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National Grid blames lightning strike for huge power cut

National Grid blames lightning strike for huge power cut

Business
By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter National Grid is facing an investigation by Ofgem over a major power cut earlier this month - as it blamed a lightning strike for the outage.The regulator - which has the power to fine firms up to 10% of UK turnover - said it was looking into whether the Grid and other electricity companies breached their licence conditions. Ofgem said it would focus on whether National Grid complied with requirements to hold sufficient backup power as well as how separate generation and distribution companies met their obligations.It announced the investigation at the same time as it published National Grid's interim report into the power failure on 9 August, which left more than a million homes without power ...
Premier League LIVE: Arsenal vs Burnley and Man City vs Tottenham among talkSPORT’s huge day of live coverage

Premier League LIVE: Arsenal vs Burnley and Man City vs Tottenham among talkSPORT’s huge day of live coverage

Sports
talkSPORT’s new GameDay special got off to a bang last weekend as we welcomed the return of Premier League football.Here at talkSPORT HQ will be bringing you more live top-flight games than ever before this season with well over 100 games hitting the airwaves over the coming weeks and months. getty Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola will go head-to-head at the Etihad today Last weekend saw the Prem finally burst back into life after a long summer off. And now we’re ready for more as GameDay returns with THREE live Premier League games on the radio this Saturday. Arsenal vs Burnley begins our live coverage, while we round off the day with the huge clash between Manchester City and Tottenham. We’ll also have Norwich vs Newcastle and our Around the Grounds
Arctic wildfires: What’s caused huge swathes of flames to spread?

Arctic wildfires: What’s caused huge swathes of flames to spread?

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Wildfires are ravaging the Arctic, with areas of northern Siberia, northern Scandinavia, Alaska and Greenland engulfed in flames. Lightning frequently triggers fires in the region but this year they have been worsened by summer temperatures that are higher than average because of climate change.Plumes of smoke from the fires can be seen from space. Mark Parrington, a wildfires expert at the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (Cams), described them as "unprecedented".How bad is it? There are hundreds of fires covering mostly uninhabited regions across eastern Russia, northern Scandinavia, Greenland and Alaska. ...
Wimbledon 2019: Qualifier Cori Gauff, 15, beats Venus Williams in huge upset

Wimbledon 2019: Qualifier Cori Gauff, 15, beats Venus Williams in huge upset

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Wimbledon 2019 on the BBCVenue: All England Club Dates: 1-14 JulyCoverage: Live across BBC TV, radio and online with extensive coverage on BBC iPlayer, Red Button, Connected TVs and mobile app. Full detailsFifteen-year-old American qualifier Cori Gauff caused a stunning upset by defeating five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the first round.World number 313 Gauff beat Williams - 24 years her senior at 39 - 6-4 6-4.Fellow American Williams had won four Grand Slam titles - including two at Wimbledon - before Gauff was born. ...
Jimmy Carr faces huge storm over comedian’s sick gag about dwarfs

Jimmy Carr faces huge storm over comedian’s sick gag about dwarfs

Entertainment
COMEDIAN Jimmy Carr is facing a storm over a sick gag about dwarfs. The controversial Channel 4 star was slammed for saying that dwarfs were “abortions which made it” during his Terribly Funny stand-up tour.Telly bosses were urged to fire him and people with dwarfism – including a charity fronted by Tenable game show host Warwick Davis – failed to see the funny side. Dwarf Erik Bourne, of Crawley, West Sussex, raged: “He’s never been abused in the street or made to feel so small he didn’t exist.   CONTROVERSIAL: The comedian said dwarfs were 'abortions which made it' during his stand-up tour (Pic: Daily Star ) DRINKS: Jimmy Carr and Kathy Lette at the Fortnum and Mason Food and Drink awards (Pic: Getty ) “I have – it’s almost a daily occurrence. Channel 4 should pull the plug an