Emma Stone sports head full of rollers

She’s been blonde, brunette, and most famously, red head.   

And Emma Stone unveiled another brand new hairstyle on Wednesday.

The actress, 29, got a perm with her makeup artist, Rachel Goodwin, who documented their lengthy curling session with several photos on Instagram.   

Curl power! Emma Stone got a perm with her makeup artist, Rachel Goodwin, on Wednesday 

Curl power! Emma Stone got a perm with her makeup artist, Rachel Goodwin, on Wednesday 

Curl power! Emma Stone got a perm with her makeup artist, Rachel Goodwin, on Wednesday 

‘We have a permanent bond!’ Rachel gushed in the caption. ‘Some friends get tattoos, well we get perms! We’re here to tell you that they are BACK and theyre not your grandmas perm! 

‘Especially when you are in the amazing hands of @mararoszak and @bykileyfitz at @mare_salon #curlyisthenewstraight this is the #newwave.’ 

Emma and Rachel rocked a head full of curlers as they waited for their hair to transform into ringlets.

Among one of the images was of the girls, sitting side by side as two hairstylists worked on their forming curls. 

Final look! The finished product was a head full of subtle curls on both Emma and Rachel

Final look! The finished product was a head full of subtle curls on both Emma and Rachel

Final look! The finished product was a head full of subtle curls on both Emma and Rachel

The finished product was a head full of subtle curls on both Emma and Rachel.

Emma has had a busy month so far, as she was nominated for a Golden Globes Award for her role in the film Battle Of The Sexes. 

The award ultimately went to Saoirse Ronan for her work in Lady Bird. 

All hands on deck! Two hairdressers worked hard on Stone and the makeup artist 

All hands on deck! Two hairdressers worked hard on Stone and the makeup artist 

All hands on deck! Two hairdressers worked hard on Stone and the makeup artist 

Emma played tennis ace Billie Jean King in the 2017 film Battle Of The Sexes about the 1973 exhibition tennis match between King and Bobby Riggs, played by Steve Carell.

‘Billie Jean is a pure force of nature and positivity,’ Emma told Vanity Fair at the Toronto Film Festival. 

She added, ‘I didn’t talk to her too much while filming because it was too much pressure and she has all the benefit of hindsight of decades older now.

‘But it was really scary at first.’ 

On a roll! The ladies showed off their head full of rollers

On a roll! The ladies showed off their head full of rollers

On a roll! The ladies showed off their head full of rollers

Jessica Clark-Bojin’s celebrity pies on Pies are Awesome

There are plenty of bakers who can to masterful things with cakes, but a creative Canadian dessert enthusiast does her incredible edible art on pies.  

Jessica Clark-Bojin from Vancouver is the genius behind Pies are Awesome, and goes by @thepieous on Instagram. There, she shares pictures of her amazing pie masterpieces, which she decorates with fun and fantastic designs.

Recently, she’s turned out a series of pies with celebrity faces made out of crust called Celebrity Pietraits, which so far has included edible renderings of Oprah, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Betty White.

Yum! Jessica Clark-Bojin from Vancouver runs the pie-centric company Pies Are Awesome, creating tasty treats featuring stars' faces - including the likes of Oprah 

Yum! Jessica Clark-Bojin from Vancouver runs the pie-centric company Pies Are Awesome, creating tasty treats featuring stars' faces - including the likes of Oprah 

Yum! Jessica Clark-Bojin from Vancouver runs the pie-centric company Pies Are Awesome, creating tasty treats featuring stars’ faces – including the likes of Oprah 

Creative: At the star of the new year, she kicked off a series of star-inspired Celebrity Pietraits (pictured: actor Jensen Ackles from Supernatural)

Creative: At the star of the new year, she kicked off a series of star-inspired Celebrity Pietraits (pictured: actor Jensen Ackles from Supernatural)

Pictured: Lando Calrissian from Star Wars

Pictured: Lando Calrissian from Star Wars

Creative: At the star of the new year, she kicked off a series of star-inspired Celebrity Pietraits (left: actor Jensen Ackles from Supernatural, right: Lando Calrissian from Star Wars)

Brilliant: She also made a pie featuring Eleven from Stranger Things, played by actress Millie Bobby Brown, surrounded by pie crust Eggo waffles - which the character is known to love

Brilliant: She also made a pie featuring Eleven from Stranger Things, played by actress Millie Bobby Brown, surrounded by pie crust Eggo waffles - which the character is known to love

Brilliant: She also made a pie featuring Eleven from Stranger Things, played by actress Millie Bobby Brown, surrounded by pie crust Eggo waffles – which the character is known to love

Dig in? Her Betty White pie looks almost too adorable to eat

Dig in? Her Betty White pie looks almost too adorable to eat

Dig in? Her Betty White pie looks almost too adorable to eat

Fellowship of the cherry filling: Jessica wants to show people that pies can be as creative as cakes (pictured: Elijah Wood)

Fellowship of the cherry filling: Jessica wants to show people that pies can be as creative as cakes (pictured: Elijah Wood)

Fellowship of the cherry filling: Jessica wants to show people that pies can be as creative as cakes (pictured: Elijah Wood)

Super pie! She doesn't actually have formal training as a baker (pictured: Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman)

Super pie! She doesn't actually have formal training as a baker (pictured: Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman)

Super pie! She doesn’t actually have formal training as a baker (pictured: Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman)

‘My mission is to show the world that not only can pies go head-to-head against the poshest wedding cakes and fancy-pants desserts on the most discerning buffet tables of the world, but that they can be fun and easy to pull off too! ‘ Jessica explains on her website.

To that end, she offers tutorials on YouTube, has a book called Pie-Modding: How to “Epic-Up” Store Bought Pies and Be the Hero of the Party, and also sell special ‘pie guides’ that help people make creations like hers at home. 

On January 2, she announced that she would be kicking off the new year with the Celebrity Pietraits series.

So far, she’s made pie versions of Gal Gadot, Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles, David Bowie as the Goblin King in Labyrinth, Oprah, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Betty White, and Elijah Wood.

Mo Pie, Mo Problems: She makes the celebrity faces (like Biggie Smalls) out of pie crust and sometimes paints them

Mo Pie, Mo Problems: She makes the celebrity faces (like Biggie Smalls) out of pie crust and sometimes paints them

Mo Pie, Mo Problems: She makes the celebrity faces (like Biggie Smalls) out of pie crust and sometimes paints them

Delish: This Thor pie looks heavenly — and plenty of women would like to take a bite out of Chris Hemsworth

Delish: This Thor pie looks heavenly — and plenty of women would like to take a bite out of Chris Hemsworth

Delish: This Thor pie looks heavenly — and plenty of women would like to take a bite out of Chris Hemsworth

She's done celebrity and movie character pies in the past, like Jack Nicholson in The Shining

She's done celebrity and movie character pies in the past, like Jack Nicholson in The Shining

Bruce Willis in Die Hard

Bruce Willis in Die Hard

Eat up: She’s done celebrity and movie character pies in the past, like Jack Nicholson in The Shining (left) and Bruce Willis in Die Hard (right)

Genius! She used a heart-shaped mold to do the Queen of Hearts, and filled her head with cherries

Genius! She used a heart-shaped mold to do the Queen of Hearts, and filled her head with cherries

Genius! She used a heart-shaped mold to do the Queen of Hearts, and filled her head with cherries

DIY: Jessica also has a book and sells 'Pie Guides' which help people carve out pie crust shapes easily at home

DIY: Jessica also has a book and sells 'Pie Guides' which help people carve out pie crust shapes easily at home

DIY: Jessica also has a book and sells ‘Pie Guides’ which help people carve out pie crust shapes easily at home

Previously, she’d also made pies with the faces of Eleven from Stranger Things, Lando Calrissian from Star Wars, Bruce Willis, and Biggie Smalls.

She does more than celebrities, though. She has a soft spot for nerd culture, and has shared images of a dozen Star Wars-inspired designs. She’s paid homage to Disney characters, and during the Christmas season did several holiday-themed desserts. 

She even makes what she calls ‘piescrapers,’ pies that are stacked upwards beyond the crust in incredible structural displays. 

And she does all this without a formal culinary training.

‘I’m actually a filmmaker and my formal degree was in graphic design,’ she told Food & Wine. ‘Baking was just this random thing that came along. A fluke.’ 

Good luck: She calls her second career as a pie maker a 'fluke' 

Good luck: She calls her second career as a pie maker a 'fluke' 

Good luck: She calls her second career as a pie maker a ‘fluke’ 

Seasons eatings: She also does non-celebrity pies, and did a very fun series during Christmastime

Seasons eatings: She also does non-celebrity pies, and did a very fun series during Christmastime

Seasons eatings: She also does non-celebrity pies, and did a very fun series during Christmastime

Seasons eatings: She also does non-celebrity pies, and did a very fun series during Christmastime

Seasons eatings: She also does non-celebrity pies, and did a very fun series during Christmastime

Fork in it: She is a master at shaping crust and making pies look almost too pretty to eat

Fork in it: She is a master at shaping crust and making pies look almost too pretty to eat

Fork in it: She is a master at shaping crust and making pies look almost too pretty to eat

'Even though everybody loves pies, nobody does anything fancy with them,' she said

'Even though everybody loves pies, nobody does anything fancy with them,' she said

‘Even though everybody loves pies, nobody does anything fancy with them,’ she said

Amazing: She's also invented these 'Piescrapers,' pies that build upward

Amazing: She's also invented these 'Piescrapers,' pies that build upward

Amazing: She’s also invented these ‘Piescrapers,’ pies that build upward

Smart: She bakes the crust components on top separately and adds them later

Smart: She bakes the crust components on top separately and adds them later

Smart: She bakes the crust components on top separately and adds them later

In fact, she told CTV News Canada, there was a time that she ‘couldn’t crack an egg. I was shooed out at family gatherings. I had no experience in a kitchen whatsoever.’

But then in 2016 she got baking, and quickly began to turn the hobby into an art form.

‘Even though everybody loves pies, nobody does anything fancy with them,’ she told CBC, explaining that her first ‘fancy’ pies paid homage to her favorite pop culture references: ‘I started out making the things that I love, like pixel art and Star Trek things and bands that I like from the ’80s.’

Now, she’s using her popularity to encourage others to follow suit.

‘I suppose it’s pie art in the sense that it’s using pie as an artistic medium, but really what I want to do is encourage other people to be creative and think outside the box with how they approach any of the food that they love,’ she said.

Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic joins Anderlecht on loan

  • Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic has moved to Anderlecht until the end of the season
  • Markovic has moved to the Belgian side after Wolfsburg and Swansea pulled out
  • They were both chasing the 23-year-old but could not strike a deal with Liverpool
  • Jon Flanagan has also been loaned out until the end of the season, joining Bolton 
  • While youngster Harry Wilson has signed a new long-term contract at Anfield
  • After signing Wilson agreed to join Championship side Hull on a six-month loan 

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Liverpool have confirmed Lazar Markovic has joined Anderlecht on loan until the end of the season.

Plenty of teams were in for the Serbia international with Wolfsburg and Swansea leading the race to land his signature on deadline day.

However, Markovic has ended up going to Belgium to aid Anderlecht’s speculative push for the title after Wolfsburg and Swansea failed to strike a deal with Liverpool.

Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic has joined Anderlecht on long until the end of the season

Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic has joined Anderlecht on long until the end of the season

Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic has joined Anderlecht on long until the end of the season

Wolfsburg were pushing for a permanent deal but could not meet Liverpool’s valuation while Swansea ditched plans to loan Markovic, instead opting to re-sign Andre Ayew from West Ham for £18million. 

The 23-year-old has spent time on loan at Fenerbahce, Hull and Sporting Lisbon since being signed by Brendan Rodgers in the summer of 2014.

And has been loaned out again after failing to make a single appearance this season.

The 23-year-old has left the club on loan after failing to make a single appearance this season

The 23-year-old has left the club on loan after failing to make a single appearance this season

The 23-year-old has left the club on loan after failing to make a single appearance this season

Liverpool have also sent out Jon Flanagan on loan until the end of the season to Bolton. 

While young Reds winger Harry Wilson has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

He will however be joining Flanagan in the Championship having immediately signed for Hull City on a season-long loan deal.

Harry Wilson has signed a new long-term contract but has joined Hull on a season-long deal

Harry Wilson has signed a new long-term contract but has joined Hull on a season-long deal

Harry Wilson has signed a new long-term contract but has joined Hull on a season-long deal

All aboard the Elvis train

As the train chugs from Sydney to the rural town of Parkes, Elvis tribute artist Stuey V is crooning that he “always lived a very quiet life”.

Probably before he owned the shimmering 1950s-style gold lame jacket he’s wearing, one assumes.

The express train is packed with Elvis fans, wannabes and lookalikes on a seven-hour journey to pay tribute to the boy from Mississippi.

Stuey V is singing a hit from the `68 Comeback Special, the TV appearance that revived the king of rock n roll’s career 50 years ago.

He shakes a man’s hand before planting a kiss on his wife’s cheek, then sits on the lap of another woman and shakes.

“Were you shy?” I ask. “No”, she replies. “It was hilarious, it was the performance.”

Things get racier as Stuey V jumps onto the train seat, one leg planted in each aisle and a woman reaches up to touch his buttocks.

“I want to kiss every lady in this carriage,” the Gold Coast crooner declares.

He is true to his word. For, like a river flows surely to the sea, there is no room for shyness in the world of an Elvis impersonator.

We are aboard the Blue Suede Express, a luxury heritage passenger train that has transformed into an Elvis party as it travels to the annual Parkes Elvis Festival, dubbed the world’s biggest.

Red jumpsuit clad impersonator John Collins, from Berry, NSW, welcomes travellers to the first performance in the dining carriage.

“Some of you will be pleased to know you’re all virgins again,” he says, to squeals.

The train ride is a taste of what’s to come as Elvis tribute artists move from carriage to carriage singing his hits to commuters, who are showing nothing but sweet devotion.

On the second weekend every January, Parkes marks the icon’s life and music with a vibrant five-day festival to coincide with his January 8 birthday.

The festival, endorsed by the late singer’s estate, has just celebrated its 25th year and shows no sign of slowing.

This year, more than 25,000 revellers were expected to packed the outback Aussie town, 365km west of Sydney, to see international and local Elvis tribute artists honour the king.

But don’t forget the money, honey – there’s a forecast $14 million pumped into the local economy.

As the train labours on, Collins does his best to pump up the revellers, but this bunch don’t need much prodding.

“Where y’all from?” he asks one group of passengers, in a southern US drawl.

“It’s a singles group, we all met on Tinder,” responds one of the more senior members of the Elvis commute.

“AA,” jokes another.

With that, Collins jumps into the song Little Sister and they’re on their feet bopping and kicking their legs in the air in quasi-Elvis karate era style.

But when the music stops and a recording of the phrase “Elvis has left the building,” is played, just as it was at the end of the king’s concerts to disperse hopeful fans waiting for an encore, this lively mob is not happy.

“Bor-ing,” sings one woman.

The biggest cheers of all are reserved for the same serious pelvic gyrations that shocked conservative America when Elvis burst onto the scene in the 1950s.

Brody Finlay does it well. At 21, he is the youngest impersonator on board getting these commuters all shook up.

Tall, handsome and lanky, like the young king himself, he shakes like a leaf on a tree as he dances down the train aisle, stealing three kisses as he goes.

“Cheeky bugger,” a woman laughs to her friend.

Clad in a bright candy pink jacket, white open neck shirt and black pants, he twirls around a woman, and implores her to lay off his blue suede shoes.

Her spirits lifted higher like the sweet song of a choir, she duly obeys.

The young Sydney crooner then gets the crowd jumping to Viva Las Vegas, as he shuffles in white lace-up shoes around the cramped carriage.

For hip-swivelling Scotsman Ross Cummins, who donned a white Elvis jumpsuit, gold framed shades and black wig for the ride, “it was all and more than I expected”.

“We loved it,” he gushed.

“I will be on board again next year for sure.”

IF YOU GO

GETTING THERE: Dedicated Elvis train services run from Sydney Central train station to Parkes, 365km west of Sydney. Regional Express (REX) flies directly to Parkes from Sydney several times daily.

STAYING THERE: Accommodation books out quickly. The Astro Dish Motor Inn ( www.astrodish.com.au/) offers modern decor and facilities and is a close walk to Cooke Park, the hub of the festival, featuring the main stage and markets. The Home Hosting Program is also an option for groups and couples while comfortable tent accommodation is available, with sturdy ready-built tents including stretcher beds and mattresses. Other camping, caravan or motorhome sites are also available.

PLAYING THERE: The Parkes Elvis Festival takes place annually on the second weekend in January. For more info, visit www.parkeselvisfestival.com.au

You can also see the rural town’s rich agricultural and mining history in its museums, take a hike through Goobang National Park, enjoy the magnificent vista from the top of Parkes Memorial Hill and check out the world famous Parkes Dish, as the CSIRO radio telescope tunes into the universe. The town has a thriving social calendar, hosting events throughout the year.

The writer travelled as a guest of Destination NSW.

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Chrissy Teigen trolls her hairstylist in funny Instagram

She is an incredibly successful model and TV star – but Chrissy Teigen isn’t afraid to try and cut costs where she can, particularly when it comes to snagging a few freebies from her friends. 

The pregnant 32-year-old sparked a hilarious war of words with her hairstylist and long-time friend Jen Atkin over the weekend after calling out her pal for charging her for her services on Instagram.

While sharing two images of herself on the red carpet at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy party in New York City on Saturday night, Chrissy thanked her make-up artist Mary Phillips, and her hairstylist Jen, 37, for helping her to get ready for the event, jokingly noting: ‘I must thank my dear friends who I pay but they’re still very good friends.’ 

Party: Chrissy jokingly trolled her hairstylist on Instagram for charging her for the hairdo she wore to the Clive Davis Pre-Gammy party over the weekend

Party: Chrissy jokingly trolled her hairstylist on Instagram for charging her for the hairdo she wore to the Clive Davis Pre-Gammy party over the weekend

Party: Chrissy jokingly trolled her hairstylist on Instagram for charging her for the hairdo she wore to the Clive Davis Pre-Gammy party over the weekend

Hilarious: Known for calling people out on social media all the time, Chrissy's latest victim was her long-time stylist, Jen Atkin, 37, who commented saying she would happily work for free

Hilarious: Known for calling people out on social media all the time, Chrissy's latest victim was her long-time stylist, Jen Atkin, 37, who commented saying she would happily work for free

Hilarious: Known for calling people out on social media all the time, Chrissy’s latest victim was her long-time stylist, Jen Atkin, 37, who commented saying she would happily work for free

Called out: The mother-of-one didn't let Jen get away with her comment, and quickly replied to her saying, 'But you didn't'

Called out: The mother-of-one didn't let Jen get away with her comment, and quickly replied to her saying, 'But you didn't'

Called out: The mother-of-one didn't let Jen get away with her comment, and quickly replied to her saying, 'But you didn't'

Called out: The mother-of-one didn't let Jen get away with her comment, and quickly replied to her saying, 'But you didn't'

Called out: The mother-of-one didn’t let Jen get away with her comment, and quickly replied to her saying, ‘But you didn’t’

Jen, who owns her own haircare company, Ouai, and also works with the Kardashians regularly, was quick to call out Chrissy for the caption, insisting in her own comment: ‘I would do it for free!’ while adding several sweet emoji for effect.  

But Chrissy wasn’t willing to let Jen’s post-event offer of a free hairstyle go unchecked, and she quickly snapped back in a reply, stating: ‘But you didn’t.’  

Although clearly meant in jest, Chrissy’s quick-fire comment and sassy response hit a real chord with her followers, who found the exchange hilarious, commenting on the hilarious faux argument, and helping the model’s post to rack up more than 1.1 million likes – while her comment alone garnered more than 11,400. 

As well as also mentioning make-up guru Mary Phillips, Chrissy’s original post featured warm thanks for Jonathan Simkhai, who designed the off-the-shoulder gown she wore to the party, and her stylist Monica Rose. 

But it was Jen who got the brunt of Chrissy’s teasing – no doubt thanks to her kind offer of a free ‘do. 

Given that the two are so close, having vacationed together with their respective partners on a number of occasions, it’s likely that Jen was well aware of the humor behind Chrissy’s comment. 

Friends: Regardless of Chrissy (right) calling out Jen, (left), the two still remain best pals who hang out all the time outside of work

Friends: Regardless of Chrissy (right) calling out Jen, (left), the two still remain best pals who hang out all the time outside of work

Friends: Regardless of Chrissy (right) calling out Jen, (left), the two still remain best pals who hang out all the time outside of work

Stylists: Before Chrissy (pictured) even replied to Jen, her caption already said, 'I must thank my dear friends who I pay but they're still very good friends,' before naming her stylists

Stylists: Before Chrissy (pictured) even replied to Jen, her caption already said, 'I must thank my dear friends who I pay but they're still very good friends,' before naming her stylists

Stylists: Before Chrissy even replied to Jen (pictured), her caption already said, 'I must thank my dear friends who I pay but they're still very good friends,' before naming her stylists

Stylists: Before Chrissy even replied to Jen (pictured), her caption already said, 'I must thank my dear friends who I pay but they're still very good friends,' before naming her stylists

Stylists: Before Chrissy (left) even replied to Jen, (right) her caption already said, ‘I must thank my dear friends who I pay but they’re still very good friends,’ before naming her stylists

Jokester: Just last week, Chrissy called out husband John Legend, 39, (right) in her Instagram post of the couple at the Grammys in 2008 with bad spray tans, calling John 'count chocula'

Jokester: Just last week, Chrissy called out husband John Legend, 39, (right) in her Instagram post of the couple at the Grammys in 2008 with bad spray tans, calling John 'count chocula'

Jokester: Just last week, Chrissy called out husband John Legend, 39, (right) in her Instagram post of the couple at the Grammys in 2008 with bad spray tans, calling John ‘count chocula’

Jen, whose partner Mike Rosenthal, 40, is close pals with Chrissy’s husband John, 39, has even shared in previous interviews that Chrissy loves to tease her, insisting that she always laughs about it. 

Indeed the soon-to-be mother-of-two, who revealed at the Grammys that she is expecting a baby boy, a brother for her daughter Luna, is renowned for her sassy social media attitude. 

Just days before her hilarious exchange with Jen, Chrissy poked fun at herself, and husband John, in a hilarious post shared ahead of the Grammys.       

Posting a throwback of herself and her husband John Legend posing on the red carpet at the event back in 2008, Chrissy hilariously pointing out her own very unnatural looking tan – and John’s rather unique ensemble.  

‘Grammy’s 2008. 10 years ago. This tan!!! Lmao,’ she captioned the image, which shows the two making their very first red carpet appearance together. 

And the jokes certainly did not stop there – with Chrissy opting to share some of the love with her husband John, calling him out in the comments for his rather bizarre choice of ensemble.

‘@Johnlegend u look like count chocula,’ she wrote, making sure to tag the chart-topping popstar so he wouldn’t miss her witty note. 

 

Boxing promoters have no plans to ditch ring card girls

Formula One scrapped the use of ‘grid girls’ on Wednesday, declaring them ‘at odds with modern-day societal norms’.

The development came after the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) gave in to pressure from broadcasters last week and announced it would stop using ‘walk-on girls’ to accompany players to the oche.

However, leading boxing promoters in Britain insist they have no plans to follow suit and will continue using ‘ring card girls’ between rounds. 

Boxing promoters Frank Warren and Barry Hearn have no plans to get rid of  ring card girls

Boxing promoters Frank Warren and Barry Hearn have no plans to get rid of  ring card girls

They appear set to stay

They appear set to stay

Boxing promoters Frank Warren and Barry Hearn have no plans to get rid of ring card girls

Alex Hughes poses with ring card girls after defeating Wayne Reed in at York Hall in July 2015

Alex Hughes poses with ring card girls after defeating Wayne Reed in at York Hall in July 2015

Alex Hughes poses with ring card girls after defeating Wayne Reed in at York Hall in July 2015

Formula One have announced they will no longer use walk-on grid girls at grands prix 

Sebastian Vettel, then driving for Red Bull, poses with grid girls at the 2014 US Grand Prix 

Sebastian Vettel, then driving for Red Bull, poses with grid girls at the 2014 US Grand Prix 

Sebastian Vettel, then driving for Red Bull, poses with grid girls at the 2014 US Grand Prix 

Mercedes  driver Lewis Hamilton poses with grid girls in Sochi in October 2015

Mercedes  driver Lewis Hamilton poses with grid girls in Sochi in October 2015

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton poses with grid girls in Sochi in October 2015

Hamilton celebrates 2015 Chinese GP win by spraying hostess in the face with champagne

Hamilton celebrates 2015 Chinese GP win by spraying hostess in the face with champagne

Hamilton celebrates 2015 Chinese GP win by spraying hostess in the face with champagne

In revealing that F1 would ditch their long-standing tradition from the start of the season on March 25, Sean Bratches, managing director of commercial operations, said: ‘Over the last year we have looked at a number of areas which we felt needed updating so as to be more in tune with our vision for this sport.

‘While the practice of employing grid girls has been a staple of Formula One grands prix for decades, we feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern-day societal norms.

‘We don’t believe the practice is appropriate or relevant to Formula One and its fans, old and new, across the world.’

Sky Sports pit lane reporter Natalie Pinkham tweeted the Formula One statement ‘feels like a watershed moment’.

The Women’s Sport Trust were supportive of the move, saying: ‘We strongly encourage sports such as cycling, boxing and UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) to follow darts and Formula One and reconsider the use of podium girls, ring girls and octagon girls.

‘This is not a matter of feminists versus models, which seems to be the way many people want to portray this.

‘These changes are taking place because global businesses are making a considered choice about how women should be valued and portrayed in their sports in 2018. They deserve significant credit for doing so.’ 

Darts walk-on girls will no longer be used by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC)

Darts walk-on girls will no longer be used by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC)

Darts walk-on girls will no longer be used by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC)

F1 has used grid girls for some years - pictured is a scantily-clad woman at 2000 Australian GP

F1 has used grid girls for some years - pictured is a scantily-clad woman at 2000 Australian GP

F1 has used grid girls for some years – pictured is a scantily-clad woman at 2000 Australian GP

Four grid girls pose for a picture in the pit lane at the 2002 Spanish Grand Prix

Four grid girls pose for a picture in the pit lane at the 2002 Spanish Grand Prix

Four grid girls pose for a picture in the pit lane at the 2002 Spanish Grand Prix

Hungarian Grand Prix grid girls, donning identical outfits, pose for photographers in 199

Hungarian Grand Prix grid girls, donning identical outfits, pose for photographers in 199

Hungarian Grand Prix grid girls, donning identical outfits, pose for photographers in 1999

Sir Jackie Stewart, the three-time world champion, understands the change.

‘Sometimes it is better to take preventative medicine and that’s what F1 is doing,’ said Stewart, 78. ‘Every day I read about a different scandal and F1 and its blue-chip partners don’t need to be involved with that.

‘I don’t think it is a shame or a controversial decision and I understand what Liberty (the company who own F1) are saying. These are different times that we are living in.’

A spokesperson for Liberty confirmed that women will also be removed from the podium celebrations and that the sport is now in talks with circuit promoters and partners as to how the grid girls will be replaced.

At the Monaco Grand Prix in 2015, organisers opted to have ‘grid boys’ instead of ‘grid girls’.Sebastian Vettel, the four-time world champion, joked afterwards: ‘What was that? F***! You get there and park behind George or Dave. What’s the point?’ 

Grid girl poses in front of a F1 car at the 2001 Hungarian GP as photographers take snaps

Grid girl poses in front of a F1 car at the 2001 Hungarian GP as photographers take snaps

Grid girl poses in front of a F1 car at the 2001 Hungarian GP as photographers take snaps

Grid girls smile before the drivers' parade at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2005

Grid girls smile before the drivers' parade at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2005

Grid girls smile before the drivers’ parade at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2005

Beverley Turner, a British television and radio presenter, backed Formula One's decision 

Beverley Turner, a British television and radio presenter, backed Formula One's decision 

Beverley Turner, a British television and radio presenter, backed Formula One’s decision 

Karun Chandhok, a former Formula One driver, would look to see more female drivers in F1

Karun Chandhok, a former Formula One driver, would look to see more female drivers in F1

Karun Chandhok, a former Formula One driver, would look to see more female drivers in F1

The Liberty decision was criticised by the sport’s long-time overlord Bernie Ecclestone. He told Sportsmail: ‘This is a mistake. I don’t see why. It made us money and it was better than having scruffy marshals telling drivers where they should park on the grid. I wouldn’t have made this decision.’

Meanwhile, in boxing, promoter Frank Warren confirmed last night that he has no plans to make a change, and neither does Eddie Hearn, who argued that ‘ring card girls’ inform crowds of the round number.

PDC chairman Barry Hearn said earlier this week: ‘We’re living in changing times — the PC brigade, the liberal brigade are out in strength and it’s causing changes in sport everywhere we look. It’s probably going to get worse.’

The UFC and the Union Cycliste Internationale — the governing body for cycling — did not respond to requests for comment.

Formula One drivers walk on the Turkish Grand Prix red carpet and are welcomed by grid girls

Formula One drivers walk on the Turkish Grand Prix red carpet and are welcomed by grid girls

Formula One drivers walk on the Turkish Grand Prix red carpet and are welcomed by grid girls

Grid girls arrive for the pit lane walk ahead of last season's Italian  Grand Prix in Monza

Grid girls arrive for the pit lane walk ahead of last season's Italian  Grand Prix in Monza

Grid girls arrive for the pit lane walk ahead of last season’s Italian Grand Prix in Monza

Mexican Grand Prix grid girls dress up for the occasion - but they won't be at this year's race 

Mexican Grand Prix grid girls dress up for the occasion - but they won't be at this year's race 

Mexican Grand Prix grid girls dress up for the occasion – but they won’t be at this year’s race 

The announcement, however, was met with backlash, with Twitter users voicing their dismay

The announcement, however, was met with backlash, with Twitter users voicing their dismay

The announcement, however, was met with backlash, with Twitter users voicing their dismay

DARTS CHIEF HEARN BLASTS TV BOSSES FOR DECISION TO AXE WALK-ON GIRLS

Darts supremo Barry Hearn has hit out at TV bosses after walk-on girls were axed from darts at televised tournaments.

It emerged last week that the sport’s famous girls will no longer be used by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) following talks with broadcasters.

Women have accompanied players onto the stage for some years— something that has been regularly criticised — and the PDC decided to act despite many calling for the decision to be reversed.

And Hearn, the PDC’s chairman, has claimed the decision was out of his control — while he also insisted he hasn’t got a ‘problem’ with the walk-on girls.

Speaking to talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Hearn said: ‘It’s out of my control.

‘We’re living in changing times — the PC brigade, the liberal brigade are out in strength and it’s causing changes in sport everywhere we look and it’s probably going to get worse.

‘I have no personal problems whatsoever with walk-on girls in darts. None. They’ve been there from the beginning.

‘I think the girls are great, they get paid and it’s a job for them. I haven’t got a problem.

‘But I do have a big problem in the age we live in – I’ve got the BBC, ITV and Sky, my three UK broadcasters, saying to me this is not part of their editorial policy any longer. They do not want to show the walk-on girls on television.

‘If you can tell me what I can do about it, I’ll do it!’

Shania Twain to tour Australia in 2018

She had hits in the 90s with catchy tunes like That Don’t Impress Me Much, You’re Still The One and Man! I Feel Like A Woman. 

And now, Shania Twain, 52, has announced she will tour Australia for the first time in almost 20 years. 

The country singer will head Down Under for string of shows across the nation in November and December this year.

Come on over! That Don't Impress Me Much hitmaker Shania Twain (pictured) set to tour Australia for the first time in 19 years

Come on over! That Don't Impress Me Much hitmaker Shania Twain (pictured) set to tour Australia for the first time in 19 years

Come on over! That Don’t Impress Me Much hitmaker Shania Twain (pictured) set to tour Australia for the first time in 19 years

During her Now tour, Shania will visit Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, the Hunter Valley, Melbourne and Sydney with a mixture of indoor and outdoor venues. 

It’s a well overdue return for the songstress, who  hasn’t performed Down Under since 1999. 

Tickets for the show will go on sale from 10am February 9 and presales kick off on February 5.

The tour, which kicks off on May 3 in Tacoma, is in support of the album of the same name that topped the charts in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom on release in September.

Shania’s 1999 set Come On Over is one of the highest-selling albums in history.

It shifted more than 40 million copies worldwide including more than 1.2m in Australia where it has been certified platinum 18 times. 

 

 

$1 tax hike for NSW cabs and Uber kicks in

Australian Associated Press

As $1 levy kicks in for all taxi, ride share and hire car operators across NSW, Uber has urged its customers to contact the transport minister about the “unfair” tax.

The levy, which starts on Thursday, goes towards the government’s $250 million cab industry compensation package, brought in following the legalisation of ride-share operators such as Uber in 2015, which led to the devaluation of taxi licence plate numbers.

Taxi, ride share and hire car drivers can either pass the charge on to their passengers or pay the levy themselves.

Uber has sent a message to its customers warning them about the tax.

“As of 1 February 2018, the NSW Government will require all taxi, rideshare and hire car providers to pay a temporary $1 tax for each trip taken,” a message sent on Tuesday said.

“This means riders will be charged an additional $1 + GST for every completed trip, on top of the current fare.”

Customers have been urged to contact Transport Minister Andrew Constance about the “unfair” tax.

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US stocks finish slightly higher after Fed inflation…

US stocks overcame a brief stumble to close slightly higher Wednesday, ending a two-day losing streak.

The dip came after the Federal Reserve released its latest statement on interest rate policy and the economy, in which the central bank signalled it expects inflation to pick up this year.

The Fed, as expected, held off on raising interest rates.

There were gains by technology companies on Wall Street (Martin Keene/PA)

There were gains by technology companies on Wall Street (Martin Keene/PA)

There were gains by technology companies on Wall Street (Martin Keene/PA)

Stocks bounced back in the last hour of trading, with gains by technology companies outweighing losses in healthcare and other sectors.

The latest batch of strong earnings from big companies, including Boeing, helped put investors back in a buying mood a day after the market had its biggest drop since August.

“The markets have turned around,” said Erik Davidson, chief investment officer for Wells Fargo Private Bank.

“Many people have been waiting for it to dip as it’s marched higher and higher, and we finally had two days of weakness, particularly yesterday.”

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 1.38 points, or 0.1%, to 2,823.81. The Dow Jones industrial average added 72.50 points, or 0.3%, to 26,149.39.

The Nasdaq composite climbed 9 points, or 0.1%, to 7,411.48. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 7.83 points, or 0.5%, to 1,574.98.

All told, the indexes ended January with solid gains.

Boeing climbed 4.9% after the aerospace giant’s latest results topped Wall Street’s expectations.

The stock, which has been the biggest gainer in the Dow over the past year, added $16.66 to $354.37.

Electronic Arts led the rally in technology companies, jumping 7% after the video game maker forecast quarterly earnings and sales that were well ahead of what analysts expected.

The stock was the biggest gainer in the S&P 500, rising $8.26 to $126.96.

Some 80% of the companies that have reported earnings in recent weeks have beat expectations. Typically, it is around two-thirds.

Management teams are also touting stronger sales growth than in previous quarters.

“The combination is really helping drive the market higher and making investors feel more confident about the outlook for 2018,” said Kate Warne, investment strategist at Edward Jones.

The market was higher for most of the day but briefly gave up its gains after the Fed released its economic and interest rate policy update.

The central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged in a still-low range of 1.25 to 1.5% and signalled that it expects to resume raising rates gradually to reflect an improving, healthy job market and economy.

The Fed also said that it expects inflation to finally pick up this year and to stabilise around the Fed’s target level of 2%.

In its previous statement, the Fed had predicted that inflation would remain below its target rate.

That revision appeared to put off some investors, triggering the sell-off that pulled stock indexes into the red until the last hour of trading.

Healthcare stocks posted the biggest decline for the second day in a row.

Eli Lilly lost $4.64, or 5.4%, to $81.45, while Gilead Sciences gave up $3.49, or 4%, to $83.80.

Some companies’ quarterly report cards failed to impress traders.

Juniper Networks slumped 7.7% after the provider of network equipment forecast quarterly results that were well below what Wall Street analysts expected.

The stock fell more than any other company in the S&P 500, shedding $2.17 to $26.15.

Bond prices did not move much. The yield on the 10-year Treasury remained at 2.72% after briefly moving higher.

The prospect for stronger economic growth, both in the US and abroad, has helped drive bond yields higher in recent months.

This week yields have hovered at the highest level since April 2014.

Rising yields make bonds more appealing to investors seeking income, but they can also lead to higher financing costs for companies, homebuyers and other borrowers.

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West Ham director of football Tony Henry sparks race row

West Ham United have left themselves open to accusations of racism and potentially unlawful discrimination after telling agents in the transfer window that they don’t want to sign any more African players.

After being confronted by Sportsmail, the club’s director of player recruitment, Tony Henry, made the shocking admission that West Ham do indeed want to limit the number of African players because ‘they have a bad attitude’ and ‘cause mayhem’ when they are not in the team.

Lord Ouseley, chairperson of Kick It Out, described an email sent by Henry — and leaked to this newspaper — as potentially unlawful.

West Ham's director of transfers Tony Henry has confirmed the club's current transfer stance

West Ham's director of transfers Tony Henry has confirmed the club's current transfer stance

West Ham’s director of transfers Tony Henry has confirmed the club’s current transfer stance

The Hammers are said to be put off from buying Africans after selling Diafra Sakho (centre)

The Hammers are said to be put off from buying Africans after selling Diafra Sakho (centre)

The Hammers are said to be put off from buying Africans after selling Diafra Sakho (centre)

WEST HAM’S STARS OF AFRICAN DESCENT 

West Ham have six first-team stars who are of African descent. Two of the listed stars —Joao Mario and Angelo Ogbonna — have chosen to represent Portugal and Italy respectively despite being able to play for African countries through their parents. Pedro Obiang played for Spain’s youth teams but has not represented the senior side and could still play for Equatorial Guinea. Edimilson Fernandes plays for Switzerland but is of Cape Verdean descent. Left back Arthur Masuaku is yet to play for DR Congo but received a call-up in August while Cheikhou Kouyate is an experienced internationals for Senegal.

Cheikhou Kouyate (Senegal) 

Pedro Obiang (Equatorial Guinea)

Joao Mario (Angola)  

Angelo Ogbonna (Nigeria) 

Arthur Masuaku (DR Congo) 

Edimilson Fernandes (Cape Verde)

Henry sent an email on January 27 — in response to an inquiry about a footballer of Cameroonian descent — to another senior West Ham official and an agent.

In the email, Henry wrote: ‘We don’t want any more Africans and he’s not good enough. I sent Thomas to watch him and the other lad last week and he said no. If Palace take them good luck.’ Sportsmail knows the identity of both recipients but a stipulation before being sent the email was that they should remain anonymous.

Henry was asked if there is a club policy regarding African players. Initially he replied ‘no’, only to be informed that we understand he has told more than one agent in the last month that the club does not want any more African players.

Henry then confirmed it was true and suggested it was a policy supported by club management. ‘Yeah,’ Henry replied. ‘Because we had three and we felt we didn’t particularly want any more African players.’

Asked why, Henry replied: ‘Erm, no reason. It’s nothing racist at all. It’s just sometimes they can have a bad attitude.

‘We had problems with Sakho, with Diafra Sakho. We find that when they are not in the team they cause mayhem. It’s nothing against the African race at all.

‘I mean, look, there are top African players. There’s not a problem with them. It’s just sometimes they cause a lot of problems when they are not playing, as we had with Diafra. He’s left, so great. It’s nothing personal at all.’

Asked if he thought his view was discriminatory towards African players, Henry asked: ‘In what way?’ 

Senegal international Cheikhou Kouyate has been playing for West Ham since June 2014

Senegal international Cheikhou Kouyate has been playing for West Ham since June 2014

Senegal international Cheikhou Kouyate has been playing for West Ham since June 2014

Andre Ayew is an experienced Ghana international having represented his country 75 times

Andre Ayew is an experienced Ghana international having represented his country 75 times

Andre Ayew is an experienced Ghana international having represented his country 75 times

Pedro Obiang played youth football for Spain but is able to represent Equatorial Guinea

Pedro Obiang played youth football for Spain but is able to represent Equatorial Guinea

Pedro Obiang played youth football for Spain but is able to represent Equatorial Guinea

Asked then if he thought his comments amounted to a slight on African players, he replied: ‘No. I don’t know what you are trying to get at here. All I said was, look, we have a great lad in (Cheikhou) Kouyate, he’s brilliant, a great player for us, he’s a good lad.

‘But the likes of Sakho have caused mayhem. When he’s not playing … he always wants a new deal. That’s all it was. It was nothing discriminatory at all.

‘I could say we get offered Russian players. I just find with Russian players that they don’t settle in England.

‘It’s like Italians. How many Italians come and settle in England? As a club we are not discriminatory at all.

‘If you’ve got too many, they all sit together and it becomes a situation where you can have problems. But then you can have problems with English players. I don’t know what you are driving at.’

West Ham new boy Joao Mario elected to play for Portugal but is of Angolan descent

West Ham new boy Joao Mario elected to play for Portugal but is of Angolan descent

West Ham new boy Joao Mario elected to play for Portugal but is of Angolan descent

Angelo Ogbonna's parents are Nigerian but he chose to represent the Italian national team

Angelo Ogbonna's parents are Nigerian but he chose to represent the Italian national team

Angelo Ogbonna’s parents are Nigerian but he chose to represent the Italian national team

Left back Arthur Masuaku, pictured in training last week, has received call-ups by DR Congo

Left back Arthur Masuaku, pictured in training last week, has received call-ups by DR Congo

Left back Arthur Masuaku, pictured in training last week, has received call-ups by DR Congo

Lord Ouseley was contacted before the conversation with Henry but in response to the 60-year-old former Manchester City player’s email, he said: ‘From my point of view, firstly, that is clearly unacceptable now in football. But secondly it’s unlawful to make a statement like that.

‘It’s clearly discriminatory but giving instruction to someone to discriminate against a person is unlawful.

‘Kick It Out would not expect this from any football club official and I would expect that club to take the necessary action.’

Edimilson Fernandes is a Switzerland international but is of Cape Verdean descent

Edimilson Fernandes is a Switzerland international but is of Cape Verdean descent

Edimilson Fernandes is a Switzerland international but is of Cape Verdean descent

Rigobert Song represented Cameroon during his time at West Ham

Rigobert Song represented Cameroon during his time at West Ham

Frederic Kanoute was a Mali international

Frederic Kanoute was a Mali international

Rigobert Song (left) and Frederic Kanoute (right) represented African countries while at West Ham

Sportsmail contacted West Ham on Wednesday and this was their statement: ‘West Ham United is an inclusive, respectful and diverse football club. Equality is at the heart of our ethos and values.

‘We were recently given the opportunity to demonstrate the extent of our firm commitment to these values, which are embedded throughout the Club, with a view to achieving the intermediate level of the Premier League’s equality mark, recognised and supported by Kick it Out.

‘We have worked extremely hard over the last 18 months across all areas of the Club and we are confident in our achievements. All West Ham United employees are required to go on equality, diversity and unconscious-bias training as part of our new mandatory training and workforce plan.

‘We take any allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and are now in the process of ascertaining the full facts behind this accusation.’

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