Chelsea and England forward Fran Kirby says she has lacked the energy “to even get off the sofa” because of a virus that has kept her out for six weeks.
In a social media post, the 26-year-old said the illness had “hit her hard” but that she is now “feeling better”.
“Those around me have seen me at my most vulnerable, and have supported me more than I could imagine,” said Kirby, who has won 45 England caps.
“Once I get over this virus I’ll be back on the pitch giving my all.”
Chelsea are third in the Women’s Super League, four points behind leaders Arsenal with a game in hand.
The arrival of superstar Australian striker Sam Kerr has compensated for the absence of Kirby, who did not give a date for her return.
“I haven’t had much to smile about the last six weeks, and haven’t had much energy to even get off the sofa to go and make myself some food,” she added.
Kirby made the last of her four appearances for Chelsea this season as a substitute in November’s 1-0 win over Manchester United after missing the start of the campaign because of injury.
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Three energy firms are to pay a total of £10.5m following August’s power cut that left over a million people without electricity and caused travel chaos.
RWE Generation, which runs Little Barford Power Station, and Orstead, which runs Hornsea offshore wind farm, will each pay £4.5m to the UK energy watchdog’s redress fund.
Distributor company UK Power Networks has agreed to pay £1.5m.
Ofgem says it will continue to look into the role National Grid played.
More than a million people lost power during the cut in August, which affected homes, businesses and transport.
The lights went out just before 17:00 BST on Friday 9 August, causing blackouts across the Midlands, the South East, South West, North West and North East of England, and Wales.
While the power cut lasted for less than an hour, problems on the rail network carried on over the weekend.
Energy watchdog Ofgem launched its investigation in August.
It found that after a lightning strike, Hornsea offshore wind farm and Little Barford Power Station both went down.
Jonathan Brearley, Ofgem’s incoming chief executive, told the BBC’s Today programme that the simultaneous outage was an “exceptional event”.
He said the equipment within the generators should have “ridden through” the lightning strike and it should not have resulted in a countrywide power failure.
Mr Brearley said the Ofgem report recommended three sets of actions for UK energy companies.
The part of National Grid that gives Britain power needs to be set up “the right way”, new forms of generation – such as wind power – need to be a more secure source of supply, and, Mr Brearley added, “if we do ever have to disconnect people we want to make sure we protect our critical infrastructure and the most vulnerable”.
National Grid says that it has begun its own review and will update an industry standards panel in April.
In a statement, it said it would work with regulators and “colleagues across the industry, to address the issues raised and make sure that lessons are learned, and any changes made are in the best interests of the consumer”.
Hornsea One, which operated the wind power station that went down, said in a statement that it took the interruption “very seriously”.
“We have co-operated with Ofgem throughout their investigations and conducted a thorough internal review of the events in order to prevent a situation like this from happening again,” it said.
Business and Energy Secretary Andrea Leadsom said: “The disruption caused to people and businesses by the power cut in August was unacceptable. However, customers can be confident that we have one of the most robust energy systems in the world and today’s report will help us reduce the risks of it happening again and ensure our energy sector is better prepared in the future.”
Although power was out for less than an hour, essential services such as hospitals experienced disruption when their safety systems reacted to voltage fluctuations affecting the network.
Some of the power companies began to switch services back on for customers before they were certain that this would not shut down power to other parts of the grid.
Thameslink trains that had only been added to the fleet in 2014 suffered a software glitch from systems sensitive to power fluctuation.
Though some trains could be re-started, many required an engineer to travel out to where the train was stranded for a manual restart.
London’s Underground service also saw station power interrupted and signalling was lost.
Four hospitals were also affected by the cut. While two were able to switch to back-up generators, two saw their back-up generators fail.
A second man has been arrested over the killing of a 60-year-old man who was stabbed in a street in south London.
The victim was found injured in Woodcroft Road, Thornton Heath, Croydon, at 21:30 GMT on Monday and died minutes later.
A 41-year-old was arrested on Boxing Day on suspicion of murder.
A 50-year-old man who was arrested at the scene on Monday remains in a stable condition in hospital after he became unwell, police said.
Detectives have asked for anyone with information to come forward.
Former Chelsea and England midfielder Karen Carney, who retired after helping the Lionesses reach the World Cup semi-finals this summer, is writing columns for the BBC Sport website, working on Radio 5 Live and featuring on BBC TV this season.
I will be very, very surprised if Jose Mourinho doesn’t win a trophy with Tottenham.
Spurs need trophies and if there is somebody available who is an absolute winner and gets trophies wherever he goes, then why wouldn’t you get him?
The results from Mauricio Pochettino were not in his favour. He was underperforming and Spurs needed to change. It was not a surprise really.
It’s a breath of fresh air to see Mourinho back in the Premier League and it will be interesting to see how he gets on against his former club Chelsea on Sunday (16:30 GMT kick-off).
I go to business conferences and they talk about certain people being used in transitions of the business and it’s the same in football clubs. Mourinho is that next phase of transition for Tottenham and his aim will be to win a trophy within a few years.
He was not going to go to Spurs without knowing he will have the resources to help make it happen.
He needs to earn his worth though. He’s not under pressure but after the disappointment at Manchester United – where he spent nearly £400m on 11 players and still fell way short of rivals Manchester City and Liverpool – he needs to deliver.
Old Mourinho is back, looking refreshed
Mourinho has gone back to his old ways, like when he first came to Chelsea between 2004 and 2007 and won back-to-back league titles. He is trying to win the players over.
I think he was worn out when he went to Manchester United because he went from club to club with no rest. He looked like a tired man. He has had time off and now he looks really refreshed.
He is saying all the right things and protecting his players. He is talking in the way that made people fall in love with him in his first spell in the Premier League. He is not the rash manager we saw at Manchester United.
Players can be fragile and you have to manage them really well. That was the thing people noticed about him and was his biggest strength at Chelsea.
Everybody spoke about it. As time went on, he lost his way a little bit. But what makes a good manager is the ability to reflect and because he has that ability to get the best out of players.
Spurs will change a lot under him. He has inherited a group of players so it will take time but I think they will become more solid.
They are leaking goals for fun – conceding 12 goals in their past seven matches – but as long as Mourinho is getting results I don’t think he will be too bothered at the moment.
I don’t think Mourinho has all the players he wants right now either. He will want to tighten things up and buy in the midfield areas during the January transfer window.
Chelsea need to buy in January
After Liverpool, Leicester and Manchester City, I think it will be between Tottenham and Manchester United for the fourth spot in the league. I think Chelsea will fall short. But it all depends on the January transfer window.
Now their transfer ban has been lifted, Chelsea can bring players in.
Manager Frank Lampard always refers to “taking your chances” in his post-match interviews so they probably want to bring in attacking players, but they are leaking too many goals too.
I think he needs to look at an experienced centre-back and a full-back as they need to defend the wide areas better in order to keep more clean sheets. They also need someone to back up top-scorer Tammy Abraham.
They lost Eden Hazard in the summer – who contributed to 31 goals in the league last season – so they need someone who can replace that.
Chelsea have a greater pool of younger players and that seems to be working, but you never know what you are going to get from them. So now it is about getting the right kind of players in to complement that.
The club is still a business though. They won’t want to spend unless they have to and I don’t think they will throw money away. There is no point in spending £100m on someone for the sake of it.
In the past they have looked at bringing in all the big attacking players, like Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain, and it hasn’t worked out. All that time, they had Abraham waiting in the wings. You can spend all the money in the world but you have to get it right.
Karen Carney was speaking to BBC Sport’s Emma Sanders.
Former mayor of London candidate Zac Goldsmith has lost his seat as an MP for the second time in three years.
Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney, who beat Tory Mr Goldsmith at a 2016 by-election but lost to him in 2017, won a 7,766 vote majority over the environment minister.
Ms Olney, 42, said her party “will be holding this government to account”.
Labour has won 40 of the announced seats in London. The Conservatives have won 14 seats, and the Lib Dems three.
Jeremy Corbyn won his Islington North constituency but announced he would step down as leader before the next election, following a “very disappointing night” for his party.
He said he would stay on as leader during a “process of reflection” on the result.
But Siobhain McDonagh, Labour’s MP for Mitcham and Morden, said: “Jeremy Corbyn should stand down immediately.”
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Elsewhere Labour made the party’s only gain of the election in Putney, overturning a 1,554-vote majority in the formerly Conservative-held seat.
Labour’s Fleur Anderson called her victory “a bright light in a dark night”.
The Conservatives won back the marginal constituency of Kensington by 150 votes.
The seat was gained by Labour in 2017 with only a 20-vote majority, and was seen as a target for three main national parties.
New Conservative MP Felicity Buchan thanked constituents for putting “their faith and trust in me”.
“I want to be the MP for the whole of Kensington – whether that be the north, south or the middle,” she said.
Boris Johnson was re-elected as MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, with an increased vote share – taking 25,351 votes.
Speaking in his acceptance speech, the prime minister said: “It does look as though this One Nation Conservative government has been given a powerful new mandate to get Brexit done.”
A scuffle broke out as shadow chancellor John McDonnell made his acceptance speech in Hayes and Harlington.
Police had to intervene after Mr McDonnell was heckled with cries of “liar” and “terrorist”.
Mr McDonnell, who won the seat with a reduced 9,000-vote majority, said: “It is quite clear that there are fears also now for our democracy and the rise of the extreme right.”
A 14-year-old boy was among two people to be arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed to death in east London.
The victim, aged in his 20s, was pronounced dead in Clarence Mews, Hackney, at 14:30 GMT on Thursday.
Police believe he was killed during an “altercation” involving several people and “at least two other suspects remain outstanding”.
The boy and a 26-year-old man remain in custody at an east London.
Speaking about the killing, Det Ch Insp Paul Considine said “another young man’s life had been tragically cut short due to the violent actions of others”.
“I would urge anyone who was in the area and witnessed this incident to come forward and speak to police,” he said.
A senior Met Police officer is facing an inquiry over his contact with another officer prior to her conviction for possession of an indecent image.
Supt Robyn Williams was sentenced this month after failing to report her sister for sending a “disturbing” clip of child abuse on WhatsApp.
It has emerged she contacted Ch Supt Simon Ovens for advice.
The Met says it is alleged he may have failed to disclose information that could have helped in an investigation.
Williams’ conviction caused controversy, with The National Black Police Association saying it was “stunned and shocked” by the sentence, calling it “institutional racism”.
She had denied the charge, saying she “zoned out” when she received the video.
The 54-year-old was sentenced to do 200 hours’ unpaid work and could be sacked.
The BBC has learned Ch Supt Ovens, the chair of the Met Police Superintendents’ Association, is himself the subject of an inquiry by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) connected to the case.
A statement issued by the IOPC said it received a referral from the Met in June 2018.
It added: “At that time we advised the officer that we had started a criminal investigation into those allegations.
“The officer was served with a notice informing them they were subject of a misconduct investigation. It should be noted that the serving of a notice in no way indicates disciplinary proceedings will follow.
“We suspended our investigation in November 2018 because of linked criminal proceedings which have now concluded, meaning the IOPC investigation has now resumed.”
The Met Police said Ch Supt Ovens was on “restricted duties”.
Ch Supt Ovens declined to comment.
“I couldn’t focus on schoolwork because I was focused on surviving.”
Rapman is a musician and director whose debut film, Blue Story, tells the story of friendship, love and postcode wars in south-east London.
It follows the life of Timmy who lives in Lewisham but goes to school in Peckham – two areas that have a notorious rivalry.
Rapman – real name Andrew Onwubolu – tells Radio 1 Newsbeat: “That part of it was based on my life – it made my school experience very difficult.”
The film’s message is backed up by its soundtrack, with lyrics like: “I’m not trying to justify, I just want to show you what these young boys are fighting for.”
Rapman says he wants the audience to see past crime statistics and headlines about knife crime, to understand how a “good kid” can lose their way.
“I want people who see the film to learn that these kids are not all spawns of Satan.
“They didn’t come from child abuse or neglectful mothers. What kids go through in the school playground is so intense, it all starts there.”
He believes that more provisions should be put in place to support children who have problems at school, and mentoring should be given instead of “waiting until they’re 17, feeling alone and end up picking up a weapon.”
The rapper-turned-film-maker’s work first went viral in 2017 when his YouTube series, Shiro’s Story, amassed more than 20 million hits.
The three-part drama tells the story of a character whose world is turned upside down when he gets involved in drug dealing and violence, while coping with the news his best friend is the biological dad of the daughter he thought was his.
The story is told mainly through music, Rapman’s bars to be specific, and it got him noticed by Jay Z, who signed Rapman to his label RocNation in 2018.
After the success of Shiro’s Story, the rapper was able to start creating the film script he had been sitting on for a while. He partnered with the BBC and Paramount Pictures, and Blue Story was made.
“My casting director went to all the top agencies to find actors but I also wanted to use raw talent.
“I put a casting call out on social media, I wanted new faces.”
One of those new faces was Stephen Odubola.
Stephen, 23, emailed Rapman after Shiro’s Story won an award, saying he would love to work with him – but got no reply.
A few months later, after trying his luck at the open audition, he was cast as the protagonist in Blue Story.
Stephen tells Radio 1 Newsbeat: “I walked into that audition and didn’t think I would get it. There were so many people.
“I prepared so much, and now watching it back is like an out of body experience. Watching the greatness we have created.”
Rapman is clear that Blue Story, which also stars Top Boy’s Micheal Ward, is a film for everyone.
“Mothers, kids in gangs, kids who aren’t in gangs, politicians.
“It’s the most authentic journey you’re going to see.
“I love when I go to the screenings and see people who look like they’ve had no connection to that world – people who are upper class, wealthy, and are just curious.
“I’m hoping that everyone who can’t relate to that world, but understands human emotions, goes to watch it.”
The family of a 15-year-old who was stabbed to death in east London have said he was a talented and loving boy.
Baptista Adjei, from North Woolwich, was killed on Stratford Broadway on his way home from school in October.
A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder.
An 18-year-old man has been stabbed to death in a west London council’s central offices.
The victim was stabbed in the chest in Hillingdon Civic Centre on High Street, Uxbridge, at about 16:40 GMT.
He was taken to hospital but pronounced dead less than an hour later. Another teenage boy was also stabbed during the attack.
A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder, Scotland Yard said.
The other injured teenager suffered a knife injury to his ear, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening.
The Met has granted itself enhanced stop-and-search powers, under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.
This allows officers to search anyone in a designated area without “reasonable grounds”.
Det Ch Insp Noel McHugh described the stabbing as “a tragic loss of life”.