UK Apprentice star and entrepreneur Alan Sugar criticized for ‘racist’ tweet

British entrepreneur and member of the House of Lords Alan Sugar has come in for heavy criticism after posting a tweet about the Senegalese World Cup squad. (Screenshot: BBC)
Updated 20 June 2018
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UK Apprentice star and entrepreneur Alan Sugar criticized for ‘racist’ tweet

LONDON: British entrepreneur and member of the House of Lords Alan Sugar has come in for heavy criticism after posting a tweet about the Senegalese World Cup squad that compared the players to people selling sunglasses and handbags on beaches in popular European resorts.
The tweet, which has been deleted, featured a photoshopped picture of the Senegal national team lining up for their game against Poland depicting them as though they were selling counterfeit goods.
“I recognize some of these guys from the beach in Marbella. Multitasking, resourceful chaps,” Lord Sugar tweeted.


After several people lambasted the tweet as being racist, Sugar responded by tweeting: “Why not, it is meant to be funny … I can’t see what I have to apologize for.”
Sugar then deleted the image, with a tweet saying: “Just been reading the reaction to my funny tweet about the guy on the beach in Marbella. Seems it has been interpreted in the wrong way as offensive by a few people. Frankly I can’t see that, I think it’s funny. But I will pull it down if you insist.”
Sugar then issued a further apology, stating: “I misjudged my earlier tweet. It was in no way intended to cause offense, and clearly my attempt at humor has backfired. I have deleted the tweet and am very sorry.”


Sugar has fronted the popular UK version of ‘The Apprentice’ since 2005.


El Salvador court frees woman jailed for delivering stillborn

Evelyn Hernandez (C) is surrounded by activists after being released from the women's Readaptation Center, in Ilopango, El Salvador, on February 9, 2019, where she was serving a 30-year-sentence for aggravated homicide after her baby died at birth. (AFP)
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El Salvador court frees woman jailed for delivering stillborn

  • Even women who abort due to birth defects or health complications risk jail sentences of up to 40 years in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR: A Salvadoran court on Friday freed Evelyn Hernandez, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison after she gave birth to a stillborn baby at home.
After serving 33 months for aggravated homicide, 20-year-old Hernandez smiled as she was reunited with her parents and a brother in the capital San Salvador.
The court in Cojutepeque, east of the capital, ruled that she will be retried but while living at home. A hearing has been set for April 4, with a new judge, her lawyer Angelica Rivas said.
El Salvador has an extremely strict abortion ban. Hernandez gave birth in the makeshift bathroom of her home in the central Cuscatlan region. She was 18 years old and eight months pregnant.
She said her son was stillborn but was convicted of murdering him, abortion rights group ACDATEE said.
ACDATEE cited a pathologist’s report which it said indicated the baby had choked to death while still in the womb.
Prosecutors argued Hernandez was culpable for not having sought prenatal care, ACDATEE said.
The group said Hernandez had not known she was pregnant and gave birth on the toilet after feeling abdominal pains. She got pregnant as the result of a rape, which she did not report out of fear because her family had been threatened.
Even women who abort due to birth defects or health complications risk jail sentences of up to 40 years in El Salvador. Campaigners say some have been jailed after suffering miscarriages.
The country’s abortion law made international headlines in 2013 when a sick woman was forbidden from aborting a fetus which developed without a brain.
Under a ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Salvadoran state eventually authorized her to undergo a cesarean section. The baby died shortly after the procedure.