Jeep pushed to retire Cherokee name from SUVs

The Cherokee Nation wants Jeep to stop using its name to sell the firm’s classic sports utility vehicles.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr said “it’s time” for companies and sports teams to retire Native American iconography from logos, mascots and other products.

Jeep has sold vehicles under the name since the 1970s. The current make is one of its most popular vehicles.

It said the name had been “carefully chosen”, but was committed to dialogue.

“Our vehicle names have been carefully chosen and nurtured over the years to honour and celebrate Native American people for their nobility, prowess and pride,” the company said in a statement.

“We are, more than ever, committed to a respectful and open dialogue with Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.”

Jeep, which is owned by multinational Stellantis after the merger of Fiat Chrysler and PSA Group, is one of many corporations under pressure to update branding.

Amid widespread Black Lives Matter protests last summer, food companies such as PepsiCo said they would overhaul certain products, after criticism that its brands relied on racist tropes. Some sports teams have also announced changes.

“I think we’re in a day and age in this country where it’s time for both corporations and team sports to retire the use of Native American names, images and mascots from their products, team jerseys and sports in general,” Mr Hoskin said in a statement.

“I’m sure this comes from a place that is well-intended, but it does not honour us by having our name plastered on the side of a car.”

He made the initial comment in an interview with trade magazine Car and Driver.

Native American imagery has been used in the US for decades to promote everything from cigars and butter to cars like the Cherokee, Pontiac and Winnebago.

A 2018 exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington had a section dubbed simply “Indians are Everywhere”.

Jeep reintroduced the Cherokee name to the US market in 2013, after temporarily dropping it roughly a decade earlier. It has announced plans to unveil an all-electric Jeep Cherokee later this year.

In 2013, the Cherokee Nation told the New York Times it had not been consulted and was opposed to stereotypes, but did not have an institutional stance on the matter.

Salmonella: Chicken products recalled amid outbreak

Frozen chicken products have been recalled amid a salmonella outbreak linked to at least one death and 480 cases of food poisoning.

Contaminated meat imported from Poland has been blamed, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said.

It is working with Public Health England (PHE) to probe a further four deaths over the last year.

The latest product lines to be recalled are from SFC Wholesale based in Southport, Merseyside.

Their Chicken Poppets and Take Home Boneless Bucket products are widely sold in UK supermarkets.

The BBC has tried to contact SFC for a comment.

UK meat wholesaler Vestey Foods has also recalled its Chick Inn Jumbo chicken nuggets “because of the presence of salmonella”, the FSA said.

The FSA/PHE investigation has found that salmonella has been recorded as a contributory cause in at least one death.

It was not clear whether salmonella infection was a factor in the other four deaths, the agencies said, but in each case the deceased had suffered salmonella poisoning since the start of the outbreak last January.

Colin Sullivan, of the FSA, said: “Our advice is to always take care when storing, handling and cooking these types of frozen breaded chicken products to help reduce the risk of food poisoning to you and your family,” he said.

Climate change a grave security threat – Boris Johnson

Climate change is a “grave” security threat, Boris Johnson has warned ahead of chairing a United Nations Security Council session on Tuesday.

It will be the first time a British PM has chaired such a meeting since 1992.

Other speakers include broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, UN Secretary General António Guterres and Sudanese climate activist Nisreen Elsaim.

The UK holds the presidency of the Security Council this month and hosts the COP26 climate summit in November.

The summit in Glasgow will be attended by dozens of world leaders and is likely to be the most significant round of talks since the global Paris Agreement to tackle climate change was secured in 2015.

At the virtual UN meeting, the prime minister is expected to warn that failure to tackle climate change risks worsening conflict, displacement and insecurity.

Speaking ahead of the event, Mr Johnson said: “The UNSC is tasked with confronting the gravest threats to global peace and security, and that’s exactly what climate change represents.

“From the communities uprooted by extreme weather and hunger, to warlords capitalising on the scramble for resources – a warming planet is driving insecurity.”

He argued that cutting carbon emissions and helping poorer countries adapt to climate change would protect global “prosperity and security”.

This is the latest in a series of prime ministerial rallying calls on climate change.

The year is providing a remarkable stage for Boris Johnson’s ambition on the topic – from the Security Council to the chairmanship of G7 in June, culminating in the vital Glasgow climate summit in November.

But as he bestrides the global stage, the PM is under fire for his performance at home.

His crucial project to cut emissions from home heating – the Green Homes Grant – is in disarray, with the chancellor pulling out funds.

His government is building the high-speed rail HS2, which is likely to be adding to carbon emissions until the back half of the century. And he’s promoting a £27bn road-building programme.

What’s more, the PM is risking his international reputation by permitting a new coal mine in Cumbria while urging other nations to relinquish coal.

Environmentalists say it’s time for him to match words with deeds.

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Sir David said climate change and the loss of nature should be viewed as a “world-wide security threats”.

He described the COP26 conference as “our last opportunity to make the necessary step-change”.

The UN Security Council is made up of five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the UK and the US – and 10 non-permanent members elected for two-year terms.

The meeting will be broadcast online at 13:30 GMT.

Holiday bookings surge following lockdown exit plans

Airlines say they’ve already seen a surge in bookings, following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the road map out of lockdown.

Boris Johnson said a global travel taskforce would put forward a report on how to return to international travel on 12 April.

The government would then make a decision on removing restrictions on international travel.

However this would not happen until 17 May at the earliest.

Tui reported that they had had their best day of bookings in over a month, with strong interest in Greece, Spain and Turkey for the summer.

Thomas Cook said traffic to its website was up over 100% on Monday from 15:00 GMT onwards, with bookings already “flooding in” for countries like Greece, Cyprus, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

EasyJet also reported a 337% surge in flight bookings and a 630% jump in holiday bookings for locations like Alicante, Malaga, Palmo, Faro and Crete. Bookings are strongest in August, followed by July and then June.

“The government’s announcement today is good news for those of us desperate to get away on holiday,” said Thomas Cook’s chief executive Alan French.

“While we await more details, it’s clear that the government’s ambition is to open up international travel in the coming months and hopefully in time for the summer holidays.”

EasyJet’s chief executive Johan Lundgren said Boris Johnson’s announcement had “provided a much-needed boost in confidence” for its UK customers.

“We have consistently seen that there is pent up demand for travel and this surge in bookings shows that this signal from the Government that it plans to reopen travel has been what UK consumers have been waiting for,” he said.

Amanda Matthews, managing director and owner of Ramsbottom-based luxury travel agency network Designer Travel, says her firm has seen double the number of enquiries and new bookings for the summer.

“But we’ve also had hundreds of calls from people who’ve got bookings for travel in March, April, May and June – still very uncertain about whether they will be travelling or not,” she told the BBC.

“Because there’s no concrete date yet for the reopening of international travel, as a travel agent, we can’t answer our existing clients’ questions about holidays they’ve already booked for spring and summer. We’ve got no idea. “

While the roadmap has provided hope for summer holidays, retail expert Kate Hardcastle says there is also “huge disappointment” in the travel industry – particularly domestic overnight accommodation providers like mobile home holiday parks and holiday cottage providers.

“Easter is obviously a critical part of the travel calendar for travel agencies and the industry, so it’s a lost opportunity, one less holiday to be able to sell within,” she told the BBC.

“I also know a lot of families are dependent on Easter holidays as it tends to be cheaper and more cost effective than the summer holidays. It would be awful to think that some people are completely priced out of a holiday this year.”

Ms Matthews said her firm did not believe that Easter “would be on the cards”, but many customers had still been hopeful, and some had even moved their holiday three or four times in 2020.

“If we were to believe that May would enable us to reopen, then I believe we’d have a really strong summer, but the uncertainty and the lack of information about dates, potential quarantine measures and the cost of testing needed to get back into the UK that makes doing our job an impossible task,” she said.

“We’ve got people who are due to pay balances for holidays at the end of May, and we have to hope that the news is positive, as opposed to people getting nervous and cancelling.”

Ms Hardcastle said that travel firms across the industry had told her in the last week that the last 12 months had been a stream of “constant administration”, dealing with cancellations, refunds and enquiries about possible dates of travel, but no bookings.

“I think everyone would like it to be sooner, but what every industry needs right now are milestones that don’t move,” she stressed.

“They have more costs associated with the on-and-off nature of the lockdowns to date than having a clear date to work to and feeling confident in that date.”

Addingham crash: Tributes paid to Maisie Ryan and Oliver Knott

Tributes have been paid to two drivers who died in a crash involving a livestock lorry.

Dr Maisie Ryan, 27, and Oliver Knott, 21, were in separate cars when the three vehicles collided outside Addingham, West Yorkshire, on Thursday.

They were pronounced dead at the scene. The lorry driver was taken to hospital.

Dr Ryan was described as “a brilliant” young medic, while Mr Knott’s former football club said he was “intelligent and kind-hearted”.

An online fundraising page set up in memory of Dr Ryan has so far raised more than £10,650.

The organisers paid tribute to a “beautiful, kind, caring and sensitive friend”.

They said: “Maisie spent her life caring for others and worked so hard to become the brilliant doctor she was, a job that she loved.”

“She was a friend to all that knew her, and this is a loss to this world that will be felt by many,” it added.

Thackley Juniors FC said Mr Knott, from Ilkley, had won “various accolades” for his goalkeeping abilities.

He joined as an under-sevens player and remained a member of the club until he was 18 before leaving for university in Liverpool.

Mr Knott had been awarded player of the year on numerous occasions, the club said, and had been “instrumental” in one of its league wins in 2014.

He would “be remembered as an intelligent, kind-hearted, funny character, that will be truly missed by everyone that knew and played with him,” the club added.

West Yorkshire Police said it was still investigating the crash on the A65 Wharfedale Road, and has appealed for dashcam or mobile phone footage.

The lorry driver remains in hospital in a serious condition.

Royal Oldham Hospital: Lift engineer dies in tragic accident

An engineer has died in a “tragic accident” while working on a lift at the Royal Oldham Hospital.

David Jago, the hospital’s chief officer said the maintenance contractor suffered serious injuries in the incident at about 09:30 GMT.

He said the news of the man’s death had been an “awful shock” to everyone at the hospital but added that investigations were ongoing.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and colleagues.”

In a statement, Mr Jago said: “Officers from the Fire Service and Greater Manchester Police are currently on site at The Royal Oldham Hospital following a tragic accident this morning involving one of our lifts that an maintenance engineer contractor was working on.

“We can confirm that the engineer suffered serious injuries and has sadly died.

“His family have been informed and are being supported,” he added.

The Health and Safety Executive has been notified.

Grenfell cladding use accident waiting to happen

The use of a company’s cladding at Grenfell Tower was “an accident waiting to happen”, one of its bosses has agreed at a public inquiry.

Claude Schmidt said “maybe yes” to a barrister’s description of the risk.

Mr Schmidt, Arconic’s French president, was giving his fifth day of evidence to the Grenfell Tower public inquiry.

The inquiry heard that even after the fire, an “error” on a draft product certificate for the cladding suggested it could be used on tall buildings.

Mr Schmidt was being questioned by Richard Millett QC, the inquiry’s senior counsel, about the weeks after the fire on 14 June 2017, which led to 72 deaths.

Arconic’s cladding panels had quickly emerged as a likely cause of the swift spread of flames across Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, west London.

On 26 June, Arconic withdrew the product from the market for buildings taller than 18m, claiming that it had realised it was being “incorrectly used”, including on Grenfell.

Mr Millett asked him “isn’t the reality that Grenfell, as far as the use of Reynobond PE 55 [cladding] was concerned, that it was an accident waiting to happen and only then did you withdraw it from the market”.

Mr Schmidt’s response, as translated from French, was “maybe yes.”

But he said the company “were among the only ones to withdraw the product from the market. It was because we couldn’t control the supply chain.”

Arconic’s case is that it realised after the fire it could not be sure customers would use its flammable polyethylene version of the cladding safely.

Mr Millett said “wasn’t that all the more reason to stop selling”.

“Yes”, Mr Schmidt agreed.

He said that the decision not to sell the cladding for high-rise buildings was not made because it was “inherently dangerous” but said it did “have certain characteristics which, if it is used incorrectly, can increase the risk of fire spread”.

The inquiry says the cladding was a major cause of the rapid spread of flames during the disaster and this phase of its hearings are determining why it was used.

The inquiry has heard, and Mr Schmidt also agreed, that for 12 years before the Grenfell fire, Arconic failed to reveal poor fire test data for the cassette form of its cladding to an important British building industry body.

The British Board of Agrément had issued a standards certificate for the product, relied on by the industry, which suggested all versions of the cladding met British standards.

This document was sent to the contractors for Grenfell. They selected the Arconic cladding, and a design which would use it in exactly the cassette configuration which the tests suggested would allow fires to spread.

Even after the fire, a redrafted BBA certificate continued to claim better fire test data than the company had.

It also emerged at the inquiry that a BBC investigation into Arconic in 2018 prompted the Board to challenge the cladding firm about what information it had been given.

The BBC had discovered the series of poor fire tests reports, commissioned by Arconic, which have been at the heart of this phase of the inquiry.

They were carried out in France, but were not published in the UK, and not passed to the British Board of Agrément.

In March 2018 the BBC shared them with the Board, which confirmed the information, crucial to the product certificate, had not been handed over.

Challenged by the BBA, Mr Schmidt said he was “happy” to send them. Brian Moore, from the BBA, responded that it was “concerning” to hear that Arconic had the reports.

But despite this exchange of emails, they were never handed over, due to legal advice, Mr Schmidt said.

By this point, the inquiry, and the police had begun in-depth investigations.

Epics bid to sue Apple over Fortnite in UK rejected

The maker of Fortnite, Epic Games, will not be able to take Apple to court in the UK as part of a high-profile row, a tribunal has ruled.

Fortnite was pulled from Apple and Google’s app stores worldwide after it broke rules – which it claims are unfair – about in-app purchases.

Epic had wanted to take both US companies to court in the UK, alleging they broke competition law.

But the Competition Appeal Tribunal gave it permission to pursue Google.

That case will relate to specific claims about how Fortnite was pulled from Android’s Google Play store.

The focus of the case was whether the “out of jurisdiction” US companies could be dealt with by British courts, which requires permission of the Tribunal.

All three companies are US-based.

Fortnite makes vast sums of money from in-app purchases, when players buy its virtual currency, V-Bucks.

But when a player did that on an iPhone or Android version of the game, Apple or Google took a 30% cut of the payment.

Epic had long argued such a cut was unfair, and inflated prices for players. So last year, it offered players the chance to buy the virtual currency direct from its own website, circumventing Apple and Google.

That was explicitly against both companies’ app store rules – so both removed Fortnite from their stores.

Epic had legal cases already prepared against both tech giants, along with an elaborate media campaign attacking Apple.

The judge, Justice Roth, said he was “far from persuaded” that the UK was the best place for the Epic-Apple dispute.

But Google was different, he found, for complex legal reasons involving the corporate structure, Google’s Irish subsidiaries, and how much input the different branches of the two tech firms had in implementing the decisions.

On balance, Justice Roth found that the US divisions of Google were “proper parties to those claims”.

Apple also has a presence in Ireland, but it was not involved in Epic’s case.

The result leaves Epic in the position of being able to pursue Google in the UK, but not Apple – and Apple has been the main focus of its ire.

That is partly because Google’s Android system is not as tightly locked down as Apple’s, and Fortnite can still be downloaded to Android, with extra steps and bypassing security warnings.

But Epic Games highlighted that the tribunal said that if US courts would not rule on relief in the UK, that could be a “powerful factor” in revisiting the decision regarding Apple.

Epic Games said it was “pleased” about the decision regarding Google, and that it “will reconsider pursuing its case against Apple in the UK after the resolution of the US case”.

Woody Allen: What to know about the new HBO documentary

Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn have described a new documentary series about the US actor and director as a “hatchet job riddled with falsehoods”.

The first episode of Allen v Farrow aired on Sunday on HBO.

It shows Farrow, the adopted daughter of Allen and his ex-partner Mia Farrow, speaking about the allegations of abuse she made against her father, which he denies.

The documentary suggests Allen groomed Farrow from a young age.

Farrow accused the Oscar-winner of sexually abusing her in 1992 when she was seven years old.

He has always denied the claim, which was investigated at the time but led to no criminal charges.

Allen said his daughter was coached by her mother to say he abused her after she discovered he was having an affair with another of her adoptive daughters, Soon-Yi Previn.

The new documentary, directed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, uses testimony from the likes of Dylan and Mia Farrow, legal documents and archive footage to paint a damning picture of the New York film-maker.

“There’s so much misinformation… so many lies,” Dylan Farrow says in the series. “I’ve been subjected to every kind of doubt, every kind of scrutiny and every kind of humiliation,” she adds, claiming her father “was able to just run amok”.

The film also includes the claims that Allen had sexual relations with another of Mia Farrow’s adopted children, Soon-Yi when she was a minor. Allen’s wife, now 50, was 16 when she met the star, who is 35 years her senior.

It also implies that he might have successfully derailed two official investigations into the matter, neither of which resulted in any charges.

The feature suggests that, until the #MeToo movement gathered pace in 2017, the Manhattan, Annie Hall and Midnight in Paris director continued to enjoy the support of the industry, as Mia Farrow became persona non grata in Hollywood.

Allen and Soon-Yi, who has previously publicly defended her husband, do not appear in the series themselves to give their side of the story. Extracts from Allen’s 2020 autobiography, Apropos of Nothing, are read out in his stead.

Also notable by his absence is Moses Farrow, another of Allen and Farrow’s adopted children, who has previously defended his father – arguing that Dylan was indeed brainwashed by her mother.

Allen and Soon-Yi released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, claiming the series is a “shoddy hit piece”.

“These documentarians had no interest in the truth,” the statement read. “Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to put together a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods.

“Woody and Soon-Yi were approached less than two months ago and given only a matter of days ‘to respond’. Of course, they declined to do so.”

It continued: “As has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically false. Multiple agencies investigated them at the time and found that, whatever Dylan Farrow may have been led to believe, absolutely no abuse had ever taken place.”

The statement said that the HBO network “has a standing production deal and business relationship with [Mia’s son] Ronan Farrow” – who is a prominent supporter of his sister’s claims and the #MeToo movement.

“While this shoddy hit piece may gain attention, it does not change the facts,” the statement concluded.

One of the film’s directors, Kirby Dick, said they intentionally focused on Dylan Farrow’s account because “Woody’s story is out there”.

“All the facts and the deeper dive, the real investigation that [lead investigator] Amy Herdy led and accomplished has yet to be out there, and that’s what this series is,” he told The Washington Post. “It’s really not about him.”

“It’s more about the systemic,” added co-director Amy Ziering. “This film is about complicity, the power of celebrity, the power of spin, how we all are viral and will believe something that’s repeated enough.”

Dick believes that many of Allen’s supporters will, after seeing the film, “either change their mind or examine things in a much different way”.

The Independent’s Rachel Brodsky gave the documentary five stars, predicting it will effectively “sound the death knell” for the 85-year-old’s career.

“What Allen v Farrow proves time and again, though, is that Allen’s alleged behaviour towards Dylan, which is at times captured on video and is repeatedly described as ‘intense’ and ‘intimate’ by eyewitnesses, appeared to be highly consistent with abuse,” she wrote.

“To actually get at the truth, Allen v Farrow might have benefited from the impossible: interviews with every last family member. Regardless, it’s safe to say that whatever dwindling respect Allen has enjoyed in the last few years may be wiped away after Allen v Farrow.”

Charles Bramsco in The Guardian plumped for three stars only, calling it “a damning if bloated series”.

“In an effort to touch on everything, some sub-topics (separating the art from the artist for Woody fans, the scuttled release of his latest film A Rainy Day in New York) get addressed so glancingly, they’d be best omitted,” he opined.

“But however overinflated, the series has a lucid sense of its central image: that of a family ripped in half, with the kids left to choose sides.”

Fionnaula Halligan from Screen International said: “What might stop Woody Allen fans in their tracks this time won’t be the he-said, she-said testimony of his 12-year relationship with Farrow; their films together, her growing adoptive brood, his creepy – even at the time – focus on making films about young girls in relationships with much older men.

“It will be Dylan Farrow, a brave woman who has walked a very lonely road as a child, when she was the focus of Allen’s obsessive behaviour, and now, when she stands against him again.”

Halligan did note, however, that while the makers had gone “to great pains to make sure the pundits they interview are mostly female”; a “more challenging conversation” with critics or festival organisers who still champion Allen “might have given this aspect of the documentary a bit more edge”.

Jane Mulkerrins of The Times stressed that as well as shining fresh light on the story that has “divided” the family, the film industry, and the public for 30 years; the documentary also “offers an exhaustively diligent re-examination of the polarising story in the light of the #MeToo movement”.

MI6 body-in-bag: Spy Gareth Williams London flat death reviewed

The death of an MI6 agent whose naked body was found inside a locked holdall at his London flat is to be reviewed.

Metropolitan Police investigators said new information Gareth Williams, who died in 2010, had come to light.

The body of Mr Williams, from Anglesey, was discovered at his Pimlico flat, and a coroner later concluded he was unlawfully killed.

A year later, in 2013, the Met concluded the 31-year-old had died as a result of an accident.

At the 2012 inquest into Mr Williams’ death, coroner Fiona Wilcox reach her conclusion based “on the balance of probabilities”.

“[However] most of the fundamental questions in relation to how Gareth died remain unanswered,” she said.

The Sunday Times has now reported a scientist believes DNA profiling advances meant it may now be possible to get fresh information from a single hair found at the flat where Mr Williams was discovered dead, on August 23, 2010.

“There is an established review process for investigations whereby new information and/or forensic opportunities are considered,” a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

“At this stage no forensic review has been commissioned.

“However, the MPS is reviewing this new information and will assess whether there are any new investigative opportunities in this case.”

In 2013, Mr Williams’ family said they stood by the coroner’s findings.

“We are naturally disappointed that it is still not possible to state with certainty how Gareth died and the fact that the circumstances of his death are still unknown adds to our grief,” they said, in a statement at the time.

“We consider that on the basis of the facts at present known, the coroner’s verdict accurately reflects the circumstances of Gareth’s death.”

Later that year the Met concluded a three-year investigation into Mr Williams’ death.

At that time, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said he was satisfied it was “theoretically possible” Mr Williams could have padlocked the bag from the inside, although “many questions remain unanswered” as to the circumstances of his death.

But he said there was no evidence the MI6 officer had intended to take his own life or his death was connected to his work.

There were 10 to 15 DNA traces in the flat from which it was not possible to gain full profiles, but all other DNA profiles and fingerprints had been eliminated, said DAC Hewitt.

He acknowledged the coroner, having studied “all the evidence available at that stage”, had made “the logical inference that it was more likely someone else was involved in Gareth’s death”.

“At the end of our investigation, based on the evidence, or where we have been unable to find positive evidence, we believe that it is a more probable conclusion that there was no other person present when Gareth died,” Mr Hewitt said.

“But the reality is that for both hypotheses, there exist evidential contradictions and gaps in our understanding.”

Hamish Campbell, the detective who led the initial inquiry, told the Sunday Times he suspects Mr Williams’ death was linked to his private life and not connected to his work.