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The Apprentice: Lord Sugar crowns TWO winners

By Andrew Bullock For Mailonline

Published: 17:08 EST, 17 December 2017 | Updated: 17:08 EST, 17 De..

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By Andrew Bullock For Mailonline

Published: 17:08 EST, 17 December 2017 | Updated: 17:08 EST, 17 December 2017

CONTAINS SPOILERS ABOUT THE APPRENTICE 2017 SEASON FINALE

Lord Sugar has crowned two winners of The Apprentice, for the first time in the BBC reality series' 13-season history.

In the shock twist, the business mogul found it impossible to choose between candidates James White, 26, and Sarah Lynn, 35 and so hired them both – doubling his £250,000 investment and giving each of them the money to inject into their prospective businesses.

'Lord Sugar couldn’t make a decision,' James revealed, speaking to MailOnline. 'It was definitely different for this to be the result, but he felt it was unfair to give it to one and not the other.'

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'He couldn't make a decision!' Lord Sugar has hired BOTH Sarah Lynn and James White... after struggling to choose between finalists for the first time ever

'He couldn't make a decision!' Lord Sugar has hired BOTH Sarah Lynn and James White… after struggling to choose between finalists for the first time ever

Hired... and hired! In the shock twist, the business mogul ended up doubling his £250,000 investment and giving each of the finalists the money to inject into their prospective businessesHired... and hired! In the shock twist, the business mogul ended up doubling his £250,000 investment and giving each of the finalists the money to inject into their prospective businessesHired... and hired! In the shock twist, the business mogul ended up doubling his £250,000 investment and giving each of the finalists the money to inject into their prospective businessesHired... and hired! In the shock twist, the business mogul ended up doubling his £250,000 investment and giving each of the finalists the money to inject into their prospective businesses

Hired… and hired! In the shock twist, the business mogul ended up doubling his £250,000 investment and giving each of the finalists the money to inject into their prospective businesses

'I feel amazing about it; I'm so glad we could both win!'

Sarah added: 'It's a win/win for us. I never expected this as an outcome but it was such a joy when Lord Sugar said he was going to make this double investment.'

Whether he planned to do this all along is anyone's guess, but the new champions have their own opinions on the matter.

'I think it was spontaneous,' Sarah said. 'Both services that our companies offer are different, and he's spoken highly of us both through the process. But no-one expected it.'

James added: 'I’ve got my own agenda and if he wants to invest in both of us then that's fantastic.'

James will be using his investment to build on his Birmingham-based IT recruitment company, while Sarah will develop of confectionery company.

In the final, the pair recruited fired candidates to help them launch their businesses, battling against each other for what they thought was one single place as Lord Sugar's partner.

'We're close, but we were very much aware that we were each other's competition. We each wanted to do that little bit better than the other one,' Sarah explained.

'We knew we were going to give each other a tough time – it's not personal,' added James. 'I of course went into the final boardroom saying why my business was better than hers. But we just pointed out each other's flaws. We still had respect for each other.'

Sarah explained that Lord Sugar found it unfair to rule one of the two out of the opportunity.

'All I feel is happiness,' she said. 'I'm so excited to be part of this Apprentice first.'

It may be a first, but will it be a last?

James put the result down to the fact that the latest season was the 13th year of the show and that 'it's been one of the strongest years' – suggesting that it's a one off.

'I hope the public enjoy the result,' he said. 'There's bound to be haters who don't like this twist, but from my point of view, I'm over the moon.'

In the final at London’s City Hall, both Sarah and James had to pitch their business plans to Lord Sugar and his panel of industry experts, aiming to prove they have the potential to turn their businesses into big profit brands.

In the final boardroom, Lord Sugar appeared undecided as he grilled both candidates before asking for final guidance from his advisors Karren Brady and Claude Littner, saying: 'It is quite obvious that there are two fantastically skilled people there. Sarah is very eloquent, she knows her business inside out, although why she hasn’t done the commercial website properly, I don’t get.

'With James, a very, very crowded market, but he has proved that he can do it when he worked for someone.'

Claude said: 'I think you have got a problem because, as it’s turned out, I think they’re both investable. With Sarah, I think you’ve got slow and steady, but with James I think you’ve got someone who’s going to go out and really go for it.'

Karren added: 'But James is more risky. Sarah is an expert in her field; she spotted a gap in the market. She has all the skills an entrepreneur needs, but I mean, I don’t envy you.'

After hearing impassioned closing arguments from each candidate, Lord Sugar made his final decision: 'This particular year, I’m going to double my investment… I’m going to start a business with both of you!'

Lord Sugar told the BBC: 'This is a historic moment I suppose, in the thirteen years we’ve been doing this. And it’s really because of what I said in the episode. I couldn’t make a decision, it had to be both of them! They were two genuinely great experts in their field and I’m looking forward to going into business with them.

'I was torn; I just couldn’t choose between one of the other. The only fair thing to do was to choose them both. Thing is, it’s now going to cost me half a million pounds.'

Both Sarah, James and Lord Sugar will be taking a break for Christmas before they discuss their new ventures further in 2018.

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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