Beavers are returning to London – and they might protect a local train station from flooding

Beavers are returning to London – and they might protect a local train station from flooding

Beavers will return to London for the first time in 400 years – and they could stop flooding at a local train station.

Widely hunted for their fur and meat, beavers went extinct in England during the 16th century.

But after a decade of successful breeding programs, the semi-aquatic mammal is back. Now, they are being reintroduced to London.

At least one male and one female Eurasian beaver will be released in Ealing’s Paradise Fields, an eight-hectare site of woodland and wetlands.

Why are beavers being reintroduced to London?

Beavers can be ‘ecosystem engineers’ generating a habitat for dozens of other species. The wood they bring into water provides food and shelter for insects, who in turn attract fish and birds. Their dams slow water, creating wetlands and marshy meadows.

The reintroduction will greatly benefit the local environment, said Dr Sean McCormack, chair and founder of Ealing Wildlife Group.

“Many people assume beavers to be a wilderness species. In fact, we’ve just forgotten how closely we used to live alongside them.”

“And we’ve forgotten the rich tapestry of life they can bring as engineers of healthy ecosystems.”

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Beavers act as ‘ecosystem engineers’ by building dams on rivers. – Canva

How can beavers help to prevent flooding?

The diligent rodents could also help protect local infrastructure.

Paradise Fields often floods, causing damage to local Greenford Tube station. But beavers could prevent this – not only do they build dams, but they dig out new channels while exploring. This network of ponds can hold water, preventing it from rushing out of park areas.

Findings from the River Otter Beaver Trial in Devon show that the beavers reduced flood flows by up to 60 per cent.

“Rewilding is a crucial tool in the toolbox for tackling the nature and climate emergencies,” says Professor Alastair Driver, Director of conservation charity Rewilding Britain

“Beavers can do much of that rewilding completely free of charge in river and wetland environments.”

Are beavers protected in England?

There are now hundreds of beavers in the UK. The government has passed legislation protecting them

As of October 2022, it is illegal to deliberately capture, injure, kill or otherwise disturb the creatures.

Other European countries could provide a glimpse into Britain’s beaver future.

Just a century after Eurasian beavers were reintroduced in Sweden, they now number over 150,000. Norway and Germany both reintroduced them in the 1960s, and they now have populations of around 80,000 and 40,000 respectively.

Olympic cyclist’s wife was pregnant during knifepoint raid at family home

Peta Cavendish addresses the media outside Chelmsford Crown Court where two of the gang were jailed for a total of 27 years - Joe Giddens/PA
Peta Cavendish addresses the media outside Chelmsford Crown Court where two of the gang were jailed for a total of 27 years – Joe Giddens/PA

The wife of Mark Cavendish, the Olympic cyclist, has told how she was in the early stages of pregnancy when robbers subjected her family to a terrifying knifepoint raid.

Peta Cavendish fought back tears as she said the robbery at their “loving family home” in Essex had a “massive impact on what should have been an incredibly happy time for us”.

The former model read her victim impact statement before speaking outside Chelmsford Crown Court where two of the gang were jailed for a total of 27 years.

Romario Henry, 31, from Lewisham, south-east London, had denied two counts of robbery but was found guilty following a trial. He was jailed on Tuesday for 15 years. Ali Sesay, 28, from Rainham in Kent, admitted two counts of robbery, and was jailed for 12 years.

The men, who wore balaclavas during the violent late night raid in Ongar in November 2021, stole two Richard Mille watches, worth £700,000, among other items.

Speaking after sentencing, Mrs Cavendish insisted “this has never been about the items that were taken”, adding: “It was about the terror that our family felt. The impact continues on to this day for our family.”

She continued: “What these men did is a world away from a robbery on the street.

“At the time, I was in the early stages of pregnancy and the incident has had a massive impact on what should’ve been an incredibly happy time for us as a family.

“When I brought our newborn baby home the first thing that my son said was, ‘I’ll protect her from the bad men if they ever came back’.

“No family should ever go through what we went through. I’m glad that two of the people have been sent to jail today for significant periods of time, but no matter what the sentence was, as any parent would understand, I’m sure, no time in prison could make up for what they did to us that night.”

Ali Sesay, left, was jailed for 12 years while Romario Henry was sentenced to 15 years behind bars - Essex Police/PA
Ali Sesay, left, was jailed for 12 years while Romario Henry was sentenced to 15 years behind bars – Essex Police/PA

The robbers threatened to stab the Olympian, who was recovering from having broken his ribs in a cycling crash in Belgium at a track event.

Mrs Cavendish told how she resorted to covering her three-year-old child, who was in a bed with her, with the duvet to prevent the child seeing what was happening.

She said she had heard a noise that woke her up before going downstairs to investigate.

She saw “men’s figures in balaclavas, and they were running towards the bottom of the stairs”, and she believed there were “between three and five” people.

She ran back to the bedroom, shouting “get back” or “get in” to her husband, who was unable to activate a panic alarm.

One of the intruders, she said, was holding a Rambo-style knife. Another dragged Mr Cavendish “from his feet and started punching him”.

“One of them held a large black knife to his throat and they said, ‘where’s the watches?’ and ‘do you want me to stab you?”‘

Mr Cavendish, who jointly holds the record for most stage wins in the Tour de France, was robbed of a watch, phone and safe. His wife was robbed of a watch, phone and suitcase.

Mark Cavendish and his wife Peta were subjected to a terrifying knifepoint ordeal in their family home - Tim Stewart
Mark Cavendish and his wife Peta were subjected to a terrifying knifepoint ordeal in their family home – Tim Stewart

Mrs Cavendish said that at the time her husband had been “out of hospital for four days, maybe” after the crash, which left him with three broken ribs and a tear to his left lung.

Jurors were told that two other men, Jo Jobson, from Plaistow, east London, and George Goddard, from Loughton in Essex, have been named as suspects in the robbery but have not been apprehended.

Jobson was 25 and Goddard 26 at the time of a police appeal last March.

Oludewa Okorosobo, 28, of Flaxman Road, Camberwell, south London, denied two counts of robbery and was cleared by jurors after a trial.

Super Bowl 2023: The biggest fashion moments in halftime show history that deserve an instant replay

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The Super Bowl game may be football’s biggest night of the year, but it’s the halftime show that has some of fashion’s most show-stopping moments.

Over the years, each Super Bowl halftime show has become bigger and bolder than the last. Ever since New Kids on the Block first performed in 1991 – in matching all-black outfits no less – the halftime show has become synonymous with elaborate sets and glittering costumes.

This year, Grammy award-winner Rihanna will grace the halftime show stage (or football field) and join the ranks of fellow pop stars such as Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Madonna who have all brought down the house before her.

If there’s one thing we know about the singer turned fashion mogul, Rihanna’s halftime show is bound to be full of midriff-baring looks, Swarovski crystals, and of course, lingerie.

From Katy Perry’s four outfit changes to Madonna’s Cleopatra-inspired ensemble, here’s some of the best fashion moments from Super Bowl halftime shows of years past.

Mary J Blige

Mary J Blige performs during the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium on 13 February, 2022 in Inglewood, California (Getty Images)
Mary J Blige performs during the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium on 13 February, 2022 in Inglewood, California (Getty Images)

Last year, rap legend Mary J Blidge co-headlined the Super Bowl halftime show at SoFi Stadium in California alongside Dr Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and Snoop Dogg. The queen of hip hop performed hits “No More Drama” and “Family Affair” while decked out in a mirrored leopard print two-piece set with matching thigh-high boots, all designed by Peter Dundas.

The Weeknd

The Weeknd wears Givenchy during the Super Bowl LV Halftime Show in February 2021 (Getty Images)
The Weeknd wears Givenchy during the Super Bowl LV Halftime Show in February 2021 (Getty Images)

In 2021, The Weeknd brought the Las Vegas strip to his Super Bowl halftime show. The “Blinding Lights” singer took the stage wearing a custom black and red suit designed by Givenchy’s Matthew Williams that reportedly took over 250 hours to make.

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez coordinate and metallic outfits at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show (Getty Images)
Shakira and Jennifer Lopez coordinate and metallic outfits at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show (Getty Images)

These two pop stars co-headlined the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show. Shakira began the performance in a Swarovski-encrusted red mini dress with fringe trim designed by Peter Dundas.

Then, J-Lo stepped out in an all-black leather look designed by Atelier Versace, before changing into a jewel-encrusted bodysuit also made by the Italian fashion house. To close the show, the two women appeared on stage together wearing complimenting metallic outfits.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga began her 2017 halftime show on the roof of the NRG Stadium in a Versace bodysuit (Getty Images)
Lady Gaga began her 2017 halftime show on the roof of the NRG Stadium in a Versace bodysuit (Getty Images)

During her 2017 performance, not only did Lady Gaga begin her set by jumping off the roof of the NRG Stadium, but she also changed her outfit three times.

For her death-defying stunt, the “Born This Way” singer wore a Versace bodysuit adorned with Swarovski crystals, with matching knee-high boots. She then threw on a golden jacket with spikes to play the keytar, before changing into a football-inspired top complete with shoulder pads and micro pants.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry entered on an animatronic mechanical lion at the 2015 halftime show (Getty Images)
Katy Perry entered on an animatronic mechanical lion at the 2015 halftime show (Getty Images)

In 2015, Katy Perry made history with perhaps the most elaborate Super Bowl performance ever. The “Firework” singer began her halftime show by entering on an animatronic mechanical lion while wearing a fiery two-piece set by Jeremy Scott.

Perry ultimately achieved a total of four outfit changes – from a 1950s-inspired multi-coloured mini dress, to a zip-up hoodie, to a silver floor-length gown with stars printed on it. And of course, who could forget Left Shark.

Bruno Mars and Beyoncé

Beyoncé and Bruno Mars are special guests at Coldplay’s 2016 halftime show (Getty Images)
Beyoncé and Bruno Mars are special guests at Coldplay’s 2016 halftime show (Getty Images)

While both pop stars each had their turn at headlining the Super Bowl halftime show, it was their surprise appearances at Coldplay’s halftime show that took the (fashion) cake.

Bruno Mars and Beyoncé were special guests at Coldplay’s halftime show in 2016. For his surprise performance, the “Uptown Funk” singer took cues from 1980’s era hip-hop style when he and his 11-piece band coordinated in Versace black leather costumes.

Mars was dressed in slouchy trousers and a black jacket, which featured gold buttons and cuffs emblazoned with the Versace’s signature Greek motif. He paired the leather look with gold chains and Nike sneakers.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé took inspiration from Michael Jackson’s 1993 halftime show performance when she appeared in custom a leather Dsquared2 jacket with gold details. The “Formation” singer then paid homage to the Black Panthers when her background dancers appeared dressed in Black Panther-style berets, black leather, and combat boots.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson wears a military-style jacket at the 1993 Super Bowl (Getty Images)
Michael Jackson wears a military-style jacket at the 1993 Super Bowl (Getty Images)

Speaking of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson’s 1993 halftime show look has gone down in fashion history. The “Thriller” singer appeared on stage wearing a military-style black jacket and aviator sunglasses. He then removed the jacket to reveal a white T-shirt and billowing white jacket.

Prince

Prince wears the colours of the Miami Dolphins for the 2007 Super Bowl (Getty Images)
Prince wears the colours of the Miami Dolphins for the 2007 Super Bowl (Getty Images)

In 2007, Prince performed at the Super Bowl halftime show in a turquoise suit, orange shirt, and his iconic purple guitar in a downpour no less.

Madonna

Madonna channels Cleopatra for the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show (Getty Images)
Madonna channels Cleopatra for the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show (Getty Images)

Madonna possibly broke the record for the most surprise appearances in one halftime show when she brought out LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, MIA, and Cee Lo Green at the 2012 Super Bowl. But even MIA’s middle finger moment couldn’t upstage Madonna’s three outfit changes.

All three looks worn by Madonna were designed by Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy haute couture. At the start of her performance, the “Like a Virgin” singer emerged in a gold cape embroidered with sequins, studs, and crystals, lined in leopard-print chiffon. She completed the first look with a gold headpiece from Phillip Treacy.

Madonna then changed into another Givenchy mini-dress look with a studded belt, short cape, and custom Miu Miu thigh-thigh black-and-gold boots. She finished her performance with a floor-length Givenchy embellished black coat.

Diana Ross

Diana Ross changed her outfit four times during the 1996 Super Bowl halftime show (Getty Images)
Diana Ross changed her outfit four times during the 1996 Super Bowl halftime show (Getty Images)

Before Katy Perry’s four outfit changes, there was Diana Ross. The songstress also achieved a total of four outfit changes during her 12-minute performance at the 1996 Super Bowl halftime show. The “Upside Down” singer began the show wearing a red sequin mini dress, and then changed into a flowing orange and purple gown.

During her third outfit change, while belting “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, she swapped her floor-length gown for a gold cape. Finally, the diva closed out her set wearing a purple embroidered cat suit.

Shania Twain

Shania Twain wore a bedazzled bra during her 2003 halftime show (Getty Images)
Shania Twain wore a bedazzled bra during her 2003 halftime show (Getty Images)

The country music star took the Super Bowl halftime show stage in 2003 wearing a bedazzled bra, black mini skirt, and a full-body cape that was cinched at the waist.

Black Eyed Peas

The Black Eyed Peas appear futuristic during their 2011 Super Bowl halftime show (Getty Images)
The Black Eyed Peas appear futuristic during their 2011 Super Bowl halftime show (Getty Images)

While the Black Eyed Peas’ performance at the 2011 Super Bowl isn’t the most well-received halftime show, the foursome still pulled out all the stops when it came to their flashy, glow-in-the-dark costumes with flickering LEDs, like something out of Tron: Legacy.

Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake

Janet Jackson has a wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Super Bowl (Getty Images)
Janet Jackson has a wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Super Bowl (Getty Images)

Who can forget the Super Bowl halftime show to end all halftime shows? Jackson donned a leather studded corset from Alexander McQueen during her 2004 Super Bowl performance with Justin Timberlake. However, Jackson’s fashion moment was overshadowed when Timberlake tore off the front of her costume and accidentally exposed her breast, forever launching “nipplegate”. Justice for Janet.

Don’t panic – but John Lewis has cancelled the floral midi


Caroline Leaper

Tue, 7 February 2023 at 6:01 pm GMT

john lewis
john lewis

It’s time to move on from the floral midi dress. I know it, you know it, and the newly appointed duo heading up fashion at John Lewis are here to confirm it too.

The priority for fashion director Queralt Ferrer and head buyer Claire Miles is to present fresh-feeling ideas to the retailer’s loyal customers – as well as anyone else who might not previously have considered John Lewis to be a go-to for great clothes. Appointed last June, their debut collection is now starting to arrive in stores offering trophy knits, wide-legged denim, relaxed linen suiting and covetable flat shoes for the spring season ahead. But deliberately scarce are those ubiquitous ditsy floral prints.

“That was one of the main items that we thought we’ve got to move on from,” Ferrer says. “It’s not easy because customers love them, but it’s a trend that has been around for too long and they were everywhere across the high street. We want to give people a reason to buy something new, rather than doing more of the same.”

The need to inspire people to shop through exciting design is particularly pertinent during a cost of living crisis. Why would someone part with their money to buy a new dress if they already have 10 similar styles in their wardrobe? Many of John Lewis’s competitors have retreated in the face of financial gloom, producing “safe” ranges of reissued bestsellers. Instead, John Lewis is going all in for fashion, hoping to attract people with newness.

The very appointment of Ferrer shows that John Lewis has spotted its own problem – people don’t currently think of it as a fashion destination. She is the brand’s first ever Fashion Design Director, employed to make it a “more significant player in fashion”, as well as to help it climb back from repeated losses – the latest £99 million posted last September, blamed on inflation, Brexit and a general seize up in consumer spending. Competitors Next and

Queralt Ferrer and Claire Miles - Philip Panting Photography
Queralt Ferrer and Claire Miles – Philip Panting Photography

Marks & Spencer, meanwhile, shared sales boosts specifically in their clothing departments. No pressure on Ferrer, then.

Ferrer’s background is impressive. She’s often referred to as the “guru” behind Massimo Dutti as she led design there for 17 years from its launch in 1995. She also knows the competition, having spent five years as design director at Marks & Spencer. Ferrer is joined by Claire Miles, the Head of Womenswear Buying, who comes from Mint Velvet and New Look. Miles says that on arrival the pair looked at what was and wasn’t working, and decided that they want customers to get past the idea that they should only go to John Lewis for basics.

“People come for quality, trust and price,” she acknowledges. “But in the clothing department, it was for essentials.”

Right for now

The spring 2023 collection contains plenty of pieces that feel right-for-now. But crucially nothing is overtly trendy, silly or unwearable. On this fashion editor’s shopping list; the Kin ribbed knit shirt (£45), the wide-leg linen trousers (£45) and a practical pair of summer loafers with a non-garish chain embellishment (£89, a high street rarity).

Also available to buy now are the Harrietta Mary Jane flats (£55) that have already been restocked several times over, and an updated version of a 1970s-tinged bestselling Anyday denim jumpsuit (£48). Whilst pursuing a bit more fashion edge, the new team hasn’t lost sight of what their customers actually want to wear.

“We want it to be relevant for the season, but always relevant for our customer,” Miles says. “Where people are being more considered with their purchasing, we want them to see how they will wear something to an event, but also dressed-down and casual.”

The handbags coming into stores in the next few weeks are a world away from the dark leftovers currently in the website clearance section. There is colourful suede, nods to 1990s shapes, and glossy but affordable leather totes. Frankly they look exceptional when compared to the designer dupes currently on the shelves at M&S.

The team is also optimistic about lingerie and nightwear. “We are a destination now for selling both branded and own-brand lingerie,” Miles says, noting that sales are up 20 percent year on year. “With the likes of Debenhams going we have gained some of that market share.”

There is plenty to buy into here. But is it enough to edge back from the brink on the notoriously competitive British high street?

“We’re trying to offer the customer a point of difference, with pieces that are relevant to her life,” affirms Ferrer. “We want people to come in and see what’s new.”

Try these…

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Left to right: And/Or Denim dress, £89; Kin Striped shirt, £65; ANYDAY Denim jumpsuit, £48

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Left to right: Textured cardigan, £49; ANYDAY Sweater, £32; And/Or Suede bag, £89 (available from 13th February)

All available at johnlewis.com

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john lewis

Left: Polka dot dress, £69; heels, £89, johnlewis.com Right: Kin Printed dress, £89; sliders, £55, johnlewis.com

Top image: Left: Kin Striped shirt, £65; wide leg jeans, £59; sliders, £55, johnlewis.com Right: Linen jacket, £69, and trousers, £45 (available from 28th February), johnlewis.com

A Hong Kong fashion executive thought she was adopting a kitten from Thailand. She ended up losing $764,000 in a Bitcoin scam.

A kitten sits in a cage waiting for adoption at center in Hong Kong.
A kitten sits in a cage waiting for adoption at center in Hong Kong.ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP via Getty Images
  • A fashion executive in Hong Kong was duped out of $764,000 in a kitten sale scam, authorities said.
  • The 58-year-old was told to transfer bitcoin for delivery and insurance fees, SCMP reported.
  • She sent the scammer money via 40 cryptocurrency transactions over five months, the outlet wrote.

A fashion executive in Hong Kong who thought she was adopting a kitten from Thailand was tricked into giving scammers more than $764,000 in Bitcoin, local authorities said on Wednesday.

The would-be cat adopter, a 58-year-old vice-president of a fashion company, believed she had contacted someone looking to give away a three-month-old kitten, The South China Morning Post reported.

She got in touch online with the unnamed person in April and continued communicating with them over WhatsApp, per the outlet.

The executive was told she could receive the kitten for free, but that she would have to pay transport and insurance fees via cryptocurrency, per a case briefing the Hong Kong Police Force sent to Insider.

She complied, opening a cryptocurrency account and sending the funds to the accused scammer’s e-wallet, the authorities said.

Then, the woman was fed a tall tale that the cat had died during the shipping process. At the same time, another unnamed individual posing as a foreign bank employee contacted her, saying she would be compensated for the cat’s death with an insurance payout of around $150,000, police said, per the briefing.

There was just one catch: The executive would have to make another payment, this time as a guarantee or administration fee, according to police.

She followed the instructions, and by the time she realized the entire interaction was a scam, she’d bought $764,574 worth of cryptocurrency and sent it all to the fraudster, the authorities said.

The total sum was transferred over 40 Bitcoin transactions between July and November. It was only in January that the executive thought something was amiss and reported her case to the police, the SCMP reported, citing an anonymous source familiar with the matter.

No one has been arrested in connection to the case yet, police said.

Crypto scams have surged worldwide in the last few years, with losses in 2021 totaling almost 60 times that of losses recorded in 2018, the Federal Trade Commission reported in June. Scammers made off with around $1 billion in crypto in 2021 alone, per the FTC.

Blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis reported a higher estimate for that year, saying $14 billion was taken by crypto scammers in 2021.

Pets are often in the mix, too. In April, New Zealand authorities warned of scammers selling puppies using photos they found online, asking potential buyers to transfer more than $1,200 in crypto for purchasing, transport, vaccination, or insurance fees.

In 2018, Bitcoin scammers targeted owners of lost dogs in North Carolina, demanding ransoms for the animals when they didn’t have the pets in their possession.

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Sir Nicholas Coleridge says receiving knighthood from King was thrilling


Matilda Head, PA

Tue, 7 February 2023 at 4:56 pm GMT

The co-chair of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant said it was thrilling to plan such a diverse event as he was knighted at Windsor Castle.

Sir Nicholas Coleridge, who is also chairman of the V&A museum, told the PA news agency: “Being co-chair of the pageant was great fun, but I honestly thought was going to take about five years off my life. I think in the end we just about got away with it.

“The great challenge was getting the mixture between tradition, and then it got sort of wackier and wackier as it continued, with people from every part of the country.”

The pageant saw a 3km carnival procession through central London featuring a cast of thousands, including hundreds of servicemen and women, and celebrities pivotal to 70 years of British culture waving from open-top double-decker buses.

Sir Nicholas was knighted by the King on Tuesday and said: “It’s been the most awe-inspiring and exciting day, one almost forgets how well the British do these things.”

Investiture at Windsor Castle, Nicholas Coleridge is knighted
Sir Nicholas Coleridge is made a Knight Bachelor by the King at Windsor Castle (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

The 65-year-old was recognised for services to museums, publishing and the creative industries in the 2022 Birthday Honours list, an honour he said he never could have expected.

“It was a deeply exciting moment to open the envelope, I’m not going to pretend it wasn’t, and to be here, and see the investiture room with the Ghurkhas and Yeoman Warders, it’s thrilling,” he said.

He admitted he was a great fan of the King and was pleased that he was knighted by the monarch himself.

“It won’t surprise you to know that I’m a very great fan, although I would’ve been very pleased to meet any of the royals,” he added.

“We spoke about the Donatello exhibition opening tonight at the V&A, the King and Queen recently came to see our African fashion exhibition. I think he’s absolutely marvellous.”

Pictured: Brit-rock star Skin awarded OBE at Windsor Castle


Telegraph reporters

Tue, 7 February 2023 at 6:19 pm GMT

Deborah Dyer, (Skin), Singer, Songwriter and Author, is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire - Yui Mok
Deborah Dyer, (Skin), Singer, Songwriter and Author, is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire – Yui Mok

Nineties rock star Skin and fashion designer Stella McCartney are among the latest cohort to receive honours from King Charles III at Windsor Castle.

The 55-year-old singer, whose real name is Deborah Dyer, wore large black platform heels and a jeweled cape to meet the monarch on Tuesday.

Dyer, lead vocalist of Brit-rock band Skunk Anansie, was made an OBE for services to music, and said the honour was “completely unexpected”.

Skin, best known for her band’s hit single Weak, said the honour was on a par with singing for the Dalai Lama and duetting with Pavarotti as the best moments of her career.

The rock singer said it might be a stretch to expect the King to be a fan of her music - Yui Mok
The rock singer said it might be a stretch to expect the King to be a fan of her music – Yui Mok

“Just being in this castle is an honour, it has so much history and so much tradition. It’s quite nice to have been born in this country and to be in this position,” she said.

The rock singer said it might be a stretch to expect the King to be a fan of her music, but recounted their “very sweet” conversation.

The singer wore an elaborate cape to the ceremony - Paul Grover
The singer wore an elaborate cape to the ceremony – Paul Grover

McCartney, 51, was made a CBE. The 51-year-old said she hopes to set an example for sustainable practice in the industry, having recently launched her brand’s first regenerative cotton garments.

She said: “The majority of the fashion industry is making handbags and shoes out of animals, and very unsustainable sourcing, manufacturing and distribution.”

The designer, who was honoured for services to fashion and sustainability, added: “I feel very privileged to be in the position as a founder of the British fashion house that I can be mindful and conscious in the decisions I make.

“If I can do it, anyone can do it. We need to get more fashion houses and fast fashion working in this way, because every single second there’s a truckload of fast fashion burnt or buried – it’s a dirty business.”

Designer Stella McCartney said accepting the CBE was 'the greatest moment' of her professional life - Yui Mok
Designer Stella McCartney said accepting the CBE was ‘the greatest moment’ of her professional life – Yui Mok

McCartney was recognised in the late Queen’s 2022 birthday honours and said accepting her CBE from Charles was “the greatest moment” of her professional life.

“I feel very lucky and I feel really proud to be British. I’m half-American but my business is here, my home is here, and it’s moments like this that I feel it’s great to be British.”

McCartney has enjoyed a myriad of achievements in almost three decades in the fashion industry, including designing Meghan Markle’s wedding reception dress, and the Team GB Olympic kits in 2012 and 2016.

“Working on the 2012 Olympic Games was an absolute highlight of my career. That was a mind-blowing and memorable experience, it makes me emotional to think about it, I was so proud to be part of it,” she said.

Mom calls out school officials for confiscating 11-year-old’s ‘inappropriate’ drawing: ‘This is very much a bow tie’

David Artavia

Sat, 4 February 2023 at 1:23 am GMT

Michigan mom Sierra Carter is defending her 11-year-old daughter after she says school officials
Michigan mom Sierra Carter is defending her 11-year-old daughter after she says school officials “embarrassed” her in class by mistaking a drawing for “boy parts.” (Photo Courtesy of WLNS News/@sierraleann30 via TikTok)

On Jan. 13, Sierra Carter received a surprising phone call from her daughter’s elementary school teacher. The fifth grader had drawn an “inappropriate” picture in class.

The drawing — a pink pig with a necktie in the shape of what could be interpreted as male genitalia — was brought to the teacher’s attention by a classmate who’d informed them that Carter’s daughter drew “boy parts on a pig.”

The 11-year-old, according to her mom, told her teacher that she drew a “bow tie,” not “boy parts.”

“The teacher told her, ‘I’m going to have to give it to the principal and ask him how he wants to handle it,'” which she did, Carter tells Yahoo Life. “They didn’t even talk to my daughter, didn’t try to investigate it at all. Nothing. The principal just said to write her up.”

That was on a Friday. On the following Tuesday, Carter met with the school’s vice principal, a social worker and her daughter to discuss the drawing. “That was when I saw it for the first time and I was beside myself,” she explains. “This is very much a bow tie.”

Attached to the drawing, Carter alleges, was a stapled piece of paper describing the various ways her daughter had reacted to the teacher when pressed about the drawing. Carter says she was told that the photo and its attached paper were going in her daughter’s student file, at the request of the school’s principal.

“I said, ‘I would like to discuss this with him as well,'” she recalls saying in the meeting. “So somebody went and got him and he came in. I pointed to [the drawing] right away and I said to him, ‘I’m not quite sure what’s wrong with this. This is a bow tie.’ And he argued with me. He goes, ‘Well, bow ties have a bow.’ I’m like, ‘Well, she’s 11, and when she was drawing a bow tie, to her, this is her interpretation of that.’ I was like, ‘This is very clearly a bow tie.'”

“I feel like every adult along the way should have shot this down,” she says. “They should have looked at it, and they should have at least asked her, ‘What is this? What did you draw?’ And then if she said, ‘It’s a bowtie,’ shut it down. You can’t just sit there and assume or ostracize a child for something like that. Because one boy thinks it’s something, that’s the word you’re gonna take?”

When she got home that night, Carter took to TikTok to vent about the situation in a video that’s since garnered over 600K views with nearly 14K comments, many of which are from concerned parents raising a debate about whether the school’s actions were befitting the alleged offense.

“The social worker could have stopped this issue in seconds, shameful! The adults have their heads in the gutter,” one comment read.

“Teacher here… bow tie, but woulda had to show my fellow teachers because it’s cute and funny,” another read. “Nothing more.”

“Glad you stood up for your daughter. That’s 100% a bow tie and she is so innocent. Sad this happened,” a supporter wrote, with another adding: “I am a teacher. Definitely a bow tie. It is in the wrong place to be the other.”

Carter says she requested that the school give her the drawing, which they obliged, before explaining that they “needed to make a copy” of it to place in her daughter’s file.

“I should have just grabbed it,” she says now. “I told the principal, ‘I honestly feel like she is owed an apology at this point for the entire thing. And he was like, ‘Well, who do you expect to apologize to her?’ It was just awful.”

The next week, after the heated meeting, Carter says the vice principal sat in her daughter’s classroom the entire day.

“I don’t know what that was about or what the true reason was,” she admits, but it was enough for her to make the decision to transfer her two daughters — 11 and 8 — to another school district citing concerns of emotional stress for them.

The district’s superintendent, John Denney confirmed with Yahoo Life there is nothing in Carter’s daughter’s file pertaining to the photo. In a separate statement, the school district acknowledged the matter by saying “it is unfortunate that a one-sided narrative has been created on social media that paints our staff in a negative light. As with every situation, there are two sides to this story.”

“In this case, a student appropriately brought concerns to the attention of our staff,” the statement continued. “In response, our staff handled the situation with compassion and discretion. Staff contacted the student’s parents to discuss the situation. No student was singled out or ostracized. Every effort was made to protect the privacy and dignity of all students. Nothing has been placed in any student’s school records related to this matter.”

Carter says she and her husband were “never notified” of the photo being removed from the student file. “Last we knew, the principal made a copy of it and said it would remain in her file.”

As seen in an email, obtained by Yahoo Life, from Denney to Carter about the situation, Denney clarifies it is a “common process” for teachers to take notes about such incidents to “look back on if a similar thing occurs later in the year,” reiterating that her daughter’s “official file has no reference to or indication of the situation in question.”

Still, Carter says the real issue is not about the drawing or the student file, but rather, the mistreatment she feels her daughter experienced at the hands of adults — and the responsibility for educators to “ask questions” so kids don’t feel “ostracized” or “targeted” or “embarrassed” at school.

The mom of three, who lost her 7-year-old son Carter six years ago to mitochondrial disease, says the passing of her eldest child inspired her to publish a children’s book last year, Meet Carter, and to be an advocate for “kids who do things differently” so adults can “understand them and find a mutual ground.”

That, she admits, is what fuels her message to school educators now.

“Kids are trying to acclimate to school again [post COVID], and I think teachers may be too quick to act on situations that shouldn’t be taken this way,” she explains. “I just hope we can stop, take a breath, try to look at each situation for what it is and talk to the students, you know, get their side of the story. Find out all the facts before you jump on a disciplinary thing like this. This never had to happen.”

Leah Williamson returns with Laura Coombs included as Sarina Wiegman names England squad for Arnold Clark Cup

Leah Williamson is back in the England squad after injury  (The FA via Getty Images)
Leah Williamson is back in the England squad after injury (The FA via Getty Images)

Sarina Wiegman has named uncapped Everton goalkeeper Emily Ramsey in her 26-player squad for the Arnold Clark Cup this month, while captain Leah Williamson returns.

Ramsey features for the first time having previously played for every England age group at youth level. She has only started half of Everton’s WSL matches so far this season but has performed well when called upon.

England won the inaugural edition of the Arnold Clark Cup last year after drawing with Canada and Spain and beating Germany in a precursor to last year’s European Championships final. This time they face South Korea, Italy and Belgium all on home soil.

Asked whether this squad is likely to mirror the group she takes to Australia and New Zealand for the World Cup in July, Wiegman said: “We’re going to try out some things and see some players that we might not have seen a lot of before. It’s not set in stone now.”

Midfielder Laura Coombs, who has just signed a two-year contract extension with Manchester City, returns following more than two years in the international wilderness. The 32-year-old made her Lionesses senior debut back in 2015.

Captain Leah Williamson is fit again after missing the November camp in which England beat Japan 4-0 and drew 1-1 draw with Norway in Spain. Lucy Bronze, Fran Kirby and Lauren Hemp also return. Beth Mead is still out with an ACL injury that makes her a doubt for the World Cup.

Everton’s Gabby George, Esme Morgan of Manchester City and Manchester United’s Nikita Parris drop out of the squad having all featured in November.

“The world after the Euros changed a little bit,” Wiegman said. “We have to adapt to that new situation. I think we were favourites and we have to be aware of that but we want to improve too. This is a step next week again: to show that and to improve our style of play again and to get more information on the players.”

England host South Korea in Milton Keynes on 16 February, face Italy in Coventry three days later, and finish the campaign against Belgium at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate on 22 February.

England squad in full

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps, Sandy MacIver, Ellie Roebuck, Emily Ramsey

Defenders: Millie Bright, Lucy Bronze, Jess Carter, Niamh Charles, Rachel Daly, Alex Greenwood, Maya Le Tissier, Leah Williamson, Lotte Wubben-Moy

Midfielders: Laura Coombs, Fran Kirby, Georgia Stanway, Ella Toone, Keira Walsh, Katie Zelem

Forwards: Lauren Hemp, Lauren James, Chloe Kelly, Jessica Park, Katie Robinson, Alessia Russo, Ebony Salmon

Christian Atsu hospitalised after he is caught up in Turkish earthquakes


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Tue, 7 February 2023 at 8:53 am GMT

Christian Atsu - Christian Atsu hospitalised after he is caught up in Turkish earthquakes - PA/Richard Sellers
Christian Atsu – Christian Atsu hospitalised after he is caught up in Turkish earthquakes – PA/Richard Sellers

Chritian Atsu, the former Chelsea and Newcastle United footballer, has been found alive and taken to hospital with injuries after Monday’s devastating Turkish earthquake.

Atsu, 31, plays for Turkish Super Lig club Hatayspor in Kahramanmaras, which was one of the regions hit hardest by 7.8 and 7.5 magnitude quakes on Monday.

He was reported missing and feared trapped alongside several of his Hatayspor team-mates and staff. But on Tuesday morning Hatayspor manager Mustafa Ozat confirmed that Atsu had been rescued.

“Christian Atsu was removed from the wreckage with injuries,” said Ozat, who confirmed that rescue efforts were continuing for other club members.

“Unfortunately, our sporting director Taner Savut is still under the rubble.”

Atsu’s team-mates Burak Oksuz and Bertuf Yildirim were among those reportedly pulled from a collapsed building in Kahramanmaras, a city around 50km from each of the quake’s epicentres. Oskuz wearing a Hatayspor jersey.

Hatayspor technical director Ekrem Eksioglu, coach Osman Ates and player Kerim Alici have also been confirmed to be safe.

Atsu was part of the Newcastle team which won promotion back to the Premier League in 2017 after joining on loan for the season from Chelsea, and later completed a permanent move.

Atsu, who scored deep into stoppage time on Sunday to secure a 1-0 win over Kasimpasa, left St James’ Park during the summer of 2021 after making 121 appearances for the club.