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Brits 2019: The real winners and losers

Image copyright Getty Images It was a night of upsets, pirouettes and statuettes, as the 2019 Brit Awards took place at the O2 arena. The 1975 took home the top prize, album of the year, while George Ezra won best male and Jorja Smith grabbed best female. But the best bits aren’t always on stage. So here’s our selection of the real winners and losers at this year’s ceremony. Best humble-brag – Pink Image copyright Getty Images “To be considered in the same category as David Bowie and the Beatles…

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Westminster ‘Best in Show’ title vaults winners to doggie stardom

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Like many Westminster grand champions, CJ became an A-list star when he won the most prestigious event on the U.S. dogshow calendar three years ago, but his owner says the German shorthaired pointer is still a beloved family pet at heart. FILE PHOTO: Handler Valerie Nunez Atkinson poses with CJ, a German Shorthaired Pointer from the Sporting Group, after they won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York, U.S., February 16, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo CJ’s…

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Winners of the 2019 International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition

British photographer Jill Welham has been announced as the overall winner of this year’s International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition. The North Yorkshire photographer beat 90,000 entrants from more than 50 countries to scoop the top prize of £7,500 with her photogram print entitled Fireworks, below. The image shows Allium flower heads from her garden. Image copyright Jill Welham Welham used a photogram printing process called wet cyanotype, where ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide are mixed to create a photosensitive solution which is then painted on to watercolour paper…

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Big Garden Birdwatch: The winners and losers over 40 years

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The coal tit has become a more regular sight across the UK Which birds do you see in your garden – and which no longer visit? For 40 years amateur birdwatchers have charted the dramatic changes in the Big Garden Birdwatch, run by conservation charity the RSPB. The wildlife survey, which began in 1979, has charted how birds such as the song thrush and greenfinch have been overtaken by the woodpigeon and long-tailed tit. As it returns this weekend, the RSPB has revealed the…

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Golf: McIlroy ‘committed to journey’ back to winner’s circle

(Reuters) – Rory McIlroy has heard the whispers that he is not the closer he used to be, and knows that it will not stop being a topic of conversation until he starts winning tournaments more regularly. FILE PHOTO: Jan 6, 2019; Maui, HI, USA; PGA golfer Rory McIlroy chips on the 15th hole during the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions golf tournament at Kapalua Resort – The Plantation Course. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports Though he has won 14 times on the PGA Tour, including…

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Christmas on the High Street: Retail winners and losers

Image copyright Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Many of the UK’s largest shopping chains have reported Christmas sales and it’s a very mixed picture. While the trade body for shops, the British Retail Consortium, said it’s been the worst Christmas for retailers in 10 years, some shops have had a relatively good festive period. “Retail is facing the most disruption it’s ever faced,” says Alan O’Neill, who was hired at Selfridges as a consultant when it was bought by the Weston family in 2003. So whose tills overflowed with Christmas cheer…

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Golden Globes 2019: Bohemian Rhapsody and Rami Malek are surprise winners

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rami Malek played Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody was the surprise winner of two major prizes at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards. The Freddie Mercury biopic took home the trophies for best film drama and best drama actor for its star Rami Malek, who played the late frontman. Despite being heavily tipped and being nominated for five prizes, A Star Is Born took home just one trophy – best original song for Shallow. Green Book was the night’s other big film…

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Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Steve Smith – cricket’s winners and losers in 2018

Virat Kohli made five centuries in Tests and six in one-day internationals in 2018 It’s been eventful. The year began with an Ashes drubbing for England, featured a fairytale summer farewell and ended with Virat Kohli arguing with someone. Again. Oh, and some Australians got banned for cheating along the way. BBC Sport hands out the prizes after a tumultuous year in the cricket world. Player of the year Surely you don’t need to ask? Already India captain, totem and icon, Virat Kohli proved this year he is unquestionably the…

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Xi Jinping: US-China trade war will produce no winners

Image copyright Reuters Countries which embrace protectionism are “doomed to failure”, China’s Xi Jinping has warned in a veiled swipe at the US’s America First policy. Mr Xi was speaking at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit, where US-Chinese tensions are likely to be centre stage. US Vice-President Mike Pence later said he was prepared to “more than double” the tariffs imposed on Chinese goods. The two countries have been engaged in a tit-for-tat trade war this year. The White House says its tariffs are a response to China’s “unfair”…

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MLB notebook: Ohtani, Acuna named ROY winners

Los Angeles Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani and Atlanta Braves phenom outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. were named the runaway winners of the Rookie of the Year in the American and National League, respectively, on Monday. FILE PHOTO – Japanese pitching and hitting star Shohei Ohtani works out ahead of his move to the Los Angeles Angels in Kamagaya, east of Tokyo, Japan January 5, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato Ohtani received 25 of 30 first-place votes in besting Miguel Andujar (five first-place votes) and Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees for…

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