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‘One of the greatest writers of our time’ VS Naipaul dies age 85

‘One of the greatest writers of our time’ VS Naipaul dies age 85

Leading literary figures have paid tribute to British author and Nobel Prize winner Sir V.S. Naipaul following his death at the age of 85. The writer, who penned more than 30 books over his lifetime, died peacefully at his London home, his family said. Announcing his death on Saturday night, his wife Lady Nadira Naipaul said he had lived a life “full of wonderful creativity and endeavour”.

Naipaul was famously outspoken throughout his career, and notoriously fell out with author Paul Theroux, whom he had mentored. Writer, V.S Naipaul who penned more than 30 books over his lifetime, died peacefully at his London home, his family said. But the pair later reunited, and Theroux spoke fondly of Naipaul as he paid tribute to “one of the greatest writers of our time”. He told the Associated Press: “He never wrote falsely. He was a scourge of anyone who used a cliché or an un-thought out sentence. He was very scrupulous about his writing, very severe, too.” Naipaul, whose books often dealt with colonialism and attacked religion, politicians and pillars of the literary establishment, also had a tense relationship with author Salman Rushdie, once describing the Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1989 fatwa on Rushdie as “an extreme form of literary criticism”. In a Twitter post, Rushdie conceded that the pair had “disagreed all our lives, about politics, about literature”, but added: “I feel as sad as if I just lost a beloved older brother. RIP Vidia.”

'One of the greatest writers of our time' VS Naipaul dies age 85
VS Naipaul in 1966

In a statement on Saturday night, Lady Naipaul said her husband was “a giant in all that he achieved”, adding: “He died peacefully surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour.” The author was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001 for “having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories”. The Academy singled out his 1987 work The Enigma of Arrival, saying he created an “unrelenting image of the placid collapse of the old colonial ruling culture and the demise of European neighbourhoods”. Naipaul was knighted in 1990, and won numerous other major writing prizes throughout his life, including the Booker in 1971 and the David Cohen British literature prize in 1993. Literature Nobel prize winner V.S. Naipaul (R) with Swedish Princesse Christina (L) at the banquet for the Nobel laureates at Stockholm’s City Hall. His 1961 novel, A House for Mr Biswas, is regarded by many critics as one of his most influential works. The book was based on the life of his father Seepersad, who was a reporter for the Trinidad Guardian. Naipaul’s books on Islamic fundamentalism – the 1981 work Among the Believers and the 1998 book Beyond Belief – were written after he travelled through non-Arab “converted” Islamic countries.

His attacks on the religion prompted leading English professor Edward Said to say: “It is hard to believe any rational person would attack an entire culture on that scale.” In the 1990s, Naipaul concentrated on non-fiction, and it was in 1994 that his long awaited novel appeared, A Way in the World, an autobiography and a fictional history of colonialism, presenting stories from the times of Sir Walter Raleigh to the 19th century revolutionary Francisco Miranda. There developed a decades-long friendship between Naipaul and Theroux, but in an angry and unforgiving book, Sir Vidia’s Shadow, Naipaul rejected Theroux. The feud lasted until the pair finally buried the hatchet in 2011, when writer Ian McEwan persuaded them to shake hands at the Hay literature festival.

Theroux told the Associated Press that there had been a “great satisfaction in reconnecting”, adding: “It took him a long time to make his mark, but when he did, it happened in a big way.” Naipaul – whose full name was Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul – was born in Chaguanas, Trinidad, and his family moved to the country’s capital, Port of Spain, when he was six. It would later become the setting for his first novel, written in 1959 and titled Miguel Street. In 1948 he won a government scholarship to read English at Oxford’s University College, where he suffered a nervous breakdown. He married Patricia Hale, whom he met at Oxford in 1955. She died in 1996 and he went on to marry Lady Nadira, who was some 20 years his junior, shortly afterwards.

Last month, Naipaul’s 1971 work In a Free State was shortlisted for the one-off Golden Man Booker, which marked the 50th anniversary of the Booker Prize.

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Paul Chuckle looks emotional at a Rotherham football match

Paul Chuckle looks emotional at a Rotherham football match

Paul Chuckle was seen for the first time since the death of his brother and comedic partner Barry on Sunday. The children’s entertainer, 70, looked emotional as he attended a football match between their beloved Rotherham and Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Paul – who with Barry was named honorary vice president of the club in 2017 – took part in a minute applause before kickoff. Scroll down for video  Paying tribute: Paul Chuckle looked emotional as he’s seen for the first time since brother Barry’s death aged 73 at a Rotherham football match on Saturday Paul – dressed in a black suit with a tie in the Rotherham red and white colours –  pointed to heaven in a touching tribute to his late brother as the crowd cheered for the much-adored comedy performer. During the 73rd minute of the match, the audience erupted into the Brothers’ celebrated catchphrase ‘To Me, To You’ in memory of Barry, who passed away aged 73.  Barry and Paul were lifelong fans of the football team, who won the game 1-0 against Ipswich in a fitting tribute for one of the biggest fans. Rotherham FC shared their own social media tribute to Barry, writing: ‘FT| Millers 1 v 0 Ipswich. To you, Barry #rufc’ alongside a snap of the star holding his own personalised jersey.

 

Barry’s death at the age of 73 was announced on Sunday after a battle with heart disease, and tributes have since poured for the TV star (L) (pictured together in 1993) Days after his brother’s death, Paul vowed to ‘carry on’ working in showbusiness as he spoke publicly for the first time since his brother Barry’s death. Taking to Twitter on Thursday, the children’s comic thanked fans for their support, confirming he will continue to perform as a solo act because it is what his late sibling would have wanted. Barry’s death at the age of 73 was announced on Sunday after a battle with heart disease, and tributes have since poured for the TV star.  Emotional: Paul – dressed in a black suit with a tie in the Rotherham red and white colours – blew a kiss as the crowd cheered for the much-adored comedy performer In memory: During the 73rd minute of the match, the audience erupted into the Brothers’ celebrated catchphrase ‘To Me, To You’ in memory of Barry, who passed away aged 73 His full tweet read: ‘I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone for all your messages they’ve been hard to read but I read every one. ‘It’s the worst feeling ever but I have to carry on as I know Barry would want me to having always been so supportive of each other in both work and our personal lives (sic).’   It was the first time Paul had spoken publicly since his brother’s death, though his wife Sue did take to Twitter on Sunday to thank fans for their support, adding that he was ‘absolutely devastated’ about Barry’s death. ‘To you’:

Rotherham FC shared their own social media tribute to Barry, writing: ‘FT| Millers 1 v 0 Ipswich. To you, Barry #rufc’ alongside a snap of the star holding his own personalised jersey Heartwarming moment: Paul – who with Barry was named honorary vice president of the club in 2017 – took part in a minute applause before kickoff Jubilant:

Barry and Paul were lifelong fans of the football team, who won the game 1-0 against Ipswich in a fitting tribute for one of the biggest fans The message read: ‘Paul has asked me to send a message to thank EVERYONE for your lovely messages this morning, he is absolutely devastated so unable to respond himself but your messages really do help and he knows Barry would so happy to know how much he was loved, Sue X (sic).’ Barry is thought to have kept his ill health a secret for more than a year so that he could continue to perform.   He knew from last summer he only had months to live but didn’t tell anyone outside his immediate family, Barry’s older brother Brian said.  Smiles: Paul looked in great spirits as he watched his beloved team score, and threw a thumbs up at other fans from the stands Barry left behind younger brother Paul, who starred alongside him as Britain’s favourite children’s comedy duo, and older brothers Jimmy, 86, and Brian, 83. ‘We’ve known for a while Barry was very ill’ Brian told The Sun. ‘I drove up this week and saw him for two hours. We knew the end was very near. He was on morphine but we chatted. I gave him a kiss goodbye at the end. There were tears, of course.’

Comedy duo: Veteran entertainer Barry, one half of the Chuckle Brothers, died on Sunday aged 73, following a battle with heart disease ‘Up until this last year he’d been fine. But he’s been a smoker all his life. It’s been very rough. Especially keeping it from people.’  He died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loved ones, his manager Phil Dale said. The pair were best known for their hit BBC show ChuckleVision which ran for 21 series from 1987 to 2009.  Fan favourite: The pair were best known for their hit BBC show ChuckleVision which ran for 21 series from 1987 to 2009

 

Eddie Mair abruptly ends BBC career by calling in sick for last two days

Eddie Mair abruptly ends BBC career by calling in sick for last two days

Eddie Mair abruptly ended his two-decade run at the helm of the BBC’s flagship radio programme PM by calling in sick two days before his scheduled final show.

In an email to staff, Mair, who has presented the late-afternoon Radio 4 show since 1998, said he had “picked up one of those 48 hour bugs. Atishoo”. He was due to present Thursday and Friday’s PM but instead, he bowed out on Wednesday afternoon.  Presenter Eddie Mair reveals he was attacked in London “I’m sorry I’m not in the office today as planned. I seem to have picked up one of those 48 hour bugs. Atishoo,” he wrote. “No fuss or faff, just as I wanted… Perfect. Or as close to perfect as we’re likely to get.” He added: “From what I know of the plans for the department, PM is about to get a brilliant editor. The show, about which I care so much, is about to get even better. So this old fart is buggering off and leaving you to do what you all do brilliantly.”

Mair will host a new LBC show from September and will continue to present the Grenfell Enquiry Podcast for the BBC. Eddie Mair on Boris Johnson: ‘You are a nasty piece of work, aren’t you?’ The 52-year-old broadcaster revealed earlier in the summer he was assaulted while getting on a bus in London last year but felt too ashamed to report it to the police. Mair said he had decided to speak out in the wake of the recent attack of comedian Michael McIntyre who was robbed by two hammer-wielding thieves on a moped while he waited to pick his children up from school.

 

BBC ‘will NOT appeal against Sir Cliff Richard privacy ruling’

BBC ‘will NOT appeal against Sir Cliff Richard privacy ruling’

The BBC will reportedly not appeal against the Sir Cliff Richard privacy ruling over fears it would be slammed for the £2million cost to taxpayers if it were to lose, according to a new report.  Already the broadcaster is facing a massive bill, agreeing to cover £850,000 in legal costs to the singer, in addition to £190,000 in damages, on top of its own legal fees.

Last month, a High Court judge ruled the corporation breached the 77-year-old’s right to privacy after broadcasting police searching his £3million home in Sunningdale, Berkshire. A judge shot down the BBC’s appeal bid last Thursday and the company is reluctant to appeal again, fearing the wrath of taxpayers, according to the Telegraph. Last month, a High Court judge ruled the BBC breached Sir Cliff Richard’s right to privacy after broadcasting police searching his £3million home in Sunningdale, Berkshire The BBC will reportedly not appeal against the privacy ruling over fears it would be slammed for the cost to taxpayers if it were to lose The spiralling costs of the BBC’s legal battle with Sir Cliff The costs of the case for the BBC are mounting by the day. – They have been ordered to pay the star £190,000 to cover the ‘general effect’ of the coverage. – Plus £20,000 because the BBC had aggravated harm by nominating coverage for an award.  – The BBC has also agreed to pay £850,000 towards Sir Cliff’s legal costs, a figure which could rise. – The corporation is also going to pay £315,000 to South Yorkshire Police for legal costs. – The costs don’t include the amount the BBC has paid for its own QC, and any costs of continuing to appeal.

The broadcaster was given until August 17 to decide if it will continue on with another appeal.  However, it reportedly decided not to move forward after seeking independent legal advice. Another appeal bid is estimated to cost a further £200,000.   A spokesman for the BBC told the Telegraph: ‘We are still deciding whether to appeal or not.’ Sir Cliff’s lawyer Justin Rushbrooke QC, said the BBC shouldn’t appeal, adding: ‘It is about time the BBC took a realistic view of these facts.  ‘The last thing my client wants is more time and money spent dealing with this.’ The BBC’s bill for the case already tops £1.8million, taking into account the £20,000 ‘aggravated damages’ they were ordered to pay for nominating the coverage for a ‘scoop of the year’ award. Last month, lawyers representing the BBC said the case had widespread implications and should be examined by three senior judges. Barrister Gavin Millar QC, who leads the BBC legal team, said the damages award was ‘wrong in law’ and would have a ‘chilling effect’. He added: ‘The risk is a severe chilling effect on the freedom of the press in relation to reporting police investigations.’ The police raid, which emerged after an exclusive tip off by officers and led to a TV helicopter being flown in, was part of a 2014 investigation into historical child sex allegations – but Sir Cliff was not arrested or charged.

The police raid, which emerged after an exclusive tip off by officers and led to a TV helicopter being flown in, was part of a 2014 investigation into historical child sex allegations – but Sir Cliff was not arrested or charged.  Pictured: BBC coverage of Cliff Richard house raid Sir Cliff has suggested that senior BBC executives deserved to lose their jobs for putting him through ‘the most horrible thing that’s ever taken place in my life’. After winning a landmark court battle over the broadcaster’s coverage of a police raid on his home, the singer said a handful of BBC managers had acted as his ‘judge, jury and executioner’. Sir Cliff wept with relief after a judge ruled that the BBC had seriously infringed his privacy with its ‘sensationalist’ reporting of a historic child sex claim against him. The broadcaster named the 77-year-old star as the subject of a police investigation – which was dropped two years later without Sir Cliff ever facing arrest or charge – and used a helicopter to cover the search of his home. The BBC claimed it represented a ‘significant shift against Press freedom’, while experts suggested that it could enable criminal suspects to block disclosure of their arrests.

From mansion raid to High Court: Timeline of the case March 2014: South Yorkshire Police (SYP) receive an allegation against Sir Cliff Richard from Operation Yewtree – a Metropolitan Police investigation into historical sex offences in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal. The complainant alleges he was molested by Sir Cliff during an event led by US preacher Billy Graham at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane ground in the 1980s.

June 2014: BBC reporter Dan Johnson receives a tip from a confidential source about Sir Cliff being investigated by police. The tip leads him to believe South Yorkshire Police is the force involved in the investigation.

9 July 2014: Dan Johnson has a conversation over the phone with SYP’s head of communications Carrie Goodwin. Towards the end of the conversation, he asks her if Sir Cliff is ‘on their radar’.

15 July 2014: Dan Johnson meets at police headquarters with Carrie Goodwin and Superintendent Matthew Fenwick, who is leading the investigation into Sir Cliff.

13 August 2014: Dan Johnson is notified that police will carry out a search of Sir Cliff’s home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, the following day.

14 August 2014: Police officers carry out a search of the singer’s home. The BBC broadcasts from the scene, using a helicopter to obtain footage of the search being conducted in the penthouse apartment. Sir Cliff sees the footage from a hotel in Portugal where he is on holiday.

September 2014: Sir Cliff withdraws from a fundraising concert at Canterbury Cathedral which was due to be broadcast by the BBC. June 2016: The Crown Prosecution Service announces its decision not to bring any charges against Sir Cliff.

July 2016: Sir Cliff instructs lawyers to seek damages from the BBC and South Yorkshire Police over their handling of the police raid.

May 2017: The singer accepts £400,000 damages from South Yorkshire Police. The force offers its ‘sincere apologies’ to Sir Cliff.

April/May 2017: Sir Cliff’s case against the BBC is heard by Mr Justice Mann in London.

 

Loyal wife of John Lennon’s murderer tells why she is hoping he will be released

Loyal wife of John Lennon’s murderer tells why she is hoping he will be released

Gloria Hiroko Chapman has revealed husband Mark told her he was going to murder John Lennon two months before he shot dead the Beatle on his New York doorstep. But she claimed he never carried out the threat at the time because of his love for her and insisted he had dumped the gun he was going to use. Yet as soon as news came through that Lennon had been killed, Gloria said she knew Chapman was the assassin. Now she is hoping that after 38 years behind bars, her husband may soon be free as he faces a parole hearing for the 10th time. Gloria, 67, said: “It didn’t matter how long Mark was in prison. I would wait for him.” Gloria Hiroko Chapman and Mark Chapman snapped in December 2014. Father-of-two John Lennon was just 40 years old when he was killed.

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She has had to wait nearly four decades so far, after Chapman, 63, was given 20 years to life for murdering Lennon on December 8, 1980. But she told how she has still been allowed to have sex with him during prison visits in a caravan on the grounds. Gloria was 5,000 miles away at home in Kailua, Hawaii, when the devastating news came in that the 40-year-old was dead. She said: “I knew it was Mark. How did I know? Two months earlier, Mark had travelled to New York. “He came home scared, telling me that to make a name for himself he had planned to kill Lennon. But he said my love had saved him.” Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon of The Beatles in 1963. Gloria knew ­Chapman was ­planning to return to New York but she had no idea he was on a murder mission for real this time. She added: “The only reason I was OK with Mark making another trip was because I had believed him when he said he needed to grow up as an adult and husband, and needed time to think about his life. “He wanted me to sacrifice being alone for a short time so that we could have a long, happy marriage together. “He said he threw the gun into the ocean, and I believed him. “But he had lied to me.” Along with music fans across the world, Gloria was stunned when reports of Lennon’s death flashed across screens. The .38 calibre handgun used by Mark David Chapman to kill John Lennon. She said: “December 8, 1980, was one of the darkest nights of my life. I remember it was a Monday. “I had come home from work, fixed dinner, and was watching Little House on the Prairie. On the show, Mary had just found out she’d become blind when suddenly, words ran across the bottom of the screen: ‘John Lennon has been shot in New York City by a male Caucasian.’ “My life changed dramatically that night. “I was now Mrs Mark David Chapman, the wife of a murderer and not just any murderer but one whose victim was known and loved by millions around the world.” Mark David Chapman posing for his original mugshot when he was arrested for the murder

After her husband was arrested, Gloria’s friends urged her to divorce him. The killer himself even told her to leave. But, by now deeply religious, she refused, citing the vows they exchanged when married on June 2, 1979. Speaking through her church, former travel agent Gloria said: “I admit when I got lonely and depressed in that first year of being apart from him, I thought maybe divorce was the right thing to do. “Ultimately, I prayed and searched the Bible to read what God says about divorce. “Finally, in the book of Malachi, I read, ‘I hate divorce,’ says the Lord God of Israel.’ “That settled it, and I closed my Bible. From that point on, I decided I would wait for Mark.” Gloria Chapman lives on the east coast of Hawaii. Gloria’s devotion to killer Chapman comes despite admitting she was violently abused during their one year of marriage. And he cut her off entirely for a year, while not allowing her to see him in jail for almost four. The couple met in early 1978 in Hawaii. She was 26 and, like Chapman, dedicated her life to the church and hospitals. He was 22 and a ­maintenance worker at Castle Medical Center in Kailua. A year earlier he had travelled to Hawaii on a one-way ticket before trying to gas himself inside his car. But the vacuum cleaner hose he had used melted in the exhaust and the attempt failed. Chapman was admitted to the hospital where he worked, but made what his psychiatrist and the unit’s staff perceived as a rapid recovery. Gloria told how their love grew after that first meeting. John Lennon signs an autograph for a man later identified as Mark David Chapman the night before he returned to shoot him. She said: “As I was a travel agent, he wanted my help to plan a vacation around the world. My love for Mark began and grew with each postcard I received. When Mark returned to Hawaii I met him at the airport. “We started dating the following night. By the end of that year, Mark and I felt as though we had known each other forever.

“We talked about everything, including his mental illness and how he had come to Hawaii to kill himself and ended up at a local hospital’s psychiatric ward. “He explained that he had gotten well enough to get a job at the hospital as a housekeeper. It seemed to me his mental illness was behind him.” Mark David Chapman, now 55, posing for a mugshot. But Gloria said her husband soon started to change. Speaking to The Alliance, a ­“Christian-centred global movement”, she added: “First, Mark lost his new job at the hospital after a run-in with a nursing supervisor. “He got angry with me more easily, and on a couple of occasions he hurt me physically. He started drinking and came home drunk. But I took our vows seriously. “I said I will love Mark ‘for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse, in ­sickness, and in health, so long as we both shall live.’” For the past 25 years, Gloria and Chapman have only been allowed to spend 44 hours each year together during conjugal visits, holed up in the caravan. She said they spend their time making pizzas, watching Wheel of Fortune on TV and making love. Chapman’s parole hearing is due to be held the week starting August 20. How the Mirror covered Lennon’s shooting in 1980. And Gloria hopes, despite ­objections from Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, her wait to have him home is a few weeks from ending. Recently, the New York State parole board has been more willing to place heavier emphasis on an inmate’s ­behaviour behind bars than focus on the severity of the crime. As a result, several police killers and other ­notorious murderers who had been long denied parole have been set free. Gloria has been praying for Chapman’s release. He was denied freedom at the last hearing in 2016 after officials said he would re-offend. But they commended his ­“acceptance” that his crime was “premeditated and evil”. And Chapman has told his wife to have faith in his freedom. Gloria said: “Mark often says, ‘All I need is Jesus.’ And it’s true.”

 

Moscow 17 rapper Incognito killed in triple stabbing at scene of friend’s shooting in Camberwell

Moscow 17 rapper Incognito killed in triple stabbing at scene of friend’s shooting in Camberwell

A gangster rapper who featured on the former BBC DJ Tim Westwood’s YouTube channel has been stabbed to death two months after a member of his group was shot dead in the same street.

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Sidique Kamara, 23, was ambushed in front of residents in Camberwell, southeast London, at 7.20pm on Wednesday. Two others were injured. He died near the spot where Rhyhiem Barton, 17, was shot dead in May. Both belonged to the rap group Moscow 17. Last week, Mr Kamara, also known as Incognito, wrote on Snapchat that he regretted not going to the aid of his friend Latwaan Griffiths, 17, who died after a moped rider dropped him, bleeding from knife wounds, outside a local hospital. Mr Kamara wrote: “When bro called me…

 

Tony Bullimore: Sailor who was ‘legend on the water and the music scene’ dies aged 79

Tony Bullimore: Sailor who was ‘legend on the water and the music scene’ dies aged 79

Bullimore became world famous after he survived for four days in the upturned hull of his boat when it capsized in the freezing waters of the Southern Ocean in 1997. He was a founding member of the Bamboo Club in Bristol, which he opened with wife Lalel, in 1966. The nightclub hosted stars including Bob Marley and the Wailers, as well as Ben E King, before it closed 11 years after opening because of a fire. Bullimore rose to fame in 1996, when he went missing while taking part in the Vendee Globe single-handed around the world race in his boat, Exide Challenger. He was approximately 900 miles from Antarctica and 1,400 miles off the coast of Australia, when the then 57-year-old sailor was feared to have drowned after his weather-battered and upturned yacht was spotted in the extremely cold Southern Ocean seemingly without him on board.

On 9 January 1997, he was dramatically rescued by the Australian navy. Naval crews found Mr Bullimore underneath the hull of the vessel where he had been surviving in a makeshift hammock inside the cabin, existing on meagre rations of chocolate and water. At the time, an Australian military spokesman said his survival was “remarkable”.  Bristol’s Lord Mayor Cleo Lake paid tribute to Bullimore on Twitter. She wrote: “A Bristol legend both on the waters and on the music scene. Everything you did to break down racial barriers. Sleep well Tony Bullimore and thank you”. PA

 

Olympic snowboarding gold medallist Vibeke Skofterud dies aged 38

Olympic snowboarding gold medallist Vibeke Skofterud dies aged 38

Olympic gold medallist Vibeke Skofterud has died in a jet ski accident aged 38. The Norwegian cross-country skier’s body was discovered on Sunday morning, after crashing while riding in the darkness on Saturday night time. Investigator Torbjorn Trommestad claimed that Skofterud was travelling back to her vacation cabin close to Arendal when the accident occurred. Skofterud is best recognised for being a part of the 4×5-kilometre relay winning team that received Olympic gold at Vancouver 2010. After a glittering profession on the snow, she retired from competing on the prime degree in 2015. Learn Extra Skofterud competes through the FIS World Cup in 2011.

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Skofterud was a preferred face on the Norwegian snowboarding scene.  She was reported lacking at round 1am on Sunday morning by frightened mates, nonetheless it took till 11:30am to seek out her. “The precise time of when this occurred and circumstances is what we’re investigating on the present time, and we can have no additional info till tomorrow,” Bard Austad of Agder Police advised NRK. Skofterud was thought-about one among Norway’s prime skiers between 2001 and 2015.  She earned two golds, one silver and a bronze medal in World Championship relays throughout a number of years, while additionally featuring at the 2002 and 2010 Olympics. Following her retirement, she was working as a commentator on the game for TV in her native Norway.

Three-year-old boy severely injured in suspected acid assault

Three-year-old boy severely injured in suspected acid assault

A 3-year-old boy has suffered critical burns after acid was thrown in his face in a store in Worcester. Police consider the kid was intentionally focused in House Bargains on Shrub Hill Retail Park at Tallow Hill. They’ve launched pictures of three males they want to converse to. The boy was taken to hospital the place he’s being handled for critical burns to his arm and face. A 39-year-old man from Wolverhampton has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily hurt and stays in police custody. Did you see what occurred? E-mail webnews@mirror.co.uk Police have launched photos of three males they wish to converse to in reference to the incident (Picture: West Mercia Police) Chief Superintendent Mark Travis mentioned: “Presently we’re treating this as a deliberate assault on a three-year-old boy. “The incident will rightly shock the local people and I want to reassure native those who we’re finishing up an intensive investigation to determine these accountable. “Presently, the motive for the assault is unclear. Officers are working exhausting to ascertain precisely what occurred and what the substance concerned was. “The three males within the picture might have data very important to our investigation. I’m positive somebody will recognise them and I might urge anybody with data to contact us as a matter of urgency.” Younger boy injured in suspected acid assault in Worcester Police have launched a photograph of three males they want to converse to after a three-year-old boy was severely injured in a suspected acid assault in a Worcester store yesterday afternoon (Saturday 21 July). Worcester store assault (Opens in a brand new window) The incident occurred at round 2.15pm in House Bargains on Shrub Hill Retail Park, Tallow Hill, Worcester. The boy was taken to hospital the place he’s being handled for critical burns to his arm and face. We’ll be bringing you the very newest updates, photos and video on this breaking information story. For the most recent information and breaking information go to Mirror.co.uk/information . Get all the large headlines, photos, evaluation, opinion and video on the tales that matter to you. Comply with us on Twitter @DailyMirror – the official Each day Mirror & Mirror On-line Twitter account – actual information in actual time. We’re additionally on Fb/dailymirror – your must-see information, options, movies and photos all through the day from the Each day Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Mirror On-line.

How a no deal Brexit might have an effect on roads, medication and even orchestras

How a no deal Brexit might have an effect on roads, medication and even orchestras

Theresa Could will mobilise her most senior Cupboard Ministers this summer season to attempt to promote her Chequers deal in sceptical EU capitals. Amid rising concern throughout Europe over the political deadlock in London, Mrs Could hopes to place the onus on Brussels to ramp up the tempo and depth of the negotiations. David Lidington, her de facto deputy, will journey to France, whereas International Secretary Jeremy Hunt will go to Germany, Dwelling Secretary Sajid Javid will go to Spain and Enterprise Secretary Greg Clarke will fly to Italy. The Prime Minister mentioned final night time: ‘Over the summer season our negotiating workforce might be travelling to Brussels to barter our imaginative and prescient for the longer term relationship with our EU companions. ‘We should step up the tempo of negotiations and get on to ship an excellent deal that can convey better prosperity and safety to each British and European residents. We each know the clock is ticking – let’s get on with it.’ Theresa Could will mobilise a workforce to step up negotiations with the Europen Union over solutions a ‘no deal’ scenario might develop into actuality However the Tory revolt in opposition to Mrs Could’s Chequers plan for a delicate Brexit – along with the cool response from Brussels – has led to claims that the UK is on the right track for a tough Brexit. Each the Authorities and the EU have stepped up contingency plans for such an eventuality. It signifies that when the UK cuts all ties with Brussels on March 29 subsequent yr at 11pm (we needed to convey it ahead one hour as a result of will probably be midnight within the EU), all present preparations with Brussels will finish instantly. And there might be nothing to interchange them. It has been described as ‘falling off a cliff edge’ and ‘Armageddon’ by some. Others say such doom-laden forecasts are a continuation of Undertaking Worry, the label pinned to warnings through the 2016 referendum. Till we really depart the EU, we gained’t know the reality. However with the prospect of a tough Brexit or ‘No Deal’ rising every day, Undertaking Worry is popping into Undertaking Close to. Right this moment, The Mail on Sunday seems on the doable impression of a ‘No Deal’ or laborious Brexit on a variety of points, from flights to meals – and even travelling musicians. Financial injury Privately, many Brexiteers admit the UK is in for a ‘bumpy journey’ once we depart the EU, however argue we might be higher off within the long-term. Some consultants have claimed Britain will lose as much as £400 billion in misplaced financial progress by 2030. Professional-Brexit Cupboard Minister Liam Fox says the EU would face ‘catastrophic financial penalties’ within the occasion of ‘No Deal’ – and Eire’s financial system might collapse by eight per cent. The Worldwide Financial Fund says ‘No Deal’ might value the EU practically £200 billion in misplaced output. European big Airbus, which employs 15,000 individuals within the UK, has warned it could have to chop British operations underneath a tough Brexit. Aviation Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar was referred to as an ‘airhead’ by Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg after threatening to ban British planes from the skies above his nation. Michael O’Leary, Ryanair chief government, has mentioned: ‘There may be not a authorized mechanism wherein the airways can function in a tough Brexit or No Deal end result.’ Chancellor Philip Hammond says whereas it’s ‘theoretically conceivable’ flights might cease immediately, ‘nobody thinks that’s the place we’ll find yourself’. Ports The Port of Dover says a ‘two-minute delay’ within the time taken to course of lorries if there may be ‘No Deal’ might lead to ‘17 miles of tailbacks’. Customs chiefs say customs declarations at ports comparable to Dover might enhance fivefold to greater than 250 million a yr. Brexiteers say the present trouble-free dealing with of £80 billion of products a yr at Felixstowe, Britain’s busiest port – together with to and from non-EU international locations – reveals such claims are ‘scare tales’. Britain’s Minister for Europe David Lidington might be despatched to France to carve out a deal whereas others go to Germany, Italy and Spain Automobiles The Society of Motor Producers and Merchants, which represents UK automobile makers, has mentioned a ‘cliff edge Brexit’ is its ‘greatest concern’. It’s claimed tariffs might enhance the price of imported vehicles by £1,500 on common. British motorists face having to use for worldwide permits to drive on the Continent. London’s Japanese Embassy – which represents 1,000 Japanese corporations with UK operations, together with Nissan, Toyota and Honda – says a ‘No Deal’ Brexit could be ‘unattainable for us to just accept’. The Metropolis In response to some estimates, as much as 35,000 jobs within the monetary sector may very well be in danger, in addition to about £four billion of tax revenues. Brexiteers dispute claims that Paris or Frankfurt will substitute London as Europe’s monetary HQ, however Financial institution of China UK boss Solar Yu mentioned a ‘No Deal’ would threaten London’s standing as a hub for worldwide banks. Medicines The British Pharmaceutical Business says greater than 1,000 medicines made within the UK would have to be relicensed elsewhere within the EU to allow them to keep it up being bought. ‘This isn’t like transferring a submitting cupboard from one location to a different,’ mentioned a spokeswoman. The provision of medication and medical provides may very well be affected by modifications to present European rules, overseen by the European Medicines Company. MPs voted final week in opposition to plans for Britain to stop the EMA. Farming As soon as the UK is out of the EU, animal and meals merchandise could be exported to France solely through Le Havre and Dunkirk. There have been stories that neither can address the quantity of UK exports which at the moment don’t want checking. The Nationwide Farmers’ Union has warned of ‘enormous disruption by way of value’. Foods and drinks Underneath a Brexit ‘Armageddon’ state of affairs, some supermarkets might run out of meals inside a few days. Practically a 3rd of meals in UK supermarkets comes from the EU and reaches cabinets in two days. Some estimates say meals costs might go up by 20 per cent. The British Retail Consortium says the common tariff on EU meals imports could be 22 per cent. Wine might rise in value by 1 / 4 in response to some analysts if Britain fails to make a Brexit take care of the European Union  Alcohol Britain imports 1.eight billion bottles of wine a yr value £2.eight billion – with greater than half from the EU. In response to some consultants, tariffs might assist push the price of French, Spanish and different EU wines up by 1 / 4 after March – sparking the resurgence of alcohol smuggling. A spokesman for the Wine and Spirit Commerce Affiliation mentioned: ‘There should be mechanisms to permit cross-border commerce of wine and spirits the second we depart the EU.’ If not, wine and spirits could ‘not get on to the cabinets’ and there may very well be ‘an inflow of bootleggers’. Further checks in Paris might trigger main delays on the Eurostar, it has been claimed  Eurostar Passengers face the specter of queues and additional checks on the Gare du Nord in Paris. The French authorities are refitting the station, however failure to achieve a Brexit deal might make delays worse. The Anglo-French Treaty of Le Touquet at the moment permits for each international locations’ passport checks to be performed as passengers board the practice – enabling them to stroll straight out of the station after they arrive. Eating places The British Hospitality Affiliation has warned of a staffing disaster attributable to the lack of EU staff. In some restaurant chains, as few as one in 25 job candidates are British. However claims that the business confronted chaos had been dismissed by anti-EU campaigner Tim Martin, boss of pub chain JD Wetherspoon. Animals could be stopped from the pet passport scheme contained in the European Union if there isn’t a deal, it has now been steered  Pets There could be no extra pets’ passports enabling households to journey freely with their pets to Europe. About 250,000 British cats and canines journey to the EU yearly. Chemical compounds Exports and imports underneath the EU guidelines for industrial chemical compounds would stop by legislation. These embrace chemical compounds utilized in toothpaste and shampoo. The Chemical compounds Business Affiliation has warned of a ‘disaster’ if the UK is excluded from EU markets. Orchestras The Affiliation of British Orchestras has warned that money-spinning EU excursions by British orchestras may very well be hit. EU guidelines that cease musicians having tax and social safety deducted from charges whereas overseas would finish.  
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