Spotify
140m+ the number of people who
use Spotify across the world.
60m+ number of Spotify’s paying
subscribers, compared to nearest
rival Apple Music’s 27 million.
61 the number of markets where
Spotify is available.
2bn+ the number of playlists people
have created on the platform.
$5bn how much it has paid to
rightsholders, as of September 2016.
1.4bn the number of times Ed
Sheeran’s “Shape of You” has been
played, making it Spotify’s most
streamed track of all time. His latest
album ÷ (Divide) has been streamed
more than 3.1 billion times, making
it the platform’s most popular
album of 2017.
3 the number of tracks by Ed Sheeran
in the UK’s top five most-played
Spotify tracks of 2017 - “Shape of
You” in first place, “Castle on the Hill”
in third and “Galway Girl” in fifth.
110% the amount by which listening
of the Latin music genre increased in
2017, thanks in part to the runaway
success of summer hit “Despacito”.
a multi-billion-dollar company, songwriters and their publishers, such as
Wixen, have not been able to fairly
and rightfully share in Spotify’s success, as Spotify has in many cases
used their music without a licence
and without compensation.”
The US Copyright Act states
every recorded song has two copyrights: one for the recording and
another for its composition. Wixen
claims that while Spotify struck
deals with record labels on the rights
to the songs’ sound recordings, it
neglected to acquire them for the
compositions.
Spotify declined to comment.
Chris Martin has called for shared
parental leave and pay to be
extended to the self-employed to
help crew members who work in
the music industry.
The Coldplay singer backed a
campaign to extend the benefit to
all self-employed parents. Around
44 per cent of people who work
in the creative industries are
freelance but the current system
of maternity allowance for the
self-employed effectively places
the burden of childcare on the
mother. Self-employed
fathers and adopters
currently get
nothing and there
is no provision
for same-sex
parents
wishing to
share childcare.
Martin (inset)
told i: “So many of
our crew, both in the
studio and on the road, are
freelance, and we don’t want to
lose half of that talent when they
become parents – we want them to
be able to to share their parenting
in a way that works for them, and
isn’t dictated by being a man or
a woman.”
Martin, singer-songwriter
Laura Marling and the former
Keane frontman Tom Chaplin
have signed a letter written
by Olga FitzRoy, an awardwinning sound engineer, calling
for ministers to extend shared
parental pay.
ARTS
BFI misses planning deadline for £130m film and television centre
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
The British Film Institute (BFI) has
abandoned plans for a new £130m
national centre for film and television on the South Bank in London,
citing political and economic un-
certainty in the pre-Brexit climate.
The ambitious project won £45m of
backing from Gordon Brown’s Labour government in 2009 but David
Cameron withdrew financial support nine months later.
A deadline for planning approval
to secure the site has now expired.
A BFI spokesman said: “The BFI
has taken the decision to withdraw
its current development plans for a
Film Centre on the Hungerford Car
Park site at South Bank, London.
“Due to the project’s ambitious
scale and complexity, a turbulent
economic climate and shifting politi-
cal environment, meeting this deadline was not possible.”
The BFI will focus investment on
an urgent refurbishment of its current Southbank home. The proposed
new centre had lined up a leading
German architect, private backers, and the support of Dame Helen
Mirren who called the project “very
exciting”. The BFI said it would
“continue to explore additional places where audiences, film-makers,
artists and storytellers can learn
and experiment with this dynamic
art form and where creativity, technology and innovation can flourish”.
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SCIENCE
‘Phones can
help us relax
and focus
the mind’
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
The mere presence of a smartphone
can help people to feel calmer, even if
they cannot use it, than if they were
without a phone entirely, research
suggests.
The study, conducted by Stanford
University, divided 125 students into
three groups in six-minute experiments, allowing one group to use
their phones freely, making another
group place their phones on the table
in front of them but not use them,
and depriving the third group of their
handsets altogether.
Each participant’s “skin conductance” – which measures excitation
and sympathetic nervous system response – was monitored throughout
the experiment, alongside perceived
levels of enjoyment and concentration levels in the aftermath.
The group who could see their
phone but not use it reported less difficulty concentrating than the people
whose phones were removed entirely, and their skin conductance levels
were also lower.
“It seems that just the presence
of the phone can focus the mind and
relax the body, at least over a short
time,” the report’s authors David M.
Markowitz and Jeffrey T. Hancock
wrote in a summary for the journal
Behavioural Scientist.
“The phone, even when it’s not
being used, can serve as a cognitive
reminder of connectedness, identity,
security, and even provide a sense of
control,” they continued. “Regardless
of whether it’s used, the mobile device
fundamentally symbolises the potential to be social. We believe that the
power of the phone – to connect us
to each other – is its most important,
and under-appreciated value.”
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UNITED STATES
Harsh winter
weather results
in 12 deaths
By Emily Shugerman
IN NEW YORK
At least 12 people have died in
brutal winter weather that is
shattering records across the
United States.
Americans rang in the
new year with freezing
temperatures stretching across
90 per cent of the country.
More than 100 million people
from Canada to Mexico were
under wind-chill warnings and
advisories on the second day of
the year, according to CNN.
At least six suspected coldrelated deaths were reported
in Wisconsin alone, where
temperatures averaged –14°C
between Christmas and New
Year’s Day.
States such as Louisiana,
Mississippi and Alabama
opened warming shelters
to serve the homeless
population. AP
The Horseshoe Falls
in Niagra Falls were
transformed into a
winter wonderland
yesterday AP
UNITED STATES
US POLITICS
Former aide Bannon lost his mind
after getting the sack, says Trump
‘Muslim ban’
woman runs
for governor
By Steve Holland
IN WASHINGTON,
The former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon “lost his mind”
after being sacked, Donald Trump
claimed last night.
The US President disavowed
Mr Bannon after he was quoted as
describing a meeting between Mr
Trump’s son, Donald Jr, and a group
of Russians as “treasonous”. Mr Bannon’s quote appears in Fire and Fury:
Inside the Trump White House, by the
journalist Michael Wolff.
It was claimed the Russians had
offered Donald Jr damaging information on Democrat presidential
candidate Hillary Clinton at the June
2016 meeting. Mr Trump hit back
last night: “Steve Bannon has noth-
ing to do with me or my presidency.
When he was fired, he not only lost
his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a
staffer who worked for me after I had
already won the nomination by defeating 17 candidates, often described as the most talented
field ever assembled in the
Republican party.”
Mr Trump said Mr
Bannon (inset) had little
to do with his victory in
2016 but was to blame
for the loss of a Republican-held US Senate seat
in Alabama in December.
“Now that he is on his own, Steve
is learning winning isn’t as easy as I
make it look,” said Mr Trump. “Steve
had very little to do with our historic
victory, which was delivered by the
forgotten men and women of this
country. Steve pretends to be at war
with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet spent his time at
the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important
than he was. It is the only
thing he does well.”
Mr Bannon expressed
derision and astonishment over the meeting
in Trump Tower in New
York in which a Russian
lawyer was said to have offered damaging information
about Ms Clinton, according to
the book. In it, Mr Bannon calls the
meeting that Donald Jr arranged, and
that Mr Trump’s son-in-law, Jared
Kushner, and then-campaign chair-
man, Paul Manafort, also attended,
“treasonous” and “unpatriotic”.
Mr Bannon is also quoted as saying he was sure Donald Jr would have
taken the Russians to meet his father
in Trump Tower. “The three senior
guys in the campaign thought it was
a good idea to meet with a foreign
government inside Trump Tower in
the conference room on the 25th floor
– with no lawyers,” Mr Bannon said in
the book. REUTERS
The book quotes Mr
Bannon saying: “Even if
you thought that this was not
treasonous, or unpatriotic and
I happen to think it’s all of that,
you should have called the FBI.”
NORTH KOREA
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I have a ‘bigger button’ than
you taunt directed at Kim
US threatens to slash
Palestinan aid payments
By Oz Katerji
Donald Trump’s taunted Kim Jongun by bragging that his nuclear button is “bigger and
more powerful” than the
North Korean tyrant’s.
The US President
(inset) raised the stakes
in his war of insults with
Mr Kim two days after the
despot warned America
that “the button for nuclear
weapons is on my table”.
In response, Mr Trump tweeted:
“North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un
just stated that the ‘Nuclear button is
on his desk at all times’.
“Will someone from his
depleted and food starved
regime please inform him
that I too have a Nuclear
button, but it is much bigger and more powerful
one than his, and my button works!”
The exchange is the latest
clash between the two leaders.
By Samuel Osborne
Donald Trump’s administration will
stop funding a UN agency that provides humanitarian aid to Palestinian
refugees until they “come back to the
negotiating table”, the US ambassador to the UN has indicated.
Nikki Haley’s comments foreshadowed the President’s threats to withhold payments over what he called
the Palestinians’ unwillingness to
talk peace with Israel. Her comments
came before Mr Trump tweeted: “We
pay the Palestinians HUNDREDS OF
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and
get no appreciation or respect. They
don’t even want to negotiate a long
overdue peace treaty with Israel.”
Palestinian officials reacted with
outrage, calling the tweets “blackmail”. The Palestinian President’s
office said: “Jerusalem is not for sale,
neither for gold nor silver.”
The UN agency responsible for aid
in the Occupied Territories said it
had not been informed of any changes to US funding.
By Charlie Burgess
A woman from Arkansas who imposed a ban on Muslim customers
in her gun range now wants control of the state.
Jan Morgan announced on 30
December that she will be running
for governor against Asa Hutchinson in the Republican primary.
The main talking point of her
campaign is rolling back gun control legislation, as she writes on
her site: “The second amendment
is my line in the sand. Molon Labe
(Latin for ‘come and take them’).”
Ms Morgan’s Gun Cave indoor
firing range was heavily criticised
after becoming a “Muslim Free
Zone”. The owner believed she
was doing right by refusing to
“train the next Islamic terrorist”.
She insists the controversy was
a boon to business and continues
to invite a backlash with her website’s photos, which consist of her
on a Harley Davidson motorcycle
with a holstered gun, as well as her
wearing a white “Make America
Great Again” hat, a fixture of the
Trump administration.
Jan Morgan said she did not want
her gun range being used ‘to train
the next Islamic terrorist’
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INDIA
By Kim Sengupta
Businessman
charged over
bomb hoax
at airport
Counter-demonstrations mobilised
and Guards deployed ‘to end sedition’
Huge counter-demonstrations have
taken place against the protests in
Iran with the Revolutionary Guards
leader declaring victory against
“forces of sedition” seeking to create
“anarchy, insecurity and intrigue in
the Islamic Republic”.
Iranian state media described the
counter-demos in towns and cities as
a “revolutionary outburst of Iranian
people against lawbreakers”.
Revolutionary Guards’ leader
General Mohammad Ali Jafari announced that units had been deployed
in the provinces of Isfahan, Lorestan
and Hamadan, which had been the
main centres of the demonstrations.
General Jafari said the counterdemos and Guards deployment had
ended the “sedition”. He said “security preparedness and people’s
vigilance” had led to the defeat of
“enemies” and that the Guards had
only intervened in a “limited” way in
three provinces. He downplayed the
widespread support for the protests,
insisting: “There were a maximum
of 1,500 people in each place and the
number of troublemakers did not exceed 15,000 people nationwide.”
The general blamed anti-revolutionary agents, pro-monarchists and
forces which he said had been “anFrench PresidentEmmanuel Macron , criticised
the tone of US, Israeli and Saudi
Arabian reactions as “almost one
that would lead us to war... a deliberate strategy for some”.
By Charlie Burgess
Pro-government supporters
in Qom yesterday carry
portraits of the late Ayatollah
Khomeini and Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei AP
nounced by [former US Secretary
of State Hillary] Clinton to create
riot, anarchy, insecurity and intrigue
in Iran”. The “enemies” had tried to
pose “cultural, economic and security
threats against Islamic Iran”, he said.
General Jafari also blamed a
“former official” for the protests,
believed to refer to former President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has
been critical of government officials,
particularly the head of the judicial
system, Sadeq Amoli Larijani.
Some counter-demonstration
marchers carried Iranian flags and
images of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In Qom, marchers chanted “death to American
mercenaries”. Chants elsewhere
included “the blood in our veins is a
gift to our leader” and “the seditionist
rioters should be executed”.
However, last night Reuters reported fresh protests after dark in
Malayer, western Hamadan province,
with protesters chanting: “People are
begging, the supreme leader is acting
like God!”
In Washington, a Trump administration official said the US aimed to
collect “actionable information” to
allow it to pursue sanctions against
Iranian individuals and organisations
involved in the crackdown.
In Geneva, UN human rights chief
Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein urged Iran to
rein in security forces to avoid further violence and respect the right to
peaceful assembly. THE INDEPENDENT
An Indian businessman has been
charged with making a bomb
threat at an airport in Mumbai.
Vinod Moorjani, who is chief
executive of a US company,
has appeared in court charged
with criminal intimidation and
other offences.
He is accused of saying “bomb
hai”, which would mean “there
is a bomb here”, while on the
phone to authorities at Mumbai
International Airport (below). Mr
Moorjani claims he was misheard
saying “Bom-Del” in relation to his
flight to Delhi – Mumbai formerly
being known as Bombay – while
attempting to travel to Virginia
with his wife and children.
Police believe the 45-year-old
was intentionally trying to distrupt outbound flights so as not to
miss his connection in Rome.
Airport officials say Mr Moorjani made the call after growing
frustrated with with delays.
They also say he hung up before the operator could clarify his
meaning. The operator then alerted senior officials, who contacted
the police. Mr Moorjani claims he
hung up prematurely because of a
disruption on the phone line.
UNITED STATES
Mosque pays $1,700 fine of vandal who wrote ‘go home’ on the building
By Clark Mindock
An American mosque took the
road of mercy over the holidays
and helped keep a man who once
vandalised the place of worship with
a swastika from facing potential jail
time over missed fines.
The Masjid al-Salam mosque in
Fort Smith, Alabama, filled out a
cheque for $1,700 (£1,257) to cover
what was left of the fines picked up
by Abraham Davis after he painted
the symbol of hate and the message
“go home” on the front of their
building in October 2016.
Davis had been convicted of a
felony for the vandalism, which
required community service and a
hefty fine.
“We heard that he was having
financial problems,” Louay Nassri,
the president of al-Salam, told NBC.
“Now if you don’t pay your fine, that’s
an automatic six years in jail. Well,
we didn’t want him to go to jail for
six years.”
The funds were originally allocated for renovations to the mosque,
but Mr Nassri said he believes
paying the fines was a better choice.
“It shouldn’t be hanging over
him for the rest of his life,” Mr
Nassri said. “We knew this person
did a bad thing, and there has to
be consequences for their actions.
ZAMBIA
Presidential hopeful quits in protest at leader’s ‘illegal’ third run
By Chris Mfula
IN LUSAKA
Foreign affairs minister Harry
Kalaba has resigned as a struggle
in the ruling Patriotic Front (PF)
over President Edgar Lungu’s
ambitions to run for another term
in office intensifies.
Mr Kalaba (inset) is seen as a
potential PF candidate in a 2021
presidential election but analysts
say his chances of winning the
nomination may stall if Mr
Lungu wins a court battle
over whether he is
allowed to run for a
third term.
“We cannot proceed
to manage national
affairs with cold
indifference when the
levels of corruption
are swelling and being
perpetrated by those who
are expected to be the solution,”
Mr Kalaba said in a Facebook
post yesterday.
Presidential
spokesman Amos
Chanda told Reuters
that State House
had not received
Mr Kalaba’s
resignation letter.
Experts said that his
resignation was intended
to apply pressure to Mr Lungu,
who is accused by his opponents
of chasing an unconstitutional
third term. “People have started
realising that they will not get
nominated as long as Lungu
insists on standing,” said Lee
Habasonda, an analyst from the
University of Zambia.
The country’s constitution
limits presidents to two terms but
Mr Lungu argues that his first
period as leader does not count
because he did not serve a full
term. REUTERS
But we didn’t have any ill feelings
toward anybody.”
Davis was convicted of the 2016
crime after a security camera for the
mosque caught him in the act.
Mr Nassri said that forgiving
Davis for the crime just felt natural
after they received an apology for
the action. THE INDEPENDENT
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Hostage freed in
Afghanistan
faces charges
By David Ljunggren
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A Canadian man freed in 2017
nearly five years after being
abducted in Afghanistan has
been arrested in Ottawa and
faces charges including assault
and forcible confinement,
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Puerto Rico
The revelation that more than
660,000 power customers
across Puerto Rico still lack
electricity more than three
months after Hurricane Maria
has sparked outrage among
islanders who accuse officials
of mismanaging their response
to the Category 4 storm.
It’s the first time the
government of the US
territory has provided such a
statistic, and it was released as
authorities warned that a lot
of work remains to be done and
that crews were still finding
unexpected damage after
Maria hit on 20 September.
During the storm, winds of
Celebration of British battle
triggers violence in Mumbai
By Harriet Agerholm
IN MUMBAI
SYRIA
Notorious jail to Russian pilots
close, says PM
killed in crash
Ethiopia’s prime minister
announced plans to drop
charges against political
prisoners and close a notorious
jail, Maekelawi, in an effort to
“widen the democratic space
for all”. It is the first time the
government has acknowledged
holding political prisoners.
Hailemariam Desalegn’s
comments came after antigovernment protests engulfed
much of the restive Oromia
and Amhara regions, bringing
many businesses, universities
and transport networks to a
standstill. AP
INDIA
Two Russian pilots were killed after a
military helicopter crashed during an
emergency landing in western Syria
last Sunday.
The Mi-24 helicopter was en route
to the city of Hama when the accident
happened, the Russian defence
ministry said.
Both pilots were killed when
the helicopter had to perform an
emergency landing nine miles away
from the airport.
A technician onboard was injured
and was evacuated to a Russian base.
The ministry cited a technical fault
as the cause of the crash and said the
helicopter did not come under fire. AP
his lawyer said yesterday.
Joshua Boyle, 34, his wife,
Caitlan Coleman, and their three
children arrived back in Canada
last October.
He said one of his children had
been murdered and his spouse
raped after their capture by the
Taliban-allied Haqqani network.
Police have laid 15 charges
against Mr Boyle, including
eight counts of assault, two
counts of sexual assault, two
counts of forcible confinement
and one count of uttering death
threats. A publication ban has
been imposed. REUTERS
up to 154 mph knocked power
out to the entire island.
Officials said 55 per cent of
Puerto Rico’s nearly 1.5 million
customers have electricity.
One of Puerto Rico’s 78
municipalities remains
entirely without power, and it’s
unclear when some electricity
will be restored to the central
mountain town of Ciales.
The US Army Corps of
Engineers said power would
probably be restored to the
whole island by May. It said
work had been slow because
of the island’s rough terrain,
a lack of supplies and an
infrastructure that was not
maintained during the island’s
11-year recession. Some
believe it might take even
longer, especially those living
in central mountain towns in
hard-to-reach areas. AP
Danica Coto
Violence erupted in Mumbai and
parts of the city ground to a halt after
workers from India’s lowest caste
went on strike to protest against attacks by right-wing groups.
Demonstrators from the Dalit
community pelted cars and buses
with stones and slashed their tyres.
Activists also blocked roads and
railway lines. The violence forced
businesses, schools and colleges
across the city to close their doors.
The Dalits, who rank at the bottom
of India’s caste hierarchy and were
once known as “untouchables” before
Protesters from the Dalit community
block a highway in Mumbai AP
the system was partially reformed,
called the strike across the western
state of Maharashtra after members
of their community were attacked by
right-wing Hindu groups in the city of
Pune, around 90 miles from Mumbai.
At least one Dalit activist was killed
when Hindu groups disrupted a rally
marking the 200th anniversary of
the Bhima-Koregaon battle, state
media reported.
Dalits commemorate the battle, in
which they fought alongside British
colonial forces against an upper-caste
ruler. But nationalist groups in Pune
reportedly expressed opposition to
the celebration of “British victory”.
The term Dalit in Sanskrit means
“broken” and despite programmes
of affirmative action many Dalits
struggle to break out of the cycle of
poverty. THE INDEPENDENT
Festival
of the
frozen
Visitors take in
the sights at the
Harbin International
Ice and Snow
Sculpture Festival in
China’s Heilongjiang
Province. The city of
Harbin is in its final
stages of preparation for one of the
world’s largest ice and
snow festivals, which
officially opens to
the public tomorrow.
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SPAIN
Impatient passenger clambers on to plane wing
A passenger who became bored
waiting to get off his Ryanair flight
decided to take matters into his own
hands and left the aircraft via the
emergency exit.
In a surreal turn of events, the man
then perched on the wing of the plane
as it sat on the tarmac at Malaga airport on New Year’s Day.
Ground staff managed to persuade
him to get back on board. He was
later arrested for breaching Spanish
security regulations.
The passenger, believed to be a
57-year-old Polish national, initially
became frustrated when his flight
was delayed for one hour at London
Stansted Airport, witnesses said.
He was further aggravated after
passengers were made to wait another 30 minutes to disembark when the
aircraft touched down in Spain.
“Malaga airport police immediately arrested the passenger in question” said a Ryanair spokesman.
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UNITED STATES
By Serina Sandhu
Weapons sales to Politicians
UAE suspended ‘used tear gas’
Doctor faces life
in jail for fraud
Norway said yesterday it has
suspended weapons exports to
the United Arab Emirates as a
“precautionary line” based on
its assessment of the situation
in Yemen, where a Saudi-led
coalition has been fighting Houthi
rebels for nearly three years.
Foreign minister Ine Eriksen
Soreide said she had “no
information” that military
exports have been used in Yemen,
but expressed “concern”. AP
A politically prominent Florida
eye doctor could receive a life
sentence for stealing $100m
(£74m) in one of history’s largest
Medicare frauds.
A sentencing hearing for Dr
Salomon Melgen, 63, resumed
yesterday after a four-week
hiatus. He was convicted last April
of 67 crimes including healthcare
fraud, submitting false claims and
falsifying records. Prosecutors
are asking for 30 years. AP
Four Kosovo opposition politicians
were handed suspended jail
terms of between 15 and 18
months yesterday for obstructing
parliamentary work by releasing tear
gas in the chamber.
The opposition members impeded
parliament for almost two years by
letting off tear gas in the chamber
in 2015 and 2016 in protest against a
border deal with Montenegro and an
EU-brokered agreement with Serbia.
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SOUTH AFRICA
Genetic evidence
casts new light on
origins of Native
American people
Arctic
Ocean
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The first people settled in North
America more than 20,000 years
after arriving in Alaska from Russia in a single wave, researchers
have discovered.
The findings represent the first genetic evidence that all Native Americans are descended from a single,
previously unknown, population,
which scientists have named the Ancient Beringians.
Their conclusions are based on
an analysis of a young girl’s remains
which suggests that the first settlers
may have arrived in North America
several thousand years earlier than
previously thought.
It is widely accepted that the earliest settlers crossed from what is now
Russia into Alaska via an ancient
land bridge spanning the Bering
Strait, which was submerged at the
end of the last Ice Age.
But until now, the issue of whether
there was one founding Native American population or several – and when
they arrived – was unresolved.
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20,000 years ago
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Lead researcher Professor Eske
Willerslev, of Cambridge and Copenhagen universities, said: “We were
able to show that people probably
entered Alaska before 20,000 years
ago. It’s the first time that we have
had direct genomic evidence that all
Native Americans can be traced back
to one source population, via a single,
founding migration event.”
The study, published in the journal
Nature, sequenced the full genome of
an infant whose remains were found
at the Upward Sun River archaeological site in Alaska in 2013.
To their surprise, they found that
although the child had lived around
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11,500 years ago, long after people first
arrived in the region, her genetic information did not match either of the
two recognised branches of early Native Americans. Instead, she appeared
to have belonged to an entirely distinct
Native American population.
Prof Willerslev added: “The Ancient Beringians diversified from
other Native Americans before any
ancient or living Native American
population sequenced to date.
“It’s basically an earlier population
of an ancestral group which was common to all Native Americans.”
Researchers believe the
Ancient Beringians split
from East Asians about 35,000
year ago and were later forced
to move to Alaska as a result of
“brutal changes in the climate”.
A US-based company has sent a
boat into the Indian Ocean in hope
of resuming the search for the
missing Malaysia Airlines Flight
370 – even though the company
does not have a contract to do
the job.
The search vessel, named Seabed Constructor, left the South African port of Durban on Tuesday
as part of the Ocean Infinity company’s plan to look for debris in the
southern Indian Ocean. The boat
has unmanned submarines that
can descend deep into the ocean.
Ocean Infinity was taking advantage of favourable weather to
move the vessel “towards the vicinity of the possible search zone”,
the company said in a statement.
“This is designed to save time
should the contract award be
forthcoming, as hoped,” it said.
“We will confirm as and when
the contract is awarded and the
search can resume.”
The Malaysian government is
negotiating with Ocean Infinity
and will make an announcement
next week, the Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai, said. The
Boeing 777 disappeared during its
flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March 2014. AP
PERU
NEW ZEALAND
Passengers killed after bus
plunges off cliff into Pacific
Police rescue kitten twice in a day
By Marco Aquino and
Marion Giraldo
IN LIMA
At least 48 people were killed when
a bus collided with a truck and careered off a cliff.
The accident was on along a sharply curving highway near the Pasamayo area on the Pacific coast, north
of the capital, Lima.
The latest death toll stands at 48,
according to police and Lewis Mejia
Prada, from a firefighting company.
Six survivors were being treated
for injuries after the government
rushed emergency medical services
to the site. Police are investigating.
Road accidents are common in
Peru because of unsafe highways.
Rescuers struggled to reach survivors and recover the dead from the
hard-to-reach spot where the bus
tumbled on to a beach.
“It’s a dangerous curve zone,” Colonel Dino Escudero, head of Lima’s
highway control division, told a local
radio station.
By Charlie Burgess
Rescuers try to reach the wounded
from the bus that fell on to a beach
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Peruvian president Pedro Pablo
Kuczynski said: “It’s very sad for us
as a country to suffer an accident of
this magnitude.” REUTERS; AP
A kitten has been recovered by New
Zealand police after a hairy
standoff that shut down a
busy stretch of motorway.
The Auckland City
Police District were
called out after a motorist spotted “a small
orange and white ball
of fluff... trying to cause
accidents” on the southwestern motorway.
The troublemaker darted
across several lanes of moving traf-
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of her nine lives intact.
Named Maioro after the ramp
from which she was rescued, the kitten was only
captured after police
blocked the roads.
She did not go quietly, however, and disappeared into the patrol
vehicle’s dashboard.
Mechanics were
forced to remove the
entire dashboard before
finding Maioro (inset) huddled
against the heating fan.
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at least 50 nights of
the past four years
performing her Piece
Of Me show at Planet
Hollywood. With countless
costume changes and two hours of
dancing, body rolls and hair flicks,
her 24-song performances have
become a staple within the Las
Vegas music scene.
Now this chapter of Spears’s
journey has come to an end, and
the timing couldn’t be better.
While the Piece Of Me residency
was supposed to last only until
2015, the singer – who rose to fame
with the hit single …Baby One More
Time – ended up signing on for
two extra years of performing her
greatest hits. It was a no-brainer
for Spears, given the opportunities
for her to connect with her fan
base while also accruing an
estimated $35m a year.
When Spears signed on to do
the Piece of Me residency in 2013
she was on the verge of putting out
Britney Jean – a record that was
supposed to be her most personal
yet. But it became more and
more clear that this record was
also meant to restore the image
Spears had once enjoyed before
a tumultuous 2006. At that point,
Spears, who had been in the glare
of the public eye since she was 16,
had reached her breaking point.
She was dealing with mental
health issues and infamously
shaved her head as a result of that
struggle. She had two stints in
rehab, faced a year in prison after
a hit-and-run (a Los Angeles court
later dismissed the charges after
she paid an undisclosed amount to
the other car’s owner), lost a close
family member, filed for divorce,
and found herself in the midst of a
nasty – and very public – custody
battle with her ex-husband,
Kevin Federline.
The public perception of Spears
– once a teen pop idol adored
by millions of young fans – had
shifted, and the fall from grace
had an impact on her music, her
personal life and her career.
So when her album Blackout
was released in 2007, it was meant
to show a more mature Spears.
But the record polarised critics
and fans, not helped by a lack of
push for the album by her team or
Spears herself.
Following Blackout, Spears
didn’t seem to have quite the
same staying power as she once
had – the result of changing
Barbara Speed
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times, moving into a new phase
in her life and recovering from a
chaotic year.
Between Blackout and Britney
Jean, she released two albums:
Circus and Femme Fatale. While
each had its hits (Womanizer and
Radar), Spears’s popularity had
shifted. So the opportunity for a
residency sounded promising.
With Spears performing hits
from throughout her (now)
20-year career, it was an ideal
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here is nothing quite so
comforting as the menu
at a chain restaurant.
Sea levels rise, empires
fall, presidents are
indicted (a girl can dream), but the
menu at Pizza Express will never
change. Sure, they might add the
odd cranberry-studded Christmas
special, but the dough balls will be
there long after the cockroaches
have died off.
There are more than 450 Pizza
Express restaurants in the UK,
which means at least one on
anything claiming to call itself a
high street. They are the site of
group birthday dinners, and work
lunches out, and quick bites before
way for her to capitalise on the
nostalgia that had helped sustain
her as an artist. A residency let
her interact with her fans on
her own terms and gave her the
structure of long-term work, but
also time off to spend with her
family. It was a win-win situation.
The Piece of Me shows in Vegas
also had an effect on the concept of
the Vegas residency.
In the past, these years-long
shows had almost always involved
the cinema, and there is always,
always, a half-price mains voucher.
No matter which Pizza Express
you go to, you know where you
stand. The plates are striped,
the service is included, and the
Christmas menu comes with a
glass of Prosecco. The servings
are generally enormous, and can
feed everyone from a noisy baby to
an elderly grandparent.
Perhaps I’m not passionate
enough about food to appreciate
the higher end options. I love Pizza
Express, but I have no particular
loyalty to pizza.
I’ll happily venture to
Wagamama, or Nando’s, or
even McDonald’s, and I know
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troubles and to revive her career
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musicians who were on the verge
of retirement.
Spears’s four-year stint proved
that residencies could be tactical
measures for performers to focus
on what they do best, maximising
the fan base they already had, not
to mention being huge, profitable
and press-receiving scores for the
venues hosting them.
Now, artists such as Jennifer
Lopez, Backstreet Boys and even
Lady Gaga are seeing the benefits
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of signing on to a contract in Vegas.
A residency has become a lucrative
strategy for an artist’s revival.
Spears’s residency gave her
the chance to monetise the
highlights of her career and
use them to her advantage. By
performing her greatest hits and
showing the world she could still
put on a show, she was reasserting
herself to the public.
I was nine years old when
she released ...Baby One More
Time, and have followed her
career ever since, watching
as it soared, stumbled and tried
to regain its strength over
two decades. But I had never
seen her perform live until
27 December, when she played
the first of her final five shows in a
7,000-person ampitheatre.
From a jazzy performance of
Toxic set in a makeshift rainforest
to a glimmering set of Everytime
in mountain-size angel wings,
Spears’s spirit and passion for
putting on a show did not go
unnoticed. She rode a guitar like
a mechanical bull during her
cover of I Love Rock ’n’ Roll (a nod
to her role in the coming-of-age
film Crossroads) and called a male
member of the audience up so she
could walk him like a dog.
The set covered every phase
of her career: broken up into
different acts to show her
evolution from teen idol to pop
royalty. After seeing her in all her
splendour, I’d caution anyone who
criticises Spears’s dance movies
and lip-syncing to think twice.
She performed these shows
consecutively throughout the
year, has been through her own
personal trauma and has enjoyed
a phenomenal career – albeit with
ups and downs – for 20 years. She
looked immortal in her sparkly,
barely-there bodysuits and
thigh-high boots, dancing non-stop
from set change to set change.
After four years in Vegas,
Spears finally reached the end of
her residency on New Year’s Eve,
closing the shows with a midnight
performance on television’s Dick
Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve
with Ryan Seacrest. It was the
perfect way to ensure she stays
at the forefront of the public
consciousness as 2018 begins.
Spears’ residency was perhaps
the smartest thing she ever did
for her career when it comes to
finances, rehabilitating her image
and in communicating with her
long-standing fan base.
Now would be the time for the
singer to recuperate and also to
hit the studio, because we’re all
wondering what she’ll do next.
Spears has us wanting more from
her once again. And I’ll be waiting
for her to return to the limelight
whenever she’s ready.
my order by heart at each. I
have often stared in fascination
at dinner companions who look
carefully through the menu at
these establishments for up to 20
minutes, apparently undecided.
(Mine’s a katsu curry, a quarter
chicken and corn, and nuggets,
since you’re asking.)
Meals out for me aren’t really
about the food, or about being
adventurous. They’re the occasions
where you should feel most relaxed
– you shouldn’t be hunched over
phones, frantically googling menu
terms, or left half-hungry after a
small plate of very expensive sushi.
Even planning to go to a “real”
restaurant leaves you exhausted.
Every time, especially in London,
the conversation plays out in the
same way:
“Let’s go to Y, the new fusion
place where for some reason they
don’t accept bookings!”
“Or X food market, where you
pay £5 to get in before you even buy
your food...”
“I’ve heard that Z is amazing,
although the cheapest starters set
you back £40.”
“Or... I mean, there’s always a
table at Pizza Express.”
So you can keep your top chefs
and your Michelin stars and your
pop-ups. Meet me at Pizza Express
– I’ve booked online and I’ve got
a voucher.
IQ
30-39
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
i THURSDAY
4 JANUARY 2018
27
SOCIETY
Is your office
making you
miserable?
Workplace anxiety is on the rise, but there
are ways to lessen it. By Nick Duerden
I
f hell is other people, then
the office environment must
surely resemble the fifth circle
of Dante’s Inferno – filled, as
it is, with unhinged, wrathful
types. Of the vast numbers of people
who suffer from stress, anxiety
and depression each year, over half
a million find themselves in such
a state because of their jobs. The
typical office space, it seems, is
making us unhealthy and unhappy.
It’s a growing phenomenon, says
Dr Ellie Cannon, a practising GP.
One reason for the steady rise,
she suggests, is our increasing
awareness of mental health
conditions. Where once we never
really knew how to identify our
issues, now we do. “And what it
points to is unambiguous: stress and
anxiety are increasingly induced by
our jobs.”
Dr Cannon addresses the matter
in her new book, Is Your Job Making
You Ill? She writes that while all
of us are susceptible to workplace
stress, those in particular careers –
including teachers and public sector
workers – face a greater risk. Why?
“Because these people are always
working towards tight deadlines,
often with a lack of resources, and
a lack of managerial support,”
she says. “All this can bring a
huge amount of pressure onto
the individual.”
People may believe that the
behaviour of their colleagues,
and specifically their immediate
superiors, is an unavoidable cause of
workplace anxiety.
The #MeToo campaign has very
ably highlighted how some of those
in positions of power can display
worryingly sociopathic tendencies,
but such habits are not restricted to
Hollywood and government.
Power can corrupt even lowly line
managers, and bullying is endemic
in many work environments.
In her book, Dr Cannon relates the
story of one patient whose manager
locked her in her office as a way to
scold her. Another tale
concerns someone who
works “very high up” in
the Civil Service who,
when pregnant, had an
excessive workload shifted
onto her by a manager
who quite clearly hoped to
highlight just how poorly she
was coping.
“There are so many
stories like this, and I have
to say I find them quite
shocking,” she says.
“But I should also point out
the flipside, too: that there
are just as many
situations where
employers have
gone to really great
Chin up Have a better day
Dr Cannon gives three tips on how to
improve your working life:
Change your commute
If the 7.29am train is always packed
and makes you miserable, try taking
an earlier train or walking to the
previous station. Cycle one day if you
can, or drive. Break the routine up.
Disconnect
Our phones are the best and worst
things to happen to us. The more we
focus on them, the less we interact
with people. Put your phones down.
Re-engage with those around you.
Get a good sleep
Insomnia breeds anxiety. Try to
improve your sleep, both the quantity
and the quality.
lengths to help their employees. So
it’s not all bad news.”
Dr Cannon’s book is ultimately
a self-help guide, offering advice
on what we can all do if we find
ourselves in unpleasant workplace
positions. Should the boss be a
nightmare, and certain colleagues
insufferable, what then? Well, she
writes, we should look towards ways
of reducing our overall stress, and of
gradually building up our resilience.
Cognitive behavioural therapy is
recommended, alongside meditation
and yoga (below). We must strive to
build better relationships away from
the 9-to-5; we can aim to improve the
daily commute. If our working hours
are miserable, then do everything to
make the hours outside them better.
“Illness can affect one’s mood
to the point where it becomes a
self-fulfilling prophecy,” she says.
“But not everything in life has
to be terrible. So make sure you
have valuable human connections.
Surround yourself with people who
care about you: family, friends. Plan
your free time productively. There
are all sorts of microactions we can employ
to improve our days, and
in doing so, our health.”
Yes, but who is going
to help our bosses
improve the way they
conduct their own days?
Dr Cannon smiles.
“Well, my hope is that
they read this book, too.
There are lessons here
for everyone.”
‘Is Your Job Making You Ill?
How to Survive and Thrive
When It Happens
to You’ by Dr Ellie
Cannon (£14.99,
Piatkus) is out now
Television Thursday 4 January
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
Derry Girls
10pm, Channel 4
There are two very different escape
routes from the January murk this
evening – either via the familiar
gentle, tropical escapism of Death In
Paradise, or by blasting away the
gloom with this raucous new
comedy set during the Troubles in
Northern Ireland, and based (loosely,
one hopes) on the schooldays of
writer Lisa McGee. Set in sectarian
Derry during the 1990s, it offers a
refreshingly unfamiliar young cast
playing four friends at an all-girls
(with one notable exception) Catholic
school as they run the gauntlet of
bombs, tough-minded nuns and
more universal teenage concerns.
Leads Saoirse-Monica Jackson (far
left) and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell excel.
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8pm, BBC2
Si King and Dave Myers are off on
their motorcycle travels again,
this time skirting the western
Mediterranean, starting in the heel
of Italy and Puglia (“Umbria without
the tourists,” says “Kingy” in an aside
to camera that is sure to invite more
tourism) as the duo investigate
cucina povera, or the staple diet of
peasants that is now understood to
be one of the most healthy in the
world. The food – even the sea
urchins – does look delicious, but
for many of us it will be a case of
soaking up the vicarious sunshine
and dreaming of summer holidays.
Spicy ’nduja pate and gelato are
among the other items on the menu.
9pm, BBC1
It’s the return of the detective drama
that is the polar opposite of
Scandi-noir – sunny balm for long
January evenings, and presumably
brilliant advertising for the French
Caribbean island of Guadeloupe,
which stands in for the fictional
Saint Marie. After being introduced
at the end of the last series, Ardal
O’Hanlon again barely appears to
break sweat as resident police chief
Detective Inspector Jack Mooney,
assisted as usual by Danny JohnJules and Josephine Jobert. Elizabeth
Berrington makes the long journey
for arguably the shortest visit ever
by the “corpse of the week” – as
the intended bride of a property
magnate played by Denis Lawson.
9pm, BBC2
“When you live in a house you’re just
passing through,” says historian
David Olusoga as he presents a sort
of bricks-and-mortar version of Who
Do You Think You Are?, tracing all the
owners of one terraced house in
Liverpool. Falkner Street was built
in the 1840s to accommodate the
increasingly prosperous traders of a
city which, at the time, rivalled New
York. Olusoga begins by meeting the
current owner of No 62, a working
mother, and her children.
The Hairy Bikers’
Mediterranean Adventure
Death In Paradise
6.00 Flog It! Trade Secrets
(R) (S). 6.30 The Farmers’
Country Showdown (R)
(S). 7.15 Antiques Road
Trip (R) (S). 8.00 Sign
Zone: MasterChef: The
Professionals (R) (S). 9.00
BBC News (S). 11.00
Westminster Abbey (R) (S).
12.00 Coast (R) (S). 12.10
FILM: Lucky Jim (John
Boulting 1957) Comedy,
starring Ian Carmichael
(S). 1.45 The Wonder
Of Animals (R) (S). 2.15
Operation Wild (R) (S). 3.15
Penguins – Spy In The
Huddle (R) (S). 4.15 Planet
Earth II (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 Midsomer
Murders (R) (S). 3.59 ITV
Regional Weather (S). 4.00
Tipping Point (R) (S). 5.00
The Chase (S).
6.20 3rd Rock From The
Sun (R) (S). 6.45 3rd Rock
From The Sun (R) (S). 7.10
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 Sun, Sea And Selling
Houses (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 The
Secret Life Of The Zoo (R)
(S). 4.00 A Place In The
Sun: Winter Sun (S). 5.00
Come Dine With Me (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15
Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles (S). 9.45 FILM:
The Unbeatables (Juan
Jose Campanella 2013)
Premiere. Animated
adventure, with the voice
of Rupert Grint (S). 11.25
Access (S). 11.30 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors
(R) (S). 12.30 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.35 The
Hotel Inspector (R) (S). 1.35
FILM: The 19th Wife (Rob
Holcomb 2010) Drama,
starring Matt Czuchry (S).
3.20 FILM: Deadly Stage
Fright (Fred Olen Ray
2017) Premiere. Thriller,
starring Jordan Ladd (S).
5.00 5 News At 5 (S). 5.35
Barging Loving Celebs
(R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads (S).
6.30 Great British
Railway
Journeys Places
of interest in
West Sussex (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks Diane
reveals that
Tony is sleeping
in the spare
room (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 Kate Humble:
Off The Beaten
Track (S).
7.30 Christmas
University
Challenge 2017
(S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Charity
discovers a
secret (S).
7.30 Diets: New
Year, New You?
Tonight (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 Celebrity
Mastermind (S).
7.30 EastEnders
Pressure is
high for those
involved in
Aidan’s job (S).
8pm
8.00 DIY SOS: The
Big Build New
series. Adapting
the home of a
paralysed West
Sussex woman
(S).
8.00 The Hairy
Bikers’
Mediterranean
Adventure New
series.
The flavours of
Italy (S).
8.00 Emmerdale
Doug cheers
Bob up (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street Faye
offers Seb a bed
for a night (S).
9.00 Death In
Paradise New
series. A hotel
billionaire’s
fiancée falls
from a balcony
(S).
9.00 A House
Through Time
New series.
Charting 180
years of a
Liverpool house
(S).
10pm
10.00BBC News (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Mrs Brown’s
Boys New Year
Special (R) (S).
11pm
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15 Rip
Off Britain: Holidays (S).
10.00 Homes Under The
Hammer (S). 11.00 Wanted
Down Under (S). 11.45
Close Calls: On Camera
(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 (S). 3.00 I
Escaped To The Country
(S). 3.45 The Farmers’
Country Showdown (S).
4.30 Antiques Road Trip
(S). 5.15 Pointless (S).
6pm
9pm
Late
A House Through Time
===
Hunted
9pm, Channel 4
“We’ll be like lions and go for the
weakest of the herd,” says former
Bikers Si King and Dave
Myers head to the Med
8pm, BBC2
Ardal O’Hanlon returns
as DI Jack Mooney and
investigates a fatal fall
in ‘Death In Paradise’
9pm, BBC1
David Olusoga views ‘A
House Through Time’
9pm, BBC2
7.00 Baby Ballroom
New series.
Behind the
scenes at a
Wolverhampton
dance school (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days News and
analysis (S).
7.30 Great
Continental
Railway
Journeys (R) (S).
6.55 FILM: Men In
Black 3 (Barry
Sonnenfeld
2012) Sci-fi
comedy sequel,
starring Will
Smith (S).
8.00 Food
Unwrapped
Diet Special
The team
investigates
healthy eating
products (S).
8.00 Big Family
Values: More
Kids Than Cash
A couple with
10 children
consider having
another baby (S).
8.00 Walt Disney –
Part One Part
one of two.
Exploring the
life, career and
legacy of Walt
Disney (R) (S).
9.00 Piers Morgan’s
Life Stories
Piers meets
Caitlyn Jenner
(S).
9.00 Hunted New
series. Nine
British citizens
turn fugitive
and go on the
run (S).
9.00 Celebrity Big
Brother The
housemates’
first full day (S).
9.00 Walt Disney
– Part Two
Documentary
exploring the
life, career and
legacy of Walt
Disney (R) (S).
10.00Live At The
Apollo Dane
Baptiste hosts,
with Desiree
Burch and Chris
McCausland (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.35 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Great Art New
series (S).
10.00Derry Girls New
series. Comedy
set in Northern
Ireland (S).
10.30 20 Kids And
Counting (R) (S).
10.00Celebrity 100
Per Cent Hotter
New series. The
team offer style
assistance to
Honey G (S).
10.00The Secret
Life Of Sue
Townsend
(Aged 68 3/4)
Profile of the
author (R) (S).
11.15 New Tricks The
detectives and
their new boss
investigate an
immigrant’s
murder (R) (S).
11.15 Robot Wars
Special
2017: The
World Series
Champions
battle rivals (R)
(S).
11.45 Joanna
Lumley’s
Postcards The
actress recalls
her trip across
the Greek
islands (R) (S).
11.35 24 Hours
In A&E An
unknown
patient arrives
after collapsing
in the street (R)
(S).
11.05 Celebrity Big
Brother’s Bit On
The Side Rylan
Clark-Neal
presents the
CBB companion
show (S).
12.20 BBC News (S).
12.15 Sign Zone: Blue
Planet II: Oceans Of
Wonder (R) (S). 1.45 Sign
Zone: Employable Me (R)
(S). 2.45 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.10 Jackpot247 3.00
Diets: New Year, New
You? Tonight (R) (S). 3.25
ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.40 The Supervet (R)
. 1.35 Secret Life Of The
Zoo (R). 2.30 Kitchen
Nightmares USA 3.20
Word Of The Year 2017
4.15 Location, Location,
Location 5.05 Come Dine
With Me 5.35 Countdown
12.00 SuperCasino 3.10
GPs: Behind Closed Doors
(R) (S). 4.00 My Mum’s
Hotter Than Me! (R) (S).
4.45 House Doctor (R) (S).
5.10 Wildlife SOS (R). 5.35
Chinese Food In Minutes
(R). 5.50 Access (S).
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 (R) (S).
2.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S). 3.40 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 4.45 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
5.50 Take Me Out (R) (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Humorous
footage (R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (S).
8.30 Superstore
Jonah is tasked
with giving out
flu shots in the
pharmacy (S).
9.00 FILM: Dumb
And Dumber To
(Bobby Farrelly,
Peter Farrelly
2014) Comedy
sequel, starring
Jim Carrey (S).
9.00 FILM: 22
Jump Street
(Phil Lord,
Christopher
Miller 2014)
Crime comedy
(S).
11.00 Iceland – Land
Of Ice And Fire:
Natural World
The people and
animals of the
Nordic island
(R) (S).
11.10 FILM: Stoker
(Chan-wook
Park 2013)
Thriller,
starring Mia
Wasikowska (S).
11.15 Family Guy
Bonnie and Lois
visit Paris (R) (S).
11.45 Family Guy
Brian posts a
tweet that goes
viral (R) (S).
12.00 Great Barrier Reef
(R) (S). 1.00 Walt Disney –
Part One (R) (S). 2.00 Walt
Disney – Part Two (R) (S).
3.00 Peaky Blinders (R) (S).
4.00 Close
1.10 FILM: Basic Instinct
(Paul Verhoeven 1992)
Thriller, starring Sharon
Stone and Michael
Douglas (S). 3.50 Close
12.15 American Dad!
(R) (S). 12.40 American
Dad! (R) (S). 1.10 Two And
A Half Men (R) (S). 1.35
Superstore (R) (S). 2.05 The
Keith Lemon Sketch Show
(R) (S). 2.30 Teleshopping
NEWS
2-27
Met detective Peter Bleksley as his
team returns to hunt down nine new
fugitives who hope to win £100,000
by evading capture for 25 days.
Among those playing this enjoyable
(for us) and stressful (for them) game
of adult hide-and-seek are a former
police officer, a father-and-son duo
and the current deputy mayor of
Sheffield, who runs off beneath a
highly identifiable sky-blue raincoat.
But is it a clever decoy?
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Great Art
10.45pm, ITV
Canaletto is the first subject as ITV
marks a return to fine arts with Tim
Marlow as presenter. “Canaletto And
The Art Of Venice At The Queen’s
Gallery, Buckingham Palace” is the
longer title of his film.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
===
9pm, ITV4
(Terence Young, 1962)
The modestly budgeted yet exotic
spy thriller that launched cinema’s
most successful franchise is one of
the best in the series. Sean Connery’s
Bond (left) jets off to Jamaica to
investigate the killing of another
double-0 agent, listens to calypso,
sees Ursula Andress emerge from
the sea, and infiltrates a Fu Manchuish villain’s lair. Ken Adam’s
production design and the vintage
tailoring, technology and tail-finned
cars, all captured in pop-hued colour
cinematography by series regular
Ted Moore, are wonderfully
evocative. The film’s attitudes
towards women and foreigners have
perhaps dated with less charm.
9pm, TCM
(Harold Ramis, 1983)
Screenwriter John Hughes sends the
Griswold clan on a misbegotten road
trip across country to a theme park,
gently poking fun at their family
values on the way. Chevy Chase is
perfectly deadpan as Griswold Sr.
BBC iPlayer
One victim of this
distressing and increasingly
common crime recounts
how her life was changed.
===
The Good Place
Dr No
National Lampoon’s Vacation
Basic Instinct
1.10am, Film4
(Paul Verhoeven, 1992)
For better or worse, this feverish,
twisty and guiltily enjoyable pulp
thriller was a key film of the 1990s,
making a star of Sharon Stone and
redefining the amounts of sex and
violence it was allowable to show
in a mainstream film.
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 6.50 Judge Judy (R)
(S). 7.15 Heartbeat (R)
(S). 8.15 The Royal (R) (S).
9.20 Judge Judy (R) (S).
9.45 Judge Judy (R) (S).
10.15 Judge Judy (R) (S).
10.40 FILM: The Pure
Hell Of St Trinian’s (Frank
Launder 1960) Comedy,
starring Cecil Parker (S).
12.40 The Royal (R) (S).
1.40 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.50 Agatha Christie’s
Marple (R) (S). 5.55
Heartbeat (R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S). 6.30
Streetmate (R) (S). 7.00
Charmed (R) (S). 9.00 FILM:
Animals United (Reinhard
Klooss, Holger Tappe 2010)
Animated comedy (S).
11.00 The Goldbergs (R)
(S). 11.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 12.00 How I Met
Your Mother (R) (S). 12.30
How I Met Your Mother
(R) (S). 1.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 1.30 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 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 9.55
Food Unwrapped (R) (S).
10.30 How To Lose Weight
Well (R) (S). 11.30 A Place
In The Sun: Winter Sun
(R) (S). 12.35 A Place In The
Sun: Home Or Away (R)
(S). 1.40 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 2.15 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 2.45 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 3.15
Come Dine With Me (R)
(S). 3.50 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 4.20 Four In A
Bed (R) (S). 4.55 Four In A
Bed (R) (S). 5.25 Four In A
Bed (R) (S). 5.55 Four In A
Bed (R) (S).
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The Simpsons (R) (S). 7.30
The Simpsons (R) (S). 8.00
Micro Monsters With
David Attenborough (R) (S).
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David Attenborough (R)
(S). 9.00 Dogs: An Amazing
Animal Family (R) (S).
10.00 Modern Family (R)
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(R) (S). 11.00 Modern
Family (R) (S). 11.30
Modern Family (R) (S).
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(S). 3.00 NCIS: Los Angeles
(R) (S). 4.00 Modern Family
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The West Wing (R) (S).
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5.00 House (R) (S).
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Wrote Jessica
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arrested for
murder (R) (S).
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Theory (R) (S).
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Theory Sheldon
and Amy spend
their first night
together (R) (S).
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(R) (S).
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A puppy whose
legs are growing
in the wrong
direction (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama (R)
(S).
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of Tony Blair
and JK Rowling
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6.00 House An
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trial (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Harry
offers to be
James’ date to a
work event (S).
7.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
An eco-friendly
subterranean
house in the
Cotswolds (R)
(S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Homer is
humiliated by a
wild bear (R) (S).
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(R) (S).
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Investigation
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Frank faces
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10.00Foyle’s War A
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(S). 2.05 ITV3 Nightscreen
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8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
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to make his life
difficult (R) (S).
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9.00 2 Broke Girls
Max and
Caroline are
cast as extras in
a movie (S).
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9.00 The World’s
Best Diet Jimmy
Doherty and
Kate Quilton
rank 50 diets
from worst to
best (R) (S).
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Their Own With
guests Andy
Carroll, David
Walliams and
Melanie C (R)
(S).
9.00 The Tunnel:
Vengeance A
development
threatens Karl
and Elise’s
partnership (S).
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First-ever
episode (R) (S).
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(R) (S).
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Countdown
Jimmy Carr
returns with the
comedy panel
quiz (R) (S).
10.00Delicious
Return of the
drama, starring
Dawn French
and Emilia Fox
(R).
10.05 Game Of
Thrones
Cersei finds
herself seeking
forgiveness (R)
(S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory Raj’s
sister creates
tension (R) (S).
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Theory (R) (S).
11.45 Ramsay’s
Kitchen
Nightmares
USA Revisiting
restaurants
Gordon has
helped (R) (S).
11.00 The Simpsons
Bart legally
separates from
his parents (R)
(S).
11.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
11.15 Game Of
Thrones
The fate of
Jon Snow is
revealed (R) (S).
12.05 Gogglebox (R) (S).
12.55 Rude Tube (R) (S).
2.00 2 Broke Girls (R) (S).
2.25 2 Broke Girls (R) (S).
2.50 First Dates (R) (S). 3.45
First Dates Abroad (R) (S).
4.10 Rude(ish) Tube (R) (S).
4.35 Charmed (R) (S).
1.40 Grand Designs (R) (S).
2.45 8 Out Of 10 Cats (R) (S).
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12.00 The Force: North
East (R) (S). 1.00 Air
Ambulance ER (R) (S). 2.00
Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S). 3.00
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Stop, Search, Seize (R) (S).
5.00 Highway Patrol (R) (S).
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12.15 The Tunnel:
Vengeance (R) (S). 1.15
Dexter (R). 2.25 CSI: Crime
Scene Investigation (R) (S).
3.20 Banshee (R) (S). 4.20
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.10
The West Wing (R) (S).
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Ken Bruce 12noon Jeremy
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Playlist 3.00 Radio 2 Playlist:
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Radio 2 Playlist: Feelgood
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6.30am Breakfast 9.00
Essential Classics 12noon
Composer Of The Week: Colin
Matthews 1.00 News 1.02
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
2.00 Afternoon Concert. Aulis
Sallinen’s opera Castle in
the Water, and extracts from
Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre. 5.00
In Tune. Presented by Katie
Derham. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape.
A specially curated playlist
of Bach, Britten, Vivaldi and
more. 7.30 Radio 3 In Concert.
Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents
cutting-edge new music.
10.00 Free Thinking 10.45 The
Essay: Brick, Stone, Steel, Glass
11.00 Late Junction 12.30am
Through The Night
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Her Story
Made History 9.30 One To One
9.45 Book Of The Week: The
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Inside Science. Presented by
Adam Rutherford. 5.00 PM
5.57 Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock
News 6.30 John Finnemore’s
Souvenir Programme. New
series. Sketch show, starring
John Finnemore. 7.00 The
Archers. Ian has a lot on his
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to heaven by mistake.
Jools’s Annual
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Party like it’s 2017.
mind. 7.15 Front Row. Arts
programme. 7.45 Shardlake:
Heartstone. By CJ Sansom.
8.00 The Briefing Room. David
Aaronovitch discusses big
issues in the news. 8.30 In
Business. Russia’s attempts to
diversify its economy beyond
the energy sector. 9.00 BBC
Inside Science. Presented by
Adam Rutherford. 9.30 Her
Story Made History. Lyse
Doucet meets the Afghan
politician and diplomat
Shukria Barakzai. 10.00 The
World Tonight. With Razia
Iqbal. 10.45 Book At Bedtime:
How To Stop Time. By Matt
Haig. 11.00 The Brig Society.
Marcus Brigstocke tries being a
woman. 11.30 A Life Of Dental
Losses. Writer Vitali Vitaliev
contemplates having all his
teeth removed. 12mdn’t News
And Weather 12.30 Book Of
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6am Dr Finlay: The Adventures
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3pm, BBC Radio 4
Helen Mark
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fantastical fairy
stories and
forgotten football
legends in the
landscape around
Bradford, before
viewing David
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Arrival Of Spring.
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Watching for
smoke signals
More than a dozen volcanoes are
erupting around the world at any time,
but which ones are scientists most
concerned about in 2018? It can be tricky
to judge, explains RalfGertisser
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urs is a world on fire.
We might not realise it here in the UK,
where we see a plume
of volcanic ash or
some flowing lava on the news
once every few months, but in any
week of the past year there were
at least 14 volcanoes erupting.
The most recent eruption to
catch our attention was Mount
Agung on the Indonesian island of
Bali, where flights were cancelled
and more than 100,000 people
were told to evacuate last month.
Yet of the country’s 139 “active”
volcanoes, 18 have raised alert levels, signifying higher than normal
seismic activity, ground deformation or gas emissions.
Most observed volcanic activity
takes place along the Pacific Ring
of Fire, a region around the Pacific Ocean where several tectonic
plates meet, causing earthquakes
and a chain of what geologists call
subduction zone volcanoes.
Other eruptions occur at volcanoes within continental interiors such as Ol Doinyo Lengai in
Tanzania, or on oceanic islands
like Hawaii. Many also take place
hidden from view on the sea floor,
with some of the most active underwater volcanoes located in the
Tonga-Kermadec island arc in the
south-west Pacific.
The current eruptions on land
range from gentle lava effusions
to moderate-sized explosions
and are tiny compared with the
largest in Earth’s history. Even
the 1815 eruption of Mount Tam-
bora, also in Indonesia, arguably
the largest eruption in recent recorded history, is dwarfed by
super-eruptions in the geological
past such as that of Toba volcano
on Sumatra 74,000 years ago.
Toba erupted approximately 70
times more magma than Tambora, helped plunge Earth into another ice age and may have even
created a genetic bottleneck in
human evolution.
In fact, Toba was the largest
eruption in the past 25 million
years, so there is little chance of a
similar catastrophe any time soon.
Nevertheless, it is the frequent,
small- to moderate-sized eruptions that pose a constant volcanic threat. Around the globe today,
about 800 million people live within 62 miles, and 29 million within
6.2 miles, of active volcanoes.
“Volcanic threat,” a measure
that combines the level of hazard
and the number of people exposed
to it, is by far the highest in Indonesia, followed by the Philippines,
Japan, Mexico and Ethiopia.
These five countries combine to
make up more than 90 per cent
of the total global volcanic threat.
However, as a proportion of population, volcanic threat is highest
on small islands, such as Montserrat, which are entirely volcanic.
Which of the world’s fiery
mountains are volcanologists
most concerned about for the
coming year? It’s hard to judge
– some of the volcanoes that currently show signs of unrest may
simply calm down without erup-
‘Cyberloafing’
atworkis
biggestthreat
tocompanies’
digital
security
The biggest threat
to an organisation’s
cyber security
comes from
within. Employees
frequently put their
companies at risk by
sharing passwords,
using public Wi-Fi
networks to send
sensitive information,
or not protecting
the privacy of social
media accounts.
But there’s another
threat we are all
probably guilty
of, something that
researchers have
dubbed “cyberloafing”.
This practice of using
work computers for
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tion, while others may enter a
phase of eruption in the months to
come and will need to be watched
and monitored closely. Volcanic
unrest can also start suddenly at
dormant volcanoes such as Hekla
in Iceland which, based on its past
record of decades of quiescence
followed by sudden huge eruptions, may awake with little warning. But here are a few that we are
keeping an eye on:
Volcanic unrest
can also start
suddenly at dormant
volcanoes
Kirishima, Japan
One of Japan’s less known but
most active volcanoes, Kirishima, is a group of several volcanic
cones with eruptions recorded on
and off since 742. An eruption at
one of these cones, Shinmoedake,
in 2011 was the largest at Kirishima for more than 50 years. Shinmoedake erupted for the first time
in six years in October, with white
plumes rising 200 metres above
the crater rim. Presently, the alert
level remains elevated.
Merapi is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in Indonesia
because of its frequent eruptions
and densely populated slopes.
With a death toll of nearly 400
people, its 2010 eruption is so far
the deadliest of the 21st century.
One may argue that another eruption of Merapi is overdue, although
there are no immediate signs of increased activity or unrest.
erupted twice since the early settlement of Iceland, including the
country’s largest-ever explosive
eruption in 1362 and another in
1727-28. In both cases the eruptions were followed by massive
and lethal flooding, as meltwater from subglacial lakes on the
mountain were suddenly released.
Oræfajokull appears to be waking up. Small seismic tremors
inside the volcano have been recorded since August 2017 and, in
November, a depression on the
surface of the ice inside the main
crater appeared – a phenomenon
usually caused by ice melting
below as heat builds up.
Oræfajokull, Iceland
Popocatepetl, Mexico
Merapi, Indonesia
This ice-covered volcano has
personal internet
browsing can become
a serious security
threat to a company
when it goes too far.
Most companies
accept that their
employees will
occasionally check
social media or send
personal emails. But
in some cases things
can get more serious,
with people spending
significant amounts
of time updating
their own websites,
watching videos or
even pornography.
Early estimates
suggested that 45 per
cent of employees
questioned cited
surfing the internet
at work for personal
purposes as the
number one
distraction at work.
This can have
a big impact on
a company’s
productivity, with
research suggesting
that employees each
waste an average
of 2.09 hours a
day. But my new
study, conducted
with colleagues
in Australia, also
shows that the more
employees engage in
serious cyberloafing,
the less likely they
Mexico’s “smoking mountain”,
are to follow the
protocols designed to
protect the company’s
IT systems.
In a study of 338
workers, those who
cyberloafed more
often knew less
about information
security. And those
who engaged in
more serious
cyberloafing (such as
updating personal
websites, visiting
dating websites or
downloading illegal
files) had significantly
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Why choosing the right
holiday destination can
make a real difference
Sustainable, eco-friendly. . . not every tourist hotspot need go the way of
Benidorm. BrendanCanavanoutlines some greener alternatives
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(pictured above), lies 43.5 miles
south-east of Mexico City and is
the country’s most active volcano.
The volcano is currently erupting – as it has done so intermittently since 2005 – with lava dome
growth, explosions, ash plumes up
to a few miles high and minor ash
fall in surrounding areas.
Villarrica, Chile
The snow-covered Villarrica volcano, 470 miles south of the capital, Santiago, is one of only a small
number of volcanoes around the
world with an active lava lake.
A gradual increase in seismic
and lava lake activity, producing
lava fountains up to 150 metres
high, have been documented since
mid-November 2017.
poorer cyber
security awareness.
Typically, they were
less aware of how
to stay safe online
and how to protect
sensitive information.
One reason could be
that they don’t want
to pay attention to
information about
online safety and
ignore the risks. On
they other hand,
they may believe
their companies can
protect themselves
from anything
that might happen
as a result of
risky behaviour.
Potential internet
Kilauea, US
Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big
Island has spewed basaltic lava almost continuously for 35 years and
there is no reason to expect this
eruption will end any time soon.
The volcano continues to erupt at
its summit and from the Pu’u ‘O’o
vent on its East Rift Zone, producing lava flows that occasionally
enter the ocean.
Ralf Gertisser is a senior lecturer
in mineralogy and petrology at
Keele University. This article was
co-authored by Katie Preece, a
research associate in volcanology
at the University of Glasgow, and
Sylvain Charbonnier, an assistant
professor in volcanology at the
University of South Florida
addicts were the
greatest risk of all.
They may be more
determined to get
online at any costs
and more likely to
try to get around
security protocols or
ignore advice about
online safety.
This does not
mean we should
cut off all internet
access for employees.
But providing
effective training
could be effective.
Helping workers
understand the
risks of their actions
could be beneficial,
particularly when
communicated
through focus groups
and talks.
One thing to avoid
is simply sending out
an email reminder. If
you are deep into a
cyberloafing session,
it will be just another
message lost in an
overloaded inbox.
Lee Hadlington is a
senior lecturer in
cyber psychology
at De Montfort
University
and author of
‘Cybercognition:
Brain, Behaviour and
the Digital World’
(£26.99, Sage)
ooking at before and
after shots of Benidorm
is quite something.
Gone is the small fishing village of 50 years
ago, with single-storey houses
and olive groves. In its place has
risen the highest density of skyscrapers in Europe.
The economic and social opportunities that have accompanied these changes have altered
traditional lifestyles just as dramatically – and it has even been
proposed that the modern Benidorm be made a World Heritage
Site in recognition of its tourismdriven cultural transformation.
But despite the obvious benefits tourism can bring to an area,
the change can be disruptive,
and development can challenge
pre-existing economic, social and
environmental models.
Tourism also has many positives, of course, and it often paves
the way for empowering minorities. Research in Goa, India, for
example, shows that tourism
enterprises tend to be owned
mainly by women, giving them a
source of income, independence
and respect in a traditionally
male-dominated society.
This is why sustainable development – an approach which
tries to balance social, environmental and economic needs, long
term – is essential to make sure
tourism brings impacts that are
more on the positive side and less
on the negative.
Involving local people in tourism is usually the place to start,
because it is they who ultimately
establish the atmosphere of a
destination. Carefully planned
eco-tourism in Costa Rica, for
example, has involved local residents with the new developments
to ensure any problems that arise
are resolved.
Similar involvement in Scotland has seen the West Highland
Railway Line run by local volunteers, and it is their enthusiasm
that has helped to create a welcoming and award-winning tourist attraction.
By contrast, research in Cuba
found local people who felt excluded from tourism developments turned their frustrations
towards visitors – damaging the
island’s reputation as an enjoyable place to holiday in the process.
Ultimately, the aim of sustainable development is to protect
the existing economic, social and
environmental landscapes that
made a place special in the first
place. These are, after all, what
tourists come to explore. So rather than making a quick profit for
a few, the idea is that sustainable
tourism is something that will
stand the test of time and bring
diverse benefits for many.
Worlds apart: holidaymakers
enjoy the weather on Levante
Beach, Benidorm (top) – one
of Europe’s leading package
holiday destinations; but as
recently as 1963, a tourist
(below) could admire an
unspoilt view when the resort
was simply a fishing village on
Spain’s eastern coast
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Shark tourism is one example
of a fast-growing and lucrative
activity which encourages people to enjoy – and make reliable
livelihoods from – these creatures, rather than eat them into
oblivion, or kill them to sell their
fins for traditional medicine.
But tourism can be an unpredictable industry and various
challenges have left many formerly successful tourist destinations struggling to maintain
visitor numbers. A series of terrorist attacks in Tunisia, for example, has been followed by the
number of tourists dropping by a
third since 2014.
Changing tastes and increased
competition has also meant that
many formerly vibrant seaside
towns, both in the UK and overseas, are struggling. Malta, for
example, has had to work hard to
rebrand itself as a cultural destination rather than a budget stop
for sun, sea and sand.
So, what happens when the
tourists stop visiting? Well, if
not managed carefully, it can
undermine the whole economic,
social and environmental fabric
of a place – and can lead to many
socio-economic problems. High
levels of poverty, unemployment,
and ill health can be found in
many former coastal resorts of
the UK, which have struggled to
discover new sources of economic diversity. Blackpool, England’s
emblematic seaside town, for
example, was recently estimated
to have the lowest life expectancy, for both men and women, in
the country.
Not far away from Blackpool
on the Isle of Man, much of the
beautiful Victorian architecture
built to serve the once-large
tourist crowds has been demolished. Yet, fearless riders come
every year to ride in the island’s
legendary Tourist Trophy (TT)
motorbike races. Cheered on by
crowds of visiting enthusiasts,
this century-old event keeps tradition alive, and at the same time
has evolved to stay relevant. In
2010, the first TT Zero race, involving electric bikes, took place.
So, when it comes to choosing your holiday destination for
the year ahead, try to find somewhere that protects the local environment and respects human
rights – and use local businesses
rather than multinationals.
It’s also worth reconsidering
resorts that may have fallen out
of fashion, but still have much to
offer. You’ll still have a great time,
and take some lovely photos, but
it might just be that by choosing
somewhere off the beaten track,
you can make a difference to another person’s life in the process.
Brendan Canavan is a senior
lecturer in marketing at University of Huddersfield
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find a selection of the best
science, environment and
health coverage produced
by The Conversation.
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TheConversation.com
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Education
‘Every young
person is capable
of doing
something
meaningful’
Ambitious College has an unusual
name – and is doing brilliant
things for students with autism.
ClareDwyerHoggfinds out
how it is making a difference
J
ane Cotton is not being
flippant when she says she
is thankful for the charity
Ambitious About Autism.
She thinks about it on a
daily basis. “Really!” she says.
“Not a day goes past that I don’t
think of the charity and thank God
for them.”
Cotton’s son Jack, 21, attended
TreeHouse School, one of two
schools (along with The Rise)
founded by the charity. Now he is
a student at Ambitious College.
This puts Jack in the category of
representing the “less than one
out of four” people with autism
who are studying after school. If
the automatic perception upon
reading this is that it must be a
question of ability – and Jack is,
indeed, a brilliant young man
– that would be incorrect. It’s
all down to opportunity. There
simply isn’t widespread provision
for educating young people with
autism and complex needs after
school. Which means that often
these young people, all with
their own unique potential, have
nowhere to realise it.
Since Jack was a toddler, his
parents have done everything
in their power to access the best
education for him.
But such is the maze parents
walk through to find what they
need, Cotton says people often feel
that they’re on their own. What
would life be like if Ambitious
College didn’t exist?
“It would be a sliding door
effect: we’d be in a different place.”
She qualifies: “He’s a happy boy,
and behaves brilliantly, but he’s
a big lad, at 6ft 5in, and with that
comes strength. If he hadn’t been
at TreeHouse and Ambitious
College, I really think he wouldn’t
be living with us now.”
Ambitious College is something
of a phenomenon. Opened in
September 2016, it has two
campuses: Pears Campuses at
College of Haringey, Enfield and
North East London (Conel), and
West Thames College, London.
The West Thames campus is still
in temporary accommodation, as
efforts continue to raise the final
£1m of an overall £4.4m that it has
taken to establish the college.
The college’s philosophy is
The staff at Ambitious College, which opened in September 2016 CATHERINE FERRIS
articulated in its name. Rather
than education stopping for
people with autism at 18, these
campuses have more ambition.
They’re designed to enhance
life skills and employability
skills, to capitalise and draw
out the potential in each young
person, to enable a fulfilled life
with independent living, and to
promote unique abilities. The
alternative is a life in care – often
an exacerbation of frustration for
the young person and their family.
T h e p r i n c i p a l , Vi v i e n n e
Berkeley, has clear goals, and is
passionate about achieving them.
“What happens to young people
at 19 or 25?” she asks. “Do they
go into day centres? It’s almost
like they disappear. How do we
develop those pathways for them?
How do we work with employers
to say our young people are
capable? How do we break down
barriers of perceptions?”
Berkeley isn’t just asking the
questions. She’s spearheading
a college system that is finding
answers. How they treat the issue
of employment, for instance,
gives an insight into how the
college works. “Our full-time
employment specialist goes in to
an employer who has a job that
is suitable for our young person,
and she does the job herself first,”
Berkeley says. In this way, she can
relay the role to the student in a
series of manageable steps.
“I don’t think employers think
enough about job carving,” she
continues. “Our young people
all excel at certain things, be
it trains, music or art… we can
use those skills to move into
paid opportunities.”
The college isn’t just a school
by another name, either. It is
explicitly about preparing for
adulthood – the living skills area
speaks to that, as well as art and
music rooms, and the full-time
speech and language therapist
Our young people
all excel at certain
things, be it trains,
music or art
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Eating our words The report on the
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turkey dinners in England in the 20
December issue said turkeys were
introduced between 1524 and 1526,
“in the reign of Elizabeth I”. David
Evans pointed out that Elizabeth did
not succeed to the throne until 1558.
The reigning monarch in the 1520s
was Henry VIII.
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formation of clouds in the 20
December issue we referred to the
discovery that cosmic rays “knock
electrons out of air molecules”.
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the molecules which make up air”.
Jarring note The article on
Christmas songs in the 21 December
issue said a journalist claimed
to have identified an “elusive
Christmas chord”, which was
referred to as a diminished minor
7th flat 5. Geoff Peel wrote in to
point out that a minor 7th flat 5 is
actually a half-diminished chord.
Border lands The winter walks
feature in the 23 December edition
referred to the Wicken Fen area as
“knitting together Cambridgeshire
and Bedfordshire”. Though these two
counties do share a border, Janet
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who makes up just one of a
specialist team of staff. The
campuses are deliberately
slap bang in the middle of
mainstream life, too. That’s by
design. Berkeley calls it “reverse
inclusion”, explaining that
“learning can’t be restricted to
within four walls.”
And so, neither
campus buys in
food: rather, the
students buy
food from the
loca l shops
and cook it
themselves
in college.
T h a t ’s t h e
transfer of a
series of skills on
a daily basis, vital
for confidence and
independent living.
On this note, the college has
engaged with Transport for
London which provides buses
on campus so that pupils can
become familiar with public
transport in a safe environment.
This relationship came out of
a chance interaction with a
thoughtful driver who allowed
one of the more nervous pupils
to “practise” on his bus.
“One of our pupils, Matthew,
wouldn’t get on a bus or a Tube
when he came to us,” Berkeley
says. “For the best part of a
year, the driver would
let Matthew travel
on the bus for
one stop. Now
M at t h ew
navigates the
Tube, which
in terms of
quality of life
is huge.”
Berkeley
also mentions
Jane Cotton’s
son as a success
s t o r y.
J a c k ’s
communication was
always via a book of pictures;
instead, the college set him
up with an advanced iPad
programme, which means he can
construct sentences by touching
pictures that the iPad then
speaks out. Recently, at a disco,
Jack went straight to the DJ, and
using this system, requested his
favourite song – “YMCA”. It was
a heart-swelling moment for his
mother, and a story that was
relayed to Berkeley, to share in
the celebration.
As demand increases for
places at Ambitious College –
and Berkeley tries never to say
no – the need for the rest of their
funding is paramount.
“We are really committed to it,
and determined we’ll get there,”
she says. Their target for the
West Thames campus was 18
learners; that figure is already
up to 24. Berkeley isn’t nervous.
“Everybody is capable,” she
says, with a confidence that
resonates with experience.
“We have a zero tolerance of
anything else. We think every
young person is capable of doing
something meaningful, and we
want people to understand that.”
To support Ambitious
College, https://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/
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same answer. “I’ve always said a
very definite ‘No’,” McCormack
says. “Because we had finished
the show. I never saw any of this
coming, that’s for sure…”
The “this” to which McCormack
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and Grace, back after 11 years
off the air. It marks the return of
McCormack as the gay lawyer
Will Truman, and his co-stars
Debra Messing (neurotic interior
designer Grace Adler) as well
as co-stars Megan Mullally and
Sean Hayes as the acerbic Karen
and Jack.
It was a reunion inspired not by
money, but by political discontent;
it would never have happened
if it hadn’t been for Donald
Trump. In 2016, as Trump fought
Hillary Clinton, Will and Grace’s
co-creator, Max Mutchnick,
contacted each of the cast
members to ask them to take part
in a 10-minute special to throw
their support behind Clinton.
“That came totally out of the
blue,” McCormack, now 54, says.
“We hadn’t all been in a room
together since the show ended
in 2006. We all kind of just got
on with our lives and were doing
other jobs. His exact words were:
‘We have to stop this monster’.
Within 40 minutes we’d all
said yes.”
The resulting short had Karen
as a Trump supporter (“But
Donny’s one of my closest friends,
I helped him pick out Melania!”),
with Will and Grace doing
everything they could to persuade
her – and an undecided Jack – to
vote for Clinton.
It went viral within hours, and
the cast got letters from Clinton,
thanking them for the film. “They
arrived before the election. I
thought: ‘I’ll frame this, the next
president has sent me a letter!’”
McCormack says.
In the eyes of scathing Trump
supporters, however, it was
nothing but the moaning of
privileged Hollywood liberals.
“Nothing that anyone in
Hollywood ever says makes a
difference to people living in
the middle of the country,” says
McCormack. “In fact, they
were laughing at us, saying:
‘You guys don’t know what
we need.’
“But what else can we do?
When one of the richest guys
in the country is pulling the
whole country down with
him and you’ve still got
people saying: ‘He’s
great, I’d vote for him
again’ then you kind of
just have to do comedy.
That’s all we can do.”
After the special,
and three months
after the election of
Trump, a ninth series
of Will and Grace was
born. The proposal of
a full series came at a
time when McCormack
and his wife, Janet, were
considering whether to
return to his native Canada,
so despondent were they
about the prospect of Trump
as President.
“We’re both dual citizens but
on November 9th we seriously
considered going back to
Canada until this was over. But
then we were thinking ‘we’re two
votes that need to be counted’
and my son was born here.
He identifies as Canadian but
he’s an American citizen and
he needs to see that we’re
fighting for his country.”
So he went to work. They
weren’t, McCormack says,
too concerned with tying up
Eric McCormack
and Debra Messing
as ‘Will and Grace’
(above); McCormack
(left) says the
show is satisfying
an appetite
for nostalgia
plotlines left by the finale in 2006.
Within the first couple of minutes
of episode one it’s neatly explained
that Will and Grace have both
divorced and are again living in
Will’s apartment in Manhattan.
It hasn’t changed. Even though
2018 Will and Grace are trying
to be more “woke” than their
Nineties counterparts (though
not necessarily succeeding)
everything around them has
stayed the same.
“Except for maybe a couple of
assistant directors nothing had
changed,” McCormack says. “The
feel of the show is identical.”
For all of the cast it felt like going
back to their parents’ bedrooms.
“You know who you are, how to
be, you know where everything
is. When we saw Will’s apartment
again, we know where to stand, we
know where the best spots are to
deliver punchlines.”
When the show first aired on
NBC in 1998 it was a risk. Ellen
Degeneres’s sitcom, Ellen, had
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Stellar cast of older
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T
here is a shock at the end
of the first episode of
Kay Mellor’s new drama,
Girlfriends. It’s not the
revelation that the stranger at the
door late at night has for widow
Linda about the death of her
husband. It’s that Carol Hardcastle,
the angry, bug-eyed woman
confronting Linda is played by none
other than 70s Man About the House
star Paula Wilcox.
It made me gasp because Wilcox
is merely another famous face
in a cast groaning with some of
Britain’s finest acting talent. To
have Miranda Richardson, Zoë
Wanamaker and Phyllis Logan as
the three main characters is quite
a coup. But then just before Wilcox
popped up, there was Butterflies
legend Wendy Craig appearing as
Richardson’s mum.
I would congratulate Craig, now
in her 80s, for barely looking a day
older than her TV heyday more
than 30 years ago, just as, in spite of
the script’s endless talk of wrinkles,
extra pounds and greying hairs,
none of the other actresses looked
different from their younger selves.
But then I would just be
reinforcing the idea that it was
the age of these fine actresses
that mattered, and whether they
looked it, rather than their talent
and experience. Even Joan Collins,
a woman who has been resolutely
determined never to become
invisible, was forced to complain
last year that the only older
just gone down in flames after she
had used her on-screen persona
to come out publicly as a lesbian;
ABC eventually pulled it from the
air after the backlash at airing
“gay content”.
Will and Grace, though, became
a hit: over eight seasons it won 16
Emmy awards. Vice President Joe
Biden claimed in 2012 that Will
and Grace “probably did more to
educate the American public”
on LGBT issues “than almost
anything anybody has ever done ”.
There were, however, many of
what McCormack describes as
“inside gay” jokes that he thought
would never make it to air. “I often
bring up jokes from 15 years ago
that I was amazed we got away
with,” he says.
The new series is funny, but
what was risqué 20 years ago
no longer feels so. Ironically, it’s
the old-school format – Will and
Grace is still filmed in front of a
live audience – that sets it apart
from most modern comedy
Except for
maybe a couple
of assistant
directors nothing
had changed... The
feel of the show
is identical
shows. Certainly, Will and Grace
returning untouched is satisfying
an appetite for nostalgia that has
flooded all aspects of culture.
McCormack understands why
Will and Grace feels like a “security
blanket” for viewers in a pretty
terrifying political landscape.
It’s a security blanket for the
cast, too. Neither Messing nor
McCormack have gone on to
make anything as successful as
the sitcom. McCormack was
told initially that he took Will
everywhere with him. “It’s very
hard to be in that world, not
just being gay, but being in a
sitcom. Everyone knew that I
was married and had a child but
I think the energy that I brought
into the room, I would take it with
me everywhere, and people were
perceiving me as Will. I had to find
my way back to my serious roots.”
McCormack was cast months
before Messing; they auditioned
hundreds of potential Graces with
zero chemistry. “When Debra
walked in, I said – in character –
a line that I’d said to every single
woman who had walked in to
read. She laughed her ass off, that
big Debra Messing laugh, and we
suddenly got it. That was what
was missing.
“Everyone had been so
concerned about being sardonic,
that they had missed that the
whole relationship here was that
Grace enjoys Will, she finds him
funny. To this day I love making
Debra Messing laugh.”
‘Will and Grace’ begins tomorrow
night at 10pm on Channel 5
It’ss a shame that
good intentions
seem to outweigh
great drama
actresses who got a look-in for big
parts were Dames Judi Dench,
Maggie Smith and Helen Mirren.
The inclusion of Craig and
Wilcox, who both acted in the
blockbusting dramas of Carla Lane,
suggests to me that the television
landscape, once full of feisty older
women, has grown tougher. Mellor,
Lane’s successor, has certainly
done her bit, though, for keeping
women centre-screen, from Band of
Gold to Fat Friends.
It’s a shame, though, that in
this first episode, good intentions
seem to outweigh great drama.
There is something of an oddball
mix to the trio of lead characters
and their reconciliation. Once
teenage friends who protested
at Greenham Common, they are
thrown back together when Linda’s
Enduring appeal: Dave Hill and
Wendy Craig in ‘Girlfriends’
(Logan) husband disappears off the
side of a cruise liner, leaving her in
dire financial straits. Lollipop lady
Gail (Wanamaker) is struggling
to look after her ageing mother,
ex-con son and grandchild while
being divorced by her second
husband. Sue (Richardson), by
contrast, is a glamorous features
editor for a bridal magazine she
set up with her former lover, only
to find herself being booted out by
him for no longer being “relevant”.
Thrown together to console Linda,
they find the indignities of being a
postmenopausal woman are cruel
to them all.
There isn’t much nuance for the
actresses to play with. As a result,
Wanamaker seems unbelievably
meek and dowdy while Richardson,
although she looks like she is
having a ball, plays Sue with the
same vampish chutzpah as Patsy
from Absolutely Fabulous and
Samantha in Sex and the City. You
just can’t imagine that that’s all
there is to these women. Hopefully
they’ll get to prove it.
Tom Kerridge also used to be
twice the man he is now. After
losing 12 stone in three years,
he is now on a mission to help
some of his neighbours do the
same. The 44-year-old chef lost
weight by ditching booze and
carbs and hitting the gym but in
Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight for
Good he advocates cooking to lose
the pounds.
The recipes he offers his guinea
pigs are certainly appealing, and
their emotional needs for comfort
eating, compelling. Here’s hoping
Kerridge’s “do as I say, not as I
did” works.
Twitter: @little_aloha
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Louis Maskell as
Grinpayne and Sanne
den Besten as Dea in ‘The
Grinning Man’
Arts
HELEN MAYBANKS
Arts
reviews
THEATRE
The Grinning Man
TRAFALGAR STUDIOS, LONDON
HHHHH
Les Mis established that Victor
Hugo wrote the kind of highpowered, theatrical novels that
beg to be the basis for blockbuster
musicals. Joey and War Horse
confirmed the allure of puppets as
heart-wringers in stage shows.
Now these two strains have
been brought together in a new
musical that, despite its illustrious
antecedents, is wholly its macabre,
distinctive self. The Grinning Man
is a pared-back adaptation of
Hugo’s 1869 novel L’Homme Qui Rit
(“The Man Who Laughs”), devised
CLASSICAL
PERFORMANCE
Miklós Perényi
WIGMORE HALL, LONDON
HHHHH
In this programme of solo works,
the Hungarian cellist Miklós
Perényi demonstrated the huge
variety of effects of which the
cello is capable. He rendered the
first two movements of Bach’s
sixth suite with an astonishingly
flowing legato (though his Gavotte
was mannered and didactic). Max
Reger’s Bach-pastiche Suite No 1
and György Ligeti’s curious early
sonata were followed by Britten’s
Cello Suite No 2, written to show
off Mstislav Rostropovich’s
virtuosity, and Perenyi rose to
every challenge.
The heart of his performance
was György Kurtag’s miniatures.
They began with seemingly stray
notes plucked from the air and
caught on the wing, and developed
into a gravely expressive
monologue arrayed in a
kaleidoscope of colours, refined to
a succession of slowly descending
scales, to which we listened with
ever-closer attention. How could
such simple figurations be so
interesting? That was the mystery
of the composition, and the magic
of the playing.
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
at the Bristol Old Vic by Tom
Morris, who directed War Horse,
and his creative team.
The show tells the story of
Grinpayne, who had his face
slashed from ear to ear when
he was a small boy. Wiping the
smile off your face is usually the
stock-in-trade of villains. It’s the
fate of this victim to have had a
grotesque smile permanently
plastered over his. Employed as
a fairground freak, he hides the
terrible rictus behind a bloodied
bandage and is adored by Dea
(Sanne den Besten), a blind girl.
The play is set in a mythical
late 17th century England, and
Morris’s production unfolds like
a fevered and luridly compelling
fairy story. Jon Bausor’s design
frames the action in a huge
gaping mouth of bared teeth. The
travelling wagon opens up as a
stage-within-a-stage. The score
has an organ-grinding, carnival
quality. The excellent Louis
Maskell (singing through a mask)
hoists himself up to some lonely
melodic heights as the mutilated
man bares his soul to us.
Occasionally, I found the
music a bit bludgeoning but it
has variety of texture. Princess
Josiana (Amanda Wilkin) deviates
into a devout born-again blues
when she explains the effect
on her (“Brand New World of
Feeling”) of seeing Grinpayne’s
mouth. For that’s the irony
that glints through the piece. A
torment to him, the protagonist’s
wounds have a quasi-Christlike
effect of spiritual uplift on others.
The piece loses momentum
as its tries to tie too many loose
ends together in the second half.
In the expert hands of Gyre and
Gimble puppeteers, Finn Caldwell
and Toby Olie, the puppetry
looks beautiful - whether in the
expressive marionette version of
Grinpayne as a child, or in Mojo,
a skeletal grey wolf who saves
the day at one point by crashing
through a stained glass window in
order to derail some nuptials.
To 17 February (0844 871 7632)
PAUL TAYLOR
THE INDEPENDENT
THE COLLECTION, LINCOLN
Artists can be broken by the
weight of being the National
Gallery’s associate artist, but
George Shaw responded to this
trickiest of commissions better
than any participant yet. His
new paintings teem with his
passion for the great art he had
the fortune to immerse himself
in at the National, alongside an
inescapable need to apply it to
his personal history. This touring
exhibition of the work he
produced in the role travels
around the country until late 2018.
(01522 782040) to 14 Jan
Cézanne Portraits
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY,
LONDON WC2
Over a working life of 45 years,
the French artist made almost
1,000 paintings, of which around
160 are portraits. More than 50
of them are brought together in
the UK for the first time from
collections across the world,
including works that have never
been on public display here.
(020 7321 6600) to 11 Feb
Modigliani
TATE MODERN, LONDON SE1
A fabulous exhibition of portraits
by the Italian-Jewish Amedeo
Modigliani, who arrived in Paris
in 1906 with a burning ambition
to be an artist. His works are
distributed through 10 galleries
with tact, sobriety, care and
delicacy – from the wonderful nine
sculptures that he made between
1911 and 1912 to the inexhaustibly
lovely paintings, with their
elongated noses, columnar necks
and unusual intensity of attack.
(020 7887 8888) to 2 Apr
Basquiat: Boom for Real
BARBICAN GALLERY, LONDON EC2
The New York art prodigy from
the 1980s, Jean-Michel Basquiat,
finally gets his first proper UK
exhibition. Given how prolific he
was, amazingly none of his work,
from his early graffiti to his later
paintings with Andy Warhol,
is owned by a public UK or US
collection, as most of his work is
privately owned. A rare chance
to see beyond the myth.
(020 7638 8891) to 28 Jan
Message from
the Skies
VARIOUS SITES, EDINBURGH
HHHHH
This powerful piece of
storytelling combined with
installation art, playing around
12 locations in Edinburgh city
centre until Burns Night, is
subtitled New Year’s Resurrection;
its text, by the crime novelist Val
McDermid, is not only a tribute to
a city famous for dramatic clashes
between elegant enlightenment
and dark criminality, but a plea
to resurrect the reputation of
generations of women writers too
often forgotten.
So we begin at Parliament
Square with a brief introduction
to the dark-and-light horror
story of Burke and Hare, before
visiting the National Library for
a list of male writers, suddenly
interrupted.
Then, at Lady Stair’s Close, we
finally meet the central character,
19th century novelist Susan
Edmonstone Ferrier, who – with
help later on from the inimitable
Muriel Spark – leads us from
the Mound (where we cheerfully
watch the Scott Monument
crumble) to Calton Road, York
Place and the New Town, where
VISUAL ARTS
George Shaw:
My Back to Nature
FILM
Molly’s Game
15, AARON SORKIN, 140 MINS
Literary texts are projected on to Edinburgh’s most dramatic buildings
and bridges in ‘Message from the Skies’ CHRIS WATT PHOTOGRAPHY
Ferrier lived out her last years.
Then it’s back to St Cuthbert’s
Churchyard, the Grassmarket and
Greyfriars for a rousing finale.
The story is conveyed to us
through text projected onto some
of Edinburgh’s most dramatic
buildings and bridges, combined
in different variations with music
and recorded sound, fragments
of film, dramatic animations of
Ferrier cheerfully murdering the
literary critics who dismissed her
work, and – at the Scotsman Steps
– some inspired subway graffiti.
It has to be said that there were
some severe downsides on New
Year’s Day. It’s hard to excuse the
technical bungling involved in an
app – designed to guide us round
the locations – that packed up for
many users within minutes of
the start.
Technical problems aside,
though, Message From The Skies is
a rich and brilliant introduction to
the city and its literary heritage.
To 25 January (free event;
edinburghshogmanay.com)
JOYCE McMILLAN
This film marks the directorial
debut of West Wing creator
Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote
the ingeniously crafted screenplay.
Jessica Chastain gives a blazing
performance as a former Winter
Olympics hopeful who is busted
by the FBI for running an illegal
gambling operation, in a film
that never loses its momentum
or its fatalistic humour.
Nationwide release
Sanctuary
15, LEN COLLIN, 88 MINS
A funny, big-hearted and affecting
comedy-drama, following a group
of characters with “intellectual
disabilities” on a day out to the
cinema in Galway with their
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THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
hapless but well-meaning young
care worker. Christian O’Reilly’s
screenplay combines elements
from the typical feel-good drama
with sharper insights into the lives
of the protagonists. Limited release
Star Wars: the Last Jedi
12A, RIAN JOHNSON, 152 MINS
Writer-director Rian Johnson, a
new recruit to the franchise, has
a monumental task with Episode
VIII, and he has risen to the
challenge, having great fun with
the hardware in the George
Lucas toybox and also handling
a multi-stranded narrative with
dexterity. It’s a bit overblown,
cheesy and cod-mystical,
but like all the best Star Wars
films, it has a sense of fun,
energy and fantastical creation.
Nationwide release
COMEDY
Late Night Gimp Fight
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
The “washed-up boy band of
sketch comedy”, who cut their
teeth at the Soho Theatre, return
for their first new show in four
years. Expect an abundance
of bad taste, rabid puerility –
and a rollicking good night.
(020 7478 0100) to Sat
Funhouse Comedy Club
LYRIC ROOMS, ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH
If you’re after predictions for
how 2018 will turn out, then look
no further than this bash, where
Ian D Montfort – Tom Binns’
brilliantly realised, Derek
Acorah-like psychic – shares
a bill with Justin Moorhouse,
Danny Posthill and Mark Row.
(funhousecomedy.co.uk) tonight
DANCE
The Nutcracker
THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW
Created by Scottish Ballet’s
founder Peter Darrell, the
company’s Nutcracker has
been lovingly restored, its
sparkling designs updated
by Lez Brotherston.
(0844 871 7647) to 13 Jan
POP
King Tut’s New Year’s
Revolution
KING TUT’S, GLASGOW
You know the drill: Glasgow’s
lovely indie institution rings in the
new. See four fresh bands a night
over 14 dates at a snip of a price:
£40 for the lot or less than a tenner
a pop. (kingtuts.co.uk) to 20 Jan
FOLK & ROOTS
Chris While and
Julie Matthews
BLACK SWAN FOLK CLUB, YORK
The former Albion Band multiinstrumentalists and one half of
the Christmas band St Agnes
Fountain kick off a new year
of gigging at the Black
Swan’s regular folk night.
(01904 632922) tonight
OPERA
Rigoletto
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON WC2
Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias
sings the hunchbacked jester in
the latest Royal Opera revival of
David McVicar’s salacious staging
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TV
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of Verdi’s vendetta-driven
tragedy, with Lucy Crowe as
Gilda and Michael Fabiano as the
Duke. Alexander Joel conducts.
(020 7304 4000) tonight 7.30pm
JAZZ
Alice Russell
RONNIE SCOTT’S, LONDON W1
The soul and blues vocalist plays
three nights at Ronnie’s, drawing
on her six albums, including
her most recent, 2013’s To Dust,
with a band including guitarist
Alex Cowan and violinist Mike
Simmons. (020 7439 0747) to Sat
THEATRE
Shrek the Musical
PLAYHOUSE, EDINBURGH
A delicious touring version of the
story of Shrek, a grumpy green
ogre with a Scottish accent who
lives in a swamp and is not a
typical fairytale prince. This is a
merry and surprisingly romantic
subversion of stereotypes about
love and beauty, driven by two fine
central performances by Steffan
Harri as Shrek and Laura Main as
Fiona. (0844 871 3014) to 7 Jan
Beautiful: the Carole
King Musical
PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER
Marc Bruni’s touring production
of the Carole King tribute musical,
with Bronté Barbé in the lead.
This journey through the world
of pop, beginning in 1958, tells a
gripping human story with real
feeling, and has some hugely
enjoyable 60s showbiz moments.
(atgtickets.com) to 6 Jan
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Ink
DUKE OF YORK’S THEATRE,
LONDON WC2
A transfer after a sell-out run
at the Almeida last year of a
splendid Fleet Street drama by
James Graham, who also wrote
This House. It treats the birth and
spectacular growth of that most
mocked and mocking of British
institutions, The Sun, with the
seriousness it deserves. The play
is funny but never arch, Rupert
Goold’s direction is a delight and
Bertie Carvel is suitably reptilian –
and brilliant – as Rupert Murdoch.
(0844 871 7627) to Sat
Antony and Cleopatra
BARBICAN THEATRE, LONDON EC2
Iqbal Khan offers a fluid and
confident reading that takes
its time to establish, crucially,
the luxury and opulence of
Cleopatra’s court that has lured
Antony (Antony Byrne) from
his Roman duty. Byrne makes
him a no-nonsense warrior and
pleasure-seeker, beguiled by
Josette Simon’s magnificent,
mercurial Cleopatra. Add to this
the gripping quality of a political
thriller and the RSC has a real hit.
(020 7638 8891) to 20 Jan
First
Chance
Opening
this week
FILM
Jack Rosenthal
HOME, MANCHESTER
A retrospective of the writer’s film and
TV work. (homemcr.org) opens Sun
FOLK & ROOTS
Normafest
VARIOUS VENUES, WHITBY
Guests include Dervish, Lisa Knapp,
Norma Waterson, the Bright Phoebus
Band and Thomas McCarthy.
(01947 458899) opens Fri
CLASSICAL
Baroque at the Edge
LSO ST LUKE’S, LONDON EC1
This new series of creative fusions
between Baroque and other musical
styles opens with pianist Joanna
MacGregor. (020 7638 8891) opens Fri
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GARRICK THEATRE, LONDON WC2
This boisterous musical comedy
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the monster movies of the 30s.
It’s an old-fashioned and unsubtle
entertainment, often puerile and
sometimes hell-bent on causing
offence, but packed with moments
of zany silliness. Hadley Fraser is
wild-eyed and tirelessly exuberant
as Frankenstein, the inventor’s
grandson. (0330 333 4811) to 10 Feb
Matilda
Evening Show
If you only see
one thing today
FILM
Persona
15, INGMAR BERGMAN, 83 MINS
BFI DISTRIBUTION
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A re-release of one
of the director’s
most experimental,
confrontational and
idiosyncratic features,
in which a breezy young
nurse, Sister Alma (Bibi
Andersson), is assigned
to look after the brilliant
but troubled classical
actress, Elisabet Vogler (Liv
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ENERGY
Renewables and nuclear
pass electricity landmark
By Ben Chapman
More than half of the electricity
generated in the UK in 2017 came
from low-carbon sources for the first
time, analysis has concluded.
Renewables and nuclear provided
more electricity than all fossil fuels
combined, with windpower supplying 29 per cent last year – twice as
much as coal, according to analysis
by Carbon Brief, a website that tracks
climate change and energy policy.
It found that wind made a greater
contribution to the country’s electricity needs than coal in every month
apart from January. The share from
low-carbon sources doubled between
2008 and 2017, Carbon Brief said.
Much of this was due to a reduced
amount of coal power as older plants
reach the end of their lives.
The UK has also added wind and
solar power generation rapidly, as
costs have fallen. Future development will increasingly be possible
without the government subsidies
that have aided the industry’s development until now, Carbon Brief said.
The UK also passed a series of
other milestones last year, including
its first day without coal power since
1882, the most electricity produced
from solar power at any one moment
and the most wind power produced in
a day. Wind saw the biggest increase
of any energy source, with supply
The National Grid hailed
2017 as the “greenest ever”
year for the UK. Britain’s power
system is the fourth-cleanest in
Europe and the seventh-cleanest
in the world, the company says.
up 31 per cent for the whole of 2017
on 2016’s level, partly thanks to high
wind speeds, Carbon Brief said.
Gas remained the largest single
fuel source, generating around 40 per
cent of the UK’s needs, while nuclear
accounted for around a fifth.
Simon Evans, an analyst at Carbon Brief, said that further progress
needs to be made on decarbonising
the economy if the UK is to meet its
commitment to cut emissions to 57
per cent below 1990 levels by 2032.
“Eighty per cent of UK emissions
reduction in the past five years has
come from burning less coal,” said
Mr Evans.
“That puts into perspective how
little progress has been made in other
parts of the economy.”
Electricity supply made up 17.5
per cent of the UK’s overall fuel consumption in 2016, according to of-
Windpower increased its supply by
31 per cent last year on 2016’s total
ficial figures, and is one of the three
major energy system components
along with heating and transport. A
full breakdown for 2017 has not been
published yet.
The electricity sector has been the
primary focus of renewable power
generation as that power can then be
used to revolutionise the other sectors, for example through the electrification of transport.
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RETAIL
‘Cold weather’
warmed the
tills at Next
By Joseph Charlton
The retail chain Next has posted a
surprise rise in sales in the run-up
to Christmas and upgraded
its profit forecast as its chief
executive insisted the high street
still has a future.
Next said full-price sales in the
54 days to 24 December increased
1.5 per cent, ahead of expectations,
with part of the improvement,
it claimed, down to much colder
weather leading up to Christmas.
The group saw online sales jump
13.6 per cent in the period, helping
mitigate a 6.1 per cent decline in
high street sales.
Next increased its profit
guidance by £8m to £725m, still a
long way off last year’s £790.2m.
Next chief executive Lord Wolfson
said: “Half of our online orders
are delivered to a store, so this is
not the end of the high street as
some people have said.”
Quote of
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The frenzy of
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since Black
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a backdrop of
rising costs, is
decimating profit
margins
Richard Lim
The chief executive of
Retail Economics says life
is tough for the high street
The 30
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Briefing
MIFID II
REGULATION
The Markets in Financial
Instruments Directive II –
commonly referred to as MiFID
– came into force yesterday, after
seven years in the making. What is it
and why does it matter?
In short, it’s a wave of sweeping
regulation that will affect stock,
bond, commodity and derivative
markets, and anyone who works,
trades or invests in them across
the EU. It builds on stock trading
regulation introduced in 2007, and
aims to protect investors and make
sure financial markets operate in the
fairest and most transparent way
possible. Some have summarised
it by saying that MiFID II aims to
democratise financial markets.
What impact will it have?
Some trading desks at banks have
had to completely rethink the way
they do business. They’ve had to
educate employees to make sure
they are compliant, and update
systems they have been using for
years. Employees will also have
to get used to changing the way
they do business with clients and
counterparts, to ensure maximum
transparency for regulators.
How will it affect investors?
It is designed to protect investors
and make sure they get the fairest
possible deal, but they will also have
to come to terms with a new way
of interacting with banks, brokers,
traders and other organisations to
ensure they are complying with the
law.
On the upside, if an investor feels
that they have not been treated
fairly, they will probably have more
evidence and opportunity to question a broker, trader or salesperson’s
decision. THE INDEPENDENT
Josie Cox
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EMPLOYMENT
McDonald’s biggest pay rise
in 10 years follows strikes
By Sally Guyoncourt
McDonald’s staff who protested over
poor pay and working conditions
are lovin’ it now that the company
has given them the “biggest raise in
10 years”.
Employees from two restaurants
in Britain went on strike, staging
a 24-hour protest in September
last year. Workers from a branch in
Cambridge and another in Crayford,
south-east London, made history by
becoming the first from McDonald’s
restaurants in Britain to take to the
streets in protest.
Last night the company confirmed
it would be increasing pay packets
“Reward and recognition for our
people and their contribution is a
key priority, and to ensure we can attract and retain the best people, we
regularly review pay and benefits,” a
spokesman said.
“While our franchisees set their
own pay rates, we have recommended an increase across all age bands
for our hourly employees to be implemented from 22 January.”
The pay rise is linked to age, position and region and only applies to
the company-owned branches, not
the franchises.
An employee who is 16 or 17 years
old will see their starting hourly rate
rise from £5.75 to £7 while staff over
the age of 25 will go from a start-
ing rate of £8 to £10 an hour and a
shift running floor manager will get
£11.75 rather than £9.50 an hour as a
starting rate.
The move followed revelations
from disgruntled employees last year
that life under the golden arches was
anything but happy with complaints
about bullying, “extreme stress”,
poor working conditions and zerohour contracts.
A Cambridge restaurant crew
member, Steve Day, who took part
in the protest, said: “Obviously we
welcome this. It’s brilliant and a step
in the right direction. And it’s good
McDonald’s are finally listening to us.
But there’s much more to be done.
It’s still not really enough money to
live on.”
McDonald’s employs
around 85,000 people
in the UK, with around 1,200
restaurants of which 600
are franchises.
Bosses’ pay falls but gap with average still wide
Executive pay fell last year but top
bosses will still have made more
money in three days than the typical
worker earns in a year, according to
the High Pay Centre think-tank.
The average pay of chief executives
Outlook
Jim
Armitage
Share buybacks
are not the best
Next step
W
hat Next lacks
in razzmatazz, it
makes up for in
honesty. So it is that
the no -nonsense
chain admits candidly that its sales
since November were better than
it had hoped, due not just to its own
brilliance but also to the cold weather.
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
i THURSDAY
4 JANUARY 2018
CONSTRUCTION
Carillion shares
dive with FCA
set to probe
profit warning
By Russell Lynch
EMPLOYMENT
By Joseph Charlton
IQ
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in FTSE 100 companies fell by a
fifth, from £5.4m to £4.5m in 2017.
That’s 120 times more than the sum
paid to the average full-time worker,
although it marks a slight drop from
the ratio of 122-1 in the previous year.
Today is dubbed Fat Cat Thursday,
as the year’s first three days of pay for
senior executives passes the median
annual salary of £28,758.
The High Pay Centre and the
Chartered Institute of Personnel
and Development said there had
been “modest” restraint by company
boards but the gap between the top
and average workers remained wide.
While the industry data showed
the snow kept us off the high streets,
Next’s numbers suggest the cold snap
before Christmas pushed us to buy
more winter woollies online.
No surprise, then, that shares in
the whole fashion sector jumped.
Being a creature of habit, Next chief
Lord Wolfson’s instinct is to pledge
a £300m return to shareholders
through buybacks – handing back a
huge 4.7 per cent of the company’s
share capital.
By my reckoning, that would mean
he has reduced Next’s shares in issue
by nearly a third in the past decade.
The near-£2bn return of cash over
that period keeps his shareholders
happy (and props up the share price)
but surely for its longer-term health
the business should be investing
more in digital and making its store
chain more exciting.
In fairness, it has done some work
on this, and sales at Next shops were
better than expected, but they’re
still down more than 6 per cent on a
year ago. And it’s telling that annual
sales at Next’s shops have remained
broadly similar over the past decade
despite it increasing its store space
by 45 per cent.
Overall, even if Next hits its
newly upgraded profit forecast
of £725m, that will still be its
poorest performance since 2014.
Shareholders receiving their
big buyback cheques from Next
Ev
ven if Next hits its
profit forecast of £725m,
that will still be its poorest
performance since 2014
should consider spending them on
retailers better-poised for growth:
SuperGroup, B&M and Boohoo come
to mind.
IN SHORT, A MESS AT CARILLION
We’re going great guns. We’re
brilliant. We’re totally screwed. That
Carillion sank deeper into crisis yesterday as the City watchdog launched
a probe into the board’s handling of
its shock profit warning last year.
The builder’s catastrophic bolt
from the blue for investors came last
July with a warning over £845m in
contract losses – as well as a spiralling
debt pile and pension deficit – which
wiped almost 40 per cent off the
share price in a single day.
It came just two months after
Carillion reported an “encouraging”
start to trading and yesterday, the
Financial Conduct Authority said
it had launched an investigation
over “the timeliness and content of
announcements made by Carillion
between 7 December 2016 and 10
July 2017”. Carillion and the FCA
declined to comment further but a
company insider said he “was not
at all surprised” by the move, which
saw another 5 per cent trimmed off
the beleaguered builder’s share price.
The shares – at 238p a year ago – are
now worth just 17.2p after a 93 per
cent fall.
The FCA’s rules require a “prompt
and fair disclosure of relevant
information to the market”, and it
could hit Carillion with a heavy fine
if it concludes that the company
breached its guidance.
The probe is the latest item in the
in-tray for new boss Andrew Davies,
who will join earlier than planned,
later this month. Carillion slipped
£1.15bn into the red for the first half
of 2017 and was forced to delay a test
of its banking covenants last year.
EVENING STANDARD
£1.15bn
Debt carried on the books
of Carillion in the first six
months of 2017
sums up the trading updates Carillion
made to the stock market between 7
December and 10 July last year.
After boasting of an “encouraging
start to the year” in May, it admitted
the truth 10 weeks later: contracts
had been grossly overvalued, debts
were going through the roof and
the chief executive was being fired.
Carillion’s shares fell 90 per cent.
The FCA’s investigation into those
statements must investigate not only
the executives who signed off on
them but also the department heads
below them, and their juniors.
Were warning signs flagged at the
coalface but ignored by managers?
Did bonuses skew judgements? Was
the business simply too complicated
for anyone to understand?
Perhaps the FCA should seek
advice from the hedge funds that
ignored all Carillion’s assurances and
made it the most shorted stock in
Britain. If they smelt a rat, why didn’t
the bosses? EVENING STANDARD
41
From the
business
pages
Criminals falling out
of love with bitcoin
Sydney Morning Herald
Bitcoin is losing its lustre with
some of its most avid fans –
criminals – giving rise to a
new breed of virtual currency.
Privacy coins such as monero,
designed to avoid tracking, have
climbed faster over the past two
months as law enforcers adopt
software tools to monitor people
using bitcoin. A slew of analytic
firms are getting better at
flagging digital hoards linked to
crime or money laundering.
New life for old
greenhouses
Mexico News Daily
Researchers at the National
Autonomous University of
México (UNAM) have come up
with an innovative proposal for
the country’s huge number of
abandoned greenhouses: modify
them for use as solar dryers for
fruit, vegetables, flowers and
medicinal plants. An estimated
75 per cent of greenhouses in
Mexico are abandoned, so there
is plenty of scope to experiment.
Bio-ethanol cleared
for vehicle fuel
The Dhaka Tribune
The government has decided
to allow the use of bio-ethanol
as vehicle fuel by mixing it with
petrol and octane at a 5 per cent
ratio. The initiative, which is the
first of its kind to be launched
in Bangladesh, is intended to
reduce the use of conventional
fuel oil and carbon emission,
with the aim of mitigating
environmental pollution across
the country.
Honda to develop
‘connected cars’
The Japan Times
Honda Motor says it will
develop “connected cars” jointly
with Alibaba Group Holding.
With the Chinese e-commerce
giant, Japan’s third-largest
automaker by volume aims to
launch online payments for
fuel, parking and other services
in China. Manufacturers are
focusing on connected cars
with internet access to provide
drivers with online payments,
shared traffic information and
other advanced services.
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The day at
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FTSE 100 up 23.0 at 7671.1
3i Group
Admiral
Anglo Amer
Antofagasta
AB Foods
Ashtead Group
AstraZeneca
Aviva
BAE Systems
Barclays
Barratt Dev
BHP Billiton
BP
BAT
Berkeley Grp Hldgs
British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
Coca-Cola HBC
Compass
CRH
Croda Intl
DCC
Diageo
Direct Line Ins
Easyjet
Experian
Fresnillo
G4S
GKN
Glencore
GSK
Halma
Hammerson
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1582.2
975.2
2837.0
2004.0
5166.0
503.0
574.6
203.7
653.0
1544.4
524.2
4936.5
4225.0
686.0
272.4
2047.0
1789.5
4877.0
139.7
2378.0
1562.5
2679.0
4461.0
7445.0
2686.5
368.6
1531.5
1635.5
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318.3
389.9
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547.0
+4.0
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-25.8
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+38.0
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+15.4
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+1.8
-2.6
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+6.5
-25.0
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-1.0
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+58.0
-45.0
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-3.4
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-35.0
+2.5
+0.4
-4.2
+21.4
+9.0
+1.8
975.0
2184.0
1605.4
1071.0
3387.0
2118.0
5520.0
570.5
682.5
244.4
705.5
1548.4
529.0
5643.6
4263.0
695.0
400.7
2472.0
2024.0
5435.0
236.9
2682.0
1765.9
3342.0
4476.0
7595.0
2735.5
411.3
1549.0
1708.0
1746.0
342.6
379.3
394.4
1724.5
1341.0
52338.0
678.0
1680.0
950.1
11.1
2335.0
1476.0
4136.5
467.3
533.5
177.3
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436.9
4064.0
2774.0
574.6
242.2
2009.0
1439.0
4090.0
119.7
1753.0
1424.8
27.0
3194.0
6000.0
2088.5
328.4
906.4
1428.0
1213.0
228.7
3.0
270.0
1270.0
879.5
493.5
Company
Price
Chg
High
Hargrve Lans
HSBC Hldgs
IAG
Imperial Brands
Informa
IntCont Htls
Intertek
ITV
Johnson Matth
Just Eat
Kingfisher
Land Secs
Legal & Gen
Lloyds Bk Gp
Lon Stock Ex
Marks&Spen
Mediclinic Intl
Micro Focus Intl
Mondi
Morrison (Wm)
National Grid
Next
NMC Health
Old Mutual
PaddyPwrBetfair
Pearson
Persimmon
Prudential
Randgold Res
Reckitt Ben
RELX
Rentokil Initial
Rio Tinto
Rolls-Royce
RBS
Shell A
Shell B
1801.5
763.4
667.8
3142.5
713.2
4694.0
5202.0
170.9
3117.0
810.4
342.2
994.9
269.4
67.5
3749.0
320.5
638.0
2518.0
1931.0
223.3
854.3
4800.0
2920.0
226.4
8770.0
736.2
2753.0
1885.0
7294.0
6749.0
1708.0
305.9
3986.5
851.2
275.5
2511.5
2534.5
-21.5
-1.7
-1.0
-13.5
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-13.0
+80.0
+3.1
+49.0
+33.4
-1.2
-0.1
-0.8
-0.2
+7.0
+4.4
-11.0
+31.0
-2.0
+4.3
-7.6
+300.0
+52.0
-2.4
-130.0
+1.6
+2.0
+3.0
-152.0
-51.0
-7.0
-1.6
-2.0
+8.8
-1.8
+36.0
+34.5
1828.5
774.9
680.6
3956.5
773.0
4755.0
5470.0
221.8
3511.0
827.0
369.8
1217.1
279.9
73.6
4069.0
397.8
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2887.8
2145.0
254.4
1174.3
5355.0
3211.0
232.3
8967.0
825.0
2901.0
1934.0
8255.0
8110.4
1784.0
338.8
4226.6
994.5
290.5
2520.1
2580.5
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20743.9
+62.5
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4215.4
+12.9
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1533.5
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24897.8
+73.8
+7.4
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2711.3
+15.5
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7061.8
+54.9
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5331.3
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+106.8
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518.2
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480.0
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142.8
2681.0
495.1
285.3
912.0
231.6
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OIL
TRADING
Petrobras to settle
$2.95bn lawsuit
Plus500 benefits
from bitcoin boom
Brazil’s state-run oil company,
Petrobras Brasileiro, said it will
pay $2.95bn (£2.2bn) to settle a
US lawsuit brought by investors
who claim they lost money due
to a corruption scandal that
hit the energy giant’s shares.
The deal ends a three-year
legal battle that began after
prosecutors exposed a web of
bribes and kickbacks.
Shares in spreadbetting
company Plus500 jumped 20
per cent yesterday after it said
the bitcoin boom had boosted
revenues. Plus500 said it had
achieved record revenues for
the final quarter of 2017. The
firm said its performance was
partly thanks to contracts for
difference (CFDs), based on the
price of cryptocurrencies.
MERGERS
ENERGY
Refresco-Cott
deal faces probe
Quarter unaware
of their tariff
The UK’s competition watchdog
is to investigate the $1.25bn
(£935m) merger between soft
drinks firms Refresco and
Cott after warning shoppers
could face higher prices as a
result of the deal. Refresco and
Cott manufacture, package
and distribute soft drinks for
a number of brands, including
Sunny D and Um Bongo.
More than a quarter of
households do not know if they
are on the most expensive
standard variable tariffs (SVTs)
for gas and electricity and one
in 20 do not know who supplies
their energy, a survey suggests.
The poll for energy supplier
Bulb found that 6 per cent of
people do not know who their
supplier is.
SERVICES
RETAIL
Babcock wins
frigate contract
Furniture chains
secure finance
Babcock International’s joint
venture firm has landed a £115m
contract to provide services
to the Australian Navy. Naval
Ship Management – Babcock’s
joint venture with UGL – will
maintain eight frigates as part
of a five-year contract linked to
the Australian Warship Asset
Management Agreement.
Harveys and Bensons for Beds
have secured a loan to replace
investment that was supposed
to come from the retailers’
scandal-hit parent firm, South
Africa’s Steinhoff. The duo said
in a statement that a “two-year
independent finance facility”
will support the future growth
of both businesses.
TRANSPORT
ADVERTISING
Rail unions hold
strike talks
Actress warned
over Instagram ad
Talks were held yesterday in a
bid to avert some of the strikes
planned on the railways next
week. The Rail, Maritime and
Transport union met officials
from South Western Railway
and Arriva Rail North to try to
find a solution to the dispute
over the role of guards.
An Instagram post by actress
Stephanie Davis has been
banned after a watchdog found
it was not obviously identifiable
as an advert. Convits vitamins
said it told all agencies of “social
influencers” it worked with that
any post must include “relevant
evidence” to show it was an ad.
the
markets
BEN WOODS
The FTSE 100 index closed up
23.01 points at 7,671.11, within 16.6
points of an all-time high. Next
was the biggest riser, up 6 per cent
to 4,800p. This outcome helped
boost the retailer’s rivals, with
Primark-owner Associated
British Foods climbing 58p to
2,837p and Marks & Spencer up
4.4p to 320.5p.
***
The pound endured a tough
session following a gloomy update
from the UK construction industry
and a rebound from the US dollar.
Sterling was 0.5 per cent lower
at $1.352.
NEWS
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VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
FINANCE
Washington blocks China
deal to buy MoneyGram
By Greg Roumeliotis
Ant Financial’s plan to acquire
the US money transfer company
MoneyGram International Inc collapsed late on Tuesday.
A US government panel rejected
it over national security concerns,
making it the most high-profile
Chinese deal to be torpedoed under
the administration of US President
Donald Trump.
The $1.2bn (£880m) deal’s failure represents a blow for Jack
Ma, the executive chairman of
Chinese internet conglomerate
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, who
owns Ant Financial together with
Alibaba executives.
He was looking to expand Ant Financial’s footprint amid fierce domestic competition from Chinese
rival Tencent Holdings.
Mr Ma had promised Mr Trump
in a meeting a year ago that he
would create a million US jobs.
MoneyGram shares fell 8.5 per- fund Canyon Bridge Capital Partcent in after-market trading. The ners LLC of the US chip-maker
companies decided to terminate Lattice Semiconductor Corp.
their deal after the Committee on
The MoneyGram deal’s demise
Foreign Investment in the
is the latest example of how
United States (CFIUS)
CFIUS’ focus on cyber serejected their proposals
curity is prompting it to
to mitigate concerns
block deals in sectors
over the safety of data
not traditionally asPercentage fall
that can be used to
sociated with nationin
MoneyGram
identify US citizens,
al security, such as
shares
after
the
according to sourcfinancial services.
US decision
es familiar with the
In November, China
confidential discussions.
Oceanwide Holdings
“Despite our best efforts
Group and Genworth Fito work cooperatively with the US nancial extended a deadline to
government, it has now become 1 April for the Chinese group’s
clear that CFIUS will not approve planned $2.7bn takeover of the US
this merger,” MoneyGram’s chief life insurer.
executive Alex Holmes said in a
statement.
The US has toughened its
The MoneyGram deal is the latstance on the sale of firms
est in a string of Chinese acquisito Chinese entities, as Mr Trump
tions of US companies that have
pressures China to tackle North
failed to clear CFIUS, including the
Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
purchase by China-backed buyout
8.5%
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daily
money
Pension savers on average earnings
face needing to build a pot of,
typically, more than £300,000
to buy a retirement income big
enough to maintain their lifestyle,
analysis shows.
The findings from Aegon assumed
that people on an average annual
salary of £27,000 should be targeting
an income equivalent to two-thirds
(67 per cent) of their working-age
income – £18,000 a year or £1,500
a month.
An average earner entitled to the
full state pension of £691 a month
would need another £809 a month
from workplace and private pensions.
Aegon’s analysis of annuity rates
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said that, at the age of 65, someone
in good health would need a pension
fund of £301,500 to buy a guaranteed
income to maintain their lifestyle.
Someone earning £13,000 would
need a pot of around £65,300, while
someone earning £56,000 would
need to build up a £612,700 pot,
according to the calculations.
***
Research from Barclays says that
parents will spend £4,186.28 on
average on birthdays in the seven
years when their children attend
primary school (aged 4-11).
The survey of 1,000 British parents
with children aged eight or under
found they typically spend £433.39
on their children’s birthday parties,
and £164.65 on presents. The most
extravagant parents buy as many as
50 gifts per birthday.
The research said spending reaches
even greater heights when it comes
to the sums some parents fork out for
other people’s children – an average
of £223.05 on party bags alone (£14.87
per bag) for birthdays attended by an
average of 15 children.
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certain companies to allow them to deploy communications networks
more easily.
Budget airline
Ryanair has reported
an increase in
passenger numbers
for 2017, despite
a string of crises,
including having to
cancel 20,000 flights
amid a shortage of
pilots and a problem
with the holiday rota.
The Irish airline
said its annual
traffic grew 10 per
cent in 2017 to 129
million customers.
Traffic climbed 3
per cent year-onyear last month to
9.3 million.
The airline is
applying for a British
operating licence to
keep flying from the
UK in the event of a
hard Brexit.
This happens under a piece of legislation called the ‘Electronic
Communications Code’. Companies with these powers are able to:
• construct and maintain infrastructure on public land (streets)
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Zygolex® In i every day
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
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2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
4–5cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and
grated
1 tsp black mustard seeds
¼ tsp ground turmeric
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground coriander
1 small green chilli, deseeded if you
prefer less heat, chopped
6–8 curry leaves
1 small or medium cauliflower, broken
or cut into large bite-sized florets (keep
any light-coloured inner green leaves)
1 tomato, diced
juice of ¼ lemon, plus a little extra to
finish
400g waxy potatoes, peeled & cut into
even chunks
handful of fresh coriander leaves,
roughly chopped
sea salt
warm naan bread, to serve
mango chutney, to serve
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Killer Sudoku No 1176
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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Wheatberries and purple sprouting
broccoli with crispy garlic and chilli
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How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
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squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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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.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
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How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
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Heat the oil in a large heavy-based pan.
Add the onion and fry on a low heat for
10 minutes, stirring now and then to
stop it catching. If it does start to catch,
add a splash of water and turn the heat a
little lower.
Add the garlic, ginger, mustard seeds,
turmeric, cumin, coriander, chilli and
curry leaves. Turn the heat up a little and
fry, stirring, until you hear the mustard
seeds pop. Add the cauliflower florets
and leaves, the tomato and lemon juice
and a splash of water. Cover and cook on
a very low heat, stirring now and then,
for 10 minutes or until the cauliflower
is tender. Add a splash more water if
the veg starts to catch on the bottom of
the pan.
Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in
boiling water for 8–10 minutes, until
just tender. Drain and set aside. When
the cauliflower is almost tender, add the
potatoes and stir to warm them through.
Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the
fresh coriander, season with salt and add
more lemon juice to taste. Serve with
warm naan bread and mango chutney.
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1897
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.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 49.
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6 School subject (11)
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8 Sold at a low price
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ACROSS 1 Tee, 3 Rows (Tea rose), 6 Sports jacket, 7 Hierarchy, 9 Imp, 11 Lathi, 12 Cigar,
14 Raw, 15 Empathise, 16 Preassembled, 18 Chic, 19 Now.
DOWN 1 Two cents’ worth, 2 Extra time, 3 Roc, 4 Weeping willow, 5 Eject, 6 Scholar,
8 Yachtsman, 10 Portend, 13 Spasm, 17 Arc.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 20;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 11; One-Minute Wijuko, page 23
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Concise Crossword No 2219
ACROSS
1 Injury (4)
4 Banded
gemstone (4)
9 Non-professional
(7)
10 Discrimination (5)
11 Very low blood
sugar (13)
13 Accident (6)
15 Take effect
(Informal) (4,2)
16 Sausages in
batter (4-2-3-4)
19 Greek island (5)
20 Supervise (7)
22 Overly pretty (4)
23 Snatch (4)
How to play Each numeral from 1 to 9 must
appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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ladder into the
word at the bottom
of it, using only
the four rungs
in between. On
each rung, you
must put a valid
four-letter word
that is identical
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Word Wheel
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Leslie’s prospects
could see end of
bridesmaids run
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Shropshire businessman Tim Leslie
has the distinction, or misfortune,
depending on which way you look
at it, of owning different horses to
finish runner-up in consecutive
Champion Hurdles.
Peddlers Cross, second to
Hurricane Fly in 2011, had won a
novice hurdle at the Festival the year
before, while Overturn, who chased
home Rock On Ruby in 2012, was a
top-notch dual-purpose performer,
who had already won the Northumberland Plate and Chester Cup on
the Flat.
Both were trained by Donald
McCain and these were great times
for the son of “Mr Aintree,” Ginger
McCain; the spirit of Red Rum was
also kept alive when Ballabriggs won
the 2011 Grand National.
McCain’s fortunes took a decided turn for the worse in October
2015 when principal owners Paul
and Clare Rooney took their 60
horses away.
Naturally, the impressive win tally
BEST OF BANGOR
2.50
STELLA ARTOIS NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4)
£7,100 added 2m 4f
1
840-11 THE KINGS WRIT R Woollacott 7 11 12..............................D Jacob
2
9-10B2 PARLOUR MAID (D) R G Hawker 7 11 9...........R T Dunne C,T
3
7/U4-5 ONEIDA TRIBE R Dickin 9 11 8........................................... A P Heskin
4
632-3F PINCH OF GINGER D McCain 7 11 6.................................B Hughes
5
P4550- GRAYS CHOICE G Bewley 7 10 11 ................................J Bewley (3)
6 P44235 LIGHTENTERTAINMENT (D) F Brennan 10 10 11.....T Dowling (5)
7
7475-4 SPIRIT OF HALE Jennie Candlish 7 10 10...Sean Quinlan C
8 0-0PF3 BALLYEGAN WARRIOR David Dennis 6 10 6...A Coleman
9 55-F5U HEAVENLY PROMISE J Groucott 7 10 0..................L Edwards
- 9 declared BETTING: 9-4 The Kings Writ, 3-1 Parlour Maid, 6-1 Pinch Of Ginger, 7-1
Oneida Tribe, 10-1 Ballyegan Warrior, Lightentertainment, 14-1 Grays
Choice, 16-1 Heavenly Promise, 20-1 Spirit Of Hale.
1.15
FORM VERDICT
PARLOUR MAID ran well to finish second over hurdles at Ludlow
last month and this former winning point-to-pointer makes plenty of
appeal on her chasing debut. The Kings Writ won twice between the
flags late last year and he has to be respected on his return to Rules,
while Pinch Of Ginger and Spirit Of Hale are others to consider in a
competitive contest.
1.45
DEREK HATTON BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS HANDICAP
CHASE (CLASS 4) £7,100 added 3m
1
5-804P CATCHING ON (D) Jonjo O’Neill 10 11 12 ....Mr J J O’Neill (7) T
2
PP14-F THEDRINKYMEISTER (D) K Bailey 9 11 12..................D Bass V
3
/2212- CARLTON RYAN (D)(BF) M W Easterby 10 11 7........H Bannister
4 P1F-P3 SUNNY LEDGEND (C)(D) Andrew Martin 13 11 5 ......Mr J Martin (7) C
5
5P8-1P VICE ET VERTU (D) H Daly 9 11 4...............................P Brennan B
6
-43U33 ALF ‘N’ DOR (BF) P Bowen 7 11 3.................................Sean Bowen
7
35-022 SHANTY TOWN David Dennis 9 11 1.......................G Sheehan C
BETTING: 2-1 Shanty Town, 10-3 Carlton Ryan, 4-1 Alf ‘n’ Dor, 13-2
Thedrinkymeister, 8-1 Catching On, 14-1 Vice Et Vertu, Sunny Ledgend.
FORM VERDICT
Plenty of these arrive here with valid claims but the marginal preference
is for SHANTY TOWN, who has been knocking hard on the door in
recent efforts. Those performances prove that he can win a race off
his current mark and today could be his day. Vice Et Vertu is a player
based on his Towcester win last May, while Carlton Ryan and Alf ‘n’
Dor are also respected.
2.15
STELLA ARTOIS SUPPORTING BANGOR-ON-DEE
NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4) £6,300 added 2m 7f
1
-1237F FOLLOW THE BEAR (BF) N Henderson 6 11 5...J McGrath
2
F/12-1 SAMUEL JACKSON R Mitford-Slade 6 11 5 .........M G Nolan
3
61-1 UPPERTOWN PRINCE (C) D McCain 6 11 5....Will Kennedy
4
331-27 DOCTOR HAZE (BF) K Bailey 7 10 12....................................... D Bass
5
P5/ HAPPY RING HOUSE Mike Hammond 9 10 12.........C Hammond (7) C,T
BETTING: 6-5 Follow The Bear, 2-1 Uppertown Prince, 9-2 Samuel
Jackson, 7-1 Doctor Haze, 50-1 Happy Ring House.
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Uppertown Prince
(2.15pm, Bangor)
Stylish winner on his hurdles
debut at the course and fancied
to follow up.
NEXT BEST
Fin And Game
(2.50pm, Bangor)
Looked good at Wetherby,
despite running green, and
has the scope to go on to
better things.
Tim Leslie’s Overturn (left) finished runner-up to Rock On Ruby (right) in the
2012 Champion Hurdles at Cheltenham GETTY
immediately plummeted, but the
tough chip off the old block took the
blow on the chin – “it is what it is, we
move on” – and now, two winters on,
the revival is well under way with
replacement stock now delivering
the goods.
And Leslie is still there, hoping to fall lucky again with another
Peddlers Cross or Overturn to take
him back to Cheltenham and the
STELLA ARTOIS CIDRE ‘NATIONAL HUNT’ NOVICES’
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £6,300 added 2m 1f
24-1
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3-1898
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FIN AND GAME D McCain 6 11 12.......................................B Hughes
ARTICLE FIFTY (BF) W Greatrex 5 11 5.................... R Johnson
BRONZALLURE Oliver Greenall 5 11 5..................D England T
COBBLER’S SON H Daly 5 11 5................................................A Tinkler
DOC CARVER Henry Oliver 7 11 5 ....................................J McGrath
DUHALLOW LAD A Jones 6 11 5........................................T J O’Brien
DUKE OF KILCORRAL N Mulholland 5 11 5................N Fehily
IFANDABUT Miss V Williams 6 11 5.....................C Deutsch (3)
JOHNNY YUMA Katy Price 5 11 5.............................................. B Poste
LAWTOP LEGEND G Bewley 6 11 5............................J Bewley (3)
TRIGGER NICHOL Dr R Newland 6 11 5.......S Twiston-Davies
WESTERN MORNING Oliver Greenall 5 11 5 ...I Popham T
DARK ASTER R Mitford-Slade 6 10 12................ M G Nolan H
- 13 declared BETTING: 11-8 Article Fifty, 2-1 Fin And Game, 3-1 Doc Carver, 14-1
Trigger Nichol, 20-1 Dark Aster, Duke Of Kilcorral, 33-1 Western
Morning, 50-1 Cobbler’s Son, 66-1 others.
3.55
big time. Maybe his two runners
in the novice hurdles at Bangor
this afternoon, Fin And Game or
Uppertown Prince, will one day fit
the bill.
Fin And Game, a wide-margin
winner on his jumping bow at
Wetherby, is a three-parts brother to
Peddlers Cross, which is a good start
in life, and McCain reckons he has a
bright future.
BUDWEISER STANDARD OPEN NH FLAT RACE (CLASS
5) £3,500 added 2m 1f
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ALDERSON Oliver Greenall 5 11 5.....................................I Popham
BEFORE MIDNIGHT N Henderson 5 11 5.....Nico De Boinville
1- BURNS CROSS N Mulholland 6 11 5................................... N Fehily
2- LOCKER ROOM TALK Miss R Curtis 5 11 5................A Wedge
451 UPSETTHEODDS D McCain 6 11 5......................... L Murtagh (5)
- 5 declared BETTING: 7-4 Before Midnight, 9-4 Locker Room Talk, 11-4 Burns Cross,
10-1 Upsettheodds, 12-1 Alderson.
BEST OF CHELMSFORD CITY
7.45
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ANTE-POST
Next Destination is now 4-7 for
the Grade One Novice Hurdle at
Naas on Sunday following the
defection of Samcro.
Uppertown Prince is a chaser in
the making, but also looked good
on his rules debut, at this course a
month ago.
32RED.COM NOVICE STAKES (CLASS 5) 3YO £6,400
added 1m 4f
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DICHATO (BF) S C Williams 9 2.............................. S Donohoe T 4
STIRLING VALUE D M Simcock 9 2....................................T Eaves 1
URBAN SOUL J Bethell 9 2.....................................P J McDonald B 3
WINDS OF FIRE (BF) C Appleby 9 2..................... T Marquand 2
- 4 declared BETTING: 5-4 Winds Of Fire, 11-8 Dichato, 11-2 Urban Soul, 14-1 Stirling
Value.
FORM VERDICT
WINDS OF FIRE took a promising step forward when third at
Chelmsford on his second start and the son of Kitten’s Joy looks to
have the most scope for improvement in the field. Dichato looks the
standard-setter on a couple of placed efforts in Newmarket novice
contests and has a tongue-tie on to eke out improvement, while Urban
Soul could benefit from the application of first-time blinkers.
ROYAL BIRTH (CD) S C Williams 7 9 9...Aaron Jones (3) T 6
ROBOT BOY (D) T D Barron 8 9 6.................................B A Curtis 3
UDONTDODOU (CD) R C Guest 5 9 5...................... R Winston 4
BOOM THE GROOM (D) A Carroll 7 9 1................... W Carson 1
COMPAS SCOOBIE (D) S C Williams 5 8 11......Milly Naseb (7) H,T 2
32RED.COM FILLIES’ CONDITIONS STAKES (CLASS 2)
FORM VERDICT
DYNAMO WALT (CD) D Shaw 7 8 5 .......................P Mathers V 5
£20,000 added 7f
FIN AND GAME made a very pleasing hurdling debut when winning
- 6 declared nicely at Wetherby at the end of November and he looks more than BETTING: 15-8 Royal Birth, 9-4 Udontdodou, 9-2 Compas Scoobie, 5-1 1
35743- COURIER (D) M Appleby 6 9 0......................................... L Morris C 1
capable of defying the 7lb penalty with Brian Hughes taking over in Robot Boy, 14-1 Dynamo Walt, 16-1 Boom The Groom.
2
2111- DIAGNOSTIC (D) W Haggas 4 9 0.................Daniel Tudhope 3
the saddle. Article Fifty will appreciate a more galloping track than
3
31134- RAVEN’S LADY (D)(BF) M Botti 4 9 0............Oisin Murphy 2
FORM VERDICT
Southwell and is respected if bringing his bumper form to the table,
4
8012- STAR QUALITY (CD) David Loughnane 4 9 0..D Costello 4
while Doc Carver is capable of better still over timber having finished UDONTDODOU has a fine record on the all-weather at Chelmsford 5
43343- SUMMER ICON (D) M Channon 5 9 0 .......................... C Bishop 5
second at Leicester last time.
having won three of his last four outings at this track and there is
- 5 declared the potential for further improvement as a five-year-old. Royal Birth BETTING: 4-5 Diagnostic, 15-8 Raven’s Lady, 7-1 Summer Icon, 16-1 Star
STELLA ARTOIS 4% HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 4)
was runner-up to Gracious John at Lingfield and is a key player on Quality, Courier.
£6,300 added 2m 7f
that showing, while Robot Boy looks fairly handicapped on the best
FORM VERDICT
of his form.
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2-6653 LADY MIX N Hawke 5 12 4 ......................................James Bowen (5)
DIAGNOSTIC has not been out of the top two on all four of her starts
2
62316- TUDORS TREASURE (BF) Robert Stephens 7 11 12....T J O’Brien
and the Dutch Art filly arrives here unbeaten in three as she looks to
3
335113 COUGAR KID (BF) J G O’Shea 7 11 12......Brodie Hampson (5)
keep her winning run going. The return to seven furlongs should hold
4
13-36 LIBBY T VALANCE Miss R Curtis 7 11 11......................A Wedge
no issues and the Cheveley Park four-year-old can account for Marco
BETWAY HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £9,400 added 2m
5
4313-P ARDEN DENIS N Mulholland 9 11 9.................................... N Fehily
Botti’s Raven’s Lady at the finish, with that rival needing to bounce back
6
3-0850 THE DRACONIAN D Pipe 7 11 8 .........................................Doubtful C
to the form she showed last summer. Summer Icon ran with credit
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2P2-22 AMERICAN LIFE (D) Oliver Greenall 11 11 6.......Ross Turner (7) B,T 1
41165- VERCINGETORIX (D) I Jardine 7 9 10................................G Lee C 2 throughout 2017 and she’s another to note.
8 P3-804 TAILOR TOM D McCain 6 11 4.....................................Will Kennedy 2
/8617- WISHING WELL (D) M Hammond 6 9 7.......P J McDonald 1
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057-P3 SOMERSET JEM K Bishop 9 10 12....................Conor Smith (5) 3
93112- GOOD TIME AHEAD (C)(BF) P Kirby 4 9 7.... Harrison Shaw (7) 4
BETWAY NOVICE STAKES (CLASS 5) £6,200 added 6f
10 88PP56 PRINCE KUP Miss L Hurley 7 10 10 .......... C Hammond (7) B 4
42234- SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN B Ellison 5 9 6 .....S Donohoe T 3
11 0452-9 YOUNG LOU (D) R Dickin 9 10 10 .................................J Nixon (7) C 5
64754- SENATUS K McLintock 6 8 12........................................A Mullen H 6
4/223- KINGOFMERROWS J Osborne 4 10 0 .....................D Costello 6
- 11 declared 6
54560- BRAES OF LOCHALSH J Goldie 7 8 10..Phil Dennis (3) V 5 1
2
8- ARNOUL OF METZ H Spiller 3 8 12......................... Fran Berry 7
BETTING: 9-4 American Life, 9-2 Cougar Kid, 5-1 Tudors Treasure, 13-2
- 6 declared 2- BREATHLESS TIMES R Charlton 3 8 12.......Adam J McNamara (3) 2
Lady Mix, 7-1 Arden Denis, 10-1 Somerset Jem, 12-1 Libby T Valance, BETTING: 15-8 Good Time Ahead, 10-3 Vercingetorix, 4-1 Sugarloaf 3
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76- CHARLES FOX J Fanshawe 3 8 12............................... D Muscutt 3
Tailor Tom, 25-1 others.
Mountain, 5-1 Senatus, 7-1 Wishing Well, 16-1 Braes Of Lochalsh.
5
4- GLOBAL PASS Ed Walker 3 8 12...................................L Keniry H 1
FORM VERDICT
FORM VERDICT
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5- GRANDFATHER TOM R Cowell 3 8 12............. E J Walsh (3) 4
American Life has proven to be fairly consistent without getting his A 1m6f winner at Southwell, GOOD TIME AHEAD shaped like a step up 7
8- HARBOUR PILOT David Loughnane 3 8 12..................S Gray 8
head in front on his last couple of starts and he should be thereabouts to this trip may be needed when plugging on for second over 1m4f 8
DAZE OUT R Fahey 3 8 7.........................................................P Mathers 9
once again. Arden Denis struggled on his chasing debut at Lingfield when bidding for a Fibresand hat-trick there last month and gets the 9
WIDE ACCLAIM J Tate 3 8 7 .....................................................L Morris 5
so should prove a lot happier back over timber but the vote goes to nod to go one better here, with winning form at this venue to his name.
- 9 declared handicap debutant TAILOR TOM as he should appreciate the step up Vercingetorix is a proven scorer over this distance and could be the BETTING: 11-8 Breathless Times, 4-1 Kingofmerrows, 5-1 Global Pass,
in trip having shown some promise in his three starts over hurdles one to capitalise if the selection fails to get home, while Sugarloaf 10-1 Charles Fox, Wide Acclaim, Grandfather Tom, 14-1 Daze Out, 25-1
Mountain has slipped to a feasible mark and is respected.
Arnoul Of Metz, 50-1 Harbour Pilot.
to date.
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BEST OF NEWCASTLE
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3.30
Results service
LUDLOW Going: Soft-heavy in places
on hurdle course
1.20 1. LOOK MY WAY (R Johnson) 1-6 fav;
2. Nigh Or Never 33-1; 3. Lord County 16-1.
6 ran. 10l, 15l. (J J Quinn).
1.50 1. INDIAN HAWK (D Jacob) 2-1 fav; 2.
Jet Set 14-1; 3. Copper West 10-1. 15 ran. 8l,
12l. (N Henderson).
2.20 1. TREE OF LIBERTY (Jamie Moore) 9-2;
2. Nightfly 13-2; 3. Joueur Bresilien 5-2. 6 ran.
9-4 fav Sister Sibyl (Fell). 11l, 15l. (Kerry Lee).
2.50 1. ELLENS WAY (M Griffiths) evens fav;
2. Sainte Ladylime 5-1; 3. Braventara 8-1. 7
ran. nk, 3l. (J Scott). Tote: £1.70; £3.00, £1.20.
Exacta: £7.20. Trifecta: £39.80. CSF: £7.37.
3.20 1. HEDGEINATOR (James Bowen) 11-8
fav; 2. It’s A Steal 9-2; 3. Veauce De Sivola 7-2.
5 ran. nk, 41/2l. (Christian Williams).
3.50 1. SEA STORY (D Bass) 4-1; 2. Simonia
11-10 fav; 3. Lady Of The Night 6-1. 8 ran. 3l,
2l. (K Bailey).
Placepot: £48.10. Quadpot: £14.70.
Place 6: £24.26. Place 5: £18.92.
MUSSELBURGH Going: Good to soft
1.00 1. THE ROAD HOME (Derek Fox) 8-1; 2.
Character Onesie 11-2; 3. Heartasia 11-4 fav.
11 ran. 10l, 1l. (Miss L Russell).
1.30 1. MIDDLEBROW (Will Kennedy) 11-4;
2. Martiloo 5-1; 3. Mullaghmurphy Blue 11-8
fav. 6 ran. 31/2l, 8l. (D McCain).
2.00 1. NENDRUM (J Hamilton) 11-4 fav; 2.
Mitcd 14-1; 3. Hey Bob 7-1. 12 ran. 24l, 23/4l.
(A M Thomson).
2.30 1. JUMP FOR DOUGH (T Willmott) 11-2;
2. Court Baloo 4-1; 3. Full Jack 5-2 jt-fav.
8 ran. 5-2 jt-fav Randy Pike (6th). 2l, 11/2l.
(Miss L Russell).
3.00 1. MIXBOY (B Hughes) evens fav; 2.
Solar Impulse 14-1; 3. Ut Majeur Aulmes
11-2. 5 ran. ns, 31/4l. (K Dalgleish).
3.30 1. PAPER PROMISE (C Whillans) 7-2; 2.
Skye Chief 28-1; 3. Blue Baton 3-1 fav. 9 ran.
7l, 6l. (D Whillans). Tote: £3.10; £1.40, £10.00,
£1.40. Exacta: £105.60. Trifecta: £824.00. CSF:
£95.78. NR: Thepensionfund.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £9,325.06 carried over to .
Placepot: £45.60. Quadpot: £12.70.
Place 6: £26.76. Place 5: £16.32.
SOUTHWELL Going: Standard
12.40 1. SHINE BABY SHINE (Mr B Lynn)
9-4 fav; 2. Tynecastle Park 5-2; 3. Bohemian
Rhapsody 25-1. 10 ran. nk, 2l. (P Kirby). Tote:
£2.50; £1.20, £1.30, £3.70. Exacta: £8.10. Tricast: £101.02. Trifecta: £57.40. CSF: £7.16.
1.10 1. NEW WORLD POWER (Oisin Murphy) evens fav; 2. Speciality 7-2; 3. Prerogative 12-1. 11 ran. 13/4l, 5l. (D M Simcock).
Tote: £1.70; £1.10, £1.50, £2.80. Exacta: £5.10.
Trifecta: £21.70. CSF: £4.14.
1.40 1. TELLOVOI (J Osborn) 10-1; 2. Kommander Kirkup 9-4 fav; 3. Angel Palanas 20-1.
8 ran. hd, shd. (R C Guest). Tote: £11.20; £1.50,
£6.50, £3.20. Exacta: £31.50. Tricast: £446.93.
Trifecta: £404.80. CSF: £31.57.
2.10 1. JACK THE TRUTH (Fran Berry) 2-5
fav; 2. Coiste Bodhar 9-2; 3. Rocking Rudolph
9-1. 4 ran. 4l, 21/2l. (G Scott). Tote: £1.10;
Exacta: £2.30. Trifecta: £4.80. CSF: £2.39.
2.40 1. ZAEEM (P J McDonald) 10-1; 2. Letmestopyouthere 11-1; 3. Lady Perignon 4-1.
7 ran. evens fav The Great Wall (4th). 11/2l,
11/4l. (I Furtado). Tote: £9.00; £3.60, £4.60.
Exacta: £66.90. Trifecta: £424.70. CSF: £97.81.
3.10 1. PEARL NATION (L Morris) 7-2; 2.
Tatlisu 7-4 fav; 3. Essential 13-2. 6 ran. 1l, 5l.
(M Appleby). Tote: £3.50; £1.60, £1.40. Exacta:
£11.60. Trifecta: £46.70. CSF: £9.69.
3.40 1. MEANDMYSHADOW (Hollie Doyle)
15-2; 2. Big Amigo 9-2 fav; 3. Canadian Royal
11-2. 12 ran. shd, 11/4l. (A Brown). Tote: £8.30;
£1.90, £1.50, £2.60. Exacta: £39.90. Tricast:
£203.55. Trifecta: £243.30. CSF: £37.79. NR:
Naralsaif.
Placepot: £96.50. Quadpot: £66.10.
Place 6: £92.18. Place 5: £61.79.
WOLVERHAMPTON
Going: Standard
4.10 1. BREAKING FREE (J Hart) 3-1; 2.
Tasaaboq 11-4 jt-fav; 3. Simply Clever 11-1.
12 ran. 11-4 jt-fav Oor Jock (4th). nk, 11/4l. (J J
Quinn). Tote: £3.70; £1.40, £1.30, £3.00. Exacta: £13.10. Tricast: £79.36. Trifecta: £62.00.
CSF: £11.41.
4.40 1. SPARE PARTS (Rossa Ryan) 5-2; 2. Sir
Lancelott 5-1; 3. Rising Sunshine 12-1. 11 ran.
7-4 fav Billyfairplay (4th). 3l, 3/4l. (P McEntee).
Tote: £3.20; £1.40, £1.80, £3.20. Exacta: £18.10.
Tricast: £125.28. Trifecta: £97.30. CSF: £15.59.
NR: Three Majors.
5.10 1. ARNARSON (R Havlin) 7-2 fav; 2.
Clock Chimes 9-2; 3. Little Miss Kodi 9-1. 9
ran. 5l, 11/4l. (E Dunlop). Tote: £3.30; £1.30,
£2.00, £2.60. Exacta: £17.20. Tricast: £124.15.
CSF: £18.02. NRs: Amazing Grazing, Compass
Hill, Joey’s Destiny.
5.40 1. ENERGIA FLAVIO (C Rodriguez) 11-2;
2. Pour La Victoire 25-1; 3. Beauden Barrett
9-1. 7 ran. 6-4 fav Acrux (5th). 1l, nk. (P Morris). Tote: £4.30; £1.50, £6.80. Exacta: £54.70.
Trifecta: £261.40. CSF: £103.90.
6.10 1. DESERT WIND (S Donohoe) 9-1; 2.
Barbara Villiers 4-1; 3. Pilgrim Soul 11-4.
10 ran. evens fav That’s So Cool (5th). 6l, nk.
(E Vaughan). Tote: £11.70; £2.50, £1.40, £1.30.
Exacta: £37.60. Trifecta: £130.40. CSF: £46.02.
6.40 1. KING KEVIN (R Havlin) 9-4 fav; 2. Berlusca 28-1; 3. Perceived 33-1. 13 ran. 3/4l, shd.
(E Dunlop). Tote: £2.90; £1.40, £9.00, £6.90.
Exacta: £84.20. Tricast: £1657.85. Trifecta:
£838.00. CSF: £80.99.
7.10 1. SUNSHINEANDBUBBLES (Rossa
Ryan) 8-1; 2. Critical Thinking 4-1 fav; 3.
Optima Petamus 18-1. 13 ran. nk, ns. (Jennie
Candlish). Tote: £10.60; £2.30, £1.90, £6.50.
Exacta: £48.10. Tricast: £570.10. Trifecta:
£1339.20. CSF: £39.55.
Placepot: £203.40. Quadpot: £110.60.
Place 6: £293.03. Place 5: £177.52.
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4 JANUARY 2018
GOLF
DARTS
Spieth knows he
is ‘the man’ as
he leads stars for
Hawaiian opener
Open, and Open champion Jordan
Spieth, are the young golfers driving
an agenda that was once his to set.
Golf emerges from its month-long
Spieth, still just 24, celebrated his
festive slumber with one of the engagement a week before Christstrongest fields, pound for pound, of mas, admitting that he was in a ‘fanthe year.
tastic place’ as he contemplates the
The entire top ten in the world year ahead.
rankings, including all four
The contrast with a year
major winners, feature at
ago when his Masters failthe 34-man Sentry Tourure
of 2016 coloured the
The Open
nament of Champions in Championship, rest of his season, could not
Hawaii, the traditional
be more marked, helped
PGA Tour New Year launch it just did
no end by victory at Royal
wonders for
party.
Birkdale.
The only stellar absen- me – not only
“The Open Championtees are Rory McIlroy, who for my view of ship, it just did wonders
slipped out of the world’s myself, but on for me. And not only my
top ten for the first time in being the man view of myself, but my view
four years and only the secon being the man in the
ond time since 2010, plus in the arena
arena,” he said. “I’m the
Jason Day, down 13 places
one that’s out there, that’s
from his No 1 ranking this time last putting it on the line every single
year.
week.
McIlroy breaks cover in 2018 at
“There are going to be critics, and
Abu Dhabi two weeks hence, but people that disagree with the way
will be paying attention to events you do things or whatever, but I feel
in Hawaii as he seeks to recover like I’m in a great place. And starting
momentum after a lost year blighted 2018 I’m kind of ready for anything.
by injury.
I’m ready for failure, for success, and
It will not be lost on McIlroy that everything in between.”
the bill-toppers on the opening day,
Ditto Thomas, who not only won
PGA champion Justin Thomas, who his first major last year but topped
won here a year ago en route to his that off by winning the season-endback-to-back triumph at the Sony ing FedEx Cup to put five trophies on
Champion Cross
says he is only
getting started
By Simon Newstead
By Kevin Garside
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plain; racks; road;
stones; lane;
rocks; lace; case;
box; tie; bog; tit;
flog; buy; marsh
5-CLUE CROSSWORD
Across: 1 Cha(p)-let, 3 NEC-tar, 4 Emma-US
Down: 1 C-hang-E, 2 Tetris*
WORD WHEEL
NINE-LETTER WORD beautiful
OTHER WORDS able, albeit, ale, bail, bale, belt, bile, bleat, blue,
built, elf, fable, fail, fault, felt, fibula, file, flat, flea, flit, flue,
flute, fuel, futile, late, lea, leaf, leat, left, let, lie, lieu, life, lift, lit,
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PREMIER LEAGUE
Arsenal (0)......................2 Chelsea (0)......................2
Wilshere 63
Hazard 67 (pen)
Bellerin 90
Alonso 84
Att 59,379
COPPA ITALIA QUARTER-FINAL
Juventus (1)...................2 Torino (0)....................... 0
Douglas Costa 16
Mandzukic 68
SPANISH CUP FIFTH ROUND FIRST LEG
Formentera 1 Alaves 3; Lleida 0 Atletico
Madrid 4.
CRICKET
THIRD T20 INTERNATIONAL
New Zealand v West Indies, Mount
Maunganui: New Zealand 243-5 (20
overs; C Munro 104, M J Guptill 63).
West Indies 124 (16.3 overs). New
Zealand beat West Indies by 119 runs.
TENNIS
HOPMAN CUP, PERTH, AUSTRALIA:
Round robin - Group A: Germany 3
Canada 0 (Men’s: A Zverev (G) bt V Pospisil (Can) 6-4 6-2. Women’s: A Kerber
(G) bt E Bouchard (Can) 6-1 6-3. Mixed
Doubles: A Kerber (G) & A Zverev (G) bt
E Bouchard (Can) & V Pospisil (Can) 4-3
(5-2) 4-3 (5-2).
Belgium 3 Australia 0 (Men’s: D Goffin (Bel) bt T Kokkinakis (A) 6-4 6-2.
Women’s: E Mertens (Bel) bt D Gavrilova (Aus) 2-6 6-4 6-2. Mixed Doubles:
E Mertens (Bel) & D Goffin (Bel) bt D
Gavrilova (Aus) & T Kokkinakis (Aus) 4-3
(5-3) 2-4 4-1.
WTA ASB CLASSIC, AUCKLAND, NEW
ZEALAND: Second round: (1) C WOZNIACKI (Den) bt P Martic (Croa) 6-2 6-2;
(4) A RADWANSKA (Pol) bt T Townsend
(US) 6-3 7-5; (3) B ZAHLAVOVA STRYCOVA (Cz Rep) bt J Larsson (Swe) 6-1
6-7 (3-7) 6-2.
TODAY’S FIXTURES
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Tottenham v West Ham (8).....................................
GOLF
USPGA TOUR SENTRY TOURNAMENT
OF CHAMPIONS (Plantation Course at
Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii, usa).
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American Jordan Spieth says he is ‘ready for anything’ in 2018 GETTY
the sideboard in one season. “All I’m
trying to do is just play every tournament the best I can,” Thomas said.
“I’m not in any way comparing to
last year because I know there’s a
chance that I don’t do what I did last
year, and there’s also a chance that I
have a better year. I think the hardest part is going to be staying in the
moment and recognising that it’s a
new year, a new opportunity for great
things.
“I just need to continue to work
hard. I’m not thinking I have to win
five times, and a major, and Player of
the Year, and FedEx Cup, for it to be
a great year. The thing about golf is
every player, no matter how good they
are, has had slumps at times. The goal
is to minimise those slumps.”
TENNIS
Kyrgios hopes Murray can
avoid ‘last resort’ of surgery
By Paul Newman
IN BRISBANE
Nick Kyrgios, who fights his own battles with a recurring hip problem, has
offered sympathy for Andy Murray
and said he would contemplate surgery only as a final option.
“I don’t think anyone ever really
wants to get cut open,” Kyrgios
said at the Brisbane International. “That’s the absolute last resort. You don’t
really know the success
rate of anything like that.
It’s tough, very scary.”
Murray (right), who has
not played since limping out
of Wimbledon six months ago,
pulled out on Tuesday and admitted that he might have to consider
surgery on his right hip. However, he
is still hoping to play in the Australian
Open, which starts in 11 days’ time,
and said he would make a decision by
this weekend.
Kyrgios admitted that he is not usually a player you would expect to find
in the gym but has worked hard to
manage his injury, which has troubled
him over the past 18 months. “It’s not
comfortable,” he said. “I’ve been given
a programme that I have to do every
day and that’s all I do in the gym.”
The world No 21 said that a hip injury was a particular problem for a
player such as Murray, who relies so
much on his athleticism. “He’s
one of the best athletes the
game has ever seen,” Kyrgios said. “He’s going to
have to get his hip right to
get to the top of the sport
again.”
Kyrgios and Murray are
good friends, though the
Australian said that he had
turned down the Scot’s suggestion
that they practise together this week.
“He was actually trying to organise
a hit for me at 8am,” Kyrgios smiled. “I
was like, ‘Andy, I’m not going to make
that hit’. I offered him 9am. I saw him
the next day and he told me he had
pulled out, so the laughter didn’t last
very long.” EVENING STANDARD
Rob Cross believes he can
still play better and has
vowed to work harder after
winning the PDC World Darts
Championship.
Cross claimed the sport’s
biggest prize by defeating the
great Phil Taylor in the New
Year’s Day final, completing a
fairy-tale rise from working as
an electrician only last year.
His remarkable 107.67
average was the third highest
ever recorded in a world
championship final. He landed
11 maximum 180s and hit three
outshots of 140 or more in a
relentless display of heavy
scoring and razor-sharp
finishing.
Cross, 27, said: “I wouldn’t
say it will be my best
performance, I know I’ve got a
bit more there. But to produce
it when you really need it,
there’s no better feeling
than that.”
Cross (right)
has enjoyed
the most
spectacular
debut year
in the sport’s
history
since turning
professional
last January.
The World
Championship was his fifth
title of the season, in addition
to reaching the European
Championship final, and he has
risen to third on the PDC order
of merit.
Now he is urging any budding
players to follow his lead and
take their chances if they think
they are good enough.
“Honestly I wouldn’t have
said it was impossible because I
believe everything is possible,”
he added. “If anyone out there
has got ability and thinks they
can do it, I would recommend
they try their hardest because
you never know.
“At the same time I would’ve
bitten your hand off for that.
You would’ve said it was
unlikely because no one’s
ever climbed that high before,
no-one’s ever come close.
“To win any major is special
– it wouldn’t have mattered if it
was the [World] Matchplay or
any of the others – but because
it was the Worlds it made it so
much better.”
Despite the success,‘Voltage’,
as Cross is nicknamed, will
certainly not be resting on his
laurels.
“The plan for next year is
work harder than I did this
year,” he added.
“I think I’m going to have to
let this one settle in and have
a few days with the family,
because next year’s going to
be busy, but I’ll go back on the
practice board tomorrow.”
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IN SYDNEY
You can’t ignore the
Barmy Army – they’re
‘everywhere you go!’
CRICKET
Steve Smith
in Twenty20
Cup action for
Worcestershire in
2010 GETTY
I
’ve been thinking quite a bit
Better by far to start drinking at
about the Barmy Army on
9am and sing songs about convict
this Ashes tour. In a sense, it’s
colonies.
hard to avoid thinking about
These things are intrinsic to
them, such is their ubiquity
football, a sport with its own
in these parts right now. There
organic culture of songs and
they are, staying in your hotel. En
segregation and fierce tribalism.
masse in your local bar. There’s
But cricket had none of this when
about 20 of them on the tram to the the Barmy Army first started out.
MCG, singing about… well, themEverywhere it went, it essentially
selves mostly.
created its own culture.
And then of course, once you
“Everywhere we go,” runs the
get to the cricket, it’s impossible to
famous Barmy Army chant, with
ignore them: taking over an entire
each line repeated at deafening
section of the ground, bedecking
volume. “People want to know. Who
it in St George flags and belting
we are. Where we come from.”
out their songs from morning to
No, they don’t. People couldn’t
evening. In many ways, not being
care less. At least, they didn’t
able to ignore them is the
care when you were just
point.
Graham, the 48-year-old
There is definitely an
assistant manager of
element of the foreign
a car dealership from
invasion in the Barmy
Luton. But when you
Army’s tactics: the
don the T-shirt and
marking of territory,
plastic breasts of the
the unabashed
Army, you’re a part
patriotism, the
of something. England
supplanting of a native
players speak of you
spectator culture with
in hushed tones in press
their own. The Barmy Army
conferences. Ricky Ponting
first started to attract attention
mentions you on commentary. Not
on the 1994-95 Ashes tour, getting
you in person, Graham, the Barmy
their nickname from the local
Army in general, but we know he
press for their boundless
really means you. Every life
Yo
ou could is a performance, and this is
enthusiasm in the face of
certain defeat. Spying an just watch
yours. This is the quasi-fame
opportunity, they began cricket but
you’ve dreamed of all those
to print T-shirts and by where’s the
years.
the end of the tour had
This is why you paid
fun?
Better
to
made enough money to
thousands to come out here.
be
drinking
at
trademark the Barmy
There’s a lull in the cricket,
Army name. These days 9am and sing and you’ve got a songsheet
it is a highly lucrative
about convict in your hand. Now, I want
commercial operation,
you to sing “Stuart Broad,
colonies
with a full-time staff,
Stuart Broad, Stuart Broad
growing profits, and
and his massive pork sword”
thousands of tour packages sold.
to the tune of Postman Pat as if your
And this, ultimately, is the true
life depended on it.
meaning of the Barmy Army,
There’s plenty to admire
and its Australian facsimiles, the
about the Barmy Army from
Richies, who attend Test matches
its surprisingly good gender
dressed as Richie Benaud, and
balance to its charity work, raising
the yellow-clad Fanatics, who
thousands for the Professional
pop up anywhere in the world an
Cricketers’ Association benevolent
Australian happens to be doing
fund. The atmosphere generated
sport. They may begin as fan clubs,
by a Barmy-flavoured crowd can
but ultimately they are businesses,
often be a welcome dash of colour
representing the commodification
in an occasionally drab setting. And
of the spectator experience. The
with countries around the world
Barmy Army’s travel packages
struggling to make Test cricket
for the forthcoming tour of New
pay, a tour by England can be a
Zealand start at £2,999, not
financial lifeline, due in large part
including flights or match tickets.
to those ubiquitous Barmies with
Why are they so popular?
their raging thirsts.
Perhaps it is because these groups
This, in many ways, is the legacy
offer something that the traditional of the Barmy Supremacy: that they
spectator experience does not: the
have grown and prospered to the
chance not simply to watch the
extent that they now genuinely
action but to be part of it. In a sport shape the global economy of
as static as cricket, the gaze of the
cricket. It’s all a long way from a
television director is invariably
few dozen backpackers in Australia
drawn to the loudest, the boldest,
two decades ago. Now, cricket
the most vivid. You could just turn
can’t afford to ignore the Barmy
up, buy a ticket and watch the
Army, even if it wanted to. THE
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Now Smith wants to smash
our county bowlers as well
By David Clough
IN SYDNEY
Steve Smith’s love for batting against
English bowlers may one day entice
him to venture back into county
cricket.
Australia’s Ashes-winning captain
averages more than 150 and has hit
604 runs against the best attack England has to offer so far this winter.
At 28, he has many more years of
run-plundering ahead of him and as
he prepared for the fifth and final
Test on his home ground here, he
was happy to consider the prospect
of a return to the English domestic
summer.
A decade ago, Smith had the option
of joining Surrey but that would have
meant giving up on his ambition to
play for his native country in favour
of his English-born mother’s.
It was an option the then-teenager
never seriously considered.
Since then, he has played
“It was a decision I had to make at
Twenty20 cricket for Worcestershire the time, and I think I chose the right
on an overseas contract and admits one.”
he could well be tempted back at
He and Australia can have no cause
some point, especially by the lure of for regret, this winter especially, althe County Championship.
though he admits the task of scoring
“I’d love to play some
a mountain of runs against
county cricket at some
England has just occasionI always
point in my career as well,”
ally taken him out of his
said the world’s number knew I wanted comfort zone.
to come back
one batsman.
Asked if it has been tiring
Recalling his contract and play for
at times, he said: “The other
offer from Surrey, after New South
day [during the Melbourne
one 2nd XI match for Kent Wales and for Test] was, and I would say
in 2007, he said: “I never
the Brisbane game was exhad ambitions to play for Australia and hausting – the concentrado
my
best
England as such – I altion I had to have for long
ways wanted to play for there
periods of time.
Australia.
“Perth was a bit different,
“At 18 years of age, it
because everything hapsounded like quite a fair amount of pened a bit quicker, and I was able
money to me. [But] I always knew to score quicker than I did in MelI wanted to come back and play for bourne and Brisbane. I was a little bit
New South Wales and for Australia fatigued mentally but a couple of days
and do my best there.
off and I was ready to go again.”
Woakes out of Ashes finale
amid fears his winter is over
By Tom Collomosse
IN SYDNEY
Chris Woakes has been ruled
out of the final Ashes Test amid
fears he has the same injury that
sidelined him for three months
last summer. Woakes was sent for
a scan after complaining of pain in
his left side after the Melbourne
Test and was replaced here by
leg-spinner Mason Crane, who
makes his Test debut.
Woakes tore a muscle in
England’s Champions Trophy
opener with Bangladesh on 1
June and did not play again for
his country until August 25. If the
problem has recurred, Woakes
would miss the majority of what is
left of England’s winter – one-day
series against Australia and
New Zealand, a Twenty20
tri-series against those
countries, and two
Tests in New Zealand.
England captain Joe
Root tried to play down
the severity of the injury
and hopes Woakes (right)
might take part in the fivematch ODI series that opens in
Melbourne on Sunday week.
“It is about making sure Chris
is not out for a significant part of
time,” said Root. “He pulled up a
bit sore at Melbourne. The side
is an important area for a fast
bowler so we have to look after it
and make sure he is 100 per cent
ready to go.
“He is an integral part of the
white-ball teams and the Test
team and it is important that
he does not have another
setback like last summer,
so he will miss this
match and it gives him
another week to get
himself right.
“Whether he plays
in the one-day series is
for Eoin Morgan and the
medical team to assess.”
With England trailing 3-0, Root
backed Crane, 20, to surprise
Australia on his debut, adding:
“He’s very excited, as you would
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Young players to look out for in 2018
Jack Pitt-Brooke casts his eye over the kids lighting up academies throughout England
It was an exciting year for young
English footballers, when the
Under-17 and Under-20 teams won
their respective World Cups. Given
our national anxieties over youth
development, they were important
triumphs for England.
The question for 2018 is how
young players from our academies
can start to fulfil their potential in
senior football.
Here is a list of players who impressed in 2017 and are set for more
in the new year. They are aged between 16 and 20 years old and while
not all of them will play first team
football this year, they should all
make progress.
Sam Field, 19, West Bromwich Albion
The Hawthorns has not been a
happy place recently but one bright
spark has been the emergence of
Field from the academy into the
first team. A local boy – from Stourbridge – Field (right), an England
Under-21, is already the best passer of the ball at the club and has
earned comparisons with a young
Michael Carrick.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, 17, Chelsea
A star of England’s Under-17
World Cup win who contributed two assists in the final,
Hudson-Odoi is yet another
high-calibre product of the
Chelsea academy, where he
has already shone in the
FA Youth Cup. He combines pace and skill as an
attacking midfielder with
a dangerous ability to
beat defenders at speed.
He has only just turned
17 but Chelsea have just
tied him to his first professional deal.
George Thomas, 20,
Leicester City
Whatever happens for
the rest of his career Thomas
will always be famous for his
winning goal for Coventry City
in the EFL Trophy final against
Oxford United at Wembley
back in April. But Thomas,
still just 20, is set for a Premier
League breakthrough next year.
Leicester City signed Thomas
for £500,000 this summer and since
then he has been impressing for
their Under-23s. The initial plan
was that he would be loaned out
this month but he has done so well
that now Claude Puel wants to
integrate him into the first
team.
Taylor Richards, 17,
Manchester City
Richards was signed
from Fulham at the
age of 14, spotted
by City superscout Joe Shields,
the man who
found them
Jadon Sancho.
Richards is an attacking midfielder who
has often had to play wide
because of Phil Foden,
but when Foden was at
the Under-17 World Cup
this year, Richards moved
back into a central role
and thrived. Signed his
first professional deal this
week.
Callum Gribbin, 19, Man United
Perhaps the most talented of his
group at Old Trafford, Gribbin
(below right) is an all-round midfielder who is set for a big
year. He has missed the
first half of this season
with injury but is now
back and ready to
impress again for the
Under-23s. Gribbin, a
local boy from Salford,
is a set-piece expert and is
already a stylish player who
just needs to stay fit to win his
chance this year.
Xavier Amaechi, 16,
Arsenal
The youngest player on
this list, Amaechi is one
of the best prospects at
Arsenal and a player who
will be tied to a professional
deal there, as he turns 17
tomorrow. Amaechi is a
left-footed winger – probably the
fastest player at the whole club –
and is set to be fast-tracked towards
the first team.
Trevoh Chalobah, 18, Chelsea
The younger brother of Watford
midfielder Nathaniel, defender
Trevoh (left) has been an important
part of successful Chelsea
youth teams at all levels
since joining the academy. Now impressing
for Chelsea Under-23s,
the next step will be a
loan move to the Football
League, this month or in
the summer.
Nathan Ferguson, 17, West
Bromwich
He has only just turned
17 but Ferguson has
already made his way
onto the bench for West
Bromwich Albion’s first
team. A powerful centreback who can play the ball
out from the back, West Brom
were quick to tie him to a professional deal as soon as they could
to keep him at the club. Has raced
through the academy teams and will
be playing for the first team before
long. THE INDEPENDENT
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EVERTON
Big Sam races to sign
Tosun for Cup derby
By Miguel Delaney
Everton expect to complete a £25m
deal for the Besiktas forward, Cenk
Tosun, this week and would like
him to feature against Liverpool in
the FA Cup tomorrow night.
Sam Allardyce was keen to
sign the striker during his time at
Crystal Palace last year, and even
after the manager left the
Selhurst Park club they
continued to pursue the
26-year-old (right).
But after failing to get
a deal over the line last
August, Palace faded
from the picture
and Allardyce’s
determination
to get his man,
twinned with
recruitment tsar
Steve Walsh’s
fondness for
the Turkish
international,
mean
LIVERPOOL
that the Toffees have long been
favourites for Tosun’s signature.
“Everton have made an offer
but China offered €35m for Cenk
Tosun. And we said no. He is a
very valuable player for us,” said
Besiktas president Fikret Orman.
“Cenk wants Everton. Negotiations
are ongoing, with good intentions.
“There is no finished situation
right now. If the conditions
are right for us, the transfer
takes place.”
Orman has been in London for
talks with Everton and they
are close enough with the
figures for Allardyce to
hope to use the forward,
who has been in fine
form this season, to
relieve his tiring
squad at Anfield
tomorrow following
a run of five games
in 15 days over
a packed festive
schedule. THE
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MANCHESTER CITY
Fifa looking
into Brewster
abuse claims
Silva thanks fans
for support after
premature birth
Fifa is investigating Rhian
Brewster’s claim that England
team-mate Morgan Gibbs-White
was racially abused by a Spanish
opponent during the Under-17
World Cup final.
Liverpool teenager Brewster
said last week he has either
personally experienced racial
abuse or witnessed it on a football
pitch seven times, including five
occasions in the last seven months.
Two of those alleged incidents
– all against overseas opposition
– took place on England duty,
with the most recent being the
abuse directed at Gibbs-White in
October’s 5-2 victory over Spain.
David Silva has
announced his son
is “fighting day by
day” after being
born prematurely.
The midfielder
(above) missed
four of Manchester City’s five
games prior to Tuesday’s win over
Watford for what the club said
were personal reasons.
“I want to thank all of you for
the love and good wishes,” the
Spaniard said. “Special thanks to
my team-mates, manager and all
at the club for understanding. My
son Mateo was born extremely
preterm and is fighting day by day.”
WOLVES
JUVENTUS
Head coach
charged by FA
Italians eager
to keep Sandro
Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito
Santo has been charged with
misconduct by the Football
Association. The charge relates to
last Saturday’s Championship win
over Bristol City at Ashton Gate,
where the Portuguese (below) was
dismissed from
the touchline,
apparently for
words spoken to
the fourth
official, and sent
to the stands.
Juventus are determined to
keep Alex Sandro this month,
frustrating Manchester United
and Chelsea. The Premier League
clubs want the player, who wants
to leave Turin, but the Serie A side
are unwilling to allow a drastic
restructuring to their defence.
Juventus were blindsided by last
summer’s exits of Dani Alves and
Leo Bonucci, ensuring they did not
want more upheaval. They were
also unable to recall Leonardo
Spinazzola from a loan at Atalanta.
Carroll hopes to
prove to Moyes
he is worth a start
By Matt Murphy
Andy Carroll is hoping his two goals
that enabled West Ham to come from
behind and beat West Brom will help
him seal a firm place in the side’s
starting lineup – rather than being
left “frustrated” on the bench.
The striker scored his first goal in
nine months and followed it up with
a second in the dying seconds of injury time to clinch a vital victory for
the Hammers, taking them out of the
relegation zone.
“It was fantastic,” said Carroll,
“The lads were over the moon; the
fans were over the moon. I think it
was a great atmosphere.”
Carroll, whose career in east London has been dogged by injuries, admits he’s not pleased sitting on the
bench and wanted to use the game
to prove his worth to manager David
Moyes.
“It’s been very frustrating,” he admitted, “I’ve been sitting on the bench
– it’s been tough. I’ve been wanting to
play. I’ve been wanting to get there
and start. It’s hard when you’re coming on for the last 20 minutes.”
Tuesday night’s game was Carroll’s first start since facing Leicester
City on 24 November and the striker
added: “I don’t want to be an impact
player coming off the bench. Tonight
when I was called upon I felt like I
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Son
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Arnautovic
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I don’t want to be an
impact player coming off the
bench. Tonight I needed to
show what I was about
needed to show what I was about and
try and get back into the starting 11,
and push myself back into a starting
place.”
Carroll, 28, was quick to praise
both strike partner Marko Arnautovic and captain Mark Noble for
their performances on Tuesday
evening – the latter was brought on
at half-time after James McClean
had put the visitors ahead with a deflected shot.
“I think going 1-0 down was tough,”
said Carroll. “I thought Nobes [Noble]
changed the game for us. He kept the
ball, he dominated in midfield and
defended well and brought everyone
into the game. I thought it was fantastic, and changed the game for us.”
Just three points separate Brighton in 12th and Stoke in 18th, with West
Ham (16th) and Bournemouth (15th)
just a point above the relegation zone.
West Ham follow up Tuesday’s victory swiftly with a trip to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur tonight – in
a game rearranged from New Year’s
Eve – and Carroll added his hope that
they can build on the win and pull
away from danger.
“Down at the bottom it’s very tight,
it’s nice to pull away,” the forward
said. “We just need to continue that,
continue the results, and continue
working like we did tonight.”
And as for the ‘R’ word, Carroll
believes that West Ham’s quality will
see them safe.
“I think we know the quality in our
dressing room and we’re confident
that we will not be going down,” he
added.
“We’ll be getting out of it. At
the minute it is tough down there
but we’ve still got the quality and the
confidence. We are on a decent run at
the minute, so hopefully it continues.”
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Kane is ‘ready’ to return for London derby
By Miguel Delaney
Andy Carroll
heads home his
first goal for West
Ham on Tuesday
night against
West Bromwich
Albion GETTY
Mauricio Pochettino expects to
recall Harry Kane to the starting
line-up for Tottenham Hotspur’s
match with West Ham tonight, but
admitted he would rotate and use his
squad fully as his side prepare for a
second game in 48 hours.
The striker began Tuesday’s win
at Swansea on the bench following
illness, but came on to set up Dele
Alli’s late goal. Pochettino is now
hopeful the talismanic striker will
start at Wembley.
“I think our decision [to not start
him in Wales] was good because you
can see on the pitch, it was difficult
to run [with the heavy rain], after a
few days with antibiotics,” the coach
said. “We hope now [Kane] is going
well and can be ready for West Ham.
But we need to see him and decide.”
Spurs played through awful conditions and a very heavy pitch at
Swansea, and Pochettino admitted
We are going to rotate,
make changes. Now is the
important opportunity to
play with the squad
Harry Kane (pictured with Dele Alli) should start against West Ham REUTERS
it would inform his decisions on tonight’s starting line-up. “It will be difficult for the players,” he continued.
“We are going to rest, 48 hours resting until the whistle. We are going
to rotate, make some changes, give
some fresh legs to the team. Now
is the opportunity to play with the
squad. It’s an important opportunity
to play with all.”
There has been criticism of Premier League scheduling after the
postponement of this fixture from
New Year’s Eve gave Spurs and West
Ham a week’s break when every
other side played fixtures in quick
succession, but these London rivals
now face two games in 48 hours. Pochettino said it does not matter as
much in this context, because both
sides are in the same situation.
“It was impossible to play before
[on New Year’s Eve],” he said. “I
think you know why. Other teams
play Boxing Day then days later... I
am not going to complain. We are
going to arrive in the same conditions like West Ham and there is
nothing to say. It’s a derby, it’s so special, and we are going to arrive in the
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has made it clear he considers this
statement to be an end to an unhappy
incident.”
Once the investigations are concluded, West Ham intend to take
quick action regarding the individual
concerned, with a stadium ban being
considered.
West Brom’s statement added
thanks to their hosts for the way
the matter was handled within the
ground at the time and the Baggies
said they were “more than happy to
leave any further action they deem
appropriate in their hands”.
West Brom have responded to the
FA’s request for observations, but
said they would not be making any
further comment.
Baggies manager Alan
Pardew said after his team’s
2-1 defeat that he had seen
Livermore among supporters in the crowd,
an incident which
only could have happened if his player
had been “provoked
severely”.
Livermore (right)
joined West Brom
from Hull on a fourand-a-half-year deal
in January 2017 in a
reported £10million
move.
Where’s the Pardew
magic to stop West
Brom disappearing?
And it is now fair enough to ask
whether it has had any effect.
You do not appoint Pardew for
the long term, you appoint him
for the short-term boost of his
swaggering motivational style,
hat is the
his assertive front-foot football,
opposite of
the injection of belief he gives
new manager
a squad, as shown at Crystal
bounce? Not a
Palace and Newcastle. Pardew
new manager
sparked Palace up into 10th
drop, because West Bromwich
place in 2014-15 but once his new
Albion have not got much worse – manager effect wore off, the team
how could they? – and they
slumped.
are now second from
At Newcastle, his best
bottom in the Premier
time was at the start,
League, ahead of
keeping them in the
Swansea thanks
Premier League and
to their marginally
then winning LMA
less dreadful goal
Manager of the Year
difference.
for 2011-12 before his
But eight games
magic faded and the
into the Alan Pardew
fans turned against him.
era at West Brom, we are
But that is why West
still waiting for any
Brom appointed him,
kind of bounce or the
hoping that his
slightest indication
magic would last
that things are
long enough to
going to improve.
keep them up.
Premier
League
Under Pardew,
Eight games
wins out of 44
West Brom have
in, there is no
matches for Alan
won four points
evidence that it
Pardew since
and scored four
will. His Premier
1 January 2016
goals.
League record since
No one is
1 January 2016, is just
expecting West Brom
six wins and 30 points
to play good football; they
out of 44 matches: definite
do not have much by way of
relegation form.
quality or confidence. But
And relegation is where this
the board had one big lever
West Brom team are headed
to pull to try to stay in
unless Pardew can discover some
the Premier League and
of that old magic and get his
they pulled it when they
players to believe in themselves
replaced Tony Pulis with
again. He has only 16 games left
Pardew (above) in November. to do it. THE INDEPENDENT
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SPORT
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Wenger rages at penalty as
ARSENAL
Wilshere 63, Bellerin 90
2
CHELSEA
Hazard pen 67, Alonso 84
2
Arsenal
Cech
Chambers Mustafi Holding
By Miguel Delaney
AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM
Another ludicrously entertaining if
imperfect top-six match at the Emirates somehow, justifiably, ended
up perfectly balanced. Both Arsenal and Chelsea could complain of
refereeing errors, both sides could
complain of misses and both could
complain of missed chances but noone could really complain about the
final result.
The crowd, meanwhile, could not
complain about an ending like that as
full-backs Marcos Alonso and Hector Bellerin exchanged big goals, Alvaro Morata missed yet another big
chance and Davide Zappacosta hit
the crossbar.
By that frantic point, it was easy to
overlook that Jack Wilshere scored
when he might have been sent off
and Arsène Wenger has more refereeing issues, given referee Anthony
Taylor’s decision to award Eden Hazard a penalty for a kick from Bellerin.
This was an epic match to go with
Manchester United’s victory here as
well as Liverpool’s draw last month,
but not one that went the way of
recent history between these two
clubs.
The first chance went Chelsea’s
way after a lack of understanding
between Shkodran Mustafi and
Calum Chambers in the centre of the
Arsenal defence on 15 minutes.
They allowed Morata a clear run
at goal but, as he did twice against
Stoke last Saturday, the Spaniard
showed a frustrating lack of ruthlessness in his game, badly squandering a one-on-one. This was
probably worse than either of those,
as he screwed the ball wide, rather
than at the goalkeeper.
If Petr Cech did not need to produce heroics, then Thibaut Courtois
did for Arsenal’s response. Alexis
Sanchez got free in the Chelsea box
as the game opened up, and seemed
set to find the corner of the net.
Courtois, however, brilliantly got his
hand to the ball, touching it on to his
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Xhaka
Bellerin
Wilshere MaitlandNiles
Sanchez
Ozil
Lacazette
Morata
Alonso
Hazard
Fabregas
Bakayoko
Kante
Cahill
Moses
Christensen Azpilicueta
Courtois
Chelsea
Substitutions: Arsenal Welbeck (Lacazette, 80),
Walcott (Chambers, 88); Chelsea Zappacosta (Moses,
56), Drinkwater (Fabregas, 71), Willian (Hazard, 82).
Booked: Arsenal Wilshere, Holding, Ozil; Chelsea
Fabregas, Courtois.
Man of the match Hazard.
Match rating 8/10.
Possession: Arsenal 58% Chelsea 42%.
Attempts on target: Arsenal 6 Chelsea 6.
Referee A Taylor (Cheshire).
Attendance 59,379.
Jack Wilshere beats Thibaut Courtois
to give Arsenal the lead GETTY
Premier League table
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16 46
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20 40
28 39
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32 30
34 27
40 25
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30 22
33 22
34 21
39 21
32 20
47 20
30 16
34 16
TENNIS
Kyrgios fights back
after injury scare
Nick Kyrgios overcame a knee scare
to beat Matthew Ebden and reach
the quarter-finals of the Brisbane
International. The Australian,
playing in his first tournament since
October following shoulder, hip
and knee injuries, called a medical
timeout in the first set.
But after losing the set, Kyrgios,
22, recovered to win 6-7, 7-6, 6-2.
The No 1 seed will face Ukraine’s
Alexandr Dolgopolov.
» Kyrgios on Murray’s pain, p49
right-hand post before it bounced
back off the left upright and back
into play, rather than over the goalline. The Belgian maybe produced a
better save moments later, getting
down well to keep out an Alex Lacazette shot after a sharp turn.
It was a game of sharp turns, not
least in momentum. Every time it
looked like one side had a grasp of
it, the other cut loose. That was the
case just before half-time when Chelsea broke for Eden Hazard to dribble
through and backheel for the fre-
quently booed Cesc Fabregas,
to Arsenal’s defence, though. The
but his shot went high. The
game was pock-marked by
constant concern for
them, such as just secArsenal’s centre-half
onds after Hazard’s
pairing throughout
miss. Lacazette looked
the game was when
to turn Gary Cahill,
H a z a r d ’s e x c e l missed but fortuiJack Wilshere
lence would expose
tously got the deflecscored a Premier
League goal for
them. He should retion, then saw his shot
the first time in 31
ally have done so just
blocked.
months
after half-time but a
There was maybe
low and slightly lax shot
then the error from the
was diverted by Cech.
referee too, as he missed a
Errors were hardly confined
dive from Wilshere when the
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FOOTBALL
‘Players’ safety should be priority’
Clubs’ profit should take second
place to player safety, warns a
leading academic.
Manchester City
manager Pep Guardiola
(right) said the number
of matches played over
the Christmas period
was a “disaster” after
losing striker Gabriel
Jesus to a knee injury on
Sunday and West Brom
complained to the Premier
League after being asked to play
twice in three days. “I think priority
of players’ safety should be taken
over the amount of money
they make from multiple
games in a short period of
time,” said Dr Federico
Formenti, senior lecturer
in human physiology at
King’s College, London.
The Premier League said
it warned clubs at the start
of the season about fixture
congestion over the festive period
and no one protested.
FOOTBALL
Shiels abused every
week, says his dad
The father of Dunfermline
midfielder Dean Shiels says his son
is abused every week by supporters.
Falkirk apologised to the player,
who had an eye removed in 2006,
after fake eyeballs were thrown onto
the pitch during Tuesday’s game.
“It’s been going on for a while in
Scotland,” Derry boss Kenny Shiels
told the BBC. “He gets it every week.
“And it’s not just a few [supporters].
It’s hard for him. But he’s a strong
boy and he’ll get through it OK.”
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Bellerin rescues a late point
Hazard and Wilshere’s antics
remind us of game’s ugly side
Kevin
Garside
CHIEF SPORTS
CORRESPONDENT
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midfielder had already been booked.
It was to prove telling. On 65 minutes
a defensive touch from N’Golo Kante
did not have enough on it and fell to
Wilshere. He lashed the ball past
Courtois for the opener.
Within minutes Wenger was
grumbling about the referee. Hazard had the ball in the box, Bellerin’s
attempted tackle caught the Chelsea
player’s right boot and the Belgian
went down. The penalty was awarded and Hazard himself took the opportunity to equalise.
Morata missed chances before
Alonso showed him the way, only for
Bellerin to then fire past Courtois in
a breathless finale. THE INDEPENDENT
CRICKET
RUGBY UNION
Munro hits third T20
ton against Windies
Colin Munro became the first
batsman to score three Twenty20
international centuries as New
Zealand wrapped up a 2-0 series win
by beating the West Indies by 199
runs. Munro, who registered T20
hundreds against Bangladesh and
India last year, blasted three fours
and 10 sixes in his 104 off 53 balls in
Mount Maunganui. Martin Guptill
also contributed 68 as the Kiwis
reached 243 for 5. The Windies
managed just 124 all out in reply.
Ex-Chelsea striker Diego
Costa had an eventful
return to Atletico Madrid with a
goal five minutes after coming off
the bench, an injury and an altercation with an opponent in their
4-0 Copa del Rey win at Lleida.
ith so much to
admire in a game
full of beauty, the
talking points from
an epic London
derby centre on the ugly side of the
game.
Chelsea will claim, with
justification, that Arsenal scorer
Jack Wilshere should have been
given a second yellow card for
simulation moments before he
cracked the game wide open with
a stunning strike. And Arsène
Wenger argued that Eden Hazard’s EdenHazard won apenalty after minimalcontactfromHector Bellerin REUTERS
collapse from the slightest of
touches which led to the equaliser
fellow what he wants. If Arsenal
to hit his shot high and wide. The
was never a penalty.
don’t there are plenty who will. It’s
incentive for Chelsea was to regain
The willingness of players to
called the market rate.
second spot from Manchester
dupe officials with their artful
Özil was not the only player
United and extend their advantage
incursions is a stain on the game,
with a gossamer touch. The ball
over Arsenal to ten points. Arsenal,
yet it is the referees and their
threaded through the Arsenal
seeking to avoid Champions League
assistants who take the hits from
defense by Cesc Fabregas allowed
exclusion for a second successive
irate managers and coaches.
Tiemoue Bakayoko to clobber a
season, simply couldn’t afford to
As it happened, Marcos Alonso
ferocious drive without breaking
lose.
and Hector Bellerin
stride, producing a fine
Fired by these imperatives, the
added subsequent goals
reaction save from Petr
game continued at a tremendous
With so
of arresting authenticity,
Cech.
clip after the restart. Cech was
much at
both worthy of a London
At the other end
forced into a double save inside the
stake how
field that justified the
Thibaut Courtois was
first five minutes, the first from
refreshing
it
claims of those who like to
equally formidable,
Hazard, the second from Alonso.
award the Premier League was to see both particularly his save
With minutes Courtois extended
top weighting. Skill, pace, Arsenal and
from Alex Sanchez when
a telescopic leg to deny Lacazette
commitment, industry,
he pushed the ball onto
from close range.
Chelsea put
heart and art, this match
one post and gather it
This was football as basketball.
their foot on
had it all.
off the other after it had
That the score was expressed in
the gas
The first half belonged
rolled along the goal-line. coconuts with an hour on the clock
principally to Mezut Özil, a
In a contest flush with
was testament to the outrageous
player born with a silver slide-rule
top-class talent, this was a match
quality of the goalkeeping. But
in his boots. His mastery of the
that always had a chance. And with
Courtois could do nothing about the
pass produced chances for Ainsley
so much at stake, how refreshing it
shot that cannoned off Wilshere’s
Maitland-Niles and Alexandre
was to see both teams put their foot boot two minutes later.
Lacazette that deserved to find the
on the gas.
What was already a febrile romp
net.
Only Alvaro Morata
went berserk. Chelsea hit back,
Why, when he is capable of
disappointed in the first half and
went ahead and with the clock two
unlocking the smallest spaces, did
this was a relative failure. He really
minutes into added time, were
Özil’s contract renegotiation ever
should have scored, having galloped forced to accept parity. Honours
reach the point of crisis? Pay the
half the length of the pitch only
even, if not always honour upheld.
North a big doubt for Six Nations
George North has suffered another
knee injury and will be
sidelined for up to a month.
It means that the Wales
wing (right), who only
returned to action last
Saturday following
an 11-week absence,
faces a race to be fit
for their Six Nations
opener against Scotland
at the Principality Stadium
on 3 February. North suffered
a knee injury in October, which
ruled him out of Wales’ four autumn
Tests. His latest setback, which
came after he went on as a
replacement against Quins,
means he is to miss Saints’
Premiership match
against Gloucester on
Saturday, plus Champions
Cup ties with Clermont
Auvergne and Saracens.
Wales head coach Warren
Gatland is already without
Sam Warburton and Jonathan
Davies for the Six Nations.
RUGBY LEAGUE
Bailey is not a cheat,
says doping tribunal
Toronto prop Ryan Bailey has been
cleared to play again after winning
his case against UK Anti-Doping. A
tribunal ruled the former Leeds star
“bore no fault or negligence” when
he failed to submit a sample last May.
The tribunal chairman said: “We do
not for one moment think that he
is a cheat or was trying to cover up
drug-taking. Indeed, we note that a
few days later Mr Bailey did in fact
undergo a drug test [which was
negative] without any problem.”
Sport on tv
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Skiing: Biathlon World Cup
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Football: Tottenham v West Ham
Sky Sports Premier Lge, 7.30pm
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Tennis: Brisbane International
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Stinging the Blues
Late Bellerin strike forces Chelsea to settle for point but
Arsenal manager Wenger fumes at ‘farcical’ penalty decision
» Arsenal 2 Chelsea 2
Sport
By Matt Butler
Hector Bellerin’s late
strike for Arsenal cancelled out a spirited
Chelsea fightback, but his
manager Arsène Wenger
was furious over a penalty
awarded against his side.
With the score at 1-1,
referee Anthony Taylor
deemed Eden Hazard to
have been brought down
under minimal contact
from Bellerin and he
pointed to the spot. Hazard scored the penalty and
Marcos Alonso gave them
the lead before Bellerin
struck to earn Arsenal a
point.
Wenger, who was
fortunate that his first
goalscorer Jack Wilshere
remained on the field
despite making a meal of
a challenge himself, said:
“Since the start of the
season it is what we have
to take.
“I say it's a farcical
decision – you could give
10 penalties like that a
game. You read the foreign
papers what they write
about that and the English
papers and you will see a
difference.
“Games are spoiled by
factors you cannot determine - we can only continue to play the way we want
to play and hope things go
for us.”
Bellerin was non-committal on whether his challenge warranted a penalty.
But Hazard insisted: “We
don't need a replay, it was
a penalty. Petr [Cech] is a
great goalkeeper, it is always hard to score against
him but I put the ball in the
net and that was the most
important thing.”
04.01.18
P51
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young players
to look out
for in 2018
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FOOTBALL
Carroll hopeful
he has proved
his worth
to Moyes
Hector Bellerin
celebrates his
equaliser for
Arsenal in their
2-2 draw against
Chelsea GETTY
» Match report, p54
West Ham fan ‘taunted Livermore about dead son’
By Jim van Wijk
P50
CRICKET
Is it time to
disband
England’s
Barmy Army?
West Bromwich Albion’s Jake Livermore confronted a West Ham fan
who allegedly made a comment
about the death of the midfielder’s
baby son during Tuesday’s match at
the London Stadium.
The supporter is understood to
have shouted to Livermore, and the
Hammers are investigating whether
the abuse directed was about the
player’s baby, who died in 2014.
England international Livermore,
who was substituted just after the
hour, had to be escorted down the
tunnel following the incident, which
was not clearly picked up on CCTV
footage.
West Ham acted quickly to eject
the fan, who was spoken to by
stadium staff on Tuesday evening,
and are working with West Brom
and Livermore himself to determine
exactly what happened.
The Football Association has also
requested observations from all
parties, which must be received by
6pm this evening.
West Brom issued a statement
yesterday afternoon, offering the
“total support of everyone at the
club’’ to Livermore.
The statement read: “Following his
substitution in the second half, Jake
was subjected to general abuse from
home supporters which he shrugged
off. However, he acknowledges that
he moved to confront one spectator
who chose to make a comment about
the death of his infant son.
“The club would like to think that
all right-minded football supporters could understand this reaction
which did not result in any physical
exchanges before Jake was led away
to our dressing room.
“Jake is an outstanding young
individual who has the total support of everyone at the club and he
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