Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 24 May 2014

The Week’s super-quick catch-up on the main news talking points, available from 8am daily

UK News
1. ED MILIBAND FACING INTERNAL REVOLT
Ed Miliband is facing growing discontent from within his own party, say reports. Although Labour topped the local polls in England with 31% of the vote, its share of the vote was seven points below the one it achieved a year before Neil Kinnock lost the 1992 election. Meanwhile, The Independent slaps down Ukip triumphalism, declaring “the party’s best days are already behind it”.
UK News
2. SUPERMARKET BOSSES IGNORE EXPIRY DATES
Executives from Britain’s supermarkets claim they ignore expiry dates on food at home. Bosses from Tesco, Waitrose, and Marks & Spencer say they ignore use-by dates, while the heads of the Co-op, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s say they ignore sell-by and best-before dates. Campaigners claim confusion over expiry dates leads to seven million tones of food being thrown away each year.
Boko Haram
3. KERRY: 'ONLY’ US IS HELPING NIGERIA
The United States is the only country helping to find the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls, says John Kerry. The secretary of state has caused bafflement with his claim that “only” America is helping the search and that no other country has “even offered” to help, as France, Israel, China and the UK have all volunteered assistance in the search for the 270 girls.
4. MISSING YACHT SEARCH CALLED OFF
The search for the missing sailors from the Cheeki Rafiki has been called off after the 40ft yacht’s life raft was found unused in its storage space. The discovery means the only realistic method of survival has not been deployed. An RAF Hercules plane has also stopped searching after the discovery, the Foreign Office said.
5. RUSSIAN TV MOCKS PRINCE CHARLES
Russian television has mocked Prince Charles after he compared Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler. The channel Russia Today produced a mocked-up family tree that linked the royal family to the Nazis. “If anyone knows real Nazis it’s the royal family,” it declared. The royal family has tried for several decades to play down its German roots.
Football
6. MOYES ‘ASSAULT’ MAN THREATENED ONLINE
The man who claims he was assaulted by former Manchester United boss David Moyes has become the focus of a tidal wave of online abuse. Joshua Gillibrand, 23, says he was the victim of an unprovoked attack from Moyes in a Lancashire wine bar. Since the story became public he has received scores of abusive messages on Facebook, including physical threats.
7. ARE CAM-PHONES RUINING OUR MEMORIES?
Is your camera-phone ruining your memory? Researchers in New Zealand have warned that the growing obsession with recording and sharing important moments of our lives could be damaging our memories. “I think the problem is that people are giving away being in the moment,” said one of the researchers. The study is published in the Psychological Science journal.
8. KIM AND KANYE’S £11M WEDDING
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are preparing for a wedding thought to cost £11m. The ceremony, which will be largely paid for by the E! Television Network which broadcasts the reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, will be held at Forte Belvedere in Florence. The food will cost $2,000 per head. Jay Z and Beyonce have been paid $2,00,000 to perform a “short set”.
9. BOTHAM’S PAIN OVER DEMENTIA DAD
Sir Ian Botham says he did not visit his father in hospital for the last six months of his life. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph about his father’s slow death from dementia, the cricket legend says: "I might sound brutal but I'm just being honest. I didn't want my memory of him to be distorted by the illness that robbed him of himself."
10. DAVID LUIZ BREAKS TRANSFER RECORD
Chelsea and PSG have agreed a £40m deal for the sale of David Luiz to the Parisian giants. The deal sets a new transfer fee record for a defender. The Brazilian has been tracked by Barcelona for the past two summers. Meanwhile, Real Madrid face Atletico Madrid in this evening’s Uefa Champions’ League final in Lisbon.