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Tuesday October 17 2017 | thetimes.co.uk | No 72356
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15-year limit on peerages
6 Lords will serve fixed terms in plan to curb numbers 6 Andrew Lloyd Webber stands down as peer
Lucy Fisher
Senior Political Correspondent
New peerages will have a 15-year time
limit under a plan to shrink the House
of Lords, The Times has learnt.
The Lords has almost 800 members,
making it the second largest legislative
chamber in the world after the National
People?s Congress of China, but pressure
has grown on the government to reduce
its size. There is no retirement age or
limit on how long peers can serve.
The Lords committee tasked this
year with cutting membership of the
house will propose the time limits in its
report this month. It will also call on the
four large parts of the Lords ? 252 Tory
peers, 199 from Labour, 100 Lib Dems
and 180 crossbenchers ? to commit to
cutting the size of their blocs in stages.
A 15-year time limit on new members
will be proposed as a way of maintaining
a smaller house while providing for
a greater degree of continuity in its
membership than in the Commons.
Campaigners have criticised the cost
of running the upper house, where
members are entitled to claim �0 per
working day, and have argued against
people having a place in the chamber
for life. Critics also argue that rules
introduced in 2014 allowing peers to
retire from the house, an option they
may take while retaining their titles,
have not encouraged enough to leave.
The theatre impresario Lord LloydWebber, 69, announced last night that
he would quit as a Tory peer, becoming
the 70th member of the Lords to
retire. He said that his work schedule
prevented him from dedicating sufficient time to the house.
Ennobled by Sir John Major, he has
voted only 42 times. ?I have been
privileged to be a member of the house
for 20 years and resign with a heavy
heart but in the knowledge that what is
expected from a member today is very
different from what it was when I joined
the house in 1997,? he wrote to the Tory
chief whip. ?I feel my place should be
taken by someone who can devote the
time to the House of Lords that the
current situation dictates.? Last year he
said he considered quitting after being
convinced by George Osborne to vote
to cut tax credits.
Peers unanimously backed reducing
the size of the ?bloated? Lords in
December, with the Speaker convening
a committee to explore ?practical and
politically viable? steps. It is viewed as
the most serious attempt yet to tackle
the issue. The government accepts that
it is vastly outnumbered in the Lords
and would struggle to force through
proposals that did not receive backing
across the chamber. Ministers have
welcomed the cross-party committee?s
mission to seek consensual solutions.
The move to introduce time limits on
new peerages could be implemented
through changes to the standing orders
? the rule book of the Lords ? without
a need for primary legislation, it is
understood. Changes to standing orders
require a majority vote in the Lords.
The committee?s report will not
Continued on page 2, col 3
PETER MACDIARMID/LNP
Red October:
storm brings
heat and dust
Paul Simons, Will Humphries
Storm Ophelia brought warm winds
from southern Europe yesterday to
break the record for the hottest October
16 as it steeped swathes of the country
in an eerie orange and yellow glow.
Dust from the Sahara, with debris
from wildfires in Portugal and Spain,
partially blocked out the sun for hours.
Residents in Cornwall were the first
in Britain to notice the red hue of the
sun before the gloaming spread across
southern England and Wales, with
many areas turning on street lights in
the middle of the day. The dust causes
the shorter wavelength blue light to be
scattered, making the sky appear red.
Three people died in Ireland as the
country took the brunt of the storm?s
110mph winds, which brought down trees
and whipped up waves. Thousands of
passengers had flights cancelled, 30
years to the day after the Great Storm of
1987. Manston in Kent basked in
temperatures of up to 23.5C, beating the
previous high of 23.2C at Valley, Anglesey, in 1977. Records go back to 1910.
The sky over Westminster was reddened yesterday by dust from the Sahara and debris from wildfires in Spain and Portugal. It was the warmest October 16 on record
Three dead in storm, pages 6-7
Why dolphins and whales are even cleverer than we thought
Oliver Moody Science Correspondent
Towards the end of the Hitchhiker?s
Guide to the Galaxy series, the dolphins
abandon Earth for another dimension
with the farewell message: ?So long,
and thanks for all the fish.?
While the intelligence of many whale
and dolphin species has been attested
for decades, a comprehensive study
suggests that collectively they may be
even brighter than we thought. So perhaps the scenario imagined by Douglas
Adams is not as fantastic as it sounds.
Some of the animals turn out to be so
good at co-opting humans and other
species that one has to wonder what
else they are plotting. Whales and
dolphins appear to have followed an
evolutionary course that is remarkably
similar to humans?, with stable, closeknit tribes giving rise to their own lan-
guages and cultures and fostering ever
bigger and more sophisticated brains.
Practically the only thing that held
them back was their failure to develop
opposable thumbs, according to
Susanne Shultz, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Manchester
and one of the paper?s lead authors.
In a review of the social skills of 90
kinds of cetacean, Dr Shultz and her
colleagues found that the most ad-
vanced species pass down tool use and
hunting techniques, such as stunning
fish with the flukes of their tails or bamboozling them with plumes of mud,
from one generation to the next.
They have also developed regional
dialects of squeaks and whistles, and
learnt how to rope in other kinds of
animal ? including humans ? to serve
their purposes. ?There are some examples where dolphins help humans to
fish,? Dr Shultz said. ?I just find that
amazing. The dolphins round the fish
up into the nets in batches, in exchange
for getting some fish back from the
fishermen. They?re not taught how to
do it. It just emerged over time.?
Dolphins have also been observed to
help a pair of pygmy sperm whales to
safety after they became beached, and
to approach human swimmers for help
Continued on page 2, col 5
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T O D AY ? S E D I T I O N
?Slimming class
stops diabetes?
Student?s fatal
fall in cathedral
Weinstein board
wants to sell up
A third of obese people
sent to slimming
classes by their GPs
avoided diabetes in
early evidence from
the NHS that such
schemes can prevent
serious illness. Page 4
A 23-year-old aspiring
brain surgeon was
holding a note to her
mother when she fell
to her death in St Paul?s
Cathedral. The fatality
is not being treated as
suspicious. Page 5
The surviving board of
the film company
founded by Harvey
Weinstein, who has
been accused of
multiple sexual assaults,
is in talks to sell the
business?s assets. Page 15
COMMENT
Politics is so hostile that something seems
wrong when MPs turn out to be friends
HUGO RIFKIND, PAGE 27
Iraqi forces
take Kirkuk
US bank under
investigation
Kane valued
above �0m
Iraqi troops seized
the oil-rich city of
Kirkuk from Kurdish
forces after a surprise
dawn assault that
threatened to plunge
the country into more
turmoil. Pages 30-31
The US bank Jefferies
is being investigated
over claims that
managers improperly
interfered with its
research department, an
employment tribunal
was told. Page 37
Harry Kane is worth
more than the
�0 million that Paris
Saint-Germain paid for
Neymar, Tottenham
Hotspur said, as the
club resolved to hold on
to the striker. Page 68
MARKETS 48-49
REGISTER 53
CALLS TO THE BAR 55
SPORT 58
CROSSWORD 68
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COMMENT 25
THUNDERER 26
LEADING ARTICLES 29
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DINNER
TONIGHT
Mussels,
white wine and
cr鑝e fra頲he
This is a luxurious
version of moules
marini鑢e, adding
cr鑝e fra頲he to the
salty, vinous juices. It?s
rich, luscious and
incredibly good fun to
eat. My mussels were
rope-grown in
Shetland. The shells
looked small but the
mussels inside were
huge. Very yum.
Serves 2 Prep 20 min
Cook 20 min
Ingredients: 1kg live
Scottish mussels;
3 shallots, approx 75g;
50g butter; 2 garlic
cloves; 3 sprigs thyme;
� tbsp flour; 300ml
white wine; 4 tbsp
cr鑝e fra頲he; 25g
flat-leaf parsley.
Wash the mussels in
several changes of
water, discarding
cracked or opened
ones. Pull out the
beards. Drain. Halve,
peel and finely chop
the shallots. Melt the
butter in a large, lidded
pan and gently soften
the shallots while you
peel and finely chop
the garlic. Stir the
garlic into the shallots
and cook for a couple
of minutes before
thetimes
stirring in the flour.
Stir for a couple of
minutes to cook
the flour before
adding the wine,
continuing to stir to
make a smooth sauce.
Add thyme and
simmer for 5 min. Stir
in half the cr鑝e
fra頲he; add drained
mussels. Increase the
heat, stir with a
wooden spoon, cover
and cook for 5 min,
shaking the pan
vigorously to distribute
the mussels. Cook
until the mussels open.
Stir in most of the
parsley, tip into a bowl
and add remaining
parsley; stir and serve
with a spoonful of
cream and crusty
bread and butter.
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Squabble about bed-blocking
leaves older patients in limbo
Chris Smyth Health Editor
Elderly patients are caught in a growing
row between the NHS and councils
over who is to blame for failing to
reduce bed-blocking.
Councils have accused ministers of
scapegoating after they were threatened with fines if they did not do enough
to get patients out of hospital beds.
Hospitals have struggled even during
the quieter summer months and warnings of a severe flu outbreak have left
NHS leaders anxious about how they
will cope this winter.
NHS England has said that unless
2,500 beds were freed by getting elderly
patients off wards, there would not be
enough staff to go round.
?Hospitals rightly tell us there simply
are not ?surplus? non-employed nurses
available to open yet further hospital
beds to compensate for the failure to
sort delayed transfers of care,? Pauline
Philip, national director for emergency
care at NHS England, wrote last week
to NHS and council bosses.
Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary,
and Sajid Javid, the communities
secretary, went further, telling councils:
?Improvements are neither consistent
nor yet significant and the overall rate
of improvement remains a considerable distance from where it needs to be.?
Figures published last week showed
an average of 5,809 beds occupied
every day in August by a patient who
did not need to be there, a fall of only
4 per cent in a year.
Mr Hunt and Mr Javid warned 32
councils not meeting targets to reducebed-blocking that they could withhold
their share of a �billion boost for social
care promised in the budget.
?We will be looking for significant
performance improvements in the
September data,? they said. ?We reserve
the right to reduce the published allocation for a council should performance
continue to fail to improve.? NHS chiefs
insist they are simply reminding local
authorities of what they are meant to be
doing but councils argue that a focus on
spending money on bed-blocking will
lead to older people being denied care
in their homes.
Lord Porter of Spalding, Conservative chairman of the Local Government
Association, said: ?These letters are
hugely unhelpful at a time when local
government and the NHS need to work
together to tackle the health and social
care crisis . . . We urge the government
and the NHS to focus equally on
preventing people going to hospital as
we are on helping people quickly to get
out of hospital.?
Caroline Abrahams, charity director
at Age UK, said: ?While these arguments rage on in the corridors of power
you couldn?t blame older people for
feeling that their best interests are not
always at the forefront of health and
care leaders? minds. Older people badly
need these disputes to be resolved.?
Mercedes recalls cars over airbag fault
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
About 400,000 Mercedes-Benz cars
will be taken off British roads because of
concerns about airbags inflating during
journeys. Daimler, the marque?s parent
company, will recall UK cars built
between November 2011 and July this
year after it was alerted to airbags going
off prematurely.
About 30 incidents have been reported worldwide but there have been no
fatalities or serious injuries. MercedesBenz in the US said that there had been
?a handful of instances where drivers
suffered minor abrasions or bruises?.
continued from page 1
House of Lords reform
suggest any change to the way in which
members are appointed but it will look
to set a ceiling on the total size of the
house.
The committee is chaired by Lord
Burns, a crossbencher, and includes the
Tories Lord Wakeham and Baroness
Browning, the Labour peers Baroness
Crawley and Baroness Taylor of Bolton,
and the Lib Dem Lord Beith.
Lord Fowler, the Lord Speaker, has
previously said that the chamber
should ?be at a number that is just less
than the House of Commons?. There
are 650 MPs but plans have been drawn
up to cut 50 of them. John Bercow, the
Commons Speaker, called last month
for the number of peers to be halved.
Since 2010, 295 new peerages have
been created, including scores of
party political appointments made by
David Cameron in the last parliament.
Baroness Boothroyd, 88, has accused
Mr Cameron of ?tarnishing? the Lords
by stuffing it with too many former
aides.
Last week five new crossbench life
peerages were announced, including
for Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the
former Metropolitan Police commissioner, and Sir Christopher Geidt,
former private secretary to the Queen.
Theresa May created two new Tory
peers last month to draft on to her
front bench. They were Rona Fairhead,
former chairman of the BBC Trust, and
Sir Theodore Agnew, a party donor.
The idea of limiting peerages to 15
years has been mooted before. Nick
Clegg developed proposals for 80 per
cent of peers to be elected for single
terms of that length when he drew up
The company said cars were safe to
drive under normal conditions but motorists should contact Mercedes-Benz
roadside assistance or their dealer if the
driver airbag warning light came on.
It said: ?If the steering column module clock spring is broken, the driver airbag warning light will be displayed, as
well as a red airbag warning lamp. In
rare circumstances, if the clock spring is
broken and the wiring components are
not earthed, this could lead to an electrostatic discharge which could inadvertently deploy the driver?s airbag.?
Mercedes-Benz said that it would
contact customers with affected vehi-
Longest-serving peers
conservative
Lord Carrington, 98
Joined the Lords: 1945
Lord Denham, 90
Joined: 1949
labour
Baroness Falkender, 85
Joined: 1974
Lord Kirkhill, 87
Joined: 1975
crossbench
Lord Hylton, 85
Joined: 1968
Baroness Masham of Ilton, 82
Joined: 1970
plans for Lords reform in the coalition
government. Before that the Wakeham
commission, which reported in 2000,
also suggested reducing numbers and
introducing some members for 15-year
elected cycles.
Darren Hughes, chief executive of
the Electoral Reform Society, welcomed the proposals but said that the
chamber needed to reform further. ?It?s
encouraging they [members of the
Lords] see themselves that the whole
system is totally out of control,? he said.
?Time limits would be a start but reform
needs to go much further. These proposals have two problems ? they don?t
stop the creation of peerages by party
leaders for political friends and donors.
They also don?t address the lack of
democratic accountability in the Lords.?
Politics, pages 8-10
Leading article, page 29
cles for free repairs, which take about
an hour. The recall, which affects a million cars globally and is one of the biggest in Britain in recent years, will apply
to A-class, B-class, C-class and E-class
models, along with CLA, GLA and GLC
vehicles.
6 A child?s car seat with built-in airbags
is being launched in Britain, aiming to
protect toddlers in the same way as
adults. Bags in the shoulder pads of the
harness instantly inflate during a collision, then deflate one second after
impact. The manufacturer, Maxi-Cosi,
says the �0 AxissFix Air seat is the
first such seat in the world.
continued from page 1
Animal intelligence
when they are injured. In 2012 a pod of
16 humpback whales intervened to save
a grey whale whose calf had been killed
by orcas off the coast of California.
?One of my favourite examples is
sponge use in dolphins,? Dr Shultz said.
?They like eating molluscs, and so they
have to try and raise them from rocks.
Some groups have learnt to put sponges
on their noses to protect them.?
Bottlenose dolphins appear to have
?signature whistles? that function like
names for individual pod members. Dr
Shultz said that the dolphins sometimes used the whistles for absent
peers, suggesting that they might have
their own version of gossip.
The point of these anecdotes is to
explain why some animals are brighter
than others, and how this might be
linked to the brain size. Working with
the London School of Economics
and Stanford University, California, Dr
Shultz found that the whales and dolphins living in long-lasting groups, from
six to several dozen, had the biggest
brains for their body size.
The researchers also found a strong
link between the social behaviours seen
in each species and the magnitude of its
brain. Chunkier brains seem to have
evolved in tandem with a rich range of
interactions between each cetacean
and the allies it spends its life with.
This could corroborate the ?social
brain hypothesis?, the Oxford psychologist Robin Dunbar?s theory that early
humans acquired larger brains to cope
with the complexity of the tribes they
lived in. The findings are published in
the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.
Leading article, page 29
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Pole dancing vaults towards Olympics
IMAGINECHINA/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Sean O?Neill
One has its origins in Ancient Greece
when long spears were used for vaulting the walls of besieged cities, the
other traces its roots to the strip club
boom of the 1980s.
Yet within a decade it looks possible
that pole dancing could join pole vaulting as an Olympic sport.
The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF)
confirmed yesterday that it has given
observer status to the International
Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) in a
move which sets out a ?clear pathway?
towards full Olympic recognition.
Patrick Baumann, president of
GAISF said it was an ?exciting time? for
pole sports and added: ?We will do
everything within our remit to help
them realise their full potential and . . .
one day, maybe become part of the
Olympic programme?.
With skateboarding making its debut
at Tokyo 2020, Katie Coates, president
of the IPSF, is cautiously optimistic that
pole sports could make the grade by
2024. She held her first meeting with
the International Olympic Committee,
in February and described it as
encouraging.
?I?m not saying yes we will be there,
but I?m not saying no either ? there is
a good opportunity for us and the sporting bodies are interested in young,
trendy sports being recognised because
they get people involved,? said Ms
Coates.
?We?re proving everybody wrong.
I?ve been told again and again by the
traditional sports that it will be very difficult for us to be recognised as a sport,
but that just spurs me on to achieve
what they all say is impossible.?
Pole vaulting has been an Olympic
sport since the first modern Olympiad
was held in Athens in 1896. Vaulting
appeared in ancient literature and in
Greek art dating from the fifth century
BC.
Traditionalists, however, are likely to
look rather askance at the potential inclusion in the Olympic Games of pole
dancing, which achieved popularity
among male audiences when performed by young women wearing little
or no clothing.
London?s Windmill Club describes
pole dancing as ?an iconic presence at
strip clubs across the world? and boasts
?our visitors can?t get enough of it?. Ms
Given a sporting chance
The Global Association of
International Sports Federations
(GAISF) gave observer status to six
other nascent sporting bodies this
month, opening the door to possible
Olympic glory.
The World Armwrestling Federation
The playground and bar table staple
has been dressed up as a sport that
the GAISF says tests ?power,
strength, endurance, technique,
strategy, experience and passion?.
World Dodgeball Association As in
the film ? two teams of players
throw balls at each other and try to
avoid being hit themselves.
Pole dancing has come a long way since it appeared at 1980s strip clubs and has an accepted scoring
system. Katie Coates, right, has helped take it towards Olympic recognition, which it may gain by 2024
Coates, 41, from Ware, Hertfordshire,
insists, however, that pole sports are no
longer the same as pole dancing.
She said: ?Obviously pole sports have
their origins in pole dancing, but it then
became a fitness activity and has developed into a competitive sport with rules
and international competitions.
?The sport is nothing like how people
might remember pole dancing. People
don?t wear high heels or wiggle their
hips against the pole. It has developed
hugely and taken influences from Chinese pole, from circus, from gymnastics.?
There are now, she claims, five million people around the world active in
pole sports with more than 500 studios
and gyms in Britain teaching pole dancing as a fitness activity.
There are 25 national pole federations and pole dancing is being practised as a sport in more than 80 countries. There are male competitors and
the first Para Pole competitions began
last year to encourage disabled athletes
to take up the new sport. Across Britain,
branches of the Women?s Institute have
run pole dancing classes to improve
members? fitness.
Ms Coates has been battling for
sporting recognition since 2006. She
had helped to establish the international federation in 2009 and orga-
d
nised the first world
championships in 2012.
The process of being acp
cepted has been a steep
learning curve and involved developing international rules, a scoring
system and submitting to
the complex demands of
anti-doping
regulations.
Antonio Espin髎, off
the GAISF membership commission, said:
?We support a diverse
and evolving sports ecosystem and the newly
Federation for International
FootGolf Players kick a football into
a hole in the manner of golf; just like
golf but with bigger balls, no clubs
and no requirement for terrible
clothes.
International Union of Kettlebell
Lifting A body dedicated to trying
to turn a tedious gym activity into a
sport.
IInternational Federation of Match
Poker A variation on the classic
card game, but without gambling,
tthereby removing most of the
fun.
IInternational Table Soccer
Federation Yes, the age-old
manual arcade game of table
football; the GAISF says it helps
to ?build social cohesion? and
is ?an extraordinary vector of
exchange?. Really.
created observer status is
central to this. Sport is
constantly
evolving,
mirroring the world
we live in and the observer status prov
vides
the opening
m
many
international
f
federations
representi new sports require to
ing
e
enable
them to gain legitim
macy
and flourish.
?The commission?s role is to
support all those who qualify
and have the potential to raise
t
their
sport to the next level,? he
added.
France?s best wine tasters left red-faced German men are partial to
robot sex (Britons less so)
Adam Sage Paris
When the world?s finest wine tasters
gathered in Burgundy to test their
skills, the French confidently expected
to demonstrate their prowess. Instead,
France suffered what L?Express news
magazine described as the ?ultimate affront? of finishing nine places below
Britain in the 24-team contest.
The championships were won by
Sweden with 115 points while British
tasters scored 107 to come second.
France gained just 75 points. The result
underlined large gaps in French wine
culture, observers said.
?Every French person thinks they are
a connoisseur but we only know our
own wines and not those from other
countries,? said Philippe de Cantenac,
organiser of the event for La Revue du
Vin de France, a wine market magazine.
He said that 97 per cent of the wine
drunk in France was French and this
proved a handicap during the contest.
The French team, led by Jean-Luc
Dantou, the national champion, was
excellent when it came to identifying
The French team struggled to identify
wines produced anywhere but France
Where they finished
1 Sweden
2 UK
3 Luxembourg
4 New Zealand
5 Finland
6 Spain
7 Hungary
8 Quebec
9= China
9= Poland
11 France
12 Brazil
13 Denmark
14 South Africa
15= Holland
15= US
17 Switzerland
18 Russia
19 Monaco
20 Portugal
20 Andorra
21 Belgium
22 Zimbabwe
24 Italy
French wines but largely flummoxed
by those from other countries, organisers said.
?It is the same with Italy and Spain
and all wine producing nations. They
only drink their own wines,? Mr de
Cantenac said. ?Countries like Sweden
and the UK are far more open.?
The teams had to taste 12 wines and
identify the main grape variety, the
country and region of origin, the
vintage and if possible the producer.
Christopher Nelmes, 48, a member of
the UK team, said he was pleased with
the performance but frustrated to have
finished second, ?It was still a great
result,? he said.
Mr Nelmes buys and sells wine in
France. The other UK team members
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David Crossland Berlin
More than half of German men would
be willing to have sex with a robot,
according to a survey of sexual tastes.
Almost 52 per cent of German men
and 22 per cent of women would try out
a ?sexbot? furnished with artificial
intelligence and complex mechanical
skills, if the test were confidential and
free, the research found.
In Britain, however, the proportion
was 47.4 per cent of men and 19.5 per
cent of women. In America, 49.6 per
cent of men and 20 per cent of women
said yes to an automated sexual encounter.
The survey, published by the Die Welt
newspaper, was conducted by Syzygy, a
German digital communications
agency, which questioned 6,000
people, 2,000 in each country.
The author of the study, Paul
Marsden, a psychologist, noted that
Germans traditionally were less re-
strained in sexual matters than the
British or Americans. ?A series of
surveys has shown that Germans are
relatively open to sex technology and
sex toys ? we could see sex robots as
the next development in this market,?
he said.
Advances in robotics and artificial
intelligence are leading to the development of robot partners that closely
resemble human beings and can speak
and move, with built-in heaters and
sensors enabling them to respond to
touch.
Some are already on the market, selling for thousands of pounds.
Abyss Creations, a California-based
sex-doll maker, has created a programmable app that lets users make their
own virtual partner, shaping their
personality and dictating their moods.
There are fears that sexbots could kill
off human partnerships and increase
sexual exploitation. Others argue that
they could rescue marriages.
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Cyberattackers could exploit flaw in wifi connections
Every wifi connection in the world is
vulnerable to a security flaw that hackers could use to spy on internet traffic,
researchers have said.
The vulnerability allows attackers to
see passwords, credit card numbers and
photographs sent over the network and
release viruses into any device on it.
Mobile phones, tablets with Google?s
Android 6.0 operating system and
computers using Linux are particularly
at risk. The flaw is the first to be identified in encryption techniques that have
been used to secure wifi networks for 14
years. An academic at the University of
Leuven in Flanders discovered the
vulnerability by accident while working
on another paper.
The Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry
body, said it was already working with
providers on software updates but
added that there was no evidence that
hackers, who would need to be physically near a network to gain access, had
been able to exploit the vulnerability.
?This issue can be resolved through
straightforward software updates and
the wifi industry, including major platform providers, has already started
deploying patches,? a spokesman said.
?Users can expect all their wifi devices, whether patched or unpatched,
to continue working well together. As
always, wifi users should ensure they
have installed the latest recommended
updates from device manufacturers.?
Microsoft confirmed that it had released a security update and a spokesman for Google said: ?We?re aware of
No. 2057
the issue, and we will be patching any
affected devices in the coming weeks.?
The vulnerability was found in the
?digital handshake? when a device joins
a wifi network. The handshake confirms that both sides have the password
to access the network, as well as creating a new encryption key that protects
data and traffic on the network.
A ?Krack? attack ? short for key reinstallation attack ? can trick a system
into reinstalling a key already in use,
allowing a hacker to gain access to the
network and the data being sent on it.
SOTHEBY?S
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Andrew Ellson
Consumer Affairs Correspondent
Suko�
Place the numbers 1 to 9 in the
spaces so that the number in each
circle is equal to the sum of the four
surrounding spaces, and each colour
total is correct
Solution and more puzzles
MindGames in Times2
Fall in hate-crime trials
The number of prosecutions of
alleged hate criminals fell last
year because police referred
fewer cases, despite a spike in
offences recorded by police in the
weeks after the EU referendum.
Figures released today show that
there were 14,480 prosecutions
and 12,072 convictions for hate
crimes in the year to the end of
March. The vast majority of
prosecutions were for racially and
religiously aggravated offences,
followed by homophobic and
transphobic crimes.
Danish drama returns
A thriller created by the makers
of The Killing will air on BBC
Four next year, as the channel
seeks to cater to viewers? appetite
for Nordic series. Below The
Surface tracks a terrorist crisis in
Copenhagen, with each episode
covering a day in the stand-off.
Cassian Harrison, channel editor
of BBC Four, criticised rivals at
Channel 4 for not airing more
foreign series at peak times.
Treasures of Islam These paintings, produced in Persia in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, will be part of Sotheby?s Arts of the Islamic World auction next week
Weight Watchers classes
help to prevent diabetes
Chris Smyth Health Editor
A third of obese patients sent to Weight
Watchers by a GP in an attempt to prevent diabetes saw their blood sugar
levels return to normal, in some of the
first evidence from the NHS that such
schemes can prevent serious illness.
Just 3 per cent of patients at high risk
of diabetes developed the condition in
the year after being referred to cooking
and exercise programmes, which the
NHS wants to expand to millions of
overweight people.
More than half of those referred reduced their risk of developing diabetes.
Researchers said their findings
showed it was possible to have an ?immediate and significant public health
impact? on the disease despite funding
concerns.
About 500 people a day develop type
2 diabetes and cases have doubled in
the past 20 years as Britain gets heavier.
Simon Stevens, head of NHS England,
has warned that the health service
faces ruin without tougher action and
has set up a national programme that
refers those at risk of diabetes to
healthy eating and exercise sessions.
So far 50,000 people have taken the
classes and the scheme will be expanded to 200,000 next year. The National
Institute for Health and Care Excellence said last month that GPs should
identify almost two million people who
could benefit, arguing that the
programmes pay for themselves by preventing an illness with complications
such as amputations and blindness.
Those thought to be at risk because
of unhealthy lifestyles are given a blood
test and those with high blood sugar are
referred for classes.
Researchers looked at 149 obese
patients in Bromley, south London,
who were eligible to participate in a
�0 Weight Watchers programme,
involving a 90-minute information
session on diabetes and 48 weekly
meetings, which is longer than the
NHS standard.
Of those, 117 attended the induction
and 115 started the weekly sessions after
being referred by their GP during a
normal appointment or NHS health
check, a notably higher return than
schemes in other countries.
Carolyn Piper, public health manager at the London Borough of Bromley,
who led the study, said: ?The GPpatient relationship was really at the
forefront of being able to recommend
these patients. It?s really important ? a
lot of people said that when their GP
told them they were overweight and
really needed to do something about it,
it really motivated them.?
After a year, 38 per cent of eligible
patients had seen their blood sugar
levels return to normal after losing an
average of 10kg (22lbs), according to results published in BMJ Open Diabetes
Research & Care. Overall, those on the
programme lost an average of 3.2kg.
?A lot of people think you have to lose
stones and stones and they were quite
surprised that they could have a significant reduction in risk by losing a stone,?
Dr Piper said.
Only four patients, 3 per cent, developed diabetes during the year. Not all
patients at risk develop type 2 diabetes
but the usual average would be up to 10
per cent for people with similar blood
sugar readings. Tam Fry, chairman of
the National Obesity Forum, said the
figures should give NHS leaders ?the
confidence to bite the bullet and suggest courses are worth the bother?.
Sugar tax cut
fizzy drink
sales by 10%
Chris Smyth
A 10p sugary drinks levy imposed by
Jamie Oliver at his restaurants helped
to cut sales by 10 per cent, boosting the
case for health taxes.
A 3 per cent price increase at Jamie?s
Italian restaurants was combined with
redesigned menus warning of the risks
of sugar. After six months sugary drink
sales were down 10 per cent, while fruit
juice sales were up 22 per cent, according to data published in the Journal of
Epidemiology & Community Health.
Researchers said that this could offer
lessons on how a fizzy drinks tax might
work when it is imposed next year.
Professor Steven Cummins, of the
London School of Hygiene & Tropical
Medicine, who led the study, said: ?Our
study showed that a combination of the
levy, menu changes and clearly explaining to customers why it was introduced and that the proceeds would go
directly to a worthy cause looks to have
had quite a large effect on consumer behaviour given the small size of the levy.?
Professor Susan Jebb of University of
Oxford, said it was ?encouraging news
for public health ahead of the introduction of the soft drink industry levy?.
Parsons Green stabbing
A man died and two were injured
after they were stabbed outside
Parsons Green Tube station in
southwest London, the scene of a
terrorist bombing last month. The
man, believed to be 20, died at
the scene after being attacked at
about 7.30pm outside the station,
where 30 people were injured in
the terror attack last month.
Police said that it was not being
treated as a terrorist incident.
Sheeran tour on hold
Ed Sheeran, the singer-songwriter,
may be forced to cancel parts of
his Asia tour after uploading a
photo of his arm in a cast. ?I?ve
had a bit of a bicycle accident and
I?m currently waiting on some
medical advice, which may affect
some of my upcoming shows,?
Sheeran, 26, told his 15.7 million
followers on Instagram. The tour
to promote his album Divide is
due to start on Sunday in Taiwan.
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programme
?hacked by
North Korea?
Matthew Moore Media Correspondent
Student fell
to her death at
St Paul?s holding
note for mother
Kaya Burgess
An aspiring brain surgeon and talented
figure skater who fell 30 metres to her
death in St Paul?s Cathedral was holding a note to her mother when she died.
Lidia Dragescu, 23, from Romford in
Essex, has been named as the young
woman who died last Wednesday after
falling from the Whispering Gallery in
the cathedral, a place that she visited
regularly to find peace.
She was pronounced dead at the
scene, leaving staff who had rushed to
save her in shock. Police are treating
her death as non-suspicious.
Miss Dragescu, a devout Christian,
started studying biomedical science at
the University of East London (UEL)
last month and wanted to be a brain
surgeon, her mother said yesterday.
Her family said in a statement that she
was ?beautiful, intelligent and kind?
and that she had found the world ?a bad
place to live in?.
At the family home, where her
daughter?s books on medicine and
literature lined shelves in the living
room, Miss Dragescu?s mother,
Isabela, 44, said: ?She was very altruistic. We never had an argument,
never in our lives. She was the most
well-behaved child in the world. She
was near to me all the time, we
spoke about everything every day.
She was my best friend.?
Her daughter had been an introh
vert who ?couldn?t fit in this world?, she
said, adding that Miss Dragescu had
explained her feelings in a note, and fell
with the letter in her hands.
Miss Dragescu moved to the UK
from Bucharest in Romania five years
ago with her mother, her twin brother,
Vlad, a law student, and her younger
brother, Gabriel, 16. Her mother said:
?Her twin brother told me that he will
never celebrate his birthday, because it
is the same birthday. Our lives will
never be the same.?
Miss Dragescu loved classical music
and wrote poetry under the pseudonym
Lydia I Black, creating a website called
Knowledge Is Our Duty where she also
wrote about psychology, biology and
chemistry. She had been taking skating
Lidia Dragescu, 23, a biomedical
L
sstudent, moved to the UK from
R
Romania with her mother, Isabela,
and brothers, Vlad and Gabriel
a
lessons and wanted to compete, with an
ambition to shake the Queen?s hand,
her mother said. Ms Dragescu said she
could not accept that her daughter
would not return home.
?She was very smart. She was going to
school on Wednesday at 9am and told
me, ?I?m going, mum. Bye.? I told her as
always, ?God bless you.??
Instead, Miss Dragescu travelled into
central London. ?She liked to go over to
St Paul?s,? her mother said. ?She could
find peace there. Maybe for the songs, I
don?t know why. She told me often [that
she would] go there. She told me that
she didn?t like this world at all.?
Miss Dragescu earned a 2:1 business
degree at the London campus of Ulster
University and helped to set up a
U
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recruitment
company with her
mother. She worked as a restaurant
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manager while she studied for her
m
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degree and considered working as a
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model. She intended to study
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medicine
at King?s College London
aafter completing her biomedical
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degree
at UEL.
A family statement said: ?Her
h
heart
was pure and kind, a soul from
another world. She was an outstanding
student and a talented figure skater. . .
Everything that she had she shared
with us, always putting us first. We
love her and will always love her. For
Lidia, the world has been a bad place to
live in.?
A spokesman for UEL said: ?Everyone at the university is deeply shocked
and saddened by the tragic death of
Lidia. . . Our thoughts are with her loved
ones and we have been in contact with
her family to offer our support during
this unimaginably painful time.?
Those who are seeking support can
contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or
online at samaritans.org.
North Korean hackers targeted a
British production company making a
Channel 4 drama series about the
country, it has been claimed.
The thriller about a British nuclear
scientist taken prisoner in the secretive
state aimed to ?blow the lid off our
understanding of who we think the
North Korean people are and what
their government truly wants?, according to the programme?s advance publicity. The drama, titled Opposite Number,
was announced in 2014 but now been
cancelled, although Channel 4 insisted
that was for funding reasons and not
because of the attack.
It was due to be produced by Mammoth Screen, the TV company responsible for series including Poldark and
Victoria. Yesterday, The New York
Times revealed that North Korean
hackers had broken into computer systems in an attempt to derail the project.
The attack was spotted by British
authorities and halted before damage
could be inflicted, according to the report. The New York Times claimed that
Channel 4 was the target of the cyberraid but the BBC subsequently reported
that Mammoth Screen was the actual
victim. ?They were running around
with their hair on fire,? the BBC quoted
a TV executive from another company
as saying.
The incident has strong parallels
with Pyongyang?s attempts in 2014 to
sabotage the Hollywood comedy The
Interview, about a fictional plot to assassinate the North Korean leader.
In that instance, a hacking group
called Guardians of Peace broke into
Sony Pictures? computer systems and
released sensitive emails and staff
salary details. The controversy, and
threats of attacks on cinemas that
showed the film, led Sony to halt its
general release.
The FBI later said its investigation
pointed the finger for the Sony hack at
North Korea. The country denied
involvement but described the hack as
a ?righteous deed?.
Opposite Number was due to have
been the second commission from
Channel 4?s new international drama
division.
Last night a Channel 4 spokesman
said: ?This project did not progress
because co-production funding was not
secured by the producers to supplement the budget Channel 4 had committed to.?
The revolutionary new train now departing . . . is late and leaky
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
They have been billed as the future of
intercity rail travel in Britain. However,
there was something wearily familiar
about the new fleet of high-tech trains
that took to the tracks yesterday.
The inaugural passenger service
introduced as part of the �7 billion Intercity Express programme was blighted by overcrowding and a 41-minute
delay. The air-conditioning also broke,
causing water to fall on to passengers.
It was an inauspicious introduction
by Great Western Railway of the trains
built by Hitachi, which the government
said were the ?best we have ever had?.
Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, was on board the first service out
of Bristol. They will be launched on
Sections of the train were cordoned off
because of water falling from above
Virgin Trains east coast routes next
year, with 122 eventually due to run.
Modelled on Japanese bullet trains,
they have been ordered as the longterm replacement for the Intercity 125,
which has been the backbone of longdistance rail travel in Britain for 40
years. The trains, also known as the
Hitachi Class 800, have ten carriages
and carry 24 per cent more seats than
the older model. They also feature 4G
wifi, a digital seat reservation system
and improved storage for luggage.
Yesterday, the first 125mph train was
due to leave Bristol Temple Meads at
6am but did not set off until about
6.25am due to a ?minor technical
matter?. The service, which was carrying Mr Grayling, rail industry leaders
and regular commuters, eventually
arrived at London Paddington 41 minutes late.
Great Western admitted that large
numbers of passengers had been forced
to stand but put this down to the attraction of travelling on the first Intercity
Express. Hitachi, which has a 27-year
contract to maintain the trains, apologised for the failure of the air conditioning. Passengers posted pictures of water
flooding on to seats.
Craig McCrum, 38, who commutes to
London from Chippenham, Wiltshire,
said ?water was pouring out? of the
system, adding: ?I pay the best part of
�,000 a year for this. It?s pretty poor.
They always say wait for the new trains,
things will improve. They?ll never
improve.?
Karen Boswell, Hitachi Rail Europe?s
managing director, who was also on the
service, said she was ?very sorry and
disappointed that [the] first passenger
train from Bristol encountered technical issues?, adding: ?This was not to a
standard that Hitachi expects and is
known for. We can and will do better.?
A spokesman for Great Western
Railway said: ?Hitachi will be investigating this matter thoroughly. In normal conditions, this train will provide
enough seats to more than accommodate the number of people that would
usually travel on this train.?
From next year, the trains will deliver
more than 4,000 extra seats into
Paddington in the morning peak and by
the end of 2020 they should provide
more than 12,000 extra seats into
King?s Cross on the east coast line.
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Three dead as Ophelia
barrels over British Isles
Will Humphries
The sky turned red yesterday as Storm
Ophelia claimed three lives in Ireland,
with 100mph winds dragging warm air
and dust up from the Sahara and debris
from wildfires in southern Europe.
A driver and a passenger were killed
by falling trees in Ireland as 110mph
winds lashed the country. A third person was killed in a chainsaw accident.
Thousands of passengers had their
flights cancelled as severe winds
grounded planes across the UK, exactly
30 years after the Great Storm of 1987
killed 18 people. Bill Clinton was forced
to postpone a planned intervention in
Northern Ireland?s political stalemate
after his flight was cancelled. He is
expected to arrive today.
The storm also brought warm air
from southern Europe which broke the
temperature record for October 16,
reaching 23.5C in Manston, Kent.
Ophelia, which began 900 miles off
the coast of the Azores a week ago, is
the largest hurricane ever recorded so
far east in the Atlantic and the furthest
north since 1939.
It was downgraded to a storm before
it hit the Irish coast at 9.40am but still
wrought havoc, knocking down power
lines and whipping up 10m waves.
A computer-generated
projection of Ophelia
at 7pm yesterday
Claire O?Neill, a nurse in her mid50s, was killed outside Aglish, a village
in Co Waterford, when a tree fell on her
car. Her female passenger, in her 70s,
was injured and taken to hospital.
Michael Pyke, 31, died in a chainsaw
accident in Cahir, Co Tipperary. It is
understood he was attempting to clear
a tree downed by the violent winds that
was blocking a road when he was hit by
the branch of another tree.
A third person, Fintan Goss, who was
in his 30s, died after a tree fell on a car
in Ravensdale, Co Louth.
About 360,000 homes and business-
es in the Republic of Ireland were left
without power. Officials closed schools
in Northern Ireland and the Republic
and they will remain shut today.
Ireland?s National Emergency Coordination Group warned that the
storm was ?unprecedented with serious
life-threatening conditions?.
Downing Street said Theresa May
had told Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime
minister, that the government ?stood
ready to provide any support?.
The Lord Chief Justice advised the
judiciary in Northern Ireland to cease
all court hearings at 12.30pm. All
government buildings providing nonessential services closed at 1pm and
non-essential civil servants sent home.
More than 130 flights were cancelled
in the UK, mainly affecting routes to
Ireland and the Isle of Man. Dublin and
Shannon airports cancelled 150 flights.
Several flights to UK airports were
forced to make precautionary landings
and divert after reports of ?smoke
smells? in the cabin. Liverpool John
Lennon Airport said that the smells
appeared to be connected with ?atmospheric conditions?, caused by smoke
picked up by the storm as it passed over
wildfires in Spain and Portugal.
Last night the British Airline Pilots?
Association called for regulators to ensure the development of effective cabin
air filters onboard aircraft.
Gusts of 90mph were recorded in Aberdaron, west Wales, as flood warnings
were put in place in Pembrokeshire,
west Scotland, northwest England,
Cornwall and Dorset. About 200 properties in Wales suffered power cuts.
The eye of the storm is expected to
cross Wales, northern England and
Scotland today. High winds are expected and a yellow warning is in place for
much of the UK. Parts of Scotland and
Wales have been upgraded to amber.
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Deliberate
wildfires kill
27 in Spain
and Portugal
Graham Keeley Barcelona
At least 27 people have been killed in
northern Portugal and Spain in
wildfires started by arsonists. The fires
were fanned by strong winds, the
remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hitting
the Iberian coast.
The Portuguese Civil Protection
Agency said that a death toll of 27 was
expected to rise because police were
still searching for missing people. At
least four people have died in northwestern Galicia in Spain and hundreds
have fled their homes.
Ant髇io Costa, the Portuguese prime
minister, declared a state of emergency
as more than 5,300 firefighters battled
30 blazes in central and northern areas
Fires started by arsonists have spread
rapidly in hot, dry and windy weather
Huge waves hit the sea
wall at Porthcawl while
the dust from the Sahara
gave the air, and the sun,
an eerie red glow across
the UK. The storm?s
heavy gusts of wind
made walking tricky for
dogs in Land?s End,
caused more serious
damage in Schull, West
Cork, where a yacht was
of the country. The fires began on
Sunday and have closed schools, roads
and rail services. Dozens of buildings,
including homes and factories, have
been destroyed. It is the second catastrophic fire to strike Portugal in less
than a year. In June, 64 people were
killed and 250 injured by wildfires in
the centre of the country.
Patr韈ia Gaspar, a spokeswoman for
the Portuguese Civil Protection Agency, said that 15 of those hurt in Sunday?s
fires were in a serious condition. She
said the situation was still critical
because temperatures were above 30C
but wetter weather was approaching.
Jorge Gomes, the Portuguese secretary of state for internal administration,
said most of the fires were started deliberately. Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish
prime minister, agreed: ?What we are
seeing here doesn?t happen accidentally,? he said. Juan Ignacio Zoido, the
Spanish interior minister, said that
police had identified many of those
behind the fires. Alberto Nez Feij髈,
Galicia?s regional president, said the
region was being targeted by ?fire
terrorists? with 90 per cent of the blazes
in Galicia being started by arsonists.
blown out of its moorings
and on to rocks, but
added to the fun for
windsurfers competing in
Crossapool Bay on the
Isle of Tiree, Scotland
Hue and cry amid the red glow caused by desert dust
Behind the story
I
t wasn?t only shepherds who
noticed the red sky warning
yesterday morning as large
swathes of the UK were
bathed in an eerie orange
glow (Will Humphries writes).
Residents in Cornwall were the
first to notice the red hue of the
sun which spread across southern
England and Wales throughout
the day.
Some areas had to turn on street
lights in the middle of the day as
dust partially blocked out the sun.
People took to social media
speculating about potential causes
of doom, prompting the Science
Museum in London to joke on
Twitter: ?It?s not the apocalypse!?
The Met Office forecaster
Grahame Madge said the unusual
effect was caused by Storm
Ophelia bringing dust from the
Sahara and debris from the
wildfires in Portugal and Spain.
?On the eastern side of the low
pressure system, air is coming up
in the southern direction. Air is
being pulled from southern Europe
and Africa and that air contains a
lot of dust,? he said.
?So it?s most likely the
appearance of sunset at midday is
caused by the particles scattering
the light and giving the
appearance of a red sun.?
The dust causes the shorter
wavelength blue light to be
scattered, making the sky appear
red. The Met office said most of
the dust came from the fires in
southern Europe.
It is not unusual for the UK to be
affected by dust and debris from
Africa and Europe which has been
picked up on the winds.
In recent years we have
experienced so-called blood rain
events when rain mixes with sands
which have been whipped up into
fine dust by desert storms and
carried for more than 2,000 miles.
Britain?s most serious air
pollution event in the past 10 years,
which lasted for nearly two weeks
in March and April 2014, was
caused by winds bringing
agricultural and industrial
emissions from mainland Europe,
as well as dust blowing in from the
Sahara.
Official air pollution levels
remained low yesterday, with
experts saying that the dust cloud
was too high in the atmosphere
and passed over too quickly to
have a serious impact on health.
However, Asthma UK said it was
?deeply concerned? about millions
of asthmatics.?Winds picking up
dust and particles in the air could
trigger potentially fatal asthma
attacks,? said Sonia Munde, who
runs the charity?s helpline.
?When a similar dust storm
happened in April 2014, Asthma
UK found a third of people told us
they?d had an asthma attack as a
result of the pollution and 84 per
cent said they had used their blue
inhaler more than usual. We urge
anyone with severe asthma to stay
indoors where possible.?
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News Politics
?EU dragging feet to squeeze
Oliver Wright Policy Editor
Bruno Waterfield Luxembourg
European leaders are deliberately
stalling on a deal that would protect
the rights of EU and British citizens
after Brexit to wring further financial
concessions from Theresa May,
government sources claimed last night.
Senior figures close to negotiations
said that an agreement to safeguard the
rights of three million EU citizens living
in the UK was ?almost done?.
In a sign of growing frustration in
Whitehall, sources claimed that there
was unwillingness on the EU side to
finalise the deal. The aim was to
maximise pressure on Mrs May over
money while not being seen to put the
EU?s financial interests over the rights
of its citizens, the sources said.
?Clearly it is not in the interests of the
EU side to accept that it is now only
money that is the sticking block to
progress,? one Whitehall source said.
?But in reality that is the situation. We
could have wrapped up most of citizens?
rights by now but we are still waiting to
hear their response to our proposals.
?It is hard to see this as anything else
other than an attempt to increase the
pressure on our position.?
Yesterday in a round of frenetic lastminute diplomacy before Thursday?s
European summit, Mrs May spoke to
President Macron and Leo Varadkar,
the Irish prime minister, before flying to
Brussels for a hastily arranged dinner
with Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president.
Mrs May did not offer any further
concessions but warned Mr Juncker
and Michel Barnier, the EU chief negotiator, that no more progress could be
made in the talks until European
leaders moved on trade and transition.
Afterwards Downing Street and the
commission issued a bland statement
saying that both sides had ?reviewed
the progress made in the Article 50
negotiations and agreed that these
efforts should accelerate over the
months to come?. The statement
glossed over difficulties after Germany
demanded the insertion of tougher language in a draft summit communiqu�.
It states that European nationals must
be able to ?exercise directly their rights
derived from EU law . . . including
through the role of the Court of Justice
of the EU?, pushing Mrs May on a
sensitive area where Britain has already
made significant concessions.
Privately, even some European diplomats admit that calling for the EU
courts to have direct oversight of residency rights is a smokescreen. They say
it is designed to ensure that the 27
member states cannot be accused of
holding up the talks purely over money.
The primary aim is to push Britain
into making an ?absolute? commitment
on its share of budget liabilities of
?238.8 billion (�5 billion).
Britain has already committed, in
writing, to paying up to ?23 billion in
budget payments after Brexit, between
March 2019 and the end of 2020, to prevent a black hole in the EU?s spending.
Agreeing to pay the total liabilities
would add as much as ?31 billion to the
total bill. The UK is likely to concede at
least a significant part of this bill but
needs concessions on trade and
transition talks to do so.
Diplomats close to the drafting talks
said that Germany and other countries
privately recognise that a deal is ?very
close? on residency rights but still want
more on money. ?This is really about
getting the balance ? citizen rights and
Ireland are more or less there. The
money is not,? said a source.
Another EU diplomat said: ?No one
has real objections to onward move-
Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission president, embraced David Davis
and Theresa May, right, after talks in Brussels yesterday on the Brexit process
A flying visit
to get things
moving along
Analysis
E
ven by the standards of
flying visits, Theresa
May?s trip to Brussels
was remarkably brief
(Oliver Wright writes).
With less than 90 minutes
scheduled for dinner, the prime
minister?s working meeting with
Jean-Claude Juncker must have
been short on small talk.
Given that their disastrous last
dinner date in Downing Street
ended in recrimination, that may
be no bad thing, but the visit was
significant. First, it suggested
that the government was worried
that Thursday?s European Council
meeting would reject British
requests to at least open the door
to trade and transition talks.
Second, it reflected an
acceptance by the British side
that it won?t make progress on
Thursday unless it gets Mr
Juncker and Michel Barnier, the
EU?s chief negotiator, on side.
This meeting was an
attempt to persuade
the commission to
throw its weight
behind moving the
Brexit talks on.
Mrs May has made
much about negotiating
directly with EU leaders
but that strategy is not
working.
Finally, Mrs May wanted
to dispel any illusion that
there would be more
money from the UK
before Europe moves
on trade and
transition.
Brinkmanship is
best done face to
face.
ment and the ECJ question is very close
to being resolved.?
David Davis, the Brexit secretary,
expressed frustration last week that Mr
Barnier, under instruction from EU
governments to press for more money,
had repeatedly refused to discuss
Britain?s offer on citizens? rights.
This would allow EU nationals to
leave the UK for extended periods and
be allowed re-entry with their rights
unchanged. In return British citizens
living in one EU country could be able
to move and settle in another.
Mr Davis and the prime minister are
now reluctant, a source said, to provoke
Eurosceptics by giving details in writing
of how residency rights would have a
?direct effect? in British law via the
jurisprudence of European courts. This
verbal offer was, the UK side believes, a
huge concession.
The new draft also hardened the EU?s
position on transition and trade talks
with language stressing that a new
mandate for Mr Barnier would only
follow progress on ?each of the three
issues?, citizens, the Irish border and the
financial settlement.
Speaking at a meeting of foreign ministers Boris Johnson stressed Britain?s
?very fair? offer on EU citizens? postBrexit rights but did not mention any
other withdrawal issues, such as
money.
?We think in the UK that it?s time to
get on with these negotiations,? he
said.?It?s ready for the great ship to go
down the slipway and on to the open
sea and for us to start some serious
conversations about the future
and the new relationship, the
deep and special partnership
tthat we hope to construct, and I
think will work very much in the
interests of both sides.?
?We
hope
very
much that our friends
and partners will
take that message
and really begin
some
serious
negotiations.?
Boris Johnson
yesterday. He
said that the
UK?s offer on EU
citizens? rights
was very fair
Families �0 worse off
Marcus Leroux Trade Correspondent
Millions of households would be more
than �0 a year worse off if Britain
leaves the European Union without a
deal, according to researchers.
The average bill would rise by �0 in
a ?no deal? scenario, in which Britain
would begin trading with the EU on
World Trade Organisation terms. The
worst-hit households could experience
price rises taking �0 out of their
budgets, with the cost to the poorest
20 per cent of households a third
greater than the richest 20 per cent.
The findings by the Resolution
Foundation and the UK Trade Policy
Observatory are based on the government carrying over the EU?s tariffs ?
taxes it applies to imports ? after
Brexit. However, if the government
reacted to a ?no deal? Brexit by unilaterally abolishing tariffs, the average
family could be �0 a year better off.
This is unlikely, the researchers said,
because it would remove Britain?s leverage to open other countries? markets
and undermine employment in sectors
such as agriculture and fishing that
employ 1.4 million people. The average
tariff removed would also be ?relatively
small? at 1.3 per cent.
The analysis of a ?no deal? scenario in
which the UK imposes WTO ?most
favoured nation? tariffs on the EU
found that levies on dairy imports
would rise by 45 per cent, on meat by 37
per cent, and on clothing, drinks and
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Stamp duty cut lined up
for young homebuyers
Henry Zeffman, Francis Elliott
A stamp duty cut for first-time buyers
could form part of Tory efforts to win
young voters back from Labour in next
month?s budget.
Philip Hammond, the chancellor, has
signalled that there will be measures
to reduce intergenerational unfairness
after an election in which people under
47 were more likely to vote Labour than
Tory. However, he was warned against
linking tax to age for the first time
as backbenchers insisted that older
voters should not be played off against
younger generations.
A cut to stamp duty for new homeowners could come as part of a broader
package aimed at improving the
housing market for young people, the
Evening Standard reported. Measures to
revive the help-to-buy subsidy scheme
and build more affordable homes,
announced by Theresa May this
month, were criticised as insufficient.
Stamp duty is charged on all homes
over �5,000, initially at 2 per cent
of the value between �5,000 and
�0,000, but the marginal rate rises as
the property?s value increases.
In London, where the housing crisis
is particularly acute, the average firsttime buyer faces a tax bill of �,427,
according to the Land Registry. This
morning Mrs May will host a meeting
of Britain?s biggest developers, housebuilders and housing associations.
It was claimed that the chancellor is
considering linking tax to age. Workers
in their twenties and thirties could have
their national insurance contributions
cut, funded by rolling back pension tax
relief for older generations, The Daily
Telegraph reported.
The idea was backed by George Freeman, an influential backbencher on the
left of the party and head of Mrs May?s
policy board. He said: ?We need to look
at a new model of saving for a generation who will not benefit from the postwar model of national insurance.?
But others were more critical. Bim
Afolami, the MP for Hitchin & Harpenden, welcomed the possibility of a cut in
stamp duty but warned against raiding
older voters to help younger generations.
?I think that the chancellor should look
at everything in the round, and lower
rates for younger people to do certain
things ? for example lowering stamp
duty for first-time buyers ? is an
interesting idea,? Mr Afolami, 31, said.
?But we need to get away from the idea
that we need to take money from older
people to give to younger people.?
Jacob Rees-Mogg, the prominent
backbencher, said that Mr Hammond
should focus on tax cuts and planning
for a no-deal Brexit. ?I am not sure that
setting the generations against each
other is likely to lead to good policy,? he
said.
He supported changes to stamp duty,
however. ?Stamp duty needs looking at
as it is having perverse effects on the
London market. It is a good tax at low
levels but an economically damaging
one at the current penal rates.?
One cabinet minister voiced doubts
over the approach. ?Anything small will
just be banked by younger voters. The
pain in terms of bad headlines about
robbing old people would go on but
without any benefit.?
A Treasury source dismissed the
reports as ?pure speculation?.
Voters do not Home secretary?s plan for
know how to handling naked zombies
ditch a party Patrick Kidd
Political Sketch
Francis Elliott
with no deal
tobacco by 10 per cent. These tariffs
would create significant price increases, with the average price of dairy goods
rising by 8.1 per cent, of meat products
by 5.8 per cent, and of vehicles by 5.5 per
cent, the report said.
The hit to living standards would be
greater for lower-income households
because they spend a greater share of
their income on food and essential
clothing, which would be most affected.
Ilona Serwicka, a Sussex University
economist and a fellow of the UK Trade
Policy Observatory, said: ?To avoid the
economic danger of a ?cliff-edge? scenario the UK government must realise
that walking away from the negotiating
table is the worst possible outcome.?
Philip Aldrick, page 41
The exceptional endurance of Britain?s
two main parties has been underlined
by a study that suggests a typical
political party in a parliamentary
democracy lasts only 43 years.
Nine different parties have been in
the top two places in French and Italian
elections since 1950, according to an
analysis by the website Quartz. Almost
as many parties came first or second in
Belgium and Iceland.
By contrast Labour and Conservatives have won the most seats in every
Westminster election since 1922. Only
New Zealand, Germany and Australia
have shown similar postwar stability.
Applying a statistical technique
called survival analysis, Quartz estimates the median lifespan of a party in
a parliamentary democracy at 43 years.
About a third last less than 20 years.
Given that French life expectancy is
82 years, Emmanuel Macron ? who
set up his En Marche! party in 2016
before sweeping to victory as president
this year, aged 39 ? could even outlive
his own political movement.
Quartz found that among the countries picked for its study, the Netherlands had a typical model, with six different parties in the top two for winning
seats. Of the six, three have emerged
since 1945, the most recent being the
Party for Freedom. Its leader Geert
Wilders, a far-right populist, almost
caused an electoral upset when it
looked like his party could win the
election this year. The study excluded
the US from the analysis because it
does not have a parliamentary system.
However, like the UK, the country has
been heavily dominated by two parties
for almost 150 years.
The Conservative Party is generally
accepted to be the oldest in the world,
emerging from the Tories in the 1830s.
The modern Labour Party emerged in
the first decades of the 20th century.
T
he sky over Westminster
had turned an eerie shade
of orangey-brown as
business began for the day.
Scientists say it was caused
by Saharan dust in the atmosphere,
scattering waves of blue light like
Momentum activists in Canterbury
in June, but there were doubtless
some in the Commons who saw it as
a good omen for the post-Brexit era.
First the world turns sepia, the
argument goes, then all men start
wearing hats and using �notes
again and soon we will be back in
the glorious days when Britain rules
the waves and Twenty20 cricket has
never been invented.
Others wondered if this red glow
over the land signalled the end of
days. The Trump shall sound, as it
says in the Bible (though some
scholars may translate it as tweet),
and the dead shall be raised. This
seemed pertinent when John Mann
(Lab, Bassetlaw) used the day?s first
topical question to ask the home
secretary about reanimated corpses.
?Zombies are running wild in our
communities,? Mr Mann said.
?And in the Labour party,? a Tory
heckler shouted. Mr Mann, however,
was talking about his less composed
constituents. ?Sometimes those
zombies are naked,? he said, ?their
minds addled by a psychoactive
street substance called Mamba.?
Amber Rudd replied that she
shared his concerns about naked
zombies stumbling around
Nottinghamshire and had a ?new
drugs strategy? for handling them.
Nothing stops zombies as well as a
government strategy, except perhaps
for a snooker cue through the heart.
On the subject of resurrecting the
dead, James Gray (C, North
Wiltshire) asked about the police
investigation into Ted Heath?s sex
life. ?Will she advise the House
whether there is one shred of
evidence, one scintilla of doubt, that
Sir Edward was a paedophile?? he
asked, apparently not realising that
he was asking contradictory things.
Ms Rudd took the doubt option and
said no guilt could be inferred.
The government was also urged to
deal with bare-headed moped-riders
on the mean streets of Chislehurst.
Bob Neill, the area?s MP, complained
about the ?pretty cynical? steps
being taken by ?street-hardened
young people? to avoid capture by
the police. ?They are taking off their
helmets when the police arrive,? he
said, ?because they believe that the
police will not chase them.?
The police are apparently scared
of being prosecuted if Joe Lout falls
off and cracks his skull. Ms Rudd
agreed that a mere strategy would
not thwart these masterminds.
Something more effective was
required. She promised a review.
While some fear a zombie
apocalypse or an unstoppable
crimewave caused by unhelmeted
yobs, Mr Speaker had a bigger
concern: he had failed to give Mike
Penning (C, Hemel Hempstead) the
knighthood that he received last
week, a reward for being sacked as
armed forces minister in June.
After a protracted bout of hissing
from his clerk ? ?It?s Sir, sir? ? Mr
Bercow realised his error. ?A knight
of the realm!? he announced. ?I had
not been aware of that important
fact, but I am now, and I warmly
congratulate the right honourable
gentleman, who is evidently
absolutely delighted with the status.?
?Mike Penning a knight?? he may
have gone on wondering. ?But he?s
only been an MP for 12 years. Good
Lord, they?ll give anyone a
knighthood now.? And perhaps with
that in mind, he looked at the
Liberal Democrat benches and
called Sir Edward Davey.
Rees-Mogg
took cautious
approach as
fund chief
Henry Zeffman Political Reporter
Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Eurosceptic
backbench Conservative who has been
touted as an unlikely leadership contender, was a ?cautious? fund manager
before he entered politics, analysis of
his business career has suggested.
A fund focusing on Asian markets
that was run by Mr Rees-Mogg was outperformed repeatedly by an index that
tracked emerging markets.
The Lloyd George (LG) Emerging
Markets Fund, which he supervised
between 2003 and 2007, grew less than
the MSCI Emerging Market Index, the
benchmark for similar funds, in the last
four of those five years, an analysis by
the Financial Times found.
Mr Rees-Mogg, 48, joined LG in
Hong Kong in 1993, having spent two
years at J Rothschild. In the mid-1990s
he returned to London, from where he
managed the emerging market fund.
A 2006 investment report showed
that the country in which he invested
most heavily was South Korea, followed
by Taiwan, Mexico and South Africa.
That year, the fund struggled when its
3.65 per cent holding in the Mexican
arm of Walmart, the US supermarket,
halved in value.
The report said that the LG fund had
Jacob Rees-Mogg
won plaudits at the
Tory conference
for his eccentricity
taken a ?cautious outlook?, adding: ?We
were not aggressive enough in our
repositioning.? It echoed comments
made by Mr Rees-Mogg to the Sunday
Express in 2001, in which he said he
was ?generally quite cautious, so I am
investing in companies with strong
balance sheets and high dividend
yields?. He added: ?You really want to
be looking at fairly stodgy, cautious
companies in the emerging markets.?
Mr Rees-Mogg?s eccentric persona
and staunch Euroscepticism have won
him a loyal Conservative grassroots
following. At the party?s conference this
month events at which he spoke were
routinely packed out and he has been
tipped for a ministerial job when
Theresa May carries out a reshuffle.
Damian Barry of Seven Investment
Management told the Financial Times
that Mr Rees-Mogg?s fund management record ?suggests some poor stock
selection?. Samir Mehta, a former colleague who now works at JO Hambro
Capital Management, said he had been
?a conservative, careful investor?.
In 2007 Mr Rees-Mogg and several
colleagues left LG to set up Somerset
Capital Management. He stood down
as chief executive in 2010 when he
became MP for North East Somerset.
Mr Rees-Mogg was criticised this
month when it emerged that Somerset,
in which he is still a partner, holds
shares in an Indonesian company that
makes abortion drugs. Mr Rees-Mogg,
a Catholic who is against abortion, said:
?I don?t manage the funds and haven?t
done so since I became an MP.?
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Johnson and Davis threatened by boundary review
Lucy Fisher
Senior Political Correspondent
Boris Johnson and David Davis are
among the MPs worst affected by proposed changes to the boundaries of English constituencies published today.
The boundary review, which aims to
cut 50 seats to reduce the number of
MPs to 600 at the next general election,
started in the last parliament.
It is scheduled to go to a vote in the
Commons next autumn, but Theresa
May could be forced to halt the plans
because they are opposed by the Democratic Unionist Party, which is propping up her fragile minority govern-
ment. The prime minister also faces the
threat of rebellion from Tory MPs
whose seats are at risk.
The outlines to be released today
show that the foreign secretary?s Uxbridge & South Ruislip seat would gain
Labour-held council wards. The
changes would make the west London
constituency an ultra-tight marginal
that Mr Johnson would struggle to
keep.
Mr Davis, the Brexit secretary, would
see his Haltemprice & Howden seat in
the East Riding of Yorkshire split in two.
Half would merge with a Labour constituency and the other half with the seat
of his Tory colleague Andrew Percy,
potentially pitting the cabinet minister
against the backbencher.
Jeremy Corbyn?s Islington North seat
would also be abolished, but would
form the bulk of the new seat of Finsbury Park & Stoke Newington, destroying the constituency of Diane Abbott,
his shadow cabinet colleague.
However, Labour sources said a
series of north London MPs could be
moved eastwards to be happily accommodated. ?The composition of the seats
might change, but our analysis shows
there would be a seat for all our MPs,?
an insider said.
Overall, the layout of seats in
England under the proposed changes
Analysis
T
heresa May is playing a
dangerous game (Sam
Coates writes).
By pursuing a
boundary review that
will reduce the number of MPs
by 50, she is ignoring the views of
her whips and risks turning Tory
MPs against one another at a
point when every vote counts.
By pressing ahead, Mrs May is
likely to be spending her little
remaining political capital for
nothing: the DUP confirmed
again last week that it would not
vote with the government when
the final version of the review
comes before the Commons.
In a letter to Tory MPs from
Sir Patrick McLoughlin, party
chairman, and Gavin
Williamson, chief whip, the pair
appeared to acknowledge that
there was a high chance the
process would run into the sand.
That is both their hope and their
expectation.
This is not the only area where
Mrs May is endangering her
relations with the whips. Mr
Williamson, who has kept her in
Downing Street, believes a
reshuffle would create enemies.
Yet Mrs May appears to be
ignoring him and choosing to
listen to the other Gavin in her
life ? Gavin Barwell, her chief of
staff who wrote a book on how to
win marginal seats in 2016 then
lost his own in June. He is
understood to be advising her to
refresh boundaries now and a
reshuffle could be announced
within days.
favours the Conservatives. Party
sources said that they would have won
a majority in June if the proposed
changes had been in force then.
Cat Smith, Labour?s shadow minister
for voter engagement and youth affairs,
heaped scorn on the review, saying: ?It
has been clear from the start that the
Tories have only been interested in
their own political advantage rather
than what is in the best interests of the
country.?
She added: ?To lose 50 MPs at a time
we are repatriating powers from Brussels as we leave the European Union
risks leaving the UK government struggling to keep up with the day-to-day
requirements of legislation.
?They need to drop their unfair, undemocratic plans, as well as ensuring
the review is based on the most up-todate register and that there is appropriate flexibility to take into account
community ties and geography.?
Afzal Khan, the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton, is expected to bring a
private member?s bill before the Commons in December calling for a boundary review that equalises the electorate
between seats but does not cut the
overall number of constituencies.
Mr Percy played down any rivalry
with Mr Davis over their seats, saying:
?It will be challenging without a majority to see if this [review] even moves
forwards. There are a lot of hurdles. I
don?t think there will be a fight coming
up between David and me.?
Leading Remain Tories also stand to
lose out. Anna Soubry?s seat of Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire would be
carved up and the main successor
would be both marginal and a difficult
seat for a pro-EU candidate to get
selected in, according to Lewis Baston,
an electoral expert. He also pointed out
that Justine Greening?s Putney seat
would become even more marginal.
Six months? paid leave
for MPs with new babies
Rachel Sylvester, Francis Elliott
MPs could be given six months? paid
?baby leave? and the right to appoint a
proxy for Commons votes under plans
to make parliament more familyfriendly.
John Bercow, the Commons Speaker,
has thrown his weight behind Harriet
Harman?s moves to modernise how
MPs with newborn children are
treated.
At present, parental leave is left at the
discretion of parties? whips, with no
formal entitlement to look after babies
and no arrangements for cover. Ms
Harman, the former Labour deputy
leader, is pressing for the introduction
of formal measures that allow MPs to
take up to six months? leave while
allowing cover to provide full representation in Westminster and their constituencies. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), the
body that oversees? MPs? pay, has said it
is ?very supportive in principle? of the
proposal for six months? paid leave.
The move would bring MPs into line
with civil service rules, say supporters.
IPSA is set to consult on potentially
more controversial proposals to fund
cover to ensure that constituents do not
lose out. The level has yet to be decided
but replacements will be more senior
than a constituency case-worker.
Separately Mr Bercow is working on
a Commons motion, to be tabled within
months, that would allow MPs to nominate an elected colleague to be their
proxy during a period of ?baby leave?.
Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the
Commons, was briefed by parliament-
ary clerks on the proposal and is said to
be interested. The plan is set to be discussed by the Commons Reference
Group on Representation and Inclusion, chaired by Mr Bercow.
?Parliament needs to set a good example. We cannot be making the rules
for other people and saying it?s important for babies to spend time with their
mother and father but have no provision for that to happen ourselves,? Ms
Harman said. ?I?ve been there for 35
years and I?ve had three babies ? I
don?t think 18 months would have been
much to take off in that time.?
Not all MPs agree, however. Asked if
he would support the changes Andrew
Bridgen, the Tory MP for North West
Leicestershire, said: ?Not unless we
bring it in everywhere else ? and I can?t
see that happening in small businesses
? otherwise it smacks of special privileges for MPs. We are the servants of
the people not their masters.?
Maria Miller, who chairs the women
and equalities committee, said that
while there was a ?gaping need? to
modernise MPs? working practices, entitlement should not be better than that
available to those they represented.
The absence of a Conservative parliamentary majority has thrown the
issue into sharp relief. Already some
MPs have been called into Westminster
from maternity leave or their hospital
beds for knife-edge votes, in a return of
scenes last witnessed in the early 1970s.
Commons rules, however, have not
kept up with the increasing number of
female MPs. Since 2010, 17 babies have
been born to 12 female MPs.
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life support
Gabriella Swerling
Northern Correspondent
Bear-faced cheek
charms a duchess
T
he Duchess
of Cambridge
overcame her
morning
sickness to
take a twirl with
Paddington Bear
(Simon de Bruxelles
writes). During a
charity event with
her husband and
Prince Harry, the
duchess, who is
expecting her third
child, performed a
dance routine on
platform one of
Paddington station,
where, in Michael
Bond?s book, the
fictional bear
arrived from darkest
Peru, and thus
acquired his name.
The royal party were
waving off children
who had been invited
on a vintage Belmond
British Pullman train
for a trip organised
by Bafta to mark the
launch of the film
Paddington 2.
The children were
chosen by members of
the royal trio?s
Charities Forum ? a
group of more than 30
organisations which
they support.
The duchess?s
impromptu dance to a
calypso band began
when the bear
The Duchess, wearing a
peach Orla Kiely dress,
was persuaded to take
a few quick steps with
Paddington bear on
the station platform
proffered his hand.
?She?s a right good
mover, and I think she
could win Strictly
Come Dancing ? if
she was in it,? he said
afterwards.
Bus passengers set up crash for cash
Simon de Bruxelles
Seven bus passengers and a car driver
have been convicted of what is thought
to have been Britain?s biggest single
crash-for-cash insurance fraud.
The men claimed to have been injured when a car ran into the back of a
bus in Ely, near Cardiff.
When paramedics attended the
incident on a busy main road in May
2014, none of those on board the bus
required treatment. However, seven of
the passengers later submitted claims
for injuries including whiplash totalling
�,000.
Cardiff crown court heard that the
ringleader, Merrick Williams, was driving a rental car that crashed into the bus
at low speed.
The bus passengers were recorded on
CCTV holding their necks and hips
after the crash but all refused medical
treatment.
Investigators
became
suspicious of the multiple claims and
discovered that at least two of the
claimants were friends with Williams
on social media.
Experts also checked the CCTV footage, road conditions, damage to the
rental car and impact speed and concluded that it would have caused only a
?minor vibration?. The case was passed
to the City of London police?s insurance
fraud enforcement department (IFED)
by the insurance company AIG.
The court was told that innocent passengers had been put at risk by the
?farcical? attempt to defraud the
insurers.
A CCTV camera on the bus showed
Williams? rental car overtaking the bus
twice before finally running into the
back of it. One passenger fell to the floor
but no one else moved.
Suzanne Thomas, for the prosecu-
tion, said: ?When the driver of the bus
called the police and paramedics, not a
single passenger stepped up to report
an injury at the time. One of the
fraudsters did go to hospital but he did
not stay for long enough to be diagnosed or treated.?
Williams, 30, of Barry Island, south
None of the seven ?injured? passengers
sought medical treatment at the scene
Wales, was jailed for 12 months and
banned from driving for two years after
admitting conspiracy to commit fraud.
The other seven fraudsters were
given suspended prison sentences and
ordered to undertake community
service after admitting the same
offence. They were Kassim Mukbill, 31,
Nigel Iti, 24, Hamada Shuyeb, 24,
Kieran Murphy, 29, Fami Haddad, 25,
Aaron Ryan, 25, and Matthew Saunders, 33, all from Cardiff.
After the hearing Detective Constable Aman Taylor, who led the investigation, said: ?The attempted fraud was
in a league of its own as this is the largest number of claimants ever tried
together in an IFED case.
?By planning the bus crash, the men
deliberately put the safety of innocent
people, including children, at risk in a
bid to make money and take advantage
of the personal injury claims system.?
Migrant raped woman after winning right to stay
Fiona Hamilton Crime Editor
A Kuwaiti immigrant raped a woman
on a riverbank about two weeks after
being granted leave to stay in the UK.
Abdel-Aziz al-Shamary, 21, was yesterday convicted of the attack, which
took place in Darlington in May. He
had entered Britain illegally in 2015.
At Teesside crown court, Judge Sean
Morris said that he wanted to see
reports that looked into Shamary?s
?attitude towards women? before he
passed sentence. The court heard that
Shamary confronted another woman
before the attack, telling her as she
walked with a male friend that she was
an ?ugly bitch?. He twice shouted ?bitch
country? as he was being arrested. He
had been watching pornography, including outdoor sex, on his phone
earlier in the evening on May 16.
The jury found Shamary, who is believed to have worked in a takeaway,
guilty by a majority verdict after almost
five hours of deliberation.
The court heard that his victim who
was in her thirties was beaten and raped
on the bank of the Skerne river at
around midnight after leaving a pub.
Shamary, who was drunk, was arrested
near by and refused to allow a female
police officer to touch him.
In custody he shouted: ?Do you know
Saddam Hussein? I am Saddam Hussein, I will not talk to you, you are a
woman.?
The victim gave evidence in a video
statement played to the jury. She said
Shamary pushed her over and punched
her in the face twice before jumping on
top of her and raping her. She said: ?He
told me not to say anything or he would
come back and hurt me. He made me
feel horrible, scared and frightened.?
The victim was found covered in
blood by two women who were passing
in a car. Shamary, who had been drinking from two bottles of Jack Daniels
whiskey, denied rape and an alternative
charge of attempted rape.
Sentencing was adjourned for three
weeks. Paul Abrahams, for the prosecution, said that there would be an
application for him to be deported once
his sentence was served.
The children of a brain-damaged
woman who once suggested she would
want her family to ?get the pillow
ready? if her health declined are
fighting their aunts and doctors over
whether their mother should continue
receiving medical treatment.
The woman, a grandmother in her
70s known only as Mrs P for legal
reasons, suffered a head injury after a
fall last year. Since then she has been
fed through a tube and doctors agree
that she is now in a ?minimally conscious state?.
The family?s rift has been played out
in a courtroom. While Mrs P?s sisters
support the argument of the NHS
foundation trust caring for her that an
artificial feed should be maintained to
see whether her condition improves,
Mrs P?s children and partner believe
that this would not be in her best interests and that she should instead receive
palliative care in a hospice.
The trust has applied to a Court of
Protection judge for permission to
continue providing the clinical treatment and to transfer Mrs P to a specialist nursing home.
A hearing at Preston Sessions House
yesterday was told that before her accident Mrs P was a ?very switched on?
woman and that she now ?lacks the
capacity to make free decisions? and
cannot communicate. The court was
told that in a chatty email to one of her
daughters she once suggested that her
family should ?get the pillow ready?
should she lose cognitive function.
The hearing continues today.
Former lovers
have a (film)
score to settle
Jack Malvern
Meryl Streep?s 2016 portrayal of the
tone-deaf opera singer Florence Foster
Jenkins left audiences upbeat, but the
story of who wrote her lines is fraught.
Nicholas Martin, who is credited
with the script for the film, is fighting a
court battle with his former girlfriend,
who says she should be recognised for
?a closely intertwined collaboration?.
Julia Kogan, 44, a singer who was
with Mr Martin between 2011 and 2014,
said she played down her role at the
time because she was worried that he
would end their relationship. She is
seeking a shared writing credit and
some of the money Mr Martin, who is in
his fifties, made from the film.
Tom Weisselberg, QC, for Mr Martin, told Judge Richard Hacon at the
High Court that Ms Kogan contributed
?guff?, criticism and musical advice. ?As
a matter of law, none of these things
promote her into an author.?
Simon Malynicz, QC, for Ms Kogan,
said she had looked ?over Mr Martin?s
shoulder as he typed? and that Mr
Martin had relied on her expertise.
Ms Kogan is seeking an injunction
against three production companies to
stop them publishing the script without
her being credited. The companies?
lawyers backed Mr Martin, saying: ?Ms
Kogan offered ideas ? he used them, or
not, but she did not do the writing.?
Judge Hacon reserved his judgment
and will give his ruling at later date.
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Slavery in UK
?far greater
than estimate?
Passenger
jumbo jets
near end of
long haul
Georgie Keate
I
t is the world?s
best-known
passenger aircraft
(Graeme Paton
writes). But after
nearly 50 years of
service, the jumbo jet?s
days look numbered.
Experts say the
Boeing 747 may only
have a few years left as
a passenger jet with
airlines dropping it in
favour of smaller,
more fuel-efficient
models. Next month,
United Airlines will
make its final 747
passenger flight while
Delta, its American
rival, will follow suit a
few weeks later. It will
be the last time that
the aircraft, which
entered service in
1970, will be flown by
an American airline.
Others including
Qantas, Garuda
Indonesia and Cathay
Pacific are also
phasing out the 747.
The ?queen of the
skies? was designed in
the 1960s to become
the biggest passenger
aircraft, typically
carrying about 450.
Airlines are replacing Boeing 747s with smaller, more fuel-efficient aircraft that are cheaper to run and can use a greater range of airports
Queen of the skies
6 Its wingspan is just
over 64 m (210ft) and
length is 70m
6 Boeing has built
1,536 jumbo jets
6 A 747 usually has
450 passengers but
can take about 540
6 Boeing?s assembly
plant in Everett,
Washington, built for
the 747, is the largest
building in the world
by volume, covering
almost 100 acres.
6 The 747-400 flies at
up to 570mph and has
a range of 8,350 miles
6 First entered service
in 1970 with Pan Am
6 It is 6m wide and
typically has ten seats
in a row for economy
passengers
Julian Bray, an
aviation consultant,
said: ?No one wants to
transport that number
of passengers any
more. There are new
narrow-body aircraft
that are more fuelefficient, cheaper to
operate and more
flexible. We have new
747s being
commissioned as
cargo aircraft but its
days carrying
passengers are over.?
Boeing says 1,536
have been built and it
is still making about
six a year. Flight
Global magazine says
209 Boeing 747s are
being used to fly
passengers, with
another 326 used in
other roles. British
Airways is the biggest
747 passenger operator
with 36 in service,
followed by Lufthansa,
KLM and Korean Air.
The 747 was the
biggest passenger
plane for almost four
decades until the
Airbus A380
superjumbo, which
can carry up to 615,
entered service in
2007. The size of the
747 fleet fell below
that of the A380 this
month for the first
time. Experts suggest
that the era of the
super-large passenger
plane may be ending,
with many airlines
preferring smaller,
more fuel efficient
single-aisle jets.
Airbus deal brings new hope to
workers at troubled plane maker
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
Callum Jones Markets Reporter
Workers at the Bombardier factory in
Northern Ireland were given fresh
hope last night after the Canadian
company signed a deal with Airbus.
The European civil aerospace group
announced that it plans to take a
majority stake in Bombardier?s
C-Series jet programme. Staff at the
Belfast plant were left reeling last
month amid doubts over the future of
the scheme, which faces a 300 per cent
import tariff in the US over a spat with
Boeing.
The companies last night said that
the impact of the deal would be ?felt
positively? across the UK.
While Airbus pledged to deliver
?significant C Series production cost
savings,? Tom Enders, its chief executive, described the agreement as a
?win-win? for all involved. He said: ?Not
only will this partnership secure the C
Series and its industrial operations in
Canada, the UK and China, but we also
bring new jobs to the US.?
Under the deal, which is expected to
be completed in the second half of next
year, Airbus will take a 50.01 per cent
stake in the C-Series Aircraft Limited
Partnership (CSALP), which makes
and sells the C- Series. Bombardier will
have a 31 per cent interest and Investissement Qu閎ec (IQ) will own the
remaining 19 per cent.
The Belfast plant is involved in the
manufacture and assembly of components across all the group?s models:
wings for the C-Series, centre fuselage
for CRJ jets and wing components for
the Q400 as well as parts for Bombardier?s Learjet, Challenger and Global
business jet models.
Michael Ryan, president of Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering
Services, said: ?This is great news for
our Belfast site, and indeed all of Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to build on our existing
supplier relationship with Airbus.
?Today?s announcement serves to
strengthen the position of the C-Series
aircraft programme on the international market, and the resulting momentum will be felt positively in our
businesses and throughout the Northern Ireland and UK supply chain.?
Alain Bellemare, president and chief
executive of Bombardier, last night said
he was ?highly confident? that C-Series
would win more orders now Airbus had
taken a majority stake in the scheme.
There had been speculation that the
Commercial Aircraft Corporation of
China, the state-owned planemaker
usually known as Comac, could invest
in or buy the divisions. It was the
potential for Comac to become an investor in Bombardier that was reckoned to be, in part, behind Boeing?s attempts to ensure a US embargo on
Bombardier selling 75 of its C-Series
aircraft to Delta Air Lines.
Comac?s C919 aircraft, which is in development, is the aircraft feared by
Boeing and Airbus because if it can be
delivered as a credible short-haul rival,
that would significantly diminish the
opportunities in the Chinese market for
Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320.
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Man stabbed girlfriend in eyes as daughter, 2, watched
Simon de Bruxelles
A man who murdered his on-off girlfriend with a knife while her two-yearold daughter watched has been jailed
for a minimum of 27 years.
Dylan Harries, 22, carried out an
attack on Katrina Evemy, 19, that a
judge said had ?elements of sadism?.
She was stabbed in both eyes, her neck
and her forehead. Her daughter was
sprayed with blood.
Harries was ?in a rage?, Swansea
crown court was told, after hearing that
Ms Evemy had kissed another man. He
took a knife from his mother?s house
and walked to Ms Evemy?s home in
Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, on April 13.
Ms Evemy died in hospital six days
after the attack. Mrs Justice Whipple
said her injuries had been ?horrific?.
?Experienced paramedics and police
officers spoke of their shock at seeing
such a terrible neck wound,? the judge
said. She added that doctors had not
known whether Ms Evemy?s sight
Dylan Harries attacked Katrina Evemy
after hearing she had kissed another
man. She died in hospital six days later
could be saved, and said the wounds reflected ?a depraved intention not just to
kill but to maim?.
Attacking Ms Evemy in front of her
daughter was an aggravating feature,
the judge told Harries, who had denied
murder but was found guilty. Ms
Evemy?s mother, Amanda Simon, said
her granddaughter screamed when her
mother?s name was mentioned.
Mrs Simon said the events had been
like ?a horror film that the family were
stuck in and could not get out of?.
A Home Office estimate that there
are 13,000 modern slaves living in the
UK is way short of the mark, with the
true number in the tens of thousands,
the anti-slavery commissioner has
claimed.
Kevin Hyland said that the 13,000
figure, published by the Home Office in
2014, did not mirror his research into
the crime.
?I deem this far too modest,? Mr
Hyland said in a statement. The
commissioner urged the government
to reform the National Referral Mechanism, which was introduced in 2009
and helps the Home Office and the
Modern Slavery Human Trafficking
Unit to identify victims.
His report called for immediate
support for victims to prevent retrafficking. It comes after The Times
reported last week that Vietnamese
children were vanishing from care and
back into the arms of traffickers.
Data from the commissioner?s report
showed that UK police recorded 2,255
modern slavery crimes in 2016-17, a rise
of 159 per cent from 870 crimes during
the same period the year before.
His comments chime with a National
Crime Agency assessment, which
warns that modern slavery and human
trafficking in the UK is much more
prevalent than previously thought.
The Home Office said yesterday that
it would create an expert unit to tackle
the problem, to replace management
units in the National Crime Agency
and UK Visas and Immigration.
Barristers on
the warpath in
Game of Tomes
Sean O?Neill
A dispute over which legal text should
be used in the criminal courts took a
twist yesterday as barristers expressed
their overwhelming opposition to the
choice imposed on them by the
judiciary.
The argument over whether Archbold: Criminal Pleading, Evidence and
Practice is better than Blackstone?s
Criminal Practice has been raging at the
Bar for more than a year and is known
as the Game of Tomes in legal circles.
The Judicial Executive Board declared last year that Blackstone?s would
replace Archbold as the standard courtroom book used by the judiciary. The
Times revealed this month that the
president of the Queen?s Bench Division, Sir Brian Leveson, took part in the
decision-making process for the
�0,000 contract despite being an
editorial adviser to Blackstone?s.
The Criminal Bar Association (CBA)
has now published the results of a
survey of its members which reported
that 75 per cent of practitioners preferred Archbold. Almost 600 barristers
took part in the survey.
Chris Henley, QC, vice-chairman of
the CBA, said that the result of the survey would be raised with the judiciary.
He added: ?We repeat our previously
expressed concerns about how last
year?s decision was taken. It is another
sign of the times that until relatively
recently most courts had copies of both
texts readily available, and the only
ambition was to benefit from as much
legal wisdom as possible to ensure the
correct decision.?
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Scientists see moment gold was born in a cosmic splatter
Oliver Moody Science Correspondent
The birth of gold has been observed for
the first time in the violent collision of a
pair of stars the size of London.
Astronomers have watched a ?hypernova? unfold after two neutron stars,
each so heavy that a teaspoon of their
contents would weigh a billion tonnes,
ran into each other and exploded in a
shower of precious metals sprayed out
at a fifth of the speed of light.
Their collision also rumpled the
fabric of spacetime, producing a spiral
of gravitational waves so powerful that
their effects were felt on Earth 130 million years later.
Lord Rees of Ludlow, the astronomer
royal, said that astrophysicists had
waited half a century to see the
?spectacular splatter?.
One of the most important discoveries
was the clear signature of chunky gold
and platinum atoms coalescing out of
an angry soup of sub-atomic particles
heated to temperatures dozens of times
hotter than the core of the sun.
Up to now, scientists had struggled to
work out how any elements heavier than
iron could have come into existence.
The furnaces at the hearts of most stars
are far too feeble, and even supernovae
are thought to fall some way short of
the power needed to fuse the 79 protons
and 118 neutrons needed to make a
single particle of gold.
Kate Maguire, a physicist at Queen?s
University Belfast who analysed the
spectrum of light from the explosion for
signs of its chemistry, said that this was
the first direct evidence of the alchemist?s dream. ?The jewellery that you
might be wearing today is formed in a
neutron star merger ? we can say that
conclusively,? she said.
The star crash, the fallout from which
reached Earth on August 17, happened
at the height of the Cretaceous period,
when brachiosaurs stomped around
Africa and pterosaurs ruled the skies.
Two neutron stars in the Hydra
constellation had become locked in
each other?s orbits, swinging around ten
times every second and sloughing off
energy in every direction, eventually
imparting a very slight jolt to the lasers
in three gravitational wave detectors
in the US and Italy. Over the next
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Humphrys on
hunt for thief
If John Humphrys sounds more
grumpy than normal on the Today
programme, it is probably because
someone has interfered with his
breakfast. Nick Robinson, his
co-host, told the Cheltenham
Literature Festival that a bad day
always lies ahead if Humphrys
opens his drawer and finds that
someone has ?borrowed? his
favourite cereal bowl. Robinson,
below, also recalled a mortifying
moment during his trial period on
the Radio 4 show when
Humphrys ran out of the studio
seconds before going on air and
swore at a guest in the green
room. ?What the f*** are you
doing?? Humphrys demanded.
?Do not touch my milk.?
Fiona Mozley, who at 29 is the
second youngest author to be
shortlisted for the Booker prize,
wrote much of her novel, Elmet, on
her mobile phone. Even that is not
quite modern enough. ?Like a true
millennial,? she says, ?I am going to
write the next one on avocado skin.?
a theresa may moment
Matt Hancock, the ambitious
minister for digital (a euphemism
for him twiddling his fingers until
he gets promotion), addressed the
all-party group on the fourth
industrial revolution yesterday. As
he spoke about how the printing
press brought down the feudal
system, the sponsor?s banner
behind him suddenly toppled
over, echoing Theresa
May?s recent set collapse.
One observer suggested
this might be the closest
that Hancock ever comes to
knowing what it is like to
be prime minister.
Bill Nighy is only 67 but
the actor complains
that young women
keep offering him
their seat on public transport.
?Once, it was when I was carrying
my gym bag,? he says. ?I wanted to
say, ?Look, I?ve been doing really
vigorous things. I can actually
remain upright for quite a long
time?.? Although these days that
might be taken the wrong way.
reference work
Despite being the daughter of the
Earl of Longford (and, even more
grandly, a cousin of Harriet
Harman), the biographer Lady
Antonia Fraser insisted in a talk at
Cliveden on Sunday that ?in no
way do I come from privileged
circles?. She then remarked that
she had got her break in publishing
when her mother was sitting at a
dinner next to George Weidenfeld,
who said that he needed an
assistant with good language skills.
?I have just the girl,? the Countess
of Longford replied.
The historian Andrew Roberts gave
a backhanded compliment when
asked at the same festival for his
opinion of Boris Johnson?s colourful
book on Churchill, which Roberts
said was one of 1,010 biographies of
the former prime minister. ?It?s a
really good book,? he said. ?Of the
14 anecdotes he tells about
Churchill, two of them are true.?
bbc?s firm line on cuts
The BBC takes security very
seriously. Gordon House, the
corporation?s former head of radio
drama, returned to Broadcasting
House for a meeting recently and
had his briefcase searched. There,
mouldering away in a dark corner,
was a small pair of rusty scissors,
which security confiscated lest he
go berserk and take out 35 years of
BBC frustration on others. ?They
said I could collect the scissors on
leaving,? House says. ?I replied
that as I?d probably pilfered
them from a BBC
stationery cupboard
many years ago, they
should be returned to
their rightful home.?
patrick kidd
1.7 seconds, more than 70 telescopes
across the globe began to turn to
concentrate on the pyrotechnic flare of
radiation in most parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.
It is the first time that researchers
have been able to match a gravitational
?chirrup? against what they can see
through conventional astronomy.
Gravitational waves, which were first
detected in 2015, have opened up a new
way of appreciating the cosmos that
some scientists compare to music.
?Until now, astronomy has been like
a silent movie,? John Veitch, a research
fellow at the University of Glasgow?s
Institute for Gravitational Research,
An artist?s impression of the neutron
stars colliding 130 million years ago
said. ?We?ve been able to see things, first
as photographs, then, as time has gone
on, we can see it moving, and finally we
are turning up the volume and we can
actually listen to the sounds of these
events as well.?
Phil Evans, of the University of Leicester who worked on the ultra-violet and
gamma ray radiation, said it had thrown
up signs that our understanding of the
science involved in the collisions might
be wrong. ?So far we?ve got one event, and
even that event doesn?t fit entirely with
our models. It?s rather like being an explorer setting foot on a new shore and
there?s a whole continent ahead of us. I
for one cannot wait to get exploring.?
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Perfect isolation Neil Burnell?s image of the beach huts on stilts at Osea leisure park in the Blackwater Estuary, Essex, was among the winners of the Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year awards
Trump adviser comes to the
rescue of Weinstein Company
Will Pavia New York
Facing a scandal that has blackened its
name and left a founder facing police
inquiries in London, New York and Los
Angeles, the surviving board of the
Weinstein Company has announced
that it is holding talks to sell the studio.
Colony Capital, run by Thomas Barrack Jr, a close adviser to President
Trump, said it had agreed to make an
immediate investment in the film company founded by Harvey Weinstein, 65,
and his brother Bob, 62, with an eye to
buying some or all of its assets.
The announcement came after a
weekend in which the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the
most powerful institution in Hollywood, which disburses Oscars, said it
would expel Mr Weinstein from its
membership, after a growing number of
women accused him of harassing or
assaulting them.
Actresses including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, and some who
left the industry after encountering
him, have accused Mr Weinstein of
sexual harassment, and at least four
women have accused him of rape.
Bob Weinstein said his brother had
caused ?unconscionable suffering? and
declared himself ?heartbroken for the
women he harmed?.
He said he and 180 members of staff
had met to discuss how to salvage the
company. He told The Hollywood Reporter: ?They said,
?We don?t want
Harvey to have
the last word
on this company. We want
to stay? .
?My brother
is the one who
should pay for
everything,
and I mean literally ? wheHarvey Weinstein
co-founded the
company in 2005
ther it?s criminal or otherwise. I will be
supportive of that. But I don?t think the
people that are employees of this company or the company itself should pay.?
Efforts to separate Harvey Weinstein
from the company he co-founded in
2005 have been complicated by allegations that some staff helped to facilitate
his lone meetings with aspiring
actresses, and that board
members knew he had
reached legal settlements
with some women after he
renegotiated his contract in
2015. There have also been
predictions that Mr Weinstein will contest his firing as chairman of
the
company,
which has made
Oscar-winning
films including
The
King?s
Speech and The
Artist.
Bob Weinstein insisted
he was unaware of his brother?s alleged
abuses, saying they had barely spoken
in recent years and ran separate divisions of the company. ?I was also the object of a lot of verbal abuse, at one time
physical abuse,? he said. He said there
were pieces of the company which
could be resurrected, adding: ?There is
a plan to come out on the other side.?
Bob Weinstein was said to be the
source of the first reports into his
brother?s alleged sexual abuse, apparently waiting until their mother died
last year before disclosing the behaviour. He denied the claim: ?That?s totally untrue. I could take a lie detector test
on that,? adding that his brother might
be behind such suggestions. ?Harvey is
suspicious of everybody. People that
are liars ? lying to his wife, to his children, to everyone ? well, they have to
turn around and say, ?Who stabbed
me?? ? he said. ?It?s unbelievable that
even to this moment he is more concerned with who sold him out. I don?t
hear concern or contrition for the
victims.?
Now expel Cosby and Polanski, Oscars board told
Ben Hoyle Los Angeles
Pressure is growing on the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to
follow its expulsion of Harvey Weinstein with a purge of Bill Cosby, Roman
Polanski and other tainted members.
The British comedian John Oliver
said on his Emmy-winning late night
TV show on Sunday that it was not just
Mr Weinstein?s behaviour that was
?troubling, it?s the way that people
around him excused it?.
He singled out the organisation that
hosts the Oscars. ?Yes, finally, the group
that counts among its current members
Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby and Mel
Gibson has found the one guy who
treated women badly and kicked him
out,? the comic said sarcastically. ?So
congratulations, Hollywood. See you at
the next Oscars where ? and this is
true ? Casey Affleck will be presenting
best actress.?
Affleck, who won the best actor
Oscar this year for Manchester By The
Sea, was accused of sexual harassment
in 2010 by two women, but reached a
settlement with both of them and was
never charged. He received his award
from Brie Larson, an advocate for
sexual abuse survivors. She conspicuously did not clap and later said that her
reaction on stage ?spoke for itself?. Affleck has always denied the allegations.
When Polanski won the best director
Oscar for The Pianist in 2003 many in
the audience stood to applaud him
while others remained seated in protest. He was unable to collect the trophy
because he has been a fugitive from US
justice since fleeing the country in 1978
while awaiting sentencing for having
sex with a 13-year-old girl. Cosby remains a member despite being accused
of raping or sexually assaulting 59
women and admitting under oath to
acquiring sedatives for women he
wished to have sex with.
Gibson, who won best director for
Braveheart in 1996, fell temporarily
from grace in Hollywood when he admitted to beating his girlfriend and was
taped screaming racist and antisemitic
abuse. This year he was nominated
again for best director.
Before the academy?s board voted on
Saturday to throw out Mr Weinstein, it
had only previously expelled one
member in its 90-year existence.
Carmine Caridi, who acted in The
Godfather Part II, was ejected in 2004
because he passed Oscar-screening
VHS tapes to a film pirate.
The academy board said that Mr
Weinstein?s expulsion was intended ?to
send a message that the era of wilful
ignorance and shameful complicity in
sexually predatory behaviour and
workplace harassment in our industry
is over?. Last night, the Producers Guild
of America voted unanimously to start
the process of expelling Mr Weinstein
as a member. A final decision will be
made on November 6.
Robert Crampton, Times 2
Pussycat
Dolls ?used as
prostitutes?
Jack Malvern
A former member of the Pussycat Dolls
has alleged that the pop group were used
as a ?prostitution ring? and that members were told who to have sex with.
Kaya Jones, 33, who left the girl band
shortly before it released its first hit
album, alleged that she had been
exploited, a claim dismissed as baseless
by the band?s manager.
?My truth,? she wrote on Twitter. ?I
wasn?t in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring. Oh and we happened to sing
and be famous. While everyone who
owned us made the [money]. How bad
was it? People ask ? bad enough that I
walked away from my dreams, band
mates and a $13 million record deal. We
knew we were going to #1.?
She called for the band?s manager to
respond to allegations of mistreatment.
Robin Antin, founder of the group, said
that Ms Jones?s claims were ?disgusting,
ridiculous lies? and that the singer was
?clearly looking for her 15 minutes?.
Ms Antin told The Blast website that
Ms Jones had only been a trial member
of the group, whose hits included Don?t
Cha. Ms Jones did not name Ms Antin
but called for the manager to ?confess
why another one of her girl group girls
committed suicide?. Ms Jones tweeted:
?Tell the public how you mentally
broke us.? Ms Antin responded that the
apparent reference to the suicide of
Simone Battle, who sang for the group
GRL, was ?nasty? and disrespectful.
Ms Jones said that she had kept a
journal of her time in the band from
2003 to 2006. She wrote: ?To be part of
the team you must be a team player.
Meaning sleep with whoever they say.
If you don?t they have nothing on you to
leverage . . . Why don?t we report it?
Because we are all abused! I personally
have been warned if I tell I will . . . you
know end up dead or no more career.?
In 2012 Ms Jones criticised Nicole
Scherzinger, the X-Factor judge and
former Pussycat Doll, for claiming that
she did 95 per cent of the group?s singing.
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Cuts force Met to
ignore minor crime
Fiona Hamilton Crime Editor
Instruments of war Three violins made from a tree at the site of the former Edinburgh war hospital where Wilfred Owen,
Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves met 100 years ago were played together during a ceremony at Baberton Golf Club
Britain?s biggest police force will stop
investigating thousands of ?lower level?
crimes including burglaries and assaults as part of a cost-cutting drive.
Metropolitan Police officers have
been told to drop cases if there is a
scarcity of leads and they do not believe
it would be the best use of resources.
The force?s new crime assessment
policy is intended to curtail investigations of thousands of ?lower-level,
higher-volume? offences from shoplifting and burglary to minor assaults.
Deputy assistant commissioner
Mark Simmons said the Met had to
work with fewer officers and less
money, with a further �0 million in
cuts to be made before 2020.
He said: ?Clearly this is not about
letting criminals get away with crime,
or not investigating the cases we are
solving at the moment; if we thought it
was, we simply would not do this.
?With the pressure on our resources
it is not practical for our officers to
spend a considerable amount of time
looking into something where, for
example, the value of damage or the
item stolen is under �, or the victim is
not willing to support a prosecution.
?We need our officers to be focused
on serious crime and cases where there
is a realistic chance that we will be able
to solve it.?
The move is about lowering the
expectations of the public that minor
crime will be pursued with the same
vigour that it once was. The Met said
that crime reports would be pursued if
there were active leads such as a
suspect, CCTV or forensic evidence.
It said it was grappling with a 5.7 per
cent rise in recorded crime, increased
knife and gun crime and a 10 per cent
rise in 999 calls.
Mr Simmons said that serious
offences would continue to be investigated as before.
Amber Rudd, the home secretary,
said yesterday there was ? no change to
their operating model? and the Met
would continue to assess crimes to ensure they tackled the most important.
6 Police have regularly failed to
prosecute those who run cannabis
farms, it emerged last night. Devon and
Cornwall Constabulary uncovered 194
cannabis farms in four years but only
brought charges against 79 people,
while the rest were cautioned or given
warnings, official crime figures showed.
Between 2011 and 2014 the number of
people appearing in court for growing
cannabis fell by 87 per cent.
Jail threat to protect 999 crews
Richard Ford Home Correspondent
Assaults on emergency service workers
will lead to more severe punishment
under new legislation being backed by
the government.
The Ministry of Justice and the
Home Office have said that they will
support a private members? bill to
increase maximum sentences for
attacks that is being introduced in the
Commons on Friday.
It is expected that the Assaults on
Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill
will double the maximum sentence for
common assault from six months to a
year if it is committed against an emer-
gency worker on duty. The bill is being
introduced by the Labour MP Chris
Bryant, who said that assaults on police
and paramedics were a ?national disgrace?. His bill will cover attacks on
police, prison officers, custody officers,
fire service personnel, search and rescue services and some healthcare staff.
Under the bill judges will also consider the fact that a victim is an emergency
worker as an aggravating factor in
offences including common assault.
Sir Mike Penning, the former policing minister, urged the Ministry of Justice and Crown Prosecution Service to
?play their part? to ensure that tougher
sentences follow the change in law.
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Tributes to ?daft, Byronic? comedian Sean Hughes, 51
Neil Johnston
Sean Hughes, the award-winning Irish
stand-up comedian, has died at the age
of 51, his former agent has said.
Richard Bucknall said the comic died
in hospital yesterday and would be
remembered for his superb wit.
Hughes, best known as a captain on
the television panel show Never Mind
the Buzzcocks on BBC Two, last tweeted
on October 8, revealing that he was in
hospital. He was a writer and actor as
well as a comedian and the youngest
winner of the prestigious Perrier
Comedy Award aged 24. Fellow comedians yesterday said that he had helped
to redefine stand-up.
?He was being daft, meta, ironic and
Byronic all at once. He made stand-up
look fun, glamorous and above all a
creative place where you could play,?
said Al Murray.
Jason Manford described Hughes as
?a brilliant comic and a lovely bloke?.
Omid Djalili wrote: ?Deeply sad-
dened to hear Sean Hughes died this
morning aged 51. Very talented comic, loved & respected. Will miss u
dearly my friend.? Aisling Bea
added that he was ?a wonderfully
silly, anarchic and hilarious comic?. Richard Herring called his
death ?a punch in the soul?.
Hughes was the first
comic Sarah Millican saw
Hughes won the Perrier
Comedy Award aged 24
live, she said, while Dara O Briain paid
tribute: ?Ah, that is very sad news.
That?s no age. One of the Irish
comedy trailblazers in the UK.?
Born in London in 1965,
Hughes spent most of his youth
with his Irish parents in Dublin.
He rose to fame in 1990 when
he won the Perrier award
and spent six years on
Never Mind the Buzzcocks
with Phill Jupitus and
Mark Lamarr. He had a
A series of blunders that ended in the
sinking of a Royal Navy warship, with
the loss of 20 sailors, during the Falklands conflict more than three decades
ago has finally been revealed.
A board of inquiry into the loss of
HMS Sheffield, a Type 42 destroyer, to
an Exocet missile strike, found that the
anti-air warfare officer had left the operations room for a coffee, while
his assistant was having a toilet break when the Argentine navy attacked.
The board also found
that the radar on board
the ship, which could have
detected the Super 蓆endard warplane, had been
blanked out by a transmission
being made to another vessel,
according to an uncensored
copy of the report that has been
seen by The Guardian.
A hard copy of the document is understood to be
available at the National
Archives.
When the approaching warplanes were
spotted by another
ship, HMS Glasgow,
the principal warfare officer in the
Sheffield?s operations room fail-
ed to react, ?partly through inexperience, but more importantly from inadequacy?, The Guardian quoted the
findings as saying.
With danger approaching, the antiair warfare officer was called back
to the ops room. However, it was
claimed that he did not believe the
Sheffield was within range of the Super
蓆endard jets.
When the missiles came into view,
officers on the bridge were ?mesmerised? by the sight and did not
broadcast a warning to the
ship?s company, according to
the findings.
Some of the ship?s company appeared to have underestimated the reach of the
Exocet missiles because they
were unaware the fighters
carrying them could refuel in
mid-air.
In another finding the board said
it was ?unfortunate? that the
captain of the
Sheffield, a submariner called
Sam Salt ? who
went on to become a vice-admiral ? and his
second-incommand, a helicopter officer,
Obituary, page 53
PA
Laid bare, the
litany of errors
that doomed
HMS Sheffield
Deborah Haynes Defence Editor
cameo role in Alan Parker?s film The
Commitments in 1991 and also wrote
and starred in Sean?s Show on Channel
Four. In 2007 he returned to Edinburgh
with his show The Right Side Of Wrong.
He appeared in TV programmes including Coronation Street, Casualty and
The Last Detective and wrote two bestselling novels, The Detainees and It?s
What He Would Have Wanted.
He was believed to have suffered
from cirrhosis, a scarring of the liver.
Smoke pours from HMS Sheffield after the attack, top; an injured crewman is
taken on board HMS Hermes, above; and the Sheffield?s captain, Sam Salt, left
had ?little or no relevant recent surface
ship experience?.
The captain was never called. The
ship failed to go to ?action stations? and
it did not fire any chaff as a decoy to try
to deflect the missiles. Sheffield was hit
on May 4, 1982, during the opening
days of the conflict, in the first loss of a
British warship since the Second World
War. Twenty sailors were killed and a
further 26 injured.
An inquiry conducted in the after-
math of the attack found that two
officers were guilty of negligence,
but they were spared courts martial and
did not face disciplinary action,
possibly to avoid denting the sense of
euphoria gripping Britain after the
victory over Argentina, according to
The Guardian.
A quarter of a century later, in 2006,
the Ministry of Defence published a
censored summary of the findings but
redacted the key conclusions, which
have only now been released.
The Guardian said that the full report,
marked ?Secret ? UK Eyes Bravo?,
also found that some of the crew had
been bored because of a lack of action
and that the destroyer was ?not fully
prepared? for an attack.
As the missiles approached, the ship
did not turn to reduce its profile. Instead, one of the Exocets smashed into
the Sheffield?s starboard side, starting a
fire that raged for two days. The report
was critical of the firefighting efforts on
board, calling them uncoordinated.
The ship eventually sank, while being
towed, six days after being hit.
Ofcom alerts our man in Moscow to rebukes of Putin network
Matthew Moore Media Correspondent
Britain?s ambassador to Moscow is
tipped off before Ofcom rebukes
Russia?s state broadcaster, according to
documents that reveal UK diplomats?
sensitivity to efforts to rein in the
Kremlin-controlled network.
Correspondence between officials at
the media regulator and the Foreign
and Commonwealth Office exposes
the British government?s concerns that
public criticisms of RT ? formerly
Russia Today ? could provoke a response from Vladimir Putin?s regime.
RT has been repeatedly sanctioned
by Ofcom for breaching impartiality
rules in its news coverage, but retains a
licence to broadcast in Britain.
The emails, obtained through a Freedom of Information request, show that
Ofcom regularly gives UK government
officials a warning when it is due to publish a ruling against RT.
?We understand from previous discussions with officials at the FCO that
there is likely to be significant interest
in Russia about any regulatory action
taken by Ofcom against RT,? an Ofcom
official wrote to the Foreign Office in
September 2015. ?Given this, as well as
alerting officials at the Department for
Culture, Media and Sport to the timing
of this morning?s publication, we have
also alerted the ambassador in Russia.?
Another email, sent by an FCO official in July 2014, discloses Russian
government lobbying to protect its television channel from Ofcom investigation. It states that an unnamed
British government representative
?met the Russian ambassador on Friday where he raised further concerns
regarding complaints about Russia
Today?s coverage of Ukraine?.
The FCO asked Ofcom for advice on
how to respond to the Russian embassy?s protests, ?preferably something
about the objectivity/neutrality of the
process and how it works in practice?.
In 2015 Ofcom ruled that RT had
breached broadcasting rules on accuracy and impartiality in its coverage of
wars in Ukraine and Syria. The previous year Ofcom threatened RT with
sanctions after finding four of its reports on Ukraine in breach of impartiality rules. Possible penalties include
fines and the revocation of RT?s licence,
but these have never been imposed.
It is not uncommon for Ofcom to
alert broadcasters and interested parties in advance of its rulings. However,
the correspondence with the FCO will
feed suspicions that Whitehall is concerned that censure of RT would
prompt recriminations from Moscow.
Maria Zakharova, a Russia foreign
ministry spokeswoman, has hinted that
the BBC would face reprisals if RT?s
operations in Britain were impeded.
Ofcom declined to comment.
US intelligence officials have described the network as the Kremlin?s
?principal international propaganda
outlet?. A Foreign Office spokesman
said: ?State-funded or controlled media
outlets in Russia are used to spread
disinformation in ways judged to serve
Russian government objectives.?
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Cambridge graduate?s double
life as online sexual predator
Fiona Hamilton Crime Editor
A Cambridge University graduate yesterday pleaded guilty to more than 100
sexual offences, including blackmailing
young victims into sending him
indecent images over the internet and
encouraging the rape of a child.
Matthew Falder, 28, a geophysicist, is
believed to be one of the UK?s most
prolific sex offenders. He used the
online names ?666devil? and ?evilmind? during a seven-year campaign of
abuse in which he targeted children
and adults. Birmingham crown court
was told that he had degraded and humiliated more than 50 victims online
and encouraged a teenager to rape a
four-year-old child.
Falder, who led a double life and was
known as a partygoer at Cambridge,
pleaded guilty to 137 charges, including
causing the sexual exploitation of a
Matthew Falder
humiliated more
than 50 victims
child, voyeurism and making and distributing indecent images of children.
He posed as a female artist and used
numerous false identities on internet
sites such as Gumtree, the online
marketing site, before persuading
victims to send him naked or partially
clothed pictures. He blackmailed them
into sending increasingly degrading
images by saying he would otherwise
expose them. Some of his victims were
in their thirties.
Falder, who worked as a postdoctoral
researcher at Birmingham University,
was the subject of the first ?hurtcore?
prosecution by the National Crime
Agency (NCA). It involved the use of
dark web forums dedicated to the discussion and sharing of images or video
of rape, murder, sadism, torture and
paedophilia. He was caught after detectives from the NCA brought in specialists from GCHQ, the government?s
listening agency. Matt Sutton, the
NCA?s senior investigating officer, said
that he had never come across such
horrifying offending in 30 years.
Falder is expected to be sentenced in
December. His family said that they
were devastated by his offending.
Gumtree said it did not tolerate the
exploitation of its users, had supported
the investigation and was committed to
making the site as safe as possible. A
University of Cambridge spokesman
confirmed that Falder was a student
between 2007 and 2016 and the offences were not connected with it.
Prison guard ?had affair with murderer?
Richard Ford Home Correspondent
A prison officer at a women?s jail is
being investigated over allegations that
he had relationships with inmates.
Stewart King, 47, has been suspended
from duty after allegedly being found in
the cell of Kerry Vincent, 36, who is
serving life for murder. Inquiries are
said to have uncovered improper relationships with two women and his
laptop and phone are being examined
for evidence of any more affairs with
prisoners at Send prison in Surrey,
which holds just under 300 inmates in
individual cells. Mr King has worked at
the jail for about five years.
The prison officer, from Berkshire,
could be jailed if found guilty of misconduct in public office. Both he and
the police refused to comment.
Vincent and her husband, Steven
Lochead, 46, were sentenced to life
with a minimum of nine years and
eleven years respectively in 2002 after
killing Valerie Tallett, 38, at a hostel in
Winchester the previous year.
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Facebook reveals true
identities of porn stars
Mark Bridge Technology Correspondent
installation at Bournemouth?s Arts by the Sea Festival, which runs until Saturday
Facebook has been criticised for ?outing? sex workers after its People You
May Know function revealed the real
identities of prostitutes and porn stars
to customers.
It is the latest controversy around the
feature, which has previously recommended that users ?friend? estranged
relatives and revealed the identities of
psychiatric patients.
A sex worker from California who
goes to great lengths to maintain separate identities for work and the rest of
her life told Gizmodo, the technology
website, that she was shocked after her
clients? names appeared in a list of
friend recommendations in her realname Facebook account.
This meant that Facebook had somehow worked out that she had a connection to them, even though she carefully
kept her sex-work identity off the site.
It also meant that her real-life profile
was likely to have been revealed to
clients, putting her at risk of stalking or
blackmail. She said: ?The worst nightmare of sex workers is to have your real
name out there and Facebook connecting people like this is the harbinger of
that nightmare,? she said. ?With all the
precautions we take and the different
phone numbers we use, why the f*** are
they showing up??
She suspects that Facebook collected
contacts from other apps on her phone
Behind the story
F
acebook says that the most
common reason for People
You May Know suggestions
is having friends in common
(Mark Bridge writes). Other
reasons include being in the
same Facebook group as
someone or being tagged in the
same photo.
It won?t provide details of the
other ?signals? used but Gizmodo
reports that an employee once
claimed that it uses more than
100 pieces of information on
individual users. The company
says that some of the more
puzzling recommendations may
arise when people have their
friends lists set to private.
?This means that some
suggestions who are friends of
friends may not show the friends
you have in common,? its terms
explain.
or used location-sharing data, noticing
that her and her clients? smartphones
were in the same place at the same time.
A pornography worker said that she
had scrapped her real-name Facebook
account after it was recommended to
clients who visited her work profile on
the site. As a result, some of them
harassed her and attempted to track
down her family.
Mike Stabile, a spokesman for the
Free Speech Coalition, a Californiabased advocacy group for adult performers, said: ?In this industry, privacy
is so important. Performers worry
about stalkers on a daily basis.?
Facebook does not disclose details of
how the People You May Know algorithm works, but says it is based on
mutual friends, shared networks or
groups, or ?contacts you?ve uploaded?.
Privacy campaigners describe the
feature, which gives an insight into the
extent of the company?s knowledge of
its two billion users? lives, as ?creepy?.
People have reported seeing old
acquaintances in the street and, shortly
afterwards, finding them recommended as friends.
Others have complained that abusive relatives from whom they are estranged have featured, and in one instance a psychiatrist said that her
clients were recommended to each
other, outing their mental health issues.
Facebook denies that location
services are used to inform the function. ?We take privacy seriously and of
course want to make sure people have a
safe and positive experience on Facebook,? it said. ?For people who choose
to maintain a separate identity, we?ve
put safeguards in place to help them understand their privacy choices. We fell
short here and we will do better.?
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�5bn aid top-up to create jobs in developing world
Philip Aldrick Economics Editor
The government will pump as much as
�5 billion into the investment arm of
the aid department over the next five
years in a new commitment to its economic development strategy.
CDC will receive funding of up to
�0 million a year to invest in businesses in the developing world and help to
create hundreds of thousands of jobs.
The money will come out of the
Department for International Development?s (Dfid) � billion annual budget.
Dfid is pushing hard to build up a
strong private sector in emerging
markets in an effort to drive sustainable
growth, lift countries out of poverty
and ?end aid dependency?.
Economic development is an important part of the department?s strategy,
alongside humanitarian relief, and it
has been taken up across the globe, including by the World Bank. The strategy has come under fire, however, as aid
recipients may not fit traditional definitions. The Times revealed last year that
CDC has funnelled hundreds of millions of pounds into Pakistan?s version
of Amazon, Chinese restaurant chains,
online gambling websites, five-star
hotels and luxury shopping malls.
The bulk of the investments came
before 2012, since when it has invested
solely in Africa and south Asia. At its
annual meeting last week, the World
Bank faced similar accusations for supporting expensive private education in
Liberia. Jim Yong Kim, the World Bank
president, said: ?We are approaching
this not from an ideological perspective. We?re approaching this from the
perspective of how do you improve
health outcomes and educational outcomes as quickly as possible.?
Dfid?s new commitment could result
in big pay days for fund managers at
Actis, a controversial emerging
markets investor spun out of CDC in
2004 that has been accused of using
taxpayer money to line executives?
pockets. Actis already manages about
�0 million of CDC?s portfolio, earning 2 per cent in management fees and
taking 10 per cent of profits, but has only been used by CDC for one of 100 investments in the past four years.
CDC, the former Commonwealth
Development Corporation, acts as a
hybrid between a private equity firm
and a development bank. It identifies
promising businesses in which to invest
that are supposed to be too risky for the
private sector. Its principal investment
target is job creation.
Over the past three years companies
backed by CDC in Africa and south
Asia have created more than three mil-
lion jobs and paid $9 billion of tax, Dfid
said. Speaking at the World Bank in
Washington over the weekend, Priti
Patel, the development secretary,
called for ?a new economic revolution
in development ? to accelerate private
sector investment into frontier
markets, in a way that generates new
jobs, skills and prosperity and in a way
that if we choose to, can help to make
poverty history?.
Ms Patel has attempted to quell criticisms that money is wasted on vanity
projects such as Ethiopia?s ?Spice Girls?
by conducting a full review and cancelling �2 billion of schemes since taking
up the role last year.
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Get off my land: farmer ploughs into hunt protesters
A farmer has been filmed ramming
into a hunt saboteur on his quad bike
and shouting ?get off my land?. The
row broke out when members of the
West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs filmed
the Atherstone Hunt.
The footage shows the farmer,
dressed in green overalls, jumping off
the bike before pushing one of the
saboteurs into a ditch and confronting
another two protesters. As the men
walk backwards along the track, the
farmer drives towards them, shouting:
?You are on private property, I can do
what I want.? The farmer?s quad bike
knocks one man off his feet. The
driver is then heard saying: ?That?s
one more, does anybody else want
some??
The video was recorded during a fox
hunt near the village of Ratcliffe Culey
in Leicestershire. A spokesman for the
West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs said:
?The saboteurs were just standing
peacefully filming the hunt when they
were violently attacked out of the
blue.? Leicestershire police has been
informed about the incident.
Boxing match brawls may
lead to ban on alcohol
A ban on alcohol for crowds at boxing
matches could be introduced after
outbreaks of violence that included a
teenager being stabbed to death.
Fighting broke out among 50
spectators at the SSE Arena in
Wembley and there was a riot at
Walsall town hall on Saturday, where
Reagan Asbury, 19, died. Crowd
trouble has become more common at
boxing matches over the past two
years, with a brawl at the Copper Box
in the Olympic Park in July and other
smaller disturbances. Drinking was
confined to bars, but rules were eased
amid concerns about overcrowding.
Robert Smith, of the British Boxing
Board of Control, said the latest
incidents were not necessarily related
to boxing.
Bad break Hillary Clinton, 69, recorded
The Graham Norton Show with a
broken toe after falling down stairs
Boy, 11, found hanged was
not bullied, inquest told
Rescue helicopter used to
save dog swept out to sea
Police who investigated the death of
an 11-year-old boy who was found
hanged have found no evidence that
he was being bullied despite his
parents? concerns, an inquest was
told. Asad Khan was found by his
mother, Farheen, in his room in
Bradford on September 28 last year.
Detective Sergeant Matthew
Holdsworth, of West Yorkshire police,
told the coroner that several children
had given conflicting stories of Asad
being bullied that had been disproved
by other inquiries. The inquest, at
Bradford coroner?s court, continues.
A dog was rescued within minutes of
being swept out to sea because
it was spotted by a coastguard
helicopter crew on a training exercise.
The Maritime and Coastguard
Agency was alerted to the incident in
the Moray Firth at Cummingston,
northeast Scotland, on Sunday and
the crew of a search and rescue
helicopter based at Inverness, who
were training nearby, quickly found
the cockapoo and guided a rescue
boat to it. The dog was returned to its
owners. A coastguard spokesman said
the rescue took ?a few minutes?.
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Survivors fear
council cover-up
to avoid Grenfell
prosecutions
Dominic Kennedy Investigations Editor
Grenfell Tower survivors are fighting to
prevent a cover-up as the local authority tries to seize control of the building?s
landlord.
Chris Williamson, the shadow home
office minister, said that he feared an
abuse of process because both the
borough council and the management
organisation that it wants to take over
have been named as suspects in the
criminal investigation for corporate
manslaughter over the disaster.
Lawyers for residents and the
bereaved have demanded that the takeover be scrapped in case it undermines
the search for the truth. Grenfell Tower,
Workers began putting up tarpaulins
yesterday to cover the tower?s shell
where about 80 people are believed to
have been killed in June, was run by the
Kensington and Chelsea Tenant
Management Organisation (TMO).
Residents have accused the landlord of
ignoring their warnings of the risk of a
catastrophic fire.
The Conservative-controlled Royal
Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
has announced that it will sack the
landlord from managing any of its
buildings.
All residents of the council?s
properties are presently entitled to be
members of the TMO.
A meeting tonight will consider replacing resident members with the
council as the sole member when the
management agreement formally
ends. Lawyers fear that the local
authority will then shut down the
TMO, saving it from unlawful killing
charges and compensation claims, and
frustrating the public inquiry.
Scotland Yard has said that there are
reasonable grounds to suspect both organisations of corporate manslaughter.
Mr Williamson told The Times: ?That
does leave a huge question mark. It
looks to me to be a complete abuse of
process frankly. The council should
tread carefully. It would be utterly
unacceptable if this is a manoeuvre to
avoid a criminal prosecution.?
The TMO was the largest organisation of its kind in England, running
10,000 properties. Robert Black, its
chief executive, resigned a fortnight
after the fire to concentrate on assisting
with the investigation and inquiry.
A letter from two solicitors? firms,
Bhatt Murphy and Bindmans, representing victims, has demanded that the
takeover decision be postponed so that
residents have time to object.
The lawyers fear that, even if the
management organisation survives,
the council ?would have sole control
over the manner in which the TMO
interacts with the inquiry, criminal and
civil justice processes including in relation to requests for disclosure?. They
warned that the takeover could ?prevent or undermine the search for the
truth?. Robert Atkinson, the council?s
Labour opposition leader, said: ?We
need to keep some skeletal form of the
TMO alive so that it is able to answer
the questions of the inquiry.?
Kim Taylor-Smith, the council?s
deputy leader, said that if the changes
were agreed tonight the TMO ?will not
be disbanded and will . . . support the
work of the public inquiry?.
6 A block of apartments is being kept
under 24-hour watch by firefighters
after investigations into the Grenfell
disaster discovered that it was covered
in unsafe cladding and had fire safety
faults running throughout the building.
Slough council is paying about �000 a
day for the fire engine and crew to stay
outside Nova House, a six-storey
converted office block.
dkennedy@thetimes.co.uk
Freischwimmer 193, left, by
Wolfgang Tillmans, fetched
�0,000; Dopamine and
the Love Lives of the Great
Artist, above, by Keith
Tyson, and Ultramarine Blue
by Annie Morris, below,
Art auction
raises �9m
for survivors
of tower fire
N
early
�million was
raised for
victims of the
Grenfell
Tower fire last night in a
sale of work by some of
the biggest names in
modern art with one
picture fetching �0,000
(Neil Johnston writes).
Work by British artists
including Tracey Emin,
Jake and Dinos
Chapman, Anish Kapoor
and Antony Gormley,
fetched thousands each at
Sotheby?s in London.
However, it was a green
chromogenic print,
Freischwimmer 193, by
Wolfgang Tillmans, a
German photographer,
that created a bidding
war. The print sold for
�0,000, �0,000 more
than the best estimate of
�0,000.
Also selling for six
figures was Small Charge
by Gormley, which made
�0,000, and a neon
sign with the words
Loving You More, by
Emin, which was
bought for �0,000.
Red Lens for
Grenfell, a thick
acrylic disk by
Kapoor, sold for
�0,000 and Bad
School Boy, a
life-size
mannequin by
Yinka Shonibare
made �0,000.
The organisers
had expected to
raise �0,000 to
�million, but
brought in �6 million.
Sotheby?s donated
most of its buyer?s
premium to take
the total to �9 million.
The sale of the 31 lots will
help to support the 158
families that survived the
fire in June in which 80
people died. The money
will be split equally
among survivors by the
Rugby Portobello Trust, a
charity that has been
working with residents,
and funds will be
distributed by
Christmas.
Art for Grenfell
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was
Hamish
M
McAlpine,
a film
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producer,
and Katie
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consultant. ?The
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edifice
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tthey said. ?No one
should have had to
suffer the trauma that
these people have
endured. It is only
right that we do all
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we can to help in
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Sotheby?s UK
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of us. We are very glad
to be able to do
ssomething to help
to the victims.?
White men are diverse too, says Apple boss Why online dating leads
to more mixed marriages
Matthew Moore Media Correspondent
A senior Apple executive has apologised for claiming that ?12 white, blueeyed, blond men? can be as diverse as
teams that include black people and
women.
Denise Young Smith, the company?s
first vice-president of diversity, suggested that inclusion drives should not
focus only on minorities. ?Diversity is
the human experience. I get a little bit
frustrated when diversity or the term
diversity is tagged to the people of
colour, or the women, or the LGBT,? she
said during a panel discussion.
?There can be 12 white, blue-eyed,
blond men in a room and they?re going
to be diverse too because they?re going
to bring a different life experience and
life perspective to the conversation.?
Her efforts to improve diversity at
Denise Young
Smith apologised
for her comment
Apple would ?focus on everyone?, not
only visible minority groups, she added
at the One Young World Summit in
Bogota, Colombia.
Ms Young Smith, who was appointed
to the newly created role in April, has
been described as the most powerful
black woman in Silicon Valley. However, her suggestion that diversity of
thinking should be as much a priority as
racial or gender diversity caused
consternation at Apple.
She apologised in an email to colleagues that was leaked over the week-
end. ?I regret the choice of words I used
to make this point. I understand why
some people took offence. My comments were not representative of how I
think about diversity or how Apple sees
it. For that, I?m sorry,? she wrote. ?I want
to assure you Apple?s view and our dedication to diversity has not changed.?
Silicon Valley has a well-acknowledged diversity problem, with a report
this month revealing that black and
Latino representation has declined in
the tech industry.
Apple?s own figures, published last
year, show that its workforce is 56 per
cent white, 19 per cent Asian, 12 per cent
Hispanic and 9 per cent black. Its global
workforce is 68 per cent male and
32 per cent female, with the gender
disparity even more marked in technical roles, where women hold only 23
per cent of jobs.
Greg Hurst Social Affairs Editor
The rise of online dating is likely to have
far-reaching social implications, with
many more people having spouses
from different backgrounds and races,
academics have predicted.
About 2.3 million people are in interracial relationships in Britain, representing 8 per cent of married couples
and 12 per cent of those cohabiting, the
2011 census found. That figure is likely
to increase as dating sites such as Tinder allow people to break out of social
networks built around work, education
or where they live, a report says.
Research by Josue Ortega, a lecturer
in economics at the University of Essex,
and Philipp Hergovich, a PhD student
at the University of Vienna, found that
the proportion of interracial marriages
in the US had risen from 9 to 17 per cent
after the emergence of internet dating
in the past two decades.
?Although we lack UK data to compare it against our model predictions,
I?d expect a similar increase,? Dr
Ortega said. Their research model also
suggested that couples who meet online will have stronger marriages since
they tend to have more in common.
The research paper has not yet been
published but was featured in
MIT Technology Review.
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MARC BRENNER
Wit, swish costumes
and something to say
Theatre Dominic Maxwell
A Woman of No Importance
Vaudeville Theatre, WC2
HHHHI
Does a year of Oscar Wilde plays in
the West End really have anything to
say to us today? Or is it just a nice
enough excuse for some swish
costumes and world-class one-liners?
If this first instalment in Dominic
Dromgoole?s season for his new
theatre company Classic Spring is
anything to go by, it?s both. First seen
in 1893, A Woman of No Importance is
not produced as often as Wilde
favourites The Importance of Being
Earnest or An Ideal Husband. A cast of
16 must be a turn-off for producers,
while the stately set-up that delays
the arrival of the heroine until
towards the end of the first half is a
bit of a turn-off for audiences.
Yet if you can make it through that
warm-up ? and thankfully we have
performers as excellent as Eleanor
Bron and Emma Fielding dishing out
the bon mots while we wait ? this
then starts to challenge the double
standards of the day with the same
sort of edge that Ibsen was coming up
with at the same time. Just with better
jokes.
It is the story of a man of power,
influence and, uh-oh, sexual
entitlement. Twenty years earlier he
?ruined? a woman and carried on
regardless in society; she took their
child and went off to live a life
shrouded in shame. So, yes, this
depiction of double standards would
click at any time, let alone in the
heart of the Harvey Weinstein furore.
And it boasts a stunning lead
performance from Eve Best, aceing
the diction and decorum even as she
flings her heart into the role of
Rachel, the mother reunited with the
proudly amoral Lord Illingworth (a
cannily cold Dominic Rowan).
Rachel has to choose which way to
damage her son: let him go travelling
with his bounder of a father, or finally
tell him the truth about the lie they
have been living. And without ever
force-feeding us on Rachel?s
emotions, Best makes them resonate
through the auditorium. We laugh, we
cry.
Anne Reid not only triumphs with
her effortless wit, wisdom and
waspishness as Lady Hunstanton, but
also with some vintage cabaret
routines in front of the curtain
between acts. And, in the third act,
the best drunk acting you will ever
see.
In the cameo role of Archdeacon
Daubeny, William Gaunt is typical of
the production?s virtues: at first outand-out comical, his outsized
bonhomie turns out to be masking
Watford Gap
divide ?dates
to the Vikings?
Jack Malvern
Crystal Clarke is horribly stiff as the puritan Hester in an otherwise excellent cast
and managing outsized sadness.
Harry Lister Smith captures the
callow moralism of Rachel?s manchild
son Gerald, but Crystal Clarke is
horribly stiff as Hester, the puritan
heiress whom he loves and his father
fancies.
Jonathan Fensom?s colourful
country-house set keeps us firmly in
period, yet Dromgoole and company
suggest Wilde as a man both of his
time and timeless. The next show will
have Kathy Burke directing Jennifer
Saunders in Lady Windermere?s Fan.
The bar has been set high.
Box office: 0330 333 4814, to Dec 30
Jokes about the Watford Gap being the
dividing line between north and south
may be based on history that stretches
back to the Vikings.
A historian has identified Watling
Street, the precursor of the A5 that runs
through the Watford Gap in Northamptonshire, as a cultural boundary for
Viking settlers.
Max Adams, author of The King in the
North, found that Viking place names
were significantly less common to the
southwest of the road. ?There might be
one or two, but I don?t think there are
any, and there are certainly hundreds
northeast,? he told The Guardian.
?Clearly the Scandinavian settlers
stopped at Watling Street.?
One explanation for the dividing line
is that rivers to the northeast flow into
the Irish Sea or the North Sea but rivers
to the south and west flow into the Severn or Thames. ?This is England?s natural fault line: the watershed that divided
and divides north from south, and I
have no doubt that Scandinavian armies and settlers knew its imperatives.
?These days, we?re unaware of which
way rivers face. We just put bridges over
them. But, for most of history, such
things have mattered. Your natural
trading routes are along rivers .?
The first jokes about the Gap did not
arise until 1959, when it became the
northernmost point of the M1.
Robert Crampton, Times 2
the times | Tuesday October 17 2017
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A weekend away with the
lads puts years on me
Nigel Farndale
Page 26
Comment
MPs deserve paid leave to look after babies
Our elected representatives should be supported by the state to spend time with their children in the early years
Rachel
Sylvester
@rsylvestertimes
E
ngland was described as the
?mother of parliaments? by
the 19th-century Liberal
politician John Bright, but
parliament has never been a
good place for mothers (or indeed
fathers) to work. The late night votes,
intrusive workload and unpredictable
future are not easy for parents to
juggle with sports days, school plays
and bedtime stories. Now, however,
MPs could be given ?baby leave? for
the first time as part of a drive to
make the House of Commons more
family-friendly. The parliamentary
authorities are close to approving a
plan that would enable politicians to
take six months off work on full pay
when a child is born. Traditionalists
will squeal that these new political
parents are abandoning their
constitutional duty but the truth is
that this is a long overdue change
that brings Westminster into the
modern world.
At the moment, MPs have no
maternity or paternity rights because
they are not technically employees
but elected representatives. Under
the plan drawn up by Harriet
Harman, the former Labour deputy
leader, and backed by John Bercow,
the Commons Speaker, politicians
would be able to nominate a
parliamentary colleague as proxy to
vote on their behalf in the Commons
while they are on parental leave. In a
parallel move, they would be allowed
to hire somebody to stand in for
them in their constituency during
their absence, funded by the
taxpayer. The change is expected to
be endorsed by the cross-party
Commons Reference Group on
Representation and Inclusion,
chaired by the Speaker, possibly as
early as this week. The Independent
Parliamentary Standards Authority,
which would be responsible for
funding the constituency cover, is
?very supportive in principle?, a
spokesman tells me. Its chairwoman,
Ruth Evans, was previously the
director of the Maternity Alliance
and has long campaigned for
improved parental rights. Andrea
Leadsom, the Commons leader (who
famously said that motherhood
made her a better politician because
it gave her a ?stake in society?) also
backs the introduction of baby leave
for MPs.
Ms Harman is the longest-serving
female MP and was recently hailed
as the ?Mother of the House? by
Theresa May. She says the time is
right to overhaul outdated Commons
rules so that they keep up with the
lifestyles of MPs. When she was first
This is a long overdue
change that makes
Westminster modern
elected in 1982 ? seven months
pregnant with her first child ? only
3 per cent of MPs were women but
now almost a third are female. With
more younger people being elected,
the expectations of fathers have also
been transformed. ?I?ve been there
for 35 years and I?ve had three babies
? I don?t think 18 months would
have been much to take off in that
time,? Ms Harman says. ?Parliament
needs to set a good example. We
cannot be making the rules for other
people and saying it?s important for
babies to spend time with their
mother and father but have no
provision for that to happen
ourselves.?
There is now a Commons nursery
and the ban on breast-feeding has
been partially lifted, but the rules on
parental leave have not been updated
since Beatrice Wright became the
first serving MP to give birth in 1943.
Although MPs can negotiate time off
with the whips on an informal basis,
many are reluctant to do so because
they don?t want to make themselves
beholden to party managers. They
also worry that they will leave
themselves open to accusations that
they are slacking. When Labour?s
Lucy Powell took time off after the
birth of one of her children she was
put on a list of the ?Top Ten Laziest
MPs? by a newspaper, based on her
voting record. There are female
politicians who have dictated
constituency letters between gasps of
gas and air in the labour ward
because they fear the wrath of the
voters. In practice, it?s easier for
ministers to take time off than it is
for backbench MPs because there is
a department that can allocate their
duties to other people. Yvette Cooper
was shocked in 2001 to discover that
she was the first minister to take
maternity leave, but civil servants
were supportive and made it work.
The introduction of baby leave for
MPs, which must be approved by a
Commons motion, would have a
dramatic effect on the culture at
Westminster. Under the proposals,
which are based on civil service
entitlements, all new mothers and
fathers would be eligible as would
parents adopting a child, meaning
that dozens of MPs could be absent
over the course of a five-year
parliament. Since 2010, 17 babies have
been born to 12 female MPs and it is
not known how many male MPs
have had children ? although Jacob
unique bond with the constituents
who elect them and that they can?t
delegate their duties to anybody else.
There is something in this, of course,
but politicians are not just
constitutional oddities; they are also
human beings who deserve time off
when a baby is born as much as
anybody else. In Denmark, MPs can
request up to 12 months paid leave;
in France, members of the national
In Denmark, MPs can
request up to a year?s
time off parliament
Jacob Rees-Mogg could spend more
time off with Sixtus under new plans
Rees-Mogg has single-handedly
boosted the tally by four. The North
East Somerset MP might not rush to
take time off when his next child
arrives ? he has never changed a
nappy because Nanny wouldn?t
approve ? but others would relish
the chance to spend more time with
their families after a birth.
The Labour MP James Firth had
to race to Westminster within hours
of his son?s birth to vote in the EU
(Withdrawal) Bill last month. Tom
Tugendhat, the Tory rising star, was
interrupted during a radio interview
by his baby daughter crying. Jo
Swinson, the Lib Dem deputy leader,
became the first MP whose baby
went through the division lobby ?
carried by her husband Duncan
Hames, then also an MP.
Opponents of parliamentary baby
leave will argue that MPs have a
assembly can delegate their voting
rights after giving birth; and in
Holland, MPs can be temporarily
replaced by a failed candidate from
the same party when they are on
parental leave. That might be going
too far for some politicians, who
would immediately fear a threat to
replace them, but the present muddle
in this country is not working for
MPs or their constituents. Far from
restoring trust in politics, it
continues to undermine it by making
it impossible for new parents to fulfil
their Commons responsibilities at
the same time as their family role.
With the youthful Corbynistas
dismissing fathers as ?centrist dads?
and the ageing Conservatives
bickering over Brexit, the work-life
balance has slipped down the
political agenda. Now is the time to
sort out parliament?s mess over
parenting.
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Tuesday October 17 2017 | the times
Comment
NHS sex questions show we?ve lost all sense
Making doctors ask about patients? sexual orientation does nothing to prevent discrimination
Melanie
Phillips
@melanielatest
I
magine the scene. You have a
sore throat and hacking cough.
You visit your GP. ?Please stick
out your tongue,? says the doctor,
?but before you do so I need to
ask whether you are straight, gay,
lesbian, bi or other.?
Ludicrous? Disturbing? Of course;
and soon, perhaps, a scenario being
played out in a surgery or health
centre near you.
From next year, the NHS is
requiring all patients aged 16 or older
to be asked about their sexual
orientation every time they see a
doctor or healthcare professional.
The guidance requires a record to
be kept of the patient?s answer ?
including any refusal to provide the
answer. As a next step, the health
service is now investigating plans to
ask all patients whether they are
transgender or ?non-binary?.
Doubtless we are all relieved to
hear that.
The NHS is held to be the last
great example of collective national
conscience. It is also falling to bits,
apparently through lack of funds.
GPs say they are unable to cope with
the twin pressures of patients and
paperwork.
Yet this besieged behemoth
nevertheless has time to busy itself
with assaulting patients? fundamental
right to privacy over the intensely
personal matter of sexual preference.
Small wonder many doctors and
nurses are saying they will refuse to
ask such questions.
For unless such information has
some bearing upon a patient?s
specific medical condition, not only
is it irrelevant but obtaining it also
poses a potential threat to the
doctor-patient relationship.
The ostensible reason for this
intrusiveness is clearly ridiculous.
NHS England says it is required
under the Equality Act to ensure
that no patient is discriminated
against. So what evidence is there
that the NHS is discriminating
against anyone on the grounds of
their sexual preference or identity?
None whatsoever.
The LGBT Foundation, which
appears to be the pressure group
behind this development, says
If it will have no impact
on the care people
receive, why ask them?
lesbian, gay and bisexual people are
seven times more likely to use drugs,
twice as likely to binge-drink and
more likely to smoke than the
general population. So what? That
doesn?t mean they are discriminated
against, merely that they are more
likely to risk their own health.
NHS England says not every
health authority will have to
implement this policy. ?People do
not have to answer the questions and
it will have no impact on the care
they receive,? it asserts. Well, if it
will have no impact on their care,
why ask them?
Moreover, at the same time that
the government is purporting to end
discrimination against certain people
on account of their sexual identity it
is discriminating on the same
grounds against others.
In the next census in 2021, the
Office for National Statistics is
proposing no longer to ask whether
the respondent is a man or a woman.
Forget their specific health needs:
men and women are being airbrushed
out of the official picture altogether.
The health of those who are
sexually confused is itself being
trampled by an ideological agenda
which rides roughshod over such
people?s real needs.
Gender reassignment is being
carried out even though many
patients remain severely distressed
and even suicidal after such
treatment. Schools are falling over
each other to encourage
cross-dressing, falsely and
dangerously cementing in children?s
minds as an existential issue an
immature desire to experiment
which otherwise tends to vanish
over time. Instead of viewing sexual
confusion as a psychological
disorder, that commonsense
approach has itself been effectively
medicalised as a ?phobia?.
The whole issue of sexual
orientation has morphed from any
pretence at ending discrimination
into an example of what the
historian Jacob Talmon dubbed in
1952 ?cultural totalitarianism?: an
oppressive attempt to engineer
society and human nature itself into
something completely different.
Canada shows us where all this is
leading. Through ?bill C-16?, the
Liberal government added ?gender
identity or expression? to the
grounds for discrimination under the
Canadian human rights act. It thus
legislated not just to prevent people
from speaking in particular ways
about sexual preferences but to force
them to speak in other ways.
This was spelt out by the Ontario
Human Rights Commission which
stated, in the context of
corresponding provisions in
Ontario?s human rights code, that
?refusing to refer to a trans person by
their chosen name and a personal
pronoun that matches their gender
identity . . . will likely be
discrimination when it takes place in
a social area covered by the code,
including employment, housing and
services like education?.
New York City has gone the same
way. Anyone who intentionally and
repeatedly refuses to use a person?s
preferred pronoun may be fined as
much as $250,000 (for multiple
violations). Since the city recognises
no fewer than 31 different genders ?
including genderqueer, non-binary
transgender, androgyne and person
of transgender experience ? it would
appear that, in the words of Professor
Jordan Peterson from Toronto, who
became a cause c閘鑒re for speaking
out against the Canadian law, it has
become a hate crime ?not to speak in
an impossible manner?.
The NHS is supposedly the
cynosure of British values. Small
wonder then, although no less
lamentable, that it is now lurching
from care of the sick into unhealthy
cultural coercion.
nice memorial, a form of immortality
in fact, and you get to see how old
the friend would have been if they
had lived on. There?s also something
pleasingly subversive about it. Ha,
that giant, cold, cybermind thinks it
knows everything about us, down to
our carefully monitored and
algorithmised preferences in music,
film, pets, clothes and politics. But it
doesn?t know when we die.
but I wonder if it has more to do
with the power of suggestion. Did
the headline exert some sort of
psychological pressure upon the
poor chap? With the help of a few
J鋑erbombs, was it transformed by
the primal beat of the ur-brain into
?I?d like to punch someone??
It reminds me of an equally weird
episode nine years ago when I was
supposed to interview Ronnie Wood,
the Rolling Stones guitarist,
ostensibly to talk about how, after
years of hard drinking, drug taking
and womanising, he had finally got
himself clean, sober and serene. We
arranged to meet in Dublin. He was
going to drive in from his country
pile about an hour away. I was going
to catch a 1pm flight from Gatwick. I
boarded and waited for take-off. And
waited. Eventually it was announced
that all flights to Dublin that day
were cancelled. I rang his PA to
apologise and we agreed to try
again another day ? but the
interview never happened and I
later found out why. Finding himself
alone and at a loose end in Dublin
that afternoon, Ronnie fell off the
wagon spectacularly, hitting the bars,
downing two bottles of vodka, and
getting off with an 18-year-old
Russian cocktail waitress, an
infidelity that cost him his
23-year marriage.
Nigel Farndale Notebook
A weekend
away with
the lads puts
years on me
T
he Lake District is a
misnomer, albeit a beautiful
one. It should be the Lake
and Mountain District. I?m
still recovering from my
annual walking weekend there,
which always feels more like
climbing. I do it with five male
friends, all of us in our early to
mid-fifties, and this year as we
walked and talked and mocked one
another in the way men do, each
looking for a crack in the other?s
psyche that could be crowbarred
into an open wound, we imagined
ourselves to be in our twenties again,
at least until we saw the group
photograph taken at the end once we
had completed our descent of
Craggadale Scrag, or whatever the
damn thing was called. Who were
these grey-haired, balding imposters
with their spreading waists?
It occurred to us that just as our
children have now reached the age at
which they use fake IDs to get
served in pubs, perhaps there would
be a black market for fake IDs for
men in their mid-fifties who want to
pass themselves off as 60 to get a
Freedom Pass. At the very least it
might make you feel better about
yourself if a bus conductor were to
say: ?Sorry sir, you don?t look 60.?
Out to lunch
W
ho knew? A Chinese intern
at The Times asks if it is
acceptable to phone
someone in this country between
noon and 2pm? A little bemused
I say it is, but why? ?Because in
China that is when we have
lunch, followed by a sleep,
so it is considered rude
to call at that time.? Is
this one of the secrets
of their economic
success?
Afterlife
U
nless
someone
closes your
Facebook account
when you croak, it
carries on sending
birthday alerts to
your friends each
year. It sounds like it
ought to be creepy
receiving one of these,
but I quite like it. It?s a
Curse of Farndale
A
t his wedding on
Saturday the England
cricketer Ben Stokes
still had his hand in a
bandage after his
(alleged) fracas in
Bristol last month.
The latest edition of
Private Eye,
meanwhile,
reproduces the
headline from an
interview I did with
him for the Times
Magazine: ?I?d
never punch
someone.? It
appeared the day
before he
(allegedly)
punched someone,
a coincidence I find
a bit freaky.
The Eye calls this the
curse of the interview,
Ann Treneman is away
Hillary Clinton is
right to warn us
about Wikileaks
Oliver Kamm
T
he ideal of an organisation
committed to exposing
information that
governments wish to keep
secret has a romantic
appeal to journalists like me. The
reality of Wikileaks is, however,
more squalid. Even when it came to
public prominence in 2011, Wikileaks
released cables from the US State
Department that revealed the
identity of dissidents in dictatorial
regimes. The organisation?s
representative in Russia was exposed
as a Holocaust denier.
Speaking on Sunday at the
Cheltenham Literature Festival,
sponsored by The Times, Hillary
Clinton briskly described Wikileaks
as an arm of Russian intelligence.
That is true yet still generous. As
well as being a threat to western
security, Wikileaks is a cabal of
scoundrels, sexists and xenophobes.
As Democratic presidential
candidate in 2016, Mrs Clinton
knows better than most the
RT?s pundits include
neo-Nazis and 9/11
conspiracy theorists
unscrupulousness of Wikileaks.
Though its founder, Julian Assange,
has spent five years hiding in the
Ecuadorian embassy in London to
escape questioning over claims of
serious sexual assault, Wikileaks was
a central actor in the US election.
During the campaign, it published
hacked emails from the Democratic
National Committee. US intelligence
agencies have concluded that people
with direct links to the regime of
Vladimir Putin were involved.
In short, the electoral processes of
the world?s leading democracy were
subverted by a hostile power. In the
interests of extending its diplomatic
reach, the Kremlin intervened to aid
a man who Mrs Clinton aptly
describes as President Putin?s puppet.
For all its flaws and historic crimes,
the US is a force for democracy,
constitutionalism, science and
women?s rights. The internationalist
ideals championed by all postwar
administrations till the present one
need defending. Putin?s agents and
propaganda outlets include not only
Wikileaks but state broadcasters
named by Mrs Clinton: the Sputnik
?news? agency and the RT network,
whose pundits include neo-Nazis and
9/11 conspiracy theorists. You can
even find on RT?s website the output
of an English blogger called Sam
Gerrans, arguing that the Earth is
flat. As RT?s slogan puts it: ?Question
more.?
The quality of this output may be
risible but it is not a joke. Western
democracies are being targeted by
the Putin regime and its agents of
atavism, racism and irrationalism.
Mrs Clinton speaks the truth and she
merits applause for it.
the times | Tuesday October 17 2017
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Comment
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Politics and friendship are a toxic mixture
Current affairs have become so hostile that something seems wrong when bitterly opposed MPs turn out to be friends
Hugo
Rifkind
@hugorifkind
O
n Saturday, outside
Cheltenham town hall, a
schoolteacher dressed as
an upside-down potted
plant was haranguing
Jacob Rees-Mogg about abortion.
She bristled with righteous
indignation. You might think it hard
to bristle with righteous indignation
while dressed as a potted plant, but
what with the leaves she was sort of
bristling already.
Rees-Mogg seemed to find her
enchanting, particularly when her
pot hat fell off. She, though, was not
in the mood to be charmed. You see,
long ago, the member for North East
Somerset had said something that
could have been construed, maybe,
as likening people without his
educational background to mere
foliage. She wasn?t here to make
friends. She was here for the foliage.
For the previous hour, I had been
on stage with Rees-Mogg and
Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for
Birmingham Yardley, discussing how
and why two people with such
dramatically different politics could
possibly be friends. Of all people, I
probably shouldn?t need telling. I grew
up amid Conservatives, in a world of
constituency jumble sales and drinks
parties at the bowling club. I now live
in north London?s liberal heartland.
Some people do vote Conservative
even here, but it?s an embarrassing
private hobby they tend not to shout
about, like fox-hunting (worse) or
swinging (definitely better). So I am
not unfamiliar with the concept of
liking or even loving people with
politics different to my own. And
yet, on stage with them both, I was
bewildered.
Phillips and Rees-Mogg became
Rees-Mogg is a very
nice man. Charm, in a
politician, is powerful
friends after appearing together in a
series of ?aren?t they hilariously
different?? clips for Channel 4 News.
These days, their friendship seems to
be largely based on her incredulously
asking him questions like, ?When
did you last go to Greggs?? and
guffawing at the answer. (Two days
ago, remarkably, for a sandwich.) A
month ago, he caused a storm by
telling a breakfast TV programme
that he opposed all abortion, even
in cases of rape. Phillips made a
point of checking he was OK, even
while cheerfully declaring that the
thought of him being in power
would now make her want to burn
parliament down. On one level, I
approve of all this camaraderie
enormously. On another, though, it
makes no sense to me.
Say you?re Rees-Mogg. You oppose
abortion because of your faith, which
means you think people who facilitate
abortion are destined for a bad time
in the hereafter. Right? So, are you
really going to have no personal
misgivings ? ?dislike? seems a tame
word here ? about somebody who,
by your own interpretation, is an
outspoken advocate of something that
will send people to hell? Does that
make any sense at all?
Or, you?re Phillips. I asked her
why, seeing as she had discounted
the notion of Rees-Mogg being a bad
person, she felt they came to such
different conclusions about how
Britain should be run. Phillips
suggested that it was all about
exposure; that he simply hadn?t
experienced the realities of inner-city
Britain in the same way she had. Only
there he is, voting anyway. So does
that not make her cross? With him?
Does it not make her like him less?
The Labour MP Laura Pidcock
caused a fuss last month for declaring
that she had ?absolutely no intention
of being friends with? Tories in the
Commons. It caused a fuss mainly
among Tories and did, indeed, make
her sound rather closed-minded.
Only that doesn?t mean the
alternative is simple. This weekend,
The Observer ran a feature about lots
of MPs who take a different view.
Jess Phillips was in there, too, this
time because of her friendship with
another Tory MP, Anne Milton. With
If politics has a sickness
it is the conflation of
views with character
them and with others (Shami
Chakrabarti and Sayeeda Warsi, for
example) the idea was that politics
was one thing and friendship was
quite another.
Clearly, though, that?s not quite
true. Clearly there are limits. ?He?s
such a great laugh in the pub that
we somehow manage not to discuss
his plan for the global eugenic
slaughter of non-Aryans,? is a
sentiment that would jar, even in a
puff piece for The Observer.
In our chat, I asked Phillips
whether she?d also be prepared to
befriend Nigel Farage, given that his
politics and Jacob Rees-Mogg?s are
virtually identical. ?No,? she
explained, ?because he?s a knob.? It
got a laugh but it was a brilliant
answer. Not being a knob counts for
a lot. Rees-Mogg, in the flesh, is a
very nice man, and I say that having
fervently hoped beforehand that he
would turn out not to be. Charm, in
a politician, is powerful. If you can
make people like you, especially
when they don?t want to, you can get
away with thinking almost anything.
If modern politics has a sickness,
and I think it does, it is the conflation
of views with character. Like
anybody, I have friends and family
with whom I disagree politically, and
I always have. Sometimes we?ll argue,
fondly, sometimes those arguments
will grow less fond, sometimes we?ll
all make a point of not arguing
about certain topics at all. Is it just
my imagination that the number
of topics in this last category is
growing? Brexit, Scotland, Trump,
gender, antisemitism, immigration,
Islam; a swelling roster of
unmentionables.
Disagreement has become giving
offence, or taking it. Everything is
moral. Nothing can be shrugged off.
It wasn?t always like this, was it? I
know I wasn?t. I wish I had been less
bewildered by the friendship
between Jess Phillips and Jacob
Rees-Mogg. I wish it wasn?t even
interesting. There is a bristling plant
lady, all of a sudden, within us all.
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Fears over impending ?antibiotic apocalypse?
?Saboteur? Lawson
Sir, Nigel Lawson?s contribution to
?boom and bust? in the property
market (?Budget ?sabotage? ?, letter,
Oct 14) is not his only contribution to
financial devastation. His policy in
the late 1980s of forcing companies
with overfunded final salary pension
schemes to take pension holidays or
suffer severe taxation consequences
was a significant contributor to the
downfall of such schemes. He deemed
a surplus of any more than 5 per cent
to be unacceptably high and legislated
accordingly. A crystal ball was not
needed to see that a relatively small
downturn in asset values and/or a
reduction in interest rates would
result in significant underfunding. In
the event the reductions in both were
huge and the result catastrophic.
He should now leave what is good
for the people of the UK to others.
ian hale
Farnham Common, Bucks
British Macron?
Sir, Paul Goodman (Comment, Oct
14) speculates that George Osbourne
might return as a British Macron.
This does not seem very likely. What
we need is a leader who can unlock
our two big parties, by combining
pro-European Conservatives with
non-doctrinaire Labour members.
Such a grouping could be far more
powerful than a ?Macron? party and
might offer a party that many voters
would want to support. The last
general election left many of us
wondering where to cast our vote,
because neither the Conservative nor
the Labour candidates were
attractive prospects.
brian childes
Coombe Bissett, Wilts
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clarifications
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?This �bn industry has turned into
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?�0m alone in legal fees?. This was
incorrect. The true figure is believed
to be significantly lower.
6 We said that a motion to ban
hunting on National Trust land had
been proposed by the League Against
Cruel Sports (News, Oct 14). The
motion was brought by a group of
Trust members, and is supported by
the League.
6 We inadvertently added an extra
zero to the average amount lost by
players on fixed-odds betting
terminals (?Gambling machines with
�0 stake are only allowed in the
UK?, Oct 16). With about 1.5 million
people playing the machines losing
more than �7 billion last year
collectively, the average loss per
player is �133, not ?nearly �,000?
as stated.
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Sir, Further to your leading article
(?Bitter Pill?, Oct 13), Professor Dame
Sally Davies, England?s chief medical
officer, has propelled antibiotic
resistance up the agenda with her
comments on the ?antibiotic
apocalypse? (report, Oct 13), with
predictions estimating 10 million
deaths annually by 2050.
Lord O?Neill, the former
Conservative minister, stated last week
that the development of a diagnostic
to combat antimicrobial resistance is
the single most important of his ?ten
commandments? for the future of
antibiotics. This is exactly what Nesta?s
Longitude Prize looks to address. Now
in its third year, the � million prize
fund has attracted competitors from
more than 40 countries and rewards
the team that can develop a ?point of
care? test that will conserve antibiotics
for future generations. It is more
important than ever to ensure that
funds are committed to research into
diagnostics globally.
geoff mulgan
CEO, Nesta innovation foundation
Sir, Dr Alexander Barber is right to
state that ?antibiotics are a precious
resource that is squandered in
farming? (letter, Oct 16). Your leading
Child trafficking
Sir, Your reports about missing
Vietnamese children (Oct 13) raised
important questions about the way
traffickers can exploit the national
safeguarding system but your
accusations of failure by Rochdale
council were unfair. When we were
informed about the Vietnamese
nationals we quickly provided
placements as the law requires,
carried out appropriate assessments,
and allocated social workers and
support workers to foster carers. We
also did numerous things to try to
find all 12 missing people, including
holding strategy meetings in
accordance with agreed missing
person procedures, and working with
the police on a missing person appeal.
Councils do not have the powers or
resources to place people in secure
accommodation, and children (or
people assumed to be children until
their ages are determined) cannot be
locked up by local authorities.
Strengthening the system and making
on this day october 17, 1917
WOMEN?S
WORK FOR
THE ARMY
One of the most remarkable
factories in England is conducted by
the Royal Army Clothing
Department, and is run entirely by
women, with the exception of about
five skilled men over military age. It
is a salvage factory for old Army
boots. Here are sent discarded boots
from France and from the home
commands to be sorted and the best
made suitable for wear again.
The first sorting is done outside,
article omits to mention that the use
of antibiotics in livestock has been
linked to drug-resistant infections in
both animals and humans. This was
recognised by the United Nations
general assembly in September 2016,
and an inter-agency group established
by the UN will report next year on
the progress made in controlling
antibiotic resistance globally. Given
that the annual agricultural usage of
antibiotics globally is estimated at
63,000 tonnes and is predicted to rise
to 106,000 tonnes by 2030, the
chances of controlling the emergence
of resistant infections would appear
to be very limited.
The medical profession may be in
part to blame for the emergence of
this problem but the tonnage of
antibiotics used in agriculture now
and in the future would appear to be
a much more significant factor, which
needs to be urgently addressed.
dr william cremin (ret?d GP)
Bournemouth
Sir, The problem with antibiotic
resistance mentioned by Professor
Dame Sally Davies is just the tip of
the ?too much medicine? iceberg. We
also use too many painkillers, too
many antidepressants, and opt for
the changes that you call for would
require changes to national legislation,
which is of course beyond the scope of
councils. These are very much matters
for the Home Office, which has the
powers to make these changes, instead
of councils that are struggling to cope
with vastly reduced resources and
increasing demands on their services.
steve rumbelow
CEO, Rochdale council
Fisheries policy
Sir, Further to Matt Ridley?s article
(?Freed from Europe, our fisheries
can flourish?, Comment, Oct 16),
nearly all commercial fisheries in
California use quota, as is the case in
the UK under EU management.
What the Californians, like much of
the US, get right is properly funded
scientific research and management.
And unlike ministers from EU
countries (including the UK), they set
quota limits by law no higher than
official scientific advice. The UK
government has promised an increase
where the sacks as they come in are
emptied. This is not a savoury job.
The boots are usually thick with
mud; some have the soles dropping
off, and others are filled with rotten
straw or an old sock that the man
had stuffed in to ease his feet. All, to
the uninitiated eye, look unfit for
further use. But the sorters know
better. Their trained hands and eyes
quickly decide what can be made fit
for active service again and what
must be scrapped. Even if one of a
pair is unfit for further use, the other
is salved, for there may be another
odd one to go with it.
Another group of women take the
boots, clean the mud from them,
clear out all the foreign matter from
inside, and plunge them in great
tanks of warm water mixed with
carbolic acid and scrub them
thoroughly. They are put to drain on
racks, and then another group of
women coat them with warm castor
oil. Next they pass into the hands of
a group of amazons in overalls, who
put the boots on a species of iron
last, and with hammer and hackknife and wide, sweeping
surgery when conservative therapy is
just as good (but cheaper and without
the side-effects). This is bankrupting
the NHS and making us less healthy.
Antibiotics have no effect on the
common cold or flu because these are
viral infections. Yet many patients ask
for them and many doctors prescribe
antibiotics for this purpose. Most
bacterial infections (which antibiotics
could help) are self-limiting and so do
not require antibiotics. Unless there is
a serious infection that antibiotics are
known to help, the best solution is
often to keep in touch with your GP
and ?wait and watch?.
dr jeremy howick
Author of Doctor You
Sir, Perhaps we ought to further
investigate the potential benefits of
bacteriophages ? specific viruses
that have been found to be effective
against specific bacteria. Although
some research in this field is being
carried out in a number of British
universities, considerably more has
for some time been undertaken in an
institute in Tbilisi, Georgia. It is to be
hoped that international scientific
co-operation may soon yield results.
janet m tregear (SRN, ret?d)
Chichester, W Sussex
in UK quota just as EU leaders have
promised not to reduce their own.
That way trouble lies.
For the sake of our seas and the
communities that rely on them, we
should learn from California and
agree with our neighbours not to
exceed sustainable quota levels.
griffin carpenter
New Economics Foundation
Free will and AI
Sir, Oliver Moody?s interesting
weekend essay (Comment, Oct 14)
plausibly warns of a future world in
which all our desires will be
accurately anticipated by AI before
we are conscious of them. However,
he is wrong to think that such
machines will rob human beings of
their free will. Rather, the advent of
such a capability will demonstrate
that free will is, and has always been,
a profound illusion.
dr gareth jones
Philosophy department, University of
East Anglia
movements of their strong arms tear
off the old sole and heel. The boots
are now sorted into their sizes in
pairs, and another group tacks on
temporarily the correct size of sole
before it goes to be nailed on by
machinery. The soles are riveted, the
toe plates fixed, and hobnails
hammered in by hand. The sizes are
stamped on the sole, the welts
trimmed and sand-papered. The
heels are inked and the boot is again
oiled, and then it goes into store and
awaits requisition. These boots are
often preferred by the men to new
ones, as they are softer in wear,
having been broken in by other men.
The noise is intense, but the
women do not seem to mind. There
are 200 employed in this factory.
Most were originally engaged in jam
and pickle factories, but preferred a
work that linked them more closely
to the fighting units.
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GPs and a question
of sexual identity
Sir, Further to your report ?Doctors
may have to ask if patients are
transgender? (Oct 16), the duties of a
doctor registered with the General
Medical Council are set out in its
?good medical practice? and include
the obligations to: ?Treat patients as
individuals and respect their dignity;
treat patients politely and
considerately; respect patients? right
to confidentiality.?
Unless it is clearly relevant to the
clinical circumstances in hand, asking
questions about sexual orientation
would be irrelevant, disrespectful,
impolite, intrusive and prurient.
Doctors who ask such questions, or
allow their practice staff to do so,
should be reported to the GMC by the
patient for practising unethically.
richard rawlins, frcs
Kingswear, Devon
Sir, If doctors were to ask patients
what their gender choice was and, if
they refused, repeat the question the
next time they attended, would it not
be in the interests of fairness that
patients should be entitled to inquire
about their doctor?s sexuality, and on
subsequent consultations whether
they had changed their mind?
john spivey
Watermillock, Cumbria
Mountain rescue
Sir, Sir Chris Bonington?s claims (Oct
13) that mountain rescue teams are
close to fisticuffs while racing each
other to rescues, and that rescuing has
?almost become a sport in itself?, are
utter nonsense. I served in one of the
busiest teams in the country in various
roles, including chairman and deputy
team leader, for 41 years, and retired
in April. During all that time I never
encountered anything other than total
co-operation from other teams. In fact
it is common practice for teams to
lend support to each other by
supplying members and vehicles for
rescues, something that is increasing
because of the rising number of
callouts. The only point Sir Chris got
right was that all rescuers in the UK
are volunteers. As such it places a
tremendous demand on them, their
families and their employers.
john williams
Former deputy leader, Patterdale
Mountain Rescue Team
Storm of protest
Sir , Reading Libby Purves?s column
(?The 1987 storm delivered a blast of
reality?, Comment, Oct 16) reminded
me of my surgery during the storms.
Tiles were flying off roofs and a
window blew in, scattering glass over
our practice manager?s office.
In the middle of the chaos we
received a phone call: ?Please could
the doctor visit as it is too dangerous
to come out.?
That was one call I refused.
dr peter moore, frcgp
Marldon, Devon
Glasshouse remedy
Sir, The article about spending
?therapeutic? time in a glass box
surrounded by nature made me smile
(?Why scientists are asking people to
spend 72 hours in this glass box?,
Times2, Oct 16). I?ve kept a
comfortable chair in my greenhouse
for years, and a spell out there always
improves my mood.
sheila rhodes
Letchworth Garden City, Herts
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Leading articles
Daily Universal Register
UK: Theresa May hosts a summit at
Downing Street about building new
housing; the Man Booker prize for
fiction winner will be announced.
Luxembourg: An EU general affairs council
meeting will be held to discuss Brexit.
Peer Pressure
Nature notes
An unusual number
of hawfinches have
been reported in
Britain in the past
few days, with single
birds and small
flocks detected all
over the country. These large finches are not
often seen, and are hard to see, because they
mostly spend their time in high treetops and
fly away quickly if someone looks up at
them. However, as their name suggests,
they eat hawthorn berries, and they are
sometimes now coming down into the
bushes and hedges for those. A good view of
one is very rewarding. They have a massive,
conical beak for cracking nuts, and bulging
cheeks with powerful muscles in them.
Their body is a rich orange and pinkish
brown and their wings are blue-black with
white markings. Hawfinches wander about
and some of these birds have probably come
across from the Continent. Sightings can be
found on birdguides.com derwent may
Birthdays today
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director, Forestry Commission (England), 55;
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Gatiss, actor and writer, Sherlock, 51; Wyclef
Jean, singer, Killing Me Softly (1996), 48;
Felicity Jones, actress, The Theory of
Everything (2014), 34; Margot Kidder,
actress, Superman (1978), 69; Stephen
Kovacevich, pianist, 77; Graeme Le Saux,
footballer, Chelsea (1989-93, 1997-2003)
and England (1994-2000), 50; Matthew
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On this day
In 1998 the former Chilean dictator Augusto
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extradition request from Spain.
The last word
?In the affluent society no useful distinction
can be made between luxuries and
necessaries.? JK Galbraith, economist,
The Affluent Society (1958).
The House of Lords exercises vital scrutiny of government in tumultuous times but
is unwieldy and bloated. Age limits on peers should be adopted to reduce its size
Reforming the arrangements for a bicameral
legislature is not a subject that sets the pulse of
public opinion racing. Yet in an era of the immense
constitutional change implied by Brexit, the role
of the House of Lords in scrutinising legislation is
more essential than ever.
The Lord Speaker?s report on reducing the size
of the house will be published this month. It offers
an opportunity to streamline the workings of the
Lords but unfortunately its admirable intent is in
danger of being diverted. The report will propose
a 15-year time limit on new peerages. This is the
wrong remedy for a real problem. A sounder reform
would be to impose age limits on all members
rather than term limits on some of them.
The impetus for the report comes from growing
pressure to reduce the size of the Lords. Peers
unanimously carried a motion in December last
year that the size of the house should be reduced
and that methods should be explored for doing it.
This was sensible. The House of Commons, whose
members are after all elected, is itself an unwieldy
institution with 650 members (though there are
plans to cut that number to 600). Yet at least the
Commons has a fixed number. This is not true of
the Lords, whose size has a tendency to expand. By
1999 the number of peers exceeded 1,300. Reforms
introduced by Tony Blair?s government reduced the
total to a more manageable figure of less than 700.
Because life peers assume their position by
political patronage, their numbers ineluctably
increase as more are appointed than die out. As
prime minister, David Cameron was tireless in
appointing new peers, with the result that
membership of the House of Lords now
comfortably exceeds 800. Moreover, the calibre of
some of these party political appointees is not
impressive. The House of Lords is a bloated
institution. In the interests of efficiency and public
economy, it needs not only a one-time reduction
but a viable method of keeping numbers down.
The issue of the Lords? composition may seem
purely administrative but it matters. A legislature
whose upper house is unelected needs a public
legitimacy that, by definition, it cannot derive
from the ballot box. Minor changes rather than
drastic surgery can enhance this legitimacy.
The modern House of Lords dates from the
Parliament Act of 1911, which ? after the controversy of David Lloyd George?s radical budgets ?
removed the right of peers to veto money bills.
Since that constitutional innovation, less seismic
reforms have included the introduction of life
peers in 1958 and the removal of most hereditary
peers in 1999 by Mr Blair. These changes helped to
prevent the House of Lords becoming too remote
from the people it serves and opened it to a wider
array of talented people rather than those who
happened to be born to a title.
The aim of removing underperforming peers by
imposing limits is worth supporting but term
limits are the wrong way to go about it. There is no
obvious precedent in public service for terminating
the office of someone who has been effective in
discharging it purely because of the passing of
years. Age limits, on the other hand, are well established. They exist for the judiciary and should be
instituted for the Lords as well. An age limit of 80
on peers would hardly be draconian. Peers with
the intellect and expertise to enrich public debate
on complex issues would not be silenced since
they could still appear before select committees.
It is also important that the credentials of appointees receive greater scrutiny before they enter
the Lords. That they demonstrate financial probity
should be the minimum requirement, not the only
one. They should also have useful expertise and a
proven ability to exercise informed judgment.
Peers have a responsibility to the nation to put
their house in order. In debating and amending
this report, they have the chance to do it.
Talk not Tanks
Force will never settle the status of Iraqi Kurdistan
Three weeks ago Iraq?s Kurds threw down a
gauntlet to the government in Baghdad in the
form of a referendum in which more than
90 per cent of participating voters demanded independence. Baghdad responded late on Sunday
night with Humvees, armoured personnel carriers
and tanks. For the first time since 2014 the Iraqi
flag was flying over the strategic oil city of Kirkuk
yesterday, with no Kurdish flag alongside it. The
Iraqi forces were welcomed by much of Kirkuk?s
civilian population but there are reports of fighting
outside the city and barricades within it.
Mere weeks after battling on the same side
against Isis, the Iraqi army and Iraqi Kurdish
fighters are thus squaring off for what could
degenerate into another civil war. Iraq?s Kurdish
problem will never be solved with heavy weaponry.
Indeed, to regard it as a problem is to
misunderstand the potential of a region that by
Iraqi standards has been conspicuously stable,
prosperous and well-run since the overthrow of
Saddam Hussein. At the same time the Kurdish
regional government of President Barzani needs,
now more than ever, to be pragmatic. Last month?s
referendum, not unlike the more recent vote in
Catalonia, was not legal since it was never
endorsed by the central government. Kirkuk is a
multi-ethnic city and Kurdish efforts to declare it
Kurdish territory ignore its recent history and
current demography.
The region?s wealth from pumping 500,000 barrels of oil a day is clearly a key reason for Kirkuk?s
disputed status, but sharing it will not make Iraqi
Kurdistan poorer. On the contrary, Iraq?s Kurds?
best hope for a prosperous and stable future lies
within a prosperous, stable and western-orientated
Iraq. The alternative is international isolation.
The final status of Iraq?s Kurdish-dominated
northern territories was supposed to be settled in
a 2007 referendum that never happened because
of the sectarian civil war engulfing the rest of Iraq
at the time. That threat has humiliated Baghdad
while thrusting Iraq?s Kurds into a decisive role
as a bulwark against barbarism. They have
controlled Kirkuk for the past three years, having
fought their way into it after Iraqi troops fled at the
first sign of Isis?s armoured pick-up trucks. Kurdish
peshmerga fighters have since been the speartip
of western-backed military efforts to dislodge
Isis from both Iraq and Syria. Mr Barzani?s government sees an independent Greater Kurdistan as its
peace dividend.
Were Iraq?s Kurds united, the forces sent north
by Baghdad might have been turned back, but
they are not. A rival grouping, the Patriotic Union
of Kurdistan, whose armed wing controlled many
of the oilfields south of Kirkuk, appears to have
reached an agreement with Baghdad that is likely
to involve an enhanced stake in the future of the
region in return for retreating quietly now.
The threat to northern Iraq is still severe. After
years of relative stability it could succumb to
a chaotic four-cornered conflict in which
Kurds fight each other as well as Iraqi forces
and Shia militias equipped and trained by Iran.
This is therefore a moment for restraint and
statesmanship from Mr Barzani and Haider alAbadi, Iraq?s prime minister. The country?s Kurds
already enjoy extensive autonomy and there is
more than enough oil wealth for all its ethnic
groups. What the country needs is the wisdom on
the part of its leaders to share it equitably.
Animal Intelligence
A study of clever sea creatures gives new meaning to AI
Humans tend to think that only they and chimpanzees have the wit to use tools. Not so. Dolphins
do too. New research on the vaunting intelligence
of 90 different species of cetacean highlights
dolphins? use of natural sponges to protect their
noses when levering molluscs off rocks for supper.
This is not just clever; it is taught. The study by
scientists at the universities of Manchester and
Stanford in California has found that sophisticated
behavioural patterns and hunting techniques are
passed down by whales and dolphins from generation to generation, and improved in the process.
Some of these techniques seem no more
elaborate than those used by lesser species. Young
dolphins ?learn? to whack fish with their tails,
for instance. They might just as easily do that on
pure instinct. Yet as they get older they get wiser,
co-operating with each other and even with
other species, including us. Instinct alone does
not explain how dolphins help human fisherman
by driving fish into their nets in return for some
of those caught as a result. Such expertise, says
Dr Susanne Shultz, is passed on by mum and
dad.
Whales? and dolphins? brains are at least as big
as ours. They give each other names, chat, show
altruism and grow up in distinct tribal cultures,
just like us. Only their lack of opposable thumbs,
Dr Shultz says, sets them apart. The mind boggles.
Might a trained dolphin with an opposable thumb
have been able to remove a limpet mine from a
battleship as well as plant one?
The main lesson from this study is that bigger
social groups lead to the evolution of bigger brains
and more advanced communication skills. What
we know of apes, elephants and even bees bears
this out, but it doesn?t mean that solitary creatures
have to be dim. Show pigs have been known to
spell the word ?ham? all by themselves.
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Iraq
How the attack unfolded
John Beck Kirkuk
Hannah Lucinda Smith Istanbul
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of areas in
the west
3 Kurdish peshmerga
withdraw to
positions in the north
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base
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building
Iraqi soldiers seized the city of Kirkuk
from Kurdish forces yesterday after a
surprise dawn assault that threatened
to plunge the country into more chaos.
The Kurdish flag was pulled down in
the centre of Kirkuk, where it has flown
for the past three years. The city?s loss,
only three weeks after Iraqi Kurds
voted to split from Iraq and take the oilrich city with them, deals a huge blow to
Kurdish ambitions for statehood.
Crowds of Arab residents came out
on the streets to celebrate but there
were different scenes on roads leading
north out of the city as Kurdish residents fled.
The city?s Turkmen minority, who
have close links to Ankara, also celebrated the Baghdad government?s victory. Turkey and Iraq, along with Iran,
are the firmest opponents of Kurdish
efforts to achieve independence.
Turkey?s national security council met
as the fighting raged in Kirkuk, offering
its full backing to Baghdad?s operation.
The fighting pitted two US-armed
and backed protagonists against each
other: the Kurdish peshmerga forces
and Iraq?s counterterrorism units.
They were meant to be focusing on the
fight against Isis, which still controls
parts of the country. Now, however,
with the threat of Isis receding, they
have turned their US-donated guns on
each other.
Sectarian militias have weighed in on
both sides. Fighters from the PKK, a
Kurdish militia that has its roots in
Turkey and is classed as a terrorist
group by Ankara, the EU and US,
fought alongside peshmerga trying to
repel the Iraqi advance. The Iraqi army
was joined by fighters from the country?s various Shia militias, which were
responsible for some of the worst atrocities in the years after the overthrow of
Saddam Hussein.
There were clashes south of Kirkuk
early in the day as Iraqi forces battled to
advance on the K1 military base and
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allied Shia militias
advance from the south
airport and oilfields to the west of the
city. By early afternoon the Kurdish
lines had collapsed and the peshmerga
were in full retreat.
Traffic tailed back on the road to
Arbil under the shadow of a giant peshmerga statue built this year as a monument to the Kurds? control of the city.
Handfuls of PKK fighters and volunteers stood and watched from an overpass. None had any idea of events in the
city itself or appeared to be under any
unified command.
The swift withdrawal has fuelled
speculation that Kurdish parties close
to Baghdad had struck a deal to pull out
before the attack began. Many Kirkuk
Kurds spoke angrily of the peshmerga,
with some even firing their weapons at
them as they retreated. ?We?ve been
sold to the Iraqis,? Amand, 29, said as he
waited at the roadside. ?The peshmerga
sold us out, their leaders made a deal to
give up all of Kirkuk.?
The details of any such agreement
were unclear but an officer with the
Iraqi Emergency Response Division
said that his unit took the city with little
trouble and had been received peacefully by peshmerga who then retreated.
?No one was killed on our side and
there was not much blood on the road
in front of us.?
One peshmerga fighter who had
travelled to Kirkuk from Arbil with his
father and two brothers said that the
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US could have helped defuse the situation but was too late in trying to help.
?We don?t trust America any more and
we don?t need them any more,? he said.
?We are finished with them.?
Largely left to defend their city themselves, local Kurds set up makeshift
checkpoints outside Kirkuk, dug defensive lines and roamed the streets.
Diyari, 23, said he would fight to the
death, even though he was not used to
wielding a gun. At about noon local
time, his position was targeted with
gunfire and mortar strikes, sparking
wild retaliatory fire from the Kurdish
fighters. ?I?m a volunteer, it is the first
time in my life that I?ve done something
like this but I must stand for my city,?
Diyari said.
The desperate irregulars quickly suffered casualties. Ambulances took the
wounded to the city?s hospitals. One
open-backed pickup carried two bloodied bodies in traditional Kurdish
clothes. ?What will I tell the mothers of
the martyrs?? asked one peshmerga
fighter who had stayed in the city.
Others who watched the fighting
from a nearby graveyard were confused. ?We don?t know what?s going on,?
one man said. ?The peshmerga left and
militias are coming and we are trying to
defend ourselves but we do not have
much equipment.?
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Iraqi forces celebrated as they advanced rapidly on Kirkuk, taking control of
Catalan leader?s defiance opens door to direct rule Opposition
Spain
Graham Keeley Barcelona
The Catalan leader will trigger a new
confrontation with the Spanish
government by rejecting a deadline to confirm his declaration of
independence, paving the way for
Madrid to impose direct rule on
the region.
Carles Puigdemont will not
respond to a demand to clarify the
status of a confused declaration
of secession before Thursday,
according to TV3, the Catalan
television station, which cited
sources close to the regional
leader.
Madrid issued Mr Puigdemont with a three-day notice
that ends on Thursday, under
the terms of the Spanish
constitution, before it seizes
control of the autonomous region and rules it
directly. It is the first
time since the consti-
tution was introduced in 1978 that the
notice period, or seizure of regional
powers, has been invoked.
Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime
minister, is frustrated that the
Catalan government has not
indicated whether it has declared independence after its
illegal referendum on October 1. About 90 per cent of those
who turned out wanted
to leave Spain, although only 43 per
cent of the region?s
5.3 million voters
took part.
Mr Rajoy has
written to Mr
Puigdemont to
demand that
he clarify whether independCarles Puigdemont
could be arrested if
Catalonia returns
to direct rule
ence has been declared. Mr Puigdemont delivered a confusing speech last
week in which he declared independence then immediately suspended it in
the hope of starting talks with Madrid.
Mr Rajoy told him that he was
creating a ?serious fracture? in Catalan
society. He wrote: ?It is still possible for
you to return the region to its normal
situation and show the allegiance to the
state that everybody is demanding.?
Soraya S醗nz de Santamar韆, the
deputy prime minister, gave the Catalan leader the new deadline yesterday,
saying: ?It wasn?t very difficult to say
yes or no. That was the question that
was asked and the response shouldn?t
be complicated.?
Under the terms of the Spanish constitution, if a region declares independence the central government must first
ask its leaders to clarify their position,
then give them three more days to rectify it, before invoking article 155, which
allows the Spanish government to seize
control of the area. The powers invoked
would allow the Spanish government to
replace Catalan police with Madrid
forces, arrest Mr Puidgemont, and seize
the local television stations.
Imposing direct rule would be a risky
move for Mr Rajoy. It would probably
prompt demonstrations in Catalonia,
where tension remains high after the
heavy-handed police action during the
independence vote. Last night the
Spanish high court remanded in custody two leaders of Catalan separatist
organisations for sedition. Prosecutors
said that Jordi S鄋chez, head of the
Catalan national assembly, and Jordi
Cuixart, head of the Omnium Cultural
association, played key roles in organising a huge demonstration after police
arrested 14 members of the Catalan
government on September 20.
With no sign that Spain?s worst political crisis since the failed military coup
in 1981 will come to a swift resolution,
businesses are still leaving Catalonia.
Codorniu, the maker of cava, is to move
its legal headquarters to La Rioja.
Already 541 businesses have left
Catalonia since the illegal poll.
Venezuela
Stephen Gibbs Caracas
The Venezuelan opposition suspects
that the country?s regional elections
were fixed after results showed vast
support for the ruling Socialist Party
despite a calamitous recession.
Gerardo Blyde, spokesman for the
opposition coalition, warned that the
Socialist victories in state governorships represented a ?very serious
moment for the republic?. The results,
he said, were suspicious. Hours before
the vote, 200 polling stations, almost all
in opposition areas, were relocated.
Venezuela?s pro-government electoral
authority said that the move was necessary because of ?security concerns?.
Ballot papers also appeared deliberately designed to confuse opposition
supporters. They included the names of
several candidates who had lost in
primaries and had therefore withdrawn
from the race.
According to the electoral authority,
the ruling socialists won the governor-
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Secret deal suspected over
fall of Kirkuk ? and its oil
Analysis
I
n a corner of the
Diwan hotel in
Arbil, Bafel
Talabani had
an air of
desperation. His
father was dying and
he feared his country
was on the brink of
disaster (Richard
Spencer writes).
?It?s a calamity,? he
said as he sipped a
glass of fizzy water
and pondered a hand
of cards that was
falling through his
fingers. He was about
to issue a last-minute
appeal for Kurdistan
to do a deal with
Baghdad and abandon
its referendum on
independence, at
least in the disputed
province of Kirkuk. It
was Saturday,
September 23, two
days before the vote.
He was on his way
to the airport to be at
the bedside of his
father, Jalal Talabani.
?Mam? or Uncle Jalal
had been a figurehead
of Kurdish freedom
for four decades and
was a former Iraqi
president, one of the
few men who could
have commanded
respect from all sides.
His efforts were in
vain. Mr Talabani Jr?s
appeal was brushed
aside not only by the
Kurdistan region?s
president, Masoud
Barzani, who had
gone too far down the
referendum road to
back down, but by
half of his own party,
the PUK, the minority
partner in the
Kurdish government.
The appeal was
withdrawn and Mr
Talabani took the
next flight to Berlin,
in time to see his
father die ten days
later. But apart from
death, nothing is for
ever in Iraqi politics.
Mr Talabani?s wing of
the PUK is now being
accused of going
ahead with the deal
anyway. Yesterday,
after early clashes,
peshmerga troops in
Kirkuk loyal to the
Talabanis withdrew
from their positions in
what the US and UK
? backers of the
Kurds and Baghdad
alike ? suggested was
a co-ordinated
operation.
The PUK said they
were faced with
insurmountable odds
after Mr Barzani had
put them in an
impossible position.
The Barzani-led KDP,
Kurdistan?s biggest
party, cried foul ?
treason, even ? and it
is true the loss of
Kirkuk will feel like
that to many if not
most Kurds.
There will be
particular bitterness
at the role of the US
and Britain, who first
guaranteed Kurdish
freedoms in the early
1990s. As one Syrian
Kurd put it yesterday:
Kurds are losing lives
helping the
Americans and the
British capture an
Arab city, Raqqa. But
the western allies
stood by and cheered
as Arabs advanced
through territory
regarded by the Kurds
as their homeland to
capture a half
Kurdish city.
It is all about
realpolitik. An Iraq
without Kirkuk would
be a disaster that
Haider al-Abadi, the
Iraqi prime minister,
could not survive.
He is the one hope
the Americans and
the British have of
maintaining influence
in an increasingly
Iranian-controlled
country. There is an
election due next
year. Kirkuk was a
price worth paying.
oilfields and removing flags of the Kurdish regional government. They were welcomed by Arab children in the city
cries foul after Maduro?s ?impossible? win Blind motorcyclist took
ships in 17 states, with the opposition
controlling only five. One state, Bolivar,
was yet to be declared.
?This only happens in Venezuela,?
Mr Maduro declared moments after
the results were announced, at what
appeared to be a well-rehearsed victory
party outside his official residence, the
Miraflores palace.
The result was wildly at odds with all
serious opinion polls. Sunday?s vote
suggested that national support for the
regime of Mr Maduro was at 54 per
cent, approximately double the figure
indicated by multiple surveys this year.
Under Mr Maduro?s leadership, minimum wages in the once prosperous
nation have fallen to �50 a month and
inflation is running at over 700 per cent.
Mr Maduro was quick to accuse the
opposition of behaving like sore losers.
?When they lose, they cry fraud,? he
said, confirming that he would be
happy for the election to be audited.
Among the questionable results was
the opposition?s loss of Miranda state, a
bastion of anti-Maduro activism that
includes most of the middle-class areas
of Caracas. Its new governor-elect is
the leftwing H閏tor Rodr韌uez, a confidant of the president.
The disputed election looks likely to
provoke further international sanctions on the Maduro regime. Most of
the senior members of the government,
including Mr Maduro, are already subject to US sanctions on a range of charges from undermining democracy to
drug trafficking, all of which they deny.
?We condemn the lack of free
eather
and fair elections,? Heather
man
Nauert, a spokeswoman
tfor the US State Department, said last night.
?The voice of the Venezuelan people was
not heard.?
The Trump administration has barred
US companies from
dealing with new-issue
President Maduro?s party
ty
won 17 governors? racess
Venezuelan debt, restricting the regime
from financing itself. The European
Union is considering similar sanctions,
perhaps as soon as this week.
A vote held in July to elect candidates
for a ?constituent assembly?, a quasiparliament that has replaced the opposition-controlled national assembly,
was widely decried as fraudulent.
The latest election results may
provoke fresh street protests. From
April to July there were near-daily
demonstrations against the government leading to at least
ernment,
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125 deaths.
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reported that it
had seen emigration
from Venezuela rise in
m
recent months.
the fraud squad for a ride
Italy
Philip Willan Rome
A motorcyclist has been acquitted of
fraud after a judge accepted medical
evidence that he was blind and guilty
only of being a menace on the roads.
Police had confiscated ?225,000
(�0,000) from Francesco Caringella,
59, after accusing him of cheating the
national social security system by
fraudulently claiming a disability pension over 23 years.
He was placed under investigation in
2012 after a complaint from the social
security administration. Police officers
who monitored his movements saw
him walking around unaided, distributing leaflets and riding a motorbike.
However, a judge in Bari, Puglia,
acquitted him at the end of a four-yeartrial, acknowledging that he was ?absolutely blind? and therefore not a fraudster. Doctors presented evidence that
Mr Caringella suffered from retinitis
pigmentosa, a genetic disorder that
leads to the loss of cells in the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. They
confirmed that he had less than 3 per
cent vision, one of the requirements for
a disability pension for blindness.
?It is true that he sees light and shadows, so he can recognise whether a car
or something else is passing, but he
can?t make out what it is,? the doctors
said. ?Riding a motorcycle is extremely
dangerous.?
The medical witnesses said Mr Caringella's residual vision made it possible
for him to ride the motorbike, but at
extreme risk to himself and others.
?The adaptability of people with disabilities is exceptional,? they noted.
The judge, Marco Guida, said Mr
Caringella had performed everyday
tasks in a manner that put himself and
others in danger, but ordered the return
of his entire disability pension.
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Austria
David Crossland
European far-right leaders lined up
yesterday to congratulate the Austrian Freedom Party on its general
election performance as fears grew
that the result could deepen EU
divisions on migration and reform.
The eurosceptic Freedom Party
(FPO), which campaigned on stopping the ?Islamisation of Europe?,
denying migrants welfare and
holding a referendum on withdrawing Austria from future EU bailouts,
was declared the third strongest
party, surging 5.7 points to 26.5 per
cent. It is now the most likely partner for the conservative People?s
Party, which took 31.7 per cent to
replace the Social Democrats as the
biggest party in parliament.
Heinz-Christian Strache, leader
of the FPO, took a swipe at Sebastian
Kurz, the People?s Party leader who
adopted much of the FPO?s rhetoric.
Mr Strache said that almost 60 per
cent of Austrians had chosen an
Sebastian Kurz?s People?s Party could be dependent upon the far-right Freedom Party
FPO programme. Marine Le Pen,
leader of France?s National Front,
tweeted: ?Bravo to our friends and
allies of the FPO on the result that is
characterised by the commitment of
the European people to its freedom
and its identity.?
Alexander Van der Bellen, the
Austrian president, is expected to
formally instruct the leader of the
biggest party to form a government
on Friday. Coalition talks could last
for months: since the Austrian
Second Republic was formed in
1955, the average has been 60 days.
Austrians? move to the right, combined with the gains of Alternative
for Germany (AfD) in the German
election last month, dashed hopes
that the wave of right-wing populism in Europe had been halted.
Brussels worries that the Austrian
result will strengthen the nationalist
governments of Poland and Hungary, which have resisted the distribution of refugees and brought in
reforms to increase control over
courts and the media.
P閠er Szijj醨t�, the Hungarian
foreign minister, congratulated Mr
Kurz, saying: ?We are happy the
candidate has won who has, in many
cases, represented similar positions
regarding migration as the Hungarian government.?
Mr Kurz, 31, who has been foreign
minister since 2013, has called on the
EU to take a far tougher line on
migration and shut the Mediterranean route from Africa, in the same
way that Austria and its Balkan
neighbours blocked the route from
Greece in 2015. Yesterday he tried to
sound conciliatory to Europe, however. ?It?s not my goal to deepen this
rift in Europe and to increase the
centrifugal forces,? he said. ?We
need changes of course but in a positive, pro-European direction.?
Some have said that Mr Kurz?s ?if
you can?t beat them join them?
approach might have worked for
Angela Merkel. The German chancellor?s conservatives took heavy
losses last month, forcing her to
attempt a three-way coalition with
Greens and liberal Free Democrats
in talks starting this week. AfD
became the third largest party.
?Why don?t we have someone like
that?? the newspaper Bild said of Mr
Kurz, who despite his right-wing politics established himself as a change
candidate in the style of President
Macron. If Mr Kurz forms a government with the FPO, and Mr Strache
becomes deputy chancellor or possibly interior minister, it will be the
first time a politician with a confirmed neo-Nazi past has been in the
cabinet of an EU state.
The FPO has been in government
before, as the People?s Party?s junior
partner from 2000 to 2005. The EU
slapped diplomatic sanctions on
Austria, cancelled ambassadorial
meetings and refused to support
Austrian candidates for EU posts.
Such a reaction is unlikely to be
repeated. The EU is focused on its
stand-off with Poland and Hungary,
and wants to avoid further divisions
as leaders prepare for Brexit.
?The Freedom Party was tamer
than ever before in this campaign,?
Jean Asselborn, the foreign minister
for Luxembourg, said. ?I hope this
tameness will last when they take
government responsibility.?
Berlusconi hits campaign
trail with jokes about sex
Italy
Tom Kington Rome
Italy?s disgraced former prime minister regaled a political rally with a
crude joke about oral sex as a new
poll claimed that he was within
touching distance of power.
Silvio Berlusconi, 81, has hit the
campaign trail as speculation grows
that Italy will hold elections on
March 4, following a dissolution of
parliament over the New Year by
President Mattarella.
Mr Berlusconi is eyeing a coalition pact with fellow right-wing
parties the Northern League and
Brothers of Italy, which would hand
them an election-winning 33.8 per
cent of votes, according to a poll by
Demos published yesterday.
He resigned as prime minister in
2011 amid sex scandals and is
banned from holding office following a tax fraud conviction in 2013,
but remains firmly at the helm of his
Forza Italia party and determined to
be the power behind the throne of a
future centre-right prime minister.
Political ambition has not curbed
his colourful behaviour, however.
After his joke about oral sex and the
late Libyan dictator Colonel
Gaddafi, he turned to the subject of
President Trump and said: ?I admire
his wife and daughter.?
In the new poll, the Five Star
Movement emerged as the most
popular single party with 27.6 per
cent. Anti-migrant statements by
Five Star officials have drawn votes
as Italy?s tolerance towards migration dips. In a poll last month, 46 per
cent of Italians said migrants were a
danger to public safety, up from
26 per cent in 2012.
The ruling Democratic Party,
Italy?s second favourite party on
26.3 per cent, has been criticised for
backing a bill to help grant citizenship to the Italian-born children of
migrants.
Freed Taliban prisoner
admits deserting post
Fort Bragg Sergeant Bowe
Bergdahl has told a military judge
in North Carolina that he is
pleading guilty to desertion and
misbehaviour before the enemy.
Bergdahl, 31, left his remote
post in Afghanistan in 2009 and
some of his comrades were
seriously wounded trying to find
and rescue him. He was held
captive by the Taliban for the
next five years and freed after a
prisoner swap. He told a general
after his release that he had been
trying to reach other
commanders to draw attention to
problems with his unit. Bergdahl,
from Idaho, has been assigned to
desk duty and will be sentenced
later this month. (AP)
Investigative journalist
killed in bomb blast
Valletta Daphne Caruana Galizia,
Malta?s best-known investigative
journalist, was killed yesterday
when a bomb blew up her car.
Caruana Galizia, 53, exposed
alleged corruption, often
involving politicians. Joseph
Muscat, the Maltese prime
minister whom she had this year
accused of wrong-doing, called
the killing a ?barbaric attack on
press freedom?. (Reuters)
Children drown after
Rohingya boat sinks
Dhaka A boat carrying Rohingya
Muslims fleeing Burma capsized
yesterday as it approached the
shores of Bangladesh, killing 12
people, including six children.
Survivors of the accident told
police that up to 65 people had
been on board, about half of them
children. The boat capsized as it
headed for Cox?s Bazar, the port
in Bangladesh which borders
Burma?s Rakhine state.
US citizen convicted of
Manhattan bombing
New York A federal court jury has
found an Afghanistan-born US
citizen guilty of planting two
bombs in the Chelsea area of
Manhattan in September last
year. One exploded and wounded
30 people. Ahmad Khan Rahimi,
29, of New Jersey, faces a life
sentence after his conviction on
charges including using a weapon
of mass destruction and bombing
a public place. (Reuters)
Worker missing after
explosion on gas rig
Chicago A fire continued to burn
last night on a natural gas rig on
Lake Pontchartrain near the US
Gulf Coast, with rescuers still
searching for one worker missing
since the explosion on Sunday
night. Seven people were injured,
three critically. ?The weather is
inhibiting, because we have four
and five-foot seas out there,? said
Sheriff Joe Lopinto, of Jefferson
Parish. The cause is unclear. (AFP)
Russian bears kill two
amid shortage of food
Two people have been killed by
bears in eastern Russia as more of
the animals approach humans,
probably because of a lack of food
sources. Last week the Sakhalin
Island forestry authorities said
that 83 bears had to be shot dead,
nearly three times more than last
year. ?At this time of year bears
should be balls of fat but these
have almost no fat at all,? a forest
worker said. (AFP)
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Russian trolls
were told to
smear Clinton
Russia
Tom Parfitt Moscow
Russian employees at a so-called
troll factory were ordered to smear
Hillary Clinton in the run-up to
the US election campaign, one
member of the group has admitted.
Their task was to turn Americans against their government and
?provoke disorder? by targeting
the comment sections of US
media, according to the insider.
Mrs Clinton has said Russia is
using cyberattacks and fake news
to ?disrupt and destabilise Europe?.
The former ?internet operator?,
or professional troll, at the Internet
Research Co in St Petersburg, said
that he and others joined discussions on the websites of outlets
such as The New York Times. The
centre, at 55 Savushkina Street, has
?Maxim? was
forced to watch
House of Cards
been linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin,
a businessman known as ?Putin?s
cook? because of his Kremlin
catering contracts. Scores of
employees are said to work at the
St Petersburg site.
The insider, identified as Maxim,
said that employees were given
English writing and punctuation
classes to appear convincing. They
used a proxy server to conceal the
fact that they were from Russia.
The trolls were forced to watch
episodes of House of Cards, the
American drama series, to sharpen
their English, he said.
Speaking to Moscow?s Dozhd
television channel with his face obscured, Maxim said the aim of the
foreign department was to ?understand the main trend [in com-
Mogadishu
bomb killed
15 pupils
Somalia
Aislinn Laing Johannesburg
ments], what people were discussing and arguing about. And then to
enter the argument in order to inflame it, and try to rock the boat?.
He added: ?The most widespread themes were the carrying
of weapons, and gays. When it was
gays, we had to push it towards
religious themes.We had to write
sodomy was a sin. That could bring
you a couple of dozen likes.?
He told Dozhd that he worked at
the St Petersburg troll factory until
the beginning of 2015, which was
before Donald Trump joined the
race for the White House. Mrs
Clinton had not entered the race at
that stage but was expected to run.
Comments the trolls made
about Mrs Clinton were ?always
something bad?, Maxim said. They
were ?about her leaked emails,
about her being rich. The main
message was: ?Aren?t you tired, my
American brothers, of these
Clintons, how many of them have
there been already?? ?
Mrs Clinton told the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Sunday
that the Kremlin was using the
internet to foment trouble.
Maxim?s interview appeared to
support those claims. His department was told to write nothing
about Russia or President Putin, he
said. ?It wasn?t our aim to turn
Americans towards Russia. It was
to set Americans against their own
government ? to provoke disorder, to provoke dissatisfaction, to
lower Obama?s rating.?
A separate department set up
pro-Russian propaganda groups
on Facebook. Sometimes these
were banned by administrators.
Maxim said the trolls would then
?write to Facebook, saying: ?What
about freedom of speech?? They
cited the American constitution.
And sometimes they even won.?
The Kremlin denies involvement with hacking or trolling.
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Building bridges pays off for Putin?s pal
Tom Parfitt
A friend and judo partner of President Putin is to be awarded his
latest state contract ? to build a
�9 billion bridge.
Arkady Rotenberg?s Stroygazmontazh construction company
has won the lucrative contract,
connecting the far eastern Khabarovsk region with Sakhalin Island,
a hub for offshore oil and gas development in the Pacific.
Mr Rotenberg, 65, and his
brother Boris, 60, have been close
to Mr Putin since the 1960s, when
they attended the same sports club
in St Petersburg. They now all play
ice hockey together.
Joseph Stalin planned to build a
crossing spanning the 4.5-mile
Nevelskoy Strait between Sakhalin and the mainland but the project
was never completed.
Mr Rotenberg?s company is
already building a �6 billion
bridge between the mainland in
southern Russia and Crimea. The
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Kremlin wants to ease the isolation of the annexed Ukrainian
peninsula. It also wants to boost
tourism and business investment.
A spokesman for Mr Rotenberg
said it was too early to talk about
Stroygazmontazh?s part in making
the Sakhalin bridge, but did not
deny that it would be involved. He
told Russian media the company
was focused on the Crimea bridge,
due to be completed next year. The
Arkady Rotenberg and President
Putin still spar and play hockey
billionaire tycoon has benefited
from several spurts of infrastructure building under Mr Putin. His
companies received billions of
dollars of contracts for construction linked to the 2014 Winter
Olympics in Sochi.
Alexei Navalny, 41, the opposition leader and anti-corruption
campaigner, has claimed the Rotenbergs win tenders unfairly and
are immensely wealthy as a result.
The Panama Papers leaks last year
showed that loans of $231 million
from two ?shadow companies?
controlled by Mr Rotenberg
appeared to have gone to a British
Virgin Islands-based company
called Sunbarn Limited, created by
a manager at Bank of Rossiya.
There was no repayment schedule.
Roman Anin, a reporter from
the Novaya Gazeta who investigated the files, said that such loans
were ?actually donations from
major Russian businessmen?.
?This money was spent on acquiring strategic assets inside the
country . . . and on leisure projects
connected with the president,? he
told the Dozhd television channel.
Mr Rotenberg denies any
wrongdoing.
The Sakhalin bridge would be a
step in a larger project to connect
Moscow and Tokyo by rail. Igor
Shuvalov, the deputy prime minister, said last month that Russia and
Japan were in ?serious discussions?
to link the two countries.
Fifteen primary school children on
a bus were among victims of the
Mogadishu lorry bomb blast.
An American citizen and the
director-general of Somalia?s Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and
Disaster Management also died in
the country?s worst terrorist attack,
which killed more than 300.
Yesterday 70 people were airlifted to Turkey for specialist medical
treatment and funerals began for
those who perished.
Experts believe that the lorry
that exploded in a busy shopping
area, causing several buildings to
collapse, was loaded with at least
500kg of explosives. The government has blamed the home-grown
terror group al-Shabaab, though it
has yet to claim responsibility.
Security sources think so many
people died because the blast ignited a fuel tanker. They also speculated that the lorry might have
missed its intended target and was
accidentally detonated.
Only al-Shabaab had the capactity to mount such a large
attack, they added, and its failure
to claim credit was habitual when
there were mass civilian casualties
that generated public anger.
Matt Bryden, a Somalia specialist with the Nairobi think-tank
Sahan, said questions would now
be asked about how the militants
managed to get a bomb so large into the city without being detected.
Among those giving blood yesterday was the al-Shabaab?s former
number-two, Sheikh Mukhtar
Robow, who defected in August
and described Saturday?s attack as
?irreligious? and ?heartless?.
On Sunday hundreds of Somalis
marched through Mogadishu to
condemn the attack. ?We have
seen what the terrorists can mercilessly do by shedding the blood of
innocent civilians,? Thabit Mohamed, the mayor, told them. ?We
need to stand united.?
An American citizen, Ahmed
Abdikarin Eyow, from the Council
on American-Islamic Relations,
was killed in his hotel room.
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Roman theatre found under Western Wall after 150-year hunt
Israel
Anshel Pfeffer Jerusalem
Archaeologists have uncovered an
ancient Roman theatre beneath the
Old City of Jerusalem, 150 years after
their search began.
Carbon dating and other methods
indicate that the theatre was probably
built in the second or third century AD.
The incomplete arena is beneath the
prayer plaza of the Western Wall, a site
holy to Jews and Muslims. It appears
never to have been used and was not
completed, according to experts from
the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA),
who announced the discovery yesterday.
The building of a Roman theatre
close to the site of the destroyed Temple
in Jerusalem is mentioned in contemporary sources but had eluded archaeologists who have been digging on the
site since Major-General Sir Charles
William Wilson, the British army geographer, began excavations there in 1867.
Joe Uziel, an archaeologist, said he
and his colleagues had expected that
their latest efforts would lead to a
Roman street. ?But as we excavated and
excavated we realised we weren?t getting to the street. Instead we have this
circular building,? he told reporters at
the underground site. ?Basically, we
realised that we were excavating a
theatre-like structure.?
The section of the 2,000-year-old
Western Wall uncovered by the diggers
is about 15m wide and 8m high and had
been buried under 8m of earth for 1,700
years, according to the IAA. Theatres
were an integral feature of cities occupied by the Roman empire but the location of this one is significant because it
seems to have been part of Roman efforts to eradicate the Jewish connection to the Holy Land after their
destruction of the Jewish Temple in AD
70 . This included renaming Jerusalem
Aelia Capitolina.
MICROSOFT
Microsoft branches
out with new office
H
igh in a fir
tree outside
Seattle, one
of the world?s
largest
companies has built its
staff a meeting room
with a difference (Ben
Hoyle writes).
It looks like the Ewok
village in Return of the
Jedi; a long ramp and a
spiral staircase lead to a
wooden deck where the
wind rustling through
the trees can be heard
along with the
occasional squirrel and
the intent keyboard
tapping of Microsoft
employees hard at work
? or at least pretending
that they are.
At the back of the
deck stands ?treehouse
number one?, a
conference room
available to all
employees that has a
soaring ceiling and
contains little more than
a farmhouse table,
benches, some chairs
and hidden plug sockets.
The structure is one of
three wifi-enabled
?branch-based meeting
spaces? that Microsoft
has erected on its
sprawling campus in
Microsoft has built treehouse offices at its campus in Redmond, Washington, with the hope of boosting creativity
Redmond, Washington,
to foster creativity and
calm among its workers.
?People said, given the
opportunity, they would
work more outside,?
Bret Boulter, the project
manager, said in a
Microsoft blog post.
That feedback tallied
with research showing
that spending time in
nature can make people
more focused, relaxed
and creative. The
company brought in
Pete Nelson, a master
treehouse builder with
United States
Rhys Blakely Washington
A cabal of congressmen and drugs
companies is alleged to have helped
fuel an epidemic of opioid abuse in
America by neutering efforts to stop
suspicious shipments of painkillers
reaching rogue doctors and chemists.
More than 64,000 overdose deaths
were recorded last year in the US, a
22 per cent increase on 2015. An average of 175 people a day died from drug
abuse, more than shootings and car
crashes combined.
Yet even as the opioid crisis became a
talking point in the race for the White
House, Congress passed a bill last year
that hindered the ability of the Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA) to
halt shipments of prescription painkillers that its investigators suspect are
destined for the black market.
One of the champions of the bill was
Tom Marino, a member of Congress
who has been nominated by President
Trump to be the new White House
?drugs tsar?. Mr Marino presented the
new law as a means of safeguarding
access to essential medication.
Joe Rannazzisi, a former head of the
DEA division that regulates and inves-
Opioid deaths (left scale, thousands)
Immediate suspension orders
against doctors (right scale)
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Opioid epidemic blamed
on Congress conspiracy
tigates the pharmaceutical industry,
disagrees. He claims that the legislation
was the culmination of years of effort to
block the department from thwarting
the flow of opioids to addicts.
The drugs industry spent more than
$100 million lobbying Capitol Hill
between 2014 and 2016, and key members of Congress, including Mr Marino,
received six-figure contributions.
Mr Rannazzisi, who retired in 2015,
alleges that the money has bought unprecedented influence and that companies have been able to bully the Justice
Department, which oversees the DEA,
into shelving investigations into suspicious opioid supplies.
?The drug industry, the manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and chain
drug stores, have an influence over
Congress that has never been seen
before,? he told The Washington Post. ?I
mean, to get Congress to pass a bill to
protect their interests in the height of
an opioid epidemic just shows me how
much influence they have.?
Mr Marino?s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Last night, after demands from Democrats that Mr Trump revoke Mr Marino?s nomination, the president said he
was examining the claims. ?If I think it?s
one per cent negative to doing what we
want to do, I will make a change,? Mr
Trump said. ?We?re going to be looking
into Tom,? he added.
Mr Rannazzisi described to 60 Minutes, a TV news programme, how he decided while at the DEA to place less emphasis on prosecuting individual rogue
clinics, pharmacists and doctors and to
target big suppliers instead.
He alleges, however, that in 2011,
Cardinal Health, America?s second
largest drug distributor, put pressure on
his superiors at the Justice Department.
The former deputy attorney-general
James Cole has denied that pressure
was put on his superiors.
Cardinal Health did not respond to a
request for comment.
his own TV series, to
carry out the work. Two
of the treehouses are
open and a third, ?a
sheltered lounge space?
will be ready later this
year. All three are
designed to ?flex and
expand as the trees
grow? and will, with
luck, last for at least 20
years, Mr Boulter said.
The project is the
latest symbol of how the
company is reinventing
itself after years of
relative decline from its
1990s pomp.
Microsoft became the
biggest company in
history but fell foul of
the US Justice
Department, which tried
to break it up. Profits
grew but growth stalled
and investors turned to
younger, more
glamorous technology
companies such as
Apple, Google and
Facebook.
Microsoft?s company
culture was famously
cut-throat and relentless
until Satya Nadella, its
Indian chief executive,
took over in 2014. He
put empathy and
enjoyment at the centre
of his vision for
Microsoft, along with
big bets on cloud
computing and artificial
intelligence that have
brought the company?s
share price roaring
back.
Truckers cooking up storm
with fancy meals on wheels
Will Pavia New York
In the 1980s film Over the Top, a trucker
played by Sylvester Stallone is travelling with his estranged son and suggests dinner at a steak restaurant
favoured by fellow kings of the road.
?Sir,? his son replies, ?you?re going to
be the victim of cholesterol poisoning.
Later in life, you?ll just start to rot away.?
This bleak assessment was echoed
more recently by the National Institute
for Occupational Safety and Health,
which surveyed 1,670 drivers and found
that 69 per cent were obese and nearly
90 per cent were vulnerable to chronic
disease. Against this grim reckoning, a
growing cohort of truckers are making
some drastic changes. They have taken
up cooking.
?Whenever I have a day where I have
a little bit more time, I make a roast in
my crock pot,? said Tom Kyrk, 42, who
drives a 72ft-long refrigerated lorry in
eastern Pennsylvania. It roasts as he
drives. ?You can?t make Gordon Ramsay-style prime rib in the little oven we
have on the truck, but that?s about the
only thing I can?t do.?
Mr Kyrk started driving 12 years ago
and began cooking initially to save
money. Eating at truck stops was getting pricier, he said. Some truckers
managed to subsist on hot dogs. ?But
even if you go with the hot dog ap-
proach, where it?s two for $3, it?s still $10
to $15 a day. People are worried about
high blood pressure.?
On a Facebook group called Big
Truck Cooking, drivers swap recipes for
curried eggs, or stuffed peppers with
sprouts and a cucumber salad. Leading
proponents of cab cuisine post YouTube videos in which they sit, or
crouch, in the confined space behind
the driver?s seat. Haulage companies
have begun offering cooking guides for
their drivers.
?A lot of the truck drivers are older
and they have to pass Department of
Transportation physicals,? Jennifer
Hintz, of Dedicated Systems in Wisconsin, said. Her company installs
refrigerators in all its cabs, as well as
auxiliary power units, to help power
cooking equipment. Half their drivers
say they now cook on the road, she said.
Mr Kyrk, who drives for a company in
Dallas and is widely known on the road
as Captain Kyrk, is one of the leading
lights of the new highway cuisine.
?There are some serious foodies among
the truckers now,? he said. In a recent
demonstration at the Great American
Trucking Show in Dallas, he showed his
fellow truckers how to do a four-course
meal in thirty minutes.
He said the new trucking cuisine is in
the tradition of the steam train drivers
who once cooked on their engines.
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Thrifty Xi scraps
free facials at
Beijing congress
Delegates to the Chinese Communist
Party congress have been told to
forget free haircuts and facials as part
of President Xi?s cost-cutting drive.
Prawns and sea cucumbers will also
be off the menu for the 2,287 members
who will descend on Beijing this week
for the ruling party?s 19th national
congress, a high-powered political
gathering held every five years.
Mr Xi, 64, is essentially guaranteed to
continue as party general secretary and
China?s president. However, other
positions in the party?s highest ranks
are up for grabs in a reshuffle. Of the
seven-man standing committee of the
ruling Politburo, five are due to retire.
Since Mr Xi has made thriftiness a
signature of his leadership, it will come
as no surprise to the delegates at the
tightly scripted convention that perks
will no longer be available.
There will be no colourful balloons,
lush flowerbeds or even welcome
banners to greet those arriving at the
week-long gathering, Wang Lilian, a
logistics officer, told state media.
?The fruit platters will be gone from
the hotel rooms of the delegates and
staff,? Mr Wang, who has organised the
three previous congresses, said. Only
home-style dishes will be provided in
the canteens and in the buffet, and
there will be no petite sea cucumbers
and prawns.?
Also gone, Mr Wang said, will be
tailoring services, haircuts and facials.
Such extras have alienated the Chinese
public and critics have questioned
costs. Shortly after taking the reins as
party chief at the last congress five
years ago, Mr Xi launched a drive to cut
waste and improve efficiency. Opulent
official banquets have become a political
taboo, as has wining and dining business people at expensive clubs.
Restaurants specialising in such
banquets have closed, to the satisfaction of the masses. To set an example,
Mr Xi was served a meal of four simple
dishes and a soup when he made an
inspection visit in late 2012.
Alcohol is off the menu at all public
institute functions, including universities and state-owned enterprises. Red
carpets for inspecting officials have
gone and traffic controls are no longer
a given for officials? outings.
At the annual National People?s Congress in 2013 delegates who once sported
designer clothes and expensive bags
were served a simple traditional menu
of egg drop soup, boiled corn, stir-fried
vegetables and sticky rice with pork.
The measures are part of a sweeping
campaign against corruption, which
has brought down as many as 40 of the
party?s 376-member central committee
since their 2012 election, including Sun
Zhengcai, who was in the 25-person
political bureau.
Wu Aiying, who served as the
country?s justice minister for 12 years
until February, was expelled from the
party at the weekend.
No reason was given for the expulsion
but she is believed to have promoted Lu
Enguang, a businessman who bought
his position as deputy justice minister
but fell victim to Mr Xi?s anticorruption drive.
Cabin crew
wept as plane
dived 22,000ft
Islamic State
chiefs killed by
Duterte forces
Australia
Philippines
Bernard Lagan Sydney
Richard Lloyd Parry Asia Editor
Passengers on a flight from Western
Australia to Indonesia that lost cabin
pressure and dived 22,000ft have said
that panic on board was exacerbated by
cabin crew weeping and screaming.
The Air Asia Airbus A320 travelling
from Perth to the holiday island of Bali
with 145 people on board was forced to
turn back 25 minutes after take-off on
Sunday morning. Passengers said they
were ordered to adopt the brace position and pull on their oxygen masks as
the aircraft made a rapid descent from
32,000ft to 10,000ft.
Many attempted to send farewell text
messages to loved ones. Clare Askew
told Australia?s Seven News that most
of the passengers did not know what
was happening because the plane?s onboard announcements were not in English. The low-cost airline is Malaysianowned.
?The panic was escalated because of
the behaviour of staff who were
screaming, looked tearful and
shocked,? Ms Askew told reporters at
Perth airport. ?Now, I get it, but we
looked to them for reassurance and we
didn?t get any, we were more worried
because of how panicked they were.?
The flight landed safely in Perth. Air
Asia said the cause of the incident was
under investigation.
The Philippine army has killed the
head of Islamic State in southeast Asia
and another senior militant leader as
the four-month siege of the southern
city of Marawi nears a bloody close.
Delfin Lorenzana, the defence minister, confirmed reports that the bodies of
Isnilon Hapilon, Isis?s leader in the Philippines, and Omarkhayam Maute had
been identified after fighting in Marawi
China
Didi Tang Beijing
Strength in numbers A new record was set by 3,755 ?Rosie the Riveters? at Eastern Michigan
University. The American character was created in 1942 to honour wartime female workers
The US had offered
a $5 million reward
for Isnilon Hapilon
yesterday. The two men were leaders of
an Islamist uprising that has displaced
350,000 people and killed 1,000 soldiers, militants and civilians.
The battle of Marawi began on May
23 after an unsuccessful attempt to
arrest Hapilon. The failed raid precipitated a takeover of the city by an alliance of insurgent Islamist groups.
The United States had offered a
$5 million reward for the capture of
Hapilon, 51. His most notable crime was
the kidnapping of three Americans in
2001, two of whom were killed.
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Winning
the battle
for viewers
N
etflix has
revealed that
its subscriber
base grew by
more than expected in
the third quarter
(James Dean writes).
The creator of House
of Cards, right,
Stranger Things and
Orange is the New
Black said that it had
109.3 million members
at the end of last
month, up from
104 million in June.
Netflix said then that
its subscriber base
would reach
108.4 million by the end
of September.
Its shares, which
closed at a high of
$202.68, rose a further
2.4 per cent to $207.55
in late trading. Thirdquarter profit rose to
$130 million, compared
with $51.5 million last
year, and revenue rose
to $2.99 billion from
$2.3 billion.
Jefferies accused of yielding to pressure to win clients
The City watchdog is investigating an
American investment bank over claims
that senior managers improperly
interfered with the work of analysts in
its research department, an employment tribunal was told yesterday.
Jefferies is facing claims from Milan
Radia, one of its former leading
analysts, that he was forced to change a
report under pressure from a potential
client of the bank and that he was asked
to attend float pitches, in breach of
market rules.
In a legal claim submitted to a
London employment tribunal, Mr
Radia alleged that Jefferies had broken
rules over the use of equity research to
win initial public offerings. He accused
the bank of bringing analysts to deal
pitches alongside bankers and of allow-
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change critical report?
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ing bankers to interview potential
recruits to its research department.
Mr Radia said that equity research
analysts at Jefferies had been paid by
the bank for ?their specific work on
winning IPO and other investment
banking transactions?. He also alleged
that senior bankers had asked for ?certain text? to be included in research
reports ?in an attempt to gain favour
with decision-makers on pitches for
forthcoming IPO transactions?.
A lawyer for Mr Radia told the
employment tribunal yesterday that
the Financial Conduct Authority was
investigating Jefferies, having informed the bank on March 28 that it
was the subject of an official review
over the allegations.
The claim is the second brought by
Mr Radia, formerly managing director
at Jefferies, after he lost an earlier tribu-
nal for discrimination based on disability. He had alleged that his bonus was
cut after he returned to work following
treatment for leukaemia eight years
ago. In February a tribunal rejected the
claim and said that Mr Radia ?in a number of respects . . . did not tell the truth or
misled the tribunal?. He was dismissed
by Jefferies after the judgment.
He has brought a fresh claim for
unfair dismissal based on his previous
whistleblowing against the bank on its
breaches of research rules. Sam Neaman, representing Mr Radia, told the
tribunal that his claims included allegations relating to a research report that
he wrote on Telecity, a formerly
London-listed data centre business, as
well as the potential flotation of
Moneybookers, a payments and money
transfer company now known as Skrill.
Mr Neaman told the tribunal that
David Weaver, a former senior investment banker at Jefferies, had ?succumbed? to pressure from Telecity to
ask Mr Radia, one of the bank?s top
technology analysts, to alter a report.
Huw Tucker, international chief
financial officer of Jefferies, told the
tribunal that he had not been aware of
Mr Radia?s specific allegations but that
he was aware of the FCA investigation.
?We did have a board meeting with
the FCA where they informed us of the
investigation,? Mr Tucker said. He told
the tribunal that he had been informed
at the weekend that the FCA?s review of
the Telecity claim had been closed.
A spokeswoman for Jefferies said: ?As
was the case with Mr Radia?s first tribunal claim which he lost on all points,
this claim has no merit and we are confident that we will prevail.? The FCA declined to comment. The case continues.
Chinese state oil companies have
written to Saudi Aramco offering to buy
up to 5 per cent of its shares and bypass
its planned stock market float.
Petrochina and Sinopec have
expressed interest in a direct deal with
the Saudi national oil giant, Reuters
reported yesterday.
Saudi Aramco has emphasised that it
is continuing to review options for a
public listing, which it says is planned
for next year, despite rumoured delays.
London is among the candidates to
host the float.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, heir
to the Saudi throne, wants to raise
$100 billion through a sale of 5 per cent
of Aramco shares. This would value the
company at $2 trillion and would fund a
planned diversification of the country?s
economy. Industry experts believe that
China, the biggest buyer of Saudi oil, is
interested in a direct deal in return for
a security of supply agreement.
Aramco is said to be considering the
offer, but sources suggested that it was
unlikely to strike a deal unless China
could match the valuation targeted
through the flotation.
China and India had already been
regarded as possible ?cornerstone
investors? for the initial public offering.
Sovereign wealth funds from South
Korea and Japan, which are significant
buyers of Saudi oil, are also said to be
interested in acquiring a stake.
Any deal with China could involve a
partnership on refineries. Aramco is
looking to expand its refining capacity,
which is far lower than its production
capacity, and has held talks with Petrochina about a potential investment.
The Financial Times reported last
week that Aramco was considering a
private share sale to sovereign wealth
funds and institutional investors alongside a domestic listing on the Saudi
Tadawul exchange, while delaying an
international IPO until 2019, at least.
Saudi has yet to select a venue for an
international listing. London and New
York are each in the running. The
Financial Conduct Authority has been
accused of ?watering down? regulations
to allow Aramco to carry out its listing
by proposing to create a new category
for premium-listed companies controlled by governments. The Investment Association and the Local
Authority Pension Fund Forum have
each objected to the plans.
?A range of options for the public
listing of Saudi Aramco continue to be
held under active review. No decision
has been made and the IPO process
remains on track,? Saudi Aramco said.
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RK
Business
Need to know
1
Some 400,000 Mercedes-Benz
cars in Britain will be taken off
the road because of concerns
over airbags being wrongly
deployed in the middle of
journeys. Daimler, the parent
company, said that cars built
between November 2011 and July
this year would be recalled in the
UK after it was alerted to
incidents of airbags going off
prematurely. Page 2
2
Millions of households would
be more than �0 a year
worse off if Britain leaves the
European Union without a deal,
according to researchers. Page 8
3
Workers at the Bombardier
factory in Northern Ireland
were given fresh hope when
the Canadian company signed a
deal with Airbus. The European
civil aerospace group plans to take
a majority stake in Bombardier?s
C-Series jet programme. Page 12
4
The board of the Weinstein
Company has said it is
holding talks to sell the film
studio. Colony Capital, run by an
adviser to President Trump, said it
had agreed to make an investment
in the company co-founded by
Harvey Weinstein, who faces
abuse allegations in London, New
York and Los Angeles. Page 15
5
Ministers will pump up to
�5 billion into the investment
arm of the aid department
over the next five years in a new
commitment to its economic
development strategy. Page 20
6
The City watchdog is
investigating Jefferies over
claims that managers
improperly interfered with the
work of analysts in its research
department, an employment
tribunal in London was told
yesterday. It is alleged that the
investment bank broke rules over
the use of equity research to win
initial public offerings. Page 37
7
Chinese state oil companies
have written to Saudi Aramco
offering to buy up to 5 per
cent of its shares and bypass its
planned stock market float.
Petrochina and Sinopec have
expressed interest in a direct deal
with the Saudi national oil giant,
Reuters reported. Page 37
8
The medical products maker
at the centre of the biggest
flotation of last year has
warned that its full-year revenue
growth will be lower than
expected. Convatec said in an
unscheduled trading update that
its organic revenue growth would
be between 1 per cent and 2 per
cent, compared with its earlier
target of more than 4 per cent.
9
A former Royal Dutch Shell
executive is due to learn
whether he will face trial in
Italy on corruption charges.
Malcolm Brinded and three other
former employees could be tried
for alleged corruption relating to
Shell and Eni?s $1.3 billion
acquisition of an oil exploration
block off Nigeria. Page 40
10
EY has been fined
�8 million and its former
partner, Julian Gray, must
pay �,000 for misconduct in the
auditing of Tech Data Limited, a
computer distribution company.
Page 42
Footwear chain?s float
puts partners in the
running for big payday
Deirdre Hipwell Retail Editor
The founders of JD Sports intend to
float their latest retail business in a
listing that could earn them tens of millions of pounds.
Footasylum, the fashion, footwear
and clothing company built by David
Makin and John Wardle, is expected to
quote on the Alternative Investment
Market next month.
The company, which targets 16 to 24year-olds, operates nearly 60 stores
across the country and plans to almost
treble this number after an an initial
public offering by opening branches at
a rate of between eight and ten a year. It
employs more than 2,000 staff and sells
300 brands, including Adidas, Nike and
North Face.
Mr Wardle and Mr Makin, who will
sell some of their holdings but will
retain a significant stake in the business, have secured the services of
Barry Bown, former chief executive of
JD Sports, as executive chairman.
Mr Bown has more than 30 years of
retail experience and led JD Sports
between 2000 and 2014 before stepping
down.
He will work with Clare Nesbitt, 30,
chief executive of Footasylum, who is
Mr Makin?s daughter. She will become
the youngest chief executive of any
company listed in London.
Footasylum was launched in 2005 by
Mr Makin and Mr Wardle joined three
years later. It earned �7 million in revenues this year and its earnings before
interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation were �.2 million, compared
with �2 million two years ago. The
business is expected to have a value of
between �0 million and �0 million
when it floats.
Footasylum has not confirmed how
much it intends to raise or the stake that
its existing shareholders will sell. It said
that it intended to carry out a share
placing with institutional and professional investors to raise money alongside the Aim listing.
The retailer said that it wanted to use
these funds to increase its market share,
build its ?brand authority? through
increased marketing, open new stores
and invest in its ecommerce business,
which accounts for 29 per cent of its
revenue.
Ms Nesbitt said that it had been a
?great few years? for Footasylum and
that the time was right for a flotation
after three years of healthy profits. She
said that the group had found a clear
niche in the market and that it was
looking forward to taking on the
challenge of competing against established retailers.
?We pride ourselves on being a
dynamic, adaptive and fast-moving
business with a strong competitive
position, a great stable of third-party
and own brands, and a disciplined approach to delivering sustainable
growth,? Ms Nesbitt said.
?We see substantial opportunities
ahead across our retailer, online and
wholesales channels.?
Striding ahead
Most expensive trainer
available at Footasylum
�9.99
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Size of global
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�5bn
Value of trainers market
1.2bn
0.9bn
Value of ?Athleisure? market*
0.6bn
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
0.3bn
2,200
employees
60 Stores across the UK
Brands sold include
Adidas, Asics, Converse, New Balance,
Calvin Klein, North Face, Nike,
Puma, Under Armour, Hugo Boss
Revenue breakdown
Footwear
Revenue
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accessories
58%
42%
2016
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2017
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2017
�2m
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�.2m
Convatec?s health check is
headache for its investors
Deirdre Hipwell
The medical products maker at the
centre of the biggest flotation of last
year has warned that its full-year revenue growth will be lower than expected.
Convatec, which is led by Sir
Christopher Gent, the former Vodafone boss, said in an unscheduled
trading update that its organic revenue
growth would be between 1 per cent and
2 per cent, compared with its earlier
target of more than 4 per cent.
News of the revision came after the
company reported a sharp fall in its
interim profits in August, which sent its
shares down sharply. Yesterday the
shares, which had hit a high of 344p in
June, slid again, by more than 26 per
cent, to close 74紁 down at 205p.
Convatec was founded in 1978 as part
of Bristol-Myers Squibb, the American
drugs maker, It makes advanced wound
dressings, ostomy systems and accessories, continence and critical care products, as well as infusion devices for use
in insulin and other pumps. It serves a
growing market because of an ageing
global population and a rise in chronic
conditions.
However, although the Readingbased company had a successful float
last August and the shares performed
well initially, the price has been more
volatile (it is down more than 10 per
cent for the year) since it has suffered
Analysis
I
t was not a great
day to be a
shareholder in
Convatec
(Deirdre Hipwell
writes). Shares in the
maker of advanced
wound dressings
closed at 205p, not
only down from June?s
high but also below
Convatec?s float price
of 225p last October.
Yet the share price
plunge had little
serious impact for
Nordic Capital and
Avista Capital
Partners, the private
equity partners that
floated Convatec last
year. Both have
already cashed in
most of their stakes.
Nordic and Avista
bought Convatec for
$4.1 billion from
Bristol-Myers Squibb
about eight years ago
before listing it last
year in the biggest
flotation of 2016. Since
then, they have sold
most of their holdings,
recently selling an
aggregate of
250 million shares in
June when Convatec?s
share price was still at
344p a share.
According to filings
made with the Stock
Exchange, since the
flotation Nordic and
operational difficulties. Its biggest
headache has been the transfer of the
production of some of its wound-care
products from Greensboro, North
Carolina, to Bajos de Haina, in the
Dominican Republic.
Convatec initiated the move as part
of a cost-cutting programme as it
sought to match the margins of Colo-
Avista have raised
about �97 billion by
selling off tranches of
shares. The two
groups sold a
relatively modest
8.6 million shares in
the float last October,
raising �4 million,
but in March and
June this year they
offloaded the majority
of their holdings.
Nordic now retains
just over 143 million
shares, equivalent to
7.34 per cent of
Convatec, while
Avista holds about
58.2 million shares, or
2.98 per cent of the
group.
plast, a Danish rival. The move involved
the dismantling and shipping of 30 production lines, but delays in the execution of this project have meant that
Convatec has been unable to fulfil all its
orders on time, leaving some customers
waiting months for deliveries.
Convatec, whose advanced woundcare division is the biggest part of its
business, said yesterday that it had lost
some orders as a result of the delays.
The company believes that it will
have resolved its supply issues by the
end of the fourth quarter, but it is unclear whether former customers will
return. Its group?s supply problems,
which were further affected by hurricanes in the Caribbean, also damaged
Convatec?s sales of new products in the
third quarter, when it recorded group
revenue of $445.5 million, up 6.8 per
cent on this time last year.
Paul Moraviec, chief executive, said
that he was ?disappointed? with recent
performance and was reviewing the
implications for Convatec?s growth and
margins in 2018. He said that although
its margin improvement targets remained the same, the company could
have to look at the timeframe for when
it could achieve them. It would update
the City with new guidance at its fullyear results after the ?temporary but
painful setback?.
He said: ?Despite these setbacks, the
business remains well positioned in
large, structurally growing chronic care
markets, with strong brands, differentiated products and a strong and
innovative R&D pipeline.
?We understand the operational
issues we need to address and are
determined to drive performance and
to deliver margin improvement in the
future.?
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Banks order
Interserve
to bring in
accountants
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
Chief executive?s number
is up as he heads for exit
Dominic Walsh
If Andy McIver thought he had hit the
jackpot when he joined the board of
Jackpotjoy in August last year, his
triumph has proved shortlived. The
online bingo operator said yesterday
that its chief executive was heading for
the exit.
Only nine months after its London
listing, Jackpotjoy said that Mr McIver
would be stepping down at the end of
January. Neil Goulden, the group?s
chairman, who joined at the same time
as Mr McIver, will take the reins
as executive chairman.
The company also said
that it had appointed
Simon Wykes, a former
colleague of Mr Goulden
from their time at Gala
Coral, as group managing director to ?provide
additional operational
expertise? across the
Jackpotjoy, Vera & John
and Mandalay businesses.
In a statement, it said:
?The board has decided,
after several months of
careful consideration and
in consultation and agreement with Andy, that further operational expertise
is needed to ensure the
company is best placed to
maximise future growth
prospects through its
core business segments.?
Analysts expressed
surprise at the need for
further operational expertise, given
that Mr McIver formerly was chief
executive of Sportingbet for six years,
expanding its operations to 26 countries before overseeing its sale for
�0 million to William Hill and GVC
Holdings in 2013. However, one
suggested that, after a gap of several
years since his last executive role, Mr
McIver may have found the transition
difficult, particularly as the company?s
three businesses operated in Gibraltar,
Spain, Malta and Demark as well as
Britain. ?Going back to a full-on CEO
role, with all that travel, can?t have been
easy,? the analyst suggested.
A source close to the company
insisted that the executive?s departure
was unrelated to the ?legacy issues?
that delayed the move of its stock
market listing from Toronto to
London by several months.
Shares of Jackpotjoy, which
has featured Dame Barbara
Windsor as its ?Queen of
Bingo? in television adverts in
recent years, have performed well since opening
at 601緋 in January.
Despite Mr McIver?s
surprise exit, they
added a further 8p
to close at 817p
yesterday
after
confirmation that
management
at
the company were
?confident of meeting
the upper end of
market
expectations? for its full-year
results.
Interserve will report to the stock
market as early as tomorrow on the
depths of its financial crisis after it
emerged that it had brought in restructuring accountants from EY, sending its
shares to record lows.
The construction company, which
also acts as an outsourced caretaker
and cleaning contractor, was forced
yesterday to issue a statement, albeit a
brief one, on the news that EY had been
hired at the behest of HSBC and Royal
Bank of Scotland, its two main bankers.
?Interserve confirms that it is
engaged in constructive and ongoing
discussions with its lenders,? the statement said. ?Work is under way to
provide greater clarity on Interserve?s
current trading and energy-fromwaste provision, provided in the September 14 update announcement.?
That profit warning a month ago did
not simply stun investors about the
breadth of issues engulfing the company; it exasperated them, too, giving
no details of how bad the financials
would look.
It is now understood that two weeks
after the end of the company?s third
quarter, Interserve is close to being able
to explain the extent of its ?disappointing trading? during the summer in the
support services and construction
businesses, where previously the company had given no hint of problems.
This week?s trading update, which is
being brought forward by about a
month, will also explain how significant
the fiasco in its energy-from-waste
venture has become after Interserve
had warned ?the final costs will significantly exceed the �0 million currently provided?.
Banker and shareholder support will
depend on how badly Interserve?s borrowings have spiralled and whether it
can stay within its banking covenants.
Interserve retains the support of its
bankers as long as its borrowings stay
within three times its ?ebitda? profits.
At June 30, debts had leapt 40 per cent
in six months to �7.5 million. Analysts
fear that 2017 earnings before interest,
tax, depreciation and amortisation will
come in well shy of 2016?s �3 million.
Some analysts believe that the company could come perilously close to
testing those banking covenants.
Disappointing performances in the
energy-from-waste business, centred
on a facility in Glasgow but also across
four other projects, cost the chief
executive and finance directors their
jobs. Adrian Ringrose, the chief
executive until last month, insisted last
year that the energy-from-waste failure
was ?no bigger and no uglier? than the
� million provision he had originally
taken.
Interserve shares closed down 11緋
at 99p last night. A year ago they were
changing hands at 370p.
Stephen Rawlinson, analyst at Applied Value, said that a turnaround of
the company would not be straightforward. ?As most problems are in construction, which is not the background
of either the new chief executive or
finance director, we suspect this will
not be an easy task for anyone,? he said.
Debbie White, the new chief executive, joined six weeks ago after 13 years
with Sodexo, the international catering
group. Mark Whiteling joined as
finance director a fortnight ago after a
career in distribution, marketing,
manufacturing and pharmaceuticals,
latterly with Premier Farnell.
Injured buyers
lick their wounds
business commentary Alistair Osborne
A
t times like these, little
beats Aquacel Ag Extra.
The Convatec wound
dressing is nine times
stronger and one-and-ahalf times more absorbent than rival
kit. Just the thing, then, for investors
who?ve been banging their head on
the desk all day.
And why, you ask, would anyone
do that? Well, 27 per cent off the
shares is one answer, what with the
stock now down to 205p ? below
last October?s 225p float price. And
all after a profits warning that
doesn?t quite add up. Not only that.
Who wouldn?t be beating
themselves up after buying into a
FTSE 100 float oozing sell signals?
It took no less than nine banks,
headed by Bank of America Merrill
Lynch, Goldman Sachs and UBS, to
get Convatec?s listing away, raising
�4 billion to value the company at
�4 billion. True, it was the biggest
IPO of the year in a market spooked
by Brexit. But bottom-of-the-range
pricing, despite � million of float
fees, suggested limits to investor
enthusiasm for Convatec?s range of
colostomy bags and catheters.
Meantime, the directors cashed in a
quarter of their stakes. Paul
Moraviec, the chief executive sold
�6 million of shares; finance chief,
Nigel Clerkin, almost �million.
Convatec?s two private equity
owners, Nordic Capital and Avista
Capital Partners, haven?t exactly
hung about either. Before the float,
they owned more than 90 per cent
of the business. Three mega share
sales since have got that down to
10 per cent, raising �97 billion. Mr
Clerkin is getting out too, deciding
that relocating from Dublin to
Convatec?s Reading HQ would
really be far too much for his family.
And now here comes the profits
shocker ? just ten weeks, too, after
Mr Moraviec used the half-year
results to declare: ?We are confident
for the future and delivering our
full-year guidance, with accelerating
growth in the second half?.
Not anymore. The 4 per cent sales
growth Convatec was shooting for
will now be as little as 1 per cent.
And mainly due to ?supply issues?
for its wound care and ostomy
products: namely the botched shift
of manufacturing from America?s
Greensboro to the hurricane centre
of Haina in the Dominican
Republic. Yes, the weather hasn?t
helped. But that?s not the main
issue. It?s that a key chapter of
Convatec?s IPO growth story ? its
margin improvement programme ?
is now being hastily rewritten.
It was promising a 3 percentage
point rise in gross margins by 2020,
en route to closing the gap with rival
Coloplast, whose margins are even
better than Convatec?s 61 per cent.
But 1.3 percentage points of that,
which investors thought was already
in the bag, have now leaked away ?
an experience you hope Convatec
does not extend to the customers.
Blaming it all on the factory move
looks odd too: it only involves a
quarter of the ostomy business and
9 per cent of wound care.
True, Mr Moraviec insists it?s a
?temporary? setback and that
Convatec is still sitting pretty for an
ageing society?s chronic illnesses.
Lucky someone still believes that.
Interserve, interslide
B
ad numbers always take longer
to add up. Even so, someone
must have nicked the
Interserve calculator. It?s more than
a month now since ?one of the
world?s foremost support services
and construction companies? lived
up to its own billing by removing
half the group?s value in a day. And
still the market?s waiting for some
detail on what?s gone wrong.
True, Interserve has enticed a
new finance director, Mark
Whiteling, to go with newish boss
Debbie White ? both trying to
outdo each other with their mastery
of minus figures. But you can see
why Interserve?s banks might be
getting jumpier.
Lenders including HSBC and
Royal Bank of Scotland have hired
accountants EY to do some number
crunching of their own, not least
over an energy to waste contract
now costing ?significantly? more
than �0 million. And maybe it?s no
big shock that Interserve is now
?engaged in constructive and
ongoing discussions with its
lenders? ? even if that sounds
worse than last month?s statement
that it ?will be able to operate within
its banking covenants?.
After yesterday?s 11 per cent share
price fall to 99p, Interserve?s equity
is valued at just �4 million, while
year end net debt is heading for
�0 million. On analyst forecasts,
Interserve is close to breaching its
three times net debt to ebitda
covenant. An update this week may
not be overly reassuring.
Aramco fiasco
P
oor Andrew Bailey. The
Financial Conduct Authority
boss produced a 76-page sales
pitch to lure Saudi Aramco to
London ? even if he pretended his
?premium listing? rule bending had
nothing to do with the oil group?s
$1 trillion-plus float. Then, on Friday,
he got rumbled over meetings
between the FCA and the Saudis ?
all adding to the impression that
he?d been leant on by the PM.
And now look what?s happened.
China?s PetroChina and Sinopec
have offered to buy 5 per cent of
Aramco, potentially eliminating the
need for a float ? or Mr Bailey?s
Saudi sucking-up routine. Serves
him right for being so oily.
Ritchie?s reward
N
o ?low carbon modular
home? looks right without
bricked up windows, holes in
the ceiling or unlaid gardens. Which
must be why renewable energy
outfit Welink has hired ex-Bovis
boss David Ritchie to advise it on its
?solutions? to the ?global housing
shortage? (Report, page 44).
Its press release lists Mr Ritchie?s
achievements in his 15 years on the
Bovis board. But it must have run
out of room to mention how he was
fired in January amid a scandal over
half-built homes. Funny that.
alistair.osborne@thetimes.co.uk
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Airbnb, but now the
boom in the sharing
economy has
reached something far
more traditional ? the
wedding sari (Melissa
van der Klugt writes).
An online fashionsharing start-up has
taken Delhi by storm
with its handembroidered silk saris
and sequinned tunics,
which allow customers
to dress up for weddings
and parties like their
favourite Bollywood
stars for only 1,500
rupees, or �, a night.
?Indians love dressing
up, the bolder the
better,? Sabena Puri, cofounder of Stage 3 said,
?but now everyone?s on
social media, outfits are
redundant after one
outing. I spotted a gap.?
That gap, ?our sweet
spot?, comprises largely
aspirational, middleclass women aged 21 to
35 who cannot afford
designer clothes but
want to follow trends
that are not catered for
in bazaars and markets.
A Harvard-educated
mother of two, Ms Puri,
45, worked for ten years
with start-ups in
California, where she
saw the rise of
companies such as Rent
The Runway, which let
shoppers follow red
carpet trends and hire
couture dresses and
accessories for about
$40. Started in 2009, the
American company now
boasts six million
members.
When she returned to
India five years ago, she
was struck by the
number of young female
India?s growing middle classes want to wear dresses as striking as those sported by the country?s social elite
graduates with
disposable incomes.
While Zara has become
an Indian fashion
success story catering to
just this market since its
launch on the subcontinent in 2010,
formal wear is a
different matter entirely.
?A sari for a special
occasion is different to
buying a little black
dress,? Ms Puri said.
?The designs can?t be
mass-produced.?
Yet when Ms Puri
launched Stage 3 in
2015, she was told by
friends that it would
never take off. ?India is
so rooted in status when
it comes to dressing,?
she said. ?People said
that no one would want
to rent their clothes.?
They were wrong: a popup shop offering 120 preowned designer items
quickly sold out. Now
she stocks everything
from lehengas (full
ankle-length skirts worn
with blouses) to 21stcentury jumpsuits.
?Some of our customers
just want something
cool to wear on a date.?
Indeed, there are
particular advantages to
fashion-sharing in India:
?In most western
countries, companies
have to hold all sizes of a
dress. In India, we make
things in one size to be
quickly and cheaply
altered.? She stocks up
to 500 styles and tailors
alter a piece overnight
for each customer.
They are in for a busy
week. ?Everyone?s
talking about what
they?re going to be
wearing for Diwali [the
festival of lights this
week] and there are a lot
of weddings at this time
of year,? Ms Puri said.
Nigeria corruption charge threat
looms over former Shell executive
Tom Kington, Emily Gosden
One of Royal Dutch Shell?s most senior
former executives is due to learn within
weeks whether he will face trial in Italy
on corruption charges.
Investigating magistrates requested
over the summer that Malcolm Brinded
and three other former Shell employees
be tried for alleged international corruption relating to Shell and Eni?s $1.3 billion
acquisition of a big oil exploration block
offshore Nigeria.
They are understood also to be
seeking trials of Shell itself, as well as Eni,
the Italian oil major, and Claudio
Descalzi, its chief executive.
Prosecutors allege that the companies
and their executives knew that much of
the cash in the 2011 purchase of the Oil
Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245 block
was to be paid in bribes, rather than
to the government. Mr Brinded, 64,
who is president of the Energy
Institute, was Shell?s executive
director in charge of its upstream
international division at the time of
the deal.
Under Italian law, after investigating magistrates request a trial
A hearing was
expected today to
decide about
Malcolm Brinded
and three other
former executives
the case is passed to a judge for a
preliminary hearing to decide whether
to approve the request. A hearing to
decide about Mr Brinded and the three
other former Shell executives was
expected today. Judicial sources said it
was likely that the judge would decide to
unify the case with that of the Eni executives, who are also at the preliminary
hearing stage. The last preliminary
hearing is scheduled for October 31 and
the judge should decide a few days later
whether a trial will be held.
Judicial sources said the Shell executives could face sentences of between
four and eight years if found guilty.
Mr Brinded had a 38-year career at
Shell, retiring in 2012. He was Shell?s UK
chairman from 1999 to 2002 and was
awarded a CBE in the 2002 new year?s
honours list. He stood down from
another role on the board of BHP Billiton in August because of the
legal proceedings in Italy.
The case in Nigeria has a
complex history. The OPL
2 block, thought to be one
245
of the most promising in
Africa, has changed hands
several times and became
subject to litigation before the 2011 deal.
Some of the proceeds of that deal are
alleged to have ended up with Dan Etete,
a former oil minister who previously had
used his position to award the block to
Malabu, a company he controlled.
Shell said that, based on its review of
the Milan prosecutor?s file, it did ?not
believe that there is a basis to prosecute
Shell?. A spokesman said: ?Furthermore,
we are not aware of any evidence to
support a case against any former or
current Shell employee.
?If the evidence ultimately proves that
improper payments were made by
Malabu or others to then current
government officials in exchange for
improper conduct relating to the 2011
settlement of the longstanding legal
disputes, it is Shell?s position that none of
those payments were made with its
knowledge, authorisation or on its
behalf.?
Eni has denied any wrongdoing and
has said it stands by ?the correctness of
its conduct within the acquisition of the
OPL 245 operating licence?.
Mr Brinded declined to comment. His
lawyers had not returned a request for
comment last night.
Kurdish tensions in Iraq heat up global oil price
Robin Pagnamenta, Emily Gosden
Oil prices jumped close to their highest
level since 2015 yesterday, as political
tensions in Iraq triggered a brief
shutdown of output from the country?s
Kurdish north.
Kurdish authorities switched off
350,000 barrels per day of output from
the Bai Hassan and Avana fields as Iraqi
forces entered the disputed city of
Kirkuk. The fields later resumed production after government forces apparently took control of Iraq?s North Oil
Company.
Nevertheless, markets remained
jittery about tensions between Baghdad
and Arbil, the capital of Iraq?s Kurdish
region, over the area?s independence
referendum last month. There were
fears of further disruption to output of
600,000 barrels a day from the country?s
Kurdish fields.
The price of a barrel of Brent crude
rose nearly 2 per cent to $58.17, just shy of
the $59.02 struck last month, which was
the highest since July 2015.
Iraq is the second biggest producer in
Opec after Saudi Arabia.
Turkey has threatened to close down a
pipeline used as an export route from the
Kurdish north to Ceyhan on the Turkish
coast of the Mediterranean.
Fighters from the Kurdish regional
16m
Predicted increase
in daily demand
of barrels of oil
from developing
economies by 2035
Wood Mackenzie
government have held Kirkuk, an
ethnically mixed city of Kurds, Arabs
and Turkomen, for the past three years.
Adding to the bullish mood in global
oil markets were concerns about the reimposition of US sanctions against Iran
after President Trump?s refusal to certify
that Tehran was complying with an
accord designed to stop its nuclear weapons programme. Congress has 60 days to
decide whether to reimpose sanctions,
which could hit Iran?s oil export industry.
Bjarne Schieldrop, an analyst at SEB,
said that ?a stronger growth outlook for
2018 by the IMF and rising geopolitical
tension in Iraq and Iran? were propelling
the market.
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Comment Business
Patrick Hosking
Philip Aldrick
Brexit transition deal
means different things
to many different people
Auditors have become parasites
feeding off the capital markets
??
For most people,
�,000 is an
unimaginably large
sum of money to
drum up at short
notice. For others, it?s a trifle. On this
difference partly turns the question of
whether Britain?s auditors are being
properly policed and whether
investors can trust company accounts.
Yesterday the Financial Reporting
Council found Julian Gray, a senior
Big Four accountant, guilty of a
number of failings in the case of the
Tech Data auditing scandal and fined
him just that sum. Mr Gray had failed
to make proper checks and had failed
to exercise sufficient professional
scepticism.
These are not trivial sins. What is
the point of auditors unless they can
deliver these minimum standards?
Standing up to the blandishments and
blarney of company managements is
the whole point of an audit. In this
case, it ended with Tech Data?s parent
belatedly having to restate its
accounts.
It seems likely that Mr Gray
belongs to the group for whom
�,000 is a bagatelle. He was a
partner at EY for ten years and in
2015, his final year, the average
partner salary was �7,000. He?s now
a partner at PWC, where partners?
pay averages �2,000. EY, too, will
not have been much troubled by its
�8 million fine; it scoops in that
much in UK revenues every eight
hours.
The Big Four are vast organisations,
yet still are fined as though they are
village book-keepers. As a deterrent
against bad behaviour, the penalties
are comically low. As a symbol of the
regulator?s determination to stamp
out negligence, they are feeble. Why
should accountants believe that the
occasional investigation by the FRC is
anything more than just another
everyday cost of doing business?
As usual with its enforcement cases,
the attitude of the regulator has been
to minimise the affair, reducing all
information to a brief press release.
No one at the FRC was allowed to
amplify on what actually happened.
No one was on hand to criticise EY or
warn others tempted to stray.
The City regulator, the Financial
Conduct Authority, has long since
learnt these lessons. Commendably,
its enforcement reports run to dozens
of pages of detail of what happened,
why the culprit was at fault and how
the punishment was decided. It also
puts up a senior figure to publicly
scold the guilty firm. If you are in the
business of naming and shaming,
these things matter.
It?s as though the FRC thinks of
itself as a trade assocation for
accountants, not an independent
watchdog. That?s hardly surprising,
given the number of Big Four present
and former partners wandering
around its corridors.
The response yesterday from PWC,
Mr Gray?s employer, was even worse
? complacent, bordering on
arrogant. Apart from scrambling over
the weekend to expunge Mr Gray?s
biographical details from its website
to spare his blushes, it regards the
matter as closed. He is still the senior
partner heading the Southampton
office. It has nothing further to say. Its
PWC, which pays partners an average
salary of �2,000, was quick to take
down Julian Gray?s online biography
attitude seems to be that if the FRC
did not regard his failings as sufficent
to ban him, which it could have done,
why should they be concerned?
Mr Gray?s short biog ? seen by
The Times before it was taken down?
speaks volumes: ?Bringing a strong
commercial perspective, Julian is
recognised for working with
companies as they prepare for a value
realisation event, exploring and
supporting the process of an IPO,
PE [private equity] buyout or trade
sale.?
That, in a nutshell, lays bare the
chasm between what society expects
from an auditor and what the auditor
feels under pressure to do. Society
wants accounts that paint a ?true and
fair? picture of a company?s financial
health; accounting firms know the
advantage of taking the most
flattering view in order to boost the
value of assets or the size of
management bonuses. The Financial
Reporting Council specifically
rebuked Mr Gray for ?failure to
exercise sufficient professional
scepticism?, yet PWC until yesterday
was pimping him out as a man
?bringing a strong commercial
perspective?. In my view, this is little
better than code for telling the client
he?ll bend over backwards to see
things in a conveniently positive way.
This might be alright for an
investment bank dealmaker, but Mr
Gray is billed as an ?assurance
partner?, the part of PWC doing
supposedly objective audits.
In the past few weeks, the council?s
exoneration of KPMG (over the
HBOS audit) and PWC (over checks
on Barclays? client asset procedures)
have raised eyebrows among
investors and MPs. If the FRC hasn?t
been ?captured? by the profession it is
supposed to be policing, it?s doing a
terrible job of advertising its
independence and robustness.
It is, however, taking baby steps in
the right direction. It is taking more
enforcement action. Investigations
are being speeded up. It is, it says,
going to publish a register of conflicts
of interest. And the fines, believe it or
not, are bigger than they used to be.
Will this be enough to see off a
campaign for more serious reform?
There seems to be a head of steam
building among some investors and
MPs. The clearing of KPMG over
HBOS was seen as especially boneheaded and provocative.
Accountants are losing their
relatively cuddly image. They used to
be seen as useful functionaries,
keeping companies honest. Now they
are starting to be seen as just another
parasitical organism feeding along the
capital markets food chain ? and
producing less of value to society.
They are no longer so far behind
bankers and brokers in City
demonology. Their blindness before
the banking crisis was one thing; their
energies in devising tax-avoidance
schemes for overseas companies is
another. They look
more vulnerable to
a political
crackdown than in
some time.
??
Patrick Hosking is Financial Editor
of The Times
F
or the moment, Brexit is all
about a single issue.
Whether you?re a business,
a Brexiteer, a remoaner or a
eurocrat, transition to a
new relationship with the European
Union is, right now, more critical
than the end itself. On that, all
parties are agreed, but it is where
the harmony ends. The reasons for
transition are so wildly divergent
that transition has become the
struggle itself.
Business is clear and so is the
chancellor, who has one eye trained
on the economy?s performance and
another on the effect a slowdown
will have on the public finances, that
a transition is essential to raise UK
growth. The economy is slowing
because companies are delaying
investment until they have more
clarity, as Vauxhall said yesterday
after cutting 400 jobs at Ellesmere
Port. The prime minister?s two-year
proposed transition from March 30
?For remoaners, the
hope is that transition
gives them a chance to
scrap Brexit altogether?
2019 would lift the ?uncertainty?,
Philip Hammond said last week, and
would get ?the economy powering
forward?. For a couple of years, at
least, until the deadline closes in
again.
Ask Brexiteers about the
sluggish economy and they say that
people are so fixated by the
?process?, by which they mean the
shift to new trading arrangements,
that they lose sight of the bigger
goal ? the ?end state?. For them, an
economically risky transition is a
dangerous obstacle that needs to be
countered with optimistic reminders
of where Britain?s glorious sovereign
future lies. For remoaners, the hope
is that transition gives them a
chance to scrap Brexit altogether.
Europe, too, wants a transition.
The two-year status quo preferred
by Theresa May gets Brussels to the
end of the current budget period in
2020 without having to cover
Britain?s tab. It also gives Brussels
the chance to talk tough, as a
European former commissioner
told me, as it kicks the can down
the road. As Greece showed, the
more time that passes, the easier the
politics of striking a good deal for
both sides becomes. Negotiators in
both Brussels and Whitehall want a
deal, after all, and transition gives
them time. Despite what Michel
Barnier?s critics say, former
colleagues point out that if he fails
to deliver, he fails in his job. For a
notoriously vain man, that won?t sit
easily.
The problem with transition is
that there are asymmetrical
incentives. Unlike a trade deal,
which is good for both sides, it is not
in Brussels? interest to agree the
early transition deal that Britain
wants. The UK needs it in place by
February to prevent businesses
triggering contingency plans and
moving to Europe, where they have
already taken office space. The
longer Brussels holds out, the more
business it can poach.
Europe is using that leverage to
squeeze a better divorce settlement
out of the UK, one that not only
covers budget commitments but also
contributes to long-term costs such
as pensions. Britain is countering
by threatening to link the
generosity of its offer to the date a
transition is agreed. Delay and
Europe gets less. Agree early and
the UK will pay more. The prime
minister was careful not to name a
figure in her Florence speech, but
aides briefed that it could be
?20 billion. The sum is probably
both an opening gambit and the
final offer if the EU prevaricates.
A late agreement would be costly
for Britain, so linking it with the
divorce might be a form of
compensation. If companies shift
enough business abroad to cost the
UK one percentage point of GDP,
that would wipe � billion off the
economy and �billion off tax
revenues.
The prime minister
hinted at a ?time-limited? deal by
linking the issues in her Florence
speech. The UK would pay its share
of the budget, she said, and hinted at
more in the ambiguous sentence
that ?the UK will honour
commitments we have made during
our membership?.
For the moment, Brexit really is
all about transition.
Philip Aldrick is Economics Editor of
The Times
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Auditor fined �8m
for accounts errors
Alexandra Frean
EY has been fined �8 million and one
of its former partners has been ordered
to pay �,000 for misconduct in the
auditing of a computer distribution
company.
The Financial Reporting Council
said that EY and Julian Gray had
admitted that their conduct in auditing
the accounts of Tech Data Limited for
the year that ended on January 31, 2012,
?fell significantly short? of accepted
industry standards.
They failed to obtain reasonable
assurance about whether the company?s financial statements were free
from material mis-statement, to obtain
sufficient appropriate audit evidence
and to exercise sufficient professional
scepticism, the watchdog said.
EY admitted that it had fallen short
of professional standards on all three
counts. ?We take these matters very
seriously and have our own internal
disciplinary processes,? an EY spokeswoman said. She declined to say whether EY had disciplined Mr Gray.
Mr Gray left the firm in January 2015
and is senior partner at PWC?s office in
Southampton. PWC said that it had
been aware of the investigation into Mr
Gray when it hired him.
A profile of Mr Gray on the PWC
website appeared to have been
removed over the weekend. A screenshot taken before its removal says that
he has a ?strong commercial perspec-
tive?. His profile on Linkedin, the
networking site for professionals,
appears to have been altered to show
his name only as Julian G and his
employer as ?P?.
Mr Gray is a member of the Institute
of Chartered Accountants in England
and Wales, the accountancy regulator,
which said that it would not impose its
own sanctions because ?the FRC has
already done it?. It said that Mr Gray?s
reprimand and fine would be added to
his disciplinary record, which is available to the public on the institute?s
website. Mr Gray?s sanctions were not
showing on the record last night.
EY was ordered to pay �75 million
before the fine was adjusted for ?mitigating factors? and for settlement. The
fine of Mr Gray, who did not return a
request for comment, was reduced
from �,000 for the same reason.
The council?s interest in Tech Data
dates to 2014 when Tech Data Corporation, the company?s American parent
and one of the world?s largest distributors of technology products, restated its
financial results after finding accounting errors. It said at the time that the
problems had wiped $27 million off net
profits for the previous three years.
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CITY PEOPLE
The feuds, the faces and the farcical
Dominic Walsh @walshdominic
Business big shot
what goes up must come
down at lloyds bank
Lloyds, which got its sums so wrong
on HBOS, still can?t add up.
Yesterday it sent out its latest survey
of investment sentiment, showing
that emerging market shares
recorded the second biggest increase
in popularity this month after cash,
down 2.80 per cent. Which it swiftly
sent out again with the following
note: ?Correction: amended to show
emerging market sentiment is up
and not down 2.80 per cent.?
name ron coyle
age 46
position
chief
executive,
ineos shale
I
blade runner?s wee dram
Apparently the only European
corporations that will make it to
2049 are Peugeot and Diageo. That
is according to the latest Blade
Runner film, set then. Peugeot makes
the flying car that K, the main
character, zaps around in. The
Diageo name is glimpsed on an
ad on the side of a building
and the film features a
limited edition Scotch,
Johnnie Walker Black
Label The Director?s
Cut, part of ?an
official
collaboration? that
stems from the
original film, which
also featured
Johnnie Walker
Black Label.
neos has appointed a new chief
executive of its shale division as
it gears up to start exploration
in Britain (Emily Gosden writes).
Ron Coyle, who was commercial
director of Ineos?s Phenol business,
replaces Gary Haywood, who has
moved to Australia.
Ineos, Jim Ratcliffe?s giant
petrochemicals group, has the
largest shale gas exploration rights
of any company operating in the
UK and has submitted planning
applications to drill in Derbyshire
and Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
Decisions are expected shortly on
the wells, which would take rock
samples but would not involve
fracking.
Mr Coyle has worked at the
Phenol business since 1998, after
a career in the US army and an
MBA at Emory University. He
said that the company planned
to become ?one of the largest
natural gas producers in
the UK?.
define diversity
Denise Young Smith, Apple?s vicepresident of inclusion and diversity,
has apologised for her comment at a
conference last week that ?there can
be 12 white blue-eyed blond men in
a room and they are going to be
diverse, too?, saying that her
comments ?were not representative
of how I think about diversity or
how Apple sees it?. So are we
supposed to work out when to take
what Apple executives say at face
value and when they are saying
things that are ?not representative?
of their real views?
don?t bet on quick result
Campaigners hoping for an early cut
to the �0 maximum stake on
fixed-odds betting terminals should
rein in their expectations on timing.
Karen Bradley, culture secretary, has
decided that the findings of the
triennial review of gaming
machines, to be announced soon,
will be subject to a 12-week
consultation. After that, it is likely to
take the Department for Digital,
Culture, Media and Sport and the
Treasury until spring to agree on the
scale of the stake cut. Throw in the
required secondary legislation plus a
grace period to give the bookies time
to change machines and the chances
are that implementation will be at
the end of next year, at the earliest.
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Strava has grand ambitions and isn?t just coming along for the ride
STRAVA
James Dean US Business Editor
Ten years ago, Sir Bradley Wiggins,
Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy
were not household names and the
words ?keirin? and ?omnium? did not
feature in the national lexicon. Then
the British track cycling team bagged
eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing
Olympic Games. The gold rush continued at the next two games, Chris
Froome began his domination of the
Tour de France and suddenly cycling
was the nation?s favourite pastime.
All this was good news for Strava, the
American technology company behind
the popular ride-tracking app of the
same name. So much so, in fact, that it
ranks London as its No 1 city in the
world and Britain as its second largest
market.
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Strava, launched
des,
2009, tracks bike rides,
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swims and runs using
global positioningg
technology on a
smartphone
or
wearable fitness
device, recording
speed, elevation
and
distance,
among
other
things.
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afterwards includes
recomparisons with previous attempts at a particular route.
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The app grew up
ii
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with
formation about completed activities
shared with users of the Strava network. Strava?s premium service offers
additional features at a cost of �99 a
St
Strava is tapping into the social and competitive elements of the rising popularity of cycling and running
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month,
or �.99 a
year. One is the
?suffer score?, which
analyses he
heart rate and other
metrics to deter
determine how hard
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body
during a workout.
The premium service unlocks additional data-crunching tools for stats nerds.
Some purists complain that it?s all
getting a bit much. ?Strava is killing the
blissful, beautiful loneliness of running,? one blogger lamented. ?Does a
ride even happen if it doesn?t show up
on Strava?? another asked.
Nonetheless, Strava wants to expand
far beyond its core markets of cycling
and running. According to James
Quarles, its chief executive: ?We want
to be doing more for people in studios
and gyms and more for in-home fitness,
like workouts on demand. We want
people to describe Strava as the home
of their athletic life.?
To that end, Strava is trying to increase its popularity as a social network. This year it switched on athlete
posts, which allowed 36 professional
athletes to share photos, stories, workouts and race reports with the wider
Strava network. Today the company
Knott leaves her post as Nex looks
to recover from profit warning
Alexandra Frean
Nex Group, the electronic trading
business run by Michael Spencer, the
City veteran, has announced the surprise departure of the head of its key
post-trade division, weeks after issuing
a profit warning for the unit.
Jenny Knott, chief executive of
Nex Optimisation, is to leave after two
years at the group, which was formerly
known as Icap and was transformed
after Tullett Prebon, the interdealer
broker, bought the voice-broking
business of Icap last year. She is being
replaced with immediate effect by Ken
Pigaga, the group?s chief operating
officer, but will stay on for a period to
help with the handover.
Her departure comes two weeks after
Nex Group said that extra spending
before the introduction of the new
Europe-wide Mifid II regulations for
investment intermediaries next year
would hit margins in the Optimisation business.
The company said that
margins in the division, which
accounts for almost half of its
total revenues, would fall from
29 per cent to 20 per cent in the
first half to September 30. It
added that it expected
them to normalise in
the second half.
Ms Knott joined Nex
from Standard Bank in
2015 with a mandate to
transform its posttrade unit, which runs
Michael Spencer
bounced back to
build a fortune
Analysis
W
ere it not for
a disastrous
misreading
of the gold market in
1979, Michael Spencer
might not be one of
the City?s richest and
most successful
figures (Martin
Waller writes).
It is a story he likes
to tell against himself:
as a broker at Simon
& Coates, his first job
after leaving Oxford,
where he read
physics, he took the
view that the price of
gold would fall and
built a big personal
short position.
Then the
Russians invaded
Afghanistan and
the price of the
precious metal
quadrupled. He
was fired and had
to absorb the
losses.
After a fill-in job with
an American bank, he
set up what was then
Intercapital in 1986.
This was a specialist
firm allowing banks
and other institutions
to deal in bonds and
other derivatives.
These were
undeveloped markets
and Mr Spencer got in
at the ground floor.
Intercapital grew and
became Icap, the
leader in its field, with
about a quarter of its
chosen market.
In November 2015
Mr Spencer decided
to sell the voicebroking side to Tullett
Prebon, which until
then had been seen as
a bitter rival, to focus
on its electronic
trading platforms and
post-trade services, a
technical but much
more reliable business
the back-office
services for deals
in fixed-income
and derivative
markets. She
quickly
set
about creating
a
simpler,
more unified
stream. The company
was renamed Nex
Group.
Icap, and then Nex,
has been known in
the City since 1993 for
its annual charity
days in which
celebrities are invited
to its offices on
Broadgate to trade,
with the proceeds
going to good causes.
Traders have included
Prince Harry.
A good friend of
David Cameron, Mr
Spencer was
Treasurer of the
Conservative Party
for four years and
raised millions for the
party until he stepped
down in October
2010. He has a range
of other interests,
including fine wine,
and has a stake in
Bordeaux Index, the
wine shipper.
operating model and introducing new
technologies.
She said in a statement yesterday
that, having helped to redesign the
company, it was time to pursue new
opportunities. Mr Spencer said that her
contribution would have ?an enduring
impact on the business?.
Daniel Garrod, an analyst at Bar-
clays, said that the timing of Ms Knott?s
departure was inopportune, coming so
soon after the announcement in May
that Stuart Bridges, the group?s chief
financial officer also brought in in 2015
to help with the company?s transformation, was leaving.
Mr Garrod added that a conflict
between Ms Knott?s need to invest in
the business against its aim of keeping
margins at 40 per cent may have been a
contributory factor in her departure.
Mr Pigaga was instrumental in drawing
up the company?s cost-cutting programme during its transformation and
was ?likely to be more vigilant over the
need for cost discipline?.
Owen Jones, an analyst at Citi, said
that although Mr Pigaga was fully focused on delivering operating margins
of more than 40 per cent, he was concerned that Ms Knott was leaving ?at a
crucial time with the project yet to be
operating under its own steam?.
Paul McGinnis, at Shore Capital, said
the fact that shares had bounced back
after the profit warning two weeks ago
suggested either that investors expected Nex Group to be the subject to a
takeover by one of the large stock
exchanges or that Mr Spencer would
succeed in achieving his financial aspirations for the company.
Although this made a bet on the
company look like a case of ?heads you
win, tails you win?, he suggested that
the shares were expensive.
?Investors hanging in there for a
takeover from a large exchange should
be cognisant of the fact that the takeover premium may well already be in
the share price,? he said.
Nex Group shares slipped 2絧 lower
to 658絧.
will open athlete posts to anyone on its
network.
?Sports are inherently social ? it?s
part of the camaraderie and the motivation,? Mr Quarles said. ?The social
element is the one that makes you jump
out of bed in the morning. That?s the
part of social we?re just tapping into.
?So much athletic and active content
shows up in other networks, but not
necessarily to a community that shares
your interests. We want to give people
the opportunity to migrate that content
back to Strava, where it belongs.?
Strava also runs a sideline business,
Metro, which provides anonymised
cycling and running data to city planners. Customers include Transport for
London and Glasgow city council.
With secrecy typical of a Silicon
Valley start-up, Strava does not disclose
precisely how many users it has,
preferring to say that it has ?tens of millions?, with a million joining every
40 days. Nor does it disclose its finances, though Mr Quarles says that the
company is not profitable. Strava raised
$13.7 million this year to bring its total
funding to about $70 million. It has 140
employees, most in San Francisco and a
few elsewhere, including Bristol in Britain.
As such, Strava is dwarfed by Mr
Quarles? former employer. Facebook
has 20,658 employees, boasts two billion monthly users and is worth about
$500 billion. But there are similarities
between the two, not least in the scale
of Strava?s ambitions: ?We very much
want to be the next big sports brand of
the 21st century. That brand could be
more than an app. We want to represent
your entire active life.?
Big order for
Bombardier
train unit
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
Bombardiers? train assembly plant in
Derby has emerged as the big winner in
an order for rolling stock in Birmingham and on the main line to London.
With thousands of jobs under a cloud
in Belfast, amid a trade dispute between
Bombardier?s aerospace company and
Boeing, Derby has received an order for
333 electric carriages to run on the new
West Midlands Trains franchise.
The contract is reckoned to be worth
about �0 million to Bombardier and
comes after a �0 million order last
year from Abellio for 665 electric train
carriages to run on the East Anglia
franchise.
From December, the Midlands commuter franchise will be run by Abellio,
the British division of the Dutch state
railway, in partnership with JR East, a
Japanese rail company, and Mitsui, the
Japanese industrial group. They replace Go-Ahead Group. The three-car
and five-car trains will be based on the
new Aventra electric trains that
Bombardier developed for London?s
Crossrail.
?This is a huge endorsement of our
workforce,? Richard Hunter, Bombardier UK?s managing director, said.
On the West Midlands routes there is
also an order for 80 diesel carriages
from CAF, the Spanish trainmaker.
Bombardier is not building diesel trains
at present. CAF is establishing a
presence in Britain, having recently
won contracts for the Trans Pennine
Express, Northern Trains and a new
Caledonian Sleeper service. Before
that, CAF?s link with the UK had been
as part-builder of Heathrow Express
trains.
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ALAMY
Azzurri Group serves up
a full helping of growth
Aramark splashes out $2.4bn on three-way merger
Aramark, the American food services
company, is to buy Avendra, a hotel
procurement and hospitality supplies
company, for nearly $1.4 billion and
Ameripride Services, a linen and
uniform supplier, for $1 billion.
Aramark is one of the world?s
largest food services companies,
alongside Compass, of Britain, and
Sodexo, of France. It supplies food,
uniforms and other services to jails,
hospitals and educational institutions
as well as private clients. Avendra
manages nearly $5 billion in spending
for 650 companies in North America.
Eric Foss, chief executive of
The restaurant company behind the
Ask Italian and Zizzi chains shrugged
off rising costs and economic
uncertainty to report strong full-year
results. Azzurri Group, created three
years ago via a �0 million buyout
backed by Bridgepoint, lifted
underlying earnings by 8.6 per cent to
� million in the year to July 2, from
revenues up 12.5 per cent to
�2.8 million. Like-for-like sales are
thought to have grown by up to 5 per
cent. Steve Holmes, chief executive,
said the group had opened 17 new
venues, taking its total to 280, and
planned at least another 20 this year.
Aramark, said that the deals would
bring ?increased buying scale and
improved service levels to both
Avendra?s and Aramark?s customers?.
The boards of all three companies
have approved the mergers. Aramark
said that it expected the deals to close
before the end of the year. Shares in
Aramark rose by 0.5 per cent to
$42.56 in morning trading in New
York. Aramark, which has around
270,000 employees worldwide, has
operations in the UK and elsewhere
in Europe. The company floated in
2013 and has a market capitalisation
of around $10 billion.
Activist investor demands break-up of Credit Suisse
First Rand modifies terms
of its Aldermore chase
Aldermore?s South African suitor has
updated its intentions for the bank in
order to comply with Takeover Panel
rules. First Rand, which has made
overtures at 313p a share, said on
Friday that any deal would depend on
the support of the entire Aldermore
board. This was amended yesterday,
as First Rand told the market that it
could ?elect to waive the condition
pertaining to unanimous . . .
recommendation?. Aldermore shares
were barely changed at 303p, having
leapt almost 20 per cent on Friday.
Peppa Pig to bring home the bacon for Merlin
Merlin Entertainments has signed a
deal to develop a global chain of
Peppa Pig attractions. The Madame
Tussauds and Legoland operator has
secured rights from Entertainment
One to develop branded attractions
on a standalone basis and as areas
within existing Merlin theme parks.
The deal also involves Peppa Pegthemed hotel accommodation. Merlin
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Credit Suisse is set to face an activist
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Rudolf Bohli, chief executive of
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New job for
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David Ritchie, who had
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Data protection
fines loom over
?unprepared?
UK companies
Alexandra Frean
Companies remain worryingly unprepared for new data protection rules
that will impose huge fines on organisations that mishandle the personal
data of customers, users, employees
and associates, the Institute of Directors has warned.
The general data protection
regulation is huge in scope. It is an
attempt to introduce unified rules
across the European Union about how
organisations create, capture, store and
share personal information for the first
time since the 1990s? global explosion
of digital data.
When it comes into force next May, it
will give ordinary citizens easier access
to the data that companies hold about
them and will make organisations
obtain the consent of people they
collect information about.
Although organisations have had
two years to prepare for it, a survey of
almost 900 members of the Institute of
Directors has found that 30 per cent
have not even heard of the regulation.
Four in ten did not know if their company would be affected by the new
rules.
The regulations will apply to all organisations that control or process data
within the EU, including those based
outside Europe. Potential fines for noncompliance go up to ?20 million, or
4 per cent of an organisation?s annual
worldwide turnover. A company such
as Facebook, which was fined ?150,000
in France in May for data mishandling,
could face penalties as high as
?500 million.
Although the regulation is EU law, it
is being brought into force in Britain
under the new Data Protection Bill.
Despite the enormity of the possible
fines, the survey, which is being published today at the institute?s digital
strategy summit, has found that half of
directors had not discussed their own
compliance arrangements with partners or vendors with whom they share
data, as required by the new rules.
Jamie Kerr, head of external affairs at
the institute, said that it was not
surprising that companies were underprepared, given that other big regulatory shifts were under way, not to
mention the preparations needed for
leaving the EU.
?Taken altogether, it?s not the easiest
time to do business in the UK,? he said.
However, it was crucial that business
leaders understood the importance of
general data protection regulation and
that the Information Commissioner?s
Office, which will be responsible for
enforcement, did more to make sure
that all companies were ready.
?We urge the regulator to step up its
engagement with businesses to ensure
that they are spreading the message far
and wide,? he said. ?In particular, it
needs to emphasise in simple terms the
criteria for compliance, what steps
companies will have to take to comply
and what the penalties are for not
meeting the new standards.?
Nick Taylor, managing director of
strategy for the UK and Ireland at
Accenture, the consulting group, said
that as most companies had collected
data piecemeal over the years, they
often had no clear overview of what information they held or where it was.
?There?s also no playbook telling
companies that these are the actions
you need to follow,? he said. ?Instead, it
is framed as outcomes that need to be
achieved.?
He added that companies should not
regard the regulation as a burden but as
an opportunity to become more aware
about what data they had and as a
chance to build trust with customers
and employees.
Capita staff
fight end of
final-salary
pensions
Dominic Walsh
The Vauxhall Astra is Ellesmere Port?s staple car, but it may be running out of road
Job cuts raise closure fear at
Ellesmere Port car factory
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
Workers at the Vauxhall plant in
Ellesmere Port have raised concerns
over the future of the factory after its
new owner announced the axing of
nearly a quarter of the workforce.
After news that 400 jobs are to be cut
by Peugeot, of France, at the Cheshire
factory, which has been making
Vauxhalls for more than 50 years, the
Unite trade union has demanded assurances that Ellesmere Port has a future.
?We are calling for meetings with the
highest levels of the parent company to
ensure that . . . our plant continues to
attract much-needed investment,? Len
McCluskey, the union?s general secretary, said. ?That includes removing the
uncertainty about a new model and
clarity on Ellesmere Port?s future.?
The outlook for the plant appears to
be worsening, however. At issue is
whether it will have any cars to build
after 2021, when the lifespan of the
present generation of Astras expires.
The factory only builds the Astra, a
model also assembled at Gliwice in
Poland.
Amidst a decline in demand for the
Astra estate, officials at PSA, the
Peugeot and Citro雗 carmaker that
bought Vauxhall-Opel from General
Motors this year, indicated that Ellesmere Port was under pressure. In comments to the Automotive News Europe
website, PSA officials were reported as
saying that the factory needed to
improve its performance against a
backdrop of challenging market conditions across the Continent.
The job cuts follow the pointed
refusal of Carlos Tavares, PSA?s chief
executive, to refuse to commit to Ellesmere Port when questioned at the
recent Frankfurt motor show.
Staff at Capita are to embark on nine
days of industrial action after mediation talks over a pensions dispute broke
down.
The Unite union said that after the
collapse of discussions at Acas, its
members would hold nine continuous
days of strike action, starting on
October 28.
Officials said that the union had tried
to find an acceptable settlement but
that the outsourcing group had ?refused to make meaningful changes to
the damaging proposals?.
Capita wants to transfer the remaining 4 per cent of its 73,000-strong workforce still in its final-salary scheme to a
defined-contribution plan carrying no
guarantees over retirement income.
Dominic Hook, Unite?s national officer, said: ?Capita?s pension proposals
will have far-reaching consequences
for the retirement of many Unite members. Some staff will lose a shocking
70 per cent of their retirement income.?
Unite members voted last month by a
margin of 95 per cent for strike action,
on a 72 per cent turnout, over Capita?s
plans to close the defined-benefit
scheme. Unite was unable to say how
many of its members stood to lose out.
The Capita sites where its members
would be affected were Birmingham,
Reading, Bristol, Manchester, Stirling
and Belfast. It said that those affected
were employed by Capita Life & Pensions Regulated Services and Capital
IT Services, together with its contracts
with the insurers Prudential, Royal
London CIS, Royal London and
Friends Life.
Capita insisted that its present
scheme was ?not sustainable in the long
term? and that it had put forward ?a
competitive phased offer that kickstarts pension contributions and . . .
safeguards employees? accrued benefits?. It said that it had put forward ?a
material improvement? to its previous
offer at Acas, the arbitration service,
and was ?surprised and disappointed
on behalf of our affected employees
that Unite put forward uneconomic
and unrealistic counter proposals?.
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+0.51
+0.12
+0.10
-0.01
+0.17
+0.02
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+0.05
Amer Ind Acc ?@
Amer Ind Inc ?@
Euro Ind Acc ?@
Euro Ind Inc ?@
FTSE 100 Ind Acc ?@
FTSE 100 Ind Inc ?@
FTSE 250 Ind Acc ?@
FTSE 250 Ind Inc ?@
FTSE All-S Acc ?@
FTSE All-S Inc ?@
Jap Ind Acc ?@
Jap Ind Inc ?@
Pac Ind Acc ?@
Pac Ind Inc ?@
492.80
422.80
886.50
637.80
226.20
124.60
267.60
184.20
581.20
356.10
119.60
102.00
382.80
272.20
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+0.20
+0.20
-3.00
-2.20
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-0.50
-0.30
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+1.10
+0.90
+1.80
+1.30
Balanced Acc ?@
216.40
Balanced Inc ?@
144.90
Corp Bd Acc ?@
277.70
Corp Bd Inc ?@
123.40
Gilt & Fd Int Acc ?@
457.40
Gilt & Fd Int Inc ?@
71.94
Income Acc ?@
665.80
Income Inc ?@
337.90
Monthly Inc Acc ?@
302.20
Monthly Inc Inc ?@
151.40
UK Grth & Inc Ret B Acc ?@137.70
UK Grth & Inc Ret B Inc ?@74.21
UK Gth & Inc Acc ?@
137.70
UK Gth & Inc Inc ?@
74.21
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+0.30
+0.20
+0.40
-0.60
+1.40
-0.18
-1.20
-0.70
-0.20
-0.50
-0.20
-0.13
-0.20
-0.13
Buy
+/-
Yld
%
Cautious Managed A Acc ?@428.23
Cautious Managed A Inc ?@282.53
Diversified Growth A Acc ?@133.29
Diversified Growth A Inc ?@145.80
Diversified Income A Acc ?@304.89
Diversified Income A Inc ?@80.53
Emerging Mkts Blended Debt A Acc ?@119.79
Emerging Mkts Blended Debt A Acc Gross ?@125.82
Emerging Mkts Blended Debt A Inc ?@94.31
Emerging Mkts Equity A Acc ?@150.80
Emrg Mkts Local Curr Debt A Acc ?@186.51
Emrg Mkts Local Curr Debt A Inc ?@101.12
Emrg Mkts Local Curr Debt Gross I Acc ?@220.49
Enhanced Natural Resources A Acc ?@119.88
Global Bond A Acc ?@
139.30
Global Bond A Inc ?@
109.33
Global Bond I Gross Inc ?@1167.00
Global Dynamic A Acc ?@ 149.60
Global Energy A Acc ?@ 191.11
Global Equity A Acc ?@ 153.41
Global Franchise A Acc ?@197.77
Global Free Enterprise A Acc ?@894.89
Global Gold A Acc ?@
130.88
Global Special Situations A Acc ?@268.45
Global Special Situations A Inc ?@211.97
Managed Growth A Acc ?@234.41
Monthly High Income A Acc ?@223.55
Monthly High Income A Inc ?@70.91
Multi-Asset Protector A Acc ?@174.54
Strategic Bond A Acc ?@ 244.54
Strategic Bond A Inc ?@ 119.47
Target Return A Acc ?@ 106.80
Target Return A Inc ?@ 94.15
UK Alpha A Acc ?@
2495.80
UK Blue Chip A Acc ?@ 770.11
UK Smaller Companies A Acc ?@4630.63
UK Smaller Companies A Inc ?@4198.22
UK Special Situations A Acc ?@1220.55
UK Special Situations A Inc ?@468.87
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+0.13
+0.08
+0.28
+0.30
+0.34
+0.09
+0.07
+0.20
+0.06
+0.87
+0.17
+0.09
-0.05
+1.31
+4.03
+3.00
+29.78
-0.23
+0.03
+0.01
+0.24
+0.20
-0.44
+0.58
+0.46
+1.03
+0.16
+0.05
+0.32
+0.19
+0.09
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-3.55
+3.15
+1.94
+1.76
-4.30
-1.65
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0.84
0.88
3.89
5.05
4.63
4.21
6.49
0.37
5.13
7.03
5.42
0.58
0.83
0.82
1.26
0.27
1.31
0.44
1.73
0.24
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0.28
5.20
6.56
0.16
1.94
3.31
0.67
0.66
1.05
1.67
0.98
0.99
1.60
1.63
For ISIS Asset Mgmt see F&C Fd Mgmt Ltd (OEICS)
Multi-Man Tst A Inc ?@
Nat Resources ?@
New Europe A ?@
Portfolio ?@
Stg Corp Bd A Acc ?@
Stg Corp Bd A Inc ?@
UK Act 350 A Acc ?@
UK Dynamic Acc ?@
UK Dynamic Inc ?@
UK Equity A Acc ?@
UK Equity A Inc ?@
UK Eqy & Bd Inc Acc ?@
UK Eqy & Bd Inc Inc ?@
UK Higher Inc A Acc ?@
UK Higher Inc A Inc ?@
UK Sm Cos A Acc ?@
UK Str Eq Inc A Acc ?@
UK Str Eq Inc A Inc ?@
US A Acc ?@
US Sm Cos A Acc ?@
Sell
Buy
+/-
Yld
%
904.40
608.30
216.80
264.70
92.54
56.05
199.00
200.80
159.30
401.90
46.44
167.80
91.94
1069.00
566.50
461.00
188.60
114.40
988.70
579.90
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+1.40
+6.00
+1.20
+0.10
+0.13
+0.08
-2.20
+0.90
+0.80
+0.60
+0.07
+0.10
+0.07
+1.00
+0.70
-0.20
+0.30
+0.20
+2.60
-2.50
0.70
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1.82
0.65
1.92
1.94
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1.38
1.39
3.45
3.49
3.30
3.37
4.29
4.44
0.63
3.45
3.53
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JUPITER UT MGRS LTD
020 7581 3020
Absolute Return @
54.92
Distribution and Growth @132.30
Emg Euro Opps @
212.60
Euro Special Sits @
430.22
European @
2113.47
Financial Opps @
595.17
Income Trust @
566.98
Merlin Bal (Acc) @
180.95
Merlin Gwth (Acc) @
401.03
Merlin Inc (Acc) @
295.96
Merlin Wwide (Inc) @
288.59
UK Growth @
334.76
UK Special Sits (Inc) @ 190.68
Sell
American Index Retail Acc ?@492.80
American Index Retail Inc ?@422.80
Asian Gth Acc ?@
154.40
Asian Gth Inc ?@
137.60
Chinese Eq Acc ?@
574.30
Chinese Eq Inc ?@
487.60
Euro Gth Acc ?@
869.40
Euro Gth Inc ?@
745.50
58.04
140.19
225.31
454.60
2225.51
628.61
598.89
191.10
422.74
313.29
303.74
355.00
201.99
+0.05
-0.10
+1.14
-1.61
+0.81
-0.17
-0.52
-0.51
-1.39
-0.28
-2.20
-0.21
+0.09
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3.74
1.50
0.59
?
0.27
3.68
1.76
?
2.86
?
1.20
1.11
Growth Fd Acc @
+0.08
+0.10
-4.00
+0.05
?
-0.20
+0.01
+0.04
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+0.10
+1.40
-0.10
-5.00
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+2.90
2.90
?
0.84
3.25
3.06
?
4.63
3.77
3.18
3.37
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0.94
0.77
1.10
3.25
3.34
0.34
+0.20
+0.20
+0.30
+0.20
+2.80
+2.40
-2.60
-2.20
1.47
1.50
0.41
0.51
0.24
0.25
1.40
1.44
322.55
262.17
393.13
99.69
403.88
475.71
331.53
83.98
275.04
49.06
130.89
71.96
95.54
498.71
756.24
628.94
340.42
276.69
414.92
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426.26
502.07
349.90
88.64
290.28
51.78
138.15
76.96
100.84
526.34
798.14
663.79
-3.34
-0.93
-1.40
-0.89
-3.57
-4.21
-3.09
-0.29
-0.92
-0.03
-0.06
+0.17
-0.11
-2.81
+1.64
+1.36
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1.52
1.49
4.77
2.18
2.24
0.12
4.43
4.32
0.94
0.66
1.30
0.58
1.34
0.15
0.21
INSIGHT INVESTMENT FDS MANAGEMENT LTD
Client Servs: 0800 124 314
Insight Investment Global Investment Funds
Mthly Inc Bd Inc ?@
Mthly Inc Bd N Inc ?@
48.44
91.99
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+0.10
+0.19
Insigt Investment Portfolio Fund
Insight Investment Multi-Manager Funds (0800)
96.05
93.79
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-0.32
-0.36
UK Str Inc N/Trl ?@
557.37
?
+2.34
3.09
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+1.24
+0.21
+0.47
-1.49
+1.80
+0.01
+0.01
-0.23
-0.12
+1.10
+0.04
1.95
3.19
3.38
3.62
3.22
0.04
4.66
1.78
1.92
0.27
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INVESCO PERPETUAL Funds
Childrens Acc ?@
466.77
Corp Bond Acc ?@
201.24
High Income Inc ?@
463.79
Income & Grth Inc ?@
441.16
Income Inc ?@
1781.25
Money Acc ?@
90.37
Monthly Inc Plus Inc ?@ 111.81
UK Aggressive Inc ?@
205.41
UK Growth Acc ?@
675.86
UK Sml Cos Eqty Acc ?@ 1238.62
UK Sml Cos Gwth ?@
82.54
American A Acc ?@
344.99
Asia ex Japan A Acc ?@ 638.90
Capital Accumulator A Acc ?@238.65
0.01
?
0.26
0.14
0.12
INVESCO FUND MGRS LTD
Dling: 0800 085 8571 Inv Serv: 0800 085 8677
Brkr Serv: 0800 028 2121
INVESCO Funds
Amer Spec Sits ?@
American ?@
Euro Opps ?@
-1.00
-2.00
-3.20
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4.21
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+0.70
+2.31
-1.01
0.12
0.74
1.12
49.69
High Income
High Income Acc
UK 100 Comp Acc
UK 100 Cos
UK Select Pflo
UK Selection Port Acc
Worldwide Mgd Acc ?
Wwide Mgd ?
116.70
260.10
377.60
221.60
360.00
645.00
816.90
510.70
116.70
260.10
377.60
221.60
360.00
645.00
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-8.00
-2.70
-1.40
2.12
2.15
1.83
+0.03
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-0.50
-1.30
-1.00
-0.60
-1.20
-2.10
-1.30
-0.80
3.09
3.00
3.36
3.45
3.50
3.44
0.63
0.18
MORGAN STANLEY INVESTMENT MGMT LTD
Enquires: 0800 0961 962
The Morgan Stanley Funds (UK)
Class A Shares
Equity
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+4.24
+6.21
-0.02
1.25
1.15
1.66
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+4.11
-3.80
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2.06
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+0.20
+0.30
+0.30
+0.20
+0.10
+0.40
-4.40
2.97
1.91
5.62
2.98
3.32
2.49
2.54
-5.21
+1.92
-1.83
+0.43
-7.96
+2.97
-6.94
+1.78
-7.28
+0.87
1.63
1.03
0.16
0.56
1.60
1.03
0.22
2.87
?
2.93
Fixed Income
Stg Corp Bd A Acc ?@
UK Ind Lnkd A Acc ?@
UK Long Bd A Acc ?@
SANTANDER UNIT TST MGRS
08457 413002
Bal Pfolio Inc ?@
Bal Port Gwth Acc ?@
Equity Inc Inc ?@
N&P UK Gwth Inc ?@
Stkmkt 100 Tkr ?@
UK Growth Acc ?@
UK Growth Inc ?@
107.60
202.20
222.80
185.40
216.90
397.70
247.80
1484.78
540.02
589.92
41.85
2269.67
833.12
1935.44
1348.37
1227.65
655.37
1567.05
569.94
622.61
41.85
2395.43
879.28
2042.68
1423.09
1295.67
691.68
SCOTTISH WIDOWS UNIT TRUST MGRS
0845 300 2244
Authorised Inv Funds (OEICs)
OEIC A Class
Managed Investment Funds
Bal Port A Acc ?@
Caut Port A Acc ?@
Caut Port A Inc ?@
Opps Port A Acc ?@
Prog Port A Acc ?@
201.30
184.40
140.40
224.60
218.90
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0.51
1.06
1.07
0.45
0.47
2477.00
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-4.00
0.90
323.00
189.90
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-0.90
-0.50
2.76
2.83
-0.10
?
-0.90
+1.40
+0.69
-0.20
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+0.70
+0.40
-0.40
-2.00
2.20
2.23
1.18
5.44
5.61
4.01
4.11
?
3.31
3.36
2.67
1.63
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond A Acc ?@
312.70
Corp Bond A Inc ?@
128.10
Envir Invtr A Acc ?@
291.60
Hi Inc Bond A Ac ?@
233.50
Hi Inc Bond A Inc ?@
90.46
Hi Res A Acc ?@
361.00
Hi Res A Inc ?@
138.30
Safety Plus A Acc ?@
40.67
Strat Inc A Acc ?@
202.20
Strat Inc A Inc ?@
102.30
UK Gwth A Acc ?@
188.30
UK Sel Gwth A Acc ?@ 1984.00
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OEIC B Class
Tracker and Specialist Investment Funds
All Stks Credit A Inc ?@ 133.70
Asian Div Inc U Trst Inc @110.51
Cautious Man Fd A Acc ?@265.50
Cautious Man Fd A Inc ?@155.40
China Opp Fund A Acc ?@1424.00
Emg Mkts Opps Fd A Acc ?@212.10
Erpn Grth Fund A Acc ?@ 243.40
Erpn Sel Opps Fd A Acc ?@1698.00
Erpn Spc Sits A Acc GBP ?@94.66
Erpn Spc Sits Fd I Acc EUR ?@4.84
Fix Int Mnthly Inc Fd Inc @ 22.70
Global Equity Income A Inc ?@62.58
Global Growth Fund Acc @2979.70
Global Tech A Acc ?@ 1603.00
M-Man Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@142.10
M-Man Active Fd A Acc ?@223.60
M-Man Inc Grth Fd A Acc ?@176.40
M-Man Inc Grth A Inc ?@ 156.20
Sterling Bond U Trst Acc @220.15
Sterling Bond U Trst Inc @ 65.41
Strategic Bond A Inc ?@ 126.60
UK Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@ 157.30
UK Alpha Fund A Acc ?@ 151.20
UK Index Fund A Acc ?@ 624.50
UK Irsh Sm Co Fd A Acc ?@668.70
UK Property A Acc @
218.04
UK Property A Inc @
99.67
UK Tracker Fund A Acc ?@280.70
US Growth Fund A Acc ?@953.50
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116.09
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23.68
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3108.05
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229.64
68.23
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229.51
104.91
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+0.20
+0.50
-0.10
?
+7.00
+0.20
-1.10
-8.00
-0.29
-0.07
+0.04
+0.02
+4.55
+5.00
-0.10
-0.10
-0.20
-0.20
+0.32
-0.28
+0.20
-0.10
+0.30
?
+4.10
-0.02
-0.01
+0.10
-0.10
2.37
6.75
3.06
3.12
?
0.59
0.83
0.56
1.05
1.52
5.09
3.30
?
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0.07
0.39
2.07
2.11
2.10
2.13
4.33
?
1.89
1.69
?
2.97
3.03
1.61
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+1.00
+1.20
-0.90
-4.10
-5.00
-0.10
-0.02
+0.40
+0.30
-2.00
-2.00
+3.60
+1.50
0.24
0.17
0.72
0.04
1.07
5.61
5.81
0.44
0.44
1.08
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0.69
JP MORGAN ASSET MGMT
OEIC
Asia A Acc ?@
208.00
Emerging Mkts ?@
228.70
Eur Dyn (ex-UK) A Acc ?@231.00
Euro Smllr Cos ?@
781.30
Europe A Acc ?@
1486.00
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Acc ?@ 111.30
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Inc ?@
38.27
Gl ex-UK Bd A Acc ?@ 262.40
Gl ex-UK Bd A Inc ?@
204.20
Glb Fins A Acc ?@
1047.00
Global A Acc ?@
1331.00
Japan A Acc ?@
421.20
Multi-Man Tst A Acc ?@ 983.30
Euro Ind Inc @
Fixed Int Acc @
Fixed Int Dist @
Glob Gwth Acc @
Glob Health Acc @
Glob Tech Acc @
Gwth Tst Acc @
High Inc Acc @
Japan Ind Acc @
Pacific Ind Acc @
UK 100 Ind Acc @
UK Active Opps Acc @
UK Index Acc @
UK Index Dist @
US Ind Acc @
Worldwide Acc @
291.20
138.10
71.96
234.30
66.52
38.99
106.80
128.00
59.65
156.50
183.60
249.90
289.30
164.70
446.10
305.30
291.20
138.90
72.42
234.30
66.63
39.04
107.20
128.90
59.65
156.50
183.60
252.90
289.30
164.70
446.10
305.30
-1.00
+0.30
+0.12
+1.00
+0.42
+0.20
-0.50
+0.20
+0.52
+1.30
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-0.10
?
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+2.20
-1.90
1.87
2.72
2.77
1.21
1.14
0.26
0.17
5.25
1.00
2.40
2.70
?
3.00
3.07
0.89
0.59
M & G SECURITIES
Enq: 0800 390 390 Dealing Line: 0800 328 3196
Authorised Inv Funds
Charifund Inc ?
1632.24
?
-1.30
4.54
-1.38
-1.29
0.19
1.77
-0.04
+0.28
+0.05
+1.07
?
+0.01
-16.63
4.43
1.25
4.98
?
3.44
1.64
2.05
+0.10
-0.44
-0.58
-0.35
3.88
4.62
1.93
2.27
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 1
Euro Smlr Cos Acc ?@
Euro Smlr Cos Inc ?@
456.37
426.42
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Sterling Class A Investment Funds 2
Extra Income Inc ?@
795.30
Gilt & Fxd Int Inc ?@
97.17
Gl Hi Yd Bd Inc ?@
51.56
Index Linked Bd Inc ?@ 140.38
Index Trckr Inc ?@
77.78
Short Dated Corp Bd Inc ?@25.97
UK Select A Inc ?@
3016.22
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Sterling Class A Investment Funds 3
Corp Bd A Inc ?@
Dividend Inc ?@
Recovery A Inc ?@
Sml Cos Inc ?@
41.05
64.27
144.38
373.63
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Sterling Class A Investment Funds 4
Episode Allocation A Inc ?@147.99
?
+0.10
2.19
UK Trkr B Acc ?@
UK Trkr B Inc ?@
349.50
188.90
?
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-0.90
-0.50
3.20
3.27
-0.10
?
-0.40
-3.00
2.40
2.44
2.53
1.84
-0.30
-3.00
3.04
2.06
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond B Acc ?@
321.80
Corp Bond B Inc ?@
128.00
UK Gwth B Acc ?@
201.60
UK Sel Gwth B Acc ?@ 2063.00
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UK Gth C Inc ?@
143.30
UK Sel Gwth C Acc ?@ 2140.00
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STANDARD LIFE INVESTMENTS
0845 279 3003
Investment Funds (OEIC) - Retail Shares
95.77
57.64
102.10
144.90
163.00
63.19
204.50
130.70
172.80
133.10
132.30
49.50
99.87
269.00
88.22
54.31
345.70
222.30
256.40
88.19
201.50
248.90
228.30
691.10
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+0.08
+0.05
+0.10
-2.10
+0.20
+0.06
-2.30
-0.70
-0.90
-1.80
?
+0.03
+0.70
-2.90
+0.04
+0.02
+0.20
+2.60
-0.10
-0.01
?
+0.20
+0.20
+0.70
1.42
1.31
1.82
?
3.10
2.82
1.49
1.20
1.18
0.01
3.64
3.43
0.05
1.74
1.45
1.25
2.32
2.86
3.97
4.11
1.49
0.37
0.41
0.53
?
?
?
-0.23
-0.23
-0.08
1.72
1.74
2.06
SVS BROWN SHIPLEY FUNDS
Enquiries: 0141 222 1151
Balanced A Acc ?@
Balanced A Inc ?@
Cautious A Acc ?@
Yld
%
104.49
266.64
252.50
282.20
225.79
228.80
97.41
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-0.08
-0.64
-0.61
-0.68
-0.23
+0.16
+0.07
2.09
1.08
1.09
1.14
2.86
2.89
2.94
UK Oseas Earns ?@
130.14
?
-0.49
1.95
112.80
151.70
81.09
?
?
?
-0.50
-0.70
-0.21
1.32
0.88
3.85
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.18
+0.04
+0.09
+0.08
-0.36
-0.43
+0.05
-0.45
-0.22
-0.16
-0.22
+0.12
-1.24
1.05
3.63
3.06
2.70
3.97
3.45
4.87
1.70
3.76
4.34
1.77
1.69
0.16
711.40
219.40
+0.90
+1.00
1.54
?
Managed Funds
Def Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Mgd Income ?@
120.21
114.65
111.27
Stg Bd Ret Inc ?@
Strat Bd Ret ?@
UK Corp Bond ?@
UK Corp Ret ?@
UK Eqty Inc Ret ?@
UK Gwth & Inc Ret ?@
UK Hi Yld Bd 1 ?@
UK Inst Acc ?@
UK Mnthly Extra Inc ?@
UK Mnthly Inc Ret ?@
UK Retail ?@
UK Sel Retail ?@
UK Smaller Cos ?@
56.52
47.23
62.09
61.96
99.84
95.46
43.61
164.06
82.93
77.92
143.18
133.34
349.73
For Resolution see Ignis
TU FUND MANAGERS LIMITED
British
European
675.90
210.70
* Yield expressed as CAR (Compound Annual Return);
? Ex dividend; ?Middle price; . . . No significant data. #
Periodic charge deducted from capital; @ Exit charge
British funds
Stock
Price
Int Yld Grs rd
(�) +/?
% yld
104.33
110.25
375.17
129.11
375.56
120.33
123.71
141.49
130.56
380.69
160.84
155.43
279.09
150.12
179.24
175.22
185.39
171.11
177.31
209.86
209.26
206.26
279.34
218.70
225.36
263.05
264.78
281.36
100.63
106.44
367.31
122.21
361.70
114.45
116.91
132.65
121.58
359.19
147.76
141.90
257.58
134.83
161.03
155.61
162.56
148.24
151.89
179.64
176.95
171.51
231.25
176.93
181.37
208.77
204.60
214.78
Tr IL 1N% 2017 * 100.63
Tr IL 0V% 19
106.44
Tr IL 2K% 20
367.81
Tr IL 1Y% 2022 * 122.28
Tr IL 2K% 24
365.98
Tr IL 0V% 24
114.69
Tr IL 0V% 26
117.69
Tr IL 1N% 2027 * 133.65
Tr IL 0V% 29
123.18
Tr IL 4V% 30
366.33
Tr IL 1N% 2032 * 150.81
Tr IL 0O% 34
145.36
Tr IL 2% 35
267.99
Tr IL 0V% 36
139.49
Tr IL 1V% 2037 * 165.88
Tr IL 0X% 40
161.35
Tr IL 0X% 42 * 169.73
Tr IL 0V% 44
156.04
Tr IL 0V% 46
160.70
Tr IL 0O% 2047 * 189.50
Tr IL 0K% 50 * 188.10
Tr IL 0N% 52
183.70
Tr IL 1N% 2055 * 248.04
Tr IL 0V% 56
191.94
Tr IL 0V% 58 * 197.55
Tr IL 0W% 62
229.29
Tr IL 0V% 65
227.83
Tr IL 0V% 68
239.87
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? .02
+ .07
+ .07
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+ .13
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+ .32
+ .36
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+ .59
+ .65
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+ .78
+ .91
+ .90
+1.07
+1.06
+1.18
+1.43
+1.45
+1.59
+2.03
+1.73
+1.84
+2.14
+2.36
+2.72
1.36
?
1.73
1.58
1.48
?
?
1.02
?
1.76
0.83
?
0.91
?
0.71
?
0.37
?
?
0.40
?
?
0.55
?
?
?
?
?
?5.08
?2.83
?2.42
?2.23
?1.93
?2.00
?1.81
?1.78
?1.70
?1.68
?1.69
?1.64
?1.60
?1.63
?1.63
?1.63
?1.62
?1.58
?1.56
?1.57
?1.57
?1.57
?1.57
?1.57
?1.59
?1.61
?1.62
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+ .67
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+ .62
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3.22
3.08
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3.16
2.99
?
2.97
?
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2.79
?
2.69
?
2.51
?
?
?
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1.76
1.81
1.90
1.86
1.89
1.90
1.91
1.93
1.93
1.90
1.89
1.85
1.81
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1.74
1.72
1.69
1.69
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3.90
?
?
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3.33
4.07
3.45
3.18
0.62
0.77
0.90
1.01
1.04
1.12
1.23
1.37
1.34
1.39
1.55
1.66
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4.91
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4.02
3.53
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4.31
?
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6.32
3.49
?
?
0.41
0.28
0.45
0.43
0.40
0.54
0.44
0.52
0.60
0.58
0.65
0.78
0.92
Longs (Over 15 years)
145.88
144.09
102.52
157.27
148.88
150.88
159.30
133.83
140.40
160.53
97.05
166.78
159.09
179.39
107.38
179.15
135.86
173.27
137.35
134.98
93.81
146.72
138.30
139.78
147.41
122.44
128.21
146.88
86.80
152.24
143.66
161.97
94.40
160.01
117.32
150.45
Tr 4K% 34
Tr 4N% 36
Tr 1{ }% 37
Tr 4O% 38
Tr 4N% 39
Tr 4N% 40
Tr 4K% 42
Tr 3N% 44
Tr 3K% 45
Tr 4N% 46
Tr 1K% 47
Tr 4N% 49
Tr 3O% 52
Tr 4N% 55
Tr 1O% 57
Tr 4% 60
Tr 2K% 65
Tr 3K% 68
139.96
138.03
97.52
150.25
142.10
143.88
151.63
127.13
133.27
152.25
91.12
157.92
150.02
169.31
100.24
168.40
126.44
161.68
Mediums (5-15 years)
OEIC C Class
UK and Income Investment Funds
AAA Inc CAT Acc ?@
AAA Inc CAT Inc ?@
AAA Income Acc ?@
Amer Eq Gth Acc ?@
Corp Bond Acc ?@
Corp Bond Inc ?@
Euro Eq Gth Acc ?@
Glb Advtg CAT Acc ?@
Glob Advtg Acc ?@
Glob Eq Uncstrd Acc ?@
Higher Inc Acc ?@
Higher Inc Inc ?@
Japan Eq Gth Acc ?@
Managed Acc ?@
Select Inc Acc ?@
Select Inc Inc ?@
UK Eq Gth Acc ?@
UK Eq Hi Alpha ?@
UK Eq Hi Inc Acc ?@
UK Eq Hi Inc Inc ?@
UK Ethical Acc ?@
UK Opps Acc ?@
UK Opps Inc ?@
UK Smlr Cos Acc ?@
+/-
Index-linked
-0.40
+0.10
+0.10
-1.00
-0.80
Tracker and Specialist Investment Funds
JANUS HENDERSON INVESTORS
Investors Serv: 0800 832 832 Dlng: 0845 946 4646
Buy
THREADNEEDLE INVESTMENTS
Client Serv: 0800 0683000
Intermediary Serv: 0800 0684000
Institutional Shares (Class 2) (163500,000 min)
12 month
High
Low
Overseas Growth Investment Funds
UK Trkr A Acc ?@
UK Trkr A Inc ?@
Cautious A Inc ?@
Dynamic A Acc ?@
Dynamic A Inc ?@
Growth A Acc ?@
Income A Acc ?@
Sterling Bond Acc ?@
Sterling Bond Inc ?@
Sell
Retail Shares (Class 1)
2445.81
1350.60
1288.90
European Inc
Far Eastern Inc
Intl Growth Inc
Japanese Inc
Mutual European
Mutual Far Eastern
Mutual North Am
Mutual UK Eq
Nth American Inc
UK Equity Inc
2639.00
902.00
404.30
Yld
%
MARKS & SPENCER UNIT TRUST LTD
0808 005 5555
Equity Acc @
Equity Dist @
Euro Ind Acc @
IGNIS ASSET MGMT
Dlg: 0141 222 8282
American Gth Inc @
Balanced Growth @
Balanced Growth Acc @
Corporate Bond ?@
European Growth @
European Growth Acc @
Glob Gwth @
Higher Yield @
Higher Yield Acc @
Japan @
Managed @
Managed Trust @
Mngd Pfolio Inc @
Pacific Grth @
Smaller Comp @
Smaller Cos @
47.10
SCOTTISH MUTUAL INV MNGRS LTD
0141 248 6100
2616.00
893.80
404.30
+/-
MANEK INVESTMENT MGMT LTD
0844 800 9401
LEGAL & GENERAL (UT MGRS) LTD
Enquiries: 0870 050 0955 Dealing: 0870 050 0956
1.35
1.36
2.70
2.74
2.25
2.28
3.91
4.04
3.70
3.68
3.56
3.66
3.56
3.66
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
Buy
Eur (Ex UK) Eq A Acc ?@1310.92
Glob Brands A Acc ?@ 7865.06
UK Eq A Acc ?@
1184.53
HSBC Specialist Investment Funds (OEIC)
INVESTEC FUND MGRS
Broker Support and Dealing: 020 7597 1900
OEIC Series i,ii,iii, & iv
?
?
?
1.47
1.50
2.31
2.36
3.35
3.44
2.38
2.44
3.23
3.33
1.52
1.54
2.49
2.56
Sell
HSBC Investment Funds (OEIC) - Retail Share Class
FIDELITY INTERNATIONAL
Private Clnts 0800 414161 Broker Dlgs 0800 414181
1531.00
3712.00
519.40
3.38
0.71
1.83
1.98
0.31
1.44
1.33
1.05
0.94
1.44
4.20
2.78
2.62
2.79
HSBC GLOBAL ASSET MGMT (UK) LTD
Enq: 0845 745 6123 Dlg: 0845 745 6126 Mon-Fri 8-6
HSBC Index Tracker Investment Funds (OEIC)
Well Bldr Bal Acc ?@
Well Bldr Gwth Acc ?@
F & C FUND MANAGEMENT LTD (OEICS)
Enqs: 0870 601 6183 Dealing: 0870 601 6083
Share Class 1 - Retail
Corporate Bd ?@
58.62
Emerging Mkts ?@
122.90
Euro Gwth & Inc 1 ?@ 1042.00
Extra Inc Bond ?@
49.59
FTSE All-Shr Track ?@ 429.30
Global Gwth SC1 ?@
197.70
High Inc Trst @
14.50
Max Inc Bond ?@
49.78
Multi Man Caut ?@
70.41
Multi Man Distr ?@
60.44
North Amer ?@
494.90
Pacific Gwth ?@
435.60
Strategic Bd ?@
196.80
UK Equity ?@
3229.00
UK Gwth & Inc Acc 1 ?@ 658.50
UK Gwth & Inc Dist ?@ 234.70
UK Smaller Cos ?@
965.70
+/-
Eur Sel Gth A Acc ?@
-1.00
+0.30
+0.40
+1.40
+1.50
CIS UNIT MANAGERS LTD
08457 46 46 46
European Gwth @
Sus Leaders ?@
UK Growth @
UK Income @
Buy
HALIFAX INVESTMENT FUND MGRS LTD
01296 386 386
Authorised Inv Funds
Share Class `C
ARTEMIS FUND MGRS LTD
0800 092 2051
Authorised Inv Funds
Capital R Acc @
1613.26
Euro Opps R Acc @
107.29
Euro Opps R Inc @
102.22
European Growth R Acc @356.91
Global Energy R Acc @
29.03
Global Growth R Acc @ 255.72
Global Income R Acc @ 126.51
Global Income R Inc @
94.91
Global Select R Acc @
99.96
High Income R Inc @
81.22
Income R Acc @
421.74
Income R Inc @
231.96
Monthly Dist R Inc @
72.37
Strategic Assets R Acc @ 86.68
Strategic Bond R M Acc @ 95.14
Strategic Bond R M Inc @ 57.52
Strategic Bond R Q Acc @ 94.96
Strategic Bond R Q Inc @ 57.57
UK Growth R Acc @
546.58
UK Smaller Cos R Acc @ 1626.06
UK Special Sits R Acc @ 593.58
European ?@
Extra Income ?@
Glob Spec Sits ?@
Global Focus ?@
International ?@
Japan ?@
Moneybldr Bal ?@
Moneybldr Glob
Moneybldr Gwth ?@
Moneybldr Inc ?@
Moneybldr UK Ind ?@
Special Sits ?@
Wealthbuilder
Sell
115.89
107.31
110.88
115.27
133.04
110.19
105.54
102.29
133.03
153.92
143.86
139.13
111.93
104.58
107.63
111.25
127.91
105.19
99.90
98.46
126.26
146.95
136.21
131.34
Tr 3O% 21
Tr 1O% 22
Tr 2N% 23
Tr 2O% 24
Tr 5% 25
Tr 2% 25
Tr 1K% 26
Tr 1N% 27
Tr 4N% 27
Tr 6% 28
Tr 4O% 30
Tr 4N% 32
112.00
104.68
107.75
111.57
128.10
106.63
102.20
98.90
127.53
147.45
137.85
133.60
Shorts (under 5 years)
101.91
106.69
104.21
110.32
110.20
106.05
115.02
113.21
104.73
134.65
118.55
100.70
101.30
100.64
101.84
102.26
105.63
106.26
103.95
110.20
109.21
102.85
126.61
114.36
97.79
?
Tr 1N% 18
Tr 5% 18
Tr 1O% 19
Tr 4K% 19
Tr 3O% 19
Tr 2% 20
Tr 4O% 20
Tr 3O% 20
Tr 1K% 21
Tr 8% 21
Tr 4% 22
Tr 0K% 22
Tr 0O% 23
100.64
101.84
102.28
105.64
106.29
103.99
110.23
109.25
102.91
126.67
114.46
98.68
99.06
* maturities as having a 3-month indexation lag and
which trade on a real clean price basis, excluding inflation
adjustment charge.
This is a paid for information service. For
further details on a particular fund, readers
should contact their fund manager.
Data as shown is
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purposes only. No offer is made by
Morningstar or this publication
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Working Life Business
AT THE COAL FACE Companies maintain that on the job training is still the best way to address the country?s skills shortage, reports Miles Costello
MONTY RAKUSEN/GETTY IMAGES
Levy takes heavy
toll on efforts to
train apprentices
A
pprenticeships are still the
solution to Britain?s skills
shortage, according to a
survey, despite official
figures that show a sharp
fall in the number of new schemes
since the government introduced a
levy.
More than eight in ten of small
businesses polled by Close Brothers
Asset Finance said that apprentices
were the best way to narrow the skills
gap, yet more than a fifth blamed
costs for not having a scheme of their
own. While, at 58 per cent, more than
half of businesses felt that they were
not suited to having a scheme, the
majority, 76 per cent, felt that
enrolling in an apprenticeship was a
viable alternative to university.
Neil Davies, chief executive of
Close Brothers Asset Finance, said:
?Skills shortages have made headline
news recently and it?s clearly an issue
that [small and medium-sized
businesses] feel very strongly about.
Many businesses are very concerned
about where their next cohort of
skilled workers is going to come from
and the answer, they feel, is more
apprenticeships. Clearly, not every
business has a need for an apprentice;
however, the fact that for many it?s
simply too expensive shows that more
needs to be done.?
The survey?s finding, after a
quarterly poll of more than 900
businesses in the UK and Republic of
Ireland, comes only days after figures
published by the Department for
Education showed that the number of
apprenticeships had fallen by two
thirds since the government
introduced the apprenticeship levy.
Effective from April, any company
with a wage bill of more than
�million must pay a 0.5 per cent levy
to help to cover the cost of
apprenticeship schemes. Businesses,
which beforehand could choose to
spend what they liked on
apprenticeships, have complained
that the scheme ends up costing them
more and is a blunt way of
approaching training staff.
Figures from the education
department showed that the number
of apprenticeships fell by 61 per cent
between May and July compared with
the same period last year. The
government has argued that the
success or failure of the levy should
not be judged on three-month figures
and that businesses need time to
adjust and plan ahead.
Respondents to the survey were
also asked whether they would offer
an apprenticeship scheme if the
government or the private sector
were to offer help. Forty-nine per cent
answered ?yes?.
However, Mr Davies said that there
Learning by numbers
509,400
Apprentices in the UK between 2015
and 2016
131,400
Apprentices under the age of 19
between 2015 and 2016
1,656,680
Online applications for
apprenticeships between 2015 and
2016
2,600
Employers involved in designing
new apprenticeship standards
Source: Education & Skills Funding Agency
Businesses are keen on apprenticeships but have raised concerns over the cost
were wide regional variances
among those saying that they would
seek help and those that would not:
?For example, the West Midlands,
which has long been a manufacturing and engineering powerhouse,
ranked towards the bottom of the list,
but historically has used
apprenticeships to ensure succession
planning. Businesses in the southeast,
on the other hand, may feel less well
equipped to create their own
schemes, and as such would be more
likely to seek outside assistance.?
At 61 per cent, businesses in
Northern Ireland were the most
likely to ask for help, the survey
found, while businesses in the east
Midlands, at 32 per cent, were the
least likely. Mr Davies argued that,
while the survey had found that
business leaders believed
apprenticeships were a viable
substitute to university, there was no
reason that people could not do both.
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Business Markets
news in brief
Martin Waller Tempus
Buy, sell or hold: today?s best share tips
pacific horizon it
Net asset value
per share 335.38p
Dividend yield
Nil
T
he best options for
investors are often the ones
least researched or
understood by the market.
This time last week Tempus
highlighted microcaps as one
example: Chinese technology or
consumer shares are also not often
followed and can prove to be
profitable, if volatile, investments.
This is what Pacific Horizon
Investment Trust specialises in.
About 60 per cent or more is in that
high-tech and consumer space,
including the largest two ? Alibaba,
China?s biggest ecommerce business,
and Tencent, which provides mobile
phone services. Just behind these is
JD.com, the country?s second biggest
ecommerce outfit.
In all, about 40 per cent of the
fund at the last count is in China and
Hong Kong and about a quarter in
South Korea. Japan, as a more
developed market, is outside its
investment criteria. There are
approaching 70 different holdings,
with the top ten accounting for going
low & bonar
Fcst revenue
�4m Pre-tax
profit �m
Divi yield 4.9%
T
he 16 per cent fall in the Low &
Bonar share price looks like a
classic overreaction to some
admittedly poor news. There are
three main aspects to the warning
issued by the company, which makes
a range of specialist materials,
including meshes used in civil
engineering, regarding its results to
the end of November.
The first is that the civil
engineering side is not seeing the
expected switch from commoditised
trading to specialist projects that
Rising in the east
Pacific Horizon share price
325p
Five biggest holdings
% of portfolio, as of August 31
300
Alibaba
250
225
Tencent
7.2
Sunny Optical Technology
5.8
200
175
Fcst revenue
�1m Pre-tax
7.5
275
2015
JD.com
4.9
150
Geely Automobile
2016
Rio Tinto cut its annual
production forecast in response
to industrial action at the world?s
largest copper mine. The miner
said it that expected to produce
between 460 and 480 kilotonnes
of copper this year, compared
with earlier expectations of
between 500 and 550 kilotonnes.
It attributed the change to a
?delayed ramp-up? at Escondida,
the Chilean site in which it has a
30 per cent stake. Rio said that
third-quarter copper production
slipped 3 per cent, but improved
rail capacity helped it to ship
6 per cent more iron ore.
acal
Source: Thomson Reuters
It?s worth
having
China in
your hands
Rio Tinto cuts forecast
2017
125
MY ADVICE Buy
WHY This specialist trust is
focused on high-growth Asian
stocks and one for the longterm investor who is not
interested in an income
on for half of the total. There is the
option to invest in unquoted
companies, but at the moment they
are all listed. Pacific Horizon does
not pay any attention to whether the
stocks are in the relevant index. This
is a pure conviction investment trust
that aims to stand out from the herd
and the index followers but over a
long period, the average holding
being for five years or more.
This means its performance
cannot be judged over the short
term. The fund was reorganised in
2014 after a period of
underperformance and the results
have improved since. Over the year
offer better margins. This has meant
that inventory levels have remained
higher than expected, while the
business will make a loss this year
rather than the expected small profit.
Linked to this are rises in raw
materials such as plastics, in part due
to loss of production caused by
hurricanes in the United States. The
company has not been able to pass
on these costs in full given the
difficult state of the civil engineering
market.
Those higher inventory levels
mean that borrowings, which had
been expected to end the year at
�5 million to �0 million, will now
come in at �0 million, a bit high for
a company with a market
4.0
to the end of July, the total net asset
per share return was 38.5 per cent, as
against 28.6 per cent for the
comparable index.
The trust had tended to trade on a
high discount to net assets, but this
narrowed to 7.5 per cent by the year?s
end. That exposure to Chinese
consumer and tech stocks helped;
the share prices of three of these
more than doubled over the year,
including Geely Automotive, which
makes cars, taxis and vans.
The trust?s aim is to identify
companies that can grow by two and
a half to three times over a five-year
period. This is a high bar, but the
managers believe that the Chinese
economy will remain vibrant, with
consumer spending and
technological innovation set to rise.
There is no dividend and no
prospect of one. Any slowdown in
that economy, then, or the feared
bursting of the debt bubble would be
damaging. Pacific Horizon is one to
tuck away if you are confident about
those core markets.
capitalisation of about �0 million
at last night?s close.
The civil engineering side is under
review and a disposal would reduce
debt if a buyer could be found.
Several peripheral businesses have
already been sold. The shares, after a
12絧 fall to 67紁, sell on just below
ten times earnings, based on
estimates revised downwards, but the
market will require more clarity for
any recovery.
MY ADVICE Avoid
WHY The market will take
time to recover trust
profit �.7m
Divi yield 2.6%
T
his time last year Acal was
emerging from a patch of
difficult trading. It supplies
customised electronic components to
a range of industries. Orders are
reliant on customers? willingness to
invest in new ranges, which itself has
been dependent on factors such as
pre-Brexit uncertainty in the UK, a
new president in the US and
concerns about the eurozone
recovey. The lower pound was
making products sourced in dollars
more expensive, hitting margins.
A year later it looks quite different.
The first-half trading update to the
end of September notes an
improvement in end-markets,
particularly on the Continent. Acal?s
organic revenue grew by 9 per cent,
stripping out currency movements,
with earlier acquisitions chipping in
another 6 per cent. The past year has
added only one of these but the
company has the balance sheet
strength for more.
Design and manufacturing, key to
performance as it is a higher-margin
division where Acal collaborates
most directly with those customers,
was ahead by 11 per cent. Group
orders are ahead by 10 per cent. The
shares, up 20緋 at 334絧, have come
on by about a pound since the start
of the year, but, on 16 times earnings,
look good long-term value.
Stonegate stalled
Stonegate Pub Company?s
recommended bid for Revolution
Bars is in doubt after only 55 per
cent of proxy votes backed the
�1.5 million takeover. Shares in
the operator of vodka and rum
bars fell by 10紁, or 5.2 per cent,
to 187p amid fears that the 205pa-share offer might not secure
the necessary 75 per cent of votes
cast. Stonegate is ?considering its
options?. Proxies accounted for
only 51.6 per cent of the issued
share capital, but hopes of
reaching 75 per cent look slim.
Global extends reach
The radio group behind Capital
FM, Classic FM and LBC has
taken its advertising sales
operation across the Atlantic.
Global, Britain?s biggest
commercial radio operator,
bought Audio HQ for an
undisclosed sum to bolster Dax,
its digital sales platform. The deal
will lead to Global taking up four
US offices. Mike Gordon, chief
commercial officer at Global,
said: ?It would be illogical to
think there would not be other
opportunities in other territories.?
MY ADVICE Buy
WHY Acal is heading for a
significant period of growth
And finally...
H
utchison China Meditech, or
Chi-Med as it is better
known, has been passing
milestones for its fruquintinib
cancer treatment, the first
mainstream drug to be developed
entirely in China. The latest was a
phase III trial for the compound
showing exceptionally low damage
to the liver, which is where it differs
from rival drugs on the market.
Fruquintinib will now go to the
Chinese authorities for approval,
which should be swift, and then go
on sale there. The next target for
the drug is the United States.
Alitalia bidders line up
Easyjet has joined the bidders in
the auction for Alitalia, the
stricken Italian flag carrier. The
strongest opposition is likely to
come from Lufthansa, of
Germany, which is also in
competition with Easyjet for the
failed Air Berlin. Ryanair, the
biggest operator in Italy, has
stated that it wants to pick up
parts of Alitalia. The Italian
government is understood to
have delayed its decision, which
was expected next month,
until April.
PRICES
Major indices
New York
Dow Jones
Nasdaq Composite
S&P 500
Tokyo
Nikkei 225
Hong Kong
Hang Seng
Amsterdam
AEX Index
Sydney
AO
London Financial Futures
22956.96 (+85.24)
6624.00 (+18.20)
2557.64 (+4.47)
21255.56 (+100.38)
28692.80 (+216.37)
546.67 (+0.47)
5917.20 (+32.50)
Frankfurt
DAX
13003.70 (+11.83)
Singapore
Straits
3323.06 (+3.95)
Brussels
BEL20
Paris
CAC-40
4060.79 (-9.12)
5362.88 (+11.15)
Zurich
SMI Index
DJ EURO Stoxx 50
9274.59 (-37.10)
3606.27 (+1.72)
London
FTSE 100
7526.97 (-8.47)
FTSE 250
20217.13 (-42.38)
FTSE 350
4184.93 (-5.40)
FTSE Eurotop 100
3003.84 (+3.39)
FTSE All-Shares
4132.62 (-4.44)
FTSE Non Financials
4851.53 (-10.05)
techMARK 100
4667.09 (+3.11)
Bargains
n/a
US$
1.3233 (-0.0053)
Euro
1.1216 (-0.0031)
�SDR
0.93 (+0.00)
Exchange Index
77.50 (+0.00)
Bank of England official close (4pm)
CPI
103.80 Aug (2015 = 100)
RPI
274.70 Aug (Jan 1987 = 100)
RPIX
275.40 Aug (Jan 1987 = 100)
Morningstar Long Commodity
558.85 (+6.46)
Morningstar Long/Short Commod 3980.53 (+19.48)
Long Gilt
3-Mth Sterling
3-Mth Euribor
3-Mth Euroswiss
3-Mth Euroswiss
FTSE100
FTSEurofirst 80
Period
Dec 17
Mar 18
Dec 17
Mar 18
Jun 18
Sep 18
Dec 18
Dec 17
Mar 18
Jun 18
Sep 18
Dec 18
Dec 17
Mar 18
Jun 18
Sep 18
Dec 17
Mar 18
Dec 17
Mar 18
Open
123.70
99.470
99.320
99.210
99.150
99.090
100.33
100.32
100.30
100.28
100.24
100.74
100.72
100.69
100.65
7524.0
7464.5
High
124.30
122.80
99.475
99.330
99.220
99.160
99.110
100.33
100.32
100.31
100.29
100.25
100.74
100.72
100.69
100.65
7525.5
7464.5
Commodities
Low
123.49
122.80
99.465
99.310
99.200
99.130
99.070
100.32
100.31
100.30
100.27
100.23
100.73
100.71
100.68
100.63
7485.0
7458.0
Sett
124.20
123.29
99.465
99.310
99.210
99.150
99.100
100.33
100.32
100.31
100.29
100.25
100.74
100.72
100.69
100.64
7503.0
7443.5
4997.0
4993.5
Vol
183907
33145
38893
61354
101706
64656
33628
74916
41737
82011
73045
1539
2175
1317
2427
65371
14
Open Int
708224
104
545081
442307
413585
304819
385720
410037
452373
449116
393261
418729
37983
43639
33927
39073
686451
72
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57.64
52.14
52.34
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+0.61
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Spot CIF NW Europe (prompt delivery)
Premium Unld
Gasoil EEC
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Naphtha
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49
1GM
Markets Business
KEVIN LEE/GETTY IMAGES
Major miners ease the
pain for sore investors
Marcus Leroux Market report
O
n a day that delivered a
painful injury to a maker
of wound care, good news
from China provided a
welcome tonic to shares
in London. Indeed, positive Chinese
manufacturing data helped to boost
stock exchanges worldwide, but it was
the lift to mining groups, which
feature prominently in the FTSE 100,
that made the City?s day.
The prices of copper and iron ore
rose and the Baltic Exchange?s main
sea freight index leapt to its highest in
more than three years, all of which
meant that there was strong appetite
for London?s big mining stocks.
Antofagasta, the Chilean copper
producer, closed 19p higher at �.34.
Glencore was 5緋 up at 382絧 and
BHP Billiton rose 20p to �.18
Metal is in
demand and
on a roll
C
opper prices
broke through
the $7,000 a
tonne mark for the
first time in three years
yesterday as economic
data, including from
China, fuelled
optimism about
demand (Marcus
Leroux writes).
Copper jumped by
3.7 per cent to $7,134
per tonne on the
London Metal
Exchange, after
touching the July 2014
high of $7,177 a tonne.
Prices are up 29 per
cent in the year to
date, on track for the
biggest annual gain
since 2010.
However, Eugen
Weinberg, head of
commodities research
at Commerzbank,
warned that prices may
have over-reached and
were due for a
pullback. ?It?s very
difficult to time
overheated situations
such as these, but we
definitely expect prices
to come back before
another increase,? he
said.
Copper prices
peaked at $10,000 a
tonne in 2010. Miners
generally are
optimistic over its
price because of an inbuilt supply constraint,
strong demand from
China and prospective
demand from the
makers of electric
vehicles.
Results in brief
Name
Pre-tax figure
Profit (+) loss (-)
Bioventix (biotechnology FY)
�8m (�2m)
Dividend
71p p Nov 10
6 Results in brief are given for all companies valued at more than � million. f = final p = payable
The day?s biggest movers
Change
Company
Allied Minds Tie-up by announcement by portfolio company
Acal Strong trading update
Talktalk Bounce-back after dip on Friday
Georgia Healthcare Positive sentiment continues
Charles Taylro Debt refinancing
Capita Strike threat
N Brown Continued fallout from poor first-half results
Interserve Lenders appoint EY for advice
Low & Bonar Warns of challenging conditions in civil engineering business
Convatec Supply disruption hits sales
Gold/Precious
metals (US dollars per ounce)
London Grain Futures
LIFFE Wheat (close �/t)
Nov
139.50
Jan
141.75
May
146.00
Jul
unq
Mar
148.75
Volume: 607
London Metal Exchange
(Official)
Cash
3mth
15mth
Bullion: Open $1304.05
Close $1302.93-1303.38 High $1305.77
Low $1301.16
AM $1305.15 PM $1303.30
Krugerrand $1289.00-1362.00 (�0.281025.23)
Platinum $942.00 (�9.08)
Silver $17.40 (�.10)
Palladium $986.00 (�2.20)
Copper Gde A ($/tonne)
7061.0-7063.0
7080.0-7082.0
7310.0-7320.0
Lead ($/tonne)
2564.0-2566.0
2575.0-2577.0
1980.0-1985.0
Zinc Spec Hi Gde ($/tonne)
3320.5-3321.0
3260.5-3261.0
European money
deposits %
1943.0-1948.0
Currency
Tin ($/tonne)
20800.0-20825.0
+7.2%
+6.6%
+4.7%
+4.4%
+4.3%
-4.5%
-8.5%
-11%
-16%
-27%
20675.0-20700.0
Alum Hi Gde ($/tonne)
2143.5-2144.0
2159.0-2159.5
Nickel ($/tonne)
11780.0-11790.0 11855.0-11860.0
20250.0-20300.0
before its annual meeting on
Thursday. Bringing up the rear were
Rio Tinto, 39絧 up at �.18, and
Anglo American, which advanced
7絧 to �.77.
However, sitting atop the risers? pile
was Standard Life Aberdeen, which
rose just over 9p to 446紁 after it
released the prospectus for a
$750 million debt offer for ?general
corporate? purposes. Earlier in the
month it had dipped by a similar
amount when it announced the plan,
but the detail in the 138-page
document appeased some investors.
All of whch helped to cushion the
pain for an index wounded by
Convatec. The relative newcomer to
the FTSE 100 lost a quarter of its
value yesterday after it was ?severely
impacted? by supply issues, pushing
its shares 74紁 lower to 205p. That
dragged the overall index down 8.47
points to 7,526.97.
Oil prices were gathering
momentum as conflict between the
Iraqi government and the Kurds
S
hares in the
investment
company
formerly known as
Levrett rose by more
than 7 per cent
yesterday to 3緋 after
the reverse takeover
of Nuformix, the
British
pharmaceuticals
development
company, for
� million (Richard
Fletcher writes).
Trading in the cash
shell, which listed in
December 2015, had
been suspended at
3絧, but the shares
were relisted
yesterday after
approval of the deal at
an annual meeting on
Friday. After the
3mth
6mth
12mth
0.13
0.20
0.29
0.55
0.29
0.37
0.53
0.74
0.10
0.15
0.20
0.50
Euro
relisting, the company
changed its name to
Nuformix.
Alongside the
reverse takeover, the
biotech group raised
�3 million of new
money at 4p per
share, which it says
will enable it to
Money rates %
Dollar rates
Base Rates Clearing Banks: 0.25 Finance House 1.0 ECB Refi 0.00 US Fed Fd 1.25
Australia
Canada
Denmark
Euro
Hong Kong
Japan
Malaysia
Norway
Singapore
Sweden
Switzerland
Interbank Rates
Clearer CDs
Depo CDs
2 mth
3 mth
6 mth
12 mth
1 mth
0.2924
0.3271
0.3738
0.5262
0.7440
0.35-0.25 0.37-0.27 0.40-0.30 0.62-0.47 0.81-0.66
0.35-0.25 0.37-0.27 0.40-0.30 0.62-0.47 0.81-0.66
Eurodollar Deps
1.22-1.42 1.24-1.44 1.30-1.50 1.47-1.67 1.75-1.95
Sterling spot and forward rates
1mth
Nuformix intends
to deliver several
innovative therapies
around the city of Kirkuk threatened
to disrupt supply. Brent crude had
risen by 65 cents a barrel to $57.82 a
barrel by the time that London had
closed, a jump bolstered by a drop in
the number of American oilrigs.
Genel, the oil producer that operates
in Kurdish Iraq, was down 20緋 at
113絧.
Jackpotjoy rose 8p to 817p after
calling time on its chief executive
barely nine months after floating on
the London Stock Exchange.
Springfield Properties, a Scottish
housebuilder, kick-started trading on
the Alternative Investment Market,
raising � million through the
placing of 23,584,906 new shares at a
price of 106p per share. Its shares rose
10絧 to 116絧.
Allied Minds, a Massachusettsbased company that specialises in
commercialising technology from
universities, was 11緋 higher at 175p
after announcing that Spin Transfer
Technologies, a subsidiary, had signed
an agreement with Tokyo Electron to
Treasury Bills (Dis) Buy: 1 mth 0.088; 3mth 0.169. Sell: 1 mth 0.030; 3 mth 0.180
Sterling
0.00.0
Leading indices rose to record closes
as financial shares recovered from
last week?s losses and higher oil
prices lifted energy shares. The Dow
Jones industrial average rose 85.24
points to 22,956.96 and the S&P 500
rose 4.47 points to 2,557.64.
Takeover?s healthy side-effect
Halifax Mortgage Rate 3.74
Dollar
2280.0-2285.0
Wall Street report
pharmaceuticals
Mkt Rates for
Copenhagen
Euro
Montreal
New York
Oslo
Stockholm
Tokyo
Zurich
Range
8.3519-8.4020
1.1292-1.1230
1.6563-1.6680
1.3256-1.3311
10.452-10.532
10.751-10.828
148.23-148.92
1.2919-1.2989
Close
8.3722-8.3737
1.1248-1.1247
1.6650-1.6654
1.3284-1.3285
10.468-10.472
10.756-10.760
148.47-148.49
1.2934-1.2937
1 month
74ds
6pr
13pr
13pr
28pr
87ds
6ds
14ds
Premium = pr
3 month
238ds
21pr
38pr
39pr
83pr
298ds
27ds
44ds
Discount = ds
develop faster, more compact
computer memory. Mind you, the
boost did little to redeem a dismal
2017 for the company, which was
trading at 470p at the turn of the year.
Allied Minds is backed by Neil
Woodford, the renowned fund
manager.
Acal, a maker and distributor of
customised electronics, leapt 20緋
after it told investors of a strong
second quarter, with a 21 per cent rise
in revenue. The company said that it
was ?confident of making good
progress through the rest of the year?.
Investors in N Brown were not
feeling any better about last week?s
dismal half-year results. The online
and catalogue retailer fell another
29絧, leaving it at 317絧.
Talktalk recovered lost ground
yesterday, rising 9絧 to 214絧, almost
making up for a tumble on Friday
that had followed a downgrade by
analysts at Barclays, which came
despite the bank raising its target
price to 215p from 185p.
Exchange rates
1.2719-1.2726
1.2535-1.2535
6.3034-6.3044
0.8467-0.8467
7.8072-7.8077
111.77-111.77
4.2153-4.2180
7.8844-7.8845
1.3519-1.3522
8.0972-8.0994
0.9737-0.9738
Other Sterling
Argentina peso
Australia dollar
Bahrain dinar
Brazil real
Euro
Hong Kong dollar
India rupee
Indonesia rupiah
Kuwait dinar KD
Malaysia ringgit
New Zealand dollar
Singapore dollar
S Africa rand
U A E dirham
?move forward into
clinical development
stages of its existing
intellectual property
portfolio?.
Nuformix is
developing potential
small molecule drugs,
including a treatment
for the severe sideeffects faced by
cancer patients
receiving
chemotherapy. It is
also reprofiling a
known allergy
treatment drug to
treat fibrotic
conditions, including
liver and lung fibrosis.
It hopes to deliver
both therapies and
the returns associated
with the
biotechnology sector.
23.007-23.021
1.6903-1.6905
0.4978-0.5046
4.2024-4.2064
1.1247-1.1248
10.370-10.373
85.937-85.964
17637-18154
0.4002-0.4025
5.5997-5.6033
1.8493-1.8498
1.7958-1.7963
17.682-17.695
4.8772-4.8785
Australia $
Canada $
Denmark Kr
Egypt
Euro �
Hong Kong $
Hungary
Indonesia
Israel Shk
Japan Yen
New Zealand $
Norway Kr
Poland
Russia
S Africa Rd
Sweden Kr
Switzerland Fr
Turkey Lira
USA $
Bank buys Bank sells
1.840
1.600
1.810
1.570
8.970
7.870
n/a
n/a
1.220
1.070
11.170
9.820
379.370
312.120
20676.800
16492.900
5.110
4.360
160.940
139.380
2.070
1.750
11.380
9.840
5.260
4.310
82.020
68.300
19.670
16.660
11.510
10.230
1.420
1.230
5.400
4.620
1.450
1.270
Rates for banknotes and traveller's cheques as
traded by Royal Bank of Scotland plc yesterday
Data as shown is
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purposes only. No offer is made by
Morningstar or this publication
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Michel Jouvet
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Obituaries
Sean Hughes
Irish comedian and youngest Perrier winner, whose work was hilarious but unflinching in its exploration of his troubled psyche
ALAMY
Records who wants to sign the band,
and in 1993 his collection of essays,
scribbles and poems, Sean?s Book, was
published. He had become British
comedy?s go-to glum guy, he admitted:
?I?ve always looked like a heroin addict
without ever having to go through the
hassle of taking the stuff.?
He valued his writing more than his
comedy, and there were two novels.
The bleak Detainees (1998) was about
?the death of childhood?. The Irish Independent thought it ?the most important
novel of the decade?, while Time Out
called it ?the work of a wanker?.
It?s What He Would?ve Wanted
followed two years later, a dark story of
murder and suicide. In his more skittish
moods he would go around north
London, where he lived, winding
people up, asking assistants in Tesco:
?What aisle are the hot cakes on? I hear
they?re selling quite well.?
He renounced stand-up for ten years,
claiming that he had nothing to say and
complaining that ?I found myself play-
In 1990 Sean Hughes became the
youngest winner of the Perrier award
for comedy at the Edinburgh Festival.
?He looked like a pop star and women
adored him,? recalled Steve Coogan,
who was also in Edinburgh that
summer attempting to kick-start his
career. ?I spent far too much time
imagining what it might be like to be
him ? and I probably got the crumbs
off his table in terms of women.?
The winning show, A One Night Stand
With Sean Hughes, was described by
one critic as ?a bold stream of consciousness, reminiscence and neurosis?
and explored his childhood, particularly his uneasy relationship with his
father. It also supported Coogan?s view
of Hughes as a sex symbol in the
comedy world. ?I?m not into one-night
stands,? he said in the show. ?I can?t take
that level of commitment ? the whole
night!?
The next year he returned to
Edinburgh and picked up the Critics?
Award for his comedy Patrick?s Day
(written with Owen O?Neill). Sean?s
Show, a deconstructed sitcom, came
next on Channel 4, and he rapidly
became one of British comedy?s leading
lights. Novels and television work
followed, including a stint as one of the
first team captains on the pop panel
show Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
The comedic analogue of Morrissey,
who he adored, Hughes was a diehard
miserabilist who seemed to take a perverse delight in life?s darker, gloomier
byways. Television was a medium ?for
stupid people?, he said, and although he
stayed on Buzzcocks for six years, his demeanour became increasingly hangdog. He left because people began to go
up to him and tell him, ?I saw you on
Buzzcocks,? and that was not what he
wished to be remembered for.
His father, a heavy-drinking driving
instructor, loomed large over his life.
?We used to high-five each other in the
middle ground of self-hatred,? he said.
His dad once attended one of his shows,
he recalled, ?and fell asleep due to
drunkenness?. In 2012, two years after
his father died of leukaemia, Hughes
poured his feelings into his show The
Life Becomes Noises. Just don?t use
the ?c-word? he warned an interviewer
? ?catharsis?.
The show was relentless,
brutal even, in its
lack of sentiment
The comedic analogue of
Morrissey, Hughes was
a diehard miserabilist
Hughes took a ten-year break from stand-up after finding himself playing venues with 14-year-old girls ?screaming? at him
The show was relentless, brutal even,
in its lack of sentiment. ?I loved my
parents, but I?ve never really liked
them,? he said in an interview to promote it. ?They gave me life, and a head
start in the f***ed-up stakes, which is
great for comedy, which was really
sweet of them.? His mother was ?a moron ? but my moron?. When his father
died, he recalled, he didn?t shed a tear,
although he did cry at Masterchef ?
?and it wasn?t even the final?.
He was born John Hughes, the
middle of three boys, into a workingclass Irish family in London in 1965. His
traffic warden mother was from Cork,
his father from Dublin, and they had
met on a London bus. When he was a
few years old they moved back to Du-
blin, where his father found work in a
telephone exchange.
Sean attended Col醝ste 蒩nna, a
Christian Brothers school. It was grim
? he was picked on and looked on as
?the thick one? ? and he switched to
Rathmines High. His schooldays
instilled a lifelong atheism. ?I?d like to
thank God for f***ing up my life and
at the same time not existing, quite a
special skill,? he said.
He embarked on a media studies
course at the city?s Institute of Technology. He had no idea what he wanted
to do ? soldier, priest, chef and electrician were avenues he had considered
? but he described seeing the film
Richard Pryor: Live on Sunset Strip in his
teens as a life-changing moment.
Another came on a college trip to see
the television programme for young
people TV Gaga being made.
The producer took a shine to Hughes
and his friend Brian McColl (who went
on to become a broadcaster), convinced
he had seen them perform at a festival
in Tipperary, a false memory of which
they were careful not to disabuse him,
and he booked them for the show. They
began gigging and decided to try their
luck in London, although not before
Hughes ?lost control?, as he put it.
?I went to see a shrink and said, ?I?m
getting the boat over to England and
this is how I feel.? And she said, ?No,
you?d better not go, you?d better have
therapy.? But I knew if I did I?d be hiding
under the bed for the rest of my life.?
They got to London, ?where we died
on our arse?. McColl went home, but
Hughes stuck it out, taking betablockers to reduce his stress levels.
London was his saviour, he said (he
became an avid Crystal Palace fan),
although times were initially tough and
he lived in a squat on the Old Kent
Road. It was ?despicable ? one of the
most depressing times of my life?.
He lived on the dole for a while, then
in 1987 he began appearing at the
Comedy Store. His career took off in
1990 when he won the Perrier; by then
he had stopped churning out gags and
would go on stage without a script and
riff about his own life and life in general.
He had a bit part in the 1991 film The
Commitments as an A&R man for Eejit
ing 4,000-seater venues packed with
14-year-old girls screaming at me ?
that wasn?t why I did comedy.?
In 2004 he was caught up in the
tsunami that hit Sri Lanka. ?I?m lucky to
be alive,? he said, ?but it changes you for
two days, then you?re back watching
Neighbours at lunchtime.?
In 2007 he was in Coronation Street as
a love-rat travelling salesman ? there
had also been a cameo in a Miss Marple
mystery ? and in 2015 he took over the
role of the station master Mr Perks in
The Railway Children at King?s Cross
Theatre in London. One critic wrote
that ?he has an air of melancholia that
certainly suits the character?.
In 2016 he was the headline act of the
All-Star Stand-Up Tour, in which he
explored the vicissitudes of middle age.
By then he had spent time as a teetotal,
non-smoking vegetarian, although he
did take up drinking again.
Hughes never married and had no
children: he spoke of how he would call
his married friends to ask them out ?
and they would tell him: ?No, Sean,
we?ve got our own children now.?
He had a few long-term relationships,
including an 18-month stint with the
Neighbours actress Beth Buchanan and
a three-year attachment to a radio producer, as well as a relationship with the
writer Caitlin Moran, who once tweeted: ?We all had Sean Hughes ? that?s
just part of the collateral damage of
living in London and being a woman.?
He was, he admitted, the classic
commitment-phobe, and his relationships were rarely satisfactory for either
party. ?I don?t personally think you can
really be that close to a person and
spend your whole life with them,? he
said. ?I can only go so far with someone,
and the rest of my feelings are for me.?
Sean Hughes, comedian, actor and
writer, was born on November 10, 1965.
He died of a heart attack after suffering
from cirrhosis of the liver on October 16,
2017, aged 51
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Michel Jouvet
French expert on sleep whose groundbreaking research made the connection between rapid eye movement and dreams
LOUIS MONIER/RUE DES ARCHIVES/WRITER PICTURES
Do animals dream? Aristotle thought
so. ?It would appear that not only do
men dream, but horses also, and dogs,
and oxen; aye, and sheep, and goats, and
all viviparous quadrupeds; and dogs
show their dreaming by barking in
their sleep,? he wrote in The History
of Animals.
Aristotle was clearly on to something, but it is not thought that he
reached his conclusions from observing rapid eye movement (REM), which
is associated with vivid dreaming.
One of the first scientists to study this
was Michel Jouvet, who had begun his
career observing how sleeping cats
react to external stimuli, before he
turned his attention to REM sleep.
REM is usually accompanied by slack
muscle tone, but Jouvet found that
removing tiny fragments of the pons,
part of the brain stem, altered this
dramatically: instead of lying still during REM, cats would get up and walk
around as if they were stalking prey, or
behave aggressively, suggesting that
they were acting out their dreams.
It was what Jouvet called ?oneiric
behaviour?, from ?oneiros?, the Greek
word for dream. ?How can we wake a
cat during paradoxical sleep and ask it
questions?? he wrote. ?We cannot, but
the discovery and analysis of oneiric
behaviour would lead us to believe that
cats do dream.?
Jouvet concluded that REM was
being regulated by the pons, and that
REM was a state of consciousness ?
neither sleeping nor wakefulness
? that is common to most mammals.
REM, he said, was ?paradoxical sleep?,
in which the body is still, although the
brain continues to function. Dreaming
was ?the third state of the brain,
as different from sleep as sleep was
from waking?.
Subsequent research by others confirmed that REM is regulated in human
brains the same way as in those of
animals, and most warm-blooded animals experience REM sleep (except
dolphins and most species of whales).
REM was first reported in the early
1950s by researchers at the University
of Chicago who had noticed that
people?s eyes often moved under their
closed lids while they were apparently
fast asleep. EEG (electroencephalogram) scans indicated that their brains
were functioning as if they were awake,
and that periods of sleep contain spells
of REM.
As for the question of why we experience REM sleep, Jouvet disagreed with
some scientists, believing that dreams
are not primarily about consolidating
memories as much as ?a periodic
He kept detailed dream
diaries, keeping a
notebook by his bedside
reinforcement process aimed at maintaining the genetic basis of personality?.
Jouvet was interested in the science
of wakefulness and helped to develop
the drug modafinil to treat narcolepsy,
and it was used by French soldiers during the Gulf war. It is now used by
students, scientists, entrepreneurs and
the like as a cognitive enhancer, or
?smart drug?. Another area that intrigued Jouvet was what happens to the
brain during dying and death. He was
one of the scientists behind the concept
of ?brain death?.
The neurobiologist Jean-Didier
Vincent, who had been an intern under
Jouvet, said of him: ?Behind his rather
severe demeanour, Michel Jouvet was a
kind man, blessed with good humour,
imagination and an inventive spirit ? a
kind of happy outsider.?
He was born Michel Valentin Marcel
In addition to his scientific studies, Jouvet wrote two novels, both about sleep
Jouvet in 1925 in Lons-le-Saunier in the
Jura department of eastern France, the
son of a doctor. He served with the
Resistance in the Alps and in Alsace
during the Second World War, then
studied anthropology and ethnography
before his father persuaded him to
attend the medical school in Lyons. As
a war combatant he was eligible for a
Fulbright scholarship and in 1954 he
spent a year at the veterans? hospital in
Long Beach, California, working under
Horace Magoun, who in the late 1940s
had identified the reticular formation
as the structure in the brain that
regulates sleep.
Jouvet travelled the world for a few
months, then returned to France to join
the faculty of medicine and clinical
neurophysiology at the University of
Lyons, gaining his doctorate in 1956. He
became a research director at the
French Institute of Health and Medical
Research in 1966 and a professor, and
director of the department of experimental medicine, now Claude Bernard
University Lyons 1, in 1968.
Dreams and sleep were not simply a
source of scientific fascination for
Jouvet. He kept detailed dream diaries,
keeping a notebook and illuminating
pen on his bedside table.
He studied the literature of sleep and
dreaming from earliest times and wrote
two novels: The Castle of Dreams, about
an 18th-century libertine and amateur
scientist who studies eye movement
during sleep, and The Dream Thief,
which framed Jouvet?s preoccupations
in a mystery story concerning a
scientist who has invented a substance
that can reprogramme human minds
by manipulating their sleep, what one
critic called ?a neurophysiological
thriller?.
Jouvet is survived by his wife, Anne,
and four children. A few hours before
he died the Nobel prize in physiology or
medicine was awarded to three American scientists for their research into
the body?s biological clock. It was work
that might not have been possible
without him.
Michel Jouvet, professor of experimental
medicine, was born on November 16,
1925. He died in his sleep of undisclosed
causes on October 3, 2017, aged 91
Professor John Lakey
Yorkshireman known at the Royal Navy College, Greenwich as ?the Prof? who was a world authority on nuclear emergencies
Nuclear emergencies, and how to protect against the effects of radiation,
were John Lakey?s area of expertise. He
was the man, then, to whom worried
scientists from the US turned when in
March 1979 the Three Mile Island unit
two reactor near Middletown, Pennsylvania, had a partial meltdown, with a
hydrogen bubble forming that, it was
feared, might explode.
He advised on the clean-up operation and recommended that schools be
closed, residents advised to stay
indoors and farmers told to keep their
animals under cover. There were no
deaths and no direct impact on public
health, although the incident seriously
dented the American public?s confidence in nuclear power; the clean-up
took 14 years and cost almost $1 billion.
If Pennsylvania was the scene of
Lakey?s highest-profile work, Greenwich was his home turf, and to hundreds of Royal Navy officers he was ?the
Prof? ? bearded, bespectacled, stocky
and with a lecturing style described as
?punchy?. His powerful personality
bestrode the baroque colonnades of the
Royal Naval College, commanding
students? attention. A stickler for senior
service traditions, Lakey nevertheless
held a title ? Reactor Shielding Consultant, Director-General, Ships ?
that would have left Nelson?s navy
baffled.
Each day he would demonstrate the
elements of modern nuclear power
using a working reactor known as
Jason, housed in the King William
Building near the Painted Hall, where
Lakey advised on the clean-up after
the Three Mile Island accident in the US
Nelson?s body lay in state after Trafalgar. The size of a dustbin, Jason could
illuminate a 100-watt lightbulb and was
designed to train submariners in
nuclear propulsion. Naval officers who
worked with it recall with amusement
that it lay 20 yards from a lamppost on
the main road through Greenwich that
bore a notice proclaiming the area a
nuclear-free zone.
A seafarer, mountaineer and potholer, Lakey had gone to Greenwich in
1960 from the Atomic Energy Research
Establishment at Harwell, near Oxford,
and was instrumental in restoring the
reactor when it was bought for Greenwich in 1962 from Hawker Siddeley. At
that time he was deputy to Professor
Jack Edwards, the founder of the
college?s department of nuclear science
and technology; Lakey succeeded
Edwards as professor in 1980.
Students at Greenwich would learn
to handle Jason?s control lever and read
the printout showing the levels of
neutrons that the reactor?s long, thin
plates of uranium produced. Safety
procedures such as donning overshoes
and a white coat, and checking radiation levels with Geiger counters, had to
be observed, and emergency plans
regularly tested. The reactor was
decommissioned in the late 1990s when
the college closed.
John Richard Angwin Lakey was
born in 1929 and grew up in a two-up
two-down terraced house with an outside lavatory in Leeds. His father, William, known as Willard, had gone there
from the island of Tresco in the Isles of
Scilly to seek employment as an
engineer in the fire service. Lakey?s
mother, Edith, worked in a factory, and
he had a younger sister, Dorothy. John
once started a fire in the attic while
trying out a chemical experiment; he
extinguished it himself.
He won a scholarship to Morley
Grammar School and read physics at
the University of Sheffield with the help
of a loan, and worked through his studies, delivering Christmas post and doing
house removals with a local business.
He graduated in 1950 and completed his
PhD in fuel technology in 1953, then got
a job with the Manchester engineering
company Simon Carves, which seconded him to Harwell and to GEC.
He met Pam Lancey, a medical
student at Sheffield, on a trip to Stanage
Edge in Derbyshire with the university
mountaineering and potholing club.
After he got his first job, he would ride
his BSA Bantam motorcycle to visit her
in Sheffield and at her family home in
Worcestershire. They married in 1955
and they made their home in
Meopham, Kent, in 1960, when he
joined the Royal Naval College.
It was not long before the new assistant professor tried out the college?s boat
on the Medway. Pam had some experience sailing and he could navigate. He
Bespectacled and
bearded, he had a
?punchy? lecturing style
qualified as a yachtmaster, allowing
him to skipper merchant ships, and
over the years he sailed two vessels of
his own, the 24ft racing yacht Whispering and the 29ft bilge-keeled Shannara.
Lakey taught their daughters safety
techniques, such as escaping from a
capsized canoe and keeping knotted
ropes ready to climb down should there
be a house fire. They follow his example
of social and personal responsibility:
Joanna as a head teacher and Ofsted
inspector, Philippa as a nurse practitioner, and Nicola as a doctor, hospice
director and medical legal adviser.
Lakey was colour-blind, but a brilliant self-taught musician. He collected,
and could play, many instruments,
especially the guitar. His daughters
remember his talents at making up bedtime stories extempore, in particular a
tale about a family who lived in a postbox, but he never wrote them down.
The family would go sailing to France
and would navigate the waterways of
the Netherlands, while Lakey raced
Whispering on the Medway. Once,
when they got lost in fog in the
Channel, he remained calm while the
rest of the family, one of them remembered, were ?petrified?. Having tied up
to a buoy to await restored visibility,
they found that the buoy belonged to a
moving dredger and cast off again.
Then a foghorn sounded. It was a crossChannel ferry, which they followed to
Dunkirk.
Lakey retired from the college in 1989
to found a consultancy. He was
president of the Institution of Nuclear
Engineers when government plans
threatened to shrink Britain?s nuclear
industry in 1990. He wrote to the energy
secretary, John Wakeham, to make the
case for continuing with nuclear power.
Pam died in 2015; Lakey?s daughters
and sister survive him. The fall that led
to his death two days later came as he
returned home after walking to a shop
in Meopham. Despite his injury, an
unstable neck fracture, he managed to
keep his purchase ? a bottle of
sauvignon blanc wine ? intact.
Professor John Lakey, nuclear engineer,
was born on June 28, 1929. He died of
complications from a fall on September
12, 2017, aged 88
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Goddard, Andrew John Pickin,
Elaine Janice Yi Ting Yong,
Robert Douglas Smith, Christopher
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Georgia Aimee Griffiths, Matei
Alexandru Clej, Jo Ann Lee,
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Harle, Ili Syazwani Binti Shairi,
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Louise Reynolds, Daisy Christine
van den Berg, Eleanor Sharrock,
Nazzura Zeha Binti Ahmad Johari,
Peter Henry Wheeler Hale,
Rhodri Llewellyn Jones,
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Jennie Hargrove, Edward William
Bates, Roxane Kate Reiser,
John Andrew Oakes, Rebecca
Davies, Samantha Louise
Ball, Caroline Rose Baker,
Callum Harry Munday,
Arthur William Kendrick,
Georgiana Panteli, Sandeep
Cheriyan Thomas, Christopher
Hatherley Parkin, Anita Clifford,
Timothy Robert Colin Greaves,
Joseph William Gosden, Fiona
Mary Cortese, Kathryn Helen
Donohue Jones.
Call to the Bar: Middle Temple
List of those students desirous of
being called to the Bar this Trinity
term: Ryan Leigh Dowding,
Yvonne McCorriston, Nomsa
Tsitsi Chizhowezha, Ian Robert
McDonald, Sophia Myriam Baig,
David James Messling, John Magdy
Asaad, Salmaan Muhammed Zakiy
R Hassanally, Maxine Teoh Sui
Vern, Suresh Velu, Chu Xiao Wei,
Lim Kong Soon, Nirvan Govind
Gopalan-Krishnan, Natasha
Khalique, Sophie Fay Ashley,
Thomas Raj Nicholls, Sokratis
Ioannou, Chelsea Brooke Ward,
Aisling Kimberley Lauren Cowell,
Loh Jia Sin, Joseph Rory Whalley
McBrien, Sarah Gillian Watson,
Derek Yap Houng Tsen, Wong
Jia En Justina, Lai Keng Jean,
Christopher James White,
Sejhan Shabani, Mitchell James
Beebe, Gr醝nne Michelle
Catherine Clohessy SC,
Callum James Cowx, Andrew
David Cousins, Imran Majid,
Alistair James Pye, Kendrah
Elizabeth Jane Potts, Laurence
Imrie, Patrick Richard O?Brien,
Selina Niamh O?Brien.
Call to the Bar: Gray?s Inn
List of those students desirous of
being called to the Bar this Trinity
term: Aretha Elinor Ford, Jade
Russell, Arhwin Kalai Chelvan,
Michael John Colman, Michael
Brendan O?Reilly, Edward William,
John Lowe, Charlotte Helen Louise
Pyper, Caroline Mary Elizabeth
Greenfield, Sophie Emma Clayton,
Raida Banoo Peermahomed,
Stuart Matthew Sanders, Joseline
Seidu, Joseff Gethin Morgan,
David Paul Burke, Benjamin James
Phelps, Eleanor Catherine Irons,
Sophie-Jade Furber, Alexander
Ian Barbour, Keith William Allen,
Manndred Ifeanychukwu Adophy,
Laura Ann Williams, Edward
Bryn Bennett, George Alexander
Littlefair, Patrick John Taylor,
Richard James Davies.
Academy of Arts, Burlington House,
Piccadilly, London W1, and was
received by Dr Paul Knapman (Deputy
Lieutenant of Greater London).
Clarence House
16th October, 2017
The Duchess of Cornwall this
afternoon attended the Women of
the Year Lunch and Awards at the
Intercontinental London Park Lane
Hotel, One Hamilton Place, London
W1, and was received by Colonel
Jane Davis (Deputy Lieutenant
of Greater London).
Her Royal Highness, Patron,
Friends of the Royal Academy, this
evening attended a Reception to mark
their Fortieth Anniversary, Royal
Births
HOARE燨n�th燨ctober�17爐o
Catriona�(n閑燘lackwell)燼nd燞enry,燼
son,燘enjamin燝erard,燽rother爐o
George.
THOMAS燨n�h燨ctober�17爐o
Isobel�(n閑燬tanley)燼nd燚avid,燼爏on,
Jago燱ilberforce燬tanley.
Forthcoming
Marriages
MR J. ILLINGWORTH
AND燤ISS K. HEWITT
The爀ngagement爄s燼nnounced燽etween
Jack,爋nly爏on爋f燢evin燼nd燞azel
Illingworth爋f燘ollington,燙heshire,燼nd
Katie,爕oungest燿aughter爋f燗ndrew
and燡udith燞ewitt爋f燬tyal,燙heshire.
MR L.P.W. WELLS
AND燤R J.R. BUDD
Deaths
BARKER燩eggy燤ary,爁ormerly爋f
Sherfield爋n燣oddon,燿ied爌eacefully爋n
11th燨ctober�17,燼ged�.燤uchloved爉other燼nd爂randmother燼nd
friend爐o爉any.燗爏ervice爋f
thanksgiving爓ill燽e爃eld燼t燬t
Leonard?s燙hurch,燬herfield爋n燣oddon,
on燬aturday�th燨ctober,燼t�m.燗ll
welcome.燚onations,爄f爓ished,爐o爐he
Gurkha燱elfare燭rust,爉ay燽e爏ent燾/o
Spencer燼nd燩eyton,�0燱orting燫oad,
Basingstoke,燫G22�Z.
BROADBENT燞enry燫aymond燿ied爋n
11th燨ctober�17,燼ged�,燿evoted
husband,爁ather燼nd爂randfather爐o爃is
wife燗nne,爃is爁our燾hildren燼nd爀leven
grandchildren.燜uneral燼t燭he燙hurch爋f
the燞oly燦ame,燛sher,爋n�rd燨ctober,
at�m.
BROWELL燙olonel燡asper燤iles燤BE
on�h燨ctober�17,燼ged�,
peacefully燼t爃ome.燘eloved爃usband爋f
April,爁ather爋f燪uentin燼nd燤arcus,
grandfather爋f燬ophie燼nd燡asper.
Private爁amily燽urial.燬ervice爋f
celebration,燣arkhill燝arrison燙hurch,
SP4�T,爋n�h燦ovember,燼t爊oon.營t
is燡asper?s爓ish爐hat爊o-one爏hould
miss燼燿ay?s爏hooting爋r爃unting爐o
attend.
BUCKLEY燛lisabeth燤ary爌eacefully
on燜riday�h燨ctober�17.燤uchloved爓ife爋f爐he爈ate燙anon燤ichael
Buckley,爉other爋f燢ate燼nd燡ohn,
grandmother爋f燭abitha,燡amie,燞etta
and燙harles.燗ctive爉ember爋f爐he
churches爄n燱eybridge,燝reat
Chesterford燼nd燱oodstock.燗ll
enquiries爐o燫燡燘ray�&燬on,燜uneral
Directors.燭el:�208�2626.
CORBETT燬ebastian燗ntony爋n�th
October�17,燼ged�,燼fter燼爈ong
illness.燘eloved爃usband爋f燚ee燼nd
father爋f燝eorge.燤uch-loved
stepfather燼nd爏tepgrandfather,爏on
and燽rother.燬mall爌rivate爁uneral.燗
celebration爋f爃is爈ife爐o燽e燼nnounced.
DOUBLEDAY George�(Buster)燿ied
peacefully爋n�th燨ctober�17,燼ged
89.燣oving爃usband爐o燤yra燼nd燼dored
father燼nd爂randfather.
GARY燜LATHER,燪C,燨BE,
Court Circular
Buckingham Palace
16th October, 2017
By command of The Queen, Mr
Alistair Harrison (Marshal of the
Diplomatic Corps) called upon His
Excellency Mr Thao Van Nguyen
at 12-14 Victoria Road, London W8,
this afternoon in order to bid farewell
to His Excellency upon relinquishing
his appointment as Ambassador from
the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to
the Court of St James?s.
pay燾lose燼ttention燼nd爐ake爄t燼s燼
warning. The燣ORD燾orrects爐hose爃e
loves,燼s爌arents燾orrect燼燾hild爋f
whom爐hey燼re爌roud. Proverbs�11-12
(GNB)
The爀ngagement爄s燼nnounced燽etween
Luke,爋nly爏on爋f燤r燼nd燤rs燚avid
Wells爋f燬t燦eots,燙ambridgeshire,燼nd
John,爀ldest爏on爋f燤r燼nd燤rs燜raser
Budd爋f燚ownend,燝loucestershire.
Call to the Bar: Inner Temple
List of those students desirous of
being called to the Bar this Trinity
term: Michael Haggar, Ryan
Edmund Ferro, James Edward
Kirby, Katherine Taunton,
Alexander George Bennie,
Rosalind Clare Young, Sabrina
Goodchild, Natasha Ann Miller,
Matthew Chipperfield-Taylor,
Houda Chiguer, Thomas William
Keane, Immaculate Maluza,
Richard Alan Thompson,
CM Sazzadul Alam, Anass
Mahmoud El Mouden,
Ali Ahmed, Hannah Elizabeth
Head, Amy Michelle Hands,
William Andrew Knapman,
Jonathan Frederick Schaffer-
MY燾hild,爓hen爐he燣ORD燾orrects爕ou,
Kensington Palace
16th October, 2017
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
and Prince Henry of Wales this
morning attended a Paddington 2
themed Reception for Their Royal
Highnesses? Charities Forum at
Paddington Railway Station,
London W2.
The Duke of Cambridge this
evening attended a Dinner in aid of
Stop Ivory at Thomas Goode and
Company Limited, 19 South Audley
Street, London W1.
Kensington Palace
16th October, 2017
Prince Henry of Wales, Patron,
WellChild, this evening attended a
Reception and Awards Ceremony at
the Royal Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster
Terrace, London W2, and was received
by Her Majesty?s Lord-Lieutenant of
Greater London (Mr Kenneth Olisa).
Buckingham Palace
16th October, 2017
The Duke of York, Executive
Chairman, Outward Bound Trust,
this afternoon held an Education
Forum for Head Teachers.
His Royal Highness this evening
attended a Financial Services
Dinner at the offices of HSBC,
8 Canada Square, London E14.
Buckingham Palace
16th October, 2017
The Countess of Wessex, Global
Ambassador, International Agency
for the Prevention of Blindness, this
afternoon held a Meeting.
Buckingham Palace
16th October, 2017
The Princess Royal, Patron, English
Rural Housing Association, this
afternoon attended a Rural Housing
Partnerships Conference, Pittville
Pump Room, East Approach Drive,
Cheltenham, and was received by
Her Majesty?s Lord-Lieutenant of
Gloucestershire (Dame Janet Trotter).
Her Royal Highness, Patron, Royal
College of Anaesthetists, later attended
the Global Anaesthesia: A Platform
for Development Seminar, Churchill
House, 35 Red Lion Square, London
WC1, and was received by Sir Ian
Johnston (Deputy Lieutenant of
Greater London).
The Princess Royal, Royal Patron,
Gibraltar International Literary
Festival, this evening attended a
Reception at Gibraltar House, 150
Strand, London WC2, and was
received by Vice-Admiral Sir Adrian
Johns (Deputy Lieutenant of
Greater London).
Deputy燞igh燙ourt燡udge燼nd燽on
viveur,燿ied爋n�h燨ctober�17,
aged�,爁ollowing燼爎ecent爄llness.
Much璴oved爃usband爋f燬hreela,
brother,爑ncle,爂randfather,爂reat�
grandfather,爁ather爐o燩aul燼nd
Marcus燼nd燾ompanion爁or爁irst,
Gracie,燼nd爐hen燤ac,爃is燾anine
partners.燗爌rivate爁uneral爄s燽eing
arranged.燗爌arty爐o爎emember
Gary爓ill燽e爃eld爄n燦ovember燼t
Triveni.燦o爁lowers.燗ny燿onations
to燙anine燩artners燜or
Independence,爌lease.
FINDLAY燙harles燝eorge爋n�th
October�17,燼ged�,爌eacefully燼fter
a爏hort爄llness.燘eloved爃usband爋f
Anne,爁ather爋f燗ndrew燼nd燤ary,
grandfather爋f燣eonie,燴ara,燩olly,燡ack
and燭om.燜uneral燼t燱ye燩arish
Church,燭N25�L,爋n燤onday�th
October,燼t�m.燦o爁lowers爌lease,燽ut
if爓ished,燿onations爐o燱ye燙hurch爒ia
Earl�&燙o燜/D,�233�4506.
HARRISON燚iane�(n閑燡ohnson)燿ied
peacefully爋n�th燨ctober�17,燼ged
84.燜ormerly爋f燚artmouth,燚evon.
Much-loved爉other爋f燣ynn,燤ark,燡ohn
and燩aul.
HUNT燚r燗lbert燙harles�(Bill)燿ied
peacefully爋n�th燬eptember�17,
aged�,燼t爃ome爄n燣ooe.燣oved燽y
family燼nd爎espected燽y燾olleagues.
Funny,爀rudite,爂enerous燼nd爂reat
company.燱ill燽e爉issed.
HYSON燙olin燩hilip爋n�h燨ctober
2017,燼ged�.燬orely爉issed燽y爃is
beloved爓ife燰al燼nd爃is爉any爁riends.
Funeral爀nquiries爐o燙ookson燭yrer,
Burscough,燣ancs.燭el:�704�7770.
JONES
Harold燙harles燞owlett,爋f
Fulbourn,燙ambridgeshire燼nd
formerly爋f燤ays燞ill燫oad,
Bromley,爌assed燼way爌eacefully
on燭hursday�h燨ctober�17,
aged�爕ears.燘eloved爃usband
of爐he爈ate燞ilkka燼nd爁ather爐o
Martin,燩hilip燼nd燬tephen.
Funeral爀nquiries燾/o
H燡燩aintin燣td,
Funeral燚irectors,�
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WALL燤ichael燛燬t燪,燙ommander燫N
died燼t爃ome燼fter燼爏hort爄llness爋n
5th燨ctober�17.燞usband爋f爐he爈ate
Anne燱all燚CVO,爁ather爋f燞ugo燼nd
Fenella燼nd爂randfather爋f燛dward燼nd
Laura.燜uneral爌rivate.燤emorial
service燼t燞oly燭rinity燙hurch,
Wonston,燬O21�S,燼t�.30am,爋n
Tuesday�th燦ovember.燛nquiries爐o
Richard燬teel�&燩artners�(01962
862333).
WILSON燤areth�(n閑燘ritton)爌assed
away爌eacefully爋n�th燨ctober�17,
aged�,爋f燚elves燣ane.燱ife爋f燙yril
for�爕ears,爉other爋f燙hristine,
Queen爋f燚urham�63.
Memorial Services
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John燫aymond燦elson燤A(Cantab)
CEng燤IMechE passed燼way
peacefully爋n�rd燬eptember
2017,燼ged�爕ears.燤uch爈oved
by爓ife燡une,爐hree燾hildren,爐hree
grandchildren燼nd爐wo爂reat�
grandchildren.燡ohn,爁rom燣incoln,
was燼爇ey爁igure燼t燭riumph
Motorcycles爋f燤eriden爁or爉any
years,燼nd爀njoyed燼n燼ctive
retirement.燭he爁uneral爓ill燽e
held燼t燝edling燙rematorium,
Nottingham,燦G4�H,燼t�30pm,
on燤onday�th燨ctober�17.燦o
flowers,燿onations,爄f燿esired,爁or
Macmillan,燙LLSA,燘en爁und爉ay
be爏ent燾/o燚燡燞all燜uneral
Directors,�燢ing燬treet,
Southwell,燦G25�N.
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Robert燛dmond爋f燙arbrooke,燦orfolk,
will燽e爃eld燼t燬t燤ary?s
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Thursday�rd燦ovember�17,燼t
2.30pm.燗ll爓elcome.燚onations爁or
Parkinson?s燯K燾an燽e爂iven燼t爐he
service爋r燾/o燱燙燣ittleproud�&燬on,
Hale燫d,燘radenham,燦orfolk,營P25
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the燙ity爋f燣ondon燼nd燼n燼lumni爋f
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Key: b=bright, c=cloud, d=drizzle, pc=partly cloudy
du=dull, f=fair, fg=fog, h=hail, m=mist, r=rain,
sh=showers, sl=sleet, sn=snow, s=sun, t=thunder
*=previous day **=data not available
Breezy and unsettled
with areas of rain moving
across Britain, especially
over the weekend
Temperature
Tomorrow
Flood alerts and warnings
Temp C
Rain mm Sun hr*
midday yesterday
24 hrs to 5pm yesterday
Aberdeen
Aberporth
Anglesey
Aviemore
Barnstaple
Bedford
Belfast
Birmingham
Bournemouth
Bridlington
Bristol
Camborne
Cardiff
Edinburgh
Eskdalemuir
Glasgow
Guernsey
Hereford
Herstmonceux
Ipswich
Isle of Man
Isle of Wight
Keswick
Kinloss
Leeds
Lerwick
Leuchars
Lincoln
Liverpool
London
Lyneham
Manchester
Margate
Milford Haven
Newcastle
Nottingham
Orkney
Oxford
Plymouth
Portland
Scilly, St Mary?s
Shoreham
Shrewsbury
Skye
Snowdonia
Southend
Stornoway
Tiree
Whitehaven
Wick
Yeovilton
11
16
18
7
18
21
16
19
18
15
19
16
18
12
12
12
17
19
20
21
15
18
14
9
14
12
12
19
18
22
18
19
20
16
13
19
11
21
17
17
16
21
19
**
18
21
10
10
14
10
18
R
PC
PC
R
S
S
DU
S
DU
DU
PC
PC
PC
DU
R
PC
PC
PC
PC
PC
SH
PC
C
R
FG
PC
R
PC
S
PC
PC
PC
C
C
PC
PC
C
PC
PC
PC
PC
PC
PC
**
C
S
PC
C
PC
R
PC
**
0.2
1.2
11.4
0.0
0.0
4.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.2
0.2
0.0
5.4
7.0
6.4
**
0.1
0.0
0.0
5.6
0.0
4.2
6.0
0.0
0.2
8.6
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.2
0.2
0.2
1.6
0.0
0.4
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
**
0.4
0.0
1.4
5.4
4.4
6.4
0.0
**
0.0
0.1
1.1
**
**
0.7
**
0.6
**
2.9
1.2
3.8
5.8
0.0
1.1
**
**
4.1
9.1
0.0
**
**
4.0
**
0.0
1.3
1.7
**
3.5
3.4
5.8
8.3
**
**
1.5
0.0
**
**
**
**
1.4
3.0
**
**
9.3
0.7
0.4
**
**
2.7
Rather cloudy with showery rain over
most of England, Wales and Ireland.
Some cloud an h
Scotland i
the morning
ith bright
spells later
Max 17C, n C
10
4
Slight
Rough
13
10
18
Aberdeen
NORTH
SEA
14
Edinburgh
Glasgow
28
11
17
Londonderry
ATLANTIC
OCEAN
Rather cloudy across Britain with
areas of rain but also some bright
intervals at ti s.
Max 17C, mi C
Belfast
12
Dublin
16
LLlandudno
Cork
68
15
59
10
50
5
41
0
32
-5
23
-10
14
-15
5
i h
Norwich
Birmingham
Swansea
16
4
14
Bristol
Southampton
Exeterr
Plymouth
Brighton
16
CHANNEL
7
Tides
London
15
5
15
General situation: Breezy w h rain
over northern areas, but mostly dry
with sunny spells elsewhere.
Republic of Ireland, NW Eng, Wales,
Cen N Eng, W Mids, E Eng, NE Eng,
IoM: The small chance of an isolated
shower along western facing coasts
at ?rst, otherwise a dry day with
sunny spells. Moderate or fresh
southwesterly winds, becoming light
in the afternoon. Maximum 15C (59F),
minimum 5C (41F).
Cen S Eng, SW Eng: Dry with some
Cambridge
Oxford
Cardiff
CELTIC
SEA
Channel Islands
25
Nottingham
12
14
A band of cloud and rain clearing
Scotland and eastern England at ?rst
to leave a dry
fternoon.
Blustery wi
r
ll move int
southwest t .
Max 15C, n C
8
77
20
Sheffield
14
Shrewsbury
14
Mainly cloudy and breezy with areas of
rain moving east across Britain, some
heavy at times
l
and Wales.
Max 15C, mi
25
Hull
14
ooo
Liverpool
IRISH
SEA
13
14
Saturday
86
Yorkk
Manchester
Galway
14
30
13
13
31
14
F
95
Carlisle
13
13
10
C
35
Newcastle
Thursday
Friday
10
12
At 17:00 on Monday there were
14 ?ood alerts and 3 warnings
in England, 6 ?ood alerts and 3
warnings in Wales and 2 ?ood
alerts and no warnings in Scotland.
For further information and
updates, visit ?ood-warninginformation.service.gov.uk, and for
Scotland www.SEPA.org.uk
14
Shetland
Sh
10
Moderate
28 (degrees C)
16
All readings local midday yesterday
21 B
Madeira
21 F
Madrid
24 B
Majorca
23 B
M醠aga
24 S
Malta
26 F
Melbourne
Mexico City 21 S
32 B
Miami
20 S
Milan
30 S
Mombasa
19 C
Montreal
6 DU
Moscow
31 B
Mumbai
21 F
Munich
26 S
Nairobi
24 S
Naples
New Orleans 26 M
21 B
New York
20 F
Nice
29 F
Nicosia
14 F
Oslo
22 F
Paris
18 R
Perth
20 F
Prague
8
C
Reykjavik
15 C
Riga
Rio de Janeiro 22 R
36 F
Riyadh
24 F
Rome
San Francisco 22 B
23 F
Santiago
18 C
S鉶 Paulo
18 F
Seoul
30 C
Seychelles
30 S
Singapore
B
St Petersburg 7
16 S
Stockholm
23 B
Sydney
24 B
Tel Aviv
28 F
Tenerife
14 M
Tokyo
12 B
Vancouver
20 S
Venice
17 F
Vienna
22 F
Warsaw
Washington 22 C
16 F
Zurich
ney
Orkney
Calm
12
11
24 S
22 F
24 F
14 D
33 B
32 S
29 R
24 S
17 F
27 B
22 F
20 F
27 B
25 F
23 F
21 F
21 F
23 F
27 B
34 B
22 S
16 S
11 C
16 DU
24 F
33 S
36 F
15 R
23 B
20 F
16 F
19 F
21 S
32 F
12 D
30 S
30 B
21 B
24 R
26 F
32 S
28 F
31 F
18 DU
23 S
34 S
29 F
e st te
(mph)
12
The world
Alicante
Amsterdam
Athens
Auckland
Bahrain
Bangkok
Barbados
Barcelona
Beijing
Beirut
Belgrade
Berlin
Bermuda
Bordeaux
Brussels
Bucharest
Budapest
Buenos Aires
Cairo
Calcutta
Canberra
Cape Town
Chicago
Copenhagen
Corfu
Delhi
Dubai
Dublin
Faro
Florence
Frankfurt
Geneva
Gibraltar
Harare
Helsinki
Hong Kong
Honolulu
Istanbul
Jerusalem
Johannesburg
Kuala Lumpur
Lanzarote
Las Palmas
Lima
Lisbon
Los Angeles
Luxor
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ls in the mornin
bright spells
morning, turning
cloudy with the chance of some
showery light rain later. Light and
variable winds. Maximum 15C (59F),
minimum 9C (48F).
SE Eng, Channel Is: A dry day but
rather a lot of cloud around at times
turning any sunshine hazy. Light
southwesterly wind, increasing to
moderate later. Maximum 16C (61F),
minimum 12C (54F).
E Anglia, E Mids, London: Feeling
fresher with sunny spells, but
4
increasing cloud will bring the risk of
showery rain. Moderate southwesterly
wind, becoming light. Maximum
16C (61F), minimum 9C (48F).
Edinburgh & Dundee, SW Scotland,
Borders, N Ireland, Lake District,
Argyll, Cen Highland, NW Scotland,
Moray Firth, NE Scotland, Glasgow,
Aberdeen, N Isles: Cloudy with
outbreaks of rain, possibly heavy.
Fresh or gale-force southwesterly to
northwesterly winds. Maximum
13C (55F), minimum 4C (39F).
Noon today
Tidal predictions.
Heights in metres
10
15
13
Sunday
Rather cloudy with showery rain in
northern Britain. Brighter over the
south with the s
tered heavy
showers.
Max 14C, n C
8
13
13
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04:14 6.5
05:16 3.5
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10:55 4.6
10:31 6.1
12:34 4.4
05:29 8.7
02:34 5.1
05:43 1.9
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12:49 4.1
18:31 12.7
22:33 3.6
18:25 11.8
17:04 5.3
22:55 6.5
23:15 4.1
16:36 5.0
23:50 3.5
23:09 4.1
21:51 5.6
17:43 7.2
13:58 5.3
22:44 9.2
13:02 6.7
21:13 2.5
17:40 6.8
22:50 9.2
22:40 6.4
16:33 6.8
17:18 3.8
16:06 5.4
22:46 4.5
22:52 6.1
22:31 4.4
17:48 9.1
15:08 5.2
17:58 2.0
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?Tyrrell?s made
for the Ryder
Cup, he loves
a big audience?
Hatton?s passion crucial
to amazing run of form,
his father and coach
tells Rick Broadbent
Tyrrell Hatton will continue heating
his passion to boiling point as Europe?s
in-form golfer targets next year?s Ryder
Cup in France.
The man from Marlow, Buckinghamshire, completed a stunning
fortnight by following up his successful
defence of the Alfred Dunhill Links
Championship with another win at the
Italian Open on Sunday. Top of both
the European and world points lists,
which determine Ryder Cup places,
Hatton is again making waves on the
back of a difficult summer.
After criticism of his form and
volatile temper, he is enjoying his
comeback-cum-V-sign and will be on
the minds of both Ryder Cup captains,
Thomas Bjorn of Europe and America?s
Jim Furyk, as they meet in Paris today
to mark a year to go until golf?s most
charged event.
His father, Jeff, is the back-room
engineer of his son?s success. He
became coach and clubmaker as a
second career and is dismissive of golf?s
fetish for tinkering. He will not be
telling his son to cool it, despite one
player, Gary Evans, being so unimpressed by Hatton?s behaviour at the
British Masters just over two weeks ago
that he tweeted: ?You need to grow up.
Your on-course whingeing and body
language is a disgrace.?
Of his son?s on-course demeanour,
Jeff Hatton said: ?I?ve always encouraged it. When he was young his passion
was frowned upon by the old school, but
never by me. Passion and sport go hand
in hand as long as _you let it go, and he
never takes it to the next shot. Passion
is a great thing ? I?d like to see more of
it from Englishmen in all sport.?
So, with two titles and two other
top-eight finishes in little more than a
month, the Hattons are unlikely to be
amending their ways because of
dismissive tweets or commentary-box
condemnation. Instead, with Hatton?s
next-big-thing billing foundering as he
missed every major cut this summer,
his father moved to silence the critics.
?A lot of people made comments
about his swing and what they thought
the problem might be,? he said.
?Everybody had an opinion. It got in the
way and I got frustrated. After the
Open I said, ?Enough is enough, we?re
going back to what we?ve always done,?
just me and him working on his swing
and disregarding what everyone else
thinks.
?There was a lot of panic because
he?d played so well and now he wasn?t
making the cut, but I wasn?t panicking.
It was just a fraction out and we had to
just reset to what we had done in the
past. He had changed his practice routine when he came back from the States
after having a lot of success and I don?t
like change when you?re playing well.?
Indeed, Hatton Sr is a
champion of the
Jack
Nicklaus
methodology,
m
insisting in-form
players do nott
need to see theirr
coaches. However,
before the Euron
pean Masters in
Crans-sur-Sierre,
h
Switzerland, last month
he spent five days with his
son at his purposebuilt studio on thee
n
back of a property in
Marlow.
er
?We did a lot of work before Switzerland because we wanted to get it [the
swing] back in the groove where it had
Ryder Cup hopefuls
Europe
European points list
Top four make Ryder Cup team
1 Tyrrell Hatton (Eng)............ 1,894,366
2 Ross Fisher (Eng)................... 980,896
3 Paul Dunne (Ire)........................745,337
4 Matt Fitzpatrick (Eng)..........639,073
5 Marc Warren (Scot)................ 548,747
6 Lucas Bjerregaard (Den).... 462,322
7 Eddie Pepperell (Eng)........... 416,554
8 Rory McIlroy (N Ire)............... 384,733
World points list
Top four not qualified above make
Ryder Cup team
1 Hatton................................................. 92.90
2 Justin Rose (Eng).......................... 53.79
3 Jon Rahm (Sp)............................... 49.09
4 Dunne...................................................47.57
5 Fitzpatrick........................................ 42.34
6 Fisher...................................................41.40
7 Bjerregaard...................................... 33.56
8 Warren.................................................31.06
Plus four captain?s picks
United States
Ryder Cup points list
Top eight make team
1 Brooks Koepka...............................3,065
2 Justin Thomas................................ 2,510
3 Jordan Spieth................................. 2,365
4 Matt Kuchar.................................... 2,097
5 Dustin Johnson............................2,000
6 Rickie Fowler................................... 1,287
7 Brian Harman.................................. 1,248
8 Patrick Reed.......................................1,118
Plus four captain?s picks
Jeff and Tyrrell Hatton form an unusual but effective coach-player partnership
been for the past 15 years. It had drifted
out a little bit.
?I work a lot on spin rates and use a
lot of video. We made sure everything
was where it should have been.?
It is an unusual partnership
but clearly Jeff?s former career has
given an added dimension to his
role. Having done an engineering
apprenticeship after leaving school,
he had no intention of becoming a
professional coach until his son?s
talent revealed itself in
Hatton with the Dunhill Links trophy,
the first of two titles won in eight days
tandem with some run-of-the-mill pro
lessons.
?I was an amateur dad-coach for a
number of years and took him to various people but he was not being shown
anything I wasn?t doing,? Hatton Sr
said. ?When I was made redundant for
the third time from a long-term position I wanted to do something different.
I didn?t want to do half the job. I wanted
to coach and understand the equipment side, so I did my coaching badges
and became a master clubmaker.?
His scientific bent means he is particular about what goes in Hatton?s bag,
working closely with Ping, and he sees
parallels between golf and engineering.
?A lot of it is angles,? he said.
His son, who has been as high as 14th
in the world rankings and is now 17th,
turned 26 on Saturday but was special
from the age of five. When he won the
Wycombe Heights Junior Masters, his
watching father was taken not merely
with his shots but the way he thrived in
front of the play-off crowd. Hence, he
thinks he is tailor-made for the Ryder
Cup in September next year.
?Some people shy away from the
b audience but he enjoys it so
big
m
much,?
he said. ?That?s why he enjoys
A
America.
Wherever there is an appreciative crowd he excels.?
As a self-employed coach, with no
other tour player and clients honed
largely from junior and senior ranks,
Hatton Sr does not go to many events.
He made an exception for this
year?s Masters, where he caddied for
his son in the par-three contest only
for it to be cancelled after three holes.
As they left the course Tyrrell tripped
over a plastic pipe and was troubled
by a wrist issue that scarcely helped
his summer. Unsurprisingly, his
father has stayed in the shadows.
Since then Hatton has become yet
another elite player to split with his
long-term caddie, although his father
stressed that Chris Rice had jumped
ship. ?He wanted things done in a
certain way and that?s not Tyrrell?s way.
They had a lot of success together but it
ran its course.? Jonathan Bell was on
the bag as Hatton claimed the �1,255
prize on Sunday to take his earnings to
�475 million in eight days.
Inevitably, this novel father-player
relationship can be complicated. ?It is
much harder for a son to take advice
from his father in any respect,? Hatton
Sr conceded. ?But we work together
and nobody takes the lead. I?m more
like the pit crew ? we built the engine
a long time ago and now we?re keeping
it in tune.?
Coach in bullying scandal sacked before starting new role
Para-swimming
Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter
The former Paralympic swimming
coach at the centre of a bullying scandal
has lost his new job in Canada.
Rob Greenwood presided over a
?climate of fear? in British paraswimming,
according
to
an
independent investigation, but left
British Swimming before the inquiry
was launched. Now Edmonton Keyano
Swim Club, which runs one of the most
successful swimming programmes in
Canada, has announced that it has
reversed its decision to hire Green-
wood, who came with ?immaculate
references?.
It is understood that British
Swimming had not provided any
references for Greenwood.
The first complaints of bullying
were made last October by some of the
para-swimming squad and the investigation began in February, shortly after
Greenwood left the organisation. It
found on Wednesday that Greenwood
had also used derogatory language
towards athletes, some of them juniors.
Chris Furber, the para-swimming
performance director, has stayed in his
post but was disciplined for ?failure to
ensure management control? and a
?lack of empathy? towards athletes.
Jack Buckner, the new chief
executive of British Swimming who
took over this month, is expected to
hold a series of meetings with
swimmers to draw up a plan for the
future. The Times has spoken to some of
those who made complaints about the
toxic culture, and they believe that
there should be no place for Furber.
The Canadian swim club said that it
had been unaware of the allegations
against Greenwood. Keyano?s president, Eugene Chomey, told CBS News:
?He had an immaculate resume, he has
immaculate references. It was only
brought to the board?s attention
this past week that an independent investigation was
completed in the UK into allegations of bullying by Mrr
d
Greenwood. While the board
has not been able to secure a
copy of that report, recent
stories have given us
enough reason to part
ways before commencement of employment.?
Greenwood had been
expected to take up the
role this month. He wass
unavailable for comment yesterday.
The British team enjoyed enormous
success at the 2016 Rio Paralympics,
winning 47 medals, including 16
golds. As a result Greenwood was
n
named
UK high performance coach
of the year in December, although
he may now be stripped of that
prize.
Greenwood
was to join
one of
Canada?s top
swimming
programmes
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Leicester
Thunderer
2.00 Sea Youmzain
2.30 Sans Souci Bay
3.00 Emmaus (nb)
3.30 Vibrant Chords
Going: good to soft
Draw: no advantage
2.00
4.00 Ostilio
4.30 Mr Carbonator
5.00 Essenaitch
5.30 Squiggley
Racing UK
Novice Stakes
(2-Y-O: �175: 1m 53y) (10)
42 BOLD REASON 17 (BF) J Gosden 9-2
R Havlin
1 (3)
3 BOMBYX 19 J Fanshawe 9-2
D Muscutt
2 (9)
ESCALATOR C Fellowes 9-2
T Queally
3 (8)
6 FAADHEL 73 R Varian 9-2
A Atzeni
4 (1)
NATURAL HISTORY A Balding 9-2
O Murphy
5 (10)
NIBRAS GALAXY I Mohammed 9-2
S Levey
6 (4)
0 QUANTATMENTAL 32 T Dascombe 9-2
P J McDonald
7 (2)
04 WHITEHALL 22 Sir M Stoute 9-2
R L Moore
8 (5)
DAWN DASH R Beckett 8-11
H Bentley
9 (7)
SEA YOUMZAIN M Johnston 8-11
J Fanning
10 (6)
5-2 Bold Reason, 4-1 Bombyx, 5-1 Whitehall, 6-1 Faadhel, 7-1 others.
Thunderer?s choice: Sea Youmzain is closely related to a
listed winner from the same yard Danger: Bold Reason
2.30
Selling Stakes (�235: 7f) (13)
1 (6) 50200 SANS SOUCI BAY 31 (B,D) R Hannon 3-9-6
Hollie Doyle (3)
2 (4) 35343 OAKLEY PRIDE 22 (P,D) Miss G Kelleway 3-9-2
Josephine Gordon
S Pearce (3)
3 (2) 0P-56 MADDYS DREAM 77 L Pearce 4-9-0
Jane Elliott (5)
4 (10) 00/5- PERICLES 540 D Quinn 4-9-0
5 (5) 00000 THE PERFECT SHOW 80 (V) J M Bradley 4-9-0 D Allan
P Pilley (5)
6 (7) 60650 DUSTY BIN 113 (P) S R Bowring 3-8-12
Doubtful
7 (9) 30430 LATEST QUEST 19 (D) S Kirk 3-8-12
Doubtful
8 (13) 02415 LADY MOREL 29 (BF) J Tuite 3-8-11
J Fanning
9 (12) 04660 BUSHWISE 59 (P) J M Bradley 4-8-9
K Shoemark
10 (8) 26566 MANY DREAMS 31 (D) G L Moore 4-8-9
MOANA Dr J Scargill 4-8-9
G Wood (3)
11(11)
R Hornby
12 (3) 0000- ECHOISM 330 (H) P Hiatt 3-8-7
13 (1) 35644 PRINCESS WAY 8 (B,D) P D Evans 3-8-7 M Cosham (3)
2-1 Sans Souci Bay, 4-1 Many Dreams, 6-1 Oakley Pride, 8-1 Princess Way,
10-1 Dusty Bin, 12-1 Maddys Dream, Pericles, 14-1 Echoism, 20-1 others.
Thunderer: Sans Souci Bay boasts much the strongest
form of these
Dangers: Many Dreams, Oakley Pride
3.00
Handicap (�881: 1m 2f) (13)
K Shoemark
(8) 00422 ZAMPERINI 8 (D) Mike Murphy 5-9-10
(11) 03066 PARISH BOY 19 (T) D Loughnane 5-9-9 Josephine Gordon
J Fanning
(4) 14520 KATEBIRD 10 (D) M Johnston 3-9-7
S Levey
(9) 44465 SONNETIST 13 R Hannon 3-9-6
H Crouch (3)
(1) 5234 AIGUILLE ROUGE (BF) G L Moore 3-9-6
R Hornby
(7) 32025 GHINIA 27 (C) Mrs P Sly 6-9-6
S De Sousa
(5) 05411 HAJAAM 14 (D) C Fellowes 3-9-5
(3) 00131 ESSENAITCH 6 (D) P D Evans 4-9-5
Katherine Glenister (7)
9 (2) 30513 WHAT WONDERS WEAVE 31 J P Shanahan (Ire) 3-9-4
R Scott (5)
Joshua Bryan (5)
10(10) 56103 EOLIAN 30 (P,D,BF) A Balding 3-9-3
D Muscutt
11(13) -0541 SCOONES 21 (D) J Fanshawe 3-9-2
G Wood (3)
12(12) 4305- BOOBOROWIE 377 Ali Stronge 4-9-2
13 (6) 12626 BARTHOLOMEW J 60 (D) L Pearce 3-8-13 S Pearce (3)
7-2 Hajaam, 9-2 Essenaitch, 5-1 Scoones, 9-1 Zamperini, 10-1 Katebird,
What Wonders Weave, 12-1 Eolian, 14-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Handicap (�,753: 7f) (11)
D Nolan
1 (5) 02305 CUSTOM CUT 18 (V,D) D O'Meara 8-9-5
R L Moore
2 (6) 02056 SIR DANCEALOT 31 (D) D Elsworth 3-9-5
3 (1) 06302 VON BLUCHER 10 (P) R Menzies 4-8-11 P J McDonald
A Atzeni
4 (10) 14- EMMAUS (CD) R Varian 3-8-9
P Hanagan
5 (9) 05010 RENE MATHIS 17 (D) R Fahey 7-8-9
S Levey
6 (8) 53224 WAR GLORY 35 (D) R Hannon 4-8-8
D Allan
7 (7) /31-1 VIA VIA 222 (D) J Tate 5-8-8
S De Sousa
8 (2) 00000 CAPTAIN COLBY 31 (B) E Walker 5-8-8
B A Curtis
9 (3) 30160 GEORGIAN BAY 38 (V,D) K Burke 7-8-8
10(11) 21021 LONDON 16 (H,D) Phil McEntee 4-8-8 Josephine Gordon
K Shoemark
11 (4) 00150 HYDE PARK 17 (T,D) J Gosden 3-8-7
7-2 Emmaus, Sir Dancealot, 13-2 Via Via, 7-1 Hyde Park, 8-1 others.
Thunderer: Essenaitch won off this mark at Nottingham
last week and can follow up Dangers: Hajaam, Zamperini
5.30
Handicap (�881: 1m 2f) (13)
D O'Neill
1 (5) 26203 SQUIGGLEY 33 (D) H Candy 4-9-9
G Mosse
2 (11) 16244 FLIGHT OF FANTASY 76 (C) H Dunlop 3-9-8
R Hornby
3 (8) 160 VILLETTE 145 D Ivory 3-9-6
4 (4) 04501 MININGROCKS 10 (CD) Declan Carroll 5-9-6 Ger O'Neill (7)
P J McDonald
5 (1) 50100 BLUSHING RED 22 (D) E Dunlop 3-9-6
S De Sousa
6 (9) 63021 ENTANGLING 68 (D) C Wall 3-9-6
J Fanning
7 (7) 31660 BONNIE ARLENE 13 (D) M Johnston 3-9-5
K Shoemark
8 (6) 5-260 DORA'S FIELD 83 W S Kittow 4-9-4
Josephine Gordon
9 (10) 60242 RAYAA 12 (T) M Appleby 4-9-4
10(13) 63500 POLAR FOREST 6 (E,P,D) Richard Guest 7-9-2 J Osborn (7)
11 (2) 60-60 SWIFT CEDAR 19 (C,D) P D Evans 7-9-2 M Cosham (3)
B A Curtis
12(12) 60-6 AUSTERITY 162 S Haynes 4-9-0
D Keenan (7)
13 (3) 20206 TYRSAL 18 (P,CD) C Lines 6-8-13
4-1 Rayaa, 9-2 Entangling, 5-1 Bonnie Arlene, 7-1 Squiggley, 10-1 others.
Thunderer: Squiggley represents an in-form stable and
returns to her best trip Dangers: Rayaa, Flight Of Fantasy
Huntingdon
Thunderer
2.20 Inn The Bull
2.50 Larkhall
3.20 Desiremoi
D?Authie
Going: good
2.20
3.50 Cajun Fiddle
4.20 Wicked Willy (nap)
4.50 Ilewindelilah
5.20 Amanto
Racing UK
Handicap Hurdle
(�899: 1m 7f 171y) (9)
1-1 INN THE BULL 18 (D) A King 4-11-12
W Hutchinson
1
T O'Brien
2 166-3 TEMPURAN 58 (D,BF) A Ralph 8-11-7
T Cannon
3 4304- CASHANOVA 249 (BF) N Gifford 6-11-6
J Quinlan
4 2P-35 CAPTAIN FELIX 17 J Eustace 5-11-5
B Poste
5 11P-6 GOAL 18 (T,P,D) Miss T Watkins 9-11-1
T Whelan
6 016-0 ELYSIAN PRINCE 20F (T,D) N King 6-11-1
J E Moore
7 5613B BOLLIN LINE 12 (D) L Egerton 10-10-9
C Nichol
8 401P0 WOT A SHOT 27 (D) N Richards 8-10-8
T Dowson (5)
9 5P220 BOHERNAGORE 27 (H,BF) P Kirby 8-10-7
11-4 Inn The Bull, 4-1 Tempuran, 6-1 Bohernagore, 15-2 others.
Thunderer: Emmaus should step forward from a creditable
fourth in listed company Dangers: Via Via, Sir Dancealot
2.50
3.30
-5523 BALLYPOINT 20 (BF) N Twiston-Davies 6-12-0
S Twiston-Davies
A P Heskin
2 P-224 FLORIDA CALLING 54 T George 8-12-0
J J Burke
3 22542 HEPIJEU 17 (T,P,C) C Longsdon 6-11-12
T Bellamy
4 4P34- TROJAN STAR 172 (T,P,C) K Bailey 7-11-11
B Poste
5 24356 THAT'S THE DEAL 14 (D) J Cornwall 13-10-13
J Hamilton (3)
6 FPP35 SIRIUS STAR 6 B Rothwell 8-10-7
R Day (3)
7 53240 LARKHALL 14 M Sowersby 10-10-0
8 P6650 SEYMOUR LEGEND 29 (B) Jim Wilson 11-10-0 M Hamill (5)
3-1 Trojan Star, 7-2 Ballypoint, 4-1 Florida Calling, 9-2 Hepijeu, 13-2 others.
O Murphy
1 (4) 00001 JUST GLAMOROUS 10 (D) R Harris 4-9-7
G Mosse
2 (7) 36300 GOLDREAM 24 (P,D) R Cowell 8-9-6
M Harley
3 (10) 20554 MIRZA 10 (P,CD) Rae Guest 10-9-6
42050
PIPERS
NOTE
3
(D)
Mrs
R
Carr
7-9-1
J
Sullivan
4 (6)
5 (2) 12022 VIBRANT CHORDS 31 (D,BF) H Candy 4-8-13 R L Moore
A Atzeni
6 (3) 13202 JUMIRA BRIDGE 27 (D) R Varian 3-8-12
E J Walsh (3)
7 (1) 03400 GREEN DOOR 17 (V,D) R Cowell 6-8-11
J Egan
8 (5) 60635 GRACIOUS JOHN 27 (D) P D Evans 4-8-11
T Hamilton
9 (9) 00215 SOIE D'LEAU 17 (CD) K Stubbs 5-8-11
R Scott (5)
10 (8) 06454 TAEXALI 9 J P Shanahan (Ire) 4-8-11
11-4 Vibrant Chords, 9-2 Jumira Bridge, 6-1 Just Glamorous, Soie D'Leau,
7-1 Mirza, 8-1 Gracious John, 10-1 Goldream, 16-1 others.
Thunderer: Vibrant Chords is just 1lb higher than when
second in the Portland Handicap Danger: Jumira Bridge
4.00
Maiden Stakes
(2-Y-O: �469: 7f) (11)
0 ACCESSOR 13 R Hannon 9-0
S Levey
1 (1)
02 BREATH CAUGHT 46 R Beckett 9-0
R L Moore
2 (9)
CHIKOKO TRAIL M Channon 9-0
C Bishop
3 (7)
0 COMPULSIVE 39 R Varian 9-0
J Mitchell
4 (11)
3 GEORGE VILLIERS 123 (BF) J Gosden 9-0
R Havlin
5 (10)
0 MOM SAID 14 E Walker 9-0
S De Sousa
6 (3)
OSTILIO S Crisford 9-0
A Atzeni
7 (4)
PASS MARK Mrs I G'-Leveque 9-0
Doubtful
8 (8)
0 PERCY PROSECCO 20 N Williams 9-0
D Sweeney
9 (6)
2 PRIME MINISTER 27 E Vaughan 9-0
H Bentley
10 (5)
4 RARE GROOVE 20 Jedd O'Keeffe 9-0
P J McDonald
11 (2)
5-2 George Villiers, 11-4 Breath Caught, 9-2 Prime Minister, 11-2 others.
Thunderer: Ostilio, half-brother to recent group one winner,
holds a Derby entry Dangers: Breath Caught, George Villiers
4.30
Handicap (2-Y-O: �235: 1m 53y) (10)
1 (7) 00120 DREAM OF DELPHI 20 (V,BF) W Haggas 9-6
Georgia Cox (3)
J Haynes
2 (1) 056 SHADOW SEEKER 22 P D'Arcy 9-6
J Fanning
3 (9) 5606 AMAZING ROCK 10 M Johnston 9-6
S Drowne
4 (4) 50540 COULDN'T COULD SHE 30 A West 9-5
D C Costello
5 (10) 00042 PURAMENTE 4 J Hughes 9-4
J Quinn
6 (6) 02230 MR CARBONATOR 38 (BF) P Kirby 9-4
S De Sousa
7 (5) 0000 GALLOPING HOGAN 33 S Kirk 9-3
B A Curtis
8 (2) 606 PEARL'S CALLING 83 T D Barron 9-3
Kevin Stott
9 (8) 0600 JAYCOLS STAR 20 P Kirby 9-2
P Hainey (7)
10 (3) 00600 DAFFRAH 41 J Tate 9-2
15-8 Puramente, 5-1 Mr Carbonator, 6-1 Dream Of Delphi, 8-1 others.
Thunderer: Mr Carbonator drops in class and looks capable
of bouncing back from a poor effort Danger: Puramente
Handicap Hurdle
(�574: 3m 1f 10y) (8)
0P0-2 AUDACIOUS PLAN 9 (P,BF) Dr R Newland 8-12-0
C Hammond (7)
2 -6322 RECKLESS BEHAVIOR 14 (BF) Mrs C Bailey 5-11-12
H Skelton
3 350-5 DAWN MISSILE 98 (T,P) N Twiston-Davies 5-11-9
S Twiston-Davies
4 05032 GENEROUS CHIEF 12 (V) G McPherson 9-11-9 K K Woods
46-4 SIMPLE AS THAT 45 (T) Jonjo O'Neill 6-11-9 R McLernon
5
N Moscrop (5)
6 46-55 GREY MONK 14 (T,B) Sara Ender 9-11-7
H Teal (7)
7 P04-2 HERDSWICK HOLLOA 10 N King 6-11-1
J E Moore
8 00-01 ILEWINDELILAH 10 (B,D) C Mann 9-10-0
7-2 Audacious Plan, 5-1 Ilewindelilah, 11-2 Dawn Missile, Generous Chief,
Reckless Behavior, 13-2 Simple As That, 7-1 Herdswick Holloa, 16-1 Grey Monk.
1
5.20
Maiden Hurdle
(�249: 2m 3f 137y) (6)
B Powell
1 0-223 AMANTO 29 (T,B) Ali Stronge 7-10-12
D Jacob
2 2120- CARLOS DU FRUITIER 193 B Pauling 5-10-12
3 EL PRESENTE 154 K Bailey 4-10-12
D Bass
3
2- FROZEN FLAME 254P Jonjo O'Neill 4-10-12
R McLernon
4
1- OUTLAW JACK 219P A Jessop 5-10-12
J E Moore
5
0 FAST PLAY 17 C Dore 5-10-5
T O'Brien
6
9-4 Carlos Du Fruitier, 11-4 Amanto, 3-1 El Presente, 4-1 others.
Kempton Park
Thunderer
5.15 Prominna
7.15 Medicean El Diablo
5.45 Arzaak
7.45 Ronni Layne
6.15 Spring Cosmos
8.15 Latest Quest
6.45 Bath And Tennis 8.45 Katabatika
Going: standard to slow
Racing UK
Draw: 5f-1m, low numbers best
5.15
Handicap (�588: 5f) (10)
T E Durcan
1 (6) 00312 ATLANTA BELLE 20 (C,BF) C Wall 3-9-7
P Pilley (5)
2 (10) 62014 STAFFA 17 (D) D Coakley 4-9-7
L Morris
3 (5) 00032 KYLLUKEY 6 (V) J M Bradley 4-9-7
S W Kelly
4 (7) 55625 MERCERS 21 (D) P Crate 3-9-6
A Kirby
5 (4) 01240 LUCKY CLOVER 6 (D) M Saunders 6-9-5
D Probert
6 (2) 43601 PROMINNA 21 (D) A Carroll 7-9-4
7 (3) 50365 PEARL NOIR 29 (B,CD) S Dixon 7-8-13 B Robinson (5)
W A Carson
8 (9) 6000- AEGEAN BOY 378 J Bridger 4-8-13
M Dwyer
9 (8) 30036 WIMBOLDSLEY 50 (D) S Dixon 6-8-7
00630
CAPTAIN
SCOOBY
7
(B,CD)
Richard
Guest
11-8-7
F Norton
10 (1)
2-1 Atlanta Belle, 5-1 Kyllukey, Prominna, 6-1 Mercers, 10-1 others.
5.45
Handicap (�159: 5f) (7)
1 (2) 04040 GENTLEMEN 10 (H,C) Phil McEntee 6-9-7 Nicola Currie (7)
A Kirby
2 (3) 4-605 KODILINE 53 (V) Clive Cox 3-9-5
D Tudhope
3 (4) 20401 ALSVINDER 19 (D) D O'Meara 4-9-5
F Norton
4 (1) 51124 FOXY FOREVER 4 (T,D) M Wigham 7-9-5
A Beschizza
5 (5) 60406 SHAMSHON 10 (T,D) S C Williams 6-9-4
L Edmunds (3)
6 (6) 42234 ARZAAK 27 (B,D) C Dwyer 3-9-3
7 (7) 31-0 GORGEOUS NOORA 24 (BF) L Cumani 3-8-13 J P Spencer
2-1 Alsvinder, 4-1 Gorgeous Noora, 5-1 Foxy Forever, 11-2 Shamshon, 6-1 others.
6.15
Fillies? Novice Stakes
(2-Y-O: �235: 6f) (8)
Handicap Chase
(�899: 2m 7f 129y) (8)
1
Handicap (�,563: 5f) (10)
4.50
W Buick
1 (8) 145 SPRING COSMOS (D) C Appleby 9-7
43 ALBA DEL SOLE 13 J Gosden 9-0
N Mackay
2 (6)
04 CRYSTAL CASQUE 14 B Millman 9-0
D Probert
3 (4)
GILDED HOUR R Beckett 9-0
O Murphy
4 (1)
44 GUNS DRAWN 13 R Hannon 9-0
D Tudhope
5 (5)
HIT THE BEAT Clive Cox 9-0
S Hitchcott
6 (3)
0 POORAULDJOSEPHINE 117 J Jenkins 9-0
F Norton
7 (2)
PRAXEDIS J Fanshawe 9-0
T Queally
8 (7)
8-11 Spring Cosmos, 11-2 Alba Del Sole, Guns Drawn, 13-2 others.
6.45
Nursery Handicap
(2-Y-O: �235: 6f) (12)
3.20
Novices? Hurdle
(�899: 1m 7f 171y) (10)
3 CANYON CITY 21 N King 4-10-12
T Whelan
0 DEMAND RESPECT 21 (T) Miss L Hurley 4-10-12
C Hammond (7)
DESIREMOI D'AUTHIE A King 4-10-12
N Fehily
3
NONNO GIULIO 17F C Dore 6-10-12
T O'Brien
4
P/ PUMAFLOR 17F P Kirby 5-10-12
T Dowson (5)
5
0/0 SMOOTH OPERATOR 12 Mark Pitman 5-10-12 A P Heskin
6
6 SUNADER 29 C Longsdon 4-10-12
J J Burke
7
06- WHISKEY MOON 194 N Twiston-Davies 5-10-12 M D Grant
8
B Powell
9 400P- CHORAL BEE 188 A Jessop 8-10-5
0 EASTERN LADY 21 (H,T) R Price 4-10-5
B Poste
10
10-11 Canyon City, 5-1 Eastern Lady, Smooth Operator, 15-2 others.
1
2
3.50
Novices? Handicap Chase
(�549: 2m 3f 189y) (8)
W Hutchinson
1 235P- CAJUN FIDDLE 179 A King 6-11-10
2 14-15 CKALCO DES LOGES 15 (T,D) D Skelton 5-11-8 H Skelton
1321OFFICER
HOOLIHAN
185
(H,T,D)
T
Vaughan
7-11-7
A Johns
3
A P Heskin
4 4234- AGAMEMMON 199 T George 5-11-6
5 506-6 SOUTHPORT 158 N Twiston-Davies 5-11-2 S Twiston-Davies
R McLernon
6 -1000 AS YOU LIKE 23 Jonjo O'Neill 6-11-1
7 0126- MERIBEL MILLIE 216 (T,D,BF) N Mulholland 6-11-0 N Fehily
J J Burke
8 62-F0 MIDNIGHT GEM 37 (C,D) C Longsdon 7-10-10
4-1 Ckalco Des Loges, 5-1 Agamemmon, Officer Hoolihan, 11-2 others.
4.20
Novices? Handicap Chase
(�498: 2m 7f 129y) (7)
1201- SOUPY SOUPS 181 (D) N Mulholland 6-11-8
N Fehily
0101- DINGO DOLLAR 188 (D) A King 5-11-4
W Hutchinson
200-4 ABBREVIATE 15 (P) K Bailey 6-11-3
D Bass
111-4 MELDRUM LAD 169 (T,C,BF) S Durack 8-11-3
C O'Farrell
-F042 BEAU DU BRIZAIS 15 P Hobbs 5-10-10
M Nolan
2333- WICKED WILLY 173 (C,D,BF) N Twiston-Davies 6-10-9
S Twiston-Davies
J J Burke
7 PU32- NIGHTLINE 178 C Longsdon 7-10-6
11-4 Soupy Soups, 100-30 Dingo Dollar, 9-2 Wicked Willy, 11-2 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
1 (3) 16522 QUEEN OF KALAHARI 22 (D,BF) C Hills 9-7
C Shepherd (3)
A Kirby
2 (6) 02330 TIEPOLO 7 G L Moore 9-6
O Murphy
3 (8) 440 DREAM MALFUNCTION 80 J Tuite 9-6
4 (12) 20562 BATH AND TENNIS 14 (B) Sir M Prescott 9-4 L Morris
Hollie Doyle (3)
5 (10) 541 STRAIGHT ASH 129 R Hannon 9-4
J Egan
6 (11) 22316 HAVEONEYERSELF 14 J Butler 9-3
A Beschizza
7 (2) 02263 AIRSHOW 63 B Millman 9-2
L Keniry
8 (4) 00011 MOUNTAIN PEAK 41 (C) E Walker 9-2
W Buick
9 (5) 5224 FOREVER IN LOVE 26 Sir M Stoute 9-1
S Hitchcott
10 (7) 030 LITTLE MISS LILLY 103 Clive Cox 9-0
Fran Berry
11 (9) 46303 JOEGOGO 15 P D Evans 8-13
D Probert
12 (1) 000 BODIE AND DOYLE 22 A Balding 8-7
7-2 Mountain Peak, 5-1 Queen Of Kalahari, 11-2 Bath And Tennis, 8-1 others.
7.15
Handicap (�235: 1m) (14)
1 (2) 1-362 MEDICEAN EL DIABLO 34 (C) J Fox 4-9-6 T Marquand
David Egan (3)
2 (14) 15624 AFRICAN BLESSING 8 C Wallis 4-9-6
O Murphy
3 (5) 24460 BIOTIC 22 (C) B Millman 6-9-6
J P Spencer
4 (10) 25003 BEYOND RECALL 12 (V) L Cumani 3-9-4
T Whelan
5 (4) 41223 THE GROOVE 7 (D,BF) F O'Brien 4-9-4
A Kirby
6 (7) 15625 BLACK DAVE 81 (C,D) P D Evans 7-9-4
7 (8) 46214 SOLENT MEADS 22 (B,CD,BF) D Kubler 3-9-3 G Downing
8 (12) 14306 WORLD OF GOOD 180 (B,D) Anabel Murphy 4-9-2 L Morris
F Norton
9 (6) 24600 TAILOR'S ROW 22 M Johnston 3-9-1
R Winston
10 (3) -2665 CONNEMERA QUEEN 13 J Butler 4-9-1
S Donohoe
11(13) 6-002 SPUN GOLD 31 C Fellowes 3-9-0
J Crowley
12 (9) 20052 WAQT 13 M Tregoning 3-9-0
L Keniry
13 (1) 0-000 PROSECUTE 14 (H,T) Ali Stronge 4-8-13
14(11) 20240 DREAM MAGIC 38 D M Loughnane 3-8-13 E J Walsh (3)
4-1 Spun Gold, 5-1 Waqt, 6-1 Medicean El Diablo, 8-1 Beyond Recall, Biotic,
10-1 African Blessing, Black Dave, Solent Meads, 12-1 The Groove, 14-1 others.
Blinkered first time: Huntingdon 4.50 Grey Monk.
Kempton 8.15 Kafeel. Leicester 2.30 Princess Way.
3.00 Custom Cut. 4.30 Dream of Delphi. Worcester
2.40 Pemba. 5.10 Racing Spirit.
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presenter, has died aged 62. The American, who also coached England and
Scotland, became the most successful
coach in British basketball during a
career in which he won 27 titles.
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7.45
Handicap (�588: 7f) (14)
(3) 00305 LIVE DANGEROUSLY 8 (D) J Bridger 7-9-7 W A Carson
A Kirby
(14) 20524 SATCHVILLE FLYER 6 (C) P D Evans 6-9-7
K Fox
(9) 40500 FREDDY WITH A Y 6 (B,D) J Jenkins 7-9-6
M Lane
(6) 60-00 PEGI BROWNE 93J P Midgley 4-9-5
S W Kelly
(12) 50533 BINKY BLUE 6 (H,D) D M Loughnane 5-9-4
M Dwyer
(1) 25303 RONNI LAYNE 19 C Allen 3-9-2
S Donohoe
(2) -3040 ROYAL CAPER 17 (CD) Miss J Ellis 7-9-0
C Bishop
(13) 20005 LUCKY DI 8 (D) P Hedger 7-9-0
(10) 56400 CAIUS COLLEGE GIRL 15 (B) A Wintle 5-8-13
Hollie Doyle (3)
D Probert
10 (5) -0004 INNSTIGATOR 55 Ralph J Smith 3-8-12
D C Costello
11 (4) 40054 DALALAH 4 (B) Richard Guest 4-8-12
12(11) 50006 SPIRIT OF GONDREE 106 (B,C,D) J M Bradley 9-8-12
R Winston
L Keniry
13 (8) 00060 JASMINCITA 12 (P) G Baker 3-8-10
C Bennett (3)
14 (7) 20006 TINK 113 W M Brisbourne 3-8-10
4-1 Binky Blue, 9-2 Satchville Flyer, 6-1 Innstigator, 13-2 Ronni Layne,
9-1 Royal Caper, 10-1 Live Dangerously, 12-1 Dalalah, Jasmincita, 14-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
8.15
Handicap (�588: 7f) (14)
David Egan (3)
(11) 00130 TIFL 20 (T,B) Mrs H Main 4-9-7
T Marquand
(1) 40262 MAGIC MIRROR 6 (P,CD) M Rimell 4-9-7
H Crouch (3)
(4) -0446 KAFEEL 138 (B,D) G L Moore 6-9-5
05000
RAPID
RISE
20
J
M
Bradley
3-9-5
L Morris
(3)
C Bennett (3)
(2) 005-0 MELLOW 21 (H) H Morrison 3-9-2
(5) 24404 BLACK TRUFFLE 41 (V,C,D) M Usher 7-9-1
Nicola Currie (7)
7 (9) 00003 WHALEWEIGH STATION 6 (V,CD) J Jenkins 6-9-0
F Norton
8 (13) 00000 TWISTSANDTURNS 52 (D) Declan Carroll 6-8-13
Phil Dennis (3)
M Dwyer
9 (6) 00142 LUTINE CHARLIE 29 (C,D) E Owen 10-8-12
L Keniry
10(10) 0-600 ANGELICAL EVE 43 (P) G Baker 3-8-12
R Winston
11(14) 04600 RISING SUNSHINE 50 J M Bradley 4-8-12
M Godwin (3)
12 (7) 30430 LATEST QUEST 19 (D) S Kirk 3-8-11
O Murphy
13(12) 05000 CHERRY LEYF 14 (P) S C Williams 3-8-10
S Donohoe
14 (8) 040 DANICA ASHTON 26 Miss J Ellis 3-8-10
3-1 Magic Mirror, 5-1 Lutine Charlie, 11-2 Whaleweigh Station, 7-1 Tifl,
15-2 Kafeel, 8-1 Black Truffle, 12-1 Latest Quest, 16-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
8.45
Handicap (�588: 1m 3f 219y) (14)
J Egan
(6) 60036 JERSEY BULL 14 (H,CD) M Madgwick 5-9-10
(7) 23506 LIFE OF LUXURY 24 W M Brisbourne 4-9-8 W A Carson
Rhiain Ingram (5)
(13) 120-0 ZARLIMAN 42 (CD) R Ingram 7-9-7
(5) 1/600 ROCKY ELSOM 54 (P,C,D) A Wintle 10-9-7 P Pilley (5)
A Kirby
(10) 65341 KATABATIKA 8 (CD) H Morrison 3-9-6
(8) 206/0 REALITY SHOW 13 (CD) Shaun Harris 10-9-5
C Bennett (3)
D Probert
7 (9) 54550 KAISAN 10 (T) B Llewellyn 4-9-4
David Egan (3)
8 (14) 01635 LYRICA'S LION 13 M Attwater 3-9-3
Hollie Doyle (3)
9 (11) 22500 SIR JACK 13 A Carroll 4-9-3
J Haynes
10 (2) 25433 TOO MANY SHOTS 21 John Best 3-9-2
R Hornby
11 (4) /0504 GARCON DE SOLEIL 42 M Blanshard 4-8-11
12(12) 00406 HONOURABLE KNIGHT 84 (CD) M Usher 9-8-11 S Drowne
L Morris
13 (1) 34560 VEXILLUM 26 (H,T) N Mulholland 8-8-11
Nicola Currie (7)
14 (3) 66005 BIRD FOR LIFE 12 M Usher 3-8-5
9-4 Katabatika, 5-1 Garcon De Soleil, 13-2 Too Many Shots, 8-1 Bird For Life,
9-1 Lyrica's Lion, 10-1 Jersey Bull, 11-1 Life Of Luxury, 16-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
4.10 Sky Pirate
4.40 Terry The Fish
5.10 Plantagenet
At The Races
Beginners? Chase
(�330: 2m 7f) (5)
/21P- ABOVE BOARD 283 (BF) Jonjo O'Neill 6-11-4 B J Geraghty
/PP-P HONOURABLE HENRY 144 S Davies 7-11-4
R Dunne
33041 POLYMATH 50 D Faulkner 6-11-4
B Hughes
3P5-1 THE HAPPY CHAPPY 147 (T) Mrs S Humphrey 6-11-4
N Scholfield
I Popham
5 0-600 JUST A FEELING 23 D Skelton 7-10-11
7-4 Above Board, 9-4 Just A Feeling, 3-1 Polymath, 11-2 others.
1
2
3
4
2.40
Mares? Handicap Chase
(�,512: 2m 4f) (8)
1
2
3
4
5
6
3.10
Novices? Hurdle (�431: 2m) (6)
31-21 SWORD OF FATE 5 (CD) T Lacey 4-11-4
R Johnson
/033- BRUNEL WOODS 183 D Dennis 5-10-12
B Hughes
564-P EMPEROR COMMODOS 114 (T) R Mathew 10-10-12
R Condon (7)
22 HANDY HOLLOW 76 (H) D McCain 4-10-12
W Kennedy
4
30 SHINE'S BAR 10 F O'Brien 4-10-12
P Brennan
5
F- PHOENIX ROCK 185P Jonjo O'Neill 5-10-5
A Coleman
6
15-8 Sword Of Fate, 3-1 Handy Hollow, 5-1 Shine's Bar, 11-2 others.
1
2
3
3.40
Mares? Handicap Hurdle
(�330: 2m 4f) (17)
1 604P5 LADY OF LONGSTONE 15 (CD) D Pipe 7-11-12 M Heard (5)
Bridget Andrews (3)
2 -B000 GI JAYNE 23 D Skelton 6-11-9
C Gethings (3)
3 3051- OVERAWED 225 T George 6-11-8
B Hughes
4 04655 BITTER VIRTUE 21 (T,P) D Dennis 6-11-7
J Davies
5 5-R40 CORRIE LOCH 14 T Symonds 5-11-7
6 U5P-4 KENTFORD MYTH 153 (CD) J S Mullins 7-11-7 A Thornton
-2220
JAZZ
THYME
21
R
Stephens
8-11-5
R
Johnson
7
P Brennan
8 P04P- SPY IN THE SKY 238 (T) F O'Brien 8-11-4
S Bowen
9 03545 PRINCESS ROANIA 37 (P) P Bowen 6-11-3
10 -23F1 MILAN OF CRYSTAL 12 (T) Dave Roberts 8-10-13 L Edwards
R Dunne
11 0-325 RIF RAFTOU 61 S Drinkwater 7-10-11
12 053-0 ROYALE CHAMP 10 (T) J S Mullins 5-10-10 D Sansom (7)
L Gardner (3)
13 0-633 OUR PHILLIE LILY 36 S Gardner 5-10-9
14 4465U SCOTSBROOK NIGHT 12 (T) S Lycett 4-10-6 M Goldstein
Mr B R Jones (7)
15 P2555 MOONTRIPPER 56 P Dando 8-10-6
16 43PP3 MIDNIGHT GYPSY 12 (H,D) W S Kittow 7-10-4 N De Boinville
D Crosse
17 P-540 ROMANN ANGEL 12 (P) M Mullineaux 8-10-0
4-1 Milan Of Crystal, 11-2 Gi Jayne, 6-1 Rif Raftou, 8-1 Overawed,
10-1 Midnight Gypsy, 12-1 Lady Of Longstone, Princess Roania, 14-1 Bitter
Virtue, Jazz Thyme, Our Phillie Lily, 16-1 Kentford Myth, 20-1 others.
4.10
Novices? Hurdle (�431: 2m 4f) (6)
31 KINGS RYDE 41 (D) N Henderson 5-11-4
N De Boinville
1
R Williams (3)
2 30-14 NORAB 10F (B,D) B Llewellyn 6-11-4
I Popham
3 U1P-5 ROYAL BEEKEEPER 14 D Skelton 4-10-12
1- SKY PIRATE 240P Jonjo O'Neill 4-10-12
A Coleman
4
5 03/4- SNATCHITBACK 212P M Scudamore 6-10-12 T Scudamore
5 SNOBBERY 19 N Twiston-Davies 4-10-12
J Bargary (3)
6
1-2 Kings Ryde, 7-2 Sky Pirate, 10-1 Snobbery, 12-1 others.
4.40
Handicap Hurdle
(�384: 2m 7f) (7)
A Coleman
1 3-111 TERRY THE FISH 98 (D) Jonjo O'Neill 5-12-3
2 F5-13 SCOOP THE POT 11 (T,CD,BF) P Hobbs 7-11-12 B J Geraghty
R Johnson
3 6F45- SYKES 183 (CD) N Martin 8-11-12
S Bowen
4 231-4 HENLLAN HARRI 107 P Bowen 9-11-12
5 331U0 MONT CHOISY 11 (T,B,CD) P Bowen 7-11-9 James Bowen (7)
T Scudamore
6 -2025 KALIFOURCHON 35 (T,P,C,D) D Pipe 6-11-6
7 43-15 BENDOMINGO 136 N Twiston-Davies 6-11-5 J Bargary (3)
3-1 Scoop The Pot, 7-2 Terry The Fish, 9-2 Mont Choisy, 5-1 others.
5.10
Handicap Hurdle
4-111 PLANTAGENET 6 (CD) J S Mullins 5-12-2
D Sansom (7)
0-0F0 DRIVE ON LOCKY 23 (T,B) J Farrelly 10-11-12
James Bowen (7)
3 05-55 BACCALAUREATE 49 (T,P) J Frost 11-11-11 Bryony Frost (5)
S Houlihan (7)
4 16651 EDDY 5 (T,D) S Gardner 8-11-11
L Edwards
5 -3003 RACING SPIRIT 28F (B) Dave Roberts 5-11-7
R Johnson
6 50U-0 TRIOPAS 164 T Lacey 5-11-2
Matt Griffiths
7 6-4F4 MOLE TRAP 23 N Martin 6-11-1
B J Geraghty
8 60565 NOT AT ALL 15 (T) Jonjo O'Neill 4-11-1
M Bastyan (7)
9 -3420 TOE TO TOE 14 (C) Mrs D Hamer 9-10-10
R Dunne
10 00300 UJAGAR 12 (P) K Bishop 6-10-9
11 00-P4 ANNIE'SBOYDAVE 162 (T) P Pritchard 7-10-0 T Greatrex (7)
5-2 Plantagenet, 7-2 Eddy, 11-2 Toe To Toe, 8-1 Mole Trap, 10-1 others.
1
2
Thunderer
2.10
J Best
7 -0203 SHEER POETRY 49 (T) R Woollacott 6-10-3
D Crosse
8 P3635 RAKAIA ROSA 14 (D) Dai Williams 8-10-0
7-2 Song Saa, 4-1 Bon Chic, Twenty Eight Guns, Viking Mistress, 9-2 others.
(�249: 2m 7f) (11)
Worcester
2.10 Above Board
2.40 Prettylittlething
3.10 Sword Of Fate
3.40 Jazz Thyme
Going: good
from British Basketball read. NFL UK
wrote: ?We are shocked and saddened
to hear of the death of Kevin Cadle, a
great friend of NFL UK for so long.?
Cadle was named coach of the year
eight times between 1984 and 1997. As
well as his international roles, which
included coaching Great Britain during
the 1992 Olympic qualifiers, he coached
London Towers, Glasgow, Kingston
and Guildford. He later became a key
figure for NFL and NBA coverage.
1403- TWENTY EIGHT GUNS 173 (P,D) M Scudamore 7-11-12
R Dunne
1133- SONG SAA 185 (T,D) T George 7-11-8
P Brennan
-U362 BON CHIC 50 (P,D) J Moffatt 8-11-4
W Kennedy
3-422 PEMBA 12 (B,BF) F O'Brien 5-10-10
S Bowen
11262 VIKING MISTRESS 29 (T,P,C,D) M Keighley 9-10-5 R Johnson
-4154 PRETTYLITTLETHING 87 (D) N Mulholland 7-10-5
T Scudamore
Course specialists
Huntingdon: Trainers N Richards, 5 from 18
runners, 27.8%; Jonjo O?Neill, 26 from 99, 26.3%.
Jockey N Fehily, 23 from 89 rides, 25.8%.
Kempton: Trainers C Appleby, 66 from 252, 26.2%;
J Gosden, 66 from 299, 22.1%. Jockeys W Buick, 63
from 278, 22.7%; David Egan, 6 from 33, 18.2%.
Leicester: Trainers C Lines, 3 from 7, 42.9%; T D
Barron, 6 from 23, 26.1%. Jockeys P J McDonald,
6 from 20, 30.0%; P Hanagan, 37 from 151, 24.5%.
Worcester: Trainers N Henderson, 25 from 74, 33.8%;
P Hobbs, 27 from 107, 25.2%. Jockeys James Bowen,
3 from 9, 33.3%; M Goldstein, 5 from 16, 31.2%.
Yesterday?s racing results
Musselburgh
Going: soft
1.50 (5f 1yd) 1, Marnie James (Rowan Scott,
8-11 fav); 2, Ace Of Spades (5-1); 3, Eva Docc
(10-1). 4 ran. NR: Royal Pursuit. 3Kl, 2Nl.
I Jardine.
2.20 (1m 4f 104yd) 1, Royal Cosmic (Connor
Murtagh, 13-8 fav); 2, Donnachies Girl (3-1);
3, Al Hawraa (6-1). 6 ran. NR: Mister Showman,
So Celebre. Hd, 6l. R Fahey.
2.50 (7f 33yd) 1, Muntadab (T Hamilton, 8-1);
2, Right Touch (16-1); 3, Robero (20-1). 12 ran.
1Nl, 2Nl. R Fell.
3.20 (5f 1yd) 1, Alpha Delphini (G Lee, 6-5 fav);
2, Ornate (6-4); 3, Mayleaf Shine (4-1). 5 ran.
1l, 3Ol. B Smart.
3.50 (5f 1yd) 1, Economic Crisis (J P Sullivan,
7-1); 2, Jacob?s Pillow (5-1 Co fav); 3, Ballesteros
(5-1 Co fav). 10 ran. NR: Astrophysics, Hamidans
Girl, Noah Amor. Hd, 1Kl. A Berry.
4.20 (7f 33yd) 1, Roaring Forties (D Tudhope,
5-2); 2, So It?s War (7-1); 3, Gabrial The Tiger
(2-1 fav). 10 ran. 3Ol, 1l. Rebecca Bastiman.
4.55 (7f 33yd) 1, Inglorious (Connor Beasley,
14-1); 2, Art Echo (11-4); 3, Donnelly?s Rainbow
(5-2 fav). 10 ran. Sh hd, 1Nl. K Dalgleish.
5.25 (1m 7f 217yd) 1, Tawseef (Miss Ella
McCain, 2-1 fav); 2, La Bacouetteuse (8-1);
3, Chebsey Beau (7-2). 7 ran. NR: Gold Chain.
15l, 3l. D McCain Jnr.
Placepot: �.40.
Quadpot: �.50.
Windsor
Going: good
2.00 (5f 21yd) 1, Global Exceed (A Kirby, 3-1
fav); 2, Aquadabra (5-1); 3, Llamrei (11-1).
10 ran. Kl, nk. E Dunlop.
2.30 (1m 2f) 1, Jus Pires (S M Levey, 8-1);
2, Lime And Lemon (10-1); 3, Sparte Quercus
(7-1). 12 ran. NR: Fast Dancer. ns, nk. J Noseda.
3.00 (6f 12yd) 1, All Out (Tom Marquand,
11-10 fav); 2, Global Tango (11-1); 3, Spenny?s
Lass (13-2). 11 ran. NR: Convinced. Nk, 5l.
R Hannon.
3.30 (1m 31yd) 1, Hidden Steps (David Probert,
16-1); 2, Clef (9-2); 3, Killay (15-8 fav). 9 ran.
NR: Always Thankful. 1Kl, nk. A Balding.
4.00 (1m 3f 99yd) 1, Zeelander (Andrea Atzeni,
10-11 fav); 2, Orin Swift (14-1); 3, Hawridge
Glory (9-1). 10 ran. NR: London Grammar, Miss
Liguria, Mister Chow. 1l, 1Nl. R Varian.
4.30 (6f 12yd) 1, Paddy Power (P Hanagan, 8-1);
2, Buccaneers Vault (11-1); 3, Bahamian Dollar
(7-1). 14 ran. NR: Field of Vision, Jersey Breeze.
Ol, nk. R Fahey.
5.00 (1m 31yd) 1, Spanish History (S W Kelly,
4-1); 2, Paradise Lake (13-8 fav); 3, Colourful
Career (9-4). 9 ran. NR: Dash Of Spice, Stockhill
Star. Nk, 1Nl. S Durack.
5.30 (1m 31yd) 1, Crimson Rosette (S Donohoe,
7-4); 2, Majboor (4-1); 3, Sacred Way (6-1).
10 ran. 1Nl, 6l. C Fellowes.
Placepot: �.70.
Quadpot: �70.
Yarmouth
Going: good (good to firm in places)
1.40 (6f 3yd) 1, Foreseeable Future (L Morris,
5-2);
2,
Elite
Shadow
(66-1);
3,
Pranceabootthetoon (20-1). 6 ran. NR: Fakhoor,
Geetanjali. 2Nl, Ol. J Tate.
2.10 (7f 3yd) 1, Willie John (G Mosse, 15-2);
2, Humbolt Current (12-1); 3, Amplification
(10-1). 15 ran. 2Kl, Ol. W Haggas.
2.40 (7f 3yd) 1, Mutafarrid (Jim Crowley,
9-2 fav); 2, Catapult (25-1); 3, Progressive Jazz
(12-1). 13 ran. 3Ol, Kl. O Burrows.
3.10 (1m 6f) 1, Aljezeera (L Dettori, 15-8 fav);
2, Capricious Cantor (25-1); 3, Pacharana (4-1).
8 ran. 1Ol, 1l. L Cumani.
3.40 (1m 3f 104yd) 1, Four Kingdoms (Joey
Haynes, 4-1 fav); 2, Sexy Secret (8-1); 3, Mungo
Madness (20-1). 12 ran. 8l, Kl. K Burke.
4.10 (1m 2f 23yd) 1, Broughtons Story (Jack
Osborn, 11-4 fav); 2, Rock On Dandy (13-2);
3, King Kevin (3-1). 9 ran. NR: Fortia. 2l, 1l.
H Spiller.
4.40 (1m 3yd) 1, Harlequin Rock (F Norton,
11-1); 2, Harry Beau (16-1); 3, Coverham (7-2).
9 ran. Ol, Kl. M Quinn.
5.10 (1m 3yd) 1, Kilbaha Lady (Lewis Edmunds,
5-1); 2, Titan Goddess (7-2 fav); 3, Dor?s Law
(6-1). 9 ran. ns, 2l. N Tinkler.
5.40 (1m 3yd) 1, Blaze Of Hearts (J F Egan, 8-1);
2, Monaadhil (15-8 fav); 3, Zeshov (7-2). 7 ran.
NR: Express Lady, Mitigate. 1Nl, Kl. D Ivory.
Placepot: �6.20.
Quadpot: �.80.
60
2GM
Tuesday October 17 2017 | the times
Sport
New 60-cap policy threatens
to end Webb?s Wales career
DAVID ROGERS/GETTY IMAGES
John Westerby
Rhys Webb is embroiled in a row with
Warren Gatland after becoming the
most high-profile casualty of a change
in Wales?s selection policy yesterday.
Gatland, the head coach, will in
future only be able to select players
based outside Wales if they have
won more than 60 caps, a new ruling
introduced to replace the previous
?wildcard? policy known as ?Gatland?s
Law?.
Webb, who has won 28 caps for
Wales, recently agreed to leave
Ospreys and join Toulon next season,
which would make him ineligible to
play for Wales under the new ruling.
Gatland claimed Webb?s representatives had been aware of the change in
policy, but the scrum half said
yesterday that he did not know the
details when he agreed terms with the
Top 14 club.
Part of the new selection policy
allows players who are already on
contracts with clubs outside Wales but
do not have more than 60 caps, such as
Liam Williams, who is with Saracens, to
play for Wales until their present deal
expires. But Webb says the same
rationale should be applied to his
situation, as he agreed to leave Ospreys
before the new rules were agreed.
?I didn?t know the full implications
when I agreed to join Toulon because
the change in the selection policy
came out after I signed,? Webb, 28, told
WalesOnline yesterday. ?It?s a real blow
that I won?t be able to play international
rugby from next season.?
Gatland, who pushed for a 60-cap
limit rather than the 70 caps preferred
by the regions, said he was ?not
comfortable? with the position Webb
had been left in, but said the scrum half
had only signed a letter agreeing terms
with Toulon, not a binding contract.
?He can still get out of his Toulon
contract,? Gatland said. ?He needs to
make his own decision. We spoke to his
agent before to say that the policy was
potentially going to be introduced.?
The new selection policy mirrors
that adopted by Australia, and aims to
keep as many international players in
domestic rugby as possible while
leaving senior players the option of
pursuing lucrative deals in other
countries without jeopardising their
international careers.
Dan Biggar could be one beneficiary
of the ruling, needing only four more
caps to reach the 60-cap threshold
before he joins Northampton Saints
next season, also from Ospreys. It is
Who is affected by new rule
Permanently available
Luke Charteris Bath, 74 caps
Taulupe Faletau Bath, 66 caps
George North Northampton, 69 caps
Jamie Roberts Harlequins, 93 caps
Available for now
Dan Biggar Ospreys, joining
Northampton next season, 56 caps
Needs to win four caps in autumn
internationals and Six Nations or will
be ineligible next season
Liam Williams Saracens, 43 caps
Moved before new policy so safe for
length of three-year deal and
afterwards, provided he has reached
60 caps
At risk of missing out
Ross Moriarty Gloucester, 17 caps
Contract expires next summer, so
will be ineligible unless he signs for
a Welsh region
Tomas Francis Exeter, 23 caps
Safe until the end of his contract in
2019, but would then have to return
to Wales
Rhys Webb Ospreys, joining Toulon
next season, 28 caps
Will be unavailable if he goes ahead
with move to France
Webb featured twice for the British & Irish Lions this summer off the bench.
When fit he has been Wales?s first-choice scrum half for the past three years
understood that the region have
become frustrated by the late stage at
which the Welsh Rugby Union is
offering international players dual
contracts ? signing jointly with the
region and the union ? leaving them
open to lucrative approaches from
clubs in England and France. The WRU
hopes that players such as Ross
Moriarty (17 caps) and Tomas Francis
(23 caps), out of contract in 2018 and
2019 with Gloucester and Exeter Chiefs
respectively, will sign for a Welsh region
to enable them to continue their
Injured Pulev out of Joshua fight
Boxing
Ron Lewis Boxing Correspondent
Anthony Joshua will face a new opponent when he defends his world heavyweight title in 11 days? time after Carlos
Takam stepped in for Kubrat Pulev,
who pulled out last night with an injury.
Pulev tore a pectoral muscle in
training, ruling him out of the WBA
and IBF heavyweight title bout at the
Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Pulev
only got the call to fight in August after
Wladimir Klitschko retired rather than
have a rematch with Joshua.
Eddie Hearn, Joshua?s promoter, said
he first heard of Pulev?s injury at 6pm
yesterday when Rob McCracken, the
British fighter?s trainer, told him he had
read a rumour on the internet that
Pulev was injured. The injury was confirmed by Kalle Sauerland, Pulev?s promoter, who said the Bulgarian wanted
to go through with the fight but Takam
was confirmed as the new opponent at
Pulev wanted the
to bout to be held
despite his injury
9.30pm. He had been on standby since
Pulev initially expressed doubts that he
would have no time to prepare for a
bout that has sold nearly 78,000 tickets,
which will still be valid.
?IBF rules state that the mandatory
will go to the next fighter in line which
is Carlos Takam,? Hearn said.
Takam, 36, who was born in Cameroon but lives in Paris, has won 35 and
drawn one of his 39 bouts. He has
operated in good class, losing on points
to Joseph Parker, who has since won the
WBO title, and being knocked out in
the tenth round by Alexander Povetkin,
the former WBA champion, in 2014. He
is a decent puncher, although, at 6ft
1絠n, is 2絠n shorter than Pulev and
4絠n shorter than Joshua and poses a
very different challenge.
Joshua will not have to make another
mandatory defence of his IBF title for at
least 12 months, keeping open the
possibility of a unification match
against Parker or Deontay Wilder, the
WBC champion, next summer.
international careers. ?England have a
policy, they don?t pick anyone outside
England. The All Blacks don?t pick
anyone from outside, Australia have
the 60-cap rule, South Africa is 30
[caps],? Gatland said. ?We need to
introduce something.?
The wildcard selection policy was
due to limit Gatland to four players
from outside Wales next season, but the
superior spending power of clubs in
England and France meant that Welsh
internationals were still being enticed
abroad. Webb, who has suffered a
number of injuries in his career, can
earn almost twice as much in Toulon as
he was being offered on a dual contract.
Biggar, 28, will earn a reported
�0,000 per season at Northampton.
?From the conversation I had with
Dan Biggar, he said this is life-changing,? Gatland said. ?Dan loves playing
for Wales, but felt [it was right] for
himself, his age and his future.?
6 Wales are optimistic that George
North will be fit for the autumn
internationals, despite suffering a knee
injury during Northampton?s 57-13
defeat by Saracens on Sunday. He will
be examined by a specialist today.
continued from back
?Hurt? Gatland hits back at O?Brien
being critical [in public]. No one in the
history of the game has taken on a tour
of that magnitude or difficulty. Did we
learn as coaches from that experience?
Would we have done some things
differently? Of course, that?s part of
coaching.
?If he was going to make some
comments, he could have done so in a
different way. You watch how hard the
coaches worked, they worked their
absolute bollocks off on that tour. And
then to have someone come out and
make a comment like that . . . It really,
really did hurt.?
The Lions lost the first Test, before
winning the second in Wellington and
drawing the third, becoming only the
second Lions squad to avoid a series
defeat in New Zealand. Their victory in
Wellington was the first time that the
All Blacks had been beaten at home for
eight years.
?I thought Se醤?s comments were
disrespectful to New Zealand, saying
we should have comfortably won the
series 3-0,? Gatland said. ?You take 41
players on tour and you?re not going to
keep everyone happy, that?s the nature
of professional sport. Se醤 O?Brien had
a fantastic tour. On the field, he was
excellent and in the changing room he
contributed extremely well. It?s only
fair to acknowledge that.?
Further criticism from O?Brien had
been reserved for Rob Howley, the
attack coach, who is now working
under Gatland again with Wales.
O?Brien had said that Howley struggled
to get his message across and that the
attack functioned better when
Jonathan Sexton and Owen Farrell, the
playmakers, assumed greater control
for the second and third Tests.
?He spoke about Johnny and Owen
taking responsibility, which is strange
because, as a coach, that?s what you
want ? you want to empower your
most experienced players,? Gatland
said. ?It was disappointing that he
highlighted one person. I think
[Howley] spoke to him, there?s no doubt
he was disappointed.?
The Welsh Rugby Union has drawn
up a three-man shortlist for Gatland?s
successor as Wales coach in 2019,
though the New Zealander does not
expect Howley to be a contender. ?I
wouldn?t expect that Rob would be one
of those people on
that list having had
previous converm
sations with him
about what he?s
planning to
do,? he said.
Gatland
was the
head
coach on
the past
two tours
Appeal for Stokes witnesses
Cricket
Elizabeth Ammon
Police have renewed their appeal for
two witnesses of the incident that led to
Ben Stokes?s arrest on suspicion of
actual bodily harm.
Stokes, who suffered a fractured
hand in the incident in Bristol on
September 25, was released without
charge pending further investigation.
Alex Hales, who was also present, has
given a statement to the police about
the alleged brawl but is, according to his
lawyer, unlikely to face any charges.
Both players remain ?ineligible? for
England selection while the police and
ECB investigations are continuing.
A statement by Avon and Somerset
police said: ?The men we hope to talk to
left Mbargo nightclub on Triangle West
at 2.19am and walked in the direction of
Queen Road with two other men.?
The England squad leave next week
for the Ashes, and Australia batsman
Usman Khawaja has criticised his
country?s selection policy.
The 30-year-old, who is in contention to bat at No 3, made half-centuries
in six consecutive Tests before being
dropped for the series in India this year.
?It creates a lot of instability in the
team, for everyone,? Khawaja said.
?You hear things like, ?The players are
playing afraid?, but that?s what happens
when you drop players all the time.
?It is very hard to develop your
game and play some consistent cricket
if you?re not getting consistent
opportunities overseas. It?s frustrating.?
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Abuse inquiry
team given
trauma help
Matt Dickinson Chief Sports Writer
The leader of the review into child sex
abuse in football and his investigative
team are receiving counselling to cope
with the harrowing evidence that they
have uncovered. Their inquiry looks set
to be extended until at least next Easter.
Clive Sheldon, QC, and his staff are at
what one source called the ?deep dive?
phase of the review, including
interviewing dozens of abuse victims.
They are using an expert psychologist
provided by the FA to help them to cope
with hours spent listening to traumatic
testimony.
While the inquiry has yet to run into
any wilful obstruction, according to
sources, investigations have not been
helped by the inertia of a number of
county FAs. Sheldon approached the
46 county associations on May 11 with a
deadline to respond by June 1. Four still
have yet to respond and two did so only
last week after Sheldon contacted the
governing body to ask for help.
The work of the inquiry has grown,
largely due to the massive task of sorting through FA archives to find out
what the governing body knew about
abuse complaints as far back as the
1960s and how it dealt with child protection. It has reviewed 1,266 boxes of
documents but there are another 2,092,
kept at a storage facility in Kent, which
could contain relevant information and
need to be carefully checked. Any
paperwork then has to be uploaded to a
digital system for Sheldon to review.
The scale of the task has led to two
of Sheldon?s staff working almost fulltime on the inquiry, which is expected
to cost more than �million by the time
that he submits his full report. He hopes
to do that by Easter 2018, although publication could be complicated by a
number of criminal trials due early next
year, including that of Bob Higgins, the
former Southampton youth coach who
has been charged with 65 counts of
indecent assault against 23 boys aged
under 17 between 1970 and 1996. A trial
date has been set for April 9.
Sheldon has met 15 abuse victims and
plans to speak to another 30, although
he has been asked by Operation
Hydrant, which co-ordinates the police
response to non-recent sexual abuse,
not to approach some individuals while
criminal proceedings continue. The
names of some potential suspects and
witnesses have been passed to the
police, who revealed in July that the
number of victims within football had
risen from 560 to 741, with 276 potential
suspects identified. New figures are expected to be announced this week.
Sheldon plans to focus on about a
dozen case studies. A key question to
answer is how the game handled any
complaints at the time, although many
victims have already recorded that they
did not tell anyone, even their parents.
The case of Tony Brien is regarded as
unusual in that he claims that he did
raise the matter with Graham Taylor,
the former England manager. According to Brien, Taylor advised him to drop
a complaint against Ted Langford, a
scout at Aston Villa sacked in 1989 who
was jailed in 2007 for sex offences and
died in 2012.
Sheldon is also seeking to spread
inquiries into the women?s game
though, so far, there have been a relatively small number of female victims
reporting abuse. He is also liaising with
a Police Scotland investigation into
abuse north of the border.
Among those within football who
Sheldon is expected to meet is Dario
Gradi, the Crewe Alexandra director,
who was suspended by the FA last
November. Gradi was accused of
?smoothing over? a complaint of sexual
assault against a Chelsea scout in the
1970s while assistant manager.
Gradi denies any wrongdoing and
has said that he will assist Sheldon?s
review.
Ashley puts
Newcastle up
for quick sale
George Caulkin
Northern Sports Correspondent
Former England player Aluko?s allegations of racism and bullying are the subject
of a new inquiry, the findings of which will be disclosed in parliament tomorrow
MPs to hear Sampson verdict
Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter
The results of an investigation into allegations by the former England women?s
striker Eni Aluko of racism and bullying
will be released before a parliamentary
hearing tomorrow.
Katharine Newton has now spoken
to Aluko and another witness, Drew
Spence. Aluko had previously chosen
not to speak to the employment barrister whose first investigation cleared
Mark Sampson, then the England
women?s manager, of wrongdoing.
The outcome of the new inquiry,
including a decision on whether
Sampson was guilty of discrimination,
will be disclosed to MPs on the digital,
culture, media and sport select
committee, who will take evidence
from Aluko and senior FA figures as
part of their investigation into claims of
bullying and harassment.
Sampson was sacked last month for
separate reasons after FA chiefs studied
a 2015 report into complaints about inappropriate behaviour with players in
his previous job at Bristol Academy.
The sacking led to a crisis in the FA.
Dan Ashworth, the FA technical
director, is likely to be questioned over
revelations in The Times that he acted
as witness, investigator and judge in the
FA?s first internal inquiry. Damian Collins, MP, the committee chairman, said:
?This raises questions about whether
Eni Aluko was right to be concerned
about the initial investigation.?
Martin Glenn, the FA chief executive, is due to appear, as is the FA chairman Greg Clarke. Collins said MPs
would ask about Clarke?s blunt reply to
an email from the PFA after the players?
union sent a six-page document about
the Aluko complaints. According to
The Guardian, Clarke replied: ?I?ve no
idea why you are sending me this.?
Meanwhile, the Arsenal and England
striker Danielle Carter has been named
as a new member of the FA Council.
Mike Ashley has officially put
Newcastle United on the market. The
club?s owner, who has endured a
turbulent ten years at St James? Park, is
keen to secure a quick sale before
January?s transfer window.
Newcastle have already signed
non-disclosure agreements, a precursor to formal discussions, with several
interested parties and are undertaking
due diligence. Ashley is looking both to
maximise his return ? he values the
club at up to �0 million ? and hurry
the process along.
He restated his desire to sell up in a
recent interview with Sky Sports, and
yesterday?s statement by Newcastle
was the clearest indication yet that his
tenure is coming to an end. Ashley is
prepared to accept deferred payments
to speed up his departure.
The news will be greeted with relief
by a significant proportion of Newcastle fans. Ashley?s ownership has coincided with much controversy, the brief
renaming of the stadium and two relegations. There has also been tension
with Rafa Ben韙ez, the manager, over
the club?s failure to buy new players.
The club?s statement read: ?As one of
the Premier League?s oldest and best
supported football clubs Newcastle
United requires a clear direction and a
path to a bright and successful future.
To give the club the best possible opportunity of securing the positioning and
investment necessary to take it to the
next level, its present ownership has
determined that it is in the best
interests of Newcastle United and its
fans for the club to be put up for sale.
?To give an incoming owner the
maximum possible flexibility, the sale
process will give the opportunity of
deferring payments. A process will now
commence of identifying new ownership capable of delivering the sustained
investment in and dedication necessary for it to achieve its ambitions.?
Amanda Staveley, whose PCP Capital Partners firm is said to control a
� billion fund of mainly Middle Eastern wealth, is interested in buying a
club and met Newcastle officials after
their 1-1 draw against Liverpool early
this month. Reported interest from
China is understood to have dissipated.
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Mahrez gives
Shakespeare
timely boost
Shakespeare moved to 3-4-1-2, using
Chilwell and Marc Albrighton as wing
backs. The system seemed to suit
Leicester more, certainly from an
attacking perspective, giving Jamie
Leicester City
Vardy more support in the middle with
Mahrez 80
Slimani. Kelechi Iheanacho had done
little as Vardy?s sidekick, dropping too
West Brom
deep at times. It also solves the problem
Chadli 63
of whether to drop Christian Fuchs as
he can operate as a centre half, allowing
Riyad Mahrez did little all game here, Chilwell to take an overdue chance on
missed a magnificent chance, but then the left.
revealed his enduring class that made
Chilwell?s delivery was terrific.
him such a fluid force in Leicester City?s Mahrez was also helped by Slimani
title-winning season and had wealthier being too strong aerially for Ahmed
suitors eyeing him, seemingly distract- Hegazi, and then the Egypt defender,
ing him. Mahrez certainly picked the like Barry, failed to react quickly
perfect moment to score his first enough when Mahrez burst through.
Premier League goal of the season, Mahrez was also assisted by West
equalising Nacer Chadli?s fine free kick Brom?s goalkeeper, Boaz Myhill, sufferto alleviate some of the pressure on ing from a dead leg that hindered his
Craig Shakespeare.
movement. Myhill was deputising for
The match was hampered by a the injured Ben Foster. ?Ben hurt his
swirling wind and it was almost more knee which is a worry for us,? Pulis said.
about Ophelia than Shakespeare for a ?He was playing with his son in the back
while but the Leicester manager?s late garden and tweaked his knee.?
changes, particularly the introduction
Pulis was encouraged by the
of Islam Slimani and Ben Chilwell, and performance as he tries to introduce
the switch to three at the back, proved more creativity. ?The team is evolving,?
decisive.
he said, ?we?ve got better players in the
For all the criticism of Shakespeare team now.? Hegazi, on loan from Al
with Leicester in the bottom three,
Ahly, suffered a difficult start. Within
and there was a brief flurry of
eight minutes, Pulis switched
boos at the final whistle, he
Jonny Evans to right centre
deserves praise for the
back because Hegazi was
successful adjustment to
struggling to deal with a
Leicester have won
break down Tony Pulis?s
fired-up Vardy. Hegazi
resilient back four. Slimani only one of their past 11 fouled Vardy, then flicked
Premier League
steered Chilwell?s cross
a hand in the Leicester
back to Mahrez, who chest- matches under Craig striker?s face, earning a
Shakespeare
ed the ball down, ghosted by
caution from Mike Dean,
(W1 D4 L6)
Gareth Barry and scored with
the referee. As Hegazi sloped
his right foot.
over to the left, passing Evans,
Leicester have been waiting for Vardy rather spoiled Pulis?s plan by
Mahrez to spring back into life, following him across.
demonstrating his old, title-winning
Vardy had a couple more runs at
effervescent self, but it has been a long Hegazi before returning to take on
wait and he was dropped for their last Evans, who largely dealt well with
game, against Bournemouth. His goal subduing the England forward. Vardy
apart, this was hardly a great advertise- had missed the international break as
ment for Mahrez?s wares if Arsenal and he was having an injection to his hip
Tottenham Hotspur are looking at him. and Leicester wanted him to rest. He
?He didn?t go away with Algeria initially looked refreshed, running
[during the international break],? freely, and it made sense for him to have
Shakespeare said. ?He worked really had this break, especially as England
hard in the training ground, and he got want him fit for the World Cup. For all
his just reward. It was a great first touch Vardy?s sprints, and constantly showing
by Riyad.?
for his team-mates, he endured a
He started on the right but drifted frustrating half, a period of play that
inside, playing in the hole when will not linger long in the memory.
Henry Winter
Chief Football Writer
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West Brom.......8
Southampton..8
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Harry Maguire tried to bring some
class to proceedings, showing why he
was called up by England with some
confident strides into midfield and a
couple of good clearances. Gareth
Southgate and his assistant, Steve
Holland, were present although there
was little to occupy their attention for
an hour, barring a powerful half-volley
from Danny Simpson that was pushed
away by Myhill.
The second half, fittingly, began with
a mistake and a foul, with Hegazi?s
underhit back pass inviting Vardy to
show his pace, only to be knocked over
by Myhill as the goalkeeper rushed out.
Leicester fans bayed for a red but Dean
contented himself with a yellow card.
Mahrez?s free kick took a deflection,
Distan 29 yards
Distance:
Time: 11.11sec
Speed: 53.44mph
carrying on to Maguire, who was
denied by Myhill. Leicester should have
taken the lead moments later when
Vardy?s back-heel released Albrighton,
whose cut-back was perfectly placed
for the left foot of Mahrez, but the Algerian, leaning back, fired horribly over.
A goal totally out of keeping with the
game then appeared out of nowhere
just after the hour. Iheanacho miscontrolled and caught Grzegorz Krychowiak as he tried to regain possession. As
Leicester No 8s go, his challenge was
hardly from the Dean Richards school,
but he was punished by Mike Dean.
Kasper Schmeichel lined up his wall
with Vardy, Fuchs, Wilfred Ndidi and
Iheanacho the first line of defence.
A game of bluff seemed to break out
between Chadli and Schmeichel.
Leicester?s ?keeper seemed to be inviting
Chadli to take the direct route, targeting
the generous space to Schmeichel?s left.
As Jake Livermore stepped out of the
way, Chadli won the mind games,
curling the ball over the wall and in to
Schmeichel?s left as the ?keeper moved
to the right, leaving him embarrassed.
Shakespeare sent on Slimani and
Chilwell for Iheanacho and Simpson,
tweaked his tactics and Mahrez duly
completed their rescue mission. Shakespeare now has a huge decision to make
on whether to keep the system for the
next game, against Swansea City.
Leicester City (4-4-2): K Schmeichel 6 ? D Simpson 6
(sub: B Chilwell 74min), W Morgan 6, H Maguire 6, C
Fuchs 6 ? R Mahrez 6, V Iborra 7 (sub: A King 90+4), W
Ndidi 6, M Albrighton 6 ? K Iheanacho 6 (sub: I Slimani
74), J Vardy 7. Substitutes not used B Hamer, D Gray,
D Amartey, S Okazaki. Booked Albrighton, Iheanacho.
West Bromwich Albion (4-1-4-1): B Myhill 6 ?
C Dawson 6, A Hegazi 6, J Evans 8, K Gibbs 7 ?
J Livermore 7 ? J Rodriguez 6 (sub: J McClean 84),
G Krychowiak 7, G Barry 6, N Chadli 7 (sub: G McAuley
84) ? S Rond髇 6. Substitutes not used A Palmer,
A Nyom, C Yacob, M Phillips, C Brunt.
Booked Myhill, Hegazi. Referee M Dean.
Results
Football fixtures
Football
Premier League
Leicester
Mahrez 80
30,203
(0) 1
West Brom
(0) 1
Chadli 63
FA Cup first-round draw (ties to be played
November 3-6): Stevenage v Nantwich or
Kettering; Bradford v Chesterfield; Port Vale v
Oxford United; Newport v Walsall; Morecambe
v Hartlepool; Yeovil v Southend; Peterborough
v Tranmere; Cambridge United v Sutton; Forest
Green v Macclesfield; Fylde v Kidderminster;
Luton v Portsmouth; Shrewsbury v Aldershot;
Hereford v Telford; Guiseley v Accrington;
Blackburn v Barnet; East Thurrock or Ebbsfleet
v Doncaster; Leatherhead v Brackley or
Billericay; Boreham Wood v Blackpool; Shaw
Lane v Mansfield; Colchester v Oxford City;
Plymouth v Grimsby; Wimbledon v Lincoln City;
Rochdale v Dover or Bromley; Coventry v
Maidenhead; Chorley or Boston v Fleetwood
Town; Carlisle v Oldham; Notts County v Bristol
Rovers; Dartford v Swindon; Cheltenham v
Maidstone or Enfield; Woking or Concord v
Bury; Crewe v Rotherham; Gillingham v
Dagenham & Redbridge or Leyton Orient; Hyde
v MK Dons; Gainsborough v Slough; Solihull
Moors or Ossett v Wycombe; Northampton v
Scunthorpe; Charlton Athletic v Truro; Wigan
Athletic v Crawley; Gateshead v Bath City or
Chelmsford City; Exeter City v Heybridge.
American football
NFL New York Giants 23 Denver 10; Pittsburgh
19 Kansas City 13; Los Angeles Chargers 17
Oakland 16; Arizona 38 Tampa Bay 33; Los
Angeles Rams 27 Jacksonville 17; Chicago 27
Baltimore 24 (OT); Houston 33 Cleveland 17;
Minnesota 23 Green Bay 10; New Orleans 52
Detroit 38; Miami 20 Atlanta 17; New England
24 New York Jets 17; Washington 26 San
Francisco 24.
Cricket
Second one-day international
Pakistan v Sri Lanka
Abu Dhabi (Pakistan won toss): Pakistan beat
Sri Lanka by 32 runs
Pakistan
(balls)
Fakhar Zaman c Mendis b Gamage 11 (13)
Ahmed Shehzad c Siriwardana
b Lakmal
8 (17)
Babar Azam c Mendis b Gamage
101 (133)
Mohammad Hafeez c Dickwella
b Gamage
8 (11)
Shoaib Malik c Dickwella
b N L T C Perera
11 (15)
*?Sarfraz Ahmed b N L T C Perera
5 (14)
Imad Wasim lbw b Vandersay
10 (26)
Shadab Khan not out
52 (68)
Hasan Ali run out
7 (2)
Rumman Raees c M K P A D Perera
b Gamage
0 (1)
Junaid Khan not out
0 (0)
Extras (lb 3, w 3)
6
Total (9 wkts, 50 overs)
219
Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-27, 3-40, 4-71, 5-79,
6-101, 7-210, 8-218, 9-218.
Bowling: Lakmal 10-0-42-1; Gamage 10-0-57-4;
Vandersay 9-0-44-1; N L T C Perera 10-0-34-2;
Perera 9-0-30-0; Siriwardana 2-0-9-0.
Sri Lanka
(balls)
?D P D N Dickwella lbw b Junaid
3 (7)
*W U Tharanga not out
112 (144)
B K G Mendis c Shehzad b Hasan
10 (24)
H D R L Thirimanne lbw b Malik
12 (34)
L D Chandimal b Shadab
2 (4)
T A M Siriwardana c Azam b Shadab 3 (5)
N L T C Perera c Azam b Hafeez
7 (5)
M K P A D Perera b Shadab
1 (2)
J D F Vandersay c Shehzad
b Rumman
22 (55)
R A S Lakmal run out
1 (2)
P L S Gamage run out
3 (6)
Extras (lb 6, w 5)
11
Total (48 overs)
187
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-30, 3-70, 4-79, 5-83,
6-92, 7-93, 8-169, 9-172.
Bowling: Junaid 6-0-21-1; Rumman 8-1-37-1;
Hasan 10-2-32-1; Imad 1-0-3-0; Hafeez
10-0-24-1; Malik 4-0-17-1; Shadab 9-1-47-3.
Umpires: R A Kettleborough (Eng)
and Shozab Raza.
TV umpire: S Ravi (India).
Player of the match: Shadab.
6 Pakistan lead five-match series 2-0.
Tennis
ATP European Open
Antwerp: First round: I Karlovic (Cro) bt G Pella
(Arg) 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (12-10); S Stakhovsky (Ukr)
bt J Donaldson (US) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4; J Benneteau
(Fr) bt N Basilashvili (Geo) 6-4, 0-0 ret;
R Bemelmans (Bel) bt P Gojowczyk (Ger) 4-6,
7-6, (7-5) 7-6.
Kremlin Cup
Moscow: First round: Men: A Bublik (Kaz) bt
T Gabashvili (Russ) 6-3, 6-4; Y Bhambri (India)
bt R Safiullin (Russ) 6-2, 6-4; D Sela (Isrl) bt
B Coric (Cro) 6-3, 6-2. Women: A Cornet (Fr)
beat E Makarova (Russ) 6-3, 6-3; K Siniakova
(Cz) bt D Vekic (Cro) 6-0, 6-2; Y Putintseva
(Kaz) bt O Pervushina (Russ) 7-5, 6-1;
A Sasnovich (Bela) bt T Babos (Hun) 1-6, 7-6,
(7-3) 6-4; L Tsurenko (Ukr) bt C McHale (US)
7-6, (7-4), 6-3.
WTA Luxembourg Championship
First round: E Mertens (Bel) bt S Sorribes
Tormo (Sp) 6-0, 6-2; A Kontaveit (Est) bt
J Cepelova (Slovakia) 6-0, 6-2. M Brengle (US)
bt L Arruabarrena Vecino (Sp) 6-2, 6-2;
V Cepede Royg (Par) bt S Cirstea (Rom) 7-5, 3-2
ret; B Maia (Br) bt K Flipkens (Bel) 6-3 6-4,
C Witthoeft (Ger) bt V Lepchenko (US) 7-6,
(7-1) 2-6, 7-6 (7-1).
(7.45 unless stated)
Champions League: Group E: Maribor v
Liverpool. Group F: Man City v Napoli. Group H:
Real Madrid v Tottenham.
Sky Bet: League One: AFC Wimbledon v
Rotherham; Blackburn v Plymouth; Blackpool v
Bury; Bradford v Oldham; Doncaster v
Portsmouth; Gillingham v Wigan; MK Dons v
Walsall; Oxford Utd v Charlton; Rochdale v
Northampton; Scunthorpe v Fleetwood;
Shrewsbury v Bristol Rovers; Southend v
Peterborough.
League Two: Barnet v Mansfield (8.00);
Cambridge Utd v Yeovil; Carlisle v Wycombe;
Cheltenham v Grimsby Town; Coventry v
Forest Green; Crawley Town v Chesterfield;
Crewe v Notts County; Exeter v Luton;
Morecambe v Port Vale; Newport v Colchester;
Stevenage v Accrington; Swindon v Lincoln
City.
FA Cup fourth qualifying round replays:
Ossett Town v Solihull Moors; Boston United v
Chorley; Kettering v Nantwich; Billericay v
Brackley; Leyton Orient v Dagenham and
Redbridge; Concord v Woking; Bromley v Dover
Athletic; Enfield v Maidstone; Ebbsfleet v East
Thurrock.
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Lovren: Lukaku ?stamp? deliberate
MATT WEST/BPI/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Paul Joyce
Northern Football Correspondent
Maribor
Dejan Lovren has accused Romelu
Lukaku of deliberately stamping on his
head during Liverpool?s stalemate with
Manchester United and claimed that
the striker?s lack of remorse betrayed
his intent.
The Liverpool defender was hurt
during the first half of Saturday?s
otherwise anaemic contest at Anfield
and has now claimed that Lukaku
sought to injure him when he was
struck just below his left eye. Martin
Atkinson, the referee, spoke to Lukaku
at the time but did not caution the
player, and the FA confirmed yesterday
that the United forward would not face
any retrospective action.
Yet the clash was still at the forefront
of Lovren?s thoughts as he spoke before
Liverpool?s Champions League game
away to Maribor tonight and insisted
that Lukaku could easily have avoided
trampling on him. ?I made a tackle and
felt he was over me and he could just
have moved away,? the centre back said.
?My honest view is that he did it on
purpose. It was on the face.
?If he did it normally, you would apologise after that. I saw that he was nervous during the game so maybe that was
the reason. That is what happens on a
pitch. It is over. I cannot change it. It is
not my decision [about whether to take
action], I cannot say I am disappointed.
It is what it is now. That?s football.?
Lovren, and Liverpool, will be hoping
for a less painful evening in Slovenia
where they seek to breathe new life into
their European campaign with a first
away win in the competition since November 2009. Wasteful draws with Seville and Spartak Moscow represent a
slow start to group E and they need to
muster momentum on a night that
marks the seventh anniversary of
Fenway Sports Group?s first match as
Liverpool?s owner. That ended in a 2-0
defeat by Everton at Goodison Park.
J黵gen Klopp expects to be confronted by obdurate opponents ? Maribor?s
only defeats in 21 matches this season
came against Hapoel Be?er Sheva in a
qualifier for the competition and last
month?s trip to Seville ? and the manager has ruled out wholesale changes as
a way of guarding against complacency.
?The last thing I would do is come
here to rotate in a game like this where
already everybody is saying, ?That?s the
Maribor v Liverpool
Group E: Kick-off Ljudski vrt, 7.45pm
TV BT Sport ESPN Radio talkSPORT 2
Referee V Kassai (Hungary)
Maribor (probable; 4-2-3-1)
Handanovic
Milec Rajcevic
Suler
Kabha
Bajde
Viler
Vrhovec
Ahmedi
Bohar
Tavares
OxladeFirmino Chamberlain
Coutinho
Wijnaldum
Moreno
Can
Matip
Henderson
Lovren
Alexander
-Arnold
Karius
Liverpool (probable; 4-3-3)
Group E
P
Seville ...................... 2
Liverpool ............... 2
Sptk Moscow ...... 2
Maribor...................2
W D L F A GDPts
1 1 0 5 2 3 4
0 2 0 3 3 0 2
0 2 0 2 2 0 2
0 1 1 1 4 -3 1
Tonight: Maribor v Liverpool; Spartak Moscow v
Seville. Nov 1: Liverpool v Maribor; Seville v
Spartak Moscow. Nov 21: Spartak Moscow v
Maribor; Seville v Liverpool. Dec 6: Liverpool v
Spartak Moscow; Maribor v Seville.
easy one in the group,? ? Klopp said.
?And then I come with six or seven
changes? No, we respect this opponent.
We know it is important for us, so nobody should expect 11 changes.?
Darko Milanic, the Maribor coach,
was sacked after 32 days in charge of
Leeds United three years ago but has
since rebuilt his managerial career.
Klopp?s side trained in the Stadion
Ljudski vrt last night and one change
the manager is considering is starting
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for only the
second time since his move from
Arsenal having been impressed by his
11-minute cameo at the weekend.
?I cannot say how happy I was to see
Chambo playing like this,? Klopp said.
?I said he needed a little bit of time and
my most positive thing [from Saturday]
was that finally he has arrived, but it
always takes time. I really loved the
performance when he came on.?
Flashpoint
at Anfield
D
ejan Lovren holds his
face after the clash
during the first half of
Saturday?s game at Anfield.
The Liverpool player claimed
that Romelu Lukaku stamped
on him in the face on
purpose, although the
Manchester United forward
will face no action as the FA
decided that he should not be
punished retrospectively.
Oxlade-Chamberlain might have
been surprised that the intent he
showed in running at the United left
back Matteo Darmian received such
lavish praise once back in the dressing
room, especially as his final ball was
again elusive, but he must now prove
his manager?s faith is not misplaced.
He has endured a difficult start to his
time on Merseyside after a � million
move from Arsenal, with few opportunities to disprove the notion that he was
an expensive luxury that Liverpool did
not particularly need.
The 24-year-old?s sole start came in
the Carabao Cup defeat by Leicester
City and he has amassed 86 minutes
across six other games.
Yet Oxlade-Chamberlain boasts
more Champions League experience
than any other Liverpool player, by
virtue of the time he spent under
Ars鑞e Wenger, and if he is introduced
for this tie it will be in one of the wide
roles in the attacking three that Klopp
favours.
The central-midfield berth that
Oxlade-Chamberlain sought when
opting to work with Klopp, rather than
Antonio Conte at Chelsea, will have to
wait.
?He is a big signing for us, obviously,
but a fast player like him needs the circumstances to perform so he needed
time,? Klopp said. ?Obviously it is a different style to Arsenal and a different
role to the wing-back role he played in
his last games for Arsenal. Then he
plays for England and they all come
back from their national teams, not
confused, but with different plans.
?There has been no consistency until
now. So far it has been OK, but not what
we know he is able to do. But then Saturday, bang: comes on, uses his speed,
really spot on, it was a very nice sign. He
is in my mind. If it is about a start, you
will see.
?At this moment he is training only
on the wing. It makes more sense to
pick him in the more offensive positions, but it is not fixed for five years.?
6 Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo were
surprise inclusions in the Manchester
United squad that travelled to Lisbon
yesterday
before
tomorrow?s
Champions League match against
Benfica.
Rojo has not played since tearing his
anterior cruciate ligament in April and
Shaw has featured only once this term
under Jos� Mourinho due to a mixture
of poor fitness and form.
Kudos to Gary and friends for putting Anfield anticlimax last
Giles Smith
Sport on
television
T
ake that, Mourinho: bottom
of the bill on Match of the
Day. Of all the scything
tackles aimed at the
entertainment value of
Liverpool v Manchester United at the
weekend, this was surely the most
wince-inducing ? a lunging, twofooted, studs-up leg-breaker from
Gary, Ian and Danny in the studio.
Let?s be clear. Only ever dished out
to dire, mid-table squabblers and
games of next to no consequence, last
place in the running order is the
biggest reducer in the MOTD locker.
Nothing says ?Have it!? more loudly
than an 11.32pm start-time on the
nation?s favourite football highlights
programme.
Would you believe it? There was
Liverpool v United. And there was
Mourinho, receiving this kind of
kicking for the first time in his
managerial career, we would hazard,
although some will say it has been a
while coming. Either way, historians
have been scrambling to identify the
last time the two biggest clubs in
English football contrived to produce
something so uninspiringly contentfree that MOTD could feel ready and
able to close out on it. The best
estimates suggest it was back in the
Sixties, when pitches were worse and
the programme showed one match.
The final slot is rarely visited
territory for United and Liverpool
separately, let alone together in an
encounter perceived to be so
monumental that Sky Sports, which
held the live rights, fired up a
countdown clock in its honour. No
disputing the BBC?s decision, though.
Some would argue that last place
flattered a display that had ?straight
to red button? written all over it.
Credit to the MOTD team for
squeezing seven minutes out of it.
Even more credit for squeezing four
minutes of conversation beyond that
? four minutes more than most of us
will spend talking about this game.
Among other things, you wonder
how the fans of those two clubs
coped, putting in the extra time on
the sofa, deep in the tricky nod-off
zone that is bread and butter to Stoke
City supporters, but a whole new
experience for followers of the
Premier League?s chief viewermagnets, who normally expect to be
done and dusted by about 10.45pm.
And what must the die-hard MOTD
traditionalists have thought? By
which we mean the small but still
thriving core among the four million
viewers who protect themselves from
the results to enjoy the programme
from a cloud of unknowing. Far easier
in the past, when ignorance was
mostly a matter of closing your eyes
briefly during the preceding news
bulletin, this feat of media-avoidance
now involves donning noisecancelling headphones and locking
yourself in a lead-lined box from
shortly after midday on the appointed
Saturday. But evidently thousands of
purists still go to the trouble, and the
programme?s loyalty to them is
unstinting.
Nevertheless, it was perhaps with a
view to carefully managing those
expectations that Lineker, breaking
the programme?s fondest founding
rules regarding the maintenance of
mystery, eventually introduced the
match with a last-minute caution,
which, roughly, was: warning ? the
following segment contains scenes of
almost unwatchable football from the
beginning.
Even with that minor adjustment,
though, this still felt like a
commendably brave move. The
briefest glance at Lineker?s Twitter
feed on any Saturday evening will
demonstrate that the MOTD running
order is deeply political ? a ready
trigger for running battles regarding
?respect?, as aggrieved Burnley fans
find themselves facing yet another
late night and lambast the show for
favouring the big guns.
Yet here was evidence of the show?s
mettle and its editorial purity ? proof
that, on MOTD, the best shall be first
and the worst shall be last,
irrespective of how many times they
have won the league. It also
reaffirmed the programme?s broader
role as an antidote to football?s allblistering hype ? a place without
countdown clocks, where merit can
come before reputation, and where
rightful order can be quietly restored
with one simple jig of the running
order. In that sense, last Saturday
night, television?s most old-school
football programme looked more
valuable than ever.
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Sterling repaying faith of ?a genius?
TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER BRADLEY ORMESHER
Oliver Kay
Chief Football Correspondent
Even in the final days of the summer
transfer window, Raheem Sterling?s
focus did not waver. There were reports
of him being offered to Arsenal as a
makeweight in a deal to sign Alexis
S醤chez, but the Manchester City
forward was adamant that he would
stay put, convinced that he would
continue to flourish under what he calls
the ?genius? of Pep Guardiola.
?I didn?t have any negative thoughts,?
Sterling said before City?s Champions
League match at home to Napoli
tonight. ?It wasn?t something I was
worried about: Pep is an honest guy and
he would have spoken to me about it
before that. I didn?t worry. I didn?t think
about it, not for one minute.?
For Sterling, for every City player, the
only thing to worry about right now is
living up to the sky-high standards
demanded by Guardiola every day.
Many expected the England forward to
be among the first to leave when the
former Barcelona and Bayern Munich
coach arrived ? with Leroy San�,
Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva
among the additions to a multi-talented forward line ? but Sterling has risen
to the challenge. In ten appearances in
all competitions this season, he has
scored seven goals and laid on another
two, prompting Guardiola to say that
he can become an ?incredible? player.
?He has been massive for me,
especially with the simple stuff,?
Sterling said of the City manager. ?He
always tries to get you to do the simple
stuff at the very top level. That?s the real
genius about him.
?He makes sure you do the simple
things well and it works. [Goalscoring]
is something I?ve tried to improve,
being more efficient, being a bit more
clinical. That has been a massive question mark to me over the last few years.
I?m just trying to build as a player.?
Guardiola, sitting next to him,
nodded approvingly. After a challenging first season in English football, his
desire is to build City up and up.
Their start to this season has been
highly impressive, not just in terms
of results (ten wins, one draw
and no defeats in all competitions) and scorelines (37
goals scored, just five conceded) but also their perd
formances, which have had
a beguiling quality at times.
ts a
The City manager expects
different type of challenge from
Napoli at the Etihad Stadium this
evening. Napoli have made a superb start to the Serie A season,
winning their first eight
matches, scoring 26 goals in
the process. When the draw
was made in August, Guardi-
Manchester City v Napoli
Group F: Kick-off Etihad, 7.45pm
TV BT Sport 3
Referee A Mateu Lahoz (Sp)
Goals scored by
Sterling this season in
all competitions. His
next best at this stage
of any season
is six
Ederson
Walker Stones
Otamendi
De Bruyne Fernandinho
Sterling
Delph
D Silva
Jesus
San�
Insigne
Mertens
Callej髇
Hamsik
Jorginho
Allan
Ghoulam Koulibaly* Albiol
*Misses next
match if booked
Hysaj
Reina
Napoli (probable; 4-3-3)
Group F
P W D L
Man City.................2 2 0 0
Napoli ...................... 2 1 0 1
Shakhtar ................ 2 1 0 1
Feyenoord ............ 2 0 0 2
F
6
4
2
1
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0 6 6
3 1 3
3 -1 3
7 -6 0
Tonight: Feyenoord v Shakhtar Donetsk; Man City v
Napoli. Nov 1: Shakhtar Donetsk v Feyenoord;
Napoli v Man City. Nov 21: Napoli v Shakhtar
Donetsk; Man City v Feyenoord. Dec 6: Shakhtar
Donetsk v Man City; Feyenoord v Napoli.
ola described Maurizio Sarri?s team as
?one of the top three in Europe right
now for playing football?.
Eyebrows were raised at the time but
Guardiola continued to shower them
with praise yesterday. ?I like to watch
them,? he said. ?I am a manager, a
professional, but I am a spectator as
well. I like to watch football and I like to
watch Napoli when I?m sitting at
home. I love many, many things
about a Sarri team.?
Sarri was equally complimentary, if not more so, in his press
conference, suggesting that
C
City are better than the
Champions League holders
Real Madrid.
?I think Manchester
City are by far the
strongest team in
Europe at the moment,? Sarri said.
?But I will not
change the way I play.
I would like to die a
ssudden death if I have
tto, not a painful slow
Mertens has 13 goals
for Napoli and
Belgium this season
Richarlison cleared of diving by new ?simulation? panel
The FA?s new panel to rule on
simulation has decided that the
Watford striker Richarlison did not
dive to win a penalty against Arsenal.
The three-man panel, set up this
season, can impose a two-match ban
on players who con the match
officials to win a significant advantage
such as a goal or red card.
It convened yesterday for only the
second time and decided
unanimously that
there had been
contact from
H閏tor Beller韓,
the Arsenal
defender, when
Richarlison fell on
Saturday.
The first review
7
Manchester City (probable; 4-3-3)
took place last month when Hayden
White, the Mansfield Town defender,
won a penalty against Cambridge
United in Sky Bet League Two. That
was also judged to not have been
clear simulation.
Mark Clattenburg, the former
Premier League referee, in his first
column for The Times, below, had said
he would be ?very surprised? if the
incident was referred to the FA panel.
Meanwhile, there will
b
be no action against
Ars鑞e Wenger after
reports that the Arsenal
manager had confronted
referee Neil Swarbrick.
Clattenburg was on the
mark in his first column
Sterling, right, will look to replicate his brilliant league form in City?s Champions League clash at the Etihad Stadium tonight
death. So I want to see 11 players who
believe in themselves.?
When Guardiola was invited to elaborate on his praise of Napoli, he said:
?They do many, many things ? and the
things they do, they do perfectly. It?s not
a team that is going to wait. They make
a high press and they do an amazing
build-up in the middle.
?They have three guys who are so
dynamic ? [Lorenzo] Insigne, [Dries]
Mertens and [Jos閉 Callej髇. In the
middle they have [Marek] Hamsik, who
can also run in behind. The set pieces
are good. The goalkeeper [Pepe Reina]
is good, a leader, and he also has the
quality to start the build-up. I heard
that the president of Napoli [Aurelio De
Laurentiis] said in La Gazzetta dello
Sport that my words are just to distract
Napoli, but it is just what I believe.?
De Laurentiis also suggested that
Sarri should rest some of his players this
evening to ensure that they are in prime
condition for Saturday?s match at home
against Inter Milan, their closest pursu-
England overtake Wales
to stand 12th in rankings
England have climbed three places to
12th in the world rankings, overtaking
Wales, who fell one place to 14th, to
become the leading home nation.
Northern Ireland fell three places
to 23rd while Ireland rose eight places
to 26th. Scotland are up 14 places to
29th despite failing to qualify for
Russia 2018. The top six is unchanged,
with Germany at No 1 followed by
Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium
and Poland.
The new rankings mean that Italy,
Switzerland, Croatia and Denmark
will be the four seeded teams in
today?s play-off draw for next year?s
World Cup. They will be drawn
against Northern Ireland, Sweden,
Ireland or Greece.
Napoli?s domestic dominance
If you think City are flying, Napoli
are the only team in Europe?s top
five leagues with a 100 per cent
record this season
Man City in Premier League
P8 W7 D1 L0 F29 A4 GD25 Pts 22
Napoli in Serie A
P8 W8 D0 L0 F26 A5 GD21 Pts 24
10 13
Games out of
11 in all
competitions
won by City this
season, with
one draw
Successive
Serie A games
won by Napoli,
including the
end of last
season
ers in Serie A. Guardiola does not
believe a word of it. ?Absolutely not,? he
said. ?I can announce to you which
players will play.?
Guardiola was far less willing to
divulge his selection plans. He let slip
that Sergio Ag黣ro had an ?amazing?
training session yesterday, as he moves
closer to a full recovery from the rib
fracture that he suffered in a car crash
last month, but it would be a surprise if
his starting line-up featured many
changes from the 7-2 victory over Stoke
City on Saturday, when Sterling and
San� joined Jesus in the front three and
Fabian Delph continued at left back.
There was yet more praise for Kevin
De Bruyne, who has been superb this
season, though Guardiola was not
willing to indulge talk of the Belgian
rivalling Lionel Messi ? peerless in the
City manager?s view ? as the world?s
best. ?Kevin is an outstanding, amazing
player and a humble guy, but I don?t
help comparing him with Messi,?
Guardiola said. ?Messi is apart.?
U-17 World Cup hopes hit as Dortmund recall Sancho
Jadon Sancho has been forced to
leave the England Under-17 World
Cup squad in India on the eve of their
second-round match because he has
been recalled by Borussia Dortmund.
The German Bundesliga club allowed
the former Manchester City forward
to play in the group phase of
the tournament on the
understanding that he would
return to them afterwards.
Steve Cooper, the
England Under-17 coach,
had hoped to keep hold of
Sancho for the knockout phasee
after he had scored three goals in
England?s three victories.
They play Japan in Kolkata
today for a place in the quarterfinals, but Dortmund, who paid
� million for the 17-year-old in
August, insisted that he return.
Sancho, below, was allowed to do a
recovery session with his England
team-mates on Sunday before flying
to Cyprus, where Dortmund have
Champions League and Uefa Youth
League games against
Apoel Nicosia today, even
though he is not in either
squad and is yet to make
his first-team debut.
?Jadon loves playing
f England and this
for
t
team
in particular so it?s
ssad to see him go,? Cooper
s
said.
?I can only imagine
D
Dortmund
want him back to
p in their first team at the
play
w
weekend.?
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Henry Winter
Chief Football Writer
possession after Darren Fletcher pinged a pass
wide. Otamendi back-heeled the loose ball to
Delph, who transferred it back to Ederson. On it
went, quick and simple, Fernandinho, Stones
and De Bruyne combining deep, inviting Stoke
on, creating space.
Again, Guardiola?s ethos imbued them all,
team before self, quick and simple, moving their
number of touches in the league this season
towards its tally of 7,023, way clear of secondplaced Tottenham?s 6,373.
On the ball carried from Walker to De Bruyne
to David Silva, back to Otamendi, left to
Delph and on to David Silva again.
Stoke were chasing shadows. After
David Silva rolled the ball down
the wing to San�, City simply
brandished another weapon,
dribbling. San�, looking for
the ideal pass, twisted away
from Stoke markers before
picking out De Bruyne,
who responded with
that wonderful
disguised pass for
San� to tee up
Sterling. The goal
celebration told
its own story
about the unity in
Guardiola?s side
with Sterling
heading straight
over to thank San�.
City have to turn
such bursts of beauty
into trophies before
they can be lauded as one
of the great sides, and they
face an immediate test
against Napoli in the
Champions League this evening,
but they are striding elegantly in
the right direction. If they
continue, and produce this
repeatedly, they will eventually be
compared to the best seen in the past
half-century, such as Chelsea when
Frank Lampard shared a field with Didier
Drogba, when Robert Pir鑣 and Thierry
Guardiola?s
City have the
class to join
true greats
I
t started with a back-heel from a centre
back on the touchline. Passages of
Manchester City?s acclaimed play against
Stoke City, especially their end-to-end
second goal involving that pass from
Nicol醩 Otamendi and ultimately finished by
Raheem Sterling, rival some of the most
bewitching football seen on English soil in the
past 50 years.
Only time and opponents? responses will tell
whether City can sustain this brilliance, and so
deserve comparison to titans of previous
generations, but the damage that they inflicted
on Stoke on Saturday gave a thrilling signal of
their individual and collective growth under Pep
Guardiola.
Teams fear City now. It must be a nightmare
for other managers, deciding how to set up
against them. Be cautious, defend deep and in
numbers, and they pass and move through you.
Be bold, push up, attack, and they will pick you
off with their pace and precision. They are the
perfect swarm.
Yet when City were knocked out of the
Champions League by Monaco in March,
Guardiola was dismissed as ?Fraudiola? on one
?The damage that they inflicted
on Stoke on Saturday gave a
thrilling signal of individual
and collective growth?
radio phone-in. A month later, when City fell to
Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final, Guardiola
endured further denigration, some of it tinged
with local schadenfreude that the celebrated
Spaniard was finding it hard in England.
Headlines crowed about ?Guardiola failing his
English exam? and ?Perfection is a distant
dream for Guardiola?.
City?s powerbrokers, sensibly, stayed calm,
ignored the howls of criticism, and let Guardiola
carry on building his side, and inculcating his
philosophy ?to do things quick and simple?. He
made Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva more
robust competitors, making their technical
abilities even more productive, as seen when De
Bruyne nicked possession for two of City?s goals.
Silva presses far more assiduously now.
Guardiola has often been derided as a coach
who needs recourse to a handsome budget to
succeed. He has spent heavily at City but he has
also used that money effectively. Guardiola
chooses and keeps those he knows he can
develop. It?s not simply about being handed the
golden ticket, the opportunity to work with the
gifted, as at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City.
It?s the impact that he has on them. Guardiola is
a player-whisperer, a talent-enhancer, a
value-improver.
Rather than complaining about the sums that
Guardiola invests, his critics should ponder how
much the players? prices have risen through
proximity to one of the most remarkable,
inspiring coaches of the past two decades. Even
without the inflationary Neymarnomics, most of
Guardiola?s purchases would cost more now
because he makes good players better.
Guardiola?s reputation, his mix of intensity
and warmth, his encouragement and coaching
all enrich players. Take the English first. Kyle
Walker?s � million fee was questioned but full
backs are so important in the modern game,
whether supplying the width from deep, as wing
backs, or almost as auxiliary wingers as
Guardiola uses them.
Walker?s workload is formidable and he could
tire, but he has three assists in seven games and
is now being spoken of as one of the most
accomplished right backs in Europe, not simply
England. John Stones has taken time to settle
but has been one of best defenders this season,
living up to that � million price tag,
confirming Guardiola?s belief in him.
Sterling arrived before Guardiola but was
clearly part of the Pep project and is now
blossoming, contributing six goals and two
assists in 478 Premier League minutes this
season ? a fine return. That � million looks
increasingly a good deal. Sterling?s decisionmaking has been upgraded by Guardiola. His
finishing is markedly better. Gareth Southgate
owes Guardiola. Even Fabian Delph is back in
the England squad.
Ederson, who breathes confidence into the
back line, has adapted to English football faster
than anticipated ? far better than Guardiola?s
main dud, the � million Claudio Bravo (while
� million Nolito didn?t work out) ? and is
worth more than the � million they paid
Benfica. If Leroy San� looks a steal at �
million, Gabriel Jesus is daylight robbery at
� million.
Walker is 27, hardly ancient, but it is the
relative youth of others, Stones, 23,
Sterling, 22, Ederson, 24, San�, 21, Jesus,
20, that gives hope of significant
foundations being laid or, at the very
least, fabulous resale possibilities.
City have yet to see the best of Ilkay
G黱dogan (� million) or Benjamin
Mendy (� million) but the few
glimpses have highlighted their
capabilities. Ditto Bernardo Silva (�
million) from the bench and Danilo
(�.5 million). Of those Guardiola
inherited, Otamendi looks slightly
more reliable now if still short of the
� million City gave Valencia but De
Bruyne is worth double his fee of
� million (given Neymarnomics),
Fernandinho more than � million,
David Silva double his � million and
Sergio Ag黣ro more than � million,
even if he will turn 30 during the
next summer transfer window.
Guardiola?s demands of
Ag黣ro, and the
player?s ultraprofessional
response, benefit all
?If they continue they will
eventually be compared
to the best sides seen in
the past half-century?
Guardiola may have
spent big but he has
doubled the value
of so many of
City?s investments,
including some of
those he inherited
parties, turning the Argentinian
into a more rounded striker, capable
of significant work outside the box.
His six goals in 467 Premier League
minutes this season show that Ag黣ro
is still doing what he does best, but
three assists reflect his loyalty to the
cause and the game plan (as many as in
2,407 minutes last season). If Ag黣ro
continues like this he will comfortably
eclipse his best assist returns of eight in
2011-12 and 2014-15.
Team before self is the Guardiola way,
and there is a humility in this fellowship of
his. Guardiola?s choice of players reflects
that; even Sterling is far removed from the
public perception. There are good characters
in Guardiola?s dressing room, as well as good
players.
Commitment to the collective was seen
most exhilaratingly in that City second.
David Silva joined Delph in hunting
Henry adorned Arsenal?s Invincibles or
any of Sir Alex Ferguson?s legendary
three sides: Eric Cantona and the
Double-winners of 1993-94, the 1999
Treble-winners spiced with four
superb strikers and the 2008 vintage
of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne
Rooney and Carlos T関ez.
Going back further in time,
Kenny Dalglish?s irresistible
Liverpool side of John Barnes,
Peter Beardsley and John
Aldridge of 1987-88 produced
some magnificent displays,
including a destruction of Brian
Clough?s Nottingham Forest.
Dalglish graced the Liverpool
team fully during some of their
classic manifestations of the late
1970s and early 1980s. In terms
of uplifting football the clock
then has to be rewound to the
United side of Best, Charlton
and Law.
It is too early, too
presumptuous, too
disrespectful even to consider
the proposition of likening City
to them ? that takes years ?
but, for now, their football
should be celebrated and
Guardiola?s genius
applauded.
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Alli could be Real
deal as Tottenham
fight to keep Kane
Matt Hughes
Deputy Football Correspondent, Madrid
Perhaps more than any other fixture
this season, tonight?s Champions
League tie against Real Madrid is the
occasion when Tottenham Hotspur
will be most desperate to demonstrate
that they are not the Harry Kane team.
Mauricio Pochettino, the manager, and
certainly Daniel Levy, the chairman,
may even be secretly hoping that their
talismanic striker has a quiet evening,
so long as it does not prevent the
visitors getting the point they need to
stay on course for the knockout stage.
Kane has been on Real?s radar for a
couple of years ? with the trickle of
stories declaring the club?s interest
building up to flood-like proportions in
the Madrid media over the past month
? so the last thing Tottenham need is
for him to make himself even more
attractive to prospective buyers
accustomed to getting their own way.
Indeed, a rare off night might suit both
clubs as, given the difficulty they will
face completing the transfer, Real could
also do without 80,000 Madridistas
demanding they sign him up.
Tottenham do not face the same
dilemma with Dele Alli, another
potential Real target, as the England
midfielder is serving the final match of
a three-game ban after being sent off in
last season?s Europa League tie against
Ghent. The 21-year-old is a more recent
addition to Real?s transfer wish list ? an
addendum that occurred as he added
goals to his all-round game last season
? but the feeling around the Bernabeu
is that their interest in him is now more
advanced.
Real certainly believe that they have
more chance of signing Alli than Kane,
and have briefed their favoured media
outlets accordingly. The minutiae of
Alli?s contract negotiations with Spurs
are regularly reported in AS and
Mar鏰, the sports newspapers,
through the lens of Real?s interest.
So is the fact
that, after his
split with Rob
Segal,
his
long-term adng
viser, he is being
courted by the super-agents Jorge Mendes and
Mino Raiola, as The Times
revealed last month.
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ential at the Bernabeu
and is often used as a
recruiting agent by Real,l
most recently when brokering the deal that will bringg
Vin韈ius J鷑ior, the Brazil Underh
17 forward, to the club after his 18th
birthday next year. As with Kane,
Alli has four and a half years left on
his contract but, given that his
�,000-a-week wages are about
half those of his team-mate, the
renegotiations are seen as more
urgent. Real are ready to offer
him an alternative if the club
do not give him what he
wants.
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rst
developed when he first
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showed that he was not a one-season
goalscoring wonder a couple of years
ago. During an interview a fortnight
ago while on England duty, the 24year-old expressed a vague interest in
playing in Spain but, given his importance to and affinity with Tottenham,
there is no prospect of him demanding
a transfer, certainly not before he
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later. Levy dug in
his heels over the fee to such an extent
that Real are reluctant to negotiate
with him again unless they are
convinced at the outset that a deal can
be struck, something that is not the case
with Kane at present.
It is no coincidence that, shortly after
the Bale move, Tottenham announced
that their youth partnership with Real
was no longer active, and revealed that
the Spanish club had not given them
the first option to sign their unwanted
young players nor sent them any
youngsters on loan, as was promised
under the terms of the agreement.
Levy?s determination to keep hold of
Kane is demonstrated by his disclosure
to several influential agents that he believes the England striker is worth more
than Neymar, who left Barcelona for
Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record
�0 million in the summer, a valuation
that would test even Real?s lavish
spending. The Spaniards blinked first in
the bidding war with PSG over Kylian
Mbapp�, remember, and despite it
being a blow to their prestige they may
not be prepared to adjust their transfer
budget to the post-Neymar reality.
Real?s transfer policy has changed in
the past few years from the galactico
model initially championed by Florentino P閞ez in his two reigns at the club,
with the president now prioritising an
approach based on signing younger
players they can develop into global
stars. Players such as Jes鷖 Vallejo and
Marco Asensio, who signed from Real
Zaragoza and Mallorca respectively,
have made a significant impact on the
first team, and the club have not
recruited a true galactico since signing
James Rodr韌uez and Toni Kroos after
the 2014 World Cup.
Alli is viewed as a player who fits both
models, as he would carry a galactico
price tag and the associated commercial benefits, but at the age of 21 he is nowhere near his peak and would expect
to develop considerably at the club.
Modric is considered the perfect signing in this regard, with Real hoping that
Alli might replicate the Croat?s career
development and versatility.
To complicate matters further, Barcelona are also interested in Alli who
they view as an alternative to Philippe
Coutinho, which is not the case with
Kane. While Tottenham may hope to
use such competition to increase their
asking price, that is unlikely to happen
because the Spanish giants rarely go
head to head in the transfer market, as
neither want to lose face. Real withdrew
from the race to sign Neymar before he
joined Barcelona in 2013, and one of
them is likely to pull out of the Alli
pursuit before it gets serious.
While Tottenham also want to keep
Alli and are hopeful of extending his
contract this season, they acknowledge
he is unlikely to spend the rest of his
career at the club, while they hope they
can persuade Kane to finish his career
at Spurs. It has also not gone unnoticed
that his dip in form this season has coincided with the agents competing for his
signature and the speculation in Spain.
Alli?s slump has been such that
Tottenham may not even miss him this
evening, which would never be the case
with Kane.
Key clashes
at the
Bernabeu
By Joseph Cassinelli
Cristiano Ronaldo
v Toby Alderweireld
Despite a slow start in La Liga,
Ronaldo has four goals in
Europe already ? and four in his
past three appearances against
Spurs. Alderweireld, formerly of
Real?s rivals Atletico, will be out to
prove a point to those in Madrid
who did not think he was
quite up to scratch
Luka Modric
v Harry Winks
Spurs past versus present. It will
be the biggest night in Winks?s
nascent senior career against a
player full of guile, vision and
class. Tottenham fans and
players will know the damage that
the Croatia star can cause
Cutting supply line to
Sam
Allardyce
I
clearly remember the first time I
clapped eyes on Cristiano
Ronaldo. It was at Old Trafford
on the opening day of the
Premier League season in
August 2003 and my Bolton
Wanderers were giving it a really
good go against Manchester United.
We were 1-0 down but growing in
confidence as we entered the final
half an hour. I sent on Youri
Djorkaeff. Sir Alex Ferguson
responded by sending on this
teenager in the No 7 shirt.
He was only 18, just arrived from
Sporting Lisbon, but he looked like a
Manchester United player the
moment he stepped on to the field.
He just had that air about him. He
started on the left wing and
destroyed our right back, Nicky
Hunt. Then he moved to the right
wing and did the same to our left
back, Ricardo Gardner. He
transformed the game and it ended
up 4-0. Even as the opposition
manager, I left thinking: ?Wow.
What a player this lad could
become.?
He was not always so effective in
those early days; there were times
when Sir Alex had to tell him not to
overdo the tricks. But over time he
gained maturity, confidence and
intelligence.
He learnt exactly when to dribble,
when to pass the ball off, when to
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Zidane hails striker
as ?complete player?
Joseph Cassinelli Madrid
Sergio Ramos
v Harry Kane
The streetwise Ramos will use every
trick in the book and push the
boundaries of what is acceptable as
he seeks to contain the England
forward, described by Zinedine
Zidane as ?a complete player?
Ronaldo is only way to stop him
make the run behind. And what an
unbelievable player he has become.
With those physical and technical
gifts, Ronaldo could have been a top
player even with the application of
an average player. A lot of supremely
talented players would settle for that,
but Ronaldo?s dedication has taken
him from being a top player to a
world-class player to being one of the
greatest in many years. The Ronaldo
documentary should be compulsory
viewing for every young lad in every
youth academy. It is a story of total
dedication to being the best you can
possibly be ? which in his case has
meant truly great.
He is still a great player now at 32.
He is not as mobile as he was ?
despite looking after himself so well
? so he has reinvented himself as a
truly brilliant centre forward. He still
has all the tricks in his locker, but he
is a predator nowadays. He preys on
mistakes. And if you are Mauricio
Pochettino, taking Tottenham
Hotspur to the Bernabeu tonight, you
know that you cannot afford for your
defenders to make any mistakes with
Ronaldo around.
How do you stop him? You
obviously try to stay tight ? and
Tottenham have two of the very best
central defenders around for that, in
Toby Alderweireld and Jan
Vertonghen ? but you can?t base
your game plan around him or Karim
Benzema.
It is the supply to them that you
should worry about. You have to try
to stop Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka
Modric in the middle of the park and
Isco. You have to contain the threat
of Marcelo, charging forward from
left back. There are threats
everywhere.
Mauricio and his staff will have
studied Real?s recent games at the
Bernabeu in which they have
dropped points, against Valencia,
Levante and Real Betis, and they will
have looked for weaknesses that
Tottenham can try to exploit.
One of Tottenham?s real strengths
is pressing their opponents, winning
the ball back, but that carries a risk
against Real. I can?t see Mauricio
wanting to press constantly from the
front. Kroos, Casemiro and Modric
are good enough, clever enough and
quick enough in those tight areas to
play through the high press.
Tottenham will have to press at the
right times in the right areas ? not
in packs of five or six. If they commit
too many players forward, their
defence will be left exposed. With
Cristiano Ronaldo around, that is too
big a risk.
Zinedine Zidane acclaimed Harry
Kane as ?a complete player? before Real
Madrid?s Champions League meeting
with Tottenham Hotspur tonight, but
the head coach insisted that Mauricio
Pochettino?s side were more than just
one man.
Attention on the England striker,
who has scored 43 goals in 38 appearances for club and country in 2017, has
increased in recent weeks after Pep
Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, dubbed Spurs ?the Harry Kane
team?. Zidane was effusive in his praise
when asked about reports suggesting
that Kane could follow in the footsteps
of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric by
swapping north London for Madrid.
?I don?t know what his future will
bring, but I can talk about the here and
now. He?s a fundamental player for
them; he?s very good at everything,? he
said.
?He scores goals and always has the
goal on his mind. He?s not a static
player. He always finds space and is
quick ? he?s a complete player. He
might not have seemed it [in the past]
but at the end of the day that?s what he
has become.
?He?s very good, but Spurs aren?t just
Kane. They?re a top side all over and
we?ll prepare for that.?
With both sides having won their first
two games in group H, they meet in
back-to-back fixtures knowing that
victory will go a long way to securing
top spot and qualification for the last 16.
Real have never lost at the Bernabeu in
the Champions League under Zidane.
?Tottenham has always been a great
club, they?re consistently improving
under a great coach,? Zidane said. ?We
give all sides the maximum respect and
now have two ?group finals? against
Spurs ? two sides on the same points
battling it out. We want to play a good
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will see a good match between two
strong teams.?
The game, Zidane believes, will be a
good test of the credentials of what
many consider to be the best two
leagues in Europe: La Liga and the
Premier League.
?Everyone has their own perception
and I always dreamed about playing in
La Liga because I loved that you were
always touching the ball,? he said.
?English football is different, it?s more
physical and when a side is very strong
in a physical sense they have more
chance of winning the game.
?That?s what I believe, anyway, that
La Liga is better. A team from Spain
against a team from England will be
interesting in that sense ? to see what
happens. As I said, it?s a final and we
want to show that the Spanish league is
superior.?
Zidane confirmed that Bale will miss
the game against his former club
because of a calf injury he suffered
against Borussia Dortmund three
weeks ago and admitted the Welshman
is touch and go for the return match at
Wembley on November 1.
He said: ?I can?t tell you if he?ll be fit.
Hopefully he?s back with us soon. It?d be
great to have him in London. We?re still
missing one or two players but we?re
finding our rhythm.?
Paper?s insult angers Spurs
Tottenham Hotspur were yesterday left
?astonished? by Spanish newspaper
claims that the club?s ?Jewish origins?
meant they were hated by football fans
in England (Joseph Cassinelli writes).
In Marca, Spain?s top-selling paper,
there was a piece on the history of Real
Madrid?s Champions League rivals
titled, ?Hated but with good footballing
taste?. The sub-heading read: ?Jewish
origins have made them into a club
disliked by rival fans?.
Tottenham said in a statement: ?We
are astonished that Marca, which
presents itself as an alleged source of
professional journalism, has seen fit
to publish such an article which is
blatantly wrong and wholly distasteful.?
The article detailed the club?s history
with the local community. Stamford
Hill, an area home to a large Jewish
population, is located close to their old
White Hart Lane ground.
?Since its beginnings the club has had
an undeniable connection with the
Jewish community represented in
directors, coaches and players. The
current owner, Joe Lewis, and president, Daniel Levy, are Jewish,? it said.
Last night the paper issued an apology to Spurs, citing an erroneous interpretation of the word odiado, which
literally translates as ?hated?. It said:
?The intention was not to do damage to
Tottenham?s image. They are a club
whom we respect, value and admire.?
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Kane ?worth more than �0m?
desire to remain at Tottenham. The
Argentinian said that he would sign a
new extended deal after Levy suggested he wanted him at the helm of the
club ?in ten or 15 years?.
?I?m very happy at Tottenham and I
hope to stay here. If Levy wants me to,
I would be ready and willing to sign that
contract. It?s a club with big potential,?
he said. ?The facilities will be the best in
Europe and we only need time to develop in the same way. To try to build a
competitive team and win trophies.?
Ben Davies, the full back, has not
travelled to Spain because of illness;
however Danny Rose ? who has not
featured for Spurs since injuring knee
ligaments in January ? and Moussa
Demb閘� trained at the Bernabeu and
are expected to be on the bench.
backed his striker to emulate Francesco
Totti by becoming his side?s equivalent
of the ultimate one-club man.
Kane had not even been born when
Totti made his debut for Roma in
March 1993 before retiring this year
after 786 appearances for the Italian
club. Pochettino said: ?The most
important thing is that Harry is happy
at Spurs.
?He loves to wear the Spurs shirt. He
was very emotional when he saw Totti?s
send-off in Rome. He was a one-club
man and hopefully Harry can have the
same kind of career. He?s an extraordinarily good player and we want him to
finish his career at Tottenham.?
Pochettino also spoke of his own
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Spurs value
Kane at more
than �0m
Hurt Gatland
hits back in
O?Brien row
John Westerby
Levy would only sell for bigger fee than Neymar
exclusive
Matt Hughes
Deputy Football Correspondent
Harry Kane is worth more than the
�0 million that Paris Saint-Germain
paid for Neymar, according to Daniel
Levy, the Tottenham Hotspur
chairman, in the strongest indication
yet of the club?s determination to hold
on to their striker.
Zinedine Zidane, the Real Madrid
coach, added to the speculation
surrounding Kane?s future yesterday by
mischievously describing him as ?a
complete player? before tonight?s
Champions League meeting between
the clubs at the Bernabeu, where the
England striker is viewed as one of their
top transfer targets for next summer.
Tottenham?s position is that they will
not listen to offers for their top stars,
with Dele Alli also of interest to Real
and rivals Barcelona, but the club?s previous actions suggest that their players
are available at a certain price. In Kane?s
case that figure is likely to be astronomical, however, with Levy telling
intermediaries that the club value Kane
more highly than Neymar, whose
world-record move from Barcelona to
PSG this summer caused shockwaves
throughout football.
Such a valuation is based not only on
Kane?s importance to Mauricio Pochettino?s side, for whom he scored 11 goals
in six matches last month including five
in the Champions League, but also his
commercial value to the club before
their move next season to a new
61,500-capacity stadium.
Levy is determined to keep hold of
Kane and will not discuss a potential
transfer until the club have spent at
least a year in the new stadium, and
even then it would take a world-record
bid to bring him to the negotiating
table. The Tottenham chairman is
renowned for driving a hard bargain
and surprised many by his success in
getting a then world-record � million
when he sold Gareth Bale to Real in
2013, with the size of the fee not made
public until documents were published
on the Football Leaks website three
years later.
Zidane?s praise is part of a longrunning media campaign from Real to
unsettle the player, with Kane arriving
in Madrid yesterday to be greeted by a
front-page picture of himself in the
Spanish newspaper Marca, headlined
?Harry el Fuerte? (Harry the powerful).
The 24-year-old has four and a half
years left on his contract at Tottenham,
but is likely to be offered a new deal
because his �0,000-a-week wages
are below the market rate for a player of
his ability.
Zidane made no attempt to hide his
admiration in comments that will
irritate Tottenham but are a well-used
tactic by the Frenchman, who has frequently showered praise on other club
targets, such as Chelsea?s Eden Hazard.
Kane is happy at Tottenham and will
not agitate for a transfer, and Pochettino, the Spurs manager, yesterday
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Warren Gatland has responded
furiously to criticism from Se醤
O?Brien that his training methods cost
the British & Irish Lions a series victory
against New Zealand last summer.
Gatland, the head coach, said last
night that O?Brien?s comments ?really,
really did hurt? after the series with the
All Blacks was drawn. He added
that the Ireland flanker had been
?disrespectful to New Zealand? if he
thought the Lions should have won the
series 3-0. ?I don?t know what planet
he?s on, but I was on a different tour to
him if he thought we should have won
comfortably,? Gatland said.
Gatland also confirmed that he
would not seek to lead the Lions for a
third series, in South Africa in 2021. He
spoke about how little enjoyment he
had derived from the tour to his home
country, where he was characterised as
a clown by local media. ?I hated the
tour, I just hated the press and the
negativity in New Zealand,? he said.
?There were a lot of things that were
satisfying, but it was tough work. I
wouldn?t subject myself to that again.?
O?Brien started all three Tests
against the All Blacks, scoring a memorable try in the first in Auckland, but
criticised Gatland last month for overtraining players on the Thursday before
that Test and said that ?we should have
won 3-0 with the players we had?.
Gatland said that he had been unable
to talk to O?Brien, despite attempting to
call him. ?I rang and left a message to
say I was disappointed,? Gatland said
yesterday. ?He texted three weeks later
to say he had just cleared his voicemail,
and [he said] that his comments had
been taken out of context. I texted to
say he could call me at any time. But I?ve
not heard back from him.
?It took a bit of the gloss off the Lions
tour. If he wanted to say something,
there?s a different forum rather than
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nemouth. His goal subduing the England forward. Vardy
apart, this was hardly a great advertise- had missed the international break as
ment for Mahrez?s wares if Arsenal and he was having an injection to his hip
Tottenham Hotspur are looking at him. and Leicester wanted him to rest. He
?He didn?t go away with Algeria initially looked refreshed, running
[during the international break],? freely, and it made sense for him to have
Shakespeare said. ?He worked really had this break, especially as England
hard in the training ground, and he got want him fit for the World Cup. For all
his just reward. It was a great first touch Vardy?s sprints, and constantly showing
by Riyad.?
for his team-mates, he endured a
He started on the right but drifted frustrating half, a period of play that
inside, playing in the hole when will not linger long in the memory.
Henry Winter
Chief Football Writer
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Mahrez fires home a late equaliser for Leicester at the King Power Stadium to cancel out Chadli?s curling free kick, below
Chadli curls a cracker
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West Brom.......8
Southampton..8
Huddersfield...8
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Harry Maguire tried to bring some
class to proceedings, showing why he
was called up by England with some
confident strides into midfield and a
couple of good clearances. Gareth
Southgate and his assistant, Steve
Holland, were present although there
was little to occupy their attention for
an hour, barring a powerful half-volley
from Danny Simpson that was pushed
away by Myhill.
The second half, fittingly, began with
a mistake and a foul, with Hegazi?s
underhit back pass inviting Vardy to
show his pace, only to be knocked over
by Myhill as the goalkeeper rushed out.
Leicester fans bayed for a red but Dean
contented himself with a yellow card.
Mahrez?s free kick took a deflection,
Distan 29 yards
Distance:
Time: 11.11sec
Speed: 53.44mph
carrying on to Maguire, who was
denied by Myhill. Leicester should have
taken the lead moments later when
Vardy?s back-heel released Albrighton,
whose cut-back was perfectly placed
for the left foot of Mahrez, but the Algerian, leaning back, fired horribly over.
A goal totally out of keeping with the
game then appeared out of nowhere
just after the hour. Iheanacho miscontrolled and caught Grzegorz Krychowiak as he tried to regain possession. As
Leicester No 8s go, his challenge was
hardly from the Dean Richards school,
but he was punished by Mike Dean.
Kasper Schmeichel lined up his wall
with Vardy, Fuchs, Wilfred Ndidi and
Iheanacho the first line of defence.
A game of bluff seemed to break out
between Chadli and Schmeichel.
Leicester?s ?keeper seemed to be inviting
Chadli to take the direct route, targeting
the generous space to Schmeichel?s left.
As Jake Livermore stepped out of the
way, Chadli won the mind games,
curling the ball over the wall and in to
Schmeichel?s left as the ?keeper moved
to the right, leaving him embarrassed.
Shakespeare sent on Slimani and
Chilwell for Iheanacho and Simpson,
tweaked his tactics and Mahrez duly
completed their rescue mission. Shakespeare now has a huge decision to make
on whether to keep the system for the
next game, against Swansea City.
Leicester City (4-4-2): K Schmeichel 6 ? D Simpson 6
(sub: B Chilwell 74min), W Morgan 6, H Maguire 6, C
Fuchs 6 ? R Mahrez 6, V Iborra 7 (sub: A King 90+4), W
Ndidi 6, M Albrighton 6 ? K Iheanacho 6 (sub: I Slimani
74), J Vardy 7. Substitutes not used B Hamer, D Gray,
D Amartey, S Okazaki. Booked Albrighton, Iheanacho.
West Bromwich Albion (4-1-4-1): B Myhill 6 ?
C Dawson 6, A Hegazi 6, J Evans 8, K Gibbs 7 ?
J Livermore 7 ? J Rodriguez 6 (sub: J McClean 84),
G Krychowiak 7, G Barry 6, N Chadli 7 (sub: G McAuley
84) ? S Rond髇 6. Substitutes not used A Palmer,
A Nyom, C Yacob, M Phillips, C Brunt.
Booked Myhill, Hegazi. Referee M Dean.
Results
Football fixtures
Football
Premier League
Leicester
Mahrez 80
30,203
(0) 1
West Brom
(0) 1
Chadli 63
FA Cup first-round draw (ties to be played
November 3-6): Stevenage v Nantwich or
Kettering; Bradford v Chesterfield; Port Vale v
Oxford United; Newport v Walsall; Morecambe
v Hartlepool; Yeovil v Southend; Peterborough
v Tranmere; Cambridge United v Sutton; Forest
Green v Macclesfield; Fylde v Kidderminster;
Luton v Portsmouth; Shrewsbury v Aldershot;
Hereford v Telford; Guiseley v Accrington;
Blackburn v Barnet; East Thurrock or Ebbsfleet
v Doncaster; Leatherhead v Brackley or
Billericay; Boreham Wood v Blackpool; Shaw
Lane v Mansfield; Colchester v Oxford City;
Plymouth v Grimsby; Wimbledon v Lincoln City;
Rochdale v Dover or Bromley; Coventry v
Maidenhead; Chorley or Boston v Fleetwood
Town; Carlisle v Oldham; Notts County v Bristol
Rovers; Dartford v Swindon; Cheltenham v
Maidstone or Enfield; Woking or Concord v
Bury; Crewe v Rotherham; Gillingham v
Dagenham & Redbridge or Leyton Orient; Hyde
v MK Dons; Gainsborough v Slough; Solihull
Moors or Ossett v Wycombe; Northampton v
Scunthorpe; Charlton Athletic v Truro; Wigan
Athletic v Crawley; Gateshead v Bath City or
Chelmsford City; Exeter City v Heybridge.
American football
NFL New York Giants 23 Denver 10; Pittsburgh
19 Kansas City 13; Los Angeles Chargers 17
Oakland 16; Arizona 38 Tampa Bay 33; Los
Angeles Rams 27 Jacksonville 17; Chicago 27
Baltimore 24 (OT); Houston 33 Cleveland 17;
Minnesota 23 Green Bay 10; New Orleans 52
Detroit 38; Miami 20 Atlanta 17; New England
24 New York Jets 17; Washington 26 San
Francisco 24.
Cricket
Second one-day international
Pakistan v Sri Lanka
Abu Dhabi (Pakistan won toss): Pakistan beat
Sri Lanka by 32 runs
Pakistan
(balls)
Fakhar Zaman c Mendis b Gamage 11 (13)
Ahmed Shehzad c Siriwardana
b Lakmal
8 (17)
Babar Azam c Mendis b Gamage
101 (133)
Mohammad Hafeez c Dickwella
b Gamage
8 (11)
Shoaib Malik c Dickwella
b N L T C Perera
11 (15)
*?Sarfraz Ahmed b N L T C Perera
5 (14)
Imad Wasim lbw b Vandersay
10 (26)
Shadab Khan not out
52 (68)
Hasan Ali run out
7 (2)
Rumman Raees c M K P A D Perera
b Gamage
0 (1)
Junaid Khan not out
0 (0)
Extras (lb 3, w 3)
6
Total (9 wkts, 50 overs)
219
Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-27, 3-40, 4-71, 5-79,
6-101, 7-210, 8-218, 9-218.
Bowling: Lakmal 10-0-42-1; Gamage 10-0-57-4;
Vandersay 9-0-44-1; N L T C Perera 10-0-34-2;
Perera 9-0-30-0; Siriwardana 2-0-9-0.
Sri Lanka
(balls)
?D P D N Dickwella lbw b Junaid
3 (7)
*W U Tharanga not out
112 (144)
B K G Mendis c Shehzad b Hasan
10 (24)
H D R L Thirimanne lbw b Malik
12 (34)
L D Chandimal b Shadab
2 (4)
T A M Siriwardana c Azam b Shadab 3 (5)
N L T C Perera c Azam b Hafeez
7 (5)
M K P A D Perera b Shadab
1 (2)
J D F Vandersay c Shehzad
b Rumman
22 (55)
R A S Lakmal run out
1 (2)
P L S Gamage run out
3 (6)
Extras (lb 6, w 5)
11
Total (48 overs)
187
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-30, 3-70, 4-79, 5-83,
6-92, 7-93, 8-169, 9-172.
Bowling: Junaid 6-0-21-1; Rumman 8-1-37-1;
Hasan 10-2-32-1; Imad 1-0-3-0; Hafeez
10-0-24-1; Malik 4-0-17-1; Shadab 9-1-47-3.
Umpires: R A Kettleborough (Eng)
and Shozab Raza.
TV umpire: S Ravi (India).
Player of the match: Shadab.
6 Pakistan lead five-match series 2-0.
Tennis
ATP European Open
Antwerp: First round: I Karlovic (Cro) bt G Pella
(Arg) 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (12-10); S Stakhovsky (Ukr)
bt J Donaldson (US) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4; J Benneteau
(Fr) bt N Basilashvili (Geo) 6-4, 0-0 ret;
R Bemelmans (Bel) bt P Gojowczyk (Ger) 4-6,
7-6, (7-5) 7-6.
Kremlin Cup
Moscow: First round: Men: A Bublik (Kaz) bt
T Gabashvili (Russ) 6-3, 6-4; Y Bhambri (India)
bt R Safiullin (Russ) 6-2, 6-4; D Sela (Isrl) bt
B Coric (Cro) 6-3, 6-2. Women: A Cornet (Fr)
beat E Makarova (Russ) 6-3, 6-3; K Siniakova
(Cz) bt D Vekic (Cro) 6-0, 6-2; Y Putintseva
(Kaz) bt O Pervushina (Russ) 7-5, 6-1;
A Sasnovich (Bela) bt T Babos (Hun) 1-6, 7-6,
(7-3) 6-4; L Tsurenko (Ukr) bt C McHale (US)
7-6, (7-4), 6-3.
WTA Luxembourg Championship
First round: E Mertens (Bel) bt S Sorribes
Tormo (Sp) 6-0, 6-2; A Kontaveit (Est) bt
J Cepelova (Slovakia) 6-0, 6-2. M Brengle (US)
bt L Arruabarrena Vecino (Sp) 6-2, 6-2;
V Cepede Royg (Par) bt S Cirstea (Rom) 7-5, 3-2
ret; B Maia (Br) bt K Flipkens (Bel) 6-3 6-4,
C Witthoeft (Ger) bt V Lepchenko (US) 7-6,
(7-1) 2-6, 7-6 (7-1).
(7.45 unless stated)
Champions League: Group E: Maribor v
Liverpool. Group F: Man City v Napoli. Group H:
Real Madrid v Tottenham.
Sky Bet: League One: AFC Wimbledon v
Rotherham; Blackburn v Plymouth; Blackpool v
Bury; Bradford v Oldham; Doncaster v
Portsmouth; Gillingham v Wigan; MK Dons v
Walsall; Oxford Utd v Charlton; Rochdale v
Northampton; Scunthorpe v Fleetwood;
Shrewsbury v Bristol Rovers; Southend v
Peterborough.
League Two: Barnet v Mansfield (8.00);
Cambridge Utd v Yeovil; Carlisle v Wycombe;
Cheltenham v Grimsby Town; Coventry v
Forest Green; Crawley Town v Chesterfield;
Crewe v Notts County; Exeter v Luton;
Morecambe v Port Vale; Newport v Colchester;
Stevenage v Accrington; Swindon v Lincoln
City.
FA Cup fourth qualifying round replays:
Ossett Town v Solihull Moors; Boston United v
Chorley; Kettering v Nantwich; Billericay v
Brackley; Leyton Orient v Dagenham and
Redbridge; Concord v Woking; Bromley v Dover
Athletic; Enfield v Maidstone; Ebbsfleet v East
Thurrock.
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Champions League Sport
Lovren: Lukaku ?stamp? deliberate
MATT WEST/BPI/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Paul Joyce
Northern Football Correspondent
Maribor
Dejan Lovren has accused Romelu
Lukaku of deliberately stamping on his
head during Liverpool?s stalemate with
Manchester United and claimed that
the striker?s lack of remorse betrayed
his intent.
The Liverpool defender was hurt
during the first half of Saturday?s
otherwise anaemic contest at Anfield
and has now claimed that Lukaku
sought to injure him when he was
struck just below his left eye. Martin
Atkinson, the referee, spoke to Lukaku
at the time but did not caution the
player, and the FA confirmed yesterday
that the United forward would not face
any retrospective action.
Yet the clash was still at the forefront
of Lovren?s thoughts as he spoke before
Liverpool?s Champions League game
away to Maribor tonight and insisted
that Lukaku could easily have avoided
trampling on him. ?I made a tackle and
felt he was over me and he could just
have moved away,? the centre back said.
?My honest view is that he did it on
purpose. It was on the face.
?If he did it normally, you would apologise after that. I saw that he was nervous during the game so maybe that was
the reason. That is what happens on a
pitch. It is over. I cannot change it. It is
not my decision [about whether to take
action], I cannot say I am disappointed.
It is what it is now. That?s football.?
Lovren, and Liverpool, will be hoping
for a less painful evening in Slovenia
where they seek to breathe new life into
their European campaign with a first
away win in the competition since November 2009. Wasteful draws with Seville and Spartak Moscow represent a
slow start to group E and they need to
muster momentum on a night that
marks the seventh anniversary of
Fenway Sports Group?s first match as
Liverpool?s owner. That ended in a 2-0
defeat by Everton at Goodison Park.
J黵gen Klopp expects to be confronted by obdurate opponents ? Maribor?s
only defeats in 21 matches this season
came against Hapoel Be?er Sheva in a
qualifier for the competition and last
month?s trip to Seville ? and the manager has ruled out wholesale changes as
a way of guarding against complacency.
?The last thing I would do is come
here to rotate in a game like this where
already everybody is saying, ?That?s the
Maribor v Liverpool
Group E: Kick-off Ljudski vrt, 7.45pm
TV BT Sport ESPN Radio talkSPORT 2
Referee V Kassai (Hungary)
Maribor (probable; 4-2-3-1)
Handanovic
Milec Rajcevic
Suler
Kabha
Bajde
Viler
Vrhovec
Ahmedi
Bohar
Tavares
OxladeFirmino Chamberlain
Coutinho
Wijnaldum
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Lovren
Alexander
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Liverpool (probable; 4-3-3)
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Tonight: Maribor v Liverpool; Spartak Moscow v
Seville. Nov 1: Liverpool v Maribor; Seville v
Spartak Moscow. Nov 21: Spartak Moscow v
Maribor; Seville v Liverpool. Dec 6: Liverpool v
Spartak Moscow; Maribor v Seville.
easy one in the group,? ? Klopp said.
?And then I come with six or seven
changes? No, we respect this opponent.
We know it is important for us, so nobody should expect 11 changes.?
Darko Milanic, the Maribor coach,
was sacked after 32 days in charge of
Leeds United three years ago but has
since rebuilt his managerial career.
Klopp?s side trained in the Stadion
Ljudski vrt last night and one change
the manager is considering is starting
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for only the
second time since his move from
Arsenal having been impressed by his
11-minute cameo at the weekend.
?I cannot say how happy I was to see
Chambo playing like this,? Klopp said.
?I said he needed a little bit of time and
my most positive thing [from Saturday]
was that finally he has arrived, but it
always takes time. I really loved the
performance when he came on.?
Flashpoint
at Anfield
D
ejan Lovren holds his
face after the clash
during the first half of
Saturday?s game at Anfield.
The Liverpool player claimed
that Romelu Lukaku stamped
on him in the face on
purpose, although the
Manchester United forward
will face no action as the FA
decided that he should not be
punished retrospectively.
Oxlade-Chamberlain might have
been surprised that the intent he
showed in running at the United left
back Matteo Darmian received such
lavish praise once back in the dressing
room, especially as his final ball was
again elusive, but he must now prove
his manager?s faith is not misplaced.
He has endured a difficult start to his
time on Merseyside after a � million
move from Arsenal, with few opportunities to disprove the notion that he was
an expensive luxury that Liverpool did
not particularly need.
The 24-year-old?s sole start came in
the Carabao Cup defeat by Leicester
City and he has amassed 86 minutes
across six other games.
Yet Oxlade-Chamberlain boasts
more Champions League experience
than any other Liverpool player, by
virtue of the time he spent under
Ars鑞e Wenger, and if he is introduced
for this tie it will be in one of the wide
roles in the attacking three that Klopp
favours.
The central-midfield berth that
Oxlade-Chamberlain sought when
opting to work with Klopp, rather than
Antonio Conte at Chelsea, will have to
wait.
?He is a big signing for us, obviously,
but a fast player like him needs the circumstances to perform so he needed
time,? Klopp said. ?Obviously it is a different style to Arsenal and a different
role to the wing-back role he played in
his last games for Arsenal. Then he
plays for England and they all come
back from their national teams, not
confused, but with different plans.
?There has been no consistency until
now. So far it has been OK, but not what
we know he is able to do. But then Saturday, bang: comes on, uses his speed,
really spot on, it was a very nice sign. He
is in my mind. If it is about a start, you
will see.
?At this moment he is training only
on the wing. It makes more sense to
pick him in the more offensive positions, but it is not fixed for five years.?
6 Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo were
surprise inclusions in the Manchester
United squad that travelled to Lisbon
yesterday
before
tomorrow?s
Champions League match against
Benfica.
Rojo has not played since tearing his
anterior cruciate ligament in April and
Shaw has featured only once this term
under Jos� Mourinho due to a mixture
of poor fitness and form.
Kudos to Gary and friends for putting Anfield anticlimax last
Giles Smith
Sport on
television
T
ake that, Mourinho: bottom
of the bill on Match of the
Day. Of all the scything
tackles aimed at the
entertainment value of
Liverpool v Manchester United at the
weekend, this was surely the most
wince-inducing ? a lunging, twofooted, studs-up leg-breaker from
Gary, Ian and Danny in the studio.
Let?s be clear. Only ever dished out
to dire, mid-table squabblers and
games of next to no consequence, last
place in the running order is the
biggest reducer in the MOTD locker.
Nothing says ?Have it!? more loudly
than an 11.32pm start-time on the
nation?s favourite football highlights
programme.
Would you believe it? There was
Liverpool v United. And there was
Mourinho, receiving this kind of
kicking for the first time in his
managerial career, we would hazard,
although some will say it has been a
while coming. Either way, historians
have been scrambling to identify the
last time the two biggest clubs in
English football contrived to produce
something so uninspiringly contentfree that MOTD could feel ready and
able to close out on it. The best
estimates suggest it was back in the
Sixties, when pitches were worse and
the programme showed one match.
The final slot is rarely visited
territory for United and Liverpool
separately, let alone together in an
encounter perceived to be so
monumental that Sky Sports, which
held the live rights, fired up a
countdown clock in its honour. No
disputing the BBC?s decision, though.
Some would argue that last place
flattered a display that had ?straight
to red button? written all over it.
Credit to the MOTD team for
squeezing seven minutes out of it.
Even more credit for squeezing four
minutes of conversation beyond that
? four minutes more than most of us
will spend talking about this game.
Among other things, you wonder
how the fans of those two clubs
coped, putting in the extra time on
the sofa, deep in the tricky nod-off
zone that is bread and butter to Stoke
City supporters, but a whole new
experience for followers of the
Premier League?s chief viewermagnets, who normally expect to be
done and dusted by about 10.45pm.
And what must the die-hard MOTD
traditionalists have thought? By
which we mean the small but still
thriving core among the four million
viewers who protect themselves from
the results to enjoy the programme
from a cloud of unknowing. Far easier
in the past, when ignorance was
mostly a matter of closing your eyes
briefly during the preceding news
bulletin, this feat of media-avoidance
now involves donning noisecancelling headphones and locking
yourself in a lead-lined box from
shortly after midday on the appointed
Saturday. But evidently thousands of
purists still go to the trouble, and the
programme?s loyalty to them is
unstinting.
Nevertheless, it was perhaps with a
view to carefully managing those
expectations that Lineker, breaking
the programme?s fondest founding
rules regarding the maintenance of
mystery, eventually introduced the
match with a last-minute caution,
which, roughly, was: warning ? the
following segment contains scenes of
almost unwatchable football from the
beginning.
Even with that minor adjustment,
though, this still felt like a
commendably brave move. The
briefest glance at Lineker?s Twitter
feed on any Saturday evening will
demonstrate that the MOTD running
order is deeply political ? a ready
trigger for running battles regarding
?respect?, as aggrieved Burnley fans
find themselves facing yet another
late night and lambast the show for
favouring the big guns.
Yet here was evidence of the show?s
mettle and its editorial purity ? proof
that, on MOTD, the best shall be first
and the worst shall be last,
irrespective of how many times they
have won the league. It also
reaffirmed the programme?s broader
role as an antidote to football?s allblistering hype ? a place without
countdown clocks, where merit can
come before reputation, and where
rightful order can be quietly restored
with one simple jig of the running
order. In that sense, last Saturday
night, television?s most old-school
football programme looked more
valuable than ever.
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Sport Champions League
Sterling repaying faith of ?a genius?
TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER BRADLEY ORMESHER
Oliver Kay
Chief Football Correspondent
Even in the final days of the summer
transfer window, Raheem Sterling?s
focus did not waver. There were reports
of him being offered to Arsenal as a
makeweight in a deal to sign Alexis
S醤chez, but the Manchester City
forward was adamant that he would
stay put, convinced that he would
continue to flourish under what he calls
the ?genius? of Pep Guardiola.
?I didn?t have any negative thoughts,?
Sterling said before City?s Champions
League match at home to Napoli
tonight. ?It wasn?t something I was
worried about: Pep is an honest guy and
he would have spoken to me about it
before that. I didn?t worry. I didn?t think
about it, not for one minute.?
For Sterling, for every City player, the
only thing to worry about right now is
living up to the sky-high standards
demanded by Guardiola every day.
Many expected the England forward to
be among the first to leave when the
former Barcelona and Bayern Munich
coach arrived ? with Leroy San�,
Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva
among the additions to a multi-talented forward line ? but Sterling has risen
to the challenge. In ten appearances in
all competitions this season, he has
scored seven goals and laid on another
two, prompting Guardiola to say that
he can become an ?incredible? player.
?He has been massive for me,
especially with the simple stuff,?
Sterling said of the City manager. ?He
always tries to get you to do the simple
stuff at the very top level. That?s the real
genius about him.
?He makes sure you do the simple
things well and it works. [Goalscoring]
is something I?ve tried to improve,
being more efficient, being a bit more
clinical. That has been a massive question mark to me over the last few years.
I?m just trying to build as a player.?
Guardiola, sitting next to him,
nodded approvingly. After a challenging first season in English football, his
desire is to build City up and up.
Their start to this season has been
highly impressive, not just in terms
of results (ten wins, one draw
and no defeats in all competitions) and scorelines (37
goals scored, just five conceded) but also their perd
formances, which have had
a beguiling quality at times.
ts a
The City manager expects
different type of challenge from
Napoli at the Etihad Stadium this
evening. Napoli have made a superb start to the Serie A season,
winning their first eight
matches, scoring 26 goals in
the process. When the draw
was made in August, Guardi-
Manchester City v Napoli
Group F: Kick-off Etihad, 7.45pm
TV BT Sport 3
Referee A Mateu Lahoz (Sp)
Goals scored by
Sterling this season in
all competitions. His
next best at this stage
of any season
is six
Ederson
Walker Stones
Otamendi
De Bruyne Fernandinho
Sterling
Delph
D Silva
Jesus
San�
Insigne
Mertens
Callej髇
Hamsik
Jorginho
Allan
Ghoulam Koulibaly* Albiol
*Misses next
match if booked
Hysaj
Reina
Napoli (probable; 4-3-3)
Group F
P W D L
Man City.................2 2 0 0
Napoli ...................... 2 1 0 1
Shakhtar ................ 2 1 0 1
Feyenoord ............ 2 0 0 2
F
6
4
2
1
A GDPts
0 6 6
3 1 3
3 -1 3
7 -6 0
Tonight: Feyenoord v Shakhtar Donetsk; Man City v
Napoli. Nov 1: Shakhtar Donetsk v Feyenoord;
Napoli v Man City. Nov 21: Napoli v Shakhtar
Donetsk; Man City v Feyenoord. Dec 6: Shakhtar
Donetsk v Man City; Feyenoord v Napoli.
ola described Maurizio Sarri?s team as
?one of the top three in Europe right
now for playing football?.
Eyebrows were raised at the time but
Guardiola continued to shower them
with praise yesterday. ?I like to watch
them,? he said. ?I am a manager, a
professional, but I am a spectator as
well. I like to watch football and I like to
watch Napoli when I?m sitting at
home. I love many, many things
about a Sarri team.?
Sarri was equally complimentary, if not more so, in his press
conference, suggesting that
C
City are better than the
Champions League holders
Real Madrid.
?I think Manchester
City are by far the
strongest team in
Europe at the moment,? Sarri said.
?But I will not
change the way I play.
I would like to die a
ssudden death if I have
tto, not a painful slow
Mertens has 13 goals
for Napoli and
Belgium this season
Richarlison cleared of diving by new ?simulation? panel
The FA?s new panel to rule on
simulation has decided that the
Watford striker Richarlison did not
dive
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