Newspaper headlines: Business rates and woolly mammoths in the news

The furore over a rise in business rates continues to make front-page headlines in the newspapers.

The Daily Mail says the minister in charge of business rates, Sajid Javid, has "come under fire" for staying on holiday amid the uproar.

Its headline asks "But where's Sajid?"

Actually, he's on page four of the Daily Telegraph. In a commentary piece, Mr Javid says average bills will fall by as much as 11% outside London.

The Telegraph also carries a warning that the chancellor must back down from the "looming nightmare" of higher rates in his Budget, or risk a revolt in the Conservative heartlands.


The Guardian leads on Donald Trump denying his presidency is in a "state of chaos".

The paper says Mr Trump's first solo news conference since taking office turned into a "sprawling and pugnacious" defence of his first four weeks in the White House, and a "bitter denunciation" of the press.

The Times says Amazon and Apple are profiting from an anti-vaccination documentary directed by the "discredited former doctor", Andrew Wakefield.

He claimed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism, but was later struck off.

The paper says scientists and autism campaigners want the video removed from commercial websites.

Science writer Simon Singh tells the paper that the video could cause people harm, and that companies which screen it are putting profit above public health.


The Daily Mirror says a new report reveals that the social care crisis "caused by Tory austerity" has been linked to an extra 30,000 deaths in 2015 - most of them elderly patients.

The paper says the study - which is published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine - is the first time that a direct link has been drawn between cuts in services and a surge in deaths.

One researcher from Oxford University tells the paper: "We've looked at every possible cause we can imagine, and cuts are the only explanation."

The Department of Health disputes the findings, saying there is "significant variation" each year in reported excess deaths.


The Daily Telegraph has details of how scientists hope to bring the woolly mammoth - or something close to it - back from extinction.

They've created a genetic blueprint using material from a carcass preserved in the Arctic permafrost.

A team at Harvard University plans to splice mammoth genes with elephant DNA to create a hybrid embryo, with mammoth features.

"We may not be able to visit the past," says the paper's editorial, "but that won't stop people trying to bring it to us."