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David Moyes sacked: Manager could be gone today – but Manchester United’s decision was made in February

Manchester_UnitedManchester United are expected to announce as early as Tuesday that they will be relieving David Moyes of his duties as manager, having concluded long before Sunday’s punishing defeat at Everton that he cannot be trusted with the potential £150m war chest intended to meet the club’s aim of reclaiming the Premier League title next season.

The Glazer family, who will be in Manchester next week to help oversee a managerial recruitment process in which Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp is a front-runner, appear to have sanctioned the removal of Moyes as far back as the Champions League defeat at Olympiakos on 25 February.

The decision to get rid of the 50-year-old was discussed and possibly ratified at a recent United board meeting but there is a financial motive behind delaying removing him until now. Continue reading

Queen celebrates 88th birthday as David Bailey photograph is released

queenA black and white portrait of the Queen has been released by David Bailey to celebrate her 88th birthday today.

The photograph was taken at Buckingham Palace in March and commissioned on behalf of the Government’s GREAT Britain campaign.

The image of Queen Elizabeth II smiling will be used in activity to support the campaign, which aims to highlight Britain as a world-class destination for trade, tourism, investment and education.

In the image the monarch is dressed in pearls and a dress by Angela Kelly, her personal assistant and senior dresser since 2002. Continue reading

Independence Referendum: YES and NO votes are neck and neck as the poll race goes down to the wire

Scottish referendumWith only 149 days to go until the Scottish referendum in September, the latest figures show there’s only four per cent between Yes and No votes, prompting bookies to slash the odds of a Yes vote to a lowly 9/4.

The Yes and No stables are now virtually neck and neck in the race to the independence referendum, according to two polls.

And bookies have slashed the odds of a Yes victory to an all-time low of 9/4.

One of the surveys showed Alex Salmond’s camp would need a swing of just over two per cent to snatch victory. Continue reading

“Killer shrimps” are coming

Killer-shrimpsFirst came the deadly giant Asian hornets – now the government are warning about killer shrimp.

The critters, which can lay 200 eggs at a time, are attacking wildlife in the UK.

The shrimp can grow up to 3cm in length but it is their threat to the environment and human health that has resulted in the latest warning.

They are said to get their name from their forceful nature, killing other animals when there is no need for them to eat.

The Environmental Audit Committee, Parliament’s green watchdog, said Britain needs tougher laws to stop creatures that threaten the environment and human health. Continue reading

Glasgow 2014: U-turn on Red Road flats demolition

Commonwealth-Games-glasgow-2014Commonwealth Games organisers have scrapped controversial plans to demolish the Red Road flats as part of the Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony.

Games chiefs had intended to raze five of the six remaining 1960s Red Road tower blocks at the event on 23 July, with the footage beamed into Celtic Park, where the ceremony will take place, and to an estimated global TV audience of more than one billion.

Organisers said the plan, unveiled on 3 April, would mark an important part of the city’s social history. But it attracted fierce opposition from critics, who said it was inappropriate and insensitive to former residents and to the asylum seekers who occupy the sixth block. A petition calling for the plans to be dropped attracted more than 17,000 signatures. Continue reading

Toyota recalls 6.4 million cars worldwide

Toyota_NewsToyota announced five recalls on Wednesday, affecting a total of 6.39 million vehicles globally.

The recalls cover 27 Toyota models including Camry, Corolla, Matrix and Highlander. Two of those models were made by joint manufacturing ventures and sold under other brands: the Pontiac Vibe and the Subaru Trezia. Some of the vehicles were made as early as 2004.

Toyota plans to inspect and, if necessary, replace parts including seat rails, steering column brackets, engine starters, windshield wiper motors and air bag cables, the company said in a statement. Continue reading