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england, scotland, wales and northern ireland request to wear poppies


england, scotland, wales and northern ireland will request permission from fifa to wear poppies during november's international matches.it comes after the law was changed last month, allowing the home nations to wear a poppy if opposing teams and the competition organiser agree to it.the football associations of the four nations said in a statement they jointly "welcomed" the revised law.each nation was fined for displaying poppies during games in november 2016.england and scotland wore the emblem on black armbands during their world cup qualifier at wembley, while wales and northern ireland were fined for displaying it in their stadiums.the joint statement added: "it was important that clarity was brought to this issue as it affects many football matches/competitions throughout the world






fifa to lift ban on displaying poppies after talks with uk football associations


scotland and england players wore black armbands with poppy symbols during their world cup qualifier at wembley on 17 novemberfifa is set to lift the ban on displaying the poppy after talks with football associations in the uk.last year, football's world governing body fined england, scotland, wales and northern ireland for their use of the poppy to commemorate armistice day, deeming it to be a political symbol.england and scotland wore the emblem on black armbands during their world cup qualifier at wembley last november. wales and northern ireland were fined for displaying it in their stadiums.the ensuing row drew criticism from the prime minister, with theresa may calling fifa's stance "utterly outrageous"."our football players want to recognise and respect those who have given their li






hurricane ophelia's remnants batter uk, ireland; 1 killed


london — the remnants of hurricane ophelia battered ireland on monday, killing at least one person and causing widespread power outages as the storm headed for britain.the first known victim was a woman who was driving near the irish village of aglish when a tree fell on her car, authorities said.gusts of up to 80 mph were reported 30 years to the day after a weather event dubbed the "great storm of 1987" battered southern england and killed 18 people.authorities in ireland had ordered schools, courts and government buildings to remain closed before the storm's arrival. bridges were shut down as a precaution in both ireland and britain.some flights were canceled. aviation officials heading to airports.the irish weather service issued a "status red" warning, saying "violent and destructive"






uk's may faces backlash after dup deal | uk news


british prime minister theresa may's deal with northern ireland's democratic unionist party on monday drew angry criticism from opponents.may's minority government agreed to a massive injection of funds into northern ireland in exchange for dup support in parliament to endorse her legislative agenda after her conservative party's dismal performance in the june 8 general election.leaders in scotland and wales said their countries get little while northern ireland will receive a bonanza, while the dup's rivals in northern ireland said the deal violates the good friday peace agreement and threatens the future of the power-sharing government there.ian blackford, a scottish national party politician, said his party would do everything possible to make sure scotland gets "its fair share" under a






six nations 2017: wales 22-9 ireland


media playback is not supported on this device george north scores two tries as wales defeat irelandsix nations 2017 - wales v irelandwales (8) 22tries: north 2, roberts cons: halfpenny 2 pen: halfpennyireland (6) 9pens: sexton 2, jacksonwales survived an ireland fightback to claim a pressure-relieving win and hand england a chance to clinch the six nations title against scotland.wing george north scored two tries as the hosts opened up a nine-point lead early in the second half in cardiff.ireland, inspired by johnny sexton, almost turned the game on its head.wales repulsed waves of attacks before jamie roberts clinched the victory with a 78th-minute try after taulupe faletau's charge down.the defeat handed a potentially fatal blow to ireland's championship challenge with england able to s






hurricane ophelia: uk faces more storm disruption


image copyrightafp/getty imagesimage caption trees felled in the storm have blocked roads and train lines winds of more than 70mph and heavy rain are hitting parts of scotland and england as remnants of hurricane ophelia continue to affect the uk.all schools in northern ireland and the republic of ireland remain closed for a second day as the clean-up begins.in ireland some 245,000 customers are without electricity, while 3,800 homes are without power in northern ireland and 4,000 in north wales. three people were killed in the storm in the irish republic on monday.some 20,000 households are also without water in the country, and it is expected to take days for electricity to be restored for those without it there.image copyrightreutersimage caption debris and fallen trees will continue to






boundary changes: latest plans for commons seats published


image caption this summer's general election was fought on boundaries first used in 2010 revised proposals for the shape of parliamentary seats at the next general election have been published.the proposed constituency boundaries in england,scotland and wales have been drawn up on the basis the total number of mps will be cut from 650 to 600.parliament approved the principle of reducing the size of the commons in 2011, intended as a cost-saving measure in the wake of the expenses scandal. but it is uncertain whether the commons will end up backing the detailed plans.if they do so, the proposed new constituencies - recommended by independent bodies in england, wales, scotland and northern ireland - will take effect in 2022, the scheduled date of the next election.however, there are doubts w






boundary changes: latest plans for commons seats published


image caption this summer's general election was fought on boundaries first used in 2010 revised proposals for the shape of parliamentary seats at the next general election have been published.the proposed constituency boundaries in england,scotland and wales have been drawn up on the basis the total number of mps will be cut from 650 to 600.parliament approved the principle of reducing the size of the commons in 2011, intended as a cost-saving measure in the wake of the expenses scandal. but it is uncertain whether the commons will end up backing the detailed plans.if they do so, the proposed new constituencies - recommended by independent bodies in england, wales, scotland and northern ireland - will take effect in 2022, the scheduled date of the next election.however, there are doubts w






six nations 2017: england hunt repeat grand slam against ireland in dublin


media playback is not supported on this device six nations: ireland v england - previous grand slam deciderssix nations final rounddate: saturday, 18 march kick-offs: scotland v italy (12:30 gmt), france v wales (14:45), ireland v england (17:00)coverage: first two matches on bbc one and bbc radio 5 live sports extra. final game on bbc radio 5 live, plus live text on all matches on bbc sport website.only ireland can prevent england from becoming the sixth team in 107 years to complete back-to-back grand slams, in saturday's final six nations round.last week's 61-21 defeat of scotland, combined with ireland's loss to wales, ensured england are chasing history rather than trophies in dublin, with the tournament already won.they can also set a new top-tier record with their 19th successive te






fifa to lift ban on poppy following talks with football associations of uk


scotland and england players wore black armbands with poppy symbols during their world cup qualifier at wembley on 17 novemberfifa is set to lift the ban on the poppy following talks with the football associations of the united kingdom.last year, football's world governing body fined england, scotland, wales and northern ireland for their use of the poppy to commemorate armistice day, deeming it to be a political symbol.england and scotland wore the emblem on black armbands during their world cup qualifier at wembley last november. wales and northern ireland were fined for displaying it in their stadiums.the ensuing row drew criticism from the prime minister, with theresa may calling fifa's stance "utterly outrageous"."our football players want to recognise and respect those who have given






ophelia batters uk after pummeling ireland, leaves 3 dead


london — storm ophelia is battering scotland and northern england after leaving three people dead and hundreds of thousands without power in ireland.the former atlantic hurricane downed trees and power lines, sent waves surging over coastal defenses and disrupted flights again tuesday, a day after making landfall on ireland's south coast with gusts of almost 100 miles an hour (160 kilometers an hour).britain's met office weather service said scotland could see heavy rain and gusts of up to 70 mph (113 kph), with winds gradually diminishing through tuesday.schools in northern ireland and the republic of ireland were closed for a second day as authorities assessed the damage from the worst storm to hit ireland in decades.irish authorities said it could take several days to restore power to 3






british and irish lions 2017: sam warburton captain, dylan hartley out


wales back row sam warburton will captain the british and irish lions on their tour of new zealand this summer, but england skipper dylan hartley has not been selected in the 41-man squad.coach warren gatland has chosen 16 england players, 12 from wales, 11 from ireland and two from scotland.the tour, which runs from 3 june to 8 july, features three tests against the all blacks, who are world champions.warburton, 28, also led the lions to victory over australia in 2013.the former wales skipper is only the second player, after england's martin johnson, to lead the lions in two tours.he stepped down as wales captain before the 2017 six nations and was replaced by lock alun wyn jones, who also took over when warburton was injured for the third lions test four years ago.hartley, 31, misses out






fresh warnings as hurricane ophelia heads to uk


image copyrightpathe met office has issued northern ireland with an amber weather warning as hurricane ophelia remains on course to hit ireland and the uk on monday.the warning, of "potential danger to life", came as ireland called a national emergency meeting.ophelia, on its way from the azores in the atlantic ocean, is currently blowing winds of 105mph (113km/h).the hurricane will be a storm when it hits the uk, exactly 30 years after the great storm of 1987 killed 18 people.it is expected to bring severe winds and stormy conditions to parts of ireland and the uk - with winds of up to 70mph (113km/h).the met office said there was a "good chance" northern ireland could be hit on monday afternoon by power cuts, flying debris, large waves in coastal areas and disruption to all travel servic






storm doris to bring snow and winds of up to 80mph


image caption a bbc weather graphic of the forecast for storm doris parts of the uk are set to face snow and winds of up to 80mph when storm doris arrives on thursday.on tuesday, the met office issued a yellow warning for snow in scotland but upgraded it to an amber "be prepared" warning with 15cm of snow likely.in parts of northern england, east anglia, north wales and the midlands, amber warnings for wind are in place.forecasters have warned road, air and ferry services could be affected with building damage also possible.in southern scotland 10 to 15cm of snow is expected to fall between 02:00 gmt and 18:00 gmt thursday.on higher ground, snowfall could reach 20 to 30cm throughout the day across falkirk, south lanarkshire, east ayrshire, north lanarkshire, edinburgh, dumfries and gallowa






storm doris to bring snow and winds of up to 80mph


media captionwhat is a weather bomb?parts of the uk are set to face snow and winds of up to 80mph when storm doris arrives on thursday.on tuesday, the met office issued a yellow warning for snow in scotland but has upgraded it to an amber "be prepared" warning with up to 15cm of snow likely in some parts.in parts of northern england, east anglia, north wales and the midlands, amber warnings for wind are in place.forecasters have warned road, air and ferry services could be affected.building damage is also possible as the storm, likened to a "weather bomb" by forecasters, unleashes its power on the country.in southern scotland 10 to 15cm of snow is expected to fall between 02:00 gmt and 18:00 gmt on thursday.on higher ground, snowfall could reach 20 to 30cm throughout the day across falkirk






six nations 2017: wales 22-9 ireland


wales wing george north has won 68 capssix nations international - wales v irelandwales (8) 22tries: north 2, roberts cons: halfpenny 2 pens: halfpennyireland (6) 9pens: sexton 2, jacksonwales survived an ireland fightback to claim a pressure-relieving win and hand england a chance to clinch the six nations title against scotland.wing george north scored two tries as the hosts opened up a nine-point lead early in the second half.ireland, inspired by johnny sexton, almost turned the game on its head.wales repulsed waves of attacks before jamie roberts clinched the victory with a 78th-minute try after taulupe faletau's charge down.the defeat handed a potentially fatal blow to ireland's championship challenge with england able to secure the title if they beat the scots at twickenham on saturd






storm doris: woman killed as uk hit by winds reaching 94mph


image copyrightpaimage caption trees have been brought down in a number of locations around the uk a woman has been killed as storm doris brought winds of up to 94mph along with snow and rain to the uk.west midlands ambulance service said the woman had suffered very serious head injuries after a piece of debris fell on to a street in wolverhampton.strong winds have led to flight cancellations and road and rail disruption across much of britain.thousands of homes have been left without power in northern ireland, wales, scotland and northern england.about 1,500 homes and businesses are without electricity in northern ireland after trees fell on overhead lines. more than 21,500 customers had their power restored earlier. northern powergrid says nearly 900 homes were left without power in shef






hurricane ophelia heads toward ireland, then uk


london — authorities in britain and ireland say the remnants of hurricane ophelia could bring disruption and damage as the work week gets underway.ophelia was a category 2 hurricane sunday as it moved northeast across the atlantic, with sustained winds of 105 mph (169 kph).it is expected to weaken to a storm before hitting land monday, but u.k. met office forecaster luke miall says it could still pack "hurricane-force" winds.ireland's met eireann says western counties could get gusts of up to 80 mph (130 kph), with heavy rain and storm surges.britain's met office has a similar warning for northern ireland, and warns of potential power cuts, flying debris and disruption to transport and phone signals. strong winds could also hit scotland, wales and england.






general election 2017: labour wants four new bank holidays


image copyrightpaimage caption jeremy corbyn says more bank holidays would help working people spend time with loved ones a labour government would seek to create four new uk-wide bank holidays, jeremy corbyn says.the holidays would be on each nation's patron saint day - st david's day on 1 march, st patrick's day on 17 march, st george's day on 23 april and st andrew's day on 30 november.mr corbyn believes the move will "celebrate the national cultures of our proud nations".labour says the uk has fewer bank holidays than other g20 countries.normally, england and wales have eight bank holidays a year, scotland nine, and northern ireland 10.labour says the average for g20 countries is 12.under the policy, the devolved administrations would have the final say on whether to approve the extra






general election 2017: labour wants four new bank holidays


image copyrightpaimage caption jeremy corbyn says more bank holidays would help working people spend time with loved ones a labour government would seek to create four new uk-wide bank holidays, jeremy corbyn says.the holidays would be on each nation's patron saint day - st david's day on 1 march, st patrick's day on 17 march, st george's day on 23 april and st andrew's day on 30 november.mr corbyn believes the move will "celebrate the national cultures of our proud nations".labour says the uk has fewer bank holidays than other g20 countries.normally, england and wales have eight bank holidays a year, scotland nine, and northern ireland 10.labour says the average for g20 countries is 12.under the policy, the devolved administrations would have the final say on whether to approve the extra






general election 2017: labour wants four new bank holidays


image copyrightpaimage caption jeremy corbyn says more bank holidays would help working people spend time with loved ones a labour government would seek to create four new uk-wide bank holidays, jeremy corbyn says.the holidays would be on each nation's patron saint day - st david's day on 1 march, st patrick's day on 17 march, st george's day on 23 april and st andrew's day on 30 november.mr corbyn believes the move will "celebrate the national cultures of our proud nations".labour says the uk has fewer bank holidays than other g20 countries.normally, england and wales have eight bank holidays a year, scotland nine, and northern ireland 10.labour says the average for g20 countries is 12.under the policy, the devolved administrations would have the final say on whether to approve the extra






storm doris winds reach 94mph as it hits uk


media captionthe bbc's alison freeman is in blackpool where the winds have started to pick up along the promenadeparts of the uk are facing travel disruption as storm doris arrives with winds reaching 94mph.there are severe weather warnings for some of northern england, east anglia, north wales and the midlands, and there is snow in higher areas in scotland.flights have been cancelled at heathrow airport and commuters have been warned to expect road and rail delays.about 8,000 homes and businesses are without power in northern ireland due to trees falling onto overhead lines.snow is predicted to reach 20 to 30cm (8-12in) high in parts of scotland, while a 94mph gust of wind was recorded in capel curig, north-west wales.highways england is closing the dartford crossing linking kent and esse






storm doris winds reach 94mph as it hits uk


media captionthe bbc's alison freeman is in blackpool where the winds have started to pick up along the promenadeparts of the uk are facing travel disruption as storm doris arrives with winds reaching 94mph.there are severe weather warnings for some of northern england, east anglia, north wales and the midlands, and there is snow in higher areas in scotland.flights have been cancelled at heathrow airport and commuters have been warned to expect road and rail delays.about 7,000 homes and businesses are without power in northern ireland due to trees falling onto overhead lines.snow is predicted to reach 20 to 30cm (8-12in) high in parts of scotland, while a 94mph gust of wind was recorded in capel curig, north-west wales.highways england has closed the dartford crossing linking kent and esse






british and irish lions 2017: sam warburton captain, dylan hartley out


wales back row sam warburton will captain the british and irish lions on their tour of new zealand this summer, but england skipper dylan hartley has not been selected in the 41-man squad.coach warren gatland has chosen 16 england players, 12 from wales, 11 from ireland and two from scotland.the tour, which runs from 3 june to 8 july, features three tests against the all blacks, who are world champions."there were some pretty lively debates finalising the squad," said gatland.the new zealander, who also took charge of the lions in australia in 2013, added: "we are very happy with the quality of squad we have."warburton, 28, led the lions to victory four years ago.the former wales skipper is only the second player, after england's martin johnson, to captain the lions in two tours.he stepped






if scotland leaves, england will lose the brexit game | uk


the union that binds together the four countries within the united kingdom has never been more at risk. what nobody in the english political and media class seems to have realised is how badly england will fare if scotland, which is more than likely, and northern ireland, which is plausible though by no means certain, split off.it will be the end of england - the dominant power of the uk, when the term "little england" will really come into its own.almost exactly two and a half years ago, the scottish electorate decided against leaving the uk. they were told by pro-union campaigners that if they did vote to leave britain, they would lose their membership of the european union.at the time this was probably true. there was no incentive for european decision-makers to allow accession for scot






wales 0-1 republic of ireland: heartbreak for wales - where did it all go wrong?


wales' 2018 world cup hopes are over after a 1-0 defeat to the republic of ireland, but where did it all go wrong for chris coleman's team?match report: wales 0-1 republic of ireland






'little england' could be the big loser of brexit | uk


the union that binds together the four countries within the united kingdom has never been more at risk. what nobody in the english political and media class seems to have realised is how badly england will fare if scotland, which is more than likely, and northern ireland, which is plausible though by no means certain, split off.it will be the end of england - the dominant power of the uk, when the term "little england" will really come into its own.almost exactly two and a half years ago, the scottish electorate decided against leaving the uk. they were told by pro-union campaigners that if they did vote to leave britain, they would lose their membership of the european union.at the time this was probably true. there was no incentive for european decision-makers to allow accession for scot






abortion: ni women not entitled to nhs terminations in england


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption northern ireland's abortion law is much stricter than the rest of the uk the uk's highest court has rejected an appeal by a mother and daughter in their legal battle for women from northern ireland to receive free abortions on the nhs in england.the supreme court challenge centred on the case of a northern ireland woman who became pregnant when she was 15.she went to england with her mother for an abortion in a private clinic in 2012, at a cost of about £900.northern ireland's abortion law is much stricter than the rest of the uk.terminations are only permitted if a woman's life is at risk, or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health.rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities are not circumstances in which abortions can






abortion: ni women not entitled to nhs terminations in england


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption northern ireland's abortion law is much stricter than the rest of the uk the uk's highest court has rejected an appeal by a mother and daughter in their legal battle for women from northern ireland to receive free abortions on the nhs in england.the supreme court challenge centred on the case of a northern ireland woman who became pregnant when she was 15.she went to england with her mother for an abortion in a private clinic in 2012, at a cost of about £900.northern ireland's abortion law is much stricter than the rest of the uk.terminations are only permitted if a woman's life is at risk, or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health.rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities are not circumstances in which abortions can






fresh warnings as hurricane ophelia heads to uk


image copyrightpathe met office has issued northern ireland with an amber weather warning as hurricane ophelia remains on course to hit ireland and the uk on monday.the warning, of "potential danger to life", came as ireland called a national emergency meeting.ophelia, on its way from the azores in the atlantic ocean, is currently blowing winds of 90mph (145km/h).the hurricane will be a storm when it hits the uk, exactly 30 years after the great storm of 1987 killed 18 people.it is expected to bring severe winds and stormy conditions to parts of ireland and the uk - with winds of up to 70mph (113km/h).the met office said there was a "good chance" northern ireland could be hit on monday afternoon by power cuts, flying debris, large waves in coastal areas and disruption to all travel service






british and irish lions 2017: sam warburton captain, dylan hartley out


british and irish lions 2017listen to a lions squad announcement special on bbc radio 5 live and online from 19:00 bst on wednesdaywales back row sam warburton will captain the british and irish lions on their tour of new zealand this summer, but england skipper dylan hartley has not been selected in the 41-man squad.coach warren gatland has chosen 16 england players, 12 from wales, 11 from ireland and two from scotland.the tour, which runs from 3 june to 8 july, features three tests against the all blacks, who are world champions."there were some pretty lively debates finalising the squad," said gatland.the new zealander, who also took charge of the lions in australia in 2013, added: "we are very happy with the quality of squad we have."warburton, 28, led the lions to victory four years a






british and irish lions 2017: sam warburton captain, dylan hartley out


media playback is not supported on this device lions captaincy an amazing challenge - warburtonbritish and irish lions 2017listen to a lions squad announcement special on bbc radio 5 live and online from 19:00 bst on wednesdaywales back row sam warburton will captain the british and irish lions on their tour of new zealand this summer, but england skipper dylan hartley has not been selected in the 41-man squad.coach warren gatland has chosen 16 england players, 12 from wales, 11 from ireland and two from scotland.the tour, which runs from 3 june to 8 july, features three tests against the all blacks, who are world champions."there were some pretty lively debates finalising the squad," said gatland.the new zealander, who also took charge of the lions in australia in 2013, added: "we are ver






storm doris winds reach 94mph as it hits uk


media captionbbc reporter alison freeman is caught in storm dorisparts of the uk are facing travel disruption as storm doris arrives with winds reaching 94mph.there are severe weather warnings for some of northern england, east anglia, north wales and the midlands, and there is snow in higher areas in scotland.flights have been cancelled at heathrow airport and commuters around the uk have experienced road and rail delays.about 7,000 homes and businesses are without power in northern ireland due to trees falling onto overhead lines.snow is predicted to reach 20 to 30cm (8-12in) high in parts of scotland, while a 94mph gust of wind was recorded in capel curig, north-west wales.highways england has closed the dartford crossing linking kent and essex because of strong windsthe m80 has been re






abortion should not be a crime, says doctors' body


image copyrightsgo/science photo libraryabortions should be treated as a medical issue and not a crime, the uk's leading pregnancy doctors say.currently in england, wales and scotland it is illegal to have a termination without approval from two doctors and could mean a prison term.abortions should be regulated in line with other procedures without criminal sanctions, the royal college of obstetricians and gynaecologists said.it says the 24-week gestational limit should not change.rcog president professor lesley regan said it had a responsibility to ensure women had access to "this key healthcare service"."i want to be clear that decriminalisation does not mean deregulation, and abortion services should be subject to regulatory and professional standards, in line with other medical procedu






storm doris winds reach 87mph as it hits uk


image copyrightpawinds reached almost 90mph as storm doris made landfall on the british coast.an 87mph gust was recorded on the galway coast in the republic of ireland.amber warnings issued by the met office for wind are in place in parts of northern england, east anglia, north wales and the midlands, with a snow warning issued for scotland.travel disruption is expected on road, train, air and ferry networks.gusts of more than 50mph have reached west wales and the isle of wight.the strong winds are expected to cause flight delays and cancellations across the uk. aer lingus has cancelled almost all flights between ireland and england.heathrow advised passengers to check their flight status before arriving at the airport. train services will also be disrupted, with network rail imposing a 50






world war one poem spelt out in poppies


the words of one of the most famous poems to emerge from the horrors of world war one have been written in poppies across locations in england, wales and france.it's been done by the royal british legion to launch this year's poppy appeal to help veterans of the armed forces.in flanders fields was written by a canadian officer called john mccrae and is read by poet michael rosen. drone footage courtesy royal british legion






world war one poem spelt out in poppies


the words of one of the most famous poems to emerge from the horrors of world war one have been written in poppies across locations in england, wales and france.it's been done by the royal british legion to launch this year's poppy appeal to help veterans of the armed forces.in flanders fields was written by a canadian officer called john mccrae and is read by poet michael rosen. drone footage courtesy royal british legion






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this week we talked with alexa and learned the best skills you can add to an amazon echo, looked at the feature of google play you might not know about, opted out of people searching sites, and more. here’s a look back. 2017 is now in full swing, and netflix is yet again bringing a ton of new original movies and tv shows alongside some decent stuff from other networks. that includes some real winners this month, like finding dory and the people v. o.j. simpson. google play is an underrated service that combines a spotify-like subscription with pandora-style radio stations and your own library. even if you’ve used it from day one, here are some excellent features you might have overlooked. unless you have a company buying licenses for you, tools like p oshop, pro tools, maya, or even wind