Arsenal Women v Manchester City Women (Wed)

Arsenal Women v Manchester City Women (Wed)

Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema is looking for a first trophy with the club since joining from Bayern Munich in June 2017 BBC coverage

How to follow: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, plus live text commentary on the BBC Sport website Holders Manchester City Women face Arsenal Women in the Continental Tyres Cup final on Wednesday, with both teams looking to secure the first silverware of the season.

City, who trail Women’s Super League One leaders Chelsea by one point, beat Birmingham to win the trophy in 2016.

New Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro will be hoping to win his first trophy as boss at the first opportunity.

The final is being played at Wycombe Wanderers’ ground Adams Park.

Since its creation in 2011, Manchester City and Arsenal are the only two sides to have lifted the Continental Tyres Cup.Four-time winners Arsenal have appeared in six of the seven finals to be played, with the competition not running in 2017 as the WSL transitioned from a summer season to a winter campaign. Arsenal midfielder Leah Williamson told BBC Sport: "It’s a replay of the 2014 final, which is a coincidence, but we’re obviously keen to better that result [a 1-0 defeat]."The club […]

Antonio Conte: Chelsea boss says 3-0 defeat in Barcelona ‘unfair’

Antonio Conte: Chelsea boss says 3-0 defeat in Barcelona 'unfair'

Lionel Messi hit his 100th Champions League goal to consign Chelsea to a 3-0 defeat at the Nou Camp Chelsea manager Antonio Conte felt the 3-0 defeat in Barcelona which ended his side’s involvement in the Champions League was "unfair".

Two goals from Lionel Messi plus one from Ousmane Dembele – his first in a Barca shirt – helped the Spanish giants to a 4-1 aggregate victory.

Defeat damages Chelsea’s chances of Champions League football next season, with Conte’s side now needing a top-four finish in the Premier League.

"We have no regrets," he said.

"If you watch the game, you can see the final result is unfair."

Conte acknowledged Messi – who also scored in the first leg – had been "the difference" between the sides.The Argentina striker’s second goal in the Nou Camp took him to 100 in the Champions League.While Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record with 117, Messi reached three figures in 14 games fewer."We are talking about the best player in the world," said Conte."He scores 60 goals every season – he is a super top player. Barcelona were very clinical."Chelsea led for 13 minutes of the first leg and hit the woodwork four times over the […]

MPs warn of ‘poisonous air’ emergency costing £20bn a year

MPs warn of 'poisonous air' emergency costing £20bn a year

The automotive industry says a £220m clear air fund is already in operation MPs have demanded an end to the UK’s "poisonous air" in an unprecedented report from four Commons committees.

The Environment, Health, Transport and Environmental Audit committees want a new Clean Air Act, and a clean air fund financed by the motor industry.

They are also demanding a faster phase-out of petrol and diesel cars – currently set for 2040.

The government said air pollution had improved significantly since 2010 but there was "more to do".

MPs have been frustrated by the response from ministers, who have promised to publish a comprehensive clean air strategy later this year.

Their report says: "Air pollution is a national health emergency resulting in an estimated 40,000 early deaths each year, costing the UK £20bn annually."It is unacceptable that successive governments have failed to protect the public from poisonous air. UK air pollutants continue decline Government loses clean air court case Reality Check: Are diesel cars always the most harmful? "Despite a series of court cases, the government has still not produced a plan that adequately addresses the scale of the challenge. Nor has it demonstrated the national leadership needed."The report – the […]

Penny pitching: Your eight uses for 1p and 2p coins

Penny pitching: Your eight uses for 1p and 2p coins

The future of 1p and 2p coins may be in doubt – but it seems their use goes way beyond simply paying for things.

Treasury officials are seeking views on the future mix of UK notes and coins as we increasingly move towards digital and mobile payments.

It conjures up the image of people throwing their smartphones, rather than coppers, into a fountain for good luck – although Downing Street has backed away from a plan to scrap copper coins.

According to BBC News readers, viewers and listeners there are many other uses for these coins, from home improvements to baking. Here is a selection. 1. Tulip fever

Many flower sellers and lovers swear by the use of pennies in a vase to keep them from drooping. Reader Chris Stone says: "The question the government should really be asking is if they end copper coins, what will we put in our vases with tulips? Is this part of their strategy to restrict growth?"

They say the copper is important, and it is unlikely they would want to dunk a fiver in the vase – even though the new polymer banknotes are waterproof. 2. Language matters From pretty penny to penny-wise, there are dozens […]

Parents fined £24m for children’s truancy and term time holidays

Parents fined £24m for children's truancy and term time holidays

About 400,000 penalty notices for school non-attendance have been issued to parents in England and Wales in the past three years Parents across England and Wales have been fined about £24m for failing to send their children to school during the past three years, it has emerged.

A BBC investigation also shows some councils are issuing penalties at rates five times higher than the average.

Some parents say they now actively budget for the cost of fines when planning holidays.

While some councils admit they have become "stricter", they say they are protecting the education of children.

Between them, 155 local authorities in England and Wales ( Scotland and Northern Ireland do not issue fines ) issued about 400,000 penalties over three years. A further 19 did not supply data.

On average, 12 penalties were issued per 1,000 children – whether for truancy or for parents taking children away on holiday during term time – during 2016-17. Number of penalties awarded to parents for failing to send their children to school, per 1,000 pupils Tap or click to explore your area 6© OpenStreetMap contributors, © CARTO BBC Freedom of Information requests Map by Daniel Wainwright and Daniel Dunford, built with Carto. Can’t see […]

‘Sofia Solidarity Centre’: Court Evicts Dozens Of Rough Sleepers From London Building Despite ‘Death’ Fears

'Sofia Solidarity Centre': Court Evicts Dozens Of Rough Sleepers From London Building Despite 'Death' Fears

Sofia House in London which rough sleepers have been occupying since March 1 Rough sleepers who have taken refuge in a disused central London building for the past two weeks face uncertain futures after a court approved their immediate eviction.

Activists from Street Kitchen set-up a make-shift shelter in the four-story Sofia House on Great Portland Street on March 1, aptly dubbing it the ‘Sofia Solidarity Centre’ (SCC), and over the following days claimed up to 200 rough sleepers a night called it “home”, as freezing conditions blanketed the city in snow.

On Wednesday, at the London County Court, Judge Saunders granted the building’s owner, W1 Developments, a summary application for possession “forthwith”, during a hearing scheduled for 15-minutes that lasted over four hours.

A draft order, immediately tendered by barrister Jonathan Chew to give the company the legal right to enforce the ruling, was set to be approved tonight. It means the rough sleepers could be evicted at any time. Judge ruled against us. He has granted the claimant a possession order.

We will continue to provide support, sleeping bags, hot food and a social environment for the homeless of London.

Thank you for all your support during this battle. — Streets […]

Brexit Risks Half A Million More Air Pollution Deaths, MP Warns

Brexit Risks Half A Million More Air Pollution Deaths, MP Warns

PA Wire/PA Images The UK could face half a million more early deaths from air pollution after Brexit if the government fails to take robust action, an MP has warned.

Labour’s Geraint Davies says ministers’ current plans to completely phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2040 do not go far enough to mitigate leaving the EU and its commitment to improving air quality in all of its member states.

Toxic air is currently blamed for 40,000 premature deaths in the UK every year – meaning about 500,000 more people are at risk if things continue as they are – and the government’s air quality strategy was branded inadequate by the High Court for the third time last month.

Davies’ call comes as four Parliamentary committees release a joint report on air quality, calling for the car industry to be made to pay towards a new clean air fund.

“Parliament’s new report was jointly produced by four committees and reached cross-party consensus in recognising air pollution as a ‘national emergency’ costing 40,000 premature deaths and £20 billion a year,” he said.

“It points the finger at government failure, having lost in court four times for illegal levels of toxic air pollution. The government must […]

Tinder sued by trans woman for deleting her dating profile

Tinder sued by trans woman for deleting her dating profile

Tinder claims she broke the terms and conditions

Ariel Hawkins is suing Tinder A trans woman is suing Tinder claiming it rejects all transgender people from the dating app.

Ariel Hawkins, from Portland, has filed a lawsuit against the global dating site.

She edited her profile to disclose she was pre-op trans woman a few days ago. Tinder sued for deleting trans woman’s dating profile

Tinder immediately deleted her account following this, Hawkins claims. She says the company sent her an email saying she violated its terms of service. However, it refused to explain the basis for the rejection.

‘I don’t think the company understands trans people and they don’t appreciate how we may represent ourselves,’ she told TMZ.In the lawsuit, filed by Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas, Hawkins is asking a judge for an order prohibiting Tinder from discriminating against non-cisgender Oregon users.Tinder offers the option of choosing from multiple genders. This was prompted after many trans people reported getting banned in 2016.The self-proclaimed most popular dating app in the world said they had worked with GLAAD on their new policy. This policy includes ‘welcoming transgender people and to not stand for bullying or harassment on the app’.But it appears […]

‘I don’t have a gay bone in my body’: Kendall Jenner addresses sexuality

'I don't have a gay bone in my body': Kendall Jenner addresses sexuality

Jenner reflects in the mirror. | Photo: YouTube/Vogue In a recent interview with Vogue , Kendall Jenner addressed the rumors of her sexuality.

Apparently, the internet was convinced the Kardashian-Jenner clan member was gay.

Why? Well, Jenner has some ideas about that.

‘I think it’s because I’m not like all my other sisters, who are like, “Here’s me and my boyfriend!” So it was a thing for a minute because no one ever saw me with a guy,’ she explained. ‘I would always go that extra mile to be low-key with guys, sneaking around all the time. You don’t want to, like, look crazy .’

She’s fairly certain where she stands, though.

Continuing her thoughts: ‘I don’t think I have a bisexual or gay bone in my body, but I don’t know! Who knows?! I’m all down for experience—not against it whatsoever—but I’ve never been there before.’Then, however, she concludes: ‘I’m not gay. I have literally nothing to hide. I would never hide something like that.’ So brave Twitter quickly leapt on Jenner — and for ‘coming out’ as straight. . @KendallJenner comes out as straight in the new issue of @voguemagazine . Brave. — Dave Quinn (@NineDaves) March 14, 2018 […]

‘TransMilitary’ Is the LGBT Advocacy Film Middle America Needs to See

‘TransMilitary’ Is the LGBT Advocacy Film Middle America Needs to See

The documentary shines brightest when it shows trans soldiers simply going about their lives.

Air Force Staff Sergeant Logan Ireland during a deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan. It’s April 27, 2016, and we’re in the living room of a modest home in Clarksville, Tennessee. Family photos hang on the wall, and there’s a framed painting of Jesus on a side table. Army Captain El Cook sprawls on the couch, worn out from a long day of packing. He’s flying out in a few hours for his third deployment, this time to Iraq. His mom, Reverend Jean Cook, snuggles close to him, wearing hoop earrings and a gray sweatshirt that says ARMY. “Let me ask you this,” she says. “Will you please stay in touch? Keep your phone charged up.” Then she and her husband encircle their son, laying their hands on his shoulders and praying: “Lord, protect him every step of the way.” Addressing the camera with teary eyes, Jean admits she’s scared. Army Captain El Cook Courtesy/TransMilitary Any parent would struggle to send their child off to war, of course. But there’s another layer to the Cooks’ fear. As one of about 15,500 transgender troops in the U.S. military, […]