Bayern Munich fly out to face Liverpool as Neuer reveals how he plans to stop Salah, Mane, Firmino and Co

German giants Bayern were suited and booted as they flew to Merseyside on Monday morning for the first leg of the last-16 at Anfield.

Neuer insists his side will have to be alert if they are to stop the trident of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

He told ESPN FC: "They have very good, fast breaks and aggressive counter attacks but we know that. We saw how they play against teams.

"We have to stay compact and have a good plan, then we will have good protection for our defence.

"I will be watching the way the strikers move and shoot with the analysts [in preparation]."



Bayern's stars won't need a lesson on the Liverpool head coach after Jurgen Klopp's 14 years managing in Germany with Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.

Robert Lewandowski, Munich's main man, became one of Europe's most prolific front men under Klopp's guidance at Dortmund.

The Polish striker told Uefa.com: "He released that striker's instinct in me and that allowed me to make the next step up.

"I didn't know that I still had so much potential, more than I thought, and that means he saw something in me that I couldn't see.


"His words and his body language resonate, even when he's in the dugout.

"If the game's not going well and you see his reaction it wakes up the team and sometimes you personally, and then you're willing to run and get stuck in."

Bayern's Franck Ribery did not travel with team-mates after becoming a father last night, but is expected to follow on a later flight.

Last year's runners up Liverpool are expected to be without centre-back Dejan Lovren due to injury.

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Making toast exposes people to toxic air pollution

Revealed: Making toast exposes people to more toxic air pollution than standing at a busy traffic junction

  • Toasters release toxic particles into the air from the moment they are turned on
  • University of Texas researchers found safest way to heat bread is to ‘go for gold’
  • Scented candles, wood-burning stoves and gas cookers also release pollution 

Burnt toast could expose households to more toxic air pollution than if they were standing near a busy road, a study has revealed.

Scientists said toasters, alongside scented candles, wood-burning stoves, and gas cookers, could create pollution as people cook and clean inside their homes.

A study by the University of Texas at Austin found that toasters release toxic particles into the air from the moment they are turned on, the Sunday Times reported.

The safest way to make the breakfast food is to ‘go for gold’ and only allow the bread to become a light brown colour, experts said.

Scientists said toasters, alongside scented candles, wood-burning stoves, and gas cookers, could create pollution as people cook and clean inside their homes (file photo)

Speaking at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Marina Vance said: ‘When you make toast, the heating element starts warming up the debris and gunk in the toaster which includes oils.

‘Add to that the bread itself – it’s going to emit a range of things. We found ethanol, a by-product of yeast. If there’s tiny pieces of bread touching the heating element you can see from the smoke, maybe from the crumbs at the bottom of the toaster – they will all make a lot of particles.


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‘It’s led to what would be considered “very unhealthy” air pollution levels compared to the outdoor air quality standards.’ 

The research team built a replica three-bedroom house equipped with monitors to discover how air quality changes as people undergo everyday tasks.

A study by the University of Texas in Austin found that toasters release toxic particles into the air from the moment they are turned on (file photo)

They noticed a surge of toxic particles and chemicals when household cleaning sprays, scented candles and wood-burning stoves were used. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends no more than 25 micrograms of fine particulates per cubic metre should be found in the air.

This is far less than the 3,000 to 4,000 particulate levels which were found in the atmosphere when toast was allowed to turn dark brown.

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China’s #MeToo movement to get its day in court

China’s #MeToo movement has endured a fitful existence since it emerged at the beginning of 2018, facing heavy censorship online and in state media.

Soon, though, it will get its day in court.

On one side, Zhu Jun, a television host and one of the most famous men in China. Some 700 million people watch when he hosts the annual New Year’s Eve Gala on state TV.

On the other, a 25-year-old screenwriter called Zhou Xiaoxuan living in a small flat in the outskirts of Beijing.

Four years ago, Ms Zhou was doing work experience on one of Mr Zhu’s shows, as part of her university degree. She claims she was taken to his make-up room.

“He said I looked like his wife and we had a similar face,” she told Sky News. “He suddenly grabbed me and groped my breast and my thighs with his hand. He even tried to put his hand down my skirt.”

Ms Zhou says she fled; Mr Zhun continued with his programme.

Afterwards, she went to the police to describe what she says happened. They didn’t take her case forward; she stayed silent.

Last year, though, the #MeToo movement arrived in China. It started with allegations at universities, then in NGOs and in the media.

Ms Zhou got inspired – and she got angry. She typed out 3,000 words and posted it to social media. It caused a sensation.

Mr Zhu denied the accusation. He filed a lawsuit against Ms Zhou seeking damages for harming his reputation and causing emotional distress. The court document said her allegations were “blatantly fabricated and maliciously spread”.

Mr Zhu did not reply to Sky News’ requests for comment.

What Ms Zhou did next, though, was surprising – she sued Mr Zhu for damaging her reputation. The two cases will be heard later this week. Ms Zhou’s lawsuit has since been amended and she is now suing Mr Zhu for sexual harassment.

“Zhu Jun represents the establishment – behind him there are a lot of powerful shadows,” Ms Zhou says. “So this case doesn’t just attract people who care about sexual harassment, but also people who care about social injustice.”

The constitution of China enshrines equal rights for women. Chairman Mao himself famously proclaimed: “Women hold up half the sky.”

For many the phrase rings hollow.

Xiong Jing, a feminist activist, told Sky News: “In general in China there’s still a lot of gender based discrimination and violence. It’s quite prevalent.

“For this regime, it’s still quite patriarchal. They maybe feel threatened by feminism.”

And threatened, they’re pushing back hard. Ms Xiong’s network, Feminist Voices, was 250,000 people strong before it was blocked online. Mentions of #MeToo were also censored on social media. Ms Zhou’s case has also been banned from being mentioned on state media.

But it’s still the highest profile #MeToo case in China and, right now, the best chance for all the women here who have not been able to seek justice.

“I don’t know one day if it could change,” Ms Zhou said. “But my lawyer told me that I must fight to the end because of them. So I will fight to the end.”

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Jarrell Miller vows to make Anthony Joshua latest Brit to flop Stateside 'like Amir Khan and Prince Naseem'

The unified world champion will defend his WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight belts against 'Big Baby' Miller at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1.


Joshua, 29, frustrated fans when he announced he would make his US debut after failing to agree a Wembley fight against either Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury or Dillian Whyte.

AJ is the heavy favourite against the Brooklyn Brawler, who has racked up 23 wins out of 24 fights, with 20 victories coming by way of knockout.

Despite this, Miller has drawn parallels between his fight with Joshua and Buster Douglas' shocking 1990 upset of Mike Tyson at the Tokyo Dome.

He said: “I think it will be between the same lines, but you look at all the Brit’s over the years that did well but as soon as they come to America they get smashed.



“Whether that’s Prince Naseem, Amir Khan the tale goes back, there’s a lot of Brit’s that come on American soil and get smashed.

“They do great at home, but when they come over to America it’s a different story. He’s made a big mistake.

“His team are in unfamiliar territory, he’s got to step out his comfort zone and do certain things and protein shakes won’t help.

“I’ve been the underdog before and proved myself many times. AJ thinks he’s going to come over and run over me? Never happened, and never will."


Khan, who hasn't fought since his devastating knockout loss in Las Vegas to Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in May 2016, admitted later that the fight was a mistake.

Before that, a complacent Prince Naseem, was considered the best 126lb boxer in the world before he was humbled in a 12-round clinic to Marco Antonio Barrera.

Promoter Eddie Hearn had reportedly offered Dillian Whyte a £4million payout to face Joshua at Wembley as a 'Plan B' after failing to land both Wilder and Fury.

Miller added: “I thought the Dillian Whyte fight was what he really wanted, but AJ was trying to be cheap and they didn’t want to pay Dillian Whyte the offer he wanted.

“AJ has a funny way of negotiating when he’s losing, he tries to put in contacts where he rules over the rematch.

“So when I knockout AJ on my rematch he wants to have the majority and Whyte didn’t want that.

“If I’m the champ and I beat you, I call the shots – what happens on the undercard, negotiations – but AJ didn’t want that, so that’s why the Dillian Whyte fight fell through.

“On my part, I have a good network in DAZN, and Matchroom and Eddie Hearn wanted to make the fight.

“It was never about the money, but the same time the money was there and I know what I’m gonna bring to AJ to get the rematch going.

“It was spoken about for about a month and a half but I just wasn’t super excited about it – I’ll be real.

“But the paperwork came through about a week and a half ago, and I was like ‘Okay, this might be happening’.

“AJ was like ‘I’m not doing this, I’m not doing that’ but DAZN said they could agree it.

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Kerry Katona cosies up to Love Island hunk Jack Fowler in Tenerife on Valentine's Day

The 38-year-old mum-of-five is in Tenerife filming Celebs Go Dating and posed for a selfie happily nestled on a sunlounger with the 22-year-old semi-professional footballer.

Kerry looked pleased as punch as she posed for a selfie with the bare-chested reality star.

"With my valentines @_jackfowler_ @celebsgodating," she commented along a series of love-eyed emojis.

In another selfie, Kerry sunbathed in her tropical leaf-print bikini and shared: "Not a bad way to spend Valentine's Day!"

It's not the first time Kerry has been linked to a celebrity on Celebs Go Dating – after she was spotted getting close to Pete Wicks.


Kerry told her followers: "Don't tell Pete shhhhh!"

The former Atomic Kitten singer looked intense in conversation with the 30-year-old Towie star at the launch of their new TV show in November.


Kerry and Pete will join celebrity singletons Georgia Steel, Chelsee Healey and Sam Thompson to find love with the help of dating expert Anna Williamson.

But it looked as if the pair only had eyes for each other as they flirted outside of the venue.

Pete could be seen holding Kerry close as she nuzzled her face against his chest.

They were inseparable on the red carpet too as Kerry sported a huge grin as she messed around with the Towie star.

Awkwardly, Pete is set to clash with his ex-girlfriend Megan McKenna who was the final star to join the next series.

But they appear to have made up as Megan shared a picture of them in Tenerife and posted: "Shout out to my ex."

 


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Project Fear is an insult to voters – let's get ready to leave the EU with or without a deal

17.4million people didn’t vote for anything particularly outrageous. They simply asked the political class to reinstate the things that the vast majority of countries around the world enjoy: control over our immigration rules, the right to spend our money how we choose and an end to the jurisdiction of a foreign court so that we have sovereignty over our laws.

And they asked us to take back control of our trade policy, so that we could do trade deals with the rest of the world. Our country needs to be able to adapt quickly, engage with the emerging global economic powerhouses and prioritise the interests of British consumers and businesses.

The EU is no Utopia.

Around 90 per cent of global economic growth will come from outside the EU over the coming years and the EU now accounts for less than half of our trade. The EU’s share of the global economy has almost halved over the last 30 years and there are two people unemployed in the Euro area for each unemployed Brit.

Youth unemployment stands at 35 per cent in Italy, almost 39 per cent in Spain and a devastating 44 per cent in Greece. The European Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Pierre Moscovici, said that the decisions made by the EU behind closed doors regarding the Greek bailout were a “scandal of democratic process”. The crisis cost Greece a quarter of its GDP, its national debt is now around 180 per cent and hundreds of thousands of its citizens have emigrated.

We chose to leave the institutions of the EU, not to turn our backs on Europe

A whole generation of opportunity and talent has been lost to the unbridled ambition of an EU political elite – so focused on its vain, political projects and so deaf to the concerns and needs of its citizens and businesses.

By voting as we did in the 2016 referendum, we chose to leave the institutions of the EU, not to turn our backs on Europe. We will, of course, remain a good friend and protector to our European neighbours through Nato and other joint security arrangements.

But we will do this as a sovereign nation working in partnership with – rather than being tied to and restricted by – an organisation that seems hell-bent on building a single state of Europe, regardless of the effects this might have on the economies or the lives of the people living in each member state.

I hope that we can agree a deal with the EU before the end of March.

Leaving without a deal wouldn’t be the best outcome and it would involve some risk of short-term disruption. That’s why it’s so important that the Prime Minister brings back the necessary changes to the Withdrawal Agreement from Brussels.

But if we don’t do a deal, we will be leaving the EU under World Trade Organisation rules.

I’m sure you’ve heard all the ridiculous stories about what a "No Deal" or "WTO deal" would mean, including planes falling out of the sky, starvation and suicides.

This over-dramatisation belittles our democracy, is disrespectful to voters and if we’re to make any progress with the Brexit debate and preparing to leave with no deal, our dialogue needs to become more mature and realistic.

On March 29 at 11pm we will leave the EU – not to pursue an isolationist future, but to show how you can be both a strong, independent country that looks after its people, and also a proud, European nation.




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Justin Theroux Seems To Be The Only Person Who Wasn't At Jennifer Aniston’s 50th Birthday Party

I’m still getting over the PTSD of scanning through Instagram yesterday and see how half of Hollywood was at Jennifer Aniston’s 50th birthday celebration. Not since Taylor Swift’s squad era has there been such a case of “How da FUQ are these people all friends?” Jen even made me shed a tear of petty pride after she went from “debating” inviting her ex-husband, Brad Pitt, to her birthday to actually having him there – all while he is in the middle of a nasty-ass divorce from Angelina Jolie! Don’t fret, Angelina, maybe y’all can ex-boo thang swap because Justin Theroux wasn’t at Jen’s party…even though he wished her a happy birthday yesterday.

Justin was not at Jen’s party to deal with a drunk Reese Witherspoon (when isn’t she?!). Justin and Jen split at the end of 2017, just in time for her to get a dramatic spread in Architecture Digest and for them to maintain they were friends who just happened to no longer want to be legally attached. I guess Justin still wants to spread that image:

Happy Birthday, Jen, from your loving ex-husband! Enjoy the unflattering undershot of your pits, pout, and steer horns. Ain’t 50 just dandy?! I would imagine Jen would be floored over something like that, but she told Elle in December she actually views her Justin marriage as a success…and even the Brad one:

“My marriages, they’ve been very successful, in [my] personal opinion. And when they came to an end, it was a choice that was made because we chose to be happy, and sometimes happiness doesn’t exist within that arrangement anymore.”

Sigh…I told myself the same thing when I had to give up Chick-fil-A for the less bigoted Popeyes three-piece bucket.

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Why Colton Is Right To Worry About The Recent ‘Bachelor’ Drama, According To Jason Tartick

While competing on Becca Kufrin’s Bachelorette season, Jason Tartick experienced love and heartbreak on national television. Now that he’s been through it all, he has plenty of words of wisdom for new contestants, and he’s dishing all to Bustle. Read what Jason has to say about which of Colton’s women on The Bachelor aren’t here for the right reasons and more in this week’s recap.

There is one word to describe this episode and it is DISARRAY. Episode 6 opened with Chris Harrison coming to the rescue of the women, Colton, and all the viewers by interrupting Onyeka and Nicole’s “disagreement." Shortly thereafter, both Nicole and Onyeka were eliminated at the rose ceremony. And elimination turned out to be a common theme, as we saw five of the ladies go home in this action-packed episode. Let’s break it down.

The One-on-One Dates

It’s clear that Colton’s perception of Hannah G. is much different than that of the women in the mansion. While Colton is openly expressing his deep feelings for Hannah G., the camera quickly cuts to Caelynn and Cassie mentioning how they feel like “they’re missing something with her." With all the disarray in the house and confusion sparked by exiting women, this certainly is a concern for Colton. That said, it definitely looks like there is a strong connection between Colton and Hannah. Their conversation, body language, and non-stop smiling points to a genuine relationship. Yet I can’t seem to shake Cassie and Caelynn’s comments.

Kirpa and I have at least one thing in common: We were both non-existent on the show prior to Episode 6! That said, I thought she was a breath of fresh air. She was authentic and well spoken, and I also appreciated that she openly communicated her support of the other girls as opposed to letting it deter her from being the best version of herself with Colton. While I was happy to see Kirpa get the one-on-one rose, I felt that Colton’s connection with Hannah G. was significantly stronger than Kirpa’s.

Sidenote: Quick shout out to Bachelor stylist Cary Fetman… Colton’s style this season is unreal! Those wine colored pants were sharp.

The Group Date

Could Colton Underwood be our modern day Chuck Norris? Those karate moves to open this date up were on fire! The only one who impressed me more than Colton was Hannah B. with her karate skills.

While this date was pretty physically taxing, it apparently was mentally taxing, too. It’s important to note, group dates really are so challenging. To incorporate being fun, attentive, competitive and loving all while you’re with a group of new friends that are all dating the same person is not easy. This leads me to Sydney’s self-induced exit. By week six, it becomes apparent who has strong connections and who does not, which is why Sydney left. She was aware of her feelings and was very mature in how she handled that situation.

For me, the group date winners were Tayshia, Hannah B., and Cassie. Hannah B. and Tayshia are really developing their relationships as this show progresses! As for the dearly departed Demi, I didn’t know what to expect when the scene cuts to Demi with thunder and lighting firing off in the background as she made her way to Colton’s place. I was predicting a very outlandish conversation or action, but in actuality it did not go that way — it was Demi pouring out her heart to Colton. I have to imagine thus far breaking up with Demi was one of the hardest moments for Colton. It has to be a heart-wrenching to hear someone tell you that they’re falling in love with you while you’re breaking up with them in the same conversation. Is it too early to ship Demi and Jordan in Paradise this summer?

It was also difficult to watch Katie’s departure. She seemed very sweet, and yet she, too comments on the intentions of the existing girls. It’s theme that started with Caitlyn from Toronto and has progressed to almost every girl that’s had a post-departure conversation with Colton— they all are worried about the motives of some still left in the house. I trust that Colton will get to the bottom of that.

We know a few things going into next week. The physical intimacy is certainly there with the women, but we need less making out and more “You’re my life partner” conversations. Colton is falling in several directions. I think he has really solid connections with several girls — Tayshia, Hannah B., Hannah G., Cassie, and Caelynn — but he also has concern for the true intentions of the remaining women and the legitimacy of their feelings for him. When and how will all the dust settle?

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EDF Energy to hike energy bills for 1.3million customers by £118 a year – and other suppliers could soon follow

It means an existing customer on its standard variable tariff (SVR) will see their bills rise from £1,136 to £1,254.

It is the second firm to push up prices following an announcement by Ofgem last week that there would be an increase to the energy price cap.

Yesterday, E.ON announced an increase for 1.8million customers – adding £117 a year to bills – from April 1.

The cap is supposed to protect customers who roll onto an SVR from being grossly overcharged, but critics say that people can still save more by switching suppliers.

It means that E.ON and EDF's energy SVR tariffs are now almost £300 more expensive than the current cheapest deal on the market.

EDF Energy, which has 1.3million customers, is also pushing up bills for those on pre-payment meters – adding £106 a year or 9 per cent.

Experts warn that this is the beginning of a "tsunami of price rises that will sweep across the Big Six".

Victoria Arrington at Energyhelpline said: "The first price cap cut into profits, and now suppliers are hoping to make some of this back by raising their prices.

"The price cap still does offer some protection to consumers, but you can do so much more to potentially lower your bills."

While Rik Smith, energy expert at uSwitch.com, said: "As soon as Ofgem increased the price cap level it became almost inevitable that most customers on standard deals would see their bills rise right up to the cap."

How to find a cheaper energy deal

  • Use a comparison website: Customers can use websites such as uSwitch.com or Energyhelpline.com to compare tariffs and find a cheaper deal. You could save up to £400 a year if you’ve never switched before.
  • There are other service you can turn to: MoneySavingExpert’s Cheap Energy Club will let you set up an email reminder that alerts you when cheaper deals become available.
  • Things to do before you switch: Compare prices and before you switch check to see if you can get cachback from a website like Quidco or TopCashback

Customers can still benefit from a cheaper deal by switching supplier and locking in to a fixed-rate deal ahead of April 1 when the new cap is due to come into effect.

Ofgem's first cap was introduced on January 1 this year, claiming that it will save customers around £76 a year.

But five weeks later, it announced that it would be raising the cap to £1,254, leading consumer groups to slam the move as it wipes out the yearly savings first promised.

Other suppliers are expected to announce similar rises in the coming week.

Since it was announced, energy supplier nPower has also blamed the energy price cap as it announced it would cut 900 jobs.

Earlier this year, the Big Six energy firms were accused of running cartel by charging very similar prices.

As the temperatures drop, here are 19 tips on how to cut your energy bills and how to make the most of your tariff.


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Call for law to curb 'creeping influence' from hostile foreign powers

The government is being urged to draw up legislation to force lawyers, lobbyists, politicians and others who do work for foreign governments such as Russia to register their activities.

Conservative MP Bob Seely told Sky News he is campaigning for the new law to end what he described as an “unhealthy, creeping influence” from hostile foreign powers.

The security services are understood to be keen on a UK version of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in the United States. It requires individuals that work for foreign states to disclose that relationship and provide information about it.

A cross-government review is under way in the UK to identify any gaps in the current system that need filling, a Whitehall source said.

Mr Seely, a member of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee, thinks the gap is clear and requires new legislation to fix.

“Our system is too open to manipulation from those in and around the political system,” he said in a statement.

“It’s now clear that we need a Foreign Agents Act, which lists those people and organisations, PR types, bankers, lawyers and reputation peddlers, etc, who act for foreign states or their proxies in influencing government and public policy.”

The MP, a former soldier and an expert on Russian unconventional warfare, said he wants all MPs and members of the House of Lords to be banned from doing any paid lobbying for foreign governments.

“Our democracy needs to be open and transparent. There is an unhealthy, creeping influence in our political system. We need to treat this now,” he said.

Bill Browder, a Kremlin critic who describes himself as President Vladimir Putin’s number one enemy, said he agreed with Mr Seely’s call.

“It is a huge gap in the legislation which needs to be fixed urgently,” the American-born British financier said in an interview.

“In a globalised world and with London as one of the central nodes, foreigners are much more active here than they ever have been before, therefore you need some type of legislation to control that.”

Asked what the danger was if the government did not act, Mr Browder said: “Then you have dictators and kleptocrats effectively corrupting our system.”

Mr Browder is due to give evidence on Wednesday to the foreign affairs committee.

He said he planned to raise the impact of foreign influence on UK decision-making on Russia.

Mr Browder said he is concerned that the UK has yet to sanction any Russian individual suspected of gross human rights violations under a “Magnitsky amendment” to new sanctions legislation that was passed last year.

“I would argue that the reason no individuals have been sanctioned is because of the pollution of the political process by foreign influence,” Mr Browder said.

The amendment was named after Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer – employed by Mr Browder – who was arrested in 2008 after alleging that Russian officials were involved in large-scale tax fraud.

He died in a Moscow prison in 2009 after complaining of mistreatment.

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