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Nike hit by conservative backlash over ‘racist trainer’

Nike hit by conservative backlash over ‘racist trainer’

Business
US political heavyweight Mitch McConnell has waded into the "racist trainer" row with a call for Nike to reverse a decision to halt sales."I'll make the first order," the Republican Senate majority leader promised if Nike changes its mind.The special-edition Fourth-of July trainer features an old US flag that some people say has racist overtones.Mr McConnell said "I think we've got a problem" if some "Americans find the American flag controversial".The sportswear giant withdrew the trainer, featuring the Revolutionary War-era Betsy Ross flag, following complaints that it represented an era of slavery.Although the origins and meaning are disputed, the flag was adopted by the American Nazi Party and other extremist groups.Sportsman, activist and Nike-sponso...
Fox tests tariff-free trade and nets Brexit backlash

Fox tests tariff-free trade and nets Brexit backlash

Business
By Adam Parsons, business correspondent For years now, people have been suggesting that Britain might leave behind the European Union, forget all tariffs and create a new way of trading with the world.The idea is that cheap imports would drive down prices for domestic and business consumers. That the threat of being beaten by low-prices Chinese rivals would make British businesses become more efficient, or perhaps provoke them into moving into other areas.It is, in some respects, the very acme of a capitalist model - that we put ourselves at the mercy of the economic tides of the world. If a British industry can't compete with global competitors then it withers.If that sounds brutal, that's because it is.Patrick Minford, the economist whose work influence...

Jo Whiley: Radio 2 backlash made it hard to walk out of my front door

Entertainment
Jo Whiley has said the social media backlash over her BBC Radio 2 show with Simon Mayo made "it hard to walk out my front door, let alone present a radio show" on some days.Whiley joined Mayo as a co-host on the drivetime show in May. But they came in for criticism and recently announced that they are to leave the slot."The last six months have been quite something," the DJ wrote on Instagram.She added: "But what doesn't kill you makes you stronger etc etc."The DJ will take on the station's new evening show in January."I couldn't have tried harder or cared more about the show Simon & I did together," Whiley wrote."Some of the stuff that's been said on social media has meant that some days it was hard to walk out of my front door, let alone present a radio show."It was announced on Mond...
Facebook faces backlash over £7.4m UK tax bill

Facebook faces backlash over £7.4m UK tax bill

Technology
The chancellor is under growing pressure to impose tougher taxes on multinational firms following the publication of Facebook's latest UK accounts. Documents released on Monday showed the company paid a net £7.4m in corporation tax last year after an £8.4m credit for staff share awards cut the total from £15.8m.Facebook had booked a 7.5% increase in pre-tax profits to £62.8m on revenues of almost £1.3bn - up almost a third on 2016.It pointed to damage to profitability from a £759m cost of sales and £444m in "administrative expenses" that were not explained.Facebook - like other US-based international companies - point out that taxes paid are within the legal frameworks of the nations in which they operate.There have been multilateral effor...
Scarlett Moffatt left 'crying her eyes out' after vicious Love Island backlash

Scarlett Moffatt left 'crying her eyes out' after vicious Love Island backlash

Entertainment
Ant McPartlin's Saturday Night Takeaway co-host appeared on the ITV2 spin-off on Sunday night to talk about the hit show with host Caroline Flack.However, no sooner was she on air did viewers race to Twitter to comment on her weight as well as an impossible-to-miss Scarlett Moffatt wardrobe malfunction.After seeing the vicious tweets, the former Gogglebox star took to the official Scarlett Moffatt Twitter account to reveal she's terrified about going back on camera incase she's slated once more.Speaking frankly, Scarlett, who was caught out earlier this year for faking her fitness DVD, said: "I'm honestly ashamed of some people on here."Hard to pretend I’m ok and be a good role model to others about how it’s ok to just [be] you when the comments from grown adults o...