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Sheridan Smith says cruel Graham Norton gag ‘tipped her over the edge’

Sheridan Smith says cruel Graham Norton gag ‘tipped her over the edge’

Entertainment
The British actress, who recently starred in ITV series Cleaning Up, has revealed Graham Norton caused her "unbelievable distress" after he mocked her during the 2016 BAFTAs.The BBC regular said: "We’re all excited for a couple of drinks tonight."Or, as it’s known in theatrical circles, a few glasses of technical difficulties."The joke came shortly after Sheridan had been forced to drop out of West End play Funny Girl. Related Articles Speaking frankly about the situation, the northern gal said: "That tipped me over the edge."I just lost it."I was in unbelievable distress, trying to keep it all together and then a room full of people in my industry were just laughing at me."At the time, Sheridan's father was seriously ill. SPEAKING OUT: Sheridan Smith has bravely opened up about her ba
‘No evidence’ Russia influenced Brexit result via Facebook, Clegg says

‘No evidence’ Russia influenced Brexit result via Facebook, Clegg says

Technology
By Lucia Binding, news reporter There is "absolutely no evidence" that Russia influenced the Brexit result by using Facebook, Sir Nick Clegg has said.The tech giant's vice president said Facebook has run two full analyses of the data it held in the run-up to the 2016 referendum, and found no "significant attempt" by outside forces to influence the vote's outcome. Sir Nick argued on BBC Radio 4 that "the roots to British euroscepticism go very deep". Image: Facebook was not used to influence the Brexit result, Sir Nick said Brexit opponents have repeatedly questioned whether the Kremlin played a role in the vote by promoting stories online on issues including immigration in a bid to sway opinion.Th...
Trump-Xi meeting at the G-20 could impact the Fed’s next move, economist says

Trump-Xi meeting at the G-20 could impact the Fed’s next move, economist says

Finance
The meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and China President Xi Jinping at next week's G-20 summit could sway the Federal Reserve at its next meeting, said the chief economist and head of research for Asia Pacific at ING, Rob Carnell.The U.S. central bank held interest rates steady on Wednesday and indicated that no cuts were coming in 2019.However, Fed chairman Jerome Powell opened the door to the possibility of rate cuts, after the Fed's statement was released, when he said: "Many participants now see the case for somewhat more accommodative policy has strengthened."The meeting between the leaders of the world's two largest economies will be "pretty important," Carnell told CNBC's "Capital Connection" on Thursday.Powell had said Wednesday "there was not much support for cuttin...
“We run Kotak Standard Multicap Fund with a large cap tilt,” says Harsha Upadhyaya, CIO – equity, Kotak AMC

“We run Kotak Standard Multicap Fund with a large cap tilt,” says Harsha Upadhyaya, CIO – equity, Kotak AMC

Finance
Kotak Standard Multicap Fund is the largest fund in the equity mutual fund universe, with assets worth Rs 26,010 crore. The scheme has significantly outperformed the category and its benchmark index in one-, three-, five- and seven-year periods. Moreover, it has navigated even the bear markets very well. Avneet Kaur of ETMutualfunds.com spoke to Harsha Upadhyaya, CIO-Equity & Senior EVP, Kotak AMC, to find out how he managed to deliver the impressive performance consistently.Kotak Standard Multicap Fund enjoys much higher alpha than the average alpha of the multi cap mutual funds category in both the three-and five-year periods. In fact, the scheme is a category topper in terms of generating returns for its SIP investors as well as lumpsum investors. How did you manage to deliver the b...
Patrick Shanahan: Trump says his choice for Pentagon chief is out

Patrick Shanahan: Trump says his choice for Pentagon chief is out

World
US President Donald Trump has announced his choice for defence secretary has withdrawn, shaking up the Pentagon at a time of rising Middle East tensions.He tweeted that Patrick Shanahan has pulled out of consideration "so that he can devote more time to his family".Mr Shanahan, who will be replaced by Army Secretary Mark Esper, had not yet been nominated for the cabinet post. It comes as Mr Shanahan publicly addressed allegations of domestic violence.Mr Trump told reporters Mr Shanahan submitted his withdrawal on Tuesday morning."I didn't ask him to withdraw, but he walked in this morning and said it was going to be a rough time for him," Mr Trump said, adding that he first heard of the "unfortunate" allegations on Monday.Earlier on Tuesday, USA Today rep...