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A man and woman are charged with causing the death of Corey and Casper Platt-May in Coventry.
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Children's aid charity Plan International has confirmed six cases of sexual abuse and child exploitation by staff or associates.
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Two people have been charged following the deaths of two brothers in an alleged hit-and-run collision in Coventry. Corey and Casper Platt-May - aged six and two - died on Thursday.
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Martin Paine, director of Mercia Investment Properties (MIP), which owned the freehold of Blythe Court in Coleshill, Warwickshire, has been called a ‘crook’ in the Commons.
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THIS is the moment cops swooped to arrest two people after a pair of young brothers were mowed down and killed in a horror “hit-and-run”.

Little Corey and Casper Platt-May – aged six and two – were struck as they crossed the road with mum Louise in Coventry on Thursday afternoon.

The dramatic footage shows a 53-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman being arrested in connection with the crash after a huge police operation

Robert Brown, 53, and Gwendoline Harrison, 41, were later arrested and charged on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Footage obtained by The Sun show cops forcing Brown to the ground after he appeared to lunge at two female officers shackling the woman.

The pair are accused under joint enterprise of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

Brown also faces charges of driving while disqualified, no insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence; while Harrison also faces a common assault allegation.

Family handout Casper was described as a ‘cheeky little boy who lit up the room’[/caption]

Family handout Corey was a ‘football mad’ boy who ‘loved school’[/caption]

The man was wrestled to the ground after appearing to lunge at the cops Footage obtained by The Sun shows one of the suspects being led away

They will appear at Coventry Magistrates’ Court sitting at Warwick Justice Centre in Leamington this morning.

Yesterday, the boys’ lorry driver dad Reese Platt-May comforted relatives as they visited the scene of the horror crash.

In a statement released with treasured pictures of the boys, Louise said: “Corey was an amazing boy. He never kept still, always had to be doing something and coming up with new ideas of things to do. He loved school more than any kid I know.

“But his main passion in life was his football. He has been playing for a local team since he was 4 but since the day he could hold a ball he was never without one. He will be deeply missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.

 

Casper and Corey Platt-May died following the collision Casper, left, and Corey, right with mum and dad Reese and LouiseFacebook The boys’ dad Reese Platt-May visiting the scene this morningPA:Press Association Tributes to the boys have been left at the scene of the crashGetty Images - Getty

“Casper was a cheeky little boy, always getting into trouble and driving his brothers crazy. But he was so loving and caring and constantly told his family how much he loved them.

“He loved walking everywhere with his wellies and splashing in the puddles. His smile could light up any room and he will be so so missed by all who knew him.”

Chilling CCTV footage shows the car in question speeding down the road just seconds before ploughing into the two boys.

Several cars pass before the black Ford Focus menacingly enters the frame from the right hand side.

PA:Press Association Grandad Kim May (left) lays tributes with other family members at the scene[/caption]

SWNS:South West News Service Casper’s toy buggy could be seen on its side on the side of the road[/caption]

PA:Press Association Flowers and teddies were left at the scene[/caption]

The boys’ devastated granddad Kim May, 51, told Sun Online how he rushed to the ‘obliterated’ scene yesterday and remains in ‘disbelief’ at their deaths.

He said: “The boys were my heart and soul. They’ve been torn away so young. Corey was a big football fan, he was a Man United fan. They were boisterous, usual boys – loving and caring boys.”

“They (the boys and their mum) were coming home from the park, the car must have been going so fast.

“I took the phone call and came straight from work, I was in disbelief and still can’t believe what happened. The whole street was obliterated, it looked like a bomb had gone off.”

The boy’s grandad left a tribute at the sceneSun Online A black Ford Focus was found abandoned a short time after the crashA black Ford Focus was found abandoned a short time after the crash

The boys were in a dozen-strong family group walking to a park in Stoke, Coventry, on Thursday afternoon.
Aunty Tia Fletcher, 22, was walking with Louise and the boys when the horror unfolded and said the scene of the crash was ‘like a war zone’: “We were crossing the road and had checked both ways, there wasn’t a car in sight so we step out into the road.

“Next thing we saw was this black car come speeding round the corner and it just didn’t stop, never seemed to slow down. All it all happened so quickly, it’s just a blur.

“The car hit the two boys. Casper was sat in his mini cooper toy car and it just smashed it to pieces. It was like a war zone.

“The children were in complete panic and screaming and crying. neighbours came running out and everyone was stopping and trying to help. They were doing CPR on Casper and Corey was in the recovery position.

“Casper had no pulse and he had already gone but Corey had a slight one so they rushed him straight to Birmingham Children hospital. He just didn’t make it.

“Louise and Reese are just trying to process whats happened. I spoke to them this morning and they are heartbroken. It’s heartbreaking they had to witness something so terrible.”

The front of Casper’s push car can be seen on the streetGetty Images - Getty

Caters News Agency The boys were said to have been crossing the road with their mum when they were struck[/caption]

Caters News Agency The boys were described by their grandad as ‘loving’ and ‘boisterous’[/caption]

Floral tributes from devastated relatives have been left at the scene in the Stoke area of the city alongside teddy bears and candles.

One reads: “Rest in peace guys. Grandad misses you so much, he will always love you xxx”. Another from the boys’ aunt and uncle, says: “My beautiful nephews. Taken way too young… Never ever forgotten.”

Dramatic pictures show a toddler’s pushchair on its side on the grass verge and debris scattered all over the road after the horror smash at around 2pm.

Traumatised witnesses have told how they saw the mum pushing the pram seconds before the crash – with neighbours saying they picked up the tots “little shoes and hats” from the roadside.

Both brothers were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, but the younger of the boys died shortly after.

Police confirmed at about 7pm on Thursday that the six-year-old had died too.

One eye-witness told Sun Online how he tried to resuscitate one of the boys as desperate efforts were made to save them.

Avtar Chagger, 54, said: “People were panicking and screaming. I rang police and kept myself focused on the phone, that’s all I could do.

SWNS:South West News Service Cops are looking into what happened to leave two children dead[/caption]

A black Ford Focus was found abandoned a short time after the crash and a 53-year-old man and a woman, 41, have been arrested

“I gave the boy the kiss of life. I was on the phone to the paramedics and they were telling me what to do.

“There are no words to describe the feeling, they were children. I won’t be able to walk down that road without thinking of those boys.”

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the West Midlands Police collision investigation unit, said: “We are still trying to establish how this tragic incident has happened and anyone who hasn’t yet spoken to an officer should call us on 101.

“This is a parent’s worst nightmare and it’s impossible to imagine their grief, but specialist officers will be supporting them as our investigation continues.”

Witnesses told how members of the public restrained the driver and passenger as they tried to flee the scene.

One local said: “Police knocked on my door asking if I’d seen a bald man in his fifties and a mixed race woman. I then went out on the road and there were police all over the street and dogs.

“We all helped in the search for them and suddenly the search focused on the park.

“Police had to cut their way through a gate to access the parkland and then emerged with the suspects in handcuffs.

“The man was trying to fight with the officers and get away. The woman was really loud.”


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A PENSIONER has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an 82-year-old man was found dead in a cul-de-sac.

The 79-year-old woman was arrested on Wednesday after police found the man, named locally as Dennis, the previous day.

Raven Close in Huntington, Staffs, where an 82-year-old man was found deadGoogle Maps

His body was discovered in a house in the tiny village of Huntington near Cannock in Staffs.

Raven Close, the cul-de-sac where he was found, is made up of a mixture of bungalows, detached and semi-detached houses.

Police have been stationed outside the house all week as forensics examine the scene.

The woman has since been released under investigation as police continue their enquiries.

Neighbour Suzie Templeman, 44, said: “This is shocking news.

“It is a nice leafy neighbourhood and for this to happen, it is shocking.

“We never really saw Dennis much. I think he had a son.”

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Following the death of an 82-year-old man from Cannock on Tuesday (20), we arrested a 79-year-old woman from Cannock on suspicion of murder on Wednesday.

“The woman has since been released under investigation as we investigate the circumstances of the man’s death further.

“Specially trained officers are providing advice and support to the family at this difficult time.”


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Favicon for News - The Sun 10:23 North Korea regards Donald Trump’s ‘new plan’ to send the US Coast Guard to patrol waters off its shores as an ‘act of war’ » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

NORTH Korea regards Donald Trump’s “new plan” to send the US Coast Guard to patrol waters off its shores as an “act of war”.

The US President has vowed to cripple the rogue regime with increased naval activity and stop-and-search vessels in Asia-Pacific waters.

Reuters It’s claimed the US Coast Guard could soon be patrolling waters near North Korea[/caption]

Now it’s been reported the Coast Guard could even be deployed as part of the co-ordinated effort to halt Pyongyang’s use of seagoing trade to fund its nuclear missile programme.

Washington has been talking to regional partners, including Japan, South Korea, Australia and Singapore, about a stepped-up crackdown to further squeeze despot Kim Jong-un.

However, North Korea has mad it clear that it considers the move as an act of war.

A senior Trump administration official said: “There is no doubt we all have to do more, short of direct military action, to show North Korean leader Kim Jong-un we mean business.”

AP:Associated Press Donald Trump has vowed to cripple the rogue kingdom if it continues to make nukes[/caption]

Reuters The US and South Korean navies already have a strong presence in the Western Pacific[/caption]

While suspect ships have been intercepted before, the emerging strategy would expand the scope of such operations but stop short of imposing a total naval blockade on North Korea.

The strategy calls for closer tracking and possible seizure of ships suspected of carrying banned weapons components to or from North Korea, officials reportedly said

Depending on the scale of the campaign, the United States could consider beefing up the naval and air power of its Pacific Command, they said.

The new Trump-led initiative shows Washington’s increasing urgency to force North Korea into negotiations over the abandonment of its nuclear ambitions – before it can target the US mainland.

AP:Associated Press Kim and his military say they see the naval blockades as an ‘act of war’[/caption]

The White House has declined to officially comment on today’s report – which is from the respected news agency Reuters.

The effort could target vessels on the high seas or in the territorial waters of countries that choose to cooperate.

It was unclear, however, to what extent the campaign might extend beyond Asia.

Washington on Friday slapped sanctions on dozens more companies and vessels linked to North Korean shipping trade and urged the United Nations to blacklist a list of entities.

It said the move was aimed at shutting down North Korea’s illicit maritime smuggling activities to obtain oil and sell coal.

Tighter sanctions plus a more assertive approach at sea could dial up tensions at a time when fragile diplomacy between North and South Korea has gained momentum.

It would also stretch US military resources needed elsewhere, possibly incur massive new costs and fuel misgivings among some countries in the region.

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The mystery Briton shared the £154million jackpot with a Spaniard, the National Lottery said. The winning numbers were: 10, 17, 18, 28 and 47 with the Lucky Star numbers being 03 and 07.
Favicon for News - The Sun 10:21 Revealed – The cups of tea that are BAD for your teeth » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

WE’VE got some bad brews for tea lovers as scientists warn THESE cuppas are 11 times more likely to rot your teeth.

The brew-tal truth was revealed by dental experts at King’s College London after they measured acid levels in foods and drinks.

Getty - Contributor You won’t need to go tea-total as only specific teas will damage your smile[/caption]

The alert came after the team of scientists found that the types of tea you choose as well as how you drink them can lead to tooth erosion.

They also warned against sitting down for a cuppa between meals as the rate of erosion is halved when drinks are consumed with food.

The investigation shows that fruity teas are chocked full of harmful acids that wear away at your gnashers.

Ginger, lemon, berry and rosehip flavours have some of the highest levels of acid and even just hot water with lemon added can develop the condition.

Getty - Contributor Even simply adding lemon to hot water can increase the acid levels and wear your teeth away[/caption]

New data in the report reveals the biggest risk factor is drinking between meals, it noted: “Habitually drinking acidic drinks by sipping them slowly or swishing, rinsing or holding acidic drinks in the mouth prior to swallowing will also increase risk of progression”.

Lead author Dr Saoirse O’Toole said: “It is well known that an acidic diet is associated with erosive tooth wear, however our study has shown the impact of the way in which acidic food and drinks are consumed.

“With the prevalence of erosive tooth wear increasing, it is vitally important that we address this preventable aspect of erosive tooth wear.

“Reducing dietary acid intake can be key to delaying progression of tooth erosion. While behaviour change can be difficult to achieve, specific, targeted behavioural interventions may prove successful.”

Getty - Contributor Ginger, lemon, berry and rosehip tea flavours have some of the highest levels of acid[/caption]

The investigation, published in the British Dental Journal, also found sugar-free soft drinks are as erosive as sugar-sweetened ones, and sweets and lozenges have larger erosive potential when consumed regularly.

Record numbers of children have rotten teeth pulled out — with nearly 43,000 hospital extractions last year.

The researchers suggested the increase in patients with tooth erosion may be linked to changing patterns of eating, such as increased snacking in both children and adults.

Salt and vinegar crisps are another surprise offender, containing high levels of acid lingering behind lips.

Erosion affects the whole surface of a tooth, whereas decay occurs only when a cavity is formed.

The condition, which affects more than 30% of adults in Europe, is ranked as the third most important dental condition, after cavities and gum disease.


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Costing £30million, the 10,000 Year Clock in the depths of a mountainside in Texas will sit in a massive man-made shaft, with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (pictured) investing in the scheme.
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There were sharp exchanges on Twitter between Lord Caine and former NI Secretary Lord Peter Hain.
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Amoo, 74, led UK soul band which had No 1 single with You To Me Are Everything

Eddy Amoo, the lead singer of the Real Thing – the British soul group who had a UK No 1 single with You To Me Are Everything in 1976 – has died, aged 74.

The singer-songwriter died suddenly on Friday in Australia, according to a statement from his brother Chris, and Dave Smith who still play in the band that was formed in 1972 in Liverpool.

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British snowboard sensation Billy Morgan landed two huge jumps in the Big Air event to win bronze and make Pyeongchang TeamGB’s most successful Winter Games ever.
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A second Russian athlete competing at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang is punished after testing positive for a banned substance.
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  • Czech wins second gold of Games, in snowboard slalom
  • ‘I will think about this moment until the end of my life’

Ester Ledecka confirmed her position as the snow queen of these Winter Olympics – in fact, arguably, any Winter Games – with a supreme victory in the snowboard parallel giant slalom on Saturday.

The win made the 22-year-old from the Czech Republic the first woman to ever achieve gold medals in different sports at a Winter Games, following her sensational victory in the women’s Super-G skiing last weekend.

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More than 20 International Committee of the Red Cross charity workers were sacked or quit their roles following cases of sexual misconduct, it has emerged.
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A CHILDREN’S aid charity has confirmed SIX cases of child sexual abuse involving staff members – the latest scandal to hit the charity sector after it was revealed Oxfam staff paid girls as young as 14 for sex in Haiti.

Plan International, whose work includes campaigning against child marriages and female genital mutilitation, said that five of the cases were reported to authorities in the countries involved.

The charity’s work in countries across the globe includes improving children’s education, but they have admitted staff have abused childrenAFP - Getty

They have said the cases did not involve British staff, and that they are “truly sorry.”

In the same 12 month period over 2016 and 2017, there were also a shocking nine incidents of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct by staff on other adults.

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Tributes have poured in for Dominique Worrall who was described as a 'bubbly, fun-loving' mother-of-two with an infectious giggle. The 32-year-old's body was found on the M20 near Ashford, Kent.
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Prospects of record rollover on Tuesday are ended as two winners - the other from Spain - split prize.
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Adam Smith International, which was lambasted by MPs for profiteering, could be awarded more contracts after its chairman Rachel English said it would be bidding again for work.
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The anonymous internet diary was fearlessly candid. Penned in a confessional style, its author, chronicled her triumphs and tribulations in search of stardom. The writer was Meghan Markle.
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It’s polluting our oceans and killing our wildlife, but how easy is it to get by without it? Four writers find out

No man is an island. However, if I were an island, I’d probably be the best one ever. When the Guardian asked me to record all the single-use plastic I got through in a week, I scoffed. Piece of cake, I thought.

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You are not going to make them change, says Annalisa Barbieri, but education is your way out – it won’t always be like this

I am a 17-year-old girl from a conservative family; they were furious when they discovered I was dating. My boyfriend is of a different race and nationality, which exposes the underlying racist nature of my parents.

Since then, they have made my life stressful. I understand that this is shocking for them, but I do not believe it justifies their behaviour: making threats to send me elsewhere, cutting off my education, using money as a means to control me, saying hurtful things and hitting me. I live in a conservative country that disregards human rights and there is no way for me to seek legal help. They say that I am ruining my life, even though I have the highest grades in school.

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A gratin, a fritter and an aromatic mash show the humble potato’s ability to bring out the flavours of other ingredients

The most memorable potatoes I’ve ever tasted were at the Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland. Apart from being a superb example of a local new-season variety, these potatoes were simply boiled with heaps of aromatics before being tossed in butter and salt, but they had a hugely satisfying complexity. It wasn’t until this moment, after a lifetime as a cook, that I fully understood the true power of the humble potato, which is its ability to convey the flavours of other ingredients. It’s a modest quality, but one that gives us outstanding dishes.

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Magazines don’t talk about poor Leonardo DiCaprio or Jake Gyllenhaal, still not married

Sure, searing government-toppling, Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporting is all very well. But if I’m entirely honest, my favourite kind of journalism is: “So-and-so shows us round their lovely house and explains how their interior designer convinced them to go for a Golden Girls vibe mixed with Captain von Trapp’s mansion for their gated house in Manchester.” How a celebrity designs their home is so much more revealing than anything you read in gossip magazines – plus, I really like looking at other people’s wallpaper choices. So when the latest copy of Architectural Digest arrived with the coverline “At home with Jennifer Aniston”, tools were immediately downed and the afternoon schedule cleared. In a state of something close to bliss, I gazed upon photos of Aniston’s Bel Air home, which has handpainted wallpaper (an actual thing, apparently) and a marble bath twice as big as my bed. “Jennifer Aniston,” I thought, looking at her garden, which has a pagoda in it, “has a pretty sweet life.”

Except we now know that I could not have been more wrong, because it turns out that, despite the handpainted wallpaper, Aniston’s life is a gigantic human tragedy, a veritable wastepit of emptiness. Shortly after that article was published, Aniston and her husband, Justin Theroux (AKA the other, other Theroux), announced they were separating, and a cry went up in media outlets around the world: “Activate the ‘Poor Jen’ autobutton!” Whatever sighs of pleasure I may have emitted when reading about Aniston’s “Asian-inspired pocket gardens”, they were nothing next to the orgasmic grunts of excitement the tabloids made as they, on autopilot, hammered out headlines like, “Why CAN’T Poor Jennifer Aniston Keep A Man?”

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The Ukrainian, who may feature in the Carabao Cup final, recalls months in limbo without a club after war in the region forced him to leave Shakhtar Donetsk

Oleksandr Zinchenko’s challenging career-arc from war-torn Donetsk to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City featured him drawing inspiration from Fernandinho’s recovery from a career-threatening injury.

Zinchenko, 21, is set to start Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Arsenal alongside the Brazilian and, when a youth team player at Shakhtar Donetsk, Fernandinho showed the kind of character required to be an elite professional.

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Daisy Dymyd's family say a fundraising page purporting to raise money for her funeral is fraudulent.
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Stormzy tweeted 'job done' after a petition calling on Theresa May to build public trust in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry topped 100,000 signatures. The blaze in North Kensington killed 71 people in June.
Favicon for News - The Sun 09:42 Jobless mum fined over vile ‘move now’ ambulance note is STILL abusing paramedics online » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

JOBLESS mum Kirsty Sharman has taken AGAIN to social media to continue her hateful comments against paramedics.

The 26-year-old posted a tweet describing workers as “a p***k in a uniform” – the latest defiant tweet after she was fined £285 for leaving a vile message as paramedics treated her neighbour.

Kirsty Sharman posted the vile tweet making fun of Britain’s paramedics – despite offering her “sincere apologies” in court for the disgusting note she left on an ambulanceTwitter

She tweeted another user: “You my dear are the example of a p*** in a uniform.”

Although Sharman’s Twitter account was seemingly deactivated in the last few days, the mum now has access once more and is continuing her spate of abusive tweets.

Despite the public disgust at her actions, she wrote “Got to admit the NHS service is w*** though,” and updated her bio to defiantly write #SorryNotSorry.

Another tweet said: “Ya’ll going on like I hate the NHS ambulance service. Nahhh, I just hate the people in my street… it’s that simple.

The jobless mum left an abusive note on an ambulance as paramedics treated her neighbourTony Spencer The shameless 26-year-old has also updated her Twitter bio with defiant messagesTwitter

One added: “Sat comfortably in my home while the press sit outside trying to catch a pic. #kirstysharman and proud to be me. #noshame.”

Her tweets follow her offering a “most sincere apologies to the ambulance staff” in court at Newcastle-under-Lyme, where she admitted a Section 5 Public Order Offence and breach of restraining order.

Unemployed Sharman, 26, was fined after leaving a note on an ambulance in Stoke, Staffs, which read: “If this van is for anyone but No. 14 then you have no right to park here.”

In the shocking note, she continued: “I couldn’t give a s*** if the whole street collapses. Now move your van from outside my house.”

Sharman took to Twitter to gloat over being “the most hated woman in the world right now”Twitter More tweets show Sharman revelling after abusing the paramedicsSocial media - Refer to source The note was posted online by paramedic Katie Tudor, who was horrified by Sharman’s actionsRefer to Caption

A horrified paramedic posted the note online, adding that the ambulance crew was also subjected to verbal abuse.

Paramedic Katie Tudor, based in Stoke-on-Trent, tweeted an image of the note on Sunday with the caption: “So upset to be sent this by one of our crews this morning!
“Along with this note left on their ambulance, they received a load of verbal abuse!

She continued: “They weren’t blocking the road, they were in a parking space…just obviously annoying someone that an ambo was outside their property.

Paramedics were visiting the street to treat neighbour Christine Heath when Sharman launched her shocking tirade� Tony Spencer Sharman admitted to a Section 5 Public Order Offence and to breaching a restraining order� Tony Spencer

“Is there anything that can be done about this? It’s becoming a regular occurrence.”

A neighbour said Sharman also screamed abuse at medics last weekend, describing her as the “neighbour from hell.”

One said: “She put the letter on the windscreen and then came out shouting and swearing.

“She’s a neighbour from hell- she’s been terrorising the streets and we’re all sick of it.

 

 

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Stormzy at the Brit Awards, airstrikes in eastern Ghouta, demonstrations for gun control reform in Washington, the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang – the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists

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Several businesses cut ties with the US gun lobby in the wake of the deadly Florida school shooting.
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Daniel Kaluuya is the fourth black Londoner to be nominated for an acting Oscar or Golden Globe in as many years.
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ONE woman is lucky to be alive after being attacked by a suspected Great White Shark on a Sydney beach yesterday, the first attack in the area in 25 years.

The woman survived the first confirmed shark attack in Botany Bay in 25 years, Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey said.

Little Congwong beachLittle Congwong is an unofficial nudist beach in La PerouseErin Byrne / News Limited

The 55-year-old swimmer is recovering at St George Hospital after she was bitten by a suspected Great White Shark at Little Congwong Beach on Friday evening.

Randwick City Council says she was assisted about 20 metres to shore where paramedics treated “serious wounds” on her leg, but she is now in a stable condition.

Ms Shurey said the woman underwent surgery on Saturday morning for a “very large bite” below her right knee.

“I think she’s very lucky to still have her leg… and to survive,” Ms Shurey said, according to a report by News AU.

 

Dr Vic PeddermorsDr Vic Peddermors from the NSW Department of Primary IndustriesDepartment of Primary Industries / NSW Government

“She was swimming at dusk, which is never really recommended.” Ms Shurey said locals are reeling at the news of the first confirmed shark attack in the area in 25 years.

“We’re all a little shocked and concerned,” she said.

“I’ve lived in this area for 35 years and we have no knowledge of anything like this before.”

Lifeguards have since closed the La Perouse beach, along with the surrounding Congwong, Frenchmans and Yarra beaches, for at least 24 hours.

“Council Lifeguards will be stationed at the usually unpatrolled beaches on Saturday to advise swimmers not to swim,” Ms Shurey said.

There are no shark nets currently at those swimming spots, which usually only get the occasional smaller shark including grey nurses and wobbegongs, she said.

But Randwick Council will take advice on whether to install any nets following the incident.

A Department of Primary Industries shark biologist has examined photographs of the woman’s “severe injuries”, and says a great white is “most likely responsible.”


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Chief executive of housebuilder Persimmon Jeff Fairburn is handing back £25m of his his £100m payout in a move to calm the fury over his hefty bonus.
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The father-of-one agreed to looking after their two-year-old daughter Macy (pictured together) at weekends and thought everything was fine as he dropped her off in Staffordshire in October.
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A logistics problem left the firm’s UK supplies sat in a warehouse. What went wrong and how will KFC and DHL recover?

At lunchtime on Friday, George Cheah, or George Junior as he is known, doesn’t really have the time to talk. “Honestly we are so busy, it’s gone absolutely mad. People have gone chicken crazy,” he says over the phone, while people shout orders in the background. Cheah’s family-run fried chicken joint, Chicken George in Luton, won best takeaway at the British Takeaway Awards in 2016 so they are never short of custom, but since the great fried chicken crisis of 2018 began more than a week ago they have been inundated.

“I reckon our business has doubled in the past week,” said Cheah. “We’ve been really, really busy, like packed. With KFC being shut, lots of people are tagging us on social media saying they’d rather have a George anyway.”

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The singer-songwriter, 24, on touring, drinking and the importance of sleep

Sleep
This isn’t very rock’n’roll, but I am useless unless I get plenty of sleep. I get off stage and go straight back to the tour bus. It’s more important to get my head down than to please selfie-hunters. I’ll probably fall asleep listening to a 20-hour audiobook on my minor obsession, the Tudor monarchy. At home, I put my phone on airplane mode by 9pm, get into bed, read and drift off. I set the alarm for 8am and rise with the day.

Eat
I see food as a reward system. If I do half an hour in the gym, I’m allowed to eat rubbish. My parents are vegetarian, so I didn’t eat much meat growing up, and don’t cook it often now. For breakfast I mix Rice Krispies with muesli. I have lunch on the fly: today a salad from the record label canteen. I love fish and roasted vegetables for dinner. I put on Radio 4 as I cook.

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I’ve finally found a shower cap that works. And it looks good, too

I’m in love with a shower cap, and if you make it to the next sentence, I’ll be amazed. I know, shower caps are rubbish and ugly. Practical in notion, hopeless in reality, they not so much shield hair from the shower as cause roots to flatten, hair to frizz and fringes to go awry – all to the sound of a biblical rainstorm on the tin roof of a static caravan. If ever I’m attempting to make a good blow-dry limp on, the path of least resistance is to avoid showering and dangle my head from a bubble bath – inconvenient when trying to get kids to school before rushing for a train.

Obviously, I’m about to tell you that this one is different. Believe me, I was sceptical when an advert for Shhhowercap began following me creepily around the internet, but the leopard print, turban shape (as opposed to the traditional Miss Muffet/cider wench type) and “revolutionary” claims persuaded me to shell out (about £44, including postage and duties; less if you’re buying more than one).

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Doris Lessing left her marriage and children to write. Seventy-five years on, Lara Feigel examines the author’s maternal ambivalence and explores her own struggle to balance motherhood and freedom

When I tell people that I’m writing a book about freedom and Doris Lessing, their first response is often the same. “Didn’t she abandon her children?” Implicit is the assumption that freedom, in whatever complex ways she sought it, came at too high a cost: she paid the price of unwomanliness, even of monstrousness. When I say I’m writing the book partly as a memoir, and that it began with a process of intense identification with Lessing, I feel implicated in the judgment. Defending her actions, stressing that they didn’t result from a straightforward absence of maternal love, it can feel as though I’m admitting to such a deficiency myself.

It’s partly because these questions are so difficult that I decided to write my book as a memoir and to investigate Lessing’s attempts to seek social, sexual, political and psychological freedom through the lens of my own life. The book began with a summer of going to too many weddings while reading The Golden Notebook, Lessing’s 1962 exploration of the artistic and sexual life of a “free woman” prepared to sacrifice happiness for liberation.

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Woman’s lawyer says many alleged victims are put off coming forward for fear of ‘being dragged through a scandal’

The identity of an alleged victim of sexual harassment by former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce was revealed by the Weekend Australian against her wishes, the woman’s lawyer has said.

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A HEARTBROKEN dad has revealed he is haunted by a chilling text from his killer ex sent to him just two days before she killed their two-year-old girl.

Cody-Anne Jackson, 20, smothered little Macey Hogan after sending the toddler’s dad a sick message saying “sorry, just thought you deserved one last picture and memory of her”.

The court heard Paul Hogan had been sent a string of angry messages after moving out of the family homeDad Paul Hogan with tragic Macey. He says he will never get over the loss of his little girl at the hand of her own evil mum

Paul Hogan, 24, says “nothing helps” him get over the death of his little girl and he’s turned to booze to cope with the grief.

He told The Mirror: “Macey would have been three now, four in March. She would have been going to school soon.

“Sometimes I think about what she would be like now, but I try to push it to the back of my mind as much as I can. Nothing can help. When you lose a child like that, nothing can help you.”

Paul, of Stoke-on-Trent is trying to move on, having met a new woman but says his ex’s horrific crime and loss of his daughter will “always be there in the back of my mind”.

Prosecutors say Macey was smothered to death by her motherLittle Macey Hogan was smothered to death by her mother Cody-Anne JacksonSWNS:South West News Service Cody-Anne Jackson denies murdering her two-year-old daughterCody-Anne Jackson who murdered her own two-year-old daughterCaters News Agency Jurors heard dad Paul was sent 'one last picture' of MaceyJurors heard dad Paul was sent ‘one last picture’ of MaceySWNS:South West News Service Bodycam footage shows a cop trying to kick down the door to Jackson’s home in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs

SWNS:South West News Service Stafford Crown Court heard how Jackson, of Fenton, smothered Macey using either a towel or a cloth[/caption]

He recalled: “I was at work and the police came and arrested me, that’s how I found out.

“They suspected me as well, they had me in the cells for eight hours. It was the worst eight hours of my life.”

The murder destroyed his life, leaving him so grief stricken he has been unable to hold a job.

Paul said: “It’s gone through my head over and over again.

“I’ve blamed myself and thought about why she would have done it. It’s horrible.”

Macey was said to have been dead for some time when found by policeMacey was said to have been dead for some time when found by police Macey Hogan was allegedly smothered by her motherMacey was found with hemorrhaging on her face, eyes and eyelids Floral tributes to Macey outside Jackson’s home in Stoke-on-TrentSWNS:South West News Service

Loner Jackson wrote “possibly see you in court” before using a dressing gown, towel or pillow to smother Macey in a twisted act of revenge against ex-boyfriend Paul for moving out of the family home.

Dramatic footage shows the moment police and paramedics smashed their way into the “cold, callous” murder mum’s home.

Bodycam footage shows two cops trying to kick down the door before ambulance staff smashed the glass with an oxygen cylinder.

Harrowing audio reveals the killer mum wailing in agony and telling operators her little girl had stopped breathing and she had been stabbed in her bedroom.

Macey’s body was blocking emergency services from fully opening the door.

The toddler suffered widespread brain damage and was not breathing when she was found

The toddler suffered widespread brain damage and was not breathing when she was found

Paramedic pulls an oxygen tank from his bag and uses it to smash through the glass door

SWNS:South West News Service Jackson sensationally changed her plea to guilty on the sixth day of her trial[/caption]

They discovered Cody with self-inflicted knife wounds and sitting cross-legged giving Macey CPR.

Jackson tried to trick the operator and police into believing it was an accident.

She was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 16 years and 114 days for the horrific killing.

She had left a suicide note to her uncle, reading: “I sit here thinking about killing my own daughter and then killing myself.

“There is nothing for me or Macey. Life is s*** and the world is f*****.”

On Macey, Paul said: “She loved yoghurts. Sometimes it was hard to get her to eat any normal food because she loved yoghurts so much.

“She loved the outdoors. She was always asking if we could walk to the shop or go to the park.”

Paul said he had no idea what his evil ex was planning.

He added: “I never would have left Macey with her if I ever thought something like that could have happened.

“I was there for the day of the sentencing, she didn’t look over once.”

“She’ll be out before she’s 40 years old,” he says. “It’s not even half a life, is it?”

 


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A LUCKY Brit has scooped a whopping £77million after splitting the EuroMillions jackpot last night.

They shared the £154million prize with a winner in Spain from the second biggest prize pot in the history of the draw.

A lucky Brit gets to split the whopping £154million jackpot after matching seven lucky numbers last night

The lucky ticket holder had not yet claimed the “life-changing” amount after matching the numbers 10, 17, 18, 28, 47, and Lucky Stars 3 and 7.

The jackpot has been swelling since the start of the year and was at its highest since October 2017.

Lucky numbers

The winning numbers are...

  • The numbers drawn on February 23 were 10, 17, 18, 28, 47
  • Lucky Stars were 3 and 7
  • The last big EuroMillions winner scooped £25.5million in November
  • The largest EuroMillions jackpot was won by Brits Adrian and Gillian Bayford, who scooped €190million on 12th August 2012
  • This was trumped by fellow Brits Chris and Colin Weir, who won £161million in 2011 due to the favourable exchange rate
  • Tens of milllions goes unclaimed each year due to lost tickets

The largest EuroMillions jackpot win ever was scooped by Brits Adrian and Gillian Bayford in August 2012, when they won an incredible €190m.

Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery, said, “This has been a truly amazing EuroMillions draw for UK players.

“As well as 1 lucky UK player banking a life-changing £77M share of the jackpot, tonight’s special millionaire event saw 7 £1M winners made in the UK.

“As well as 1 lucky UK player banking a life-changing £77M share of the jackpot, tonight’s special millionaire event saw 7 £1M winners made in the UK.

“We urge everyone to check their tickets to see if they’ve joined the National Lottery millionaires club and look forward to raising a glass with our brand new millionaires.”

“Around £30 million is raised every week for projects across the UK, both big and small, including funding everything from local community projects to some of Team GB’s athletes competing at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.”


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Londoners are braced for another rail and Tube shutdown over the Easter weekend as major upgrade works are carried out.
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Ecuador’s foreign minister says: ‘To mediate you need two parties, Ecuador is willing, but not necessarily the other party’

Talks between the UK and Ecuador over the future of Julian Assange at its London embassy have broken down, the South American country’s foreign minister has said.

Maria Fernanda Espinosa suggested British officials had been unwilling to negotiate over the Wikileaks founder’s potential release.

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Yacht taking part in ocean race with six people on board when it overturned off Mandurah

Two people are dead after a yacht capsized off WA’s southwest coast.

The yacht was taking part in the Bunbury and Return Ocean Race and had six people on board when it overturned off Mandurah.

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Henry Bolton and his model girlfriend, 29 years his junior, put on a united front as they left the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel in Leicester Square tonight (pictured).
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STREETS close to the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow have been locked down as police deal with an “ongoing incident”.

Emergency services were scrambled to the scene on Copland Road in the early hours of this morning.

Officers were scrambled to Copland RoadOfficers were scrambled to Copland RoadRick Walker

Police Scotland confirmed officers remained on site at 7.15am today.

Two police vehicles and an ambulance were spotted at the scene alongside what appeared to be forensic officers.

A cordon has been set up and cops were seen heading into a block of flats in the area.

It is not yet clear what the nature of the incident is.

Officers were spotted at the scene in the early hoursOfficers were spotted at the scene in the early hoursRick Walker

 

A police spokesman said: “Police are dealing with an ongoing incident in the Copland Road area of Glasgow.”

Worried locals took to social media after cops swooped on the scene.

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Madeleine Wilford is back home with her family a week after she suffered critical wounds, including a collapsed lung, in the tragedy where 17 of her classmates and teachers died.
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Despite the efforts in bringing grooming gangs to justice, sexual exploitation is still rife with perpetrators showing 'remarkable persistence' in targeting victims, a report has found.
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Stephen Fry (pictured arriving at LAX airport in Los Angeles yesterday) has been seen in public for the first time since speaking out about his cancer diagnosis.
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As bombs fall on the besieged area of Syria, women’s voices are at the forefront

When the bombs start falling, two dozen adults and children gather in one room in Bayan Wehan’s home in besieged eastern Ghouta, Syria. They hold hands, hug each other and try to find hope.

“I put my brother’s daughter in my lap, she is five-years-old, and I try to make her forget the shelling noises. I tell her stories about beautiful things,” says Wehan, who has endured half a decade under siege.

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Shows such as Stranger Things and Altered Carbon have got us talking – some might argue subscribing is relatively cheap

Usually this column rails against rip-offs, overcharging and general shystering by business. Dare we suggest there’s a global American tech brand that is, well, undercharging us?

The staple office banter in the morning used to be what was on BBC or ITV last night. Now it’s what’s on Netflix. “You’ve got to watch Grandma. It’s a really funny, sparky, indie comedy,” a colleague told me on Monday morning. “I’m watching Altered Carbon at the moment. I know it’s a bit Blade Runner, but it’s really good,” chipped in another. “I got halfway through The Cloverfield Paradox last night. Didn’t really get it,” said another. It has become the thing to name a great show on Netflix other colleagues may have missed (my tip: you’ve got to watch Rita).

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As a detective traumatised by loss and abuse, the Marvel superhero remodels the victim narrative in a post-Time’s Up climate

When she first became Marvel’s Jessica Jones for Netflix in 2015, Krysten Ritter had layers of resonance and magnetism. The actor, whose undignified exit from Breaking Bad had left a world jonesing for her, is quite the performer; not an ounce of sentimentality or shop-bought softness. In her role as superhero Jones, she is the private detective with all the flaws one should have: broken office door-glass; a whisky habit conceived by someone with absolutely no experience of trying to drink throughout the working day; a crummy, shoestring lifestyle despite constantly being handed fists of money; and a deadly enemy in the shape of malevolent mind controller Kilgrave (David Tennant).

Jones has superpowers; quite poorly defined ones that mainly involve throwing people, although she often falls, in a Buzz Lightyear fashion (“That wasn’t flying, that was falling with style”). Emotionally, she is held in suspended animation by her PTSD, which was triggered by a series of harrowing events contributing to her traumatic backstory. She is caught in the eye of a three-way storm: the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of Kilgrave; the car crash that killed her entire family; and the institutional violence that somehow bestowed superpowers upon her while she was in a coma (“horrific” experiments took place on Jones, the nature of which are still opaque, but hospital doors give her the most awful flashbacks). Kilgrave’s abuse (she was his sex slave) left her with more than ambient trauma; it hollowed out her belief in her own power as a force for good. In Jessica Jones, the past never passes, just crashes back into the present, in flashbacks, in parallel cases she undertakes to investigate, and now – in the second series – in the queasy expectation of the victim, that she be the town crier of her own experience, for the prevention of future crimes.

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Favicon for News - latest UK news and comment | guardian.co.uk 08:00 Manhattan transfers: New York’s boroughs by ferry » Post from News - latest UK news and comment | guardian.co.uk Visit off-site link View media

Downtown New York has sights galore but the city’s expanded ferry service offers a more relaxed way to see its less famous neighbourhoods – and fabulous views back to Manhattan

There are a lot of sights to tick off on a visit to New York City. Lots of tall buildings, lots of parks … and lots of people at all of them. But if you have seen the well-trodden attractions, it can be fun to find a more authentic side to the city. And this has become easier since the city expanded its ferry service.

Two new routes, linking neighbourhoods such as Astoria in Queens and Red Hook in Brooklyn, were added in 2017, and two more will be added in 2018 (see map of ferry network here). For just $2.75, the ferry is a far more picturesque and less claustrophobic way to travel than the subway, and goes to places that otherwise might be overlooked.

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Favicon for News - latest UK news and comment | guardian.co.uk 08:00 The best fan costumes at the Winter Olympics – in pictures » Post from News - latest UK news and comment | guardian.co.uk Visit off-site link View media

It’s not just the performance of the athletes that make the Olympics a special event - the way spectators dress up to support their heroes adds a whole other dimesion

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Together we could make a formidable team

I went climbing with a millennial. It was like a perfect political metaphor: she is younger, fitter, braver and more energetic. I am incredibly good at getting discouraged, having a rest and giving advice from the sidelines. She will cling on to a wall like a marmoset trying to escape certain death, whereas I will get near the top, realise how high that is and lose my nerve. Together we could make a formidable team, me at the bottom of the wall, going, “That’s great, try swapping your feet. Oh… What did you do that for?” And her going, “Shall we try that again so we’ve actually done it? Do you think we should have warmed up first?”

Climbing muscles, being the same as regular muscles, are use-it-or-lose-it. I climbed more often before I embarked on the lunatic running caper, and used to think of the green runs at my local centre as being for children, or for a warm-up. Now I find them devilish hard, and the purple is my top-of-the-tree, when in fact they are both for novices, really. I suspect the millennial of avoiding the blue-with-red-spots just so as to not show me up.

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Favicon for News - latest UK news and comment | guardian.co.uk 08:00 Elena Ferrante: ‘Yes, I’m Italian – but I’m not loud, I don’t gesticulate and I’m not good with pizza’ » Post from News - latest UK news and comment | guardian.co.uk Visit off-site link View media

Being Italian, for me, begins and ends with the fact that I speak and write in the Italian language

I love my country, but I have no patriotic spirit and no national pride. What’s more, I digest pizza poorly, I eat very little spaghetti, I don’t speak in a loud voice, I don’t gesticulate, I hate all mafias, I don’t exclaim “Mamma mia!” National characteristics are simplifications that should be contested. Being Italian, for me, begins and ends with the fact that I speak and write in the Italian language.

Put that way it doesn’t seem like much, but really it’s a lot. A language is a compendium of the history, geography, material and spiritual life, the vices and virtues, not only of those who speak it, but also of those who have spoken it through the centuries. The words, the grammar, the syntax are a chisel that shapes our thought. Not to mention our literary tradition, an extraordinary refinery of raw experience that has been active for centuries and centuries, a reservoir of intelligence and expressive techniques; it’s the tradition that has formed me, and on which I’m proud to have drawn.

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Crowd favourite, Victorian potato farmer and coal miner Laurie Manuel, failed to get a place in the finals

Proud mullet wearers from across Australia have converged on a country pub in NSW’s Hunter Valley to crown a champion of the infamous hairstyle.

Hundreds of people made the journey to Kurri Kurri’s Chelmsford Hotel on Saturday for the inaugural Mulletfest – a celebration of the 1980s hairstyle.

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Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault by more than 80 women since October, has been spending lots while undergoing sex addict treatment in Arizona.
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A diss from Kylie Jenner, an ‘annoying’ redesign, competition from Facebook and Musical.ly ... why does Snapchat keep getting it wrong?

More than 1.2m Snapchat users signed a petition urging the company to reverse its “annoying” redesign – but it was a single tweet from Kylie Jenner that may have caused real damage.

After the celebrity tweeted “sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me” to her 24m followers, shares of the app’s parent company Snap plummeted 6% – a $1.3bn drop in market value that launched a fresh cycle of embarrassing headlines.

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We are wary of being characterised as do-gooders. But good thoughts and deeds shouldn’t be cause for embarrassment

At a gathering earlier this week, I made a terrible social gaffe. I was enthusing to friends about a project I’ve been working on when the atmosphere curdled and the conversation faltered, as if I had spilled wine on someone’s favourite skirt or accidentally squashed the cat. “You’re making it sound worthy,” two of them chorused, as another quietly sidled away.

Until that moment it had been going so well, and I found myself puzzling through the wee small hours as to the precise moment at which it all went wrong. Was it when I said the project was an anthology of writing on and about London, containing poetry as well as prose? Was it when I explained that it placed pieces by well-known writers alongside those by refugees? Or was it when I admitted that part of the aim was to raise the profile of, and perhaps even make a little money for, one of the charities working with those refugees?

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Supreme court hears arguments in case that could strip unions of major source of income – amid worries that the unions will lose

A 20-year campaign by rightwing billionaire donors to undermine trade unions and strike a blow at the progressive movement in Americacomes to a climax on Monday, in a hearing at the US supreme court.

The nine justices of the nation’s highest court will hear arguments in Janus V AFSCME, a case that has the potential to strip unions of a major source of income. Should the court rule against the public sector unions – as many fear it will – they stand to suffer a decline in their 7.2 million-strong membership, and with it the withering of their political strength.

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The follow-up to Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli’s children’s book about women who changed the world is already seeing unprecedented demand

From mathematicians to firefighters and from Boudicca to Beyoncé, a new army of “rebel girls” is about to shoulder its way on to bookshelves in the follow-up to the most successful book in the history of crowdfunding, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

Another collection of bedtime stories about women who changed the world, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 is out on 28 February and is, according to the Bookseller, already seeing unprecedented demand. The magazine reports that the first print run for the second volume, which features the life stories of famous contemporary names such as German chancellor Angela Merkel and Harry Potter creator JK Rowling, as well as historic figures including Dutch exotic dancer and spy Mata Hari and Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, is 100,000 copies, with another already under consideration.

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My memories of the 70s are vivid, but also confused and contradictory

I have been invited on the radio to talk about the 1970s. In one way this makes me feel like an artefact, but I am also pleased to have acquired an area of expertise without having to do anything. I can now add the line “was alive in the 70s” to my CV.

“I’ve invited people to lunch tomorrow,” my wife says. “I don’t know what you’re going to cook.”

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After her husband’s suicide, Kate Harding was overwhelmed by guilt and shame

I have been a widow for 11 weeks. It seems surreal to be writing that sentence and yet it is true. I was there; I know. Richard killed himself at home while I was walking the dog with my daughter, while my son was lying metres away in his bedroom. As a consultant anaesthetist and intensivist (a specialist in the care of critically ill patients), Richard knew exactly what to do. He was 47.

I can report that a state of calm really does descend in such extreme circumstances, even in someone who fears emergencies as much as I do. As a hospice doctor, I am far more comfortable with death in its more expected, gentle forms. Nevertheless, it seemed perfectly normal to be attempting to resuscitate my husband – at one point with my foot – as I talked to the emergency operator. To be applying shock paddles once the community defibrillator had arrived. To be discussing adrenaline with the paramedics. To be putting a duvet over him and a pillow under his head and to be kissing him goodbye. To be helping the children to do the same, before he was taken away by the ambulance. To be giving my statement to the police. To be shutting the door on them, late at night, and for a moment teetering between my former life and the one to come, a darker version of the stroke of midnight separating the old year from the new.

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California’s capital – not exactly known for thrills – celebrates starring role in local native Greta Gerwig’s film with walking tours and civic pride


When a group of 35 people suddenly started cheering in an empty parking lot in Sacramento on a recent weekend, onlookers might have been forgiven for wondering what on earth was going on.

There were, though, clues on the pins they were all wearing.

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Policy research assistant Fabian, 25, meets teacher Harriet, 26

What were you hoping for?
My soulmate, or at least someone I’d not already been matched with on Bumble.

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Australia’s prime minister tells Donald Trump ‘we certainly don’t presume to provide policy or political advice’ on gun control during a meeting at the White House. Malcolm Turnbull says that for their two countries it’s ‘a completely different context, historically legally and so forth. We are very satisfied with our laws, we maintain them.’ The US president again promoted the idea of arming teachers, saying they would be more effective than the armed guard who failed to prevent the Florida shooting because teachers ‘love their children’.

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‘Election will be quinoa versus rice, clean government versus kleptocracy, and Najib versus people of Malaysia,’ opponent says

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has sparked storm of criticism after saying he had stopped eating rice in favour of more expensive quinoa.

Najib, who is facing a general election within months under a cloud of a corruption scandal, has been blamed for a rising cost of living since launching a goods and services tax in 2015.

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The search for the subject of Ben Enwonwu’s rediscovered 1974 masterpiece continues

When a long-lost painting depicting a Nigerian princess was found in a modest London flat late last year, art dealers believed the decades-long search had come to an end.

But the hunt for Tutu, as Ben Enwonwu’s 1974 masterpiece and its inscrutable sitter are known, has only just begun.

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Outspoken Queensland MP says the compromise is becoming increasingly difficult to accommodate

George Christensen has used the resignation of Barnaby Joyce to call on the National party to formally end its coalition with Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberals.

The outspoken Queensland MP posted on Facebook that in the absence of an elected federal leader, the National party should push “the reset button” and slash the ties of their 95-year partnership with the Liberals.

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Woman survives bite from great white shark, believed to have been more than three metres long

Beaches in Sydney’s south-east have been closed after a woman was bitten by a great white shark, which is believed to have been more than three metres long.

Late on Friday, the 55-year-old swimmer survived the first shark attack in Botany Bay in at least 25 years, and is recovering at St George hospital.

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MR TRUMP announced this week that the alarming spate of school shootings in America could be halted if teachers carried concealed weapons.

Hmmm. I’m not sure he’s thought this through.

Two students console each other in the the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Florida shooting which say 17 people shot dead by former student Nikolas CruzAFP

I think back to my days at school and for some reason, an image of my history teacher, “Piggy” Cranham, keeps popping into my head.

He was a dapper little man, and a bachelor, with neat ginger hair, a side parting and a fondness for extravagant breast-pocket handkerchiefs.

Now let’s just imagine that underneath his nicely tailored jacket, he was carrying a Colt 45 and that one day, a former pupil, with a grudge, burst into the classroom brandishing a fully loaded AK-47.

In a Hollywood movie, Piggy would have performed a fluid forward somersault while smoothly withdrawing his weapon, taking off the safety catch, and popping a bullet straight between our attacker’s eyes.

Donald Trump has suggested arming teachers with loaded guns in a bid to stop mass shootingsReuters

The reality, however, is that Piggy would have stood there, opening and closing his mouth like a confused fish.

And so would Miss Webb, my physics teacher, and so would Hilda Hawkins, the one-eyed woman who tried five times a week to make me interested in Jane bloody Austen.

Then there’s Mike Charlesworth. If he’d been allowed to carry a gun in class, I’m absolutely certain that at some point he would have shot me. And missed.

Go on. Think back. Picture all the people who taught you at school and see if there’s a single one who, when push came to shove, could strip down to a dirty vest and become Bruce Willis.

I can’t quite imagine my teacher channelling their inner Bruce WillisOther20th Century Fox

I have no idea what on earth America can do to stop school shootings but I’m fairly confident that arming teachers wouldn’t work at all.

I’m also confident that making it harder to buy guns would be equally ineffective.

The anti-gun lobby seems to think that with tighter controls, America would suddenly become as harmless as Teletubbyland.

But even if the controls made it totally impossible to buy any sort of weapon, the problem wouldn’t be solved.

When guns like this are on sale, what chance is there of sanity?Getty Images - Getty

Because what would happen to the 300million guns that are already in private hands?

They wouldn’t simply disappear in a puff of smoke.

No. The big problem America has is that it’s home to a great many mad people.

You occasionally see a lunatic on Britain’s streets, howling at the moon and shouting at lampposts, but in American cities, you see someone like that every day.

Young people across the US are leading demonstrations against gunsAlamy Live News

And it’s mad people who open fire in a classroom or at concertgoers in Las Vegas.

That then is what America should really by doing to halt the spread of mass murder.

Addressing its mental health issues.

They could start in the White House.

Hard to swallow

Jeremy Hunt’s comments on prescription drugs aren’t quite what they seemEPA

THE Health Secretary, who is called Jeremy Hunt, announced this week that every year, NHS staff make 237million mistakes while dispensing or prescribing drugs.

And that because of these errors, more than 22,000 people die.

He argued that there’s a cover-up culture among doctors who worry about losing their job, and that poor handwriting on prescriptions means nurses have to pretty much guess what’s needed.

It sounds like if you become ill, you’d be better off jumping in front of a train than ringing 999.

And that hospitals run by hard-working, dedicated nurses and doctors are nothing more than death camps.

But if you delve more deeply into the story, you find that the people who wrote the report say that only 712 patients are definitely killed by mistakes every year.

And that errors “probably” play a part in 1,700 to 22,300 deaths.

So, when Mr Hunt says the death toll is appalling, he’s “probably” talking out of his a***.

Foul-mouthed

KFC has at least admitted it’s monumental mistakesKFC

THIS week, KFC apologised to Sun readers for the problems they’ve been having with a full-page ad showing any empty chicken tub with “FCK” written on the side.

Brilliant.

Normally, when a giant corporation cocks up you get a PR man reading from a pre-prepared script in his head or the sweaty boss mumbling his way through a half-hearted apology on the early evening news – see British Gas for details on that one.

But KFC admitted it had f***ed up and said sorry to its customers and staff.

Well done them. And hurry back. We miss you.

Corbyn the spy

If this is what spies really look like… I’m underwhelmedThe Sun

OVER the years, we have got it into our heads that Britain’s spies are suave and sophisticated and capable of seducing impossibly beautiful women while blowing up the bad guy’s underwater headquarters.

But now, we are being asked to believe that actually, the people sneaking about in the corridors of espionage are concave chested weasels called Jeremy Corbyn.

Yes, he has had some success with women. He pulled Diane Abbott which is great. But she’s not exactly Maud Adams is she?

And taking her on a motorcycling tour of communist East Germany is a long way from a yacht off Corfu.

Apparently, the Czech secret service even gave him a code name. COB.

Which I presume is short for the name of the movie that will one day be made about his exploits.

Carry On Beardie.

Vision of the past

Ofcom’s move to censor a 1970s TV show is a bit ridiculousPA:Press Association

THE people who sit in Ofcom meetings eating South African nuclear-free, shade-grown peace crisps have decided that Britain in the 1970s didn’t exist.

They’ve told a digital channel called Talking Pictures TV that it was wrong to show an episode of A Family At War because it contained a racist word.

Needless to say, this has caused a great many Bufton Tuftons to point out that lots of shows from the Seventies contained words and phrases and opinions that would now be called offensive.

Till Death Us Do Part. Love Thy Neighbour. Rising Damp. Even Fawlty Towers.

They were all full of stuff that would make a millennial faint.

Rising Damp… surely there are better programmes to watch nowadays?Rex Features

But the green-ink brigade say that these shows cannot be censored because that would mean erasing a part of the nation’s history.

That’s as may be. But what I want to know is: Why would anyone in this day and age want to sit down after a hard day at work and watch a wobbly racist sit com from 1972?

Rising Damp was very good at the time. But given the choice today I’d rather watch Game Of Thrones, or Ray Donovan, or The Crown, or Narcos or Godless or any other of the 10,000 shows, box sets and movies that are available instead.

The last straw

Paper straws are great in theory, but not so practicalThe Sun

WHEN I bought a refreshing zesty drink this week, the waitress gave me a straw made from eco-friendly paper.

On the face of it, this is a great idea because plastic in the sea is strangling turtles and making seals sad.

But there’s a drawback.

After two sucks, the paper turned to mush. So I ended up inhaling it and damn nearly choked to death.

No tanks, Ange

Clipped wings… Merkel’s Germany do not have the armed forces they once did, and surely thats a good thingAFP

FIGURES out this week show that Germany’s armed forces have no combat-capable submarines and only nine frigates, six fewer than is deemed necessary.

What’s more, there’s a chronic shortage of working tanks and on a recent NATO exercise, the crew of one fighting vehicle had to poke a painted broomstick from the turret because the gun was missing.

I’m not quite sure how we should react to all of this.

But “phew” seems about right.

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HUNDREDS of potentially deadly airbags may have ended up in cars, a court heard yesterday.

Some 680 people have been told to get vehicles checked after buying fake replacements off car parts dealer Robert Czernik.

Getty - Contributor Robert Czernik was found guilty of selling potentially deadly counterfeit airbags (stock image)[/caption]

Cops found more than 190 covers plus parts for 28 car brands that he bought from China and Poland and sold online.

Tests by Honda found the bags might not have worked in a crash.

Czernik, 35, of Poole, Dorset, got a suspended jail term and 135 hours’ unpaid work after admitting offences under the Trade Marks Act at Inner London crown court.

Detective Sergeant Kevin Ives, from the City of London Police, said: “Czernik has put drivers at risk of serious injury and death by selling counterfeit airbags and covers.

“We have worked tirelessly for more than two years to ensure the successful prosecution of Czernik.

“In partnership with Honda and the Intellectual Property Office, and with the support of other car manufacturers, the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has made sure that Czernik can no longer sell dangerous car parts.”

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NURSES and doctors should ditch stuffy titles and use first names to cut down on deadly medical errors, the Health Secretary said yesterday.

Jeremy Hunt said a rigid pecking order made junior staff too scared to speak up when they spot mistakes.

EPA Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the rigid pecking order of the NHS makes junior staff chicken out[/caption]

His message at the World Patient Safety Summit in London comes after research suggests up to 22,000 patients a year are killed by NHS blunders.

Officials want to cut needless fatalities by half over the next five years.

Experts claim there are 237million errors a year in England in prescribing, dispensing and monitoring of drugs.

Mr Hunt warned many doctors and nurses are terrified of being struck off if they admit mistakes.

He said the NHS must make it easier for its workers to be honest and learn from errors.

He told of one patient who died after medics did not carry out a simple procedure to open her blocked airways, even though a nurse spotted it could save her.

She failed to act because she was too scared “to challenge the mighty surgeons”, said Mr Hunt. He added: “In the UK we are very hierarchical in medicine.

“It is one of the only professions where we are talking about ‘Mr this’ and ‘Dr that’ rather than first-name terms.

EPA Jeremy Hunt narrated an episode where a patient died as a nurse failed to act because she was too scared ‘to challenge the mighty surgeons’[/caption]

“In an operating theatre, if you have a hierarchy, you only have one pair of eyes spotting a mistake — remove it and you have eight or nine.”

Other planned changes include electronic prescribing systems to avoid handwriting mix-ups.

Pharmacists will be given a new defence if they make accidental errors, rather than being prosecuted.

World Health Organisation head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the summit medical errors were the world’s fourth biggest killer.


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A SEX pest cop has quit his job days before facing the sack for romping with a colleague while on duty.

Insp Andy Grand’s resignation means he keeps his £40,000-a-year pension.

Ian Whittaker - The Sun Sex pest cop Insp Andy Grand built a super-sick rap sheet during his time on the force including pestering colleagues for threesomes and telling disabled colleague he would ‘kick her stick away to fall on top of her’[/caption]

Grand sexually harassed female colleagues by groping their bottoms and making lewd comments.

He told one disabled colleague who used a walking stick: “I could kick that away and I’d fall on top of you.”

The 52-year-old was also caught engaging in sexual activity with a colleague at work, including on at least five occasions while on duty.

He quit before he was due before a disciplinary panel where he was called “predatory and exploitative”.

Despite the sickening rap sheet the disgraced cop gets to keep his £40k-a-year police pension as he quit before he could face the axe

Grand, a cop for nearly 30 years, worked in Surrey Police’s control room, taking charge of the response to breaking incidents, including those involving armed officers. But his lewd behaviour was condemned as “utterly unprofessional” at the misconduct hearing.

Grand, who ran the force’s judo club, touched three women on their bottoms and stroked his lover’s leg in a sexual manner in front of colleagues.

He rubbed another woman’s stomach and asked: “When are you going to pop one out?”

The inspector also messaged a colleague on Facebook asking if she was “very naughty” and suggesting a threesome with another officer.

But married Grand escaped punishment by quitting the force and did not attend the disciplinary hearing.

It found nine of ten allegations made against him — including six which amounted to gross misconduct — had been proven. He would have been fired as a result.

His union representative, Det Sgt Paul Campbell, said Grand was willing to “apologise for certain things but not for things he didn’t do”.

He added he had “toyed with the break-up of his marriage, had to sell his house and, in many ways, his life had fallen apart”.

But Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro said: “This disgraceful and completely unacceptable course of conduct… has no place whatsoever in policing.”

The force has yet to decide if Grand’s lover will be disciplined.

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A BOXER has been jailed after proposing to his girlfriend in front of pals a night club – then punching her unconscious when they got home.

Daniel Gwilym, 43, got down on one knee in a Bristol club and asked then girlfriend Zoe Walker to be his bride “in front of everyone” during a boozy night out.

PA:Press Association Ex-pro boxer Danny Gwilym – pictured during the Middleweight Bout against Prince Arron at Altrincham Leisure Centre – proposed to his girlfriend and on the same boozy night beat her unconscious[/caption]

But the the romantic gesture turned to terror for the thrilled bride-to-be when drunken Gwilym beat her till she blacked out hours later.

Former professional Gwilym – who once offered to fight Katie Price’s reality star ex Alex Reid for £1 million – also assaulted and racially abused a taxi driver on the way home.

He attacked the cabbie and taunted him with mock sparring while repeatedly asking him “Do you know who I am?”, Bristol Crown Court was told.

Gwilym had split with his wife and had “been out drinking vodka” before he “proposed marriage to attractive Zoe at the nightspot.

PA:Press Association The middleweight boxer, pictured on the left, said in court that he was a lightweight when it came to booze as he has had a ‘problem with alcohol for most of his adult life’[/caption]

But he turned on her after they got home, following the confrontation with the cabbie, punching her repeatedly in the back of the head.

The court heard Zoe – who is understood to have accepted his proposal earlier – was struck with increasing force as she lay in bed until she blacked out.

Gwilym later told police that he had had “a problem with alcohol for most of his adult life.”

The boxer – who won eight and lost ten of his 18 professional bouts – has previous convictions for biting off a man’s ear in a wine bar and stabbing a pal with a pair of scissors.

Rex Features Daniel Gwilym once offered to fight Katie Price’s reality star ex Alex Reid for £1 million[/caption]

Details of the case, heard in August last year, only emerged yesterday when Gwilym launched an appeal arguing his sentence was too harsh.

The fighter was jailed for four-and-a-half years, with a one-year extended licence period after pleading guilty to racially aggravated common assault and was convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

But Lord Justice Hamblen cut his custodial term to four years at London’s Appeal Court , after ruling the sentencing judge got it wrong.

Sitting with two other judges, he said: “While alcohol might be a trigger for his violence, it was not to blame for his aggressive and controlling behaviour.

“He perpetrated violence against his female partner and a violent and unprovoked racist attack. These were very serious offences of their type.”.


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A TRUCKER accused of causing eight deaths by stopping in the inside lane of the M1 had just had warning beeps from two other drivers, a court heard yesterday.

The men both told how they spotted the Polish man’s lorry “parked” in lane one of the M1 motoway in the pitch black but managed to pass it safely, sounding their horns to try to attract his attention.

Ryszard Masierak the Polish Lorry driver who is charged with multiple counts relating to the collision killing eight people and being over the drink limit and killing eight people

The incidents were recorded on their dashboard cameras.

The jury trying both Masierak and Wagstaff for causing the eight deaths by dangerous driving, had been told that the horrific Bank Holiday crash happened on an unlit stretch of the M1 near Newport Pagnall, Bucks.

A minibus taking an Indian family to Disneyland Paris stopped behind Ryszard Masierak’s truck.

All seven and their tour driver were killed when another truck driven by David Wagstaff hit them from behind in the 3am smash in August near Newport Pagnell, Bucks.

David Wagstaff arrives at Reading crown courtDavid Wagstaff arrives for court where he is accused of four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and four counts causing serious injury by dangerous driving

Evidence was found that the Polish lorry driver had been stationary in the carriageway for 12 minutes before the crash happened.

He had also been drinking alcohol and empty cans of cider were found in the cab of his truck.

Masierak, of Barnards Close, Evesham, Worcs, aged 32 years, is charged with a total of 20 counts relating to the collision.

Including eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving, four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and eight counts of causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed limit.

Ancy Joseph, widow of Cyriac Joseph, who was killed in the horror crash arrives at Reading Crown Court, Berkshire

Wagstaff, of Derwent Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, aged 54 years, is also charged with eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving and four counts causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The jury heard that he admitted careless driving but this was not accepted by the prosecution.

Masierak, 32, accused of being twice the drink limit, and Wagstaff, 54, deny death by dangerous driving at Reading crown court. Trial continues.

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  • Medal takes nation’s overall tally to five in Pyeongchang
  • Morgan holds on to third after series of falls from rivals on final run

Billy Morgan has won snowboard big air bronze to claim Britain’s record fifth Winter Olympics medal of the Games.

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A RED Arrows pilot’s dad spoke of his “hell” after the maker of an ejector seat that fired his son to his death was fined £1.1million.

Flt Lt Sean Cunningham, 35, was accidentally shot 200ft up from a stationary Hawk jet and his parachute failed to open.

PA:Press Association Flt Lt Sean Cunningham, 35, was accidentally shot 200ft up from a stationary Hawk jet and his parachute failed to open[/caption]

Dad Jim Cunningham yesterday told of him “lying in a mortuary… burnt, blind and broken from head to foot with five skull fractures and over 40 body fractures”.

He was angry the Ministry of Defence and RAF failed to show up at the hearing — and said the manufacturers apologised only once they were hauled to court.

Sean, from Coventry, was ejected during pre-flight safety checks at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire in 2011.

The court heard manufacturer Martin-Baker had been told as early as 1990 there was a potential problem with the seat.

Sean Cunningham’s father, Jim spoke of his ‘hell’ after the maker of an ejector seat that fired his son to his deathSWNS:South West News Service

A nut could jam, preventing the parachute opening, if fired at low speed or standing.

A 2014 inquest heard Martin-Baker warned air forces across the world but did not tell the RAF, which runs the Red Arrows.

Judge Mrs Justice Carr said yesterday: “A significant number of pilots and also potential passengers were exposed to the risk of harm over a very lengthy period.”

Jim said outside Lincoln crown court: “Their delay in pleading guilty has put our family through six years of hell. Martin-Baker only apologised to us once they appeared in court.”

Red Arrows Hawk TMk1 XX177 at RAF Scampton, the plane involved in the death of RAF Flight Lieutenant Sean CunninghamPA:Press Association

He added: “I would like to address the MoD and RAF. Where are you?”

Martin-Baker, which admitted breaching safety laws over the parachute fault at an earlier hearing, said it “conveys its sadness, regret and apology” to Sean’s family.

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Experts say North’s diplomatic overtures aimed at driving a wedge between Washington and Seoul

Ivanka Trump is leading a US delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in an effort to show a softer side of US diplomacy on the peninsula while calling for maximum pressure to be put on North Korea.

Trump watched snowboarding events in Pyeongchang with South Korea’s first lady, Kim Jung-sook, and foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha. Wearing a Team USA hat and red snowsuit, she captured the attention of local media. Her trip comes less than two weeks after Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un’s younger sister, visited the South and largely overshadowed US vice president Mike Pence.

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AN Army major facing an eighth probe over an Iraqi’s death 15 years ago has sent his war medals back to the Queen.
Robert Campbell, 45, called them “meaningless trinkets”.

Major-ly disgusted… Robert Campbell has sent his medals backFacebook

He says he and two others have faced multiple investigations over the drowning of 19-year-old Said Shabram in Basra in 2003.

But none were charged after a criminal inquiry by Royal Military Police in 2006 and another by IHAT that ended last year.

They were told last month their conduct will now be probed by the Iraq Fatality Investigations team — weeks after Maj Campbell received a Long Service and Good Conduct medal.

Maj Campbell, who leaves the Army in six weeks, said: “I was disowned by the military so I sent the medals back in ­disgust.

Major Campbell has spent more than two decades in the ArmyFacebook

“If I hold on to the medals it’s me accepting what they have done to me, it’s me condoning what happened.

“My entire career has been poisoned by this, from the very start, to the bitter end.

“I leave the Army in six weeks time, after yet another stay in Headley Court, with only a pair of hearing aids and a disabled badge for my car.”

The Royal Engineer received a “touching but private” reply from the Palace.

Service… Afghan and Golden Jubilee medalsAlamy He will also hand back his cherished Iraq campaign medalMinstry of Defence He was handed a NATO Meritorious Service Medal by General David PatraeusHe was handed a NATO Meritorious Service Medal by General David PatraeusGetty - Contributor

Maj Campbell, now suffers with PTSD, and various other ailments after injuries in war.

Sources say the MoD is powerless to intervene in the independent IFI probe.

It is designed to give families of deceased answers, and establish if there are lessons to be learned.

But the MoD said that IFI cases “only take place once the prospect of criminal prosecution is eliminated”.


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Favicon for News - The Sun 04:42 Customers who book train tickets in advance face Network Rail timetable chaos » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

TRAIN users who book well in advance to get the cheapest fares face ticket chaos over a delay in confirming timetables.

Network Rail has failed in its obligation to publish timetables at least 12 weeks in advance.

EPA Network Rail customers are facing disruption thanks to timetable chaos[/caption]

The track operator blamed “unexpected alterations” and delays to improvement projects.

Train operators may get as little as four weeks’ notice.

Their cheapest Advance tickets — normally sold three months before travel — will be hit.

Regulators have launched a probe into the fiasco, which will affect travellers from May 20 and last six months.

Network Rail said: “We recognise this will be inconvenient for some.”

 

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Government says it is rebuilding area in Rakhine state but persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority say their culture is being erased

Myanmar’s government is using bulldozers to erase dozens of villages in Rakhine state in a vast operation that rights groups say is destroying evidence of mass atrocities against the ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority.

Satellite images released by Colorado-based DigitalGlobe on Friday show the empty villages and hamlets completely levelled by authorities in recent weeks. The villages were all set ablaze in the wake of violence in August last year, when a clearance operation drove hundreds of thousands of Rohingya into exile in Bangladesh.

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JEREMY Corbyn’s Cold War spy link must be taken seriously, says an ex-spook.

Former MI6 boss Sir Richard Dearlove said it was “absurd” for the Labour leader to suggest he didn’t know who he was meeting.

Jeremy CorbynA former MI6 chief has called out Jeremy Corbyn’s links to Soviet spies in the 1980s Former MI6 boss Sir Richard Dearlove says Jeremy Corbyn spy links ‘should be taken seriously’AP:Associated Press

Mr Corbyn says he thought Czech agent Jan Sarkocy was a diplomat when they met in the 1980s.

Sir Richard, stationed in Prague during the Cold War, insisted that Mr Corbyn had “questions to answer”.

He told The Daily Telegraph: “Everything I learnt about the way those services, known as the StB, operated tells me these accusations should be taken seriously.”

Sir Richard, head of the Secret Intelligence Service from 1999-2004, said the StB tried to identify “recruitable” MPs.

Lieutenant Jan DymicNick Obank - The Sun Communist spy Lieutenant Jan Dymic claims to have met other Labour MPs too[/caption]

And he slammed the Czech regime as “one of the nastiest in Europe”.
Sir Richard said: “Anybody with sense would have taken care to avoid someone like Sarkocy.”

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Winfrey tells Jimmy Kimmel it is ‘a humbling thing to have people think you can run the country’

Oprah Winfrey put to rest any lingering questions about a potential 2020 bid for the presidency, declaring on a late-night talk show that she was “definitely not running”.

The media mogul, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, was emphatic in her response to host Kimmel’s question about whether she would run.

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Favicon for News - The Sun 04:11 Remainers’ plot to stay in an EU ­customs union would be a staggering betrayal of our democracy — and Labour’s set to back it » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

Suicide squad

THE Remainers’ plot to stay in an EU ­customs union would be suicidal for ­Britain. Yet Labour looks set to back it.

Do not think for a second this is some minor Brexit detail. It is fundamental to its success or failure.

Jeremy CorbynJeremy Corbyn looks set to write off Labour’s many working-class Leave votersGetty - Contributor

Outside it, we would for the first time in four decades be able to sign independent trade deals, like every sovereign nation outside the Brussels club.

That could make food and clothes far cheaper, a huge boost for the low-paid.

Staying in a union would hand our trade policy permanently to EU negotiators whose track record is abysmal.

As non-EU members, we would have no say over it. We would simply take orders. For ever.

Emily ThornberryShadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry revealed Labour will give up right to negotiate independent post-Brexit trade dealsPA:Press Association

Arguably the chief benefit of Brexit would be destroyed by Remainers who, fearful of change, have plotted since June 2016 how to reverse their defeat.

This handful of Tory backbench rebels and Labour MPs know that being half-in, half-out all but guarantees an outcome worse than we have now — and will then use it to lobby to stay as we are.

Theresa MayTheresa May must spell out warning to her rebel Remainers: push this too hard and you could collapse our GovernmentEPA

Brexiters would justifiably argue that Brexit failed because it was never carried out. Our divisions would never heal.

Theresa May must spell out to her rebel Remainers: push this too hard and you could collapse our Government.

The bottom line is this. It is ludicrous to pretend the referendum result can still be fulfilled by staying in the ­customs union or some replica of it.

In fact it would be a staggering betrayal of our democracy, not least Labour’s many working-class Leave voters.

Jeremy Corbyn looks set to write them off.

Brussels louts

We’re resigned to Jean-Claude Juncker and Brussels knocking our Brexit proposals backEPA

IMAGINE the outrage if Boris Johnson or Michael Gove spent their days baiting Brussels eurocrats on TV or Twitter.

Imagine if they said Jean-Claude Juncker was a brandy-soaked buffoon. Or Michel Barnier a self-regarding dandy fond of shooting his mouth off.

Imagine if our Cabinet endlessly carped at EU incompetence and division.

They could. But they don’t.

Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson, pictured with Amber Rudd, doesn’t spend his days baiting eurocrats on TwitterPA:Press Association

Yet this is the sickening contempt with which these bureaucrats and politicians treat Britain. Which is why, for all the efforts of our divided Cabinet in reaching a sensible compromise strategy they can all support, we are resigned to Brussels simply knocking it back.

Ireland’s gobby PM Leo Varadkar has effectively done so already.

The EU claim to want a deal and a friendly partnership. They pretend to be negotiating in good faith. To us, they seem solely bent on victory — through stonewalling, running down the clock and boxing Britain into a corner.

For clinching proof, see the appointment of Martin Selmayr, an untrustworthy bruiser fixated on the EU’s supremacy, as its top civil servant.

They should remember: nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.

We want a deal. And they still need £39billion of our money.

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Favicon for News - The Sun 03:54 Former BHS owner Dominic Chappell ordered by court to pay £87,000 fine » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

FORMER BHS owner Dominic Chappell was ordered to pay £87,000 yesterday after failing to give investigators information about the firm’s pension schemes.

The department store went into administration in 2016 leaving 11,000 staff without work.

Former BHS boss Dominic Chappell has been ordered to pay £87,000London News Pictures Ltd BHS went into administration in 2016PA:Press Association

Chappell, 51, bought BHS for £1 from billionaire Sir Philip Green in 2015.

He was prosecuted by the Pensions Regulator and convicted of three charges in January.

He was fined £50,000 with £37,670 in court costs at Barkingside magistrates’ court, East London.

BHS went into administration in April 2016, leaving a £571million deficit in its pension funds.

Sir Philip later agreed to pay £363 million towards it.

Chappell failing to provide information about the collapsed chain’s pension schemesReuters Sir Phillip Green sold BHS to Chappell for a £1 in 2015PA:Press Association

 

 

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Favicon for News - The Sun 03:48 Barrister wins employment tribunal against boss after he blasted her tea-making skills as ‘f***ing stupid’ » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

A BARRISTER won an employment tribunal against her boss after he blasted her tea-making skills as “f***ing stupid”.

Foul-mouthed Richard Barca, 62, laid into Mahbooba Shirin, 51, on her third day at work.

Mahbooba Shirin won an employment tribunal against her verbally abusive boss Richard Barca Barca told Ms Shirin on her third day at work: ‘How f***ing difficult is it to make a f***ing cup of tea?’

He ranted: “How f***ing difficult is it to make a f***ing cup of tea? Why can’t you get it into your f***ing head.”

Barca, of Wilson Barca LLP, also blasted qualified Ms Shirin, who joined his firm as an office worker and paralegal, for failing to answer a phone quickly enough, it was said.

He yelled: “This is not a f***ing fish and chip shop, this is a solicitor’s office.

“When the phone rings pick up the f***ing phone.”

Wilson Barca LLP,is based in North London

Barca — reprimanded at another tribunal in 2015 for calling a colleague a “plonker” — also branded her a “stupid melon” for not bringing him the morning mail, the tribunal was told.

When challenged, he admitted swearing at all his staff and slated Ms Shirin for failing to follow instructions, it was said.

 

Alamy Barca ranted at Ms Shirin over her tea-making skills[/caption]

He denied calling her “f***ing” stupid.

She kept a verbal abuse diary of her eight months at the firm, based in Archway, North London.

Three days in Ms Shirin wrote: “Mr Barca shouted at me violently, using profanity for not making his tea to his liking.”

She said she was “treated like a slave”.

Another colleague called her “slow” and “too old for this job”. She quit in June 2016.

Ms Shirin said: “I could take the abuse no further.”

She has not worked since a diagnosis of depression.

Judge David Pearl ruled she was harassed due to her sex and age. A constructive dismissal claim was denied.

The London Central Employment Tribunal gave both sides two weeks to submit remedy proposals.


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Favicon for News - The Sun 03:27 Doctors win fight to keep £77k bonuses that cost NHS £320million-a-year » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

TOP doctors have beaten off a bid to strip them of their bonuses worth up to £77,000 a year.

The payouts reward excellence and are given to half of hospital consultants on top of their £90,000 average salaries.

Top doctors have won a battle to keep their £77,000 bonusesPA:Press Association Top doctors have won a battle to keep their £77,000 bonuses[/caption]

The British Medical Association took legal action to defend the bonuses and has reached an out-of-court settlement with the Department of Health.

The agreement states that the payouts “cannot be threatened with withdrawal”, according to the Daily Mail.

The awards have 12 levels ranging from £3,000 to £77,000.

Despite half of the 46,000 NHS consultants benefiting, only 20 per cent of the awards go to female doctors.

CampaignersAlamy Campaigners say it ‘beggars belief’ when nurses have suffered a seven-year pay freeze[/caption]

The scheme costs the NHS £320million a year, the equivalent of 12,000 nurses, or 33,000 hip replacements.

Campaigners say it “beggars belief” alongside a seven-year pay freeze for nurses, intense financial pressures and cuts.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has pledged to reform the system, insisting that performance-related pay should reflect quality and responsibility, rather than time served.

The BMA said last night: “Clinical Excellence Awards (CEAs) are designed to recognise the exceptional contribution of doctors who find new and innovative ways of improving the quality and delivery of care, benefiting patients and saving the NHS money in the long run.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has vowed to reform the systemEPA Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has vowed to reform the system[/caption]

“The BMA has been exploring a deal in which existing CEA holders would be able to retain the awards they have already earned.”

It added: “We are working to develop a scheme which continues to encourage and fairly reward excellence.”
Last night the Department of Health said talks were “constructive and ongoing”.

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Half the victims were children or teens at time of attack, which took place at home in 42% of cases

More than one in ten French women have been raped at least once, according to a study on sexual violence published on Friday as the global abuse scandal widens.

Twelve percent of the 2,167 women polled by the Fondation Jean Jaures thinktank said they had suffered “sexual penetration with violence, constraint or surprise”, the legal definition of rape in France.

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Favicon for News - The Sun 03:17 ‘Cowardly’ sheriff’s deputy was one of FOUR who failed to tackle Florida school shooter during class massacre » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

THE armed officer who failed to confront the Florida high school gun maniac was one of FOUR who failed to act, it has been claimed.

Scot Peterson quit after security footage showed him “seeking cover behind a concrete column” while former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, stalked through classrooms with an AR-15 he bought legally.

Scot Peterson is reported to have hid during the attackDDTV

Now sources from Coral Springs Police Department told CNN that when officers arrived on the scene, they were shocked to find three Broward County Sheriff’s deputies behind their cars with their weapons drawn.

The cops entered the building to engage the shooter on their own, and then a new batch of Broward County deputies arrived, and two of those officers joined the police inside the building, the sources said.

It’s unclear if the shooter was still inside at the time.

Cops are said to have been “stunned and upset” that the four original Broward deputies who were first on the scene did not appear to join them.

Sheriff Scott Israel told the New York Times that Peterson, who was armed and in uniform at the time, “never went in”.

 

The armed officer tasked with protecting Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school has quit amid reports he did not confront the shooterThe armed officer tasked with protecting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has quit amid reports he did not confront the shooterSplash News
Scot Peterson is reported to have hid as Nikolas Cruz stalked the classrooms with an assault rifleScot Peterson is reported to have hid as Nikolas Cruz stalked the classrooms with an assault rifleEPA

Israel said Peterson’s job was to confront the shooter as soon as possible, adding: “You don’t wait for SWAT, you get in, and you push toward the shooter.”

Peterson was suspended without pay and placed under investigation then chose to resign, Israel said.

When asked what Peterson should have done, Israel said the deputy should have gone in “addressed the killer, killed the killer”.

But Jim Bell of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association said: “He (Peterson) believed he did a good job calling in the location, setting up the perimeter and calling in the description (of Cruz).”

Survivor Sam Zeif, who made an impassioned speech condemning US gun laws in front of US President Donald Trump, did not agree.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murderNikolas Cruz, 19, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murderEPA
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, pictured, says Peterson should have confronted and killed CruzBroward County Sheriff Scott Israel says Peterson should have confronted and killed CruzReuters

He claims Peterson came face-to-face with Cruz and did nothing.

“He could’ve stopped it,” he told Good Morning Britain. “He was standing on the first floor and he could see him.

“I am friends with a victim who saw him [Peterson] and the shooter on the same floor and he didn’t stop him.

“I think that’s the easy way out and I’m not surprised he took it because he’s a coward.”

It has also been claimed that 6ft 5in Peterson had two internal investigations against him and earned $101,000 (£72,000) in 2016.

He was not punished as a result of either of the probes, according to the Sun Sentinel who saw records released by the sheriff’s office.

Peterson’s failure to act, plus reports of a delay in security camera footage, added to what the Florida House speaker described as an “abject breakdown at all levels”.

Survivors of the shooting have staged protests demanding tighter gun lawsSurvivors of the shooting have staged protests demanding tighter gun lawsGetty Images - Getty Survivor Sam Zeif claims Peterson was on the same floor as Cruz but did nothingSurvivor Sam Zeif claims Peterson was on the same floor as Cruz but did nothingFacbeook While anti-gun campaigners call for a total ban on assault rifle sales, Donald Trump says he wants to arm teachersWhile anti-gun campaigners call for a total ban on assault rifle sales, Donald Trump says he wants to arm teachersGetty - Pool Anti gun protests have raged since the attackRex Features

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is reopening on Friday, just over a week after the massacre, so teachers can collect belongings from classrooms.

The shooting has reignited national debate over gun laws and while students have called for a ban on assault rifles, Trump wants to arm teachers.

New information has emerged that there was a communication issue between the person reviewing the school’s security system footage and officers who responded to the school.

Officials said the footage being reviewed was 20 minutes old so responding officers getting old information on where the shooter was.

Cruz, who owned several weapons which he showed off on Instagram, has been jailed on 17 counts of murder and has admitted the attack.

The school is expected to open to pupils again on Wednesday.


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1877 painting Les Choristes was stolen nine years ago from a museum in Marseille

French customs police have found a painting by 19th century master Edgar Degas that was stolen nine years ago from a museum in Marseille in the luggage compartment of a bus near Paris, the government said on Friday.

Degas’ 1877 painting Les Choristes, or The Chorus Singers, is done in pastels and depicts a line of men singing in the opera Don Juan.

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Rob O'Conner was found outside a former Argos building in Chelmsford, Essex, this morning. He was suffering from throat cancer and police are treating his death as unexplained.
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Bearded lady Nova Galaxia, 26, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which causes excess facial hair, when she was 15-years-old.
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Meet the volunteer puppy "hoteliers" who help charities meet spiralling demand for assistance dogs.
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If ever there were proof that whatever your background, this is a country that provides opportunities, Stormzy is it, says Amanda Platell.
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JUBA, South Sudan (AP) - The witness accounts remain appalling. One South Sudanese man returned home after hiding from government soldiers to find they had...
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Charities publish joint letter of apology following allegations of sexual misconduct.
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A new dam on the river Nile could trigger the world's first war about water, writes Alastair Leithead.
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EXCLUSIVE: French surgeon Dr Foued Hamza, who pioneered the Brazilian bum lift reveals how you can achieve a more shapely derriere with simple changes to your diet and exercise regime.
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Major Robert Campbell, 45, said he had been left ‘broken’ after the Ministry of Defence told him and two other soldiers they would be dragged before a judge-led inquiry.
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Casper Platt-May, two, and his brother Corey, six, were crossing a residential street in Coventry with their mother, aunts and cousins when a black hatchback allegedly ploughed into them.
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Sir Richard Dearlove has said the Labour leader can´t just 'laugh off' the accusations that he met communist spy Jan Sakocy.
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Drivers using their mobile phones could see their insurance premiums soar by up to 40 per cent or have cover withdrawn altogether because they are regarded as a greater risk on top of £200 fine.
Favicon for News - The Sun 02:31 Britain’s sex industry has climaxed, with dramatic drop in new X-rated establishments over the past five years » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

BRITAIN’S sex industry appears to have reached a climax – with new figures revealing a dramatic drop in X-rated venues.

The number of sex establishment licences issued by councils has fallen by a third in the last five years – dropping from 386 in 2013 to 256 over the last year.

Getty - Contributor Britain has seen a drop in the number of lap dancing clubs, sex shops and XXX-rated cinemas opening[/caption]

This means that fewer lap dancing clubs, sex shops and XXX-rated cinemas are now opening across the country.

The decline – dubbed a “Hard Sexit’ – was uncovered by a Freedom of Information request and is being attributed to a rise in internet porn and changes in social attitudes.

Sex industry capital Soho is the biggest loser in lust, according to the raunchy research.

If falls within the local authority area of Westminster which has seen the steepest fall in the number of active licences – tumbling from 31 in 2013 to just FOUR at the beginning of 2018.

Getty - Contributor London’s Soho district has been hit the hardest[/caption]

The data supplied by local authorities reveals that NO major city in England has seen an increase in the number of sexual entertainment licences since 2013.

One sex shop worker in West Yorkshire admitted: “The internet has killed my business. A couple of years ago business was ok.

“Some men came into the shop in disguise because they didn’t want to be recognised.”

But the 70-year-old insisted there was still a demand for his products and added: “Men come in because they don’t want their wives to know what they are up to.

“Or they don’t want to view this material on their computers at home because they have children. But people will always want to watch porn.”

Some 281 councils out of 327 nationwide disclosed how many sex establishment licences they had granted since 2013.

Recent sex scandals surrounding Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and the disgraced President’s Club in London have fuelled the debate about sexual attitudes towards women.

But Catherine Mayer, of the Women’s Equality Party, believes that more needs to be done to stop the exploitation of vulnerable young women.

In an interview with the BBC she said: “Councils should consider whether its appropriate to grant licences that give men a safe space to act out their power over women.”

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A mother has given birth to England’s heaviest-ever twin brothers. They were born by caesarean section at Hillingdon Hospital in west London.
Favicon for Home | Mail Online 02:28 One in ten French women have been raped 'at least once' » Post from Home | Mail Online Visit off-site link View media (image/jpeg)
Half of the victims said the rape had taken place when they were children or teenagers and 42 per cent said they had been attacked in their own home.
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Reading Left-wing newspapers, a visitor might assume Britain was some living nightmare of cruelty and deprivation in which feral dogs roamed the streets, writes Dominic Sandbrook.
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Lamb Setts Nursery in Sheffield has been suspended by Ofsted over claims that a staff member used a ‘strap chair’ to restrain misbehaving children.
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Winston Churchill was in one of those ‘black dog’ depressing periods when he was frustrated, nothing was going right but did he cheat with society's wildest woman?
Favicon for News - The Sun 02:17 Airbus will stay in Britain after Brexit despite warning it could move business abroad » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

AEROSPACE giants Airbus have committed to stay in Britain “long into the future” after warning they could move operations abroad after Brexit.

The firm were staunch critics of leaving the EU but boss Tom Enders has told the government his 15,000 UK employees are safe in their “home country.”

AFP Aerospace giant Airbus has committed to staying in Britain after Brexit despite previously warning it could move its UK work abroad[/caption]

Writing to Business Secretary Greg Clark early this month he said Britain is still “a competitive place to invest” despite the firm playing a key role Project Fear doom-mongering before the 2016 referendum.

The leaked letter talked of “planning stability’’ for thousands of employees working on the A380 program at Airbus facilities in Broughton, northern Wales, and Filton, near Bristol, describing the plants as among its most productive, according to Bloomberg.

Before the vote Airbus said: “The economic disruption and uncertainty that would accompany a leave vote would inevitably impact on long-term investment decisions and, in turn, future job creation in UK manufacturing.”

And name checking Airbus, then PM David Cameron said “so many who create jobs and growth in this country agree” that Britain should stay in the EU.

 

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The dangers of ibuprofen and four other popular tablets, taken by millions of adults across the world to dampen their discomfort, were assessed by Taiwanese researchers.
Favicon for News - The Sun 02:16 Little Tikes toy car spotted on recovery lorry on motorway – and Twitter LOVES it » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

A BAFFLED motorist has sparked a social media sensation by snapping a toy car strapped to the back of a recovery lorry.

The hilarious picture of the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe on the M77 south of Glasgow has sent motor-enthusiasts on Twitter into a frenzy.

Twitter A recovery vehicle near Scotland has been snapped with a toy car strapped to[/caption]

Traffic Scotland eventually retweeted the post, saying: “Here at Traffic Scotland we’ve seen many broken down vehicles and recovery’s!

“Never this though, never this!”

Another user appeared to question what had happened to the baby driver.

The post read: “Seen the driver of this last week all over the road , suspect they had been on the bottle – or needed a nap.”

Twitter And it seems the Cozy Coupe isn’t the only toy car to get the rescue treatment[/caption]

Twitter This Twitter user had to up the ante[/caption]

Another wrote: “So not funny it is the only car I can afford.”

Launched in 1979, the Cozy Coupe was partly modelled after the Volkswagen Beetle and proved extremely popular with children.

In 1991 the toy car sold around 500,000 unit in the US and UK alone.

One Twitter user said: “Actually, this is the first time I’ve seen a Cozy Coupe broken down. Maybe they should consider expanding their production.”

Where was the baby driver?

The Cozy Coupe is known for its reliability

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Pledging reform, Jeremy Hunt (pictured) has described the 'flawed' arrangements as ‘disastrous’, saying pay must reflect quality and responsibility rather than time served.
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Health minister Jackie Doyle-Price (pictured) has said that the Government planned to call it Max's Law after Max Johnson, ten, who was saved by a heart transplant.
Favicon for News - The Sun 02:11 Human FOOT found by dogwalker in socks and trainers belonged to missing man – at spot where 18 other feet have also been discovered » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

A HUMAN foot that washed up on a notorious island off the coast of Canada has been linked to a missing man.

There have been 18 feet found along British Columbia’s coast since 2007, officials said.

The human foot, complete with shin bone, was found wearing socks and trainersCTV NEWS CA

Last night, cops confirmed the latest foot belonged to missing Stanley Okumoto, 79.

It was found washed up on the Canadian island along the Jordan River by a dog walker – a human foot inside a white sock and black running trainer, with its shin bone still attached.

Dog walker Mike Johns, 56, told CTV Vancouver Island News the foot was “totally intact.”

He added: “My dog, she was sniffing the bones so I stopped and took a look, and I saw the bones and noticed it was attached to a shoe,”

It was unclear how Okumoto died.

The severed foot belongs to missing man Stanley Okumoto, 79 – it is not clear how he diedKitsap County, Wash. Sheriff's Office This map shows where the trainers with feet inside have been washing upThis map shows where the trainers with feet inside have been washing up

The leg was found in a section of British Columbia known as “king tides.”

Officials believed the strong currents could have brought the foot from Washington to Canada.

The BC Coroners Service it has been able to identify eight of the previous 12 feet, matching them to six individuals. No foul play is suspected in any of the cases.

The first severed foot was found on August 20, 2007. It was a right foot, size 12, encased in a shoe made in India.

The feet have been washing up off the coast of British ColumbiaThe feet have been washing up off the coast of British ColumbiaGetty - Contributor

Authorities were able to link the foot to a male who suffered from depression, concluding he most likely committed suicide in or near water.

Of the 18 feet and shoes found, only two have been matched together.

On February 7 last year a hiker found a running shoe that contained a human foot in a sock at Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew.

Five days later, a beachcomber found a second running shoe and contacted authorities.

The Coroners Service confirmed they belonged to the same person, but that person’s identity is still not known.

The shoes involved are men’s New Balance runners, size 12 and blue and black. This type of shoe was first sold in North America in March, 2013, which suggest the shoes’ owner died at some point between March, 2013 and December, 2015.

Most likely the victims died from accidents or suicide, the coroner’s office said.


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A study in China found heavy snorers have shorter telomeres, tiny caps at the end of chromosomes that prevent genetic material from unravelling and fraying.
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Tens of thousands of Haitians are still living in limbo eight years later. NGOs had billions of dollars in donations to spend, but now Haitians are asking: 'Where did the money go?'
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The Korean smartphone giant, Sony and Nokia will be among the tech giants revealing new, high-end smartphones when Mobile World Congress (MWC)  kicks off in Barcelona on Monday.
Favicon for News - The Sun 02:04 ‘Beast from the East’ bites Britain as temperatures ‘set to plummet to -10C with 4in snow’ in biggest freeze in five years » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

BRITAIN faces an Arctic blast from tomorrow night, heralding the ­biggest freeze in five years.

Siberian winds will blow in from the East, bringing biting cold that could drag on until the middle of March.

BrightonIcy winds might be blowing in from Siberia, but they failed to put off this brave swimmer in BrightonAlamy Live News BrightonThis woman dipped a tentative toe into the bracing sea near Brighton yesterday, before plunging into the waves in just a bikiniAlamy Live News

Temperatures could fall as low as -10C at night — lower than at the North Pole — and the wind chill will make it feel even colder.

Up to four inches of snow is expected to fall from Monday afternoon with Eastern England, the Midlands, London, Kent and East Anglia most at risk, say experts.

It is expected to disrupt power supplies, trains and roads.

Motoring groups have urged drivers to carry food and blankets and ensure cars are winter-ready.

weather graphic‘Beast from the East’ could bring freezing cold temperatures and snow to the UK

Charities say the elderly and ill face most risk in the next fortnight.

Public Health England last night issued a Level 3 “cold weather action” alert, one step below “national emergency”.

WalesA farmer dressed newborn lambs in makeshift plastic jackets to help keep them warm in Lixwm, North Wales yesterdayAlamy Live News

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW How to spot asthma, the signs, symptoms and how to reduce your risk


LondonWoman wraps up warm against the freezing temperatures in London yesterdayPA:Press Association LondonCommuters cross Waterloo Bridge in central London yesterday amid fears of the coldest snap in five years in the UKPA:Press Association

NHS England urges the public to protect themselves during the cold spell when heart attacks, strokes and breathing problems are likely to rise.

Spokesman Professor Keith ­Willett said every degree drop in temperature below five triggers a ten per cent rise in breathing problems among the elderly, and a near one per cent increase in emergency admissions.

LiverpoolCrocuses start to bloom across to Liverpool yesterday as temperatures plummetMercury Press LiverpoolMan watches a beautiful sunrise over the Marshside RSPB nature reserve in Merseyside, despite the freezing temperaturesAlamy Live News GodalmingDriver wakes up to a bitterly cold morning in Godalming, SurreyAlamy Live News LixwynTemperatures plummet in Lixwyn, Flintshire, as snow is forecast on SundayAlamy Live News

Met Office expert Martin Bowles said: “It is starting to turn much colder as easterly winds arrive.

“We expect the first snow on Sunday night, but it is not until Monday afternoon when it really sets in. Daytime temperatures next week will widely stay at freezing and below.

“We expect it to stay cold into next weekend and beyond.”

The cold weather is being driven by a sudden stratospheric warming of the Arctic, the first since January 2013 which was followed by weeks of bitterly cold weather.

The Arctic is seeing temperatures 30C higher than average.

A LUNG CONDITION THAT CAUSES BREATHING DIFFICULTIES

Asthma affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood, although it can also appear for the first time in adults.

It is caused by inflammation of the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs.

This inflammation makes the breathing tubes highly sensitive, so they temporarily become narrow.

This may occur randomly, or after exposure to a trigger like dust, pollen, smoke and even exercise.

Symptoms:

The main symptoms include

  • wheezing
  • breathlessness
  • a tight chest
  • coughing

Symptoms can sometimes get temporarily worse, this is known as an asthma attack.

Treatment

There is no known cure for asthma but the symptoms can be managed with a number of treatments.

Most asthma treatments are taken using an inhaler, a small device that delivers a spray or powder medicine to your breathing tubes as you breathe in.

The main treatments are:

  • avoiding potential triggers
  • reliever inhalers – inhalers used when needed to quickly relieve asthma symptoms for a short time
  • preventer inhalers – inhalers used every day to reduce the inflammation in the breathing tubes

Source: NHS Choices


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AN extraordinary spat broke out yesterday as Michael Gove and the EU commission traded blows about who would ban plastic straws first.

The Environment boss hit back after Eurocrat Frans Timmermans publicly baited Britain accusing them of copying a Brussels plastics clampdown.

Reuters Mr Gove appeared peeved on Twitter after Eurocrat Frans Timmermans accused him of being a Brussels copycat over the ban of plastic straws[/caption]

Mr Gove tweeted out a story about his plan to ban plastic straws.

But in a clear barb at Brexit, the Dutch eurocrat shot back: “One step ahead of you. Maybe you can align with us?”

The EU is set to launch a new strategy, including a ban on single use plastics, before the summer.

However Mr Gove let rip in return, blasting:”There has been no specific proposal – as yet – from the EU to ban straws.”

“The EU has promised ‘analytical work’ on the ‘scope of a legislative initiative’ to ‘reduce’ single use plastics.”

And he added: “Also waiting for the EU to catch up on microbeads – UK’s ban is 1st in Europe.”

The row came as Jean-Claude Juncker suggested he would make a better Prime Minister than Theresa May.

The EU Commission boss quipped it would be “good for Britain” if he was in 10 Downing Street.

He made the remarks when asked about Thursday’s crunch Cabinet meeting at Chequers to hammer out a Brexit posistion.

The Environment Sec didn't hold back and had to remind Mr Timmermans that the UK was first in Europe to ban microbeadsGetty Images - Getty The Environment Sec didn’t hold back and had to remind Mr Timmermans that the UK was first in Europe to ban microbeads[/caption]

The row came as Jean-Claude Juncker suggested he would make a better Prime Minister than Theresa MayGetty - Contributor The row came as Jean-Claude Juncker suggested he would make a better Prime Minister than Theresa May[/caption]

Mr Juncker replied: “I have not been briefed about the outcome of the Chequers meeting.

I am not a British prime minister, it would be good for Britain if I was.”

Reacting to the remarks, Tory MP Nigel Evans snorted: “I wouldn’t put Juncker in charge of my wine rack.”

EU officials immediately insisted his remarks were “clearly a joke” and “good natured”.

 

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Prime minister gets caught in White House lockdown after a woman crashes her car into a security barrier

The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, says he is looking forward to working with the new leader of the National party after the resignation of Barnaby Joyce.

Speaking to reporters in Washington DC on Friday (early Saturday AEDT) just hours before meeting the US president, Donald Trump, at the White House, Turnbull thanked Joyce for his service as deputy prime minister.

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EXCLUSIVE: Aine Homer, 37, from Guildford, Surrey, began looking into the issue after struggling for months with her eldest daughter, nicknamed Sunflower, following her birth in January 2013.
Favicon for News - The Sun 01:58 Jeremy Corbyn’s grip tightens on Labour as senior ‘moderate’ Iain McNicol quits » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

JEREMY CORBYN’s hard-left grip on the Labour party was complete last night after ‘moderate’ general secretary Iain McNicol quit.
After months of speculation, the Scot said he was moving on to “pursue new challenges” within the wider “Labour movement”.

McNicol, right, stated that he left the party to ‘pursue new challenges’ within the wider Labour movement

Within minutes last night, sources claimed Jennie Formby – the ex-lover of Unite baron Len McCluskey and the union’s ex political director – was in pole position to take his place.
Mr McNicol incensed Corbynistas two years ago by excluding 130,000 new party members from voting in the 2016 leadership election.
The row sparked a bitter spat between the general secretary – essentially the party’s chief executive – and Marxist Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.
Labour declined to comment on the decision last night.

AFP - Getty Jeremy Corbyn embraces Karie Murphy as he arrives at Labour Party headquarters[/caption]

Mr McNicol was a notable absentee from last weekend’s policy forum.

The announcement comes just weeks after three-members of the arch-left Momentum campaign group were elected onto Labour’s National Executive Committee – handing Corbyn supporters control of the policy making body.
Former Unite official Karie Murphy has been Jeremy Corbyn’s chief of staff for the past two years.
In a statement last night- in which Labour mis-spelt Mr McNicol’s name – Jeremy Corbyn thanked him for his “long and dedicated service”.
He said: “Iain has served the Labour Party nad trade union movement in a wide range of roles throughout his career and is a credit to our movement.
“He has run our party’s organisation at a time of great change, including a near tripling of membership, two general elections and the EU Referendum.”

Reuters Former Unite official Karie Murphy has been Jeremy Corbyn’s chief of staff for the past two years[/caption]

Mr McNicol insisted he would continue to support Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and “work closely with him”.

He said: “It’s been an absolute honour and a privilege to serve as General Secretary of the Labour Party.
“I have now decided to move on to pursue new challenges in the service of the Labour Party and wider Labour movement.”

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Oxford University Hospitals will not offer them to those who are frightened or have had previous traumatic births. Some women have had to travel miles to other hospitals to give birth.
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Students are suffering from stress and anxiety owing to the pressures of housing costs, a survey has suggested.
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Jessica R. Ford, 35, of La Vergne, Tennessee is said to have intentionally rammed her Chevrolet Uplander 2008 into the gate of the White House in Washington, DC.
Favicon for News - The Sun 01:43 Tony Blair claims Theresa May will be forced to hold a second EU referendum when Parliament blocks her Brexit deal » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

THERESA May will be forced to hold a second EU referendum when Parliament blocks her Brexit deal, Tony Blair has predicted.

The former Labour PM has claimed there will be “an impasse” in the Remain-leaning Commons and Lords.

Rex Features Tony Blair claims Theresa May will be forced to hold a second EU referendum [/caption]

But Britain’s most pro-EU former leader also vowed to respect the result of any second nationwide poll even if it is a vote for Brexit again.

Mr Blair told BBC Radio 4’s World At One: “I think there is a real possibility of an impasse in Parliament.

“If there isn’t really a majority for any one form of Brexit, then I do think the case is ever more stronger for going back to their people to allow them a final say on the deal.”

The former Labour leader insisted the fresh vote would be “a proper choice” between Mrs May’s deal and staying in the EU.

Rex Features Pro-Leave Labour MP Kate Hoey says a second Brexit vote would be ‘ridiculous’[/caption]

Pledging to accept the new decision, he added: “If people choose to continue with Brexit because that’s what they want, then people like me would have to accept that’s it.

“Then the olive branch that Boris Johnson extended last week would be accepted and we’d have to move on.”

Pro-Leave Labour MP Kate Hoey hit back at the call, saying that another vote just two years after the first would be “ridiculous”.

She argued: “This is nonsense, I don’t see another chance of another referendum on this issue”.

Mr Blair also blasted as “sickening” the suggestion by outspoken Brexiteers that the Good Friday Agreement should be scrapped.

The former PM, who brokered the historic peace deal in 1998, accused them of trying to “sacrifice” it on the “altar of Brexit” and argue peace in the country is not “worth having anyway”.

Prominent Tories Owen Paterson and Daniel Hannan were joined by Labour former minister Kate Hoey last week in arguing the Good Friday Agreement may have run its course.

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The price of a litre of petrol varies greatly across the country, ranging from 108.9p to 139.9p and the price difference equates to an extra £17.05 to fill up a typical 55-litre family car.
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Presumably there will be a period of settling to determine if attempting to be all things to all people flies with the public

The backflip is standard operating procedure in professional politics, we all know that, but the double backflip is a somewhat rarer event.

Yet under the cover of yet another seismic convulsion inside the Turnbull government, Bill Shorten looks to be lining up for the dubious double on the controversial Adani coal mine. After signalling quite clearly in late January that Labor would toughen its position on the project, the Labor leader has cooled off noticeably on that notion over the past week or so.

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After battling stereotypes, Terrell Lawrence finds his calling as a cheerleader.
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Iceland managing director, Richard Walker, (pictured) held non-plastic packaging after they became the first major retailer to commit to eliminate plastic packaging for all own brand products.
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Temperatures could fall to -10C (14F) this weekend in parts of Britain as freezing air from Russia dubbed the 'Beast from the East' arrives from Sunday night and snow hits eastern England first.
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Scientists believe that swarms of moths may tell us something about climate change. A massive sample of moth scales, preserved in the mud of a lake in Quebec, can track outbreaks and other data.
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Despite his size and lack of experience, nine-year-old Suffolk Punch horse Craikhow Hall Jensen has proven to be an adept jumper and has even gone out with the local hunt in Leicestershire.
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RIATH AL-SAMARRAI IN PYEONGCHANG: It could hardly have gone much worse for Eve Muirhead, except perhaps if she dropped a stone on her foot and bashed her thumb with the hammer.
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THIS really has to be Airbnb’s most mind-blowing place to rent – the incredible Dr Seuss themed home which could be yours for the night.

The rainbow coloured apartment – dubbed Casa Dr Seuss – is listed on rental website for holidaymakers to stay in.

An extraordinary world awaits insideAn extraordinary world awaits insideCaters News Agency

Described by its owners as “fun and full of adventure” they say it is guaranteed “to put a smile on your face”.

And for just £71 the apartment – which is featured on Airbnb’s wishlist – is a must stay for those looking for an unusual place to vacation.

Kids’ writer Dr Seuss – famous for books Green Eggs and Ham and Cat in the Hat – was known for his quirky illustrations and stories.

The strange looking home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and can host up to eight guests.

You will probably never stay as somewhere as wacky as this in your lifeYou will probably never stay as somewhere as wacky as this in your lifeCaters News Agency No one view inside here is the sameNo one view inside here is the sameCaters News Agency It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and can host up to eight guestsIt has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and can host up to eight guestsCaters News Agency The living room is a luxurious place to chill out inThe living room is a luxurious place to chill out inCaters News Agency This is a view of the roofThis is a view of the roofCaters News Agency

It event has a jacuzzi in the cave like space where the water is heated through solar tubes.

The home is owned by Steven Rude who says it also for sale to anyone interested.

Steven works in designing special effects and was part of the team on the Harry Potter.


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SNOWFLAKE beer bosses ordered an investigation into a real ale called Goat Tosser – over fears it could be offensive.

Real ale pressure group The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) was accused of a ‘politically correct’ crackdown after demanding an explanation before the beer was served at one of their festivals.

Albanpix Brewers Paul Dickinson, left, and Nicholas Ashley, right, were told some of their real ales were under investigation[/caption]

Albanpix The brewers were asked to explain the name of their Goat Tosser beer[/caption]

The real ale pressure group asked event organisers to quiz Angles Ales microbrewery on the origins of Goat Tosser and second beer Happy Paranoids.

The brewery was told Happy Paranoids could be insulting to anyone with mental health problems while Goat Tosser had possible ‘sexual’ connotations.

Stunned owner Paul Dickinson explained Goat Tosser referred to an ancient Fenland practice of throwing goats over dykes when they are too afraid to cross rickety bridges.

And he told how Happy Paranoids relates to the side-effects he experienced from malaria tablets on a business trip to Vietnam.

Albanpix The brewery was told Happy Paranoids could be insulting to anyone with mental health problems[/caption]

Albanpix Paul Dickinson, left, said Happy Paranoids relates to the side-effects he experienced from malaria tablets on a business trip to Vietnam[/caption]

Paul, 61, said: “Both the beers have been around under that name for a year or so and were on sale at the Leicester festival last year as well.

“To be honest we couldn’t believe it when they phoned up and asked for an explanation.

“The bloke who phoned us up was quite apologetic about having to ask us but said CAMRA was insisting on full details about anything with a questionable name.

“I’d like to reassure people that we are ‘on message’ with this and there is nothing derogatory meant by the names at all.”

Paul, who brews part-time, said: “Beer is supposed to be fun – that’s why we chose two names with funny stories behind them.

“They are certainly not among the worst beer names in the country.

“This is just another example of snowflakes getting carried away with something totally harmless.”

Sheepshaggers Gold was available at the festival

PA:Press Association In 2012 Top Totty ale gained national attention after being banned from the House of Commons[/caption]

Paul, of Peterborough, Cambs., was called by one organisers on Monday (19 February) of the Leicester CAMRA Beer Festival and asked for explanations over the names.

The brewery has previously entered a beer called Feral Nun into a CAMRA festival with no objections.

And others available include Cairngorm Brewery’s Sheepshaggers Gold and BrewDog’s Dead Pony Club.

CAMRA said it carried out the checks on names to “uphold our core ­values and beliefs”.

Its head of communications Tom Stainer added: “Labels and images that are offensive or derogatory have no place in the modern beer world.

“We need to ensure everyone feels comfortable attending our festivals, regardless of background, sex, age or origin.”

It is thought the real ale association has become worried about political correctness after they were forced to apologise over a crossword which appeared in Derby CAMRA’s bi-monthly magazine last week.

The crossword included the clue: “US negro could become an operational doctor (7)”.

Another clue asked readers to fill in the squares with a word which relates to: “A sex toy or an effeminate man (5)”.

The crossword was criticised as “homophobic” and “disgusting” on social media, forcing CAMRA’s national chairman Colin Valentine to apologise.

 

Jon Snowflake

I LOVE craft brew and regularly sup a hoppy IPA at Momentum meetings — but these outrageous beer names have me foaming at the mouth.

Buttface? Sheepshagger? Top Totty? They sound like uni rugby lad nicknames.

Such brands are typical of the male-dominated alcohol industry.

It’s time at the bar for these sexist small independent businesses.

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A HOUSE of Horrors mum smirked in court as she denied shackling their 13 kids at home.

David and Louise Turpin pleaded not guilty to three new charges of child abuse and assault at the family’s home in Perris, California.

EPA Louise Turpin smiled ad husband David in court as they faced three more charges of abuse against their 13 kids[/caption]

The Turpins were arrested last month after their 17-year-old daughter escaped “squalid conditions” and called 911.

They are accused of keeping their children, aged two to 29, in filth, chaining some to their beds and using starvation as a weapon to control them.

Each parent is held on £7million bail and faces 94 years to life in prison if convicted on 37 charges, including torture, child abuse and false imprisonment.

Authorities said the home reeked of human waste and evidence of starvation was obvious, with the oldest sibling weighing only 82 pounds.

They said the abuse was so long-running the children’s growth was stunted.

EPA The mum faces a new charge of assault against a minor[/caption]

Reuters Dad David had his distinctive hair trimmed for the court appearance[/caption]

Today lawyers said the kids were living at a medical center and “making their own decisions for the first time”.

Spokesman for the Riverside DA, John Hall, said outside the court: “Today we filed an amended complaint in the Turpin case this afternoon.

“We have amended the complaint to file three new charges on both defendants of child abuse, and one new count against only defendant Louise Turpin of felony assault.

‘There have been no counts that have been removed, and no other additional counts other than those.

EPA The pair only spoke to confirm the date of the next hearing[/caption]

EPA Lawyers said the rescued siblings have been talking on Skype, with younger kids being cared for separately[/caption]

David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested and each charged with nine counts of torture and ten counts of child endangerment The couple have denied 12 counts of torture, 12 of false imprisonment, six of child abuse and six of abuse of a dependentThe couple have denied 12 counts of torture, 12 of false imprisonment, six of child abuse and six of abuse of a dependentSupplied as a technical service. No is implied or inferred. The couple are accused of torturing all their kids apart from their two-year-oldThe couple are accused of torturing all their kids apart from their two-year-oldSupplied as a technical service. No is implied or inferred.

He added: “It’s further investigation that we’ve been doing in this case has led us to amend the complaint. That’s not uncommon in cases.

“It could add some time to the exposure that they’re facing.”

Lawyers said the rescued siblings have been talking on Skype, with younger kids being cared for separately.

David appeared in a black suit and with his distinctive hair trimmed back.

His wife wore a fitted black suit with an attorney perched between them.

The pair only spoke to confirm the date of the next hearing – with a preliminary date on May 14 and further hearing on March 23.

Chilling video showed the moment the kids were rescued from the home by cops.

It is thought the family moved to California from Texas after a child made a previous attempt to escape.


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This week I pondered awards shows, curling, fashion, antidepressants and ‘managed ambitious divergence’

Monday

I’ve never seen the attraction of awards events on TV. Especially when there is a new episode of Endeavour and a new series of Homeland starting on the other channels at the same time.

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This week, BEL MOONEY advises a woman whose fiancé is 23 years older and suffers from early onset Parkinson’s. The reader says she is finding it hard to deal with the stress of his condition.
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The Paul Nicholls runner was eight lengths behind Waiting Patiently at this track last time out and the winner gave the form a huge boost last weekend

Acting Lass offers a fascinating puzzle for punters in the Betdaq Handicap Chase at Kempton on Saturday, as Harry Fry’s novice has won all three of his starts over fences this season and is up just 6lb for his latest success at Ascot.

He has plenty of scope for further improvement and will tempt many in at around 9-2. The big field is a very different test after beating a total of 14 horses in three races, however, and there is much more depth here than Acting Lass has faced to date.

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WIDE-eyed old folk waved their sticks and tapped their walking frames as they watched belly dancers perform at a retirement home.

Two scantily-clad women gyrated in front of an audience of 15 in their 80s and 90s — after The Sun revealed pole dancers had put on a show at another residential centre.

Carpet fitter David Leigh, far left, went out to measure a care home and reported: ‘they had two belly dancers for the troops!’ Thursday’s hour-long show in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, was held at the Southend & Westcliff Jewish Community Centre

Carpet fitter David Leigh, there to measure up for a job, took snaps in case pals did not believe him.

He said: “I heard music and saw a half-naked girl dancing. Everyone in the audience was loving what they saw. Many had a twinkle in their eye.

“I measured up as fast as I could then went back hoping the show was still on. I was delighted because there were now two belly dancers performing. Elderly men were lifting walking sticks and tapping Zimmer frames to signal approval. They couldn’t believe their luck.”

Dad-of-one Mr Leigh, 47, sent one snap to his Malaysian-born wife Wheifee, with the caption: “I’m having a terrible day.”

POLE POSITION

POLE dancers who performed for care home pensioners are set for more shows.

The six-strong troupe have been flooded with offers since The Sun revealed their gyrations in Christchurch, Dorset.

Dancer and student nurse Mea Goodall, 27, said: “If I was an older person in another care home I’d be very jealous that I was missing out.”

 

Sofie Mosquera, 39, reckoned: “I wouldn’t mind performing for the elderly every week.”

Izzy Nicholls, operations director for the Fairmile Grange home, said: “Feedback has been so positive we will certainly consider inviting them back.”

Belly dancer Sitara Svanda said the show ‘brought back memories’ to the OAPs Sitara’s colleague Maria Meszaros also posed for pics on the beach

He said: “I thought I’d get home to find my dinner in the dog, but she messaged back saying, ‘Lucky you’.”

Thursday’s hour-long show in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, was held at the Southend & Westcliff Jewish Community Centre, which has flats with 24-hour support. The charity running it declined to comment.

But dancer Sitara Svanda, who afterwards posed with colleague Maria Meszaros for pics on a beach, said: “It was great fun. For many, it brought back memories.”

Yesterday The Sun told how a pole dancing show was put on for OAPs in Christchurch, Dorset.

The charity running the Southend & Westcliff Jewish Community Centre, which has flats with 24-hour support, declined to comment

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In light of the Florida massacre, the company expresses ‘regret’ over its decision to bring the game to CPAC

Facebook is facing backlash for bringing a virtual reality shooting game to a rightwing conference where the National Rifle Association (NRA) has promoted gun rights in the wake of a Florida school shooting.

The social media company, which has since removed the demonstration game and expressed “regret”, was already facing scrutiny for attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a high-profile event that featured speeches attacking gun control advocates and a renewed call from Donald Trump to arm school teachers.

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THE NATIONAL Lottery EuroMillions results are in and it’s time to find out who has won a life changing amount of money.

Could Friday’s jackpot of £155million see you handing in your notice, sipping champagne on a super yacht or enjoying the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean?

Could you be celebrating a big win tonight?

You can find out by checking your ticket against Tuesday’s numbers below.

Good luck!

Friday’s National Lottery EuroMillions winning numbers are: 18, 17, 28, 47, 10 and the Lucky Stars are: 03, 07.

The Millionaire Maker Selection winners are: VLVR41571 and JLVT94671.

The European Millionaire Maker Selection codes are:

TLVN02629

JLVR34110

XLVR17841

JLVW63060

XLVX49260

Tonight’s National Lottery Thunderball winning numbers are: 01, 02, 07, 13, 16 and the Thunderball is 01.

You’ve got to be in it to win it

The first EuroMillions draw was held on February 7th 2004, by three organisations: France’s Française des Jeux, Loterías y Apuestas del Estado in Spain and the Camelot in the UK.

The odds of winning any EuroMillions prize are 1 in 13.

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PARENTS are wasting a fortune on “absolutely redundant” cleaning products, a top scientist has warned.

A colony of germs can grow back to its original size within hours of getting zapped by an antibacterial spray – making them less effective than bar soap.

A top scientist has warned that Brits are spending a fortune on useless cleaning productsGetty - Contributor

Northumbria University biomedical expert Claire Lanyon claimed that parents only need to wipe down surfaces after handling eggs or raw meat to make kitchens safe for kids.

She told The Telegraph: “Some bacteria can divide every 20 minutes so it doesn’t take long for one cell to become one million cells – in fact it would only take around 6.6 hours.

“The point of the show is you don’t need to be so fastidious in cleaning your house from top to bottom because you can’t actually remove all bacteria and nor would we want to – exposing ourselves to everyday pathogens is good in keeping the immune system healthy and strong.

“The research shows you can quite quickly reestablish bacteria that we have in our homes anyway.

Bacteria colonies are often back to full strength within hours of being wipedGetty - Contributor

“You’re never going to get your home sterile and clean – no way – and there are better things to be doing with your time.

“Spend your time cleaning up after food that’s known to be high risk.

“But on a Sunday, if your kitchen is clean, don’t be cracking out the antibacterials and wiping it down because it’s an absolutely redundant exercise – the minute you walk around the kitchen you’re shedding bacteria and fungi into the area again and it’s just recolonising.”

“Personally I don’t waste my time purchasing antibacterial products for the home.

“Our research found that a lot of antibacterial cleaning products were not as effective as good old fashioned soap and water.”


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The Brexiteers were not in good spirits ahead of Thursday’s crunch meeting of the inner Cabinet.
Word had reached them of a ‘terrible paper’ that would have left the UK as a rule-taker from the EU for years to come.

May’s government may be getting ahead on Brexit

Their mood was worsened by the news that both Amber Rudd and Philip Hammond’s cars had been spotted at the House of Commons early on Thursday morning. They sensed a stitch-up coming.

But when this meeting broke up eight hours later, they were in good cheer. One of them described it as ‘one of the best days of this government’.

So, what had changed? Well, the negotiating position that the inner Cabinet agreed was far closer to the referendum promise to ‘take back control’ than they had expected.

The UK will not automatically take every new rule that comes out of Brussels.

The marathon talks at the Chequers took up to 8 hours.PA:Press Association

Just as importantly, the UK will demand the power to diverge from EU rules. It will, under the Chequers proposal, not have to ask permission to do this.

Rather, both sides will be able to take the other to an independent dispute resolution panel if they feel the other is trying to gain an unfair advantage by cutting regulations.
Crucially, the Brexiteers feel that they have defended the freedom of action of future UK governments.

It might not make economic sense to diverge too much from EU rules right now in certain sectors, but this arrangement would not stop future governments from doing so when the time is right.

PA:Press Association The Brexiteers feel that they have defended the freedom of action of future UK governments[/caption]

Cabinet colleagues credit David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, who has appeared a rather peripheral figure in recent months, for getting the paper setting out the future economic partnership into a better place.

I am told he was in and out of Number 10 on Wednesday night trying to fix it.

As one member of the inner Cabinet puts it, the paper ‘needing pulling over to a more realistic view of what Brexit meant against a more Heywood view of what it meant’.

In the end, the paper that Theresa May produced for the pre-dinner session reflected Davis’ view quite closely.

So, why can those in the Cabinet who wanted to hug the EU close live with this proposal?

Well, they take comfort from the fact that it will be accompanied by a declaration that this country intends to maintain high European-style standards after Brexit.

They also believe that parliament will only choose to change the law so the UK diverges from EU rules and regulations if it is economically worth it; and they think those cases will be rare.

It is also worth remembering that the inner Cabinet were only agreeing the opening negotiating position. I am told that Philip Hammond warned that this kind of deal would be extremely difficult to negotiate.

EPA that this kind of deal would be extremely difficult to negotiate[/caption]

I understand that there was a ‘certain amount of an attempt to get going’ a discussion of what the UK should do if the EU rejects these proposals.

But there was no substantive discussion of this. On both sides of the divide, those present agree that there is currently ‘no plan B’.
As one member of the Brexit inner Cabinet warns ‘Everyone agrees on a starting point, but will everyone agree at the end point? That’s ultimately the big challenge’.

On Friday, Mrs May will make a speech setting out the position agreed at Chequers. She has left herself little time to build support for the UK’s proposals before next month’s crucial meeting of the EU Council. But there is now, at last, a UK position to argue for.

Amber opts for the personal touch

AMBER RUDD has been busy this week.

Ahead of the Chequers meeting, Rudd sought out Brexiteer Cabinet ministers to try to find common ground, culminating in a drink with Boris Johnson the night before.

Alamy Live News Amber Rudd on her way out of No.10[/caption]

Rudd might not have succeeded in thrashing out a compromise in advance, but her willingness to try impressed people.
It was another reminder that she is one of the easier Cabinet ministers to work with.
As one senior source puts it: “People are much more likely to trust and compromise if it isn’t the first time you have spoken in weeks.”
These personal relations will matter a lot when a Tory leadership contest comes around – a fact one imagines isn’t lost on Rudd.

BORDERS TAKING A BACK SEAT

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One of the most sensitive issues in the Brexit negotiations is the Irish border.

There have been those inside the government arguing that the need to avoid a hard border in Ireland should dictate the type of Brexit that the UK seeks.

But I understand that at Thursday’s Chequers meeting there wasn’t much discussion of the Irish question.

‘The dog wagged the tail’ is how one of those present puts it.

In other words, the UK will work out its relationship with the EU as a whole–and then assess what extra needs to be done to avoid a hard border in Ireland, rather than letting this issue determine the entirety of the negotiation.

Confidence is key for a customs win

Cabinet Ministers and senior Tory backbenchers are urging Theresa May to make the vote on ‘a customs union’ with the EU a matter of confidence.

They argue that only by doing this can she win the vote.

Getty - Contributor A vote on a trade union could be the only thing keeping May afloat[/caption]

The best way to persuade the rebels to back down is to make them realise that the government will fall if they back this amendment.

Are these Tories really prepared to risk Prime Minister Corbyn or a general election with their party in total disarray for the sake of ‘a customs union’ with the EU?

May cannot afford to lose this vote.

If she did, her hands would be tied not just going into the negotiations with the EU but in every other trade negotiation the UK enters in to. For if the UK is in any form of customs union with the EU, it won’t be able to negotiate comprehensive free trade deals with anyone else.

Alamy Are these Tories really prepared to risk Prime Minister Corbyn or a general election with their party in total disarray for the sake of ‘a customs union’ with the EU?[/caption]

A Tory insider tells me that ‘one of the ongoing arguments is whether a no-confidence vote should be risked’.

But, in the end, it would be more of a risk not to make this a confidence vote.

For May cannot accept the rebel amendment as it would undermine her entire Brexit strategy.

As one of her most important defenders on the backbenches warns, ‘If she caves in, she won’t be there much longer’.

EPA ‘If she caves in, she won’t be there much longer’[/caption]

Equally, if May were to lose the vote she would be crippled in the negotiations.

The EU would know that she doesn’t have a majority in the Commons for her approach.
By contrast, if May turned this amendment into a confidence vote and carried the day, it would show that she can still get her way even in a hung parliament.

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• Former world No 1 makes the cut at the Honda Classic in Florida
• Luke List and Jamie Lovemark share lead at three under par

For Tiger Woods to remain part of the Honda Classic equation post cut is notable enough. For the 14-times major champion to be in the top 10 was for a spell on Friday was the stuff of Florida fairytale.

There was to be no dream scenario, as befitting the encounters with harsh reality Woods has become accustomed to just when progress appears rapid. Woods has encountered far worse in recent times than the a bite from the Bear Trap - PGA National’s infamous set of three holes from the 15th - but what transpired there stung nonetheless.

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Favicon for News - The Sun 00:42 £40m plot to ‘flood Russia with cocaine during the World Cup’ is busted after Argentine cops seize drugs in Russian embassy » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

A DARING £40 million cocaine smuggling operation smashed in Argentina may have been intended to flood the Russian market with the deadly drug for this year’s World Cup, it is alleged.

The huge trafficking scam was busted after the Russian ambassador to Buenos Aires reported his suspicions about 16 pieces of luggage which turned out to be crammed full of 850 lbs of cocaine.

The cocaine that has been found in the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires, ArgentinaThe cocaine that has been found in the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires, ArgentinaReuters

The huge trafficking scam was busted after the Russian ambassador to Buenos Aires reported his suspicions about 16 pieces of luggage which turned out to be crammed full of 850 lbs of cocaine.

It was due to be smuggled to Russia in diplomatic baggage.

Envoy Víktor Koronelli, and three members of Russia’s FSB – Federal Security Service – alerted Patricia Bullrich, Argentina’s minister of security, to the suspicious cargo hidden in the embassy compound’s Russian school.

The cocaine with a £40 million black market was immediately replaced with flour by Argentine law enforcement , and the bags fitted with tracking devices.

A police officer shows a package of cocaine that with a star sign, that was found in an annex building of the Russian embassyA police officer shows a package of cocaine that with a star sign, that was found in an annex building of the Russian embassyAP:Associated Press Iván Blizniouk, allegedly one of the ringleaders, had a job in the embassyIván Blizniouk, allegedly one of the ringleaders, had a job in the embassyEast2west News

Then a complicated 16-month investigation by the two countries got underway which had direct involvement from Vladimir Putin’s most senior intelligence official, Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Kremlin’s security council and a former FSB boss.

This culminated in the cargo – the flour rather than the cocaine – being illegally shipped to Moscow late last year as diplomatic baggage.

Today it was claimed the cocaine may have been linked to boosting black market supplies coinciding with this summer’s FIFA World Cup which Russia is hosting.

Alexander Chikalo has also been named a key suspecAlexander Chikalo has also been named a key suspectEast2west News

“One version is that the cocaine was due to be distributed in Russia during the World Cup when prices would rise several times compared to usual,” reported Moscow business newspaper Vzglyad, citing law enforcement sources

“A main proof of the crime was recordings of telephone conversations when suspects discussed possible ways of transporting the drugs, including diplomatic post.

“They added special pills to the bags of cocaine so that police dogs would not be able to detect the scent of drugs.”

Timur Khudzhamov was also arrested as he was allegedly tasked with picking the drugs upTimur Khudzhamov was also arrested as he was allegedly tasked with picking the drugs upEast2west News

Ms Bullrich was cited as accepting that the trafficking attempt  may have been linked to the coming World Cup.

Two Russian-Argentine citizens alleged to be at the heart of the operation – pictured here – were detained in the South American country.

They are Iván Blizniouk, a 35 year-old Buenos Aires City police officer of Russian extraction, and Alexander Chikalo, accused of being in charge of logistics for the operation.

A view of the Russian Embassy annex building where around 400 kilos of cocaine have been foundA view of the Russian Embassy annex building where around 400 kilos of cocaine have been foundReuters

Blizniouk, the son of Russian immigrants, worked both for the police and had a security role inside the embassy, it as reported.

He used his contacts to help smuggle the drugs into the Russian diplomatic mission, say law enforcement sources.

He was accompanied by his glamorous wife Natalia Lisichkina when he was detained after an international flight to Buenos Aires from Rome, although there have been no allegations made against her.

Timur  Khudzhamov and Vladimir Kalmykov, were arrested when they went to pick up the cargo – of flour.

Natalia Lisichkina was detained and is being questionedNatalia Lisichkina was detained and is being questionedEast2west News

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In her new book, heart surgeon Dr Nikki Stamp explores how modern medicine is only beginning to understand the connection between body and emotion

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy – commonly known as broken heart syndrome – is rare but real. As a heart and lung surgeon, Dr Nikki Stamp has seen a few cases herself, and the phenomenon provides a compelling opening chapter to her first book, Can You Die of a Broken Heart? The title reminds us of when Debbie Reynolds died “of a broken heart” the day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, passed away in 2016, but this book rises far above the online pseudoscience accompanying those reports. It is possible to be so affected by grief or shock that a predisposed heart simply cannot cope, and Stamp uses this as an opener to explore the myriad ways modern medicine is only recently understanding (and admitting) to the connection between body and emotion.

Related: 'Octopus pot' syndrome: why a broken heart can be as bad as cardiac arrest

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Despite the problematic relationship between Pacific Islanders and the British empire, New Zealand’s poet laureate saw a meeting with the queen as an opportunity for connection

She has the most recognisable face in contemporary Western history and she’s almost within my reach. The longest-reigning British monarch and I share a few things: we are both seated in Westminster Abbey (founded in 960); we share the same birthday (on 21 April 2016); and we are both wearing blue in a sea of black and beige, as observed by many an attendee afterwards.

“My dear, how politic of you to wear the royal blue.”

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JENNIFER LAWRENCE thought she was making a joke during the Baftas by telling host Joanna Lumley her effusive introduction was “a bit much”.

Sadly, people watching at home and in the audience perceived her deadpan quip as an insult to Joanna — who is of course the nearest we have in this country to a walking saint.

Splash News Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 71st Baftas where she courted controversy, once again, with  her off-filter joke seemingly at the expense of national treasure Joanna Lumley[/caption]

Rex Features Joanna Lumley was sublime at the 71st British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 18 Feb 2018, an evening which led to her getting permission to ‘punch JLaw in the face’[/caption]

I caught up with Jennifer this week as she promoted new movie Red Sparrow — and she was beside herself with worry that people thought she had deliberately snubbed a national treasure.

Jennifer told me she had emailed Joanna to apologise — and even told her she could punch her in the face if she wanted.

Joanna was presenting the Baftas for the first time after taking over from long-term host Stephen Fry.
She introduced Jennifer as the “hottest actress on the planet” ahead of the US actress presenting the Best British Film gong.

Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer said: “I spoke to Joanna yesterday and she knew there was such a furore.”

She added: “I love Joanna Lumley. When I saw her, I grabbed her and was like, ‘I love you — big me up on stage.’

Then she said these lovely things about me — and as a joke I was like, ‘Calm down.’

“Boy, did that go wrong!

“I was at the Baftas for 15 minutes and offended England. Everybody thought I was being rude.

“But to be fair, I couldn’t have just walked out after she was like, ‘biggest movie star in the world!’”

“If I’d just walked out and gone. ‘Thank you, Joanna’, It would have been like, “So you agree? You think you’re really pretty.’”

The thing about this is, Jennifer is a young actress with no filter.

She speaks her mind before thinking it through, which has got her into trouble in the past — and she’s a bit of a klutz who has a habit of falling over when galloping up to the stage to collect an award.

I caught up with Jennifer this week as she promoted new movie Red Sparrow — and she was beside herself with worry that people thought she had deliberately snubbed celebrated colleague Joanna Lumley

She sent her management into a tailspin by joking she was going to take a year off — she isn’t — and she caused a stir by wearing a spectacularly sexy, revealing black dress when her male co-stars were all keeping wrapped up against the cold.

Jennifer had to explain she adored the frock and it was her choice not to cover up in a coat.
Just as  the nude sex scenes in the new movie were also her idea.

She is also the kind of girl who told me she saw a little boy watching The Hunger Games during a flight — and tapped him on the shoulder to say hello.

The two of them have kept in touch by email — and after the Joanna Lumley furore, he got in touch to reassure Jennifer she wasn’t an a**hole — which she found utterly hilarious.

Cheryl and Liam’s choreographed PR world

Getty - Contributor Cheryl and Liam Payne attend The BRIT Awards 2018 held at The O2 Arena on February 21, 2018 in London, where their strained body language was noted by all[/caption]

Getty - Contributor Cheryl, then Mrs Fernandez-Versini, arrives for Day 1 of The X Factor London Arena auditions at Wembley Arena on August 1, 2014 in London when her smile seemed less forced[/caption]

LIAM and Cheryl paraded in front of the cameras at the Brits in a show of unity after rumours they were about to spilt up.

I haven’t a clue if Cheryl and Liam are as happy as clams or at each other’s throat. It wouldn’t matter, but for the fact they have a child, Bear, and so should try to make it work.

The world inhabited by Cheryl and Liam is a very odd one where everything is choreographed for positive PR.

But Cheryl used to come across as a likable, funny, sassy girl with confidence and sense of humour. These days, she seems to have retreated into her shell.

I’d like to see more of the smiling girl who is happy with her success instead of someone who now appears uncomfortable with fame.

Let Stephen Fry’s prostate cancer vid be a rally call

Stephen Fry look semotional as he annouces he has been battling prostate cancer for the last two months in a twitter video

IT WAS very brave of Stephen Fry to tell the world he has prostate cancer and his revelation will potentially save lives.

The more men seek help as soon as they detect any symptoms, the more they have an excellent chance of a full recovery.

Sadly, blokes are notoriously bad at going to the doctor’s with anything to do with “their bits” and generally have to be frogmarched to the surgery by their wives or partners.

I hope Stephen’s cancer has been detected early enough to ensure a speedy recovery.

Young are only hope for change to US gun laws

AP:Associated Press Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School administrative employees Margarita LaSalle, left, and JoEllen Berman, walk along the hill near the school lined with 17 crosses to honor the students and teachers killed on Valentine’s Day[/caption]

I’M filled with admiration for those brave kids standing up to the idiots who refuse to change the US gun laws.

They should be out with friends, playing sport, maybe even going on their first date. Instead, 17 people from their school are dead, dozens horribly injured and hundreds more are in shock.

Students have been making informed, passionate speeches in Washington and organ-ising marches – while knowing this tragedy was preventable.

That is the scandal – and what happened in Florida is just the latest in a line of mass shootings in the US. The victims’ names should be emblazoned on banners in front of Congress and the White House to shame those bigots who think the right to own a gun is more important than the life of a child.

Here in the UK, we know the pain when kids are gunned down at school. After 16 little ones and their teacher were massacred in Dunblane in 1996, the outrage forced tough gun laws. But Donald Trump’s latest ludicrous suggestion, egged on by the gun lobby, is to arm teachers.

The next step in this twisted logic would be to give every child a gun.

It’s like giving everyone in London a butcher’s knife to fight stabbings, or bottles of acid to “protect” against attacks.

Getty Images - Getty Here in the UK we know the pain of  youth crime as stabbings claim too many promising lives each week[/caption]

Getty Images - Getty George Clooney is one of the Hollywood stars to add their voice and millions to the gun-control movement[/caption]

There are, however. glimmers of hope. George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg have donated millions to the March For Life movement born out of the latest shooting.

Some Americans have been destroying their assault rifles, and there might be more stringent checks on buyers. But this is just nibbling. Gun control has to be tackled head on. It’s insane that no one, even Barack Obama, has been able to break the hold the National Rifle Association has on politicians – who are bought and paid for.

Getty - Contributor Oprah has also taken up political activism and is rumoured to be a favourite for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2020[/caption]

AP:Associated Press Gun owner Ben Dickmann surrendered his AR-style firearm two days adter the Parkland, Fla. school mass shooting that left 17 students and adults killed to a Broward County, Florida, Sheriff’s Deputy – pictured here – to destroy[/caption]

The only way anything will alter is if those young people continue to demonstrate. This has to be a grassroots call of anguish which spreads.

Good luck, Steph

PA:Press Association Stephanie Davis – pictured in 2015 – accused her former partner Jeremy McConnell of assault last year[/caption]

EIGHT years ago, a fresh-faced Stephanie Davis appeared in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s TV talent show hunt for a leading lady to star in The Wizard Of Oz.

Stephanie, above, didn’t win Over The Rainbow but went on to join the cast of Hollyoaks instead.

Fast forward a few years and she was fired from the soap and catapulted into the bear pit that is Celebrity Big Brother, whereupon her life became one gigantic car crash.

She began a seedy showmance with her charmless housemate Jeremy McConnell.

Channel 5 Jeremy McConnell and Stephanie Davis hook up on Reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother[/caption]

I watched in horror as this overwrought real-life soap opera spiraled out of control. Stephanie became pregnant, but McConnell denied he was the father.

In the weary way of these bizarre reality show couplings, he had a paternity test on a TV programme and, sure enough, McConnell was the daddy.

This was a horribly toxic relationship culminating in McConnell being convicted of domestic violence against Stephanie.

She says she turned to booze but, to her credit, went into rehab.

I spoke to her this week and although she’s still fragile, she is determined to make a fresh start for her son Caben-Albi.

If she can stay away from McConnell, and keep off the booze, she has a good chance to be a successful actress and a good mum.

I wish her well.

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TALENTED chefs in Michigan have created what is set to become the “world’s largest delivery pizza”.

The giant pie is made with a staggering three stone of dough and is taller than the average man – measuring 6ft by 6ft.

Splash News The huge pie created at Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar in Michigan is set to be crowned the world’s largest delivery pizza[/caption]

It was successfully delivered in one piece to the restaurant’s local fire department in Southgate using a pickup truck.

Staff at Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar are now awaiting official confirmation from Guinness World Records for the title.

The current world record for “world’s largest delivery pizza” is 4.5 ft by 4.5ft.

“Our pizza was 72in x 72in, so we are confident ,” said a spokesperson for the groundbreaking restaurant.

Splash News The record-breaking pizza was made for the hungry heroes at the local fire department[/caption]

Bosses at Mallie’s say they expect to have their certificate in 12 to16 weeks.

The record for the world’s largest stationary pizza was made in 1990 in South Africa.

The colossal creation weighed 26,883 pounds and measured over 122 feet in diameter – a record which has never been broken.


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Teachers and staff members were allowed to return to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Friday.
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THE Tories have complained directly to the boss of ITV about Stormzy’s Brits rant at Theresa May, The Sun can reveal.

A letter to ITV chairman Sir Peter Bazalgette says MPs were “saddened to hear Stormzy’s unfounded Grenfell Tower allegations go unchallenged.”

PA:Press Association Grime artist Stormzy took may to task in musical form during the Brits award show[/caption]

On Thursday Downing Street insisted Mrs May was “absolutely committed” to supporting those affected by the fire after the grime star delivered a politically-charged attack at Wednesday night’s ceremony.

He rapped: “Yo Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell?”

Tory MP David Morris wrote: “I completely understand and share Stormzy’s distress at this terrible tragedy.

“The Government – far from having forgotten about Grenfell – is making every effort to establish the truth of what happened, support the survivors of the fire and ensure that such a terrible tragedy will never happen again.

Getty Images - Getty The rapper has urged fans to sign a petition launched by survivors for an official probe in the blaze[/caption]

The letter went on: “I was saddened to hear Stormzy’s unfounded allegations go unchallenged, and wanted to write to you to make it clear that the Government is completely committed to ensuring that justice is done for the residents of Grenfell Tower and their loved ones.”

Earlier today Stormzy asked fans to support a petition launched by survivors which calls for a diverse panel to be appointed to the official probe amid diminishing confidence in current chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick.

Tory MP David Morris said the Government was doing all it can to ‘ensure such a terrible tragedy will never happen again’

It was turned down in December by Mrs May, who feared the inquiry’s work would be hindered by any overhaul.

Residents fear the inquiry top team lacks first-hand experience of culturally complex areas such as North Kensington.

Any changes to the inquiry top team would risk stalling the progress of Sir Martin, who is eager to publish an interim report into the causes of the blaze – which left 71 dead – later this year.

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The president was speaking at CPAC in Maryland where he was cheered on by a crowd of Republicans as he called for teachers to be given guns in the wake of the Parkland shooting.
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ANGRY parents have slammed a primary school for inviting drag queens in to read stories to children.

The cross-dressers are going to the school to read tales about tolerance to the kids for World Book Day.

Parents have hit out at a scheduled visit from a posse of touring drag queensSWNS:South West News Service

Parson Street Primary School in Bristol is welcoming the Drag Queen Story Time (DQST) organisation on March 1.

The team of six transvestites in the project have performed to over 2,000 children in the UK during the past eight months.

But a number of parents expressed concern about who the drag queens are and if the reading material is age-appropriate.

One mum claims one of the drag queens calls herself “Bristol’s Resident Slag”.

One mum claims one of the drag queens calls herself “Bristol’s Resident Slag”SWNS:South West News Service

She raged: said: “Lots of parents at the school are not happy about it but the headmaster says there’s no negotiation.

”He said if we don’t like it we should take our kids out of school on an unauthorised absence.

“There are books dotted around the school about sexuality, they learn a lot about LGBTQ+ in school and that’s fine.

“But I just think it’s gone too far now and the head is using his position of power and influence to push this information on the children.

The six-strong team of transvestites have performed for 2,000 children over the past eight monthsSWNS:South West News Service

“One of the drag queens refers to herself as ‘Bristol’s Resident Slag’, these are children of between four and 11 – they don’t need to be exposed to that.

“They are adult entertainers, I just don’t see how that is age appropriate”.

Several mothers also accused head Jamie Barry of being “vague” about which drag queens were attending the school and what stories they would be reading.

A spokesman for the school said it takes the safeguarding of its pupils to be their absolute priority.


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A HEN who suddenly had bizarre sex change because of a rare syndrome and became a cock has undergone a gender reversal operation.

Olivia, a chicken from Sydney, Australia, is one of 10,000 chickens who have a rare syndrome which is called sex reversal.

Confused... one minute she was a hen, then the next she is a crowing cockConfused… one minute she was a hen, then the next she is a crowing cock

One year ago Olivia stopped laying eggs, grew wattles and began crowing.

She then started adopting a rooster’s characteristics.

Her baffled owner took her to Avian Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital which confirmed she has the rare syndrome.

“You would be forgiven for thinking that this little lady is a rooster, but looks can be deceiving,” Avian Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital said on its Facebook page.

Her transition to a rooster can complete with the wattles beneath her chinHer transition to a rooster can complete with the wattles beneath her chin

Turns out Olivia was secreting androgen including testosterone causing her to adopt more male characteristics.

Now to remain a hen, she has a annual dose of hormone implants placed underneath her skin to suppress the testosterone.

With this she has become smaller she has stopped crowing and is back to a more feminine look.


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Favicon for News - The Sun 00:06 Who was Louella Michie? Daughter of Holby City star John Michie who was found dead at Bestival » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

LOUELLA Michie, the daughter of Holby City star John Michie, was found dead in wood at Bestival at the end of the festival in Dorset.

Her father, who has also appeared in Coronation Street paid tribute to his “positive and bright” 25-year-old daughter. Here’s how the tragedy unfolded…

Louella's body was discovered in woodsLouella’s body was discovered in woodsInstagram

Who was Louella Michie?

Louella Michie was the youngest daughter of actor John Michie and wife Carol Fletcher, who was previously a dancer for TV troupe Hot Gossip.

She attended Tiffany Theatre School in London and had lived in Miami Beach.

Arsenal fan Louella had recently been working as a model and dancer for the House of Voga and also taught yoga

She had attended Bestival 2017 with friends where artists including Dizzee Rascal, Jamie T and Annie Mac were performing.

The three-day festival, which finished on Sunday, was headlined by The XX and Pet Shop Boys.

What happened to Louella Michie at Bestival 2017?

Louella Michie was found dead in woodland at Bestival 2017.

In a statement, Michie’s agent said: “Sadly, I can confirm the tragic death of John Michie’s daughter, Louella, at Bestival.

“John and his wife Carol ask that the privacy of their family be respected at this traumatic time.”

Dorset Police were called to the festival after friends expressed concerns for Louella after she vanished.

Louella’s boyfriend Broughton was held on suspicion of murder and supplying a drug. He was later released.

In February 2018, Broughton was re-arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Senior investigating officer Neil Devoto said: “Following a detailed investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service, which has this evening authorised a charge of manslaughter.

“Louella’s family has been updated with this development and our thoughts remain with them at this very difficult time.”

John Montague, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex, confirmed Broughton has been charged.

He said: “Following a careful review of the evidence provided to me by Dorset Police I have today authorised the charge of Ceon Broughton with an offence of manslaughter by gross negligence, following the death of Louella Fletcher-Mitchie on September 11, 2017, at Bestival.”

John with his family: Sam Michie, Daisy Michie, Carol Fletcher and Louella (right)

Who is John Michie?

John Michie was born on October 25, 1950, in Burma.

He was raised in Kenya until he was 12 years old and then his family moved to Edinburgh.

When he was 19 he travelled to Australia and spent a year herding cattle as a jackaroo before returning to Scotland.

His interest in theatre was ignited when he worked as a stage hand at the Travers Theatre in Edinburgh and he returned to Kenya at the age of 22 beginning his acting career in Nairobi.

The 66-year-old played Karl Munro in Coronation Street from 2011 to 2013 and famously burned down the Rovers Return pub.

He previously starred as Detective Inspector Robbie Ross in drama series Taggart from 1998 to 2010 and currently plays neurosurgeon Guy Self in BBC medical drama Holby City.

The actor has two other children, Daisy, 27, a stylist, and Sam, 26, a music video director.

Paying tribute to his daughter, John told The Sun: “She touched so many lives. She was so very positive, so bright, so out there. She had such energy. The tributes to her have been incredible.”

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Nigel Farage received a rousing reception from American conservatives on Friday, as the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) cheered Brexit and booed London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan.

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JOHN Michie is a famous soap actor who has had roles in Coronation Street, Holby City and Taggart.

His daughter Louella died at Bestival 2017 leaving John and his family devastated. Here’s what we know…

John Michie is a British actorJohn Michie is a British actorPA:Press Association

Who is John Michie?

John Michie was born on October 25, 1950, in Burma.

He was raised in Kenya until he was 12 years old and then his family moved to Edinburgh.

When he was 19 he travelled to Australia and spent a year herding cattle as a jackaroo before returning to Scotland.

His interest in theatre was ignited when he worked as a stage hand at the Travers Theatre in Edinburgh and he returned to Kenya at the age of 22 beginning his acting career in Nairobi.

He previously starred as Detective Inspector Robbie Ross in drama series Taggart from 1998 to 2010 and now currently plays neurosurgeon Guy Self in BBC medical drama Holby City.

The actor has two other children, Daisy, 27, a stylist, and Sam, 26, a music video director.

Paying tribute to his daughter, John told The Sun: “She touched so many lives. She was so very positive, so bright, so out there. She had such energy. The tributes to her have been incredible.”

John Michie stars in long-running BBC hospital drama Holby City

What has John Michie appeared in?

John Michie appeared in Taggart as DI Ross from 1998-2010.

The 66-year-old played Karl Munro in Coronation Street from 2011 to 2013 and famously burned down the Rovers Return pub.

He then swapped soaps to Holby City in 2013 playing character Guy Self and also appeared in Casualty from 2014-2016.

John with his family: Sam Michie, Daisy Michie, Carol Fletcher and Louella (right)

What happened to Louella Michie at Bestival 2017?

Louella Michie was found dead in woodland at Bestival 2017.

In a statement, Michie’s agent said: “Sadly, I can confirm the tragic death of John Michie’s daughter, Louella, at Bestival.

“John and his wife Carol ask that the privacy of their family be respected at this traumatic time.”

Dorset Police were called to the festival after friends expressed concerns for Louella after she vanished.

Louella’s boyfriend Broughton was held on suspicion of murder and supplying a drug. He was later released.

In February 2018, Broughton was re-arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Senior investigating officer Neil Devoto said: “Following a detailed investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service, which has this evening authorised a charge of manslaughter.

“Louella’s family has been updated with this development and our thoughts remain with them at this very difficult time.”

John Montague, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex, confirmed Broughton has been charged.

He said: “Following a careful review of the evidence provided to me by Dorset Police I have today authorised the charge of Ceon Broughton with an offence of manslaughter by gross negligence, following the death of Louella Fletcher-Mitchie on September 11, 2017, at Bestival.”

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US teachers have hit back at the Donald Trump's call to arm staff members with guns following the Florida shooting last week.
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A DANGEROUS new craze has infested UK schools in which pupils mix fizzy drinks with opiate-laced cough syrup to create a mixture known as Purple Drank.

Parents have been told children are putting their lives at risk by combining codeine-based over-the-counter medicines with soft drinks.

SWNS:South West News Service Purple Drank, which is typically soft drink mixed with cough syrup, is being consumed by school kids in the UK[/caption]

Purple Drank – also know as Lean – was popularised by the US hip-hop community in the 1990s.

The fad is described as extremely dangerous and concern has been raised that consuming the drink can lead to overdoses – especially if taken with alcohol.

St Peter’s Church of England Aided School in Exeter, Devon, has issued a warning to parents on its website amid reports several pupils have been using it.

The school say that although the effects of Purple Drank vary, users have reported euphoric and dissociative effects.

The Sun Online has chosen not to give full details of the craze as it does not want to encourage children to try it.

Purple Drank - know the risks

Parents at an Exeter school were issued a health warning telling them about Purple Drank, and the risks of it.

The warning reads “Our best advice is, wherever possible, to avoid using Purple Drank completely.

“However, if someone says they will be using Purple Drank anyway, the following harm-reduction advice should be given.

“You should say that there is a risk of overdose attached to Purple Drank, especially when used with alcohol.

“You should never use Purple Drank – or other drugs – when you are on your own.

“If someone becomes ill or unconscious having used Purple Drank – or other drugs – you should ring 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.

“Even though the ingredients can be legally bought without a prescription, they can be very damaging when used above the recommended levels.”

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The school said: “Other effects may include constricted pupils, slow/slurred speech, uncontrolled eye movement, droopy eyes, slowed heart rate, drowsiness, loss of balance, loss of co-ordination and paleness.

“There is a risk of overdose particularly because of the codeine, and this will be increased when taken in conjunction with alcohol.”

The colour comes from the dyes in the cough syrup and the amount of cough syrup used can exceed up to 25 times the recommended dose.


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Theresa May’s reported agreement with her cabinet on a future trading relationship with the EU has been labelled 'pure illusion' by European council president Donald Tusk, as frustration with the UK erupted in Brussels. Reports that May’s inner cabinet had agreed on a policy of 'managed divergence' on Friday were met with incredulity by EU leaders.

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CEON Broughton has been charged with the manslaughter Holby City John Michie’s daughter in September 2017.

The 28-year-old is also facing drug charges after the body of Louella Michie was found at Bestival in Dorset last year.

One of many photographs posted on Instagram showing Louella Michie together with Ceon BroughtonOne of many photographs posted on Instagram showing Louella Michie together with Ceon Broughton

Who is Ceon Broughton?

Broughton is a grime artist from Croydon in south London.

The musician has worked with the Mercury-winning artist Skepta.

He performs under the artist name CEONRPG and last week released a new song and video called “Duracell”.

Broughton has previously worked alongside other well-known grime artists such as Wiley.

Ceon was pictured among a number of artists alongside London mayor Sadiq Khan at the Mobo awards last year.

Louella's body was discovered in woodsLouella’s body was discovered at a popular music festivalInstagram

What happened to Louella Michie at Bestival 2017?

Louella Michie was found dead in woodland at Bestival 2017.

In a statement, Michie’s agent said: “Sadly, I can confirm the tragic death of John Michie’s daughter, Louella, at Bestival.

“John and his wife Carol ask that the privacy of their family be respected at this traumatic time.”

Dorset Police were called to the festival after friends expressed concerns for Louella after she vanished.

Louella’s boyfriend Broughton was held on suspicion of murder and supplying a drug. He was later released.

In February 2018, a man originally arrested on suspicion of killing Louella was re-arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, police said.

Senior investigating officer Neil Devoto said: “Following a detailed investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service, which has this evening authorised a charge of manslaughter.

“Louella’s family has been updated with this development and our thoughts remain with them at this very difficult time.”

John Montague, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex, confirmed Broughton has been charged.

He said: “Following a careful review of the evidence provided to me by Dorset Police I have today authorised the charge of Ceon Broughton with an offence of manslaughter by gross negligence, following the death of Louella Fletcher-Mitchie on September 11, 2017 at Bestival.”

 

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North Pole up to 40C warmer than usual, as cold weather and snow warnings issued in UK

Parts of south-east Engand could well end up colder than the North Pole this weekend, as forecasters predict that the Arctic could inch above freezing point during the polar night for the first time in recorded history.

The North Pole and northern Greenland have been 30C to 40C warmer than historical averages in recent days, adding to fears of rapid polar warming that has huge implications for global climate. The northernmost weather station in the world, Cape Morris Jesup in Greenland, was above freezing nearly all day on 20 February, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute.

Rob Downie, the head of polar programmes at WWF, said: “The Arctic is in meltdown and wild and weird weather is happening in front of our eyes. We need to take responsibility as evidence shows us that sea ice is in severe decline due to our changing climate. We need to act now to cut carbon emissions and ramp up efforts towards a renewable future to secure a future for Arctic wildlife and people.

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• Two managers had angry exchange of words earlier in the season
• Portuguese admits emotional ties to Stamford Bridge are loosening

José Mourinho has admitted meetings with Chelsea mean “less and less” as his emotional ties with his former club steadily recede, with neither the Manchester United manager nor Antonio Conte prepared to reignite their feud before Sunday’s collision between their teams at Old Trafford.

The pair clashed towards the end of last year when Conte interpreted Mourinho’s criticisms of managers who “behave as a clown” on the touchline as a personal attack. The Italian responded by suggesting his counterpart might be suffering from “demenza senile”, with their war of words escalating further after the United manager appeared to reference the Chelsea head coach’s four-month ban for failing to report alleged match-fixing while working in his native Italy. Conte went on to call his opposite number “a little man” and “fake”.

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• Crucial game against Huddersfield for side seven points from safety
• ‘Strange things happen in football. Leicester proved that’

Alan Pardew has spoken of his determination to see the job through at The Hawthorns despite a damaging run of results and off-the-field controversy, yet the West Brom Albion manager has also acknowledged the growing pressure around his position.

Albion have won one of their 13 league games since Pardew’s appointment, leaving the club seven points adrift of safety at the foot of the table, and the scrutiny surrounding the manager’s future has intensified in the wake of the antics in Barcelona last week, when four players broke a midnight curfew and allegedly stole a taxi during a team-bonding trip.

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The Arsenal manager says players matter more than coaches as he aims to ‘create a surprise’ in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final

So, Arsène Wenger. Do you think Pep Guardiola has raised the bar in terms of elite-level football over the past 10 years? The question was designed to draw an insight from the Arsenal manager into Guardiola’s methods and how he has powered Manchester City clear of all-comers in the Premier League this season.

It was topical before Wenger’s meeting with Guardiola in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley and it felt like an open goal for him – at the very least – to offer a couple of positive soundbites.

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A LONDON cabbie was left unable to pick up fares today after his taxi was pranged by a £250k Lamborghini.

The unmanned supercar ploughed into the taxi rank at London’s St Pancreas station after the handbrake came loose this afternoon.

The unmanned Lambo rolled into St Pancreas station’s taxi rank this afternoonSWNS:South West News Service

The ultra-rare Aventador wedged itself under the taxi’s wheel arch as it rolled backwards at 1mph.

With the 217mph supercar’s owner nowhere to be seen, the cabbie was left wondering when he would be able to pick up his next fare.

Eyewitness Seamus O’Brien said: “The Lamborghini had been there for at least half an hour before I arrived.

“The taxi driver had tried to find out who owned it and all the doors were unlocked as someone opened the passenger door and it just sprung open.

The 217mph supercar wedged itself under the taxi’s wheel arch

“He was more annoyed that he couldn’t move his car until someone could drive or pull the Lambo away.

“A policewoman who was taking notes at the scene was asked if she would like to drive it away but she declined.”

Last year a £1million McLaren P1 was written off after bursting into flames near Slough.


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• France 34-17 Italy
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Hugo Bonneval’s second-half try proved pivotal as France ended their nine-match winless run and left Italy facing another Six Nations wooden spoon after a tense battle in Marseille.

France’s 34-17 victory – their first since March – came despite an error-strewn display, with the hosts relying on the boot of the scrum-half Maxime Machenaud to keep their noses in front before Bonneval’s dramatic score on the hour mark.

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Defiant Manafort says ‘I had hoped my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence’

Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort protested his innocence and vowed on Friday to fight numerous federal felony charges against him, after his former colleague and confidante Rick Gates cut a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Beatrice Mayhew was proud to call herself a model, straight-A student. She took her studies seriously and her diligence and exemplary attitude earned her respect among teachers and pupils alike.
Favicon for News - The Sun 23:03 Ex-police officer’s fight for new law to honour heroic dog Finn who saved his life in knife attack » Post from News - The Sun Visit off-site link

AS he felt the ten-inch hunting knife drive deep into his chest, police dog Finn did not waver.

He was determined to save his master from the attacker, and had no thought for himself.

FinnHeroic German shepherd Finn saved cop’s life in brutal knife attackSWNS:South West News Service copDave and Finn pictured during their days on the beat

When the teenager pulled the blade out of the dog’s body and lunged with it towards PC Dave Wardell, Finn yanked the thug by his leg, deflecting the blow.

Instead of striking the policeman, it again hit Finn, this time savagely gashing the German shepherd’s head.

The officer recalls: “He saved my life. This amazing animal nearly paid the ultimate sacrifice to make sure I would live and go home to my family.

“I owe him my life.”

FinnDave and Finn are lifelong friends after heroic dog’s actionsSWNS:South West News Service FinnBrave dog Finn needed 30 stitches after the attack

And when back-up arrived and the critically injured Finn was being rushed for treatment, the dog was still only thinking of Dave.

Noticing his master had received a cut to his hand in the attack, Finn, again, did all he could and began licking the wound.

FinnFinn as a puppy before his years working on the force

Dave says: “There he is laying on the floor effectively dying and struggling to breathe and yet he was worrying about me.
“It was a very touching moment.”

Against the odds Finn, then eight, survived the knife attack and has been hailed Britain’s bravest police dog for his heroics on that fateful night in October 2016.

Now campaigners hope that Finn’s Law, named in his honour, will soon be passed to impose more serious penalties on those who attack police dogs and horses.

Finn's LawCampaigners hope that Finn’s Law will help to impose more serious penalties on those who attack police dogsSWNS:South West News Service FinnHeroic dog Finn needed emergency treatment from vets after the attack hunting knifeDeadly hunting knife used during the attack in 2016

At present, there is not a specific offence for causing injury to a police animal — with attackers only being able to be charged with criminal damage against “property”.

Dave, 41, says: “If the law was passed, it would mean the world to me. It would show the recognition of the job that service animals do.

“Day in, day out, police dogs such as Finn and other service animals do amazing work for all of us.

“And they do it all just for a tickle and a small reward.”

Blood was seeping all down his chest and body

Dave WardellPolice officer

Dave, who has three daughters Jaymee, 11, Tia, eight, and India, five, with wife Gemma, had been paired up with Finn since January 2010, when he met the nine-month-old bundle of fur for the first time.

He had just qualified as a dog handler for the Hertfordshire Constabulary and it was love at first sight.

Dave explains: “He was this confident, cheeky dog. I was like a kid in the proverbial sweet shop. All my Christmases had come at once. It was the best feeling in the world.

“I formed an amazingly close bond with him. As a handler, you become the centre of their universe.”

FinnDave, 41, had been paired up with Finn since January 2010SWNS:South West News Service police dogHeroic police dog pictured during training with the force

The pair underwent 13 weeks intensive training together and the more time they spent together, the more besotted Dave became.

He admits: “I would even go and sit with him in his kennel after a few beers at the pub just to be with him.

“I wouldn’t say I ignored my three daughters and wife to begin with, but I spent a lot of time with him to gain his trust.

“He was everything I’d hoped for and more. Once all the training fell into place, he was just amazing and we hit the streets.”

Finns LawHeroic pair took on all sorts of criminals and tracked and subdued 300 offendersSWNS:South West News Service FinnGerman shepherd went through 13 weeks of intensive trainingSWNS:South West News Service Finn LawFinn loves to curl up in front of the fire during his retirementSWNS:South West News Service

Together, the pair took on all sorts of criminals and tracked and subdued 300 offenders.

But their run of luck came to an end on October 5, 2016, during an evening shift in Stevenage.

The pair had been called to an address to find a teenage boy suspected of robbing a cabbie of £120.

When other officers went to the front door, the suspect ran out the back, where Dave and Finn saw him race towards an alleyway.

Dave says: “I kept shouting that I would send the dog unless he stopped in his tracks. But he ignored me.

“He was around 20 metres ahead of us and, at this point, I decided to send Finn to stop him.”

dogThe blade missed Finn’s heart by less than half an inch and punctured a lungSWNS:South West News Service FinnHeroic Finn was back to work just 11 weeks after the attackSWNS:South West News Service

The German shepherd shot off ahead and disappeared around the corner with the suspect.

By the time Dave caught up, the teenager was hiding in a bush.

Dave says: “Suddenly he leapt out and ran towards a fence to jump over it. Finn grabbed him by the leg and pulled him to the ground.

“As I was standing over the lad, he thrust forwards towards Finn’s chest. Only when he fell back on his elbows did I see the knife come out of Finn’s chest.

“I froze as the dog winced. Time just stood still.”

We need more serious penalties for those who attack police dogs and horses

Dave WardellPolice officer

It was at this point the suspect lunged at Dave with his knife and quick-thinking Finn tugged at the attacker to deflect the blow. Instead, it just caught Dave on the hand before slicing into Finn again.

The officer says: “It was clear that this man was intent on causing us serious injury.

“Fortunately, backup arrived so we could disarm him and Finn could finally let go. That was when I noticed the blood. Lots and lots of blood. My heart sank.

“It was seeping all down his chest and across his body. Then there was an awful noise when the air rushed through the stab wound into his chest. At that point I knew he was in serious trouble.

“I carried my boy to the van, in a total panic, expecting him to be dead within minutes.”

police dogDave slept on a makeshift bed beside Finn for three weeks to make sure he was alrightSWNS:South West News Service dogFinn is the poster boy for a campaign for tougher sentences for those who attack police animalsSWNS:South West News Service

Astonishingly, as Finn was rushed to the vet in a police van with Dave at his side, he became animated — because of the sirens.

Dave recalls: “Because we had the blue lights on, he was just excited thinking he was going on another job, ignoring the fact that he was bleeding heavily.

“It was not until we were at the emergency vets and we laid him down on the floor that he sort of let go and calmed right down.

“It was then that I could see him fading before my eyes.”

Heroes injured on duty

JUNE 2017: When Alsatian Theo helped capture a man being chased by cops, the suspect tried to bite the police dog’s ear off.

The biter was charged with a public order offence, but never received any charges in relation to his attack on the police pooch in Hyde, Greater Manchester.

Theo had previously been set on fire while helping to catch robbers.

APRIL 2017: Logan the German shepherd was injured when three robbers pelted bricks at him and handler PC Ian Sweeney.

The three were jailed for causing criminal damage to Logan and actual bodily harm to PC Sweeney in Humberston, Lincs.

NOVEMBER 2015: Six horses were hurt by anti-capitalist demonstrators in London. One called Embassy had a firework hurled at him, while another, Illustrious, had a stick poked in his eye.

OCTOBER 2011: A thug repeatedly slammed a door on police dog Zinzan’s head in Edgware, North London.

The attacker was given a 12-month community order and 150 hours of unpaid work.

JULY 1974: PC Don Gordon and his dog Jim were repeatedly stabbed by a man who they caught stealing cable at Grand Terminus Junction, in Glasgow.

The pair survived and both received the Whitbread Shield for their bravery.

The blade had missed Finn’s heart by less than half an inch and punctured a lung. He had to undergo four hours of surgery.

But, miraculously, just days later he was allowed home with Dave, who slept beside the faithful dog on a makeshift bed for three weeks to make sure he was all right.

Reliable to the last, just 11 weeks after the attack Finn was fit and back on the beat. Dave says: “He quickly started becoming the cheeky Finn again during the weeks after.

“He proved himself again on his first night back at work. He did amazingly.”

He loves to curl up in front of the fire

Dave WardellPolice officer

The knifeman, who cannot be named as he was only 16 at the time, was last year found guilty of actual bodily harm against Dave and criminal damage to Finn.

He also admitted possession of a knife and an imitation firearm.

He was given a detention training order for eight months, a two-year behaviour order and a £300 fine.

The story inspired animal lovers to launch a campaign for tougher sentences for those who attack service animals, using Finn as their poster boy.

Finn’s Law was due to have its second reading in the House of Commons yesterday, but it has now been postponed until March 16 because one minister wanted more details.

FinnFinn is now enjoying a quiet life at home with Dave and his family after retiring from police serviceSWNS:South West News Service FinnFinn is a ‘doggy celebrity’ after his heroic police serviceSWNS:South West News Service

As for Finn, he is now enjoying a quiet life at home with Dave and his family after retiring from police service in March last year.

Dave, who has just released a book about his sidekick, now works with an Alsatian called Hero-Diesel after a French police dog killed in the 2015 Paris terror attacks.

He says: “It was difficult at first but Finn has been enjoying himself at home.

“He loves to curl up in front of the fire and going for very long walks, and generally being made a fuss of by my three daughters.

“He has become a bit of a doggy celebrity which has been wonderful to see.

“He is simply everything you could ever wish for in a pet.”

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A SHOCK BID by Tory MPs to keep Britain in an EU customs union will collapse once Theresa May spells out plans for a new borders “partnership”, No.10 insiders claimed last night.

Sources told The Sun the PM will detail her hopes for a future post-Brexit customs arrangement as early as next Friday to see off an attempted ‘Brexit coup’.

PA:Press Association An embattled Theresa May could lay out her deal as early as next Friday[/caption]

It came as Tory backbencher Anna Soubry teamed up with Labour Europhile Chuka Umunna to table an amendment to the Government’s Trade Bill to try and force the PM to keep Britain in a customs union.
Sources immediately claimed between 10 to 15 Tories are already backing it – enough to threaten the Government’s majority.

Mr Umunna claimed Labour’s leadership would ask its MPs to sign up in full in the hope of triggering a devastating defeat on Theresa May when the Trade Bill comes back to Parliament later this Spring.

But No.10 insiders yesterday insisted that once the PM maps out her Brexit plans for a bespoke customs deal Tory rebels will come back onside.

Alamy Live News Rebel Tory backbencher Anna Soubry wants to force May’s hand[/caption]

Tory whips earlier this week decided to push back a vote on the Trade Bill to the Spring.

And a Tory source said: “By the time it comes to a vote there will be a customs arrangement on the table.”
A customs union allows the shipment of goods across all EU nations without checks or tariffs and is seen as vital for car manufacturers who buy in parts from across the bloc.

The Government has repeatedly ruled out staying in ‘a’ customs union because it would prevent Britain signing free trade deals with the rest of the world.

Former Tory Ministers Nicky Morgan and Dominic Grieve were among those to publicly back Ms Soubry’s move yesterday.

Ms Morgan insisted there was no longer a majority for a ‘Hard Brexit’ in the Commons.

Alamy Live News Labour MP and Europhile Chuka Umunna also helped to tabel an amendment to the Trade Bill[/caption]

But Brexit backing Tories slammed them for “betraying” the Referendum vote. Michael Fabricant stormed: “This is a total betrayal of what 52 per cent of the electorate voted for. It will stop us controlling our own borders and prevent us from having an independent trade policy.

“It will result in Brexit by name, but not in reality.”

A ‘moderate’ Tory backbencher said as many as 50 Tory MPs were “sympathetic” to the customs union push. But he said: “Anna is playing into Labour’s hands on this.

“It’s a got a lot of support and sympathy, but whether it will get enough signatures is another thing. I don’t think it’s going to get huge traction.”

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Italy were comfortably beaten by France, who delivered a powerful, pacy but error-strewn performance

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Right then, I’ll be off. Bye!

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Sergio Parisse talks:

It was a tough game for us but I think the performance was not too bad. We played against a French team with a lot of pressure. We kept the pressure on them in the first half, but at the beginning of the second half they scored. I think our defence was much better than the first two games. Just keep going, keep working. It’s difficult when you lose, but we have another two games to possibly get a win.

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AN ARMY of nearly 1,000 jihadi brides are set to return to the West in a chilling new terror threat, Brussels fears.

A report by EU border agency chiefs warns the terror threat is “evolving” and that Europe faces a huge risk from women and children looking to return after travelling to the Middle East to join Daesh.

Mrs Terror Sally Jones converted to Islam and moved to Syria five years ago and is thought to have recruited dozens of bridesSally Jones converted to Islam and moved to Syria five years ago and was thought to have recruited dozens of bridesTim Stewart

The report, by Frontex, claims that almost 1,000 women from Europe have joined Jihadi ranks, with “several hundred” minors also believed to have been taken to the region.

Many are thought to be trying to return as the IS caliphate collapses.

Frontex says that assessing the threat posed by widows and orphans is “difficult”. But it warns female jihadis have sought “more active roles” – and several women plotted a killer attack on the Notre Dame cathedral in September 2016.

In a ‘Risk Analysis’ report, Frontex says: “An estimated 30 per cent of 5,000 foreign terrorist fighters who resided in Europe, and left to Syria, Iraq or Libya have come back to the Continent.

Three girls from East London travelled to Syria last yearPA:Press Association

“The challenges are even more complicated when adding the hundreds of brides and children.”

“Almost 1,000 women from Europe have joined the different jihadist groups in the Middle East, mainly Daesh. Furthermore several hundred minors are also believed to have been brought to, or born in, the same region.”

The Sun last year revealed British jihadi Sally Jones had been killed by a US drone strike while fleeing IS hellhole of Raqqi. Sources claimed her 12 year-old son Jojo may also have died in the attack.

Richard Barrett, a former director of global counter-terrorism at MI6 last October warned that women were involved in nearly a quarter of all terror plots in Europe from the start to 2017 to May.

In Paris in 2016, three women were arrested for leaving a car bomb near the Notre Dame Catherdral. The plot was guided by IS members in Syria.

Up to ten British jihadi brides were thought to have left Syria at the start of last year to come home as IS lost ground.

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CABINET ministers think their freshly brokered Brexit truce will only last a few months before an EU rejection reignites their civil war.

Theresa May’s ambitious plan for a far-reaching trade deal was finally agreed after a marathon eight hour Chequers summit on Thursday night.

PA:Press Association Senior sources claim the Cabinet ‘Brexit truce’ is expected to last only a few months[/caption]

But senior sources say the jumbo compromise only papered over huge divisions between soft and hard Brexiteers around the PM’s top table, because “everyone walked away able to say  they got what they wanted”.

The long running schism – of single market access championed by Chancellor Philip Hammond versus sovereign control lead by Boris Johnson – will reopen when the 27 EU leaders are widely expected to reject Mrs May’s opening gambit when formal negotiations begin in April.

One Cabinet minister and member of the 11-strong Brexit war committee that met at Chequers told The Sun: “It’s easy to agree on an opening position.

“What happens if that’s rejected is a lot harder, and that’s going to be a far bigger challenge.”

Getty - Contributor Formal talks will begin in April when the deal will be taken to Brussels[/caption]

Another Cabinet minister  added: “Thursday was the first time we’ve ever sat round table and all agreed on something.

“Plan A was hard enough. There is no Plan B. We’ll get to plan B when we need to”.

With much of the hard talking done between ministers in the tense 24 hour run up to the Chequers away day, there were  no verbal dust ups during the sessions, with one attendee even dubbing it “rather dull”.

Based on the principle of “ambitious managed divergence”, Mrs May will agree to a mutual recognition of standards with the EU for manufactured goods such as the car industry, but diverge from Brussels edicts in other sectors like financial services.

EU Council chief Donald Tusk turned up the pressure on Mrs May to spell out her plan ASAP.

Mr Tusk revealed the 27 EU leaders will issue their negotiating guidelines at their next summit on March 22.

He added: “Our intention is to adopt these guidelines whether the UK is ready with its vision of our future relations or not.

“Naturally it would be much better if it were, but we cannot stand by and wait.”

Mr Tusk will meet Mrs  May for talks in N0.10 on Thursday next week, the day  before her big speech.

In a withering attack on Mrs May’s Chequers deal, Mr Tusk abandoned any attempt at diplomatic language to say that it “looks like the cake philosophy is still alive”.

He added: “If the media reports are correct, I’m afraid that the UK position today is based on pure illusion.

“From the very start it’s been a key principle of the EU27 that there can be no cherry-picking and no single market a la carte.

“This is and will continue to be a key principle I have no doubt.”

EU Council chief Donald Tusk turned up the pressure on Mrs May to spell out her plan ASAPEPA EU Council chief Donald Tusk turned up the pressure on Mrs May to spell out her plan ASAP[/caption]

Britain will also attempt to reassure the EU by pledging to abide by its long standing ‘level playing field’ rules, on areas such as state aid and not to unfairly subsidise UK firms.

And Mrs May will also propose a permanent dispute resolution panel for the EU and UK to manage the slow process of Britain’s rule divergence.

The PM will flesh out some of the details of it during a major speech next Friday in Newcastle, after a meeting of the full Cabinet next week.

Some EU leaders were swift to attack the Chequers deal, dubbing it “cake and eat it”, and insisting it would undermine the integrity of the single market.

Irish PM Leo Varadkar said: “It is not a la carte. It is not possible for UK to be aligned to the EU when it suits and not when it doesn’t”.

When Mrs May briefed Dutch PM Mark Rutte with the outline of her plan during talks in No10 on Wednesday, he is reported to have told her it “would be better to say nothing at all”.

A senior No10 source hit back: “What is wrong with aiming high? The EU always say no to begin with”.

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