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Yasmin
Alibhai-Brown
Carillion
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Fat-cat bosses
now under
investigation
Grayson
Perry
conquers
America
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Plastics
ban for
Europe
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WEDNESDAY
17 JANUARY 2018
Number 2,230
P30
NHS losing
doctors to
migration
red tape
» Overseas medics who have been offered jobs at
short-staffed hospitals are blocked from coming to Britain
» Annual cap on migrants blamed for ‘crazy’ rejections
» Revelation comes after health service was forced to
cancel ten of thousands of operations this winter
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Unlucky Sharm
A trip to the resort
abandoned by Brits
Stalker was
allowed to
harass BBC’s
Maitlis from
behind bars
P32
P9
INSIDE THE WORST ENERGY COMPANIES
P11
I MONEY
P43
I TV & RADIO
Diva power
Is Angela
Gheorghiu
opera’s
feistiest
singer? P34
P28
I RACING
P48
The
News
Matrix
EDUCATION
Which comedy
writer and
actress could be
in her prime
at Amazon?
See p.19
The day at
a glance
WEDNESDAY
17
JANUARY
Quote of the day
Success usually comes to
those who are too busy
to be looking for it
HENRY DAVID
THOREAU
POLITICS
DIPLOMACY
TRANSPORT
COURTS
Trump to deliver
speech at Davos
Road and rail link
boost for North
Prisoner goes on the
run after remand
A Conservative MP has branded
Theresa May’s Cabinet reshuffle
“demeaning”. Adam Holloway,
the MP for Gravesham in Kent,
suggested that the Prime Minister
had sought to promote some
ministers on the basis of their
gender, background or ethnicity
alone. PAGE 6
Donald Trump is to deliver a
closing address at the World
Economic Forum in Davos,
Switzerland, next week. Ten
heads of state or government from
Africa, the continent described by
the US President as a “shithole”
earlier this week, will be present at
the financial conference.
Transport for the North has
unveiled “revolutionary” plans to
improve road and rail links from
Liverpool to Hull and to create seven
regional “corridors of opportunity”.
It is hoped the project could create
850,000 jobs by 2050 and help to
close the North-South divide on
transport spending. PAGE 10
A prisoner is on the run after
walking out of a court before he
could be sentenced. Jordan Gilbert,
24, left Boston Magistrates’ Court
in Lincolnshire yesterday despite
having been remanded in custody
for a driving offence. Police said: “We
anticipate that he will be looking for
someone to help him.”
PEOPLE
TELECOMS
JUSTICE
COLOMBIA
Welsh village left
hanging on the line
Watchdog rebukes
coroner – yet again
Nine killed as bridge BBC broadcaster
collapses into ravine Doolan dies at 76
A village in North Wales which
was promised superfast broadband
a dozen times has been told that
the plans have been put on hold
again. Residents of Rhydymain
fear the work has been delayed
indefinitely, leaving them with
broadband cables dangling from
telegraph poles. PAGE 11
A coroner has been admonished by
a judicial watchdog for the second
time in two months. David Hinchliff,
who oversees inquests in West
Yorkshire, was reprimanded for
making “inappropriate” remarks
to police and staff. In November, he
was rebuked for failing to tell his
boss about a six-month driving ban.
A motorway bridge being built
across a ravine collapsed yesterday,
killing at least nine workers and
injuring five. The bridge at Chirajara
was to be part of a road connecting
Colombia’s capital, Bogota, with the
city of Villavicencio. Photos from the
scene showed part of the 450m-long
bridge lying in the ravine below.
The List
Britain’s most
popular dog breeds
The ITV programme ‘Britain’s
Favourite Dogs: Top 100’ revealed
the most popular breeds in
the UK last night, based on
a survey of 10,000 people.
Here, in no particular order,
are the top 10 breeds:
Monday 17 January 1977
Gary Gilmore, a
36-year-old convicted of
murdering a motel clerk in
Provo, Utah, is executed by
firing squad at Utah state
prison in Salt Lake City.
It was the first execution
carried out in the US for
almost 10 years.
German shepherd
Cavalier King Charles spaniel
Cockapoo
Springer spaniel
Staffordshire bull terrier
Cocker spaniel
Mixed breed
Labrador
Border collie
Jack Russell terrier (below)
The veteran BBC broadcaster Ed
Doolan has died at the age of 76.
He had vascular dementia. Doolan,
who was born in Sydney, hosted
a long-running consumer affairs
programme on BBC WM. Doolan’s
agent and manager, Paul Vaughan,
said: “We have lost a great champion
of the people.”
The gender pay gap continues to be a major talking point among the British public. This
year marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which first gave
women in the UK equal voting rights. But they still do not have equal spending power,
as these statistics published by the Young Women’s Trust show, with female workers in
some regions facing greater inequalities than those in others.
SOCIETY
Unfair
wage
Scotland
North East
Male and female
average full-time
annual pay
£36,571
Anniversaries
The Court of the University of Bath
has passed a motion calling for the
immediate departure of its vicechancellor in a row about her pay.
Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell
is the highest-paid vice-chancellor,
reportedly receiving £475,000 in
salary and benefits last year.
Cabinet reshuffle
demeaning, says MP
Birthdays
Calvin Harris, DJ/producer,
34; Ricky Wilson, singer,
40; Jim Carrey, actor, 56;
Janet Kay, reggae singer,
60; James Earl Jones
(below), actor, 87
University votes for
chief to go in pay row
£33,107
£29,233
£27,146
Pay gap - £7,338
Pay gap - £5,961
North West
Yorkshire
£33,701
£34,537
£26,208
£27,466
Pay gap - £7,493
Pay gap - £7,071
East Midlands
West Midlands
£35,158
£34,750
£26,885
£26,980
Pay gap - £7,865
Pay gap - £8,178
East
Wales
£42,124
£32,570
£30,762
£26,970
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South West
South East
London
£35,418
index
Crossword.............20
TV & Radio...........28
Travel.........................32
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
Pay gap - £11,362
Pay gap - £5,600
£27,066
Pay gap - £8,352
£44,076
£53,521
£32,171
£38,467
Pay gap - £15,054
Pay gap - £11,905
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CONSUMER
SIR DESMOND SWAYNE, SLEEPING MP
200 toy robots go
up for auction
Letter from the
Environment Editor
Tom Bawden
i@inews.co.uk
More than 200 toy robots dating
back to the 1960s will be sold at
auction. The figures are being sold
by an anonymous collector, who
started to buy them when he was a
child. The lots, worth an estimated
£20,000 to £30,000, go under the
hammer at Chippenham Auction
Rooms on 2 March.
Tide turning at last
on waste plastic
After years of largely fruitless
campaigning against plastic
waste, environmentalists have
recently begun to feel that the
tide could be turning. The flurry
of encouraging announcements
of the past few days provides the
strongest confirmation yet that
they were right.
Yesterday, the European
Union declared a war on plastic
waste which could see a tax on
all plastic packaging. Separately,
the supermarket chain Iceland
promised to scrap plastic
packaging on all of its own-brand
products, while McDonald’s
pledged that all food-related
paper and plastic items would be
made from green materials.
These hugely encouraging
announcements came a day after i
revealed the world’s first easy-torecycle coffee cup, and less than a
week after Tesco became the first
major supermarket to publicly
endorse a plastic bottle recycling
scheme in the UK – a scheme that
campaigners regard as crucial
and which the Government is
currently considering.
Given the mood at the moment,
it cannot be a coincidence
that Theresa May delivered
the Government’s first major
environmental speech in years
last week and placed plastic
waste at its heart. Her plans were
criticised for being too vague and
lacking in ambition, but the speech
was still welcome and telling.
After years of campaigning
by newspapers such as i – and
disturbing images of plastic
pollution in television – it seems
that the public has finally become
very concerned about the issue,
and politicians are taking note.
Breaking our colossal plastic
habit is a huge task but it seems
more plausible now than it did
even a week ago.
PEOPLE
Woody Allen star’s
protest donation
A young actor is to donate his fee for
a new Woody Allen film to charities
fighting sexual harassment and
abuse. Timothee Chalamet, star of
the coming-of-age drama Call Me
By Your Name, is the latest actor to
distance himself from Allen. He said
he was “fighting for people to be
treated with respect”. PAGE 11
CULTURE
Bard documents get
Unesco listed status
Who’s that sleeping on the job?
The Brexit-backing Conservative MP
Sir Desmond Swayne. He appeared
to take a catnap yesterday as his
party colleague, the Europhile former
chancellor Ken Clarke, spoke in the
House of Commons.
parliamentary private secretary
to David Cameron. He often
expresses his disapproval or gives
the impression of being bored when
he sits behind Mr Clarke in the
House. But he appeared to go too
far by seemingly dozing off when
Mr Clarke gave a speech during the
How rude…
Sir Desmond is not the only person to
have fallen asleep in the chamber (and
there are only so many times you
can hear the word “Brexit” without
nodding off), but it is hardly the
respectful, statesmanlike behaviour
one might usually expect from a
Member of Parliament.
You mean the braying and jeering that
they typically employ?
Quite. Sir Desmond, who is the
61-year-old MP for New Forest
West in Hampshire, served as the
latest debate on the European Union
(Withdrawal) Bill.
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A collection of documents relating
to the life of William Shakespeare
have been recognised for their
international cultural significance.
The cache of 90 documents, which
relate to the playwright’s baptism,
burial, family matters, property
records, legal actions and business
dealings, was listed by Unesco.
Maybe it’s time to step down if it’s all
getting too much for him?
Sir Desmond, who rested his head on
his hand and fell back for a short while
as Mr Clarke discussed the EU charter
of fundamental rights, would probably
play down such concerns. It could all
have been for show. Ben Bradshaw, a
former Labour minister, accused him
of “pretending”to fall asleep.
‘Missile attack’
alert sent in error
Well, that’s perfectly all right, isn’t it?
Critics accused Sir Desmond – a
former schoolteacher and Territorial
Army soldier who served in Iraq – of
disrespecting a fellow MP. After Sir
Desmond suddenly jolted “awake”, he
then seemed to become distracted by
his mobile phone.
Katie Grant
Japan’s public broadcaster
mistakenly sent an alert warning
of a North Korean missile launch
and urging residents to seek
immediate shelter, days after
a similar error in Hawaii. NHK
television issued the message on its
internet and mobile news sites but
then retracted it minutes later.
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PEOPLE
CONSTRUCTION
Thousands of workers ‘facing unemployment’
By Alan Jones
Unions have warned that the
“clock is ticking” for thousands of
workers caught up in the collapse
of Carillion amid fears of redundancies in the coming days.
Firms working for Carillion on
private sector contracts will only
have government support until
today, the Cabinet Office minister
David Lidington has said.
Leaders of the TUC, Unite and
GMB met the Business Secretary
Greg Clark last night and said
that workers should not be left to
“carry the can”.
The GMB general secretary,
Tim Roache, said: “The clock is
ticking for Carillion’s 8,500 private
sector workers and the Government must now offer them reassurance and financial guarantees.
“No worker should go hungry,
default on a bill or miss a rent or
mortgage payment because of a
crisis they did not cause.”
The TUC general secretary,
Frances O’Grady, called for a national task force involving unions
to safeguard jobs, services and
pensions: “Workers can’t be left
at the back of the queue. Each and
every worker at Carillion needs
to know where they stand. They
have bills and mortgages to pay.”
Corbyn says give
back bonuses as
Carillion payout
inquiry is ordered
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Bank chiefs questioned
A fast-track investigation by the Official Receiver into the conduct of Carillion directors past and present has
been ordered by the Government.
Anger is growing over the size of
payouts to executives at the failed
construction giant which went into
liquidation this week with debts of
more than £1bn.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader,
called last night for Carillion bosses
to return their bonuses – and for
them not to receive any more cash
from what is left of the company.
Carillion’s pay policy has been condemned as “highly inappropriate” by
the Institute of Directors following
reports that it tightened rules to protect the bonuses paid to bosses.
Greg Clark, the Business Secretary, wrote to the Official Receiver
and the Insolvency Service, calling
for the statutory investigation into
the conduct of directors following
Carillion’s collapse to be accelerated
and extended.
He said evidence of misconduct
would be treated “very seriously”.
Downing Street also pointed out
that the Official Receiver has the
power to ban people from serving as
directors for up to 15 years and to
demand companies hand over
information about their
pay practices.
Among the senior executives whose payments
are to be scrutinised are
interim chief executive,
Keith Cochrane (inset),
who was to have been paid
his £750,000 salary until July
2018, despite leaving the company
in February 2017. Richard Howson,
the former chief executive, earned
£1.5m in 2016, including £591,000 in
bonuses. Finance director Richard
The Bank of England has said UK
lenders are not under direct threat
following the collapse of Carillion, but
cautioned that the ripple effects are
yet to be fully felt.
Treasury Select Committee
chairman and Conservative MP Nicky
Morgan questioned a panel of Bank
representatives about the impact on
financial services, following reports
that some lenders could face hefty
losses due to billions of pounds worth
of exposure on its loans and debt.
The Bank’s deputy governor and
head of the Prudential Regulation
Authority, Sam Woods, said he
had checked the data for banks and
insurers but found little reason to be
concerned over “direct exposures”.
““There’s then the question of will
there be a wider, indirect issue with
suppliers and that’s more difficult for
us to get a handle on.” But he added:
“I’m not massively worried.”
Adam, who retired in December 2016
received almost £1.1m in salary and
bonuses in 2016.
Mr Corbyn said: “When there are
people who are sub-contractors or
small firms that are contracted
into Carillion that are not getting paid, workers being
made redundant, the directors should pay them
[the bonuses] back.”
L i b e ra l D e m o c ra t
leader Sir Vince Cable
welcomed the government
moves, but added: “We need
to know why the Government
felt it was not wrong to feed Carillion lucrative public sector contracts when they knew the company
was in severe trouble because of its
profit warnings.”
HEALTH
Contingency plans kick in
for hospital trust projects
By Alex Matthews-King
The NHS has triggered emergency
contingency plans across 14 hospital
trusts to maintain essential services
previously delivered by collapsed
contractor Carillion.
Additional staff have been sent to
six major hospitals where Carillion is
contracted to provide essential maintenance, catering, cleaning and portering services with NHS hospitals at
maximum capacity.
The construction and services
company, which went into compulsory liquidation on Monday, is also in
the middle of constructing two new
NHS hospitals which could now face
further delays.
The firm’s 20,000 staff, including
around8,000inthehealthsector,have
been urged by PwC, which is managing the liquidation, to continue coming to work and promised they will
be paid.
An update by NHS Improvement on the contingency measures
adopted in response to the collapse
confirmed “the vast majority” of Carillion’s health staff did had come to
work despite the uncertainty.
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Case Study
Firefighters ready
to feed hungry
school students
The Government
says it will keep
public services
provided by
Carillion operating
REUTERS
Firefighters have been put on
standby to deliver school meals
to pupils in Oxfordshire after
Carillion’s collapse.
Oxfordshire County Council is
to take over services including the
provision of meals to 18,000 children
in 90 schools. Fire crews had been
ready to deliver meals on Monday,
but were not needed.
Around 250 school catering and
cleaning staff employed by Carillion
have been told to work as normal
and have been promised that the
council will ensure they are paid.
The council signed a 10-year
contract with Carillion in 2012 to
provide a range of services including
property management and building
new schools. Most of these contracts
were due to be transferred back
to the authority in March due
to its “changing property and
estate needs”.
The council has been planning for
the possibility of Carillion’s collapse
for some time, and schools have been
closely involved.
Alexandra Bailey, the council’s
director of property, assets and
investment, said: “We are confident
no child will go hungry at school.”
POLITICS
Collapse ‘could cost taxpayers £600m’
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
The total bill to the taxpayer from
Carillion’s collapse could reach
£600m, the former head of the Government’s infrastructure commission has said. The Government has
always insisted there would be only
a relatively small cost from dealing
with the demise of Britain’s secondlargest construction company.
But the Labour peer Lord Adonis,
who stood down from the commis-
Comment
Left and right
need to learn
some lessons
Ben Chu
I
t’s certainly welcome that
Carillion’s shareholders
and its lenders have not,
despite intense corporate
lobbying, been bailed out by the
Government in the way banks
were rescued in 2008.
The shareholders will lose their
shirts. And the banks must writedown their loans. That is how it
ought to be. Leftist nationalisers
ought to recognise that this
represents progress.
sion last month, tweeted: “Yesterday
I said taxpayer bill for Carillion likely
to be ‘tens of millions’.
“Actually, it’s looking like ‘hundreds of millions’. Senior official told
me that £600m [is] ‘the kind of figure
once we have paid through the nose
for new private contractors to take
on the work’.”
His claims have been disputed by
Whitehall sources, who said the final
cost will be “nowhere like that” and
no more than “tens of millions”.
The Government says it will
But champions of privatisation
should also face up to some
unpalatable realities laid bare by
this scandal. The profit margins
of some contractors may be
small but Carillion still managed
to pay substantial dividends
to its shareholders, even when
it was clear the company was
financially overstretched.
And there have been high
personal rewards for failed
management. If these services
had been managed “in-house”,
no civil servant would have
been paid the £1.5m a year that
Richard Howson, the former
chief executive of Carillion,
commanded. The head of
the NHS, Simon Stevens, by
comparison, earns £190,000.
Are we really to believe
that more modestly paid civil
servants would have been vastly
less competent than Howson and
his team at Carillion?
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ensure public services currently
provided by Carillion will continue
operating. It will channel money to
the Official Receiver to keep those
services afloat.
But Downing Street said it was
simply handing over funds that
would have otherwise gone directly
to Carillion, with the only additional public money going to paying
the Receiver.
Theresa May told the Cabinet yesterday that despite a lot of
work, it had not proved possible to
find suitable financing options for
Carillion. Mrs May’s spokesman
said: “She added that the taxpayer
could not be expected to bail out a
private company.
“The PM said that public services had continued to be provided,
but there would be no complacency
and the Government would be vigilant in monitoring for any emerging issues in public services and in
providing support for employees
and companies with private-sector
Carillion contracts.”
PEOPLE
Boss left ailing company
with six-figure payoff
By Nicholas Cecil and Kate Proctor
Carillion said in July that its boss
Richard Howson had stepped down
as chief executive after five years
“with immediate effect” as it
announced a profit warning and strategic review.
It has emerged that he
walked away with a hefty
financial deal, said to be
worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Mr Howson (inset),
whose family is understood
to own a luxury chalet in the Alps,
is also reported to have received pay
and perks totalling £1.5m in 2016
and to have had an annual salary of
£660,000 plus bonuses and shares.
Anger over his pay package has
grown after the company collapsed,
putting tens of thousands of jobs at
risk, as well as future pension payments for many workers.
The shadow Cabinet Office minister, Jon Trickett,
said: “While thousands
of construction workers,
cleaners and others employed by Carillion will
have little way of paying
their rent and mortgages
and be struggling to put
food on the table, the people responsible must be held to
account. It’s unacceptable to allow
bosses in charge of Carillion to walk
away with their privileged lives untouched.” EVENING STANDARD
Councils have assured parents that
school meals will not be affected
Case Study
Van Elle warns
of ‘adverse
financial impact’
Engineering company Van Elle has
warned over a potential £1.6m loss if
it fails to claw back payments owed
by Carillion.
The group said it would attempt
to recoup the cash by launching
talks with the collapsed construction
giant and the Official Receiver.
But, in a note to shareholders, it
said it was braced for an “adverse
financial impact” if the money
cannot be recovered.
It has also pinpointed a further
£2.5m of revenue linked to contracts
with Carillion in the second half of
the financial year, but said it was
“too early to say” what impact the
firm’s demise would have on the
future work.
Van Elle had joined forces
with Carillion on a string of
contracts, mainly to carry out rail
improvement and maintenance
work for Network Rail, which it said
it remained committed to.
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POLITICS
Labour left seizes control of key party body
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Centrist Labour MPs are braced for
attempts to unseat them after leftwing allies of Jeremy Corbyn gained
control of the party’s ruling body.
Supporters of the Labour leader
(inset) won elections to three new
posts on the National Executive
Committee (NEC) to give them a
clear majority of seats.
The result prompted claims that
the party is being taken over by a
“leftist clique”.
The successful candidates were
all supported by Momentum, which
is pressing for grassroots activists to be given more power within
the party.
Labour MPs told i they expected
the new-look NEC to push for rule
changes that would make it easier
to deselect them ahead of the next
general election.
Many figures on the left of the
party support mandatory re-selection of all sitting MPs – or making it
easier to challenge the readoption of
an incumbent.
The journalist Paul Mason, a
prominent Corbyn supporter, said:
Leadership doubts
Top figures in Jeremy Corbyn’s
shadow team are warning in private
that he is too old to lead Labour
into the next election. They raise
concerns - anonymously - that if he
wins in 2022 he would already be
the oldest Prime Minister ever to
assume office, but would be telling
voters he will lead the country for
a further five years. One shadow
cabinet member pointed out it would
mean him being in Downing Street
when he is almost 78.
“Just like when we go to the coffee
shop and get to choose between latte,
cappuccino and tea, I want once
in every five years to have it
hanging over every lawmaker that they could be
deselected if they don’t
do their job properly.”
S i t t i n g M Ps c u rrently need a simple
majority of local party
branches and trade unions to support them to be
automatically readopted as
Labour candidate.
One MP said: “I increased my
majority in June [at the election] but
I get no credit for it with the Momentum people in my constituency.
They are doing all they can
in little ways to demoralise me.”
Another said: “The
manoeuvrings against
me are incredible
and I find it all rather
upsetting. I’m in their
sights, but I’m not going
to go quietly.”
Momentum said it did not
campaign for the deselection of any
individual MP.
IMMIGRATION
Macron: we will
not allow a new
Calais Jungle
By Sally Wardle
French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed not to allow the reestablishment of the “Jungle” camp
of migrants in Calais.
His promise came as he visited the
Channel port ahead of a UK-France
summit at which reports suggest
he will seek to renegotiate Britain’s role in dealing with migrants
gathered there in talks with the
Prime Minister.
Mr Macron said the current
“Dublin rules”, under which refugees
are required to seek asylum in the
first safe country they reach, were
“unsatisfactory” and called for an
“integrated” EU system to deal with
the problem.
Hundreds of asylum-seekers hoping to cross the Channel remain
in the area, more than a year after
authorities dismantled the town’s
sprawling camp.
Mr Macron met Natacha Bouchart,
mayor of Calais, and organisations
working with migrants yesterday.
Emmanuel
Macron speaks
to migrants in
France yesterday
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BREXIT
‘Hearts are still open’ if UK
wants to stay in EU, says Tusk
By Jon Stone
Britain could still “change its mind”
about Brexit at this late stage and
return to being a member of the European Union, the President of the
European Council has said.
Speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Donald Tusk
said that Europeans’ “hearts are still
open” to “our British friends” to remain in the bloc. “If the UK Government sticks to its decision to leave,
Brexit will become a reality, with all
its negative consequences in March
next year, unless there is a change of
heart among our British friends,” he
told MEPs.
Quoting the Brexit Secretary, he
added: “Wasn’t it David Davis himself who said, ‘If a democracy cannot
change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy’? We here on the Continent
haven’t had a change of heart – our
hearts are still open to you.”
He was immediately backed up by
Jean-Claude Juncker, the President
of the European Commission.
“President Tusk also made some
comments on Brexit, he said that
our door remains open. I hope that
will be heard clearly in London,” Mr
Juncker added.
Commission President Mr
Juncker had said last week during
a discussion about the EU’s budget
that he believed it was still probable that Britain would leave, and
that the bloc’s finances have to be
planned accordingly.
Mr Tusk has previously suggested Britain could change its mind,
but the public statement from Mr
Juncker breaks new ground. The
Commission’s line has long been one
of getting on with the Brexit process.
Last night a leaked draft of the
European Council’s instructions to
its negotiators showed the EU is set
to toughen up its conditions if Brexit
goes ahead, demanding a veto on
British trade deals for around two
years after Brexit, while free movement will be extended until the end
of the transition period, with no
controls on immigration until 2021.
THE INDEPENDENT
POLITICS
May mocked after ‘taking
credit for new EU rules’
By Padriac Flanagan
Guy Verhofstadt, the European
Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator,
mocked Theresa May yesterday
for “widespread” confusion in
Britain over the role of the
European Union.
Speaking in Strasbourg, he ridiculed the
Prime Minister after
her Government took
credit for two major
EU regulations in the
space of a week – without mentioning where the
laws had come from.
“I see the confusion is a little
bit widespread in Britain at the moment. Michael Gove, for example,
has forgotten that the ban on plastic
bags is an EU regulation,” he said.
“The Prime Minister, Mrs May,
doesn’t know, apparently, that the
abolition of charges on credit cards
is a consequence of a directive of
the EU.”
Mr Verhofstadt (inset) also
joked about the “whole
hilarious thing about
passports” in Britain,
pointing out they are
not stipulated to be any
particular colour under
EU rules.
He added: “What
we will never allow as a
Parliament is that at the
end you can have a better position, a better status outside the
European Union, than inside the
European Union.”
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COVER STORY
Overseas doctors barred
despite NHS shortages
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRERSPONDENT
Lynx helicopters on final tour
Air Trooper Toby Tibbitts from
657 Squadron makes final checks
on one of the Army Air Corps’
last remaining Lynx Mk9
helicopters at RAF Odiham
in Hampshire before a
commemorative tour to
mark the helicopter’s being
decommissioned from service
with the British Army. PA
Foreign doctors who have been offered jobs by hospitals desperate
to fill gaps are being blocked from
coming to the UK by the Home Office because visa quotas for non-EU
immigrants set seven years ago are
already full.
Despite passing interviews, a language test and receiving licences to
work in the UK by the General Medical Council (GMC), dozens of medics
waiting to work in the NHS are stuck
abroad as their Certificate of Sponsorship applications – necessary to
secure a Tier 2 (General) workers’
visa – have been rejected.
Although “priority doctors”, such
as emergency medics and paediatricians, are getting through, junior doctors working in areas such as elderly
care, a huge pressure point at this
time of year, as well as surgeons and
anesthetists, are being affected.
One NHS source told i: “The rejections seem even more crazy given
the 50,000 cancelled operations this
month due to the winter crisis.”
Experts have blamed the 20,700
annual cap for skilled workers, split
into monthly limits, set by the coalition government in 2011, as well as a
more recent tightening of immigration criteria, for the blockages.
Recruitment experts believe it is
a deliberate attempt by the Government to slow the flow of immigrants.
BDI Resourcing, which assists doctors from all over the world to relocate to the UK and fill vital clinical
positions within the NHS, has helped
around 100 doctors to relocate to the
UK over the last 12 months. Daniel
Platts, the company’s director, said:
“We are working with doctors who
are fully licenced and have job offers
in critical areas like elderly care and
surgery, however they are prohibited
from entering the country due to an
arbitrary annual limit.”
A Home Office spokesman said:
“We are committed to ensuring that
net migration is reduced to sustainable levels and that the jobs of British
workers are protected.”
Tier 2 What is it?
This category enables NHS
organisations to recruit individuals
from outside the European Economic
Area to fill vacancies that cannot be
filled by a British or EEA worker.
Is it easy to get a Tier 2 visa for
non-EU citizens?
No. It is difficult, bureaucratic and
expensive. The employer has to
obtain a sponsorship licence, typically
needs to complete the resident labour
market test, obtain a certificate of
sponsorship and apply for a Tier 2
visa. The UK has high visa fees.
Can you get a Tier 2 on a low salary?
Possibly. If you are on the shortage
occupation list or in a PhD level
occupation you will gain a much
higher number of points and would
still most likely gain enough points
even if the salary rate is much lower
than £55,000 a year.
What are the monthly limits and are
have they been breached before?
It varies from 1,500 to 2,200,
depending on patterns of application
numbers, and was breached for the
first time in June 2015.
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CONSUMER
Just Eat
investigated
after driver
messages
woman
By Katie Grant
Dolly the Tibetan
terrier dashing
through the snow
in Perthshire PA
WEATHER
More snow and
icy conditions
expected
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
Residents of southern Scotland
and Northern Ireland have been
warned to prepare for another
day of wintry conditions, after
heavy snowfalls caused the
closure of dozens and schools and
led to a spike in road accidents.
The Met Office upgraded its
severe weather warning to
amber yesterday afternoon,
telling people to “be prepared”
for more snow and ice overnight.
Forecasters warned that
“heavy, squally showers of snow”
could cause power cuts and
disruption on the roads, with
accumulations of 15cm to 25cm
possible on high ground.
The Northern Ireland
Ambulance Service said its crews
attended at least 13 crashes as
a direct result of icy roads, with
grit being washed away by rain
and sleet.
COURT
BBC presenter describes ‘constant
fear’ as stalker is sent back to jail
By Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith
The BBC presenter Emily Maitlis
has criticised the criminal justice
system for letting a former university friend continue his 20-year campaign of harassment against her.
Edward Vines, 47, has stalked the
BBC journalist since they were both
students at Cambridge University in
the mid-1990s.
Vines was jailed again – this time
for 45 months – as he continued to
breach his restraining order by writing to Ms Maitlis from prison and his
bail hostel.
At Oxford Crown Court, Judge
Peter Ross, who had previously
jailed Vines for three years
in 2016, called his ability to
reoffend while in prison
“a scandal”.
Ms Maitlis (inset) said
the harasser’s actions
had affected her relationship with her husband and her work and
had scared her children.
Vines’ letters complained
about Ms Maitlis’s behaviour towards him at Cambridge and said his
trials have been unfair, while pledg-
ing not to relent until the presenter
spoke to him, the prosecutor,
Julian Lynch, said.
In another set of letters, Vines apologised
to the presenter for
harming and upsetting her, claiming it
was not his intention.
Ms Maitlis, who
did not attend the sentencing, wrote a victimimpact statement which
was read out in court. She said:
“When I heard that Edward Vines
had breached his restraining order, I
felt scared and let down. Altogether
the breach has been a reminder for
me that this man remains a constant
threat in my life and my family’s life
– and that my ability to do my work,
hang out with my children and lead
a normal family life without [a] constant sense of suspicion and fear has
been badly damaged.”
Judge Ross told Vines: “It is clear
to me that you are not prepared to
accept one simple and absolute truth
– that Emily Maitlis does not want
anything to do with you... This kind
of harassment has a crippling effect
on the victim. It is disgraceful.”
A “disgusted” Just Eat customer is seeking legal advice after a
delivery driver working for the
food takeaway service sent her
unsolicited messages.
Michelle Midwinter, from Bristol,
supplied her phone number to the
online company when she placed her
order this week.
But after the driver dropped off
her meal he sent her messages via
WhatsApp, initially referring to himself as “a fan” before revealing he was
“the guy who delivered your meal”.
He sent a string of messages, calling Ms Midwinter “bby” and sending
an Emoji of a lipstick kiss.
Ms Midwinter attempted to
lodge a complaint with Just Eat via
the company’s “live chat” service,
but was informed no complaints
department existed.
She was offered a £10 “goodwill
voucher” for the “inconvenience”.
A Twitter post from Ms Midwinter
prompted a deluge of responses from
women who reported having experienced similar problems involving
drivers from a range of companies.
Ms Midwinter said she was “astounded” by the number of women
who had contacted her.
“This is no longer about my personal experience, this is about privacy law and safeguarding females,”
she said. “This is a huge problem and
it needs to stop.”
A spokeswoman for the data protection watchdog, the Information
Commissioner’s Office, said: “If a
customer’s phone number is used
for reasons for which it was not originally taken, it could be a breach of the
Data Protection Act.
“Organisations have a legal duty to
make sure personal data is only used
for the purposes for which it was obtained. We are aware of reports of an
incident involving Just Eat and will
be looking into it.”
Just Eat said it was investigating
and added: “Restaurants on our platform are independent from the Just
Eat business.” Just Eat also said it
takes the safeguarding of customer
data seriously and shares customer
details with partner restaurants only
for “facilitating delivery”.
RETAIL
‘Unfair’ changes to Tesco reward scheme angers shoppers
By Pascale Hughes
Customers have criticised Tesco
for changing its Clubcard rewards
scheme without warning, saying the
changes lose them money.
The scheme allows customers to swap vouchers for rewards
tokens which can be spent with commercial partners. From Monday the
retailer is offering its 16 million Clubcard holders three times the value
of vouchers with its commercial
partners. This is less than the four
times face value the company previously offered on some vouchers at
restaurants such as Pizza Express
and Prezzo and attractions such
as London Zoo and Shakespeare’s
Globe. Tesco insists the change is
designed to simplify the scheme
and that some vouchers under the
old scheme only offered twice the
value. However, customers have
reacted angrily: “I feel like a victim
of a pickpocket,” wrote one Twitter
user of the change.
Consumer expert Anika Newjoto
said “If a shopper gives their business with the promise of rewards,
it is unfair for those rewards to be
reduced in value with no notice.”
The Just Eat driver described himself
as ‘a fan’ in the unsolicited messages
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TRANSPORT
SOCIETY
North’s £100bn masterplan gets
lift off – but Prescott calls it ‘a fraud’
Widening skills
gap is threat to
economic growth
By Dean Kirby
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
The North of England’s transport
and business leaders have launched a
strategy to get the region moving and
deliver a £100bn boost to bridge the
economic divide with London.
The 30-year masterplan by Transport for the North includes proposals
to improve road and rail links from
Liverpool to Hull and to create seven
regional “corridors of opportunity”
where the movement of people and
goods can be improved.
But the unprecedented show of
regional unity was marred by Lord
Prescott, who stormed out of an event
in Hull shouting: “It’s a bloody fraud.”
The plan, which includes proposals to introduce Oyster-style
smart-ticketing, is aiming to create 850,000 extra jobs by 2050, and
87,000 people signed a
petition calling on the
Government to give the region
£59bn in transport investment
to help it catch up with London.
to close the North-South divide on
transport spending.
The strategy, which has gone out
to consultation, also outlines more
detail on the vision for Northern
Powerhouse Rail, featuring a new
line between Liverpool and the HS2
Manchester spur via Warrington,
increased capacity at Manchester
Piccadilly, and a new link connecting
Manchester and Leeds via Bradford
But former Hull East MP and
deputy prime minister Lord Prescott
said the strategy “says nothing about
how you’ll get a real Northern body”.
After storming out of the meeting,
he told the BBC: “We have already
been told it was promised to have
statutory powers and let the North
decide its powers. Now we know, and
it’s been confirmed in the Government, it will have no powers.”
Politicians and business leaders
from the North gathered in Leeds last
year in a huge show of force, uniting
regional rivals across the Pennines,
to call for more transport investment
in the region amid talk of creating a
Council of the North.
The cost of TfN’s proposals unveiled yesterday equates to less than
£150 per northern citizen per year.
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Lord Prescott wants a Northern
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ENERGY
Hydrogen trains considered for Great Western network
By Dean Kirby
Trains powered by hydrogen
could be introduced on one of
Britain’s busiest rail networks
under plans to phase out
dirty diesel.
Government ministers are said
to be considering using hydrogen
power on the Great Western
network between London and the
West Country. It could be used
on smaller branch lines that will
never be electrified. Installing
electric power on routes has
been expensive.
Alstom, the company behind
the world’s only hydrogenpowered trains has been in talks
with UK train operators about
the technology, according to
The Times. The firm recently
signed a deal to build and operate
14 hydrogen trains in Lower
Saxony, Germany.
The Government abandoned
electrification of the Great
Western main line in South
Wales after work on the project
ran over budget and was late.
Northerners are facing a widening
skills gap with the rest of England
according a report that warns the
problem is a major threat to national
economic growth. Workers in the region are now five percentage points
behind the English average for higher
level skills, research by the Institute
for Public Policy Research North
(IPPR North) think-tank warns.
Funding for adult skills in the region has been hit hard by austerity
cuts, according to the study, which
says government spending will have
halved by 2021.
The report calls on ministers to
devolve more powers and budgets
for skills to local business leaders in
Local Enterprise Partnerships as
part of the government’s strategy.
It also calls on Northern leaders
to create a new body – Skills for the
North – to pressure the Government
to reverse funding cuts and to co-ordinate efforts to improve skills. Anna
Round, of IPPR North, said: “Local
leaders need more autonomy to coordinate and shape the skills system
– and proper resources to do it.”
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TECHNOLOGY
Sculpture
is weighty
matter
Village given
12 broken
promises on
broadband
A 12ft sculpture
covered in fat,
representing a
“fatberg”, has been
installed in London
by preventative
healthcare service
Thriva to encourage
people to assess their
blood health this
month. The fatberg
represents the UK’s
collective weight
gain of an estimated
130,000 tonnes at
Christmas. PA
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
CONSUMER
Big Six energy companies at bottom
of table for customer satisfaction
By Katie Grant
All of the Big Six energy suppliers
rank among the lowest-scoring providers when it comes to customer
satisfaction, with consumers favouring medium-sized firms instead, a
survey has revealed.
The consumer watchdog Which?
surveyed almost 9,000 members of
the public responsible for paying
their energy bills.
The results of the annual energy
satisfaction survey, published today,
show EDF Energy, Eon, SSE, British
Gas, Scottish Power and Npower all
languishing in the bottom 10 of the 31
suppliers rated.
Medium-sized companies reigned
in the chart, with Utility Warehouse
proving the highest-ranking provider, followed by Flow Energy in
second place. Octopus Energy and
PEP Energy shared the third spot
and Utilita completed the top five.
Npower took last place, while
British Gas and Scottish Power
were jointly ranked 26th. SSE came
24th (joint with Sainsbury’s Energy)
and the final two Big Six suppliers,
EDF and Eon, shared the 22nd spot.
Only a third (32 per cent) of Big
Six consumers reported they were
very satisfied on average, compared
with half (52 per cent) of customers
using medium-sized suppliers.
Some smaller suppliers also providers as excellent, Which? said.
dropped down the satisfaction rankThe consumer group only made
ings, with Extra Energy and
one energy company a “recSpark Energy only narrowommended provider” this
ly beating Npower, takyear: the small supplier
ing 29th and 30th place
Octopus Energy.
respectively.
It found customPeople who were
ers with the Big Six
with medium-sized
on a standard variPercentage of ‘Big
energy firms were
able tariff could save
Six customers ‘very
most likely to recomup
to £333 a year by
satisfied’ with their
mend their supplier
moving to the cheapsupplier, according
to Which?
and to rank it as excelest dual fuel deal on
lent on every measure.
the market. “Customers
They were also most likely
shouldn’t tolerate shoddy
to deem the value for money, clarservice, sky-high prices or faility and accuracy of bills and phone ure to resolve complaints,” said Alex
customer service of medium-sized Neill, a Which? director.
32%
A rural community that has been
promised superfast broadband 12
times has been told that work to roll
out the service has been put on hold.
Homes and businesses in Rhydymain, North Wales, say they have
been plagued by missed deadlines
and now fear the work has been delayed indefinitely, leaving them with
broadband cables dangling from telegraph poles.
Liz Saville Roberts (inset), the Plaid
Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd,
is calling on the Welsh Government
to “get its act together” amid claims
that BT Openreach failed to complete
the work under its contract with ministers.
Local businessman Mike Kirwin
said: “After five
years of broken
promises regarding the rollout of
superfast broadband, it’s incredibly
frustrating to witness
Openreach walking away
from their half-finished job.
“Cables have been left dangling
from telegraph poles and no one locally has benefited from the massive
public subsidy awarded to them.”
The Welsh Government launched
Superfast Cymru in 2013 to make
Wales a “truly digital nation” by providing access to high-speed broadband to the majority of homes and
businesses in Wales. By September
2017, more than 661,000 premises
had access to superfast broadband.
A spokesman for BT Openreach
said: “Since the start of the Superfast
Cymru we have always been clear
that the programme would not reach
every premises, and some areas that
were in the original plan have unfortunately dropped out because of the
time and the complexity involved in
reaching them. We understand the
frustration of Rhydymain residents.”
PEOPLE
Baldwin backs Allen as actors
turn against veteran film-maker
By Padraic Flanagan
The actor Alec Baldwin has spoken
out in defence of film-maker Woody
Allen, attacking the director’s critics as “unfair and sad” for voicing
their regrets over working with him.
Baldwin, who worked with Allen
on Blue Jasmine and To Rome With
Love, cited investigations in 1993 into
allegations that Allen, 82, had sexually assaulted his adopted daughter
when she was seven. Baldwin added
that charges had never been filed.
“Woody Allen was investigated fo-
Alec Baldwin, left, and Woody Allen
rensically by two states [New York]
and [Connecticut] and no charges
were filed,” Baldwin tweeted. “The
renunciation of him and his work,
no doubt, has some purpose. But it’s
unfair and sad to me. I worked [with
Woody Allen three] times and it was
one of the privileges of my career.”
The actor then retweeted people
sharing the story of Mia Farrow and
Allen’s adopted son, Moses Farrow,
who claims he was “brainwashed”
by his adoptive mother.
Baldwin’s comments came after
more actors expressed regret over
working with Allen, who faced criticism following claims of alleged
sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein
last year.
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uncertainly to
greater extent (4,2)
4
Little bird took
the bait – a tasty
morsel (6)
Down
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King is satisfied with
fate (6)
2
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gets to dine in a
restaurant? (3,3)
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ENVIRONMENT
Gove sets
stirring
example
EU launches
recycling plan
to save oceans
from plastic peril
By Tom Bawden
ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT
All plastic packaging across Europe
will be recyclable or reusable by the
end of the next decade, under plans
to tackle marine pollution, the EU
has announced.
The first Europe-wide strategy
on plastics also includes proposals
to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics and restrict the intentional use of microplastics, such
as the tiny beads put into cosmetics.
As China’s recent ban on imports
of “foreign garbage” piles up waste
in Europe, the bloc has sounded
the alarm and launched an urgent
clampdown on plastic use.
“We have all this raw material because China will not take our waste.
But we don’t know what to do with
it,” said European Commission vice
president Jyrki Katainen.
Europe generates 25 million
tonnes of plastic waste a year but
only recycles about a third of this.
Much of the remaining 15 tonnes
has typically been sent to China –
but must now be disposed of in Europe and elsewhere.
The threat posed by China’s refusal to take 24 different types of
waste from this year has combined
with growing public concern about
plastic pollution in general.
As a result, the EU’s plan is wideranging. It also includes plans to
significantly reduce the use of disposable plastic and to restrict the
use of microbeads – the plastic balls
used to roughen bathroom products
such as toothpaste and face scrubs.
Much of the plastic that doesn’t
get recycled gets blown into the sea,
where it poses a significant risk to
marine life.
“If we don’t change the way we
produce and use plastics there will
be even more plastic than fish by
2050,” said EU first vice president
Frans Timmermans.
“We must stop plastics getting
into our water, our food, and even
our bodies. This is a challenge that
citizens, industry and governments
must tackle together,” he said.
The plastic waste problem is so
bad that plastic now makes up 85
per cent of all beach litter, he added.
Other elements of the EU plan
include new rules on the waste
generated on board ships – such as
measures to ensure it is not tipped
overboard but rather deposited at
the port and disposed of there.
Trailblazers Companies cutting down on packaging
High street supermarket Iceland
said it will become the first major
retailer in the world to drop plastic
packaging from all its own-brand
products, within five years.
Meanwhile, McDonald’s
pledged separately to
make all of its packaging
from recycled paper
and plastic or with
cardboard sourced from
sustainably managed
forests by 2025 – and to
recycle all of them after use.
MPs and campaigners
welcomed the announcements and
called on rival supermarkets to
follow Iceland’s lead.
Michael Gove was
spotted outside
Downing Street
clutching a reusable
cup last week amid
increasing calls to
tackle the waste caused
by disposable cups.
Ministers left a Cabinet
meeting yesterday
clutching their own
environmentallyfriendly cups –
some still in boxes
– presented to them on
behalf of Environment
Agency staff. Left to
right: Communities
Secretary Sajid Javid,
immigration minister
Caroline Nokes, Health
Secretary Jeremy
Hunt and Wales
Secretary Alun Cairns
In a major speech on the environment last week, Theresa May
committed the UK to eliminating
all “avoidable” plastic waste from
Britain – but not until 2042.
Jonathan Bartley,
co-leader of the Green
Party, said: “Iceland’s
plastic-free pledge
puts the Government’s
25-year scheme to
shame. But industry has
the chance to succeed and
show leadership where the
Government has failed.”
Restaurant chain Wagamama
said it will stop using plastic straws
from Earth Day on 22 April.
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EUROPE
New incentives launched in bid to make recycling easier
By Leo Cendrowicz
IN BRUSSELS
Most EU members have taxed plastic
bags, set voluntary agreements with
the private sector (Germany and
Austria), or simply relayed messages
about plastic pollution. France and
Italy ban all but biodegradable and
compostable plastic bags. The UK
and the Netherlands charge for bags,
but the best in class is Denmark,
which had legislation in place in 1994.
However, some EU members have
dragged their feet: last year, Spain,
Greece, Italy, Portugal, Poland and
This Saturday,
in your
With the self-assessment deadline
fast-approaching, how to avoid the
pitfalls of a last minute tax return
Top 10 plastic polluters
Countries with the most mismanaged
plastic waste (metric tonnes)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
China
Indonesia
Philippines
Vietnam
Sri Lanka
Thailand
Egypt
Malaysia
Nigeria
Bangladesh
8.82
3.32
1.88
1.83
1.59
1.03
0.97
0.97
0.85
0.79
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Cyprus were threatened with court
action over their failure to implement
a 2015 EU directive to reduce plastic
bag consumption.
Yesterday, just a week after Theresa May’s announcement, the European Commission unveiled the new
next stage of its strategy for dealing
with plastic in the coming decade and
beyond, offering incentives to make
recycling and reuse easier.
Whatever the course of the Brexit
negotiations, most of these proposals
are likely to find their way into British law over the next few years. There
may even be a plastic tax.
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CARILLION
COLLAPSE
LABOUR NEC
ELECTIONS
UKIP’S HENRY
BOLTON
TRUMP’S
‘SHITHOLES’
PLASTIC TIDE
TURNING
IS ‘FRIENDS’
OFFENSIVE?
Should this
be the end of
outsourcing?
Not much
has really
changed
Ukip should
dissolve – it
isn’t needed
Focus on his
outburst
misses point
Retailers
leading
the way
Only a prig
could be
offended
The Sun
New Statesman
TheGuardian
Washington Post
Daily Mail
The Times
Rightly, Carillion is
not being rescued.
But it is not justifiable
for ex-chief Richard
Howson to keep his
vast payoff. On his
watch shareholders
were paid dividends
despite a hole in the
staff pension fund.
Capitalism gets a
bad name when
failing executives get
unjust deserts.
(Nick Timothy)
Yes, on paper, Jeremy
Corbyn had quite
a narrow majority
before. However, in
practice, the Labour
leader had quite a
comfortable majority
provided at least two
of the big trade unions
(Unite, Unison, Usdaw
and the GMB) were
willing to play ball.
(Stephen Bush)
Ukip’s figureheads are
unworthy of public life
because its mission is.
Its aerated nationalist
rhetoric has polluted
British politics.
Acknowledging how
utterly shabby its
leaders are could be
the beginning of the
restoration of quality
control in the wider
political context.
(Zoe Williams)
The more details that
emerge, the more
nakedly racist and
dishonest he appears.
Moreover, I don’t
see any purpose in
conducting in-person
meetings with the
president behind
closed doors when he
and other Republicans
will lie about what goes
on. (Jennifer Rubin)
Iceland’s decision
is significant - it
underlines the
availability of
biodegradable
materials. And
shouldn’t shoppers
think twice before
buying plasticwrapped, pre-peeled
onions from Lidl – and
take the trouble to peel
their own?
(Editorial)
There is a hunger today
to find the flaw, to be
the one who says “that
thing you think is fine
is not fine, and I am a
better person than you
for noticing it”. You
aren’t. You’re a prig
and bore. Yes, maybe
there’s a mote in my
eye. Some eyes have
those. No need to gouge
them out.
(Hugo Rifkind)
Los Angeles Times
Cosmopolitan
Yes, little straws are
a big problem. But
getting a handle on
them may not require
something as drastic
as a ban. A strawson-request policy,
which would be easy
for restaurants to
adopt, could make an
immediate difference.
(Editorial)
Without even pressing
play, you can see a
lack of racial diversity
in the cast. The main
six are all white,
relatively privileged,
heterosexual
Americans, and pretty
much everyone they
date can be plonked
into that category too.
(Katie Stow)
CityAM
Other than
diehard Tories and
shareholders, you
will struggle to find
anyone who thinks
our hospitals, schools,
prisons, and other
important government
functions should be
run for profit.
(Jon Trickett)
Evening Standard
What makes
Corbynism different
and riskier than
previous turf wars is
that it poses a threat
to parliamentary
democracy itself.
What happens to
mere elected MPs
who do not agreed
with the Corbyn credo
of control?
(Anne McElvoy)
Quote of
the day
CNN
The Daily Telegraph
Mr Bolton is the fifth
leader of his party
within the past 16
months. When you
have had so many
leaders in a year and a
half that you struggle
to remember who they
all were and why each
of them quit, there is
a more fundamental
issue. (William Hague)
What this big game of
telephone misses is
that the President of
the United States, in a
meeting with senators
and congressmen,
derided countries
primarily populated
by black and brown
people and lauded
a country (Norway)
that is almost entirely
white. (Chris Cillizza)
LifeInBrief
BELLA EMBERG COMEDY ACTRESS
Some say
the pay gap
exists because
women don’t
negotiate. I
would say
that it’s more
about men
being vain
and greedy
Libby Purves
The BBC broadcaster
in this week’s issue
of Radio Times
“It’s harder to make people laugh than
it is to be serious,” said comedy actress
Bella Emberg in an interview with
Hospital Radio Chelmsford in 1998.
Emberg certainly always made
comedy look effortless. Born Sybil Dyke
in Brighton, she wanted to be an actress
from an early age. However, she did
not make her professional debut until
she was 25, when she spent the 1962
summer season in repertory theatre on
the Isle of Wight.
Her career quickly gained traction
after that with parts in TV police
series Z Cars and its spin-off series
Softly, Softly. But it was in comedy that
Emberg truly made her mark. In 1981,
she starred in Mel Brooks’ History of
the World Part One. She also worked
with Benny Hill, appearing in his
eponymous show on many occasions.
Of the much-maligned comedian, she
said: “[He] was a genius was Ben… He
loved the ladies and he always treated
us with great respect.” It was while she
was working on The Benny Hill Show
that Emberg first met Russ Abbott.
The Russ Abbott Show would provide
Emberg with her most famous role,
that of bungling super-heroine
Blunderwoman, a Wonder Woman
spoof with a suitably skimpy costume.
Speaking in the Daily Mirror, she said;
“The first time I saw the costume I
said: ‘I am NOT wearing that!’... anyway
I did, and the first time I put it on I
span round and my boobs fell out!”
Blunderwoman was an immediate hit.
Emberg sometimes found the
workload on The Russ Abbott Show
difficult. It was hard for her to learn
her lines quickly, as she had dyslexia,
which she wasn’t diagnosed with until
her fifties. Still, Emberg credited Abbott
and particularly Blunderwoman with
saving her career, saying: “I still view
her as a complete blessing.” Emberg’s
association with Abbott lasted almost
a decade. She appeared alongside him
at a royal command performance at
the London Palladium in 1988. She said
that moment was the highlight of her
career as she got to meet her comedy
heroines, the stars of the American
series The Golden Girls.
After The Russ Abbott Show came to
an end, Emberg struggled to find work.
She recalled: “I went for jobs and they’d
say: ‘We’d love to hire you but you’re
too well known with Russ.”
She did find work eventually,
appearing in Doctor Who and 50
episodes of a children’s show called
Bear Behaving Badly. In 2015, she
starred in Pompidou, a Matt Lucas
series about an aristocrat down on his
luck. Emberg continued to work right
up until 2017, appearing in a Sky One
comedy, In the Long Run, created by
Idris Elba and due to be aired this year.
Emberg didn’t marry or have children,
saying that her career had always come
first. She was never cast as a romantic
heroine and her looks were often the
punchline to the jokes she performed,
but when asked whether she wouldn’t
have liked to play Cinderella (she was in
panto at the time), she said quite firmly:
“Give me the ugly sister. You have much
more fun.”
Born 16 September 1937
Died 12 January 2018
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Delegates test the
merchandise at
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Lethal foreign policies in the crosshairs
Arming brutal regimes fuels extremism and endangers us all
n Monday, i reported
that Britain has
“dramatically
increased” the
number of weapons
and defence systems
it sells to repressive nations. Saudi
Arabia, our loyal ally, remains the
biggest buyer of British military
equipment. And see how keenly
and cruelly they use the products in
the Yemen.
Pow! Bang! Splat! Who needs
computer war games when you
can do it for real? The Gulf nations,
where opposition is severely
punished, are also buying, and
war-torn South Sudan, and the
state of Azerbaijan, which routinely
tortures political prisoners.
What a boost for the Brexit
ministers, particularly Liam Fox,
the International Trade Secretary,
a man who has voted for military
action all his parliamentary life.
Good people in our country – and
we have millions of them – will have
been shocked to read the exclusive
report. For me the shock lies in
the fact that in our live and active
democracy, immoral, lethal foreign
policies are barely challenged.
O
There is no shortage of bombastic
politicians pronouncing on the
“greatness” and uniqueness of
Britain. Unfortunately few of them
ever honestly examine our seriously
damaging foreign policies.
Robin Cook did. He was the
exception. In May 1997, when he was
Foreign Secretary, Cook delivered
some extraordinary promises in an
epic speech: “Security, prosperity
and quality of life are all clear
national interests… [one] goal
of our foreign policy is to secure
the respect of other nations for
Britain’s contribution to keeping the
peace of the world and promoting
democracy around the world.”
Five years later, Blair launched
the most immoral war in recent
history and Cook resigned. His
noble vision vanished like a shooting
star. Governments returned to
business as usual, putting British
monetary interests first and last.
Now we have Boris Johnson as
our Foreign Secretary, who may as
well think Yemen and the Lebanon
are interchangeable and who gives
his support to Donald Trump,
the racist President who thinks
countries in the developing (and
perpetually exploited) world are
“shitholes”. Johnson is a throwback
to colonialism and the post-colonial
era when western governments
carried on destabilising new nations
and bleeding their economies.
I am going to Uganda, my old
homeland, this Friday after decades
of exile. Idi Amin threw us Asians
out in 1972. The UK, US and
Israel sold the dictator weapons
and tacitly supported his power
grab. Hundreds of thousands of
Ugandans were broken, killed,
banished, but the Brits stood by
their man because he was good for
More and
more young
people in these
countries are
pulled into webs
of extremism
business. Yes, I am bitter.
I just finished reading Secret
Affairs, the newly updated book by
Mark Curtis, an investigative writer.
The book is instructive, disquieting,
chilling. Curtis demonstrates that
British governments, Labour
and Tory, “have, in pursuing the
so-called ‘national interest’ abroad,
colluded for decades with radical
Islamic forces, including terrorist
organisations. They have connived
with them, worked alongside
them and sometimes trained and
financed them, in order to promote
specific foreign policy objectives. …
[This story] is intimately connected
to that of Britain’s imperial decline
and the attempt to maintain
influence in the world”. And they
are still at it.
Expect to see more ruthlessness
from the Foreign Office, Ministry
of Defence and the Department for
International Trade. Michael Fallon,
the previous Defence Secretary,
promised at the world’s biggest
arms fair in London, Defence and
Security Equipment International,
that the weapons business would
grow and grow. Those who object
to this disgusting, disgraceful trade
are told necessary controls are in
place and the lucrative industry
provides jobs for many. The first is
a fob; the second, though true, feels
increasingly indefensible.
Every brutal regime we arm has
a growing young population. Their
anger is no longer containable.
More and more of them are
becoming dangerous or deranged
or both. They get pulled into webs of
violent extremism. Just think about
it. The Manchester bomber, Salman
Abedi, was the child of a disorderly
Arab nation – Libya – and Blair’s
interventionist, crypto-imperialist
proclivities. Our global political
games are not only endangering
black and brown natives far away,
they are compromising the safety of
western citizens.
I go back to Robin Cook and
his immensely wise words: “Our
foreign policy must have an ethical
dimension and must support the
demands of other peoples for
the democratic rights on which
we insist for ourselves.” Without
that ethical dimension, we are
all doomed.
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Discretion,
please
Who’s the
master now?
As a past victim of sexual
discrimination and
assault, I am one of the
first to applaud the “Me
Too” campaign. However,
I am disturbed that some
men are being branded
“Weinsteinesque” based
on the words of one
person. As far as I am
aware, we have trial by
jury to decide a person’s
guilt. Similar stories
emerged post-Savile and
in school assault cases
where careers were
permanently ruined
by spite long before the
truth was out. Please can
we have fair reporting
that sees the guilty
heartily condemned but
some discretion shown
in cases yet to be proven,
and names not issued
until the truth has been
decided upon?
V GEORGE
A Chinese company
has created artificial
intelligence capable
of beating humans
in reading and
comprehension tests. If
they are so smart, why
do they have to wait
until dumb humans
decide to make and
programme them?
ROY DANIELS
STOCKPORT
KAISERSCHLACHT
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lmost certainly. The prospects looked grim for
the Entente at the onset of winter in 1917. The
Bolsheviks had taken power in Russia, effectively
ending the war on the Eastern Front, and freeing
millions of German and Austro-Hungarian soldiers
for service elsewhere.
The French Army, paralysed by a wave of summer
mutinies, was still standing on the defensive on the
Western Front. The Italian Army had collapsed at
Caporetto in the autumn. Serbia had been overrun in
1915, Romania in 1916, and the Salonika Front in the
southern Balkans remained locked in hopeless stalemate.
And then there was the futile mass-slaughter at
Passchendaele. As a result, the British Government
had gone so far as to hold reinforcements at home
rather than ship them to Field-Marshal Haig in France
– leaving his British Expeditionary Force (BEF) even
weaker than it might have been.
For the German high command, now was the time to
strike. Their trump card was a new tactical doctrine;
its key elements were speed, surprise, infiltration, and
radically improved artillery barrages.
Kaiserschlacht – the plan they developed to break the
deadlock – would cost Germany over half a million men
and set the scene for defeat. But could it have worked?
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Napoleon’s greatest
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Bin the weather
reporters
Thank you,
Alexa
I agree with Rebecca
Armstrong (i, 15 January)
when she says that
everyone who uses
Amazon’s intelligent
personal assistant Alexa
should say “please” and
“thank you”.
I think that Amazon has
missed an opportunity
to help parents and
grandparents teach their
children/grandchildren
good manners. Instead
of “Alexa, spell angel”
which my four-year-old
granddaughter said at
Christmas, it could be
“Alexa, please would you
spell ‘angel’ . Thank you.”
GWEN YATES
MILTON KEYNES
Brexit will be
bad for Scotland
Could Germany have won the
First World War?
a death wish by wearing
dark clothes and using
no lights, On the other,
they use high-powered
lights that blind us all,
including motorists.
RON MOLL
WORLE, SOMERSET
The assessment from the
Scottish Government
that Scotland’s economy
could be £12.7bn a
year worse off by 2030
under a hard Brexit (i, 16
January) is disturbing
and demonstrates why
this economic suicide
must be reversed.
The report notes that
even if the UK were to
remain in the single
market and customs
union, and even if the UK
Government’s preferred
option of securing a freetrade deal were to be
realised, there would still
be a cost to the Scottish
economy compared with
remaining in the EU.
By far the best option
for Scotland is to stay
in the EU. This brings
not only considerable
economic advantages,
but also immense social,
environmental and
consumer protections.
Although another
national referendum
isn’t legally necessary to
stop Brexit, we recognise
that political reality
may require a further
test of public opinion
before a majority in
Parliament is prepared
to stop Brexit altogether.
If another referendum
is held, over-16s and EU
citizens settled in the UK
should be able to vote,
just as they did in the
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referendum.
VANESSA GLYNN
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IN SCOTLAND,
EDINBURGH
Capitalism
in Africa
John Duffield (Your View,
16 January), writes that
capitalism is producing
prosperity for Africa. Is
this the same capitalism
that transported
thousands of Africans to
America as slaves?
HARRY PUNTER
STRENSALL, YORK
A word about
the Wirral
With reference to
Pedant’s Corner (i, 11
January), in spite of the
geographical, historical
and grammatical
correctness of saying
“the Wirral peninsula”,
Merseysiders do, and
always will, refer to “the
Wirral”. Does established
local usage count
for nothing?
HUGH HOLLINGHURST
CROSBY, LIVERPOOL
Carillion’s
collapse
As yet another business
collapses leaving a
massive hole in its
pension fund, to the
detriment of both
current and former
employees, is it not
time that parties of all
persuasions make it
illegal to run a pension
fund deficit ?
JOHN LEDGER
BLAIRGOWRIE,
PERTH AND KINROSS
Oliver Duff rightly points
out that the downfall
of Carillion was partly
due to under-pricing its
contracts (Letter from
the Editor, 16 January).
This led to over-
borrowing, and there
are many lessons to be
learned from that.
One fears that Jeremy
Corbyn and Labour may
lead us in the same way.
Greece got away with it
with an EU bailout.
But who would there
be to bail us out? As a
non-member, we would
get no help from the EU.
While Donald Trump is
putting America first, we
would get no help from
him either.
DENNIS STARR
FRINTON-ON-SEA,
ESSEX
With memories of “Fat
Cat Thursday” still fresh
in the mind, the next
time that someone tries
to justify excessive
executive pay with talk
of “risk-taking”, they
should be reminded of
who, it turned out, was
really taking the risks at
Carillion: the workers,
pensioners, suppliers
and taxpayers.
JOHN OLD
NUNEATON,
WARWICKSHIRE
Get your facts
right about flu
In making the valid
case for everyone to
get the flu jab before
being poleaxed by the
dreaded illness, Stefano
Hatfield (Voices, 16
January) perpetuates
that old, misleading and
increasingly dangerous
canard when he states:
“It was too late for a jab
or antibiotics.”
He could have taken
as many antibiotics
as he could physically
consume and they would
still have not stopped
the flu. It is a virus, not
a bacterium. Antibiotics
are useless in treating
it and only contribute
to the misuse of these
drugs, which in turn is
leading to a crisis with
antibiotic-resistant bugs.
By all means, get the jab
but please shout it from
the rooftops: antibiotics
are not the answer.
ROBIN J BULOW
DEAL, KENT
Cautionary
tales
I haven’t counted them,
but the BBC could lower
its wages bill by reducing
the number of weather
reporters. A dozen
different faces telling
up about the weather,
far too often and with
increasing dramatic
arm-waving, is surely
costing a lot. With barely
a mention in any of the
reports of our weather,
we here in the Midlands
are told about Scotland’s
and Northern Ireland’s
weather in great detail.
Just waving past
the Midlands between
Scotland and “the South”
is not even up to Michael
Fish’s standards. At least
he knew there is life in
the middle of England,
even if he missed the
actual killer weather on
the way.
MARY HODGSON
COVENTRY
In praise of
paper bags
The purpose of GCHQ
is to protect the UK’s
citizens. Surely it is in a
unique position to trace
the originators of the
abhorrent racist abuse
sent to Tyrone Mings
and others? This need
not be a costly project.
A few high-profile
prosecutions would
make so-called trolls
think twice about using
the internet to spread
harmful abuse.
KEVIN GORDON
SEAFORD,
EAST SUSSEX
In our local shopping
mall, Primark puts the
clothes we buy into free,
recyclable, paper carrier
bags. It seems so obvious
and environmentfriendly. Do all of
the expensive stores
consider that they are far
superior and must use
plastic and add 5p on to
our shopping bills?
Those of us born in
the middle of the 20th
century bought sugar
and spice in paper bags.
Let’s buy all things nice
in them this century.
JOHN EAMES
PLYMOUTH
Blinded by
the lights
Sweet revenge
on junk mail
Walking on a pavement
after dark recently, I was
stopped in my tracks by
a blinding, pulsing light
moving fast towards me.
Maybe a crazed Formula
One mobility vehicle
rider? No, it was a cyclist.
We can’t seem to win
with cyclists. On the one
hand, they seem to have
I have my own version of
the approach to dealing
with junk mail (Your
View, 16 January). Put
the offending articles in
a postbox addressed to
the sender. Don’t bother
with a stamp and add
something heavy.
DR ADRIAN VRANCH
ST IVES, CORNWALL
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Steph shuts
down rumour
Chalamet is on
the money while
Gomez banks it
Wouldn’t it be nice if women didn’t
have to explain changes in their
bodies to anyone? After all, it really
is no one’s business if we’re pregnant or we’re not pregnant, if we’ve
put on weight or if we’ve lost it.
Even your best friend wouldn’t
have the audacity to ask if you were
pregnant if you hadn’t brought it
up first. So I feel for BBC Breakfast
presenter Steph McGovern, who
had to correct viewers who had
mistakenly decided she was
pregnant whilst watching the
show yesterday.
McGovern tweeted: “For those
who are congratulating me on my
‘pregnancy’. I am not ‘with child’, I
am ‘with pot belly’.”
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Liam regrets
latest line
He has recently claimed that
he chases squirrels so it will
perhaps come as no surprise,
then, that Liam Gallagher has
admitted he’s still on drugs.
When asked about giving
advice to his two sons, he said:
“I ain’t got a leg to stand on. I
do drugs. So when they come
and do drugs, I can’t say; ‘Don’t
do drugs’.” Gallagher later
retracted these comments
by saying: “Some clown has
insinuated I do drugs: I was on
about paracetamol.” Sure.
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is kind of what we want,
mainly just because Kanye
and I are ‘K’s, then they’re going to
call us the ‘KKK’,” Kim has said.
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Kelner
A
rather unusual feeling is
sweeping the country. It
has not been spread on
the internet, it has not
been invented and manipulated by
marketeers, and it’s not on-trend.
It’s spontaneous, unsolicited and is
inspired by an actual, rather than a
virtual, experience.
A 21-year-old colleague arrived in
the office yesterday to tell everyone
that she’d been to see a film, and, at
its conclusion, people were standing
up in the cinema, applauding and
cheering. She joined in, she said. And
it turns out that this is happening up
and down the country.
The film in question, Darkest
Hour, which tells the story of the
four weeks in 1940 when Winston
Churchill faced down the Nazis
and changed the course of world
history, has, seemingly, unleashed
an impromptu wave of patriotic
fervour throughout Britain. And
not only here. According to Darkest
Hour’s producer, Eric Fellner, similar
reactions to the film have been
reported in America too.
Phil Clapp, chief executive of
the UK Cinema Association, said:
“Such audience reaction to
a particular film is not
that common and where
it has happened, has
tended to be at films
with a ready-made fan
base.” But this isn’t
Star Wars, or Harry
Potter, and, while
there always has been
a good market in Second
World War feature films, it’s
certainly not a franchise movie.
So what brought my colleague,
who was born almost 60 years after
the events depicted, to her feet?
We can be sure that it is not simply
red-blooded nationalism which
is mobilising audiences. It’s an
undeniably terrific film, beautifully
made and powerfully played, and
Gary Oldman as Churchill – already
a Golden Globe winner – must be
fancied to win an Oscar and a Bafta.
But there is something more
fundamental at work here. The
reason this film has moved so
many people has more to do with
a nostalgic feeling, a lament for
the political leadership that is so
lacking these days. No one can
watch this recreation of Churchill,
flawed and intemperate in so many
ways, but inspiring, courageous and
indefatigable at this time of national
need, without making the contrast
with our times of political vacuity,
moral faint-heartedness, and
intellectual inadequacy.
It makes us reflect, also, that a
figure even remotely like
Churchill (inset) simply
could not exist in the
modern world, with
the all-seeing scrutiny
of social media, and
a censorious public
ready to vilify any
behaviour outside the
norm. Churchill – quite
rightly, you may say –
would not have survived in
public office for very long once his
retort to Lady Astor, who rebuked
him for his drinking, became
public: “My dear, you are ugly, but
tomorrow I shall be sober and you
will still be ugly”. Can you imagine
what the Twitter mob would have
made of that?
Of course, we live in much more
enlightened times. But there is no
gainsaying that the flawed hero has
no place in modern politics. Now, our
leaders have plenty of imperfections,
but none of the heroism. Watching
this portrayal of Churchill reminds
us of the paucity of public debate,
of the woeful shortfall in modern
democracy. No wonder we’re on our
feet, cheering him on.
TECHNOLOGY
mutated from a fresh, fun site into a
lumbering content hub, bloated with
adverts, clickbait and fake news.
The changes may be catastrophic
to some companies – traffic via the
platform is vital for many websites,
although posts that generate a lot of
interaction will be less affected.
On the surface, this all looks
pretty virtuous. Zuckerberg struck a
martyr-like tone when he explained
the changes in a post, conceding he
expects the amount of time people
spend using the platform to fall.
The time they do fritter away
scrolling through holiday albums
and arguments nested below
someone’s status, he concludes, will
be more worthwhile.
“If we do the right thing, I believe
that will be good for our community
and our business over the long term
too,” he wrote. It’s this throwaway
line which reveals the true intention
behind the shift – data from real
human interactions is still infinitely
more valuable to Facebook than the
content from brands.
A return to so-called “meaningful”
interactions gives Facebook more
personal data for third parties to
create targeted adverts. It will allow
it to track and scrutinise our online
relationships and simultaneously
encourage us to think of the time
we spend on it as more beneficial,
which in turn will inspire the
next generation of users to open
Facebook accounts. So while the
changes may make Facebook a more
pleasant way to spend time, the
driving force behind the change is
making money.
Rhiannon
Williams
Facebook’s
virtue has a
bottom line
I
t’s all change at Facebook as the
social network confirmed last
week it was moving away from
prioritising content from brands,
businesses and media and back
towards the interactions shared by
actual users.
This is all part of Facebook’s plan
to emphasise what chief executive
Mark Zuckerberg calls “meaningful
social interactions”, meaning you’ll
now be seeing more statuses and
photos from friends and family in
your News Feed and fewer videos,
posts and other content from
companies and publishers.
When Facebook arrived in the UK
in 2006, it was a revelation. It gave us
a radical new way to communicate
with people we knew. It felt vital.
But over the past 12 years it has
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CONSUMER
Horgan
goes
digital
Songs on repeat
strike a chord
with shoppers
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Adverts that employ the same
piece of music year after year are
the most effective at ensuring that
people like and remember a brand,
a study has found.
Currently, advertisers can only
guess whether dumping a familiar
song in favour of a fresh tune will be
more appealing to shoppers.
The research, led by scientists at
Goldsmiths, University of London,
found that adverts using the same
Note it well
Hovis A child pushes a bike laden
with loaves up a hill, to the strains
of Antonin Dvorak’s 9th Symphony.
Classic FM still receives requests
for the “Hovis music” 45 years after
Ridley Scott’s commercial.
Fruit and Nut The “everyone’s
a fruit and nut case” lyric in
a Cadbury’s ad was set to
the jaunty music of “Danse
des mirlitons” from The
Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich
Tchaikovsky (right).
Levi’s The opening bars of Marvin
Gaye’s hit “I Heard It Through The
Grapevine” are now associated with
model Nick Kamen peeling off his
501s in a launderette, to admiring
glances from female customers.
Sharon Horgan, the
comedy writer behind
the hit TV comedies
Catastrophe and
Motherland, has
signed an exclusive,
two-year deal with
Amazon Studios.
The digital
streaming platform
will get “first-look
rights” to new shows
from the Irish actress
and her production
company Merman,
which she founded with
Clelia Mountford.
The licensing deal
underscores Amazon’s
determination to snap
up top TV and film
talent for its Prime
subscription platform
in its battle with
Netflix for viewers.
Horgan said last
night: “Amazon is
at the forefront of
groundbreaking
television and Merman
is delighted to be part
of its remit to create
unique content.
Amazon has supported
us since the inception
of Catastrophe and
we are thrilled to be
working together. Also,
all the free books and
stuff is great.”
Horgan also wrote
Divorce, which she
created for HBO with
the US actress Sarah
Jessica Parker. GETTY
music across multiple campaigns
rated most favourably. Radio
ads using classical music were
especially successful at getting
people’s brains to “engage” with
the brand or product, according to
measurements of brain activity.
The researchers said advertisers
should select a backing track
carefully and stick to it in
consecutive campaigns so that
it became a “common thread”
associated with a brand even as
other aspects of new TV and radio
adverts changed. The big challenge
is to “pick a tune that will stand the
test of time”. Coca-Cola’s use of “I’d
Like to Teach the World to Sing (In
Perfect Harmony)” in its groundbreaking 1971 commercial proved so
popular the jingle became a hit song.
The drinks brand was still using
versions of the song 30 years later.
Volunteers wore caps with
electrodes attached that
recorded electrical signals
generated by their brains
as they listened to or
watched ads. They
were asked to rate how
much they liked each
advert, and how well the
music fitted the brand or
product advertised.
The research, published in the
Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology,
and Economics, also found that the
effects of strategic music had more
impact and were more immediate
for radio than for TV adverts.
NATURE
ENVIRONMENT
Shrimp is undisputed champion of the sea
Experts push electric car policy
By Padraic Flangan
Millions of years before boxers began
to bind their hands to avoid injury,
mantis shrimp developed a similar
way to protect the hammer-like club
it uses to smash its prey.
A unique structure that wraps
around the shrimp’s club has been
found to protect it from self-inflicted
damage as it crushes hard-shelled
prey with incredible speed and force.
The findings, published in the
journal Advanced Materials, will help
ultra-strong materials to be developed for the aerospace and sports industries, according to David Kisailus,
who led the team at the University of
California at Riverside.
Mantis shrimps are one of nature’s
most aggressive predators and are
known for killing their prey using
a strike that is among the fastestknown animal movements.
“We believe the role of the fibrereinforced striated region in the
smasher’s club is much like the hand
wrap used by boxers when they fight:
to compress the club and prevent catastrophic cracking,” Dr Kisailus said.
By Emily Beament
Three-fifths of new cars and vans
should be electric by 2030 to meet
legal targets to cut greenhouse
ga s e s , G overn me n t climate
advisers have said.
New homes should also be being
built to more energy-efficient
standards to save people money on
their bills and reduce emissions.
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A report from the Committee
on Climate Change warned that
the Government’s “clean growth
strategy”, published in October, did
not go far enough to meet targets to
cut greenhouse gases by the 2020s
and 2030s under UK law.
The report called for incentives
for householders to install energy
efficiency measures and a speeding
up of tree-planting.
His big
achievements
and his tweets
What has his
presidency meant
for the world?
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The US town that
loves ‘The Donald’
Kim Sengupta on the
Russia connection
And what next
for the most
unpredictable US
President in history?
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Geraldine
Walsh
At last I plucked
up courage to
cut off my hair
T
he actress Millie Bobby
Brown, who plays Eleven
in the Netflix sci-fi drama
Stranger Things, has,
at the young age of 13,
already recognised the strength a
shaved head can give a woman.
“Shaving your head is so
empowering,” Brown said to her
legion of fans on Twitter. “You don’t
need hair to be beautiful. You are
beautiful with or without it.”
Rather than it being a fashion
statement, the move by Brown
seems to be about freedom of choice
and defying expectations. This
generation of women is turning
the idea of femininity on its head.
Many are finding the courage to
rid themselves of what society
naturally believes makes a
woman feminine.
I am one of them. After a failed
attempt to shave my head at home,
I walked into a barber’s with a halfshaved head hiding underneath
a slouchy beanie. It wasn’t how
I envisaged this empowering
moment, but when your razor dies
halfway through the most impulsive
and radical change to your
appearance imaginable, you don’t
have much choice.
“Was it a mistake?” the tattooed
barber asked. No, of course it
wasn’t a mistake. Were your
tattoos a mistake?
Shaving your head is rarely done
on a whim, mostly because of the
way a bald head on a woman is
perceived. Many believe you must
be ill. Others react with a mixture
of shock and bemusement, asking:
“Why would you do that to your
beautiful hair?” As though shaving
your head is a catastrophic error
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her role in ‘Stranger Things’
you’ll regret for ever. As though
it won’t grow back. As though it
makes you less of a woman.
Earlier this month, a Cornish
teenager, Niamh Baldwin, made
the choice to shave her head for
charity and donate her hair – a
courageous and remarkable thing
for a young person to do. Yet the
14-year-old has been punished
for her personal choice by her
teachers at Mounts Bay Academy
in Penzance, who say it is against
school policy. Baldwin was placed
in isolation, away from her school
friends, until her hair grew back
to an “acceptable” length. The
archaic attitude has left a sour
memory for a schoolgirl who made
a decision to step outside the norm.
For me, it was something I had
threatened to do for ages, but
building up the courage to take
the blade to your long hair takes
some time.
As the last hairs were brushed
away from my neck and the chill
from the cold air swirled around my
newly bald head, I was glad it was
winter. The beanie went back on –
the courage to “shave it all off” had
not yet made its way to strangers
being allowed to see me almost
naked and raw. In those first few
moments, I felt exposed stepping
out into that busy shopping centre.
It took a few days to gather the
guts to drop my daughter to school
sans hat because the stares, the
quizzical looks, the sometimes awe
or (more often) shock were very
apparent. There were the initial
gasps by friends and family, some
loving it, some clearly afraid to pass
The chill from the
cold air swirled
around my
newly bald head
comment, which in my mind told
me they didn’t like it and they didn’t
agree with it. But they don’t have to
like it. It’s my head, my choice and
my way of expressing myself. My
way of standing out from the crowd.
As Brown wrote on Twitter:
“The day I shaved my head was the
most empowering moment of my
life. The last strand of hair cut off
was the moment my whole face was
on show and I couldn’t hide behind
my hair like I used to. As I looked in
the mirror I realised I had one job
to do. Inspire.”
I feel more beautiful than ever.
Worrying about what my hair looks
like is a thing of the past. Worrying
about what people think of my
shaved head is also in the past. I am
prouder than ever to stand up and
be seen. There is nothing to hide
behind anymore.
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T
he joy of Italian cuisine
is that you can eat a
lovely dinner for £20 that
knock spots off a meal
in London costing five
times the price. So do the denizens
of Florence – and its well-heeled
visitors – really need an eatery run
by a luxury fashion house? Or is this
food for fashion victims?
The most surprising element of
the new Gucci Garden complex,
apart from the menu, which we’ll
come to in a minute, is the absence
of an outdoor space.
It is actually contained inside a
14th-century palazzo in Florence’s
Piazza della Signoria, with a gallery,
shop and the restaurant by one
of the world’s most lauded chefs,
Massimo Bottura. For the confused
visitor, creative director Alessandro
Michele obligingly explains:
“The garden belongs above all to
the mind.”
Graffiti art near the entrance
declares: “Common sense is not
that common.” And so it seems
here. Chairs are embroidered with
spaniels and cats. Memorabilia
references horses, the Gucci staple.
Thankfully the ground-floor
Osteria Bottura is a restaurant, not
in the abstract sense but the real
one. Done up in the palette of a Wes
Anderson film, it has lime green
walls and pink, tasselled menus.
The waitress appeared to have
strutted straight to my table from
the catwalk, via the kitchens.
Fashionistas are not known
for their large appetites. On I’m a
Celebrity... starvation rations, many
would be in danger of putting on
weight. Other fashion cafés often
serve little more than macaroons,
salad in last season’s colours and
a side of skinny latte, about as
nutritious as a liquid oxygen facial.
Bottura, I am happy to report, has
torn up the rulebook and thrown it
back in the fashion closet, drawing
up a carb-laden menu including hot
dogs and burgers.
I begin with a steamed pork bun
infused with miso and Japanese
mustard with a crunchy bite of
apple, followed by tortellini stuffed
with pork, veal, ham, Parmesan
and mortadella. Bottura insists
that the food is light. “There is no
butter or cream in this kitchen.”
The tortellini sauce is made with
Parmesan and water. The pork has
been steamed for hours to ensure
the fat disappears.
Bottura and Gucci’s CEO Marco
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Gucci’s first restaurant is serving up – gasp! –
carbs in Florence. Hannah Roberts tucked in
Bizzarri are old school friends who
teamed up on the restaurant as
something of a lark, while Bottura’s
three Michelin star restaurant,
Osteria Francescana in Modena, is
shut for winter. “I’m supposed to be
on holiday but I’m just here for fun,”
he tells me as he poses for selfies.
Other fashion houses have delved
into big-ticket collaborations with
chefs as well. The Italian fashion
house, owned by Kering, is not
the only luxury company to foray
into food; LVMH announced late
last year it would open a second
branch of its gourmet grocer La
Grande Epicerie in Paris, days
before Tiffany’s & Co opened its
Blue Box Café in New York. Gucci’s
arch-rivals Chanel opened a Tokyo
restaurant with Alain Ducasse,
Bottura’s one-time mentor.
Bernstein analyst Mario Ortelli
noted that if luxury companies
did not provide a gastronomic
experience that matched their other
goods, it could dilute the brand.
“The experience has to be luxurious
and recognisable,” he said.
This is something that the brash
designer duo Dolce and Gabbana
found out when they launched their
gaudy Gold eatery in Milan, which
sunk under the weight of inflated
expectations, mediocre food and
trashy clientele. Customers who
did venture in were soon put off by
the vaguely contemptuous waiting
staff, who thought they ought be
modelling, not serving cocktails.
Milan’s fashion class spurned
Gold for its perceived vulgarity and
shady Eastern European client
base before it closed in 2015. But
Florence’s Osteria is devoid of
obvious fashion fanatics. Diners
include families with grown-up
children, local office workers and
a South American couple who
stepped off the tourist trail. Skiing
women in sunglasses, celebrities
and eurotrash are conspicuous by
their absence.
But it’s not clear what’s keeping
the fash pack away. It can’t be the
prices – unless they’re too low. Since
2015 Bottura has worked to build a
A well-heeled
group of guests
attended the
opening of the
Gucci Garden
last week;
(above) the
Osteria Bottura
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network of food waste-fuelled soup
kitchens in Milan, London, and
Rio de Janeiro, and this restaurant
is intentionally democratic and
remarkably affordable, with mains
for €20 to €30 (£18 to £27).
In fact the food is the only
affordable merchandise on offer
in the pleasure palace. In the
boutique, one-of-a-kind or limitededition pieces such as silk bomber
jackets are on sale for €2,980 next
to cushions for €1,400, as well
as rare and antique books. For
those merely after a souvenir, a
canvas shopper goes for €130 and a
postcard for €20, the same price as
a main course.
As word gets round about the
good-value nosh at the Bottura
restaurant, demand will surely
outstrip supply, with foodies
beating a path to Florence.
Fashionistas will need to hurry if
they want to get in on the action.
The Devil may wear Prada, but she
should eat at Gucci – as long she
doesn’t get grease stains on the
clothes downstairs.
KOSOVO
RUSSIA
Leading Serb politician shot
dead in ‘act of terrorism’
Sun disappears City on alert for blowfish portion
over Moscow
By Mari Yamaguchi
expensive winter delicacy, requires
By Fatos Bytyci
IN PRISTINA
The Kosovo Serb leader Oliver
Ivanovic, who was standing trial over
the killings of ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 war, was shot dead
in broad daylight yesterday in what
Serbia called an act of terrorism.
The killing, in the Serb-run north
of the city of Mitrovica, increased
tension between Kosovo and Serbia.
EU-sponsored talks on a normalisation of relations due to take place in
Brussels were suspended.
The EU and US called on both
sides to remain calm and for Kosovo’s authorities to bring the killers to justice without delay. They
also urged authorities in Kosovo, a
former Serbian province that won
independence a decade ago, and
Serbia to recommit to working for a
normalisation of relations.
“This is considered an act of terrorism,” the Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic, said.
Mr Ivanovic, 64 was taken to a
hospital but doctors failed to revive
him. REUTERS
JAPAN
By Jack Hunter
IN TOKYO
If you think British weather is grey,
spare a thought for Muscovites who
didn’t once see the sun in December.
They say that last month set the
record for the least amount of sunshine seen in the Russian capital.
“The sun didn’t come out even
once for the entire month,” said
the weather website Meteonovosti. According to Russia’s main
weather centre, the sun did shine for
six minutes.
But normally Muscovites get dozens of hours of December sunshine.
A city in central Japan used
an emergency loudspeaker
system normally reserved
for natural disasters to
attempt the recall of four
potentially deadly packages of blowfish meat.
It is understood
that five packages of assorted blowfish sold by a
supermarket in Gamagori on
Monday contained the liver of the
fugu fish, which can be toxic to
humans when consumed. Fugu, an
a licence to prepare because of the
dangers of mishandling.
The illegal sales surfaced
when a buyer of one package
took it to a health centre.
Wi t h fo u r o t h e r
packages sold but unacco u n t e d fo r, c i ty
officials alerted residents
via the emergency loudspeakers. Two packages
have since been returned.
No health problems have
been reported from past consumption of liver sold by the store, health
authorities said. AP
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Pope expresses
‘pain and shame’
over sex abuse
By Peter Prengaman
IN SANTIAGO
Pope Francis has begged for forgiveness during a visit to Chile over the
“irreparable damage” done to children who were raped and molested
by priests in the country.
The Pope directly addressed a
scandal that has greatly hurt the
Catholic Church’s credibility in Chile
and cast a cloud over his visit.
Nine church firebombings in the
past few days, while not causing any
injuries, have marked an unprecedented level of protest against history’s first Latin American pope on
his home turf.
Two of the church burnings were in
the southern Araucania region where
the Pope was due to arrive today to
meet representatives of Chile’s indigenous people.
However, in Santiago, tens of thousands of jubilant Chileans turned out
in droves for the pontiff’s first public
Mass, a massive gathering in the capital’s O’Higgins Park where St John
Paul celebrated Mass three decades
ago. Before the service began, the
Pope Francis arriving for the Mass in
Santiago yesterday AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Pope took a ride in his popemobile
xthrough the grounds to greet wellwishers, some of whom had camped
out overnight to secure a spot.
In his first event of the day, the Pope
met privately with Chilean President
Michelle Bachelet and addressed legislators, judges and other authorities
at La Moneda palace.
They interrupted him with applause when he said he felt “bound
to express my pain and shame” that
some of Chile’s pastors had sexually
abused children in their care.
“I am one with my brother bishops,
for it is right to ask forgiveness and
make every effort to support the victims, even as we commit ourselves to
ensuring that such things do not happen again,” he said.
The Pope did not refer by name to
Chile’s most notorious paedophile
priest, Fernando Karadima, who was
sanctioned in 2011 by the Vatican to a
lifetime of “penance and prayer” for
sexually molesting minors. Nor did
he refer to the fact that the emeritus
archbishop of Santiago, a senior papal
adviser, has acknowledged he knew of
complaints against Karadima but did
not remove him from ministry.
Karadima had been a politically
connected, charismatic and powerful priest who ministered to a wealthy
Santiago community. Victims went
public with their accusations in 2010,
after complaining for years to church
authorities that Karadima would
kiss and fondle them when they were
teenagers.
While the scandal rocked the
Church, many Chileans are still furious over Pope Francis’s subsequent
decision, in 2015, to appoint a Karadima protégé as bishop of the southern
city of Osorno. Bishop Juan Barros
has denied knowing about Karadima’s abuse but many Chileans do not
believe him, and his appointment has
split the diocese.
It remains to be seen if the Pope
will meet sex abuse survivors. AP
PAKISTAN
Muslim clerics make stand
against suicide bombings
By Drazen Jorgic
More than 1,800 Pakistani Muslim
clerics have issued an Islamic
directive, or fatwa, forbidding
suicide bombings, according to
a book published yesterday by
the government.
The South Asian nation has for
years been plagued by violence by
Islamist militants, who often use the
tactic of suicide bombing and claim
their campaign is a “holy war”.
Suicide attacks are frequently
condemned as fanatical and immoral,
especially when civilians are killed,
but insurgents view the tactic as their
most effective weapon. Seeking to
curb “terrorism” that has resulted in
tens of thousands of casualties since
the early 2000s, the clerics declared
suicide bombings to be forbidden.
“This fatwa provides a strong
base for the stability of a moderate
Islamic society,” the President of
Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain, wrote
in the book.
“We can seek guidance from
this fatwa for building a national
narrative in order to curb extremism
in keeping with the golden principles
of Islam.” REUTERS
News crews
outside the
Turpin home in
Perris, California
REUTERS
UNITED STATES
Torture suspects
‘chained pale and thin
children to bedposts’
By Phoenix Tso
IN PERRIS CALIFORNIA
A California couple have been
charged with torture and child
endangerment after police found
their 13 children held captive at
home, some “shackled to their
beds with chains and padlocks”.
Neighbours reported that the
siblings, ranging in age from two
to 29, rarely left their dishevelled
suburban home, and when they did
they appeared small and pale and
acted strangely.
David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested on Sunday and each charged
with nine counts of torture and
The Turpins filed for
bankruptcy in 2011,
stating in court documents
they owed between $100,000
and $500,000. At that time, Mr
Turpin worked as an engineer
and earned $140,000 annually.
10 counts of child endangerment.
Their arrest came after a 17-yearold – who appeared to be “only 10
years old and slightly emaciated” –
escaped the house in Perris, about
70 miles east of Los Angeles, and
called the police.
Riverside County officers said
they arrived to find several of the
couple’s 13 children “shackled to
their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings.” A spokesman added:
“The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty.”
Kimberly Milligan, 50, who lives
across the street from the family,
said she had only seen the infant in
the mother’s arms and three other
children since she moved in two
years ago.
“Why don’t we ever see the
kids?” Ms Milligan said she asked
herself. “In hindsight, we would
have never thought this. But there
were red flags. You never don’t
hear or see nine kids.”
Nicole Gooding, 35, who has lived
in the neighbourhood for three
years, said she first saw the family
two months ago when the mother
and children were cleaning up the
yard. “I had never seen them at all
until that day,” she said.
The parents, who were scheduled to appear in court tomorrow, are being held in a detention
centre on $9m (£6.5m) bail each,
police said. A spokesman said
he could add no details about the
parents’ motives.
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Trump’s
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By Sarah Lynch
IN WASHINGTON
Enslaved Past cases
Recent cases of confinement and
enslavement include Argentine
Domingo Bulacio, jailed for 12 years
in 2017 for repeatedly, over 20 years,
raping his daughter, who had been
kept as a sex slave from the age of 11.
Cleveland abductor Ariel Castro
held three women and a girl in
captivity. He was found dead in
September 2013 in his cell after
being jailed for life the previous
month for kidnap, rape and assault.
California couple Philip and
Nancy Garrido kidnapped 11-yearold Jaycee Dugard and held her
captive for 18 years. She was raped.
They were jailed for life in 2011.
Austria’s Josef Fritzl fathered
seven children with his daughter,
whom he kept locked in a cellar for
24 years. He was jailed for life in
2009 for rape, incest, murder of one
of the children and enslavement.
Parents
David Turpin
and Louise
Turpin could
face charges
including
torture
and child
endangerment
AP
Six of the couple’s children are
minors, while the other seven are
over 18, police said. They are now
being treated in local hospitals.
Investigators piecing together
the family’s background report
that David and Louise Turpin
arranged marriage-renewal ceremonies at least three times, in
2011, 2013 and 2015, at an Elvis
Presley-themed chapel in Las
Vegas, according to the chapel’s
YouTube page.
One video even shows the couple
exchanging renewal vows in front
of an Elvis impersonator.
Another video showed 10 female
children in matching purple plaid
dresses walking down the aisle
ahead of Louise toward David, who
waited anxiously at the altar with
two male children in suits.
A third male child dressed in a
suit appeared later in the video
during various dance performances with the Elvis impersonator
and the family.
A family Facebook account features another photo where the
couple are pictured in happier
times with their children in front
of a mountain range.
The family members, who are
all wearing matching numbered
“Thing” t-shirts from the Dr Seuss
book The Cat In The Hat, are seen
smiling and having a good time.
David Turpin’s parents, James
and Betty Turpin of West Virginia, told ABC News they were
“surprised and shocked” by the
allegations, saying they could not
understand “any of this”. REUTERS
President Donald Trump’s
former chief strategist, Steve
Bannon, has been subpoenaed
by the special counsel Robert
Mueller to testify before a grand
jury in an investigation into alleged ties between Russia and
Mr Trump’s 2016 presidential
campaign, The New York Times
reported yesterday.
It was the first time Mr Mueller
is known to have used a subpoena
against a member of Mr Trump’s
inner circle, the newspaper said,
citing a person with direct knowledge of the matter.
Mr Bannon, a champion of Mr
Trump’s “America First” agenda,
was among the Republican’s closest aides during the 2016 election
campaign, the presidential transition and during his first months
in office.
But the pair had a bitter public falling out over comments
Mr Bannon made to the author
Michael Wolff for his recent book
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump
White House.
In the book, Mr Bannon is
quoted as describing a June 2016
meeting between Trump associates, including the President’s son
Donald Trump Jnr, his son-in-law,
Jared Kushner and a Russian lawyer, as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”. REUTERS
POLITICS
Criticised US
embassy opens
in London
By Gregory Katz
The new US embassy in
London, criticised last week
by President Donald Trump
as too expensive and poorly
located, opened its doors to
the public yesterday.
The building is situated
in Nine Elms – formerly an
industrial area of south
London – and replaces the
embassy in Grosvenor Square
in central London.
That building has been
sold to a Qatari government
investment fund planning to
turn it into a luxury hotel.
The US ambassador to
London, Robert Johnson,
hailed the new embassy as
“the most secure, hi-tech and
environmentally friendly... the
US has ever built”.
US officials say it would
have cost hundreds of millions
of dollars to upgrade the old
building. AP
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WORLD FOCUS
Deal over return of
Rohingya refugees
fails to calm doubts
Bangladesh to repatriate those who
fled Myanmar forces. By Ruma Paul
B
angladesh has said it will
complete the process of
returning within two years
many of the hundreds of
thousands of Rohingya
Muslims who had fled a conflict in
Myanmar, following a meeting of
the neighbours.
The bilateral repatriation plan,
which Myanmar said would begin
next Tuesday, was greeted with
some scepticism from NGOs, who
said it did not adequately address
questions of safety, livelihoods and
permanent resettlement.
Bangladesh’s foreign ministry
said the return effort envisages
“considering the family as a unit”,
with Myanmar providing temporary
shelter for those returning before
rebuilding houses for them.
Bangladesh would set up five
transit camps to send Rohingyas
to two reception centres on the
Myanmar side of the border, its
statement said. “Myanmar has
reiterated its commitment to stop
[the] outflow of Myanmar residents
to Bangladesh,” it said.
It also called for repatriating
orphans and “children born out
of unwarranted incidence”, a
reference to cases of rape resulting
in pregnancy.
The rape of Rohingya women
by Myanmar’s security forces was
widespread, according to women
interviewed at displacement camps
by UN medics and activists. The
military denies it was involved in any
sexual assaults.
The crisis began in August last
year when Rohingya insurgent
attacks on security posts in the
western state of Rakhine triggered
a fierce military response that the
United Nations denounced as ethnic
Rohingya Muslims fled to escape
Myanmar troops AFP/GETTY IMAGES
cleansing. Some 650,000 people fled
the violence.
The military denies ethnic
cleansing, saying its security forces
had mounted legitimate counterinsurgency clearance operations.
International community and
rights groups have stressed that
the Myanmar government must
guarantee the “safe and voluntary”
return of the refugees, and urged
that international organisations be
allowed to participate.
The UN refugee agency said
yesterday that it had not been
invited to take part or given full
access to the areas where refugees
are to return.
“UNHCR and our partners
need urgent, unhindered access in
Rakhine state, in order to assess the
situation and provide support to
those in need,” UNHCR spokesman
Andrej Mahecic said in Geneva.
US-based Human Rights Watch
said the discussions between
Myanmar and Bangladesh failed to
include any understanding of what
the Rohingya wanted. REUTERS
UNITED STATES
Trump mentally sharp and
in good health, says doctor
By Padraic Flanagan
US President Donald Trump had a
normal score in a test of how his brain
works and is in excellent health, although he could benefit from a lowerfat diet and more exercise, the White
House physician said yesterday.
“The President’s overall health is
excellent,” Dr Ronny Jackson said.
“He continues to enjoy the long-term
cardiac and overall health benefits
that come from a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol. The
President is mentally very sharp,
very intact. He is fit for duty. I think
he will remain fit for duty for the remainder of this term and even for another term if he’s elected.”
The doctor said the 6ft 3in President weighed 17st, had normal blood
pressure, took drugs to lower cholesterol and combat hair loss and slept
for only four or five hours a night.
Asked by reporters how the President, who takes no exercise and eats
junk food, could remain so healthy,
Dr Jackson said: “He has incredibly
good genes, and it’s just the way God
made him.”
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GERMANY
30 officials in
bribes inquiry
Asylum-seeker
numbers falling
Prosecutors are investigating
a network of more than 30
people that includes former
high-level officials suspected
of taking bribes worth $40m
(£30m) between 2011 and 2012
for public works projects.
The so-called “Blue Apple”
inquiry is investigating
alleged acts of corruption,
money laundering and
criminal association.
The Attorney General, Kenia
Porcell, said that the network
included former officials,
lawyers and business people.
The number of new asylum-seekers
registered in Germany dropped
significantly last year to 186,000,
official figures revealed yesterday.
The figure of 186,644 given by
the interior ministry compared
with a total 280,000 arrivals during
2016 and a peak of 890,000 the
previous year.
Syrians were the biggest single
group of new migrants last year,
accounting for 47,434 of the total.
They were followed by 21,043 Iraqis
and 12,346 Afghans.
In December, 13,082 new arrivals
were registered, somewhat lower
than in the previous months. AP
BRAZIL
Sao Paulo added
to areas at risk
of yellow fever
By Jack Hunter
The World Health Organisation
(WHO) has added all of Sao
Paulo state in Brazil to its list of
areas at risk for yellow fever.
That puts the megacity
of Sao Paulo on the list and
means that the organisation
Social Democrats ponder
coalition with Merkel
By Jack Butler
PANAMA
REUTERS
GERMANY
is recommending that all
international visitors to
the state be vaccinated. The
announcement comes ahead of
Carnival, a big draw for tourists.
The WHO says 11 human cases
have been confirmed in the past
week and hundreds more cases
were found in monkeys.
Much of Brazil is considered
at risk for yellow fever, but the
coast was largely considered
safe. Last year, however, Brazil
saw an unusually large outbreak
of the disease, including in areas
not previously at risk, sparking a
rush to vaccinate millions.
The head of Germany’s centre-left
Social Democratic Party (SPD)
lobbied his colleagues yesterday to
vote in favour of opening coalition
talks with Chancellor Angela
Merkel’s conservatives, amid strong
opposition from grassroots members.
Martin Schulz made the rounds in
the populous state of North-Rhine
Westphalia, talking to SPD members
to seek their approval at a party
convention on Sunday to open formal
negotiations with Mrs Merkel’s
Christian Democratic Union (CDU)
bloc. A rejection of talks would be a
setback for the Chancellor, who has
A scorched statue
sits in the ashes
as firemen try to
extinguish a huge fire
that spread through
the Maritime Museum
in Jakarta, Indonesia,
yesterday morning.
The 17th-century
building used to be the
East India Company’s
warehouses. AP
CHINA
Ban for rights lawyer who criticised the President
A prominent Chinese rights lawyer
who wrote an open letter criticising
President Xi Jinping said yesterday
that authorities had revoked his
licence to practice law.
Beijing-based lawyer and activist
Yu Wensheng has repeatedly
criticised the ruling Communist
Party over a lengthy and sweeping
crackdown on rights lawyers and
activists, which has seen hundreds
detained and dozens arrested.
Chinese authorities briefly
detained Mr Yu in October after he
wrote an open letter saying that Mr Xi
was unsuited to lead China because
he had strengthened “totalitarian”
rule over the country.
Mr Yu said he believed that the
revoking of his legal licence was part
of reprisals for penning the open
letter, but that it only made him more
determined to persevere with his
rights activism. REUTERS
GERMANY
MIDDLE EAST
AUSTRALIA
Children hurt in
school bus crash
Border crossing Wallaby catches
back in use
motorists on hop
Twenty-one children were injured
when a school bus crashed into a
house in southern Germany.
A police spokesman, Christoph
Kunkel, said that three
helicopters helped to take the
pupils, including six with serious
injuries, to hospitalyesterday.
The accident happened in the
town of Eberbach, about 30 miles
(50km) east of Mannheim, just
after 7am. The cause of the crash
was not immediately clear. AP
The Israeli military says it has
reopened a key border crossing with
the Gaza Strip after destroying a
tunnel built beneath the structure by
the Hamas militant group.
Yesterday’s reopening restores
Gaza’s main point of entry for
humanitarian aid.
Israel temporarily closed the
Kerem Shalom border crossing after
it demolished the mile-long tunnel
that ran past Israeli military posts as
well as gas and fuel pipelines. AP
IN BEIJING
Pasadena
The 1988 cult film Heathers, a
pitch black comedy that riffs
on the dark side of US high
school life, is to be remade as a
television series.
On the big-screen, the queen
bees (who all shared the name
Heather) were three white
high school students played
by Shannon Doherty, Lisanne
Falk and Kim Walker.
On the small screen, the
same trio will include a black
girl (Jasmine Mathews) and a
young gay man named Heath,
(Brendan Scannell) with the
hour-long show debuting in
the UK on 7 March on the
Paramount Network.
The 21st-century Heathers
turns the original story
on its head, said executive
producer Jason Micallef, with
teenagers from traditionally
marginalised communities
“using the power of the
internet and the power of
pure self-confidence to trash
everybody around them”.
He added that the series
delved deeper than the movie
into what motivates the
characters. He sees both the
original Heathers and the
updated Heathers as victims,
not villains – a concept the
show will explore in detail
over its 10-episode run. “The
original film was released... at
the end of the Reagan era, and
in a time of political transition.
And I think now we’re in
another political time of
transition,” Micallef said. AP
Lynn Elber
already failed to forge a coalition with
two smaller parties.
The SPD and the CDU, which
have governed Germany in a “grand
Fire rips
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By Christian Shepherd
Postcard
From...
Martin Schulz pushed for colleagues
to enter coalition talks REUTERS
coalition” since 2013, suffered heavy
losses in September’s national
election. In early non-binding votes,
SPD members in the smaller states
of Berlin and Saxony-Anhalt have
indicated that they will vote against
opening coalition talks, while party
members in Brandenburg voted
in favour.
In North Rhine -Westphalia,
Mr Schulz met SPD members in
Dortmund before going to Düsseldorf
for similar meetings.
If plans for a coalition fail, Mrs
Merkel can try to rule in a minority
government or call for repeat
elections, two outcomes without
precedent in postwar Germany.
A wayward wallaby was chased by
police after bounding across the
Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The adult male was captured
without apparent injury and is
expected to be released back into
the wild within days.
The startled animal hopped
across the bridge’s eight lanes of
traffic an hour before sunrise,
then turned on to an expressway
on the harbour’s southern shore
towards Sydney Opera House. AP
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Inventor charged with murdering
Swedish journalist on submarine
Drug users
‘tortured by
state’ in new
crackdown
By Jan Olsen
IN COPENHAGEN
By Oliver Carroll
A Danish inventor has been charged
with murdering and dismembering
a Swedish journalist during a trip on
his private submarine.
Prosecutors said Peter Madsen,
47, either cut Kim Wall’s throat or
strangled her before cutting up her
body and dumping it in the sea.
Mr Madsen is charged with
murder, dismemberment and
indecent handling of a corpse, the
latter relating to how he allegedly
disposed of the body. He is also
charged with having sexual relations
“of a particularly dangerous nature”
with 30-year-old Ms Wall before she
was killed.
The charges were made public by
the Danish prosecution authority
in Copenhagen.
Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen
called the case “very unusual and
extremely disturbing”, and said the
killing was premeditated.
He said that if convicted, Mr
Madsen should be sentenced to life in
prison, or be detained in a secure unit
if deemed necessary by psychiatrists
for as long as he was considered
dangerous to others.
The accused’s lawyer, Betina Hald
Engmark, said her client denied
murdering Ms Wall.
Mr Madsen and Ms Wall had gone
on a trip in Mr Madsen’s submarine
on 10 August last year. The reporter,
who was working on a story about
Mr Madsen, was last seen aboard the
vessel as it left Copenhagen. The next
day, Mr Madsen – an entrepreneur
who once dreamed of launching
Peter Madsen
(right) talks to police
during the search
for Kim Wall GETTY
a manned space mission – was
rescued from the sinking submarine
without Ms Wall. It is alleged that he
deliberately sank the vessel.
Mr Madsen has offered a shifting
variety of explanations for Ms Wall’s
death. Initially, he told authorities he
had dropped Ms Wall off on an island
several hours after their voyage
began. Then he claimed that she died
accidentally inside the submarine
while he was on deck during the
excursion and he had “buried” her
at sea. However, he later admitted
throwing her body parts into the sea.
Ms Wall’s dismembered, naked
torso was found on a beach in
Copenhagen in late August. AP
Multiple knife wounds
were found on Kim Wall’s
torso. Prosecutors said that
the former London School of
Economics student was stabbed
several times while she was alive,
but declined to elaborate.
IN MOSCOW
The Russian federal republic
of Chechnya has launched a
brutal crackdown on drug users,
according to reports.
Allegations of sadist
interrogation techniques by
Chechen security services are not
new. Last year, the world found
out about a state-led campaign of
torture against gays in the country.
The purge resulted in dozens
of young men being reported
missing, with some feared dead.
But latest details reported
by the independent Russian
publication Republic suggest that
Chechya’s all-powerful head of
government, Ramzan Kadyrov,
has zeroed in on drug users.
According to Republic, hundreds
of arrests have been carried out in
recent months, closely mirroring
the anti-gay purge. This time, no
deathshavebeenreported.Instead,
there are claims of arbitrary
arrests, extreme interviewing
techniques and torture.
Mr Kadyrov has long presented
himself as a warrior against
drugs, starting in May 2006 when
he drew a line between drug use,
Wahhabism and terrorism. “It is
one and the same thing,” he was
quoted as saying. “The drug user
is no less of a source of evil than
the terrorist.”
In September 2016, Mr Kadyrov
called on his security forces to kill
drug users on sight.
AUSTRALIA
VENEZUELA
Father’s instinct helps save son in car crash
Bishops in Maduro firing line
By Rod McGuirk
IN CANBERRA
The father of an Australian teenager
who spent 30 hours trapped in his
wrecked car said he had followed his
intuition by hiring the helicopter that
found his seriously injured son.
Samuel Lethbridge, 17, is in
intensive care with multiple
fractures. Tony Lethbridge
said he suspected that his
son may have been in a
car crash when he did
not return to the family
home at Lake Macquarie
after a Saturday night
out with friends in
nearby Newcastle. The
teenager had dropped off a
friend about 50km from home.
Mr Lethbridge, 51, hired
a helicopter on Monday
morning and the car was
spotted in scrubland off
a road 20km from home.
Emergency services
cut the teenager from
the wreck 30 hours after
the accident. AP
By Jack Butler
Venezuela’s far-left regime has
called for an investigation into
two Roman Catholic bishops for
making comments critical of the
government.
President Nicolas Maduro said
that the clerics may have committed
hate crimes, an accusation he
frequently levels at critics.
He called on the chief prosecutor
and Supreme Court to investigate.
El National newspaper reported
that Bishop Victor Hugo Basabe of
San Felipe recently prayed for the
liberation of Venezuela from the
“corrupt plague” that has led to
chronic food shortages.
Venezuela is enduring an
economic crisis despite having vast
oil reserves.
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Television switch-off by
young viewers ‘has peaked’
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
“Facebook fatigue” could lead to
a revival of live television viewing
among younger audiences, a report
suggested yesterday.
“Traditional” viewing by 18to 24-year-olds in the UK
will continue to decline at a
rate of 10 per cent to 15 per
cent this year, Deloitte
UK’s Technology, Media
and Telecommunications
2018 Predictions found.
But digital distractions
from smartphones and social
media will reach a peak next
year. The “Great British Switch Off”
among millennials is set to level off
as Facebook fatigue sets in.
A predicted move into major sports
rights by digital streaming platforms
such as Amazon is expected to
create new reasons for people to
watch live events on their screens.
Paul Lee, the head of research
for technology, media and telecoms
at Deloitte, said: “Many forces that
distracted young people away from
traditional TV, such as smartphones,
social media and video piracy, have
peaked. Digital distractions
will remain, but their impact
is unlikely to rise further.”
Dan Ison, the head of
media and entertainment
at Deloitte, said:
“Audiences can now
consume media content
on demand, attend gigs
and sporting events remotely
thanks to digital technology.
“People enjoy being part of
a co nve rs at i o n a n d s h a r i n g
experiences – the social media era
has created a ‘fear of missing out’
culture that has boosted demand
for attending must-see live events
and performances.”
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The frock-wearing ceramicist
is taking his very British brand
of art to Florida. Alison Cole
wonders how the US will react
G
rayson Perry is
revelling in the
relaxed ambience
of the 425-acre
private residential
resort of Windsor, Florida,
where his most important
American show of 2018 opens
this week. “Anthropologically,
it’s fascinating,” he says. “It’s a
hermetic culture that looks exactly
like it does in the brochure. I’m
always fascinated by the image
that advertises anything.”
But when I suggest that this
is an American vision of Eden,
Perry disagrees. “It’s more like JG
Ballard’s The Prisoner of the Coral
Deep by Farrow and Ball, isn’t it?”
he says, chuckling. “But it’s great,
very comfortable, with brilliant
service, nice food. Of course, the
entry requirement is a hell of a lot
of dosh…”
Perry is fresh from his triumph
at the Serpentine Galleries in
London, where his aptly titled
The Most Popular Art Exhibition
Ever! had people queuing round
the block. But he is, of course, a
peculiarly British phenomenon
and his North American
appearances so far have been few
and far between. The Gallery at
Windsor, which is at the heart of
the Windsor experience created
by the billionaire British-Canadian
couple and philanthropists Galen
and Hilary Weston, hopes to
change that.
Ms Weston is confident that
Perry’s extraordinary works will
bring “colour, texture and a taste
of what it is to be British” to
this American community,
even though some of the
content may be a little explicit
for this audience.
But Perry relishes being
naughty – though never
so much as to offend the
people who may acquire
and live with his work. “I’m
unusual for an artist – I do
think about collectors. People
want to be provoked, but not
catastrophically,” he says.
The Windsor show is an
overview of some of Perry’s major
work. It opens with an exuberant
splash of colour, humour and social
commentary: his huge tapestry
Comfort Blanket (2014). The
tapestry is designed as a
giant banknote, with a
bespectacled portrait of the
Queen, and a patchwork of
affectionate semi-autobiographical
British references of “things
we love and hate”, ranging
from Eric Morecambe and
Ernie Wise to “brollies” and
“chavs”. Does he worry that some
of it might be incomprehensible
to a US audience or to a
younger generation?
“I’m delighted if they like it –
which they do,” says Perry, “but
I don’t make it for a millennial.
I make it for myself really. I’m
interested in the universality of
what it is to be human – taste,
gender, class, identity. I don’t think
Raphael worried about how he
would go down in 21st-century
America, but he seems to be doing
pretty well!”
Perry is not only a highly
accomplished printmaker and
ceramicist, but he is also a master
of storytelling and self-analysis.
Psychotherapy, he says, is the
biggest influence on his work.
The vivid imaginary world of
his childhood, fuelled by childhood
fears and a passion for making
things, led to the development
of mythical stories, in which his
teddy Alan Measles is the super
hero, and also to his transvestite
alter ego “Claire”, who collected
the Turner Prize in 2003 in
a blue Bo-Peep-style dress.
Parachuting Claire into the fervent
transatlantic debate surrounding
gender politics was always going
to be an interesting prospect.
Nothing could quite have prepared
the Windsor folk for Claire’s hot
pink mini-dress (with matching
underpants) at the private view.
The extraordinary expanse of leg
indeed prompted a wolf-whistle.
Perry is not primed to be
offended. “I’ve been watching the
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‘We need to put this back
on the agenda. It’s not over’
Two NHS medics tell Paul Gallagher why they
are returning to Lesbos to help save refugees
F
Grayson
Perry has
brought his
colourful and
exuberant
art to Florida,
including,
his tapestry
‘Comfort
Blanket’
(below), which
is designed
as a giant
banknote
trans/feminist spats on Twitter,” he
says. “They are genuine dilemmas.
I come back time and time again to
the vanity of small differences: the
left will rip itself apart by saying
‘you are not the right sort of liberal
– you are as bad as them by being
slightly different from me’, instead
of fighting the real enemy.”
But surely there are some no-go
areas, I suggest. What would he
say, for example, to the Donald
Trumps of this world and their
“pussy grabbing” for a starter?
“Oh God,” he exclaims, “it’s
awful, awful, awful.
Zero tolerance – you
don’t want that sort
of behaviour in the
workplace… yet the
weird thing is, whenever
I am doing a talk
about masculinity, the
audience goes very
quiet when I ask ‘OK,
can any of you people
put your hand up and
say they you’ve had
sexual fantasies
about equality?’
“That’s because
sexuality is not politically
correct and it’s also out of date.
Men have got to realise they
are just emotionally unaware
about their behaviour, about
what’s appropriate, about what’s
right. They’ve got to learn that
what’s natural to them is actually
really off.”
I ask him what he would have
worn to this year’s Golden Globe
Awards, and the question is met
with a guffaw. Later, he decides
that he would have suggested pink
as a dress code, as it would have
made the men feel uncomfortable.
And what sort of art would an
American version of Grayson
Perry be producing in this present
climate? A quilt with a mosaic
of Trump’s misogynist tweets?
“Yeah, that wouldn’t be far off,” he
concludes, as the culture divide
evaporates. “American quilts are
a big influence on me. I identify
with outsider art, folk artists – and
much to my chagrin that has now
become fashionable.”
windsorflorida.com
royalacademy.org.uk
or 10 days straight,
Nikki McDonald
worked flat out. The
A&E nurse had taken
unpaid leave from her
hospital job in Portsmouth to
travel to Lesbos, saying goodbye
to her three-year-old daughter,
Amelia, to volunteer with a 24-7
emergency medical team, helping
the thousands of refugees still
making the perilous journey across
the Mediterranean.
It was a life-changing,
if sometimes harrowing,
experience. But of all of the cases
she encountered on the Greek
island, one stands out. Nikki had
been asked to go into a women’s
changing room in the interim
camp of Moria – where the vast
majority of refugees from Syria,
Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere
are processed after their arrival –
to assess a woman inside.
Within half a minute, she came
running out with a malnourished
10-year-old boy slumped against
her. “He was so small I was able to
carry him in my arms, like a baby,”
Nikki recalls.
“His arm was as thick as
Nikki’s thumb, probably not that
even,” says her colleague, Stian
Mohrsen. “Everything was wrong.
His blood sugars were off, his
temperature was off, he wasn’t
breathing properly. ”
The boy was from Afghanistan
and appeared to have underlying
medical conditions akin to spina
bifida. Like many of the refugees
who began arriving on the shores
of Lesbos in huge numbers in 2015,
the child needed high-level care.
But all too often volunteers have no
equipment to treat them.
Many don’t make it this far,
though the world seems to have
turned its back on the crisis. In
September 2015, the shocking
images of three-year-old Alan
Kurdi lying dead on a Turkish
beach prompted international
responses to the refugee crisis.
On a single day last month, the
bodies of at least three children
washed ashore on Lesbos in less
than 24 hours, but there was no
global outrage this time.
It was while serving as a
paramedic with the South Central
Ambulance Service that Stian met
Nikki, who was based at the Queen
Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.
They realised they both wanted
to help. The pair decided to join a
team on Lesbos organised by the
Norwegian-based NGO Medics
Bergen. They are planning to
return this month, after their first
trip in October, and they know the
conditions they will be returning to
are hellish.
The Mayor of Lesbos criticised
the Greek government in
Nikki McDonald and Stian Mohrsen (below) are planning to return to Lesbos
this month after spending 10 days there in October helping out at the refugee
camp in Moria (above) SCAS; GETTY
November for allowing the island
to become “a giant prison camp”,
a description both Stian and Nikki
agree is apt.
Close to 6,000 people are
now being held at Moria, which
was established as a temporary
measure to house no more than
2,000. Containers are stacked
one on top of the other, housing
families and big groups of people
in a vast, open-ended warehouse
where volunteers are barred
from entering.
“You are OK to walk around the
perimeter, so I could see people
sleeping on blankets with thin tents
and this is an island that sees snow
every winter,” Stian says. “Two
children had died of hypothermia
just before we arrived.”
“The sanitation is disgusting
because the camp is so
overcrowded,” says Nikki. “There’s
videos on YouTube documenting
rivers of raw sewage running
through the camp.”
Tourism to Lesbos plummeted
in 2015 when the refugees began
arriving, and locals have blamed
them for the loss of business. Many
locals also resent the volunteers,
some of whom are abused or even
attacked. “They see us as part of
the problem. It’s a really worrying
tone that’s being set,” Nikki says.
The island’s laws do not help
the volunteers either. Only the
Lesbos port police are allowed to
call emergency services and aid
workers can be arrested if they
are caught helping “illegal aliens”
before they are registered.
Nikki and Stian had to wait a
while for an ambulance to be called
when they found the Afghan boy,
who had been given an overdose
of sedatives during his voyage.
Parents often drug their terrified
children to stop them from
crying while on their boats, to
avoid attracting the attention of
nighttime coastguard patrols.
When the ambulance arrived,
Nikki and Stian’s involvement
ended. “We don’t know what
happened to the boy,” Stian says.
But they fear what will happen to
more like him and appeal for people
to donate money, medical supplies
or winter clothing.
“We’re going to see a lot of deaths
from hypothermia and infections,”
Stian says. “There already have
been because people aren’t getting
appropriate medical help in the
camps. We need to put this back on
the agenda. It’s not over.”
Television Wednesday 17 January
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PICK OF THE DAY
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Millionaires’ Ex-Wives Club
Match Of The Day Live:
The FA Cup
9pm, BBC2
London is the divorce capital of
the world for the ex-wives of the
seriously rich. It comes at a cost,
however, which favoured the already
moneyed Lisa Tchenguiz (left) when
she took her second hubbie, Vivian
Imerman, to the Royal Courts of
Justice. But it seriously
impoverished Michelle Young after
she faced 65 hearings in the
longest-running divorce case in
English history (Scot Young died in
mysterious circumstances in 2014
owing Michelle £26m). The filmmaker Lynn Alleway meets
Tchenguiz in her Mayfair house and
Young in her rented basement flat to
hear both sides of what one lawyer
calls “a lottery”.
7.30pm, BBC1
Chelsea vs Norwich City. Last year’s
finalists host Championship side
Norwich City after last week’s 0-0
draw, and the BBC commentary
team will not be the only ones
keeping an eagle eye on their
monitors as this third-round replay
is also being followed by the Video
Assistant Review system.
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Kirstie And Phil’s
Love It Or List It
8pm, Channel 4
Sarah and her wife, Pepper, feel
cramped in their terraced house
in Walthamstow, east London, and
have put their plans to start a family
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Girlfriends
A Stitch In Time
9pm, ITV
Linda (Phyllis Logan) is in police
custody, much to the concern
of her old friends Gail and Sue
(Zoe Wanamaker and Miranda
Richardson). “She’s a woman of
certain age,” says Sue. “We don’t do
cells.” This being a typically busy
Kay Mellor drama (more coherent
than Love, Lies And Records in my
opinion), Linda’s arrest is only one
of several storylines, with Gail’s
worries for her increasingly
confused mother and Sue’s fightback after her sacking from the
bridal magazine also featuring.
8.30pm, BBC4
So far, the flamboyantly dressed
fashion archaeologist Amber
Butchart and tailor Ninya Mikhaila
have concentrated on recreating the
clothes of history’s rich and famous.
This, says Butchart, is only fair since
“if you were wealthy enough to have
your portrait painted then you were
wealthy enough to follow the latest
fashions”. But there is one rare,
full-sized portrait of a 1790s
hedge-cutter in a tattered leather
coat, from which the duo might
resurrect the attire of the working
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: Fern
Britton Meets Barbara
Dickson (R) (S). 9.00
Victoria Derbyshire (S).
11.00 BBC Newsroom Live
(S). 11.30 Daily Politics (S).
1.00 Live Snooker: The
Masters Shaun Murphy vs
Ali Carter (S). 4.45 More
Creatures Great And Small
(R) (S). 5.15 Flog It! (R) (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News
(S). 1.55 ITV Regional
News; Weather (S). 2.00
Judge Rinder (S). 3.00
Dickinson’s Real Deal (S).
3.59 ITV Regional Weather
(S). 4.00 Tipping Point (S).
5.00 The Chase (S).
6.20 3rd Rock From The
Sun (R) (S). 6.45 3rd Rock
From The Sun (R) (S). 7.10
Everybody Loves Raymond
(R) (S). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
8.00 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 8.30
Frasier (R) (S). 9.00 Frasier
(R) (S). 9.35 Frasier (R) (S).
10.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
11.00 Sun, Sea And Selling
Houses (R) (S). 12.00
Channel 4 News Summary
(S). 12.05 Couples Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 1.05
Posh Pawn (R) (S). 2.10
Countdown (S). 3.00 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! 8.10
Digby Dragon (R) (S). 8.20
Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright
Stuff 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: A
Murderer Upstairs (Jem
Garrard 2017) Premiere.
Thriller, starring Josie
Davis (S). 5.00 5 News At 5
(S). 5.30 Neighbours (R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.55 Party Political
Broadcast (S).
6.00 Eggheads Quiz
show, hosted by
Jeremy Vine (S).
6.30 Great British
Railway
Journeys (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.25 Party Political
Broadcast (S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks
Granny
Campbell has a
plan to sabotage
Courtney (S).
6.00 Home And Away
Mick reveals he
intends to apply
for custody of
Luc (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 The One Show (S).
7.30 Match Of The
Day Live: The FA
Cup Chelsea vs
Norwich City.
Kick-off is at
7.45pm (S).
7.00 Rick Stein’s
Road To Mexico
Rick heads to
the Yucatan
Peninsula.
Last in the
series (R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale
The Dingles
meet their new
neighbour (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
8pm
8.00 Tom Kerridge:
Lose Weight For
Good Caloriecounted special
treats (S).
8.30 Trust Me, I’m A
Doctor (S).
8.00 Britain’s
Brightest
Family (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street Eva
struggles with
her secret (S).
9pm
9.00 Millionaires’
Ex-Wives Club
A glimpse into
the world of
high-profile
divorce cases (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 A Question Of
Sport (S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Rip Off Britain: Holidays
(S). 10.00 Homes Under
The Hammer (R) (S). 11.00
Wanted Down Under
(S). 11.45 Close Calls:
On Camera (R) (S). 12.15
Bargain Hunt (R) (S).
1.00 BBC News At One;
Weather (S). 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 1.45 Doctors (S). 2.15
Father Brown (R) (S). 3.00
Escape To The Country
(R) (S). 3.45 The Farmers’
Country Showdown (S).
4.30 Antiques Road Trip
(S). 5.15 Pointless (S).
6pm
7pm
10pm
11pm
Late
man. Mikhaila reckons that the
garment was probably a hand-medown from someone richer.
on hold. While Phil suggests that
they move, Kirstie isn’t wholehearted about the couple’s idea of
upsizing by converting the loft.
Kirstie Allsopp and Phil
Spencer offer advice
8pm, Channel 4
Amber Butchart takes
a look at the lives of
historical figures in
‘A Stitch In Time’
8.30pm, BBC4
Will Antonio Conte’s
Chelsea beat Norwich?
7.30pm, BBC1
7.00 Traffic Cops
The police
pursue a team
of suspected
car thieves.
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Great
Continental
Railway
Journeys (R) (S).
6.40 FILM: A Good
Year (Ridley
Scott 2006)
Comedy drama,
starring Russell
Crowe (S).
8.00 Kirstie And
Phil’s Love It Or
List It A family
who have fallen
out of love with
their home in
Walthamstow (S).
8.00 GPs: Behind
Closed Doors
Doctors treat
a woman
struggling with
anxiety and
depression (S).
8.00 Handmade:
By Royal
Appointment
(R) (S).
8.30 A Stitch In Time
A portrait of a
working man (S).
9.00 Girlfriends
Linda is
questioned
on suspicion
of murdering
her husband
Micky (S).
9.00 Kiri Miriam
is put under
pressure to
admit she is
to blame for
what happened
to Kiri (S).
9.00 Celebrity
Big Brother
Highlights of
the housemates’
past 24 hours
(S).
9.00 Six Wives With
Lucy Worsley
A dramatised
account of
the lives of
Henry VIII’s
wives (R) (S).
10.00Mock The Week
With Angela
Barnes, Gary
Delaney and Ed
Gamble (R) (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Transformation
Street (R) (S).
10.00999: What’s Your
Emergency?
Officers are
called to arrest
a man who is
in a drunken
rage (R) (S).
10.00When Beyonce
Met Jay-Z
Charting
the success
of Beyonce
Knowles and
Shawn Carter (S).
10.00Henry VIII’s
Enforcer: The
Rise And Fall
Of Thomas
Cromwell (R) (S).
11.15 And They’re Off
For Sport Relief
With Stacey
Solomon, Steve
Backshall
and Yasmin
Evans (R) (S).
11.15 Snooker:
The Masters
John Higgins
vs Anthony
McGill (S).
11.40 Heathrow:
Britain’s
Busiest Airport
Last in the
series (R) (S).
11.05 24 Hours In A&E
Medics treat
three women
who have been
stabbed in a
Surrey car park
(R) (S).
11.05 Celebrity Big
Brother’s Bit On
The Side Rylan
Clark-Neal
presents the
CBB companion
show (S).
12.05 BBC News (S).
12.05 Snooker: The
Masters – Extra (S). 2.05
Sign Zone: Attenborough
And The Sea Dragon (R) (S).
3.05 Sign Zone: Six Robots
& Us (R) (S). 4.05 This Is
BBC Two (S).
12.35 Jackpot247 3.00
Tenable (R) (S). 3.50 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.00 Pokerstars
Championship Cash
Challenge (S). 1.00 FILM:
Our Family Wedding (Rick
Famuyiwa 2010) (S). 2.45
Paul O’Grady’s Hollywood
(R). 3.40 Location, Location,
Location (R). To 4.40am.
12.05 Body Freaks: Make
Me A Perfect 10 (R) (S). 1.00
SuperCasino (S). 3.10 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors (R) (S).
4.00 Get Your Tatts Out:
Kavos Ink (R) (S). 4.45 House
Doctor (R) (S). 5.10 Wildlife
SOS (R) (S). To 5.35am.
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
The Cube (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 You’ve Been Framed!
Gold: A To Z (R) (S). 1.45 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show (S).
2.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S). 3.40 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 4.50 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
5.50 Take Me Out (R) (S).
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 (S).
8.30 Superstore
Cheyenne
begins to go
into labour in
the store (S).
9.00 FILM: Taken
3 (Olivier
Megaton 2014)
Action thriller
sequel, starring
Liam Neeson (S).
9.00 FILM: Paul
(Greg Mottola
2011) Sci-fi
comedy, with
Simon Pegg and
Nick Frost (S).
11.00 Timeshift:
Booze, Beans
& Bhajis – The
Story Of The
Corner Shop
(R) (S).
11.15 FILM: Skyline
(Colin Strause,
Greg Strause
2010) Sci-fi
thriller, starring
Eric Balfour (S).
11.10 Family Guy
Peter discovers
his feminine
side (R) (S).
11.40 Family Guy
Lois inherits a
fortune (R) (S).
12.00 Insect Dissection:
How Insects Work (R) (S).
1.00 Top Of The Pops: 1981
(R) (S). 1.40 Top Of The
Pops: 1981 (R) (S). 2.20 Six
Wives With Lucy Worsley
(R) (S). 3.20 Close
1.05 FILM: Accidental
Love (Stephen Greene
2015) Premiere. Romantic
comedy, starring Jessica
Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal
(S). 3.15 Close
12.10 American Dad!
(R) (S). 12.40 American
Dad! (R) (S). 1.10 Two And
A Half Men (R) (S). 1.35
Superstore (R) (S). 2.05
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S).
2.30 Teleshopping
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Kiri
9pm, Channel 4
“Everyone keeps looking at me… I’m
not sure what I’m supposed to do
now,” says Sarah Lancashire’s
embattled social worker Miriam,
moments before being punched
in the street by an angry stranger.
It’s the second episode of Jack
Thorne’s knotty drama following
the fallout of Miriam’s disastrous
decision to allow nine-year-old Kiri
to visit her biological grandfather
and while Miriam nips at her hip
flask and rounds on a union rep who
has suggested that she resign, slyly
suggesting using Kiri’s “cultural
needs” as her defence, grandfather
Tobi (a very moving Lucian Msamati)
goes searching for his son, the
prime suspect in Kiri’s murder.
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Oz The Great And Powerful
Due Date
3.35pm, Sky Cinema Villains
(Sam Raimi, 2013)
In the same way that the 1939
fantasy classic The Wizard Of Oz
was able to exploit the particular
dreamlike vividness of Technicolor,
this respectful, imaginative and
witty prequel takes full advantage
of CGI and paints that place over
the rainbow as an iridescent
wonderland. James Franco (left,
with Michelle Williams) plays the
wizard as a shifty, womanising
stage magician who, if he is to save
Oz from its witches (Rachel Weisz
and Mila Kunis), will have to do so
almost in spite of himself. Just as it
should be, then, it is about characters
discovering in themselves those
qualities which they’ve had all along.
9pm, 5Star
(Todd Phillips, 2010)
Sending a tightly wound yuppie and
an oblivious slob across country,
this is a remake of Planes, Trains And
Automobiles in all but name. Robert
Downey Jr’s character could be more
likeable, but Zach Galifianakis is a riot.
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).
10.30 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). 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). 9.30 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 Urban Secrets (R) (S).
9.00 The West Wing (R)
(S). 10.00 The West Wing
(R) (S). 11.00 House (R) (S).
12.00 House (R) (S). 1.00
Without A Trace (R) (S).
2.00 Blue Bloods (R) (S).
3.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
4.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.00 House (R) (S).
6.00 Heartbeat
A latter-day
Robin Hood
baffles the
police (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory Amy
and Sheldon
have an
argument (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
The team
examines a
Bengal cat
involved in a
road accident
(R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
Bender has
difficulty
accepting his
death (R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House
A schizophrenic
woman’s
symptoms
baffle House
(R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
is suspected of
espionage (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Luke
jeopardises his
and Mandy’s
relationship (S).
7.30 Coach Trip:
Road To
Tenerife (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A London home
large enough to
contain a sauna,
spa and dance
floor (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Bart and Lisa
go to a new
school (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation
Catherine
agrees to
deceive her
colleagues
(R) (S).
10.00Foyle’s War
An organised
crime racket is
investigated
(R) (S).
12.00 Inspector Morse (R)
(S). 2.00 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
8.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S).
8.30 The Goldbergs
Beverly
decides to start
attending night
school (S).
Netflix
Spike Lee’s reboot of his 1986
movie about artist Nola Darling.
1.05am, Film4
(Stephen Greene, 2015)
A comedy in which Jessica Biel has
a nailgun accident and heads to
Washington to campaign for
brain-injury survivors. It seems
misjudged; in fact it’s just unfinished:
director David O Russell abandoned
it after production setbacks.
6.33am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 The Matt
Edmondson Show 4.00 Greg
James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Greg James 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Ollie Winiberg 1am Benji
B 3.00 BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s
Stories – Music By Numbers:
Craig David 4.00 Radio 1’s
Early Breakfast Show With
Adele Roberts
6am A.Dot 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target
9.02 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 1Xtra Residency
– Snoochie Shy 1am Benji B
3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00 1Xtra
Residency – Kenny Allstar
8.00 Blue Bloods
Frank intervenes
when diplomatic
immunity
complicates a
child abuse case
(R) (S).
9.00 Don’t Tell
The Bride
A groom-to-be
plans to take his
wedding into
the sky (S).
9.00 Location,
Location,
Location Two
first time buyers
look for a home
in Weybridge
(R) (S).
9.00 A League Of
Their Own: US
Road Trip 2.0
Jack, Jamie and
Freddie hunt
for crocodiles
(R) (S).
9.00 Hotspots
Stuart Ramsay
survives being
blown up.
10.00Body Fixers Dr
Esho rescues
Rachael after
a fiasco with
filler (R) (S).
10.00Grand Designs
A couple
transform
a derelict
Victorian
gatehouse in
London (R) (S).
10.00The Russell
Howard
Hour Topical
comedy and
entertainment
show (R) (S).
10.00Unseen How
the murders
of 11 women
in 2009 went
unnoticed.
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory Leonard
tries to reignite
his relationship
with Priya (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 8 Out Of 10
Cats Does
Countdown
Jimmy Carr
hosts the words
and numbers
quiz (R) (S).
11.00 The Force:
North East
Bonfire night
brings back-toback emergency
calls (R) (S).
11.35 The Tunnel:
Vengeance
Karl makes
a worrying
discovery
at Elise’s
apartment (R) (S).
12.00 Gogglebox (R) (S).
1.05 The Goldbergs (R) (S).
1.35 The Inbetweeners
(R) (S). 2.35 Don’t Tell The
Bride (R) (S). 3.30 Celebs
Go Dating (R) (S). 4.20
Rude(ish) Tube (R) (S).
4.45 Charmed (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 Location, Location,
Location (R) (S). 2.10
Grand Designs (R) (S).
3.15 8 Out Of 10 Cats
(R) (S). 3.55 Close
12.00 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World (R) (S). 1.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 2.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 3.00 The
Blacklist (R) (S). 4.00 Stop,
Search, Seize (R) (S). 5.00
The Dog Whisperer (R).
12.30 The Tunnel:
Vengeance (R) (S). 1.30
Girls (R) (S). 2.00 Britannia
(R) (S). 3.25 Banshee (R) (S).
4.20 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.10 The West Wing (R) (S).
BBC iPlayer
Annie Price visits South Korea,
where plastic surgery
is commonplace.
She’s Gotta Have It
BBC Radio 1Xtra
8.00 A League Of
Their Own With
guests Tony
Bellew, Romesh
Ranganathan
and Sam Quek
(R) (S).
ONDEMAND
Annie: Should I Have
Plastic Surgery?
Accidental Love
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 6.50 Heartbeat (R)
(S). 7.55 The Royal (R) (S).
8.55 Judge Judy (R) (S).
9.25 Judge Judy (R) (S).
9.50 Judge Judy (R) (S).
10.20 The Darling Buds
Of May (R) (S). 11.25 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).
4.55 Rising Damp (R) (S).
5.25 George And Mildred
(R) (S).
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Radio
8.00 Endeavour
Morse
investigates
a murder at
a munitions
factory (R) (S).
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BBC Radio 2
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Amol Rajan 2.00
Steve Wright In The Afternoon
5.00 Simon Mayo 7.00 The
Folk Show With Mark Radcliffe
8.00 Jo Whiley 10.00 Nile
Rodgers’ Good Times 11.00 Old
Grey Whistle Test 40 12mdn’t
Pick Of The Pops 2.00 Radio
2 Playlists: Country Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlist: Easy 4.00
Radio 2 Playlist: Radio 2 Rocks
5.00 Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast 9.00
Essential Classics. Suzy Klein
presents the best in classical
music. 12noon Composer Of
The Week: Beethoven. Donald
Macleod surveys Beethoven’s
popularity in Vienna. 1.00
News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert. Jamie Barton sings
Brahms and Martin Roscoe
plays Elgar’s Piano Quintet.
2.00 Afternoon Concert.
Bernard Haitink conducts the
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
at the 2017 Lucerne Festival.
3.30 Choral Evensong. From
Exeter Cathedral. 4.30 New
Generation Artists 5.00 In
Tune. Sean Rafferty is joined
by Julie Fowlis. 7.00 In Tune
Mixtape. An imaginative,
eclectic mix of music. 7.30
Radio 3 In Concert. An allFrench programme, from
London’s Wigmore Hall. 10.00
Free Thinking. Featuring an
interview with Leïla Slimani.
10.45 Transformations:
Five Stories From Ovid’s
Metamorphoses 11.00 Late
Junction 12.30am Through
The Night
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Soul Music
9.30 The Ideas That Make Us
9.45 Book Of The Week: In
Search Of Mary Shelley 10.00
Woman’s Hour 10.56 The
Listening Project 11.00 The
Cameron Years 11.30 Chain
Reaction 12noon News 12.04
Niche Work If You Can Get
It 12.15 You And Yours 12.57
Weather 1.00 The World At
One 1.45 Roger Law: Art And
Spiral
BBC iPlayer
Catch up with the Parisian flics
– and currently the best cop
show in any country.
Seoul 2.00 The Archers 2.15
Drama: Stone 3.00 Money
Box Live 3.30 Inside Health
4.00 Thinking Allowed 4.30
The Media Show 5.00 PM 5.57
Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock
News 6.30 Angstrom. Detective
Angstrom attempts to find
out who tried to frame him.
7.00 The Archers 7.15 Front
Row. Arts programme. 7.45
How To Survive The Roman
Empire, By Pliny And Me
8.00 Across The Red Line.
Anne McElvoy introduces a
discussion exploring opposing
views on feminism. 8.45 Four
Thought. How philosophy can
help in battle. 9.00 Learning
From Life And Death. Matthew
Syed explores learning from
mistakes. 9.30 Soul Music. The
Cure’s Boys Don’t Cry. 10.00 The
World Tonight 10.45 Book At
Bedtime: The Vital Spark: A Far
Cry From Kensington. Wanda
edges closer to breakdown.
11.00 Life On Egg. The prison
is attacked by a pair of mating
whales. 11.15 Rhys James Is...
Privileged. New series. 11.30
Today In Parliament. Presented
by Sean Curran. 12mdn’t News
And Weather 12.30 Book
Of The Week: In Search Of
Mary Shelley 12.48 Shipping
Forecast 1.00 As BBC World
Service 5.20 Shipping Forecast
5.30 News Briefing 5.43 Prayer
For The Day 5.45 Farming
Today 5.58 Tweet Of The Day
Further Tales Of The City 2.45
Speaking For Themselves 3.00
Strangers And Brothers 4.00
The Write Stuff 4.30 Change At
Oglethorpe 5.00 Ring Around
The Bath 5.30 Angstrom 6.00
Undone 6.30 Musical Legends
7.00 The Navy Lark 7.30 Round
The Horne 8.00 Agatha Raisin
8.30 Behind The Beat 9.00
Time 9.15 River’s Up 10.00
Comedy Club: Angstrom 10.30
Comedy Club: The Secret
World 10.55 Comedy Club:
The Comedy Club Interview
11.00 Comedy Club: Mr And
Mrs Smith 11.30 Comedy
Club: Children’s Hour With
Armstrong And Miller 12mdn’t
Undone 12.30 Musical Legends
1.00 Agatha Raisin 1.30 Behind
The Beat 2.00 In Siberia 2.15 In
Search Of Ourselves: A History
Of Psychology And The Mind
2.30 Further Tales Of The City
2.45 Speaking For Themselves
3.00 Strangers And Brothers
4.00 The Write Stuff 4.30
Change At Oglethorpe 5.00
Ring Around The Bath 5.30
Angstrom
BBC Radio 4 LW
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Steve Lamacq 7.00 Marc
Riley 9.00 Gideon Coe 12mdn’t
6 Music Recommends With
Mary Anne Hobbs 1.00 The
First Time With Damon Albarn
2.00 Blues To The Bone: The
Life Of Etta James 2.30 6
Music Live Hour 3.30 6 Music’s
Jukebox 5.00 Chris Hawkins
8.31am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Agatha Raisin 6.30 Behind
The Beat 7.00 Ring Around
The Bath 7.30 Angstrom 8.00
The Navy Lark 8.30 Round The
Horne 9.00 The Write Stuff
9.30 Change At Oglethorpe
10.00 Strangers And Brothers
11.00 Time 11.15 River’s Up
12noon The Navy Lark 12.30
Round The Horne 1.00 Agatha
Raisin 1.30 Behind The Beat
2.00 In Siberia 2.15 In Search
Of Ourselves: A History Of
Psychology And The Mind 2.30
Pick
ofthe
day
Rhys James Is...
Privileged
11.15pm,
BBC Radio 4
Comedian
Rhys James
(above) explores
different aspects
of himself through
live stand-up,
spoken word
poetry and
interview clips.
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
The Emma Barnett Show 1pm
Afternoon Edition 4.00 5 Live
Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport 10.30
Phil Williams 1am Up All Night
5.00 Morning Reports 5.15
Wake Up To Money
BBC 6 Music
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast 9.00
John Suchet 1pm Anne-Marie
Minhall 5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics At Seven
8.00 The Full Works Concert.
Jane Jones pays tribute to the
work of Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart. 10.00 Smooth Classics
1am Sam Pittis
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00
Leona Graham 1pm Andy
Bush 4.00 Dave Berry 7.00
Claire Sturgess 10.00 Pete
Donaldson 1am Chris Martin
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Sian Welby 10.00 Kat
Shoob 1am Simon Beale 4.00
Jenni Falconer
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With David Ginola
10.00 Jim White, Tony
Cascarino And Bob Mills 1pm
Hawksbee And Jacobs 4.00
Adrian Durham And Darren
Gough 7.00 Kick-off 10.00
Sports Bar 1am Extra Time
With Adam Catterall
Eatonomics
Feeding a family on £35 a week can be done with a few tips
and tricks. JaneAshleywas a novice cook with small children
when she began to develop nutritious meals on a tight budget
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Travel
Paradise lost
Impossible to reach,
but Sharm el Sheikh
retains its appeal
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Arts
The voice
Angela Gheorghiu on fame,
former loves and why
she is proud to be a diva
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ooking well on a budget
and with minimal waste
is nothing new, but it’s
a skill a lot of people,
me included, were
unaware of, or just not taught.
At school in the 80s all we learnt
was how to make pastry and fairy
cakes and that was about it. And
until about 15 years ago I hardly
ever cooked meals from scratch.
I struck lucky and married a
man whose mother is a very good
cook. For the first few years of
married bliss I let him do most of
the cooking. When it was my turn,
it would be from the freezer, deposited on to a tray and put in the
oven at 190°C. Not exciting, and
rather costly.
That all changed when we had
our daughter. One, we needed
to save a bit of money, and two, I
wanted my precious baby to eat
only natural, healthy food. New
parents, eh?
This also coincided with Jamie
Oliver’s TV show highlighting the
decline of the school dinner, and I
bought a copy of his book Jamie’s
Dinners. For once the recipes inside didn’t look like hieroglyphics.
I remember the day we trotted off
to the shops, toddler in tow, to buy
these exotic ingredients we hadn’t
used before: Chinese 5 spice, ginger, coriander. Wow!
So fast-forward to last year
when I was talking to a friend
who volunteers at a food bank.
Some of her stories of parents trying to feed their families or heat
their homes on tiny budgets were
heartbreaking. At the same time I
became interested in the work of
a charity called Below the Breadline, which raises awareness about
people all over the world living on
the equivalent of £1 a day.
That got me thinking about my
family and how we would manage
on such a tight budget. So I chal-
lenged us to eat as a family on
£3 a day.
On our first challenge we ran
out of milk and butter and craved
sweet things, and there were
many hiccups in the days that followed. Since then I’ve learnt all
sorts of new things and managed
to add in some treats.
There are some standards I
At first we ran
out of milk and
butter and craved
sweet things
won’t let slip; for instance I only
use free-range eggs. They cost a
little more but can still be fitted
within the tight budget.
I decided to start a blog (eatnotspend.wordpress.com) about how
we got on. Since then we’ve done
over a dozen different budget food
challenges, including vegetarian,
vegan and gluten-free weeks.
I’ve now published my shopping
lists, menu plans and dozens of
recipes in a book, Home Economics. I allow slightly more than £1 a
day each – my target is £35 a week
to feed a family of four. I provide
day-by-day meal plans which are
simple to use and all the recipes
are easy to follow. I’m not a professional chef or a nutritionist,
but I have cooked enough meals
to know a few tips and tricks. I’m
a mum who understands that a
balanced diet containing enough
protein, healthy fats and plenty
of fresh fruit and vegetables is a
recipe for healthiness and wellbeing. Put it this way: if I can do this,
most people can.
‘Home Economics:
How to eat like a
king on a budget’
by Jane Ashley
(£14.99, Short
Books) is out now
Jane’s top tips for saving money
1 Always have a list.
Swap in something else.
2 Check what you have
run out of or need before
you write your list.
5 Buy supermarket own
brands. I’ve taste-tested
loads and if you use
them well, you can’t tell
the difference.
3 Never go shopping
when you are hungry;
you’ll end up buying
sweets and snacks.
4 Check your prices, as
supermarkets are always
putting prices up and
down. If it’s expensive
that week, don’t get it.
6 If you don’t trust
yourself not to overspend
in the store, order online.
You can’t be tempted,
and you see what you are
spending as you go along.
7 When shopping online,
some of the budget
versions won’t appear
unless you put in the
budget brand name first,
for example Morrisons
is M Savers, Tesco is
Everyday Value, Asda is
Smart Price, Sainsbury’s
is Basics, Co-op is Simple
Value and Waitrose is
Essentials. Have a look
first to see if it’s available.
8 The only date to worry
about on food packaging
is the “use-by” date. “Sell-
by” is for the stores’ own
turnaround and “best
before” is when it’s at its
optimum freshness. “Use
by” is when it will go off.
9 I tend not to bother
with discounted yellowsticker items. I don’t
normally buy the sort of
products in that section:
it’s mostly ready-made
meals and pork pies.
10 Your freezer is your
friend. Don’t waste food
by letting it go off.
11 Try to buy in season
when it’ll be cheaper. If
parsnips are cheap, get
more and make soup
and freeze it. I make up
packs of cooked chopped
onions, carrots and
celery, then freeze them
for quick midweek sauces,
risottos and pastas.
12 Grow your own, even
if it’s just a few herbs on
your windowsill.
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And this is what you can
make with it …
Dinner on Day 5: Chicken and
mushroom pie with mashed potato and
peas is one of the recipes conjured up
by Jane Ashley (above)
This menu is designed to save you
as much money as you can, using
leftover ingredients as efficiently as
possible, and all the recipes are in
my book.
I haven’t written out breakfasts
for each day. But I have budgeted
for simple and inexpensive
daily rounds of toast and jam or
porridge with maybe the odd egg
at weekends.
There are plenty of vegetables
and salad to help you maintain a
balanced diet. You can add fruit, up
to two portions, remembering it
contains a lot of natural sugars.
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DAY 1
Day 5
LUNCH: Tomato soup with
cheese sandwiches
DINNER: Chicken
Caesar-style salad
LUNCH: Cold pasta salad
DINNER: Chicken and
mushroom pie with
mashed potatoes
and peas
Day 2
LUNCH: Breaded chicken
salad sandwiches
DINNER: Slow-cooked
pulled pork with roast
potatoes, carrots and
cabbage and baked apples
Day 3
LUNCH: Pulled pork and
salad wraps or sandwiches
DINNER: Sweetcorn fritters
This Saturday,
in your
Why parts of the country face
a drought this summer despite
the miserable start to the year
– and what you can do to help
Day 6
with spicy salad and mango
chutney
LUNCH: Egg sandwiches
DINNER: Coronation chicken
with Indian spiced
potatoes
Day 4
Day 7
LUNCH: Cheese salad
sandwiches
DINNER: Carbonara-style
pasta
LUNCH:
Coronation
chicken
sandwiches
DINNER: Mushroom
omelette, potato wedges
and salad
Treat ideas
Moravian sugar cake
Easy vanilla biscuits
Flapjack
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Travel
Egypt’s
deserted
paradise
Once thriving, Sharm el Sheikh remains
almost impossible for British visitors to
reach, but that didn’t stop Nick Redmayne
T
he so-called “jewel” in
Egypt’s Red Sea tourist crown is enjoying
an enforced isolation.
Direct flights from
the UK to Sharm el Sheikh are
banned and, following Foreign
and Commonwealth Office advice,
travelling there through the surrounding Sinai Peninsula is also
off-limits. Essentially, it’s OK for
British people to be there; but unless Scotty can beam you up, it’s
not OK to get there.
At least, not with a direct flight.
You can, of course, still go indirect
– via Cairo or intermediate countries. Or there’s the bus – the over-
night coach from Cairo to Sharm
takes about nine hours and costs
£7. On a bid to get the cheap Red
Sea holiday that Sharm (and diving-centric Dahab, up the coast)
used to do so perfectly, I chose
this way.
It’s around 300 miles from Cairo
to Sharm, but security at the moment is tight. More than once
military checkpoints required us
bleary-eyed passengers – including me, the only foreigner in a busload of weekending Egyptians – to
disembark into the gloom and line
up, bags open for inspection.
Some people were pulled aside
for further questioning; the pass-
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NEWS
2-27
Travel
essentials
Getting there
Egypt Air flies
from Heathrow
to Sharm el
Sheikh via Cairo
from £412
return.
Staying there
Cataract
Layalina Resort
has doubles from
£19, B&B.
More
information
egypt.travel
British tourists
largely stopped
travelling to
Sharm el Sheikh
after a Metrojet
passenger aircraft
crashed after
take-off in October
2015; those who
visit the Red Sea
resort now will be
able to enjoy water
sports and other
activities (right)
without crowds
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port and ID checks edged into
double figures. My bags were inspected, though their contents
were clearly disappointing.
Finally past Sharm’s “ring of
steel” security cordon – tight security around the town has been
a way of life there for years – we
arrived in Naama Bay. On this
leg, I stayed on the bus, going up
the coast to Dahab. I returned to
Sharm a few days later.
I found a ghost town. According to independent sources, foreign tourism here is down 70 per
cent, and the atmosphere was the
polar opposite of what it was like
before the Metrojet plane crash in
October 2015 that precipitated the
flight ban.
Empty hotels stood cheek by
jowl with shuttered restaurants,
cafes and corner supermarkets.
Dormant souvenir stands proffered sphinx-themed tat. That
three nights’ B&B at a four-star
hotel cost me just over £40 tells
you everything about the situation
there at the moment.
“We had 100 per cent Russians
before,” Asaad, manning the reception of the Cataract Layalina
Resort, told me. “We had big tour
operators. Now we have Ukrainians, Jordanians and Egyptians.”
Yes, the hotel seemed quiet, he
admitted, but that’s because Egyptian holidays were over. If I had
come a couple of weeks earlier, he
said, I would have found it full.
There was only one other Eng-
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Gulf expat. “The hotel’s not bad,”
he said, shrugging. “We’ve all
stayed in better, we’ve all stayed in
worse. The food is acceptable, and
it’s so cheap. I can’t understand
why there aren’t more English.
I’m here for a month – I think I
might extend.”
In the heat of the day, there was
little activity on the streets. I found
a vaguely open bar – in the sense
that it opened when I arrived – and
ordered an Egyptian Stella beer.
Then an English guy called “Bonkers” and his mate John arrived,
both sporting pirate headscarves
and shorts.
“I moved out here,” Bonkers told
me. “I’m on a pension now but I
still do a few days DJing. I’ve never
felt safer. I did the sums, and if I
was still in England I’d have £3.20
a week to live on.
“It’s not for everyone [living
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‘Why?’ I say,: ‘Just come and have a
look.’ As we talked, another couple
of expats arrived. With Bonkers,
they decided to switch to the bar
offering two-for-one drinks.
I walked along Naama Bay’s
sandy beach – more beautiful than
ever, without the crowds to share
it with – past empty sun loungers.
A newspaper vendor trudged towards me, deduced I was English
and quickly proffered a copy of the
previous day’s Sun. “No Russki, no
English, no money,” he despaired.
Sharm’s original draw – apart
from the year-round sun and affordable prices – was its Red Sea
marine life. At the nearby Subex
Diving Centre a family of Ukrainians were talking through shore
dive excursions with Fawad, the
guy behind the counter.
“We should be busier than we
are,” he told me. “Some companies
have closed. We’re connected to a
hotel, and they’ve reduced the rent
to help us, so they can offer a service to guests. But some hotels have
closed too.” The European tourists
still coming were people who already knew and loved Sharm – not
newcomers, he said.
Spending the day in a deserted
Naama Bay, I’d wondered whether the tourists were all talking a
mass siesta and if hordes of foreigners would emerge once night
fell. Certainly, the lights came on
after dark. Twinkling fairground
displays blinked and flashed, il-
In the heat of the
day, there was little
activity on the
streets. I found a
vaguely open bar
– in the sense that
it opened when
I arrived
luminating every outlet. Hip-hop
bass beats and oriental rhythms
sounded across town. However,
the brash sound-and-light show
didn’t alter the prevailing reality –
a dearth of customers.
Overlooking the main drag, from
the upper floor of a shopping mall,
I ate at a large Lebanese-Moroccan restaurant. The service erred
towards over-attentive – for most
of the time, I was the only diner.
Heading back to my hotel, I was
accosted by a perfume shop owner.
“Why do the English not come?” he
asked me. “The revolution ended.
We want tourists to come back. We
all have flats, bills.”
I had no answer.
I flew back to London from
Sharm el Sheikh via Cairo, and
airport security was among the
strictest I’ve experienced. A recent
rumour suggests the continued
flight ban is a result of post-Brexit
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Arts
If you’re
staying
in...
BOOKS
Why We Sleep
BY MATTHEW WALKER
As a society
we’re not getting
enough sleep.
Technology
keeps us awake.
Stress stops us
from nodding
off in the first
place. So how
much should we sleep? Eight
hours is optimal – it means
five full cycles. At one point
the sleeping brain, which
has produced waste matter
during the day, gets a “power
cleanse”. Read this and you
will go to bed earlier.
DVD/BLU-RAY
Final Portrait
CERTIFICATE 15, 90 MINS
Actor Stanley Tucci writes
and directs this drama set in
Paris in1964,
which tells the
story of the
portrait that
artist Alberto
Giacometti
completed
before his
death.
Nicola Christie
36
VISUAL ARTS
Arts
Arts
reviews
Thomas Ruff
WHITECHAPEL GALLERY, LONDON E1
Thomas Ruff, a member of the
Düsseldorf school, is a conceptual
photographer, which is a
misleading term, because this
excellent retrospective is
full of powerful, alluring
imagery, including his vast,
deadpan Portraits (1986-91),
close-up and expressionless,
next to the Stars series (1989-92),
featuring constellations captured
in images from a European
Southern Observatory telescope.
(020 7522 7888) to Sun
Constable & McTaggart:
a Meeting of Two
Masterpieces
SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY,
EDINBURGH
Diverse and
enjoyable: Hayley
Williams of
Paramore GETTY
POP
Paramore
O2 ARENA, LONDON
HHHHH
Forget what you think you know
about Paramore.
No longer are the Tennessee
band all about angst, eyeliner
and power chords. Paramore
in 2018 are an altogether
more nuanced, diverse and
enjoyable proposition.
Hayley Williams’ hair has
changed from bright orange to
blond, and the music has gone
through a similar transformation.
Set opener “Hard Times”, taken
from last year’s After Laughter,
was an infectious blend of
skittering beats and high-life
guitars — not ingredients
previously associated with this
enduring pop-punk band.
“Forgiveness”, meanwhile,
nodded to the Eighties-indebted
grooves of Haim, while “Hate To
See Your Heartbreak” was almost
Bee Gees-esque in its dewy-eyed
sentiment and close harmonies.
That Paramore navigate these
new waters so successfully has
much to do with the quality of
Williams’ voice, which was easily
big enough to fill this giant arena.
Besides, there was still plenty
of heavy riffing to satisfy the
Kerrang! faithful. “That’s What
You Get” — one of the standout
tracks from Paramore’s megaselling 2007 album Riot! — was
a mass of buzzsaw guitars and
fist-pumping sentiment.
As is customary at Paramore
gigs, a fan was invited onstage
to sing the similarly big-hitting
“Misery Business”, while the funky
“Ain’t It Fun” cued handclaps and
hollering all the way to the back.
The result was a set that had
both light and shade, melody and
mayhem: a formula that deserves
to win Paramore new followers
without losing them any of their
old ones.
The gallery pairs two
masterpieces: Constable’s
Salisbury Cathedral from the
Meadows, one of the most
ambitious of all his big exhibition
pictures, which was recently
acquired for the Tate, and William
McTaggart’s The Storm. Hanging
together, they look terrific. They
are exhibited alongside sketches
by Constable, other work by
McTaggart and a small number
of drawings by both men.
(0131 624 6200) to 25 Mar
FILM
Darkest Hour
PG, JOE WRIGHT, 125 MINS
CLASSICAL
COMEDY
Genesis Suite
Chevy Chase
BARBICAN. LONDON
EVENTIM APOLLO, LONDON
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
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My Life Story
In 1943, as news of the Holocaust
and the mass flight of refugees
reached the US, a Jewish
New York musician named
Nat Shilkret invited the most
prominent composers of the day
to collaborate in writing a piece
to accompany the reading of a
section of the Book of Genesis.
He wanted the work to raise
awareness in the American public,
but when it was premiered it
passed largely unnoticed.
Enter Gerard McBurney, Simon
Rattle, and the LSO plus chorus
seven decades later with a novel
revival. In it McBurney projects a
collage of newsreel footage and
photographs onto a gauze curtain
suspended over the orchestra, and
there are readings by a group of
actors led by Simon Callow.
Apart from the contributions
by Stravinsky, Schoenberg
and Milhaud the music was
undistinguished, and the
amplification was crude. But the
cavalcade of images depicting
hunger, flight, destruction, and
death gave the whole event an
unforgettable gravity.
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
Comedian Chevy Chase has had
an illustrious career in films
and television.
This weekend’s visit to London
for an onstage retrospective
probably won’t rank as one of his
most memorable outings.
The 74-year-old star of the
Fletch and Vacation movies was
being interviewed by DJ Mike
Read. After a clips montage
they appeared, Chase in casual
T-shirt and jacket, Read in
overpoweringly blue suit.
There were initial sound
difficulties but when hand
microphones were brought on
things hardly improved.
It was not Chase’s fault. His
memory was not always sharp,
but even his blank looks were
delivered with exquisite timing.
The problem was Read, who made
Alan Partridge seem perceptive. I
doubt if Chase flew in to be asked
about tennis or what football
team he supported.
At one point Read channelled
David Brent, producing an
acoustic guitar to accompany
Chase on an old song.
One of the biggest laughs was
when Read asked the Monty
Paramore play Manchester Arena
on Friday and SSE Hydro, Glasgow
on Saturday (paramore.net)
RICK PEARSON
EVENING STANDARD
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
The quicker this show
is forgotten, the better.
But Chevy Chase was
not to blame KEVIN
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Python fan what his favourite
catchphrase was.
A heckler yelled: “Mike Read,
you’re a twat.”
There were the occasional
anecdotal gems, such as an image
of Chase, Martin Short and Steve
Martin in sombreros playing
Scrabble on the Three Amigos set.
And it was intriguing to learn
that he turned down the lead role
in Forrest Gump.
Maybe he wished he had turned
down this gig too. Nothing wrong
with Chevy. The issue was mic
failure and Mike failure.
BRUCE DESSAU
EVENING STANDARD
Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri
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.
Writer-director Martin
McDonagh’s film is a startling
piece of work: a blood-soaked
shaggy dog story that is
also surprisingly moving.
Nationwide release
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THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
COMEDY
Sarah Millican
VARIOUS VENUES
The softly spoken, sharp-tongued
Geordie shows who’s in charge on
her latest mammoth tour, Control
Enthusiast. The Playhouse,
Weston-super-Mare (01934 645544)
tonight; Oakengates Theatre,
Telford (01952 382382) Thur;
Corby Cube (01536 470470) Fri
TALKS & POETRY
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. Perth
Theatre (01738 621031) tonight
7.30pm; Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh
(eventbrite.co.uk) Thur 7pm
Kimberley Chambers
WATERSTONES, HIGH ST, BIRMINGHAM
The thriller writer discusses
her latest book, Life of Crime,
a standalone story.
(0121 633 4353) tonight 6.30pm
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
POP
An Evening with Wrangler
LEXINGTON, LONDON N1
The actor joins playwright David
Hare and director SJ Clarkson
for a Q&A session, following a
screening of the first episode
of a new TV drama, Collateral.
(020 7928 3232) tonight 6.15pm
Soon to be heard alongside John
Grant under the Creep Show
moniker, Cabaret Voltaire’s
Stephen Mallinder steers his
warped electro trio Wrangler
towards a one-off headline gig.
Groovy punk-funk explorer
LoneLady and harp-wielding folk
wonder Serafina Steer help out.
(wegottickets.com) tonight
Matt Haig
David Ramirez
WATERSTONES, CANTERBURY
VARIOUS VENUES
The author talks about his
latest novel, How to Stop Time.
(01227 456343) tonight 6.30pm
The Mexican-American singersongwriter anatomises a divided
nation on the robust We’re Not
Carey Mulligan
BFI SOUTHBANK, LONDON SE1
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
Going Anywhere, blurring the
personal and political in songs
of great heft and heart, fire
and focus. Duffy’s Bar, Leicester
(gigantic.com) tonight;
Castle Hotel, Manchester
(ticketweb.co.uk) Thur; Broadcast,
Glasgow (seetickets.com) Fri
Starcrawler
VARIOUS VENUES
Crawling out of LA, these glampunk striplings summon the
spirits of the Ramones and the
Runaways in equal gung-ho
doses. Like the lovechild of
Ozzy Osbourne and Iggy Pop,
frontwoman Arrow de Wilde
leads the retro-ruckus with
sneering charisma. Deaf Institute,
Manchester (gigsandtours.com)
tonight; Omeara, London SE1
(seetickets.com) Thur
FOLK & ROOTS
Julie Fowlis
VARIOUS VENUES
The Gaelic singer has released five
acclaimed albums over the past
decade, and has no shortage of
material to draw from, including
her theme song to Disney-Pixar’s
film Brave, and her excellent
latest album, Alterum. Kings Place,
London N1 (020 7520 1490) tonight;
Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham
(01273 464440) Thur
THEATRE
First
Chance
Imperium
SWAN THEATRE,
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Robert Harris’s West Wing-intogas novels centred on Cicero
provides the source for these
six plays, performed as a pair of
trilogies, with a running time that
exceeds seven hours. Director
Gregory Doran for the most part
maintains a zippy fluency in a
turbulent story of legal wranglings
and bitter rivalries that is full
of incident and often violent.
(01789 403493) to 10 Feb
Girl from the North Country
NOEL COWARD THEATRE, LONDON WC2
Conor McPherson has never
written a musical, but from The
Weir onwards he has shown
himself to be a laureate of lost,
yearning souls. This play, written
and directed by McPherson,
which originally ran at the Old
Vic, is set in Bob Dylan’s home
town of Duluth, Minnesota,
during the winter of 1934, and
incorporates 20 songs from all
phases of the songwriter’s career.
(delfontmackintosh.co.uk) to 24 Mar
Opening
this week
FILM
Coco
PG, LEE UNKRICH AND
ADRIAN MOLINA, 105MINS
Pixar animation set around the
Mexican Day of the Dead. Opens Fri
VISUAL ARTS
The Lost Words
THE FOUNDLING MUSEUM, LONDON WC1
A collaborative project between
author Robert Macfarlane
and artist Jackie Morris.
(020 7841 3600) opens Fri
OPERA
Giselle
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON WC2
Marianela Nuñez dances on the
opening night of this Royal Ballet
production. (020 7304 4000) opens Fri
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VARIOUS VENUES
The saxophonist performs music
from last year’s My Iris album
with guitarist Chris Montague,
keyboardist Ross Stanley and
drummer James Maddren.
Gateway, Shrewsbury (01743
355159) tonight; Seven Arts, Chapel
Allerston, Leeds (0113 262 6777)
Thur; Riverhouse Barn, Walton-onThames (01932 253354) Fri
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The Royal Court usually
casts its net wide in the
search for new talent, but
it hasn’t had to look far for
this latest piece. The writer,
Anoushka Warden, is the
theatre’s head of press and
My Mum’s a Twat is her
debut play. This one-woman
show, starring Patsy Ferran
and co-directed by Vicky
Featherstone and Jude
Christian, is a loosely
autobiographical account
of how one girl loses her
mother to a brainwashing
religious cult. It’s a
fascinating 80 minutes and
an invigorating debut.
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ECONOMY
Drop in inflation hints at
easing of Brexit squeeze
By Ben Chu
A drop in the UK’s inflation rate in
December suggests the post-Brexit
hit to living standards may finally
be easing.
The Office for National Statistics
(ONS) reported yesterday that
consumer price inflation was 3 per
cent in December, down from the 3.1
per cent in November.
It was the first fall in the rate
since June.
Inflation rose sharply in the wake
of the June 2016 Brexit vote due to
the record slump in sterling on the
night of the referendum, which fed
through to higher import costs.
The squeeze on the cost of living
curbed growth in disposable income
and helped deliver a slowdown in the
wider economy in 2017.
But the trade-weighted value of
the pound is up almost 5 per cent
since last August and many analysts
expect inflation to have peaked at
around 3 per cent.
“The fall-back in CPI inflation
marks the beginning of what we
expect will be a sustained downward
trend over the course of this
year,” said Paul Hollingsworth of
Capital Economics.
However, the ONS was cautious
about saying the inflation hit has
definitely peaked.
“It remains too early to say
whether [this] slight fall is the start
Core inflation – which
strips out volatile fuel and
food costs – was 2.5 per cent in
December, down from 2.7 per cent
the previous month.
of any longer-term reduction in the
rate of inflation,” said James Tucker
of the ONS.
The ONS reported that the
largest downward contribution to
the inflation rate in December came
from air fares. Although they rose at
a similar pace to last year, air tickets
accounted for a smaller share of the
average UK inflation basket and so
pushed down the recorded rate.
The Bank of England’s Monetary
Policy Committee (MPC) raised
interest rates in November from
0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent, the
first increase in a decade, in order
to stop inflation getting out of hand
over the coming years and to bring it
back down to the Bank’s official 2 per
cent target. But markets are pricing
in only around two further rate rises
over the next two years.
“The continued weakness of
Consumer price inflation fell for the
first time in six months PA
underlying price pressures means
that the MPC has little need to rush
the next rate hike,” said Samuel
Tombs of Pantheon.
Separately, the ONS reported that
average UK house prices rose by 5.1
per cent in the year to November,
slowing from a 5.4 per cent growth
rate in October and down from a rate
of around 8 per cent at the time of the
2016 Brexit vote. THE INDEPENDENT
ENERGY
BP charge for
Deepwater
Horizon spill
grows $1.7bn
By Holly Williams
Quote of
the day
The Government
continued to
shower Carillion
with contracts as
it collapsed. Now
the Government
will negotiate our
Brexit deal
James O’Brien
The LBC man on the fall of
a building giant, and the
Government’s credibility
The 30
Second
Briefing
VIRTUAL
CURRENCIES
Cryptocurrencies plunged in value
yesterday. What happened?
Just days ago, bitcoin was marching
towards $20,000. But yesterday it
fell more than 10 per cent – taking
it down almost 40 per cent over
the last month. Meanwhile, ripple,
the third largest cryptocurrency,
dropped by as much as 25 per cent,
and ethereum fell by more than 15
per cent.
Why?
Traders have sold amid renewed
fears of regulation. Officials in
South Korea are considering a ban
on trading in cryptocurrencies, or
at the very least imposing sweeping
regulations on the market, including
a tax on crypto-trading profits.
How?
At the moment virtual currencies
are not legal currency in South
Korea, and are deemed “volatile
and risky”, with “no intrinsic value”.
The country has also issued a ban
on the trading of bitcoin futures.
Meanwhile China, once the world
leader in both cryptocurrency
trading and mining, forced the
closure of all domestic bitcoin
exchanges last September, and the
People’s Bank of China is working
to make the country less hospitable
to miners, forcing them to move to
other regions.
How might regulation increase in
the future?
A German central bank official
said yesterday that the only
way effectively to regulate
cryptocurrencies is to pursue
a global framework with “the
greatest possible international
co-operation”. He added: “The
regulatory power of nation states is
obviously limited.”
BP has said it will book another $1.7bn
(£1.2 bn) charge from the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill in 2010 as part of the
settlement for the disaster.
But the group said despite the
fourth-quarter hit, the lengthy
settlement process for the mammoth
claims related to the spill is now
winding down.
BP said cash payments related to
the blast – which killed 11 rig workers
and led to millions of gallons of oil
being spewed into the Gulf of Mexico
– are now expected to be around
$3bn in 2018, rather than its previous
estimate of around $2bn.
The fourth-quarter charge was
made to cover remaining payments
to businesses to compensate for
economic losses from the oil spill
and other claims linked to the courtsupervised settlement programme
as a result of the oil giant’s class
action settlement.
Brian Gilvary, BP’s chief financial
officer, said: “With the claims
facility’s work very nearly done, the
group now have better visibility into
the remaining liability.
“The charge we are taking as a
result is fully manageable within
our existing financial framework,
especially now that we have the
company back into balance at 50 US
dollars per barrel.”
The Brent crude price dipped
by nearly a dollar yesterday, but
has remained largely steady
at around $70 since OPEC and
Russia announced in December
that production remained curbed
throughout 2018.
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SERVICES
RETAIL
Uber to limit hours worked
by drivers without break
Greggs to open
110 more stores
as profits keep
rolling in
i WEDNESDAY
17 JANUARY 2018
39
From the
business
pages
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY EDITOR
By Holly Williams
Uber is set to introduce a limit on
the number of hours its drivers can
drive, which it claims will improve
customer and driver safety.
From next week, drivers will be
required to take an uninterrupted sixhour break after 10 hours of driving
to drop off or collect passengers.
Drivers who fail to complete the
designated break will be unable to
log into the app to continue driving.
Uber said it was unaware of any
other UK private hire operator that
had introduced the same limits.
“Licensed drivers who use our
app really value the freedom and
flexibility to choose if, when and
where they work. And while drivers
only spend an average of 30 hours a
week logged into our app, we want to
do our part to ensure they don’t drive
tired,” Andrew Byrne, Uber’s head of
policy, said.
“That’s why we’ve been sending
drivers regular reminders to take
rest breaks and why we’re now
bringing in these new limits. On top
of features like GPS tracking of every
trip it’s another example of how Uber
uses technology to help enhance
driver and passenger safety.”
Trade unions have criticised the
measures, saying they will merely
restrict the amount drivers earn from
Greggs has said it plans to ramp up
shop openings over the year ahead
after a solid performance in 2017
despite seeing sales growth slow over
the Christmas season.
The high street baker said its likefor-like sales rose 3.7per cent last year,
but growth slowed to 3 per cent in the
final three months as it contended
with the strong performance of the
previous Christmas.
It marked a slowdown from growth
of 5 per cent in the third quarter.
Greggs chief executive Roger
Whiteside said 2018 would see record
investment in the supply chain, and
it aims to open between 110 and 130
shops on a net basis over the year.
This comes after
it grew its estate
to 1,854 in 2017,
having opened
131 shops and
closed 41. Mr
Whiteside
s a i d : “ We
ended 2017 well,
delivering our
17th consecutive
quarter of like-for-like
sales growth, and anticipate that we
will report full-year results in line
with our previous expectations.”
But the group cautioned that
cost pressures will continue over
2018, albeit at a slower rate than in
2017, when retailers were clobbered
by inflation from the weak pound,
soaring business rates and higher
wage costs.
Thefirmsaiditmadeprogressonits
supply chain investment programme
at the end of the year, testing new
systems and commissioning a new
national manufacturing facility for
the production of small cakes and
muffins at its Leeds site.
It also aims to continue with
refurbishments, revamping around
100 shops over 2018.
Uber says its
new measures
will ‘enhance
driver and
passenger
safety’ GETTY
their trips, and that the company
should pay its drivers minimum wage
and sick pay as dictated in recent
legal rulings.
“The reason drivers are fatigued is
because they are not earning enough,
since they need to work at least 34
hours a week just to break even,” said
James Farrar, of the Independent
Workers Union of Great Britain.
“If Uber forces drivers to work less
without paying more it is just going to
depress hourly earnings even further
below the minimum wage.”
In November last year a court
ruled the ride-hailing app must
treat its drivers as workers and not
self-employed contractors, meaning
it should pay drivers the national
minimum wage, sick and holiday pay.
Uber drivers make £4.90
from a £10 ride in London,
leaving a profit of just 63p after
admin costs, according to analysis
by InvestorConnected.
FINANCE
Provident Financial to shed 600 jobs at HQ
By Michael Bow
Embattled doorstep lender
Provident Financial will cut jobs
at its 600-strong administration
department after stinging losses and
a dwindling loan book.
The firm will consult with staff at
Outlook
Jim
Armitage
Carillion’s weird
and wonderful
accounting
T
he chief executive says
to the accountant: “How
much money did we make
last year?” The accountant
replies: “How much do you
want to make?”
It’s an old joke, but when a monster
business like Carillion goes to the
wall, it’s worth rehashing. How was it
its Bradford head office in a bid to
save costs at the consumer credit
division, which includes loans
group Satsuma.
Losses at the consumer credit unit
will be £120m, much higher than the
low end forecast of £80m made by the
firm last year.
that a company which a year ago was
being touted by the City as a decent,
well-run business in the spring
suddenly found a stonking black hole
in its accounts in July?
An illuminating analysis of
Carillion’s accounts a few weeks
ago by Schroders’ fund manager
Andrew Lyddon suggests the weird
and wonderful reporting techniques
deployed by the company may be
to blame.
Take the concept of “reverse
factoring”: not one you’ll have
come across at school, I’d wager.
“Factoring” is a common process
where companies sign over their
debts from clients to a bank. In
return for a fee, the bank gives the
company the cash they’re owed up
front, then does the debt collection on
its behalf. Few would argue it’s not a
good thing, and helps companies with
their cashflow.
Reverse factoring is something
else altogether.
The loan book is down to £350m,
from £560m last year, after
customers left in droves following
the well-publicised fallout from a
botched IT upgrade last year.
Shares plunged by 70 per cent last
August following big losses.
EVENING STANDARD
Faced by demands by government
to speed up their payments to
suppliers, Carillion got banks to
pay its suppliers promptly on its
behalf, allowing Carillion to settle
with the lenders later. RBS, Lloyds,
Santander, BNP and Bank of Tokyo
Mitsubishi agreed to help.
Carillion wasn’t alone in doing this,
and it’s not against any rules, but it
does mask the size of a company’s
debts. After all, the funds have to be
Ho
ow was it a company
touted as a well-run business
suddenly found a stonking
black hole in its accounts?
paid back eventually. Carillion has
£350m of reverse-factoring deals.
Then there’s the Schuldschein
Bond. Last January, Carillion
declared it had “successfully
refinanced” its debts with a loan
of £112m.
The announcement oh-so-casually
dropped in that the debt had been
raised through the Schuldschein
Market. What on earth is that, you
may ask? Good question, sadly not
asked by enough shareholders at
the time. If they had asked, they’d
have learned it was a way of raising
money privately from lenders via
Germany. Almost unheard of in the
UK, it has two key advantages: first,
it’s done privately, so you don’t need
to reveal any embarrassing financial
disclosures in an audited prospectus.
Second, German banks are mugs.
Who else has used Schuldschein
loans? Cobham and furniture group
Steinhoff. A year later, Cobham was
hit by a rash of profit warnings, while
Steinhoff is now plunged into a major
accounting scandal.
Shareholders may be a little more
concerned when they see such
unusual accounting. Let’s go back to
paying suppliers from cashflow and
borrowing with simple loans.
EVENING STANDARD
Agriculture tops
‘most dangerous’ list
Sydney Morning Herald
If you work in agriculture,
forestry and fishing, then you’re
working in Australia’s most
dangerous industry, a study has
found. An analysis by Finder
Insights has found agriculture,
forestry and fishing to be the
most hazardous industry for
the third year in a row, with
44 fatalities and 3,510 serious
injuries in 2016 alone. Most of
the injuries were suffered by
sheep, cattle and grain farmers.
Nikkei 225 average
hits 26-year high
The Japan Times
The Nikkei 225 average ended
yesterday at its highest level
in 26 years and two months
as sentiment was boosted by
a halt in the yen’s rise against
the dollar and expectations
forthcoming earnings results
from major companies. Tokyo
stocks have gained significantly
since the start of 2018 on global
market strength amid optimism
about economic expansion.
Ford ‘to electrify all
of its vehicles’
The Los Angeles Times
Ford plans to increase its
investment in electrification to
$11bn (£8bn) by 2022, executive
chairman Bill Ford Jnr said
at the Detroit auto show. The
company previously announced
it would spend $4.5bn by 2020.
“We’re going to electrify even
our most iconic vehicles,” he
said at Cobo Centre. “The only
question is, will the customer be
there with us?”
Australian mine
expansion rejected
Daily Maverick
South Africa has rejected an
application by an Australian
mining company for a huge
expansion of its existing
Tormin heavy mineral sands
mine near Koekenaap on the
West Coast. Reasons for the
refusal by the Department of
Mineral Resources include
that the mining company,
Mineral Sands Resources, had
already unlawfully started on
potentially environmentally
damaging activities.
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LEISURE
FOOD
Gym firm pumps
up membership
Mince pies help
Premier celebrate
Fitness chain Gym Group
pumped up revenues by 24
per cent last year, helped by
a surge in membership
numbers. The group saw a
35.5 per cent increase in people
signing up in 2017 to stand at
607,000. The company, which
has 128 sites, anticipates fullyear earnings in line with
market expectations.
A record 220 million mince pies
sold last year helped Mr Kipling
firm Premier Foods to cook up
a hike in festive sales. Sales rose
4 per cent over its third quarter
to 30 December, helping overall
sales rise 2.6 per cent so far in
its year to date. An extra four
million mince pies sold in 2017
saw it notch up another record
for the festive favourite.
SERVICES
ENGINEERING
Informa in talks to
buy UBM for £3bn
Pension trustees
warn GKN suitor
Business media group Informa is
in talks to buy events organiser
UBM for £3bn, rekindling plans
from 2008. Informa has until
13 February to make an offer
or walk away for at least six
months under takeover panel
rules. UBM’s share price closed
up by more than 5 per cent
while Informa’s stock remained
largely unchanged.
Pension scheme trustees at
hostile takeover target GKN
have warned suitor Melrose
over a deficit of up to £1.9bn and
called for “full engagement”
with management and bidders.
The trustees said they would
need to be involved in any talks
over the future of the group to
protect pension funds of more
than 32,000 members.
PROPERTY
RETAILING
Savills toasts
year-end profits
JD Sports to beat
profit forecasts
Estate agent Savills yesterday
upgraded expectations for its
2017 results, saying profits will
be ahead of the £134.3m analysts
had pencilled in. The firm,
which offers everything from
estate agent services to advice
on selling office skyscrapers,
toasted “a stronger-thananticipated” finish to last year.
JD Sports is set to beat full-year
profit forecasts after a strong
performance in its second half,
including Christmas. It expects
pre-tax profits for the 12 months
ending 3 February to be £300m,
ahead of the £270m to £295m
predicted by analysts. Like-forlike sales rose 3 per cent in the
second half.
CULTURE
TELECOMS
Saudis set to buy
into Hollywood
Virgin criticised
over contracts
Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth
fund is thought to be in talks to
buy a stake in Endeavor, which
owns Hollywood talent agency
WME, representing stars such
as Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
The Public Investment Fund
may invest more than $500m
(£360m) for expansion.
Virgin Media has come under
fire from MoneySavingExpert.
com for charging customers up
to £240 to terminate broadband
contracts when they move to
an address that the company
does not supply internet to. The
firm’s broadband network does
not reach around half of homes.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 ended the day down
0.17 per cent, or 13.21 points, at
7,755.93 points, weighed down by
miners including Fresnillo, Rio
Tinto, and Antofagasta.
Fresnillo fell by 49.5p to
1,378.5p, Rio Tinto was down by
126p at 4,046.5p, Antofagasta
dropped by 29p to 1,009.5p, and
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FINANCE
Poorest households ‘are
struggling to repay debts’
By Gavin Cordon
Around a quarter of the poorest
households are struggling to repay
loans or are behind with their bills,
an economic think-tank has said.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies
(IFS) said most households in Britain with unsecured debts had more
than enough assets to repay them
but “problem debt” was an issue
among the least well-off.
It estimated that one in six
households among the poorest 10
per cent was in arrears on bills or
repayments – more than double the
rate for the population as a whole.
Another 10 per cent of households
in that group were said to be spending more than a quarter of their income on servicing debts.
While those on lower incomes
were less likely to hold such debts,
more than one in three among
the poorest 10 per cent had debts
that exceeded their financial as-
sets, compared with just one in 10 Secretary to the Treasury, Peter
among the wealthiest 10 per cent.
Dowd, said: “These deeply worDavid Sturrock, a research rying findings show what the
economist at the IFS, said:
last seven years of auster“Most unsecured debt is
ity is doing to many
held by high-income
working families.
households which
“There needs to be
look able to manage
more done to protect
it, and more than
working households
half of those with
from extortionate
Proportion of poorest
debts have enough
households which spend rates of interest and
financial assets to
ensure that their
more than a quarter
of their income on
pay them off.
earnings are not
servicing debts
“But debt looks like
being squeezed.
a real problem for a sig“Philip Hammond
nificant minority of those
should be seeking to rebalon low incomes, who are not keep- ance the economy away from an
ing up with bills and/or spending over-reliance on increasing househigh fractions of their disposable hold debt.”
income on debt repayment.
IFS figures from 2012-14
“Headline numbers are no guide
showed around half of all
to the scale of ‘problem debt’– dishouseholds had some unsecured
tinguishing between debts that are
consumer debt – with 10 per
entirely appropriate and those that
cent owing more than £10,000.
look unmanageable is crucial.”
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INVESTMENTS
With the current
wave of Sipps on
offer, savers have
more choice for
their pensions
GETTY
Whatever happened to
stakeholder pensions?
The profile of these schemes, begun in 2001, fell with
the rise of Sipps, but each option offers advantages
Dear Harry,
Some years ago the Government
launched stakeholder pensions to
encourage saving for retirement.
These schemes seem to have
disappeared off the radar. Is it still
worthwhile keeping investments
in one?
Alma Williams
Harry says: Stakeholder schemes
were launched in 2001 to provide
simple, low-cost, accessible
pensions. But you’re right that
they don’t enjoy the profile that
they once did – and that’s largely
down to one thing: the rise of selfinvested personal pensions (Sipps).
daily
money
A year ago, the average cash ISA rate
sat at a low of 0.82 per cent. Since
then, it’s seen several months of
consistent rises, as a result of which
the overall average now sits at a
much-improved 1.09 per cent.
This could mean ISAs are worth
Ask
Harry
Your questions
about money
I’ll turn to these, but first, let’s look
at the pros and cons of stakeholder
schemes.
Stakeholder pensions have to
meet minimum standards set by
the Government. These are:
n Limited charges – they can’t be
more than 1.5 per cent of the fund’s
looking at again. However, those
who took out an ISA two years ago
to take advantage of their tax-free
nature will notice that rates were
considerably higher back then.
Regardless of whether you choose
an ISA or non-ISA cash savings
account, you are likely to see your
savings eroded by inflation. With the
Consumer Price Index (CPI) down
from 3.1 per cent in November to 3
per cent in December, there’s still not
one single standard savings account
that can beat or even match it.
Across 2017, CPI averaged out at
2.74 per cent, which means it was
value for the first 10 years, and 1 per
cent after that;
n Low minimum contributions;
n Flexible contributions – you must
be able to stop and start payments
when you want and switch
providers free of charge;
n Security standards – such as
independent trustees.
You can invest in a stakeholder
pension through a pension provider,
an insurer, or a high street bank.
Your contributions will be invested
in stocks and shares, via a small
range of funds – investments
that pool your money with other
investors’ and buy a portfolio of
shares, bonds and other assets,
three times as high as the average
cash ISA rate of 0.93 per cent. In
contrast, the average stocks and
shares ISA returned growth of
11.75 per cent (according to
Lipper data).
This means that if
you’re looking for
inflation-beating
returns while keeping
the tax-free benefits
of an ISA, a stocks and
shares ISA could be for you.
***
Consumers should no longer be
giving you instant diversification.
Unlike defined benefit pensions,
such as final salary schemes,
you can choose from a range of
funds to invest in. Once you reach
retirement age, you’ll either use
income drawdown (leaving your
pension invested while taking a
regular income), buy an annuity
(an insurance contract which gives
you a guaranteed income for life in
exchange for your pot), or take the
lot subject to taxation.
The amount you pay into your
stakeholder pension can be as low
as £20 a month, and you can pay
monthly or weekly. You don’t even
have to pay in regularly – you can
contribute a lump sum whenever
you want. This flexibility can be
particularly useful if you’re selfemployed, so you don’t have the
pressure of monthly payments.
You get some choice, but not an
overwhelming range of options, and
you won’t be ripped off. And when
these schemes were introduced,
that was a rare combination,
especially for those looking to make
more modest contributions.
What about Sipps, then? Back
in 2001, these personal pensions
had a deserved reputation as
charged extra for paying by debit or
credit card after new rules banning
so-called ‘surcharges’ finally came
into force across the EU.
As of 13 January, it
became unlawful for
retailers to charge
additional fees when
someone uses a
particular debit or
credit card, or other
systems like PayPal, to
make a purchase.
So-called ‘surcharging’
had become commonplace,
particularly online, with many
pensions for the rich. You had to be
pretty wealthy, with large amounts
to contribute, to be able to justify
the high charges that often came
with these schemes. They offered
much more investment choice than
stakeholder schemes, but what
good was that if you couldn’t afford
the high minimum investment
thresholds, or the high service
charges of niche wealth managers?
In the years since, however, this
reputation has faded away. This
coincided with the rise of so-called
fund supermarkets – brokers that
offer funds from a range of fund
managers to DIY investors within
the same account. These started
offering stocks and shares Isas,
with investment choice spanning
thousands of funds, and as these
became more popular, they started
offering Sipps as well and marketing
them to their Isa customers. Sipp
charges, while sometimes different
to Isas, weren’t usually much higher,
or even higher at all.
Now, it’s possible to invest through
a Sipp more cheaply than through
almost any other pension – you just
need to find a provider that offers
ultra-cheap index tracker funds and
has a service charge that works out
cheap for the amount of money you
want to contribute (some charge an
annual percentage, others a fixed
amount, so the former tend to be
cheaper for those with smaller pots).
These Sipp providers have even
largely dropped their minimum
investment thresholds, so you can
invest as little as £25 a month or a
few hundred pounds as a lump sum.
So, if you have a stakeholder
pension, are tempted to shop around
for an alternative to transfer to,
or are thinking of starting a new
pension, there’s a clear choice
between a stakeholder pension and
a Sipp. Stakeholders make more
sense if you want simplicity and
a manageable investment choice,
including default funds.
But if you would prefer to do some
DIY investing, and are prepared to
accept the responsibility and risk
that that involves, Sipps offer a
compelling alternative.
Harry Rose is the editor of ‘Which?
Money’ magazine. To have your
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Baked aubergine with red rice
& smoked tofu
Kakuro
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How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
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SERVES 2
1 aubergine
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp olive oil
70g cooked brown rice
1 onion, finely sliced
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1 tsp baharat seasoning
50g sun-dried tomatoes
1 tsp harissa paste
100g smoked tofu, diced
Zest and juice of ½ lemon
25g dried breadcrumbs
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
75g Greek yogurt
1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
(or 1 tsp dried mint)
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Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6.
Cut the aubergine in half lengthways,
score the flesh and spread with half the
garlic, drizzle with 1 tbsp of the olive oil
and season. Place on a baking tray and
bake for 30 minutes or until soft.
Meanwhile, place the rice in a
saucepan with 1 litre of cold water and
a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil, then
simmer for 20 minutes until cooked.
Drain well and set aside.
Heat the remaining olive oil in a
saucepan and gently cook the onion,
chilli and remaining garlic for 5 minutes,
or until soft. Add the baharat, cook for 2
minutes, add the tomatoes and cook for
2 minutes more until the tomatoes start
to break down. Fold through the harissa
paste, diced tofu and the cooked rice.
Remove the aubergine from the oven
and allow to cool slightly before scooping
the flesh from the skin, being careful not
to break the shells as you will need them.
Roughly chop the flesh and add to the
rice mixture along with the lemon zest
and juice and mix well and season.
Stuff the aubergine and rice mixture
into the aubergine skins, top with
breadcrumbs, drizzle with olive oil and
grill for 5 minutes or until golden.
Meanwhile, mix the yogurt with
the mint and serve alongside the
stuffed aubergines.
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How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
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SPORT
i racing
top
tips
De Sivola stamina
could be key for
Swinbank’s race
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
National Hunt Flat races, or Bumpers, as they are more commonly
known, have long played an important role in the education of prospective jumpers and been an integral
component of the sport.
They are, often for practical
reasons, usually tagged on the end
of the card, but this afternoon the
Listed Mares’ Bumper takes pride of
place as Market Rasen’s centrepiece;
indeed it’s the main event of the day
anywhere, which is probably unique.
It’s a new race run in memory of
Alan Swinbank, the Yorkshire-based
trainer, who died suddenly last May.
Swinbank is best remembered
on the Flat for sending Collier
Hill around the world to plunder
Group Ones – the Highland Reel of
his day – but winning the Mares’
Bumper at the 2007 Aintree Grand
National meeting was another
career highlight.
That Grade Two will likely be the
target for whoever shines today and
it’s an intriguing line-up.
BEST OF LINGFIELD
12.40
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
PLAY JACKPOT GAMES AT SUNBETS.CO.UK/VEGAS
HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £9,750 added 7f
7345-5
050992/03-3
5130-4
74410900690521038271/807-1
PEARL SPECTRE (CD)(BF) P McEntee 7 9 7....Nicola Currie (5) 3
MR BOSSY BOOTS (CD) Mrs A Perrett 7 9 7...J Haynes C 6
EXCHEQUER (CD)(BF) D O’Meara 7 9 6 ....Martin Harley 5
RELY ON ME A Balding 4 9 5.............................Oisin Murphy V 4
SWORD EXCEED (C) I Furtado 4 9 4 ...............P J McDonald 1
SIR OTTOMAN I Furtado 5 9 3.........................Renato Souza C 8
VAN GERWEN J L Eyre 5 9 2 ............................................R Winston 2
RIGHT ACTION (D) R Fahey 4 9 0.................................... Doubtful 9
TORIANO (CD) N Littmoden 5 8 12....................... T Marquand 7
- 9 declared BETTING: 2-1 Exchequer, 7-2 Rely On Me, 5-1 Toriano, 13-2 Pearl Spectre,
8-1 Sword Exceed, 12-1 Mr Bossy Boots, 14-1 Van Gerwen, 16-1 Sir Ottoman.
1.10
1
2
3
4
5
32RED CASINO HANDICAP (CLASS 3)
3YO £11,500 added 6f
8400491342321167331523-5
HELVETIAN (D) M Channon 9 7...........................................C Bishop 2
COUNT OTTO (D)(BF) Mrs A Perrett 9 6.............J Haynes H 3
CITY GENT (CD) R Beckett 9 6...........................Oisin Murphy B 5
THE MUMS (D) J Gosden 9 1.............................................L Dettori V 1
MONTAGUE J Osborne 8 12.................................................D Costello 4
- 5 declared BETTING: 15-8 City Gent, 5-2 The Mums, 11-4 Count Otto, 8-1 Helvetian,
10-1 Montague.
BEST OF MARKET RASEN
12.30
PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING AT 188BET NOVICES’
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £7,000 added 2m 3f
1
23-1 SUPER SID T R George 6 11 12 ........................................... A P Heskin
2
44-663 ABSOLUTELY DYLAN Mrs S Smith 5 11 5 .......................D Cook
3
-12222 BALLINSLEA BRIDGE (BF) Olly Murphy 6 11 5....Fergus Gregory (7)
4
006 BRIGHTS PARK N Kent 6 11 5.................................................. H Brooke
5
F-06P CRANBROOK CAUSEWAY G McPherson 6 11 5...Kielan Woods C
6
0 DEBACLE J Eustace 5 11 5............................................................J Quinlan
7
86 EURATO S Gollings 8 11 5............................................T Scudamore C
8
8-165 HIS DREAM Jonjo O’Neill 5 11 5......................................K Moore (3)
9
31-83 NEW QUAY D Skelton 5 11 5................................................H Skelton T
10
9 PRONTO TONTO T Easterby 5 11 5....................................B Hughes
11 64-146 SECOND TIME AROUND (C) A King 6 11 5...W Hutchinson
12
55 LITTLE PIPPIN T Coyle 5 10 12..Mr Joseph Williamson (7)
- 12 declared BETTING: 9-4 Ballinslea Bridge, 5-2 Super Sid, 10-3 New Quay, 12-1
Second Time Around, His Dream, 14-1 Little Pippin, 16-1 others.
NEXT BEST
Aimee De Sivola
(2.40pm, Market Rasen)
Won gamely at Newbury
and should relish this step up
in trip.
Doitforthevillage is running under a 26lb handicap at Newbury today GETTY
Kim Bailey has an admirable
strike rate with Bumper debutants
and any significant market move for
Early Learner should be noted.
But the safer bet is Aimee De
Sivola. Nick Williams’ filly battled to
a Newbury victory over 12 furlongs
last month and there’s abundant
stamina in her pedigree to cope with
this step up in distance.
Doitforthevillage is carving out a
FORM VERDICT
BALLINSLEA BRIDGE has knocked on the door on all four outings
under rules, including here on Boxing Day when bumping into a smart
rival from Dan Skelton’s. He has a likeable rival to try and see off once
again here in Tom George’s Super Sid who won well at Southwell.
However, Olly Murphy’s point winner can get his head in front at the
finish here. New Quay is respected at a venue the Skelton’s often do
well at, while any money for Steve Gollings’ Eurato must be respected
at the handler’s local track.
successful career as a chaser these
days (he won at Cheltenham last
time), but his trainer, Paul Henderson, hasn’t been able to resist the
opportunity to race off a 26lb lower
mark in the Betfred Handicap Hurdle at Newbury.
These handicap blots often turn
out to be too good to be true, but this
is the first time Doitforthevillage
has run under suitable conditions
1.20
2.05
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
BETFRED ‘SUPPORTS JACK BERRY HOUSE’ HANDICAP
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £8,416 added 2m
2144033-034
63-648
F1-961
52-068
8/1112
32
4F4123
31/8P5
86-635
730-8P
-70P73
FORM VERDICT
FORM VERDICT
LE ROCHER is unbeaten in his two starts over fences and this looks
an ideal opportunity to rack up a quick fire hat-trick. Tomngerry
is a danger in receipt of 7lb from the selection, however, he hardly
convinced with his jumping on his fences bow and will have to be foot
perfect here. Three Musketeers has been highly thought of over the
years by connections and the course and distance winner is a worthy
addition to the shortlist trying the larger obstacles once again.
DOITFORTHEVILLAGE was last seen winning a handicap over fences
at Cheltenham’s BetVictor meeting and connections look to take
advantage of a 26lb lower mark over timber where it would be very
surprising were he not able to be competitive here. Friday Night Light
looks capable of improvement now making his handicap debut over
obstacles, while Final Choice returns to the scene of his finest hour and
his most recent couple of efforts last season were too bad to be true.
2.40
188BET ALAN SWINBANK MARES’ STANDARD OPEN
NH FLAT RACE (LISTED) (CLASS 1) £20,000 added 2m 1f
1.50
BETFRED ‘HOMES OF GOALS GALORE’ NOVICES’
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £7,000 added 2m
12/1 OK CORRAL (D) N Henderson 8 11 4 ......................B J Geraghty
1
1 BELLE AMIS F O’Brien 5 11 0............................................... P Brennan 1
2
21-954 FORGOT TO ASK (D)(BF) T R George 6 10 12 ... C Gethings (3)
2
7- BITUMEN BELLE P Kirby 6 11 0...................................................A Nicol
3
10 KINGS MONARCH Kerry Lee 5 10 12.....................Jamie Moore
3
22 DERRIANA SPIRIT (BF) N Richards 5 11 0 .......Craig Nichol 4
128/60 MANHATTAN SPRING (D) J W Mullins 7 10 12.A Thornton
4
DISSAVRIL Miss E Lavelle 5 11 0..................................... G Sheehan 5
83 NAVAJO WAR DANCE A Stronge 5 10 12...................I Popham
5
EARLY LEARNER K Bailey 6 11 0 ................................................ D Bass 6
33240- NELSON’S TOUCH J W Mullins 5 10 12.................N Scholfield
6
2-31 HARRISONS PROMISE S Corbett 6 11 0.................J Corbett T 7
SANDRO BOTTICELLI A Dunn 6 10 12.....S Twiston-Davies C
7
2 KIMBERLEY POINT A King 5 11 0..........................W Hutchinson 8
99 THAMES KNIGHT J Boyle 6 10 12........................................T Cannon
8
10 ROCOCO STYLE (BF) S Gollings 5 11 0...............T Scudamore 9
00 TOGETHERNESS P Chamings 5 10 12............................T Whelan
9
SIMPLY LOVELEH Robert Stephens 5 11 0.............H Skelton 10
105 WAY OUT WEST C Longsdon 5 10 12..............James Best H,T
10
58-4 TICKERTY BOO B Ellison 6 11 0...............................................C R King 11
53 WHAT’S OCCURRING O Sherwood 5 10 12 ................. L Aspell
11
41 AIMEE DE SIVOLA N Williams 4 10 3......................Lizzie Kelly 12 1012-2 WHATSWRONGWITHYOU (D) N Henderson 7 10 12....Nico De Boinville H
- 11 declared 13 331/60 ALICE PINK (D) P Henderson 8 10 5.............................T J O’Brien
BETTING: 4-1 Aimee De Sivola, 9-2 Belle Amis, 5-1 Derriana Spirit, 6-1 14
MIDNIGHT MOOD D F Davis 5 10 5..................................... M Grant
- 14 declared Harrisons Promise, 13-2 Kimberley Point, 10-1 Rococo Style, Dissavril,
BETTING: 8-11 Ok Corral, 9-4 Whatswrongwithyou, 12-1 What’s
Early Learner, 20-1 others.
Occurring, 14-1 Forgot To Ask, 16-1 Sandro Botticelli, 25-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
KIMBERLEY POINT was touched off by under a length over 2m on
debut at Warwick and is entitled to take a forward step second time out.
Fergal O’Brien enjoys plenty of success in bumpers and his Belle Amis,
who made a winning debut at Wetherby in November, could be the
one to put up most resistance. Derriana Spirit is improving between
runs and also merits shortlist inclusion, likewise 1m4f Newbury
winner Aimee De Sivola and Early Learner, who struck between the
flags last year.
2.25
1
2
3
4
BETFRED MOBILE NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP
CHASE (CLASS 1) £12,700 added 2m
1116-1
2-2124
221P-1
10/322
ANTE-POST
Brain Power, 8-1 at the start of
the week, has been hammered
down to 11-4 to win Ascot’s
Clarence House Chase on
Saturday.
over hurdles since maturing fully
over fences and there’s no obvious reason why he shouldn’t take
advantage.
FORM VERDICT
BEST OF NEWBURY
FINAL CHOICE (CD) W Greatrex 5 11 12................... R Johnson
PRAIRIE TOWN (D) A Carroll 7 11 11 .......................L Edwards C
PERCY STREET (D) N Henderson 5 11 7...James Bowen (5)
DOITFORTHEVILLAGE (D) P Henderson 9 11 5....N Scholfield T
TIKKEN AWAY R Walford 7 11 4 ...........................J Sherwood (3)
AMBRE DES MARAIS (D) J Farrelly 8 11 4 .................. N Fehily
WEATHERBYS RACING BANK GRADUATION CHASE
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHT D Pipe 5 11 3.....................D G Noonan T
(CLASS 2) £20,000 added 2m 5f
LEX TALIONIS (D)(BF) C Mann 5 11 3................ H Bannister T
1
67-059 THREE MUSKETEERS (CD) D Skelton 8 11 7....H Skelton C
THE GREEN OGRE (D) G L Moore 8 10 13....Joshua Moore B
2
-77027 BIALCO Miss L Russell 7 11 4 ...........................................Derek Fox T
DUN SCAITH Mrs S Leech 10 10 12...................James Best H,T
3
2-0711 LE ROCHER N Williams 8 11 3.....................................T Scudamore
SUMMER GETAWAY N Mitchell 6 10 8 .............................D Jacob
4
11P/2F TOMNGERRY (D) B Ellison 8 10 10...................................B Hughes
DUHALLOW LAD A Jones 6 10 1 .......................................T J O’Brien
- 4 declared - 12 declared BETTING: 7-4 Le Rocher, 2-1 Tomngerry, 9-4 Three Musketeers, 12-1 BETTING: 4-1 Doitforthevillage, 9-2 Ambre Des Marais, 5-1 Friday Night
Light, Lex Talionis, 8-1 Percy Street, 12-1 Final Choice, 14-1 others.
Bialco.
FORM VERDICT
City Gent gained a deserved victory when switched back to handicaps
over C&D last time and is expected to remain competitive in the face
of a 10lb rise, though he has a little to find with Count Otto on their
Kempton novice clash in November and may also find THE MUMS
better treated for win purposes. The John Gosden-trained selection
finished a close-up third over 7f here last month but drops back to 6f
and has Frankie Dettori taking over in the saddle.
BEST BET
Doitforthevillage
(1.20pm, Newbury)
Yet to make a mark over hurdles,
but thrown in at the weights here
on his chase form.
SAINT CALVADOS (CD) H Whittington 5 11 8...A Coleman
JAMESON N Twiston-Davies 6 11 5......... S Twiston-Davies
TREE OF LIBERTY (D) Kerry Lee 6 11 2...............Jamie Moore
WAR SOUND (D) P Hobbs 9 10 13 .................................... R Johnson
- 4 declared BETTING: 7-4 Saint Calvados, 5-2 Tree Of Liberty, 3-1 War Sound, 9-2 Jameson.
There was an awful lot to like about the chasing debut of SAINT
CALVADOS as he jumped with aplomb over C&D at the back end of
last month before striding clear with purpose to beat Remiluc by nine
lengths. A 4lb rise could underestimate Harry Whittington’s gelding
and he looks the type to potentially prove capable of aiming higher
than handicaps. Tree Of Liberty won well at Ludlow on his first try over
fences and he looks an obvious threat off 8lb higher, while Jameson has
plenty of talent if putting it all together which he hasn’t necessarily
done on all his starts.
3.30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
EBF MARES’ ‘NATIONAL HUNT’ NOVICES’ HURDLE
(CLASS 4) £7,400 added 2m 4f 118yds
66-134
252D/1
1-2356
1/
1P/4-4
1-05
2/F6-3
62-4
13-222
0093
12106
4-232
3/P0
77P
ALL CURRENCIES G L Moore 6 11 6...................Joshua Moore
LADY OF LAMANVER H Fry 8 11 6..................................N Fehily T
ANNIE ANGEL Mrs A Perrett 7 11 0 ..................................... L Aspell
BELLE EMPRESS Miss E Lavelle 7 11 0................N Scholfield
BLACKDOWN HILLS J W Mullins 8 11 0...........D Sansom (7)
CANGODEMAYO B Pauling 6 11 0............................................D Jacob
INCH LALA N Mulholland 6 11 0 .....................................James Best
JOLIE FRANCINE C Longsdon 6 11 0.............Jonathan Burke
JUST A THOUGHT Miss R Curtis 6 11 0 ..James Bowen (5)
KIWI MYTH Mrs F M Shaw 6 11 0..........................Mr M Legg (5)
KUPATANA N Henderson 5 11 0................... Nico De Boinville
LOVEHERANDLEAVEHER N Henderson 6 11 0.. J McGrath
PETRONELLA MANNERS H Daly 5 11 0 ..Mr H F Nugent (7)
SENSULANO Noel Williams 5 11 0................................. R Johnson
WELCOME POLLY C Mann 6 11 0..........................H Bannister C
WESTERBERRY J W Mullins 6 11 0.................Kevin Jones (5)
- 16 declared BETTING: 5-2 Kupatana, 5-1 Just A Thought, 6-1 Sensulano, 7-1
Loveherandleaveher, Lady Of Lamanver, 12-1 All Currencies, 14-1 others.
BEST OF NEWCASTLE
6.00
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
SUNBETS HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £9,549 added 1m
131116816-6
1476-3
62635332-54
1803328P081/855-
MALASPINA (CD) I Furtado 6 9 9............................B A Curtis C 6
MUJASSAM D O’Meara 6 9 7............................................................G Lee 1
FLORENCIO Roger Fell 5 9 6.....................................T Hamilton C 3
TESTA ROSSA (CD) J Goldie 8 8 13...........Phil Dennis (3) B 5
LAGENDA Kristin Stubbs 5 8 12..........................................S Gray B 8
NICK VEDDER (CD) M Wigham 4 8 9..........................A Mullen 7
PUMAFLOR (D) P Kirby 6 8 8....................................J P Sullivan C 2
LUCKY VIOLET Miss L Perratt 6 8 7 .....................J Fanning H 4
- 8 declared BETTING: 11-4 Malaspina, 7-2 Nick Vedder, 5-1 Testa Rossa, Florencio,
7-1 Lagenda, 8-1 Mujassam, 16-1 Lucky Violet, Pumaflor.
FORM VERDICT
Malaspina is an obvious candidate given that she has won both of her
starts since she arrived from France. That said, a 4lb rise for her latest
Southwell success will make life tougher for the mare and she steps
up to Class 4 company as well. NICK VEDDER was not beaten far at
Lingfield on New Year’s Eve and he has yet to finish worse than third
in four starts at this track, winning once. Florencio and Lagenda both
have each-way claims.
Results service
AYR
Abandoned due to Waterlogged
Course.
HEREFORD
Going: Soft-good to soft in
places
12.20 1. ROYALE ZANZIBAR (A
Coleman) 12-1; 2. Nigh Or Never
12-1; 3. Spirit Of Rome 5-1. 10 ran.
2-1 fav Sable Island (6th). 1/2l, 12l.
(T Symonds). Tote: £17.00; £4.10,
£2.90, £1.70. Exacta: £130.80. Trifecta: £1108.10. CSF: £139.78. NR:
Marettimo.
12.50 1. ROCK MY STYLE (R Johnson) 9-5 fav; 2. Sunset Showdown
2-1; 3. Piton Pete 4-1. 11 ran.
11/2l, 7l. (W Greatrex). Tote: £2.40;
£1.20, £1.10, £1.70. Exacta: £7.20.
Trifecta: £17.00. CSF: £5.69.
1.25 1. CAROLE’S VIGILANTE (N
Fehily) 1-3 fav; 2. Jimmy Bell
50-1; 3. Murphy’s Nails 9-1. 10
ran. 13/4l, 9l. (N Mulholland). Tote:
£1.20; £1.02, £7.60, £1.70. Exacta:
£21.60. Trifecta: £147.30. CSF:
£43.23. NR: Dr Wells.
2.00 1. CLONDAW RIGGER (B
Poste) 7-1; 2. The Kings Writ 11-2;
3. Baron Du Plessis 7-2 fav. 13
ran. 18l, 18l. (Katy Price). Tote:
£6.50; £2.30, £1.90, £1.60. Exacta:
£41.60. Tricast: £157.03. Trifecta:
£183.20. CSF: £40.87.
2.30 1. COLT LIGHTNING (T
Scudamore) 15-2; 2. Odello 8-1;
3. Ring Minella 66-1. 11 ran. 4-1
jt-fav Theatre Stage (5th), 4-1 jtfav Steel Express (9th). 3/4l, 10l.
(Tom Lacey). Tote: £8.00; £2.80,
£2.60, £16.00. Exacta: £83.50. Tricast: £3592.74. Trifecta: £2092.30.
CSF: £63.06.
3.05 1. COUGAR KID (Brodie
Hampson) 12-1; 2. Castafiore
9-1; 3. Seymour Star 14-1. 10
ran. 5-2 fav Carlos Du Fruitier
(Pulled Up). 7l, 9l. (J G O’Shea).
Tote: £14.20; £3.10, £2.60, £4.00.
Exacta: £124.80. Tricast: £1526.45.
Trifecta: £1004.60. CSF: £111.91.
3.40 1. YORGONNAHEARMEROAR (D Crosse) 8-1; 2. Pembroke
House 16-1; 3. Looks Like Power
15-2. 13 ran. 3-1 fav Ratify
(4th). 2l, 6l. (Henry Oliver). Tote:
£11.20; £2.60, £4.80, £2.00. Exacta: £161.90. Tricast: £1017.68.
Trifecta: £1858.50. CSF: £127.18.
NR: Gores Island.
4.10 1. BREWIN’UPASTORM
(Fergus Gregory) 6-4 fav; 2. Portrush Ted 5-2; 3. Blue Flight 11-4.
9 ran. 9l, 13l. (Olly Murphy). Tote:
£2.30; £1.10, £1.10, £1.10. Exacta:
£6.40. Trifecta: £11.70. CSF: £5.41.
Placepot: £433.10.
Quadpot: £96.40.
Place 6: £304.83. Place 5: £79.54.
KEMPTON
Going: Standard
4.35 1. MERCERS (Jason Watson)
10-1; 2. Burauq 10-1; 3. Olaudah
evens fav. 11 ran. hd, nk. (P Butler).
Tote: £11.50; £2.20, £2.60, £1.10.
Exacta: £95.30. Tricast: £186.63.
Trifecta: £352.30. CSF: £94.89.
NR: Mags Well.
5.10 1. BALTIC PRINCE (Rossa
Ryan) 9-1; 2. Interlink 40-1; 3.
Mezmaar 12-1. 13 ran. 3-1 fav
Tavener (11th). 11/4l, 2l. (A Carroll).
Tote: £8.80; £3.30, £12.40, £5.50.
Exacta: £437.00. Tricast: £4278.14.
Trifecta: £3741.30. CSF: £336.51.
NR: Daring Guest.
5.40 1. LUCYMAI (J Duern) 10-1;
2. Eljaddaaf 6-1; 3. Call Out Loud
33-1. 13 ran. 13-8 fav Makaarim
(7th). 1l, nk. (D Ivory). Tote: £7.60;
£2.10, £1.90, £9.30. Exacta: £44.80.
Tricast: £1992.08. Trifecta:
£1634.50. CSF: £64.81.
6.10 1. BACHELOR (Fran Berry)
7-1; 2. Passing Clouds 16-1;
3. Surfa Rosa 6-1. 8 ran. 10-3
fav Dream Mount (5th). nk, 1/2l.
(Joseph P O’Brien (IRE) ). Tote:
£7.90; £3.20, £5.40, £2.30. Exacta:
£101.80. Tricast: £712.16. Trifecta:
£629.10. CSF: £105.44. NR: Reverberation.
6.40 1. CORINTHIA KNIGHT (E
Greatrex) evens fav; 2. Danzan
6-4; 3. Hello Girl 50-1. 5 ran.
11/4l, 13/4l. (Archie Watson). Tote:
£2.00; £1.10, £1.10. Exacta: £3.20.
Trifecta: £26.10. CSF: £2.53.
7.10 1. GENERAL BROOK (Rossa
Ryan) 15-2; 2. Hold Hands 8-1;
3. Diamond Reflection 40-1. 10
ran. 5-2 fav Howardian Hills
(6th). 1/2l, 3/4l. (J G O’Shea). Tote:
£8.70; £12.10, £2.50, £2.00. Exacta: £74.00. Tricast: £2239.81.
Trifecta: £1227.40. CSF: £64.03.
NRs: Montycristo, Mrs Burbidge,
Munsarim, Taste The Salt.
7.40 1. ILEY BOY (B A Curtis) 2-1
fav; 2. Hi There Silver 10-1; 3.
Koubba 17-2. 13 ran. 2l, nk. (J Gallagher). Tote: £3.20; £1.80, £3.40,
£3.10. Exacta: £30.70. Tricast:
£151.86. Trifecta: £192.90. CSF:
£24.94. NR: Dream Serenade.
8.10 1. ARGUS (L Keniry) 20-1;
2. Aumerle 11-4 fav; 3. Ardamir
7-2. 11 ran. 13/4l, nk. (A Dunn).
Tote: £27.60; £5.60, £1.60, £1.40.
Exacta: £110.10. Tricast: £248.62.
CSF: £72.19.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of
£14,162.92 carried over to Market Rasen.
Placepot: £1,214.10.
Quadpot: £93.70.
Place 6: £1,225.38.
Place 5: £913.43.
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Biles’s statement
Most of you know me as a happy,
giggly and energetic girl. But
lately I’ve felt broken and the more I
try to shut off the voice in my head,
the louder it screams. I am not afraid
to tell my story any more.”
I too am one of the many survivors
that was sexually abused by Larry
Nassar. Please believe me when I say
it was a lot harder to first speak those
words out loud than it is now to put
them on paper.
There are so many reasons that I
have been reluctant to share my story
but I know now it is not my fault.
It is not normal to receive any type
of treatment from a trusted team
physician and refer to it horrifyingly as
the ‘special’ treatment. This behaviour
is completely unacceptable, disgusting
and abusive especially coming from
someone I was TOLD to trust.
For too long I have asked myself,
‘was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I
now know the answer to those questions. No. No, it was not my fault. No, I
will not and should not carry the guilt
that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG
and others.”
Simone Biles is
the latest gymnast
to accuse Larry
Nassar of sexual
abuse GETTY
Olympic champ Biles says
‘me too’ over Nassar abuse
female gymnasts. Biles, 20, who won
team, all-around, vault and floor exercise gold medals at Rio 2016 posted
a statement on Twitter that read:
“Most of you know me as a happy, giggly, and energetic girl. But lately... I’ve
felt a bit broken and the more I try
to shut off the voice in my head, the
louder it screams. I am not afraid to
tell my story anymore.” Three former
By Sports Staff
Four-time Olympic champion
Simone Biles has said she was sexually abused by Team USA’s former
gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
Nassar is serving 60 years in prison for having child sex abuse images
on his computer and is awaiting sentence after admitting he assaulted
US Olympians – Gabby Douglas, Aly
Raisman and McKayla Maroney –
have accused Nassar of sexual abuse.
Another victim, Kyle Stephens, said
Nassar’s abuse helped drive her
father to suicide.
Nassar, 54, was involved with
American gymnastics from the 1980s
until July 2015, when its national governing body USAG sacked him.
Front-row injuries
gives Townsend
‘challenge’ for opener
By Gavin McCafferty
Scotland head coach Gregor
Townsend has backed his makeshift
front row to overcome a selection
crisis ahead of the Six Nations.
Townsend has included uncapped
props Murray McCallum (below)
and D’Arcy Rae in his 40-man
squad along with Newcastle pair
Scott Lawson and Jon Welsh, who
are back after several years out of
the reckoning.
Fraser Brown misses out after a
series of concussions and Edinburgh
prop Simon Berghan is suspended
for Scotland’s opener against Wales
on 3 February after being given a
six-week ban for stamping on the
Glasgow hooker’s head.
Zander Fagerson, WP Nel, Ross
Ford, Allan Dell, Al Dickinson and
Darryl Marfo are also missing from
Townsend’s front-row options.
Stuart McInally is likely to
keep his place at hooker,
with George Turner as
cover and London Irish
prop Gordon Reid provides some experience
with 27 caps to his name.
Townsend said: “Every
country going into the Six
Nations is going to have injuries. It’s something you deal with.
We know we have a couple of injuries in the front row so it’s down to
other players to go out there and
play well with Scotland.”
When asked how much of a chal-
Scotland squad
Backs M Bennett, A Dunbar, N Grigg,
C Harris, S Hogg, P Horne, R Jackson
H Jones, L Jones, B Kinghorn, G
Laidlaw, S Maitland, B McGuigan,
A Price, H Pyrgos, F Russell, T
Seymour, D Taylor, N Fowles.
Forwards J Barclay, S Berghan, J
Bhatti, M Bradbury, D Denton, C Du
Preez, G Gilchrist, J Gray, R Gray, L
Hamilton, R Harley, S Lawson, M
McCallum, S McInally, G Reid, D
Rae, B Toolis, G Turner, H Watson, J
Welsh, R Wilson.
lenge it would be to get his front row
up to speed for the Cardiff encounter, he said: “On paper, it’s a challenge but we’ve got evidence from
November that players did very
well in training and they took that
into the games. Darryl Marfo and
Jamie Bhatti were uncapped
going into November and
both played very well.
“We have two uncapped players and it’s
now up to them to show
us they should be picked
and, if they are, go and
grab that opportunity.
Scrum-half Greig Laidlaw
returns to the squad after having
not played a Test for almost a year
and is only just returning from a
broken leg. John Barclay retains
the captain’s role he took on when
Laidlaw was injured.
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FA CUP THIRD ROUND
REPLAYS
Leicester (1)......2 Fleetwood (0)0
Iheanacho 43, 77 Att 17,237
Mansfield (1)....1 Cardiff (1)..........4
Rose 35
Ecuele Manga 34
Hoilett 66, 89
Pilkington 71
Reading (2).........3 Stevenage (0)0
Bodvarsson 32, 44, 64
Att 4,986
Sheff Wed (1)....2 Carlisle (0).......0
Marco Matias 28 Att 12,003
Nuhiu 66
West Ham (0)..L Shrewsbury (0)..L
Att 39,867
FA TROPHY SECOND ROUND
REPLAY
Warrington Town 2 Ebbsfleet
United 0; Stockport County
3 Kidderminster 0; Barrow
0 Brackley 2; Workington 2
Weston-S-Mare 1; Boreham
Wood 1 Gateshead 2; Harrogate
Town 5 St Albans 0.
VANARAMA NATIONAL
LEAGUE NORTH
AFC Telford 3 York 5.
SOUTH: Poole Town P Chippenham P (Postponed - due to
waterlogged pitch).
BASKETBALL
NBA: Atlanta 102 San Antonio
99; Brooklyn 104 New York
119; Chicago 119 Miami 111;
Cleveland 108 Golden State
118; Detroit 107 Charlotte 118;
LA Clippers 113 Houston 102;
Memphis 123 LA Lakers 114;
Oklahoma City 95 Sacramento
88; Philadelphia 117 Toronto
111; Utah 94 Indiana 109;
Washington 95 Milwaukee 104.
CRICKET
SECOND TEST MATCH
South Africa v India, Centurion:
South Africa 335 (113.5 overs;
A K Markram 94, H M Amla
82, F du Plessis 63; R Ashwin
4-113) & 258 (91.3 overs; A
B de Villiers 80, D Elgar 61;
Mohammed Shami 4-49). India
307 (92.1 overs; V Kohli 153;
M Morkel 4-60) & 35-3 (23.0
overs).
FOURTH ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL
Pakistan v New Zealand,
Hamilton: Pakistan 262-8 (50.0
overs; Mohammad Hafeez
81, Fakhar Zaman 54, Sarfraz
Ahmed 51, Haris Sohail 50).
New Zealand 263-5 (45.5 overs;
C de Grandhomme 74no, C
Munro 56, H M Nicholls 52no).
New Zealand beat Pakistan by
5 wickets.
SNOOKER
DAFABET MASTERS ALEXANDRA PALACE, LONDON: 1st
rd: R O’Sullivan (Eng) bt M Fu
(HK) 6-0.
TENNIS
AUSTRALIAN OPEN,
MELBOURNE: Men’s Singles
First round: (5) D THIEM
(Aut) bt G Pella (Arg) 6-4 6-4
6-4; (26) A MANNARINO (Fr)
bt M Berrettini (It) 6-4 6-4
6-4; F Verdasco (Sp) bt (20) R
BAUTISTA AGUT (Sp) 6-1 7-5
7-5; (9) S WAWRINKA (Swit)
bt R Berankis (Lith) 6-3 6-4
2-6 7-6 (7-2); (14) N DJOKOVIC
(Serb) bt D Young (US) 6-1 6-2
6-4; (21) A RAMOS-VINOLAS
(Sp) bt J Donaldson (US) 6-2
6-3 6-4; H Chung (S Kor) bt
(32) M ZVEREV (Ger) 6-2 4-1
ret; (4) A ZVEREV (Ger) bt T
Fabbiano (It) 6-1 7-6 (7-5) 7-5; (7)
D GOFFIN (Bel) bt M Bachinger
(Ger) 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 6-2 6-4; (25) F
FOGNINI (It) bt H Zeballos (Arg)
6-4 6-4 7-5; (19) T BERDYCH
(Cz Rep) bt A De Minaur (Aus)
6-3 3-6 6-0 6-1; (12) J MARTIN
DEL POTRO (Arg) bt F Tiafoe
(US) 6-3 6-4 6-3; (13) S QUERREY (US) bt F Lopez (Sp) 6-3
6-4 6-2; L Lacko (Slovak) bt (22)
M RAONIC (Can) 6-7 (5-7) 7-5
6-4 7-6 (7-5); (29) R GASQUET
(Fr) bt B Kavcic (Sloven) 6-1 6-4
7-5; (2) R FEDERER (Swit) bt A
Bedene (Sloven) 6-3 6-4 6-3.
Women’s Singles First round:
(1) S HALEP (Rom) bt D Aiava
(Aus) 7-6 (7-5) 6-1; A Petkovic
(Ger) bt (27) P KVITOVA (Cz
Rep) 6-3 4-6 10-8; (18) A
BARTY (Aus) bt A Sabalenka
(Bela) 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4; (16) E
VESNINA (Rus) bt O Jabeur
(Tun) 6-3 6-4; (9) J KONTA (GB)
bt M Brengle (US) 6-3 6-1; (20)
B ZAHLAVOVA STRYCOVA
(Cz Rep) bt K Ahn (US) 6-1 7-5;
(29) L SAFAROVA (Cz Rep) bt
A Tomljanovic (Croa) 7-5 6-3;
(6) K PLISKOVA (Cz Rep) bt V
Cepede Royg (Par) 6-3 6-4; (3) G
MUGURUZA (Sp) bt J Ponchet
(Fr) 6-4 6-3; (26) A RADWANSKA (Pol) bt K Pliskova (Cz Rep)
2-6 6-3 6-2; (21) A KERBER
(Ger) bt A Friedsam (Ger) 6-0
6-4; (14) A SEVASTOVA (Lat)
bt V Lepchenko (US) 3-6 6-3
6-2; A Bogdan (Rom) bt (11) K
MLADENOVIC (Fr) 6-3 6-2; Y
Putintseva (Kaz) bt H WATSON
(GB) 7-5 7-6 (8-6); (17) M KEYS
(US) bt Q Wang (Chin) 6-1 7-5;
(28) M LUCIC-BARONI (Croa)
bt S Rogers (US) 7-6 (8-6) 5-7
6-2; (8) C GARCIA (Fr) bt C Witthoeft (Ger) 7-5 6-3.
FIXTURES
FOOTBALL
(7.45pm unless stated)
FA CUP THIRD ROUND
REPLAYS
Chelsea v Norwich .................................
Swansea v Wolverhampton...........
Wigan v AFC Bournemouth...........
CHECKATRADE TROPHY
THIRD ROUND
Oldham v Leicester U21 (7.30).......
CRICKET
SECOND TEST MATCH—Final
day of five: South Africa v India
(Centurion, 8am).
TRIANGULAR TOURNAMENT:
Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe (Mirpur,
6am).
Gatland hands Adams and
Davies ‘opportunity’ to shine
By Andrew Baldock
Warren Gatland has described
Josh Adams’ Six Nations call-up
as “a great opportunity” for the
Worcester wing.
Adams and Scarlets flanker
James Davies are the two uncapped
players in a 39-man group. Adams,
22, is the top try-scorer in this season’s Premiership with nine.
“For Josh, it’s a great opportunity,” the Wales head coach said. “He’s
been on great form, and the back
three is somewhere we are looking
to create depth in.”
Davies, meanwhile, is rewarded
for consistently impressive form
in Scarlets colours. The brother of
Wales and British and Irish Lions
centre Jonathan Davies, he was
part of Great Britain’s rugby sevens
medal-winning squad at the 2016
Rio Olympics.
“James’s form over the last couple
of years has been impressive. He is
in a competitive area, but we look
forward to seeing what he can do.”
The squad also includes Northampton wing George North and
Bath No 8 Taulupe Faletau, both
Wales Six Nations squad
Backs L Williams, G North, L Halfpenny, S Evans, A Cuthbert, H Amos,
J Adams, S Williams, O Williams, O
Watkin, H Parkes, R Priestland, R
Patchell, D Biggar, G Anscombe, R
Webb, G Davies, A Davies.
Forwards R Evans, W Jones, N
Smith, T Francis, S Lee, D Lewis, K
Owens, E Dee, S Baldwin, A Beard,
B Davies, S Davies, C Hill, A W Jones
(capt), J Davies, T Faletau, E Jenkins,
R Moriarty, J Navidi, A Shingler, J
Tipuric.
currently injured. Gloucester backrow Ross Moriarty, who has played
just two games this season following injury, is also selected along
with Bath fly-half Rhys Priestland,
who has a hamstring problem.
Cardiff Blues prop Dillon Lewis,
who made his Test debut during
last year’s summer tour, is included,
and experienced Ospreys forwards
Scott Baldwin and Bradley Davies
are both recalled. Wales kick off
their Six Nations against Scotland
in Cardiff on 3 February.
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TENNIS: AUSTRALIAN OPEN
No mistake this
time from Konta
as she powers into
second round
By Paul Newman
AT MELBOURNE PARK
Johanna Konta had lost to unheralded first-round opponents in two
of her three previous Grand Slam
tournaments, but a repeat never
looked on the cards as the world
No 10 coasted through her opening
match at the Australian Open.
Konta had warned that Madison
Brengle could be a “tricky” player,
but the world No 90 rarely threatened to match the achievements of Su-Wei Hsieh and
Aleksandra Krunic, who
had upset the 26-yearold Briton at last year’s
French and US Opens
respectively. Konta needed just 66 minutes to win
6-3, 6-1 and book a secondround meeting tomorrow with
Bernarda Pera, the world No 123.
Brengle, who is the last player to
have beaten Serena Williams, thanks
to her victory over the Australian
Open champion in Auckland last
year, made Konta hit plenty of balls
but lacked the firepower to trouble
her opponent on a consistent basis.
Konta, who played with her cusAfter benign weather
on the first two days
of this year’s tournament, the
temperatures for Johanna
Konta’s second-round match
with Bernarda Pera tomorrow
are expected to reach 38C.
tomary aggression, cracked 37
winners to Brengle’s four. Most of
them were struck from the baseline,
but the Briton also reaped a useful
dividend from her regular forays to
the net.
“I wanted to make sure I was playing most of the match in my comfort
zone,” Konta said of her aggressive
approach. “She gets a lot of balls
back. As you saw in some of those
points, that’s definitely in her comfort zone.”
Brengle was hampered by
a vein condition which has
troubled her throughout her career. She suffers from CRPS, which
causes her right arm to
swell. “When you can
[only] feel two fingers on
your hand, it’s a factor,” the
27-year-old American said
afterwards. “It’s hard, but I’m doing
the best I can.”
The good friendship between
Brengle and Konta, who have known
each other for more than 10 years,
was put aside as the Briton powered
to victory.
“We just get on really well and we
share passions in books,” Konta said.
“For Christmas and birthdays, she’s
literally always getting me books. I’m
always getting her Molton Brown.
It’s a nice trade-off.
“It was a great first round for me to
fight through and battle through and
stay strong in the way I wanted to
play out there,” Konta added. “I feel
I did that. Overall, I’m happy with
how I was able to compete.” Asked
Djokovic denies he is
greedy and dismisses
talk of Open boycott
By Paul Newman
Novak Djokovic has denied he
raised the subject of a boycott of
the Australian Open and played
down talk of internal strife in the
men’s game and battles with Grand
Slam tournaments over prize
money.
The former world No 1’s speech
to fellow players at a meeting last
week has been a major subject of
discussion ever since but the Serb
told reporters that “not much of
what you have written is true”.
Reports had suggested that
Djokovic spoke of the possibility
of players breaking away from the
Association of Tennis Professionals
(ATP) to form another union and of
the need to pressure Grand Slam
tournaments into increasing prize
money. There were also reports
of a possible boycott of next year’s
Australian Open.
However, Djokovic (below) said:
“You’ve taken things out of
context. I saw that you’ve
portrayed me as someone who is very greedy,
asks for more money
and wants to boycott.”
Djokovic, who is
president of the ATP’s
player council, added:
“You’re talking about union,
you’re talking about boycott, you’re
talking about radical decisions
to make and move so we can get
financial compensations the way
we deserve it.
“But there were no talks about
how she had improved her game so
much in recent years, Konta said:
“I have become physically stronger.
I have matured physically but also
emotionally and mentally.
“Madison is the kind of player who
does ask a lot of questions of the people she plays. She gets a lot of balls
back. You also need patience to play
with her.
“Personally, that’s definitely
that. We wanted to use this
opportunity [at our meeting] to
speak about certain subjects and
see how everyone reacts to that
and I guess see what opinions are.
There were no decisions being
made. There were no talks about a
boycott or anything like that.”
Earlier Djokovic crushed Donald
Young 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in his firstround match – which was his first
competitive outing in six months.
Wearing a compression sleeve
to protect the right-elbow injury
which had kept him off the
court since Wimbledon
and using his shortened
service action, Djokovic
dropped serve against
Young only once.
“It felt great to be back
on the court and compete
again,” he said. “It’s been
a while. Obviously you don’t
know how you’re going to start off.”
Stan Wawrinka, who had knee
surgery last summer, recovered
from a mid-match slump to beat
Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6.
THE INDEPENDENT
one thing I have got better at over
the years.”
Pera, Konta’s next opponent, beat
Russia’s Anna Blinkova 6-2, 6-2 in
her first match in the main draw at
a Grand Slam tournament.
The 23-year-old American, who
was born in Croatia and moved to
the US when she was 16, secured
her place in the main draw only as
a “lucky loser” following the with-
drawal of Margarita Gasparyan
through injury.
Meanwhile, Heather Watson left
Melbourne Park a frustrated figure
yesterday after going down 7-5, 7-6 to
Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva in the
first round.
Watson (far left) had her chances
to level the match in the second set,
but struggled to hit enough winners against her feisty opponent.
Kvitova ‘just glad I
can still play’ despite
losing marathon tie
By Paul Newman
Petra Kvitova’s Australian Open is
over – but only after the two-time
Wimbledon champion had lost an
epic battle with Andrea Petkovic.
Petkovic won 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 in just
under three hours, the German
having been pushed to the limit in a
match of rapidly changing fortunes.
Twelve months ago, Kvitova (right)
missed this tournament following a
knife attack at her home in the Czech
Republic at the end of 2016, when she
suffered terrible hand injuries. She
eventually returned to competition
at last summer’s French Open but is
still working to recover her best form.
At one stage, Kvitova was struggling to breathe and by the end she
was suffering with cramp in her
feet. “It was a long match,” the world
No 28 said when asked about her
physical struggles. “I had problems
with everything.”
Kvitova said it had meant a lot to
her to be competing here again. “I
felt the support during the match,”
she said.
“When I was leaving the court I
really felt it. The emotions caught up
with me a little bit but I was pretty
happy in the end. I’m just glad that
I’m still able to play tennis.”
Garbine Muguruza, the reigning
Wimbledon champion, beat France’s
Jessika Ponchet 6-4, 6-3.
Muguruza, who reached the quarter-finals here last year, is currently
ranked No 3 in the world and has a
chance of regaining the No 1 position which she briefly held towards
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her way to a straight
-sets victory over
Madison Brengle
at Melbourne Park
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Laid-back Joshua shrugs
off doping slur by Parker
By Declan Taylor
I didn’t
play very well
today or very
smart. She
seemed to
know where
I was going
to hit the ball
every time
“I definitely felt like I was the aggressor, but my balls just didn’t have
enough on them,” Watson said afterwards. “To her credit, I thought she
did really well to make a lot of balls,
but I just don’t feel that I played very
well today or very smart.
“I was just doing the same thing.
She seemed to know where I was
going to hit the ball every single time.
It felt like it was either a winner of
mine or a mistake of mine. That’s
what I want, but I felt I made a lot
more mistakes than winners.
“Going 3-0 and 4-1 up I felt in full
control of that second set, but after a
couple of close games and too many
loose errors she was back in it and
feeling comfortable again. But even
so, later on in that second set I still
felt that I could get it and go on to a
third set.” THE INDEPENDENT
the end of last year. Simona Halep,
the current No 1, looked in danger
of going out in the first round for the
third year in a row when she trailed
Destanee Aiava – an Australian wild
card – 5-2 in the opening set. The
Romanian recovered to win 7-6, 6-1,
despite having to take an injury
time-out after hurting her ankle
in a heavy fall.
Maria Sharapova beat
Germany’s Tatjana Maria
6-1, 6-4 in her first match
at the tournament since
her positive drugs test
here two years ago,
which led to her 15month suspension.
The Russian looked
just as comfortable off
the court as she did
on it, brushing aside
questions about both
her ban and her controversial appearance at last week’s
draw ceremony.
“It’s not the way I
look at things moving forward,” Shara-
pova said when asked if she had had
painful flashbacks about her failed
drugs test.
As for her presence at the draw, the
Russian said she had simply accepted
an invitation from the tournament
director.
Apart from Sharapova, the
only former women’s champion
in the draw is Angelique Kerber, who won in 2016.
The German had a
miserable year in 2017 but
continued her fine start to
the new season when she
beat her fellow German,
Anna-Lena Friedsam,
6-0, 6-4.
Kerber, who won
her first title for nine
months when she triumphed in Sydney
last week, said
afterwards:
“I’ve said
go o d b ye t o
2017 already.
I’m not looking
THE
b a c k .”
INDEPENDENT
Anthony Joshua dismissed Joseph
Parker’s accusations of performance enhancing drug use as the pair
formally announced the first-ever
heavyweight unification fight on
British soil.
Parker called the WBA and IBF
champion the ‘King of Steroids’ during an interview in his native New
Zealand after taking exception to
Joshua calling him the ‘King of Pies’.
It provided extra spice at London’s Dorchester Hotel when the
pair met to promote their three-belt,
£25m clash at Cardiff’s Principality
Stadium on 31 March. It will be the
first-ever heavyweight unification
fight between boxers with 100 per
cent winning records.
With 33 per cent of the purse,
Parker, 26, is in line for the biggest
payday of his career but he had
opened himself up to legal action
with his suggestion that Joshua’s
career has been bolstered by drugs.
Joshua insists his hands are clean
after shelling out around £30,000
on anti-doping measures for
every fight.
“I sign up three months in advance every time and I have to give
them two slots in the day where I
definitely will be so they are able to
drug test me,” Joshua said.
“Accusations like this used to
happen to [Wladimir] Klitschko a
lot when I used to watch him. They
Anthony Joshua compares belts with Joseph Parker (right) in London
used to disrespect him a lot of the
time about his style and performance, they used to say other things
about him.
“People just say things and they
are forgotten about, I won’t take it to
heart. You just roll with the punches,
people talk.
“If I’m not clean you’ll find out
in this fight. If I haven’t been clean
for my fights you’ll see me struggle against Parker because anything I’ve taken would be out of
my system.
“You’ll find out throughout this
fight whether I’m actually superhuman or if I have something push-
ing on this superhuman power he
thinks I have. You have to be careful, people’s lives are on the line – it’s
not a game of golf. It’s a shame that
people get caught up with that sort
of thing.”
Parker, by now on British soil and
in the same building as Joshua, was
quick to downplay his initial comments. “It’s one of those lines,” he
said. “They accused me of being
the king of pies, so that was the first
thing that came into my head.
“It’s one of those things you say
without thinking and it wasn’t the
best thing to say. I feel we should just
leave it in the past.”
A glass jaw and lack
of stamina? Brit puts
rival’s fake news to bed
Steve
Bunce
T
here was a definite
tension, even a nasty
edge, when Anthony
Joshua and Joseph
Parker finally sat down
together to discuss their heavyweight title fight on 31 March.
Joshua wanted to put an abrupt
end to some “fake news” and Parker wanted to assure his rival that
he would still get knocked out. The
claims made about Joshua’s glass
chin, lack of stamina and mental
fragility were also discussed.
“It’s all part of our business, I
know that,” said Joshua. “I just
think the world heavyweight championship should be held in high
esteem. I’m proud to be champion
and Joseph should be proud.”
Parker and his team have been
getting closer to agreeing terms for
a fight with Joshua for a few months
and part of their choreographed
strategy was to insult the British
he was an Olympic medalist and
he caught me: good shot, he could
bang.” Price has never bragged
about the sparring session and
Joshua, when asked, has never denied the incident.
“I was dropped in the [Wladimir]
Klitschko fight,” said Joshua. “No
excuses – I got caught and I got up
and I won the fight. That’s it, there
boxer, question just about everyare no other incidents. That’s it and
thing aspect of his career and force
that should put an end to all the
a fight. It is not a truly original idea
‘fake news’.”
but Joshua’s response was brilliant
David Higgins, the promoter and
in its simplicity. Hundreds gathered showman at the centre of Parker’s
at the Dorchester Hotel in London
touring team, thanked Joshua for
waiting for a melee, they wanted
ending the rumours that he had
aggro and they got diplomacy.
started. “Hey, we would not have
“Here is some truth,” continued
this fight if we had not started to
Joshua. “I was beaten at the
push for it,” admitted Higgins
European championships
an hour later.
when I was a novice –
“I respect him and
two weeks earlier I was
respect what he has
still being a bad boy.
said,” said Parker. “I
I was not knocked
know I can win by a
out.” Joshua was a
knockout.” Parker is
Joshua has an
raw novice when he
unbeaten in 24 and
unblemished
reached the quarter18 of his fights have
record of 20 wins
by knockout in 20
finals in 2011 and was
finished early. He has
professional
fights
rescued in the third
never been down.
round when he was still
Higgins added:
on his feet.
“Joshua has a better jaw
Parker held a conference
than most but not a better
late last year showing clips of Joshjaw than Parker. Is that fair?” It
ua getting hit and his management
was a smart compromise and one
had asked for anybody with film of
that had Joshua chuckling two
Joshua getting knocked out to send hours later.
it to them. They are still waiting.
“These guys are hard to take,” he
“I went straight from a police
said. “They have the fight and now
cell to sparring with David Price,”
it gets serious for all of us – this is
added Joshua. “I was a novice and
the part I like.” THE INDEPENDENT
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FOOTBALL
The Upshot
Tim Wigmore
ARSENAL
ANSWERING SPORT’S OVERLOOKED QUESTIONS
If clubs only appoint stars such as
Giggs, where is the next Mourinho?
F
ergie’s boys are back in
town. On Monday, Ryan
Giggs was unveiled as
Wales manager. Later
this week Phil Neville is
expected to be appointed as boss
of the England women’s team. For
each, it is his first permanent job in
football management.
No one would dispute what Giggs
and Neville know about football. To
many, the notion of them being fasttracked into elite positions because
of their outstanding playing
careers amounts to nothing more
than common sense. As John Terry
said last year: “We need to make it
easier for them [top players] to get
into coaching roles by not doing
the full length of the FA coaching
course.”
Yet there is no reason to believe
that some leading ex-players’ sense
of entitlement means that they will
make better managers.
Some elite players – Pep
Guardiola or Antonio Conte, say –
do indeed make brilliant managers.
Most, though, do not. “There just
isn’t a relationship between how
good a player someone is and how
good a manager they are,” says
Professor Sue Bridgewater, an
expert on football management
from the University of Liverpool.
“It involves a different skill set.”
While an elite playing career
brings real advantages to a
manager, it can also bring
disadvantages.
Those without an elite playing
career seem more likely to seek
insights from other sports or
professions. Because they don’t
have the glory of their playing
careers to fall back on, they have
to work harder and, in sport and
beyond, the best at a skill are not
always the best teachers. This is
the curse of expertise.
“It was a bad session and we
came away thinking, ‘wow, John
Terry is not a very good coach’,”
the coach Hannah Burnett-Kirk
recalled of an academy coaching
session Terry put on in 2016. “He
seemed nervous and the set-up and
organisation of the session was not
great. He wasn’t confident, didn’t
Ryan Giggs is not a guaranteed
success depite his stellar career
In Gemany, Schalke and
Hoffenheim have benefited
from daring to look beyond
the same old stodgy faces
communicate strongly and didn’t
move among the players.”
Look at (below, from left to right)
Tony Adams, Michael Laudrup,
Alan Shearer, Tim Sherwood, Gary
Neville, Paul Ince and Gianfranco
Zola. Distinguished internationals
all but who as managers can be said
to have left their teams worse off
than when they took over.
Limiting management roles to a
cartel of former players artificially
limits the talent pool, ruling out
not merely anyone without a plum
playing career but all women too.
Arrigo Sacchi, who led AC Milan
to back-to-back European Cups,
said that coaching should be open
to everyone from lift operators to
stockbrokers.
As so often, German football
is instructive. On top coaching
courses, places are reserved
for those who never played
professionally, recognising the
value of the outside perspective
they can provide.
At the start of this Bundesliga
season, six of the 18 managers were
under 40. None of the six was a
playing star, two did not even play
a minute of professional football.
Schalke’s Domenico Tedesco and
Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann
are aged 32 and 30. Their clubs are
third and seventh in the Bundesliga
respectively and have benefited
from daring to look beyond the
same old stodgy faces.
Meanwhile in the Premier
League, for all the complaints
about British managers not getting
a chance, five of the last seven
appointees have been British. They
have an average age of 58.2 and all
bar Roy Hodgson had distinguished
playing careers.
The belief that the old guard
knows best hints at a residual
anti-intellectual strand in British
football and other sports. Andrew
Flintoff this week said he is
considering applying for the role of
England cricket head coach next
year. He has never coached a single
professional game.
A lack of coaching experience
increases the risk that these former
elite players will be like Magic
Johnson. During his only coaching
spell, one of the greatest basketball
players of all time turned to an
assistant and asked: “What have I
gotten myself into?” He has never
returned to coaching.
British sport can embrace
those such as Jose Mourinho and
Arsène Wenger, who never had
noteworthy playing careers but
proved themselves as managers
abroad. Yet when hiring managers,
too many British sports teams
embrace elitism at the expense of
meritocracy.
Mourinho was once asked why
so many leading managers had
limited or non-existent professional
careers. “More time to study,”
he said. Management today
involves grappling with complex
sports science, data analysis and
economics.
While British sport continues
to look down on those who didn’t
play and fetes those who did, it will
miss out on the innovation and
dynamism that can come precisely
because of exclusion from the old
boys’ club.
Arsène Wenger
confronts referee
Mike Dean at West
Bromwich Albion
on New Year’s Eve
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‘You’re not honest’
– the rant that led
to Wenger’s FA
ban is revealed
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
Arsène Wenger accused Mike Dean
of being “not honest” and “a disgrace”, leading to his three-match
touchline ban, the Football Association revealed last night.
Wenger has just served his threegame ban for misconduct following
his behaviour in the immediate after-
Walcott set for
medical at
Everton before
£20m move
By Carl Markham
Theo Walcott’s £20million move to
Everton is edging closer after the
player travelled to Merseyside for
a medical.
It is understood the 28-yearold was scheduled to attend the
club’s Finch Farm training
math of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with West
Bromwich Albion on 31 December
last year. Arsenal drew that game
after referee Dean awarded a controversial late penalty against them.
On 5 January, the FA announced
that Wenger would serve a touchline ban and would be fined £40,000
for his comments. Yesterday afternoon, they released their writground yesterday to undergo his
physical examination and finalise
terms.
Walcott, who has scored 108
goals in 397 matches for Arsenal,
is surplus to requirements at the
Emirates Stadium having made
just 15 appearances this season.
He has not made a Premier
League start for the north London
club since April.
Providing there are no
last-minute hitches Walcott
(right) should become Sam Allardyce’s second signing of the
transfer window within the next
24 hours.
Striker Cenk Tosun, a £28m
arrival from Besiktas, made his
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Staveley takeover is
off, claims Ashley
By Martin Hardy
ten reasons from the independent Everton and Bolton midfielder Garegulatory commission.
reth Farrelly, noted this was the secThe reasons include statements ond such case involving Wenger in a
from Mike Dean, assistant referees year, as the Gunners manager was
Simon Long and Ian Hussin and given a four-game touchline ban and
fourth official Christopher Kavanagh. £25,000 fine for an altercation with
All four testimonies say that the fourth official during a 2-1 win
Wenger came into the officials’ chang- over Burnley last January.
ing room after the game, and that he
Stating that “there is simply no
was behaving “aggressively”. They justification for this behaviour”, the
say that Wenger repeatedly
panel considered imposing a
said to Dean “you are not
stadium ban, but decided
honest”, and that when
against it.
Dean asked if Wenger
In the end, it settled
was calling him a cheat,
for a four-game standWenger responded: “I
ard ban and £50,000
The incident on New
Year’s Eve was the
maintain what I say,
f i n e, k n o c k i n g a
second time in a year
you’re not honest.”
game off the ban and
that Arsène Wenger had
Then Wenger said
£10,000 from the fine
questioned a referee’s
to Dean: “You’ve done
for Wenger’s speedy
integrity
this to us many times
admission of guilt.
before, you’re supposed
Wenger, the English
to be a professional, you’re a
football’s longest-serving
disgrace.” Wenger was then escorted manager, completed the ban at
away by stewards.
Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth.
The panel, chaired by former Villa, THE INDEPENDENT
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debut at the weekend, playing an
hour of the 4-0 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley.
“Theo’s not as risky [as Tosun]
because he’s proven. He’s
scored 100 goals for Arsenal from wide positions
as well as many assists,”
Allardyce said last
week.
“His pace is one of his
key strengths which we
lack in this squad. His
assists are pretty good as
well as his goals.
“We are short of goals so to add
power in our goalscoring ability
would be very important for me.”
Allardyce is also keen to offload
a number of players to reduce a
bloated squad.
It is understood Everton will
listen to offers for ex-Ajax captain
Davy Klaassen but accept they
will struggle to recoup the
£23.6m former manager
Ronald Koeman spent
on his fellow Dutchman
in the summer.
The 24-year-old has
made just 13 appearances, the majority in
the Europa League, and
has not featured in a Premier
League game since September.
Striker Sandro Ramirez, a
£5.2m summer signing from Malaga, is also on the list of likely exits.
Alexis Sanchez will not join Manchester United unless Henrikh Mkhitaryan moves to Arsenal, claims the
Armenian’s agent Mino Raiola.
But Chelsea will not be pursuing
Sanchez in this window, their manager Antonio Conte has stressed, as the
champions instead try and purchase
West Ham’s Andy Carroll.
United’s pursuit of Sanchez was
“75 per cent completed” on Monday night as Mkhitaryan discussed
terms with the Gunners as part of a
swap deal.
Mkhitaryan is understood to
favour a return to the Bundesliga
with Borussia Dortmund over staying in the Premier League and
joining Arsenal.
However, Raiola has now insisted
it is Sanchez who is the makeweight
in Mkhitaryan’s transfer to Arsenal,
and not the other way around.
“Manchester United are not going
to sign Sanchez unless Mkhi agrees
to join Arsenal,” he said.
“Mkhi is going to do what is best for
him. He has two-and-a-half years left
on his contract, so it’s his decision.
Sanchez is part of the Mkhi deal, not
the other way around.”
It is still thought the Sanchez deal
will go ahead even if Mkhitaryan opts
against moving to the Emirates and
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could
join Arsenal instead.
The German club have had problems with the Gabon international
this season, having dropped him
twice, but could only afford an alternative if he left, and that would
then free up the budget to re-sign
Mkhitaryan.
Up until now, there has been too
great a distance between Mkhitaryan’s wage demands and Dortmund’s
position, with Raiola determined to
get him as good a deal as possible.
That is an issue that has also arisen
between Mkhitaryan and Arsenal.
Directly asked whether Chelsea
were out of the race to sign Sanchez,
Conte said: “Yes, yes. Now, this is not
important to talk about Sanchez.”
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Alexis Sanchez’s likeliest destination
remains Manchester United
Mike Ashley has ended the possible
takeover of Newcastle United by
Amanda Staveley amidst claims
the talks were “exhausting,
frustrating and a complete waste
of time”.
It is thought that despite having
shown an interest in buying the
club back in October last year,
when Ashley officially put it up for
sale, there has to still to be a firm
offer tabled by Staveley and PCP
Capital Partners.
It is believed Ashley had wanted
more than £350million for the club
he bought from Sir John Hall for
£134m in 2007.
Talks were believed to have
fallen way short, with the highest
figure suggested at around the
£250m mark, and said to include a
clause in the event of relegation.
Senior Newcastle figures
became increasingly frustrated by
the lack of progress in negotiations.
A source close to Ashley said:
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RANGERS
Mike Ashley has been Newcastle
owner for just over 10 years
“It is only right to let the fans know
that there is no deal on the table
or even under discussion with
Amanda Staveley and PCP.
“Attempts to reach a deal
have proved to be exhausting,
frustrating and a complete waste
of time.”
It is understood Ashley will
give manager Rafa Benitez
funds to strenghten the squad in
light of the bid being dismissed.
Mignolet admits Martin snubbed
he is considering English clubs
his future
for ‘huge’ Ibrox
Simon Mignolet, the Liverpool
goalkeeper, has admitted that he is
considering his future at the club
after seeing Loris Karius move
ahead of him in the pecking order.
Mignolet was dropped to the
bench by Jürgen Klopp ahead of
Sunday’s 4-3 win over Premier
League leaders Manchester City,
with Karius starting in goal.
He warned that his present
situation “cannot last long” and
admitted that he may need to
consider his long-term options.
“I’m [nearly] 30 years old and
the World Cup is coming. This
situation cannot last too long, that’s
clear,” Mignolet said.
Russell Martin
has revealed he
turned down
offers to stay in
the Championship
after being
tempted by the
chance to play for a “huge” club.
The 32-year-old defender has
signed on loan for the rest of the
season to become Graeme Murty’s
fourth signing. The 29-times
capped Scotland international
has spent eight years at Norwich.
He said: “There were offers from
the Championship [but] I picked
Rangers because of the size of the
club.”
CHELSEA
EVERTON
Sevilla want to
sign Batshuayi
No wrongdoing
in Barkley deal
Sevilla want to sign Chelsea’s Michy
Batshuayi either on loan or on a
permanent basis, although no deal
will be sanctioned until Antonio
Conte has an alternative attacking
option. The Belgian striker (right)
has struggled at Stamford Bridge
despite scoring
the goal at that
clinched last
season’s title, and
has never fully
adapted to Conte’s
methods.
Merseyside Police has found no
evidence of wrongdoing in Ross
Barkley’s transfer from Everton to
Chelsea.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe
Anderson wrote to the force, the
Football Association and Premier
League requesting an investigation
into the £15million move this
month. Anderson, a lifelong
Everton fan, argued the sale of
Barkley “at best represents a very
poor deal for Everton Football
Club”.
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FA CUP THIRD ROUND REPLAYS
Sport
Burke to the
rescue as Irons
struggle to see
off Shrewsbury
WEST HAM UNITED
Burke 112
1
SHREWSBURY TOWN
0
AET, 0-0 at 90 mins.
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
17.01.18
P50
TENNIS
No errors this
time as Konta
clinches spot in
second round
P51
BOXING
Steve Bunce
sees Joshua and
Parker start
big-fight build-up
AT LONDON STADIUM
Reece Burke ended 200 minutes
of goalless cup football to spare
West Ham the embarrassment of
a penalty shoot-out with League
One Shrewsbury.
On a long cold night at the London Stadium, a young West Ham
team edged slowly towards the
Shrewsbury goal, finally breaking the
deadlock with eight minutes of extra
time remaining.
For David Moyes, this was a welcome chance, after eight points in
West Ham’s last four Premier League
games, to relieve some of the pressure on his over-worked players.
So he unveiled a youthful West
Ham side. Reece Oxford, back from
his loan spell in Germany, made his
first start since August 2016. Toni
Martinez, signed from Valencia 18
months ago, made his first start for
the club. Burke, Josh Cullen and Sam
Byram were thrown in too.
The result was a West Ham team
high on youthful energy but lack-
FOOTBALL
FA reveal
Wenger referee
rant that led to
touchline ban
They only got more nervous
straight after when goalkeeper Joe
Hart, redundant for the first hour,
had to charge out to block Stefan
Payne, who had been cleverly played
through by Jon Nolan.
Moyes knew something had to
change, so threw on Mark Noble and
Marko Arnautovic, two players he
would rather not have had to use. But
not even they could get West Ham
over the line and the players were
heading for extra-time that none
of them wanted. Martinez snuck in
down the right and put a shot into the
side netting.
Then Arnautovic, who had lifted
his team, got in down the left, but
again hit the side netting.
Arnautovic wanted to end the
Video helps the Premier League
stars as Iheanacho strikes twice
LEICESTER CITY
Iheanacho 43, 77
2
FLEETWOOD TOWN
0
By Sean Taylor
AT THE KING POWER STADIUM
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ing in organisation and cohesion.
They worked hard but against a
well-organised Shrewsbury defence,
marsh alled by Aristote Nsiala and
Mat Sadler, laboured to find a way
through.
Martinez put himself about up
front, looking well-adjusted to the
challenge of English football but the
closest he got in the first half was
when he went down in the box and
was denied a penalty.
There was one sharp one-two between Byram and Cullen which ended
with Byram skewing wide from just
inside the box. But the closest West
Ham got before the break was from a
set-piece, and from their most experienced player at that. Manuel Lanzini
sent a swerving shot goalwards from
35 yards but Dean Henderson in the
Shrewsbury goal was equal to it.
West Ham needed a brisk improvement at the start of the second half,
but they still struggled to threaten
from open play.
Oxford nearly turned in a Lanzini
corner and West Ham had a reasonable shout for a penalty when Lanzini was tripped in the box. It felt as
if the nimble Argentinian was the
only player who could threaten the
Shrewsbury goal, although when he
belted a shot over from 25 yards, the
first hints of anxiety from the home
crowd could be heard.
Leicester became the first team in
English football to score a goal via
a VAR decision as they overcame
Fleetwood 2-0 in their FA Cup replay.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored in each
half but it was his strike 13 minutes
from time that required the intervention of the video assistant referee.
The referee, Jonathan Moss, asked
to check if the striker was offside
before finishing off Riyad Mahrez’s
lovely reverse pass. Replays showed
Iheanacho was onside when the ball
was played and the goal stood to see
Leicester progress to a fourth-round
tie away at Peterborough.
The Foxes made eight changes to
the side that started the goalless Pre- Mahrez clipped the outside of a post
mier League draw at Chelsea on Sat- with a free-kick but it was Fleetwood
urday, although Mahrez was retained who were looking the most likely to
by manager Claude Puel.
score and Jakupovic was worked
Fleetwood manager Uwe Rösler again after 37 minutes, getting fingersurprisingly decided to rest leading tips on the ball to help a Kyle Dempscorer Devante Cole, with the 12sey shot over the crossbar.
goal forward only among the
It was a surprise when
substitutes.
Leicester went ahead two
As
expected,
minutes before halfLeicester dominated
time and the goal came
possession but their
from nothing.
All three of Kelechi
passing often lacked
Christian Fuchs
Iheanacho’s goals
the tempo to trouknocked a long pass
for Leicester have
ble a well-organised
down the line and the
come in the cup
Fleetwood team who
ball broke to Islam
competitions. He
were largely able to
Slimani who played
joined them last
keep their opponents at
in Iheanacho.
summer
arm’s length.
A lovely first touch by the
It took until the midway
Nigeria international enabled
point of the first half for a shot on tar- him to run through one-on-one with
get but it came from the League One Chris Neal and he coolly slid his finish
team. Eldin Jakupovic smothered beneath the advancing goalkeeper.
a tame effort from Conor McAleny,
It was not only Leicester’s first shot
who then brought a fine save from on target of the evening, but the Prethe Leicester goalkeeper with a curl- mier League club’s first of the entire
ing effort from the edge of the area.
tie, including the goalless draw at
3
the New Meadow 10 days ago. Slimani might have extended the lead
at the start of the second half but he
snatched at his chance and put the
ball wide. Iheanacho twice had the
ball in the net during the second half.
His first effort was rightly ruled out
after the ball had just run over the
byline before it was cut back.
But on the second occasion, after
77 minutes, the flag again went
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