Britain is facing its first real taste of winter with the heavy winds, blizzards and ice that swept the country yesterday due to continue today. Storm Deirdre is the first part of a massive Atlantic weather system stretching from Greenland to the English Channel and North Sea. It brought freezing and moisture-laden air from the Arctic and turned it to snow or freezing rain over the UK. The Met Office announced amber warnings — the second-highest category — across much of the northern UK yesterday, specifying ice and snow. Other warnings for blizzards, blockages to road and rail and black ice forming on roads covered the Midlands and areas to the north.
We are sorry, you need to be a subscriber to watch this videoWe are sorry, you need to be a subscriber to watch this videoTo some cynics it might be a sign of desperation; to others a much-needed reminder of what Christmas is all about. The Church of England today launches its first national film ad spreading the word that Christmas is not only about presents, excessive amounts of Stilton and a large credit card bill in January. While John Lewis recruited Sir Elton John for its ad campaign and Marks & Spencer got Holly Willoughby, the church’s 90-second commercial, filmed in local churches, features real parishioners. Clara Jones, who appears in the ad with her sons Sebastian, 2, and Kasper, 1, attends the baby and toddler group run by Christ Church Ware in Hertfordshire. She said: “We are taking the boys to church this Christmas, and feel it…
Sometimes, a career is too fractured for proper assessment, and rating and reputation simply refuse to fall into place. It is 14 years since Manu Tuilagi first came to Britain, on a holiday visa. It is eight years since he first played for Leicester in the Premiership, yet he has averaged fewer than 10 games per season since. He will play for Leicester against Racing 92 at Welford Road this afternoon. It is an indication of the recent decline of the magnificent Midlands giant…
After England’s resounding victory in Sri Lanka the selectors were never going to stray far from the group who finished that tour for the forthcoming Tests in the West Indies but the retention of Joe Denly was nonetheless revealing. It had been anticipated that Ed Smith and his panel might seek to transfer another white-ball star to the Test arena by bringing in Jason Roy for Denly. Instead they have kept faith with one of their many all-rounders. Denly may not play in the Caribbean series, just as he did not in Sri Lanka, but as a multi-dimensional cricketer he offers things Roy cannot — things central to what has been termed England’s pursuit of “Total Cricket”. If there has been a pattern to England’s…
The UN climate change talks ended late on Saturday night in Poland with a deal agreed on how to put the 2015 Paris agreement into action, but with other contentious problems left to be resolved next year. “Science has clearly shown that we need enhanced ambition to defeat climate change. From now on, my five priorities will be: ambition, ambition, ambition, ambition and ambition.” He cited the need for countries to toughen their emissions-cutting targets and to adapt their infrastructure to cope with the effects of climate change. This is morally unacceptable.”Gareth Redmond-King, head of climate change at WWF-UK, said: “[There has been] some positive progress, but we have not yet done enough. We need all countries to get much more serious about climate ambition.
December 15, 2018 22:33 UTC
Theresa May is being urged to give her MPs free rein to vote for a second referendum, with a new group of ministers poised to back another public ballot on Brexit. Some ministers are planning to take matters into their own hands and back another public vote should the prime minister’s beleaguered Brexit deal be rejected. With talk of a second referendum growing, May again reiterated her opposition to another vote last night and said parliament had “a democratic duty to deliver what the British people voted for”. She even described Tony Blair’s recent appearance in Brussels to support a second vote as “an insult to the office he once held and the people he once served”. “For Tony Blair to go to Brussels and seek to undermine our negotiations by advocating for a second referendum is an insult to the office he once held and the people he once served.
December 15, 2018 22:30 UTC
Man Utd news: David Moyes blamed for Manchester United problems because he did THISUnited are in derby action against bitter north-west rivals Liverpool on Sunday but go into the game at Anfield as underdogs. Former defender John Pemberton, who came through the youth ranks at Manchester United, has now opened up on the struggles his old side have been through. I don’t think they’re good enough to be Man United players. Man Utd news: David Moyes blamed for Manchester United problems because he did THIS"It’s a cumulation. Man Utd news: David Moyes blamed for Manchester United problems because he did THIS
December 15, 2018 17:14 UTC
Barcelona news: Man Utd and Liverpool have emerged as Philippe Coutinho suitorsBarcelona star Coutinho left Liverpool back in January, signing for the Catalan giants in a massive £142million transfer that made him the second most-expensive player of all time. The Brazil international’s Nou Camp career, however, is yet to ignite. Tuesday’s Champions League showing against Tottenham was the latest in a long line of flat displays. Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is reportedly struggling to find a place for the Samba star. And Coral have Manchester United above Liverpool in the race to sign the 26-year-old amid his current issues.
December 15, 2018 16:52 UTC
In 2010, with a background in street art and no paid work lined up, illustrator Tom Hovey moved to London. He applied for a job at an unknown cookery show, and two days later found himself working on the first series of The Great British Bake Off. “My job is to illustrate what contestants planned to create, not what they baked in the tent,” he says. Anything that makes me laugh at how bonkers it is.” Ahead of two Bake Off Christmas specials, here he chooses some of his favourites. Two Great British Bake Off festive specials will be on Channel 4 over Christmas
December 15, 2018 16:52 UTC
Chelsea news: Paul Merson reckons Callum Wilson would be the first-choice striker at Stamford BridgeExpress Sport understands Chelsea are confident of signing Wilson in a £30million deal from Bournemouth. Wilson scored on his Three Lions debut in the friendly win over USA last month. Merson says there is no doubt Wilson would be first choice at Chelsea ahead of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud. He’d be in front of Morata, he’d be in front of Giroud. “He’d be in front of Morata, he’d be in front of Giroud.
December 15, 2018 16:02 UTC
Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari has called for unity as the club look to bounce back from a humbling Champions League loss in their final La Liga game of the year. Madrid face local rivals Rayo Vallecano at home today before heading to the United Arab Emirates for the FIFA Club World Cup. But they approach the match with recriminations still coming from Wednesday's 3-0 home defeat to CSKA Moscow, which saw a number of fans turn on the players and boo them off the pitch. Solari called on those fans to get behind the club as they look to close a five-point gap on leaders Barcelona.
December 15, 2018 15:45 UTC
Man and five-year-old boy also seriously injured in blaze in village of CollinghamAn eight-year-old girl and her 33-year-old mother have died in a house fire in Nottinghamshire. A 34-year-old man and a boy aged five were also seriously injured and taken to hospital. “The fire was brought under control and a joint fire and police investigation is taking place to establish a cause. “Collingham is a very close-knit community and this includes some of the fire crews who responded. A section of the road remains cordoned off while an investigation takes place.
December 15, 2018 15:45 UTC
As its power grew, the US, too, assumed the right to extend its national writ beyond its shores. Huawei is the world’s largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment and second-biggest maker of smartphones, with revenue of about $92bn last year. Huawei insists that neither Meng, nor the company, have broken the law or pose any kind of security risk. Last week, BT gave its answer, confirming it was removing Huawei equipment from its 4G network. Both sides appear guilty of what amounts, in effect, to hostage-taking – not what the world expects from superpowers.
December 15, 2018 15:00 UTC
England’s encouraging progress to the Odisha World Cup semi-final ended yesterday when they were trounced by Belgium, the Olympic silver medallists in Bhubaneswar, India. After defeating Argentina, the Rio champions, 3-2 in the quarter-finals, there were hopes that England could reach their first final since 1986, when London hosted the quadrennial competition. However, this was the first tournament under new head coach, Danny Kerry, who after leading the women’s side to the European title in 2015 and then the 2016 Olympic gold medal, only moved across to oversee the men four months ago. He needs time for the players to adjust to his regime. Kerry is far too astute and determined a coach not to recognize the weaknesses in the current men’s team and seek…
December 15, 2018 14:48 UTC
The Week in Patriarchy is a weekly roundup of what’s happening in the world of feminism and sexism. Brockell, a Washington Post journalist, recently made headlines when she tweeted an open letter to big tech companies, imploring them to think more carefully about how they target parenting ads. “We have a setting available that can block ads about some topics people may find painful – including parenting,” he explained. Brockell, it should be noted, did go on to block parenting ads … and immediately started getting ads from adoption agencies. It doesn’t matter how sophisticated your algorithms are, when you treat pregnancy as an advertising event, an opportunity to be monetized, you will get situations like this.
December 15, 2018 14:48 UTC