Family's relief after £20,000 gravy tub savings rescued from dump


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Recycling centre workers spent two hours hunting through rubbish to find old gravy tins containing a pensioner’s £20,000 life savings.The cash was accidentally dumped at Dalmoak Recycling Centre in Dunbartonshire by the woman’s family, who were clearing out her home. When they realised their mistake, the brother and sister returned to ask for help to trace the missing money.Council workers Tony Scanlon and Kenny McAdam took on the messy job.As first reported in The Daily Record, the pair stepped up to the challenge after a man and woman arrived at the recycling centre near Renton in a panic. “They explained they had dumped something they shouldn’t have dumped,” Tony explained. “They said it was money and it was in Bisto containers.”

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Tony Scanlon and Kenny McAdam saved the day for a local family

It is believed the money belonged to a woman in her 80s. Her daughter had cleaned her kitchen while she was out, throwing away old dishes, pots and pans. She knew nothing about what was in the tins until her mother returned and told her it was her life savings.Kenny added: “I remembered the lady because the bag was heavy and I had told her to leave her bags there in front of the skip. “She asked where they could have gone and I told her they could either have been crushed in the compactor or have been put in this container.”A stroke of luck meant that one of the yard’s two compactors was out of service and so the rubbish bags had been piled up in a skip and crushed with a digger.Tony remembered throwing the heavy bags into the container. So the pair decided there was only one thing for it.”We moved the skip to the back of the yard to keep people away and started going through it,” said Tony. “We pulled the bags out, put them in the digger, moved them. “Eventually after an hour-and-a half we found the heavy bags. We burst one of the bags open and found one of the Bisto tubs.”

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The almost-full rubbish container was close to being sent to be emptied at landfill

Twenty minutes later Kenny found the other four tubs in another bag.He said: “It was amazing. Tony said the lady started crying. I shook the brother’s hand. It was a great feeling.”It really was a frantic couple of hours. We did our very best to retrieve the money. At the end of the day Tony and I saved the day for an old pensioner and it made us feel good.”It turned out that had the family returned any later, the tins could have been on their way to landfill.But luckily it was a happy ending.Kenny said: “I’d like to think that anybody else would have done what Tony and I did. I’m happy and my wee pal’s happy.”It turns out the pair are no strangers to saving the day.Over the years, they’ve managed to retrieve a wedding dress, wedding rings and a collection of car keys.



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Superb Halep races into Australian Open semi-finals




Simona Halep reached the Australian Open final in 2018, losing to Caroline Wozniacki2020 Australian OpenVenue: Melbourne Park Dates: 20 January to 2 FebruaryCoverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and online; Live text on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app; Watch highlights on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.Simona Halep brilliantly took apart Anett Kontaveit in just 53 minutes to race into the Australian Open semi-finals.Estonian Kontaveit won the first game but was never in it from that point as Halep raced to a 6-1 6-1 win.Wimbledon champion Halep won 11 games in a row before the 28th seed managed to hold serve in the penultimate game.The Romanian, 28, will face Garbine Muguruza or Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the last four in Melbourne.”I felt great on court. I feel strong in my legs and I knew how to play against her. I was focused in every point I played,” said Halep.The fourth seed is yet to drop a set at this year’s tournament and was never in danger of doing so on Rod Laver Arena, totally dominating the 24-year-old once she had the first break in the third game of the match.Kontaveit, playing in her first Grand Slam quarter-final, had beaten sixth seed Belinda Bencic in 49 minutes in the third round but was on the wrong side of a hammering in the quarter-finals.Halep moved Kontaveit around the court throughout and was ruthless in knowing when to increase the pace and kill off points, sealing a superb victory with her fifth ace.



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The Papers: Lord Lucan 'found' and Prince Andrew 'bewildered'



Newspaper headlines: Lord Lucan ‘found’ and Prince Andrew ‘bewildered’

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“I’ve tracked down Lord Lucan”, is the “bombshell claim” on the front of the Mirror. The peer vanished 46 years ago following the death of his family nanny, Sandra Rivett. An inquest found Lord Lucan murdered her. Now, the paper reports, Ms Rivett’s son believes he has found him in Australia.

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The Daily Express says a source “close to” Prince Andrew has disputed claims by a US official that the duke has shown “zero co-operation” with the investigation into disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. “The duke is more than happy to talk to the FBI, but he hasn’t been approached yet,” the source said.

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The Telegraph also has the Prince Andrew story, with a source telling the paper he is “angry and bewildered”. Meanwhile, the paper’s lead story focuses on UK’s decision to use Chinese firm Huawei to build part of its new 5G network – despite US warnings. The Telegraph says UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to “heal the rift” with the US by ensuring the UK is never “reliant on Chinese technology” again.

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“I’ll meet you half-Huawei” puns the Metro’s headline, as the Chinese firm will be banned from supplying kit to “sensitive parts” of the network. The paper calls it a “halfway-house” arrangement, which has met resistance from inside the Tory party and the White House.

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The Times says Mr Johnson appeared to “succeed in limiting the fallout” from the Huawei move despite criticism from Washington and senior Tories, including Defence Secretary Ben Wallace. Elsewhere, the paper says Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis has cautioned about the risks of scripted interviews after outgoing BBC director general Lord Hall suggested the corporation’s political interviews were too confrontational.

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A vivid red, the colour of Huawei’s logo, greets i readers this morning. The paper says Mr Johnson blamed a lack of alternatives for his decision to allow the Chinese firm’s involvement in the 5G network. A UK tech official appears to have backed his claims, saying it was “crazy” that Huawei was one of only three suppliers to choose from.

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The FT focuses on the US response to the UK’s Huawei plans. “US condemns UK decision” is the headline but, the paper says, Washington “stopped short of threatening any direct retaliation”.

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For the Guardian, Mr Johnson’s announcement “appears to have averted a full-blown confrontation” with the US. The paper leads on Donald Trump’s newly-unveiled proposals for the future of the Middle East. The paper notes Palestinian leaders, who “pre-emptively rejected” the idea, were absent from its launch.

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Many of the paper’s feature the smiling face of Broadcaster Nicholas Parsons, who has died at the age of 96. The Sun carries tributes to the former host of BBC Radio 4’s Just A Minute from stars including David Walliams, Rob Brydon and Brendan O’Carroll.

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The Daily Mail’s splash delivers a warning over “death trap” smart motorways – which can use hard shoulders as regular lanes. A leading police figure has called for their rollout to be scrapped after it was revealed that 38 people have died on them over the last five years.

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And finally, the Daily Star reports that the actress who plays one of British TV’s longest-serving soap stars – Barbara Knox, who has played Rita Tanner in Coronation Street for 56 years – still fears her character will be cut.

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Late Trezeguet goal sends Aston Villa into Carabao Cup final




Trezeguet was mobbed by his team-mates at full-timeTrezeguet’s injury-time winner fired Aston Villa into the Carabao Cup final with victory over Leicester City on a dramatic night at Villa Park.The game had entered four minutes of stoppage time and penalties were looming when substitute Ahmed Elmohamedy sent over a superb cross for Trezeguet to drill a far-post finish across Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel.It sparked wild scenes of joy and a pitch invasion at Villa Park, as the hosts reached their first showpiece final since the FA Cup in 2015, when they lost 4-0 to Arsenal.Villa – who face either Manchester City or Manchester United in the final – were indebted to goalkeeper Orjan Nyland for a string of magnificent first-half saves that allowed them to go in at the interval leading through Matt Targett’s 12th-minute strike.And the hosts were enjoying their best spell of the game when Kelechi Iheanacho turned in Harvey Barnes’ cross with 18 minutes left, leaving the momentum with Brendan Rodgers’ side.But Trezeguet’s late intervention means Dean Smith’s side will be in their first EFL Cup final since 2010, when they lost to Manchester United.Nyland and Grealish Villa’s heroesVilla had two standout performers on this glory night as the hosts produced a finale that left Leicester with no chance of a comeback in the dying seconds of a thunderous encounter.Nyland formed a one-man barrier against a barrage of Leicester attacks as the Foxes went for the kill in the first half.The 29-year-old Norwegian produced an astonishing string of saves, particularly two low down from James Maddison and arguably the best of all when he touched Youri Tielemans’ rising drive on to the bar.It kept Villa in contention and protecting that precious lead given to them by Targett, allowing Grealish to exert his own influence both as a creator and someone who could hold the ball in moments of stress.Grealish should have set up a debut goal for £10m striker Mbwana Samatta, who somehow failed to even get a touch on his cross from six yards out with the goal at his mercy.Samatta, who was substituted, will have been a relieved man when Trezeguet produced that decisive finish and Villa were on their way back to Wembley, a place they last sampled when they beat Derby County in the Championship play-offs last season.Heartbreak for Leicester and RodgersLeicester and manager Rodgers will reflect on this night and feel the fates were against them, from Nyland having the game of his life to an incident in the first half when VAR did not award a penalty for handball against Marvelous Nakamba.Leicester had their chances to win, with Jonny Evans’ header dropping agonisingly wide in the closing seconds, only for Villa to sweep upfield and make that last chance count.This has been an outstanding season for Leicester as they look destined for the top four in the Premier League and a return to the Champions League, but this will still be a bitter disappointment for Rodgers and his players, who lay flat on the turf as Villa’s players celebrated the winner.And for Rodgers, it was more punishment at the hands of Villa, who beat him in the 2015 FA Cup semi-final at Wembley when he was Liverpool manager.Man of the match – Orjan Nyland
Nyland made a string of stunning saves to keep Leicester down to one goalGrealish pulls the strings – match statsAston Villa have reached the final of the EFL Cup for a ninth time (level with Manchester United) – only Liverpool (12) have made it to the final of the competition on more occasionsLeicester City have been eliminated from the EFL Cup at the semi-final stages for the first time, having progressed from each of their previous five such ties in the competition.Leicester City attempted 43 shots compared to Aston Villa’s total of 12 over the two legs of this semi-final tie but could only score twice. Aston Villa have ended Brendan Rodgers’ 32-game unbeaten run in domestic cup competition (EFL Cup, FA Cup, Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup – W28 D4) across spells with Liverpool, Celtic and Leicester – they are the first team to beat a side managed by Rodgers since Villa beat Liverpool in the 2014-15 FA Cup semi-final.Jack Grealish has been directly involved in 16 goals across all competitions for Aston Villa this season (nine goals, seven assists), more than any other English Premier League midfielder.’I’ll be a very proud man at Wembley’ – what the managers saidAston Villa manager Dean Smith speaking to Sky Sports: “I certainly let myself go with the goal. That deep into stoppage time, there was a bit of emotion from everyone and the place erupted.”Our goalkeeper made three great saves but I thought we were aggressive as well.”To go and get the win at the death like we did there, to take this club to Wembley, I’ll be a very proud man to walk out there with this team.”Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers speaking to Sky Sports: “I thought we were excellent. Their goalkeeper made some outstanding saves.”We had a nice control in the game. I thought we should have had a definite handball for a penalty. By the end of the game I thought only one team looked like they were going to win it.”It’s tough to take looking back over the two games, but congratulations to Aston Villa and we have to move on.”What’s next?Villa will turn their attention to Premier League survival when they travel to relegation rivals Bournemouth on Saturday. On the same day Leicester look to bolster their place in the top four when they host Chelsea.



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Hounslow trader avoids jail in 'flash crash' case


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Navinder Sarao in London in 2016

The self-taught UK trader who made millions in bogus trades and contributed to a brief 2010 crash in the US stock market has been sentenced to a year of home confinement.Navinder Sarao, who pleaded guilty in 2016 to fraud and market “spoofing”, faced up to eight years in prison.But US prosecutors had recommended against jail time.They said the judge should consider his “extraordinary cooperation” with the government and diagnosis with autism. In federal court in Chicago, Judge Virginia Kendall sentenced Mr Sarao to one year of supervised release with strict conditions, which limit his activities outside the home, according to a Bloomberg reporter who was in the courtroom.”I hope that this is a lesson to you,” she reportedly said.When the judge proposed a year of home incarceration initially, she was told that sentence might not be enforceable outside of the US.Mr Sarao already spent four months in the UK’s Wandsworth Prison after his 2015 arrest. He has also forfeited about $7.6m (£5.8m) in illegal gains.

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“We’re incredibly grateful,” Mr Sarao’s attorney Roger Burlingame told the BBC. “He’s…looking forward to getting back to living his life.”Mr Burlingame added that Mr Sarao was “overjoyed” to put the matter behind him, after “living under threat of a very long sentence” for almost five years. ‘Spoofing the market’US authorities say Mr Sarao made more than $70m between 2009 and 2014 trading from his childhood bedroom, including $12.8m tied to his illegal behaviour.Using specially programmed, high-speed software, Mr Sarao placed thousands of orders that he did not intend to fulfil, creating the illusion of market demand. When he cancelled or changed his bids, he was able to profit.

Analysis by BBC Business reporter Ramzan KarmaliNavinder Sarao will be extremely relieved not be spending another day behind bars. His attorney, Roger Burlingame, told me that the four months Mr Sarao spent at Wandsworth prison were probably the toughest thing he’d ever faced. Mr Sarao has a diagnosis of severe Asperger’s – one of many interesting aspects to this case.Mr Burlingame said that Mr Sarao almost believed he was playing a highly sophisticated and complicated video game and he affectively found the best “cheat” to win the game. He had alerted authorities about what he believed – that many traders were cheating on the futures markets – six months before he was arrested. He claims the authorities weren’t interested in his findings. The other aspect which many people find hard to believe is that Mr Sarao has no money left from his trading profits. He lost a large amount to fraudsters himself but Mr Burlingame said his motivation was never money but the thrill of winning at his favourite video game.

The activity – known as “spoofing” – contributed to market instability that led to the May 2010 “flash crash”, when the Dow Jones index fell almost 1,000 points in a matter of minutes.
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The US made spoofing a crime in 2010 as part of a broader effort to tighten regulations following the 2008 financial crisis. Mr Sarao was the second person to be charged under the new rules.Mr Burlingame said Judge Kendall had considered Mr Sarao’s crimes in the “proper context”, which had included complaining to market officials about spoofing by other traders. Mr Sarao saw his trades as a way to “fight fire with fire”, Mr Burlingame added.The case against Mr Sarao, filed in federal court in Chicago, drew intense interest in the UK, where he was dubbed the “Hound of Hounslow” in reference to the “Wolf of Wall Street” and location of his parents’ home in West London.

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Hounslow in west London, from where US authorities allege Navinder Sarao caused the market to crash

He faced hundreds of years in prison on the initial charges, which were reduced in the 2016 plea deal.In court documents, Mr Sarao’s attorneys described him as a mathematical savant and “singularly sunny, childlike, guileless, trusting person”, who lived off public benefits and spent much of his time in his childhood bedroom, surrounded by computer games and stuffed animals.He spent little of his profits, much of which he lost in investment scams.In their sentencing recommendation, prosecutors noted Mr Sarao’s medical diagnosis, expressions of his remorse and assistance with other lawsuits. They said jail time would not serve as a deterrent, arguing that he had been motivated not by greed, but by a desire to excel in an activity he perceived as a “sophisticated video game”.



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Caribbean earthquake of 7.7 triggers tsunami warnings


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The quake hit between Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cuba

A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake has struck in the Caribbean, prompting tsunami warnings for parts of the region, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on Tuesday.The quake hit between Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cuba at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the USGS said. Buildings shook and tremors were felt as far away as Miami, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.Warnings were quickly issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC).The PTWC said “hazardous tsunami waves are possible” for coasts located within 300km (186 miles) of the earthquake’s epicentre.This includes parts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica, it said.But seismologist Dr Lucy Jones tweeted: “The M7.7 Jamaican quake produced sideways motion on the fault, so the tsunami risk is low.”The epicentre of the quake, initially reported as magnitude-7.3 before being upgraded, was 125 km north-west of Lucea, Jamaica.Shaking has been reported in the Cuban capital, Havana, and in Kingston, Jamaica.Meanwhile, advice to “move away from coastal areas” has been issued by the Cayman Islands government on Twitter.

Mikhail Campbell, a police media relations officer in the Cayman Islands, told Reuters news agency he was not immediately aware of any reports of serious damage.



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Welsh smacking ban passed by assembly


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The Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) Bill passed with the support of Labour and Plaid Cymru assembly members

A law banning people in Wales from smacking their children has been passed by the Welsh Assembly.It is the second part of the UK to do so, after Scotland. The ban will begin in 2022.Julie Morgan, deputy social services minister, said it was a “historic day”.But the Conservatives Janet Finch Saunders said the state was stepping into the private lives of families. Assembly members passed the law with 36 votes for, 14 against.The legislation removes the defence of “reasonable punishment” in cases of common assault.
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Ms Morgan had campaigned for years for a ban and had broken the Labour whip over the issue when the Welsh Government did not support it, in 2015.”This is not about the government telling parents how to raise their children or about criminalising loving parents,” she told a press conference on Tuesday.She said the government had listened to the “vocal minority” who opposed the move, but that removing the defence of reasonable punishment “is the right thing to do”.”The children of Wales should have the same protection as adults in Wales have.”She added: “What we are saying is no physical punishment – not to use physical means to punish your children.”She said that could extend to shaking, as well as smacking.

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Julie Morgan said the law was not about the Welsh Government ‘telling parents how to raise their children’

‘Not right or fair’The bill passed with the support of Labour and Plaid Cymru AMs.At the Senedd debate Welsh Conservative AM Janet Finch-Saunders said she was unconvinced that removing the defence was “right or fair” for Wales.Her party had a free vote on the legislation and was split. Tory AMs David Melding and Angela Burns backed the law while other colleagues that voted opposed it.Ms Finch-Saunders said: “With this bill the state is now stepping into the private lives of families”.She added: “Through the involvement of the police and social services… this smacking ban this will potentially have far reaching consequences for us all.”Brexit Party group leader Mark Reckless said that while he did not feel it was morally right to smack a child, the time was not right to legislate while “many loving families” still use physical chastisement.Helen Mary Jones, of Plaid Cymru, said it was a “happy day” for those who had been campaigning for a ban.The NSPCC said: “This is a remarkable achievement which closes an outdated loophole and finally gives children in Wales the same legal protection from assault as adults.”

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Janet Finch-Saunders said removing the defence was not “right or fair”

How will the smacking ban be policed? What are the rules for visitors to Wales? And what counts as a smack? Here, we answer some of your questions.What is the legal definition of a smack?There isn’t a definition – and the Welsh Government is deliberately not creating one.It said the law already allowed parents to handle their children with force.A parent’s right to carry a child to a time-out area, stop them running into the road or dress them would not be affected by the smacking ban, the government said.As things stand, anyone prosecuted for common assault can argue in their defence that they were delivering a “reasonable punishment”. This bill removes that defence.The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said a reasonable punishment defence only works if victim’s injuries are “transient and trifling and amounted to no more than temporary reddening of the skin”. Who is supporting the ban and who is opposing it?Child welfare charities and the Children’s Commissioners of Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland want a ban.Some Welsh AMs have argued in favour for years, but until recently it was not clear whether the institution had the necessary powers.But not all AMs agree. Conservative and Brexit Party AMs have called the bill a “snooper’s charter”.The Be Reasonable campaign is opposing smacking bans around the UK, as are some evangelical Christian groups.There are strongly-held views on either side of the debate – and both sides claimed public opinion was with them.

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There were strong views on both sides of the argument before the smacking ban was introduced in New Zealand in 2007

How will the smacking ban be enforced?The criminal justice system will enforce it.Based on what happened in New Zealand, where smacking was banned in 2007, the Welsh Government expects about 38 prosecutions in five years. The CPS has suggested the figure could be lower.Prosecutions will be based on evidence gathered by the police. South Wales Police Chief Constable Matt Jukes said it would be “unlikely” people “are going to start, in vast numbers, picking up the phone to report things to us”.Police could decide to caution someone instead of taking them to court.They could also issue community resolution orders, which would not go on a criminal record but could show up on an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check in some circumstances when people apply for certain jobs.Which countries have banned smacking?The physical punishment of children is banned by 58 nation states, according to the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children.That does not include devolved governments such as Scotland and Wales.Sweden was the first country to ban smacking in 1979.AMs heard competing arguments from Sweden about the consequences of the ban.The office of the New Zealand Children’s Commissioner said the proportion of parents who said they used physical punishment fell in the decade after its ban.What if a parent from England, unaware of the ban, is caught smacking their child in Wales?Ignorance of the law is not a defence.Anyone accused of smacking a child in Wales could face the consequences, no matter where they are from.Police and prosecutors have said it is important visitors to Wales know about the ban.As soon as they crossed the border into Wales, they would have to abide by the law.The Welsh Government said it planned to have a “very wide-ranging, intensive information programme” to warn people.It also acknowledges lawyers will need to be aware the bill creates a “divergence in the law between England and Wales”.

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What if a child tells a teacher they have been smacked, what would they need to do? Teachers are already expected to report concerns about physical punishment. It is then up to social services or the police to investigate.Schools’ procedures on safeguarding might need to be reviewed after the defence on reasonable punishment is removed.Teaching unions have said their members should get more information on what is expected of them in future.The government said it did not want to stop teachers restraining or controlling pupils physically in school if they have to, for example to stop a fight in the playground.Ministers and the children’s commissioner for Wales have said that for the rest of us, whether or not to report allegations of smacking will be a matter of individual judgement.

This story was inspired by questions sent in by readers of Smacking ban plan in Wales set to clear final hurdle and previous stories on the subject.



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Coronavirus: Foreign Office warns against 'all but essential travel' to China


The Foreign Office is warning Britons not to travel to mainland China, unless their journey is essential. Its updated advice comes amid the coronavirus outbreak, which has caused more than 100 deaths, spread across China and to at least 16 other countries.There have been no confirmed cases in the UK so far.The FCO also advises against all travel to Hubei Province, saying anyone there who can leave should do so. In its China advice on the gov.uk website, it said: “The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macao).”The Chinese government continue to impose further restrictions on movement within China in response to the coronavirus outbreak. “It may become harder over the coming weeks for those who wish to leave China to do so. If you feel that you may want to leave China soon, you should consider making plans to do so before any further restrictions may be imposed.”



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Trump releases long-awaited Middle-East peace plan


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Trump’s plan aims to solve one of the world’s most intractable conflicts

US President Donald Trump has presented his long-awaited Middle East peace plan, promising to keep Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital.He proposed a two-state solution and said no Israelis or Palestinians would be uprooted from their homes.Standing alongside Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Mr Trump said his plan “could be the last opportunity” for Palestinians.Palestinians have already all but rejected the leaked proposals.The blueprint, which has been shrouded in secrecy, was drafted under the stewardship of President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.The plan aims to solve one of the world’s longest-running conflicts.Thousands of Palestinians protested in the Gaza Strip earlier on Tuesday, while the Israeli military deployed reinforcements in the occupied West Bank.What did President Trump say?”Today, Israel takes a big step towards peace,” Mr Trump told officials and reporters at the White House.”Palestinians are in poverty and violence, exploited by those seeking to use them as pawns to advance terrorism and extremism. They deserve a far better life.”Mr Trump said it was the first time that Israel had authorised “the release of a conceptual map illustrating the territorial compromises it is willing to make for the cause of peace”.”They’ve gone a long way,” he said, adding: “We will form a joint committee with Israel to convert the conceptual map into a more detailed and calibrated rendering so that recognition can be immediately be achieved.”He said the map would more than double the Palestinian territory and provide a Palestinian capital in eastern Jerusalem “where America will proudly open an embassy”.Mr Trump indicated that the Israeli-occupied West Bank would not be cut in half under the plan.”We will also work to create a contiguous territory within the future Palestinian state, for when the conditions for statehood are met, including the firm rejection of terrorism,” he said.What’s the background?After holding talks with Mr Trump in Washington on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the president as “the greatest friend that Israel has had in the White House”.”The deal of the century is the opportunity of a century, and we’re not going to pass it by,” he said. Israeli officials said Mr Netanyahu would fly to Moscow on Wednesday to discuss the proposals with Russian President Vladimir Putin.Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz, who also met Mr Trump on Monday, called the plan “a significant and historic milestone”.

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Palestinian leaders rejected the plan in advance, saying it sought to impose permanent Israeli rule over the West Bank.”The US administration will not find a single Palestinian who supports this project,” the Palestinian foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday. “Trump’s plan is the plot of the century to liquidate the Palestinian cause.”Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called an emergency meeting of the Palestinian leadership over the plan on Tuesday night.The Palestinians broke off contacts with the Trump administration in December 2017, after Mr Trump decided to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy to the city from Tel Aviv. Since then, the US has ended both bilateral aid for Palestinians and contributions for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).And in November, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US had abandoned its four-decades-old position that Jewish settlements in the West Bank were inconsistent with international law.The Arab League will convene an urgent meeting on Saturday.

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What are the issues at stake?Of all the conflicts in the Middle East, that between Israel and the Palestinians has been the most intractable. Although the two sides signed a breakthrough peace accord in 1993, more than a quarter of a century on the two sides are arguably as far apart as ever.Jerusalem: Both Israel and the Palestinians hold competing claims to the city. Israel, which occupied the formerly Jordanian-held eastern part in 1967, regards the whole of Jerusalem as its capital. The Palestinians insist on East Jerusalem – home to about 350,000 of their community – as the capital of a hoped-for independent state.Palestinian statehood: The Palestinians want an independent state of their own, comprising the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Israeli prime ministers have publicly accepted the notion of a Palestinian state alongside Israel but not what form it should take. Benjamin Netanyahu has said any Palestinian state should be demilitarised with the powers to govern itself but not to threaten Israel.Recognition: Israel insists that any peace deal must include Palestinian recognition of it as the “nation-state of the Jewish people”, arguing that without this Palestinians will continue to press their own national claims to the land, causing the conflict to endure. The Palestinians says what Israel calls itself is its own business, but to recognise it as the Jewish state will discriminate against Israel’s Arab population of Palestinian origin, who are Muslims, Christians and Druze.Borders: Both sides have fundamentally different ideas as to where the boundaries of a potential Palestinian state should be. The Palestinians insist on borders based on ceasefire lines which separated Israel and East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza between 1949 and 1967. Israel says those lines are militarily indefensible and were never intended to be permanent. It has not said where borders should be, other than making clear its own eastern border should be along the Jordan River.Settlements: Since 1967, Israel has built about 140 settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, as well as 121 outposts – settlements built without the government’s authorisation. They have become home to some 600,000 Israeli Jews. Settlements are considered illegal by most of the international community, though Israel disputes this. Palestinians say all settlements must be removed for a Palestinian state to be viable. Mr Netanyahu has vowed not only to never to uproot any settlements but to bring them under Israeli sovereignty.Refugees: The UN says its agencies support about 5.5 million Palestinian refugees in the Middle East (the Palestinian Authority says there are up to 6 million), including the descendants of people who fled or were expelled by Jewish forces from what became Israel in the 1948-49 war. Palestinians insist on their right to return to their former homes, but Israel says they are not entitled to, noting that such a move would overwhelm it demographically and lead to its end as a Jewish state.

100 years of Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Key moments*

Nov 2019: Trump administration says it no longer considers Israeli settlements in occupied territory as inconsistent with international law, putting the US at odds with most of international community

Dec 2017: Donald Trump announces US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – Palestinians cut off relations with Trump administration

April 2014: Last round of direct Israel-Palestinian peace talks collapse amid acrimony

Sept 2000- Feb 2005: Second Palestinian uprising

Sept 1993: Israel-Palestinians sign Oslo peace accords, agreeing framework for eventual peace deal; 20 years of on-off peace talks – and violence – follow

Dec 1987-Sept 1993: First Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation

June 1967: Middle East war – Israel occupies East Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza Strip; years of hostility and bloodshed follow; UN Security Council Resolution 242 calls on Israel to withdraw from “territories occupied in recent conflict” and recognises the right of “every state in the area to live in peace within secure and recognised boundaries”

May 1948: British Mandate for Palestine terminates; Israeli statehood declared, Arab countries invade, conflict creates 700,000 Palestinian refugees; 800,000 Jews expelled or flee from Arab countries in wake

Nov 1947: UN recommends partitioning Mandate Palestine into Jewish and Arab states – Jewish leadership in Palestine accept, Arab leadership reject; violence between two sides escalates

July 1922: League of Nations entrusts Britain as Mandatory power to put terms of Balfour Declaration into effect

Dec 1917: British forces conquer and occupy Palestine; in years that follow, violence between Jews and Arabs increases

Nov 1917: Britain (fighting Ottoman Empire in WWI) issues “Balfour Declaration” expressing support for Jewish “national home” in Palestine on condition that the rights of non-Jewish communities there are not prejudiced

Pre-1917: Turkish Ottoman Empire rules over Jewish and Arab communities in geographical area referred to as Palestine, the Holy Land or (by Jews) the Land of Israel
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England kitman saves Adidas trainer fan from streets


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Craig Bell said these 2013 trainers, which are the same colours as his team Bradford City, look “belting on the foot on away days”

England football team’s kitman has come to the aid of a fellow Adidas trainer enthusiast who was faced with selling his collection or being made homeless.Craig Bell posted on Twitter that he was having to sell some of his beloved trainers to pay £100 owed in rent.The Bradford City fan, who has amassed 45 pairs over six years, said if he did not pay he would be evicted.Kitman Pat Frost, also a collector of the trainer brand, spotted his tweet and offered to pay his rent.Mr Bell said: “Pat is the brightest light. He is a star this country should be proud of.”

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He added: “He’s a complete stranger to me but when I meet him and shake his hand and buy him a pint it will be an absolute honour.”The 29-year-old said he was currently signed off work because of a back fracture and had no friends or family to ask for help, leaving him with no choice but to sell some of his trainers, which he described as “his pride and joy”.

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These Bern City Series trainer are part of Mr Bell’s collection

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Mr Bell posted tweeted a picture of himself “stunned and in tears” by Pat Frost’s offer

He added: “I know some of the trainers are worth some money and I thought if I’m on the streets where am I going to put all these shoe boxes, so I thought it’s the only way I’m going to get the £100 by the end of the day.”

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The football fan said all his trainers had been worn although he liked to keep some fresh for years before “popping the tags”

Mr Frost said he was a “great believer in what goes around comes around”.”It’s just one of those things. If you can help a bloke out [and] I was lucky enough to be in a position to do that,” he said.Mr Bell said being connected with Mr Frost was down to the Adidas community on social media, adding: “Just a love of three stripes, the trainers and what’s behind them.”

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