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Friday September 8 2017 | thetimes.co.uk | No 72323
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Britain criticised for delaying help to islands hit by hurricane
Catherine Philp, Deborah Haynes
Adam Sage
Britain is sending the Royal Navy?s flagship to the Caribbean with helicopters,
Marines and engineers after claims that
it failed to prepare for the devastation of
overseas territories by Hurricane Irma.
HMS Ocean is leaving Nato duties in
the Mediterranean for a journey that
will take 10-14 days. Two Puma helicopters will be flown out as soon as a functioning landing strip is found near the
worst-hit British territory, Anguilla.
Hurricane Irma, the worst Atlantic
storm on record, was heading towards
Florida yesterday where the largest
mass evacuation of Americans was
under way. In Anguilla residents were
preparing for the arrival of a second
Minister in
firing line
over MPs?
Brexit letter
hurricane, Jose, expected by the weekend. The Queen said she was ?shocked
and saddened? by the devastation.
Britain faced anger that the French
and Dutch governments, which have
neighbouring Caribbean territories,
were better prepared. Dorothea Hodge,
the former representative for Anguilla
in the UK and EU, called Britain?s preparations
?unbelievably
pathetic?.
France had 220 troops in Saint Martin
and Saint Barth閘emy before the storm
hit and sent 200 from Guadeloupe. The
Netherlands had two navy ships in the
area before the storm and flew in 100
more Marines yesterday.
A team of Royal Marines with RFA
Mounts Bay, a ship posted to the area for
the hurricane season, arrived last night
on Anguilla. Reinforcements are
TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER RICHARD POHLE
Theresa May is being urged by proRemain Conservative MPs to sack a
minister and a Treasury aide accused of
supporting a letter designed to lock the
prime minister into a hard Brexit.
Steve Baker, a minister in the Brexit
department, and Suella Fernandes, an
aide to the chancellor, intervened on a
private online messaging group that
encouraged MPs to sign the letter.
The letter, signed by dozens of Tory
MPs, says that Britain should not pay
into the EU budget during a transition
period and must be able to sign trade
deals straight after Brexit in March
2019. These calls go beyond government policy. Ministers and aides seen to
encourage them may have breached
collective government responsibility.
The demands are at odds with a
?standstill? transition deal pushed by
Philip Hammond, under which Britain
would have full access to the single
market and customs union. A source
involved in drafting the letter said that
it was aimed at the chancellor despite
Ms Fernandes being part of his team.
Declaring that ?in short, when we
leave in 2019 we need to make sure we
are well and truly out?, the letter was
due to be published in a Sunday newspaper before being leaked. One minister said that it put a ?gun to the government?s head?. It came as:
6 Jean-Claude Juncker, the European
Commission president, warned that
David Davis, the Brexit secretary, was a
weak negotiator.
6 Mr Davis hinted at concessions over
so-called Henry VIII powers during a
Commons debate on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.
6 Mrs May rejected an invitation to
address the EU parliament in public.
6 Labour is considering a call to stay in
the customs union indefinitely.
Ms Fernandes, MP for Fareham
since 2015, circulated the letter via the
WhatsApp service to members of the
European Research Group, a 60-strong
body of hard Brexit-supporting Tory
MPs that she chairs. Mr Baker, her predecessor as chairman before he entered
government, sent a message yesterday
morning to the group that said:
?Thanks for everyone?s support.?
Two sources said this encouraged
members of the group to sign the letter.
Mr Baker has told friends he was thanking MPs for their support during his
first experience at the dispatch box during oral questions ?and nothing more?.
A government source said: ?In
normal times Steve Baker?s encouragement to sign this letter would be a sacking offence, and it should be. However,
it?s harder to see Suella?s comments ?
which are aimed at the chancellor ?
mean she can survive in that job. She is
in more danger.?
Stephen Hammond, Tory MP for
Wimbledon, said: ?The European
Continued on page 2, col 5
Hurricane Irma, pages 10-11
13-year-old
girl revealed
as record
organ donor
Kat Lay Health Correspondent
Jemima Layzell had not heard of organ
donation until two weeks before her
death. When a family friend died in a
car crash, however, the 13-year-old girl
decided that she wanted to become a
donor should the worst happen. Then,
as she helped to prepare her mother?s
birthday party, she collapsed with a
fatal brain aneurysm.
It has now been revealed that her
decision saved or transformed eight
lives, the most by a single organ donor
since the NHS was founded.
Jemima died in 2012 at Bristol Royal
Hospital for Children, four days after
her collapse. After reviewing records,
Anger at ?support? for attack on chancellor
Sam Coates Deputy Political Editor
Henry Zeffman Political Reporter
expected to fly in today. Marines from
40 Commando were assembling at
RAF Brize Norton to fly out on C-17
transport aircraft, also carrying two
helicopters. HMS Ocean, an amphibious assault ship, with nine helicopters,
will help with reconstruction. Yesterday the government made � million
available for emergency relief.
Jemima Layzell
died of a brain
aneurysm
Helping hand Looking rather apprehensive, Prince George began his first day at
Thomas?s Battersea school in London accompanied by his father. His mother, who
is suffering from severe morning sickness, was too unwell to go with them. Page 9
NHS Blood and Transplant found that
the teenager from Horton, Somerset,
was the only donor in Britain whose
organs had been transplanted into so
many people. The average donor
enables 2.6 transplants.
?Jemima was lovely ? clever, funny,
compassionate and creative ? and we
feel sure she would be very proud of her
legacy,? said her mother, Sophy Layzell,
a drama tutor. ?Everyone wants their
child to be special and unique and this
among other things makes us very
proud.?
She said that the family had watched
a programme about children awaiting
heart transplants not long after Jemima
died. ?It affirmed for us that saying ?no?
would have been denying eight other
people the chance for life, especially
over Jemima?s heart, which Harvey [her
father] had felt uncomfortable about
donating at the time,? she said.
Jemima?s heart, small bowel, pancreas and two kidneys went to five people.
Her liver was divided and transplanted
into a further two people and another
Continued on page 6, col 4
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T O D AY ? S E D I T I O N
GCSE pupils
drop subjects
Rehabilitate to
avoid charges
Tesco ?taking
bag money?
Thousands of pupils
are being forced to
start GCSE courses a
year early, forcing
them to drop subjects
such as history at 13,
the chief inspector of
schools warned. Page 4
Offenders could avoid
prosecution by taking
rehabilitation courses
under reforms outlined
today. Suspects? names
and ethnicity may also
be hidden during the
charging process. Page 7
Tesco has been
accused of holding on
to �4 million that
critics say should have
gone to charity from
the compulsory 5p
charge on disposable
plastic bags. Page 8
COMMENT
How did Britain become an economic
superpower? It started with underwear
ED CONWAY, PAGE 30
Russian voters
snub Merkel
Questions over
Saudi listing
Transfer window
to shut earlier
Russian-German
voters are turning
away from Angela
Merkel, spurred on by
her opposition to the
invasion of Crimea and
fake news planted by
Kremlin trolls. Page 34
MPs are to investigate
whether ministers
leant on a watchdog to
relax stock market
regulations in an effort
to entice Saudi Aramco
to choose London for
its listing. Page 41
The Premier League
will close the summer
transfer window before
next season starts
despite opposition
from five clubs
including the two in
Manchester. Page 76
COMMENT 29
LETTERS 32
LEADING ARTICLES 33
WORLD 34
BUSINESS 41
REGISTER 57
SPORT 66
CROSSWORD 76
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DINNER
TONIGHT
Sole, lime and ginger
stir-fry
Out comes the wok for
a light, healthy fishy
supper that goes with
rice or rice noodles.
Like all stir-fries it?s
essential to do all the
chopping and slicing
before you start
cooking.
Serves 2 Prep 15 min
Cook 10 min
Ingredients: 2 medium
mushrooms; 4 spring
onions; 2 garlic cloves;
20g ginger; 150g
mangetout; 250g
approx, sole fillets; 1
tbsp toasted sesame
oil; 2 tbsp mirin rice
wine; 2 tbsp lime juice;
1 tbsp vegetable oil;
soy sauce to serve.
Wipe mushrooms and
slice chunkily into 4 or
5 pieces. Trim and
finely slice the spring
onions including the
green. Crack the garlic,
flake away skin and
finely chop. Peel
ginger and slice into
paper-thin scraps. Top
and tail the
mangetout, removing
stringy edges. Halve
lengthways on the
diagonal. Following the
natural lines of the fish
fillets, slice into
thetimes
double-bite size pieces.
Mix sesame oil, mirin
and lime juice. Heat
wok over a mediumhigh heat. Add
vegetable oil and swirl
it around the pan, add
mushrooms, spring
onions, garlic and
ginger. Toss constantly,
adjusting the heat so
the food cooks without
burning. After a couple
of minutes add the
mangetout. Continue
tossing, then add the
fish and mirin mixture.
Keep scooping and
tossing and after a
couple of minutes,
when the fish has
firmed and the pieces
just cooked through,
the dish is done. Scoop
out of the pan, offering
soy sauce.
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Commuters may be tracked via
phones to reduce overcrowding
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
Commuters could be tracked using
their mobile phones under plans to
tackle overcrowding and increase
revenue from advertising.
Transport for London (TfL) followed
5.6 million phones over four weeks
before Christmas via wifi in stations
and is assessing how to develop the
monitoring system. The trial identified
pinch-points in stations, overcrowding
on platforms and favoured routes
around the network.
Controversially, the system could be
used to sell advertising, with companies
charged more to buy space on platforms where travellers spend the longest time.
Anonymised phone data is seen as a
far more accurate way to track journeys
than entry and exit logs at barriers.
An evaluation of the trial, published
today, shows that passengers used 18
routes to go between King?s Cross/St
Pancras and Waterloo, the busiest stations on the network, with 40 per cent
of people who were tracked failing to
take the two fastest routes. The data
showed that even within stations a
third of passengers did not use the
quickest routes between platforms and
could be wasting up to two minutes.
Transport for London is assessing
how best to employ the system in the
future and admitted yesterday that it
could be used to track passenger movements in ?real time?.
It said it was talking to the Information Commissioner?s Office about its
plans and passengers could opt out by
switching their wifi off. It said that the
phone data was ?de-personalised?, with
nothing to identify individuals.
The system works by using 1,070 wifi
access points on the Tube network.
They pick up on a code that identifies
each phone, the media access control
(MAC) address, and track them from
point to point.
Each MAC address was ?irreversibly? encrypted, TfL said. Prior to encryption, a random code is added to
each to ensure that the phone cannot
be identified even if the encryption
could be reversed. No browsing data
was collected, meaning that emails and
the internet habits of passengers could
not be shared with third parties.
Privacy campaigners expressed concern over the technology. Renate Samson, chief executive of Big Brother
Watch, said: ?Analysing movements of
people via their device may provide
unique analytical benefits but is still a
process of tracking and monitoring as
they go about their daily business. It is
critical that the public are completely
clear on what is being done, when, how
and why, and how they can opt out.?
TfL, which handles up to 4.8 million
journeys a day, spent �0,000 testing
the technology in 54 stations.
Val Shawcross, deputy mayor for
transport, said: ?The analysis of secure,
de-personalised wifi data could enable
us to map the journey patterns of millions of passengers and understand in
much greater detail how people move
around our transport network. It will
provide real benefits, helping TfL tackle
overcrowding, provide more information for passengers about their best
route and help prioritise investment.?
Heathrow decision ?faces further year of delay?
Graeme Paton
A final decision on Heathrow expansion could be delayed for another year,
it was claimed yesterday, after the
government ordered new analysis of
passenger demand for a third runway.
Ministers said that a ?short period? of
consultation would be staged this
autumn to allow the public to consider
new evidence on Heathrow.
The government will publish updated forecasts outlining the likely scale of
passenger demand for air travel over
the next three decades. It follows claims
that figures used to promote Heathrow
over its rival Gatwick were flawed
because they exaggerated the importance of the west London hub.
Chris Grayling, the transport secre-
tary, denied the process would lead to
any further delay. He has previously
committed to publishing the full
national policy statement (NPS) ? the
legislation that clears the way for a third
runway ? in the first half of next year.
However, aviation sources said there
was a strong possibility the latest consultation would delay a Commons vote,
possibly until mid-2019. That could
have a bearing on plans to build the
runway by 2025, although this was
denied by the airport.
Sir Howard Davies, chairman of the
airports commission, made an overwhelming recommendation in favour
of the scheme more than two years ago.
The government said last October it
was accepting Sir Howard?s recommendation. It published a draft NPS in
Labour eyes remaining in
EU customs union for ever
Francis Elliott Political Editor
The Treasury select committee is to
investigate whether Britain?s ports can
cope with Brexit as Labour suggested
that the UK could stay in the EU
customs union indefinitely.
Theresa May insists that Britain will
leave the customs union in March 2019
but has not spelt out how she will
deliver her promise of ?frictionless
trade? with the bloc.
Confidence has also been undermined by growing doubts over whether
a new HM Revenue and Customs computer system can cope with a fivefold
increase in customs declarations after
Brexit. The select committee said in
March that businesses had lost faith in
the � million system after it emerged
that it had been flagged as a ?major
risk? in an internal report.
The Treasury select committee, now
chaired by Nicky Morgan, a leading
pro-EU Tory, is to return to the matter
with what a source described as a
?short, sharp look at what is clearly a
critical issue?.
The prospect of a Commons inquiry
will dismay Brexiteer ministers as
Labour moves to make common cause
with Tory rebels and force Mrs May to
February and received more than
70,000 responses to a consultation.
Data around pollution levels at
Heathrow is also being updated to take
account of the government?s recently
published air quality plan.
Mr Grayling said: ?There is a need to
conduct a short period of further
consultation to allow this updated
evidence to be taken into account.?
6 Pilots at Thomas Cook were due to
walk out early this morning in a dispute
over pay, the first time British pilots
have gone on strike since 1974. The 12hour stoppage was given the go-ahead
after Mr Justice Lavender refused to
grant the operator an injunction.
Thomas Cook said that it expected
most flights to operate as usual.
Alistair Osborne, page 43
continued from page 1
Minister in firing line
reverse her pledge to take Britain out of
the customs union.
Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit
secretary, has told the Financial Times
that keeping Britain in the union not
just for a transition period but in perpetuity was a ?viable end option?.
More Labour MPs are likely to defy
Jeremy Corbyn in a Commons vote on
Monday than there are Tory rebels
prepared to vote against the second
reading of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.
Nevertheless, anti-Brexit MPs in
both parties believe that an amendment to the bill keeping Britain in the
customs union could win a Commons
majority as doubts increase over the
wisdom of leaving.
The 25-year-old customs computer
system was designed to handle 50 million filings a year but deals with 60 million. Its replacement, the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), had been intended to cope with 100 million.
Officials have previously admitted
that the number of customs declarations at Britain?s ports could increase to
300 million a year after Brexit. They
also concede that uncertainty over
Britain?s future customs arrangements
has hampered the construction of CDS.
Research Group letter is an unacceptable attempt to hinder negotiations and
jeopardise the government. It is entirely at odds with stated policy, which
colleagues should be supporting, not
undermining. It would therefore be
completely unacceptable for any minister or parliamentary private secretary
to support it or encourage others to
sign. They should either sign and resign
or stay and support the government.?
Mr Baker is understood to be a regular contributor to the WhatsApp group,
which some MPs believe is problematic. His spokesman said last night: ?Steve
was happy to welcome the support of
MPs in his first dispatch box experience. It?s categorically untrue to suggest he endorsed this letter?.
Catherine Haddon, constitutional
expert at the Institute for Government,
said that the issue was not black or
white and was ultimately a test of the
prime minister?s authority. ?Breaches of
the collective position of the cabinet,
and by extension the government, are
for the prime minister ultimately to
define and to decide upon what action
needs to be taken,? Dr Haddon said.
?However, there are historical
precedents and political pressures that
come from that ? so in the end this
comes down to Theresa May?s judgment. How she interprets it will open up
questions about her political authority.?
Business, page 42
Full reports, pages 16-17
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Triple-timing Larkin revealed
true love?s name on deathbed
ESTATE OF PHILIP LARKIN
Tech giants
want licence
to put 007
on television
David Sanderson Arts Correspondent
In his poetry he documented and
dissected with unerring precision
provincial England and the soul of
humanity. In love, however, Philip
Larkin was conflicted, unable to resolve
his tangled sexual affairs.
Only now has it emerged that on his
deathbed Larkin revealed to one of his
three lovers who had actually been his
favourite.
For 30 years after his arrival in Hull
in 1955, Larkin?s love life was dominated
by three women; Monica Jones, an
English lecturer, Maeve Brennan, a
fellow librarian, and Betty Mackereth,
his secretary. For a period during the
1970s he was, unknown to the women,
seeing them concurrently.
Ms Mackereth has now finally
broken her silence about the poet?s final
hours in 1985 as he lay dying in a
hospital bed.
Larkin?s secretary, who was first
seduced by the poet 25 years after she
started working for him as a
21-year-old, said that she had visited
him as he lay dying hours after Ms
Brennan had paid a visit.
?He said to me, not many hours
before he died, ?Maeve came to see me,
I didn?t want to see Maeve, I wanted to
see Monica to tell her that I loved her,? ?
Ms Mackereth tells a documentary due
to be broadcast on BBC Four later this
month. ?I felt like saying to him, ?You
stupid man, why the hell didn?t you
marry her years ago?? ?
Her revelation clears up an enduring
mystery about Larkin, one of postwar
Britain?s most revered literary figures,
and where his true feelings lay.
Biographers and scholars have highlighted the influence his trio of women
had on his poetry, although they were
not identified by name in the verse.
Ms Mackereth, who says in the
documentary that Larkin?s poem Morning At
Last: There in the
Snow had been written for her, recounted
the day the poet
seduced her after
driving her home
from work.
He asked if she was
going to invite him in
for a drink. ?We sat
and talked and that,?
she tells the documentary Through
The Lens of Larkin.
?And then he
moved a bit closer.?
The couple had then
Ben Hoyle Los Angeles
M閚age � trois
For a period during the 1970s Philip
Larkin saw his lovers Monica Jones,
top, Betty Mackereth, left, and
Maeve Brennan concurrently
conducted ?an affair in middle-age?
which she described as ?lovely?. ?I could
never have married him if it had
came to that but we got on
well together,? she added.
While Ms Mackereth?s romantic relationship with Larkin
was relatively brief,
Ms Brennan and
Ms Jones shared
the poet for nearly
20 years. They
Monica Jones Met Larkin in
Leicester where she was lecturing in
English at the city?s University
College and he was working in the
library. They became lovers in 1950.
Kingsley Amis, Larkin?s friend,
represented her, maliciously in some
eyes, in Lucky Jim as the character
Margaret Peel.
Maeve Brennan The pair met at Hull
University in 1955 and five years
later began a relationship. Because
of her religious beliefs, the couple
did not have full sexual relations
until the 1970s. She died in 2003.
Betty Mackereth Larkin?s secretary
who began an affair with him when
both were middle-aged. She said he
enjoyed days out with her because
she was ?somebody who knew
Yorkshire [and was] somebody who
could tell him about things?.
met only when Larkin was close to
death in 1985.
A practising Catholic, Ms Brennan
imposed restrictions on her sexual relationship with Larkin. Ms Mackereth
was not a fan. ?She was a bit nambypamby,? she said. ?I couldn?t have made
a friend of her. She fawned on him, she
was always there. She was a flaming
nuisance.?
The documentary explores Larkin?s
fascination with photography and
shows many of the images he took of
Ms Jones, who is described by James
Booth, the poet?s biographer, as ?obviously something of a stunner?.
John Osborne, a former secretary of
the Philip Larkin Society, said images of
a usually unsmiling Ms Jones showed
there was something wrong in the relationship. ?The photographs and poetry
suggest a love riddled by constraints,?
he said. ?Some constraints of the time,
and constraints of their personalities.?
Shortly before her death, Ms Jones
was asked why Larkin had sought other
women, to which she replied, with a
smile, ?fun?.
In the last 007 film made by the late
Sir Roger Moore before he hung up his
safari jacket, the villain, played by
Christopher Walken, plotted to destroy
Silicon Valley.
Now 32 years after A View To A Kill,
the same valley is plotting to take over
the Bond films ? and possibly
re-package the spy for television too.
Apple and Amazon appear to be
strong contenders to muscle traditional
Hollywood studios aside and buy the
Bond film distribution rights. Such a
deal would leave the entertainment
industry both shaken and stirred.
Two former television moguls, newly
arrived at Apple, are leading the
company?s bidding effort to MGM, the
studio that controls the rights to the
films, with Eon Productions. Eon is a
British-based, family-run company
that has made all 24 Bond films.
The speed and zeal with which Zack
Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht have
targeted the Bond franchise suggests
that more than just the film rights may
be up for grabs. MGM?s own stake could
be involved, plus 007?s largely untapped
television and internet potential.
Amazon has been rapidly expanding
its film and television production and
streaming arm and won three Oscars in
February. Its film efforts have so far
focused on art house fare, so the Bond
franchise would transform its presence.
Ian Fleming?s ruthless secret agent is
viewed as a quintessentially British
character but he was brought to the
screen by an American and a Canadian
? the producers Albert ?Cubby?
Broccoli and Harry Saltzman. Eon, run
by Mr Broccoli?s daughter, Barbara, and
his stepson, Michael Wilson, remains
the keeper of the Bond flame.
James Bond?s immediate future looks
assured, however. MGM has recovered
following bankruptcy and reorganisation in 2010 and Daniel Craig, the most
commercially successful Bond, has
signed for at least one more film.
Yet the character is seen as one of the
last huge entertainment brands that
could be exploited in the manner
Disney pioneered with the Marvel
comic characters and the Star Wars
?universe?. The Bond franchise has
global recognition, revenues of more
than $14 billion and a cast of exotic
characters ripe for revisiting in spinoffs.
?Bond feels really underdeveloped,? a
source ?familiar with the bidding
process? for 007 told The Hollywood
Reporter.
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Apprentices fraud trial
Two retired footballers invented
?ghost learners? to steal �million
meant for training apprentices,
Southwark crown court was told.
The former Wales international
Mark Aizlewood, 57, and Paul
Sugrue, 56, who played for
Cardiff City, are said to have
committed the fraud with Keith
Williams, 45, from Anglesey, a
fellow director of LM Training,
and Jack Harper, 30, of
Southport, Merseyside. They all
deny charges of conspiracy to
commit false representation.
Branching out Apples from the Victorian orchard at Bethlam Royal Hospital, south London, will be turned into the only cider made from fruit grown in the capital
Schools forcing 13-year-old pupils
to abandon history and languages
Rosemary Bennett Education Editor
Hundreds of thousands of pupils are
being forced to start GCSE courses a
year early, requiring them to drop
important subjects such as history and
French at the age of 13.
Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools, said that a study by
Ofsted had discovered that at least a
quarter of secondary schools were
expanding two-year GCSE courses to
three years, ?whittling away? the broad
curriculum carefully designed for
younger pupils.
The study found that history, geography and foreign languages were the
subjects most commonly dropped
early.
The first three years of secondary
education, when a child is aged 11-14,
are known as Key Stage 3. It is considered crucial because it has the widest
range of subjects children will ever
study, including food technology, computing, music, art, Spanish, French,
Latin, all three sciences, history, geography and religion, plus maths and
English. The stage has been designed to
give children time to develop and see
what they enjoy. If the school starts
GCSEs a year early to try to get better
grades, children have to drop subjects
so they can focus on ten or so.
Decisions have to be made at the end
of Year 8 for planning purposes, meaning that some children as young as 12
are being asked to make choices that
could affect the rest of their lives.
?Starting GCSEs a year early is something worth thinking about carefully.
At the point pupils start GCSEs they are
typically dropping the subjects we all
think are part of the broad education
we expect. This is the point ? children
are now dropping geography, history
and languages,? Ms Spielman said.
?I am concerned when I see what is
being whittled away, often with the best
of intentions. Cutting Key Stage 3 short
is very widespread. Children are being
asked to make choices very early.?
Ms Spielman said she had some sympathy with the growing number of
schools adopting this process. The new
GCSEs are very tough and have a lot
more content, especially in subjects
such as maths, she said. Schools may
worry that they would not manage to fit
it all in to two years. However, she
urged schools to think what children
would lose through this approach.
Schools are judged by the government on how well they perform at
GCSE, but she said ?inspection is the
other part? of the accountability process. ?Inspection complements league
tables and the inspection side will never
be reduced,? she said.
While schools that start GCSEs a
year early will not be marked down during an Ofsted inspection for the time
being, it will be flagged up, she said. ?It
will be part of the conversation
between inspectors and head teachers,
the pros and cons of what the school is
doing to arrive at a good outcome for
pupils.?
Her concerns will also feed into the
overhaul of the inspection framework
in 2019, she said, suggesting that it
could become central to achieving an
overall rating.
Head teachers defended the practice,
saying that schools chose to start
GCSEs in Year 9 for a variety of reasons,
not only because of GCSE league
tables. Some 13-year-olds already know
what they want to study.
?Allowing students to choose some
options at the end of Year 8 so they no
longer have to continue with those subjects can mean those students remain
more engaged and Year 9 is a better
experience for them,? Nick Brook, deputy general secretary of the National
Association of Head Teachers, said.
?There?s important action for the
government here, too. Unless some of
the accountability pressure is released,
schools may well feel they have no
option but to lengthen the period of
study.?
A Department for Education spokeswoman said: ?All schools must provide
their pupils with a broad and balanced
curriculum that prepares them well for
adult life. In designing and delivering
their curriculum, schools must take the
interests of their pupils into account.
?Our GCSE reforms represent an
important step in our drive to raise
standards, so that pupils have the
knowledge and skills they need to compete in a global workplace.?
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Vice-chancellors rebel over ?unlawful? plan to limit pay
Rosemary Bennett
Vice-chancellors are rebelling against
government attempts to limit pay,
warning that any attempt by governing
boards to cut their salaries would
breach employment law.
Under new measures, universities
will have to justify salaries higher than
�0,000 to a new watchdog or be hit
with fines. Vice-chancellors said that
since governing boards have no powers
to reduce pay once it is established in a
contract, they would pay the fines
rather than risk a tribunal.
Jo Johnson, the universities minister,
confronted vice-chancellors yesterday
over failure to tackle excessive pay.
One vice-chancellor told The Times:
?My board cannot force a pay cut on
me. They would end up at a tribunal.
They will just have to take the fine.?
Another said that the minister?s crackdown was more likely to work as ?a
long-term strategy? with new vicechancellors hired on lower salaries. The
average is �4,000 with only five out
of 160 earning less than �0,000.
Mr Johnson said that the new Office
for Students (OfS) would require gov-
erning bodies to justify salaries exceeding �0,000 and fine them if they are
not satisfied with the expansion.
The OfS, which starts operating next
April, would also tackle so-called grade
inflation which Mr Johnson said was
?ripping? through universities. A third
of UK universities now grade one in
four degrees as first class.
Thunderer, page 30
Arrests over taxi death
Three teenage girls have been
arrested after a taxi driver died
following an argument over �
They are believed to have tried to
pay Tony Kemp, 65, � for a �
fare in Shoeburyness, Essex. He
suffered a cardiac arrest after he
was allegedly pushed to the
ground and hit his head. The
girls, two aged 16 and the other 17,
were arrested on suspicion of
causing grievous bodily harm.
Jail for racial hate post
A man has been jailed for a year
for posting on Facebook ?let?s kill
every Muslim? after the bombing
in Manchester. At Mold crown
court, Keegan Jakovlevs, 22, from
Wrexham, north Wales, admitted
publishing material with the
intention of stirring up religious
hatred. Sue Hemming, of the
CPS, said: ?People should not
assume they can hide on social
media when stirring up hatred.?
Hacking cases settled
The comedian Les Dennis, the
footballer Jonathan Woodgate
and several others reached a
settlement with the publisher of
The Sun and the defunct News of
the World in relation to alleged
phone hacking and illegally
obtaining personal information.
News Group, part of News Corp,
denies hacking allegations against
The Sun. A High Court trial of 17
cases will no longer go ahead.
Drug smell draws gang
A couple called in police after
being terrified by gangs
demanding that they hand over
drugs. The husband and wife,
from Winford, Somerset, said
masked men had come to their
home after smelling what seemed
to be cannabis growing in their
garden, and on the last occasion
stole cash and other items. The
smell was from an uncommon
plant called caucasian crosswort.
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The suspect lives in
Majorca with Deborah
Cameron, her mother,
who offers lifestyle tips
in her blog Rich Mum
Young mother
?masterminded
holiday scam?
Graham Keeley Madrid
A young British mother is suspected of
running a massive tourist sickness
scam that allegedly defrauded the
industry of at least �2 million.
Laura Joyce, 28, who is eight months
pregnant, is alleged to have controlled
touts who enticed hundreds of British
holidaymakers in Majorca to make
false sickness claims against hotels on
the island over the past three years.
She appeared in court in Palma yesterday after complaints by three Spanish hotel groups that they were defrauded of at least ?10 million between
2014 and 2016 through bogus claims of
food poisoning and gastric illness. The
Guardia Civil said the operation was
continuing and the size of the estimated
fraud could escalate dramatically.
Mrs Joyce was arrested at a family
home in the upmarket seaside village of Bendinat, Majorca, that
she shares with her mother,
Deborah Cameron, 53, who
was initially detained but has
since been released. She
remains under investigation.
Mrs Joyce and Mrs Cameron
have denied any wrongdoing, relatives said.
Two other women and
two men, all believed to be
British, were detained in a
series of raids. Police
have searched eight
properties in Puerto
Portals, Calvia and
Bendinat and removed
computers, cash and
documents.
Mrs Joyce, who was born
in Essex but has lived in
Majorca since she was a
child, runs a club in Magaluf and her husband runs a
bar. They have two young
children. He is not among
those arrested.
Police allege that since 2014
Mrs Joyce organised touts who
approached tourists and offered
compensation sufficient to cover the
cost of their holiday if they made
false claims of food poisoning or
gastric complaints against Spanish
hotels.
The police operation began this
Laura Joyce, who is eight months
pregnant, leaves court. She is
accused of a �2 million fraud
year after a sharp increase in food
poisoning claims. Bogus claims are
thought to cost the Spanish hotel
industry about � million a year.
The tourists approached were allegedly told they could receive between
�500 and �000 plus the cost of their
stay at the hotel. Police allege the gang
took a commission of � from each
holidaymaker they helped to claim.
?Holidaymakers were signed up by
promoters who orally, or using written
promotional material, approached the
tourists near hotels and offered to
manage their false claims and advised
them on how to proceed when they got
back to their home country, which was
normally the UK,? a Guardia Civil
spokesman said. ?This practice was
repeated every summer.?
The court ordered Mrs Joyce?s
passport be withheld and released her
on bail. Under Spanish law charges in
criminal cases are normally brought
later, after the prosecution has
presented its case to a judge.
Mar韆 Salom, head of the Spanish government in the Balearic Islands, said: ?This fraud has resulted in losses of millions for
the hotel sector in the last
few seasons.?
Mrs Cameron is wellknown in the expatriate
community on the island, and offers advice
to entrepreneurs and
tips about her ?fantastic? life on her
blog Rich Mum. It
says the goal is to
?have fun, make
money,
do
good?. It adds:
?My goal here
iis to encourage
you to join me in my journey so you can create a
lifestyle of your own
that most people can
only dream about.?
Some Spanish hoteliers
have threatened to ban
British package holidaymakers following a 500 per
cent rise in bogus claims
since 2013.
Mrs Joyce was behind an initiative last year called Calvia con
Futuro (Calvia with a future) designed
to improve the Magaluf area?s image.
Lawyers for both women declined to
comment.
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Nurses left behind as pay of NHS bosses soars
Chris Smyth Health Editor
Senior managers in the NHS enjoyed
pay rises three times greater than
nurses, according to official figures that
will add to discontent over public sector
earnings.
The average senior manager has
seen basic pay rise 15 per cent in cash
terms since 2010 while nurses have
seen a 5 per cent rise on average, analysis of NHS data shows.
Unions have protested that this
means nurses? real incomes have fallen
significantly after adjustment for inflation, as they step up a campaign to lift a
cap on public sector pay. They have
reacted angrily to discovering that
better-paid bosses are enjoying much
bigger rises.
There are about 10,000 senior managers in the NHS and each now earns
�,578, �926 more in cash terms than
in August 2010, latest figures show. The
average nurse now earns �,089, up
�454 in the same period.
Jan Zeber of the Taxpayers? Alliance,
which analysed the figures, said: ?Amid
the endless calls for more public spending, these figures show that the public
sector elite are not shouldering their
share of the burden. Taxpayers will be
disappointed to see the salaries of top
NHS management officials increase
three times more than that of nurses.
People expect their money to be spent
fairly and focused on frontline services,
not on higher salaries for managers.?
Janet Davies, general secretary of
the Royal College of Nursing, said:
?Despite ministers? promises, pay for
managers is spiralling upwards while
nurses are handed year-on-year pay
cuts. Morale is running low and news
like this pushes it towards collapse.?
While some staff get automatic
increases as they move up salary bands,
pay rises have been capped at 1 per cent
since 2012. Philip Hammond, the chancellor, is reported to be considering
allowing bigger rises for workers such
as nurses after increasingly public
lobbying by Jeremy Hunt, the health
secretary. An extra 1 per cent rise for
NHS staff would cost about �0 million but the TUC has insisted Mr Hammond must not cherrypick, demanding
a rise for all five million state employees, which would cost about �billion a
year.
Ambulance workers? pay has also
increased 5 per cent in cash terms since
2010, to �,087, while midwives have
seen a 4 per cent pay rise to �,882. Pay
for frontline workers is set by national
scales, but hospitals have more freedom to agree salaries for senior bosses.
The gap appears to have widened in
recent years, after figures four years ago
found that managers? pay had risen
13 per cent since 2009 while nurses? pay
was up 7.5 per cent.
Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow
health secretary, said: ?These figures
show just how unfair and inept the
government?s approach to NHS pay
has been. It?s time the government
woke up to the workforce crisis in the
NHS.?
A spokesperson for NHS Improvement said: ?The NHS needs strong and
capable leaders to meet the challenges
it faces, but we are also committed to
ensuring that all NHS resources are
used in the most efficient way possible.?
PA
Two weeks before her death Jemima discussed donating her organs with her
parents. They said that it was important other families talked about the issue
?Donating Jemima?s organs
was hard, but it was right?
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received both her lungs. The recipients
included five children. In theory nine
people could receive organs from a
donor if the lungs were used for two
recipients but there are no such cases in
NHS records of 35,707 dead donors.
It came to light this week that about
460 organs a year cannot be taken for
life-saving transplants because families
refuse. Last year 457 people died waiting for a transplant. There are 6,414
people on the transplant waiting list including 176 children. England is under
pressure to switch to a system that
would allow people?s organs to be used
unless they opt out, as in Wales.
Mrs Layzell, 43, said that the family
had discussed organ donation weeks
before Jemima?s death, after someone
they knew died. ?They were on the
register but their organs couldn?t be
donated because of the circumstances
of their death,? Mrs Layzell said. ?Jemima had never heard of organ donation
before and found it a little bit unsettling
but totally understood the importance
of it. We found the decision to donate
Jemima?s organs hard but we both felt it
was right and we knew she was in
favour of donation.?
She added: ?We feel it?s very important for families to talk about organ donation. Every parent?s instinct is to say
no, as we are programmed to protect
our child. It?s only with prior knowledge
of Jemima?s agreement that we were
able to say yes.?
Anthony Clarkson, of NHS Blood
and Transplant, said: ?Every donor is
special and Jemima?s unique story
shows the extraordinary difference a
few words can make. Please tell your
family you want to donate, and if you
are unsure, ask yourself: if you needed a
transplant would you accept one? If so,
shouldn?t you be prepared to donate??
Jemima?s parents and her sister,
Amelia, 17, run the Jemima Layzell
Trust, which helps young people with
brain injuries and promotes organ
donation.
Jemima?s corneas were also donated.
Many other donors have helped more
than eight people if tissue donation ?
such as corneas, heart valves, skin and
bone ? is included. Such transplants
are not usually life-saving.
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Jealous lover
set �0,000
yacht adrift
Callum Adams
Free spirit Nkosi Sikelel? iAfrika, or God bless Africa, by Larry Scully is expected to fetch �,000 at Bonhams? South African sale in central London on Wednesday
Offenders could avoid prosecution
by taking rehabilitation courses
Richard Ford Home Correspondent
Perpetrators of low-harm crimes could
be spared court if they take a course to
tackle offending behaviour under
reforms to be outlined in a government-commissioned report today.
Suspects? names and ethnicity
should be hidden when charging
decisions are made, it recommends,
after figures showed higher prosecution rates for black and ?Chinese and
other? defendants charged with rape
and domestic abuse.
The proposals come after an investigation into the criminal justice system?s
treatment of black, Asian and minority
ethnic (BAME) people, which found
that they face bias and overt discrimination in some areas.
It highlights ethnic disparities at
different stages of the criminal process,
including arrest, charging, prosecution
and imprisonment. But it also admits
that many of the causes of BAME overrepresentation in the justice process lie
outside the system.
?For example, black children are
more than twice as likely to grow up in
a lone parent family and black and
mixed ethnic boys are more likely than
white boys to be permanently excluded
from school,? the report said.
With ?deferred prosecutions?, offenders facing court for low-harm crimes
involving violence, property, harassment and drugs would be offered the
chance to go on courses to tackle their
offending behaviour. If they completed
the course successfully, the prosecution
would be dropped, though a record of
the offence would be kept by police, but
failure to complete the course would
result in them being taken to court.
A pilot project in the West Midlands
Ethnic minorities and the justice system
6 Black, Asian and
minority ethnic (BAME)
men and women make
up 25 per cent of
prisoners in England
and Wales but 14 per
cent of the population.
6 Proportion of BAME
young offenders in
custody rose from
25 per cent to 41 per
cent between 2006 and
last year.
6 Black men were more
than three times as
likely to be arrested as
white men.
6 Proportion of black
defendants pleading not
guilty at crown courts in
England and Wales
between 2006 and 2014
was 41 per cent,
compared with 31 per
cent of white
defendants.
6 Research from 2015
found that BAME
found that violent offenders dealt
with by deferred prosecutions were
35 per cent less likely to reoffend. No
repeat offenders could join the
project.
David Lammy, the Labour
MP who was commissioned
by David Cameron to carry
out the review, said: ?My
review clearly shows
BAME individuals still
face bias ? including
overt discrimination ?
in parts of the justice
system.?
He said many BAME
defendants simply did not
believe that the justice system
would deliver less punitive
treatment, such as a sentence
David Lammy: Black, Asian
and minority ethnic
individuals still face bias
defendants were more
likely to be jailed for
drug offences than
white defendants.
6 Jury conviction rates
are similar across ethnic
groups, between 66 per
cent and 68 per cent.
6 About 11 per cent of
16,000 magistrates
come from BAME
backgrounds and only
7 per cent of 3,000
court judges.
reduction, if they pleaded guilty. A
deferred prosecution model could
help to address the ?chronic trust
deficit? by taking plea decisions
out of the equation.
The report also calls
for decisions on whether
prosecution should be
?race blind?, with a
person?s name and
ethnicity redacted
before the Crown
Prosecution Service
decided on charges.
While overall CPS
d
decision-making
was
broadly proportionate, the
organisation had found
?significant differences in
the prosecution and conviction rates for rape and
domestic abuse? with
black and ?Chinese and
other? having higher pros-
ecution rates. The CPS said in its evidence to the inquiry: ?The difference
could be said to indicate that the CPS is
too reluctant to prosecute white defendants for rape or too quick to prosecute Chinese and other or black defendants.? It said other factors could be
involved and called for more research.
The report calls for a US-style system
for ?sealing? criminal records as part of
a drive to boost employment opportunities for ex-offenders. A judge or
independent body would assess an exoffender?s case and if they were found to
have reformed they would not need to
disclose their criminal record when
applying for jobs, and employers would
not be able to access it.
The review was given a boost when
Theresa May became prime minister
and pledged outside No 10 to fight racial
injustice. ?If you?re black, you?re treated
more harshly by the criminal justice
system than if you?re white,? she said.
The government is unlikely to
respond to the Lammy proposals until
after the publication next month of a
wider audit of how different races are
treated by public services, including in
education, health and housing.
Some of the proposals, such as ?raceblind? decision-making by the CPS,
could be introduced without legislation; however changes to whether an
offender must disclose a criminal
record would require parliamentary
approval.
David Lidington, the justice secretary, said: ?This government is committed to shining a light on injustice as
never before, because only by revealing
issues can we begin to address them.
We will look very carefully at [Mr
Lammy?s] findings and recommendations before responding fully.?
A man has admitted causing damage to
a millionaire?s �0,000 boat when he
set it adrift after discovering his girlfriend on board.
David Taylor, 54, found Hannah
Brookes, 26, sitting with Michael Hay, a
retired businessman, on his 60ft motor
yacht Coco late at night.
In a rage, he cut the mooring ropes
which anchored the twin-engine boat
to Newcastle quayside, constituting
criminal damage, and Mr Hay and Miss
Brookes were cast adrift.
He told police that he had seen Miss
Brookes performing a sex act on Mr
Hay, 58. Mr Hay denies this.
Taylor, an electrician, also set adrift a
�0,000 boat called Vortex, which was
also owned by Mr Hay but was unmanned. Both boats drifted down the
Tyne until Mr Hay became aware of
what was happening.
Mr Hay, who is married, regained
control of the motor yacht which he
and Ms Brookes were on and emergency services retrieved the other boat.
Taylor, who caused �,000 worth of
damage to Vortex, a Sealine 38, rendering it unusable for a year, also lives on a
boat in Newcastle. Ms Brookes, a company director and mother of three, said
she had been seeing Taylor for five
weeks but described him as living in ?a
fantasy?. She said: ?He scares me. I
never want to see him again.?
Taylor admitted two charges of criminal damage at Newcastle magistrates?
court. The case was adjourned for sentencing in October.
Unholy row
over Corbyn
Communion
Patrick Maguire
His devout adherence to socialist
dogma is no secret. But now Jeremy
Corbyn?s religious beliefs are at the
centre of an unlikely row after he was
seen taking Communion at a Catholic
funeral service.
The Labour leader, who attended a
Church of England school, took the
Eucharist at the funeral of Mary
Turner, the former GMB union president, last month.
Worshippers who receive bread and
wine at Mass are expected to be in full
communion with the Catholic church.
The apparently agnostic Labour
leader lived up to his reputation for
iconoclasm by taking Communion
alongside his third wife, Laura Alvarez,
who is a practising Catholic.
Mr Corbyn?s spokesman confirmed
last night that he had not converted to
Catholicism but would not comment
on his decision to receive Communion.
Mr Corbyn himself has historically
refused to be drawn on the exact nature
of his religious beliefs. In 2015 he said: ?I
respect all faiths, I probably spend more
time going to religious services than
most people, of all types.?
A spokeswoman for the Latin Mass
Society, a traditionalist pressure group,
said that most Catholics would think
his taking Communion was tantamount to ?disrespecting the faith?.
Mr Corbyn?s elder brother, Piers, has
said that socialism rather than religion
was the over-riding influence in the
family home during their childhood.
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Tesco rebuked for
taking bag money
from good causes
Ben Webster Environment Editor
In bloom Theresa Abrami and her daughter Sophia, 22 months, enjoy the dahlias at this year?s RHS Wisley Flower Show
Tesco has been accused of holding on to
millions of pounds that should have
gone to charity from the proceeds of the
compulsory 5p charge on disposable
plastic bags.
The retailer retained �4 million last
year to cover the ?cost of administering
donations? unlike other major supermarket chains, which did not deduct
any of the proceeds for that purpose.
Tesco sold 637 million disposable
bags in the 12 months to March and
raised �.9 million in gross proceeds,
according to the latest official statistics.
It kept just over 10 per cent of this to
cover its costs and, after paying VAT,
donated � million to charity.
Morrisons, Asda, Sainsbury?s, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Lidl, Aldi and
Iceland did not deduct any costs from
the proceeds of bag sales.
Under government rules introduced
in England in October 2015 retailers are
required to charge 5p for single-use
bags and are ?expected? to donate all
the proceeds to charity minus ?reasonable costs?.
The Times revealed last month how
Tesco could profit from its decision to
stop selling 5p bags and to replace them
with 10p ?bags for life?. Tesco was
unable, under the government rules, to
recoup the cost of producing the 5p
bags but it will do so for the 10p bags,
keeping about 4p from each sale.
Mary Creagh, Labour chairwoman
of the Commons environmental audit
committee, urged Tesco to join the
other retailers in absorbing the costs.
She said: ?The legislation for the 5p
plastic bag charge is clear that the
money raised should go to good causes.
Five years after the horsemeat scandal
and three years after a false accounting
scandal Tesco finds itself again in the
spotlight for doing the wrong thing. It
should drop this ridiculous charge immediately.?
Tesco said that it would continue to
deduct the cost of administering donations from its new 10p bags. It added
that its system of selecting charities to
receive the money was much more
complex and expensive to run than that
used by some other retailers.
It allows customers to vote every two
months on three community projects
in each of 570 areas, with the votes
deciding how much each gets, ranging
from �000 to �000. A similar
scheme, Community Matters, has been
run by Waitrose since 2008.
A Tesco spokesman said: ?Our Bags
of Help scheme ensures that customers
get a say in how the money they spend
on bags is spent in their community.
Since launching in 2015, our Bags of
Help initiative has provided more than
� million to over 6,400 local community projects. A small proportion of the
money raised is used to run and administer the scheme in partnership with the
charity Groundwork, who help distribute the money to good causes.?
In 2014 more than 7.6 billion singleuse plastic bags were given to customers by supermarkets in England. The
seven largest retailers provided 83 per
cent fewer bags in the year to this April
than in January to December 2014, a reduction of six billion bags, or a fall from
140 bags per person per year to 25. The
charge was introduced to prevent harm
to wildlife and reduce litter.
A government source said that the
policy of publishing how much each retailer gave from the bag sales and any
money retained had a positive effect,
encouraging most of the companies to
maximise the amount given to charity.
Wealthy mother ?terrorised
children after squat move?
David Brown
A wealthy mother terrorised her son
and daughter for 14 years after becoming bored of the family?s ?stately home?
and moving to a London squat, a court
was told.
Susan Wynne-Willson, 69, took her
children to London after the breakdown of her relationship with Peter
Wynne-Willson, a lighting engineer
who worked on Pink Floyd?s shows,
Blackfriars crown court heard.
She allegedly abused her daughter,
Rosa, from the age of four until the girl
ran away, aged 14, and her adopted son,
Daniel, from the age of two until he
went to university, aged 18.
Rosa Aguelo de Guero, now 42, said
that her mother became a ?monster?
after she and Daniel were taken from
what she called their stately home in
Barnby, near Whitby, North Yorkshire,
to a squat in Covent Garden where her
father once lived with the Pink Floyd
singer Syd Barrett. Another sister, Poppy, lived in the squat while an older sister, Alice, stayed at the house with her
father.
Scott Brady, for the prosecution, said
Ms Wynne-Willson forced the children
to complete chores while she lay on a
mattress all day. They were so traumatised by the abuse that they would swal-
low coloured beads to try to kill themselves, the court was told. Ms Aguelo de
Guero described to police been kept in
hospital after she was hit by a toy
elephant thrown by her mother and
suffering a head injury after being
forced to clean a toilet.
?Rosa remembers cleaning the lavatory and her head bouncing off the
bowl and having Vim, a cleaner, in her
face,? Mr Brady said. ?She remembers
having her head banged against the
Susan WynneWillson denies
child cruelty
wall.? He added: ?She remembers the
defendant stuffing their mouths so they
could not scream.? The children would
try to get the attention of neighbours by
banging on walls.
Daniel Wynne-Willson, now 40, and
Ms Aguelo de Guero went to the police
in 2015, accusing their mother of abuse.
Ms Wynne-Willson, of Gospel Oak,
north London, denies five charges of
child cruelty and three of assault occasioning actual bodily harm between
1979 and 1993. The trial continues.
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Dad on hand to ease
the first-day jitters
W
Prince George looked excited on the Kensington Palace steps yesterday morning
about starting school at Thomas?s Battersea but later there were signs of first-day
nerves until Helen Haslem, the lower school head, put her new pupil at ease
ith an
anxious
look on
his face
and the
reassuring presence of his
father ? but not his
mother, who was too ill
with morning sickness ?
Prince George arrived for
his first day at school
(Valentine Low writes).
The third in line to the
throne, who will be
known to his classmates
as George Cambridge,
arrived in the Thomas?s
Battersea uniform of blue
jumper, blue shorts and
black shoes.
The duke appeared
relieved that his son had
coped. At a Kensington
Palace reception later for
the England under-20
football team, he was
asked by Paul Simpson,
the manager, whether he
had had a nice school day.
?Stressful day,? the duke
replied. ?Doing a school
run. It was really nice
actually. It went well.?
George was driven to
the �,000-a-year
school in southwest
London by his father. The
duchess, whose third
pregnancy was
announced on Monday,
had hoped to be with her
son but she has the illness
that blighted her
first two
pregnancies.
?She would
have done
anything to
be here,? a
source said.
?It?s a big day
in her son?s life
as
but she really has
been very sick.?
hing
George, clutching
his father?s hand, was
greeted by Helen Haslem,
head of the lower school.
With encouragement
from his father, George
gave her the most
formal handshake that a
four-year-old could
manage.
The duke told Ms
Haslem that George had
been excitedly noticing
the other children in their
uniform on the way in.
?Oh look, you?ve got your
backpack,? Ms Haslem
said as she took a
somewhat reluctant
George?s other hand to
walk with him into his
classroom. The duke, like
Royal security
R
of
officers
were
we prepared
well
It?s all abou
about the fun
Ben Thomas, principal
of Thomas?s London Day
Schools, has insisted
that George will not get
?any special treatment?.
Mr Thomas, son of the
founders, Joanna and
David Thomas, was
head of Thomas?s
Battersea for 18 years.
He said that George?s
first year would be
?incredibly exciting?,
adding: ?For lower
school children it?s all
about the enjoyment.
We are going to try to
make this a really happy,
safe and secure time.?
the other parents, stayed
for about 40 minutes as
his son settled in.
The duke and duchess
arranged for George?s
arrival to be recorded by
only one photographer,
one television camera
and one reporter ? a
contrast to William?s first
day at school, when he
faced the massed ranks of
the royal media pack.
There was still a
reception committee of
well-wishers for George,
but as his drop-off was on
school premises the
onlookers who had
travelled long distances to
see him did not get so
much as a glimpse.
Asked about George
looking anxious, his
grandfather, the Prince of
Wales, said: ?Poor old
thing. He?s been left there
to have to get on with it,
when the parents go
away. That?s the problem.
It?s good for you in the
end, I suppose. It?s
character building.?
6 Kensington Palace is
expected to win approval
for a controversial
� million basement.
The 50-metre long,
two-storey space for
palace staff is the subject
of 18 objections but a
report suggests that
Kensington and Chelsea
planners will dismiss
them on September 14.
Prince ?wrong? on climate link to Syria war
Ben Webster Environment Editor
Scientists have accused the Prince of
Wales of exaggerating the link between
climate change and the civil war in Syria.
A new study found no evidence for
the widely publicised theory that climate change was a factor in causing the
war, in which more than 300,000
people have died and 11 million have
been forced to leave their homes.
The researchers said making ?overblown claims? based on poor evidence
fuelled scepticism about the need for
action on climate change, undermining
the cause the prince was advancing.
The prince made the claim in November 2015 before the Paris climate
change summit at which 194 countries
agreed a global deal to cut emissions.
Speaking of the threat from climate
change, he said: ?There?s very good
evidence that one of the major reasons
for this horror in Syria was a drought
that lasted for five or six years, which
meant that huge numbers of people in
the end had to leave the land.?
A study by King?s College
London and the University of
Sussex has debunked the
prince?s claim, which was also
made by Barack Obama
when he was US president.
The researchers found
that although northeastern Syria did experience a
severe drought from 2007
to 2010, before the civil
war started, the drought
was not necessarily
caused by human influences on global climate.
Prince Charles said there
was evidence drought was
a cause of the Syrian conflict
The scale of migration away from
northeastern Syria was ?on nothing like
the scale which has been claimed?, the
study says. Only 40,000 to 60,000 families moved, not the 1.5 million people
often quoted by proponents of the climate
change link. The study
said that migration was
?probably more caused
by economic liberalisation than by drought?.
The study, published in the journal
Political Geography,
concludes: ?Given the
urgency of the climate change challenge and the contestation around it, plus
the media?s preference for striking,
overblown stories . . . it
is incumbent on analysts not to exaggerate climate-conflict linkages, or to
champion false but headline-friendly
statistics.? Jan Selby, lead author and director of the Centre for Conflict and
Security Research at the University of
Sussex, said: ?It is extraordinary this
claim has become so widely accepted
when the evidence for it is so thin.
?Climate change is a very real challenge, and will undoubtedly have significant conflict and security consequences,
but there is no good evidence this is what
was going on in this case. It is vital experts and policymakers resist the temptation to make exaggerated claims about
climate change. Overblown claims only
risk fuelling climate scepticism.?
Mike Hulme, professor of climate and
culture at King?s College London, said:
?The drought in northeastern Syria was
undoubtedly
severe,
but
is
not necessarily part of a desiccating
trend and cannot unambiguously be
attributed to greenhouse gas emissions.?
The study said commentators should
have been cautious about linking the
civil war to climate change because a
similar false claim about the 2003-05
war in Darfur had already been debunked by scientists.
That conflict was widely described as
the ?first climate war? and Ban Kimoon, the UN secretary-general, was
among those who made the link to climate change. Several studies between
2008 and 2014 found no evidence that
climate change caused the Darfur war.
The prince?s theory was supported by
a 2015 study in the Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences, which
concluded that ?human influences on
the climate system are implicated in the
current Syrian conflict?.
Clarence House declined to comment on the new study.
News Hurricane Irma
Panic and mass evacuations as
Jacqui Goddard Miami
Desolation lay in Hurricane Irma?s
wake in the Caribbean and desperation
in its path as it headed to the US last
night, prompting mass evacuations in
Florida. At least 14 people have been
killed so far.
The island of Barbuda was reduced to
a scene of ?total carnage? and left
uninhabitable. St Martin, where at least
eight people were killed, was declared
an ?enormous disaster?. In Anguilla, a
British territory, damage ranged from
severe to critical.
?This is a nuclear hurricane,? said
Philip Levine, the mayor of Miami
Beach, a barrier island in Florida where
the storm surge is predicted to reach
20ft if Irma?s 180mph winds slam
ashore as expected on Sunday.
The Turks and Caicos Islands, also a
British territory, and southern Bahamas were next on Irma?s hit list. The
storm had maintained winds of 180mph
or higher for 48 hours by last night,
making it the longest lasting category 5
hurricane on record.
?I need new adjectives,? Eric Blake, a
scientist at the National Hurricane
Center in Miami, said, adding that
satellite imagery had shown ?the most
exceptional, extraordinary things I
have ever seen from satellite?.
More than 100,000 people were
ordered out of evacuation zones in
Miami-Dade county, one of the most
populated metropolitan areas in the
US, and 150,000 from neighbouring
Broward county. Both sit on Florida?s
southeastern coast, where the hurricane is most likely to hit.
Possibly hundreds of thousands of
inland residents not in mandatory
evacuation zones hit the roads out of
south Florida regardless. Roads, hotels,
airports and flights were packed. Demand for petrol outstripped supplies.
Josh Levy, the mayor of Hollywood, a
coastal town 20 miles north of Miami,
said: ?People need to understand the
severity of this storm, how dangerous it
is. It?s scary. If this storm comes in as a
direct hit, we?ll see buildings brought
down to rubble.?
In the Caribbean that had already
happened. Gaston Browne, the prime
minister of the twin islands of Antigua
and Barbuda, said that Barbuda had almost been wiped out, with 95 per cent
of structures either damaged or destroyed, the only telecommunications
tower snapped in two, no power, no
running water and an estimated $150
million of damage.
?It was heart-wrenching, absolutely
devastating,? he said after flying over it
by helicopter. A two-year-old girl died
on Barbuda as her family tried to flee
their collapsing home.
At least three people died on the
American Virgin Islands, where a local
official spoke of ?catastrophic damage?.
Five people died on the island on the
island of St Martin, which is partly
Dutch and partly French.
In Antigua, one survivor told ABS
TV: ?What we have experienced is like
something you see in a horror movie.
Persons were literally running from
house to house and we had cars flying
over our heads. We had containers ?
40ft containers ? flying left and right.
Persons were literally tying themselves
to their roofs with ropes.?
Another woman told the station:
?The whole house was ripping apart. It
was like [the wind] was sucking us up.?
Marlon Carr, a photographer who
flew over Barbuda with the prime
minister, said buildings had imploded,
and vehicles and animals had been
flung through the air. The island, he
said, ?looks like garbage disposal?.
?There were some who stayed in
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their home and the house started going
piece by piece,? Mr Carr said.
A cargo container was lifted by the
wind and gouged a scar in the island?s
only runway, making it off limits for
relief aircraft. Structural casualties also
included the Paradise Found Nobu
Resort, a hotel co-owned by the actor
Robert De Niro and the Australian
billionaire James Packer.
De Niro said in a statement that they
were ?beyond saddened? and would
help the local community to rebuild.
In Florida the state governor, Rick
Scott, pleaded with residents in evacuation zones to heed the warnings and go.
The zones cover coastal and low-lying
areas prone to flooding, and mobile
homes. ?This is not a storm you can sit
and wait through. We can?t save you
after the storm starts,? Mr Scott said.
The state has 113 helicopters and
Winds of 180mph hit
St Martin, above and
above right, picking
up cars and cargo
containers. HMS
Ocean, right, has
been sent to the
region to help the
relief effort. On
St Barts the Eden
Rock hotel, owned
by Pippa Middleton?s
parents-in-law, was
inundated by the
storm surge
AFTER
1,000 high-water vehicles, 30,000
troops and 4,000 trucks on standby. US
navy ships were being positioned ready
to move in after the storm. Police escorts were being provided to try to get
more tankers to petrol stations.
Richard Henning, a flight director
with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration?s Hurricane Hunter
air fleet, which flies into the eye of
storms collecting data, said: ?You can?t
overhype this storm. We really haven?t
seen a storm like Irma.?
For the first time since 2010, three
hurricanes are now menacing the Atlantic Basin. Hurricane Jose was upgraded to a category 3 last night with
winds of 111mph or higher, bringing
more misery to Barbuda and other islands. Hurricane Katia, also nearing a
category 3, is expected to make landfall
in eastern Mexico at the weekend.
Mother waits to hear from
Valentine Low
A British mother has spoken of her
fears for her two daughters who have
not made contact since Hurricane Irma
hit the island of Barbuda.
Claire Frank and her Barbudan
partner, Mackenzie, who are staying
with family in Britain, last heard from
their daughters at about 10.30pm on
WhatsApp on Tuesday evening.
Afiya Frank, 27, who is six months
pregnant, was due to fly back to the UK
next week before the birth. Her sister
Asha Frank, 29, a former teacher and
2015 beauty queen who was recently
elected as a member of the Barbuda
council, was with her. Mrs Frank said
that the sisters had taken refuge in the
family?s newly built property ? ?a
strong brick house with a new roof? ?
but she had received no news on
whether they were safe or if the house
was still standing.
?Still to this day we don?t know
whether everyone in Barbuda has been
accounted for, and that includes my
daughters,? she said.
Her sister Ruth Bolton, who lives in
Suffolk, said: ?[Claire] is going out of her
mind. Having said that, she is resilient.
She went through Hurricane Luis [in
1995] and after that we lost contact with
Barbuda for a week ? but that was
before mobile phones. Now we are so
used to having instant contact.? Mrs
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Trail of destruction
Barbuda Ninety per cent of
buildings destroyed, leaving
more than 1,000 homeless.
A two-year-old child is the
only confirmed death so far.
St Martin Five people killed
and 95 per cent of the
island destroyed, including
Princess Juliana airport.
Anguilla Serious flooding
and damage to houses. One
death has been announced.
St Barts Severe damage to
infrastructure. The
luxurious Eden Rock hotel,
owned by Pippa Middleton?s
in-laws, and Roman
Abramovich?s � million
The Bransons? home on the
private island of Necker
suffered significant damage.
beachside mansion have
been damaged.
British Virgin Islands
Richard Branson?s son, Sam,
shared pictures on
Instagram of structural
damage in many islands
and reported that one
person had died in Tortola.
Puerto Rico More than two
million without power and
600,000 without water.
Turks and Caicos Irma was
due to hit last night.
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Frank said: ?On Tuesday evening we
were discussing how they would board
up and get ready. They?ve been in a
hurricane before so they understand
the requirements . . . so they would have
had wood ready to board up and they
had already started to do it, and they
had water and stuff stored up.?
She said she was angry that satellite
phones had not been given out. ?I?m
very worried about my daughters ?
until I hear from them, along with all
the other Barbudans who don?t know if
their houses are intact, who don?t know
if their family members have been injured, who don?t know if it?s going to be
relief between now and the next hurricane. We want some answers.?
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We feel like we?re third-class citizens, say residents
Catherine Philp
Diplomatic Correspondent
After the noise and fury of the storm
came the silence.
As the residents of Anguilla sifted
through the wreckage left behind by
Hurricane Irma, anger grew as word
spread of the quick military response to
the disaster by Dutch and French
forces on the neighbouring island of St
Martin.
Josephine Gumbs-Connor, a barrister in Anguilla, said she heard ?the hum
of one single solitary helicopter? above
the island yesterday, the second
morning after the storm struck. ?We
have been told nothing and received no
help,? she said. ?We feel like third-class
citizens. We are supposed to be readying ourselves for Hurricane Jose and
you are looking at homes in Anguilla
like gaping sepulchres. If you had
people on the ground and were
proactive, the aid and support we could
have expected would be there.?
Britain is mandated to provide protection and relief to overseas territories
hit by natural disasters. Sir Alan Duncan, minister for foreign and Commonwealth affairs, started the day with a
statement to parliament, pledging
� million in emergency aid.
He insisted that Britain?s relationship
with its overseas territories differed
markedly from that of France,
accounting for differences in the
response, and he defended the naval
vessel sent to the area as the most
flexible way to deliver aid.
By the afternoon an emergency
Cobra meeting had been called to consider a cross-governmental response
amid tensions between departments
over what action to take.
The Department for International
Development (Dfid) is understood to
have argued for more relief money
while Sir Michael Fallon, the defence
secretary, called for military back-up.
Sir Michael won.
Criticism then followed that the Ministry of Defence had elected to send
HMS Ocean, the Royal Navy flagship,
which is at least ten days? away ? too
late to take part in any relief effort. It
will be used in reconstruction.
In the evening, Theresa May announced a further � million, the
figure Dfid is believed to have been
seeking, bringing the emergency fund
to � million.
By then the first Royal Marines had
arrived on Anguilla aboard RFA
Mounts Bay, bringing the first aid to
reach any British territory since the
hurricane struck.
They arrived before Hurricane Jose,
which is due to strike the island by the
weekend, compounding the misery
already visited by Irma, which left
almost no building undamaged.
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Neighbour cleared after row over crowing cockerel
Lucy Bannerman, David Holt
A retired businessman accused of
blasting out Queen hits to drown the
sound of his neighbours? crowing
cockerel said that the case would never
have come to court had the bird been
British.
Neil Dymott, 56, who was cleared of
harassing his neighbours Helen Richardson, 52, and Paula Holland, 62,
claimed that a British breed would only
have been ?going off at dawn and dusk?
and not intermittently throughout the
day, as did his neighbour?s cockerel,
which he believed was an American
breed.
?Those cockerels could go off as
much as 60 or 70 times an hour,? he told
the court. ?These are not British birds,
these are birds going on and on. Once it
started it would crow, then go quiet for
a couple of seconds, and then crow. If
this was a British cockerel we would not
be here.?
Southampton magistrates? court
heard that he would play loud music,
often Radio 2 or songs such as Another
One Bites the Dust by Queen, from his
Jaguar car when the cockerel crowed.
On one occasion an environmental
health officer called out to investigate
noise disturbance said she could hear
Freddie Mercury speaking during a
track before she reached the house.
He was accused of shouting at his
neighbours, a couple, who live in a rural
area of New Forest with houses surrounded by farmland, telling them to
?shut that f***king cockerel up?.
The court heard that the couple did
not have a cockerel after November
2015, but Mr Dymott continued to harass them, blaming them for other cockerels in the surrounding area.
Mr Dymott told the court he had
managed to take a photo of what he
believed was the cockerel after the
couple claimed that their last cockerel
had died. He said a local farmer had
identified it as an American bird.
He said: ?It is the type of chickens. An
ordinary chicken that lays eggs does
not make screaming noises. These are
not ordinary little red hens, these are
colourful. I was told that these chickens
are either Rhode Island Reds or
Plymouth Rocks. I think it is both
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diary@thetimes.co.uk | @timesdiary
Yul?s taste of
flower power
In a new book about the London
stage, the theatre critic Michael
Coveney tells a story of when Yul
Brynner was appearing in The
King and I at the Palladium and
refused to acknowledge the
crowds that gathered by the stage
door. One woman brought him a
bunch of flowers every night,
which Brynner, below, never
accepted. Eventually, she whacked
him across his shaven head with
the bouquet, leading a member of
the theatre?s management to quip
that it was ?a unique instance of
the fan hitting the shit?. Or maybe
not that unique. The same story
has been told about Rex Harrison.
Perhaps it was the same woman?
Ann Clwyd, the veteran Labour MP,
missed the first vote after recess on
Wednesday because she was stuck in
a lift. ?I?m surprised the lift dared,?
Mr Speaker remarked when told.
Clwyd only got to the subsequent
votes after being rescued by a Tory
researcher. I hope he hasn?t been
summoned by the chief whip and
told off for being a boy scout.
smooth operator
Sir Edward du Cann, chairman of
the Tories? 1922 Committee from
1972-84, has died. He was one of
the great operators, of whom it
was said that if an MP asked for
the time, he would reply: ?What
time would you like it to be?? Alan
Watkins, the political columnist,
once wrote that talking to Du
Cann was like walking downstairs
and missing the last step: ?You
were uninjured but disconcerted.?
However, Jerry Hayes, the
former Tory MP, recalls a
frivolous side. Hayes was in the
gym when a vote was
called and arrived at the
chamber sweaty and
dressed in day-glo Lycra.
As knights of the shire
tut-tutted, Du Cann
glided over and purred: ?How
splendid you look. Very modern.?
The first day of the EU (Withdrawal)
Bill debate was not a big draw for
everyone. As dozens of MPs piled
into the Commons, one senior Tory
was seen heading in the opposite
direction. ?Are you not going to
speak?? he was asked. ?Don?t be so
stupid,? he replied. ?I?m off to Lord?s.?
prescient paxman
BBC Parliament this week showed
the entire coverage of election
night in 1997. It featured a young
Damian Green, now the first
secretary of state but then a fresh
MP, who was asked by Jeremy
Paxman for his ideal Tory party
leader. Green tried to avoid the
question, couching it in terms of
?this may happen? and ?that may
go on?, leading Paxman to sneer:
?It?s all May, May, May, May, May.?
I suppose that history proved him
right, just a bit premature.
At the end of this week?s Lord?s Test,
Henry Blofeld will draw stumps on a
47-year broadcasting career but
there was time for one last gaffe. He
was filmed by the BBC as he drove to
the ground yesterday, which Blowers
found distracting. ?It was awfully
hard to stay on the right-hand side
of the road,? he complained.
advance australia fizz
Sir Tim Barrow, our ambassador to
the EU, snubbed the French and
the Italians when he threw a
reception for MEPs at his Brussels
residence on Wednesday. Instead
of champagne or warm prosecco,
the plotters? drink of choice this
summer, Sir Tim served an
Australian sparkling wine. Why not
English fizz, which has quickly
earned a fine reputation?
Perhaps the presence of the
Australian ambassador and
Britain?s desire for a trade deal
with our friends Down
Under was the reason for
him splashing out on
Chateau Wagga-Wagga.
patrick kidd
Neil Dymott said
the cockerel was a
Rhode Island Red
irresponsible and not a nice thing to
have cockerels crowing at the level
these cockerels were crowing all day.?
Mr Dymott had denied playing
When a Man Loves a Woman, shouting
homophobic comments towards Ms
Richardson and pushing her, and said
that he played music only on June 16,
2015, and the following morning for
about 15 minutes. When asked about
why he played loud music, Mr Dymott
said: ?On this day I did not want to
listen to this bird
and this noise so
I put the music
on. The cockerel
was louder than
the music. I played
three tracks on the
Wednesday morning and then the
email came through
on my phone and I
stopped it immediately.?
Mr Dymott was
given a restraining order to not contact
his neighbours but was cleared of two
charges of harassment.
Colin Wyatt, chairman of the bench,
said: ?It was childish,
immature and petulant and not the sort
of behaviour we
would expect from a
man in his 50s with
no previous convictions. But we do not
feel this constituted
harassment.
?Behave yourself. Please get on
with your neighbours, life is too
short.?
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Virtual assistants at
risk from hackers
Mark Bridge Technology Correspondent
?Psst, Alexa. Unlock the back door. And
Siri, transfer �000 to bank account
number . . .? Criminals could use ultrasonic sounds to ?whisper? commands
and take over voice-activated electronic devices such as smartphones.
Researchers in China have found
that cheap off-the-shelf technology
could compromise virtual assistants
from companies such as Apple and Amazon, potentially enabling criminals to
instruct them to carry out tasks for
their own, illegal ends.
A team from Zhejiang University was
able to discreetly take over smartphones, computers and other devices
by using modified voice commands,
which they likened to the ultrasonic
calls of dolphins.
The researchers translated human
voice commands into ultrasonic frequencies above 20,000Hz, then played
them back from a smartphone
equipped with an amplifier and ultrasonic microphone. They were able to
take control of all 16 devices they tested.
They said, for example, that criminals could silently order computers and smartphones to log on to
malicious websites, gain video
footage of a device?s surroundings, or instruct them to send
fake text messages, emails and
Amazon said it took security on
devices like the Echo seriously
online posts. The scope is currently
limited by the ultrasound?s maximum
effective range of 1.75 metres used in the
tests and any hack would only work
where target devices were unlocked,
with the voice-control enabled.
Most devices respond aloud to voice
commands, which could alert their
owners. Nevertheless, experts said that
the research was a wake-up call to the
risks of the artificial-intelligence powered, voice-controlled systems that are
coming into general use.
People can talk to these virtual assistants on their devices to request information or issue commands such as
turning on lights. They can also be used
for sensitive tasks such as transferring
money and controlling locks.
Technology companies are trying to
strike a balance between convenience
and security and some experts believe
that they are erring on the side of convenience. Ofer Maor, of Synopsys, a
security company, said: ?The more we
integrate these devices with our smart
homes, the more such attacks may become an issue.? Alan Woodward, of
Surrey University, said: ?Convenience
sometimes comes at the expense of security.?
The researchers have recommended fixes to manufacturers. Amazon said: ?We take
privacy and security very
seriously and are reviewing
the paper issued by the researchers.?
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Britons caught
up in massive
cyberattack
Mark Bridge
Grin and bare them Klondo, a 15-year-old western lowland gorilla at Paignton zoo,
is not just smiling for the camera but is displaying his dominance to a rival male
Personal data of almost half the US
population and an as yet undisclosed
number of Britons has been stolen from
one of the world?s largest credit
reference agencies.
Equifax reported last night that attackers exploited a vulnerability on its
website to gain access to information
on 143 million Americans, as well as
people in Britain and Canada, during
May and June.
In one of the worst data breaches yet,
hackers were able to access social
security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and drivers? licence numbers of
the US victims. They could also see
credit card numbers of about 209,000
Americans and information on 182,000
involved in ?disputes?.
Equifax said that it also identified
unauthorised access to ?limited personal information for certain UK and
Canadian residents? but would provide
no further details. It holds data on most
of the UK population, including names,
addresses, ages, postcodes, financial
histories, court judgments and bankruptcies.
Like other credit reference agencies,
it provides this information to lenders
and other organisations to help them
decide whether to offer people loans,
goods or services. Equifax said it had
put a stop to the theft and engaged an
independent security firm to conduct a
review of the intrusion.
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Weak negotiator Davis puts
talks at risk, warns Juncker
Bruno Waterfield Brussels
David Davis is a weak negotiator and
his ?apparent lack of involvement? risks
jeopardising talks on a Brexit settlement, the European Commission president has warned.
The minutes of a commission meeting in July that were published yester-
day revealed that EU negotiators were
unimpressed by Mr Davis after the first
round of talks in June. Jean-Claude
Juncker singled out Mr Davis?s weakness as a major problem.
The minutes read: ?The president expressed his concern about the question
of the stability and accountability of the
UK negotiator and his apparent lack of
involvement, which risked jeopardising
the success of the negotiations.?
Michel Barnier, the lead EU negotiator, earlier told the meeting that Mr
Davis was trying to pass responsibility
for face-to-face talks on to his officials.
?He observed that the UK had not yet
really engaged in the negotiations or
spelt out its positions,? the minutes said.
?He noted that David Davis did not
regard his direct involvement in these
negotiations as his priority and there
was also a possibility that he might not
be present at the full opening session of
the July cycle of talks.?
The comments would have been
passed to Whitehall immediately by Sir
Julian King, Britain?s EU commissioner.
Mr Davis did turn up to talks on July 17
but left after less than two hours.
Mr Barnier distanced himself from
the minutes yesterday and described
his relationship with Mr Davis, who he
has known for 20 years, as ?cordial,
good and professional? and insisted he
was not concerned at the Brexit
secretary?s habit of leaving officials to
carry out the talks. ?I think his attitude
is perfectly logical,? he said. ?It is the
same as my own.?
Mr Juncker?s spokeswoman described the minutes as a ?snapshot in
July?, adding: ?We have clearly moved
on.?
However, Mr Barnier accused Mr
Davis of reneging on a commitment
made in July that ?the ?government
recognises that the UK has obligations
to the EU that will survive [Brexit]?.
Mr Barnier said: ?It seems to be
backtracking on the original commitment to honour its past commitments.
There is a problem of confidence here.?
The commission?s minutes noted
that Britain?s strategy was ?to use past
debts as a means of buying future
access to parts of the single market,
which the union could not accept?.
Mr Barnier urged the government to
?take a fresh look at the legal analysis?
that Britain had no obligation to meet
budget commitments up until 2021,
agreed by David Cameron four years
ago, and warned that the present approach was ?extremely negative in
terms of the success of negotiations?.
Pessimism is growing in Brussels
over whether the talks will meet next
month?s deadline for moving beyond
the withdrawal issue to questions over
Britain?s future trade relationship with
the EU. Antonio Tajani, president of the
European parliament, told senior
MEPs yesterday that he expected the
deadline to be pushed back to a
December summit of EU leaders.
Herman van Rompuy, the European
council?s president from 2009 to 2014,
predicted that the likelihood of Brexit
negotiations beginning to address trade
by next month was ?in the neighbourhood of zero?.
While singling out the financial settlement issue as the most serious
barrier to beginning trade talks, Mr
Barnier was critical of Britain?s attitude
to avoiding physical checks on the border between Northern Ireland and the
Republic of Ireland after Brexit.
?The UK wants the EU to suspend
the application of its laws, its customs
union and its single market at what will
be a new external border for the EU,
and the UK wants to use Ireland as a
kind of test case for future EU-UK
customs relations,? he said. ?This
will not happen.?
A spokesman for the Department for Exiting the EU said:
?These are clearly out of date
comments and it is abundantly clear that the
secretary of state has
been fully engaged and
involved throughout
the negotiations, in the
same way as Mr Barnier.?
Letters, page 32
EU (Withdrawal)
Bill: The debate
David Davis accused Labour of having
a cynical and unprincipled ploy to
undermine the ?only viable plan? for
exiting the European Union but
nevertheless hinted at concessions as
the Commons began debating the EU
(Withdrawal) Bill. The Brexit secretary
said he was ready to listen to ?those
who offer improvements to the bill in
the spirit of preparing our statute
book for withdrawal from the EU?.
He said: ?I welcome and encourage
contributions from those who
approach the task in good faith and in
a spirit of collaboration. All of us, as
legislators, have a shared interest in
making the bill a success and in the
national interest.?
Even some Brexiteer backbenchers
encouraged Mr Davis to reconsider
aspects of the ?Henry VIII? powers
that the bill would grant the
government to rewrite laws without
full parliamentary scrutiny. Iain
Duncan Smith, the former
Conservative leader, called on the
government to look again at
establishing a committee to scrutinise
changes it makes to laws in this way.
david davis
Brexit secretary
Mr Davis told the Commons that
without the bill, a smooth and orderly
exit was impossible. The legislation
would ?provide maximum possible
legal certainty and continuity while
restoring control to the UK?, he said.
He insisted that the Henry VIII
powers were required because the
government needed to make changes
quickly to maintain stability, adding
that ?many of the changes will be
minor and technical?.
sir keir starmer
Shadow Brexit secretary
Sir Keir, below, said that the Brexit
secretary ?is keen to portray the bill
as a technical exercise converting EU
law into our law without raising any
serious constitutional issues about
the role of parliament. Nothing could
be further from the truth.? Instead, he
said, the bill would ?reduce MPs to
spectators as power pours into the
hands of ministers and the executive.
This is an unprecedented powergrab . . . an affront to parliament.?
ken clarke
Former chancellor and Father of the
House (C)
The veteran Europhile said he was
minded to vote with the government
but said he needed assurances before
doing so. ?If the government will not
move in the next two days of debate
we may have to force them to go
back to the drawing board and try
again to produce a bill that is
consistent with our parliamentary
traditions and that gives this House
the control that leaders of the Leave
campaign kept telling the British
public during the referendum
campaign they were anxious to see.?
john redwood
Former Welsh secretary (C)
Mr Redwood said: ?I would like to
reassure all colleagues in the House
that I am getting exactly the piece of
legislation I wanted, and it does
restore parliamentary democracy.?
hilary benn
Chairman of the Brexit select
committee (Lab)
Mr Benn said the government
should not rule out membership
of the single market and customs
union as part of a
transitional deal. ?I
realise that this self-
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May?s DUP
ally accused
over trips to
Sri Lanka
David Davis, at Downing
Street yesterday, said that
he would ?stand ready? to
listen to those who
wanted to alter the
EU (Withdrawal) Bill
Henry Zeffman Political Reporter
One of Theresa May?s Northern Irish
allies accepted free holidays from Sri
Lanka before calling for Britain to sign
a free-trade deal with the country, it
was claimed last night.
Ian Paisley Jr, a Democratic Unionist
Party MP, took two all-expenses-paid
trips to Sri Lanka during 2013 along
with his wife and four children, The
Daily Telegraph reported.
Mr Paisley, who did not declare the
visits on the Commons register, is one
of ten MPs on whom Mrs May is relying
for a governing majority after her general election gamble backfired in June.
He flew to Sri Lanka in business class,
stayed in luxury hotels and was provided with a chauffeur-driven car and helicopter travel during the holidays, which
were worth a total of �0,000, it was
alleged. Mr Paisley, 50, the son of Ian
Paisley, the former first minister of
Northern Ireland, has promoted Sri
Lanka in the UK. On Monday he tweeted a photo of himself with Amari
Wijewardene, Sri Lanka?s high commissioner, in parliament, writing: ?With Sri
Lanka high commissioner to discuss
NI-Sri Lanka trade deal after Brexit.?
On Wednesday he posted a similar
photo with Liam Fox, the international
trade secretary. The caption read:
?With Liam Fox discussing our trade
agreements post Brexit.?
The Sri Lanka high commission said
yesterday that the DUP?s influential role
under the present Commons arithmetic
meant that Mr Paisley was in a good
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evident truth is going to come as a
shock to some people ? a bitter
disappointment. I do not know how
ministers are going to break it to them
? presumably gently, bit by bit.?
sir bill cash
Conservative MP
The senior Eurosceptic criticised
Labour?s ?cynical? motivations for
voting against the bill. ?As the snail
asserts in ?Alice in Wonderland?, they
?would not, could not, would not, could
not, would not join the dance?. This is a
serious dance. This is not Alice in
Wonderland.?
kate hoey
Labour MP
Ms Hoey, a rare Labour MP who
supported Brexit, warned her party
against the consequences of voting
against the bill. ?It will be seen by
Labour voters . . . as though we are not
really serious about leaving the EU.?
dominic grieve
Former attorney-general (C)
Mr Grieve said though he would vote
with the government the bill was ?in
many respects an astonishing
monstrosity?.
nicky morgan
Former education secretary (C)
The leading pro-EU Tory vowed
continuing scrutiny of the government?s
plans. ?Parliamentary scrutiny is not an
affront to democracy; it is its essence.
The true saboteurs of Brexit are those
who would sanction the exclusion of
parliament from this process.?
Little fanfare for the comma man
Patrick Kidd
Political Sketch
T
hrough the looking-glass
we go once more. As MPs
began another two-day
debate on whether it is
possible to believe six
impossible things before Brexit, Sir
Bill Cash was the latest politician to
find his argument in the fantastical
adventures of a seven-year-old girl.
Ken Clarke, Chris Bryant and
even Guy Verhofstadt have all
invoked bits of Alice?s Adventures in
Wonderland recently but Sir Bill
may be the first Eurosceptic to
reach for the bottle marked ?Drink
me?. He compared Labour?s latest
position to the snail in the lobster
quadrille, who ?would not, could
not, would not, could not, would not
join the dance?.
Sir Bill had forgotten that the
whiting who was cajoling the snail
wished to move it closer to Europe.
?There is another shore, you know,
upon the other side,? it says. ?The
further off from England, the nearer
is to France.? A rare nod, perhaps
caused by time pressure. Sir Bill was
granted only ten minutes, a blink of
an eye that he compared ruefully
with the two hours for which he had
spoken during the second reading
of the Maastricht Bill in 1992.
Mr Clarke also sought more time,
speaking wistfully of the days when
EU debates could go on for weeks
?not constrained by these Blairite
notions of family-friendly hours?,
while Sir Edward Leigh hoped that
there would be no sudden news on
Monday to eat up debating time.
He had a polite moan about the
45 minutes given over yesterday to a
statement on Hurricane Irma. Yes it
is a tragedy, he conceded, but it isn?t
blowing this way, as Breeze Brexit
is. That wind could mean ?a gentle
touch on the cheeks?, he said, or a
damn good thrashing. I think Sir
Edward was missing his schooldays.
David Davis used some of this
limited parliamentary time to make
an entertaining attack on George
Osborne. The Evening Standard,
edited by his former colleague, had
criticised the government for trying
to introduce rule by decree. ?I do
not read the Evening Standard,? the
Brexit secretary replied . ?It sounds
like with good reason. And I am not
going to take lectures on ?rule by
decree? from its editor.? Miaow.
Sir Keir Starmer, replying for the
opposition, confronted the bill like
the rather dull, if skilful, barrister
he is. His speech was forensic and
long, utterly lacking in theatricality.
I kept expecting him to say ?and if
we now turn to bundle D, tab 17,
paragraph 3 . . .? At one point, while
quoting something or other, he said
the word ?comma?. It was a speech
more suited to the committee stage
than opening skirmishes.
There were confused faces on all
sides but his arguments were more
clear when read back. As was said
of Wagner, Sir Keir is not as bad as
he sounds but he could earn a living
reading bedtime stories to children.
There was one bit of fun, though,
when he deployed jujitsu on Mr
Davis, using the Brexit secretary?s
strength against him. He recalled
the days when Mr Davis was an
ardent defender of rights, taking
Theresa May, when home secretary,
to court over regulatory powers. As
MPs heckled ?What happened to
that man??, Sir Keir suggested that
if Mr Davis were a backbencher
today they would be having a quiet
coffee together to work out how to
remove parts of this bill.
And so round and round they
went. Five hours yesterday, another
eight or so on Monday, no one?s
opinion changing. Perhaps the
Brexit debate is more like Alice?s
caucus race, everyone starting at
different points, running when they
like, until the Speaker cries ?the
race is over? and no one knows who
has won. All must have prizes; how
many will actually get them?
position to help ?enhance trade relations between Sri Lanka and the UK?.
Mr Paisley said last night that he
would refer himself for investigation to
the parliamentary commissioner for
standards, the Commons ethics watchdog. He added: ?The Daily Telegraph
article is defamatory. It is devoid of fact
or logic. Referred to my lawyer.?
Mr Paisley had been due to take part
in a discussion about religion and
politics on Newsnight on BBC Two but
withdrew when the report emerged.
In 2013 Mr Paisley, who succeeded
his father as the MP for North Antrim
in 2010, called on the Queen to visit Sri
Lanka to help the country?s peace process. ?Sri Lanka should be hearing the
message that we are here to help,? he
told MPs. ?We should stretch out our
hand to Sri Lanka; we should not step
on Sri Lanka.? In the Commons in 2015,
he urged a foreign office minister to
?focus on positive trading opportunities between Sri Lanka and the UK?.
This year he argued against an international inquiry into war crimes in the
country in a Westminster Hall debate.
Mr Paisley?s failure to declare the visits may be a breach of parliamentary
rules, which require MPs to register
funded trips valued at more than �0.
In November 2013 he registered a
�400 four-day visit to the country
paid for by the Sri Lankan government,
during which he spoke at the Commonwealth Business Forum. He had declared a previous visit in 2012 with a
cross-party group of MPs.
Siobhain McDonagh, a Labour MP
and vice-chairwoman of the all-party
parliamentary group on Tamils, said
that the accusations were ?disturbing?.
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Prevention strategies result in
fewest suicides for six years
The number of suicides has fallen to a
six-year low in an apparent success for
government prevention measures.
There were 5,688 suicides last year,
about 200 fewer than the previous year,
the Office for National Statistics said.
In England the suicide rate dropped
from 10.1 per 100,000 people to 9.5.
There was a slight fall in Wales but in
Scotland the number rose by one percentage point.
The ONS said that the decline was
probably due to prevention work by the
government, NHS, British Transport
Police and charities such as the Samaritans, which welcomed the figures but
said suicide rates were still far too high.
There has been a downward trend
over the past 36 years since a high of
14.8 deaths per 100,000 in 1981 to lows
of 9.8 in 2007 and 9.9 in 2010. However,
Suicide rates Per 100,000 population
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the rate ticked up to 10.9 cases per
100,000 in 2013. The rate for men was
three times higher than that for
women; the peak age for death by suicide is between 40 and 44.
Instances are likely to be slightly
higher than the data show as some coroners are reluctant to record verdicts of
suicide and instead give a narrative verdict.
Rates of suicide varied noticeably
between English regions, with the highest at 11.2 per 100,000 people in the
southwest and the lowest at 7.8 per
100,000 people in London.
Scotland has a different system for
certifying and registering suicides, so
statisticians say that its figures cannot
be compared to the rest of the country.
Ruth Sutherland, chief executive of
the Samaritans, said: ?Even though a
fall in suicides is welcome, 5,668 in one
year is too high. Samaritans is working
hard with partners, including the NHS,
other charities and local authorities, to
bring these figures down further.
?They emphasise the urgency with
which we as a society need to work together to prevent needless loss of life.?
Lifetime mortgage paid off when you die
Andrew Ellson
Consumer Affairs Correspondent
Borrowers unable to pay off home loans
before they retire will be allowed to take
out interest-only mortgages and repay
the outstanding capital when they die
or move into care homes, under plans
being considered by the City watchdog.
The ?mortgages for life? plan is de-
signed to defuse the interest-only timebomb; many borrowers who took out
these loans in the 1980s and 90s are
coming towards the end of their terms
with no means to repay them.
The proposals outlined in a consultation document by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are also designed
to help older borrowers who want to
release part of the capital value of their
home but do not want expensive equity
release plans.
Ray Boulger, of the mortgage broker
John Charcol, backed the plan, which
he said would widen consumer choice.
Research by the FCA estimates that
600,000 interest-only mortgages
mature between 2013 and 2020 and just
under half of borrowers are unlikely to
be able to pay off their loans in full.
Jewels of the screen Gold-plated earrings worn by Maureen O?Hara in the 1947
Douglas Fairbanks Jr, will be sold by Julien?s Auctions, in Los Angeles, as part
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Making hiss-tory
Also up for auction is
a snake chain
necklace with
simulated pearl and
diamond foliate worn
by Ginger Rogers in
the 1952 film Dream
Boat
MP accuser could
face charges over
sex abuse claims
Sean O'Neill Chief Reporter
movie Sinbad the Sailor, also starring
of its Treasures from the Vault sale
Medal of honour A red and white
striped enamel crest on a
medallion worn by Vincent Price in
The Three Musketeers has been
estimated at $600-$800
Charges of fraud and perverting the
course of justice are being considered
against the man who made allegations
of child murder and rape by a Westminster paedophile ring.
Northumbria police said yesterday
that they had passed evidence to the
Crown Prosecution Service after an investigation into claims made by a man
known as ?Nick? that were central to
Scotland Yard?s Operation Midland.
Yard detectives had described the
claims as ?credible and true? and they
received national attention when Nick
was interviewed by BBC television
news. The man claimed that he and
other children had been abused by
groups of VIPs at the Dolphin Square
apartment block in Pimlico.
The late Lord Brittan, the former MP
Harvey Proctor and Lord Bramall, the
former head of the army, were among
those falsely accused. No arrests were
made and no charges brought, and the
investigation collapsed.
After a review by the retired judge Sir
Richard Henriques, which was fiercely
critical of the Metropolitan Police inquiry, Northumbria police were asked
to investigate Nick?s conduct.
A CPS spokesman said that it had
received ?a file of evidence from
Northumbria police into allegations
against one person of perverting the
course of justice and fraud?.
The fraud allegations are thought to
relate to reports that Nick received
compensation from public funds as a
victim of abuse.
Earlier this week John Hemming, the
former Liberal Democrat MP, revealed
that he had been accused of being a
child abuser during a Staffordshire
police inquiry. Mr Hemming said that
he had been the target of an ?unjust
campaign of vilification?.
Later this year Wiltshire police will
publish a report on their own much
criticised two-year investigation into
sex abuse claims against Sir Edward
Heath, the former prime minister. The
force pursued the inquiry, Operation
Conifer, despite the fact that Sir
Edward died in 2005.
Last night Mr Proctor said that he
would sue the Metropolitan Police over
its handling of the investigation. He
told ITV News that he had been
?mentally and physically destroyed? by
the claims that he was part of a
Westminster paedophile ring.
Mr Proctor said he planned to sue for
loss of earnings and his home, and
criticised the police for failing to
respond to his lawyers? petition for
compensation.
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Playboy property tycoon sued by lover who put up cash
A former receptionist
who said she was
betrayed by a playboy
tycoon who had promised
to marry her is fighting
for a share of his
multimillion-pound
property empire.
Gillian Turner said she
sold her house and put
her �0,000 savings into
setting up home with
Michael Durant after he
promised that they would
be ?together for ever?.
Miss Turner, who had a
child with Mr Durant, 61,
said her investment
allowed him to free up
funds to expand his
business and
purchase buyto-let
properties
across the
country.
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Police failing to
record crimes
West Midlands police is
failing to record up to
38,800 reports of crime a
year, including reports of
rape and domestic
violence, according to the
constabulary inspectorate.
The figure represents
16 per cent of reported
offences. A spokeswoman
for the force said: ?A
significant number of
these incidents were
recorded on our systems
but just not classified
correctly.?
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Father admits
killing baby son
A man has admitted
killing his one-year-old
son and trying to murder
another child. Bidhya
Sagar Das, 33, attacked
the toddlers at a flat in
north London on March
18. Gabriel Bibekdas Sonu
died and a girl was badly
injured. Das, of Finsbury
Park, was to be tried for
murder but yesterday at
the Old Bailey he pleaded
guilty to manslaughter on
the ground of diminished
responsibility and
attempted murder. The
prosecution said that in
light of psychiatric
reports, the pleas were
accepted. Sentencing was
adjourned to October 12.
Final farewell Patrick Saunders, 87, had spent his life working with horses so staff at
North Devon Hospice arranged for Victor, from the neighbouring North Devon Equine
Rescue centre, to visit him. Mr Saunders, from Braunton, Devon, died three days later
?Black widow? fears family?s vendetta
Drivers saved from soaring premiums
A Ukrainian woman
known as the ?black
widow? is to ask a High
Court judge to rule that
she did not murder her
millionaire British
husband. Anna Ziuzina,
38, believes the family of
Barry Pring have a
vendetta against her and
want her arrested, Sky
News reported last night.
She also claims that Boris
Johnson, the foreign
secretary, has put
pressure on the Ukrainian
authorities to arrest her.
She hopes to inherit part
of the �million left by
Drivers are expected to
save up to �billion on
insurance over the next
five years after the
government announced
reforms to the calculation
of compensation payouts.
The NHS should also
save up to �2 billion in
medical negligence bills
after the change to the
?discount rate? used by
courts to adjust awards to
allow for the amount that
victims were expected to
earn in interest on their
lump sum payouts.
In February, Liz Truss,
the lord chancellor, cut the
Mr Pring, 47, who died in
a hit-and-run near Kiev
in 2008. Ms Ziuzina was
not hit and a witness said
she made a phone call
shortly before the crash.
A Devon coroner
concluded that Mr Pring
was killed unlawfully after
being ?tricked? into going
on to the motorway. This
was overturned after Ms
Ziuzina said she was not
given a chance to testify.
Mr Pring did not leave
a will. His estate is frozen
until the Ukrainian police
investigation and British
inquest have finished.
rate from 2.5 per cent to
minus 0.75 per cent
because of lower returns
from government bonds. It
increased what victims
would get and the average
premium rose by �, with
bigger rises for the oldest
and youngest drivers.
The Ministry of Justice
said this was flawed. The
rate will reflect the return
on a ?low risk diversified
portfolio?, not bonds, and
be reviewed every three
years. Drivers will avoid
paying more rather than
their premiums being cut.
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Clinton vows to
dish election dirt
at book festivals
David Sanderson Arts Correspondent
Boer Deng Washington
Hillary Clinton is coming to Britain to
?let her guard down? and reveal the
inside story of her campaign to become
president of the United States.
The former first lady, presidential
candidate and secretary of state, is to
appear at The Times and The Sunday
Times Cheltenham Literature Festival
and at the Southbank Centre?s London
Literature Festival on the same day
next month.
Clinton, whose memoir What
Happened is released on Tuesday, has
said that after years of being ?careful in
public? her book would be a forthright
account of the campaign and her
adversaries.
Leaked extracts have already suggested a settling of scores with Bernie
Sanders, the Vermont senator with
whom she tussled for the Democratic
Party?s presidential nomination.
She is believed to have written that
Mr Sanders ?had to resort to innuendo
and impugning my character? during
their battle, which Clinton claims had
then cleared the way for Donald
Trump?s ?Crooked Hillary? campaign
during the presidential run-off.
Clinton?s attendance at both festivals
? Cheltenham at midday and at the
Southbank Centre in the evening ? on
October 15 will be her only appearances
in Britain to publicise the book.
Her husband, the former president Bill Clinton, transformed the
fortunes of the Hay Festival
when he appeared at the event
in 2001 and described it as ?the
Woodstock of the mind?.
Since her defeat by President Trump in last year?s race
for the White House, Hillary
Clinton has rarely spoken
about the campaigns.
In promotional material
released by the pubHillary Clinton:
settling scores
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lishers Simon & Schuster, Clinton is
quoted as writing in the introduction to
What Happened: ?In the past, for
reasons I try to explain, I?ve often felt I
had to be careful in public, like I was up
on a wire without a net. Now I?m letting
my guard down.?
The publisher has described it as her
most personal memoir yet and promised that Clinton ?takes you inside the
intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for [US]
president by a major party in an
election marked by rage, sexism,
exhilarating highs and infuriating lows,
stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian
interference, and an opponent who
broke all the rules?.
Ted Hodgkinson, of the Southbank
Centre, said that her appearance ?promises to offer rare insights into her personal experience of the twists and turns
that led to the historic election result?.
Caroline Hutton, chairwoman of
The Times and The Sunday Times
Cheltenham Literature Festival, said
that after the past 18 months of ?the
most extraordinary time in American
politics? the festival ?couldn?t be more
excited and honoured to have Hillary
Rodham Clinton in person . . . giving her
first-hand perspective.?
Tickets for the Cheltenham event go
on sale to festival members next Friday
and to the public on Saturday.
In the United States there is nervousness among Democrats about
Clinton?s memoir and her
casting of blame for her defeat to President Trump.
In one leaked extract
she has claimed that Mr
Sanders was ?not a Democrat?. She writes: ?He
didn?t get into the race to
make
sure
a
Democrat won, he
got in to disrupt the
Democratic
Party.?
Leading
article,
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Dressed for success Rachel Weisz is the cover star of the latest issue of Harper?s
Bazaar, on sale today. The actress recently appeared in the film My Cousin Rachel
Drink firms
?downplay
alcohol link
to cancer?
The alcohol industry is misleading consumers with distorted and distracting
health messages that downplay any
risk of cancer, researchers claim.
The industry is using ?distortion?
strategies to minimise evidence, in
activities that have parallels with those
of the tobacco industry, according to a
study by the London School of Hygiene
and Tropical Medicine and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.
Researchers analysed information
relating to cancer on the websites and
documents of almost 30 alcohol industry organisations between September
and December last year, finding that
most showed ?some sort of distortion or
misrepresentation? of evidence.
The industry presented the relationship between alcohol and cancer as
complex, implying that there was no
evidence of a consistent or independent
link, the study, published in the journal
Drug and Alcohol Review, found. Other
tactics included denying that any relationship existed or claiming there was
no risk for light or moderate drinking.
The researchers urged policymakers
and public health bodies in light of the
findings to reconsider their relationship with the industry, which is
involved in developing alcohol policy
and disseminating health messages to
the public in many countries.
Alcohol consumption is an established risk factor for a range of cancers,
including mouth, liver, breast and colorectal cancers, and accounts for about
4 per cent of new cancer cases annually
in the UK.
Mark Petticrew, the study?s lead
author, said: ?The weight of scientific
evidence is clear ? drinking alcohol
increases the risk of some of the most
common forms of cancer.
?Public awareness of this risk is low,
and it has been argued that greater
public awareness, particularly of the
risk of breast cancer, poses a significant
threat to the alcohol industry.
?Our analysis suggests that the major
global alcohol producers may attempt
to mitigate this by disseminating misleading information about cancer
through their ?responsible drinking?
bodies.?
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Exhibition on
Oceania gives
free trips to
descendants
I
t will be the first great
survey of the art and
culture of the Oceania
region for decades
(David Sanderson
writes). It will also be the
first where those with links
to possibly pilfered pieces
will be given an all-expenses
paid trip to see it. The Royal
Academy has
outlined plans for a
blockbuster
exhibition next
year that will
showcase about
250 objects from
the region: many
have never been
displayed before.
Others are
undocumented.
Adrian Locke, a
senior curator at
the academy, said
they were ?very
conscious of the
sensitivity of the
objects?. The
exhibition is timed
On
show will
be a huge
feast bowl, used in
weddings and
cannibalistic ceremonies,
and a Ta Moko panel, left
to coincide with the 250th
anniversary of Captain
James Cook?s departure on
his first Pacific voyage.
Mr Locke said the
ethnographic museums of
Europe had been swelled
by ?an incredible array of
objects of fantastic
richness? collected from
Oceanic tribes by
explorers, missionaries and
Games swimmer
?raped woman who
had sex with friend?
John Simpson Crime Correspondent
A swimmer who competed in the Commonwealth Games raped a woman
after she had sex with a fellow athlete, a
court was told.
Otto Putland, 23, is accused of climbing into bed and forcing himself on the
woman, who had told him that she did
not want to have sex with him.
She had gone back with Ieuan Lloyd,
who swam for Team GB at the London
and Rio Olympics, Cardiff crown court
was told. Mr Putland allegedly walked
in, stripped naked then put on a condom and raped her twice. ?He lay on the
bed, took his clothes off and started
kissing me. I felt uncomfortable,? the
woman told police. ?I said, ?What are
you doing? You can?t pass me around?.?
Mr Putland allegedly told her:
?You?re not being passed around.? She
then texted a friend saying: ?Help, I
think something might happen.?
In her account to police she said that
she covered herself with her hands and
started crying. Mr Putland allegedly
told the woman: ?It?s OK, we don?t have
to have sex, we can just kiss.?
She said that Mr Putland tried to kiss
her twice and then raped her for two
to three minutes before going to
the bathroom. She said that she
had then fallen asleep but when
she woke to find Mr Putland
raping her again she pushed
him off and left the house in
Adamsdown, Cardiff.
Mr Putland, who
represented Wales in
the 2014 Commonwealth Games in
Glasgow, was arrested in November
2016, 16 months after
the alleged incident.
Otto Putland at the
2014 Glasgow Games
He told the court that the sex had been
consensual.
He said that the woman had been
?flirtatious? when they met in a nightclub. ?Ieuan introduced us and there
was general chit-chat but I can?t remember the details of what was said.
She was talking to me normally.?
All three later went back to Mr
Lloyd?s home. Speaking about what
happened in the bedroom, Mr Putland
said: ?Ieuan left the room and I moved
up to the headboard side of the bed, I
was slouching on the bed next to her
Otto Putland said
the woman was
being ?flirtatious?
and I think she was doing the same.
When we were talking, she was very
happy and flirtatious towards me and
that?s what led on to me kissing her. I
moved in to kiss her and might have put
my arms around her. She kissed me
back. We were kissing for a number of
minutes and there was touchy-feely
stuff.?
Mr Putland told the jury that sex
between them lasted ?less than a minute? before he told the woman ?it
wasn?t working? and lay on his side.
He said that the woman became
upset and that he told her to
leave. ?When she left she
didn?t say anything. I
didn?t know her so I
don?t know how I
would have gone
about
contacting
her.? Mr Putland, of
Dinedor, Hereford,
denies two charges of
rape.
The trial continues.
Tiny armada to explore space
Oliver Moody Science Correspondent
The Voyager 1 probe has journeyed
nearly 13 billion miles from Earth, farther than any other man-made object,
but in 2034 it will be overtaken by an
armada of laser-powered, credit-cardsized contraptions travelling at a tenth
of the speed of light.
They will arrive at Alpha Centauri, a
star system with at least one potentially
habitable planet, in 2072, with the aim
of taking the first close-up pictures of
an alien star system and collecting data.
A team from the London-based Initiative for Interstellar Studies said the
technology would be ready by the
2030s. Andreas Hein said millions of
the machines, each with a radioactive
battery and smartphone camera, could
be assembled on a space station. ?Our
aspiration is to kickstart a new era of
space exploration,? the team wrote in a
paper on the physics website arXiv.
anthropologists. He
said they were
?very sensitive to the
dark sides of the exchange
with Europe? and were
working with ?very wellpositioned indigenous
leaders? to select the objects.
He said that agreements
with institutions in Oceania
had imposed conditions on
object loans ? ?a new one
for us?. ?If there is any living
descendant of an
artist, part of
the loan
agreement
is that we
should make
their
passage
to see the
exhibition
,? he said,
stressing
that none
h
of the objects chosen
was
considered to be contentious
and the institutions from
which they came could show
provenance.
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Tories accused over
failure to deliver on
apprentice pledge
Nicola Woolcock
Education Correspondent
Millions of pounds of fines levied on
banks that the Conservatives promised
would be used to fund apprenticeships
have not created extra opportunities,
auditors have suggested.
The National Audit Office accused
the Department for Education of failing to demonstrate that it had used
�0 million from the Libor fund to set
up 50,000 new apprenticeships on top
of those already announced.
The department did not directly address the accusation but said thousands
of apprenticeships had been created.
An internal inquiry by financial regulators in 2012 revealed that several
banks in America and Europe were
profiting from manipulating Libor, the
benchmark interest rate for loans
between banks that is set in London.
British regulators fined the banks
�8 million, with all proceeds destined
for the ?benefit of the public?. An additional �4 million fine for manipulating foreign exchange markets was
added to the fund in 2015.
The NAO investigation into the fines
fund began after questions were raised
over its transparency. In a report published today it concluded that, by this
month, the government had committed
�3 million of the �3 million total,
with the majority going towards Armed
Forces and emergency services charities. The Treasury and the Ministry of
Defence have distributed �2 million
of the fund to a range of causes.
In 2015, David Cameron, then prime
minister, pledged �0 million of the
fund to support the apprenticeships.
The NAO report said: ?The Department for Education is unable to demonstrate that these have been delivered . . . although the money was used to
fund apprenticeships in general, the
government did not report any increase in its already announced three
million apprenticeship target.?
So far, 729 grants have been awarded
to 639 charities and causes. The average grant was �0,000.
The report added: ?HM Treasury
and the MoD cannot yet confirm that
charities spent all grants as intended.
Currently the MoD is conducting a retrospective review of all grants awarded
since 2012.?
A Department for Education spokeswoman said: ?The �0 million in Libor
fines allocated to the department in the
2015 budget has been invested in the
government?s flagship apprenticeship
programme. We have already reached
over a million apprenticeship starts
since May 2015.?
One good tern The open water feeding area for seabirds off the coast of Northumberland, which is one of the most
important sites in the UK for seabirds such as Arctic terns and Atlantic puffins, has been given special protected status
Professor: Let exam students use internet
Sophia Siddiqui
A Harvard University professor has
urged academics to allow undergraduates to bring their laptops and phones
into examinations.
Eric Mazur said allowing technology
into the exam hall would better test students? creative and analytical skills, as
opposed to their information recall.
Speaking at the Times Higher Education
World Academic Summit, Professor
Mazur, a physicist, said that the rise of
internet access meant that we live in an
age where ?we don?t need to memorise
anything?.
He encourages students to use their
laptops and phones in exams, and to
?look up whatever you want?.
?This means that I have to make sure
that the answers to the questions I ask
are not available by simple Google
search,? he said. ?This has forced me to
make my assessments much more
meaningful and much more representative of testing the 21st century skills
that we want our students to develop.?
On the panel discussion about how
technology can improve teaching, Lino
Guzzella of ETH Zurich university
argued that technology had changed
learning ?in many ways?. He said the
pace of innovation had to increase.
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Lay off the sex at Christmas, begs busy midwife
Jack Malvern
The festive season has not started but
for one midwife it is time to put out a
Christmas appeal. For the sake of
maternity wards, please refrain from
having unprotected sex at yuletide.
Mhairi Maharry, 33, who works in
London, has noticed an early start to
the September baby boom, nine
months after the frivolity of Christmas
parties and cosy nights in.
She wrote on Twitter: ?How is it only
the 5th of September? I can?t take 25
more days of this. If you know or love a
midwife, please stop shagging at
Christmas.? Her plea struck a chord.
Almost 16,000 people liked the tweet
and 279 commented, including several
medical staff.
One respondent calling herself
Cherry Morello wondered whether the
birth season had started earlier this
year because of a titillating contestant
in The Great British Bake Off. ?I know
it?s bad but I?m glad we?re not the only
[NHS] trust. Was someone really fit on
Bake Off last year?! The surge is too
early, dammit!?
Increased sexual activity at Christmas is borne out by research published
by the Office for National Statistics,
which studied births between 1995 and
2014. The most popular day to give birth
MANUEL HARLAN
Karina Jones is terrifying as Susy, played for the first time by a blind actress
Dire script turns this
thriller into limp joke
Theatre Ann Treneman
Wait Until Dark
Richmond Theatre,
TW9
HHIII
This play was written as a
psychological thriller by Frederick
Knott, the man best known for Dial M
for Murder. It was first seen on
Broadway in 1966 and was followed, a
year later, by the film starring Audrey
Hepburn as Susy, a young blind
woman who finds herself the focus of
three conmen who want something (a
doll stuffed with drugs) that she has
by accident. In this touring
production, by the Original Theatre
Company, the part is played for the
first time by a blind actress, Karina
Jones.
It?s a chilling and terrifying role and
Jones is by far the best thing about
this production, which ends up being
almost comical.
Indeed, at some of the tensest
moments I could hear suppressed
laughter around me. But then it?s hard
not to giggle when you?ve got a plot
that has so many holes that, frankly,
I?m surprised it has not been made
into a colander and sold in John
Lewis homewares.
The next best thing is the set, by
David Woodhead, which may have
raided John Lewis, circa 1966, for the
very latest fridge. We see a cutaway of
the basement Notting Hill flat that
Susy shares with her photographer
husband, Sam, played by Oliver
Mellor in a bit of a non-role for all
that we see him.
The place is littered with stuff ? a
sofa and chair, incidental tables with
precarious vases ? and there are far
too many kitchen knives floating
around. It?s not an apartment, it?s an
obstacle course, with Susy duly
bumping into almost everything.
The worst thing, by a country mile,
is the script. Why would anyone agree
to take a doll from a stranger in
Amsterdam airport back to London?
How is it that Susy, whip-smart and
highly intuitive later in the play, can
walk by, only inches from the three
conmen in her flat, and not sense
they are there? The conmen are
beyond Keystone Cops levels of
ineptitude. The dialogue is, at times,
almost pastiche.
Alastair Whatley directs with what
can only be called a plod (and, no, I?m
not talking about the policeman who
shows up at the end). The lighting,
however, by Chris Withers, is
inventive and chilling. The conmen
Mike (Jack Ellis) and Croker (Graeme
Brookes) are about as scary as kittens,
although Tim Treloar as Roat does
behave in a way that at least makes us
raise an eyebrow.
Wait until dark? I?m not sure that is
necessary.
Box office: 0844 8717651, until
tomorrow, then touring to Dec 2
Average number of births per month
(England and Wales,
1995 to 2014)
2,000
1,800
Sept 26 is the
most popular
day to be born
Source: ONS
1,600
Dec 25 and
26 least
popular
J F M A M J J A S O N D
1,400
1,200
was September 26, with an average of
2,000 births. The daily average for the
whole year is 1,800 births.
September 26 falls 39 weeks and two
days after Christmas day, similar to the
Mhairi Maharry says that
she cannot take a month
of non-stop deliveries
average pregnancy term
of 38 weeks. Eight of the
top ten birth dates were
towards the end of September with the other two
being in early October.
The study of births in England and Wales followed a similar pattern to one found in New Zealand, which suggests that Christmas is a
time of conception whether it occurs in
summer or winter. Studies of American
births also featured a larger number of
babie born in September.
babies
Som people were uncomSome
for
fortable
with the thought
of their parents having
s under the mistletoe.
sex
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Rob
5
50th
birthday will be on
Se
September
16. ?My head
is full of terrible images
now he wrote.
now,?
Peo who tried to explain
People
timin with the observation
the timing
that September babies benefited from
being the oldest in their school year
were not supported by evidence. As Ms
Maharry wrote: ?Scottish cut-off is
March and it?s the same there!?
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Ed Conway
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Tories have been infected with Corbynism
The popularity of Jacob Rees-Mogg among grassroots members suggests Conservatives may fall for Labour?s mistake
Philip
Collins
@pcollinstimes
W
e know there are
already 66 of them.
Sixty-six people with
a claim to rationality,
all of whom have
gone through the Conservative
vetting process to win their local
candidacy and who have then
proceed to submit to the judgment of
the electorate and win a seat in
parliament. That is an astonishing 66
Tory MPs who voted, in the first
round of the leadership contest in
2016, for Andrea Leadsom to be
prime minister. Sixty-six of them.
This is an important fact because
the good sense and survival instinct
of Conservative MPs is often said to
be the best guarantee against the
Tory party being gripped by
eccentricity just as the Labour Party
has. These are odd times in British
politics and it is conceivable that a
Corbynism of the right could emerge
in which the Tory members act in a
way which looks, from the outside,
suspiciously like a loss of marbles. In
a survey this week Jacob Rees-Mogg
was the clear favourite of Tory
members. Dominic Raab?s odds are
falling fast. It is quite possible the
members would fall again for Boris
Johnson if he were reshuffled to be
party chairman, from which perch he
could begin a never-ending tour of
Tory associations. Then recall the
Leadsom ?march on Westminster?
last year, quite the most bizarre
spectacle in an era of British politics
in which nothing is allowed to happen
unless it?s bizarre. I am not sure there
is much to stop the Tories going off
the deep end at the moment.
The European referendum and
now the acrimonious process of
negotiating a departure from the
European Union has released toxins
into the political bloodstream. The
kaleidoscope has been shaken and
everything has been changed. The
people consigned to outer darkness
in the Cameron period are now
enjoying the limelight and all
political allegiance is refracted
through this question. The standard
of the argument is really lamentable.
Every squall is an opportunity for
protagonists to repeat, in essence,
their original position. It has already
become as tedious as arguments
about the Iraq War but its
consequences for the conduct of
politics is vastly greater. Most
important, it is blinding the Tories
once again to how they appear to
ordinary mortals.
Andrea Leadsom?s
march on Westminster
was a bizarre spectacle
Conservatives are supposed to be
practical, steadfast people, impatient
with grand schemes. Europe, though,
and the threat to national identity
sends them into paroxysms. They
simultaneously believe that the EU
is both bureaucratic and useless and
yet somehow capable of engineering
a brilliantly evil super-state. The
response, when you point out this
logical howler to any leading
advocate of leaving the EU, is just
like trying to persuade an enthused
Corbynista that the sainted Jeremy
has a terrible habit of fellowtravelling with apologists for
terrorism. Their conviction screens
out the criticism; they don?t really
even hear what you are saying. The
zone of immunity is the area around
a warship in which direct enemy fire
is less effective. Politicians
sometimes, briefly, get into that zone.
With his supporters, Mr Corbyn is in
it now. They believe so ardently in
his bona fides that it is not worth,
yet, trying to persuade them
otherwise.
The general election earlier this
year has produced a riot of overinterpretation and myth-making but
the one that could tempt the Tories
is contained in Mr Rees-Mogg?s first
recorded tweet. Tempora mutantur, et
nos mutamur in illis ? the times
change and we change with them.
When shock follows surprise,
whether it?s Brexit, Trump or
Corbyn, it is easy to believe that
literally nothing is left of the old
dispensation. Everything solid has
melted into air and the changed
times therefore require not steady
leadership but flamboyant peculiarity
or ostentatious integrity, even if it
comes in the form of opposing
abortion in all circumstances. Mr
Rees-Mogg does not believe in
climate change legislation and was a
vocal supporter, at least for a time, of
Donald Trump. The old view of
politics was that a Tory party that
aspired to govern needed to attract
liberals into its fold. The popularity
of Mr Rees-Mogg is a capitulation to
the idea that the times have changed
and we need to change with them.
Better authenticity and an affront to
the liberal received wisdom.
The Tory party is, at the moment,
in too much of a funk to be sure
what it feels. The party is confronted
at present, as Woody Allen said, with
the twin options of abject disaster
and total extinction and hoping they
have the wisdom to choose correctly.
manoeuvre to block Mr Johnson and
Mr Rees-Mogg could easily let in
another candidate with the fire of
Euro-certainty in their eyes, such
as Mr Raab or Mrs Leadsom. The
desire for deliverance, which is what
Mr Corbyn benefits from in the
Labour Party, could yet attach to
someone other than Mr Rees-Mogg.
Indeed, his brief rise up the ranks to
the status of favourite is the first sign
of the virus.
Tory leadership rivals
might be encouraged
to fight a duel
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg appears to
put authenticity above liberal wisdom
The combination of despair and
ideological fervour could easily lead
to a dose of Tory Corbynism. If Mr
Corbyn can defy gravity a while
longer (and the law of gravity might
as well be included in the so-called
great repeal bill) then the
Conservatives could easily panic.
It could easily then seek to
comfort itself with an absurd
candidate for prime minister. It is too
sanguine to say blithely that the
MPs, who submit two candidates to
the membership to choose a leader
from, will stop every frivolous
contender. They do have the
example of those foolish Labour MPs
who lent their votes to Jeremy
Corbyn to expand the frontiers of the
debate but they also have quite a
collection of bad candidates of their
own they need to stop. A concerted
Rather than grant this choice to
Tory MPs and the party membership
perhaps the cabinet could revive the
practice begun by Castlereagh and
Canning in 1809 when they fought a
duel with pistols on Putney Heath.
That probably has as much prospect
of a good outcome as any other
method at the moment. Mr ReesMogg won some small measure of
publicity when he recorded the
longest word ever published in
Hansard.
?Floccinaucinihilipilification?, he said
pompously about the European
Court of Justice. It means the action
or habit of estimating something as
worthless. It is to be hoped that
enough of his parliamentary
colleagues come to that verdict on
his prospects of leading their party,
along with all the other ideological
zealots who will be joining the queue.
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Stop being snobbish about consumer spending
The Archbishop of Canterbury is the latest commentator to forget what made Britain great
Ed Conway
@edconwaysky
O
ne of the hottest
questions in economics
remains, even after 200
years, why the Industrial
Revolution happened
where it did. How did Britain
become an economic superpower
rather than China, or India, or
France? There are plenty of theories
but the most intriguing one comes
down to underwear.
For centuries the story of
undergarments was, frankly, rather
unappetising: people mostly had to
make do with loincloths, rough
woollen rags and, for the well-off, the
occasional codpiece.
But all that changed in the late
17th and early 18th century. For it
was then, a few decades after the
invention of the flying shuttle and
spinning jenny, that Britons
developed an appetite for white
cotton underwear. It wasn?t long
before households also began to
splurge on white stockings, linen
dresses, colourful jackets, ribbons,
hats, wigs and neckerchiefs. Nor did
this consumption craze end with
clothes. Old rickety furniture was
replaced by crafted wardrobes;
pewter mugs by china cups. Pocket
watches became a gentleman?s status
symbol of choice.
Clerics and society?s self-appointed
moral arbiters raised their eyebrows
at this obsession with material
possession. The great and the good
dismissed it as the madness of
crowds ? did people not know any
better? As it happens, they did.
It was upon this consumption
frenzy that the Industrial Revolution
was built. Yes: innovation, education
and demographics had plenty to do
with it, but had Britons not had such
a prodigious appetite for purchasing
stuff the satanic mills simply
wouldn?t have had the customers.
In other words, Britain assumed its
position in the world thanks to
consumer spending; not despite it.
Same thing for the US in the
20th century and, most probably, for
China in the coming decades as its
middle classes flex their wallets.
This is worth bearing in mind
today, because it remains fashionable
to moan about Britain?s reliance on
Cotton underwear
helped to drive the
industrial revolution
the consumer. In a report this week,
the Archbishop of Canterbury and
the Commission on Economic
Justice expressed alarm at forecasts
that ?household consumption will
drive nine tenths of the estimated
2 per cent GDP growth?.
This does indeed sound alarming,
until you consider that a) this figure
would hardly be unprecedented:
during Britain?s industrial heyday in
the 1830s consumer spending
accounted for an average of 93 per
cent of total economic growth. And,
more to the point, b) the number will
almost certainly be wrong.
For it turns out that having
powered the economy for several
years, including in the aftermath of
the Brexit vote, consumer spending
has tailed off in recent months.
Household spending rose by only 0.1
per cent in the second quarter of the
year, which is the slowest rate for two
and a half years and the main reason
overall growth is only 0.3 per cent.
The consumer has always been,
and will continue to be, the engine of
Britain?s economy. So why is it
sputtering? One explanation is the
return of the squeeze on real
incomes since the referendum. With
the pound weaker and inflation
higher, standards of living are falling
again. Consumer confidence levels
have fallen below the low point of
last summer. And having relied on
debt to fuel recent spending,
households are now tightening their
belts. Recent Bank of England data
show that annual consumer credit
growth dropped to 9.8 per cent in
July ? the lowest reading for 15
months.
Consumers are doing what they
usually do when they smell trouble
ahead: they are cutting back. They
have spotted that house prices look
unlikely to rise much further and are
far more likely to fall, at least in real
terms. They have detected that
Brexit will be a long, drawn-out,
unpredictable affair which has a
small but significant probability of
ending in disaster and a far smaller
likelihood of yielding a sudden
windfall. They know something is
amiss and, for the time being at least,
they are responding sensibly.
What does this mean? On the one
hand, the economy is likely to grow
slowly for a bit longer. For all the
discounts and car scrappage schemes
thrown at British families, we are
unlikely to see strong spending again
for a while. But let?s try to look
beyond the loss of a few percentage
points of GDP growth and focus on
the good news: far from spending
themselves into another crisis, as the
more prurient moralists would have
it, Britons are doing what they have
always done and behaving wisely.
If you start from the presumption
that people don?t know what?s best
for them, that might sound a little
preposterous. It might seem tempting
to assume that feckless households
are barrelling towards financial
doom. But as it happens the vast
majority of economic history tells a
very different story. For the most
part, crises occur because of policy
errors inflicted on consumers, rather
than the other way round. Much as it
might pain the chattering classes, the
fact is that most of the time British
households know precisely what
they?re doing.
Eventually we will learn this
lesson. Back in the early Industrial
Revolution, as the cognoscenti
recoiled from that first great
consumer spending spree, the poet
Bernard de Mandeville, an early
godfather of economics, suggested
that perhaps it might all be for the
best:
Thus every part was full of vice,
Yet the whole mass a paradise?
Ed Conway is economics editor
of Sky News
Carol Midgley Notebook
Help! I?ve
been driving
like an 80s
throwback
H
aving passed my driving
test at 17 (first time: proud
face) I like to think, as
most people do, that I?m
an above-average driver; a
solid 7 out of 10. But how do we
know how good or bad we are?
Nobody ever assesses our driving
skills again; bad habits harden like
corns. Well, as it happens, my skills
have just been reappraised. I?ve been
for a spin with an assessor from the
Institute of Advanced Motorists (now
IAM Roadsmart) and though I
recommend it, better make that a 5.
Recently I was nicked for speeding
and, having geekily enjoyed the
awareness course, did a taster drive
with the IAM. Nick Stein, my
assessor, a recently retired Easyjet
pilot who also flew Hercules aircraft
for the RAF, says the roads are way
more perilous than the air. If he
could change one thing it?s
increasing the separation distance
most motorists allow. Red Arrows
pilots are precision-trained for
months before they fly in formation:
on a busy road we effectively fly in
formation with strangers who could
be drunk, which is terrifying. The
7,000 people a year who take an
advanced driving course do so to be
safer, so maybe I should.
It?s strangely unnerving, having
someone observe you after all
these years, with habits set like
concrete. Evidently I?m overly
cautious and don?t do enough
checks before setting off
(true). My skills on
positioning also ?need
development? (also
probably true). And who
knew that you no longer
need to change down
gears when slowing?
That used to be
because brakes were less
effective; now they?re not.
I?ve been driving all this
time like an Eighties
throwback. How
embarrassing.
Gummed up
T
he point of chewing
gum? Even as a child
I avoided it as
something that just gives
you wind. I?m tetchy
because my leather jacket
has been ruined by a
masticator who stuck their
DNA-soaked gloop on a train seat.
Last month I binned some jeans for
the same reason. This is nothing
compared to pavements, pebbledashed with flattened grey blobs. If
we?re to fine dog owners who aren?t
carrying at least two poo bags then
why not stalk gum-chewers too?
Judging by the pavements there?s
a good chance they?ll be spitters.
If I must get something foul
stuck to my shoes
I?d prefer it,
marginally, to be
dog dirt. At least it
washes off.
Hefty tomes
S
pying on
people?s reading
material
around our hotel
pool in Greece I
noticed something:
no one had a Kindle.
Everyone, regardless
of age, had an oldfashioned paperback.
Perhaps adults and
children have reached
peak screen (children?s
book sales rose 16 per
cent last year; ebook
sales are falling). I
h
know I have.
I got a Kindle
last Christmas and have read
one book on it; it?s languished
uncharged in a drawer since
May. Will print prove the tortoise to
the tablet?s hare? Kids queue for a
David Walliams hardback, TV
listings hardily survive and �porn
mags are still holding up despite free
online sex videos. Digital is fine but
sometimes there?s no substitute for
heft.
Nothing like a dame
T
he letter I received regarding
my subscription to The
Spectator addressed me as
Dame C Midgley. This was not
entirely an error. The deliveries of
pricey dried cat food that arrive at
my door are addressed to Sir Carol.
Again, not technically a ?mistake?.
I?ve developed a habit when
completing online forms of ticking
anything as long as it?s not Miss, Mrs
or Ms, the dreary trinity of labels
applied to women while men get an
inference-free Mr. Why do they
require anyone?s title at all? Why not
just your name? I might order some
new towels as Professor, a rug as
Lady and sink unblocker as Dr. It?s a
small stand against institutionalised
sexism but we must take our petty
pleasures where we can. If any have
the cheek to ask my date of birth
(and many do) I usually just cancel
the order. Is this grumpy old woman
territory? I think it is.
@carolmidgley
This war against
vice-chancellors?
pay must stop
Oliver Kamm
L
abour went to the country in
June pledging to abolish
university tuition fees. The
unanticipated electoral
potency of this policy has
not been lost on the government, for
the Conservatives too have now
come up with a scheme that makes
no economic sense and will damage
higher education.
Yesterday Jo Johnson, the
universities minister, announced
plans to curb the pay of vicechancellors. Mr Johnson proposes
that universities who pay their vicechancellors more than �0,000 a
year should have to justify that
remuneration as a condition of their
registration. If they?re unable to, they
could be fined by the new regulator
for higher education. Presented as a
measure to control cost and increase
accountability, the policy is a
demeaning piece of populism that
will undermine the morale and
international standing of Britain?s
universities.
The pay of university heads is
undoubtedly controversial. Louise
Richardson, vice-chancellor of
Oxford University, was the target of
unflattering headlines last month for
her salary of �0,000. It?s an
understatement to say she?s worth
every penny: she?s a bargain.
Professor Richardson heads a
university whose total expenditure in
2015-16 was a little over �3 billion.
Were she to take a pay cut of
�0,000, it would make no effective
difference to Oxford?s finances. Mr
Johnson talks airily of value for
money as if students aren?t already
getting it. Students at Professor
Richardson?s institution get an
education at the world?s top-ranked
university for �000 a year that they
don?t even have to pay until they?ve
graduated and got a well-paying job.
Not all vice-chancellors earn as
much as Oxford?s but some are paid
more and the average basic salary is
�4,000 a year. That?s not high by
international standards. Professor
Richardson?s pay is dwarfed by that of
her equivalents at top US universities
(Columbia?s president has a basic
salary of more than $1 million and
total compensation of substantially
more). There isn?t a vast pool of
people qualified and willing to run a
university. The role of an academic is
typically to teach and research in
conditions of secure employment. A
university vice-chancellor has an
extraordinarily demanding job,
requiring skills that senior academics
won?t necessarily possess, such as
management of a vast bureaucracy,
fundraising and public diplomacy.
As Britain embarks on a quixotic
exit from the EU, its higher
education sector is among its
greatest economic assets. So the
government and its supporters make
sure that the people who run the
universities are lambasted for
avarice. You don?t need an Oxford
doctorate to grasp how stupid that is.
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Reasons to be cheerful about technology
We worry too much about the impact of email and social media on our lives and should look on the bright side instead
Edward
Lucas
@edwardlucas
T
echnology inspires panic. I
do not mean the feeling I
had recently when I sat
behind the wheel of my
Italian hire car and
watched mysterious warning lights
flash on and off, accompanied by
messages in machine-written English
(?stabilisation disabled?). That kind
of panic is broadly solvable with
advice, experience or ingenuity.
Much more insidious are the social
panics that new technology
creates. Everything is going to
change for the worse as old
certainties erode and new fears
emerge. These worries are as old as
innovation itself. A topical example
is that the changes in
paper production technology at the
end of the 19th century prompted
widespread alarm about the
incendiary effect of cheap printed
material on impressionable minds.
Other long-forgotten worries include
the effect of railway journeys on
female fertility, and the way in which
the telephone would assuredly
destroy face-to-face socialising.
Yet we are still surprisingly willing
to believe the latest round of scare
stories. Robots are going to destroy
our jobs. Social media addiction is
frying children?s brains. Phones and
email that are always on stoke a
debilitating cult of workaholism.
None of these dooms is looming.
We habitually misunderstand the
effects of new technology,
overstating the potential harm and
underestimating the benefits. We
also tend not to spot the way in
which problems created by one
round of innovation are solved by
the next.
As I write this article, for example,
I am planting a tree. So long as I can
retain my concentration for 25
minutes ? not checking email,
Twitter, Facebook or any other
productivity-killing distraction ? I
gain a sylvan bonus. If my willpower
fails me, the computer notices and
the digital tree withers and dies. This
is surprisingly effective. I know the
tree does not really exist or matter
but its death still highlights my lack
of mental muscles, so its survival
stiffens them. I got the idea from my
undergraduate son who is swotting
his way through Chaucer?s Troilus
and Criseyde. He plants a small forest
every day. My teenage daughter,
from a generation supposedly
enslaved to Snapchat, has another
app which builds houses overnight so
long as she does not check her
phone. She is now the steward of a
small town.
Economics provides another
counterweight to the destructive
influence of technology. A
forthcoming book, The Calm
Company, by two Chicago-based tech
entrepreneurs, Jason Fried and
David Heinemeier Hansson, argues
that as productivity declines as
An app will reward
you for not checking
your phone incessantly
people get tired, overwork is not a
sign of dedication but an act of
corporate sabotage that employers
and investors should discourage. In
their own software business,
Basecamp, working time is limited to
40 hours a week and 32 in the
summer. It seems to work rather
well.
These tricks are not panaceas.
Some people will be unable to
control their desire for electronic
connectedness, just as some people
are inveterate gamblers or
pornography consumers. But we
should not mistake the incidence of
human weakness for a trend.
New technology does raise some
daunting political questions.
Ubiquitous facial-recognition
technology, for example, may destroy
anonymity, which we have taken for
granted ever since our ancestors
started living in cities. Law-governed
societies will deal with this one way,
with regulations about how such
data are collected, stored and mined.
Totalitarian societies like China will
use it uninhibitedly as a means of
intensifying social control.
But human ingenuity has a habit
of evolving to deal with the problems
that innovation creates. In particular,
the fears of job-killing technological
change are as overblown now as they
were in the days of the Luddites.
Robots and software do make some
jobs unnecessary, but they also
make most of us more productive
and more employable. The most
boring bits of jobs disappear and we
are left with the more interesting
ones.
A recent case study in The Wall
Street Journal provides a vivid
example from the banking industry.
The arrival of the cash machine in
the early 1970s was supposed to
decimate jobs. In fact the reverse has
happened. The US now has 500,000
machines that spit out cash, accept
bill payments and give bank
statements. This frees up bank
counter staff to concentrate on other,
more profitable and useful activities.
Their numbers have doubled over
the same period.
It is a similar story in the retail
industry. Automation and the growth
of online shopping giants such as
Amazon have destroyed about
120,000 American jobs. Yet the ones
that the e-commerce boom have
created are more numerous ?
400,000, according to one estimate.
The new work is more interesting
and better paid. Instead of trudging
around a shop waiting for customers,
employees are engaged in fulfilling
orders. Consumers are happier too:
they are not restricted to what one
shop has in stock but can choose
from anything available in a vast
network of warehouses.
This is not to minimise the
downside of disruptive change. The
people getting the new jobs may not
be the same as those who are losing
the old ones. They may need help
with retraining or support from wage
subsidies or a guaranteed basic
income (another political question).
But it seems perverse to respond to
this shift by taxing robots in order to
discourage their use, as Bill Gates of
Microsoft has suggested. Whatever
the costs of adjusting to new
technology, meeting them will be
easiest if we are richer, not poorer.
Edward Lucas writes for The Economist
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Brexit and nostalgia for the British Empire
Number of MPs
Sir, The government is right to seek
to equalise, so far as is possible,
constituency boundaries. But there is
a principled argument for not
reducing the number of MPs in
addition to the one you mention
(leader, Sep 6), that it could harm
scrutiny of government. For MPs are,
as well as legislators, ombudsmen and
women for their constituents.
Demands on MPs have grown
enormously since the war: in the
1950s Hugh Gaitskell, the shadow
chancellor and then leader of the
opposition, received only 20 letters a
month from constituents, while the
numbers they represent have
increased with the growth of the
population and the reduction of the
voting age in 1969 to 18. In 1945 the
average MP represented about
66,000 constituents. Today the figure
is about 96,000. If the number were
to be reduced, as proposed, from 650
to 600, it would be about 105,000 ? a
60 per cent increase since 1945.
Any reduction in the number of
MPs, therefore, is likely to increase
the alienation of the citizen from the
state. I hope that the government will
think again.
vernon bogdanor
Professor of government, KCL
Absence of harriers
Sir, Further to Andrew Gilruth?s letter
(Sep 7), the only reason that
Langholm Moor supported 12 hen
harrier nests that fledged 47 young
was that the gamekeepers working on
this collaborative demonstration
project were under strict instructions
not to kill them and to operate within
the law. It is very telling that no other
driven grouse moors in Scotland (or
the rest of the UK) can equal this hen
harrier population or productivity.
What this statistic actually suggests,
therefore, is the rampant scale of
illegal killing of this majestic bird,
given its landscape-wide absence and
the lack of breeding success on all
other driven grouse moors and which
our members (who are licensed by
Scottish Natural Heritage) monitor
across Scotland every year.
logan steele
Scottish Raptor Study Group
Sir, Nigel Biggar (Comment, Sep 4) is
both right and wrong in holding that
Sir Vince Cable?s view that imperial
nostalgia among the elderly was what
caused Brexit. Rather it was the EU?s
overbearing imperial ambitions that
led to the Leave vote. Both Biggar and
Cable have a point.
Where Biggar is wrong is in failing
to understand the danger Europe
faces if the EU project, imperfect
though it may be, fails. Large nations
are always likely to dominate smaller
ones. All the more tragic it is,
therefore, that the EU will be without
the UK to provide the balance it
badly needs. Whenever in the past
two centuries one continental power
has dominated, Britain has always
been drawn in to the inevitable war
that ensues. The threat now, however,
is from without, which a disunited
Europe will not be able to withstand.
john mann
Chagford Cross, Devon
Sir, I could not agree more with Nigel
Biggar?s article. My primary objection
to European Union membership all
along has been the overreach of the
EU judiciary in its interpretation of
European law. Even before the ink
was dry on David Cameron?s
compromise agreement it was being
Darwin and science
Sir, David Aaronovitch (Sep 7),
commenting on my latest book,
Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker,
is under the mistaken impression that
it denies the great fact of evolution ?
which it doesn?t. He says I have come
over ?all mystic?, and appears to lump
me in with climate change deniers.
It never crossed my mind, when I
began research, to doubt the basic
truth of Darwinism. It was reading
science, not coming over all mystic,
that persuaded me that Darwin had
not been vindicated by time.
It is true that my book was
denounced in the New Scientist
magazine, but this review was a
narrowly Darwinian one. It claimed,
for example, that the present view of
life on Earth was one of changing
lineages branching from common
ancestors ? as Darwin maintained.
Genome research in the past 30 years
proves that this is not true and that as
much as 80 per cent of genomes of
Corrections and
clarifications
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Woking Borough Council and
Another, Sep 5), not Lord Justice
Lindblom as we stated.
6 In correcting our assertion that
Chime was owned by WPP (Business,
Sep 6), we mistakenly said that WPP
sold 75 per cent to Providence Equity
(Correction, Sep 7). In fact WPP held
a minority stake, which it retained
when Providence acquired the
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on this day september 8, 1917
AMERICAN
HOSPITALS
BOMBED
The Germans persist in their
infamous policy of night raids on
hospitals, which prisoners confess to
be deliberate. In one of their latest
raids they selected a series of
hospitals near the coast, of which
two are American. They dropped
three bombs on the Harvard
Hospital, which has been doing most
excellent work. One officer of the
American Army Medical Corps was
killed and three wounded. Five
openly argued by some in Brussels
that it would be challenged and
overturned in the European Court of
Justice. In such circumstances it was
obvious that the UK would never be
able to stop the slow-motion
avalanche of ?ever closer union?.
alistair newton
Theydon Bois, Essex
best described as intense nationalist
instincts. They are creatures of
emotion, not reason. The main
difference is that Sir Vince recognises
the falsity of the imperial dream,
whereas Biggar seems to believe in the
imperious monster he has concocted.
murray forsyth
Malvern, Worcestershire
Sir, Nigel Biggar (Sep 4) portrays
Brexit as a rejection by Britain of the
?impatience, highhandedness and
inflexibility of European imperial
ambition?. He paints a heartwarming
picture of our country following its
historic role of standing up to bullying
empires. Sir Vince Cable?s picture of
Britain being led into Brexit by dreams
of imperial greatness is rejected by
Biggar in favour of his own, more
brutal, imperial interpretation. But are
not the two ?imperial? explanations
complementary? Is not Biggar?s
ingeniously crafted portrait of the EU
as a grasping, impetuous, oppressive
empire as much an unreal
construction as the dream of imperial
resuscitation? The first conjures up an
ogreish enemy to be stoutly repelled,
the second a promised land to be
enthusiastically possessed. Both are
falsifications of reality, created to
underpin and fortify what is surely
Sir, The overall tone of Nigel Biggar?s
article suggests that the EU was, and
continues to be, motivated by a need
for power and control. From my
experience of working with many
senior German business leaders, the
initial purpose of the EU was to do
with national and European security
rather than issues such as economic
or social progress.
Many older Germans now feel
betrayed by the UK?s decision to leave
the EU at a time when the security of
Europe is unclear. If the EU is truly to
sustain itself for the long term (with
or without the UK), any imperial
ambition will need to be focused on
more constructive issues, such as
climate change or the wellbeing of all
its citizens. Empowering its member
states, rather than removing power
from them, will be critical.
simon milton
London SW12
the vast majority of species, singlecelled bacteria and archea have
occurred through same-generational
horizontal gene transfer. Lineages
merge to form new species, rather
than always following the Darwinian
?vertical? branching descent.
As for the social and political legacy
of Darwin, surely Aaronovitch can
see a link between the bogus science
of eugenics, pioneered by Darwin?s
cousin Galton, out of Darwin?s own
Descent of Man, and the race laws of
the Third Reich? This is not to say
that Darwin was an ur-Nazi, but by
letting his racism infiltrate his science,
he left a complicated legacy.
a n wilson
London NW1
aren?t fighting they should be training
to fight. That training should be
progressive. You build up from
individual skills through to the
brigade and divisional levels at which
you will be expected to fight.
It?s like an orchestra. If the strings,
woodwind, percussion and brass
never practise together under one
conductor, when opening night
comes the result will be a dreadful
racket. British Army Training Unit
Suffield, in Canada, and Kenya are
chances to practise the full orchestra
of war. The stakes are rather higher
than risking some poor reviews. An
army that doesn?t train properly soon
moves from operational to
?decorational?.
lincoln jopp, mc
Commanding officer 1st Battalion
Scots Guards 2008-11, London EC4
Axed army training
Sir, I read with concern about the
proposed cuts to army training in
Canada and Kenya (?Warships and
battlefield training to be axed in
defence cuts?, Sep 6). When armies
American members of the staff were
also wounded, besides 10 patients,
two of the latter having since died. It
must be clearly understood that the
Germans do not merely not seek to
avoid hospitals in their night raids.
They purposely search them out,
and travel considerable distances to
bomb them.
The last two nights we have again
had thunderstorms and rain, and
today a thick white mist, with which
we have grown too familiar in
Flanders, is again all over the
country, making aeroplane work and
observation of any kind very
difficult. While there has been no
movement of any magnitude, two
small operations by Canadians near
Lens, and English troops north-east
of Ypres, have improved our
positions locally by giving us some
enemy strong points. In each case
the German losses seem to have
been considerable for the size of the
operation, and we have taken some
30 prisoners.
In spite of not too favourable
conditions the artillery has been
very active in the last 36 hours, our
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shelling at certain places and periods
being very heavy. I have more than
once spoken of the excellence of our
counter-battery work with the help
of aeroplane observation and,
though the Germans seem able to
produce new guns to take the place
of those we knock out, evidence
accumulates of their great anxiety to
economize their guns. A prisoner?s
letter tells how the Germans rush
guns up in the night, fire a few
rounds, and withdraw them again.
We also hear that German batteries
have orders to evacuate their
positions as speedily as possible
when our guns open fire on them.
Also they are, apparently, taking to
disposing their guns in batteries in
fantastic formations instead of the
normal grouping, with very wide
intervals between and in other than
a straight line. This is done purely in
hopes of avoiding our gunfire.
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Rees-Mogg?s stance
Sir, Your leader (Sep 7) identifies two
issues, abortion and gay marriage,
where you say that the views of Jacob
Rees-Mogg are ?out of kilter with
modern Britain and the mainstream
of the Conservative Party?. On that
basis you appear to suggest that,
while being an able and effective
backbench MP, Mr Rees-Mogg is
unsuited to higher political office.
The two issues you single out are
not in any sense party political issues
and nor should they be. In the past
when both issues have been voted
upon in parliament, the whips of the
main parties have allowed their MPs
a free vote, recognising that these are
subjects involving issues of conscience
and deeply-held personal belief.
andrew stables
New Malden, Surrey
Sir, Further to your leader, Jacob
Rees-Mogg was not campaigning
actively against abortion or same-sex
marriage. He merely stated his firmly
held views. In a future election tussle,
I think that his rigid views on Brexit
will count against him far more. The
problem facing the Conservative Party
is that there is such a scarcity of talent
on the front benches that a backbench
MP with firm convictions is being
viewed as a potential candidate.
frank keegan
Alderley Edge, Cheshire
Extracting the facts
Sir, The person who waited three
months for treatment by an NHS
dentist should be grateful that she
needed only fillings (letter, Sep 6).
Earlier this year I was referred to the
dental department of an NHS
hospital for an extraction under
sedation. I was told the waiting list
was about four months. Nearly five
months later, I got my appointment,
at which I was told that the waiting
list for the actual procedure was a
further six months. Apparently, the
four months quoted was the waiting
time to get on the waiting list.
susan knowles
Solihull, W Midlands
Night at the opera
Sir, No doubt William Stockler (letter,
Sep 6) is correct about the economics
of ticket prices for the Last Night of
the Proms, and indeed other services.
But what a world it would be if every
organisation followed that line of
thinking. The contrast with the
approach suggested by the new
director of opera at Covent Garden,
Oliver Mears (News, Sep 6), who
proposes stripping out stalls seats for
some performances and replacing
them with � standing tickets,
couldn?t be more stark. If we want a
world where only the wealthy have
access to events, by all means adopt a
market forces approach, but I hope
promoters will resist that temptation.
george kingston
Sutton under Brailes, Warwickshire
Exhibition overload
Sir, It seems that we inherited
exhibition exhaustion, as well as our
museums and galleries, from the
Victorians. Recently I read Mrs
Augusta Magniac?s diary at the British
Library, in the hope of an insight into
her experience of visiting the 1862
loan exhibition at South Kensington.
Her report was brief and to the point:
?Went to the Exhibition with Mama.
Nearly died of fatigue.?
eloise donnelly
Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge
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Leading articles
Daily Universal Register
UK: The government releases a report by
David Lammy, the Labour MP and former
skills minister, on racial disparities in the
criminal justice system.
Nature notes
Pied flycatchers
are moving across
Britain, after
nesting in Wales
and more generally
in the western half
of the country. In
summer the males are bright-looking black
and white birds, easy to see and recognise,
but in autumn they are no longer pied, and
look just like the brown female. Now they
can be picked out easily in the trees only by
their way of darting out and catching a fly in
the air. They usually return to a different
branch, whereas spotted flycatchers like to
return to the same branch. Pied flycatchers
nest in summer mainly in oak woods, where
they traditionally use old woodpecker holes.
Nowadays nest boxes are put up for them
on trees and many pairs use them. However,
great tits, which are often nesting before the
flycatchers arrive, take them over, so the
entrance holes are at first bunged up, and
the bungs are removed only when the
flycatchers return from Africa.
derwent may
Birthdays today
Geoff Miller, pictured,
cricketer, England
(1976-84), chairman,
England cricket selectors
(2008-13), 65; Jeannette
Altwegg, figure skater,
Olympic gold medallist,
ladies? singles (1952), 87;
Sir Mike Aaronson, director-general, Save
the Children (1995-2005), 70; Sir Hugh
Bennett, former High Court judge
(1995-2010), 74; Linda Bennett, founder
(1990), fashion retailer LK Bennett, 55; Jos
Buttler, cricketer, Lancashire County Cricket
Club and England, vice-captain of the
England limited-overs teams, 27; Timothy
Cox, lord-lieutenant of Warwickshire, 62;
Anne Diamond, TV presenter, 63; Michael
Frayn, playwright, Noises Off (1982), and
novelist, Spies (2002), 84; Martin Freeman,
actor, Sherlock (since 2010), The Hobbit: The
Battle of the Five Armies (2014), 46;
Christopher Gibson-Smith, chairman,
London Stock Exchange Group (2003-15),
72; Paul Hanagan, flat racing jockey,
champion jockey (2010, 2011), 37; Dame
Margaret Hodge, Labour MP for Barking
and former minister, 73; Fred Jarvis, general
secretary, National Union of Teachers
(1975-89), 93; James Mattis, US secretary of
defence, 67; John McDonnell, Labour MP
for Hayes and Harlington, shadow
chancellor of the exchequer, 66; ViceAdmiral Sir Roy Newman, flag officer,
Plymouth and commander, Central Sub
Area Eastern Atlantic (1992-96), 81; Lady
Patricia Nutting, chairwoman, Georgian
Group (1999-2014), 76; Pink, singer,
Funhouse (2008), 38; Bernie Sanders, US
senator, the longest-serving independent in
US congressional history, 76; Bruce Sansom,
director, Central School of Ballet (2006-09),
54; Victor Ubogu, rugby player, Bath and
England (1992-99), 53.
On this day
In 1974 US President Ford issued an
unconditional pardon for any offences his
predecessor Richard Nixon might have
committed as president.
The last word
?We have Africa in our blood and Africa has
our bones. We are all Africans.? Richard
Dawkins, atheist and evolutionary biologist,
A Devil?s Chaplain (2003).
Burma?s Brutality
Violence against Rohingya Muslims is being cruelly inflamed by
Aung San Suu Kyi and her moral authority is being squandered
Seldom has a reputation fallen so fast and
precipitously as that of Aung San Suu Kyi. As a
political prisoner, she was for nearly 30 years a
symbol of selfless moral courage against Burma?s
military junta, recognised by the award of the
Nobel peace prize. Having become the country?s
de facto leader last year after a transition to
democracy initiated by a reformist general, Ms
Suu Kyi has now become something much worse
than a fig leaf for repression. She is an active
accomplice to brutality and bigotry.
United Nations workers in the region estimate
that 146,000 Rohingya Muslims, most of them
women and children, have fled Burma into
Bangladesh in the past fortnight. They seek refuge
from attacks on their villages by Burma?s security
forces and Buddhist vigilantes. These attacks are
ostensibly a response to a co-ordinated strike by
Muslim militants on 30 police and border posts.
Yet in no reasonable definition can this be considered a security operation. It is a murderous assault
on civilians, hundreds of whom have been killed as
their villages have been razed.
To these egregious abuses of human rights, Ms
Suu Kyi offers only shifty extenuation. She blames
?terrorists? for the violence and complains of a
?huge iceberg of misinformation? about the plight
of the refugees. In manoeuvring to head off international condemnation at the UN security
council, she seeks support from Russia and China,
serial protectors of despotic regimes.
Ant髇io Guterres, the UN secretary-general,
warned the security council this week that the violence in Burma might escalate into a humanitarian catastrophe. Severe as the crisis is already, it is
perilously close to spiralling out of control. And
the violence should be described for what it is, not
in the way Ms Suu Kyi would like it to be depicted.
This is not some outbreak of communal strife in
which the state authorities are forces of law. It is a
systematic campaign of repression against a long
established but stateless minority. Even educated
Burmese supporters of Ms Suu Kyi talk about this
minority in the language of casual racism. The
most generous gloss that can be put on her own
attitude towards them is that she regards them
simply as illegal immigrants.
They are nothing of the sort. The Rohingya
Muslims of Burma number close to a million and
have been there, almost exclusively in Rakhine
state on the western coast, for generations. The
transparent goal of the repression directed against
them is to expel them from Burma. It recalls ominously the repression of another Muslim popula-
tion, that of Bosnia, a quarter of a century ago.
They too were expelled from their homes in a
campaign that came to be known by the
euphemism of ?ethnic cleansing?, which moved
seamlessly and mercilessly to genocide.
In this tragedy, the British government has been
sadly behind events. Boris Johnson, the foreign
secretary, called at the weekend for Ms Suu Kyi to
deploy her ?remarkable qualities? to defuse the
violence in Rakhine affecting ?both Muslims and
other communities?. Can it really have escaped Mr
Johnson that the correct standard for judging Ms
Suu Kyi is no longer her personal qualities but
what she does in public office? Pragmatism might
have been justification for moving cautiously to
avoid inflaming sectarian violence but for the
Rohingya she has not moved at all. As leader she
is not even containing the violence.
Ms Suu Kyi?s preposterous defence of the army?s
burning of villages and the murder and expulsion
of civilians marks her now as a partisan for
repression and xenophobia. Her shattered moral
authority cannot be restored but she has an
obligation to stop the violence and belatedly allow
international relief agencies access to the
refugees. Britain and its allies should press her
hard and condemn her obduracy.
Exam Extensions
Pupils need time to make up their minds on what to study
More than a quarter of all schools are now taking
three years rather than two to prepare pupils for
GCSEs. This means starting to study for the exams
at 13, having chosen which ten subjects to do the
year before. These are formative decisions, and
taking them at the age of 12 is too soon.
Secondary school should be an opportunity for
teenagers to try things out and see what they like.
Pupils study the broadest range of subjects they
will ever tackle between the ages of 11 and 14. At
good schools everything from food tech to
Chinese and computer science will be on the
menu and should be tasted without the pressure to
excel in a national exam. Instead, at a turbulent
time in the lives of most young people, they are
having to close doors that they have barely had the
chance to look through, let alone open. Amanda
Spielman, chief inspector of schools, tells The
Times she is concerned about what is being ?whittled away? from the breadth of children?s education in the quest for results. She is not the only one;
all parents and head teachers should be.
History, geography and languages are being
dropped fastest by pupils forced into an early
choice. The trend is clear from this year?s GCSE
results. The number of teenagers who sat either
French or German fell by 10 per cent. Their inclusion by Michael Gove as education secretary in
the English baccalaureate has done nothing to
halt their decline. This is a shame. Learning languages requires bracing mental gymnastics and
cracks open other cultures. Studying history has
benefits beyond the memorisation of events and
dates. As George Santanaya noted, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Schools? emphasis on core subjects such as
English and maths is reasonable, but it should not
come at the expense of broad horizons.
The schools that start GCSEs early do so at least
in part to boost their standing in league tables. The
introduction of more challenging curriculums has
added to the pressure on head teachers, who
worry that they do not have the time to teach the
required material effectively. Staff may feel they
have little option in the circumstances, but it is
hard to see how carving out more time for exam
preparation helps pupils, schools or university
admissions staff in the long run. It may even
undermine the value of making them more rigorous in the first place. Ofsted?s inspection framework is due to be reviewed in 2019. Ms Spielman
should consider urging GCSE examining boards
to take account of time spent on the curriculum
when awarding grades.
Ultimately, the best solution to this problem
may be to abolish GCSEs altogether. They make
less sense now that young people are expected to
be in full-time education up to 18. No other big
European country requires its 16-year-olds to sit
important national exams only to do it all again
two years later. GCSEs create incentives for teachers to push their pupils into hurried decisions and
to spend time cramming and perfecting exam
technique that could be spent simply on learning.
Schools? desire to boost exam results is understandable but the cost of narrowing children?s
choices is too high. Those that want to start
GCSEs early should find ways to make sure students continue with non-core subjects alongside
those in which they face exams. Pupils given extra
time to work out who they are and what they like
will ultimately become more rounded adults.
History Woman
Hillary Clinton heads to Cheltenham?s literature festival
What happened? When the question is about the
election that handed Donald Trump the keys to
the White House, it covers a multitude of stunts,
caps, hacks, slogans and catastrophic miscalculations. When it is addressed to and answered by
Hillary Clinton, whom Mr Trump beat, it is worth
paying attention.
What Happened? happens to be the title of Mrs
Clinton?s latest memoir, which she will discuss
next month at The Times and The Sunday Times
Cheltenham Literature Festival. She may have
failed twice as a presidential contender but she has
good taste in festivals. Cheltenham?s is the oldest
and most prestigious in the country, and for all the
recognition that her husband gave a smaller
Welsh rival 16 years ago (he called the Hay-onWye event ?Woodstock of the mind?), Cheltenham can give solace to the soul.
Mrs Clinton?s appearance has the potential to
prove the point. She has promised to ?let her guard
down? in the book. If she does it will be welcome,
since her previous volumes have been self-censored chapters in a life of endless campaigning. If
she doesn?t, there is nothing like a live audience in
the Cotswolds to disarm even the most disciplined
podium performer.
Other books on the former first lady?s 2008
primary campaign against Barack Obama were
not flattering. They depicted in excruciating detail
her descent from nominee-apparent to bewildered runner-up. That bewilderment must have
paled next to whatever she felt last November.
The world still awaits a full explanation of what
happened. Robert Mueller, the former FBI chief
now investigating alleged Russian links to the
Trump campaign, may yet help to provide one. In
the meantime Mrs Clinton might take a side-trip
to GCHQ, Cheltenham?s other unique asset, and
ask if they can shed some light on the affair.
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Merkel loses
backing of
Germany?s 2m
Russian voters
Germany
David Charter Pforzheim
The Kremlin?s claim to Crimea has
become part of the German election
campaign in the battle for the votes of
two million Russian-Germans who are
turning away from Angela Merkel
towards populists likely to enter parliament for the first time.
Born and raised in the former Soviet
Union, many Russian-Germans rely on
news sources in their former home
country, which includes a steady
stream of reports of immigrant crime in
Germany and fake news planted on
social media by Kremlin trolls.
In a crammed conference hall in
western Germany, the Alternative for
Germany (AfD) party made its pitch to
one of the largest Russian-German
communities: not with lower taxes or
more jobs but with calls to end sanctions on Moscow.
The ?returnees? from former Soviet
republics make up one of the largest
ethnic voting groups in Germany. Unlike Turkish-Germans who favour the
Social Democratic Party (SPD), the
Russians were staunch supporters of
Mrs Merkel?s Christian Democratic
Union (CDU). This was in gratitude to
Helmut Kohl, the chancellor who legislated for the return of hundreds of
thousands to the land of their ancestors
after the Iron Curtain fell in the 1990s.
These old loyalties are now being
tested. The CDU?s embrace of a million
Muslim migrants as well as gay marriage have upset many in the ultra-conservative Russian community. Anxieties have been fuelled by the Russian
media?s intense coverage of immigrant
crime in Germany.
?Crimea for Russia is like Germany
losing Aachen or Cologne, we must
understand how it feels,? Alexander
Gauland, the AfD?s foreign policy
spokesman and co-candidate for chancellor, said to applause from his 1,200strong audience in Pforzheim, a city of
120,000 near the French border.
?We do not want the sanctions ?
they harm us, they damage Russia and
they will not bring Crimea back to
Ukraine,? he said, adding that Crimea
became Russian in 1783 under ?the German Tsarina? Catherine the Great.
Pforzheim?s several thousand Russian-German voters could prove decisive here in the election on September
24. In the Baden-W黵ttemberg state
election last year the AfD defeated the
CDU, winning 24.2 per cent against its
22.4 per cent, a fall of almost 20 points
for Mrs Merkel?s party.
The AfD senses that the two million
Russian-German votes are theirs for
the taking. Germany?s newest political
party, formed in 2013, has regularly ap-
pealed to traditions to build its nationalist support base, saying it is the natural home of disgruntled CDU voters.
At Mix Markt, a Russian supermarket in the Haidach district of Pforzheim, Irina, 77, explained why she was
likely to vote for the AfD.
?I always voted for the CDU but I?m
against Merkel now. All these migrants,? she said. ?I don?t like Muslims.?
Irina came to Germany from
Kazakhstan in 1990. Now she and thousands like her are backing the country?s
only anti-immigrant party.
?In my opinion, the AfD has something to offer Russian-Germans; it is
closer to Russia. You have to talk to
Russia and Putin. And with Trump in
America, too. War is the worst. I know
war.?
Anti-migrant feeling erupted early
last year over the ?Lisa case? when a
13-year-old Russian-German girl was
reported by First Russian TV to have
been kidnapped and raped by three
Arab-looking men.
Demonstrations of 10,000 RussianGermans were organised on social
media and covered widely by the Russian media. The resulting outcry was so
huge that Sergey Lavrov, the Russian
foreign minister, deplored the lack of
German police action.
It took a few days for investigators to
discover that the girl went missing for
the night because she stayed with a
friend and had been neither kidnapped
nor raped. The incident stoked deep
suspicions, however, and highlighted
the power of Russian media among the
Russian-German community.
Alexander Reiser, who moved to
Germany from Russia in 1996 and runs
a support group for citizens like him in
Berlin, said that Russian trolls set up a
fake account about him on Odnoklassniki, a social network for connecting
old friends, after he challenged the fake
rape report. The account falsely
portrayed him as gay and took him
nearly a year to remove, he said.
Mr Reiser said negative stories about
Mrs Merkel and the recent migrants
were rampant on Russian media. ?The
community?s biggest concern is the
refugees,? he said.
The Russian-German switch of allegiance will probably not affect Mrs
Merkel?s chances of winning the election but could have a big impact on the
fierce battle for third place behind the
CDU and SPD. The AfD is consistently
polling at between 8 and 10 per cent and
is engaged in a tussle with The Left
party, formed by former Communists,
and the pro-business liberals, the Free
Democrats. The prize at stake could be
highly significant, if the SPD goes back
into coalition with the CDU: the right
to be known as the opposition party.
On reflection Vietnamese fishermen in Bac Lieu province use a centuries-old technique of making their catch with bamboo
Israel strikes Syrian weapons factory
Syria
Isis
control
TURKEY
Richard Spencer Beirut
Israeli jets struck one of the Syrian
regime?s key missile and chemical
weapons factories yesterday, killing
two soldiers in an early morning raid.
Four Israeli jets flew over Lebanon
from where they fired at the Scientific
Studies and Research Centre base at
Masyaf. The SSRC oversees advanced
missile production and the remaining
stockpiles of chemical weapons,
including sarin gas.
The strike was confirmed by the
Assad regime. ?Israeli warplanes fired
several rockets from Lebanese air space
at 2:42am on Thursday, targeting one of
the Syrian military posts near Masyaf,
killing two army personnel and causing
material damage to the site,? a statement said. The Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights, a UK-based monitor,
claimed seven people had been killed.
The regime linked the attack to its
recent victory against Islamic State in
Raqqa
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the siege of Deir Ezzor, saying it was
designed to boost the jihadists? morale.
President Assad insists that IS is an
Israeli creation.
There was no official confirmation
from Israel, which has a policy of not
commenting on strikes abroad.
However, officials have recently admitted that it has struck inside Syria
nearly 100 times since the start of the
civil war. Targets are mostly connected
with the supply of weapons to the
Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah by its
Syrian and Iranian backers. Unusually
on this occasion a retired general,
Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli
military intelligence, issued a brief
statement on Twitter.
?The strike reported last night is not
routine,? he said. ?The factory produces
the chemical weapons and barrel
bombs that have killed thousands of
Syrian civilians.? Mr Yadlin is head of
the Institute for National Security
Studies at Tel Aviv university.
Mr Yadlin hinted at the military
significance of the strike, saying that
the factory was known to develop and
build precision missiles, which he said
would ?have a significant role in the
next round of conflict?. That is likely to
be a reference to conflict involving
Israel, Hezbollah and its backers.
Israel is currently conducting a
military exercise in which the aim is to
?vanquish? Hezbollah. The Israelis fear
that the militia, which it failed to defeat
in the 2006 war, has been strengthened
after coming to the rescue of Assad.
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Japan raises nuclear option
to counter threat from Kim
SHUJI KAJIYAMA/AP
Japan
Richard Lloyd Parry Tokyo
and nets, throwing mirror images on the shallow water of a beach as they work
Japan should discuss hosting nuclear
weapons on its territory, a former
defence minister said in a sign that the
North Korean threat is changing the
military balance in the region.
In what would once have been a
shocking breach of taboo in the only
country to have suffered the ravages of
atomic bombs, Shigeru Ishiba said
that Japan should debate the abolition
of what are known as the ?three nonnuclear principles? ? not producing or
possessing nuclear weapons or allowing them on Japanese soil.
In the country of Hiroshima and
Nagasaki, opposition to nuclear arms is
strong and until recently suggesting
introducing any such weapons, let
alone an independent deterrent, would
have been unthinkable.
The emerging threat of a nucleararmed and unpredictable North Korea
has changed the strategic landscape
and in this century the possibility has
been cautiously discussed among
Japanese politicians, academics and
bureaucrats.
Last week the sense of alarm peaked
when North Korea test-fired a ballistic
missile over Japan, followed five days
later by its sixth nuclear test. Mr Ishiba
said on Japanese television on Wednesday: ?Is it really right for us to say that
we will seek the protection of US
nuclear weapons but we don?t want
them inside our country??
The American ?nuclear umbrella?
protected Japan and South Korea
during the Cold War. Under the treaties
that Washington has with both countries, the US guarantees their defence,
extending the deterrent power of its
nuclear arsenal across their territory,
but without stationing nuclear weapons there.
If Kim Jong-un acquires the ability to
launch a nuclear attack on the US,
however, American allies will begin to
wonder: would the US risk the possibili-
Shigeru Ishiba, left, with Shinzo Abe, has opened a debate on nuclear weapons
ty of losing one of its own cities to a
North Korean attack to defend them?
?It?s important to know when the
United States would ?open? the nuclear
umbrella for us,? Mr Ishiba said during
a television appearance.
Mr Ishiba was hinting at the abolition
of only one of the non-nuclear principles to allow US nuclear weapons to be
stationed in Japan, as he appeared to
oppose the country acquiring its own
deterrent. ?If Japan, the only country to
have suffered a nuclear attack, possessed nuclear weapons, it would send a
message that it?s fine for anyone in the
world to have them,? he said.
Some American commentators and
politicians, including the Republican
senator John McCain, have urged their
government to encourage a Japanese
nuclear capability. On the practical
level, Japan has large stockpiles of
fissile plutonium, and waste from its
civilian nuclear power stations, enough
to manufacture thousands of warheads.
It also has a mastery of rocket technology from its civilian space programme.
In 2011 Mr Ishiba, a senior member of
the ruling Liberal Democratic Party
who is well known as a defence expert,
said: ?I don?t think Japan should have
nuclear [weapons]. However, at the
same time, Japan can make them
whenever we decide ? within a year.
And this in itself may be a deterrent.?
Yoshihide Suga, Japan?s chief cabinet
secretary, downplayed the suggestion
yesterday. ?Until now, we haven?t discussed calling these three principles
into question and we are not planning
to do so,? he said.
The principal obstacles are legal and
political. Japan?s forces are barred
under the constitution from anything
but defensive action, a task that is hard
to reconcile with possession of nuclear
weapons, but the so-called SelfDefence Forces have become increasingly active and can now support allies
outside Japanese territory.
President Trump said last night that
a US military strike against Kim?s regime would mark ?a very sad day for
North Korea? but added that ?nothing?s
inevitable?. He said: ?Military action
would certainly be an option . . . It would
be great if something else could be
worked out. I would prefer not going
the route of the military, but it?s something certainly that could happen.?
Judge tells bank of papa to Picky students rewrite campus menus
keep funding lazy daughter
United States
Will Pavia New York
Italy
Tom Kington Rome
A father who cut off his 26-year-old
daughter?s allowance after she spent six
years at university without graduating
has been ordered by a judge to keep
paying, starting a national debate about
Italy?s stay-at-home generation.
Gino Cecchini, 59, from Pordenone
in northern Italy, said that his decision
to stop paying his daughter?s expenses
and fees was driven by her academic
sloth and unwillingness to get a job.
?She spent six years enrolled on a
public relations course and took less
than half an exam,? he told La Repubblica. ?I said things had to change; in my
house you either work or you study.?
Mr Cecchini?s daughter moved out,
but made him pay her rent, then took
him to court when he stopped sending
cheques, demanding ?2,577 a month,
including ?400 a month for pocket
money and ?1,000 a year for holidays.
The court backed her, saying that her
parents? divorce had stifled her will to
study and ?she deserved more time?. Mr
Cecchini appealed and lost again, with
the court stating that he needed to put
up with her ?inertia in maturing towards independence?. It did cut his
monthly bill, stipulating he pay ?240
rent and ?350 pocket money a month,
plus ?1,800 yearly for college fees.
In 2015 a survey revealed that
65.8 per cent of Italians aged between
18 and 34 still lived at home, nearly
double the proportion ? 34.2 per cent
? of young Britons. The Italian tradition of not leaving home until married
is one explanation, as is the lack of
benefits for the young jobless.
About 24 per cent of Italians under 30
are neither employed or in education or
training, the highest figure in Europe.
In the Sixties and Seventies students
arrived on campuses hoping to end
wars and achieve sweeping changes in
society. Undergraduates rolling up at
universities across America today
would also like to make some changes,
starting with the menu in the cafeteria.
They want to know where the fish
comes from, how the chicken was treated during its lifetime and how the milk
was made. The revolution will not be
homogenised.
?They want seafoods to be sourced as
locally as possible,? said Ken Toong, a
senior director with responsibility for
dining at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. ?They want less chemicals, more labels. They want to know if
we are using grass-fed beef.?
When Mr Toong arrived at the university 19 years ago, campus officials
were unlikely to boast about the canteen. The Princeton Review, which
conducts an annual survey of 137,000
students, asking them about their professors, the accommodation and the
food halls, ranked the college?s dining
facilities as among the worst in the
nation. ?It appeared in their ?Is it food??
list,? he said.
Today palates are more discerning.
Students may still begin by considering
a university?s academic prowess and its
price tag, said Robert Franek, editor-inchief of the review, but then they turn to
?the environment in which they are
going to stay and the food they are
going to eat?.
On the college ranking service
Niche, reviews of universities with distinguished dining halls often speak first
of the food. ?Gorgeous campus and delicious food,? said a sophomore at the
University of California, Los Angeles.
Whatever might be happening in classes, the university now has aeroponic
towers where plants grow without soil,
their roots fed by a spray of mist. Over
at Virginia Tech, the head of dining ser-
vices has travelled to Nicaragua to find
an organic and bird-friendly coffee
farm to supply the campus, which features a churrascaria, a Portuguesestyle barbecue, a gelataria and a sushi
bar. ?You?ve got to keep pace with their
expectations,? Ted Faulkner told the
Wall Street Journal.
Taqua Elleithy, a student, told the
newspaper that after she complained
about the blandness of the maple syrup,
staff invited her to sample 13 possible
replacements on sticks of French toast.
But the greatest of the campus canteens ? a Savoy Grill among burger
restaurants ? is currently said to be at
the UMass Amherst, which just came
top of the review?s food table for the
second year in a row.
The college has even conducted a
study into the dietary habits of about
1,300 students, and matched these with
their academic performance, finding
that female vegetarians came out best.
Now staff are hoping to create meals
that can make you cleverer.
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Far left overtakes Le Pen?s feuding party
France
Charles Bremner Paris
A feud has engulfed the far-right
National Front, threatening the future
of Marine Le Pen after her failed presidential campaign and a two-month
absence from the public stage.
Ms Le Pen, 49, resurfaced in a television interview last night in an
attempt to quell fighting among her
lieutenants that is splitting the party
and raising doubts about the survival of
her populist movement.
Going on holiday after winning her
first parliamentary seat in June left a
vacuum that has helped Jean-Luc
M閘enchon, head of the radical left
France Unbowed, to claim leadership of
the opposition to President Macron.
The mainstream Socialist and conservMarine Le Pen?s
election defeat
has damaged
her authority
ative Republicans parties have more
seats but have faded after their shock
election losses this year.
The Front feud pits Florian Philippot,
35, Ms Le Pen?s chief lieutenant in the
campaign, against the rest of the party?s
five vice-presidents. Led by Nicolas
Bay, the secretary-general, and Louis
Aliot, Ms Le Pen?s partner, the antiPhilippot clan blame him for the presidential defeat. His error was to have the
candidate focus on pulling France out
of the euro rather than on the Front?s
anti-immigration platform, they say.
Ms Le Pen won the Front?s biggest
presidential vote in the first round in
April but her incompetent performance in the second round debate with
Mr Macron shattered her image as a
potential head of state. After she lost
the election by 32 percentage points,
most of the party?s chiefs turned on her
guru rather than challenge the leader.
The knives were out for Mr Philippot
in July after he launched his own movement, the Patriots, to promote the antiEU, socially protective doctrines that
he had pressed on Ms Le Pen. ?If I were
Marine Le Pen, I?d tell Florian Philippot, ?you pack up your Patriots which
mean nothing. You pack up your line
which only sharpens divisions?, ? Gilbert Collard, an influential MP, said.
Robert M閚ard, a prominent city
mayor who is aligned with the Front,
said Ms Le Pen?s leadership was now in
question because she had failed to curb
Mr Philippot. Sophie Montel, Mr Philippot?s deputy in the Patriots, hit back,
accusing Ms Le Pen?s partner and his
allies of trying to hijack the party.
That was too much for Ms Le Pen,
who this week sacked Ms Montel from
her post as party boss in the Burgundy
region. ?Shut your face, make yourself
small and get back into line,? Ms Le Pen
told her, according to party insiders.
In the TV interview last night, Ms Le
Pen insisted that no one in the party
had been muzzled. ?I think we can talk
about everything. I think we even have
the right to criticise,? she said.
As the heir to the dynasty founded by
her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, Ms Le
Pen faces no plausible rival for the
leadership for the time being. Nonetheless, she has a tough task to reassert her
authority. A poll at the weekend
showed that 45 per cent of voters see Mr
M閘enchon and France Unbowed as
the main opposition. Only 21 per cent
backed Ms Le Pen.
Her 89-year-old father, who she expelled from the party over his antisemitic views two years ago, said her
biggest threat comes from Laurent
Wauquiez, who is expected to be the
next leader of the Republicans. He
holds nationalist, anti-immigration
views close to those of the Front.
Spanish court
blocks Catalan
separatist poll
Spain
Graham Keeley Madrid
Spain?s highest court last night blocked
Catalonia?s independence referendum
after accepting an appeal from the
central government in Madrid.
MPs in Barcelona voted on Wednesday night to hold the vote on October 1.
The constitutional court?s decision to
suspend the referendum was widely
expected after Mariano Rajoy?s conservative government had urged judges
to declare it illegal. ?This vote will never
take place,? Mr Rajoy said. ?We are
defending the rights of all Spaniards
and Catalans.?
According to court regulations, the
suspension lasts for five months while
judges come up with a ruling.
Separatists, who hold a slim majority
in the Catalan parliament, voted for the
poll after an acrimonious session in
which opposition parties left the chamber and the Catalan anthem was sung.
Jos� Manuel Maza, the attorneygeneral, said that he would bring
criminal charges against leading members of the Catalan parliament for passing the referendum bill.
An extra 200 Spanish civil guards
have been stationed in Catalonia to
investigate any preparations for the
poll. Teachers and police officers are
among civil servants who could be
fined or sacked for manning polling stations or carrying out other activities
that are construed as helping the vote.
Court gives green light
to gay marriage poll
Canberra Millions of Australians
will be questioned by the
government on their attitudes to
same-sex marriage after the
Australian high court overruled
opposition to the survey. The
court said Malcolm Turnbull?s
government could spend
� million on a postal poll to
gauge public attitudes towards
legalising gay marriage before the
issue is put to parliament.
Activists argue it is unnecessary
since opinion polls show an
overwhelming majority of
Australians back marriage
equality, but a group of Mr
Turnbull?s own MPs, led by the
former prime minister Tony
Abbott, insisted on the survey.
Colombians hail Pope
Bogota The Pope led Colombians
in prayer at the main cathedral in
Bogota, with thousands filling the
plaza outside waiting for him to
emerge. The crowd was so tightly
packed that some people began to
faint. At least four were treated by
paramedics. Crowd control has
been difficult during the visit as
people try to get close to the first
South American pope. Earlier a
man threw himself at his feet at
the presidential palace. (AP)
Ship with cruise control
A roll-on-roll-off ship with 1,200
cars on board sails down the
Yangtze in southwest China. Just
imagine the queue to disembark
Brazil?s Lula ?corrupt?
Sao Paulo The hopes of Brazil?s
former president, Luiz In醕io Lula
da Silva, for a political comeback
in next year?s election are all but
over after one of his confidants
said he had accepted bribes,
including land, a house, and
� million in cash while in office.
Antonio Palocci, who was his
finance minister, made the claims
to prosecutors. He is serving 12
years for corruption. Mr Lula da
Silva denies the allegations.
Airport beard claim
Paris Four Muslim men who lost
their jobs as security agents at
Orly airport in Paris after refusing
to cut their beards have each
sought ?50,000 in compensation
for wrongful dismissal. The
men, all in their 30s, told an
employment tribunal that
Securitas, their employer,
discriminated against them on
religious grounds. The company
denies wrongful dismissal. The
judgment is due on December 14.
Tiger shot on motorway
Atlanta Police have killed a fully
grown tiger that was loose on a
Georgia motorway. Drivers
reported seeing the animal on
Wednesday on the northbound
lanes of Interstate 75, about 20
miles southeast of Atlanta, and
residents said that it began
chasing a dog. Officers closed
four lanes as they searched for
the tiger, which they shot. The
dog survived. Police said that the
tiger?s origin was unknown. (AP)
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Suu Kyi aide: Beijing will protect us at UN
Burma
Richard Lloyd Parry Asia Editor
The government of the Burmese leader
Aung San Suu Kyi is calling on China
and Russia to block any move by the
United Nations security council to censure it over the worsening persecution
of Rohingya Muslims.
In the latest sign of her alienation
from liberal sentiment in the West, Ms
Suu Kyi?s security adviser said that
?friendly countries? would prevent any
criticism of Burma.
An estimated 146,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and children,
have escaped to Bangladesh since the
Burmese army, police and Buddhist
vigilantes began to attack villages. The
violence followed attacks on security
posts by militants. Last week Britain
called a closed meeting of the security
council to discuss the situation, which
the secretary-general, Ant髇io Guterres, warned could become a ?humanitarian catastrophe?.
Thaung Tun, Burma?s national
security adviser, told journalists in the
capital Naypyidaw yesterday: ?We are
negotiating with some friendly countries not to take it to the security
council. China is our friend and we have
a similar friendly relationship with
Russia, so it will not be possible for that
issue to go forward.?
It is another irony for Ms Suu Kyi, 72,
a former political prisoner and winner
of the Nobel peace prize who became
Burma?s de facto leader last year. During her years of house arrest, as leader
of the opposition National League for
Democracy (NLD), it was Russia and
China that vetoed resolutions in the
security council condemning the actions of the junta that imprisoned her.
?This is stunning,? Mark Farmaner of
the Burma Campaign UK wrote on
Twitter. ?At the behest of [the] NLD we
campaigned for res[olutions] on
Burma, which was vetoed. Now NLD
gov[ernment] asks [the] same countries
to use [their] veto again.?
Despite her image as a fearless campaigner for democratic and human
rights, Ms Suu Kyi has supported the
army?s claim that it is fighting a legitimate defence against Rohingya ?terrorists? who made 30 co-ordinated attacks
on August 25.
She has insisted that ?a huge iceberg
of misinformation? is to blame for the
censure being heaped on Burma.
Over the past two days a small group
of journalists, closely escorted by the
army, have been allowed to visit parts of
northern Rakhine state. The authorities insist that the widespread burning
of towns and villages, which is visible in
satellite photographs, is the work of the
Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, a
group that emerged 11 months ago.
?We are getting the alternative narrative from the government ? that the
violence is the fault of Muslim militants,? wrote Jonathan Head, of the
BBC. ?But they are being too crude with
their information efforts. We are
always accompanied by officials, intels
and armed police . . . it means people
cannot speak to us freely.
?Some of the stories are hard to believe. The minister in charge of border
security, a military officer, told us Muslims were responsible for every single
village burning. Not Rakhine militants.
Not the army, police or border police.
When you use the old methods from
the military government time to try to
persuade journalists, you fail.?
Refugees who have reached Bangladesh speak of widespread killing and
burning of civilians and their villages.
?The military brought some Rakhine
Buddhists with them and torched the
village,? said Kadil Hussein, 55, from
Kha Maung Seik. ?All the Muslims in
our village, about 10,000, fled. Some
were killed by gunshots; the rest came
here. There?s not a single person left.?
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Women add
insult to
injury-time
goal in Iran
S
potting attractive
women in maledominated sports
stadiums is one of
the professional
cameraman?s bestknown indulgences
(Richard Spencer
writes).
But rarely does it
spark international
outrage and political
protest. Iran, however, is
different. Photographs
and film of a small
number of Syrian
women cheering on
their national team in
Tuesday night?s key
World Cup qualifying
game between the two
countries in Tehran
caused an outcry
yesterday.
Women are not
allowed to attend men?s
sporting events in the
Islamic republic, a ban
which the authorities
insisted would remain in
place for this week?s
game at the Azadi
(liberty) stadium.
A number of young
Syrian women
supporters, said to be
employees of the
country?s embassy, were
however allowed to
enter and were spotted
celebrating when Omar
Jihad al-Soma scored an
injury-time equaliser to
put Syria into a play-off
with Australia at Iran?s
expense.
To make matters
worse, at least one of the
women was not wearing
a headscarf, mandatory
for all females in Iran,
and the others had them
so far back over their
heads that they may as
well not have been
wearing them.
Elham Yazdiha, a
sports journalist, said:
?Syrian women are
sitting inside while
Iranian women are
behind the stadium gate
in their own country.
Why is there no room
for Iranian women??
It was subsequently
revealed that there had,
after all, been a handful
of Iranian women at the
game ? MPs, who were
given a dispensation.
There were nearly more
when a glitch on the
stadium website opened
up online ticket
purchases to women,
though this was soon
fixed and any women
who had bought them
were asked to return
them or were turned
away at the stadium.
The controversy failed
to dampen Syrian spirits,
with the team?s
unexpected success
causing national
hysteria. Some say the
team, which has been
forced to play its ?home?
games in Malaysia, is
being used to further
pro-Assad propaganda.
It has even been alleged
that Iranian players
might have been
ordered to ?throw? the
game.
Many leading Syrian
players have defected,
been arrested or even
been killed during the
civil war. Soma, the
scorer, is said to have
pledged allegiance to the
rebels but continued to
play. He and his many
fans, including women,
will no doubt be
thankful for that.
MP reveals husband?s sex abuse images Plumber called out to leak
Australia
Bernard Lagan Sydney
An Australian MP has stunned
colleagues by revealing in parliament
that her husband was jailed after she
told the police that she had found child
sex abuse images on his home computer.
Rachel Carling-Jenkins told the
Victoria state legislature in Melbourne
yesterday of the moment when she and
her teenage son found her husband?s
collection, saying she would never
forget the young victims.
?The faces of many are etched in my
memory for eternity,? Ms CarlingJenkins said. ?I find myself unconsciously searching the faces of little
girls I see on the streets, distressed by
the faces of little girls I glimpsed.?
She said that on finding the material,
she left the family home. The couple are
now estranged. She revealed that it was
the statements she and her son gave to
police that led to her husband?s arrest,
conviction and imprisonment in March
for four months.
Ms Carling-Jenkins, 42, said that she
had no regrets about reporting her husband and considered his sentence inadequate. ?I had believed for a long
time he was suffering from a
mental illness and I had attempted on numerous occasions to get him help. However,
Gary had consistently rebuffed
or sabotaged these attempts,
and I thought at the
time that was another
symptom of a mental
illness. He does not
have a mental illness. His behaviour
stemmed from something much more
sinister.?
The Australian Conservatives MP
said that she had not been able to talk
about her husband?s offending until
appeals had been exhausted. She said
he was resisting signing divorce payments and was refusing to provide her a
property settlement, forcing her to live
in ?unstable? accommodation.
In her maiden speech in 2014
Ms Carling-Jenkins thanked
her husband for his support.
She described herself as a
social justice campaigner,
saying: ?Under my watch
there will not be
silence.?
Ms Carling-Jenkins
addressing the
chamber yesterday
finds jihadist bomb factory
France
Adam Sage Paris
A jihadist bomb-making factory has
been discovered by accident in a Paris
suburb. A plumber contacted police
after spotting chemicals used in explosives and electrical components for
detonators in a flat in Villejuif.
The plumber had been called by the
residents? association after neighbours
complained of a water leak in the flat.
He could not get in but looked through
the window and saw the equipment.
Three men aged 36, 27 and 47, including the flat?s owner, have been arrested.
G閞ard Collomb, the interior minister,
said that they claimed that they were
making explosives for a bank robbery.
?But what we can see is that they were
linked to terrorism, and that is the line
of inquiry we are following,? he said.
The minister said that they had been
in contact with people in Iraq and Syria.
He said that they may have connections with the cell that carried out the
attack in Barcelona last month, in
which a van mowed down pedestrians.
Police found 100g of TATP in the flat
and chemicals used to make TATP, including acetone, sulphuric acid, hydrochloric acid and oxygenated water.
Traces of TATP were found in the
house where the Barcelona cell is
believed to have been making bombs.
One of the three men arrested is
among the 18,000 people under intelligence agency surveillance in France.
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Tea Party turns against Speaker
United States
Rhys Blakely Washington
Hardline conservatives in Congress
have begun to plot with the architect of
President Trump?s campaign on how to
sideline Paul Ryan, the most powerful
Republican on Capitol Hill.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives was shocked in an Oval
Office meeting this week when Mr
Trump abruptly announced that he
was backing a short-term budget deal
proposed by the Democrats. The
agreement will keep the government
funded and lift the federal debt ceiling
until mid-December.
Mr Ryan, who had wanted a longerterm fix, now faces insurrections on
two fronts as he battles to keep a
splintered Republican party intact.
There are stirrings of a revolt from
the so-called Freedom Caucus, a group
of about 30 hardline fiscally conserva-
tive Republican members of the House
who are sympathetic to the Tea Party
movement and frustrated by their
party?s failure to pass major legislation.
Mark Meadows, the North Carolina
congressman who leads the caucus,
met this week with Steve Bannon, the
populist provocateur who led the
Paul Ryan is under
threat from his
party?s right wing
Trump presidential campaign and until
last month was the president?s top
political adviser in the White House.
The two men reportedly discussed
who could replace Mr Ryan as Speaker.
In 2015 the Freedom Caucus played a
central role in ousting Mr Ryan?s prede-
cessor, John Boehner. Mr Ryan is still
broadly liked, however, within the
Republican ranks.
Jim Jordan, an Ohio congressman
who is vice-chairman of the group, said
that voters were ?ticked off, they?re upset? at the ineffectiveness of Congress.
In his first television interview since
leaving the White House Mr Bannon
pulled no punches, saying that Gary
Cohn, the president?s top economic
adviser, should have resigned rather
than criticise Mr Trump. Mr Cohn
issued a scathing rebuke of Mr Trump
last month after he delayed criticising
neo-Nazi and other hate groups by
name after a demonstration turned
violent in Virginia.
Mr Bannon has returned to Breitbart
News, a nationalist website. ?Our
purpose is to support Donald Trump,?
he said. ?To make sure his enemies
know that there?s no free shot on goal.?
The debt ceiling deal, which staved
off the threat of a US default this
month, raised questions over whether
Mr Trump will try to sideline Mr Ryan
again to work with the Democrats on
immigration reform or infrastructure
spending.
Yesterday brought further hints of
d閠ente between Mr Trump and the
Democrats. The president fulfilled a
request from Nancy Pelosi, the top
Democrat in the House, to put out a
tweet to calm the concerns of 800,000
young illegal immigrants, known as
?dreamers?, whose right to stay in the
US is in doubt.
Chuck Schumer, the senior Democrat in the Senate, said that Mr Trump
had called him to say he ?wanted to
help? to craft a law that would allow the
dreamers to stay.
Asked if she could envisage a new era
of co-operation with Mr Trump, Ms
Pelosi said: ?The world we live in is a
giant kaleidoscope . . . You never know.?
Trump?s son met Russian ?to see if Clinton was fit for office?
Rhys Blakely
President Trump?s eldest son told Senate investigators in a five-hour hearing
yesterday that he agreed to meet a lawyer linked to the Kremlin during last
year?s US election to gauge whether
Hillary Clinton was fit to be president.
Donald Trump Jr met Natalia Veselnitskaya last June after being told by a
middleman that she could provide
?very high level and sensitive informa-
tion? on Mrs Clinton. The encounter
that followed lies at the centre of
several US inquiries into the Kremlin?s
alleged effort to meddle in the race for
the White House.
In written testimony to the Senate judiciary committee, the president?s son
described the meeting as part of a first
hectic foray into the world of politics: ?I
had never worked on a campaign
before and it was an exhausting, all-encompassing, life-changing experience.?
He said that he agreed to meet the
Russians as part of an effort to vet Mrs
Clinton. ?To the extent they had
information concerning the fitness,
character or qualifications of a presidential candidate, I believed that I
should at least hear them out,? he said.
He claimed, however, that nothing
came of the meeting, which was held at
Trump Tower in New York and was also
attended by Jared Kushner, the president?s son-in-law, and Paul Manafort,
who was running the presidential
campaign at the time.
CNN reported last night that Robert
Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian election meddling, has
approached the White House about interviewing staff who were aboard Air
Force One when an initial misleading
statement about Donald Trump Jr?s
meeting was written. The original statement was reportedly dictated by the
president.
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Pay with a smile as Chinese take
face recognition to fast food tills
China
Didi Tang Beijing
All you now need to get a chicken burger in one Chinese branch of KFC is a
sunny outlook. The restaurant has
adopted facial recognition technology
that allows diners to pay with a smile.
The use of similar systems is on the
rise in China. It is already being applied
in areas such as security and at airports,
train stations and universities.
The police, armed with a massive
database of faces harvested through
state bureaucracies and surveillance,
have used scans to shame jaywalkers on
the clogged streets of big cities. Collecting images of the public needs no consent in China. Already, police are monitoring the comings and goings of the
1.4 billion Chinese by real-name identification and chip-enabled ID cards that
every citizen is required to carry when
travelling.
The founder of the technology giant
Alibaba, the billionaire Jack Ma, boasted two years ago that his company
would soon launch ?smile-to-pay? systems, and now in the KFC close to the
company?s Hangzhou headquarters,
customers can leave their loose change
and credit cards at home.
They simply smile at a scanner and
click ?confirm? on a keypad. Payment is
then taken from a cash account which is
unlocked when a person?s image
matches a stored photo.
Experts say the technology, which
identifies individuals by mapping out a
web of lines around the image, has ma-
tured so much in recent years that it can
be relied on to transfer money. An
enormous database of facial images ?
made available partly thanks to selfies
and the spread of social media ? has allowed technology firms to sharpen the
technology?s accuracy.
In Hangzhou, Alibaba claims its systems have been tested 200 million
times. The company believes that its
smile-to-pay service is the world?s first
commercial use of facial recognition to
make secure payments.
Students at several universities in
Beijing are registering for the new term
by scanning their faces. In future similar technology will allow professors to
check attendance at lectures and track
subtle facial expressions to see how students are receiving presentations.
India told to prepare for war on two fronts
India
Hugh Tomlinson Delhi
Cove in Darwin City, Australia, can enter clear cages at feeding time to take photos
The head of the Indian army has
warned the country that it must be prepared to fight wars on two fronts with
Pakistan and China.
General Bipin Rawat accused the
pair of ?testing our limits? and risking
conflict between three nuclear powers.
He said that India would face
renewed provocation from China after
a two-month stand-off on a disputed
Himalayan border. Indian and Chinese
troops ended up throwing stones and
shoving one another during the confrontation, the worst border dispute
between the nations since they went to
war in 1962.
The Chinese eventually gave ground,
but General Rawat said that China
would soon be back. India and China
share a 2,500-mile border in the Himalayas. Unchecked, these border skir-
mishes could escalate into ?all-out war
along the entire front?, the general said.
His comments will invite more scrutiny of India?s battle readiness, after an
audit over the summer found that the
armed forces would run out of ammunition in ten days if faced with an intensive conflict.
General Rawat added that if tensions
between India and China continued to
rise, Pakistan was likely to exploit the
situation, risking war on a second front.
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Bell Pottinger partners ?owe � in unpaid tax? as collapse nears
Richard Fletcher Business Editor
Revenue & Customs is one of the
largest creditors of Bell Pottinger, with
more than �million outstanding, according to company insiders.
The public relations company was
on the brink of collapse last night with
administrators expected to be appointed as early as today.
As a limited liability partnership, Bell
Pottinger collected tax from its part-
ners before passing it to HMRC when
it became due. If Bell Pottinger falls into
administration, individual partners
could be personally liable for the tax.
Lloyds, the firm?s biggest lender,
appointed BDO to explore options for
the firm this week. The accountancy
firm is expected to be appointed administrator today or early next week.
Lloyds took on Bell Pottinger, which
is reported to have debts of almost
�million, as a customer in the past few
months. ?We are actively looking at
restructuring options with BDO,? a
spokesman for Bell Pottinger said.
The firm has been hit hard by a
scandal in South Africa, where it was
accused of inciting racial hatred in a
campaign for the wealthy Gupta family.
Bell Pottinger?s brief was to draw
attention away from an allegedly corrupt relationship between the Gupta
family and the government of President Zuma, which awarded the Guptas
state tenders. It sought to achieve this
in part through a Twitter account and
blog promoting a narrative of
?economic emancipation? from ?white
monopoly capital?, a controversial term
referring to the dominance of wealthy
white South African interests.
James Henderson resigned as chief
executive at the weekend and the group
was expelled from the Public Relations
and Communications Association, its
trade association, this week. A number
of clients have severed ties with Bell
Pottinger over the scandal, including
Carillion, the construction company,
HSBC and Talktalk.
Senior executives, including John
Sunnucks, chairman of the financial
and corporate division, and David
Rydell, a partner, have quit. According
to filings at Companies House, Stuart
Leach, managing director of crisis and
litigation, Nick Lambert, a partner, and
Tom Leigh, finance director, have left.
ISSEI KATO/REUTERS
MPs raise
doubts over
Saudi listing
Fears ministers leant on watchdog to change rules
Patrick Hosking Financial Editor
MPs are to investigate whether ministers leant on the Financial Conduct
Authority to relax stock market regulations in order to entice Saudi Aramco to
choose London for its listing.
The Treasury and the Business
Energy and Industrial strategy select
committees have written jointly to
Andrew Bailey, chief executive of the
City watchdog, asking him what discussions it had with government before the
decision.
In July the authority proposed the
creation of a new sub-category of
premium listing that would allow the
world?s biggest oil company to float in
London without meeting the usual
standards on related party rules and
controlling shareholder rules.
The controversial reforms are opposed by many institutional shareholders, but would ease the way for the
Saudi state-owned oil and gas producer
to list in London. It is weighing up both
London and New York for its float.
Landing Aramco, which by some
measures is set to be the biggest company in the world at a potential $2 trillion, would be seen as a coup for the
City and for Britain as it seeks to build
deeper business relations with non-EU
countries after Brexit. Theresa May
personally lobbied for London when
she visited Riyadh in April.
Nicky Morgan and Rachel Reeves,
the chairwomen of the two committees, asked Mr Bailey about the rationale for the proposed changes, ?particularly given the concerns expressed by
stakeholders that these proposals
would weaken protection for private
investors against interference from
foreign sovereign company owners?.
They asked for details of discussions
the authority had with ministers and
their officials in advance of or during
the consultation, ?in particular on the
balance between attracting foreign investment and maintaining the integrity
of the UK markets?.
Mrs Morgan said: ?The UK has a
world-class reputation for upholding
strong corporate governance. The FCA
must protect this reputation . . . Any
changes mustn?t dilute the protection
afforded by the premium listing brand.?
The proposal has divided the Square
Mile, with The City UK lobby group in
favour and the Investment Association
against. Some institutions believe the
authority was ?got at? by ministers.
A previous adjustment in listing rules
paved the way for the London-flotation
of foreign controlled companies like
Bumi and ENRC, which ended in heavy
losses for investors.
Under the proposals, Aramco would
not be obliged to give outside shareholders a vote on independent directors. It would not be required to seek the
normal approval from minority investors for any related party transaction
between it and the kingdom.
Nor would it be necesary for Riyadh,
which would still own 95 per cent of the
shares, to sign the normal legally binding agreement required of majority investors not to abuse their power to the
detriment of other shareholders.
The FCA has argued that the
changes would have no effect on other
categories of premium listing and
would only apply to listings of foreign
government controlled organisations.
Motor runnin? Eicher Motors, the Indian owner of Royal Enfield, is set to make a binding bid of up to $2 billion to buy Ducati
by the deadline at the end of the month. Volkswagen, which owns Ducati, put the maker of superbikes up for sale in April
Schroders saved Hellawell from axe
Patrick Hosking
The votes of a single City investment
house, Schroders, saved Keith Hellawell, the Sports Direct chairman.
Schroders confirmed yesterday that
it had voted its 5.05 per cent stake in
support of Mr Hellawell at the retail
group?s annual meeting on Wednesday,
enough to push the former police chief
over the 50 per cent mark required of
independent shareholders.
The vote from Schroders was in
contrast to mainstream institutional
investors, including Legal & General,
Standard Life Aberdeen and Hermes,
which called for Mr Hellawell to stand
down over governance failings.
Andy Brough, head of Schroders?s
pan-European small companies and
midcaps team, said that he had been instrumental in persuading Mr Hellawell
to become chairman in 2009 and that
he had done a good job in tackling
threats from the Serious Fraud Office
and the Competition Commission.
?It would have been very strange,
having put Keith in, to vote against
him,? he said, adding that considerable
progress had been made in reforming
the board during the past year.
Schroders?s intervention, first reported by Sky News, may explain the
reticence of the Investor Forum, which
represents leading City investment
institutions. A year ago it called for
reform at the retailer, only to fall silent
when it broke its promise to set up an
independent review into governance.
Schroders sold down its Sports
Direct holding but started buying again
last year, when the shares dropped to
275p. They now trade at 391p.
Schroders is a member of the forum
and Jessica Ground, its global head of
stewardship, sits on the main board.
Mr Hellawell, who promised to stand
down if he failed to secure a mandate
from independent shareholders, won
53.2 per cent of the votes, with 46.8 per
cent against.
He was also saved by the decision of
some investors to protest by abstaining.
This accounted for 5.4 per cent of the
votes. Sacha Sadan, head of governance
at L&G and a major critic of Sports
Direct, said that it was campaigning to
remove ?abstain? as a voting option.
?Sitting on the fence doesn?t help
anyone,? one fund manager said.
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Business
Need to know
1
The National Audit Office
accused the Department for
Education of failing to
demonstrate that it had used
�0 million from Libor fines to
set up the 50,000 new
apprenticeships it had promised
on top of those already
announced. Page 25
2
MPs are to investigate
whether ministers leant on
the Financial Conduct
Authority to relax stock market
regulations in order to entice
Saudi Aramco to choose London
for its listing. Page 41
3
HM Revenue & Customs is
one of the largest creditors to
Bell Pottinger, with more than
�million outstanding, according
to company insiders. The public
relations company is on the brink
of collapse with administrators
expected to be appointed as early
as today. Page 41
4
The vote of a single City
investment house saved Keith
Hellawell, the Sports Direct
chairman. The vote from
Schroders at the retail group?s
annual meeting was in contrast to
mainstream institutional investors,
including Legal & General,
Standard Life Aberdeen and
Hermes, which called for Mr
Hellawell to stand down over
governance failings. Page 41
5
The chairman of Royal Bank
of Scotland is among senior
figures from the
financial services industry who
will attend a Brexit meeting with
David Davis at Chevening House
next week. The inclusion of Sir
Howard Davies and several others
representing banking and fund
management will be welcomed by
the City, which has felt shut out
from Brexit planning.
6
Traders sent the euro back
above $1.20 yesterday on
expectations that the
European Central Bank was
poised to start withdrawing its
emergency stimulus, despite Mario
Draghi?s refusal to confirm the
plan. Page 44
7
The New Zealand-born boss of
Royal Bank of Scotland is in
the running to head the
Australian lender he worked for
before joining the taxpayer-backed
bank five years ago. Ross McEwan
has been identified as a potential
successor to Ian Narev as chief
executive of Commonwealth Bank
of Australia. Page 46
8
The new chief executive of
Bovis Homes has announced
an overhaul of the struggling
housebuilder as he blamed the
previous administration for being
too focused on City targets rather
than quality. Page 47
9
BMW will build 25 new
electric models by 2025, the
German giant has pledged. As
traditional motor manufacturers
race to bring battery-powered cars
to market, BMW will also launch
the long-awaited third model in its
i series at the Frankfurt motor
show next week. Page 49
10
Profits fell at Southern
rail?s parent company,
Go-Ahead Group, as it
admitted that the train operator
was still failing to provide a good
enough service. Page 51
Bankers meet
Davis at last
as ministers
woo business
Katherine Griffiths Banking Editor
The chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland is among senior figures from the
financial services industry who will
attend a Brexit meeting with David
Davis at Chevening House next week.
The inclusion of Sir Howard Davies
and several others representing
banking and fund management will be
welcomed by the City, which has felt
shut out from Brexit planning.
Also attending the meeting next Friday will be Elizabeth Corley, vice-chairwoman of Allianz Global Investors, and
Robert Rooney, chief executive officer
of Morgan Stanley International.
The investment bank has chosen
Frankfurt as its eurozone hub after
Brexit, and is applying for a licence to
operate an enlarged business to serve
clients across the EU.
The leaders of large financial institutions were not present at Mr Davis?s
previous gathering in July. Business
leaders who attended were frustrated
that there seemed to be little interest
among government representatives in
listening to their point of view.
The next meeting at the house in
Kent, which Mr Davis shares with two
other cabinet ministers, comes amid
rising tensions in the business world,
and particularly among banks, about
the lack of progress in the Brexit negotiations, with both sides still wrangling
over Britain?s exit bill.
Bank chiefs see a pressing need to
move on to talks about a transitional
arrangement for the period after March
2019 because of the time it will take for
institutions to adjust.
There have been repeated warnings
that a delay in agreeing a transitional
deal will lead to thousands of jobs
leaving London, with banks feeling
they have no choice but to move business to the eurozone in order to guarantee they can continue to serve clients
after Brexit.
One senior banking source said:
?Some banks have already pressed the
trigger on moving some of their business. I suspect those changes are irreversible. But others are waiting and
what they need most is certainty.?
The government is preparing to publish in a few weeks? time a white paper
outlining how an agreement with the
EU over services, including banking,
could work.
The task is difficult because trade
agreements historically have been
about goods, so any such deal would
need to break new ground by
applying trade agreement concepts and
language to services.
Institutions based in the UK will lose
their right to ?passport? into the EU
and operate seamlessly as a result of
Brexit. They hope the government will
be able to replace passporting with an
agreement to operate based on ?equivalence?, assuming rules and regulations
will remain either completely the same
or very similar between the UK and the
remaining EU 27.
The way disputes are resolved is set
to be a major sticking point. Theresa
May has made getting rid of the European Court of Justice?s jurisdiction a red
line.
There had been hope the government would allow it to stay in place
during a transitional period. However,
it is thought Brexiteers within the
government are pushing hard against
such a move, which will leave the UK
scrambling to find an alternative way to
resolve disagreements that would also
be acceptable to the EU.
New job for RBS chief, page 46
Deutsche Bank warned over
risks in its British operation
Robert Miller
Bank of England supervisors have told
Deutsche Bank of their ?significant
concern? over its UK operations.
Officials at the Prudential Regulation Authority, the supervisory arm of
the Bank, are worried about Deutsche?s
recovery and resolution planning in a
crisis, as well as its business model.
Germany?s largest bank employs
9,000 people based in London and
Birmingham.
A leaked document published on the
Business Insider website shows a summary from Deutsche written on July 31,
five days after the bank received a letter
from the authority. ?The PRA acknowledges the improvements made to UK
oversight and governance and appreciates the regular engagement with DB
(Deutsche Bank) management,? it said.
?However significant concern remains. PRA has shifted its supervisory
priority to focus on preparation for UK
branch authorisation and will focus on
the areas of most concern, controls,
business model and recovery and
resolution, alongside known areas of
material weakness, including liquidity
risk management.?
A big concern about Deutsche?s
business model is that in the event of a
financial crisis, capital and liquidity
could be swept back to the bank?s headquarters in Frankfurt, potentially leaving UK counterparties out of pocket.
The Bank and Deutsche Bank last
night declined to comment.
In January 2015 The Times revealed
that the UK arm of Deutsche Bank had
been placed under ?enhanced supervision? by the Financial Conduct
Authority after officials became worried about governance and regulatory
control systems.
This type of order is highly
unusual and only used when officials
have serious concerns over the way a
regulated business is being run.
The changing cuppa
Ordinary tea bags

500
UK retail value of sales
% change
2015-16
450
-4.1
400
Market
share
64%
61%
59%
2014
2015
Fruit and herbal
UK retail value of sales
2016
350
300

100
90
Market
share
5.1
80
11%
12%
13%
2014
2015
2016
Tea consumption
Annual volume of black tea sales
70
60
Millions kg
100
90
80
70
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
60
Top ten tea importers
Tonnes 0 50 100 150 200
Top ten exporters
Tonnes 0 200 400 600
Russia
Kenya
UK
US
China
Sri Lanka
Pakistan
India
Afghanistan
Egypt
Vietnam
Argentina
Iran
Indonesia
UAE
Uganda
UAE
Morocco
Germany
Malawi
Organic herbs in a bag are
just Unilever?s cup of tea
U
nilever
summed up in
one confected
word in its
annual report the
rationale that led it to
buy Pukka Herbs, the
upmarket tea-maker
? premiumising
(Harry Wilson writes).
The purchase of the
Bristol-based retailer
of herbal teas, which
describes its corporate
mission as making ?the
wonders and benefits
of organic herbs
beneficial to as many
people as possible?, is a
move by the consumer
conglomerate to take a
larger share of a
market conservatively
valued at ?1.6 billion by
Euromonitor
International.
The estimate of the
BA strike threat if pension
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
British Airways faces the threat of new
strike action after announcing plans to
close its main defined-benefit pension
scheme because of a multibillionpound black hole.
It was revealed yesterday that the flag
carrier wanted to shut the New Airways
Pension Scheme (NAPS) after the
fund?s deficit ballooned to �7 billion.
The airline insisted that it was Britain?s biggest pensions deficit relative to
the company?s overall financial value. A
number of FTSE 100 companies are
tethered to enormous pension shortfalls, including an estimated �6 billion
deficit at BT and a hole at Tesco worth
more than �billion at the last measure.
Under the plans, staff will no longer
be able to make new payments into the
scheme, although benefits already
earned by its 17,000 members will be
protected. However, unions reacted
with ?dismay and bitter disappointment? to the announcement, suggesting that they could oppose the plans
Feelings were running high in London
last month in a lengthy pay dispute
through strike action. In a thinly veiled
threat, the Unite and GMB unions
demanded urgent talks to ?discuss both
the impact of this announcement, if a
solution can be found, and, if not, the
consequences the airline may face?.
Hundreds of Heathrow-based cabin
crew represented by Unite have already
been engaged in long-running strike
action over pay. BA said that it had
added �5 billion to the pension
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Business
�47bn
Pukka Herbs
Founded: 2001
Net revenue
2016
Pre-tax loss
Value of global
herbal tea market
�9,000
Sources: Mintel, FAOSTAT
herbal, fruit and green
tea market probably
underplays its size as it
only takes into account
home sales and
excludes restaurant
and caf� consumption
as well as its growing
popularity among air
passengers.
Euromonitor expects
the market to grow by
a fifth in the next four
years as sales of
traditional teas fall.
At about 10p per bag,
Pukka tea is five times
the cost of an ordinary
teabag from one of
Unilever?s mainstream
brands such as PG
Tips.
However, sales of
more expensive teas
are rising. Mintel
reported in July
that while
ordinary tea
bags remain
the UK?s
staple, their
sales were
being eroded
by specialist
teas of the type Pukka
has been selling since
it was founded 16
years ago.
Between 2015
and 2016 sales
of ordinary tea
bags fell
�m
4.1 per cent, Mintel
said, while fruit and
herbal sales rose by
5.1 per cent. Sales of
mainstream tea at
�4 million last year
are well ahead of more
expensive varieties ?
fruit and herbal sales
total � million ? but
the trend is clear.
Unilever has been
acquiring smaller
competitors and
launching its own
premium brands. Four
years ago, the company
bought T2, an
Australian tea business
that, much like
Nespresso for premium
brand coffee, has been
sold through its stores
rather than in
supermarkets.
T2 has doubled in
size, has shops in the
UK and Singapore, and
plans to push online.
Unilever launched its
Pure Leaf brand in the
United States last year,
which offers black,
green and herbal teas
and infusions. Pure
Leaf will be launched
in the UK this year.
To avoid criticism
that being bought by
such a large business
could lead to a fall in
quality, Unilever has
allowed the businesses
it buys to maintain
their own identity. In
the case of Pukka, the
company will keep its
headquarters and
Tim Westwell and
Sebastian Pole, left,
the co-founders,
will stay on as
part of the
takeover, the
financial terms
of which have
not been
disclosed.
?Choosing
Unilever came
down to two
fundamentals: scale
and sustainability
. . . with Unilever,
we have new
levels of reach
and
opportunity,?
Mr Pole said
yesterday.
scheme shuts Amazon searches for second
scheme since 2003. However, it said
this had failed to prevent the deficit
rising to �7 billion by March this year
as a result of record low interest rates
and increased life expectancy. The airline will pay �0 million in pension
contributions this year, and has committed to provide between �0 million
and �0 million a year over the next
decade to address the deficit, BA added.
In a statement, the company said: ?If
NAPS remained open to future accrual,
the cost to the company of providing
future benefits to NAPS members
could rise to 45 per cent of individual?s
pensionable pay in 2018 ? more than
four times the typical employer contribution of UK airlines.?
The two unions said: ?Our team of
financial analysts has worked tirelessly
with the airline over the past few
months to explore ways to keep the
pension scheme open. This announcement sadly confirms that our advice
has gone unheeded . . . We would expect better treatment of its own staff
from such a premium brand.?
HQ to rival its Seattle campus
Dominic Walsh
Amazon is seeking a second corporate
headquarters in North America ? and
as with everything the online behemoth does, there are no half measures.
The company said it would be spending more than $5 billion to create Amazon HQ2 and expected it to house as
many as 50,000 ?high-paying? jobs.
It said that, including construction,
HQ2 would create ?tens of thousands
of additional jobs and tens of billions of
dollars in additional investment in the
surrounding community?.
Amazon has launched a competition
? or ?request for proposal? scheme ?
to find a site, canvassing interest from
local and state governments. It said that
it would prioritise bids from metropolitan areas with a population of at
least a million people.
It estimated that its $3.7 billion of
investments in Seattle since it moved
into its campus in 2010 had pumped an
additional $38 billion into the city?s economy. Its Seattle site has 33 buildings
with total floorspace of 8.1 million sq ft
housing 40,000-plus employees who
are paid salaries totalling $25.7 billion.
The campus has 24 restaurants and
caf閟 on site. Jeff Bezos, Amazon?s
founder and chief executive, said that
HQ2 would be ?a full equal? to its
Seattle headquarters.
Amazon, which recently announced
plans for a new London HQ, emphasised that HQ2 would be a fully fledged
headquarters rather than a satellite
office. As well as hiring new executives
to work there, it said that it would also
allow existing senior executives to decide whether to locate their teams in
HQ1 or HQ2, or both.
The company is also building a 500fttall office tower in Seattle, complete
with 100ft-tall orbs ? or biosphere
domes ? which will host more than
300 plant species from around the
world when they open in 2018.
Heathrow is in for a
bumpy landing
business commentary Alistair Osborne
F
ew things in life are as
exciting as government
consultations. So, little
wonder the one on the
draft Airports National
Policy Statement has proved such a
hit. It?s produced more than 70,000
responses. So, here?s some cracking
news. They can all write in again ?
because the forecasts are wrong.
No, Chris Grayling didn?t put it
quite like that. But the transport
secretary?s latest ?update? on the
planned �.6 billion third runway at
Heathrow certainly invites the
question. Thanks to his boss calling
her daft election, he was unable to
include key info in the 16-week
public consultation that ended in
May. So, he?s now proposing a ?short
period of further consultation?.
And, what is this info, you ask?
Oh, the ?revised aviation demand
forecasts and the government?s final
air quality plan?. Or, to put it
another way, the two main issues,
alongside noise pollution, that
determine whether Heathrow really
is a better option than a �1 billion
second runway at Gatwick.
Take the traffic forecasts. The
government?s decision ? and the
consultation ? was based on the
ones in the Airports Commission
report. But even Mr Grayling would
admit they are hopelessly wrong. Sir
Howard Davies?s commission had
2013 figures to go on, but for bizarre
reasons used a ?model base year? of
2008 to extrapolate trends.
The upshot? Laughable estimates
for Gatwick, not least because the
commission?s oil price forecast was
far too high. So, it missed the effect
of cheap oil on demand for low-fare
airlines, such as Easyjet ?
Gatwick?s biggest customer. The
result? It reckoned the airport
wouldn?t handle 46 million
passengers a year until 2040. In fact,
it?s almost there already: 45.2 million
in the 12 months to August. Not
only that: it claimed that, even with
two runways, Gatwick wouldn?t
have 50 long-haul flights a year
until 2050. It already has 60.
From air traffic forecasts follow all
sorts of other issues, not least the
projects? economic benefits. Even on
the old figures, the difference is tiny
once you adjust for transfer traffic,
which brings no real benefits to the
UK. On updated forecasts, Gatwick
may well be in front.
And on air quality, there?s only
one winner. Heathrow?s in breach of
EU nitrogen dioxide limits, mainly
because of the cars on the M4, M25
and M40. Moreover, it?s hard to spot
anything in the new air quality plan
that will solve that before the
runway?s planned 2025 opening.
In short, the new information,
when it?s published, could radically
change the case for and against
Heathrow. Mr Grayling insists that
the new period of consultation, due
to ?begin later this year?, won?t
change the timetable for the final
national policy statement ? and an
MPs? vote in the first half of 2018.
But people need time to respond:
a point that must be made by Sir
Jeremy Sullivan, the former lord
justice of appeal, whose job it is to
ensure the consultation is ?fair and
thorough?. Mr Grayling?s latest
?update? may have bigger
ramifications than he thinks.
House party
H
ere?s how to fix Bovis Homes:
stop building houses. It?s the
bright idea of new boss Greg
Fitzgerald, who?s scrapped the
previous management?s 6,000-ayear target and decided 4,000?s
about right (report, page 47).
Unlike his sacked predecessor,
David Ritchie, Mr Fitzgerald has no
interest in chasing volume: the thing
that got Bovis into trouble with halfbuilt houses. No, his focus is fewer,
better homes, higher margins and
�0 million of special dividends.
And, no surprise, investors love it.
Bovis shares are up almost 40 per
cent since it hired the ex-Galliford
Try boss, rising another 10 per cent
yesterday to �.61. But, how will it
solve the housing shortage? Here?s
the straight-talking Mr Fitzgerald:
?We?ve just tried to do that and
we?ve taken a lot of criticism
because we cocked it up. My job is
to maximise the returns for Bovis.?
Exactly. Mr Fitzgerald?s not
pretending private housebuilders
have any duty or incentive to hit
government volume targets, even if
they do build four fifths of new
homes. And, refreshingly, neither is
he blind to the faults of the present
market, where housebuilders are
minting it from Help to Buy ?
behind 35 per cent of Bovis sales.
If he was in a ?think tank?, he
says, he?d propose a ?Help to Buy
tax?: a levy on housebuilders? profits
from such sales. It could be recycled
to housing associations to build
affordable homes ? a neat idea. Mr
Fitzgerald admits his industry won?t
?thank him? for that. No kidding.
Equal trade
W
ho knows, maybe Saudi
Arabia will turn out to be
one of the more liberal
regimes Britain deals with postBrexit. But it?s nice to see that the
two new chairwomen of the
Treasury and business committees
are on the case over Saudi Aramco.
Nicky Morgan and Rachel Reeves
want to know exactly what inspired
Andrew Bailey, the Financial
Conduct Authority boss, to concoct
a 76-page sales pitch designed to
bring the $1 trillion-plus company to
London. It involves watering down
all the usual listing rules. And was
Mr Bailey leant on by Theresa May,
who visited Riyadh in April on one
of her arms dealing trips?
Of course, you wouldn?t find two
women asking such impertinent
questions in Saudi Arabia. But that?s
another story.
Unsporting
S
o, Plod was saved by Schroders.
It voted its 5 per cent Sports
Direct stake in favour of Keith
Hellawell, the ex-bobby who?s still
chairman. And who?s shocked by
that? It was Schroders that elevated
chief executive, Michael Dobson, to
chairman and then let him pick the
new non-execs. It doesn?t really do
corporate governance.
alistair.osborne@thetimes.co.uk
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Euro rises again as Draghi stalls on QE
EUROSTAR
Euro/dollar
Philip Aldrick Economics Editor
Traders sent the euro back above
$1.20 yesterday on expectations that
the European Central Bank was
poised to start withdrawing its emergency stimulus, despite Mario
Draghi?s refusal to confirm the plan.
The ECB confounded forecasts for
the governing council to announce
that quantitative easing (QE) would
be scaled back from next year, but the
president?s remarks suggested an
announcement had merely been
delayed to next month.
The euro rose by 0.9 per cent to
$1.2060 as Mr Draghi spoke before
settling back at $1.20, up 0.73 per cent.
As the euro rose, the pound fell
0.6 per cent to ?1.0886.
Mr Draghi made numerous warnings about the risks to growth and
inflation from a strong euro but the
market was quick to dismiss his
words. Oliver Jones at Capital Economics said: ?Although President
Draghi stated that the currency?s rise
was a ?source of volatility? that the
ECB would monitor, he did not ? as
some had thought he might ?
attempt to talk it down actively.
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chose not to set out the ECB?s plans to
?taper? its asset purchases, neither did
he suggest that the euro?s strength
will delay the scaling back of quantitative easing.?
Before yesterday?s announcement,
many had expected the ECB to announce it would start reducing its
?60 billion-a-month QE programme
but to delay the details until after the
October meeting. Even though there
was no explicit statement, traders decided the sentiment was clear.
?Very preliminary? discussions
about tapering QE have taken place
and ?probably the bulk of these decisions will be taken in October?, Mr
Draghi said after the governing
council?s decision to leave policy
unchanged this month. ?What we
discussed was various scenarios and
what the transmission channel of the
various scenarios was.?
Mr Draghi said QE could possibly
run beyond this year and ?a very
substantial degree of monetary
accommodation is still needed for underlying inflation pressures to gradually build up?. He added: ?The recent
volatility in the exchange rate represents a source of uncertainty, which
requires monitoring with regard to its
possible implications for the mediumterm outlook for price stability.? The
Fall in pound ?has done
more harm than good?
Tom Knowles
Economics Correspondent
One of Britain?s biggest business
groups has said that the fall in the
value of the pound was doing little to
lift economic growth, causing the
organisation to cut its forecasts for
the next two years.
The 13 per cent drop in sterling
against a basket of currencies since
the Brexit vote has led many to hope
the UK would benefit from increased
demand for its goods from overseas
customers. More than a year after the
EU referendum, this evidence has yet
to appear in official figures.
The fall in the pound has pushed up
the cost of imports, leading to rising
consumer prices and a two-year high
for the rate of inflation.
This has led the British Chambers
of Commerce to cut its growth
forecast for 2018 and 2019 from
1.3 per cent to 1.2 per cent, and from
1.5 per cent to 1.4 per cent respectively. The UK economy expanded by
1.8 per cent in 2016.
Suren Thiru, head of economics at
the BCC, said: ?It is increasingly clear
that the post-EU referendum slide in
the value of sterling has done more
harm than good.
?Inflation is being driven by the
sizeable increases in the cost of imported raw materials over the past
year and is expected to remain a drag
on consumer spending over the near
term, with pay growth not expected
to outpace price growth until 2019.?
The business group added that the
fall in real wages was expected to
result in consumers reining in their
overall spending next year. However,
imports were likely to increase, as
there had been little evidence that
customers were switching away from
6 August was the best month for
British retail sales since
September 2015, according to a
monthly high street sales tracker
by BDO, the accountancy firm.
There was a 2 per cent rise in
retail sales. An increase in
staycations and an influx of
tourists after the fall in the value
of the pound helped to push the
sale of lifestyle goods up by 3.1 per
cent year on year in August.
In fashion sales, a like-for-like
rise of 1.5 per cent represented the
sector?s best performance since
last November. The sale of
homewares rose by 1.9 per cent.
imported goods, despite their rising
cost.?
However, the group has upgraded
its growth forecast for this year from
1.5 per cent to 1.6 per cent because of
expectations that businesses will
bring their investment decisions forward and a ?moderately stronger outlook for consumer spending growth?.
euro has climbed 8 per cent against
the trade-weighted basket of currencies this year, threatening to undermine the ECB?s efforts to lift inflation
and growth.
All eyes will now turn to the US
Federal Reserve, which is expected to
start unwinding QE this month.
Economists think the ECB will follow
in October by announcing that QE
would be slowed to ?40 billion a
month from January and would end
by December 2018.
Mr Draghi said that interest rates
would ?remain at their present levels
for an extended period of time, and
well past the horizon of our net asset
purchases?. The ECB left its main interest rate at zero and its deposit rate
at -0.4 per cent.
The ECB held its inflation forecasts
for this year at 1.5 per cent but cut
them to 1.2 per cent in 2018 from
1.3 per cent and to 1.5 per cent in 2019
from 1.6 per cent. Mr Draghi said he
expected inflation to hit the ECB?s
target of just under 2 per cent in 2020.
He blamed the downgrade on ?the
recent appreciation of the euro?. Its
forecasts are based on an exchange
rate of $1.18, suggesting a further
downgrade was possible if the currency did not weaken. The ECB revised
up its growth forecast for the eurozone this year from 1.9 per cent to 2.2
per cent but left 2018 and 2019
unchanged at 1.8 per cent and 1.7 per
cent respectively.
Lenders have
drawn �3bn
stimulus funds
Philip Aldrick Economics Editor
Britain?s lenders have tapped the Bank
of England for �3 billion of cheap
state-backed funding, figures show.
Banks and building societies have
drawn � billion from the term funding scheme (TFS), part of the stimulus package announced in August last
year after the Brexit vote, and
� billion from the funding for lending scheme (FLS) launched in 2012 at
the height of the eurozone debt crisis,
the Bank said.
Both were designed to ensure lenders keep low-cost credit flowing to
support growth, but have been criticised recently for stoking a potential
debt bubble. Simon Ward, chief economist at Janus Henderson, has said
that the TFS, which is effectively replacing the FLS as it is marginally
cheaper, is ?likely to have stimulated
credit demand?.
The biggest user of the TFS has been
Royal Bank of Scotland, which had
drawn down � billion by the end of
June. Lloyds Banking Group has used
�.5 billion and Barclays � billion.
Lloyds has a further � billion outstanding from the FLS, making it the
biggest user of Bank funding schemes.
Nationwide was the fourth largest
user of the TFS with �75 billion. It has
taken �billion from the FLS, which
was set up to ensure lenders passed on
the Bank?s full 0.25 percentage point
cut in interest rates in August 2016.
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Sathnam Sanghera
Profits fall
by third at
Capita after
rule change
Taxi! Take me to the driverless revolution
? and keep your opinions to yourself
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Sathnam Sanghera is a journalist and author. Follow him on Twitter @Sathnam
This week?s launch
of Taxify, a cab app
aimed at the
intensely
competitive London
market, could not be more welcome.
Uber felt like magic when it launched:
sometimes I would open the app even
when I wasn?t using it just to watch
cars pootle around the map. The
romance, however, has gone sour.
It?s not just that the individuals
behind it have turned out to be some
of the worst on the planet, with their
rule-bending, misogyny, tax avoidance
and basic lack of concern for
passengers and workers. Increasingly,
the experience as a customer is
woeful too. I am tired of drivers who
ring when you book, enquire about
your destination, then cancel, because
they are seeking a more lucrative fare
elsewhere. Drivers in London who
have never heard of Regent?s Park
and ones in Birmingham who don?t
know how to get to Wolverhampton.
Drivers who park up around the
corner and who, when you finally find
them, are evacuating their bladder
into a plastic bottle behind a bush.
Over time I have grown to loathe
the mangy rear seats of a three-yearold Toyota Prius, with the driver in
front proffering various conspiracy
theories about 9/11, as much as I do
extortionate rides in black cabs, with
the driver out front proffering entirely
predictable opinions on immigration
and charging more to get home from
Heathrow than my airfare to Rome.
Unfortunately it doesn?t look as
though Taxify will solve any of the
main problems with existing services.
It?s great that the company aims to
give a greater proportion of fares to
drivers than Uber does but it seems
that they will still not offer formal
employment rights. Also, the option
to pay by cash will just replicate the
emotional blackmail you get with
black cabbies to pay in notes and
coins because, let?s face it, they can
control what is declared to the tax
man that way.
Which raises the question: what
would the perfect taxi service look
like in 2017? I?ve been thinking about
it all week and for me, on top of
decent wages for staff, regular tax
payments and a board that is not
basically feral, it would offer:
electric or hydrogen-powered
vehicles
It?s encouraging that action is finally
apparently they get fired if they fall
below a certain average, but riders
cannot specifically request a driver
with a certain rating, which I would
like when sending friends on
journeys. Also, while the app shows
you the route the sat-nav is
recommending, it doesn?t let you
dictate the route on the app in
advance. Unleash the geekery!
drivers who are trained
in using the tech
Not long ago Uber introduced a
service that allowed you to link your
Spotify account to the sound system
of your taxi, so you could play your
own music, which was a genius
concept, except that I have met only a
couple of drivers who know how to
use it. Unfortunately this
incompetence extends to some very
basic functions: a certain portion of
Uber drivers are even incapable of
using the sat-navs built into the
system and try to counter the
problem by attaching yet more
sat-navs to their dashboards (when
you see a cab with three sat-navs you
know you are going to get totally
lost). Then there are the drivers who
call to ask you where you are,
defeating the entire point of the app.
If I had wanted a chat on the phone,
mate, I would have called my mum.
Which brings me to . . .
being taken on the pollution
suffocating our cities, but plans to
very slowly phase out petrol engine
cars and scrappage schemes from
manufacturers that offer to replace
the most polluting vehicles are not
enough. The air in London is lethal
right now. I would like to see the
authorities use the power to issue
licences to force taxi services to run
the cleanest possible vehicles, but in
the meantime I would pay extra,
possibly even black cab prices, to use
vehicles that did not choke my local
environment.
magic fm
Just as any oven only really needs
two settings, ?off? and ?200C?, the
only settings any taxi stereo needs is
?off? and ?Magic FM?. The station?s
slogan is ?more of the songs you
love?, which is a simple declaration of
fact, for no one anywhere has ever
objected to True by Spandau Ballet or
Get Here by Oleta Adams or Walking
in Memphis by Marc Cohn. More
often than not, a cab journey with
Magic FM is more enjoyable than
whatever event you are going to in
the cab. It is certainly better than any
journey with LBC, which is about as
fun as listening to someone you
loathe read out your worst book
reviews.
fully enabled tech
Uber?s app has been such a revelation
that going to places where it doesn?t
work feels like travelling back to 1979.
It is still a thrill not to have to check
endlessly on the progress of cars with
the monosyllabic controller of my
local cab office, but the full
possibilities are not maximised. Sure,
you can rate the drivers, and
no conversation
More annoying than drivers who say,
?You can have any radio station you
like as long as the FM frequency
begins with 90?, or those who run out
of petrol and then demand a five-star
rating, are chatty drivers. I have tried
various methods to avoid these
nightmare conversations (wearing
headphones, telling them I work for
the Inland Revenue), but none of
them works all the time and at least
once a week I end up in a nightmare
conversation about Princess Diana?s
death. Frankly, I would pay extra for
guaranteed silence.
As I continue thinking about the
many other things I?d like to see,
though, not least a partition between
the front and back like taxis in New
York to stop unsolicited chat and any
body odour from seeping towards
you, I realise that what I really want
is to be left alone.
Basically, a
self-driving taxi.
Bring on the robot
revolution.
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Alex Ralph
One of Britain?s biggest outsourcing
companies has cut last year?s profit by
almost a third after restating its
results under new accounting rules.
Capita, which is restructuring after
profit warnings and the departure of its
chief executive, cut its underlying operating profit for 2016 from �1 million
to �5 million and underlying revenue
from �6 billion to �4 billion.
Net assets of �3 million became net
liabilities of �3 million.
The restatement was part of Capita?s
adoption of the new international
financial reporting standards 15 which
come into force from January but
which the group adopted a year early.
Capita flagged the changes to investors on several occasions this year, including that it would apply the standard
retrospectively.
However, its shares weakened by as
much as 7.3 per cent in early trading
yesterday amid apparent surprise at the
scale of the profit cut, before steadying
as Capita?s board moved to reassure the
City at a ?teach-in? with analysts.
Under the changes, revenue will be
phased over the lifetime of contracts
and lower profits and losses could be
recognised in the early years.
Nick Greatorex, group finance director, said the changes would have no
impact on the ?lifetime? profitability or
cashflow of contracts and that early
adoption meant investors could better
evaluate the business in future.
?It is in line with our strategy of
simplifying the business and improving
transparency,? he added.
Capita, whose services range from
IT, recruitment and software and
whose customers include the BBC and
Transport for London, also reiterated
that its first-half results, due to be posted in a fortnight, would be under the
new accounting standards and were
expected to be in line with the outlook
it issued at its annual shareholder
meeting in June.
Analysts at Jefferies said: ?Although
the write-down to full-year 2016 profitability is substantial, balance sheet
cleansing under the new chairman
should now be complete, the impact on
2017 and 2018 consensus earnings per
share estimates is neutral and free
cashflow is unaffected.?
Analysts at Northern Trust Capital
Markets said that the changes would
mean ?delayed earnings recovery?.
Capita?s shares closed down 15絧 to
628絧. They traded at almost � in
November 2015.
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Australian return on
cards for RBS chief
Harry Wilson City Editor
The New Zealand-born boss of Royal
Bank of Scotland is in the running to
head the Australian lender he worked
for before joining the taxpayer-backed
bank five years ago.
Ross McEwan has been identified as
a potential successor to Ian Narev as
chief executive of Commonwealth
Bank of Australia, six years after he
missed out on the top job, prompting
him to leave and become head of retail
banking at RBS.
A beauty parade is under way for
headhunting firms pitching for the contract to find Mr Narev?s replacement.
Mr McEwan, 60, has been identified as
one of the leading contenders to replace
the 50-year-old when he leaves next
year, according to the Financial Times.
Shares of RBS, which did not comment yesterday, were among the leading fallers on the FTSE 100 with news of
Mr McEwan?s potential defection, leaving the stock down 3絧 at 244絧.
Since taking over as chief executive
of RBS four years ago, Mr McEwan has
attempted to guide the bank back to
profitability. After failing to make a
profit since its �.5 billion bailout in
2008, hopes are rising that the bank
could return to the black next year.
City analysts said it was likely that
the banker would be keen to leave RBS,
which remains more than 70 per cent
owned by the state nearly nine years
after its rescue. ?The chief executive
role at CBA could well be something he
will consider carefully ? not to mention the potential attractiveness of the
location back in the southern hemisphere,? John Cronin at Goodbody
Stockbrokers in Dublin said.
Before joining RBS, Mr McEwan
worked for CBA for nearly a decade,
rising to become the lender?s head of
retail banking before he was passed
over for the top job.
CBA is expected to appoint its next
boss from outside and, as a former
senior executive who has subsequently
gained experience running a major
lender, Mr McEwan is expected to be
among the frontrunners if he puts his
name in the hat for the second time.
CBA?s retail bank is admired in the industry for its low cost-to-income ratio,
at 34 per cent, while RBS has struggled
to achieve a ratio of below 50 per cent.
Speaking at the bank?s half-year results last month, Mr McEwan said that
RBS?s return to profitability was ?becoming clearer? and the lender had
resolved many of the ?significant
issues? it had faced, including a settlement with the US authorities over its
sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities at the height of the financial crisis.
Another landmark reached during
Mr McEwan?s tenure has been the first
disposal by the government of some of
its shares in RBS. However, this first
sale has yet to be repeated and the
subsequent fall in the share price has
limited further sales.
CITY PEOPLE
The feuds, the faces and the farcical
Dominic Walsh @walshdominic
a whole new take on
drink-driving
A research note from Morgan
Stanley was the talk of the market
after it suggested, controversially,
that driverless vehicles ?could help
address the mutual exclusivity of
drinking and driving?. Its analysts
calculated that the global
population spends 600 billion hours
in the car each year and 380 billion
hours drinking, estimating that the
cars could boost the average
person?s annual consumption by 52
drinks. Who would benefit? Morgan
Stanley sees a ?significant growth
opportunity? for big drink groups
such as AB Inbev and Diageo.
?Restaurant stocks also stand to
benefit,? it added. Trebles all round.
font of wisdom
What is to become of the waterfall
that delighted visitors to the British
Bankers? Association at Pinners
Hall? UK Finance, the
new trade body
formed out of the
BBA and five other
groups, has taken up
residence at Angel
Court, just behind
the Bank of
England. The
BBA has not
brought the water
feature with it.
Business big shot
name john
slade
age 60
position exec
chairman,
evans randall
investors
T
he London property market
may have caused sleepless
nights for some since the
Brexit vote but for John Slade it
was too exciting to miss a moment.
He has resigned as chief executive
of the UK division of BNP Paribas
Real Estate and will immediately
take up his post at Evans Randall,
the private investment bank in
Mayfair. The real estate business
made its name buying trophy
assets such as the Gherkin.
Mr Slade said: ?I thought about
taking six months off, but
London moves so quickly
and I don?t want to miss
it.?
He leaves BNP Paribas
after five years as chief
executive in which
he boosted the
company?s profile
in the UK and
made it one of the
top six property
advisers.
The word is the waterfall was
created to hide the noise of the
Northern line below, although the
less charitable used to suggest it
also drowned out the howls of
those who had to defend bankers
during the financial crisis.
bell not tolling for thee
Bell Pottinger?s fall from grace may
have reinforced negative
perceptions of the PR industry, but
not all purveyors of the dark arts of
spin are regarded as villains. Roland
Rudd, the Finsbury boss (and
brother of the home secretary), is
much admired ? at least in Italy.
On Wednesday the anti-Brexit
campaigner was invested as an
officer of the Order of the Star of
Italy by the Italian ambassador, left.
The citation described Mr Rudd as
a ?committed Europeanist and
great friend of Italy?, praising his
services to Italian companies and
his ?commendable generosity? to
earthquake victims.
a sticky wicket
Another tough day for Vijay Mallya
as he gets all his legal ducks in a
row in his battle against India?s
attempts to extradite him to face
fraud allegations. The King of Good
Times was at Lord?s yesterday
watching England?s Test match
against the West Indies.
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BARTON WYATT/ONTHEMARKET
Property
portal wins
backing for
�m float
I
t may be less well
known than bigger
rivals Rightmove
and Zoopla, but
Onthemarket, the
property portal, wants to
change that after getting
the go-ahead from its
members for a float
(Tom Knowles writes).
The company said
89 per cent of its
members had voted in
favour of creating a new
parent in preparation for
a listing. The portal
hopes to raise
� million on London?s
Aim as it attempts to
expand and restructure
the business. It wants a
market capitalisation of
between �0 million
and �0 million.
Onthemarket was set
up in 2015 by Agents
Mutual, a consortium of
high street estate agents
including Savills and
Knight Frank, with the
aim of breaking the
?anti-competitive
duopoly? of Rightmove
and Zoopla and their
high fees.
However, in order to
make a dent in that
Bryson?s tribute to ?beautiful
hospital? where he worked
I
duopoly, Onthemarket
insisted that members
abide by a ?one-otherportal? rule, in which
agents who signed up to
advertise on its website
had to agree that they
list with only one of the
other two players. The
rule affected Zoopla
more than Rightmove,
which remains the UK?s
biggest property portal.
The company has
spent millions of pounds
defending the right to
insist on this rule after a
legal dispute with
Gascoigne Halman, the
estate agent, which
argued it was anticompetitive. A
competition tribunal
concluded in July that it
did not breach the law.
However, after the
initial public offering,
set for next month,
Onthemarket plans to
drop the rule in an
attempt to attract more
agents. Members will
n 1973, a young
American named
Bill Bryson worked
as a porter at Holloway
Sanatorium, a
psychiatric hospital in
Virginia Water, Surrey.
It was there he met his
wife Cynthia, a nurse.
Now, 44 years later,
the former business
sub-editor at The
Times is a much-loved
travel writer and the
sanatorium has
been converted into
200 luxury homes.
A four-bedroom
townhouse within the
Grade 1 listed hospital
is one of the most
popular listings on
Onthemarket, the
property portal, and
for sale at �6 million.
In his 2015 book, The
Road to Little
Dribbling, Mr Bryson,
left, wrote: ?What a
wonderful retreat it
was in its day. People
have never had a more
beautiful place to be
lost and addled.?
also have to commit to a
five-year agreement to
use the platform.
The float will result in
the 2,700 members of
Agents Mutual being
rewarded with shares
based on how much they
have paid to list their
properties on the
website. The vote came
after a row erupted
among members that a
float was short sighted.
It needed 75 per cent
approval to go through.
Bovis boss abolishes building by
numbers in ground-up overhaul
Tom Knowles Property Correspondent
The new chief executive of Bovis
Homes has announced an overhaul of
the struggling housebuilder as he
blamed the previous administration for
being too focused on City targets rather
than the quality of its homes.
Greg Fitzgerald, 53, an industry
veteran parachuted into the top seat at
Bovis, has assured customers and
shareholders that all the problems have
been identified and are ?very fixable?.
In only six months, the company has
suffered a profit warning, the resignation of a chief executive, two failed
takeover bids and widespread media
coverage about the poor quality of its
homes. It has also set aside �.5 million
to cover compensation and remedial
work for customers affected by substandard work.
Mr Fitzgerald has announced that he
is reducing the growth targets, walking
away from much of its strategic land
bank and aiming to deliver 4,000
homes a year by 2019, significantly lower than its previous target of 5,000 to
6,000. The group is on target to complete 3,600 homes this year.
?I have put the knockers on that
6,000 growth trajectory,? he said. ?This
The Times broke
the cash payments
story in January
is not all about size, it?s about doing
these 4,000 homes well, keeping our
customers happy and maximising our
returns.?
In January, Bovis was discovered to
be offering customers as much as
�000 to move into unfinished homes
in a failed attempt to reach a target of
completing 4,131 homes by the end of
the year. The offer was revealed days
after David Ritchie unexpectedly resigned as chief executive after a postChristmas profit warning.
Customers who were asked by Bovis
to complete on their homes early
claimed there were windows still needing to be installed, gardens were not
laid, brickwork not finished, holes in
ceilings and workmen still in the house
as the buyers were moving in.
In what could be considered a criticism of Mr Ritchie, who was previously
a chartered accountant at KPMG, Mr
Fitzgerald said that Bovis?s management had lost control of its building
process as it became too focused on
reaching City targets.
He said: ?I am very operational. Bovis
has been run by the numbers, by accountants, for a long, long time. At the
moment the only thing that has got
more difficult for housebuilding in the
past 35 years is the operations bit ? the
building bit ? and Bovis definitely
needs much more focus on construction than it has done in the past when it
was run by numbers.?
The group has promised to deliver
�0 million in special dividends by
2020. It will also increase its ordinary
dividend to shareholders by 5 per cent
this year to 47.5p and by a further 20 per
cent in 2018 to 57p per share. Investors
appeared pleased with the plans, with
Bovis shares closing up 109p to �.61.
Bovis will reduce its regional units
from eight to seven by combining its
southern and eastern divisions. Mr
Fitzgerald discovered that its geographical reach was too stretched.
Alongside the strategic review, the
group also released half-year results in
which profits fell 31 per cent to
�.7 million, and delivered 1,512
homes, a 5.6 per cent drop on last year.
Brick by brick, care and quality fears are being tackled
Analysis
T
he hype around Greg
Fitzgerald since he became
chief executive at Bovis
Homes would be daunting to
a less experienced operator (Tom
Knowles writes). One City analyst
even described him as a knight in
shining armour.
It is early days, but it seems some
of the buzz may be justified. A no-
nonsense operator who has been in
the industry since the age of 17, Mr
Fitzgerald has addressed three of
the biggest issues for Bovis: poor
building quality, customer care and
problems with sub-contractors.
Bovis is not regarded highly
among sub-contractors, such as
electricians, plumbers, brickies and
carpenters. This is an awful state of
affairs for a housebuilder during a
chronic skills shortage. Their ire
was largely down to Bovis?s growth
targets of reaching 6,000 homes a
year from 2,000 in 2014.
Plumbers were working on top of
electricians and plasterers. Rushed
jobs caused botched operations and
Bovis regularly had to pay subcontractors to return to fix the
issues. This had been happening for
three years until the problems were
revealed to the media.
Mr Fitzgerald has hugely scaled
back these plans, not even aiming to
reach 4,000 homes a year until 2019.
He has also looked at the most
minor details, including what joints
are used to make sure floors are not
squeaky ? one of the biggest
complaints.
Likewise on customer care, Mr
Fitzgerald has hired Debbie Hulme,
the head of customer experience at
Virgin Atlantic. Let?s hope this
attention to detail continues.
House price
growth beats
predictions
Tom Knowles
House prices in the UK rose by more
than forecast last month, according to
Britain?s biggest mortgage lender, as
record high employment and a shortage of homes helped to support prices.
Halifax said its mortgage data
showed that prices rose by 1.1 per cent
between July and August, the fastest
monthly rise since December, reaching
an average �2,293.
Monthly price changes can be volatile, however, and analysts say that
quarterly or annual changes give a
better indication of underlying growth.
Over the past three months, house
prices have risen only 0.1 per cent compared with the previous quarter. Prices
rose 2.6 per cent annually, up from
2.1 per cent in July, but still the second
slowest rate in the last four years.
Russell Galley, managing director of
Halifax, said: ?Recent figures for mortgage approvals suggest that some buoyancy may be returning, possibly on the
back of strong recent employment
growth, with the unemployment rate
falling to a 42-year low.
?However, wage growth is still lagging increases in consumer prices,
which is likely to add pressure on
household finances and increase affordability challenges for some buyers.?
Hansen Lu, an economist at Capital
Economics, said: ?While annual house
price inflation picked up a touch in
August, the big picture is one of stagnation. Looking ahead, with borrower
leverage already high and real wages
grinding lower, there is little prospect of
revival in house price growth over the
remainder of the year.?
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ALAMY
Zoopla chases the Money with �0 million takeover
Hogg takes role of chief
executive at Visa Europe
Zoopla, the property portal, is set to
expand by snapping up Money.co.uk,
the financial services comparison
website, for �0 million.
ZPG, which owns Zoopla, will pay
� million plus a performance-based
sum of up to � million.
Money.co.uk has more than two
million visits to its website a month
and generated � million in revenues
and �million through earnings in
the year ending October 2016.
It will continue to operate as a
standalone brand and platform,
headed by its founder and chief
executive, Chris Morling. Alex
Chesterman, Zoopla?s founder and
Charlotte Hogg, the former Bank of
England deputy governor who left
after failing to disclose a conflict of
interest, has joined Visa Europe as the
digital payments company?s new chief
executive. Ms Hogg, who was also
chief operating officer at the Bank
between 2013 and 2017, will start next
month. She will report to Visa?s chief
executive, Al Kelly, and Visa Europe?s
chairman, Gary Hoffman. Ms Hogg
will ?lead the effort to expand our
merchant and financial institution
relationships, and capitalise on the
tremendous growth opportunity in
the European region,? Visa said.
Thousands of jobs to go
as Eli Lilly seeks savings
Eli Lilly plans to cut its global
workforce by 8 per cent and close
several sites with the loss of 3,500
jobs. About 2,000 of them are
understood to be in the United States
and range from research to
manufacturing positions. The
pharmaceutical company, which is
based in Indianapolis and employs
about 2,500 people in the UK, is
seeking to lower its costs and release
funds to focus on new drugs as
patents expire on older ones. It hopes
to save $500 million from the cuts.
chief executive, said: ?Broadening our
financial services offering has long
been a key part of our strategy.?
Mr Morling added: ?We have
developed a strong brand and loyal
following and are looking forward to
the next phase of our growth.?
ZPG?s portfolio includes uSwitch,
PrimeLocation and Hometrack.
Money?s 50 staff will continue to be
based in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.
Anthony Codling, equity analyst at
Jefferies International, said: ?This is a
logical addition to Zoopla?s
comparison services offering and one
perhaps closer to the core property
services business.?
Oil prices reverse early losses as Irma nears Florida
Genus blows its own horn as China drives success
Strong growth in China drove a rise
in annual profits at Genus, the animal
genetics company.
The Berkshire-based business,
which breeds livestock after analysing
DNA, said adjusted pre-tax profits
rose 13 per cent to �.4 million to the
end of June on revenue up 18 per cent
to �9.1 million on an actual
currency basis. Genus?s Asian
business led the way, despite pig
prices in China falling from recent
highs. The dividend was raised to
23.6p from 21.4p. Shares rose 2.7 per
cent to �.63.
Statutory profit was down 33 per
cent to �.7 million, however,
because o a fall in pension credits.
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Oil prices reversed early day losses
yesterday as the tentative restart of
US refiners after Hurricane Harvey
was countered by the imminent
threat of Hurricane Irma making
landfall in America.
US Gulf coast refineries are still
recovering from the impact of
Harvey, while the arrival of further
storms is continuing to disrupt oil
infrastructure in other parts of the
region. Hurricane Irma, with wind
speeds of up to 185 mph, was heading
towards Florida last night.
In New York late last night Brent
crude, the international benchmark,
was 0.6 per cent, or 30 cents, higher
at $54.50 a barrel, its highest level
since mid-April.
The earlier losses followed a report
from the Energy Information
Administration that US oil stocks
increased last week after shutdowns
linked to storms in the Gulf of Mexico
pushed down refinery use to a sevenyear low.
Stocks of crude rose by 4.6 million
barrels last week, compared with
analysts? expectations of an increase
of 4 million barrels.
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49
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BMW speeds up in race for electric cars
BMW
Insurers win
cut in payouts
for victims of
worst accidents
Robert Lea Industrial Editor Munich
BMW will build 25 new electric models
by 2025, the German motor giant has
pledged.
In the latest raising of the bar among
traditional motor manufacturers racing to bring battery-powered cars to
market, BMW will also launch the
long-awaited third model in its muchvaunted i series at the Frankfurt motor
show next week. The vehicle, which will
probably be badged the i5, will be a fourdoor family car with dimensions similar
to BMW?s best-selling conventionally
engined 3 Series.
It will place it between the existing i3
electric runaround, which will sell
about 20,000 units in pure electric this
year, and the battery-driven i8 supercar. BMW is also unveiling a new i3S
model, a chunkier, faster, longer-range
nal i3, as
version of the original
waited
well as the long-awaited
new Mini Electric. The
mlatter will be assembled at the Cowley
factory in Oxford
and go on sale in
2019.
The company has
said that it also
plans to launch an
electric version of its
0
X3 small 4x4 in 2020
with the likely i5 due to
hit the road in 2021.
me that
It is the first time
BMW has detailed its commiti off iits stable.
bl
ments to the electrification
It comes after Daimler, its arch-rival in
Germany and the owner of MercedesBenz and Smart cars, said that it would
launch ten electric models by 2020.
Jaguar Land Rover has just announced that all its vehicles will in
some way be electrified from 2020 and
Volvo has said that it will launch five
electric models between 2019 and 2021.
Klaus Fr鰄lich, BMW?s head of research and development, said: ?We
have done the hard work on the road to
electrification and we are now in a
position to scale up,?
He detailed plans for the new breed
of electric cars to have increasingly
high levels of autonomous driving devices and, with one eye on Tesla, Google
and Apple, added: ?We have become a
tech company. Where once we were
employing mechanical engineers it is
now about the software.?
He said that the acceleration in its
Katherine Griffiths
T
The
he new i3S, due to be unveiled in Frankfurt next week, is a faster, longer-range version of the original i3
British version of
o Silicon Valley will woo hi-tech motor industry
A new zone for the
development of
driverless cars will try
to emulate Silicon Valley
and put Britain at the
forefront of the
technology (Graeme
Paton writes).
The government said
that it will spend up to
�0 million to attract
businesses to the M40
corridor between
London and Coventry.
Ministers hope that
the hub ? branded as
Meridian ? will attract
overseas investment.
An analysis published
by the Department for
Business, Energy and
Industrial Strategy
estimates that the
global market for
driverless and
connected car
technology will be
worth �7 billion by
2035.
It will be seen as a
further attempt to court
the car industry amid
fears that major motor
manufacturers and
suppliers will be driven
out of the UK by Brexit.
The government is
already part-funding a
series of driverless car
trials in cities such as
Bristol, Coventry, Milton
Keynes and London.
Claire Perry, the
industry minister, said
that the hub would
receive a share of the
�0 million put aside
for connected and
autonomous vehicle
technology, with match
funding by industry
taking the total to
�0 million.
She said: ?Through
government investment
and collaboration with
industry in this area we
will ensure that the UK
becomes one of the
global ?go to?
destinations for the
development of this
technology.?
electric aspirations came against a
background of stricter emissions rules
and the damage done to the image of
diesel by the Volkswagen emissions
test-cheating scandal. ?The actions of
some have compromised the credibility
and the trustworthiness of our industry,? he said. ?There is now a tighter and
irrational approach to [emissions] legislation. The regulations are changing
faster than ever before.?
A new, fifth generation of BMW electric powertrains will allow the company
to produce cars capable of travelling
435 miles on a single battery charge,
and plug-in hybrids that can run
65 miles on electric before their combustion engines kick in.
Separately, the Frankfurt motor
show will host the launch of the biggest
ever BMW, an X7 concept car, a huge
4x4 seating six passengers in three rows
that will be pitched at the luxury end of
the market in direct competition with
Range Rover.
The insurance industry has won a substantial victory over the way compensation is calculated for the victims of
serious accidents after the government
watered down previous plans to make
the payouts bigger, sending shares in
insurers higher.
Plans by the Ministry of Justice to
change the Ogden rate caused an outcry this year, with insurers complaining
that the reforms would add millions to
their bills. Premiums for high-risk customers, such as young drivers, have
already been increased by about �0
over the past few months in response.
Yesterday, the MoJ came out with
final plans that followed consultation
and were not as bad as had been feared.
Premiums that have been raised could
now come down a bit, observers said.
The burden will also be less than had
been anticipated on the NHS, which
has one of the biggest bills for compensating the victims of serious accidents
due to treatment going wrong.
Tony Sault, UK general insurance
leader for EY, said: ?We would expect
the recent rise in premiums to level off
in anticipation of the new legislation,
and ultimately premiums could fall
between 2 per cent and 4 per cent, saving up to � on the average premium.?
The Ogden rate is meant to help
courts hand out lump sums to accident
victims that will last for their lifetime. It
is linked to gilts and takes account of a
likely investment return on the money
if placed in an ultra-safe asset.
The rate was set at a 2.5 per cent
discount in 2001, but interest rates have
fallen sharply and in February the MoJ
said that it would adjust it to minus
0.75 per cent. Yesterday, the MoJ said
the way the rate was calculated would
be changed from being based on ?very
low risk? to ?low risk? investments, putting it at from 0 per cent to 1 per cent.
Shares in Direct Line jumped 2 per
cent to 379絧 while those of Prudential
and Aviva also rose.
550
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353.40
51.81
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3.84
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2.85
2.92
2.37
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15.23
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35.93
78.65
88.84
102.20
109.80
84.49
58.81
83.36
109.20
47.82
84.34
58.80
66.63
77.59
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414.10
879.40
632.70
221.60
122.10
258.60
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299.20
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331.53
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49.06
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?
+2.96
-0.13
+2.32
+3.62
+8.78
-0.02
+0.07
+1.14
+4.15
+3.81
+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 ?@
448.65
Corp Bond Acc ?@
201.75
High Income Inc ?@
455.28
Income & Grth Inc ?@
436.03
Income Inc ?@
1779.96
Money Acc ?@
90.37
Monthly Inc Plus Inc ?@ 112.28
UK Aggressive Inc ?@
197.36
UK Growth Acc ?@
653.64
UK Sml Cos Eqty Acc ?@ 1190.79
UK Sml Cos Gwth ?@
82.54
American A Acc ?@
337.56
Asia ex Japan A Acc ?@ 622.33
Capital Accumulator A Acc ?@236.17
0.01
?
0.26
0.14
0.12
INVESCO FUND MGRS LTD
Dling: 0800 085 8571 Inv Serv: 0800 085 8677
Brkr Serv: 0800 028 2121
INVESCO Funds
Amer Spec Sits ?@
American ?@
Euro Opps ?@
?
-1.00
+5.60
?
4.21
?
?
?
-0.43
+0.72
+0.16
0.12
0.72
1.13
51.96
High Income
High Income Acc
UK 100 Comp Acc
UK 100 Cos
UK Select Pflo
UK Selection Port Acc
Worldwide Mgd Acc ?
Wwide Mgd ?
117.80
262.50
367.90
215.90
350.40
627.80
810.10
506.50
117.80
262.50
367.90
215.90
350.40
627.80
?
?
-8.00
-2.70
+4.10
2.12
2.15
1.80
-0.17
?
+0.10
+0.10
-0.90
-0.50
-1.80
-3.20
-0.30
-0.10
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
+42.21
-0.02
1.25
1.11
1.66
?
?
?
-0.55
-3.80
?
2.03
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.70
+1.90
+1.40
+2.20
+3.00
+1.90
2.65
1.89
5.60
2.99
3.30
2.50
2.55
+13.11
+0.75
+1.28
+0.43
+19.84
+1.14
-0.22
+11.52
-7.28
+5.60
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
200.90
218.50
181.00
212.50
388.10
246.30
1494.44
530.93
584.68
41.85
2262.10
810.93
1930.86
1308.24
1227.65
635.86
1577.24
560.35
617.07
41.85
2387.44
855.86
2037.85
1380.73
1295.67
671.09
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 ?@
199.60
184.80
140.70
219.60
215.20
?
?
?
?
?
0.51
1.05
1.06
0.45
0.47
2439.00
?
-5.00
0.90
314.80
188.30
?
?
-2.70
-1.60
2.74
2.81
-0.40
-0.20
+0.80
-1.10
-0.60
-0.80
-0.30
-0.04
-0.20
-0.10
-0.60
-21.00
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 ?@
318.80
Corp Bond A Inc ?@
130.80
Envir Invtr A Acc ?@
287.60
Hi Inc Bond A Ac ?@
230.70
Hi Inc Bond A Inc ?@
89.56
Hi Res A Acc ?@
355.80
Hi Res A Inc ?@
136.30
Safety Plus A Acc ?@
40.22
Strat Inc A Acc ?@
203.90
Strat Inc A Inc ?@
103.30
UK Gwth A Acc ?@
183.50
UK Sel Gwth A Acc ?@ 1929.00
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
OEIC B Class
Tracker and Specialist Investment Funds
All Stks Credit A Inc ?@ 136.80
Asian Div Inc U Trst Inc @108.97
Cautious Man Fd A Acc ?@263.40
Cautious Man Fd A Inc ?@154.20
China Opp Fund A Acc ?@1362.00
Emg Mkts Opps Fd A Acc ?@212.20
Erpn Grth Fund A Acc ?@ 240.70
Erpn Sel Opps Fd A Acc ?@1692.00
Erpn Spc Sits A Acc GBP ?@94.66
Erpn Spc Sits Fd I Acc EUR ?@4.84
Fix Int Mnthly Inc Fd Inc @ 22.65
Global Equity Income A Inc ?@61.59
Global Growth Fund Acc @2955.66
Global Tech A Acc ?@ 1544.00
M-Man Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@142.60
M-Man Active Fd A Acc ?@220.20
M-Man Inc Grth Fd A Acc ?@174.70
M-Man Inc Grth A Inc ?@ 154.70
Sterling Bond U Trst Acc @223.43
Sterling Bond U Trst Inc @ 66.76
Strategic Bond A Inc ?@ 127.70
UK Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@ 156.00
UK Alpha Fund A Acc ?@ 146.00
UK Index Fund A Acc ?@ 610.40
UK Irsh Sm Co Fd A Acc ?@645.70
UK Property A Acc @
215.82
UK Property A Inc @
98.66
UK Tracker Fund A Acc ?@275.00
US Growth Fund A Acc ?@949.40
?
114.47
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
23.63
?
3082.97
?
?
?
?
?
233.07
69.63
?
?
?
?
?
227.17
103.84
?
?
?
+1.11
+1.00
+0.60
-4.00
+0.60
+1.80
+16.00
-0.29
-0.07
-0.02
+0.45
+4.74
-4.00
+0.10
+0.40
-0.90
-0.80
-0.10
-0.03
-0.10
+0.30
+1.00
+5.20
-0.50
+0.08
+0.04
+2.80
-2.20
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
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-0.40
+0.60
+2.90
+9.00
+15.00
?
+0.02
-0.30
-0.20
+1.00
+2.00
+0.30
+1.90
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 ?@
199.90
Emerging Mkts ?@
223.50
Eur Dyn (ex-UK) A Acc ?@229.40
Euro Smllr Cos ?@
759.30
Europe A Acc ?@
1466.00
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Acc ?@ 110.30
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Inc ?@
37.92
Gl ex-UK Bd A Acc ?@ 262.90
Gl ex-UK Bd A Inc ?@
204.60
Glb Fins A Acc ?@
1007.00
Global A Acc ?@
1325.00
Japan A Acc ?@
403.60
Multi-Man Tst A Acc ?@ 960.30
Euro Ind Inc @
Fixed Int Acc @
Fixed Int Dist @
Glob Gwth Acc @
Glob Health Acc @
Glob Tech Acc @
Gwth Tst Acc @
High Inc Acc @
Japan Ind Acc @
Pacific Ind Acc @
UK 100 Ind Acc @
UK Active Opps Acc @
UK Index Acc @
UK Index Dist @
US Ind Acc @
Worldwide Acc @
289.60
140.60
73.27
229.40
65.97
37.87
104.40
126.10
57.42
153.50
180.00
249.90
284.50
164.60
436.30
300.70
289.60
141.40
73.73
229.40
66.08
37.92
104.80
127.00
57.42
153.50
180.00
252.90
284.50
164.60
436.30
300.70
+2.90
?
-0.02
+0.40
-0.45
-0.38
+0.60
+0.10
?
+0.60
+1.80
-0.10
+4.00
+2.20
-0.60
+1.90
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 ?
1599.48
?
+10.02
4.57
+3.82
+3.57
0.48
0.48
+5.67
-0.01
+0.02
+0.05
+0.66
?
+27.62
4.37
1.06
4.89
?
3.46
1.66
2.08
-0.04
+0.78
+0.92
+1.01
3.83
4.63
1.93
2.25
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 1
Euro Smlr Cos Acc ?@
Euro Smlr Cos Inc ?@
443.26
414.18
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 2
Extra Income Inc ?@
786.86
Gilt & Fxd Int Inc ?@
99.87
Gl Hi Yd Bd Inc ?@
51.42
Index Linked Bd Inc ?@ 144.40
Index Trckr Inc ?@
76.00
Short Dated Corp Bd Inc ?@25.97
UK Select A Inc ?@
2958.59
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 3
Corp Bd A Inc ?@
Dividend Inc ?@
Recovery A Inc ?@
Sml Cos Inc ?@
41.83
63.50
138.60
363.92
?
?
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 4
Episode Allocation A Inc ?@145.83
?
+0.58
2.19
UK Trkr B Acc ?@
UK Trkr B Inc ?@
+/-
Yld
%
105.41
262.33
248.42
278.98
225.13
232.17
99.48
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.06
-0.28
-0.26
-0.07
+0.14
-0.12
-0.05
2.39
1.10
1.11
1.36
2.77
2.85
2.89
UK Oseas Earns ?@
128.29
?
+0.99
2.07
113.60
151.70
80.02
?
?
?
+0.10
+0.40
+0.50
1.29
0.87
3.83
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-0.01
?
-0.03
-0.03
+0.86
+0.70
+0.01
+1.40
+0.53
+0.52
+1.33
+1.12
+0.71
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
696.30
219.40
+4.60
+1.00
1.53
?
Managed Funds
Def Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Mgd Income ?@
340.40
187.60
?
?
-2.80
-1.70
3.19
3.25
-0.40
-0.20
-0.60
-22.00
2.41
2.45
2.51
1.85
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond B Acc ?@
328.00
Corp Bond B Inc ?@
130.70
UK Gwth B Acc ?@
196.40
UK Sel Gwth B Acc ?@ 2006.00
?
?
?
?
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 ?@
58.54
47.70
63.41
63.25
98.66
95.46
43.57
159.62
82.19
77.04
141.62
132.56
339.57
For Resolution see Ignis
TU FUND MANAGERS LIMITED
British
European
661.50
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
-0.40
-0.10
-0.10
-0.70
-0.60
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)
2476.47
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
402.10
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 @
49.15
SCOTTISH MUTUAL INV MNGRS LTD
0141 248 6100
2616.00
893.80
402.10
+/-
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 ?@ 7810.13
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
3659.00
514.00
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 ?@
59.44
Emerging Mkts ?@
125.40
Euro Gwth & Inc 1 ?@ 1035.00
Extra Inc Bond ?@
49.49
FTSE All-Shr Track ?@ 419.50
Global Gwth SC1 ?@
194.10
High Inc Trst @
14.47
Max Inc Bond ?@
49.41
Multi Man Caut ?@
70.41
Multi Man Distr ?@
60.44
North Amer ?@
489.30
Pacific Gwth ?@
438.80
Strategic Bd ?@
197.40
UK Equity ?@
3207.00
UK Gwth & Inc Acc 1 ?@ 658.50
UK Gwth & Inc Dist ?@ 234.70
UK Smaller Cos ?@
935.50
+/-
Eur Sel Gth A Acc ?@
+2.50
+0.30
+0.70
-0.10
?
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 @
1539.87
Euro Opps R Acc @
105.05
Euro Opps R Inc @
100.09
European Growth R Acc @356.93
Global Energy R Acc @
28.09
Global Growth R Acc @ 250.42
Global Income R Acc @ 124.28
Global Income R Inc @
93.24
Global Select R Acc @
98.55
High Income R Inc @
80.47
Income R Acc @
413.70
Income R Inc @
227.54
Monthly Dist R Inc @
72.09
Strategic Assets R Acc @ 85.45
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 @ 57.48
UK Growth R Acc @
533.08
UK Smaller Cos R Acc @ 1569.47
UK Special Sits R Acc @ 574.90
European ?@
Extra Income ?@
Glob Spec Sits ?@
Global Focus ?@
International ?@
Japan ?@
Moneybldr Bal ?@
Moneybldr Glob
Moneybldr Gwth ?@
Moneybldr Inc ?@
Moneybldr UK Ind ?@
Special Sits ?@
Wealthbuilder
Sell
104.49
110.25
375.17
129.66
375.56
120.33
124.07
142.23
130.82
381.91
162.05
155.79
279.61
150.12
179.47
175.22
185.39
171.11
177.31
209.86
209.26
206.26
279.39
218.70
225.36
263.05
264.78
281.36
101.11
107.17
368.78
123.39
361.70
114.80
116.91
132.77
121.58
359.19
147.76
141.90
257.58
134.83
161.03
155.61
162.56
148.24
151.89
179.64
176.95
171.51
231.25
176.93
181.37
208.77
204.60
214.78
Tr IL 1N% 2017 * 101.14
Tr IL 0V% 19
107.53
Tr IL 2K% 20
371.38
Tr IL 1Y% 2022 * 125.31
Tr IL 2K% 24
374.13
Tr IL 0V% 24
117.78
Tr IL 0V% 26
121.08
Tr IL 1N% 2027 * 138.07
Tr IL 0V% 29
127.55
Tr IL 4V% 30
378.33
Tr IL 1N% 2032 * 156.47
Tr IL 0O% 34
151.09
Tr IL 2% 35
277.35
Tr IL 0V% 36
145.62
Tr IL 1V% 2037 * 173.21
Tr IL 0X% 40
168.93
Tr IL 0X% 42 * 178.32
Tr IL 0V% 44
164.26
Tr IL 0V% 46
169.66
Tr IL 0O% 2047 * 200.04
Tr IL 0K% 50 * 199.30
Tr IL 0N% 52
195.48
Tr IL 1N% 2055 * 263.25
Tr IL 0V% 56
205.45
Tr IL 0V% 58 * 211.62
Tr IL 0W% 62
246.67
Tr IL 0V% 65
246.91
Tr IL 0V% 68
261.06
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+ .16
+ .65
+ .45
+1.79
+ .58
+ .73
+ .93
+1.02
+2.87
+1.58
+1.67
+3.02
+1.92
+2.27
+2.60
+3.10
+3.15
+3.53
+4.14
+4.60
+4.85
+6.66
+5.89
+6.26
+7.86
+8.82
+9.61
1.35
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1.72
1.54
1.45
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0.99
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1.71
0.80
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0.88
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0.68
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0.35
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0.38
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0.52
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?4.25
?3.15
?2.88
?2.63
?2.31
?2.37
?2.11
?2.08
?1.99
?1.99
?1.93
?1.87
?1.85
?1.84
?1.85
?1.83
?1.81
?1.76
?1.75
?1.75
?1.75
?1.75
?1.74
?1.74
?1.75
?1.77
?1.78
?1.81
+ .87
+ .95
+ .84
+ .99
+1.05
+1.10
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+1.15
+1.22
+1.42
+1.05
+1.59
+1.61
+1.88
+1.39
+2.07
+1.90
+2.37
3.08
2.95
?
3.02
2.85
?
2.82
?
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2.65
?
2.55
?
2.37
?
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1.45
1.51
1.60
1.57
1.60
1.62
1.63
1.66
1.66
1.64
1.63
1.59
1.55
1.51
1.50
1.48
1.46
1.46
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102.52
168.22
159.37
161.99
171.76
144.85
152.23
173.99
104.48
181.67
173.71
196.28
107.38
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190.68
137.35
134.98
93.81
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138.30
139.78
147.41
122.44
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159.09
179.39
107.38
179.15
135.86
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113.59
112.25
117.77
108.87
113.12
117.99
137.10
112.55
107.94
102.29
137.49
160.35
151.06
146.72
113.38
104.78
107.79
111.25
128.78
105.19
99.90
98.71
126.26
146.95
136.21
131.34
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Tr 1N% 27
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106.83
110.34
114.61
131.77
109.85
105.40
102.18
132.02
152.91
143.18
138.95
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126.25
102.18
107.38
104.81
111.19
111.17
107.18
116.42
114.61
105.71
137.09
120.79
101.24
101.30
100.00
120.84
100.92
102.44
102.85
106.52
107.23
104.72
111.53
110.48
103.38
129.05
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103.01
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116.70
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51
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Business
ENQUEST
Waiver helps
Enquest to
rule the
waves again
E
nquest has
secured a waiver
from its lenders
after problems
at the Kraken project
left it at risk of
breaching debt
covenants (Emily
Gosden writes).
The North Sea
producer has been
counting on output
from Kraken to help
reduce its $1.9 billion
debt and remain within
the terms of its loans,
but warned two weeks
ago that it was having
problems boosting
production at the field.
It said yesterday that
it had ?proactively
applied for, and
received, a waiver in
advance of the endSeptember covenant
test? and believed that
?further waivers/and or
consents would be
forthcoming?.
Shares in Enquest,
which had fallen
heavily after the
disclosure of issues at
Kraken, rallied 10 per
cent after management
met analysts to
reassure them of its
financial position.
Enquest said that it
had also made progress
in ramping up
production and had
achieved rates in excess
of 20,000 barrels per
day, up from 15,000 bpd.
The wells that were
producing had
excellent performance
so far, it added.
The company said
that its base case
financial forecasts,
reflecting updated
expectations for
Kraken and assuming
it would sell a stake in
the field, indicated
?adequate liquidity?,
although debt
covenants would be
breached. It added that
it could pursue ?a
Enquest believed further
waivers/and or consents
would be forthcoming
number of mitigating
actions including other
potential asset sales or
funding options? to
meet debt repayment
obligations.
These included a
possible $50 million
cash injection from BP
in return for taking on
the management of
decommissioning the
Thistle field in the
North Sea, a liability
that Enquest said had a
net present value of
$37 million. This option
was agreed as part of
Enquest?s deal to buy a
stake in the Magnus
oilfield and the Sullum
Voe oil terminal from
the major. The deal is
due to complete before
the end of the year.
The company
reported that it had
fallen to a pre-tax loss
of $21 million for the
first half, from a profit
of $75 million a year
earlier.
Southern rail?s rocky ride
hits profits at Go-Ahead
Graeme Paton
Transport Correspondent
Profits fell at Southern rail?s parent
company as it admitted that the train
operator was still failing to provide a
good enough service for passengers.
Go-Ahead Group reported a
5.7 per cent fall in pre-tax profits to
�6.8 million over the past year after
turmoil at the country?s worstperforming rail network. The figures
sent its shares down by more than
11 per cent, making it the biggest faller
in the FTSE 250 yesterday.
Earnings from the company?s rail
division, which runs Southern
through its Govia Thameslink Railway joint venture, fell by 16.1 per cent
to �.9 million. This follows a disastrous year for the franchise, which
has been hit by the equivalent of
more than a month of strikes over the
modernisation of its train fleet.
Unions are opposed to the driveronly control system on new trains in
which the driver operates carriage
doors and the role of the traditional
guard is downgraded.
Figures show that GTR was the
worst-performing train operator in
the past year, with 22 per cent of
services running late, almost twice
A disastrous year for the franchise,
hit by strikes over guard on trains
the national average. It was fined
�.4 million in the summer for its
performance. However, Go-ahead
insisted that performance was improving as the effect of industrial
action weakened. Recent strikes by
the Rail, Maritime and Transport
union (RMT) have led to fewer than
one in 10 services being cancelled.
It also said that the settlement
reached with the government had reduced financial uncertainty. There
had been fears that the company
could be stripped of the franchise.
In a further sign of recovery, the
company said that it believed GTR
would be profitable over the full
course of the contract, which runs
until 2021. It forecast that margins
would reach up to 1.5 per cent. In all,
revenues for Go-Ahead stood at
�48 billion in the year to July, an
increase of 3.6 per cent and slightly
ahead of expectations.
David Brown, chief executive, said:
?We apologise to our Southern
passengers who have been inconvenienced for many months by disruption caused by industrial relations
issues. Service levels are beginning to
improve but there is still a lot of work
to be done to provide the level of service we and our customers expect.
Our primary aim is to improve the
experience for our passengers and we
are resolute in this commitment.?
The group warned of a further hit
to rail profits over the new financial
year after losing its contract last
month to run the London Midland
line, as well as a fall in passenger
numbers at Southeastern as wider
economic conditions cut demand.
The company is in deadlock over
its row with the RMT on Southern,
with the union insisting that no trains
should run without a guard aboard. It
is believed that the company is close
to a deal with train drivers represented by Aslef over the same dispute.
Go-Ahead shares closed down
203p at �.50.
Lung drug trial pumps up Circassia
Alex Ralph
A biotechnology company backed by
the struggling fund manager Neil
Woodford has been boosted by positive results from a lung drug trial.
Circassia Pharmaceuticals? shares
rallied up to 14 per cent after Astrazeneca, its partner, unveiled positive
results for a treatment for chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD).
The commercial rights to the drug,
called Duaklir, were acquired by
Circassia in March and after yester-
day?s phase-III results Astrazeneca
plans to file an application with the
US Food and Drug Administration in
the first half of next year.
Astrazeneca said that a trial
showed that Duaklir, a combination
drug, demonstrated statistically significant and clinically meaningful
improvements in lung function
compared with taking the treatments
individually.
The results boosted Circassia which
suffered a setback in June last year in
a trial for a product to fight cat allergies that led to a 66 per cent collapse in
its share price. Circassia responded by
purchasing the commercial right to
two drugs in the US from Astrazeneca,
including Duaklir, and in April ended
new investment in its anti-allergy
treatments after disappointing results
for a house dust-mite allergy.
Circassia?s shares rose 10p to 87p.
Woodford Investment Management,
which owns almost 20 per cent, is the
second biggest holder.
Astrazeneca also published upbeat
mid-stage trial data for a drug called
tezepelumab for a severe asthma
drug it is co-developing with Amgen.
552
1GM
Friday September 8 2017 | the times
Business
news in brief
Martin Waller Tempus
Buy, sell or hold: today?s best share tips
ashmore group
Assets under
management
$58.7bn Dividend
yield 4.9%
O
ne of the reasons why
Aberdeen Asset
Management decided to
merge with the more
staid Standard Life was
because Aberdeen?s exposure to
emerging markets meant
performance varied wildly as
appetite for such assets increased
and waned.
Ashmore is entirely exposed to
such markets and almost entirely in
areas such as local currencies and
debt rather than in equities. This
provides a degree of stability. There
was a general improvement in
Ashmore?s financial year to the end
of June. It could hardly be otherwise;
emerging markets probably hit their
nadir at the turn of 2016, as did
Ashmore?s share price.
The election of President Trump,
though, saw another blip. The
perception of higher interest rates
boosted the dollar, which meant
emerging markets currencies fell.
All this is saying that any fund
manager with a purely emerging
intnl public partnerships
Net asset value
per share 144.7p
Dividend yield
4.2%
I
nternational Public Partnerships
(INPP) continues to do what it
does well, buying infrastructure
assets for the assured income
and recycling this as dividend
income, but the first half included
the biggest deal yet.
The �4 million agreement gave it
a 4.4 per cent stake in the gas
distribution business, the majority of
which was sold by National Grid.
Now renamed Cadent, this was too
good a deal to pass up despite its size;
an asset like that probably comes
Snakes and ladders
Assets under management at June 30
Share price
400p
360
320
Source: Thomson Reuters
Best to
steer clear
in volatile
climate
$6m for Tab Media
280
240
$13.3bn
$13.7bn
$6.3bn
$14.6bn
$3.4bn
External debt
Local currency
Corporate debt
Blended debt
Equities
Others
$7.4bn
% of portfolio at June 30
Eastern
Europe
28% 37%
Latin
America
200
12%
2015
2016
2017
Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3
160
MY ADVICE Avoid
WHY Share price performance
is volatile even if the
long-term emerging markets
story is intact, and shares
trade at the top of their range
markets exposure can expect a
volatile performance pushed about
by any number of variables, and the
Ashmore share price bears this out.
There is little prospect that Ashmore
can find shelter within a larger, more
diversified group, as Aberdeen did,
without the blessing of Mark
Coombs, the chief executive, who
speaks for 40 per cent of the stock.
There are still plenty of reasons for
believing that the emerging markets
story will in the long term be an
attractive one. The typical investor is
underweight in them, the economic
and political fundamentals continue
to improve and there is a sustained
along only once a decade. It was
funded out of debt, subsequently
wiped out by a �0 million capital
raising.
One of the problems such funds
have is that the supply of assets is
not infinite. In a low-interest-rate
environment, such income is much
sought after. INPP has latched on to
fibre optic broadband as one
potential future supplier of such
assets and has put � million, along
with its investment adviser Amber
Infrastructure, into an investment
vehicle to fund this, in conjunction
with the Treasury.
This makes sense in that one day
fibre optic cables will be seen as an
essential part of the infrastructure in
Middle East
and Africa
23%
Asia
Pacific
need for debt. Ashmore reported a
rise in assets under management
over the year of 12 per cent to
$58.7 billion. This reflects net inflows
of new business of $1.9 billion and
positive investment performance of
$4.2 billion.
The market, though, was
dissatisfied and the shares fell 24緋
to 340絧. There were two negatives.
Pre-tax profits were ahead by a
pleasing 23 per cent to �6.2 million,
but there was �.8 million realised
from investments in seed capital that
are by definition a one-off.
Second, net margins from
management fees were off from
55 per cent to 52 per cent, reflecting
a change in the mix to lower-margin
investments, though fee income was
up by 13 per cent to �1.6 million.
None of this is catastrophic, but the
shares were trading at the top of that
volatile range.
The total dividend is held at 16.65p.
This means the forward dividend
yield is below 5 per cent, suggesting
no obvious reason to chase for now.
the same way as gas pipelines or
electricity networks, though it is as
yet an unknown quantity. INPP,
which has about a quarter of its
assets outside the UK and is
exploring possibilities in the US
along with a partner there, signals its
dividends several years ahead.
This year?s forecast suggests a yield
of 4.2 per cent on the shares, up 1p at
163緋. Not a huge income at this
level but safe as houses.
MY ADVICE Buy
WHY INPP?s record as income
provider is solid enough
Tab Media, a youth publishing
group, has attracted $6 million in
fresh funding in an investment
round led by News Corp, parent
company of The Times publisher
News UK. Tab Media, founded as
a student news website by
Cambridge undergraduates in
2009, runs local editions for 80
universities in the UK and the
US, as well as Babe, a women?s
website. ?We?ve built a power
base among people in their late
teens and early twenties by
recklessly handing over the keys
to really young writers,? Jack
Rivlin, Tab?s founder said.
sanne group
Revenue �.3m
Pre-tax profit
�.5m Dividend
yield 1.7%
S
anne is a �billion-plus company
that is not that well known or
studied. This is a pity because
anyone who bought into the 2015
float at �would have seen their
holding rise more than threefold.
Part of the problem is there are no
obvious comparators. The company
provides administration, reporting
and fiduciary services to alternative
asset managers such as family offices.
There are similarities here with
Equiniti, another recent stock market
debutant, which provides
administrative services for quoted
corporates. Both are gaining from
increasing outsourcing of these tasks.
Equiniti did a deal this summer to
expand in the US. Sanne, which has
spent �0 million on five businesses
since the float, bought a company in
the US at the end of last year and
one in Mauritius, to serve the Asian
and African markets, shortly after.
Halfway figures bear the impact of
those deals: revenues doubled and
profit before tax was up 54 per cent at
�.5 million; on an underlying basis
it, too, doubled. Sanne is adding to
those acquisitions with organic
growth, which ran at 15 per cent in
the first half with � million of
annual fee income added. The shares,
off 11p at 771p, sell on more than
30 times this year?s earnings ? a bit
rich to encourage an immediate buy.
Atlas Mara on the map
Atlas Mara reported a net profit
for the six months to the end of
June of $11.5 million, up from
$1.2 million in the same period last
year. The Africa-focused banking
group, which was co-founded by
Bob Diamond, the former
Barclays chief executive, said it
had been helped by costs cuts,
with the London-listed company
on track for $20 million in savings
for 2017. ?We have begun to
demonstrate the potential
earnings power that Atlas Mara
can deliver,? Mr Diamond said.
Biffa?s strong on waste
Biffa Group said it had achieved a
?good performance? in the six
months that will end on
September 22 before the release
of its half-year financial results in
November. The waste disposal
company said its underlying
earnings and profits had been
driven up by a ?strong operational
performance and cost control?.
The results will be the first since
Biffa?s � million acquisition in
July of O?Brien Waste Recycling
Solutions, a provider of services in
the North East of England.
MY ADVICE Avoid
WHY Multiple looks rich even
for a high growth company
And finally...
H
alfway figures from
Rockhopper do not take us
much further on the crucial
Sea Lion project off the Falkland
Islands. Production from its assets
in the Mediterranean is running as
expected. The initial engineering
study on Sea Lion is substantially
complete. Talks are going on with
UK Export Finance about an
$800 million loan and there are
potential contractors for another
$400 million of financing, with
non-binding proposals received. A
decision will be made next year;
much depends on oil?s price then.
Mitie boss on sick leave
The chief executive of Mitie is
recovering from a ruptured
appendix, which will keep him
away from the loss-making
outsourcing company for the
next six weeks. The FTSE 250
group, which is under
investigation by the Financial
Conduct Authority over its 2016
results, said that Peter Dickinson,
company secretary, will cover the
top job until Phil Bentley returns
to work. Mr Bentley took over
last December after a profit
warning.
PRICES
Major indices
London Financial Futures
New York
Dow Jones
Nasdaq Composite
S&P 500
21784.78 (-22.86)
6397.87 (+4.55)
2465.10 (-0.44)
Tokyo
Nikkei 225
19396.52 (+38.55)
Hong Kong
Hang Seng
27522.92 (-90.84)
Amsterdam
AEX Index
Sydney
AO
Frankfurt
DAX
Singapore
Straits
Brussels
BEL20
Paris
CAC-40
Zurich
SMI Index
DJ EURO Stoxx 50
8906.66 (+47.19)
3447.66 (+13.86)
FTSE 100
7396.98 (+42.85)
FTSE 250
19696.68 (+44.37)
FTSE 350
4106.61 (+21.32)
FTSE Eurotop 100
12296.63 (+82.09)
3228.06 (-4.41)
3921.94 (+31.39)
5114.62 (+13.22)
3-Mth Euribor
2871.60 (+7.00)
4054.62 (+20.32)
FTSE Non Financials
4736.57 n/a
techMARK 100
4508.63 (+42.74)
Bargains
5753.80 (+0.90)
3-Mth Sterling
London
FTSE All-Shares
518.83 (+2.37)
Long Gilt
3-Mth Euroswiss
n/a
US$
1.3076 (+0.0030)
Euro
1.0895 (-0.0042)
�SDR
0.91 (+0.00)
Exchange Index
75.40 (-0.1)
FTSE100
FTSEurofirst 80
Period
Sep 17
Dec 17
Sep 17
Dec 17
Mar 18
Jun 18
Sep 17
Sep 17
Dec 17
Mar 18
Jun 18
Sep 18
Sep 17
Dec 17
Mar 18
Sep 17
Dec 17
Sep 17
Dec 17
Open
128.41
127.45
99.710
99.650
99.600
99.560
99.520
100.33
100.33
100.32
100.30
100.27
100.73
100.74
100.73
7352.5
7322.5
High
129.11
128.15
99.715
99.660
99.610
99.580
99.550
100.33
100.33
100.33
100.31
100.29
100.74
100.75
100.74
7413.5
7372.5
Commodities
Low
128.30
127.25
99.705
99.640
99.590
99.550
99.510
100.33
100.32
100.31
100.29
100.26
100.72
100.73
100.72
7347.5
7308.0
Sett
129.13
128.12
99.710
99.660
99.610
99.570
99.540
100.33
100.33
100.32
100.31
100.28
100.73
100.74
100.74
7395.5
7354.5
4781.0
4777.5
Vol
6391
190642
48825
41825
43856
72016
54539
59456
99142
102085
105268
128293
3243
10475
17447
114048
29925
Open Int
122240
694941
456130
469983
379514
332374
305854
399343
460751
436587
370368
325063
32849
59027
33867
729425
41466
Bank of England official close (4pm)
CPI
103.20 Jul (2015 = 100)
RPI
272.90 Jul (Jan 1987 = 100)
RPIX
273.40 Jul (Jan 1987 = 100)
Morningstar Long Commodity
550.40 (+2.85)
Morningstar Long/Short Commod
3945.66 (+0.53)
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ICIS pricing (London 7.30pm)
Brent (9.00pm)
Crude Oils ($/barrel FOB)
Nov
Dec
Jan
Brent Physical
BFOE(Dec)
BFOE(Nov)
WTI(Nov)
WTI(Dec)
54.55
54.41
54.56
49.91
49.53
652.00
511.25
305.50
499.00
1500-1420
1471-1470
1497-1493
1510-1508
1524-1519
1543-1528
Dec
Mar
Jul
1575-1520
1613-1532
1922-1580
+0.00
+3.75
-2.50
+0.00
RobustaCoffee
ICE Futures
Cocoa
Sep
Dec
Mar
May
Jul
Sep
Sep
Nov
Jan
Mar
2185-1930
1948-1947
1939-1936
1967-1916
Reuters
531.25-531.00
528.50-528.25
519.00-518.75
Volume: 52991
May
Jul
1958-1900
2021-1934
Volume: 23777
White Sugar (FOB)
Gas Oil
Sep
Oct
Nov
54.26-54.22
54.30-54.25
Volume: 1160653
LIFFE
Spot CIF NW Europe (prompt delivery)
650.00
509.25
302.00
495.00
Feb
Mar
+0.01
+0.26
+0.29
-0.09
-0.09
Products ($/MT)
Premium Unld
Gasoil EEC
3.5 Fuel Oil
Naphtha
54.50-54.49
54.32-54.30
54.24-54.22
Dec
Jan
509.75-509.50
505.50-505.00
Volume: 497734
Oct
Dec
Mar
377.70-377.20
379.90-378.60
389.10-388.20
May
Aug
Oct
Dec
398.70-395.40
406.10-402.80
424.10-394.00
421.70-398.50
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53
1GM
Business
GETTY
Planet Coaster helps lift
Frontier to a new plane
Callum Jones Market report
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The picture
looks rosier
for GoPro
W
ith so many
mobile phone
cameras
around there is no
shortage of ways to
capture action
moments, which may
be why GoPro has
struggled to make the
impact that it would
like (Robert Miller
writes).
Yesterday, however,
the maker of wearable
video cameras was the
centre of attention
after it said it would
post an adjusted profit
in the third quarter
thanks to stronger
demand, dwindling
inventories and
product launches.
Third-quarter revenue
is expected to be at the
high end of previously
announced ranges
between $290 million
and $310 million.
GoPro is launching
two cameras this year,
the Hero6 and Fusion.
Shares closed 12.4 per
cent higher in New
York last night at $10.
Results in brief
Name
Pre-tax figure
Profit (+) loss (-)
Dividend
Ashmore Group (finance FY)
Atalaya Mining (resources HY)
Bovis Homes (property HY)
Brady (technology HY)
Centralnic (technology HY)
Enquest (resources HY)
Filta Group (services HY)
Frontier Developments (technology FY)
Genus (health HY)
Go-Ahead Group (transport FY)
Int Public Partnership (finance HY)
Koovs (retail FY)
McBride (consumer FY)
Molins (engineering HY)
Redde (finance FY)
Sanne Group (services HY)
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nil
15p p Nov 17
nil
nil
nil
0.65p p Sept 29
nil
23.6p p Dec 1
102.8p f 71.91p p Nov 24
3.41p p Nov 9
nil
nil
nil
10.60p f 5.60p Nov 2
4.2p p Oct 13
6 Results in brief are given for all companies valued at more than � million. f = final p = payable
The day?s biggest movers
Company
Bovis Homes Investors reassured by new strategic plan
Micro Focus International Holds Capital Markets Day
Hochschild Mining Follows gold prices higher
Astrazeneca Concerns ease over fate of cancer immunotherapy combination
Fresnillo Precious metal miners boosted by rising gold prices
Royal Bank of Scotland Financial stocks still under pressure amid geopolitical tensions
BHP Billiton Trades without entitlement to latest dividend
Firstgroup Tracks Go-ahead lower
Vectura Resumed its slide after warning of weaker revenues
Go-ahead City unimpressed by annual results
Gold/Precious
metals (US dollars per ounce)
London Grain Futures
LIFFE Wheat (close �/t)
Nov
May
140.35
146.80
Jan
Jul
141.75
unq
Mar
148.75
Volume: 757
London Metal Exchange
(Official)
Cash
3mth
Copper Gde A ($/tonne)
6842.0-6842.5
6867.0-6870.0
Lead ($/tonne)
2306.5-2307.5
2334.0-2335.0
Zinc Spec Hi Gde ($/tonne)
3095.0-3095.5
3096.0-3098.0
Tin ($/tonne)
20840.0-20845.0
20650.0-20690.0
Alum Hi Gde ($/tonne)
2074.0-2075.0
2095.5-2096.5
Nickel ($/tonne)
12030.0-12035.0 12110.0-12120.0
15mth
1943.0-1948.0
20315.0-20365.0
The rapid approach of Hurricane
Irma and negative updates from
Walt Disney and Comcast pulled
US markets marginally lower and
offset gains from healthcare stocks.
The Dow Jones industrial average
fell 22.86 points to 21,784.78.
by David Braben, has a market value
of about �4 million, having floated
four years ago. Shares are up 313 per
cent this year amid hopes of rapid
global expansion. In July, Tencent, the
Chinese internet group, agreed to
invest �.7 million in return for a 9 per
cent stake in the Cambridge-based
company in a move designed to help
increase Frontier?s presence in China.
On the FTSE 100, Micro Focus
International continued to rally on
its capital markets day. The
Berkshire-based software company,
which rose sharply on Wednesday
after soothing concerns over its
acquisition of Hewlett Packard
Enterprise?s software division, closed
up 120p at �.63 last night.
The index rose 42.85 points, or
0.58 per cent, to 7,396.98.
Astrazeneca gained 197絧 to �.74
as investors found cause for optimism.
Shares in the pharmaceutical
company slumped 15 per cent in July
when its lung cancer immunotherapy
combination failed to slow down
Taxing times for bookies
E
vents Down
Under show that
Britain does not
have a monopoly on
imposing punitive
taxes on gambling.
Moves by western
Australia?s state
government to
introduce a 15 per
cent point-ofconsumption tax
mirror what happened
here in 2014.
Although not a
surprise, analysts at
Barclays described
the tax?s likely
adoption by western
Australia from 2019
as ?a material
headwind? for
Britain?s bookies,
especially as the
Australian gambling
Dollar rates
Australia
Canada
Denmark
Euro
Hong Kong
Japan
Malaysia
Norway
Singapore
Sweden
Switzerland
Sterling spot and forward rates
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
Euro
market has been
growing fast. Barclays
reckoned it would
reduce earnings at
Paddy Power Betfair
by 15 per cent, those
of William Hill by
9 per cent, with
Ladbrokes Coral
falling 8 per cent. The
tumour growth. Bristol-Myers Squibb,
its New York-listed rival, said
yesterday that its own combination
improved overall cancer survival.
Motor insurers were also on the
rise after the government announced
a shake-up that will cut insurance
premiums and reduce personal injury
payments. Direct Line Insurance
advanced 8p to 379絧, and Hastings
Group gained 4p to 305緋.
The FTSE 250 edged up 44.37
points, or 0.23 per cent, to 19,696.68.
Vectura Group, one of Britain?s
biggest respiratory drugs companies,
continued to fall, by 5p to a fresh fouryear low of 90p, after warning of
weakening revenues earlier in the
week. Andrew Derodra, the chief
financial officer, took the opportunity
to buy almost �,600 worth of shares,
picking up 82,000 at 89緋 each.
Investors listening out for good
news on Aim flocked to Audioboom.
The podcasting group reported that
revenues surged by 32 per cent
between the second and third
Treasury Bills (Dis) Buy: 1 mth 0.198; 3mth 0.189. Sell: 1 mth 0.130; 3 mth 0.139
Currency
Western Australia?s
planned gambling tax
could hit bookmakers
Base Rates Clearing Banks: 0.25 Finance House 1.0 ECB Refi 0.00 US Fed Fd 1.25
European money
deposits %
2280.0-2285.0
leisure
Money rates %
Halifax Mortgage Rate 3.74
Sterling
n/a
10.4%
5.1%
4.6%
4.3%
4.0%
-1.4%
-1.8%
-2.3%
-5.3%
-11.6%
Wall Street report
Bullion: Open $1333.48
Close $1346.00-1346.80 High $1348.51
Low $1333.08
AM $1340.45 PM $1343.50
Krugerrand $1172.00-1244.00 (�6.44951.51)
Platinum $1017.50 (�8.27)
Silver $18.05 (�.81)
Palladium $960.75 (�4.86)
n/a
1980.0-1985.0
Change
ne of Britain?s oldest
computer game studios
reached a new level last
night after posting a
75 per cent surge in sales.
After two successful releases helped
take total revenue to �.4 million
shares in Frontier Developments
gained 117絧 to �.37� on the junior
market .
The company said that Planet
Coaster, its second franchise, had
helped to increase operating profits
from �2 million to �8 million in the
year to May 31, having sold more than
one million units. ?Our third
franchise, based on the Jurassic World
movie franchise, is on track for launch
in summer 2018,? it added, lifting
expectations for the year ahead.
Frontier, which was set up in 1994
Interbank Rates
Clearer CDs
Depo CDs
2 mth
3 mth
6 mth
12 mth
1 mth
0.2489
0.2643
0.2828
0.3981
0.5858
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
Eurodollar Deps
p
1.22 - 1.42 1.23 - 1.43 1.27 - 1.47 1.40 - 1.60 1.66-1.86
Mkt Rates for
Copenhagen
Euro
Montreal
New York
Oslo
Stockholm
Tokyo
Zurich
Range
8.0846-8.1425
1.0947-1.0869
1.5869-1.5969
1.3033-1.3115
10.108-10.183
10.349-10.438
141.61-142.65
1.2426-1.2491
Close
8.0994-8.1010
1.0890-1.0886
1.5881-1.5891
1.3074-1.3074
10.136-10.139
10.390-10.392
141.64-141.67
1.2430-1.2432
1 month
54ds
5pr
13pr
13pr
32pr
71ds
6ds
12ds
Premium = pr
3 month
180ds
17pr
39pr
37pr
95pr
222ds
18ds
37ds
Discount = ds
quarters, as advertising agencies turn
to audio downloads to promote their
clients and demand continues to
grow. Audioboom rose 12 per cent to
just over 2p as it revealed unique
downloads or streams of its podcasts
edged up to 181 million. Advertisers in
the United States appear to be most
enthusiastic about using podcasts.
Rob Proctor, Audioboom?s chief
executive, said that almost 90 per
cent of its revenue was generated in
the country and he planned to
relocate over the coming months.
Agencies in London, where he is
based, are ?getting there?, he added.
Fulham Shore, operator of the
Franco Manca and Real Greek
restaurant chains, recovered some of
the ground lost after Wednesday?s
profit warning as directors
demonstrated their confidence by
dipping into their wallets. David Page,
chairman, and three other top brass
bought a total of 1.54 million shares at
a total outlay of �1,000. The shares
gained half a penny to 14緋.
Exchange rates
1.2448-1.2452
1.2151-1.2152
6.1948-6.1963
0.8327-0.8327
7.8140-7.8155
108.35-108.35
4.2080-4.2110
7.7502-7.7542
1.3412-1.3414
7.9469-7.9482
0.9507-0.9508
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
broker said: ?The
decision by western
Australia further
cements the 15 per
cent figure in the
minds of regulators,
the federal
government and other
big states such as
Victoria, Queensland
and New South
Wales.?
Investors in
London?s bookmaking
heavyweights seemed
largely undeterred.
Paddy Power Betfair
closed down 20p at
�.90, while its peers
ended the day in the
black. Ladbrokes
Coral advanced 1p
to 119紁 and
William Hill rose 紁
to 244紁.
22.484-22.497
1.6276-1.6278
0.4900-0.4966
4.0503-4.0543
1.0883-1.0889
10.216-10.218
83.582-83.608
17382-17390
0.3929-0.3951
5.5017-5.5057
1.8096-1.8099
1.7535-1.7539
16.788-16.800
4.8031-4.8044
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
1.790
1.550
1.760
1.530
8.750
7.670
n/a
n/a
1.190
1.050
10.970
9.650
368.130
302.870
20030.800
15977.700
5.110
4.360
153.910
133.290
2.030
1.710
11.040
9.540
5.130
4.200
80.900
67.360
18.620
15.770
11.100
9.870
1.370
1.180
4.990
4.270
1.420
1.250
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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High Low Company
Price
(p) +/- Yld% P/E
228Y
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274 Ashmore Gp
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544
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Kidnapped estate agent who
survived a terrifying ordeal
Stephanie Slater
Page 58
Register
Obituaries
Sir Edward du Cann
Buoyant chairman of the Conservative Party and Lonrho dubbed ?du Cann of Worms? by Private Eye after a dramatic fall from grace
JACK EDWARD BARKER/TIMES NEWSPAPERS LTD
In 1963 Edward du Cann wrote a
newspaper article complaining that he
was unable to live on the � a week that
he earned as economic secretary to the
Treasury (a sum worth �500 today).
He revealed his answer to the problem
in another article four years later. ?I am
a great believer in borrowing money,?
he wrote. ?The trouble is that most
people let money be their master when
it should be their servant. We are
extravagant, I suppose. We could go to
Joe Lyons, but we prefer the Mirabelle.?
Du Cann appeared to have all the resilience of a great survivor. Ultimately,
however, with the regular appearance
of bailiffs dunning him for outstanding
debts, he became an unhappy reminder
that the Conservatives ? whether the
party of business or not ? too often
had problems with able men who
sought to scale the twin heights of
Westminster and the City. He built up a
personal fortune by buying and selling
at the right time, but eventually lost it
all and in 1993, when he was declared
bankrupt, his ignominy was complete.
The political commentator Alan
Watkins, no respecter of reputations,
once wrote: ?Talking to Edward du
Cann was rather like walking downstairs and somehow missing the last
Du Cann hoped to be in
Thatcher?s cabinet when
she won the election
step. You were uninjured, but remained
disconcerted.? He was, nevertheless, a
formidable fixer, in the Commons and
the business world, and with his soft,
low, gentle voice he could be a charmer
? ?Eduardo? was his slightly condescending nickname among the grander
Tory backbenchers. At one stage, in
1974 and 1975, it even
seemed possible that
Du Cann might become leader of his party.
Most Tories had
decided they needed
new leadership, but saw
no obvious candidate.
Under the rules, nobody
could force a leadership
election ? and Edward
Heath was refusing to go
after losing two elections.
As chairman of the
backbench 1922 Committee, Du Cann used all his
guile to get the rules
changed. There were two
vital meetings of the committee. In the interests of
secrecy, the second was
held not in Westminster,
but at Du Cann?s office in
Milk Street in the City.
News of a ?Milk Street mafia? leaked out.
Du Cann?s initiative paid
off. Heath was forced to
change the rules and invite a
challenge to his leadership.
The pragmatic Du Cann was
seriously mentioned as a
candidate. Fifteen Tory MPs,
including Airey Neave who
died at the hands of an IRA
splinter group four years
later, wrote to Du Cann
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that never came.
Nor did he become a revered elderstatesman, even though he remained
chairman of the 1922 Committee for a
record 12 years. It all added up to an ?if
only? career. If only he had retired from
business in his mid-forties, by which
time he had earned a place in City history as an innovative financier, his genuine achievement being to galvanise
the unit trust movement. If only he had
His charm may have
been a touch oleaginous
for some tastes
kept out of the merchant bank Keyser
Ullman and its rash investment in the
property boom of the early 1970s. If
only he had not allowed himself to be
drawn into the controversial affairs of
Lonhro, a company at which, according
to one DTI report: ?Lies became the
truth and the truth became a lie.?
Edward Dillon Lott du Cann was the
son of a barrister, Charles Du Cann, and
his wife, Janet (nee Murchie), who
worked as a shop assistant. His father
left when Edward was nine, and there
was little money for education. Although he went first to Colet Court, the
prep school for St Paul?s, he then went
to Woodbridge in Suffolk. His younger
brother, Richard, went on to be the
barrister who defended Penguin during
the Lady Chatterley trial and Keith
Richards on one of his drug busts.
Du Cann won a place at St John?s College, Oxford, took a wartime degree in
law then served as a sub-lieutenant in
motor torpedo boats. The war over, he
worked for an investment group while
throwing himself into Conservative
politics. This extra-mural zeal was
frowned on by his employers, and he
gained a reputation among stuffier
elements in the postwar City of being a
wild card to be handled with caution.
In 1956 Du Cann was, nevertheless,
elected MP for Taunton, a constituency
that he continued to represent until
1987. His City career got off the ground
when he delivered a novel link between
share-buying and life insurance to
launch the Unicorn Group of unit
trusts. The City establishment was first
patronising ? ?If it?s such a good idea,
why has no one thought of it before??
? then jealous, and finally falling over
itself to imitate the Unicorn scheme.
In 1962 Harold Macmillan took him
on as economic secretary to the
Treasury. He spent a year as minister of
state at the Board of Trade in 1963-64,
but that was as far as his ministerial
career progressed. The Tories were removed from office, and it was in opposition that Du Cann really began to wield
influence. Macmillan had been succeeded by Alec Douglas-Home, who
appointed Du Cann, then only 39, to be
party chairman, with a brief to shake up
the party organisation, put its finances
in order and relaunch the Tories with a
more up-to-date image. Du Cann?s
reforms included pruning the candidates? list, which made him enemies.
Home was replaced by a gritty representative of the new generation,
Edward Heath, who never got on with
Du Cann and replaced him as party
chairman. Instead, Du Cann became
chairman of Keyser Ullmann. In the
Commons his glory days were just
beginning. His election as chairman of
the 1922 Committee took place at the
mid-point of the Heath administration,
in 1972, when disillusion was sweeping
the back benches. Du Cann?s charm
may have been a touch oleaginous for
some tastes and he was much given to
intrigue, but he was effective. Oily
Edward, as he was also known, had a
slightly camp way of addressing people
as ?darling? and ?dear boy?. When
asked by one colleague what the time
was, this schmoozer extraordinaire
allegedly replied: ?What time do you
want it to be, dear boy??
By this stage in his career he was
developing a luxurious lifestyle, with a
manor house in Somerset, a yacht, and
a Rolls-Royce. His merchant banking
provided the link with Lonrho, the
international trading empire built up by
?Tiny? Rowland. The company had
many critics, and its own board was
split. Heath memorably described
Lonrho as the ?unacceptable face of
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capitalism?. Rowland needed help in
mending fences with the establishment, and he thought Du Cann, who
became a director, would be useful.
Considering the many complications
in his business life, it was remarkable
that he reached the most influential
phase of his parliamentary career in
1974 when Heath was swept from power
in a climate of virtual industrial anarchy. Prophets of gloom muttered that
the country was ungovernable. Others
called for an all-party coalition. Distinguished retired military gentlemen let
it be known that they stood ready to do
their duty in a national emergency.
After a record 12 years as chairman of
the 1922 committee, Du Cann was
voted out of the job in 1984. Thatcher,
who was prime minister by then, sent
him a letter of thanks across three
pages of foolscap promising him a peerage. In the event he received a knighthood, nothing more. It left a bitter taste.
A period of bickering and rancour
existed between Du Cann and the
government for the remainder of the
Thatcher years. The cause was the savage battle waged by Lonrho ? Du
Cann became chairman in 1984 ? to
take Harrods back from the Al Fayeds.
The result was total defeat for Du Cann.
A man with an easy conscience, his
own financial affairs became increasingly erratic. Writs flowed in from creditors including the Inland Revenue. He
became notorious for bounced
cheques, and at one point a Labour MP
used the floor of the Commons to denounce him for issuing yet another one.
A tradesman claimed that he saved
time by including a writ with every
invoice he sent to Du Cann. Private Eye
dubbed him ?Du Cann of Worms?.
In 1962 he had married his cousin
Sally Innes (n閑 Murchie), a fashion
writer who was 16 years his junior. They
had two daughters and a son: Emma is
Du Cann received a
knighthood, nothing
more. It left a bitter taste
a retired office manager; Sarah is a
teacher; while James is a psychotherapist with a practice in Westminster. He
remembers his father as being, above
all, a good-humoured and self-deprecating man who was happiest planting
trees and who in his latter years felt
resigned to his rather ignoble fate.
Du Cann and Sally divorced in 1990
? ?I?m afraid I never paid enough attention to my delightful family,? he told
an interviewer ? and that year he married Jenifer Cooke, the daughter of one
Tory MP, Evelyn King, and widow of
another, Sir Robert Cooke. She was protective of her husband?s reputation and
in 1992 said that the publicity surrounding his debts obscured the good work he
had done. ?This whole thing is becoming absurd,? she said. ?Look in Who?s
Who and see what he has achieved.
There is masses of it.?
He had to sell Tremlett Hall Farm in
Somerset; most of its 330-acre estate
was repossessed. The next year he was
declared bankrupt, and his 15th century
pile, Cothay Manor, also in Somerset,
had to be sold. He responded with
silence, retreating with Jenifer to a rented house in Alderney and shunning the
press. ?I?ve done the decent thing. Not
said a dicky-bird.?
His wife died in 1995, and six years
later Du Cann moved to Cyprus, having
somehow invested in vineyards in
Lemona, where he lived for his remaining years, tending to his collection of
more than 230 caricatures of the Duke
of Wellington, another great survivor.
Sir Edward du Cann, politician and
businessman, was born on May 28, 1924.
He died of cancer on August 31, 2017,
aged 93
Stephanie Slater
Kidnapped estate agent who survived being raped and held in a coffin-like box for eight days in 1992
On the morning of January 22, 1992,
Stephanie Slater told a colleague at
Shipways estate agency in Birmingham
that she was just popping round the
corner for a house viewing with a client.
Slater, 25 at the time, half-expected a
no-show. Instead she met a bespectacled man wearing a donkey jacket,
going by the name of Bob Southwall. As
she waited for him to come downstairs,
he pointed to a hook in the wall and
asked: ?What?s that??
When she answered the question
and turned round, Southwall flew at
her. The ?flashes of silver? that she saw
in his hand were a hooked chisel and a
knife. Slater fought back, disarming
him of the chisel and refusing to let go
of the knife. However, Southwall
(whose real name was Michael Sams)
pushed the knife down in her hand.
Soon he had the blade against her
throat and was threatening to slit it.
This was the start of Slater?s eightday ordeal. Blindfolded and gagged, she
was pushed into the back of Sams?s red
Metro and driven 70 miles to his toolrepair workshop in Newark, Nottinghamshire. Once there, Sams raped her,
shoved electrodes up her trouser leg
and confined her in a coffin-like box inside a large wheelie bin. He handcuffed
her to an iron bar above her head. On
top of this were boulders. One move, he
warned, and they would crush her.
Slater refused to scream while Sams
was raping her. ?I thought, ?No, I won?t
let you get off on this,? ? she later
recalled. She proved to be remarkably
resilient, and her survival ? although
Sams had promised to free her in return
for a �5,000 ransom paid by her
employer ? was largely due to her
people skills. Slowly she began to build
a rapport with Sams. On release from
the box, she would chat to him about
Coronation Street. Once she made a
comic remark. Sams roared with laughter. Then he announced that he would
have to get rid of the bin in which he had
planned to store Slater?s corpse.
Unbeknown to her he had already
murdered an 18-year-old prostitute six
months previously. However, when
Slater?s ransom was delivered he freed
his victim, insisting on driving her to
her parents? doorstep in Birmingham.
Reunited with her parents and her
Wight, the site of her many happy
childhood holidays. She said: ?There?s
nothing left of Stephanie Slater in me,
she died just after I was released. Before
this happened I had a boyfriend, a job
and a company car. I had loads of
friends and a great social life ? but he
[Sams] took everything.?
Stephanie Slater was born in 1966 in
the West Midlands. When she was six
weeks old she was adopted by Warren
and Betty Slater. She left Churchfields
High School, West Bromwich, with five
O levels at the age of 16. Quick and
intelligent, she began to work in a local
estate agency and was promoted from
the role of office junior to that of
sales negotiator.
An attempt after her release to
return to work lasted only two days.
Overcome with anxiety and insomnia,
?She gave talks on how
to treat victims to police
forces around the UK?
Stephanie Slater at home in the Isle of Wight 15 years after her kidnapping ordeal
beloved cat, Pipkin, Slater was in shock.
She felt pushed by the West Midlands
Police into giving a press conference a
mere 12 hours after her release in front
of more than 200 journalists and
photographers. ?I was expecting maybe
a local reporter,? she later said.
Also traumatic was the insistence by
police officers that Slater travel with
them along the route that they assumed
Sams would have driven to Newark,
and to confirm this through changes in
the road surfaces.
Her articulate, accurate observations
did help the police to catch Sams. She
had heard the regular kerching of a
cash register and surmised, correctly,
that she was in the back of his
workshop. Weeks after her release
Crimewatch broadcast the message that
Sams had made asking for a ransom.
His ex-wife, Julie Oakes, recognised his
voice and contacted the police. They
tracked him to his workshop, where he
confessed to Slater?s kidnapping.
In 1993 Sams received four life
sentences for crimes including trying to
blackmail British Rail, the murder of
the Leeds teenager Julie Dart and
for the kidnap and imprisonment of
Stephanie Slater.
Slater punched the air and cried,
?Yes!? on hearing the verdict, but the
trauma never fully left her. Taunted
by drunks in Birmingham pubs, she
moved with a close friend to the Isle of
for a while she survived on incapacity
benefits and briefly changed her name
to Phoenix Rhiannon.
She received counselling from the
Priory hospital in Edgbaston and at first
concealed her rape from her parents.
The truth emerged in Beyond Fear: My
Will to Survive, the memoir she
co-wrote with Pat Lancaster. A threat
by Sams to write a book saying he had
not raped Slater and that they had a
love affair during her captivity caused
Slater to have a breakdown.
She found some peace sharing a
cottage with her friend Stacey Kettner,
who ran an aromatherapy shop on the
Isle of Wight. To relax, Slater listened to
Gregorian chant and wrote poetry as
well as a novel about a highwayman.
Dick Turpin was her hero. She also gave
talks on how to treat victims of crime to
police forces. After the first, a WPC
confessed to Slater that she too had
been raped, and Slater?s testimony encouraged her to tell the truth to her
family.
Stephanie Slater, kidnap victim, was born
on November 9, 1966. She died of liver
cancer on August 31, 2017, aged 50
Red West
School boxer who became Elvis Presley?s confidant and later regretted writing a salacious book
One day in 1952 Red West walked into
the boys? changing rooms at his
Memphis high school and found three
bullies threatening Elvis Presley.
?Elvis was always different,? West
recalled. ?He had the ducktail hair, the
long sideburns, and he wore the loud
clothes and naturally was a target.
Three guys were going to cut his hair
just to make themselves feel big.?
The sandy-haired West, who was 6ft
2in and the school boxing champion,
intervened. Presley?s pompadoured
locks were preserved. ?I really felt sorry
for him. He seemed lonely and had no
real friends,? West said of Elvis, who
was then 17. He thought no more of it
until two years later when he heard
Presley singing That?s All Right, Mama
on the radio. ?I was happy for him, but
it was kind of unbelievable,? West said.
Shortly afterwards, Presley contacted West and asked him to become his
driver. He became a central figure in the
singer?s inner circle known as the
Memphis Mafia. When Presley spent 18
months in Germany with the US army,
West moved with him even though he
had already completed his national
service with the Marines. He later be-
Red West, right, with Presley in 1974
came Presley?s bodyguard, but his imposing presence led to appearances as
an extra in many of Presley?s films, including Blue Hawaii and Viva Las Vegas.
A man of many parts, he also co-wrote
several songs, including If Every Day
Was Like Christmas and Separate Ways.
He was one of Presley?s confidants
for two decades, but was sacked in 1976,
a year before the singer?s death. The
reasons are disputed. West believed
that he was dismissed for speaking out
over Presley?s use of prescription drugs,
which were wrecking his health. In
doing so, West incurred the wrath of
the singer?s personal physician, George
Nichopoulos ? known as Dr Nick ?
who supplied the drugs.
After his dismissal, West and two
other former employees collaborated
on a salacious book, Elvis ? What Happened? The authors claimed to have
written it out of concern for the singer,
but there was a whiff of exploitation in
the revelations, which included a claim
that Presley had discussed ordering the
assassination of his wife?s lover.
West clung to the belief that they
would have been reconciled had the
singer survived, but he later regretted
having had anything to do with the
book. His debt to Presley was considerable. He owed even his marriage to the
connection, having met his wife, Pat
Boyd, when she was working as one of
the singer?s secretaries. They spent
their honeymoon in Florida on the set
of Presley?s appropriately named film
Follow That Dream, and were married
for 56 years. She survives him, with
their two sons, Brent and John Boyd,
who are actors. John Boyd played his
father in the 2005 biopic Elvis.
Robert Gene West was born in
Bolivar, Tennessee, in 1936, and brought
up in a Memphis public housing project
by his mother, Lois, after his father,
Newton, left when the boy was an infant.
After his departure from Presley?s
entourage, West worked as a stuntman.
By the 1980s he was acting in TV series
such as The Six Million Dollar Man and
Magnum PI. His most acclaimed performance was in the film Goodbye Solo
in 2008 when he played an elderly
southerner who befriends an immigrant cab driver. At the age of 73 it was
his first leading role. ?It took me 59
years to become an overnight success,?
he quipped. ?I started out as a stuntman, and it?s taken its toll. I?ve had knee
replacements, and I?ve got calcium deposits in my neck from falling on my
head . . . so this is just in time.?
Red West, confidant to Elvis Presley,
stuntman and actor, was born on March
8, 1936. He died of an aortic aneurysm
on July 18, 2017, aged 81
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Denying VAT exemption to
council-run sports facilities
Court of Justice of the
European Union
Published: September 8, 2017
Ealing London Borough Council
v Revenue and Customs
Commissioners
(Case C-633/15)
Before T von Danwitz, President of the
Chamber, and Judges E Juhasz, C Vajda,
K Jurimae and C Lycourgos
Advocate General M Wathelet
Judgment: July 13, 2017
Under European Union law, legislation could not impose a condition preventing a local authority
sports centre from claiming a
VAT exemption without also
applying the same condition to
non-profit-making bodies that
were not governed by public law.
The Court of Justice of the
European Union so held on a
reference for a preliminary ruling
from the First-tier Tribunal
(Tax Chamber) in proceedings
between Ealing London Borough
Council and the Revenue and
Customs Commissioners.
Article 132(1)(m) of Directive
2006/112 on the common system
of value added tax provided that
member states were to exempt:
?The supply of certain services
closely linked to sport or physical
education by non-profit-making
organisations
to
persons
taking part in sport or physical
education.?
Article 133 provided: ?Member
states may make the granting to
bodies other than those governed
by public law of [the] exemption
provided for in [article 132(1)(m)]
subject in each individual case to
one or more of the following
conditions . . . (d) the exemptions
must not be likely to cause
distortion of competition to the
disadvantage of commercial
enterprises subject to VAT.
?Member states which . . . on
January 1, 1989, applied VAT to
the transactions referred to in
article 132(1)(m) . . . may also
apply the conditions provided for
in point (d) of the first paragraph
when the said supply of goods or
services by bodies governed by
public law is granted exemption.?
The Court said that the council
operated a number of sports
facilities, such as gymnasia and
swimming pools. In the period
between June 1, 2009, and August
31, 2012, it accounted for VAT
levied on the amounts charged
for admission to those facilities.
In 2013 the council applied to
the revenue for repayment of that
VAT, claiming that those charges
ought to have been exempt
from VAT under article 132(1)(m)
of Directive 2006/112.
That application was rejected
on the ground that the national
legislation excluded the exemption for the provision of sporting
services covered by that provision, where those services were
supplied by bodies governed by
public law, such as a local authority, pursuant to the conditions laid
down in point (d) of the first paragraph and the second paragraph
of article 133.
The council maintained that
the UK could not rely on the
second paragraph of article 133,
on the ground that that it had not
applied VAT, on January 1, 1989,
to all supplies of sporting services,
in that, in particular, rights to participate in a sporting competition
were exempted from VAT.
Further, it argued, the second
paragraph of article 133, with respect to supplies of services closely linked to sport or physical education, did not permit non-profitmaking organisations governed
by public law to be excluded from
the benefit of the VAT exemption,
unless non-profit-making organisations other than those
governed by public law were also
excluded from that benefit.
The council had to be considered to be a non-profit-making
organisation, whose supplies
were closely linked to sport or
physical education and were
made to persons taking part in
sport or physical education, within the meaning of article 132(1)(m)
of Directive 2006/112.
Pursuant to the second paragraph of article 133, the exemption of supplies of services closely
linked to sport or physical education, made by bodies governed by
public law, could be subject to the
condition laid down in point (d) of
the first paragraph of that article,
even if those supplies of services
did not previously benefit from an
exemption.
Accordingly,
the
second
paragraph of article 133 did not
preclude national legislation
from providing that compliance
with the condition laid down in
point (d) of the first paragraph of
article 133 was a prerequisite for
the grant of a VAT exemption to
bodies governed by public law
that supplied services closely
linked to sport or physical
education, within the meaning of
article 132(1)(m), even though on
January 1, 1989, that member state
did not apply VAT to all those
supplies of services and the
supplies of services were not
exempted from VAT before the
requirement of compliance with
that condition was imposed.
The word ?also? in the second
paragraph of article 133 meant
that member states could impose
on bodies governed by public law
the requirement of compliance
with the condition in point (d) of
the first paragraph of that article
only if it also imposed that
requirement on bodies other than
those governed by public law.
That interpretation precluded
national legislation from excluding, from the benefit of the VAT
exemption for supplies of services
closely linked to sport or physical
education, within the meaning of
article 132(1)(m), solely the
supplies of services made by
non-profit-making organisations
governed by public law, while
failing also to apply VAT, pursuant to point (d) of the first paragraph of article 133, to supplies of
services made by other nonprofit-making organisations.
Accordingly, the second paragraph of article 133 precluded
national legislation which provided that compliance with the condition laid down in point (d) of the
first paragraph of article 133 was a
prerequisite for the grant of a VAT
exemption to non-profit-making
organisations governed by public
law making supplies of services
closely linked to sport or physical
education, within the meaning of
article 132(1)(m), but failed also to
apply that condition to nonprofit-making
organisations
other than those governed by
public law that made such
supplies of services.
House Trust, and Her Royal
Highness this afternoon attended a
Tenth Anniversary Garden Party at
Dumfries House.
The Prince Charles, Duke of
Rothesay this evening held a Twenty
Fifth Anniversary Dinner for Duchy
Originals at Dumfries House.
The Prince of Wales, Patron, the
Battle of Britain Fighter Association,
and The Duchess of Cornwall were
represented by Air Chief Marshal Sir
Michael Graydon (President, the
Battle of Britain Memorial Fund and
formerly Chief of the Air Staff)
at the Funeral Service of Flying
Officer Kenneth Wilkinson (Battle of
Britain Veteran) which was held in
St Alphege Church, Solihull, this
afternoon.
Prince Henry of Wales this morning
visited Ballymena Ambulance
Station, Braid Valley Hospital,
Cushendall Road, Ballymena, and
was received by Her Majesty?s
Lord-Lieutenant of Co Antrim
(Mrs Joan Christie).
His Royal Highness this afternoon
visited Co-Operation Ireland and
met participants in the Amazing
Space project and the National
Citizen Service programme, 5
Weavers Court Business Park,
Linfield Road, Belfast, and was
received by Her Majesty?s LordLieutenant of the County Borough of
Belfast (Mrs Fionnuala Jay-O?Boyle).
Prince Henry of Wales afterwards
attended a Garden Party at
Hillsborough Castle.
Kensington Palace
7th September, 2017
The Duke of Cambridge, President,
the Football Association, this
afternoon held a Reception for the
Men?s Under-20 England Football
Team.
His Royal Highness later received
Mr Alastair Martin (Secretary of the
Duchy of Cornwall).
Buckingham Palace
7th September, 2017
The Duke of York this afternoon held
a Lunch for The President of the
Republic of Madagascar.
His Royal Highness, Founder,
Pitch@Palace, later held a Reception
for Pitch@Palace China Club
supporters.
The Duke of York, Fellow, the
Royal Society, later attended an
Advisory Board Dinner at 6-9
Carlton House Terrace, London SW1.
Court Circular
Clarence House
7th September, 2017
The Prince Charles, Duke of
Rothesay and The Duchess of
Rothesay this morning visited
Emergency One (UK) Limited,
Cumnock, Ayrshire, and were
received by Her Majesty?s
Lord-Lieutenant of Ayrshire and
Arran (Mr John Duncan).
His Royal Highness and Her Royal
Highness, President, Scotland?s
Gardens Scheme, afterwards visited
Netherthird Community Garden,
Craigens Road, Netherthird,
Cumnock.
The Prince Charles, Duke of
Rothesay and The Duchess of
Rothesay later held a Lunch for
Duchy Originals at Dumfries House,
Cumnock.
His Royal Highness President, the
Great Steward of Scotland?s Dumfries
Kensington Palace
7th September, 2017
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Milford Haven
Newcastle
Nottingham
Orkney
Oxford
Plymouth
Portland
Scilly, St Mary?s
Shoreham
Shrewsbury
Skye
Snowdonia
Southend
Stornoway
Tiree
Whitehaven
Wick
Yeovilton
13
16
16
12
17
17
14
16
18
16
17
17
17
14
12
13
16
17
18
18
14
18
14
13
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12
13
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16
17
16
16
19
16
13
16
12
17
17
17
17
17
16
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13
18
13
14
13
13
18
R
PC
R
C
PC
PC
PC
PC
C
PC
PC
PC
PC
PC
R
D
SH
PC
PC
PC
R
PC
R
R
C
PC
R
PC
C
C
PC
PC
PC
DU
SH
PC
R
PC
PC
C
PC
PC
PC
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D
S
DU
R
DU
R
PC
2.4
1.6
0.2
2.4
0.6
0.0
1.2
0.0
0.2
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.6
1.4
9.8
4.4
**
0.2
0.6
0.0
2.0
0.2
4.2
5.2
0.4
1.4
2.6
0.0
0.2
0.0
0.0
0.2
0.0
0.6
0.4
0.4
3.6
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.8
0.4
0.0
**
2.8
0.0
7.2
10.0
4.6
3.0
0.0
4.3
5.7
3.5
4.4
**
**
1.1
**
3.9
**
6.3
5.2
7.1
6.0
0.5
2.6
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**
4.4
3.4
1.3
**
**
4.5
**
5.9
8.7
1.4
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5.0
5.7
1.4
3.0
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3.1
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1.4
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2.4
2.4
4.8
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**
4.3
Flood alerts and warnings
Sunny spells and scattered showers,
some heavy and thundery with hail.
Max 18C, min
16
Calm
(mph)
9
Slight
Moderate
Rough
28 (degrees C)
14
12
19
Aberdeen
NORTH
SEA
24
17
Edinburgh
Glasgow
15
14
17
Londonderry
ATLANTIC
OCEAN
Dry at ?rst in the south and east, but
rain already over northern and western
parts will mov o e
through
the day, cle
n spells and
scattered s o
s.
Max 18C, in
Belfast
Dublin
18
LLlandudno
Cork
Channel Islands
A day of sunshine and showers, some
of the showers heavy with hail and
thunder. Risk o l
pell of rain
in the north n
a .
Max 19C,
17
Swansea
CELTIC
SEA
General situation: Breezy w h rain or
showers in many areas.
Wales, Midlands, E Anglia, E Eng:
Some sunny spells, but cloudy at times
with a risk of a few scattered heavy
showers moving eastwards, locally
thundery with hail. Moderate west or
southwesterly winds. Maximum
19C (66F), minimum 7C (45F).
Edinburgh & Dundee, NE Eng,
Cen N Eng: Much of the day will be dry
with sunny spells, but areas of cloud
will bring a few scattered showers,
Tides
Wednesday
Rain or showers, heaviest and most
frequent in the north and northwest
with fewer sho er
ds the
southeast.
Max 20C, n C
11
13
18
18
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23
-10
14
-15
5
19
8
18
Bristol
London
17
Southampton
Exeterr
Brighton
CHANNEL
eavy Moderate to fresh west
perhaps heavy.
or southwesterly winds. Maximum
17C (63F), minimum 7C (45F).
SW Eng, Cen S Eng, SE Eng,
London, Channel Is: Rather cloudy
with outbreaks of rain spreading
eastwards, some heavy and perhaps
thundery bursts. Becoming drier and
brighter across western then central
areas during the afternoon. Winds
will be moderate to fresh west or
southwesterly. Maximum 18C (64F),
minimum 8C (46F).
26
NE Scotland, Moray Firth, Argyll,
NW Scotland, Cen Highland, Glasgow,
Borders, SW Scotland, Lake District,
NW Eng, IoM, Republic of Ireland,
N Ireland: Sunny spells and scattered
showers, some heavy and thundery
with hail. Moderate to strong west or
northwesterly winds. Maximum
17C (63F), minimum 5C (41F).
N Isles: Rain at times over Shetland,
mostly dry in Orkney. Light to
moderate winds. Maximum 15C (59F),
minimum 8C (45F).
Noon today
Tidal predictions.
Heights in metres
17
41
Cambridge
Oxford
Cardiff
7
17
Today
Aberdeen
Avonmouth
Belfast
Cardiff
Devonport
Dover
Dublin
Falmouth
Greenock
Harwich
Holyhead
Hull
Leith
Liverpool
London Bridge
Lowestoft
Milford Haven
Morecambe
Newhaven
Newquay
Oban
Penzance
Portsmouth
Shoreham
Southampton
Swansea
Tees
Weymouth
50
5
16
Birmingham
2
18
59
10
i h
Norwich
15
17
16
68
15
Nottingham
Plymouth
14
77
20
Sheffield
17
Shrewsbury
15
Mostly dry in the south and east, but
rain will arrive from the Atlantic over
northern and w t
s.
Max 19C, mi
25
Hull
18
ooo
Liverpool
IRISH
SEA
16
15
Tuesday
86
Yorkk
Manchester
15
18
30
17
15
24
15
F
95
Carlisle
16
Galway
Monday
C
35
Newcastle
15
18
15
15
At 17:00 on Thursday there were
no ?ood alerts or warnings in
England, Wales or Scotland.
For further information and
updates, visit ?ood-warninginformation.service.gov.uk, and for
Scotland www.SEPA.org.uk
Sunday
Shetland
Sh
14
14
18
S
F
S
F
S
R
S
S
B
B
B
B
B
R
C
M
S
S
S
S
S
S
F
B
S
B
F
S
S
C
**
F
S
S
S
R
F
**
F
S
R
DU
B
F
B
M
S
34
16
All readings local midday yesterday
24
Madeira
27
Madrid
27
Majorca
27
M醠aga
28
Malta
12
Melbourne
Mexico City 18
32
Miami
25
Milan
29
Mombasa
17
Montreal
18
Moscow
31
Mumbai
16
Munich
21
Nairobi
20
Naples
New Orleans 27
21
New York
25
Nice
32
Nicosia
11
Oslo
16
Paris
24
Perth
16
Prague
11
Reykjavik
12
Riga
Rio de Janeiro 28
39
Riyadh
25
Rome
San Francisco 22
**
Santiago
24
S鉶 Paulo
24
Seoul
29
Seychelles
30
Singapore
St Petersburg 11
13
Stockholm
19
Sydney
30
Tel Aviv
26
Tenerife
23
Tokyo
25
Vancouver
24
Venice
20
Vienna
13
Warsaw
Washington 17
17
Zurich
ney
Orkney
Tomorrow
16
27 S
18 S
29 F
16 R
39 F
32 S
29 R
23 S
29 F
29 S
25 S
16 R
29 S
19 B
16 B
26 F
19 S
17 S
31 F
36 B
12 B
14 R
18 C
14 R
28 S
29 M
40 F
16 S
27 F
28 S
18 B
19 S
25 S
25 F
12 C
31 S
31 B
25 F
30 S
26 F
30 B
26 S
26 S
19 DU
30 F
23 B
36 F
e st te
Temperature
The world
Alicante
Amsterdam
Athens
Auckland
Bahrain
Bangkok
Barbados
Barcelona
Beijing
Beirut
Belgrade
Berlin
Bermuda
Bordeaux
Brussels
Bucharest
Budapest
Buenos Aires
Cairo
Calcutta
Canberra
Cape Town
Chicago
Copenhagen
Corfu
Delhi
Dubai
Dublin
Faro
Florence
Frankfurt
Geneva
Gibraltar
Harare
Helsinki
Hong Kong
Honolulu
Istanbul
Jerusalem
Johannesburg
Kuala Lumpur
Lanzarote
Las Palmas
Lima
Lisbon
Los Angeles
Luxor
in s e d
Generally unsettled with
rain or showers in many
areas, some heavy with
hail and thunder
Weather Eye
Paul Simons
Ht
03:11 4.5
09:27 13.1
00:35 3.6
09:11 12.2
08:02 5.4
00:46 6.7
01:10 4.2
07:26 5.1
02:19 3.6
01:46 4.0
00:06 5.8
08:18 7.8
04:33 5.7
01:05 9.6
03:55 7.2
11:31 2.7
08:18 7.1
01:05 9.7
00:55 6.8
07:08 7.1
07:43 3.9
06:41 5.5
01:11 4.7
00:59 6.3
00:25 4.6
08:25 9.4
05:30 5.6
09:09 2.1
Ht
15:42 4.3
21:44 13.3
13:02 3.4
21:30 12.5
20:15 5.5
13:05 6.9
13:41 4.0
19:38 5.3
14:34 3.4
13:55 4.0
12:29 5.6
20:47 7.5
17:00 5.7
13:28 9.3
16:12 7.2
--:--20:37 7.3
13:26 9.4
13:18 6.9
19:28 7.2
20:08 4.1
19:01 5.7
13:41 4.8
13:21 6.4
13:08 4.7
20:44 9.6
18:03 5.4
21:25 2.2
H
0
10
IGH
4
Synoptic situation
Low pressure will dominate
across the British Isles for the
next few days, bringing a cool
and unsettled ?avour to the
weather with sunny spells and
scattered showers in many
areas, some heavy and thunderyy
with hail. A frontal wave sliding
eastwards today could bring
a longer spell of rain to some
southern parts of England and
Wales.
Cold front
Warm front
Occluded front
Trough
Highs and lows
Hours of darkness
24hrs to 5pm yesterday
Aberdeen
Belfast
Birmingham
Cardiff
Exeter
Glasgow
Liverpool
London
Manchester
Newcastle
Norwich
Penzance
Shef?eld
Warmest: Santon Downham,
Suffolk, 19.9C
Coldest: Cairngorm, 3.3C
Wettest: Kinlochewe,
Highlands, 16.8mm
Sunniest: Leuchars, 8.7hrs*
Sun and moon
For Greenwich
Sun rises: 06.24
Sun sets: 19.30
Moon rises: 20.46
Moon sets: 09.55 Sat
Last quarter: September 13
20:16-05:57
20:28-06:16
20:09-06:02
20:13-06:08
20:14-06:10
20:23-06:07
20:15-06:05
20:01-05:56
20:12-06:02
20:11-05:58
19:57-05:49
20:21-06:19
20:09-05:59
T
wo monstrous storms
erupted on Wednesday
morning, but these were
not hurricanes. The sun
sent out two colossal
solar flares, the second the most
powerful since 2006. The radiation
burst was so intense that it caused
high-frequency radio blackouts over
Europe, Africa and the Atlantic for
about an hour. Low-frequency
communication used for navigation
was also affected.
Solar flares are giant explosions
on the surface of the sun. They are
created when twisted magnetic field
lines snap and release energy, like
a twisted rubber band unwinding.
The sun also sent out coronal
mass ejections (CMEs), which
means that night sky watchers may
see some fantastic auroras in the
days to come. A CME is created
when bubbles of superheated gas,
known as plasma, are unleashed
from the sun, lifting about a billion
tonnes of material off the surface
and shooting it through space at
about one million miles per hour.
Unlike solar flares, CMEs hitting
the earth can rock the upper
atmosphere and cause auroras ?
and the recent CMEs were
particularly powerful.
?They may bring some awesome
auroral displays in the coming days.
An aurora might be visible from
much farther south than usual ?
including much of the UK,? advised
the AuroraWatch website at
Lancaster University ? see
bit.ly/2gJnsQB. Auroras light up the
night sky when the particles from
the sun interact with the earth?s
magnetic field, making gases in the
upper atmosphere glow in curtains
and bands of coloured lights.
Powerful CMEs can also disrupt
satellites, telecommunications and
power grids.
This upsurge of solar activity
might seem surprising because the
sun is heading towards its solar
minimum, with the lowest levels of
activity and sunspots in its roughly
11-year cycle. One interesting aspect
is that, despite this quieter phase,
the sun can still erupt with violent
storms, although not as frequently
as at solar maximum.
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1GM
Sport
Trescothick boosts survival bid
HARRY TRUMP/GETTY IMAGES
County Championship round-up
Marcus Trescothick scored his first
century since May yesterday as
Somerset took control of their
relegation battle with Warwickshire in
Division One of the Specsavers County
Championship.
The 41-year-old, who recently signed
a one-year deal to stay at the county
next year, was without a half-century in
his past 15 first-class innings. But he
made an unbeaten 119 at Edgbaston as
Somerset set Warwickshire, the only
side below them in the table, 402 for
victory.
And that looks far beyond Warwickshire who, despite Jonathan Trott?s 74,
were 172 for six by the close.
Defeat would leave Warwickshire
needing a miracle to stay up and put
Somerset in sight of Yorkshire and
Middlesex, who appear destined for a
draw at Headingley.
Only 44.2 overs were possible
yesterday before mist and rain
descended in Leeds to bring a second,
and final, halt to play at 4pm. Two balls
earlier, Ryan Sidebottom, in vintage
form, had claimed his and Yorkshire?s
third scalp with a beauty that had Sam
Robson caught behind for 47.
Ascot
Rob Wright
1.30 Lady Dancealot
3.50 Reverend Jacobs
2.05 Fashion Sense
4.25 Alqamar (nb)
2.40 Wadilsafa
5.00 Afaak
3.15 Dr Julius No
5.30 Perfect Symphony
Thunderer: 2.05 Odyssa (nap). 3.15 Cape Byron.
Going: good to soft Draw: no advantage Racing UK
1.30
Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: �469: 6f) (9)
S Levey
1 (6) 130 WASIM 34 (H,BF) I Mohammed 9-8
D Probert
2 (7) 232 BOMBASTIC 14 E De Giles 9-2
00 CAVIAR ROYALE 7 B Meehan 9-2
J Fortune
3 (2)
30 IMMORTAL ROMANCE 25 Michael Bell 9-2 D Tudhope
4 (3)
J Crowley
5 (9) 366 JACK REGAN 42 C Hills 9-2
4 SCENERY 14 E Houghton 9-2
T Queally
6 (5)
3 SPEAK IN COLOURS 31 M Botti 9-2
R L Moore
7 (1)
30 LADY DANCEALOT 37 D Elsworth 8-11
S De Sousa
8 (4)
RESTLESS ROSE S C Williams 8-11
A Beschizza
9 (8)
7-2 Bombastic, Speak In Colours, 6-1 Jack Regan, Lady Dancealot, 7-1 others.
Rob Wright?s choice: Lady Dancealot failed to handle heavy
ground at Goodwood Dangers: Wasim, Speak In Colours
2.05
Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: �469: 6f) (9)
DESERT TRIP D Menuisier 9-2
K Shoemark
1 (7)
56 MONTAGUE 90 J Osborne 9-2
D C Costello
2 (6)
SAPHIL John Ryan 9-2
Fran Berry
3 (4)
UNITED KINGDOM P Cole 9-2
R Da Silva
4 (3)
40 ACHIANNA 14 B Millman 8-11
W A Carson
5 (2)
FASHION SENSE Clive Cox 8-11
H Crouch (3)
6 (9)
20 LAST ENCHANTMENT 37 E Houghton 8-11
T Queally
7 (5)
3 ODYSSA 25 R Hughes 8-11
S W Kelly
8 (8)
SOCIETY LILLY H Palmer 8-11
J Crowley
9 (1)
4-1 Odyssa, 9-2 Society Lilly, 11-2 Fashion Sense, 6-1 others.
Wright choice: Fashion Sense, a half-brother to Third Time
Lucky, makes some appeal Dangers: Odyssa, Desert Trip
2.40
Maiden Stakes (2-Y-O: �763: 7f) (9)
AIRMAX R Beckett 9-5
P C O'Donnell (5)
1 (7)
3 ARCHIE MCKELLAR 32 R Beckett 9-5
P Dobbs
2 (1)
0 BODIE AND DOYLE 21 A Balding 9-5
D Probert
3 (6)
HERCULEAN R Charlton 9-5
R L Moore
4 (5)
5 MAIN STREET 76 J Gosden 9-5
L Dettori
5 (8)
32 MERLIN MAGIC 21 (BF) D Elsworth 9-5
S De Sousa
6 (9)
NELSON RIVER Clive Cox 9-5
H Crouch (3)
7 (4)
PARA MIO S Durack 9-5
S W Kelly
8 (3)
WADILSAFA O Burrows 9-5
J Crowley
9 (2)
9-4 Herculean, 5-2 Merlin Magic, 7-2 Wadilsafa, 6-1 others.
Wright choice: Wadilsafa, a son of Frankel, can justify his
entry in the Dewhurst Dangers: Herculean, Archie McKellar
3.15
Classified Stakes (�704: 1m) (8)
L Dettori
1 (7) 26616 FOX TROTTER 13 B Meehan 5-9-3
G Wood (3)
2 (4) 3-360 REPLENISH 71 (D) J Fanshawe 4-9-3
21CAPE
BYRON
324
R
Varian
3-8-12
A Atzeni
3 (3)
S W Kelly
4 (2) 43243 DR JULIUS NO 13 (P) R Hughes 3-8-12
S De Sousa
5 (5) 41531 FIRE BRIGADE 27 (D) Michael Bell 3-8-12
R L Moore
6 (1) -5034 MATHS PRIZE 37 (P,D) R Charlton 3-8-12
D Probert
7 (8) -0004 MEDIEVAL 37 (B) P Cole 3-8-12
J Crowley
8 (6) -2631 MUSAWAAT 13 C Hills 3-8-12
9-4 Cape Byron, 5-2 Fire Brigade, 6-1 Maths Prize, Musawaat, 8-1 others.
Hampshire v Surrey
Ageas Bowl (third day of four): Surrey, with six
second-innings wickets in hand, are 45 runs ahead of
Hampshire
Ivo Tennant
Sidebottom was left undefeated in
the opening hour as Yorkshire?s last
three wickets added 40, carrying the
side past 350. It was only the second
time this season that Yorkshire had
secured more than two batting bonus
points, finishing with four.
Taking his cue from Tim Murtagh?s
four for 77, Sidebottom then struck
twice in 11 balls after a 73-run firstwicket stand. Seemingly playing for
swing to one that went straight on, Nick
Compton lost his off stump for 42 and
Stevie Eskinazi, pushing forward, was
superbly held low at third slip by Jack
Leaning.
Rory Burns relishes taking runs off
Hampshire. His innings of 63 yesterday,
significant in the context of a
low-scoring match, was an adornment
to the runs that he has made against
them this season and last.
There was an unbeaten double
century and a 68 at the Kia Oval in July
and centuries last season in both the
home and away championship
encounters. He averages 100.14 against
them, which is some achievement given
the attacks that he has faced.
Here he scored his runs off Kyle
Abbott, who dismissed Jason Roy
cheaply for the second time in the
match; Fidel Edwards, who worked up
some pace under the floodlights and
Liam Dawson, who had Ryan Patel
caught at slip, top-edging a sweep, and
Scott Borthwick well caught behind the
4.25
2.25
5.20
Guard for Read?s
farewell to Notts
The Worcestershire players give Chris Read a
guard of honour before his final first-class
innings for Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge
Handicap (�704: 1m 3f 211y) (8)
Fran Berry
(4) 03561 GREAT HALL 27 (CD) Mick Quinn 7-9-12
S De Sousa
(2) 3-524 NIBLAWI 27 N Mulholland 5-9-10
M Dwyer
(6) 43012 GAWDAWPALIN 27 (CD,BF) S Kirk 4-9-8
D Tudhope
(3) 25016 MUTADAFFEQ 19 (D) D O'Meara 4-9-7
(1) 340-0 POYLE THOMAS 21 (D) M Madgwick 8-9-5
P C O'Donnell (5)
R L Moore
6 (5) 32-10 ALQAMAR 77 (P,D) C Appleby 3-8-10
-01d2
STAR
OF
THE
EAST
15
(BF)
M
Johnston
3-8-7 D Probert
7 (7)
J Haynes
8 (8) 6-614 ROAR 48 (BF) B Ellison 3-8-4
6-4 Alqamar, 11-2 Gawdawpalin, Star Of The East, 6-1 Great Hall, 7-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
Wright choice: Alqamar drops in trip after failing to stay
in the Queen?s Vase Dangers: Star Of The East, Great Hall
5.00
Handicap (�,675: 1m) (12)
R L Moore
1 (5) 20-10 BANKSEA 79 (D) L Cumani 4-9-10
2 (6) /1-03 SACRED ACT 143 (D,BF) Michael Bell 6-9-2 D Tudhope
D C Costello
3 (12) 00506 BIG BAZ 15 (D) W Muir 7-9-2
M Godwin (5)
4 (10) 0-000 EMELL 109 (V) T Vaughan 7-9-1
G Downing
5 (11) -5564 CAPTAIN CAT 184 (D) A Carroll 8-8-13
S De Sousa
6 (3) 10053 SECRET ART 26 (D,BF) W Knight 7-8-12
-6303
LEADER
WRITER
27
(P,D)
H
Spiller
5-8-12
Fran Berry
7 (9)
T E Durcan
8 (8) 32210 TRUTH OR DARE 13 (D) J Bethell 6-8-11
A Atzeni
9 (4) 5-102 EAGLE CREEK 19 (D) S Crisford 3-8-10
G Wood (3)
10 (1) 4-300 KNIGHT OWL 27 (D) J Fanshawe 7-8-10
11 (2) -0450 STORM AHEAD 34 (P,D) M Tregoning 4-8-10 Hayley Turner
D Probert
12 (7) 41104 AFAAK 55 (D,BF) C Hills 3-8-7
7-2 Eagle Creek, 5-1 Afaak, Banksea, 6-1 Sacred Act, 10-1 others.
Wright choice: Afaak has some smart form to his name
and remains unexposed Dangers: Eagle Creek, Banksea
5.30
Handicap (�469: 6f) (17)
D Tudhope
1 (5) 00051 NINJAGO 13 (CD) P Midgley 7-9-7
2 (14) 20205 HARWOODS VOLANTE 15 (D) D O'Meara 6-9-6 Fran Berry
3 (10) 20002 RED TYCOON 10 (D) K Cunningham-Brown 5-9-6
W A Carson
D C Costello
4 (16) 00066 OUTER SPACE 17 (D) J Osborne 6-9-5
5 (3) 53526 COOL BAHAMIAN 13 (B,D) E Houghton 6-9-5 J Fortune
6 (4) 6-314 GLENAMOY LAD 27 (T,D,BF) M Wigham 3-9-4 D Probert
M Dwyer
7 (7) 25410 CAPPANANTY CON 13 (D) D Ivory 3-9-4
D O'Neill
8 (6) 4-13 AFRICAN FRIEND 18 (BF) H Candy 4-9-4
1502
ALAADEL 36 (T,B,D) W Haggas 4-9-3
J Crowley
9 (15)
10 (2) 10-06 DROP KICK MURPHI 204 (D) Mrs C Dunnett 3-9-3 J Haynes
S De Sousa
11(11) 40000 MULLIONHEIR 20 (D) John Best 5-9-3
S W Kelly
12 (1) 61440 NORTH CREEK 22 C Wall 4-9-0
13 (8) -0320 PERFECT SYMPHONY 18 K A Ryan 3-9-0 A Beschizza
14(17) 1630- PETER PARK 347 (D) Clive Cox 4-8-13 Amelia Glass (7)
15 (9) 50304 DUKE COSIMO 27 (D) M Herrington 7-8-13 G Wood (3)
Hayley Turner
16(12) 40630 PICKET LINE 22 (P,D) G Deacon 5-8-11
J Osborn (7)
17(13) 00450 PLUCKY DIP 3 (D) John Ryan 6-8-9
11-2 African Friend, Alaadel, 7-1 Ninjago, 10-1 Glenamoy Lad, 12-1 others.
Wright choice: Perfect Symphony pulled too hard over
seven furlongs at Thirsk Dangers: African Friend, Ninjago
Haydock Park
Rob Wright
1.50 Cavatina
4.10 Calder Prince
2.25 Forever In Love
4.45 Hawridge Flyer
3.00 Englishman
5.20 Don?t Give Up
3.35 Major Pusey
Going: good to soft Draw: no advantage Racing UK
Wright choice: Dr Julius No, third at Goodwood, is now
fitted with cheekpieces Dangers: Maths Prize, Cape Byron
1.50
3.50
43 AMAZING MICHELE 20 R Fahey 9-0
T Hamilton
1 (6)
BECKTON R Brisland 9-0
T Marquand
2 (8)
4 CAVATINA 23 W Haggas 9-0
P Cosgrave
3 (5)
3 COAST GUARD 13 T Dascombe 9-0
B A Curtis
4 (3)
5 (1) 6533 FLEETING FREEDOM 27 A Bailey 9-0 Joshua Bryan (5)
24 LA DIVA 21 (BF) R Varian 9-0
Doubtful
6 (4)
00 MISS PERCEPTION 50 T Dascombe 9-0
R Kingscote
7 (2)
63 RAYNA'S WORLD 25 P Kirby 9-0
G Lee
8 (7)
7-4 Cavatina, 4-1 Coast Guard, 9-2 Amazing Michele, Fleeting Freedom, 9-1
Rayna's World, 14-1 Beckton, 16-1 Miss Perception.
Maiden Stakes
(3-Y-O: �704: 1m 3f 211y) (5)
D Probert
1 (5) 42243 COUNT SIMON 20 A Balding 9-5
HANG MAN E Vaughan 9-5
A Beschizza
2 (1)
R L Moore
3 (2) 0-222 REVEREND JACOBS 20 W Haggas 9-5
L Dettori
4 (4) 0-562 UPTOWN FUNK 62 (T,P) J Gosden 9-5
Fran Berry
5 (3) P02 WAR BRIGADE 24 (H) D Simcock 9-5
4-5 Reverend Jacobs, 4-1 Count Simon, 5-1 Uptown Funk, 6-1 others.
Wright choice: Reverend Jacobs was a good second at
Haydock on his first try at this trip Danger: Uptown Funk
Hampshire put
to the sword by
Burns again
Fillies' Novice Stakes
(2-Y-O: �558: 7f 212y) (8)
Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: �558: 6f) (15)
AGENT ERROR D Simcock 9-0
T Hamilton
1 (1)
AMAZING AMAYA D Shaw 9-0
L Edmunds (3)
2 (10)
50 BEE INA BONNET 10 T Easterby 9-0
D Nolan
3 (13)
BLUE HARMONY K Burke 9-0
P O'Hanlon (7)
4 (11)
CHANTRESSE K Burke 9-0
P McDonald
5 (3)
52 FOREVER IN LOVE 25 (V,BF) Sir M Stoute 9-0 R Kingscote
6 (8)
0 HELEN SHERBET 37 K Burke 9-0
C Lee (3)
7 (7)
0 KATH'S LUSTRE 18 B De Haan 9-0
R Hornby
8 (5)
LEFT ALONE H Palmer 9-0
Doubtful
9 (6)
5 LONG EMBRACE 25 S Crisford 9-0
H Bentley
10(12)
0 MS TILLY 21 D Brown 9-0
P Cosgrave
11(15)
MZOON C Fellowes 9-0
S Donohoe
12 (4)
POLYPHONY J Mackie 9-0
G Lee
13(14)
03 PULITZER 37 H Palmer 9-0
Josephine Gordon
14 (2)
SCENIC
RIVER
T
Easterby
9-0
Rachel
Richardson
(3)
15 (9)
5-2 Pulitzer, 7-2 Forever In Love, 11-2 Long Embrace, 7-1 others.
3.00
Handicap (�822: 6f) (11)
M Lane
(6) 22101 MANSHOOD 15 (B,D) P Midgley 4-9-7
D Muscutt
(10) 04606 TOOFI 27 (P,D) J Butler 6-9-6
(4) -6346 HYPERFOCUS 41 (D) H Palmer 3-9-5 Josephine Gordon
G Lee
(8) 20041 RUSSIAN REALM 27 (CD) P Midgley 7-9-5
R Kingscote
(7) 42064 ENGLISHMAN 18 (CD) J M Bradley 7-9-4
(9) 02216 COSMIC CHATTER 21 (P,C,D) Mrs R Carr 7-9-1
Cal Rodriguez (5)
H Bentley
7 (3) 04050 LAUGHTON 42 (T) K A Ryan 4-9-0
P McDonald
8 (1) 0-300 VAN GERWEN 111 (D) L Eyre 4-8-13
9 (5) 33100 MESHARDAL 13 (P,D) Mrs R Carr 7-8-13 L Edmunds (3)
10(11) -5040 SOMEWHERE SECRET 27 (P) M Mullineaux 3-8-7
Phil Dennis (3)
T Marquand
11 (2) 51316 SITAR 24 (H,BF) J Fanshawe 3-8-6
4-1 Manshood, Russian Realm, 11-2 Hyperfocus, 13-2 Toofi, 7-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
3.35
Handicap (�822: 5f) (12)
Rachel Richardson (3)
1 (2) 00300 RASHEEQ 20 T Easterby 4-9-7
2 (4) 00051 MEMORIES GALORE 18 (P,D) R G Fell 5-9-6 T Hamilton
3 (8) 03220 MAJOR PUSEY 18 (T,CD) J Gallagher 5-9-5 D Sweeney
M Lane
4 (1) 55625 TOP BOY 42 (V,D) D Shaw 7-9-4
B A Curtis
5 (5) -0006 VENTUROUS 20 T D Barron 4-9-4
D Muscutt
6 (6) -0142 MAGICAL DREAMER 31 J Fanshawe 3-9-2
S Donohoe
7 (9) 06145 MUSHARRIF 13 (D) Declan Carroll 5-9-2
G Lee
8 (7) 40030 ELYSIAN FLYER 18 (D) P Midgley 5-9-1
N Farley
9 (3) 54650 INVINCIBLE RIDGE 13 (D) E Alston 9-8-11
10(11) 151-0 FOUR DRAGONS 13 (CD) T Dascombe 3-8-8 R Kingscote
11(12) 12150 PEACHEY CARNEHAN 6 (P,D) M Mullineaux 3-8-7
Phil Dennis (3)
12(10) 55624 RED STRIPES 21 (B,D) Mrs L Williamson 5-8-7
Jane Elliott (5)
4-1 Memories Galore, Rasheeq, 5-1 Magical Dreamer, 13-2 others.
4.10
Handicap (�715: 6f 212y) (8)
T Hamilton
1 (2) 06000 MUNTADAB 7 (D) R G Fell 5-9-12
B A Curtis
2 (4) 40615 THEODORICO 20 (D) D Loughnane 4-9-10
3 (6) 13524 CALDER PRINCE 13 (CD) T Dascombe 4-9-10 R Kingscote
4 (3) 20406 TWIN APPEAL 13 (B,D) T D Barron 6-9-7 Jane Elliott (5)
L Edmunds (3)
5 (1) 21000 EXPLAIN 13 (B,D) Mrs R Carr 5-9-6
H Bentley
6 (7) 13526 NOBLE PEACE 20 (D,BF) H Candy 4-9-6
P McDonald
7 (8) 313-0 MY AMIGO 159 K Burke 4-9-5
31240
NAVARONE 33 (H) R Fahey 3-8-8
S Donohoe
8 (5)
3-1 Noble Peace, 4-1 Calder Prince, 11-2 Muntadab, Navarone, 7-1 others.
4.45
Handicap (�822: 1m 6f) (12)
C Lee (3)
1 (4) 00005 INTENSE TANGO 14 (T,CD) K Burke 6-10-1
2 (1) 25231 HIGH ON LIGHT 28 (CD) T D Barron 4-9-10
Rachel Richardson (3)
C King
3 (11) 030-4 ALWAYS RESOLUTE 16 (CD) B Ellison 6-9-9
R Kingscote
4 (5) 26012 TAKBEER 28 (P) Mrs N Evans 5-9-7
5 (6) 23435 MONACO ROSE 25 (H) R Fahey 4-9-5 Sebastian Woods (7)
P Cosgrave
6 (8) 3-231 HAWRIDGE FLYER 24 W S Kittow 3-9-3
21 FULHAM 195 R Brisland 3-9-1
T Marquand
7 (12)
8 (10) 4224 NORMANDIE ATTACK 30 (V) C Fellowes 3-9-1 S Donohoe
G Lee
9 (2) -0005 FORESEE 48 A Carroll 4-9-0
M Lane
10 (7) 0-221 ASTUTE BOY 17 E Vaughan 3-8-12
Jane Elliott (5)
11 (3) 10201 INCUS 14 (D) E De Giles 4-8-12
12 (9) -5200 NORDIC COMBINED 21 B Ellison 3-8-6 Josephine Gordon
5-1 High On Light, 11-2 Always Resolute, 6-1 Hawridge Flyer, 8-1 others.
Handicap (�715: 1m 2f 42y) (10)
D Nolan
1 (9) -4123 AL DESTOOR 34 (T,D) J Candlish 7-9-6
P Cosgrave
2 (5) -0134 ZWAYYAN 34 (C,BF) W Haggas 4-9-6
M Lane
3 (1) 121 DON'T GIVE UP 25 (D) S bin Suroor 3-9-4
P McDonald
4 (4) -4000 AWAKE MY SOUL 13 (D) T Tate 8-9-0
C Lee (3)
5 (10) 5635- DWIGHT D 407 W S Coltherd 4-8-12
H Bentley
6 (8) 06404 STORM ROCK 30 (D) H Dunlop 5-8-11
T Hamilton
7 (6) 14464 ENERGIA FOX 33 (D) R Fahey 7-8-10
G Lee
8 (7) 50512 MICHAEL'S MOUNT 18 (B,D) E Dunlop 4-8-10
9 (3) -6403 STAR OF RORY 29 (V,C) T Dascombe 3-8-10 R Kingscote
10 (2) 64314 IN FIRST PLACE 20 (BF) R Fahey 3-8-4 Sammy Jo Bell (3)
2-1 Don't Give Up, 5-1 Al Destoor, 6-1 Michael's Mount, Zwayyan, 8-1 In First
Place, 10-1 Star Of Rory, 12-1 Awake My Soul, Energia Fox, 14-1 others.
Kempton Park
Rob Wright
5.50 Ernststavroblofeld 7.50 Club Tropicana
6.20 La La Land
8.20 Arab Moon
6.50 Barton Mills
8.50 Diable D?Or
7.20 Symbolization
9.20 Allee Bleue
Going: standard to slow
Racing UK
Draw: 5f-1m, low numbers best
5.50
Apprentice Handicap
(�175: 1m) (11)
H Crouch
1 (1) 04-00 RUN TO THE HILLS 16 G Peckham 4-9-10
2 (7) 40341 WANNABE FRIENDS 14 R Hughes 4-9-7 Finley Marsh (5)
Rhiain Ingram (5)
3 (9) 15-00 ASSANILKA (P,CD) H Dunlop 3-9-7
Rossa Ryan (7)
4 (4) 2210 JALELA 24 R Hannon 3-9-6
5 (10) 0-350 DREAM OF SUMMER 78 (CD) J Noseda 4-9-6 A Jones
6 (8) 36006 MORNING SUIT 19 (C,D) M Johnston 3-9-5 R Oliver (3)
7 (5) -5305 ERNSTSTAVROBLOFELD 17 M Meade 3-9-5 K Shoemark
8 (3) 22315 COOL TEAM 29 (T,P,D) H Palmer 3-9-1 Nicola Currie (7)
9 (11) -1200 ARCHER'S ARROW 41 (CD) S bin Suroor 3-9-0 C Shepherd
10 (6) 44554 MISTER MUSIC 14 (D) A Carroll 8-9-0 Georgia Cox (3)
L Steward
11 (2) 00053 ZAMJAR 17 E Dunlop 3-8-13
7-2 Wannabe Friends, 5-1 Ernststavroblofeld, 13-2 Dream Of Summer, 7-1
Cool Team, 8-1 Archer's Arrow, Jalela, 9-1 Morning Suit, 10-1 others.
6.20
Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: �270: 1m) (11)
1 ROARING LION 21 (D) J Gosden 9-8
O Murphy
1 (4)
0 COMPLIANCE 22 J Tate 9-2
M Harley
2 (5)
DRAGON MOUNTAIN H Palmer 9-2
T E Durcan
3 (6)
0 DREAM MOUNT 34 M Botti 9-2
T Queally
4 (2)
3 EYECATCHER 21 S Crisford 9-2
T J Murphy
5 (8)
FERAGUST M Botti 9-2
M M Monaghan (3)
6 (9)
3 LA LA LAND 37 J Osborne 9-2
J P Spencer
7 (7)
TABERNAS C Appleby 9-2
James Doyle
8 (3)
04 VERSTAPPEN 26 M Botti 9-2
A Atzeni
9 (1)
VISION CLEAR E Dunlop 9-2
K Shoemark
10(11)
20 CAMOMILE LAWN 55 (BF) R Beckett 8-11
P Dobbs
11(10)
11-10 Roaring Lion, 6-1 La La Land, Tabernas, 8-1 Camomile Lawn, 10-1 others.
6.50
Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: �270: 7f) (12)
BARTON MILLS W Haggas 9-2
M Harley
1 (4)
0 BLACKWOOD 32 M Blanshard 9-2
L Keniry
2 (7)
COMPULSIVE R Varian 9-2
A Atzeni
3 (2)
0 EXPROMPT 42 H Palmer 9-2
Fran Berry
4 (11)
FENNAAN (H,T) J Gosden 9-2
R Tart
5 (6)
MORLOCK C Appleby 9-2
James Doyle
6 (3)
RESHAAN R Hannon 9-2
S Levey
7 (9)
ROMAN WARRIOR H Dunlop 9-2
S De Sousa
8 (8)
23 WARSAAN 35 (BF) O Burrows 9-2
J Crowley
9 (10)
IMPERATRICE R Beckett 8-11
P Dobbs
10(12)
0 MANDARIN PRINCESS 21 P McBride 8-11
D Probert
11 (1)
0 SA'ADA 22 G Peckham 8-11
H Crouch (3)
12 (5)
9-4 Morlock, 7-2 Reshaan, Warsaan, 11-2 Barton Mills, 10-1 others.
Blinkered first time: Ascot 5.30 Alaadel. Haydock Park
2.25 Forever In Love. 5.20 Star Of Rory. Kempton Park 8.50
Diable D?Or. Musselburgh 6.05 Ching Ching Lor.
Newcastle 4.00 Sir Runs A Lot. 5.10 Jacob Black.
wicket. Surrey had a deficit of 90 runs
on first innings so Burns?s innings was
needed by his side.
The surprise was that he was out in
the closing overs. Joe Weatherley has
returned from his loan spell with Kent
in the hope of being given more
opportunities with the bat. Brought on
to bowl what proved to be perfectly
respectable off spin, he gained his
maiden first-class wicket when he had
Burns leg-before attempting to sweep.
A momentary lack of concentration,
perhaps, against a bowler of a lesser
pedigree.
Crouching intently at the crease,
Burns ? who averages a little over 40
in first-class cricket ? struck only three
fours. Conditions were somewhat
easier for batting than on the second
day, as Gareth Berg and Ian Holland
emphasised by resurrecting Hampshire?s innings.
At various stages the home side were
20 for three, 31 for five and 129 for seven
but they finished with a total of 290.
Berg, who has signed a contract extension until the end of next season,
reached his half-century with a six off
Gareth Batty and made 80.
Abbott is far from an ineffectual
tailender and he and Edwards, who
struck Jade Dernbach for three fours in
succession, rather showed up the top
order. The over rate was significantly
better than on the second day, but the
attendance, alas, was thin.
7.20
Novice Stakes
(2-Y-O: �270: 7f) (11)
0 APEX PREDATOR 21 S Durack 9-2
D Probert
1 (11)
BLUE WHISPER J Eustace 9-2
R Tate
2 (1)
BOBBY BISCUIT S Dow 9-2
J Egan
3 (4)
2 BOWLER HAT 21 H Palmer 9-2
Fran Berry
4 (10)
5 CONNAUGHT RANGER 32 D Coakley 9-2
T Queally
5 (6)
DORIAN GRAY H Morrison 9-2
O Murphy
6 (8)
GLENDEVON R Hughes 9-2
J P Spencer
7 (9)
MAGHROOM E Dunlop 9-2
D O'Neill
8 (2)
2 SYMBOLIZATION 28 (BF) C Appleby 9-2
James Doyle
9 (3)
2 TANSEEQ 22 (BF) W Haggas 9-2
J Crowley
10 (7)
WILLIAM OF WYKEHAM Sir M Stoute 9-2 T E Durcan
11 (5)
7-4 Symbolization, 11-4 Tanseeq, 9-2 Bowler Hat, 10-1 William Of Wykeham,
16-1 Bobby Biscuit, Maghroom, 20-1 Connaught Ranger, 25-1 others.
7.50
Fillies' Conditions Stakes
(2-Y-O: �338: 7f) (5)
A Atzeni
1 (5) 410 JOUSI 27 (D) H Palmer 9-2
15 POETIC CHARM 27 (D,BF) C Appleby 9-2 James Doyle
2 (3)
10 SANTORINI SUN 13 M Channon 9-2
S De Sousa
3 (1)
6 CLUB TROPICANA 12 Richard Spencer 8-12
D O'Neill
4 (4)
30 MOGGY 71 R Hughes 8-12
P Dobbs
5 (2)
1-2 Poetic Charm, 4-1 Jousi, 5-1 Santorini Sun, 14-1 Club Tropicana, 33-1
Moggy.
8.20
Handicap (�470: 1m 2f 219y) (13)
A Atzeni
1 (11) -2000 MANJAAM 27 E Dunlop 4-9-9
T J Murphy
2 (10) 24560 SAM MISSILE 21 (C) J Fanshawe 4-9-9
11 MOUNTAIN HUNTER 13 S bin Suroor 3-9-6 W A Carson
3 (4)
T Queally
4 (12) 21216 KASPERENKO 27 (B) D Lanigan 3-9-5
L Keniry
5 (13) 45/40 CASTLELYONS 41 R Stephens 5-9-4
Fran Berry
6 (7) 44250 BEARDWOOD 13 (P) M Johnston 5-9-3
R Tart
7 (6) 2/246 BREDEN 25 (H,C) Mrs L Jewell 7-9-3
S De Sousa
8 (8) 15131 ARAB MOON 30 (CD) W Knight 3-9-0
-5564
BANISH 30 (T,V,CD) H Palmer 4-9-0
James Doyle
9 (1)
D O'Neill
10 (9) -6500 AL HAMDANY 34 (C) M Botti 3-8-13
O Murphy
11 (3) -0034 WESTERN DUKE 39 (BF) R Beckett 3-8-11
J Crowley
12 (5) 14010 BUSH HOUSE 13 (B,CD) H Palmer 3-8-10
A Rawlinson
13 (2) -6053 AZAM 30 (C) M Appleby 3-8-10
9-4 Mountain Hunter, 5-1 Arab Moon, Bush House, 8-1 Kasperenko, 12-1
Azam, Banish, 14-1 Sam Missile, Western Duke, 16-1 others.
8.50
Handicap (�235: 6f) (9)
21 MIAMI SUNSET 17 (D) P McBride 3-9-9
S De Sousa
(5)
W A Carson
(8) -5050 FAREEQ 20 (T,D) C Wallis 3-9-9
L Keniry
(7) 46634 OTOMO 17 (H,D) P Hide 3-9-8
O Murphy
(1) 45566 DIABLE D'OR 16 (B) E Houghton 3-9-8
K Shoemark
(3) 20044 MISHAAL 12 (CD) M Herrington 7-9-7
(6) 65432 SHOWMETHEWAYAVRILO 8 (CD,BF) M Saunders 4-9-6
C Bennett (3)
7 (4) -0300 ARAGON KNIGHT 168 (H) D Steele 4-9-5
Paddy Bradley (5)
8 (9) 32132 ROBBIE ROO ROO 8 (T,V,C,D) Mrs I G'-Leveque 4-8-13
A Beschizza
9 (2) 46005 FLEETING GLIMPSE 21 (CD) P Chamings 4-8-10 D Probert
9-4 Miami Sunset, 4-1 Showmethewayavrilo, 9-2 Robbie Roo Roo, 8-1 Otomo,
10-1 Diable D'Or, Mishaal, 12-1 Fareeq, Fleeting Glimpse, 14-1 Aragon Knight.
1
2
3
4
5
6
9.20
Handicap (�235: 1m 7f 218y) (13)
M Harley
1 (2) 1250- JACK BEAR 95J H Whittington 6-9-12
2 (12) 10014 WHITECLIFF PARK 16 (P,D) B Ellison 4-9-7 S De Sousa
R Tate
3 (7) 3013/ AVIATOR 575J J Eustace 9-9-7
C Shepherd (3)
4 (5) 22621 FITZWILLY 10 (D) M Channon 7-9-7
5 (4) -0300 AGE OF WISDOM 16 (P) G L Moore 4-9-5 H Crouch (3)
L Keniry
6 (1) 30-43 SPICE FAIR 36 (CD) M Usher 10-9-5
D C Costello
7 (8) 0000- DIAMOND JOEL 38J (P) D Dennis 5-9-5
O Murphy
8 (6) /5-64 LINGUINE 18 (B) S Durack 7-9-5
T Queally
9 (3) 6253/ ALLEE BLEUE 154J P Hobbs 7-9-4
10(13) 00311 GOLLY MISS MOLLY 72 (B,CD) M Bosley 6-9-3 M Lane
D O'Neill
11(10) /06-6 MERE ANARCHY 51J R Stephens 6-9-1
12 (9) 0-103 AVENUE DES CHAMPS 18 (P,C) Jane Chapple-Hyam 5-9-0
Paddy Bradley (5)
13(11) 03205 SPIRITOFTOMINTOUL 35 (T,CD) A Carroll 8-8-13
G Downing
100-30 Golly Miss Molly, 9-2 Allee Bleue, 6-1 Fitzwilly, 7-1 Avenue Des
Champs, 8-1 Whitecliff Park, 12-1 Age Of Wisdom, Jack Bear, 14-1 others.
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Racing Sport
2.15
Newcastle
Rob Wright
1.40 Rastacap
2.15 Traditional Dancer
2.50 Subhaan
3.25 Codicil (nap)
Going: standard
Draw: no advantage
1.40
4.00 Good Time Ahead
4.35 Regal Decree
5.10 Peny Arcade
5.40 Nuns Walk
At The Races
Novice Stakes
(2-Y-O: �528: 6f) (13)
60 BLACKLOOKS 7 I Furtado 9-2
P Makin
1 (4)
2R CHIEF JUSTICE 16 R Fahey 9-2
P Hanagan
2 (12)
FARHH AWAY M Dods 9-2
P Mulrennan
3 (6)
60 GEMBARI 7 I Furtado 9-2
M Fernandes (7)
4 (10)
60 LORD CAPRIO 16 B Haslam 9-2
T Eaves
5 (13)
ROYAL PURSUIT K A Ryan 9-2
Kevin Stott
6 (9)
55 SAISONS D'OR 18 Jedd O'Keeffe 9-2
J Garritty
7 (5)
SAROOKH R Varian 9-2
J Mitchell
8 (2)
00 TRUE NORTH 11 Sir M Prescott 9-2
L Morris
9 (1)
0 DISPLAYING AMBER 25 B Haslam 8-11
C Hardie
10(11)
0 LITTLE RED BERRY 13 J Given 8-11
Joe Doyle
11 (8)
4 RASTACAP 10 M Johnston 8-11
F Norton
12 (3)
SWISS MARLIN J J Quinn 8-11
J Hart
13 (7)
3-1 Chief Justice, 5-1 Rastacap, Sarookh, 7-1 Farhh Away, 8-1 Royal Pursuit,
Saisons D'Or, 12-1 Blacklooks, Gembari, Swiss Marlin, 25-1 others.
Rob Wright
4.30 How Bizarre
6.35 Thomas Cranmer
5.05 Liberatum
7.05 Brandon Castle
5.35 High Wells
7.35 Brendan
6.05 Armagnac
Going: good to firm (good in places)
Draw: 5f, high numbers best
Racing UK
Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: �881: 7f 33y) (8)
CANADIAN GEORGE K Dalgleish 9-2
J Sullivan
1 (6)
HOW BIZARRE K A Ryan 9-2
T Eaves
2 (4)
R Scott (5)
3 (3) 552 MI CAPRICHO 9 K Dalgleish 9-2
P Mulrennan
4 (1) 202 OSWALD 29 (BF) R Brisland 9-2
SOUTHPARK R Fahey 9-2
J Garritty
5 (7)
53 SPRAY THE SEA 57 B Smart 9-2
C Beasley
6 (8)
7 (2) 23204 ARABIAN JAZZ 22 (BF) Michael Bell 8-11 Tristan Price (7)
PELICE M Johnston 8-11
J Fanning
8 (5)
3-1 Oswald, 4-1 Arabian Jazz, Southpark, 6-1 How Bizarre, Spray The Sea, 7-1 others.
5.05
Handicap (�235: 5f 1y) (9)
J Fanning
1 (6) 60156 JUST US TWO 13 (H,P,D) R Cowell 5-9-11
T Eaves
2 (3) -0204 ALSVINDER 18 (D) D O'Meara 4-9-10
J Garritty
3 (9) 22104 LIQUID 13 (D) T D Barron 3-9-6
R Scott (5)
4 (5) 43202 LANDING NIGHT 9 (T,P,D) R Menzies 5-9-5
P Mulrennan
5 (7) 63001 ONE BOY 15 (CD) P Midgley 6-9-5
C Beasley
6 (1) 45312 NOAH AMOR 6 (D) D O'Meara 4-9-5
J Sullivan
7 (2) 23012 LIBERATUM 6 (D) Mrs R Carr 3-9-3
Joe Doyle
8 (4) 66450 ECONOMIC CRISIS 9 (CD) C Teague 8-9-1
Sean Mooney (7)
9 (8) 35225 ORIENTAL LILLY 34 J Goldie 3-8-11
5-1 Liberatum, Liquid, Noah Amor, One Boy, 6-1 Landing Night, 13-2 others.
5.35
Handicap (3-Y-O: �588: 1m 4f 104y) (8)
P Mulrennan
1 (3) 02401 HIGH WELLS 8 (B) S Durack 9-9
J Gormley (7)
2 (2) 23052 ROSEMAY 9 I Jardine 9-7
3 (6) 65155 AMERICAN CRAFTSMAN 25 (P,D) Jedd O'Keeffe 9-6 J Garritty
T Eaves
4 (4) -4600 MISTER MOOSAH 11 M D Hammond 9-4
J Fanning
5 (8) -0506 COSTA PERCY 18J J Candlish 9-2
6 (5) 03542 KNIGHTSBRIDGE LIAM 22 M W Easterby 8-12 H Shaw (7)
J Sullivan
7 (7) 34454 ELITE ICON 15 (BF) I Jardine 8-3
D Fentiman
8 (1) 00500 CHIONODOXA 46 T Easterby 8-2
5-4 High Wells, 4-1 Rosemay, 6-1 Costa Percy, 7-1 Knightsbridge Liam, 10-1 others.
6.05
2.50
Maiden Stakes (�881: 1m 5y) (9)
63 GLOBAL ROAR 11 J Weymes 4-9-10
J Quinn
1 (8)
06 MAJOR MINUS 11 T Easterby 3-9-5
J Hart
2 (9)
53 NAAEEBB 18 (BF) S bin Suroor 3-9-5
Kevin Stott
3 (2)
P Hanagan
4 (3) -3303 PORTLEDGE 19 (B) J Bethell 3-9-5
J Mitchell
5 (7) 244 SUBHAAN 22 R Varian 3-9-5
P Makin
6 (5) 25533 BREEZE 22 (B) J Stack (Ire) 3-9-0
4 ISSTOORA 17 M Botti 3-9-0
L Morris
7 (4)
R Powell
8 (1) 0-320 LUMINOUS 49 (BF) S Crisford 3-9-0
A Mullen
9 (6) 406 PEQUENINHA 17 D Simcock 3-9-0
15-8 Naaeebb, 7-2 Subhaan, 11-2 Isstoora, 6-1 Breeze, 13-2 others.
3.25
6.35
J Mitchell
1 (2) 3116 CURIOSITY 38 (C) H Palmer 9-7
J Hart
2 (1) 53123 KIT MARLOWE 6 (C) M Johnston 9-0
P Hanagan
3 (6) 21212 INDOMENEO 24 (BF) R Fahey 8-11
L Morris
4 (4) 111 CODICIL 25 (D) Sir M Prescott 8-10
5 (5) 612 FOOTSTEPS FOREVER 45 (BF) M Johnston 8-8 F Norton
J Quinn
6 (3) 22032 WEELLAN 27 (P,BF) J J Quinn 8-3
C Hardie
7 (7) 13652 POET'S DAWN 10 T Easterby 8-3
A Mullen
8 (8) 22133 STAR OF ZAAM 8 (P) K Burke 8-2
5-2 Codicil, 9-2 Curiosity, Indomeneo, 11-2 Footsteps Forever, 7-1 Kit
Marlowe, 8-1 Weellan, 10-1 Poet's Dawn, 12-1 Star Of Zaam.
4.00
Handicap (�175: 7f 33y) (7)
Handicap (�235: 1m 5f 216y) (8)
1 (2) 60011 BRANDON CASTLE 14 (H,T,D) A Watson 5-9-11 E Greatrex
T Eaves
2 (7) 32511 CANNY STYLE 35 (C) K A Ryan 4-9-10
J Gormley (7)
3 (3) 23434 STONEHAM 20J (H,C,D) I Jardine 6-9-7
J Hart
4 (6) 3-061 CHEBSEY BEAU 27 J J Quinn 7-9-7
J Fanning
5 (4) 03232 TECTONIC 9 (P,BF) K Dalgleish 8-9-1
Sean Mooney (7)
6 (8) 06132 JONNY DELTA 9 (CD) J Goldie 10-8-12
7 (1) 06056 RUSSIAN ROYALE 10 (D) M D Hammond 7-8-10 R Scott (5)
J Sullivan
8 (5) 02360 SCHMOOZE 15 Miss L Perratt 8-8-2
9-4 Brandon Castle, 4-1 Canny Style, 5-1 Chebsey Beau, 11-2 Tectonic, 6-1 others.
7.35
Handicap (�588: 5f 1y) (8)
P Mulrennan
1 (6) 32441 HAMIDANS GIRL 12 (D) K Dalgleish 3-10-2
T Eaves
2 (5) 44063 DAWOODI 6 (H) Miss L Perratt 3-9-6
J Fanning
3 (1) 0-562 THE NIGHT BEFORE 12 R Cowell 3-9-4
05504
THORNTOUN
LADY
13
(CD)
J
Goldie
7-9-3
J
Sullivan
4 (4)
P Pilley (5)
5 (7) 40240 ARCHIE STEVENS 66 (D) C Ellam 7-9-3
Joe Doyle
6 (2) 50400 THORNABY PRINCESS 8 (P,CD) C Teague 6-8-9
E Greatrex
7 (3) 03605 BRENDAN 8 J Goldie 4-8-8
C Beasley
8 (8) 44030 LIZZY'S DREAM 22 (CD) R Bastiman 9-8-8
7-4 Hamidans Girl, 3-1 The Night Before, 8-1 Brendan, Thorntoun Lady, 10-1 others.
Handicap (�235: 1m 2y) (10)
E Greatrex
1 (10) 35121 MASARZAIN 9 (CD) A Watson 4-10-2
J Garritty
2 (7) 00044 LIL SOPHELLA 9 (CD) P Holmes 8-9-9
J Gormley (7)
3 (8) 03531 BERNIE'S BOY 44 (D) I Jardine 4-9-9
J Fanning
4 (3) -0611 EDGAR ALLAN POE 59 (D) R Bastiman 3-9-8
C Beasley
5 (4) 31503 INGLORIOUS 8 (P) K Dalgleish 3-9-4
50102
ELLAAL 9 (P,CD) Mrs R Carr 8-9-4
J Sullivan
6 (5)
7 (9) 52301 KICKING THE CAN 77 (D) N Wilson 6-9-2 Natalie Hambling (7)
R Scott (5)
8 (6) 06402 ARGAKI 15 (CD) K Dalgleish 7-9-2
Course specialists
Ascot: Trainers R Charlton, 13 from 62 runners, 21.0%;
J Osborne, 7 from 38, 18.4%. Jockeys R L Moore, 49
from 268 rides, 18.3%; H Crouch, 3 from 17, 17.6%.
Haydock Park: Trainers E Vaughan, 4 from 11, 36.4%;
W Haggas, 34 from 103, 33.0%. Jockeys P Cosgrave,
12 from 51, 23.5%; Phil Dennis, 4 from 19, 21.1%.
Kempton Park: Trainer C Appleby, 63 from 245, 25.7%.
Jockey James Doyle, 70 from 327, 21.4%.
Musselburgh: Trainer R Bastiman, 9 from 44, 20.5%.
Jockey C Beasley, 26 from 123, 21.1%.
Newcastle: Trainer O Greenall, 6 from 12, 50.0%.
Jockey Kevin Stott, 14 from 62, 22.6%.
Yesterday?s racing results
Haydock Park
Going: good to soft
2.00 (1m 3f 140yd) 1, Fibonacci (James
Doyle, 4-7 fav); 2, Line Of Beauty (7-2);
3, Ididitforyoooo (10-1). 5 ran. 3Nl, Kl.
H Palmer.
2.30 (6f) 1, Ginbar (R Kingscote, 11-8
fav); 2, Knighted (11-4); 3, Desert
Doctor (4-1). 7 ran. NR: Finnion Fox.
4l, 2Ol. Tom Dascombe.
3.00 (7f 212yd) 1, The Revenant (P
Cosgrave, 11-2); 2, Global Conqueror
(3-1); 3, Ghostwatch (4-6 fav). 11 ran.
Ol, 2Nl. H Palmer.
3.30 (7f 212yd) 1, Heaven?s Rock (R
Kingscote, 9-1); 2, Trilliant (9-2);
3, Parole (11-1). 12 ran. Kl, Kl.
Tom Dascombe.
4.00 (6f 212yd) 1, Donjuan Triumphant
(P McDonald, 4-1); 2, Yattwee (4-1);
3, Solomon?s Bay (10-1). 6 ran.
NR: Jordan Sport. 1Nl, 3Kl. A Balding.
4.35 (1m 3f 140yd) 1, Marmajuke Bay (S
J Drowne, 15-2); 2, Azari (4-1); 3,
Tawdeea (100-30 fav). 8 ran. 2l, 3Kl.
M Usher.
5.05 (1m 3f 140yd) 1, Take Two (Mr J
Brace, 9-2); 2, Thorntoun Care (4-1);
3, Manny Owens (10-1). 8 ran. NR: Spirit
Of The Vale. Ns, 4Kl. A Hales.
Placepot: �.80.
Quadpot: �.70.
Salisbury
Going: good to soft (good in places)
1.50 (1m) 1, Al Jellaby (A Kirby, 5-1); 2,
White Mocha (5-2 fav); 3, Yaafour (4-1).
12 ran. NR: Desert Path. Nk, 2Kl. C Cox.
2.20 (6f 213yd) 1, Move To The Front (A
Kirby, 10-1); 2, Dandiesque (8-1); 3, Chai
Chai (4-1). 13 ran. NR: Jo?s Girl. 1Ol, hd.
C Cox.
2.50 (6f 213yd) 1, Herecomesthesun (E
Greatrex, 11-1); 2, Blanchefleur (13-8);
3, Fille De Reve (5-4 fav). 11 ran. 1Kl,
2Nl. Archie Watson.
3.20 (6f 213yd) 1, Clairette (K
Shoemark, 10-11 fav); 2, Goodnight Girl
(5-1); 3, Shaherezada (12-1). 10 ran.
1Kl, 2l. R Charlton.
3.50 (6f) 1, Anna Nerium (T Marquand,
40-1); 2, Eirene (7-2 co-fav); 3, Special
Purpose (7-2 co-fav). 13 ran. NR: Elizabeth Bennet, Lamya. Nk, sh hd. R Hannon.
4.20 (6f) 1, Thafeera (J Crowley, 9-4
fav); 2, Kassia (15-2); 3, Rely On Me
(8-1). 10 ran. 3l, 1Nl. C Hills.
4.50 (1m 4f 5yd) 1, Opinionate (J
Crowley, 11-4); 2, Tomorrow Mystery
(10-1); 3, Uber Cool (2-1 fav). 9 ran.
3l, nk. Mrs A Perrett.
5.20 (1m) 1, The Groove (M Fernandes,
9-1); 2, Poetic Force (4-1); 3, Famous
Dynasty (10-1). 10 ran. Ns, sh hd.
F O?Brien.
Placepot: �.90.
Quadpot: �80.
Sedgefield
Going: good
2.10 (2m 178yd hdle) 1, Midnight Walk
(W Kennedy, 11-4); 2, Brandy Burn
(40-1); 3, Striking Nigella (150-1). 5 ran.
60l, 66l. D McCain.
2.40 (2m 77yd ch) 1, My Renaissance
(J England, 3-1 fav); 2, Black Kettle
(7-2); 3, Pretty Reckless (7-1). 9 ran. 1l,
11l. S England.
3.10 (3m 3f 9yd hdle) 1, Welsh Bard (W
Kennedy, 6-1); 2, Tawseef (9-4); 3, Miss
Mobot (4-1). 4 ran. 7l, 23l. D McCain.
3.40 (2m 5f 28yd ch) 1, The Doorman
(R P McLernon, 9-2); 2, Brother Scott
(5-1); 3, Play The Ace (5-4 fav). 5 ran.
NR: Perseid. 2Nl, 6l. B Haslam.
4.10 (2m 178yd hdle) 1, Our Kylie (K
Wood, 11-2); 2, Master Of Finance (3-1);
3, Gibson Park (11-4 fav). 8 ran. 3l, Kl.
B Ellison.
Handicap (�235: 1m 4f 98y) (14)
B Robinson (5)
1 (13) -0450 CARTHAGE 52 (D) B Ellison 6-9-13
P Makin
2 (1) 44405 MAJOR ROWAN 29 (CD) John Davies 6-9-12
3 (3) 236-3 LE DELUGE 37 (T,D) M D Hammond 7-9-11
A McNamara (3)
B McHugh
4 (5) 46055 WARFARE 16 (P) T Fitzgerald 8-9-9
5 (6) 00/40 ROCK A DOODLE DOO 27 (D) S Regan 10-9-8
Paula Muir (7)
J Hart
6 (10) 44342 TRED SOFTLY 48J (B,D) J J Quinn 4-9-5
7 (8) 43640 SURROUND SOUND 18 (T,P,D) T Easterby 7-9-4 C Hardie
A Mullen
8 (14) 51410 METRONOMIC 41 P Niven 3-9-3
9 (9) 45252 SPIRIT OF THE VALE 12 (H,C) O Greenall 4-9-3
Kevin Stott
P Hanagan
10 (2) 66000 DANNY MC D 9 (P) I Jardine 4-9-2
J Quinn
11(12) 64532 GOOD TIME AHEAD 18 (BF) P Kirby 3-9-1
Sam James
12(11) 00030 SIR RUNS A LOT 45 (B) T D Barron 5-9-1
J Sullivan
1 (7) 35133 MAGICAL EFFECT 9 (BF) Mrs R Carr 5-9-12
C Beasley
2 (3) 31016 DARK PROFIT 6 (P,D) K Dalgleish 5-9-9
D Fentiman
3 (4) 05401 SAKHEE'S RETURN 9 (T,D) T Easterby 5-9-7
J Fanning
4 (6) 06506 THOMAS CRANMER 13 (CD) M Johnston 3-9-6
R Scott (5)
5 (1) 00525 ROARING FORTIES 17 R Bastiman 4-9-3
J Gormley (7)
6 (2) 05236 JABBAAR 79 I Jardine 4-8-13
C Murtagh (7)
7 (5) 50502 ROYAL CONNOISSEUR 34 R Fahey 6-8-11
3-1 Sakhee's Return, 4-1 Thomas Cranmer, 9-2 Magical Effect, 11-2 others.
7.05
Nursery Handicap
(2-Y-O: �,563: 1m 5y) (8)
Tristan Price (7)
9 (2) 04041 ARMAGNAC 7 (D) Michael Bell 3-9-1
T Eaves
10 (1) 11600 CHING CHING LOR 12 (V) Declan Carroll 3-8-13
5-2 Edgar Allan Poe, 11-4 Masarzain, 5-1 Armagnac, 10-1 Argaki, 12-1 others
Musselburgh
4.30
Handicap (�235: 2m 56y) (14)
L Morris
(4) 33265 HALLSTATT 19 (T,D) J Mackie 11-10-3
F Norton
(1) 66360 TREBLE STRIKE 93 D Griffiths 4-10-3
(7) 25-60 KISUMU 8J (P) M D Hammond 5-10-0 A McNamara (3)
P Makin
(12) 0450 WEE BOGUS 9 (P) A Whillans 4-9-13
Sam James
(5) -5363 MCVICAR 19 (P) John Davies 8-9-12
C Hardie
(11) -0230 DESKTOP 11 (D) A Brittain 5-9-11
(13) 4-026 TRADITIONAL DANCER 37J (B,BF) I Jardine 5-9-8
P Hanagan
8 (14) 04652 BYRONEGETONEFREE 41 (CD) W S Coltherd 6-9-7 J Hart
9 (6) 30502 JAN SMUTS 10 (T,P,CD) W Storey 9-9-7 C Murtagh (7)
10(10) 4-625 ANGEL IN THE SNOW 31 B Ellison 4-9-4 B Robinson (5)
P Aspell
11 (8) 60/03 FERNGROVE 21 (H,T) S Corbett 6-9-2
12 (3) 06061 SHINE BABY SHINE 11 (D) P Kirby 3-8-12 P P Mathers
Joe Doyle
13 (2) 5-260 SINGLE ESTATE 79 S Waugh 3-8-8
A Mullen
14 (9) 0400 SILK TRADER 99 (T) Mrs S Watt 3-8-4
7-4 Shine Baby Shine, 7-1 Byronegetonefree, Jan Smuts, Mcvicar, 8-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
4.40 (3m 3f 9yd hdle) 1, Zephyr (Mr
Chester Williams, 8-1); 2, Miss Mayfair
(16-1); 3, Aristocracy (Evens fav).
10 ran. Ol, 1Ol. N Williams.
5.10 (2m 3f 188yd hdle) 1, Boy In A
Bentley (H Reed, 10-11 fav); 2, Nemean
Lion (5-4); 3, Nailer (7-1). Sh hd, 7l.
N Mulholland.
Placepot: �7.60.
Quadpot: �.10.
Chelmsford
Going: standard
5.40 (6f) 1, Hikmaa (Adam Beschizza,
4-6 fav); 2, Gold Filigree (3-1);
3, Priscilla?s Dream (5-1). 8 ran. NR:
Speak In Colours. Ol, 2Kl. E F Vaughan.
6.10 (1m) 1, Sunbreak (J Fanning, 3-1);
2, Dream of Delphi (Evens fav); 3, Four
Fifty Three (8-1). 5 ran. 1Ol, 5l. M
Johnston.
6.40 (1m) 1, Fantasy Gladiator (L
Morris, 5-2 fav); 2, La Isla Bonita (3-1);
3, Break The Silence (3-1). 9 ran. Kl, Ol.
M Appleby.
7.10 (1m) 1, Bradfield Magic (Callum
Shepherd, 2-1 fav); 2, Touch The Clouds
(14-1); 3, Belgravian (10-3). 9 ran. Hd,
1Nl. C Hills.
7.40 (1m 2f) 1, Ourmullion (Josephine
Gordon, 20-1); 2, Ice Dancing (9-2
jt-fav); 3, Jufn (5-1). 13 ran. Ol, ns.
J R Best.
8.10 (1m 6f) 1, Chocolate Box (L Morris,
5-1); 2, Renfrew Street (8-1); 3, New
World Power (Japan) (7-1). 10 ran. Nk,
13l. L M Cumani.
8.40 (6f) 1, Newstead Abbey (T Eaves,
5-4 fav); 2, Nellie?s Dancer (12-1);
3, Dream Start (7-1). 12 ran.
NR: Billyoakes, Roys Dream. ns, 2l.
M Herrington.
9.10 (1m 2f) 1, Airway (George Wood, 74); 2, Ennjaaz (10-11 fav); 3, Munthany
(4-1). 8 ran. Ol, 7l. J R Fanshawe.
Placepot: �.30.
Quadpot: �.90.
13 (7) 5325U PADLEYOUROWNCANOE 11 (B,BF) D M Loughnane 3-8-12
L Morris
F Norton
14 (4) 60-0 QUIET WEEKEND 34 (T) J Bethell 3-8-4
9-2 Tred Softly, 6-1 Carthage, Good Time Ahead, Spirit Of The Vale, 8-1
Metronomic, 10-1 Major Rowan, Surround Sound, 12-1 others.
4.35
Handicap (�235: 7f 14y) (14)
C Hardie
(9) 42006 GREY DESTINY 11 (D) A Brittain 7-9-9
(11) 22100 ISNTSHESOMETHING 8 (V,D) Richard Guest 5-9-7F Norton
B Robinson (5)
(6) 50020 STEEL HELMET 41 B Ellison 3-9-6
S A Gray
(7) -6600 MR COCO BEAN 57 (H) Mrs A Duffield 3-9-6
P Makin
(10) 406 EXCELLENT STORY 34 John Davies 3-9-6
L Morris
(1) 04530 TANGO SKY 24 (D,BF) P Midgley 8-9-5
Josh Doyle (3)
(4) 6-200 VECHEKA 24 (E,T) K Johnson 6-9-4
(12) 1-100 GREAT COLACI 22 (CD) Gillian Boanas 4-9-4 P P Mathers
(5) 00000 BROUGHTONS FANCY 11 (D) Mrs K Tutty 4-9-3
Kevin Stott
P Aspell
10 (8) 05204 DARVIE 20 T D Barron 3-9-2
11(13) 42325 MASQUERADE BLING 22 (P) D M Loughnane 3-9-2
A Mullen
12(14) 005 SIMMO'S PARTYTRICK 60 G Harker 4-9-2 Sam James
13 (2) 33435 REGAL DECREE 13 (B) Jedd O'Keeffe 3-9-0
A McNamara (3)
J Quinn
14 (3) 62060 KELPIE SPIRIT 42 J Weymes 3-8-10
4-1 Darvie, 5-1 Great Colaci, 6-1 Steel Helmet, 7-1 Isntshesomething, 10-1
Masquerade Bling, Regal Decree, 12-1 Grey Destiny, 14-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
5.10
Handicap (�235: 7f 14y) (14)
1 (14) 62036 ROSE ECLAIR 18 (P,BF) T Easterby 4-9-10
2 (13) 45145 MR POTTER 165 (H,E,CD) Richard Guest 4-9-8
C Hardie
F Norton
P Aspell
3 (4) 2553- DREAM REVIVAL 487 P Collins 4-9-7
4 (6) 25655 WINDFORPOWER 9 (P,C) Miss T Waggott 7-9-7 B McHugh
A McNamara (3)
5 (5) 4-454 PEPYS 35 B Smart 3-9-6
P Makin
6 (11) 00500 JACOB BLACK 29 (T,V) K Johnson 6-9-6
Kevin Stott
7 (8) 000 FIKHAAR 21 K A Ryan 3-9-5
A Mullen
8 (9) 52423 JACK BLANE 8 (P,D) K Dalgleish 3-9-4
9 (3) 24404 COOL STRUTTER 21 (CD) Mrs K Tutty 5-9-4 Sam James
10 (2) 30546 BROCTUNE PAPA GIO 13 (P,D) Gillian Boanas 10-9-3
P P Mathers
11 (1) 45315 STATE RESIDENCE 9 (T,V,BF) D O'Meara 3-9-3
Josh Doyle (3)
S A Gray
12(10) 00000 BABY HELMET 47 Mrs K Tutty 3-9-2
Doubtful
13(12) 64500 ATRAFAN 13 (P) Alan Brown 3-8-12
P Hanagan
14 (7) 66066 PENY ARCADE 21 (CD) A Whillans 3-8-11
9-2 Jack Blane, State Residence, 6-1 Pepys, 7-1 Mr Potter, 8-1 Cool Strutter,
10-1 Fikhaar, Windforpower, 12-1 Rose Eclair, 14-1 others.
5.40
Maiden Stakes
(�911: 5f) (9)
4 KAYLEN'S MISCHIEF 11 P Kirby 4-9-6
P Aspell
1 (7)
R Harris (7)
2 (8) 30432 ANGEL PALANAS 26 (P) K Burke 3-9-5
L Morris
3 (9) 02630 CANADIAN ROYAL 9 (T) S C Williams 3-9-5
B Robinson (5)
4 (1) -5000 SEEBRING 22 B Ellison 3-9-5
40 SWING TIME 20 E Alston 3-9-5
B McHugh
5 (4)
0 EUREKA SPRINGS 43 Mrs L Williamson 4-9-1 A Mullen
6 (3)
6 HIGH ANXIETY 95 J Weymes 3-9-0
J Quinn
7 (5)
0 LADY OF THE LAMP 20 Rae Guest 3-9-0
F Norton
8 (6)
P Makin
9 (2) 202 NUNS WALK 9 (BF) T Easterby 3-9-0
7-4 Nuns Walk, 3-1 Lady Of The Lamp, 4-1 Canadian Royal, 9-2 others.
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Friday September 8 2017 | the times
Sport Rugby union
MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/GETTY
New Zealand
ditch kicks in
pursuit of the
perfect game
Stuart Barnes says that
radical changes have
been made with
one eye on the
World Cup
The race for Tokyo has started. At least,
it has in New Zealand. The final whistle,
in what was a disappointing British &
Irish Lions series from an All Black perspective, brought a revision to a game
plan that has served Kiwi rugby so well
for so long. Yet what has been a radical
tactical shift seems to have been overlooked by the rest of the world. We are
all picking up the ?little? details and
missing not so much a variation as a
rewriting of the All Black playbook.
New Zealand take on Argentina
tomorrow in New Plymouth, Taranaki,
the Barrett brothers? part of the country. For all the speed and try-scoring
antics of Beauden, the fly half, it has
been Aaron Smith, his half-back partner, who holds the key to understanding the team?s flirtation with a revolutionary approach to Test-match rugby.
I watched New Zealand?s two wins
over Australia last month and
marvelled at some majestic play, while
other parts were utterly mediocre. I
wrote a match report mocking the
piano-shifting hands of Sonny Bill
Williams, but there was something else,
something I could not immediately put
my finger on.
It emanated from Smith, the scrum
half, who is rested tomorrow. It was not
so much what the little genius was doing as what he was not, namely kicking.
Statistics are not a first port of call for
me. They can oversimplify the reading
of a game ? trust more in your sense of
the sport. My senses told me there was
much more to New Zealand than a
willingness to run the ball from deep
against Australia ? hence those early
Williams errors at centre. Damned if I
could remember Smith box-kicking
once. Here was one of the world?s cutest
kickers, ignoring a highly honed skill
that has long been an essential part of
the All Black attacking armoury.
Checking the facts twice, they were,
as suspected, barely believable. Not
when you know the effectiveness of the
ploy. Not once in either game against
Australia did Smith kick the ball, not
once. One set of statistics showed he
box-kicked 20 times in three Tests
against the Lions. Another source said
16, which is a good reason not to trust
statistics, but it is clear enough. New
Zealand have kick-started their twoyear drive towards Tokyo without utilising one of their deadliest weapons.
Knockers of New Zealand say that
the All Blacks kick the ball as much, if
not more, than any other team. A
reminder that they mix pragmatism
with the pretty stuff. Two games into
the 2017 Rugby Championship and the
pretty stuff overflows, but the pragmatism? That?s got the local papers
bemoaning the lack of kicking. Even
the cheerleading element of the local
press can see the style is not working as
smoothly as they would like.
A reversion to the box-kick rather
than fumbling hands in midfield is the
sensible way to eradicate errors. But
New Zealand are not playing with eyes
only on Argentina, Australia and South
Africa. Their sights are set on the Far
East. The double world champions are
in pursuit of a treble. Mistakes made
along the way will be forgotten. Teams
who take their games to the edges, lose
when they should win. It happened
with the outstanding England teams in
the years before 2003. They pushed the
limits of what was regarded as possible.
This is where New Zealand are ?
admittedly, more advanced than
England in 2001. We have marvelled at
the kick-and-chase game. It has been a
vital part of the machine. Smith?s kicks
All Blacks told
to clean up act
after scandals
Alex Lowe
Deputy Rugby Correspondent
Pros and cons: the All Blacks, led by Kieran Read, above, conceded 63 points in
their two wins over Australia last month, nine more than in the three Lions Tests
are generally a 50-50 opportunity to
regain possession. Do that and they are
halfway up the field against a retreating
defence. Many tries have been scored
from these box-kicked beginnings.
Why experiment with a box-kick free
game? Because of those 50-50 odds.
Steve Hansen?s team have stopped
worrying about territory and focused
on possession. The grand game is built
around trying to keep the ball the whole
time, regardless of field position. In
time they will create openings. Such is
the theory. Against the Lions, we could
see the genesis of this thinking. Plenty
of New Zealand ?errors? stemmed as
much from the constant pressure they
place upon themselves as the quality of
the opposing defence. Their rivals
would do well to recognise that.
Juan Manuel Leguizam髇, the
Argentina flanker, said this week, ?We
know we must play a perfect game to
have a chance?. Ironically, it is New Zealand who are chasing perfection. Their
vaunting ambition is bringing them
tries, but they are conceding more than
they would like. New Zealand are, by
stretching theory to the limits, finding
breaking points in their own defence.
If the World Cup is the overriding
objective, now is the time to adopt a
high-risk approach. Hansen?s team are
trying to take their game to the limits,
where there is always that breaking
point. The trick is to play as near to it as
possible and understand when to
retreat. New Zealand have a new-look
team for tomorrow, but it is vision, not
the players, driving them on to Tokyo.
New Zealand Rugby has been ordered
to clean up its act after the publication
of an independent review uncovered
issues with alcohol, sexism and a
sense of entitlement among players.
The country?s governing body commissioned a ?respect and responsibility
review? in November after a number of
off-field incidents, which included
Aaron Smith?s tryst with a woman in a
disabled toilet at Christchurch airport.
Players from Chiefs, the Super
Rugby franchise, were reprimanded
after a stripper claimed that she was
touched inappropriately at an end-ofseason function and the New Zealand
rugby union was criticised for the way it
handled an assault case against Losi
Filipo, who played for Wellington.
The panel investigated 36 cases of
misconduct over the past four years ?
33 involving individual players, two
involving a team and one involving a
club. Alcohol and drug use were
found to be factors in more than half
of the cases. The misconduct incidents
included violent behaviour towards
team-mates and coaches and a
homophobic slur that was overheard by
the public and complained about.
The report said that incidents ?prior
to and in 2016 began to undermine
rugby?s place? in New Zealand society
and ?no longer reflected contemporary
values and expected behaviours?.
The panel, which included former All
Blacks Sir Michael Jones and Keven
Mealamu, made more than 100 recommendations, with six key changes to be
implemented over the next two years.
Steve Tew, the chief executive of
New Zealand Rugby, admitted urgent
action was required to repair New
Zealand?s damaged reputation.
Kathryn Beck, the president of the
New Zealand Law Society, led the
review and said that there was ?more
good stuff than bad stuff going on?.
But the All Blacks, who like to hold
themselves to high standards of discipline and have a famed ?no dickheads
policy? have found themselves dealing
with further scandal in the past month.
The publication of private messages
between Smith and the woman he met
at Christchurch airport suggested he
had lied to Steve Hansen, the All Blacks
coach, about what had happened. Later
that week, Jerome Kaino left the squad
after claims that he had had an affair.
Hansen said: ?There?s a great
opportunity for rugby to take an
initiative to help change things in
society that aren?t right.?
Scoreboards and results
Cricket
Specsavers County Championship
First division
Hampshire v Surrey
Ageas Bowl (third day of four): Surrey, with six
second-innings wickets in hand, are 45 runs
ahead of Hampshire
Surrey: First Innings 200 (R Patel 81; L A
Dawson 4 for 22)
Second Innings
R J Burns lbw b Weatherley
63
R Patel c Ervine b Dawson
20
S G Borthwick c Alsop b Dawson
1
J J Roy b Abbott
1
?B T Foakes not out
33
O J D Pope not out
11
Extras (b 2, nb 4)
6
Total (4 wkts, 56 overs)
135
Fall of wickets: 1-44, 2-48, 3-51, 4-122.
Bowling: Edwards 8-1-33-0; Abbott 7-2-34-1;
Holland 5-2-8-0; Berg 6-1-13-0; Dawson
20-7-24-2; Weatherley 10-3-21-1.
Hampshire: First Innings (overnight 129-7)
I G Holland b Meaker
51
G K Berg c Foakes b Dernbach
80
K J Abbott not out
37
F H Edwards b Curran
20
Extras (b 4, lb 5, w 2, nb 6)
17
Total (88.5 overs)
290
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-14, 3-20, 4-31, 5-31, 6-60,
7-129, 8-170, 9-263.
Bowling: T M Curran 19.5-4-69-4; Dernbach
19-6-51-3; Clarke 15-4-50-1; Meaker 13-3-33-1;
Patel 10-0-33-0; Batty 12-2-45-1.
Umpires: M Burns and D J Millns.
Lancashire v Essex
Emirates Old Trafford (third day of four): Essex,
with six first-innings wickets in hand, are 175
behind Lancashire
Lancashire: First Innings (overnight 222-8)
H Hameed lbw b Porter
88
T E Bailey not out
34
K M Jarvis b Harmer
26
Extras (b 7, lb 6, nb 2)
15
Total (95.2 overs)
290
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-9, 3-22, 4-46, 5-65, 6-92,
7-145, 8-222, 9-233.
Bowling: Porter 24-2-73-5; Cook 26-8-59-2;
Harmer 23.2-3-81-2; Walter 12-4-28-1; Bopara
8-1-29-0; Zaidi 2-0-7-0.
Essex: First Innings
*V Chopra lbw b Bailey
40
N L J Browne b McLaren
6
D W Lawrence c Vilas b McLaren
12
R S Bopara c Livingstone b Parry
34
A J A Wheater not out
15
Extras (b 4, lb 3, w 1)
8
Total (4 wkts, 48 overs)
115
S A A Zaidi, ?J S Foster, P I Walter, S R Harmer,
S Cook and J A Porter to bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-23, 3-81, 4-115.
Bowling: McLaren 13-6-21-2; Bailey 14-4-35-1;
Jarvis 8-4-18-0; Clark 7-0-23-0; Livingstone
3-1-5-0; Parry 3-0-6-1.
Umpires: S J O?Shaughnessy and A G Wharf.
Warwickshire v Somerset
Yorkshire v Middlesex
Edgbaston (third day of four): Warwickshire,
with four second-innings wickets in hand, are
229 runs behind Somerset
Somerset: First Innings 282 (T B Abell 82;
S Singh 5 for 72, J S Patel 4 for 90)
Second Innings (overnight 75-2)
M E Trescothick not out
119
J C Hildreth c Umeed b Lamb
68
*T B Abell b Sidebottom
51
Extras (b 14, lb 5, nb 4)
23
Total (4 wkts dec, 63 overs)
265
Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-17, 3-165, 4-265.
Bowling: Sidebottom 16-3-69-3; Patel 24-2-81-0;
Wright 9-0-37-0; Singh 9-1-40-0; Lamb 5-0-19-1.
Warwickshire: First Innings 146 (K H D Barker
52; M J Leach 5 for 50, C Overton 4 for 33)
Second Innings
A R I Umeed c Hildreth b Groenewald
12
D P Sibley c Davies b Groenewald
6
*I J L Trott lbw b Bess
74
I R Bell b Leach
24
M Lamb c Davies b Groenewald
23
?T R Ambrose not out
17
K H D Barker lbw b Bess
0
J S Patel not out
8
Extras (b 8)
8
Total (6 wkts, 65 overs)
172
Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-21, 3-51, 4-117, 5-163,
6-163.
Bowling: C Overton 10-3-32-0; Leach 23-8-42-1;
Groenewald 11-3-34-3; Trego 2-1-4-0; Bess
19-6-52-2.
Umpires: R J Bailey and P J Hartley.
Headingley (third day of four): Middlesex, with
seven first-innings wickets in hand, are 250
runs behind Yorkshire
Yorkshire: First Innings (overnight 317-7)
T T Bresnan c Stirling b Harris
L E Plunkett lbw b Murtagh
B O Coad c Robson b Murtagh
R J Sidebottom not out
Extras (b 5, lb 9, nb 10)
Total (111.2 overs)
44
34
10
9
24
358
Nottinghamshire: First Innings 193 (E G Barnard 4 for 71)
Second Innings (overnight 138-5)
J D Libby b Barnard
B A Hutton lbw b Leach
B R M Taylor c Cox b Leach
*?C M W Read lbw b Barnard
J T Ball not out
H F Gurney c Cox b Barnard
Extras (lb 9nb 4)
Total (76.4 overs)
44
32
19
38
34
5
13
275
Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-79, 3-100, 4-116, 5-230,
6-270, 7-270, 8-318, 9-336.
Bowling: Murtagh 29-6-77-4; Finn 22-4-75-2; Harris 28.2-11-77-2; Franklin 14-3-46-2; Rayner 11-238-0; Voges 6-0-26-0; Stirling 1-0-5-0.
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-16, 3-25, 4-43, 5-135,
6-145, 7-186, 8-209, 9-265.
Bowling: Leach 19-2-69-5; Tongue 20-2-65-2; Barnard
21.4-1-78-3; Ashwin 12-3-47-0; Shantry 4-1-7-0.
S D Robson c Hodd b Sidebottom
N R D Compton b Sidebottom
S S Eskinazi c Leaning b Sidebottom
A C Voges not out
P R Stirling not out
Extras (lb 4, w 1)
D K H Mitchell not out
G H Rhodes b Hutton
T C Fell b Mullaney
J M Clarke not out
Extras (b 6, lb 1, nb 2)
Middlesex: First Innings
Total (3 wkts, 32 overs)
47
42
5
5
4
5
108
?J A Simpson, *J E C Franklin, O P Rayner,
J A R Harris, S T Finn and T J Murtagh to bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-73, 2-83, 3-104.
Bowling: Sidebottom 14-1-49-3; Coad 9-2-27-0;
Plunkett 7-2-24-0; Bresnan 2-1-4-0.
Umpires: R K Illingworth and J W Lloyds.
Second division
Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire
Trent Bridge (third day of four): Worcestershire, with eight second-innings wickets in
hand, are 102 runs behind Nottinghamshire
Worcestershire: First Innings 243 (E G Barnard
55; S J Mullaney 4 for 31)
Second Innings
Total (2 wkts, 42.5 overs)
63
21
30
0
9
123
Fall of wickets: 1-57, 2-123.
Bowling: Ball 10-0-34-0; Hutton 15-5-32-1; Patel
4-2-2-0; Mullaney 5.5-1-21-1; Gurney 8-1-27-0.
Umpires: M J Saggers and N G B Cook.
Northamptonshire v Sussex
Northampton (third day of four): Sussex, with
one second-innings wicket in hand, are 128
ahead of Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire: First Innings 426 (B M Duckett 193, L A Procter 57; O E Robinson 4 for 81)
Sussex: First Innings 172 (RK Kleinveldt 5 for 50)
Second Innings
A J Robson c Levi b Kerrigan
S van Zyl c Murphy b Gleeson
C D Nash b Azharullah
L J Wright b Kleinveldt
*?B C Brown lbw b Kleinveldt
C J Jordan lbw b Kerrigan
O E Robinson lbw b Gleeson
J C Archer not out
D Wiese lbw b Procter
D R Briggs not out
Extras (b 6, lb 15, w 4, nb 4)
72
35
66
10
0
1
20
74
61
3
29
Total (9 wkts, 101.2 overs)
382
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-89, 3-173, 4-186, 5-186,
6-193, 7-221, 8-246, 9-373.
Bowling: Kleinveldt 19-5-48-3; Azharullah 16-254-1; Kerrigan 29-5-118-2; Cobb 1-0-3-0; Procter
14.2-1-64-1; Gleeson 22-2-74-2.
Umpires: I D Blackwell and R A Kettleborough.
Durham v Kent
Emirates Durham (third day of four): Durham,
with eight second-innings wickets in hand, are
156 runs ahead of Kent
Durham: First Innings 217 (M A Wood 72 not
out, W J Weighell 55; M E Claydon 5 for 54,
A F Milne 4 for 68)
Second Innings (overnight 57-2)
T W M Latham not out
G Clark not out
Extras (b 10, lb 5, nb 4)
Total (2 wkts, 51 overs)
64
49
19
145
Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-39.
Bowling: Milne 14-4-34-0; Stevens 10-2-27-0;
Haggett 16-7-35-2; Claydon 11-2-34-0.
Kent: First Innings 206 (S A Northeast 110;
G Onions 6 for 62)
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Sport
Matt Dickinson
Sports Columnist of the Year
Qatar charm offensive
feels like awful joke
I
n London next week, they are hoping to
bring together politicians, businessmen,
exiles and pretty much anyone who has
serious issues with the Qatari ruling
regime. Does London have a conference
room large enough?
The agenda cannot be short, so where to
start? Presumably with the political and
economic blockade of the tiny emirate by Egypt
and neighbours including Saudi Arabia and the
UAE, purportedly over alleged funding of
terrorism and ties with Iran.
There will be excitable talk of how the
country?s isolation might yet destabilise the
ruling monarchy, though if that is the ultimate
intention of the boycott, it has yet to show signs
of working.
The depths of cracks in the Middle East,
ancient tensions and present deadlock, will
dominate but eventually the conversation will
take a sporting edge. There will be discussion of
reports last month that Nicolas Sarkozy, the
former president of France, has been dragged
into a criminal investigation into Qatar?s
successful bid for the 2022 World Cup. Sarkozy?s
lawyer, Thierry Herzog, has denied any
wrongdoing by his client.
According to the Daily Telegraph, French
investigators are looking into whether Sarkozy
received money from Qatari investments into
France negotiated about the time of the bid,
which included the Gulf nation?s takeover of
Paris Saint-Germain.
Qatar denies any wrongdoing, but the
conference will discuss the billions poured into
the World Cup and refresh the question ?
seven years old but still hanging accusingly in
the air ? of why anyone capable of rational
thought would have voted to put sport?s greatest
festival in a desert.
On it goes, this mind-blowing folly, with
gleaming new football stadiums that will have a
useful life for three or four matches, built on the
toil, and blood, of migrant workers. Qatar insists
that it has made significant improvements to the
working conditions that have been attacked as
modern-day slavery in which an estimated 1,800
labourers died in three years.
But with eight new venues still being built by
2022, as well as vast infrastructure under strict
deadlines, human rights groups continue to
protest that migrant workers in particular
remain vulnerable to dreadful conditions and
abuse.
In these circumstances, the signings of
a couple of footballers in Neymar and
Kylian Mbapp�, and Uefa?s
announcement of an investigation
into PSG?s compliance with
Financial Fair Play Regulations
(FFP), might seem small fry.
But according to Khalid al-Hail, a
leading voice of opposition to the ruling
monarchy, who is one of those pulling together
the Qatar Global Security & Stability
conference, the staggering purchases of Neymar
and Mbapp� will undoubtedly feature.
Such attempts to polish Qatar?s image, to
pretend that life carries on as normal are, he
explains, key to understanding how the ruling
regime is constructing a misleading veneer.
?They try to show the world everything is
fine. It?s not fine. We have a crisis,? al-Hail says.
?The World Cup, buying Neymar, it?s an attempt
at distraction but it isn?t working. It?s a story for
one day but the real problems don?t go away.?
His take, delivered with the emotion of a man
who fears to return to his own country, is that
the investments in sport ? the soft-power play
? is not working either to help Qataris or in its
ambition of winning our hearts and minds.
Matthew Syed has written on these pages
about Arab states going beyond the usual
strategic and economic relationships ? helping
to fund a major military United States presence
at the al-Udeid airbase in Qatar, for example ?
and investing in high-profile cultural properties
to gain influence. And, of course, few things
carry more heft or headlines in western life than
football.
We could talk about Qatar?s dubious human
rights, and medieval laws on sex outside
marriage, but, what?s that? They have signed
Mbapp� to play alongside Neymar? Brilliant!
More fool all of us if we allow ourselves, and
our politicians, to fall for this narrative. Al-Hail
is sure that the manipulation of us, and systems
around us, is backfiring. ?The word ?Qatar? is
being attached to corruption all around the
world,? he argues.
But there appears no resisting the flow of
Qatari money into football any more than into
the London property market through Harrods,
the Shard, and hotels such as the Connaught
Qatar-backed
PSG spent
�9 million to
sign Neymar
from Barcelona
and Claridge?s. FFP rules were designed to stop
those with limitless funds single-handedly
inflating and distorting the market, and yet, as
Jos� Mourinho told The Times this week:
?Neymar changed everything.? That
world-record purchase of the Brazil forward by
PSG from Barcelona for �9 million more than
doubled the previous highest fee, and
�6 million for Mbapp� is even more
provocative to Uefa given that taking the striker
on loan from Monaco for a season appears a
flagrant breach of the spirit, the very point of
FFP.
PSG?s Qatari owners are prepared to risk
that Uefa is more bark than bite, while
seeking to bask in Champions League
contention and positive publicity from
combining these two stars.
What Qataris back home make of state
wealth being spent on overpriced
footballers is, of course, hard to gauge.
Al-Hail insists that his countrymen are
increasingly vexed by a policy that has
no tangible rewards. ?The emir lives in a
bubble and does not understand . . .
Qataris are not football fans,? he says.
To reports that locals have become
more defensive of their country and their emir
due to the blockade, the exiled businessman and
speaker for the Qatari opposition insists that it
is propaganda.
?You don?t see much opposition locally for the
simple reason that there are very restrictive
laws,? he argues, citing his own experience of
being detained by Qatar intelligence forces in
2014 for, he says, criticising the economic
system. He fled the country illegally and says
that he has ?genuine fear of persecution? if he
were to return.
He has recruited Daniel Kawczynski, MP, a
member of the foreign affairs committee, to help
add clout, but for all the legitimacy of important
questions about broken promises, such as a
parliament that has never materialised, it is hard
to see what can be accomplished apart from
debate.
Even if the blockade were to bite, according to
most Middle East experts there is no credible
replacement for the emir, Tamim bin Hamad
al-Thani. Al-Hail thinks that problems will
grow, internal debate strengthen and the World
Cup be averted but, on that last point, it seems
too late for that even though the madness of it
never diminishes, only grows.
This week we had the sight of a hapless Qatar
team losing their final 2018 World Cup qualifier
to China in an empty ground to finish bottom of
their group, with two wins and three coaches in
ten games. Qatar will become the first country
since 1934 to stage the World Cup without ever
playing in the finals. And to think the 2022
hosts will be seeded.
Compared with everything else on the
agenda next week, that is a very trivial matter.
But almost seven years after that jaw-dropping
moment when Sepp Blatter pulled Qatar?s name
out of an envelope, the avowed intention of the
emirate to use sport to win friends, to cultivate a
new image of a modern, open state, still feels
like an appallingly bad joke.
Fixtures
Derbyshire v Glamorgan
Derby (third day of four): Derbyshire, with one
first-innings wicket in hand, have scored 236
runs against Glamorgan
Derbyshire: First Innings
B T Slater lbw b Carey
L M Reece b De Lange
*B A Godleman c Cooke b Meschede
W L Madsen c Carlson b De Lange
A L Hughes c Cooke b Carey
?G C Wilson lbw b Carey
M J J Critchley not out
H W Podmore b Hogan
G C Viljoen lbw b Meschede
Imran Tahir b Hogan
W S Davis not out
Extras (b 1, lb 4, nb 6)
Total (9 wkts, 72 overs)
17
53
10
20
44
45
24
8
0
4
0
11
236
Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-54, 3-100, 4-109, 5-187,
6-208, 7-228, 8-229, 9-236.
Bowling: De Lange 17-4-78-2; Carey 17-2-49-3;
Meschede 17-2-60-2; Hogan 19-7-31-2; Salter
2-0-13-0.
Glamorgan: N J Selman, J A Rudolph, J R Murphy, C
A Ingram, K S Carlson, ?C B Cooke, C A J Meschede,
A G Salter, M de Lange, *M G Hogan, L J Carey.
Umpires: G D Lloyd and B V Taylor.
Leicestershire v Gloucestershire
Leicester (third day of four): Leicestershire,
with three second-innings wickets in hand, are
eight runs ahead of Gloucestershire
Leicestershire: First Innings 222 (M J Cosgrove
92; J Shaw 4 for 54)
Second Innings
M A Carberry c Bancroft b Norwell
8
H E Dearden c Dent b Norwell
C N Ackermann lbw b Norwell
*M J Cosgrove c Roderick b Norwell
E J H Eckersley b Noema-Barnett
N J Dexter b Norwell
?L J Hill not out
B A Raine b M D Taylor
M W Pillans not out
Extras (b 4, nb 4)
Total (7 wkts, 46 overs)
17
13
68
30
0
8
2
0
8
154
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-40, 3-51, 4-130, 5-135,
6-140, 7-152.
Bowling: Norwell 15-4-37-5; M D Taylor 9-1-34-1;
Shaw 9-0-54-0; Noema-Barnett 13-4-25-1.
Gloucestershire: First Innings (overnight 218-3)
J R Bracey run out
G T Hankins b Klein
*P Mustard b Pillans
J M R Taylor b Klein
K Noema-Barnett b Pillans
J Shaw lbw b Raine
L C Norwell not out
M D Taylor c Klein b Raine
Extras (b 8, lb 12, w 5, nb 12)
Total (93.1 overs)
63
22
26
36
3
6
16
3
37
368
Fall of wickets: 1-96, 2-149, 3-194, 4-227, 5-301,
6-315, 7-318, 8-341, 9-355.
Bowling: Klein 20-2-89-2; McKay 18-6-39-0; Raine
25.1-4-92-3; Dexter 13-4-53-2; Pillans 14-2-63-2;
Dearden 1-0-2-0; Ackermann 2-0-10-0.
Umpires: N G C Cowley and J H Evans.
Second Test: Bangladesh v Australia
Chittagong (fourth day of five): Australia beat
Bangladesh by seven wicketrs
Bangladesh: First Innings 305 (Mushfiqur
Rahim 68, Sabbir Rahman 66; N M Lyon 7 for 94)
Second Innings
Tamim Iqbal st Wade b Lyon
Soumya Sarkar c Renshaw b Cummins
Imrul Kayes c Maxwell b Lyon
Nassir Hossain c Smith b O?Keefe
Shakib Al Hasan c Warner b Lyon
*?Mushfiqur Rahim c Wade b Cummins
Sabbir Rahman st Wade b Lyon
Mominul Haque c Cummins b Lyon
Mehidi Hasan not out
Taijul Islam b Lyon
Mustafizur Rahman b O?Keefe
Extras (b 12)
Total (71.2 overs)
12
9
15
5
2
31
24
29
14
4
0
12
157
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-32, 3-37, 4-39, 5-43, 6-97,
7-129, 8-149, 9-156.
Bowling: Cummins 11-3-27-2; Lyon 33-11-60-6;
O?Keefe 22.2-6-49-2; Agar 5-1-9-0.
Australia: First Innings (overnight 377-9)
S N J O?Keefe not out
N M Lyon c Kayes b Mustafizur
Extras (b 8, lb 3, w 1)
Total (119.5 overs)
8
0
12
377
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-98, 3-250, 4-298, 5-321,
6-342, 7-346, 8-364, 9-376.
Bowling: Mehedi 38-6-93-3; Mustafizur 20.5-284-4; Shakib 31-3-82-1; Taijul 21-1-78-1; Nasir
6-2-14-0; Mominul 2-0-6-0; Sabbir 1-0-9-0.
Second Innings
M T Renshaw c Mushfiqur b Shakib
D A Warner c Soumya b Mustafizur
*S P D Smith c Mushfiqur b Taijul
P S P Handscomb not out
G J Maxwell not out
22
8
16
16
25
Total (3 wkts, 15.3 overs)
87
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-44, 3-48.
Bowling: Mustafizur 5-1-16-1; Shakib 6-1-35-1;
Taijul 4-0-26-1; Nasir 0.3-0-10-0.
Umpires: I J Gould (Eng) and N J Llong (Eng).
6 Two-match series drawn 1-1.
Cycling
Tour of Britain
Fifth stage: 1, L Boom (Neth, Lotto) 19min 2sec;
2, V Campenaerts (Bel, Lotto) 6sec behind. Leading overall positions: 1, Boom 17hr 57min 25sec;
2, Campenaerts 8sec behind.
Vuelta a Espa馻
Stage 18: 1, S Armee (Bel, Lotto) 4hr 9min 39sec;
2, A Lutsenko (Kaz, Astana) 31sec behind. Leading
overall positions: 1, C Froome (GB, Sky) 72hr 3min
50sec; 2, V Nibali (It, Bahrain Merida) 1min 37sec.
Rugby league
Betfred Super League Super 8s: Wakefield 16
St Helens 18.
How they stand
P W D L
F
A Pts
Castleford
27 23 0 4 873 444 46
Leeds
27 18 0 9 645 571 36
Hull
27 15 1 11 625 591 31
Wakefield
28 15 0 13 695 629 30
St Helens
28 14 1 13 593 498 29
Wigan
27 13 3 11 641 576 29
Salford
27 13 0 14 622 640 26
Huddersfield 27 11 3 13 621 552 25
Football
Sky Bet Championship: Derby v Hull (7.45).
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Hamilton v
Celtic (7.45).
Cricket
Third Investec Test (11.0): Second day of five:
Lord?s: England v West Indies.
Specsavers County Championship: Final day of
four (11.0): First division: Ageas Bowl:
Hampshire v Surrey. Emirates Old Trafford:
Lancashire v Essex. Edgbaston: Warwickshire v
Somerset. Headingley: Yorkshire v Middlesex.
Second division: Derby: Derbyshire v
Glamorgan. Emirates Durham: Durham v Kent.
Leicester: Leicestershire v Gloucestershire.
Northampton: Northamptonshire v Sussex.
Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire.
Rugby league
Betfred Super League Super 8s (8.0): Castleford
v Leeds; Hull v Wigan.
Rugby union
Aviva Premiership: Sale v Newcastle (7.45).
Guinness Pro14: Edinburgh v Dragons (7.35);
Leinster v Cardiff Blues (7.35).
Birmingham nears
Commonwealth bid
Birmingham moved towards
being England?s bid for the
2022 Commonwealth Games
after it was chosen ahead of
Liverpool, but it must convince
the government to underwrite
the cost (Martyn Ziegler
writes). About �0 million in
public money will be needed
and if ministers approve the
bid, Birmingham will compete
with Kuala Lumpur to be the
host. Three-quarters of the
public money will come from
the Treasury and the rest from
local councils. Tracey Crouch,
the sports minister, said: ?The
government need to be
satisfied that the bid offers
value for money and a strong
economic and sporting legacy.?
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Sport Football
Wenger to lay down
the law after shock
of Liverpool defeat
exclusive
Counting the air miles
Matt Hughes
Deputy Football Correspondent
The 20 Premier League clubs in
order of distance travelled by their
players in the international break
Ars鑞e Wenger will finally tell his
Arsenal players today that their
performance in the humiliating defeat
by Liverpool before the international
break was unacceptable.
The Arsenal manager has not had
the opportunity to speak to his squad
since their 4-0 defeat at Anfield 12 days
ago. Wenger said little to his players in
the immediate aftermath of the match,
as is normal for him after any loss,
but he will make it clear that their
performance was not good enough.
After making his point, the
Frenchman wants to draw a line under
the Liverpool debacle by urging his
players to kick-start Arsenal?s season
during a busy September. Bournemouth visit the Emirates Stadium
tomorrow before a home tie against
Cologne on Thursday in the Europa
League and a Premier League match
away to Chelsea next Sunday.
Three of Arsenal?s four Premier
League games before the international
break next month are at home, so
Wenger will stress the immediate
opportunity they have to recover from
a poor start to the season in which they
have lost two of three league games.
Alexis S醤chez returned to the club
yesterday after being denied a
deadline-day transfer to Manchester
City, but trained alone because of his
late return from South America. The
Chilean is likely to be involved against
Bournemouth despite his disenchantment at having to stay. Wenger plans to
make a late decision on his team selection, which will be heavily dependent
on S醤chez?s physical condition.
The Arsenal manager is confident
that S醤chez?s mental strength can
help him to put his failed move to City
behind him.
?I don?t know if he was disappointed
or not,? Wenger said. ?You tell me about
legends, that means they have a mental
strength that is beyond normal. You
cannot be at that level and be
disappointed and not play. If you love to
play football, you will play football.
?I have no doubt about Alexis?s mind
and mentality. People question and he
Man City (14 players) 106,117 miles
Most by: Bravo (Chile)
14,853
Leicester (11)
80,522
Okazaki (Japan)
15,147
Liverpool (16)
76,726
Firmino & Coutinho (Brazil) 12,794
Man Utd (16)
Romero (Argentina)
70,204
14,747
Burnley (10)
Wood (New Zealand)
Tottenham (13)
Son Heung-min (S Korea)
Arsenal (11)
S醤chez (Chile)
62,263
22,804
58,434
12,748
53,281
14,853
West Brom (10)
Rond髇 (Venezuela)
49,645
15,258
Chelsea (13)
Willian (Brazil)
48,143
12,794
Southampton (10)
Yoshida (Japan)
46,235
15,147
Watford (8)
Carrillo (Peru)
36,133
12,431
Newcastle (6)
Atsu (Ghana)
Stoke (8)
Cameron (US)
Bournemouth (4)
B Smith (Australia)
34,183
9,472
34,015
11,334
33,078
19,545
West Ham (8)
Kouyat� (Senegal)
30,595
7,265
Huddersfield (3)
29,019
Mooy (Australia)
19,545
Everton (7)
26,293
Gueye (Senegal)
7,265
Crystal Palace (6)
24,834
Schlupp (Ghana)
9,472
Brighton (3)
10,990
Duffy (Ireland)
5,684
Swansea (3)
8,403
Olsson & Nordfeldt (Sweden) 3,288
needs to come back to full fitness, not
what he was at Liverpool. It was his first
game. He had a negative experience
with Chile [who lost 3-0 to Paraguay
last week, leading to criticism of
S醤chez] and will be back quickly to his
best.?
S醤chez seems certain to leave at the
end of the season ? if City do not
return with a bid in January ? and
Mesut 謟il is another unlikely to sign a
new deal. Arsenal have conceded that
the � million sale of another out of
contract player, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, to Liverpool soon after the
clubs played each other was made as a
way of redressing the balance.
?We had to sell someone,? Wenger
said. ?We have both sides: we have
players we do not want to extend, and
we have players we wanted to extend,
where we could not find an agreement.
That means that every time you have to
quantify the loss of income. And you
decide, ?OK, we can do it for two or
three, but not for four or five.? ?
The Premier League voted to close
the transfer window before the start of
the season yesterday and Wenger said
that the situation had caused players to
be tapped up, sometimes hours before
games. ?Players have no clarity,? he
said. ?Are they tapped up in the
afternoon of the game by people who
want to get them out? You are not naive
enough to think that will not happen. I
don?t know if it happened before the
Liverpool game.
?He [Oxlade-Chamberlain] was not
worse than any other player on the
football pitch.?
Defeat by Bournemouth in the
league tomorrow would be the third in
a row for Arsenal, but Wenger shrugged
off early talk of a crisis. ?I never could
understand what a crisis is,? he said.
?For me every defeat is a crisis.?
Wenger also called for financial fair
play regulations to be scrapped, despite
previously supporting the measures.
?Financial fair play raises new
questions,? he said. ?I am not convinced
that we can maintain it. We have to
maintain the control of financial
management of the clubs. Football has
become the most powerful sport in the
world. Do we have to open the door
completely? To investments?
?Do I want to get rid of financial fair
play? I think so because there are too
many legal ways to get around it.
Nothing works when you create rules
that cannot be respected.?
Koeman ?very disappointed? by Rooney
Paul Joyce
Northern Football Correspondent
Wayne Rooney will face Tottenham
Hotspur tomorrow despite Ronald
Koeman admitting that he was ?very
disappointed? by the striker?s drinkdriving charge.
Koeman confirmed that Rooney
would lead Everton?s attack and that he
had told the 31-year-old to channel any
frustration fuelled by his latest indiscretion into his efforts on the pitch.
Rooney was stopped by police in the
early hours of the morning last Friday,
but while Koeman made his displeasure clear when he met the player on
Tuesday he has also offered his support.
?He will play this Saturday,? Koeman
said. ?If I see that Wayne is not
in a physical, or mental, condition to play then he won?t play.??
Koeman initially read
from a prepared statement,
saying: ?Obviously I am
very disappointed by this
situation
regarding
Rooney.
We
have
spoken on Tuesday and
the chairman, Bill
Kenwright, spoke also
to Wayne about this
situation. In line
with any disciplinaDespite the charge
Rooney will play
against Tottenham
ry matter this will be dealt with internally by the club at an appropriate time
and that is all I have to say about it.?
Rooney is due to appear
before Stockport magistrates
on September 18 and if found
guilty of driving while under
the influence of alcohol is
likely to face a club fine of
two weeks? wages.
Oumar Niasse, meanw
while,
has been brought
b
back
into the first-team
s
squad
after the failure to
b
bring in further striking
r
reinforcements.
The Senegal
f
forward?s
�million move to Cryst Palace collapsed on deadline
tal
day over a row about an agent?s fee.
Coutinho returns in style but Klopp
may not rush him back to face City
P
hilippe
Coutinho
impressed on
his return to
Liverpool
training yesterday but
J黵gen Klopp said that
he may not name the
forward in his side to
face Manchester City
tomorrow (Paul Joyce
writes).
Coutinho met Klopp
yesterday morning for
the first time since
being denied a move
to Barcelona.
The Brazilian, who
spent the best part of
last month nursing a
back problem before
his dream move to the
Nou Camp was
blocked, excelled
during the session.
Liverpool rejected
three bids for
Coutinho, the highest
of which was for
�8 million.
Klopp, the Liverpool
manager, thinks that
Coutinho needs to
build his fitness, given
that he has played 45
minutes this season in
two games for Brazil.
He flew home on a
chartered jet with
Roberto Firmino, his
Liverpool team-mate,
Willian, the Chelsea
midfielder, and
Gabriel Jesus, Ederson
and Fernandinho, the
Manchester City trio,
after the 1-1 draw with
Colombia.
Should Klopp leave
Coutinho out against
City at the Etihad
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Ben韙ez illness feels symbolic
of club?s malaise under Ashley
Newcastle United fans
fear manager?s possible
absence on Sunday is
start of a long goodbye,
writes George Caulkin
For Rafa Ben韙ez, injury was added to
insult. After a loveless end to the
transfer window and a summer of
festering tension, the Spaniard set off
for Newcastle yesterday after minor
surgery to clean out an old hernia
wound, but discomfort turned him back
to his home on Merseyside. Those
stitches and staples, that flare up of
infection, feel symbolic of a club who
are once again ailing.
Ben韙ez is stubborn, but his staff are
advising him to miss Sunday?s Premier
League fixture away to Swansea
City. It is an inconvenience, but it
may also be what the future looks
like, because there is a sickness to
Mike Ashley?s Newcastle United,
a regime with an allergy to consecutive good decisions.
Where their manager is
concerned, supporters
fear that a long goodbye has already begun.
Promoted to the
Premier League as
champions,
powered by momentum,
coalescing behind a garlanded coach, Newcastle should,
in theory, be in the rudest of
good health, a rebirth the
city yearned for. They were
no longer the dead-eyed
works team of Ashley?s
Sports Direct, but an energised
institution, promising more.
Blissfully, briefly, they shimmered with possibility.
That moment has shrivelled.
Having confounded precedent
by appointing a man with a gilded CV and a reputation for pushing clubs ? as all good managers
must ? the sportswear retailer is
sowing discord, spreading dismay.
Last week, as the deadline
approached, Ben韙ez travelled to
Switzerland to attend the Uefa
Coutinho trains
with Liverpool
yesterday and
was said to be
in good spirits
Stadium then he may
play in the Champions
League game against
Seville at Anfield on
Wednesday.
Klopp said that
Coutinho was in good
spirits on his return to
the club and
confirmed his meeting
with the 25-year-old.
?Of course ? all good,
all good. [There is]
nothing else to say,?
he said. ?He?s back
and we had a really
good conversation.
Roberto played in the
second game a little
bit longer, but both
are fit so that?s cool.
They?re healthy so we
have to see.
?It?s of course
different because Phil,
I know what people
think, but Phil had the
back problem and
missed about three
weeks. He went to the
national team and
trained normally, but
we have to prepare for
seven games [before
the next international
break]. We saw
training this morning
and thought, ?OK,
maybe we should use
him immediately?
because he was really
good. But that doesn?t
make sense.
?We have to
continue with the preseason, not too long.
We always have the
decision to make:
?Does he need training
or can he play?? He
will do a bit more than
the other boys but he
showed up in a very,
very good mood and
looks really
promising.?
Simon Mignolet is
set to return in goal
against City having
been rested for the 4-0
Premier League
victory over Arsenal in
order to give Loris
Karius a start. Karius
is expected to be
Liverpool?s starting
goalkeeper in the
Champions League
this season.
elite coaches forum, chaired by Sir Alex
Ferguson. Back on Gallowgate,
Newcastle were trying and failing to
sign Matt Targett, a bit-part left back,
on loan from Southampton.
It made for a depressing juxtaposition. ?What an irony,? nufc.com said,
that Ben韙ez should leave such a prestigious gathering, ?to try and manage a
club with absolutely no ambition and
run like a pub side.? It was not a dissenting voice. At True Faith, the Newcastle
fanzine, there is ?an overwhelming
sense of dread?. The Mag, meanwhile,
wrote that ?the ?Rafalution? and Newcastle?s last hope now hang by a thread.?
To understand the plunging mood,
you must contextualise Ashley?s decade
at St James? Park, the two relegations,
the dismissal of cups as not a ?priority?.
He has twice employed Joe Kinnear
and meted out humiliation to Alan
Shearer and Kevin Keegan. The name
of the ground was changed. There is
plenty more, but as a banner inside
the stadium summarised: ?We
don?t demand a team that wins, we
demand a team that tries.?
Alan Pardew, John
Carver
and
Steve
McClaren all explained
that Newcastle could
not compete, which
was what made
Ben韙ez?s arrival
last March all the
more extraordinary, both from his and
Ashley?s perspective. Ben韙ez spoke about stature
and history. He looked at
the club and did not
simply see the eyesore
of countless hoardings
f
for
Sports Direct, he
saw potential.
At a meeting with
Ashley at the end of last
season, Ben韙ez was
given a budget and, like
the previous year,
encouraged to stay. He
set up deals for Tammy
Abraham and Willy
Caballero but nothing
happened. Abraham
will face Newcastle for
Ben韙ez has had
minor surgery on an
old hernia wound
Swansea City on Sunday having joined
on loan from Chelsea, while Caballero
moved on a free to the league
champions. Newcastle were playing
catch-up but never caught up and
Ben韙ez, who refused to dismantle the
Championship team he had assembled
before replacements were signed,
expressed concern. In public, he
implored Ashley to ?keep his word.?
When all the haggling stopped, Newcastle?s net spend was below Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion, both promoted with them. There
was no new goalkeeper and no fit left
back. ?A complete shambles,? nufc.com
called it. ?These penny-pinchers are
gambling with our future yet again.?
In January, Ben韙ez wanted two new
players, but none came. An absentee
landlord, Ashley began attending
matches, but avoided his most prominent employee. Dysfunction again,
infection spreading. There has been no
direct conversation between them
since May. When Ashley gave a rare
interview to Sky Sports last month, he
apologised to Keegan and Shearer, but
does not have the wit to see history
repeating itself.
Not for the first time, Ashley is
seeking to sell the club but he has learnt
nothing. His drive for self-sufficiency at
Newcastle now feels like ideological
austerity. Beyond some skin-deep
alterations, the training ground is
unimproved. Commercial income has
fallen. And now the team have been
starved of investment and the great
risk-taker has rolled the dice on doing
just enough.
Ben韙ez is not a just-enough manager. He longs to repay fans who have
shown him adoration but avoiding
relegation is a questionable dream and
although he will not resign, it is not
unreasonable for him to expect more.
When his health allows, he will get on
with it, anchored to the club by a
contract that stretches for one more full
season, by his relationship with
supporters and little else.
One day, West Ham United, who are
long-term suitors, or some other club
will stump up Ben韙ez?s �million
release clause. Ashley believes he has
spent too much of his own money, but
millions have been wasted chasing his
mistakes. He is making another one
and the cost will be more than cash. He
is not Newcastle?s owner, he is its illness.
Fear knee injury could rule out Kompany
Paul Hirst
Vincent Kompany is a serious injury
doubt for Manchester City?s match at
home to Liverpool tomorrow.
Kompany, the City captain, took a
knock to a knee in Belgium?s 9-0 win
over Gibraltar last week. Roberto
Mart韓ez, the Belgium head coach, kept
Kompany on the pitch for the rest of the
match, but decided against fielding the
defender in the 2-1 victory over Greece
four days later. It is understood that
continued from back
Clubs vote to close window early
the clubs arguing in favour were saying
that once the season has started we
should know that we can?t possibly sell
to another Premier League club. I
think they just decided, ?We?re going to
break for the border, go it alone, put our
marker down, go with it.?
Now the Premier League has made
the move, others in Europe may follow,
though Scudamore doubted that there
Kompany complained to the Belgium
medical staff that he felt pain in his
knee and calf after the match, which
prompted Mart韓ez to replace the
centre back with Thomas Vermaelen.
It is understood that Kompany has
missed City training for the past two
days. Pep Guardiola, the City head
coach, will assess his player again this
morning before deciding whether he is
fit to face Liverpool.
Kompany?s City career has been
plagued by injuries. Last season he
started only two Premier League
games before April because of injuries
to his knee and groin. The 31-year-old
had gone four months without suffering an injury before the international
break, however.
Should Kompany not recover,
Guardiola is likely to field Nicol醩
Otamendi and John Stones at centre
back. If he opts to revert to a three-man
defence, Eliaquim Mangala or Tosin
Adarabioyo, the 19-year-old, could play
their first games under Guardiola.
will be a date acceptable to all. He said:
?I think there is a groundswell
among a lot of European leagues to do
something similar. But the idea
that there?s going to be a complete
European-wide similar day by
agreement is never going to happen.?
Juventus are a powerful voice
however ? their president Andrea
Agnelli has just been confirmed as the
new head of the European Club
Association. Germany?s Bundesliga
clubs also discussed their transfer
window closing early at a meeting
yesterday and Aleksander Ceferin,
Uefa?s president, has suggested that it
could shut across Europe on July 31.
Ceferin said: ?We are in serious
discussions over shortening the
transfer window.?
Ars鑞e Wenger, the Arsenal
manager, has called for January?s
mid-season transfer window to be
scrapped entirely.
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Del Potro is
stronger after
slice of luck
US Open
Stuart Fraser Tennis Writer, New York
When Juan Mart韓 del Potro was
practising while recuperating from
three operations on his left wrist in 15
months up until June 2015, he was
restricted to hitting one-handed backhand slices rather than the two-hander
that he had used since he was a child.
As frustrating as that was for Del
Potro, it has paid off. A slice that was
distinctly average has now become an
effective area of his game, helping to
take the 28-year-old Argentinian to
within one win of reaching his first
grand-slam final since he won his only
major title here at the US Open in 2009.
When Del Potro returned in February 2016, it was feared that his surgeries
would have a lasting impact on his
backhand side, creating a weakness
that opponents would be able to exploit.
Subsequent wins over all of his fellow
active grand-slam champions ? Roger
Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and
Marin Cilic ? suggest otherwise.
You need only look at the reluctance
of Federer, the 19-times grand-slam
champion, to focus his efforts on the
Del Potro backhand during their thrilling quarter-final on Wednesday. John
McEnroe, commentating on the match,
was among those to question why
Federer was not adopting that tactic,
but the players standing across the net
from the 6ft 6in ?Tower of Tandil? are
finding that it is not as simple as that.
It is actually now considered to be
difficult to hit through the Del Potro
backhand. His slice, a shot with depth
and spin that can come low through the
court, helps him to defend so well. During the neutral rallies, he is not able to
hit his backhand with as much power as
he once did as he still uses two hands,
but he cleverly directs and places it
around the court.
That is not to say that Del Potro can-
Froome takes
back control
of La Vuelta
Cycling
Matt Dickinson Chief Sports Writer
Santo Toribio de Li閎ana
Federer misses Nadal again
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer
have never played each other at the
US Open. For the sixth time they
came within a match of doing so.
2008 Semi-final Nadal lost to Andy
Murray, who was defeated by
Federer in the final
2009 Semi-final Nadal lost to Del
Potro, who beat Federer in the final
2010 Semi-final Federer had two
match points but lost to Novak
Djokovic, who was defeated by
Nadal in the final
2011 Semi-final Federer had two
match points but lost to Djokovic,
who beat Nadal in the final
2013 Fourth round Federer lost to
Tommy Robredo, who was defeated
by Nadal in the quarter-finals
2017 Quarter-final Federer lost to
Del Potro, who faces Nadal in the
semi-finals today
not hit winners from that side. Some of
his finest and most important shots
during his four-set victory over Federer
came from his backhand, in particular a
stunning cross-court return to claim
the pivotal break in the fourth set.
?I think my backhand is improving
every week,? Del Potro said. ?I made my
best backhands of the tournament in
the important moments of the match,
which is a good signal for the future.?
While Del Potro also had surgery on
his right wrist in 2010, his forehand has
remained as ferocious as ever. ?That is
one of the single greatest shots in tennis
history,? McEnroe said, as Federer
watched yet another one fly past.
The concern for Del Potro, though,
before tonight?s semi-final with Nadal,
is that the left-handed Spaniard, who
can impart spin on the ball like no other,
Del Potro, who says he hit his best backhands of the tournament at vital moments
in his quarter-final win against Federer, faces Nadal tonight for a place in the final
will have more success. ?He?s a lefty, so
he has a chance to easily find my backhand,? Del Potro admitted. ?I don?t
know what is going to be my strategy
for that match, but I will try to make
winners with my forehand and not run
too much, because my legs are tired.?
The renaissance of Del Potro at
Flushing Meadows has helped to provide a lift for a tournament which was
struggling to capture the attention of
the public, as has the all-American cast
? Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens,
Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys
? in the women?s singles semi-finals,
which were being played overnight.
And while there are some who are
disappointed to be denied a first meeting between Nadal and Federer in New
York, the 36-year-old Swiss was nothing but candid about his performance.
?Of course it is a pity, but Juan Mart韓
deserves it more,? Federer said. ?I feel I
have no place in the semis. The way I
played or am playing right now, it?s not
good enough to win this tournament.?
Chris Froome had talked of bouncing
back but no one, least of all Vincenzo
Nibali, expected him to rebound this
quickly. A day after he shed 42 seconds
to Nibali at La Vuelta, Froome stole half
of that time back to reassert his
command of the red jersey.
Pushing up the final short climb to
the finish at Alto de Santo Toribio de
Li閎ana, with Nibali dropped, it was
quite a retort from Froome to the idea
that he might be clinging to his lead
over these final few days as he seeks to
win back-to-back grand tours.
He had looked cold, wet and tired on
Wednesday?s brutal ascent of Los
Machucos but, in the warmth yesterday, Froome shone as he increased his
lead over Nibali to 1min 37sec in the
overall standings.
?I?m really happy with how today
went,? the Team Sky rider said. ?I think
a lot of guys paid the price for making
such a big effort yesterday. I heard on
the radio that Nibali had been dropped
and to keep pushing.?
Froome crossed the finishing line ten
minutes down on Sander Arm閑, of
Lotto-Soudal. The Belgian won stage 18
after forming part of a sizeable early
breakaway.
There were late attacks from Italian
Fabio Aru and, notably, Spain?s Alberto
Contador ? who is striving to make the
podium in his last race, though he is still
77 seconds behind third-placed Wilco
Kelderman ? which helped to whittle
down the main group of contenders for
the general classification.
As Nibali?s challenge fell away,
Froome, who is attempting to add the
Vuelta to his fourth victory in the Tour
de France in July, launched himself up
the last 600 metres with only Contador
and Michael Woods, of CannondaleDrapac, for company.
Today, the riders will tackle 153km
from Caso to Gij髇, on the coast in the
Asturias. There are a number of small
climbs, including the San Martin
mountain pass, before hurtling down to
the seaside, but Froome will be looking
to conserve energy before tomorrow?s
finale, the last big climbing test on the
summit finish of L?Angliru.
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Treacherous conditions ruin
Westley?s latest Ashes chance
It would be
great to play
in Australia,
Hameed says
SKY SPORTS
Steve James
It would have been easy to say that
West Indies were reverting to type.
Indeed some were saying that. But then
England batted.
Yes, West Indies? batting was of the
vintage seen at Edgbaston rather than
at Headingley, but by the end of the day
it was crystal clear just how difficult it
was to bat here.
Lord?s, with its slope and therefore
different angles, can often be a tricky
place to bat anyway (this correspondent never came to terms with the
damned place), but when you add a
September day wearing its best
autumnal cloak, with the clouds
generally as grey as the trousers worn
by the boys beginning school this week,
and a tinge of green on the pitch, then
you were entering a level of treacherousness that no batsman relishes.
Only Shai Hope looked remotely
comfortable for any length of time,
even if Ben Stokes and Dawid Malan
did bat with some gumption and no
little skill late on to steer England from
some ignominy.
Hope, of course, had scored two
centuries at Headingley, no less. He
unfurled some delicious cover drives,
but even he nibbled once too often,
edging Toby Roland-Jones to a very
relieved Alastair Cook at first slip.
Cook had dropped two catches at
Headingley and then shelled Kraigg
Brathwaite on three here. It was not the
start that James Anderson wanted as he
pursued his 500th Test wicket and even
for such an experienced campaigner as
Cook it will have raised some uncomfortable questions: ?Have I lost it?? and
?Should I move from here now??
The time between chances at slip can
be too long and the mind can be cruel.
But the definition of mental strength is
the ability to deal with and overcome
such negative thoughts, to banish all
external influences, and Cook has
shown that strength with his batting
over an awfully long period. So here he
did catch Hope Jr and then later the
wicketkeeper, Shane Dowrich, off the
bowling of the magnificent Stokes. He
was back.
Cook could not come through his
batting examination late in the day,
edging a good ball from Kemar Roach
behind, but then his results with the
willow did not matter quite as much as
those of some others.
Not that it meant that he was trying
any less ? he is never anything but
wholehearted ? but the focus was
always on the trio of Mark Stoneman,
Tom Westley and Malan. It?s ever thus,
it seems.
To be examined in these conditions is
hard, rather like tackling a paper on
unseen extracts from Homer?s The
Iliad. You suspect that the questions will
not be this tough at any stage this
winter in Australia, despite the menace
of the four Australia quicks, Mitchell
Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood
and James Pattinson.
This is a good West Indies attack. For
a start Shannon Gabriel is no mug. He
is fast and hostile. The ball that flicked
Westley?s back leg, predictably
prompting a huge caught-behind
appeal that was understandably not
upheld, was almost a leg break bowled
at nearly 93mph. Play that if you can.
Indeed, how do you play when the
ball is moving about so much? Well, you
need to combine positivity and
circumspection very carefully, and,
most importantly, you need to ensure
that Lady Luck is holding your hand
very tightly at all times.
When the ball seams, play its line and
do not follow it. When it is swinging,
and it was swinging like a Sixties party
here, do not commit yourself too early
to any stroke. Wait and play late. It is all
easier said than done, of course.
Roach may not be quite the bowler
that he was, but he is still dangerous.
Westley padded up to his first ball from
him and was almost cut in half.
Whereas England had Stokes and
Roland-Jones as their change bowlers,
West Indies had only the seemingly
Paul Edwards
Cook spills
another one
Alastair Cook, who missed two slip catches at
Headingley, drops Kraigg Brathwaite on three ?
but he made up for it later by holding two catches
gentler offerings of Jason Holder. But
when you are as tall as a telegraph pole,
as Holder is, then possibilities open up
and the West Indies captain took two
wickets, that of Westley, leg-before, and
his opposite number, England?s leader,
Joe Root.
Westley?s decision was close. The
technology revealed that it was giving
the umpire the benefit of the doubt on
two counts, at the points of impact on
pad and stumps. It did not look stone
dead and Westley wandered down the
pitch to see Root first before walking off
disconsolately.
It must be an agonising moment or
two, that. In less sophisticated times, a
batsman would often return to the
dressing room craving a word from a
colleague that they had been unlucky.
Nowadays that word can, and often
must, come instantly but, unlike the
olden days, it has to be entirely truthful.
There can be no massaging a mate?s
ego, no masking the dreaded reality just
to help in consolation. You must tell
your partner that he is a goner if that is
the case. Root did that and poor
Westley looked shattered.
So did Stoneman for different
reasons earlier. Roach has fancied
dismissing from around the wicket
since bowling him from over the wicket
in the first Test at Edgbaston, and the
left-hander had made only a single
when he nicked behind.
Both players are still obvious
concerns but they will have another
chance in the second innings. Malan
has his first innings to resume today
and the chance to come of age as a Test
batsman. The challenge is that great.
While England wickets fell at Lord?s
yesterday evening, Haseeb Hameed
insisted that he would be concentrating
solely on Lancashire?s next three County Championship games as he seeks to
recover the consistent form that earned
him his Test debut in India last winter.
Hameed made 85 not out in 316 minutes on the opening day of the Division
One match against Essex at Emirates
Old Trafford, but could add only three
runs yesterday as Lancashire were
bowled out for 290 before rain halted
Essex at 115 for four. However, he was
able to take comfort from his second
fifty of a difficult season, and his
pleasure would have been increased by
the runs being scored in extremely
tough conditions on the first morning.
?I was determined to score runs in
whatever way, but the longer you spend
out there the easier it becomes,? he said.
?Conditions were difficult so after losing some early wickets it was important
for one of us to dig in. The more innings
I play the more I am learning.
?I?m not thinking about England at
all. It would be great to go on that Ashes
tour but there?s a process to achieving
things and I have to perform and do
what I do for Lancashire. I?m confident
that will bring further honours again.
?Hopefully with three games to come
I can continue finding that rhythm. I do
feel good at the crease right now and
the aim is to finish the season strongly.?
Hameed?s innings brought his aggregate for the championship season to 421
runs at an average of 28.06. It is in sharp
contrast to his breakthrough last summer when he made 1,198 runs at 49.91
but the 20-year-old believes his tough
season will hold him in good stead.
?I feel like I?ve taken a lot of experience that will hopefully help me for the
rest of my career,? he said. ?After
playing international cricket, there
have been more people happy to give
advice and suggesting different things.
?I have to trust what I do and know
there are people around me that
understand my game a lot more than
people from outside.?
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England?s talisman puts
on a swing masterclass
Mike Atherton
Chief Cricket
Correspondent
England v West Indies
Lord?s (first day of five; West Indies won toss): England,
with six first-innings wickets in hand, are 77 runs behind
West Indies
Few sports are more determined by
conditions than cricket. Half an hour
before play, Jason Holder won what he
thought was a good toss, under blue
skies and with the sun shining. Forty
minutes later, the clouds rolled in and
for the rest of the day, under inky skies
and with floodlights shining, batsmen
required huge dollops of luck, as well as
skill and good judgment, to survive
some very testing swing bowling.
Fourteen wickets fell, the most on the
first day of a Lord?s Test since the heady
days of the 2005 Ashes series. West
Indies? innings lasted 57.3 overs and was
the lowest score by an international
team choosing to bat first at the ground
since 1979 when India made 96. No
batsman passed 50 and no one looked
like doing so, so lavish was the movement in the air and, at times, off the
pitch. During the last hour, until the
umpires considered it too dark, it was
essentially day-night cricket with a red
ball, the worst combination for
batsmen.
When Mark Stoneman, who has a
poor record in first-class cricket at the
ground, was dismissed in the third over
it looked as though England would
follow suit, and wickets fell at regular
intervals ? important ones too, such as
Alastair Cook, one of the few to have
the technique and toughness to prosper
7
Runs scored off
Stokes?s first over
? his remaining
13.3 overs went
for just 15 runs
234
Runs scored by
England No 3s
in 12 Test innings
this summer (20,
34, 27, 4, 25, 59,
29, 9, 8, 3, 8, 8)
13
Years since a Test
team have won
the toss and
batted first at
Lord?s and gone on
to lose the match
inside today
Steve James on
England?s batting
problems
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Anderson is one
Test wicket shy
of 500 milestone
in such conditions, and Joe Root. After
Ben Stokes had walked the team off,
having taken six wickets in a marathon
afternoon spell, he would have looked
forward to a long soak in the tub.
Instead, he was back in the middle in
the 15th over of the innings, attempting
to salvage a crisis.
Cook, not having his best day after
dropping an early catch, nibbled at a
good ball from Kemar Roach and Root
was well taken to first slip?s left, trying to
force a rising ball from Holder. Sandwiched in between was the unfortunate
Tom Westley, given out leg-before
for another single-figure score and
lingering in the hope of a review with
his international career on the line.
Instead, he was sent on his way by his
captain, who recognised that the ball
from Holder was straight enough.
These were not conditions in which to
be playing for your future.
It was a joy to watch some of the
swing bowling ? from the safety of the
press box ? it being an elevated and
increasingly rare art. Whereas seam
bowlers look to present an upright
seam and hope for the best, not knowing which way the ball will move, swing
bowlers consciously manipulate the
ball, relying on subtle changes of wrist
position to impart the movement. Few
have done it better in the history of the
game than James Anderson, and so it
was a surprise on a day such as this that
he was upstaged by Stokes.
The curiosities of a captain?s mind. At
Headingley, Stokes was so far off Root?s
radar that he bowled only five overs on
the final day. Here, Root bowled him 14
overs in one spell either side of tea, and
Stokes responded to his captain?s
encouragement by taking his careerbest figures in Test cricket, becoming in
the process only the eighth man to get
his name on both honours boards at
Lord?s, and the sixth Englishman to do
so after Gubby Allen, Ray Illingworth,
Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff and
Stuart Broad.
He bowled superbly, enjoying the
extreme movement in the air both
ways, made more difficult for the batsmen by the way he leans to the off side
in delivery, so creating an angle that
makes his outswinger tough to play.
The ball that bowled Roston Chase was
a case in point, angling in as it did,
before moving away late and clipping
the top of off stump. Chase shaped to
play to leg and was turned around
completely in a last-ditch effort to
defend. It was as near to an unplayable
ball as you can get, something Stokes
recognised
given
the
devilish grin on his face
moments afterwards.
After Anderson had
t
taken
the first two wickets
t fall in his opening spell,
to
so moving to within one of
the 500 mark, and Toby
Roland-Jones
had
taken the key wicket
o
of Shai Hope with a
ggood
ball
that
m
moved fractionally
u
up the hill, Stokes
ttook six of the last
seven wickets, including the final two off
consecutive deliveries, meaning that he
w
will begin the second
innings on a hat-trick.
Jermaine Blackwood
was the only one of
Scoreboard from Lord?s
West Indies: First Innings......................
K C Brathwaite c Bairstow
b Anderson
10
K O A Powell c and b Stokes
39
K A Hope c Bairstow b Anderson 0
S D Hope c Cook b Roland-Jones 29
R L Chase b Stokes
18
J Blackwood b Roland-Jones
1
?S O Dowrich c Cook b Stokes
1
*J O Holder b Stokes
9
D A Bishoo not out
13
K A J Roach c Anderson b Stokes 0
S T Gabriel b Stokes
0
Extras (lb 1nb 2)
3
Total (57.3 overs)
123
Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-22, 3-78, 4-78,
5-87, 6-100, 7-101, 8-119, 9-123.
Bowling: Anderson 16-7-31-2; Broad
12-5-24-0; Roland-Jones 11-4-32-2;
Stokes 14.3-6-22-6; Ali 4-0-13-0.
England: First Innings............................
A N Cook c Dowrich b Roach
10
M D Stoneman c Dowrich b Roach 1
T Westley lbw b Holder
8
*J E Root c Powell b Holder
1
D J Malan not out
13
B A Stokes not out
13
Total (4 wkts, 19 overs)
46
?J M Bairstow, M M Ali, S C J Broad,
T S Roland-Jones and J M Anderson
to bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-15, 3-19, 4-24.
Bowling: Roach 8-3-21-2; Gabriel
5-1-7-0; Holder 6-1-18-2.
Umpires: CB Gaffaney (NZ) and
M Erasmus (SA).
the last six wickets not to fall to Stokes,
aiming a swipe at Roland-Jones instead
and losing his middle stump.
There is a lovely story about
Blackwood being introduced to one of
the greatest players West Indies has
produced and how that player
suggested Blackwood might try to
temper his game from time to time.
?That?s the way I play, skipper,? came
the Jamaican?s reply and he will
infuriate as often as he charms with his
expansive
style.
Other
than
Blackwood, though, the rest tried to
knuckle down to the task at hand so
that for much of the first two sessions
the rate stayed about two runs an over.
After Kraigg Brathwaite had edged
an outswinger from Anderson ? so
sparing Cook?s blushes after an earlier
drop ? Kieran Powell shaped as well as
anyone in the morning. He became the
first of Stokes?s victims when an upright
and stiff-legged drive ended up in the
all-rounder?s hands on his followthrough. Although the opening hour
looked difficult enough, by the close it
was clear that these had been the best
conditions of the day for batting.
Broad?s figures in his opening spell of
8-3-16-0 flattered him. He is off-colour
at the moment, struggling for rhythm,
not making the batsmen play enough,
and he spent some time off the field
nursing a sore heel as well. He is a concern, as is England?s slip catching, with
Root joining Cook in the corner of the
class, having put down Holder at
second slip just before tea.
On such days, with the ball moving
and wickets tumbling, these mistakes
may not seem costly. On a hot
summer?s day in Australia, on a flat
pitch and with a Kookaburra ball, that
will not be the case.
1
West Indies 78-4 Powell is his
first victim, caught and bowled
3
West Indies 101-7 Dowrich falls to
a low catch by Cook at first slip
4
West Indies 119-8 Holder has no
answer to a devilish inswinger
elizabeth ammon?s
autumn leaves lord?s chilly
This is the first time that Lord?s has
hosted a Test match beginning in
September and there was a distinct
autumnal feel, with leaves falling on the
Nursery Ground and the queue for the
coffee stand twice as long as those for
the bar. One member of staff at the
Lord?s shop said that there had been a
steady flow of sales of Lord?s and ECB
fleeces and jumpers throughout the day.
gower tries a tie to make amends
David Gower, the former England
captain, donned an MCC tie while
presenting on Sky Sports yesterday,
perhaps to send out a conciliatory
message to MCC members after his
letter to The Times in which he referred
to them as ?red-and-yellow-tie, blazer
and cap wearing sheep.?
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Hit for six by
super Stokes
2
West Indies 100-6 Chase is beaten by an
unplayable leg break that clips off stump
5
West Indies 123-9 Roach edges
Stokes to a diving Anderson
On both Lord?s honours boards
Stokes is the sixth Englishman to score
a century and take at least five wickets
in a Test at Lord?s
Gubby Allen 122 v New Zealand 1931
5-35 and 5-43 v India 1936
Ray Illingworth 113 v West Indies 1969
6-29 v India 1967
Ian Botham 108 v Pakistan 1978
Eight five-wicket hauls
Andrew Flintoff 142 v S Africa 2003
5-92 v Australia 2009
Stuart Broad 169 v Pakistan 2010
7-72 v W Indies 2012, 7-44 v NZ 2013
Ben Stokes 101 v New Zealand 2015
6-22 v West Indies yesterday
night at the
museum
England supporters
will have the chance
to watch the first nightt
of Ashes action in the
company of the urn in
n the
MCC museum. The cricket
cket
ne will be holding
charity Chance to Shine
the ?Night at the Museum? in
West Indies 123 all out Stokes punches the
air after taking the wicket of Gabriel
continued from back
Six wickets ? now he must bat on
lord?s diary
test match special guests
Lord Hall of Birkenhead, the director
general of the BBC, visited the
Test Match Special
commentary box with
Barbara Slater, the
head of BBC Sport.
The pair were guests
of the ECB for the
day.
6
conjunction with Yorkshire Tea to raise
funds for the charity, with space for 50
supporters.
The event
even will begin with a
tour of the Lord?s
dressing rooms and
dres
then the guests, who
the
are
ar encouraged to
wear
pyjamas, will
w
watch the action
w
ffrom Brisbane
through the night
th
on a big screen
o
before ending with a
be
Lord?s breakfast.
Lor
Fabian Devlin, the
Fab
of communications
head o
at Chance to Shine said:
??This
This is a brilliant
brillia opportunity to
watch the start of on
one of sport?s
greatest rivalries in the company of the
very trophy that?s being competed for.?
Tickets are � each, with all the
proceeds going to Chance to Shine and
can be purchased at chancetoshine.org/
nightatthemuseum.
a seamer with a difference
Yasir Jan, the 19-year-old Pakistani
seam bowler, is training with the MCC
Young Cricketers for the final few
weeks of the season. Yasir, however, is
no ordinary young seam bowler. He is
genuinely ambidextrous, with no
noticeable difference between the
quality of his bowling from either hand.
During the England training session on
the Nursery Ground on Wednesday, Ben
Stokes was both audibly perturbed and
impressed when Yasir bowled
consecutive deliveries with different
arms.
trying to get them playing on the front
foot as much as possible and get them
driving. We had a lot caught behind or
at slip so obviously it was the right thing
to do. I was trying not to get too greedy,
not to bowl too many magic balls
although I did do that a bit.
?Hard work contributes to success
which is why I gave a little wave to Gibbo
[Ottis Gibson, the bowling coach], he?s
put loads of hours in with me over the
last few weeks. If it wasn?t for him I
wouldn?t have had a day like today.?
Michael Vaugan, the former England
captain, was full of praise for Stokes
after his six-wicket haul. ?England have
got a freak cricketer,? he said on BBC
Test Match Special. ?They are very fortunate to have him because he will win
games in every format for years to come.
He is a very, very special cricketer.?
James Anderson will have to wait
until the second innings for the chance
to pick up his 500th Test wicket after
taking the first two of the three he
needed to reach the milestone in the
morning session.
Stokes said that his team-mate was
extremely unlucky not to get that third
wicket when he came back for his
second spell. ?That opening over by
Jimmy to [Devendra] Bishoo was the
best over in the history of Test cricket
not to get a wicket,? Stokes said.
Stokes, 26, finished the day 13 not out
having batted for five overs in the
gloom after England worryingly lost
their top four for just 24 and is aware
there is a great deal of hard work ahead.
?It was an amazing effort to bowl
them out but it is a wicket where you
can lose wickets,? he said. ?Going into
tomorrow we are going to try and dig in;
when bad balls come we?ll have to put
them away.?
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Clubs vote to
close transfer
window early
Six wickets ?
now Stokes
must bat on
Elizabeth Ammon
Ben Stokes will need to produce
similar magic with the bat as he did
with the ball yesterday if England are
to take back control of the decisive
third Investec Test against West
Indies at Lord?s today.
The England all-rounder claimed
career-best figures of six for 22 as
West Indies were skittled for 123 but
England?s top order struggled again
to leave them 46 for four at the close.
Stuart Broad may struggle to
bowl in the second innings after
slipping down the stairs between the
changing room and the Long Room,
though he is expected to bat.
Stokes?s feat made him only the
eighth player to make the Lord?s
honours board for batting and
bowling and the sixth Englishman to
do both. His dazzling century in 85
balls against New Zealand in 2015
was the fastest ever at Lord?s.
?It?s the home of cricket and to be
on one is an honour but I will always
be able to say I am on there for both
batting and bowling,? said Stokes,
who will resume today 13 not out.
Stokes claimed six West Indies
wickets, including the final five, in
an inspired spell of 14.3 overs and
believes that it was his best spell of
bowling in Test cricket.
?It was, yes. It was swinging
whenever I got the ball in my hand.
When you know it is going to swing
like that it is a good opportunity to
just run up and bowl,? he said. ?[Joe]
Root [the captain] let me bowl for a
long period of time which I like.
?The last three or four weeks I have
been getting back a bit of consistency
but not quite producing what I
wanted and I felt I was letting the
team down a bit so to bowl like that
today was putting something back for
the team. I bowled a bit fuller. I was
Manchester sides object but 14 teams in favour
Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter
The Premier League has taken the
revolutionary decision to close the
summer transfer window before the
start of next season despite opposition
from the two Manchester clubs.
The vote by the 20 top-flight clubs
was carried by 14 votes to five, with
Burnley abstaining. The opposing clubs
were Manchester United, Manchester
City, Watford, Crystal Palace and
Swansea City.
The move, revealed by The Times last
month, will mean that the window
shuts on Thursday August 9 next year,
the night before the start of next season.
It may also spark similar moves in the
rest of Europe. The chief executive of
Juventus, Beppe Marotta, welcomed
the move, saying: ?The Premier
League?s decision to end the transfer
window early is wise. Now we have to
extend the discussion to a European
level.?
The Manchester clubs had opposed
the change on the grounds that it will
only stop Premier League clubs from
signing players and not selling them,
which could put them at a disadvantage
to their continental rivals who will still
be able to make signings. One senior
club executive had argued that it was
?crazy? to make the move without other
European leagues falling into line.
The decision has been driven by
top-flight managers, whose plans were
being disrupted after the start of the
season. That problem was perfectly
illustrated when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played for Arsenal in their 4-0
defeat by Liverpool and then signed for
the Merseyside club a few days later.
There has also been the issue of
Virgil van Dijk being left out of
Southampton?s team at the start of the
season while he pushed for a move.
Richard Scudamore, the Premier
League?s executive chairman, said:
?Some clubs absolutely believe that you
should kick off the season at least with
the players you have got. They all fully
understand that this is about buying,
you can only stop people from signing,
you can?t stop people selling if other
leagues have a different window.
?More importantly was the integrity
of the competition between each other.
So when the 20 are playing each other
the idea that you could have a person in
your team one week and playing
against him the next, or, even worse,
the player not playing because of
speculation about him going to another
Premier League team so he?s not
available for a week or two weeks of the
season while the window is open.?
Liverpool and Arsenal, who both
held firm to fend off advances for their
star players in Philippe Coutinho and
Alexis S醤chez respectively, backed the
change, as did Chelsea.
Scudamore said: ?Clubs were of the
view that this summer they did show
some resolve in not letting people go, so
it is still within their power not to let
people go if they don?t want to. Most of
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conversation will
take a sporting edge. There will be discussion of
reports last month that Nicolas Sarkozy, the
former president of France, has been dragged
into a criminal investigation into Qatar?s
successful bid for the 2022 World Cup. Sarkozy?s
lawyer, Thierry Herzog, has denied any
wrongdoing by his client.
According to the Daily Telegraph, French
investigators are looking into whether Sarkozy
received money from Qatari investments into
France negotiated about the time of the bid,
which included the Gulf nation?s takeover of
Paris Saint-Germain.
Qatar denies any wrongdoing, but the
conference will discuss the billions poured into
the World Cup and refresh the question ?
seven years old but still hanging accusingly in
the air ? of why anyone capable of rational
thought would have voted to put sport?s greatest
festival in a desert.
On it goes, this mind-blowing folly, with
gleaming new football stadiums that will have a
useful life for three or four matches, built on the
toil, and blood, of migrant workers. Qatar insists
that it has made significant improvements to the
working conditions that have been attacked as
modern-day slavery in which an estimated 1,800
labourers died in three years.
But with eight new venues still being built by
2022, as well as vast infrastructure under strict
deadlines, human rights groups continue to
protest that migrant workers in particular
remain vulnerable to dreadful conditions and
abuse.
In these circumstances, the signings of
a couple of footballers in Neymar and
Kylian Mbapp�, and Uefa?s
announcement of an investigation
into PSG?s compliance with
Financial Fair Play Regulations
(FFP), might seem small fry.
But according to Khalid al-Hail, a
leading voice of opposition to the ruling
monarchy, who is one of those pulling together
the Qatar Global Security & Stability
conference, the staggering purchases of Neymar
and Mbapp� will undoubtedly feature.
Such attempts to polish Qatar?s image, to
pretend that life carries on as normal are, he
explains, key to understanding how the ruling
regime is constructing a misleading veneer.
?They try to show the world everything is
fine. It?s not fine. We have a crisis,? al-Hail says.
?The World Cup, buying Neymar, it?s an attempt
at distraction but it isn?t working. It?s a story for
one day but the real problems don?t go away.?
His take, delivered with the emotion of a man
who fears to return to his own country, is that
the investments in sport ? the soft-power play
? is not working either to help Qataris or in its
ambition of winning our hearts and minds.
Matthew Syed has written on these pages
about Arab states going beyond the usual
strategic and economic relationships ? helping
to fund a major military United States presence
at the al-Udeid airbase in Qatar, for example ?
and investing in high-profile cultural properties
to gain influence. And, of course, few things
carry more heft or headlines in western life than
football.
We could talk about Qatar?s dubious human
rights, and medieval laws on sex outside
marriage, but, what?s that? They have signed
Mbapp� to play alongside Neymar? Brilliant!
More fool all of us if we allow ourselves, and
our politicians, to fall for this narrative. Al-Hail
is sure that the manipulation of us, and systems
around us, is backfiring. ?The word ?Qatar? is
being attached to corruption all around the
world,? he argues.
But there appears no resisting the flow of
Qatari money into football any more than into
the London property market through Harrods,
the Shard, and hotels such as the Connaught
Qatar-backed
PSG spent
�9 million to
sign Neymar
from Barcelona
and Claridge?s. FFP rules were designed to stop
those with limitless funds single-handedly
inflating and distorting the market, and yet, as
Jos� Mourinho told The Times this week:
?Neymar changed everything.? That
world-record purchase of the Brazil forward by
PSG from Barcelona for �9 million more than
doubled the previous highest fee, and
�6 million for Mbapp� is even more
provocative to Uefa given that taking the striker
on loan from Monaco for a season appears a
flagrant breach of the spirit, the very point of
FFP.
PSG?s Qatari owners are prepared to risk
that Uefa is more bark than bite, while
seeking to bask in Champions League
contention and positive publicity from
combining these two stars.
What Qataris back home make of state
wealth being spent on overpriced
footballers is, of course, hard to gauge.
Al-Hail insists that his countrymen are
increasingly vexed by a policy that has
no tangible rewards. ?The emir lives in a
bubble and does not understand . . .
Qataris are not football fans,? he says.
To reports that locals have become
more defensive of their country and their emir
due to the blockade, the exiled businessman and
speaker for the Qatari opposition insists that it
is propaganda.
?You don?t see much opposition locally for the
simple reason that there are very restrictive
laws,? he argues, citing his own experience of
being detained by Qatar intelligence forces in
2014 for, he says, criticising the economic
system. He fled the country illegally and says
that he has ?genuine fear of persecution? if he
were to return.
He has recruited Daniel Kawczynski, MP, a
member of the foreign affairs committee, to help
add clout, but for all the legitimacy of important
questions about broken promises, such as a
parliament that has never materialised, it is hard
to see what can be accomplished apart from
debate.
Even if the blockade were to bite, according to
most Middle East experts there is no credible
replacement for the emir, Tamim bin Hamad
al-Thani. Al-Hail thinks that problems will
grow, internal debate strengthen and the World
Cup be averted but, on that last point, it seems
too late for that even though the madness of it
never diminishes, only grows.
This week we had the sight of a hapless Qatar
team losing their final 2018 World Cup qualifier
to China in an empty ground to finish bottom of
their group, with two wins and three coaches in
ten games. Qatar will become the first country
since 1934 to stage the World Cup without ever
playing in the finals. And to think the 2022
hosts will be seeded.
Compared with everything else on the
agenda next week, that is a very trivial matter.
But almost seven years after that jaw-dropping
moment when Sepp Blatter pulled Qatar?s name
out of an envelope, the avowed intention of the
emirate to use sport to win friends, to cultivate a
new image of a modern, open state, still feels
like an appallingly bad joke.
Fixtures
Derbyshire v Glamorgan
Derby (third day of four): Derbyshire, with one
first-innings wicket in hand, have scored 236
runs against Glamorgan
Derbyshire: First Innings
B T Slater lbw b Carey
L M Reece b De Lange
*B A Godleman c Cooke b Meschede
W L Madsen c Carlson b De Lange
A L Hughes c Cooke b Carey
?G C Wilson lbw b Carey
M J J Critchley not out
H W Podmore b Hogan
G C Viljoen lbw b Meschede
Imran Tahir b Hogan
W S Davis not out
Extras (b 1, lb 4, nb 6)
Total (9 wkts, 72 overs)
17
53
10
20
44
45
24
8
0
4
0
11
236
Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-54, 3-100, 4-109, 5-187,
6-208, 7-228, 8-229, 9-236.
Bowling: De Lange 17-4-78-2; Carey 17-2-49-3;
Meschede 17-2-60-2; Hogan 19-7-31-2; Salter
2-0-13-0.
Glamorgan: N J Selman, J A Rudolph, J R Murphy, C
A Ingram, K S Carlson, ?C B Cooke, C A J Meschede,
A G Salter, M de Lange, *M G Hogan, L J Carey.
Umpires: G D Lloyd and B V Taylor.
Leicestershire v Gloucestershire
Leicester (third day of four): Leicestershire,
with three second-innings wickets in hand, are
eight runs ahead of Gloucestershire
Leicestershire: First Innings 222 (M J Cosgrove
92; J Shaw 4 for 54)
Second Innings
M A Carberry c Bancroft b Norwell
8
H E Dearden c Dent b Norwell
C N Ackermann lbw b Norwell
*M J Cosgrove c Roderick b Norwell
E J H Eckersley b Noema-Barnett
N J Dexter b Norwell
?L J Hill not out
B A Raine b M D Taylor
M W Pillans not out
Extras (b 4, nb 4)
Total (7 wkts, 46 overs)
17
13
68
30
0
8
2
0
8
154
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-40, 3-51, 4-130, 5-135,
6-140, 7-152.
Bowling: Norwell 15-4-37-5; M D Taylor 9-1-34-1;
Shaw 9-0-54-0; Noema-Barnett 13-4-25-1.
Gloucestershire: First Innings (overnight 218-3)
J R Bracey run out
G T Hankins b Klein
*P Mustard b Pillans
J M R Taylor b Klein
K Noema-Barnett b Pillans
J Shaw lbw b Raine
L C Norwell not out
M D Taylor c Klein b Raine
Extras (b 8, lb 12, w 5, nb 12)
Total (93.1 overs)
63
22
26
36
3
6
16
3
37
368
Fall of wickets: 1-96, 2-149, 3-194, 4-227, 5-301,
6-315, 7-318, 8-341, 9-355.
Bowling: Klein 20-2-89-2; McKay 18-6-39-0; Raine
25.1-4-92-3; Dexter 13-4-53-2; Pillans 14-2-63-2;
Dearden 1-0-2-0; Ackermann 2-0-10-0.
Umpires: N G C Cowley and J H Evans.
Second Test: Bangladesh v Australia
Chittagong (fourth day of five): Australia beat
Bangladesh by seven wicketrs
Bangladesh: First Innings 305 (Mushfiqur
Rahim 68, Sabbir Rahman 66; N M Lyon 7 for 94)
Second Innings
Tamim Iqbal st Wade b Lyon
Soumya Sarkar c Renshaw b Cummins
Imrul Kayes c Maxwell b Lyon
Nassir Hossain c Smith b O?Keefe
Shakib Al Hasan c Warner b Lyon
*?Mushfiqur Rahim c Wade b Cummins
Sabbir Rahman st Wade b Lyon
Mominul Haque c Cummins b Lyon
Mehidi Hasan not out
Taijul Islam b Lyon
Mustafizur Rahman b O?Keefe
Extras (b 12)
Total (71.2 overs)
12
9
15
5
2
31
24
29
14
4
0
12
157
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-32, 3-37, 4-39, 5-43, 6-97,
7-129, 8-149, 9-156.
Bowling: Cummins 11-3-27-2; Lyon 33-11-60-6;
O?Keefe 22.2-6-49-2; Agar 5-1-9-0.
Australia: First Innings (overnight 377-9)
S N J O?Keefe not out
N M Lyon c Kayes b Mustafizur
Extras (b 8, lb 3, w 1)
Total (119.5 overs)
8
0
12
377
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-98, 3-250, 4-298, 5-321,
6-342, 7-346, 8-364, 9-376.
Bowling: Mehedi 38-6-93-3; Mustafizur 20.5-284-4; Shakib 31-3-82-1; Taijul 21-1-78-1; Nasir
6-2-14-0; Mominul 2-0-6-0; Sabbir 1-0-9-0.
Second Innings
M T Renshaw c Mushfiqur b Shakib
D A Warner c Soumya b Mustafizur
*S P D Smith c Mushfiqur b Taijul
P S P Handscomb not out
G J Maxwell not out
22
8
16
16
25
Total (3 wkts, 15.3 overs)
87
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-44, 3-48.
Bowling: Mustafizur 5-1-16-1; Shakib 6-1-35-1;
Taijul 4-0-26-1; Nasir 0.3-0-10-0.
Umpires: I J Gould (Eng) and N J Llong (Eng).
6 Two-match series drawn 1-1.
Cycling
Tour of Britain
Fifth stage: 1, L Boom (Neth, Lotto) 19min 2sec;
2, V Campenaerts (Bel, Lotto) 6sec behind. Leading overall positions: 1, Boom 17hr 57min 25sec;
2, Campenaerts 8sec behind.
Vuelta a Espa馻
Stage 18: 1, S Armee (Bel, Lotto) 4hr 9min 39sec;
2, A Lutsenko (Kaz, Astana) 31sec behind. Leading
overall positions: 1, C Froome (GB, Sky) 72hr 3min
50sec; 2, V Nibali (It, Bahrain Merida) 1min 37sec.
Rugby league
Betfred Super League Super 8s: Wakefield 16
St Helens 18.
How they stand
P W D L
F
A Pts
Castleford
27 23 0 4 873 444 46
Leeds
27 18 0 9 645 571 36
Hull
27 15 1 11 625 591 31
Wakefield
28 15 0 13 695 629 30
St Helens
28 14 1 13 593 498 29
Wigan
27 13 3 11 641 576 29
Salford
27 13 0 14 622 640 26
Huddersfield 27 11 3 13 621 552 25
Football
Sky Bet Championship: Derby v Hull (7.45).
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Hamilton v
Celtic (7.45).
Cricket
Third Investec Test (11.0): Second day of five:
Lord?s: England v West Indies.
Specsavers County Championship: Final day of
four (11.0): First division: Ageas Bowl:
Hampshire v Surrey. Emirates Old Trafford:
Lancashire v Essex. Edgbaston: Warwickshire v
Somerset. Headingley: Yorkshire v Middlesex.
Second division: Derby: Derbyshire v
Glamorgan. Emirates Durham: Durham v Kent.
Leicester: Leicestershire v Gloucestershire.
Northampton: Northamptonshire v Sussex.
Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire.
Rugby league
Betfred Super League Super 8s (8.0): Castleford
v Leeds; Hull v Wigan.
Rugby union
Aviva Premiership: Sale v Newcastle (7.45).
Guinness Pro14: Edinburgh v Dragons (7.35);
Leinster v Cardiff Blues (7.35).
Birmingham nears
Commonwealth bid
Birmingham moved towards
being England?s bid for the
2022 Commonwealth Games
after it was chosen ahead of
Liverpool, but it must convince
the government to underwrite
the cost (Martyn Ziegler
writes). About �0 million in
public money will be needed
and if ministers approve the
bid, Birmingham will compete
with Kuala Lumpur to be the
host. Three-quarters of the
public money will come from
the Treasury and the rest from
local councils. Tracey Crouch,
the sports minister, said: ?The
government need to be
satisfied that the bid offers
value for money and a strong
economic and sporting legacy.?
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Friday September 8 2017 | the times
Sport Football
Wenger to lay down
the law after shock
of Liverpool defeat
exclusive
Counting the air miles
Matt Hughes
Deputy Football Correspondent
The 20 Premier League clubs in
order of distance travelled by their
players in the international break
Ars鑞e Wenger will finally tell his
Arsenal players today that their
performance in the humiliating defeat
by Liverpool before the international
break was unacceptable.
The Arsenal manager has not had
the opportunity to speak to his squad
since their 4-0 defeat at Anfield 12 days
ago. Wenger said little to his players in
the immediate aftermath of the match,
as is normal for him after any loss,
but he will make it clear that their
performance was not good enough.
After making his point, the
Frenchman wants to draw a line under
the Liverpool debacle by urging his
players to kick-start Arsenal?s season
during a busy September. Bournemouth visit the Emirates Stadium
tomorrow before a home tie against
Cologne on Thursday in the Europa
League and a Premier League match
away to Chelsea next Sunday.
Three of Arsenal?s four Premier
League games before the international
break next month are at home, so
Wenger will stress the immediate
opportunity they have to recover from
a poor start to the season in which they
have lost two of three league games.
Alexis S醤chez returned to the club
yesterday after being denied a
deadline-day transfer to Manchester
City, but trained alone because of his
late return from South America. The
Chilean is likely to be involved against
Bournemouth despite his disenchantment at having to stay. Wenger plans to
make a late decision on his team selection, which will be heavily dependent
on S醤chez?s physical condition.
The Arsenal manager is confident
that S醤chez?s mental strength can
help him to put his failed move to City
behind him.
?I don?t know if he was disappointed
or not,? Wenger said. ?You tell me about
legends, that means they have a mental
strength that is beyond normal. You
cannot be at that level and be
disappointed and not play. If you love to
play football, you will play football.
?I have no doubt about Alexis?s mind
and mentality. People question and he
Man City (14 players) 106,117 miles
Most by: Bravo (Chile)
14,853
Leicester (11)
80,522
Okazaki (Japan)
15,147
Liverpool (16)
76,726
Firmino & Coutinho (Brazil) 12,794
Man Utd (16)
Romero (Argentina)
70,204
14,747
Burnley (10)
Wood (New Zealand)
Tottenham (13)
Son Heung-min (S Korea)
Arsenal (11)
S醤chez (Chile)
62,263
22,804
58,434
12,748
53,281
14,853
West Brom (10)
Rond髇 (Venezuela)
49,645
15,258
Chelsea (13)
Willian (Brazil)
48,143
12,794
Southampton (10)
Yoshida (Japan)
46,235
15,147
Watford (8)
Carrillo (Peru)
36,133
12,431
Newcastle (6)
Atsu (Ghana)
Stoke (8)
Cameron (US)
Bournemouth (4)
B Smith (Australia)
34,183
9,472
34,015
11,334
33,078
19,545
West Ham (8)
Kouyat� (Senegal)
30,595
7,265
Huddersfield (3)
29,019
Mooy (Australia)
19,545
Everton (7)
26,293
Gueye (Senegal)
7,265
Crystal Palace (6)
24,834
Schlupp (Ghana)
9,472
Brighton (3)
10,990
Duffy (Ireland)
5,684
Swansea (3)
8,403
Olsson & Nordfeldt (Sweden) 3,288
needs to come back to full fitness, not
what he was at Liverpool. It was his first
game. He had a negative experience
with Chile [who lost 3-0 to Paraguay
last week, leading to criticism of
S醤chez] and will be back quickly to his
best.?
S醤chez seems certain to leave at the
end of the season ? if City do not
return with a bid in January ? and
Mesut 謟il is another unlikely to sign a
new deal. Arsenal have conceded that
the � million sale of another out of
contract player, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, to Liverpool soon after the
clubs played each other was made as a
way of redressing the balance.
?We had to sell someone,? Wenger
said. ?We have both sides: we have
players we do not want to extend, and
we have players we wanted to extend,
where we could not find an agreement.
That means that every time you have to
quantify the loss of income. And you
decide, ?OK, we can do it for two or
three, but not for four or five.? ?
The Premier League voted to close
the transfer window before the start of
the season yesterday and Wenger said
that the situation had caused players to
be tapped up, sometimes hours before
games. ?Players have no clarity,? he
said. ?Are they tapped up in the
afternoon of the game by people who
want to get them out? You are not naive
enough to think that will not happen. I
don?t know if it happened before the
Liverpool game.
?He [Oxlade-Chamberlain] was not
worse than any other player on the
football pitch.?
Defeat by Bournemouth in the
league tomorrow would be the third in
a row for Arsenal, but Wenger shrugged
off early t
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