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Thursday September 7 2017 | thetimes.co.uk | No 72322
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Oooh, Albert
Labour is
smashing
the Tories
Tom Hughes, the Sunday night heart-throb Times22
Iain Martin, page 31
Crackdown on university pay
6 New watchdog will levy fines over vice-chancellors? wages 6 Salaries above �0,000 must be justified, warn ministers
Rosemary Bennett Education Editor
Nicola Woolcock
Education Correspondent
Universities will be fined if they fail to
justify paying their vice-chancellors
more than the prime minister in a new
drive against high salaries.
Any institution paying its chief more
than Theresa May?s salary of �0,000
must submit a written explanation to a
new watchdog, the Office for Students,
and will face penalties if its staff are not
satisfied, the government will say today.
Universities will also need to publish
details of all staff earning more than
�0,000, and the ratio of pay for its
best-paid employee compared with the
median salary. They must explain pay
rises for senior staff that are greater
than average rises across the university.
There has been a growing outcry
over vice-chancellors? pay, led by Lord
Adonis, the former Labour cabinet
minister. Jo Johnson, the universities
minister, has also weighed in. The
average salary for a vice-chancellor,
who is the university?s chief executive,
is �4,000. The head of Bath University has a pay package of �1,000,
including benefits.
The new measures will be announced
today by Mr Johnson at the annual
conference of Universities UK, which
represents university heads, in London.
He will say that the debate over student
debt, triggered by the trebling of fees to
�000 in 2012 and further increases
planned from next year, has increased
public scrutiny of how universities
spend money. He has called for restraint but claims that the pleas have
fallen on deaf ears. ?When students and
taxpayers invest so heavily in our higher
education system, excessive vice-chancellor salaries send a powerful signal to
the outside world,? Mr Johnson will say.
?Exceptional pay can only be justified
by exceptional performance.?
Vice-chancellors have joined forces
this week to defend their salaries.
Louise Richardson, 59, head of Oxford
University, said her �0,000 pay was
modest compared with footballers and
accused ?tawdry politicians? and the
media of mendacity for linking high
pay to the increase in tuition fees.
Oxford?s operating budget was
�4 billion ? far higher than 15 years
earlier when her predecessor earned
�0,000, she told the BBC. ?All the top
universities actually have recruited
internationally . . . and in the US vicechancellor salaries are about three
Continued on page 6, col 1
NOAA
Blast zone Hurricane Irma left devastation in its wake as it crossed the Caribbean yesterday. The storm, at 480 miles wide and with gusts up to 225mph, is the most powerful recorded in the Atlantic. Pages 10-11
Warships and battlefield training to be axed in defence cuts
Deborah Haynes Defence Editor
Two Royal Navy ships and battlefield
training for thousands of troops will be
cut to save money from the defence
budget, The Times has learnt.
A slowdown in the purchase of nextgeneration F-35 Lightning II warplanes
from the United States is under consid-
eration as military chiefs and mandarins struggle to find up to � billion in
savings over the next decade. Twelve
helicopters used by special forces will
also be taken out of service.
Defence sources said the cuts risked
damaging morale. The armed forces
are several thousand short of their
personnel target and struggling to
retain talent. The cost savings come at
a time of global crises including a nuclear stand-off between North Korea
and the United States and as Russia
prepares to conduct a military exercise
along Nato?s eastern flank next week.
General Sir Richard Barrons, a
former commander, said Britain was
taking a risk with defence because the
public has lived through a period of
relative peace in western Europe, a
status quo that is not guaranteed.
?There are potential risks to our
homeland and our vital interests
abroad that we cannot address with our
capability,? he said, adding that the top
brass, ministers and parliament should
be making a national debate of whether
the country wants the military to be in
this state.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is
trying to close the funding gap that
emerged when a defence review in 2015
included the purchase of jets and ships
part-funded by unspecified ?efficiency
savings?. Underestimating the cost of
Continued on page 8, col 4
IN THE NEWS
?Sever royal link?
Parkinson?s symbol
Abortion controversy EU refugee ruling
Sports Direct return
Tuilagi out of action
New Zealand should consider
removing the Queen as head
of state, according to the
woman expected to become
its next leader, echoing similar
calls in Australia. Page 9
Drawing a spiral on a tablet
computer could give a
diagnosis of Parkinson?s
disease and an indication of its
severity long before other
symptoms develop. Page 12
Abortion is wrong even after
rape or incest, Jacob ReesMogg, the Tory MP touted as
a future leader, has said. He
also reiterated his objection to
same-sex marriage. Page 13
Keith Hellawell was re-elected
as chairman of Sports Direct
despite complaints from fund
managers, in a vote seen as
a test of the power of
institutional investors. Page 41
Manu Tuilagi has been ruled
out of England?s autumn
international campaign. He
needs surgery after injuring
his knee while training with
Leicester Tigers. Page 76
Hungary condemned as
?political rape? a ruling by the
European Court of Justice that
it must take its share of
refugees entering the EU via
Greece and Italy. Page 34
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GPs threaten to stop taking
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CLASS CONFLICT
Increasingly litigious parents
are hiring lawyers to fight their
child?s case at school
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How girls of four are being
taught to ?embrace the
power of the feminine?
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JENNI RUSSELL, PAGE 30
DINNER
TONIGHT
Pork fillet with
haricot bean stew
This is a getahead supper, a
bean stew brimming
with bacon, shallots,
carrots and
mushrooms. Pork is
served in chunky slices
over the top.
Serves 2 Prep 25 min
Cook 30 min
Ingredients: 2 shallots;
100g closed cup small
mushrooms; 2 carrots;
1 garlic clove; 250g
pork fillet; 2� tbsp
vegetable oil; 75g
lardons; 1 tsp flour;
150ml white wine; 1 bay
leaf; few sprigs thyme;
400g can haricot
beans; 1 tbsp chopped
flat leaf parsley.
Peel and finely chop
shallots. Quarter
mushrooms. Scrape
and dice carrots then
boil in 250ml salted
water for 5 min. Drain,
saving water. Crush
garlic. Smear pork with
a little oil. Heat 1 tbsp
oil in a saut� pan, fry
lardons until beginning
to crisp. Reduce heat
and add shallots and
garlic. Cook, stirring,
for 5 min then add
mushrooms, tossing
for a few minutes until
damp-looking. Stir in
flour until disappeared.
Add wine, bay and
thyme. Stir as it
thickens before
adding carrot water.
Simmer for 5 min.
Taste and adjust
seasoning. Rinse beans
and add to stew.
Simmer for 10 min.
Heat a non-stick, heavy
frying pan with last of
the oil. When very hot,
brown pork all over,
turning after a minute
or so when a crust has
formed to avoid
tearing meat. Reduce
heat and cook for
10 min, turning once.
Remove to a chopping
board. Rest for 5 min
then slice thickly, 4 or 5
slices a portion. Reheat
beans, stir in the
parsley and serve
topped with the pork.
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Hundreds of GP surgeries have threatened to shut their doors to new patients
in an escalation of a row with government that could leave people without a
doctor if they move house.
A British Medical Association
(BMA) survey of 1,870 GP practices in
England found that more than half
would consider temporarily suspending new patient registration as a form of
industrial action.
The ballot of GPs was agreed at a
BMA conference in May in response to
what doctors say is a failure of government to offer GPs enough support in
the face of rising workloads.
More than two fifths said they that
would be in favour of applying for a formal and permanent list closure from
NHS England. Doctors said they were
considering the moves because of ?unsustainable pressures? on primary care.
Richard Vautrey, chairman of the
BMA?s GP committee, said: ?The fact
that even a single surgery has reached
the point where it would consider a suspension of new patient registration or
closing its patient list fully shows that
government promises to rescue GP
services have failed to materialise.
?Many GP practices are struggling to
cope with the rising number of patients
coming through their doors because of
a lack of necessary funding and widespread staff shortages.?
About 340 million consultations are
undertaken each year in England, with
a 15 per cent rise in the number of
appointments between 2011-2014,
largely driven by an ageing population
with increasingly complex care needs.
The average member of the public
sees a GP six times a year; double the
number of visits from a decade ago.
Research by the union in December
found that a third of GP practices in
England had vacancies they had been
unable to fill for 12 months.
A separate survey found 84 per cent
of GPs believed workload pressures
were unmanageable or excessive and
having a direct impact on the quality
and safety of care offered to patients.
Just one in ten GPs said their workload
allowed for good and safe quality care.
Dr Vautrey said: ?The government
needs to understand that this landmark
survey sounds a clear warning signal
from GPs that cannot be ignored, and
that the workload, recruitment and
funding crisis in general practice must
be addressed with far more vigour and
commitment.
?Practices believe the promises in the
GP Forward View, which pledged to
provide more resources to frontline
patient care, have failed to make an impact. The BMA is now calling on ministers to work with us to urgently address
this growing crisis, which is threatening
to overwhelm general practice. We
cannot allow a situation where patient
safety is being compromised by a lack of
political action.?
The practices surveyed represent almost a quarter of the 7,613 in England.
The Department of Health said it
was already offering more funding to
practices. A spokeswoman said: ?GPs
are under more pressure than ever, so
we are backing the profession with an
extra �4 billion of funding for general
practice by 2020. We speak regularly to
the BMA about issues concerning general practice and would urge them to
consider the detrimental impact which
list closures could have on patient care.?
NHS payouts bill to hit �2bn a year
Kat Lay
Clinical negligence claims are likely to
cost the NHS �2 billion a year by 2020,
and could worsen patient care, the
National Audit Office has warned.
Action to control costs will require
co-operation across government departments, it has said in a report but the
government has no coherent strategy.
Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, said:
?The cost of clinical negligence in trusts
is significant and rising fast, placing
increasing financial pressure on an
already stretched system. NHS Resolution and the Department [of Health]
propose measures to tackle this, but the
expected savings are small compared
with the predicted rise in overall costs.?
Spending on the clinical negligence
scheme for health service trusts has
quadrupled, from �0 million in
2006-07 to �6 billion in 2016-17. In the
same ten years the number of successful clinical negligence claims where
damages were awarded rose from 2,800
to 7,300. Last year 590 claims were settled with an award of more than
�0,000, while NHS Resolution,
which handles claims for the health
service, spent �2 million on legal
costs. In 61 per cent of successful claims
last year the claimant?s legal costs
exceeded the damages awarded.
The report said that trusts spending a
higher proportion of their income on
clinical negligence were significantly
more likely to be in deficit. In 2015-16, all
14 trusts that spent 4 per cent or more on
clinical negligence had deficits.
?There are indications that financial
stress faced by trusts has an impact on
Venezuelan envoy will
join Labour conference
Patrick Maguire
Venezuela?s ambassador to Britain is to
appear with allies of Jeremy Corbyn at
a pro-regime event at the Labour Party
conference this month.
The left-wing MPs Chris Williamson, the shadow fire minister, and
Karen Lee, a senior parliamentary aide
to John McDonnell, the shadow
chancellor, will speak alongside Roc韔
Del Valle Maneiro Gonz醠ez and
Cuban diplomats at the meeting, held
as part of the party?s conference fringe.
The event ? ?Hands off Latin
America, No to blockade of Cuba and
sanctions on Venezuela? ? is
organised by the Cuban Solidarity
Campaign and the Venezuelan Solidarity Campaign (VSC), which is closely
linked to the pro-Corbyn trade union
Unite. Tony Burke, its assistant general
secretary, is also due to appear.
The Labour leadership?s past support
for the Venezuelan regime has been the
subject of growing discomfort among
MPs and the appearance of Mr
Williamson and Ms Lee at the event
has provoked further calls for the left to
condemn President Maduro.
Last month Mr Corbyn stopped short
of condemning the Venezuelan president alone and denounced ?violence
that?s been done by any side, by all sides,
in all this?. He said that brutality would
not solve Venezuela?s problems.
Baroness Smith of Basildon, Labour?s
leader in the House of Lords, is also
listed as a speaker at the conference
event. She is a longstanding campaigner against US sanctions on Cuba but
said that she had no links to the VSC.
Sir Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat leader, said the event underlined
Labour?s ?unhealthy obsession with
supporting an authoritarian regime?.
Andrew Bridgen, the Conservative
MP for North West Leicestershire, said:
?Nobody who supports human rights
could put their name to an event that
supports the Maduro regime.?
Venezuelan opposition leaders are
on a European tour in an effort to increase global pressure on Mr Maduro.
patients? access to services and quality
of care,? the report said.
A rising number of claims accounted
for 45 per cent of the overall increase in
costs but rising payments for damages
and claimant legal costs accounted for
33 per cent and 21 per cent respectively.
The Department of Health and NHS
Resolution have put forward measures
aimed at reducing costs, including fixed
recoverable legal costs for low-value
cases and a voluntary alternative compensation scheme for birth injury cases.
But the NAO report said that some of
the biggest factors were outside their
control, including changes in the way
courts calculated lump sum payments.
A government spokesman said that
clinical negligence costs were too high
and that it was taking action.
Law, pages 62-63
Budget offers
help for young
Francis Elliott Political Editor
Henry Zeffman
Philip Hammond has signalled that
help for students and young homebuyers will be in this autumn?s budget.
The chancellor told a private meeting
of Conservative MPs last night that
alleviating the financial pressures on
younger voters was a political priority.
He was caustic about Theresa May?s
election campaign in the 1922 Committee meeting, one MP said. He previously criticised her failure to campaign on
the Tories? economic record or counter
Jeremy Corbyn?s pitch to young voters.
He drew attention to the difficulties
young people have buying houses and
the student debt problem, a source said.
Charles Walker, a committee vicechairman, asked how the party could
help young people. ?I?ve got three
young Tories in my household. I want
them to vote Conservative but we need
to help them in life,? he is understood to
have said. Mr Hammond replied: ?I?ve
got a vested interest in that because I
am godfather to one of those children.?
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Manuscript?s health secrets revealed
David Sanderson Arts Correspondent
For decades the 15th-century Voynich
manuscript has baffled linguists and
mathematicians with its apparently
indecipherable code. But what was
called the world?s most mysterious
manuscript may be quite simple after
all, and a British scholar claims to have
identified it as a health manual for a
well-to-do lady.
Nicholas Gibbs, an expert on medieval medical manuscripts, spent three
years studying the script and images,
which have for a century have provoked intrigue and crackpot theories.
Instead of it pinpointing the moment
aliens would take over the Earth, or revealing the location of the Ark of the
Covenant, it appears to be recommending the dosage of herbs to treat gynaecological conditions.
The key, Mr Gibbs said yesterday, was
realising that the text was composed of
Latin ligatures, or scriptorial short cuts,
and that it was outlining remedies
?lifted? from standard medical treatises. He outlines his theory in today?s
Times Literary Supplement.
The manuscript became a cause
c閘鑒re among cryptographers. Radiocarbon dating has placed its creation to
the early 1400s from when it passed
through various owners and ended up
being bought from Italian Jesuits by the
Nicholas Gibbs
spent three years
on his theory
London bookseller Wilfrid Voynich in
1912. According to Mr Gibbs, it was
Voynich, ?a crooked book dealer?, who
then laid the trail for the ?crackpots and
conspiracy theories? that followed.
He said that Voynich had pretended
it had been written by Roger Bacon ?
the 13th century friar and philosopher
who concealed with code some of his
works because of conflicts with the
church ? to boost the price.
?It was unknown writing, so they had
it in their head that it was code,? Mr
Gibbs told The Times. ?The problem
was that none of the cryptographers
were historians; none knew medieval
manuscripts.? Mr Gibbs, used Irving
Finkel, the renowned philologist, as his
?Devil?s advocate? as he developed his
theories. He said it was a study of illustrated medical treatises of the period
that moved him closer to the mysteries
of the manuscript. He had looked for
The manuscript dates from the 1400s
and came into the hands of the
bookseller Wilfrid Voynich, left, in 1912
Cracking the code
6 The Italian artist Luigi
Serafini wrote the
Codex Seraphinianus in
the 1970s with a writing
system that still defies
complete analysis. He
has said there is no
hidden meaning, and he
wanted his alphabet to
convey how children
feel with books they
cannot understand.
6 The Rohonc Codex
appeared, it is thought,
in the 1700s in Hungary.
Its unknown language
appears to have more
characters than any
major language apart
from Mandarin. Some
think it a hoax.
6 The Book of Soyga is
a 16th century Latin
treatise on magic. The
Elizabethan scholar
John Dee was
supposedly obsessed
with deciphering the
encrypted tables it
contained. It was
presumed lost until
manuscripts were found
the ?dominant words? of these treatises
within the Voynich and also realised
that the images of women bathing coupled with pictures of various plants
were suggestive of aromatherapy, a
healing cure espoused by Hippocrates
and Pliny the Elder.
He writes in the Times Literary Supplement that by now it was ?more or less
in the British and
Bodleian libraries in
the 1990s, when the
formula to construct the
tables was uncovered.
Their contents remain
a mystery, however.
6 Documents of the
18th century Great
Enlightened Society of
Oculists in Germany
took 250 years to crack.
Scholars realised that
familiar letters were
spaces and messages
were in other symbols.
clear? that it was a ?reference book of
selected remedies lifted from the standard treatises of the medieval period,
an instruction manual for the health
and wellbeing of the more well-to-do
women in society, which was quite
possibly tailored to a single individual.?
The script was still proving ?resistant to
interpretation? though. He had, how-
ever, recognised
i d ttwo off th
the characters
h
t
as being Latin ligatures, Eius and
Etiam. He said ligatures were ?developed as scriptorial short cuts? since
Greek and Roman times, giving an
ampersand as an example.
Delving further into medieval Latin
?it became obvious that each character
in the Voynich manuscript represented
a abbreviated word, and not a letter?.
an
T allowed him to deduce that there
This
w a standard pattern of abbreviations
was
a
and
ligatures corresponding to each
p
plant
entry and that what was being
p
provided
was a ?series of recipe ingredie
ents
with the necessary measures?.
The problem is that the manuscript,
h
held
by the Beinecke Library at Yale
U
University,
is missing its indexes.
?For the sake of brevity,? Mr Gibbs
w
writes,
?the name of both plant and
m
malaise
were superfluous in the text so
lo as they could be found in the inlong
d
dexes
matched with a page number?.
Mr Gibbs said yesterday that it was
re
remarkable
it had taken so long to crack
th manuscript. ?It is easy, that is the
the
extraordinary thing,? he said. ?Human
beings are not naturally complicated.
They look for short cuts all over the
place. If you are writing something, you
don?t want to spend your time [writing
the same words again and again] so you
have indexes. The manuscript needs an
index to work.?
The Lucifer letters, page 39
Facebook?s numbers don?t add up Back from the dead, the
Callum Jones Markets Reporter
Tom Wills Times Data Team
What?s two million between friends?
Facebook has claimed to have a
?potential reach? of 7.8 million people
aged 18 to 24 in the UK but official
figures show that there were only
5.8 million of them in the country last
year.
Questions have also emerged over
the company?s audience estimates in
America and Australia.
The discrepancies between Facebook?s numbers and those produced by
government agencies are inconvenient
for the company as it is seeks to reassure businesses over its maths.
It pledged to boost transparency on
its calculations last year after admitting
that it had erroneously inflated the
average time that users spent watching
videos and reading articles on its web-
site. Pivotal Research, a New Yorkbased analyst, questioned Facebook?s
claim that companies could reach
41 million users aged 18-24 in the US
this week. It noted that national census
data showed only 31 million people
between those ages living in the US at
that time.
AdNews, an Australian trade publication, found that Facebook had
claimed to reach 1.7 million more
people in the country aged 16 to 39 than
actually exist according to census data.
Facebook?s Ads Manager claimed
that it was possible for advertisers to
reach a total daily audience of 6.1 million young people, 270,000 more than
the ONS estimate.
Facebook, which owns Instagram
and WhatsApp, argued yesterday that
its ?potential reach? metric was ?just an
estimator? designed to help advertisers
plan their campaigns. ?It?s not a busi-
ness?s actual reach or campaign reporting, and is not billable,? a spokesman
said. ?Reach estimations are based on a
number of factors, including Facebook
user behaviours, user demographics,
location data from devices, and other
factors. They are designed to estimate
how many people in a given area are eligible to see an ad a business might run.
They are not designed to match population or census estimates. We are always working to improve estimates.?
Brian Wieser, of Pivotal Research,
said that Facebook?s ?measurement
issues? had been a concern within the
advertising industry over recent
months, but suggested that few were
aware of this latest issue. ?Conversations with agency executives on this
topic indicate to us that the gap
between Facebook and census figures is
not widely known,? he said.
Facebook?s Russian money, page 36
dragon buried for 5 weeks
A bearded dragon that a vet had declared dead clawed her way out of her
grave and back to her family five weeks
after she was buried in the garden.
Rachel Haspel, 42, regarded her
eight-month-old pet Nala as one of her
favourites so she was devastated in May
when she found her slumped over her
food. ?I tried to give her CPR by putting
her head in my mouth but I still couldn?t
see that she was breathing,? she said.
Ms Haspel from Northwich, Cheshire, took the dragon to the vet, who confirmed that she was dead, and the
family buried her in a cardboard box a
foot deep. So she
If the temperature
drops, bearded dragons
enter a hibernation-like state
was shocked when five weeks later she
found her pet lying on the lawn.
?There were tears all round, we were
absolutely delighted,? she said. ?When I
checked the box she was buried in it was
empty. I recognised it was Nala because
she has a knobbly bit at the end of her
tail. I can?t believe I buried my pet alive.?
Ms Haspel has since found out that if
the temperature drops and light conditions are right bearded dragons enter
into a state called brumation. This can last for
weeks, and the dragon can
go without food and water
and drop its heart rate to one
beat an hour.
A spokesman for the vet
said that he was delighted
for Ms Haspel.
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Sobering beer price rise
Drinkers have suffered an
inflation-busting increase in the
cost of a pint over the past year,
according to a survey by the
Good Pub Guide. Higher beer
duty, growing wage costs and the
vote to leave the EU have all
contributed to a 13p per pint rise
in the average price. The average
pint now costs �60 although
prices vary from �31 in
Yorkshire to �40 in Surrey. For
the first time since the guide was
published, London does not serve
the most expensive tipple.
New chapter The Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries was formally opened with a performance by the abbey choir. The first Carnegie library opened in 1883
Student loan interest too
high, say university chiefs
Nicola Woolcock
Education Correspondent
Vice-chancellors have joined forces in
criticising the rate of interest charged
on student loans.
Interest of up to 6.1 per cent will be
charged on tuition fee and maintenance loans from this month, up from
4.6 per cent. The rate is set at 3 per cent
plus the retail prices index (RPI).
Interest is charged from the day students take out the loan, so three years of
interest has accrued by the time they
graduate.
Louise Richardson, vice-chancellor
of Oxford University, said the recent increase was ?hard to justify? and
attacked the government for scrapping
maintenance grants. These have been
replaced with loans which had the ?perverse results of landing poorer students
with bigger debts?. Janet Beer, vice-
chancellor of Liverpool University and
the president of Universities UK, will
tell its annual conference today that
students on lower incomes should not
face such high rates. She is due to say
that the current undergraduate funding system in England is not broken but
?it needs to feel fairer to our students
and their families. It is only right that
we continue to examine the system and
consider how to ensure it is fair, accessible and progressive, while remaining
affordable?.
She said Universities UK had found
three areas in which they wanted to
work with ministers and students to
retain what was good about the system
and seek improvements.
?Firstly, the government must show
that it is listening to students and understands that money in their pocket ?
or rather the lack of it ? while they are
studying is their main concern, more so
than concerns about long-term debt.
Secondly, the government should consider reducing the interest rate payable,
not for all, but specifically for low and
middle-income
earners
through
changes in earning thresholds.
?And finally, we need to acknowledge
that the way the current system is perceived by students, their families and by
graduates is problematic. As university
leaders, we need to do more to ensure
that benefits of the system we have in
England are better understood.?
She said that three quarters of graduates would have some, or all, of their
debt written off, unlike a mortgage or
credit card.
Students face increased costs as universities have been allowed to increase
tuition fees in line with inflation, meaning annual fees will increase to �250
from this autumn.
times as high. Make no mistake,
�0,000 is a very significant salary,
especially when compared with university staff, but you have to see it in the
broader context.? In a dig at the gender
gap among the best-paid BBC staff, she
added: ?The Oxford VC salary has not
changed in the last few years. I wouldn?t
have thought the BBC should argue
that I should be paid less than my male
predecessor.?
Janet Beer, president of Universities
UK and vice-chancellor of Liverpool
University, will tell the same conference that leaders could earn more in
the private sector. ?The role of the vicechancellor has evolved from leading a
community of scholars to leading large,
complex, global organisations ?
organisations with multimillion-pound
turnovers,? she will say. ?Competitive
remuneration is needed to attract the
best leaders with the skills to lead these
complex organisations.?
To underline the action on pay, the
chief executive and chairman of the
Office for Students are voluntarily
taking lower salaries than they were
initially offered. Nicola Dandridge, the
chief executive, will earn �5,000
rather than �0,000 and Sir Michael
Neil Johnston
A teenager who stabbed to death a
fellow schoolboy has been detained for
14 years.
Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes, 15, was
ambushed outside the gates of Capital
City Academy in Willesden, northwest
London, at the end of lessons by a
masked killer who had been laughing
and singing moments before the attack.
The killer, also 15, was said to have
been influenced by violent rap lyrics
when he chased Quamari with a knife.
Quamari called for help and tried to
Teenager Quamari
Serunkuma-Barnes
was stabbed to
death after school
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Vice-chancellors told to justify their pay
Continued from page 1
Killer teen
?influenced
by rap lyrics?
Barber will receive �,000, down from
�,000, for his two-day week.
Nick Hillman, director of the Higher
Education Policy Institute, called the
government?s response heavy handed.
The measures will be put out for consultation before final decisions are
made. No new legislation is required as
the law setting up the watchdog gives it
substantial powers to act in the best interests of students and taxpayers. The
Office for Students will start operating
in April with the aim of giving students,
who now directly fund universities with
their �000-a-year tuition fees, a
greater voice in higher education.
escape but the killer, a keen runner who
cannot be named, overtook him. He
was stabbed in the back, shoulder and
leg outside the school on January 23.
When Quamari arrived at St Mary?s
Hospital in Paddington, he told a nurse
the name of his attacker but died hours
later. Yesterday his killer was convicted
of murder after a trial at the Old Bailey.
Quamari?s parents, Lillian Serunkuma and Paul Barnes, from Muswell Hill,
north London, called for adult sentences for teenagers to ?deter these kids
from picking up a knife?. In a victim
impact statement read out in court Mrs
Serunkuma said that the killer was
?pure evil? and had a disregard for life.
Judge John Bevan, QC, said that
he agreed with the defence of ?the
potential of a malign influence of
violent rap lyrics?.
Sex therapist jailed
A Harley Street therapist who
specialises in sex addiction has
been jailed for 17 years for raping
a 14-year-old boy in the toilets of
a leisure centre in January.
Nicholas Gully, 48, of
Rottingdean, East Sussex, will be
put on the sex offenders register
for life and was given a sexual
harm prevention order at Hove
crown court after being found
guilty of rape and sexual assault.
Beggar?s rape threat
A woman posted images of two
strangers? children on a
fundraising website she had set
up, appealing for money for their
funeral. When the real mother of
one baby confronted Katie
Ringer, of Norwich, she
threatened to rape the child. At
the city?s magistrates? court
Ringer admitted sending
offensive messages. The case was
adjourned until next month.
Appeal to male victims
Men and boys who are victims of
sexual asssault, harassment and
stalking or domestic violence are
being urged by the Crown
Prosecution Service to come
forward. Alison Saunders, the
director of public prosecutions,
said: ?The way society views
masculinity can make it difficult
for men and boys who are the
victims of sexual and domestic
offences to come forward.?
A mountain of evidence
Scientists are asking the public to
help to transcribe two million
weather records collected by the
Victorians on Ben Nevis. From
1883 to 1904 three meteorologists
and a cat were stationed on the
mountain and took hourly
readings. Ed Hawkins, who leads
Operation Weather Rescue, said
the data could help renewable
energy generators but the records
need to be transcribed.
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Neighbour blasted out pop
hits in spat over cockerel
Lucy Bannerman
A businessman tormented his
neighbours by playing songs by the
rock group Queen at full volume every
time their cockerel crowed, a court
heard yesterday.
Neil Dymott, 56, who lives in the
New Forest, Hampshire, grew incensed
by the noise of the bird.
He embarked on a campaign of
harassment against Helen Richardson
and Paula Holland, a lesbian couple,
yelling at them to ?shut that cockerel
up?, and blasting out songs such as
Another One Bites the Dust, Southampton magistrates? court was told.
The bizarre campaign, it is claimed,
continued until well after the cockerel
was dead. Mr Dymott is also alleged to
have threatened the couple on their
own property and pushed Miss Richardson against a fence, cutting her arm.
On another occasion, an environmental health officer who was called
out to investigate the noise disturbance
said that the music was so loud she
could hear Freddie Mercury, during a
concert, saying ?This is Queen,
welcome to everybody in Leeds? before
she reached the house.
Miss Richardson, 52, and Miss Holland, 62, got five rescue battery hens in
2011. Their cockerel hatched three
years later, crowing four or five times a
day, much to the irritation of Mr Dymott, a retired businessman who claimed
that the noise devalued his �million
property.
Even after the bird died
in November 2015, he remained convinced that
they were hiding a cockerel on the property.
Claire Hook, for the
prosecution, said:
?Ownership of a
cockerel is com-
pletely legal and all parties live in a
rural area. Hearing a cockerel would be
part of the normal countryside but
these two victims took the brunt of Mr
Dymott?s offence.?
The court heard that the women
tried to minimise the noise, moving the
cockerel further down the garden and
soundproofing its shed. They also
bought a collar that prevents a cockerel
crowing by restricting its air flow.
Miss Richardson said: ?I managed to
stop him crowing. Even when my
cockerel was not crowing, Mr Dymott
was shouting across the road telling me
to ?shut my f***ing cockerel up? even
though it was not my cockerel, it was
my neighbour?s.
?So he was playing excessively
amped up music from his driveway.
Every time the cockerel would crow he
would play the music.?
She added: ?Sometimes he played
Radio 2, sometimes it was Queen. On
one occasion he shouted across the
road that I was a ?f***ing lezza? and proceeded to play When a Man Loves a
Woman on repeat for an hour. But
mostly it was Radio 2 and Queen music.
I could hear it clearly ? the music, the
words ? from inside the house.? He
was behaving like ?a madman?, she said.
When Vickie Pressey, a police community support officer, attended Mr
Dymott?s home, about a noise complaint on June 16, 2015, she said that she
could hear the music ?clearly in the
property, word for word?. She said that
at one point he turned off the
Outside court:
Helen
Richardson,
Paula
Holland and
Neil Dymott
Girls banned from wearing
skirts at gender-free school
Rosemary Bennett Education Editor
A secondary school has ordered girls to
wear trousers to make the uniform
more suitable for transgender pupils
and deal with the problem of indecently
short skirts.
Priory School in Lewes, East Sussex,
has said that all new Year 7 pupils must
adopt the gender-neutral code which
the school said addressed issues of
?inequality and decency?.
About 120 state schools, including 40
primaries, have introduced genderneutral policies allowing girls to wear
trousers and boys to wear skirts. A ban
on skirts is a new departure, however.
Parents were upset.
One mother said it was disrespectful
to female pupils. ?The school is creating
a hostile environment for girls by
treating their views with contempt:
there was no consultation. It was just
imposed by the head,? she said.
?If girls dressing differently to boys is
now to be considered sexist, then it is
equally sexist to have female teachers
wearing skirts and not wearing ties. If
they want this, they must go fully
gender free.? Another mother said: ?My
daughter said she has got a gender and
it?s female so being gender neutral
when she has got a gender is a big deal
for her, as she is proud to be a girl.?
Tim Loughton, the Tory MP for East
Worthing and Shoreham, who attended the school, said: ?Respecting gender
sensitivities is important but it is political correctness out of control when it is
at the expense of a much larger body of
students who will now lose the right to
wear a traditional component of school
uniform that has been standard for
centuries . . . This is a step backwards.?
Tony Smith, the head teacher, said:
?Pupils have been saying why do boys
have to wear ties and girls don?t, and
girls have different uniform to boys.
?Another issue was that we have a
small but increasing number of transgender students and therefore having
the same uniform is important for
them.? He added: ?There were problems with decency and a number of
issues raised by people in the community about how students were wearing
uniform.?
Janice Turner, Notebook, page 30
music and said that he would put it back
on if the cockerel crowed again, adding:
?I have warned you.? ?Then the cockerel crowed, he shouted ?that is one, you
have been warned?,? she said. ?Unfortunately the cockerel sounded again and
the music ? Another One Bites the Dust
by Queen ? was played again.?
Mr Dymott denies two charges of
harassment.
The trial continues.
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Neil Dymott?s
house
Helen Richardson
and Paula Holland?s
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Possible revised F-35 target for 2025, a
reduction of 10. The overall purchase
figure of 138 remains unchanged
Army Training,
Suffield, Canada
Army Training,
Kenya
Four armoured battle
groups (1,000 men each)
training with use of
armoured vehicles
This will be reduced
to three
Five light infantry battle groups
(1,000 men each)
training for combat in
Iraq and Afghanistan.
This will be reduced
to three
Number of Sandown and Hunt class
minehunter ships will be reduced from
12
15 13
Lynx AH9A helicopters to be removed
from service
to
Money has run out
for SAS helicopters
Continued from page 1
new kit and a drop in the value of the
pound have added to the shortfall.
One push is focused on balancing the
in-year budget, which has a hole of
about �billion. Another strand forms
part of a capability review led by the
Cabinet Office. There are also proposals to save money by improving internal structures across defence.
Royal Navy minehunters are being
targeted. The fleet of Hunt-class and
Sandown-class ships will be cut from 15
to 13 in the coming year, freeing sailors
to man the rest of the fleet.
The number of armoured battle
groups, each comprising about 1,000
soldiers, deploying to British Army
Training Unit Suffield in Canada for
training this year will be reduced from
four to three. Over the same period
light infantry battlegroups sent to
British Army Training Unit Kenya will
be cut from five to three.
The temporary move, expected to
save about � million, will reduce the
army?s overall readiness, although soldiers bound for Iraq, Afghanistan, Estonia and a high-readiness brigade in the
UK will not be affected.
In another move, 12 Lynx helicopters
operated by 657 Squadron of the Army
Air Corps and used by special forces
will be taken out of service. The aircraft
were being funded by the Treasury but
that money runs out in March.
The MoD source said that this was
because the special forces said they
wanted a better aircraft. A detachment
of Puma helicopters would fill the gap
until a new aircraft is bought so the SAS
and SBS would not lose capability, he
said. Another source said the reason
was likely to be financial: ?I find it hard
to believe that special forces would do
away with any capability that has been
proven in theatre.?
More significant cuts are being
looked at as part of the Cabinet Officeled review including the possible slowdown in F-35 purchases, four sources
said. A plan to buy 48 of the jets by 2025
? at a cost of at least �0 million each
? could be slowed to 38 over the same
period. The total purchase of 138 over
the programme?s lifetime is unchanged.
The MoD said: ?In the face of intensifying threats we are looking at how we
best spend a rising defence budget to
support our national security.?
6 Buying budget warships as part of a
national shipbuilding strategy was dismissed as ?rubbish?. Francis Tusa, editor of Defence Analysis, said it was not
possible to build a frigate in six years
with work at different shipyards and
manufacturers for a maximum of �0
million without the quality being lower.
Analysis
D
efence cuts
for budget
reasons
rather than
strategic
ones do more harm
than good, experience
has shown. All that
you are left with is a
smaller, less capable
and demoralised force
(Deborah Haynes
writes).
For decades
governments have
cashed in on a belief
that a war of necessity
will not trouble
Britain as they
justified repeated
reductions to the
armed forces.
Theresa May looks
to be plotting the
same course.
In 2010 under
David Cameron
warships, aircraft and
personnel were lost.
Then began the great
delusion. The
government said that
it could maintain a
full-spectrum of sea,
land and air power.
By 2013 General Sir
Nicholas Houghton,
then chief of the
defence staff, warned
about a ?hollow
force? ? a military
with exquisite kit but
insufficient
manpower to operate
it. That is becoming a
reality.
There is another
answer. Those in the
Ministry of Defence
want to push through
reforms that, if they
can overcome a
culture of clinging to
the status quo, could
raise efficiency.
Military chiefs must
decide whether we
should be trying to do
everything the US can
but on a smaller scale.
Cutting a whole
capability would be
unpopular but would
free up cash to do
other things better.
One former MoD
official advocates
doing away with tanks
and instead relying on
Nato allies.
Deluding ourselves
that everything is fine
risks setting Britain
up for military failure.
Each year there is a
struggle to make the
budget stretch to
cover all needs. Most
years it falls short.
This is not simply
mismanagement,
poor accounting or a
failure to fund the
forces adequately ?
but they play a part.
Defence inflation ?
the jump in the cost
of complex equipment
by giants such as BAE
Systems ? is another
factor. Even with a
pledge of a 0.5 per
cent annual budget
rise, the buying power
of the ?defence
pound? decreases.
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Being second best can make you the real winner in the end
Kate Wright
Winners are overrated and in the long
run it may be better to reward those
who come second, a scientist has said.
From company share prices to
football teams, those at the top of the
pile tend to be flukes with inferior skills
to their rivals, a maths model has
suggested.
Chengwei Liu, associate professor of
strategy and behavioural science at the
Warwick Business School, has shown
that very successful individuals are
often less gifted and reliable than those
just behind them. ?We assume the richest people have done something right
and deserve our attention and rewards,? Dr Liu said at the British
Science Festival in Brighton. ?Probably
we should consider this too good to be
true . . . They?re still pretty good, but not
necessarily the best.?
In a 2012 study mocking up a game
with 50 rounds and five million players,
Dr Liu and a colleague showed that the
handful at the top were about five percentage points less skilled than the
New Zealand?s
contender for
PM says: let?s
lose the Queen
Bernard Lagan Rotorua
New Zealand should consider cutting
its royal ties with Britain to become a
republic, the woman widely expected to
become the country?s next leader has
said.
Declaring herself a republican for the
first time, Jacinda Ardern said she
wanted the nation to have a debate on
removing the Queen as its head of state.
It raises the prospect of both
Australia and New Zealand ditching
the monarchy. In Australia the opposition has offered a referendum on
becoming a republic.
Ms Ardern, 37, who worked in
London during the Blair years in the
The Queen should no longer be head
of state, says Jacinda Ardern, below
Cabinet Office and the Home Office,
has put the Labour Party ahead in the
polls since her sudden elevation to the
leadership barely a month ago. The
election takes place on September 23.
She said she was disappointed that
New Zealanders had not taken the
opportunity to canvass on breaking
their 176-year-old constitutional
links with Britain when they
voted on whether to replace
their flag, containing the Union
Jack, last year. In the end it was
left unchanged.
?I am a republican but you
will find there are people in
New Zealand who aren?t
actively pursuing that
change,? Ms Ardern told
The Times. ?It?s certainly
not about my view of the
monarchy but my view
of New Zealand?s place
in the world and carving
out our own future. So
that is what drives my
sentiment.? New Zealand could become a republic through a vote in parliament but a national referendum is
more likely. A poll last year suggested a
reversal of support for the British monarch as the head of state in New Zealand, with 60 per cent favouring becoming a republic, rising to 76 per cent
among those aged 18 to 30.
Ms Ardern acknowledged that the
Queen was held in high regard by New
Zealanders and that a national debate
on becoming a republic would be uncomfortable. ?No matter when you
have the conversation there?s a knockon effect, there?s a much-loved
monarch who will be affected by that
decision,? she said.
Ms Ardern told students at the University of Waikato: ?It?s not something
that people are crying out for right now;
I don?t think that should stop us from
having the conversation.?
Were New Zealand to become a
republic, the Queen would no longer be
its head of state and she would no
longer be represented in New Zealand
by the country?s governor-general.
However, there is no reason why, as a
republic, New Zealand should not stay
in the Commonwealth.
Ms Ardern said it was inevitable that
intensifying moves toward a republic in
Australia would cascade into New
Zealand. ?If the debate accelerates in
Australia there will surely be a knockon effect in New Zealand.?
Although Australia is not due to have
another election for two years the
government in Canberra is precarious,
with its one-seat majority in the 150seat parliament under threat, and an
early election possible.
Malcolm Turnbull, the prime
minister, is a republican but has
said he would not seek to ditch the
Queen as the country?s head of
state during her lifetime. The
Labor opposition, should it win,
has promised a referendum
during its first year in office.
The Queen?s role as New
Zealand?s head of state has
been contentious. On a
1986 visit to Auckland
she was pelted with
eggs by two women
protesters, and a Maori
man bared his tattooed
buttocks at her in an
ancient warrior insult.
Cream rises to the top
6 Ruby Tandoh lost The Great
British Bake Off to Frances Quinn.
Tandoh is a best-selling cookery
writer, while Quinn is ambassador
for The Cream Tea Society.
6 One Direction, Olly Murs and JLS
all came second or third in The X
Factor only to eclipse the winners in
subsequent record sales.
also-rans. Dr Liu then compared the
performances of 7,000 publicly listed
US companies. The best-performers in
the first year were overtaken by the
second-best the next year because of
?regression to the mean?, by which
those who rely on luck do badly when it
runs out.
Dr Liu concluded that ultra-successful people do not necessarily deserve to
be praised and imitated . ?We should
pay attention to the second best,? he
said. ?Winners should not take it all.?
Dr Liu has tips for sport betting, too.
FLYNET/SPLASHNEWS
Because an exceptional team might be
overdue for a dive in performance, he
suggests placing bets that last year?s top
teams will lose their first game of the
season. The odds that bottom teams
will win their first game are even better
because the worst performers are not
actually the worst or least skilled.
?I?m not saying skill and effort don?t
matter at all,? he said. ?If you want to
move from poor [performance] to good,
then skill and effort matter a lot. But if
you want to move from good to great,
luck matters more.?
Extremist
boasted on
web before
joining army
Will Humphries, John Simpson
Neil Johnston
A far-right extremist believed to have
ties to a proscribed neo-Nazi organisation managed to join the British Army
this year.
There are fears that the army has
been infiltrated by a right-wing cell
after four soldiers and a civilian were
arrested on suspicion of being members
of National Action, which was banned
last year for promoting terrorism.
Serj Forster, 20, bragged online about
?recruiting for an extremist organisation? before he was accepted for basic
training. He has boasted of being an
identitarian, a reference to a white nationalist movement, and used the word
躡ermensch, a term used by the Nazis
to express racial superiority, on an Instagram profile. He also posted a photograph of himself dressed in black, declaring: ?The Blackshirts are back?, a
reference to supporters of the British
Union of Fascists.
Mr Forster, from Norwich, was said
Serj Forster by a National Action logo
Regal redhead Margot Robbie filming Mary Queen of Scots, in which she plays
Elizabeth I, in London yesterday. The actress, 27, stars opposite Saoirse Ronan in
the title role and the plot centres on Mary?s unsuccessful claim to the throne
by the anti-racism group Hope not
Hate to have been ?very active? in
National Action in the years before its
proscription.
National Action celebrated Thomas
Mair, the white supremacist who murdered Jo Cox, the Labour MP, in her
West Yorkshire constituency last year.
Mr Forster told his Facebook followers that he was going to wipe his social
media posts because he was trying to
join the army. ?I?ve got an interview for
the military coming up on June 6th,
because of this I have to remove a lot of
things on this account, do not worry I
am not leaving the movement and my
views are not wavering,? he posted.
In January this year he updated his
followers: ?Today I?m heading off to
basic training, thanks to everyone for
the well wishing and prayers. Courage
today, Victory tomorrow.?
Mr Forster?s father said last night that
his son was ?a young lad trying to pick
his way in the world? and had been
medically discharged from the army
earlier this year.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman
said: ?The Armed Forces have robust
measures in place to ensure those exhibiting extremist views are neither tolerated nor permitted to serve.?
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Islands devastated by ferocity of
Jacqui Goddard Miami
Michael Binyon
Hurricane Irma, the most powerful
storm recorded in the Atlantic Ocean,
left ?apocalyptic? damage across Caribbean islands yesterday, inundating
coastal areas and devastating buildings
with 185mph winds.
The storm made landfall on the
island of Barbuda at 2am, wreaking
terror on its population of about 2,000,
then headed over the British overseas
territory of Anguilla, Saint Martin,
St Barts and on towards the Virgin
Islands, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.
Officials on Barbuda said more than
90 per cent of the island had been
destroyed. ?Barbuda is literally rubble,?
Gaston Browne, prime minister of
Antigua and Barbuda, said after visiting
the island.
?The entire housing stock was damaged. It is just total devastation,? he said,
adding that at least one person had
died. There was no water and all telephone lines were down.
?I am expecting loss of life,? Blondel
Cluff, the Anguillan representative in
London, said. ?We have no medical
facilities now as we had only one small
32-bed hospital. Our only way off the
How high winds are graded
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale:
Category 1 (74-95mph) May
dislodge roofing tiles, snap tree
branches and fell power lines.
Category 2 (96-110mph) Smaller
trees will be uprooted, potentially
blocking roads, coupled with
near-total power outages and
severe damage to roofs.
Category 3 (111-129mph) Major
hurricane. Increased chances of
toppled trees and interruptions to
energy and water supplies.
Category 4 (130-156mph) Potential
loss of roof and wall structures,
most trees and power lines will be
downed and extreme flooding will
leave the area uninhabitable for
weeks.
Category 5 (157mph and higher)
The majority of homes will be
completely destroyed and the
collapse of infrastructure will leave
an affected area as a disaster zone
for weeks or months.
island is from the airport in neighbouring Saint Martin, and that has been
badly hit. Contrary to reports, we have
no proper hurricane shelters ? there
are only three school halls and a church
hall, and people have to bring their own
food and water.?
She said that the wind was reported to
be blowing at 200mph. A relief ship is in
the area but will not be able to bring
help until after the storm has passed.
Mrs Cluff said that the Foreign Office
should ?step up? and provide UK overseas territories with the help needed to
guarantee their safety and security, for
which Britain is responsible.
Irma began pounding the neighbouring British Virgin Islands, also a British
overseas territory, yesterday morning.
Augustus Jaspert, the British-appointed governor, urged the 28,000 islanders
to remain indoors until the all-clear. He
said that a brief lull could be followed by
ferocious winds and a dangerous sea
surge. Islanders should stay off the
roads after Irma had passed to allow
emergency vehicles to get through first.
?May God bless and protect you and
the territory,? Mr Jaspert said.
On the island of St Barts, Marcel
Magras, a senator, told French media: ?I
am shocked by the monster that covers
us. The island is devastated. It is apocalyptic, a lot of damage, many roofs
destroyed.? The French authorities
later said that two people had died and
two others had been injured.
The hurricane is the largest seen in
the Atlantic ? outside the Caribbean
Sea or Gulf of Mexico ? since record
keeping began in 1851. Tides surged as
much as 20ft beyond usual levels and
gusts of up to 225mph were recorded.
Computer forecasts showed it hitting
the Bahamas and Florida at the weekend, though its path was wavering
across the map with every update. The
Bahamas was staging the largest evacuation in the islands? history.
Wind and rain bands were striking
Puerto Rico as the hurricane skimmed
the north coast. ?The dangerousness of
this event is like nothing we?ve ever
seen. A lot of infrastructure won?t be
able to withstand this kind of force,?
Ricardo Rossello, the governor, said.
In Florida, where a state of emergency has been declared, evacuations
were being carried out along vulnerable coastal areas in the Keys and Miami.
The hurricane was 480 miles wide last
night ? far wider than the entire state.
?This storm is bigger, faster and stronger than Hurricane Andrew,? said Rick
Scott, the governor, recalling the 1992
storm that devastated parts of southern
Florida. ?Take this seriously.?
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peeled off above them, there was only
one thing for Richard Branson to do as
Hurricane Irma moved in ? head for
the wine cellar.
The boss of the Virgin empire was
holed up on the private island of Necker, a 74-acre estate in the British Virgin
Islands, where the storm was hitting
last night with potentially deadly force.
?We have just experienced a night of
howling wind and rain as Hurricane Irma edges ever closer towards us on
Necker and the British Virgin Islands
. . . The strength of this hurricane is unheard of,? he said on his blog.
The atmosphere of anticipation
ahead of Irma?s arrival was ?eerie but
beautiful,? he said. ?Our main concern
is safety, for everyone here and for all
the people in the BVI and in the path of
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The US and the islands were warned of
?catastrophic? damage and floods.
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counted down the hours to Irma?s impact, whereupon Mr Branson said they
planned to retreat to the wine cellar.
?Knowing our wonderful team as I
do, I suspect there will be little wine left
in the cellar when we emerge,? he joked.
?It may sound strange, but I consider
hurricanes one of the wonders of the
natural world,? he added, recalling two
hurricanes in 2010 when he ?beheld nature at its most ferocious?.
On the island of St Martin, Irma?s
potential targets included a $16.9 million mansion owned by President
Trump. The 11-bedroom property, Le
Chateau des Palmiers, faced a possible
storm surge across its marble floors and
tennis court and the ruination of its
gold curtains.
The storm?s path took it through a region where poverty and wealth exist
side by side. Among those with holiday
homes in Irma?s track are Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of the Rolling
Stones, the actors Johnny Depp, Eddie
Murphy and Bruce Willis, the talk show
host Oprah Winfrey, the oligarch and
owner of Chelsea FC, Roman Abramovich, the illusionist David Copperfield
and the model Cindy Crawford.
gives winds
added power
Analysis
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here is no evidence that
climate change caused
Hurricanes Irma or
Harvey but scientists
generally agree it
contributed to their severity (Ben
Webster writes).
Heat stored near the ocean
surface fuels tropical cyclones and
the sea temperature has been
higher than average this year.
Evaporation is higher from
warmer seas. Storms which occur
naturally produce more intense
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Flights cancelled and
cruise ships rerouted
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
Ben Clatworthy
Hurricane Irma, which caused ?apocalyptic? damage to buildings and coastlines
across the Caribbean, skimmed the north coast of Puerto Rico; boat owners
rushed to move their vessels to the relative safety of land on Guadeloupe;
Saint Martin was among the islands worst affected by the extreme storm
SAINT MARTIN
rainfall because of the man-made
emissions that have contributed to
global warming.
Climate change is also
contributing to sea levels rising,
largely because of thermal
expansion of the oceans. This
increases the risk of storm-surge
damage during hurricanes because
the sea level is already higher than
it would have been.
Dann Mitchell, a research fellow
at the University of Bristol?s Cabot
Institute, said: ?The question of
whether climate change ?caused?
any particular weather event is the
wrong one; instead, we must probe
how climate change alters extreme
weather. Aside from the warming
atmosphere, rising sea level and
surface ocean warming have likely
contributed to the impact of both
Irma and Harvey.?
Dr Mitchell said that the
hurricanes highlighted the need to
prepare for more frequent extreme
weather events caused by climate
change.
?The evidence is clear that the
poorest, being the most exposed to
many climate risks and often being
the least protected, will be most
affected.
?Addressing this inequality is at
the heart of not just the climate
change discussion but all
discussions about how we become
resilient to risk and hazards.?
Kevin Horsburgh, head of
marine physics and ocean climate
at the National Oceanography
Centre, said: ?Whereas specific
hurricanes are not caused by
climate change, they may be
worsened by higher surface heat
content in the tropics, which
provides the driving force for
hurricanes. Another aspect of this
year?s hurricane season to note is
that it started earlier than usual,
with Hurricane Arlene in April as
opposed to early June.?
Airlines were forced to ground flights to
the Caribbean yesterday as British holidaymakers caught up in Hurricane
Irma told of ?apocalyptic? scenes.
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic,
Thomas Cook and Thomson cancelled
or delayed flights bound for the region
as well as Florida as the worst tropical
storm in 25 years struck across the
Atlantic.
Some travellers were offered the
chance to cancel or rebook flights early
next week because of the scale of damage expected to be caused.
Thomas Cook said that 6,312 of its
British customers were in the Caribbean, including just over 4,800 in Cuba.
The company said it was sending an
18-strong specialist team to help them.
In the Bahamas, holidaymakers at
luxury resorts were told that they
would be moved from coastal areas to
emergency shelters.
Cruise ships carrying about 20,000
people, including the Carnival Pride,
one of the largest vessels of its kind,
were rerouted around the storm, sailing
to safety in the western Caribbean.
The category five hurricane
slammed into the Leeward Islands of
Antigua and Barbuda yesterday and
was expected to follow a path past
Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic,
Cuba and the Bahamas before reaching
Florida at the weekend.
The Foreign Office has advised Britons in the hurricane?s path to follow any
advice issued by local officials, including evacuation orders.
One holidaymaker, Alex Woolfall,
who works in PR in London, tweeted
from St Martin yesterday morning as
185mph winds hit, describing the deafening sound it was generating. ?My
God this noise! It?s like standing behind
a jet engine,? he said. ?Constant booms
and bangs.?
After taking refuge in the concrete
stairwell of a building, he added: ?May
be my last tweet as power out and noise
now apocalyptic. This is like a movie I
never want to see.?
Another Briton, Carolyne Coleby,
who runs a guest house on Montserrat,
said that her neighbours were desper-
ately trying to secure their houses with
boards and remove any potential debris
from outside spaces.
British Airways laid on a special evacuation flight from Antigua on Tuesday,
flying 326 passengers home before the
hurricane hit. It also cancelled two
flights that day and another two yesterday. The airline promised to review its
operation through the region in the
coming days but more planes were
expected to be grounded.
Anyone flying with BA to Antigua,
St Kitts, Punta Cana in the Dominican
Republic, Providenciales in the Turks
and Caicos, or Nassau in the Bahamas
before Sunday can re-book for later in
the month, it said. Similar measures
have been extended into next week for
Florida-bound departures.
Virgin Atlantic cancelled a flight to
Antigua due to take off today and has
warned of the possibility of further
cancellations in the coming days.
Thomson, Britain?s biggest holiday
company, delayed two flights from
Manchester and Gatwick bound for the
Dominican Republic yesterday and
today until Friday.
Thomas Cook said that three of its
flights had been rescheduled until later
in the week, with the possibility of further delays. A spokeswoman said: ?As
far as we are aware our hotels are still
standing and our customers on Antigua
are safe. We are continuing to monitor
the situation and have sent an 18-strong
special assistance team to Cuba and the
Dominican Republic to give our customers in resorts support.?
BA said: ?We are closely monitoring
developments in the region and are in
regular contact with holidaymakers
there to ensure they are safe and being
well looked after by their hotel management. We have offered all customers
due to travel between the UK, the Caribbean and Florida in the coming days
a range of re-booking options and are
keeping our flights under review.?
Sandals, the all-inclusive tour operator, has 350 Britons on holiday across
Antigua, the Bahamas and Turks and
Caicos. A spokeswoman said: ?Everyone in Antigua is safe and will be able to
travel home as scheduled. Our other
guests are being told to follow the
advice at their resort.?
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e were feeling
comfort in having a
good community
around us until one
of our neighbours
told us that he was evacuating after
putting up his hurricane shutters
(Jacqui Goddard writes).
?We don?t care about stuff hitting
the windows now, but at 140mph it?ll
rip your roof off,? he told my husband.
?We?re getting out now to stay ahead
of it.?
As Hurricane Irma marches closer
to Florida, power tools whirred as
neighbours boarded up, lopped loose
branches off trees, moved plant pots
and other potential projectiles inside
and tested their generators.
It is expected to hit Florida on
Sunday and remain a category 5, the
most violent. It will be the worst to hit
us since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
A friend with a weekend retreat in
the Florida Keys ? a fragile chain of
Shops have been left empty as people
have stocked up on essential supplies
islands off the tip of Florida ? told
me that her son, aged ten, cried on
Sunday as he packed his toys and said
goodbye to their mobile home for
what they feared may be the last time.
?We?re preparing for complete
devastation. My Mum told me: ?That?s
the price you pay for living in
paradise.? Thanks Mum,? she said.
We tried to spare our children early
exposure to the panic, though they
caught sight of it after we switched
the television over from SpongeBob
SquarePants to a briefing by Rick
Scott, the state?s governor.
They had quantified the storm?s
seriousness more as an amusement,
making gleeful predictions of how
many days off school they would get
and how long it would take our ice
cream to thaw if the power went out.
Now they fret about trees outside
falling and crushing the house, what
if the roof blows off, and why Mr Tom
next door is leaving and we are not.
Our local branch of Home Depot,
where hardware supplies were in high
demand, resembled something close
to Armageddon. Torches, batteries,
ropes, tarpaulins, plywood and
propane gas all sold out. A container
full of golf umbrellas marked
?Hurricane Preparedness Supplies?
stood by the door. We may, or may
not, be needing more than that.
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Thousands
of nurses are
unqualified
Nurses led a demonstration at parliament yesterday against the public-sector pay cap, which ministers have indicated could soon be eased by the chancellor
Computer sketch spots early
signs of Parkinson?s disease
Oliver Moody Science Correspondent
A spiral drawn on a tablet could help
doctors to diagnose Parkinson?s disease
early enough to prescribe effective
treatments, scientists say.
A computer program that measures
how quickly people sketch and how
hard they press with a pen may also give
clues about the severity of a patient?s
condition.
The automatic system is said to be
the first tool that can spot warning signs
of the disease long before it becomes
obvious. While the technology would
need to be refined before GPs could use
it to screen older people as a matter of
routine, its accuracy rate of 93 per cent
suggests that it is on the way to being
clinically practical.
Parkinson?s, which is forecast to affect 160,000 people in the UK by the
end of the decade, is often diagnosed
only once the disease is advanced and
most of a patient?s brain cells that pro-
Researchers measure patients? speed
and the pressure applied in drawing
duce dopamine have died off. A lack of
dopamine causes the disease.
If researchers develop a therapy that
can stop or reverse this progressive
damage, it will be much more effective
if it can be administered in the first
stages of the illness while there remain
a large number of neurons to be saved.
?Pushing back the point at which treatment can start is critical because by the
time someone starts to experience
tremors or rigidity, it may be too late,?
said Dinesh Kumar, professor of engineering at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and the lead scientist
on its Parkinson?s project.
?We?ve long known that Parkinson?s
disease affects the writing and sketching abilities of patients, but efforts to
translate that insight into a reliable assessment have failed until now.?
The difficulty with analysing a person?s handwriting or how they draw an
Archimedean spiral, whose radius increases at a steady rate, is that human
experts are not very good at interpreting the pen marks.
Professor Kumar and his colleagues
used an A3 drawing tablet with dotted
lines setting out the pattern for the spiral. The pen records the average downwards pressure and this combined with
the time the patient takes to complete
the spiral is converted by software into
a score known as the composite index
of speed and pen-pressure (Cisp).
The device was tested by 27 people in
their sixties and seventies with Parkinson?s and 28 people of similar ages who
were not suffering from the disease to
act as a control for the tests. In general
people with the condition tend to lean
more heavily on their pens and to take
longer over drawing the spiral because
their motor control has deteriorated.
The Cisp scores reflected most cases
of the disease and whether they were
mild or severe. The findings, published
in the journal Frontiers in Neurology,
will need to be repeated in much larger
groups of people before doctors can
consider using the method.
David Dexter, deputy research
director at the charity Parkinson?s UK,
said: ?If proven to be effective, this
could be a stepping stone to better,
more successful clinical trials.?
Leading article, page 33
Cancer pen can identify tumours in ten seconds
Oliver Moody
A pen-like tool that can distinguish
between cancerous and healthy tissue
in ten seconds could make surgery
significantly quicker and more precise.
The surgeons who carry out tens of
thousands of cancer resections each
year rely on testing frozen samples that
can take at least half an hour to analyse
and even then sometimes deliver
unreliable information.
Researchers from the University of
Texas in Austin have developed a
handheld device called the MassSpec
pen that can rapidly identify cancer
cells with 96 per cent accuracy in
tumour samples and operations on
mice. They plan to begin testing the pen
on patients as early as next year.
?If you talk to cancer patients after
surgery, one of the first things many will
say is, ?I hope the surgeon got all the
cancer out?,? said Livia Schiavinato
Eberlin, the chemist who led the study.
?It?s just heartbreaking when that?s
not the case. But our technology could
vastly improve the odds that surgeons
really do remove every last trace of
cancer during surgery.?
The consequences of taking out
healthy tissue around the cancer can be
dire. Breast cancer patients sometimes
suffer painful nerve damage, while
those who have thyroid tumours
removed from their necks occasionally
lose the ability to speak.
The pen has a single drop of water at
its tip, which picks up traces of
chemicals from nearby cells over three
seconds and is then sucked into a mass
spectrometer for chemical analysis. Dr
Eberlin and her team tested it on samples of tissue taken from 253 people,
about half of whom were healthy, while
the other half had cancers of the lung,
ovaries, thyroid and breast.
It missed fewer than 4 per cent of the
cancers and gave false positives less
than 4 per cent of the time. It also reliably found the borders between cancerous and normal tissue in a mixed sample taken from an ovarian cancer
patient.
The research is published in the
journal Science Translational Medicine.
Unqualified support workers are
practising in the NHS with job titles
that describe them as nurses with
advanced skills, experts say.
A study found that thousands of nursing jobs across the health service have
titles that bear little or no link to a
nurse?s education or level of experience. Researchers said people were also
working without being registered with
the regulator, the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
In many cases, NHS trusts or staff
create their own job titles.
Alison Leary, who led the study from
London South Bank University,
warned the practice could undermine
public confidence in the profession and
puts patients at risk.
The government is coming under
mounting pressure, meanwhile, to
scrap the 1 per cent cap on public sector
pay amid the threat of strikes.
Thousands of nurses demonstrated
in Westminster yesterday as part of a
campaign by the Royal College of
Nursing. A poll for the union of 1,624
members of the public found 68 per
cent believed nurses were underpaid.
Sir Michael Fallon, the defence
secretary, said the government fully
understood that public sector workers
had taken their ?share of the pain? of
deficit reduction and indicated that the
chancellor was looking at the issue.
Dr Google
fuels health
anxiety
Kat Lay Health Correspondent
A fifth of people going to NHS outpatient appointments are overly
anxious about their health, fuelled by
?cyberchondria? and celebrity deaths,
according to researchers.
An increasing tendency to check ?Dr
Google? for worrying symptoms is
driving health anxiety, the study found.
The phenomenon is estimated to cost
the NHS more than �0 million a year
in outpatient appointments alone,
alongside the cost of tests and repeat
GP appointments.
Training nurses to deliver simple
talking therapies can significantly
improve the patients? quality of life, the
study found.
A team including researchers from
Imperial College London and King?s
College London are calling for health
anxiety to be recognised more widely
as a condition and for the National
Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) to produce guidelines on
managing it.
They estimated that at least one in
five people attending hospital outpatient appointments suffers from health
anxiety, although only one in ten is
ever diagnosed. Peter Tyrer, emeritus
professor in community psychiatry at
Imperial, said: ?We suspect that it is
increasing in frequency because of
what is now called cyberchondria.
?People now go to their GPs with a
whole list of things they?ve looked up
on the internet and say, ?What do you
make of this?? Dr Google is very informative but he doesn?t put things in
the right proportion.?
The study, published in Health Technology Assessment, found that cognitive
behavioural therapy can be modified to
treat patients with health anxiety.
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Rees-Mogg opposes abortion after rape or incest
Henry Zeffman Political Reporter
Jacob Rees-Mogg has revealed that he
opposes abortion in all circumstances,
including after rape and incest.
The Conservative MP for North East
Somerset, who has been the subject of
speculation over the summer that he
might succeed Theresa May as prime
minister, has also reiterated his objections to same-sex marriage.
?I?m completely opposed to
abortion,? he told ITV?s Good Morning
Britain. ?With same-sex marriage, that
is something that people are doing for
themselves; with abortion it is something that is done to the unborn child.?
Asked whether he was opposed to
abortion in all circumstances, including
in cases of rape and incest, Mr ReesMogg answered: ?Yes, I am. I?m afraid
so. Life is sacrosanct and begins at the
point of conception and I think it is
wrong.?
Asked whether his views meant that
a woman who had been raped had no
right to an abortion, he said: ?No, she
would have a right under UK law. But
that law is not going to change. My
personal opinion is that life begins at
the point of conception and abortion is
morally indefensible. I wouldn?t [stop
her having an abortion] because that
wouldn?t be the law of the land.?
On same-sex marriage, Mr ReesMogg, 48, said: ?I?m a Catholic and I
take the teaching of the Catholic
church seriously in matters of faith and
morals. Marriage is a sacrament and
the decision of what is a sacrament lies
with the church, not with parliament.
?The teaching of the Catholic church
is completely clear. I don?t want to
criticise people who lead lives that are
different to mine but equally I don?t
want to divert from the historic teaching of the Catholic church.?
The British Pregnancy Advisory
Service said that Mr Rees-Mogg?s
?extreme? views were ?wildly at odds?
with public opinion. Katherine O?Brien, its head of policy research, said: ?We
are a pro-choice country, we have a prochoice parliament. Rees-Mogg?s stance
is . . . extremely out of touch.?
Mr Rees-Mogg tweeted a link last
night to the interview, adding: ?Et
unam, sanctam, catholicam et apostoli-
TMS
diary@thetimes.co.uk | @timesdiary
A reluctant
claim to fame
David Cameron made a return to
parliament yesterday evening
(you?ll dimly recall that he used to
work there) to speak to the 1922
committee of Tory backbenchers.
They presented him with a gift, a
first edition of a biography of
Churchill. ?I just hope it isn?t the
Boris one,? Cameron replied. He
then told his former comrades that
he has tried to be obscure since
leaving Downing Street. ?The only
two things I?ve got headlines for
were buying a shed and having a
fag,? he said. ?Next time I?ll have
the fag behind the shed.?
BritainThinks, a pollster, has been
asking voters what car they most
associate with the party leaders.
Jeremy Corbyn is a Toyota Prius:
?kind of ugly-looking but they do
good for the world?. Theresa May is
a Reliant Robin: ?the fascination is
that it doesn?t tip over ? it keeps
going against the odds?.
forbidden fruit
Odd news from the mean streets of
Barnes, southwest London, where
a man tried to hold up a NatWest
bank with a banana. A witness says
that this slippery character walked
up to a teller, pointed the fruit at
her and said: ?Give me �0 or I?ll
eat the banana.? Rather than call
his bluff, she called the police, who
forced the man to lie on the floor
until they had made the fruit safe.
(I swear I?m not making this up.)
They were lucky he hadn?t armed
himself with something more
dangerous, like a watermelon or a
particularly sharp pineapple.
Gavin Barwell, the Downing Street
chief of staff, was seen in an Indian
restaurant on Tuesday night trying
to charm Anna Soubry, the antiBrexit Tory backbencher,
over a plate of
tikkas ahead of
today?s EU debate.
Currying favour, as they say. It?s a
change from his predecessors, who
had more of a Kim Jong-un
approach to handling dissenters.
dead weight loss
Grant, the Diary hobbit, had less
success at this week?s GQ Men of
the Year awards than he did in
2016, when he accidentally took
home an Olympic medal. He did,
however, meet Mark Hamill, the
Star Wars actor, who complained
of being underused in The Force
Awakens, the sequel that came out
in 2015. Thinking Luke Skywalker
would again be the hero, Hamill
got himself a trainer and lost lots
of weight in anticipation of having
to be fit, 32 years after his last
outing. ?I couldn?t wait for the
lightsabre battles,? Hamill, 65, said.
?Then I got the script.? He would
only appear in the final ten
seconds and then only to remove
his hood and look enigmatic. Even
Grant works harder than that.
Hamill?s favourite bit of the original
film was swinging across the Death
Star canyon with Princess Leia
draped around him. ?I was so
disappointed, they got it in one
take,? he said. Hamill wanted to
spend all day flying around but
George Lucas, the director, shouted:
?Get him down, it?s an insurance
risk. If he hits the wall like Wile E
Coyote the whole movie?s off.?
swear blind
On the night that Donald Trump
tweeted that Nigel Farage should
be the next British ambassador to
the US it fell to Jon Sopel, the
BBC?s man in Washington, to get a
response from Downing Street.
It being 3am, their comment
was terse and crude, Sopel
told an audience in
London. ?Oh f***, really??
was the official line from
the duty press officer.
Sopel decided it was best
to censor the comment,
reporting merely that there
was ?a shocked reaction?.
patrick kidd
cam ecclesiam?, a section of the Nicene
Creed meaning: ?I believe in one holy
catholic and apostolic church.?
Mr Rees-Mogg was the most popular
choice to succeed Mrs May in a
Conservative Home survey.
Asked at a Tory activist event if
he would rule out becoming
prime minister, Mr Rees-Mogg
was coy about his ambitions. He
said: ?We know about Jim Hacker?s answer from Yes Minister, just
before he becomes prime minister. It was that ?I have no
ambitions in that direction,
but if my friends and col-
Where they stand
Theresa May Voted in 2008 to
reduce the legal abortion limit from
24 to 20 weeks. The move failed.
Jeremy Corbyn Has consistently
voted against restricting abortion.
Democratic Unionists Against
attempts to change laws in
Northern Ireland.
Tim Farron Said he opposed a
ban but that abortion was
too widely available.
leagues advise me that in some humble
capacity I can serve my country . . .? and
of course that meant ?yes?. Let me be absolutely clear: I?m not a candidate,
there is not a vacancy, I fully support
Theresa May and want her to continue.
And I?m a backbench MP. In the whole
history of the prime ministership, the
party in office has never felt so desperate that it has dragged somebody from
the obscurity of the back benches to
thrust them into the highest office.
?So the answer to your question is
that it is simply not something that is
going to happen.?
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New patients turned away by thousands of dentists
Katie Gibbons
Thousands of dental practices are
refusing to take on new patients as one
couple came forward to say they had resorted to pulling out their own teeth.
Of the 2,500 NHS practices that give
details about how to register online, almost half were not accepting new adult
patients. The British Dental Association (BDA) said that the figures reflected ?an emerging crisis? driven by
ministers? ?principal interest in keeping
costs down?.
Analysis by the BBC also found that
40 per cent of new child patients were
being turned away from practices, de-
Rebecca Brearey
said she had to
pull her own teeth
spite tooth decay being the leading
cause of hospital admissions among
children.
Rebecca Brearey and Nick Oldroyd,
an unemployed couple from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, are among those
who have not been able to gain access to
dental care. They claim to have ?ripped
out? their own teeth to cope with the
pain after being refused NHS treatment for four years. ?It got so bad that
after taking a combination of paracetamol and alcohol I ripped my half-rotten
teeth out,? Ms Brearey told the BBC.
?I?ve literally begged to be taken on by
an NHS dentist, but every time I?ve
been turned away.?
Mr Oldroyd said: ?I was sat there for
days in agony with a tooth which was
doing my head in and stopping me from
sleeping. I was drinking to just try and
just numb the pain so one night I just
pulled it out. The tops of my teeth are
gone. I?m on benefits and trying to get a
job, and when someone sees my teeth
they just think I?m another waster. I do
believe if I could get some dental care I
might be able to begin turning my life
around.?
NHS England said that 95 per cent of
people seeking a dental appointment
were able to get one and 39 million
treatments were carried out in England
last year. However, new figures from
the NHS show that half of all adults and
nearly 5 million children are not seeing
a dentist regularly.
Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, chairman of general dental practice at the
BDA, said that the figures were a stark
reminder that dentistry remained a
?cinderella service?. ?Many dentists
would love to do more NHS work, but
the contract imposed on them penalises them when they don?t hit quotas and
does not pay them when they do more.
Despite years of promises we are no
closer to a decisive break from a model
that puts government targets ahead of
patient need.?
Analysis of more than 7,000 dental
practices in England that are listed on
the NHS Choices website found that
just over 2,500 had information about
whether they were accepting new
patients. Work to transfer ownership of
NHS records to individual practices
began in April, but some practices are
still waiting for access to their profiles
or learning how to update the system.
RYAN SCHUDE/GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS
Hop to it Bini the rabbit has broken the Guinness world record for the most slam
dunks by his species ? seven in a minute. The book?s 2018 edition is out today
Dangerous
cycling law
considered
Wind power
for greener
British ships
Fariha Karim, Henry Zeffman
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
Ministers are considering whether laws
on dangerous driving should be applied
to cyclists after the death of a woman
who was hit while she crossed the road.
Charlie Alliston, now 20, was convicted of wanton and furious driving
over the death of Kim Briggs, 44, in central London last year.
Alliston was riding a fixed-wheel bike
with no front brake, which is illegal to
ride on the road. He was cleared of
manslaughter and convicted of the
lesser charge, which carries a maximum sentence of two years. He will be
sentenced this month.
Mrs Briggs?s husband, Matt, 47, wants
the law to be updated to reflect the
growth in the number of cyclists. Yesterday, in response to a question from
his MP, Heidi Alexander, the prime
minister said that Chris Grayling, the
transport secretary, had been asked to
review the laws. Theresa May said an
?important issue? had been raised.
The Department for Transport said:
?There already are strict laws that apply for cyclists . . . but the transport secretary is looking at the implications of
the case, including whether dangerous
driving should apply to cyclists.?
Huge ships could be powered by the
wind under plans to stamp out harmful
emissions choking Britain?s coastline.
Trials of green energy will be
launched on ships and ferries as part of
plans to cut pollution levels by a third
over the next decade, the Department
for Transport said. The �million trial
involves the use of ?spinning sails? that
harness wind power and reduce fuel
consumption.
Maersk, one of the world?s biggest
shipping companies, has also outlined
plans to fit the sails to one of its tankers
next year. Work has already started on
similar green schemes, including the
use of hydrogen fuel cells for ferries in
Scotland.
Speaking before London International Shipping Week, John Hayes,
the maritime minister, will say today
that more needs to be done to achieve
zero emissions in the sector.
A study by a German group said that
cruise ships had done virtually nothing
to reduce pollution over the past year,
with some still emitting amounts equivalent to a million cars a day.
Ships are responsible for about
2.5 per cent of global emissions.
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Child abuse
?whitewash? as
council chiefs
escape blame
Andrew Norfolk
Chief Investigative Reporter
New inquiries into the Rotherham
child abuse scandal were criticised last
night after they failed to recommend
disciplinary action against any of the
council?s former senior executives.
Sarah Champion, the South Yorkshire town?s MP, labelled the reports a
?wasted opportunity?, while a young
woman who as a child fell victim to
multiple sex offences condemned the
findings as a whitewash.
Six independent investigations were
commissioned by the local authority, at
a cost of �0,000, after the 2014 Jay
report, which revealed that 1,400 girls
from the town were targeted for abuse,
including rape and sex trafficking, from
1997 to 2013.
The lead inquiry was asked to investigate the ?performance and conduct? of
senior employees in those years, to
determine whether there were grounds
for disciplinary proceedings against
any present or former staff. Its finding
was that the council?s ?shameful? response to child sexual exploitation was
the product of ?multiple and systemic
failures? but was ?not the responsibility
or fault? of any one person.
Mark Greenburgh, from the law firm
that conducted the inquiry, said that
although some senior managers ?let
down the children, the council and
themselves?, no one ?deliberately
turned a blind eye to child sexual
exploitation in Rotherham?.
There was also, he said, no evidence
of an orchestrated cover-up. It was
?more cock-up than conspiracy?.
Ms Champion, a vocal campaigner
for the victims of sexual exploitation,
said that the reports failed to ?draw a
line under the catalogue of errors that
led to our children being let down so
badly by those supposed to protect
them?. She added: ?Despite these huge
failures, it appears that no individual at
the council has been held to account.
How is Rotherham meant to have
confidence this will never happen again
unless we know what went wrong??
Ms Champion, who was until last
month Labour?s shadow women and
equalities secretary, was forced to
resign after she wrote in an article for
The Sun that Britain ?has a problem
with British Pakistani men raping and
exploiting white girls?.
Yesterday?s inquiry reports noted
that frontline staff attempting to raise
concerns about groups of men targeting white teenagers for abuse faced
?cultural barriers? due to ?over-sensitivity and caution? within the council
about ?acknowledging the race and
ethnicity of the perpetrators?.
Mr Greenburgh said that his investigation was hampered by the ?disappointing? refusal of some former senior
officers and Labour councillors ?to engage with the process?. Among those
who declined to be interviewed were
Roger Stone, former council leader, and
Shaun Wright, cabinet member with
responsibility for children?s services
from 2005 to 2010. He resigned as
South Yorkshire?s crime commissioner
after the Jay report was published.
Chris Read, who became council
leader after the scandal triggered the
resignation of Rotherham?s Labour
cabinet in early 2015, said that the inquiry?s failure to recommend disciplinary action against anyone was not ?easy
to swallow?. Mr Reed said that those
who refused to co-operate with the investigation, ?including former Labour
members? should be made to realise
that ?our survivors deserved far better?.
Ged Fitzgerald, the council?s chief
executive from 2000 to 2003, also
turned down an interview. The report
said that had he taken ?a more rigorous
approach? when he became aware of
sex-grooming concerns in 2001, ?the
response by the council might have
been very different?.
Raise a glass Lucy Winward picking huxelrebe grapes at New Hall in Purleigh, Essex, one of the oldest vineyards in England
Plastic particles found in tap water
Ben Webster Environment Editor
Tap water contains tiny pieces of plastic, a study has found.
Scientists called for research into the
effects on health after microscopic
plastic fibres were found in 83 per cent
of 159 samples taken in 14 countries,
including Britain. Three brands of
bottled water in the United States were
also found to contain plastic fibres.
The contamination level in Britain
was much lower than in the US, with
only two fibres per 500ml found in a
sample from Chelsea, west London,
compared with up to 34 in Washington
DC. The tests, carried out at the University of Minnesota School of Public
Health, were commissioned by Orb
Media, a US news website. The findings
suggest that water companies? filter
systems fail to remove all plastic.
The source of the particles is not
known but scientists suggested that
some could come from synthetic clothing. A recent study found that each
washing machine cycle could release
700,000 fibres into drains. Air in cities
has also been shown to contain plastic
fibres, which are deposited in rain.
Microplastics can absorb toxic chemicals and research on wild animals has
shown that these can be released in the
body. Richard Thompson, of Plymouth
University, an expert on plastic contamination, told Orb: ?It became clear
that the plastic would release those
chemicals and that conditions in the
gut would facilitate quite rapid release.?
Water UK, which represents water
companies, said it was not aware of any
research showing that the level of plastic contamination found in the tests was
a risk to human health. ?Our water
companies constantly assess the risks
of different contaminants, taking
action to ensure that the safety of water
is guaranteed at all times,? it added.
Pay to carry luggage on Ryanair flights DNA test proves Dal� isn?t
Tarot card reader?s father
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
Millions of passengers will be stopped
from taking wheeled luggage into the
cabin of Ryanair flights amid claims
that the current allowances are being
abused by travellers.
Europe?s busiest airline said there
would be new incentives to check bags
into the hold following concerns over
lack of cabin space and boarding delays.
The existing system in which all passengers can take two bags on to flights
? a small handbag and larger piece of
luggage ? will be scrapped.
Passengers will be required to pay the
�upgrade to ?priority boarding? to
guarantee taking a holdall or wheeled
bag on to planes, with all other travellers having to make do with a smaller
handbag or laptop case that can fit
under the seat in front.
The airline said it was cutting the cost
of placing bags in the hold and increasing weight allowances to get more passengers to give up their suitcases. While
it insisted yesterday that the change
would cost it � million a year in lost
baggage fees, the new policy, which will
be introduced from November, is likely
to anger many passengers who have
already seen other airlines impose restrictions on carry-on bags.
The move comes just weeks after Ryanair, which carried 126.2 million passengers in the past 12 months, insisted
that ?abuse? of existing cabin bag allowances was leading to delays on flights.
Neil Sorahan, the airline?s chief
financial officer, said the carrier had
been a victim of its own ?niceness?, with
claims that passengers were taking
bags into the cabin that were three
times the permitted size.
Kenny Jacobs, chief marketing officer, said that some planes were being
forced to accommodate more than 360
carry-on bags. He insisted the airline
was already removing 50 bags per flight
from the cabin and transferring them to
the hold because of the lack of space.
?We hope that by restricting non-prior-
ity customers to one small carry-on bag
. . . this will speed up boarding and eliminate delays being caused by not having
sufficient overhead cabin space on busy
flights,? he said.
The cost of checking in a bag will be
cut from � to � and the maximum
size of bag being checked in will increase from 15kg to 20kg.
Passengers will only be able to carry
on one small bag. This is classed as a
handbag or laptop bag no bigger than
35cm x 20cm x 20cm which can fit
under the seat in front. Mr Jacobs said
staff would ?use their discretion? to decide if a handbag is small enough.
Previously, passengers have been
able to take a second piece of hand luggage ? weighing up to 10kg and 55cm
x 40cm x 20cm in size ? on to a plane.
This will now be taken at the boarding
gate and checked into the hold free of
charge. Luggage brought to the gate
that exceeds the existing restrictions on
second bags will be subject to a � fee
and placed in the hold as well.
Graham Keeley Madrid
You could say that the Tarot reader who
claimed to be Salvador Dal�s daughter
never saw this coming. Tests on DNA
extracted from the artist?s exhumed
body have disproved claims that she is
the artist?s illegitimate daughter, his
foundation has said.
The organisation, which safeguards
the artist?s legacy, said its lawyers had
been told by a court examining the
paternity claim of Mar韆 Pilar Abel
Mart韓ez that tests showed she was not
his daughter.
She may face a bill for the exhumation from his tomb in a theatre museum
in Figueres, northeast Spain, in July.
A source at the Gala-Salvador Dal�
Foundation said: ?The result does not
leave any doubt.? A court spokesman
declined to confirm the results, due to
be revealed on September 18. It appears
to end a decade-long fight by Ms Abel
to prove Dal� was her father ? a claim
that, if proved, would have entitled her
to a 25 per cent share in his ?400 million fortune.
Ms Abel, from Figueres, claimed that
Dal� had an affair with her mother,
Antonia, in 1955, almost 20 years after
he married his muse, Gala.
She said that the affair happened
while her mother, who is now 87, was
working for a family who spent their
holidays in Port Lligat, a small village
on the Costa Brava, close to where Dal�
and his wife were staying.
Ms Abel had launched two previous
attempts to prove Dal� was her father.
Last night she said she would talk to her
lawyers to decide the next step. ?I didn?t
expect this result,? she told The Times.
She also offered a political prediction:
?Trump will fall before Christmas after
he has been nuked by Kim.?
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Cabinet rift over
May?s plan to end
free movement
Sam Coates Deputy Political Editor
Bruno Waterfield Brussels
Proposed changes
The cabinet is split over Theresa May?s
plans to limit migration during the
Brexit transition, with colleagues
fearing that she risks creating an economic cliff-edge in 18 months? time.
The prime minister is refusing to
soften certain aspects of her plan to
introduce migration curbs straight
after Brexit, despite pleas from Amber
Rudd, the home secretary, and Philip
Hammond, the chancellor. Mrs May
also wants caps on the number of lowskilled EU migrants allowed in, which
Brussels warned yesterday would mean
Britain being blocked from unfettered
trade with Europe.
The Times understands that key
government figures believe that the
latest draft of the migration plans will
not satisfy the European free movement directive during the transition
period. A time limit on those arriving
during the transition period is likely to
be seen as discriminatory.
This in turn will provoke the EU into
raising barriers to the trade in goods
and services after March 2019. Mrs
May is understood to reject this
scenario as overly pessimistic.
Key elements of the prime minister?s
plan were revealed on Tuesday when a
draft Home Office immigration white
paper, dated early August, was leaked to
The Guardian. Its unexpectedly hardline contents prompted anger from certain business sectors and fury in Brussels. The document proposed ?limiting
the number of EU citizens able to come
to the UK to undertake low-skilled
work, for example through a salary
threshold, an assessment of the skill
level of the occupation and/or through
a direct numerical cap on numbers?.
The leaked document unnerved
business because Mrs Rudd and Mr
Hammond said in the summer that
little would change on migration
straight after Brexit. David Davis, the
Brexit secretary, had also said that business would continue to have a supply of
low-skilled migrants. The difference
illustrates the division between key
cabinet figures, and plans to reveal part
of it at the Tory conference have been
Pre-Brexit 2019
6 EU freedom of movement rules
apply with no curbs on travel.
6 EU citizens who arrived in UK
before a specified date will be able
to register for settled status.
Implementation period 2019-21
6 All EU migrants must show
passport at the border. An ID card is
no longer acceptable.
6 EU citizens can come to work,
study or visit, or be self-employed or
self-sufficient, for 3-6 months.
6 Those wishing to stay longer will
have to register with the Home
Office for a residence permit, likely
to involve a criminal records check,
fingerprinting, and a photograph.
6 They will also have to provide
proof of employment or selfsufficiency. They may have to show
minimum earnings of �7 a week.
6 Highly skilled migrants will get
permission to stay for 3-5 years and
a route to permanent settlement.
Those in low-skilled jobs will be
allowed to stay for two years with
no expectation of settlement.
Post-2021 immigration system
6 Likely that previous registration
system will apply but the document
says eligibility rules may change.
6 Those seeking work may need
Home Office permission to enter UK.
6 Employers may be required to
recruit locally first.
6 Cap may be imposed on the
number of low-skilled workers.
6 Students will face checks on
academic qualifications, language
skills and funds.
6 EU migrants will be barred from
bringing all but partners, dependent
children under 18 and adult
dependent relatives.
6 EU citizens face tougher rules if
they have a criminal record. The rule
under which a person must
?represent a genuine, present and
sufficiently serious threat? before
deportation will be scrapped.
shelved. The plan has not yet been discussed by the full cabinet. Downing
Street and the Home Office emphasised that the leak was a draft and said
that some elements had changed, including the removal of a requirement to
fingerprint new arrivals who stay for
more than three months.
EU sources said residency restrictions on low-skilled migrants and caps
on the number allowed to work in certain sectors would lead to Britain being
blocked from free trade with Europe.
Sources point out that Switzerland,
which has bilateral agreements with
the EU, was forced to drop plans for
caps on migration after a referendum in
2014 when the EU warned that it would
lose its access to the single market.
?When the Swiss faced the hard
choice between capping the numbers,
as demanded in a referendum, or
continuing access to the single market
they chose to put their economy first.
Britain will have the same choice,? a
source close to the talks said.
A Brussels negotiating paper will
today call on Britain to take responsibility for ensuring that there will be no
physical customs checks on the border
between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland after Brexit.
Dublin and Brussels were stung by a
British paper last month which suggested that physical border posts would be
required under single market legislation rather than by UK law. A paper
backed by Ireland insists that the onus
to find solutions to the Ireland border
remains on the UK. Simon Coveney,
the Irish foreign affairs minister, said
there was ?a lot of scepticism? over UK
proposals for technical arrangements.
6 The EU should pay a post-Brexit
divorce bill, not Britain, the European
Research Group of more than 60 Tory
backbenchers has said. In a paper arguing for a clean Brexit it said that the
EU?s long-term budgets were binding
only on bloc members. But the EU
should return the capital that Britain
had put into the European Investment
Bank and a share of its accumulated reserves, amounting to about ?10 billion.
Jenni Russell, page 30
Iain Martin, page 31
Leading article, page 33
Theresa May at prime minister?s questions, at which she reeled off a familiar
McCommons diet
Patrick Kidd
Political Sketch
J
eremy Corbyn shuffled up
to the front of the
McCommons queue, where
the bored woman behind
the desk gave him a look of
barely disguised contempt.
?Wotchoowant?? she asked him,
one painted claw poised over her
keyboard.
?A Sunny Meal please,? Mr
Corbyn replied. ?Something
nutritious and warming. I want an
end to zero-hours contracts, action
on corporate greed and a side order
of onion rings. I?m lovin? it.?
?Sorry, mate, we?re fresh out of
Sunny Meals,? Theresa May replied,
flicking dust off the solitary star on
her name badge. All her early
enthusiasm for the job had gone. On
the wall, an ?employee of the
month? certificate, dated July 2016,
was starting to look dog-eared. ?I
can do you a Crappy Meal,? she said.
?Or how about some whoppers??
Mr Corbyn looked queasy. ?I think
everyone had enough whoppers
during May and June,? he said.
?Anyway, I?m a vegan now. Sort of.
Are you sure you can?t get me an
energy price cap and some higher
wages for nurses??
Mrs May sighed. ?Now look here:
you say you want all these things but
where are they coming from?
Business leaders dismiss PM?s letter Brussels demands deal to
avoid hard cheese Brexit
Francis Elliott Political Editor
Harry Wilson City Editor
Theresa May?s efforts to rally business
leaders behind her Brexit negotiations
were rebuffed yesterday amid anger
over proposals to curb the migration of
lower-skilled workers.
The chief executives of FTSE 100
companies have been asked to sign a
letter urging employers to work with
government to make a success of
Brexit, according to Sky News.
After the text was leaked one senior
business figure was reported as saying
that the request was met with incredulity ?given the current state of chaos
surrounding [Brexit] talks?.
Philip Hammond, the chancellor, has
warned Mrs May that businesses would
be forced to trigger hard Brexit contingency plans early in the new year if
negotiations had stalled. To make
progress the government must start
sketching out its proposals on issues
such as migration, with a white paper
promised later this autumn.
In a sign of the controversies to come,
some industry groups reacted angrily
to the leak of a Home Office document
outlining a post-Brexit work permit
regime with limits on all but workers
with the highest skills.
EEF, which represents more than
5,000 manufacturers, said that it had
grave concerns over the draft plans, and
the Food and Drink Federation said
that it was alarmed by the 81-page
document.
Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the
British Hospitality Association, said
that at least 60,000 EU workers were
needed every year to fill vacancies in its
members? businesses and that the plans
would be catastrophic for restaurants,
theatres, hotels and bars that rely on
foreign labour.
Other organisations, including the
British Chambers of Commerce and
the CBI, Britain?s biggest business
group, were more measured, calling for
no new restrictions during a promised
transition phase and an ?open approach
to our closest trading partners?.
No 10 declined to comment on the
proposed business letter, but it is consistent with Mrs May?s efforts to use the
EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which starts its
second reading today, as a point to draw
a line under past divisions.
Henry Zeffman, Dominic Walsh
Brussels is demanding that Britain recognise parmesan cheese and champagne as protected products for years
after Brexit.
In a position paper to be published
today, the EU is expected to request
that Britain agree to ?geographical indications? for food and wine, protecting
some of Europe?s most important exports, such as Parma ham and French
cognac. British examples include Stilton cheese and Cornish pasties.
The EU has 3,300 protected food and
drink products from specific geographic regions. British products would be of-
fered the same treatment in the EU, the
Financial Times reported.
Almost 100,000 jobs will be created
in the food and drink sector over the
next five years as firms seek to cash in
on the weak pound to boost exports, according to research.
The Food and Drink Report 2017, by
Lloyds Commercial Banking, which is
also published today, found that the
proportion of manufacturers investing
to secure new international customers
has risen from 55 per cent to 69 per cent
over the past year.
Europe remained the most common
target, with 43 per cent planning to enter new markets inside the EU, while
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European students
will have to prove
they speak English
Richard Ford Home Correspondent
series of answers about tax cuts, employment figures and balancing the books. Philip Hammond barely stifled a yawn
is sure to leave you lethargic
Remember when my lot took over
McCommons from your people?
There was nothing left in the deepfreeze. That was only seven years
ago. You can hardly expect us to
have restocked it by now. So don?t
blame us, look at yourself. Even
though you never worked for those
owners or even supported them that
often, it?s all your fault.?
Yes, Wednesday lunchtime in
McCommons is an unappetising as it
was before the recess. Mrs May still
blames everything on the previous
Labour administration and Mr
Corbyn still wants to fill his tray and
get someone else to pay for it. Your
menu choice is Mrs May?s small fries
or a pile of Corbyn fritters.
Yesterday, Mr Corbyn suggested
that Mrs May could raid the bonuses
of corporate fatcats to provide a few
scraps for striking fast-food workers.
Mrs May didn?t really have an
answer to that so she complained
about Mr Corbyn?s policy on nuclear
submarines instead.
?He talks about manifestos and
people going back on their word,?
she said. ?The Labour manifesto
included a commitment to support
Trident and yet he?s been telling
people in private that he doesn?t
agree with it.?
Mr Corbyn looked bewildered. ?I
listened very carefully to what she
said on this occasion,? he said (an
admission that his head is normally
in the clouds when Mrs May is
rabbiting on), ?and I?m struggling to
see the connection between what
she just said and McDonald?s.? He
had a point. Or is our nuclear
deterrent so unreliable that we?re
39 per cent of firms were targeting new
markets outside it. More than a quarter
of food and drink firms said that they
planned to export for the first time in
the next five years, with the Far East,
Asia and Australia among the other
main targets.
Although rising labour costs were
among the sector?s biggest challenges,
44 per cent of firms said that they
planned to create jobs over the next five
years, up from 24 per cent last year.
Elena Paitra, managing director of
food, beverages and tobacco at Lloyds,
said that while the Brexit vote had initially caused uncertainty, this year?s
survey showed that companies were
now moving on.
?Buoyed by the depressed pound,
many more firms are targeting growth
overseas,? she said: ?Last year was a
record-breaking year for food and
drink exports and firms seem optimistic
that momentum will be maintained.?
Scotland considers new
fixed income for life
Hamish Macdonell
Scottish Political Editor
Nicola Sturgeon is prepared to consider
a scheme that would give every Scot a
fixed income for life.
Under the scheme all Scots,
regardless of income, would get a set
amount per week. The money would be
unconditional and non-withdrawable.
The aim is to avoid complicated meanstested benefits, many of which overlap.
The proposal is a favourite of the
Scottish Greens, who have become
allies with the SNP at Holyrood.
Ms Sturgeon told MSPs that the idea
merited closer examination ?as we look
just going to fire stale burger baps
at North Korea instead?
Then Mrs May did her usual
trick of reeling off boilerplate
platitudes about income tax cuts,
employment figures and the need
to balance the books. There was no
fizz about her and it was even
boring her colleagues. Philip
Hammond was suddenly unable to
control himself. The chancellor
threw back his head and gave an
almighty yawn, just about
remembering to cover his mouth.
Not a good look for television
but a McCommons diet can leave
you with a dreadful lethargy these
days. It?s not even fast food. The
noon session, which should take 30
minutes, dragged on until 12.48pm.
By the end, even the vegans were
desperate for some proper meat.
ahead to the next decade and beyond?.
She added: ?The Scottish government
will work with interested local authorities to fund research into the concept
and feasibility of a citizen?s basic income
to help to inform parliament?s thinking
for the future.?
The Scottish government cannot
introduce the scheme as it would need
total control over the social security
and benefits system as well as control
over all taxes, which it does not have.
Under the Greens? plan every child
under 16 would get � per week, working adults get �0 and pensioners �0.
Income tax would be increased to cover
the cost of the scheme.
Students from the EU would have to
pass English language tests before they
were admitted to Britain after Brexit.
The move is intended to prevent the
student route being used to get round
rules that will be imposed to limit EU
nationals coming to Britain to work.
It will also be made easier to deport
EU criminals and check for criminal
convictions before migrants arrive.
The measures were outlined in a
leaked draft of Home Office plans for
an immigration system that would rely
heavily on robust IT systems to deliver
a streamlined service.
Tens of thousands of EU students are
likely to have to take English language
tests, have their academic ability
checked and provide evidence that they
have enough cash to support themselves before being given residency.
?The government welcomes and
encourages EU citizens who wish to
study in the UK and does not wish to
restrict their access per se. However, we
will need to ensure that study does not
allow circumvention of any new controls on work,? the leaked Home Office
document, dated last month, said.
?We may need restrictions to ensure
students are genuinely intending to
study in the way that we do for non-EU
students, by checking ability, English
language skills and sufficiency of
funds.?
In 2015-16 there were 127,000
students from the EU in the UK,
112,000 of them full time. The draft
document highlights concerns in the
Home Office that the controls planned
for low-skilled and skilled EU workers
could fuel abuse of the student route.
Theresa May introduced tougher
checks on migrants from outside the
European Economic Area (EEA) when
she was home secretary after the
discovery of abuses of the system, including people who arrived with scant
English or who worked rather than
studied.
Non-EEA students have to show that
they can speak, write and understand
English, usually by sitting a test. They
must also show that they have sufficient funds to pay course fees and to
support themselves while studying:
�265 per month if studying in London
and �015 outside the capital.
A spokesman for Universities UK
said it had no comment about the
leaked document.
New rules would make it easier to
deport EU criminals as the rule that an
offender?s conduct must ?represent a
genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat? before they can be deported
is to be ditched.
The government plans to apply rules
for non-EEA migrants to EU citizens.
They will be considered for automatic
deportation if given a prison sentence
of 12 months or more, if they commit an
offence causing serious harm, or if they
are a persistent offender or have been
involved in deception.
The system promises a ?simple,
instant, digital service? for employers
and landlords to check the immigration
status of their workers and tenants
through a ?secure digital portal?.
It will be backed by data sharing
between HM Revenue and Customs,
the Home Office and the Department
for Work and Pensions, which will link
tax, benefit and immigration records.
Along with the planned registration of
millions of EU citizens already in the
UK who want to live here, the proposals
present a bureaucratic and technological challenge for the Home Office.
Carlos Vargas-Silva, acting director
of the Migration Observatory at the
University of Oxford, said: ?Creating
and enforcing a new work-permit
system for EU migrant workers will not
be simple. Developing the processes
and systems that allow government to
assess whether an EU citizen in the UK
has the right to work, and linking that to
other departments such as the tax
system, welfare state and local government, is a major undertaking. There
will also need to be some form of
enforcement process to prevent abuse
of the system, which is also likely to
require significant resources.?
Analysis
D
espite the
forced
bonhomie of
cabinet
members
during prime minister?s
questions yesterday,
Theresa May?s
stubbornness is causing
gloom and pessimism
across Whitehall (Sam
Coates writes).
For months parts of
the Treasury, the Brexit
department and even
Amber Rudd, the home
secretary, have been
fighting a private
rearguard action to try
to soften hardline
proposals on migration
that they believe create
problems for the Brexit
negotiations.
Despite incremental
improvements, and the
prime minister?s loss of
political authority along
with her Commons
majority, they are not
winning.
?They are worried
that Theresa won?t give
ground, and are pretty
bleak. They are worried
that there will be
disorderly Brexit as a
consequence,? a
Whitehall source said.
As recently as last
week the team trying to
change Mrs May?s mind
needed a gamechanger.
On Tuesday
afternoon a possibility
suddenly arrived: a leak
of the full draft
immigration paper,
giving Brussels, the
business community
and MPs the ability to
scrutinise ? and get
angry about ? ideas
that until now had been
kept from view.
Mrs May has been
warned continually by
the Treasury and
business groups that her
plans would result in
Europe raising barriers
on the trade in goods
and services.
The Times has been
told that the prime
minister does not
believe these warnings,
thinking them overly
pessimistic.
Some 15 months after
the referendum Brexit
still divides the cabinet
into two camps: those
who believe that it will
be straightforward and
those who believe that
pulling away too far will
mean Europe raising
barriers and harming
the economy.
With the publication
of this document we
now know that Mrs
May has sided with
Boris Johnson and Liam
Fox, rather than
Remainers in her
cabinet. Like Andrea
Leadsom, Mrs May has
decided to insist on
being an optimist on
Brexit in the face of
doom-mongering
Remainer warnings, and
she is determined to be
proved right.
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British pair held over
?holiday bug fraud?
Fariha Karim
A British grandmother and her
daughter were detained by Spanish
police on suspicion of masterminding a
holiday sickness scam.
Debbie Cameron, 59, and her heavily
pregnant daughter, Laura Joyce, 28,
were arrested at their villa in the suburb
of Bendinat on Majorca this week.
They are suspected of being ringleaders of a scam using touts at hotels to
entice British tourists into faking symptoms of gastric illness to get compensation, legal sources have claimed in local
media reports. Mrs Cameron has denied wrongdoing, saying that she was
arrested as a result of confusion. Family
members said that she had been released, while her daughter remained in
custody, ahead of a court appearance.
Gary Grimstead, 60, her brother,
who lives in Hornchurch,
Essex, told The Daily
Telegraph: ?Debbie says
100 per cent she hasn?t done
anything wrong and it?s all a
confusion. She?s back at
home and is OK. They
arrested her and then let
her go. They [the police]
have given her her
passport back and
apologised. But my
Debbie Cameron
and her daughter,
Laura Joyce
neice is still in custody and all my sister
wants to do is get her daughter out. It?s
total confusion. All we are now
concerned about is Laura. She is due [to
give birth] next month.?
Five other people are also said to
have been detained. Their arrest comes
amid a clampdown by authorities on
sickness scams on the holiday island,
which is visited by more than 2.5 million British tourists a year.
Cehat, the Spanish hotel and apartment trade body, estimates that Britons
have cost them ?100 million in food
poisoning claims over the past three
years. Hotels hired private detectives to
build up dossiers of allegedly fake
scams. Hundreds of claims were investigated by authorities in Majorca after
police were handed a dossier by lawyers
acting for the Mac Hotels group, suggesting that its losses alone
could be as high as �million, based upon 273 suspect
claims from nearly 800
holidaymakers.
Mrs Cameron has
been involved in expat
life on Majorca for
more than 30 years.
The daughter of a
wealthy
businessman, she has set herself up as a lifestyle
coach. Mrs Joyce
describes herself as a
dancer,
part-time
model and actress.
GARETH FULLER/PA
Street View
can tell how
rich you are
Mark Bridge Technology Correspondent
Cheetah McCheetahface? Seven-week-old cheetah cubs at Port Lympne wildlife
park in Kent, which is offering a vote on its shortlist of names for the pair
Google is introducing improved Street
View cameras that can help to predict
the wealth, politics and the racial mix of
neighbourhoods.
The camera rig, which is mounted on
its survey cars, will use seven 20-megapixel cameras to capture panoramic
footage of much higher quality. It also
has two cameras for still photos and laser radar sensors to measure distances.
The company?s artificial intelligence
(AI) combs images for information
from shop signs and street numbers to
add address details to Google Maps.
However, superior information will
now allow the system to pick up on finer
details, such as shop opening times.
Research published this year by FeiFei Li, a chief scientist at Google, found
that an algorithm could accurately predict the demographics of a neighbourhood by analysing the make, model and
year of cars appearing in Street View.
Researchers used the data to predict
the income, race, education and voting
patterns of citizens in particular areas.
Mark Skilton, a professor at Warwick
Business School, said the data drive
gave Google huge new opportunities.
?Insurance companies and marketers
have been pursuing this strategy for
years, trying to work out risks and opportunities by profiling people and locations.? Google sells advertisements
inside its maps service so increased accuracy will add to its revenues.
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Hit and run A motorist struck a man on a scooter at a pedestrian crossing before reversing and driving off. The scooter owner, 22, escaped with minor injuries after the incident on Saturday in Clacton, Essex
Race must factor in
care case, says judge
Greg Hurst Social Affairs Editor
A judge has said that social workers
must consider the dual cultural heritage of five mixed-race children as ?an
important factor? when placing them
in local authority care.
Care plans are being drawn up for the
children after police raided their family
home and found drugs. Their parents
have a long history of substance abuse,
including crack cocaine.
Details of the case are set out in a
ruling delivered by the judge after a private family court hearing in Derby.
Judge Clifford Bellamy said the children, aged between five months and ten
years, have a white British mother and
fathers who are ?Pakistani-British?.
He said that the ?dual heritage? of the
five children would have to be taken
into account when Derbyshire county
council social workers sought foster
carers. The other main challenges are
finding placements for so many siblings
and arrangements for their contact if
they are not placed together.
?The children?s dual heritage is an
important factor which plainly must be
taken into account in family finding,?
the judge said in his ruling.
Final care plans have yet to be
approved for the children, who cannot
be identified. The whereabouts of the
father of the eldest child is unknown.
The children lived with their mother
and the father of the four others.
Social workers want the eldest child
to stay in a long-term fostering arrangement but to have the four younger
children adopted, for which they will
probably have to be separated. The
youngest was taken into care at birth.
Last week The Times reported that a
five-year-old Christian girl was placed
with conservative Muslim foster carers
who veiled their faces in public, despite
concern expressed to the local authority, Tower Hamlets. The child?s mother
had applied several months ago for the
girl to be removed from the foster home
and placed in the temporary care of her
grandmother, pending a final decision
on the five-year-old?s long-term future.
She was opposed by Tower Hamlets
council, which wanted more time to
assess the grandmother?s suitability.
Last week a family court was told that
the authority, which had originally
argued that no cultural match was
available, supported the move.
Judge Khatun Sapnara approved the
move but criticised the local authority
for taking too long to carry out checks
on the grandmother, who was
described as a non-practising Muslim.
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Black boxes that monitor youngsters? driving have saved 100 lives
Andrew Ellson
Consumer Affairs Correspondent
Black boxes that monitor the driving
habits of young people have saved 100
lives since they were introduced seven
years ago, according to an analysis of
road accident statistics.
Official figures show that the number of deaths and serious injuries
among 17 to 24-year-olds has fallen by
25 per cent since 2010 when telematics
became widely used. The death rate for
older drivers, most of whom do not use
the technology, has fallen by only 4 per
cent over the same period.
Drivers aged 17, the group with the
greatest take-up of black boxes, have
had the largest reduction in accidents,
with the number killed or seriously injured having more than halved.
Black box insurance policies allow
young drivers to fit a small device to
their car that records the speed, braking, cornering, distance travelled and
the time of day or night they are on the
road.
Premiums are paid monthly and
adjusted depending on how safely the
policyholder drives. The idea is that the
black boxes encourage better driving,
bringing down the exorbitant cost of
cover for young people. Most black box
technologies give regular updates on
driving performance and advice to customers via apps on their smartphones.
If death rates since 2010 for 17 to 24year-olds had fallen at the same rate as
older drivers, 1,197 more youngsters
would have been seriously injured, and
about 100 would have been killed.
Mike Ketteringham, chief executive
of Ingenie, the insurer that calculated
the figures for The Times, said: ?While
we would never directly attribute the
significant reduction in road deaths
among young drivers to telematics, the
incentives to drive more safely offered
through black box technology must
have positively influenced the rate of
serious crashes.
?Every month we speak to hundreds
of drivers to coach them through bad
habits they?re picking up and typically
see a 90 per cent improvement rate.?
Car insurance for the average 17 to
20-year-old costs �500 compared
with �0 for drivers as a whole. Young
drivers who opt to install a black box are
saving up to 20 per cent on their cover,
according to research by Moneysupermarket.com.
Department for Transport figures
show that 1,810 people died on the roads
last year, up from 1,754 in 2012.
A spokesman for Brake, the road
safety charity, said: ?Telematics has an
important role to play and can help
drivers understand the risks associated
with dangerous and erratic driving.?
HELLO GAMES; GERARDO SUTER/THE JACQUES AND NATASHA GELMAN COLLECTION OF 20TH CENTURY MEXICAN ART AND THE VERGEL FOUNDATION/VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
Museums
can?t afford
to open in
the evening,
warns V&A
M
useums
will
struggle to
extend
opening
hours into the evenings
because of the necessity
of raising money from
corporate events, the
V&A?s director has said
(David Sanderson
writes).
Tristram Hunt said
that with ?diminishing?
public subsidy it was
essential for museums to
maximise commercial
fundraising.
Mr Hunt, speaking at
his first annual review as
director of the V&A,
also defended the
museum?s naming of its
new entrance hall after
the controversial
businessman Len
Blavatnik, who is
thought to have donated
in the region of
�million. He said the
V&A was ?honoured?
A scene from the
computer game No Man?s
Sky. Next year?s V&A
programme includes
exhibitions on gaming and
the self-portrait artist
Frida Kahlo
that Mr Blavatnik, a
?generous patron and
supporter of arts and
culture?, had chosen to
support the museum.
The Ukrainian-born
businessman is Britain?s
second richest man,
according to The Sunday
Times? Rich List. He
gave � million to
Oxford University to set
up the Blavatnik school
of government and at
least � million to Tate
Modern, which secured
him naming rights over
its new extension. A
$1 million donation to
Donald Trump?s
inauguration committee
led last month to the
resignation of Bo
Rothstein as Oxford?s
professor of government
and public policy.
Despite a groundswell
of support for extended
opening to allow
daytime workers to visit
exhibitions in evenings,
Mr Hunt said that in the
present climate it was
unfeasible. ?We would
like to see it open as
much as possible. But we
have to balance
diminishing grant-in-aid
[from the government]
with commercial
fundraising.? Evening
slots were in demand for
events and receptions,
he added.
Planned exhibitions
for next year were
announced, including an
exploration of video
games, a show about the
Mexican artist Frida
Kahlo and a study of the
relationship between
fashion and nature.
The director said that
the curators would not
shy away from
questioning the
misogyny and violence
associated with the
male-dominated gaming
industry.
campaigner: I didn?t
Peers demand review of FGM
inflate my qualifications
Heath sex abuse evidence
Lucy Bannerman
Sean O?Neill Chief Reporter
The police investigation into sex abuse
allegations against Edward Heath
should be subjected to an independent
judicial review, say friends of the former
prime minister.
In a letter to The Times, Lord Armstrong of Ilminster, a cabinet secretary
under Heath, and Lord Hunt of Wirral,
a former cabinet minister who chairs
the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation, say that a judge should be
commissioned to examine the investigation by Wiltshire police during Operation Conifer. The peers say that with
the inquiry drawing to a close, it is not
the job of the police to decide on guilt or
innocence and an impartial figure
should examine the evidence.
They say that Mike Veale, the chief
constable of Wiltshire, should commission an independent review by a retired
judge, similar to the report on Scotland
Yard?s bungled Operation Midland inquiry conducted by Sir Richard Henriques. The letter adds: ?Were Sir Edward
still alive, it would be for the Crown
Prosecution Service to decide whether
to prosecute, and if they so decided, Sir
Edward could defend himself and a
judge and jury would assess the
evidence and pronounce judgment.
Since that is not possible, there needs to
be found some other quasi-judicial
process for bringing the matter to a
conclusion.?
Operation Conifer began in August
2015 and has been criticised for spending close to �million investigating
claims against a man who has been
dead for more than a decade. The Wiltshire force has defended the inquiry
and its tactics, which have included hiring civilian investigators to search the
Heath archive at the Bodleian Library.
Mr Veale has defended the investigation in the past and rejected claims
that it was a ?fishing trip?.
In an open letter last December, responding to criticism in the media, he
said that Heath had been ?an extremely
prominent, influential and high-profile
person, who was arguably one of the
most powerful people in the world?.
Mr Veale added: ?It is clear that I am expected to conduct a proportionate investigation which will result in a
distinct outcome or report and the
closer the suspect is to the state the
greater the obligation and the more
probing the investigation should be.?
The force is proposing to publish a
summary of its report in the interests of
transparency and send a full copy of the
document to the Independent Inquiry
into Child Sexual Abuse for it to consider. The inquiry has announced the
opening of its strand investigating allegations of abuse at Westminster, which
could examine the claims against
Heath alongside allegations against
other prominent figures including the
late Greville Janner, a Labour MP and
peer, and the late Cyril Smith, a Liberal
MP.
The peers? letter adds that it is not for
the ?Independent Inquiry into Child
Sexual Abuse to review investigations
of individual child abuse?.
Letters, page 32
A campaigner against female genital
mutilation has hit back at claims that
she exaggerated her professional
qualifications.
Comfort Momoh set up one of the
first clinics in the country specialising
in treatment for women and girls who
have undergone the practice, at Guy?s
and St Thomas? hospital in London. She
was awarded an MBE for her services to
women?s health.
She admitted using Dr as a prefix
although she was not a medically qualified doctor, but insisted that 35 years of
experience raising awareness of FGM
made her an authority in the field.
Women who have undergone FGM
have said that Ms Momoh was the first
person to explain to them how their
health problems were linked to its results, at a time when the practice was
rarely spoken of in the UK.
Her expertise has come under scrutiny after a BBC Newsnight investigation
raised concerns over whether she was
properly qualified to examine children
suspected to have undergone the procedure. Ms Momoh, 55, who has an
honorary doctorate from Middlesex
University, said: ?I always used the prefix D-R [but] I?ve never claimed I was a
medical doctor. I introduce myself as an
FGM public health specialist and
midwife. I?ve never claimed to be a
paediatrician.
?If this is going to be a war, I have the
support of all the victims I have helped
support over the years. I?ve not done
anything wrong.?
The Nursing and Midwifery Council
confirmed that it was investigating a
complaint against Ms Momoh, who
took early retirement last week, but declined to comment further while its inquiries were in progress.
Ms Momoh was criticised by Sir
James Munby, the president of the
family division of the High Court, who
said she was ?not a reliable witness? in
a case involving a child alleged to have
had FGM in Leeds in 2014. The judge
called her report ?a remarkably shoddy
piece of work? and ?worse than useless?,
and questioned her ?difficulty in
providing answers about even the simplest factual question?.
Ms Momoh said: ?I have supported
survivors. I?ve got nothing to hide.?
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Fashion labels agree ban on skinniest models
Charles Bremner Paris
Ultra-thin and under-age models will
be banned from working for more than
30 leading fashion labels after two
industry giants joined a charter to
protect young women.
The agreement announced yesterday affects brands including Dior,
Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent, which will no longer employ models under a UK size 6 in their advertising and runway shows worldwide.
The rival conglomerates that own
the brands, LVMH and Kering, created
the charter after criticism that the
industry was exacerbating the
problem of eating disorders.
In May France banned
unhealthy models but the
fashion giants say their
charter,
announced
before the start of New
York fashion week today, goes further.
It bans their labels
from using female
models below a
French women?s size
34, equivalent to a
British size 6 and a
United States size 0-2.
The minimum size for
male models is a French
size 44, equivalent to
the international XXS.
The groups? brands
also include Givenchy,
Kenzo, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen,
Bottega Veneta and
Balenciaga.
They
will not employ
models under the
age of 16 for adult
roles. Those aged
16-18 cannot work
after 11pm and must be accompanied by a parent or
chaperone if staying away
from home.
Fran鏾is-Henri Pinault,
the chief executive of Kering,
said: ?We wanted to move
quickly and hit hard so that
things really change. We are
trying to persuade as many
others in our profession to follow
us. We hope to inspire the entire
industry to follow suit, thus
making a real difference in the
working conditions of fashion models industry-wide."
France dropped plans for a mini-
Analysis
F
or those
outside the
fashion world
it might seem
unimpressive
? a UK size 6 is, after
all, still very slim ?
but this is a significant
announcement from
the twin behemoths
of LVMH and Kering
(Hattie Crisell writes).
Among their brands
are many renowned
fashion houses. Some
have faced criticism
for casting choices:
Gucci last year, when
the Advertising
Standards Authority
deemed an image in
an ad ?irresponsible?,
and Saint Laurent in
2015 over a model
Louis Vuitton, owned by LVMH, and
Bottega Veneta, owned by Kering,
are among the brands affected
Nearly third of pupils have
received private tuition
Nicola Woolcock
Education Correspondent
About three in ten children have had
private tuition outside school, research
published today suggests.
Teenagers from wealthier families
are twice as likely to have received additional help compared with their poorer
classmates, and those from minority
ethnic backgrounds are more likely to
have had a tutor than white pupils.
Private tuition is the ?hidden secret?
in an ?educational arms race? that
reinforces the advantages of richer
children, according to the Sutton Trust,
which commissioned the report.
A poll of more than 2,600 secondary
schoolchildren found that three in ten
had received private or home tuition,
including music lessons, at some stage.
This is up from a quarter last year.
More than a third of those from more
advantaged households said that they
had received private tuition, this year?s
survey found, compared with less than
a fifth of those from poorer families.
More than half of Asian pupils and
more than two fifths of black pupils said
that they had had a tutor, compared
with a quarter of white children.
The trust said that it was calling for
schools to establish ?homework clubs?
to give poorer pupils the support they
needed and urged government to
introduce a voucher system, using
money set aside for disadvantaged
children, to provide addition tuition.
looking ?unhealthily
underweight?.
Now, the influence
of these glamorous
labels could change
the industry. Designer
fashion is still
preoccupied with the
slim and the young
but even moderate
steps are a strut in the
right direction.
mum body mass index after pressure
from the industry but it does require
models to present a doctor?s certificate
less than two years old that attests to
their health based on age, weight and
body shape. The conglomerates? charter goes further by requiring a doctor?s
certificate obtained less than six
months before a shoot or fashion show.
They will put a psychologist at their
models? disposal during their work.
French law also obliges magazines to
indicate when a photograph of a model
has been retouched or photoshopped
or face a fine.
Israel banned models with a body-
mass-index below 18 in 2013. Madrid
fashion week follows the same rule and
Italy has a voluntary code.
The industry has promised to reform
after complaints by campaigners that it
encourages unhealthy thinness and
treats young models poorly.
In March Balenciaga sacked two
casting directors who allegedly left
more than 150 models waiting in a dark
stairwell while they went for lunch.
In May Ulrikke Hoyer, a model,
posted on Instagram claiming she was
told by bosses at a Louis Vuitton show
to consume nothing but water for 24
hours. The claim was denied.
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Boy, 14, shot dead in ?gang war?
Will Humphries
A 14-year-old schoolboy killed in east
London on Monday afternoon was
caught in the middle of a gang war
and shot in revenge, friends have said.
Corey Junior Davis, of Forest Gate,
was hit in the back of the head and a
17-year-old boy was seriously wounded in the leg in a double shooting in
Newham.
Corey, known as CJ, died in hospital on Tuesday night and is the 18th
and youngest teenager to be murdered in London this year.
Police are concerned that there
may be another attack in retaliation
and more officers have been deployed on the streets where the
shooting took place.
Shocked friends said that Cory had
been ?in the wrong place at the wrong
time? when he was shot by a lone
gunman. A gang, thought to be from
nearby Stratford, is believed to have
ordered the shooting after a recent
Breadwinner told she was
a guest in her own home
A therapist who refused his former
fianc閑 a share in their �0,000
family home, despite the fact that she
paid the mortgage, has been ordered
by a judge to hand over half the value
of the property.
Shane Turner, 51, promised Malika
Bouchiba that he would not ?screw
her? when they made the decision
that his name would go on the deeds
of the house in Twickenham, west
London, because of her poor credit
rating. When they split in 2014,
however, he told her that she had
been a ?guest? in the house. By then
they had lived together for 28 years
and their son was in his twenties.
Ms Bouchiba, a parenting coach in
her 50s, had been the main
breadwinner, paying the mortgage
and bills. Mr Turner did not at first
have a steady job but found work by
the time that they started to look for
a family home in about 2008. He
contributed a �,000 deposit.
Judge Owen Rhys said it was
?incredible? that Mr Turner had
denied the significance of his
relationship with Ms Bouchiba. The
judge also ordered Mr Turner to pay
her legal costs.
The ruling in May has only just
been published.
Corey Junior
Davis was killed
while sitting with
his friends
stabbing at the Westfield shopping
centre there.
A school friend of Corey?s said that
he was a lively child who was ?always
dancing and trying to make you
laugh?. The friend, who did not want
to be named, said: ?I don?t think they
were specifically aiming for CJ, they
were after anyone from that area; he
was just with the boys they were after
and they saw him as an easy target.?
The gunman had been hiding behind a wall with his face covered and
was wearing red and black gloves, the
friend said, adding: ?There was only
one gunman; he was about 16 or 17
and very quiet. CJ was shot first and
his friend begged his mates not to
leave him and then he was shot in the
leg.? Neville McLeod, Corey?s grandfather, told Sky News that he lived
with the teenager and could not believe someone would want to kill him.
?He might have got into trouble once
but not anything major, that someone could want to kill him or killed
him,? he said.
Police want to trace a vehicle seen
leaving the scene. Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, who is leading the investigation, said: ?I am specifically appealing for information
about a large, light-coloured 4x4type vehicle that was seen leaving the
scene immediately after the shooting.
?I would also ask any members of
the public who have footage or
images of the incident or the events
surrounding the incident to retain
this footage and contact police.?
The second teenager injured in the
shooting is said to have potentially
life-changing injuries and remains in
hospital in a stable condition.
Smoking driver blows the doors off fresh-smelling car
A man was treated for minor injuries
after an explosion in his car caused by
an air freshener. The doors,
windscreen and roof of the Ford
Focus were completely blown out in
what witnesses described as a very
loud bang at a B&Q car park in
Southend-on-Sea, Essex. A
spokesman for Essex fire service said:
?I don?t think this has ever happened
before ? it?s not something we?ve
even seen before. The explosion
happened after a build-up of gases
from an air freshener was accidentally
ignited by a cigarette.? The fire service
warned against using an aerosol in a
confined space or smoking after use.
City picks first female hornblower for ancient tradition
It?s getting ugly Nova Victoria in London has been awarded the Carbuncle Cup
for worst-looking building. It was described as a ?crass assault on all your senses?
Thousands of people from all over the
world applied for the position of
hornblower, despite some sniggers.
Now after deliberating for a couple of
months councillors in North
Yorkshire have made their choice to
maintain a tradition that dates back
more than a thousand years.
Ripon city council chose two
recruits, one of whom is their first
ever female hornblower. Allison Clark
and Richard Midgley will join Wayne
Cobbett and Jim Vauvert in the role.
Since 886 a horn has been sounded
four times in Ripon market place
every night at 9pm to ?sound the
watch?. The tradition is said to have
begun when Alfred the Great visited
the city and presented it with a horn
as a symbol of it being granted a royal
charter. The hornblower is also
required to tell anyone watching the
history of the ceremony. Paula
Benson, clerk to the city council, said
that the team had been overwhelmed
by the global interest in the role.
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Glowing terms A crisp night at Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, as the moon rose over St Mary?s Lighthouse. Weather, page 65
Statins cut heart deaths by 28%
Kat Lay Health Correspondent
Millions of men with high cholesterol
but no other signs of heart disease
could benefit from taking statins, a
report has suggested.
Doctors who at present adopt a
?watch and wait? approach for such
patients should instead consider
prescribing drugs, researchers said.
The study, the longest of its kind,
found that the drugs reduced deaths
from coronary heart disease by 28 per
cent over 20 years.
Researchers from Imperial College
London and the University of Glasgow looked at 2,560 men taking
either a placebo or pravastatin. They
all had very high levels of low-density
lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, also
known as ?bad? cholesterol, but no
evidence of heart disease.
They found that compared with
the placebo, there was a 27 per cent
reduced risk of coronary heart disease, a 28 per cent reduced risk of
dying from coronary heart disease
and 25 per cent less risk of coronary
events such as a heart attack.
There was also an 18 per cent
reduced risk of dying from any cause
over the 20 years. Kausik Ray, from
the school of public health at Imperial and senior author of the study,
said: ?This is the strongest evidence
yet that statins reduce the risk of
heart disease and death in men with
high LDL.
?Our study lends support to LDL?s
status as a major driver of heart
disease risk and suggests that even
modest LDL reductions might offer
significant mortality benefits in the
long-term. Our analysis firmly establishes that controlling LDL over time
translates to fewer deaths.?
The drug in the trial is a weaker
form of statin than atorvastatin, the
one usually recommended by NHS
doctors, and Professor Ray said that
the stronger drug should show even
better results. At present people
found to have high levels of LDL
cholesterol are sent for checks in case
it indicates a genetic disease.
If there is no genetic link but cholesterol is high, doctors use a calculation designed to find out someone?s
risk of suffering a cardiac problem
within ten years. Guidelines from the
National Institute for Health and
Care Excellence say that statins
should be offered to anybody with a
10 per cent or greater risk. However,
age plays a big role in the calculation.
Professor Ray said that could mean
that men in their 40s were not offered
statins, but the new research suggested that they would benefit.
?It suggests early treatment is
beneficial. Small reductions started
early and maintained for longer
mean we don?t have to go in with a
sledgehammer later on,? he said.
The paper is published today in the
journal Circulation.
Sir Nilesh Samani, medical director at the British Heart Foundation,
said: ?The role of cholesterol in causing heart disease has been disputed
by some, but this paper provides yet
more evidence of the link, and the
benefits of statins.?
Tim Chico, reader in cardiovascular medicine and consultant cardiologist at the University of Sheffield,
said: ?Statins are not a substitute for a
heart-healthy lifestyle . . . but statin
treatment is valuable in some otherwise healthy people to reduce their
chance of developing heart disease.?
The study was partly funded by a
grant from the drugs firm Sanofi to
Imperial. The college said Sanofi had
no role in the conduct of the study or
the decision to publish the results.
Female presenters at the BBC have
set their bosses a deadline to ?rectify?
the gender pay gap at the corporation
by the end of the year.
Clare Balding, Mishal Husain, Sarah Montague, Jane Garvey and Victoria Derbyshire posted a statement
on social media using the tag
#BBCWomen. It said: ?The directorgeneral must be in no doubt about
how serious an issue equal and fair
pay is for women across the organisation. The BBC should be the standard
bearer for this.
?We await the swift release of
meaningful data that we can trust
and for solutions that will rectify
injustices to be put in place before the
end of the year.?
It added: ?We need full transparency. Our aim is to change things for
women in broadcasting now, and to
encourage and reassure young
women coming into the industry
whatever their role. We will be monitoring developments to ensure real
change happens, and quickly.?
Lord Hall of Birkenhead, the director-general, told staff yesterday in a
speech made in Hull that the BBC
should lead the way on equal pay. ?I
want us to be ahead of everyone else
? an exemplar, if you like, at all
levels. I?m committed to this,? he said.
The pressure has built on the BBC
since it was forced to reveal the salaries of presenters earning more than
�0,000. Women made up only a
third of its 96 highest-paid staff, with
only one in the top ten. Lord Hall said:
?First, we?ve commissioned a report
on our gender pay gap and it?ll be independently audited.?
He added that a separate audit of
equal pay at the BBC was being
carried out by Eversheds and PwC.
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JOHAN PERSSON
Staunton brilliant in
beguiling tribute to
Broadway showgirls
Theatre Ann Treneman
Follies
Olivier Theatre, SE1
HHHHI
Early on in this tribute to the oldfashioned Broadway revue, a
character exclaims: ?It?s the cat?s
pyjamas.? And so it is. This
production is wildly traditional by the
National Theatre?s standard and the
costumes, especially, are a joy. So this
particular pair of cat?s pyjamas would
include a white ostrich feather
headdress, balanced out by a tututype skirt of the same, with a galaxy
of diamante in between.
Imelda Staunton is the star we?ve
all come to see but Follies, with music
and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and
a script by James Goldman, is an
ensemble piece, with no fewer than 37
performers, not to mention a 21-piece
orchestra.
The story, a beguiling mix of
extravaganza and emotion, revolves
around a 1971 reunion for showgirls
from the now defunct Weismann
Follies (based on the real-life Ziegfeld
Follies) held in a crumbling Broadway
theatre, ready for demolition. The
?girls?, now women of a certain age,
all have their spotlight moments but
the main story revolves around two
couples who met here in the Forties:
Sally, who married salesman Buddy,
and Phyllis, who wed the way-toosuave Ben. Basically, everyone?s
miserable. Sally (played by Staunton)
is bored with Buddy and thinks she is
still in love with Ben. Phyllis (an
ultra-stylish Janie Dee) likes her
husband?s money if not him.
Meanwhile Buddy is having an affair
with someone in Texas.
It?s a crowd scene on stage as the
?girls? are joined by versions of their
younger selves, wafting around in
showgirl style. Dominic Cooke directs
and the pace, at the start, takes a
while to find its groove as everyone
gathers for the party, the old building
signified by an old brick wall with
staircase, all the better for dancing
down.
The versatile set, by Vicki
Mortimer, works well until towards
the end when something that looks
alarmingly like a voile Bake Off tent
arrives on stage.
So how good is Staunton? Brilliant.
She perfectly captures Sally?s yoyoing between accepting her dull
marriage or running away with the
Love it or hate
it, Marmite?s
in your genes
Oliver Moody Science Correspondent
Leisha Mollyneaux in Stephen Sondheim?s story about ageing and the past
man she thinks she loves (Ben). Her
heartrending Losing My Mind had
people in tears. Other highlights
include Tracie Bennett, kitted out in
red lace as Carlotta Campion, belting
out I?m Still Here. The young Phyllis,
played by Zizi Strallen, is terrific, with
a great voice and pinpoint dancing.
This show was advertised as two
hours and ten minutes without an
interval but it was longer by some ten
minutes. This story about the past,
ageing and the allure of glitter does
absorb us but there are also times
when it (whisper it) drags. Mostly,
though, it is the cat?s pyjamas, with
added frou-frou.
Box office: 020 7452 3000, to Jan 3
Some people think that if you squeeze
the essence out of a fungus left over
from beer-brewing you end up with a
foodstuff that is precisely as appetising
as it sounds. Others are quite partial to
Marmite.
The difference between these two
groups is partly down to genetics,
according to the first study to look into
the question.
There appears to be some truth in
Marmite?s marketing that people either
love it or hate it . A YouGov poll carried
out six years ago suggests that about a
third of Britons are very enthusiastic
about it, a third dislike it intensely and
the rest are not bothered either way.
These tendencies may to some extent be the result of differences in our
DNA. Scientists in Russia, Switzerland
and at a London-based gene-testing kit
company called DNA Fit sequenced
the genomes of 261 people in the UK,
most of whom were under the age of 40.
While there was no single gene that
determined whether the participants
enjoyed tasting a 2g serving of Marmite, five different mutations seemed
to play a role.
Timothy Frayling, professor of
human genetics at the University of
Exeter, said that the study, which was
funded by Marmite and has not been
peer reviewed, was too small to be
meaningful and its findings were
unlikely to be robust.
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We can?t allow superstition to trump science
Attempts to denigrate Darwin and doubt man-made climate change are part of a worrying trend to ignore the evidence
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David
Aaronovitch
@daaronovitch
P
rrriiinngg! It?s the doorbell.
There?s a woman with a
clipboard and a series of
questions. The first one is:
?People have different views
about gravity. Which of the following
statements comes closest to your
view about what governs gravity??
and then you?re given a number of
options to express whether or not
you think it exists. ?Thanks,? you
might say, picking up her pen which
has fallen to the ground, ?but I think
that one was settled some time ago.?
During May and June, 2,129
representative British adults were
asked this question by YouGov,
except that the issue was about
evolution, not gravity. Which
statement came closest to their
opinion ?about the origin of species
and development of life on Earth??
Fern Elsdon-Baker, director of the
science and religion project at
Birmingham Newman University
who commissioned the poll, said the
preliminary results showed that a
?large majority? accepted
evolutionary science.
However she noted that a
significant minority ?express doubts
about evolutionary science-based
explanations for human origins?.
This wasn?t confined to religious
types: 12 per cent of atheists agreed
or strongly agreed that evolution
couldn?t explain the origin of
humans. In all, nearly 30 per cent of
respondents either didn?t know or
even rejected the theory of evolution
when applied to humans. Dr ElsdonBaker says her survey highlights
?concerns about evolutionary
science? which go beyond religious
identity and ?fundamentally
challenges the way we tend to think
about evolution and creationism?. It?s
hard to know how infuriated to be by
her description of such anti-scientific
thought as ?concerns?. Evolution is,
after all, the foundation stone of
modern biology.
I can see why some people accept
natural selection when it comes to
the evolution of animals but cavil at
it when it comes to humans. Natural
selection establishes, among other
things, that humans have no unique
importance as a species other than
what we imagine for ourselves.
Bacteria, for example, don?t respect
us more than they respect
nematodes.
There is, among many of us, a
need to feel special. In that sense
anti-evolution thinking is a shriek of
egoism, a sublime philistinism. It is
Some of the cleverest
religious people can
be intellectually sly
the cry of the person who looks at
the vast and infinitely minute
grandeur of the universe and thinks,
?Can this be all that there is?? And
demands something else.
Such a need crashes into the hard
fact of evolution and, by extension,
its proponents. As John Carey wrote
in The Sunday Times this weekend,
Darwin?s The Descent of Man
?finished off [the Adam and Eve
myth] as a credible explanation of
how we got here?.
Enter the author AN Wilson and
his new book Charles Darwin:
Victorian Mythmaker, which he wrote
about on these pages last month. It is
Wilson?s contention that Darwin was
a rubbish scientist who stole his best
work from other people, whose
theory of evolution was wrong and
has been superseded, whose legacy
has been distorted by Darwinist
zealots and whose writings
inevitably gave rise to racial
classification, eugenics and Hitlerian
pseudoscience. Wilson now
advocates that Darwin?s statue in the
National History Museum be given
the Robert E Lee treatment and
replaced by one of the naturalist
Richard Owen.
I like religious people on the
whole. But, with an almost
impossible case to make for the
existence of a particular deity, some
of the cleverest of them become
intellectually sly. Wilson has an eye
for character and a portraitist?s skill
and these are on display in the
book, yet he is Jesuitical in his
handling of ideas.
If Hitler had only been a
Darwinist, instead of a steadfast
believer in stuff like world ice theory
(the collision of ancient ice moons
caused a cataclysm that led to
humanity dividing into supermen
and evil humanoids) then we might
have been spared some trouble. But
he wasn?t and we weren?t.
In his other writings, Wilson has
been keen to shield the likes of
Hilaire Belloc and Richard Wagner
from the accusation that their
undisguised antisemitism was
somehow an important part of their
character and legacy. But poor old
Darwin gets saddled with the
responsibility for ideas he never had
and for people he never met.
Related to this selective blaming is
the born-again Wilson?s
waywardness with science. And
perhaps our credulity in dealing with
it. In almost no paper or magazine
favour of the better story (most
notoriously in the case of the causes
of autism) was grimly illustrated by
the MMR debacle. This showed what
can happen when even a minority of
the population, unhindered by a
scientifically illiterate political class,
go off on one. It takes relatively few
parents to pull their kids out of
vaccination programmes for us to
lose ?herd immunity?.
And then there?s the question of
the human contribution to global
warming and thus to climate
change. Once again the desire for the
better story and the difficulties in
Everyone allowed into
university should
have a science A level
Charles Darwin?s theories about
evolution have stood the test of time
was the Darwin book reviewed by a
scientist. Readers might have been
surprised had they read the review in
the New Scientist and discovered that
Darwin had not been wrong, or
replaced (as opposed to
supplemented) by subsequent
scientific discoveries. Evolution and
natural selection remains intact, as I
discovered in recent conversations
with microbiologists about the
development of antimicrobial
resistance ? a classic example, as it
happens, of evolutionary adaptation
and selection.
I regret that we need to restate the
facts about evolution. Scientists
might have been relaxed about the
notion of ?concerns? trumping
evidence if it weren?t for the bad
experiences of recent years. The
desire to let go of the science in
counteracting CO2 emissions have
created a powerful counter-scientific
impulse.
In one sense I agree with AN
Wilson. Perhaps the Darwin statues
are getting in the way of our
thinking, just as Wilson?s need to
feel all mystic is getting in the way
of his.
When I was a boy we taught
science abominably, without a sense
of excitement and narrative, and
then at 14 or 15 most of us just
stopped studying it. Maybe we
shouldn?t let anyone into a university
unless they have at least one science
A level or into parliament unless
they can explain natural selection to
their voters.
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These migration curbs are years too late
Brexit might never have happened if we had put limitations on free movement from the EU
Jenni
Russell
@jennirsl
O
h the irony. The Home
Office intends to
introduce tough new
controls on immigration
after Brexit. The tone
could not be more aggressive. It is
provoking fury and retaliation from
the EU states whose goodwill we
need for a successful deal.
The implication is that we have to
be out of Europe to control
immigration. That?s not accurate.
Successive governments have simply
failed to use many of the ways in
which we could have limited
immigration under EU law. If only
they had been more thoughtful and
careful about this, and had put in
half the restrictions they now plan,
we might never have provoked the
anger that led to Brexit.
Nick Clegg, the former deputy
prime minister, is withering about
this. ?Europe can?t understand why
we?re blaming them for problems of
our own making. So much of this was
always in our own gift. If we move to
checks on biometrics, or residence,
that?s what lots of European countries
have been doing for years.?
For a country that is so resentful
about migration, we have been
astonishingly careless about
measuring or managing it. We didn?t
know who was here for two decades,
because Tory and Labour
governments removed exit checks in
the 1990s, meaning that we had no
idea who was staying on. Those
controls were only reapplied in 2015
because the Lib Dems insisted on it.
The Home Office under Theresa
May stubbornly resisted it, petrified
about what the figures might reveal.
They preferred public rhetoric to
effective action.
Britain?s next major error was in
2004 when it allowed free access to
its labour markets to new members of
the EU, including Poland, Latvia,
Lithuania and Slovakia. It needn?t
have done so. These countries had
much lower wage rates and less
developed economies than the EU
norm. Britain had the option of
restricting workers? rights to move
here for up to seven years. Every
other EU country except Sweden and
Ireland decided to move cautiously,
Other EU states are
restricting movement
of poorer workers
restricting migration for between two
to seven years.
The Blair government didn?t,
basing its decision on a Home Office
report that up to 130,000 people over
a decade would move. The ONS
calculates that in eight years net
migration from the new countries
was in fact more than 400,000. The
2011 census showed a large leap in
Polish migration alone. In 2001 there
were 58,000 Polish-born people here.
By 2011 that was 579,000. A laissezfaire attitude was applied to finding
out who had arrived in Britain, who
had the right to live and work here,
and who had the right to access
public services. Unlike the majority
of the EU, Britain basically neglected
to apply most of those controls.
Under EU law there is no absolute
right to freedom of movement. After
three months any EU migrant must
either have a job or a realistic chance
of one, be a dependent of a family
member who does, or have funds to
support themselves, along with
sickness insurance. If they don?t they
can be sent home. Belgium, which
registers every visitor within three
months and issues them with
residence cards, is increasingly strict
about implementing these rules,
ordering those who fail them to leave.
Britain has not implemented the
policy for a simple reason: it has
never bothered to get EU residents
to register their presence here, has
not, until the recent rollout of
universal credit, asked welfare
claimants their nationality, and has
not had any system for requiring EU
non-workers to take out health
insurance. In 2013 Theresa May?s
Home Office admitted it gave all EU
citizens unfettered free movement
rights and had no way of collecting
data on EU welfare claims. Public
anxiety about benefit and health
tourism has been allowed to grow
without any practical action taken to
provide reassurance or redress.
In much of the rest of Europe
there is less political unease about
EU movement because there is more
control over who is in the country
and on what terms. France,
Germany, Austria and Belgium have
identity cards; Spain insists that
everyone carries national ID. Most of
Europe also has contributory health
and welfare systems, meaning that
only those who have paid in, and
their dependents, can claim. Because
Britain gives welfare and healthcare
largely according to need, not
contributions, and has much looser
identity checks it is far easier for
those not entitled to those services
to use them. But all of those systems
are within our power to change.
Other EU states are taking
advantage of their scope to restrict
the movement of cheaper, poorer
workers, within existing rules.
Germany is clamping down on the
employment of Romanians and
Bulgarians in the construction
industry, arguing that they are not
covered by pay-bargaining agreements
between unions and employers.
President Macron, desperate to
stop French workers being undercut
by cheap Polish labour, is demanding
that Poland agrees to restrict what
he calls ?social dumping?, where
temporary workers are sent by
companies to work in France but are
paid in Poland at far lower rates. He
wants similar jobs to get similar pay,
saying anything else is a betrayal of
European values.
Britain has been too careless about
immigration; too slow to see that its
many economic and cultural benefits
must be balanced against its social
and psychological costs. But it?s not
the EU that?s the problem, it?s our
own ineffectiveness and complacency.
We are veering from too little control
to a vengeful approach that could
well sabotage our future relationship
with the EU. What a miserable,
avoidable mess.
thousands of families who scramble
into his boat every week. ?I just think
people are not used to being together
for so long. They realise they don?t
like each other very much.?
were favoured mainly because they
were prepared to take long parental
leave to lend stability to her
fractured life. But gay men, as much
research has shown, are
highly successful adoptive parents.
They don?t see it as second best and
have a resilience of character, from
growing up at odds with the
mainstream, that is valuable to
adopted kids. It is a quality I?ve noted
in my friends these past months,
along with grace and love.
Janice Turner Notebook
A lesson in
stupidity
on unisex
uniforms
O
h for goodness sake, the
idea of ?gender neutral?
clothes isn?t to turn
children into an army of
Mao-suited, crop-haired
identikit droids but to give them
choice. A concept which the Priory
school in Lewes, East Sussex, has
failed to grasp: its head has banned
skirts and now trousers must be
worn by pupils of both sexes.
Whereas John Lewis has the right
idea: take out the labels saying ?girl?
and ?boy? and then maybe parents
won?t be funnelled towards the naff,
reductive extremes. Lately fashion
has assumed that every girl wants a
pink tutu, a princess T-shirt and
pole-dancer shoes, while boys come
labelled ?trouble? and only in blue.
Without labels, maybe girls will
wear tree-climbing shoes, and both
sexes enjoy T-shirts featuring
dinosaurs or dolphins. Or a boy can
damn well wear pink or a skirt for
school if he likes. Who cares? Open
options, don?t close them down.
Because the idea that what you wear
defines your gender is the nexus of
much current craziness. It is why
there is an epidemic of teenagers
(particularly girls) saying they are
?non-binary?, ?gender fluid? or trans.
Let?s correct the dangerous idiocy
that you?re ?born in the wrong body?
because you prefer different clothes.
Holiday home truths
W
e took the ferry from
Walberswick to
Southwold. It?s not
much of a voyage: a rowing
boat between jetties a
minute apart. Our ferryman
does the journey up to
130 times a day in
high season. But today
was tranquil, the tourist
hordes had gone.
Although September is
less lucrative, he preferred
it to last month. ?People
are horrible in August,?
he said. ?Bad-tempered,
rude.? Was it because
they were scrabbling
for room, worried
about queues,
whether they?d get a
table, a spot on the
beach? ?No,? said this
man who observes the
bickering, the rows and
tensions between
The trials of adoption
F
riends text to say that the
adoption of a little girl has finally
gone through. I?m delighted: now
the process is complete I
may be allowed to babysit
this sweet, merry child.
And I?m glad the stress is
over. Despite passing
every social worker report
and caring for her happily
for months, my friends
still had nightmares she?d
be taken away at the last.
Adoption is by necessity
a long, painstaking process.
But as a gay couple they
dealt with extra upsets.
Such as foster parents
objecting to them on
religious grounds,
disapproval from within
their families and even a
stranger asking: ?Where
did you buy her?? The
questioner assumed she
was obtained abroad,
when in fact she came
via a local authority
that matched her with
my friends over two
straight couples. They
Dog days for France
M
y distrust of President
Macron grows. Just when his
popularity ratings plummet
he obtains a dog. Not just any mutt
but one that appears, like everything
he does, to have been exhaustively
focus-grouped. Nemo was obtained
after staff scoured French rescue
centres; he?s an adorable, classy
black labrador but, to appear
inclusive, not pure-bred.
Macron does not even have
Obama?s excuse of placating his
children. Nemo is a furry
distraction, a humanising force,
rather like the Downing Street cats,
something the president can raise
with journalists and voters to make
them melt. A dog not for life but for
photo ops.
@victoriapeckham
The royals can?t
write their own
rules on publicity
Robert Crampton
A
nyone interested in Prince
Harry?s girlfriend,
Meghan Markle, can read
nearly 4,000 words about
her in the latest issue of
Vanity Fair. It?s a charming,
innocuous puff piece that reminds us
that she is ?very pretty?, likes
avocados and shares with her
boyfriend a love of philanthropy. It is
also a fine example of celebrity
journalism conducted entirely on
terms agreed by the celebrity.
This quasi-official confirmation of
the royal relationship is the polar
opposite of coverage of its early
months, which was a free-for-all
that Harry hated. Nor did he take it
lying down. He issued a statement
condemning what he called a wave
of abuse heaped on Ms Markle, and
he urged the press to ?pause and
reflect before any further damage
is done?.
It did not have to get so ugly so
fast. As a popular young royal whose
Harry?s past lapses of
judgment matter
because of who he is
mother?s death remains etched in the
public mind, the prince hoped the
press would back off of its own
accord. He hoped in vain or was
poorly advised, or both. Like his
girlfriend, he is a celebrity. Unlike
her, he occupies an unusual position
that makes everything he does in
public, and the broad outlines of his
private life, a legitimate subject of
public interest.
That is why the burgeoning
relationship warranted a statement
and perhaps a picture, but the press
was given nothing. Harry does not
do haughty disdain but he was made
to look as if he did.
He has since won a ruling from the
Independent Press Standards
Organisation that an online news
site breached his right to privacy
with long-lens pictures of him on a
private Jamaican beach. He had a
reasonable expectation of privacy
there, and the site had no right to
publish the pictures.
For the same reason the French
magazine Closer had no right to
publish topless pictures of the
Duchess of Cambridge on holiday in
Provence five years ago. That is why,
after an absurd delay, it was fined by
a French court this week.
The law on such invasions of
privacy is clear and the same for
royals as for everyone else. They are
illegal. Reasonable scrutiny of the
fifth person in line to the throne is
not. Ms Markle knows that Harry
has shown lapses of judgment in the
past. She knows they matter because
of who he is. And she knows why
she?s Vanity Fair?s latest cover girl.
There will be plenty more attention
and it cannot all be on her terms, or
her boyfriend?s.
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The Labour machine is smashing the Tories
With the government looking like a traumatised rabble, the far left is ruthlessly preparing to grab the reins of power
Iain
Martin
@iainmartin1
T
he old Bob Monkhouse joke
?When I said I was going to
become a comedian they
laughed; well they?re not
laughing now? haunts the
Tories as they ponder what to do
about the irresistible rise of Jeremy
Corbyn. The Labour leader was a
joke a few months ago when he said
he wanted to be prime minister. Well
the Tories aren?t laughing now.
Corbyn has engineered one of the
great reversals of fortune, becoming
in the process a leftie messiah and a
feared terroriser of the Tories. British
business leaders who never dreamt
they might have to bother are now
wooing him. Activists are fired up.
Party membership is double that of
2015 and the shadow chancellor,
John McDonnell, the cunning
architect of the manifesto that
wooed students, plots his next move.
It all means the leader of the
opposition goes into a turbulent
autumn overseeing a party machine
that has got its act together.
Before the election the question
seemed to be: how low could Corbyn
go? It looked as if Labour might dip
below 25 per cent of the vote once
voters realised he liked the IRA. But
Corbyn rose like the undead and
gave the bullies a bop on the nose.
Speaking as someone who does
not want his family?s house stolen by
the Marxist shadow chancellor, or
the economy nationalised and
remodelled along poverty-stricken
Venezuelan lines, I am not enjoying
this autumn?s turnaround all that
much.
This is not because of any
residual admiration for Theresa May.
But for all her flaws, the prime
minister sits recognisably in the
This could turn into
a Tory version of the
winter of discontent
mainstream British tradition,
whereas Corbyn, McDonnell and
their communications guru Seumas
Milne do not. That partly explains
their appeal to rebellious and
disenchanted voters.
Mind-bendingly, it has enabled the
hard left to do what it?s failed to do
throughout Labour?s history and
finally take firm control of the party.
This seems not to trouble some
otherwise sensible people, even
though putting this Corbynite mob in
charge of the country would be like
handing control of GCHQ and the
Ministry of Defence to the editorial
advisory board of Russia Today, the
Kremlin?s propaganda TV channel on
which Corbyn and Milne have
appeared to attack the West.
The leader?s inner circle did not
spend the summer complacently
congratulating themselves or
lounging about reading Das Kapital.
Instead, they have been doing what
the hard left likes most: organising
like mad and stuffing their enemies
both internal and external.
In part this is to prepare for what
could, if Corbyn is lucky, turn into
the Tory equivalent of the winter of
discontent that finished off Old
Labour in 1979. Complaints about
NHS underfunding, anger over
student fees and criticism of the
rollout of universal credit in the
welfare system may combine with
difficulties in the Brexit talks, or a hit
to the economy. ?I think we should
be ready for a complete ****show
later this year,? says an already weary
minister.
The aim on Labour?s part is to be
ready for all eventualities, hence the
shift to make a government defeat on
Brexit feasible, in case the
government can be made to fall
apart under pressure. To that end,
Corbyn has travelled the country
having tea with voters and looking
almost statesmanlike. An erstwhile
moderate Labour MP admits it has
been well executed: ?The images of
him [Corbyn] meeting ordinary
voters and looking relaxed and
normal are good. May can?t do that.
Seumas is punching a bruise.?
Milne is in combative form. Ahead
of Labour?s autumn assault, his dayto-day grip has increased, as the
Party donors emerge
from their yachts to
prepare escape plans
former frontbencher Sarah
Champion discovered last month
when she was defenestrated for
daring to tell the truth about
grooming gangs abusing young
women. The Corbynistas have also
dispatched activists into newly
marginal seats while Tory MPs
were away over the summer. It has
been organised via social media,
where the young far left?s messages
about smashing Tories tend to
dominate.
Ahead of Labour?s conference this
month, the moderate Labour
capitulation continues with only a
few MPs speaking out and others
agreeing to appear at Corbynite
Momentum events. The shadow
cabinet is also being subjected to
tighter control. Apparently the first
some shadow ministers knew of
not being allowed to address
conference, in order to give
Corbynite delegates a greater say,
was when they were told that speech
practice would not be necessary.
That was code for ?you are not going
to have a platform?.
It?s reminiscent of the scene in
Orwell?s Animal Farm in which the
sheep find out that the boss-class
pigs ? ?two legs good, four legs bad?
? have changed the rules without
telling anyone.
In the face of this ruthless
machine, the traumatised Tory
tribe is still a shambles, with MPs
back at Westminster wondering
what to do and outraged donors
emerging from their yachts to moan
and prepare escape plans, while
CCHQ under its embattled chief
executive Mick Davis attempts to
reconfigure a broken operation.
No 10 has been reorganised in the
summer, to function as normally as
possible ahead of the storm. Yet this
is a thin disguise for the truth. The
situation on almost every level is
much worse than the Tories seem to
realise. There is no Tory message, no
coherence, and no leader against
well-organised Marxists on the
march.
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Impact of the decline of religion in Britain
Edward Heath case
Sir, The chief constable of Wiltshire
police will soon deliver his report on
Operation Conifer, the investigation
into allegations of child abuse by Sir
Edward Heath. This will not be the
end of the matter. The police will
have done their duty in investigating
allegations and following the
evidence. It is not for them to
pronounce guilt or innocence.
Were Sir Edward still alive, it would
be for the Crown Prosecution Service
to decide whether to prosecute, and if
they so decided, Sir Edward could
defend himself and a judge and jury
would assess the evidence and
pronounce judgment. Since that is not
possible, there needs to be found
some other quasi-judicial process for
bringing the matter to a conclusion.
It is not the job of the Independent
Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse to
review investigations of individual
child abuse. The right course would
be to commission an independent
review of the investigation by a
retired judge. The chief constable can
and should, given the concerns that
been expressed about the conduct of
Operation Conifer, commission such
a review himself, following the
precedent of the review of Operation
Midland by Sir Richard Henriques. If
he has confidence in his force?s
conduct of the investigation, he has
nothing to fear by doing so. Justice
requires no less.
lord hunt of wirral
lord armstrong of ilminster
The gift of life
Sir, After seven years on kidney
dialysis my wife had a transplant: we
have always referred to it as the gift of
life (letters, Sep 6). We believe that
term should replace the term organ
donation, as it would be less emotive
for the bereaved and would give them
some solace to know that at least a
tiny part of their loved one lived on.
william shortland
Blessington, Co Wicklow
Sir, Daniel Finkelstein rightly
acknowledges the moral challenge
posed by the decline of Christianity in
the UK (?Should we care that Britain?s
lost its religion??, Sep 6). Nietzsche
foresaw that, once a civilisation loses
its Christian belief that a God of
infinite love and goodness (in whose
image every person is made) is the
ultimate reality, there is no reason to
believe that even the most noble
tenets of Christian morality will
continue to be universally held.
Separated from their secure
philosophical and theological
foundations, public morality then
becomes a matter of expediency, taste
and temperament.
We should be concerned.
ian gordon
London SW11
Sir, Further to Daniel Finkelstein?s
thoughtful article, what people mean
when they say they are no longer
religious is as nuanced and varied as
those who say they are. Second, so
much that we cherish in our public,
political and cultural life flows from
the Christian faith. For instance, the
belief that all people are created equal
comes directly from the radically
inclusive teaching of Jesus Christ. And
third, while these surveys tell us how
faith communities and religious
allegiances are changing, they do not
change the Christian faith itself, or its
power to enable people and
communities to see themselves from a
different perspective. Whether it is
University salaries
Sir, In 1960s I was a member of the
academic advisory committee (AAC)
overseeing the development of Bristol
College of Science & Technology into
the Bath University of Technology. Dr
George Moore was the distinguished
principal of the college and, having
played a crucial role in securing the
Claverton Down site, he was rightly
appointed vice-chancellor when the
university was granted its royal
charter in 1966. Dr Moore asked me
what I thought his salary should be as
vice-chancellor and how it should be
fixed. I prevaricated, and as a result
the university?s council asked the
AAC to make recommendations.
Our eventual recommendations
were extremely brief. There should be
Corrections and
clarifications
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Providence Equity in 2015.
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stated, married to the actress Kate
Hudson (Weekend, Aug 26).
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?Victorian? (?Rate rises increase cost
burden for small firms?, Business, Sep
6). It was introduced in England and
Wales in 1696 under William III (in
1748 in Scotland), and was repealed by
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on this day september 7, 1917
THE
SOUND OF
GUNFIRE
To the Editor of The Times
Sir, Reading the correspondence in
your columns in the light of my own
experience, I am convinced that
there are two distinct sensations;
one, the air concussion of the
explosion of the charge from the
gun; the other the earth concussion
when the shell thumps on the earth.
There seems to be strong reason for
believing that the latter sensation is
carried the further. I am even so
with a few dozen people or a whole
nation, we will continue to listen to the
cries of those who suffer and show the
world what humanity looks like from
the perspective we find in Jesus Christ.
the right rev stephen cottrell
Bishop of Chelmsford
Sir, As one of the 53 per cent of
Britons without a religion (report, Sep
5), I found Daniel Finkelstein?s article
apposite and disturbing, as
nationalism is no substitute for
religion ? indeed, in its extreme form
it is the greatest threat we face in the
21st century. The question is why do
we seem to need divisions in the form
of religion, race or culture to define
ourselves and to make a rationale for
social responsibility? Surely these
attributes should come out of
fundamental humanitarian beliefs
allied to the obvious need to create a
fair and peaceful society. I am sure
this will come but, at present, we are
stuck in a dangerous transition phase.
dr hugh savill
Tiverton, Devon
Sir, Given that religion acts as an
abundant source of, and catalyst for,
volunteering, charity work, help for
the poor and sick as well as civic
activity, we would have less of this
social capital without our faith
communities. Even the atheist prime
minister Clement Attlee believed in
?the ethics of Christianity? but not
?the mumbo-jumbo?. We should also
welcome the fact that many of our
a small remuneration sub-committee
of the council, on which the vicechancellor would not sit, to determine
a salary, which should not be more
than one and a half times the average
of the senior professors.
Bearing in mind the very lavish taxfree perks that present vicechancellors enjoy, I believe that the
ratio of one and a half is about right
for 2017. Dame Glynis Breakwell?s
salary, at a ratio of more than four,
cannot possibly be justified.
professor sir bryan thwaites
Principal, Westfield College,
University of London, 1966-83
Hen harrier habitat
political leaders have drawn their
inspiration from their faith, which has
given them the impetus to make a
difference in public life.
In contrast to the UK?s continued
signs of secularising, the rest of the
world seems to be going in the
opposite direction. The overwhelming
majority of people in Africa, Asia, the
Middle East and the Americas are
religious. According to Pew research,
the global Christian population will
have grown to nearly 2.9 billion, and
Muslims to 2.8 billion, by 2050.
zaki cooper
Trustee, Council of Christians & Jews
Sir, Every social science researcher
knows that the precision of the
question asked has a profound effect
on the answers given. Evangelicals
form a large contingent of the faithful,
but if asked whether they are religious
they are very likely to answer ?no?.
This is because they make a
distinction between being ?religious?
(often dismissed as mere nominalism)
and being ?Christian?, ie, having made
a personal decision for Christ.
the rev dr stephen brian
Earl Soham, Suffolk
Sir, Daniel Finkelstein?s comments
make G K Chesterton?s warning seem
particularly relevant today: ?When a
man stops believing in God he
doesn?t then believe in nothing, he
believes anything.?
richard hall
Belper, Derbyshire
suit its narrow agenda? (letter, Sep 5).
The most productive location for hen
harrier nests, 47 fledged young from
12 nests, was achieved by
gamekeepers on Langholm Moor just
three years ago. However, their
improvement of the moorland habitat
and protection of these groundnesting birds from foxes has now
ended, because conservationists could
not agree on how also to recover
grouse numbers. Should hen harrier
numbers drop to the two pairs there
were before these gamekeepers
arrived in 2008, the birds might ask
who has the narrowest agenda.
andrew gilruth
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
Sir, The RSPB is right to say that an
organisation must not ?ignore facts to
Letters to The Times must be exclusive
and may be edited.
bold as to suggest that the facts
stated by Mr Sleggs, in his letter in
your issue of the 31st ult, tend to
confirm the theory on which he
throws a doubt. He distinguishes
between two sounds heard behind
the guns in Flanders, the one
resembling a heavy blow as of a
stone-hammer within the earth ?that
makes itself felt rather than heard?
the other a resonant ?crump?, louder
and more obvious, transmitted by
the air. I can lay no claim to any
scientific knowledge, but I have, my
doctor tells me, a perfect and
unblemished ear. On the hills near
Crowborough I have observed what
is undoubtedly the result of gunfire
at the front. I have observed it also
near Maidstone on the occasion of a
great offensive. It has been recorded
at various spots round London. I
have picked it most distinctly on the
recent offensive in Flanders at two
enclosed spots in Battersea Park, one
of them the beautiful ?old English
garden? somewhat disfigured this
year by a rather snobbish growth of
vegetables. The ?thuds? could be
distinctly sensed in spite of the
confused sounds of distant traffic. I
found the park keeper, who is there
in the quiet hours, was quite familiar
with the phenomenon. I have heard
the sound of artillery practice in
different parts of the country, and
this distant rumble, very like far-off
thunder, is a sound quite distinct.
On the still winter?s day of Queen
Victoria?s funeral I was on
Wimbledon Common, where the
long ?roll? of the guns in the Solent
was clearly audible. This again was a
sound bearing no resemblance to the
short quick ?thud? that is now ?felt
rather than heard? in England. Is it
not a plausible theory that the
terrible thumps on the earth by
modern high-explosive shells, which
make ?craters?, can be felt through
the earth to a distance far greater
than air concussions are carried?
I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
studiosus audiendi.
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Drug possession
and enforcement
Sir, Baroness Meacher (letter, Sep 4)
once again seizes any opportunity to
pursue her campaign for dangerous
drugs to be made more readily
available to more people, by
eviscerating what is left of the laws
against them. The most important
fact about the Psychoactive
Substances Act of 2016 is that it
contains no penalties for possession
of these materials, only for
manufacture and supply.
The Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971
has for many years been a dead letter,
thanks to the non-enforcement of its
ostensibly severe penalties for drug
possession. Countries such as Japan,
which continue to enforce their laws
against drug possession, have
significantly less drug abuse than we
do. This is a lesson that we repeatedly
ignore, with absurd claims that the
difference is because of Japanese
?culture?. Oddly, the same ?culture?
also deters drug abuse among the
millions of non-Japanese citizens
living in that country.
peter hitchens
London W8
History of obesity
Sir, Professor John Wass says that
appetite and satiety are significantly
genetically inherited (letter, Sep 6).
Perhaps then he might explain what
happened to the genes of today?s
overweight, whose forebears of the
1940s and 1950s were universally thin.
philip murphy
Orpington, Kent
Sir, Blaming genes or government
inaction for obesity significantly
undermines personal responsibility
and the will to change. Probably Giles
Coren?s ?shaming? approach will be
more effective, as it has been against
smoking and is beginning to be
against the consumption of sweet
fizzy drinks, especially by children.
david barlow
London SW4
Whopping willow
Sir, Further to Stephen Anderton?s
article ?Wonderful willow trees for
smaller gardens? (Weekend, Sep 2), I
planted about ten ?Kilmarnock?
willows about 12 years ago. None
looks anything like a weeping willow.
They have grown monstrously high,
most have multiple trunks, and none
of them has ever produced any
catkins. Clearly I was badly mis-sold.
This spring I cut more than 500
branches growing skyways in an
attempt to pollard them ? an
exhausting business.
helen jeffries
Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire
Museum musing
Sir, I read your report and leader (Sep
4) on the British Museum?s plan to
reduce the number of items on
display with concern. Although I
agree that confusing clutter is to be
avoided in any display, I fear that the
result of the new policy will be a
poorer experience for the visitor.
There seems to be a growing
tendency to replace a fascinating and
rich collection with one piece in an
aircraft hanger of space, locking the
removed items away from public view.
Hartwig Fischer should be very
careful with this new policy.
Sometimes less is just less.
neville brownlee
Formby, Merseyside
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Leading articles
Daily Universal Register
UK: David Davis, the Brexit secretary, leads
a ministerial team for oral questions in the
House of Commons before MPs are given
the first chance to debate the government?s
European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.
Nature notes
On the roadsides
there are many
mallow plants, now
long and straggly,
and some fading,
but most of them
still have plenty of
the large, pinkish flowers with purple streaks
on their five petals. They also have an
unusual fruit, which consists of a flat disc
with many segments, or nutlets. It sits in a
little cup. It is often called a cheese, because
it is reminiscent in shape of a round
camembert, and children sometimes used to
pick it and eat it. In Somerset, mallow has
been called ?bread and cheese and cider?.
Another wayside flower that is common in
autumn is perennial sowthistle. It has rich
yellow, dandelion-like flowers that are twice
the size of dandelions, and is far more
attractive than the smooth and the prickly
sowthistles, which have smaller flowers and
usually look rather grey and scruffy. All the
sowthistles have a milky juice in their stalks.
derwent may
Birthdays today
Angela Gheorghiu,
pictured, soprano, 52;
Corbin Bernsen, actor, LA
Law (1986-94), 63; Prof
Sir David Cannadine,
historian, president,
British Academy, editor,
Oxford Dictionary of
National Biography, 67; Gerald Corbett,
chairman, Marylebone Cricket Club, Britvic
(2005-August 2017), 66; Marcel Desailly,
footballer, Chelsea (1998-2004), World Cup
winner with France (1998), 49; Jennifer
Egan, author, A Visit from the Goon Squad
(Pulitzer prize, 2011), 55; Gloria Gaynor,
singer, I Will Survive (1978), 68; Peter Gill,
stage director, associate director, Royal
National Theatre (1989-97), 78; Baroness
(Dianne) Hayter of Kentish Town,
chairwoman, Labour Party (2007-08), 68;
Chrissie Hynde, singer, the Pretenders, Brass
in Pocket (1979), 66; Toby Jones, actor,
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), 51; Julie
Kavner, actress, the voice of Marge Simpson
on The Simpsons (since 1989), 67; Chief
Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 61; Prof Sir Curtis
Price, musicologist, warden, New College,
Oxford (2009-16), 72; Lord (Robert) Reed, a
Justice of the Supreme Court, 61; Sonny
Rollins, jazz saxophonist, 87; Alok Sharma,
Conservative MP for Reading West, housing
and planning minister, 50; Lord (Andrew)
Stone of Blackheath, joint managing
director, Marks & Spencer (1994-99), 75;
Sophie Turner Laing, chief executive officer,
Endemol Shine Group, 57; Peter Vaughan,
chief constable, South Wales Police, 55; Evan
Rachel Wood, actress, The Wrestler (2008),
30; Sir Robin Young, permanent secretary,
department of trade and industry (2001-05),
69; Diane Warren, songwriter, Because You
Loved Me (1996), 61; Chris Wright,
co-founder and chairman (1969-2011),
Chrysalis Group, 73.
On this day
In 1994 the lowering of the American flag
over US army headquarters in Berlin
formally ended American presence in the
city after almost 50 years.
The last word
?We are healed of a suffering only by
experiencing it to the full.? Marcel Proust,
novelist, Albertine disparue
(The Sweet Cheat Gone, 1925).
Migration Matters
A leaked blueprint for Britain?s future immigration system leaves much to be desired.
Reform is needed, but an extreme clampdown would damage the economy
Ministers are often reluctant to go into detail on
the government?s migration plans. When asked,
they simply restate the ambition to bring net
migration down to the tens of thousands and
promise to end free movement of people under EU
law. A leaked policy paper on immigration gives
some clues as to why. The document contains a
few sensible proposals, but it also charts a course
for immigration policy that undermines the
government?s economic and trading objectives.
This document was drawn up to Theresa May?s
specifications, not those of Amber Rudd, the home
secretary. She and Philip Hammond, the
chancellor, are pushing back. Brandon Lewis, the
immigration minister, did not even see a draft. The
proposals are therefore likely to change before
they appear under an official masthead.
Nevertheless they are indicative, and some of
the indications are promising. The paper sensibly
acknowledges that immigration controls are not
administered at the border. Most of the heavy
lifting will be done by public services, employers
and landlords. Businesses have evinced alarm
about that but in truth there is no way of
controlling immigration without some new
bureaucracy for companies.
The paper?s call for better data on EU immigrants
is also welcome. At present the evidence is shoddy,
as demonstrated by revelations that the vast
majority of foreign students leave the country on
time. That means old estimates of net migration
were out by tens of thousands.
The document?s plans for the immediate postBrexit period, however, are a muddle. There will
be a two-year ?implementation? window, it says, in
which the rules for EU citizens will be largely the
same as before. The paper also spells out many
ways in which they will be different, with various
categories of EU citizen and new ways to
discriminate between them.
Proposals for the long term, insofar as they exist,
are concerning too. The paper clearly reflects the
prime minister?s ambition to get the numbers
down. It plays with the idea of numerical limits for
workers in various sectors, or residency restrictions
for the low-skilled. It also suggests the government
could make companies undergo an ?economic
needs test? in order to hire from abroad.
European diplomats have told The Times that
such ?Britain first? policies are ?incompatible with
single-market access?. Michel Barnier, the EU?s
chief Brexit negotiator, has a strong personal
incentive to conclude a deal since his purported
ambitions to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as
European Commission president are likely to
depend on it. On the link between market access
and immigration, however, he is unlikely to budge.
The economic risks of a draconian clampdown
on immigration are not just a result of Brussels?
rigidity. Services, the backbone of Britain?s
economy and the government?s priority for a
trading relationship with the EU, are delivered by
people. Free trade in services and the free
exchange of workers are two sides of the same coin.
EU migrants generally make a positive contribution to the economy. There is some evidence
that non-EU immigration has pushed down wages
at the bottom end, but little to suggest that EU
immigrants do so. In fact the economy depends on
EU workers at all skill levels. Higher education,
scientific research, the NHS and the City all rely
on highly skilled migrants, while the health service
also needs medium-skilled workers such as nurses.
Low-skilled workers are vital to the hospitality,
manufacturing and agriculture sectors.
It is no wonder that business leaders have said
that they are ?alarmed? at these proposals if they
represent the government?s view. There is still
room for manoeuvre, however. Ms Rudd and Mr
Hammond seem to be the cooler heads, and
business can only hope that they prevail.
Jacobite Uprising
Jacob Rees-Mogg?s views are sincerely held but out of kilter with modern Britain
Theresa May?s fragile position since the election
has invited considerable speculation as to who will
eventually replace her as leader of the party and
potentially prime minister. Among party members
a surprising favourite has begun to emerge. A poll
by the Conservative Home website put Jacob
Rees-Mogg in the lead. Mr Rees-Mogg denies
having any designs on the top job yet this has not
stopped the momentum behind his candidacy
from building. Campaign groups have been
created and support is being sounded out.
In an appearance on Good Morning Britain
yesterday, Mr Rees-Mogg was asked if he was
opposed to abortion. ?I?m afraid so,? came the
response, in all circumstances including rape and
incest. Asked if he opposed same-sex marriage,
Mr Rees-Mogg, a devout Roman Catholic,
deferred to doctrine. The clear inference was that
he is. His answer will not come as a surprise to
those who have looked closely at his voting
history. He has been a consistent opponent of
liberal social reforms.
There is no question that Mr Rees-Mogg has a
sharp mind and a charming manner, but his views
on abortion and gay marriage are out of kilter with
modern Britain and the mainstream of the
Conservative Party. He says this is a question of
conscience, but this misses the point. As prime
minister, David Cameron said he was in favour of
gay marriage, not in spite of being a Conservative,
but because he was one. He believed the
important factor was commitment and stability,
not religious belief. His comments moved Britain
towards legalising same-sex marriage in 2014.
Party leaders and prime ministers have the power
to shape national debate and move the country
forward. It is hard to see how Mr Rees-Mogg, for
all his personal authenticity, could fulfil this role.
The same questions that have been asked of Mr
Rees-Mogg were asked of the former Liberal
Democrat leader, Tim Farron, an evangelical
Christian. Mr Farron?s vacillation on social issues
was unconvincing. He believed his faith precluded
him from endorsing positions demanded of him
by his party?s policies and his public role.
Ultimately he found this conflict too hard to
tolerate and resigned.
Mr Rees-Mogg has not made the mistake of
trying to present himself as someone he is not. The
public, tired of the obfuscations of spin doctors
and slippery politicians, appreciate those who
have firm beliefs and who speak sincerely. Yet
sticking to one?s principles is not in itself a
qualification for office. Jeremy Corbyn is sincere
in his beliefs, but that does not mean they are right
for the country.
Mr Rees-Mogg is a man of impeccable manners
and unflappable good humour. His friendship
with Mhairi Black, the outspoken Scottish
National Party MP, is testament to his ability to
see past partisan differences. He is also an effective
parliamentarian whose interrogation of the
governor of the Bank of England over Brexit was
a lesson in parliamentary scrutiny.
Mr Rees-Mogg has said that he would rather be
Pope than prime minister. With his recent
comments in mind, he would be better suited to the
former than the latter. As it is he is a talented backbench MP at a time when that role has become
neglected, and a colourful addition to parliament.
Having let his more fervent supporters down
gently, he should focus on this important work.
Dr Yes
Familiar-looking gadgets are changing the face of medicine
Imagine being able to shorten an operation to
remove a tumour by several hours thanks to a
device no bigger than a pen that can tell cancerous
tissue from benign in ten seconds flat. It would
drastically reduce the risk of infection. By
shortening operations it would also shorten
recovery time. It would be amazing.
Well, it?s been done. A tiny hand-held mass
spectrometer developed by doctors and engineers
in Texas can perform, in moments, vital diagnostic
work that would otherwise delay a team of
surgeons for half an hour at a time. More than that,
the pen?s diagnoses are 96 per cent accurate
compared with 80 to 90 per cent for more
conventional techniques.
If Ian Fleming were asked to create a 2017
version of Q who specialised in medical science he
would have his work cut out. It can seem as if every
conceivable gadget has already been thought of
and created, with nothing left for fiction.
Bionic limbs have yet to be perfected but they
are coming. Neural implants to ratchet up our
powers of cognition and data retention are some
way off, but Silicon Valley is working on them. In
the meantime, tablets and smartphones are
transforming diagnostics. Frontiers in Neurology,
an academic journal, reports on a new Australian
system for diagnosing Parkinson?s disease that
uses a tablet computer, a pressure-sensitive pen
and a simple task: to draw a spiral. A composite
score combining speed and pressure can tell
doctors whether the patient has the disease, and
how severely.
Tablet computers can be used for Parkinson?s
screening. Smartphones, in conjunction with
cheap accessories, can detect the zika and dengue
viruses and myriad visual impairments. Consumer
tech has opened a new window on the human
brain and body, and the view is extraordinary.
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Hungary cries ?rape? after
EU order to take migrants
European Union
Bruno Waterfield Brussels
Anthee Carassava Athens
The EU?s highest court has ruled that
member states must take in a share of
refugees who reach Europe, dismissing
a challenge from Slovakia and Hungary
and deepening an east-west rift that
could permanently fracture the union.
Hungary condemned yesterday?s
ruling as ?outrageous and irresponsible?, an act of ?political rape?, and
vowed to resist it.
Peter Szijjarto, Hungary?s foreign
minister, used unprecedented language
to attack the European Court of Justice
(ECJ) for upholding an EU ?relocation?
policy decided at the height of Europe?s
migration crisis in 2015. ?This decision
jeopardises the security and future of
all of Europe,? he said. ?Politics has
raped European law and values. The
real battle is only just beginning.?
The response suggests that the issue
of migrants, with which Brussels has
unsuccessfully wrestled for three years,
will exacerbate a cultural and political
split at the heart of the EU.
Hungary and Poland could lose EU
funding if they do not comply with EU
law. EU cash is worth some 3 per cent of
their GDP.
The ECJ threw out in its entirety a
legal challenge from Hungary and Slovakia to binding quotas being used by
Brussels to try to relocate 160,000 refugees from Greece and Italy
across Europe. Slovakia has since
backed away from confrontation.
The EU has struggled to impose the quotas, with only
27,645, or 17 per cent, of refugees
so far relocated. The judges ruled
that the quotas were legally justified. They ?respond effectively
and swiftly to an emergency
situation
characterised by a
sudden inflow of
Peter Szijjarto
said the EU was
ruled by politics
Analysis
P
oland, Hungary
and their defiant
resistance to
migrant quotas
pose the same
level of existential threat
to the EU as Russian
aggression in the east and
Turkey?s lurch into
authoritarianism (Bruno
Waterfield writes).
While Russia and
Turkey are external
threats, the widening
political and cultural
divide between Poland
and Hungary and the rest
of the EU is seen as a
challenge on a par with
Brexit.
Both countries, which
are fiercely nationalistic,
are now openly defiant of
the European Court of
Justice, putting them at
odds with the EU?s legal
order.
The gauntlet was
thrown down by Viktor
Orban, Hungary?s
combative prime
minister, during a speech
in Poland last year when
he used Britain?s exit
from the EU to declare ?a
cultural counterrevolution?
His project, shared by
Poland?s right-wing
nationalist government, is
to push the EU away from
western European
liberalism towards
policies based on
preserving ?historic,
religious and national
displaced persons?, in what was
Europe?s worst migration crisis since
the Second World War.
The court additionally decreed that
the EU, via a majority of governments,
was legally right to override Hungary
and Slovakia because it ?was not required to act unanimously when it
adopted the contested decision?.
Hungary has vowed to reject the
quotas that it claims have damaged national sovereignty. After
a series of terrorist attacks in
Europe, it claimed that the EU
court was holding open the door
to Muslim refugees who posed a
security risk.
Poland was quick to rally behind
Hungary. Beata Szydlo, its
prime minister, pledged
to continue Warsaw?s
refusal to accept any
refugees under EU
quotas. ?This absolutely does not
change the stance
identity?. The question of
migrant quotas for
Muslim refugees has
become the perfect foil
for his revolution, with a
high level of popular
hostility in Poland and
Hungary to the EU
measures.
The two countries have
no experience of
immigration from outside
Europe and see the
Brussels imposition of
refugee quotas as an
assault on their way of
life and societies that feel
under siege.
Culturally there is a
huge difference between
life in provincial eastern
Europe and Berlin or
Paris. Many Hungarians
of the Polish government with respect
to migration policy,? she said.
Legal action was opened in June by
the European Commission against Budapest, Prague and Warsaw for failing
to accept relocations. The countries
have defied the quotas to redistribute
160,000 Syrian, Eritrean and Iraqi asylum seekers from Greece and Italy
across Europe. Britain is exempt from
the rules.
Dimitris Avramopoulos, the EU migration commissioner, warned the
three countries yesterday that legal
action, possibly resulting in huge fines,
would be stepped up. ?By its decision
the court confirms that there was indeed an emergency situation, that the
measures were appropriate to help
Greece and Italy. Now there is no time
to waste, all member states should focus
on delivering the relocation commitments,? he said.
?If member states that have not relocated do not change their approach in
the coming weeks we will then con-
and Poles believe that
they are regarded as
second-class Europeans,
fit only for low-paid jobs
and who are sneered at
for their bigoted
attitudes. Budapest and
Warsaw are also alarmed
at plans to restrict the
movement of workers
from eastern Europe.
The growing gulf will
be recognised in
Wednesday?s state of the
union speech by JeanClaude Juncker, the
commission president. He
will call for bridges to be
built between east and
west to end the growing
sense of grievance in
eastern Europe.
It may be too late.
tinue the last step to refer Hungary,
Poland and Czech Republic to the ECJ.?
Thomas de Maizi鑢e, the German interior minister, told the rebel nations
that they would be in breach of EU
membership obligations unless they
surrendered. ?I now expect the countries concerned to fulfil their obligations to accept their allotted number of
refugees,? he said. ?If that does not
happen, then a treaty violation procedure can be used.?
The EU has been encouraged by Slovakia having dropped vocal opposition
to the quotas. ?We fully respect the
verdict of the European Court of Justice,? Robert Fico, the Slovakian prime
minister, said yesterday.
The commission is hoping that a
drop in the number of migrants eligible
for the quotas will take the pressure off
and allow a compromise.
As well migrant quotas, Poland is
embroiled in legal fights with the EU
over democratic standards, environmental legislation and rule of law.
A Rohingya girl cannot hide her distress
Traffickers open new route from Algeria to Europe Suu Kyi says
Italy
Tom Kington Rome
Italy has raised the alarm over a surge
in migrants setting off from Algeria,
raising fears that it is on course to replace Libya as the starting point of a
new Mediterranean route for Europe.
About 800 people have made the
crossing from Algeria this year, landing
on beaches in Sardinia in small wooden
boats after 24 hours at sea. In one fourday period, 11 boats arrived.
?We had just over 1,100 in the whole
of 2016, so we are on course to beat that
this year,? a local authority spokeswoman in Sardinia said. ?Small boats
are arriving continuously.?
Sailings from Libya have dropped
dramatically this summer, leading to an
overall 82 per cent decline in the number of migrants arriving in Italy in
August. It is thought that key traffickers
in the Libyan coastal town of Sabratha,
west of Tripoli, have been paid by Italy
to suspend their lucrative business.
Marco Minniti, Italy?s interior minister, visited his Algerian counterpart in
Algiers on Sunday to ask for help in
stopping the new surge of sailings.
He made the trip following an appeal
by Francesco Pigliaru, the governor of
Sardinia, who described ?serious social
alarm? on the island after reports of
crimes being committed by migrants.
In July, a bomb exploded outside a
migrant reception centre in the Sardinian town of Dorgali, damaging the
centre but killing no one.
Many of the migrants arriving from
Algeria head for the beach at Porto
Pino on the southern tip of Sardinia,
but some also land at an adjacent area
which is used as a military test range.
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?Those migrants are intercepted, but
others try to vanish into the countryside,? the spokeswoman said.
The arrivals are all Algerians,
suggesting that the route is not yet
being used as an alternative crossing
point by sub-Saharans who find their
passage through Libya blocked.
The Libyan shutdown has coincided
with an increase in migrant sailings
from Morocco to Spain, with 593
rescued on one day in August from 15
small boats as they tried to cross the
nine-mile Strait of Gibraltar.
The migrants leaving Algeria are
evading the country?s tight security,
enforced by President Bouteflika, 80,
who has held office since 1999. His rule
followed a civil war between Islamists
and the military after the generals voided an poll win by the Islamists in 1991.
With Mr Bouteflika reportedly close
to death, and the army and intelligence
officials fighting for power, there are
concerns over renewed instability in
the country.
?Algeria is fragile and could have
problems after Bouteflika goes,? Andrea
Margelletti, the head of the Centre for
International Studies think tank in
Rome, said. ?The closure of the Libyan
route doesn?t mean the migrant flow will
stop. It?s like water, it finds an outlet.?
Burma
Richard Lloyd Parry Asia Editor
Burma?s leader Aung San Suu Kyi
blamed a ?huge iceberg of misinformation? for the extensive reports that
police and army units were persecuting
Rohingya Muslims, as more refugees
drowned trying to cross the river border
into Bangladesh.
United Nations agencies said that
126,000 Rohingya had made the crossing in 12 days, four fifths of them
women and children. Bangladeshi border guards said that the bodies of five
more children were recovered yesterday morning after their boats capsized.
Recent arrivals report that as well as
burning villages and shooting residents,
Burmese soldiers have planted landmines along the border, apparently to
prevent refugees from returning. Ms
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War with Kim is
not my first choice,
Trump tells Beijing
North Korea
Richard Lloyd Parry Tokyo
Boer Deng Washington
David Charter Berlin
after her family fled to Bangladesh. Burma?s leader has dismissed reports of a Buddhist genocide of Muslims as fabricated
persecution of Muslims is fake news
Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner who
won the Nobel peace prize for her struggle for democracy in Burma, insisted
that the conflict was the work of Rohingya ?terrorists? who were deliberately disseminating fake information to
create discord.
?We know more than most what it
means to be deprived of human rights
and democratic protection,? she said in
a telephone conversation with President Erdogan of Turkey. ?So we make
sure that all the people in our country
are entitled to protection of their
rights.?
Mr Erdogan said last week that there
was a ?genocide? in Rakhine state, a
word that has also been used by some
human rights organisations.
In their conversation, Ms Suu Kyi referred to photos of atrocities posted online by Mehmet Simsek, the Turkish
deputy prime minister, which were removed after it was claimed that they
were not taken in Burma.
A statement posted on Ms Suu Kyi?s
official Facebook page said: ?That kind
of fake information which was inflicted
on the deputy prime minister was the
tip of a huge iceberg of misinformation
calculated to create a lot of problems
between different communities and
with the aim of promoting the interest
of the terrorists.?
The Rohingya are a stateless
population of more than one million
Muslims who survive precariously in
Rakhine and in refugee and emigrant
communities across Asia and Saudi
Arabia.
Many have lived in Burma for generations but they are treated as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and denied
welfare, education and free movement.
Since 2012 attacks on them by local
Buddhists have driven hundreds of
thousands of Rohingya into internal
refugee camps and across the border
into Bangladesh.
Independent journalists are barred
from reporting freely from the Burmese side but Rohingya refugees, corroborated by satellite photographs, describe a campaign of arson and murder
against civilians as well as militants.
Reuters reported Bangladeshi officials
as saying that Burmese security forces
were planting mines along the border.
However, on a visit to Naypyidaw,
Burma?s
administrative
capital,
Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, gave Ms Suu Kyi his support.
Mr Modi wants to return to Burma
about 40,000 Rohingyas living illegally
in India, although the move is under appeal in the Supreme Court.
Russians plan 28-mile
rail link to Japan
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President Trump told his Chinese
counterpart last night that war with
North Korea was not America?s ?first
choice?, but added that the US would
?see what happens? if Kim Jong-un
continued to pursue missile and
nuclear tests.
Speaking to President Xi of China by
phone, Mr Trump appeared to scale
back his previous threat, made last
month, that more provocation would
be met with ?fire and fury?.
?We had a very good phone call. It
lasted for a long time,? Mr Trump said.
?President Xi would like to do something. We?ll see whether or not he can
do it. But we will not be putting up with
what?s happening in North Korea.
?I believe that President Xi agrees
with me 100 per cent. He doesn?t want
to see what?s happening there, either.
We had a very, very frank and very
strong phone call.?
The US hopes to persuade China to
accept new sanctions against Kim?s regime. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador
to the UN, is expected to present a draft
resolution to the security council by
Monday. The draft seeks a ban on all oil
and natural gas exports to North Korea
and a freeze on all foreign financial assets of the country and its leader.
Satellite images showed that last
weekend?s nuclear test by North Korea
and the subsequent estimated 6.3 magnitude earthquake had caused extensive landslides by the test site.
President Putin rejected an appeal by
President Moon of South Korea to impose an oil embargo on North Korea in
response. He said they would push
North Korea into a corner and harm
civilians. He has previously described
more sanctions as ?senseless?.
?Pyongyang?s missile and nuclear
programme is a crude violation of UN
security council resolutions, undermines the non-proliferation regime
and creates a threat to the security of
northeastern Asia,? he said at a news
conference with the South Korean
leader after a meeting in Vladivostok.
He added: ?At the same time it is clear
that it is impossible to resolve the problem of the Korean peninsula only by sanctions and pressure.
I am concerned
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to people in
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day, almost all
of it from
China.
One unlikely
diplomatic avenue yet to be explored was sug-
gested by Dennis Rodman, the former
basketball player. He spoke fondly yesterday of karaoke and ski trips with Kim
as he urged Mr Trump to sit down for
talks with the North Korean leader.
They struck up an unlikely friendship
based on a love of basketball and music.
Kim idolised the five-time NBA champion from his days at a Swiss private
school where his walls were covered
with posters of basketball players.
?For some reason we have a big issue
with North Korea,? Rodman told ITV?s
Good Morning Britain. ?For me to go
over there and see him as much as I
have, I basically hang out with him all
the time, we laugh, we sing karaoke, we
do a lot of cool things together. We ride
horses, we hang out, we go skiing, we
hardly ever talk politics and that?s the
good thing about that.?
Rodman added: ?To me I think if the
president even tries to reach out for
Kim I think it will be a great possibility.
?Things can happen if Donald
Trump, if they sit down, have some type
of mutual conversation. They don?t
have to be like a friendship conversation, just a mutual conversation: saying,
?Hi I would love to engage in some
words and politics and over the history
of your country and my country and
just try to start some dialogue?. I think
that?ll open up maybe the door just a
little bit.?
Rodman said he connected with Kim
from the start. He said: ?It was the fact
that he loves basketball and I think
that?s the key for anything in the world
? basketball and music. I think that?s a
great connection for anyone in the
world, it so happens it has to be me. He
obviously likes the Chicago Bulls, he
asked me to come over and I said yes.
?It?s just funny the fact that me saying
something like that and people saying,
?Oh my god Dennis Rodman protecting
the marshal of North Korea?. It?s not
about that. My whole mission and my
whole goal was to go over and bring
sports, to bring connection to North
Korea. I?ve always said I?m not a politician, at all. Not at all. I?ve always said
that from day one. I said that is the government of the United States and the
president. I just go over there to be an
ambassador for sports.?
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Trump sides with Democrats to keep US afloat
United States
Rhys Blakely Washington
President Trump stunned Republican
leaders in Congress last night when he
sided with their Democrat rivals and
backed a proposal to lift the debt ceiling
and keep the government funded for
three months.
The deal staved off a government
shut-down this month and included
emergency funds for victims of Hurricane Harvey. However, it blindsided
Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, the
top Republicans in the House and Senate, who had wanted to keep the government funded deep into next year,
and ideally beyond midterm elections
next November.
The deal promises to give Democrats
leverage in mid-December when government funding next expires. Republicans will again need opposition support
to pass another spending bill; Democrats may insist on contentious immigration reforms.
Republicans on Capitol Hill complained privately that Mr Trump had
caved in to a Democrat threat to block
a longer-term debt ceiling increase,
which could have led to a US default.
Susan Collins, the moderate Republican senator for Maine, said: ?I thought
the plan was for a longer session of the
Alonso Guillen drowned saving lives
debt ceiling,? she said. ?To have to go
through this painful exercise in December would not be my first choice.?
The agreement came after the House
approved nearly $8 billion in hurricane
disaster aid. Mr McConnell said: ?The
president speaks for himself. His feeling
was that we needed to come together.?
On another front, however, Mr
Trump was the source of more political
turbulence, as the White House told
800,000 immigrants who had arrived
in the US as children to prepare to be
deported.
His plans to dismantle an Obama
policy that allowed so-called ?dreamers? to remain in America prompted a
fierce backlash from Silicon Valley tycoons, Hollywood stars and union
leaders who condemned his decision to
scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme.
Hundreds of thousands of immigrants between the ages of 15 and 36
now face the prospect of being sent
back to countries including Mexico, El
Salvador, South Korea and India. The
average age that they arrived in the US
was six years old, research suggests.
Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook
founder, denounced the policy shift as
?cruel? while Richard Trumka, the
head of the AFL-CIO, the largest union
in the US, called it ?indefensible?.
Students marched out of classes in
Colorado; in New York dozens of protesters were arrested outside Trump
Tower. Claire McCaskill, a Democratic
senator who faces a tough re-election
battle in Trump-friendly Missouri next
year, quoted scripture ? ?The son will
not share the guilt of the father? ? as
she laid into the president. Lindsey
Graham, a Republican senator, urged
Congress to act. ?Give these kids legal
status,? he said. ?They came here as
young children, they?ve lived their life
in America.?
The issue was given further emotive
weight when Alonso Guillen, 31, a
dreamer from Texas, drowned while
trying to rescue victims of Hurricane
Harvey.
Mr Trump has wrestled with the Daca issue for months but over the weekend aides reportedly fretted that he
might not appreciate the full weight of
his decision. On Tuesday morning he
attempted to shift responsibility to
Capitol Hill. He would delay rescinding
Daca for six months, he said, to give
Congress time to pass legislation to
clarify the dreamers? status.
Hours later, however, he appeared to
be torn. ?Congress now has six months
to legalise Daca,? he wrote on Twitter.
?If they can?t, I will revisit the issue!?
Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman
for the Justice Department, could not
clarify what the tweet had meant. ?You
can?t put a lot of nuance in 140 characters . . . You?ll have to ask the president,?
she said.
A leaked set of White House talking
points sent to Republican members of
Congress urged dreamers to get ready
for ?departure from the United States?.
The issue has split the Republican
party. Mr Ryan, the House speaker, had
urged Mr Trump not to scrap Daca. Mr
Graham framed the ensuing debate as a
battle over the soul of the party. ?From
a Republican Party point of view, this is
a defining moment,? he said.
Facebook sold adverts
to Russians meddling
in American election
Boer Deng Washington
Facebook sold political advertising to a
shadowy Russian firm seeking to influence American voters in last year?s
presidential election, its representative
admitted to a congressional panel yesterday.
The company discovered that
$100,000 of advertising on the social
media site was bought by a Kremlinlinked propaganda company that made
ads, some of which directly mentioned
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the
two presidential candidates.
Facebook?s disclosure lends additional credence to the conclusion drawn by
US intelligence agencies that the Kremlin interfered with the US election.
The ads were spread by fake Facebook accounts linked to a company
known as the Internet Research Agency, a ?troll farm? in St Petersburg.
?Our analysis suggests these accounts
and pages were affiliated with one
another and probably operated out of
Russia,? Alex Stamos, Facebook?s chief
security officer, said in a blog post.
Most of the ads run by the
accounts focused on ?amplifying
divisive social and political
messages across the ideological
spectrum,? Mr Stamos said.
Topics covered included
race issues, gay rights, gun
laws and immigration.
Mr Stamos said the
company had taken
down
the
fake
accounts.
The Russian organisation has engaged in
hoax
campaigns
before. In 2014 fake accounts it uses to
post false news items spread a rumour
that there had been a chemical spill in
Louisiana, apparently to sow confusion.
Facebook was criticised in the
months after the presidential campaign
for not doing enough to crack down on
?fake news? being disseminated by shell
accounts.
Two thirds of American adults said
they got their news from Facebook last
year. Its algorithms highlighted items
that were most popular, allowing items
vigorously promoted by troll accounts
to gain prominence.
Four separate congressional investigations and an independent justice
department inquiry are being conducted into the alleged Russian interference
in last year?s presidential elections.
Moscow has repeatedly denied any
involvement, and President Trump has
been reluctant to endorse the intelligence community?s assessment.
Robert Mueller, the justice department?s special counsel, has homed in on
allegations of collusion between
Mr Trump?s associates and pro-Kremlin agents.
Mr Trump?s eldest son, Donald Jr, is
due to appear before the senate judiciary committee and is expected
to be questioned about a
meeting he held with a proKremlin lawyer after she
had promised compromising information about
Mrs Clinton, Mr Trump?s
Democratic rival.
Alex Stamos said most
of the ads amplified
?divisive messages?
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?Angel of death?
spared as Israel
had Eichmann
Israel
Richard Spencer
Middle East Correspondent
Mossad has admitted that it turned
down an opportunity to kidnap Josef
Mengele, the Nazi ?angel of death?,
when the Israeli spy agency found him
living in Argentina in 1960.
Dr Mengele, who oversaw Auschwitz?s gas chambers and became notorious for his gruesome and frequently
lethal experiments on the concentration camp?s inmates, was discovered by
a Mossad team living in Buenos Aires.
He was under Mossad surveillance
when its agents seized the best-known
of the wanted war criminals, Adolf
Eichmann, the architect of the Final
Solution. The agency released official
papers on Mengele to the Yad Vashem
holocaust memorial in Jerusalem this
week, confirming that the team it sent
to bring Eichmann to Israel knew
where Mengele was too. Isser Harel,
Josef Mengele, left, was never caught
and eventually died in Brazil but Adolf
Eichmann was hanged in Israel
who was then the Mossad director, was
persuaded not to try capturing both
men by the team leader on the ground,
Rafi Eitan.
Mr Eitan, who is now 90 and one of
the country?s most famous agents, told
Israeli public radio that he had argued
for a ?one at a time? approach.
?At the same time as we caught
Eichmann, Mengele was living in
Buenos Aires. We found his apartment
and kept it under observation,? he told
Israeli public radio. ?I didn?t want to
carry out two operations at the same
time because we had one successful
operation in the bag, and in my experience if you try to carry out
another one you put them both at risk,?
he said.
He stayed on after Eichmann was
smuggled on board an El Al passenger
plane to Israel, but Mengele realised
what had happened and gave his pursuers the slip.
?Mengele wasn?t at home and the
neighbours said he would be back in a
week,? Mr Eitan said. ?We waited a
week but in the meantime [Eichmann?s]
capture was announced to the world
and Mengele never returned to his
apartment in Buenos Aires.?
Instead he fled to Brazil, while Eichmann was put on trial in Israel and
hanged.
Mengele?s experiments on Jewish
and Roma children in Auschwitz were
marked by a high degree of sadism,
according to accounts by survivors. He
was particularly interested in twins, on
whom he experimented in an attempt
to prove Nazi theories of hereditary racial superiority. Those who survived
the experiments were usually sent to
the gas chambers.
He escaped the camp before the Russians arrived to liberate it, and made his
way to South America with the assistance of Nazi sympathisers in 1949.
The Mossad files, to be made public
tomorrow, reveal the agency?s extraordinary efforts to trace Mengele ? as
well as the confidence with which he
scotched them. Details have been released by news organisations given
early access.
Mossad tracked Mengele down again
in 1962, by which time he was living in
Brazil. ?At the end of 1962 Mengele was
positively identified at a farm near Sao
Paulo,? Mr Eitan said.
Mr Harel resigned as Mossad chief
early the following year and his successors did not approve an operation
against Mengele as they had other priorities around the world, Mr Eitan said.
Mengele went underground again, and
for a while Mossad sought him in the
wrong country ? Paraguay.
The Nazi often hid in plain sight,
even visiting family in West Germany,
and remained in contact with his son,
Rolf. At one stage, Mossad tried to use a
honey-trap, sending an attractive female agent to get close to Rolf in the
hope that he would reveal where his
father was, but to no avail.
On another occasion, an agent contacted Rolf, pretending to be a family
friend, saying that his father was ill and
had asked to see him. But by then Mengele was already dead. He had suffered
a stroke and drowned while swimming
in Brazil in 1979.
French copy
National
Trust to save
ch鈚eaux
A
British
institution is
showing the
French the
way forward
when it comes to
conserving their history
(Adam Sage writes).
The National Trust has
been hailed as the
inspiration behind a
groundbreaking scheme
to save a derelict
15th-century castle in the
Dordogne.
Ch鈚eau le Paluel has
gone through good times
and bad over the years
and even survived being
burnt by the Nazis, but
like many buildings of its
era it is now in urgent
need of repair.
Adopte un Ch鈚eau, an
association of heritage
enthusiasts, is inviting
people to become part
owners of the crumbling
castle for as little as ?50.
The group hopes to raise
a total of ?500,000,
which should enable it to
buy the castle in an
auction this month and
start to restore it. The
There are many derelict
ch鈚eaux like De Meauce,
top, and Le Paluel
scheme is without
precedent in France but
looks like being a
success, with more than
3,500 people from 25
countries, including
Britain, already having
pledged ?261,702.
Julien Marquis, the
association?s founder, said
there was no French
equivalent of the
National Trust, with its
mass membership and
donations, and that much
of France?s heritage
lacked funding. He said
that about 600 of the
country?s ch鈚eaux, like
le Paluel and Ch鈚eau de
Meauce, in Ni鑦re, were
in danger of falling into
ruin. ?In a lot of cases,
there has been no major
work on ch鈚eaux since
the ancien r間ime . . . they
lost their function with
the revolution.?
Mr Marquis hopes that
Adopte un Ch鈚eau will
become a model like the
trust. Ch鈚eau le Paluel,
which sits in 90 acres,
was owned by a
succession of nobles
before the revolution. At
the start of the 20th
century, it became home
to a far-right group
before it fell foul of the
Germans.
Louvre unveils ?1bn Abu Dhabi outpost Spanish-Moroccan jihadist
United Arab Emirates
Adam Sage Paris
France struck a blow in the battle for influence in the Middle East as it unveiled
the Louvre?s ?1 billion outpost in Abu
Dhabi yesterday.
The project, which will open to the
public on November 11, has been hailed
as the Arab world?s first universal
museum, holding artefacts from
around the world, and an instrument of
French soft power.
The Louvre agreed to lend its name
and expertise as part of a plan by the
emirate to create an upmarket hub for
tourism and research. France is expected to receive ?1 billion in return, including ?400 million for allowing the
museum to use the Louvre in its title
until 2037. The 8,600 square metre
Louvre of the sands, as it is known, will
feature 23 exhibition halls housing 600
artworks, 300 of which will be from
French museums.
The inaugural exhibition will feature,
among others, the works La Belle Ferronni鑢e, by Leonardo, Bonaparte Franchissant les Alpes, by David, and a self
portrait by Van Gogh. The works will be
lent by the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles and the Orsay Museum respectively. There will also be works by
Claude Monet, 蒬ouard Manet, James
Whistler, and Andy Warhol.
The museum has been designed by
Jean Nouvel, the French architect, and
was described by Manuel Rabat�, the
director of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, as an
?exceptional building?. It will be capped
by a dome that has a diameter of 180
metres. Fran鏾is Mairesse, professor of
cultural mediation at the Sorbonne in
Paris, said the project was initially
pushed by the French foreign affairs
ministry, which saw it as a way of countering Anglo-Saxon influence.
He said Abu Dhabi also saw the
museum as an instrument of soft power
and a way of ?placing itself on the map?.
Mr Mairesse said there was no evidence of cultural censorship by Abu
Dhabi?s officials, who had allowed the
museum?s staff ?great freedom?.
He contrasted the ?flamboyant?
French project with the far more discreet role played by the British
Museum, which is a partner in a separate project to create a national
museum for the United Arab Emirates.
cell ?practised beheadings?
Spain
Graham Keeley Madrid
Six suspected jihadists who were training to decapitate victims and poised to
stage a major attack have been arrested
in Spain and Morocco in a joint operation between the two countries.
The 39-year-old alleged ringleader
also recruited children for Islamic State
at an educational centre for vulnerable
children in Melilla, a Spanish city in
north Africa, the authorities said.
Police added that the one Spaniard
and five Moroccans who were arrested
yesterday had no link to the 12-strong
cell that carried out the attacks in Bar-
celona and the seaside resort of Cambrils last month in which 16 were killed
and more than 120 injured.
A police source said: ?This group had
formed a terrorist cell whose aim was
violent jihad and they were in a dangerous level of activation.
?They held night-time meetings in
which they were planning a major
terrorist attack.?
Officers from the Spanish national
police and Morocco?s General Directorate of Surveillance observed the cell
undergoing physical training. ?These
sessions involved practising to assassinate victims by decapitation,? the
source added.
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Editor who opposed
Hindu nationalism
is shot dead at home
India
Haroon Janjua Islamabad
A prominent Indian journalist who has
been critical of rising Hindu nationalism was shot twice at close range and
killed by attackers on a motorbike.
The murder of Gauri Lankesh, 55, the
editor and publisher of the Gauri Lankesh Patrike newspaper, has renewed
concerns about press freedom in India
and led to protests and widespread conGauri Lankesh
was the 27th
journalist to have
been killed in India
since 1992
demnation. Ms Lankesh was found
dead on her doorstep in the southern
city of Bangalore. After parking her car
and walking to her home she was
attacked by assailants who fired at least
seven rounds, police said.
Ms Lankesh is the best-known
Indian journalist to be killed in recent
years. She was a fierce advocate of secularism and had often opposed hardline
Hindu groups associated with the
ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The Editors Guild of India said that
her murder was an ?ominous portent
for dissent in democracy and a brutal
assault on the freedom of the press?.
India has traditionally had a free and
vibrant media sector, underpinning its
reputation as the world?s largest democracy. However, there has been criticism that the government has increasingly sought to exert control, with
reports that it has run social media
operations that have flooded sites with
supportive messages and ?trolled? its
critics. Some BJP ministers have denigrated journalists as ?presstitutes?.
Bangalore?s governor promised a
thorough investigation but Ms Lankesh?s family demanded that the federal
Central Bureau of Investigation take
charge of the case.
The Committee to Protect Journalists has said that there have been no
convictions in 27 cases of journalists
murdered in India since 1992. This year
India slipped three places to 136th in
the World Press Freedom Index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders.
Ms Lankesh worked for several
media outlets before switching to the
newspaper started by her father,
P Lankesh, the journalist and poet.
Sonia Gandhi, president of the opposition Congress party, condemned the
killing, saying it was a reminder of ?intolerance and bigotry?.
Hundreds of mourners attended Ms
Lankesh?s funeral last night.
FEATUREFLASHSHM/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
And cut: 4th
Star Wars
director quits
United States
Ben Hoyle Los Angeles
Family affair Pen閘ope Cruz was at the Venice film festival to publicise the drug
cartel drama Loving Pablo, in which she stars with her husband, Javier Bardem
To lose one Star Wars director may be
regarded as a misfortune; to lose four
starts to look like there has been a great
disturbance in the force.
The exit of Colin Trevorrow, who was
directing Star Wars: Episode IX, has
been confirmed. There was talk that his
working relationship with Kathleen
Kennedy, head of the production company Lucasfilm, had become ?unmanageable?. Lucasfilm said: ?Colin has
been a wonderful collaborator
throughout the development process,
but we have all come to the conclusion
that our visions for the project differ.?
His replacement has not been
announced. Rian Johnson, who wrote
and directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi,
which is due out in December, and JJ
Abrams, who revived the franchise
with Star Wars: The Force Awakens two
years ago, have been linked with the job.
A busy production schedule has led
to a brutal attrition rate among directors. The first to go was Josh Trank in
2015. He was to direct Rogue One. Last
year Gareth Edwards, who did direct
Rogue One, was rumoured to have been
shoved aside so that Tony Gilroy, a
veteran screenwriter and director,
could do extensive reshoots. In June
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who made
The Lego Movie, were fired from a
standalone Han Solo movie after filming had started.
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�m cash in flat used by president?s aide
Brazil
Stephen Gibbs Caracas
Brazilian police discovered suitcases
and cardboard boxes stuffed with more
than � million hidden in an apartment understood to have been used by
a former minister with close links to
President Temer.
The mix of Brazilian reais and US
dollars was stashed in the residence in
the northeastern city of Salvador.
The apartment is believed to have been
regularly accessed by Geddel Vieira
Lima, formerly a senior aide to Mr
Temer, who once worked in a liaison
role between the president?s office and
congress.
Mr Viera Lima was arrested last July
on suspicion of obstructing a police investigation into the diversion of funds
from a state bank. He is under house
arrest. His lawyers have made no comment regarding the cash find.
Neighbours told Brazilian media that
a visitor to the property, believed to
have been Mr Vieira Lima, had explained that the various suitcases he
was storing there were his late father?s
?belongings?.
Seven cash-counting machines were
taken by police into the building overnight on Monday. The operation to
establish the value of the money took
several hours.
The bribery scandal in Brazil has
been described as the world?s largest. A
series of investigations, which began
three years ago, has found that companies routinely paid kickbacks of billions
of dollars, mostly to politicians and political parties. Some companies even established semi-formalised ?bribery departments?.
Mr Temer?s two immediate predecessors as president, Luiz In醕io Lula da
Silva and Dilma Rousseff, were charged
this week with running a ?criminal
organisation?. Rodrigo Janot, Brazil?s
attorney-general, laid the same charges
against several leading figures in their
Workers? Party.
Their governments, which ran Brazil
for almost 14 years, are accused of acting as ?fronts? for a criminal enterprise
which diverted bribes from big state
companies, including the Petrobras,
the oil giant, and the Brazilian National
Development Bank. State funds were
used on a vast scale to buy support, the
attorney-general said.
The accusations, described as ?without any foundation whatsoever? by Ms
Rousseff, are the first to claim explicitly
that she was complicit in corruption.
She was impeached last year for violating budgetary rules. The attorney-general accused her of ?contributing decisively? in criminal practices since 2003,
using her position as president of the
board of Petrobras from 2003 to 2013.
Mr da Silva, widely known as Lula,
has been hoping to stage a political
comeback, putting his name forward as
a candidate in next year?s elections. He
is appealing against a conviction that
would bar him as a candidate and is
facing four other corruption trials.
He has repeatedly said that he believes the charges against him are politically motivated and without foundation. ?We are going to rule this country
again?, he tweeted on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, in a separate
investigation, police searched the
home and questioned the head of
Brazil?s Olympic Committee in
connection with allegations of bribes
paid to help secure the games in Rio de
Janeiro last year.
Mr Temer was charged with corruption by Brazil?s prosecutor-general this
year, but a vote in congress to put him
on trial failed to obtain the two-thirds
majority needed.
MAURICIO RAMOS/AURORA/SOLENT NEWS
Policeman shot
photographer
by mistake
United States
Will Pavia New York
Rapid descent A trio of kayakers take the plunge at Mexico?s Agua Azul waterfall, riding with thousands of litres of water a second in a race to be king of the river
Nun?s letters from Lucifer
decoded via the dark web
Italy
Tom Kington Rome
One of the coded letters that a 17th
century Italian nun said were dictated
to her by the Devil has been deciphered
by scientists. They succeeded using a
code-cracking algorithm after centuries of failed attempts.
Sister Maria Crocifissa della Concezione is believed to have screamed and
fainted while writing letters at the
convent of Palma di Montechiaro that
she said were Lucifer?s ploy to convince
her to serve evil rather than God.
One of the letters has survived,
written in a complex mix of archaic
alphabets that have long defied
codebreakers until researchers from
the Ludum science centre in Sicily
turned to an algorithm that they
discovered on the dark web.
?We heard about the software,
which we believe is used by intelligence services for codebreaking,?
said Daniele Abate, director of the
centre.
?We primed the software with
ancient Greek, Arabic, the Runic
alphabet and Latin to descramble some
of the letter and show that it really is
devilish,? he said.
The letter, which describes God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as ?deadweights?, sarcastically states: ?God
thinks he can free mortals?. It adds that
?this system works for no one?. It goes
so far as claiming that God and Zoroaster were invented by man.
?I personally believe that the nun had
a good command of languages, which
allowed her to invent the code, and may
have suffered from a condition like
schizophrenia which made her imagine
dialogues with the Devil,? said Mr
Abete.
He added: ?That has not stopped
numerous interested Satanic sects
contacting me since I published our
findings.?
A newspaper photographer who
became the victim of a police shooting
has issued a plea for clemency for the
sheriff?s deputy responsible.
Andy Grimm, who takes pictures for
a local paper in the small town of New
Carlisle, Ohio, was shot while setting up
his tripod beside a police traffic stop to
take pictures of a lightning storm.
Jake Shaw, a sheriff?s deputy, is said to
have mistaken his camera for a weapon
and opened fire on the photographer
without warning, striking him in the
side.
New Carlisle News, which is run by
Mr Grimm?s father, Dale, interviewed
the wounded photographer at his
bedside in Miami Valley Hospital. ?I
know Jake, I like Jake,? he said of the
deputy, after surgery for gunshot
wounds. ?I don?t want him to lose his job
over this.? After the shooting the officer
had rushed to his aid, repeatedly saying:
?I thought it was a gun.?
In an update on the paper?s Facebook
page, Mr Grimm said his son was ?sore
but otherwise is doing fine?. He added:
?One other thing. Please don?t mean
mouth the deputy.? Mr Shaw has been
put on administrative leave.
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Take the train to Tokyo via
28-mile bridge from Russia
Russia & Japan
Tom Parfitt Moscow
Saintly slugs Sea angels (Clione limacina), whose mesmeric mating ritual has been captured in the waters of Novaya
Zemlya, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean off north Russia. The creatures use their six buccal cones to capture prey
Russia and Japan are in ?serious discussions? to link the two countries with a
bridge that could allow rail travel all the
way from London to Tokyo.
The proposed 28-mile bridge would join
Cape Crillon on the Russian island of Sakhalin to Cape Soya at the northern tip of
Hokkaido island, Japan.
A shorter bridge or tunnel that has been
mooted from the Khabarovsk region on
the Russian mainland to Sakhalin would
eventually allow an uninterrupted rail
journey of about 6,000 miles from western
Europe to Hokkaido via the Baikal-Amur
mainline and the Trans-Siberian railway.
Speaking at an economic forum in Vladivostok, Igor Shuvalov, Russia?s deputy
prime minister, said that modern technology made the Sakhalin-Hokkaido bridge
a realistic proposal. ?This would allow
greater scope to use our railway infrastructure, while Japan would become a continental power,? Mr Shuvalov said. ?Is it
possible? It is, and with contemporary
technologies it?s not even that expensive.?
The project would be pointless if no link
was built between Khabarovsk and
Legal challenge
to Catalan vote
Madrid The Spanish
government has asked the
country?s highest court to
nullify last night?s vote in
the Catalan parliament
preparing the way for an
independence
referendum. Separatist
members of the assembly
ignored a warning from
the constitutional court
that such a vote would be
illegal.
Soraya S醗nz de
Santamar韆, the deputy
prime minister, accused
the assembly of an ?act of
force? characteristic of a
?dictatorial regime?. (AFP)
Czech billionaire
fights fraud claim
Prague Andrej Babis, the
frontrunner to become
Czech prime minister,
asked for parliamentary
immunity to be lifted. The
billionaire businessman
and politician wants to
contest fraud allegations
involving a ?1.9 million
EU subsidy. (Reuters)
Taliban?s revenge
attack on US base
Kabul A suicide bomber
riding a motorcycle blew
himself up outside the US
base Bagram airfield in
Afghanistan in an attack
that the Taliban claimed
was in revenge for a US
leaflet deemed offensive
to Muslims. Several
people were hurt. (AFP)
Aeroflot?s uniform
policy grounded
Moscow A court has ruled
that Aeroflot cannot tell
staff what size clothing to
wear after a flight
attendant was moved
from higher-paying
international routes to
domestic flights because
she did not fit into the
biggest uniform. (Reuters)
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Sakhalin, Sergei Ivanov, President Putin?s
representative on the environment, said.
He added: ?That?s a long-held dream. Even
Comrade Stalin planned to do it.?
Mr Putin said in June that a bridge from
the mainland would cost ?about 286 billion
roubles? (�8 billion). ?We are dealing
with revival of these plans now and are
thinking over this problem,? he added.
Hokkaido is connected to Honshu, the
main Japanese island where Tokyo is situated, by the 34-mile Seikan railway tunnel.
Mr Putin and Shinzo Abe, Japan?s prime
minister, are expected to discuss joint economic projects on the disputed Kuril
Islands, in the same region as the bridge
project, when they meet today.
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Sports Direct?s hollow victory
6 Embarrassment for fund managers as chairman is re-elected 6 Attempt to reform boardroom standards is dealt blow
Criticism over
Aveva chiefs?
� bonuses
Alexandra Frean
Institutional investors failed to claim
the scalp of Keith Hellawell yesterday
as he was re-elected as chairman of
Sports Direct, dealing a blow to a highprofile City campaign to improve
boardroom standards.
Mr Hellawell won the backing of
53.24 per cent of independent shareholders, despite complaints from a
posse of prominent fund managers
before the company?s annual meeting
in Shirebrook, Derbyshire.
Simon Bentley, the senior independent director who had been
accused of failing to rein in Mike
Ashley, the company?s founder and
chief executive, was also re-elected
with 55.3 per cent of votes.
The vote had been seen as a big test
for institutional shareholders, which
are under increasing pressure to hold
companies to account.
Critics accused Sports Direct of
ignoring minority investors, pursuing
rampant and seemingly haphazard
growth, obscuring serious shortfalls in
its working practices, including paying
some of its warehouse workers hourly
rates below the minimum wage.
The company owns a growing portfolio of stakes in other retailers, including Debenhams, Game Digital and
Agent Provocateur. Mr Ashley has cast
his net wide, buying shares in the
American sporting goods companies
Finish Line, Bob?s Stores and Eastern
Mountain Sports.
Many of the deals have been done
with one eye on keeping suppliers such
as Nike and Adidas happy. However,
the group?s inability to focus has been a
source of frustration for some investors
and Mr Ashley has yet to provide details of his overarching strategy, other
than his much-repeated aim to make
Sports Direct the ?Selfridges of sport?.
Mr Ashley was absent from the meeting yesterday, adding to his reputation
as a boss with little time for fund managers, politicians, union representatives and journalists.
The re-election of Mr Hellawell, 75,
marks the end of a tumultuous year for
Patrick Hosking Financial Editor
what really mattered was its results. In
a trading statement released before the
meeting, it said that trading continued
to ?exceed expectations?. It confirmed
that it now owned 100 per cent of
Flannels, the Manchester-based luxury
and designer fashion chain.
Sports Direct shares rose by 1.4 per
cent to 389絧 yesterday after it said
that it expected underlying earnings
before interest, tax, depreciation and
amortisation to rise by 5 per cent to
15 per cent during full year 2018.
An unusual �5 million cash bonus for
the chief executive of Aveva for
clinching the merger this week with
Schneider Electric has raised eyebrows
with the Cambridge company?s biggest
shareholder.
The prospectus from Aveva, a
FTSE 250 industrial software developer, issued yesterday, reveals that James
Kidd is to be awarded the cash on top
of his normal bonuses as ?a one-off
performance and retention award?.
David Ward, finance director, is in
line for a similar bonus worth �0,000,
while ten other senior executives will
share another �52 million.
The payments are seen as contentious by some because they are supplementary to existing arrangements and
conditional on the successful completion of the takeover.
Standard Life Aberdeen, which owns
9 per cent of Aveva, expressed concern.
Euan Stirling, head of corporate
governance, said, ?Remuneration, and
bonuses in particular, should relate to
success, ie returns generated, rather
than deals completed.?
A spokesman for Aveva defended the
payments, saying that they were in recognition of two and a half years of hard
work in getting the deal to the finish
line and to tie in the executives as they
were crucial to the integration.
Aveva announced on Tuesday a
planned merger with the software division of Schneider, which is structured
as a reverse takeover. Schneider will
own about 60 per cent of the �billion
combined business, which will retain its
London listing.
Ad hoc bonuses linked to deals can
The dog that didn?t bite, pages 42-43
Continued on page 43, col 1
Unite protested at Sports Direct shops across Britain yesterday, claiming it reneged on a promise over zero-hours contracts
the former West Yorkshire Police chief
constable. He had been opposed twice
by a majority of independent shareholders, at last year?s AGM and in a
second vote in January at an extraordinary general meeting, and had said
he would to stand down with ?immediate effect? if he could not secure the
backing of independent shareholders.
The 53.24 per cent vote was hardly a
ringing endorsement, not least because
5.4 per cent of independent shareholders chose to abstain.
Paul Lee, of Aberdeen Standard In-
vestments, said that in spite of progress
in the last year, there were significant
governance questions about Sports Direct: ?The company hasn?t made good
on its previous promises and we do not
yet have confidence that the chair and
board are holding the chief executive to
account in the way that they should.?
Ashley Hamilton Claxton, of Royal
London Asset Management, said that
Sports Direct needed to address the
long list of governance concerns to help
to restore confidence.
Sports Direct said yesterday that
Many bank staff will be replaced by robots, says Deutsche boss
Harry Wilson City Editor
The British boss of Germany?s largest
bank has warned that a large number of
his staff could be replaced by robots as
the financial services industry adapts to
technology that will allow many jobs
done by humans to be automated.
John Cryan, chief executive of
Deutsche Bank, told a conference in
Frankfurt yesterday that the lender
would have to encourage a revolutionary spirit that could end with a significant proportion of its 100,000 staff
losing their jobs or being redeployed to
new roles.
?The truthful answer is we don?t need
as many people . . . In our bank, we have
people behaving like robots doing mechanical things; tomorrow we?re going
to have robots behaving like people,?
Mr Cryan said, in comments reported
by the Financial Times. ?We need to
admit that what we had is nice but it?s
not necessarily for the future. We need
more revolutionary spirit.?
Mr Cryan?s remarks are likely to
cause concern in London, where the
bank employs more than 7,000 staff in
its investment banking business.
Deutsche Bank is based in Frankfurt
and Mr Cryan told his audience in the
German city that it was the obvious
winner from Brexit, with financial institutions relocating staff to the EU.
?There is only one European city which
can fulfil these requirements and that
city is Frankfurt . . . It?s not about a
choice between Dublin, Paris or Frankfurt, it?s about a choice between New
York, Singapore or Frankfurt. Brexit
could become a large stimulus package
for Frankfurt?s economy,? he said.
Mr Cryan issued a warning about the
markets, saying that he saw asset price
bubbles in everything from shares and
bonds to property.
?The era of cheap money in Europe
should come to an end,? he said. ?The
interesting thing about the markets
today is that obviously they pay some
regard to these hotspots, but they don?t
seem to be paying too much regard,
because we see very high asset prices in
almost all asset categories.?
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Need to know
1
Facebook has claimed to have a
?potential reach? of 7.8 million
in the UK between the ages of
18 and 24, but official figures show
that there were only 5.8 million of
that age in the country last year.
Questions have also emerged over
the company?s audience estimates
in America and Australia. Page 5
2
Almost 100,000 jobs will be
created in the food and drink
sector over the next five years
as companies seek to cash in on
the weak pound, according to The
Food and Drink Report 2017. The
report, which is published today,
came as the Food and Drink
Federation expressed alarm at
leaked proposals from the Home
Office suggesting that Britain
would introduce tough new curbs
on unskilled EU migrants after
Brexit. Page 16
How toothless
City forum
failed to bring
Ashley to heel
3
Sports Direct was seen
as ripe for reform as
concerns grew over its
corporate governance,
Patrick Hosking reports
4
A
Institutional investors failed to
claim the scalp of Keith
Hellawell as he was re-elected
as chairman of Sports Direct,
dealing a blow to a high-profile
City campaign to improve
boardroom standards. Page 41
John Cryan, chief executive of
Deutsche Bank, has warned
that a large number of his
staff could be replaced by robots as
the financial services industry
adapts to technology that will
allow many jobs done by humans
to be automated. Page 41
5
A �5 million cash bonus for
the chief executive of Aveva
for clinching the merger this
week with Schneider Electric has
raised eyebrows with the
company?s biggest shareholder,
Standard Aberdeen Life. Page 41
6
Neil Woodford has claimed
that credit growth in China
was the main reason behind
the recent poor performance of his
high-profile CF Woodford Equity
Income fund, which celebrated its
third anniversary in June.
7
Quantitative easing is credited
with having staved off
depression almost a decade
ago but turning off the taps that
have flooded new money into the
world?s biggest economies is
fraught with danger. The ECB will
today signal its intentions. Page 44
8
The storm swirling around
Bell Pottinger stretches even
to the crisis-torn public
relations consultancy?s bottom
line, with the company believed to
have debts of up to �million. The
financial shortfall would appear to
make Bell Pottinger?s situation still
more parlous as it fights for
survival after a devastating scandal
in South Africa. Page 46
9
Barratt Developments,
Britain?s biggest housebuilder,
has delivered its highest
number of homes in nine years,
earning record profits as it
becomes the latest developer to
report strong demand in the
new-build market. Page 47
10
Unions will not accept an
end to the public sector
pay cap unless a new deal
compensates workers for their lost
income, Frances O?Grady, general
secretary of the TUC, has warned.
The government is considering
plans to scrap the 1 per cent limit
on public sector pay rises until
2019-20. Page 48
year ago, it was seen as a test
case for a newly muscular
City. Sports Direct International, with its rule-flouting majority shareholder
and its patchy recent financial performance, was regarded as the perfect target
for reform.
Mike Ashley had angered investors
repeatedly with his contempt for
normal boardroom standards, his
unexplained stock market bets, his
cavalier treatment of minority investors and his cosy-looking deals with
family members. This, surely, was a
cowboy company that should and
could be brought to heel by mainstream
investors?
A month after being accused by a
parliamentary panel of operating
?Victorian workhouse? conditions in
its ?gulag? warehouse in Shirebrook,
Derbyshire, the company seemed ripe
for prodding into the 21st century.
Moreover, there was just the body to do
the prodding. The newly created
Investor Forum had been set up by
the great and the good of the City to
make the case for better stewardship
and to coax recalcitrant companies
into better behaviour.
It had the backing of
government,
which
encouraged its creation
after John Kay?s report into City short-termism. It
was financed by some
of the biggest names in
investment, from Aberdeen Asset Management
to Fidelity, Schroders and
UBS.
The chairman was Simon
Fraser, former chief investment offficer of Fidelity and
chairman of Foreign & Colo-
nial, the granddaddy of investment
trusts. At the launch, luminaries such as
Anne Richards, who runs M&G, and
Helena Morrissey, now at Legal &
General, rubbed shoulders with Vince
Cable, then business secretary.
The assignment to reform Mr Ashley,
a man who has said he can?t be housetrained, started with promise. The
forum announced on September 8 that
it had chaired a constructive meeting
between leading shareholders and the
Sports Direct board and was encouraged by the board?s ?open approach.?
Two weeks later, the unlikely lovefest between the binge-drinking Newcastle United owner and some of the
most pukka fund managers in the City
was in full swing. The company?s promise to conduct an independent review
into its boardroom arrangements was
welcomed as ?a positive step?.
Andy Griffiths, head of the forum,
said then: ?Our members believe this is
an opportunity to bring about meaningful and lasting change, and are committed to working constructively with
the board [of Sports Direct] and the
independent reviewer to ensure it can
be a turning point in rebuilding trust.?
Things soon changed. The two sides
couldn?t agree on a chairman for the
review. The forum provided two lists
with twenty candidates in total. Some
said no when approached by Sports
Direct; others appear to have been unacceptable. The company lost
patience and appointed its own
lawyers, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, instead. Meanwhile, a
meeting in December between
Mr Ashley and shareholders was described as
frosty.
A letter from the forum in January was
not responded to in
April and the reply
was seen as a snub.
The company did
not want to engage
any more, according to one source.
At this point the forum seems to have
lost the will to fight
The dog that
didn?t bark
??
As an absolute
minimum, we believe
the current chairman
should step down
immediately
sacha sadan, legal
& general investment
management, sept 2016
on in the face of Mr Ashley?s 62 per cent
stake, preferring to await yesterday?s
annual meeting and see any fresh
details from the RPC review, even if it
was not independent. There were none
given.
Forum members including Legal &
General, Standard Life Aberdeen and
Royal London Asset Management said
that Sports Direct had not made
enough progress and that they would
oppose the chairman, Keith Hellawell.
During this period, when the forum
could have acted as a rallying point to
support the rebels and encourage
others to go public, it chose to be silent.
The contrast with its fine words of a
year ago could not have been sharper.
?We?ve been awaiting the results of
the [RPC] review,? Mr Griffiths said
yesterday. ?Independent shareholders
have exercised their voting rights. It
hasn?t needed collective engagement.
We will now write to members to see if
they want to take fresh action.?
The rebels have been weakened since
last year. Some have sold down their
holdings, while buybacks have cut the
number of shares in issue, boosting Mr
Ashley?s percentage holding. The number of shares in treasury has risen from
40 million a year ago to 111 million.
The survival of Mr Hellawell yesterday is a blow to those in the City hoping
that the stewards of the nation?s savings
would do more to defend the interests
of minority shareholders. Again, hard
votes have triumphed over fine words.
Woodford vows to ignore market?s Chinese whispers
Mark Atherton Investment Editor
Neil Woodford has blamed credit
growth in China as the main reason
behind the recent poor performance of
his most high-profile fund, which celebrated its third anniversary in June.
In an interview for his website, the
renowned money manager said of his
CF Woodford Equity Income fund: ?It?s
tempting to think the underperformance is a product of company-specific
problems. But for me it is a product
much more of the rather odd characteristics of this bull run in the stock
market.
?The market seems to want to bid up
the prices of stocks that provide exposure to Chinese growth.?
He added that investors were avoiding other parts of the market, such as
domestic stocks, some healthcare
shares and early stage businesses that
had no exposure to China, even though
he saw a lot of value in these, at present
neglected, sectors. ?In simple terms, the
market has decided that Asia, China is
good and the UK is bad . . . I worry that
the story the market is chasing at the
moment is dangerous and that?s why I
haven?t wanted to play that story.
?I?m very sorry for the poor performance that we?ve delivered really now
since 2016. But it?s very, very important
that through a period like this you
maintain your investment discipline.
The temptation is to take the easy
option and hide in the strategy that
everyone else is pursuing. But that
?I think the stock
market, yet again, has
become hysterical?
would be a betrayal of my investment
principles and the wrong thing in terms
of the long-term interests of my investors.?
Mr Woodford said that the recent
poor showing of his funds was an ?incredibly painful and difficult thing to
have to navigate? but maintained that
?there?s huge potential in the portfolio?.
The fund manager also defended the
large investment he has made in Provident Financial, the doorstep lender,
shares of which plunged by 66 per cent
in a single day last month. He acknowledged that the fall in the company?s
share price had been ?harmful? for his
funds, but added: ?I think the stock
market, yet again, has become hysterical and, yet again, has multiplied many
times the impact of this problem in the
home credit business.?
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Shareholders
were asked to
stand by him
- and they did
Alexandra Frean
??
We will now write
to members to see
if they want to take
fresh action
andy griffiths, investor
forum, after hellawell?s
re-election yesterday
Criticism over Aveva bonuses
Continued from page 41
encourage executives to pursue unnecessary transactions or to agree them on
poor terms, or both.
The bonuses will be put to shareholders at the first Aveva annual meeting
after completion of the deal. They will
be paid in cash, with some of the money
deferred and the executives required to
use half the money to buy Aveva stock.
Although described as retention
awards, only half the initial grant will be
contingent on the executives staying
with the company. The other half will
be paid if they meet performance criteria in the following year and two years.
Mr Stirling said that such bonuses
needed to be tied to the business?s longterm success to be useful, and he looked
at them on a case-by-case basis.
The performance targets mean that
the amount paid could be 125 per cent of
the initial award, or �875 million for
Mr Kidd.
He also has had two big pay rises in
quick succession, which will raise his
base pay from �0,000 last year to
�0,000 next year.
Further bonuses of up to 15 per cent
of base pay are to be made to selected
employees, whether or not the deal is
completed, Aveva said.
Was it wishful thinking that Sports
Direct chose to play the Ben E King
classic Stand By Me as 15 shareholders
filed into the annual meeting yesterday? Could it be that someone has a
sense of humour?
Keith Hellawell, the chairman, was
hoping that the majority of independent investors would stand by him after
several had called for his removal. And,
like the mountain in the song, the
shareholder revolt eventually crumbled to the sea and he retained his job.
Mike Ashley showed his regard for
shareholders by failing to appear, citing
a previous engagement. Simon Bentley,
the senior independent director who,
like Mr Hellawell, faced calls to go, was
also absent, for personal reasons.
Mr Hellawell, the former West Yorkshire Police chief constable, has a reputation as an old-style cop ? slightly
vain, flashy and verbose. Yesterday,
though, he was subdued and displayed
a policeman?s ruthless efficiency, winding up what turned out to be a very dull
meeting in 35 minutes.
Fending off questions about the company?s treatment of workers, Mr Hellawell was blunt. He made clear that the
company had no intention of abandoning its use of zero-hours contracts.
Sports Direct had pledged to offer guaranteed hours to shopworkers and to
transfer some warehouse staff to permanent contracts, but Mr Hellawell said
that most didn?t want this. ?A very large
proportion of our workforce are very
happy to retain that level of flexibility,?
he said.
Alex Balacki, a 30-year-old Sports
Direct store manager from Barnstaple
in north Devon, selected by colleagues
in April as the company?s first employee
representative on the board in April,
agreed. Wearing a blue Sports Direct
polo shirt and looking out of place
among his suited boardroom colleagues, Mr Balacki, who started with
the retailer 13 years ago, said: ?The vast
majority of people I speak to are happy
with the contracts they are on.?
Mr Hellawell did accept that not all
agency workers had received back pay
after it had been revealed that some had
been on less than the minimum wage.
This had not been ?as easy as it sounds?.
However, he saw no problem with a
review of the company?s working practices being carried out by Reynolds
Porter Chamberlain.
Mr Hellawell didn?t wait for the result
of the shareholder vote. It was almost as
if he couldn?t wait to get away from
those pesky shareholders and reporters.
Fed deputy quits for ?personal reasons?
Tom Knowles Economics Correspondent
The vice-chairman of the US Federal
Reserve is to step down in mid-October
after three years at the central bank.
Stanley Fischer cited ?personal
reasons? for his decision to leave in a
short resignation letter to President
Trump.
The 73-year-old, one of the world?s
most experienced economic policymakers and a former governor of the
Bank of Israel, is leaving eight months
before the end of his four-year term.
He has been a close ally of Janet
Yellen, the Fed?s chairwoman, and his
departure will take away an influential
voice at a time when the central bank is
divided on the need for a third interest
rate rise this year, despite lower inflation than desired.
Mr Fischer has been a strong advocate
of tough rules and stress tests introduced
for banks after the financial crisis. In an
interview with the Financial Times last
month, Mr Fischer, a former vice-chairman of Citigroup, criticised the Trump
administration?s efforts to loosen the
constraints as ?dangerous and extremely
short-sighted?. In his resignation letter,
Mr Fischer said ?we have built upon
earlier steps to make the financial system
stronger and more resilient?.
His resignation leaves four of the Fed
board?s seven seats vacant and will let
Mr Trump reshape the US central
bank?s leadership sooner than expected. Ms Yellen?s term as chairwoman
expires in February and economists
expect Mr Trump to pick someone else
rather than renominate her.
Mr Fischer was a professor at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
where his students included Mario
Draghi, now president of the European
Central Bank, and Ben Bernanke, the
former Fed chairman. Mark Carney,
governor of the Bank of England, said
that Mr Fischer?s ?encyclopedic knowledge? had helped policymakers
around the world.
Building a profit on
a lack of supply
business commentary Alistair Osborne
N
o one really understands
economics, least of all
economists. But, luckily,
you don?t even have to
be one to guess what
happens here. Take a market with a
chronic lack of supply. Hand
responsibility for filling it to a few
private companies. And then crank
up demand with a scheme like Help
to Buy.
Astonishingly, the companies
make an absolute mint, as Britain?s
big housebuilders keep proving.
Yesterday was the turn of the largest
of the lot, Barratt Developments. It
pitched up with a familiar tale: fullyear profits up 12 per cent to
�5 million; the delivery of its
20 per cent gross margin and 25 per
cent return on capital targets; a
39 per cent hike in the final dividend;
and, as if that wasn?t enough for
shareholders, a �5 million special
payout, too (report, page 47).
And let?s not pick on Barratt.
Berkeley also popped up to tell us it
was ?on track to deliver at least
�billion of pre-tax profit? in the five
years to 2021 ? and return more
than �2 billion. On Tuesday,
Redrow raised the dividend by
70 per cent. Last month, Persimmon
banged on about its ?commitment?
to return at least �0 million of
?surplus capital? every July until
2021. Little wonder housebuilder
shares are close to post-2008 highs,
even if they slipped yesterday, with
Barratt down 5 per cent to 595絧.
Isn?t there supposed to be a
housing crisis: roughly 100,000
fewer new homes a year than the
250,000 we need to keep up with
population growth and tackle years
of under-supply? Well, that?s the
impression the government gave in
February, with a white paper called
Fixing our broken housing market.
Not if you?re a housebuilder.
Top of Barratt?s results statement
was the news it had delivered its
?highest volumes in nine years?. Yes,
up 0.4 per to 17,395 homes ? an
extra 76. True, it all helps. And
Barratt?s volumes are up 55 per cent
in six years, as its boss, David
Thomas, points out. Yet even he
wouldn?t pretend that the likes of
Barratt can build all the homes we
need. As he puts it, we haven?t been
?building enough houses since the
mid-1970s?. And back then only half
the supply came from the private
sector. Now it?s responsible for
80 per cent of new homes, with just
ten companies building 60 per cent.
And, as they keep demonstrating,
their duty?s to the shareholders, not
government volume targets.
True, the debate has its nuances.
Housebuilding is no slam-dunk
money-spinner. Like many of its
rivals, Barratt almost went bust
during the financial crisis, bailed out
by a �0 million cash-call. And, as
Bovis has proved, it?s possible to
screw up, even in this market. Help
to Buy, running until at least 2021,
has its good points, too. It gets young
people on the housing ladder with a
5 per cent deposit and maybe even
boosts the number of houses built.
Yet it?s also just another bit of
financial underpinning for big
housebuilders already coining it
(the bosses, too). Isn?t it time the
government provided some
competition, galvanising local
authorities to ramp up their housing
programmes? Right now, the market
keeps rewarding private companies
for not fixing the problem. Hardly
great economics.
Bobby ain?t beat
W
hat a night for puking in
the fireplace: PC Plod?s got
off, a cause for ?power
drinking?, if ever. Despite the noise
from Sports Direct investors, Keith
Hellawell has survived the AGM.
Yes, the ex-bobby in the chairman?s
seat since 2009 squeaked through
with 53 per cent of the vote from
independent investors: better than
2016, when Mike Ashley had to use
his majority stake to reinstate him.
So, is that because Mr Hellawell
has delivered on all the stuff
demanded by the Investor Forum,
the one with �.5 trillion of assets
under management? In August last
year, it took the ?highly unusual?
step of going public with its myriad
governance demands. Yet, as
Hermes, one of the shareholders
that did vote against Mr Hellawell,
pointed out on Tuesday, he?s pretty
much ignored the lot.
Hermes noted there was still a
lack of ?one-to-one engagement?
with investors, despite the board?s
?engagement statement?. Not only
that. It remained in the dark over
?the scope and progress made in the
corporate governance review?. And
still a majority of independent
shareholders rolled over, not least
from the Investor Forum. Policemen
have that effect on some people.
Start me up
H
ere?s a top idea: how about
taking some of your pension
pot tax-free and sticking it on
a horse? It?s the latest proposal from
the Institute of Directors ? or
something like it, anyway. It?s
suggesting that, ?in addition to the
current 25 per cent tax-free
allowance?, looming retirees should
be allowed to withdraw a bit extra to
invest in their own start-up
businesses, what with this being ?the
age of the older entrepreneur?. It
proposes a cap of �0,000
?or 10 per cent of the fund value
if smaller?, not that most IoD
members have such trifling pension
pots (report, page 51).
But don?t 80 per cent of start-ups
go bust within 18 months? True,
some succeed. The IoD gives the
example of Susi Lennox, 72, cofounder of the Yes Yes Company, the
developer of a lubricant ?inspired by
a curious Viagra side-effect? that?s
?certified organic by the Soil
Association?. Still, not everyone?s
that lucky.
Me old China
N
eil Woodford has had the odd
setback lately: Provident
Financial, Astrazeneca,
Circassia, Allied Minds. So how
lucky we now know who?s fault it is:
credit conditions in China. Next
month?s excuse: North Korea.
alistair.osborne@thetimes.co.uk
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Overflowing
Central bank assets, $trn
20
How the central banks poured
liquidity into the system*
March 2016
ECB raises QE to
?80bn-a-month,
cuts main rate to
0pc and deposit
rate to -0.4pc
$9trn
volume of
government debt
globally with
negative yields
Aug 2016
BoE cuts rates
to 0.25pc, raises
QE to �5bn
after Brexit
15
Sept 2012
Fed unveils
$40bn-a-month QE3,
later raised to $85bn
Oct-Dec, 2008
US Fed cuts rates from
2pc to 0.25pc and
launches $600bn QE.
BoE cuts rates from
5pc to 2pc, ECB cuts
from 4.25pc to 2.5pc
March 2009
BoE cuts rates to
0.5pc and launches
�0bn QE
of all government
debt issued in the
US, eurozone,
Japan, UK,
Switzerland and
Sweden is owned
by central banks
How QE cut borrowing costs
Nov 2010
Fed launches
$600bn QE2
Ten-year government bond yield, %
Feb-Jul 2012
BoE raises QE
to �5bn
Sept 2008
Lehman Brothers
files for bankruptcy
March 2015
ECB starts QE with
?60bn-a-month
20%
UK
US
Japan
Euro area
10
Oct 2014
Fed halts QE.
BoJ raises
QE to $1trn
Apr 2013
BoJ announces per year
$875bn QE per
year under
?Abenomics?
Dec 2015
Fed raises
rates to 0.5pc
2008
2009
June 2017
Fed raises
rates to 1.25pc,
signals will
unwind QE
*US Federal Reserve (Fed)
European Central Bank (ECB)
Bank of Japan (BoJ)
Bank of England (BoE)
and other major advanced
economy central banks
2010
2011
2012
2013
5
4
3
2
1
0
-1
0
2007
6
2014
2015
2016
2017
2008
10
12
14
16
What happens when the tap is turned off?
Quantitative easing
staved off depression,
but unwinding it
poses new threats,
reports Philip Aldrick
Q
uantitative easing is a little
like toothpaste in a tube ?
easy to squeeze out, awkward to put back, assuming
that it will go.
As chairman of the US
Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke got the
ball rolling by signalling his plans in a
speech in August 2008. It took only
three months before the spigots were
turned on full. In November, the Fed
was printing money to buy bonds and
the great QE experiment had started.
Nearly a decade later, the big central
banks have pumped more than $10 trillion of new money into the global economy.
Turning off the taps is not proving
quite so easy. In the summer of 2013, the
Fed caused a market panic after saying
that it planned to slow the pace of bondbuying. It took another 18 months to
halt QE and a further year before the
Fed dared to raise interest rates from
0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent. All the talk
now is of ?policy normalisation?.
In the coming months, the Fed is
expected to start unwinding its extraordinary stimulus by selling the bonds
it owns and cancelling the fabricated
digital money. If the European Central
Bank sticks to the script, which it seems
unlikely to do, it ought to signal today
that it will begin ?tapering? the pace of
its QE scheme. The Bank of England
has already stopped QE and is inching
closer to a rate rise. Only the Bank of
Japan, of the world?s Big Four central
banks, is pressing ahead with QE.
What happens next? Nobody quite
knows, but everyone is a little worried.
?We?ve never have had QE like this
before, we?ve never had unwinding like
this before,? Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan
Chase?s chief executive, said this year.
?Obviously, that should say something
to you about the risk that might mean,
because we?ve never lived with it
before.?
QE is credited with staving off a
depression, but many think it is storing
up problems. ?We are now seeing signs
of bubbles in more and more parts of
the capital market where we wouldn?t
have expected them,? John Cryan,
Deutsche Bank?s chief executive, said
yesterday. He went on to applaud the
Fed and ECB for moving to ?bring their
loose monetary policy to an end?.
Wolfgang Sch鋟ble, Germany?s
finance minister, weighed in, too. ?Unusual monetary policy implies it is not
usual or normal. We should get back to
a normal monetary policy. We have
come back to a normal situation much
quicker than people thought,? he said
about the eurozone economy.
It won?t be simple. Central banks may
have launched QE in the blink of an
eye, but to reverse it they need to prepare markets with months of ?forward
guidance? to give investors time to
adjust their positions and avoid another
shock sell-off, as happened with the
so-called taper tantrum. The ECB has
sent coded messages for months, but its
Beware a
new taper
tantrum
Behind the story
A
t the back of
Mario Draghi?s
mind will be
the ?taper tantrum?
of May 21, 2013
(Patrick Hosking
writes). This was the
day when Ben
Bernanke, then
chairman of the US
Federal Reserve, first
seriously raised the
subject of reducing or
?tapering? the level of
monetary stimulus
injected each month
into the American
economy.
Traders panicked.
They sold bonds and
other fixed-income
assets in a frenzy,
fearing that even the
gradual withdrawal of
central bank support
would crater the
market. Yields
rocketed. Values
crashed. Many bond
investors were
looking at huge paper
losses. Higher-risk,
higher-yielding assets
were hit particularly
hard, especially
emerging markets.
For about four weeks,
investors were
seriously rattled.
?Traders were
selling indiscriminately,? Ben Bennett,
head of credit
strategy at Legal &
General, recalled.
?They?d got too
positive and then they
got too negative. The
word tantrum is
perfect: it was a
spoiled market, grown
used to very low
interest rates, and the
toys went out of the
pram.?
In May 2015 came
another burst of fury
when higher inflation
and growth numbers
undermined the
briefly fashionable
QE scheme is expected to continue
until the end of 2018.
Market risk aside, there is the issue of
sequencing. The euro has jumped 8 per
cent against the trade-weighted basket
theory that the West
could be facing a
deadly phase of
deflation. Mr Draghi
is now scared of
another tantrum, Mr
Bennett believes,
which is why he
thinks any mention of
a reduction in
quantitative easing on
this side of the
Atlantic will be very
carefully worded and
gradual. ?[Draghi] will
dripfeed it out very
slowly.?
He may talk about
setting up an
investigation into how
best to start reducing
the ?60 billion a
month infusions in
the best way. But
analysts think actual
reductions won?t
begin until next year.
The return to
monetary normality is
going to be a long
haul. Just as a parent
will tiptoe around an
explosive child, so the
ECB will move
cautiously.
this year because of the stronger
economy and the prospect of tighter
monetary policy. Much more strengthening could slow growth.
?The ECB was hoping to exit QE
under cover of the Fed?s adherence to a
predictable path of normalisation,?
economists at Bank of America Merrill
Lynch said. If the Fed does not start unwinding QE shortly, the ECB may want
to delay its taper. Reports last night
suggested that the strong euro had
already pushed the decision on what to
do with QE back to October.
Unwinding QE will also push up
government bond yields, and hence
borrowing costs for the real economy.
Martin Feldstein, President Reagan?s
chief economic adviser, has pointed out
that the four big central banks bought
more of their governments? debt in
aggregate than was issued between
2013 and 2016. Next year, the position
will reverse. At the same time, the Fed
will be selling bonds. He reckons that
the shift in the balance between buyers
and sellers will drive bond yields higher.
The repercussions of that are not clear,
but the Bank for International Settlements has warned: ?Normalising too
quickly would raise the risk of shortcircuiting the recovery.?
Central bank policy is to raise rates
before unwinding QE. That creates
another problem. Record low rates
make QE profitable and those profits
are transferred to the government to
reduce debt issuance. In the UK, the
Office for Budget Responsibility has
warned that as rates rise QE will turn
loss-making and the government will
have to issue more debt to plug the gap.
That, in turn, will give even more power
to bond-buyers, driving up rates.
In short, turning off the QE taps could
trigger a market panic, drive interest
rates up faster than hoped, derail growth
and punch a hole in the public finances.
Draghi set to play waiting game today on ending stimulus
Philip Aldrick
Expectations that the European
Central Bank will end its quantitative
easing programme may be dashed
today with more prevarication by the
governing council.
A report by Bloomberg yesterday
suggested that the ECB would delay a
final decision on its ?60 billion-amonth scheme until its next meeting on
October 26. Markets had been anticipating a clear signal of intent from
Mario Draghi, the ECB president, after
the governing council meeting today.
Gilles Moec, Europe economist at
Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said
that Mr Draghi would have to say
something about QE. However, he is
likely to frame it with regard to the
strength of the euro. The single currency recently broke the $1.20 threshold,
having surged by 8 per cent this year
against a basket of currencies, and the
council has expressed concern at the
damage a strong euro could do to the
recovery and efforts to boost inflation.
?We think the ECB will avoid precommitting to any path for QE next
year before hearing the [US Federal
Reserve?s views later this month],? Mr
Moec said.
The Fed is expected to start unwind-
ing QE, but it could alter its policy
slightly.
In an attempt to stop further appreciation of the euro, Mr Draghi is not
expected to change his language from
the last meeting.
The ECB will update its projections,
downgrading inflation for next year
from 1.6 per cent to 1.5 per cent. Its
growth forecasts are likely to be upgraded, given the robust recent per-
formance of the eurozone. Economists
expect Mr Draghi to evade questions
about QE by confirming that a technical team is looking into the options. He
had been expected to signal that the
scheme would be wound down but to
delay giving details until October.
Mr Moec said that the meeting was
?likely to be heavy on rhetoric, but ultimately light on substance?. The euro fell
0.2 cents after the Bloomberg report.
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Comment Business
Simon Nixon
Robin Pagnamenta
Challenges threaten to
stain Reckitt?s prospects,
even its independence
?Norway option? is not a long-term
answer to problems posed by Brexit
??
A depressing feature
of the Brexit debate
is the way that it
goes round in
circles. No sooner
has an argument apparently been
settled than it reopens again.
One example is the persistence of
the idea that the UK should join the
European Economic Area as a way to
avoid inevitable Brexit cliff-edges.
The so-called Norway option, in
which the UK would join an outer tier
of countries alongside Norway,
Iceland and Liechtenstein that are
inside the single market but outside
the EU?s customs union, continues to
hold sway over a significant segment
of both Brexiter and Remainer
opinion. Indeed, the idea has gained
fresh currency after recent comments
by the president of the European Free
Trade Association court, which
oversees disputes between the three
non-EU EEA countries and the EU,
and Iceland?s foreign minister, who
say they would welcome Britain as an
EEA member. David Davis, the Brexit
minister, fanned the flames last week
by refusing to rule out the idea.
Yet the political obstacles to British
membership of the EEA would be
immense, as Jean-Claude Piris,
former director-general of the EU
Council?s legal service, noted in
E!Sharp magazine this week. Simply
as a matter of process, one cannot be
a member of the EEA without being a
member of EFTA ? and one can?t be
a member of EFTA while a member
of the EU. So the UK couldn?t sign a
deal to join the EEA until after it had
left the EU and the deal would need
to be ratified by the EU, all 27 EU
members and the three non-EU EEA
members. That could take time. If the
Norway option is to be a transition
arrangement, it would need its own
transition deal.
Nor is it clear why the UK would
want to join the EEA. The
government?s policy is that Brexit
requires the UK to take back control
of its borders, its money and its laws.
Yet EEA membership achieves none
of those things. After all, the EEA is a
regulatory union whose members are
obliged to respect the EU?s four
freedoms ? the freedom of
movement of goods, services, capital
and, of course, people ? and which is
able to eliminate barriers to trade
only because all member states apply
exactly the same rules, surveillance
and enforcement systems based on
EU law as interpreted by the
European Court of Justice. Its
members must also contribute to the
EU budget.
Supporters of the Norway option
argue that it is superior to EU
membership because it allows more
flexibility, for example on freedom of
movement. True, Article 112 of the
EEA Treaty does allow non-EU
members to restrict free movement
for EU citizens in an emergency. But,
as Mr Piris notes, that right has never
been exercised before, perhaps
because Article 114 allows other
countries to take ?rebalancing?
measures. Mr Piris sees no chance of
the EU extending special provisions
granted to tiny Liechtenstein to a
country the size of the UK.
Besides, EEA membership would
oblige the UK to become a rule-taker,
forced to adopt rules over which it
has no say. Proponents of the Norway
option argue that given the UK?s size
and importance, it could expect to
negotiate some special rights of
consultation over EU law or the right
to have its own standards recognised.
But Mr Piris points out that this is
implausible. It is a fundamental
principle of the single market that
there must be homogeneity of law,
which is why the EFTA court is
obliged to follow ECJ court rulings.
Norway?s relationship with the EU has attracted attention in the Brexit debate
What?s more, EU institutions cannot
be bound by rules made by any body
not recognised by EU treaties. Indeed,
the European Court of Justice twice
struck down earlier versions of the
EEA Treaty that gave too much
influence to non-EU states.
At least the Norway option would
allow the UK to pursue its own freetrade deals, its supporters say. Yet
even this isn?t clear-cut, given that all
EEA members are obliged to join
EFTA, which negotiates its own trade
deals on behalf of its members, Peter
Holmes, reader in economics at the
University of Sussex, notes. The UK
would be obliged to apply to join all
28 existing FTAs, assuming that the
trading partners were willing to
extend them to Britain, thereby
limiting its scope to pursue an
independent policy. The scope of any
bilateral free-trade deals would in any
case be limited by the need to respect
EU single market rules. And the
further the UK?s customs
arrangements diverged from those of
the EU, the more customs checks
would be required.
But even if the UK was prepared to
suffer these indignities for the sake of
avoiding the Brexit cliff-edge, would
the EEA countries want the UK as a
member? Again, that?s not clear. Yes,
the UK might enhance the prestige of
the EFTA court and give EFTA more
negotiating clout, but the Norwegian
government fears that the UK would
dominate the EEA, to the detriment
of its own relationship with the EU
while slowing down EEA adoption of
EU laws. Indeed, the EU might insist
on renegotiating the EEA treaty to
further lash the EEA to EU rulemaking. In that case, the UK?s best
option might be to seek to replicate
the Norway option in a bespoke
version of the EEA treaty.
But why would the EU agree to
enter into such a highly complex
negotiation for an arrangement that
is unlikely to be sustainable in the
long term? The answer, of course, is
that it wouldn?t ? and pretending
otherwise is using up valuable time
that would be much
better spent
understanding the
true implications of
Brexit.
??
Simon Nixon is the chief European
commentator at The Wall Street
Journal. Twitter: @Simon_Nixon
O
ne of Rakesh Kapoor?s
bestselling products is
Vanish, a powerful stain
remover that, according to
the website of his company Reckitt
Benckiser, can ?eliminate almost
every conceivable stain; even really
tough dried-in stains that have been
around for days?. This week, the
pungent whiff of cleaning products
around Reckitt?s boardroom table
must have been stronger than ever
after the sudden disappearance of
four of its ten-member executive
team.
Mr Kapoor, Reckitt?s no-nonsense
chief executive since 2011, now faces
a delicate task. Not only must he fill
up those empty chairs by recruiting
new chiefs of IT, HR, developing
markets and marketing, he must do
so while completing the integration
of Mead Johnson, an $18 billion
Reckitt Benckiser Share price (�)
8.00
7.50
7.00
Source: Thomson Reuters
Jan
2017
Aug
6.50
American acquisition he
masterminded back in February.
To add to his workload, he must
deal with the fallout from a huge
cyberhack in July that cost the
company �0 million, as well as a
boycott of its products in South
Korea, where the sale of deadly
disinfectants caused dozens of
deaths a few years ago. Arguably
even more pressing is the need for
Mr Kapoor to find a way to revive
stagnant sales at the FTSE 100
consumer goods giant, whose stable
of brands ? everything from Durex
condoms to Harpic toilet cleaner to
Nurofen headache pills ? seems to
be running out of puff after its
weakest quarter in 19 years.
If all that sounds like a tricky
balancing act, Mr Kapoor may have
only himself to blame. For years,
Reckitt Benckiser built an enviable
reputation as one of the City?s most
solid and reliable companies. Its
products may not have been
glamorous, but quarter after quarter
they flew off the shelves, delighting
shareholders as Reckitt issued
regular updates showing rising sales,
profits and juicy dividends. It was a
performance that helped to propel
shares in Reckitt to ever greater
heights, while helping to mollify
investors over an eye-watering pay
policy that saw former Bart Becht
famously pocket � million during
2010, his final year as chief
executive.
More recently, under Mr Kapoor?s
tenure, however, Reckitt seems to
have developed a reputation for
something else. In the six years
since he took up the reins of the
� billion group, the company has
maintained its high profit margins
of nearly 24 per cent and continued
to grow, but it seems to have gained
a tendency, too, for costly slip-ups
and governance troubles. If investors
seem to have been in a forgiving
mood, it?s a trend that unless firmly
tackled threatens to up-end
Reckitt?s reputation as a disciplined
and steady Footsie workhorse.
Mr Kapoor, who has been crafting
a new strategy designed to boost the
group?s American business and
increase sales in developing markets
such as India and Brazil, also faces
another challenge. Changing
consumer tastes and rising demand
for more natural products are
turning many away from the kind of
mass market ?power brands? on
which Reckitt?s business relies.
And if he gets it wrong, there is
the threat of Reckitt becoming the
next big British target of a takeover
bid or an activist investor such as
Nelson Peltz. Earlier in the year,
Unilever, one of Reckitt?s rivals,
almost fell prey to a $143 billion US
bid from Heinz-Kraft and
bankrolled by Warren Buffett. That
deal swiftly unraveled, but there are
plenty of predators stalking the
thickets of the global consumer
goods market. In July, Mr Peltz
launched a battle to get a seat on the
board of P&G. Dan Loeb recently
took aim at Nestl�.
Although it remains a big
business, Reckitt would represent a
far smaller and more digestible
snack than any of these. Mr Kapoor
should watch out. If he is not
careful, the more-than-200-year-old
company he leads could end up
being wiped out itself.
Robin Pagnamenta is Deputy Business
Editor of The Times
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Business
Debt piles on agony for scandal-hit Bell Pottinger
Robert Miller
The storm swirling around Bell Pottinger stretches even to the crisis-torn
public relations consultancy?s bottom
line, with the company believed to have
debts of up to �million.
The financial shortfall would appear
to make Bell Pottinger?s situation still
more parlous as it fights for survival in
the wake of a devastating scandal in
South Africa.
Having been accused of inciting
racial hatred in a South African PR
campaign for the wealthy Gupta family,
it has been expelled from its trade body,
the Public Relations and Communications Association, and has been suffering exits by revenue-generating clients
and its own staff.
Bell Pottinger is said now to have
zero value, compared with � million
in 2012 when its management bought
75 per cent of the company from Chime
Communications.
Chime Communications, the advertising and marketing giant, said this
week that it had written off the value of
its remaining stake.
Bell Pottinger has appointed BDO,
the accountancy, to explore options,
including selling to a rival. However,
Carillion, the construction group, is among those to have cut ties with the PR firm
one company said to be interested,
Lewis, the communications group,
denied last night that it was a prospective buyer.
Several senior executives have
departed in rapid succession, including
John Sunnucks, chairman of the finan-
cial and corporate division, and David
Rydell, a partner. According to recent
filings at Companies House, Stuart
Leach, managing director of crisis and
litigation, Nick Lambert, a partner, and
Tom Leigh, finance director, have left.
James Henderson quit as chief executive at the weekend.
At least a dozen companies have
severed ties with Bell Pottinger over the
scandal and more are said to be considering their options. Unite, the student
accommodation provider, Berwin
Leighton Paisner, the law firm, and
Non-Standard Finance, a sub-prime
lender, have given notice, while CYBC,
owner of the Clydesdale and Yorkshire
banks, sacked it in July.
Other companies to cut their connection with Bell Pottinger include
Carillion, the construction company,
HSBC, Talktalk, Richemont, the luxury
goods group, Investec and Acacia,
which owns goldmines in Tanzania.
CITY
PEOPLE
The feuds, the faces and the farcical
Dominic Walsh @walshdominic
Business big shot
name timothy
bowler
age 44
position
president,
ice benchmark
administration
Y
ou do not have to have
worked at Goldman Sachs
to be put in charge of Libor,
but it would appear to help
(Harry Wilson writes). As
Finbarr Hutcheson steps down to
take on a wider role at
Intercontinental Exchange, which
won the tender to run the
scandal-hit borrowing rate, the
former Goldman banker is being
replaced by another alumnus of
the Wall Street investment bank.
From next month Timothy
Bowler, at present a managing
a priceless exchange but some
things cannot be bought
The Old Lady of Threadneedle
Street may not be as well known as
it likes to think. Andrew Hebden,
the Bank of England?s deputy agent
for the northeast, tweeted an
exchange with a cold-caller to his
office:
Caller: Hello, can I speak to the
business owner?
Me: This is the Bank of England.
Caller: Oh. Can I speak to the
owner?
Me: Of the Bank of England?
Caller: Yes.
Me: No.
Caller: Well, do you want to sell
the business?
Me: What, the Bank of England?
Caller: Yes.
no pub stop-offs
Ted Tuppen, founder
and former chief
executive of Enterprise
Inns, claims to be two
stone lighter than
when he left the pub
company (now Ei
Group) almost four
years ago.
Presumably he?s
drinking fewer
pints and eating
fewer steak pies,
director in Goldman Sachs?
financial group, will take up the
job of running ICE Benchmark
Administration, which has
responsibility for overseeing
Libor and other benchmark rates.
Before joining the bank, Mr
Bowler spent several years
working for the US Treasury,
where he held senior roles
including counsellor to Jack Lew,
the former Treasury secretary, ,
as well as assistant secretary for
financial stability, in which he
was responsible for
implementation and wind down
of the Troubled Asset Relief
Programme, or Tarp, that was
used to bail out American banks
during the financial crisis.
Mr Bowler had joined the
Treasury after a career in
investment banking, including an
earlier stint at Goldman Sachs as
well as working for JP Morgan.
though he?s also been training for a
charity bike ride. Next week, Mr
Tuppen will don his Lycra to cycle
443 miles in four days from Penrith
to John O?Groats to raise money for
Landworks, which helps prisoners
to get back into employment.
As well as being chairman of the
charity?s trustees, he spends his days
raising sheep and planting trees on
his Devon farm. So is he tempted to
team up with one of those US
investment firms looking at pubs in
the wake of Punch Taverns and
Admiral Taverns deals? ?No. I?m
completely out of it.?
leave it to the grown-ups
Note to the company that sent out
the results of a survey suggesting
that many people who work in
customer service would rather
change a dirty nappy or assemble
Ikea furniture than go into work. It
isn?t clever and it isn?t funny (and
likely isn?t a real survey, anyway).
getting carried away?
Question: what?s the difference
between Ryanair and
Canterbury city council?s
dog-mess enforcement
team?
Answer: both have
incomprehensible
two-bag rules.
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KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS; JLR
The new Nissan Leaf is a
reality, while the Jaguar
Future is still a concept
Jaguar turns over
Nissan?s new Leaf
J
aguar Land Rover
is set to promise
that all its new
vehicles from 2020
will be in some way
electric (Robert Lea
writes).
It will reveal today a
commitment to the
electrification of its
entire product range.
This will include a new
fully electric 4x4 to be
launched next year, the
Jaguar I-Pace, as well as
converting existing
models to so-called
?mild hybrids?, using
stop-start technology
and regenerative
braking to save fuel
consumption rather
than installing batteries.
As Jaguar Land Rover
makes its pledge, Nissan
has added its own leap
in electric car
technology with the
next-generation Leaf,
the world?s bestselling
electric vehicle. The
British-built car will
feature an extended
mileage range on a
single charge, rising
from 150 miles on
present models to 235
miles.
Nor is Jaguar Land
Rover alone in
committing to
electrifying its fleet.
Volvo made a highprofile announcement
on similar lines in the
summer, vowing to
produce five new full
electric cars between
2019 and 2021. More
such promises are likely
to be made in the
coming days across the
industry, which meets
next week at the
Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Indian-owned
British manufacturer?s
move into electric has
been heralded by its
participation in
Formula E electric
motor racing. In
addition to the I-Pace, it
will resurrect its most
famous vehicle and
remodel it with an
electric powertrain and
brand it the Jaguar Etype Zero. It is also
releasing plans for a
fully electric, fully
autonomous Jaguar
Future-type vehicle for
2040 and beyond.
The motor industry is
racing towards
electrification because
of European Union rules
that will cap the average
carbon dioxide
emissions of cars at
95 grams per kilometre
from 2020. Some Range
Rovers emit more than
200g/km. Cities
including London are
working on plans to start
charging petrol and
diesel-engined vehicles.
The new Nissan Leaf,
meanwhile, will also
include advances in
driverless parking and
the redundancy of the
brake pedal. The
Japanese manufacturer
will install its Pro Pilot
technology, which will
take over complete
control of steering and
braking when parking a
car. It is also going to
introduce an ?e-Pedal?,
which means that
drivers of the automatic
vehicles will use only
one pedal to accelerate
and decelerate, though a
brake pedal will still be
installed for what the
company calls
?aggressive braking
situations?. It is
understood that the new
Leaf will be priced at
about �,000. It will be
launched in Japan next
month and will sell in
the UK in the new year.
rent
The more the merrier for Barratt Ground
cut ?means
in booming market for new homes fewer flats?
Tom Knowles Property Correspondent
Britain?s biggest housebuilder has
delivered its highest number of homes
in nine years, earning record profits as
it becomes the latest developer to report strong demand in the new-build
market.
Barratt Developments unveiled a
12 per cent rise in pre-tax profits to
�5 million for the year to the end of
June on revenue of �6 billion.
It built 17,395 homes in the 12 months,
the highest level since its peak of 18,588
homes in 2008. However, this was only
76 higher than last year. Barratt said
this was due to a ?substantial? fall in
homes it built as joint ventures with
other companies. Homes completed on
its own rose by 5 per cent, or 740 properties.
David Thomas, chief executive, said
that Barratt expected to deliver only
modest growth next year, with completions to increase 3 per cent to 5 per cent
annually in future, as it focuses on
maintaining quality while building
more homes.
?Balancing the quality and quantity
is key,? Mr Thomas said. ?We are very
committed to our service and quality
credentials, but we will keep this overall
completion volume in review.?
Housebuilders have largely avoided
the slowdown recorded in the secondhand housing market. Mr Thomas
added that demand for in new-build
market remained strong because of
ultra-low mortgage rates and the government?s Help to Buy scheme, which
supports 30 per cent of the group?s sales.
The scheme enables buyers to put
down a 5 per cent deposit on newly built
homes under �0,000, with the government lending a further 20 per cent,
or 40 per cent in London. However, the
scheme is due to finish in 2021 and
housebuilders have been lobbying the
government to introduce a tapered
draw-down from the programme.
Mr Thomas said: ?It is very clear that
the Help to Buy programme is an important product for the consumer and if
we want more houses to be built, it is
17,395
Barratt homes built in year to June 30
fundamental that we can meet consumer demand with a strong mortgage
product.?
The strong market for Barratt homes
enabled the group to increase its
dividend by 39 per cent to 17.1p,
alongside a 17.3p special dividend. This
would bring total payouts for the year
to 41.7p a share, an increase of 36 per
cent.
The average selling price of a Barratt
home increased by 6 per cent to
�5,200, while the average price for its
private homes increased by 8 per cent
to �3,100.
Barratt said that it had started the
first nine weeks of the year on a good
footing, with an order book worth
�7 billion, up 13.8 per cent from last
year and equivalent to 12,160 homes.
The group bought 18,497 plots worth
�7 million, down 13 per cent from the
24,387 bought last year but enough land
for the next four and half years.
It ended the year with a 20.2 per cent
profit margin and a �3 million cash
balance, which it said had come despite
the expensive London market presenting ?some headwinds?.
Barratt Development shares fell
28絧, or 4.6 per cent, to close at 595絧.
Berkeley squares up to revolt over executive pay
Tom Knowles
The upmarket housebuilder Berkeley
Group faced an increased revolt against
its pay scheme for senior executives
yesterday after shareholder advisory
groups urged investors to object.
Six executives have been awarded
combined pay of � million for the
past year under a remuneration
scheme created when the housing
market was in the doldrums.
Tony Pidgley, chairman and founder,
was paid � million, while Rob Perrins,
chief executive, received � million,
mostly in long-term share bonuses.
About 16 per cent of shareholder votes
cast at the group?s annual meeting in
Surrey were against the pay deal, after a
recommendation by Glass Lewis and
Pirc. This was higher than the 12 per
cent of votes cast against the remuneration package in 2016.
Glass Lewis called the pay ?grossly
excessive? and questioned the scheme?s
ability to act as an incentive to work for
long-term growth.
Thirty-three per cent of shareholder
votes were cast against the reappointment of Adrian Li as a non-executive
director amid claims that he is overloaded with other responsibilities.
Glass Lewis and ISS, one of the largest
proxy voters in the world, advised
against his reappointment.
Mr Li, who has been on the board of
Berkeley since 2015, has seven other
executive or non-executive roles at
separate companies, including as
deputy chief executive of the Bank of
East Asia. ISS said that the ?significant
time commitments? for other companies ?may potentially undermine his
ability to serve effectively in his role of
oversight at the Berkeley Group?. Mr Li
was appointed by Berkeley to provide
insight into the Asian market, which
makes up a significant proportion of
the London-based housebuilder?s customers.
All votes at the AGM were passed
and all were non-binding, meaning that
Berkeley?s senior executives have
already been paid.
Berkeley also delivered a trading
update, saying that it expected profits
for the current year ?to be at least as
strong as 2016-17? and that it is on pace
to deliver ?at least �billion of pre-tax
profit? in the five years ending in 2021.
Tom Knowles
Britain?s biggest retirement housing
builder has said that any moves by the
government to reduce ground rents for
new-build flats to a peppercorn rate
would cause the developer to build
fewer homes for the elderly.
McCarthy & Stone, which controls
70 per cent of the retirement housing
market, specialises in apartments and
sells most of them leasehold, with the
freehold sold to private companies.
The ground rent charged by the private investors starts at about �0 per
year and rises in line with the retail
prices index every 15 years. Last year
McCarthy & Stone made 4 per cent of
its revenue, about � million, by selling
freeholds to investors.
The government has launched a
consultation into whether it should ban
developers from selling new-build
properties leasehold, or whether the
ground rent on new leases should be
restricted to a nominal rent.
Clive Fenton, chief executive, said
that capping ground rent at a peppercorn rate would deter investors from
buying the freehold. ?These are not
windfall profits, these are brought into
our land appraisal and impacts how
much we can afford to pay for land,? he
said. The warning came as the group,
which suffered a 25 per cent fall in pretax profits in its first half, said in a trading statement that it had largely recovered after an initial slump in profits
after the EU referendum last year.
McCarthy & Stone said its revenues
had risen 4 per cent to �0 million in
the year to August. The builder has
completed 2,302 homes, up from 2,296,
at an average selling price of �3,000.
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Deal on public sector
pay must make up for
lost wages, says TUC
Philip Aldrick Economics Editor
Unions will not accept an end to the
public sector pay cap unless a new deal
compensates workers for their lost
income, Frances O?Grady, general
secretary of the TUC, has warned.
The government is considering plans
to scrap the 1 per cent limit on public
sector pay rises until 2019-20, but
Ms O?Grady said it would be ?a mistake? to ensure that wages merely track
inflation in future.
Ministers will set remits for public
sector review bodies in the next few
weeks, when they may choose to end
the cap that has been in place for seven
years. In 2011 and 2012, public sector
pay was frozen and has been limited to
increases of 1 per cent each year since.
Both Labour and the Liberal
Democrats campaigned in the general
election to end the cap and link rises to
private sector pay, but the Institute for
Fiscal Studies estimated that the cost of
doing this would be between �billion
and �billion a year from 2019.
Ms O?Grady said: ?There is a difficulty if people believe that a cost of
living increase would settle it. People
feel they have been missing out for
seven years. That?s a lot of money for
those on a modest wage that people
have missed.
?We know things can?t be done overnight, we know we have two, three-year
pay deals, we talk about phasing in, but
if the definition of generosity is giving
people a one-off increase that keeps
their wages flat in real terms, then I
think that would be a mistake.?
She also warned the government
against ?cherry-picking? sections of the
public sector for pay rises while leaving
the cap in place elsewhere.
Ms O?Grady was speaking ahead of
new research from the TUC showing
that low wages are forcing one in eight
Frances O?Grady said giving workers a one-off increase would be a ?mistake?
German
business
plans for
hard Brexit
Germany?s biggest industry group has set up a task
force that includes companies such as Airbus, Siemens and Deutsche Bank
to prepare for a disruptive
British departure from the
European Union, according to people involved.
The Federation of German Industries (BDI) task
force will identify by the
end of December the risks
to German industry from
a ?hard? Brexit after
monthly meetings of dozens of experts, sources said.
The preparations are the
result of growing nervousness about the slow and
acrimonious negotiations
between David Davis, the
Brexit minister, and Michel Barnier, his opposite
number at the European
Commission. In Germany,
companies are said to be
preparing for the worst, including the imposition of
tolls and the risk of a loss of
access to London?s financial markets.
?Many people in Britain
have hoped that they
would get a special deal
from Germany. We?ve
been saying for a year that
this is not going to happen,?
said Markus BeckerMelching, of the Association of German Banks,
which is part of the task
force. ?We are working on
the basis that there will be a
hard Brexit. Despite declarations of unity from British cabinet members, there
is no co-ordinated government approach.?
The BDI has 36 member
associations representing
100,000 businesses and is
one of Germany?s most influential lobby groups.
workers to skip meals and one in six to
leave the heating off to make ends meet.
A quarter would not be able to pay an
unexpected �0 bill, according to the
survey of 3,287 working adults.
Almost a decade on from the financial crisis, average wages after inflation
are still below their 2007 peak and
Britain is in the middle of the longest
period of pay stagnation in 150 years.
Only Greece, Mexico and Portugal
have fared worse among developed
economies.
?For years we?ve been told that any
job is better than no job, and it?s just not
true any more,? Ms O?Grady said.
?Those who were shocked by that statement are now having to come to terms
with the fact that low-quality work is a
problem for Britain.?
Low pay is pushing more people into
debt. Unsecured debt per household
was �,200 last year, according to the
TUC, the highest figure since the financial crash.
Ms O?Grady argued that holding
down pay for public sector workers
allowed private sector employers to
keep pay low as well.
However, the IFS pointed out that
public sector pay rose much faster than
private sector wages in the early days of
the crisis and that ?the public sector pay
restraint imposed since 2011 has returned the difference between public
and private pay to around its pre-crisis
level?.
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Vectura prompts a sharp intake of breath
Alex Ralph
What Vectura characterised as a
largely routine hiccup affecting one of
its key products was punished nonetheless by investors yesterday.
The FTSE 250 group, one of Britain?s
biggest respiratory drugs companies,
warned that its revenues would be
weakened as customers run down stock
of its flutiform inhaler.
Flutiform is one eight inhaled partnered products in Vectura?s portfolio,
generating �.4 million of recurring
product supply and royalty revenue for
the group in the six months to the end
of June.
The device has been launched in 39
countries, approved in half-a-dozen
and has applications for marketing
authorisation under review in 18 countries. Vectura emphasised that there
was no issue with the flutiform device
or its performance in the market and
said that the destocking was due to its
partners managing working capital.
However, it also said that product
supply and device sales this year were
likely to be at a similar level to last year
because of a reduction in the quantity
of flutiform in the supply chain. In
addition, the company has undertaken
a review of its research and development programmes and lowered its
range of expenditure by � million to
between � million and � million
for 2017.
Vectura said that the ?impact of these
changes is expected to be broadly
neutral at an earnings level?, but the
outlook disappointed the City. Shares
in the company closed down 12.5 per
cent at 95絧, extending falls this year to
almost a third.
Vectura has recently expanded the
production capacity of flutiform in
?response to growing demand?. It
defended that decision, saying that it
allowed the company to ?manage production capacity better, which ultimately helps us to minimise unnecessary capital expenditure?.
Analysts at Peel Hunt, a broker,
which rates Vectura a ?hold?, said there
were concerns that the destocking
meant a ?deterioration of earnings
quality?, despite Vectura offsetting the
impact with lower R&D spending.
The sales issue is the latest setback
for Vectura, which has suffered delays
in getting regulatory approval in the
United States for a generic version of
Advair, Glaxosmithkline?s blockbuster
inhaler.
Shares in Vectura and Hikma Pharmaceuticals, its partner, suffered in
�.3m
Vectura?s operating loss in the six
months to the end on June
May when the US Food and Drug
Administration withheld approval for
the substitute treatment for asthma and
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
In an update on the delays, Vectura said
that it had supported Hikma in a ?very
constructive dialogue with the FDA
and a number of the questions raised
have now been clarified and resolved?.
James Ward-Lilley, chief executive, expressed confidence that the generic
product would be approved.
The update accompanied interim results showing that revenue rose 6.6 per
cent to �.8 million in the six months
to the end of June, with recurring revenue up 26.1 per cent to � million,
boosted by sales of flutiform.
Vectura made an operating loss of
�.3 million, more than the �.1 million a year ago, which it attributed to
amortisation of intangible assets as
part of its merger with Skyepharma.
On an underlying basis, adjusted
earnings rose to �.1 million from
�9 million year-on-year.
Fulham Shore suffers
the summertime blues
T
he company
behind the
Franco Manca
pizza chain sent a
fresh chill through the
restaurant industry
yesterday when it
became the latest casual
dining operator to warn
on profits (Dominic
Walsh writes).
Shares of Fulham
Shore, which also owns
the Real Greek outlets,
fell by 17.4 per cent,
losing 3p to 14紁, after it
said that it had suffered
a slowdown in trading.
It said that the
downturn in July and
August had been
particularly acute in its
restaurants in the
London suburbs, but it
insisted: ?We believe
this is a sector-wide
trading pattern.?
Fulham Shore, which
floated at 6p in 2014, has
not been suffering alone.
Tasty, Comptoir and The
Restaurant Group have
all issued profit
warnings.
David Page, chairman
of Fulham Shore, said
that profits also had
been affected by the
need to gear up its fixed
costs to cater for the
rapid expansion of the
Real Greek brand. He
said that the company
was calling time on its
Bukowski Grill franchise
and had put its single
outlet in Soho up for
sale.
Allenby Capital, its
broker, cut its earnings
forecasts by 11.8 per cent
this year and 16.9 per
cent next year, but
added: ?We
continue to
believe that
Fulham
Shore is
very well
placed to
handle the
headwinds
facing the
sector.?
At Mr
Page?s two
previous
companies,
Clapham
House and
Pizza
Express,
The Bukowski
Grill outlet in
Soho is for sale
profit
warnings led
to both being
sold, though
the restaurateur insisted
last night that he was
confident of Fulham
Shore?s prospects.
He said that while
Franco Manca openings
in north and south
London had resulted in
some cannibalisation of
trade, he could not
explain the reason for
the wider sector
slowdown. ?House
prices are down, things
are costing more, we?ve
got a stupid government
and opposition, then
there?s Donald Trump.
You tell me,? he said.
Trivago warning unsettles investors Judges put regulators on
Alex Ralph
The newly listed hotel comparison
website Trivago has issued a profit
down in
warning after a slowdown
penreferral revenues, deepenming a slump in the company?s stock.
The
D黶seldorfbased group said that
it expected results
for the third quarter
and the remainder of
the year to be ?softer?
than
previously
thought.
Trivago, known in
ago
Britain for its ?Trivago
aturing
Girl? advertising featuring
the Australian actresss Gabrielle
Miller, pictured right, iis now fforecasting annual revenue growth of about
40 per cent and adjusted earnings
before interest, tax, depreciation and
amortisation to be lower than in 2016,
?but to remain positive?.
The dow
downgrade came only a
month after Trivago?s
secon
second-quarter
trading
upd
update,
when the compa
pany
guided the
m
market
to about
5 per cent revenue
50
g
growth,
itself a slowd
down
on 67 per cent
ac
achieved in the first
ha
half. That update had
pro
prompted a sell-off in
Triva
Trivago?s shares in New
York in August.
Yesterd
Yesterday?s warning further
inve
unsettled investors,
coming only
i months
h after
f
nine
the company had
issued American depositary receipts
priced at $11 each when it raised
$287 million. Its shares briefly traded below that level before settling a shade
above, down $2.66 at $12.16.
Trivago, whose majority shareholder
is Expedia, blamed the slowdown on
issues related to revenue per qualified
referral (RPQR), a key performance
measure, which it said it had flagged to
investors at its second-quarter results
but had since become more significant
than expected.
Trivago said: ?Due to the speed with
which the above RPQR slowdown
unfolded, we were unable to pull back
our planned television advertising
spend quickly enough to prevent overspend.?
It means that Trivago will have a lower
return on advertising spending ?
another key performance indicator ? in
July and August.
back foot over Intel case
Bruno Waterfield Brussels
European Union judges have inflicted a
rare defeat on competition regulators
in Brussels after referring a case against
Intel, the American computer chipmaker, back to new court hearings for
an appeal.
The blow to the European Commission could have implications for other
open investigations into pricing by dominant companies, including cases against
Google and Qualcomm, the telecoms
equipment supplier.
The European Court of Justice, which
previously had upheld a ?1 billion fine
against Intel imposed in May 2009, has
ruled that a lower court of EU judges
failed properly to analyse the key ques-
tion of loyalty rebates offered by the
chipmaker to Dell, Hewlett-Packard,
NEC and Lenovo. ?The court therefore
sets aside the judgment as a result of
that failure in its analysis,? it said in a
statement. Intel appealed, but lost its
case in 2014 before going to the European Court of Justice, the EU?s highest
legal authority.
European competition enforcers have
worked on the assumption that rebates
for high-volume buyers are illegal by
design. The Intel ruling will encourage
appeals against Brussels fines and
Margrethe Vestager, the competition
commissioner, said: ?It is a very important judgment.? Crucially for the commission, however, the judgment did not
overturn the Intel fine.
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+0.24
+0.15
-2.20
-1.80
-1.40
+0.60
+0.07
-1.30
-0.68
-11.00
-5.90
-0.80
-2.00
-1.20
-15.70
-5.50
0.69
?
1.77
0.64
1.88
1.90
?
1.36
1.37
3.45
3.49
3.27
3.34
4.25
4.40
0.64
3.43
3.51
?
?
JUPITER UT MGRS LTD
020 7581 3020
Absolute Return @
55.72
Distribution and Growth @131.51
Emg Euro Opps @
214.79
Euro Special Sits @
424.83
European @
2070.73
Financial Opps @
593.43
Income Trust @
552.03
Merlin Bal (Acc) @
178.39
Merlin Gwth (Acc) @
394.79
Merlin Inc (Acc) @
293.14
Merlin Wwide (Inc) @
284.63
UK Growth @
327.88
UK Special Sits (Inc) @ 187.19
Sell
American Index Retail Acc ?@482.90
American Index Retail Inc ?@414.30
Asian Gth Acc ?@
151.20
Asian Gth Inc ?@
135.40
Chinese Eq Acc ?@
552.10
Chinese Eq Inc ?@
469.90
Euro Gth Acc ?@
853.00
Euro Gth Inc ?@
742.10
58.84
139.49
227.62
448.69
2181.56
626.26
583.03
188.38
416.13
310.28
299.57
347.38
198.26
-0.02
-0.88
-1.01
-4.37
-24.21
-8.78
-6.12
-1.34
-3.84
-1.51
-3.06
-3.51
-1.83
?
3.77
1.42
0.58
?
0.26
3.71
1.74
?
2.84
?
1.20
1.12
Growth Fd Acc @
+0.11
-1.40
-7.00
+0.02
-4.10
-2.20
-0.05
-0.17
?
?
-7.10
-5.40
-0.30
-20.00
?
?
+0.90
2.78
?
0.83
3.25
3.05
?
4.49
3.79
3.18
3.37
?
0.51
0.77
1.10
3.25
3.34
0.25
-6.80
-5.80
-1.10
-1.10
-6.50
-5.60
-7.50
-6.60
1.45
1.47
0.50
?
0.51
?
0.83
0.82
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
?
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
?
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
?
?
+0.10
+0.19
Insigt Investment Portfolio Fund
Insight Investment Multi-Manager Funds (0800)
96.05
93.79
?
?
-0.32
-0.36
UK Str Inc N/Trl ?@
551.01
?
-3.78
3.12
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-4.47
+0.20
-3.24
-3.49
-12.25
+0.01
-0.23
-2.66
-7.68
-4.08
+0.04
1.99
3.18
3.39
3.63
3.23
0.06
4.59
1.81
1.95
0.28
?
INVESCO PERPETUAL Funds
Childrens Acc ?@
445.69
Corp Bond Acc ?@
201.88
High Income Inc ?@
452.96
Income & Grth Inc ?@
432.41
Income Inc ?@
1771.18
Money Acc ?@
90.39
Monthly Inc Plus Inc ?@ 112.21
UK Aggressive Inc ?@
196.22
UK Growth Acc ?@
649.49
UK Sml Cos Eqty Acc ?@ 1186.98
UK Sml Cos Gwth ?@
82.54
American A Acc ?@
337.99
Asia ex Japan A Acc ?@ 621.61
Capital Accumulator A Acc ?@236.01
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 ?@
-23.00
-48.00
-3.40
?
4.21
?
?
?
-3.75
-6.29
-1.21
0.12
0.72
1.13
52.14
High Income
High Income Acc
UK 100 Comp Acc
UK 100 Cos
UK Select Pflo
UK Selection Port Acc
Worldwide Mgd Acc ?
Wwide Mgd ?
117.70
262.40
368.80
216.40
352.20
631.00
810.40
506.60
117.70
262.40
368.80
216.40
352.20
631.00
?
?
-8.00
-2.70
-3.50
2.12
2.15
1.80
-0.16
?
+0.20
+0.50
-2.00
-1.20
-1.60
-2.90
-5.10
-3.20
3.06
2.98
3.16
3.25
3.49
3.44
0.61
0.17
MORGAN STANLEY INVESTMENT MGMT LTD
Enquires: 0800 0961 962
The Morgan Stanley Funds (UK)
Class A Shares
Equity
?
?
?
+4.24
-67.20
-0.02
1.25
1.11
1.66
?
?
?
+4.27
-3.80
?
2.03
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.30
-1.00
-2.50
-1.70
-2.20
-3.90
-2.50
2.65
1.89
5.60
2.99
3.30
2.50
2.55
-14.42
-5.28
-6.71
+0.43
-21.82
-8.07
-27.58
-11.27
-7.28
-5.48
1.61
0.99
0.16
0.56
1.58
0.99
0.21
2.88
?
2.95
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 ?@
110.10
200.20
216.60
179.60
210.30
385.10
244.40
1481.33
530.18
583.39
41.85
2242.26
809.79
1931.09
1296.72
1227.65
630.26
1563.41
559.56
615.72
41.85
2366.50
854.66
2038.09
1368.57
1295.67
665.18
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 ?@
200.00
184.90
140.80
220.30
215.80
?
?
?
?
?
0.51
1.05
1.06
0.45
0.47
2444.00
?
-3.00
0.90
317.50
189.90
?
?
+0.20
+0.20
2.74
2.81
+1.50
+0.70
+1.50
+1.30
+0.68
-0.70
-0.30
-0.08
+0.70
+0.30
-0.80
+18.00
2.21
2.24
1.18
5.47
5.63
3.76
3.86
?
3.32
3.37
2.65
1.63
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond A Acc ?@
319.20
Corp Bond A Inc ?@
131.00
Envir Invtr A Acc ?@
286.80
Hi Inc Bond A Ac ?@
231.80
Hi Inc Bond A Inc ?@
90.16
Hi Res A Acc ?@
356.60
Hi Res A Inc ?@
136.60
Safety Plus A Acc ?@
40.26
Strat Inc A Acc ?@
204.10
Strat Inc A Inc ?@
103.40
UK Gwth A Acc ?@
184.10
UK Sel Gwth A Acc ?@ 1950.00
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
OEIC B Class
Tracker and Specialist Investment Funds
All Stks Credit A Inc ?@ 136.80
Asian Div Inc U Trst Inc @107.86
Cautious Man Fd A Acc ?@262.40
Cautious Man Fd A Inc ?@153.60
China Opp Fund A Acc ?@1366.00
Emg Mkts Opps Fd A Acc ?@211.60
Erpn Grth Fund A Acc ?@ 238.90
Erpn Sel Opps Fd A Acc ?@1676.00
Erpn Spc Sits A Acc GBP ?@94.66
Erpn Spc Sits Fd I Acc EUR ?@4.84
Fix Int Mnthly Inc Fd Inc @ 22.67
Global Equity Income A Inc ?@61.14
Global Growth Fund Acc @2950.92
Global Tech A Acc ?@ 1548.00
M-Man Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@142.50
M-Man Active Fd A Acc ?@219.80
M-Man Inc Grth Fd A Acc ?@175.60
M-Man Inc Grth A Inc ?@ 155.50
Sterling Bond U Trst Acc @223.53
Sterling Bond U Trst Inc @ 66.79
Strategic Bond A Inc ?@ 127.80
UK Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@ 155.70
UK Alpha Fund A Acc ?@ 145.00
UK Index Fund A Acc ?@ 605.20
UK Irsh Sm Co Fd A Acc ?@646.20
UK Property A Acc @
215.74
UK Property A Inc @
98.62
UK Tracker Fund A Acc ?@272.20
US Growth Fund A Acc ?@951.60
?
113.31
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
23.65
?
3078.03
?
?
?
?
?
233.18
69.67
?
?
?
?
?
227.09
103.80
?
?
+0.40
-1.09
-1.30
-0.70
-13.00
-1.90
-2.60
-18.00
-0.29
-0.07
+0.04
-0.72
-33.20
-21.00
-0.20
-1.40
-0.10
-0.10
+0.58
+0.17
+0.30
-0.30
-0.80
-6.10
+1.50
-0.11
-0.05
-2.90
-10.00
2.33
6.30
3.06
3.12
?
0.56
0.88
0.55
1.05
1.52
5.08
3.18
?
?
0.07
0.38
2.05
2.08
2.07
2.10
4.32
?
1.08
1.68
?
3.09
3.15
1.61
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-1.90
-2.50
-2.30
-6.50
-14.00
+0.10
+0.03
+0.90
+0.70
-22.00
-19.00
+0.50
-6.90
0.23
0.16
0.71
0.05
1.07
5.66
5.86
0.44
0.44
1.07
?
?
0.68
JP MORGAN ASSET MGMT
OEIC
Asia A Acc ?@
200.30
Emerging Mkts ?@
222.90
Eur Dyn (ex-UK) A Acc ?@226.50
Euro Smllr Cos ?@
750.30
Europe A Acc ?@
1451.00
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Acc ?@ 110.30
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Inc ?@
37.90
Gl ex-UK Bd A Acc ?@ 263.20
Gl ex-UK Bd A Inc ?@
204.80
Glb Fins A Acc ?@
1006.00
Global A Acc ?@
1323.00
Japan A Acc ?@
403.30
Multi-Man Tst A Acc ?@ 958.40
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 @
286.70
140.60
73.29
229.00
65.97
37.87
103.80
126.00
57.42
152.90
178.20
249.90
280.50
162.40
436.90
298.80
286.70
141.40
73.76
229.00
66.08
37.92
104.20
126.90
57.42
152.90
178.20
252.90
280.50
162.40
436.90
298.80
-2.50
+0.40
-0.26
-1.50
-0.45
-0.38
-0.80
+0.10
-0.22
-1.60
-1.90
-0.10
-2.80
-1.60
-3.50
-1.50
1.83
2.74
2.79
1.19
1.11
0.25
0.17
5.32
0.99
2.06
2.69
?
2.99
3.07
0.87
0.59
M & G SECURITIES
Enq: 0800 390 390 Dealing Line: 0800 328 3196
Authorised Inv Funds
Charifund Inc ?
1589.46
?
-13.97
4.57
-4.10
-3.83
0.48
0.48
-4.94
+0.42
?
+1.96
-0.75
?
-22.83
4.37
1.06
4.89
?
3.46
1.66
2.08
+0.10
-0.93
-1.56
-5.87
3.83
4.63
1.93
2.25
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 1
Euro Smlr Cos Acc ?@
Euro Smlr Cos Inc ?@
439.44
410.61
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 2
Extra Income Inc ?@
781.19
Gilt & Fxd Int Inc ?@
99.88
Gl Hi Yd Bd Inc ?@
51.40
Index Linked Bd Inc ?@ 144.35
Index Trckr Inc ?@
75.34
Short Dated Corp Bd Inc ?@25.97
UK Select A Inc ?@
2930.97
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 3
Corp Bd A Inc ?@
Dividend Inc ?@
Recovery A Inc ?@
Sml Cos Inc ?@
41.87
62.72
137.68
362.91
?
?
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 4
Episode Allocation A Inc ?@145.25
?
-0.62
2.19
UK Trkr B Acc ?@
UK Trkr B Inc ?@
+/-
Yld
%
105.35
262.61
248.68
279.05
224.99
232.29
99.53
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-0.24
-1.35
-1.28
-1.38
-0.84
+0.37
+0.16
2.39
1.10
1.11
1.36
2.77
2.85
2.89
UK Oseas Earns ?@
127.30
?
-1.43
2.07
113.50
151.30
79.52
?
?
?
-0.30
-0.80
-0.66
1.29
0.87
3.83
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.27
+0.04
+0.16
+0.15
-1.03
-1.01
+0.02
-1.68
-0.65
-0.81
-1.63
-1.35
-6.11
1.19
3.66
3.09
2.73
3.76
3.33
4.89
1.72
3.76
4.31
1.56
1.65
0.24
691.40
219.40
-5.80
+1.00
1.53
?
Managed Funds
Def Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Mgd Income ?@
343.20
189.30
?
?
+0.10
+0.20
3.19
3.25
+1.50
+0.70
-0.90
+19.00
2.41
2.45
2.51
1.85
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond B Acc ?@
328.40
Corp Bond B Inc ?@
130.90
UK Gwth B Acc ?@
197.00
UK Sel Gwth B Acc ?@ 2028.00
?
?
?
?
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 ?@
58.55
47.70
63.44
63.28
97.80
94.76
43.56
158.22
81.66
76.52
140.29
131.44
338.86
For Resolution see Ignis
TU FUND MANAGERS LIMITED
British
European
656.90
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
Index-linked
-0.50
+0.30
+0.20
-1.50
-1.10
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)
2477.02
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
398.00
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 @
49.32
SCOTTISH MUTUAL INV MNGRS LTD
0141 248 6100
2616.00
893.80
398.00
+/-
MANEK INVESTMENT MGMT LTD
0844 800 9401
LEGAL & GENERAL (UT MGRS) LTD
Enquiries: 0870 050 0955 Dealing: 0870 050 0956
1.33
1.35
2.65
2.69
2.20
2.22
3.90
4.02
3.65
3.65
3.56
3.66
3.56
3.66
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
Buy
Eur (Ex UK) Eq A Acc ?@1310.92
Glob Brands A Acc ?@ 7767.92
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
?
?
?
1.45
1.47
2.29
2.34
3.34
3.43
2.39
2.46
3.22
3.32
1.50
1.52
2.39
2.45
Sell
HSBC Investment Funds (OEIC) - Retail Share Class
FIDELITY INTERNATIONAL
Private Clnts 0800 414161 Broker Dlgs 0800 414181
1508.00
3660.00
508.40
3.33
0.70
1.81
1.89
0.31
1.42
1.31
1.04
0.95
1.44
4.17
2.77
2.63
2.77
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 ?@
59.47
Emerging Mkts ?@
125.00
Euro Gwth & Inc 1 ?@ 1028.00
Extra Inc Bond ?@
49.50
FTSE All-Shr Track ?@ 415.90
Global Gwth SC1 ?@
193.30
High Inc Trst @
14.47
Max Inc Bond ?@
49.17
Multi Man Caut ?@
70.41
Multi Man Distr ?@
60.44
North Amer ?@
489.10
Pacific Gwth ?@
437.30
Strategic Bd ?@
197.60
UK Equity ?@
3180.00
UK Gwth & Inc Acc 1 ?@ 658.50
UK Gwth & Inc Dist ?@ 234.70
UK Smaller Cos ?@
935.10
+/-
Eur Sel Gth A Acc ?@
-2.90
+0.19
-2.80
-0.40
-5.00
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 @
1537.92
Euro Opps R Acc @
104.13
Euro Opps R Inc @
99.21
European Growth R Acc @353.95
Global Energy R Acc @
27.72
Global Growth R Acc @ 249.74
Global Income R Acc @ 124.15
Global Income R Inc @
93.14
Global Select R Acc @
98.28
High Income R Inc @
80.30
Income R Acc @
410.17
Income R Inc @
225.60
Monthly Dist R Inc @
72.06
Strategic Assets R Acc @ 85.32
Strategic Bond R M Acc @ 94.77
Strategic Bond R M Inc @ 57.77
Strategic Bond R Q Acc @ 94.60
Strategic Bond R Q Inc @ 57.49
UK Growth R Acc @
530.41
UK Smaller Cos R Acc @ 1566.91
UK Special Sits R Acc @ 570.48
European ?@
Extra Income ?@
Glob Spec Sits ?@
Global Focus ?@
International ?@
Japan ?@
Moneybldr Bal ?@
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51
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Working Life Business
DYSON
Ryan Yasin, below, was
inspired by his nephew
to create Petit Pli, which
uses pleats to expand
world of fashion and the
more I looked at it, the
more disheartened I
became about how
unethical and wasteful
an industry it is. My
nephew inspired me to
focus on children as an
extreme user. Children?s
bodies are always
changing and they?re
always moving around,
so their clothes should
be designed for them.
They shouldn?t be
miniaturised adults?
clothes.?
A Petit Pli prototype
jacket is designed to
cover seven sizes (about
two years? worth) and is
waterproof and
recyclable. When not in
use, the jacket is small
enough to fit in a
parent?s pocket.
Mr Yasin studied
aeronautical
engineering at
Imperial College,
London, before
joining the Royal
College of Art?s
global
innovation
design
course,
where he
began
working
Stretching a point
for growing kids
I
f Ryan Yasin has his
way, one of the
many costs
associated with
parenthood could
be a thing of the past
(James Hurley writes).
The young inventor
believes that he has
overcome the age old
problem of young
children growing out of
their clothes soon after
they have been bought.
Mr Yasin has been
named the winner of the
British section of the
annual James Dyson
Award for his Petit Pli
clothing, which appears
to grow with its wearer.
The prototype is said
to comfortably fit
children aged from six
months to three years.
By working pleats into
fabric, Mr Yasin?s
invention ?deforms? in
both directions, as the
pleats either fold
together or expand,
allowing garments to
stretch with the child?s
growth.
Mr Yasin, 24, says that
he got his idea, for
which he has applied for
patent protection, after
observing how quickly
the clothes he bought
for his two-year-old
nephew became
redundant. ?I was
already interested in the
Retired ?should be able to
use pension for start-ups?
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
Retiring directors and workers
wanting to become entrepreneurial in their advancing years
should be allowed to access their
pension savings to invest in their
own start-ups, the government
has been told.
The Institute of Directors is
proposing that to fuel ?older
entrepreneurship?, and in addition to the 25 per cent tax-free
pension allowance, the Treasury should look at the advent of
controlled tax-free withdrawals
from personal pension pots if
the money is earmarked for
start-up investment.
Pension industry experts,
however, warned the proposal
would likely run into trouble
with Revenue & Customs and
the Financial Conduct Authority because of the riskiness of investing in a world where a high
proportion of start-ups fail. The
institute has put forward the
ideas after a study of its members showed the appetite of
business people to found companies later in life. Its report The
Age of the Older Entrepreneur
has found that 53 per cent of its
members over the age of 50 who
took part in the survey identified themselves as entrepreneurs.
Barbara Judge, 70, chairwoman of the institute, said that
many business people had experience that could lead to many
more years of productive work.
?The government should consider introducing tax incentives
to encourage people to pursue
their ideas and invest in training, so that they can continue to
have fulfilling working lives beyond the age expected by previous generations,? she said.
However, John Fox, manag-
ing director of Liberty Sipp, a
pensions provider, said: ?The
IoD?s idea is bold, commendable
but almost certainly unworkable. For all its originality, it?s likely to be stopped in its tracks by
the Treasury, the FCA or both.
The Treasury views people?s
pension savings, which have
been built up free of tax, as a tantalising source of potential tax
revenue, so the chances of it
agreeing to an additional tax
break are slim to nil.
?Financial regulators are also
likely to push back as start-ups
are an inherently risky investment.?
The institute?s plan would introduce another tax break after
the relatively new pension
freedoms that allow anyone
aged 55 or over to take out 25 per
cent of their pension pot savings
as a tax-free lump sum and use it
as they will.
Publish RBS report, demands Morgan
Harry Wilson City Editor
MPs have demanded that the
City watchdog publishes its full
report into Royal Bank of Scotland?s scandal-hit turnaround
division.
Nicky Morgan, chairwoman
of the Treasury select committee, said in a letter to the Financial Conduct Authority that its
report into RBS?s global
restructuring group should be
published after being leaked last
month. Ms Morgan warned
Andrew Bailey, chief executive
of the FCA, that since the 361page document was ?in the
hands of an unknown number
of third parties?, it made little
sense to maintain its refusal to
publish the report.
?The FCA has no control over
the timing or content of further
public disclosures from the report,? Ms Morgan wrote. ?The
balance has tipped firmly in
favour of full publication and I
urge you to secure the approval
of RBS to do so, without delay.?
Last month the BBC reported
details of the document after a
copy was leaked to it, revealing
for the first time specific details
of the investigation into GRG.
According to the leak, 92 per
cent of GRG customers were
subject to ?inappropriate actions? during their time under
its supervision.
RBS has said that it will compensate affected customers.
on Petit Pli. ?I found
that in engineering, the
work I was doing was at
such a high level. You
were working on a
computer, optimising
equations, rather than
being hands-on. The
creative release wasn?t
really there for me. I
went to the RCA to
utilise the technical
skills I?d learnt in a
more creative, problemsolving environment.?
With parents spending
more than �000 on
clothing before their
child reaches the age of
three, Mr Yasin says that
he was surprised the
principle hasn?t been
used to overhaul
children?s clothing
before now.
Winning the Dyson
award has netted the
designer �000 and he
will proceed to the
international round of
the competition for a
chance to win
�,000.
Mr Yasin is in
talks with investors
to help to turn
Petit Pli into a fullyfledged
business,
which he
envisages
will
reduce
costs for
parents.
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Thursday September 7 2017 | the times
Business
news in brief
Martin Waller Tempus
Buy, sell or hold: today?s best share tips
micro focus international
Forecast revenue
$2.02bn Ebitda
$796m Dividend
yield 3.4%
T
he purchase by Micro Focus
of the software business of
Hewlett Packard has taken a
year almost to the day and it
has been a difficult process
at times. This is the biggest deal in the
company?s history and there are
always doubts over any big British
purchase of an American company.
The core operations in both
businesses are in relative decline and
they?ve been moving to bolt on more
exciting new lines. Micro Focus
shocked the market in May when it,
or in reality its pending US purchase,
announced a 9 per cent fall in
revenues in the second quarter. This
could have been down to the
inevitable disruption and client loss
for a business that was about to
change ownership, or it could
indicate it was in rather worse shape
than it thought when the deal was
struck in September last year.
Micro Focus itself published some
disappointing numbers in July, even
if its growth products were moving
ahead well enough. There was
sophos group
Forecast revenue
$630m Pre-tax
profit $14m
Div yield 0.7%
T
he rise in shares in Sophos to
their highest point since its
2015 flotation in early dealings
yesterday should not come as too
much of a surprise, given the rash of
headlines in the summer about
cybercrime and in particular the
spate of ransomware attacks. Sophos
makes products to counter these
threats, selling to small and mediumsized businesses.
This is an arms race between
criminals and software providers and
the arrival of Bitcoin and its ilk
A tortuous process
�
26
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Revenues, adjusted for acquisitions
and currency movements
Third quarter
to end of July
25
Q3
2017
Q4
Q1
Q2
Q3
Second
quarter
24
Licence
Support
5%
1%
28%
23
22
Professional
services
22%
16%
20
Saas
(subscriptions)
7%
4%
19
Group
2%
9%
21
2016
Six men have appeared at
Southwark crown court to face
charges over an allegedly
fraudulent scheme claiming to
offer youngsters football-based
apprenticeships. The Serious
Fraud Office said that charges had
followed an investigation of Luis
Michael Training. Stephen
Gooding, of Bridgwater, Somerset,
pleaded guilty to conspiracy to
commit fraud by false
representation. Christopher
Martin, of Newbury, Berkshire
admitted two similar charges. A
trial of the other four accused
began this week.
charles taylor
Share price
Source: Thomson Reuters
Increasing
revenues
are truly
a big deal
Football ?scam? charges
MY ADVICE Buy
WHY The rating looks
undemanding historically and
earlier fears over the merger
and the health of HPE
Software seem overdone
concern that the company had taken
its eye off the ball. All this
contributed to a wildly erratic share
price over the summer.
Timing is all. The deal to buy
HPE Software was completed last
Friday. Micro Focus put out a fairly
anodyne annual meeting statement
on Monday and there is a capital
markets day today that is more likely
to focus on new product
development than on the progress of
the merger.
On Tuesday night Hewlett Packard
announced third-quarter figures
suggesting that outcome for the
previous quarter was, indeed, a oneprovided the former with a
significant new weapon. In July
Sophos announced that billings to its
customers were ahead by 16 per cent
in the first quarter to June 30. It was
due to hold a capital markets day
yesterday and realised that that
number was accelerating further,
saying that it expected a 20 per cent
growth this financial year, driven by
the end-user market protecting
individual devices.
This probably will turn out to be
conservative. Sophos has the
advantage that customers tend not to
quit and increase the products they
take; its research suggests that on
average a dollar taken in year one
rises to $5 after seven years. This
flat
off, for whatever reason. Actual
revenues remained in decline, but by
a relatively modest 2 per cent on an
organic basis. The proportion coming
from low-margin professional services
is in decline, as expected, but licensing
and SaaS, a model in which software
is provided on a subscription basis,
thus providing a more reliable income
stream, improved.
As a consequence, and also by dint
of a degree of cost management by
Chris Hsu, chief executive of the
enlarged group, margins improved
from 17.8 per cent in the second
quarter to 24.9 per cent. More
significantly, Micro Focus was able to
confirm that revenues from HPE
Software for the year to the end of
October would come in between
$2.89 billion and $2.96 billion, ahead
of City expectations.
Micro Focus shares enjoyed a
relief rally, rising 129p to �.36.
They sell on about 17 times? this
year?s earnings, adjusting for the
HPE purchase. This does not look
like time to go short of them.
gives a strong forward visibility in
earnings and Sophos is confident
that billings, about $630 million in
the last financial year, will rise to
$1 billion by 2020. The shares, which
floated at 225p, fell 12絧 to 521絧 by
the close. They sell on more than 80
times? earnings. This high valuation
has been a worry in the past and,
while cybercrime is a continuing
threat, in the short term it looks like
time to take profits.
MY ADVICE Take profits
WHY Prospects are strong, but
rating is very high for now
Revenue �0.7m
Pre-tax profit
�1m
Div yield 4.5%
T
his market is deeply unforgiving
of profit warnings. Charles
Taylor, which has roots in
shipping, is busy transforming itself
into a provider of services across the
insurance industry with a focus on
technology solutions. As a result there
have been a several small acquisitions,
one this week, after the company
raised �.6 million in April 2015.
The biggest was CEGA in July last
year. This provides handling services
for travel and medical claims of the
sort made by travellers abroad.
Unfortunately, Charles Taylor was
required to accompany one of those
smaller deals last November with a
profit warning after some analysts
were ahead of themselves in their
forecasts for last year. The shares
were above 300p then; they fell 7絧
to 240p after some perfectly solid
half-way figures yesterday.
The pace of acquisitions has meant
some accounting write-offs, and
headline pre-tax profits were
reduced from �3 million to
�1 million. Take these out and the
adjusted figure was little-changed at
�1 million on revenues 36 per cent
ahead, reflecting heavy investment.
The shares sell on about 11 times?
earnings. This does not seem to take
account of the potential, including
the prospect of a big technology
contract win from Lloyd?s.
Hornby signals issue
Hornby has warned that trading
is behind expectations, partly
because of weaker demand over
the summer and delays to new
product releases and a reduction
in promotions. The train sets and
model railways company said
that there was a ?risk that the
shortfall in performance to date
may not be recovered fully over
the remainder of the financial
year?. The update, given
alongside its annual shareholder
meeting yesterday, sent its shares
down 12 per cent to 28p.
Pound to tumble 5%
The pound is likely to fall another
5 per cent and will come close to
parity against the euro in the
next year because of Brexit
negotiations, according to
Standard Bank. Steve Barrow, a
strategist at the bank, predicted
that the pound was ?likely to shed
more ground? in the coming
months, and would hit 97p
against the euro, compared with
around �09 yesterday. He said:
?The real problem for the pound
is that Brexit is more of a
marathon than a sprint.?
MY ADVICE Buy
WHY The full potential for its
technology is not in the price
And finally...
A
brave call from Numis
Securities has put Allied
Minds, the American backer
of small technology companies,
back on the ?buy? list. The shares
collapsed in the spring after it took
an axe to a chunk of its portfolio
and are trading at the bottom of
their range. The broker thinks that
this fall has gone too far, while its
forecast net asset value is
underpinned by the inherent value
of the companies that Allied invests
in. The turning point will come and
the shares will recover, but it is
hard to say when.
WPP?s digital venture
WPP has invested $5 million in a
Brooklyn-based podcast start-up
in an attempt to boost its stature
in the new media world. The
advertising group has bought a
minority stake in Gimlet Media,
which boasts more than 12 million
downloads each month. Last year,
WPP?s digital business accounted
for 39 per cent of its overall
revenues. It is aiming for digital
operations to generate 45 per
cent of its business ?in the next
four to five years?. Shares in WPP
closed down 6p at �.03.
PRICES
Major indices
London Financial Futures
New York
Dow Jones
Nasdaq Composite
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21807.64 (+54.33)
6393.31 (+17.74)
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3433.80 (+12.94)
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7354.13 (-18.79)
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19652.31 (-74.52)
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4085.29 (-11.30)
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5101.41 (+14.86)
75.50 (+0.20)
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FTSE100
FTSEurofirst 80
Open
128.62
127.70
99.715
99.660
99.600
99.570
99.540
100.33
100.33
100.32
100.31
100.29
7336.5
7301.5
Commodities
High
128.66
127.74
99.720
99.670
99.620
99.580
99.540
100.33
100.33
100.33
100.31
100.29
150.71
Low
128.43
127.40
99.710
99.650
99.590
99.550
99.520
100.33
100.33
100.31
100.29
100.26
150.71
7362.5
7319.5
7313.0
7272.0
Sett
128.60
127.59
99.710
99.650
99.600
99.560
99.530
100.33
100.33
100.32
100.30
100.27
150.97
150.23
7348.5
7307.5
4762.0
4758.5
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8095
165921
31973
50133
48715
58058
37862
21119
72971
166698
65439
110169
110549
23671
Open Int
128389
709137
452534
467229
374515
333349
306227
401537
457319
444432
368323
325455
1324
745620
24601
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Jan
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+0.47
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Gasoil EEC
3.5 Fuel Oil
Naphtha
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505.50
304.50
495.00
652.00
507.50
306.00
499.00
+3.00
+5.25
+4.50
+3.00
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Brussels
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53
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Business
PETER MAZEL/SUNSHINE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Boohoo means tears of joy
as expansion fits the bill
Callum Jones Market report
T
Bowie?s a
big hit all
over again
B
ritish music
exports rose last
year to their
highest level, driven by
releases from Adele,
Coldplay, the Rolling
Stones and the back
catalogue of David
Bowie (Martin Waller
writes).
The BPI, the industry
trade body that has run
an annual survey since
2000, is due to say at its
annual meeting in
London today that
overseas earnings from
recorded music rose by
11.1 per cent to
�4.6 million in 2016.
Artists and their labels
have earned �4 billion
in exports of music
since 2000.
Geoff Taylor, chief
executive of the BPI,
will call for protection
for the recorded music
industry after Brexit.
?Government can help
. . . by making sure our
artists can tour freely
post-Brexit and that
third countries protect
music rights.?
Results in brief
Name
Pre-tax figure
Profit (+) loss (-)
Barratt Developments (property FY)
Charles Taylor (finance HY)
Diurnal (health FY)
Faron Pharma (health HY)
Gama Aviation (services HY)
Harworth (property HY)
Loopup (technology HY)
PPHE Hotel (leisure HY)
Shearwater (industrials FY)
Silence Therapeutics (health HY)
Somero Enterprises (industrials HY)
Vectura (health HY)
Wandisco (technology HY)
�5.1m (�2.3m)
�1m (�3m)
-�.2m (-�1m)
-?7.2m (-?3.7m)
$8.7m ($7.5m)
�7m (�4m)
�5m (�,000)
�4m (�.1m)
-�6m (-�2m)
-�7m (-�5m)
$12m ($10.4m)
-�.5m (-�.4m)
-$6.3m ($4.4m)
41.7p f 17.3p p Nov 20
3.31p p Nov 10
nil
nil
nil
0.253p p Oct 13
nil
11p p Oct 13
nil
nil
0.0275c p Oct 18
nil
nil
The day?s biggest movers
Company
Petrofac Announces $700 million Russian contract
Micro Focus International Soothes nervousness around Hewlett Packard Enterprise acquisition
Next UBS reiterates ?buy? rating
ITV Investec upgrades from from ?add? to ?buy?
Paddy Power Betfair Continues to rally back from two-year lows
Ashtead Concern around Trump administration weighs
Persimmon Housebuilders under pressure
Inmarsat Continues to struggle after Numis intiates coverage with ?sell? rating
Barratt Developments City unimpressed by cautious outlook
Vectura Weaker revenue warning sparks concern
Nov
May
141.00
147.75
Jan
Jul
Gold/Precious
metals (US dollars per ounce)
141.75
unq
Mar
148.75
Volume: 716
Bullion: Open $1341.64
AM $1340.15 PM $1337.85
15mth
Copper Gde A ($/tonne)
6863.0-6864.0
n/a
2347.0-2349.0
1980.0-1985.0
Lead ($/tonne)
2320.0-2320.5
Zinc Spec Hi Gde ($/tonne)
3085.0-3086.0
3087.0-3089.0
1943.0-1948.0
20670.0-20675.0
20280.0-20330.0
Alum Hi Gde ($/tonne)
2069.0-2069.5
2091.0-2092.0
2280.0-2285.0
Nickel ($/tonne)
11915.0-11920.0
n/a
8.6%
6.2%
2.5%
2.0%
1.4%
-2.1%
-2.4%
-3.6%
-4.6%
-12.9%
warning in three
months.
The London Stock
Exchange has
confirmed that
Provident, whose
shares are trading
down 72 per cent
since the turn of the
year, will be relegated
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
Palladium $950.00 (�7.56)
Eurodollar Deps
p
1.19-1.35 1.23-1.37 1.29-1.41 1.39-1.51 1.66-1.86
European money
deposits %
Sterling spot and forward rates
Platinum $1011.00 (�4.28)
Currency
1mth
3mth
6mth
12mth
0.13
0.20
0.29
0.55
0.25
0.28
0.40
0.59
0.10
0.15
0.20
0.50
Dollar
Sterling
Euro
11985.0-11990.0
Provident shares fell
despite an investor?s
vote of confidence
margins beyond 2018, with a new
warehouse coming and limited tech
spend today. But upgrades trump
these concerns.?
Back on the main market, the
FTSE 100 floundered as concern over
global diplomatic tensions lingered.
The index closed down 18.79 points,
or 0.25 per cent, at 7,354.13 as the
escalating war of words between the
America and North Korea continued
to weigh. Ashtead Group, the United
States-focused tool-hire group that
has become something of a
bellwether of sentiment around
President Trump?s administration,
slipped 36p to �.57.
Housebuilders also headed south:
both Barratt Developments and
Berkeley fell back after updating the
City, sliding 28絧 to 595絧 and 95p to
�.57, respectively. Their peers were
received just as unenthusiastically:
Persimmon fell 63p to �.61 and
Taylor Wimpey dropped 3絧 to 195絧.
The Footsie was supported by Micro
Focus International, however, as the
2 mth
3 mth
6 mth
12 mth
1 mth
0.2504
0.2633
0.2778
0.3989
0.5878
0.28-0.18 0.30-0.20 0.32-0.22 0.49-0.34 0.60-0.45
0.28-0.18 0.30-0.20 0.32-0.22 0.49-0.34 0.60-0.45
Tin ($/tonne)
20845.0-20855.0
Change
strong growth over the last few
months (albeit off a smaller base), with
total unique visitors up 103 per cent in
the two months to July in the UK and
total visits up 84 per cent over the
same period,? analysts at Barclays
noted, lifting from ?equal weight? to
?overweight?. ?Clearly, this does not
tell us how Prettylittlething users are
converting into active customers . . . but
it is a strong indication that revenue
growth is very attractive.?
With a market value of �8 billion,
Boohoo is one of Aim?s biggest
companies. Having floated in March
2014, its shares peaked at 266p in
June. The group bought a 66 per cent
stake in Prettylittlething, which was
set up by Umar Kamani, the son of
Mahmud Kamani, Boohoo?s chief
executive, for �3 million in
December.
?On our higher forecasts, and with
more confidence on upside cases
beyond, we think the risk/reward now
stacks up,? Barclays said. ?There are
still question marks about long-term
Interbank Rates
Clearer CDs
Depo CDs
Krugerrand $1172.00-1244.00 (�7.58-952.72)
Silver $17.95 (�.75)
6890.0-6891.0
P
rovident
Financial
continues to
struggle, despite
receiving a �million
vote of confidence
from Schroders.
Shares in the troubled
sub-prime lender fell
by a further 10p to
790p last night.
The fund
management group
acquired 800,000
shares at about 883p
each, taking its stake
from below 5 per cent
to almost 5.6 per cent.
A little over a week
before, shares in
Provident had
crashed by 66 per
cent in a day after the
company issued a
second profit
Treasury Bills (Dis) Buy: 1 mth 0.198; 3mth 0.189. Sell: 1 mth 0.130; 3 mth 0.139
Low $1336.53
(Official)
3mth
What a difference a day makes.
Traders forgot worries over tensions
with North Korea as President
Trump secured a deal to extend the
US debt ceiling until December. The
Dow Jones industrial average rose
54.33 points to 21,807.64.
Not such a confidence boost
Halifax Mortgage Rate 3.74
Close $1338.40-1338.52 High $1342.25
London Metal Exchange
Cash
Wall Street report
banking and finance
from the FTSE 100
this month.
Shortsellers
continue to blight the
doorstep lender.
According to the
Financial Conduct
Authority, Citadel
Advisors, Miura
Global Management
and Worldquant
increased their
positions in recent
days. Investors who
are shorting a
company borrow
shares and sell them,
hoping to buy them
back later for less,
return them to the
lender and keep the
difference. More than
7 per cent of
Provident shares
remain on loan.
Dividend
6 Results in brief are given for all companies valued at more than � million. f = final p = payable
London Grain Futures
LIFFE Wheat (close �/t)
here were no tears at
Boohoo.com as ?incredibly
strong? expansion over the
summer sent the online
fashion business higher. It
rose 6 per cent on the junior stock
market amid high expectations before
results later in the month.
Barclays upgraded the retailer,
telling clients that it was now
?comfortable? with the company?s
?expensive? shares. Boohoo rose 14紁
to 243緋 after the bank suggested
that Prettylittlehing, a rival brand in
which it bought a controlling stake
last year, could generate revenues of
�5 million next year. Official
estimates have guided investors to
about � million.
?With regards to Prettylittlething,
Comscore figures show incredibly
Mkt Rates for
Copenhagen
Euro
Montreal
New York
Oslo
Stockholm
Tokyo
Zurich
Range
8.1158-8.1474
1.0954-1.0913
1.5914-1.6202
1.3020-1.3079
10.111-10.171
10.358-10.406
141.39-142.47
1.2423-1.2491
Close
8.1383-8.1401
1.0941-1.0940
1.5950-1.5954
1.3056-1.3057
10.160-10.162
10.384-10.389
142.18-142.20
1.2466-1.2470
1 month
59ds
6pr
13pr
14pr
35pr
75ds
6ds
13ds
Premium = pr
3 month
180ds
17pr
38pr
38pr
97pr
220ds
19ds
37ds
Discount = ds
Berkshire-based software company
picked up 136p to �.43 after soothing
jitters about its acquisition of Hewlett
Packard Enterprise?s software division.
Sales at the unit, which Micro Focus
bought for $8.8 billion, fell by 2 per
cent in the third quarter.
The mid-cap index slumped by
74.52 points, or 0.38 per cent, to
19,652.31, despite the sharp rise of
Petrofac. The oil services company
advanced 35紁, or 9 per cent, to
446紁 after announcing that it had a
won a contract worth $700 million to
work on Sakhalin Island in Russia.
As it mothballs operations at one of
its three sites in Tanzania, Acacia
Mining bought $3.2 million of ?put?
options on gold, which would allow it
to sell the metal at a fixed price.
Shares in the precious metals miner,
which have fallen by 50 per cent so
far this year, shed half a penny to
188紁. The company has been
sparring with officials in the country,
who claim it owes around $190 billion
in unpaid taxes, fines and interest.
Exchange rates
1.2483-1.2484
1.2217-1.2218
6.2335-6.2342
0.8379-0.8380
7.8252-7.8267
108.90-108.91
4.2370-4.2400
7.7817-7.7830
1.3485-1.3488
7.9548-7.9559
0.9549-0.9550
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
22.489-22.491
1.6299-1.6300
0.4892-0.4958
4.0570-4.0609
1.0940-1.0941
10.217-10.219
83.658-83.684
17394-17412
0.3929-0.3951
5.5334-5.5373
1.8095-1.8098
1.7605-1.7611
16.644-16.657
4.8011-4.8024
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
1.770
1.540
1.750
1.520
8.720
7.650
n/a
n/a
1.190
1.040
10.920
9.600
367.200
302.110
19935.600
15901.700
5.090
4.350
153.460
132.900
2.010
1.700
10.990
9.500
5.110
4.180
80.490
67.020
18.550
15.710
11.050
9.820
1.370
1.180
4.940
4.230
1.420
1.240
Rates for banknotes and traveller's cheques as
traded by Royal Bank of Scotland plc yesterday
Data as shown is
for information
purposes only. No offer is made by
Morningstar or this publication
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1X Ambrianv
10K Amedeo Resv
1W Amphion Innovsv
27
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Equity prices Business
12 month
High Low Company
5323 3613 Shire
200
72Y Silence Therapv
35
26K Sinclair Pharmav
1397 1067 Smith & Neph
400
307N Spire Hcare
252K 91 Summit Corpv
417K 220 Swallowfieldv
35
7V Synairgenv
20K 10Y Tissue Regenixv
240
150 Tiziana Lifev
310
131K Tristelv
866K 614K UDG Healthcare
10K
1X ValiRxv
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?The Prince of Soho? and
manager of the Groucho
Bernie Katz
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Obituaries
Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick
First female president of the Royal College of Physicians who survived tuberculosis to make breakthroughs in respiratory medicine
With tuberculosis diagnosed during
the final stage of her medical studies
and confined for nine months to a sanatorium in Switzerland, Professor Dame
Margaret Turner-Warwick kept herself
busy by conducting ?randomised controlled trials? with a selection of potted
houseplants at the end of her sickbed.
She had sat the finals of her
physiology degree at the University of
Oxford while afflicted with the lung
disease. Going on to become one of
the world?s leading thoracic physicians,
she combined a firsthand understanding of what her patients endured with a
probing, intellectual curiosity that
fostered a greater understanding of
respiratory medicine.
A woman of strong personality, she
excelled as a scholar and a clinician and
was appointed as a consultant physician at the London Chest and Brompton hospitals from 1967, while working
as a senior lecturer at the Institute of
Diseases of the Chest.
In common with most respiratory
doctors of the period, much of her early
research focused on tuberculosis, the
disease that could have killed her. Yet,
at that point, respiratory medicine was,
in her words, a ?Cinderella subject?, not
a priority for research or funding.
She was to change all that with her
appointment as professor of thoracic
medicine at the Cardiothoracic Institute of London University in 1972.
By this point, with tuberculosis treatable and less of a threat, she helped to pioneer a wider understanding of respiratory medicine by focusing on previously
little-understood areas such as asthma,
as well as interstitial and occupational
lung diseases. She was particularly interested in fibrosing lung diseases, which
cause scarring of the lungs.
She oversaw a growth in clinical trials
of treatments and the institute (now
known as the National Heart and Lung
Institute) became an international
centre of excellence.
Turner-Warwick developed a particular interest in immunology. Her
groundbreaking research with Deborah Doniach and Jack Pepys resulted in
the publication of her textbook, Immunology of the Lung, in 1978.
In conjunction with her academic
work, she recognised that the clinical
future of respiratory medicine lay in
subspecialisation, encouraging this at
the Royal Brompton, where she identified the importance of having doctors
such as herself, known for their outstanding clinical and research work.
Her ward rounds at the Brompton
were an event often filled with
doctors from all around the world who
sought to learn from her.
In 1989 she was elected president of
the Royal College of Physicians,
the first time that a woman had
held the role in its 400-year
history. She said: ?I had no wish
to be any kind of feminist
pioneer or curiosity. That
would have got in
the way; gender
has no place in
medicine.?
She took the
role at a time
of
immense
change for the
NHS, with reforms by
Margaret Thatcher under
way to introduce an ?internal market?
into the health service.
During this period she was instrumental in encouraging the royal
colleges to work together to enable the
professional voice of medicine to be
heard in the political arena. ?We must
be businesslike, but the NHS is not a
business,? she said.
Margaret Elizabeth Harvey Moore
was born in London in 1924 to William
Harvey Moore, QC, and Maud Kirkdale Baden-Powell. Her mother, a niece
of Lord Baden Powell, the founder of
the boy scout movement, had had medical ambitions and started a medical
degree, but was compelled to leave after
two years to care for a brother who had
been wounded in the First World War.
Margaret was the third of four
daughters, whose father told them they
would not have a dowry, but could have
any academic education they wished.
Her older sister read botany at
University College London, while the
next down opted for languages at
Oxford. Aged eight, Margaret was
asked by her father what she wanted to
do. ?I was flummoxed because arts were
taken and science was taken, so what
was left for me? I hit on the idea of
medicine because it was neither an art
concentrate so single-mindedly on
work was in no small part owing to the
beloved family nanny, ?Noodle?, who
had cared for Margaret in childhood
and was retained to look after her
own daughters.
As a senior registrar at the Brompton
hospital, she asked, with characteristic
curiosity, if she could start doing autopsies when the regular pathologist gave
up the role. It was a freer time and this
was allowed, giving her an insight into
vascular changes in the lungs.
She worked in various aspects of
chest medicine, progressing to the
thorniest problems to see what might
help. If a condition was incurable she
was committed to ensuring that a
patient?s quality of life remained as
good as it could be.
She lectured abroad and was chairwoman of the Asthma Research
Council from 1982 to 1987, and president of the British Thoracic Society
from 1982 to 1985. In 1991 she was appointed a Dame of the British Empire.
Colleagues described her memory as
?elephantine?; unnervingly she was
able to recall specific details from
patients she had seen a decade before.
She helped to make the reputations
of several medics, recognising the
?I had no wish to be any
kind of feminist
pioneer or curiosity?
With an ?elephantine?
memory she recalled
patients? cases years later
nor a science and the more I got used to
the idea, the more I liked it,? she said.
A scholar from the start, she attended
Maynard School in Exeter then St Paul?s
School for Girls and later Lady Margaret
Hall, Oxford. Her headmistress at
St Paul?s wanted her to delay the Oxford
entrance exam until after she had sat her
A levels, to better facilitate an exhibition
or a scholarship, but her father encouraged her to sit it before she had the
results and she did well enough to get a
scholarship anyway.
It was at Oxford that she met her
future husband, Richard TurnerWarwick, who was later to become an
outstanding thyroid and urological
surgeon. She first noticed him in a
lecture on the eye, where he corrected
something the professor said, with the
professor conceding his mistake the
next week.
After Oxford she completed her
clinical training at University College
Hospital and took junior doctor posts
there and at the Brompton hospital.
She married Turner-Warwick in
1950. They enjoyed a happy and
intellectually expressive union, debating their research ideas and later the
politics of the NHS.
When her professorship at
the Cardiothoracic Institute
was recommended to the university?s appointments committee ? but before they knew
the result ? her husband put
two bottles of champagne
to chill in the fridge. The
first was to celebrate the
appointment and the
second was a chaser, if it
had not been successful. Fortunately, they
drank only the first.
He survives her with
connections between different diseases
herself, but handing the case to a
houseman or a registrar to write it up
and make their name in the process.
In retirement she kept busy, serving
for three years as chairwoman of the
Royal Devon and Exeter Health Care
NHS Trust.
Having played the violin since the
age of 12 and encouraged her daughters
to study music, she loved impromptu
family gatherings to play 18th-century
chamber music. She was an accomplished watercolourist ? her work
featured in the annual art exhibition of
the Royal College of Physicians.
The family had a house in Studland,
Dorset, called Cliff End, once owned by
the philosopher and Nobel laureate
Bertrand Russell and said to be where
he indulged in a little hands-on mentoring with Lady Ottoline Morrell. Here
she would relax by swimming in the sea,
sailing, windsurfing and playing tennis.
She loved her pet dogs dearly, particularly her last dog, Elkie, who was
trained as a guide dog for the blind, but
had not quite made the grade.
Ever thrifty, she loved her garden and
enjoyed growing fruit and vegetables,
endlessly inventing ways to use windfall apples, notably in her special recipe
for apple and thyme jelly.
It was fitting that in her final illness,
in which she developed pneumonia in
the right lung where she had once suffered tuberculosis, she was looked after
at the Brompton, the hospital that she
had helped to shape in so many ways.
The exemplary care she received was a
fitting legacy of the woman herself.
Professor Dame Turner-Warwick when she was president of the Royal College of
Physicians and, below, in retirement kept busy as chairwoman of an NHS trust
their two daughters. Lynne is a
professor in neuro-rehabilitation at
King?s College, London and Gillian is
an artist and teacher.
Her granddaughter Tabitha is
continuing the family tradition of
medical women and is a trainee specialist renal physician. The graduation of
Tabitha and her sister, Hannah, from the
University of Cambridge, where they
achieved double firsts, was a particularly
happy day.
There was a family ethos of academia, with desks in every room of the
home to enable private study. Her
daughters recall their parents spending
much of the weekend working, convening for meals and popping out late on a
Sunday evening for some ?emergency
gardening?.
Turner-Warwick instilled this work
ethic in them, often asking: ?So what
have you achieved this morning??
That Turner-Warwick was able to
Professor Dame Margaret
Turner-Warwick, physician, was born on
November 19, 1924. She died, after a long
illness, on August 21, 2017, aged 92
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Bernie Katz
Leopardskin jacket-wearing manager of the Groucho Club nicknamed ?The Prince of Soho? by his friend Stephen Fry
As the long-term manager of the
Groucho Club, Bernie Katz witnessed
much louche and bacchanalian behaviour, often involving unlicensed chemicals, bottles of absinthe and the actor
Keith Allen. Yet he was also a great
keeper of celebrity secrets, protecting
his members from unwanted ? and
even sometimes wanted ? publicity.
It was the surreal rather than the
debauched aspects of The Groucho in
which Katz took the greatest delight. At
his retirement party earlier this year he
recalled the night that he and the
actress Daryl Hannah had managed to
climb out of the Groucho to explore the
rooftops of Soho, before dropping in on
other private members? clubs, and causing much surprise. He also expressed
his gratitude to Jessica Lange, whom he
claimed had not only taught him the art
of drinking tequila properly, but also
the correct way to smoke a cigar.
A nocturnal fellow ? he once
remarked that ?I usually come out
when the moon replaces the sun? ?
Katz would express disappointment if
his night ended before 5am. What these
nights would involve tended to operate
under Chatham House rules, but
snippets of gossip would occasionally
work their way into the press, such as an
account of how Damien Hirst once
ignited the chest hair of the publicist
Mark Borkowski, necessitating a swift
visit to the hospital. However, for every
story that did emerge into the public
domain, a hundred more remained
hidden. Not for nothing was Katz
known as ?the custodian of a thousand
celebrity secrets?.
Born in Kennington, south London
in 1968, Katz was the son of the notorious gangster Brian ?Little Legs? Clifford. While his home life was generally a
happy one thanks to what he called his
?archetypal Jewish mother?, who was
forever ?cleaning and making chicken
soup?, his father?s influence was baleful.
Katz recalled that ?he was a colourful
character ? more like Technicolor,
really ? [and] a real villain with a heavy
clout around south London?. When he
was 15 Katz witnessed his father being
shot dead by a pair of masked assailants
who had entered his home. Rather than
being overcome by grief, his first action
was to remove a pair of crocodile-skin
Pierre Cardin loafers from his father?s
feet, for the simple reason that he had
always coveted them.
As Katz stopped growing when he
reached 5ft in height, a career as a
gangster?s enforcer seemed to be out of
the question, so he tried his luck in the
hospitality industry. After a few waiting
jobs around Soho he joined the
Groucho in 1994, initially as a barman
and receptionist. Thanks to his ready
wit and ebullience he was soon promoted to front-of-house manager ? and
then the fun began in earnest.
Displaying an individual sense of
style in a variety of flamboyant outfits,
most notably a leopardskin jacket, Katz
set about, consciously or otherwise,
placing himself in the grand tradition of
Soho hosts and hostesses, following
Muriel Belcher at the Colony Room
and Norman Balon at The Coach and
Horses and the like.
However, unlike the notoriously
rude Belcher and Balon, Katz ensured
that the Groucho?s members and guests
?If he liked you, you knew
it. Personal space wasn?t
something he respected?
were looked after with a mixture of
kindness and candour. His friend
Stephen Fry nicknamed him ?The
Prince of Soho? and, such was the affection in which Katz was held, it stuck.
Another comedian and writer, Steve
Furst, recalled that: ?If he liked you, you
knew about it. Personal space wasn?t
something he respected. His signature
welcome for me involved straddling
me, with scant regard for whoever I was
with, coupled with a very deep kiss on
the mouth and exclaiming: ?It?s my
favourite bald Jew, look at that
beautiful nose!? ?
Katz ? who the musician Tim
Arnold described as ?part Carry On,
part Kray, part pantomime dame and
always classic raconteur? ? excelled
himself when it came to his favoured
members. The radio presenter Richard
Bacon remembered being waved in
with an entourage of 30 friends at 1am.
A more paternal side of Katz came to
the fore when the club?s members
needed assistance. On one occasion, for
example, Katz wheeled home the
Bernie Katz displayed an individual sense of style and was beloved by celebrities
journalist and noted oenophile Jeffrey
Bernard, because he was legless. Katz
wryly remarked that Bernard ? who
was played by Peter O?Toole, another
Soho character, in the West End play
Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell ? was
?pretty cantankerous after a few drinks
and had this walking stick which he
would hit people with if he didn?t like
the look of them. I had to take a very
careful route back to his house to avoid
any injuries.?
While the stories and confidences to
which he was privy would have made
him a rich man if he had chosen to
divulge them, Katz chose to maintain
omerta until the end of his life. ?I may
have seen it all, but they can trust me
completely,? he said ? frustrating the
attempts of an army of gossip columnists to extract material from him.
The only concession that he ever
made to lifting the lid on his adopted
home was to publish a book, Soho
Society, in 2008. Rather than an autobiography, this was a collection of semi-
fictionalised romans � clef in which the
chapters rejoiced in names such as
?No 1 Door Whore?, ?Seduction of The
Straight Man? and ?Interview with a
Rent Boy?. Such were the circles in
which Katz moved, he was able to call
on Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and
Peter Blake to illustrate his tales.
The book was well received by its
perhaps relieved audience, with Fry
praising him as ?a new voice who really
understands what Soho is?. Although
there was much speculation as to who
was based on whom, Katz?s only comment was that: ?Everyone is based on
everyone and no one character is based
on anybody. But egos are so big in Soho
they will think it?s them.?
Although Soho changed a great deal
during his time at the Groucho, Katz
remained philosophical about the
evolution of his domain, saying: ?It?s
faster, it?s not as relaxed. But you have
to put your skates on and go with it.? He
also expressed his hope that the
?wonderful old ironmongers and little
dark drinking holes? would not be
replaced by a succession of boutiques
and expensive flats. For him Soho was
above all a romantic and vibrant place,
for all its bohemian reputation.
?From Henry VIII?s time,? he said in
an interview, ?when he used to hunt
across the land that is now Soho, it has
been a debauched place, and it has
remained party central with lots of
deviant behaviour ? a very naughty
but honourable place. There?s a special
energy, a buzz that the streets give off,
so people come to Soho to be who they
can?t be during their nine to five lives.?
Very much the confirmed bachelor,
Katz remained unmarried. He also
remained the most generous of hosts
until his retirement in March this year,
which drew an appropriately starstudded crowd to his farewell party.
He was convivial to a fault and,
despite at times displaying an uncompromisingly direct attitude towards
guests, he was beloved by virtually all
those entered his club. As one wag
remarked: ?I?ve had some of the most
memorable nights of my life thanks to
Bernie. Pity I can?t remember them.?
Bernie Katz, club manager and author,
was born on August 12, 1968. He died
suddenly on August 31, 2017, aged 49
Joseph Bologna
Oscar-nominated screenwriter and on-screen tough guy with a sensitive side whose greatest success came from his marriage
Once described as a ?perfectly
matched, wrong-for-each-other pair?,
the Italian-American Joseph Bologna
and his Jewish wife, Ren閑 Taylor,
turned their marriage into a showbusiness career. They married in 1965 with
the proceedings broadcast on the Merv
Griffin Show, on which Taylor was a
regular guest. They went on to draw on
their relationship in writing a string of
films and plays, beginning with Lovers
and Other Strangers.
This began as a Broadway play. It ran
for two months, but a film version two
years later was a success, earning a
nomination for best adapted screenplay at the 1971 Oscars. Bologna and
Taylor starred in subsequent films
inspired by their marriage. ?Nothing?s
off-limits,? Taylor said in one interview,
her husband adding: ?You know what?s
off-limits ? if it?s not entertaining,
incisive or funny.?
None of their other ventures was
quite as successful, but Bologna was in
demand as an actor. More than 6ft tall,
and possessed of a penetrating stare
and menacing frown, he had the air of a
mafioso. Yet he was often cast as the
tough guy who turns out to be sensitive.
As Adam Sandler?s father in Big Daddy
(1999) he was sceptical about his son?s
parenting skills when he adopts a child,
only to be won round.
Bologna prompted comparisons with Sid Caesar, the basis of
his fictional character Stan
?King? Kaiser, the variety show
host in My Favourite Year (1982),
which also starred Peter
O?Toole. Mel Brooks, who
was one of the producers
on the film and had
written for Caesar, said:
?There?s a certain primitive energy that Joe
Bologna and Sid Caesar share, a very basic
animal energy.?
Born in Brooklyn in
1934, Bologna came
from a family of bootblacks. His grandfather,
Giuseppe
Bologna,
wrote an autobioJoseph Bologna in the
1974 film Mixed Company
graphy, At the Feet of the Mighty, and his
uncle Pat claimed to have persuaded
President Kennedy?s father, Joseph, to
sell his shares just before the Wall
Street crash.
Bologna attended one of the
Ivy League universities, studying
art history at Brown University in
Providence, Rhode Island. While
there he responded to an advert
looking for ?non-actor?
types for a student
production of the PoW
drama Stalag 17.
After serving in the
US Marines he joined
an advertising agency,
directed TV commercials and wrote jokes
for comedians, which
is how he came to meet
Taylor. She was a
successful New York
comedian who gave
Barbra Streisand a
break as her warm-up
act and played Eva
Braun in Mel Brooks?s
The Producers (1967).
At their first meeting Taylor thought:
?This is the man I?m going to marry.?
She was convinced they had been
married in past lives. Taylor admitted
that her husband did not share this belief. ?But that?s OK,? she said. ?He never
did in any of our past lives, either.?
Lovers and Other Strangers revolved
around the wedding of an ItalianAmerican and his Wasp bride. Neither
Bologna nor Taylor acted in the film,
although Taylor had been in the stage
version. There was a short-lived TV
series. They did write and co-star in
Made for Each Other (1971) as a couple
who meet in group therapy. Bologna
made his screen debut as an ItalianAmerican womaniser while Taylor
played a highly strung Jewish nightclub
performer.
Bologna had a series of supporting
roles in films including The Woman in
Red (1984), as Gene Wilder?s drinking
buddy, and Blame it on Rio (1984),
playing Michael Caine?s best friend.
Bologna took his aunt Pauline to the
premiere, but she disliked the nudity.
?It?s the last time I invite Aunt Pauline
to a film premiere,? he said.
Other joint projects were mainly for
TV, although they did update Romeo
and Juliet for the cinema. Love is All
There Is (1996) had a Bronx setting and
Angelina Jolie played the Juliet role.
They co-wrote it with their son, Gabriel. Joseph Bologna is survived by his
wife and son, who directed Bologna?s
final performance, in the forthcoming
film Tango Shalom.
Bologna and Taylor wrote and
starred in the 2001 Broadway twohander If You Ever Leave Me . . . I?m
Going With You!, a collection of
anecdotes about their marriage. They
renewed their vows five times on
Entertainment Tonight, observing the
rituals of a different religion each time.
Bologna said it was a ?very practical?
arrangement to be working with his
wife. ?I can have an affair with my
director, writer and co-star at the same
time. That saves a lot of wear and tear at
my age.?
Joseph Bologna, actor and writer, was
born on December 30, 1934. He died of
pancreatic cancer on August 13, 2017,
aged 82
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Court Circular
Balmoral Castle
6th September, 2017
Colonel Peter McCarthy
(Vice Lord-Lieutenant of
Renfrewshire) was present at
Glasgow Airport this morning
upon the Arrival of The
President of Ireland and Mrs
Sabina Higgins and welcomed
Their Excellencies on behalf
of The Queen.
Clarence House
6th September, 2017
The President of Ireland and
Mrs Sabina Higgins called
upon The Prince Charles,
Duke of Rothesay and The
Duchess of Rothesay at
Dumfries House, Cumnock,
Ayrshire, this afternoon.
The Prince Charles, Duke of
Rothesay and The Duchess of
Rothesay this evening
attended a Recital by Classic
FM at Dumfries House.
His Royal Highness,
President, the Great Steward
of Scotland?s Dumfries House
Trust, and Her Royal Highness
later held a Dinner for
supporters at Dumfries House.
Kensington Palace
6th September, 2017
The Duke of Cambridge this
morning attended a Meeting
of the Royal Foundation
Taskforce on the Prevention
of Cyberbullying at Sky
Central, Grant Way,
Isleworth, Middlesex.
His Royal Highness,
Patron, Royal African Society,
later received Mr Nicholas
Westcott upon assuming his
appointment as Director and
Mr Richard Dowden upon
relinquishing the appointment.
Ms Zeinab Badawi
(Chairman) was present.
Kensington Palace
6th September, 2017
Prince Henry of Wales, Joint
Patron, the Royal Foundation
of The Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge and Prince Harry,
this morning received
Mr Nicholas Booth upon
relinquishing his appointment
as Chief Executive Officer.
His Royal Highness, Patron,
Invictus Games Foundation,
this afternoon attended a
Trustees? Meeting at the
offices of the Royal
Foundation of the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge and
Prince Harry, Marathon
House, 190 Great Dover Street,
London SE1.
Buckingham Palace
6th September, 2017
The Duke of York this
afternoon held a Lunch
for Madame Fu Ying
(Vice-Minister of Foreign
Affairs of the People?s
Republic of China).
Buckingham Palace
6th September, 2017
The Countess of Wessex,
Colonel-in-Chief, Queen
Alexandra?s Royal Army
Nursing Corps, today received
Colonel Susan Bush upon
relinquishing her appointment
as Colonel Commandant and
Colonel Carol Kefford upon
assuming the appointment.
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Taking back control ?
why the Brexit bill
needs to be amended
David
Pannick,
QC
Three-quarters of the British public want the government to reduce the amount lawyers can claim for bills from the NHS
Time to curb the costs
of medical mistakes
The NHS spent �7 billion on negligence claims last year ? the cost of
training 6,500 doctors. A mediation scheme could help, Frances Gibb writes
Accidents in hospitals are costly. The
NHS paid out �7 billion for medical
mistakes in 2016-17, according to figures
published today by the National Audit
Office (NAO) ? a sum equal to the
cost of training about 6,500 new
doctors. Of that �7 billion, legal bills
took up 37 per cent.
And the costs are rising ? at a faster
yearly rate than NHS funding, the
NAO finds. The fastest rise in the past
ten years was in claimant legal costs, up
from � million to �7 million. Last
year those costs exceeded damages
awarded in 61 per cent of claims settled.
The pressure is on to find a swift and
cheap way to settle such cases, with
fixed costs. Ministers have proposed
fixed costs in clinical negligence cases
worth up to �,000, and the appeal
judge Lord Justice Jackson recommended in July that the Civil Justice
Council, with the Department of
Health, set up a working party to
develop such a scheme. The government?s formal response to its consultation is expected next month.
The plans, however, have come under
fire: lawyers say that they would make
only the most straightforward cases
commercially viable, leaving many
patients without a remedy. Neil Sugarman, the immediate past president of
the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, says: ?Taking an axe to how much
the Department of Health (DoH) pays
does nothing to tackle the factors which
drive costs, such as the ludicrously long
waiting times for the recovery of medical records or arduous expert reports.?
However, the Medical Protection
Society (MPS) wants the plans to go
farther, with fixed costs imposed on
negligence cases valued at up to
�0,000. Yet the public wants action. A
survey commissioned by the MPS found
that three-quarters of respondents want
the government to reduce the amount
lawyers can claim from the NHS in legal
costs, and 81 per cent support fixed costs.
Plans for a mediation scheme to be
launched next week at the Westminster
Health Forum are therefore timely. The
scheme, Resolve 2, was run as
a pilot from December 2001 for about
nine months. Ministers at the time
declined to extend it, although Professor John Posnett, an expert in health
Legal bills accounted for
37 per cent of the cost
? exceeding the payouts
in 61 per cent of cases
economics, evaluated it and concluded
that if all new claims under �,000
were handled by Resolve, the NHS
could save at least �59 million a year.
The litigation landscape has since
changed radically ? ?success? fees
charged by lawyers are now no longer
recoverable from opponents and fixed
costs have entered the litigation
battleground in other areas such as
road traffic personal injury claims.
Professor David Chalk, of Winchester University, who is the legal adviser to
the scheme, says: ?Resolve provides an
independent scheme outside the
litigation system and work done to
progress claims is not aimed at litigation. It is not a pre-litigation step or
protocol.? However, cases can switch to
court if necessary. All eligible cases
must start with Resolve 2, but need not
end there. The problem with the DoH
plans, Chalk says, is that they assume
costs will change, but not the process ?
similar to declaring that electricity has
to be cheaper and fixed costs will be imposed, but not changing the process of
producing it. That, he says, makes the
imposition of a fixed cost ?meaningless?.
Under Resolve 2, fixed costs apply to
experts regardless of outcome and, in
successful cases, to solicitors. Both sides
agree to be bound by the decision of an
independent medical expert drawn
from a panel agreed by the NHS Litigation Authority and set by Resolve with
the charity Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). There is a strict timetable, including for the provision of medical notes, and the aim is to settle cases
within six months, not the present average of 17 months. The scheme is answerable to an independent advisory board.
There are backers across the spectrum. Lisa O?Dwyer, the director of
medico-legal services at AvMA, said
that the charity has ?long been a proponent of a speedy and low cost way of
resolving clinical negligence claims?.
Professor Sir Malcolm Green, the
scientist who has headed research for
the NHS, was a member of the advisory
board to the old scheme and has
agreed to be on the new one. ?Medical
indemnity costs, are rising exponentially and are inhibiting clinical practice
as well as costing the NHS billions,?
he says. ?The Resolve 2 scheme for
rapid independent mediation for small
medico-legal claims would be a huge
step forward and is long overdue.?
He added: ?The government should
see this as a win-win for the NHS.?
Today in the House of Commons the
Great Repeal Bill ? now more
modestly named the European
Union (Withdrawal) Bill ? begins
its second reading debate.
When the bill was published in
July, David Davis, the secretary of
state for exiting the European
Union, said that it ?is a technical
device? to implement the decision to
leave the EU. The bill is going to
have a very difficult parliamentary
passage unless the government
changes its approach. It needs to
acknowledge and address concerns
about the exceptionally broad
powers that the bill would confer on
ministers, and the failure to ensure
adequate parliamentary scrutiny
of the exercise of those powers.
The bill provides that almost
all of the EU-derived law that
is part of our law is retained after
exit day. It then gives ministers
delegated powers to make
regulations to alter that retained
EU law, and other parts of UK law.
The explanatory notes to the bill
quote from the report of the House
of Lords constitution committee
(of which I am a member) published
in March on the need to grant
relatively wide powers to the
government so that the complex
process of amending EU law to
make it fit for purpose as part
of UK law can be completed by the
time of the UK?s exit from the EU
(likely to be on March 29, 2019).
But the explanatory notes, and
more importantly the bill, ignore
the qualifications stated in the
constitution committee?s report.
First, that the delegated powers of
ministers should be confined to ?the
necessary amendments that must be
made to the existing body of EU law
as a consequence of the UK?s exit
from the EU?. Ministers should not
otherwise be given power to make
substantive changes to the law
to implement new policies. That
must be for primary legislation.
Second, parliamentary procedures
must ensure that any necessary
changes that involve significant
policy decisions are ?subject to
meaningful scrutiny by parliament?.
The bill needs amendment to
address each of these two points.
As presently drafted, the bill
would confer much broader powers
on ministers than the committee
advised. Under clause 7, ministers
could amend existing law if they
think regulations are ?appropriate?
? even if not ?necessary? ? to
prevent, remedy or mitigate any
failure of the retained EU law
?to operate effectively? or ?any
other deficiency in retained EU law?.
Indeed, clause 9(2) would give
ministers an extraordinary power
to amend the Withdrawal Act
itself to implement the withdrawal
agreement, surely a matter for
parliament given the constitutional
significance of the bill. Ministers
should also not be given the
exceptionally broad power contained
in clause 17(1) to make whatever
regulations they consider appropriate
?in consequence of this act?.
Many of the regulations made by
ministers under delegated powers
will be uncontroversial. Others will
involve significant policy decisions
? for example as to the identity,
composition and terms of reference
of the public bodies that will perform
the functions now carried out by the
EU Commission and other EU
bodies. The constitution committee
recommended that the explanatory
memorandum to each regulation
should state what changes it is
making and why they are necessary;
a regulation that amends EU law
by making necessary and significant
policy choices should undergo
a strengthened scrutiny process; and
a parliamentary committee should
decide on the appropriate level
of scrutiny for each regulation (after
considering a recommendation
by the government). The
government has not accepted
these recommendations.
Indeed, the bill confers on David
Davis a power to decide when ?exit
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day? occurs, and allows him to set
different exit days for different
purposes, all without any need for
parliamentary approval of the
relevant statutory instrument. MPs
should make it plain to the
government that parliament insists
on retaining control on matters of
such constitutional significance.
This bill is designed to implement
the terms of the withdrawal
agreement between the UK
and the EU. But when the bill is
debated over the next few months,
parliament will not know what that
withdrawal agreement will contain.
Parliament cannot be expected to
give the government a blank cheque.
The bill should therefore include
a sunset clause which provides that
its provisions cease to have effect
on March 29, 2019 unless both
houses of parliament approve the
withdrawal agreement, or approve
the absence of an agreement,
or extend the period.
One of the main driving forces
of this country leaving the EU
is to ?restore sovereignty? to
Westminster from Brussels.
Parliament should not allow that
sovereignty to be seized by ministers
under a bill that confers over-broad
powers without any adequate
process for scrutiny of their exercise.
The author is a practising barrister
at Blackstone Chambers, a fellow
of All Souls College, Oxford, and a
crossbench peer in the House of Lords
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Schools: the new battleground
ALAMY
Parents unhappy with
their child?s treatment
are hiring lawyers
to fight their cases.
Edward Fennell reports
Spare a thought for any idealistic
young teacher who has been appointed
to a headship at the start of this new
school year. As well as tight budgets,
league tables and the perils of social
media, they will also have to worry
about the law. Because, as never before,
the classroom has become a legal
battleground. As Luke Green, of Hill
Dickinson, observes: ?Parents are more
litigious than ever. They see themselves
as customers of the education system
and they are prepared to challenge the
authorities and fight them through
the courts if need be.?
The landmark example of this came
in the spring when Jon Platt, a parent
from the Isle of Wight, challenged
a �0 fine for taking his daughter out
of her primary school for a term-time
holiday. For Platt it was a matter of
principle regarding who had authority
over the child, the school or the parent,
and it had to go to the Supreme Court
for resolution. Ultimately, Platt lost his
case, but the level of public support he
enjoyed suggested that he had many
other parents on his side. The age of
deference to the authorities was over.
And this was confirmed again just
last week when parents of A-level
pupils at St Olave?s Grammar School in
Bromley, Kent, would not accept the
school?s decision to kick their children
out halfway through their A levels for
getting less than three B grades in
the summer exams at AS level. Rather
than rolling over, the parents hired a
lawyer, fought the school ? and won.
What seemed to be the case at
St Olave?s ? and many other schools ?
is that the headteacher did not understand that, by law, exclusions should be
only for bad behaviour, not for ?letting
the side down? academically. Parents
are now prepared to pay lawyers so that
they are better informed about the law
than the schools themselves.
This applies particularly in the
field of admissions where, Green says,
?the appeals system is being used massively with increasingly sophisticated
arguments being deployed by solicitors
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authorities and that is where the
disputes often lie,? says Smart.
Chris Barnett, from Match Solicitors,
an education law firm, says: ?Appeals
are most likely to succeed in those cases
where the admissions authority has
failed to apply its own policy properly.?
This can arise, for example, where there
have been mistakes made over an
applicant?s postcode or the distance
between school and home. However,
those cases are now rare.
?The admissions system is mostly
conducted online today,? says Barnett.
However, that might mean that the
subtleties of individual circumstances
are not being taken into account in
terms of medical or social conditions
that could give an appeal more weight.
Nonetheless, Barnett says, the reality is
that ?unfortunately not everyone can
go to the best school?.
Nonetheless, more and more parents
aim to get the best they can
as shown by the demand for academies.
?The appeals system is certainly being
?Nothing is too much
for someone who has
been fighting on behalf
of their child for years?
By law students can be excluded only for behavioural issues, not poor grades
and barristers who are frequently
appearing on parents? behalf?.
Although it is rare for these cases to
end up in the courts, lawyers are
playing a big part in advising families
on how to deal with local authorities.
Erin Smart, of Moore Blatch, says that
parents usually turn to her when they
have reached the end of their tether.
Many clients have children with special
educational needs (which, in many
cases, are not fully identified) and this
adds an extra dimension to their
concerns. ?Often they have been battling on behalf of their children for
many years and nothing is too much for
them,? she says.
Each case is different. Some parents
fight to get their children into a specialist school, state or independent, while
other parents will be fighting to get
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their child with special needs into a
mainstream school. ?A lot of parents
say that the usual criteria do not apply
in their particular case,? says Smart.
A key problem is that there can be a
significant difference between the local
authority?s guidelines (often expressed
as examples) and the legal criteria.
?The legal test is often much broader
than the guidelines used by the local
used and most successful academies
have to devote significant resources to
conducting appeals,? says Green.
Indeed, academies are proving
to be the ?jokers in the pack?
of the school system. The recent
controversy over the salaries paid
to senior academy bosses has
highlighted the extent to which
academies operate to their own rules.
?There is a gradual blurring of lines
between academies and independent
schools ,? says Sam Macdonald, of
Farrer & Co. His firm acts for a
number of independent schools, but is
now seeing multi-academy trusts as
potential clients.
Academies can do exactly what they
like when it comes to pay scales
because they have been freed up
from local authority control ? not
least because they have strategic
management positions that have no
equivalent in the traditional public
sector. This may infuriate some
commentators but it is the basis, so it is
believed, of the academies? success.
Within the law there is now a true
education market.
Saving the planet
A select bunch of corporations are
the guests this evening of David
Morley, the former senior partner
of Allen & Overy, at an event
in the West End of London
promoting this year?s TVE Global
Sustainability Film Awards, of
which he is the president.
Like many senior lawyers, Morley
has too much energy to settle
down to quiet retirement ? he
was quoted as saying that leaving
the firm would be ?like a personal
big bang, where my universe of
options is expanding?. So he?s
thrilled to be involved with TVE,
the environmental charity that
distributes films that ?put the
environment and sustainability on
the global agenda?. Competition
entries must be submitted by
September 29. ?We want
film-makers to challenge existing
ideas and preconceptions of what
sustainability means for business,?
says Morley, who points out that
sustainability should not be seen
as a cost and technology should be
used more effectively to safeguard
the environment. Several law firms
submitted films in previous years,
with DLA Piper?s entry in 2014
being memorably powerful.
The knight?s watch
Speaking of DLA, the big
announcement today is that its
former boss Sir Nigel Knowles
(a rare knight among solicitors
these days) is to be the new
chairman of the global firm DWF,
which has 12 offices in the UK.
Like David Morley, Sir Nigel
clearly has an appetite for
a fresh challenge. He also
has longstanding friendships
with Alan Benzie, DWF?s
retiring chairman, and Andrew
Leaitherland, the firm?s managing
partner and chief executive. ?What
I like about DWF is their focus on
the client,? Sir Nigel says. ?Clients
like to be asked what?s on their
mind. And I?m going to be doing
that as as a businessman talking to
other business people.? No limits
have been put on his tenure or his
weekly commitment. ?If you are
passionate about something then
you will do it 24/7,? he adds.
Lawyer of the week Marcos Motta
Marcos Motta, a founding partner
of the Rio de Janeiro firm
Bichara & Motta, advised the
Brazilian footballer Neymar on
his record-breaking ?222 million
(�9 million) transfer from FC
Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.
What were the main
challenges in this deal?
Deals with an international
dimension and various
jurisdictions involving
foreign players and overseas
agents tend to be more
complex due to the
peculiarities and specifics
related to football transfer
rules and various domestic
regulations. Neymar?s
deal was no different
? except perhaps for the media
tracking the travel arrangements
of the lawyers involved in the deal.
What?s the best decision you?ve
taken? In 1997 the first sports law
book I studied dedicated its entire
preface to advocating that ?there
is no such thing as sports law?.
So: do not believe everything
you read ? I didn?t.
Who has inspired you?
Valed Perry, who died
in 2005, aged 95. He
was the very first sports
lawyer in Brazil. His legal
reasoning and advice, even
in his last days, was
all handwritten ?
and timeless.
What?s the oddest thing that has
happened to you? A multimillion
transfer deal involving a national
squad player did not go ahead
because the parties had not agreed
the number of flight tickets the
player was entitled to.
What?s the best advice you?ve
received? Keep an interpersonal
relationship with your clients.
Ultimately, sports and entertainment
is about people. Companies or legal
structures should be viewed only
as business vehicles.
Which three qualities should
a lawyer have? Independence, ethics
and a team spirit. I am surrounded
by a group of young professionals
who push me all the time.
Our team is our most valuable asset.
Row, row, row the boat
Linda Tsang
One young lawyer who will
certainly be committed 24/7 is
George Biggar, a senior associate
at Taylor Wessing, who is
preparing to row the Atlantic for
the charities Mind and Spinal
Research in December as part of
the team The Four Oarsmen.
Biggar and others will be rowing
for 24 hours today outside the
firm?s offices in New Street Square,
London, to raise money for the
cause. They will do so in a boat
that replicates the one they will be
using for the crossing. ?We?re
throwing a few of our partners
into the mix to add to the antics,?
says Sarah le Cheminant, the
firm?s head of communications.
l_tsang@hotmail.com
fennell.edward@yahoo.com
What law would you enact? The full
recognition of eSports as a sport, with
a global eGoverning body and a
proper and well-established legal
framework. This is a $1 billion
industry, with 150 million fans
worldwide, which cannot be ignored
and should not be constrained by old
concepts. The law can be dynamic.
For what/how would you like to
be remembered? As a brave and
innovative 27-year-old lawyer ?
in 1998 ? who introduced the
concept of ?international sports law?
practice to Latin America.
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Weather
Today A cool day across much of Britain with showers or some longer outbreaks of rain. Max 20C (68F), min 6C (43F)
Around Britain
Five days ahead
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
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Staying unsettled with
showers or rain, and
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Aviemore
Barnstaple
Bedford
Belfast
Birmingham
Bournemouth
Bridlington
Bristol
Camborne
Cardiff
Edinburgh
Eskdalemuir
Glasgow
Guernsey
Hereford
Herstmonceux
Ipswich
Isle of Man
Isle of Wight
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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
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Cloudy over southern England with
outbreaks of rain. Some sunny spells
elsewhere but o
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showers, loc
blustery.
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13
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13
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At 17:00 on Wednesday there
were no ?ood alerts or warnings in
England, Wales or Scotland.
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updates, visit ?ood-warninginformation.service.gov.uk, and for
Scotland www.SEPA.org.uk
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Glasgow
19
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sunshine and showers, the showers
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and west.
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16
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General situation: A set o tlantic
fronts will bring showers or some
longer spells of rain to much of the UK.
Channel Is, Cen S and SE Eng, London,
E Anglia: Most of the day will be dry
with sunny spells, but developing
cloud will bring the risk of some
isolated showers. Light to moderate
southwesterly winds. Maximum
20C (68F), minimum 13C (55F).
SW Eng, Wales, Republic of Ireland,
NW Eng, IoM, Lake District: A day
of sunny intervals and scattered
Cambridge
Oxford
Cardiff
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SEA
Channel Islands
17
Nottingham
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17
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a spell of rain to much of the UK,
followed by sho e
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especially o
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17
Shrewsbury
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expected, with some more persistent
rain over Scotla .
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25
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86
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Majorca
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Malta
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Melbourne
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Miami
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Milan
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Mombasa
19
Montreal
12
Moscow
30
Mumbai
20
Munich
20
Nairobi
26
Naples
New Orleans 31
27
New York
24
Nice
32
Nicosia
11
Oslo
18
Paris
24
Perth
21
Prague
11
Reykjavik
13
Riga
Rio de Janeiro 30
42
Riyadh
26
Rome
San Francisco 24
14
Santiago
26
S鉶 Paulo
23
Seoul
29
Seychelles
26
Singapore
St Petersburg 12
14
Stockholm
19
Sydney
30
Tel Aviv
28
Tenerife
23
Tokyo
22
Vancouver
24
Venice
21
Vienna
16
Warsaw
Washington 29
20
Zurich
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Orkney
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18 R
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15 R
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29 S
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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
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showers, with some rain oover Ireland
later. Moderate or fresh west to
southwesterly winds, stronger through
the Irish Sea. Maximum 17C (63F),
minimum 9C (48F).
The Midlands, Cen N, E and NE Eng: A
mixture of sunny spells and showers
in the morning, turning cloudier
later with more frequent showers
or a spell of rain. Light to moderate
southwesterly winds. Maximum
19C (66F), minimum 11C (52F).
SW Scotland, Borders, Aberdeen,
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t seems unbelievable that so
soon after the catastrophe of
Hurricane Harvey that yet
another spectacular storm has
erupted. Hurricane Irma is
more powerful, with sustained winds
reaching 185mph and gusting to
225mph when it hit the Leeward
Islands in the Caribbean. Based on
these wind speeds, at present this is
the second-equal most powerful
hurricane in records going back to
1851. It is the strongest hurricane
recorded in the open Atlantic Ocean
? the other intense hurricanes were
in the warmer seas of the Caribbean
or Gulf of Mexico.
Hurricanes feed on warm waters
for energy. The tropical seas of the
Atlantic are at present very warm
and Irma is expected to sweep
across warmer waters, up to 30C, in
the Caribbean. However, the storm
may lose some power if it passes
over land, such as the Dominican
Republic, Haiti or Cuba.
Category 5 hurricanes are rare,
but also surprisingly fragile because
winds high in the atmosphere can
shear off their tops. However, Irma
has encountered weak winds at a
high level, enabling it to develop
unchecked. Even powerful
hurricanes are easily pushed around
by nearby weather systems. Irma
would have turned northwards out
of harm?s way had its path not been
blocked by an area of high pressure
spanning much of the North
Atlantic. Instead, the hurricane has
been pushed westwards to the
Caribbean and it is expected to
make a sharp right-hand turn
towards Florida this weekend.
There are few historical parallels
to this unfolding disaster. Perhaps
the closest was Hurricane Andrew
25 years ago, another Category 5
hurricane. In August 1992, Andrew
devastated the Bahamas, before
tearing through southern Florida
and heading into Louisiana, leaving
65 people dead and damage
estimated at about $26.5 billion.
It was the second-costliest US
hurricane, although that does not
take into account Hurricane Harvey
last month, which may set a record
for the most expensive hurricane
damage.
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Sport
Hameed digs in to defy Essex
NICK WOOD/GETTY IMAGES
Lancashire v Essex
Emirates Old Trafford (second day of four; no toss,
Essex elected to bowl): Lancashire have scored 222
for eight wickets against Essex
Specsavers County Championship
Paul Edwards
Haseeb Hameed has spent much of this
summer between a rock and a soft
place. The rock is the technique that
brought him 1,198 runs in championship cricket last season and then one of
the most lauded Test debuts in recent
years. The soft place is the dippy notion
that Hameed needed to add an array of
expansive shots to his batting, as if scoring centuries and being difficult to get
out was no longer enough.
The result of this nonsense was very
clear. When yesterday?s game between
the top two in the first division began,
Hameed had scored 333 championship
runs in 16 innings at an average of 23.79.
By close of play, he had added a further
85 unbeaten runs to his tally, most of
them in a style likely to please England?s
selectors. Dropped on one when Dan
Lawrence grassed a tough one-handed
chance in the gully, he made the most of
his chance, even on a cloudy day when
the Essex attack could look back with
some satisfaction on most of its work.
It was slow going at times but Hameed?s patience was utterly justified. He
brought up his half-century in 244 minutes and celebrated by lifting Simon
Harmer over long on for six. By then,
though, he had also hit seven fours and
had largely recaptured the tempo if not
quite the fluency of a year ago.
Those who seek to disparage the pace
of Hameed?s scoring might ponder
where Lancashire would have been
without his innings. Bowling, is the
answer. Until Stephen Parry joined him
in a fine eighth-wicket stand of 77, none
of his partners had resisted the Essex
bowlers for very long.
Three wickets fell to the new ball,
that of Alex Davies to Jamie Porter?s
third delivery of the day, which he
edged hard to Harmer at second slip.
Sam Cook marked his championship
debut by bowling Liam Livingstone,
and Porter then trapped Dane Vilas
leg-before to raise Essex?s hopes that
they might embarrass their closest
pursuers, even in a game likely to be
further affected by rain. By the close
Porter had added the wickets of Jos
Buttler and Parry to his bag, but
Hameed stood unbeaten, having faced
233 balls and batted for 316 minutes.
?It was an obvious bowl-first day with
the wicket having been under cover and
the cloudy conditions,? Mark Chilton,
the Lancashire coach, said. ?But you
could see more confidence in Haseeb?s
play as his innings went on and that
comes with runs. When you?ve not had
a run of scores, your confidence is challenged but for him to bat a length of time
today shows his game is in good order.
?He?s been fairly positive throughout
the whole season. He?s 20 years old and
cricket is a tough game. He?s been
through a period that has challenged
him but he will be a stronger person and
player for it. What we saw in the last
hour and a half today was the ?Has? we
saw last year.?
233
Balls
85
Runs
316
Minutes
Hameed?s patient innings held Lancashire together against the league leaders
Yorkshire ease fears of drop
Yorkshire and Middlesex, who a year
ago were contesting the game that
decided the title, now find themselves
in fear of relegation. It was Yorkshire
who breathed more easily at Headingley yesterday, reaching 317 for seven
after play got under way against the
champions a day late. On a good pitch
with pace and carry, Jack Leaning?s
well-judged 85 from 142 balls allowed
them to recover from 116 for four.
Somerset are in charge of the clash
between the bottom two at Edgbaston.
After Tom Abell?s 82 took the away side
to 282 all out, Warwickshire fell to just
146 all out in the face of the seam bowling of Craig Overton (four for 33) and
left-arm spin of Jack Leach (five for 50).
Somerset then moved their lead to 211,
edging Warwickshire closer to the drop.
A half-century from Riki Wessels
left Nottinghamshire?s match against
Worcestershire, the top two in the
second division, in the balance at Trent
Bridge. The home side closed on 138 for
five in their second innings, a lead of 88.
Surrey v Hampshire
Ageas Bowl (second day of four): Hampshire, with
three first-innings wickets in hand, are 71 runs behind
Surrey
Ivo Tennant
Surrey, long criticised for drawing
cricketers from other counties, are now
affording plenty of late-season opportunities to teenage cricketers. One such
is Ryan Patel, born in Sutton, who made
81 in this, his second championship
appearance. In the context of a lowscoring match, with Hampshire losing
their first six wickets for 60, it could yet
prove to be a match-winning innings.
The left-handed Patel, 19, was
dropped by James Vince at short extra
cover when he had made 31. One run
later the same fielder claimed a catch in
the same position, but the umpires
declined to give him out. A maiden halfcentury ensued. There were eight fours
and a six in all, a good number of his
runs scored in a partnership of 74 off 20
overs with Ben Foakes, which enabled
Surrey to reach a total of 200.
Liam Dawson took four wickets in
conditions that seemed more suitable
for Kyle Abbott?s late movement. Sure
enough, Abbott and Fidel Edwards
took five wickets between them. The
floodlights were on for a good part of
the day, but the conditions and the
return of Tom Curran were not the sole
reasons for Hampshire?s collapse.
That said, Curran was accurate and,
when Jade Dernbach bowled Joe
Weatherley with a full-length ball,
late away swing was obtained as well.
Sean Ervine was well held one-handed
by Foakes, and Vince was leg-before
moving across his stumps to try to
play through the on side. George Bailey
ensured a degree of respectability with
an innings of 51.
Results and scoreboards
Cricket
Specsavers County Championship
Division One: Hampshire v Surrey
Ageas Bowl (second day of four): Hampshire,
with three first-innings wickets in hand, are 71
runs behind Surrey
Surrey: First Innings (overnight 16-0)
R J Burns c Vince b Abbott
12
R Patel b Edwards
81
S G Borthwick lbw b Edwards
0
J J Roy lbw b Abbott
0
?B T Foakes c Vince b Dawson
47
O J D Pope c Bailey b Dawson
13
R Clarke b Edwards
12
T K Curran b Berg
12
*G J Batty lbw b Dawson
2
S C Meaker not out
3
J W Dernbach c and b Dawson
5
Extras (b 4, lb 7, nb 2)
13
Total (65.4 overs)
200
Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-34, 3-35, 4-109, 5-163,
6-171, 7-180, 8-183, 9-193.
Bowling: Edwards 16-1-70-3; Abbott 13-3-31-2;
Berg 12-5-34-1; Holland 9-3-32-0; Dawson
15.4-9-22-4.
Hampshire: First Innings
J J Weatherley b Dernbach
1
J H K Adams lbw b Curran
14
?T P Alsop lbw b Dernbach
0
J M Vince lbw b Curran
10
*G J Bailey lbw b Batty
51
S M Ervine c Foakes b Curran
0
L A Dawson c Pope b Clarke
9
I G Holland not out
34
G K Berg not out
0
Extras (b 4, lb 4, w 2)
10
Total (7 wkts, 42.5 overs)
129
K J Abbott and F H Edwards to bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-14, 3-20, 4-31, 5-31, 6-60,
7-129.
Bowling: Curran 7-2-21-3; Dernbach 10-4-28-2;
Clarke 9.5-3-33-1; Meaker 7-2-11-0; Patel
6-0-25-0; Batty 3-1-3-1.
Umpires: M Burns and D J Millns.
Lancashire v Essex
Emirates Old Trafford (second day of four; no
toss, Essex elected to bowl): Lancashire have
scored 222 for eight wickets against Essex
Lancashire: First Innings
A L Davies c Harmer b Porter
0
H Hameed not out
85
L S Livingstone b Cook
7
D J Vilas lbw b Porter
7
S Chanderpaul c Foster b Walter
23
?J C Buttler c Lawrence b Porter
13
*R McLaren b Harmer
22
J Clark c Lawrence b Cook
20
S D Parry c Foster b Porter
35
T E Bailey not out
0
Extras (b 2, lb 6, nb 2)
10
Total (8 wkts, 81 overs)
222
K M Jarvis to bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-9, 3-22, 4-46, 5-65, 6-92,
7-145, 8-222.
Bowling: Porter 19-2-54-4; Cook 19-7-32-2;
Harmer 21-3-64-1; Walter 12-4-28-1; Bopara
8-1-29-0; Zaidi 2-0-7-0.
Essex: N L J Browne, *V Chopra, D W Lawrence,
R S Bopara, A J A Wheater, S A A Zaidi,
?J S Foster, P I Walter, S R Harmer, S Cook,
J A Porter.
Umpires: S J O?Shaughnessy and A G Wharf.
Warwickshire v Somerset
Edgbaston (second day of four): Somerset, with
eight second-innings wickets in hand, are 211
runs head of Warwickshire
Somerset: First Innings (overnight 203-4)
*T B Abell b Singh
82
?S M Davies c Umeed b Patel
46
P D Trego c Sibley b Patel
6
C Overton b Singh
5
D M Bess c Ambrose b Singh
2
M J Leach c Trott b Patel
2
T D Groenewald not out
10
Extras (b 4, lb 4, w 5, nb 4)
17
Total (81 overs)
282
Fall of wickets: 1-51, 2-72, 3-114, 4-131, 5-216,
6-242, 7-249, 8-253, 9-256.
Bowling: Barker 9-1-41-0; Wright 10-1-43-0;
Patel 37-9-90-4; Sidebottom 6-0-28-1; Singh
19-1-72-5.
Second Innings
M E Trescothick not out
36
E J Byrom b Sidebottom
4
G A Bartlett lbw b Sidebottom
0
J C Hildreth not out
24
Extras (b 4, lb 5, nb 2)
11
Total (2 wkts, 23 overs)
75
Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-17.
Bowling: Sidebottom 6-1-18-2; Patel 10-1-19-0;
Wright 4-0-10-0; Singh 3-0-19-0.
Warwickshire: First Innings
A R I Umeed c Hildreth b Overton
9
D P Sibley c Leach b Overton
4
*I J L Trott c Abell b Leach
4
I R Bell c Trescothick b Leach
14
M Lamb c Abell b Leach
26
?T R Ambrose c Byrom b Leach
4
K H D Barker lbw b Overton
52
J S Patel b Bess
2
C J C Wright b Overton
25
S Singh st Davies b Leach
0
R N Sidebottom not out
0
Extras (b 2, lb 4)
6
Total (61.3 overs)
146
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-17, 3-21, 4-36, 5-40,
6-93, 7-96, 8-145, 9-146.
Bowling: Overton 14-7-33-4; Groenewald
3-1-7-0; Leach 27.3-8-50-5; Bess 17-4-50-1.
Umpires: R J Bailey and P J Hartley.
Yorkshire v Middlesex
Headingley (second day of four; no toss,
Middlesex elected to bowl): Yorkshire have
scored 317 for seven wickets against Middlesex
Yorkshire: First Innings
A Lyth c Simpson b Harris
40
S E Marsh lbw b Finn
22
A Z Lees lbw b Franklin
27
*G S Ballance c Simpson b Finn
12
J A Leaning b Murtagh
85
?A J Hodd c Simpson b Franklin
51
T T Bresnan not out
26
A U Rashid lbw b Murtagh
0
L E Plunkett not out
34
Extras (b 4, lb 8, nb 8)
20
Total (7 wkts, 98 overs)
317
B O Coad and R J Sidebottom to bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-79, 3-100, 4-116, 5-230,
6-270, 7-270.
Bowling: Murtagh 23-5-56-2; Finn 21-4-74-2;
Harris 22-9-60-1; Franklin 14-3-46-2; Rayner
11-2-38-0; Voges 6-0-26-0; Stirling 1-0-5-0.
Middlesex: N R D Compton, S D Robson, S S
Eskinazi, A C Voges, P R Stirling, ?J A Simpson,
*J E C Franklin, O P Rayner, J A R Harris,
S T Finn, T J Murtagh.
Umpires: R K Illingworth and J W Lloyds.
Division Two: Durham v Kent
Emirates Riverside (second day of four):
Durham, with eight second-innings wickets in
hand, are 68 runs ahead of Kent
Durham: First Innings (overnight 61-4)
G Clark b Stevens
6
?M J Richardson c Stevens b Milne
5
R D Pringle b Milne
8
M A Wood not out
72
W J Weighell c Qayyum b Claydon
55
C Rushworth b Claydon
4
G Onions c Billings b Claydon
8
Extras (b 5, lb 2, nb 6)
13
Total (67.2 overs)
217
Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-35, 3-38, 4-53, 5-61,
6-69, 7-77, 8-183, 9-195.
Bowling: Milne 21-5-68-4; Stevens 13-3-35-1;
Haggett 13-4-37-0; Claydon 16.2-3-54-5;
Qayyum 4-0-16-0.
Second Innings
T W M Latham not out
27
K K Jennings c Bell-Drummond b Haggett 13
C T Steel b Haggett
0
G Clark not out
8
Extras (b 5, lb 2, nb 2)
9
Total (2 wkts, 22 overs)
57
Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-39.
Bowling: Milne 6-2-12-0; Stevens 3-0-10-0;
Haggett 8-4-12-2; Claydon 5-1-16-0.
Kent: First Innings
D J Bell-Drummond c Rushworth b Wood 26
S R Dickson lbw b Onions
7
J L Denly b Onions
4
*S A Northeast c Richardson b Weighell 110
Z Crawley lbw b Wood
26
D I Stevens c Richardson b Wood
0
C J Haggett b Onions
2
A F Milne c Richardson b Onions
1
?S W Billings b Onions
0
M E Claydon c Clark b Onions
16
I Qayyum not out
0
Extras (b 2, lb 6, nb 6)
14
Total (43.5 overs)
206
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-14, 3-78, 4-134, 5-134,
6-143, 7-147, 8-147, 9-175.
Bowling: Rushworth 11-1-31-0; Onions 14-262-6; Wood 11-1-48-3; Weighell 5.5-0-40-1;
Jennings 2-0-17-0.
Umpires: M A Gough and S C Gale.
Leicestershire v Gloucestershire
Grace Rd (second day of four): Gloucestershire,
with seven first-innings wickets in hand, are
four runs behind Leicestershire
Leicestershire: First Innings (overnight 90-4)
*M J Cosgrove lbw b M D Taylor
92
N J Dexter c Roderick b Shaw
8
?L J Hill c J M R Taylor b Shaw
31
B A Raine lbw b Noema-Barnett
6
M W Pillans c J M R Taylor b Noema-Barnett5
C J McKay c Hankins b Shaw
7
D Klein not out
15
Extras (b 16, lb 8, w 1, nb 2)
27
Total (59.5 overs)
222
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-20, 3-53, 4-74, 5-103,
6-171, 7-180, 8-194, 9-205.
Bowling: Norwell 18-5-52-2; Taylor 15-3-54-2;
Shaw 13.5-4-54-4; Noema-Barnett 13-3-38-2.
Gloucestershire: First Innings
C T Bancroft c Hill b Dexter
42
C D J Dent lbw b Raine
57
?G H Roderick c Dearden b Dexter
57
J R Bracey not out
17
G T Hankins not out
17
Extras (b 8, lb 7, w 5, nb 8)
28
Total (3 wkts, 55.5 overs)
218
*P Mustard, J M R Taylor, K Noema-Barnett,
M D Taylor, L C Norwell and J Shaw to bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-96, 2-149, 3-194.
Bowling: Klein 9.5-1-52-0; McKay 12-6-22-0;
Raine 14-2-49-1; Dexter 12-4-40-2; Pillans
8-0-40-0.
Umpires: N G C Cowley and J H Evans.
Northamptonshire v Sussex
Northampton (second day of four): Sussex,
with nine second-innings wickets in hand, are
220 runs behind Northamptonshire
Northants: First Innings (overnight 329-5)
L A Procter c Nash b Robinson
57
J J Cobb c Robinson b Wiese
41
?D Murphy c Brown b Robinson
2
R K Kleinveldt b Robinson
13
R J Gleeson not out
6
M Azharullah b Wiese
0
Extras (b 4, lb 18, w 1)
23
Total (101.4 overs)
426
Fall of wickets: 1-91, 2-119, 3-215, 4-317, 5-329,
6-401, 7-407, 8-407, 9-421.
Bowling: Archer 22-0-82-1; Robinson 22-2-81-4;
Jordan 21-0-97-0; Wiese 18.4-3-66-3; Briggs
14-2-58-2; Van Zyl 4-0-20-0.
Sussex: First Innings
A J Robson b Kleinveldt
33
L W P Wells c Newton b Azharullah
14
S van Zyl b Kerrigan
32
C D Nash c Murphy b Azharullah
30
L J Wright b Gleeson
22
*?B C Brown c Murphy b Kleinveldt
9
C J Jordan c Levi b Kerrigan
0
O E Robinson c and b Kleinveldt
4
J C Archer not out
16
D Wiese b Kleinveldt
8
D R Briggs b Kleinveldt
1
Extras (b 1, lb 2)
3
Total (56.4 overs)
172
Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-48, 3-101, 4-123, 5-139,
6-142, 7-142, 8-146, 9-170.
Bowling: Kleinveldt 15.4-4-50-5; Gleeson
14-5-41-1; Azharullah 10-3-25-2; Procter
5-2-19-0; Kerrigan 12-3-34-2.
Second Innings
L W P Wells c Murphy b Kleinveldt
11
A J Robson not out
10
S van Zyl not out
11
Extras (lb 2)
2
Total (1 wkt, 10 overs)
34
Fall of wicket: 1-12.
Bowling: Kleinveldt 4-1-11-1; Azharullah
3-0-10-0; Kerrigan 2-1-8-0; Cobb 1-0-3-0.
Umpires: I D Blackwell and R A Kettleborough.
Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire
Trent Bridge (second day of four): Notts, with
five second-innings wickets in hand, are 88 runs
ahead of Worcestershire
Notts: First Innings (overnight 188-9)
J T Ball c Rhodes b Leach
5
H F Gurney not out
0
Extras (b 8, lb 4, nb 2)
14
Total (49.2 overs)
193
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-79, 3-82, 4-117, 5-121,
6-127, 7-171, 8-188, 9-188.
Bowling: Leach 13.2-2-47-3; Tongue 14-3-41-2;
Barnard 16-1-71-4; Shantry 6-1-22-0.
Second Innings
S J Mullaney c Cox b Leach
5
J D Libby not out
42
C A Pujara lbw b Leach
4
S R Patel c Ashwin b Tongue
9
A D Hales c Clarke b Leach
12
M H Wessels c Rhodes b Tongue
60
B A Hutton not out
2
Extras (lb 2nb 2)
4
Total (5 wkts, 39 overs)
138
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-16, 3-25, 4-43, 5-135.
Bowling: Leach 12-1-36-3; Tongue 8-0-27-2;
Barnard 9-0-41-0; Ashwin 6-1-25-0; Shantry
4-1-7-0.
Worcestershire: First Innings
D K H Mitchell c Read b Hutton
23
G H Rhodes c Read b Ball
32
T C Fell c Read b Mullaney
5
J M Clarke b Mullaney
0
B L D?Oliveira c Pujara b Hutton
1
R Ashwin c Wessels b Ball
19
?O B Cox c Wessels b Hutton
47
E G Barnard lbw b Mullaney
55
*J Leach c Mullaney b Ball
28
J D Shantry b Mullaney
20
J C Tongue not out
1
Extras (b 4, lb 6, nb 2)
12
Total (57.4 overs)
243
Fall of wickets: 1-38, 2-51, 3-55, 4-56, 5-84,
6-89, 7-164, 8-221, 9-223.
Bowling: Ball 18-5-75-3; Hutton 17-2-69-3;
Mullaney 12.4-4-31-4; Gurney 7-2-44-0; Patel
3-0-14-0.
Umpires: M J Saggers and N G B Cook.
6 Derby: Derbyshire v Glamorgan. No play. Rain.
Bangladesh v Australia, second Test
Chittagong (third day of five): Australia, with
one first-innings wicket in hand, are 72 runs
ahead of Bangladesh
Bangladesh: First Innings 305 (N M Lyon 7 for 94)
Australia: First Innings (overnight 225-2)
D A Warner c Kayes b Mustafizur
123
P S P Handscomb run out
82
G J Maxwell c Mushfiqur b Mehedi
38
H W R Cartwright c Sarkar b Mehedi
18
?M S Wade lbw b Mustafizur
8
A C Agar b Shakib
22
P J Cummins lbw b Mehedi
4
S N J O?Keefe not out
8
N M Lyon not out
0
Extras (b 8, lb 3, w 1)
12
Total (9 wkts, 118 overs)
377
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-98, 3-250, 4-298, 5-321,
6-342, 7-346, 8-364, 9-376.
Bowling: Mehedi Hasan 38-6-93-3; Mustafizur
Rahman 20-2-84-3; Shakib Al Hasan 30-2-82-1;
Taijul Islam 21-1-78-1; Nasir Hossain 6-2-14-0;
Mominul Haque 2-0-6-0; Sabbir Rahman 1-0-9-0.
Umpires: I J Gould and N J Llong.
Sri Lanka v India, only Twenty20 International:
Colombo: Sri Lanka 170-7 (E M D Y Munaweera
53; Y S Chahal 3-43); India 174-3 (V Kohli 82,
M K Pandey 51no). India win by seven wickets.
Cycling
La Vuelta: Results and standings on page 69
Tour of Britain: Stage four (Mansfield to
Newark-on-Trent, 165km): 1, F Gaviria (Col,
Quick-Step Floors) at 3hr 43min 31sec; 2, E
Viviani (It, Team Sky); 3, A Kristoff (Nor,
Katusha-Alpecin); 4, D Groenewegen (Neth,
Team LottoNl-Jumbo); 5, A Banaszek (Pol, CCC
Sprandi Polkowice) all at same time.
Leading general classification: 1, Viviani at
17hr 38min 5sec; 2, C Ewan (Aus, Orica-Scott)
at same time; 3, Gaviria (Col) at 6sec behind;
4, E Boasson Hagen (Nor, Dimension Data)
+0:07; 5, Kristoff +0:12.
Tennis
US Open (seeds in brackets)
Flushing Meadows, New York
Singles: Quarter-finals: Men: (28) K Anderson
(SA) bt (17) S Querrey (US) 7-6 (7-5), 6-7
(9-11), 6-3, 7-6 (9-7); (1) R Nadal (Sp) bt A
Rublev (Russ) 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. Women: (9) V
Williams (US) bt (13) P Kvitova (Cz) 6-3, 3-6,
7-6 (7-2); (20) C Wandeweghe (US) bt (1) Ka
Pliskova (Cz) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
Fixtures
Cricket
Third Investec Test: Lord?s (first day of five,
11.0, 90 overs min): England v West Indies.
Cycling
OVO Energy Tour of Britain: Stage five (timetrial): Clacton, 16km (12.0).
Rugby league
Betfred Super League: Super 8s: Wakefield v
St Helens (8.0).
the times | Thursday September 7 2017
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Racing Sport
Date set for Cheltenham doping case
Mark Souster Racing Writer
The trainer and owner of a horse which
was stopped from running at the
Cheltenham Festival will face a
catalogue of charges including doping
and, for the first time in this country, the
administration of cobalt.
The British Horseracing Authority
has charged Stephen McConville, who
trains in Co Armagh in Northern
Ireland, and his son, Michael, over the
Salisbury
1.50 Nuits St George
3.50 Eirene (nb)
2.20 Rainbow Jazz (nap) 4.20 Poet?s Princess
2.50 Snax
4.50 Uber Cool
3.20 Clairette
5.20 Ashazuri
Going: good to soft (good in places)
Draw: no advantage
Racing UK
Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: �822: 1m) (13)
01 ENZO 16 (T,D) E Walker 9-8
L Keniry
1 (7)
1 WHITE MOCHA 27 (D) H Palmer 9-8 Josephine Gordon
2 (5)
R L Moore
3 (6) 0331 YAAFOUR 26 R Hannon 9-8
02 ABANDON SHIP 20 P Cole 9-2
J Crowley
4 (9)
33 AL JELLABY 48 Clive Cox 9-2
A Kirby
5 (11)
0 AMENHOTEPTHETHIRD 54 M Gillard 9-2 G Wood (3)
6 (8)
DESERT PATH Mrs A Perrett 9-2
P Dobbs
7 (4)
5 NEBUCHADNEZZAR 48 A King 9-2
D Sweeney
8 (1)
2 NUITS ST GEORGES 28 D Menuisier 9-2
K Shoemark
9 (10)
PIPPIN H Morrison 9-2
O Murphy
10(13)
05 THE NIGHT KING 10 M Channon 9-2
G Lee
11 (2)
RED MIRACLE B Millman 8-11
W A Carson
12 (3)
6 SWISS PSALM 149 M Gillard 8-11
R Hornby
13(12)
3-1 White Mocha, 9-2 Abandon Ship, Yaafour, 6-1 Nuits St Georges, 7-1 others.
Rob Wright?s choice: Nuits St Georges was too keen when
second at Sandown Dangers: White Mocha, Desert Path
2.20
Nursery Handicap
(2-Y-O: �396: 6f 213y) (14)
Josephine Gordon
1 (14) 053 ADULATE 17 (B) H Palmer 9-8
O Murphy
2 (8) 53005 CHAI CHAI 13 A Balding 9-8
G Lee
3 (10) 302 TROGON 16 M Channon 9-8
L Keniry
4 (5) 430 GOLDEN FOOTSTEPS 22 E Walker 9-7
J Crowley
5 (12) 05311 SHOVEL IT ON 23 (D) P D Evans 9-7
T Queally
6 (1) 3404 RAINBOW JAZZ 9 (P) M Usher 9-7
M Godwin (5)
7 (7) 654 REVERBERATION 29 S Kirk 9-6
P Dobbs
8 (6) 0330 MERCHANT MARINE 55 (V) R Beckett 9-5
A Kirby
9 (2) 0445 MOVE TO THE FRONT 30 (V) Clive Cox 9-4
D C Costello
10 (9) 44030 JO'S GIRL 30 J Osborne 9-4
H Bentley
11(13) 040 FENAGH 22 (P) D Loughnane 9-4
R L Moore
12 (4) 663 DANDIESQUE 20 R Hannon 9-3
C Bishop
13 (3) 455 TINY TEMPEST 16 E Houghton 9-2
T Marquand
14(11) 050 SOTOMAYOR 28 R Hannon 9-2
7-2 Dandiesque, 9-2 Shovel It On, 5-1 Trogon, 8-1 Adulate, 10-1 others.
Wright choice: Rainbow Jazz shaped well when fourth on his
handicap debut at Epsom Dangers: Shovel It On, Chai Chai
2.50
Maiden Fillies' Stakes
(2-Y-O: �,450: 6f 213y) (11)
0 ADMIRED 13 Sir M Stoute 9-0
O Murphy
1 (5)
23 BLANCHEFLEUR 13 R Hannon 9-0
R L Moore
2 (1)
2 FILLE DE REVE 29 E Walker 9-0
J Crowley
3 (7)
GATHER Mrs A Perrett 9-0
P Dobbs
4 (8)
HALIMA HATUN I Mohammed 9-0
T Marquand
5 (6)
HERECOMESTHESUN A Watson 9-0
E Greatrex
6 (4)
KAHLO J Portman 9-0
G Wood
7 (2)
0 NARODOWA 13 D Lanigan 9-0
T Queally
8 (10)
06 PAULAMEY 126 P D Evans 9-0
R Tart
9 (11)
SEA THE SUNRISE D Menuisier 9-0
K Shoemark
10 (9)
SNAX M Johnston 9-0
F Norton
11 (3)
9-4 Fille De Reve, 3-1 Blanchefleur, 11-2 Snax, 6-1 Gather, 7-1 others.
Wright choice: Snax is bred to be useful Danger: Gather
3.20
not licensed for use on horses in Britain.
It is a potent anti-inflammatory drug
which can provide ?a bit of euphoria to
a horse?, according to an Americanbased website selling the product.
The inquiry will seek to establish
whether the McConvilles administered
the substances and whether they are
also guilty of misleading ? or trying to
mislead ? the stewards. Both men are
charged with possession of banned
substances at the racecourse.
3.50
KEEM BAY M Mullineaux 9-0
Phil Dennis (3)
4 (2)
A Atzeni
5 (3) 052 LINE OF BEAUTY 23 S Crisford 9-0
10-11 Fibonacci, 9-4 Line Of Beauty, 11-2 Ididitforyoooo, 7-1 others.
Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes
(Group III: 2-Y-O: �,102: 6f) (15)
Rob Wright
1.50
incident before the Foxhunter Chase in
March. They will face a disciplinary
hearing in London on September 19.
Details of the impending case were
first revealed by The Times in July when
it emerged that Anseanachai Cliste had
provided a positive test for banned
substances in a urine sample. A
blood-soaked syringe was also found at
the course.
The charges also reveal that the horse
had been given adrenal cortex, which is
Maiden Fillies' Stakes
(2-Y-O: �,450: 6f 213y) (10)
4 CLAIRETTE 26 R Charlton 9-0
K Shoemark
1 (9)
EMPRESS ROSE R Hughes 9-0
Fran Berry
2 (6)
5 FINAL SET 29 Sir M Stoute 9-0
R L Moore
3 (7)
3 GOODNIGHT GIRL 27 J Portman 9-0
G Wood
4 (4)
MARBLE STATUE R Beckett 9-0
O Murphy
5 (3)
MELODIES E Dunlop 9-0
J Crowley
6 (5)
NYALA D Kubler 9-0
G Downing
7 (2)
PARMENTER A King 9-0
D Sweeney
8 (1)
50 SHAHEREZADA 29 Clive Cox 9-0
A Kirby
9 (8)
SHIKOBA S Crisford 9-0
H Bentley
10(10)
6-4 Clairette, 3-1 Goodnight Girl, 7-1 Marble Statue, 8-1 others.
Wright choice: Clairette needed the experience when
fourth at Newmarket Dangers: Goodnight Girl, Shikoba
Blinkered first time: Chelmsford 6.10 Cherubic. 6.40
Fantasy Gladiator. Haydock Park 4.00 Solomon?s Bay. 5.05
Mais Si. Sedgefield 3.10 Mont Choisy. Salisbury 2.20 Move
To The Front.
T Marquand
1 (6) 631 ANNA NERIUM 40 R Hannon 9-0
R Ffrench
2 (9) 131 BAMBINO LOLA 13 (CD) A West 9-0
1 CROSSING THE LINE 34 (D) A Balding 9-0
J Quinn
3 (10)
A Kirby
4 (4) 3121 EIRENE 20 (D) D Ivory 9-0
H Bentley
5 (12) 31501 ELIZABETH BENNET 22 (D) C Hills 9-0
F Norton
6 (1) 11310 IZZY BIZU 12 (D) M Johnston 9-0
61 LAMYA 12 (D) R Hannon 9-0
Doubtful
7 (15)
C Bishop
8 (13) 26160 LISTEN ALEXANDER 20 P D Evans 9-0
Fran Berry
9 (3) 0210 MISTY SPIRIT 20 (D) D Elsworth 9-0
10 (5) 1013 MRS GALLAGHER 20 W Jarvis 9-0 Josephine Gordon
R L Moore
11 (8) 1210 ONE MINUTE 20 W Haggas 9-0
21 ORIENTAL SONG 69 (D) O Burrows 9-0
J Crowley
12 (2)
R Tart
13 (7) 31504 REFLECT ALEXANDER 5 P D Evans 9-0
O Murphy
14(11) 115 SPECIAL PURPOSE 14 W Haggas 9-0
J Egan
15(14) 001 TRICKSY SPIRIT 12 (D) M Channon 9-0
11-4 Special Purpose, 7-2 Eirene, 9-2 Oriental Song, 9-1 Izzy Bizu, 11-1
Bambino Lola, One Minute, 12-1 Crossing The Line, Mrs Gallagher, 14-1 others.
Wright choice: Eirene was impressive in listed company at
Newbury Dangers: Elizabeth Bennet, Crossing The Line
4.20
Fillies' Handicap (�,695: 6f) (10)
G Lee
1 (1) 1-405 KASSIA 12 (D) M Channon 4-9-10
J Egan
2 (3) 51040 BUYING TROUBLE 18 (D) P D Evans 4-9-8
H Bentley
3 (9) -3204 BOUNCE 23 (D) H Candy 4-9-7
A Kirby
4 (6) 44310 PIXELEEN 54 (C,D,BF) M Saunders 5-9-5
5 (4) 12011 UNDER THE COVERS 13 (D) R Harris 4-9-4 S Hitchcott
T Marquand
6 (10) 03050 STELLARTA 12 (D) M Blanshard 6-9-1
F Norton
7 (2) 06020 CLEAR WATER 14 M Wigham 4-9-0
J Crowley
8 (8) 33411 THAFEERA 20 (D) C Hills 3-8-12
O Murphy
9 (7) 26251 RELY ON ME 13 (P,D) A Balding 3-8-10
10 (5) 02000 POET'S PRINCESS 14 (D) H Morrison 3-8-8 G Wood (3)
9-2 Thafeera, 11-2 Kassia, Rely On Me, Under The Covers, 8-1 others.
Wright choice: Poet?s Princess drops in trip after failing to
stay at York
Dangers: Under The Covers, Rely On Me
4.50
Handicap (�175: 1m 4f 5y) (9)
G Wood (3)
(8) 31511 LANGLAUF 78 (P,D) B Millman 4-10-0
R L Moore
(6) -6210 OPPOSITION 54 (D) E Dunlop 4-9-12
A Kirby
(3) 151/5 SLEEP EASY 21 (T,P,D) N Mulholland 5-9-10
D Sweeney
(2) /510- SABRE SQUADRON 325 A King 4-9-8
P Dobbs
(4) 313/P STOCK HILL FAIR 103 (T,C,D) B Powell 9-9-7
(9) 22512 TOMORROW MYSTERY 16 (D) J Osborne 3-9-2
D C Costello
7 (7) 1552 COMRADE CONRAD 20 (P) R Charlton 3-9-1 K Shoemark
8 (1) 5511 UBER COOL 33 (D) Jane Chapple-Hyam 3-9-1
Paddy Bradley (5)
J Crowley
9 (5) 2-103 OPINIONATE 19 Mrs A Perrett 3-9-0
3-1 Comrade Conrad, 4-1 Uber Cool, 5-1 Opinionate, 11-2 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
Wright choice: Uber Cool showed a good attitude at Thirsk
and can follow up Dangers: Opinionate, Tomorrow Mystery
5.20
Apprentice Handicap
(�528: 1m) (10)
(2) 1-000 FORT JEFFERSON 32 (D) A Balding 4-9-13 M Coles (7)
(7) 51315 FANTASY QUEEN 14 (P,D) E Houghton 4-9-11 Milly Naseb
(6) -1265 MANY DREAMS 28 (C) G L Moore 4-9-10 Rossa Ryan (3)
(3) 06450 POETIC FORCE 21 (T) A Carroll 3-9-7 Sophie Ralston (5)
M Fernandes
(8) 504 THE GROOVE 30 F O'Brien 4-9-5
(1) 105-4 AL'S MEMORY 10 (CD) P D Evans 8-9-4
Katherine Glenister
P-L Jamin (5)
7 (4) 31353 ASHAZURI 20 (H,CD) J Portman 3-9-3
S Cummins (3)
8 (5) 30000 BEEPEECEE 10 (C) R Hughes 3-8-13
Aled Beech (3)
9 (9) 15005 JET SETTER 19 A Carroll 3-8-12
10(10) 44266 FAMOUS DYNASTY 27 M Blanshard 3-8-9
Nicola Currie (3)
100-30 Many Dreams, 9-2 Fantasy Queen, 5-1 Ashazuri, 7-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
Wright choice: Ashazuri helped to set an overly strong pace
at Newbury Dangers: Fantasy Queen, Famous Dynasty
Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: �528: 6f) (8)
6 CAVALRY REGIMENT 30 J J Quinn 9-0
J Hart
1 (5)
DEECIDER T Dascombe 9-0
S De Sousa
2 (6)
DESERT DOCTOR E Walker 9-0
J P Spencer
3 (1)
54 FINNION FOX 15 T Easterby 9-0
J Sullivan
4 (2)
R Kingscote
5 (8) 223 GINBAR 18 T Dascombe 9-0
KNIGHTED K A Ryan 9-0
T Eaves
6 (4)
SAPPER E Walker 9-0
P Cosgrave
7 (3)
0 SNAFFLED 138 D Brown 9-0
P McDonald
8 (7)
15-8 Ginbar, 3-1 Finnion Fox, 5-1 Desert Doctor, Knighted, 10-1 others.
3.00
Novice Stakes
(2-Y-O: �528: 7f 212y) (11)
ADJUTANT D O'Meara 9-0
D Tudhope
1 (1)
0 BERTOG 33 J Mackie 9-0
P Mulrennan
2 (3)
CREEL D Brown 9-0
P Makin
3 (6)
DUFFY R Fahey 9-0
P Hanagan
4 (10)
6 FRENCH RESISTANCE 13 R G Fell 9-0
T Hamilton
5 (8)
3 GHOSTWATCH 20 C Appleby 9-0
James Doyle
6 (9)
63 GLOBAL CONQUEROR 22 (BF) S Crisford 9-0 A Atzeni
7 (4)
KINGS FULL K A Ryan 9-0
T Eaves
8 (7)
PENTLAND HILLS C Wall 9-0
R Kingscote
9 (11)
THE REVENANT H Palmer 9-0
P Cosgrave
10 (5)
TWISTED LOGIC K Dalgleish 9-0
P McDonald
11 (2)
2-1 Ghostwatch, 11-4 Global Conqueror, 4-1 Kings Full, 6-1 others.
3.30
Handicap (�822: 7f 212y) (12)
D Tudhope
(7) 5220P PUMAFLOR 10 (P,CD) D O'Meara 5-9-11
J P Spencer
(2) 03500 ARCHIE 20 (C) T Clover 5-9-9
J Hart
(6) 11-00 MAIFALKI 140 M Walford 4-9-9
P Cosgrave
(9) -6361 TRILLIANT 63 (CD) E Walker 3-9-7
(12) 63025 RASHFORD'S DOUBLE 18 (P,D) R Fahey 3-9-5 T Hamilton
P Hanagan
(5) -2103 PECHEURS DE PERLES 26 I Jardine 3-9-5
(4) 1020 SIR REGINALD BROWN 55 R Fahey 3-9-2
Connor Murtagh (7)
T Eaves
8 (10) 21615 WIGAN WARRIOR 26 (CD) D Brown 3-9-2
C Beasley
9 (8) 0014 WASM 30 R G Fell 3-9-0
10 (1) 3-400 DIFFERENT JOURNEY 17 M W Easterby 4-8-13 C Hardie
11 (3) 3/001 PAROLE 12J (T) T Easterby 5-8-11 Rachel Richardson (3)
R Kingscote
12(11) 634-3 HEAVEN'S ROCK 17 T Dascombe 3-8-8
4-1 Pecheurs De Perles, Trilliant, 13-2 Archie, 7-1 Parole, 8-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
4.00
Conditions Stakes
(�704: 6f 212y) (7)
M Lane
(1) -5001 ACCESSION 26 (D) C Fellowes 8-9-5
(3) 44431 JORDAN SPORT 27 (H,D) D Simcock 4-9-5 J P Spencer
A Atzeni
(7) -3000 YUFTEN 40 (D) R Charlton 6-9-5
(2) 04104 SOLOMON'S BAY 34 (B,D) R Varian 3-9-4 S De Sousa
(5) 2-030 DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT 33 (H) A Balding 4-9-1
P McDonald
D Tudhope
6 (4) 34255 SO BELOVED 13 (H,CD) D O'Meara 7-9-1
P Cosgrave
7 (6) 1550- YATTWEE 369 (D) S bin Suroor 4-9-1
5-2 So Beloved, 3-1 Solomon's Bay, 9-2 Donjuan Triumphant, 6-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
4.35
Handicap (�,938: 1m 3f 140y) (8)
J Fortune
(5) /4-66 AGENT MURPHY 12 (D) B Meehan 6-10-0
James Doyle
(6) 14460 GALAPIAT 41 (D) M Johnston 4-10-0
J P Spencer
(8) 6052- PERCY STREET 158J N Henderson 4-9-10
D Tudhope
(3) 24056 TAWDEEA 41 (P,CD) D O'Meara 5-9-10
R Kingscote
(4) 13261 AZARI 26 (P,CD) T Dascombe 5-9-8
3-524
NIBLAWI
26
N
Mulholland
5-9-5
P
Hanagan
(2)
(1) 20140 MARMAJUKE BAY 20 (P,CD) M Usher 4-8-13 S Drowne
(7) 30260 SENNOCKIAN STAR 13 (D) M Johnston 7-8-13
P McDonald
3-1 Niblawi, 4-1 Azari, Percy Street, 6-1 Marmajuke Bay, 13-2 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
5.05
Haydock Park
Amateurs Handicap
(�431: 1m 3f 140y) (9)
Rob Wright
2.00 Ididitforyoooo
4.00 So Beloved
2.30 Ginbar
4.35 Tawdeea
3.00 The Revenant
5.05 Take Two
3.30 Trilliant
Going: good to soft Draw: no advantage Racing UK
2.00
2.30
Maiden Stakes
(3-Y-O: �704: 1m 3f 140y) (5)
1 (1) 5-325 FIBONACCI 81 H Palmer 9-5
2 (5) 652 IDIDITFORYOOOO 35 (BF) B Meehan 9-5
03 SKY EAGLE 23 E Walker 9-5
3 (4)
James Doyle
J Fortune
P Cosgrave
S Walker
1 (2) 36005 MODERNISM 12 (P,D) I Williams 8-11-10
J Brace (5)
2 (9) 44331 TAKE TWO 25 (D) A Hales 8-11-10
3 (6) 51312 DIAMONDS A DANCING 20 (H,D) D McCain 7-11-10
T Gillard (5)
J J Codd
4 (8) -3644 MAIS SI 21 (B) G Elliott (Ire) 4-11-7
J M Andrews (7)
5 (1) 01500 MARMION 47 (D) L Eyre 5-11-7
6 (5) 12412 THORNTOUN CARE 9 (P,D,BF) I Jardine 6-11-6 B Lynn (3)
J King
7 (3) 006-4 MANNY OWENS 42 (T) Jonjo O'Neill 5-11-3
8 (7) 02620 KING OF THE CELTS 31 (P,D) T Easterby 9-11-2
W Easterby
9 (4) 45252 SPIRIT OF THE VALE 11 (H,T) O Greenall 4-10-8
E Glassonbury
3-1 Mais Si, 7-2 Thorntoun Care, 5-1 Diamonds A Dancing, 6-1 others.
6.10
Sedgefield
Rob Wright
2.10 Runasimi River
2.40 My Renaissance
3.10 Mont Choisy
3.40 Play The Ace
Going: good
2.10
4.10 Gibson Park
4.40 Leading Score
5.10 Nemean Lion
At The Races
Novices' Hurdle (�249: 2m 178y) (5)
W Kennedy
1 1-265 MIDNIGHT WALK 47 (T) D McCain 7-11-5
1-01 RUNASIMI RIVER 18 (D) N Mulholland 4-11-5 T Scudamore
2
0-4 BRANDY BURN 17 P Niven 6-10-12
H Brooke
3
0/ STRIKING NIGELLA 268F M Chapman 7-10-12 T Dowson (5)
4
J Corbett (7)
5 43043 VIOGNIER 18 (T) S Corbett 5-10-12
5-4 Runasimi River, 2-1 Midnight Walk, 4-1 Brandy Burn, 10-1 others.
2.40
Handicap Chase (�249: 2m 77y) (9)
H Brooke
1 23/6- CARNAROSS 255 (D) J Brooke 8-11-12
J Davies
2 11-0P WONGA SWINGER 53 (B,D) S Thomas 7-11-10
B Hughes
3 00-00 BLACK KETTLE 61 (T) R Menzies 7-11-9
J Quinlan
4 P-443 GIN AND TONIC 19 (D) M Wigham 7-11-8
D England
5 046-0 PRETTY RECKLESS 22 D Skelton 4-11-8
N Moscrop (5)
6 5-344 LAVELLA WELLS 67 Mrs S Smith 9-11-5
J Colliver
7 021P0 ROMAN NUMERAL 22 (D) D Thompson 9-11-4
J England
8 14624 MY RENAISSANCE 22 (D) S England 7-11-0
9 54445 THE SOCIETY MAN 12 (D) M Chapman 10-10-0 S Mulqueen (3)
11-4 My Renaissance, 5-1 Gin And Tonic, 6-1 Roman Numeral, 7-1 others.
3.10
Handicap Hurdle
(�523: 3m 3f 9y) (4)
S Houlihan (7)
1 13-22 MISS MOBOT 46 P Hobbs 7-11-12
2 -6331 MONT CHOISY 16 (B,D) P Bowen 7-11-9 James Bowen (7)
L Murtagh (5)
3 00021 TAWSEEF 10 D McCain 9-11-8
W Kennedy
4 /3553 WELSH BARD 12 (B,C) D McCain 8-10-6
11-8 Tawseef, 3-1 Mont Choisy, 7-2 Miss Mobot, 9-2 Welsh Bard.
3.40
Handicap Chase
(�899: 2m 5f 28y) (6)
P-P12 PLAY THE ACE 53 (T,P,C,BF) P Bowen 8-11-12
S Bowen
-2115 COURT DISMISSED 22 (V,C) D McCain 7-11-10 W Kennedy
13630 THE DOORMAN 32 (T,P,C,D) B Haslam 8-11-5 R McLernon
34454 PERSEID 7 (C) Mrs S Smith 7-11-3
N Moscrop (5)
4-U41 ROUGH JUSTICE 19 J Wainwright 9-11-0
J Hamilton (3)
21162 BROTHER SCOTT 7 (C,D) Mrs B Butterworth 10-10-10
S W Quinlan
5-2 Play The Ace, 9-2 Brother Scott, Perseid, 5-1 Court Dismissed, 11-2 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
4.10
Handicap Hurdle (�381: 2m 178y) (8)
1-221 GIBSON PARK 7 (CD) D Skelton 4-12-0
Mr S Davies-Thomas (7)
2 31-12 PERUVIEN BLEU 16 N Williams 5-11-12 Mr C Williams (7)
3 220-4 MASTER OF FINANCE 13F (P,D,BF) J M Jefferson 6-11-10
B Hughes
4 1F000 BEYONDTEMPTATION 12 (H,T,CD) J Haynes 9-11-4
T Dowson (5)
K Wood (7)
5 /11-0 OUR KYLIE 36 (D) B Ellison 5-11-4
H Brooke
6 00-10 BENNY IN MILAN 12 M Todhunter 6-11-2
C O'Farrell
7 5-2P0 AVIDITY 34 (D) J Ewart 8-10-13
T Scudamore
8 3-264 FIOSRACH 47 (T,P,D) J Moffatt 7-10-10
2-1 Avidity, 3-1 Gibson Park, 6-1 Master Of Finance, 13-2 others.
1
4.40
Handicap Hurdle
(�599: 3m 3f 9y) (10)
42-P0 ZEPHYR 16 N Williams 6-12-4
Mr C Williams (7)
-3000 BERE HAVEN 13 (T) I O'Connor (Ire) 7-11-12 K Brouder (7)
-2333 LEADING SCORE 19 (B) J Ewart 7-11-11
Steven Fox (5)
03-50 TURTLE CASK 53 (P,C) M Sowersby 8-11-4
B Hughes
1422/ MISS MAYFAIR 633 (P) Mrs L Hill 10-11-3 C Deutsch (3)
406/2 ARISTOCRACY 34 (BF) F O'Brien 6-11-1
P Brennan
25640 STETSONSNSTILETTOS 17 (T) D McCain 5-11-1
A Lane
-33U0 PRIMO ROSSI 22 (T,P) T Gretton 8-10-5
A Johns
00-P6 IT'S A LONG STORY 53 Mrs B Butterworth 6-10-3 S W Quinlan
-5004 EXIT TO FREEDOM 10 (H,P) J Wainwright 11-10-0
Miss C Walton (3)
9-4 Aristocracy, 4-1 Leading Score, 6-1 Miss Mayfair, 8-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
5.10
Conditional Jockeys' Novices'
Hurdle (�249: 2m 3f 188y) (3)
1 3-221 BOY IN A BENTLEY 10 (T,P) N Mulholland 7-11-5 H Reed (6)
T Dowson (3)
2 40641 NEMEAN LION 7 (T,CD) P Kirby 5-11-5
D Irving
3 0P-44 NAILER 12 (T) T Davidson 7-10-12
5-6 Boy In A Bentley, 6-4 Nemean Lion, 7-1 Nailer.
J Fanning
1 (4) 535 SUNBREAK 34 M Johnston 9-7
S Levey
2 (2) 50515 THAT'S MY GIRL 19 R Hannon 9-7
3 (5) 00441 FOUR FIFTY THREE 23 (CD) M Tompkins 9-2 J Haynes
L Morris
4 (3) 000 CHERUBIC 24 (B) C Hills 8-12
5 (1) 0001 DREAM OF DELPHI 8 (B) W Haggas 8-10 Georgia Cox (5)
8-13 Dream Of Delphi, 5-1 Sunbreak, 6-1 Four Fifty Three, 13-2 others.
6.40
Rob Wright
5.40 Speak In Colours
7.40 Jufn
6.10 Dream Of Delphi
8.10 Wefait
6.40 Break The Silence
8.40 Firesnake
7.10 Cloud Nine
9.10 Ennjaaz
Thunderer: 5.40 Weeton. 9.10 Airway (nap).
Going: standard
At The Races
Draw: 5f-1m, low numbers best
Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: �116: 6f) (9)
3 SPEAK IN COLOURS 30 M Botti 9-0
D Muscutt
(9)
Joe Doyle
(8) 204 WEETON 22 J Camacho 8-13
1
HIKMAA
28
(T,D)
E
Vaughan
8-12
A
Beschizza
(3)
S W Kelly
(7) 53422 GOLD FILIGREE 23 R Hughes 8-11
ROOF GARDEN M Tompkins 8-11
J Haynes
(4)
0 SHADOW SEEKER 56 P D'Arcy 8-10
W A Carson
(2)
45 FOLLOW THE FEELING 12 H Spiller 8-7 Georgia Cox (5)
(6)
55 AGENT OF FORTUNE 19 (H) Mrs C Dunnett 8-4
(1)
Jane Elliott (5)
4 PRISCILLA'S DREAM 27 P McBride 8-4
L Morris
9 (5)
6-4 Hikmaa, 11-4 Speak In Colours, 11-2 Weeton, 13-2 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Handicap (�235: 1m) (9)
1 (1) 4U0-5 SOVRANO DOLCE 22 Mike Murphy 4-9-9 G Buckell (5)
2 (2) 62656 FANTASY GLADIATOR 28 (E,B,D) M Appleby 11-9-8
L Morris
3 (8) -6013 LA ISLA BONITA 24 (BF) Richard Spencer 3-9-5 S Donohoe
M Dwyer
4 (3) 520-0 LAZIZAH 65 M Tregoning 4-9-2
G Downing
5 (4) 21065 SIR JAMIE (BF) A Carroll 4-9-1
M Harley
6 (5) -4000 ETERNAL DREAM 22 (P) W Knight 3-9-0
Hollie Doyle (3)
7 (9) 64055 HIDDEN STASH 65 W Stone 3-8-12
J Fanning
8 (7) 30653 BREAK THE SILENCE 10 S Dixon 3-8-10
K O'Neill
9 (6) 0-000 GOLDEN HARBOUR 44 (T) A Hales 3-8-5
11-8 La Isla Bonita, 7-2 Break The Silence, 8-1 Fantasy Gladiator, 10-1 others.
7.10
Handicap (�235: 1m) (9)
1 (9) 04000 CARIBBEAN SPRING 21 G Margarson 4-9-10
Jane Elliott (5)
2 (5) 40500 LORD OF THE STORM 128 (CD) M Attwater 9-9-8 K Fox
C Shepherd (3)
3 (1) 03024 BRADFIELD MAGIC 14 C Hills 3-9-5
K O'Neill
4 (4) 25300 CIRCULATE 24 (B) T Clover 3-9-3
L Morris
5 (2) 5U506 BELGRAVIAN 26 (T,P) A Watson 3-9-3
55054
CLOUD
NINE
52
A
Carroll
4-9-1
W
A
Carson
6 (7)
7 (8) 44450 TOUCH THE CLOUDS 28 W Stone 6-8-10 Hollie Doyle (3)
R Hornby
8 (6) 000 POET'S QUEST 20 D Ivory 3-8-6
J Fanning
9 (3) 050 CHOCOLATE ACCOUNT 48 E Dunlop 3-8-5
9-4 Bradfield Magic, 4-1 Chocolate Account, 7-1 Caribbean Spring, 8-1 others.
7.40
Handicap (�086: 1m 2f) (13)
K O'Neill
(12) 1-031 GRACEFUL JAMES 30 (CD) J Fox 4-9-12
D O'Neill
(13) 00-26 CLASSIC VILLAGER 52 (D) D Ivory 5-9-10
M Harley
(3) 00134 SUNGLIDER 22 (T,V,D) D O'Meara 4-9-9
L Keniry
(7) 04150 JUFN 33 (H,C,D) J Butler 4-9-8
Tina Smith (7)
(10) 12005 BOYCIE 17 (D) R Hannon 4-9-8
(6) 53000 DOLPHIN VILLAGE 19 (H,D) Shaun Harris 7-9-6
C Bennett (3)
L Steward
7 (5) 10541 ICE DANCING 20 (H) Michael Bell 3-9-3
8 (4) 36343 BRIDGE OF SIGHS 28 (P,C,D) L Carter 5-9-2 D Muscutt
S Donohoe
9 (9) 31244 LIGHT OF JOY 15 (D) D Lanigan 3-9-2
J Fanning
10(11) 01525 X RATED 32 (D) M Johnston 3-9-2
11 (2) 24453 THE GAY CAVALIER 9 (T,D) John Ryan 6-8-12 J Mitchell
L Morris
12 (1) 5-155 TAN ARABIQ 20 M Appleby 4-8-12
13 (8) 12306 OURMULLION 27 (P) John Best 3-8-11 Josephine Gordon
7-2 Ice Dancing, 11-2 Graceful James, 13-2 Bridge Of Sighs, 8-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
8.10
Handicap (�086: 1m 6f) (10)
1 (2) 15021 RENFREW STREET 15 (D) M Johnston 4-9-13 J Fanning
2 (8) 52265 NEW WORLD POWER 20 D Simcock 4-9-11 S W Kelly
M Harley
3 (4) 1-030 GOING UP 29 (H,D) Rae Guest 4-9-10
L Keniry
4 (3) 524- DHAROOS 316 (BF) N Hawke 4-9-10
5 (9) -12P4 LOST THE MOON 101 (CD) M Tompkins 4-9-8 J Haynes
T Eaves
6 (10) 30366 TETRADRACHM 68 (P) D Simcock 4-9-7
D O'Neill
7 (5) -2104 MAGHFOOR 21 (P,BF) S bin Suroor 3-9-5
S Levey
8 (6) 41344 WEFAIT 19 R Hannon 3-9-0
L Morris
9 (7) 00252 CHOCOLATE BOX 19 (P) L Cumani 3-8-7
Josephine Gordon
10 (1) 02136 PADRINHO 21 (D) John Best 3-8-6
9-4 Maghfoor, 9-2 Chocolate Box, 6-1 New World Power, 7-1 others.
8.40
Handicap (�235: 6f) (14)
(3) 60012 NEWSTEAD ABBEY 7 (P,D,BF) M Herrington 7-9-7 T Eaves
P Vaughan (7)
(7) 53204 ROYS DREAM 15 (CD) P Collins 3-9-7
L Morris
(10) 6-350 WELSH ROSE 24 (H) A Watson 4-9-6
J Duern (3)
(8) 41306 SOARING SPIRITS 30 (V,D) D Ivory 7-9-5
W A Carson
(13) 30306 BILLYOAKES 25 (P,CD) C Wallis 5-9-3
(9) 34650 QUITE A STORY 20 (D) P Chamings 5-9-1 C Bennett (3)
S Donohoe
(6) 00454 DREAM START 29 (T) John Ryan 3-8-13
(5) 00055 SOMETHING LUCKY 90 (T) D Steele 5-8-12
Hollie Doyle (3)
9 (11) 00410 FIRESNAKE 23 (V,CD) Mrs L Williamson 4-8-12
Cal Rodriguez (5)
10 (2) 02060 ENCAPSULATED 73 (CD) R Ingram 7-8-11
Rhiain Ingram (5)
11(12) 00203 NELLIE'S DANCER 21 (P) S Dixon 3-8-7 Josephine Gordon
12 (4) 60050 CLASSIC FLYER 10 (H,B,D) Mrs C Dunnett 5-8-7 J Quinn
D Brock
13(14) 5-535 UPPER LAMBOURN 203 (D) D Quinn 9-8-7
14 (1) 33000 LOUIS VEE 73 (P,CD) John O'Shea 9-8-7 Nicola Currie (7)
7-2 Newstead Abbey, 5-1 Welsh Rose, 6-1 Roys Dream, 8-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9.10
Chelmsford
5.40
Nursery Handicap
(2-Y-O: �235: 1m) (5)
Maiden Stakes (�086: 1m 2f) (8)
3 AIRWAY 70 J Fanshawe 3-9-5
G Wood (3)
1 (1)
2 ENNJAAZ 17 (BF) S bin Suroor 3-9-5
J Quinn
2 (4)
FIRE WHIRL W Knight 3-9-5
Abbie Wibrew (7)
3 (3)
4 GRANTCHESTER 30 J Eustace 3-9-5
R Tate
4 (5)
4 KAI TAK AND BACK 9 W Muir 3-9-5
M Dwyer
5 (8)
D O'Neill
6 (2) 453 MUNTHANY 31 C Hills 3-9-5
7 (6) 00630 RIPPER STREET 7 (H) Mrs C Dunnett 3-9-5 Jane Elliott (5)
J Haynes
8 (7) 0-020 VELVET VOICE 23 M Tompkins 3-9-0
13-8 Airway, 2-1 Ennjaaz, 7-2 Munthany, 12-1 Grantchester, 14-1 others.
Course specialists
Chelmsford: Trainer S bin Suroor, 29 from 77, 37.7%.
Jockey Joe Doyle, 3 from 10, 30.0%.
Haydock Park: Trainer M Usher, 3 from 6, 50.0%.
Jockey P Cosgrave, 12 from 51, 23.5%.
Salisbury: Trainer D Ivory, 3 from 10, 30.0%.
Jockey M Fernandes, 3 from 5 rides, 60.0%.
Sedgefield: Trainer N Mulholland, 15 from 32, 46.9%.
Jockey S Bowen, 3 from 9 rides, 33.3%.
Yesterday?s racing results
Chepstow
Going: good to soft
2.10 (5f 16yd) 1, Awesome (A Kirby, 13-2);
2, Shaya (14-1); 3, Kaaba Stone (11-4). 9 ran.
Kl, 1Nl. C Cox.
2.40 (7f 16yd) 1, Wahaab (T J Murphy, 33-1);
2, Champagne Bob (14-1); 3, Amood (7-4 fav).
10 ran. NR: Living Leader, Rock Warbler, Tifl,
Wild Dancer. Ol, 2l. Mrs S Leech.
3.10 (7f 16yd) 1, Katheefa (Dane O?Neill, 9-4);
2, Cherished (13-2); 3, Majboor (4-6 fav). 7 ran.
1Ol, 1Kl. C Hills.
3.40 (1m 14yd) 1, Rigoletto (J P Spencer, 5-4
fav); 2, Redgrave (9-1); 3, Eltezam (16-1).
6 ran. NR: Breden, Whip Nae Nae. 4l, nk.
L Cumani.
4.10 (5f 16yd) 1, David?s Beauty (L Morris,
13-2); 2, Zipedeedodah (6-1); 3, Kingstreet Lady
(11-1). 7 ran. NR: Bahango, Diminutive, Lucky
Clover. Hd, Kl. B Baugh.
4.40 (1m 2f) 1, Sparte Quercus (F Norton, 11-4
fav); 2, Angelical (6-1); 3, Seven Clans (3-1).
8 ran. 4Kl, 2l. E Dunlop.
5.10 (1m 4f) 1, Meyandi (Joshua Bryan, 5-2);
2, Mirimar (7-2); 3, Starshell (2-1 fav). 9 ran.
NR: Challow. 3Nl, 6l. A Balding.
Placepot: �9.10.
Quadpot: �.60.
Lingfield Park
Going: good to soft
1.50 (1m 3f 133yd) 1, Ejayteekay (Charlie
Bennett, 5-4 fav); 2, Outcrop (6-4); 3, Bizet
(12-1). 8 ran. 2Kl, 5l. H Morrison.
2.20 (1m 2f) 1, Turnpike Trip (F Sweeney, 3-1);
2, Harbour Rock (2-1); 3, Pirate Look (13-8 fav).
4 ran. NR: Red Royalist. Kl, nk. H Candy.
2.50 (1m 3f 133yd) 1, Star Guide (M Dwyer,
5-1); 2, Sula Island (5-2); 3, Golden Set (8-1).
4 ran. NR: Fire Whirl. 1l, 1l. S Kirk.
3.20 (7f) 1, Claudine (Harry Bentley, 16-1); 2,
Vera Drake (5-1); 3, Apple Anni (14-1). 13 ran.
Kl, nk. H Candy.
3.50 (6f) 1, Global Exceed (S De Sousa, 4-1); 2,
Kodiac Express (6-1); 3, Peace Prevails (16-1). 9
ran. NR: Diamond Dougal, Forest Dragon, One
For June. 2Kl, hd. E Dunlop.
4.20 (6f) 1, Ragstone Road (S W Kelly, 11-10
fav); 2, City Gent (10-1); 3, Laubali (7-1). 10 ran.
NR: Count Otto, Go Roo, Wotamadam. Kl, 2Nl.
R Hughes.
4.55 (6f) 1, Society Power (P Cosgrave, 5-6 fav);
2, Manthoor (6-1); 3, Jupiter (5-1). 10 ran. NR:
Bobby?s Charm, Buffer Zone, Take Me With
You. Kl, sh hd. W Haggas.
5.25 (7f) 1, Hindsight(A Rawlinson, 1-4 fav); 2,
Cool Echo (15-2); 3, Assertor (6-1). 7 ran. 1Ol,
6l. M Appleby.
Placepot: �3.20.
Quadpot: �.30.
Southwell
Going: good
2.00 (2m 7f 209yd ch) 1, Miami Present (Aidan
Coleman, 7-4 fav); 2, Dawnieriver (4-1); 3,
David John (13-2). 5 ran. NR: River Of Intrigue.
8l, Ol. Harriet Bethell.
2.30 (2m 7f 209yd ch) 1, Ozzy Thomas (R
Johnson, 2-1); 2, Nachi Falls (2-1); 3, Young
Dillon (6-4 fav). 4 ran. 4l, 33l. Henry Oliver.
3.00 (2m 4f 62yd hdle) 1, Zamoyski (J E Moore,
20-1); 2, Number One London (7-2); 3,
Stonemadforspeed (14-1). 10 ran. 1Kl, 14l.
S Gollings.
3.30 (2m 4f 62yd hdle) 1, Braavos (R Johnson,
9-4 fav); 2, Gabrial The Great (4-1); 3, Doubly
Clever (9-2). 6 ran. Nk, 1Ol. P Hobbs.
4.00 (2m 7f 209yd hdle) 1, Air Squadron (P J
Brennan, 5-6 fav); 2, Burrows Lane (6-4);
3, Aero Majestic (7-1). 4 ran. 4l, 64l.
T George.
4.30 (2m 4f 62yd hdle) 1, Kings Ryde (Nico de
Boinville, 10-11 fav); 2, Tynecastle Park (7-2);
3, Golan Fortune (6-1). 8 ran. NR: Pastures
Green. 19l, 2l. N Henderson.
5.00 (1m 7f 153yd flat) 1, Rococo Style (R
Johnson, 6-4 fav); 2, Snapdragon Fire (11-4);
3, Whitmel (5-1). 7 ran. 9l, nk. S Gollings.
Placepot: �7.00.
Quadpot: �.00.
Kempton Park
Going: standard to slow
5.20 (7f) 1, Chetan (B A Curtis, 2-1 jt-fav);
2, Fever Few (10-1); 3, Locommotion (20-1).
11 ran. NR: Hydeandseek, Never Folding,
Wedgewood Estates. 2Nl, Ol. C Wallis.
5.55 (7f) 1, Queens Royale (R Winston, 5-2 fav);
2, Magic Mirror (3-1); 3, Arcanista (4-1).
10 ran. NR: Alketios, Appease, Freight Train,
Lady Morel. Kl, 1l. M Appleby.
6.25 (7f) 1, Mountain Peak (L P Keniry, 5-1);
2, Data Protection (9-1); 3, Ray Purchase (5-1).
12 ran. 1Nl, Ol. E Walker.
6.55 (6f) 1, Ortiz (Harry Bentley, 10-11 fav);
2, Iconic Knight (5-2); 3, Joegogo (5-2). 10 ran.
NR: Arden Pulse. 2l, 2l. H Candy.
7.25 (1m) 1, Clearly (James Doyle, 7-1);
2, Tamih (Evens fav); 3, Jafetica (25-1). 14 ran.
Hd, 1Nl. J Gosden.
7.55 (1m) 1, Ventura Blues (P J Dobbs, 11-4
jt-fav); 2, Narjes (11-4 jt-fav); 3, Scala Regia
(14-1). 13 ran. Kl, Ol. R Hannon.
8.25 (1m 3f 219yd) 1, Royal Reserve (M Harley,
11-4); 2, Solo Mission (6-5 fav); 3, Saumur
(16-1). 7 ran. NR: Spinners Ball. Ol, 2Kl.
D O?Meara.
8.55 (1m 7f 218yd) 1, Franny Nisbet (M Dwyer,
14-1); 2, General Allenby (9-2 fav); 3=,
Alternate Route (6-1); 3= Black Prince (5-1).
13 ran. NR: Storming Harry. Shd, Kl. W Muir.
Placepot: �.90.
Quadpot: �60.
68
2GM
Thursday September 7 2017 | the times
Sport
PHIL SHEPHARD-LEWIS FOR THE TIMES
Season over for
Murray ? and
he could drop
to world No 15
Tennis
Stuart Fraser Tennis Writer, New York
Andy Murray has admitted that his
miserable season has ?most likely?
come to an end due to the hip injury
that has troubled him throughout this
summer, but has opted for more rest
rather than surgery.
The 30-year-old Briton has
consulted several specialists since
withdrawing from the US Open and
has decided that an operation is not
necessary. He will now focus on a long
period of rehabilitation, missing the
Asian tournaments next month and, in
all likelihood, the remaining indoor
European tournaments, including the
ATP World Tour Finals in London.
?Unfortunately, I won?t be able to
compete in the upcoming events in
Beijing and Shanghai, and most likely,
the final two events to finish the season
in Vienna and Paris due to my hip
injury which has been bothering me for
the last few months,? Murray said.
?Having consulted with a number of
leading hip specialists over the last
week, along with my own team, we have
decided that this is the best decision for
my long-term future. Although this has
been a frustrating year on court for
many reasons, I?m confident after
this extended period of rest and
rehabilitation that I will be able to reach
my best level again and be competing
for grand-slam titles next season.?
Murray?s ranking will now drop over
the coming months from world No 2, as
he is unable to defend the vast number
of ranking points that he earned
towards the end of last year when he
won 24 matches in a row.
It looks likely that Murray will be
ranked around No 15 when he returns
at the start of next year, which will have
implications for his draw at the
Australian Open. He could potentially
play Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal as
early as the fourth round in Melbourne.
It is a price that Murray is willing to
pay as he desperately searches for a
solution to his injury woes. That he is
not having surgery made for a more
positive update than some had feared.
Medical experts say that a recovery
period of anything from four to nine
months may have been required had he
opted for an operation.
As Murray has done throughout his
career, whether it be on the practice
court or in the gym, he has left no stone
unturned in his efforts to fix the hip
problem, the exact nature of which
has never been divulged. He has sought
advice from specialists in Switzerland
and the United States, even returning
to New York for a brief consultation at
the end of last week.
A probable consideration in Murray?s
decision to take an extended break will
have been the upcoming arrival this
winter of his second child. Murray had
resolved not to put himself through the
stress of being far away from his wife,
Kim, when she is close to birth after his
experience at the 2015 Australian
Open, when he arrived home just days
before his first child, Sophia, was born.
Miles Maclagan, Murray?s former
coach, believes that he may have looked
at the benefits that Federer has reaped
this year after coming back from a sixmonth lay-off. The Swiss was the world
No 16 when he returned in January but
has quickly climbed the rankings list by
winning tournaments including the
Australian Open and Wimbledon.
?I think the ranking is the least of his
worries,? Maclagan told Eurosport. ?He
has been No 1, he has ticked that box.
His priority is his long-term health.
?There is all sorts of wear and tear on
players? bodies, especially the hips
and backs because of all the stopping
and starting, but the training they
have to put in to get to the level of
fitness that they compete at also takes a
huge toll.?
Murray may have been the world
No 1 for 41 consecutive weeks until last
month but it was a reign dogged by
injury and illness, including a bout of
shingles in February. He earned 2,290
ranking points this year. To put that in
perspective, he gained 2,500 points
How ranking could slide
September 11
Points dropping off.....................360
(US Open quarter-finalist)
Points total...................................6,790
World ranking................................No 3
October 9
Points dropping off....................500
(Beijing, winner)
Points total...................................6,290
Estimated ranking......................No 3
October 16
Points dropping off.................1,000
(Shanghai, winner)
Points total...................................5,290
Estimated ranking......................No 4
October 30
Points dropping off....................500
(Vienna, winner)
Points total...................................4,790
Estimated ranking......................No 5
November 6
Points dropping off................2,500
(Paris, winner; ATP finals, winner)
Points total...................................2,290
Estimated ranking....................No 15
Other estimated end-of-year
rankings
Stan Wawrinka...........................No 10
Novak Djokovic...........................No 12
Kei Nishikori.................................No 18
Playing through pain: Murray has struggled with illness and injury this year, with a hip problem his most persistent issue
alone for winning the Paris Masters and
the ATP finals in London within the
space of three weeks last year.
Not only will the defending champion be absent from the ATP finals at
the O2 Arena this year, but Novak
Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Kei
Nishikori are also sidelined for the rest
of the season. The ATP will not be
concerned about the potential impact
on ticket sales, though, as most are sold
well in advance and the presence of
Federer and Nadal is a huge draw.
Murray?s fans will be buoyed by the
news that his exhibition match with
Federer in Glasgow on November 7 will
Biggar to join Saints next season
Rugby union
Owen Slot Chief Rugby Correspondent
Northampton Saints responded to
their shocking start to the season with
some rather more comforting news
yesterday when they confirmed the
signing of the Wales fly half Dan Biggar,
who has agreed a contract worth about
�0,000 a year. With both of Saints?
No 10s injured, the pity is that they will
have to wait until 2018-19 for him to
arrive.
After two disappointing seasons and
then Saturday?s hammering at the
hands of Saracens, the question that
Jim Mallinder, the director of rugby,
needs to bury for now is whether he will
still be at the club next year by the time
that Biggar joins.
?There will be a time, I?m sure, when
the board will decide, or I will decide,
that it is time for a change, but I?m in no
place to move anywhere,? Mallinder
said. ?The board are fully supportive,
have given me exactly what I want. We
are together.?
While the team are still licking their
wounds from the 55-24 defeat by
Saracens, Mark Darbon, the new chief
executive, has only support for
Mallinder. ?We?ve got confidence in
what we are doing,? he said. ?No kneejerk reactions. Everyone?s disappointed
with the start but it?s one game.?
Darbon also insisted that although
Saints have fallen out of the Premiership?s top four for the past two seasons,
their ambitions are as lofty as ever.
?We want to be the No 1 club on and
off the pitch in Europe, as a starting
point,? he said. ?A club with this history
and heritage deserves that. We?re not
far off but we?ve got a lot of work to do.?
Biggar?s arrival will be a move in the
right direction. ?I think he is a real
world-class player,? Mallinder said. ?I
think he is not only skilful, but I like his
attitude, that desire to win, to be a winner at the top level. You want leaders in
your teams. Look at some of those other
fly halves; [Owen] Farrell for example,
you see what a leader he is. Half backs
are key to that and that?s why he is such
a good signing for us.?
For now, Northampton are struggling at fly half. Mallinder said that
their recruitment policy was ?two quality players in every position?. However,
his first-choice No 10s, Piers Francis
and Stephen Myler, remain out with
jaw and knee injuries. He had to play his
son, Harry, at fly half last weekend and
will probably have to again against
Leicester Tigers on Saturday, even
though ?that?s not his No 1 position?.
still go ahead. The physical effort
required for what is in effect a ?hit and
giggle? for a couple of hours is minimal,
compared with official competition.
?I?m looking forward to playing in
Glasgow later this year against Roger
for Unicef UK and Sunny-sid3up [a
Scottish charity],? Murray said.
Optimism about Murray?s long-term
future could also be gleaned from
the deal that he has signed with
Tennis Australia to start his next
three seasons down under. Each of
Murray?s five runs to the final in
Melbourne have come after playing a
warm-up tournament in Australia.
6 Rafael Nadal breezed past Andrey
Rublev, the 19-year-old Russian, in
straight sets last night to reach the US
Open semi-finals. The world No 1
dropped just five games, winning 6-1,
6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 37 minutes.
Nadal will face the winner of the match
between Roger Federer and Juan Mart韓 del Potro, which was being played
overnight. Coco Vandeweghe joined
Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams in
the semi-finals of the US Open with a
7-6 (7-4), 6-3 defeat of Karolina Pliskova, and Madison Keys was hoping to
make it an all-American last four by
beating Kaia Kanepi later last night.
continued from back
Tuilagi facing 12 weeks out
Jones revealed this week that Tuilagi
would be given one more chance to
prove he can be an asset as he builds
towards the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
This latest injury will not only
delay any chance of an international
comeback for Tuilagi, it will also deny
Leicester the chance to unleash their
much-vaunted back line in full until
December. They have fielded
their first-choice midfield
partnership of Matt Toomua
and Tuilagi ? which costs
them almost �million a
yyear ? once since the
st
t of last season.
start
The
12-week
timescale
suggests that Tuilagi could be
back for their European
Champions Cup game against
Munster on December 9.
He has started three England
g
games
since 2013 due to a
succession of long-term injuries,
including a groin problem which
kept him sidelined for 18 months.
ravaged by injury and by the time he is
next available for England, for the 2018
Six Nations, it will be almost four years
since he last started a
Test match.
r
Matt
O?Connor,
Leicester?s head coach,
said that Tuilagi had been
through ?mental torture?
as he tried to deal with the
injuries.
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The 26-year-old placed
his own internationall
future in doubt when he
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went out drinking with
Denny Solomona untill
4.30am during England?s
training
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in
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and was sent home. However,
Tuilagi has started three
England games since 2013
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Froome?s lead cut after gruelling stage
JAVIER LIZON/EPA
Cycling
Matt Dickinson Chief Sports Writer
Los Machucos, Spain
Result and standings
As Chris Froome pulled on the
leader?s red jersey on a remote
Cantabrian hill-top at La Vuelta
yesterday, there was fog all around him.
Or were those clouds of doubt?
The final climb of Los Machucos
had always carried the potential
to shake up the tour of Spain, a
mischievous addition with its gradients
of up to 26 per cent. This narrow
country road, a farmer?s track suddenly
populated by a travelling circus, is so
steep in places that cars and motorbikes
were stalling on the way up, threatening
to roll back down. You could smell cows
and burning clutches.
Every rider was going to suffer on
this jagged road but there was surprise
and fascination in seeing Froome falter,
losing 42 seconds of his advantage over
Vincenzo Nibali at the top of the overall
standings.
The Team Sky rider still has a lead of
1min 16sec, a bigger cushion than he
ever enjoyed in winning this year?s
Tour de France. He talked optimistically after stage 17 of ?bouncing back?.
But Saturday?s spectacular climbing
finale, finishing at the top of the
notoriously brutal Angliru, has now
become one of the most eagerly
anticipated days of racing this year.
All the apparent certainties after
Froome dominated Tuesday?s time trial
have become laced with questions
about how much pressure Nibali, who
skipped the Tour, can exert and how
Froome might respond, assuming he
comes safely through two rolling days
ahead.
Team Sky are frequently accused
of draining the drama with their
control, but yesterday emphasised the
challenge for Froome in trying to win
another grand tour so soon after his
fourth triumph in the Tour de France.
He was not short of helpers yesterday
but the sight of Mikel Nieve frequently
glancing back as he led Froome up the
final slopes was the tell-tale sign of a
leader suffering, though he insisted that
his health was in good shape and that
his rivals had more to worry about.
On a 180.5km stage that began flat
Stage 17 (Villadiego to Los
Machucos, 180.5km): 1, S Denifl
(Austria, Aqua Blue Sport) at
4hr 48min 52sec; 2, A
Contador (Sp, Trek-Segafredo)
at 28sec behind; 3, M A Lopez
(Col, Astana Pro Team) +1:04;
4, V Nibali (It, Bahrain-Merida);
5, I Zakarin (Russ, KatushaAlpecin) both at same time.
Selected: 14, C Froome (GB,
Team Sky) +1:46. Leading
general classification:
1, Froome at 67hr 44min 3sec;
2, Nibali at 1min 16sec behind;
3, W Kelderman (Neth, Team
Sunweb) +2:13; 4, Zakarin
+2:25; 5, Contador +3:34;
6, Lopez +4:39.
Froome found
it difficult on
the final climb
of stage 17 as
Nibali excelled
and warm before finishing in dank air
and cow pat-covered hills which could
have been a scene from Cumbria,
Froome had said that he was riding with
a gear in readiness for the final ascent,
which ?is not far from what I had when
I was doing mountain biking?.
Los Machucos was always going to
be a stage for attacks, and, inevitably,
Alberto Contador was among those
launching off the front as he sought to
win one last stage before retirement.
He tried to chase down Stefan Denifl
but on what he described as ?the best
day of my cycling life?, the Austrian
from the wild-card Aqua Blue Sport
team held on impressively for a maiden
grand tour stage win by 28 seconds.
Given that Denifl?s team bus had been
set alight in an arson attack a week
earlier, this counted as a popular
victory among the peloton if not the
home crowds.
Nibali was in a chasing group of
podium contenders that Froome must
have hoped to keep on a tighter lead,
but he insisted afterwards that there
was no cause for concern. ?I paid a little
for yesterday?s effort for sure but I am
still in a fantastic position, still over a
minute to second place so it?s a good
buffer. I have a lot of confidence in the
rest of the guys that we can get the job
done,? Froome said.
For Team Sky, there were other questions after rumours circulated that they
had taken the incriminating footage,
which subsequently appeared on social
media, that led to AG2R sending home
two riders for holding on to a team car.
Alexandre Geniez and Nico Denz were
removed by their team on Monday.
A statement from Sky confirmed:
?We filmed the incident from a team
car and unfortunately that footage
subsequently appeared online. No official complaint was made by the team
and the footage was not sent to the
commissaires. If we have a complaint to
make as a team we would always do this
through the proper channels.?
The incident has fuelled a number
of debates, not just about riders seeking
an unfair advantage but whether such
unofficial footage should be used in
disciplinary cases in future.
Car causes
Tour chaos
B
rent Bookwalter,
the American
cyclist, left, was
taken to hospital for
treatment to a deep
gash on an arm after
several riders in the
Tour of Britan peloton
crashed into a parked
car after taking a lefthand bend at speed
during the fourth stage
in Retford.
Athletics chief defends rising stars of track and field
Athletics The head of UK Athletics
has hit back at claims that coaching is
in disarray and said that, compared
with tennis, British track and field
competitors are extremely successful
(Alyson Rudd writes). ?It?s brutally
hard to win a world athletics medal,?
Niels de Vos said. ?Have we got
people coming through? Absolutely.?
He added: ?People within sports tend
to look at the points table, that shows
the depth of talent. And we had our
best ever by a pretty long way.?
Great Britain and Northern Ireland
won six medals at last month?s World
Championships, placing sixth in the
medal table, but finishing third on
points thanks to five fourth-place
finishes. ?If you are in the top eight in
the world then you are well coached,?
De Vos said yesterday, ?and the
majority are coached locally by
British coaches.
?Take tennis; the LTA look at how
many men and women we can get in
the top 100 in the world and they are
probably on one or two men and one
or two women. We?re probably on 30
or 40 and you don?t get there unless
you?re talented and well coached.?
Warner?s battling century
puts Australia in lead
Campbell abandons training camp to dodge hurricane
Cricket David Warner scored a second
his chances of becoming a world
champion would not be affected by
his decision to leave his training camp
in Miami yesterday before Hurricane
Irma hit (Ron Lewis writes).
The 2012 Olympic gold medallist
has been training for the past two
months in Florida to prepare for his
WBA lightweight challenge against
Jorge Linares in Los Angeles on
September 23. But with Irma causing
widespread damage in the Caribbean,
where winds have hit 185 mph, and on
target to hit Miami on Sunday,
century in successive games as
Australia built a 72-run first-innings
lead in Chittagong on a rain-hit third
day of the second Test against
Bangladesh. He made 123 off 234
before falling to the second new ball.
Australia advanced to 377 for nine
before bad light stopped play.
6 India, having claimed the Test and
one-day series 3-0 and 5-0
respectively, achieved a clean sweep
by beating Sri Lanka by seven wickets
in the one-off T20 in Colombo.
Boxing Luke Campbell has said that
Campbell, 29, will fly to California for
the final part of his preparation rather
than risk getting caught in the storm.
?My hard training is more or less
done now,? Campbell said. ?We were
going to be leaving anyway. Lucky.?
Campbell, who won bantamweight
gold in London, is aiming to become
the third British Olympic champion
to win a world title as a professional,
although he faces a tough task.
Linares, 32, from Venezuela, has won
world titles at three weights and
recently won back-to-back world title
fights against Anthony Crolla.
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?I appreciate it more because of the
way I came up ? it toughened me?
KIERAN MCMANUS/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Henry Winter
Chief Football Writer
J
amie Vardy is searching football?s
shadowlands for those who dream of
following him from non-League to
Champions League. But he does miss one
thing from non-League. ?Getting kicked
left, right and centre,? the Leicester City and
England striker laughs.
Having been released by Sheffield Wednesday
aged 16, Vardy famously played for Stocksbridge
Park Steels, Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town
before Leicester took a chance on him. ?The
only reason I used to enjoy it [the kicks] was
because the defenders used to think I?d
definitely stay down, but I?d get back up and
give as good as I could back. There was no
better feeling than getting one over on them,
putting the ball in the back of the net.
?Tackle-wise, non-League?s more physical.
Let?s be honest, in the Premier League now if
you do one bad tackle it?s seen everywhere. If
the ref?s not seen it, the linesman has. If the
linesman?s not seen it, the coaches have and
they make them [the officials] aware. If no one?s
seen it you?re going to get banned anyway
because there are cameras everywhere.
?An off-the-ball incident happens every single
game in non-League. The ref?s not going to see
it. That definitely toughened me up, knowing I
was playing against grown men, who just looked
at me thinking, ?We?re having him here?. That
could be one of the reasons I?m fast.?
Habits acquired in non-League persist.
?There?s nothing wrong with a Red Bull every so
often,? Vardy laughs. ?It works for me so what?s
the point in changing it?? He smiles at the idea
of needing a sports psychologist, as many
professionals do. ?It just doesn?t appeal to me,
anything like that. I?ve got my way of doing
things.?
Now 30, Vardy has clearly not forgotten his
non-League roots. Along with his wife, Rebekah,
and adviser, John Morris, Vardy formed the V9
Academy and, with the head of recruitment, Lee
Tucker, invited 42 non-League players for
training and trials at City Football Academy.
Scouts from 65 professional clubs watched
them. So far, four of the 42 have won
professional contracts: Danny Newton, Blair
Turgott (both Stevenage Borough), Alex Penny
(Peterborough United) and Lamar Reynolds
(Newport County).
Luke Coulson went to Barnet in January but
has since returned to non-League with Ebbsfleet
United. He never forgets the day he was
released by Manchester City, aged 18. ?It was
after a game against Liverpool and I actually
had a really good game, and for years I was
hateful towards Man City for letting me go,?
Coulson recalls. ?I actually signed for Cardiff
just to prove them wrong. It still drives me to
this day ? to prove people wrong.
?I had to drop down to Oxford City in the
Conference South, started on �0 a week. After
one game, they brought two crates on to the
minibus and everyone had a beer. I was sat
there with my pasta box and a recovery drink,
thinking, ?Oh, we?re all drinking are we?? I hid
my pasta box.?
Turgott started at West Ham, playing in the
same England youth teams as Raheem Sterling
and Nathaniel Chalobah ? ?they tell me to
keep my head up? ? ending up at Bromley
before Stevenage called. Newton was at
Leicester as a kid, became a maintenance
engineer and played with Andre Gray at
Hinckley United. ?There are good players out
there,?? Newton says, ?and people need a chance
to show what they can do.? Reversing gravity,
Newton is now at Stevenage, having scored
three in five. ?He?s on fire,? Vardy enthuses.
Vardy met Newton, Turgott and Coulson
Vardy wants to win more medals than the one for clinching the Premier League with Leicester City, then would later consider moving to China or the US
again on Tuesday, attending the London
premiere of the Sky 1 documentary series, The
New Jamie Vardy, about his own journey and
those of players at V9 Academy. One episode
shows Vardy going back to the factory where he
made medical splints. ?I still remembered
how to do one of the carbon-fibre
moulds, which shocked me.?
Some of the more enlightened clubs,
such as Sheffield United, remind
their youngsters of life outside
the professional bubble,
sending them for brief
placements in factories, an
approach Vardy thinks other
clubs should adopt. ?It would
definitely wake a few of the
players up,? he says. ?I can?t
see many players wanting to
get up at six to go and do a
nine-hour shift.
?At a lot of the academies now
everything is done for you, but
how long?s that going to last for?
I appreciate it more because of
the way I?ve come up.?
As for the most difficult
defender he has faced, Vardy
nominates a centre back with a
non-League background, the
Maidstone United graduate
Chris Smalling, of Manchester
Vardy and his wife Rebekah at
the preview of his TV series
United. ?He?s probably got the aggressiveness
from non-League. He never gives you a minute?s
time. Even to take a touch, he?s always there
straight away.?
Vardy finds the attention off the field difficult
at times, and increasingly stays at home. ?My
week is like groundhog day ? wake up, train,
home, get kids to bed, I go to bed. I love it.
Especially when they?re really young
babies and you don?t get the chance to
feed them, so I?m like, ?I?m bathing them
and putting them to bed. That?s my job.
You [Rebekah] are not taking that.? ?
He keeps his kids grounded. ?They
don?t get anything unless they work
for it [doing chores].?
Hard work is a Vardy mantra, a
quality he urges in his V9 players
and one he sees in the England
squad, defending them against the
allegation that they don?t share his
hunger. ?It?s a myth when people say
the players don?t care about
England,? he says. ?Although we are
playing for the country, we are fans. We
want England to do well.?
His thoughts turn to a newcomer in
the England and Leicester squad.
Discussing Harry Maguire?s strengths,
Vardy notes: ?Apart from his massive
head? You can put ?slab-head? in by the
way. For a big lad I don?t think people
realise how good he is on the ball, and he?s
a great lad.?
Leicester face Chelsea this weekend, when
they could come up against an old friend,
Danny Drinkwater. ?I messaged ?Drinks? to say,
?All the best with the move but don?t expect any
friends when we play you.? After the final
whistle I?ll be nice.? But can anyone play the
trademark Drinkwater pass to Vardy? ?There?s
other players,?? Vardy replies. ?Matty James used
to do it in the Championship and he?s back now.
I?m sure he can take Drinky?s place. It?ll be fine.?
He has seen N?Golo Kant� leave Leicester,
now Drinkwater, but resisted the chance to join
Arsenal last year. ?I?m a bit of a psycho [psychic]
? I could see the little downfall they?re on now.
Football was the main thing [reasons for not
going to Arsenal], Leicester were also in the
Champions League, but moving the family
when I?d just bought a house would have been a
laugh ? not. I?m pleased with the decision I
made. Turning down Arsenal doesn?t mean I
wouldn?t look at another offer.
?I want to win as much as possible, I don?t
want to only have one Premier League medal in
my drawer at home ? it would be an empty
glass cabinet. I?m contracted to Leicester and
we?ll see how high we can go. Down the road,
there might be an opportunity to go to the MLS
or China. It would be something I?d like to
experience. I know it?ll involve moving the
family again but it?ll give them a different
experience to see different cultures.?
And after playing? Manager of Stocksbridge
one day? ?I don?t think I could be the manager,?
he says. ?It would look a bit strange having the
stand named after me and being the manager.
Especially when they want me out.?
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Syria thrive, Lukaku stars and USA flop
As World Cup qualifying
approaches a conclusion,
Barnaby Lane looks at
the surprise contenders
and stumbling giants
45
EDGAR SU/REUTERS
Top scorers in qualifying
16
The top-scoring country?
Not Brazil or Spain, but
Australia with 45 goals.
Their leading scorer is none
other than Tim Cahill,
who has found the
net nine times
Mohammed Al-Sahlawi (Saudi Arabia)
16
Ahmed Khalil (UAE)
4
14
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
a modern fairytale
With a civil war at home, Syria have
had to play all of their fixtures
abroad, including their home matches
in Malaysia, and are on the brink of
achieving the unthinkable after they
nabbed one of the fourth-round
play-off spots in the Asian
confederation. A 2-2 draw with Iran,
the group winners, coupled with
Uzbekistan dropping points against
South Korea, means Syria will play
Australia over two legs in October
and the winner will compete with the
fourth-place side from North America
for a spot at the tournament proper.
Miles Syria travel to home
matches in Malaysia
Malaysia to Sydney for
second leg of play-off
12
Robert Lewandowski (Poland))
11
Sardar Azmoun (Iran)
10
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
10
Omar Kharbin (Syria)
maximising the undoubted talent in
their team, becoming the first
European side to qualify. They have
won seven of eight games, have a goal
difference of 32 and their rate of
scoring ? eight in 35 games or 4.4
per match ? is the best of any team
in the world. Romelu Lukaku has
scored ten goals, including the winner
against Greece on Sunday.
4,680
4,110
windsor park warriors
Northern Ireland?s 2-0 victory against
Czech Republic not only sealed a toptwo finish in group C but also made it
11 wins in the past 14 at Windsor Park
for Michael O?Neill?s side. They have
lost only one game there since
September 2013. A crunch match
against Germany at their fortress
next month will help to determine
who will make it through as the
automatic qualifier.
Belgium and the hosts Russia are
the only European teams to have
already qualified. Switzerland and
Portugal will battle it out for the
group B top spot, France lead the way
in group A despite dropping points
against Luxembourg, while Wales and
the Republic of Ireland remain in
contention to top group D.
united states in trouble
Not since 1986 have the United States
not qualified for a World Cup, but
Bruce Arena?s side now find
themselves in hot water, with Mexico
Ronaldo
next hosts to miss out again
Qatar, who were controversially voted
Cahill?s Australia, who take part in the Asian section, face a play-off while Mahrez, below, and Algeria have been eliminated
as hosts of the 2022 World Cup ahead
of the United States, will miss out on
their recent 1-1 draw with Nigeria, as
already qualified, and Costa Rica and
a spot in Russia after finishing bottom
Teams that have qualified
Panama occupying the remaining two are Riyad Mahrez?s Algeria, who are
of group A in Asian qualification.
bottom of group B. Senegal and
automatic qualification places. Level
They are not the only side not to
Russia (hosts)
Ghana could also miss out. Instead, a
on points with Honduras in the
qualify for a World Cup before
Belgium
new set of nations could wave their
play-off position with two games to
hosting. South Africa (2006),
Brazil
flags in Moscow, with Uganda,
play, the US are in danger of not
France (1994), Mexico (1982),
Iran
Burkina Faso and the
being on a plane to Russia come June.
Chile (1958) and Sweden (1954)
Japan
Democratic Republic of
all missed out four years
Former quarter-finalists
Mexico
Congo still in contention to
longest unbroken run of
before staging the
already out: Cameroon
South Korea
make their World Cup
world cup appearances
tournament.
(1990), Romania (1994) and
Saudi Arabia
debuts.
United States..................................1990
Hungary (1934, 1962,
premier league abroad
South Korea................................1986
and 1966; runners-up
hotting up in
A total of 213 goals have been
Spain..............................................1978
in 1938 and 1954)
south america
Uruguay,
scored by 96 Premier League
Argentina..................................1974
Brazil are the only
Colombia, Peru,
players in World Cup qualifying.
Italy............................................1962
country from
Argentina, Chile,
England?s top division is the most
Germany/W Germany...1954
South America
Paraguay and Ecuador in the
prolific in Europe, with 61 players
Brazil...........................................1930
to qualify for
standings, and there is a high chance
sharing 125 goals between them.
Russia to date, with the
that one of the big boys will miss out.
giant killers in africa
The Premier League is least
remaining three automatic
Chile and Argentina are both at risk
There has been a shift in power in
prominent in Oceania, where Burnley
spots and one play-off
with two games left to play.
Africa over the past couple of years,
striker Chris Wood, of New Zealand,
position being hotly
meaning many of the continent?s
is the only Premier League player to
contested by seven teams.
rampant belgium lead the way
traditional powers are not likely to
score ? but has done so eight times,
Only seven points
Under Roberto Mart韓ez, it finally
qualify for the World Cup. Cameroon,
meaning he is the region?s top
separate
looks as though Belgium may be
quarter-finalists in 1990, are out after
goalscorer.
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S醤chez: I?m
sick and tired
of criticism
Gary Jacob
Alexis S醤chez made clear his
disappointment at being denied a
move to Manchester City and his
unhappiness at being made a scapegoat
for Chile?s World Cup woes in a post on
social media yesterday.
The striker will return to Arsenal
today for the first time since the club
scuppered his � million transfer and
with his hopes of playing at the World
Cup finals next year fading fast. Hours
after the move collapsed on deadline
day last week, Chile lost 3-0 at home to
Paraguay and were then beaten 1-0 by
Bolivia on Tuesday. They slipped to
sixth and out of the qualification places
in the South American standings.
S醤chez?s Instagram post was
accompanied by a picture of him
striding off the pitch at Wembley
draped in a Chile flag after the victory
over Chelsea in the FA Cup final in
May. ?And tomorrow is coming,?
S醤chez wrote. ?You get tired
for being criticised with or
without reason, you get
tired of wanting to be
defeated, you get tired
of saying to yourself
?once more I?ll get up?
after crying after a defeat, and you
get tired of telling the world and
people who are with you that
everything is going well.
?And the worst, is that no one
ever realises how that makes you
feel . . . I have the No 7 of Chile
on my back and it is a huge
responsibility, that?s why it pains
me that journalists and bad people
criticise without knowing . . .?
Ars鑞e Wenger has said he does
not doubt that S醤chez will be
focused and concentrated on
playing for Arsenal. There could be
an early barometer of that when his
team host Bournemouth on Saturday
on the back of consecutive away
defeats by Stoke City and Liverpool.
S醤chez?s frustration is growing
S醤chez?s exit depended on Arsenal
signing Thomas Lemar from Monaco
and, although they offered � million
to the French club, the deal did not go
through. Wenger has accepted that
S醤chez could leave on a free transfer
next summer, which would cost
Arsenal tens of millions of pounds, but
he has previously claimed that it could
be a price worth paying if the striker
performs on the pitch.
?You take S醤chez into the final year
of his contract, you sacrifice � million or � million in income and, at the
end of the season, you will have to buy
somebody for that amount of money,
so it has a huge price,? the Arsenal
manager said yesterday. ?At some stage
you have to make a decision, you have
to sacrifice one or two.?
Mesut 謟il and Jack Wilshere are
also out of contract at Arsenal this
season, seemingly without significant
interest from clubs in them in the
summer. Wenger said there could be
many more high-profile players who
try to run down their contract as the
landscape has changed.
?We have 107 players in
England today who go into
the final year of their
contract, it?s a complete
change in the way people
see their career for two
reasons: all the players
expect higher wages
because they anticipate
inflation, and because
the transfer market has
gone up so much other
clubs do not want to pay
such high prices on the
transfers for players who are
good players,? he said.
Wenger believes that huge
transfers have left little value
in the market. He cited
Ousmane Demb閘� replacing
Neymar at Barcelona in a deal
worth up to �7 million.
?The amount of money is
completely disconnected to
reality and the truth,? he said.
Leicester battle for Silva
Ian Winrow
Leicester City will strive to persuade
Fifa that the transfer of Adrien Silva
from Sporting Lisbon should be
allowed to go through, despite the
Premier League club missing the deadline to register the player by 14 seconds.
Should they fail, Silva would be
unable to play for Leicester until
January and the club will attempt to
withdraw from the deal.
Leicester agreed a � million fee for
the Portugal midfielder, who is seen as
a replacement for Danny Drinkwater,
who joined Chelsea on deadline day.
A two-hour extension was needed to
complete the deal with Sporting and, as
an international transfer, it has to be
approved by Fifa with both clubs
required to submit documentation
relating to the player?s registration.
Leicester?s paperwork arrived at the FA
seconds after the 1am deadline,
although the club insist it was sent
before the cut-off. Fifa rejected the
transfer but the club hope to convince
world football?s governing body that
the timing of the submission demonstrates the deal had already been
struck and there was no attempt to
rush something through after the
deadline. Fifa, though, are mindful of
the risk of setting a precedent for
future transfer windows and are taking
the view that a deadline should be just
that.
Should the move not be sanctioned,
the transfer would be thrown into
doubt.
In a separate development, the war of
words between Sporting and West
Ham United over a failed deadline-day
deal for William Carvalho, the
Portugal midfielder, escalated yesterday. Sporting?s president Bruno de
Carvalho was reported in a Portuguese
newspaper as referring to David Sullivan and David Gold, the West Ham
owners, as ?the dildo brothers?.
Brazil stars jet
back in style
Premier League rivals
Manchester City, Chelsea
and Liverpool shared the
continued from back
City under fire for loan deals
comments as ?pure fiction? and claim
they are already taking legal advice.
The five City players who have been
sent to Girona on loan are Pablo
Maffeo, Aleix Garc韆, Douglas Luiz,
Marlos Moreno and Larry Kayode.
Speaking after addressing the Soccerex conference, Tebas said that La Liga
officials had made Girona register the
players at a higher value than they had
been initially. ?We?re closely monitoring the books of Girona and their
financial reporting and one of the
things that La Liga does is look at how
much a player is being paid.
?Girona put the five players that were
being loaned from Manchester City on
the books for a certain amount of
money, which we didn?t believe was a
real amount of money that these
players should be on the books for in
terms of their salaries.
?On the books, it looked like these
players were essentially almost free.
?If the five players from Manchester
City are worth one euro each, they can
put in a whole bunch of those players.
Woodburn to get new deal
Ben Woodburn will be offered a new
long-term contract by Liverpool next
month as the club seek to safeguard
the future of the highly rated Wales
international. Woodburn turns 18 on
October 15, when he will be eligible to
sign a five-year contract which could
be incentive based. Woodburn?s
reputation has soared after his impact
as a substitute for Wales in their
World Cup qualifying wins against
Austria and Georgia in the past week.
World Cup replay ordered
South Africa must replay their World
Cup qualifying win over Senegal after
the referee failed to persuade the
Court of Arbitration in Sport to
overturn his ban for match-fixing.
Joseph Lamptey gave a penalty to
South Africa in their 2-1 win last
November despite the ball clearly
hitting the knee of the Senegal player
Kalidou Koulibaly. The Senegal
federation complained to Fifa, who
imposed the lifetime ban in March.
cost of jetting their Brazil
stars back to England. Left
to right: Fernandinho,
City players on loan at Girona
Pablo Maffeo Spain, age 20, right
back Joined City aged 15 and played
three times before joining Girona in
January 2016.
Aleix Garc韆 Spain, 20, midfielder
Joined City aged 18, made eight
appearances, loaned out last month.
Douglas Luiz Brazil, 19, midfielder
Signed for �m last month.
Marlos Moreno Colombia, 20,
forward Signed for �75m in 2016
and loaned to Deportivo La Coruna.
Larry Kayode Nigeria, 24, forward
Signed last month on a four-year
deal.
?We look at the Manchester-Girona
contract that was for that player?s loan
and we look at how much those players
cost for City to acquire them and what
they were earning previously.
?We?ve assigned a loan price to that
transaction.?
Asked if City were cooking the books,
Tebas replied: ?They were trying to but
they didn?t manage to do it.?
City insist that they send players on
Gabriel Jesus, Philippe
Coutinho, Willian, Ederson
and Roberto Firmino.
loan to many clubs without a loan
fee, and that Girona are paying the
players? salaries, saying: ?We note the
public comments made by Mr Tebas
today and earlier this week. Uefa?s
statement of the 4th of September is
clear and based on accurate information.
?By contrast, Mr Tebas? statements
are ill-informed and in parts pure
fiction. As you would expect, Manchester City Football Club and the City
Football Group are seeking appropriate
legal counsel and will act accordingly
on that advice.?
Tebas wrote to Uefa earlier this week
to complain about City and PSG?s
spending and he claimed court action
would follow if nothing happened.
He added: ?If we see that there is no
future for that, we will take it to the
competition authorities in Brussels
and, after that, potentially the courts.?
Bizarrely, after making his remarks
Tebas went to a meeting with the City
chief executive, Ferran Soriano.
Tebas earlier accused PSG of ?peeing
in the swimming pool? by their spending on Neymar and Kylian Mbapp�,
signed in deals worth up to �0 million
and �6 million respectively.
Shaw banned for pie stunt
Alyson Rudd
After being fined �5 and banned from
all football-related activity for two
months for his part in a betting scandal,
Wayne Shaw, the former Sutton
hat he
United goalkeeper, said that
was relieved after ?a fair
hearing?.
Shaw found sudden
fame after the FA Cup
run enjoyed by Sutton
last season, but after he
was pictured eating a
pie during the fifthround
tie
against
d
Arsenal, he was charged
ng
with breaching betting
rules as a bookmaker had
opened a market on what he
would be seen munching.
Yesterday an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing found him
Shaw was also fined �5 for the act
guilty of the breach but as Shaw had
feared a lifetime ban, he said he was
looking forward to possibly falling back
in love with football.
?It?s a massive weight off my shoulder
but not off my stomach,? Shaw said.
They haven?t
ha
?They
taken away my
person
personality.
I can get on
with my life now. It was
jus a bit of fun, I have to
just
do the time for the
s
so-called
crime.?
Shaw will try to
fi
find
bar work while
b
banned
from football
an he is disappointed
and
he cannot take part in
plann
planned
charity games
but he will compete in the
but
Ridge Runner
Run
Ridge
10km run for
various children?s charities this month
?I need to get a career now,? Shaw said.
?My mum?s going to support me for a
while, which is nice because I?ve got no
money coming in.?
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Emerging generation
values T20 over Tests
T
he day things changed. That was the
consensus after the announcement this
week of the television rights deal for
the next five years of the Indian
Premier League, which effectively
doubled in value for half the amount of time.
The result is that next season an IPL game will
be worth more than an India home
international, club dwarfing country for the first
time.
Those just waking up to this new reality are
about ten years too late, though. This is the
inevitable consequence of the creation of the
IPL a decade ago, although too few saw it
coming or recognised the consequences.
Certainly the game?s administrators failed to,
asleep at the wheel as they were and now
scrambling to work out a strategy for a
landscape in which the equilibrium that
sustained it previously has been broken.
The first IPL auction was on February 20,
2008. The England team were in New Zealand
? Napier, to be precise ? and I can recall
chatting on a hotel balcony there with a number
of journalists, some of whom were sniffy about
the potential effects of the competition. They
were not quite so myopic as to think that it
wouldn?t catch on, but they didn?t think it would
have much of an impact upon cricket as we
knew it, especially the primacy of international
competition and Test matches.
While they were debating this, some of New
Zealand?s cricketers were celebrating previously
unimagined riches. Daniel Vettori woke up that
morning to news that his services were worth
$625,000 [�8,250 today] to Delhi Daredevils;
Brendon McCullum went for $700,000 to
Kolkata Knight Riders, and Jacob Oram for
$675,000 to Chennai Super Kings. Stephen
Fleming, the Test captain, and most high-profile
New Zealand player, went for about half as
much, $350,000. Anyone with half a brain
should have seen what was coming right there
and then.
I joined this newspaper at the start of that
summer, a fascinating time for an observer of
the game. Yesterday, I looked back on some
early pieces. There was this from an early
column in May 2008: ?The combination of a
shorter, more popular form of the game, the
economic powerhouse that is India and the freemarket winds that have blown through the
game are creating an unstoppable force. The
administrators have walked blindfolded into a
storm and, when the storm passes, the
cricketing landscape is likely to look
completely different.?
How? It ?will question two of the most
fundamental principles that have
underpinned the modern game; that is to
say, domestic cricket will become important
in its own right rather than as a mere feeder to
the international game (like football and rugby,
clubs will become as important as countries)
and Test cricket will no longer be seen as the
defining product.?
If thought through logically, it seemed
obvious enough at the time. To understand how
cricket worked, you needed to recognise that
international and Test cricket dominated not
because it was intrinsically better but because it
was the only game in town. Governing bodies
controlled players because the players had no
other options to earn a crust. Until Lalit Modi
came along, that is, and recognised the potential
to turn cricket into football and offer players
(and spectators) an alternative.
Until that point, the competitiveness of
international cricket had been sustained by the
absence of money and a free market. Television
money began to come into cricket in the mid to
late 1990s so that, until then, smaller countries
could compete on a near level playing field.
There was no market for players until T20
leagues arrived with their drafts and auctions,
valuing a player?s ability for the first time by
going rate rather than selection hunch.
Now, consider this: in the past six months
alone, India?s governing body has completed
three deals (two with Chinese mobile phone
manufacturers for their team sponsorship and
IPL sponsorship, and this week?s deal with Star
India for the IPL global rights) worth more than
�4 billion. Television rights for English cricket
were recently sold for more than �billion for
the period 2020-24. By my calculations, India
will receive two-and-a-half times that for their
IPL and international rights combined at
present values, with their international rights up
for renegotiation next year.
And West Indies? At the moment West Indies
earn around on average a paltry � million per
year for its television rights over the current
cycle. With such imbalances, of both human and
economic resources, it will be increasingly hard
to sustain competitiveness within international
cricket. To think that, until recently, the ICC was
intent on increasing these imbalances massively
by rewarding India and England
disproportionately from the sale of global
Buttler seems part of
a generation that may
not see playing Test
cricket as the pinnacle
of their careers
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television rights for ICC tournaments as well. So
the announcement this week of the huge
increase in the value of the IPL rights will
simply accelerate trends a decade in the making:
domestic T20 leagues will continue to grow and
strengthen, as other countries scramble to
compete; a de facto window will be created for
IPL, as countries shy away from scheduling
cricket at the same time so putting themselves
into conflict with their players; T20 will grow at
the expense of Tests; clubs will strengthen at the
expense of countries, and players will continue
to re-evaluate their priorities.
This week, for example, the ECB announced
its fixture list for 2018. It provides a large
window of opportunity for England players
to play IPL, given that the New Zealand
tour finishes on April 3 and the first Test
against Pakistan is not until May 24. Joe
R
Root is likely to want to put his name into
th
the auction next year, to try to emulate Ben
Stokes?s contract with Pune. Stokes, meanwhile,
has just been rested from the only international
match in Durham this year, the T20 against
West Indies on September 16.
Most English players have come into the
game where the dominant narrative has
positioned Test cricket as the pinnacle of
achievement. This week, Dawid Malan,
interviewed in the run-up to the final
Test of the summer, sounded
reassuringly motivated to try and
earn an Ashes slot. But the tide is
turning: Jos Buttler strikes me as
the first of a generation that
really does not necessarily see it
t
that
way. Players will generally
ttake the easy road and most
money: Test cricket is a hard (if
u
ultimately more rewarding) road
ffor less money.
Those are the obvious effects of
tthe new IPL deal. What else? With
h
huge amounts going to IPL, there
m
may be less money to be spent
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i
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India. India was always a cash
c for other countries, but that may be
cow
cchanging. One of the imperatives behind
th
the ECB?s new T20 competition in 2020 was,
in the words of its chief executive, Tom
H
Harrison, to ?future proof? the game against
tthis change.
Tests and T20, country and club, can
co-exist happily and profitably (for players
and supporters). What will be impossible
to maintain is competitive balance and
equilibrium across all three forms
of the game, simply because the
ccalendar will not allow it. If
tthat continues, something will
h
have to give, and no prizes for
gguessing which form of the game
tthat will be.
A year after the inaugural IPL
auction, a world Test championship
w mooted for the first time. It is still
was
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Everything to play for ? and
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Mike Atherton
So, what are the ?fairy
rings? on Lord?s pitch?
Chief Cricket
Correspondent
A cursory glance at the fixture list in
April held out no great hopes for this
Test, the first at Lord?s to start in
September. In a week when the Indian
Premier League flexed its muscles, and
the ECB released next year?s fixture list
with no Tests in the prime seven weeks
of summer, let us be thankful, then, for
small mercies. This week, there is all to
play for.
A Test match, a series and the
Wisden Trophy are at stake for both
teams after last week?s stupendous
upset at Headingley, and there are
Ashes places up for grabs for a batch of
England players, too. On top of that,
James Anderson stands just three short
of becoming only the third fast bowler
in history to take 500 Test wickets,
and the pitch yesterday was looking
invitingly lush. There is much to look
forward to.
We should hesitate to talk of
statistical achievement before the
contest but Anderson?s will be an
astonishing milestone, worthy of the
acclaim that it will undoubtedly
receive. He has surprised everyone, not
least himself, with his physical resilience this summer, having breezed
through seven Tests in two months. At
Headingley he was strong enough to
get through ten overs in one spell on the
final day either side of tea, but will be
looking forward to shorter, sharper
spells here and a chance to join
Courtney Walsh and Glenn McGrath
in an exclusive club during one of the
great occasions in cricket.
A measure of the possible achievement for this young West Indies team
were they to repeat their Headingley
heroics is that, with the exception of
Bangladesh, not for over 20 years ?
since Australia in 1996 ? have a West
Indies side won more than one Test of
an away series. They came with
precious little expectation and will
have been buoyed beyond recognition
by the events of last week, although it
takes quite a suspension of disbelief to
think that a repeat is a possibility.
They arrive at Lord?s in a week
when Brian Lara gave a ?Spirit of
Cricket? lecture laying bare the
generational gap between the greats
and those who shadowed them.
Jason Holder?s team are at one
remove from all that, too young as
most of them are to have any real
connection, but at least they will be
able to walk through the Long Room,
heads held a little higher, as
evidenced by the signing of
Kraigg Brathwaite by Yorkshire for the last two
games
of
the
season.
As much as
there must be a
temptation to
name the same
side, it would
be hard to see
the justification for picking
the leg spinner
Devendra Bishoo,
given Holder?s apparent lack of faith
in him at Headingley. The
pitch spun during the first
Roland-Jones returns
on his home ground to
strengthen the attack
Westley faces the biggest week of his life as he fights to clinch an Ashes place
England in deciders
England have gone into the final
Test of a series all square seven
times in the past 20 years, winning
five and losing two
England 0-0 New Zealand, 2013
Auckland
Match drawn
England 1-1 Australia, 2009
The Oval
England won by 197 runs
England 1-1 New Zealand, 2008
Napier
England won by 121 runs
England 0-0 Sri Lanka, 2003
Colombo
Sri Lanka won by an innings and
215 runs
England 1-1 India, 2002, The Oval
Match drawn
England 1-1 Sri Lanka, 2001
Colombo
England won by four wickets
England 0-0 Pakistan, 2000
Karachi
England won by six wickets
England 1-1 New Zealand, 1999
The Oval
New Zealand won by 83 runs
England 1-1 South Africa, 1998
Headingley
England won by 23 runs
Test of the summer here against South
Africa in July, but this looks a different
surface at a different time of year and
the logical selection in place of Bishoo
would be that of the all-rounder Raymon Reifer, the latest in a long line of
cricketing Reifers from Barbados.
That apart, West Indies? only other
headache is whether to include the
young Guyanese, Shimron Hetmyer,
20, who scored an unbeaten hundred in
the warm-up match against Leicestershire, in place of one of the out of form
top-order batsmen and whether young
players such as Shai Hope and Brathwaite can climb the mountain again
so soon after reaching the summit.
At least both look determined,
down-to-earth types, unlikely to be
carried away by one great performance.
England will be focusing on them both.
Hope looks a fine young player but it
was noticeable how his footwork
altered slightly (closing himself off in
his trigger movements) after a short
ball, and so England may be more
proactive in this regard. Brathwaite
shuffles across his stumps early on and
accuracy to pinpoint the top of off
stump initially is called for.
England?s attack has been given a
shuffle, too. Before the series, they had
an eye on using the third Test as an
opportunity to blood Mason Crane
before the Ashes but, with the series at
stake and in the conditions, that has
proved to be impossible.
He spent yesterday bowling on a
practice pitch under the watchful eye of
Saqlain Mushtaq, and England need to
be wary of a situation where he
spends more time doing 12th-man
duties during matches than learning to
bowl in first-class cricket.
Instead, Toby Roland-Jones returns
in place of Chris Woakes, an admission
of error from England?s management.
Woakes was underdone at Headingley
after a two-month break and RolandJones would have bowled well there, in
form as he was after the South Africa
series.
Easy in hindsight but it would have
been better to reintroduce Woakes
having had a few more first-class overs
under his belt, but with Roland-Jones
on his home ground England are,
arguably, stronger for the change.
For Tom Westley, this shapes up as
the biggest week of his life, not just
because he is playing a first Test at
Lord?s but because it is a dress rehearsal
for the winter as well. The challenge
of Test cricket has been perfectly
illustrated by Westley?s performances
in recent months.
He came in against South Africa full
of confidence in his form and method
only to have the greater scrutiny eat
away at both. Gradually the doubts
have increased, culminating in a
horrible shot to a wide ball in the
second innings at Leeds. It is a cruel
game, in that there is no hiding place,
but a truth usually emerges: if Westley
gets runs under pressure this week, the
selectors will at least know that they
have a tough cookie on their hands.
The pitch for the first
Test to start at Lord?s in
September features a
striking, unexpected
presence. Just back of
a length at the Pavilion
End a ?fairy ring? has
appeared. One county
groundsman who has
experienced similar
issues at this time of
year told The Times:
?Fairy rings can be
pretty common on
squares and outfields
and are not usually
troublesome in the
sense of having any
effect on how the pitch
plays. There are three
types, one damaging ?
a circle of dead grass ?
one where you get
toadstools and the
type they have had in
the past at Lord?s where
the grass is slightly
greener than what is
around it, although I?d
say this one looks
slightly different.?
An MCC spokesman
said: ?It is a natural
phenomenon and is
not expected to have
any impact on play.?
Holding: I won?t listen to
Craig Chisnall
Michael Holding has hit back at criticism by Brian Lara, who said that he
was embarrassed by the unsportsmanlike behaviour of the West Indies team
that dominated cricket in the 1980s.
Delivering the MCC Spirit of Cricket
Cowdrey lecture at Lord?s on Tuesday,
Lara said that the team ?played the
game in a way it should never, ever be
played?, and cited an example when
Holding kicked over the stumps during
a series against New Zealand in 1980.
Holding has previously accused Lara
of ?getting away with murder? during
his time captaining the West Indies.
Responding to Lara?s claims, Holding
said: ?Brian Lara can say whatever he
likes and I will not listen. I was never a
Brian Lara fan and I never appreciated
the way he played.
?As for having a big effect on cricket,
I?m very glad about it. It brought the
international panel [of umpires] into
force. But it wasn?t just us ? there were
other incidents involving Mike Gatting
and [Arjuna] Ranatunga.
?We believed in ourselves and the
more we won the more it built our belief
to become even greater. Winning
became a habit and every time we went
out on that field, we expected to win.?
Holding refused to get carried away
about the West Indies team, who have
raised hopes of a revival after claiming
their first Test win in England in 17
years at the end of last month. ?I?ve
heard it so many times and it?s always
the same old story,? he said. ?Have we
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How the teams line-up
England v
West Indies
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11am
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Fairy ring
Fairy ring
England
Alastair Cook
Mark Stoneman
Tom Westley
Joe Root (capt)
Dawid Malan
Ben Stokes
Jonny Bairstow (wk)
Moeen Ali
Toby Roland-Jones
Stuart Broad
James Anderson
Age
32
30
28
26
30
26
27
30
29
31
35
County
Essex
Surrey
Essex
Yorkshire
Middlesex
Durham
Yorkshire
Worcestershire
Middlesex
Nottinghamshire
Lancashire
Tests
146
2
4
59
4
38
44
43
3
108
128
Bat avg
46.59
26.33
20.14
54.3
24.14
35.35
40.04
35.15
23
20.91
10.1
Bowl avg
7
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48.93
?
35.51
?
37.17
19.35
28.81
27.74
West Indies (possible)
Kraigg Braithwaite
Kieran Powell
Kyle Hope
Shai Hope
Roston Chase
Jermaine Blackwood
Shane Dowrich (wk)
Jason Holder (capt)
Kemar Roach
Raymon Reifer
Shannon Gabriel
Age
24
27
28
23
25
25
25
25
29
26
29
Team
Barbados
Leeward Islands
Trinidad & Tobago
Barbados
Barbados
Jamaica
Barbados
Barbados
Barbados
Barbados
Trinidad & Tobago
Tests
39
26
2
12
12
24
13
25
39
0
27
Bat avg
37.44
26.34
10
29.81
41.42
33.56
25.09
29.62
10.43
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5.45
Bowl avg
53.58
?
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47.75
82.5
?
38.31
30.78
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33.22
Lucy
Verasamy?s
five-day forecast
TV weather
presenter
The first half of
September can be an
extension of summer ?
we saw 34C last year ?
but not this year. An
autumnal pattern is set
to dominate the
weather at Lord?s. There
will be plenty of play
today and a high of 19C,
although thickening
cloud may bring drizzle
later on and it will be
breezy. Tomorrow is a
different story, with
showers and longer
spells of heavy rain
before it tries to
brighten up later on.
Prospects for Saturday
are better, with sunny
spells and just the odd
shower. After a fine start
on Sunday, the winds
will pick up and rain is
expected in the
afternoon. Monday
looks cool and blustery,
but it will be brighter
with sunshine and
showers.
@LucyWeather
Leg spinner, 13, returns to
test England in the nets
Elizabeth Ammon
Lara, I?m glad we left mark on game
Lara, right, talks to Shai Hope as West
Indies prepare for the third Test
turned the corner? We?ve turned about
40 corners since the year 2000.?
There was a more upbeat assessment
of West Indies? chances from Paul Nixon, the former England wicketkeeper,
who is bidding to win the Caribbean
Premier League with the Jamaica
Tallawahs as a coach for the third time.
Nixon, who is in the running to
return to his former county Leicestershire to replace Pierre de Bruyn as
coach, said: ?Shai Hope proved what
the West Indies are all about at Headingley and there?s plenty more talent.
?Cricketers here are up there with
those from Pakistan with the amount of
natural talent they have ? there?s still
lads who bowl 90mph and they have
some of the biggest hitters in the game.
?I?ve got a bowler called Oshane
Thomas in my Tallawahs squad. He?s
20, really raw but bowls 90mph. He
could be as good as there is in the world
game if he gets the right help.
?They aren?t helped by the system.
The facilities to practise are awful. Our
nets at Sabina Park are old fishermen?s
and matting that is 20 years old. And
lads like Shai, Jermaine Blackwood,
Kraigg Brathwaite don?t play enough
first-class cricket. It?s five or six games a
season and they are still learning when
they play Test cricket ? that was why
Shai averaged 18 after 11 Tests. As
they?ve shown, they are proper players.
?That?s why, when they win, it?s a
special, special achievement. The game
needs a strong West Indies. Even as a
proud Englishman, it was good to see
them winning at Headingley.?
England yesterday invited a precocious
13-year-old leg spinner to bowl at their
Test players in the Lord?s nets.
Rehan Ahmed is considered such an
outstanding prospect that he has now
bowled at England batsmen two years
in a row. Ahmed, who is attached to
Nottinghamshire and has already
played for their under-17s, also helped
England?s batsmen before the Lord?s
Test against Pakistan last year, when he
bowled Ben Stokes in the nets.
Yesterday he was back among the
finest Test players in England, holding
his own comfortably. His father,
Naeem, who took his son to a trial at
Nottinghamshire at the age of eight,
told Cricinfo: ?Mushtaq Ahmed [the
former England spin bowling coach]
was just walking past the nets last summer and when he saw Rehan bowl, he
stopped in his tracks. He came to watch
and was obviously very impressed.?
England hope Ahmed will develop
into a top-class professional. Steve
Kirby, the head coach of MCC, said:
?He is an exceptional, precocious
talent, and one we should
nurture and not over-coach.
Why is he here? We thought
he would enjoy bowling at
the England and West
Indies players. But,
more importantly, it?s
all part of our attempts
Ahmed also bowled
at England last year
to build relationships with south Asian
communities. Hopefully his success
will inspire other boys and girls.?
Meanwhile, Joe Root said yesterday
that there had been no discussion
before this Test about him batting at
No 3, despite Tom Westley?s struggles.
?We did not discuss the option
coming into this week,? Root said. ?No 4
is where I feel most comfortable. Tom
deserves the opportunity to play this
week and hopefully he will go out and
score a bag-load of runs.?
England have been unable to find a
consistent selection at No 3 and many,
including Trevor Bayliss, the England
coach, think that Test sides should have
their best batsman in that position,
but Root, the captain, has always
been adamant that he wants to bat
at No 4. He is also confident that
Westley will work out a method
to succeed at Test
level. ?He is smart
and has had a lot
of success over
the years,? Root
said. ?Hopefully
he can show the
strong character he has
and come back from a
couple of low scores.?
Asked what reassurances Westley had been given,
Root said: ?The best way to
look at it for any player is,
anytime you go out and play
for England, it is an opportunity to do something very special.?
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England in
U-turn over
Roland-Jones
Tuilagi facing
12 weeks out
Alex Lowe
Deputy Rugby Correspondent
Manu Tuilagi has been ruled out of
England?s
autumn
international
campaign after suffering another
injury. The Times understands that
Tuilagi damaged a knee while training
with Leicester Tigers and will need
surgery. He is expected to be out of
action for 12 weeks.
England face Argentina, Australia
and Samoa on consecutive Saturdays in
November at Twickenham.
The news will come as a devastating
blow for Tuilagi, who missed the
second half of last season and the
British & Irish Lions tour of New
Zealand after having surgery in
January to repair cruciate knee
ligament damage. It is not known at this
stage whether this latest setback is
connected. Tuilagi?s career has been
Lord?s pitch blighted by ?fairy rings? before Test
Elizabeth Ammon
England have effectively admitted that
they picked the wrong team for the
second Test against West Indies by
recalling Toby Roland-Jones for the
series decider at Lord?s, starting today.
Roland-Jones, who has taken 14
wickets since his stunning Test debut at
the Oval against South Africa in July,
was dropped to give Chris Woakes the
chance to play at Headingley after a
two-month absence with a side injury.
Woakes, however, struggled to find his
bowling rhythm as West Indies pulled
off a famous victory.
England?s defeat in the second Test
forced them to withdraw Woakes in
favour of picking a team that Joe Root,
the captain, said gave them the best
chance of winning the series.
That means they have also had to
shelve plans to give a Test debut to the
leg spinner Mason Crane, who they
would like to take on this winter?s Ashes
tour. Delaying their decision on their
final XI for the third Test has meant
that the omitted Woakes could not
play for Warwickshire in their
County Championship match against
Somerset, which started on Tuesday.
Root defended the decision to pick
Woakes at Headingley. ?He?s coming
back from injury and it?s always difficult
to say if someone?s completely fit,? Root
said. ?He passed all the fitness tests and
seemed fit and it is difficult to balance
between being physically fit and
bowling the right amount in games. I?m
sure he feels a lot better for that game
under his belt last week but we?ve made
a call on what side we think is going to
win this week and Toby was the choice
that we went with.?
Playing on his home ground was a
factor in deciding to pick Middlesex?s
Roland-Jones over Woakes, Root said.
?He knows the ground extremely well.
He has had some great success here
over the years and is full of confidence
through the way he has played in Test
cricket this summer.?
Jason Holder, the West Indies
captain, expressed his surprise at the
decision to drop Woakes. ?I was kind of
surprised, although Toby hasn?t done
much wrong, but I was a bit shocked to
see they?d dropped Woakes after just
one game,? he said.
Both Root and Holder were asked
about whether a noticeable ?fairy ring?
at the Pavilion End of the Lord?s pitch is
of concern. Circles of darker grass
are often seen on cricket squares,
particularly towards the end of the
season and are caused by airborne
fungi forming threads in the soil. They
are more common in turf that is well
looked after ? like cricket squares.
?I have no idea whether it will make
any difference,? Root said. ?Whether it
is just a visual blemish or whether it will
have an impact we will have to see.?
Asked whether it could be distracting to
the batsman at the Pavilion End looking down the track, Root joked: ?Well, it
depends if you are looking at the ball.?
Holder said: ?Hopefully the guys can
focus on the bowler?s arm and not get
distracted.?
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ent policy was ?two quality players in every position?. However,
his first-choice No 10s, Piers Francis
and Stephen Myler, remain out with
jaw and knee injuries. He had to play his
son, Harry, at fly half last weekend and
will probably have to again against
Leicester Tigers on Saturday, even
though ?that?s not his No 1 position?.
still go ahead. The physical effort
required for what is in effect a ?hit and
giggle? for a couple of hours is minimal,
compared with official competition.
?I?m looking forward to playing in
Glasgow later this year against Roger
for Unicef UK and Sunny-sid3up [a
Scottish charity],? Murray said.
Optimism about Murray?s long-term
future could also be gleaned from
the deal that he has signed with
Tennis Australia to start his next
three seasons down under. Each of
Murray?s five runs to the final in
Melbourne have come after playing a
warm-up tournament in Australia.
6 Rafael Nadal breezed past Andrey
Rublev, the 19-year-old Russian, in
straight sets last night to reach the US
Open semi-finals. The world No 1
dropped just five games, winning 6-1,
6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 37 minutes.
Nadal will face the winner of the match
between Roger Federer and Juan Mart韓 del Potro, which was being played
overnight. Coco Vandeweghe joined
Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams in
the semi-finals of the US Open with a
7-6 (7-4), 6-3 defeat of Karolina Pliskova, and Madison Keys was hoping to
make it an all-American last four by
beating Kaia Kanepi later last night.
continued from back
Tuilagi facing 12 weeks out
Jones revealed this week that Tuilagi
would be given one more chance to
prove he can be an asset as he builds
towards the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
This latest injury will not only
delay any chance of an international
comeback for Tuilagi, it will also deny
Leicester the chance to unleash their
much-vaunted back line in full until
December. They have fielded
their first-choice midfield
partnership of Matt Toomua
and Tuilagi ? which costs
them almost �million a
yyear ? once since the
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suggests that Tuilagi could be
back for their European
Champions Cup game against
Munster on December 9.
He has started three England
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games
since 2013 due to a
succession of long-term injuries,
including a groin problem which
kept him sidelined for 18 months.
ravaged by injury and by the time he is
next available for England, for the 2018
Six Nations, it will be almost four years
since he last started a
Test match.
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Matt
O?Connor,
Leicester?s head coach,
said that Tuilagi had been
through ?mental torture?
as he tried to deal with the
injuries.
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future in doubt when he
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England games since 2013
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Froome?s lead cut after gruelling stage
JAVIER LIZON/EPA
Cycling
Matt Dickinson Chief Sports Writer
Los Machucos, Spain
Result and standings
As Chris Froome pulled on the
leader?s red jersey on a remote
Cantabrian hill-top at La Vuelta
yesterday, there was fog all around him.
Or were those clouds of doubt?
The final climb of Los Machucos
had always carried the potential
to shake up the tour of Spain, a
mischievous addition with its gradients
of up to 26 per cent. This narrow
country road, a farmer?s track suddenly
populated by a travelling circus, is so
steep in places that cars and motorbikes
were stalling on the way up, threatening
to roll back down. You could smell cows
and burning clutches.
Every rider was going to suffer on
this jagged road but there was surprise
and fascination in seeing Froome falter,
losing 42 seconds of his advantage over
Vincenzo Nibali at the top of the overall
standings.
The Team Sky rider still has a lead of
1min 16sec, a bigger cushion than he
ever enjoyed in winning this year?s
Tour de France. He talked optimistically after stage 17 of ?bouncing back?.
But Saturday?s spectacular climbing
finale, finishing at the top of the
notoriously brutal Angliru, has now
become one of the most eagerly
anticipated days of racing this year.
All the apparent certainties after
Froome dominated Tuesday?s time trial
have become laced with questions
about how much pressure Nibali, who
skipped the Tour, can exert and how
Froome might respond, assuming he
comes safely through two rolling days
ahead.
Team Sky are frequently accused
of draining the drama with their
control, but yesterday emphasised the
challenge for Froome in trying to win
another grand tour so soon after his
fourth triumph in the Tour de France.
He was not short of helpers yesterday
but the sight of Mikel Nieve frequently
glancing back as he led Froome up the
final slopes was the tell-tale sign of a
leader suffering, though he insisted that
his health was in good shape and that
his rivals had more to worry about.
On a 180.5km stage that began flat
Stage 17 (Villadiego to Los
Machucos, 180.5km): 1, S Denifl
(Austria, Aqua Blue Sport) at
4hr 48min 52sec; 2, A
Contador (Sp, Trek-Segafredo)
at 28sec behind; 3, M A Lopez
(Col, Astana Pro Team) +1:04;
4, V Nibali (It, Bahrain-Merida);
5, I Zakarin (Russ, KatushaAlpecin) both at same time.
Selected: 14, C Froome (GB,
Team Sky) +1:46. Leading
general classification:
1, Froome at 67hr 44min 3sec;
2, Nibali at 1min 16sec behind;
3, W Kelderman (Neth, Team
Sunweb) +2:13; 4, Zakarin
+2:25; 5, Contador +3:34;
6, Lopez +4:39.
Froome found
it difficult on
the final climb
of stage 17 as
Nibali excelled
and warm before finishing in dank air
and cow pat-covered hills which could
have been a scene from Cumbria,
Froome had said that he was riding with
a gear in readiness for the final ascent,
which ?is not far from what I had when
I was doing mountain biking?.
Los Machucos was always going to
be a stage for attacks, and, inevitably,
Alberto Contador was among those
launching off the front as he sought to
win one last stage before retirement.
He tried to chase down Stefan Denifl
but on what he described as ?the best
day of my cycling life?, the Austrian
from the wild-card Aqua Blue Sport
team held on impressively for a maiden
grand tour stage win by 28 seconds.
Given that Denifl?s team bus had been
set alight in an arson attack a week
earlier, this counted as a popular
victory among the peloton if not the
home crowds.
Nibali was in a chasing group of
podium contenders that Froome must
have hoped to keep on a tighter lead,
but he insisted afterwards that there
was no cause for concern. ?I paid a little
for yesterday?s effort for sure but I am
still in a fantastic position, still over a
minute to second place so it?s a good
buffer. I have a lot of confidence in the
rest of the guys that we can get the job
done,? Froome said.
For Team Sky, there were other questions after rumours circulated that they
had taken the incriminating footage,
which subsequently appeared on social
media, that led to AG2R sending home
two riders for holding on to a team car.
Alexandre Geniez and Nico Denz were
removed by their team on Monday.
A statement from Sky confirmed:
?We filmed the incident from a team
car and unfortunately that footage
subsequently appeared online. No official complaint was made by the team
and the footage was not sent to the
commissaires. If we have a complaint to
make as a team we would always do this
through the proper channels.?
The incident has fuelled a number
of debates, not just about riders seeking
an unfair advantage but whether such
unofficial footage should be used in
disciplinary cases in future.
Car causes
Tour chaos
B
rent Bookwalter,
the American
cyclist, left, was
taken to hospital for
treatment to a deep
gash on an arm after
several riders in the
Tour of Britan peloton
crashed into a parked
car after taking a lefthand bend at speed
during the fourth stage
in Retford.
Athletics chief defends rising stars of track and field
Athletics The head of UK Athletics
has hit back at claims that coaching is
in disarray and said that, compared
with tennis, British track and field
competitors are extremely successful
(Alyson Rudd writes). ?It?s brutally
hard to win a world athletics medal,?
Niels de Vos said. ?Have we got
people coming through? Absolutely.?
He added: ?People within sports tend
to look at the points table, that shows
the depth of talent. And we had our
best ever by a pretty long way.?
Great Britain and Northern Ireland
won six medals at last month?s World
Championships, placing sixth in the
medal table, but finishing third on
points thanks to five fourth-place
finishes. ?If you are in the top eight in
the world then you are well coached,?
De Vos said yesterday, ?and the
majority are coached locally by
British coaches.
?Take tennis; the LTA look at how
many men and women we can get in
the top 100 in the world and they are
probably on one or two men and one
or two women. We?re probably on 30
or 40 and you don?t get there unless
you?re talented and well coached.?
Warner?s battling century
puts Australia in lead
Campbell abandons training camp to dodge hurricane
Cricket David Warner scored a second
his chances of becoming a world
champion would not be affected by
his decision to leave his training camp
in Miami yesterday before Hurricane
Irma hit (Ron Lewis writes).
The 2012 Olympic gold medallist
has been training for the past two
months in Florida to prepare for his
WBA lightweight challenge against
Jorge Linares in Los Angeles on
September 23. But with Irma causing
widespread damage in the Caribbean,
where winds have hit 185 mph, and on
target to hit Miami on Sunday,
century in successive games as
Australia built a 72-run first-innings
lead in Chittagong on a rain-hit third
day of the second Test against
Bangladesh. He made 123 off 234
before falling to the second new ball.
Australia advanced to 377 for nine
before bad light stopped play.
6 India, having claimed the Test and
one-day series 3-0 and 5-0
respectively, achieved a clean sweep
by beating Sri Lanka by seven wickets
in the one-off T20 in Colombo.
Boxing Luke Campbell has said that
Campbell, 29, will fly to California for
the final part of his preparation rather
than risk getting caught in the storm.
?My hard training is more or less
done now,? Campbell said. ?We were
going to be leaving anyway. Lucky.?
Campbell, who won bantamweight
gold in London, is aiming to become
the third British Olympic champion
to win a world title as a professional,
although he faces a tough task.
Linares, 32, from Venezuela, has won
world titles at three weights and
recently won back-to-back world title
fights against Anthony Crolla.
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?I appreciate it more because of the
way I came up ? it toughened me?
KIERAN MCMANUS/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Henry Winter
Chief Football Writer
J
amie Vardy is searching football?s
shadowlands for those who dream of
following him from non-League to
Champions League. But he does miss one
thing from non-League. ?Getting kicked
left, right and centre,? the Leicester City and
England striker laughs.
Having been released by Sheffield Wednesday
aged 16, Vardy famously played for Stocksbridge
Park Steels, Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town
before Leicester took a chance on him. ?The
only reason I used to enjoy it [the kicks] was
because the defenders used to think I?d
definitely stay down, but I?d get back up and
give as good as I could back. There was no
better feeling than getting one over on them,
putting the ball in the back of the net.
?Tackle-wise, non-League?s more physical.
Let?s be honest, in the Premier League now if
you do one bad tackle it?s seen everywhere. If
the ref?s not seen it, the linesman has. If the
linesman?s not seen it, the coaches have and
they make them [the officials] aware. If no one?s
seen it you?re going to get banned anyway
because there are cameras everywhere.
?An off-the-ball incident happens every single
game in non-League. The ref?s not going to see
it. That definitely toughened me up, knowing I
was playing against grown men, who just looked
at me thinking, ?We?re having him here?. That
could be one of the reasons I?m fast.?
Habits acquired in non-League persist.
?There?s nothing wrong with a Red Bull every so
often,? Vardy laughs. ?It works for me so what?s
the point in changing it?? He smiles at the idea
of needing a sports psychologist, as many
professionals do. ?It just doesn?t appeal to me,
anything like that. I?ve got my way of doing
things.?
Now 30, Vardy has clearly not forgotten his
non-League roots. Along with his wife, Rebekah,
and adviser, John Morris, Vardy formed the V9
Academy and, with the head of recruitment, Lee
Tucker, invited 42 non-League players for
training and trials at City Football Academy.
Scouts from 65 professional clubs watched
them. So far, four of the 42 have won
professional contracts: Danny Newton, Blair
Turgott (both Stevenage Borough), Alex Penny
(Peterborough United) and Lamar Reynolds
(Newport County).
Luke Coulson went to Barnet in January but
has since returned to non-League with Ebbsfleet
United. He never forgets the day he was
released by Manchester City, aged 18. ?It was
after a game against Liverpool and I actually
had a really good game, and for years I was
hateful towards Man City for letting me go,?
Coulson recalls. ?I actually signed for Cardiff
just to prove them wrong. It still drives me to
this day ? to prove people wrong.
?I had to drop down to Oxford City in the
Conference South, started on �0 a week. After
one game, they brought two crates on to the
minibus and everyone had a beer. I was sat
there with my pasta box and a recovery drink,
thinking, ?Oh, we?re all drinking are we?? I hid
my pasta box.?
Turgott started at West Ham, playing in the
same England youth teams as Raheem Sterling
and Nathaniel Chalobah ? ?they tell me to
keep my head up? ? ending up at Bromley
before Stevenage called. Newton was at
Leicester as a kid, became a maintenance
engineer and played with Andre Gray at
Hinckley United. ?There are good players out
there,?? Newton says, ?and people need a chance
to show what they can do.? Reversing gravity,
Newton is now at Stevenage, having scored
three in five. ?He?s on fire,? Vardy enthuses.
Vardy met Newton, Turgott and Coulson
Vardy wants to win more medals than the one for clinching the Premier League with Leicester City, then would later consider moving to China or the US
again on Tuesday, attending the London
premiere of the Sky 1 documentary series, The
New Jamie Vardy, about his own journey and
those of players at V9 Academy. One episode
shows Vardy going back to the factory where he
made medical splints. ?I still remembered
how to do one of the carbon-fibre
moulds, which shocked me.?
Some of the more enlightened clubs,
such as Sheffield United, remind
their youngsters of life outside
the professional bubble,
sending them for brief
placements in factories, an
approach Vardy thinks other
clubs should adopt. ?It would
definitely wake a few of the
players up,? he says. ?I can?t
see many players wanting to
get up at six to go and do a
nine-hour shift.
?At a lot of the academies now
everything is done for you, but
how long?s that going to last for?
I appreciate it more because of
the way I?ve come up.?
As for the most difficult
defender he has faced, Vardy
nominates a centre back with a
non-League background, the
Maidstone United graduate
Chris Smalling, of Manchester
Vardy and his wife Rebekah at
the preview of his TV series
United. ?He?s probably got the aggressiveness
from non-League. He never gives you a minute?s
time. Even to take a touch, he?s always there
straight away.?
Vardy finds the attention off the field difficult
at times, and increasingly stays at home. ?My
week is like groundhog day ? wake up, train,
home, get kids to bed, I go to bed. I love it.
Especially when they?re really young
babies and you don?t get the chance to
feed them, so I?m like, ?I?m bathing them
and putting them to bed. That?s my job.
You [Rebekah] are not taking that.? ?
He keeps his kids grounded. ?They
don?t get anything unless they work
for it [doing chores].?
Hard work is a Vardy mantra, a
quality he urges in his V9 players
and one he sees in the England
squad, defending them against the
allegation that they don?t share his
hunger. ?It?s a myth when people say
the players don?t care about
England,? he says. ?Although we are
playing for the country, we are fans. We
want England to do well.?
His thoughts turn to a newcomer in
the England and Leicester squad.
Discussing Harry Maguire?s strengths,
Vardy notes: ?Apart from his massive
head? You can put ?slab-head? in by the
way. For a big lad I don?t think people
realise how good he is on the ball, and he?s
a great lad.?
Leicester face Chelsea this weekend, when
they could come up against an old friend,
Danny Drinkwater. ?I messaged ?Drinks? to say,
?All the best with the move but don?t expect any
friends when we play you.? After the final
whistle I?ll be nice.? But can anyone play the
trademark Drinkwater pass to Vardy? ?There?s
other players,?? Vardy replies. ?Matty James used
to do it in the Championship and he?s back now.
I?m sure he can take Drinky?s place. It?ll be fine.?
He has seen N?Golo Kant� leave Leicester,
now Drinkwater, but resisted the chance to join
Arsenal last year. ?I?m a bit of a psycho [psychic]
? I could see the little downfall they?re on now.
Football was the main thing [reasons for not
going to Arsenal], Leicester were also in the
Champions League, but moving the family
when I?d just bought a house would have been a
laugh ? not. I?m pleased with the decision I
made. Turning down Arsenal doesn?t mean I
wouldn?t look at another offer.
?I want to win as much as possible, I don?t
want to only have one Premier League medal in
my drawer at home ? it would be an empty
glass cabinet. I?m contracted to Leicester and
we?ll see how high we can go. Down the road,
there might be an opportunity to go to the MLS
or China. It would be something I?d like to
experience. I know it?ll involve moving the
family again but it?ll give them a different
experience to see different cultures.?
And after playing? Manager of Stocksbridge
one day? ?I don?t think I could be the manager,?
he says. ?It would look a bit strange having the
stand named after me and being the manager.
Especially when they want me out.?
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Syria thrive, Lukaku stars and USA flop
As World Cup qualifying
approaches a conclusion,
Barnaby Lane looks at
the surprise contenders
and stumbling giants
45
EDGAR SU/REUTERS
Top scorers in qualifying
16
The top-scoring country?
Not Brazil or Spain, but
Australia with 45 goals.
Their leading scorer is none
other than Tim Cahill,
who has found the
net nine times
Mohammed Al-Sahlawi (Saudi Arabia)
16
Ahmed Khalil (UAE)
4
14
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
a modern fairytale
With a civil war at home, Syria have
had to play all of their fixtures
abroad, including their home matches
in Malaysia, and are on the brink of
achieving the unthinkable after they
nabbed one of the fourth-round
play-off spots in the Asian
confederation. A 2-2 draw with Iran,
the group winners, coupled with
Uzbekistan dropping points against
South Korea, means Syria will play
Australia over two legs in October
and the winner will compete with the
fourth-place side from North America
for a spot at the tournament proper.
Miles Syria travel to home
matches in Malaysia
Malaysia to Sydney for
second leg of play-off
12
Robert Lewandowski (Poland))
11
Sardar Azmoun (Iran)
10
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
10
Omar Kharbin (Syria)
maximising the undoubted talent in
their team, becoming the first
European side to qualify. They have
won seven of eight games, have a goal
difference of 32 and their rate of
scoring ? eight in 35 games or 4.4
per match ? is the best of any team
in the world. Romelu Lukaku has
scored ten goals, including the winner
against Greece on Sunday.
4,680
4,110
windsor park warriors
Northern Ireland?s 2-0 victory against
Czech Republic not only sealed a toptwo finish in group C but also made it
11 wins in the past 14 at Windsor Park
for Michael O?Neill?s side. They have
lost only one game there since
September 2013. A crunch match
against Germany at their fortress
next month will help to determine
who will make it through as the
automatic qualifier.
Belgium and the hosts Russia are
the only European teams to have
already qualified. Switzerland and
Portugal will battle it out for the
group B top spot, France lead the way
in group A despite dropping points
against Luxembourg, while Wales and
the Republic of Ireland remain in
contention to top group D.
united states in trouble
Not since 1986 have the United States
not qualified for a World Cup, but
Bruce Arena?s side now find
themselves in hot water, with Mexico
Ronaldo
next hosts to miss out again
Qatar, who were controversially voted
Cahill?s Australia, who take part in the Asian section, face a play-off while Mahrez, below, and Algeria have been eliminated
as hosts of the 2022 World Cup ahead
of the United States, will miss out on
their recent 1-1 draw with Nigeria, as
already qualified, and Costa Rica and
a spot in Russia after finishing bottom
Teams that have qualified
Panama occupying the remaining two are Riyad Mahrez?s Algeria, who are
of group A in Asian qualification.
bottom of group B. Senegal and
automatic qualification places. Level
They are not the only side not to
Russia (hosts)
Ghana could also miss out. Instead, a
on points with Honduras in the
qualify for a World Cup before
Belgium
new set of nations could wave their
play-off position with two games to
hosting. South Africa (2006),
Brazil
flags in Moscow, with Uganda,
play, the US are in danger of not
France (1994), Mexico (1982),
Iran
Burkina Faso and the
being on a plane to Russia come June.
Chile (1958) and Sweden (1954)
Japan
Democratic Republic of
all missed out four years
Former quarter-finalists
Mexico
Congo still in contention to
longest unbroken run of
before staging the
already out: Cameroon
South Korea
make their World Cup
world cup appearances
tournament.
(1990), Romania (1994) and
Saudi Arabia
debuts.
United States..................................1990
Hungary (1934, 1962,
premier league abroad
South Korea................................1986
and 1966; runners-up
hotting up in
A total of 213 goals have been
Spain..............................................1978
in 1938 and 1954)
south america
Uruguay,
scored by 96 Premier League
Argentina..................................1974
Brazil are the only
Colombia, Peru,
players in World Cup qualifying.
Italy............................................1962
country from
Argentina, Chile,
England?s top division is the most
Germany/W Germany...1954
South America
Paraguay and Ecuador in the
prolific in Europe, with 61 players
Brazil...........................................1930
to qualify for
standings, and there is a high chance
sharing 125 goals between them.
Russia to date, with the
that one of the big boys will miss out.
giant killers in africa
The Premier League is least
remaining three automatic
Chile and Argentina are both at risk
There has been a shift in power in
prominent in Oceania, where Burnley
spots and one play-off
with two games left to play.
Africa over the past couple of years,
striker Chris Wood, of New Zealand,
position being hotly
meaning many of the continent?s
is the only Premier League player to
contested by seven teams.
rampant belgium lead the way
traditional powers are not likely to
score ? but has done so eight times,
Only seven points
Under Roberto Mart韓ez, it finally
qualify for the World Cup. Cameroon,
meaning he is the region?s top
separate
looks as though Belgium may be
quarter-finalists in 1990, are out after
goalscorer.
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Sport Football
S醤chez: I?m
sick and tired
of criticism
Gary Jacob
Alexis S醤chez made clear his
disappointment at being denied a
move to Manchester City and his
unhappiness at being made a scapegoat
for Chile?s World Cup woes in a post on
social media yesterday.
The striker will return to Arsenal
today for the first time since the club
scuppered his � million transfer and
with his hopes of playing at the World
Cup finals next year fading fast. Hours
after the move collapsed on deadline
day last week, Chile lost 3-0 at home to
Paraguay and were then beaten 1-0 by
Bolivia on Tuesday. They slipped to
sixth and out of the qualification places
in the South American standings.
S醤chez?s Instagram post was
accompanied by a picture of him
striding off the pitch at Wembley
draped in a Chile flag after the victory
over Chelsea in the FA Cup final in
May. ?And tomorrow is coming,?
S醤chez wrote. ?You get tired
for being criticised with or
without reason, you get
tired of wanting to be
defeated, you get tired
of saying to yourself
?once more I?ll get up?
after crying after a defeat, and you
get tired of telling the world and
people who are with you that
everything is going well.
?And the worst, is that no one
ever realises how that makes you
feel . . . I have the No 7 of Chile
on my back and it is a huge
responsibility, that?s why it pains
me that journalists and bad people
criticise without knowing . . .?
Ars鑞e Wenger has said he does
not doubt that S醤chez will be
focused and concentrated on
playing for Arsenal. There could be
an early barometer of that when his
team host Bournemouth on Saturday
on the back of consecutive away
defeats by Stoke City and Liverpool.
S醤chez?s frustration is growing
S醤chez?s exit depended on Arsenal
signing Thomas Lemar from Monaco
and, although they offered � million
to the French club, the deal did not go
through. Wenger has accepted that
S醤chez could leave on a free transfer
next summer, which would cost
Arsenal tens of millions of pounds, but
he has previously claimed that it could
be a price worth paying if the striker
performs on the pitch.
?You take S醤chez into the final year
of his contract, you sacrifice � million or � million in income and, at the
end of the season, you will have to buy
somebody for that amount of money,
so it has a huge price,? the Arsenal
manager said yesterday. ?At some stage
you have to make a decision, you have
to sacrifice one or two.?
Mesut 謟il and Jack Wilshere are
also out of contract at Arsenal this
season, seemingly without significant
interest from clubs in them in the
summer. Wenger said there could be
many more high-profile players who
try to run down their contract as the
landscape has changed.
?We have 107 players in
England today who go into
the final year of their
contract, it?s a complete
change in the way people
see their career for two
reasons: all the players
expect higher wages
because they anticipate
inflation, and because
the transfer market has
gone up so much other
clubs do not want to pay
such high prices on the
transfers for players who are
good players,? he said.
Wenger believes that huge
transfers have left little value
in the market. He cited
Ousmane Demb閘� replacing
Neymar at Barcelona in a deal
worth up to �7 million.
?The amount of money is
completely disconnected to
reality and the truth,? he said.
Leicester battle for Silva
Ian Winrow
Leicester City will strive to persuade
Fifa that the transfer of Adrien Silva
from Sporting Lisbon should be
allowed to go through, despite the
Premier League club missing the deadline to register the player by 14 seconds.
Should they fail, Silva would be
unable to play for Leicester until
January and the club will attempt to
withdraw from the deal.
Leicester agreed a � million fee for
the Portugal midfielder, who is seen as
a replacement for Danny Drinkwater,
who joined Chelsea on deadline day.
A two-hour extension was needed to
complete the deal with Sporting and, as
an international transfer, it has to be
approved by Fifa with both clubs
required to submit documentation
relating to the player?s registration.
Leicester?s paperwork arrived at the FA
seconds after the 1am deadline,
although the club insist it was sent
before the cut-off. Fifa rejected the
transfer but the club hope to convince
world football?s governing body that
the timing of the submission demonstrates the deal had already been
struck and there was no attempt to
rush something through after the
deadline. Fifa, though, are mindful of
the risk of setting a precedent for
future transfer windows and are taking
the view that a deadline should be just
that.
Should the move not be sanctioned,
the transfer would be thrown into
doubt.
In a separate development, the war of
words between Sporting and West
Ham United over a failed deadline-day
deal for William Carvalho, the
Portugal midfielder, escalated yesterday. Sporting?s president Bruno de
Carvalho was reported in a Portuguese
newspaper as referring to David Sullivan and David Gold, the West Ham
owners, as ?the dildo brothers?.
Brazil stars jet
back in style
Premier League rivals
Manchester City, Chelsea
and Liverpool shared the
continued from back
City under fire for loan deals
comments as ?pure fiction? and claim
they are already taking legal advice.
The five City players who have been
sent to Girona on loan are Pablo
Maffeo, Aleix Garc韆, Douglas Luiz,
Marlos Moreno and Larry Kayode.
Speaking after addressing the Soccerex conference, Tebas said that La Liga
officials had made Girona register the
players at a higher value than they had
been initially. ?We?re closely monitoring the books of Girona and their
financial reporting and one of the
things that La Liga does is look at how
much a player is being paid.
?Girona put the five players that were
being loaned from Manchester City on
the books for a certain amount of
money, which we didn?t believe was a
real amount of money that these
players should be on the books for in
terms of their salaries.
?On the books, it looked like these
players were essentially almost free.
?If the five players from Manchester
City are worth one euro each, they can
put in a whole bunch of those players.
Woodburn to get new deal
Ben Woodburn will be offered a new
long-term contract by Liverpool next
month as the club seek to safeguard
the future of the highly rated Wales
international. Woodburn turns 18 on
October 15, when he will be eligible to
sign a five-year contract which could
be incentive based. Woodburn?s
reputation has soared after his impact
as a substitute for Wales in their
World Cup qualifying wins against
Austria and Georgia in the past week.
World Cup replay ordered
South Africa must replay their World
Cup qualifying win over Senegal after
the referee failed to persuade the
Court of Arbitration in Sport to
overturn his ban for match-fixing.
Joseph Lamptey gave a penalty to
South Africa in their 2-1 win last
November despite the ball clearly
hitting the knee of the Senegal player
Kalidou Koulibaly. The Senegal
federation complained to Fifa, who
imposed the lifetime ban in March.
cost of
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