Is football finally coming home for England boss Southgate
It's the unmistakeable refrain being sung, hummed and whistled wherever English football fans have gathered for the last couple of weeks, but for two decades “Three Lions” was the source of nothing but pain for England manager Gareth Southgate.
The infectious song, with its chorus “It's coming home, it's coming home, it's coming, football's coming home”, was written by pop star Ian Broadie and comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner ahead of England's hosting of Euro 96.
It became an instant hit and was belted out in pubs, night clubs, on the streets and in football stadiums throughout the tournament as an England team featuring centre back Southgate reached the semi-finals.
In the last four they met their 1990 World Cup semi-final nemesis Germany, who gatecrashed the hosts' party by winning a penalty shootout after England's sixth spot-kick – taken by Southgate – was saved.
British regulator to fine Facebook over data protection breaches
Britain's information regulator said on Wednesday she intends to fine Facebook for breaches of data protection law as her office investigates how millions of users' data was improperly accessed by consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has faced questioning by U.S. and EU lawmakers over how Cambridge Analytica improperly got hold of the personal data of 87 million Facebook users from a researcher.
Updating on her investigation into the use of data analytics by political campaigns, Britain's Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said she intended to fine Facebook 500,000 pounds ($663,850), a small figure for a company with a market value of $590 billion, but the maximum amount allowed.
Denham said that Facebook had broken the law by failing to safeguard people's information and had not been transparent about how data was harvested by others on its platform.
Murdoch's Fox agrees $32.5 billion bid for Sky
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox said it had agreed a deal to buy Britain's Sky with an offer valuing the pay-TV group at $32.5 billion, trumping rival bidder Comcast.
Fox, which is expecting to get regulatory approval from Britain this week after striking an initial deal with Sky in December 2016, upped its offer to 14 pounds per share, from its earlier 10.75 pounds per share.
The price agreed, which represents an 82 percent premium to the price of Sky's shares in December 2016 before Fox's initial offer, is at a multiple of 21 times 2017 earnings per share, Fox said.
But Fox may still face further competition from U.S. cable giant Comcast which submitted its own bid for Sky in February, valuing the pan European group at 12.50 pounds per share. Sky's shares closed at 15.01 pounds on Tuesday, meaning shareholders may also not like the price.
Fox, which already owns 39 percent of Sky, said it had s..
Ronaldo completes move from Real Madrid to Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo has signed for Italian champions Juventus from Real Madrid, the La Liga club said in a statement.
Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record 80 million pounds is the Spanish club's all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.
“For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the generations to come,” European champions Real said, adding that Ronaldo had asked to be transferred. “Real Madrid will always be his home”.
The transfer fee was not disclosed but Spanish media said Ronaldo had signed a four-year deal and had cost Juventus 105 million euros ($123.24 million).
The Portugal international scored two goals against Juventus in Real’s 4-1 win in the 2017 Champions League final and earlier this season struck a jaw-dropping bicy..
Novichok victim's family pay an emotional tribute
The family of Dawn Sturgess, the woman who died in Wiltshire having been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok, have released a tribute to her.
They say she had the biggest of hearts.
The Met police is still heading a murder investigation while her partner Charlie Rowley remains critically ill in hospital.
Statement from the family of Dawn Sturgess:
“Dawn's death has been devastating for us. Dawn will always be remembered by us as a gentle soul who was generous to a fault.
“She would do anything for anybody and those who knew Dawn would know that she would gladly give her last penny to somebody in need.
“She had the biggest of hearts and she will be dreadfully missed by both her immediate and wider family.
“Our thoughts and prayers also go out to Charlie and his family and we wish Charlie a speedy recovery.
“We would like to take this opportunity to pass on our sincerest thanks to all of the NHS staff involved in Daw..
All boys and coach rescued from Thai caves
All 12 boys and their football coach trapped for more than two weeks deep inside a flood Thai cave have been rescued, a Thai navy SEAL unit said.
It's a successful end to a perilous mission that has gripped the world.
“The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe,” the Thai navy SEAL unit said on its official Facebook page.
The “Wild Boars” soccer team and their coach got trapped on June 23 while exploring the cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai after soccer practice and a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.
British divers found the 13, hungry and huddled in darkness on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometres inside the complex, on Monday last week.
After pondering for days how to get the 13 out, a rescue operation was launched on Sunday when four of the boys were brought out, tethered to rescue divers.
Another four were rescued on Monday and the last fou..
Beers, burgers and TVs – World Cup spending helps UK retailers
The soccer World Cup prompted shoppers in Britain to spend more on beer, barbecues and big-screen televisions in June but the overall increase in sales slowed in a reminder of how wary many consumers remain, a survey showed on Tuesday.
Total retail sales values rose by 2.3 percent compared with June 2017, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said.
That was the joint second-biggest increase of 2018 after a winter slowdown, but was weaker than a 4.1 percent jump in May as the excitement around England’s progress in the World Cup boosted sales only for specific goods.
“The reality is that sales don’t grow on the feel-good factor alone,” Helen Dickinson, the BRC’s chief executive, said.
“With household incomes still barely growing faster than inflation, conditions for consumers and retailers remain extremely tough.”
Consumer spending accounts for around 80 percent of Britain’s economy and the Bank of England is watc..
Rescuers begin challenging final push to free last 5 from Thai cave
The first eight boys rescued from a Thai cave complex are in good health overall and some asked for chocolate bread for breakfast, officials said on Tuesday as rescuers began a third and more challenging final mission to free the remaining five.
“At this moment (there are) no worrisome conditions, everyone is safe,” Jesada Chokdamrongsuk, Thailand's health ministry permanent secretary, told reporters.
Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their hospital beds.
“The kids are footballers, are strong and have high immunity,” Jesada said when asked why they survived so long.
The boys had a good appetite but were mainly being given bland, easily digestible foods. However, doctors later relented after some of the boys asked for bread with chocolate topping.
They are still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of..
Jeremy Hunt throws his support behind PM as he's named Foreign Secretary
Theresa May has appointed Jeremy Hunt as Foreign Secretary after predecessor Boris Johnson resigned in protest at the government's plans for a close trading relationship with the European Union.
The appointment of Hunt, the long-serving health minister, sees a close May ally replace the maverick Johnson, and could alter the Brexit balance of May's top ministerial team.
While Johnson was one of the most high-profile Brexit campaigners, Hunt backed “Remain” during the 2016 referendum campaign.
Hunt told LBC Radio in October 2017, however, that he had changed his mind on the issue, in part because of what he said was disappointing “arrogance” in the EU's behaviour during negotiations.
Last month, Hunt said it was inappropriate for businesses like Airbus to issue warnings about moving jobs because of Brexit and that they should instead be getting behind May in her push for a good deal o..
Pivac named as Gatland's successor
Wayne Pivac, head coach of Welsh rugby union side Scarlets, will take over from Wales coach Warren Gatland after he steps down following the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Pivac replaces Gatland, the longest serving and most successful coach of Wales, with the New Zealander's contract set to expire after the World Cup.
“In Wayne Pivac, we have secured the best man for the job and we have done so rigorously and decisively to the collective benefit of all involved in Welsh rugby,” Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Martyn Phillips said at a news conference.
The 55-year-old former Fiji boss will be the 23rd man to lead Wales since David Nash was appointed head coach in 1967.
Published: 09/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub