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QUA L I T Y, C O N C I S E – T H E F U T U R E O F I N D E PE N D E N T JOU R NA L I S M
Why microwaves are killing the planet
P13
Is Wendi
Deng
a spy?
Ex-husband’s
paper fuels
speculation
Rich Tapestry
Britain and
France set for
new deal
P28
P9
THURSDAY
18 JANUARY 2018
Number 2,231
★ STARTING TODAY ★
Where the world
is – after one
year of Trump
Special series starts
in the town that
adores the President
P25-27
P5
Pensions
shock for
higher
earners
» Nasty surprise awaits tens of thousands of
workers after Treasury claws money back
» Deadline for tax returns causing confusion
and panic as new rules take effect
P4
SPORT
England
are right
to clear
way for
Stokes
+ Patrick Cockburn on
his Middle East policy
Kevin Garside
P54
INSIDE HAMISH MCRAE
P20
I TV & RADIO GUIDE
MY VIEW
SCIENCE
The secret life of
chimpanzees
P30
I PUZZLES
P42
P32
James
Chapman’s
insider column
on Brexit P15
I RACING
P48
The
News
Matrix
POLITICS
Who’s
New talks ‘are last
become a
chance for Stormont’
dapper king of
Government is due to announce
the swingers on The
a fresh round of talks today,
their own
aimed at restoring powersharing
at Stormont. Northern Ireland
terms?
Secretary Karen Bradley will say the
See p.11
talks, which start next Wednesday,
The day at
a glance
are the last opportunity to resurrect
the devolved institutions in Belfast.
THURSDAY
18
JANUARY
Quote of the day
It was the experience
of mystery – even if
mixed with fear – that
engendered religion
ALBERT EINSTEIN
FASHION
EDUCATION
LEBANON
CRIME
Call out sexism,
McCartney urges
‘Erosion of teacher
pay must end’
Ban on Spielberg
movie reversed
Acid attacker’s jail
term extended
Designer Stella McCartney wants
the “#MeToo” movement sweeping
Hollywood to make its way to the
catwalks. “It’s about time the fashion
industry spoke up a little more,” said
Ms McCartney. “We are nearly 80
per cent women in the company, but
I also like men. So I’m a big believer
in equality.”
The “long-standing erosion” of
teachers’ pay must end, five unions
have warned, after seven years of
pay cuts at a time of “unprecedented
levels of change” in the education
system. The Department for
Education says reforms have
given schools greater freedom on
teacher pay.
A Lebanese cinema manager says a
decision to ban Steven Spielberg’s
film The Post has been reversed.
Isaac Fahed, of the Grand Cinemas
chain, said it will open in Lebanon
after “mediation” between the
distributor and the Interior Ministry.
Spielberg is blacklisted by the Arab
League over his support for Israel.
Acid attacker Arthur Collins
has been jailed for another eight
months for using a smuggled mobile
phone to call his reality TV star
ex-girlfriend Ferne McCann from
his prison cell. Collins, 25, is serving
a 20-year sentence for hurling the
corrosive liquid across a dance floor
in an east London nightclub.
CRIME
MEXICO
CRIME
NORWAY
‘Harry Potter’ among ‘Largest flooded
rare titles stolen
cave’ discovered
Thieves take 2,000
tins from food bank
Reveller jailed for
throwing snowballs
Police are hunting burglars who
broke into a bookshop and stole
a haul of rare and valuable titles,
including a first edition of Harry
Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
that is worth around £40,000.
Other books taken from the store in
Thetford, Norfolk, include a set of
four Winnie the Pooh first editions.
The founder of a food bank in
Lancashire was “devastated”
after thieves stole thousands of
tins of food intended for those in
need. Around 2,000 tins of soup
and spaghetti were taken from St
James’ Church in Accrington, along
with chocolate, cereal, biscuits,
deodorant, clothes and duvets.
A man from Norway has been
jailed for 30 days for throwing
snowballs at police. Police arrested
the 21-year-old in April last year
at a party in Bergen, which was
described as “completely out of
control”. Police were targeted by
people at the party throwing stones,
plant pots and snowballs.
Birthdays
Kevin Costner, actor, 63;
Estelle, singer-songwriter
(below), 38; Pep Guardiola,
football coach, 47; Sir
Mark Rylance, actor,
58; Raymond Briggs,
illustrator, 84
A team of divers have discovered
what is believed to be the biggest
flooded cave on the planet in
eastern Mexico. By connecting
two underwater caverns, the Gran
Acuifero Maya (GAM) project
identified the 216-mile cave after
months of exploring a maze of
underwater channels. PAGE 23
CONSUMER
Beer
money
The List
Never mind
your manners
On average Australians spent the most on beer last year. Not because a pint
there is notoriously expensive. Australian beer prices didn’t make the top ten
most expensive countries to buy a pint in the world. From these results, we
can only conclude the sunshine down under makes for very thirsty punters.
Who spends the most on beer?
Sales revenue per capita, 2017
Anniversaries
Sunday 18 January 1778
Captain James Cook
becomes the first
European to discover the
Hawaiian islands when he
sails past Oahu. Two days
later, he lands at Waimea
on Kauai and names the
island group the Sandwich
Islands, in honour of his
patron John Montague, the
Earl of Sandwich.
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1. Not using your phone at the table
2. Saying ‘ladies first’
3. Never swearing
4. Saying “please” and “thank you”
5. Keeping elbows off the table
when eating a meal
6. Giving up your seat on public
transport to someone who may
need it more than you
7. Holding the door open for people
who may be behind you
8. Waiting for your host to seat
you at a meal
9. Shaking hands when you
greet someone
10. Covering your mouth and nose
when you cough or sneeze
Poll: Sky Atlantic
index
Crossword.............23
TV & Radio...........30
Arts..............................34
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................42
Weather...................47
£327
Australia
According to a poll, we don’t mind
old-fashioned phrases such as
“ladies first” dying out, but simple
courtesies like “please” and “thank
you” seem to be slipping too.
These are the 10 polite behaviours
Britons would be happiest to lose:
£251
Ireland
Finland
Austria
US
UK
Norway
Alcoholic drinks
revenues
Canada
Sweden
Worldwide sales per capita, 2017
5% Cider,
Wine
Belgium
Perry and
Rice Wine
Czech Rep.
Slovenia
17%
Denmark
34%
Spirits
44%
Beer
Latvia
Switzerland
£202
£168
£166
£165
£140
£132
£129
£121
£108
£107
£105
£102
£101
£
£
£ ££
£
Most expensive countries to buy a pint of beer
Average price per pint
1. Greenland
£7.19
6. Djibouti
£5.48
2. Norway
£6.87
7. Singapore
£5.40
3. Qatar
£6.39
8. Sweden
£5.00
4. United Arab Emirates
£5.80
9. United Arab Emirates £4.86
5. Israel
£5.55
10. Guadeloupe
£4.80
WORDS: VALERIE BROWNE SOURCE: PINTPRICE, STATISTA
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SCIENCE
RUSSELL M. NELSON,
MORMON PRESIDENT
Anti-ageing protein
could tackle disease
Michael Day
An anti-ageing protein named after a
Greek goddess who spun the thread
of life has untapped potential in
the treatment of multiple diseases,
scientists at Yale have discovered.
Understanding the structure of the
beta-Klotho molecule could lead
to new ways of tackling diabetes,
obesity and some cancers.
What does year two
hold for this most
divisive of leaders?
A new Mormon prophet?
A former heart surgeon has been
appointed the new Mormon church’s
president, elevating his leader status
to that of a “prophet, seer and revelator” within the religion.
The selection of Russell M. Nelson,
93, was announced by high-ranking
members in a broadcast from Salt
Lake City, Utah, where the religion
was founded in the 19th century. It
was televised to 16 million Mormons
worldwide, including more than
190,000 living in the UK.
MALAYSIA
Sultan given a car
right out of history
A Malaysian sultan, Ibrahim Sultan
Iskandar, known for his love of
cars, was this week given a working
replica of the car from the 1960s
cartoon The Flintstones by a fellow
royal from Pahang state. But unlike
the original, which Fred Flintstone
powered with his feet, the sultan’s
car comes with an engine. PAGE 24
What was his path to enlightenment?
Born in Salt Lake City, Nelson only
converted to Mormonism at the age
of 16 following the intervention of a
friend’s father. By the age of 22, he had
qualified as a doctor and did a twoyear term of medical duty in the US
Army during the Korean War serving
in Korea and Japan.
He returned to the US to receive
surgical training at Harvard Medical
School’s Massachusetts General
Hospital in Boston before pursuing a
successful career as a cardiothoracic
surgeon in Utah.
In 1984, he was ordained as one of
the 12 apostles within the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It
made him part of the second-highest
governing body in the church after the
president. By 2015, he had become the
most senior member of the quorum
of 12 apostles and on the death of
Thomas S. Monson on 2 January this
year, he became first in line for the
presidency of the church.
PEOPLE
Decorated ostrich
egg among royal gifts
Glitter balls for the royal Christmas
tree, a purple fleece dog bed and the
Union Flag from Major Tim Peake’s
spacesuit were among the gifts given
to the Queen last year. Records of
the Royal Family’s official presents in
2017 showed the monarch was also
given an ostrich egg decorated with
Maasai beadwork. PAGE 5
SPAIN
How many wives has he had?
Two but not at the same time. He was
married to Dantzel White from 1945
until her death in 2005. They had
nine daughters and a son together.
In 2006, he married Canadian Wendy
L. Watson, a professor of marriage
and family therapy. Mormons maintain it is a poular misconception
they believe in polygamy (multiple
marriages), claiming it is an early
tradition discontinued more than a
century ago.
Pets blessed to mark
patron saint’s day
A plan to modernise the religion?
Yes. Mr Nelson said he will make
changes so Mormonism becomes
more appealing to new members
while upholding core values, a tactic
that comes across as contradictory
regarding some hard-hitting issues.
The church has told members to be
welcoming to LGBT people, while also
strictly defending an opposition to all
same-sex relationships.
The church also faces pressure to
allow greater leadership roles for
women, including those who want to
be admitted to the priesthood.
Valerie Browne
A Madrid church invited animallovers to bring their pets for a
blessing to mark the day of Saint
Anthony. The church of San Anton
extended the invite to mark the day
of the patron saint of animals.
Dating back to the 19th century, the
festival takes place every year with
more pets attending every year.
Letter from the
Foreign Editor
i@inews.co.uk
President Donald Trump is
ending his first year in office with
the lowest approval rating of any
president in history.
He comes in 10 per cent behind
the next lowest, with a 39 per cent
average for the year, according to
polling data from Gallup.
This begs an obvious question
for astonished observers, staring
goggled-eyed as the world’s
greatest democracy ties itself in
knots. Who are the 39 per cent
who are still satisfied?
Surely not women, or people
from ethnic minorities, or families
who lost healthcare provision
or hard-up workers watching
captains of industry gorging
themselves on tax breaks for
high-earners (a policy exhumed
from the failed trickledown
sophistry of the 1990s)?
In our review of President
Trump one year on, starting on
page 25, we will look at the losers
and winners – starting with
Andrew Buncombe’s return to
one of the mining communities,
Grundy, where the Trump vote
is holding up. We will look back
at a tumultuous year in which
Mr Trump has been frequently
criticised for policies and rhetoric
that have split the United States in
a way rarely seen before.
We will be asking if this most
divisive of leaders can stay the
course, as investigators seek
to finally shine a light on the
unprecedented claims of collusion
between a US presidential
candidate and the Kremlin.
And, of course, we will discuss
what year two of a Trump
presidency will mean for a world
that looks on with a mixture of
trepidation and disbelief - while
never doubting that this is one of
the defining stories of our times.
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NEWS
FINANCE
Case Study
Thousands of pension
savers face tax bill shock
after curbs on allowances
By Elizabeth Anderson
MONEY AND BUSINESS EDITOR
Rules ‘Absurdly complex’
Worker
unaware of
changes in
the rules
than £210,000 can pay only £10,000
into a pension each year. Those
earning more than £210,000 who
paid £40,000 into their pension last
year could now be facing a tax bill of
£13,500 (which is equivalent to 45
per cent tax on an excess contribution of £30,000).
“A company’s pensions administrator will not know if an employee
is receiving any income from outside
the company, for example through
property or other investments,” said
Sean Seccombe, a Bristol-based financial adviser at Paradigm Norton.
“Therefore, workers have to work
out their own annual allowance, and
it’s just a minefield.”
Around 350,000 people had a
total income of more than £150,000
in the 2014-15 tax year, according to
the latest government data, of which
nearly 300,000 were men.
The number is likely to have risen
considerably since then as economic
growth has picked up.
More than 11 million tax returns
are completed each year, and around
a fifth of them are filed in January,
just ahead of the end-of-themonth deadline.
Tens of thousands of Britons are fac- Steve Webb, a former pensions
ing an unexpected tax bill because of minister who is now head of policy
recent changes to the pensions sys- at Royal London, said the tapered
tem designed to claw money back annual allowance is one of the
from higher earners.
most “absurdly complex” pieces
Under rules introduced in the of personal tax legislation he has
past tax year, people earning more seen in years.
than £150,000 are now restricted as
“One of the worst things about it
to how much they can save into their is that the amount you can put in to
pensions each year.
a pension this year depends on your
Experts say the system has be- annual income this year, which you
come so confusing that many
cannot know for sure until the
people are likely to have
end of the financial year –
inadvertently overpaid
especially if you are selfand will get an unemployed or receive an
pleasant shock as the
end year bonus,”
deadline for filing tax
he said.
returns draws near.
“If the Government
The sum HMRC
“The rules for
thinks that high
may demand from
higher earners
earners
are getting
anyone earning
wanting to pay into
‘too much’ tax relief
more than £210,000
who put too much
pensions are now
each year, then there
in a pension
are much simpler ways
fiendishly complex,”
said Nathan Long, a senof dealing with this than
creating this horribly complex
ior pensions analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.
taper.” However, financial advisers
“We expect the last-minute rush say there are ways round the ban, at
to file tax returns will leave many least for the time being.
realising they face a tax bill courtesy
of the latest raid on pensions.”
Most people are allowed to pay up Allowance How much you can pay in
to £40,000 into a pension each year.
an income from a pension and want
They benefit from generous tax re- Most people in the UK can pay up
to continue paying into a scheme can
lief, ranging from 20 per cent to 45 to £40,000 into their pensions each
only put in £4,000 a year.
per cent, depending on their income, year. It is possible to carry forward
Simon Farthing, a financial
and this is the main benefit of saving any unused annual allowance from
consultant at wealth manager
the previous three tax years.
into a pension.
Wesleyan, says it is possible for
The annual allowance was
In April 2016, this annual
people who have accidentally paid
allowance fell for the UK’s high- introduced in 2006 and was set at
above their annual allowance to
£215,000, rising gradually until it hit
est earners.
apply for Scheme Pays.
The allowance is reduced by £1 £255,000 in the 2010-11 tax year.
This is where the pension scheme
The allowance was then cut to
for every £2 of income above
administrator pays the charge to
£150,000, with a maximum reduc- £50,000 in 2011, and reduced to
HMRC on your behalf. The money
£40,000 in 2014.
tion of £30,000.
will be recouped when you retire.
People who are already receiving
It means anyone earning more
£13,500
Mr AJ, the managing
director of a chemical
manufacturing company
based in the North West,
says he was not aware of the
reduced allowance until his
financial adviser contacted
him two years ago.
Mr AJ, who is in his early
fifties and wants to remain
anonymous, earns more
than £200,000 a year. Until
last year, he had been paying
£10,000 a year into his
pension, with his employer
paying in £30,000.
He was told by Quentin
McCormick of Liverpoolbased Pavis Financial
Management, that he had
exhausted his carry-forward
allowances and could not
claim any unused allowance
from previous years.
As Mr AJ has a pension
fund worth £900,000, he
is also within reach of the
lifetime pensions allowance
and faced a double whammy
of both excess annual
allowance charges and a
potential lifetime-allowance
charge. The lifetime
allowance is £1m in this
tax year, rising to £1.03m
next year. This is the total
amount someone can hold in
a pension before triggering a
hefty tax charge.
Pavis advised Mr AJ
to negotiate a reduced
employer pension
contribution of £10,000 a
year along with an extra
£20,000 of annual salary,
rather than the £30,000 the
company had been paying.
Mr AJ’s additional income is
now being saved each month
into an Isa.
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ROYAL FAMILY
Fit for a queen:
glitter balls and
an ostrich egg
By Laura Elston and Tony Jones
Glitter balls for the royal Christmas
tree, a purple fleece dog bed and the
Union Flag from Major Tim Peake’s
spacesuit were among the gifts given
to the Queen last year.
Annually released records of official presents received by the Royal
Family in 2017 showed that the monarch was also given an ostrich egg
decorated with Maasai beadwork as
a 91st birthday present from the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The astronaut Major Peake, who
became the first Briton to form part
of the crew of the International Space
Station, handed over his own historic
gift at Windsor Castle last April.
In November, the Queen was presented with two sets of
glitter balls for her
Christmas tree by
the German President Frank-Walter
Steinmeier.
GCHQ also
opted for an early
Christmas theme
when the monarch
opened the National
Cyber Security Centre
in London last February, with
the British security agency giving
the Queen a Christmas decoration
containing Enigma machine paper.
The dog-loving head of state - who
now has one corgi and two dorgis received a purple fleece dog bed and
soft toy after a visit to the Canine
Partners National Training Centre
in West Sussex in November.
She was also given a silver-plated
filigree pumpkin during an audience
with the Cambodian ambassador.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte received armfuls of gifts on their
overseas tour to Poland and Germany in July, receiving 59 presents
between them. This included 17 soft
toys, two lollipops, three toy trains, a
toy pram, three dresses, two pairs of
socks and a dreamcatcher.
WEATHER
POLITICS
Icy blast will bring more heavy snow
after hundreds of drivers are trapped
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
People in northern parts of the UK
have been warned to prepare themselves for another two days of severe
disruption caused by snow and ice.
The Scottish Government said
authorities would be “tested to the
limit” by the unrelentingly icy conditions, which are expected to last
until Saturday.
The Met Office issued a fresh
amber “be prepared” warning of
heavy snow which expires this morning, but the wintry weather is expected to continue until the weekend.
The heaviest and most persistent
snow is expected to fall in northern
England, southern Scotland and
Northern Ireland overnight, with up
to 20cm on higher ground.
After more than 200 motorists were stranded on the M74
in Scotland for up to 11 hours
on Tuesday night, police
issued a stage-four travel
warning for large areas.
The measure, which has
only been put in place once
before, advised all motorists in
11 council areas around the country
to avoid travelling on major roads.
The warning, which was last used
in December 2013, took effect from
9pm last night and expired at 5am
today, covering Edinburgh as well
as large swathes of the central belt
and the borders. According to the
latest Transport Scotland
statistics, more than a
million vehicles are registered in the 11 council
areas affected by the
measure.
Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle,
Police Scotland’s head
of road policing, said the
“extreme conditions” meant
that drivers might experience delays
of several hours or more.
Police took the step after hundreds of drivers were forced to
spend the night in their vehicles
when seven HGVs lost control on the
M74 motorway on Tuesday evening,
blocking the road.
Mountain rescue teams had to be
drafted in to check on the motorists
caught up in the disruption at Millbank and Beattock.
The Met Office said
delays or cancellations
were likely to rail and air travel
in affected areas, warning that
some rural communities may
be cut off and that power cuts
are “probable”.
Vasectomies row
MP keeps new job
By Serina Sandhu
A Conservative MP who suggested
unemployed people should have
vasectomies will keep his new job
as vice-chairman for youth.
Ben Bradley apologised for his
comments, in which he said
people on welfare should stop
having children if they could not
afford them.
A source said Mr Bradley would
not lose his new position, adding
that Theresa May thought it was
“right” that he apologised.
“I think he was 22 at the time
he made them and has, himself,
said he believes his work and the
start of his career in politics has
demonstrated to him why those
views are wrong,” the source said.
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NEWS
COURTS
US actress wins lawsuit over online sex videos
By Jan Colley
An American actress and singer
is to receive substantial damages
from the ex-boyfriend who put
films of them having sex on a pornographic website.
Chrissy Chambers, who is
based in Los Angeles, brought a
claim for breach of confidence,
misuse of private information
and harassment at London’s High
Court against a private individual, who lives in the UK and who,
for legal reasons, can only
be identified as DCR.
Ms Chambers (inset),
who operates a YouTube
platform aimed mainly
at teenage girls, had a relationship with DCR from
2008 to 2009, counsel Alex
Marzec said. She told the judge,
Sir David Eady, that in Septem-
ber 2009, DCR recorded films of
them engaging in sexual activity at Ms Chambers’ home
in Atlanta, Georgia. In
2011 and 2012 DCR uploaded six films to the
website Redtube.com.
Ms Marzec said DCR
accepted liability and regretted the serious distress
caused. DCR also agreed to pay
damages and legal costs.
BUSINESS
Fears over the
financial health
of another UK
contractor giant
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Th e financial health of a major construction and financial services company is being closely monitored by
the Government.
Shares in Interserve fell sharply
after the disclosure by the Financial
Times that it is under special watch by
the Cabinet Office.
A City expert said the firm was “no
Carillion” but Labour argued that
the situation was evidence that Carillion’s plight was not an isolated case.
Interserve’s shares plunged by
more than 14 per cent yesterday
morning, but recovered to being just
1 per cent down by the end of trading.
A spokesman for the Cabinet Office
said: “We monitor the financial health
of all of our strategic suppliers, including Interserve. We are in regular
discussions with all these companies
regarding their financial position.
“We do not believe that any of our
strategic suppliers are in a comparable position to Carillion.”
The Reading-based FTSE 250
company, which employs 80,000 staff
worldwide, has wide-ranging government contracts.
Jobs at risk Industry’s call to Government
Two key players in the UK building
industry have called for a joint
reponse from the Government and
the sector to protect the staff and
suppliers of Carillion.
Some 19,500 jobs in the industry
are at risk. It is estimated up to 30,000
businesses are owed money for work.
Build UK, a representative organisation for the construction industry,
and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) are making
the demand.
CECA chief executive Alasdair
Reisner said: “We believe that
Government and industry must work
together to mitigate effects of the
company’s liquidation, and ensure
the thousands of capable staff are
able to remain in our industry.”
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can survive’
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The collapse of Carillion will
leave thousands of smaller subcontractors being forced to make
redundancies and facing the prospect of going under.
Among those facing a £1m hole
in their budgets is Flora-Tec, a
Cambridge-based landscaping
firm, named by Jeremy Corbyn
during Prime Minister’s Questions as having to make staff cuts.
Chief executive Andy Bradley
said it was owed £800,000 plus
VAT from Carillion for gritting and snow-clearing work at
schools, prisons and hospitals
during the cold snap last month.
Mr Bradley said he was forced
to make 10 people redundant at
the start of the week, and was
doubtful the company would survive. He started the business from
scratch 20 years ago.
Another small firm, K&M Decorating, is owed £200,000 from
Carillion for work it carried out
three separate projects, including
Google’s new £1bn London headquarters in King’s Cross, London.
Managing director Kevin
McLoughlin said he would have
to look at redundancies after his
workers were turned away from
three London sites.
FINANCE
Last year it won a £227m contract
to maintain Department of Work
and Pensions buildings as well as a
£140m facility-management deal at
the BBC.
The group issued a warning about
its results in September following
weak trading last summer. That was
followed by an even gloomier update
in October when it issued a profit
warning and said it may breach its
banking covenants as it grappled
with escalating staff costs, squeezed
margins and a flagging performance
from its justice business.
The Government remains on high
alert after Carillion filed for liquidation on Monday, putting 20,000 UK
jobs at risk.
Neil Wilson, ETX Capital’s senior
market analyst, said: “Interserve
has had its problems for sure, but
it’s no Carillion.
“Its latest update showed improvement and the news will do no
good for sentiment given there may
be some twitchiness among investors in the sector following Carillion’s collapse.”
Jon Trickett, the shadow Cabinet
Office minister, said: “The Government awarded Interserve numerous contracts after significant
profit warnings. The Tory
Government is wedded
to a dogma which would
rather see public services
in private hands, so their
shareholders cream off
the profits and the British people pick up the bill.
Even when these huge firms
are in unstable positions, the
Government would rather risk our
services than actually run them for
the public.”
PFI ‘will cost taxpayer £199bn’
By Nigel Morris
Taxpayers face a £199bn bill to contractors over the next quarter of a
century under the controversial private finance initiative (PFI) scheme,
the spending watchdog said in a report published today.
With Carillion’s collapse putting
PFI back in the spotlight, Labour
and unions seized on the report by
the National Audit Office (NAO) to
demand the Government rethinks
the policy. The NAO found that 716
deals with a total worth of around
£60bn are in operation under PFI
and its successor PF2. Annual
charges for these deals amounted to
£10.3bn in 2016-17. It added: “Even
if no new deals are entered into, future charges which continue until
the 2040s amount to £199bn.”
The watchdog compiled its report before the failure of Carillion,
Britain’s second largest construction company. It did not reach conclusions on the merits of PFI, under
which private consortiums build
public facilities such as schools,
hospitals and roads, in return for
repayments lasting up to 30 years.
But it found the PFI route “results in additional costs compared
to publicly financed procurement”.
EXECUTIVES
Bonus payments to directors and
former executives at Carillion have
been stopped.
The Insolvency Service
said payments, including
those in severance packages, had been halted.
Anger had been rising
about payments to executives in charge as the
firm headed for the rocks.
A spokesman for the Insolvency Service said: “Any
bonus payment to directors, beyond the liquidation date, have been
stopped, and this includes the sev-
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EMPLOYMENT
Thousands of
jobs are saved –
in the short term
sation UK Finance said: “UK banks
and the Government are working
The immediate future of thousands closely to make sure the impact of the
of jobs have been protected after the Carillion liquidation on SMEs (small
majority of Carillion’s private sector and medium-sized enterprises) in
customers agreed to keep paying for the supply chain is understood and
services while the construction giant managed in a way that best supports
is liquidated.
those in need of assistance.
In a major development, more than
“Lenders are contacting cus90 per cent of companies that em- tomers and, where appropriate,
ployed Carillion’s services have asked are putting in place emergency
for them to continue in the interim.
measures, including overdraft exIt means the future of around 8,500 tensions, payment holidays and
jobs will be protected – in the short fee waivers.”
term, at least – as the administration
In High Court papers, Carillion’s
of Carillion is carried out.
interim chief executive Keith
Staff had feared they
Cochrane revealed the
would face the sack
company made a “formal
today after it emerged
request” for support
that the Government
from the Government
would not step in and
on 31 December after
pay their wages. But
talks during the final
of companies want
around 10 per cent of
months of 2017.
Carillion services
firms said they told
Up until as recently
to continue in the
as Sunday, directors
the official receiver
interim
believed a “constructive
they would not continue
dialogue regarding shortto pay for their services,
term funding” was under
leaving Carillion staff risking
way in order to rescue the company,
job losses.
The Insolvency Service said it was he said. However, while discussions
“very pleased with the level of sup- were ongoing, Mr Cochrane accused
port” shown by Carillion’s private the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)
of taking “unilateral action which in
sector service customers.
A spokesman said: “Over 90 per the company’s view undermined the
cent of these customers have indicat- group’s efforts to conserve cash”.
ed that they want Carillion to continue providing services in the interim
Carillion holds public
until new suppliers can be found and
sector or public-private
will provide funding which enables
partnership contracts worth
the Official Receiver to retain the em£1.7bn, including school dinners,
ployees working on those contracts.
cleaning and catering at NHS
“Work has paused on construction
hospitals and construction work
sites, pending decisions as to how and
on rail projects such as HS2.
if they will be restarted.”
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Contracting out public
services ‘needs to end’
By Richard Vaughan
Bosses’ bumper bonuses halted
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Jeremy Corbyn told the House of
Commons that the large salaries and
bonuses paid to Carillion executives
erance payments which were being while the future of its 20,000 employpaid to some senior executives who ees were put at risk showed there
left the company.”
was “one rule for the super-rich,
Carillion’s former chief executive another for everybody else”.
Richard Howson (inset) received
In fiery exchanges at
£1.5m in salary, bonuses and pen- Prime Minister’s Quession payments during 2016 and, as tions, Mr Corbyn called on
part of his departure deal, Caril- the Prime Minister to end
lion agreed to keep paying him a the “costly racket” of con£660,000 salary and £28,000 in tracting out public services to
benefits until October.
private businesses.
Former finance chief Zafar Khan,
“These corporations need to be
who left in September, was due to shown the door,” the Labour leader
receive £425,000 in base salary for said. “We need our public services
12 months. Interim chief executive provided by public employees with
Keith Cochrane was due to be paid a public-service ethos and a strong
his £750,000 salary until July, de- public oversight.”
spite leaving in February.
But Theresa May said: “We’re
making sure in this case that public
services continue to be provided, that
workers in those public services are
supported and taxpayers are protected. But what Labour oppose isn’t just
a role for private companies in public
services, it’s the private sector as a whole.”
Mrs May (inset) said
the Official Receiver’s
investigation into the
firm would “look into
the conduct not just of
current directors but
also of previous directors
and their actions”.
It was possible to take action
to claw back bonuses, she indicated.
“The Official Receiver does have
the power to ensure that... where
those payments are unlawful or unjustified he can take action to recover
those payments,”she said.
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Greening offers Brexit warning shot
as Lords prepare to shoot down Bill
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Brexit must work for young people
or else it will be unsustainable, Justine Greening said in her first intervention since leaving the Cabinet
last week.
The former education secretary
and Remain campaigner fired a
warning shot at the Government’s
hard Brexit stance by warning that
future generations of MPs could attempt to “improve or undo” the decisions of current parliamentarians.
Her comments came as the EU
(Withdrawal) Bill cleared an important hurdle last night when it
completed its protracted passage
through the Commons.
But ministers are braced for a series of defeats to the Government’s
flagship Brexit measure after it goes
to the House of Lords this month.
One minister told i: “The Lords is full
of constitutional experts, historians
and lawyers who are hugely interested in these things. We could have
some difficult days there.”
In her intervention, Ms Greening
told the Commons: “The bottom
line is that, looking ahead, if Brexit
doesn’t work for young people in our
country, in the end it will not be sustainable. When they take their place
here, they will seek to improve or
undo what we’ve done and make it
work for them.”
Ministers fear a rocky ride in
the largely pro-EU upper chamber where peers could pass several
amendments to the Bill, delaying the
moment it reaches the statute book.
The Government could be defeated
over its opposition to incorporating the EU charter of fundamental
rights into UK law after Brexit.
Following the Bill’s passage
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Democrats’ Brexit spokesman, Tom
Brake, said: “The fight now goes to
the Lords where the Government
isn’t close to commanding a majority for its hard and damaging
Tory Brexit.”
Demonstrating the potential scale
of opposition to parts of the Bill, 55
peers have applied to speak on the
opening day of debate in the Lords
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CULTURE
Museums compete for right
to host Bayeux Tapestry
By Cahal Milmo
CHIEF REPORTER
Leading museums and heritage sites
across Britain are locked in a bidding
war for the right to host the Bayeux
Tapestry when the 900-year-old
artwork crosses the Channel in a
historic loan from France.
The French President Emmanuel
Macron is expected to formally announce the proposal to lend the
medieval embroidery depicting the
Battle of Hastings during an AngloFrench summit today to shore up relations amid the stresses and strains
of Brexit.
Prime Minister Theresa May said
the Government wanted to ensure
that “the maximum number of people” will be able to see the 68-metrelong tapestry, considered one of the
greatest and most evocative treasures of the medieval era as well as
the close, if historically tempestuous, relationship between Britain
and France.
Even though it is believed the tapestry will not arrive in Britain until
2022, the announcement sparked a
beauty contest among institutions
from the British Museum to Battle
Abbey in East Sussex, built on the
reputed site of William the Conqueror’s defeat of the English King
Harold in 1066, for the lucrative right
to accommodate the artwork.
The tapestry has not left French
soil since its likely arrival in the 11th
century and has rarely moved even
within France.
With the loan likely to generate
numbers of visitors to a single exhibition not seen since in Britain the
famous Tutankhamun exhibition in
1972, the British Museum was forthright in stating its willingness to host
the tapestry.
But it is far from the sole contender. Bookmaker Ladbrokes yesterday
made the British Museum the hot
favourite at odds of 1/2 but Westminster Abbey (5/1), Canterbury
or Hastings (8/1), Battle (16/1), York
(20/1) and Leicester (33/1) also fea-
tured. Whichever location is eventually chosen to host the unending
stream of school trips to study a
masterpiece in art and propaganda, the successful institution will
have plenty of time to prepare. It is
thought the probable date for the
transfer is 2022.
The tapestry is thought
to have been commissioned by Odo, the half-brother
of William the Conqueror. Opinions differ but there is a strong
argument it was embroidered by
women in southern England.
The science How do you transport tapestry safely?
A scholar of early medieval
embroidery, Dr Alexandra Makin,
said that moving the 70 metre-long
Bayeux Tapestry will be a real
challenge for curators.
“You can move it if it’s got specially
constructed containers, and curators on both sides of the Channel will
be looking to see if it’s viable to do
that,” she said. “Although it’s massive,
it’s in a fragile state. It’s natural fibres
- wool and linen – and obviously it
was made in the early 11th century.
So the curators will be investigating
all the options to see if it’s possible.”
The tapestry will not travel
before 2020 because of the need for
restoration work to ensure that it is
not damaged in transit, an official
in President Emmanuel Macron’s
office told reporters in France.
“This loan is under consideration,
because there will be several months
of restoration work at the Museum
of Bayeux,” said the official.
“It will not be before 2020 because
it is an extremely fragile cultural
treasure which will be subject to
major restoration work before being
transported anywhere.”
CULTURE
How V&A vandals took a piece of history
By Cahal Milmo
The Bayeux Tapestry has long been
gazed upon with envy from this side
of the English Channel. But such
was one Englishman’s passion for
the artwork that a fragment of it
ended up in the awkward possession
of one of Britain’s leading museums.
The Victoria and Albert Museum,
which yesterday insisted it had “no
plans” to host the full embroidery
when it returns to the UK after 2020,
secured a fragment of the tapestry
measuring 8.25cm x 6.4cm during
an auction in the 1860s.
The museum found that the chunk
of the medieval treasure appeared to
have been cut out by Charles Stothard, (inset) an artist and draughtsman who was commissioned by the
Society of Antiquaries in London to
produce a full-scale drawing of
the tapestry in Bayeux between 1816 and 1818.
A curator at the museum described the
fragment as having
been “clean cut out of
the upper border with
a semi-lunar cut, as if
hurriedly done with a pair
of scissors”.
The apparent theft was later
wrongly blamed on Stothard’s wife,
Eliza, who was a respected Victorian
novelist. The V&A ultimately turned
the fragment to its advantage.
After a request to the French authorities to photograph the tapestry
was rebuffed in 1871, the museum decided to unilaterally
return the surreptitious
sample as a “graceful act”.
The gesture had the
desired effect and a photographer was invited to
Bayeux to create a fullscale colour reproduction
of the tapestry.
A French newspaper in 1878
blamed Eliza Stothard for slicing
into the tapestry, adding that she
acted on “a feminine instinct”.
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Britain set to pay more to
France to secure borders
By Rob Merrick
Britain is to boost its contribution
to security at border controls in
France by tens of millions of pounds.
Ministers will announce the
£44.5m cash injection as Theresa
May meets French President Emmanuel Macron at a summit today.
The Government said the extra
money will go towards fencing,
CCTV and detection technology in
Calais and other ports.
The Prime Minister is also expected to agree to accept more child
refugees stranded in Calais.
The two leaders will sign a new
treaty to “complete” the Le Touquet
agreement, which allows Britain
and France to station border officials on each other’s soil, Paris said.
A UK Government spokesman
said: “This is about investing in and
enhancing the security of the UK
border. Just as we invest in our borders around the rest of the UK, it is
only right that we constantly monitor whether there is more we can be
doing at the UK border controls in
France and Belgium to ensure they
are as secure as possible.”
Up to 7,000 men, women and children lived in the Jungle in Calais before the site was cleared in 2016. But
hundreds of asylum seekers hoping
to cross the Channel remain in the
area, more than a year after authorities dismantled the sprawling site.
The deal is likely to overshadow
London’s stated purpose for the
summit – to be staged at the Sandhurst military academy – which
is closer defence and intelligence
co-operation.
A joint statement will announce
British participation in Mr Macron’s
planned European Intervention Initiative, to enhance co-ordination between the continent’s armies.
And, for the first time, the chiefs of
five intelligence services – the UK’s
MI6, MI5 and GCHQ, plus France’s
DGSE and DGSI – will meet together, to underline the determination to
step up the exchange of information.
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NHS caught in a
‘dangerous spiral’
as nurses leave
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
The number of nurses who left the
NHS in England last year could fill
at least 20 hospitals and experts
warned the health service is caught
in a “dangerous downward spiral”.
More than 33,000 quit their jobs
last year, half of whom are under 40
years old, piling pressure on understaffed hospitals and community
services. Just over 30,000 joined,
leaving the biggest shortfall in nursing staff for at least five years.
The Royal College of Nursing said
the NHS is now “haemorrhaging”
nurses and urged ministers to act
after the analysis concluded more
than 10 per cent of the nursing workforce left NHS employment in each
of the past three years.
Other parts of the UK are also
experiencing problems retaining
nurses. In Northern Ireland and
Scotland, the leaver rates are rising. In the most recent years, 7.5 per
cent of nurses left NHS employment
in Northern Ireland and 7.2 per cent
in Scotland. But in both, joiners out-
NHS nurses leaving
and joining the service
Joiners
Leavers
35
numbered leavers. In Wales there
were more leavers than joiners,
Freedom of Information reports
show. The NHS Digital figures, seen
by the BBC, do not show where the
nurses went, although the private
sector, including agencies, drug
firms and hospitals, is popular.
Janet Davies, chief executive and
general secretary of the RCN, said:
“These are disappointing, but not
surprising, figures. The Government
must lift the NHS out of this dangerous and downward spiral.
“In England, we are haemorrhaging nurses when demand for health
and care services has never been
higher. Most patient care is given by
NHS nurses and they are the ones
who bear the brunt.”
Ms Davies said there are already
40,000 unfilled nurse jobs in the
NHS adding it was time to legislate
for “safe staffing levels”. Measures
were also needed to attract people
into the profession.
Professor Jane Cummings, England’s chief nursing officer based at
NHS England, said the NHS was trying to make nursing more attractive,
adding: “We are beginning to see
some fantastic good practice giving
people flexible, rewarding careers.”
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “Nurses
are at the heart of our NHS and
that’s why there are 11,700 more on
our wards since May 2010.”
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Karen Roberts, chief
nursing officer at
Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“Extreme pressures in the NHS
mean that specialists end up
having to support their colleagues
with tasks outside of their remit.”
High five for
her highness
The Duchess of Cambridge met
patient Rafael Chana, four, as she
visited Great Ormond Street Hospital
in London yesterday where she
opened the Mittal Children’s Medical
Centre, home to the new Premier Inn
Clinical Building
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Why they are leaving
DOCTORS
Sally Plummer got an £80 parking
ticket after staying late to treat a
critically ill patient. She was also
fined while her mother was being
rushed to A&E. She said she left
the NHS because of the money she
was losing to parking fines.
Camilla Hanson (not her real
name) said the pay freeze and
ever-increasing demands at work
led her to leave. “The sacrifices we
as nurses make for minimal pay
and appreciation is demoralising
and almost humiliating,” she said.
Mary Trevelyan said: “I would
often be brought to tears during
my shifts because there was just
so much pressure on me.”
GPs see three times patient limit
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
GPs are seeing up to 70 patients a
day – almost three times the recommended safe number – in a sign of the
extreme pressures on primary care.
A survey of 900 doctors by Pulse,
the GPs’ magazine found each deals
with an average of 41.5 patients a day.
More than one in five has at least
50 daily patient contacts, including
telephone consultations. Some said
they had 70 contacts a day.
Dr Mary McCarthy, vice president
of the European Union of General
Practitioners, said: “Around 25 contacts is safe.”
She said: “The demand is fuelled
partly because patients are pushed
to the GP for any problem there is.”
Doctors across Europe said 25
contacts was suitable, with 25- or
30-minute appointments standard in
some places.
A Department of Health and Social
Care spokesman said: “We know GPs
are under pressure – that’s why we
are committed to an extra 5,000 doctors in general practice by 2020.”
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Knightley reveals
why she avoids
modern women
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS & MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Keira Knightley leads the British
charge at the 2018 Sundance Film
Festival with a historical biopic that
reflects her distaste for films set in the
modern day in which “female characters nearly always get raped”.
The actress stars in Colette, the
story of the legendary 19th century
French novelist best-known for writing Gigi, who fought for her voice to be
recognised when her exploitative husband passed off her work as his own.
The film, also starring Dominic
West and produced by a British team,
is seeking US distribution at the
world’s largest showcase for independent cinema, held in Utah.
Knightley, one of the high-profile
actresses donating to the Time’s Up
campaign to expose sexual harassment, said she now rarely takes contemporary roles.
“I don’t really do films set in the
modern day because the female characters nearly always get raped,” the
Pirates of the Caribbean star told Variety. “I always find something distasteful in the way women are portrayed,
whereas I’ve always found very inspiring characters offered to me in
historical pieces.”
However the rise of Netflix and Amazon, telling a more diverse range of Keira Knightley as Colette in the eponymous British film
NATURE
CONSUMER
‘New’ monkey species gets
its old name back again
Company fined
£350,000 for
nuisance calls
By Sally Guyoncourt
A new species of monkey distinguished by its “handlebar moustache” has been identified in Africa.
The primates, with their
distinctive facial hair,
had been classified as
part of a species called
patas monkeys.
But a fresh look at
the creatures (inset) by
scientists, detailed in the
journal Primate Conservation, led them to believe they
are a distinct species, called Blue
Nile patas monkeys.
Anthony Rylands, from the
conservation group Global Wildlife Conservation, told the BBC:
“There is notable variation in
these remarkable primates. It’s
only through this kind of painstaking research that we get a proper
handle on their diversity so that we
can more effectively protect
these species from the
threats they face.”
The monkeys are
found in the Blue Nile
Basin in western Ethiopia and Sudan and,
unlike other patas monkeys, they lack the dark
band between their ears
and eyes. They were originally
called Blue Nile patas monkeys 150
years ago, but were reclassified to
fall under the same species as patas
monkeys in 1927.
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next Brian Cox,
but funnier’
Ruby Wax interview
PLUS
From Early Man to Coco:
the dawn of cartoons
with a conscience
By Elizabeth Anderson
MONEY AND BUSINESS EDITOR
A company that made 75 million automated phone calls in four months
has been fined £350,000.
Mis-sold Products UK Ltd made
the nuisance calls, mostly relating to PPI compensation claims,
between 16 November 2015 and
7 March 2016.
It is illegal for firms to make marketing phone calls without recipients’ consent. As a result, Mis-sold
Products has been fined £350,000
by the Information Commissioner’s
Office (ICO), one of the largest fines
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original stories, means “there’s been
some improvement. I’m suddenly
being sent scripts with present-day
women who aren’t raped in the first
five pages and aren’t simply there to
be the loving girlfriend or wife.”
Knightley added that she had been
“assaulted in a minor way” outside of
film sets.
She had made films for disgraced
producer Harvey Weinstein but said
his behaviour was “always professional” in her experience.
Colette is one of five BFI and National Lottery-backed films selected
for the Sundance programme, along
with Yardie, An Evening with Beverly
Luff Lin, Beast and I Am Not A Witch.
Yardie marks Idris Elba’s directorial debut, with a story about a
young Jamaican who comes to
London and discovers the truth
about the assassination of his brother
a decade earlier.
A UK film having a world
premiere at Sundance
is Ophelia, a “mythic spin on
Hamlet through a lens of female
empowerment”, with Daisy Ridley.
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‘Four men coached by Bennell took own lives’
By Eleanor Barlow
Former Wales manager Gary
Speed was one of four men who
went on to take their own lives
after being coached by Barry Bennell, a court has heard.
Liverpool Crown Court heard
evidence from a victim Bennell
had admitted abusing in 1998,
when he was jailed for nine years.
He told the court he tried to con-
tact the parents of Speed
(inset), who hanged himself in 2011, aged 42, to
tell them about the
abuse as he had read
that they had no explanation for his death.
The victim said: “Four
people from teams I have
played with, with Bennell,
have taken their own lives.”
He added: “Whether they have
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taken their lives due to
Barry solely I don’t know
but all I know is how it’s
had an impact on me
and how it could impact on other people.”
Bennell denies 48
offences of child sexual
abuse against 11 complainants from 1979 to 1990.
The victim said former players
had been left with drink problems.
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North and South
to march together
at Winter Games
By Sally Guyoncourt
North and South Korea will march
under a “unified flag” at the opening ceremony of next month’s
Winter Olympics.
The two nations will also field a
joint women’s ice hockey team, according to officials.
The thawing of relations between
the two nations follows rare talks at
the truce village of Panmunjom over
the past week, the first time such discussions have occurred in two years.
A joint statement distributed by
Seoul’s unification ministry said the
two Olympic contingents will march
under a blue and white flag depicting
their peninsula during the opening
ceremony and will field a joint women’s hockey team.
The Winter Olympics is being held
in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from
9-25 February.
A delegation from North Korea is
expected to cross the heavily fortified border into South Korea before
the Games open and will include a
230-member cheering squad to reinforce the revolutionary message,
a 30-member taekwondo demonstration team, journalists, athletes
and officials.
Among the other agreements
reached between North and South
over the Games is a joint cultural
event at the North’s scenic Diamond
Mountain and joint training for nonOlympic skiers at the North’s Masik
ski resort.
The North is also reported to be
planning to send a 150-strong delegation to the Paralympics in March.
However, all of this still requires
the approval of the International
Olympic Committee (IOC). The Olympic governing body said recently
it has “kept the door open” for North
Korea to take part in the Games.
And IOC officials are to meet with
sport and government officials from
the two Koreas and officials from the
Pyeongchang organising committee
in Switzerland on Saturday.
The IOC said: “There are many
considerations with regard to the impact of these proposals on the other
participating NOCs [national Olympic committees] and athletes. After
having taken all this into consideration, the IOC will take its final decisions on Saturday in Lausanne.”
It remains unclear how many athletes will compete from North Korea,
although South Korean media has
predicted up to 10. The two Koreas
have sent joint sports teams to international sports events twice before.
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assistant carrying
blackcurrant
cordial (6)
Somehow retry a
vessel (6)
Went out with
former partner
before changing
diet (6)
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Fire and
rein in
Spain
A man rides a horse
through flames during
the annual Luminarias
festival on the eve
of St Anthony’s Day,
which celebrates
Spain’s patron saint
of animals. The event,
in the village of San
Bartolome de Pinares,
north-west of Madrid,
was originally devised
in the 16th century
when villagers believed
fire would ‘cleanse’
animals. Modern-day
critics say the practice
terrifies the horses and
risks injuring them –
something the villagers
deny. The spectacle
draws tourists to the
area every year. JUAN
MEDINA/REUTERS
ENVIRONMENT
CONSUMER
Microwave ovens ‘contribute to
climate change as much as cars’
Chef cooks up
marketing plan
for vegetables
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
Household microwave ovens could
be as harmful to the environment
as cars, according to the first comprehensive study of their impact on
carbon emissions.
Scientists at the University of
Manchester have carried out a pioneering “cradle to grave” study into
the use and disposal of the devices.
They found that 19 microwave
ovens produce the same carbon dioxide as a car – and the 131 million
microwaves across the EU produce
similar annual emissions to 6.8 million vehicles – or 7.7 million tonnes
of CO2.
Electricity consumption has the
biggest environmental impact, the
researchers say.
Their study found that, on average, a microwave oven uses 573 kilowatt hours of energy in its lifetime of
eight years – equivalent to the electricity consumed by a seven-watt
LED light bulb left on continuously
for almost nine years.
Across the EU, microwave ovens
consume an estimated 9.4 terawatts
per hour every year – the equivalent
This Saturday, in your
of the energy generated by three
large gas power plants.
The study used estimates that
take into account the microwaves’
manufacture, use and disposal.
Microwaves account for the largest percentage of sales of all types of
ovens in the EU, with numbers set to
reach 135 million by 2020.
The researchers have already
looked at the environmental effects of domestic vacuum cleaners,
and are now studying the impact
of kettles.
Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid, of
the university, told i: “We’re trying
to show in our research how devices
in the home are contributing to global warming. People automatically
think of cars, but they may not be
aware that other wares in the home
are producing so much CO2.”
David Reay, professor
of carbon management
at the University of
Edinburgh, said comparing
microwave ovens to cars
was the same as comparing
“apples to oranges”.
By Josie Clarke
The chef and campaigner Hugh
Fearnley-Whittingstall has called
for a vegetable-advertising fund
to compete with the “relentless”
marketing of junk food.
He said a fund made up
of contributions from the
Government, retailers and
producers could be used in the
advertising of vegetables to create
an even playing field with the likes
of fast-food outlets.
The chef has joined with the
Food Foundation think-tank’s Peas
Please initiative to launch the
campaign for new funding.
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MACRON-MAY
MEETING
CARILLION’S
COLLAPSE
TRUMP’S
HEALTH
MOMENTUM
IN LABOUR
CHURCHILL’S
LEGACY
‘THE POST’
REVIEWS
A special
relationship
to nurture
Prime Minister
denies any
responsibility
The warning
signs are clear
to everyone
Policies are
now clearer
to voters
We should
be proud of
our past
Streep
owns
‘The Post’
TheTimes
Financial Times
New YorkTimes
EveningStandard
Daily Mirror
The Telegraph
The Independent
Emmanuel Macron
may be a purveyor of
snake oil, but he’s just
what we need. The
establishment knows
deep down that he is
not going to help us
towards a generous
Brexit, but he can offer
us something else: a
sense that Britain will
still be relevant to
the Continent.
(Roger Boyes)
Sky News
At a delicate moment
for Anglo-French and
Anglo-EU relations,
with Brexit around the
corner, it’s hoped that
the Bayeux tapestry
announcement will
form part of a warm
mood at the summit
between Mr Macron
and Mrs May.
(Mark Stone)
The board had seemed
to be everything
UK investors might
want for a youngish
business in a youngish
sector. It is worrying to
think the construction
company’s board
was such a model of
good governance. If
the line-up had been
different, would they
have done any better?
(Kate Burgess)
TheGuardian
The Government’s
main line of defence
had been that Carillion
was just one of those
things that couldn’t
be helped. “The
Government is just a
customer of Carillion,”
said Pontius Maybot
at PMQs, momentarily
forgetting she was PM.
(John Crace)
Quote of
the day
As a psychiatrist for
the United States
Air Force, one of my
responsibilities was
evaluating the mental
stability of airmen
who handled nuclear
weapons. I have not
had the opportunity to
examine the President
personally, but
warning signs abound.
(Stephen Buser)
Fox News
Now that the White
House physician has
pronounced Trump in
“excellent health” it’s
time for the President’s
critics to stop
questioning his fitness
for office. President
Trump scored 30
out of a possible 30
on cognitive tests –
incredible for a person
his age. (Dr Marc Siegel)
BBC News
The elevation of three
Momentum-backed
candidates makes
it more likely that
someone who shares
the leader’s politics
succeeds him. But
Labour’s tectonic
plates have already
moved. The general
election has been taken
as an endorsement
of policies to extend
public ownership.
(Iain Watson)
The Sun
The final engulfing of
Labour by Momentum
is good news. It is now
far harder to hide from
voters that this oncegreat party is lost for
ever to the sort of rabid
militants Britain was
delighted to be rid of
30 years ago.
(Editorial)
The cheers in cinemas
for Churchill’s defiance
reflect much more
than nostalgia. The
isolation that he
describes is not an
ideal sought, but a
burden accepted. The
speech gives voice to
a deep and not-yetvanquished readiness
to “ride out the storm”.
(Matthew D’Ancona)
It might seem not
very British to make a
song and dance about
how heroic we were
in standing against
the Nazis. But we have
every reason to be
proud, and to wonder
why those who are
free today as a result
seem so reluctant to
acknowledge the fact.
(Philip Johnston)
It’s Streep who owns
the film, delicately
essaying a woman
slowly recognising the
iron lady within herself.
Having won Oscars for
lesser performances
such as her portrait of
Margaret Thatcher, it’s
astonishing that she
has been snubbed for
the major awards so far.
(Chris Hunneysett)
The Post manages
the feat of being
nostalgic and topical.
Although it is set in
the early 1970s, the
references to a bullying
president trying to
ride roughshod over
the media and mislead
the public have an
obvious contemporary
resonance.
(Geoffrey McNab)
LifeInBrief
DOLORES O’RIORDAN SINGER
Learning
sex from
pornography
is like learning
how to drive
from ‘The
Fast and the
Furious’. A
terrible idea
Jameela Jamil
The actress and
presenter on
sexual consent
Irishness was in vogue on the British
music scene of the early 1990s, with U2
maintaining global popularity, Enya
and Sinead O’Connor gaining traction
and The Commitments enjoying success
in the cinema. But The Cranberries, led
by the extraordinary singing of Dolores
O’Riordan, would have broken through
in any era.
Quite apart from the powerful, lilting
tone of her mezzo-soprano voice,
what distinguished O’Riordan from
the indie-rock crowd was her refusal
to disown her roots. She delivered
her songs in the accent of the area
where she was born and grew up, near
Limerick in the west of Ireland.
O’Riordan, 46, was found dead in a
London hotel hours before she was due
to record one of The Cranberries’ bestknown songs, “Zombie”, with the hardrock band Bad Wolves.
The brutal, haunting feel of “Zombie”
may also have been influenced by
O’Riordan’s experience of being
sexually abused by a family friend as a
child. She did not speak publicly about
the assaults until 2013.
Born into a staunchly Catholic
family, O’Riordan was 17 when she
responded to a press advert for a
female vocalist to join The Cranberry
Saw Us, comprising brothers Noel and
Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler, in 1989.
Soon after she became lead singer,
they became the Cranberries and cut a
three-track EP on an independent label.
O’Riordan and Noel Hogan
contributed several songs to a demo
disc which was sent to the major British
labels. Island Records won the tussle
to sign them and released the singles
“Dreams” and “Linger”, both from their
debut album Everybody Else Is Doing
It, So Why Can’t We? Their burgeoning
reputation as a live act, honed when
they supported REM and Suede, helped
them reach No 27 and 14 in the UK.
The tracks highlighted O’Riordan’s
versatility as a singer and writer.
“Dreams” was pretty and ethereal, while
“Linger” was a bitter tale of unrequited
love set to swooning strings and a
gorgeous melody. O’Riordan based the
latter’s lyrics on personal experience
– after her first proper kiss, the object
of her desire ignored her and asked
her friend to dance. “Everyone saw me
being dumped,” O’Riordan recalled. “I
poured it into a song.”
Only three of their seven singles
from 1995-2000 reached the top 20 –
they did not fit into the Britpop mouldbut 1996’s To the Faithful Departed and
1999’s Bury the Hatchet reached No 4
and 13 in the album charts.
O’Riordan married Don Burton,
Duran Duran’s manager, and had three
children with him before they divorced
after more than 20 years. Two solo
albums, 2007’s Are You Listening? and
2009’s No Baggage, fared well with
reviewers but found few buyers. The
Cranberries had effectively disbanded
in 2003 but after six years they
reunited for an album and world tour.
The Cranberries again regrouped
for a tour last year. O’Riordan, who
had anorexia, withdrew because of
back problems.
Born 6 September 1971
Died 15 January 2018
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‘No deal’ is a dangerous path
Forget the rhetoric, it is time to compromise and avoid car-crash Brexit
S
ince Britain voted
to leave the EU, the
Government has
struggled to articulate a
positive vision for what
life outside the Union will
mean for the UK.
It has fallen back on slogans such
as “Brexit means Brexit”, “global
Britain” and, perhaps worst of all,
something called a “red, white and
blue Brexit”.
No wonder then that the EU
side of the negotiation complains
that it has little idea of what
Britain, having opted to leave,
actually wants.
We know that the Cabinet only
discussed the Government’s
ultimate aims for the first time late
last year, and there is no sign that
the deep divisions at the top of the
Conservative Party over how close
Britain should remain to the EU
have been healed.
The “divergers” – Boris Johnson,
Michael Gove, Liam Fox, Andrea
Leadsom and the other Brexiteers –
want maximum freedom for Britain
to ditch EU rules, regardless of
the consequences for a deal with
the EU.
The “aligners”, including Amber
Rudd and Philip Hammond,
supported by the vast majority
of British business, argue that
continuing to stick closely to EU
regulations is vital for the economy.
So far, so unclear. But there is one
Government argument on Brexit
which has appeared to resonate
with the public. Ministers on both
sides of the Brexit divide have
repeated it: “No deal is better than
a bad deal”.
One poll last year suggested that
74 per cent of people agreed with
that slogan, while just 26 per cent
believed that any deal was better
than no deal.
The sentiment is reasonable
enough. In any negotiation, surely
one side must reserve the right to
walk away if it doesn’t like what the
other is offering.
And with the clock now ticking
on trade talks – much more fraught
than the initial phase, which
considered citizens’ rights and
the divorce bill – the possibility of
Britain crashing out of the EU in
March 2019 without an agreement
is present and real.
We know that the EU has taken
Britain’s talk of “no deal” seriously,
and is itself preparing for such an
eventuality. It has issued guidance
which could require UK companies
which wish to continue to trade
on the same terms to relocate to
The possibility
of Britain
crashing out of
the EU in March
2019 without
an agreement is
present and real
the EU, or risk contracts being
cancelled if a Brexit agreement is
not reached.
Britain, it says, will become a
“third country” in such a scenario,
with trade reverting to World Trade
Organisation (WTO) terms.
Under pressure from Eurosceptic
Tories, the Chancellor has said
he is prepared to commit public
money – as much as £3bn – to a “no
deal” scenario. But there is little
sign of hard preparation for such an
outcome, and little chance of Britain
being ready if it does transpire.
Thousands of new customs
officers will have to be hired and
trained, for instance, if goods
which currently move freely are to
be checked.
Some 130,000 British businesses
will have to make customs
declarations for the first time
– something the Port of Dover
has suggested could result in
17-mile tailbacks.
Supermarkets have predicted
food shortages and a 22 per cent
tariff on food imported from the EU.
The Confederation of British
Industry has estimated that
90 per cent of EU goods exports,
by value, would face tariffs. WTO
terms would mean an average tariff
of 4.3 per cent, or a total increase
in costs of exports to the EU of up
to £6bn.
Bilateral trade agreements with
other countries that have been
struck through the EU will fall away.
And if we unilaterally dropped
tariffs to zero, in the expectation
that the EU would have to follow
suit, we would have to do the same
for all trade agreements anywhere
in the world, something that
would devastate agriculture and
manufacturing industries.
Investors appear deeply
concerned by the “no deal” rhetoric,
and sterling seems certain to go into
free fall in such a scenario.
The trickle of financial services
jobs from London and other
financial services to the Continent
would accelerate to a flood.
EU regulations governing areas
such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals
and aviation would cease to apply
and have to be updated with new
UK equivalents.
Some ministers at least are
aware of the dangers. Quietly, the
Government has been softening its
red lines for the negotiation – most
notably, the insistence that the
European Court of Justice (ECJ)
can have no reach whatsoever
in Britain.
It has been suggested, for
instance, that Britain wants to
remain associated with the EU’s
arrangements governing aviation,
nuclear fuel and medicine and
pharmaceuticals, even if that
means some sort of diluted role for
the ECJ.
The Government should
go further.
The truth is that a trade deal
covering services, which make up
80 per cent of our economy, simply
won’t be achieved unless the UK is
prepared to compromise.
Since a UK exit with no deal
would harm the EU too, though to
a lesser extent, a shift in rhetoric
would be welcomed on the other
side of the negotiation.
“A no deal scenario would be bad
for everyone,” European Council
President Donald Tusk said last
year, “but above all for the UK”.
Ministers should now indicate
that they are prepared for a
transitional period to continue
for as long as it takes, or explore
withdrawing Article 50 – the
trigger for exit – if there is no
mutual agreement,
As we prepare for the next, vital
stage of talks that will affect all
of our futures, it’s time to end the
posturing and take “no deal” off the
table. It seems clear that it would
be the worst possible outcome for
Britain and its economy.
James Chapman is former director of
communications at HM Treasury and
chief of staff at the Department for
Exiting the EU
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AND EMAILS
Your front page suggests
that it is a bad thing that
the NHS is “losing foreign
doctors to migration red
tape” (i, 17 January). Well,
no, it isn’t.
All these doctors were
presumably trained
using the state funds of
their home countries,
and therefore they have
a moral duty to give their
home state the benefit
for a period of time. After
that they can emigrate.
(This certainly applied to
my training as a teacher
in the Forties, though it
was an understood, not
written, rule.)
When no less a
person than the Bishop
of Aleppo pleaded with
us not to take their
professionals since they
would be desperately
needed to rebuild that
shattered country, we
can at least stop and
think why any of us
should benefit from
someone else’s loss, just
because we won’t spend
the money ourselves.
JACK OAKLEY
CHANDLER’S FORD,
HAMPSHIRE
(The) Wirral,
explained
In fact, “The Wirral” is
not short for “The Wirral
Peninsula” but for the
historic “Hundred of
Wirral”. As for “Merseyside” – those brought up
there still think of it as
“Occupied Cheshire”!
IAIN SALISBURY
EDGBASTON
Bring back
the hip flask
LLMAN.CO.UK
There has been much
talk about coffee cups
being landfill and a
few suggestions for
replacements. However,
the replacement
reusable cups tend to be
bulky and impractical to
carry about when empty.
Years ago, the hip
flask for travellers
was commonplace
but I have yet to see
any personal cup with
a lid in that format.
Would this be worth
following up for some
inventive company?
JOHN RICHARDSON
STAMFORD,
LINCOLNSHIRE
Pop star
Rihanna shows
that the flask is
still hip GETTY
Health advice
for Stefano
The Bayeux
embroidery
Anyone like to guess
how much we Brits will
be charged to view the
Bayeux embroidery (it
is not a tapestry) when
it arrives in the UK? My
money is on it being
substantially more that
the €9.50 (£8.35) one
pays to see it in Bayeux.
PETER WILSHAW
ECCLESHALL,
STAFFORDSHIRE
Is it okay to
burn bottles?
My wife and I drink
a fair quantity of
sparkling water. In
the absence of any
significant alternative
containers, we buy it in
plastic bottles.
I have started to burn
the empties on our open
fire, as there is no way of
knowing where recycling
ends up.
Is this a preferable
means of disposal
(they give off quite a bit
of heat)? We live in a
rural community.
TONY WORSLEY
WORKINGTON,
CUMBRIA
humanity led to a
“crossing of the floor”
twice, and the death of
millions of Bengalis,
and whose words,
“Very well, alone” have
led to a nationwide
amnesia about the
country’s indebtness
to the colonies for their
contribution in the war.
BERNIE EVANS
LIVERPOOL
Sleeping on
the job
We won, fair
and square
The image of a
Brexiteer MP asleep
in the chamber during
a debate on leaving
the EU provides a
visual metaphor of the
complacency shown by
the well remunerated
middle-aged MPs
who enjoy healthy
constituency majorities
and are unlikely to
be affected by the
consequences of a Brexit
that they espouse.
That one of them is
unconcerned with the
television cameras adds
to the disillusionment
of the public about
the standard and
professionalism of too
many of our elected
representatives. On the
plus side, Sir Desmond
Swayne did at least turn
up for a poorly attended
debate and showed good
fashion sense.
RICHARD LOTT
ST ARVANS,
CHEPSTOW
Having voted for
the successful leftwing candidates in
the elections for the
Labour Party’s National
Executive Committee
(NEC), I resent thei
headline telling readers
that the “Labour left
seizes control of key
party body” (i, 17 January).
The left was, of
course, elected by a
democratic vote of
us party members. It
was not some sinister,
devious putsch as your
headline implied.
When the right wing
were dominant on the
NEC, I don’t remember
any mainstream media
headlines about them
having “seized control”.
JOHN MARAIS
CAMBRIDGE
Drip-fed myths
of heroism
Applauding a film
about Churchill has
something to do with,
as Simon Kelner says,
“a nostalgic feeling”, but
much more to do with
the result of years of
manipulating history by
modern governments (i ,
17 January).
The people have been
drip-fed a distorted
version of a mythical
“glorious past”, and
that includes the heroic
wartime leader, whose
lack of principle and
Poor Stefano Hatfield is
clearly suffering badly
with this year’s flu virus
(i,16 January).
It is spread not
just by coughing and
sneezing, but through
hands. Hand washing
is highly important in
avoidance of the spread
of all viruses, so wash
your hands once you
get in the door after
social encounters, after
travelling on public
transport, using public
lavatories, and shopping.
Oh, and no kissing.
Lastly, for his next
health issue due to hit
in a couple of months,
I would advise him to
remember to get to his
doctor for his hay fever
medications well in
advance of the season
this time. It may feel
like winter right now,
but best to be ahead of
the game. You heard it
first here!
DR EILEEN BERRIDGE
NETHERCOTE, RUGBY
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Damon
‘closing his
mouth for
a while’
Matt Damon has promised
he’s going to keep his mouth
shut for a while when it
comes to defending the men
of Hollywood.
Having done just that in
December – arguing that
the men in the industry
who weren’t raping and
assaulting women weren’t
getting enough praise –
Damon finally acquiesced
during a television
appearance: “I really wish
that I’d listened a lot more
before I weighed in on this.”
He added: “You know, I
think ultimately what it is
for me is that I don’t want to
further anybody’s pain with
anything that I do or say and
so for that I’m really sorry.”
One wonders if his
hordes of friends who are
female actors might have
made life a bit awkward for
Damon, who’s in new film
Downsizing, since he opened
his mouth in the first place,
because he commented:
“[With] Time’s Up, I mean
a lot of those women are
my dear friends and I
love them and respect
them and support what
they’re doing and want to
be a part of that change
and want to go along for
the ride, but I should get in
the back seat and close my
mouth for a while.”
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Perry is biting the
hand that feeds
It’s ironic that Katy Perry
has decided social media
represents the “decline
of civilisation”, and
urged her fans to “not
care” about social
media, and instead
“live their lives”.
The singer has
employees dedicated
to driving her social
media accounts,
to make them as
influential as
possible, and
has achieved
her more
recent success by harnessing
that power. She is one of the
most influential stars on
Instagram and is currently the
most followed star on Twitter,
with 108 million followers.
Yet despite the money she
rakes in from that powerful
social media platform, Perry is
adamant she’s had enough of
sharing everything, explaining,
“We buy clothing and products
or pose a certain way or go to
an event to get a picture – it’s
not good for us as a society...
“We have to find a balance,
and I’m trying to find my
own personal balance with
it because I’m just as much a
victim as everybody else.”
Among the many other awful
things it’s done to modern
society, the anxiety that social
media breeds in young people
has been proven: Perry could
lead the way to ending the art
of the overshare for good.
Round Up
Righton
“I’ve looked around…
I promise this is
real,” alt-right
poster boy Milo
Yiannopoulos
said on YouTube.
He then read a
story from parody
site Southend News
Network about a men’s
rights activist who won the right
to a cervical smear test, despite
not having a cervix.
Number oftheday
£400k
how much Mary Berry is
reported to have made since
she quit ‘The Great British Bake
Off’ last year. Not such a bad
move after all.
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Simon
Kelner
I
n this space recently, I referred
to my communication with
Virgin Trains over a refund for a
cancelled journey to Manchester.
A number of emails to customer
services (copied to the company’s
managing director) later, and, finally,
I got my money back. Not all of the
£249.80, I hasten to add, because, of
the small sheaf of tickets you need to
board an inter-city train these days,
one was missing. I had to accept this
was my fault, although I was sure I
had sent the full set of tickets.
No matter. I reluctantly accepted
the £163.90 the company offered
and got on with my life. I realise now
that I’d made a strategic mistake. I’d
adopted the old-school method of
conflict resolution. You write a letter
and wait for a response. No, the 21st
century way of conducting such
business is to do it all in public view.
I have occasionally wondered what
the point of Twitter is, and now I
know. Cláudia Tanner bought an £83
ticket online for the Virgin Trains
service from Liverpool to London
at the back end of last year. The
machine at the station was faulty
and couldn’t print out her ticket, but
she had proof of purchase
and the guards let her
through the barrier.
The on-board
inspector, however,
was having none of
it. He threatened
to throw her off the
late-night service, but
instead got police to
meet her at Euston. She
was told to pay a penalty of
£159 and an administration fee of
£70, even though she could prove she
had paid for the journey.
Virgin Trains made reparations to
Ms Tanner, and pretty quickly. Why?
Because she took to Twitter.
She invited people to retweet
her outrage at this treatment
“to shame @Virgintrains”, using
#bullying. It was retweeted almost
7,000 times, presumably by people,
like me, for whom her experience
struck a chord. And guess what?
Virgin Trains dropped her fine “as a
gesture of goodwill”.
Harnessing the power of social
media to put companies in the dock
gives more muscle to the individual.
As i reported yesterday, Michelle
Midwinter (inset) used Twitter
to embarrass the food
delivery company, Just
Eat, after one of its
drivers kept her phone
number and sent her a
stream of unsolicited,
inappropriate messages
on WhatsApp. Just Eat
offered her a £10 voucher,
but didn’t appear to take the
issue too seriously and so Ms
Midwinter tweeted about it.
She was deluged with tweets
from women who had endured
similar experiences.
As a result of this exposure, Just
Eat is being investigated by the
Information Commissioner, and is
reviewing its internal processes.
And the moral of the story? Don’t
complain – get even.
TRAVEL
of people who I believe are being
duped by this – the elderly woman
who will pay up for fear of breaking
a rule with her wheelie bag. The
fine print may tell us that your bag
can be checked in for free, but with
Ryanair’s record, it’s no wonder
people are fearful of a £60 charge
at the gate. This is the airline, after
all, that charges you £15 each for
forgetting to print a boarding pass,
and that will charge you £10 per kilo
if you go over the luggage allowance.
Four years ago, Ryanair launched
a campaign of kindness, scrapping
its one-bag policy, allocating seating
and even forcing a smile onto
surly cabin crew’s faces. It paid
off – owner Michael O’Leary said
he would have done it years ago “if
I’d only known that being nice to
customers was going to be so good
for my business”. Guess it’s no more
Mr Nice Guy now.
My last flight with Ryanair was
after Christmas, returning to the
UK. After a four-hour delay, Ryanair
sweetly informed me that I could
claim compensation on my travel
insurance. But actually, dear carrier,
I can claim from you, under EU
regulations. They don’t half make
it difficult, though. A convoluted
claims form sends you in circles,
while asking you to prove you
were forced to pay for a hotel or an
alternative route (neither of which
are necessary for compensation). I
persevered, but I’m still waiting for
my cheque. But with no helpline to
call, how many people simply give
up, or become convinced by the
airline’s weasel words that they are
not actually entitled to anything?
So I, for one, am out. The
contempt that Ryanair shows for
its customers is far clearer than its
compensation forms. A knock-off
gold ring is a bargain until it turns
your finger green. And Ryanair’s
reputation has been tarnished for a
long time.
Siobhán
Norton
The end of
the runway
for Ryanair
I
t might be a little late in the day,
but I’ve finally settled on a new
year’s resolution. I am giving up
Ryanair. For good.
“Let’s see how long that lasts,”
friends smirked when I announced
my intentions. Fair enough - I’ve
made hollow threats before, angered
by the latest mad seating rule
or cabin crew snub. I depend on
the airline quite a bit for popping
back to my native Ireland, and it is
unquestionably cheaper than rivals.
But you get what you pay for. And
what do you get for £10.99 (plus
taxes and fees and everything else)?
The chance to experience first-hand
how cattle feel, herded and corralled
without so much as a “hot towel, sir”.
I had made my peace with that,
sort of. After all, I had to get home.
But the final straw came this week,
with Ryanair’s new baggage policy.
It sounds innocuous enough –
passengers must pay for priority
boarding if they want to take a cabin
bag on board. Sure, it’s just £5. And if
you don’t fancy paying the fiver, you
can still bring a cabin bag as far as
the gate – they will just put it in the
hold, something Ryanair regularly
does anyway if the flight is busy.
So why the outrage? It isn’t for
myself, really, but for the hundreds
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Spinal Tap bassist unveils
star-studded solo album
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Spinal Tap fans can crank up the
volume to 11 once again. The spoof
rock band’s legendary bassist, Derek
Smalls, is making a comeback with
his first solo album, a “meditation on
ageing” featuring an all-star line-up.
Pipe-smoking Smalls, played by
US satirist Harry Shearer in the 1984
metal-mocking comedy film This Is
Spinal Tap, has secured members of
Foo Fighters, Steely Dan, Red Hot
Chili Peppers and Bon Jovi to play on
his first full-length solo outing.
Now 75, the laid-back bassist will
release Smalls Change, Meditations on
Ageing. Shearer, the voice of Mr Burns
and other characters on The Simpsons,
has written and recorded the 14-track
album, which will be supported by a
world tour, Lukewarm Water Live: An
Adventure in Loud Music.
Smalls’s new tracks include
“Butt Call”, featuring Foo Fighters’
drummer Taylor Hawkins. “In one
lifetime, the telephone has gone from
a miracle to a pain in the arse,” the
musician explained.
“Hell Toupee”, recorded with the
Hungarian Studio Orchestra, offers
sympathy for the Devil. “Think Satan
doesn’t have dark thoughts about
his appearance as he ages? Think
again,” Smalls said. Other potential
hits include “Gimme Some (More)
Money” and “She Puts the Bitch in
Obituary”, “a hymn to womanhood
in all her splendour”, featuring folk
guitarist Richard Thompson.
Smalls said the album was “halfway
between ‘rage against the dying of the
light’ and trying to find the light”.
He thanked the previously
unknown government-run Ageing
Rockers fund for facilitating his
return, adding: “At least austerity
was good for something.”
Although fellow Spinal Tap
members Nigel Tufnel and David St
Hubbins do not appear on the LP, their
real-life counterparts Christopher
Guest and Michael McKean have
joined Shearer in a $125m lawsuit
against Vivendi and Studiocanal for
alleged underpayment of royalties
from the original film.
Harry Shearer,
as bassist
Derek Smalls,
has signed up
members of Foo
Fighters and
Steely Dan
When asked how he had
managed to round up so
many world-class rockers to join
the project, Shearer – in his role as
Smalls – said simply: “Pity f**k.”
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Both Gallagher brothers
land NME nominations
Museum says
sorry for selling
Banksy prints
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By Adam Sherwin
Liam Gallagher will take his feud
with his brother, Noel, to the NME
Awards after both received nominations at the music magazine’s annual ceremony.
A re s u rge n t L i a m
(inset) is up for the Solo
and Live Artist categories after topping the
charts with his first
album under his own
name. He will also
take the NME’s Godlike Genius award and
perform at the ceremony’s climax of the O2 Brixton
Academy in London.
Elder brother Noel gets a Best
Festival Headliner nomination. His
emotional rendition of the Oasis
classic “Don’t Look Back in Anger”
at the reopening of Manchester
Arena after last year’s terrorist attack makes the Music Moment of
the Year list.
However, NME readers have chosen not to place the brothers headto-head in a category. The awards
will be held on Valentine’s
Day but there may not be
a lot of love in the room.
After receiving a
Brit Awards nomination ahead of his
brother, Liam said
he was disappointed
that Noel had been
“blanked” because he
was “looking forward to
hurling abuse at him and his
poshos from across the room”.
NME has dropped categories divided by gender. The New Zealand
artist Lorde and Charli XCX have
four nods, followed by Dua Lipa and
St Vincent with three.
PEOPLE
Sold for £4m, the pub that
JK Rowling didn’t visit
Museum chiefs have apologised to
Banksy after they were discovered
to be selling prints of his artwork
without permission.
The Bristol Museum and Art
Gallery had been selling £5 prints
of Banksy’s Angel Bust, a sculpture
he donated to the museum in 2009.
But the print was found to be unauthorised after a US fan contacted
Banksy’s website to inquire about it.
Bristol City Council has apologised for the error, saying in a statement: “This was a mistake on our
part. We ... had been granted permission to produce the image in
our guide to the art gallery. It was
assumed this would allow us to produce prints. However, having contacted Banksy’s management we
were told that this was not the case.”
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JK Rowling has insisted she has
never been in a pub which has
sold for millions of pounds amid
claims that it inspired the Harry
Potter books.
The Old Fire House in Exeter
has been sold for a rumoured
£4m – amid speculation that
it was the inspiration for
the Leaky Cauldron pub in
Rowling’s novels.
But Rowling, who was a
student at Exeter University in
the 1980s, spoke out on Twitter,
saying: “If you want real fantasy,
go to an estate agent. Never
visited this pub in my life.”
She added: “Red Cow, Black
Horse, Mill on the Exe, the
Artillery Inn (now sadly gone),
but never that one, I’m afraid.”
Estate agent Charles Darrow
insisted it had not specifically
marketed the pub based on the
apparent links. “It is a lot of online
talk,” said agent John Clyne.
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COURTS
Ambulance delays ‘were fatal’
Man convicted of mailbag theft in
1970s wins fight to clear his name
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Significant delays at an ambulance
service that failed to move into its
highest state of emergency over the
Christmas period led to the death of
20 people, a Labour MP has said.
Clive Lewis told the Commons
yesterday that senior managers
wanted to move East of England
Ambulance Service Trust to the
Resource Escalation Action Plan 4
(Reap) on 19 December. Mr Lewis
said the decision was not taken until
31 December.
The Norwich South MP said the
trust could have called in the Army
and it did not seek aid when it eventually moved to the emergency status.
Reap is a framework designed to
maintain an effective and safe op-
erational and clinical response for
patients by ambulance trusts.
Mr Lewis said a whistle-blower in
his constituency had made the claim
to him. He said: “I’ve been informed
during this period that 20 people
died in incidents where ambulances
arrived late.”
The ambulance service said it was
investigating and only 0.2 per cent of
patients had “a significant delay”.
By Cathy Gordon and Jan Colley
A man found guilty of stealing mailbags in the 1970s won his long fight to
have his conviction overturned by the
Court of Appeal yesterday.
Stephen Simmons, 62, from Dorking, Surrey, was told by Lord Chief
Justice Lord Burnett: “We wish to
note our regret that it has taken so
long for this injustice to be remedied.”
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MacRae
Bitcoin will be
crushed by
tax collectors
this year
I
t is always a mug’s game to call
turning points, but here goes:
December 2017, when bitcoin
traded at close to $20,000, was
the turning point for the virtual
currency, and probably the other
cryptocurrencies too. The price
yesterday was less than $10,000. It
may recover, but the general path
from now on is down.
The reason is simple.
Governments will either ban it or
regulate and tax it. You cannot have
a world where there is a huge push to
clamp down on offshore tax havens
that allows an offshore “currency”.
We have already had reports that
China and South Korea will ban
trading in bitcoin, and that was the
immediate reason for the sharp
reversal in the price over the past 48
hours. If you believe the numbers,
$200bn – about one-third of the total
value of all cryptocurrencies – has
been wiped off their value.
But what is happening is
something much more fundamental.
Cryptocurrencies wave a red flag for
tax authorities worldwide. If people
do indeed make money out of them,
governments will want to tax those
capital gains, at least in jurisdictions
where there is a capital gains tax. If
people use cryptocurrencies to buy
goods and services, the authorities
will want to know how they acquired
the cash to do so – assuming that
at some stage they converted their
holdings into regular dollars, euros,
pounds or whatever.
If they do not convert and carry
out transactions simply in the
“currency” itself, governments will
want to put an imputed value on the
transaction and charge VAT or some
other sales tax on that.
It is true that national authorities
accept some element of tax leakage.
For example, they accept that
cash transactions are hard to
trace, and they do not tax profits
of illegal activity, such as the drugs
Mr Simmons has always protested
his innocence, but his case did not
reach court until after he googled his
arresting officer and discovered he
was guilty of a similar crime.
The case was referred to the Court
of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).
Mr Simmons said: “I’m so relieved.
It has only taken 43 years, but I have
got there at last.”
trade. They also accept that barter
(swapping goods and services for
other goods and services, rather
than money) is hard to track and tax.
But these leakages are seen either
as acceptably small or too hard and
expensive to tackle.
It was for this reason that in
the early stages governments
were prepared to ignore
cryptocurrencies. They were too
small to be worth bothering with.
Now they are not. Governments
have to become involved because
there is at least the possibility that
cryptocurrencies will destabilise the
real economy. They worry because
they are losing potential revenue.
There is a further twist: the
“red flag”. Any sophisticated tax
authority looks for short cuts that
help them to identify potential
evasion. One of those has been
offshore bank accounts. Another
is very complicated tax structures.
Still another is evidence of expensive
Cryptocurrencies
wave a red flag for
tax authorities
worldwide
lifestyles that do not appear to tally
with disclosed income. Bitcoin and
the other cryptocurrencies are a
useful flag of other unusual activity.
Now, of course, that does not
mean that anyone buying or selling
a cryptocurrency is doing anything
wrong, any more than someone
who buys and sells gold is doing
anything wrong.
But some people are, or at least
are worth further investigation.
So anyone choosing to trade in
bitcoin to keep their heads below
the parapet may find they are doing
exactly the reverse. They will attract
attention, rather than avoid it. Once
the word gets round that this is
happening, the fate of bitcoin and the
other cryptocurrencies is sealed.
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activities such as the drugs trade
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Woody Allen’s adopted daughter has
expressed “outrage” in a new interview after “years of being ignored,
disbelieved and tossed aside” over
claims that he abused her.
Dylan Farrow appeared on CBS
This Morning to talk about her sexual
assault claim against the Oscarwinning film-maker.
In her first television interview, Ms Farrow said
she was hurt and angry.
The 32-year-old has
repeatedly accused the
director of molesting
her when she was seven
– something Allen (inset)
has always denied. “Why
shouldn’t I want to bring him
down?” she said in response to a question. “Why shouldn’t I be angry? Why
shouldn’t I be hurt? Why shouldn’t I
feel some sort of outrage … after all
these years [of] being ignored and
disbelieved, and tossed aside?”
Asked why she hopes people would
believe her now, she replied: “I suppose that’s on them. All I can do is
speak my truth.”
Ms Farrow has previously questioned why the “Me Too” movement
has not ensnared Allen.
In an op-ed last month in the Los
Angeles Times, she wrote: “Why is it
that Harvey Weinstein and other accused celebrities have been cast out
by Hollywood, while Allen recently
secured a multimillion-dollar distribution deal with Amazon, greenlit
by former Amazon Studios executive
Roy Price before he was suspended
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US embassy ‘will
be in Jerusalem
within the year’
By Jack Butler
The Israeli Prime Minister,
Benjamin Netanyahu, is certain
that the US embassy in Israel
will be moved from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem in the coming year
– much sooner than officials in
Washington have estimated.
Visiting India yesterday, Mr
Netanyahu said that his “solid
assessment” was that the embassy
“will be moved far faster than
what we think... in the course of
the year”.
Donald Trump upended decades
of US foreign policy last year
when he said America recognised
Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and
would move its embassy there.
over sexual misconduct allegations?”
Mr Price, the former head of Amazon Studios, resigned in October
following an allegation that he had
sexually harassed television producer Isa Hackett while she was working
on the Amazon series The Man in the
High Castle.
A Rainy Day in New York is the
fourth project for Allen with Amazon, which bet heavily on the
film-maker to help establish
its film production arm
as a home for auteur
film-makers.
It reportedly spent
$80m (£57m) to lure
Allen into television to
make the 2016 series Crisis
in Six Scenes.
A growing number of actors are distancing themselves
from Allen and his next film, heightening questions about the future of
the prolific 82-year-old film-maker in
a Hollywood newly sensitive to sexual
misconduct claims.
Timothée Chalamet, star of Call Me
By Your Name, has said he will donate
his salary from A Rainy Day in New
York to three charities fighting sexual
harassment and abuse: Time’s Up,
the LGBT Center in New York and
RAINN. AP
YEMEN
Saudi Arabia
pays £15bn into
central bank
By Sarah Dadouch
IN RIYADH
Dylan Farrow, pictured last year with her mother, Mia, said she felt hurt
after years of being disbelieved DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS/GETTY IMAGES
Saudi Arabia paid (£1.5bn) into Yemen’s central bank yesterday to shore
up its failing currency.
The move was made a day after the
Yemeni Prime Minister issued a public plea for funds to prop up the rial
and help stave off hunger in the battered country, reeling from a proxy
war being fought by Riyadh and Tehran on its territory.
Yemen has been divided by nearly
three years of strife between the internationally recognised government
in the south, backed by Riyadh, and
the Iran-aligned Houthi movement,
which controls the north, including
the capital Sana’a. REUTERS
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SECURITY
Bannon fails
to respond to
subpoena
Doctor finds Trump ‘has
incredibly good genes’
Former CIA agent
arrested over
China espionage
Some stars have
continued to support
Allen, including Alec Baldwin,
who tweeted: “Woody Allen was
investigated forensically by
two states (NY and CT) and no
charges were filed.”
By Jill Colvin
IN WASHINGTON
By Sarah Lynch
IN WASHINGTON
President Donald Trump’s former
chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has
declined to comply with a subpoena
to answer questions from a House Intelligence panel about his time at the
White House as part of its investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the US election.
After Mr Bannon initially refused
to answer questions, Devin Nunes,
the committee’s Republican chairman, authorised a subpoena to press
Mr Bannon to respond.
Even then, Mr Bannon refused to
answer questions after his lawyer
Mr Bannon refused to answer
questions about his time as strategist
had conferred with the White House.
Separately, The New York Times
reported that Mr Bannon had been
subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand
jury in an investigation of alleged
ties between Russia and Mr Trump’s
presidential campaign, on Tuesday.
It was the first time Mr Mueller
is known to have used a subpoena
against a member of Mr Trump’s
inner circle, the paper said. REUTERS
For Donald Trump’s critics it might
be seen as evidence that he’s bad
rather than mad, after a doctor revealed yesterday
that the President had
performed “exceedingly well” on a surprise
cognitive-screening test
administered last week,
following questions
about Mr Trump’s behaviour and fitness for office.
Rear-Admiral Ronny Jackson, the Navy doctor who administered Mr Trump’s first presidential
physical last week, said Mr Trump
received a perfect score on a test
designed to detect early signs of
memory loss and other mild cognitive impairment.
“The President’s overall health
is excellent,” said Rear-Admiral
Jackson (inset), who predicted
Mr Trump would remain fit
throughout his presidency despite a diet heavy on
fast food and an exercise
regime limited to weekend golf outings.
“He has incredibly
good genes; it’s the way
God made him,” said RearAdmiral Jackson, adding that
Mr Trump acknowledged he’d be
healthier if he lost a few pounds. AP
Trump’s first year, page 24
By Jack Butler
A former CIA officer has been
arrested in the US on charges
relating to Chinese espionage.
Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a
naturalised US citizen, is
suspected of retaining classified
information in a case thought to
be linked to the crippling of the
agency’s spy operation in China,
the BBC reported. He worked for
the CIA between 1994 and 2007,
when he left for Hong Kong.
In 2012, the FBI began
investigating the disappearance
of CIA agents in China. In the two
years before, 20 informants had
been killed or jailed.
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cave in the world
By Samuel Osborne
UNITED STATES
A team of divers has discovered what
is believed to be the biggest flooded
cave on the planet in eastern Mexico.
By connecting two underwater
caverns, the Gran Acuifero Maya
(GAM) project identified the 216mile cave after months of exploring
a maze of underwater channels.
The project, which is dedicated
to the study and preservation of
the subterranean waters of the Yucatan Peninsula, said the discovery
could shine new light on the ancient
Maya civilisation.
Near the beach resort of Tulum,
the group found that the Sac Actun
cave system, which measured at
163 miles, was linked to the 52-mile
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Guillermo de Anda, the director of
GAM and an underwater archaeologist, said the “amazing” find would
help to understand the development
of the rich culture of the region,
which was dominated by the Maya
before the Spanish conquest.
“It allows us to appreciate much
more clearly how the rituals, the
pilgrimage sites and ultimately the
great pre-Hispanic settlements that
we know emerged,” he told Reuters.
Mr de Anda and his team previously discovered what they believed
was a hidden passageway beneath a
1,000-year-old Mayan temple.
The experts thought the tunnel
under part of the Chichen Itza archaeological site in Yucatan could
lead to a natural sinkhole linked to
subterranean waters known as a
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Five naval officers charged over fatal ship collisions
By Sally Guyoncourt
Five officers, including two
commanders, have been charged
with negligent homicide after two
US Navy ships were involved in
collisions last year, killing 17 sailors.
US Navy spokesman Captain
Greg Hicks said the charges,
which include dereliction of duty
and endangering a ship, will be
presented to a hearing to determine
whether the accused are taken to a
court-martial.
The US destroyer USS Fitzgerald
(inset) struck a commercial ship off
the waters of Japan last June, killing
seven US sailors. And the destroyer
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Catalonia’s new parliament yesterday elected a pro-secession
speaker, virtually guaranteeing
that the push for independence for
Spain’s north-eastern region will
continue as its members prepare
to elect a new government.
The opening session of the new
Catalan assembly came amid
looming questions about the role
that exiled and jailed politicians
will play within the chamber’s
separatist majority and the future
regional government.
The ousted Catalan leader,
Carles Puigdemont, who fled to
Belgium in October, dodging a
Spanish judicial investigation over
a foiled secession attempt, wants
to be reinstated to his old job.
But he faces arrest if he returns
to Spain and legal hurdles if he
wants to be voted in from abroad
by the regional assembly.
Mr Puigdemont’s seat and others that are empty in the parliament were adorned with a yellow
ribbon yesterday. Four ex-cabinet
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Sultan is given
car from ‘The
Flintstones’
By Rozanna Latiff
IN KUALA LUMPUR
A Malaysian sultan, known for
his love of cars, was this week
given his very own car right
out of history – but he will not
be getting blisters on his feet
driving it around.
‘Book-keeper of Auschwitz’
loses final bid for freedom
By Chris Baynes
FRANCE
New controls on Nantes airport
Muslim pupils
plans scrapped
A mostly Muslim county in
China banned children from
religious events during a winter
break as officials tightened
control of religious education.
Students in Linxia county
in Gansu province, which is
home to many Muslims from
the Hui ethnic minority, were
prohibited from entering
religious buildings during their
holidays, and told not read
Islamic scriptures in class.
Officials said all students
and teachers should work to
strengthen political ideology
and propaganda. REUTERS
GERMANY
France has scrapped divisive plans to
build a new €580m (£511m) airport in
the west of the country.
The prime minister, Édouard
Philippe, ordered activists who
had protested against the project
for nearly 10 years to leave their
makeshift camp yesterday as extra
security forces were sent in.
The Aéroport du Grand Ouest
at Notre-Dame-des-Landes – first
proposed 50 years ago – was intended
to replace Nantes Atlantique Airport.
“The project will be abandoned,”
Mr Philippe said. “This is a logical
decision, considering the dead-end
where [it] has found itself.” AP
Sultan Ibrahim Sultan
Iskandar, the ruler of the state
of Johor, was given a working
replica of the car from the 1960s
cartoon The Flintstones by a
fellow royal from Pahang state,
according to a post on the Johor
sultan’s official Facebook page
on Monday.
But the unlike the original
“footmobile”, which Fred
Flintstone had to power with
his feet, the sultan’s car comes
with its own engine. Malaysia
has nine state sultans, who take
turns every five years to serve as
head of state. REUTERS
An appeal for clemency by a former
guard at Auschwitz has been
rejected, removing the final barrier
to him serving a four-year sentence
for being an accessory to murder.
Prosecutors in the German town of
Lüneburg rejected a request filed by
Oskar Gröning, who served as an SS
sergeant at the death camp in Nazioccupied Poland during the Second
World War.
The 96-year-old was convicted
in 2015 of being an accessory to the
murders of 300,000 Jews but has so
far spent no time behind bars during
his appeals process. Last month,
Simalpani
Nepalese farmers have
turned to bananas to prevent
destructive floods. Bhoj Raj
Paudel had just left his home
to visit his parents when a hill
above it collapsed, destroying
his ranch and a paddy field
and flooding a swathe of land
downstream. The landslide
was 19 years ago, but he
remembers it vividly.
“I am happy my family
survived, but whatever I
owned was gone for ever,” said
the 53-year-old father of three
in Simalpani, a small town on
the foothills of the Himalayas,
200km west of the capital,
Kathmandu. Rising global
temperatures have shrunk
Nepal’s glaciers, causing
widespread destruction. But
farmers are also to blame for
clearing forests – a process
that exacerbated the floods,
experts say. “An intervention
was urgently needed,”
said Dhruba Gautam, of
the National Disaster Risk
Reduction Centre Nepal.
Since 2010, the charity has
been teaching 14,000 families
in 28 villages in the Banganga
basin to change their farming
habits. Women are on the front
line of the drive to persuade
farmers to adopt soil-friendly
crops such as legumes,
bananas and pineapples,
whose roots help to control
erosion on the slopes. Slashand-burn farming in the area
has fallen by 80 per cent since
the project began. REUTERS
Gopal Sharma
Germany’s constitutional court ruled
that Gröning must go to jail and
rejected arguments from his lawyers
that imprisonment at his advanced
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North Korean leader
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NIGERIA
Militant group ‘planning attacks on oil facilities’
A Nigerian militant group has
warned that it plans to launch attacks
on the country’s oil installations over
the next few days.
The Niger Delta Avengers claimed
responsibility for most attacks on oil
facilities in the Niger Delta in 2016,
which cut crude oil production from
a peak of 2.2 million barrels per day to
almost one million barrels – the lowest
level achieved by Africa’s leading oil
producer for at least 30 years.
“This round of attacks will be the
most deadly and will be targeting
the deep sea operations of the
multinationals,” the group said.
The Avengers, who want a greater
share of Nigeria’s energy wealth
to go to the impoverished Delta
region, said its targets would include
Bonga Platform, Agbami, EA Field,
Brittania-U Field and Akpo Field.
No major attacks have been carried
out by any groups this year. REUTERS
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Oskar Gröning served as an SS
sergeant at the Nazi death camp
age would violate his right to life and
physical safety. The hearing was
seen as one of the last major trials
related to the Holocaust, in which six
million Jews were murdered by Adolf
Hitler’s regime.
Prosecutors said that Gröning,
who did not kill anyone himself while
at Auschwitz, helped to support the
regime responsible for mass murder
by sorting bank notes seized from
trainloads of arriving victims – a
duty that earned him the nickname
the “book-keeper of Auschwitz”.
Gröning admitted that he was
morally guilty for the work he carried
out but he did not admit participating
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Police shoot dead Army helps fight Dairy firm raided
in baby milk scare
seven protesters health crisis
Myanmar police opened fire on
hundreds of Buddhist protesters,
killing seven people, officials
said yesterday.
The protesters in Rakhine state
marched through the ancient
city of Mrauk U and ransacked a
government building on Tuesday
after authorities banned the
anniversary celebration of the
founding of the old kingdom.
Rakhine is also home to the
minority Rohingya Muslims. AP
Indonesia is deploying military
paramedics to carry food and
vaccines to a remote part of its
easternmost province of Papua,
where at least 61 infants have
reportedly died from malnutrition
and diseases such as measles.
Papua is one of the country’s
poorest provinces despite being
rich in resources, and President
Joko Widodo pledged to speed its
development when he came to power
in 2014. REUTERS
Government fraud and health
officials were yesterday searching
five sites run by dairy firm
Lactalis as part of an investigation
into the botched mass recall of
baby milk products following a
salmonella scare.
The Paris prosecutor’s
office said sites being searched
yesterday include Lactalis
headquarters in Laval, and the
factory in Craon, both in western
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UNITED STATES
Coalminers dig better times as
President fulfils election vow
Andrew Buncombe visits a Virginian town that fell for Trump
I
n the area in and around
Grundy, coal dust lies by the
edge of the road. For more than
a century, this community in
the Appalachian foothills has
thrived or suffered according to the
shifting fortunes of mining.
When Barack Obama introduced
tougher environmental regulations,
which the mining industry termed
the “war on coal”, those changes,
combined with the impact of
international competition, meant
people here struggled. When
Donald Trump vowed to restore
jobs – “I made them this promise,
we will put our miners back to
work” – people cheered. They also
voted for him in droves.
During the 2016 election
campaign, Buchanan County, of
which Grundy is the seat, caught
the attention of political pundits
when it voted more heavily for Mr
Trump in the Republican primary
than anywhere else in America. In
the general election that November,
when The Independent first visited,
he secured 79 per cent of votes,
compared to 19 per cent for Hillary
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Clinton. And now, as Mr Trump
marks his first year in office, those
who cast their ballot for the brash
billionaire have no regrets.
“I would say things seem to be
a lot better. Coal prices are up
and there are a lot more jobs,”
says Heather Coleman, 39, whose
husband, father, grandfather
and great grandfather worked as
miners. “Coal is so important here.”
In interview after interview,
residents of Grundy say the
industry has picked up after Mr
Trump took office and began
dismantling regulations established
by his predecessor. Many say
the coal wagons are “rolling
more often”. People are allowing
themselves to feel more optimistic.
“He has got some of the coal jobs
going since he came in. And that is
important because I did not vote for
him,” says Sheila Shillings, 50, who
says she would score Mr Trump’s
first year in office eight out of 10.
“Next time? Yes, I think I would vote
for him,” she adds.
Official data backs up the
anecdotes. The US Energy
Information Administration says
coal production was up by around
eight per cent in 2017 – and that
around 1,000 new coal jobs were
added across the nation. In contrast,
between 2011 and 2015, coal-mining
jobs in Virginia fell from 4,867 to
3,033, a loss of around 38 per cent.
Between September 2014 and May
2016, the US lost approximately
191,000 jobs in the mining industry.
The shift has been felt
particularly strongly in southwest Virginia, a major producer of
metallurgical coal, which is used
to produce steel. “We put 25 new
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people to work [in 2017] and we’re
planning to open a new mine this
year that would add a further
65 jobs,” says an official with
Metinvest Coal, a global producer,
who does not want to be named.
Larry Maclanahan, a 40-year-old
mechanic who was applying for a
job with Metinvest at its local offices
in Grundy, says he heard of new jobs
in the industry across the valley,
in a change that kicked in after Mr
Trump entered the White House.
“He lifted some regulations. It
used to be that the water coming
off a strip mine had to be cleaner
than the water you drink,” he says,
pointing to some former strip mines
on a hillside. “And that’s hard to do.”
Tim Potter, who heads the town’s
office of economic development,
said he believed Mr Trump had
brought “an overnight change”. He
had typically voted Democrat but
cast his ballot for Mr Trump after
hearing him campaign.
“We have a couple of retail units
and we have really felt the change,”
he says. “Especially at Christmas.
Last year our numbers were down,
but this Christmas we have had
some fantastic numbers.”
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He even says he had been
contacted by a US software
company that wanted to relocate
some of its overseas operations to
“little old Grundy”. “It’s a domino
effect,” he explains, describing the
way mining supported and helped
secondary and tertiary businesses.
Yet while mining is on the up, and
while residents are prepared to
credit this to Mr Trump, it may have
less to do with him than they think.
Industry experts say the boost in
south-west Virginia has come from
a surge in demand for metallurgical
coal, as China increases its steel
production, and a shortage of supply
from Australia.
Phil Smith, director of
governmental affairs at the United
Mine Workers of America, a union
with 80,000 members, says there
has been an uptick in production
that started at the end of 2016 and
continued into the last two months
of 2017. He says that has resulted in
around 800 jobs being created over
a 15-month period.
Yet he says neither the rolling
back of regulations by the US
Trump has done
more in the past 12
months than Obama did
in eight years
Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) – nor the scrapping of the
Stream Protection Rule, issued
in the last days of Mr Obama’s
presidency, which would have
required coal companies to restore
coal mine areas and nearby streams
to their previous condition – were
responsible. “The EPA stuff has
made no impact,” he insists.
Even with coal, life in Grundy is
hard. Unemployment in the county
stands at more than 12 per cent,
compared to the national average of
4 per cent.
Around 20 per cent of residents
under the age of 65 are on disability
payments and a quarter live below
the poverty line. One magazine said
that per capita, Grundy, which is 95
per cent white, was the “sickest town
in America”.
As such, this white working-class
community, which felt the benefits
of globalisation had passed it by,
was a prime target for Mr Trump’s
populistic and nationalistic message.
Not everybody here thinks Mr
Trump has helped. “I live off a
fixed income. If I didn’t get food
stamps I couldn’t survive,” says
Theresa Kaiser in the carpark of the
supermarket Food Giant.
“I don’t like his personality – the
things he says about people, the way
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he wants to rush us into war. My dad
was in the Second World War. I’d
give him two out of 10. I don’t think
he has done anything well.”
Others say Mr Trump’s bombastic
and sometimes racist rhetoric has
unnecessarily stirred anxiety in the
country. “He doesn’t like Mexican
people or Hispanics,” says Jerry
Herardo, who works in a local
restaurant. “I haven’t seen anything
he has done.”
Dirk Hall owns and runs the local
radio station, WMJD, which plays a
mixture of country and oldtime favourites.
One morning, Mr Hall, who
guessed that most of his listeners
were supporters of the President,
arranged for people to call in and
share their thoughts on his first year
in office.
The ratio of fans of the President
compared to those who disliked him
was about 4:1, and many said the
economy had picked up. “Trump
has done more in the past 12 months
than Obama did in eight years,” said
one woman, who added that her son
had recently got a full-time job
in the mines.
Steven Matney is among those
who believe Mr Trump has helped
keep the town alive. He says he has
seen his shifts driving a coal truck
increase from two or three a week
to five or six. As he speaks at the
bottom of a road leading to the coalcleaning plant at the village of Big
Rock, 10 miles north of Grundy, a
succession of large vehicles thunder
past bearing their loads.
“Trump has opened things up
so we can make a living,” says Mr
Matney. “Under Obama, they were
trying to chuck us out.”
Mr Matney, 40, whose father also
drove a coal truck, says he did not
want the same for his 13-year-old
daughter. Yet, he says, if a future
government wanted to move away
from the mining industry, as Ms
Clinton proposed, it needed to
provide something else for people to
do, and to help that transition.
He said people in the area were
not resistant to change – and they
resented being mocked by liberals as
being either hicks or racists, or both.
“We’re not asking to be filthy
rich. We don’t want to be like the
Kardashians. We just want to be able
to pay for our kids,” he says. “So far,
President Trump is the only one who
has done that for us.”
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Analysis
Take boasts of economic
success with pinch of salt
By Ben Chu
I
n his inaugural address at the
US Capitol, Donald Trump outlined his creed that “protection
will lead to great prosperity
and strength”.
But how has the giant US economy performed under his “protection”? How much can he take
personal credit for? And what will
be the implications of decisions
taken over the past 12 months for
the economic future of the US?
Mr Trump’s favourite economic
statistics over the past year have related to the price of US stocks.
“Dow goes from 18,589 on November 9, 2016, to 25,075 today, for
a new all-time… Record fastest 1000
point move in history… Six trillion
dollars in value created,” he tweeted on 5 January, one of many such
market-related boasts. However,
these records are less impressive
than he implies. The Dow Jones is
known to be a deeply flawed index.
Its constituents are weighted by
the face value of individual shares,
rather than a company’s market
capitalisation, which is not an accurate way to measure the advance of
US companies.
HOW MUCH CREDIT
SHOULD TRUMP GET?
It does seem that market
valuations picked up
sharply when he won
the election. Wall Street
analysts interpreted this
as a response to his campaign promises of major infrastructure spending and
tax cuts on firms – which
were expected to be good news for
US corporate profits.
We have now had the tax cuts,
although not the infrastructure
spending. However, it could be that
other factors, such as GDP growth
expectations, are just as important
in boosting company valuations.
WHAT ABOUT JOBS?
Mr Trump has boasted about job
creation under his administration.
“Jobs are coming back to America,”
has been one of his refrains.
Monthly job creation has certainly been strong under his presidency, averaging around 170,000
a month. Yet it is important to
note that the US jobs story
did not begin in 2017
when Mr Trump
took office. There
was considerable
momentum from the
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presidency of Barack Obama, who
oversaw a steady fall in the jobless
rate from a peak of 10 per cent during the 2009 recession.
WHAT ABOUT ECONOMIC
GROWTH?
This has been a story of improvement. In the first quarter of 2017
the US economy was growing at an
annualised rate of 1.2 per cent. That
had strengthened by the third quarter to 3.2 per cent.
The IMF is projecting full-year
US growth for 2017 of 2.2 per cent,
up from 1.5 per cent in 2016 and the
second biggest expansion in the G7.
And it expects growth in 2018
of 2.3 per cent, which would be
the highest among the club of
rich countries.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE TAX CUTS?
“Massive tax cuts for working families across America,” was how Donald Trump described the tax Bill,
which passed the Senate in December, in the first and only major legislative success of his presidency.
The Tax Policy Centre has produced a distributional analysis of
the impact of the Bill. This showed
that it would reduce taxes, on average, for most Americans between
2019 and 2025. But by far the big-
gest beneficiaries of the tax cuts
over the next decade would be the
top 1 per cent of earners, and the
top 0.1 per cent of American households, including Mr Trump himself.
And by 2027 taxes would actually
rise for the lowest-income groups.
WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE?
There is no gainsaying that the US
economy has performed strongly
in the first year of Donald Trump’s
chaotic presidency.
But his claims that he can take
credit for all movements in the
stock market and the jobs market
must be taken with a large pinch
of salt. His sole legislative achievement will deliver nothing much to
the middle classes on whose behalf
he promised to govern.
In the longer term, Mr Trump’s
anti-immigrant legislative manoeuvres, inflammatory rhetoric and authoritarian posturing risk damage
to America’s soft power and prestige around the world, which could
have a lasting negative impact on
the country’s growth potential.
And if he starts to deliver on his
protectionist promises, he could
do grave damage to the liberal global trade system which, in turn,
will harm the American economy.
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January: On the 20th Donald Trump
is sworn in as the 45th President
of the United States of America
at a ceremony in Washington DC.
The White House hails a record
attendance, in one of the first
examples of Mr Trump’s fake news.
The photos suggest otherwise.
February: Trump gives his first
speech to a joint session of the US
Congress setting out his priorities,
including building a “great wall”
along the border with Mexico and
dismantling Obamacare. Michael
Flynn resigns as National Security
Adviser after it emerges he had
alleged links to Russia. The President
brushes off any alleged links
between his presidential campaign
and Moscow.
March: Trump asks FBI Director
James Comey to “lift the cloud” of the
investigation into links with Russia.
April: The President ramps up his
aggressive foreign policy. After a
chemical attack on civilians in Syria,
Trump orders a retaliatory attack on a
government air base in Homs.
Days later, as relations with North
Korea worsen, Trump declares: “North
Korea is a problem. The problem will
be taken care of.”
May: FBI Director Comey is removed.
Trump later claims he is the subject of
a “witch-hunt” and denies telling Mr
Comey to drop the investigation into
Michael Flynn.
June: The President finds himself in
a war of words with Prime Minister
Theresa May over his criticism of
London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s response
to a terrorist attack on London Bridge.
And by the end of the month, his
partial travel ban comes into effect,
restricting the movement of people
from countries such as Iran, Sudan,
Syria and Somalia into the US.
July: The New York Times claims
there was a secret meeting between
the Trump campaign and a Russian
lawyer in 2016 to sully Hillary
Clinton’s presidential ambitions.
Both the President’s Press Secretary
Sean Spicer and Chief of Staff Reince
Priebus lose their jobs. Anthony
Scaramucci becomes the new White
House Communcations Director and
lasts 16 days in the role.
August: The President is heavily
criticised for failing to condemn
far right groups after the violent
Charlottesville rally.
September: The President declares
a state of emergency in Florida,
South Carolina, Puerto Rico and
the US Virgin Islands as Hurricane
Irma approaches.
October: After a mass shooting in Las
Vegas, the President condemns the
attack but stops short of introducing
further gun control. He instructs Vice
President Mike Pence to walk out of
an NFL game after 15 players refuse
to kneel for the National Anthem
in protest at police brutality and
racial inequality.
November: The President undertakes
a tour of Asia, discussing an arms
deal with Japan, signing trade deals
with China and in Vietnam, accusing
Kim Jong-Un of “twisted fantasies of...
nuclear blackmail”.
December: Former National Security
Adviser Michael Flynn admits lying
to the FBI regarding contact with
Russia. Trump enrages the Arab world
by announcing the US will formally
recognise Jerusalem as the capital
of Israel.
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President may soon
regret such belligerent
rhetoric towards Iran
By Patrick Cockburn
T
he US-Iran confrontation
is already destabilising
parts of the Middle East
which were starting
to settle down after the defeat
of Isis in the second half of last
year. “The escalating American
threats against Iran mean that
the Iranians will be more vigorous
in safeguarding their position
in Iraq and Syria,” said a former
Iraqi minister who did not want
his name published.
He warned that senior US
officials, particularly those with
a military background, “will do
everything short of war against
Iran”. They had convinced
themselves that Iran’s clerical
government was weaker than was
really the case.
The former minister said: “They
believe that they just have to kick
the system and it will collapse.”
This wishful thinking has been
encouraged by the protests that
have broken out in Iranian cities
since 28 December.
US-Iranian tensions
increased last Friday
when Donald Trump
said that he had
signed a waiver on
the reimposition
of draconian US
sanctions on Iran
for the last time. He
would not do so when
the issue comes up
again in 120 days unless
the nuclear deal agreed with
Iran a year ago is substantially
modified, something that is
unlikely to happen.
The uncertainty over sanctions
has already cut the economic
benefits to Iranians stemming
from the agreement. Foreign
banks and companies do not want
to risk spending money on doing
business in Iran to find that they
have to stop because of sanctions.
Nobody in the region is certain
about how seriously they should
take Mr Trump’s belligerent
rhetoric, but Iran will inevitably
take precautionary measures.
“The Iranians are under
the impression that others
want to topple them and this
is understandable,” the Iraqi
prime minister, Haider al-Abadi,
said last October. “To protect
themselves they have to fight
outside their borders.” They do
this through the use of proxies and
manipulation of local forces.
Iraq has been enjoying its least
violent period since the US and
British invasion of 2003 but the
peace is still fragile, as was shown
on Monday when two suicide
bombers killed 38 people and
injured 100 in an explosion in a
market in Baghdad. This was the
worst attack in the capital since
the Iraqi forces, backed by US air
power, captured Mosul in July.
The US and Iranian relationship
in Iraq has long been an unstable
mixture of open rivalry and
hostility combined with covert
and grudging co-operation. Mr
Abadi and his predecessor, Nouri
al-Maliki, were approved by
Washington and Tehran before
being appointed.
This curious relationship
between Iran and the US is
tenuous, depending on Iran and
the US having similar aims, a
recent example being the war
against Isis. Iraqi governments
try to balance between the two
powers without becoming wholly
dependent on either.
The US periodically hopes
to establish a pro-American
government in Baghdad but the
former minister said that in
present circumstances Iran would
be more determined to prevent
this from happening.
The US can stir the pot in Iraq
but not achieve any breakthrough
in rolling back Iranian influence.
In Syria, the American position is
even more complicated, because
it relies for leverage on
its alliance with the
Syrian Kurds, the
two-million-strong
Syrian minority
that controls a great
swathe of territory
across northern and
eastern Syria. The
US has about 2,000
specialist soldiers in
Syria but its military
strength depends on the use
of air power in support of Kurdish
ground troops who belong to the
Syrian branch of the Kurdistan
Workers’ Party (PKK) that has
been waging a guerrilla war in
Turkey since 1984.
This is not a stable political or
military platform from which the
US could try to diminish Iranian
influence in Syria. Alliance with
the Syrian Kurds means hostile
relations with Turkey.
Some observers say
reassuringly that Mr Trump’s
aggressive rhetoric is often
followed by no action at all. But
in the Middle East threats are
taken seriously and, even when
empty, may provoke a brutal
counter-reaction.
This is what happened in 2003
when US neoconservatives spoke
of following up the capture of
Baghdad with regime change
in Tehran and Damascus. The
Iranians and Syrians were
determined to make sure the US
and Britain never stabilised their
occupation of Iraq.
If Mr Trump does succeed in
capsizing the Iran nuclear deal,
the US may soon regret reigniting
a series of conflicts likely to end
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henever
a famous
person
is dating
another
famous person, chances are
that Wendi Murdoch brought
them together,” a friend of the
billionaire tycoon Rupert’s
former wife observed.
But could the glamorous
networker, who is said to have
enjoyed close friendships with
Tony Blair and Vladimir Putin,
actually be a spy, who has been
performing Beijing’s bidding
during her journey through the
corridors of power?
Readers of the Murdoch-owned
Wall Street Journal are not used
to seeing exposés about the
proprietor’s familial relationships.
Yet the paper reported that
US officials have warned
Jared Kushner, Donald
Trump’s son-in-law,
about his friendship
with Wendi Deng
Murdoch, the
Chinese-American
businesswoman,
whose 14-year
marriage to the media
mogul ended in 2013.
It is claimed that the
US intelligence community has
evidence to suggest that Ms
Murdoch is using her access to the
White House and her network of
high-powered connections to lobby
for the Chinese government.
The reports ensnared Mr Blair,
who has denied gossip that he
had an affair with Ms Murdoch
when she was still married to Mr
Murdoch. But concerns over her
loyalties have prompted the FBI to
raise Ms Murdoch’s connection to
Mr Blair with British intelligence
officials, according to US reports.
There was “reason to be
watchful” about Ms Murdoch,
whose rise began when she caught
Mr Murdoch’s eye while working
for his Star TV network in Hong
Kong in 1997, the FBI considered.
Michael Wolff, biographer of Mr
Murdoch and President Trump,
is certain that the story was fully
endorsed by the WSJ owner.
“Since their divorce, Murdoch has
been telling anybody who would
listen that Wendi is a Chinese
spy – and had been throughout the
marriage,” he asserted.
The evidence to suggest Ms
Murdoch, 49, is a latter-day Mata
Hari appears circumstantial. Was
it simply good fortune that she
nurtured a friendship with realestate developer Mr Kushner and
his wife Ivanka over many years
on the New York social scene? Ms
Trump served as a trustee for
funds set aside for the Murdochs’
two children together, it is said.
When Ms Murdoch attended
the inauguration with Ms Trump,
was she to know that the couple
would emerge as important points
of contact for Beijing when Mr
Trump gave prominent advisory
roles to his close family?
The counter-intelligence
assessments, shown to Mr
Kushner in early 2017, raised
suspicions that Ms Murdoch
was lobbying for a high-profile
construction project
funded by the Chinese
government in
Washington DC.
The planned
$100m Chinese
garden at
the National
Arboretum was
deemed a national
security risk because
it included a 70ft-high
tower that could potentially
be used for surveillance, the Wall
Street Journal said.
The report was designed to
alert Mr Kushner, a newcomer
to government, to the threat
of people lobbying on behalf
of foreign powers to promote
interests at odds with the US. A
representative for Mr Kushner
and Ms Trump said the discussion
with officials was a “routine senior
staff security briefing”.
A spokesman for Ms Murdoch,
born in China’s Shandong
province, said she “has no
knowledge of any FBI concerns
or other intelligence agency
concerns relating to her or her
associations”. She “has absolutely
no knowledge of any garden
projects funded by the Chinese
government”.
Whether or not the spying
allegations stick, Ms Murdoch’s
access to the power behind the
presidency means she has a
foothold in the Trump White
House, which has already cast out
the former chief of staff Reince
Priebus and the former strategy
chief Steve Bannon.
Ms Murdoch, who studied
at Yale School of Management
in the US, has demonstrated
her formidable qualities on the
public stage when she famously
defended Mr Murdoch from a
pie-flinging protester during a 2011
Parliamentary hearing.
Ignoring raised eyebrows at
their 37-year age difference, the
pair had enjoyed a whirlwind
romance. They married on Mr
Murdoch’s yacht, Morning Glory,
in 1999, less than three weeks after
his divorce from second wife Anna
was finalised. Ms Murdoch used
her Chinese contacts to help Mr
HEALTH
A clear-sighted problem
with a very visible solution
Commonwealth leaders can help to tackle the world’s
greatest unmet disability. By Alastair Campbell
I
have been to enough
Commonwealth summits to
know that they sometimes
struggle to achieve the kind
of change associated with
gatherings at the UN, Nato, the G7
even, dare I say, the EU.
But as Commonwealth leaders
gather in London in April, there
is an issue ready made for their
attention, and where they can
make a massive difference.
It concerns the greatest unmet
disability in the world today – poor
uncorrected vision. Some 2.5 billion
people are affected by it. And the
solution to that problem is sitting
on the noses of many of you reading
this right now: cheap glasses.
I was not aware of the scale of
the issue until I was invited to a
brainstorm hosted by Hong Kong
philanthropist James Chen, whose
“Clearly” campaign has been
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A Borders festival aims to unite people of
all political leanings. By Nick Harding
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It’s said that
Wendi Deng
Murdoch is
lobbying for
the Chinese
government
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Murdoch forge business links with
the emerging superpower.
Mr Murdoch reportedly became
suspicious that she had forged a
close friendship with Mr Blair, with
whom he broke off relations. Mr
Murdoch filed for divorce, citing
irreconcilable differences.
Dismissed as a “gold-digger”
after the split by members of the
Murdoch family, Ms Murdoch,
a US citizen who retains the
Murdoch name, subsequently
denied reports of an affair with Mr
Putin.
Accusations that she is a spy
irritated Beijing. A Chinese
Ministry of Foreign Affairs official
said in a briefing: “Certain people
in the US should stop creating
problems when none exists.”
Chinese media condemned
the reports as an example of
“sinophobia” which had more to
do with a power struggle in the
White House, as “establishment”
elements try to undermine Mr
Trump’s family members.
The “Chinese garden” leak may
be designed to plant a seed of doubt
within Mr Kushner and Ms Trump
about their choice of friends.
According to Michael Wolff, Ivanka
wants to be the first US female
president. She has a deal with
Mr Kushner to launch a bid for
the Oval Office ahead of her
husband.
A representative for the couple
said they “have been friends with
Rupert and Wendi Murdoch
for a decade before coming to
Washington and their relationship
is neither political nor about China”.
With the prospect of an A-list
pass not just to this Trump White
House but one to come, Ms Murdoch
is unlikely to be so naive about the
friendship. If she isn’t a Chinese
spy, Wendi Murdoch has proved
that she is an agent of influence.
raising awareness of poor vision.
I decided to try travelling home
to London without my specs, bog
standard 2.5 strength reading
glasses. Suddenly my book became
unreadable. I could only
read the headlines in
papers. Sending texts
was a no-no. The
screen on a train
ticket vending
machine caused
me more grief
after I entered the
wrong PIN. After
just half a day, the
strain gave me such
a headache that I
couldn’t sleep. That was
just me, for just half a day.
Imagine being a child in school
who can read but cannot see.
The lack of visual acuity checks
and vision-correction halts
children’s education and keeps
adults in low-paid jobs. This takes
a disproportionate toll on women,
deepening gender inequality. The
loss of productivity and
the cost of everything
from road accidents to
childcare mounts up.
If Commonwealth
leaders want to see
that something can
be done, they need
look no further
than Rwanda,
whose government,
working with Vision
for a Nation, another
James Chen charity, has
shown that the problem can
be tackled. Two and a half million
Rwandans have now had basic eye
tests and, where needed, glasses.
Rwanda’s population is only 12
million but 900 million of the 2.5
billion people affected by poor vision
live in the Commonwealth. Some
570 million in India and Nigeria,
two of the Commonwealth’s fastest
growing nations.
That is 900 million reasons why
we desperately need to make sure
that this issue is on the agenda in
April. Then leaders can discuss
issues such as wiping out the
import duties that make glasses too
expensive in some nations. Sight
is not even mentioned in the UN’s
sustainable development goals, yet
good vision is central to so many of
those goals. Yesterday saw support
from MPs and peers who combined
to make a film highlighting the issue.
They will now press Commonwealth
leaders to act. So can you, by signing
a petition at clearly.world/action.
o the outsider, the
border region between
England and Scotland
might seem like a giant
wound in Britain’s body,
dividing English Brexiteers and
Scottish Remainers. It has received
a fresh rub of salt in the past few
days, too, after SNP leader Nicola
Sturgeon announced that her party
would decide whether to push for a
second independence referendum,
depending on the terms of Brexit.
While politicians have done little
to heal the rift, a cross-border arts
company is bringing the two nations
together by deploying a symbol of
peace. For 11 days, tens of thousands
of people from both sides of the
geographic divide will descend on
Dumfries in the Scottish Borders to
experience the power of the haggis.
The Big Burns Supper is a massparticipation contemporary arts
festival that includes performances
from an eclectic roster of artists.
This year it consists of 200 live
events in more than 30 venues.
Comedian Bill Bailey, rapper
Ocean Wisdom, singer-songwriter
Eddi Reader and folk icon Donovan
are all appearing alongside the
sell-out cabaret show Le Haggis.
While it is not a political event,
its location and mission to bring
people together have made it a
beacon of hope, where audiences
from both sides of the independence
debate can meet, share a dram, be
entertained and celebrate one of
Scotland’s most successful cultural
exports – poet Robert Burns.
“The Big Burns Supper has
always been about getting people
to come together, to socialise and
enjoy themselves as a community,”
says Graham Main, founder and
executive producer of the festival.
“This spirit of collaboration is
more important today than ever.
People are divided. We provide
an opportunity for them to come
together.” Up to a quarter of visitors
last year came from England, and it
is hoped that number will increase
this year. Politics features only in
satire. One of the acts is Edinburgh
Fringe success Trumpageddon.
The Burns spirit plays a central
part in the festival vision. “Auld Lang
Syne was written by Burns here in
Dumfries, it was shaped here, and
it embodies the spirit of the town,”
says Main. “The line ‘and there’s
a hand, my trusty fiere, and gie’s a
hand o’ thine’ is symbolic of what the
festival strives to achieve. Political
agendas do not matter – we want to
invite the world here.”
During the 2014 referendum,
organisers realised its overt
celebration of Scottish arts and
culture could be perceived as a sign
of political affiliation and enlisted
MSPs to assert its neutrality.
“There were murmurings that
celebrating Burns night meant you
were a ‘Yes’ supporter,” says Main.
“There was a debate in Holyrood
in which members reiterated the
non-partisan spirit of Burns night.”
Burns imagines a future
in which people live as equals
so it’s likely he was no fan
of borders or divisions
Scholars have often tried to
predict how Burns would have voted
had he been alive for the Scottish
and EU referendums. He was
certainly a supporter of the French
revolution, so may well have been in
the Remain camp, but throughout
his life he remained both a Scottish
and British patriot. He championed
equality and democracy.
His poem “A Man’s A Man For A’
That” imagines a future in which all
people live as equals, in mutual trust
and respect, so it’s likely he was no
fan of borders or divisions.
Indeed, the Borders region where
he lived before his death in 1796,
while possibly seen as divided by
some outsiders, is, in reality unified
by a common history. The region
housed huge munitions factories
where Scots and English lived and
worked together. Today as many
people travel to work from Carlisle
to Dumfries as do the other way.
“Anyone who is not here sees a
border. The people who live here
don’t,” says Main.
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Actors
reenact
the first
ever Burns
Supper, held
in 1801,
on the fifth
anniversary
of the poet’s
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9pm, Sky Atlantic
He came, he saw, but has Jez
Butterworth conquered with his
big-budget take on the Roman
conquest of Britain? Already
hailed as his “mad masterpiece”,
the screenwriter’s trippy 10-hour
odyssey is rather more Apocalypse
Now than Game Of Thrones, although
there are elements of the other Sky
Atlantic show in the internecine
warfare of the Celtic tribes facing
the legions. David Morrissey (left)
plays a leader Trumpian in his
self-belief (“I am Rome, and where I
walk is Rome”), Mackenzie Crook is
unrecognisable as a druid and some
of the costumes wouldn’t be out of
place in Mad Max. A bit bonkers,
then, but never boring.
8pm, BBC1
The highlight of the latest 60
minutes of miracle-working by the
BBC Natural History Unit has to be
the look on the face of a kitten of the
Asian “fishing cat” variety as it is first
introduced by its mother to water.
Elsewhere, we meet the sinuous
margay of Central America and the
rarely seen Pallas’s cat of Mongolia,
which catches its prey by pretending
to be a rock.
Britannia
Big Cats
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Death In Paradise
9pm, BBC1
The latest visit to Saint Marie begins
with a best-selling author toasting
his dinner guests like someone
lining up the suspects in a game of
Cluedo. “My loyal agent, my loving
wife...” and so on, these played
respectively by Simon Callow and
Imogen Stubbs. As for James
Faulkner as the author in question,
he has little more to do than utter
these lines, go for an early-morning
swim and lie on the beach with a
dagger protruding from his chest.
Nice work if you can get it. Sian
Gibson from Car Share, as the
writer’s housekeeper, also figures
in the list of suspects for Ardal
O’Hanlon’s detective Jack Mooney to
interrogate in his deceptively
laid-back manner.
began life in 1880s Liverpool and
among its very first cases was that of
Sarah-Ann Duffy – yes, a resident of
No 62 Falkner Street, the house
whose history is being calmly
dissected by David Olusoga. Sarah
was badly beaten by her mother but
went on to have a strong and happy
marriage until she was widowed in
the Second World War. Indeed, the
latter half of this week’s episode
looks at the Blitz on Merseyside, in
which the Luftwaffe took out several
neighbouring houses in its attempt
to wipe out Liverpool docks.
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Transformation Street
A House Through Time
9pm, BBC2
The National Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Children
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9pm, ITV
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clinic meets Stephanie from Wales
(formerly a married firefighter called
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The first and
second quarterfinals (S).
11.45 Lethal Weapon
The duo
attempt to
finish off Tito
Flores (R) (S).
11.35 Working Class
White Men
Part two of two.
The identity
crisis facing
men and their
families (R) (S).
11.05 Celebrity Big
Brother’s Bit On
The Side Rylan
Clark-Neal
presents the
CBB companion
show (S).
11.00 Lost Land Of
The Volcano
Unusual
courtship
displays
by birds of
paradise (R) (S).
11.20 FILM: Darkman
(Sam Raimi
1990) Thriller,
starring Liam
Neeson (S).
11.20 Family Guy
Peter’s father
moves in with
the family (R)
(S).
11.45 American Dad!
(R) (S).
12.35 BBC News (S).
12.05 Snooker: The
Masters – Extra (S). 2.05
Sign Zone: A House
Through Time (R) (S). 3.05
Sign Zone: The Hairy
Bikers’ Mediterranean
Adventure (R) (S). 4.05 This
Is BBC Two (S).
12.35 Jackpot247 3.00 “Dr
Google”: Do DIY Diagnoses
Work? Tonight (R). 3.25
ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.35 The Secret Life Of
The Zoo (R) (S). 1.30 How
To Lose Weight Well (R) (S).
2.25 Location, Location,
Location (R) (S). 3.20 Coast
Vs Country (R) (S). 4.15 The
Autistic Gardener (R) (S).
5.10 How To Stay Well (R).
12.00 SuperCasino 3.10
GPs: Behind Closed Doors
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Out: Kavos Ink (R) (S). 4.45
House Doctor (R) (S). 5.10
Wildlife SOS (R) (S). 5.35
Divine Designs (R) (S).
12.00 Play It Loud: The
Story Of The Marshall Amp
(R) (S). 1.00 Top Of The Pops:
1981 (R) (S). 1.20 Top Of The
Pops: 1981 (R). 2.00 Forces
Of Nature With Brian Cox
(R) (S). 3.00 Peaky Blinders
(R) (S). 4.00 Close
1.10 FILM: Future Shock!
The Story Of 2000AD
(Paul Goodwin 2014)
Documentary about the
British sci-fi comic (S).
3.25 Close
12.15 American Dad! (R) (S).
12.40 Two And A Half Men
(R) (S). 1.10 Superstore (R)
(S). 1.35 Ibiza Weekender
(R) (S). 2.30 Teleshopping
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15 Rip
Off Britain: Holidays (S).
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Hammer (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
(S). 3.45 The Farmers’
Country Showdown (S).
4.30 Antiques Road Trip
(S). 5.15 Pointless (S).
6pm
7pm
8pm
11pm
Late
Stephanie features in
‘TransformationStreet’
9pm, ITV
Ardal O’Hanlon is left
with another case to
solve in the drama
‘Death In Paradise’
9pm, BBC1
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.25 Totally
Bonkers Guinness World
Records (R) (S). 6.55 Dress
To Impress (R) (S). 7.45
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.20
Coronation Street (R) (S).
8.50 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 9.25 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (R) (S).
10.10 Who’s Doing The
Dishes? (R) (S). 11.10 Dress
To Impress (R) (S). 12.10
Emmerdale (R) (S). 12.45
Coronation Street (R) (S).
1.45 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).
A jaguar searches for
food in ‘Big Cats’
8pm, BBC1
10.00Celebrity Juice
Anniversary
special with
Verne Troyer
and Tulisa (R).
10.50 Family Guy (R)
(S).
NEWS
2-29
Mark, with two sons) as she prepares
to have her nose and chin softened,
writer Juno, who grew up believing
she was a gay man, and Emma, who
is having her breast augmented.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Derry Girls
10pm, Channel 4
It is great news that Lisa McGee’s
comedy has been recommissioned
by Channel 4, although this is a
slightly shakier episode than the first
two, despite a lively plot involving a
lost dog, a weeping statue of the
Virgin Mary and a handsome young
priest suffering religious doubts.
Once again Siobhan McSweeney
effortlessly steals her scenes as the
decidedly unspiritual Sister Michael,
while Erin’s extended family could
sustain a sitcom on its own.
VOICES
14-18
TV
30-31
IQ
32-37
FILM OF THE DAY
===
9pm, ITV4
(Guy Hamilton, 1964)
The third and arguably the most
entertaining Bond film was the first
24-carat box-office smash of the
series, and set the template for the
next 17 or so. It’s got weaponised
bowler hats and lasers. It’s the one in
which Sean Connery’s imperturbable
007 drives a silver Aston Martin
equipped with an ejector seat by
Q-Branch. The one in which he
encounters Pussy Galore (Honor
Blackman, left, with Connery), and
“Bond girl” Shirley Eaton comes to a
memorable sticky end. The one in
which he tracks Gert Fröbe’s criminal
mastermind to his lair, asks if he’s
expected to talk and is told: “No, Mr
Bond, I expect you to die.”.
5pm Sky Cinema Comedy
(Rob Reiner, 1984)
This tour doc was so cleverly faked,
audiences wondered why Rob Reiner
hadn’t found a more famous heavy
metal band to profile. Even more
impressive: Spinal Tap are egotistical
idiots who make terrible music, yet
you can’t help but like them.
Goldfinger
This Is Spinal Tap
===
Saturday Night And
Sunday Morning
11.20pm, Talking Pictures
(Karel Reisz, 1960)
America had Brando and James
Dean; we had Albert Finney as Arthur
Seaton, a young factory worker who
lives for the weekend and refuses to
let the bastards grind him down.
Radio
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Coach Trip: Road
To Tenerife (R) (S). 7.30
Streetmate (R) (S). 8.00
Charmed (R) (S). 9.00
Melissa & Joey (R) (S).
10.00 Baby Daddy (R) (S).
11.00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 12.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 12.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 1.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 1.30 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 2.00
Melissa & Joey (R) (S). 2.30
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Baby Daddy (R) (S). 3.30
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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
An insurance
salesman is
murdered (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
Noel Fitzpatrick
operates on a
rabbit’s broken
leg (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
Bender testifies
against the
mafia (R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House The
doctor treats
two victims of
poisoning (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
investigates a
murder (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Mandy tries her
best to get Ella
back (S).
7.30 Coach Trip:
Road To
Tenerife (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
Converting a
dilapidated
joinery
workshop in
north London
(R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Homer is cast
as the lead in
a superhero
movie (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A property
tycoon’s wife
is killed in her
home (R) (S).
8.00 Duck Quacks
Don’t Echo With
Roisin Conaty,
Noel Fielding
and Jason
Manford (R) (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Danny and Baez
investigate a
gang-related
murder (R) (S).
10.00Foyle’s War
American
GIs arrive in
Hastings (R) (S).
12.00 Inspector Morse (R)
(S). 2.05 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
9.00 Walks With My
Dog Actress
Angela Griffin
is in the
Cotswolds (S).
9.00 A League Of
Their Own With
Aaron Ramsey,
Romesh
Ranganathan
and Kate Abdo
(R) (S).
9.00 Britannia
New series.
Period drama,
starring David
Morrissey.
10.00The
Inbetweeners
(R) (S).
10.30 The
Inbetweeners
(R) (S).
10.00The Yorkshire
Dales And
The Lakes The
search is on for
a puppy that
has fallen down
a sinkhole (R) (S).
10.00Delicious A
member of staff
reveals a secret
(R) (S).
10.30 Active Shooter:
America Under
Fire (R).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory Penny
arranges a date
for Raj (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E A man is
rushed in after
attempting
suicide (R) (S).
11.00 The Force:
North East
Officers attend
the aftermath
of a machete
gang fight in
Newcastle (R).
11.40 Britannia
Period drama,
starring David
Morrissey (R).
12.05 Gogglebox (R) (S).
1.10 Rude Tube (R) (S). 2.15
2 Broke Girls (R) (S). 2.40
2 Broke Girls (R) (S). 3.05
Rude Tube (R) (S). 3.30
Celebs Go Dating (R) (S).
4.25 Rude(ish) Tube (R) (S).
4.50 Charmed (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 Walks With My Dog
(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).
1.10 Dexter (R). 2.15
Banshee (R) (S). 3.15 Girls
(R) (S). 3.50 Girls (R) (S).
4.20 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.10 The West Wing (R) (S).
ONDEMAND
The Coronation
BBC iPlayer
The Queen speaks about how the
Crown Jewels were to be hidden
from the Nazis in a biscuit tin.
Dexter
Now TV/Sky Box Sets
All eight seasons of the drama
starring Michael C Hall.
Britain’s Favourite
Dogs: Top 100
ITV Hub
Can celebrities’ pooch of
choice, the French bulldog,
retain the top spot?
6am A.Dot 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target
9.02 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Seani B 1am Toddla T
3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00 Seani B
Undone 6.30 Great Lives
7.00 Not In Front Of The
Children 7.30 The Goon Show
8.00 Agatha Raisin 8.30 The
Physicist’s Guide To The
Orchestra 9.00 Time 9.15
Tunnel Vision 10.00 Comedy
Club: John Finnemore’s
Souvenir Programme 10.30
Comedy Club: Sketchorama
11.00 Comedy Club: Start/Stop
11.30 Comedy Club: Facts And
Fancies 11.45 Comedy Club:
For One Horrible Moment
12mdn’t Undone 12.30 Great
Lives 1.00 Agatha Raisin 1.30
The Physicist’s Guide To The
Orchestra 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
Unbelievable Truth 4.30
King Street Junior 5.00 Fat
Chance 5.30 John Finnemore’s
Souvenir Programme
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 4 LW
BBC 5 Live
6.30am 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 BBC Radio 1’s Residency
– Artwork 12mdn’t BBC Radio
1’s Residency 1.00 Toddla T
3.00 Radio 1’s Artist Takeover
With Charli XCX 4.00 Radio
1’s Early Breakfast Show With
Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
9.00 2 Broke Girls (S).
9.30 2 Broke Girls
Han tracks
down Max’s
birth father (S).
31
Room. David Aaronovitch
discusses big issues in the
news. 8.30 In Business. How
second-hand clothes could fuel
an international trade dispute.
9.00 BBC Inside Science.
Presented by Adam Rutherford.
9.30 In Our Time. The life and
work of Russian poet Anna
Akhmatova (1889-1966). 10.00
The World Tonight. With James
Coomarasamy. 10.45 Book At
Bedtime: The Vital Spark: A Far
Cry From Kensington. 11.00
Rich Hall’s (US) Breakdown.
The comedian reflects on the
first year of Donald Trump’s
presidency. 11.30 Today In
Parliament. Presented by
Susan Hulme. 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
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). 1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.50 On The Buses (R) (S).
4.20 On The Buses (R) (S).
4.55 Rising Damp (R) (S).
5.25 George And Mildred
(R) (S).
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Marple A
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their dream
home (R) (S).
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6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Amol Rajan 2.00
Steve Wright In The Afternoon
5.00 Simon Mayo 7.00 Bob
Harris Country 8.00 Jo Whiley
10.00 The Radio 2 Arts Show
With Anneka Rice 12mdn’t The
Craig Charles House Party 2.00
Radio 2’s Tracks Of My Years
Playlist 3.00 Radio 2 Playlist:
Have A Great Weekend 4.00
Radio 2 Playlist: Feelgood
Friday 5.00 Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. Georgia
Mann presents. 9.00 Essential
Classics. With Suzy Klein.
12noon Composer Of The
Week: Beethoven 1.00 News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert. Music by Bach,
Dvorák and Schumann from
St George’s Hall, Liverpool.
2.00 Afternoon Concert 5.00
In Tune. With the Colin Currie
Group and conductor Koen
Kessels. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Radio 3 In Concert
10.00 Free Thinking 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 In Our Time
9.45 Book Of The Week: In
Search Of Mary Shelley 10.00
Woman’s Hour 11.00 Crossing
Continents 11.30 From The
Steppes To The Stage 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 Seoul 2.00 The
Archers 2.15 Drama: Stone
3.00 Open Country 3.27 Radio
4 Appeal 3.30 Open Book 4.00
The Film Programme 4.30
BBC Inside Science 5.00 PM
5.57 Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock
News 6.30 John Finnemore’s
Souvenir Programme. Half
an hour of comedy sketches.
7.00 The Archers. Noluthando
goes too far. 7.15 Front Row.
Arts programme. 7.45 How To
Survive The Roman Empire,
By Pliny And Me. By Hattie
Naylor. 8.00 The Briefing
8.30am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast 3am
Test Match Special 5.30 Test
Match Special
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Agatha Raisin 6.30 The
Physicist’s Guide To The
Orchestra 7.00 Fat Chance
7.30 John Finnemore’s
Souvenir Programme 8.00
Not In Front Of The Children
8.30 The Goon Show 9.00 The
Unbelievable Truth 9.30 King
Street Junior 10.00 Strangers
And Brothers 11.00 Time 11.15
Tunnel Vision 12noon Not In
Front Of The Children 12.30
The Goon Show 1.00 Agatha
Raisin 1.30 The Physicist’s
Guide To The Orchestra 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 Unbelievable Truth 4.30
King Street Junior 5.00 Fat
Chance 5.30 John Finnemore’s
Souvenir Programme 6.00
Pick
ofthe
day
Bob Harris
Country
7pm,
BBC Radio 2
The Pennsylvaniaborn country
artist Jillian
Jacqueline joins
Harris (above)
for a session
performance
in the famous
studio.
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
The Emma Barnett Show 1pm
Afternoon Edition 4.00 5 Live
Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport 9.00
5 Live Sport: 5 Live Tennis
10.00 Question Time Extra
Time 1am Up All Night 5.00
Morning Reports 5.15 Wake Up
To Money
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Steve Lamacq 6.00 Steve
Lamacq’s Roundtable 7.00
Marc Riley 9.00 Gideon Coe
12mdn’t 6 Music Recommends
With Steve Lamacq 1.00 The
First Time With Jimmy Page
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Hour 3.30 6 Music’s Jukebox
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Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm AnneMarie Minhall 5.00 Classic FM
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At Seven 8.00 The Full Works
Concert. Catherine Bott pays
tribute to the work of Felix
Mendelssohn. 10.00 Smooth
Classics 1am Jane Jones
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Danielle Perry
10.00 Pete Donaldson 1am
Chris Martin
Heart
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Jenni Falconer
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6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast with Darren
Campbell 10.00 Jim White,
Ray Parlour 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
F
inding wild chimpanzees
is not easy. In the first
10 years that we spent
scouring the remote
woodlands of western
Tanzania in search of them, we
caught only fleeting glimpses and
brief views of their shadows avoiding our presence. Chimpanzees
are naturally clever and elusive.
They seem to know where you
will go before you know yourself.
And they have an amazing way of
blending into the forest or escaping undetected.
The pioneers of chimpology,
such as Jane Goodall and Toshisada Nishida, used bananas and
sugar respectively to earn chimpanzees’ trust. We now know better, and that such direct contact
exposes apes to human diseases
and offsets a natural balance within their communities.
Instead, researchers like us can
spend the better part of a decade
following tracks and traces, hoping for a glimpse and, eventually,
to have our presence tolerated.
New technologies such as camera traps, acoustic sensors and
drones are helping this process.
And on our most recent field trip
we explored a less typical, more
creative way to study them, turning to DNA techniques to try to
find evidence of chimpanzee behaviour without actually seeing or
disturbing the animals.
Unlike most animals, chimps
are regular tool users – stones and
sticks. For more than 50 years,
we’ve known their prolific termite-fishing proves they are technologically superior to their ape
peers. Chimpanzees have whole
sets of tools to probe termite
mounds, extracting the termite
“soldiers” and feasting on these
rich sources of protein. Moreover,
different chimp groups have different termite-fishing techniques.
Some may even plan ahead and
prepare tools before they arrive
at mounds, showing the kind of
forward planning that was once
thought to be uniquely human.
Now, thanks to DNA analysis,
their tools are revealing something else. In our second year
studying chimps in the Issa Valley,
Tanzania, we wondered whether
Arts
The Final Year
A new documentary
goes behind the scenes in
Obama’s White House
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Strangers in Between
A “wise and witty comingof-age play” set in Sydney
impresses Paul Taylor
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Thelargest
prime
numberever
discovered
stretchesto
millionsof
digits.Butwhy
doweneedto
know aboutit?
ByIttayWeiss
IN ASSOCIATION WITH
The secret lives
of chimpanzees
Primates can be elusive. But the DNA clues they leave behind
on tools are building a picture of how they travel, feed –
and socialise, say AlexanderPiel and FionaStewart
Prime numbers
are more than just
numbers that can
only be divided by
themselves and one.
They are a mathematical mystery,
the secrets of which
mathematicians
have been trying to
uncover ever since
Euclid proved that
they have no end.
An ongoing project
– the Great Internet
Mersenne Prime
Search – which aims
to discover more and
more primes of a
particularly rare kind,
has recently resulted
in the discovery of
the largest prime
number known to
date. Stretching to
23,249,425 digits,
it is so large that
it would easily fill
9,000 book pages.
The number, simply
written as 2⁷⁷²³²⁹¹⁷-1
(two to the power
of 77,232,917, minus
one) was found by a
volunteer who had
dedicated 14 years to
the endeavour.
But why, do we
need to know about
it? Surely the most
important numbers
are the ones that we
can use to quantify
our world? That’s not
the case. We need to
know about the properties of different
numbers so we can
keep developing the
technology we rely on
– and keep it secure.
One of the
most widely used
applications of
prime numbers in
computing is the RSA
encryption system. In
1978, Ron Rivest, Adi
Shamir and Leonard
Adleman combined
some simple, known
facts about numbers
to create RSA, the
system that allows for
the secure transmission of information
– such as credit card
numbers – online.
The first ingredient
required for the algorithm is two large
prime numbers. The
larger the numbers,
the safer the encryption. The counting
numbers one, two,
three, four, and so
on – also called the
natural numbers
– are, obviously,
extremely useful
here. But the prime
numbers are the
building blocks of
all natural numbers
and so even more
important.
Take the number
70, for example. Division shows that it is
the product of two
and 35. Further, 35
is the product of five
and seven. So 70 is
the product of three
smaller numbers:
two, five, and seven.
This is the end of the
road for 70, since
none of these can
be further broken
down. We have found
the primal components that make up
70, giving its prime
factorisation.
Multiplying two
numbers, even if
very large, is perhaps
tedious but a straightforward task. Finding
prime factorisations,
on the other hand, is
extremely hard, and
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DNA found on tools
in Africa used by
chimps – from the
young, far left, to
adults, left – can
reveal how they
socialise, what they
eat and where they
go; in time such
DNA analysis might
even reveal more
information about
prehistoric humans
Have you noticed the
older you get the more
light you need to read?
EDWARD MCLESTER
chimpanzee termite-fishers left
their DNA on their tools. We surveyed termite mounds, collected
tools and employed forensic techniques to extract DNA molecules
left on more than 50 tools. Now
that we know we can collect chimpanzee DNA in this way, we may
be able to put together a more
detailed picture of their
otherwise invisible
behaviour.
For example, by
identifying the
DNA on tools,
we can work out
where individual
chimpanzees
spend their time.
Then we can reconstruct social groups
(who’s spending time
with whom and where?).
We can follow them across the
landscape as they travel, feed and
socialise. We can use the DNA
found in their faeces or on their
tool remains to identify which
food sources are important to different groups and at what times
of year. And, on a broader scale,
we can assess population size by
estimating how frequently we encounter their DNA.
This kind of non-invasive genetic monitoring could also reveal
critical information for conservation planners. It could enable them
to identify important resources
for chimpanzees, as well as how
those resources are exploited. It
could tell us which individuals raid
human crops, in much the same
way as camera traps are doing.
What’s more, the technique has
that is precisely what
the RSA system takes
advantage of.
Suppose that
Alice and Bob wish
to communicate
secretly online. They
require an encryption system, and as
they won’t meet in
person, they need to
first openly communicate the encryption
system itself – a risky
business. However,
if Alice chooses two
large prime numbers,
computes their
product, and communicates this openly,
finding out what
her original prime
numbers were will be
very difficult, as only
she knows the factors.
So Alice communicates her product
to Bob, keeping her
implications beyond studying living
primates. We have reconstructed
an otherwise invisible past. Given
our close genetic relatedness to
all apes, chimpanzee behaviour
can teach us about our own past,
adding another piece to our reconstruction of human origins.
DNA has already taught us
how we humans evolved,
emerged out of Africa
and spread around
the world. There is
even evidence in
the fossil record
of termite fishing tools made by
early humans.
With these techniques, we may
be able to confirm
which early human
species was doing this termite-fishing. This would give us a
greater understanding of the behaviour of our prehistoric ancestors, the critical ingredient that
does not fossilise.
Alexander Piel is a lecturer in
animal behaviour, and Fiona
Stewart is a visiting lecturer in
primatology, at Liverpool John
Moores University
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find a selection of the best
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factors secret. Bob
uses the product to
encrypt his message
to Alice, which can
only be decrypted
using the factors that
she knows. If an eavesdropper tries to break
the product down into
its prime factors –
even using the fastest
supercomputer (inset)
– no known algorithm
exists that can accomplish that before the
Sun explodes.
Large prime
numbers are thus
imperative for
the functioning of
society. However, the
newly found prime
number is vastly
bigger than any of
the prime numbers
computers actually
use when transmitting secretly. It is
not safer cryptography that drove
the discovery, but
mathematicians’
need to uncover the
jewels inside the
chest labelled “prime
numbers” that really
fuels the ongoing
quest. The fact that
online commerce has
been revolutionised
is almost an accident.
The merit of
knowing these
numbers lies in
quenching the intellectual thirst that
started with Euclid’s
proof of the infinitude
of primes and still
goes on today.
Ittay Weiss is a
teaching fellow at the
department of mathematics, University of
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BY LAURENT BINET
A clever fictional
version of the
death of the
French thinker
Roland Barthes
in 1980. In
reality, Barthes
was knocked
down by a laundry van in
a Paris street. Binet asks
us to imagine it had been
an assassination.
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Rooney Mara
and Riz Ahmed
star in Benedict
Andrews’
taut drama . A
ghost from the
past haunts
a middleaged father
in a script, adapted by
David Harrower from
his acclaimed stage
play Blackbird.
Inside the
White House
W
hat happens
when you give
a journalist
unfettered
access behind
the scenes
at the White House? In the case
of author Michael Wolff, whose
controversial book Fire And Fury,
about Donald Trump, has just
been published, you get chaos,
bitter recrimination and lots
of angry tweets about Trump’s
one-time minion, “Sloppy” Steve
Bannon. Greg Barker’s new film,
The Final Year, which follows
President Barack Obama’s foreign
policy team during their last year
in office, offers a very different, far
more idealistic vision of the US
Government in action.
Barker had the same privileged
level of access as Wolff. He was
able to make the film because
of his close links to Samantha
Power, US Ambassador to the
United Nations during the
Obama Administration. Barker
had met Power long before she
was swept up by Obama and
brought into government when
she was still best known as an
author and academic. Power
featured in his 2004 film, Ghosts
of Rwanda, made to mark the
10th anniversary of the Rwandan
genocide. Power’s book, Sergio:
One Man’s Fight to Save the World,
‘The Final Year’
chronicles
Obama’s last
months in office.
Geoffrey Macnab
meets its director
about United Nations diplomat
Sergio Vieira de Mello, inspired
his 2009 documentary, Sergio. He
knew her well and had therefore
been very frustrated by profiles of
her that started appearing in The
New Yorker and elsewhere once
she became part of Obama’s team.
They were, in his words, “not very
good and not revealing of the
person I knew. I thought there was
more to explore.”
In the summer of 2015, Barker
went to see Power and proposed
a film. His idea was to chronicle
the Obama Administration’s last
year in office; their rush to “get
things done” and to “define their
legacy” before they had to vacate
the premises. He knew there was
bound to be drama as the clock
ticked away on the presidency.
His idea was for a fly-on-the-wall
documentary along the lines
of The War Room, the famous
film about Bill Clinton’s election
campaign. Power was game. So
was Ben Rhodes, the aspiring
novelist who had become Deputy
National Security Adviser and
who wrote many of Obama’s
speeches. The White House
bureaucracy was resistant at first
but was eventually won round.
Barker had his magic ticket to
film in the White House and the
State Department.
The intention behind The
Final Year was not to provide
a definitive account of the
Obama presidency or to judge
its successes and failures. It was
simply to offer “an experiential
immersion” in a world few of us
ever get to see. All his subjects
from Obama downwards realised
he was not trying to “buttonhole
them” on the controversy of the
moment. They accepted he was
discreet and would not leak their
secrets. They were so busy coping
with the problems that arose day
to day that it was a relief to have
someone around trying to take a
longer view. They also thought
that the film, if done well, would
stand as a record of their work
long after daily press conferences
and policy announcements had
been forgotten.
“The trick is to be around
enough so that when things
really start happening, people
are comfortable and you get the
real authentic emotion,” the
director explains.
An insight the film gives us is
that the White House is far less
The film aims to
immerse us in a
world few of us
ever get to see
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BERNADETTE McNULTY
President Obama with, from
left, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and
Samantha Power; above, Obama
in discussion with John Kerry, the
most travelled Secretary of State;
inset, Power gets a hug from her
boss; bottom left, Obama with Greg
Barker, the director
expansive than you would expect.
You can hear the rats beneath
the floorboards.
“It[theWestWing]isverysmall;
physically, it is not particularly
glamorous once you’re inside;
it’s dark. The offices themselves
are incredibly cramped. Most of
them are windowless and with
low ceilings,” Barker lists the
shortcomings of one of America’s
most famous buildings. He talks of
styrofoam ceilings and facilities in
urgent need of renovation. “I think
people get used to it,” he suggests.
The cramped conditions make it
an intimate working space. The
grounds are beautiful and the
White House “exudes power”.
The filmmakers were not part
of the normal US press corp.
Some journalists were resentful
of the privileged access they were
given. Barker and his crew were
not in the press room but were in
the heart of the West Wing. They
did not have security clearance
but were able to shoot in places
where cameras were normally
not allowed.
For the documentary, Barker
filmed the President and his
team on over 20 foreign trips. He
estimates he shot around 1,000
hours (12 terabytes) of material.
The final cut is just over 100
minutes. He knew from the start
how his film would end, with the
protagonists packing up their
offices and leaving the White
House. “I never wanted to include
interviews afterward because
people just talk differently when
they’re out of those jobs.”
You cannot help but admire the
sheer energy of Secretary of State
John Kerry, in his frantic attempts
to negotiate a peace settlement for
Syria. (“He put on more miles than
any Secretary of State in history,”
Barker notes.) Ben Rhodes, Susan
Rice (Obama’s senior National
Security Adviser) and Samantha
Power are similarly hardworking
and resourceful, even if they
sometimes appear naive and
blindsided when confronted by
the realpolitik of the Russians.
There is a very poignant scene
in which we see Power hosting an
election night event for prominent
women, including former UN
Ambassador Madeleine Albright
and feminist writer, Gloria
Steinem. We sense the optimism
at the start of the evening giving
way to creeping anxiety and then
full blown despair as it becomes
apparent that Trump will be the
next President.
Most of the subjects have now
seen the film. One observation
they all make is how tired
they look. The film does
not always show them in
their best light. They do
not manage to achieve
lasting peace in Syria
and they all somehow
manage to miss the
rise and rise of
Trump. Samantha
Power is pictured
l o o k i n g
startled and dismayed when
Obama gives a final speech to the
UN in which he declares that the
world is “by many measures less
violent and more prosperous than
ever before”. After spending years
dealing with the after-effects of
one humanitarian disaster after
another, that is not how she sees it.
The documentary captures
seemingly banal but revealing
and human moments. We see
Ben Rhodes struggling with his
backpack and Samantha Power
when she cannot find the words
she is looking for. “I know there
are moments in this film they
would all prefer were not there,”
Barker says. “I was not setting out
to make them look good. If you like
President Obama and his team,
you’re going to find a lot of stuff in
there to validate your perceptions
of him.” If you do not like them,
there is ammunition in there, too.
Barely a year after Obama left
office, the film already seems
a period piece. Many viewers
will feel a sense of yearning and
nostalgia as they remember a
period (all of 13 months ago) when
the White House was functioning
in a competent, principled way.
Whatever else, The Final Year
offers a unique insight into the
closing stages of the Obama
presidency. “I would love it if
people are still watching the
film in 20 or 30 years. Obama’s
presidency, whatever you think of
it, was an historic presidency and
we were the only people in there
for this amount of time to capture
what the administration felt like,
what was inspiring, what was
frustrating, the ups and downs,”
Barker reflects. “There will be
memoirs coming out which will be
fascinating to read but in terms of
films, there isn’t another one like
this about to come out.”
The Obama presidency is bound
to be written about and discussed
for decades. It is a fair bet
that The Final Year will turn into
a key source for historians and
journalists trying to understand
the workings of an America
pre-Trump.
“In this particular moment, we
are all looking for a way to make
sense of what is going on. As it
happens, this story of the recent
past, which now seems like 10,000
years ago but was just 12 months
ago, is painting a picture of an
alternative reality. That [reality]
was true a year ago and it could
still be true again,” Barker speaks
wistfully of the Obama era he
chronicled and which already
seems like a lost golden age.
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The misery of divorce
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» Millionaires’ Ex-Wives Club BBC2, 9pm
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J
anuary, as you will
undoubtedly have been
told endlessly by now,
is the biggest month of
the year for divorces. Which,
with half of marriages ending
in divorce, means Christmas
for solicitors. Apparently many
divorce lawyers take long holidays
before the beginning of the year
in preparation for the deluge of
acrimonious couples banging their
doors down once the glitter has
faded on the decorations.
But millionaires do things
differently. Unlike us plebs who
wake up with a hangover in January
and think: “I cannot stand to spend
another day with the person who I
betrothed myself to”, the super-rich
set the wheels in motion at least 18
months before, says leading divorce
lawyer, Jeremy Levison
Levison couldn’t look more
delighted, understandable when
you get to charge up to £900 an
hour for a business that is by
design adversarial and therefore
protracted. There is still no such
thing as a quickie divorce in
English law and couples must still
prove fault.
He had spent some of his riches
commissioning the artist Kathryn
Jackson to make him a work called
Alimonopoly, a special version of
the board game where Mayfair had
been changed to “My Affair” and
the women were angling to land on
“Go to Court” with a counter made
out of an iron with spikes in it.
It all felt desperately
sad, despite the
rubbernecking on
these other worlds
The metaphor was appropriate.
Millionaires’ Ex-Wives
Club promised to look at the
phenomenon of super-rich marital
spats being attracted to London’s
courts since 2000 when it became
the norm for wives to be awarded
up to half of whatever wealth their
husband’s had attracted during
the course of their marriage.
This doesn’t actually seem
particularly outlandish.
What gives London an air of
jeopardy is that it is entirely up to
the discretion of a judge, who may
or may not have had his Weetabix
that morning, as another lawyer,
the glamorous Davina Katz, said.
Much like most divorce cases
though, not enough things added up
in this documentary. The lawyers
outnumbered the wives two to one.
Millionaire ex-wife Lisa Tchenguiz
shows no shame for a glitzy lifestyle
Both Lisa Tchenguiz and Michelle
Young lived in London, so were
hardly legal tourists. But they were
both high-profile cases, Tchenguiz
having been married to a Del
Monte millionaire, and Michelle to
Scot Young, who infamously hid all
his money from his wife and then
ended up impaled on the railings
outside his girlfriend’s flat in 2014.
It all felt desperately sad,
despite the rubbernecking on
these other worlds and Tchenguiz
in particular brilliantly showing
no shame for her glitzy lifestyle.
Like any break-up, money didn’t
seem to bring much emotional
consolation in the face of loneliness
and rejection. While Tchenguiz
recovered by giving up the fight,
Young continues to look haunted by
a fight she can never win. This was
an argument for divorce law reform
for both the rich and poor.
There were threats of adoption
laws being changed in the second
episode of the increasingly
sombre Jack Thorne drama Kiri.
Embattled Miriam gave a stirring,
if somewhat improbably coherent
speech on her doorstep to the
baying media about why she had
allowed Kiri an unsupervised visit
with her grandad, railing against “a
little girl raised as other”.
Really this episode belonged to
Lucian Msamati and, later on, Paapa
Essiedu in their intense father and
son head-to-head, throwing up
more uncertainty as to who was
responsible for what in this still
unsolved murder. This is another
tightrope walk of thorny issues and
complicated characters for Thorne
– can he keep the tension up without
it verging into melodrama?
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Roly Botha as Shane and Dan
Hunter as Will in Tommy
Murphy’s wise and witty play
SCOTT RYLANDER
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THEATRE
Strangers in Between
TRAFALGAR STUDIOS, LONDON
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This three-hander by the awardwinning Australian playwright,
Tommy Murphy, arrives in
the West End, having had a
successful run at the King’s
Head Theatre in Islington. Adam
Spreadbury-Maher’s beautifully
cast production well deserves
this transfer.
The piece is set in Sydney’s
King’s Cross area (roughly equivalent to Soho) where the 16-yearold Shane, in flight from his rural
hometown of Goulburn and lying
about his age, has fetched up and
CLASSICAL
DANCE
secured himself a job in a bottlo
(off-licence). He’s on-edge and
hapless and his retail skills leave
something to be desired (“Red or
white?” he asks the customer who
wants a bottle of Chardonnay)
but his boyish charms are not lost
on the customers – primarily the
hunky Will and middle-aged Peter
who, despite setbacks, help him to
find his bearings and, finally, to deal
with the demons from home that
are pursuing him.
This is a wise and witty comingof-age play about facing fears,
about friendships forged across
the generations, and about making
your own surrogate family. The
tone combines the sharp and the
sweet, the charmingly funny,
the slightly rose-tinted and the
completely explicit.
Thanks to the superb rapport
between the three actors, the
show is a beguiling blend of these
qualities. Roly Botha is excellent
as the jittery, bumbling Shane,
pouring out naive questions, by
turns maddening and lovable as
he struggles to discover himself.
Dan Hunter doubles impressively as dreamboat Will, who
can be woundingly aloof, and as
Ben, the macho, violent brother
who beat the living daylights out
of the boy but who turns out to
be more complex and explicable
as the dark secrets of the story
emerge. The conceit of having
these characters played by the
same performer is Murphy’s and
it works very well, inducing frissons of anxiety as the lover whom
Shane adores shape-shifts into
the brother whom he dreads.
Stephen Connery-Brown is
perfection as Peter, the older gay
man who transcends stereotype
in the depth of his quiet affection for the boy. He’s a camp but
kindly tease. Instead of the seedy
predator of legend, you get a
man of unsuffocating sensitivity;
Shane gives him something to
care about. Murphy gives all of
his characters hidden depths. A
production well worth catching.
To 3 February (0844 8717632)
PAUL TAYLOR
THE INDEPENDENT
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THE PLACE, LONDON
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WIGMORE HALL, LONDON
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Daughter of a violinist, Midori
Goto gave her first public
performance in Osaka at the age
of six, but was pushed much too
hard, and consequently suffered
from depression. Her personally
therapeutic response to this
was to create a charity designed
to bring music education to
children in impoverished
communities. She’s won just
about every musical prize going,
as well as a being named a UN
Messenger for Peace.
It was a pleasure to set aside
this historical baggage and simply
be reminded of the now 46-yearold’s artistry, though – typically she was showcasing other talents,
cellist Antoine Lederlin and
pianist Jonathan Biss, as much
as her own. The repertoire, too,
was designed for equality: trios
by Beethoven, Schumann, and
Dvorak in which Lederlin’s warm
sound and Biss’s forceful muscularity came to the fore. Midori’s
tone was, as ever, sweet and pure;
an evergreen talent.
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
COURTAULD GALLERY, LONDON WC2
This show brings together an
outstanding group of pieces by
Chaïm Soutine, one of the leading
painters in interwar Paris. In
the early 1920s, Soutine became
fascinated by the cooks and
waiting staff of French hotels
and restaurants, attired in boldly
coloured uniforms, who sat for
him in Paris and the south of
France. The resulting series of
portraits offers powerful images
of a new social class of service
personnel. (020 7848 1194) to 21 Jan
Art of World War II: John
Noott Collection
ST BARBE MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY,
LYMINGTON
Art dealer John Noott, who was
seven when the Second World
War broke out, has amassed
a collection of more than 100
paintings, prints and posters
related to the conflict, including
rarely seen portrayals of Dunkirk,
the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, life
on the Home Front, the war at sea
and in the air, and the battlefronts
in Africa, Europe and the Far
East. (01590 676969) to 17 Feb
FILM
Darkest Hour
PG, JOE WRIGHT, 125 MINS
Gary Oldman, who won a
Golden Globe for his role, is in
phenomenal form in this drama
about Winston Churchill’s early
days as prime minister in May
1940. He doesn’t underplay at
all, but this is acting that moves
well beyond caricature and
mannerism. 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
Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri
15, MARTIN McDONAGH, 115 MINS
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Now in its 29th year,
contemporary dance platform
Resolution has been an early step
in so many careers, from Wayne
McGregor and ZooNation’s Kate
Prince to Hofesh Schecter and
Tony Adigun. This year, there will
be 81 works in a six-week season
including works by dancers from
Rambert, in styles from hip-hop
to circus dance and themes from
politics to abstraction. On the
first night, the themes included
origami and an exploration of
states of mind.
In ACT, Matthieu Geffré
explored ideas of creation,
twisting and turning to a
recording of Dylan Thomas’s
poem “In the Beginning”. The
piece rambled, but there was a
charmingly odd moment when
Geffré produced a piece of paper
from his dungarees pocket and
folded it into a flower, giving it
to a front-row spectator with a
courtly flourish.
Kendall Farrell’s Submerged
was about being overwhelmed.
The four women danced with
abandon, though there could be
more sense of progression. Lucy
Palmer Dance’s The Left Hand
VISUAL ARTS
Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks,
Waiters and Bellboys
Golden Globe winner Frances
McDormand stars as a cussed
gift shop owner whose daughter
was raped and murdered, in
a perverse, comic and tragic
revenge story in which all the
characters defy our often very
low expectations of them. Writerdirector Martin McDonagh’s
film is a startling piece of work:
a blood-soaked shaggy dog story
that is also surprisingly moving.
Nationwide release
TALKS & POETRY
Peter May
ASSEMBLY ROXY, EDINBURGH
Lucy Palmer’s ‘The Left Hand Path’ was the most mature work on the
opening night of the Resolution dance platform LIDIA CRISAFULLI
Path was the most mature work
of the evening. Four men stood
by an open doorway, light picking
out a path stretching away from
it. To a shifting soundtrack,
from Nina Simone to works
by the creative team, the men
confronted each other or fell into
urgent dances.
Palmer’s choreography shows
a sense of theatre, contrasting
still poses and pumping action.
The movement was weighted
and juicy, with touches of hip
hop fluidity. Joe Barton, Nathan
Chipps, Kennedy Junior Muntanga
and Harry Ondrak-Wright, were
distinctive performers, dancing
with power.
Until 23 February (020 7121 1100)
ZOE ANDERSON
THE INDEPENDENT
I’ll Keep You Safe, set in the
Outer Hebrides, is the author’s
latest standalone thriller.
He talks about the book here.
(eventbrite.co.uk) tonight 7pm
COMEDY
Katherine Ryan
VARIOUS VENUES
Brimming over with zinging
put-downs, wise advice and a
wonderfully contradictory stance
on celebrity culture – she skewers
NEWS
2-29
Arts
agenda
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
it and obsesses over it –
Katherine Ryan tours Glitter
Room. Dorking Halls (01306 881717)
tonight; Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn
(01553 765565) Fri
Sarah Millican
VARIOUS VENUES
The softly spoken, sharply
tongued Geordie shows who’s in
charge on her latest mammoth
tour, Control Enthusiast.
Oakengates Theatre, Telford
(01952 382382) tonight; Corby Cube
(01536 470470) Fri
110% John Kearns
and Pat Cahill
THE BILL MURRAY, LONDON N1
John Kearns and Pat Cahill, old
friends and brothers in singular,
skew-whiff comedy, team up to
deliver an evening of refined
nonsense, with guest appearances
from some like-minded comedy
pals. (angelcomedy.co.uk) tonight
POP
Starcrawler
OMEARA, LONDON SE1
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. (seetickets.com) tonight
Broken Records
HUG & PINT, GLASGOW
Big music in a small venue from
the thrusting Scottish orch-pop
intelligentsia. Once touted as a
band likely to “do an Arcade Fire”,
Broken Records return with
a new album, What We Might
Know, its release heralded by
the hearty anthemics of “They
Won’t Ever Leave Us Alone”.
(seetickets.com) tonight
CLASSICAL
Hallé
BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER
Mark Elder conducts an
all-Shostakovich programme
prefacing the supposedly
apologetic Fifth Symphony with
the four Pushkin Romances (sung
by bass James Platt) and the slyly
anti-Stalinist Cello Concerto
No 1 (soloist Alisa Weilerstein).
(0161 907 9000) tonight 7.30pm
JAZZ
Trish Clowes
VARIOUS VENUES
The saxophonist and former BBC
Radio 3 New Generation Artist
moves from orchestral settings
to explore a small-group format
with music from last year’s My
Iris album, with a band featuring
guitarist Chris Montague,
keyboardist Ross Stanley and
VOICES
14-18
TV
30-31
drummer James Maddren.
Seven Arts, Chapel Allerston, Leeds
(0113 262 6777) tonight; Riverhouse
Barn, Walton-on-Thames
(01932 253354) Fri
FOLK & ROOTS
Julie Fowlis
ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE,
SHOREHAM
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.
(01273 464440) tonight
Swarb! It Suits Him Well: a
Homage to Dave Swarbrick
VARIOUS VENUES
Celebrating the music of England’s
finest folk fiddler, a retinue
comprising Canada’s Jason
Wilson Band, Martin Carthy, John
Kirkpatrick and Simon Swarbrick
– plus special guests along the
way – raise a bow and a glass and
a voice to celebrate the great man.
Trades Club, Hebden Bridge (01422
845265) tonight; Ulverston Sports
Club (01229 582258) Fri
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BUSINESS SPORT
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48-56
Antony (Antony Byrne) from
his Roman duty. Byrne makes
him a no-nonsense warrior and
pleasure-seeker, beguiled by
Josette Simon’s magnificent,
mercurial Cleopatra.
(020 7638 8891) to Sat
The Band
37
First
Chance
Opening
this week
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF
Writer Tim Firth’s musical about
Take That is an infectious homage
to the music of Britain’s bestloved boy band and the power of
youthful friendship. The on-stage
action never takes itself too
seriously as it journeys from
90s suburban teenage
bedroom to the present day.
(thebandmusical.com) to Sat
WORLD MUSIC
Asian Dub Foundation
RICH MIX, LONDON E1
The first of three gigs from ADF
featuring Steve Chandra, Dr Das
and Brian Fairbairn and their live
reinterpretation of the gritty 1995
classic French movie La Haine’s
original soundtrack, with the
film projected as they play.
(020 7613 7498) tonight
FILM
The Post
12A, STEVEN SPIELBERG, 116 MINS
Drama about the Washington Post’s
exposure of a government cover-up
during the Vietnam war. Opens Fri
THEATRE
Julius Caesar
BRIDGE THEATRE, LONDON SE1
David Calder stars as Caesar and
David Morrissey is Mark Antony
in Nicholas Hytner’s staging.
(0843 208 1846) opens Sat
VISUAL ARTS
Picturing People:
the Ingram Collection
THE LIGHTBOX, WOKING
More than 100 years of portraits and
self-portraits. (01483 737800) opens Sat
THEATRE
6 days
from on
ly
£659pp
Everybody’s Talking
About Jamie
APOLLO THEATRE, LONDON W1
A joyous musical inspired by
a BBC documentary about a
Durham schoolboy with
ambitions to be a drag queen.
(0330 333 4809) to 21 Apr
Antony and Cleopatra
BARBICAN THEATRE, LONDON EC2
Iqbal Khan offers a fluid and
confident reading that takes
its time to establish, crucially,
the luxury and opulence of
Cleopatra’s court that has lured
If you only see
one thing today
FOLK & ROOTS
Celtic Connections
25th Anniversary
Concert
ROYAL CONCERT HALL,
GLASGOW
ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
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To mark its quarter century
of hosting superb music
from across the globe, the
opening concert of Celtic
Connections sports a bill
that includes Cherish the
Ladies, Sharon Shannon,
Eddi Reader (left), Michael
McGoldrick Trio, Maya
Youssef, Saltfishforty
and more. (celticconnections.
com) tonight
Hidden Italy: Padova,
Vicenza & Mantova
Departures from April to October 2018
Your tour includes...
✓ Stay in medieval Castelfranco with fantastic views of the walled old town
✓ Experience extraordinary Vicenza, both ancient and modern, and the best
place to view Palladio’s architectural masterpieces on a guided tour
✓ Visit atmospheric, lakeside Mantova
✓ Stroll through the beautiful gardens of Sigurtà Park
✓ See the enchanting riverside town of Bassano del Grappa in the foothills
of the Prealps, and sample its famous liqueur
✓ Tour Villa Sandi, the palatial headquarters of a renowned Prosecco producer,
and its impressive underground cellars and enjoy a tasting afterwards
✓ Cruise on the Brenta Canal and see the elegant Venetian villas of the elite
✓ Visit ancient Padova with its astonishing array of architectural styles
✓ Return flights from a selection of regional airports, plus all hotel transfers
✓ Five nights in centrally located four-star accommodation, plus breakfast
✓ The services of our experienced and insightful
tour manager throughout
Holidays organised by and are subject to the booking conditions of Riviera Travel,
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offered subject to availability. ABTA V4744 ATOL 3430 protected. Per person prices
based on two sharing a twin room. Single rooms and optional insurance available at
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please call: 01283 523447
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Business
Business Editor Elizabeth Anderson
+4420 7361 5718
business@inews.co.uk
M&A
GKN rejects fresh hostile
takeover bid from Melrose
By Holly Williams
Embattled engineer GKN yesterday
rejected a £7.4bn takeover offer
from Melrose Industries in Britain’s
largest hostile bid since 2009.
GKN said the formal cash-andstock offer was “effectively unchanged” from last week’s initial
approach, which it rejected for undervaluing the firm.
The bid was the UK’s biggest unsolicited takeover approach since
Kraft’s controversial offer for Cadbury in 2009.
The offer values GKN, one of Britain’s oldest companies, at 430.1p a
share, while turnaround specialist
Melrose is also proposing to take on
around £1bn of debt.
Under the reverse takeover, GKN
shareholders would own around 57
per cent of the combined group and
would become “major participants
in the potential future value creation
in both the GKN and Melrose businesses”, Melrose said.
The company, which specialises in
buying and rejuvenating manufacturers, added that its plan would “reenergise and repurpose” GKN.
The unsolicited takeover bid for
one of Britain’s oldest companies
comes after Melrose sought to woo
GKN shareholders this week to garner support for a deal.
However, GKN pointed out that
Melrose’s offer of £430.1p
per share represents a
32 per cent premium over GKN’s
closing price on 5 January,
when Melrose made its first
takeover approach.
the terms of the approach remain
unchanged, with the offer only rising by 6.2 per cent as Melrose shares
are now worth more, having increased since the takeover interest
first emerged.
Anne Stevens, who last week was
appointed permanent chief executive of GKN, said: “We believe GKN’s
current owners should retain all
the benefits of the clear upside potential in GKN, rather than handing
almost half of this upside to Melrose
and its shareholders.”
GKN, which makes wing tips for
Airbus and parts for car giants including Mercedes and Jaguar Land
Rover, advised shareholders to “take
no action” and said it would unveil
more details soon to further explain
plans to overhaul the business.
Melrose said the acquisition would
deliver “significantly greater ben-
GKN makes parts for Boeing planes and
many of the world’s leading car brands
efits to the shareholders of GKN
than GKN could otherwise achieve on
its own”.
It comes at a difficult time for
GKN, which in November ditched its
incoming boss less than two months
before he was due to take the top job
as it warned over another hit in its
troubled US plant.
Melrose said the tie-up would create a group worth £11bn, making it
one of the largest in the UK.
CREDIT
Bank bosses
warned over
consumer
debt risks
By Kalyeena Makortoff
Quote of
the day
Chris Grayling
has set his face
against public
ownership for
political reasons.
The result is
a scandalous
bailout
Lord Adonis
Former transport
secretary on Virgin
Trains’ East Coast contract
The 30
Second
Briefing
AT&T VS
HUAWEI
Who are they?
AT&T is the second-largest wireless
operator in the US and Huawei
is China’s leading mobile phone
manufacturer – and the biggest in
the world since 2012.
What’s the beef?
Yesterday US politicians warned
AT&T to cut commercial ties with
Huawei in the interests of “national
security”, with sources telling
Reuters that US authorities had
warned that firms trading with
Huawei “may find it difficult to do
business with the US government”.
What is the threat?
There is little detail on the supposed
threats Huawei poses to US
security. But the move follows
persistent pressure from the Trump
administration to cut business ties
with China, which it sees as a threat
to the US economy.
What other moves have been made?
Earlier this month, AT&T was
forced to scrap a plan to offer
its customers Huawei handsets
after some members of Congress
lobbied against the idea with
federal regulators. This led to an
impassioned speech on the “bigger”
loss to US consumers by Huawei’s
chief executive, Richard Yu, who
learned the deal had been pulled
just before addressing delegates at a
conference in Las Vegas.
Have there been any other
crackdowns?
The US government has also blocked
a string of Chinese acquisitions
over national security concerns,
including Ant Financial’s proposed
purchase of the American
money-transfer company
MoneyGram International.
The Bank of England has written
to banking bosses, warning them
to “remain vigilant” about the
heightened risks linked to rising
consumer debt levels.
That follows a Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) review of
consumer lending – covering credit
cards, personal loans and car financing over the first half of 2017 – which
found executives were receiving
inadequate information and might
be missing warning signs along
the way.
“Our main finding concerns weakness in management information and
governance,” the letter to banking
chairs said.
The PRA – which is part of the
Bank of England – explained that
some companies’ risk committees
“do not routinely receive sufficient
standardised MI [management
information] on consumer credit
to recognise when a shift in asset
quality or portfolio performance is
taking place”.
The financial watchdog has
stressed that “more systematic reporting” will be needed for banks that
rely heavily on consumer credit.
The warning comes just months
after the Bank of England’s Financial
Policy Committee (FPC) last autumn
claimed that lenders were “underestimating” the risks of growing household debt.
It said that the quality of consumer
credit has “improved significantly”
since the financial crisis. But it added
that “vigilance is required by lenders
and the PRA alike”.
NEWS
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VOICES
14-18
TV
30-31
RETAIL
By Paul Sandle
Burberry is
focusing on the
higher end of the
luxury goods
market GETTY
mained on track to meet its full-year
profit target.
“We are building on strong foundations and are fully focused on the
successful delivery of our multi-year
plan to position Burberry firmly in
luxury and deliver long-term sustainable value,” he said.
The luxury group is trying to refresh its product range, become more
efficient and improve the performance of its stores.
Last November, Mr Gobbetti announced the company would shut
down a number of stores and shift
its focus towards the higher end of
the luxury goods market. Investors
balked at the cost of the plan, sending
shares falling the most in five years.
THE INDEPENDENT
Shares in Burberry have
fallen over 18 per cent from
their high of £19.91p reached in
November last year as investors
raise concerns over restructuring.
BANKING
Standard Chartered creates technology team
British bank Standard Chartered
says it has established a business unit
to invest in financial technology and
promote innovation.
Dubbed SC Ventures, it will have
internal consultants to solve prob-
Outlook
ANDREW
SENTANCE
Unreal world of
ultra-low rates
may soon vanish
A
fter a long period of
extremely low interest
rates, could this be the year
when they start moving
up? Almost all of the economic
forecasters expect a further rise in
the official bank rate this year. But
most projections are for just one
rate increase – from 0.5 per cent to
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Rolls-Royce
eyes sale of
marine
operation
By Stephen Little
By Emma Rumney
BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
48-56
INDUSTRY
Plunging UK sales drag
down Burberry shares
The luxury fashion label Burberry
led losses on the FTSE 100 yesterday
after it reported a fall in UK sales
in the last three months of 2017
compared with the same period a
year earlier, when the Brexit-hit
pound helped boost tourist spending.
The high-end chain, known for its
iconic trench coats and chequered
scarves, said in a trading update that
UK sales declined by a “high single
digit percentage” in the three months
to the end of December after sales in
the previous year surged 40 per cent,
largely thanks to a weak pound attracting overseas shoppers.
Shares in the British retailer
plunged in response, shedding more
than 9 per cent to £16.19 by the end
of the day and making it the biggest
faller on the FTSE 100 index of the
UK’s largest companies.
The fashion house said that retail
revenue for the whole group dropped
2 per cent in the most recent quarter – which is the third quarter of the
group’s financial year – to £719m.
Global comparable same-store retail sales increased by 2 per cent in
the three months to the end of December, slightly down on the previous year’s 3 per cent increase.
Burberry’s chief executive, Marco
Gobbetti, said the company was
“making good progress” and re-
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lems with technology and a team to
sponsor and oversee disruptive technology ventures owned by the bank.
Another section will manage minority investments in “fintech” and
seek new ones to back.
“As new technology continues to
play an ever more important role in
banking, there is a huge opportunity
for us to promote more innovation,”
said Michael Gorriz, group chief information officer.
Standard Chartered already backs
Ripple, a payments company built
on distributed ledger technology.
0.75 per cent. This would be a very
modest upward adjustment and
would have very little impact on the
UK economy. There are, however, a
few reasons for expecting the Bank
of England (BoE) to do more and I
would not be surprised if we saw it
raising rates two or three times this
year, taking the official bank rate to
1 or 1.25 per cent by December.
The first reason is the strength of
the global economy. It is set for the
strongest growth this year since
2010-11. All three main engines of
growth – North America, Europe and
Asia – are doing well. Strong global
growth should in turn support the UK
economy, even though consumers are
being squeezed by high inflation and
uncertainty about Brexit is holding
back investment plans.
A second reason that the Bank’s
Monetary Policy Committee might
be prepared to raise rates more
quickly this year is inflation. The
BoE’s official policy remit is to keep
consumer price inflation at 2 per
cent but it has recently been stuck at
about 3 per cent. Inflation should fall
back later this year, but the strength
of the global economy is likely to exert
further upward pressure on prices
and slow the rate of decline. The
only defence that the UK has against
global inflation is to ensure that the
value of sterling remains firm.
The final reason that UK interest
rates might rise more rapidly this
REUTERS
In
n the Bank of England’s
300-year history, the official
base rate never went below
2 per cent before 2008-9
year is history. In the 300-plus years
of the BoE’s existence, the official
bank rate never went below 2 per
cent before the 2008-9 financial crisis.
The US Federal Reserve has already
moved its rate back up to 1.5 per cent,
with few adverse effects on growth.
A similar policy in the UK should
Rolls-Royce has said it is considering
the sale of its commercial marine
business, which has been hit by
weak demand in offshore oil and gas
markets, as part of a restructuring of
the company into three core units.
The aero-engine maker said it
would simplify the business into civil
aerospace, defence and power systems units, with naval marine and nuclear submarines consolidated into
defence and civil nuclear into power
systems. Shares in the company
jumped after it said the loss-making
unit could be sold, finishing the day
5.4 per cent up to £9.00p - the largest
gain on the FTSE 100.
Chief executive Warren East said
the latest overhaul
would enable the
company to respond quicker to
meet the needs
of its custome rs , b o t h i n
the wide body
civil aviation
market and in
defence, as well as
reduce costs.
“It will create a defence op- e r a tion with greater scale in the market,
enabling us to offer our customers a
more integrated range of products
and services,” he said.
“It will also strengthen our ability to innovate in core technologies
and enable us to take advantage of
future opportunities in areas such as
electrification and digitalisation,” Mr
East added.
Rolls-Royce has responded to the
downturn in oil and gas markets
since 2015 by reducing the number
of sites in its marine business from
27 to 15, and cutting the unit’s workforce by 30 per cent.
Nonetheless, the marine unit
generated a loss of £27m on sales of
£1.1bn in 2016. REUTERS
not significantly harm our economic
prospects either.
So does Brexit cast a shadow over
the prospect for rate rises? Brexit
will require long-term structural
adjustments for the economy over
the next five to 10 years. But it is not
clear that it requires a prolonged
period of ultra-loose monetary policy.
The idea that monetary policy
can solve all our economic problems
without adverse consequences was
discredited by the inflation and
turmoil of the 1970s and 1980s. We
should avoid that mistake again.
We have lived in an unreal world of
ultra-low interest rates since 2009,
but the job of the MPC is to promote
longer-term monetary stability. In
my view, that points to a faster rise
in UK interest rates than the markets
and economists at present expect.
EVENING STANDARD
The writer is an ex-member of the MPC
and a senior economic adviser to PwC
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From the
business
pages
State enterprises in
line for reforms
Barbados Today
The Freundel Stuart
administration has hinted at
a series of proposals on the
reform of state enterprises.
The chairman of the Stateowned Enterprises Oversight
Committee, Dr Justin Robinson,
suggested that serious decisions
had to be made on the future of
some of the 57 statutory bodies,
which he said absorb close to
half of government’s revenue in
transfers and subsidies.
NamPower reviews
its business plan
Namibian Sun
The national energy utility
NamPower is reviewing its
business plan in anticipation
of having to compete on an
equal footing with other power
producers. NamPower has
remained tight-lipped about
what its plan entails and said it
would only be able to lay bare its
strategy once it has completed
the business review. It will
reveal its business plan in June.
Taiwan Steel Union
sets IPO price
Taipai Times
Taiwan Steel Union, which
manufactures and sells zinc
oxide, said in a filing yesterday
that it has set its initial public
offering (IPO) price at NT$86
(£2) per share. That gives
the company a valuation of
NT$974m when it makes its
debut on the main board by
the end of this month, given its
issuance of nearly 11.33 million
new shares.
Maduro raises
minimum wage
Today Venezuela
Venezuelan President Nicolas
Maduro announced a new
increase in the minimum
wage this year, but it is only
worth enough to purchase
one cup of coffee per day. The
new wage amounts to a daily
income of 26,583 bolivars
(19p). An average salary in
Venezuela is 248,510 bolivars.
With additional food stamps of
549,000 bolivars, the salary is
equivalent to £5.80. Inflation is
running at 3,000 per cent.
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BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
FTSE 100 down 30.5 at 7725.4
678.0
1680.0
950.1
11.1
2335.0
1476.0
4136.5
467.3
533.5
177.3
6.3
1103.0
436.9
4064.0
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574.6
242.2
1999.2
1543.0
4102.0
119.7
1778.0
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6000.0
2128.5
328.4
906.4
169.8
1428.0
1231.0
241.2
3.0
270.0
1270.0
912.5
Markets
FTSE 100
7725.4
FTSE 250
20769.4
FTSE All Share
4242.4
-30.5
-107.9
-17.7
FTSE Eurofirst300
1564.7
Dow Jones *
26025.7
-1.1
S&P 500 *
2796.8
+20.4
Nasdaq *
7277.2
+53.5
DAX
13184.0
-62.4
CAC 40
5494.0
-19.8
Hang Seng
31983.4
+78.7
Nikkei
23868.3
-83.5
+232.9
High
Hammerson
Hargrve Lans
HSBC Hldgs
IAG
Imperial Brands
Informa
IntCont Htls
Intertek
ITV
Johnson Matth
Just Eat
Kingfisher
Land Secs
Legal & Gen
Lloyds Bk Gp
Lon Stock Ex
Marks&Spen
Mediclinic Intl
Micro Focus Intl
Mondi
Morrison (Wm)
National Grid
Next
NMC Health
Old Mutual
PaddyPwrBetfair
Pearson
Persimmon
Prudential
Randgold Res
Reckitt Ben
RELX
Rentokil Initial
Rio Tinto
Rolls-Royce
RBS
Shell A
509.2
1840.0
792.8
648.0
3072.5
705.0
4815.0
5262.0
165.3
3222.0
803.0
342.4
1005.6
276.5
70.4
3689.0
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2175.0
1911.5
228.9
843.6
5002.0
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234.8
8360.0
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2610.0
1977.5
7234.0
6800.0
1640.0
310.0
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900.0
294.8
2523.5
-6.2
-4.0
-0.2
-10.6
-61.0
-42.4
-30.0
+32.0
-3.8
-78.0
-3.2
-2.9
+8.9
+1.4
-0.1
-10.0
-2.8
+18.8
-56.0
-25.5
-0.6
+2.2
-38.0
+50.0
+1.1
-100.0
-33.4
-11.0
+11.5
+42.0
+29.0
-14.5
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-42.0
+46.4
-3.9
-19.0
52338.0
1858.0
798.6
680.6
3956.5
773.0
4848.0
5470.0
221.8
3511.0
827.0
369.8
1217.1
279.9
73.6
4069.0
397.8
890.2
2970.5
2145.0
254.4
1174.3
5355.0
3216.0
235.6
8967.0
811.0
2901.0
1984.7
8255.0
8110.4
1784.0
338.8
4226.6
994.5
303.0
2579.5
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493.5
1258.0
518.2
472.5
3013.0
480.0
3656.0
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142.8
2681.0
495.1
285.3
912.0
231.6
61.8
2933.0
296.3
495.4
26.8
1684.0
205.0
833.2
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1568.0
184.2
6572.5
552.0
1884.0
1524.0
6320.0
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1397.0
216.7
2882.5
658.5
214.3
1982.5
EURO/
POUND
DOLLAR/
POUND
Company
Price
Chg
High
Shell B
RSA Insur
Sage
Sainsbury(J)
Schroders
Scot Mort Inv Tst
Segro
Severn Trent
Shire
Sky
Smith&Neph
Smith (DS)
Smiths Gp
Smurfit Kappa Grp
SSE
Stan Chart
Standard Life Aber
St James Place
Taylor Wimpey
Tesco
TUI AG
Unilever
United Utilities
Vodafone
Whitbread
Ferguson
WPP
2568.5
623.8
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Brent crude,
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AUTOMOTIVE
EMPLOYMENT
China drives sales
increase for VW
Graduates check
out Aldi for work
Volkswagen reported a 4.3
per cent rise in sales to 10.7m
vehicles in 2017, staying ahead
of Toyota in the race to keep
the title of world’s biggest
carmaker. VW said December
2017 China sales jumped 17.8 per
cent to 460,100 vehicles, while
monthly sales in Europe rose 3.1
percent, driven by Germany. US
sales were down 5.2 per cent.
German-owned supermarket
chain Aldi awards graduate
employees £44,000 and an Audi
A4 company car, contributing
to its ranking as the third most
popular graduate employer in
the UK, behind the Civil Service
and global accountancy giant
PwC. In comparison Tesco
pays £32,000 while Marks and
Spencer pays £23,000.
CONSUMER
PUBLISHING
Odeon prepares
for float release
Books looking
weak at Pearson
Britain’s biggest cinema chain,
Odeon, is close to naming banks
as it prepares to float on the
London Stock Exchange in the
summer. AMC Entertainment
is looking to offload Odeon for
around £500m while holding
on to a controlling stake. AMC’s
parent company, Chinese group
Dalian Wanda, bought the chain
for £921m in 2016.
Pearson shares tumbled 4.65
per cent to 685p yesterday as
investors focused on declining
revenues and a weak outlook for
2018. The publisher reported
a 2 per cent drop in total
underlying revenues for 2017,
driven by a 4 per cent decline in
its US operations. The firm says
it now expects lower profit of
£520m-£560m for 2018.
COMMODITIES
RETAIL
Cuts take shine
off gems venture
M&S puts new
centre in its basket
Namdeb, a joint venture
between Namibia’s government
and Anglo American’s diamond
unit De Beers, is expected to
lay off at least 130 of its 1,700strong workforce. A spokesman
said the “business optimisation
process” includes options for
staff to seek early retirement or
voluntary separation.
Marks & Spencer said it would
open a huge new clothing and
homeware logistics centre next
year, as part of its strategy of
simplifying its distribution
network. M&S revised its
strategy in November, two
months after Archie Norman
joined as chairman, saying it
needed to modernise further.
ECONOMY
DEFENCE
Fall in joblessness
‘to push pay rises’
Pilots cheating
claims ‘historic’
Unemployment is likely to
fall further than the Bank of
England expects this year,
pushing pay growth to near its
fastest rate since the financial
crisis. BoE policymaker
Michael Saunders predicted
unemployment would fall to 4
per cent or lower.
Defence firm Cobham said
claims that helicopter pilots
bought fake university degrees
to fly on the Caribbean island
of Curacao were “historic”
and triggered disciplinary
action last year. The island’s
government had ruled that all
workers needed degrees.
the
markets
followed by events and publishing
firm Informa after confirmation
of its takeover of exhibitions group
UBM. Rolls-Royce saw the biggest
gains as shares soared on news
that it is selling its loss-making
marine division.
The FTSE 100 marked a second
day of losses yesterday, with the
index closing down 30.5 points, or
0.4 per cent, at 7,725. Losses were
led by luxury retailer Burberry,
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In currency markets, the pound
enjoyed a strong session against
both the US dollar and euro, rising
0.2 per cent to $1.38 and 0.5 per
cent to €1.13 respectively.
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CONSUMER
Birds Eye owner snaps up Goodfella’s pizza
By Ben Woods
The owner of Birds Eye has cooked
up a £199m deal to buy frozen food
brand Goodfella’s Pizza from the
parent company behind Fox’s Biscuits and Bernard Matthews.
Nomad Foods has snapped up
Goodfella’s from Green Isle Foods, an
Irish subsidiary of Boparan Holdings
which is spearheaded by the food
mogul Ranjit Boparan. It will see the
group take charge of pizza brands
Goodfella’s and San Marco, and two
frozen pizza manufacturing facilities, as it eyes market expansion.
Goodfella’s, which is the market leader in Ireland and holds the
second-biggest market share in the
UK, is expected to bolster Nomad’s
revenues by £133m and earnings by
between £19m and £22m two years
after the takeover closes. The deal
is expected to be sealed by the first
quarter of 2018.
The move comes amid speculation that Mr Boparan is also
lining up a tie-up between Fox’s
Biscuits and Wagon Wheels owner
Burton’s Foods.
Nomad Foods chief executive
Stefan Descheemaeker said: “2017
was a banner year as investments
in our core portfolio translated into
strong organic revenue growth, adding: “Goodfella’s Pizza creates a new
and exciting growth avenue into frozen pizza, a strategic category that is
both sizeable and complementary.”
Mr Boparan, known as the “chicken king” for his hefty involvement in
the poultry trade, snapped up turkey
meat producer Bernard Matthews in
2016 while his restaurant arm, which
houses Harry Ramsden’s fish and
chip shop, bought Ed’s Easy Diner
and Giraffe.
Alongside Birds Eye,
Nomad Foods also owns
Findus, Iglo in Germany, La
Cocinera in Spain and Lutosa
in Belgium.
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Nelson memento flagged up
A large fragment of the Union Jack
believed to have flown from HMS
‘Victory’ at the Battle of Trafalgar in
1805 sold for £297,000 at Sotheby’s
yesterday, far exceeding estimates
of £80,000-£100,000.
Part of a group of 80 objects from
a collection of memorabilia relating
to Lord Horatio Nelson, the victor
daily
money
Yorkshire Building Society customers
can now save by choosing a regular
monthly sum that will be taken
directly from their post-tax salaries.
The funds will be put into an
easy-access savings account paying
0.75 per cent interest.
Savers can withdraw their
money at any time without penalty
of Trafalgar, the flag fragment drew
interest from four bidders.
Nelson ordered the Union Jack
to be flown on the ‘Victory’ in the
battle, and it was later carried at his
funeral procession.
The collection on sale featured
commemorative objects, as well as
marine oil paintings and letters. PA
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friends and family. The rewards move
in a sliding scale, from £20 for one
friend, £70 for two to three and £220
for four to eight friends. The offer
ends on 31 January.
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its Clubcard scheme that would
have reduced the amount in reward
vouchers that people could claim by
up to 25 per cent, following a backlash
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Char siu pork noodles
Kakuro
Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 49
RHYME LETTERS
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Killer Sudoku No 1188
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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CLEVER
How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
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Tomorrow
Chicken and mushroom risotto
FRUIT
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Recipe from waitrose.com
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SERVES 4
Mix the hoisin sauce, honey and rice
wine together in a shallow dish to make
the char siu sauce. Cut the pork into thin
slices and add them to the sauce, coating
well. Cover and chill for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the broccoli in boiling
salted water for two to three minutes
until just tender. Drain and refresh under
cold water and set aside.
Heat the oil in a wok or large frying
pan. Remove the pork slices from the
char siu sauce, scraping off any excess.
Set the sauce aside. Add the pork slices to
the pan and cook for one to two minutes
each side until cooked through with no
pink meat.
Add the broccoli and stir-fry for
another minute to heat through. Pour in
the reserved sauce, bring to the boil and
cook for one minute. Divide the cooked
rice noodles between four bowls and
top with the char siu pork and broccoli.
Scatter with coriander leaves to serve.
Cook’s tip: If you have some dry sherry
in the cupboard, use it instead of the rice
wine to make a slightly sweeter sauce.
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KNACK
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100ml hoisin sauce
1 tbsp clear honey
2 tbsp rice wine
400g pork fillet
220g broccoli spears, trimmed
1 tbsp sunflower oil
600g fresh rice noodles, cooked
according to pack instructions,
A handful of coriander leaves, roughly
chopped, to serve
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Codeword No 1909
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
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7 Insurance company
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Concise Crossword No 2231
ACROSS
1 At the same time
that (5)
4 Artificially
coloured (4)
9 Small notches (5)
10 Moral (7)
11 Distinguished (7)
12 Loft (5)
13 Meteorological
bulletin (7,6)
16 Norwegian
playwright (5)
18 Anarchic (7)
20 Trade stoppage (7)
21 Prayer before a
meal (5)
22 Hard edible fat (4)
23 Jargon (5)
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World first 2018 gold coin
for nationally significant
anniversary: but fewer
than 1 in every 5,000 UK
households able to own one.
This year Britain celebrates one
hundred years of the defence of
our skies. In 1918 - one hundred
years ago - the Royal Air Force
was formed and since that time
it has defended us from the air.
Through World War Two and
the Battle of Britain, the Cold
War, the Falklands War, the Gulf
War and right through to today,
Britain’s air defence is crucial
to our national security.
NEW COIN FIRST BUT
FEWER THAN 1 IN EVERY
5,000 UK HOUSEHOLDS
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It’s not so much the anniversary
that has collectors and gold buyers
excited, as the announcement of a
new gold quarter sovereign coin
being struck that is a world first.
To mark this nationally significant
anniversary, Hattons of London
has independently designed
a commemorative gold quarter
sovereign coin and it features the
Union Flag in full colour - never
before has a quarter sovereign
been struck with full colour in its
design. This is why people will
be determined to get their hands
on one.
FEATURES THE
HURRICANE: HERO OF
THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN
The quarter sovereign coin
features the front section of a
Hawker Hurricane, with the
Union Flag in full colour in the
background.
The distinctive outline of the nose
section, wings and cockpit of the
Hawker Hurricane - a ‘hero’ of
the Battle of Britain - celebrate
its contribution to the defence of
our skies.
STILL MINTED TODAY
During World War Two a total
of 14,583 Hurricanes were
produced. It was a ‘workhorse’
of Fighter Command: it featured
a fabric covered fuselage, was
quick to repair and withstood
considerable punishment. Turnaround time - to re-arm, refuel
etc. - was just nine minutes
from landing to taking-off again.
By comparison a Spitfire took
twenty-six minutes.
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Contented
could make
Hobbs happy
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Philip Hobbs endured an unproductive end to 2017, but things
have picked up nicely for the
trainer since the new year and
I fancy the revival to continue
with Contented in the Somerton
Handicap Hurdle at Wincanton
this afternoon.
Contented was Hobbs’ only
winner in December, when scoring
easily at Sedgefield, and he might
not need to improve on that to give
weight to ordinary opposition.
Rathlin Rose, right in the mix
in the Welsh Grand National until
running out of steam late on, has
a better chance of lasting home in
today’s slightly less demanding
Somerset National.
David Pipe’s lightly-raced tenyear-old could prove too strong
for Cyclop (travelling well when
falling in this race last year), provided he has recovered from those
Chepstow exertions.
Aubusson was once a very
smart hurdler – he was pipped at
the post in a Grade One in France
in late 2015 – and it was assumed
he would become every bit as good
over fences.
It hasn’t worked out that way
but, to be fair, he hasn’t enjoyed
the best of fortune this season,
equipment issues scuppering his
chances in two Cross Country
chases. He’s due a change of luck
in the January Handicap Chase
at Ludlow.
Happy Diva wouldn’t be
winning the Mares’ Novices’
Chase out of turn, either, having
finished runner-up on five of her
last six starts.
top
tips
BEST BET
Contented
(1.40pm, Wincanton)
Improving and fancied to follow
up his Sedgefield win.
NEXT BEST
Happy Diva
(1.30pm, Ludlow)
Found only the smart Ms Parfois
too good last time and has less on
her plate now.
ANTE-POST
Lalor and Kayf Grace share 10-1
favouritism following the release
of the weights for Newbury’s
Betfair Hurdle.
LUDLOW
MARES’ NOVICES’ CHASE (CLASS 3) £13,000 added
2m 4f
COPPER KAY P Hobbs 8 11 0.......................................................R Johnson
HAPPY DIVA Kerry Lee 7 11 0...........................................R Patrick (5) T
MIDNIGHT TARGET (C) J Groucott 8 11 0..........L Edwards H,T
SHAAMA GRISE D Pipe 6 11 0............................................T Scudamore
- 4 declared BETTING: 7-4 Shaama Grise, 15-8 Copper Kay, 9-4 Happy Diva, 14-1
Midnight Target.
1.30
1
2
3
4
21-486
22-322
62-2F2
122-22
FORM VERDICT
SHAAMA GRISE has posted two creditable efforts in defeat over 2m1f
since sent chasing and is expected to build on those performances
and gain a deserved victory now stepped up to this longer trip. Happy
Diva lost little in defeat when second to a subsequent Listed winner at
Newbury, while Copper Kay was a Listed winner herself in a bumper
earlier in her career and is worth a market check now switched back
to fences. Midnight Target would be surprise winner on these terms.
JANUARY HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3) £16,000 added
3m
ACTINPIECES (D) Mrs P Sly 7 11 12............Miss G Andrews (3)
AUBUSSON (D) N Williams 9 11 8...Mr Chester Williams (7)
SEGO SUCCESS (D) A King 10 11 8........................W Hutchinson V
LOCAL SHOW (D) Mrs S Humphrey 10 11 5 .....James Bowen (5)
CHAMPAGNE AT TARA Jonjo O’Neill 9 11 5.......Mr J J O’Neill (7)
MYSTICAL KNIGHT (D) Miss R Curtis 9 11 4 ......A Coleman T
RAVISHED (D) C Longsdon 10 11 0..................Jonathan Burke T
- 7 declared BETTING: 5-2 Actinpieces, 4-1 Champagne At Tara, Sego Success, 5-1
Aubusson, 7-1 Ravished, 10-1 Mystical Knight, 12-1 Local Show.
2.00
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2
3
4
5
6
7
F-1284
604-37
P5F-27
/P8P-6
1P3-34
1P36-3
2/90-5
FORM VERDICT
ACTINPIECES was touched off by under a length when fourth in a tight
finish to the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby last time and is expected to
take closer order now turned out off the same mark in this lower grade.
Mystical Knight is entitled to step up on his reappearance effort at
Bangor, while Sego Success makes some appeal on his Warwick second
off 1lb higher in October and could also finish in the shake-up.
CHASE MEREDITH MEMORIAL TROPHY OPEN
HUNTERS’ CHASE (CLASS 4) £6,000 added 3m
1
2952-4 MENDIP EXPRESS (D) P Hobbs 12 12 6...Mr D Maxwell (3) T
2
1-21P1 NOW BEN (CD) Philip Rowley 10 12 6........... Mr Alex Edwards
3
2FP-23 LILBITLUSO (D)(BF) J J O’Shea 10 12 2...................Mr G Crow (3)
4
PP-347 TUGBOAT (CD) G Slade-Jones 10 12 2.Mr J Smith-Maxwell (7)
5
122-33 REAL MILAN (D)(BF) Nick J Jones 13 11 12...... Mr J H Jones (7) B
6
56456- VIRAK (D) P Nicholls 9 11 12.....................................Mr L Williams (5)
7
1P1-5P WILD BILL (D) Mrs A Rucker 9 11 12.................................Mr Z Baker
- 7 declared BETTING: 6-4 Virak, 5-2 Mendip Express, 6-1 Now Ben, 7-1 Real Milan,
12-1 Wild Bill, Lilbitluso, 25-1 Tugboat.
3.10
WINCANTON
1.40
GOLF
McIlroy ready to put
2017 woes behind him
By Kevin Garside
CHIEF SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
It is a time of year in golf when all
seems possible, when desire sharpened by absence is fully engaged,
when the corrosive impact of disappointment has lost its force and every
putt goes in.
Rory McIlroy sets out in Abu Dhabi
today cleansed of the fractured year
that was, a fitter, fresher, leaner golfer
ready to bring all that talent to bear
after three months away from the
game. At least that is how he sees it.
In keeping with his status McIlroy was cast in the Hollywood slot
at the HSBC Golf Championship,
alongside world No 1 Dustin Johnson
and defending champion and European Tour Race to Dubai winner,
Tommy Fleetwood.
Twelve months ago the rib injury
that ruined 2017 forced him out of
the desert swing in Abu Dhabi and
Dubai, his traditional season openers, and did not leave him alone for
the rest of the season. And so a year
that began with a No 2 ranking ended
with him sliding out of the top 10 for
the first time in four years.
A four-time major winner by the
age of 25, McIlroy has zip to prove to
Yes, McIlroy
is talking majors
again, but after
16 months
without a victory,
he will take any
success
Left to right: Henrik
Stenson, Matt Kuchar,
Tommy Fleetwood,
Justin Rose, Dustin
Johnson, Paul Casey
and Rory McIlroy
posing ahead of
today’s HSBC Golf
Championship at Abu
Dhabi Golf Club GETTY
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HURDLE (CLASS 3) £12,800 added 2m 5f
1
3-321 CONTENTED P Hobbs 5 11 12.................................Sean Houlihan (7)
2 P42-PP MAX FORTE (CD) C Down 8 11 10...................Bryony Frost (5) C
3
-27345 HATCHET JACK P Henderson 6 11 8..................................T J O’Brien
4
33-864 VICENZO MIO C Gordon 8 11 8.........................................T Cannon C,T
5
/9P2-5 SAVOY COURT W Greatrex 7 11 5..........................................G Sheehan
6
21P732 MAGUIRE’S GLEN Grace Harris 10 11 5 ....................M Hamill (5)
7
/5F24- MARTABOT D Pipe 7 10 13.........................................................D G Noonan
8
33241- BEAU PHIL J Scott 7 10 12...............................................N Scholfield H,T
9
2-6356 FENLONS COURT J W Mullins 6 10 11..................... D Sansom (7)
10 0-PUP5 TEA TIME FRED Mrs S Gardner 9 10 11. Lucy Gardner (3) C
11 2316-7 TUDORS TREASURE Robert Stephens 7 10 7 C Gethings (3)
12 023277 BLACK ANTHEM B Barr 6 10 7.......................................................D Crosse
13 9003-9 THE MAD WELL (D) K Bishop 9 10 5........................ M G Nolan C,T
14 269P-P MOUNTAIN OF MOURNE (C) Miss L Blackford 9 10 4...James Best
- 14 declared BETTING: 9-4 Contented, 5-1 Beau Phil, 13-2 Savoy Court, 7-1 Hatchet
Jack, 10-1 Martabot, 12-1 Maguire’s Glen, 16-1 others.
HIGOS INSURANCE SERVICES SOMERSET NATIONAL
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3) £25,000 added 3m 3f
WUFF T R George 10 11 12..................................................A P Heskin C,T
RATHLIN ROSE D Pipe 10 11 12......................................D G Noonan B
DAWSON CITY (C) P Gundry 9 11 10 ......................... A Thornton C
COURT FRONTIER (BF) Christian Williams 10 11 10 .......T J O’Brien
ROYAL PALLADIUM Miss V Williams 10 11 7..C Deutsch (3)
BARTON GIFT (C) J Spearing 11 11 6.....Fergus Gregory (7) B
BLAMEITALONMYROOTS O Sherwood 8 11 5.........L Aspell C
THEMANFROM MINELLA B Case 9 11 3....Max Kendrick (7) B,T
CYCLOP David Dennis 7 11 2................................................ T Whelan C,T
TWOJAYSLAD I Williams 9 10 10.............................. Jamie Moore C
- 10 declared BETTING: 4-1 Themanfrom Minella, 9-2 Cyclop, 5-1 Royal Palladium, 6-1
Twojayslad, 7-1 Wuff, 8-1 Court Frontier, 10-1 others.
2.10
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
515-2P
1P-3P6
31P-4P
1P5-67
/1P6-3
61P-4P
P14-67
2-PP21
24-821
/1PP2-
FORM VERDICT
Rathlin Rose should mount a bold bid providing this doesn’t come too
soon after his brave effort in the Coral Welsh National, while last-timeout scorers Themanfrom Minella and Cyclop both appear to hold solid
claims off light weights. Twojayslad is worth a market check at least on
his return from a 266-day break but it might pay to side with ROYAL
PALLADIUM. A stamina test on soft ground is just what the 10-year-old
likes and he showed that the hunger is still there when a fine third on
his seasonal reappearance at Exeter in November.
SOUTHWELL
Results service
EMIRATES FA CUP THIRD ROUND
REPLAYS
Chelsea (0)................1 Norwich (0)............ 1
Batshuayi 55
Lewis 90
Score at 90 mins
Swansea (1).............2 Wolves (0)................ 1
Ayew 11
Jota 66
Bony 69
Wigan (1)....................3 Bournemth (0)...0
Morsy 9
Att 4,709
Burn 73, Elder 76
BETWAY HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £9,750 added 6f
CHECKATRADE TROPHY 3RD RND
Oldham (0) ..............4 Leicester U21 (1)2
HANDSOME DUDE (D) T D Barron 6 9 12........... B A Curtis B 7
TRICKY DICKY (CD)(BF) Olly Williams 5 9 11.....P Vaughan (7) 4
PEARL NATION (C)(D) M Appleby 9 9 10......................A Mullen 3
ALEEF (D)(BF) D O’Meara 5 9 10........................Martin Harley T 2
ECCLESTON (D) Julie Camacho 7 9 8 ..............P Mulrennan V 6
LETMESTOPYOUTHERE (BF) P Evans 4 9 2 ......Fran Berry 5
ALPHA TAURI (CD) C Smith 12 9 2.............................G Malune (7) 1
- 7 declared BETTING: 5-2 Tricky Dicky, 4-1 Aleef, 5-1 Handsome Dude, Pearl Nation,
6-1 Eccleston, 7-1 Letmestopyouthere, 16-1 Alpha Tauri.
CRICKET
SECOND TEST: South Africa v India,
Centurion: South Africa 335 & 258.
India 307 & 151 (L Ngidi 6-39). South
Africa won by 135 runs.
TRIANGULAR TOURNAMENT:
Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka, Mirpur:
Zimbabwe 290-6. Sri Lanka 278.
Zimbabwe won by 12 runs.
2.20
1
2
3
4
5
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21003735222827-1
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BET TOTEEXACTA AT BETFRED.COM HANDICAP
(CLASS 4) £10,000 added 1m 2f
1
/3211- WAPPING (D) J Osborne 5 9 13 ............................................ D Costello 4
2
/073-1 WIMPOLE HALL (CD) W Jarvis 5 9 11(6ex) Nicola Currie (5) C 7
3
41524/ ECHO BRAVA Suzi Best 8 9 7 ..............................................T J Murphy 5
4
23105/ TAQWAA Laura Morgan 5 9 6............................................S W Kelly H 1
5
9785-3 NONIOS D M Simcock 6 9 4....................................Martin Harley H 2
6
23322- HAIRDRYER (CD)(BF) A Balding 5 9 3...............................L Keniry 3
7
6249-2 SHAMROKH M Appleby 4 9 0................................T Marquand C,T 6
- 7 declared BETTING: 13-8 Wimpole Hall, 4-1 Hairdryer, 9-2 Wapping, 5-1 Shamrokh,
8-1 Nonios, 16-1 Echo Brava, 20-1 Taqwaa.
7.30
any, only to himself that he can convert all this returning enthusiasm
into meaningful gain.
In his absence from the front end of
the grid, the year groups below have
burst through, led by young Americans Justin Thomas and, of course,
Jordan Spieth, not to mention Johnson, who lapped the field first time
out this year in Hawaii.
At 28, McIlroy is entering his second decade as a pro. His first professional victory came at the start of
2009 in Dubai, the same year that
Tiger Woods lost a final-round lead in
a major for the first time in his career,
to YE Yang at the PGA Championship, and three months later lost his
hallowed reputation in the Thanksgiving meltdown with his wife.
Into the void bounced a cherubic
kid with a mop of corkscrew hair,
winning his first tournament on the
PGA tour at Quail Hollow in 2010 and
one year later his first major, the 2011
US Open at Congressional, claimed a
month after his 22nd birthday.
Interestingly, his most recent
major success, the back-to-back bazookas at The Open and PGA Championships of 2014, followed the annus
horribilis of 2013, when he changed
clubs to Nike.
His fruitless 2017 came after another manufacturer change, again
following Woods, this time to join
TaylorMade. If there is a pattern
forming, and McIlroy conforms
to it, then maybe he is justified in
his optimism.
Yes, he is talking majors again, but
after 16 months without a victory, he
will take any success. “I’d love to win
again,” he said. “I don’t think there’s
any better feeling than winning a golf
tournament. I don’t feel like it’s that
far away.
“I’ve practised and shot some really good scores over the past few
weeks. Obviously it’s different doing
that to being out here on Thursday
and having a card in your hand.”
HORSE RACING RESULTS
MARKET RASEN: 12.30
(2m2f140yds nov hdle): BALLINSLEA BRIDGE (Fergus Gregory
2-1) 1; Absolutely Dylan (10-1) 2;
New Quay (4-1) 3. Super Sid 13-8F.
12 ran. 6l, hd. (Olly Murphy). 1.00
(2m7f16yds h’cap hdle): ITSNONOFURBUSINESS (H Skelton 16-1) 1;
What A Diva (6-1) 2; Robert’s Star
(5-1) 3. Red Danaher 4-1F. 11 ran. 5l,
1l. (D Skelton). NR: One Of Us. 1.30
(2m2f140yds h’cap hdle): CABERNET D’ALENE (Lizzie Kelly 5-1) 1;
Cape Hideaway (20-1) 2; Perseid
(9-1) 3. Morianour 2-1F. 10 ran. 11l,
11/4l. (N Williams). 2.05 (2m5f89yds
ch): LE ROCHER (T Scudamore
5-2) 1; Three Musketeers (11-8F)
2; Bialco (25-1) 3. 4 ran. 11/4l, 25l.
(N Williams). 2.40 (2m148yds nh
flat): DISSAVRIL (G Sheehan 8-1)
1; Aimee De Sivola (2-1F) 2; Belle
Amis (9-2) 3. 11 ran. 21/2l, 8l. (Miss
E Lavelle). 3.10 (2m5f89yds h’cap
ch): UNTIL WINNING (Mr N George
9-1) 1; Midnight Monty (11-2) 2;
Iskabeg Lane (11-8F) 3. 8 ran. 2l, 1/2l.
(T R George). NRs: Farm The Rock,
Kincora Fort. 3.45 (2m7f191yds
h’cap ch): THE LAST BRIDGE (C
Deutsch 6-1) 1; Carqalin (11-8F) 2;
Inchcolm (15-8) 3. 4 ran. 10l, 15l.
(Mrs S Johnson). NR: Jump And
Jump. Jackpot: Not won, pool of
£19,580.01 carried over.
Placepot: £674.30. Quadpot: £27.00.
NEWBURY: 1.20 (2m69yds h’cap
hdle): FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHT (D
G Noonan 6-1) 1; Duhallow Lad
(10-1) 2; Final Choice (16-1) 3.
Percy Street 3-1F. 12 ran. 1/2l, 11l.
(D Pipe). 1.50 (2m69yds nov hdle):
WHATSWRONGWITHYOU (Nico
De Boinville 7-4) 1; Ok Corral (4-5F)
2; What’s Occurring (10-1) 3. 13
ran. 3/4l, 10l. (N Henderson). NR:
Sandro Botticelli. 2.25 (2m92yds
h’cap nov ch): SAINT CALVADOS
(A Coleman 5-4F) 1; Tree Of Liberty
(5-2) 2; War Sound (4-1) 3. 4 ran.
10l, 21/4l. (H Whittington). 3.00
(2m7f86yds h’cap ch): HORATIO
HORNBLOWER (S Twiston-Davies
7-1) 1; Millanisi Boy (8-1) 2; Two
Smokin Barrels (14-1) 3. Kimberlite
Candy 10-3F. 10 ran. 1/2l, 41/2l. (N
Williams). 3.30 (2m4f118yds nov
hdle): ALL CURRENCIES (Joshua
Moore 16-1) 1; Lady Of Lamanver
(4-1) 2; Just A Thought (5-2) 3.
Kupatana 11-8F. 14 ran. 4l, 11/2l. (G
L Moore). NRs: Blackdown Hills,
Sensulano. 4.05 (2m69yds nh flat):
MORNING VICAR (Nico De Boinville 5-1) 1; Baddesley Knight (4-1F)
2; Coole Well (8-1) 3. 11 ran. 2l, nk.
(N Henderson). Placepot: £128.30.
Quadpot: £47.20.
LINGFIELD WINNERS: 12.10
Perfect Illusion evens fav. 12.40
Sword Exceed 5-2 fav. 1.10 Count
Otto 11-4. 1.40 Topapinion 4-1. 2.15
Bernie’s Boy 15-8. 2.50 Sky Marshal
7-2. 3.20 Spare Parts 6-4 fav. 3.55
Mr Andros 11-2.
Placepot: £136.00. Quadpot: £24.30.
NEWCASTLE WINNERS; 4.00 Apalis 11-8 fav. 4.30 King Oswald 11-4.
5.00 Elixsoft 6-4 jtfav. 5.30 Ode To
Autumn 4-9 fav. 6.00 Testa Rossa
5-1. 6.30 Wiff Waff evens fav.
Placepot: £17.00. Quadpot: £13.60.
TENNIS
AUSTRALIAN OPEN, MELBOURNE,
AUSTRALIA: Selected Men’s Singles Second round: (1) R NADAL (Sp)
bt L Mayer (Arg) 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-4);
(6) M CILIC (Croa) bt J Sousa (Portugal) 6-1 7-5 6-2; (3) G DIMITROV
(Bul) bt M McDonald (US) 4-6 6-2
6-4 0-6 8-6; (17) N KYRGIOS (Aus)
bt V Troicki (Serb) 7-5 6-4 7-6 (7-2);
(15) J-W TSONGA (Fr) bt D Shapovalov (Can) 3-6 6-3 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 7-5;
K EDMUND (GB) bt D Istomin (Uzb)
6-2 6-2 6-4.
Women’s Singles Second round:
A Cornet (Fr) bt (12) J GOERGES
(Ger) 6-4 6-3; (7) J OSTAPENKO
(Lat) bt Y Duan (Chin) 6-3 3-6 6-4; K
Bondarenko (Ukr) bt (15) A PAVLYUCHENKOVA (Rus) 6-2 6-3; (19) M
RYBARIKOVA (Slovak) bt K Flipkens
(Bel) 6-4 0-6 6-2; (2) C WOZNIACKI
(Den) bt J Fett (Croa) 3-6 6-2 7-5.
Men’s Doubles First round: (5) J
MURRAY (GB) & B SOARES (Br) bt
F Tiafoe (US) & D Young (US) 5-7
6-4 6-4.
Women’s Doubles First round: (14)
H CHAN (Taipei) & K SREBOTNIK
(Sloven) bt L ROBSON (GB) & C
Vandeweghe (US) 7-6 (7-3) 6-4;
(4) L SAFAROVA (Cz Rep) & B
ZAHLAVOVA STRYCOVA (Cz Rep)
bt N BROADY (GB) & A SMITH
(GB) 6-2 6-1;
SNOOKER
DAFABET MASTERS, ALEXANDRA
PALACE, LONDON: 1st rd: S Murphy (Eng) bt A Carter (Eng) 6-4.
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FRANCE
Smith arrested
Bastareaud
after ‘punching
banned for
homophobic slur Tokyo taxi driver’
Eddie Jones will
name his Six
Nations squad
this morning
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Agreement allows room
for Jones to lead Lions
» Continued from back page
2019. When I was offered it, I went
home and spoke to Annie [his wife],
she was keen to stay, and that was
it.
“To me coaching has always been
quite a selfish job. This is an opportunity to do something for someone
else, and I’m excited about doing it.
“There are other opportunities
[for him, post-2019], so I’m making
a choice here. I think I can do something good here.”
The arrangement of choosing
Jones’s successor is well suited to
one of Jones’s highly-regarded assistants Steve Borthwick or Paul
Gustard being groomed for promotion. It may also assuage the
criticism made of the RFU by Rob
Baxter, one of the leading external
candidates. The Exeter boss said
last autumn the union’s past behaviour towards its coaches had made
him question whether he would
ever want the England role.
And as 2020-21 will also be the
year leading into the Lions’ tour of
South Africa – a business in which
the RFU has a quarter share with
its counterparts in Scotland, Wales
and Ireland – the agreement allows
for Jones to step away from the
England job and into the Lions’.
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When Jones succeeded Stuart reduced the chance of England
Lancaster after England’s calami- employing a been-there, done-that
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in the pool stage, the RFU was lam- will turn 61 in January 2021 and
basted for having awarded Lan- walked out of a job with the Stormcaster and his assistants six-year ers in South Africa to work with
extensions before the tournament. England.
Lancaster was the fourth EngAsked if he could combine with
land coach in a row to be sacked, Steve Hansen, the All Blacks’ infollowing Martin Johncumbent double World
son in 2011, Brian Ashton
Cup winner, Jones reAsked
in 2008 and Andy Robinmarked: “The coaching
son in 2006. And Sir Clive if he could
box is not big enough,
Woodward walked out in combine with mate.”
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Jones’s next task is to
England won its only
announce the England
Steve
Hansen,
World Cup.
squad for the Six Nations
The RFU’s chief execu- Jones said:
Championship this
“The
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morning, and with prop
detail of the break clause box isn’t big
Joe Marler suspended
as he and Jones fronted enough, mate’ for the first two matches
a Twickenham media
with Italy and Wales,
conference at short nohe may call up the
tice yesterday, but Jones said: “If Harlequin’s 21-year-old club-mate
we don’t win the World Cup, I’ll be Lewis Boyce for training in Portudisappointed.”
gal next week.
Brown said the RFU had learnt
Another likely inclusion, the unfrom England’s past as well as look- capped Bath No 8 Zach Mercer,
ing at other countries. New Zea- was at Twickenham yesterday to
land tend to have the next coach publicise his club’s April clash with
ready and waiting, while Wales Leicester at the national stadium,
recently indicated they would an- and praised Jones, saying: “What
nounce Warren Gatland’s succes- Eddie’s done to English rugby is
sor a year ahead of the takeover.
phenomenal, the way he’s turned
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By Jack de Menezes
France centre Mathieu Bastareaud
has received a three-week ban for
verbally abusing an opponent.
The Toulon star was cited following
his club’s European Champions Cup
clash against Italian side Benetton
on Sunday.
He seemed to direct homophobic
abuse at Benetton forward Sebastian
Negri, appearing to call him a
“f***ing f*****”.
European Professional Club
Rugby, the tournament organisers,
convened a disciplinary hearing in
London yesterday and announced
Bastareaud’s suspension. It means
he will miss France’s NatWest Six
Nations opener against Ireland on
3 February.
Bastareaud, 29, had been named a
in a 32-man squad by new head coach
Jacques Brunel for the match.
Australian rugby great George
Smith has been arrested in Japan
after allegedly running from a taxi
on New Year’s Eve after refusing to
pay for it and punching the driver
before being chased.
Smith, 37, plays for Tokyo-based
side Suntory Sungoliath in the Top
League, with the 111-cap Australia
international one of the leading
names currently in Japanese
club rugby.
According to the Yomiuri
Shimbun newspaper, sources close
to the police investigation claim
that Smith was under the influence
of alcohol when he allegedly refused
to pay for a taxi fare rough around
¥10,000 (£65). He is then accused of
running from the vehicle and being
chased, before punching the driver.
Smith denies the allegations.
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TENNIS: THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Tricky opponent
and heat prove
no bother for
in-form Edmund
In the third round tomorrow Edmund will face Georgia’s Nikoloz
Basilashvili, the world No 61. With
Denis Istomin produced one of the some of the bigger names in his secgreatest shocks in Grand Slam his- tion of the draw already knocked
tory last year when he beat Novak out, the Briton would be certain not
Djokovic here at the Australian to face a seed until the quarter-finals
Open, but 12 months on the 31-year- at the earliest.
old Uzbek was no match for Britain’s
After a comparatively cool first
Kyle Edmund.
two days, the temperature rose to
Building on his excellent
31C on a glorious summer’s affive-set victory over Kevin
ternoon at Melbourne Park.
Anderson in the first
Ice towels were the order
round, Edmund swept
of the day out on Court
Istomin aside, win13, though Edmund
ning their secondnever looked troubled
Number of minutes
round match 6-2,
by the conditions.
it
took
Kyle
Edmund
6-2, 6-4 in just 89
Within 26 minutes
to beat his secondminutes on a day of
the Briton had broken
round opponent
rising temperatures.
serve
twice to take the
Denis Istomin
Istomin, who took a
first set, after which
lengthy medical time-out
Istomin took a medical
at the end of the first set,
time-out to have treatment
struggled with his moveon his left ankle. For the
ment and was unable to
I knew that rest of the match the only
cope with the sheer weight
given his past
Kyle
is a good surprise,
of some of Edmund’s shots.
record, was that the world
“Today was good pro- player, a great No 60 did not retire. Isfessional performance,” player. Maybe tomin, who has had regular
Edmund said. “I did what my tactics
injury problems ever since
I needed to do. I held my weren’t great being involved in a serious
concentration well. I just today – I
car crash when he was 14,
managed my game well, re- chose the
has quit in the middle of
gardless of what was going
matches a remarkable 27
wrong
tactics
down his end. I was just
times in his professional
really pleased, especially
career.
with the heat today.”
Edmund broke twice again in the
In the absence of Andy Murray, second set, sealing both games with
Edmund was the only British starter crunching forehand winners, and
in the men’s singles here. The world broke to love in the third game of the
No 49, who is now certain to move up third set.
the rankings later this month, has
“I served well today,” Edmund
never gone this far at this tourna- said afterwards. “I just made a lot
ment – and more opportunities are of serves in at the right times – good
beckoning.
placement really. It felt like it was
By Paul Newman
AT MELBOURNE PARK
89
‘One of my friends said:
‘Hang on, that is bullets.’
I was really, really lucky’
Laura Robson tells Paul Newman
about the horror of being caught up in
last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas
L
aura Robson has packed
much into her 23 years, but
the one event outside of
tennis that will surely stick
in her mind for ever will
be last October’s mass shooting at a
country music festival in Las Vegas.
Robson was with friends in the
crowd as a lone gunman, Stephen
Paddock, shooting from his
32nd-floor room in the Mandalay
Bay Hotel, killed 58 people and
injured another 500 in one of the
most shocking mass murders in
American history.
Although Robson said at the time
that she had escaped unhurt, it
was only here on Wednesday at the
Australian Open that the former
Wimbledon junior champion talked
tough for him to get on top of rallies
from the return.”
Istomin said he had felt some pain
in his ankle early in the match. “I felt
it especially on serve so I could not
jump really high,” he said. “I wasn’t
moving well today.”
However, Istomin did not offer the
injury as an excuse for his defeat.
“He was playing much better than
me today,” he said. “I knew that he’s
a good player, a great player. Maybe
my tactics weren’t great today. I
chose the wrong tactics and I didn’t
play really great but he didn’t give
me many chances. He was serving
well, moving well.”
Although Edmund is through to
the third round here for the first
time, he needs to win one more
match to equal his previous best
performance at a Grand Slam event
following his run to the fourth round
at the US Open two years ago.
Basilashvili, the Briton’s next opponent, has never gone beyond the
third round of a Grand Slam tournament. The 25-year-old Georgian,
beat Belgium’s Ruben Bemelmans in
straight sets, lost his only previous
meeting with Edmund in the first
round at the French Open two years
ago. THE INDEPENDENT
in public about her experience on
that traumatic evening.
“It was a crazy, crazy thing to
happen and I got really, really
lucky,” Robson (right) said. “My
friends got really, really lucky.
That’s really all I can say. I don’t
really like to think about it.”
She added: “We were
really, really lucky in that we
were off to the side, so you
hear everything and stuff
like that. So many people
weren’t lucky. I just got a
big hug from my mum
when she picked me
up from the airport
the next day.”
Robson said that
when the gunman
started shooting she
was not aware at first
what was happening.
“I thought it was
something on the
stage,” she said. “My
friend, one of the
girls I was with, she is from North
moment. The world No 227 played
Carolina so she was the first one
in the doubles here alongside Coco
to be like: ‘Hang on here, that is
Vandeweghe, though the Briton and
definitely bullets.’”
the American were beaten
Having originally
7-6, 6-4 in the first round.
intended to go home the
The last four years have
I feel very
following day, Robson
not been easy for Robson,
happy on
then spent “five days
who
reached a career-high
court for the
in the house without
position of No 27 in the
first
time
in
a
really leaving”. She
world rankings in 2013 but
long while. I
added: “When I got
subsequently struggled
have
changed
home my dogs could
with serious wrist
sense that I was
my mindset – problems which required
a bit off so they
new year, new surgery.
just sat on me
me and all that Asked if she had ever
for five days.
thought of retiring,
After that you
Robson said: “The option
have to get back to real
has always been there for me. I
life and back on the
haven’t ever had my parents or
court.”
family members saying: ‘This is
Playing tennis
your role.’ It has always been up to
might have seemed
me whether to stop or keep going
unimportant after
and you definitely have some dark
that experience,
thoughts when you lose in China
but Robson is
for the third week in a row, but it’s
feeling good about
always there and I don’t feel that
her game at the
way any more.”
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McDonald win
By Eleanor Crooks
AT MELBOURNE PARK
Grigor Dimitrov survived a scare
against American qualifier Mackenzie McDonald to reach the third
round of the Australian Open.
McDonald – ranked 186 in the
world – won the opening set and then,
remarkably, the fourth set to love,
but Dimitrov refused to give in and
roared when he eventually sealed a
4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 0-6, 8-6 victory.
“It’s a tough day,” said the
Bulgarian third seed,
who takes on the
Russian Grigor
Rublev in the next
round. “He was
playing unbe lievable. I had to
fight.”
World No 1 Rafael Nadal (above)
was tested by Leonardo Mayer but quelled
the threat of the Argentinian to win
6-3, 6-4, 7-6. Next up for Nadal is 28th
seed Damir Dzumhur.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga produced a
terrific comeback to defeat Denis
Shapovalov and set up a blockbuster
third-round encounter with Nick
Kyrgios. Tsonga, after going 2-5 in
the deciding set, turned the tables to
win 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6, 7-5.
Kyrgios is delivering on his vow to
adopt a more mature approach and
withstood the distractions of a noisy
helicopter, a faulty sound system and
heckles from the crowd in a 7-5, 6-4,
7-6 victory over Viktor Troicki.
Jamie Murray and Bruno
Soares survived a tricky
first-round encounter in the
men’s doubles at the Australian
Open yesterday. After going a set
down against Americans Frances
Tiafoe and Donald Young, the fifth
seeds and 2016 champions fought
back to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
Robson recently reunited with
Martijn Bok, the Dutch coach who
guided her to so much success as a
junior. “I feel very happy on court for
the first time in a long time,” Robson
said. “I’m happy to be back with
Martijn. We’re putting in some good
work on the practice court.”
She said her wrist had not been
a problem for a good while and that
she felt 100 per cent confident in it.
“I put in a good off-season this year,”
she added. “I felt ready coming into
my first event in Adelaide.
“When I first came back
[following wrist surgery], I felt good
because I was just so happy to be
back. More recently, for the last year
or so, it’s been tough.
“The motivation to get on the
court was just not there because it
was like: ‘Here we go again, another
practice where I’m going to come off
feeling terrible about myself.’ I had
to just change my mindset from last
year. New year, new me and all that.”
THE INDEPENDENT
Sabalenka’s
grunts prompt
crowd taunts
By Evan Bartlett
Patrons at the Australian Open
clearly did not take too kindly to the
screeching and grunting of Aryna
Sabalenka during her three-set
defeat to home favourite Ashleigh
Barty.
A series of squeals
and screams could
be heard reverberating around
the Rod Laver
Arena during
t h e w o m e n ’s
second-round tie.
And some were
coming from fans,
who started impersonating the 19-year-old
Belorussian (above) during rallies,
eventually forcing the umpire to step
in and tell them to calm down.
Barty said afterwards that she got
used to her opponent’s decibel levels
as the game wore on.
The Australian No 1 said: “Everyone has a bit of a different grunt. But,
no, you get used to it.”
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EVERTON
Walcott makes £20m switch
to end 12-year spell at Arsenal
By Phil Medlicott
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott
has completed his £20m move
to Everton. The 28-year-old
England international was at his
new club’s Finch Farm training
ground yesterday to complete his
medical and finalise personal terms
on the move.
He becomes the club’s second
signing of the January transfer
window, following Turkey striker
Cenk Tosun, from Besiktas, for a
reported £27m.
“I’ve come to Everton because
I want the club to push to the
next level,” Walcott said. “I’m
very excited to be starting a new
chapter and I felt this was the right
place for me to be. The manager
[Sam Allardyce] is very ambitious
and I feel like the club is going in the
right direction.
“Everton is a club with a great
history. The fans are always
passionate – they’re great – and I
always used to find it very tough
playing here. The club has won
trophies but I want them to win
trophies now. The manager is very
Theo Walcott says he wants to win
trophies with Everton
hungry and it’s just what I need. I’ve
had a couple of chats with him and
straightaway I felt that hunger and
that desire that he wanted from me.
I need that and I wanted that.
“I’m dead excited and I just
want to do what I do best, which
is playing football and expressing
myself, because I’m excited again.”
NEWCASTLE UNITED
The move brings to an end
Walcott’s 12-year spell at Arsenal,
where he scored 108 goals in 397
appearances. He could face his
former colleagues within days
- Everton are due to visit the
Emirates on 3 February.
Walcott has won 47 caps for
England, scoring eight goals, but
he was surplus to requirements at
the Emirates. He has made just 16
appearances in all competitions
this term, including the Community
Shield. Only six have been in the
Premier League and he last started
a league game last April.
At a press conference earlier
yesterday, Tosun said securing
Walcott would be a “massive
signing” for Everton and that he
believed they would link up well.
“Theo is a great player, a proven
player,” Tosun said. “He has done
really well for Arsenal for many
years. He is very fast and a good
crosser and I’d say that would be a
massive signing for us. I think I’d
link up well with him.
“We already have very talented
players in our team and I’m sure he
would have a great input.”
REAL MADRID
Club remains for sale despite Ronaldo is
end to Staveley negotiations part of club,
says Zidane
Newcastle United remains up for sportswear magnate losing
sale despite the collapse of talks
with Amanda Staveley’s
PCP Capital Partners.
Owner Mike
Ashley called a halt
to negotiations
which had been
ongoing with PCP
since November on
Tuesday as sources
dismissed them as “a
complete waste of time”.
There had been no contact
between the two parties since
before Christmas, with the
patience with both the public
nature of the pursuit and a
lack of tangible progress.
Sources close to the
Staveley (left) camp
insisted in the wake of
the development that
their offer – which
was not credible in
Ashley’s eyes – was still
on the table and that
they had not walked away.
An offer to accept payment in
instalments over a fixed period is
also still available.
SOUTHEND UNITED
LIVERPOOL
Brown put on
Flanagan given
gardening leave assault sentence
Southend United have placed
manager Phil Brown on gardening
leave as the two parties agree a
settlement. Southend, who have
lost seven of their last eight league
games, sit 18th in the table, two
points above the relegation zone.
Brown, 58, took over in March
2013 and led the Shrimpers to
promotion from League Two
via the play-offs in 2015. Former
Charlton and Huddersfield
manager Chris Powell has been
tipped to take over at Roots Hall.
Liverpool defender Jon
Flanagan has been sentenced
to 40 hours of unpaid work
and a community order for
assaulting his girlfriend. The
25-year-old pleaded guilty to
common assault at an earlier
hearing. The football club have
expressed their “disappointment
and anger” in Flanagan and are
now considering “any internal
disciplinary action”. Flanagan
has made more than 50 firstteam appearances for the club.
Zinedine Zidane says he cannot
imagine Real Madrid without
Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to reports, the
forward wants to leave the
European champions due to a
contract dispute with president
Florentino Perez and has
been linked with a return to
Manchester United.
The Portugal international
(below) is under contract at the
Bernabeu until 2021 and head
coach Zidane urged him to
concentrate only on his game.
“We know what is discussed,
but what Cristiano has to do is
think about playing, as always,”
the Frenchman said. “I just want
to talk about his performance and
what he can bring to the team on
the pitch.
“Cristiano is a part of this club,
where he belongs. The club, the
fans, everyone loves him.
“I always say the same thing, I do
not see a Madrid without Cristiano.
The sporting side is the one that
I am interested in. I do not want
to talk about the contract and
those things.”
Zidane was
speaking ahead
of Madrid’s Copa
Del Rey meeting
with Leganes
today.
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Mkhitaryan and
Sanchez poised
to swap clubs
the player can thrive at the Emirates
in a way that hasn’t happened at Old
Manchester United and Arsenal Trafford. The Armenian was initially
are hoping that the effective swap cool on the move, and wanted to beof Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexis come Arsenal’s best-paid player to
Sanchez will be completed very
move, but sources close to the
soon and it is even possible
deal say there has been sigthat they will be able
nificant progress over the
to play for their new
past 24 hours. While
clubs this weekend.
nothing is signed, and
The fine details of
there is haggling over
Sanchez’s move to
whether Arsenal
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Old Trafford have
match his £150,000has scored one
been finalised, with
plus wages at United,
Premier League for
Manchester United
the Chilean set to
the general feeling is
this season
sign a contract until
that a swap is now seen
2022 that will give him
as quite likely.
wages of over £400,000
Arsenal have also been
a week. United are also willlinked with Borussia Dortmund
ing to pay agents’ fees of up to centre-forward Pierre-Emerick Au£10million that both Manchester bameyang, but there is a growing
City and Chelsea balked at.
feeling that speculation surrounding
The fact that Mkhitaryan might go the Gabonese striker is more down to
the other way was a key reason why Dortmund’s willingness to sell rather
Arsenal favoured United’s offer for than Arsenal’s interest in buying.
SanchezandArsèneWengerbelieves
While Wenger may yet move for
Aubameyang, most of the push is
coming from Germany, where he
has been dropped twice this season,
most recently last weekend because
he skipped a key team meeting.
“Disappointment is the wrong
expression,” Dortmund coach Peter
Stoger said when asked about the
situation. “Rather a lack of understanding as I cannot really comprehend his conduct. And I am certainly
not the only one.” Aubameyang is
reportedly desperate for a move to
Arsenal, whose new head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, knows the
player from his time at Dortmund.
But Stoger says the striker is far
from certain to leave. Asked if he
thought Aubameyang would stay at
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is warming to
Dortmund this winter, he said: “I asthe idea of moving to the Emirates
sume so.” THE INDEPENDENT
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Mourinho closing in on new
deal to remain at Old Trafford
By Phil Casey
Manchester United manager
Jose Mourinho is close to
agreeing a new deal with
the club.
Talks between the
two parties are
understood to be
progressing well.
Mourinho’s current
contract is due to
expire in 2019.
The 55-year-old
took charge at Old
Trafford in 2016 and
described speculation about
his future as “garbage” in a
pre-match press conference
earlier this month.
Reports emerged in November
that Paris Saint-Germain
had contacted Mourinho’s
representatives, just a few weeks
after the Portuguese (below)
had talked about the “special”
project being put together
at the French outfit.
After his side’s home
draw with Burnley on
Boxing Day, Mourinho
complained that
spending of almost
£300m since he took
over was “not enough” to
compete with local rivals
Manchester City.
But with a deal for Arsenal
forward Alexis Sanchez
seemingly imminent and other
summer moves in the pipeline,
the new deal seems a formality.
Two sent off as
chaotic Blues win
penalty shoot-out
CHELSEA
Batshuayi 51
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Lewis 90
AET; Chelsea win 5-3 on pens
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AT STAMFORD BRIDGE
Chelsea survived the loss of a late goal
to Norwich City in the final seconds
of normal time and two red cards to
reach the fourth round on penalties.
Pedro and Alvaro Morata were
both sent off in the closing stages of
extra-time but five of the nine players
left on the pitch scored from the spot,
Eden Hazard clinching a 5-3 victory
in the shoot-out.
One reason for Chelsea’s profligate
recent spell is how slowly they have
started games, never quite finding a
rhythm or momentum. Here, at least,
they began in a livelier manner and
carried a goal threat. A changed team
had a changed attitude.
Within minutes, Danny Drinkwater had drilled a low shot just wide
from distance – a gambit he tried
repeatedly. Chelsea were getting
closer. Tiémoué Bakayoko glanced
a header just wide as captain Cesar
Azpilicueta vainly attempted to make
contact at the far post, while Kenedy
fired a volley that was going well wide
when it struck a defender.
Shortly before half-time, the Brazilian got into an altercation on the
ground with Nelson Oliveira and appeared to make contact with a swinging arm. He was perhaps fortunate it
wasn’t seen, especially with VAR.
That came after Norwich had
weathered the early Chelsea pressure, during which Drinkwater rattled the visitors’ crossbar.
Daniel Farke’s side were finding
more space and they scarcely needed
the help of Michy Batshuayi, whose
wayward pass went straight to Oliveira. The Portuguese reacted instantly,
grazing the top of the crossbar from
just outside the box with a sweetlystruck shot with the outside of his
right foot.
It was from a Norwich attack that
Chelsea – and Batshuayi – finally
had their moment. David Luiz abrasively won the ball in his own half and
surged forward, spraying a fine pass
out left to Willian.
The ball eventually reached
Kenedy, who fired across goal for
Batshuayi to complete a trademark
finish from close range. The Belgian’s
Chelsea
Caballero
Ampadu
Azpilicueta
Luiz
Drinkwater Bakayoko
Zappacosta
Willian
Batshuayi
Murphy
Kenedy
Pedro
Oliveira
Maddison
Lewis
Reed
Vrancic
Pinto
Klose Zimmerman Hanley
Gunn
Norwich City
Substitutions: Chelsea Morata (Batshuayi, 81),
Christensen (Ampadu, 81), Kanté (Kenedy, 87), Hazard
(Drinkwater, 100); Norwich City Hoolahan (Reed, 82),
Cantwell (Hanley, 86), Tettey (Pinto, 116), Stiepermann
(Cantwell, 120).
Booked: Chelsea Pedro (twice), Willian, Morata (twice);
Nor Maddison. Sent off: Che Pedro (116), Morata (120).
Man of the match Gunn. Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Chelsea 58% Norwich City 42%.
Attempts on target: Chelsea 8 Norwich City 4.
Referee G Scott (Oxfordshire).
goal was their first strike in more
than five hours, ending the drought
at 331 minutes.
But it was only one goal and Josh
Murphy bounced an effort against
a post before Willy Caballero then
pulled off a fine stop to deny the highly-rated James Maddison.
Chelsea were by no means secure,
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Michy Batshuayi
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Ayew 11, Bony 69
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Friday 26 January
Sheffield Wed v Reading (7.45pm)
Yeovil v Man United (7.55, BBC)
Saturday 27 January (3pm unless stated)
Peterborough v Leicester (12.30, BT)
Huddersfield v Birmingham
Hull v Nottingham Forest
Middlesbrough v Brighton
Millwall v Rochdale
Milton Keynes Dons v Coventry
Notts County v Swansea
Sheffield United v Preston
Southampton v Watford
Wigan v West Ham
Newport v Tottenham (5.30, BT)
Liverpool v West Bromwich (7.45, BT)
Sunday 28 January
Chelsea v Newcastle (1.30, BT)
Cardiff v Manchester City (4, BBC)
as emphasised when Conte decided
to bring on Andreas Christensen
for the otherwise impressive Ethan
Ampadu and Morata for Batshuayi.
Morata then sent a header just wide,
and Conte brought on N’Golo Kanté.
It wasn’t enough. The warnings
were there and in the 94th minute
Lewis glanced in a header from
Timm Klose’s cross to send the
match into extra-time. What timing
from the 19-year-old, what a finish.
Frustrated at going to extra-time,
Chelsea looked to break though, only
to then be frustrated by the referee,
who booked Willian for diving. It
looked a penalty as Klose challenged.
Three minutes from the end of
extra-time, Pedro was sent off for a
late challenge. Morata followed in the
final moments after being booked for
diving and then reacting badly.
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Bony gives Swansea
a welcome victory
over dogged Wolves
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Wilfried Bony scored the winner as
Swansea earned a morale-boosting
win over Wolves in the FA Cup. It
means Carlos Carvalhal’s men join
Cardiff and Newport in the fourth
round, only the third time three
Welsh teams have reached that
stage in the competition’s history.
Jordan Ayew opened the scoring
in this third-round replay and although Wolves substitute Diogo Jota
levelled the scores, Bony came up
with the winner to ensure the home
side secured a tie at League Two promotion contenders Notts County.
A low-key opening in front of a
poor crowd saw Swansea move
ahead early on. Kortney Hause’s slip
allowed Luciano Narsingh in only to
waste a fine chance when through on
goal, but it mattered little as Ayew
opened the scoring.
It was a fine effort, the Ghanaian
dancing his way through some static
Wolves defending to slot the ball into
the bottom corner and make it four
goals in his last seven games.
Roque Mesa came close to making
it 2-0, firing a volley wide as the hosts
dominated in south Wales.
Runaway Championship leaders
Wolves had disappointed, but they
finally woke up in the latter stages of
the half.
Narsingh
Naughton
Mesa
Fer
Ayew
Bony
Enobakhare
Mir
Costa
Douglas N’Diaye Gibbs-White Doherty
Hause
Batth
Roderick
Norris
Wolverhampton Wdrs
Substitutions: Swansea City Ki (Mesa, 73), Dyer
(Narsingh, 73), Clucas (Bony, 79); Wolverhampton
Wanderers Bonatini (Mir, 64), Jota (Enobakhare, 64),
Saiss (Costa, 73).
Booked: Swansea City Fer; Wolverhampton
Wanderers N’Diaye, Douglas, Saiss.
Man of the match Ayew.
Match rating 6/10.
Possession: Swansea City 55% Wolves 45%.
Attempts on target: Swansea City 3 Wolves 3.
Referee C Kavanagh (Manchester).
Alfred N’Diaye followed a booking
with a shot blocked by Alfie Mawson,
while at the other end Bony nearly
created a goal for Connor Roberts,
who could not get the power required to finish.
In the driving rain, Wolves still
turned around a goal down and
Wilfried Bony celebrates his winning goal for Swansea against Wolves GETTY
Nuno Espirito Santo’s frustrated
touchline demeanour told the story
of the first period.
The wet weather continued when
the game resumed, the Liberty Stadium pitch cutting up and not helping the entertainment.
Both sides struggled to retain possession, Helder Costa firing over and
then appealing in vain for a penalty
for the visitors after falling in the
box. Nuno had seen enough and introduced Atletico Madrid loanee
Jota from the bench, and the switch
paid off with immediate dividends.
A Wolves breakaway fell to the
Portuguese, who escaped down the
left and put three Swansea defenders on the floor before finishing with
some ease. Home goalkeeper Krist-
Cherries plucked as Wigan
rediscover spirit of 2013
WIGAN ATHLETIC
Morsy 9, Burn 73, Elder 76
BOURNEMOUTH
3
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By Liam Blackburn
AT THE DW STADIUM
League One leaders Wigan Athletic
caused another FA Cup upset as the
2013 winners beat Premier League
side Bournemouth in their thirdround replay.
The Latics, who stunned Manchester City in the final five years
ago and beat the same opposition in
the sixth round a year later, led early
through Sam Morsy before substitute Dan Burn and defender Callum
Elder struck in quick succession in
the second period.
Wigan beat Bournemouth in a
third-round replay when they won
the competition and Paul Cook’s
men, unbeaten in 13 matches, will
entertain West Ham in the fourth
round on Saturday week.
Wigan went ahead early as Ryan
Colclough, whom Ryan Fraser failed
to dispossess with an attempted
tackle, found Will Grigg with a nearpost cross and, though his flick was
kept out by Artur Boruc, Morsy converted the rebound.
Having thrown away a two-goal
lead to draw the original meeting 12
days ago, Wigan certainly appeared
more up for a midweek replay in
driving rain against a Cherries side
featuring eight changes. The visitors
were lacking a spark up front and
Benik Afobe should have done better with a free header from a Fraser
free-kick.
Bournemouth’s growing frustration was evident when Harry Arter
flew into a challenge on Colclough
that irked Grigg, who twice pushed
the Cherries midfielder. Home keeper Jamie Jones was finally forced
into a save in the second half, keeping out a low effort as Eddie Howe’s
men pushed for a leveller.
offer Nordfeldt should have come to
collect and paid the price.
It looked like extra time was
looming, but the Premier League
side were back ahead within three
minutes.
Tom Carroll’s cross was not
cleared by the Wolves defence and
while those in orange stood still,
Bony reacted quickest to poke the
ball into the net and celebrate in
front of the home supporters.
It proved to be the game’s vital
goal as although Wolves pushed for
a second equaliser late on, Swansea held on for a victory that will
give the top-flight strugglers some
much-needed confidence ahead of
Monday night’s Premier League visit
of Liverpool.
Wigan Athletic
Jones
Power
Dunkley
Bruce
Perkins
Morsy
Colclough
Roberts
Elder
Massey
Grigg
Mahoney
Will Grigg (right) congratulates Sam
Morsy on scoring Wigan’s first goal
Colclough nearly doubled the lead
with a shot across the box before
Afobe and Lys Mousset were both
off target for the Cherries. That
proved costly as 6ft 7in defender
Burn doubled Wigan’s lead via the
crossbar, minutes after coming on.
Wigan put the tie to bed minutes later. Max Power hung up a
cross deep to the back post, where
left-back Elder arrived to head
back into the far corner of the
Bournemouth net.
Fraser
Afobe
Surman
Simpson
Mousset
Arter
Daniels
Pugh
S Cook
Boruc
Bournemouth
Substitutions: Wigan Athletic Hunt (Grigg, 51), Burn
(Colclough, 71), Jacobs (Roberts, 86); Bournemouth
Ibe (Mahoney, 64), Hyndman (Fraser, 78), Taylor
(Surman, 87).
Booked: Wigan Athletic Perkins, Colclough, Grigg;
Bournemouth Arter.
Man of the match Morsy. Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Wigan 52% Bournemouth 48%.
Attempts on target: Wigan 6 Bournemouth 3.
Referee S Attwell (Nuneaton).
Attendance 4,709.
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ENGLAND
England are right
to send for Stokes
– but why did they
wait until the
Ashes were over?
The laying of charges of affray
that resulted from his part in the
incident in Bristol on that late
September morn changes nothing
since the presumption of innocence
CHIEF SPORTS
CORRESPONDENT
remains. But it has brought clarity.
here can be no
Legally, Stokes, who pleads his
reasonable objection to
innocence, knows what is coming,
the return of Ben Stokes
if not when, and should he win the
to the England
case, then his absence from
team,
the entire Ashes car crash
innocent until proven
might be considered just
guilty and all that.
punishment for the
The troubling
lunacy of judging that
paradox in all
a booze cruise in the
Number of days
this is that a man
early hours while on
since the incident in
can be banned
active service against
Bristol which led to
from representing
the West Indies was a
the charge of affray
England without
good idea.
for Ben Stokes
charges being laid and
If he is convicted,
approved when they are.
then, depending on
Perhaps the regulators
the scale of the sentence,
at the England and Wales Cricket
there could yet be more time
Board needed time to recover from
to reflect on the wisdom of his
the shock back in September of an
choices, an outcome which might
England vice-captain being caught
even jeopardise his lucrative IPL
up in a street brawl during a
prospects. That really
one-day series.
will be a price to pay.
As a 90mph It is both a measure
And once they had made
the Bristol Constabulary’s bowler,
of England’s desperate
investigation the arbiter in Stokes would need and the player’s
their own decision-making have made
outstanding talent
process, it was difficult to
that not a second was
a difference
row back from the blanket in the Ashes
wasted in sending for the
position of non-inclusion
cavalry, once the CPS
–
maybe
not
ahead of the Ashes.
declared its hand.
enough
to
Only when the
Self-evidently Stokes
turn the series was missed in the Ashes
investigation proceeded
without a hint of a smoke
series, which England
signal did the ECB relent
lost 4-0. Depending on
to approve the trip to Canterbury.
generosity levels, some appraisals
Once cleared to play, there was no
of the shellacking might point to
logical bar to him returning for
periods in each Test when England
the national team, where the need
generated genuine dynamic
was greater. If permission to play
tension. That every tight session
was granted, an ethical bridge
was ultimately won by Australia
was crossed.
demonstrates that England were
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playing with a diminished tool box.
As a bowler capable of tripping
90mph, Stokes would have made
a difference, no doubt, and with
that 10-ton bat of his would have
anchored England’s middle order
no end. It would not have been
enough to turn the series but it
might not have been such a pasting.
All done now. He will play no part
in the one-dayers in Australia but is
free to charge in for England in his
ODI SERIES: ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA
Bairstow laughs off ‘Ashes hangover’ theory for victory
By Rory Dollard
IN BRISBANE
Jonny Bairstow laughed off suggestions that England’s winning start to
the one-day series was down to an
Australian Ashes hangover.
At the start of the trip it was the
tourists who found themselves fending off questions about a damaging
drinking culture and Bairstow was
at the centre of a bizarre story, having playfully headbutted Cameron
Bancroft in a bar.
Now it is the turn of the Austral-
ians to have their nights out scrutinised, with suggestions among the
local media that their post-series
party in Sydney went too far and
contributed to their five-wicket defeat in the first ODI.
“Jeez, if you can’t celebrate
winning the Ashes, I am not
sure what you can celebrate
– other than your wedding,”
said Bairstow (right). “So
they should.
“You can’t just say, because
they have lost the first game,
that it’s a result of cel-
ebrating the Ashes. It’s a different
squad, lots of different people.”
He also made a jokey reference to
the curfew which was imposed on
the Test squad and remains in place
for the white-ball side. “If it was the
other way round, I am sure
[celebrations] would have
been exactly the same – before midnight, of course.”
Australia opener David
Warner gave the issue similarly short shrift. “You’ve
got to celebrate
your wins. It
was a long summer for us and to play
the way we did, beating England 4-0,
we deserve to go out and celebrate.
“If people think it’s over the top,
then that’s their own opinion. You
get one day to sum up a summer and
I think we did it in the right sense.”
The teams face each other again
tomorrow at the Gabba, Australia’s
Brisbane stronghold and scene of
the 10-wicket win which set the tone
for the Test series.
And Bairstow knows the hosts are
likely to come hard at England after
their first defeat of the tour.
“We know the feeling of being 1-0
down, so that’s something we’re expecting – a bit of a backlash from the
Aussies,” he said.
“But you’d rather be 1-0 up. We we
really pleased to get the first proper
win since we arrived. It’s a huge
achievement for the lads to start the
one-day series the way that we did.
“To carry on playing the way that
we have done over the last 18 months,
two years, in Australia is something
we were really wanting to do – to
start the series like we have. We can
hopefully continue that in Brisbane.”
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Ben Stokes timeline
24 Sept 2017 Hits 71 in third ODI v
West Indies at Bristol, his last appearance for England (far left).
25 Sept Stokes and team-mate
Alex Hales involved in incident
outside Bristol nightclub, leaving
man needing treatment for facial
injuries. England director of cricket
Andrew Strausss makes statement (below) that Stokes had been
arrested by police and released under
investigation.
27 Sept England include Stokes in
16-man Ashes squad.
27 Sept The Sun releases footage
that allegedly shows the incident
involving Stokes and Hales.
28 Sept ECB announces Stokes and
Hales will not be considered for
selection for England matches until
further notice.
28 Oct England fly to Australia
without Stokes.
29 Nov Stokes arrives in New Zealand
(left, top) to play for Canterbury Kings
(left, bottom). At first it was thought
he might be able to play a part in the
series in Australia. However, he never
gets near the Ashes – which England
lose 4-0.
29 Nov Avon & Somerset Police
complete investigation and send
findings to the Crown Prosecution
Service.
4 Dec It is announced Hales will not
face criminal charges, and the ECB
says he is available for selection.
6 Dec Stokes named in England’s
one-day squad for the five-match
series against Australia.
23 Dec Returns to England, ending his
spell with Canterbury.
11 Jan 2018 Named in England’s Test
squad for tour of New Zealand.
Yesterday ECB announce Stokes is
available to be picked again.
14 Feb England’s first game in New
Zealand, a T20 international v NZ and
first game in which Ben Stokes might
again play for England.
native New Zealand for as long as
the judicial process allows.
One hopes that when this is all
over Stokes is sufficiently persuaded
to call it a night after News At Ten,
rather than appearing in a bulletin
of his own making. At least while in
the service of his country.
Richardson stands by for his
debut if Hazlewood misses out
By Rory Dollard
Australia could be without Josh
Hazlewood against England tomorrow, and wicketkeeper Tim Paine is
a minor doubt.
Both teams have suffered from
sickness bugs recently and Paine is
the latest player to experience a bout
of gastroenteritis, though it is expected he will be fit to take the gloves as
Australia look to square the series.
Hazlewood (right) was rested from
the series opener in Melbourne but
has been laid low with a virus and has
yet to join the team in Brisbane.
His participation is in doubt,
but with Cricket Australia
disinclined to call-up Pat
Cummins, having decided he would be rested,
21-year-old seamer Jhye
Richardson is in line for
his debut.
David Warner, at least,
is back to full fitness and will
be ready to renew his new-ball
duel with Mark Wood.
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second of five one-day internationals tomorrow, but Stokes is not set
to link back up with the side until
the latter part of the subsequent
Twenty20 Tri-Series involving
both sides and New Zealand.
The delay in Stokes’ availability
for the tri-series is believed to be
in case there is a court appearance
he would have to attend.
If all goes to plan, the 26-yearold could return to England colours against the Blacks Caps on 14
and 18 February.
“England selectors, management and players have been
informed and Ben Stokes is
expected to join the squad in
New Zealand for February’s T20
matches,” the statement added.
Stokes has already played a
handful of games in New Zealand,
the country of his birth, after the
ECB cleared him to join Canterbury Kings while they unsuccessfully contested the Ashes in his
absence.
He played six matches for the
South Island province – three oneday matches and three T20 games
– with the highlight being a 47-ball
93 against Otago.
Alex Hales, who was present
with Stokes on the night in question, has already returned to
the England side after Avon and
Somerset Police made it clear no
charges would be brought against
him.
Both he and Stokes still face an
internal investigation from the
ECB’s independent cricket discipline commission but that will not
begin until the legal process has
run its course.
The charge of affray is made
under the Public Order Act 1986
and effectively relates to fighting
in public.
It carries a maximum penalty
when tried summarily in the magistrates’ court of a fine or up to six
months in prison. When tried on
indictment – in the crown court –
there is a maximum tariff of up to
three years in prison.
The Durham bowler hurried
Warner with a vicious bouncer in
Melbourne, then dismissed him for
two with a delivery that caught the
shoulder of the bat.
“I expected that from Woody,”
said Warner. “He’s always up in the
high 140s (kph). I expect nothing
less from him – he’s always been an
aggressive bowler. Facing what
we have in the Test matches,
and on wickets that weren’t
as lively, it’s a different mode
to get into.”
Australian hopes of levelling the series at 1-1 will
be boosted by their return
to the Gabba, where they have
lost just once to England in seven
ODI matches.
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TENNIS
Robson supports
renaming arena
Laura Robson became the first
current player at the Australian
Open to advocate renaming
Margaret Court Arena. Court’s
controversial views about LGBT
issues and same-sex marriage
have resulted in calls for Tennis
Australia to take action. Robson
said: “It’s a tough one because
she obviously achieved so much
but... I would kind of lean towards
renaming it.”
» Robson’s Las Vegas terror, p50
RUGBY UNION
BOXING
Haskell handed
four-week ban
Price accepts fight
with Povetkin
Wasps flanker James Haskell
will be unavailable for England’s
first two Six Nations games after
receiving a four-week ban.
Haskell, who has won 75
caps, was sent off following a
dangerous tackle on Harlequins
centre Jamie Roberts during
Wasps’ European Champions
Cup defeat last Sunday and is
now sidelined until 12 February.
England coach Eddie Jones is due
to name his squad today.
British heavyweight David Price
will take on Russian fighter
Alexander Povetkin on the
undercard when Anthony Joshua
faces Joseph Parker in Cardiff on
31 March. Price, 34, last fought
in December, earning a points
win against Kamil Sokolowski.
The Liverpool fighter has 22 wins
from 26 bouts, with four defeats.
Povetkin, 38, has lost just once
in his 34-fight career – against
Wladimir Klitschko in 2013.
TENNIS
Wozniacki back from brink in Melbourne
Caroline Wozniacki fought back from 5-1 down in the deciding set to
defeat Jana Fett 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the second round of the Australia Open.
The second seed (above) looked certain to be making a premature
exit when she trailed the little-known 21-year-old Croatian 1-5, 15-40
in the deciding set, only to save the two match points and reel off six
games in a row.
The day’s early headlines were written by 15-year-old wildcard Marta
Kostyuk, who defeated Olivia Rogowska 6-3, 7-5 to become the youngest
player in more than 20 years to reach the third round of a Grand Slam.
» Dimitrov givenhuge scare by American qualifier, p51
CRICKET
Ngidi rips through
India to seal series
Debutant Lungi Ngidi took an
impressive 6-39 as South Africa
defeated India by 135 runs in
the second Test to clinch a
series victory. The 21-year-old
helped skittle out India for 151
before lunch on the final day at
Centurion, as they chased an
unlikely 287 to win. The final
Test in Johannesburg starts on
24 January.
Sport on tv
Tennis: Australian Open
Eurosport, until 1.30pm
T20 Cricket: Sixers v Heat
BT Sport 2, 8.30am
Snooker: The Masters
BBC Two, 1pm
Golf: Careerbuilder Challenge
Sky Sports Golf, 4pm
Cricket: NZ v Pakistan
Sky Sports Cricket, 9.55pm
Basketball: Celtics v 76ers
BT Sport 2, midnight
Jones agrees
deal to stick
with England
until 2021
By Hugh Godwin
RUGBY UNION CORRESPONDENT
Eddie Jones has agreed a two-year
extension to his contract as England’s rugby union head coach.
Yesterday’s surprise announcement may be aimed at ending two
decades of knee-jerk appointments
to Twickenham’s top job, but it also
smooths the path of the 57-year-old
Australian becoming the next British and Irish Lions coach.
Jones has overseen 22 wins out
of 23 for England – losing only the
Grand-Slam decider in Ireland last
March – and he had never ruled
out a renewal of the existing deal,
due to expire after the 2019 World
Cup. The new extension protects
the RFU with a break clause based
on England’s performance at next
year’s tournament in Japan, while
introducing a succession plan for
Jones to both help choose his successor and to work alongside the
next person during the 2020-21
season.
Jones said: “I was never arrogant
or presumptuous enough to think I
would be offered anything beyond
» Continued on p49
Sport
Humbled
Bournemouth hammered
3-0 by Wigan in FA Cup
» FA Cup replays, p52-53
18.01.18
P48
GOLF
McIlroy aiming
to put woes of
2017 firmly
in the past
Wigan keeper Jamie
Jones celebrates his
side’s FA Cup win,
which earned them
a home tie against
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TENNIS
Heat no issue as
Edmund sails
into third round
in Melbourne
PLUS: Chelsea scrape through on penalties against Norwich
Stokes cleared for England
duty on New Zealand tour
ECB performs U-turn over selection of all-rounder charged with affray
By Rory Dollard
P51
FOOTBALL
Walcott targets
trophies after
sealing £20m
Everton switch
Ben Stokes is to resume his international career after being charged for
affray and is due to rejoin the team
next month in New Zealand.
England have deemed him unavailable for selection – causing him
to miss the entire Ashes series – ever
since his initial arrest following an
incident in Bristol in September but
the ECB’s 13-strong management
board has decided that suspension
should end.
They debated the matter, with
chairman Colin Graves contributing
from New Zealand via conference
call, after the Crown Prosecution
Service confirmed on Monday that
Stokes would appear at a magistrates’ court at an unspecified date,
along with two other men.
An England and Wales Cricket
Board statement read: “Following
a full Board discussion, in which all
considerations were taken into account, the ECB Board has agreed
that Ben Stokes should now be considered for England selection.
“Given the CPS decision to charge
him and two others with affray, confirmation of his intention to contest
the charge and the potential length
of time to trial, the board agreed
that it would not be fair, reasonable
or proportionate for Ben Stokes to
remain unavailable for a further indeterminate period.
“ECB fully respects the legal process and the player’s intention to defend himself against the charge.”
England face Australia in the
» Continued on page 55
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