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Laurence Fox criticises black and working class actors

Lawrence Fox has accused black and working-class actors of only complaining about bias in the industry after they have become established. The actor told a podcast presented by the right-wing commentator James Delingpole: "The most annoying thing is the minute a black actor – it's the same with working class actors – the minute they've got five million quid in the bank, every interview they do is about how racism is rampant and rife in the industry. "And with working class actors, 'There's not enough working class actors'. You weren't saying that when you didn't have a f****** pot to piss in were you?" The comments come following an appearance on Question Time during which he defended the media against calls of racism over the Duchess of Sussex. He attracted criticism on social media after accusing university lecturer Rachel Boyle of "being racist". Advertisement Image: Fox said the Meghan had not received racist treatment When Ms Boyle sugg..

Prince Harry on leaving royal role: ‘There was no other option’

Prince Harry has revealed he and Meghan felt they had no other option but to leave the Royal Family behind during a speech for his Sentebale charity. The Duke of Sussex was speaking to supporters of the organisation at a dinner in London on Sunday, a day after Buckingham Palace issued a statement confirming the terms of the Sussexes' decision to step back as senior royals. Harry told those gathered: "It brings me great sadness that it has come to this. The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly. "It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. "And I know I haven't always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option. Advertisement "What I want to make clear is we're not walking away, and we certainly aren't walking away from you. "Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, tha..

Three men die from stab wounds in northeast London

Three men have died after suffering stab injuries in the Seven Kings area of northeast London. Police have said they are likely dealing with a "triple homicide investigation" after the three men, aged in their 20s or 30s, were pronounced dead at the scene on Elmstead Road. Officers and the London Ambulance Service were called to the area at 7.38pm on Sunday. Police are in the process of establishing formal identification and informing all next of kin. The Metropolitan Police said post-mortems will be arranged in due course. Advertisement Image: Police and forensic officers at the scene in Seven Kings where the three men were stabbed An investigation is under way and crime scenes are in place in the area as officers begin a full forensic examination. Chief Superintendent Steve Clayman, commander of the Met's East Area basic command unit, said: "While enquiries into this tragic incident are at an early stage, this is likely to be a triple homicide investigation. More fro..

Pensana Metals’ Longonjo bulk rare earth samples arrive in Perth for...

Pensana Metals Ltds (ASX:PM8) bulk testing material from Longonjo Rare Earth project in Angola has arrived in Perth, Western Australia, for a pilot test work program. Four containers with 60 tonnes of high-grade weathered mineralisation mined from 23 locations across the initial mining area were shipped from Angola in November. The pilot plant test work program will produce approximately two tonnes of concentrate and other products for delivery to customers ahead of offtake negotiations. This program will provide detailed parameters for the flotation circuit final design ahead of a definitive feasibility study, which is due in June of this year. High-performance magnets Pensanas Longonjo Rare Earth Project is key to the companys strategy to become a major upstream supplier of products for the manufacture of the magnet metals of neodymium and praseodymium. High-performance rare-earth magnets are critical to energy transition and a cleanRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] Proact..

Malaysia sends 42 containers of plastic waste back to UK

Malaysia has sent back 150 containers of plastic waste to 13 mainly rich countries, including 42 to the UK, since the third quarter of last year. The country's environment minister warned on Monday that those who want to make Malaysia the rubbish bin of the world can "dream on". Shipments of unwanted rubbish have been rerouted to Southeast Asia since China banned the import of plastic waste in 2018, but Malaysia and other developing countries are fighting back. Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin said another 110 containers are expected to be sent back by the middle of this year. She added that the successful repatriation of a total 3,737 metric tonnes (4,120 US tons) of waste followed strict enforcement at key Malaysian ports to block smuggling of waste and closing more than 200 illegal plastic recycling factories. Advertisement Image: Plastic waste is kept in containers at a port in Butterworth, Malaysia The minister said the Malaysian government didn't pay a penny, ..

Aliens exist and could already be on earth, first British astronaut...

The first British astronaut to go into space has claimed aliens exist and it is possible they are living among us on earth. Speaking to the Observer Magazine, Dr Helen Sharman said "there's no two ways" that aliens exist. "There are so many billions of stars out there in the universe that there must be all sorts of different forms of life," she added. Image: Dr Helen Sharman at a news conference in London after returning from space in 1991 Dr Sharman said that although aliens may not be made up of carbon and nitrogen like humans, "it's possible they're here right now and we simply can't see them". The 56-year-old worked as a chemist before making history as the first British astronaut to participate in a mission to the Soviet modular space station Mir in May 1991. Advertisement She also highlighted in the interview that she is often referred to as the first British woman in space, rather than simply the first Briton. "It's telling that we would othe..

FTSE 100 hit by rising tensions in the Middle East and...

FTSE 100 index down 77 points Private new car registrations rose 0.1% from a year earlier in December. UK services PMI for December clocks in at 50.0 10.30am: New car registrations rise in December Private new car registrations rose 0.1% from a year earlier in December. This represented a decent end to a year in which the average year-on-decline each month was 3.2%. Total registrations, including fleet and business sales, rose 3.4% in December. Shares in car dealers Pendragon PLC (LON:PDG) and Lookers PLC (LON:LOOK) were up 1.4% and 0.4% respectively. “Car sales were pummelled last year by subdued consumer confidence, a near-4% increase in new car prices and uncertainty about the future regulation of diesel cars. The downward trend also was amplified after new testing procedures—the Real Driving Emissions tests—were introduced in September,” observed Samuel Tombs, the chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. “After seasonal adjustment, we estimate that car sales fell 6.4% q..

St James’s Place hit by Deutsche downgrade, M&G seen as better...

St Jamess Place PLC (LON:STJ) shares were hit by a downgrade from Deutsche Bank on Monday, even though the wealth manager is seen as “the leading company in a growth industry”. Deutsche, which had upgraded its recommendation on the FTSE 100 company to buy in October, reversed this back to a hold rating in a note to clients as the balance of risk and reward was seen to be reflected in the recent share price. READ: St James Place's funds under management rise to new record[hhmc] In fact, the German bank nudged up its target price to 1,220p from 1,190p. Analysts said they believe that over the next five years, SJP “can deliver circa twice the market growth rate, thanks to strong adviser growth and controlled outflows”. Growth in gross flows is forecast to recover from a 4% decline in 2019 to 17% in 2020 as the analysts predict an easing in last years uncertainty and flipping round to a near-term “Brexit bounce”. Having said this, it was acknowledged that the group faces “two key..

Hikma hurt by JP Morgan downgrade to underweight

Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (LON:HIK) was the biggest faller on the FTSE on Monday as it was downgraded to underweight from neutral by JP Morgan. Analysts at the investment bank said headwinds at the generics division are “underappreciated” and nudged up its price target to 1,850p from 1,800p. READ: Hikma and Vectura make new application for GSK knock-off[hhmc] The Jordan based pharma group had said in November the business was showing “strong” improvement in profitability, as it reiterated full-year revenue guidance. The company said its injectables and branded divisions were both delivering good results. JP Morgan added there are no changes expected in the short-term besides some share price volatility due to reforms in the US healthcare system. The sectors earnings per share (EPS) growth for the current year is estimated to accelerate to 8% from 7% last year, while 2021 growth will reach 10%. This factors in any impact from proposed pricing reforms as part of the 2020 US electio..

FTSE 100 closes in the red as US-Iran tensions put off...

FTSE 100 index closed down 47 points NMC Health leads the index lower Hargreaves Lansdown off the pace despite price target hike 5pm: FTSE 100 closes in negative territory FTSE 100 index closed in negative territory on the first day of the new trading week as US-Iran tensions ramped up and the pound firmed. The UK's blue-chip benchmark index finished around 47 points down, or 0.62%, to 7,575, having been as high as 7,622 within the session. The FTSE 250 closed down over 226 points at 21,761. "The rhetoric from both sides has been upped, which has prompted traders to dump equities," said David Madden, at CMC Markets. "The Iranian regime has suggested it will carry out an attack on US interests as a payback for the killing of one of its military commanders in Iraq last week. President Trump has warned Iran that any military response will bring about further US attacks." On Wall Street, stocks were generally lower. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped around 66 points at 28..

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