NEWS DIGEST 23.11.2021: Man. Utd. manager given the boot; other stories

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DRIVERS could be fined for leaving their car engine on to melt the ice and frost from their windscreen, according to experts. Motorists may be hit with a £20 fixed penalty notice for leaving their engine idling on a street. The penalty could rise to £40 if the charge is not paid within a specific time frame. Meanwhile, local councils may add an additional fine on top of this to further catch out motorists. In London, new emissions rules mean this charge could rise to £80 in a huge blow to motorists. Andrew Marshall, Marketing and Partnerships Manager at CarMoney warned drivers were likely to idle their cars while defrosting their vehicle. He has urged road users to “cover” their windscreen overnight or use a “can of de-icer and a manual scraper” instead of turning on their engines – ‘Be aware’: Drivers could be fined £40 for using their engine to defrost car windscreens (Express – Home – Life & Style – Cars)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time in charge of Manchester United is officially over after a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes was given ‘assurances’ about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking in the aftermath of Manchester United’s defeat against Watford on Saturday. The 4-1 humiliating defeat at the hands of Claudio Ranieri’s side signalled the end of Solskjaer’s reign as United boss. According to The Athletic, Mendes phoned United’s hierarchy after the game where he was told the issue over Solskjaer’s future was being dealt with accordingly. Speaking after the game against Watford, Solskjaer admitted the defeat was an embarrassing one to take – Man Utd’s ‘assurances’ to Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacking (Mirror)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was finally given his marching orders by Manchester United on Sunday after yet another pitiful performance. Mirror Football takes a look at three United players who look set to benefit from the Norwegian’s exit and three who could suffer without Solskjaer around…. There had been talk that Solskjaer was set to hand the Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek his first league start of the season for the trip to Watford – with Solskjaer himself even talking up the playmaker in midweek, hinting that van de Beek was set to start. He’s still hungry for more silverware – and whether he got on with Solskjaer or not, he’s far more likely to achieve that goal with Solskjaer gone – 6 winners and losers as Man Utd sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and begin new manager search (Mirror)

A former MP who was jailed for sexually assaulting two women said he cannot afford £35,000 he owes in court costs. The former Government whip, who is on licence until next year, offered to repay his debt at £1 per month, but this was not accepted by the court. The court heard Charlie Elphicke received £51,000 from the sale of his marital home, but most of the money had been used “in legal fees and to pay rent”. Elphicke’s claim for Universal Credit is being processed, and he told the court he had worked with the Step Change debt charity to assess his financial situation. Magistrates agreed to adjourn the case to 17 December, allowing time for Elphicke’s benefits claim to be assessed before a payment order is made – Charlie Elphicke: Ex-Dover MP ‘cannot afford’ £35k fine (BBC News – UK – Kent)

The storyboards for the doomed 1970s film version of sci-fi classic Dune have sold for €2.66m at auction, about 100 times the expected price. Long considered a mythical object by sci-fi fans, the notebook of drawings for the film by Franco-Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky triggered a bidding war at Christie’s in Paris. Christie’s admitted their initial valuation for the drawings – between €25,000 and €35,000 – had failed to account for the spike in interest triggered by the new version of the film starring Timothée Chalamet, which has topped box offices around the world. Its infamous collapse was retold in the 2013 documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune. The brainchild of author Frank Herbert, the novel Dune was first published in 1965 and became a six-volume space opera of massive influence, not least on the Star Wars franchise. After the latter’s blockbuster box office success, Hollywood took renewed interest in Dune in the early 1980s – Film storyboards for doomed 1970s version of Dune sell for €2.7m (The Guardian)

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