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CONCISE , QUALITY THE FUTURE OF INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM
Ke i n B e rl i n e r i w e l c o m e s m o r e r e a d e r s o f
Welcome to our family
The people who invited
refugees to live in their
homes P26
Why crossing
the road can
improve the air
you breathe
STARTING TODAY
Charlie
BrinkhurstCuff
P27
The Arab Spring
success story
Special report
on Tunisia – by
Kim Sengupta
on falls from
grace for a
millennial
pin-up
P22
P15
Taxpayers
take the hit
on Carillion
TUESDAY
16 JANUARY 2018
Number 2,229
Housing inquiry
chair took
donations from
developer
P7
P11
» Ministers try to keep vital services running after collapse
» HS2 projects, school dinners, MoD homes, roads, prisons,
operating theatres and pensions all need rescue plan
» Anger as 43,000 workers – and suppliers – wait to find out fate
REPORTS & ANALYSIS – P4, 5, 6
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INSIDE PUZZLES
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YouTube chief
What I’ve
learned by
watching
videos for
a living
New evidence
of racist abuse
faced by top
footballers
P30
P44
ALSO IN SPORT
A tribute to Cyrille Regis
– by Kevin Garside
New Wales manager
Giggs vows to win
over the doubters
P52
I NATURE
P33
I TV
P28
I RACING
P48
I COOKING FOR ONE
P35
The
News
Matrix
TECHNOLOGY
The theme of a
reality TV series
will follow Tom
Hardy’s example.
Doing what?
See p.9
The day at
a glance
POLITICS
TUESDAY
16
JANUARY
Quote of the day
HISTORY
The founder of the grassroots
campaign set up to support Jeremy
Corbyn has won a place on Labour’s
ruling body. Jon Lansman and
two allies on the left of the party,
Yasmine Dar and Rachel Garnham,
were elected to three new places
on the party’s National Executive
Committee (NEC).
Doctors have cautioned people
against holding their nose and
closing their mouth while they
sneeze following the case of man
who ruptured the back of his throat
when doing so. ENT specialists said
trying to contain a forceful sneeze in
such a way could lead to “numerous
complications”. PAGE 8
TRANSPORT
Managers at CrossCountry Trains
are to strike in a pay dispute.
Members of the Transport Salaried
Staffs Association will walk out on
26 January in protest at what they
call an “unfair” 1 per cent wage rise.
Union members voted by more than
2-1 in favour of strikes.
Growing shortages of mental health
workers and funds to pay them are
affecting the quality and safety of
care, a report suggests. The King’s
Fund, a health think-tank, said that
income for mental health trusts rose
by less than 2.5 per cent in 2016-17
compared with more than 6 per cent
for acute and specialist trusts.
SOCIETY
Cold
comfort
Rats did not spread plague during
the Black Death, researchers claim.
Rats and their fleas were thought
to have spread the deadly disease
in 14th-century Europe. However,
academics from Oslo and Ferrara
universities say the first outbreak of
the disease can be “largely ascribed
to human fleas and body lice”.
As parts of Britain experience another cold snap, many
people will turn their heating up a notch. But that is a
luxury out of reach for some. This chart shows the share
of the population in countries across Europe who could
not afford to keep their home adequately warm in 2016.
Share
re of
o population who
ho ca
cannot afford to keep their
heir home adequately warm
Bulgaria
39.2%
Lithuania
29.3%
24.3%
Portugal
The List
The nation’s biggest
tea addicts
Italy
16.1%
Latvia
10.1%
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Hungary
France
5.0%
Birmingham – four
Brighton – five
Cardiff – five
London – five
Bristol – six
Leeds – six
Liverpool – six
Newcastle – six
Glasgow – seven
Belgium
4.8%
4.8%
SOURCE: PURE PLANET
index
Crossword.............20
TV & Radio...........28
Nature.......................33
Business.................40
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
9.3%
British people collectively
consume more than 60 billion
cups of tea per year, according
to the UK Tea and Infusions
Association. But the frequency
with which we put the kettle on
varies depending on where we
live. Here’s how many times, on
average, that a kettle is boiled per
household per day in some of the
nation’s big cities.
7.1%
6.8%
Mal
Malta
U
UK
6.1%
Ireland
5.8%
5.1%
Germany
Denmark
2.7%
Estonia
2.7%
Netherlands
2.6%
Sweden
2.6%
1.7%
Finland
59%
3.7%
2.7%
FIGURES FOR 2016
Percentage
of UK
96% 96%
households
90%
that own a
central
heating
79%
system
3.8%
Austria
Luxembourg
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
9.2%
P
Poland
Czech Rep.
Catherine Zeta-Jones said that her
husband Michael Douglas, who has
denied claims of sexual harassment,
is a strong supporter of the #MeToo
movement. “Michael is 110 per cent
behind this movement,” said the
actress (below). “He has been in this
business working creatively with
women for over 50 years.”
10.6%
Spain
Slovenia
Scottish landmarks are at risk
from climate change, experts fear.
Historic Environment Scotland
identified 28 sites under threat from
such hazards as rising sea levels and
extreme weather. They include Fort
George, Kisimul Castle off Barra and
Incholm Abbey in the Firth of Forth.
Zeta-Jones sticks up
for husband Douglas
13.8%
Croatia
Anniversaries
Climate threat to
Scottish landmarks
PEOPLE
22.5%
Romania
Slovakia
HERITAGE
29.1%
Cyprus
Birthdays
Friday 16 January 1970
Col Muammar Gaddafi
takes direct control of
Libya four months after
a bloodless coup led by his
“Free Unionist Officers”
brought an end to
the monarchy under
King Idris.
HEALTH
Don’t hold a sneeze
in, doctors advise
Greece
Sade, singer, 59; James
May, presenter, 55; Kate
Moss (below), model, 44;
FKA Twigs, pop singer,
30; John Carpenter,
film director, 70; Bobby
Zamora, footballer, 37
The Chinese tech firm Alibaba has
developed an artificial intelligence
(AI) model that scored better
than humans in a reading and
comprehension test. AI experts
at Stanford University in the US
devised the test to gauge computers’
growing reading abilities. PAGE 13
Corbyn allies elected Mental health cash
‘Rats did not spread
to Labour executive shortage ‘harms care’ the Black Death’
Rail managers to
strike over pay rise
Everyone is a genius at
least once a year; a real
genius has his original
ideas closer together
GEORGE LICHTENBERG
NHS
AI model better than
humans at reading
1.7%
MACEDONIA
Signs of progress in
27-year name row
30%
1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2014
SOURCE: EUROSTAT, ONS
Greece and Macedonia have shown
“positive momentum” in efforts to
settle a 27-year row over the latter’s
name, the UN said. Athens has long
objected to Skopje’s use of the name
Macedonia, arguing that it implies
territorial ambitions on the part of
the former Yugoslav republic, which
achieved independence in 1991.
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ThePage3Profile
FRANCE
CHIPS,
SECOND WORLD WAR HERO
Expat satisfies his
craving for curry
Oliver Duff
A British expat ordered a takeaway
curry to be delivered to France.
James Emery, 31, a pilot living in
Bordeaux, arranged for the Akash
restaurant in Southsea, Hampshire,
to prepare 89 main courses, 70 side
dishes, 75 portions of rice and 100
poppadoms which were flown out to
a Facebook group of 89 curry-lovers.
Ministers must tell
us the whole story
WEATHER
Singapore shivers in
unusual cold snap
A dip in temperature in Singapore
prompted an unusual parade of
fur jackets, scarves and other
winter clothing in the streets of
the perennially balmy city-state.
Temperatures fell to the low
20s Celsius at the weekend, well
below last year’s annual average
temperature of 27.7°C (81.8°F).
SCIENCE
Why is Chips in the news?
The husky-German shepherd cross
has been posthumously awarded the
animal equivalent of the Victoria
Cross for his “heroic” actions in the
Second World War.
machine gun off its mount, enabling
his unit to push forward.
I hope he didn’t sustain any injuries…
Chips suffered scalp wounds and
Sounds like someone was a
very good boy…
Chips was recruited in 1942, trained
and then deployed during the war and
“undoubtedly” saved military lives on
the battlefield. After nearly 75 years
(that’s centuries in dog years), Chips
has been recognised with a Dickin
Medal from the veterinary charity,
the PDSA, for protecting the lives of
his platoon during beach landings as
British and American forces invaded
Sicily in July 1943.
What kind of danger did he sniff out?
During the US-led mission, which
was called Operation Husky, Chips
escaped from his lead and ran
towards enemy fire, grabbing a
soldier by the neck and pulling a
gunpowder burns. Jan McLoughlin,
the director general of the PDSA,
called him a “very deserving”
recipient of the accolade. “It has
taken over seven decades but Chips
can now finally take his place in the
history books as one of the most
heroic dogs to serve with the US
Army,” she added.
What became of Chips after the war?
He returned home to his family in the
US. John Wren, whose father donated
Chips to the war effort, was four years
old when Chips came home and said
he could recall that day “vividly”. Mr
Wren, now 76, travelled from Long
Island, New York state, especially
for the ceremony at the Churchill
War Rooms in London yesterday, He
said the Dickin Medal “means a lot”
to him and his family, adding: “He is
finally getting good recognition of his
efforts.” Chips’s medal was “accepted”
on his behalf by Ayron, a military
working dog (pictured left).
Katie Grant
Seized ivory may help
to save elephants
Scientists are using data gleaned
from examples of illegal ivory art
and elephant dung to provide clues
that could help save the lives of
pachyderms in Africa. Samples
from a $4.5m (£3.2m) ivory seizure
in the US are being carbon-dated
to determine where and when the
elephants were killed.
MEDIA
‘What is fake news?’
asks fake news body
The EU’s newly established fake
news body met for the first time in
Brussels yesterday – and revealed
that it has yet to establish a working
definition for “fake news”. The HighLevel Expert Group on Fake News
and Disinformation is comprised of
figures from media, social media and
academia from across the EU.
Letter from
the Editor
i@inews.co.uk
Building motorways, maintaining
prisons, delivering school
dinners, expanding barracks,
laying HS2 track, managing
operating theatres, introducing
fast broadband to slow areas
– it’s almost like the one-time
construction company Carillion
over-reached itself.
Just as directors were boasting
about the company’s liquidity,
hedge funds were betting on its
shares dropping. That suggests
outsiders had a better grasp
on reality than the men paid to
safeguard the firm’s future.
And yet government agencies
awarded eight contracts to
Carillion after it issued profit
warnings, including deals from
HS2, the MoD and Network
Rail. Peculiar behaviour – and
worth dragging ministers before
Parliament to explain.
The City watchdog will also be
asking those directors to explain
just why they made such bullish
statements about the future,
before delivering an almighty
profit warning last summer.
Since public austerity kicked in,
the UK Government has become a
tougher contract negotiator when
outsourcing work, demanding
better value for money. About
time, many said.
But one of Carillion’s problems
was that it bid too low – overpromising on too many projects
that turned out to be unprofitable.
Specifically, new hospitals in
Liverpool and Birmingham, and
the Aberdeen bypass.
Shares in Carillion’s rivals
leapt yesterday, as the markets
predicted that Capita, Serco and
G4S could now start charging the
taxpayer more for their work. This
is going to get uglier.
Meanwhile, 43,000 workers and
30,000 businesses await their fate.
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COVER STORY
Collapse of Carillion raises serious
Taxpayers face hefty bill to pick up pieces from
building giant. By Cahal Milmo and Nigel Morris
Ministers faced fury across the political spectrum from unions to their
own backbenchers last night after
the collapse of construction giant
Carillion left its bosses with large
pay packets and taxpayers with a
sizable bill.
One of the largest compulsory liquidations in corporate history went
into operation after ministers refused an emergency bailout and Carillion’s bankers pulled the plug on the
company, which had built up debt and
pension liabilities of at least £2.2bn.
The appointment of the Official
Receiver to Britain’s second largest
infrastructure company sparked uncertainty for the Carillion’s 20,000
UK employees, many of whom work
on public sector contracts across
schools, the NHS and prisons.
Last night Cabinet ministers held
a crisis meeting about keeping vital
public services going after the collapse of the contractor which provides services to schools, prisons,
hospitals and the military. After the
two-hour meeting, during which ministers “aired their concerns”, Cabinet Office minister David Lidington
pledged that public services would
not be disrupted.
As the Government stepped in to
pay employees and small businesses
working on Carillion’s public deals
and redistribute contracts among
other companies, it faced demands
for an investigation into why ministers had awarded Carillion contracts
worth £1.3bn since last July despite
knowing the company was in trouble
while others heavily criticised the pay
received by its senior managers.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
described Carillion’s collapse as a
“watershed moment” that should
bring an end to “rip-off privatisa-
tion” of public services. He criticised
an “outsource-first dogma” insisting
“it’s time we took back control”.
He linked it to the premature ending of a Government contract with
Stagecoach and Virgin, over the
£3.3bn East Coast rail franchise until
2023, amid concerns the two
companies were considering
pulling out due to financial
losses. He suggested it was
evidence of a small group
of companies going “from
service to service, creaming off profits”.
It was confirmed yesterday that former chief executive Richard Howson (inset),
who stepped down last July after the
company slashed it profits forecast,
was entitled to continue receiving his
‘Noreturnsforinvestors’
The Official Receiver, a civil servant
in the Insolvency Service, has been
appointed as liquidator of Carillion
while senior executives from PwC
will act as its special managers.
The accountancy firm said that
there was “no prospect of any return
to shareholders”.
Carillion’s chairman, Philip Green,
said that the Government would
provide “the necessary funding”
required by the Official Receiver to
maintain the public services carried
out by the firm’s staff, subcontractors
and suppliers.
Insolvency experts said it was
“extremely rare” for a company
of Carillion’s size to opt for a
compulsory liquidation rather than
administration. They said it suggests
there is “little, if anything, of value
within the company to be saved”.
£660,000 salary until October this
year. He is likely to have received at
least two months of that money before Carillion’s demise.
In a rare move, the Institute of
Directors, which represents Britain’s bosses, sharply criticised the
company’s management after
it emerged it introduced new
rules to protect bonuses
worth £4m to senior executives shortly before
its financial difficulties
came to light.
Roger Barker, the
IoD’s head of corporate
governance, said: “We
must consider if the board
and shareholder have exercised
appropriate oversight.”
No 10 signalled its own dismay at
the benefits received by Carillion
executives. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We wouldn’t
expect to be seeing people benefiting
from this failure.”
The union Unite, which represents
thousands of Carillion employees,
said there must be a review of the
relationship between government
and firms making billions from public contracts. “Taxpayers’ money appears to be siphoned off into private
boardrooms,” a spokesman said.
David Lidington admitted
that taxpayers would have
to foot the bill for overseeing the
receivership of Carillion but said
ministers allowed the company
to go into liquidation rather than
expose the public purse to higher
costs. He warned directors could
face large financial penalties if
found liable for misconduct.
Analysis
Q & A What happens now?
Financial ‘engineers’ all complicit in failure
Anthony Hilton
C
arillion is not going to
collapse quietly, and
neither should it. As a
construction company
it has been involved in the
building of some of the biggest
infrastructure projects in the
country, including HS2.
As a leading outsourcer for the
Government and a major player
in public finance initiatives, it
became a large operator of – and
service provider to – schools,
hospitals, student accommodation
and military bases up and down
the country.
But, most of all, it counted the
Government among its main
customers, which means the
Workers at a Carillion
office in Wolverhampton
yesterday after the
company went into
liquidation REUTERS
biggest casualty of its collapse
may be the taxpayer. However
strong the Prime Minister’s
instinct is to look the other way,
she’ll find that Downing Street is
in the frame. And it will need to be
a big frame. The business employs
tens of thousands of people; it is
£900m in debt; has a pension
scheme deficit of a further
£500m; and has very little to sell.
The company has gone into
liquidation not just because
British construction firms have
always behaved as if they could
defy financial gravity. It’s also the
consequence of the relentless
application of a neo-liberal
However strong the PM’s
instinct is to look the other
way, she’ll find that Downing
Street is in the frame
political philosophy that for
years has elevated financial
engineering above real
engineering; off balance-sheet
finance above paying for things
openly; and lauded the private
sector above the public sector.
It has fostered the belief that
there is no financial challenge
that cannot be solved by a deal, a
sleight of hand, a willingness to
screw suppliers and a taste for
creative accounting.
Thus the collapse of Carillion is
an indictment of management
but one in which the Government,
Whitehall, City bankers and even
investors are also complicit.
Taxpayers are already the
victims; any further costs now
have to be borne by the financial
community, the bankers and the
shareholders.
EVENING STANDARD
What has been the immediate effect
of the collapse of Carillion?
The Government insisted yesterday
that there had been no direct impact
on public services where Carillion
holds contracts. Staff will continue
to be paid via the Official Receiver
so services from school meals to
maintenance of military housing
will continue. Unions nonetheless
reported yesterday that work had
stopped on a number of Carillion
construction sites, including two
new hospitals.
What happens to Carillion’s
employees in the public sector?
The Government has pledged
to ensure services will be
uninterrupted, raising the prospect
of employees being transferred to
any new contract holder.
And those in the private sector?
Officials said that they hoped “most”
of the jobs and pensions covered
by Carillion would continue. But
liquidation offers no guarantees
and, ominously for employees, the
Government said Jobcentres stand
ready to help Carillion workers.
Will the schools, hospitals and other
infrastructure still be built?
The managers of health trusts in
Liverpool and Birmingham insisted
yesterday that two hospitals being
built by Carillion will be completed.
But the future of other projects is
unclear.
What about pensioners?
Those already receiving Carillion
pensions will be unaffected but
those waiting to retire could see
their income hit. The Pension
Protection Fund will most likely
step in to take control of the
company’s defined benefit scheme,
which already had a £587m deficit.
The amount to be received by these
pension holders is yet to be decided,
but as a rule a reduction of at least
10 per cent can be expected.
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questions over public contracts
Roll call The national network
Carillion is woven into the fabric of
the nation, with projects including:
Construction
This was the heart of Carillion’s
business. Its major projects have
included “the Doughnut” – the UK’s
Government Communications
Headquarters, completed in 2003.
It also built new facilities for the
Royal Opera House, Tate Modern in
London in 2000 and an expansion
to Liverpool FC’s Anfield stadium in
2016. The firm was working on the
£400m Battersea Power Station
redevelopment when it went bust.
Schools
The firm built 150 schools and
provided facilities management for
875. It had a deal to provide 32,000
meals to primary and secondary
schools every day in the UK. The
company was also responsible for
cleaning in 245 schools.
Aviation
It worked on the construction of
Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport and
managed facilities at three other
terminals. Projects at other airports
What does Carillion do?
£1.4bn joint venture contract
for HS2
Maintains 50,000 homes for
military personnel
£400m Battersea power
station redevelopment
Provides 11,500 in patient
hospital beds
Maintains 50 prisons
Provides 218 schools’ meal
services
included new runways, air traffic
control towers, terminal buildings,
baggage handling services and airport
offices and retail units.
Rail
The firm was a key part of the
Crossrail project and a winning
bidder for two key tunnel and track
contracts on HS2, worth £1.4bn. It
was the second-largest supplier
to Network Rail and looked after
stations on the London Overground
across 20 boroughs.
Prisons
Carillion maintained approximately
half of the UK’s prisons, mainly
covering institutions across the south
and east of England.
Defence
The company was the largest provider
of facilities management services to
the Ministry of Defence, maintaining
around 50,000 service family homes.
It carried out 40,000 maintenance
jobs every month.
Health
Up to 15 NHS hospital trusts have
contracts with Carillion for cleaning
and maintenance. It was responsible
for 200 operating theatres, 300
critical care beds and just under
11,500 in-patient beds. It also
prepared over 18,500 patient meals
per day.
Highways
Among numerous road projects there
was a contract to develop a national
spine of smart motorways, using
technology and varied speed limits
to reduce congestion and increase
capacity. At the time of its collapse, it
was working on the £745m Aberdeen
bypass which had been delayed
because of construction setbacks.
SOURCE: CARILLION
BUSINESS
EMPLOYMENT
WORKERS
Firm’s former
chairman ‘was
a No 10 adviser’
Jobs in jeopardy over unpaid bills
Apprentices
could be moved
to other builders
By Padraic Flanagan
Carillion’s chairman, Philip Green,
was, until he stepped down in
December 2016, an adviser to No 10
on corporate responsibility.
Last year, amid growing doubts
about the company’s future, the
former United Utilities chief who
was appointed a CBE in 2014
oversaw a shake-up of the firm’s
management team. Keith Cochrane,
the former chief executive of the
engineering group Weir, agreed to
temporarily run the company after
a shock profits warning in July
triggered the resignation of chief
executive Richard Howson.
Emma Mercer, the finance director
of Carillion’s construction arm, took
over as chief financial officer.
By Padraic Flanagan
Thousands of small firms carrying
out work for Carillion fear a
disastrous knock-on effect from
the collapse.
The firm is thought to have more
than 7,000 sub-contractors, some
of whom could go bust as a result of
Carillion’s demise, business chiefs
warned. Smaller companies in the
supply chain and firms working
on Carillion building projects or
in schools, prisons and hospitals
now face an anxious wait to
discover if they will be paid.
Business leaders called
on the Government to
consider the plight of
small businesses caught
in the debacle, urging
ministers to pay firms
what they are owed as
quickly as possible.
The chairman of the Federation
of Small Businesses, Mike Cherry
(inset), said that a failure to do so
would put those companies
“in jeopardy”, meaning
that even more jobs
would be at risk on top
of Carillion’s own 20,000
UK employees.
T h e Fe d e ra t i o n
claimed the company has
recently been making small
suppliers wait 120 days to be
paid, with unpaid bills said to go
back for several months.
said: “The site was closed. They’ve
literally locked the gate. I’m due wages
from my company I don’t know if I’m
going to be getting. When I asked my
boss, he said the company is owed
money for wages. Well, if they’re not
getting it, we’re not getting it.”
Martin, in Manchester, had
£43,000 in his Carillion pension.
He said: “It’s a big disaster. I had
my money from another company
transferred to the Carillion pension
fund as well. It looks as though it was
a really bad decision.”
Out of work
Carillion staff and sub-contractors
have told how its collapse has left
them fearing for their pay, pensions
and businesses.
A builder subcontracted to work
on the firm’s Midland Metropolitan
Hospital project near Birmingham,
By Alan Jones
Measures are being taken
to secure the future of 1,400
Carillion apprentices following
the company’s collapse.
The Construction Industry
Training Board (CITB) said it
will have a “huge impact” on
the company’s thousands of
employees and their families.
The board said it was setting
up a team to prioritise the
retention and redeployment
of apprentices. It added that it
was “devising an in principle
package of support, including
grants and apprenticeship
transfer incentives, to
encourage employers to enable
these apprentices to join their
existing workforce.”
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NEWS
SHARES
Elizabeth
Anderson
Lessons for
investors
to avoid
hefty losses
W
ith Carillion going
into compulsory
liquidation, many
investors will be
nursing hefty losses.
In the past year, shares in Carillion
have dropped from 238p to 14p until
they were suspended by the London
Stock Exchange yesterday. These
are some lessons investors can take
away from Carillion’s woes:
had been struggling with a £900m
debt burden and a £590m pension
deficit. Laith Khalaf, a senior analyst
at Hargreaves Lansdown, says
Carillion’s thin profit margins should
have been a red flag for investors.
“Carillion’s problems stem from
a number of issues, but probably
chief among them was the company
was running very big operations on
a thin profit margin, so it had very
little room for error.”
BEWARE OF MOUNTING DEBT
Carillion warned in July that debts
were mounting and it was losing
money on key contracts. By the
time of the company’s collapse, it
MAKE SURE THERE ARE WAYS TO
REPAY DEBT
Russ Mould, investment director
at AJ Bell, says debt is not always a
bad thing. As long as the company is
able to keep up with the repayments,
debt can provide a cheap and ready
source of funding.
However, a company’s business
model must be suitable. That means
demand must be predictable and
margins consistent (and preferably
fairly high) so the interest can be
paid without difficulty.
“Utilities and tobacco stocks can
take on a lot of debt comfortably.
Tech stocks tend to avoid it, as they
need to keep investing in research
so their fixed costs are high, and
construction firms tend to avoid
debt, to ensure they have a nice cash
buffer in case a big project goes
wrong and they are hit by cost overruns,” he says. “Carillion did not take
this precaution.”
CHECK CASH OVER PROFIT
Too many investors concentrate
solely on profit and loss. Investors
should look at the company’s balance
sheet first to check the amount of
cash it is holding.
DON’T ASSUME A COMPANY’S
SHARES CANNOT FALL LOWER
There are investors who pile money
POLITICS
Sean
O’Grady
A magic wand
cannot beat
the laws of
economics
C
arillion, like the Grenfell
disaster and the failure
of other outsourcing
contracts, should teach
us no end of a lesson
about the way we have been trying,
as a country, to avoid paying for our
public services. It doesn’t work,
or at least not in the way we were led
to believe.
For about a quarter of a century
now, public private partnerships,
the private finance initiative
and the general policy of
outsourcing contracts for
building and running
public services were
regarded by all parties
as a sort of alchemy.
Back in the early 1990s,
another time of strain
on public finances, the
then-chancellor, Norman
Lamont, hit on it as rather a
smart wheeze, with some convenient
free-market dogma to back it up.
New Labour under Gordon Brown
and John Prescott eagerly adopted
it as a method of funding their own
pet projects. Since the financial
crisis and the banks have eaten so
much public money it has become a
necessity rather than a choice.
So it’s worth reminding ourselves
what this was all supposed to be
about. The involvement of firms
such as Carillion was designed to
deliver the following benefits to
taxpayers and service users alike:
Thin profit
margins should
have been a red
flag for investors
into companies after a big share
price drop. They hope the shares
will recover quickly if a company
in trouble sorts itself out. But
Carillion’s story shows that no
company is too big to fail.
HIGH DIVIDEND PAYMENTS ‘TOO
GOOD TO BE TRUE’
Investors are generally advised to
buy shares in companies that pay
regular dividends. But make sure
the company can afford to pay them.
BE WARY OF COMPANIES TOO
RELIANT ON THE STATE
Professor John Colley at Warwick
Business School says investors
should avoid companies with major
exposure to government contracts.
“With contracts the devil really is
in the detail. An investor has little
hope of knowing how bad the terms
really are.”
to provide the cost of major projects
such as hospital or road building,
as with the HS2 rail line, “off the
books”, flattering government
spending figures; better value for
money by competitive tendering;
improved service provision because
of competition; economies of scale
where large companies can work
nationally to provide facilities
or auxiliary activities; less trade
union interference than in the
public sector, so less producer
interest and more consumer
power; for the politicians – less
troublesome accountability for
MPs, councillors and voters where
private-sector firms can be blamed
for shortcomings; off-load the risk
of huge cost overruns for building
or developing new infrastructure by
making private-sector companies
liable for those with no recourse
to taxpayers.
To be fair, some of those were
There is no way
of creating public
services without
money
tangible and worked
well. The problem is
that too often it really
is alchemy, and could
not abolish the laws of
economics. If a certain
economic activity, such as
running care homes or cleaning
hospitals or creating a new railway,
is not economic, then a private
company has no magical powers to
necessarily make it so.
Some contracts are not profitable
for a private firm yet also too costly
for the public sector to bear. The
collapse of Carillion reminds us
that there is no such thing as a free
lunch, a magic way of creating public
services without money, no matter
how much taxpayers, politicians,
civil servants and shareholders
would like to believe in it.
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Top Tory in land review took developer’s cash
A senior Conservative MP asked to
head a review into the growing problem of land banking has received
donations from a developer accused
of leaving property undeveloped for
two years.
The Chancellor, Philip Hammond,
asked former cabinet minister Sir
Oliver Letwin to chair an inquiry
looking into the problem of developers sitting on sites with planning permission but failing to build on them.
It forms part of Downing Street’s
efforts to tackle the UK’s “broken”
housing system. But concerns have
been raised about the relationship
between Sir Oliver (right) and the
Ilchester Estates property company, which has donated £124,000
to the West Dorset MP’s Conservative Party association since 2003.
The company, through a subsidiary
known as Ferrybridge Development
LLP, has been sitting on a site, with
planning permission to build 30
new houses in Dorset, for more than
two years.
During that period Ilchester
Estates, which is owned by Charlotte Townshend, the daughter
POLICE
MUSIC
By Richard Vaughan
of the ninth Viscount Galway, has
donated £15,000 to Sir Oliver’s
constituency association.
John Healey, Labour’s
Shadow Housing Secretary, said: “The very
person the Chancellor
has put in charge of reviewing land banking
has been given money
by a company that has
been sitting on undeveloped land for two years.
“After eight years of failure…
ministers need to pull their finger
out and get on with building the
homes that people urgently need.” A
spokesman for Ilchester Estates dismissed the idea that there was
any connection between its
donations to Sir Oliver and
his role as chair of the land
banking review, branding
the notion “ridiculous”.
“We want to see the
Ferrybridge site developed but there are serious
infrastructure problems
with it. We would like to sell
the site and we want to make the
site better. We have no interest in
land banking,” the spokesman said.
Stokes charged
with affray after
fight outside
Bristol nightclub
Irish singer
Dolores O’Riordan
of The Cranberries
in 2016 AFP/GETTY
By Rod Minchin
England cricketer Ben Stokes has
been charged with affray following
an incident outside a nightclub, the
Crown Prosecution Service has said.
The 26-year-old, who missed the
Ashes due to suspension by England,
was one of three men charged after
a fight in Bristol’s Clifton Triangle on
25 September – just hours after England had played a one-day international against the West
Indies in the city.
It is alleged a
27-year-old man
suffered a fractured eye socket
in the incident.
M r S t o ke s
(inset) will appear
at Bristol magistrates’ court on a
date to be fixed, along
with Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26.
Affray carries a maximum penalty
when tried summarily – in the magistrates court – of six months in prison.
Mr Stokes wrote on Twitter: “I
gave a full and detailed account of my
actions to the police on day one and
have cooperated at each step of the
police inquiry. I am keen to have an
opportunity to clear my name but,
on advice, the appropriate time to do
this is when the case comes to trial.”
Sport, page 54
Tributes to
Cranberries
singer after
she dies
aged 46
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
The Cranberries singer Dolores
O’Riordan has died at the age
of 46. The Irish singer was in a
London hotel for a recording
session with her new band when
she passed away.
O’Riordan’s powerhouse
vocals, which retained her Irish
lilt, became the signature sound
POLITICS
of one of the biggest bands of the
Nineties as The Cranberries sold
40 million records worldwide.
Their biggest hits, “Linger” and
“Zombie”, a reflection on the
Troubles in Northern Ireland,
catapulted the Limerick band to
arena-filling status.
In 2006, O’Riordan was listed
among the 10 richest women
in Ireland.
O’Riordan launched a solo
In response to questions about the
donations, Sir Oliver said: “This interest has been properly and fully
disclosed in the register of members’ interests. It is a matter of public record.”
In his Budget, Mr
Hammond called for an
“urgent” review to tackle land
banking, with the threat of
issuing compulsory purchase
orders to force developers to
build on undeveloped land.
career after the band split for
the first time in 2003. She had
recently toured South America,
and last posted a picture of
herself with her cat on Twitter on
4 January with the caption: “Bye
bye Gio. We’re off to Ireland.”
However she lived a troubled
life. In 2013, the mother-of-four
had disclosed that she had been
the victim of sexual abuse as
a child.
She said she had suffered from
anorexia, nervous breakdowns,
and depression throughout
her career.
In 2016, she was fined €6,000
(£4,700) for assaulting a police
officer at Shannon airport after
an alleged air rage incident.
Medical reports showed she had
been suffering “mania” and was
described as “mentally ill” when
the incident occurred.
The Cranberries reunited
and released an album last year,
but a US and European tour
was cancelled in July due to an
“ongoing back problem” suffered
by O’Riordan.
She had recently been
recording tracks with her new
band, D.A.R.K, which featured
Andy Rourke, bassist with
The Smiths.
President of Ireland Michael
D Higgins led tributes to her,
speaking of his “great sadness”
and saying: “Dolores O’Riordan
and The Cranberries had an
immense influence on rock
and pop music in Ireland and
internationally.
“To all those who follow and
support Irish music, Irish
musicians and the performing
arts her death will be a big loss.”
BREXIT
Ukip leader chooses party over girlfriend Brussels ‘wants veto over trade deals’
By David Hughes
Ukip leader Henry Bolton has ended
his relationship with his controversial model girlfriend, but still faced a
backlash from senior figures within
his party.
Mr Bolton admitted that the relationship with Jo Marney was “obviously quite incompatible” with his
position as party chief, after it was
reported she made racist remarks
about Meghan Markle.
But he resisted calls to quit, insisted that he would “stand by” Ms
Marney and claimed the controversial messages did not reflect her
“core beliefs”.
Mr Bolton also alleged that his
critics within the party had used
his girlfriend as a way of attacking
his position.
West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge quit as Ukip’s sport spokesman in protest at Mr Bolton’s refusal
to stand down and urged party
members to oust the leader.
Mr Bolton has faced widespread
calls for his resignation, but he made
it clear he wanted to stay in place
as the party leader, saying “there
are a great many people who fully
support me”.
By Jon Stone
Brussels will demand a veto over
any trade deals signed by Britain
during the Brexit transition period,
in a new blow to Theresa May’s
plan to make the UK a “great,
global trading nation” after it leaves
the EU.
A leaked draft of member states’
directives to chief negotiator Michel
Barnier for the coming phase of negotiations, shows the EU27 countries
will require the UK not to implement
trade deals for nearly two years after
Brexit “unless authorised to do so by
the Union”.
The move comes amid a general
toughening-up of the EU’s red lines
as talks on what the transition period
will look like get under way over the
next few weeks.
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The A-list team: celebrities
to go on patrol with police
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Celebrities will patrol the streets in
a new Channel 4 reality show, which
will train famous faces to work on the
front line of British policing.
Well-known names will join the
ranks of special constables, the citizen volunteers who wear a uniform
and have the same powers as regular
officers. Channel 4 said the “bold”
new show, which has the working title
Famous and Fighting Crime, will “give
these well-known rookies the chance
to see what it’s really like to be on the
sharp end of policing”.
The celebrity recruits will be “buddied up with serving officers” and
Channel 4 said the famous
names would undergo
the “same sort of training as
real-life Special Constables”. The
broadcaster has not yet said if
participants would be formally
attached to local police forces.
“work shifts in units from traffic to
public order, custody to patrol and
burglary, as well as coming together
to help police events such as a rowdy
football match or keeping order on a
big Saturday night shift”.
The line-up has yet to be announced. But actor Tom Hardy has
already demonstrated his law and
order credentials when he chased
down a suspected moped thief and
performed a citizen’s arrest last year.
Created by Blast Films, the company behind the Channel 4 series Coppers and 999: What’s Your Emergency?,
the show could boost applications to
join the special constabulary – numbers slumped by 15 per cent across
the 43 England and Wales police
forces last year, to 13,500.
“Specials”, who must pass a
multi-stage fitness test, come from all
walks of life – teachers, taxi drivers,
accountants and secretaries – and
volunteer a minimum of four hours
a week.
Ed Coulthard, of Blast Films, said:
“This will be a series that doesn’t shy
away from the tough end of modern
PEOPLE
BBC newsreader Alagiah
reveals cancer has returned
By Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith
BBC newsreader George Alagiah is to
undergo further treatment for cancer
after the disease returned.
Alagiah (inset) was first
diagnosed with bowel
cancer in 2014, which
spread to his liver and
lymph nodes. He began
treatment in April of
that year and returned
to work 18 months later.
His agent, Mary
Greenham said: “George is
in discussions with his medical
team about treatment options and the
way forward.”
The 62-year-old joined the BBC
in 1989 and has been the anchor on
its News At Six programme since
2007, said: “My brilliant doctors
are determined to get me back to a
disease-free state and I know they
have the skill to do just that.
“I learned last time how
important the support
of family and friends is
and I am blessed in that
department.
“ I ge n u i n e l y fe e l
positive as I prepare for
this challenge.”
The presenter added
on Twitter: “Always knew
cancer could come back but still
tough dealing with disappointment.
Harder for my family. I know what I
have to do: stay calm, stay content,
stay fit and let doctors do their best.”
MINING
910-carat diamond found in Lesotho
By Pascale Hughes
The world’s fifth-largest gem-quality
diamond has been extracted from a
mine in Lesotho, southern Africa.
The 910-carat gem diamond was
mined at the Letseng Diamond
Mine, according to Gem Diamonds,
a British-based diamond company
which has a majority stake in
the mine. The 603-carat Lesotho
Promise diamond was discovered at
the same mine in 2006. Very large
diamonds are usually given specific
names, but the latest find has not
been given one yet. Experts said that
based on previous sales, the new
colourless diamond could sell for
more than £29m.
“The mine has produced some
of the world’s most remarkable
diamonds, including the Lesotho
Promise. However, this exceptional,
top quality diamond is the largest
to be mined to date,” said Clifford
Elphick, the boss of Gem Diamonds.
Shares in the company rose by
15 per cent yesterday.
policing – and it’s certain to be a lifechanging experience.” Stars who may
have had a negative experience with
the police, will be invited to “re-evaluate their beliefs”. They are promised
a “provocative insight into life on the
mean streets of modern Britain”.
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Tom Hardy
caught a
suspected
moped thief
in London
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year GETTY
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ITALY
Storm over Northern League ‘white race’ fears
By Crispian Balmer
IN ROME
Italian culture and society risk
being eradicated by Islam, Northern
League leader Matteo Salvini, an ally
of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, said yesterday as he vowed
to halt a migrant “invasion”.
His comments came after a prominent Northern League politician
faced widespread criticism for saying that Italy’s “white race” could be
wiped out unless stronger measures
were taken to stop mainly African
migrants from entering the country.
There is, however, a genuine prospect that Mr Salvini and his Northern League colleagues could form
part of a centre-right coalition government after Italy’s national elections, due on 4 March. Polls suggest
such a right-wing alliance would
dominate the Italian parliament with
39.2 per cent of the vote.
Immigration has become a major
campaign issue, with centre-right
opposition parties accusing the
centre-left government of doing too
little to stop the influx of newcomers.
“We have to decide if our ethnicity,
if our white race, if our society con-
tinues to exist or if our society will
be rubbed out,” Attilio Fontana, the
League candidate to become
the next head of the wealthy
Lombardy region, told
Radio Padania.
Facing a barrage of
condemnation for his
comments, Mr Fontana later said it had
been a “lapse”. But he
received swift support
from party leader Mr Salvini
(inset) whose popularity has risen
strongly thanks to his anti-migrant
stance. “We are under attack. Our
culture, society, traditions and way
of life are at risk,” he said. “The colour of one’s skin has nothing
to do with it, but the risk is
very real. Centuries of history risk disappearing if
Islamisation, which up
until now has been underestimated, gains the
upper hand,” said Mr
Salvini, who once “joked”
that non-European migrants should travel in their
own carriages on public transport.
Mr Salvini has pushed the League
– a regional power that at times has
UNITED STATES
called for secession –- to the far-right
of European politics.
More than 600,000 migrants have
come to Italy from across the Mediterranean Sea over the past four
years. REUTERS
Austrian police said
yesterday they had
arrested 45 people for drug
dealing that used under-age
asylum-seekers to transport
marijuana. Most of the suspects
were Austrians and Afghans.
SPAIN
Demonstrators
wave Haitian
flags yesterday in
West Palm Beach,
Florida REUTERS
Puigdemont
‘cannot rule
Catalonia
from abroad’
By Jon Stone
King’s children attack Trump and
Haitians protest at his golf resort
By Jonathan Landrum
Police moved in to prevent clashes
between Haitian immigrants and
Donald Trump supporters outside
the US President’s Florida resort
yesterday during protests over his
infamous “shithole” description of
Haiti and Africa.
It came as Martin Luther King
Jnr’s children hit out at Mr Trump
for his disparaging remarks on the
official national holiday honouring
the civil rights campaigner.
The President marked his first
Mr Trump said he is
“ready, willing and able”
to reach a deal on Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals
programme to protect illegal
immigrants brought to the US
as children being deported, but
King holiday by claiming his comments had been “misrepresented”
at a meeting with senators on immigration last week, when he used the
offensive term to question the need
to allow more Haitians into the US.
He also is said to have asked why
the country couldn’t have more immigrants from nations like Norway.
In Washington, King’s eldest son,
Martin Luther King III, criticised
Mr Trump, saying: “When a president insists that our nation needs
more citizens from white states like
Norway, I don’t even think we need
to spend any time even talking about
what it says and what it is.”
In Atlanta, Dr King’s daughter, the
Rev Bernice King, told hundreds of
churchgoers: “Our collective voice in
this hour must always be louder than
the one who sometimes does not reflect the legacy of my father.”
At Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, where the
Palestinian aid threat
Donald Trump’s administration
is preparing to withhold
tens of millions of dollars
from the UN agency for
Palestinian refugees.
The US President
will cut the year’s first
contribution by more
than half, or perhaps
entirely, and make
additional donations
contingent on changes
to the organisation,
officials said.
Mr Trump is yet to make
a final decision, but appears
likely to send only $60m (£44m) of
the planned $125m first instalment
to the UN Relief and Works Agency,
which provides health, education
and social services to Palestinians.
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President was spending the holiday
weekend, Haitian protesters and
Trump supporters faced each other.
Several hundred pro-Haiti demonstrators chanted slogans while
waving Haitian flags. The smaller
pro-Trump contingent waved
American flags and yelled “Trump is
making America great again.” Police
kept the sides apart.
Mr Trump dedicated his weekly
address to the nation, released yesterday, to the civil rights campaigner.
“Dr. King’s dream is our
dream, it is the American
dream, it’s the promise
stitched into the fabric
of our nation, etched
into the hearts of our
people and written into
the soul of humankind,”
he said.
“It is the dream of a
world where people are
judged by who they are, not
how they look or where they
come from.”
His comments, allegedly made in
a private meeting, prompted forthright condemnation from the UN
and African Union, and politicians
from both main US parties.
Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano
Rajoy, has threatened to reimpose
direct rule on Catalonia if separatist
leader Carles Puigdemont tries to
govern from Belgium, where he is living in self-imposed exile.
Separatist parties last week
agreed to reinstall Mr Puigdemont
(inset) as Catalonia’s president of government, following fresh elections in
which they kept their majority in the
Catalan parliament.
But the ousted leader is currently
in Belgium, where he has fled following charges of sedition, rebellion, and
misuse of public funds for his role in
the region’s independence referendum last autumn. He
faces arrest and
likely imprisonment if he
returns, and
says he needs
“guarantees”
before he
co m e s b ac k
to Catalonia.
Separatists suggested that Mr Puigdemont could be sworn in via video
link or by proxy at a meeting of the
Catalan Parliament this week, but the
Spanish government in Madrid has
vetoed the proposal.
In a speech at his centre-right
People’s Party headquarters yesterday Mr Rajoy said: “It’s absurd that
someone aspires to be president of
the Catalan regional government as
a fugitive in Brussels – it’s a case of
common sense.”
Spanish government spokesman
Inigo Mendez de Vigo added: “Parliamentary rules are very clear. They
do not contemplate the possibility of
a [parliamentary] presence that is
not in person.
“This aspiration is a fallacy, it’s totally unrealistic and it goes against
the rule books and common sense.”
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Universities
expect sharp
drop in student
applications
Prince faces £1m
bill after reneging
on property deal
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
Universities leaders are braced for
a drop in the number of applicants
as the higher education sector continues to be buffeted by shifting demographics and the impact of the
Brexit vote.
Students had until 6pm yesterday to submit their Ucas application
forms to secure a place at university
in time for the start of the 2018-19
academic year. But early indications suggested that submissions
ahead of the deadline were down
on last year, with some estimations showing that recruitment was down by
as much as 5 per cent.
According to sources, the fall in applications is down to a range
of factors, including a
decrease in the number
of 18-year-olds in the UK.
While a baby boom is working its way through the secondary
system, having caused havoc to
school places at primary level, it
has yet to reach the higher education (HE) sector.
Experts have also highlighted
that the Brexit decision in 2016
continues to be felt by universities. The number of EU students applying to study in the UK
continues to fall despite the Government committing to fund places
starting in September for the duration of the degree.
Changes to funding to courses
such as nursing have also had an
impact on certain institutions as the
number of nursing applications has
significantly fallen away.
Universities are pinning hopes on
students leaving it to the last minute
before submitting their Ucas forms
to gain an offer from institutions.
By Tristan Kirk
According to one source, bigger
universities with large numbers
of courses are likely to suffer most
from the shortfall in applicants.
Another HE source admitted
they were witnessing a “decline” in
the number of applications.
The sector’s leading intelligence
service, the WonkHE website, stated that as of the end of last week
some universities were seeing
drops of more than 20 per cent on
last year.
Such falls in students would leave
institutions with a severe shortfall
in funding, as universities rely on
students’ tuition fees.
In response to a Ucas
report on student numbers in November, the
Russell Group called
for the Government to
give more certainty to
EU applicants.
“If it turns out that the
fall in places this year is
due to the continuing uncertainty posed by Brexit, it reinforces
our call for government to provide
greater clarity for EU students
coming to the UK,” Russell Group
head of policy Sarah Stevens (inset)
said. “In particular, they should confirm at the earliest opportunity the
fee rate and other financial support
EU undergraduates and postgraduates might be eligible for from 201920 onwards as well as arrangements
to stay for further study or work
after graduation.”
Mouse in the house for Coco
The model Mariah Idrissi attended
the gala screening of the Disney
Pixar film ‘Coco’ at One Marylebone
in London yesterday. The
computer-animated coming of
age story, featuring a 12-year-old
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Most commuters say trains not improving
By Neil Lancefield
The decrease in
university applications
confirms a downward trend
after a 4 per cent fall in
students applying last year. The
proportion of students from EU
states had fallen by 5 per cent.
would-be guitarist, is a visually
sumptuous valentine to Mexican
culture and the importance of
passing down memories to the next
generation lest they be lost forever.
It is out in cinemas on Friday. PA
A billionaire prince is facing a £1m
compensation bill after pulling
out of a deal to buy a British
couple’s seven-bedroom home.
The Nigerian oil baron Prince
Arthur Eze, 62, agreed to pay
£5m for Richard and Deborah
Conway’s mansion in Mill Hill,
north London, exchanging
contracts in August 2015.
He then pulled out of the deal,
forcing the Conways to take out
an expensive bridging loan to
complete their move to a new
home in Cambridgeshire.
They eventually found a new
buyer for the home, selling it for
£4.2m, but sued Prince Eze.
High Court Judge Andrew
Keyser has ruled the couple were
due £800,000 in compensation as
well as a six-figure sum in costs
which will see the total rise to at
least £1m.
“Prince Eze had signed,” the
judge said. “The only contractual
term that remained outstanding
was the completion date.”
Mr Conway, 62, told the court
he and his wife struck the deal
– through a “go-between” – with
Prince Eze.
The wealthy founder of a West
African oil firm is thought to
be worth £2bn. He claimed the
contract was “void” because
the middleman had taken a
“secret commission”.
The vast majority of commuters have
seen no improvement in their train
service over the past year, according
to a poll.
Sixty-seven per cent of commuters
thought the service from their train
company had stayed the same and 13
per cent believed it has got worse, the
research for consumer group Which?
found. One in five respondents
noticed an improvement.
Southern achieved a customer
satisfaction score of 28 per cent,
putting it in last place for the third
year running in the annual survey.
The operator scored a single
star out of five for value for money,
reliability and punctuality, and two
stars for other categories. More than
a third (37 per cent) of Southern
commuters believe the service has
got worse in the past year.
Grand Central topped the Which?
table, receiving an overall score
of 64 per cent and four stars in
all categories. A total of 2,865 UK
commuters were polled in October
and November.
CONSUMER
Across
One million homes ‘still at risk’
from dangerous tumble dryers
By Josie Cox
One million defective and potentially dangerous tumble dryers are
still being used in British homes, and
the Government has been “painfully
slow” in improving general safety
standards, an influential committee
has warned.
The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee said it was
“unacceptable” that so many defective tumble dryers – made by the US
multinational Whirlpool – are still
being used in the UK more than two review found that even though safety
years after the identification
standards had improved over
of a defect that has led to
the past two decades,
750 fires since 2004.
unsafe products still
The committee said
blight too many lives.
that so far, Whirlpool’s
The Department for
Fires have been
Business, Energy and
response to the defect
linked
to
the
defect
had been “inadequate”
Industrial Strateg y
since 2004
said: “The Government’s
and that this highlights
“the flaws in the UK’s
top priority is to keep people safe… We have already
safety regime”. It also urged
taken a number of steps to imthe Government to consider
establishing a national product prove our product safety regime.”
safety agency. In February 2016, a THE INDEPENDENT
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Nice one, Cyrille: tributes to ‘role
model’ and ‘precious treasure’ Regis
Families want
answers on
radicalisation
By Emily Pennink
By Damian Spellman
Cyrille Regis’s widow has described
her late husband as a “role model”
and “a very precious treasure” after
he died yesterday aged 59.
Team-mates and others from
the world of football and beyond
paid tribute to the former England
international striker, who blazed a
trail for black footballers in Britain.
His wife, Julia, said in a statement:
“He was a beautiful man and
a wonderful husband, father,
grandfather, brother and uncle. I have
been moved by the many messages
of support and condolences I have
received and the kind things people
have said. He came into football the
hard way and never lost his passion
for the game. He was a role model for everyone he met with kindness and
so many because he always treated respect. The world has lost a very
precious treasure.”
Regis, who was made an MBE in
The Football Association’s
2008, played football in an era when
chairman, Greg Clarke,
racism was rife; he became the third
said he was “someone who broke
black player to win a full England
new ground and paved the way
cap, against Northern Ireland in
for a generation of young black
February 1982. He did so having
players in this country”.
been sent a bullet through the post,
a chilling indictment of the climate
Cyrille Regis
(second right)
and fellow
West Brom
players Laurie
Cunningham
and Brendan
Batson meet
the pop group
The Three
Degrees in 1979
BRIAN BOULD/
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in which he played. Gordon Taylor,
of the Professional Footballers’
Association, described Regis, who
played for West Bromwich Albion
and Coventry at the height of his
career, as a “true legend and great
pioneer for equality”.
Born in French Guiana, Regis
came to London with his family when
he was five. His talent was spotted
when he played as a teenager for
non-league Molesey in Surrey. The
West Bromwich Albion chairman,
John Williams, said yesterday:
“Everyone will have their precious
memories of him as a family man, a
crusader against bigotry … and as a
man who threw considerable energy
into a series of worthy causes. He will
be deeply missed.”
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Relatives of the Westminster Bridge
terror attack victims have called
for their inquest to examine the
continuing “failure” of the authorities
to get to grips with radicalisation on
the internet and in prisons.
On 22 March last year, Kent-born
Khalid Masood, 52, was shot dead
by police after he drove a car into
pedestrians on Westminster Bridge
before fatally stabbing PC Keith
Palmer in the Palace of Westminster’s
forecourt.
Kurt Cochran, 54, Leslie Rhodes,
75, Aysha Frade, 44, and Andreea
Cristea, 31, also died as a result of
Masood’s rampage.
Yesterday, chief coroner Mark
Lucraft QC, at a pre-inquest hearing
at the Old Bailey where families were
among those represented, said a full
inquest into the deaths will be heard
in September.
Gareth Patterson QC, for the
victims’ families, called for the coroner
to “shed light on radical extremism on
the internet, encrypted messaging,
prison radicalisation and failure to get
to grips with these problems which
occur again and again”.
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HEALTH
Risk of heart
disease rises
with early
menopause
By Jennifer Cockerell
Jurassic parrot
A duck-sized dinosaur
found in China had a
head and chest covered
in shiny feathers
similar to those seen
on hummingbirds.
The creature has been
named Caihong juji,
meaning “rainbow with the
big crest” in Mandarin.
When a fossil of the
dinosaur was examined,
brightly coloured plumage
was identified.
“When you look at
fossils, you normally
only see hard parts, but
every once in a while soft
parts such as feathers are
preserved and you get a
glimpse into the past,”
said Dr Chad Eliason, a bird
researcher at the Field
Museum in Chicago.
SCIENCE
Chinese AI model ‘can beat humans’
in reading and comprehension tests
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
A Chinese company has created an
artificial intelligence (AI) model ca­
pable of beating humans in reading
and comprehension tests in what is
being hailed as a world first.
Alibaba, one of the world’s biggest
internet retailing firms, the Chinese
equivalent of Amazon, created a deep
neural network model – a software
system inspired by the complexities
of the human brain – and challenged
it to provide exact answers to more
than 100,000 questions in a quiz
considered one of the world’s best at
evaluating machine­reading abilities
– the Stanford Question Answering
Dataset (Squad).
The test is designed to compare AI
conclusions against humans to test
the technology’s intelligence. The AI
created by Alibaba’s Institute of Data
Science and Technologies (iDST)
scored 82.44 on exact answers for
the test, compared with the 82.30
managed by humans – the first time
machines have outranked humans
in reading comprehension, the com­
pany said.
Squad contains more than 100,000
Q&A pairs drawn from more than
500 Wikipedia articles and tests
participants on exact answers drawn
from a passage of text. Alibaba’s
model successfully read words
within sentences within paragraphs
and located precise phrases which
contained the potential answers to
the questions more accurately than
human participants.
The company has been using the
technology to answer queries within
its online customer service platform.
The AI could also be used to generate
replies to medical inquiries on web­
sites and to create tutorials in muse­
ums, it suggested.
“That means objective questions
such as ‘what causes rain?’ can now
be answered with high accuracy by
Smart tech Milestones
The term “artificial intelligence” was
first coined in 1956 for a US academic
conference. In 1968, attendee
Marvin Minsky advised on the film
2001: A Space Odyssey, featuring the
intelligent computer HAL 9000.
In 1997, IBM’s Deep Blue
supercomputer managed
to beat world champion
Garry Kasparov at chess.
In 2011, IBM’s Watson
took on the human
brain on US quiz show
Jeopardy. It trounced the
two best performers.
In 2016, Google’s
DeepMind division created an
AI system that beat a grandmaster in
the ancient Chinese board game Go, a
game of strategy.
Last October, DeepMind unveiled
AlphaGo Zero, a new version capable
of mastering Go in just three days.
This Saturday, in your
Tasty, satisfying recipes
that will help you lose
weight, from Tom Kerridge
machines,” Luo Si, chief scientist for
natural language processing at the
Alibaba institute, said in a statement.
“The technology underneath can
be gradually applied to numerous
applications such as customer serv­
ice, museum tutorials and online
responses to medical inquiries from
patients, decreasing the need for
human input in an unprec­
edented way.”
Microsoft’s AI model
scored a marginally high­
er 82.650 on the same
test but its results were
finalised the day after Al­
ibaba’s, the company said.
Alibaba is just one of
many Chinese companies
making significant investments
within AI.
Intel’s head of AI, Naveen Rao, and
the former Alphabet chairman, Eric
Schmidt, have said China is on track
to overtake the US as an AI super­
power within eight years.
Women who go through early
menopause have a heightened
risk of heart disease and stroke,
according to a study led by the
University of Oxford.
The research also found a
link between cardiovascular
disease and starting periods
early, pregnancy complications
and hysterectomy.
Women who went through the
menopause before the age of 47
had a 33 per cent heightened risk
of cardiovascular disease, rising to
42 per cent for their risk of strokes.
Those who began having periods
before the age of 12 were at 10 per
cent greater risk of cardiovascular
disease than those who had been 13
or older.
The study, which is published
in the journal Heart, found having
a hysterectomy was linked to a
heightened risk of cardiovascular
disease (12 per cent) and of
heart disease (20 per cent). The
team said: “More frequent car­
diovascular screening would seem
to be sensible for women who are
early in their reproductive cycle.”
MENTAL HEALTH
Staff shortages
‘affect safety and
quality of care’
By Ella Pickover
Growing staff shortages in mental
health care are affecting the
quality and safety of care, a King’s
Fund report has warned.
The gap between the amount
spent on acute hospitals and
mental health trusts has also
widened in England, its authors
claimed yesterday.
The think­tank said income
for mental health trusts rose by
less than 2.5 per cent last year,
compared with more 6 per cent for
acute and specialist trusts in the
same period.
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Warnings
were
ignored
No surprise
that it came
from France
Grand
coalition isn’t
the solution
A casualty of
a Big Brother
world
Facebook
wants to
shrink
Aardman
returns to
its roots
The Telegraph
The Times
Financial Times
The Guardian
The Verge
HollywoodReporter
The fact that the
business risks crashing
to earth with serious
consequences for its
43,000 employees,
shareholders and the
taxpayer owes much
to the mistakes of
those who allowed this
behemoth to develop
and continued to feed
it when its difficulties
became apparent.
(Editorial)
The #MeToo
movement
denounces men for
trivial advances,
or language. The
age-old phenomenon
of inappropriate
male lust, even in
fantasy or pathetic
clumsy advances, is
suddenly taboo. Social
values move on, but
never smoothly.
(Libby Purves)
The formation of
another “grand
coalition” would not
erase the impression
that German politics is
shedding its reputation
for being predictable.
The Bundestag is
fragmented. The new
coalition will rest on a
lower combined share
of the vote than ever
before. (Tony Barber)
For a long time,
the BBC has been
hampered on gender
issues in terms of
content, thanks to its
now-quaint notion
of impartiality. The
BBC literally has to get
with the programme.
There cannot be
neutrality around
unequal pay and
sexual harassment.
(Suzanne Moore)
The changes look like a
fervent wish to return
to 2010. Reading the
company’s blog, you
can feel executives
longing for a time
when Facebook felt
less consequential.
Back when it felt like
a fun way to pass a
few minutes, rather
than the fulcrum of
American democracy.
(Casey Newton)
Early Man, the latest
animated feature from
the Aardman studio’s
star director Nick Park
(creator of the Wallace
and Gromit franchise),
is about as warming,
homey and distinctly
British as a mug of hot,
sweet, milky tea on a
rainy day.
(Leslie Felperin)
Daily Mirror
ABC Online
The Sun
Bloomberg
This is a sorry tale of
appalling errors by
a firm which overreached itself. With
luck Carillion will
refinance itself and
survive, but if not the
Government should
do the work itself,
employing the workers
and delivering vital
services. (Editorial)
While a backlash
against the Weinstein
backlash was probably
inevitable, the fact that
the most prominent
pushback came from
France, and especially
French women, is not
surprising to anyone
who has lived and
worked here.
(Anne Bagamery)
Nothing stays private
for long. Inevitably, in
the BBC’s Big Brother
world, someone leaked
the exchange within
hours and all hell broke
loose. Every word
has to be weighed not
just for its meaning
but how it might
be misconstrued.
(Trevor Kavanagh)
If Facebook really
wants to crawl back
into the “friends and
family” shell - which,
in any case, may
already be occupied by
messenger apps, some
of them owned by
Facebook itself - it can
benefit from a strong
push from regulators.
(Leonid Bershidsky)
Irish Times
Quote of
the day
I keep my
money under
the bed. And
I have done
since 2009
Liam Neeson
The actor jokes
about his personal
banking strategy
Germany’s ostensibly
centre-left SPD has
allowed Angela Merkel,
Europe’s great survival
artist, to scrabble back
up from her perilous
cliff ordeal, dust
herself off and insist
it’s business as usual.
She may be right –
unless, that is, SPD
left-wingers have the
last laugh. (Derek Scally)
Variety
This is a welcome
return to a form of
stop-motion that
takes pride in the
technique’s inevitable
imperfections (such
as thumbprints in the
modelling clay), while
putting extra care
into the underlying
script, with its daffy
humour and slightly
off characters.
(Peter Debruge)
LifeInBrief
TOMMY LAWRENCE FOOTBALLER
“Back on yer bloody line, Lawrence!” The
advice came when Tommy Lawrence
began patrolling the outer limit of
Liverpool’s penalty area during games
instead of the edge of the six-yard box
or the goal-line, where convention
dictated goalkeepers stood.
Decades later, recalling the fans’
incomprehension, Lawrence explained
he was acting on the orders of
Liverpool’s renowned manager Bill
Shankly. The logic was that the Scotland
international – a frustrated centreforward – would effectively be an extra
defender. His team-mate Ian Callaghan
remembered him tackling strikers like
a centre-half. Lawrence’s recollection
was typically humorous and honest: “I
used to bring ’em down. If they pushed
the ball past me, I just hit ’em.”
Joe Mercer, later to have a brief
spell as England manager, dubbed him
“Sweeper Keeper” as early as 1966. He
owed his more widespread nickname
“The Flying Pig” to a bulky physique, yet
Shankly remained faithful to him from
1962 until 1970, during which time
Lawrence won two Football League
championship winner’s medals, the
FA Cup for the first time in Liverpool’s
history and three caps for his country.
Lawrence, who died aged 77, was
born in Ayrshire but his family moved
to England when he was a child. On
leaving school he worked in Rylands
wire factory in Warrington and kept
goal for Stockton Heath Albion. After
attracting the attention of Liverpool he
signed for the club – then in the Second
Division – in 1957, aged 17.
He had to wait until October 1962,
when he was 22, for his first-team
chance. Liverpool lost 1-0 at West
Bromwich but Shankly was impressed.
In Lawrence’s first full season, 196364, his consistency, courage, and
temperament shone through, along
with a perhaps surprising agility – most
notably when Liverpool clinched the
League title in the spring of 1964.
Shankly’s side led Arsenal 1-0 when
the Gunners were awarded a penalty
on the half-hour. George Eastham,
renowned for his precision, took the
kick only for Lawrence to dive and
save. By the hour mark Liverpool were
leading 5-0 and at the final whistle
were crowned champions.
Lawrence missed only five games
in eight seasons until an FA Cup
defeat at Watford saw Shankly
drop him. He made just one further
appearance before crossing the Mersey
to Tranmere Rovers in 1971. After
three years and 80 matches he joined
non-league Chorley and returned to
Rylands factory as a quality controller.
Scotland first selected him in 1963
for a 1-0 defeat to the Republic of
Ireland. He was not recalled for six
years, playing in a 1-1 draw with West
Germany in a World Cup qualifier and a
5-3 win over Wales.
In 2015 a BBC reporter compiling
a vox pop stopped an anonymous
shopper to ask if he remembered an FA
Cup derby at Everton in 1967. “Yeah,
I do,” said Lawrence, breaking into a
smile that delighted a huge internet
audience. “I played in it.”
Born 14 May 1940
Died 10 January 2018
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CharlieBrinkhurst-Cuff
Ansari, you hurt and disappointed me
It’s worse when a millennial hero is accused of sexual harassment
H
ypocrisy will always
make headlines. Aziz
Ansari, an American
comedian and actor
known for his Netflix
series Master of
None, is currently in the eye of a
storm, after a young woman named
“Grace” was interviewed by online
publication babe.net about a sexual
encounter with Ansari that left
her feeling “violated”. After a date
at a restaurant, Ansari allegedly
pressured Grace to perform oral
sex, and physically grabbed at her
and touched her despite her asking
that he stop.
I’m not shocked by Ansari’s
alleged actions, but I’m deeply
disappointed. This is a man who
broke through racial boundaries
and made a career out of exploring
modern relationships and women’s
issues – from sitcom Master of
None to his non-fiction book on
dating, Modern Romance. He
cloaked himself in his allegiance
to feminism, in working with Lena
Waithe (who became the first black,
queer woman to win an Emmy
for Outstanding Comedy Writing
on Master of None). He turned up
to the Golden Globes wearing a
Time’s Up pin, supporting the
industry-wide campaign to end
sexual harassment.
Until now, he was the millennial
generation’s “woke bae” – switched
on to structural patriarchy and
exploring it through his cultural
output. Irritatingly chirpy, sure, but
seemingly intelligent, and with the
type of politics that would make any
left-wing comedy fan swoon.
Ansari has responded to the
allegations by saying he believed
the encounter was “completely
consensual” and “everything did
seem okay” – barely acknowledging
the fact that he is claimed to have
Getting out
of a sexual
encounter
you’re not sure
you want to
have is easier
said than done
behaved in a way that made a young
woman cry in the taxi on her way
home from his apartment. (Babe.
net saw texts between the two
showing “Grace” had contacted
him about her discomfort after
the encounter.)
The statement didn’t
acknowledge that while some lines
may be blurred during sexual
encounters, as a feminist, consent is
something that should always be on
your mind. Especially if, as alleged,
your partner verbalises the fact
that they don’t want to “feel forced”.
Like so many other women – and
some men, too – I have stared into
the abyss of a sexual encounter I
am not quite sure I wanted to have.
Getting out of it, especially if you’re
drunk, perhaps naked, perhaps
in a space that is not your own, is
easier said than done. Following
the encounter, you cast away the
memory of the night like a message
in a bottle, because that’s easier
than facing up to what may or may
not have happened. But waves
always bring debris back to the
shore eventually.
In a sea of rape culture, it’s
uncomfortable to position yourself
as a victim. Women aren’t taught to
legitimise our feeling around sex,
to ask for what exactly we want
and don’t want. We are still taught,
through so many mediums and
despite the ongoing work of brilliant
campaigners, to be passive.
As Ansari’s alleged victim said:
“It took a really long time for me to
validate this as sexual assault. I was
debating if this was an awkward
sexual experience or sexual assault.
And that’s why I confronted so
many of my friends and listened
to what they had to say, because
I wanted validation that it was
actually bad.”
An estimated 68 per cent of
women in the UK experience sexual
harassment in their lifetime (and
a recent BBC survey found that
half of British women have been
sexually harassed at work or a
place of study and 63 per cent didn’t
report it), so I am usually inclined to
give women the benefit of the doubt.
It’s not easy to talk about these
things. It doesn’t benefit us much
to dredge up memories, apart from
the fact that we can share our pain
or uncertainty. And when it comes
to trying to prosecute a man who
has wronged us in this way, to hold
him accountable? Until #MeToo
came along, for many people it
felt impossible.
If the allegations are true, are
Ansari’s actions compounded by
the fact that he has profited socially
and culturally from speaking up
about feminism? Ansari was, until
this moment, part of a culture of
(seemingly) emotionally engaged
men who seemed to be using their
feminism to break down my least
favourite type of macho masculinity.
That is something we need to see
more, not less of, but it doesn’t
mean that he should be given an
easier ride than any of his male
peers who have also been involved
in sexual harassment scandals. It
doesn’t mean he should be held
more accountable, either. But trust,
it does hurt if someone you think is
one of your own proves themselves
a snake in the grass.
The author is the deputy editor at
‘gal-dem’, a magazine written by
women of colour. This is the first of
her monthly columns for i
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I was saddened to
read Alice Jones’
article rubbishing
John Humphrys. He
is the consummate
broadcaster, both
entertaining and
professional, his
interviewing technique
is forensic, detailed
and informative.
His private
conversation with Jon
Sopel was no more than
a knockabout between
chums. Carrie Gracie is
a great addition to the
Today programme team
and I trust Lord Hall has
fixed her remuneration
in line with the male
presenters’ rewards.
EDWARD FREWIN
WATCHET, SOMERSET
Tax fast food to
cut street litter
I broadly support a tax
on plastic products to
encourage recycling.
While we’re at it, why
not tax fast food outlets
which could be given
to local authorities
to employ extra staff
to clean up the mess
left by the patrons of
these establishments?
The litter along
the roads near chip
shops and burger bars
is disgusting.
ANGELA PRICE
DORCHESTER, DORSET
Capitalist
solutions
LLMAN.CO.UK
Bravo, Ian Birrell, for
acknowledging that it is
capitalism and consumerism that is producing
prosperity for African
countries, in contrast to
the penury of the last few
decades resulting from
socialism (My View, 15
David Gandy
January). And there are
still people who believe
that Jeremy Corbyn
has the solution to
our problems!
JOHN DUFFIELD
LOUGHTON, ESSEX
Government
continues to try and
persuade people to save
for their retirement in
the form of a pension.
Yet what guarantee have
workers got that they
will get 100 per cent of
their contributions back
that they are counting on
to fund their retirement?
It is absolutely ludicrous
that watertight safeguards are not in place.
SUE HARDMAN
DISS, NORFOLK
The fallout of
privatisation
Privatisation is the
biggest con ever
perpetrated on the
British public.
Although Carillion, and
the fact that the railways
are paid twice as much
in subsidy as they were
under public control are
the most recent pieces
of evidence, it is equally
important to look at the
whole issue. We were
promised lower costs
and improved services;
exactly the opposite
has occurred.
Again, the British
taxpayer has to pick
up the bills for these
decisions which have
brought so much misery
to the country.
K A WOLFE
PENRITH, CUMBRIA
Don’t forget all
the PM’s perks
Why is the Prime
Minister’s salary used as
a comparison for senior
public servants? It does
not include perks such
as her use of the flat
at 10 Downing Street,
the country mansion
at Chequers and a
chauffeur-driven car.
Surely a more realistic
benchmark should
be used?
PETER MOTT
HELSINGTON, YORK
Road rage is bad
for business
I was sorry to read
of Richard Herring’s
experience while out
driving (i, 13 January).
One thing these road
bullies in trade vehicles
fail to realise is that
everyone they meet is a
potential customer. My
old boss impressed on
me to keep the van clean
and be courteous to all
The ethical
coffee cup
Return to sender: a cure for junk mail perhaps?
other road users. “The
van is our shopfront on
the road”, he said. “Let
them go with a smile
and a wave. It generates
more business than
local advertising and
costs nothing”.
When Richard needs
his roof replaced there’s
one scaffolding firm that
won’t get a call.
ROLAND ADAMS
SUTTON
They would still
buy arms
The inference that
Brexit, even though we
are not there yet, was
already affecting the
UK’s ethical arms trade is
outrageously misleading.
The countries
mentioned will still buy
their weapons whether
Britain decides to sell
them or not. The irony
is that it would probably
be France, a leading
member of the EU, that
would benefit most as it
sells around the world.
JOHN FINAN
LOUTH,
LINCOLNSHIRE
‘Stable genius’
is in the lexicon
My family is grateful
to Donald Trump
for introducing a
new phrase into our
family lexicon. When
we meet individuals
whose perceptions of
themselves are at odds
with other people’s view
of them, we say to each
other “stable genius”, and
we all smile knowingly.
BRIAN RONSON
WATERLOO,
LIVERPOOL
Get out what
you pay in
A simplistic or naive
idea it may be, but surely
it is time to create a
government-run workers’
pension scheme?
“The Coffee Cup You
can Recycle”, eh? (i,15
January) Very well done
to the inventor of the
cup with the detachable
plastic lining, making
the rest of the cup
recyclable. Certainly
an improvement on the
Government’s usual
solution of: “Don’t like
it? Then tax it!”. Now
all I need to know is
what happens to the
detachable plastic liner?
ALLAN NEIL
LANCING
Time for second
referendum?
Almost every day
there is a clamour for
a second referendum,
most recently led by
Tony Blair and Nick
Clegg – and now Nigel
Farage too. Sadly, nobody
has said how it would
work! Obviously the
original “in-out” vote
with a majority of 51.9
per cent to leave was
not enough. So a second
referendum would have
to show a larger margin
if the decision was to
be reversed – but by
how much?
A significant swing
to stay in the EU of
2,539,002 voters would
result in a majority to
stay of 1,269,501. But
that wouldn’t be valid as
that’s exactly the same
number who voted
to leave over remain
in the original vote.
Bring on referendum
number three!
GEOFF SEYMOUR
FAVERSHAM, KENT
Another answer
to junk mail
Gilbert Howe suggests
a tax on junk mail (i
13 January) – I would
suggest the better
answer to junk mail is for
everyone to do what I do
and put it back in the post
box for the post office
to deal with. If they got
enough back they might
stop delivering it! Here
the i could help with a
national campaign to rid
us of this nuisance and
help the clean-up.
STEVE FLOWERS
AXMINSTER
In a galaxy far,
far away
It has always been
accepted that a
newspaper headline
might use the present
tense to give a recent
story a sense of
immediacy – for
example, “Smith hat trick
secures win”.
However, I think
that you stretched the
convention beyond
breaking when we
were told “Black hole
unleashes ‘double
burp’ of cosmic gas” (i
13 January).
When an event
occurred 800 million
years ago, I’d suggest that
the past tense would be
more appropriate.
RALPH KING
NORTHUMBERLAND
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i TUESDAY
16 JANUARY 2018
Victoria Beckham (inset), the singer
turned fashion designer, has been
criticised for an advert for her new
range of glasses that features a
shockingly thin woman.
Piers Morgan echoed many
social media users’ comments
when he said that he was “rendered
dumbstruck” by the image of Giedre
Dukauskaite. “She wasn’t just slim,
or ‘skinny’ – she was emaciated,”
Morgan wrote in a blog yesterday.
It should not, however,
surprise anyone that Beckham
chooses to align her
company with extremely
thin models such as
Dukauskaite. Beckham has
made being extremely thin
a part of her career and part
of her personal brand.
This is a woman
who has admitted
she runs four miles
a day and then
works out for
an hour with a
personal trainer
afterwards:
every day.
It was noted that during a lunch
with a journalist Beckham asked for
four cherry tomatoes to be removed
from a salad: she would only eat
leaves. Her idea of a great snack
is toasted amino seeds. Various
interviews have suggested that
Beckham controls her body like a
military operation.
It’s no wonder that she celebrates
bodies that demonstrate the very
figure she loves to have herself.
Beckham should be aware,
however, of the damaging
consequences that
perpetuating these body
goals can have.
And besides that, we’re in
an exciting era where models
of all sizes are finally
being employed across
the board: not just for
high street campaigns
but by Vogue and for
fashion week shows.
Beckham is
capable of
hiring them:
she’s choosing
not to.
Round Up
Smallmatter
“It would be useless
because I’d
still have a
big mouth.”
Christoph Waltz
says there would
be no point in
shrinking him like
his character in the
new film ‘Downsizing’.
Nightnurse
Elisabeth Moss has
revealed that she’s
developing a
biopic about
Florence
Nightingale. “I’m
fascinated by
her,” says Moss.
“She believed in
getting things done.”
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It’s about time we all relearned the art of negotiation
POLITICS
Mark
Wallace
B
ritain is inexperienced in
international negotiations.
That’s not surprising – for
more than 40 years, the EU
held the power to strike trade deals
for the whole bloc.
As a result, we lost the skills
and expertise of doing so, a whole
generation of politicians grew up
without giving thought to trade
policy, and British journalists and
voters forgot what it was like to go
through a negotiation.
That process of forgetting has
left us rather naive on the topic as a
nation. The world’s more hardened
negotiators, and the electorates they
represent, know that the process is
largely about theatre.
Each side sets out starting
demands that are more ambitious
than their eventual goals. Both
talk as though no movement is
possible, to secure the best offer.
When coaxed into compromise, each
presents a stern face to ensure their
partners can savour success, while
displaying a thumbs-up behind their
back so the voters at home know
they have secured a good deal.
The EU’s leadership know
this – they do this all the
time, and so are relaxed
about playing the game.
Our naivety has
too often led us to
take everything the
EU says at face value.
Brussels talks about
itself as a “rules-based”
organisation, implying
everything is fixed – but it is
far more flexible in practice, bending
rules when convenient.
First, we were told agreement on
“sufficient progress” was impossible.
Then it would cost £100bn, and was
still highly unlikely. After further
talks an agreement was struck, on
far more reasonable grounds.
Then Michel Barnier (inset) said
there was no such thing as a bespoke
deal for an individual nation. British
newspapers called him “Scrooge”.
Plenty of people assumed, again,
that it was all hopeless. That, too,
was a mistake – he was talking
tough, as is his responsibility,
but with a pragmatic goal. The
evidence was there to see – far
from ruling out bespoke deals, over
the years the EU has developed
no fewer than 42 different types of
relationship with different countries
and organisations.
A few weeks on, the headlines
have changed again: some member
states, such as Spain and the
Netherlands, are backing just such
a bespoke arrangement, and the
effort to prevent one has become
a rearguard action. This
flexibility delivered nasty
surprises when we were
members. The “blackand-white” guarantee
that the UK would
not have to bail out
Greece, for example, was
forgotten overnight when
it needed more money. But
now it presents an opportunity.
If we ditch our assumption that all
rules are set in stone, and abandon
our naive faith that everyone in a
negotiation starts out by openly
stating their final position, then the
whole process will start to make
more sense. Instead of predicting
doom when one Eurocrat or another
announces that a good deal is
“impossible”, we must appreciate
that this is simply another scene in
the theatre of the talks. By playing
hard to get, they are signalling there
is something they want. Find it, work
out how much of it we can afford and
what we need in return, and strike a
deal. That’s negotiation.
HEALTH
flu night last Thursday, lying on the
bathroom floor trying to raise my
head to the toilet bowl (sorry) that I
clocked the true difference.
Why am I an idiot? I ignored my
warning(s). My local NHS practice
sent me several reminders: get the
flu jab rather than force them to deal
with the aftermath – not so simple.
So the moment I recognised
symptoms (dry coughing, aches),
I left work for my GP and got seen
within 10 minutes – such was the
state I was clearly in. Sadly, it was
too late for a jab or antibiotics: I
already had the fever. It’s literally
been bed and bathroom-floor rest,
gallons of water and Day Nurse/
Night Nurse since. Most times, the
antibiotics don’t work anyway – we
just have to wait it out, at home.
Work will thank you.
We are most contagious in the
moments before we realise we
have the symptoms – which is how
I caught the damn thing from a
poor bloke on his first day with us.
I haven’t seen him since, but then I
haven’t been there either.
People have always said pointedly:
“you will know the difference, trust
me”. And for once, the Daily Mail
Tuesday health pages are not wrong.
This year’s virus, apparently, is
particularly bad. I wouldn’t know.
It’s my first time. I am determined it
will be my last.
I am Stefano. I did not take the
flu jab when asked. Now, I have the
flu. The real flu. It’s bloody horrible.
Don’t be like Stefano.
Stefano
Hatfield
If only I’d
listened to
my doctor…
A
confession: I am an idiot.
Perhaps not news to loyal
readers that have followed
my witterings since i’s
launch, nor news to my family, who
have long said so. Lying here, writing
from my sick bed, it is difficult not to
hold my hands up.
For the first time in my life, I
have the flu: the real deal; where
one is poleaxed for days at home
amid fevers, sweats, shivers,
diarrhoea, coughs, chest pains,
aching limbs, sore lips, hard-boiled
eyes, listlessness, shortness of
breath, a befuddling inability to
speak or function. I am the guy from
the old Ready Brek commercials,
emanating visible body heat
radiation – and yes, a touch of
melancholic delirium.
What it’s not is what I’ve had
before, several times: what the world
would term “man flu” – a cold, heavy
or otherwise. It was on the first full
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A casting
call for
anglers
Angler Kenny
Docherty casts from
the banks of the river
Tay in Kenmore,
in the Highlands,
during the opening
of the river’s salmon
season yesterday. The
traditional opening
takes place in the
middle of January each
year. It has been staged
at Kenmore since 1947.
Fishermen from all
over Scotland gather in
front of the Kenmore
Hotel before heading
to the river to fish.
JEFF J MITCHELL/GETTY
CULTURE
Blade heart: legendary
Bruce sword goes on show
By Martyn McLaughlin
It is an imposing weapon that,
according to legend, was once
owned by the father figure of
Scottish independence.
Now, a double-handed broadsword said to have been owned by
Robert the Bruce is set go on public
display in Edinburgh.
The early 14th century Sword of
State, which has been treasured
by the Bruce family for centuries,
will be the centrepiece of a new
exhibition devoted to Bruce and
his descendants.
The weapon, which is rarely exhibited in public, is thought to have
been used by the King of Scots,
although it is unclear whether he
wielded it in battle.
The sword, which weighs 8lb
and has a 44in blade and bog oak
handle, was kept in Clackmannan
Tower, where in 1787, it is said to
have touched another towering
figure in Scottish history.
That year, Lady Katherine Bruce, the widow
of Henry Bruce, the
last of the male line,
reportedly used the
sword to perform a
knighting ceremony on
a young visiting poet by
the name of Robert Burns.
Within a few decades, the
mansion and tower at Clackmannan were abandoned, and the
sword was taken for safekeeping
to Broomhall House, near Dunfermline, home of the Earl of Elgin,
where it has remained.
It will feature in Treasures from
TECHNOLOGY
ENVIRONMENT
Countdown to UK ‘spaceports’
By Jon Vale
Satellites launching into space
from Britain could have the
same inspiring effect as astronaut Tim Peake (inset),
a minister has said.
The transport minister Jo Johnson told MPs
there was nothing like
space to inspire interest
in science and technology, as he outlined plans to
create UK “spaceports”.
The Space Industry Bill would
create a regulatory framework to
allow commercial spaceflight ac-
Broomhall House and the Bruce
Family, an exhibition at Bonhams
in Edinburgh.
Lord Charles Bruce, the current earl’s son, said he could
not remember a time
when the sword had
gone on public display
in Scotland.
He said that although the blade does
not show signs of having been used in battle,
it could not be ruled out.
“It could easily have been,” he
added. “It is the finest tempered
steel and beautifully balanced. It
would certainly have been a weapon of choice to fight with.”
The handle shows signs of wear
but otherwise, said Lord Bruce, it is
in “extraordinarily good condition”.
tivities from UK launch sites, said
the minister.
Speaking at the Bill’s second
reading, he said: “We’ve seen on
many occasions the power
space has to capture the
imaginations of young
people, and we have
every confidence that
development of a domestic launch capability will, over time, have
comparable effects.”
The UK wants to improve
its 6.5 per cent market share in the
space sector to 10 per cent by 2030,
he added.
Peer: show effect
of cycle lanes
By Nick Lester
The scientist and broadcaster
Lord Winston wants the
Government to publish pollution
data showing the effect on
air quality of an increase in
traffic congestion from the
introduction of bike lanes.
The Labour peer said the
reduction in road space for
motor vehicles, following the
launch of dedicated cycleways,
has led to longer journeys at
slower speeds.
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CHINA
Sunken oil
tanker ‘poses
threat to
environment’
Flight of fashion
On the last day of the Milan Fashion Show, with
visitors ready to head for the airport, the Fendi
menswear show was set in a mock baggage hall.
Models were geared up for travel with coats, suits,
bags and even an umbrella hat. AFP/GETTY
By Josh Gabbatiss
INDONESIA
More than 70 injured as Jakarta
stock exchange building collapses
By Fergus Jensen
IN JAKARTA
Part of the Indonesian Stock Exchange building in Jakarta collapsed yesterday, injuring scores of
people under slabs of concrete and
other debris. Security camera footage showed that the mezzanine floor
overlooking the main lobby give way,
with a group of people plunging several feet to the ground.
People fled the building through
a lobby strewn with debris, while
emergency service personnel tended to the injured on the grass and
pavement outside the tower.
The high-rise building, constructed in the late 1990s, is part of
a two-tower complex in the heart
of the financial district and houses
Security staff inspect the damage at
the Jakarta Stock Exchange AP
dozens of other offices including the
World Bank. It was the target of a
car bombing by Islamist militants in
September 2000. Police ruled out a
bomb as a cause of yesterday’s collapse. They said more than 70 people
had been injured, but no deaths had
been reported.
Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan visited the site and said the
city will “audit the building”, which
was last inspected by authorities in
May. “I have conveyed to the building’s management that the audit
of the construction should start
tonight so that the activities of the
stock exchange are not disturbed,”
Baswedan told reporters.
Many of the injured were university students who were on the mezzanine floor when it collapsed.
“There was a rumbling noise but
it wasn’t an explosion. It was like
something had fallen, and suddenly
the floor we were standing on fell
away,” said on 20-year-old student.
She escaped with bruises.
Police cordoned off the complex
as people fled the building and the
more seriously injured were taken
to hospital.
REUTERS
Last year, a fire ripped
through a fireworks
factory in Jakarta and killed
around 50 people in one of
the country’s worst industrial
accidents. An investigation
found multiple violations.
TURKEY
Istanbul canal will turn European half of city into island
By Ali Kucukgocmen
IN ISTANBUL
Turkey has announced the route for
a planned canal that would reduce
shipping traffic on the busy Bosphorus Strait and transform the European half of Istanbul into an island.
Work on the 45km (28-mile)
Kanal Istanbul, linking the Black
Sea and the Sea of Marmara west
of the Bosphorus, will begin this
year, transport minister Ahmet
Arslan said, adding it formed
part of Turkey’s most expensive
construction project.
The Bosphorus is one of the
world’s busiest waterways with
42,000 vessels passing through in
2016. It is the only maritime outlet
to the oceans for Bulgaria, Romania,
Ukraine and Georgia, and for Russia’s Black Sea ports.
With urban projects on the canal’s banks and logistical centres
to be built in the Black Sea, Kanal
Istanbul will be Turkey’s most ex-
pensive project yet, Mr Arslan said.
Without specifying the exact cost,
he added that the project would
be funded through public and
private partnerships.
The new canal will run from the
Durusu region on Istanbul’s Black
Sea coast to Kucukcekmece Lake on
the Sea of Marmara. Official documents show that the canal will be 25
metres deep and 250-1,000 metres
wide, depending on where the docks
are located. REUTERS
A burning Iranian oil tanker that
sank in the East China Sea could pose
a serious threat to the marine environment, according to experts.
The incident has resulted in a
10-mile-long oil slick, which was discovered east of the site where the
ship sank.
Chinese state TV, CCTV, said the
slick of oil was one to four nautical miles wide and had grown several times in size since the ship sank
on Sunday.
Concerns have been raised about
damage to the regional marine
ecosystem, which is rich in fish and
bird life. The sinking marks the biggest tanker spill since 1991, when
260,000 tons of oil leaked off the
Angolan coast.
A clean-up effort on the sea’s surface has begun and rescue teams
have called a halt to the large-scale
search for survivors, reducing it to
“normal” operations, CCTV said.
The tanker, Sanchi, which was
carrying 136,000 tons – almost one
million barrels – of condensate, an
ultra-light, highly flammable crude
oil, sank after several explosions
weakened the hull.
It had been adrift and on fire after
crashing into the freighter CF Crystal
on 6 January. THE INDEPENDENT
MYANMAR
Rohingya camp
built amid talks
for repatriation
By Yimou Lee
IN YANGON
Myanmar is building a camp to temporarily house 30,000 Rohingya
refugees in Rakhine State as talks
continue with Bangladesh on how to
implement a repatriation deal, state
media reported yesterday.
More than 650,000 Rohingya have
crossed the border to Bangladesh
after a sweeping Myanmar army
counteroffensive in response to Rohingya militant attacks last August.
The crackdown has been described by the United States and UN
as ethnic cleansing, which Myanmar
repeatedly rejects.
The state-run Global New Light of
Myanmar newspaper said a camp in
Hla Po Khaung in northern Rakhine
will be a temporary transition camp
for people who are to be “accepted
systematically” for repatriation.
Aung Tun Thet, chief coordinator
of Myanmar’s Union Enterprises for
Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development, confirmed
the refugees will be repatriated to
their “place of origin” or the nearest
settlement to their place of origin.
REUTERS
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NEWS
TUNISIA
‘We don’t have
hope here any
longer, we just
feel angry’
Seven years after the Arab Spring,
Tunisians are running out of
patience. By Kim Sengupta
I
n December 2010, Mohamed
Bouazizi, a street vendor,
beaten down by years of
poverty and oppression,
killed himself in the town of
Sidi Bouzid by setting himself on
fire. Weeks of protest followed
across Tunisia, leading to 23
years of authoritarian rule being
swept away with President
Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fleeing
the country.
The momentous events seven
years ago turned out to be the
beginning of the Arab Spring,
which would spread through the
region, bringing down dictators
and reshaping countries, but
also start a cycle of strife which
continues today.
The run-up to the anniversary
of Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution
on Sunday has been marked by
violent demonstrations in which
government buildings, police
stations and cars have been burned,
roads blocked, a protester killed,
hundreds – including 97 members
of the security forces – injured and
around 800 people arrested.
While the army is deployed in
the streets, the current leader,
Beji Caid Essebsi, has visited
poor neighbourhoods of Tunis,
promising to address grievances.
On Sunday, as a rally took place to
mark Liberation Day, he attended
the hastily arranged opening of
a youth club in Ettadhamen, an
impoverished suburb. It was, he
acknowledged, the first time any
senior government official had been
to the neighbourhood.
But there were renewed clashes
as night fell with police firing tear
gas in response to bricks and
bottles thrown by a crowd of young
men who dismissed government
pledges to improve conditions.
“The youth club has shiny new
equipment, but that is not going to
get us jobs, get us food with prices
going up all the time” said Mehdi,
a 22-year-old who has never had
regular employment. “They keep
on making promises with fine
words, but you can’t eat words”.
Tunisia has experienced some of
the lethal violence that had come
as the Arab Spring turned into
the Arab Winter with the beach
massacre at Sousse and the attack
on the Bardo National Museum in
the capital, carried out by jihadists,
claiming 60 lives. Governments
have been formed and fallen, with
the current one the ninth in place
since Mr Ben Ali.
Tunisia, nevertheless, is viewed
by the West as the one state that
had emerged from the upheavals
with a democratic government and
a functioning civic society.
However, the deteriorating
situation would be a cause of
concern for the international
community, with Libya next door
remaining a fragmented state ruled
by militias with a continuing Isis
presence and serving as the base
for smugglers taking refugees into
Europe across the Mediterranean.
The interior ministry in Tunis
stated that 16 “Islamist extremists”
have been among those arrested in
the protests. Opposition parties say
that legitimate protests are being
suppressed. Dhouha Bousetta,
the leader of the left-wing Popular
Front, accused the government of
“reproducing the methods of the
oppressive Ben Ali regime. What
they are trying to do is ‘tame’ us, to
discourage us from supporting this
popular movement”.
Economic hardship and
corruption fuelled anger against Mr
Ben Ali’s regime. But the craving for
political change was a key driving
force. Freedom and reform would
help solve other problems, I was
repeatedly told by idealistic young
men and women while covering the
events at the time.
But financial hardship continues
for a large part of the population.
Prices are rising at 10 per cent a
year and the unemployment rate
among young graduates stands at
30 per cent.
The state of the economy remains
precarious. The IMF, which loaned
Tunisia £2.2bn in 2015 to avert a
severe breakdown, warned last
month of the need to take “urgent
action” and “decisive measures”
to reduce the deficit. Proposed
austerity measures and the raising
of taxes, due to make a range of
goods from cooking gas to coffee to
cars more expensive, have become
sources of the current discontent.
The government has promised
action to improve medical care,
housing and benefits. The social
affairs minister, Mohammed
Trabelsi, said: “We are prepared to
increase welfare payments to those
in need by 170 million dinars (£51m).
This will help 250,000 families;
it will help the poor as well as the
middle classes.”
But opposition parties and unions
TUNISIA
Britain blamed for dire state of tourism
By Kim Sengupta
Tunisians demonstrated in Tunis on Sunday (above); others gathered in the
streets of Ettadhamen (main) to mark the Arab Spring anniversary AFP/GETTY
The near collapse of the tourist
industry has been a huge blow to
Tunisia. Visitors were targeted by
terrorists to hit the country’s largest
source of foreign income and destabilising it. As well as prompting unrest it held the prospect of creating
a recruiting pool of unemployed and
disaffected young men.
Britain was among the first to
warn nationals not to visit Tunisia
after the Sousse attack, and contin-
ued with this travel advice despite
the Tunisian government bringing
in extensive security measures.
Taib al-Gazi, imam at the Grand
Mosque of Sidi Uqba, said: “We were
being infected by extremism, it was
very dangerous. We managed to put
a stop to that, but these people are reappearing. We know the extremists
are here and they will try to spread
their poison again. Britain should
help us get rid of them, not help them
by taking away the livelihood of so
many young people.”
The UK Government warning has
since been rescinded, and some tourists are starting to go back, but the
industry will take time to recover.
Nacer Belhouane, who saw his
travel business in Tunis fold in the
months following the Sousse attack,
said: “It’s depressing that a company
my father had built up was forced
to close. Surely it’s in the interest of
Europeans to invest in Tunisia. They
would not want things to start getting bad again. All they have to do is
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SAUDI ARABIA
Jeddah shows first film in 35
years after Islamic ban lifted
By Stephen Kalin
IN JEDDAH
Saudi Arabia began screening
feature-length animated children’s
films this weekend in a makeshift
theatre, after a 35-year-old ban
on cinemas was lifted in the ultraconservative Islamic kingdom.
The first permanent film theatres
could open as early as March, part
of a liberalising reform drive that
has already opened the door to concerts, comedy shows and women
drivers over the past year.
For now, the authorities are sponsoring temporary settings, like the
state-run cultural hall in the Red
Sea city of Jeddah equipped with a
projector, a red carpet and a popcorn machine.
“Until now, there is no infrastructure for movie theatres, so we are
trying to take advantage of [alternative] venues to approximate the cinematic form,” said Mamdouh Salim,
whose Cinema 70 brand organised
the week-long screenings.
“We tried to use these films to be a
starting point as the first cinematic
screening after the decision on 11 December to permit movie theatres.”
Cinemas were banned in the early
1980s under pressure from Islamists as Saudi society turned towards
a particularly conservative form of
religion that discouraged public
said they were deeply sceptical of
the government’s ability to deliver
meaningful improvement.
For those taking part in the
anniversary march on Sunday,
however, there were things to
celebrate. “It’s not perfect, but
we now have democracy, we have
freedoms we didn’t have before, we
shouldn’t forget that,” said Nadia
Makhlouf, a 30-year-old teacher
who had helped organise marches
against the Ben Ali regime.
But she warned: “The
government has got to be careful,
there will be lot more trouble if
things don’t get better. People are
getting very disillusioned.”
Disillusionment came early
to Sidi Bouzid, the “cradle of the
revolution”. A new statue was
erected for Mohamed Bouazizi and
various government projects to
create jobs were put forward after
the town became briefly famous.
But locals claim much of that has
come to nothing: the unemployment
rate among young graduates
is 15 per cent higher than the
national average.
Fethi Lajmi, whose degree in
engineering has not led to a job,
said: “I have sent my details for 24
jobs, but nothing.
“My friends are in the same
position. We don’t have hope here
any longer, we just feel angry.”
THE INDEPENDENT
SYRIA
Turkey rejects
US plan for Kurd
border force
By Suzan Fraser
Turkey’s President has
denounced US plans to form
a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led
border security force in Syria,
vowing to “drown this army of
terror before it is born”.
Russia and Syria have also
rejected the idea.
Turkish President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan also warned US
troops against coming between
Turkish soldiers and Kurdish
forces, which Ankara view as
an extension of Turkey’s own
Kurdish insurgency.
Turkey has been threatening
a new military operation against
the Syrian Kurdish militia
known as the People’s Defence
Units, or YPG, in its Afrin
enclave in northern Syria The
YPG is the backbone of a Syrian
force that drove Isis from
northern and eastern Syria with
the help of US-led air strikes.
Russia says the nascent US
force threatens to fuel tensions
around Afrin. REUTERS
entertainment and public mixing
between men and women.
But reforms led by 32-year-old
Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman have eased many
of those restrictions,
as the government
tries to broaden the
economy and lessen
its dependence on oil.
In a nod to conservatives, films will
be censored to make
sure they remain in
line with the kingdom’s
“moral values”.
After watching The Emoji Movie
with his wife and daughter on Sunday evening, 28-year-old Sultan alOtaibi said Saudis were happy to see
films in the cinema instead of stay-
ing at home. “It’s more comfortable,
more fun to have a change of scenery and an activity on the weekend.
It is a step that was very late in
coming but thank God it’s
happening now.”
Thousands of Saudis currently travel to
Bahrain, the United
Arab Emirates and
other countries for
entertainment. The
government wants to
retain the money spent
on those trips.
The industry could generate the equivalent of $24bn (£17bn)
a year, as well as creating 30,000
jobs, and 300 cinemas with 2,000
screens are expected to open by
2030. REUTERS
Custody suite Riyadh hotel to reopen
The five-star Ritz-Carlton Hotel
in Riyadh is due to reopen next
month, following its temporary use
as a detention centre during the
country’s corruption crackdown.
Businessmen, ministers and
princes had been held there since
early November. The hotel’s guests
were relocated without warning.
Some of the detainees still remain
at the hotel, while others have
agreed settlements to free themselves. A spokesman from the hotel
confirmed that reservations will
be taken from mid-February, but
warned that bookings could still be
cancelled with short notice.
The fight against corruption
has been welcomed by most of the
nation, in the hope that the country’s
oil wealth can now be used to help
the Saudi population.
SOUTH KOREA
INDIA
Orchestra from North to
perform at Winter Games
Special passport
for migrants is
‘discrimination’
By Hyonhee Shin
IN SEOUL
North Korea agreed during rare talks
yesterday to send a 140-strong orchestra to perform during the Winter
Olympics in South Korea next month,
Seoul said, amid easing tensions
after a months-long stand-off over
the North’s weapons programmes.
Officials from the two Koreas, technically still at war after their 1950-53
conflict ended in a truce, not a treaty,
met on the North side of the border
truce village of Panmunjom to discuss North Korea sending performers – for the first time in 18 years – to
the Olympics in Pyeongchang.
The two sides agreed that the orchestra would stage performances in
the capital, Seoul, and at Gangneung, near Pyeongchang, the South’s
unification ministry said.
Lee Woo-sung, Seoul’s chief negotiator, said the North had asked
that the art troupe cross the border by foot via Panmunjom, located
in the demilitarised zone where a
North Korean soldier defected to
the South in November.
The decision to host the orchestra “contributes to improving relations and recovering the cultural
homogeneity” between the two Koreas, the South’s ministry said.
Separately, a South Korean
sports ministry spokesman said
that the two Koreas have agreed in
principle to field a joint women’s ice
hockey team. REUTERS
Culture
officials
from North
and South
Korea
after their
meeting at
Panmunjom
yesterday
REUTERS
By Rina Chandran
IN MUMBAI
India’s plan to introduce orangecoloured passport jackets
for some migrant workers
is discriminatory and could
increase their vulnerability,
say campaigners.
The Ministry of External
Affairs said migrant workers
who need emigration clearance
– those who have not had 10
years of education – to travel to
a group of 18 countries, mostly
in the Gulf region, would soon be
issued orange passports.
“You cannot divide
people on the basis of
educational qualifications; it’s
discriminatory,” said S Irudaya
Rajan, professor at the Centre
for Development Studies in the
state of Kerala.
“An orange cover shows a
person is not well educated,
and makes them vulnerable
to exploitation. These are
already vulnerable people
who need more protection, not
discrimination,” he said.
There are an estimated six
million Indian migrants in the
six Gulf states. REUTERS
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Qatar accused
of intercepting
civilian aircraft
By Noah Browning
IN DUBAI
The United Arab Emirates said
yesterday that Qatari fighter
jets intercepted an Emirati
civilian aircraft during a routine
flight to Bahrain, escalating a
months-old feud.
Postcard
From...
Milan
For Miuccia Prada, Milan’s
original queen of utilitarian
chic (at luxury prices), black is
back – and of course it’s nylon.
On the second day of Milan
Fashion Week, the designer
generously employed her
favoured material in her
pieces for the next cold
weather season, padding
them and applying them in
protective layers.
The boxy shapes for men
and women appeared to
present the wearer in an
anonymous, unisex fashion.
But identity badges suggested
a form of surveillance in the
runway scenario. That sense
Deals signal ‘new era’ in
Indian-Israeli relations
By Muneeza Naqvi
IN NEW DELHI
PERU
Tripoli gunfire
Earthquake hits
grounds planes coast province
Clashes broke out around
Mitiga airport in the capital
Tripoli yesterday, causing the
suspension of all flights until
further notice.
Heavy gunfire could be heard
from the centre of the capital.
The fighting pitted the
Special Deterrence Force
(Rada), one of the most
powerful groups in the
city, against a rival group
based in Tripoli’s Tajoura
neighbourhood.
Rada controls Mitiga airport
and a large prison next to it.
INDIA
A powerful earthquake struck off
the Peruvian coast early on Sunday,
tumbling adobe homes in small, rural
towns, killing at least one person and
injuring dozens.
The fatality was a man crushed by
a falling rock. Many of those injured
were in Caraveli province, a coastal
area dependent on fishing and mining
that is popular with tourists.
Sixty-five people were injured,
officials said.
The earthquake destroyed 171
homes, displacing the same number
of families, according to Peru’s
National Emergency Operations
Centre. AP
Prime minister Narendra Modi spoke
in Hebrew to welcome Benjamin
Netanyahu to India and highlighted
the close friendship between their
countries as officials signed several
agreements on defence, trade, energy
and agricultural ties.
The Israeli prime inister is in India
for a six-day visit, his first to the
country, and he is accompanied by a
130-strong business delegation.
Mr Netanyahu was met on
the Dehli airport tarmac by Mr
Modi, who engulfed him in his
trademark bear hug and later hosted
Narendra Modi and Benjamin
Netanyahu share a warm friendship
Mr Netanyahu and his wife at a
private dinner.
“My good friend, welcome to
India,” Mr Modi said. He also referred
PHILIPPINES
Thousands
evacuated as
volcano erupts
By Amy Harding
The UAE Civil Aviation
authority condemned the alleged
incident and said it would take
“legal measures to ensure the
safety and security of civil
air traffic”.
Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed
al-Thani, the director of Qatar’s
government communications
office, said the charge
was “completely untrue”.
The UAE, with Saudi Arabia,
Bahrain and Egypt, imposed
travel and trade sanctions on
Qatar in June, accusing Doha of
supporting terrorism. Qatar has
denied the charges. REUTERS
of excessive control will
transform the clothes range
into a political statement
once the garments are on
the rails and available to
consumers… apparently.
“I think we are in a moment
when these aspects of
control are very relevant,”
the designer declared after
the show.
Despite the collection’s
utilitarian nature, creating
a sort of uniform of anoraks,
jackets, caps, straight trousers
and skirts, Prada said she also
wanted to convey elegance.
Beyond the dystopian looks,
she included tourist-grade
short-sleeved knits and wild
print short-shirt combos
for men, and slit-skirt suits
in bright tones paired with
open-toe heels and long leather
gloves for women. AP
Colleen Barry
to him as “my friend Bibi” and Mr
Netanyahu referred to Mr Modi by
his first name.
Earlier yesterday, Mr Netanyahu
inspected a ceremonial guard
of honour at India’s presidential
palace and laid a floral wreath at the
memorial of India’s independence
leader Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi.
“This is the dawn of a new era in the
great friendship between India and
Israel,” Mr Netanyahu told reporters
at the presidential palace.”
The visit marks 25 years since India
and Israel established diplomatic
relations. Last year Mr Modi visited
Israel, becoming the first Indian
prime minister to do so. AP
Off-street parking
A car dangles from a building after it
crashed into a road divider and went
airborne in Santa Ana, California.
The driver, who had reportedly
been speeding after taking drugs,
and a passenger, were rescued by
firefighters after suffering minor
injuries. OCFA PIO/REUTERS
More than 9,000 people have been
evacuated from the area around
Mount Mayon, the Philippines’
most active volcano, situated on
Luzon island, as lava flowed down its
crater yesterday.
The Philippine Institute of
Volcanology and Seismology in
Quezon City increased the alert
level to three (on a scale of five),
indicating an increased tendency
toward a hazardous eruption.
Lava flowed down a gully from
the crater and yesterday morning
ash clouds appeared mid-slope,
said Renato Solidum, head of the
volcano institute.
The glow from molten rocks
and lava had lit up the night sky on
Sunday despite thick clouds, leaving
spectators awed but meaning that
thousands of residents had to go into
evacuation shelters.
Cedric Daep, an Albay province
emergency response official, said
at least 9,000 people have been
moved from high-risk areas in an
ongoing evacuation.
GREECE
GERMANY
CHINA
Strike against
creditor package
Paramilitary
unit increased
Professor sacked
over harassment
Athenians were without public
transport yesterday and services
nationwide faced disruption as
a series of strikes were called to
protest against further creditordemanded measures.
The reforms include tougher
conditions for unions to call
strikes, speedier property
foreclosures and limitations on
family benefits.
The package was passed by the
left-led coalition last night. AP
Germany’s elite paramilitary unit
will be increased by a third and will
open a second base, due to increased
terror threats, the unit’s head said.
Jerome Fuchs told rbb Inforadio
that in addition to the GSG-9’s base
near Bonn they would add another,
probably in Berlin.
The GSG-9 unit was created
in response to German security
services’ failure to prevent the
massacre of Israeli athletes at the
1972 summer Olympics in Munich. AP
The education ministry has
revoked the prestigious academic
title of a university professor
accused of sexually harassing
students in a case that has
sparked a nascent #MeToo
movement in the country.
Beihang University in Beijing
said last week that it removed
Chen Xiaowu from teaching after
an investigation found he had
engaged in “sexual harassment
behaviour”. REUTERS
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NIGERIA
Boko Haram
issues video of
kidnapped girls
By Alexis Akwagyiram
IN LAGOS
Islamist terror group Boko Haram
has released a video purportedly
showing some of the girls who were
kidnapped from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok in 2014.
Of the 270 girls originally abducted from their school in April 2014,
about 60 escaped soon afterwards
and others have since been released
after mediation. Around 100 are still
believed to be in captivity. A group
of about 12 teenage girls and young
women, some of whom holding babies, are seen in the 21-minute video.
“We are the Chibok girls. We are
the ones you are crying about for us
to come back. By the grace of Allah,
we are never coming back,” said one
of the girls in the Hausa language
widely spoken in northern Nigeria.
Reuters was unable to independently verify the claim that the girls
were among those kidnapped in Chibok. REUTERS
Girls, who are said to have been kidnapped, pictured in an unknown location in Nigeria in a still taken from an undated video obtained yesterday REUTERS
RUSSIA
VENEZUELA
Death rates soar as drinkers enjoy
10-day Orthodox Christmas binge
Rogue helicopter
pilot cornered by
police in Caracas
By Christian Veron
IN MOSCOW
An extended Christmas break in
Russia has led to an extra 20,000
deaths as Russians used the festive
season to drink themselves to an
early grave.
Many of the alcohol-related fatalities during the 10-day break are
caused by heart attacks and freezing to death after falling asleep
outdoors, according to Alexandra
Nemtsova, an analyst at the Serbsky
State Scientific Centre.
There is also a marked annual increase in road accidents, too. Tass,
the state news network, reported
more than 3,000 incidents countrywide over the holidays, with 509
deaths and 4,500 injuries.
Russia’s extended new year break
is comparatively new, established by
presidential decree in 2005. At the
start, the idea was to create a new
family holiday, using three Soviet
holidays to create a bridge between
the new year and Orthodox Christmas in the second week of January.
But five days soon became 10.
At the time, it was argued that
the change would sign into law the
country’s traditionally sluggish start
to the year.
The change was popular with ordinary Russians. But rising death
rates and even poorer productivity
have led to mounting criticism.
This week, Gennady Onishchenko,
an MP and Russia’s former chief
medical officer, joined calls to cancel the extended holiday. “January
means increased death rates,” he
told the Moskovsky Komsomolets
newspaper.
“We should be going back to
a return to work on 2 January.”
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CRIME
IN CARACAS
School knife attack injures 15
Authorities were yesterday
closing in on the rogue
helicopter pilot Oscar Perez in a
neighbourhood outside Caracas.
Mr Perez, a former police pilot,
is wanted for using a stolen
helicopter to lob grenades and
shoot at government buildings
in June.
President Nicolas Maduro’s
far-left regime has described him
as a “fanatic, extremist terrorist”
and a manhunt has been under
way for months.
“They’ve shot at us, they have
us crouched down, but now we’re
negotiating with authorities,” said
Mr Perez said in a video posted on
Instagram. “Venezuela, don’t lose
hope... Now only you have power so
that we can all be free,” he added.
By Andrew Osborn
IN MOSCOW
Russian investigators opened a
criminal case into a knife attack at a
school in the city of Perm yesterday
which left 15 people injured, three of
whom the authorities said were in
serious condition in hospital.
Authorities in Perm, about 700
miles north-east of Moscow, said the
attack grew out of a knife fight between two pupils.
Local security authorities said in
a statement that other pupils and
a female teacher had tried to break
up the fight. They said 12 people had
been taken to a local children’s hospital and a further three, including
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the teacher and two pupils, aged 15
and 16, were in serious condition at a
different hospital. Investigators detained the suspects. REUTERS
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to Britain,
please feel
right at home
By Katie Grant
The Government will curb foreign
aid spending to recipient countries if
they fail to utilise the funds responsibly, the International Development
Secretary has said.
Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Penny Mordaunt also
said she “will not invest
when others should be
putting their hands in
their pockets”.
She said: “It will no
longer be enough for
a project simply to be
achieving good things.
“I want the governments
of developing countries to step
up and take responsibility for investing in their own people, in healthcare
or education, for example.
“If it chooses not to, that will inform our decisions around our fund-
ing. We will continue to prioritise
investments in saving lives, tackling
under-nutrition, improving health
and getting kids a quality education.
“But our focus will increasingly
be on helping developing countries
stand on their own feet and build
sustainable health and education systems that they invest
in themselves.”
She said many people
had “nagging doubts”
about what Britain’s aid
policy was, “about why
we are doing it and how
we go about it”.
“It is not that people
are ungenerous or uncaring.
Quite the opposite,” she added.
Ms Mordaunt (inset) was appointed International Development
Secretary in November after the resignation of Priti Patel over unauthorised meetings with senior Israelis.
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Photographer Aubrey Wade
was inspired to photograph
Britons hosting refugees
I
was really moved by the
refugee crisis back in 2015
when thousands of people
were walking across Europe,
with many arriving in Berlin
where I had just moved to live with
my partner. The authorities simply
couldn’t cope with everyone who
was arriving and people were
sleeping rough.
Inspired by stories of other
people who were offering shortterm emergency shelter, we took
in a family from Afghanistan for
a weekend. The experience was
really moving. We didn’t speak the
same language but we found ways
to communicate.
That led me to develop this
photography project, meeting
families hosting refugees for
longer stays in their homes.
Working with UNHCR, the UN
Refugee Agency, we have taken
it to five different countries,
including now the UK. I decided
‘Great British Welcome,’ an
exhibition from UNHCR and Panos
Pictures, runs until 16 March at
Gallery in the Crypt, St Martinin-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square,
London, WC2N 4JH, entry free;
stmartin-in-the-fields.org
CAMBRIDGE
Simon Goldhill, a professor of
Greek literature at King’s College,
Cambridge, and his wife Shoshana
Goldhill, a lawyer, are hosting
21-year-old Faraj.
The devout Syrian Muslim, from
Aleppo, attends the mosque every
Friday and goes to the synagogue
on Saturdays in Cambridge. Since
he moved in September 2016, he
has become extremely close with
the couple and their daughter Sarah,
who is studying medicine. “This is
my home,” says Faraj. “I am not a
stranger here. I am finally free.”
“It’s incredible; he just fits in so
easily in our family,” says Sarah.
to take the pictures in the style of
family portraits, as it’s a format
we can all relate to. When you
live with someone you form close
relationships and the “stranger”
soon becomes someone familiar.
The organisation Refugees
at Home matches hosts with
guests. For the refugees it can
be frightening at first to live
with strangers in a town they
don’t know, but they often say on
meeting their hosts that any fear
melts away. People like Hilary and
Jim Parle in Birmingham have
done this in a spirit of openness
and trust, and felt they didn’t have
a choice but to help.
LONDON
Australian social worker Emily
Reynolds and her boyfriend Gijs
Van Amelsvoort, who manages a
coffee shop in east London, are
hosting Areej, a 30-year-old refugee
from Khartoum, Sudan.
Areej knows all too well how difficult it is to start a new life in a new
country. She has a master’s degree
MANCHESTER
Hamish Dunlop and his partner
Tamsin Chowdry used to let out
their spare room until one weekend
they visited a family friend who was
hosting a refugee. Within a few
hours, Hamish, 26, and Tamsin, 25,
signed up to do the same.
The room is now occupied by
27-year-old Syrian refugee Hasan,
a former agricultural engineering
student at Damascus University.
“After everything refugees go
through to make it to the UK, we
thought Hasan might be hardened
from the experience,” says Hamish,
a bridge engineer. “That surprised
us the most, that despite everything,
he is so gentle, so polite, and calm.”
“At the start I was terrified of living
with strangers,” says Hasan, who
watches football with Hamish. “They
are from a different culture and have
a different language. What if I could
not communicate with them? I tried
to stay positive and knew it was my
only chance to learn English and
adapt. But we are similar in age and
they are so nice.”
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i TUESDAY
16 JANUARY 2018
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HEALTH
Pollution – the truth about
the air that we breathe
Zongbo Shi tells Etan Smallman how great the risks are and
what we can do to minimise the harm done to our health
Can air pollution be detrimental to
anyone’s health?
Air pollution will have an impact on
almost everyone, especially in the
long term, but the impact will be
bigger on sensitive groups, such as
those with asthma, older people and
younger children.
What can nitrogen dioxide and other
pollutants do to our bodies?
from Nottingham University in environmental management, yet is still
looking for paid employment and
spends most of her time doing
voluntary work as an interpreter for
asylum seekers in shelters.
Her life with Emily and Gijs is very
happy, however. The three spend
time together watching movies and
sharing meals. “This is one of the best
things that has happened to me,” she
says. “I feel at home.”
“Initially, we thought about having
house rules, then we met Areej and
we were like ‘oh whatever’,” says Gijs.
“She’s great. She was very polite and
shy in the beginning, but within a
week she started being sassy and
making jokes.” They have told Areej
she can stay for as long as she wants.
We have evidence that nitrogen
dioxide can aggravate respiratory
diseases, such as asthma. It can
lead to respiratory symptoms
such as coughing, wheezing and
difficulty breathing.
What is more worrying is the
longer-term exposure, which could
contribute to the development of
asthma and potentially increase
the susceptibility to respiratory
infections. It could also cause
premature death.
We should be even more worried
about fine particulate matter, which
we call PM2.5 and which can affect
almost every part of the human
body. There is evidence that the
particles can get into your brain,
they can affect cognition and can
have impact on mental health.
They can also lead to cancer and
premature mortality.
One of the major sources is diesel
cars, but particles also come from
industrial processes, from the
suspension of all road vehicles, and
wear of tyres and road surfaces.
How does our air compare in quality
to that of past decades?
Our air quality is much, much
better than it was several decades
ago. But the kind of pollution is
different. Seventy years ago we
primarily had pollution associated
with coal-burning. Now in big
cities we are primarily talking
about vehicle emissions – but the
concentration we’re talking
about is up to 50 times less
compared with what we had 60 or
70 years ago.
going to a really highly polluted
place, for example – if you stand at
Birmingham’s New Street station
or London’s Oxford Street for half
an hour – there is a potential benefit
from wearing a face mask.
Another of the places that
is quite polluted is the London
Underground – there are particles
coming from the trains’ brakes and
the wear of the rails.
Is it worth wearing a mask if you
want to go for a run in a city?
If people feel the discomfort of
having a face mask is bearable,
then there will potentially be a
health benefit to wearing them.
But the mask needs to be closely
in contact with your face. Look for
those that have a piece of soft metal
at the top that you can press to
secure the mask around your nose
and ensure it has close contact
around your mouth. That is the
important part; you don’t need to
worry about the mask having a
very expensive filter.
In the majority of cases in the
UK, the benefit of exercise will be
higher than not exercising, even in
a polluted area.
How is air pollution around the
country measured?
The Department for Environment,
Food & Rural Affairs runs a
number of automatic air pollution
monitoring stations where they
have various instruments to
measure pollutants continuously.
There are nine across Birmingham,
for example. The public should
visit uk-air.defra.gov.uk to access
the data.
How can I protect my
children’s health?
The best advice is to avoid highly
polluted areas and play your part by
reducing congestion to benefit your
children and everyone else’s.
If parents are really worried
about air pollution, they can
check the levels in the area of the
school they are considering. New
schools aren’t allowed to be built
too close to the road. If walking to
school involves going up or
down a hill, it is always a good idea
to walk on the side where the traffic
is flowing down. If a car is going up
the hill, the engine is working very
hard and the emissions are higher.
If you live in a house on a busy road,
can the air be much cleaner if you
move just a few hundred metres
away into a back street?
It will make a massive difference.
The houses that are close to the
big junctions or traffic lights
would usually have much higher
pollution and the level would reduce
substantially just 20 metres away
from the road.
If you live in a town or city, can
escaping to clean air for a few weeks
make a long-term difference?
The impact on physical health
would not be large – because the air
pollution, particularly with low-level
but long-term exposure to it, is
having a cumulative effect.
Can you buy contraptions to clean
the air in your home and are they
worth getting?
It depends on what kind of
pollutants you’re looking at. Air
purifiers are quite efficient in
reducing the PM2.5 pollution
in polluted areas. They are less
efficient for other pollutants such
as ozone.
Dr Zongbo Shi is a senior lecturer in
atmospheric biogeochemistry at the
University of Birmingham
What three tips would you give
people who are worried about air
pollution where they live?
BIRMINGHAM
Hilary Parle, 63, a retired GP and her
husband, Jim, a professor of family
medicine at Birmingham University,
are hosting Yonasskindis*.
The 72-year-old Eritrean has been
in Britain for eight years but was
on the verge of homelessness after
his original asylum request was
rejected by the authorities.
Yonasskindis has been with the
couple since January last year. He is
appealing and is allowed to stay in
the UK pending a decision.
A former bar owner and
accountant, Yonasskindis supported
the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF),
his country’s main independence
movement. He fled his home country
after receiving death threats.
“They are like my brother and sister,”
Yonasskindis says of his hosts. “This
feels like my home; they are like my
family. I have the keys, no restrictions, no nothing. If it wasn’t for
them I would be on the street... we sit
together, drinking tea and reading.”
Jim and Hilary decided they had
to do something after seeing news
reports of the body of the threeyear-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi,
which was washed ashore in Turkey
in 2015.
“We saw the picture of the toddler
lying face down on the beach and
that was it,” says Hilary. “We had to
do something to help.”
*Name changed to protect identity
If there are two ways to get
somewhere, choose a less congested
route – and that applies if you are
walking or going by car.
It’s important that if you don’t
need to take your car, don’t.
Eventually that would contribute to
a reduction in air pollution.
Also encouraging people to
cycle would not only have health
benefits, but would contribute to
the reduction of air pollution in
our cities.
What do you personally do to avoid
excess exposure?
I have to say I don’t wear a
face mask – it is just a personal
preference. But if you feel you are
It is usually better to exercise rather than not exercise, even in a polluted area
Television Tuesday 16 January
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
Daytime
GERARD GILBERT
6pm
7pm
8pm
9pm
10pm
11pm
Late
PICK OF THE DAY
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Inside No 9
Britain’s Favourite
Dogs: Top 100
10pm, BBC2
“Once Removed” has to be one of the
best Inside No 9 episodes yet from
the keyboards of Steve Pemberton
and Reece Shearsmith – almost
certainly the most ingenious entry
from their comic anthology
collection. It’s a sort of whodunit in
reverse – fittingly featuring Emilia
Fox (left, with Shearsmith and
Pemberton) from Silent Witness (a
very mute onlooker here) – and far
more successful than another recent
experiment in a backwards murder
mystery, BBC1’s Rellik. Pemberton
plays a needy estate agent and
Shearsmith a prospective house
buyer, while Nick Moran is a
removals man assisting Monica
Dolan with her crates and boxes.
7.30pm, ITV
A countdown show to get the UK’s
8.5 million (and falling apparently)
dog owners’ collective tails wagging
as the results of a survey reveal the
nation’s favourite breeds. Last year,
you may recall, saw those celebrity
endorsed French bulldogs overtaking
long-term family favourite the
Labrador, and we hear from such
famous canine-appreciators as Geri
Halliwell, Holly Willoughby and
(trumpet fanfare) Prince Harry.
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Inside The Factory
8pm, BBC2
This strangely fascinating insight
into mass production continues by
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sending the ever-receptive Gregg
Wallace to the Ribena factory in
Gloucestershire which processes
most of Britain’s blackcurrants.
Art, Passion & Power: The
Story Of The Royal Collection
===
House Of Saud:
A Family At War
9pm, BBC2
The opening episode of this series
ended with Saudi Arabia’s recent
crackdown on corruption, which saw
hundreds of wealthy citizens –
princes among them – imprisoned in
a five-star hotel. Now director Leo
Telling examines the reasons behind
the purge led by Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman, with critics
claiming that the mass detentions
are less about ending corruption and
more about the prince removing any
resistance to his succession.
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
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Escape To The Country
(S). 3.45 The Farmers’
Country Showdown (S).
4.30 Antiques Road Trip
(S). 5.15 Pointless (S).
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:
Celebrity Antiques Road
Trip (R) (S). 9.00 Victoria
Derbyshire (S). 11.00 BBC
Newsroom Live (S). 12.00
Daily Politics (S). 1.00 Live
Snooker: The Masters
Ronnie O’Sullivan vs
Marco Fu. Hazel Irvine
presents coverage of the
fifth last-16 match, played
over the best of 11 frames
at Alexandra Palace in
London (S). 4.45 More
Creatures Great And Small
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Loves Raymond (R) (S).
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Raymond (R) (S). 8.30
Frasier (R) (S). 9.00 Frasier
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Nightmares USA (R) (S).
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Channel 4 News Summary
(S). 12.05 Couples Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 1.05
Posh Pawn (R) (S). 2.10
Countdown (S). 3.00
Village Of The Year (S).
4.00 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (S). 5.00 Four
In A Bed (S). 5.30 Extreme
Cake Makers (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The
Wright Stuff (S). 11.15
GPs: Behind Closed Doors
(R) (S). 12.10 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.15 The
Hotel Inspector (R) (S). 1.05
Access (S). 1.15 Home And
Away (S). 1.45 Neighbours
(S). 2.15 NCIS (R) (S). 3.15
FILM: False Pretenses
(Jason Hreno 2004)
Thriller, starring Peta
Wilson and Stewart Bick
(S). 5.00 5 News At 5 (S).
5.30 Neighbours (R) (S).
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Six; Weather (S).
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News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads (S).
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Journeys
Exploring York,
Leeds and
Bradford (S).
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News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks
Maggie opens
up to Scott (S).
6.00 Home And Away
Ben makes
peace with
Diana (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 The One Show
Live chat (S).
7.30 EastEnders
Max resorts
to desperate
measures to
save Abi (S).
7.00 Rick Stein’s
Road To Mexico
The chef
reaches Oaxaca
(R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Britain’s
Favourite Dogs:
Top 100 The top
100 dog breeds
in Britain (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
8.00 Holby City Essie
gets involved
with Gaskell’s
trial (S).
8.00 Inside The
Factory
Exploring
Ribena’s
Gloucestershire
factory. Last in
the series (S).
9.00 Silent Witness
Part two of two.
The motive for
the murders
appears to be
blackmail (S).
9.00 House Of Saud:
A Family At
War Cameras
examine a
crackdown on
corruption in
Saudi Arabia (S).
10.00BBC News
At Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.45 Love And Hate
Crime New
series (S).
10.00Inside No 9 A
tale involving
a nervous
resident (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
11.45 Ecstasy Wars:
Stacey Dooley
Investigates
Investigating
the production
of party drug
ecstasy (S).
12.50 BBC News (S).
9pm, BBC4
Staunch republicans may bristle
when informed that the world’s
largest private art collection belongs
the Queen, although she, of course,
holds it on trust for the nation and
many of its wonders are available
for her subjects to view. Andrew
Graham-Dixon joins the hordes at
Windsor Castle as they shuffle past
portraits by Van Dyke, Titian and
Rubens (“Rubens, Rubens, Rubens
everywhere!” exclaims the presenter,
rather more awed than most of the
weary-looking tourists), before
enjoying a private view of
the Crown Jewels and embarking
on the tale of how the Royal
Collection first came together.
‘Britain’s Favourite
Dog’ with Geri Halliwell
7.30pm, ITV
Professor Green ends
his report into the
lives of ‘Working
Class White Men’
10pm, Channel 4
Gregg Wallace goes
‘Inside The Factory’
8pm, BBC2
7.00 Secrets Of The
National Trust
With Alan
Titchmarsh
Attingham Hall
in Shropshire
(R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Great
Continental
Railway
Journeys (R) (S).
7.10 FILM: Source
Code (Duncan
Jones 2011)
Sci-fi thriller,
starring Jake
Gyllenhaal (S).
8.00 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo
Eastern black
rhino Zuri
gives birth to
baby Ike (S).
8.00 Diet Secrets
& How To
Lose Weight
Exploring the
world of crash
diets (S).
8.00 Andrew Marr’s
The Making Of
Modern Britain
Andrew Marr
examines the
social changes
(R) (S).
9.00 24 Hours In
A&E Medics
treat three
women who
have been
stabbed in a
car park (S).
9.00 Celebrity Big
Brother Further
coverage from
the house (S).
9.00 Art, Passion
& Power:
The Story Of
The Royal
Collection New
series (S).
9.00 FILM: Taken
2 (Olivier
Megaton 2012)
Action thriller
sequel, starring
Liam Neeson (S).
10.00ITV News
At Ten (S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 The Late Debate
News and
events (S).
10.00Working Class
White Men
Part two of two.
The identity
crisis facing
men and their
families (S).
10.00One Night
With My Ex A
19-year-old
woman and her
29-year-old ex
attempt to build
bridges (S).
10.00The Stuarts
Clare Jackson
examines the
history of the
17th-century
royal family
(R) (S).
10.50 FILM: Battle:
Los Angeles
(Jonathan
Liebesman 2011)
Sci-fi thriller,
starring Aaron
Eckhart (S).
11.15 NFL This Week
Action from the
divisional playoffs (S).
11.10 Girlfriends
Sue reluctantly
faces the arrival
of her birthday
(R) (S).
11.00 Before We Die
New series.
Swedish thriller,
starring Marie
Richardson (S).
11.05 Celebrity Big
Brother’s Bit On
The Side Rylan
Clark-Neal
and his guests
discuss the
latest events (S).
11.00 Catching
History’s
Criminals:
The Forensics
Story Using
fingerprint
evidence (R) (S).
12.05 Snooker: The
Masters (S). 12.55 Snooker:
The Masters – Extra (S).
2.55 Sign Zone: The Real
Marigold On Tour (R) (S).
3.55 Sign Zone: Miriam’s
Big American Adventure (R)
(S). 4.55 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.10 Holiday Horrors:
Caught On Camera (R) (S).
12.55 Jackpot247 3.00
Loose Women (R). 3.50
ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.15 Naked Attraction
1.10 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA 2.00
Secrets Of Our Favourite
Snacks 2.55 Warship
3.50 Rivers With Jeremy
Paxman 4.45 Coast Vs
Country 5.35 Countdown
12.05 Celebrity Big
Brother: Live From The
House 1.00 SuperCasino
3.10 GPs: Behind Closed
Doors 4.00 Get Your Tatts
Out: Kavos Ink 4.45 House
Doctor 5.10 Wildlife SOS
5.35 Divine Designs
12.00 Timeshift: How To
Be Sherlock Holmes – The
Many Faces Of A Master
Detective (R). 1.00 Top Of
The Pops: 1981 (R). 1.40
Top Of The Pops: 1981 (R).
2.25 Andrew Marr’s The
Making Of Modern Britain
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.25 Totally
Bonkers Guinness World
Records (R) (S). 6.55 Dress
To Impress (R) (S). 7.45
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.20
Coronation Street (R) (S).
8.50 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 9.25 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (R) (S).
10.10 Who’s Doing The
Dishes? (R) (S). 11.10 Dress
To Impress (R) (S). 12.10
Emmerdale (R) (S). 12.45
Coronation Street (R) (S).
1.15 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 1.45 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (S). 2.40
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S). 3.45 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 4.55 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
6.00 Take Me Out
The dating
game hosted
by Paddy
McGuinness
returns (R) (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Comical clips
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Alan offers
Jenny some
advice (S).
8.30 Superstore
Dina asks for a
demotion (S).
9.00 FILM: 2 Fast 2
Furious (John
Singleton 2003)
Thriller sequel,
starring Paul
Walker (S).
11.10 Family Guy Lois
becomes
a theatre
director (R) (S).
11.40 Family Guy
Brian runs
away (R) (S).
1.05 FILM: The Fighter
(David O Russell 2010)
Fact-based drama, with
Mark Wahlberg, Amy
Adams, Christian Bale and
Melissa Leo (S). 3.25 Close
12.10 American Dad! (R) (S).
12.35 American Dad! (R) (S).
1.05 Two And A Half Men
(R) (S). 1.35 Release The
Hounds: Love Island (R)
(S). 2.25 Teleshopping 5.55
ITV2 Nightscreen
NEWS
2-27
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Working Class White Men
10pm, Channel 4
Professor Green concludes his look
at the crisis in white working-class
male identity by examining the
difficulties in sustaining a family life.
Most hopeful is Karl, who has
swapped his drug habit for the sake
of his partner and children.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
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Before We Die
11pm, Channel 4
A sharp dose of Scandi-noir to
compliment the January gloom, this
new Swedish thriller introduces
hard-boiled Swedish police detective
Hanna Svensson (Marie Richardson).
She investigates when Sven, a
married undercover with whom
Hanna is having an affair, disappears.
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FILM OF THE DAY
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9pm, More4
(Steve McQueen, 2013)
McQueen’s triple-Oscar-winning
adaptation of the 1853 memoir of
Solomon Northup is surely the most
powerful, most compositionally and
aesthetically precise, most literary,
and the most harrowing slave
narrative ever put on film. Chiwetel
Ejiofor (left) stars as Solomon, who
is a free man living in upstate New
York with a wife and children until
he is kidnapped and sold into
slavery, and spends the next 12 years
in Louisiana, where he is witness and
subject to the full range of degrading
and violent treatment that an
immoral legal system permits his
owners (Benedict Cumberbatch and
Michael Fassbender) to dispense.
12mdn’t, Sky Cinema Drama
(Ron Howard, 2001)
A biopic of the schizophrenic
mathematician John Nash (Russell
Crowe) focusing on his eventual
triumph over the adversity of his
illness, rather than the influential
game theory he developed.
12 Years A Slave
A Beautiful Mind
===
The Fighter
1.05am, Film4
(David O Russell, 2010)
A Rocky-like biopic about boxer
Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), with
excellent performances all round
(Christian Bale and Melissa Leo
earned a best supporting actor Oscar
each), and a vivid evocation of bluecollar life in Massachusetts.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 6.50 Heartbeat (R)
(S). 7.50 The Royal (R) (S).
8.55 Judge Judy (R) (S).
9.25 Judge Judy (R) (S).
9.50 Judge Judy (R) (S).
10.15 The Darling Buds
Of May (R) (S). 11.30 The
Darling Buds Of May (R)
(S). 12.35 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 On The Buses (R) (S).
4.20 On The Buses (R) (S).
5.00 Rising Damp (R) (S).
5.25 George And Mildred
(R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Coach Trip: Road
To Tenerife (R) (S). 7.30
Streetmate (R) (S). 8.00
Charmed (R) (S). 9.00
Melissa & Joey (R) (S).
10.00 Baby Daddy (R) (S).
11.00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 11.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 12.00
The Goldbergs (R) (S). 12.30
The Goldbergs (R) (S). 1.00
The Big Bang Theory (R) (S).
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 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.30 A Place In The
Sun: Home Or Away (R) (S).
10.30 Four In A Bed
(R) (S). 11.00 Four In A Bed
(R) (S). 11.35 Four In A
Bed (R) (S). 12.05 Four
In A Bed (R) (S). 12.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 1.05
A Place In The Sun: Home
Or Away (R) (S). 2.10 A
Place In The Sun: Home
Or Away (R) (S). 3.15 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 3.50
Come Dine With Me (R)
(S). 4.20 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 4.50 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 5.25 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 5.55
The Secret Life Of The Zoo
(R) (S).
6.00 The Dog Whisperer
(R) (S). 7.00 Monkey Life (R)
(S). 7.30 Monkey Life (R) (S).
8.00 Meerkat Manor (R)
(S). 8.30 Meerkat Manor (R)
(S). 9.00 Road Wars (R) (S).
10.00 Stargate Atlantis (R)
(S). 11.00 MacGyver (R) (S).
12.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
(S). 1.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R)
(S). 2.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R)
(S). 3.00 NCIS: Los Angeles
(R) (S). 4.00 Stargate SG-1
(R) (S). 5.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S). 5.30 Futurama
(R) (S).
6.00 The Guest Wing (R)
(S). 7.00 The British (R)
(S). 8.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 9.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
10.00 The West Wing (R)
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YouTube is the logical product of
creative freedom, says the firm’s
head of culture and trends,
Kevin Allocca (inset below)
Nature
On the crest
Forecasting the size of
waves is vital for the
military and surfers alike
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Solo dining
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is no reason to be lazy or
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Arts
The Younger Games
Fiction aimed at teenagers
may have influence over
our election results
Page 36
B
eams of sunlight streaming
into his California home
on the edge of Yosemite
National Park prompted
Paul “Bear” Vasquez,
then 47, to grab his camera and step
outdoors, where two spectacular
rainbows extended across the
giant canyon in front of him. He’d
uploaded hundreds of videos to his
YouTube channel at that point, but
as he recorded the scene in front
of him, he knew he was capturing
something special.
It was his off-camera reaction,
though, rather than the rainbows,
that made his video a cultural
phenomenon. Over its three
minutes and 30 seconds, we hear
Bear dramatically unravelling in the
presence of the majestic rainbows.
Here’s a partial transcript:
“Whoa, that’s a full rainbow all the
way. Double rainbow, oh my God. It’s
a double rainbow, all the way. Whoa,
that’s so intense… It’s so bright, oh
my God … It’s so bright and vivid!
OH! AHH! AHHH! It’s so beautiful!
[Sobbing in happiness]… Oh my God.
Oh my God, what does it mean? Tell
me. [More crying] Too much. Tell
me what it means. Oh my God, it’s so
intense. Oh. Oh. Oh my God.”
The first time I stumbled across
the “Double Rainbow” video
(officially titled “Yosemitebear
Mountain Double Rainbow 1-8-10”),
I’d yet to start a career in YouTube
video watching. I was taking some
World in
motion
It took a video website open to everyone to show
just how weird and wonderful we really are, writes
YouTube’s head of culture and trends, KevinAllocca
holiday from my job as a news
reporter to teach at a high school
summer acting camp.
While Bear had posted the video
in January 2010, it hadn’t taken off
until six months later, when the talk
show host Jimmy Kimmel
shared it on Twitter: “my
friend Todd has declared
this ‘funniest video in
the world’ – he might
very well be right.”
I, like Kimmel’s
friend Todd, couldn’t
get enough of Bear’s
hysterical reaction to
the double rainbow. Over
the course of that week, I
must have watched it 20 times.
The staff at the camp showed it on
a big screen for the students before
a lecture. They loved it too, and “It’s
so intense!” became the campers’
new favourite catchphrase. The
video is a document of one man’s
exuberant reaction, a suspended
moment of pure joy. It embodies
an emotion we love to share. Since
then, I’ve hung out with Bear a few
times – including at an internetmeme symposium at the
Massachusetts Institute
of Technology – and
“Do uble Rai n bow”
i s B e a r. I t i s a n
encapsulation of who he
is. The video is silly and
raw and overflowing
with an almost unnatural
intensity of feeling, and
Bear is all of those things.
“You don’t see me in it, you’re
seeing it through me,” he liked
to say. “You experienced what
I experienced.”
People have asked me if he
understands why people find it
funny – the subtext being that we are
laughing at him, not with him – and
he does. But even laughing at him,
you’re sharing the moment with him.
He told me that it is his mission
to spread a message of happiness,
spirituality, and positivity and the
video helps him to achieve that. It’s
what he calls his “gift to humanity”.
Every time we watch it, share it,
parody it, or sing it, we join Bear’s
personal mission.
Years later, “Double Rainbow”
remains my pick for the single best
video on YouTube. Somewhere in
between Bear’s joyous exclamations
and incoherent sobbing – and our
laughter – lie some important truths.
We are part of an era of creativity
driven by people like Bear who have
something to share with us and
people like those at that camp who
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want to join in those experiences and
create new ones of their own. It’s a
culture shaped by all of us.
MEDIA REVOLUTION
Growing up in Florida, I was pretty
much a Nineties kid. I got up for
Ninja Turtles on Saturday mornings.
Tuned in to MTV to figure out which
bands I was supposed to hate. Rented
movies from Blockbuster Video.
I had way more entertainment
options than my parents did growing
up. In the 1950s, when my parents
were children, media had become
more influential than ever thanks
to the growing reach of radio and
television, but participating in it
required a lot of money.
Broadcast antennas, film stock,
and presses that could generate
physical media, such as newspapers
or records, didn’t come cheap. In
1959 a single RCA TK-41 television
camera, one of the first to broadcast
in colour, would have cost the
equivalent of some £300,000 in
today’s money.
Given the massive expense of
productions, and the necessity
of advertising income or boxoffice sales to offset those costs,
pretty much every piece of
mass-consumed entertainment
originated from a handful of
broadcast networks, movie studios,
and record companies. To maintain
economic viability, most of what
they created sought to appeal to as
many of us as possible.
This model brought us many of the
most important cultural touchstones
of the 20th century. It ensured that
what was created was properly
categorised and contextualised,
and that it was of generally high
quality. But sometimes the result
was a product that was bland and
homogenised.
The emerging media of today is
more akin to the culture that existed
before any of us were born – prior
to the Industrial Revolution and
the advent of mass media – when
creativity was expressed through
folk art that reflected the distinct
realities, passions, and fears of the
common people, not a small elite
group. Today’s technology once
again allows individuals to shape our
popular art and entertainment, and
this time, they – we – can do it on a
massive scale.
CHANGING THE WORLD
When I started my job tracking
trends at YouTube in 2010, the first
thing I noticed was that nothing
seemed to make sense: the most
popular channel starred a 16-yearold boy with a sped-up, high-pitched
voice; the biggest pop star in the
world (Justin Bieber) had got his
start because of some videos he
recorded in his bedroom; and
somehow at the same time, Barack
Obama had been dubbed “the
YouTube President”. Something big
was happening. But it was chaos. My
job as the platform’s first “trends
manager” was to figure out what it
all meant.
As I explain in my new book, Video­
cracy, the random, unpredictable
mess I first encountered in 2010 is
actually the totally logical product
of our new creative freedom in this
era of self-expression.
I ’v e s e e n h o w Yo u T u b e ’s
underlying technology amplifies
the impact we can have on our
culture as individuals by measuring
and responding to how we use the
technology – and how it renders
obsolete so many of the factors
that have historically limited how
our ideas spread, like geographic
location or economic status.
Thanks to a media environment
where relevance comes from
i n t e rac t i v i ty, e n t e r t a i n m e n t
has evolved to generate richer
experiences for us, and businesses of
all sizes have had to adapt how they
communicate with us too.
But the ways we interact with
video affect society on a more
fundamental level as well. The
manner in which we obtain and
spread knowledge – and share
our immediate experiences – has
become more personal and direct,
influencing the way we see the world
and one another.
Wh en nic he p assio ns a nd
interests drive programming,
seemingly small communities can
come to have huge influence in our
lives, and the entertainment we
consume can begin to reflect deeper,
less conscious needs that often go
unacknowledged in our media.
The result? A new type of pop
culture is forming, one driven by
individuals. The voices of the next
VOICES
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TV
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IQ
30-39
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It’s not all sweetness and light...
YouTube’s most controversial videos
Racism
PewDiePie, a US gamer whose
real name is Felix Kjellberg, had
his YouTube series cancelled in
February last year after using
racist language and anti-Semitic
imagery in his gaming videos –
yet he still earned $12m in the 12
months to June 2017 as viewers
kept watching.
Child abuse
Michael and Heather Martin,
a father and stepmother from
Maryland, in the US, were
sentenced to five years’
probation in September for
child neglect after they posted
videos of them abusing
their children on the
DaddyOFive channel.
PewDiePie
(left) and
Logan Paul
(right)
really the largest database of culture
in the history of humanity. As a
whole, it reflects who we are in all our
glory and ignominy. To put it another
way: if aliens wanted to understand
our planet, I would give them Google.
If they wanted to understand us, I’d
give them YouTube.
Analysing YouTube gives us a
better understanding of who we
are and what we’re becoming. The
“Oh my God” of Bear Vasquez, the
“Aww” of your favourite cat video,
and the “WTF” of some of our
viewing habits point to something
much larger about our newfound
ability to influence modern society
Individuals shape
our popular art and
entertainment on a
massive scale
Suicide
The vlogger Logan Paul had
business ties with YouTube cut last
week after posting a video showing
him joking after finding the body
of an apparent suicide victim in
Aokigahara forest at the base of
Mount Fuji, Japan.
Rob Hastings
If we take culture to be the sum of
our knowledge, our expression,
our habits, and our art (both
high and low), then our digital
activity has become one of the
most transformative forces within
it. We’ve turned YouTube into a
giant culture engine whose parts
are consistently being broken,
improved, and replaced by every
person who uses it.
Bear makes me laugh, but frankly,
my personal experience exploring
the trends, communities, and talents
on YouTube has often been like my
own version of the double rainbow.
And, oh my God… It’s so intense…
FITTED IN
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generation are not movie stars or
TV personalities, they’re people who
make things on the internet. The new
celebrities we gather around earn
our attention with transparency
and authenticity – ostensibly at least
– and their popularity comes as a
result of our engagement.
YouTube was designed to be
democratic, to allow people to
“Broadcast Themselves” and to
connect viewers to whatever videos
or channels they would be most likely
to watch. The site quickly became
the web’s #2 search engine, and by
2015 more than 400 hours of video
were being uploaded every single
minute from all over the world.
By 2013, the site had one billion
users. And that number will likely
have climbed significantly by the time
you’re reading this. That’s one third
of Earth’s internet-using population.
YouTube is, though few realise it,
This is an edited
excerpt from
‘Videocracy’
by Kevin
Allocca (£12.99,
Bloomsbury)
WITH NO MESS,
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Paul ’Bear’
Vasquez posted a
joyous video of a
double rainbow
in 2010
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A Pacific breaker rolls
on to a beach in Tahiti
BEN THOUARD
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I
n the 21st century, if we want
to know what the waves are
doing anywhere on Earth
we just need to go online.
Literally anywhere in the
world can be checked within a
few minutes. You can find out
the current conditions, buoy
data, local winds and the forecast
for the next week. All with
reasonable accuracy, sometimes
even with a live HD webcam. It
wasn’t always so.
The shipping forecast, part of
the very fabric of British culture,
started in October 1925, and TV
weather forecasts began in 1949.
But swell forecasting, like a lot
of technological advances, came
from the military – and it wasn’t
until the Second World War that
forecasting waves as a science
really started. The focus was on
making sure conditions would
be safe for landing craft during
invasions. As you can imagine, a
beach assault with a lot of swell
would be treacherous.
The Met Office had became a
branch of the military late in the
19th century, and divided into air
and naval arms in 1936, key as it
was for any operation.
With the tide of the war
turning, Royal Navy Commander
Claude Suthons was charged
with the task of predicting
waves. He came up with basic
charts to relate wave height
Swell forecasting
has become less of
a gamble and more
of a certainty
and period to the duration and
fetch of the wind. US Army Air
Force scientist Professor Harald
Sverdrup and his apprentice,
Walter Munk, came up with a
similar process. But this was all
based on observation and not
totally accurate equations on the
complex process of how waves
generate and propagate.
The network of 58 observation
stations did give them enough
data to get a handle on the swell
in the English Channel, which
was the vital part.
Pressing the “go” button
for the D-Day landings had to
coincide with a “small day” of
waves, and the team involved
Rolling in
the deep
Forecasting the size of waves has become an
intricate science but surfers can still trump
supercomputers, writes RogerSharp
delivered arguably the most
important weather forecast ever.
A predicted, narrow window of
calm led to Eisenhower calling
the invasion at the last minute,
changing the course of history.
Sverdrup, Munk and another
colleague, Charles Bretschneider,
continued their research after
the war and are the pioneers
upon whose work the discipline of
modelling swell is built on.
The field continued to be
researched and refined over
the next couple of decades.
With the advent of the internet
and computer power increasing,
the complicated maths and data
sets involved in the science could
be visualised.
T h e U S N a v y ’s F l e e t
Numerical Meteorological and
Oceanographic Centre made its
data available to the public in 1994,
and ever since then we’ve been
more clued up than ever.
Satellite data has been the
cherry on top, with advances
A surfer
rides a wave at
Hossegor, on the
Atlantic coast
of France
LAURENT PUJOL
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this image
in Hawaii
being made year on year. Newer
satellites can now measure wave
heights, so near-realtime swell
data worldwide is finally a reality.
Older surfers relied on
forecasting using isobar pressure
maps from weather faxes and
yelling at the weatherman to
get out of the way of the Atlantic
synoptic chart. The dark art
of working out fetch and swell
direction, matched with local
knowledge of where might be
good, is on the wane.
T h e s t e ad y ad va n ce o f
technology has made swell
forecasting less of a gamble and
more of a certainty. But even
with all the science perfected, all
the supercomputers and Earth
observing satellites in existence,
the forecast sites still get it wrong
quite frequently. Weather models
are just that – a probability, a
version that might come to pass.
Sometimes you’ve just got to go
to the beach and have a look.
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Appreciation of
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Food
On your own? Cooking
for yourself is worth the
trouble, cookery writer
Janneke Vreugdenhil tells
Ella Walker
All the single ladles
E
ating alone? Often
it seems easier to
chuck something on
a slice of toast when
dining solo than to
go to the effort of cooking a
proper meal.
For Janneke Vreugdenhil,
her toast topping of choice
was anchovies and avocado
– if she could bring herself to
eat at all.
“After my husband left
me three years ago, at first,
I couldn’t eat,” she recalls.
“I’m a food writer so I’m
used to cooking, food is a big
part of my life.
“I get up in the morning
and I think about food; I go to
bed and I think about food,
and suddenly, food was the
last thing on my agenda.
“I was so sad, I wasn’t
hungry. I was losing
weight and I
felt miserable.
Because divorce
is not good
for your selfconfidence,
I didn’t love
myself enough
to think I
was worth the
trouble of cooking.
“Then one day, I
thought: ‘OK, I have to
start taking better care
of myself’.”
It was after around six
months of living alone –
aside from when her two
sons were with her – that the
Dutch cookery book author
and critic finally seared
herself a lone wolf of a steak.
This Saturday,
in your
“In the beginning, it felt
really strange,” she says.
“I thought: ‘It’s silly, I’m
all alone, why am I going
to all this trouble? Why
don’t I just eat a bag of
crisps in bed like I did in the
first months’?”
That process of
swapping dinners of crisps,
supermarket soup and
bowls of oatmeal led to her
rediscovering her joy of
food, and to recipe ideas,
and finally to Solo Food, a
cookbook of dishes perfect
for one.
She considers the book her
“therapy” because it drove
her to cook for herself daily,
and enjoy it, until “it became
a new normal thing to do”.
“After a while, I didn’t
eat dinner in front of the
television. I decided to
sit at the table and
properly eat my
food with a knife
and fork and
have a glass
of wine with
it,” she says
with pride.
Vreugdenhil’s
own sadness
and wobbly selfesteem were not the
only obstacles to cooking
well for one, though.
“Cooking for one is a
different thing than cooking
for two, or a crowd or a
family,” she says. “Recipes
are always meant for four
people, and packaging in
supermarkets is aimed
at families.
“It is far easier to multiply
a recipe for one, than to
divide a recipe for four
into one-person portions
– like a cauliflower, you’re
never going to eat a whole
cauliflower all by yourself.
“Meals have to be quick
and practical. You have to
be clever.”
In Solo Food, she shares a
lemon cake in a mug, a bowl
of stir-fried prawns to dunk
in harissa mayonnaise, ideas
Janneke Vreugdenhil
wrote ‘Solo Food’ as a
form of therapy
for using up stuff across
multiple days without
rice-fatigue setting in, and
a favourite green slush
of quinotto – a dish that
the author admits is “not
something I would make
for someone else, it doesn’t
really look good, it’s a bit
messy, but it tastes really,
really nice”.
And, perhaps most
brilliantly, Vreugdenhil
has stuck in a recipe for
“oysters, Champagne and a
good book”.
“So many people live solo
for some time in their lives,”
she says.
“Whether you’re alone
by choice or by chance, it
doesn’t matter, cooking for
yourself is a very precious –
and fun – thing to do.”
‘Solo Food’ by Janneke
Vreugdenhil (£16.99, HQ) is
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How Harry Potter
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next election
The books that today’s
young voters grew up with
are changing the political
landscape, writes Laura Steven
O
ne of the big
stories of the 2017
general election
was the high
turnout among
your people, with
64 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds
casting their vote. The result? The
10 constituencies with the highest
proportions of 18- to 24-year-olds
polled increases in the Labour
vote of more than 14 per cent.
What inspired them to get out
and vote? A common explanation
is Labour’s staunch campaigning
on social media in the build-up to
polling day. But could the surge in
teenagers’ political interest also
come from the culture they were
consuming – including the books
they read?
Sociological theory suggests
that we acquire our political
and moral perspectives through
“agents of socialisation”, which,
according to Albert Bandura’s
social learning theory, “can be as
intimate as members of the family,
or as remote as heroes read about
or viewed”.
Stories are powerful vehicles
for imparting moral values, and
providing us with the “remote
heroes” from whom we learn so
much. Through reading fiction,
we explore the world around us
(and its politics) without even
trying. And our usual cognitive
defences – against preaching and
indoctrination – are lowered.
While reading about Tris
and Four’s fear simulations in
Veronica Roth’s Divergent, for
example, we’re not focusing on
the political subtext of the plot,
and so are not primed to pose
counter-arguments. As a result,
the underlying messages are more
likely to be internalised.
In addition, our teenage years
are the most formative in our lives.
In his 1923 essay “The Problem of
Generations”, Karl Mannheim
posits that it’s during this period
we start developing the ability to
think in abstract concepts, but
A scene from
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strongly held political beliefs are
absent or still not yet fully formed.
Enter YA.
The Harry Potter series seems
an obvious case in point. With
global sales of more than 450
million, the political messages
entrenched in the seven books
have now reached the largest
audience of any YA series.
Political messages? What
political messages? Isn’t it just a
story about a boy wizard? A quick
summary: the central antagonist,
Lord Voldemort, is driven by
the concept of blood purity – the
parallels with Nazi Germany are
obvious. Throughout his rise to
power, Voldemort persecutes,
imprisons, tortures and murders
anyone he considers to be “other”.
This is just one theme in a series
crammed with political issues.
Through a story of magic and
friendship, J K Rowling instils in
readers a moral code, without
ever touching on the real-world
concepts of left versus right.
This may all sound rather
abstract, but references to Harry
Potterwererifeintherun-uptothe
US election last year. Students at
Harvard launched a “Resistance
School” to fight back against
Trump’s agenda, citing as their
inspiration Dumbledore’s Army, a
clandestine club combatting dark
magic at Hogwarts.
Articles such as “Ten Things
Dumbledore’s Army Taught Us
About Activism and Political
Resistance” were published on
high-traffic culture websites such
as Bustle. A BuzzFeed quiz asked
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DAISY WYATT
“Who said it: Steve Bannon or
Lord Voldemort?” (Surprisingly
tricky to answer …)
I graduated directly from
Hogwarts to Malorie Blackman’s
Noughts & Crosses, which subverts
and dismantles racism in a
dystopian world. The narrative
centres around two star-crossed
lovers: Sephy, a dark-skinned
Cross whose race holds all the
power; and Callum, a whiteskinned Nought who experiences
brutal, race-based violence
and prejudice.
In her author’s note Blackman
writes: “Noughts & Crosses wasn’t
so much a book I wanted to write
as a book I needed to write. It was
born of... a desire to tackle the
subject of racism head on, and the
burning anger I felt regarding the
death of Stephen Lawrence and
the subsequent mishandling of
the police inquiry into his death.”
In recent years the appetite
for politically driven YA has been
growing exponentially in the
wake of sensations such as The
Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(inset below), which explored
race and police brutality, and
Asking For It by Louise O’Neill,
which examines our culture of
victim-blaming through the lens
of a protagonist who was gangraped at a party after drinking
too much. Patrice Lawrence’s
Orangeboy – an exploration of gang
culture centred around Marlon,
who follows in his older brother’s
footsteps when an innocent date
ends in tragedy – won the 2017 YA
Book Prize.
The Hate U Give has been top
of The New York Times bestseller list since its publication in
February. It follows a teenage girl
who witnesses the fatal shooting
of her unarmed best friend by a
police officer. The book has been a
global hit, and a movie adaptation
is under way.
Annalie Grainger, the editor at
Walker Books who acquired the
title, told me: “It brought home the
Black Lives Matter movement in
the most personal, insightful and
engaging way. It invites the reader
in and lets them ask the questions,
rather than telling them the
answers. Books are one of the
best ways to encourage empathy,
which is our best weapon against
racism, prejudice and inequality.”
Young adults are clamouring
for accessible teen fiction
exploring the political issues that
shape their lives. This summer
I attended YALC – the Young
Adult Literature Convention.
The biggest buzz surrounded the
fresh-from-the-printers
proofs of A Change Is
Gonna Come, a YA
anthology. People
camped out at
the Stripes
Publishing stand
to be at the front
of the queue.
This is a book
that doesn’t
shy away from
hot-button issues.
Contributor Yasmin
Rahman says: “I just
wanted to write the story about
a girl’s personal journey, but of
course that links in with how
Muslims are viewed and treated,
and how that affects the mentality
of young Muslims.”
Maybe this is the great power
of YA. It does not weigh down
the narrative with dry details
of cabinet reshuffles and poll
statistics. The words “Labour”and
“Conservative” are rarely used.
Instead YA deals in ideas and
undercurrents; in values and
ethics. YA literature weaves
these ideologies seamlessly into
compelling narratives; as a result
the politics becomes impossible to
separate from the entertainment
– and impossible to resist.
So what effect does this have
on voting patterns? In a survey of
155 YA readers, I found that only
19 per cent changed their opinion
on a political issue because of a
YA novel they had read.
Moreinteresting wasthefinding
that nearly half had been inspired
to start a political discussion with
their peers because of something
they had read in a YA novel.
In the 2010 general election,
I voted Conservative. I had just
turned 19, and having lived in a
Conservative constituency my
whole life, I voted for what I knew.
Reading the online discourses
in the YA community on Twitter
opened up a whole new world of
politics for me. Not only was it
a platform for keeping up-to-date
on the latest government policies
(and the ensuing critiques), it
also hosted discussions around
diversity, empathy, equality…
concepts I was familiar with, but
didn’t truly understand and didn’t
Young adult
novels deal in ideas
and undercurrents;
in values and ethics
properly contextualise through
my extremely limited worldview.
I had only ever experienced the
world as a middle-class, cisgender,
able -bodied white woman.
YA books and the associated
community opened up other
perspectives – and made them
less “other”.
In a study titled “Harry Potter
and the Millennials: Research
Methods and the Politics of
the Muggle Generation”,
P ro fe s s o r A n t h o ny
Gierzynski of the
University of Vermont discovered
that Potter
readers are
overwhelmingly
more politically
tolerant and politically active – and
less authoritarian,
less likely to support
the use of torture – than
those who have not read
the books. Considering the Harry
Potter series’ global sales of nearly
half a billion books, this bodes well
for the future – if a true causal
link exists.
So can YA really swing an
election? Maybe not in a way that
can be measured. But it certainly
has the power to start discussions,
to change minds, to spark the
embers of change.
This is an edited version of a
feature which appeared in the
winter edition of ‘Mslexia’, the
magazine for women writers
(mslexia.co.uk); Laura Steven’s
politically themed YA debut,
‘The Exact Opposite of Okay’, is
published by Egmont in March
Against all the odds,
rust-belt America
still hails its chief
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t’s hard for liberal Britons
to understand the appeal of
Donald Trump – aside from
having a very stable genius in
the White House, of course. One
year on from his inauguration,
from this side of the pond, it seems
unthinkable to many that any
American could vote him in for a
second term.
If you are still bamboozled by
Trump’s appeal, Panorama’s
Trump Voters: One Year On is a
must-watch. The documentarymakers travel deep into forgotten
America to speak to four US
citizens who voted for “the
Donald”. Three of them plan to
vote for him again.
Trump is the most unpopular
president ever in this stage of
the presidency, but among the
third of Americans who say they
would vote for him again, he has
remarkably stable polling. Almost
90 per cent of Trump voters think
he is doing a good job. And as
for the two thirds who say they
Mike, a Muslim,
believed the ‘Muslim
ban’ was a phrase
coined by the media
wouldn’t vote for him? Well, he has
defied polls before.
Panorama delves deep beneath
the glossy veneer of America’s
film star image to speak to the
inhabitants of the rust belt. It’s here
in the forgotten towns of America
– which were barely reported on
until the rise of Trump – that the
billionaire was able to gain the most
traction in the 2016 election.
This is well-known, but nothing
brings it home quite like hearing
from the people who have
seen their communities (quite
literally) crumble around them.
Panorama spoke to Travis, a
community blogger from Lone
Star, Texas, a former steel town.
He felt there was more optimism
in the air thanks to Trump, and
Lynn Aronberg,
a former
professional
cheerleader who
voted for Donald
Trump BBC
for now thinks the president is
“great at everything”. You may
disagree on the latter, but the
figures show unemployment
in America is at a record low
since 1992.
Mike, a Muslim from Detroit,
was perhaps the most fascinating
Trump supporter. He believed
the “Muslim ban” was a phrase
coined by the media, when in
fact the President was trying
to defend his country against
terrorism. He would definitely vote
for Donald Trump again because –
well – it’s the economy, stupid.
It’s one thing not to get Trump’s
appeal, it’s another thing not
to understand it. It still seems
unbelievable that Trump is the
US President. After watching this
episode of Panorama, it’s much
easier to understand why vast
swathes of forgotten America
continue to be won over by him.
Cake Wars is an American
reality competition like no
other. Professional bakers are
pitted head-to-head to make
gigantic cakes, inspired by the
flavours of some of America’s
best-known TV shows. Cat foodflavoured Garfield sponge, anyone?
Luckily, the new British series
Extreme Cake Makers is a more
subdued affair, but the cakes are
just as impressive.
Extreme cake-maker Mollie was
given the task of baking a life-sized
cow cake for the Bakewell festival.
Sculpted from 28 chocolate fudge
cakes, the 13-stone “Daisy” cow was
a beauty – although it was rather
more squat than life-size.
The organiser of the Bakewell
festival was still impressed, as
were the festival-goers – once they
realised it was a cake.
Cake becomes art on Extreme
Cake Makers. South London
café-owner Nastassja made a
hexagonal piece of modern cake
art for a London street art festival.
Complete with graffiti-effect spray
paint, edible beads and molten
sugar, it looked far too good to eat.
Twitter: @daisy_wyatt
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Gemma Dobson, James
Atherton and Taj Atwal
star in a timely revival
of Andrea Dunbar’s play
Arts
THE OTHER RICHARD
Arts
reviews
THEATRE
Rita, Sue and Bob Too
ROYAL COURT, LONDON
HHHHH
This touring Out of Joint
production was originally
withdrawn from the Royal Court’s
schedule. In the post-Weinstein,
#metoo environment, how,
so the thinking went, could a
venue showcase this 1982 play
THEATRE
Different Party
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON
HHHHH
The London International Mime
Festival (LIMF) begins with a
show that, paradoxically, includes
some dialogue. The festival, which
celebrated its 40th anniversary
last year, is a broad church, which
means there’s more than enough
space for this physical comedy
from New Zealanders Trygve
Wakenshaw and Barnie Duncan.
And their subject is ever ripe:
the mind-numbing repetitiveness
of life in an office. The pair play
employees of Rucks’s Leather
Interiors. Two men stuck in a
soulless room, suffering the daily
grind. There’s bickering, there’s
camaraderie, but it’s not enough
to stop time hanging heavy.
All of office life is here: the
coffee rituals, the inexplicable
memos, the white board covered
in impenetrable hieroglyphics.
The two men act like boisterous
puppies in need of a brisk walk,
but they unwind by smoking
shortbread fingers out of the
window. Don’t tell the LIMF
hierarchy, but the words here
outshine the wordless sections.
To 20 January (020 7478 0100)
FIONA MOUNTFORD
EVENING STANDARD
in which two teenage schoolgirls
are groomed by the 27-year old
married Bob who drives them
home after they have been
babysitting his children and
engages in double sex sessions
with them in his car? A further
problem is that its author, the late
Andrea Dunbar, was championed
by Max Stafford-Clark, who
commissioned the play, directed it
twice, and had started to co-direct
it for a third time, before leaving
Out of Joint because of allegations
of inappropriate, sexualised
behaviour last September.
POP
THE INDEPENDENT
Patrick Stump
oozed confidence as
Fall Out Boy played
new songs and
old hits SHANNON
Fall Out Boy
ELECTRIC BRIXTON, LONDON
HHHHH
“I’ll stop wearing black when they
make a darker colour,” Fall Out
Boy frontman Patrick Stump
sings on infectious new song
“Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)”.
It’s a fitting lyric for a self-styled
emo band, but its delivery couldn’t
have been further from the
awkward angst that characterised
the Illinois quartet’s 2003 debut
Take This To Your Grave.
Stump oozes confidence,
bouncing off the energy and
enthusiasm of a band who finally
seem to have resolved the identity
issues they have wrestled with
over their 17-year career.
Rather than fitting into emo or
pop-punk or rock, the band — and
their fans — have realised that
Fall Out Boy are at their best
when they navigate all three. At
Electric Brixton they do just that,
delivering a perfectly balanced
set of the nostalgic and the new
across a range of musical styles
and genres.
“The Phoenix”and “Centuries”,
makes for an energetic opening
with fans moshing like it was
2001. “Save Rock And Roll” — the
band’s 2013 duet with Elton John
— sounds sharper with an aptly
After being accused of censorship
and of banning a working-class
female voice, artistic director
Vicky Featherstone reversed the
decision. A wise move because,
watching Kate Wasserberg’s welljudged revival, you may feel that
this is exactly the play to which
we should be attending now.
Dunbar, who was only 19 when
she wrote it, is drawing on her
own experiences of growing up
in the deprivation of the
Buttershaw council estate in
Bradford. It doesn’t present the
story as shocking but as what
happens in this community. And
that approach makes it all the
more appalling.
Taj Atwal’s Rita and the Sue
of Gemma Dobson, here making
an impressive stage debut,
capture beautifully the verve
and innocent vulgarity of girls to
whom sex is a welcome respite
from school and the half-paid
drudgery of the Youth Training
Scheme at the local mill. But the
performers show, at moments,
that the pair are ribaldly playacting a maturity to which they
can’t lay claim in order to
impress one another and Bob.
James Atherton finely conveys
the self-doubt underlying Bob’s
cocky swagger.
The play is bracingly
uncensored. You do not lose sight
of the fact that the girls are being
shamelessly exploited by Bob,
even as you can see how they
are blinded by the glamour of his
having a car and a detached house.
It’s textbook grooming.
One of the real virtues of this
revival is that it does not go in for
sermonising hindsight but lets
this very good play speak for itself,
To 27 January (020 7565 5000)
then touring (outofjoint.co.uk)
PAUL TAYLOR
FINNEY/GETTY
VISUAL ARTS
Cézanne Portraits
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY,
LONDON WC2
Over a working life of 45 years, the
French painter 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, including works that
have never been on public display
here. (020 7321 6600) to 11 Feb
Land, Sea, Life:
a British Art Collection
ABBOT HALL ART GALLERY, KENDAL
Seventy works by more than
40 artists, including Frank
Auerbach, Laura Knight and
Barbara Hepworth, help to
explore recurring themes in the
work of British artists of the 20th
century, emphasising trends in
subject matter and including stilllife, landscape and abstraction.
(015394 46139) to 17 Feb
Winnie-the-Pooh:
Exploring a Classic
VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM,
LONDON SW7
The ultimate feel-good show
for the devoted Pooh Bear fan,
telling the story behind the
creative partnership of writer
AA Milne and illustrator EH
Shepard through sketches, letters,
photographs, cartoons and
ceramics. (020 7942 2000) to 8 Apr
FILM
Darkest Hour
PG, JOE WRIGHT, 125 MINS
Gary Oldman, who won a Golden
Globe for his role, is in phenomenal
form in this drama about Winston
Churchill’s early days as prime
minister in May 1940. He doesn’t
underplay at all, but this is acting
that moves well beyond caricature
and mannerism. Director Joe
Wright shoots as if this is a film
noir and largely steers clear
of jingoism to craft a critical
celebration of British bulldog
spirit. Nationwide release
My Life Story
15, JULIEN TEMPLE AND OWEN LEWIS,
96 MINS
This screen version of
Madness singer Suggs’ “stage”
autobiography is an eccentric,
wildly entertaining and very
inventive affair that combines
live performance and music hall
references with documentary
elements. Suggs is a wonderful
raconteur with a witty turn of
phrase who, amid the wisecracks,
deals frankly with troubling
elements in his family history.
Limited release
Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri
chosen prominence of piano over
guitar and Andy Hurley’s typically
charismatic drumming lifting its
more anthemic moments.
“This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms
Race”, from Infinity On High, and
“Saturday”, from Take This To Your
Grave, have aged well and fans
delight in hearing these early
classics again.
The retro-kitsch of “Uma
Thurman”, from their sixth album
American Beauty/American Psycho,
is another of the many highlights.
One caveat is that tracks from
their new album Mania might
prove too slick for some, though
the band’s new sound is certainly
an intriguing direction.
“I think we’ve come up with a
pretty f***ing special record,”
bassist Pete Wentz shouts. On the
basis of this performance, few will
argue otherwise.
ELIZABETH AUBREY
EVENING STANDARD
15, MARTIN McDONAGH, 115 MINS
Golden Globe winner Frances
McDormand stars as a cussed
gift shop owner whose daughter
was raped and murdered, in
a perverse, comic and tragic
revenge story in which all the
characters defy our often very
low expectations of them. Writerdirector Martin McDonagh’s
film is a startling piece of work:
a blood-soaked shaggy dog story
that is also surprisingly moving.
Nationwide release
NEWS
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Arts
agenda
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
TALKS & POETRY
Kimberley Chambers
VARIOUS VENUES
The thriller writer discusses
her latest book, Life of Crime,
a standalone story. Waterstones,
Arndale Centre, Manchester
(0161 832 8563) tonight 6.30pm;
Waterstones, High St, Birmingham
(0121 633 4353) Wed 6.30pm
Peter May
VARIOUS VENUES
I’ll Keep You Safe, set in the Outer
Hebrides, is the author’s latest
standalone thriller. He talks
about the book at these events.
Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow (0141
353 8000) tonight 6.30pm; Perth
Theatre (01738 621031) Wed
7.30pm; Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh
(eventbrite.co.uk) Thur 7pm
OPERA
Peter Carey
CAMBRIDGE UNION CHAMBER
The Australian author is in
conversation about his latest
novel, A Long Way from Home,
set in the 1950s in south eastern
Australia in the dying days of the
British Empire. (01223 357 851)
tonight 7pm
David Lodge
LONDON REVIEW BOOKSHOP,
LONDON WC1
The novelist is in conversation
with John Sutherland about
the second volume of his
memoirs, Writer’s Luck,
in which he chronicles his life
and career from 1976 to 1991.
(020 7269 9030 tonight 7pm
Barney Norris
WATERSTONES, HIGH ST, WINCHESTER
The author follows up his Betty
Trask Award-winning debut, Five
Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, with
a second novel, Turning for Home,
which he talks about here.
(01962 840379) tonight 6.30pm
The Return of Ulysses
ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON NW1
Baroque specialist Christian
Curnyn conducts John
Fulljames’s new in-the-round
staging of Monteverdi’s
Homeric homecoming drama,
featuring Roderick Williams as
the errant Ulysses and Christine
Rice as his faithful Penelope.
(020 7304 4000) tonight, Thur
and Fri 7.30pm
POP
Spector
OMEARA, LONDON SE1
Three years on from the second
album, Moth Boys, the London
indie-rockers return with
“Untitled in D”, a languid but
deceptively catchy earworm made
of equal parts youthful urgency
and premature ennui. A new
EP, Ex-Directory, follows soon.
(ticketweb.uk) tonight
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
The Exorcist
The Mexican-American singersongwriter anatomises a divided
nation on the robust We’re Not
Going Anywhere, blurring the
personal and political in songs
of great heft and heart, fire
and focus. Bodega, Nottingham
(ticketweb.co.uk) tonight; Duffy’s
Bar, Leicester (gigantic.com) Wed;
Castle Hotel, Manchester (ticketweb.
co.uk) Thur; Broadcast, Glasgow
(seetickets.com) Fri
John Pielmeier’s intelligent stage
adaptation of William Peter
Blatty’s novel about the demonic
possession of a 12-year-old girl and
her mother’s fight to reclaim her
through an exorcism admirably
resists the temptation to camp
it up. Sean Mathias’s impressive
production offers the pleasure of
experiencing a story that you love
to dread told in another medium
that traps the audience in the
same space as the characters.
(0844 871 7629) to 10 Mar
VARIOUS VENUES
DANCE
English National Ballet
LONDON COLISEUM, LONDON WC2
A generous double bill of Roland
Petit’s chic Le Jeune Homme et
la Mort, with casts including
guest star Ivan Vasiliev, and
August Bournonville’s entrancing
Romantic drama La Sylphide.
(020 7845 9300) to Sat
Gandini Juggling
LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO, SADLER’S
WELLS, LONDON EC1
In Sigma, Gandini’s dancerjugglers collaborate with Indian
classical dancer Seeta Patel, while
a mirrored set and multimedia
projections amplify the intricate
patterns. (020 7863 8000) tonight
THEATRE
MICHAEL WERNER GALLERY
VISUAL ARTS
MICHAEL WERNER GALLERY, LONDON W1
The draw of this show of paintings, all from the past couple of years,
is partly the appeal of an artist, now nearly 60, who is unconcerned
with mind-boggling concepts but whose work can still sell for
tens of millions of dollars. He’s a painter interested in painterly
things, conjuring up visual memories of historic art in pictures of
bathers, dream scenes, mysterious forests, poor old musicians and
fascinating foreign lands. (020 7495 6855) to 17 Feb
PHOENIX THEATRE, LONDON WC2
JAZZ
Trish Clowes
VARIOUS VENUES
The saxophonist performs music
from last year’s My Iris album
with guitarist Chris Montague,
keyboardist Ross Stanley and
drummer James Maddren.
Pizza Express Jazz Club, London W1
(020 7437 9595) tonight; Gateway,
Shrewsbury (01743 355159) Wed;
Seven Arts, Chapel Allerston,
Leeds (0113 262 6777) Thur;
Riverhouse Barn, Walton-onThames (01932 253354) Fri
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i TUESDAY
16 JANUARY 2018
First
Chance
Opening
this week
OPERA
Madama Butterfly
GRAND THEATRE, LEEDS
Anne Sophie Duprels stars as the
gullible geisha in Opera North’s revival
of Tim Albery’s typically thoughtful
staging of Puccini’s culture-clash
tragedy. (0844 848 2720) opens Fri
VISUAL ARTS
Jules de Balincourt
VICTORIA MIRO MAYFAIR, LONDON W1
Paintings from throughout the artist’s
career. (020 3205 8910) opens Fri
THEATRE
Fast and Furious Live
O2 ARENA, LONDON SE10
The first dates on the tour of this
big-stage adaptation of the film.
(fastandfuriouslive.com) opens Fri
Travel Offer
Bob Green
Mary Stuart
DUKE OF YORK’S, LONDON WC2
A revival of Robert Icke’s
extraordinarily gripping, edgeof-your-seat Almeida staging of
Schiller’s great play, with Juliet
Stevenson and Lia Williams,
dressed in identical outfits,
flipping a coin at the beginning
of each performance to decide
who plays Elizabeth I and who
plays Mary. It’s a remarkably
satisfying achievement.
(0845 505 8500) to 31 Mar
Shrek the Musical
A delicious touring version of
the story of Shrek, a grumpy
green ogre 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.
(atgtickets.com) to 28 Jan
A Christmas Carol
Peter Doig
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-55
David Ramirez
PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER
If you only see
one thing today
IQ
30-39
ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE,
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Rachel Kavanaugh’s production of
David Edgar’s politically charged
new version of Dickens’ Christmas
story feels both plausibly
Victorian and sharply relevant.
Scrooge is given an air of crabby
sourness by the excellent Phil
Davis. (01789 403493) to 4 Feb
The Lion, the Witch
and the Wardrobe
WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, LEEDS
CS Lewis’s muscular Christian
symbolism and brooding Norse
imagery jostle with the occasional
moment of pantomime in Sally
Cookson’s in-the-round staging,
which uses puppets, aerial
performers and live music to
create a convincing snowbound
Narnia. (0113 213 770) to 27 Jan
Ste
day tarm
ip
from
109 pp
£
The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express
Steam over the famous Settle & Carlisle Line
Saturday 3rd, 17th, 24th February and 10th March 2018
Departing London Euston 07:10, Watford Jn* 06:40, Milton Keynes 08:00,
Northampton 07:40,** Rugby 08:25, Nuneaton 08:45 (times approx)
Join us for an exciting steam journey over the world famous Settle and
Carlisle Line. Sit back and relax as we speed North hauled by electric loco
to meet an historic steam locomotive at Carnforth, 45690 Leander or 45699
Galatea. Our journey will take us across the dramatic Cumbrian Fells to
ancient border city Carlisle, where you can explore the castle, cathedral,
museum or shops before we take the scenic Settle & Carlisle Line, including
the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct and magnificent Three Peak views. Our train
will leave its steam loco behind at Farington Jn for a fast run home hauled by
electric loco.
Price includes:
✔ Standard £109pp/£332 family – a reserved seat usually at a table for four
✔ First £169pp/£506 family – morning coffee with a variety of tulip muffins
and afternoon tea with a savoury of the day followed by a selection of
fancies and cakes
✔ Premier £259pp/£780 family – a full English breakfast, light lunch and a
four course dinner silver served at your seat
Enjoy The i £10pp discount when you book using code JQF
Passengers from *Watford Jn travel to Milton Keynes by service train to join our train and passengers
from **Northampton travel to and from Rugby by service train – fares included. Buffet car available.
Junior fares available. Tables for two can be guaranteed in First/Premier for a £22pp supplement
subject to availability. Organised by The Railway Touring Company. The Railway Touring Company’s
Standard Conditions of Booking and Travel apply – see website or brochure for details.
For more information or to book, please call:
01553 661 500 use code JQF
or visit: www.railwaytouring.net
Business
Business Editor Elizabeth Anderson
+4420 7361 5718
business@inews.co.uk
PROPERTY
London house prices suffer
biggest drop for nine years
By David Milliken
The prices that London home-sellers
are seeking for their properties fell by
the most since 2009 this month, at a
time when prices in most of the rest
of Britain are rising, industry figures
showed yesterday.
London’s once red-hot housing
market has slowed for the past year
due to a double hit from higher
purchase taxes on expensive homes
and the June 2016 Brexit vote, which
hurt demand from foreign buyers
and raised fears of big job losses in
the capital’s financial industry.
The rest of Britain saw average
year-on-year asking price increases
of 4 per cent or more – the average
asking price was just under £300,000.
“Early indicators of activity in this
year’s market show that demand
remains robust,” said the UK’s
biggest property website Rightmove.
There have been other signs of a
slowing in London’s housing market.
Mortgage lender Nationwide said
earlier this month that prices in the
capital fell by 0.5 per cent in 2017,
their first full-year fall in nine years.
Howeve r, h o m e ow n e rs h i p
remains out of reach for many wouldbe buyers in London. Initial mortgage
repayments for a typical first home
in the city represent more than 60
per cent of average take-home pay,
double the proportion elsewhere in
Rightmove said the
average asking price for a
home in London this month was
£600,926 – 3.5 per cent lower
than a year before and the biggest
drop since June 2009.
the UK. And a 10 per cent deposit
can easily require more than a year’s
salary in savings – or help from richer
family members.
Rightmove said Chancellor Philip
Hammond’s decision in November to
scrap purchase taxes for most firsttime buyers, along with a shortage
of homes to buy, helped offset the
drag from slow wage growth and an
uncertain political outlook.
Rightmove showed prices falling
most in inner London suburbs, where
they were 7 per cent lower than a
year ago, with prices flat in central
London and outer suburbs.
Separate data from property group
LSL Property Services painted a
fairly similar picture for December,
though national price growth was
shown to be more subdued than in
Rightmove’s figures.
“London is largely out of step
London’s housing market is bucking
the trend of the rest of the UK REUTERS
with the rest of England and Wales,
where the market remains broadly
positive,” LSL said.
Rents showed the opposite pattern.
Estate agents Countrywide said
London recorded the biggest rise in
rents for new tenants in England, up
3.2 per cent on the year in December
and only just pipped by increases
in Scotland.
Outside London, rents increased
by an average of 2.0 per cent.
PENSIONS
Women and
men equal in
workplace
opt-ins
By Vicky Shaw
Quote of
the day
It marks the end
of a 25-year
love affair
between Tory
and New Labour
governments on
the one hand and
private-sector
service providers
on the other
Robert Peston
The TV presenter on
Carillion’s collapse
The 30
Second
Briefing
THE EURO
The euro hit a three-year high
yesterday. Why?
Optimism about growth is buoying
expectations of tighter monetary
policy from central banks, while
the chance of a pro-European
coalition government being formed
in Germany is also boosting
confidence in the European Union.
What has Germany’s government
got to do with it?
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
Christian Democratic Union (CDU)
party and the Social Democrats
(SPD) are moving towards coalition
talks, soothing fears about Europe’s
largest economy. The SPD’s pro-EU
stance – leader Martin Schulz
(above, with Mrs Merkel), recently
argued for a “United States of
Europe” – also strengthens the case
for investment in the euro.
How is Europe performing
compared with the US?
Well. The dollar has dropped
as markets grow increasingly
confident that central banks
will wind down their monetary
stimulus. Measured against a basket
of currencies, the dollar was down
0.2 per cent yesterday, its lowest
since early 2015. Its weakness
against the euro has been marked, as
the economic recovery in the bloc
spurs investors to rebalance their
portfolios towards the region.
What other currencies are rising?
The Japanese yen and Chinese yuan.
Comments from the head of the
Bank of Japan highlighted Japan’s
continued recovery. Meanwhile, the
yuan rose against the dollar after a
Bundesbank board member said the
German central bank would include
the Chinese currency in its reserves
and companies offloaded their
dollar holdings.
Women have caught up with
men when it comes to workplace
pensions saving participation, the
Government has said. Take-up of
workplace pensions saving in the
private sector has increased from 40
per cent of eligible women in 2012 to
73 per cent in 2016, the Department
for Work and Pensions (DWP) said.
Men have had a corresponding
increase from 43 per cent to 73 per
cent over the same period.
The launch of automatic enrolment
in 2012 has seen a huge boost in the
number of people saving for their
later years, with more than nine
million people now enrolled into a
workplace pension by their employer,
many of them saving for the first time.
By later this year, it is estimated
that 3.6 million women will be newly
saving or saving more as a result of
automatic enrolment.
In December the Government
published its review of automatic
enrolment with a series of plans to
help build on the early success of the
scheme, which has so far resulted in
about nine in 10 people automatically
enrolled staying in their pension
rather than opting out.
The review set out measures to
increase opportunities for parttime workers with multiple jobs to
save more.
Th e DW P sai d t h i s woul d
significantly improve incentives
for many of the 632,000 women
with multiple jobs, such as mothers
fitting work around childcare,
and those individuals with
caring responsibilities.
NEWS
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IQ
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BUSINESS SPORT
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i TUESDAY
16 JANUARY 2018
PHARMACEUTICALS
From the
business
pages
British firm gets
£20m to take flu
vaccine into
second-stage trial
By Ben Hirschler
A p r i v a t e B r i t i s h c o m p a ny
developing a vaccine that would be
the first in the world to fight all types
of flu has raised £20m from investors
including GV, the venture capital arm
of Google’s parent, Alphabet.
Vaccitech, a spin-out founded by
scientists at Oxford University’s
Jenner Institute, said the
cash would help fund
its vaccine through a
two-year clinical trial
involving more than
2,000 patients, as well
as expand some other
of its projects.
The group is also
running clinical studies
on an experimental vaccine
to prevent Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) and a
therapeutic prostate cancer vaccine
for use with an immunotherapy drug.
Recent advances have made such
vaccine-drug combinations a hot
area of cancer research.
Vaccitech’s chief executive, Tom
Evans, is confident the big players
will come around if his firm’s current
mid-stage clinical trial is a success,
and he will not have a problem in
finding a partner to take the product
into final-stage phase three tests.
“If we get positive data that shows
we can affect rates of hospitalisation
and illness with influenza then there
is no question in my mind that a
partner would take this on,” he said.
“This could be a game-changer in a
very competitive market.”
The Vaccitech trial marks the first
time that a universal flu vaccine has
progressed beyond its phase one
clinical testing.
If all goes well, Vaccitech’s
Outlook
JAMES
ASHTON
Big Four should
pay properly for
their mistakes
I
f Brexit was built with one
industry in mind, it was surely
professional services. It brings
with it uncertainty, complexity,
risk – all overlaid by the
technological changes that have an
impact on how business gets done
anyway. No wonder that the UK’s
Holy grail
Universal treatment
A universal flu vaccine that elicits
immunity against parts of the virus
that do not change from year to year
is a holy grail of medicine.
Current flu vaccines have to be
changed each year to match strains
of the virus circulating at
the time. The hope is the
new one-size-fits-all
vaccine will provide
better and longerlasting protection.
Vaccitech’s treatment
works by using proteins
found in the core of the
virus rather than those on
its surface. Surface proteins
stick out like pins from the
virus and change all the time, while
those in the core do not.
The vaccine also stimulates T-cells
rather than antibodies – an approach
that has yet to convince existing flu
vaccine manufacturers.
treatment could potentially be ready
for launch in 2023, although Dr Evans
said 2024 or 2025 might be more
realistic targets.
That means financial backers need
to take a long view, especially as the
company’s other programmes using
T-cells to make vaccines against
cancer, Mers, hepatitis B and human
papillomavirus are also at an early
stage. “We wanted people who were
willing to stick with us for a while
and had bigger pockets for doing
secondary rounds,” Dr Evans said.
Vaccitech’s latest financing round
was also supported by Sequoia China
and Oxford Sciences Innovation.
white-collar army of consultants, tax
advisers, auditors and lawyers is on
the march. The results season for the
Big Four accounting firms stretches
over four months so they are rarely
held up for comparison.
But since KPMG filed its numbers
in December it is possible to reflect
on what is known anecdotally: the
industry is having a pretty good time.
The quartet – Deloitte, PwC,
EY and KPMG – collectively piled
on £800m of revenue last year,
increasing their total income to
£11.5bn. Deloitte led the pack,
growing its top line at 11 per cent.
The Big Four have grown even
more strongly since staving off calls
to break themselves up. But given
the accounting scandals that have
dogged them, what has also grown is
unease at the industry’s light policing.
An independent review last year
recommended fines of £10m and
more were appropriate punishment
41
Xi’s aide to lead
delegation in Davos
South China Morning Post
Liu He, an economic aide to
President Xi Jinping, will lead
the Chinese delegation at the
World Economic Forum in
Davos next week. The decision
to send Mr Liu to the summit is
the latest sign that the 66-yearold Harvard-educated official
could be in line to become the
next vice-premier in charge of
economic and financial affairs.
He is a key decision-maker on
economic and financial policies.
There were 10
nil-nil draws
in the Premier
League last
month GETTY
Sausage firm fined
for price fixing
Der Spiegel
GAMBLING
William Hill scores with draws
but offloads Australian unit
By Simon English
William Hill put its Australian
arm up for sale yesterday amid
a crackdown on betting Down
Under. The bookmaker is in talks
with local operator CrownBet
about a possible sale following a
ban on betting on credit and an
expected rise in tax.
But in the UK a series of goalless
draws – which were bad for
punters but good for bookies – at
Christmas meant that William
Hill scored even though the
footballers could not. Ten nil-nil
draws in the Premier League in
December meant that punters,
who tend to bet on wins and goals,
lost out to the bookies.
for audit failings. That would be a step
up from the present record of £5.1m.
But it still represents chump change
when considered in the context of
the size of these firms, or compared
with the huge conduct costs that
banks are bearing – or the sums the
Information Commissioner’s Office
is talking about for companies that
mishandle customer data.
Meanwhile, cases where the
auditor’s role is called into question
Th
he quartet collectively
piiled on £800m of revenue
last year, increasing their
total income to £11.5bn
appear to multiply: BHS, Rolls-Royce,
and now Carillion. The list goes on.
I’m told £25m is about the size of fine
that would focus auditors’ minds.
An alternative solution was used
in India last week. For failing to raise
the alarm over a $1.7bn (£1.2bn) fraud
The bookmaker said it expected
its full-year profit to come in at
about about £290m, up 11 per
cent on 2016 and better than City
forecasts. Its chief executive,
Philip Bowcock, said: “We are
excited about the opportunities
ahead this year – a World Cup year
– with our competitive position
reasserted in the UK and with
the potential for sports betting to
open up in the US.”
George Salmon at Hargreaves
Lansdown said: “World Cup years
are always big for the bookies.
With trading in the UK and US
looking better, unlike the England
football side, William Hill is
going into 2018 with improved
momentum.” EVENING STANDARD
at IT contractor Satyam Computer
Services – in what has been described
as “India’s Enron” – PwC has been
banned from auditing listed Indian
firms for two years. Audit experts
say this is a massive overreaction.
An alternative view is that it got off
lightly, given what happened to the
auditor of the actual Enron.
Could such market exclusion ever
come to the UK? It would be the
ultimate firm-wide penalty, instead of
laying the responsibility for failure at
the door of the individuals concerned.
These days accounting firms are
like banks: too big to fail. After the
financial crisis, regulators have
succeeded in meting out tougher
punishment on banks which acts as
a powerful deterrent without tipping
them over the edge.
They must find a way to make
beancounters count more of
the cost when things go wrong.
EVENING STANDARD
The Higher Regional Court
in Düsseldorf has sentenced
the sausage manufacturer
Rügenwalder to fines of
€5.5m (£4.9m) for price fixing.
Between 2006 and 2009 the
company had agreed with
other industry companies on
increases to prices charged to
retailers. The firms voted on
price ranges for product groups
such as boiled sausage or ham.
Overseas visitors
to US fall 4% in 2017
The New York Times
The number of international
visitors to the US in the first
half of 2017 fell 4 per cent from
a year earlier, the Commerce
Department’s National Travel
and Tourism Office said. Those
in the travel industry point
to factors such as a global
market that gives tourists
more possible destinations,
the strength of the dollar, and
tightening visa restrictions.
Samsung dips as
chip prices drop
The Japan Times
After a blistering year-anda-half long surge, a sudden
drop in some memory chip
prices, followed by Samsung’s
disappointing profit estimate, is
causing jitters among investors
who had bet the chip boom
would last at least another year.
Prices of high-end flash memory
chips, which are widely used in
smartphones, dropped nearly
5 per cent in the fourth quarter.
Shares in Samsung dipped by
7.5 per cent last week.
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AEROSPACE
CONSTRUCTION
A380 future ‘rests
on Emirates deal’
Watkin Jones
boss to step down
Airbus will stop making the
costly A380 superjumbo if it
fails to strike a long-term deal
with Emirates. Airbus’s chief
salesman, John Leahy, said the
Dubai-based airline is the only
one able to commit to supplying
a minimum of six planes a year
for at least eight years, which
Airbus needs to make the
programme viable.
The boss of Watkin Jones
yesterday revealed a surge in
sales at the student-housing
builder, and said he would step
down from the firm his family
founded in 1791 because of
personal reasons. Mark Watkin
Jones, who has spent 15 years at
the helm, oversaw a 13.1 per cent
rise in revenues in the year to
30 September, to £301.9m.
ENGINEERING
FINANCE
Rolls-Royce to sell
£500m fuel arm
France out to curb
virtual currencies
Rolls-Royce’s Stuttgart-based
fuel-injection business has been
put up for sale for up to £500m
as chief executive Warren
East continues his shake-up of
the business. The jet enginemaker confirmed that it was
reviewing “strategic options”
for L’Orange, which makes fuel
injectors for diesel engines
in ships.
France’s finance minister,
Bruno Le Maire, says he wants
new regulations targeted at
virtual currencies to prevent tax
evasion, financing terrorism and
other crime. Mr Le Maire said
he had ordered a former central
bank chief to draft potential new
rules to deter “possible financial
manipulation” linked to bitcoin
and similar currencies.
INTERNET
ENGINEERING
WeddingWire
launches in UK
GKN fights to ward
off £7bn takeover
WeddingWire, the global
online marketplace connecting
engaged couples with wedding
professionals, has launched
a UK website. WeddingWire.
co.uk offers a markeplace
to 11,000 high-quality local
suppliers, as well as supplier
reviews, budget planners and
other online tools.
GKN and its suitor Melrose
went on rival charm offensives
yesterday to try to win over
GKN shareholders in a £7bn
takeover battle for the firm.
Both sides will try to win over
fund managers in the City ahead
of a 5 February deadline for
Melrose to make a formal bid
for the engineering company.
ENERGY
FOOD & DRINK
Lumos gives boost
to off-grid solar
Batchelors sale
talk played down
The off-grid solar power
company Lumos Global more
than doubled its sales in 2017.
Lumos, which operates in
Nigeria and the Ivory Coast,
offers a domestic solar
electricity device that lets users
buy power on an as-needed
basis via mobile payments.
Premier Foods played down
reports that it was weighing up
a £200m sale of Batchelors, its
Cup a Soup brand, to its biggest
shareholder, Nissin of Japan.
The company said it “regularly
reviews options” and added that
talks had not gone beyond an
“exploratory stage”.
the
markets
The engineering group GKN
topped the FTSE 100 yesterday. Its
shares rose by 17.4p to 437.4p as
the turnaround specialist Melrose
began holding meetings with
GKN shareholders in the hope of
securing a £7bn takeover of the
business which was turned down
by board members last week.
***
The biggest fallers on the
Footsie index were Micro Focus
International, down 67p at 2,211p,
NMC Health, which fell 70p to
3,032p, International Consolidated
Airlines Group, down 14.4p at
654.4p, and Standard Chartered,
which closed 16.9p lower at 816.1p.
NEWS
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OIL & GAS
Shell will start drilling in the North
Sea’s Penguins oil field – the firm’s
first new manned project in the
region for almost three decades.
The move is expected to generate
300 to 400 jobs, mostly in Scotland,
during the construction of a floating
production, storage and offloading
vessel for the new development.
Shell said the oil and gas field,
which is 150 miles off the coast of
Shetland, is expected to have a peak
production of around 45,000 barrels
of oil per day.
The announcement came as the
price of oil surged to $70 per barrel
yesterday, meaning higher petrol
prices for motorists and rising costs
for many businesses.
Shell announced last year
that it had completed the
sale of a package of North Sea
assets for up to $3bn (£2.2bn) to
its smaller rival, exploration and
production company Chrysaor
Many North Sea platforms shut
down in recent years as oil prices
had languished at historically low
levels. The project will generate a
profit even with oil prices below $40
a barrel, Shell said in a statement,
making it competitive against other
offshore basins and most of North
America’s shale production.
“We struggled to make it economic
until the last couple of years,” said
Steve Phimister, the head of Shell
Upstream in the UK and Ireland.
After Penguins, Shell is expected
to decide on a number of new
projects in the central North Sea in
the next year or two, Mr Phimister
said. Shell gave no details on the
cost of the project, which analysts at
Bernstein estimated would be up to
$2.5bn (£1.8bn) last September.
“Shell has had a strong presence
in this part of the northern North
Sea for more than 40 years,” Mr
Phimister said.
“Having reshaped our portfolio
over the last 12 months, we now plan
to grow our North Sea production
through our core production assets.
“In doing so, we will continue to
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daily
money
Shell returns to
North Sea after
30-year absence
By Ben Chapman
i TUESDAY
16 JANUARY 2018
Tesco is making a change to the value
of Clubcard vouchers which are used
with its reward partners. Previously
vouchers were worth twice their
value with some of the supermarket’s
reward partners – while others were
worth four times the amount.
From today, customers will
get three times the value of their
vouchers from the majority of the
supermarket’s reward partners.
The supermarket says this will not
affect any orders already placed with
reward partners that are worth four
times the value. More information is
available at tesco.com/clubcard/boost.
Development of the field is expected to generate 300 to 400 jobs in Scotland
work with the UK Government,
our partners and the regulator to
maximise the economic recovery in
one of Shell’s heartlands.”
The company intends to maintain
its production at this level into 2030.
The Scottish energy minister, Paul
Wheelhouse, said the investment
demonstrated rising confidence
in the region and will boost the
Scottish economy.
The Penguins field was discovered
in 1974 and first developed in 2002. It
is a 50-50 joint venture with Exxon
Mobil (XOM.N).
The UK Oil and Gas Authority
estimates that it will cost almost
£60bn to decommission the
North Sea’s existing oil and gas
infrastructure between now and the
2050s, with taxpayers footing 40 per
cent of the bill. THE INDEPENDENT
***
Research from not-for-profit
housing and care provider Anchor
has revealed that a good broadband
connection is more synonymous with
ideas of the perfect British village
than a traditional village green.
Sixty-four per cent of those
surveyed listed broadband as a very
important attribute of the perfect
village, with only 25 per cent ranking a
green with the same significance. The
most highly ranked facilities were a
doctor’s surgery (72 per cent), shop (58
per cent) and post office (47 per cent).
ieat
Games&Puzzles
daily recipe
Chicken tikka pancakes
with mango chutney
Kakuro
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
RHYME LETTERS
23
PALE
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T W IT AK
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TREE
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3
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4
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SHOOT
Jigsawdoku
4
COW
How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Get adventurous with spiced pancakes.
If you have milder tastes, take out some
of the heat by swapping the chilli for
chopped chives or coriander. Sift the
flour and a pinch of salt together into a
bowl. Make a well in the centre and add
the egg and half the milk. Whisk together
well then stir in the rest of the milk to
make a smooth batter. Stir in the chilli
and cumin, and set aside for 30 minutes.
Reserve one tablespoon of the oil, then
heat a little of the remaining oil in an
18cm pancake pan or shallow frying pan
and add a ladleful of the batter. Swirl it
around the pan and cook for one to two
minutes each side until golden. Transfer
to a plate and keep warm. Repeat with
the remaining mixture to make eight
pancakes, keeping them warm, separated
with sheets of kitchen paper.
Heat the rest of the oil in a large,
non-stick frying pan and cook the chicken
for 10 to 12 minutes, turning occasionally,
until cooked through with no pink meat.
Divide the chicken between the pancakes,
putting it on one quarter of the pancake,
and top with the salad onions, mango
chutney and yogurt. Fold up the pancakes
to make parcels, and serve.
To save time you can make the batter
the day before and keep it in the fridge
until you want to cook the pancakes.
TRAP
17
11
7
125g plain flour
1 medium free-range egg
300ml semi-skimmed milk
1 green chilli, deseeded and
finely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp sunflower oil
600g chicken breast chunks in
tikka marinade
4 salad onions, sliced
4 tbsp mango chutney
4 tbsp low-fat Greek yoghurt
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PRIOR
LAUGH
2
KISS
RHYME
MINE
LETTERS
MEANING
3
8
Futoshiki
9
1
7
9 7
3 1
6
9
7 4
1
2
8 6
8
6
9
Killer Sudoku No 1186
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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Recipe from waitrose.com
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Time for Gassin
Golf to deliver on
all that promise
Hereford this afternoon after such a
grand effort in a better race at Sandown recently. Call Me Lord and Our
With just one win from 23 starts Merlin were the progressive types
over hurdles, it’s fair to say
expected to dominate and
that Gassin Golf has
they did, but Gassin Golf,
promised more than he
travelling strongly until
has delivered since his
outpaced by younger
jumping debut back
legs in the finish, fared
in March 2013.
easily best of the rest.
Second-place
Kerry Lee’s nineWhat’s more, he
finishes
for
Gassin
year-old is one of
was heavily backed
Golf
out
of
23
jump
those horses that
to beat the two prinraces – with just one
faithful punters will
cipals, which suggests
winner
follow over a cliff
that Lee may have found
edge, but even so I think
the key to a revival.
he’s well worth another
It was arguably his best
chance in the Handicap Hurdle at
performance since his near miss
BEST BET
Kelka
(1.45pm, Ayr)
Tough mare, fancied to win on
her chase debut for in-form yard.
NEXT BEST
Gassin Golf
(3.05pm, Hereford)
Poor win-to-run record over
hurdles, but back to form and
worth another chance.
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
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Gassin Golf, pictured with jockey Jamie Moore (purple cap) finishing second at
Sandown in 2014, is one to watch at Hereford today GETTY
in the competitive Imperial Cup
at the same course in 2015. He’s
plummeted down the ratings since,
understandable because of his loss
of form, but we saw more than just
a flicker of his old fire the other day.
Hope springs eternal.
Waiting Patiently emerged as
FORM VERDICT
TOTEQUADPOT NOVICES’ CHASE (CLASS 4) £9,800
added 2m 110yds
1 P3P6U7 OKEY DOKEY P Griffin (IRE) 7 10 12 ....................A W Short (7)
2
44/13- TOTALIZE (D) B Ellison 9 10 12 ....................................................D Cook
3
5P1-64 JENNYS MELODY (C)(D) S Crawford (IRE) 9 10 5 ...A E Lynch
4
12514- KELKA (D) J M Jefferson 6 10 5..............................................B Hughes
- 4 declared BETTING: 11-8 Totalize, 15-8 Jennys Melody, 5-2 Kelka, 25-1 Okey Dokey.
1.45
FORM VERDICT
Totalize would appear to have a leading chance if reappearing from
an 18-month absence in the right fashion, but that looks a tough task
so preference is for KELKA who is returning from her own layoff.
Malcolm Jefferson’s mare should thrive in today’s conditions and
the drop back to two miles looks the ideal starting point to begin her
chasing career. The sex allowance that she and Jennys Melody receive
could be crucial here and it would be no surprise if the two mares
fight out the finish.
ROA/RACING POST OWNERS’ JACKPOT HANDICAP
CHASE (CLASS 4) £9,800 added 3m 3f
BAKO DE LA SAULAIE Mrs R Dobbin 7 11 12.Craig Nichol
LOCHNELL (C) I Duncan 9 11 8 ............................................... H Brooke
PRESENT FLIGHT (D) Miss L Russell 9 11 8 B Campbell (5) T
CEANN SIBHEAL W Greatrex 9 11 2...................G Sheehan C,T
FINAGHY AYR (C) I Duncan 10 10 11...........................B Hughes C
PRESENTED (C) Miss L Harrison 11 10 8....Ross Chapman (5)
BENARTY HILL L Lennon (IRE) 8 10 5...............A W Short (7)
- 7 declared BETTING: 9-4 Lochnell, 11-4 Finaghy Ayr, 5-1 Ceann Sibheal, 8-1 Present
Flight, Benarty Hill, Bako De La Saulaie, 12-1 Presented.
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Fountains Windfall got his jumping act together at Kempton after
two falls and bigger prizes await.
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FORM VERDICT
LOCHNELL did it well last time out when the more exposed Finaghy
Ayr was second, and the form is fancied to be confirmed here with
jumping doubts still surrounding the latter. Bako De La Saulaie
performed well on his first start for over a year at Newcastle last
time and should have sharpened up for that outing significantly, while
Ceann Sibheal is bred to be a nice chaser in time and merits respect for
the long-travelling Warren Greatrex team.
TOTETRIFECTA HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) £8,800
added 2m 5f 110yds
1 UUP-P8 ROCK OF LEON P Kirby 7 11 12.............................N Moscrop (5) C
2
P22-15 WHISKEY CHASER (D) D McCain 10 11 10Will Kennedy C
3
411-5P THE ORANGE ROGUE (C)(D) N Alexander 11 11 6.......................
.................................................................................................................Lucy Alexander T
4
14-P58 PURCELL’S BRIDGE (D) Mrs R Dobbin 11 11 5L Murtagh (5) H
5
5P7-93 WINGS OF SMOKE T Vaughan 13 11 4...................M G Nolan T
6
73-45P SHARNEY SIKE W Coltherd 12 10 12 ....Sam Coltherd (5) C
7
8614-F ORIONINVERNESS Miss L Russell 7 10 4S Mulqueen (3) C,T
8
/22-76 ALFRED OATS R Goldie 14 10 0.......................................B Hughes T
- 8 declared BETTING: 5-2 Orioninverness, 3-1 Whiskey Chaser, 7-2 Wings Of Smoke,
8-1 The Orange Rogue, Sharney Sike, 12-1 others.
2.50
WHISKEY CHASER was well fancied when fifth in what turned into
a gruelling renewal of The Last Fling Handicap Chase at Haydock,
but was in fine form before that and the drop in trip can see Donald
McCain’s chaser back to his best here. Sharney Sike was pulled up in
the same race and holds place claims here along with Nick Alexander’s
veteran The Orange Rogue, while Orioninverness wasn’t completely
beaten when falling here last time and the return to an intermediate
distance could be in his favour under a light weight.
HEREFORD
the north’s chief Cheltenham Festival hope when taking some notable scalps at Kempton on Saturday
and he also provided a tonic for his
immensely popular trainer, Malcolm
Jefferson, as he continues to battle
ill-health.
The Yorkshire stable is in good
FORM VERDICT
CARLOS DU FRUITIER was still in contention when coming down three
out on his handicap debut at Doncaster and if that tumble has not left
its mark, Ben Pauling’s charge appears capable of running a big race
off an unchanged mark. Otter Moon commands respect after opening
his account in a maiden hurdle at Perth in the summer and can battle
it out with fellow last-time-out winners Castafiore and Trans Express
for the minor money.
3.40
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HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) £9,000 added 2m 3f
1
55-246 EVERYDAY EVERYHOUR Kerry Lee 7 11 12 ....R Patrick (5)
2
14-153 CKALCO DES LOGES D Skelton 6 11 11...................H Skelton T
3 P14F35 TRUCKERS HIGHWAY J Groucott 9 11 9 ............L Edwards T
4
730-P1 RATIFY (C)(D) F O’Brien 14 11 6..............Miss L M Pinchin (7)
5
5-2771 BORN TO SIZE R Woollacott 6 11 6........................................D Jacob
6
23-9P4 YORGONNAHEARMEROAR (C) Henry Oliver 7 11 4 ...D Crosse H
7
2-2P82 GORES ISLAND (D) G L Moore 12 11 2........ Joshua Moore V
8
1-3PF0 MODELIGO (D) M Sheppard 9 11 1 ...Stan Sheppard (3) C,T
9 99PFP4 JAYO TIME (D) Kerry Lee 9 11 1.............................. Jamie Moore B
10 13-242 LOOKS LIKE POWER Mrs D Hamer 8 11 1.....T Whelan H,T
11 4368-7 KEY TO THE WEST (D) J Spearing 11 11 0 N Scholfield C,T
12 F54-P8 FOLLOW THE SWALLOW G McPherson 10 10 12.....K Woods T,V
13 964021 SPOCK (C) Lady S Brooke 13 10 2..................Miss L Brooke (7)
14 3-2535 PEMBROKE HOUSE S-J Davies 11 10 0........................ J Banks C
- 14 declared BETTING: 5-2 Ratify, 6-1 Born To Size, 7-1 Everyday Everyhour, 8-1
Looks Like Power, Ckalco Des Loges, 10-1 Spock, 12-1 others.
FOLLOW MYRACINGTIPS ON TWITTER NOVICES’
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) £9,000 added 3m 1f
1
40-11F THE KINGS WRIT R Woollacott 7 11 12..............................D Jacob
2
55-523 BARON DU PLESSIS I Williams 7 11 10..................... R Johnson
3
6FP151 STEEL NATIVE D Rees 7 11 8.........................James Bowen (5) H
4 544-4P DANCING CONQUEST J W Mullins 8 11 7 .......D Sansom (7)
5
-56047 MINELLA STYLE D L Williams 8 11 6....Mr Shane Quinlan (7)
6
P6-P53 HANDSOME SAM M Sheppard 7 11 3Mr Ed Bailey (7) B,T
7
-574P6 JANES BOUTIQUE T Symonds 7 11 2....................Jamie Moore
8
-3P063 BIG TIME FRANK P Gundry 7 10 13.............Bryony Frost (5)
9
8P-412 GONNABEGOOD J Scott 7 10 10 ................................. M Griffiths C
10 3P535- IS LOVE ALIVE A Wintle 9 10 6..................................D G Noonan T
11 5-F5U3 HEAVENLY PROMISE J Groucott 7 10 0..................L Edwards
12 9-0554 ADMIRAL BLAKE (D) Mrs L Young 11 10 0.........James Best
13 5-4772 CLONDAW RIGGER Katy Price 6 10 0............................ B Poste T
- 13 declared FORM VERDICT
BETTING: 7-2 Baron Du Plessis, 4-1 Steel Native, 5-1 Gonnabegood, 6-1 RATIFY was flattered by his winning margin at Wincanton last time
The Kings Writ, 10-1 Clondaw Rigger, Heavenly Promise, 12-1 others.
as he made all and his nearest pursuer fell three out. However, an 8lb
rise for that 65-length victory is at least sensible, and if he can get into
FORM VERDICT
THE KINGS WRIT was fancied on his chase debut when squeezed for a good rhythm on the front end again, a double is still a possibility.
room and falling at the eighth fence at Bangor earlier on in the month. Born To Size won at Thurles in October on his final start for previous
Providing that mishap hasn’t left its mark, he should prove capable of connections and merits a market check, while recent Chepstow runnerup Looks Like Power wouldn’t be winning out of turn either.
winning for the first time under Rules for a team enjoying their best
season. Steel Native is respected on his recent win over hurdles at Ffos
Las and because James Bowen takes the ride, while Gonnabegood and
Heavenly Promise both hold each-way claims on their recent efforts.
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00202- INTRANSIGENT (CD) A Balding 9 9 7 Jason Watson (7) 13
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5111-0 SEYMOUR STAR (C) A Ralph 10 12 7...............C Hammond (7) 3
75395- BARRACUDA BOY (D) Mrs M Fife 8 9 6...................J Haynes 6
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F21-55 APPLESANDPIERRES (D) D Skelton 10 11 12.................................. 4
/3405- FIFTYSHADESOFGREY (CD) G Baker 7 9 5 ............L Keniry 9
.........................................................................................................Bridget Andrews (3) 5
82015- MAKAARIM (D)(BF) H Morrison 4 9 5............... R Kingscote 1
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20-21F CARLOS DU FRUITIER (D)(BF) B Pauling 6 11 11....D Jacob 6
1420-2 VENTURA BLUES (C) R Hannon 4 9 4Rossa Ryan (5) C 11
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0590-2 ELJADDAAF (CD) D Ivory 7 9 4.................................R Winston H 5
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76-231 OTTER MOON (D) T R George 6 11 8 ...................C Gethings (3) 8
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53764- ALEJANDRO (C)(D) David Loughnane 9 9 2 T Marquand 7
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5F0-83 GASSIN GOLF Kerry Lee 9 11 7..................................R Johnson C,T 10 45825- POETIC FORCE A Carroll 4 9 1 ..................................... G Downing 8
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6P-531 CASTAFIORE C Longsdon 5 11 1 ............Paul O’Brien (5) H,C 12 00/00- BOBBY WHEELER (D) C Cox 5 9 1...........Amelia Glass (7) 10
10 351135 COUGAR KID (CD) J G O’Shea 7 10 3Brodie Hampson (5) C 13 50096- WELLIESINTHEWATER (D) D Shaw 8 8 13. P Mathers V 4
- 10 declared - 13 declared BETTING: 3-1 Otter Moon, 7-2 Carlos Du Fruitier, 6-1 Trans Express, 7-1 BETTING: 5-1 Lucymai, 6-1 London, 13-2 Makaarim, 7-1 Eljaddaaf, 8-1
Ventura Blues, Intransigent, 10-1 Fiftyshadesofgrey, 12-1 others.
Castafiore, Gassin Golf, 8-1 Away For Slates, 12-1 others.
2.00
KEMPTON
5.40
3.05
form generally and I suspect Kelka
may provide a fourth winner in a
week in the Novices’ Chase at Ayr
(subject to a precautionary 8am
inspection).
The winner of three of her seven
starts over hurdles, Kelka is a strong,
tough mare, adept on soft ground
and the type to fare better still
over fences.
FORM VERDICT
The on-fire Nicola Currie partnered LONDON to victory at Southwell
last week and the combination could be capable of following up here
under a 6lb penalty for handler Phil McEntee. Course and distance
winner Intransigent either hits the frame or bombs out and appears
suitably treated, while Lucymai is sure to be popular looking for a
hat-trick of wins at the distance. That contender’s stablemate Eljaddaaf
gives Dean Ivory a more than handy second string, and Ventura
Blues is another who has been getting involved of late and needs
consideration.
MATCHBOOK CASINO HANDICAP (CLASS 4) 3YO
£11,200 added 1m
BACHELOR Joseph P O’Brien (IRE) 9 7.........Fran Berry T 6
DREAM MOUNT (D) M Botti 9 5.........................................L Dettori 2
METKAIF R Hannon 9 5.....................................................T Marquand 1
SHARP REMINDER J Tate 9 4.................................Oisin Murphy 5
SURFA ROSA R Hannon 9 2..........................................Hollie Doyle 3
PASSING CLOUDS M Attwater 9 1 ............................................K Fox 7
TEARDROP ISLAND P Evans 9 0 ............................H Crouch (3) 4
REVERBERATION S Kirk 8 13................................ Renato Souza 9
CORAZON ESPINADO (BF) S Dow 8 13.................D Costello 8
- 9 declared BETTING: 7-2 Bachelor, 9-2 Dream Mount, 5-1 Corazon Espinado,
Metkaif, 7-1 Surfa Rosa, 8-1 Sharp Reminder, 12-1 Passing Clouds,
Reverberation, 16-1 Teardrop Island.
6.10
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7
8
9
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FORM VERDICT
Surfa Rosa is respected despite the 8lb rise having scored bravely at
Wolverhampton last time, while it is interesting that Frankie Dettori
takes the reins aboard Marco Botti’s Dream Mount who has flopped
since wining a Lingfield maiden in the autumn. Even more interesting
though, is the Joseph O’Brien runner BACHELOR, with leading rider
Fran Berry booked, and he could take advantage of a sinking rating here
now back up to a mile. Corazon Espinado is another set to be suited by
an increase in trip having finished second over seven furlongs the last
twice, and he completes the shortlist.
MATCHBOOK BETTING PODCAST CONDITIONS STAKES
(QUALIFIER) (PLUS 10) (CLASS 2) 3YO £25,000 added 6f
CORINTHIA KNIGHT (C) Archie Watson 9 2... E Greatrex 5
DANZAN (D) A Balding 9 2..........................................Oisin Murphy 1
JOEGOGO (D) P Evans 9 2 ................................................... Fran Berry 2
ANGEL OF THE SOUTH (D) D Ivory 8 11.............. R Winston 4
HELLO GIRL D Ivory 8 11................................................................J Duern 3
- 5 declared BETTING: 6-5 Corinthia Knight, 11-8 Danzan, 10-1 Joegogo, 12-1 Angel of
The South, 16-1 Hello Girl.
6.40
1
2
3
4
5
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FORM VERDICT
Corinthia Knight wasn’t at his best at Wolverhampton last time out
and has done plenty of racing in good quality race since making his
track debut in April last year. He might not quite have the scope for
improvement that DANZAN possesses, and Andrew Balding’s charge
is fancied to claim the spoils in a likely tactical affair. He was eighth in
a Group 1 when last seen, with a 108 day break likely to have done the
selection the world of good. Joegogo could prove best of the remainder.
Results service
AYR
Going: Heavy
1.10 1. GRAND MORNING (Derek Fox) 4-1; 2. Nando
9-2; 3. Green Tikkana 25-1. 8 ran. 2-1 fav Benefit North
(4th). 11/2l, 24l. (Miss L Russell). Tote: £4.40; £1.30, £1.60,
£4.30. Exacta: £24.50. Trifecta: £135.30. CSF: £21.24.
NR: Cadougarde.
1.45 1. BABY TICKER (C Whillans) 6-1; 2. Raised On
Grazeon 5-2 fav; 3. Northern Girl 11-1. 7 ran. 3/4l, 11l.
(D Whillans). Tote: £6.10; £3.90, £1.10. Exacta: £27.00.
Trifecta: £448.90. CSF: £21.48.
2.15 1. TOO MANY CHIEFS (F O’Toole) 4-1; 2. Chef
D’oeuvre 5-1; 3. Aengus 11-1. 9 ran. 3-1 fav Mac N
Cheese (6th). 3/4l, 23/4l. (Mrs S Watt). Tote: £4.60; £1.40,
£2.40, £4.20. Exacta: £26.50. Tricast: £202.65. Trifecta:
£188.70. CSF: £24.63.
2.50 1. HILLS OF DUBAI (B Hughes) 3-1 fav; 2. Buffalo
Ballet 10-3; 3. Paddling 6-1. 8 ran. 41/2l, 11l. (D McCain).
Tote: £3.70; £1.40, £1.20, £1.60. Exacta: £13.80. Tricast:
£53.95. Trifecta: £71.60. CSF: £13.43.
3.25 1. ROSQUERO (H Reed) 9-1; 2. Casual Cavalier
9-2; 3. Trust Thomas 11-2. 7 ran. 15-8 fav Sky Full Of
Stars (4th). 16l, 10l. (Kenny Johnson). Tote: £10.90; £5.00,
£2.30. Exacta: £54.20. Trifecta: £252.40. CSF: £44.50.
3.55 1. WHAT A DREAM (J Hamilton) 11-1; 2. Haul Us
In 11-4 fav; 3. Tomahawk Wood 3-1. 8 ran. nk, nk. (Mrs
A C Hamilton). Tote: £13.80; £3.50, £1.10, £1.30. Exacta:
£36.90. Tricast: £114.17. Trifecta: £164.50. CSF: £40.61.
NR: Border Victor.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £10,445.52 carried over
to Kempton.
Placepot: £92.90. Quadpot: £13.70.
Place 6: £137.65. Place 5: £47.62.
PLUMPTON
Abandoned due to Waterlogged course.
WOLVERHAMPTON
Going: Standard
4.35 1. SNAFFLED (S Levey) 7-4 fav; 2. Takeonefortheteam 8-1; 3. Madame Jo Jo 40-1. 7 ran. 1l, 13/4l.
(D Brown). Tote: £2.80; £1.40, £4.00. Exacta: £14.10.
Tricast: £397.47. Trifecta: £198.30. CSF: £15.97. NR:
Lastoneforthecraic.
5.10 1. OUTER SPACE (Rossa Ryan) 11-2; 2. Lunar Deity
12-1; 3. Letmestopyouthere 7-2 fav. 11 ran. 2l, 11/4l. (J
Flint). Tote: £6.60; £2.80, £4.30, £1.60. Exacta: £74.50.
Trifecta: £350.30. CSF: £66.06.
5.40 1. HUMBERT (Josephine Gordon) 5-4 fav; 2. Poet’s
Society 10-1; 3. Coillte Cailin 20-1. 5 ran. hd, 11/2l. (H
Palmer). Tote: £1.90; £1.30, £4.50. Exacta: £10.60. Trifecta: £68.50. CSF: £13.16. NR: Chestnut Fire.
6.10 1. STAR ARCHER (Josephine Gordon) 4-7 fav;
2. Sam Missile 15-8; 3. Deolali 33-1. 8 ran. 3/4l, 8l. (H
Palmer). Tote: £1.40; £1.10, £1.10, £6.30. Exacta: £2.10.
Trifecta: £20.20. CSF: £2.09.
6.40 1. WATERSMEET (J Fanning) 11-2; 2. Funny
Kid 8-1; 3. Frontiersman evens fav. 11 ran. nk, 13/4l.
(M Johnston). Tote: £5.60; £1.30, £1.90, £1.40. Exacta:
£48.80. Trifecta: £143.00. CSF: £48.26.
7.10 1. MOUNT TAHAN (K Stott) evens fav; 2. Maratha
13-8; 3. Forceful Appeal 40-1. 5 ran. nk, 6l. (K Ryan).
Tote: £2.10; £1.10, £1.20. Exacta: £2.60. Trifecta: £21.40.
CSF: £2.74.
7.40 1. KRYSTALLITE (T Eaves) 8-1; 2. Kyllukey 5-2
fav; 3. Point North 8-1. 11 ran. 11/2l, 1/2l. (S Dixon). Tote:
£7.10; £2.00, £1.10, £2.20. Exacta: £32.20. Tricast: £156.52.
Trifecta: £220.10. CSF: £28.18.
Placepot: £9.60. Quadpot: £2.40.
Place 6: £5.12. Place 5: £2.62.
NEWS
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VOICES
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IQ
30-39
BUSINESS SPORT
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CRICKET
WILL JACKS (Surrey)
An aggressive all-rounder who
smashed 73 off 44 balls during England’s opening eight-wicket victory
over Namibia yesterday. Kevin Pietersen was his hero when growing up
and Jacks (left) remarked that he and
Pietersen have “similar styles”.
JACK DAVIES (Middlesex)
It says something for minor counties
cricket that Berkshire produced three
of the World Cup squad which is
more than Yorkshire and Lancashire
between them. Davies is a highlytalented wicket-keeper, who bats
left-handed and has now graduated
to Middlesex.
U-19 World Cup can be launchpad for
future Ashes stars. Tim Rich reports
F
in 1984. His wife, Debbie, is the
secretary of state for work and
pensions in Jeremy Corbyn’s
shadow cabinet. “I used to get
nervous when watching her being
interviewed on television but I am
much better now,” he said.
“I agree with Jonathan Agnew’s
analysis, that it’s harder now to
win abroad because of the lack of
practice games. Once, you would
have four first-class matches before and his batting has already been
the opening Ashes Test. Now, you go compared to Joe Root’s.
straight in.” Australia have not won
“I’ve been watching Harry since
in England since 2001.
he was 15 and saw him score 161
“The [under-19]
against Lancashire at
World Cup is massively
Scarborough in a second
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important. It teaches
XI game,” said Abrahams.
watching
things that are hard to
“He enjoys pressure; he
Harry
since
learn. Like how to play
backs himself. They’re the
under pressure, how to be he was 15.
qualities you look for.”
away from home for long He enjoys
The question is how
periods and, because it’s pressure; he
many of those who flew out
televised by Sky, how to
to New Zealand will return
backs himself... to become Test cricketers.
deal with the media.”
the qualities
The face that will be
The side that Abrahams
most often in front of the you look for
coached in the World Cup
cameras in New Zealand
final in Johannesburg
is the Under-19 captain,
produced four: Rob Key,
Harry Brook from Yorkshire. He
Owais Shah, Chris Schofield and
grew up in a house overlooking the
Graeme Swann. However, only
local cricket ground in Wharfedale
Swann appeared in a senior World
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AMERICAN FOOTBALL
NFL - NFC DIVISIONAL PLAY-OFFS: Minnesota
29 New Orleans 24..
GOLF
USPGA TOUR SONY OPEN, HONOLULU, HAWAII:
Final round (USA unless stated, par 70): 263 P
Kizzire 67 64 64 68; J Hahn 67 69 65 62 (Kizzire
won play-off at sixth hole); 264 T Hoge 65 65
64 70; 265 B Stuard 67 66 67 65; B Harman 64
63 68 70; W Simpson 67 70 63 65; 266 B Martin
69 66 66 65; O Schniederjans 66 65 67 68; G
Woodland 67 67 68 64; 267 C Kirk 63 67 67 70;
K Stanley 64 67 65 71; R Blaum 66 68 68 65; R
Knox (GB) 69 64 65 69.
SNOOKER
DAFABET MASTERS, ALEXANDRA PALACE:
First round: R Day (Wal) bt D Junhui (Chin) 6-4;
J Trump (Eng) bt L Wenbo (Chin) 6-4.
NINE-LETTER WORD anthology
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Lukaku 72
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49
Three to watch out for
Pressure platform
gives England’s
next generation
a chance to shine
or three of the great
names of modern English
cricket the final, stiflingly
hot day at Sydney was
their farewell to Australia.
The next time the Barmy Army
gather for a Test beneath the green
roofs of the SCG, they will not be
singing about Alastair Cook, Jimmy
Anderson or Stuart Broad.
But for the next generation
of young English cricketers the
opportunity to lay down a marker
is already upon them with the start
of the Under-19 World Cup in New
Zealand at the weekend. England
began the tournament with a
predictably easy eight-wicket victory
over Namibia yesterday but there
will be much greater tests to come.
England have won the Under-19
World Cup only once, two decades
ago. The boys of 1998 were coached
to the trophy by John Abrahams,
who has helped select the side for
this tournament. Among them
might be the men who bring back
the Ashes in 2022.
Abrahams has coached England
sides in seven World Cups. He was
born in Cape Town and succeeded
Clive Lloyd as captain of Lancashire
i TUESDAY
16 JANUARY 2018
TENNIS
AUSTRALIAN OPEN, MELBOURNE: Selected
results: Men’s First round: (1) R NADAL (Sp) bt V
E Burgos (Dom Rep) 6-1 6-1 6-1; (28) D DZUMHUR (Bih) bt P Lorenzi (It) 3-6 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2
6-4; (24) D S SCHWARTZMAN (Arg) bt D Lajovic
(Serb) 2-6 6-3 5-7 6-4 11-9; M Ebden (Aus) bt (16)
J ISNER (US) 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-3; (10) P CARRENOBUSTA (Sp) bt J Kubler (Aus) 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-1; (23)
G MULLER (Lux) bt F Delbonis (Arg) 7-5 6-4 6-3;
(31) P CUEVAS (Uru) bt M Youzhny (Rus) 7-6 (97) 6-3 7-5; (6) M CILIC (Croa) bt V Pospisil (Can)
6-2 6-2 4-6 7-6 (7-5); (3) G DIMITROV (Bul) bt D
Novak (Aut) 6-3 6-2 6-1; (30) A RUBLEV (Rus) bt
D Ferrer (Sp) 7-5 6-7 (6-8) 6-2 6-7 (6-8) 6-2; (17)
N KYRGIOS (Aus) bt R Dutra Silva (Br) 6-1 6-2
6-4; (15) J-W TSONGA (Fr) bt K King (US) 6-4 6-4
6-1; K EDMUND (GB) bt (11) K ANDERSON (SA)
6-7 (4-7) 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-3; R Bemelmans (Bel) bt
(18) L POUILLE (Fr) 6-4 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (8-6);
Y Nishioka (Japan) bt (27) P KOHLSCHREIBER
(Ger) 6-3 2-6 6-0 1-6 6-2; Y Sugita (Japan) bt (8) J
SOCK (US) 6-1 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 6-3.
Women’s First round: B Bencic (Swit) bt (5)
V WILLIAMS (US) 6-3 7-5; I Begu (Rom) bt
(31) E MAKAROVA (Rus) 3-6 6-4 8-6; (23) D
GAVRILOVA (Aus) bt I Falconi (US) 6-1 6-1;
(12) J GOERGES (Ger) bt S Kenin (US) 6-4 6-4;
S Zhang (Chin) bt (13) S STEPHENS (US) 2-6
7-6 (7-2) 6-2; (22) D KASATKINA (Rus) bt A K
Schmiedlova (Slovak) 6-0 6-3; M Kostyuk (Ukr) bt
(25) S PENG (Chin) 6-2 6-2; (4) E SVITOLINA (Ukr)
bt I Jorovic (Serb) 6-3 6-2; (7) J OSTAPENKO (Lat)
bt F Schiavone (It) 6-1 6-4; (32) A KONTAVEIT
(Est) bt A Krunic (Serb) 6-4 7-5; K Kanepi (Est)
bt (24) D CIBULKOVA (Slovak) 6-2 6-2; T Babos
(Hun) bt (10) C VANDEWEGHE (US) 7-6 (7-4) 6-2;
(15) A PAVLYUCHENKOVA (Rus) bt K Kozlova
(Ukr) 3-6 6-4 6-3; (19) M RYBARIKOVA (Slovak)
bt T Townsend (US) 6-0 7-5; (30) K BERTENS
(Neth) bt C Cartan Bellis (US) 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-2;
(2) C WOZNIACKI (Den) bt M Buzarnescu (Rom)
6-2 6-3.
TODAY’S FIXTURES
(Football 7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
FA CUP THIRD ROUND REPLAYS
Leicester v Fleetwood.....................................................................
Mansfield v Cardiff.............................................................................
Reading v Stevenage (8)..................................................................
Sheffield Wednesday v Carlisle .............................................
West Ham v Shrewsbury..............................................................
CRICKET
FOURTH ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL: New
Zealand v Pakistan (Hamilton, 01.00am).
SECOND TEST MATCH—FOURTH DAY OF FIVE:
South Africa v India (Centurion, 08.00am).
SNOOKER
DAFABET MASTERS (Alexandra Palace).
TENNIS
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne).
PREM SISODIYA (Glamorgan)
An orthodox, slow-left-arm bowler,
Sisodiya impressed in the recent
Under-19 tour of South Africa.
Against Namibia last month, he
scored 63 runs with the bat and followed that up with four for 40 with
the ball during England’s 130-run
win in Potchefstroom.
Cup and that when he was 31. In
1998, England warmed up for the
World Cup with an Under-19 Test
series against South Africa. “We
approached it in much the same
way we would tackle a fortnight
in Ibiza,” Swann recalled. “There
wasn’t a night when we weren’t out
on the gas.”
The fun ended when Abrahams
sat them down and, in Swann’s
words, “told us our fortunes”. They
had a party a few weeks later but by
then they were world champions.
“The thing about Graeme Swann
was that whatever he did off the
field, he was utterly single-minded
about winning when he was on it.
Rob Key was even more so.”
Attitude is more difficult to coach
than physical fitness and more
difficult to finesse than technique.
Ben Duckett scored a century
against Australia in Dubai to ensure
England finished third in the 2014
tournament while two years later
nobody scored more runs than
Durham’s Jack Burnham.
Yet Duckett will forever be asked
about the pint of beer he poured over
Anderson in a bar in Perth while
Burnham is serving a year-long ban
for recreational drug use. But there
are success stories and Abrahams
mentions Haseeb Hameed, who
opened for England in a Test when he
was 19. “We used to think of England
cricket as conservative compared
to say India who would give Sachin
Tendulkar his debut as a 16-year-old.
Those days are gone. If you’re young
and good enough, you’ll get in.”
De Villiers
steadies the
ship for
South Africa
By Mark Walker
AB de Villiers dug South Africa out
of trouble with an unbeaten halfcentury after India captain Virat
Kohli’s masterful 153 on the third
day of the second Test at Centurion.
De Villiers (50 not out) steadied the ship alongside Dean
Elgar’s unbeaten 36 following
the early dismissals of Aiden
Markram and Hashim Amla, both
of whom were trapped in front by
Jasprit Bumrah.
The unbroken 87-run partnership lifted the Proteas to 90 for
two in their second innings and an
overall lead of 118, which would be
much greater were it not for the
influence of Kohli, who amassed
almost half of India’s runs in a
supreme knock.
Resuming on 85, he wasted little time in bringing up his 21st Test
century in the morning session
and continued to frustrate South
Africa’s bowlers in a handy 71-run
AB de Villiers’ unbeaten half
century followed two early wickets
stand with Ravichandran Ashwin
(38). Kohli struck 15 fours in his
217-ball innings and, in attempting to find the boundary rope
once again, was last man out after
finding long-on off Morne Morkel,
who was the pick of South Africa’s
bowlers with four for 60 as India
were all out for 307.
50
SPORT
TENNIS: THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Edmund in pink
after recording
best ever victory
over Anderson
terms of the ranking of his opponent,
this was his biggest victory.
“It was a really good result for me,”
There had been fears that Britain Edmund said afterwards. “It was
might wake up yesterday to the great to win at the end like that, for
news that it had no players left in the so many positive reasons – just getmen’s singles here at the Australian ting through a tough match like that,
Open, but Kyle Edmund did
against a quality player who
his country proud with the
had a good year last year
best win of his career.
and also started this year
Edmund, who in the
really well.”
absence of the injured
Anderson has one of
Andy Murray is Britthe game’s most danPredicted
ain’s only competitor
gerous serves. The
temperature in
in the men’s singles,
31-year-old South AfMelbourne in
beat Kevin Anderrican hit 35 aces here
Celsius later this
son, the world No 12,
to Edmund’s 11 and also
week. It was just
6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
struck 77 winners to
19C yesterday
Anderson, who was
the Briton’s 61. However,
runner-up at the US Open
Edmund played better in
last year, twice led Edmore of the big moments,
mund by a set and was a
It was great even if the tightness of the
break up in the decider, to win at the
match was reflected in
but the 23-year-old Briton
the total number of points
never lost his composure. end like that,
won: 155 by Edmund and
to
get
through
He now faces a second154 by Anderson.
round meeting with the a tough match
Edmund, who struck
world No 60, Uzbekistan’s against a top
some thunderous foreDenis Istomin, who sprang player who
hands, was also the more
the biggest surprise of last had a good
consistent performer,
year’s tournament with his year in 2017
making only 27 unforced
win over Novak Djokovic.
errors in comparison with
Edmund has gone furAnderson’s 44. While Anther at a Grand Slam tournament in derson made some telling forays into
the past, having reached the fourth the net, he was often pegged back by
round of the US Open in 2016 after Edmund’s bold hitting.
wins over Richard Gasquet (world
“Kevin serves himself out of trouNo 15) and John Isner (No 21), but in ble so much,” Edmund said. “His
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serve is very difficult to read, so
when you get a racket on the ball, it
really has to go in the court. I thought
I did a pretty good job. I took chances
basically, and they paid off. I’d say
they were calculated risks.”
Temperatures of up to 42C are
forecast by the end of this week, but
for the opening day it felt more like
A bananas day leaves
America with only
three in second round
By Paul Newman
Fifteen Americans went into
battle here on the first day of
the Australian Open, but only
three of them progressed to the
second round.
On one of the worst days for
American tennis in recent
years at a Grand Slam
tournament, Venus
Williams, Sloane
Stephens, Coco
Vandeweghe, Jack
Sock and John Isner
were among the 12 who
fell at the first hurdle.
The tone for the day
was set by the first match in
Margaret Court Arena. Stephens,
who won her first Grand Slam
title at the US Open four months
ago, was beaten 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 by
China’s Zhang Shuai, despite
having served for the match in the
second set.
Zhang, who as the world No
34 is the highest-ranked player
in the women’s field not to be
seeded, beat Simona Halep here
two years ago and eventually
lost to Johanna Konta in the
quarter-finals.
Stephens (left) has
lost all eight matches
she has played since
beating Madison Keys
in the final at Flushing
Meadows last year.
“Tennis is definitely a
roller coaster,” Stephens
said. “But I have learned to
just not panic. It will be OK.”
Remarkably, three of the four
women’s semi-finalists from
New York went out on the first
day here. Williams was beaten
6-3, 7-5 by Switzerland’s Belinda
an English summer’s day. It was just
19C when Edmund and Anderson
opened proceedings on Court 3 at
11am, with the sun only occasionally
breaking through the overcast skies
and a hint of rain in the air. There
was also a stiff breeze and Anderson
in particular had occasional trouble
with his ball toss.
Any lack of brightness was made
up for by Edmund’s pink and black
kit . On Twitter Judy Murray called
it a “liquorice allsort outfit”, but a
smiling Edmund said: “Obviously
it worked. I don’t think pink really
suits me. If you have a better tan, it
would suit you. But it’s all right.”
Having lost several close matches
striking. “I don’t think I played
have to play under a different
a bad match,” Williams said
set of rules? I don’t have to make
afterwards. “She just played
myself uncomfortable because
above and beyond.”
it’s ill-prepared. I have needs and
This was Williams’ 18th
it’s not my fault that this court is
Australian Open, the 37-year-old
ill prepared.”
American having made her debut
The world No 9, who refused to
in 1998, when Bencic was just 10
continue playing at the end of the
months old. Williams reached the first set until she was provided
final here last year before losing
with the bananas, was penalised
to her sister Serena.
again and docked a point
Bencic is ranked No
in the second set after
78 in the world after
apparently swearing
injuries disrupted
at Babos because she
her 2017 campaign,
felt the Hungarian
but she is a former
had been “in her
Defeats
in
a
row
for
top 10 player.
face”.
Sloane Stephens
“I think I had a
Sock, who capped
since winning
little bit too much
a memorable 2017
the US Open last
respect, played a
by
reaching
the semiSeptember
little bit careful and
finals on his debut
safe,” Bencic said of her
at the ATP Finals in
previous meetings with
London, was beaten 6-1, 7-6,
Williams. “This time I really tried 5-7, 6-3 by Japan’s Yuichi Sugita.
to come out and hit it big.”
The 25-year-old American has yet
Vandeweghe, a semi-finalist
to win a match this year, having
here and at the US Open last year, lost in the first round in Auckland
was handed two code violations
to Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk in
during her defeat, the first of
his only appearance.
them after an argument with the
Isner, the world No 16, who has
umpire over a lack of bananas.
rarely played well here, slumped
“How are they not on court?”
to a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 defeat against
Vandeweghe asked the umpire.
Australia’s Matthew Ebden.
“That’s not my fault. Why do I
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Belinda Bencic celebrates after her
victory over Venus Williams
Bencic, while Vandeweghe lost
a bad-tempered contest against
Hungary’s Timea Babos 7-6, 6-2.
Williams had won all four
of her previous meetings with
20-year-old Bencic, but the
world No 5 could not match
her opponent’s consistent ball-
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By Phil Blanche
Bong gets
Brighton’s
backing over
racism claim
New Wales manager Ryan Giggs
has vowed to silence his doubters
“by winning games”. Giggs was unveiled as Chris Coleman’s successor
at a press conference in the Vale of
Glamorgan yesterday after agreeing a four-year deal to take in the
2020 European Championship and
2022 World Cup. But despite being
the most decorated player in English
football after an illustrious career at
Manchester United, Giggs’s appointment has not been universally welcomed by Wales fans.
Giggs captained Wales and won
64 caps in a career which ran from
1991 to 2007, but his commitment to
his country was regularly questioned
as he did not play an international
friendly until 2000. Asked how he
would win the sceptics over, Giggs Ryan Giggs is presented with a Wales shirt bearing his name yesterday GETTY
said: “I’ll do that by winning games.
As long as we’re winning games those ers there and to be part of it.” Giggs Bowen. Giggs’ first game in charge of
questions won’t come up. But I recog- spent four games in interim charge of Wales will be against China in Nannise the question, it’s up to me
United at the end of the 2013- ning on 22 March and although he
to give it my all and I will.
14 season following the revealed he has spoken to his former
“I will bring professacking of David Moyes. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson
sionalism and organiBut Wales represents about his new role, he promised to
sation and have a bit
his first permanent job be his own man. “I’d be stupid not to
of fun along the way.
in management after speak to Sir Alex,” Giggs said. “He’s
Caps Giggs won for
When I played for my
he missed out on the one of the greatest managers, if not
Wales between his
country I gave it my
Swansea post in Octo- the greatest manager, that’s ever
debut in 1991 and
all. I loved playing for
ber 2016.
lived.
2007, scoring
my country and now
Giggs has yet to
“I’ll take a bit from managers that
12 goals
it’s probably the prouddecide on the make-up of I’ve worked with at club level and
est moment of my life to
his backroom staff but said international level, but I’m my own
lead the Welsh nation into
he will speak to Coleman’s person. I want exciting football, to get
the Euros and the World Cup. We’ve assistant Osian Roberts, who was an the fans off their seats, hard-working,
not qualified for a World Cup since unsuccessful candidate for the job, aggressive, never giving up. A win1958, I want to get this group of play- alongside Craig Bellamy and Mark ning team.”
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last year, Edmund said he had been
determined to do better in 2018, especially against top players, and that
beating Anderson in five sets, having
lost to him at last year’s French Open
– also in five sets – was a good sign.
“It’s a good measure, to be beating
him in five sets eight or nine months
later,” Edmund said. THE INDEPENDENT
Nadal makes
very short work
of beating Burgos
By Eleanor Crooks
AT MELBOURNE PARK
Rafael Nadal blasted past Estrella
Burgos in straight sets in their
first-round tie yesterday. Nadal
(right), t h e wo rl d
No 1, came into the
tournament without having played
a warm-up event
following knee
problems at the
end of last season. But he was
anything but rusty
as he raced to a 6-1,
6-1, 6-1 win in an hour
and 34 minutes. Home hope Nick
Kyrgios was also impressive as he
defeated Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-1,
6-2, 6-4.
In the women’s draw, second
seed Caroline Wozniacki eased past
Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2,
6-3 while fourth seed Elina Svitolina
won 6-3, 6-2 against Ivana Jorovic.
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Giggs says winning games
is way to win over sceptics
Judy Murray
said that Kyle
Edmund’s kit
made him look
like a liquorice
allsort REUTERS
i TUESDAY
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By Matt Slater
Brighton have given Gaetan Bong
their “full support” after the
defender accused West Bromwich
forward Jay Rodriguez of racially
abusing him during Saturday’s
2-0 defeat at the Hawthorns.
Footage of the incident shows
the pair arguing and bumping
into each other, before Rodriguez
holds his nose and waves his hand
as if to gesture Bong smells. It is
not clear what was said, however.
The 29-yearold Cameroon i a n (right)
complained to
referee Martin Atkinson
who included
the complaint
in his report.
The FA said on
Sunday it was investigating the matter and Bong later appeared
on French television to say
Rodriguez’s comment was “racist
in nature”.
Brighton chief executive Paul
Barber said: “Gaetan has the full
support of everyone at the club
through this process. The club
will also assist the Football Association in their investigation.”
West Bromwich manager Alan
Pardew said Rodriguez denied
Bong’s allegations, insisting they
were “untrue”.
Planet Football
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
SUNDERLAND
Rodwell told he can
leave for nothing
Sunderland have told £10million
midfielder Jack Rodwell they will
tear up his contract if he can find
another club.
It is understood the 26-year-old,
who has made just 76 senior
appearances for the Black Cats
during his three and a half years
to date on Wearside, has asked to
leave the Stadium of Light and
has been told he can go for free.
However, Rodwell (right),
whose five-year contract when
he joined from Manchester
City in August 2014 did
not include a 40 per cent
wage reduction clause in
the event of relegation, is
thought not to have yet
accepted the offer.
The capture of
the former England
international, who
was signed by former
manager Gus Poyet,
was seen as something of a coup at
the time, but Rodwell’s time in the
North-east has been dismal.
Injuries and a lack of form have
hampered his progress, and he
was not helped by a woeful record
which saw him start 39 Premier
League games for City and
Sunderland without tasting victory
before the Black Cats’ 4-0 win
at Crystal Palace on 4 February
last year, a wait of 1,370 days. He
last turned out for Sunderland
in their 3-0 EFL Cup
defeat at Everton on 20
September.
His hopes of a fresh
start may depend on
his willingness to
agree to terminate
what remains of his
£60,000-a-week deal
with cash. Sunderland
are in no position to
pay up his contract..
FRANCE
Pardew ready to Nantes red card
move for Cairney is overturned
after ref’s kick
Manager Alan Pardew wants
to sign Fulham captain Tom
Cairney, with reports suggesting
Albion are willing to pay up
to £15m for the midfielder.
The 26-year-old Scotland
international, who joined Fulham
from Blackburn for £2.8m in 2015,
has also been linked with a move
to Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle.
BARCELONA
Dembélé’s fresh
injury setback
Barcelona winger Ousmane
Dembélé is facing another month
on the sidelines after suffering
a fresh hamstring injury. The
£96.8m summer signing from
Borussia Dortmund picked up the
problem in Sunday’s 4-2 win over
Real Sociedad. Dembélé, 20, had
only recently returned from four
months out with a similar injury.
Nantes defender Diego Carlos’s
red card against Paris St-Germain
has been overturned after referee
Tony Chapron apologised for the
controversial end to the game.
Late in Nantes’ 1-0 loss on
Sunday, Chapron (below), having
been knocked over accidentally by
the Nantes defender, kicked out at
Carlos before showing him a second
yellow card.
The referee has been stood
down from duty “until further
notice”, starting from his scheduled
assignment for Wednesday’s
Ligue 1 match between Angers and
Troyes, and will face a disciplinary
hearing with the French football
league.
But Carlos will be clear to
play against Toulouse the same
evening after the
second booking
was rescinded by
league officials on
Chapron’s advice.
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SamCunningham
CYRILLE REGIS 1958-2018
FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
Social media must take lead
and clean out its own gutter
O
ne of the main dividing
Twitter reacts to Mings
issues between social
media giants and those
If there is undoubtedly a lot of
who are the target of the
abuse on social media sites, the
racism and abuse on their sites is
reactions on Twitter to Tyrone
who should deal with the problem.
Mings after his i interview on
Bournemouth defender Tyrone
Saturday were proof that a
Mings told i last weekend that it is
different way is possible. Here are
not up to black footballers who are
some of the hundreds:
subjected to shocking racism every
day on Twitter, Instagram and
“Perhaps the proudest interview
Facebook to report it.
I’ve done, simply because I allowed
The companies, however, believe
to get some opinions off my chest,
it should be policed by the users,
not just on racism, check it out”
and they have spent the past few
Tyrone Mings @OfficialTM_3
years developing fancy reporting
tools to assist.
“Important and articulate - you
So i spent the weekend seeing
make me proud! It’s so brilliant
how that was going for them.
that you’re using your platform to
Picking a few posts at random from
speak up and make a difference”
Manchester City and England
@CrockerdramaGA
forward Raheem Sterling’s
Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
“Well done on speaking out, so
accounts revealed a very grim
much more needs to be done on
place. Be warned, this is extremely
this issue, it really shouldn’t be
unpleasant and offensive. He is
happening in this age now”
called a “F***** black boy” and a
@selmanjamie84
“Black c***” and a “black b******”.
Another user says: “You f******
“Well done. Run for office after
n**** and your black fat mom.” One
your career is over. You have a
says: “Get your ass back in that ship
message that needs to be heard”
to Jamaica u monkey cock.”
@dcinwashington
There are reams of homophobia,
sexism, threats of violence and
someone claiming to leak his
player, albeit one of the higher
mobile phone number. “I hope your
profile players (2.1million follow
knee caps pop out and
his page on Facebook,
you die on the pitch,” one
1.39m follow his tweets
Users are
says. “F*** off back to
and 3.1m his pictures on
either
not
Jamaica… I hope your
Instagram), and a handful
daughter falls off a cliff,” reporting this of posts: a picture of
says another. Someone
stuff or, if they Sterling wearing a hat
says: “African man I will are, it is not
from the Vita De Lusso
kill you very very soon
being removed fashion company, one
animal” and another:
of him sitting on a sofa,
– some of
“hope your kid gets aids.”
another in the changing
these posts are room with his Manchester
One user even brands
him a “Filthy mudblood” four years old City team-mates, after a
– a derogatory term from
new hair-cut, celebrating
Harry Potter.
Jamaican Independence Day.
This goes on and on and on. And
Users either aren’t reporting
on. And on. And this is just a gentle
this stuff or, if they are, it is not
scratch of the surface. This is one
being removed, because some of
Raheem Sterling has been subjected to vile racist abuse on social media GETTY
these posts are from four years ago.
Sterling is not a prolific poster and
it takes about 10 seconds to scroll
down to 2014. Are we supposed to
believe nobody does that?
In fairness to the trio, their
reporting tools were very clear.
Instagram instantly removed
offending posts after they were
reported. Twitter and Facebook
did not do so straight away, but
by Monday morning offending
content had been deleted. Yet
when i had a look at Twitter via
another user’s account, some of the
messages were still there. “F***
Off n****” was still there – that
obviously needs more analysis by
the Twitter guardians to check if it
was racist. Facebook, in contrast,
had completely removed “Ya black
bastered” from view.
When i contacted these three
social media companies for their
response to Mings’ revelations
of the stark racism he and other
black players faced, Facebook and
Instagram (which is owned by
Facebook) would not even go on
record denouncing racism on their
platforms, though Instagram say
they have a zero tolerance towards
bullying or threatening behaviour
and, for Facebook, making sure
people have a safe and positive
experience is, apparently, the
most important thing they do.
Twitter said that “hateful conduct,
in all its forms, is a violation of the
Twitter Rules”.
The problem is so bad that some
players pay people to handle their
social media, because they need
the exposure these sites bring for
sponsorship and commercial reach,
but they do not want to deal with
the abuse. Mings had a simple way
of at least significantly stifling the
racism: prevent users from being
able to post clearly racist words.
Take the n-word, for example, and
variations of its spelling. It seems a
no-brainer. No?
A Twitter source gave i some
context as to why they don’t do that.
They explained that some people
believe they use that word in an
inoffensive way between friends
and they would not want to prevent
that. And as it stands, although
computers are widely predicted to
eventually destroy us all, they are
not yet able to determine nuance
of language: whether the n-word is
used offensively, or between friends
(though many would argue it is
offensive either way).
They also said that social media
companies had buried their head
in the sand on the issue until the
last couple of years, since when
they have been taking the matter
seriously. These companies are
clearly a long way from digging
their way out.
Regis blazed a
trail on football’s
front line against
ingrained racism
Kevin
Garside
CHIEF SPORTS
CORRESPONDENT
M
y first memory
of Cyrille Regis
was painful, the
goal rippling the
Manchester United
net was the fifth conceded that day
and spoiled the weekend for this
teenage football obsessive. United
were my team and Regis had ripped
them apart at Old Trafford in
what was arguably one of the most
compelling contests of the Seventies.
Regis and his West Brom team-
mate Laurie Cunningham, who also
scored in the breathless 5-3 victory,
were uncontainable and unmissable
in their roles as frontline warriors in
the struggle for acceptance in an age
of ignorance.
Brendon Batson, the third black
member of that pioneering team
under Ron Atkinson, was a full-back.
No-one wanted to be a full-back. But,
boy, did we want to play like Regis
and Cunningham.
In an era when racism was deeply
embedded in the culture of British
everyday life, putting the ball in
the back of the net was one of the
accidental tools that helped by
increments to change the landscape.
Sadly, Batson is now the only
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Cyrille Regis in his playing days with
West Bromwich Albion in 1979 and
(below) receiving an award at The
Football Black List Celebration in
London last November GETTY
young players for whom a future in
the game was far from certain.
I reminded him of the pain he
caused in 1978. He smiled that
neon smile and promised not to
do it again. Regis never set out
to be an agent for change in the
struggle for black equality and the
shredding of racial taboos. He was
an electrician knocking them in for
non-league Hayes at the weekend. It
was Atkinson who changed his life
and the course of English football
when he signed him for West Brom,
managers in those days happy to
shop in the lower echelons in search
of a bargain.
How ironic that Atkinson should
lose his position in the game as
a consequence of his lingering
attachment to an epoch that framed
racism as banter. A derogatory
comment about Marcel Desailly
made off air during a Champions
League match in 2004 was
inadvertently broadcast.
Regis, of course, made his mind up
about Atkinson on the basis of their
daily interaction. Though Atkinson
spoke the language of racism, in
practice few did as much to further
the prospects of black players, a
paradox noted by Regis.
“The reality is, Ron did as much
for black players as anybody in
the game at that time. I remember
playing Everton away at Villa under
Ron. We had nine black players
in the side. He was top-drawer.
Without a doubt he made a racist
remark but he is not racist, 100 per
cent not.”
It was Atkinson who applied “The
Three Degrees” moniker to Regis,
Cunningham and Batson. Atkinson
was being affectionate and could
not have recognised it as pernicious.
Regis, who was supportive of the
association with the American soul
trio, saw it that just way.
“It was a time in football when
there were no black players,” he
said. “The Three Degrees were
playing in Birmingham. From a
PR point of view someone thought
the three of them, the three of us,
let’s get them to a game for a bit
of promotion, take some pictures.
Someone asked Big Ron what
he thought of the Three Degrees
and he said, ‘We’ve got our own
Three Degrees.’ It stayed like that
ever since.”
In the post match interview after
that arresting conquest of Old
survivor. That a heart attack
Trafford in 1978, United manager
Dave Sexton thought Steve Coppell
should claim Regis at the age of 59
the man of the match,
is deeply shocking since,
outwardly, the athletic
a view that can only be
Ron was
physique with which he
described as blinkered
top-drawer.
tormented defenders
given that Cunningham
Without a
remained intact.
was Cristiano Ronaldo to
Coppell’s James Milner.
I last interviewed Regis doubt, he
five years ago on the eve
In the language of
made a racist
of the FA Cup third round comment
Seventies England
when Coventry and Spurs
Atkinson expressed a
but he is not
reprised the final of 1987.
different view, awarding
a racist, 100
He was still involved
the champagne to “one of
per cent
in the game as a football
the coloured front people,
agent, not one raking
Cyrille Regis.” There was
no outcry, no offence noted. As Regis
millions off the top in big-money
transfers, but in a much more low
understood, that was just the way it
key capacity as an advisor and
was, but thanks to him and others
mentor, offering pastoral support to
like him, is not the way it is today.
Can delighted with win but
may still leave in summer
By Mark Critchley
Emre Can has assured Liverpool
supporters that he will give ‘everything’ for the club over the coming
months, despite the uncertainty
surrounding his future.
Can’s current Anfield contract
expires in the summer, despite
protracted negotiations with the
club over renewed terms during the
last 18 months.
The 24-year-old midfielder is
currently able to negotiate pre-contract terms with European clubs
and Juventus are understood to be
interested in snapping Can up on a
free transfer.
After his impressive display in
Sunday’s 4-3 victory over Premier
League leaders Manchester City, Can Emre Can will become a free agent at
remained coy over his future, plac- the end of the season
ing all responsibility for future talks
with Liverpool on his agent. Can,
with everyone. Of course I am
nevertheless, insisted that
talking with Liverpool.
he would not allow such
Why not? I still have a
uncertainty to affect his
contract here. It is an
performances as the
amazing club. What
season progresses.
can I say? My agent
Premier League
“I know you have
does the rest. I just
starts
Emre
Can
has
to ask [about his conconcentrate on the
made for Liverpool,
tract]! My agent is
scene, on my perscoring eight goals
looking after everyformance and the
thing but I am here until
football. I will give evethe summer,” he said. “I
rything for this team.”
haven’t signed anything [with
More victories like the
Juventus] or anyone. I am talking
one over City on Sunday may
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I am talking with
everyone. Of course I am
talking with Liverpool. It is
an amazing club
help to persuade Can to stay put,
and the midfielder was thrilled with
the win. “It was unbelievable. Brilliant, really. Unbelievable! How we
pressed, I think it was the best game
in terms of how I saw it,” Can said.
“Look at how we pressed. We played
against Manchester City. You don’t
have to forget that. We were always
on the front foot, everyone pressing
and everyone did a brilliant job.”
While Can was careful not to get
carried away, he believes Jürgen
Klopp’s side sent a message to the
rest of the Premier League and Europe by inflicting City’s first league
defeat of the season.
“If the teams saw us playing like
that, they we will give us a lot of respect and we will take a lot of confidence. We didn’t have to pick one
player out against Manchester City.
Every single player performed and
did an amazing job.
Can added: “If teams watch our
performance today they will think:
‘Oh wow!’ They will see we are a
strong side. But this is just one game.
It is just three points and we have to
keep going.” THE INDEPENDENT
Comment
Klopp will be asking ‘what-if?’
after breaking City’s domination
Mark
Critchley
A
s Sadio Mané’s strike
ripped past Ederson
into the top-left hand
corner of the Anfield
Road net, it answered
the outstanding question of this
Premier League. Can Manchester
City be beaten? Yes, as it turns out,
they can. Mané’s goal, Liverpool’s
third on Sunday, may not have
ultimately made the difference in
their 4-3 win but at the time, it felt
significant. For the first time this
season, City required three to win.
Mané was at the centre of events
when the sides met in September.
On Friday, Jürgen Klopp harked
back to it. “We were the slightly
better side, created slightly better
chances,” he said of the reverse
fixture at the Etihad. Then came
referee Jonathan Moss’ correct
decision to show Mané a red
card for unintentionally but
recklessly kicking Ederson in
the head while contesting a high,
bouncing ball. What followed was
total capitulation on Liverpool’s
part and a 5-0 defeat. The red
card had “obviously changed the
game”, Klopp said, “and maybe for
Manchester City, the season.” That
last comment suggested that in the
months since that match, Klopp has
asked himself: ‘What if?’
What if, for example, Mané
had controlled the ball first time
without letting it bounce towards
Ederson? What if he had then
rounded the onrushing goalkeeper
and scored into an empty net?
What if, with the scoreline level,
Mané’s high boot catches Ederson for
which the Liverpool player is sent off
two evenly-matched teams had
shared the points that day? Would
City have gone on to win their next
16 league games, racking up heavier
and heavier victories, building a
significant lead at the top of the
table? Maybe. Would Liverpool
have suffered their worst period
of form of this season in the weeks
immediately after? Maybe not.
Klopp’s words indicated that he
feels that Mané’s dismissal was the
significant moment of the season,
a Sliding Doors moment if you like.
He believed the scoreline carried
consequences for the campaigns
of both clubs. He went on to ask
his players to “clarify something”
against City on Sunday, and though
he did not specify what exactly, the
suggestion was that they should
do everything possible at Anfield
to make September’s 5-0 drubbing
seem like an aberration.
City will still win the title and
Liverpool remain some way below
Pep Guardiola’s side, but the game
was a reminder that seasons,
never mind matches, can swing on
single moments. What if an 11-man
Liverpool had produced the same
performance there in September?
What if indeed. THE INDEPENDENT
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Sport
Stoke have
no answer to
Pogba’s pass
masterclass
MANCHESTER UNITED
Valencia 9, Martial 38, Lukaku 72
STOKE CITY
16.01.18
p49
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England’s young
lions aiming to
shine at Under-19
World Cup
P50
TENNIS
Edmund off to
flyer Down Under
while Americans
endure dire day
P52
FOOTBALL
Kevin Garside
pays tribute to
Baggies legend
Cyrille Regis
3
Manchester United
De Gea
0
By Sam Cuningham
Valencia Smalling
AT OLD TRAFFORD
Stoke had never lost an away league
game on a Monday night, but they
had likely not seen a better passing
performance from an opposition
player than the one Paul Pogba produced, either. Two assists for the
midfielder from Manchester United’s
three goals and it would have been
plenty more had his team-mates
converted them.
Paul Lambert was at Old Trafford
having been announced as Stoke’s
new manager earlier in the day. He
will realise just how much his work is
cut out for him after witnessing the
defending last night.
In the build-up to United’s opening
goal in the ninth minute, Pogba was
under so little pressure he had time
to put the kettle on and make a cuppa
in the middle of the pitch, before he
flicked the ball out to Antonio Valencia on the right with the outside of his
boot. The Ecuadorian cut back inside
and lashed the ball into the far corner.
It was possibly the first time he had
ever used his left foot.
Pogba is beginning to more regularly play with the swagger and snap
he developed at Juventus; successfully executing a flip-flop one moment,
swiping away Stephen Ireland’s legs
the next. He hit a 60 yard diagonal
pass from inside his own half that
could not have been better weighted
for Jesse Lingard.
It was like a golf shot played with a
touch of back spin, perfectly executed
at the end of a pro’s five or six minutes
of preparation, only Pogba had a split
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ChoupoMoting
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Stoke City
Subs: Manchester United Fellaini (Lingard, 80),
Rashford (Martial, 80), McTominay (Mata, 83); Stoke
City Wimmer (Tymon, 45), Sobhi (Choupo-Moting 61),
Diouf (Crouch, 70)
Booked: Manchester United Lingard, Lukaku; Stoke
City Ireland. Man of the Match Pogba.
Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Manchester United 60% Stoke City 40%.
Attempts on target: Manchester Utd 9 Stoke City 5.
Referee A Taylor (Cheshire).
Attendance 74,726.
second to pull the trigger. Soon after
Pogba provided again: playing a deft
pass across the edge of Stoke’s penalty area with just the right weight,
once more, for Anthony Martial to
curl in first-time.
Somehow he spotted Martial when
the entirety of Stoke’s defence missed
him and the assist was as good as the
finish.
Continuing into the second half,
Pogba picked out Martial a second
time with a reverse pass in-between
three Stoke defenders and only a
slight mis-control from the fordown the right into Marcus
ward allowed Stoke’s goalRashford’s path. The perkeeper Jack Butland to
formance was a passing
pounce on the ball.
masterclass; a highThen there was the
lights reel from a single
curled in-swinging
game that should be
Stoke are the first
ball from wide left,
shown to youngsters
team in Europe’s
that Romelu Lukaku
in Premier League
major five leagues
was not expecting
academies far and
to concede a half
to find him, and the
wide.
century of goals
repeated step-overs
T h e 72 n d - m i n u t e
this season
to skip past two playthird was started by
ers before laying inside to
Pogba, too, with a layoff
Juan Mata. And the chipped ball
inside United’s half, although Lin-
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ECB to meet after Stokes charge
The England and Wales Cricket
Board said yesterday it will “convene
within 48 hours” to decide on
whether Ben Stokes will be available
to play for England.
The all-rounder (right) has been
charged with affray after a fight
outside a Bristol nightclub, the Crown
Prosecution Service announced
yesterday. The 26-year-old missed the
Ashes series with the England and
Wales Cricket Board opting to rule
him out. Two other men have also been
charged in relation to the matter and
they will appear at Bristol Magistrates’
court in due course.
Stokes said in a statement that
he is “keen to clear his name”. He
added: “I gave a full and detailed
account of my actions to the police
on day one – the same day as the
incident – and have cooperated at
each step of the police inquiry. I
am keen to have an opportunity to
clear my name but, on advice, the
appropriate time to do this is when
the case comes to trial.”
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Chelsea’s late play
to hijack Sanchez
move to Old Trafford
By Miguel Delaney
Romelu Lukaku finds
just enough space to
drive home United’s
third and final goal
at Old Trafford last
night REUTERS
Manchester United and Arsenal
were sorting details of the prospective transfer of Alexis Sanchez last
night – but while it seemed increasingly likely that the Chilean would
be heading to Old Trafford, Chelsea
have made a late play and representatives have suggested the player may prefer to stay in London.
While those close to the deal
believe Manchester United are
likely to complete the signing,
negotiations with Arsenal have
been “tough” and are considered
only 75 per cent complete.
United remain confident that
they will be able to offer a financial
package that will satisfy Sanchez,
with some reports suggesting he
could earn up to £350,000 a week.
Last night it was reported that
Manchester City had pulled out of
the race, unwilling to up their £20m
offer and reluctant to match the
wages on offer from United.
United are prepared to offer the
£35m Arsenal want for a player who
will be out of contract in the summer.
Arsenal would accept £30m plus
United midfieldfer Henrikh Mkhitaryan who United are willing to offload in the transfer window. Arsenal
are also said to be examing other options including Bordeaux’s 20-yearold Brazilian striker Malcom and
‘Tough’ negotiations for Sanchez
Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. ArsèneWenger
is an admirier of Anthony Martial
but United are adamant the French
striker won’t be leaving.
AsforMkhitaryan,itisthoughtheis
is not keen to go to Arsenal and would
preferareturntoBorussiaDortmund.
Mkhitaryan was left out of the United side that played Stoke last night
and United manager Jose Mourinho
said it was for issues off the pitch
rather on it.
“I would lie if I said it was a pure
tactical decision,” Mourinho told
Sky Sports. “It was just a choice
of the players that we know, in this
moment, they have 100 per cent
their heads in Manchester United.”
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STOKE CITY
Lambert has plan for survival
gard drove up the field with the ball
and Martial delivered the cutting
pass into the box for Lukaku to bury
low. Two Stoke defenders were close
to the United striker but he barely
noticed them as he took a couple of
touches.
Lingard was not even at his recent
best, Mata was creative and Rashford started on the bench. With all
this attacking depth it is no wonder
United manager Jose Mourinho is
happy to let Henrikh Mkhitaryan
join Arsenal as part of a deal for
Alexis Sanchez. The Armenian was
left out of the 18, having been with his
team-mates earlier in the day, and
Mourinho admitted he withdrew the
player from his squad with his future
in doubt. It was telling that Martial,
who Arsène Wenger keenly admires
and wanted to make part of a deal,
started.
Going forward, Lambert will have
found slithers of encouragement.
Ireland slipped and missed when
Xherdan Shaqiri found him in a good
position with a neat pass, and Phil
Jones produced a vital sliding block
to stop Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
scoring after David De Gea came and
failed to claim a cross. De Gea’s legs
denied Mame Biram Diouf late on for
the clean sheet.
The last time Stoke won at Old
Trafford was 1976 and it might be a
long old wait yet if Lambert is unable
to turn things around. It might be a
while longer until there is a better
passing display than Pogba’s.
Giggs unveiled as Wales coach, p51
By Carl Markham
Stoke yesterday appointed
Paul Lambert as their
manager with the Scot
signing a two-andhalf-year contract to
replace the sacked
Mark Hughes.
Lambert (right)
watched last night’s
match at Old Trafford
from the stands and will
take over today. The former
Wolves manager’s first match in
RUGBY UNION
FOOTBALL
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RUGBY UNION
Kiwi Sopoaga to join
Wasps next season
Blues win planning
battle breakthrough
Duckett named in
North v South series
Rokoduguni could
miss all Six Nations
Wasps have announced the
signing of New Zealand fly-half
Lima Sopoaga for next season.
The 26-year-old, who has scored
55 points in 16 Tests for the All
Blacks, will join the Premiership
outfit following his Super Rugby
commitments with the Highlanders
over the summer. Sopoaga helped
the Highlanders claim their first
Super Rugby title in 2015. He also
plays for Southland in New Zealand’s
Provincial Rugby Championship.
Chelsea have made a breakthrough
in the deadlock with neighbours
which threatened to stall plans
to redevelop Stamford Bridge.
London Borough of Hammersmith
and Fulham council last night
said it could take over discussions
with owners of nearby properties
who had launched a High Court
injunction to stop work on the
60,000-seater stadium, saying it
would block their sunlight. They also
said the injunction is no longer valid.
England international Ben Duckett
has been selected for the 2018
North v South series in March.
The Northamptonshire batsman
received a final written warning
over his conduct after pouring a
drink over England’s leading wickettaker James Anderson in a Perth
bar in December. The 23-year-old
was also dropped for the Lions’
tour of West Indies in February and
March, but will be part of a 15-man
North squad in Barbados.
England and Bath winger Semesa
Rokoduguni is set to miss the entire
Six Nations due to a shoulder
injury. It was originally thought
that the 30-year-old would be out
for two months when he underwent
surgery after Bath’s defeat to
Exeter on 2 December. But it now
looks as though that Rokoduguni’s
recovery period will be four months.
England’s Six Nations campaign
begins in Italy on 3 February, ending
against Ireland on 17 March.
charge will be Saturday’s home
game against Huddersfield.
“Paul greatly impressed us
with his knowledge of our
squad and had a clear
plan of how he would
improve our results,”
said chairman Peter
Coates.
Derby’s Gary
Rowett, Espanyol’s
Quique Sanchez Flores
and Republic of Ireland
coach Martin O’Neill all ruled
themselves out of contention.
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