Tesco Bank to create 100 tech jobs at Edinburgh base

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Tesco Bank to create 100 tech jobs at Edinburgh base

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Tesco Bank is to create 100 new technology jobs at its Edinburgh base.

The company is recruiting test, software and systems engineers, systems architects, solution designers, project managers, and IT and business analysts.

A further 20 jobs will be created in Newcastle as part of a wider investment in online banking.

This is in addition to 20 roles created when Tesco Bank announced Newcastle as the home for a new “leading-edge technology hub” in November.

David Bowerman, chief operations officer at Tesco Bank, said: “It’s an exciting time at Tesco Bank as we invest to develop propositions which better meet the needs of Tesco shoppers.

“We know there are deep talent pools in Edinburgh and Newcastle, and we hope to tap into these further.”

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Football’s best away day? Barca head to Ibiza in Spanish Cup

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UD Ibiza’s Estadi Municipal de Can Misses is in on the outskirts of Ibiza city

Sandy beaches, sunsets and of course a wild party scene.

Ibiza is better known for superstar DJs and nightclubs than football, but on Wednesday night that could all change – at least for one night.

Barcelona are in town to face UD Ibiza in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey.

When the draw was made, many envious football fans had the same thought on social media – “best away game ever”.

The match will be held at the Estadi Municipal de Can Misses, which is increasing its capacity from 4,500 to a sell-out 6,445 especially for the game.

In true Ibiza style the club has booked one of the island’s top DJs, Manu Gonzalez, to “provide the pre-match and half-time beats” on the side of the pitch.

“When I was a kid the Ibiza football club was not that big – most people supported Barcelona,” the Ibiza native told BBC Sport. “Now all these years later I will be DJing on a pitch where Barcelona and Ibiza will be playing together in an official competition. It will be a very special thing for the island.”

His manager Danny Whittle, a Stoke expat living on the island, adds: “This is the biggest game in the history of Ibiza. There has never been a team like this play here.”

Meanwhile, in his pre-match news conference, UD Ibiza manager Pablo Alfaro declared: “This party is a party for the whole island and its people. Obviously Barcelona are favourites, but we will compete with them as we have the means to do so.”

This may be a party island, but they take their football seriously.

Manu Gonzalez (left) and Danny Whittle at UD Ibiza’s stadium

Since the club was formed in 2015, replacing UD Ibiza-Eivissa and backed financially by president Amadeo Salvo, they have won promotion twice in three seasons to sit third in their Segunda Division B group as they chase promotion to Spain’s second division.

Former Italy striker Marco Borriello has even turned out for the team and retains close links to the club in a non-playing role.

However, despite their achievements, the club have evidently been unable to shake off perceptions, with Salvo criticising a Spanish TV program for a “lack of respect” after it replaced the club’s badge with the unmistakable cherry logo of Pacha nightclub when discussing the upcoming match.

“We’re a serious club, we’re not a nightclub,” he responded.

Coached by ex-Barcelona and Sevilla defender Alfaro, the third-tier underdogs invited more than 500 children from the island’s football schools to witness their dramatic penalty shootout victory over second-tier Albacete in the previous round.

They could not have hoped for a greater reward.

“It is a gift that football has given us. Deserved because the merit belongs to everyone, to the players, to the club, and it is something that, above all, we have to enjoy – you have to enjoy it very, very much,” boss Alfaro said following the draw.

“We are going to give an image that Ibiza is alive in winter, not only in summer,” added Alfaro, who played alongside new Barcelona manager Quique Setien at Racing Santander from 1993-1996.

Setien, in only his second game in charge, has rested star player Lionel Messi for the match, which is in a new one-game format rather than a two-legged tie, while Alfaro has his eyes on an upset.

“Barcelona already have their Liga and the ‘glamour’ of world football with the Champions League, but the Copa levels it out and there’s space to humble them here,” the 50-year-old told Marca.

“Man, we’ve got some weapons. We’re going to go out with humility and ambition. We’re going to give them energy, passion and football; this is our magic formula.

“Without limitations, we’re going to compete and I’m sure that we’ll bring a war. A football war.”

An Ibiza win on Wednesday might just trigger one almighty Mediterranean party, on an island that knows how to party like no other.

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‘We can’t finish’ – Chelsea still seeking striker as Abraham injured

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Chelsea do not have killer instinct – Lampard

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard repeated his wish to bring in a new striker after Tammy Abraham limped off with an ankle injury against Arsenal.

Lampard had already made signing an attacker a priority before Abraham clattered into the advertising boards. He played on but had to be helped off the pitch at the end of the game.

“You can’t say we will definitely sign a striker but we are looking,” he said.

“If you don’t score enough goals then you won’t win enough games.”

Abraham was helped from the field at the end of a 2-2 draw against an Arsenal side who played with 10 men for over an hour and Chelsea do not know how long he will be missing.

Tammy Abraham had to be helped off the pitch against Arsenal

“I hope he’s not (out for several weeks), but then if he is then yes, we do have the players to cope.

“But we can’t finish,” he said.

“We get into the box and we could have had three or four goals today. We are having shots, having crosses and lots of ‘ooh’ moments for the crowd.

“But we have to be clinical. Do we need to put the ball in the back of the net more? Yes. That’s clear. Our chance conversion is one of the worst in the league.”

Chances in the Premier League
Team Goals Total shots (exc blocks) Big chances missed* Shot conversion rate Top scorer
*As defined by statisticians Opta
Manchester City 65 332 51 19.6% Aguero (16)
Liverpool 52 257 39 20.2% Mane, Salah (11)
Leicester 48 250 35 19.2% Vardy (17)
Chelsea 41 275 45 14.9% Abraham (13)
Manchester United 36 250 32 14.4% Rashford (14)
Tottenham 36 208 20 17.3% Kane (11)
Wolves 34 195 28 17.4% Jimenez (10)

Chelsea have scored five more goals than Tottenham in the Premier League this season but have had nearly 70 more shots on goal – while only Manchester City have missed as many ‘big chances’ in the division.

Abraham’s 15 big chances missed is the joint highest in the league, along with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Sheff United’s David McGoldrick, Burnley’s Chris Wood and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus.

Abraham will be checked over on Wednesday with Chelsea only confirming that he had ice on the injury after the game. He is the latest England striker to be injured after Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford.

“When gameday comes you have to have the killer instinct,” Lampard added.

“We’ve not got that at the moment. We can’t be nervous.”

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UD Ibiza: Barcelona visit the party island in Copa del Rey

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UD Ibiza’s Estadi Municipal de Can Misses is in on the outskirts of Ibiza city

Sandy beaches, sunsets and of course a wild party scene.

Ibiza is better known for superstar DJs and nightclubs than football, but on Wednesday night that could all change – at least for one night.

Barcelona are in town to face UD Ibiza in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey.

When the draw was made, many envious football fans had the same thought on social media – “best away game ever”.

The match will be held at the Estadi Municipal de Can Misses, which is increasing its capacity from 4,500 to a sell-out 6,445 especially for the game.

In true Ibiza style the club has booked one of the island’s top DJs, Manu Gonzalez, to “provide the pre-match and half-time beats” on the side of the pitch.

“When I was a kid the Ibiza football club was not that big – most people supported Barcelona,” the Ibiza native told BBC Sport. “Now all these years later I will be DJing on a pitch where Barcelona and Ibiza will be playing together in an official competition. It will be a very special thing for the island.”

His manager Danny Whittle, a Stoke expat living on the island, adds: “This is the biggest game in the history of Ibiza. There has never been a team like this play here.”

Meanwhile, in his pre-match news conference, UD Ibiza manager Pablo Alfaro declared: “This party is a party for the whole island and its people. Obviously Barcelona are favourites, but we will compete with them as we have the means to do so.”

This may be a party island, but they take their football seriously.

Manu Gonzalez (left) and Danny Whittle at UD Ibiza’s stadium

Since the club was formed in 2015, replacing UD Ibiza-Eivissa and backed financially by president Amadeo Salvo, they have won promotion twice in three seasons to sit third in their Segunda Division B group as they chase promotion to Spain’s second division.

Former Italy striker Marco Borriello has even turned out for the team and retains close links to the club in a non-playing role.

However, despite their achievements, the club have evidently been unable to shake off perceptions, with Salvo criticising a Spanish TV program for a “lack of respect” after it replaced the club’s badge with the unmistakable cherry logo of Pacha nightclub when discussing the upcoming match.

“We’re a serious club, we’re not a nightclub,” he responded.

Coached by ex-Barcelona and Sevilla defender Alfaro, the third-tier underdogs invited more than 500 children from the island’s football schools to witness their dramatic penalty shootout victory over second-tier Albacete in the previous round.

They could not have hoped for a greater reward.

“It is a gift that football has given us. Deserved because the merit belongs to everyone, to the players, to the club, and it is something that, above all, we have to enjoy – you have to enjoy it very, very much,” boss Alfaro said following the draw.

“We are going to give an image that Ibiza is alive in winter, not only in summer,” added Alfaro, who played alongside new Barcelona manager Quique Setien at Racing Santander from 1993-1996.

Setien, in only his second game in charge, has rested star player Lionel Messi for the match, which is in a new one-game format rather than a two-legged tie, while Alfaro has his eyes on an upset.

“Barcelona already have their Liga and the ‘glamour’ of world football with the Champions League, but the Copa levels it out and there’s space to humble them here,” the 50-year-old told Marca.

“Man, we’ve got some weapons. We’re going to go out with humility and ambition. We’re going to give them energy, passion and football; this is our magic formula.

“Without limitations, we’re going to compete and I’m sure that we’ll bring a war. A football war.”

An Ibiza win on Wednesday might just trigger one almighty Mediterranean party, on an island that knows how to party like no other.

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Dean Henderson: Could Blades keeper be England’s Euros keeper?

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Dean Henderson has played in every Premier League game this season, apart from against parent club Manchester United

Seconds after Dean Henderson denied Gabriel Jesus from the penalty spot on Tuesday night, three sides of Bramall Lane burst into one chant.

“England’s number one, England’s, England’s number one.”

Manchester City may have gone on to beat Sheffield United 1-0 thanks to a second-half strike by Sergio Aguero, but Henderson – on a season-long loan from Manchester United – played a significant part in ensuring the Blades were still level heading into the final 20 minutes.

The 22-year-old, who was on Carlisle’s books before moving to Old Trafford at the age of 14, had also made impressive saves from Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi and, in the end, he was unfortunate not to finish with a clean sheet.

His overall performance, however, will have served only to boost his chances of being included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summer’s European Championship.

From Liverpool howler to steady as a rock

Just as impressive as Sheffield United’s unexpected form this season has been the rise of Henderson from Premier League rookie to a realistic contender for the England number one spot.

But his development has not come without a few bumps in the road.

A significant moment came in September against Liverpool. The Blades were on course for a hard-fought and unexpected draw against the Premier League leaders until Henderson let a tame Georginio Wijnaldum effort slip through his legs for the only goal of the game.

Wilder’s response that day was pretty brutal: “If he wants to play for the top teams, and if he wants to play for England, then he needs to do better, he needs to concentrate more. I am not going to put my arms around him, simply he needs to do better.”

When asked by BBC Sport on Tuesday if that moment helped Henderson grow into the player he is now, Wilder said: “To chuck one in against Liverpool live on TV and come on as he has says a lot about his character.

“Sometimes you have to go through a bit of pain, which he did on that day.

“He has been outstanding for me since I have been here. He has not been error free but he does show ability to move on and learn and also shows mental strength.”

Henderson may not have managed a clean sheet on Tuesday but he has kept the joint most in the Premier League with eight – alongside Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel and Ben Foster of Watford.

His development has not surprised Wilder. The only surprise for the Blades boss is that he is not yet being considered a genuine England number one contender.

“There is a bit of a pecking order but they must be really good goalkeepers getting in ahead of him,” he said.

And speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he added: “If there is a better goalkeeper in the world at the moment I have not seen one. He has got a fabulous future. It was a big night for him and a big night for us as a football club.”

Henderson has played 11 times for England Under-21s but is yet to feature for the full side

How does he compare with England’s other options?

Jordan Pickford has been England’s first-choice goalkeeper for a little over two years, with the Everton shot stopper enjoying a superb World Cup in 2018 as he helped the Three Lions reach the semi-finals.

However, his form heading into this summer’s tournament has been mixed. Questions were raised as far back as March last year over whether his place in England’s starting XI was under threat due to a number of poor performances for the Toffees, which continued into the start of this season.

He has let in 35 goals in 24 appearances this season, keeping six clean sheets.

In contrast, Henderson has let in just 20 in 23 games.

Henderson’s stats continue to look favourable against another England contender – Burnley keeper Nick Pope.

The Clarets are a side often praised for their disciplined defence but they have endured a testing season and, until Sunday’s 2-1 win against Leicester, were flirting precariously with the relegation places.

Pope has let in 38 goals in 23 games, keeping seven clean sheets.

Purely in terms of goals conceded, Henderson comes out on top against both Pickford and Pope but the Everton man is favoured by Southgate in part because of his passing ability – and that is an area where it appears Henderson is falling short.

Henderson’s passing accuracy stands at 33.72% in the Premier League, worse than Pope (38.29%) and significantly behind Pickford (56.77%).

Aston Villa’s Tom Heaton, another possible contender, is out for the remainder of the season through injury and unlikely to be fit for consideration for Euro 2020 while Foster – the only other English goalkeeper to keep as many clean sheets in the Premier League this season as Henderson – has not featured for the international team in seven years.

Henderson was called up for England’s final batch of Euro 2020 qualifiers in October last year, replacing the injured Heaton.

However, he is yet to make his first senior appearance for the Three Lions as he was named among the substitutes for games against Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo.

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David de Gea has kept just four clean sheets in all competitions for Manchester United this season

Henderson’s form is not only good news for England but potentially also for Manchester United.

Compared to David de Gea, the youngster boasts a better save percentage this season – 74.68% compared to 60.32%, but once again his passing accuracy lets him down, with De Gea’s standing at 72.46.

He might, though, be considered a strong back-up option with the long-term aim of taking over from the Spanish keeper.

However, Wilder is hopeful the young keeper who has developed so well under his tutelage may consider remaining at Sheffield United beyond this season.

“I believe he wants to play first-team football and I am not sure he will want to play back-up to anyone,” Wilder said.

“If he was to come here to us for another year we would take that up and we are already talking with Manchester United about that.”

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Tammy Abraham injured in Arsenal draw as Chelsea say they need a striker

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Chelsea do not have killer instinct – Lampard

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard repeated his wish to bring in a new striker after Tammy Abraham limped off with an ankle injury against Arsenal.

Lampard had already made signing an attacker a priority before Abraham clattered into the advertising boards. He played on but had to be helped off the pitch at the end of the game.

“You can’t say we will definitely sign a striker but we are looking,” he said.

“If you don’t score enough goals then you won’t win enough games.”

Abraham was helped from the field at the end of a 2-2 draw against an Arsenal side who played with 10 men for over an hour and Chelsea do not know how long he will be missing.

Tammy Abraham had to be helped off the pitch against Arsenal

“I hope he’s not (out for several weeks), but then if he is then yes, we do have the players to cope.

“But we can’t finish,” he said.

“We get into the box and we could have had three or four goals today. We are having shots, having crosses and lots of ‘ooh’ moments for the crowd.

“But we have to be clinical. Do we need to put the ball in the back of the net more? Yes. That’s clear. Our chance conversion is one of the worst in the league.”

Chances in the Premier League
Team Goals Total shots (exc blocks) Big chances missed* Shot conversion rate Top scorer
*As defined by statisticians Opta
Manchester City 65 332 51 19.6% Aguero (16)
Liverpool 52 257 39 20.2% Mane, Salah (11)
Leicester 48 250 35 19.2% Vardy (17)
Chelsea 41 275 45 14.9% Abraham (13)
Manchester United 36 250 32 14.4% Rashford (14)
Tottenham 36 208 20 17.3% Kane (11)
Wolves 34 195 28 17.4% Jimenez (10)

Chelsea have scored five more goals than Tottenham in the Premier League this season but have had nearly 70 more shots on goal – while only Manchester City have missed as many ‘big chances’ in the division.

Abraham’s 15 big chances missed is the joint highest in the league, along with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Sheff United’s David McGoldrick, Burnley’s Chris Wood and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus.

Abraham will be checked over on Wednesday with Chelsea only confirming that he had ice on the injury after the game. He is the latest England striker to be injured after Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford.

“When gameday comes you have to have the killer instinct,” Lampard added.

“We’ve not got that at the moment. We can’t be nervous.”

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Sian Green-Lord has prosthetic leg made from Louis Vuitton bag

A woman who lost part of her leg when she was hit by a taxi in New York has made a prosthetic leg out of a vintage Louis Vuitton bag.

Sian Green-Lord, from Leicester, was walking with a friend in Manhattan on holiday when the vehicle mounted the kerb in 2013.

The aspiring model can now also wear high heels for the first time ever since the crash using her new leg, which was made using a vintage handbag.

Taxi driver, Faysal Himon, who has never faced criminal charges, blames a cyclist with whom he was having an argument just before the crash.

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Battersea fatal shooting: Man arrested after Flamur Beqiri died

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Flamur Beqiri had a wife and young child

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 36-year-old was shot dead in front of his wife and child.

Flamur Beqiri, a Swedish national, died yards from his home in Battersea Church Road, south-west London, on Christmas Eve.

Police said the shooting could have been a “targeted attack”.

The 22-year-old suspect was held under a European Arrest Warrant at Copenhagen Airport on Monday pending extradition back to the UK, the Met said.

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The crime scene where Flamur Beqiri, 36, a father of one, was shot dead on 27 December 2019 in south-west London

Mr Beqiri was of Albanian heritage and had been living in London for four or five years.

The Met previously said it believed he may have been involved in some criminality in Sweden.

According to reports, Mr Beqiri is the brother of former Real Housewives Of Cheshire star Misse Beqiri.

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Flamur Beqiri was attacked just yards from his home in Battersea Church Road

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NI Assembly members to get ‘unjustifiable’ pay rise – Michelle O’Neill

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Michelle O’Neill says MLAs had no input into the decision to increase pay

Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister has said an increase in the annual salary of Northern Ireland Assembly members is “unjustifiable”.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that MLAs are set to get a £1,000 pay increase.

The hike will see their pay increase from £49,500 to £50,500.

Michelle O’Neill tweeted that the pay is “set by and independent body, not by MLAs” and the assembly members had “no input into this decision, nor did they seek it”.

SDLP MLAs Pat Catney and Daniel McCrossan said they would be donating their pay rises to mental health charities.

A DUP spokesperson said: “It is right that MLAs do not take decisions on their pay and office cost allowances. We support the independence of this process.”

People Before Profit MLA Gerry Carroll said it was “a slap in the face to nurses who stood on freezing pickets for months for pay parity, and the civil service staff who are still taking industrial action to get what they deserve”.

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The assembly sat for the first time in three years on 11 January

MLAs were due to receive the extra money over the past three years, but the increase was blocked by the former NI Secretary of State Karen Bradley.

She was asked to withhold the money by the Assembly Commission because Stormont was in suspension.

But assembly members can now expect to see more money in their first pay packet following the return of devolution to Stormont.

The current rules on salaries and expenses were set by the Independent Financial Review Panel following a report it produced in March 2016, but the panel is not functioning at present.

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Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe to retire

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Sainsbury’s has announced its chief executive Mike Coupe will retire from the supermarket group in May.

Mr Coupe has led the supermarket for almost six years during which he oversaw the failed merger with rival Asda.

The company said the head of its retail and operations, Simon Roberts, will takeover from Mr Coupe.

“This has been a very difficult decision for me personally,” Mr Coupe said.

“There is never a good time to move on, but as we and the industry continue to evolve, I believe now is the right time for me to hand over to my successor.”