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Wednesday August 30 2017 | thetimes.co.uk | No 72315
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Outraged May slams North Korea after missile fired over Japan
Francis Elliott Political Editor
Richard Lloyd Parry Tokyo
Theresa May condemned North Korea?s ballistic missile test over Japan as
reckless provocation before she
travelled to Tokyo in the hope of securing a post-Brexit trade deal.
The test early yesterday was the first
to be directed over Japanese airspace,
crossing the island of Hokkaido before
crashing into the Pacific.
President Trump responded by saying that ?all options are on the table?.
He warned that the actions of Kim
Jong-un, the North Korean leader,
?only increase the regime?s isolation?,
adding: ?This regime has signalled its
contempt for its neighbours, for all
members of the United Nations and for
Judge rules
child must
leave Muslim
foster home
minimum standards of acceptable
international behaviour.? South Korea
said the missile was launched from near
Pyongyang and flew 1,680 miles, reaching an altitude of about 340 miles. US
officials said that further analysis was
needed to determine whether the
launch was a success or failure.
Mrs May, who was said to be outraged by the test, insisted that her trip
would go ahead despite tension in the
region.
She is likely to receive a warm welcome in Japan, where she will be entertained in a tea ceremony by the prime
minister, Shinzo Abe, and received in
his palace by Emperor Akihito. Hopes
of a swiftly negotiated trade agreement
are likely to be dashed, however. ?Britain is not in a position to press [on a
EVAN VUCCI/AP
A girl at the centre of a care dispute was
removed from her Muslim foster
parents yesterday and reunited with
her family as a judge urged councils to
seek ?culturally matched placements?
for vulnerable children.
The five-year-old, a native English
speaker from a Christian family, was
taken to her grandmother?s home after
a court ruled that she should not remain in the placement organised by the
London borough of Tower Hamlets.
Judge Khatun Sapnara, a practising
Muslim, said it was in the girl?s best
interests to live with a family member
who could keep her safe, promote her
welfare and meet her needs ?in terms of
ethnicity, culture and religion?. The
judge ordered the council to conduct an
urgent investigation into issues reported by The Times, saying the newspaper
had acted responsibly in raising ?very
concerning? matters of ?legitimate
public interest?.
Friends of the child?s family said that
they were hugely relieved by the decision to move her from foster placements where all was ?foreign and unfamiliar? into surroundings where she
would feel ?much more at home?.
When The Times told Tower Hamlets
last week of its intention to reveal the
council?s decision to place a white
British child with a family whose
culture, faith and primary language
were alien, the local authority tried to
block the story. It contacted the East
London family court, where the girl?s
case was the subject of care proceedings, and told Judge Sapnara that confidential court documents had been
unlawfully leaked and publication of an
article would be an offence.
Security staff at the court, where a
case hearing took place yesterday
morning, ordered a Times journalist to
leave the building and threatened an
escorted removal by security guards
unless the reporter left voluntarily.
When Judge Sapnara was informed of
the newspaper?s wish to attend the
hearing, the reporter was readmitted.
Earlier this week, the newspaper revealed that the child, who was taken into care in March, initially spent four
months in a foster home where, she
said, the family often did not speak English at home and encouraged her to
learn Arabic.
Social services reports noted that she
was tearful and distressed when she
was returned to the home. For the past
two months she has been in the care of
a second Muslim couple, where she
spoke of regularly eating meals on the
floor. In both households, the primary
foster carers veiled their face in public.
A council employee heard the child
say that the first foster parent, to whose
care she was due to have been returned
this week, removed and did not return
her necklace, which had a cross. The
same family was said to have refused to
allow her to eat a carbonara meal
Continued on page 6, col 1
PM chases trade deal, page 12
South Korea responds, page 30
Thousands of
Twitter users
?deceived by
Russian agent?
Matthew Moore Media Correspondent
The Times praised for exposing council?s failure
Andrew Norfolk
Chief Investigative Reporter
trade agreement],? one Japanese official said.
Mrs May, who described Japan as
Britain?s closest security partner in
Asia, said: ?These are illegal tests, we
strongly condemn them and we will be
working with Japan . . . to ensure that
pressure is put on North Korea.?
Facing a storm Melania Trump might need more than just her First Lady of the
United States hat after arriving in flood-hit Texas in the rain. President Trump?s
visit to the hurricane zone is being seen as a test of his leadership. Page 30
Hundreds of thousands of Twitter users
are reading pro-Kremlin propaganda
by a suspected Russian troll posing as a
Ukip supporter, evidence suggests.
Analysis of tweets under the name
@DavidJo52951945 indicates that they
were likely to have been posted as part
of a disinformation campaign.
The account has built up a following
of more than 100,000 people, including
prominent British rightwingers, and
has been retweeted by Ukip officials
with thousands more followers. Since
2013 it has disseminated 130,000 tweets
featuring anti-EU, anti-migration and
pro-Brexit comments and news links.
A statistical analysis of recent tweets
suggests they were almost all posted
between 5am and 5pm UK time, which
is 8am to 8pm in Russia. Employees at
a notorious ?troll factory? in St Petersburg are known to work 12-hour shifts.
At key moments the account has
pushed Kremlin talking points, such as
casting doubt on Russian involvement
in the downing of the MH17 passenger
jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014, and
turning on Turkey after it shot down a
Russian warplane in 2015.
Keir Giles, of the Chatham House
think tank, said the account was ?typical of a high-end Russian trolling effort?. Ben Nimmo, of the Atlantic
Council digital forensic research lab,
said: ?We?ve not seen an account of this
scale operating in the UK before.?
Last night the controller of the account, who claims to live in Southampton or the Isle of Wight, denied any link
to Russia. He described the allegations
as entirely false and ?completely defamatory? but declined several requests
to demonstrate that he was in Britain.
Damian Collins, chairman of the culture select committee, said social media
companies must do more to stop the
spread of fake news, adding: ?The use
by Russian sources of fake news as a
weapon against the West is one of the
greatest threats to our democracy.?
?Kremlin stooge?, page 5
Leading article, page 29
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Health PFI deals Health warning
pay out �1m
on low-fat diets
Bake Off rises
to the occasion
Companies made
�1 million in profits
from the NHS over
six years through
controversial private
finance initiative deals
new research has
discovered. Page 4
The Great British Bake
Off survived its
� million move to
Channel 4 intact, with
its debut last night
earning four stars from
The Times?s Carol
Midgley. Page 17
Switching to a low-fat
diet may increase the
risk of dying early.
Scientists warn that
what you eat instead of
meat and dairy
products could be
worse. Page 7
COMMENT
Since 1956 socialists have been trying to find an
alternative form of socialism. One that works
DANIEL FINKELSTEIN, PAGE 25
Seoul fighters
threaten Kim
Hurricane hits
sterling?s value
�m S醤chez
bid rejected
South Korea sent four
fighter jets on a livefire drill to practise
decapitating Kim
Jong-un?s government
hours after the latest
North Korean missile
test. Page 31
Sterling fell to an
eight-year low against
the euro of ?1.0764 as
Hurricane Harvey and
tensions on the
Korean peninsula sent
jitters through the
markets. Page 37
Manchester City have
had a � million bid
for Arsenal?s Alexis
S醤chez rejected and
Everton turned down
a � million offer
from Chelsea for
Ross Barkley. Page 72
THUNDERER 26
LETTERS 28
LEADING ARTICLES 29
WORLD 30
BUSINESS 37
REGISTER 53
SPORT 60
CROSSWORD 72
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DINNER
TONIGHT
Dijon sardines on
toast with tomato
and rocket
Canned sardines on
toast are a great store
cupboard standby. I
like a smear of creamy
Dijon mustard to liven
the flavours with tangy
interest, becoming
more of a feast with
thick slices of tomato
and a handful of
rocket. Any bread
works well but a
dense-textured
sourdough or ciabatta
is best, giving a good
contrast of textures.
Another trick with
canned sardines is to
remove the backbones
then mash smooth
with their olive oil,
plenty of black pepper
and a generous
squeeze of lemon
juice. You then have a
delicious sardine p鈚�
to pile on to hot
buttered toast or layer
up, bruschetta-style,
with tomatoes or
watercress.
Serves 2 Prep 15 min
Cook 15 min
Ingredients: 2 thick
slices sourdough or
similar bread; 1 dsp
Dijon mustard; 2 x
120g cans sardines in
thetimes
olive oil; 2 vine
tomatoes; 2 tbsp extra
virgin olive oil; handful
of rocket or watercress.
Toast bread and smear
one side with mustard,
being quite generous.
Split sardines in the tin
and remove backbone,
piling them on to toast
as you go. Dribble
some of oil in the can
over top. Core tomato,
cutting it out in a
pointed plug shape,
then slice into chunky
wedges. Lay wedges
over sardines, piling
them up to entirely
cover the fish. Splash
tomatoes with a little
more oil then season
with salt and pepper.
Add rocket or sprigs
watercress and serve
with knife and fork.
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Uber bows to privacy clamour
and stops tracking customers
Mark Bridge
Technology Correspondent
Uber will no longer track its customers
for five minutes after the end of a ride
after complaints from users and privacy
campaigners.
Since November, the taxi app has required users to ?always? share location
data from their phone if they don?t want
to manually enter their pick-up
address. It said it would track users for
up to five minutes after drop-off to
improve customer service and safety.
Customers and privacy campaigners
criticised the move as invasive, claiming that there was no good reason for
Uber to collect the information.
The company will now restore users?
ability to share their location only when
they are using the app and remove the
five-minute permissions. It is part of
efforts to rebuild its reputation after
scandals that include allegations of
poor treatment of drivers, repeated violations of users? privacy and a sexist
working culture at headquarters.
Uber?s board voted on Sunday to hire
Dara Khosrowshahi, former head of
Expedia, as its chief executive after the
resignation of Travis Kalanick, the
co-founder. Mr Khosrowshahi said he
had not yet signed the contract but was
likely to take the position.
Despite the change to location sharing ?in the coming weeks?, the company
will continue to ask users to share contacts and calendar information, although they may decline. Uber claims
data gathering makes it faster to book a
ride to a location in a user?s phone.
When it introduced location tracking
last year, the company said: ?Uber collects your location data from the time
of trip request through five minutes
after the trip ends, including when the
app is in the background. We do this to
improve pickups, drop-offs, customer
service and to enhance safety.?
Between location tracking and
mining of users? contacts and calendars, privacy campaigners say Uber can
build intrusive profiles of users, including where they work, how often they go
to pubs and bars and even who they are
sleeping with. This data could be monetised by targeting ads and services.
Three years ago Uber was caught
tracking customers? movements without their consent. It insisted that it had
policies to stop staff accessing journey
data but former employees claimed
that celebrities and former partners
were tracked, allegations Uber denies.
In March, it was reported that Uber was
using a secret program, Greyball, to spy
on law enforcement officials investigating the company. Uber, which has
since stopped using the program, said it
denied ride requests to users who
violated its terms of service, including
?opponents who collude with officials
on secret ?stings? to entrap drivers?.
Last week the US Federal Trade
Commission ruled that ?Uber failed
consumers in two key ways: first by misrepresenting the extent to which it
monitored employees? access to personal information about users, and
second by misrepresenting that it took
reasonable steps to secure that data?. It
ordered Uber to undertake an independent audit of its privacy controls
every two years until 2037.
The US Justice Department is also
said to have begun a review of claims
that the company violated the Foreign
Corrupt Practices Act, which bans the
bribery of foreign officials. The Wall
Street Journal said the department?s
initial findings would dictate whether it
would launch a full investigation. The
countries involved are not known.
Ministers ignored warnings Deportation
over business rate changes scheme ?is a
Patrick Maguire
The government failed to act on
warnings that changes to the way
business rates are calculated would hit
small firms with a punitive so-called
staircase tax.
In correspondence seen by The
Times, the government was warned of
?adverse consequences? for businesses
by the Royal Institution of Chartered
Surveyors, the Rating Surveyors? Association and the Institute of Revenues
Rating and Valuation.
The letter in February last year to
Marcus Jones, the local government
minister, came after a Supreme Court
ruling that means offices on different
floors are now treated as separate companies when it comes to calculating
business rates.
The letter said that the move would
hurt companies and the government?s
regeneration objectives.
The minister?s reply defended the
changes, which have hit 30,000 small
businesses with rates increases of up to
�,000. The new charges will be backdated to 2015 in England and 2010 in
Wales.
The ruling allows the Valuation
Office Agency, which recalculated
business rates this year, to levy fees individually on a company?s offices on
different floors or corridors in a building occupied by more than one tenant.
The change has been likened to the
18th-century tax on windows.
Mr Jones was urged to make ?prompt
changes? to the law and was warned
that the business rates regime would be
?plunged into greater unfairness? by
the change, which could lead to an
extra �0 million in charges for companies in the City of London alone.
The correspondence added that no
business ?could possibly have budgeted
or accrued for? the rise.
In his reply Mr Jones said the change
would provide ?simplicity and consistency? for businesses. He said that the
previous system had ?created complexity and uncertainty [and] also generated volatility in rateable values?.
The disclosure that ministers did not
act on the warning will add to calls for
reform. Business leaders and politicians
have urged Philip Hammond, the
chancellor, to make changes and
say that the revised rules unfairly
penalise medium-sized enterprises
and start-ups, which tend to acquire
office space in increments as their
business grows.
costly failure?
Patrick Maguire
A deportation scheme championed by
Theresa May has been heavily criticised for being powerless to send terrorists back to countries such as Libya,
Syria, Sudan and Pakistan.
The Home Office?s Deportation with
Assurances (DWA) scheme aims to
work with other countries to secure a
guarantee that anyone deported will
get fair treatment. However, an independent investigation found that jihadists were still avoiding deportation to a
long list of countries on human rights
grounds. In the past 13 years, only 11
people had been deported under the
scheme ? nine to Algeria and two to
Jordan, one of whom was the hardline
Islamic cleric Abu Qatada.
The report, commissioned by the
Home Office, concluded that questions
?may be asked whether the time has
come to abandon the policy?.
The cost and difficulty involved in
securing assurances meant that the
government was unable to deal with
deportations to more than two countries at any one time, the report said.
Pilot halts deportation, page 5
Relationship counselling funds under threat
Greg Hurst Social Affairs Editor
Marriage and relationship counselling
faces losing all of its government funding, a former cabinet minister has
warned.
Iain Duncan Smith said that officials
in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) were drawing up plans to
cut the � million provided for counselling services to prevent family breakdown.
David Cameron promised in a speech
in January last year to double the
budget for relationship support, which
would have taken spending from
�5 million to � million a year. Mr
Duncan Smith wrote on the Conservative Home website yesterday that cutting the money would be ?a retrograde
step? that would exacerbate family
breakdown.
?Without this funding, innumerable
families and couples will no longer be
able to access marriage and relationship support, particularly those on low
incomes and vulnerable groups who
often need it the most,? he wrote.
An ally of Mr Duncan Smith said the
move came from officials within the department rather than from David
Gauke, the secretary of state, or the
Treasury, and that the entire budget for
relationship counselling was earmarked for removal.
Chris Sherwood, chief executive of
Relate, said: ?We urge them to continue
to fund relationship support, counselling, information and education. Relate
delivers vital support . . . last year we
helped more than 1.85m people.?
The DWP refused to comment. A
government spokesman said: ?Mounting evidence shows the damaging effect
parental conflict has on children, which
is why we remain committed to supporting parents, whether separated or
not, to work together.?
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Vegan sets pulses racing with
packaging-free supermarket
Put away the
sun cream
and prepare
for frosts
SWNS
Simon de Bruxelles
Fariha Karim
It helps to have deep pockets to shop at
Britain?s only ?zero waste? supermarket. Not only do none of its 200 products come with packaging, you have to
bring your own containers.
Earth.Food.Love was set up by the
former Manchester United fullback
Richard Eckersley and his wife Nicola.
At the peak of his career Mr Eckersley,
28, fell out of love with football and into
saving the world.
Having played alongside Cristiano
Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, players
not known for inconspicuous consumption, he said: ?We have a 15month-old daughter, Willow, and I
have woken up and become vegan. I became more conscious about how much
we consume and how we can tread
more lightly on the planet.
?Nothing comes through the door
here unless it?s unpackaged and organic. We sell everything that?s dried, so
you?ve got grains, beans, pulses, legumes, rice, seeds, flours, sugars, seaweed and spaghetti, yeast flakes and
stock. We?ve got
herbs and spices
and dried fruit.
?We also have
two grinding machines so you can
make your own
nut butter.?
The supermarket in Totnes,
Devon, asks shoppers to bring their
own pots, jars, bottles and paper bags.
It supplies compostable paper bags for
those who forget or
are visiting for the
first time.
They do sell some
liquids including maple syrup and apple
cider vinegar but,
being vegan, no milk or dairy products.
Goods on offer include 50g of Assam
blend tea for �50, 60g of Cornish seaweed for �72, and half a kilo of muesli
for �17. All the products on sale are delivered to the store in 25kg sacks which
are returned when empty to be refilled.
Mr Eckersley, whose final season on
the football pitch was with Oldham
Athletic last year, said: ?We are more into re-using than recycling, selling
things that can be used again and again.
We tend to get things from small suppliers as they work very well with us. We
After a weekend of glorious blue skies
sent thousands racing to Britain?s
beaches on a hot August bank holiday,
weather forecasters yesterday sent a
shiver through our spines: prepare for
frost by the end of the week.
Hopes were dashed that the recent
warm temperatures were the beginnings of an Indian summer, after the
Met Office said that temperatures were
set to drop to the mid-teens over the
coming days. There is also the prospect
of grass frost in pockets of northern
England before the end of the week.
?There is no sign of any prolonged
period of hot weather,? Marco Petagna,
a senior forecaster, said. ?Monday was
pretty warm but things are going to be
turning much cooler, with a three-way
split across the country.?
Today Lincolnshire will experience
temperatures of about 14C ? half the
28.2C the county had on Monday, the
hottest August bank holiday on record.
Wales, central and southern England
can expect rain. Parts of the southeast
are likely to be about 18C, with the
threat of thundery showers.
Conditions this week will be warmest
in the southeast of England, particularly in Kent, where highs of 28C are
possible, although the Met Office said
that a cold front pushing eastwards
would bring a ?fresher feel?.
This summer?s weather has prompted anecdotal claims that it has been one
of the coldest ever. However, the Met
Office said that temperatures for June
were 1.5C above average, while July was
?bang on average?. In June the average
temperature was 14.5C, and in July it
was 15.1C.
Rainfall, on the other hand, was
higher than average, Oli Claydon, a
spokesman for the Met Office, said. In
June there was 55 per cent more rain
than would normally be expected for
the month, and in July it was 37 per cent
more. August, for which figures are still
being collated, is expected to be the
wettest month of the summer.
Monday was declared a record in the
50 years of the late August bank holiday, with Britons enjoying temperatures commonly found in the Mediterranean. In Spain, the southern coast
was hit by storms. Confirmation of the
record came after checking the 1990
data, when one weather station appeared to hit 28.3C but was discounted
as suspect because temperatures surrounding it were all around 26C.
R
Richard
and Nicola Eckersley with their daughter, Willow. They ask customers to bring their own jars
and
a bags and sell products that include bamboo toothbrushes, left, with bristles that can be replaced
tthink this is the
fu
future of shopp
ping.?
Britain?s first ?zerro waste? superm
market, Unpackaaged, opened in
H
Hackney,
east
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London, in 2012
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but
closed two
lat after
f
years later
its owner moved to
larger premises and expanded to include a caf�.
Mr Eckersley says Earth.Food.Love
has dozens of satisfied customers saving money on their weekly shop
because they don?t have to buy expensive packaging.
Their strict ethos means it is impossible for them to sell staples such as
tinned tomatoes or tomato paste. They
also steer clear of fresh fruit and veg
because Totnes has a weekly market
and is full of organic greengrocers. Mrs
Eckersley, 27, a former English teacher,
Bright green ideas
6 Don?t buy water in
plastic bottles, buy a
reusable bottle and fill it
from a tap. If you dislike
the taste of tap water,
use a Japanese
Binchotan charcoal stick
from Black + Blum.
6 Carry a lightweight
foldable bag. They are
reusable and pay for
themselves in no time.
6 Instead of using
expensive chemical
cleaners follow the
Victorians? example and
use white vinegar and
baking soda.
6 Get your old folk a
rocking chair that can
charge electrical
devices thanks to a
pendulum, gears and a
motor, a concept
hopes one day to open similar stores in
London and Birmingham.
The couple were inspired to launch
the idea during a visit to Berlin where
they came across Unperfekthaus, a
German ?zero waste? store.
Mr Eckersley said: ?We immediately
developed at the
University of California.
6 A Swedish company
harvests energy from
Stockholm commuters
on the underground.
Each person produces
the heat of a 100-watt
lightbulb, which is
converted into energy
in a heat exchanger and
keeps travellers warm.
thought, why doesn't this exist in the
UK??
The store?s Zero Waste Lifestyle collection includes sanitary products,
metal razors and bamboo toothbrushes
that allow you to replace the bristles
when they wear out.
Weather, page 59
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?Stalker? on the run
A sport psychologist and TV
personality had a warrant issued
for her arrest with no bail
yesterday after she failed to
appear at Camberwell Green
magistrates? court. Amanda
Owens, 44, allegedly bombarded
Amanda Lothian, a lawyer, with
WhatsApp messages despite an
harrassment warning from police.
Dr Owens has previously denied
the charges and said both women
were victims of a scam. She said
that she faced bankruptcy as a
result of the case.
Golden ticket ?Wonderful to be here!? exclaimed Walt Whitman in his poem Song at Sunset. Visitors to the London Eye this week must have enjoyed a similar feeling
Private firms with NHS
contracts make �0m
Henry Zeffman Political Reporter
Private companies operating controversial finance contracts in the NHS
made profits of �1 million in six years.
The billions paid by the service under
private finance initiative (PFI) schemes
since 1997 have already raised questions over value for money, and now
research has shown that some companies are making profits of almost 40 per
cent.
Stella Creasy, the Labour MP for
Walthamstow, who previously campaigned against payday loan companies, said the study by the Centre for
Health and the Public Interest think
tank showed that PFI companies were
?squeezing public services at great cost
to the taxpayer and great profit to
shareholders?.
Under PFI contracts, the NHS pays
companies to build and operate parts of
hospitals and to renovate old ones. In
return the companies receive annual
repayments over 31 years on average
that far exceed the costs of the project.
The model was pioneered under
Tony Blair?s governments. There are
125 PFI contracts in the NHS and more
than 800 across government, including
in schools, jails and police forces.
Thirteen of the contracts run at profit
margins exceeding 30 per cent. The
highest were in the Peterborough and
Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation
trust, where the PFI company made a
pre-tax profit of � million between
2010 and 2015; and County Durham
and Darlington NHS Foundation trust,
where the company involved made a
pre-tax profit of � million. In both
cases the profit was 38 per cent of the
money paid by the NHS.
The PFI company that runs Univers-
Case study
S
eventeen years ago, in one
of the biggest PFI deals
ever done, University
College London Hospital
began work building and
equipping a �2 million site
(Oliver Wright writes).
Widely regarded as one of the
best-run trusts in Britain, the
scheme merged four sites into
one mega hospital, and the PFI
consortium became responsible
for designing, building, financing
and operating the facilities.
It has already paid off for the
consortium and its backers.
However, in the latest annual
report, hospital managers said:
?There remains significant
uncertainty about the trust?s
financial sustainability as a result
of underfunding combined with
financial pressure from the PFI
arrangement.? Staff say they are
effectively tenants, with little
control over services such as
cleaning and repairs. Under the
terms of the deal it won?t be until
2032 that the hospital will be able
to make choices for itself.
ity College Hospital London generated
�9.7 million in pre tax profits between
2010 and 2015 ? 31 per cent of the
money paid by the NHS. Stretching
back over 11 years, the company has
made pre-tax profits of �0 million,
more than half the �2 million capital
value of the hospital.
The largest stake in the PFI company
running the hospital is held by Credit
Suisse, the Swiss bank, followed by
Semperian, a Jersey-based investment
fund. Semperian held the highest number of equity stakes (24) in PFI firms,
the report found, followed by Innisfree,
a fund management company which
held 19, and Barclays, which held 16.
The think tank?s findings are based
on a study of the Treasury database of
PFI schemes and the accounts of the
PFI companies. They echo research by
academics at universities in Edinburgh
and Milan who found in 2013 that ?significant problems in procurement
practices and the methodologies by
which bids are assessed? meant the
companies received excessive returns.
NHS trusts in England have also
spent millions on management consultants to advise on reorganisation.
The sums were revealed after Pulse, the
GPs? publication, submitted Freedom
of Information requests to the ?sustainability and transformation partnerships? (STPs) set up between the NHS
and local councils. The 19 STPs that responded had spent �17 million since
March last year, when the plans begun.
Extrapolated across the 44 STPs, the
figure would be �.2 million.
For 2015-16, the overall NHS budget
was about �6.4 billion.
The government said the PFI report
looked at too small a timeframe, given
that the PFI contracts last decades.
?The NHS is recognised by the independent Commonwealth Fund as the
most efficient healthcare system in the
world and spends less than three per
cent of its budget on PFI,? a spokesman
for the Department of Health said.
?The first PFI contracts, signed in 1997,
range between 25 and 30 years. This report analyses six years of contracts and
does not represent the full picture.?
Welsh patients
languishing on
year-long lists
The number of people waiting more
than 12 months for an operation in
Wales is five times higher than four
years ago.
A freedom of information request by
the Royal College of Surgeons found
that in the year up to March, a total of
3,605 people had had to wait more than
a year for surgery. In March 2013 the
figure was 699.
In England ? which has more than
17 times the population of Wales ?
1,302 people had been kept waiting for
more than a year.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health
Board, in north Wales had 1,202
patients waiting longer than a year,
compared with none in 2013 while Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University
Health Board had 1,271 ? up from 49.
Trauma and orthopaedic surgeries
had the highest rise in long waiting
times, with 2,489 patients waiting more
than a year in 2017, compared to 39 in
2013.
The numbers of people waiting more
than 26 weeks and 36 weeks for treatment after a referral by their GP has
fallen, however.
Those waiting more than 36 weeks
fell from 28,654 in August 2015 to 12,354
in March, according to the Welsh
government.
A spokesman said: ?We acknowledge
some people are still waiting too long
for treatment. That?s why we established the planned care programme to
deliver sustainable services. Health
boards have action plans in place to reduce long waits, and this month the
health secretary announced � million to help the NHS further improve
waiting times.
?Over the last five years, referrals to
hospital-based services have increased
by around 20 per cent.?
Tesco snubs local meat
Farmers have accused Tesco of
turning its back on British food
after research showed it was the
only major retailer to cut its
offering of homegrown beef and
lamb since the Brexit referendum
and had reduced shelf space for
locally reared products by 15 per
cent. Tesco said it was a ?proud
supporter of the British lamb
industry? and always offered
homegrown products.
Air freshener fire alert
Makers of air fresheners will be
asked to warn of the dangers of
using battery-powered sprays
near naked flames after a woman
died in a fire. It is thought that the
sprays, ignited by candles, caused
the fire at the home of Kathleen
Holme, 67, March 27. An inquest
in Kendal was told that six
fresheners were found in her
room. The coroner recorded a
verdict of accidental death.
Boy held over car death
A 16-year-old boy has been
arrested on suspicion of causing
death by dangerous driving after
a car crash that left a man dead
and a five-month-old baby in
hospital. The crash, which
involved a single car, happened
on the A449 at Wombourne, near
Wolverhampton, on Sunday. The
teenager has since been released
pending further inquiries,
Staffordshire police have said.
George to start school
Prince George will have his first
day at school next Thursday,
Kensington Palace has
announced. He will be joined by
his parents, the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge, when he
walks through the gates at
Thomas?s Battersea. Starting at
the same time will be Simon
O?Malley, the new headmaster of
the school, where fees are from
�,604 a year for the first child.
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Twitter warrior
denounced as
?Kremlin stooge?
Matthew Moore Media Correspondent
Over the holiday weekend David Jones
tweeted about the excellent weather.
He does not, however, appear to have
got out of the house to enjoy it. Instead
he passed the days doing the same thing
he has done every day for the past four
years ? tweeting about politics.
His tweets, which usually pair a link
to a British newspaper article with his
own commentary, are frequently
retweeted hundreds of times among
rightwing UK users of the social networking website, with whom he has
built a substantial following.
His Twitter biography (?We need to
exit EU, ECHR, stop all immigration? . . .
Keyboard clues
Time and volume of tweets
from DavidJo52951945
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
6
8 10 am pm 2
4
Moscow time
(2 hours ahead of British summer time)
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8
10
?Like Ukip?) gives a strong hint of his
political views. Tommy Robinson, the
former leader of the English Defence
League, has interacted with him on
Twitter, and earlier this year Ukip?s
immigration spokesman, John Bickley,
had to apologise for retweeting one of
his cartoons stating: ?If you want a
jihadi for a neighbour, vote Labour.?
Mr Jones, whose Twitter account
claims he is from ?Southampton/Isle of
Wight? drops in nuggets of UK popular
culture into his tweets, but generally
sticks to anti-EU, anti-immigration
themes. However, the nature and frequency of his relentless social media
posts, and the extent to which they
accord with Russian hopes to break up
the EU, began to attract attention.
A US-based data scientist who became suspicious ran thousands of its
tweets through analysis software,
revealing a curious trend. They all appeared to have been posted in Moscow
office hours, between 8am and 8pm,
explaining why his UK followers start
receiving his daily updates at 5am.
The tweets are posted every few minutes seven days a week, suggesting the
account could be the full-time project
of a person, or people, working in shifts.
Analysing keywords revealed an increase in tweets about Ukraine and Crimea in 2014. The analysis also showed
that the account appeared to be part of
a web of thousands of accounts with
similar names, many of which promoted hashtags linked to Kremlin agendas.
The usernames ? an English name,
followed by a string of digits ? could
suggest their creator was in a rush to
make many accounts as quickly as
possible so accepted ?default? names
suggested by Twitter.
Keir Giles, an expert in Russian information warfare at Chatham House,
said that the user?s high standard of
English, and the relative complexity of
their arguments, would make it ?one of
the most sophisticated? pro-Kremlin
accounts on social media.
While most Russian ?bots? and trolls
on Twitter exist just to amplify proMoscow messages, this account apparently sought to directly influence the
views of prominent figures on the British right, he said. ?To influence mass
consciousness and public processes
they need to bring along a large chunk
of the population, but also specifically
target key influencers.?
Ben Nimmo, of the Atlantic Council
digital forensic research lab, said that
such an account would be a ?step up?
from other Kremlin disinformation operations in Britain.
Yesterday the person controlling the
account said that the claim that he was
connected to Russia was ?made up? and
?completely defamatory?, adding: ?I am
not pro Kremlin at all, I am just a Brexit
supporter?.
He declined to reveal more details of
his identity, or confirm his location, beyond offering to send a picture of the
Solent to prove that he lived on the
south coast. Last night he switched his
account to ?private?, meaning it can
only be seen by approved users.
Leading article, page 29
Father found
dead after
daughter, 16,
was killed
The father of a schoolgirl who was
killed on a railway line has been found
dead.
Paul Butters?s body was discovered
on Sunday, just over a month after his
daughter, Taiyah Peebles, 16, was
electrocuted on a track in Kent. She
died on July 26 after a night out with
friends.
Her mother, Hayley Peebles, Mr Butters?s former partner, said: ?We are all
completely shocked and saddened and
feel for his family, especially coming so
soon after Taiyah?s death. I had not seen
him for years but he was invited to her
funeral and would have been welcomed, but didn?t come.
?It?s difficult to know at this stage
what happened until there?s been a
proper investigation.?
A spokesman for Kent police said
that a man in his thirties was found
dead at a house in Ramsgate and that
the circumstances were not suspicious.
Taiyah was last seen at a rail station
Taiyah Peebles, 16,
was electrocuted
on a railway line
Riding high Lily James filming near Oxford for Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again,
in which she plays a young Donna, the character made famous by Meryl Streep
with friends. Her body was found
on the line the following morning. She
had became separated from her friends
when she went to find a lavatory
while returning from a night out in
Whitstable about 11pm. Security
camera footage shows the group of
friends leaving Herne Bay station and
she was later seen standing on the platform alone.
Her body was found on the railway
tracks at 6.45 the next morning. A train
driver bound for Thanet is thought to
have seen her on the line after pulling
into Herne Bay station. Five trains had
already passed that way in the direction
of London that morning.
Officials cut the power to the line and
cancelled all trains while emergency
crews attended. She was pronounced
dead at the scene.
The teenager, who had recently finished her GCSEs was waiting to pick up
her results. More than 100 friends held
a vigil for her and let off balloons in a
tribute described as ?a beautiful but
heartbreaking moment?.
Pilot refuses to deport asylum seeker Man born and raised in UK
Georgie Keate
A pilot halted the deportation of an
Afghan asylum seeker after refusing to
take off from Heathrow because the
passenger?s life would be at risk at his
destination.
Campaigners have been working to
stop Samim Bigzad, 23, from being
deported to Kabul, from where he fled
after being threatened with beheading
by the Taliban.
Three thousand people have signed a
petition for his case to be reassessed
and several campaigners from Kent
Anti-Racism Network went to Heathrow to tell Turkish Airlines passengers
that Mr Bigzad was being deported on
their plane.
The campaigners thought they had
failed to persuade passengers to bring it
up with the crew when the flight took
off 45 minutes late. Bridget Chapman,
the network?s chairwoman, received a
call that night from Kavel Rafferty, who
had been housing the asylum seeker, to
say that Mr Bigzad was back in the
Brook House immigration removal
centre near Gatwick.
?The last message I?d had from him
was so sad ? it just said ?they?ve come to
take me? and then the phone was
switched off,? Ms Rafferty told the
Independent. ?But then he rang that
night and told me ?the pilot said no?. He
was happy and shocked. There are so
many people who would like to thank
[the pilot].?
The European Aviation Safety Agency says that a pilot is responsible for the
?safety of the aircraft and of all crew
members, passengers and cargo on
board? and can decide whether or not
to take off with an individual on board.
Mr Bigzad has said he fled to the UK
after repeated threats by the Taliban.
He worked for a construction company
which had contracts with American
firms and the Afghan government.
He arrived in the UK in 2015 and
went to live with relatives and care for
his sick father who had gained British
citizenship.
Mr Bigzad was refused asylum and
detained while attending an immigration appointment in July.
A Home Office spokesman said: ?All
country policy and information is
based on a careful and objective assessment of available evidence from a range
of sources including media outlets,
local, national and international organisations and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
?We continually review our country
policy and information to ensure it is up
to date, accurate and relevant, so that
staff can make fair and considered decisions.?
told to leave by Home Office
Georgie Keate
A joiner who was born and raised in the
UK and has British parents and grandparents has been ordered to leave the
country by the Home Office.
Shane Ridge, 21, was sent a letter last
week telling him to take steps to leave
the UK immediately or face being forcibly removed because he did not have
British citizenship.
His mother, who was born in Australia to British parents during a holiday,
holds dual citizenship. Mr Ridge, from
Colne, Lancashire, said that when he
applied for a passport last year his application was declined. He then applied
for an Australian passport and was accepted. He was advised by a passport
office in Liverpool that he would be able
to go on holiday and return to the UK.
He heard nothing further until the letter last week and said he did not know
that he was not a British citizen.
He said: ?I went to apply for right of
abode myself after receiving this letter
and was told by the Home Office that I
need to apply for British citizenship
first. I even have a birth certificate with
my dad?s signature on it ? he?s British.?
Philip Trott, an immigration specialist at Bates Wells Braithwaite, said that
the letter was probably sent because Mr
Ridge applied for a passport without
having British citizenship, for which he
would have needed to apply because his
mother was Australian.
Mr Ridge has appealed against the
decision. The Home Office declined to
comment.
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Girl?s welfare is the priority for judge
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bacon. Any local authority making a
foster placement is required to give due
consideration to the child?s ?religious
persuasion, racial origin and cultural
and linguistic background?. Addressing
lawyers for Tower Hamlets yesterday,
Judge Sapnara said her ?overriding concern [was] the welfare of the little girl?.
?You would presumably accept that
the priority should be an appropriate,
culturally matched placement that
meets the needs of the child in terms of
ethnicity, culture and religion?? she
said. Kevin Gordon, counsel for the
local authority, agreed but said that
when the girl initially became the
council?s responsibility, no white British
foster carers were available.
The Fostering Network charity has
estimated that 7,600 new foster families
need to be recruited in the next year. It
said there was a ?particular need for
foster carers to look after teenagers, disabled children, sibling groups and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children? but identified no shortfall in carers
for babies and young children.
A national shortage of ethnic minority foster carers often leads to nonwhite children being placed with white
British carers. In England, 84 per cent
of foster carers are white, as are 77 per
cent of fostered children.
The court was told yesterday that the
family?s wish for the girl to be placed in
the temporary care of her grandmother
had been under consideration for a
number of months. Judge Sapnara said
her decision to order the child?s removal
from foster care was not taken ?as a result of undue media involvement?. ?It is
Legal eagle
has broken
ground in
long career
Profile
J
udge Khatun
Sapnara is seen in
the profession as
commanding,
authoritative and
compassionate. Her
career has also seen her
break new ground
(Frances Gibb writes).
Just over a decade ago
she became the first
person of Bangladeshi
origin to reach a senior
judicial position when she
was appointed a crown
court recorder. A
practising Muslim, she
was instrumental in
formulating and drafting
the Forced Marriage
(Civil Protection) Act
2007 which enables
courts to issue protection
orders to stop people
being forced into
marriage.
However, she spoke out
against proposals to
criminalise forced
marriage, arguing that
the move could deter
victims from seeking
help. It was a ?quick-fix
solution to a complex and
long-standing problem,?
she wrote in a joint
newspaper article.
She was appointed a
full-time circuit judge in
2014 and the following
year was made a bencher
of the Middle Temple, a
recognition of status
taken because of the evidence available
to the court today, that the grandmother is an appropriate carer for the child,?
she said. All parties, including Tower
Hamlets, supported the decision.
Until the child?s future is resolved, at
a date yet to be set, she will continue to
have regular meetings with her mother,
supervised by council staff. To protect
the child, The Times is not disclosing
the unusual circumstances that led to
Khatun Sapnara and the
headline from The Times
within the profession.
Judge Sapnara, 49, was
also named British
Bangladeshi Power and
Inspiration Person of the
Year. Born in the city of
her being taken into care this year.
The judge said she had not seen reports of meetings in which a council
employee observed the child?s distress
and unhappiness and asked Tower
Hamlets to provide her with copies.
Tower Hamlets council said it had
the ?welfare of children at the heart of
what we do? and would like to give more
details about the case to correct ?inaccuracies?, but was legally restricted
Sylhet, the judge came to
the UK as a child, where
she was educated at a
state comprehensive in
northeast London and
then at the London
School of Economics.
Her father, the late
Mimbor Ali, was
honoured by the
Bangladeshi government
for his contribution to the
liberation of the country.
Judge Sapnara has now
earned a name for
defending the rights of a
free press. On Friday at
East London family court,
when Tower Hamlets
council was seeking to
block publication of the
Times story, she made
clear that she ?would not
stand in the way of the
freedom of the press to
report, within the law and
in a responsible manner,
in respect of this case?.
from doing so. ?The decision to choose
foster carers for a child is based on a
number of factors including cultural
background and proximity to contact
with the child?s family . . . in order to give
them as much stability as possible,? a
spokesman said. ?We have always been
working towards the child being looked
after by a family member and will continue to do so.?
Letters, page 28
Extremist
imam spoke
at foster event
Georgie Keate
An imam who lost a libel case against
the BBC for calling him an extremist
gave a speech at a foster care workshop.
Shakeel Begg took the public broadcaster to court last year for saying that
he promoted extremism. Mr Justice
Haddon-Cave rejected his claim.
In March Mr Begg gave a speech at a
workshop in the London borough of
Lewisham designed to encourage Muslims to take children into foster care.
The Lewisham Islamic Centre, where
he is chief imam, hosted the event.
NRS Foster Care Recruitment,
which organised the workshop on behalf of Lewisham council, said they did
not know that Mr Begg had been
labelled an extremist and insisted that
he was not part of the event.
?We have no control over who may or
may not be at information sessions,? a
spokesman told the Daily Telegraph.
Lewisham council did not comment.
A primary school was criticised for
taking its eight and nine-year-old
pupils to visit Mr Begg at the Lewisham
Islamic Centre in March. Mr Justice
Haddon-Cave warned that Mr Begg?s
role enabled him to ?plant the seed of
Islamic extremism in a young mind?.
Mr Begg sued the BBC after Andrew
Neil accused him on Sunday Politics of
praising jihad. At the court case the
BBC handed in recordings of six of his
speeches. Four were found by the court
to promote violence.
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Variety show Finalists for the Portrait of Britain exhibition include shots of John, from the Cressingham Gardens estate, London; Vivienne Rickman in Snowdonia; and Captain Anani-Isaac of the Royal Lancers
Forget fat ? it?s carbs that kill, say experts
Chris Smyth Health Editor, Barcelona
Low-fat diets could increase your risk
of dying early, according to a large
study that adds to confusion over
healthy eating advice.
Those who ate the least fats were a
quarter more likely to die during the
study, suggesting that what people eat
instead of meat and dairy products
could be even more dangerous.
Those who ate the most carbohydrates were 28 per cent more likely to
die during the study. The Canadian researchers called for global dietary
guidelines to be revised to warn against
white bread and rice.
For years healthy eating advice has
centred on urging people to cut down
on fatty food, particularly saturated fats
from animal products. Recently some
researchers have started to question
the evidence for this, arguing that
carbohydrates are the bigger threat.
Efforts to warn people off butter could
be counterproductive if they eat more
white bread and sugar instead, experts
have said.
?When you emphasise lower fat
people replace fat with carbohydrate
and the harm of refined carbohydrates
has been shown by our research,? said
Mahshid Dehghan of McMaster University in Ontario, who led the study of
135,000 people in 18 countries over a
decade.
She said her findings suggested that
the average British diet was actually
pretty healthy. ?We are suggesting
moderation. We see in Europe and
North America people consuming
around 50 to 55 per cent energy from
carbohydrate and about 30 to 35 per
cent fat. Our data shows that at this
level there is no harm.?
The average Briton gets about 35 per
cent of their calories from fat, the same
amount as the average for the top 20
per cent of fat eaters in Dr Dehghan?s
study. She found that 4.1 in 1,000 of
them died, compared with 6.7 in 1,000
of the people with the lowest fat intake
? those who got an average of 11 per
cent of their calories from fat.
There were 7.2 deaths per 1,000
people each year among the group that
ate the most carbohydrate, averaging 75
per cent of calories. This compared to
4.1 in the group that ate the least,
averaging 46 per cent of calories, similar to the British average.
She told the European Society of
Cardiology congress in Barcelona that
her findings ?add to the large and growing body of evidence that increased fats
are not associated with higher cardiovascular disease?.
Although her study did not look at
why fat was protective, Dr Dehghan
said: ?The body needs fat. It carries vitamins, it provides essential acids, it has a
role in the body. When you reduce fat to
very low levels, you?re affecting these
important minerals. Maybe the reason
is we?re losing vitamins.?
Professor Susan Jebb, a professor of
diet from Oxford University, said the
findings were ?a thumbs-up for UK recommendations which advise up to
35 per cent energy from fat and 50 per
cent energy from carbohydrate, of
which only 5 per cent should be sugar?.
Professor Jeremy Pearson of the British Heart Foundation said: ?This study
suggests that we should perhaps pay
more attention to the amount of carbohydrate in our diet than we have in the
past and we may need to revise the
guidelines. What I don?t think people
should do is get excited and think ?I can
eat as much saturated fat as I like?.?
However, Christopher Ramsden, of
the US National Institutes of Health,
said that the findings ?add to the uncertainty about what constitutes a healthy
diet? and raised the possibility that
meat and dairy products actually
lengthen life. Writing in The Lancet, he
said: ?This uncertainty is likely to prevail until well designed randomised
controlled trials are done. Until then,
the best medicine for the nutrition field
is a healthy dose of humility.?
Aseem Malhotra, a cardiologist who
has been critical of current guidance,
said: ?Let?s make starchy refined carbohydrates an occasional treat, not a staple. Restricting refined carbohydrates
should be the priority for living longer.
The science is now telling us that poor
dietary advice has been the biggest contributor to poor health.?
Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at
Public Health England, said: ?High-fat
diets can also be high in calories and
can lead to weight gain, while too much
saturated fat is associated with increased blood cholesterol. Both of these
are associated with increased risk of
heart disease.?
Three portions of raw fruit and veg as healthy as five a day
Chris Smyth
If you obsessively count every piece of
fruit and vegetable in pursuit of the
magic ?five a day? it seems you can
relax ? one of the largest studies of its
kind has concluded that there is no
point having more than three.
People who ate three or four large
portions of fruit and vegetable a day
were a fifth less likely to die early than
those who had less than one but eating
more offered no extra protection,
research in 18 countries found.
Raw vegetables seem particularly
healthy, with those who ate more than
two servings a day a third less likely to
die early, and researchers said that
guidelines should stress such benefits.
The NHS has run a five-a-day campaign since 2003, based on recommendations from the World Health Organisation, but only a quarter of people
reach this level. The average adult eats
3.5 portions a day and the latest study
suggests they may be getting it right.
Canadian
scientists
examined
135,000 healthy people on five continents, following them for a decade, during which time 5,800 died. Those who
had three or four portions of fruit and
veg a day were 22 per cent less likely to
die during the study than those who ate
one, after adjusting for their lifestyle.
The risk did not get any lower with
higher fruit and vegetable consumption, even in those who had more than
eight a day, researchers told the Euro-
Analysis
E
arlier this
year we were
told to eat
ten a day.
Now we have
heard that you can get
all the protection you
need from three. It?s
no wonder people get
confused (Chris
Smyth writes).
Separating the
effect of one type of
food from all the
other things that
people eat and do is
notoriously tricky,
which is why findings
can seem inconsistent
and one study is never
enough to make firm
recommendations.
In the latest study,
the protective effect
of fruit and vegetables
appeared much bigger
before adjustment
was made for other
habits: kale is as
much a marker of a
healthy lifestyle as a
cause. Portions were
also larger, so people
eating three a day
were not far off five
British portions.
One thing is very
clear: there is no
disadvantage to eating
more fruit and veg. So
if you?re wondering
whether to go for that
extra portion of
spinach, this study
shouldn?t stop you.
pean Society of Cardiology Congress in
Barcelona.
?If you reach three to four servings
you reach the maximum benefit that
you need,? said Andrew Mente of
McMaster University in Ontario, who
presented the results. ?This is good
news, because it is much more feasible
to achieve three to four servings than it
is to achieve more than five a day.?
He added: ?We found that raw veg
were more beneficial than cooked veg,
which is not defined in any of the guidelines ? we should emphasise raw.?
A portion was defined as 125g, which
is larger than the UK definition of 80g,
and the researchers argued that variety
did not seem to matter as much as
British advice implied.
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Women ?suicidal?
with pain from
fallopian implant
Georgie Keate
High art Britain?s tallest bridge, the Queensferry Crossing over the Firth of Forth, is illuminated before its opening today
Women have been forced to undergo
hysterectomies after a sterilisation implant fitted by the NHS left them in
?suicidal pain?.
The device, called the Essure implant, is used to sterilise women permanently. The sale of the implants in the
EU was suspended this month while an
investigation is carried out.
Bayer, the manufacturer, has asked
hospitals to stop using the device but
said its review of the product concluded
that the benefits outweighed the risks.
The implant, which is offered with
warnings of side-effects, is inserted into
the fallopian tubes where it causes scar
tissue to block the passageway and prevent eggs from reaching the uterus.
The way its nickel and polyester
fibres are attached to the fallopian
tubes means that the only way to take it
out is to remove the uterus.
The extent of the problem is not
known in Britain because the NHS
does not have figures for the number of
women who have had the Essure fitted
or how many have had to have a hysterectomy because of the subsequent pain.
Laura Linkson was fitted with an Essure device in 2013. She said the pain
left her suicidal. ?The device was sold to
me as a simple and easy procedure,? she
told the BBC. ?I was told that I?d be in
and out of the doctor?s office in ten minutes and that there?d be no recovery
time.
?I went from being a mum who was
doing everything with her children, to a
mum that was stuck in bed unable to
move without pain, at some points
being suicidal.?
Sales of the implant were suspended
for three months in the EU after the
National Standards Authority of Ireland said it needed more information
before renewing the licence this month.
Another patient, Victoria Dethier,
was fitted with the device in 2012 and
began feeling unwell. ?There were moments where I couldn?t get out of bed I
was in so much pain. It felt like I was
dying, like something was killing me
from the inside,? she said.
Like other women who have experienced such side-effects, she thinks she
reacted to the fibres in it.
Ms Dethier had her uterus removed.
?Straight away there was a difference,
I?d experienced a horrible taste in my
mouth and that had gone,? she said. ?I?d
lost a lot of hair and that came back
within 12 months.?
A survey published in the British
Medical Journal in 2015 found that
women who had hysteroscopic sterilisation from implants similar to the Essure were ten times more likely to need
surgery in the future compared with
those who underwent a standard sterilisation.
In the US, the Food and Drug Administration has received 15,000 reports of women experiencing problems
with the device.
Carl Heneghan, from the centre for
evidence-based medicine at Oxford
University, has criticised the Medicines
and Healthcare Products Regulatory
Agency in the UK for failing to act.
?How much evidence do you need to
say let?s withdraw this from the
market?? he told the BBC.
In a statement, Bayer said: ?Patient
safety and appropriate use of Essure are
the greatest priorities for Bayer, and the
company fully stands behind Essure as
an appropriate choice for women who
desire permanent contraception.?
Muscle aches Teenager shot
on statins are as he travelled
down to genes to a barbecue
Some people are genetically predisposed to muscle aches when taking
statins, research has indicated.
Many people who are prescribed the
drugs, which lower cholesterol, stop
taking them because they suffer sideeffects. This puts them at higher risk of
developing diseases of the heart and
blood vessels.
A study led by the University of Dundee found that a common gene variant
made people more likely to develop
muscle aches regardless of whether
they took statins. It also indicated that
a genetic sub-group of people had a
higher risk of aches when they took the
pills.
The findings could allow doctors to
screen people for this gene so they
could be given alternatives to statins.
Those genetically predisposed to
muscle aches could be informed of this
so that they do not mistakenly attribute
the symptom to the drugs.
It is estimated that between 7 and
29 per cent of people prescribed statins
complain of muscle aches. Those who
cannot tolerate the drugs are offered
alternative treatments including ezetimibe and a new class of drugs called
PCSK9 inhibitors.
The study was published in the European Heart Journal.
Georgie Keate
An RAF cadet was shot in front of
friends while on the way to a barbecue
on Friday. He died later in hospital.
Abdul Mayanja, 19, a cadet flight sergeant, was due to fly to Los Angeles
after the weekend for training that
would take him a step closer to his
childhood dream of flying planes.
Police are trying to trace two women
who they believe were with him before
he was killed. Abdul was the 11th teenager to be killed on the streets of
London this year.
His father, Kidza Mayanja, 58, a
business consultant, told the Evening
Standard: ?He was a responsible young
man and couldn?t stop making new
friends. He was a beacon of light to our
family and community. Our boy went
to a barbecue and never came home.
The killer is still out there. We want
justice but no more bloodshed. We
don?t want any other family to feel the
pain we have to feel.?
Witnesses heard a single shot followed by screams from Abdul?s friends
near Maryland railway station, east
London, at 10.40pm. ?The boy was lying
on the pavement not moving and his
friends were screaming and crying, it
was awful,? one said.
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Questions over civil servant?s part in � loan to film company
Katie Gibbons
A senior civil servant worked for a
television company that received a
�million loan from the Welsh government, it has emerged.
Natasha Hale, who was involved in
providing government funding to creative organisations, was seconded from
the Welsh government to Bad Wolf
productions in 2016, a year after it was
granted the taxpayer-funded loan.
The transfer has prompted calls for
an investigation amid concerns there
may have been a conflict of interest.
The Welsh Labour government has
denied that Ms Hale was involved in the
decision to fund Bad Wolf and said it
carried out necessary due diligence.
Bad Wolf has come under scrutiny
after it emerged that its directors, the
former BBC executives Jane Tranter
and Julie Gardner, paid themselves
�3 million despite the company making losses of �million. They received
the loan in 2015 to create ?high-end TV
and film for the global TV market?.
The Conservative opposition in the
Welsh assembly have expressed concern at the involvement of a civil ser-
Jane Tranter, left, and Julie Gardner
were paid �3m as Bad Wolf lost �
vant in a TV company that was given an
unprecedented sum of public money.
Suzy Davies, the party?s culture
spokeswoman, said that the public
needed reassurance that ?all potential
for conflict of interest was properly
managed? and called for the government to investigate.
Ms Hale was head of Creative Industries in the Welsh government from
January 2011 to March 2013, when she
became deputy director of sectors and
business. She went to Bad Wolf ?to develop the company?s activities across
the industry in Wales in order to benefit
the wider community?.
She left her government role in
March and became Bad Wolf?s interim
chief operating officer, a move cleared
by the Welsh government?s human
DARK HORSE COMICS
Star praised for
quitting role in
?whitewash? row
Fariha Karim
The British actor Ed Skrein has been
applauded by fellow actors and his
producers for pulling out of a forthcoming role, amid a row over ?whitewashing? on film.
Skrein, 34, who has appeared in
Game of Thrones, tweeted last week
about how he was due to star opposite
Ian McShane, 74, and Milla Jovovich,
41, as Major Ben Daimio in the film
Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.
The announcement led to a storm of
protest about the casting of a white
character to play the part of a JapaneseAmerican US Marine captain in the
film, based on the writer and artist Mike
Mignola?s superhero.
Commentators including Jeff Yang,
the American writer and media consultant, said that the irony in the casting
was that the character was
?deeply entwined with
his race/ethnicity? and
that by changing his
race
?you?re
making him a
different
character?.
Skrein, who
grew up in
north
London and
graduated
with a degree
in fine arts
from Central Saint
Martins,
said that
he had accepted the
role ?unaware that the character in the
original comics was of mixed Asian
heritage?, and that he would step down.
?It is clear that representing this
character in a culturally accurate way
holds significance for people, and that
to neglect this responsibility would
continue a worrying tendency to
obscure ethnic minority stories and
voices in the arts,? he said in a social
media post. ?Representation of ethnic
diversity is important, especially to me
as I have a mixed-heritage family. It is
our responsibility to make moral
decisions in difficult times and to give
voice to inclusivity.?
While his stance was applauded by a
host of figures from the world of entertainment, others wondered where the
lines on casting of race-specific characters could be
drawn.
Mignola said: ?Thank
you . . . very nicely done.?
David Harbour, the
Stranger Things actor who
is playing the film?s
titular
hero,
said: ?Hey internet. Thank
you for your
voices. An injustice
was
done and will
be corrected.
Many thanks
to Ed Skrein
for doing what
is right.?
John Boyega, 25, who
played Finn in
Star Wars: the
resources and compliance units.
Alongside Ms Tranter she is a director
of Screen Alliance For Wales Ltd, a
not-for-profit organisation funded by
Bad Wolf to develop projects in Wales.
A Welsh government spokesman
said: ?Natasha was head of creative industries until 2013. The loan was allocated in 2015. Natasha did not have a
vote in any of the associated approvals.
Bad Wolf said last week: ?[The] Welsh
government loaned �million to Bad
Wolf ? to be repaid with interest. Since
then Bad Wolf has brought in over
double that amount in investment.?
The Hellboy character Ben Daimio has mixed Asian heritage. John Boyega, far left, was among those to applaud Ed Skrein
Race on the big screen
6 Laurence Olivier
blacked up to play
Othello in the 1965 film,
adopted his own exotic
accent and learnt to
speak in a voice deeper
than his own.
6 Mickey Rooney
played the character of
Mr I Y Yunioshi in
Breakfast at Tiffany?s.
His portrayal, with
taped eyelids, buck
teeth and sibilant
accent, was described
as ?one of the persistent
icons of the ethnic
stereotype?.
6 Last year the
London-born actress
Tilda Swinton, 56, was
criticised for playing
The Ancient One, a
Tibetan male, in the film
of Doctor Strange.
6 J K Rowling revealed
her frustration after
Force Awakens, tweeted that he had
?nothing but respect?, while Riz Ahmed, 34, known for Rogue One and Four
Lions, said: ?Respect to Ed Skrein for
setting the example and reminding us
progress requires sacrifice and representation is collective responsibility.?
However, Wil Avitt, a film critic and
receiving criticism for
the casting of the black
actor Noma Dumezweni
as the adult Hermione
in the West End
production of Harry
Potter and the Cursed
Child. Rowling said she
had ?a bunch of racists
telling me that because
Hermione ?turned white?
? that is, lost colour
from her face after a
shock ? that she must
be a white woman?.
entertainment columnist for The Blaze,
the online publisher founded by the
American ?shock-jock? Glenn Beck,
queried Skrein?s decision. Skrein last
year starred in Deadpool. For the film?s
sequel Zazie Beetz, who was born to a
German father and African-American
mother, starred as Domino, a seeming-
ly white, gun-toting mercenary. ?Great!
When is the Deadpool boycott,? Avitt
said. ?So does that make Zazie Beetz a
bad person for playing Domino??
On social media, others also queried
why some should ask for a black James
Bond, or a black Macbeth. However,
Skrein?s supporters countered with
comments that his position on ?whitewashing? was an attempt to correct a
historic wrong.
Two years ago, there was criticism of
the casting of Emma Stone as Allison
Ng, a character of Hawaiian and Asian
heritage, in Cameron Crowe?s romantic
comedy Aloha. Scarlett Johansson said
that she ?certainly would never presume to play another race of a person?
but was criticised for playing the lead in
a live-action version of the Japanese
anime Ghost in the Shell.
Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin, the
Hellboy producers at Lionsgate and
Millennium, backed Skrein?s ?unselfish
decision?. They said: ?We will look to
recast the part with an actor more
consistent with the character in the
source material.?
Yachtsman whose wife vanished accused of stealing gold coins
Will Pavia New York
A British yachtsman whose wife vanished during a honeymoon sailing trip
appeared in court in Florida yesterday
accused of stealing a collection of gold
and silver coins worth up to �,000.
Lewis Bennett, 38, is said to have
been carrying some of the stolen coins
in the life raft in which he was found on
the morning of May 15, near a capsized
catamaran in which he and Isabella
Hellman had been sailing from Cuba
towards Florida.
He told his rescuers that he had left
Ms Hellman at the helm the previous
evening and was awoken by a bump in
the night to find her missing and the
catamaran taking on water.
According to prosecutors, a further
cache of gold coins, allegedly stolen
from a yacht in the Caribbean last year,
were found during a subsequent search
of Mr Bennett?s home.
Yesterday, following a brief court
hearing in Key West, a spokesman for
the FBI told reporters that the investigation into the disappearance of Mr
Bennett?s wife remained open.
Mr Bennett was found in the life raft
by a US Coast Guard helicopter. A rescue swimmer said that Mr Bennett
chose to bring a single backpack with
him and that it seemed ?unusually
heavy?, according to court papers. According to a complaint filed against
him, among the baggage left on the raft
were nine plastic tubes containing
158 Year of the Horse silver coins, produced by the Royal Mint in 2014, and 77
Canadian Maple Leaf coins. Their
estimated value was $4,200.
They were alleged to be ?only a portion? of a gold and silver coin collection
stolen from the Kitty R yacht in the Caribbean island of St Maarten.
Mr Bennett, originally from Dorset,
had been working as a crew member
aboard the Kitty R and had filed a police
report on behalf of the boat?s owner on
May 8, 2016, reporting a burglary two
nights earlier when neither he nor the
owner were on board, according to the
complaint.
The boat?s owner estimated the total
value of the missing collection at about
�,000. According to the complaint,
Mr Bennett flew from St Maarten to
Miami two days later. In June FBI
agents and coastguard officers raided
Mr Bennett?s home in Delray Beach,
north of Miami, and found 162 gold
coins in a pair of boat shoes and a case.
Ms Hellman, 41, an estate agent, and
Mr Bennett married in February and
set off on April 30 on a delayed honeymoon, leaving their baby daughter,
Emelia, in the care of relatives.
The search for Ms Hellman was
called off on May 18. The following day
her husband asked the coastguard for a
?letter of presumed death?, according to
the Palm Beach Post. In an interview, Mr
Bennett said her death had been devastating: ?She is my soul mate. I thought
we were going to be together forever.?
Mr Bennett has been charged with
transporting stolen goods. A bail hearing, when he will be expected to enter a
plea, has been set for September 11.
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Bereaved forced
into debt to pay
for funerals
Unto the beech Riders in Game of Thrones costumes carry the Queen?s baton through the Dark Hedges of Co Antrim ? 18th-century beech trees that have become
popular with tourists since they appeared in the series. The baton is on a relay around the UK and Europe before next year?s Commonwealth Games in Australia
The rising cost of funerals is forcing the
bereaved into debt, with one in ten of
those who pay selling their possessions
to meet undertakers? bills, a study has
found.
The average cost of a funeral has increased to �784 ? a rise of 3 per cent
from last year ? according to the insurance firm Royal London.
In a survey of 3,000 people who had
paid for a funeral, it found one in six had
borrowed to cover the cost, an average
of �680 per person. Debts related to
funerals rose to an estimated �0 million in the country as a whole; 10 per
cent of those surveyed had sold possessions to cover the cost.
Kensal Green in London is the most
expensive location in the UK for a
funeral with an average cost of �516.
Belfast remains the cheapest location
with an average cost of �036.
Lower-cost funeral options continue
to be popular, with the study finding
that 10 per cent of all cremations did not
include a ceremony or service.
A spokeswoman for Royal London
said that the government must take
more action to tackle ?funeral poverty?,
praising a Scottish initiative to provide
help and guidance on funeral costs.
Tim Morris, of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management,
said that rising costs meant more funerals funded by local authorities or
crowdfunding appeals, and a rise in
funeral directors providing burials or
cremations without a ceremony. He
added that a shortage of burial spaces
was driving up costs further.
orders
School fees for civil servants in Judge
Asbo preacher
jobs abroad cost taxpayers �0m to stand up
Rosemary Bennett Education Editor
Deborah Haynes Defence Editor
Taxpayers are picking up a bill of
�0 million a year to allow hundreds
of government officials and senior
military figures serving abroad to put
their children through a private
education.
Senior staff working for the Department for International Development
(Dfid), the Foreign Office and Ministry
of Defence are most likely to qualify for
school fees when they are posted overseas.
Critics say that this elite education is
a perk that most hard-pressed families
could never afford.
Foreign aid staff are receiving
�2 million for school fees. Fifty-one
staff members qualify, meaning that on
average that they receive �,676 a
year. Some �3,000 of the bill was for
the children of UK-based personnel,
figures obtained by Mail Online show.
Senior civil servants are entitled to
claim for school fees if they are posted
overseas for a year or more, but the
money continues to be paid on the official?s return if their child has started a
GCSE or A-level course.
The Foreign Office, a bigger government department, spent �.7 million
on private school fees for staff posted
abroad last year.
The Ministry of Defence spent the
most with 5,800 children having their
fees paid at a cost of �.5 million in
2015.
The fund, available for children aged
8 to 18, contributed towards fees at
some of the country?s leading boarding
schools, including Eton College, Radley
College and Wellington School.
Parents are expected to make a
minimum contribution of 10 per cent of
the fees for each child. Senior school
pupils at boarding schools qualify for up
to �,000 per year from the MoD,
while for junior school pupils the figure
is �,200.
Whereas most Whitehall departments have contended with repeated
budget cuts, Dfid has seen its resources
balloon because of David Cameron?s
pledge to spend 0.7 per cent of national
income on overseas aid.
John O?Connell, chief executive of
the Taxpayers? Alliance campaign
group, said that taxpayers were forking
out for luxuries their own children
would never have.
?Hard-pressed families will be
shocked that so much of their money is
being spent on perks for employees,? he
said. ?These are privileges that UK tax-
payers can often not afford for their
own children. The Department for
International Development should
think long and hard about how
they can bring these bills down in the
future.?
Dfid said that offering to pay boarding school fees for the children of staff
posted abroad was necessary ?in order
to recruit, motivate and retain staff that
have the skills and expertise to deliver
the department?s work ? tackling
extreme poverty?.
A government spokesman said: ?All
Dfid staff allowances are in line with
guidelines from the Cabinet Office,
who set this policy. In a small number of
circumstances those working overseas
for Dfid for at least 12 months are eligible to receive an education allowance if
free education does not exist or is substandard to UK schools.?
Stop setting exams for your pupils, teachers urged
Rosemary Bennett
Teachers should stop setting questions
for A-level and GCSE papers that their
own pupils take, according to a former
education minister and chairman of the
Commons? education committee.
Robert Halfon said there needed to
be ?utter transparency? in how exam
boards and schools work together
when it comes to setting questions.
Schools should publish clearly on their
websites the names of teachers who are
assisting examination boards alongside
the boards that they are using for their
assessments, he said.
The intervention comes after two
leading public schools were caught up
in exam cheating claims this summer.
Winchester College has suspended
its head of history of art, Laurence
Wolff, 56, after allegations that he gave
students prior information on exam
questions on two papers. At Eton, Mo
Tanweer, the college?s deputy headmaster of academics, has left amid alle-
gations he circulated questions from an
upcoming economics exam to other
teachers.
Mr Halfon, who served as education
minister under Theresa May before the
election, said he was ?amazed? to discover teachers set that questions their
own pupils will take when the conflict
of interest was so clear.
?Teachers should be setting questions for exam boards different to those
they are teaching and the pupils are
taking,? he said. ?I was amazed to find
out poachers and gamekeepers are
doing the same job.? Chris King, the
chairman of the Headmasters? and
Headmistresses? Conference, said
boards needed to do more to prevent
conflicts of interest. ?We need to ensure
that senior teachers who take on the responsibility for setting exams are not
placed in an impossible position, and
the very few who may be tempted to
give their pupils too much help cannot
do so?, he told The Daily Telegraph.
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A Muslim convert accused of preaching
Sharia in central London was ordered
to stand up for a judge who told him,
?This is not a court of religion?.
Ricardo McFarlane, 30, allegedly
breached an antisocial behaviour order
(Asbo) barring him from approaching
people to promote Sharia in March last
year. He did not stand when the judge
entered the room to hear his case, citing
religious reasons. Mr McFarlane and
other men are said to have set up a stall
on Oxford Street, calling for strict
Islamic laws to be imposed across the
UK. He denies breaching the Asbo.
The defendant said before the hearing at Southwark crown court yesterRicardo McFarlane
is calling for Sharia
to be imposed
throughout Britain
day that he would not stand. Judge
Martin Beddoe said: ?If Mr McFarlane
isn?t going to treat this court with respect then I might have to deal with him
differently than to release him on bail.?
Roy Headlam, for the defence, said:
?He believes there is only one person
who he should bow to.? The judge responded: ?This is a secular court and it
expects to be treated with respect. That
isn?t in breach of any religious principles I?m aware of.?
Mr McFarlane stood for the rest of
the hearing. The trial was adjourned
until September. Mr McFarlane, of
Walthamstow, northeast London, was
released on conditional bail.
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Driverless cars ?will bring exodus to suburbs?
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
Driverless cars will lead to the creation
of huge urban sprawls as lengthy
commutes become painless and workers flock to the suburbs, an academic
has claimed.
Timothy Hodgetts, from Oxford
University, said reduced travel times in
vehicles that allowed passengers to
work, combined with high property
prices in city centres, would cause everspreading ?suburbanisation?.
Writing on the website The Conversation, Dr Hodgetts said that planners
had to prevent huge swathes of the
countryside being covered by concrete.
The solutions could include ?rural
highways? in which self-driving cars
would be contained in tunnels.
The government is trying to make
Britain a world leader for the development of autonomous vehicles.
Taxpayer-funded driverless car
projects have been launched in cities
such as London, Coventry, Milton
Keynes and Bristol and ministers
confirmed last week that autonomous
lorries would be tested on motorways
next year. The Department for Transport has estimated that fully autonomous cars will reach the market in five
to ten years. Its research showed that, if
all cars were driverless, delays could be
cut by up to 40 per cent because they
change lanes more efficiently, drive
closer to the vehicle in front and travel
at a consistent speed without repeatedly braking and accelerating, which is
the main cause of congestion.
Dr Hodgetts, a research fellow in the
geopolitics of wildlife conservation,
said that driverless vehicles promised a
future in which ?passengers are free to
use their time productively?, including
working and spending time on the
phone. However, he said that this was
?likely to result in the mega-cities of the
20th century becoming the megasprawls of the 21st?.
?Coupled with faster journey times,
the incentives to live further out of
town will increase significantly,? he
said. ?There are both push and pull factors at work here: sky-high residential
prices in most cities push people away
TMS
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Gay lost in
translation
Alex Armitage, chief executive of
the theatrical agency Noel Gay, is
proud of the company named after
his grandfather, author of the
musical Me and My Girl. Wherever
he goes, he is keen to promote his
ancestor?s catalogue of songs such
as The Sun Has Got His Hat On
and The Lambeth Walk. This went
down badly in Tokyo, where
Armitage sensed that the audience
had turned against him. ?They had
this look of horror on their faces,?
his friend, Jeremy Vine, relates. It
turned out to be a translation
error. The audience had just been
told to remember the joy brought
by Enola Gay, the plane that
dumped a bomb on Hiroshima.
I got an email from Donald Trump?s
team yesterday, asking how I
thought he was performing. ?We?ll
be sure to pass your input along to
the president,? it said. How nice.
Oddly, the only options given were
?great?, ?good?, ?okay? and ?other?. I
assume ?other? will be interpreted
as ?excellent? or ?good, I mean, so
good, you wouldn?t believe . . . ?
the ghost talks
There will soon be three Hamlets
on in London. Andrew Scott, at the
Almeida, will be joined by Tom
Hiddleston?s Dane at the Rada
tomorrow. And then there is Benet
Brandreth at the Park
Theatre, where the ghost is
played by his own father,
Gyles. Some thought that the
Countdown regular was the
main act. Gyles says that one
chap had booked frontrow seats and was
disappointed to find
that Gyles only had a
walk-on role. ?He?d
seen Frank Benson
play Hamlet in 1930,
when Benson was 72,?
Gyles, 69, reports.
?He complained that
nowadays people take on the part
far too young.?
Today would have been the 100th
birthday of Denis Healey. The
former chancellor, once dismissed by
Roy Jenkins as ?one of the most
insensitive know-alls of British
politics?, ended up as almost a
national treasure despite once
having economic policies to the left
of John McDonnell. He did, though,
coin the valuable Healey?s first law of
holes: ?When in one, stop digging.?
royal self-control
One last story from Andrew
Sinclair?s book, Storytelling. He was
encouraged to write a biography of
Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, by
her descendant, Princess Michael of
Kent. She had married Prince
Michael in 1978 but the tabloid
press was obsessed with the idea
that she was pregnant out of
wedlock. At seven months gone, she
felt contractions after an energetic
ride and, anxious to avoid a scandal,
had called the Queen?s obstetrician.
?Ma?am, cross your legs and think
of England,? he advised. She clung
on for another six weeks. ?The baby
was born ten months after my
marriage,? she told Sinclair. ?And
yet it was still premature for some.?
Jamie Oliver tells Woman magazine
that one of his biggest regrets was
being unable to accept an invitation
to cook for Fidel Castro. Oliver,
below, says his diary wouldn?t allow
it. Maybe he felt the role of commie
chef was beneath him.
spanish twist
Jamie Douglass, after reading
yesterday?s item on avocados,
says the name derives from the
Mexican for the similarly
shaped (if not sized)
testicle ? ahuacatl ?
rather than the Spanish
for lawyer. However,
he adds, the words for
testify and testicle are
related. Sounds like a
load of balls to me.
patrick kidd
from urban centres while healthy environments and green living pull people
towards the hinterlands. The limiting
factor in suburban spread is often travel
time, either by public or private means.
Driverless cars fundamentally alter the
equation.?
Dr Hodgetts said that existing
planning policies were based on transport systems that had remained fundamentally unchanged for decades. The
green belt was developed to reduce
urban sprawl and restrict city-style
development within a confined area,
he said, but it was in danger of ?becoming a thin layer in a sandwich of
ever-spreading suburbanisation? in
coming decades.
Dr Hodgetts said that a number of
engineering solutions may be called for
to reduce the impact of urban sprawl,
with planners learning lessons
from innovations such as
bear bridges in the Banff
national park, CanaDriverless cars
like Google?s
promise to take
the discomfort
out of
commuting
da, where bridges were covered with
grass, shrubs and trees to create a natural habitat. He also said that more roads
could be placed in tunnels, adding:
?Retrofitting roads into tunnels won?t
be cheap, but it becomes
easier when human
drivers are taken out of
the equation. Software
drivers are less bothered by artificial light
and more efficient
at mitigating the
congestion impact
during construction.?
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May set to bypass
Brussels and talk
nation to nation
Oliver Wright Policy Editor
Sarah Collins, Charles Bremner
Main sticking points
Theresa May is preparing to go over the
heads of Jean-Claude Juncker and
Michel Barnier and appeal to Europe?s
leaders to approve the start of trade
talks with the EU this autumn.
With negotiations at an impasse over
Britain?s refusal to sign up to a method
of calculating the so-called divorce bill,
Mrs May intends to use October?s
European summit to make her case directly for moving the talks on.
The prime minister may also approach other leaders individually
before the summit.
Mr Juncker, president of the European Commission, has said it is ?crystal
clear? that an ?enormous amount? of
issues need to be settled before talks on
a future trade deal or transition arrangements can begin. Under the negotiating mandate for the Brexit talks set
down by the EU, ?sufficient progress?
must be made on the divorce bill,
Northern Ireland and citizens? rights
before discussions can move on to
future relations.
Britain is arguing that it is impossible
to make sufficient progress on these
issues without simultaneously negotiating the future relationship.
Mrs May will emphasise that Britain
is prepared to make a significant financial payment to EU coffers but only as
part of wider package that would allow
significant access to the single market
and a customs agreement during a
transitional period.
Privately, some ministers believe that
the commission is repeating the tactics
it used during the Greek bailout ? by
taking responsibility for the negotia-
Financial settlement
The British do not want to concede
a financial payment too soon
because they know the issue is their
greatest negotiating strength and
want it linked to a transition deal.
The Irish border
Britain?s position paper says in effect
that Northern Ireland should have
the same customs relationship with
the EU as with the rest of the UK.
Brussels fears this would offer a
back door for smugglers.
Enforcement of rights
The EU wants the rights of its
citizens in Britain to be enforced by
the European Court of Justice. The
UK calls this ?judicial imperialism?.
Deporting criminals
The two sides cannot agree on the
circumstances in which a British or
EU citizen could be expelled from
their country of residence.
Future family members
The EU wants its citizens living in
Britain who marry somebody from
outside Europe to be able to live
with them without any restrictions.
UK citizens cannot do this.
Freedom of movement
The EU wants Britons living in
Europe to only have residency
rights in that state, and not across
the union. Britain says that would be
discriminatory.
tions but refusing to compromise on
the ground that it has to follow the
mandate laid down by EU leaders. They
argue that Britain must stand firm, and
a government source added that there
was considerable sympathy for the British position among a number of
member states that would eventually
force a compromise.
?Mr Juncker says it?s ?crystal clear?
that we can?t talk about the future relationship before solving divorce issues,
but this is a decision to be taken by the
EU 27, not the commission,? they said.
?Some heads of state say it?s ?common
sense? to have a discussion about both.?
Official talks resume in Brussels today with British negotiators setting out
their ?legal analysis? of the commission?s financial demands. But they said
they were not making any commitment
to pay into the EU budget after Brexit.
The government?s difficulties have
been underlined by an ICM poll for The
Guardian yesterday which found that
three quarters of voters thought paying
an ?exit fee? of � billion or more to the
EU would be unacceptable. Two thirds
found � billion unacceptable.
Mr Juncker said that Britain seemed
to be hesitating in ?showing all its
cards?. He added: ?I did read, with the
requisite attention, all the papers produced by Her Majesty?s government
and none of those is actually satisfactory. So there is still an enormous amount
of issues which remain to be settled.?
He said there had been ?no definitive
response? to concerns about the Northern Ireland border. But a British official
said he did not understand what Mr
Juncker meant. ?He said we don?t have
a clear position on Ireland when we?ve
published one and they haven?t.?
Good sport Theresa May at No 10 yesterday with, left, the England women?s
PM has tea for two with Abe but trade deal is top of agenda
Francis Elliott Political Editor
Marcus Leroux Trade Correspondent
Analysis
Britain faces missing out on a �6 billion trade boost unless Theresa May
can persuade Japan to strike a postBrexit deal at least as good as a new EU
agreement.
The prime minister arrives in Kyoto
today at the start of a three-day visit
amid signs of panic among businesses
A
Shinzo Abe is
working on a deal
with the EU
about the progress of negotiations to
leave the EU. Her decision to make
Japan her first foreign visit outside
Europe reflects its importance as a
trading partner.
Before she left last night Mrs May ladled praise on a ?like-minded nation
with a shared belief in free trade and a
rules-based international system?.
Spelling out the main purpose of the
trip, she said: ?My discussions with
Prime Minister Abe will focus on how
we can prepare the ground for an ambi-
year ago the
Japanese
ministry of
foreign affairs
issued an
unusually frank message
to the UK and the EU,
detailing its businesses?
fears over Brexit (Marcus
Leroux writes).
?We hope that
predictability is secured
whereby all stakeholders,
not just the negotiating
parties, have a clear idea
of the post-Brexit
landscape.? it said.
A year later Japan?s
desire for certainty looks
a long way off. That
explains the soundings
emerging from Tokyo
that the prime minister?s
mission will not be
heralded by a moraleboosting promise of a
free-trade agreement
with the world?s thirdlargest economy.
It sees little point in
opening negotiations
when the baselines are
undefined. For example,
will parts made in Britain
be able to be shipped to
Europe without additional
checks, paperwork and
tariffs? What tariffs is
tious free-trade agreement after Brexit,
based on the EU-Japan agreement.?
Tokyo has taken steps to pre-empt
pressure to move on a post-Brexit trade
deal with the UK, with officials saying
that concluding an agreement with
Brussels remains its priority and lowering expectation of progress.
The Japan-EU deal will boost exports
Britain likely to apply to
goods coming from third
countries?
Japan?s corporations
were the fourth-biggest
international investor in
Britain in 2015, pouring a
net � billion into British
assets since 2010. It is our
13th-largest export
partner, taking about
�.5 billion of British
goods and services
annually. Japanese goods
and services in the other
direction amount to
about � billion.
Japan is currently
pushing ahead with a
by 34 per cent, according to a forecast
by the European Commission. Given
that Britain exported goods and services worth �.5 billion to Japan last
year it faces missing out on a �6 billion
increase if British business were to receive the same lift as the rest of the EU.
Downing Street officials last night
acknowledged that Britain faced a gap
free-trade deal with the
EU. However, there is a
provision in the deal that
provides an open door for
a post-Brexit Britain to
share in the benefits.
The EU and Japan
included an ?extended
accumulation clause? in
the agreement, which
means that British
components would not
disqualify an EU product
from the free-trade
agreement. So if Britain
does eventually catch up
with the EU and Japan, it
will at least receive a
helping hand.
between leaving the EU ? and its new
Japan deal ? and forging its own agreement with Tokyo but said that Mrs May
would be pushing for continuity.
Sir Vince Cable, the Lib Dem leader,
said: ?This is not having our cake and
eating it, it is throwing our cake away.
?Theresa May must guarantee that
the UK will get as good a trade agree-
ment with Japan after Brexit and make
clear when she expects this deal to be
reached. If she cannot do this, the
government should ensure the UK can
continue to benefit from EU trade deals
by staying permanently in the customs
union.
?As the Japanese government and
business community have made clear,
the best option to protect investment
and jobs is for the UK to remain in the
single market and customs union.?
Mrs May will take part in a tea ceremony with the Japanese prime minister
in Kyoto today before travelling to Tokyo by bullet train for a series of meetings and trade summits.
Against a backdrop of North Korean
tensions she will take part in a meeting
of Japan?s national security council on
Thursday ? the first European leader
to do so. To underline the theme of defence co-operation she will visit the
Japanese aircraft carrier Izumo before
concluding the visit on Friday with an
audience with Emperor Akihito.
Behind the courtesies and diplomatic
ceremony, however, Japan will make
clear that it wants more answers on the
critical questions affecting companies
such as Hitachi, Nissan and Toyota.
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Scottish Labour
chief quits after
pressure from left
Hamish Macdonell
Scottish Political Editor
rugby stars who were defeated in last week?s World Cup final, and the women?s cricket team, who won theirs last month
Tory rival for
Momentum
is ridiculed
over �0 fee
Patrick Maguire
A right-wing movement designed to
provide the Conservatives with their
own version of Labour?s Momentum
endured a shaky start to life yesterday
after it was roundly ridiculed online
and disowned by the party.
Activate, a campaign group chaired
by a Tory activist and set up to ?engage
young people with Conservatism?, was
launched late on Monday night, offering membership to Conservatives at a
cost of up to �0 each.
Its website, which included a constitution and online shop with no products on sale, went live yesterday but had
already been promoted by Middle Class
Memes for Rees-Moggian Teens, a
right-wing Facebook page with 40,000
likes, more than a fortnight ago.
Activate has no formal link to Jacob
Rees-Mogg but several of its personnel
? whose details were removed from
the website without explanation
yesterday afternoon ? have expressed
a desire on social media to see the
North East Somerset MP become Tory
leader.
Its chairman, Gary Markwell, sits on
West Sussex county council and has
tried to broaden his party?s appeal in the
past. In 2014 he appeared in the Daily
Star alongside his girlfriend, Sabina
Evangelista, a glamour model with
whom he has two children.
?Our opponents often try to create a
class division by saying the Conservatives are upper-class snobs
who are out of touch,? he
told the tabloid. ?This isn?t
true . . . Regardless of what
you do for a living . . . being a
glamour model, anything . . . we reward
hard work.?
There was little
sign that Mr Markwell?s latest endeavours would be
rewarded yesterday. The group?s
attempts at emulating
Momentum?s viral success
spawned unflattering parodies on
Gary Markwell with
Sabina Evangelista, a
glamour model
Twitter, one of which was briefly embedded into its own website.
Though Tories such as Damian
Green have argued that the party must
gain its own mass grassroots movement
of centre-right activists, last night one
leading advocate of such a plan offered
a withering critique of Activate?s worthiness to the mantle.
Ben Howlett, who lost his Bath seat
to the Liberal Democrats in June, told
The Times that the group had executed
its launch ?poorly? and its ?weird?
image would not attract young professionals. ?I would say it needs to be rebranded, and it?s only been in existence
for about an hour. The prognosis is not looking good, put it
that way,? he said, adding
that its apparent support for
a Rees-Mogg leadership was
unrealistic. ?If you?re wanting to become an activist
organisation for the
many, not the few, then
charging �0 is not the
way to go about representing a young membership.?
Asked directly whether Activate would
succeed, Mr Howlett
said: ?No.?
Last night its Facebook page had 796
likes, many of whom, Mr Howlett said, were Tory activists.
Kezia Dugdale has resigned as leader of
Scottish Labour, just days before the
start of the new parliamentary term at
Holyrood.
Ms Dugdale, who led the party to a
better than expected general election
result this year, said it was time to ?pass
on the baton? to someone else.
The Lothians MSP had come under
pressure from inside the party, particularly from the left, after it slumped to
third place in the Scottish elections last
year. The party rallied in May, however,
securing seven seats. Although Ms
Dugdale was known to have been suffering under the pressure and scrutiny
of the job last year, most within Scottish
Labour believed that the success of this
year had reinvigorated her.
In an interview with the BBC last
night, Ms Dugdale said that she had decided to stand down, and that a new
leader was needed with ?fresh energy,
drive and a new mandate?.
Ms Dugdale said she wanted to give
her successor the ?space and time? to
prepare for the next Scottish parliament election in 2021.
?I have thought long and hard about
this. I care deeply about the Labour
Party ? I love it and I have devoted my
adult life to serving it in a number of different capacities,? she said. ?I have just
come to the conclusion that the best
thing for it, the Labour Party, this precious, precious thing that has done so
much good in our country, and indeed
for me, is to pass that baton on.?
Ms Dugdale rejected the suggestion
that she was resigning before she was
pushed out by the left and allies of
Jeremy Corbyn.
The two leaders did, however, give
out contradictory policy messages during Mr Corbyn?s recent tour of Scottish
constituencies, when Ms Dugdale said
the leader was ?very open? to devolved
immigration policy. Mr Corbyn dismissed the statement as ?very excited
reporting? by the press. She also publicly supported Owen Smith, Mr Corbyn?s
rival, in the leadership contest last year.
She said at that time: ?I don?t think Jeremy can unite our party and lead us into government.? Now Mr Corbyn?s
standing has improved post-election,
hers has been made more difficult.
Ms Dugdale also lost her dear friend,
the Labour activist Gordon Aikman, to
motor neurone disease this year, which
affected her deeply and made her question whether the stress of leading a political party was worth it.
There will now be manoeuvring to
replace her, with Alex Rowley, her deputy, expected to be the early favourite.
He is more on the left of the party and
is closer to Mr Corbyn.
Other contenders on the left might
Kezia Dugdale
insisted that
Jeremy Corbyn has
her full backing
be the MSPs Neil Findlay and Richard
Leonard. Other names mentioned include Anas Sarwar, Jackie Baillie, Jenny
Marra and James Kelly, also all MSPs.
Ms Dugdale, who celebrated her
36th birthday this week, insisted she
was not leaving now to avoid a possible
challenge to her leadership from a more
left-wing rival.
She added that Mr Corbyn has her
full support, and that she expects him to
become prime minister. ?On a personal
level we continue to get on extremely
well, and I wish him every success for
the future,? she said.
Her resignation takes immediate effect. Mr Rowley will serve as acting
leader unless he decides to resign from
his post to contest the leadership.
Ms Dugdale was elected to Holyrood
in 2011, after working for the former Labour MSP Lord Foulkes. She was previously deputy Scottish Labour leader.
Corbynista?s ?daft? call to
deny MPs leadership vote
Francis Elliott Political Editor
Henry Zeffman Political Reporter
The ?shop steward? for Labour MPs has
dismissed as ?daft? a proposal from one
of Jeremy Corbyn?s staunchest allies to
give party members total power over
leadership elections.
John Cryer, chairman of the parliamentary Labour Party (PLP), spoke out
after Chris Williamson called for the
party?s MPs to have no say at all in the
leadership.
Mr Williamson, the MP for Derby
North, said he supported plans to lower
the threshold of support in the parliamentary party required for leadership
candidates to be put before members
and that he would go further and abolish MPs? and MEPs? nominating role.
Mr Cryer dismissed the comments as
ludicrous. He said: ?Every member of
the PLP has been selected and then
elected, some of them in some very
tough fights and winning great victories. Just to dismiss them is almost
tantamount to rejecting representative
democracy itself.?
Mr Cryer, the MP for Leyton and
Wanstead, added: ?I?ve heard some daft
notions in my time but this really is as
daft as they come. It goes against all the
founding principles of the Labour
movement.?
Next month the Labour conference
is expected to vote on a change in the
leadership rules that would require
candidates to have the support of 5 per
cent of the PLP and MEPs, down from
the present 15 per cent threshold.
Mr Williamson said that the changes
did not go far enough. ?There shouldn?t
be a leadership threshold at all,? he told
The Guardian. ?That needs to change.
Who are the PLP? They are a tiny percentage of the party.
?If we?re going to have a threshold it
should be CLPs [constituency Labour
parties]. But that?s not the proposition.
The proposition is to reduce the threshold. I?ll settle for that. Why are people so
frightened of democracy??
The rule change is opposed by critics
of Mr Corbyn because it would make it
easier for one of his allies to succeed
him.
Mr Corbyn only met the 15 per cent
threshold in 2015 after Labour MPs
who supported other candidates
agreed to lend him their nomination.
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National Trust ?exploiting? senior volunteers
John Reynolds
Elderly volunteers at a 17thcentury mansion in Norfolk
have accused the National
Trust of exploiting them by
asking them to work longer
shifts so that opening
hours can be extended.
Volunteers at Felbrigg Hall were told
that because the
mansion would be
opening seven
days a week
rather than five
next year, they
could have to
work
five
hours at a time
rather than three
and a half.
Mike Holmes, 72,
Mik
a longstanding
vo
volunteer,
said:
?I going to be
?It?s
lo
longer
than
fi hours acfive
tu
tually
as you
ar
are going to
ha
have come in
ear
early for briefings. You are going
to be on
o site for five
and a hal
half hours. Noanywh
body goes anywhere
near that
on the current pattern.?
Josie Gallagher, an 81-year-old
volunteer who has worked at the
house for 24 years, said: ?My husband is 85 next year. He won?t be able
Josie Gallagher, 81, has worked at
Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk for 24 years
to stand for five hours looking after a
specific room. It?s too big an ask.
?I know one lady and it takes a her
one and a half hours to get to Felbrigg.
It?s dark by the end of September. Felbrigg is a very remote country house.
It?s not on a bus route. It?s very inaccessible, you need a car. The older people
don?t like to drive in the car.?
Some of the 130 or so team members
are said to be quitting over the move.
The trust justified the decision by
saying that it wanted to encourage
more visitors to the house rather than
just the grounds. An adult ticket to the
grounds of Felbrigg Hall costs �25
compared with �.40 for admission to
the grounds and the mansion.
For the year ending February 2016,
the National Trust had an income of
�2 million, up from �4 million.
The new opening hours will apply
from February next year, with volunteers working from midday to 5pm with
a 30-minute break. At present they
work from 11am to 1.30pm or from
1.30pm to 5pm.
In an email seen by The Times, Ella
Akinlaede, the general manager of Felbrigg Hall, said that she had decided to
change the shift pattern with department heads and regional managers.
Paul Forecast, National Trust?s regional director for the east of England,
said: ?The increasing popularity of Felbrigg has seen it become a year-round
visitor destination, rather than just a
place to visit in the holidays. As a charity whose purpose is providing access,
we want to respond to this demand, so
wish to open the house more often, for
more of the time.?
?Before making any decisions, we
consulted closely with volunteers at
Felbrigg to understand what would
work for them. The majority view was
for this new way of working. However,
we do understand that increased hours
may be difficult for some of our volunteers, so are listening and looking at
how we may be able to accommodate
different working patterns. We will also
be recruiting new volunteers as we
move to longer opening hours in the
spring.?
Volunteers at the property had objected some weeks ago when asked by
the trust to wear rainbow badges and
lanyards as part of its campaign to mark
50 years since the decriminalisation of
homosexuality. Some volunteers objected to the event, stating that although Robert Wyndham KettonCremer, the late owner of the hall who
died in 1969, was homosexual, he had
kept the fact secret during his lifetime.
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Poor sleep
could be a
harbinger of
heart attack
Chris Smyth Health Editor, Barcelona
People who toss and turn at night are
twice as likely to have a heart attack,
according to a study that suggests
sleeping badly could be an early warning of serious illness.
Poor sleep has been linked to conditions ranging from cancer to dementia.
It is thought lack of rest can damage the
heart by increasing harmful inflammation as well as leading to insulin resistance.
However, cause and effect has been
hard to disentangle. Some argue that
trouble sleeping may be the result of
emerging illness as much as the root of
it. Those with existing heart disease often report disrupted sleep.
To help unravel the problem, Japanese researchers chose to investigate
the role of disruptions at night.
?The kind of sleep disturbances that
are most risky are not well documented,? said Nobuo Sasaki of Hiroshima
University, who led the study. ?Poor
sleep includes too short or too long
sleep, difficulty falling asleep, and difficulty maintaining sleep.?
He questioned 12,000 people about
whether they woke often, got up regularly to use the lavatory, struggled to
breathe or had bad dreams. Those who
took longer than 30 minutes to fall
asleep were 52 per cent more likely to
suffer a heart attack or angina, rising to
a 73 per cent higher risk for those reporting poor quality sleep, Dr Sasaki
told the European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona. Those who
reported the most disturbances at night
were 99 per cent more likely to suffer
heart attacks or angina, he found.
?Poor sleep in patients with ischaemic heart disease may be characterised
by shorter sleep and brief moments of
waking,? he said. ?Difficulty maintaining sleep reflects an increase in sleep
fragmentation ? brief moments of
waking up ? and causes over-activity
of the sympathetic nervous system and
adrenocortical axis [a hormonal system
that regulates stress].?
Research published in 2014 concluded that the average Briton was getting
two hours less sleep a night than people
60 years ago amid warnings that the
distractions of modern life could be
depriving the body of the vital time it
needs to repair itself.
Brief encounter The Red Arrows swooping over the harbour at St Mary?s, the Isles of Scilly. Their display on Monday was cut short, however, by sudden low cloud
Armed biker tried to rob me, footballer tells court
Andy Carroll, the West Ham and
England footballer, told a jury of his
terror as an armed motorbike rider
tried to rob him of his �,000 watch
while he was driving home from a training session.
Carroll, 28, was in his 4x4 when he
was chased by two motorcycles in
northeast London, Basildon crown
court was told. Jack O?Brien, 22, denies
attempting to rob the player in November last year.
Carroll?s frantic 999 call was played to
the jury. In it, the player tells a police operator: ?There?s two motorbikes, one?s
behind me pulling out a gun, I don?t
know what to do.? There is beeping in
the background and Carroll is heard to
say: ?Oh shit, I?ve hit loads of cars, I don?t
know what to do, he?s just hit my car.?
When he eventually arrives back at
the West Ham training ground he tells
the operator that there are security
staff there. ?I?ve probably just hit about
ten cars on the way here,? he said in the
call.
Simon Gladwell, for the prosecution,
told the court that two motorcyclists
chased Carroll after one approached
his car at a set of traffic lights in Romford Road, Hainault, northeast
London.
Carroll told the court: ?I just pulled
up at the traffic lights, my window was
open, a biker pulled up next to me and
said ?nice watch?.?
He said that he replied ?thanks?, and
that he ?thought I recognised him?. ?He
had his crash helmet on with his visor
up,? Carroll said.
?I stared at him for about ten seconds
as I thought I recognised him and
thought he was going to have a conversation. I went to drive away and he said
?Give me your watch?.?
The footballer said, to start with, he
?didn?t know if it was a joke? but, when
he did a U-turn, both bikes turned and
Andy Carroll was
wearing a �,000
watch during the
attempted hijack
followed him. Carroll used his hands to
show the jury how the motorbike rider
had allegedly gestured for him to surrender his watch, and he also made a
gun sign.
O?Brien was sitting beside a police
officer and Carroll avoided his gaze as
he gave evidence.
Mr Gladwell said that Carroll was
?beeping at other cars and driving on
the wrong side of the road to get away?.
Carroll said: ?I was scared, I didn?t
know what to do. I called my partner?s
dad, I just panicked. He told me to ring
the police.?
In the 999 call, Carroll struggles to
recognise road names as the operator
reassures him that police officers are
not far away. At one point he says: ?I?m
a Premier League footballer.?
Michael Edmonds, for the defence,
said that O?Brien, of Romford, east
London, was not the motorbike rider.
He had used the bike, jacket and helmet
for crime before, but it was not him
using the bike on this occasion.
The trial continues.
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Girl, 12, hands herself in after putting cat in a bin
A 12-year-old girl has handed herself
in to police after CCTV footage of her
dumping a cat in a wheelie bin caused
outrage when it was posted online.
The bin?s owner, Jean Atkinson, 68,
became suspicious when she noticed
that the lid was open and rewound
through footage from the security
camera she had installed to deter
antisocial behaviour around her home
in Hull.
The girl, right, is seen picking up
the black cat, putting it into the bin
and placing a bag of rubbish on top so
that it cannot escape. The girl returns
four minutes later to check that the
cat is still inside.
Ms Atkinson checked her bin as
soon as she came across the footage
the following day and found no trace
Fewer people opposed to
new Heathrow runways
of the cat, which appears to have
escaped unharmed.
The retired social worker said:
?When I checked my cameras back I
couldn?t believe what I saw. I lost my
cat a few months ago and I just pray
nothing like this happened to him.?
A Humberside police spokesman
said: ?A 12 year-old girl has come into
a police station with her mother to
say that she is the girl in the footage.
?We will be conducting an
investigation of the incident for
causing unnecessary suffering to an
animal. We will be speaking to the girl
and will establish the best course of
action.?
In 2010 Mary Bale, a bank worker,
caused an outcry after she was filmed
dumping a cat in a bin in Coventry.
The number of people opposing air
travel on environmental grounds is in
decline, figures show. A report from
the Department for Transport found
that more people supported new
runways than opposed them. The
study, based on a 2016 survey, said
that 45 per cent agreed that ?people
should be able to travel by plane as
much as they like, even if new
terminals or runways are needed?.
Only 19 per cent disagreed. In 2010,
the sides were more even, at 36 and
31 per cent respectively. The report
found that 21 per cent of people were
willing to cut air travel to reduce
climate change, while 37 per cent
were unwilling to do so. In 2011, the
proportions were 25 and 32 per cent.
Toddler found dead had
multiple stab wounds
Vaping ?does not lead
young people to smoke?
A toddler found dead in an empty
house had been repeatedly stabbed.
The 23-month-old boy was found by
police in the early hours on Sunday
at a house in the Wythenshawe area
of Manchester after they were called
to reports of a domestic incident. A
30-year-old woman remains in
hospital after she was arrested there
on suspicion of murder. A 31-year-old
man who was also arrested has
been released without charge.
Officers had already been called to
the house on Friday after similar
reports of a domestic incident and
Greater Manchester police has
referred itself to the Independent
Police Complaints Commission.
Fears that experimenting with
e-cigarettes could lead young people
to a regular smoking habit have been
rebuffed by a new study. Of 60,000
children aged 11-16 surveyed between
2015 and 2017, 3 per cent used an ecigarette every week or more. Most
regular users already smoked
conventional cigarettes and smoking
among the young was continuing to
decline. ?For those teens who don?t
smoke, e-cigarette experimentation is
simply not translating into regular
use,? said Linda Bauld of the
University of Stirling. An earlier
survey found that a third of young
people who tried e-cigarettes then
tried a tobacco cigarette within a year.
How?s that cricket? Team throws final game to win title
A village cricket team won a title but
few friends for the manner of their
victory. Carew, right, were 21 points
ahead of Cresselly, as they met to
decide who would win division one of
the Pembroke County Cricket Club.
Cresselly would get 20 points if they
won the game, but Carew would be
champions if Cresselly did not earn
bonus points for scoring more than
40 runs or taking more than one
wicket. Carew declared on 18 for one,
leaving no hope of bonus points for
Cresselly, who won with 24 for one.
Steve James, a former England player,
said: ?It?s not the spirit of the game.?
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New oven, same old bun: Bake Off Wilderness
contestant
to
shows its knockers how you do it allowed
phone home
MARK BOURDILLON/CHANNEL 4/PA
Television Carol Midgley
Matthew Moore Media Correspondent
The Great British Bake Off
Channel 4
HHHHI
Full disclosure: I have never been a
huge fan of The Great British Bake Off
even under the sainted trinity of
Mary, Mel and Sue. But as a reviewer,
I had hoped, peevishly, that the
show?s new incarnation would have
dropped enough in quality to present
a few easy ?burnt fingers? puns and a
nice early finish for me. Alas, it hadn?t.
The new version, despite all that First
World chest-beating, felt pretty much
the same as the old. What?s different
is that the adverts take it to 75
minutes, a stretch for those with short
attention spans, which these days is
pretty much everyone.
The arrival by hot-air balloon of
Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding
wearing a sort of Child Catcher hat
initially promised this series would be
more eccentric. It was a bit of a false
dawn. Though Toksvig, a natural wit,
and Fielding, a droll, lanky crow in
skinny jeans, stepped ably into old
shoes they were not given their heads
to be silly enough. Fielding?s
voiceovers sounded neutered, as if he
were a hostage reading a script at
gunpoint. You wonder what the point
is in hiring him if his wings are to be
clipped (he was wearing a dapper
shirt decorated with winged birds:
was it a code to the audience?). He
did eat a flower, which he said
tasted like a clown?s nose, but it
was a brief moment of
surrealism. Toksvig had instant
rapport with the bakers: of all
the newbies, she looked the
most comfortable.
As ever there were oohmatron references to bare
bottoms and moist clutches, heavy
use of music to build melodrama
around a mini-roll and the usual
chomping noises at the cake-tasting
bit (ugh). I was mesmerised by Flo, a
contestant and dead ringer for Liz
Dawn, Vera Duckworth in Coronation
Street. Prue Leith replaced Mary
Sandi Toksvig looked the most at ease
as Paul Hollywood was joined by the
other new faces, Prue Leith and Noel
Fielding, for a tried and tested recipe
of innuendo and baking melodrama
Berry with ease and Paul Hollywood
was much the same as ever, although
he seemed at times a little subdued.
It is in no way the pale imitation for
which the BBC will have been hoping.
The big question is whether
advertising and ratings-wise it will
earn its keep for its new master,
Channel 4. Not so much Leith?s
mantra ?Is it worth the calories?? but
?Was it worth the � million??
Viewers may well feel, as the weeks
pass, that sponsorship and all those
pricey commercial breaks (said to be
�0,000 to �0,000 for a 30-second
slot) pierces Bake Off?s all-important
wholesome bubble of ?nice? and lets
harsh, greedy daylight in on the
magic (if you find buns magical). This
will all soon become clear. For now
the new, perfectly successful version
of GBBO serves as a salutary
reminder to TV presenters
everywhere: no one is indispensable.
It was meant to be an exploration of
how modern Britons would cope in the
wild but turned into something more
like Lord of the Flies. Now new details
have emerged of how producers behind
Channel 4?s social experiment Eden
controlled the environment of the
camp in the Scottish wilderness and
stoked discontent within the group.
Keo Films is accused of breaking its
rules banning contact with the outside
world by allowing one of Eden?s 23 original participants, Jasmine Comber, a 27year-old yoga teacher, to phone her
father in an attempt to persuade her not
to quit. Comber?s flirtation with the
camp chef, Stephen Etherington, was
set to be one of the series? highlights.
?We all wanted to speak to our
families. How could Keo do this to us??
Josie Hall, a fellow Eden resident, wrote
in her diary, which was quoted in a
6,000-word investigation into the show
published by The New Yorker magazine
yesterday.
Residents who sought respite from
surveillance by removing microphones
were claimed to have been scolded by
loudspeakers rigged in the trees.
When filming began Eden was billed
as a ?unique social experiment? in
which Britons would spend 12 months
trying to build a self-sufficient utopia
on the Ardnamurchan peninsula.
However, they struggled to grow and
hunt their own food, and the experiment went awry amid accusations of
bullying and sexism. After four episodes last year, the programme disappeared from screens until this month
when the final edit of the experiment?s
breakdown was broadcast over a week.
The article reveals fresh details of the
contestants? revolt. ?In the autumn they
did nothing but drink,? one local resident, said. The Eden community was
meant to be isolated from the outside
world but is said to have obtained cigarettes, chocolate, and news about the
Brexit referendum and the election of
Donald Trump from walkers.
The production team?s interventions
even stretched to dropping hundreds of
tonnes of topsoil from a helicopter
because the site selected for the camp
was too infertile for crops to grow.
Waterloo works cause more rail chaos Computer game catches
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
Network Rail faced fresh criticism after
a major upgrade of Britain?s busiest railway station failed to finish on time,
causing delays and cancellations for
thousands of rush-hour commuters.
Waterloo station had signalling problems yesterday morning as an
�0 million engineering project drew
to an end after more than three weeks
of disruption. The station, which handles 270,000 passenger journeys each
day, had services running late until
about noon.
Network Rail defended the project,
which involved lengthening four platforms by 44 metres to accommodate
longer trains and will eventually boost
Waterloo?s capacity by a third. The company said that it had been the ?largest
and most complex? operation in the
station?s history, with 1,000 engineers
and staff working 24 hours a day.
It apologised to passengers for the
disruption and said that the station was
fully operational by mid-morning.
However, the extra disruption was criticised by passengers who had already
suffered weeks of delays and queues to
board trains.
The development of Waterloo station is the latest in a series of Network
Rail projects that have overrun. The
company is responsible for maintaining and operating Britain?s rail infrastructure, and was heavily criticised
when engineering work at King?s Cross
in London overran two-and-a-half
years ago, leaving tens of thousands of
passengers stuck on trains and queueing outside stations.
In December, the west coast main
line ? one of Europe?s busiest lines,
used by passenger and freight trains ?
was cut off for seven and a half hours
when engineers failed to finish a new
bridge on time.
Anthony Smith, the chief executive
of Transport Focus, the independent
watchdog, said: ?Passengers will be
disappointed that, after all the pro-
mises, communications and planning,
the Waterloo upgrade slipped. Passengers booked tickets and made plans
based on the promises made by the
industry.?
Alex Hayman, managing director of
public markets at Which?, called for
season ticket holders to be given compensation.
?It?s unacceptable that people are
facing yet more disruption due to the
upgrade at Waterloo,? he said.
Becky Lumlock, route managing
director for Network Rail, said: ?In the
final commissioning of the signalling
system tests, which are safety-critical,
we encountered some delays which
have impacted the service so we would
like to apologise to customers.?
6 Euston station was evacuated last
night after an e-cigarette exploded in a
passenger?s bag and triggered panic. It
was closed for about 90 minutes while
police officers investigated. Witnesses
described people running away and
screaming as armed police arrived.
early signs of dementia
Kate Wright
Imagine you are speeding along an
Arctic river, ice floes all around you, as
you embark on a quest to find fantastical sea creatures. Two minutes into
your adventure, you take off the virtual
reality (VR) headset. You have just
completed the equivalent of five hours
of lab-based research into dementia.
A new VR game is accelerating dementia research, allowing the public
and sufferers to help to diagnose dementia up to two decades earlier.
Building on a successful mobile app,
which accumulated data from almost
three million players from around the
world, Sea Hero Quest VR tests players?
ability to find their way around. Deteriorating navigational skills can be an
early warning sign of dementia.
By comparing how normal brains
and brains with dementia navigate
using the game, researchers hope to
pinpoint when skills start to decline in
dementia, allowing earlier diagnosis
and treatment.
David Reynolds, chief scientific officer at Alzheimer?s Research UK, which
funded the game, said: ?We want to diagnose dementia 15 to 20 years earlier
than we?re able to. Generally, the earlier
you diagnose, the better the outcome.?
The VR game is more natural and
user-friendly than the mobile app,
particularly for older people or dementia patients who may not be able to engage with a mobile-phone game.
Michael Hornberger, professor of
applied dementia research at the
University of East Anglia, said: ?Sea
Hero Quest VR allows us to measure
more intuitively when people are not
sure of their bearings. It has the potential to capture additional complementary data to Sea Hero Quest mobile.?
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Grammar faces
legal fight after
kicking out its
weaker pupils
Rosemary Bennett Education Editor
A leading grammar school is facing
legal action from parents after it kicked
pupils out with less than a year to go
before A levels because their grades
were not up to scratch.
More than a dozen pupils at St
Olave?s Grammar School in Bromley,
Kent, have been told that their places
for their final year have been withdrawn after they failed to get three Bs in
summer exams or AS levels.
Other students were told that they
would be allowed to continue ? for
now ? but were asked to sign a contract warning that the school reserved
the right not to enter them for their
A levels if they did not get at least a B
grade in their mocks.
One father accused the school of
dumping his son like ?old garbage?.
St Olave?s is one of the highestachieving schools in the country. This
summer its pupils achieved 96 per cent
A* to B grades at A level and 75 per cent
of all grades were A* or A, three percentage points up on last year.
Each year, 1,100 boys apply for 128
places at the school, with others joining
in the sixth form, which allows girls.
Recent pupils include Harriet Harman?s son and the granddaughter of
Tony Benn. Alumni include John Harvard, the first benefactor of Harvard
University.
Lawyers acting for two of the affected
families have issued judicial review
proceedings against the school?s governing body. A hearing has been set for
September 20, two weeks after the
autumn term begins.
It is common for top state schools to
weed out low performers after GCSE
by setting minimum standards that
pupils have to meet in order to return
for A level. This form of academic selection is allowed across the state sector at
sixth-form level, not just in grammar
schools.
However, it is rare to throw out pupils
on grounds of academic performance
once an A-level course is under way.
The pupils concerned will not only
have to find a school willing to take
them halfway through their course, but
also one that offers exactly the same
subjects they have been studying.
Parents and teachers have criticised
the school for behaving like ?an exam
factory?, focusing on results and league
table success at the expense of students?
education and welfare.
One teacher, speaking on condition
of anonymity, described the stress the
exams had put on students: ?It?s been
really hard to witness. I?ve felt very
much these weaker students are being
treated as collateral damage in pursuit
of league table position.?
Dan Rosenberg, a lawyer acting for
the families, told The Guardian that
they claimed that the school was operating an unlawful policy. ?Proceedings
have now been issued. As well as assisting our clients, these proceedings will
hopefully assist others who may be affected now and/or in the future by the
school?s policies and practices,? he said.
?We hope that the governing body
will reconsider the policy and its application, and further that the children affected can return to their A-level studies at the start of term with their peers.?
Lawyers will argue that once selection has taken place at age 16, it is generally accepted that withdrawing a school
place mid-course, such as at the end of
Year 12, is an ?exclusion?.
As a local authority maintained
school, St Olave?s would be governed by
Department for Education guidance
on exclusions. Under the guidance, it is
only lawful to exclude a pupil on disciplinary matters. It states clearly that it is
unlawful to exclude for ?a reason such
as academic attainment/ability?.
An education lawyer, Imogen Jolley,
of Simpson Millar, said the guidance
applied to maintained schools, but not
to sixth-form colleges or academies for
16 to 19-year-olds. ?In maintainedschool sixth forms there may be grade
boundaries to get in, but once you are in
the only way they can get rid of you is if
there is a behaviour issue,? she said.
The Department for Education said
it could not comment on legal proceedings. St Olave?s was not available for
comment.
Notting Hill
carnival ?too
dangerous
for police?
John Simpson Crime Correspondent
Laughing stock Competitors taking part in the tenth World Gravy Wrestling
Championships at the Rose N Bowl pub in Stacksteads, Lancashire. Bouts last
two minutes and are judged on entertainment value as well as grappling skills
The Notting Hill carnival should not be
allowed to ?carry on regardless? after 31
officers reported injuries over the two
days, the head of Scotland Yard?s police
federation has said.
Officers had blood spat on them,
were splashed with a ?potentially acidic
substance? and had bottles and other
objects thrown at them, Ken Marsh said
yesterday. He accused the force of
treating the statistics on injuries to officers as ?almost a matter of fact. As if this
is the norm. As if this is acceptable.?
?It is none of the above. It is a disgrace,? Mr Marsh said. ?They have families, they have homes to go to. This is
not normal. This is not acceptable.?
There were 12 arrests on Monday for
an assault on a police officer, and five on
Sunday. There were a total of 313 arrests
at the carnival, compared with 454 last
year, although police have stressed that
there were some 656 arrests in preemptive raids on alleged drug dealers
and suspected gang members.
Mr Marsh added: ?There are now so
many officers being injured every year
at the carnival, with more than 40 last
year and let?s not forget that an officer
was stabbed in 2015. What other event
would be allowed to carry on regardless
with so many colleagues under attack?
?The Metropolitan Police has a responsibility to look after the brave men
and women who police London?s
streets. To protect the protectors.
Something needs to be done. We can?t
carry on like this.?
Martin Hewitt, an assistant commissioner, said: ?I do not believe that when
policing an event of celebration for
London it is acceptable that 31 of my officers were injured. Whilst this is fewer
than last year, it is still too many. It
should not be any of our expectations
that this violence against police officers
takes place.?
A spokeswoman for Sadiq Khan, the
mayor of London, said that concerns
had been raised last year around overcrowding and violence, and said that
this had been coupled with an ?unprecedented terror threat?.
She added: ?The mayor met many
[police officers deployed to the carnival]
on Sunday to personally thank them for
their efforts. Any attack on our police
officers is completely unacceptable and
offenders will be prosecuted.
?We will continue to work with the
organisers, local authorities and all
partners to drive continued improvements next year and into the future.?
Historian blasts RAF bomb theory of Glenn Miller?s death
Jack Malvern
The most compelling explanation for
the death of the musician Glenn Miller
has been dismissed as nonsense by a
historian and pilot.
The band leader disappeared on
December 15, 1944, at the age of 40
when the light aircraft in which he was
a passenger set out to cross the English
Channel to take him to Paris, which had
been liberated from German forces.
The exact circumstances of his disappearance remain a mystery, but the
most interesting theory was that his
aircraft may have been struck by
accident when a fleet of 139 Lancaster
bombers dumped their bombs into the
sea on their return from an aborted
mission to Germany. Fred Shaw,
a navigator on one of the
Lancasters, claimed to have
seen Miller?s Noorduyn
Norseman aircraft beneath
the bombers when they
dropped their load.
However, new
doubts have been
cast
over
the
theory by Dennis
Spragg, author of
Glenn Miller Declassified and a consultant at the Glenn
Miller archive at the
University of Colorado. Spragg noted that
the Lancasters released
their bombs 90 minutes before
Miller?s flight was in the area. Supporters of the theory have tried to
overcome the discrepancy by saying
that records contained references to
two different time zones.
Spragg said that
Shaw would not
have been able to
identify Miller?s
plane because they
would have been
so far apart.
?The lowest
altitude any
The band leader disappeared
on a flight to Paris in 1944
Lancaster reported for a jettison was
5,000ft,? he told The Guardian. ?The
recommended jettison altitude was
6,000ft. One mile is 5,280ft. A Norseman flying almost one mile below
would have looked like an indistinct flyspeck.?
He also said that it was unthinkable
that Shaw and his fellow airmen would
have failed to report the incident upon
their return.
Spragg believes that all available evidence points towards errors made by
John Morgan, the pilot, and mechanical failure. ?He was flying too low ? below 2,000ft ? and he exposed the aircraft to icy conditions. Ice will cause the
engine to stop working properly. The
only other rational explanation is that
he just flew into the water because he
couldn?t see.?
Spragg said in 2014 that the probable
cause of the crash was a freezing of fuel
intakes. ?The icing took three forms:
engine icing, carburettor icing and induction ice. And that?s the kind of ice
that forms on the fuel tanks and fuel
lines, feeding fuel to the engine.?
The frozen fuel lines caused the engine to stop. Poor visibility meant that
the pilot would have found it hard to
distinguish between the sea and sky in
the eight seconds available to him
before the aircraft hit the water.
Miller, whose hits in the late 1930s
and early 1940s included Chattanooga
Choo-Choo, had left his band to volunteer for military service.
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Savills ?passed confidential property details? to Candy brothers
Tom Knowles Property Correspondent
The upmarket estate agency Savills
could soon find itself embroiled in a bitter dispute between the Candy brothers
and a former business associate of the
controversial property developers.
Savills has received a demand from
the businessman Mark Holyoake to
hand over evidence including emails
and text messages relating to a legal
battle between himself and the billionaires Nicholas and Christian Candy. He
has applied to the High Court for the
disclosure of the documents.
Mr Holyoake is in a �2 million dispute with the tycoons about a loan he
took from Christian Candy?s company
CPC in 2011 to fund the purchase of the
grade II listed Grosvenor Gardens
House in London for � million.
Mr Holyoake alleges that the brothers harassed and intimidated him about
repaying the � million loan, resulting
in � million of payments, via various
penalties and renegotiated loan agree-
ments. He said that this eventually
forced him to sell the property at a loss.
The Candys deny the claims.
Mr Holyoake, 44, is now expected to
claim that a leading property agent at
Savills knowingly passed on to Christian Candy, 43, and Nicholas Candy, 44,
a copy of a valuation that the estate
agent conducted for Mr Holyoake?s
luxury home in Ibiza.
Mr Holyoake, who was a friend of
Nick Candy at Reading University, will
allege that this gave the brothers infor-
mation about his assets that helped
them exert financial pressure on him.
The businessman, who made his millions running businesses such as British
Seafood before turning his attention
to high-end property development, is
mulling plans to launch a separate lawsuit against Savills over an alleged
breach of confidentiality, misuse of private information and breach of contract. The potential lawsuit, first reported by The Guardian, could prove an embarrassment for Savills, which prides
itself on its discretion about the assets
and financial affairs of its clients.
The evidence emerged during the
case between the Candy brothers and
Mr Holyoake, which Mr Holyoake will
use to indicate that Savills acted
improperly. He also plans to highlight
the close working relationship between
the Candys and Savills, including the
latter?s � million commission for the
brothers? One Hyde Park development.
All three parties declined to
comment.
TODD PUSSER/NATUREPL; DAN KITWOOD/GETTY IMAGES
1 Military helicopters and
warships produce
mid-frequency active sonar
2 This
causes whales
up to 100km away
to dive deeper in an
attempt to escape.
They stay at these
depths longer, causing
a damaging increase of
nitrogen in their systems
Whales risk death to
flee deafening sonar
S
onar from
military ships
and helicopters is
forcing whales to
dive for so long
that they are at risk of a
fatal condition similar to
the bends, according to
a study (Oliver Moody
writes).
One beaked whale
fleeing the sound waves
slipped underwater for
163 minutes, almost half
an hour more than the
longest dive previously
noted for any mammal.
Lone beached whales
and even beached pods
have become a familiar
sight around the world.
Three weeks ago a pilot
whale was washed up at
Kessock, near Inverness,
while several fin whales
have been found on
coasts from Devon to
Norfolk in the past year.
Attention is focused
on the role played by
sonar devices, which
broadcast sound waves
louder than a rock
festival but just above
the range of human
hearing to locate
submarines. Many
stranded whales have
Cuvier?s
beaked whales
A sperm whale beached near Skegness, left. Research on Cuvier?s beaked whales suggests they can get the bends
been found riddled with
bubbles of nitrogen like
those implicated in
human decompression
sickness, known as the
bends.
Now scientists have
shown how this might
happen. A team led by
Erin Falcone at the
Marine Ecology and
Telemetry Research
centre in Seabeck,
Washington state,
attached satellite tags to
16 Cuvier?s beaked
whales about 150 miles
southwest of Los
Angeles. These are
champion divers: in 2014
Ms Falcone and her
colleagues caught one
diving for a recordbreaking two hours and
17 minutes, to a depth of
two miles. This time one
of the tagged whales
broke that record by
26 minutes. In general,
the presence of sonar
led to longer dives and
longer intervals between
them, and the whales
managed only three or
four trips a day
compared with their
usual eight. Helicopter
sonar, although quieter,
was particularly
disruptive, possibly
because the whales had
less warning. Writing in
the journal Royal
Society Open Science,
the researchers argued
that spending so long
deep below the surface
could lead to a build-up
of nitrogen bubbles in
the whales? fat and other
tissues, with potentially
fatal consequences.
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backpedals on advice
Reef was complete surprise, Hoy
to Lycra heavyweights
says Pacific shipwreck father
Bernard Lagan, Callum Adams
A veteran British yachtsman has described the terrifying moment that his
catamaran ? with his wife and two
sleeping children on board ? crashed
into a reef in the mid-Pacific in darkness.
Bobby Cooper, 51, and his family
were on board their 50ft catamaran,
Avanti, battling 40mph winds and high
waves when the vessel smashed into
Beveridge Reef, 150 miles from the tiny
mid-Pacific island state of Niue.
?It was fairly interesting. We surfed
onto the reef. Bit of a navigation error.
It was very violent and we grounded.
We were then being hit by subsequent
waves as they came over us,? Mr Cooper, from Stirling, told The Times by satellite phone from the rescue yacht.
He said their catamaran hit the reef
at 4am on Monday while his children,
Lauren, 13, and Robbie, 11, were sleeping. Mr Cooper said his GPS navigation
system had not picked up the reef ? a
submerged atoll ? that lay in their path
and it came as a ?complete surprise?. He
The family stayed up on deck as their
catamaran was lashed by huge waves
said he and his wife, Cheryl, scrambled
to get the children from their bunks and
up on deck.
?The waves were breaking over our
stern. We got the kids up. We put them
to the task of collecting whatever things
they required and we assessed our situation,? said Mr Cooper, a highly experienced captain who has made at least 15
Atlantic crossings on yachts.
?We realised the boat was not sinking
and that the best place to be was on
board. We sat it out until the waves
pushed us far enough on to the reef to
be away from the breakers,? he said. The
couple activated a distress beacon that
sent exact details of their location by
satellite to New Zealand?s ocean marine
rescue centre 1,500 miles to the south.
The message was picked up by a 60ft
New Zealand-registered sailing boat
with two masts, the Dona Catharina,
which itself had suffered storm damage. Amazingly, she was within two
kilometres of the grounded Avanti. ?If
they hadn?t been there, we?d be sitting
in a liferaft right now, trying to keep
warm and dry,? Mr Cooper said.
With the help of the Dona Catharina?s
seven crew, he has dislodged his catamaran and anchored it in calmer waters
inside the lagoon at the reef. The Dona
Catharina was still sheltering from poor
weather yesterday and the family will
stay on board until she reaches Niue.
The family sold their house in Palma,
Majorca, before setting out on the
Pacific voyage in April. A Just Giving
page for them has nearly hit its target of
$20,000.
Sir Chris Hoy has apologised for saying
that middle-aged men over eight stone
should avoid wearing Lycra.
The six-time Olympic champion
wrote in a style column that the figurehugging material ?generally looked
awful? on anyone above that weight.
Hoy also wrote that he felt sorry for
mamils ? middle-aged men in Lycra
? because so many people snigger at
them.
He told his 728,000 Twitter followers: ?As a 14 plus stone mamil myself,
this was a tongue-in-cheek article that
wasn?t meant to offend.
?I?m really sorry. Reading it back it
looks harsh and that wasn?t my intention.Whatever your age/build, if you?re
on a bike you have my respect.?
It was not clear what prompted Hoy
to reverse his views because there was
no evidence online of outrage from
mamils, overweight or otherwise.
The Edinburgh-born cyclist, 41,
wrote in his GQ column on Sunday: ? I
feel sorry for mamils. When they walk
into a caf� dressed head-to-toe in
Lycra, you?ll always spot people sniggering at them.
?Yet you don?t know what that person
looked like six months or even a year
ago. It may be that they were once twice
the size they are now until cycling
transformed them and they feel great
about how they look.
?Of course, that is the positive way of
looking at it. The flipside is that Lycra
isn?t the most elegant material you can
wear and professional cycling gear
generally looks awful on pretty much
anyone heavier than eight stone and
with more than five per cent body aerodynamic fat.?
Hoy?s tweet of apology drew support
from his followers.
Martin Davies wrote: ?I didn?t think it
offended. I am a 17-stone mamil and
everything you said was fair. It is hard to
find flattering cycle gear when you are
rotund.?
Tim Loft said: ?Can?t see the problem,
it?s honest and I?d say encouraging. Promoting bums on saddles over a perceived dress code has to be a positive.?
Steven Limmer wrote: ?A man of
your status (UK best Olympian),
people take your words literally.
Unfortunately people don?t have a
sense of humour.?
Carol Midgley, Times2
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STEWART ATTWOOD
Selfie scan spots
?silent? cancer in
the blink of an eye
Mark Bridge Technology Correspondent
Bird?s eye view This pin is among a hoard of more than 100 Viking artefacts on display at the National Museum of Scotland
A selfie-scanning app could detect one
of the most deadly ?silent? cancers
from the whites of your eyes before the
onset of obvious symptoms.
Pancreatic cancer has one of the
worst prognoses, with a five-year survival rate of about 5 per cent, partly
because there are no telltale symptoms
or non-invasive screening tools to
catch a tumour before it spreads.
The Biliscreen app, developed by
researchers at the University of Washington, uses a smartphone camera and
artificial intelligence to detect increased bilirubin levels in the sclera,
the whites of the eyes. Elevated bilirubin levels cause jaundice, which can be
one of the first symptoms of pancreatic
cancer as a tumour blocks the bile duct.
The researchers believe the ability to
detect higher bilirubin levels before
they are visible as a yellow tinge could
enable a screening programme, helping to identify the cancer before it
spreads to other organs.
In adults, the sclera are more sensitive than skin to changes in bilirubin,
which can be an early warning not only
of pancreatic cancer but also of hepatitis, gallstones, liver disease and the generally harmless Gilbert?s syndrome.
In a clinical study of 70 people, the
Biliscreen app identified elevated
bilirubin levels in 90 per cent of cases
picked up by blood tests. The app is
described in a paper to be presented
next month at Ubicomp, a computing
conference in Hawaii.
?The problem with pancreatic
cancer is that by the time you?re symptomatic, it?s frequently too late,? Alex
Mariakakis, the lead author, said. ?The
hope is that if people can do this simple
test once a month in the privacy of their
own homes, some might catch the dis-
How it works
Smartphone
is used to
take picture of
eyes through 3D
printed box that
blocks out
ambient
light
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Sclera
The colour
of the sclera
can detect
bilirubin levels
and detect early
stages of
pancreatic
cancer
2
3D
printed
box
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ease early enough to undergo treatment that could save their lives.?
Biliscreen isolates the whites of the
eye in selfies and analyses bilirubin
levels based on the wavelengths of light
that are being reflected and absorbed.
To account for different lighting conditions, the team tested Biliscreen both
with a 3D printed box that blocks out
ambient lighting and with paper glasses
printed with coloured squares to calibrate colours. They aim to refine the
technology to remove the need for
these accessories so that it can be used
at home with only an app download.
Katie Edmunds, health information
officer for Cancer Research UK, said:
?This would need to go through much
larger clinical trials before we know
whether it has the potential to be a useful and reliable tool to help diagnose
pancreatic cancer. Because pancreatic
cancer remains challenging to detect
and treat at an early stage, prevention is
especially important ? keeping a
healthy weight and being a non-smoker are great ways to reduce the risk.?
The lifetime risk of developing
pancreatic cancer is about one in 70.
Most adults
Family affair
unprepared
spelt end for
for care costs woolly rhinos
Greg Hurst Social Affairs Editor
Oliver Moody Science Correspondent
Half of adults intend to rely on siblings
or other family members to help to pay
their long-term care bills if they need to
move into a residential home.
Many people, however, have not
made any plans to pay potential care
bills or have even discussed it with
relatives, and most dramatically underestimate the full costs.
A poll for the Centre for the Modern
Family, a think-tank set up by the life
insurance company Scottish Widows,
asked 2,000 British adults to estimate
the cost of care in a residential home.
The average figure they provided
was more than �0 a week below the
median cost of nursing care, which is
�6 a week. The average cost of
residential care is about �0 a week.
The research found that only 15 per
cent of people saved monthly towards
their own long-term care, while 25 per
cent had no idea how they would meet
future care costs for themselves or for a
relative. It found that 49 per cent
thought they would turn to family to
help cover the cost should they need
residential care, but a similar proportion said they avoided thinking about it.
Life was pretty rough for the last of the
woolly rhinos 50,000 years ago. Just as
the climate was becoming uncomfortably warm and humans were getting
worryingly proficient at hunting, their
gene pool may have begun to dry up.
A large minority of specimens found
in the Netherlands had developed
extra ribs at the base of their necks,
possibly as a result of extreme inbreeding. While the deformities were not
likely to have been a serious problem
for the animals, they are a sign of
genetic vulnerability, scientists say.
All modern mammals, except sloths
and manatees, have seven vertebrae in
their necks. Individuals are occasionally born with rib-like protusions on the
lowest bone as it morphs into something halfway between neck and ribcage. As the woolly rhino approached
extinction, one in three had a neck-rib,
a phenomenon that is also pronounced
in inbred pedigree dogs and micro-pigs.
Alexandra van der Geer, of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, said
that the study, published in the journal
PeerJ, confirms that there was a problem in the woolly rhino population.
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grow old gracefully
Alice Thomson
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Comment
True socialism always ends with the Stasi
Leftwingers who boast that they?d never kiss a Tory are blind to the intolerance at the heart of their own ideology
BERG/KOBAL/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Daniel
Finkelstein
@dannythefink
L
aura Pidcock doesn?t like me.
I don?t take it personally
because it isn?t personal. I?ve
never met her and she?s
never met me. But I?m a
Conservative and she doesn?t like
Tories.
Fair enough. It?s a free country. For
the time being. And the new Labour
MP for North West Durham is
entitled to pick her friends. She?s not
alone, anyway. Her attitude ? that
Tories are ?the enemy? and ?I have
absolutely no intention of being
friends with any of them? ? is quite
prevalent on the left.
Hatred of Conservatives is
common currency on social media,
and at Labour conferences you can
buy mugs with the words ?Never
kissed a Tory? on them.
The Guardian?s deputy opinion
editor, Joseph Harker, complained
only that Pidcock didn?t go far
enough. His aim (tricky for an
opinion editor, even of The Guardian
one would have thought) was to
avoid Blairites and Liberal
Democrats too.
Not unreasonably, many
Conservatives are quite hurt. It?s
never nice to be thought evil by
someone. And the misunderstanding,
that Tories are like Mr Burns out of
The Simpsons, is quite frustrating.
There is also something quite
amusing about people who check
someone?s position on free schools
before they kiss them.
Yet my reaction to Ms Pidcock?s
unfriendly (though, it should be
acknowledged, civil) comments, and
to abusive criticism on Twitter, is
somewhat different. I am relaxed
about her social attitudes, I don?t
agree that they make it hard for her
to do her job, and I?m sure (indeed I
know) that there are a few Tories
with a similarly short-sighted view.
But I think nevertheless that this
attitude to Conservatives is of
profound importance, and points to a
big hole in socialism.
Ever since 1956, when news of
Nikita Khrushchev?s so-called secret
speech began to leak out to the West,
socialists have been trying to find an
alternative form of socialism. One that
works. One that does not lead to the
errors of Stalinism that Khrushchev
identified at the 20th Congress of the
Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
Social democratic parties and new
liberals had succeeded in reforming
capitalism, with a welfare state and
progressive tax systems, but after
There is no workable,
sensible alternative to
western capitalism
decades of trying still had no model
for replacing it. The only attempts
that had been made had produced
dictatorship, murder and relative
economic failure. A new left, the
secret speech indicated, was needed.
For more than 60 years since then,
this has been the project of socialist
intellectuals and politicians from
Ralph Miliband to Tony Benn. The
new left has, with progressives and
liberals, been involved in important
campaigns to end colonialism, to
promote gay rights and women?s
equality, and to reduce and
eventually eliminate racial
discrimination. But how successful
has it been in identifying and
propounding an alternative to
capitalism?
Completely unsuccessful. After six
decades of thought and political
action there remains not a single
successful example of a socialist
society anywhere in history and
anywhere in the world. Most
recently they all got very excited
about Venezuela. We were told by
Jeremy Corbyn that we could
honour Hugo Ch醰ez by treating
him as an example to us all.
This does not, of course, mean that
there haven?t been successful centreleft governments or that there are no
alternatives to whatever policy the
Tory party puts in its manifesto. I am
not equating Yvette Cooper with
Mao Zedong. I am simply saying that
for all the slogans about the evils of
capitalism, nobody has come up with
a workable, sensible alternative. Not
ways of changing it, you understand.
An actual alternative.
Remember the kid with all the
badges in class who tried to explain
to you what socialism was, and you
couldn?t quite understand how it
worked? Well we are still basically
there, and the failure in
comprehension wasn?t yours.
And this is where Laura Pidcock
comes into it. Paul Mason, the
former BBC journalist and political
ally of the Labour leader, recently
published a book called
Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future.
It attempts bravely to articulate what
modern socialism, operating without
central state planning, might look
like.
I confess I was hanging on for dear
life trying to grasp his scheme, but I
think I got there in the end. He sees
a future, as did the Occupy
movement, as did the authors of New
Left Review and the Bennites, in
it? And if I?ve misunderstood how it
all works, then answers on a postcard
please. But I think you will see where
Pidcock fits in. Socialism depends
entirely on love and complete trust
in the willingness of every person,
after capitalism, to co-operate in a
spirit of friendship.
So where are you left if there are
whole groups of people with whom
friendship is impossible, on account
of their view of the world?
Counterrevolutionary elements who
don?t accept their socialist
responsibilities. Either these people
make socialism impossible, or they
Corbyn?s spin doctor
regrets the demise
of East Germany
An East German Stasi officer as shown
in the 2006 film The Lives of Others
which market exchange is replaced
by friendly, voluntary co-operation
and free provision. Wikipedia is his
model.
Reading his book on the Tube, I
was wondering how he might get
someone, for instance, to clean station
platforms or do an extra shift without
being paid. But socialists do have an
answer to this of sorts. Amity.
Without the market competition
that makes us ruthless and has us
jostling for position, we will all muck
in. Someone will notice that there is
a need for someone to work in the
human resources department of the
organisation that produces the ink
that is used on Twix wrappers, and
they will pop in and do it. For
nothing.
I am sorry if this sounds
preposterous but it?s not my idea, is
have to be eliminated on the grounds
of their counterrevolutionary
position.
Pidcock would probably laugh at
this. She?s just saying she doesn?t
want to chum up with Sajid Javid,
and here am I saying she wants to
obliterate him. And she?s probably
right to laugh. But not because
socialism wouldn?t require such
obliteration. It would. It?s just that
socialism is so vague and
incomprehensible she probably won?t
get anywhere near it.
The other day I was listening to a
(really quite shocking) interview that
Jeremy Corbyn?s adviser Seumas
Milne gave to George Galloway. Have
a listen on YouTube. It?s amazing.
In it, Milne regrets the passing of
East Germany, really he does. He
adds that obviously we wouldn?t
want the Stasi back. But he misses
the point. You can?t have East
Germany without the Stasi.
daniel.finkelstein@thetimes.co.uk
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Comment
Will West confront the power of Hezbollah?
While we have focused on defeating Isis in the Middle East, an old foe has grown even stronger
Richard
Spencer
@richardjspencer
W
e have strange
bedfellows in our
wars these days. In
Iraq, British and
American jets are
bombing Isis in support of Shia
militiamen who a decade ago were
booby-trapping, shooting and
kidnapping us. In Syria, the SAS is
operating openly in support of a
Kurdish militia known as the YPG: it
is the Syrian arm of the Turkish
PKK guerrilla movement, proscribed
as a terrorist organisation back in
Britain.
So it was more with a shrug of the
shoulders than shock that we learnt
last week we are now on the same
side as an even older foe in the
region. Hezbollah, the Iran-backed
Shia militia that kidnapped
journalists and blew up embassies in
the 1980s is considered almost
respectable by many ordinary
Lebanese nowadays, but it is still
officially off limits to the British. Its
military arm remains a proscribed
terrorist organisation. However,
Britain has a longstanding
commitment, alongside the United
States, to train and equip the
Lebanese army in support of this
fragile country still recovering from a
decades-long civil war. A few days
ago, the western-trained Lebanese
army attacked a small outpost that
Isis had established on both sides of
the Syrian border with Lebanon.
Acting in concert with them on the
Syrian side was Hezbollah, which
now functions as an independent
security force defending the Assad
regime. For all the official denials of
a joint operation, the two forces
advanced simultaneously on the
militants, and shook hands, River
Elbe-style, on the frontier after
defeating them.
At a superficial level, such as the
one at which international issues are
addressed during political rallies,
people don?t care much about the
legal definition of terrorism,
compared with the absolute horror
of Isis or the murderous chaos of the
Middle East. That is why two
successive American presidents,
Barack Obama and Donald Trump,
have been elected on a ticket of
Iran has funded and
trained the terrorist
group for decades
?finishing the job and getting the hell
out?. However, our strange alliance
in Lebanon has made uncomfortably
clear what a small degree of political
focus would have told us some years
ago. Hezbollah, once feared and
still loathed in many quarters, is the
big winner of the Arab Spring of
2011, and with its new-found
acceptance as an anti-Isis force
would be the main beneficiary of
US drawdown in the Arab world.
While the revolutionary and
Islamist forces of that uprising have
been crushed, bombed or jailed,
Hezbollah, once merely a force in
southern Lebanon, is now a
significant military power in Syria. It
has trained militias in Iraq that have
cut a route through the north of the
country from the Syrian to the
Iranian borders. It has also, with
much less fanfare, trained another
loyal militia, the Houthis, who
control much of Yemen, defying the
best efforts of the UN-recognised
government, Saudi Arabia and the
United Arab Emirates. An activist in
the Yemeni capital Sanaa tells me
that Hezbollah has about 80 or 90
?advisers? there. What?s more, the
Houthis are turning on their former
allies in the country and seeking
absolute control, which would mark
a significant extension of Hezbollah?s
influence.
For Hezbollah, of course, we can
read Iran, which has funded,
organised and trained the group
since its beginnings in the Shiadominated suburbs of Beirut in the
1980s. Indeed, it was recently dubbed
?Iran?s Blackwater?, a reference to the
firm of private military contractors
that worked closely with the US
military for a number of years in
occupied Iraq. Like Blackwater, it is
efficient and, outside its Lebanese
Shia heartlands, unaccountable to
anyone except its bosses and
paymasters in Tehran.
In all its foreign ventures,
Hezbollah is acting in accordance
with a double-sided pact with its
friend and mentor. Under the terms
of the axis of resistance, as they call
themselves, Iran provides weapons
and funds for Hezbollah?s projects in
Lebanon, most notably its arsenal of
missiles aimed at Israel, while
Hezbollah acts as a useful and, since
its war with Israel in 2006, battlehardened, 30,000-strong army for
Iran?s regional conflicts. In most of
these clashes, the ?axis? is now either
near victory or at least holding its
own: in Iraq, Isis is under the cosh; in
Syria, President Assad?s future is
secure, while in Yemen, the Saudi
and Emirati alliance has long since
given up on the idea of retaking
Sanaa. In Lebanon, Hezbollah even
has its own ministers in the cabinet.
Last week, President Trump
reneged on a key campaign promise
to end the 16-year war in
Afghanistan. American prestige, his
generals persuaded him, would not
survive the defeat of Kabul?s
government that would inevitably
follow a further US drawdown of
personnel. Soon, as he decides what
to do with American troops and
American allies across the Arab
world, in the face of Hezbollah?s
victories, he will have to decide
which of his other campaign
promises to break: to take on Iran or
to leave the Middle East to its own
devices and concentrate on making
America great again domestically.
Israel, which says that Hezbollah
now has 100,000-150,000 missiles
aimed at it and is building more at
new facilities in Lebanon and Syria,
is watching events closely. If America
does withdraw, it is unlikely that
Binyamin Netanyahu will follow Mr
Trump?s pacifist, laissez-faire lead.
transition from a school in Cyprus,
where our arithmetic class was just
about to learn the decimal system, to
a school in Southern Rhodesia where
they already had.
Decimals are a bit like sex or
shaving: if nobody explains, there
comes a point (I?m 68) when you?re
too embarrassed to admit you?re still
a bit hazy.
time she?d heard it. ?May I stop you a
moment?? said Sharman, pained. ?I
wasn?t just the first British woman in
space. I was the first British person in
space.?
Please, BBC producer, don?t cut
that moment from the broadcast.
Was I actually thinking British men
had gone before her? No, I was
unwittingly revealing my hidden
judgment that the really
extraordinary thing about the
mission was that she was a woman.
Thus does everyday sexism occur.
Richard Spencer is Middle East
correspondent
Roger Boyes is away
Matthew Parris My Week
I?ll fondly
remember
Eileen as
fearsome
F
orgive a death notice. My
dear secretary, Eileen
Wright, whom so many
Times readers over the
decades may almost feel they
know, has died. Sometimes fearsome,
often dismissive, sometimes suddenly
kind and always faithful, the real
Eileen left us more gradually, years
ago, as she descended into dementia.
Then I was sad, not now.
Some readers will remember replies
on my behalf (those I failed to
intercept) informing them that she
saw no reason for me to bother with
their opinions if they couldn?t even
spell my name right. I will never
forget her answer to an invitation to
me, for tea with a newly appointed
foreign secretary. He shouldn?t trouble
me (she wrote) until he?d been foreign
secretary for longer, as talking to a
novice would waste my time. Luckily
Malcolm Rifkind forgave us. Or the
card she handed me detailing my
weekend engagements, and ending
with ?Matthew Parris MP?. I asked
why this information was provided.
?For when you forget your own
name,? she said.
When a person?s end has been
clouded by years of pitiful incapacity
and confusion, we must brush those
dense clouds away and remember
the sun as once it shone. I am trying.
Too many noughts
E
ileen would have been
affectionately amused at my
shame after the publication last
Friday of a letter prompted by the
coincidence of reports of low adult
numeracy and my Notebook last
week claiming that a 12ft x 4ft x
4ft stone trough contains ?9,000
gallons of water?. Our
correspondent points out that the
trough could not contain more
than 1,200 gallons.
Oh dear. I meant 900 but
added a nought too many. I
had a Diane Abbott
moment. At least I never
volunteered for the
Commons Treasury
select committee, or
took the post of
shadow home
secretary. Ms Abbott
blamed diabetes. Sir Alec
Douglas-Home confessed
when prime minister that
he did economics with
matchsticks. I blame my
Lost in space
L
ast week brought the privilege of
having Helen Sharman OBE as
my guest for a recording of my
Great Lives BBC radio programme.
The last time I met our Sheffield
astronaut had been some 25
years ago. I?d felt thrilled
simply to touch her, soon after
she?d joined a Russian Soyuz
mission to become the first . . .
Oops, I nearly repeated
that mistake. Last week I
was asking about her
experiences, and began:
?As the first British
woman in space . . .?
Helen, a gentle soul,
interrupted with
uncharacteristic
sharpness. How many
times must she have had
to do this? Surely as often as
she has smiled gamely while
a radio DJ cues Bette
Midler?s From a Distance
as though it were the first
An end to ivory
A
frica?s elephants have lost one
of their noblest defenders,
apparently killed by ivory
profiteers. Wayne Lotter, shot in Dar
es Salaam in Tanzania, had been
turning the murderous tide,
supporting the country?s National
and Transnational Serious Crimes
Investigation Unit in the battle
against corruption and poaching. A
phenomenal increase in arrests of
traffickers has been under way.
And now this. Dismaying more
voters than the Tories ever supposed,
the last Conservative manifesto
failed to commit Britain, the world?s
biggest ivory exporter, to join China,
America and France in banning the
trade. Come on, Michael Gove!
Here?s something your department
can do now, in memory of brave
Wayne.
Anti-submarine
exercises are a
menace to whales
Peter Evans
Y
et again, a scientifically
robust study has exposed
the dangers to beaked
whales of using midfrequency active sonar, the
kind deployed by the military during
anti-submarine exercises.
Successive studies have shown the
behavioural changes this can cause
in deep-diving whales, interfering
with their physiological capacity to
manage gases under pressure from
diving. When gas bubbles develop in
tissues ? broadly similar to a diver
experiencing the bends ? the result
can be stranding and death.
In the late 1990s a mass stranding
of Cuvier?s beaked whales was found
to have coincided with a nearby Nato
exercise in Greek waters. This was
followed by further mass strandings
of this and related species in the
Bahamas and the Canaries, as well as
elsewhere around the world, all of
which coincided with military
exercises using sonar.
Navies were slow to acknowledge
the problem but to its credit the US
Sonar testing should
start only when no
animals are in range
Office of Naval Research collaborated
with marine mammal scientists at the
US navy?s Atlantic Undersea Test and
Evaluation Centre (Autec) in the
Bahamas to investigate the problem.
The latest study, published today,
presents findings from a similar naval
testing range in southern California.
Both studies indicate disruption to
dive patterns even at relatively low
sound levels, suggesting that harm can
be done tens of miles from the sound
source.
The Autec range has an array of
hydrophones monitoring sound both
from the sonar activities and from
the whales themselves. The US navy
uses the instrumentation to establish
whether or not there are beaked
whales in the area before conducting
its sonar exercises. That doesn?t
happen in Europe.
Here, there are a number of
locations where military exercises
deploying mid-frequency active
sonar are used but no passive
acoustic monitoring takes place.
Some of these (such as off northwest
Scotland and in the southwest
approaches to the English Channel)
overlap the deep ocean habitat
(1,500-10,000ft deep) that beaked
whales typically inhabit.
Either areas where beaked whales
are predicted to occur should be
avoided for all sonar exercises, or if
that is not possible then proper
monitoring should take place so that
a sonar exercise is started only when
no animals are detected within a
certain range.
Peter Evans is director of the Sea
Watch Foundation
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Japan can show us how to grow old gracefully
Theresa May should use this week?s visit to Tokyo to learn what a well thought out social care policy looks like
Alice
Thomson
@alicettimes
W
hen Theresa May
arrives in Tokyo
today, she will be met
with smiles and bows
from her deeply
hospitable hosts but she is unlikely to
get very far with trade negotiations.
The Japanese prime minister Shinzo
Abe is already distracted by North
Korea and the government has made
it clear it thinks Boris Johnson?s hope
of an ?all-singing, all-dancing?
personalised pro-Brexit free trade
agreement is premature.
Instead Mrs May would do better
to question them about their policies
on the elderly and social care. Japan
is one of the few modern societies in
the world that seems to have worked
out how to grow old gracefully. In
Britain, Mrs May still faces a social
care crisis after she spectacularly
mishandled the issue during her
election campaign earlier this year.
The NHS is strained as one in ten
beds is now taken up by an elderly
person well enough to go home and
residential care homes are closing
due to lack of appropriate funding.
Meanwhile the baby boomers appear
to be drinking more and exercising
less.
The Japanese have spent this
century trying to solve social care
issues. Until 2000, publicly funded
social care didn?t exist in Japan: it
was a family responsibility. But, as in
Britain, the healthcare system began
to falter under the weight of the old
and neglected, women found they
were trapped between looking after
their children and their parents,
unable to return to the workplace,
and there were an increasing number
of cases of elderly abuse.
At 83.9 years, life expectancy at
The Japanese have
peace of mind and can
plan for their old age
birth in Japan is one of the longest in
the world, according to the
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
(OECD). A quarter of Japanese
people are aged over 65; by 2060 the
proportion is expected to rise to 40
per cent.
So the government decided to
introduce long-term care insurance,
offering social care to those who are
65 and over on the basis of needs
alone. This is partly funded by a 1 per
cent compulsory social insurance
levy on all those over the age of 40,
and topped up by national and local
taxation. Users are also expected to
contribute a 10 per cent co-payment
towards the cost of the service. The
Japanese have accepted the costs,
although it means they are weighed
down by tax obligations from middle
age, as it has given them peace of
mind and allowed them to plan for
their old age.
The new system wasn?t perfect but
the Japanese haven?t been afraid to
tweak it, allowing the world and
hopefully one day Britain to benefit
from their experience. When the
demand for elderly services
outstripped expectations, they
responded by introducing higher copayments for wealthier adults.
They are also leading the way in
other areas such as robotics to help
the elderly with basic care, carer
caf閟 and ?respect for the elderly?
days. Posties are expected to keep an
eye on the frail, there are free
stretching classes in parks and there
is great awareness of the importance
of diet in keeping healthy.
Emotionally they are also ahead of
other developed countries. Having
spent the last two weeks in Japan, I
was stunned by how many elderly
people were working on construction
sites, in coffee shops and cleaning the
bullet trains, but their eyes were
smiling as they chatted to other
workers. They understand the
importance of feeling useful rather
than worrying about seeming
subservient.
Their much-revered animation
house Studio Ghibli also celebrated
old age recently with the film Howl?s
Moving Castle, about a young girl,
Sophie, who is turned into an old
Elderly people work in
construction, in coffee
shops, on bullet trains
lady by a witch?s curse but still
manages to save everyone. Old age
gives Sophie the freedom to be
herself.
The elderly also practise what in
Japan is called ikigai but we now
know as mindfulness. They take
huge pleasure in simple activities
such as nurturing their bonsai trees,
watching water lilies unfurl or
handing out origami. A book on
ikigai by Ken Mogi will be published
next month for westerners. At first I
found that their obsession with
pouring tea beautifully or packing a
Bento box neatly was irritating. After
a few days, it became soothing.
I really appreciated their attitude
when I was walking in the
mountains. In the middle of nowhere
we came across a small homemade
cabin, an old man welcomed us in to
look at his tiny garden, where a
model train line wound round the
rocks. He cooked us an extraordinary
meal from his vegetable patch while
his wife played the harmonica. Then
he put on his station master?s hat and
switched on the train. The children
loved it and he was delighted with
his success. Aged 84, he said his
dream had always been to open a
little restaurant looking out over
Mount Ontake and cook for weary
walkers. Although he was stooped
and arthritic, I?ve rarely met
someone more peaceful and content.
Japan?s greatest painter, Hokusai,
who died at 88 taught that we should
be as aspirational about old age as
youth. He didn?t begin his Thirty-Six
Views of Mount Fuji until his
seventies. ?All I have done before the
age of 70 is not worth bothering
with,? he once wrote. ?At 75 I?ll have
learned something of the pattern of
nature, of animals, of plants, of trees,
birds, fish and insects. When I am 80
you will see real progress. At 90 I
shall have cut my way deeply into
the mystery of life itself. At 100, I
shall be a marvellous artist.?
Aged only 60, Mrs May is young
enough to learn from the Japanese
example and so are most of us.
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?Flawed system? of foster care in Britain
Backbenchers? bite
Sir, Downing Street?s peevish
rejection of Labour?s call for a more
gradual change in the UK?s
relationship with the EU bodes ill for
the government?s chances of
persuading parliament to endorse its
Brexit strategy, let alone any
legislation that stems from it. The
vacuous slogan that ?Brexit means
Brexit? is now discredited but the
lesson has not yet been learnt. The
making of acts of parliament require
the consent and scrutiny of both
chambers. Rehashed slogans and
populist threats will not suffice; the
minister who dismissed Labour?s
initiative as an attempt to score points
merely confirms the government?s
high-handed approach. The response
from business and trade unions are
points worth having.
I visited many countries when I was
Speaker of the Commons, some of
them new to democracy. I explained
that election winners did not take all
the spoils of victory in Westminster.
Oppositions have rights too and
backbenchers on both sides have as
much right to be heard as ministers.
I hope MPs will exercise these
rights to the full at this critical time in
the tangled Brexit negotiations, and
not be cajoled.
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House of Lords
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Sir, It is a regular practice in all local
authorities to place a child in a less
than a perfectly matched foster home.
This is because there are not enough
foster homes for them to choose from:
there is a shortage of some 10,000
foster homes nationally (?Christian
child forced into Muslim foster care?,
Aug 28, and leading article, Aug 29).
This shortage is entirely because
foster carers are unique in being the
only caring profession looking after
persons who are not members of their
own family who are largely unpaid. If
foster carers were entitled to just the
national minimum wage there would
be far more applicants, the authorities
could be choosy about who they
registered rather than having to take
almost anyone who met the
minimum standards, and the
matching process of linking a
particular child with a suitable foster
carer would be more easily facilitated.
Introducing this change would be
a simple way of improving the lot of
the 100,000 children who experience
foster care in Britain each year.
philip brown
Chairman, the Fostering Network
Cycling legislation
?overdue for reform?
fitted to a bicycle when it is sold.
Once purchased, the new owner is
free to remove the bell. Is it now time
for our regulations to be looked at so
as to make bells compulsory at all
times in order to improve road safety?
associate prof russell hewitson
Northumbria Law School
Sir, Matthew Briggs sensibly and
sensitively proposes a review of
tougher and more appropriate laws
after the sad death of his wife, Kim
(?Widower calls for new law on bikes?,
Aug 26). Mr Briggs believes that there
is the need to reform outdated laws
(the charge of ?wanton and furious
driving? was used to prosecute drivers
of horse-drawn carriages); many will
agree. It should be possible to charge
a cyclist with offences of homicide by
bicycle, causing death by dangerous
cycling, causing injury by cycling and
also reckless and careless cycling.
Anybody who rides or uses any
vehicle without brakes on our roads
or pavements or on private land is a
dangerous fool. Anyone who sees
them should say: ?For our sake and
your own sake, get brakes.?
sir peter bottomley, mp
Former transport minister
Sir, Clive Fletcher-Wood (letter, Aug
28) is not quite correct in saying that
the law requires bicycles to be
equipped with a bell. The law, found
in the Pedal Cycles (Safety)
Regulations 2010, requires a bell to be
on this day august 30, 1917
WHAT THE
CINEMATOGRAPH
MAY BECOME
Some years before the war Punch
published a droll picture (by Mr
George Morrow, if I remember right)
of a scene in ?the next war?, which
showed a cinematograph operator
directing a general how to conduct a
battle so that the camera might take
the most effective photographs.
After seeing the Canadian
photographs at the Grafton Galleries
and some other war photographs,
one reflects that the truth is quite as
astonishing as the joke was shrewd.
Sir, Your reports illustrate a system of
foster care that cannot be tolerated.
When I was employed by Southwark
council in the 1960s it was our ?duty of
care? to ensure that all the children in
our care attended the churches and
schools appropriate to their culture
and beliefs. This was never questioned
because then we cared for the
individual child. Tower Hamlets
children?s department needs to be
investigated and reminded of its
responsibilities under the Children Act.
brenda march
Market Lavington, Wilts
Sir, Further to your leading article
there is no such thing as a Christian
or Muslim five-year-old; there is only
a five-year-old whose parents are
Christian or Muslim. Moreover, if a
child of Christian biological parents is
placed with a Muslim foster family,
Bare-arm hygiene
Sir, I agree with Tony Narula (letter,
Aug 26) that there is little evidence
that the NHS ?bare below the elbows?
policy directly reduces healthcare
associated infection rates, but he is
wrong to dismiss it. As an infection
control doctor who works in both
NHS and private facilities, I insist on
bare below the elbows for staff in
clinical areas because it allows them
to perform effective handwashing.
The hands of healthcare workers
are the single most important mode
of spread of bacteria and viruses and
the principal reason for the World
Health Organisation?s ?five moments?
advice that advocates effective
handwashing before and after patient
contact. This is not possible unless
the forearms and wrists are bare.
Single rooms for patients are
irrelevant in this regard. Suit jackets
and long-sleeved shirts should, like
What cannot, or will not, the
camera, fixed or moving, do; what
risks will not the operators ? the
artists, if we may do honour to brave
men ? run in order to get good
views? There are still, no doubt,
people who sneer at the
cinematograph; but have the most
far-seeing amongst us yet grasped
the immense and various power of
this still frequently wasted
implement? It is one thing to be
bored with cinematograph shows as
they are today; to deplore the misuse
of the film for trivial or absurd
effects. Cinematograph producers
seem to have a passion for moving
trains, and for long gesticulatory
scenes which have to be explained
by writing on the screen. Even in the
war-pictures a sense of proportion is
often lacking; though it is perhaps
cheering to watch, for instance,
newly-captured German prisoners
on the march for two minutes, 10
minutes of them become stupefying.
But it is another thing to miss the
significance of this implement as a
means of historic record and of
artistic presentation. Little by little
Sisterly rivalry
carpets, be kept out of all clinical
areas whether NHS or private.
dr peter cowling
Laughton, Lincs
Sir, Statues of both Emmeline
Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett are
indeed needed (?Sisterly rivalry over
parliament?s suffragette statues?, Aug
28) but if priority must be assigned, the
case for Fawcett is overwhelming. Sir
Neil Thorne?s claim that more people
have heard of Pankhurst than Fawcett
may be correct, but that argues for
Fawcett rather than Pankhurst.
For decades from the late 1860s till
her death in 1929 Fawcett
consistently, single-mindedly, and
bravely publicised the case for
women?s enfranchisement. She
simultaneously exemplified the
resourceful, calm, good-humoured
leadership and political skill that
women?s organisations required. As
her young colleague Ray Strachey
told her in 1918: ?You have not only
done the thing but shown how such
things should be done.?
By comparison Pankhurst was a
bravely flamboyant publicist whose
violent tactics were ultimately
counter-productive, a brilliant flash in
the pan between 1905 and 1914. It is
surprising to find a Speaker of the
Commons as distinguished as
Baroness Boothroyd backing a feminist
who was no pillar of constitutionalism.
brian harrison
Oxford
Nature and crops
Creative Clandon
Sir, Jim Dixon is right to applaud
British agriculture for achieving such
substantial increases in crop yields in
recent years (Nature Notebook, Aug
26). He is wrong though to assume
that this has been at a cost to wildlife.
To receive CAP subsidy payments
that are so crucial to being able to
produce food in Britain at competitive
prices, every commercial farmer
needs to fulfil the criteria of ?cross
compliance?. This involves leaving an
uncultivated margin of at least two
metres around all arable fields for
wildlife habitats. Under a more
advanced scheme, such margins are
increased to six metres and there is
even provision for providing nesting
areas in the middle of fields for
skylarks, which Mr Dixon picks out as
being of particular concern.
Arable crops may look remarkably
clean and consistent and weed-free
but they are always surrounded by an
environmental haven.
peter prag
Tadley, Hants
Sir, The Earl of Onslow?s comments
on Clandon Park (Aug 28) reveal his
frustration with architecture today
more than they shed light on the
reality of the project. Lumping all six
schemes together is a rhetorical swipe
that ignores the fact that each team
has taken a different approach.
It was a compliment to the National
Trust, and Clandon, that so many
multidisciplinary teams entered the
first stage of the competition, and the
six selected for the second stage are
sought after the world over. These
practices have created award-winning
and acclaimed cultural projects,
brimming with life and human
interest. These initial concepts are the
result of just ten weeks? work, done
for a small honorarium. The teams
have risked many tens of thousands
of pounds to compete for the
commission: their creativity and
confidence deserve a hearing.
malcolm reading
Organiser of the Clandon Park
international design competition
the cinematograph is climbing out of
contempt into honour. It will soon
be recognized for what it is worth,
when further and better use is made
of it. We have no room now for any
more Government Departments,
and yet a Ministry of Records,
charged to see that nothing of
importance happened in any field of
the history of England without being
?filmed?, would do a fine service for
the moment and for posterity. He
would, for one thing, save the
historians the trouble of trying to
make past people and events ?live?
in their pages. Historical writings
would still be needed; but there at
hand would be the people and
events of past times as they verily
were. It is easy to imagine with what
avidity the future will scan the
cinematographic records of the great
war and how it will regret that there
are not more of them.
Tea and dentistry
what is the harm? The two
indoctrinations might even cancel
each other out, facilitating freethinking later in life. On the other
hand, a five-year-old does have a
native language. It is the height of
irresponsibility to place a monolingual
English-speaking child in an Arabicspeaking family, or vice versa.
professor alan sokal
London SW6
Sir, This case is a reminder that the
government needs to back all
attempts to recruit a diversity of
foster carers. I have met foster carers
from Muslim, Christian and atheist
backgrounds, all of whom were doing
a brilliant job of caring for children in
need. This placement highlights the
need for faith literacy in foster care,
so that social workers and foster
carers are equipped to assess,
understand and help to meet the
spiritual needs of children in care.
dr krish kandiah
Founding director, Home for Good
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Sir, Apropos the letters (Aug 28 & 29)
on codewords, at an Oxford dentist?s
years ago I sought an early date but
was shown how full the book was.
?Mr T. Pott has a lot of appointments,?
I observed sympathetically. ?Yes,?
came the embarrassed reply. ?That
stands for teapot.?
jackie lukes
Hull
French sans tears
Sir, Further to your report ?Teachers
always cheat, says Ofqual? (Aug 29),
in 1963 I took French GCE O level.
Our French master presided over the
aural paper, in which he read out a
French passage and we had to answer
questions about it in English. When
he read out the sentence ?Marie
repass� sa robe? he could tell from our
blank faces that we hadn?t a clue. So
he read it again, this time making an
ironing motion with his right hand.
So far as I recall, we all passed.
david ritchie
Birmingham
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Leading articles
Daily Universal Register
Japan: Theresa May begins a three-day visit
to Japan to meet Shinzo Abe, the prime
minister of Japan, for trade talks.
Germany: Angela Merkel, the German
chancellor, meets Jean-Claude Juncker, the
president of the European Commission.
Security First
Nature notes
Two insects that
are becoming more
noticeable now
are wasps and
crane flies, which
are better known as
daddy-long-legs.
The male wasps and the new queen wasps,
which have been brought up by the worker
wasps in the nest, are now emerging to
mate with each other. It is these that are
plaguing people?s tables, attracted by sweet
food such as jam. The males will die after
mating. The queen that founded the nest,
and all the workers, will also die. The only
survivors will be the fertilised queens,
which will start a new colony in the spring.
The daddy-long-legs bumble about ?
or look as if that is what they are doing,
although they live their lives as efficiently as
other creatures. They can be eaten by the
wasps, who strip off their gauzy wings.
They begin their life as larvae in the ground,
called leatherjackets ? but they are not
always safe down there, because starlings
probe with their beaks for them.
derwent may
Birthdays today
Cameron Diaz, pictured,
actress, There?s Something
About Mary (1998), 45;
Jonathan Aitken, writer,
Margaret Thatcher: Power
and Personality (2013), and
former Conservative
minister, 75; Diran
Adebayo, novelist, Some Kind of Black (1996),
49; Prof Simon Bainbridge, composer, 65;
Warren Buffett, global investor, 87; Prof
Dame Frances Cairncross, economist,
rector, Exeter College, Oxford (2004-14), 73;
Lord (Daniel) Finkelstein, columnist, The
Times, 55; Sir Antony Gormley, sculptor,
Angel of the North (1998), 67; Muriel Gray,
journalist and broadcaster, 59; Jean-Claude
Killy, alpine ski racer, triple Olympic
champion (1968), 74; Robin Lustig,
presenter, The World Tonight, BBC Radio 4
(1989-2012), 69; Sue MacGregor, presenter,
Today, BBC Radio 4 (1984-2002), 76; Rajiv
Ouseph, England No 1 badminton singles
player, 31; Keith Payne, VC, Australian
decorated for valour in Vietnam, 84;
Baroness (Delyth) Morgan of Drefelin,
chief executive, Breast Cancer Campaign, 56;
Sir Peter North, QC, principal, Jesus
College, Oxford (1984-2005), 81; Paul
Oakenfold, record producer and DJ, 54;
Andy Roddick, US tennis player, Grand
Slam singles champion (US Open, 2003), 35;
Dana (Scallon), singer, All Kinds of
Everything (1970), and member of the
European parliament (1999-2004), 66; Julian
Smith, Conservative MP for Skipton and
Ripon, deputy chief whip (Treasurer of HM
Household), 46; Martin Temple, chairman,
Health and Safety Executive, 68; Sheena
Wagstaff, art curator, 61; Craig Whittaker,
Conservative MP for Calder Valley, assistant
whip (HM Treasury), 55.
On this day
In 1976 more than 100 police officers were
taken to hospital after clashes at the Notting
Hill Carnival in west London.
The last word
?Every great man nowadays has his disciples,
and it is always Judas who writes the
biography.? Oscar Wilde, dramatist and poet,
Intentions (1891).
Theresa May?s trip to Japan serves as a reminder that prosperity depends
on the willingness of trading nations to spend enough to defend themselves
There is more to life than Brexit. If proof were
needed, North Korea has given Japan?s prime
minister, Shinzo Abe, a serious security headache
on the eve of Theresa May?s arrival in Tokyo for a
three-day visit during which she hopes to talk
mainly about post-Brexit trade. She will be lucky
to discuss that in any more than generalities
because Mr Abe has other things on his mind.
The Japanese leader has called Kim Jong-un?s
latest ballistic missile test, which sent a rocket over
Hokkaido, an existential threat to his country. He
exaggerated to draw attention to the extraordinary
situation in which Japan finds itself. It is target
practice for Pyongyang, and near neighbour to a
new military superpower in China. Yet it is barred
by its own constitution from fighting back or even
effectively deterring either country.
Germany is in an analogous situation. Both
countries have thrived for more than 70 years
under the American security umbrella. That
relationship has served Washington well too, but
its foundations are shifting. Russia and China are
testing Nato?s resolve with growing audacity and
American voters? appetite for the role of global
policeman continues its slow but steady decline.
The lesson of 1989 appeared to optimists to be
that democracy could flourish and spread of its
own accord without the backing of military force.
The lesson of the ensuing generation has been
that freedom isn?t free. It requires defence against
resurgent anti-democratic states as it does against
terrorism, and it is time for Japan and Germany to
shoulder their share of the burden.
The instincts of large pacifist constituencies in
both countries are understandable given the
horrors of the Second World War. Angela Merkel
will need to listen to the concerns of German
voters planning to back Martin Schulz?s call for the
removal of all remaining nuclear weapons on
German soil if she is to defeat the SPD leader in
next month?s elections. Mr Abe faces a struggle
with his own electorate to scrap article 9 of Japan?s
constitution, which bars it from declaring war or
deploying troops except in self-defence. Yet this is
an important struggle. It cannot be sustainable in
the 21st century that American soldiers can die in
defence of Japan but not vice versa.
Mr Abe deserves Mrs May?s support where
Britain still has influence, notably in the UN
Security Council. On this visit to Japan she will
have to accept Tokyo?s position that substantive
British-Japanese trade talks must wait until separate negotiations between Japan and the EU have
been completed. If Mrs May hopes for the promise
of a bilateral post-Brexit deal this week of all
weeks, she is setting herself up for disappointment.
Where Britain and Japan can reach broad
agreement is on the prerequisites for prosperity.
?We are a trading nation and we depend on
international stability,? Hideki Yamaji, a Japanese
foreign ministry spokesman, said earlier this year.
Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, could
not have put it better. He and Mr Yamaji can also
agree that this stability is under threat. Monday?s
missile test was North Korea?s 18th this year. The
missile was not carrying a warhead but experts
believe it may have been capable of doing so. They
fear a sixth North Korean nuclear test is
imminent, and Japan is equally nervous about
China?s muscle-flexing in the South China Sea.
On the other side of the world, Lithuania?s
defence minister recently welcomed a rare
German army deployment with the hope that
Berlin would ?take more responsibility for
security and defence in Europe and generally the
world?. Germany spends 1.2 per cent of GDP on
defence. Japan spends 0.9 per cent. The Nato
minimum is 2 per cent. The age of riding America?s
coat-tails is over. The age of rich democracies
pulling their weight in the expensive business of
collective security must now begin.
Red Mist
Troll farms and bots really are spreading propaganda on social media
There is something undeniably comical about
slapdash intrigue. The Times today investigates a
Twitter account, influential in Ukip circles and
claiming to be British, yet which parrots Russian
propaganda and appears to be operating only
during Moscow office hours. There may be a
strong case for the Kremlin to introduce flexitime.
Levity would be the wrong response, however.
Today, anybody with an internet connection can
achieve reach and in some cases influence of a sort
once confined to traditional publishers and
broadcasters. Newspapers allow comments, often
with little interest in what is written by whom.
It is not remotely paranoid to suggest that
foreign state intelligence services take advantage
of this. In fact, given the history of Russian
dezinformatsiya, it would be remarkable if they did
not. During the Cold War, Kremlin propaganda
outlets are known to have circulated bizarre
conspiracy theories about, among other things,
links between western politicians and Nazis and
apartheid South Africa, about Aids being caused
by an American chemical warfare experiment,
and about CIA involvement in the deaths of
Martin Luther King Jr and John F Kennedy.
Unquestionably, western intelligence agencies
attempted similar behind the Iron Curtain,
hampered by state-controlled media. Today, the
disparity is even more stark. Our traditional
media is free and our social media is positively
chaotic. The ground for dezinformatsiya is fertile.
Networks of bots are frequently deployed to
rebroadcast and amplify stories and views
supportive of Kremlin positions on Syria, Ukraine
and the politics of Britain, Europe and the United
States. Even within Russia the existence of human
?troll farms? is an open secret. The Baltic states
and Ukraine face a steady assault of online
disinformation, as seen most notoriously in the
aftermath of the shooting down of a Malaysian
passenger jet by Russian-backed forces in 2014.
In the English-speaking world, Russian trolls
often have a symbiotic relationship with official
Russian propaganda channels, such as Russia
Today and Sputnik, distributing their content via
social media. Their strategy need not directly
involve changing individual minds. Through noise
and repetition, the aim is to shift and destabilise
the terrain of debate. Even the most extreme views
can be normalised when thousands appear to
share them. Along with much of the Ukip
hierarchy, for example, Nigel Farage appears to
have some sympathy for the murderous Russianbacked President Assad of Syria. This may be
reinforced by feedback received from supporters
online. It is also possible that the party?s leaders
don?t always know who those supporters are.
Social media companies function with opacity,
with users often having little idea where content
originates, or by whom its circulation is being
funded. These tools, developed to woo advertisers,
were notoriously exploited by forces unknown to
circulate fake news in the US presidential election.
Again, it would be more of a surprise if foreign
state-backed forces were not involved in this than
it would be if they were.
If fake news is Facebook?s curse, perhaps fake
users are Twitter?s. Anonymity on social media is
widespread, and regarded by some as a right. Other
users should remember that the anonymous do
not also have the right to be taken seriously. If your
interlocutor wears a mask, ask why.
To Mom and Pop
Facebook?s creator has written to his daughter. August Zuckerberg answers back
Dear Mom and Dad,
I was kinda surprised to get your letter, me being
a few days old and everything and only just
beginning to get my head round hunger and what
you call ?wind?. And also you?ve released it to the
whole world.
Anyways, Mom, Dad, thanks. You meant well
and if I meant that well I?d also want everyone to
know just how well I meant. My big sister Max,
though, says she?s a bit jealous. Not only did I get
named after a month and not a volume setting but
she says my letter was better than the one you
wrote her when she was my age, which was all
about how many shares you?d sell so as to fight
disease. Not much fun. But in my letter you just
wrote about something called childhood.
First up you said you wanted it to be ?magical?,
so I baby-googled the word on the tot-tablet and
found out it means supernatural, occult,
paranormal, dark and cryptic.
In that strange state I?m supposed to take a lot of
naps and then spend all my waking time outside
where I will ?smell all the flowers?. I looked up
?flowers? on Wikipedia. Flowering plants ?are the
most diverse group of land plants?. There are
295,383 known species. And I have to smell them
all? At five seconds a sniff that?s 17 days and nights
solid sniffing. Are you sure about this? Then
there?s your reference to putting leaves in a bucket.
What on earth for? A quick search netted me a
composting site and an invitation to buy garden
furniture.
You can imagine that I soon got bored with that
and I started to wonder whether life couldn?t be
more exciting. And then I discovered something
called ?Facebook?. Man, it has everything!
Cristiano Ronaldo! Gambling! Nazis! Seriously I?m
amazed you didn?t mention it. My childhood is
sorted. Lots of love, August. Status: baby.
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Rising waters wash away the
Shivering survivors
lament the turn of fate
that cost them
everything.
Jacqui Goddard
reports from
Conroe, Texas
Jose Jimenez worked for 43 years to
achieve his American dream, leaving
Mexico as a young man with nothing to
come to Texas, build a career and fund
a home, a family and a future.
In a matter of minutes, so much of
what he had worked for was lost yesterday as the San Jacinto River, formerly
an idyllic backdrop for his home in the
woods in Conroe, burst its banks and
poured through the community.
?You work so hard, for a lifetime. You
come so far. Then, in minutes, you lose
everything,? Mr Jimenez, 63, lamented
yesterday, soaked and shivering. Fire
department boats and divers scoured
the floodwater around his neighbourhood, unsure if there were more survivors. Volunteers in boats stood by, frustrated not to be allowed to help. All
along what used to be the street leading
into the area, the San Jacinto?s waters
churned and bubbled, swallowing up
homes, trees, road signs and cars.
On the 12th anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, the aftermath
of Harvey had left Texas and parts of
western Louisiana in a crisis of chillingly similar nature and proportions. ?This
is Katrina all over again, maybe just
without as many deaths,? said Ryan
Croft, standing beside a raging creek in
Conroe that was so strong that the concrete road had been cut away.
However, a family of six trying to escape the floodwaters has been counted
among the 14 victims of the storm,
authorities said. The four children and
their great-grandparents died on Sunday afternoon when Samuel Saldivar,
the driver of the van, tried to pick them
up amid the flooding.
Harvey slammed into the Texas
coast last Friday night but it has refused
to dissipate, moving out into the Gulf of
Mexico and back over land three times
and delivering record rainfall that has
left the city of Houston under water
along with surrounding communities.
Kevin Rieathbaum drove from Arkan-
sas to link up with the Cajun Navy, a
volunteer force trying to reach those
still stranded. Many had heeded advice
to shelter when the storm first hit, only
to be forced from their homes by torrents of water or lack of food.
?It?s desperate in there, man,? said Mr
Rieathbaum. ?The fate of so many of
these people is in our hands. The
authorities are doing what they can but
they can?t do it alone.?
Art Acevedo, the Houston police
chief, said that his rescue crews had
taken 3,400 people to safety. Volunteers
have taken hundreds, possibly thousands, more. ?They will not stop until
this threat ends. Stay strong Houston!?
Mr Acevedo urged.
For Mr Jimenez, crunch time came
after army engineers made a controlled
release of water from the Conroe dam
north of Houston, which was in danger
of collapse. The water gushed south
into creeks and rivers, which flowed
into areas that were previously dry.
?We?ve sacrificed a lot for them to release the dam. If they hadn?t, it would
have been a major disaster even worse
then the one we have,? said Mr Jimenez?s daughter-in-law, Norma.
?It was quick. Inches, then feet. It was
rising so fast,? said her husband, Hugo,
43. They gathered up some papers ?
insurance documents, social security
cards ? and the children, and left,
steering their vehicles through and
around water that they said would have
come over their heads had they waded.
Now they are living in their cars.
?It?s coming up seven inches an
hour,? said Steve Brooks, deputy chief
of the local Needham fire department,
waiting at the water?s edge for his rescue vessels to return from a foray along
the street and into the trees. ?We?re
bringing people out but still some want
to stay. If they do, we tell them ?from this
point, you?re on your own?,? he said.
President Trump and his wife, Melania, visited Texas yesterday to thank
rescuers but were not visiting the hardest-hit areas. ?We are going to get you
back and operating immediately,? he
told a crowd in Corpus Christi.
The Red Cross reported that 17,000
people were in shelters. The authorities
in Brazoria county, south of Houston,
issued an urgent ?get out? alert to residents after the Columbia Lake?s banks
south of the city were breached. Rescues also took place in Louisiana.
The deluge has been so unprecedented that the National Weather Service
has had to add two colours to the charts
that it uses to illustrate rain levels. It
previously used a 13-colour scale to
indicate the intensity of rainfall recorded in a 24-hour period. Dark purple represented the top level ? 15 inches ? a
record never broken before.
Now, it has added two paler hues of
purple to highlight areas that exceeded
30 inches. Yesterday the town of Cedar
Bayou set a new continental US record
of 51.88 inches of continuous rain since
the hurricane struck.
In Cleveland, cowboys rode out to
flooded rural properties to rescue livestock for others. In Baytown, fleets of
boats shuttled workers from the Chevron oil refinery to dry land. About two
million barrels a day of oil have been
lost because of refinery closures since
the storm hit.
In Houston, the mayor, Sylvester
Turner, tried to address concerns that
some residents might be refusing to
leave their homes because they were
undocumented immigrants who feared
arrest under Mr Trump?s crackdown on
?sanctuary cities? that harbour them.
?If you are in a stressful situation I
don?t care who you are. I don?t care
what your status is. I don?t want you to
run the risk of putting yourself and your
family in danger . . . It?s as simple as that.
Non-negotiable,? he said.
The recovery from Hurricane Harvey would be long and challenging, he
said. ?We?re not talking about a few
days. We?re frankly not talking about a
few weeks. We?re talking months.?
Moody?s, the credit rating agency, estimated that the storm could cause up
to $65 billion in damage to property
and lost economic output.
Butch Wetz left his home in Wharton
for a wedding on Friday but never went
home because it has been cut off by
floods. The same goes for 29 other
family members. They now take up the
fifth floor of a hotel in Conroe.?There?s
that anxiety, that ?what am I going to
find when I get back? feeling,? he said.
Daniel Uribe?s family group is even
bigger, totalling about 50, including two
foster children. The 55-year-old father
of five, who works for a gas company,
lived in a mobile home in Freeport, but
does not know if it exists any more.
?We?ll just go back, pick up the pieces,
and start again. I wasn?t leaving anything to chance when that storm came
? I needed to get out for those kids,
keep them safe. Even if I?ve got nothing
else left, I?ve got them,? he said.
High heels and high stakes for Trump?s Texas trip
Behind the story
P
resident Trump
arrived in
hurricane-hit
Texas last night
knowing that his
response to the disaster
represents a critical test
of leadership (Boer Deng
writes).
His departure from
Washington was
overshadowed, however,
by Melania Trump?s
choice of footwear as the
couple set off for the
flood zone ? a towering
pair of four-inch designer
heels, below.
Twelve years to the day
that Hurricane Katrina
wrecked New Orleans
and helped sink the
popularity of George
W Bush, whosee
response was
criticised as
aloof and
detached, Mr
Trump flew
to Corpus
Christi,
where
Hurricane
Harvey made
landfall last week. He
wore a rain jacket and
boots but his wife?s
cropped trousers, black
snakeskin stilettos
and dark glasses raised
eyebrows.
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The trip will
test Mr Trump?s ability to
show leadership and
compassion. A year ago,
as a presidential
candidate, he paid a
surprise visit to flood-hit
Louisiana, while Barack
Obama was on holiday
and criticised for not
making his own trip there
until the next week.
A photo of Mr Bush
gazing down at a ravaged
New Orleans as he flew
back to Washington came
to symbolise his bungled
response. Mr Trump is
aiming to do far better.
Houston residents wade down streets as they flee their homes, and the National
Tillerson budget cuts
Rhys Blakely Washington
America?s diplomats fear being excluded from key foreign policy decisions as
a rift opens between President Trump
and his secretary of state.
Rex Tillerson?s plan to radically scale
down the state department has the
blessing of the White House and this
week he announced plans to eliminate
dozens of America?s special diplomatic
envoys, including officials dealing with
the Syria crisis, the Iran nuclear deal
and Northern Ireland.
It is not unusual for a new administration to stamp its mark. However,
career diplomats say that Mr Tillerson?s
failure to appoint key personnel makes
eliminating special envoys unusually
risky.
With tensions running high over
North Korea?s nuclear ambitions, he is
yet to appoint an under secretary of
state for arms control or an assistant
secretary of state for East Asia. He is
also closing a department dedicated to
sanctions. Dan Fried, former co-ordinator of sanctions policy at the state
department, said: ?The fear is that there
is nobody home.?
Fresh signs of tension inside the
Trump administration emerged over
the weekend when Mr Tillerson declined to say that the president had
represented American values in the
wake of a neo-Nazi protest in Virginia.
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Kim threatens to
strike Guam after
missile test anger
North Korea
Analysis
Rhys Blakely, Boer Deng Washington
Richard Lloyd Parry
Daisy, from left, Xavier and Dominic Saldivar, three of the
four children who died with their great-grandparents
Guard is on hand to help ? as well as neighbours. ?We got to be strong, baby,? Genice Gipson tells Loretta Capistran
leave US exposed, claim envoys
Analysts believe that Mr Tillerson is
being sidelined. Trevor Thrall, of the
Cato Institute think tank, said: ?It?s
becoming clear that Trump doesn?t
consult Tillerson on policy . . . The state
department is marginalised.?
When Mr Trump appointed Mr Tillerson, the Texan was new to diplomacy
but not to the corridors of global power.
He had run ExxonMobil, the oil company with interests in hotspots across
the world, for a decade.
Under his leadership, however, morale inside the state department has
plummeted. The White House has
proposed slashing his budget by 30 per
cent, to about $38 billion a year ? a
move that Lindsey Graham, a hawkish
Republican senator, called ?radical and
reckless?.
Michael Fuchs, who served as a
deputy assistant secretary of state from
2009 until 2013, said: ?There has been a
very strong signal from the top, from
Tillerson and Trump?s team, that they
do not value diplomacy ? especially
the role that career foreign service and
civil service officers play in implementing foreign policy, day to day.?
Department insiders have been bemused by Mr Tillerson?s failure to spend
$80 million made available by Congress
to counter Russian misinformation
campaigns.
The proposed budget cut, say critics,
would undermine White House
strategy. Last week Mr Trump said he
would keep a military presence in
Afghanistan. However, his plan also
called for deft diplomatic pressure.
Mr Trump wants to push Pakistan
into ending its status as a sanctuary for
Taliban and Islamic State fighters. He
also wants India to play a greater role in
the region, but aligning Delhi and
Islamabad, antagonists for decades, will
not be easy and risks pushing Pakistan
closer to China.
Similarly, the administration has
committed itself, via the UN, to the
resumption of talks to neutralise North
Korea?s nuclear arms.
Across Asia, a host of competing
interests will have to be balanced.
North Korea?s leader threatened last
night to strike the Pacific island of
Guam, where the US has military bases,
after his latest missile launch sparked
condemnation around the world.
Pyongyang?s official news agency
said Kim Jong-un supervised the
launch of a Hwasong-12 ballistic missile
which flew over Japan yesterday morning and crashed into the Pacific ocean.
?The current ballistic rocket launching drill like a real war is the first step of
the military operation . . . in the Pacific
and a meaningful prelude to containing
Guam,? Kim was quoted as saying.
Hours after the missile test, South
Korean fighter jets practised a raid
aimed at decapitating Kim?s government. Four South Korean F-15K jets
staged a live-fire drill to ?reconfirm
[the] capability to destroy the enemy?s
leadership?, defence officials said as
governments across Asia expressed
outrage and mounted displays of military might. In Washington, President
Trump reiterated that ?all options are
on the table?.
Mr Trump said: ?The world has received North Korea?s latest message
loud and clear: this regime has signalled
its contempt for its neighbours, for all
members of the United Nations and for
minimum standards of acceptable
international behaviour.?
Sebastian Gorka, a former White
House security aide who was removed
from the administration on Friday,
hinted at the existence of a cyberoperation to undermine the North?s
missile programme. ?On the covert side
of things, you have seen a lot of missile
tests fail,? he told Fox News. ?Sometimes there may be reasons beyond just
incompetence by North Korea.?
In Japan, US and Japanese forces
practised the deployment of a missile
defence system that would be used to
defend against an attack.
Mr Trump and the Japanese prime
minister, Shinzo Abe, held a 40-minute
phone call in which they agreed to increase pressure on North Korea ? although what more can be done was not
clear. Steve Bannon, Mr Trump?s
former chief political strategist, recently argued that the US had no credible
military option because Seoul, a city of
A
ir raid warnings and
loudspeakers urged
the population to take
shelter underground
(Richard Lloyd Parry
writes). Mobile phone texts
buzzed the warning: ?Missile
passing!? Coverage of the North
Korean missile launch gave the
impression that Hokkaido is a
very dicey place to be.
But this was a test of the kind
carried out by any military force
developing long-range missiles. It
was a weapon fired without a
warhead with the intention of
garnering technical information.
Why, then, the alarm in Japan?
The answer has to do with the
political character of Shinzo Abe,
who has made it his mission to
throw out the assumptions that
have underpinned Japanese
security policy since 1945.
It would be too cynical to say
that he welcomes Kim Jong-un?s
firework. But by exaggerating the
danger it poses, Mr Abe is
creating a public more scared
and more receptive to the idea of
a militarily stronger Japan.
ten million people, was within range of
North Korean artillery.
The 14th missile test this year by
Pyongyang put paid to modest hopes
that the atmosphere of confrontation
between Mr Trump and Kim could be
addressed diplomatically rather than
by threat and counter-threat. ?A missile
launch across Japan is an outrageous
act that poses an unprecedented, grave
and serious threat, and significantly
undermines the peace and security of
the region,? Mr Abe said. ?We will make
every effort to ensure the safety and
security of the Japanese people.?
The South Korean government said:
?We will respond strongly based on our
steadfast alliance with the United
States if North Korea continues nuclear and missile provocations.?
The missile was launched from
Sunan, just north of Pyongyang, and 14
minutes later it passed over Hokkaido
before landing in the Pacific.
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Qataris miss
out on haj for
fear of abuse
16 operations for the
boy scorched by an
Assad barrel bomb
E
yes wide and
muscles wasted,
Mohammed Diyab,
aged eight, lies in
his Turkish
hospital bed, unable to
move without help (Hannah
Lucinda Smith writes).
Since being struck by an
Assad regime barrel bomb
as he played outside his
house in the northwestern
Syrian province of Idlib, he
has endured 16 operations
to replace the skin on his
scorched lower body.
Alongside physical wounds
sit deep psychological scars.
Yet in Syria?s twisted
game of roulette, his
horrific injuries were his
ticket out of the country.
Although Idlib borders
Turkey, one of the biggest
supporters of Syrian
refugees over the course of
the six-year civil war, only
the most gravely wounded
are now allowed out of the
country. For most, the
frontier is closed and the
deadly and expensive
smuggling routes are the
only way into Turkey.
Idlib province is one of
the last rebel bastions in the
country but has fallen
almost totally under the
control of extremist groups.
The mainstream opposition
brigades, some of which
once enjoyed the backing of
western governments, are
being squeezed out by
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham
(HTS), successor of the al-
Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.
For the estimated two
million civilians living in
the region, many of whom
have fled their homes in
other areas of Syria, that
has delivered a double blow.
Not only must they live
under the uncompromising
Islamic rule of HTS and
daily regime air attacks, but
the western aid money on
which most depend could
now also be withdrawn.
The Union of Medical
Care and Relief
Organisations was told last
week that their stabilisation
funding, which pays for
hospital equipment and
management, has been cut.
?The reason is that now
HTS runs Idlib, [western
governments] don?t want
their aid getting into the
hands of extremists,?
Hamish de Bretton Gordon,
a former British army
officer who works with
humanitarian organisations
in Idlib, said. ?But if you
don?t provide aid to the two
million displaced people
there, they will either turn
left to become refugees, or
right to Isis.?
Other organisations that
rely on funding from the
West have also told The
Times that they fear their
funding could soon dry up,
as focus moves to defeating
extremist groups through
military force rather than
supporting the civilian
opposition.
Qatar
Bel Trew Cairo
Mohammed Diyab?s mother tends to her son at the hospital in Turkey where he is being treated
Erdogan seizes control
of Turkey?s spy agency
Turkey
Hannah Lucinda Smith Istanbul
President Erdogan has seized control of
Turkey?s spy agency as part of a series
of reforms to pave the way for a
contentious new constitution.
The president used an emergency
decree to shift command of MIT, the
Turkish intelligence service, from the
prime minister to his own office. He
claimed that it was necessary to prepare for the shift to a presidential
system, expected in early 2019, and for
the security of the country.
?When you examine big states, [their]
intelligence agencies are under the
head of the state,? the president said.
?Isn?t the head of a state the one who
should receive the most significant information and documents in intelligence? If the head of intelligence isn?t
directly under the head of state then the
state loses its ability to act.?
Critics accuse him of using the state
of emergency, imposed a week after last
summer?s failed coup, to override
Turkish democracy. It allows Mr Erdogan to rule by decree despite his role
being largely ceremonial under the
present constitution.
Decrees include restrictions on access
to lawyers for those detained, expanded
police search powers and the scrapping
of the right to confidentiality in detainees? conversations with lawyers.
The country has been a parliamentary democracy since Kemal Ataturk
founded the modern republic in 1923.
Under Mr Erdogan?s reforms, the president will have powers to sign off laws,
appoint the cabinet and order the
armed forces into war, while the parliament will only be able to propose laws.
A late change to the ballot-counting
President Erdogan
says the changes
will boost security
rules in the constitution referendum in
April meant that voting slips which
would normally be discarded were
counted. Independent monitors raised
concerns about the fairness of the campaigning period and vote which Mr Erdogan won with a tiny majority.
MIT has twice taken part in coups
against Turkish governments. There is
uncertainty over why the agency did
not inform the government sooner
about last summer?s coup attempt. The
head of MIT is thought to have known
about the impending revolt five hours
before the first tanks rolled on to the
Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul.
Enver Altayli, a former MIT officer,
was arrested on Sunday and charged
with links to the Gulenists, the network
that Mr Erdogan accuses of orchestrating the putsch.
MIT has the power to investigate the
Turkish military, which had previously
been an internal responsibility of the
armed forces. Any prosecutor who
wants to investigate the head of MIT
will only be able to do so with the president?s permission.
Binali Yildirim, the prime minister,
clashed with Hakan Fidan, the head of
MIT, over the failure of intelligence on
the failed coup. Mr Erdogan has dismissed suggestions of any friction
between him and Mr Yildirim, who has
been a close ally since the 1990s.
Meanwhile the PKK, the banned
Kurdish militia in eastern Turkey,
claims to have captured two MIT
agents close to its stronghold in northern Iraq. The group claims that the men
were planning to assassinate a senior
PKK commander.
Only 70 pilgrims from Qatar have
travelled to Mecca for the annual haj as
others stay at home because of fears
that they will be mistreated amid a
bitter diplomatic row.
Last year 12,000 Qataris took part in
the pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of
Islam. In the past, Qatari pilgrims have
travelled to Mecca and Medina, crossing the width of Saudi Arabia, in officially-sanctioned groups.
?We estimate 60 to 70 people travelled through the border last week,? a
member of Qatar?s state-run National
Human Rights Committee said. ?We
are waiting for an official figure.?
Some 2,400 pilgrims were originally
due to travel from Qatar through official operators.
Saudi Arabia and its regional allies
severed ties with Qatar in June. They
accused the country of supporting Iran
and funding terrorism. The alliance,
which included Bahrain, the UAE and
Egypt, closed all land, sea and air
borders, sealing off the tiny state.
All Qatari citizens were ejected from
the alliance countries, and the national
airline, Qatar Airways, was banned
from using their airspace.
Saudi Arabia briefly opened its borders on August 17, announcing that
Qatari pilgrims could cross. Doha has
accused Riyadh of politicising a religious right.
Saudi Arabia makes billions of dollar
each year in tourism revenues from the
festival, which is a lucrative business for
the luxury hotels, restaurants and
shopping centres around the Grand
Mosque. More than 1.7 million Muslims
from across the world have arrived in
the country where the government
also benefits from taxes and visa fees
paid by pilgrims.
Netanyahu accuses Iran of
building missile factories
Israel
Richard Spencer
Iran is building precision-guided missile factories in both Syria and Lebanon, Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli
prime minister, has claimed during a
visit by Ant髇io Guterres, the United
Nations secretary-general.
The allegation follows the broadcast
of satellite footage, leaked to an Israeli
television station, showing the site in
Syria. Israel had already accused the
United Nations of failing to stop Hezbollah amassing weapons in Lebanon.
?Iran is busy turning Syria into a base
of military entrenchment, and it wants
to use Syria and Lebanon as warfronts
against its declared goal to eradicate
Israel,? Mr Netanyahu said at the start
of Mr Guterres?s visit. ?This is something Israel cannot accept. This is
something the UN should not accept.?
Hezbollah?s build-up of a large arsenal in Lebanon since its 2006 war
with Israel has led to fears of a new conflict. Israeli generals estimate that
Hezbollah has 100,000-150,000 missiles. Iran has admitted it ran a missile
factory in Aleppo before the Syrian
conflict, but has not commented on the
claims that it is building new ones.
Israel regularly carries out bombing
raids on Syria on what it says are Iranian convoys using the civil war as cover
for ferrying weapons to Hezbollah.
While it uses Lebanese air space for
these raids, it has not directly attacked
Hezbollah positions inside Lebanon.
Israel?s Channel 2 said the new missile
factory was located near the coastal
town of Baniyas in northwest Syria.
Hezbollah has entrenched itself in
both Lebanon and Syria since the start
of the Arab Spring uprisings, helping to
protect the Assad regime, carving out
its own territory inside Syria along the
Lebanese border, and masterminding
the formation of a new Lebanese government, in which it has two ministers.
Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the UN, criticised Major General
Michael Beary commander of the
United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil), Unifil?s commander, last
week for not doing enough to intercept
Iranian supply routes.
Mr Guterres fended off criticism,
saying he would ?do everything in his
capacity? to make sure Unifil met the
terms of its mandate, which is due to be
renewed at the end of the month.
He also took on Mr Netanyahu over
the expansion of Israeli settlements in
the West Bank. Mr Netanyahu hit back,
saying that settlement would continue.
?We have returned here for good,? he
said. ?There will be no more uprooting
of settlements in the Land of Israel.?
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Even presidents have trouble with neighbours
France
Adam Sage Paris
President Macron?s popularity is
plunging not only with voters but also
his neighbours who have forced police
protecting his weekend home to stop
carrying
assault
rifles
after
complaining that they were oppressive.
The order from France?s interior
ministry has angered police officers
who were also told to stop parking on
flowerbeds in the road outside and to
refrain from using their sirens.
The instructions illustrate the way
nimbyism has reached a country that
believed for centuries that only a revolution could stop the state from doing as
it liked.
Officers have been guarding Villa
Monejan, the house owned by Mr
Macron and Brigitte, his wife, in Le
Touquet, northern France, since his
election in May. The house, built in
1920 to resemble a Swiss Alpine home,
has always been the property of Mrs
Macron?s wealthy family, which has a
sweet-making business.
Last week, officers received a written
order to leave their Heckler & Koch
G36 rifles in their vehicles while patrolling on foot. The weapons were issued
after a series of terrorist attacks that
have killed 239 people since 2015.
Although the officers guarding Villa
Monejan will be able to use their Sig
Sauer pistols, they claim these are
insufficient. Johann Cavallero, national
delegate for the Alliance police union,
said that officers had been ?given
The Macrons? retreat in Le Touquet
weapons that they are being banned
from carrying at a time when we know
that the forces of law and order are
often targeted by terrorist attacks. It
makes no sense.?
The order follows a meeting of residents two weeks ago where many said
that the sight of long assault rifles was
stressful and oppressive. Lilyane Lussignol, mayor of Le Touquet, protested
that police were parking their vehicles
on the flowerbeds which, she said, the
council had replanted recently.
The officers have now been told to
park in one of two spaces allotted to
them, while ensuring that they make as
little noise as possible.
?Since when have the police been a
nuisance?? Alliance said.
There are about 60 security officers
in charge of shielding Mr Macron at a
cost of ?8 million. The figure does not
include the cost of the permanent protection around his holiday home.
Taxpayers spend ?2.5 million a year
on the protection of Val閞y Giscard
d?Estaing, president between 1974 and
RIAU IMAGES/BARCROFT IMAGES
1981, ?1.3 million on Jacques Chirac ?
in the 蒷ys閑 Palace from 1995 to 2007
? and ?1.8 million on Nicolas Sarkozy,
president from 2007 to 2012. All former
presidents are given a staff and office,
costing about ?1.2 million a year.
Fifteen officers are posted permanently around Mr Giscard d?Estaing?s
main home in Authon, central France,
and others at Chateau d?Estaing, his
weekend residence. Mr Chirac?s home
in Bity, central France, is protected by
six officers. The number guarding the
home in Paris of Mr Sarkozy and his
wife, Carla, has never been revealed,
but the cost is ?700,000 a year.
Mr Macron appointed Bruno RogerPetit, a former journalist, as his official
spokesman yesterday to try to improve
his image.
Feminist ire
over ?sexist?
silhouettes
Adam Sage
Life in technicolour Jogja fashion week in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, attracted thousands of shoppers, designers and fashion buyers during its five-day showcase of talent
A French mayor faces a demonstration
by feminists in Paris today after adorning his village with 65 ?sexist? silhouettes of women.
The protest is being planned as
France?s highest administrative court,
the State Council, rules whether the silhouettes amount to an illegal attack on
the principle of sex equality.
The plywood silhouettes, posted last
month by Paul Mumbach, the mayor of
Dannemarie in eastern France, portray
women in bikinis, sitting open-legged
on a chair or pregnant. Mr Mumbach
said he wanted to pay homage to femininity after declaring 2017 the Year of
Women in Dannemarie.
Les Effront�-e-s, a feminist group,
said the figures were sexist stereotypes.
?This gives a very bad image of women
and puts them in a straitjacket that
should have disappeared years ago,?
said Sarah Pyd, the association?s representative in eastern France.
Les Effront�-e-s went to court and
won an injunction ordering the council
to remove the silhouettes because they
were a ?serious and manifestly illegal
infringement of the principle of equality between men and women?.
The council will appeal against the
ban before the State Council, arguing
that the silhouettes should be allowed
back on the streets of the village in the
name of freedom of expression.
No running water in Rome after 11.30pm Italy sends migrants to live
Italy
Tom Kington Rome
The taps will run dry in some of Rome?s
richest neighbourhoods next week as
the city?s water supply runs out after
one of Italy?s hottest and driest summers.
Rome?s water company, Acea, has
said that if the rain does not fall in the
coming days, it will have to reduce
pressure between 11.30pm and 5am
across a swathe of the capital, including
rich districts such as Parioli and the
historical centre, leaving residents in
top-floor flats without water.
When the supply returns at dawn to
penthouse dwellers, they will see
brownish liquid spluttering from their
taps, Acea warned.
The drastic decision was taken after
Rome?s water sources diminished in the
drought. These include Lake Bracciano,
north of the city, where the water level
fell by 5ft after rainfall dropped 70 per
cent compared with the previous three
years and temperatures hit 40C.
As new islands emerged in the scenic
lake, a judge ordered Acea to slash the
amount of water it pumps from 1,600 litres a second to 400.
?The only thing for Romans to do is a
rain dance, or failing that take fewer
showers and leave the plants on the
balcony to die,? La Repubblica, the Italian daily, said yesterday.
The move to cut the water pressure in
Rome was opposed by Carlo Rienzi,
head of Codacons, the consumer rights
group . ?If there is a reduction in water
supply we will sue to get a discount on
our water bills,? he said.
Acea, which is 51 per cent owned by
the city, has been accused of preferring
healthy profits to investing in Rome?s
dilapidated water pipes, which leak
40 per cent of the water they carry.
Acea said it had repaired 1,300 leaks
this year to pipes that lost up to 600 litres a second. When the health ministry warned that low water pressure
would leave hospitals without a proper
supply, Acea offered emergency tanks.
The issue will increase pressure on
Rome?s mayor, Virginia Raggi, who is
fighting to stop the city?s transport
company sliding into bankruptcy and
was criticised last week as police fired
water cannon at evicted refugees. Ms
Raggi, who was elected last year as a
candidate for the anti-establishment
Five Star Movement, has been accused
of incompetence, prompting the party?s
founder, Beppe Grillo, to draft in experts to take over key roles in the city?s
administration.
in confiscated mafia villas
Tom Kington
The Italian government is planning to
solve the problem of where to put asylum seekers and refugees by hosting
them in properties seized from mafia
bosses.
The proposal by Marco Minniti, the
interior minister, follows uproar over
the eviction of Eritrean and Ethiopian
refugees from an office block in Rome.
As officials dithered over where to
house the 800 evicted migrants, many
of whom have jobs and children at
school, a protest was staged outside the
building last week. Police broke it up
with baton charges.
Amid anger over the sight of middleaged women being showered by water
cannon, 5,000 people attended a march
over the weekend.
In response, the interior ministry
mooted the idea of hosting migrants,
and other squatters, in some of the
many homes that are sitting empty
after being seized from the mafia.
About 12,000 properties have been
confiscated from Italian clans before
being handed over to town halls, which
often give them to charities to run. A
gaudy mob villa near Naples built to
resemble Tony Montana?s mansion in
the film Scarface has been a mental
health care centre since it was seized.
To date, some of the 600,000 migrants landing in Italy since 2014 have
been put up in schools, sports centres,
ex-army barracks and monasteries.
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Farc swings from jungle warfare to election campaigning
Colombia
Laura Dixon Bogota
The Farc rebel group in Colombia used
to meet in secret jungle locations but
has held its first official party conference in a convention centre in the
capital as part of its transition from
insurgent force to political party.
Having swapped guns for lanyards
and abandoned all talk of military strategy, about 1,200 delegates were bussed
in from all over Colombia for the meet-
ing, with the party needing to discuss a
new name (Farc stands for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia),
and what their party messages will be in
an election next year.
Rodrigo Londo駉, the rebel leader
better known as Timochenko, opened
the summit by recognising how far the
party had come since a peace deal with
the government was signed last year.
?We can hold our congress in public,
in the capital city. That is a victory
unthinkable a few years ago,? he said.
?We face big challenges and many obstacles, nothing is easy in politics and
even less so for revolutionaries. But
peace will have to be the new reality in
Colombia.? Although the first version
of the peace deal was rejected by the
electorate in a referendum, a revised
version was signed in the autumn, and
since then the group?s 7,000 foot soldiers have been in UN-monitored transition camps handing over weapons
and preparing to return to civilian life.
Many others have been released
from prison under the deal, and the
group will automatically receive ten
seats in congress for the next two terms.
Lida Tamayo, 31, who joined the Farc
at 13, was released six weeks ago under
the amnesty, after being sentenced to
56 years for a grenade attack that injured a number of police.
?The peace process was the best
thing that could happen to me. It?s better to be a political party, you can talk
openly about what you want. You could
not do that before,? she said. ?I would
still join the Farc again, but now when I
read about what I did I cry.?
One of the biggest challenges for the
group will be persuading a sceptical
public that they are deserving of votes,
with many people still unforgiving of
the Farc?s actions during a five-decade
war: 220,000 people were killed and
millions displaced from their homes.
When the party asked the public on
Twitter what they should call themselves, one voter said: ?The party of
terrorists and murderers of Colombia.?
EPA
Railway arch
puts Crimea
firmly in
Putin?s grip
E
ngineers have
begun installing the
centrepiece of a
controversial
12-mile bridge that
will connect Crimea and
Russia (Tom Parfitt writes).
The 6,000-tonne railway
arch will take 72 hours to
position, as part of a project
that was announced after
President Putin?s annexation
of the Black Sea peninsula
from Ukraine in March 2014.
Crimea is connected to
Ukraine by an isthmus at its
northern tip, but it is
separated from Russia by the
Kerch Strait. At present, the
territory can only be
reached directly from the
Russian mainland by aircraft
or ferry.
The Kremlin is keen to
ease the isolation of the
peninsula by creating a
transport corridor to export
its wine and fruit to the
mainland. It also wants to
boost tourism and business
investment.
The railway arch was
pushed into place in the
Kerch Strait on floats and
then raised on to pilings 35
metres above the sea on
Monday and yesterday. It is
expected to take a month to
connect it fully to existing
parts of the bridge.
The �6 billion bridge is
25 miles
Kerch
Sea of
Azov
CRIMEA
12 miles
total length
6,000 tonnes
Bridge
built here
Black sea
35m above
the water
being erected from both
sides and will link Crimea to
Krasnodar region on Russia?s
mainland, helping to
integrate the republic.
A company controlled by
Arkady Rotenberg, a friend
and ice hockey partner of Mr
Putin, won the contract to
carry out the construction.
RUSSIA
Big Ben
96m
Work began in May 2015
and is due to be finished on
the road bridge by the end of
next year. The completion
date for the rail link was
pushed back to the end of
2019 last summer.
In the strait, where the
Black Sea and the Sea of
Azov merge, a section of the
four-lane road bridge and
two-track railway will be
supported by arches,
creating a shipping channel.
Ukraine said last month
that it intended to sue Russia
over disruption to shipping
caused by the work. The
European Union and the
United States imposed
economic sanctions on
Russia after it seized Crimea
from Ukraine.
Adolf Hitler ordered a
three-mile bridge to be built
across a narrower part of the
strait in 1943, after his troops
invaded the Soviet Union.
Albert Speer, his architect,
approved the plans, but the
Nazis were forced to retreat
before it was built. The Red
Army then built a temporary
rail bridge but it was
destroyed by ice within six
months.
Critics say the new design
could be vulnerable to
earthquakes and mud
volcanoes on the sea floor.
I?m no witch, says Mugabe after ?poisoning?
Zimbabwe
Aislinn Laing Johannesburg
President Mugabe of Zimbabwe has
denied that he is a witch after being
accused of casting an evil spell on his
deputy and potential successor.
Another theory among supporters of
Emmerson Mnangagwa, 74, is that an
illness was caused by poisoned ice
cream from the Mugabe family dairy.
He was flown to hospital in South
Africa almost three weeks ago after falling sick at a political rally that Mr Mugabe was addressing.
The ruling Zanu-PF party said the
vice-president had eaten stale food
which caused a severe bout of food
poisoning, but Mr Mnangagwa?s supporters insisted a rival faction of the
party had sought to kill him.
Nicknamed the Crocodile for his role
in the massacre of political opponents
in the 1980s, he leads the so-called Lacoste grouping which is vying with
another led by Mr Mugabe?s wife,
Grace, known as Generation 40
because of their relative youth, to take
over the party when the president, who
is 93, dies.
Mr Mnangagwa spoke for the first
time about this illness this week, telling
an audience that he was very concerned for his life.
Doctors are said to have told him that
his liver had been damaged by poisoning with palladium, a rare metal mined
in Russia and South Africa that is combined with platinum to make catalytic
converters.
Mr Mugabe rejected suggestions of
any complicity, saying his deputy was
simply too weak. He also denied claims
by Mr Mnangagwa?s associates in his
stronghold in Masvingo, central Zimbabwe, that the president had resorted
to witchcraft to harm his deputy. ?During the armed struggle, we never had
weak cadres like what we are seeing today,? the president said.
?This is not the Masvingo tradition
that we know. Now the talk of
witchcraft is the order of the
day. Some are even saying
the president is a witch, how
many did I kill?
?We have travelled a long
journey together and why
kill today? Down with your
witchcraft issues.?
Claims of assassination, poisoning
and witchcraft
are not uncommon within politics. The husband of Joice
Mujuru,
the
former Zimbab-
wean vice-president, died in a mysterious house fire, while Mr Mnangagwa
previously claimed his office had been
sprinkled with cyanide, leaving his
private secretary critically ill.
In South Africa, President Zuma has
claimed ?foreign forces? have tried to
poison him to thwart his economic
transformation agenda.
The battle over the succession in
Zimbabwe has become increasingly
bitter in recent months, with supporters of both camps trading insults online, and Mrs
Mugabe accusing the
vice-president
of
plotting against her
husband.
This
week Mr MnanRobert Mugabe
said his deputy
was simply weak
gagwa told mourners at a colleague?s
funeral that he was ?too concerned?
about his own chances of survival into
old age.
?I would not know that after surviving this close shave, how many more
years would the creator allow me to
live,? he said. ?He could very well come
and yank me away. God is above everything. If he decides to take you, there is
no question.?
Mr Mugabe, who has astounded his
countrymen with longevity, said even
senior politicians fell ill from time to
time. ?It is common to be sick. We often
hear that when a leader falls sick he
would have been bewitched, no.? he
said. ?That?s why we say please, please
go to doctors and hospitals for constant
check-ups.?
Police have said they cannot investigate the alleged poisoning because no
official complaint has been made.
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Race row halts
Gone with the
Wind showing
Hunt for girl, 9, who
vanished at wedding
Chamb閞y About 100 police
officers including divers, cavers
and dog handlers have been
searching for a nine-year-old girl
who vanished during a family
wedding in the French Alps.
Ma雔ys de Araujo has not been
seen since about 3am on Sunday
when she was at the wedding in
Le Pont-de-Beauvoisin near
Chamb閞y with her parents.
Divers were searching the Guiers
river. ?Obviously, we are exploring
all leads. Given the time that has
elapsed . . . the criminal possibility
can no longer be ruled out,?
Dietlind Baudoin, the local
prosecutor, said. A source close to
the investigation said that
kidnapping looked likely. (AFP)
Ben Hoyle
A Memphis cinema has scrapped its
annual screening of Gone with the
Wind after protests over its racial
content.
There has been an angry debate
about Confederate symbols in the
South and frankly, a lot of people
give a damn. Todd Starnes, a Fox
News commentator from Memphis,
tweeted that the Civil War epic, the
highest-grossing film in history, had
been ?done-in by a bunch of meddling, no account liberal Yankee
carpetbaggers?.
But others rallied to the defence of
the Orpheum Theatre, which had
shown the classic at least once a year
for 34 years. The 1939 film heavily
romanticises the ?Old South? and to
its critics it is infused with racism.
Brett Batterson, president of the
Orpheum Theatre Group, said:
?This is something that?s been questioned every year . . . The social media storm this year really brought it
home.? He also noted that the film?s
popularity had ?levelled off?.
?Murder? sub searched
Power of sport The Maasai Cricket Warriors in Kenya use the game to combat cultural practices such as FGM and child marriage
Couple ?plotted to
kill woman and
steal unborn baby?
United States
Ben Hoyle Los Angeles
A couple in North Dakota have been
charged with conspiring to murder a
22-year-old neighbour and scheming to steal her unborn child.
Eight days after Savanna Greywind went missing her body was discovered by kayakers in the Red
River, which borders North Dakota
and Minnesota. The corpse was
?heavily wrapped in plastic and duct
tape?.
A newborn baby, believed to be
hers, was found alive and in good
health during a search at the home
of William Hoehn, 32, and Brooke
Crews, 38. They lived above the flat
that Ms Greywind shared with her
parents in the city of Fargo.
The pair were arrested last week
and charged on Monday with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and giving
false information to police. Neither
entered a plea.
The charges do not reveal how
police and prosecutors believe that
Ms Greywind died but David Todd,
the Fargo police chief, said that
Savanna ?was a victim of a cruel and
vicious act of depravity?.
Her mother said that she had left
her wallet and a freshly arrived pizza
behind when she went to the flat
upstairs at about 1.30pm on August
19. A woman living there had offered
her $20 to model for her while
she sewed a dress. It was the
last time she was seen alive.
According to court
documents Mr Hoehn
told investigators that he
had returned home that
afternoon to find his girlfriend cleaning up blood in
their bathroom.
Ms Crews showed
him a newborn baby
girl. ?This is our baby, this is our
family,? she told him.
Mr Hoehn, who has previous
convictions for domestic violence
and child abuse, added that he took
rubbish bags containing bloodstained shoes and towels away from
the block of flats to dispose of them.
Ms Crews offered conflicting evidence. She told police that she had
invited Ms Greywind, who was eight
months pregnant, into her flat on
August 19 and taught her how to
induce labour. The young woman
returned two days later to give her
Copenhagen Danish police are
using scanners to search for body
parts that may be concealed in
hidden chambers inside the
homemade submarine where Kim
Wall was last seen alive. The
30-year-old Swedish journalist?s
torso was found in the water on
August 21. The submarine?s
maker, Peter Madsen, 46, denies
murder. The vessel, which sank
on August 11, is being examined
in Copenhagen harbour. (AP)
Storms flood Mumbai
Mumbai Monsoon rains have
brought India?s financial capital to
a halt, with the authorities
struggling to evacuate parts of the
city before a high tide and more
heavy downpours that will
exacerbate the emergency. Streets
and a hospital were flooded, train
services paralysed and flights
diverted. Building on floodplains
have made the city, which suffers
from rubbish-clogged drains,
vulnerable to storms. (Reuters)
Spicer meets the Pope
Rome Sean Spicer has finally met
the Pope, three months after he
was left off a list of White House
officials to accompany Donald
Trump on a visit to the Vatican.
The president?s former press
secretary, a Roman Catholic, who
resigned last month, attended an
audience with Francis on Sunday.
A photograph on Vatican Radio?s
Facebook page shows Mr Spicer
with the Pope and taking photos
on his phone. (AP)
How Yingluck fled
Bangkok The former Thai prime
William Hoehn and Brooke Crews
were neighbours of Ms Greywind
the newborn baby, Ms Crews said.
Subsequently ?Crews admitted she
had taken advantage of Savanna
Greywind in an attempt to obtain
her child and possibly keep the child
as her own?, the filings said.
The baby is now at a children?s
hospital under the custody of social
services while DNA tests are carried
out. It is unclear where Ms Greywind died and a cause of death has
not been released. An abandoned
farm is being treated as a suspected crime scene. Ms
Greywind, a nursing assistant who was a member of
a Native American tribe,
had been due to move into a flat with her boyfriend this week.
Savanna Greywind
was found in a river
minister Yingluck Shinawatra
discarded her mobile phones and
stopped using her usual vehicles
before she fled the country last
week, the army chief said.
General Chalermchai Sitthisad
said physical surveillance had
been withdrawn after complaints
that it was intrusive. Ms Yingluck,
who is thought to be in Dubai, left
on the eve of a court verdict on a
negligence charge. (AFP)
Notre Dame rescue fund
Paris The Archbishop of Paris is
working to raise ?100 million to
save the crumbling gargoyles and
gothic arches of Notre Dame. The
French state allocates ?2 million a
year to cathedral repairs but this
is not enough to fund major
restoration works, the last of
which were carried out in the
1800s. Church officials hope that
its fame will attract donors from
around the world and say that it
remains safe to visit. (Reuters)
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Marks & Spencer faces losing retail crown to upstart online rival Asos
Philip Aldrick
Asos, the 17-year-old online retail
upstart, is little more than �0 million
short of overhauling the market value
of Marks & Spencer in what is being
called the UK high street?s ?Tesla
moment?.
The Aim-listed internet-only fashion
retailer was worth �93 billion yesterday compared with M&S?s �05 billion,
with analysts saying that it was just a
matter of time before the 133-year-old
high street giant loses its crown. Asos is
threatening to shake up the old order in
the same way that Tesla, the electric car
company, did in April by overtaking
General Motors to become America?s
most valuable carmaker.
Mark Photiades, a retail analyst at
Cantor Fitzgerald, said: ?The valuation
gap between the two businesses is the
smallest it has ever been and we believe
that it will not be long before Asos has
a greater market value than M&S. It will
be a seminal moment.?
Asos made a profit of �.8 million
last year on �44 billion of sales com-
pared with �6 million of profit on
�.6 billion of sales at M&S. Asos pays
no dividend while M&S handed
�7 million to shareholders in the last
financial year.
Mr Photiades said that 20 years ago
M&S was worth �.9 billion and online
shopping was in its infancy. Asos would
not be launched for another two years
and would publicly list for � million
in 2001.
Clive Black, retail analyst at Shore
Capital, compared the companies? relative fortunes in the past two decades to
another giant of the modern economy.
Amazon, established in 1994, is now
worth twice as much as Walmart, the
supermarket empire.
M&S, founded in 1884 in Leeds, was
the darling of the high street in its glory
days when it had 13 per cent of the UK
clothing market. It even broke into
online retailing before Asos was born,
selling its clothes over the internet for
the first time in 1999.
The rise and fall of the two companies has been symbolic not only of the
change in consumer habits and the
Falling out of fashion
power of the internet but also of M&S?s
?sustained and perennial disappointment?, Mr Black said. ?The business
lost touch with its core customers, particularly in clothing, and hasn?t managed to win them back despite going
through many management teams.?
Yesterday?s valuations reflect future
earnings potential. Asos is a pure online
play with international reach while
M&S has an expensive estate of stores
that it is struggling to manage efficiently and a legacy of disappointing investors, Mr Black added.
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Pound nears parity with euro
Currency hits eight-year low as investors seek safety
Philip Aldrick, Tom Knowles
Sterling fell to a fresh eight-year low
yesterday against a resurgent euro as
investors scurried for safety after North
Korea fired a missile over Japan and the
possible repercussions of Hurricane
Harvey sent jitters through the markets.
Traders shifted out of both the pound
and the dollar and into the euro on a
nervy day that on which the FTSE 100
dropped sharply amid a broad stock
market sell-off and a rally in the
traditional safe haven of gold.
The pound lost 0.3 cents against the
euro to trade at ?1.0764, its lowest level
since October 2009 barring last
autumn?s ?flash crash?. It is approaching
record lows and is edging closer to pari-
ty with the euro, a position it has never
reached in the euro?s 18-year history.
Sterling was unchanged against the
dollar at $1.2931 as traders also sold out
of the greenback over geopolitical concerns after North Korea?s military manoeuvres, the cost of the devastation
from Hurricane Harvey in Texas and
fading optimism in the wider economy.
The euro rose 0.4 cents against the
dollar to cross the $1.20 threshold for
the first time in two and a half years.
The emergence of the euro as investors? new safe haven of choice marks a
remarkable reversal of fortunes for the
single currency bloc, which is still
labouring under high unemployment
but has enjoyed a sharp pick-up in
growth over the past year. Persistent
concerns about Britain?s political settlement with the EU after Brexit are
weighing on the pound and questions
about President Trump?s ability to deliver his policy ambitions are dousing
earlier enthusiasm in the dollar, leaving
investors with few other places to turn.
Viraj Patel, a currency strategist at
ING, said: ?You?ve got two politically
plagued currencies offsetting each
other ? you?ve got Brexit for sterling
and you?ve got Trump and geopolitics
for the dollar. So in effect the euro is the
de-facto political haven.?
Potential economic damage caused
by the downpour in the oil-rich state of
Texas and tensions with North Korea
added to US political concerns. Underlining the fraught market mood yester-
day, gold prices jumped to a ninemonth high of more than $1,300 an
ounce and investors dumped risk
assets. The FTSE 100 fell 0.87 per cent
to 7,337.43, led by the banks as investors
bought into precious metal miners.
Germany?s DAX index was down
1.5 per cent, France?s CAC 40 was off
1 per cent, Spain?s IBEX was down
1.3 per cent and Italy?s FTSE MIB was
12.46 per cent lower. However, Wall
Street regained its poise, with the Dow
Jones industrial average closing the day
56.97 points higher at 21,865.37.
Analysts believe that sterling?s recent
moves against the dollar and the euro
have largely been a result of broader
shifts in the dollar as investors worry
about the ability of the US admin-
istration to follow through on its economic agenda and clear signs of
strengthening economic growth in the
eurozone.
The euro?s climb above $1.20 for the
first time since 2015 gives the European
Central Bank a potential headache next
week. The governing council is expected to signal it intends to slow its
economic stimulus shortly but doing so
could drive the euro even higher. At its
latest meeting the ECB said that it was
watching the exchange rate effects for
any impact on inflation and growth.
With the euro at its strongest on a
trade-weighted basis in three years,
Capital Economics said: ?The ECB may
try to temper the euro?s rise before long.?
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Need to know
1
Theresa May and Liam Fox fly
to Japan today with a small
trade delegation. The Japanese
government is lowering
expectations about support for any
trade deals with Britain, and
officials in Tokyo have said that an
agreement with Brussels remains
its priority. Page 12
2
The pound fell to an eightyear low against the euro of
?1.076 as investors scurried
for safety after North Korea?s
decision to fire a missile over
Japan and the possible
repercussions of Hurricane
Harvey sent jitters through the
markets. Page 37
3
The City regulator has opened
an investigation into the
timing of a profit warning at
Mitie in the latest setback for the
troubled outsourcing company. In
a short statement to the stock
market Mitie said that the
Financial Conduct Authority was
looking at the ?timeliness? of a
profit warning
4
House price growth in the
UK has more than halved in
the past year, according to
Nationwide, adding to signs of a
slowdown in both sales and prices.
Britain?s biggest building society
said that house prices rose by
2.1 per cent in the year to August,
down from 2.9 per cent in July.
Twelve months ago house prices
were rising at an annual rate of
5.6 per cent. Page 40
5
The aerospace components
industry is set to be
transformed by the $20 billion
takeover of Rockwell Collins by
United Technologies Corporation
(UTC). UTC is best known as the
owner of Pratt & Whitney, maker
of engines for Boeing and Airbus.
Rockwell Collins is a provider of
cockpit avionics. Page 42
6
Saudi Aramco?s potential
$2 trillion New York listing
has attracted further criticism
after the widow of a 9/11 victim
described it as ?nothing short of a
crowdfunding campaign for jihad?.
Kristen Breitweiser, claimed that
hosting the listing would reward a
country widely alleged to have
provided financial and logistical
support for the attacks. Page 43
7
Freeport handed a majority
stake in Grasberg, the world?s
second biggest copper mine, to
Indonesia leaving Rio to decide
what to do with its holding Page 43
8
Greg Clark and Jeremy Hunt
will today detail �0 million
in funding to support the life
sciences sector. Tax incentives,
increased funding and closer
collaboration with the NHS over
access to medicines are among
measures called for. Page 44
9
Arnold Schwarzenegger has
been paid an undisclosed sum,
believed to be more than
�million, by the Financial
Conduct Authority for the right to
use his likeness in an advertising
campaign aimed at getting PPI
victims to make a claim. Page 45
10
One in five companies
recorded a fall in revenues
as a result of the Brexit
vote, according to a poll of more
than 1,100 small and mediumsized businesses commissioned by
Citibase. Page 47
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In the third of a
five-part series on the
companies that have
shaped our corporate
elite, James Dean looks
at Goldman Sachs
?This is a little bit morbid,? Lloyd Blankfein warned Jim Cramer, the effervescent host of CNBC?s Mad Money, in
June. ?If at the end of your life they
write an obituary about you and it has
nine paragraphs, no more than three
should mention Goldman Sachs.?
The chairman and chief executive of
the Wall Street bank was alluding to a
conversation he had had with his
seniors shortly after making partner.
They advised him to do three things:
work on charity boards, give away his
money and enter public service.
Sidney Weinberg, circle right, the
former Goldman boss known as Mr
Wall Street, started the trend when he
was chosen by President Roosevelt to
serve as assistant director of the War
Production Board in the Second World
War. A string of Goldman employees
followed him and it wasn?t long before
the term ?Government Sachs? was
coined. From the White House to the
Bank of England, the trend continues.
The Government Sachs moniker was
a scornful and inaccurate description,
Mr Blankfein complained to Mr Cramer (a Goldman alumnus). ?Largely,
government draws from us,? he said.
?And they largely don?t come back.?
The Goldman brand is the most prestigious in the world of high finance. In
the wider world the name is associated
with elitism, wealth and the sharp edge
of American capitalism. The bank?s
partnership is an exclusive club of
about 500 executives who are selected
? and deselected ? every two years
from an international workforce of
34,000. Making partner at Goldman
Sachs is considered a great accolade
and a path to early retirement with a
multimillion-dollar nest egg.
With about 12,000 applications for
350 summer internships in Europe
every year, competition is high for
graduates who want to join the
Goldman club. But the rewards are
high: once the ten-week placements
are complete, about seven in ten
interns are offered a full-time job at
the bank, where they can expect to
earn �,000 in their first year.
Applicants generally need
upper-second-class degrees or
better and to show that they have
participated in sport, music,
philanthropic or other
extracurricular activities. Candidates
shortlisted at the first round are
invited to take an automated
interview on their smartphone or
tablet computer. Second round
interviews are face-to-face.
Sally Boyle, international head of
human capital management, said
that the bank was looking for ?good
communication skills and functional
skills, in so much as candidates can
demonstrate that they can take
instructions for a project, conduct
research and show integrity while
they do so. We?re also looking for
people who can work in a team
effectively and show leadership.?
Interns were expected to work on
projects that were accretive to the
bank, Ms Boyle said. ?Often it?s a bit
more research-based but they?ll be
answering phones, advising other
individuals in the firm. They?re
expected to work broadly the same
sort of hours as we do, but of course
we?re careful that they have a good
experience. There?s no need for
them be working on deals that take
them into the middle of the night.
Goldman also hires 500 to 600
bankers in Europe every year,
depending on market conditions.
A former Goldman executive said
that there was an accepted convention
among those who reached the upper
echelons of the bank. ?The traditional
thing was you either stayed at Goldman
until you died or retired or went into
public service. The feeling was ?
maybe it was a bit arrogant ? that there
was nothing left for you to do in the
financial sector after you?d made
partner at Goldman Sachs.?
Good people were promoted quickly,
the former executive recalled. ?But you
had to put Goldman first, and to a large
extent it came above your family.?
Socialising with colleagues outside
work was part of the game. ?I?d be out
three to five evenings a week with
Goldman people. At the weekend I?d
socialise with Goldman people.?
Several current and former executives suggest that the bank employed
the strictest ethical code in the financial
sector. One recalled an incident where
a junior employee was caught peeking
at colleagues? meeting notes when they
were out of the room. ?He was fired on
the spot. It was done very clearly, so
everyone knew why he?d been fired.?
Goldman likes to keep its people in
the loop after they leave the bank. The
Goldman Sachs Alumni Network privately advertises exclusive networking
and social events for former executives
and offers to help them find work at
alumni businesses or back at the bank.
It was an advertisement in The Economist, however, that led to Paul Deighton?s appointment as chief executive of
the London Organising Committee of
the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
?This is the only job I would have considered leaving Goldman Sachs for,? the
bank?s European chief operating officer
said shortly before departing in 2005.
Mr Deighton went on to serve as
commercial secretary to the Treasury
under David Cameron and now sits in
the House of Lords.
The Trump White House is a
who?s who of Goldman
p of the
alumni. At the top
ven
tree are Steven
aMnuchin, 54, treasury secretary;;
and Gary Cohn,
56, chief economic adviser.
Steve Bannon,
63, who was Mr
Trump?s chief
strategist until
recently, and Ancthony Scaramucci, 53, who spentt a
rollercoaster ten days
ions dias communications
ed at Goldman.
rector, also worked
h
i
Central banking, perhaps
unsurprisingly, attracts more than its fair share of
Goldman alumni: Robert Zoellick, 64,
president of the World Bank; Mario
Draghi, 69, president of the European
Central Bank; and Petros Christodou-
The Government Sachs nickname
57 deputy chief execulou, 57,
tive of tthe National Bank of
Greece. And,
An of course, Mark
Greece.
g
Carney, 52, the governor
of the Bank
off England,
E l d who
h worked at Goldman
before joining the Canadian Department of Finance and then the Bank of
Canada.
Ant髇io Horta-Os髍io, 53, the
Lloyds Bank boss, worked for Goldman
Mitie investigated by watchdog over
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
The regime at Mitie run by Baroness
McGregor-Smith, the Tory peer and
government adviser on equal opportunities, has come under investigation by
the Financial Conduct Authority.
The announcement that the City
watchdog has begun an inquiry into the
timing of a profit warning last September that preceded the departure of Lady
McGregor-Smith from Mitie is the
latest setback for the former chief executive of the FTSE 250 company. It was
disclosed this summer that Mitie?s
board had begun proceedings to claw
back a �9,000 bonus paid to Lady
McGregor-Smith in the last full year in
which she was in charge and in which
she was paid �45 million.
In a statement yesterday, Mitie said:
?On August 25, 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority informed the company
that the FCA has commenced an
investigation in connection with the
timeliness of a profit warning announced by the company on September 19, 2016 and the manner of prepara-
tion and content of the company?s
financial information, position and results for the period ending March 31,
2016.? That profit warning had been a
seminal moment for the company. Not
only did it wipe 30 per cent off the value
of the company, but within three weeks
Lady McGregor-Smith, known as the
?prickly peer? because of soured relations with some in the City, had resigned from a post that she had held for
the previous ten years.
The FCA?s specific reference to the
?timeliness? of the profit warning ap-
pears to be the nub of its investigation
as several analysts had been warning
for weeks, if not months, before that
Mitie?s profit estimates were out of kilter with what some were forecasting.
On the day of that warning of ?significantly lower? earnings, The Times
reported that ?Mitie ended months of
speculation that it was struggling? with
a series of issues that were well known
to the company?s watchers.
In that profit warning Mitie finally
admitted: ?In the short term we continue to experience the effects of signif-
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persists because of company alumni such as Gary Cohn and Steve Mnuchin, below, who now work for President Trump
Pep talk that brought founder
of Terra Firma down to earth
Profile
I
in New York and London. Guy Hands,
57, founder and chairman of the private
equity group Terra Firma, started his
career at the bank.
tomorrow
Deirdre Hipwell on how
Mars makes top managers
n his first week at
Goldman Sachs,
Guy Hands and his
fellow trainees
were summoned into a
meeting room for a
pep talk from John
Whitehead, the bank?s
chairman: ?You?re the
brightest out there and
you should be very
proud of that,? Mr
Hands recalled Mr
Whitehead as saying.
?But remember: your
role is to work for your
client. Your client will
always make more
money and be more
successful than you if
you do your job well. If
you ever forget that,
then you have no place
at Goldman Sachs.?
The Terra Firma
founder and chairman
applied for Goldman?s
graduate scheme
because he had an
?enormous overdraft?
to clear while studying
politics, philosophy
and economics at
Oxford. ?I had no real
interest in entering the
financial world. I just
wanted to run my own
business,? he said.
Then the 1982
recession happened. ?I
went to see my careers
adviser. I asked him
who paid the most
money, and he said
Goldman Sachs.?
He joined Goldman
?with the intention of
either being there a
relatively short time
and then running my
own business, or being
there the rest of my
career. In the end, I
ended up in the middle
of both.?
Mr Hands spent 13
years at Goldman,
rising to run the bank?s
Eurobond trading
operation by the time
he was 26. He moved
from there into global
asset structuring.
He says that the
most useful thing he
learnt at Goldman was
discipline. ?It was an
incredibly disciplined
organisation. Just look
at people like [the
American hedge fund
boss] John Paulson ?
a man with cast-iron
discipline. I remember
going in to see bosses
where I?d tell them
what I was doing, and
they?d tear up 90 per
cent of it.?
timing of profit warning
icant economic pressures. These include lower UK growth rates, changes
to labour legislation and further public
sector budget constraints, and uncertainty both pre and post the European
Union referendum.?
Those changes to labour legislation
were the increase in the national minimum wage and the advent of pension
auto-enrolment and the apprenticeship levy, all issues that were disproportionately hitting companies such as
Mitie in cleaning, catering, security
guarding and healthcare, which rely on
low paid and migrant labour. After the
profit warning had been announced,
Stephen Rawlinson, of Applied Value, a
leading outsourcing sector analyst, said
at the time: ?Eighteen months ago we
were threatened with legal action for
saying that Mitie was one of the companies most likely to have a ?crash?. Well,
it?s happened, perhaps a little later than
we expected but the concerns were
clear to us.?
Yesterday, Mr Rawlinson said that
the investigation is unlikely to have an
impact on Mitie now as an investment
case. Phil Bentley, the new chief executive, has instituted big reforms at the
company and is in the process of
removing Deloitte, the company?s
auditor. But Mr Rawlinson said that the
FCA intervention should be a catalyst
for change in the transparency of
accounting in the outsourcing and
construction services sector.
Mitie said it is co-operating with the
FCA but will not be making any comment until the inquiry is over. The FCA
refused to comment. Lady McGregorSmith could not be contacted.
istory might be cruel to
Theresa May. But at
least she?ll be able to
point to one success:
workers on boards, the
template maybe for our Brexit talks.
It?s been a triumph. And all the
more impressive because it was only
last October that the PM produced
her famous twist on the ?baby on
board? mantra. She promised the
Tory party conference, no less, that
by the time she?d had her way with
UK plc she?d have ?not just
consumers represented on company
boards, but workers as well?.
And how, you ask, is it all going?
Well, the government has just
published its ?world-leading
package of corporate governance
reforms?. And what a world leader it
is, not least on the board workers
front. Mrs May is now promising
nothing short of ?new measures? ?
ones that ?seek to ensure? the
?employee voice is heard in the
boardroom?. Revolutionary stuff.
She?s asked the Financial
Reporting Council to include three
choices for companies in its updated
corporate governance code. They
can put a worker on the board. Or,
failing that, create an ?employee
advisory council?. Or, otherwise,
hand the job of representing staffers
to a non-executive director, the sort
who typically turns up once a
month and has zero engagement
with the workforce. Actually, there?s
a fourth option: doing nothing. Yes,
under the code?s ?comply or explain?
rules, companies can simply opt out
altogether, as long as they say why.
So, not really workers on boards
at all, with the TUC hardly alone in
finding the whole caper ?feeble?. In
fact, 60 per cent of respondents to
the government?s consultation said
they were ?sceptical? about
appointing ?individual stakeholder
representatives to boards?. One
obvious reason: section 172 of the
Companies Act gives directors a
sole ?duty?: to ?promote the success?
of a company for its shareholders.
Yes, they must do that with ?regard?
to the ?interests of the company?s
employees?. But, a worker director
would still be required to put
shareholders first ? even if that
meant a big redundancy round.
In short, the big idea from Mrs
?Party of the Workers? May was
pretty much doomed from the start
? as events have proved. And
neither is there much to say for the
other two plc initiatives that have
just about survived her corporate
governance review. Naming and
shaming companies that have had a
one-fifth investor revolt, via a list on
the Investment Association?s
website, is hardly terrifying: their
names will be in the press anyway.
Meanwhile, forcing companies to
publish ?the ratio of CEO pay to
average pay?, won?t tell us much we
don?t already know: namely that the
� million-a-year WPP boss, Sir
Martin Sorrell, is raking it in, even if
he says he isn?t. Indeed, it?ll throw
up anomalies, making bank chiefs
look far more restrained than
supermarket bosses, who employ
lots of staff on the minimum wage.
Anyway, that?s a world-leading
review for you. If only majority-free
May hadn?t promised so much.
Imagine if she?s also oversold Brexit.
Mighty have fallen
W
hat a day for Baroness
Ruby McGregor-Smith,
the ?prickly peer? who
once ran Mitie. She got a name
check in the government?s corporate
governance press release ? for her
review of issues affecting black and
minority ethnic group workers.
And, still on the governance
theme, she turned up (in spirit, at
least) in a missive from the
Financial Conduct Authority: an
inquiry into Mitie?s 2016 accounts.
Not only that: the FCA?s poking
around the ?timeliness? of
September?s profits warning, one
that took 29 per cent off the shares.
Three weeks after that alert, the
baroness was off, since when new
boss Phil Bentley has come up with
about �3 million of accounting
adjustments and got shot of the
auditors. Ahead of the warning,
analysts had also been asking some
rather prescient questions over
Mitie?s accounts and forecasts. No
doubt the baroness can explain all.
The Terminator
H
ardly anyone?s heard of PPI
misselling. Or at least anyone
who?s spent the past six years
underground ? out of the reach of
Kim Jong-un?s ballistics and even
the odd claims management outfit
(report, page 45).
So, no wonder the Financial
Conduct Authority has decided to
spend �.2 million telling us we?ve
got until August 29, 2019, to get our
claims in. It?s even hired Arnold
Schwarzenegger to tell us to ?do it
now?, Predator movie-style. Or it?s
hired his head, as that?s all of Arnie
it could afford for the �9 million
costs, ?including talent fees?, of its
new ad. The FCA says it stars an
?animoronic? model of Arnie?s
bonce, emerging from a stack of loo
rolls. Or is that ?animatronic??
Anyway, luckily the campaign
costs are coming from the 18 banks,
building societies and credit card
providers who?ve paid out most of
the �.4 billion to date. And, the
least you?d expect is they pay for the
campaign ? in exchange for the
FCA imposing a deadline and so far
seeing off a legal challenge from We
Fight Any Claim, which opposes it.
Yet, Arnie?s bound to trigger a
fresh run of claims: New City
Agenda, the think tank, reckons
financial companies have set aside a
total �.5 billion. Pay out that sort
of money and Arnie will prove a
very pricey Terminator.
Model aircraft
S
ome analysts are so gullible. At
the Paris Air Show in June,
United Technologies boss Greg
Hayes told them he was looking to
spend about $1 billion this year on
acquisitions, being ?reluctant to go
out and pay some of the prices that
we see today?. Now he seems to be
bidding more than $20 billion for
Rockwell Collins. Fancy the analysts
not having that in their models.
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Slowing house price growth is sign of
a cooling economy, warns Nationwide
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Tom Knowles Property Correspondent
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House price growth in the UK has more
than halved in the past year, according
to Nationwide, adding to signs of a
slowdown in both sales and prices.
Britain?s biggest building society said
that house prices rose by 2.1 per cent in
the year to August, down from 2.9 per
cent in July. Twelve months ago house
prices were rising at an annual rate of
5.6 per cent.
Nationwide said that the pattern was
?consistent with signs of cooling in the
housing market and the wider economy?. On a more volatile monthly
basis, house prices fell by 0.1 per cent
between July and August to reach an
average of �0,495.
The slowdown echoes other signs of
a sluggish housing market. Mortgage
approvals slipped to a nine-month low
in June, while estate agents said they
had not recorded an increase in new
buyer inquiries since last November,
according to the Royal Institution of
Chartered Surveyors. The number of
homes on estate agents? books is also at
a record low.
Economic and political uncertainty
after the Brexit vote and a weak Conservative government after the general
election has also affected sentiment,
with the proportion of people who
think that now is a good time to buy at
a nine-year low.
The economy grew by 0.3 per cent in
the second quarter of this year, while
consumer spending grew by 0.1 per cent
in the three months to June, the weakest quarter since the end of 2014.
Robert Gardner, chief economist at
Nationwide, said: ?In some respects the
slowdown in the housing market is surprising, given the ongoing strength of
the labour market. The economy
created a healthy 125,000 jobs in the
three months to June and the unemployment rate fell to 4.4 per cent ? the
lowest rate for more than 40 years. In
addition, mortgage rates have remained close to all-time lows.?
He said that the moderation in price
growth was likely to be partly an effect
of the squeeze on wages caused by rising
inflation as a result of the fall in the
value of the pound since the Brexit vote.
Samuel Tombs, chief economist at
Pantheon Macroeconomics, said:
?Prices likely will continue to struggle
to rise much, given that inflation still
has further to rise, consumer confidence has deteriorated sharply since
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The easing in house price growth is likely to be partly a consequence of the squeeze on wages caused by rising inflation
What the analysts are saying now
Lucian Cook, director of
residential research at
Savills, said in the aftermath
of the Brexit vote:
?Forecasting house prices
has become a bit of an
extreme sport.? A year later,
however, a consensus is
starting to emerge.
The warnings that prices
would show nationwide falls
in the months after the vote
for Brexit have been
dismissed. Countrywide,
which owns the largest
number of estate agency
chains, has dropped its
forecast that prices will dip
by 1 per cent this year. It
now expects prices to rise
1.5 per cent in 2017 and by
2 per cent in 2018.
Other residential experts
broadly agree. JLL, the
property consultant,
believes that UK house
prices will increase by
0.5 per cent this year, with
1 per cent growth predicted
next year. Nationwide, the
mortgage lender, expects
prices to rise by 2 per cent
for 2017 as a whole.
Most property specialists
now expect house prices to
stagnate rather than fall
during the year because of
low mortgage rates and low
unemployment levels. The
housing market also differs
vastly from region to region
with prices in London
coming up against the
imbalance compared to
wage growth. Yet in the
Midlands prices are rising.
However, concerns
around Brexit negotiations,
affordability, rising inflation,
changes to stamp duty
taxes and tighter regulation
for buy-to-let investors
means the boom years of
national double-digit
growth seen in 2013 to 2015
have now come to an end.
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16
June and lenders intend to reduce the
supply of unsecured credit.?
The latest transaction figures show
that the number of homes sold in the
year to June was 30 per cent below that
recorded in the same period of 2007.
Economic uncertainty, higher stamp
duty costs and tougher mortgage
regulations are prompting homeowners to hold off moving.
The gap between average earnings
and house prices is also dampening demand, especially in London and the
southeast. According to Halifax, the
house price-to-earnings ratio was 5.8 in
December, the highest since August
2007, and was still as high as 5.65 in July.
Brian Murphy at the Mortgage Advice Bureau said: ?A slight cooling in
pricing is perhaps no bad thing. We
need a stable, sustainable market to enable first-time buyers to be able to get
on the ladder as they are the ?lifeblood?
of the UK property ecosystem and to
ensure that the wider economy continues to function as per normal.?
The UK average disguised a wide
regional variation. While the housing
market in London is slowing down,
house price growth in the east Midlands
and the east of England is running at an
annual rate of more than 7 per cent.
Yet the lack of homes to meet demand is likely to keep a floor on house
prices falling. Mr Gardner said: ?The
stock of homes on estate agents? books
remains close to 30-year lows and the
number of new homes coming on to the
market remains subdued. As a result we
continue to expect prices to rise by
around 2 per cent over 2017.?
Brexit set to drive up cost of shopping Rents hit average of �4 as
Philip Aldrick Economics Editor
Four years of falling shop prices are
drawing to a close as inflation creeps
back on to the high street as a result of
the fall in the pound since the country
voted for Brexit, according to the
British Retail Consortium.
Overall shop prices fell 0.3 per cent in
August compared with last year but it
was the equal closest that the index has
come to inflation since November 2013.
Non-food prices also posted their
slowest rate of deflation in more than
four years, at -1.3 per cent.
Helen Dickinson, chief executive of
the BRC, said: ?The reality is that with
protection from hedging policies coming to an end, non-food retailers are
running out of options for protecting
shoppers from the significant increases
in the price of imported goods since the
referendum in June last year. We expect non-food prices to continue trending towards year-on-year inflation.
?The fact is that the overall pressures
on prices are still weighted upwards.
That will put an increasing strain on
already stretched family budgets.?
Cheap imports have held down consumer price inflation (CPI) for years but
the Brexit vote, which left sterling 12 per
cent weaker against its leading trading
currencies, has driven up import costs.
CPI, the official measure of inflation,
was 2.6 per cent in July, above pay
growth, and is expected to rise further
before the end of the year.
The BRC said food prices rose by
1.3 per cent in August compared with
last year, up from 1.2 per cent in July.
They are likely to climb higher as winter approaches because fresh fruit and
vegetables account for about 40 per
cent of a basket of supermarket goods
and the cold weather will leave the
country more dependent on imports.
Analysis by the Office for National
Statistics shows that 30 to 40 per cent of
food sold in the UK is sourced abroad.
Ms Dickinson warned that shelves
could be left bare unless a customs deal
is struck in Brexit negotiations, which
restarted for a third time this week.
?The choice and availability of affordable, quality products for consumers is
at risk?, the BRC said, warning that a reversion to WTO rules ?could mean delays at ports of up to two to three days?.
Ms Dickinson said. ?To ensure
supply chains are not disrupted and
goods continue to reach the shelves,
agreements on security, transit, haulage, drivers, VAT and other checks will
be required to get systems ready for
March 2019.?
supply of property declines
Tom Knowles
A bottleneck of housing supply has
caused the average cost of renting to
rise in July to �4, according to a
monthly index by Your Move.
The UK letting agent said that rental
prices in England and Wales had risen
by 3.1 per cent in the year to July, with
every region except the South West
recording an increase.
Richard Waind, director of Your
Move, said the rise was due to a decline
in the number of rented properties
coming to the market after changes to
the buy-to-let sector. In April last year,
a 3 per cent stamp duty surcharge on
second homes and buy-to-let properties was introduced. This year, the
government has begun a four-year
removal of the tax relief that landlords
can claim on mortgage interest payments. It means that by April 2020,
landlords will no longer be able to
deduct mortgage interest costs when
calculating their taxable profits.
The strongest performance was in
Wales where prices have grown by
4.3 per cent in the last 12 months to an
average of �5. By contrast, rents in
the South West were down 2.2 per cent
in the year to July 2017 to reach �7 a
month. In London, rental prices remain
high and have grown 1.2 per cent in the
last 12 months to reach an average of
�283 a month. However, the headline
figure masks big differences depending
on the location of the property.
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Comment Business
David Smith
Alexandra Frean
Death of brand loyalty
is changing the world
of consumer goods
Iceland is booming again less than
a decade after it almost went bust
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When people visit
Iceland, it is for its
natural phenomena:
the geysers, glaciers,
waterfalls, icebergs
and volcanoes. But there is also a
fascinating manmade story unfolding;
one that may hold a lesson for Britain.
According to the Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and
Development, Iceland is its smallest
and fastest growing economy, with
growth of more than 7 per cent last
year and a projected expansion of
more than 5 per cent this year. The
OECD says that it has made a
remarkable turnaround since 2008.
Iceland came as close as a country
can to going bust back then. In five
years its three privatised banks had
increased their assets from 100 per
cent of GDP to 1,000 per cent of
GDP. When they collapsed in 2008
the krona plunged by more than
70 per cent and the stock market by
80 per cent. The economy fell into a
deep recession that required rescue
by the International Monetary Fund.
The IMF, not only provided
financial support but also agreed on
the imposition of capital controls to
prevent the flow of money out of
Iceland turning into a torrent.
Ordinary households were deep in
debt, equivalent to 250 per cent of
annual household income. Many had
been encouraged to take advantage of
lower interest rates elsewhere by
borrowing in foreign currency. When
the krona plunged the domestic
currency value of that debt soared.
Before it collapsed Baugur, the
investment group, bestrode Britain?s
high streets, with stakes in or
ownership of House of Fraser,
Debenhams, Goldsmiths, Oasis,
Woolworths and Iceland. Iceland?s
banks had spread their tentacles
aggressively, and when the crisis hit
they had foreign liabilities equivalent
to seven times GDP. British savers,
councils, charities and universities
were attracted by the high interest
rates offered by Landsbanki?s Icesave
and Kaupthing?s Edge. A diplomatic
row broke out when Gordon Brown
invoked anti-terrorist legislation to
secure Landsbanki?s British assets.
How did Iceland get from there to
here, to a country that is not only
experiencing strong growth but also a
visible building boom? Real wages are
rising strongly, built on rising
productivity. Government debt has
come down from 97.5 per cent of GDP
to about 60 per cent. Household debts
remain high but are down from
250 per cent of GDP to 150 per cent.
Iceland runs a significant current
account surplus and capital controls
imposed in the crisis have been
largely abolished. A few days ago
Iceland?s monetary policy committee
confirmed its official interest rate of
4.5 per cent.
So, with the proviso that there is
only a limited amount we can learn
from a country with a population one
200th the size of Britain?s, what are
the lessons of Iceland?s renaissance?
Some say that Iceland dealt with its
banks more effectively by recognising
that they were bust in 2008. But there
was a vast difference between those
banks and systemically important
banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland
and Lloyds. There was nothing to
admire in Iceland absolving itself of
its responsibilities for overseas savers,
though the final debts owed to Britain
and the Netherlands as a result of
that episode were paid off last year.
Iceland has enjoyed stronger
exports since the crisis. There was
and is a formidable tourist boom.
Iceland is expensive for British
Iceland is the
smallest and
fastest growing
economy in the
OECD, with
growth of more
than 7 per cent
last year and
a forecast of
more than 5 per
cent this year
visitors ? and alcohol prices are
enough to turn one teetotal ? but
devaluation worked spectacularly well
for tourism. Having a currency that
could fall, in contrast to euro-bound
Greece, was the key. Even adversity,
in the form of the hugely disruptive
2010 Eyjafjallajokull eruption, added
to the fascination with Iceland.
Most of all, the lesson is that if you
do austerity it is better to do it
quickly. Iceland enacted its deficit
reduction programme aggressively,
starting in 2009. While spending on
social benefits increased, partly as a
result of higher unemployment,
health and education spending were
cut sharply. Copayments increased. A
visit to a GP and a prescription
?paying what the Icelanders pay?
thanks to a European health
insurance card (Iceland is a member
of the European Economic Area) cost
about �. The government cut its
capital spending sharply. A temporary
wealth tax was imposed, along with
higher VAT, increased excise duty,
higher capital and inheritance taxes, a
withholding tax on interest payments
and a higher carbon tax.
It worked. By the middle of 2012
the ministry of finance was able to say
that most of the hard work was done.
Public spending is well down, even in
cash terms, while receipts are higher,
generating a budget surplus.
Britain?s austerity programme has
dragged on for too long. Fatigue has
set in, with political consequences.
Maybe a coalition government in
2010 made that inevitable. Nobody in
Iceland needed persuading that the
country was in crisis but perhaps that
was not the case in Britain. Maybe a
short sharp ?we?re all in it together?
austerity shock is easier to deliver in a
country with very low inequality and
poverty levels, in which social benefits
were protected even during austerity,
than in Britain, where benefits are
still being reduced this late on.
Whatever the reason, when the
international bodies look at Iceland
they see a country that has largely
put the crisis behind it and worry that
its economy might overheat. They do
not have such
concerns about
Britain and, to be
fair, most other
countries.
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David Smith is Economics Editor
of The Sunday Times
Procter & Gamble?s admission that
slashing its digital marketing
spending by more than $100 million
in the June quarter had virtually no
effect on sales highlights the scale
of the challenge facing the
consumer packaged goods and
advertising industries.
As the company responsible for
Fairy, Pantene, Pampers and Crest,
P&G concluded that too many of its
ads were being seen by bots, which
mimic the browsing activity of real
people. It also accepted that perhaps
some of the ads, posts and tweets it
was churning out were uninspiring
and responsible, in its own words, for
?an exponential increase in crap?.
P&G is not the only big consumer
goods company to cut back on ad
spend to fatten margins: Unilever,
Danone, Mondelez, Nestl� and
Carlsberg are at it too. In fact, the
How Millennials use electronic media
Weekly hours of media usage in the US
Millennials (18-34)
All adults
Smartphone
19h 39min
17h 49min
TV
19h 18min
34h 32min
Source: statista, Q4, 2016
consumer packaged goods sector is
under pressure. Just look at WPP,
Sir Martin Sorrell?s ad agency, which
garners about 30 per cent of its
annual sales from ad and marketing
campaigns for the sector and which
last week cut its full-year guidance
for the second time in six months.
Its rivals Havas, Omnicom, Publicis
and Interpublic are also suffering.
Advertisers, meanwhile, are
growing increasingly aware that the
agencies have been ripping them off
for years with programmatic digital
advertising technology that is
?murky at best and fraudulent at
worst? (P&G?s words), delivering ads
to random audiences with
questionable metrics for success.
Other forces are in play too. These
concern brands and the way that
shopping habits have changed. As
millennials shift away from
traditional TV and electronic media
to a more fractured media universe
dominated by mobile applications
such as Instagram, Snapchat and
Facebook, they become harder for
brands to reach with a uniform
message and are more influenced by
peers and review sites.
In contrast with their brand-loyal
parents, who were raised with ads
on a handful of TV networks, 51 per
cent of millennials in the United
States say they have no real
preference between private-label
and national brands, according to a
recent survey by Cadent Consulting.
This doesn?t quite represent the
death of brands but it?s a profound
change and one that is opening up
big opportunities for the likes of
Aldi and Lidl, whose customers
prefer own-label over branded
goods, as well as Amazon.
It has quietly developed 20
own-brand labels in the US for
goods such as home, food, babies,
electronics, apparel and footwear.
Some of these brands, such
AmazonBasics and Amazon
Elements, have Amazon in the name
but most do not. They include
Happy Belly (coffee, nuts, chocolate)
and Mama Bear (baby care laundry
detergent, shaving soap, T-shirts).
These brands accounted for 12 per
cent of units sold on Amazon in the
US during Prime Day, according to
1010data, the market research firm.
With an 80 per cent year-on-year
growth rate, Amazon?s private
labels, which are gradually arriving
in the UK, pose a real challenge to
traditional brands across hundreds
of categories and allow Amazon to
build and maintain a direct
relationship with consumers. As
analysts at SunTrust Robinson
Humphrey point out, they allow the
company to use its vast troves of
product and consumer data to see
what items are most sought after,
and where demand and supply is
most uneven. This is what Amazon?s
recent acquisition of Whole Foods
Market is all about. With all that
consumer data to hand and with
attitudes towards private-label
goods changing, think of the
cross-selling opportunities for
Whole Foods? 365 Everyday Value
product line, which includes
everything from shampoo to cheese.
Sir Martin Sorrell has said
that worrying about Amazon is
what keeps him awake at night. He
is right to be worried. P&G should
be too.
Alexandra Frean is Business
Columnist of The Times
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UTC close to $20bn
Rockwell takeover
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
The aerospace components industry is
set to be transformed by the $20 billion
takeover of Rockwell Collins by United
Technologies Corporation (UTC).
UTC is best known as the owner of
Pratt & Whitney, the manufacturer of
aeroengines for the likes of Boeing and
Airbus. Its aerospace interests also
include the Goodrich and Hamilton
Sundstrand names.
Rockwell Collins is a major provider
of cockpit avionics and inflight entertainment systems for commercial jetliners and this year paid $6 billion for
B/E Aerospace, the aircraft seatmaker.
Reports indicate that the two companies are nearing a deal that could be
agreed as early as this weekend.
The deal, which has been the subject
of rumour for weeks, would appear to
be a volte face fromGreg Hayes, the
UTC chief executive, who told reporters at the Paris air show in June that he
was reluctant to pay the current inflated prices for companies in the industry.
Rockwell Collins shares have increased by more than half over the past
year and have soared by 30 per cent in
the last month.
Hares were set running this month
when Kelly Ortberg, Rockwell?s chief
executive, pre-empted any questions at
an analyst conference by saying that he
would not speak about the speculation.
Analysts have said that Boeing?s
increased interest in doing its own
cockpit avionics could put Rockwell
under pressure.
Airbus, which relies upon UTC for
the Pratt & Whitney engines of A320
short-haul aircraft, entered the debate
this month stating: ?Our total focus is
on delivering planes and we hope any
potential M&A would not distract UTC
from its top operational priority.?
Boeing and Airbus have traditionally
been wary of suppliers merging but the
increased pressure they put on the
supply chain to reduce costs is forcing
parts makers to look at merging.
Some reckon a UTC-Rockwell tie up
would not excite competition issues as
they make different types of part.
UTC, which has a market capitalisation of more than $90 billion, was the
subject of an approach from Moneywell, the aerospace contractor, last year.
That was rebuffed but was also likely to
have prompted competition issues.
Forecast International Defense
Intelligence said: ?By combining
operations, UTC/Rockwell would have
greater leverage in negotiating costreduction agreements.
?Such a tie up would be able to offer
nose to tail components. Rockwell Collins ? which makes cabin and flight
deck components [and seats] ? would
complement, with little overlap, UTC
Aerospace Systems? existing product
line. However, such a deal still has a
ways to go and will likely face push back
from original equipment manufacturers similar to what Honeywell faced.?
LVMH gives
it a whirl
as it jazzes
up jardin
L
VMH, the
French luxury
goods group,
is spearheading a
?60 million
investment project
to turn Paris?s
historic Jardin
d?Acclimatation,
above, into an
amusement park
(Dominic Walsh
writes). The
company, which
has run the 157year-old park since
1984, has
formulated the
plans with
Compagnie des
Alpes, a theme
park and ski resort
developer which
has a 20 per cent
stake alongside
LVMH. The
garden, which has
a children?s train,
pony rides, and
boating, will gain
17 new attractions
that will be
designed to allow it
to compete with
Disneyland Paris
and Parc Ast閞ix.
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Saudi oil float aids jihad, says 9/11 widow
Dominic Walsh
Saudi Aramco?s potential $2 trillion
New York listing has attracted further
criticism after the widow of a 9/11 victim
described it as ?nothing short of a
crowdfunding campaign for jihad?.
Kristen Breitweiser, whose husband
Ron was among the victims of the
attacks on the Twin Towers, claimed
that hosting the listing would reward a
country widely alleged to have provided financial and logistical support for
the attacks.
The kingdom, which has always
refuted the allegations, had initially
appeared likely to choose the London
Stock Exchange for the main listing of
the oil group, which would become the
largest quoted company in the world by
value.
However, Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman, who oversees Saudi Ara-
bia?s economic and energy policies, is
now said to favour New York over
London and Hong Kong, the other
leading contenders.
In an attempt to lure Saudi Aramco
to London, the Financial Conduct
Authority has proposed the creation of
a new premium listing category to
enable the state-controlled company to
circumvent rules that usually require at
least 25 per cent of a premium-listed
company?s shares to be freely tradeable
among investors. Such London-listed
companies would also be free from the
need to secure shareholder approval
before big-asset purchases or sell-offs,
angering institutional shareholders.
The Institute of Directors argued this
month that watering down the listing
rules risked damaging the London
market?s highly regarded standards of
corporate governance.
Writing in the Huffington Post, Mrs
Breitweiser said: ?To me, anyone who
looks to host the Saudi Aramco IPO is
akin to being an accomplice before the
fact of any future terrorist attack that is
carried out by Sunni radical terror
groups.?
She argued that investors buying the
stock would also be condoning Saudi
Arabia?s actions. ?As a Saudi Aramco
shareholder you are financially supporting: the horrific oppression of
women; the trafficking and slavery of
human beings; the draconian doctrine
of Sharia law with its canings, beheadings, eye-gougings, stonings, and torture; and most likely the continued
funding of Sunni radical terror groups
like Isis, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban that
may someday kill someone you love.?
She added: ?As someone whose
husband worked on Wall Street until he
was killed on September 11th while
working at his desk on the 94th floor of
Kristen Breitweiser?s husband Ron was
a victim of the Twin Towers attacks
Tower 2, WTC, I find the collective
fervor of these stock exchanges disappointing; and those of the American
exchange particularly appalling.?
The activist, who in 2006 published a
book Wake Up Call: The Political Education of a 9/11 Widow, asked whether the
three main bankers involved in advising
Saudi Aramco on its options ? Jamie
Dimon of JP Morgan Chase, Ken Moelis of Moelis & Company, andMichael
Klein, the former top Citigroup banker
? ?condone people like my husband
Ron getting slaughtered and blown to
bits by radical Sunni terrorists?.
Mrs Breitweiser has long criticised
America?s commercial and political ties
with the Gulf state, highlighting Congress?s decision to sign off on weapons
deals ?that give Saudis a stockpile of
weapons and machinery to be used
against innocent people in places like
Yemen and Syria?.
IWM/GETTY
Cargo hub is latest
plan to get Manston
airfield off ground
Manston
airfield
Margate
Broadstairs
A299
A256
Ramsgate
Sandwich
I
t is the airport that
refuses to take off.
But the latest
attempt to turn the
former Battle of
Britain airfield of
Manston into a
sustainable commercial
proposition could take
wing this autumn
(Robert Lea writes).
Plans to turn Manston
back into a passenger
and freight airport are
due to be submitted this
autumn after a
consultation programme
this summer.
The odds of Manston
getting off the ground
appear to be against it, if
history is any guide.
The airfield on the Isle
of Thanet, at the most
easterly point of Kent
near Ramsgate, has at
times been branded
Kent International and
London?s sixth airport.
However, over the
years during which
ministers have identified
it as a potential solution
to the congested southeastern aviation
network, services have
begun and then closed.
It led to the
bankruptcy of a listed
company and has spent
the past three years
closed to commercial
operations as the
council considered
building a housing
estate or turning it into
a lorry park to alleviate
the M20 Europe-bound
traffic jams. As ever,
plans for the
development of Manston
are splitting the
community between
those who see the
advent of jobs and a
shot-in-the-arm for an
economically challenged
region and those with no
desire to have a busy
airport on their doorstep
and in their ears.
There is talk of a
�0 million
development plan for
stands for freighters and
passenger aircraft as
One mile
Manston, in Kent, was used as an RAF base during the Second World War. The site could become a cargo airport
well as associated
airport infrastructure.
The business plan cites
the potential to divert
airfreight from
Heathrow and Gatwick
which are effectively
closed to new take-off
and landing slots. It
could also bring goods
direct into the UK
rather than have them
land at continental
airports and then be
transported via ferry or
the Channel tunnel. The
ownership of the airfield
is controlled by Ann
Gloag, the
multimillionaire
shareholder in
Stagecoach, the train
and bus group founded
by her brother Sir Brian
Souter. She closed the
airport soon after
acquiring it four years
ago from Infratil, the
New Zealand investment
group, which despite
several comings and
goings from the likes of
Flybe and KLM had
failed to produce
sustainable services at
the airport. It had
acquired Manston out of
the collapse of
Planestation, a listed
company previously
known as Wiggins and
led by Oliver Iny, the
late entrepreneur.
The Manston
development plans are
being put forward by
Riveroak Strategic, a
company fronted by
Tony Freudmann. He
was working at
Planestation when it
collapsed 12 years ago.
In a statement, the
firm said: ?Riveroak
Strategic Partners is
fully resourced and
funded to accommodate
all costs arising from the
development consent
order application to
acquire and reopen
Manston as a fully
operational airport.?
Freeport mine deal ends uncertainty Bunzl dips its toe in China
Marcus Leroux
A deal was struck yesterday to end a
years-long stand-off over the world?s
second-largest copper mine in a resolution that will hand Indonesian shareholders a majority stake.
Grasberg, a mine 5,000 metres above
sea level in Indonesia?s mountainous
Papua province, produces about 3 per
cent of the world?s copper. For years,
however, it has been the subject of a dispute between the Freeport-McMoran,
the world?s largest copper producer,
and the Indonesian government.
The row over ownership has hit
production at the mine this year and
helped drive up copper prices.
Rio Tinto, the FTSE 100 miner, is a
minority partner in the operation, with
a right to 40 per cent of production after
2021 and a lower amount before then.
Freeport will be compensated at ?fair
market value? for the stake. The deal
must be approved by Freeport?s board
and Rio, which did not comment but is
understood to be keen to see detail.
Under the deal, Freeport would keep
operating the mine but gradually
reduce its stake to 49 per cent. It said
that it would also retain control over
the governance of PT Freeport Indonesia, its local subsidiary. Its shares had
dipped 36 cents to $15.16 in New York
while Rio?s were unchanged at �.62.
The miner will also build a second
smelter in Indonesia and plans to invest
between $17 billion and $20 billion in
Grasberg by 2031. The open pit mine
needs extensive investment to go underground. Freeport will also build a
second smelter under the agreement.
Analysts at Investec said: ?Determining how the government will buy its
stake for ?market value? is likely to be an
issue for the future.?
Talks between Freeport and the
government became more urgent this
year as the company?s existing 30-year
contract is due to expire in 2021.
Freeport can ?immediately apply?
for a 10-year permit extension to mine
at Grasberg beyond 2021, according to
Ignasius Jonan, Indonesia?s energy and
mineral resources minister. Freeport
has been talking to the Indonesian
government since 2009 over the mine.
James Wilson, a mining analyst at
Argonaut Stockbroking in Perth, said:
?Given copper?s long-term positive outlook and the billions invested by Freeport in Grasberg, they must realise that
49 per cent is better than nothing.?
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
Bunzl, the highly acquisitive FTSE 100
company, has bought its first business
in China topping up its record spending
on takeovers which has also helped the
group report record first-half revenues.
Bunzl distributes consumer disposables such as supermarket plastic bags
and till rolls. HSESF, its acquisition in
Shanghai, supplies personal protective
equipment such as pollution masks.
The � million deal takes Bunzl?s
spending or committed spending to
�6 million for the first eight months
of this year. That is more than double
the average rate of spending on
acquisitions over the past five years.
Acquisitions, translating overseas
earnings back into bombed-out sterling
and surprisingly strong like-for-like
organic growth, sent revenues up
20 per cent to �1 billion in the first six
months of the year. Pre-tax profit is
� million better at �8 million.
The vast majority of that growth is
currency translation. Stripping out the
foreign exchange and the impact of
acquisitions, the company said that
revenues grew by 3.7 per cent. That
compares with flat like-for-like growth
in the first half of last year when Bunzl
was suffering price deflation in its
products tied to the crashed oil price.
Frank van Zanten, chief executive of
Bunzl, said that the Chinese acquisition
was significant but investors should yet
get excited about it. ?It should be seen as
us dipping our toe in the market,? he
said. Bunzl?s interim dividend is being
lifted by a penny a share to 14p.
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TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER JAMES GLOSSOP; BREWDOG
James Watt, co-founder,
said that the company
wanted ?to use craft beer
to make the world a better
place for everyone?
Brewdog pumped
up by good causes
B
rewdog has
unveiled plans
to give away
20 per cent of
its profits as
part of the Scottish
brewer?s ambition to
?build a radically new
type of business?
(Dominic Walsh writes).
The company said that
10 per cent would be
shared equally among its
employees, with another
10 per cent being given
to charities chosen by its
staff and investors.
James Watt, the
co-founder of Brewdog,
said that if the brewer
achieved its projected
targets it would end up
giving away at least
� million over the next
five years via what it
calls its Unicorn Fund.
?We want to create a
blueprint for a completely
new type of 21st-century
business and use craft
beer to make the world a
better place for
everyone,? Mr Watt said.
?Giving away 20 per
cent of our profits, for
ever, is not about
altruism. It is about
impact. It?s not about
profits. It is about
purpose.?
Mr Watt said that he
and his co-founder
Martin Dickie wanted to
?inspire a new kind of
business . . . that doesn?t
measure profit in purely
monetary terms?.
?Outdated CSR
[corporate social
responsibility] policies
have zero consideration
for their real-world
impact, existing merely
for . . . an oversized
cheque and an awkward
photoshoot. This is a call
to arms for businesses to
democratise the impact
their charitable
contributions can have
on their community, their
people and the world.?
Brewdog, which was
founded in 2007 and is
best known for its Punk
IPA, achieved underlying
earnings last year of
�2 million, up from
�9 million in 2015, and
turnover up 61 per cent
to � million.
Of the 10 per cent of
profits donated to good
causes, half will go to
charities chosen by its
1,000 global staff and the
other half to those
selected by the 57,000
?Equity Punk? investors
who have bought shares
in crowdfunding
schemes. The balance of
80 per cent would be
reinvested in the business
for at least the next seven
years, Mr Watt said.
Astrazeneca does Japan
deal for Parkinson?s drug
Alex Ralph
Astrazeneca has struck a $400 million deal to partner with a Japanese
drug company on the development of
a medicine for Parkinson?s disease.
The Cambridge-based company
said it would lead the phase I clinical
trials this year for the antibody treatment MEDI1341 and Takeda will take
on future clinical development.
Under the terms of the deal for the
early-stage drug, Astrazeneca will
receive up to $400 million and the
two will share development costs and
revenue.
It is the latest partnership entered
into by Astrazeneca, whose core
focus is on developing drugs for
cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
Mene Pangalos, executive vice
president at Astrazeneca?s innovative
medicines and early development
biotech unit, said Parkinson?s was a
big area of unmet need as there are no
medicines that can slow or halt the
degenerative progress of the disease.
?By combining our scientific expertise and sharing the risks and cost
of development, we hope to accelerate the advancement of MEDI1341 as
a promising new approach to support
the treatment of people with Parkinson?s around the world,? he said.
Parkinson?s is the most common
neurodegenerative disease after
Alzheimer?s, with up to ten million
people estimated to be living with the
condition worldwide, Astrazeneca
said. The cost in America is estimated
to be almost $25 billion a year,
$25bn
Cost to US of Parkinson?s including
social security and lost work
Astrazeneca
including social security payments
and the inability to work.
The tie-up follows an agreement
between Astrazeneca and Berg, a
Boston company, to use AI to find
novel treatments for Parkinson?s and
other neurological disorders.
On Monday, Astrazeneca won approval from the US Food and Drug
Administration for Faslodex, a drug
for advanced breast cancer.
The flurry of updates comes as
Astrazeneca seeks to bounce back
from a considerable disappointment
last month on an eagerly-anticipated
lung cancer trial called Mystic.
The setback triggered a sell-off and
led to speculation the company could
be vulnerable to a takeover by a rival
as well as questions over its dividend.
Cancer is one of the most competitive areas for drugs companies,
particularly in the race to treatments
which harness the body?s immune
system to fight tumours. This week,
Gilead Sciences, the American company, underlined the rivalry when it
agreed to buy Kite Pharma, a biotech
company, for almost $12 billion.
The mixed results for Astrazeneca,
in what the company has called a
pivotal year, has also come alongside
questions over the future of Pascal
Soriot, its chief executive, who has
been forced to talk down reports
linking him to the top job at Teva, the
Israeli drugs company.
Astrazeneca is expected to confirm
plans to expand manufacturing in
Cheshire, only a month after it had
put plans on hold because of uncertainty after the EU referendum result.
The shares, which traded at �.08
in June, closed down 7p, or 0.2 per
cent, at �.91絧 in London.
Life sciences seek closer links with NHS
Alex Ralph
Tax incentives, increased funding
and closer collaboration with the
NHS over streamlining access to
medicines are among measures
called for by the life sciences sector in
a significant report.
The recommendations form part
of an independent review led by Sir
John Bell, an Oxford University professor, for the government?s industrial strategy for the � billion sector
which are due to be announced in
Birmingham today. The event will be
attended by Jeremy Hunt, the health
secretary, Greg Clark, the business
secretary, and leaders from Britain?s
biggest drug companies. Astrazeneca
and Glaxosmithkline were among
those that supported the review.
The wide-ranging report covering
science, growth, the NHS, data and
skills is the sector?s wish list as the
government promises to focus on five
key sectors to the UK economy, including life sciences. The proposals
include establishing up to five regional innovation hubs to make better use
of data and a so-called health care
advanced research programme to
enable industries, charities and the
NHS to work on long-term projects.
The review comes at a challenging
time for the life sciences sector with
concerns about the future of regulation, immigration and trade amid the
government?s negotiations with
Brussels over Britain?s exit from the
European Union. Mr Clark is due to
outline �6 million of funding,
spread over four years, focusing on
advanced therapies and medicines
and vaccines development and
manufacturing.
the times | Wednesday August 30 2017
45
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Business
FCA
Terminator says
hasta la vista to
PPI claims in
advert campaign
Harry Wilson City Editor
Arnold Schwarzenegger could afford to
buy another several Humvees from his
proceeds of a � million-plus drive by
regulators to end the banking industry?s
� billion payment protection insurance mis-selling scandal.
The star of 1980s action films and
former governor of California has been
paid an undisclosed sum, believed to be
more than �million, by the Financial
Conduct Authority (FCA) for the right
to use his likeness in an advertising
campaign aimed at persuading PPI
victims to make a claim.
The campaign, which will run for two
years, has a �.2 million budget funded
by the 18 banks with the highest level of
PPI complaints. The fee for Schwarzenegger, who was a bodybuilder before he
became an actor, is likely to account for
a large part of the �9 million
production costs of the adverts, which
include an animatronic lookalike.
Emma Stranack, the FCA manager
in charge of the campaign, declined to
say how much The Terminator and
Predator star had been paid, saying that
Cost of scandal
Bank
Cost
Lloyds Banking
Group
Barclays
RBS
HSBC
�.2bn
�3bn
�n
�4bn
Yorkshire Bank/
Clydesdale
�8bn
Bank of America
(MBNA)
�5bn
Santander
�5bn
Citibank (Egg)
�7bn
Co-operative Bank
�5bn
Northern
Rock/UKAR
�5bn
Other
�1bn
the figure was subject to ?commercial
confidentiality?. The regulator said its
production costs included talent fees.
Schwarzenegger?s voice for the campaign has been supplied by a voiceover
artist, with a replica of the action star?s
head seen bursting through piles of
lavatory rolls and speeding off on a
miniature set of caterpillar tracks.
Victims of PPI mis-selling are urged
to ?Make a decision. Do it now? by the
animatronic Arnie as it races around a
supermarket telling bemused shoppers
to make a claim before uttering the
phrase: ?Bye byes to PPIs.?
The millions of pounds spent on the
nationwide advertising campaing will
provide a substantial financial boost to
British media companies. The FCA has
budgeted �.4 million in advertising
spending over the life of the campaign
and M&C Saatchi and several other
advertising agencies have been paid
�million for creating and executing it.
Television and cinema adverts will start
today and be followed by adverts in
print as well as online and social media
spots to ensure that the FCA?s message
about the PPI deadline of August 2019
reaches the largest number of people.
Officials at the regulator say that,
despite claims management companies
spending millions over the years adverts related to PPI mis-selling, feweer
than half of those potentially due compensation have yet asked for it.
More than � billion has been spent
on redress, according to the FCA, but
New City Agenda, an independent
think tank, calculates that �.5 billion
has been put aside by banks to pay
claims. However, the FCA said that
about 64 million PPI policies were sold
by banks, which could potentially far
exceed the sum set aside.
The claims rate is expected to soar
after the FCA?s advertising drive, meaning lenders? provisions will rise further.
Lloyds Banking Group has faced the
highest costs, with PPI costing it
�.2 billion, with Barclays taking
second place with provisions totalling
�3 billion. ?Our campaign aims to cut
Bitcoin mine
craze boosts
graphics cost
Harry Wilson
An animatronic Arnold Schwarzenegger whizzes about an ad for the PPI deadline
How to find out if you were a victim of mis-selling
There are several ways
for bank customers to
check if they think they
could have been missold a PPI product.
The Financial
Conduct Authority?s PPI
website gives advice on
how to find out if you
had a policy, starting by
checking statements or
credit card bills. If still
unsure, the FCA says
that customers should
contact their banks
giving their full names,
address at the time, the
product that might have
been active and details
of what financial
products they had. After
that, it is up to the bank
through the noise on PPI,? Andrew
Bailey, chief executive of the FCA, said.
?We want to encourage people to
decide whether to find out if they had
PPI and to complain or not. Our
message, and Arnie?s, is ?do it now?.?
PPI is the most expensive mis-selling
to assess the claim.
At smaller financial
providers without large
PPI compensation
departments,
customers can request
original paperwork for a
fee of between �and
�. Credit reports can
also contain details of
financial products.
scandal in British history and the
claims against the banks dwarf those of
other financial scandals, including
interest rate hedging products and
endowment mortgages.
6 Watch the FCA ad on mobile, tablet
or online at thetimes.co.uk
The bitcoin mining craze has claimed a
new victim: computer gamers. Specifically, those requiring high-end graphics
cards to play the latest games that
demand the best chips.
The price of graphics processing
units, or GPUs, made by some of the
chip-making industry?s biggest players
have come close to doubling in value or
selling out entirely as amateur cryptocurrency enthusiasts snap them up.
In the hunt for fast and, more importantly, electrically-efficient processors
to make the complex calculations
needed to ?mine? the latest wave of
cryptocurrencies, such as Ethereum or
Zcash, would-be miners have turned to
GPUs such as Radeon?s RX 480 and the
newer RX 580, which combine highperformance with a relatively low cost.
Most computer hardware falls in
value after its release, but the price of a
Radeon RX 480 has risen by more than
80 per cent in recent months and has
become almost impossible to buy. The
price of RX 580 graphics cards has risen
by more than $100 since being released
in April, according to Pcpartpicker, an
industry data provider.
James Butterfill, head of research at
ETF Securities and a part-time bitcoin
miner in his spare time, said that the demand for GPUs had become hugely
frustrating because it had become more
difficult to get the best processors.
?The RX 480s have pretty much disappeared. This is a market that is moving from a geek interest into the mainstream and there is now a heavy
amount of speculation going on,? said
Mr Butterfill, a former fund manager at
Coutts, the Queen?s banker.
Radeon GPUs are particularly prized
as they can perform about 29 million
so-called hashes per second, that is
29 million individual attempts per
second to find a block, while using 70
watts per hour, less than a quarter of the
power drain of comparable processors.
The difference in power drain can be
all the difference between a miner
breaking even and making a loss.
Mr Butterfill calculates that on the
basis of running his six-GPU homebuilt
mining rigs all day every day by using
RX 480s and other low-power processors he saves about � a month on his
electricity, meaning his system will
make back its cost within six months.
A single Bitcoin today is worth
$4,374.15, having only broken through
$1,000 earlier this year.
Tilney adds spice to takeover Small business Bidding gets under way for
fight for Smith & Williamson lender opens �n high-speed rail stations
Harry Wilson
Rathbone Brothers is likely to face a
challenge to its �billion merger with
Smith & Williamson as a third wealth
manager entered the fight for the largely staff-owned investment business.
Tilney, a private equity-owned investment firm with more than � billion in assets under management, was
reported yesterday to have tabled an
all-cash offer for Smith & Williamson.
The financial servbices group has
entered into exclusive talks with Rathbone in an all-share deal and, according
to sources cited by Sky News, the company is said to prefer its offer to that of
Tilney, despite the latter offering cash.
Tilney said that the company did not
comment on market speculation.
Staff at Smith & Williamson, which
employs 1,700 in the UK, Ireland and
Jersey, could be in line for millions in
shares if the Rathbone offer goes
through because of their 71 per cent
holding in the company. The Rathbone
offer values the business at more than
�0 million, meaning staff could share
a payout worth about �5 million.
AGF, a Canadian investor, also owns a
29 per cent stake in the business.
Any deal would be subject to a vote by
shareholders.
Permira, the private equity firm, is
the majority owner of Tilney. In 2014,
Tilney merged with Bestinvest to
create Tilney Bestinvest. Last year, the
company bought Towry, one of the
UK?s biggest wealth managers, for
�0 million. The company has also
signed a joint venture with Saga.
Rathbone?s shares were flat at �.98.
Redwood Bank, a financial institution
in which Warrington Borough Council
has a 33 per cent stake, has opened for
business four months after securing its
licence (Alexandra Frean writes).
The bank offers commercial mortgages of between �,000 and �5 million
to owners of small and medium-sized
businesses and professional landlords.
?As many traditional banks are hampered by poor lending practices from
their past and their legacy systems, we
are perfectly positioned to help British
SMEs take advantage of property opportunities by offering a highly tailored
service for clients that is built around
our very experienced regional managers,? Gary Wilkinson, the co-founder
and chief executive, said. Redwood is
backed by David Rowland , a Conservative party donor, and his son Jonathan.
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
Britain?s leading construction companies including Balfour Beatty, Laing
O?Rourke and Costain are lining up to
bid for the �billion contracts to create
two of the most emblematic High
Speed Two buildings: the redevelopment of London Euston and a hub west
of the capital at Old Oak Common.
HS2 Ltd, the government agency, has
opened the bidding for the construction teams for both London stations.
The tender for the other two stations in
phase one, at Birmingham Curzon
Street and at the line?s interchange east
of the city, will begin next year.
Balfour Beatty and Laing O?Rourke
both worked on Heathrow?s new terminals and are involved in the construction of stations on Crossrail, the
London metro line. Balfour Beatty has
been working on Crossrail with Vinci,
its French joint venture partner with
whom it has already landed �5 billion
of HS2 line construction in the West
Midlands.
Laing O?Rourke has thus far missed
out on HS2 contracts but is responsible
for the complex construction of the
Crossrail stations at Liverpool Street
and Tottenham Court Road.
Costain, with its Swedish partner
Skanska, has won �3 billion of construction and tunnelling jobs at the
southern end of HS2 phase 1 covering
the line at Old Oak Common and
Euston. The shortlist for the architects
for the two stations has been published
and include the firms of Lord Foster of
Thames Bank, Lord Rogers of Riverside and Sir Nicholas Grimshaw.
46
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2.96
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88.25
102.90
109.20
84.42
59.65
83.48
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47.04
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401.90
46.44
164.40
90.07
1038.00
550.20
440.60
182.90
110.90
964.70
553.50
?
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?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-9.30
-2.40
-0.90
-2.30
+0.35
+0.22
-2.20
-2.50
-2.00
+0.60
+0.07
-1.70
-0.94
-15.00
-7.60
-3.10
-2.70
-1.60
-6.40
-0.60
0.70
?
1.93
0.65
1.90
1.92
?
1.35
1.37
3.45
3.49
3.26
3.33
4.26
4.41
0.64
3.24
3.32
?
?
JUPITER UT MGRS LTD
020 7581 3020
Absolute Return @
55.76
Distribution and Growth @131.39
Emg Euro Opps @
212.87
Euro Special Sits @
427.64
European @
2055.47
Financial Opps @
600.09
Income Trust @
549.60
Merlin Bal (Acc) @
179.57
Merlin Gwth (Acc) @
397.96
Merlin Inc (Acc) @
293.92
Merlin Wwide (Inc) @
287.13
UK Growth @
329.27
UK Special Sits (Inc) @ 185.79
Sell
American Index Retail Acc ?@483.50
American Index Retail Inc ?@414.80
Asian Gth Acc ?@
151.30
Asian Gth Inc ?@
135.60
Chinese Eq Acc ?@
552.80
Chinese Eq Inc ?@
470.50
Euro Gth Acc ?@
859.00
Euro Gth Inc ?@
747.30
58.89
139.37
225.85
451.64
2165.53
633.29
580.49
189.63
419.42
311.10
302.21
348.81
196.81
?
-1.63
-0.51
-5.57
-21.11
-4.81
-9.03
-0.04
-0.26
+0.07
-0.01
-4.78
-2.61
?
3.77
1.56
0.58
?
0.27
3.72
1.76
?
2.86
?
1.19
1.12
Growth Fd Acc @
+0.19
-1.90
-9.00
+0.06
-6.40
-1.10
-0.07
+0.05
?
?
-2.20
-7.40
-0.80
-41.00
?
?
-3.60
2.80
?
0.85
3.21
3.08
?
4.39
3.71
3.18
3.37
?
0.52
0.77
1.09
3.25
3.34
0.25
-3.20
-2.80
-2.50
-2.20
-12.80
-10.90
-11.00
-9.60
1.47
1.49
0.52
?
0.54
?
0.85
0.83
322.55
262.17
393.13
99.69
403.88
475.71
331.53
83.98
275.04
49.06
130.89
71.96
95.54
498.71
756.24
628.94
340.42
276.69
414.92
?
426.26
502.07
349.90
88.64
290.28
51.78
138.15
76.96
100.84
526.34
798.14
663.79
-3.34
-0.93
-1.40
-0.89
-3.57
-4.21
-3.09
-0.29
-0.92
-0.03
-0.06
+0.17
-0.11
-2.81
+1.64
+1.36
?
1.52
1.49
4.77
2.18
2.24
0.12
4.43
4.32
0.94
0.66
1.30
0.58
1.34
0.15
0.21
INSIGHT INVESTMENT FDS MANAGEMENT LTD
Client Servs: 0800 124 314
Insight Investment Global Investment Funds
Mthly Inc Bd Inc ?@
Mthly Inc Bd N Inc ?@
48.44
91.99
?
?
+0.10
+0.19
Insigt Investment Portfolio Fund
Insight Investment Multi-Manager Funds (0800)
96.05
93.79
?
?
-0.32
-0.36
UK Str Inc N/Trl ?@
548.39
?
-6.35
3.07
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-5.94
+0.22
-4.65
-5.12
-16.86
+0.02
-0.14
-2.52
-8.05
-9.27
+0.04
1.96
3.19
3.32
3.64
3.16
0.08
4.56
1.82
1.96
0.36
?
INVESCO PERPETUAL Funds
Childrens Acc ?@
445.61
Corp Bond Acc ?@
201.78
High Income Inc ?@
453.13
Income & Grth Inc ?@
431.60
Income Inc ?@
1771.42
Money Acc ?@
90.40
Monthly Inc Plus Inc ?@ 112.32
UK Aggressive Inc ?@
196.60
UK Growth Acc ?@
648.38
UK Sml Cos Eqty Acc ?@ 1167.72
UK Sml Cos Gwth ?@
82.54
American A Acc ?@
336.81
Asia ex Japan A Acc ?@ 622.25
Capital Accumulator A Acc ?@234.07
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 ?@
-22.00
-47.00
-5.10
?
4.21
?
?
?
-4.02
-13.28
-1.99
0.12
0.74
1.15
52.29
High Income
High Income Acc
UK 100 Comp Acc
UK 100 Cos
UK Select Pflo
UK Selection Port Acc
Worldwide Mgd Acc ?
Wwide Mgd ?
117.20
261.40
370.30
221.80
354.00
634.20
809.80
506.20
117.20
261.40
370.30
221.80
354.00
634.20
?
?
-8.00
-2.70
-4.70
?
2.15
2.19
-0.45
?
-0.60
-1.30
-0.30
-0.20
-0.40
-0.70
-5.40
-3.40
4.15
4.06
3.19
3.27
3.49
3.44
0.62
0.18
MORGAN STANLEY INVESTMENT MGMT LTD
Enquires: 0800 0961 962
The Morgan Stanley Funds (UK)
Class A Shares
Equity
?
?
?
+4.24
-84.62
-0.02
1.25
1.12
1.66
?
?
?
+8.35
-3.80
?
2.05
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.30
-1.10
-3.40
-2.50
-3.50
-5.40
-3.40
2.90
1.91
4.37
3.02
3.34
2.52
2.57
-19.40
-8.75
-6.54
+0.43
-29.36
-13.37
-15.10
-21.05
-7.28
-10.24
1.64
1.02
0.16
0.56
1.61
1.03
0.22
2.90
?
2.96
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 ?@
110.30
200.50
217.30
179.10
210.00
383.70
243.60
1488.32
531.78
584.03
41.85
2252.84
812.22
1933.81
1293.19
1227.65
628.54
1570.79
561.24
616.39
41.85
2377.67
857.22
2040.96
1364.85
1295.67
663.37
SCOTTISH WIDOWS UNIT TRUST MGRS
0845 300 2244
Authorised Inv Funds (OEICs)
OEIC A Class
Managed Investment Funds
Bal Port A Acc ?@
Caut Port A Acc ?@
Caut Port A Inc ?@
Opps Port A Acc ?@
Prog Port A Acc ?@
200.20
184.60
140.50
221.20
216.40
?
?
?
?
?
0.51
1.13
1.14
0.45
0.47
2446.00
?
+1.00
0.90
316.80
189.50
?
?
-0.30
-0.20
2.76
2.83
-1.50
-0.70
-2.50
+0.20
+0.09
?
?
-0.01
+0.30
+0.20
-0.30
-2.00
2.24
2.28
1.17
5.41
5.57
3.80
3.90
?
3.37
3.43
2.68
1.61
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond A Acc ?@
318.70
Corp Bond A Inc ?@
131.00
Envir Invtr A Acc ?@
284.70
Hi Inc Bond A Ac ?@
230.00
Hi Inc Bond A Inc ?@
89.74
Hi Res A Acc ?@
357.80
Hi Res A Inc ?@
138.70
Safety Plus A Acc ?@
40.31
Strat Inc A Acc ?@
203.70
Strat Inc A Inc ?@
103.50
UK Gwth A Acc ?@
184.80
UK Sel Gwth A Acc ?@ 1921.00
?
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?
OEIC B Class
Tracker and Specialist Investment Funds
All Stks Credit A Inc ?@ 136.90
Asian Div Inc U Trst Inc @109.93
Cautious Man Fd A Acc ?@261.70
Cautious Man Fd A Inc ?@153.20
China Opp Fund A Acc ?@1357.00
Emg Mkts Opps Fd A Acc ?@212.10
Erpn Grth Fund A Acc ?@ 239.00
Erpn Sel Opps Fd A Acc ?@1688.00
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 ?@62.05
Global Growth Fund Acc @2956.23
Global Tech A Acc ?@ 1535.00
M-Man Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@142.50
M-Man Active Fd A Acc ?@220.00
M-Man Inc Grth Fd A Acc ?@175.70
M-Man Inc Grth A Inc ?@ 155.60
Sterling Bond U Trst Acc @223.57
Sterling Bond U Trst Inc @ 66.80
Strategic Bond A Inc ?@ 127.50
UK Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@ 155.60
UK Alpha Fund A Acc ?@ 143.50
UK Index Fund A Acc ?@ 604.00
UK Irsh Sm Co Fd A Acc ?@639.50
UK Property A Acc @
214.80
UK Property A Inc @
98.92
UK Tracker Fund A Acc ?@271.90
US Growth Fund A Acc ?@948.30
?
115.49
?
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?
23.63
?
3083.57
?
?
?
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?
233.21
69.68
?
?
?
?
?
226.10
104.11
?
?
+0.60
-0.85
-1.90
-1.10
-26.00
-1.30
-3.00
-18.00
-0.29
-0.07
+0.03
-0.57
-26.74
-20.00
-0.10
-1.30
?
?
+0.81
+0.24
+0.20
-0.90
-2.10
-9.30
-2.80
?
+0.01
-4.50
-4.90
2.36
6.30
3.18
3.24
?
0.58
0.90
0.56
1.05
1.52
5.07
3.25
?
?
0.07
0.39
2.00
2.03
2.09
2.11
4.34
?
1.08
1.70
?
3.10
3.16
1.62
?
?
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?
?
-4.10
-4.20
-3.00
-10.00
-21.00
+0.20
+0.08
+0.40
+0.30
-14.00
-17.00
+2.50
-10.20
0.24
0.17
0.73
0.05
1.09
5.75
5.92
0.64
0.64
1.08
?
?
0.69
JP MORGAN ASSET MGMT
OEIC
Asia A Acc ?@
200.00
Emerging Mkts ?@
222.40
Eur Dyn (ex-UK) A Acc ?@227.20
Euro Smllr Cos ?@
739.60
Europe A Acc ?@
1457.00
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Acc ?@ 109.70
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Inc ?@
37.71
Gl ex-UK Bd A Acc ?@ 262.40
Gl ex-UK Bd A Inc ?@
204.20
Glb Fins A Acc ?@
1025.00
Global A Acc ?@
1325.00
Japan A Acc ?@
412.70
Multi-Man Tst A Acc ?@ 954.30
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 @
288.20
140.70
73.80
231.90
65.91
38.15
102.50
125.40
58.15
154.00
178.00
249.90
280.00
162.10
441.90
298.90
288.20
141.50
74.27
231.90
66.02
38.20
102.90
126.20
58.15
154.00
178.00
252.90
280.00
162.10
441.90
298.90
-3.40
+0.60
+0.33
+0.60
+0.29
+0.16
-1.70
+0.30
+0.08
-1.70
-2.90
-0.10
-4.20
-2.40
+1.40
-1.50
2.25
2.77
2.82
1.22
1.14
0.28
0.17
5.33
1.00
2.10
2.72
?
3.02
3.09
0.89
0.60
M & G SECURITIES
Enq: 0800 390 390 Dealing Line: 0800 328 3196
Authorised Inv Funds
Charifund Inc ?
1587.48
?
-17.41
4.44
-3.28
-3.14
0.48
0.49
-8.23
+0.64
+0.05
+1.75
-1.17
+0.03
-49.37
4.37
1.08
4.84
?
3.47
1.67
2.08
+0.18
-0.98
-1.94
-1.73
3.86
4.60
1.93
2.26
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 1
Euro Smlr Cos Acc ?@
Euro Smlr Cos Inc ?@
441.22
419.60
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 2
Extra Income Inc ?@
785.71
Gilt & Fxd Int Inc ?@
100.30
Gl Hi Yd Bd Inc ?@
51.82
Index Linked Bd Inc ?@ 143.92
Index Trckr Inc ?@
75.19
Short Dated Corp Bd Inc ?@26.07
UK Select A Inc ?@
2908.06
?
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Sterling Class A Investment Funds 3
Corp Bd A Inc ?@
Dividend Inc ?@
Recovery A Inc ?@
Sml Cos Inc ?@
41.89
62.97
138.12
360.51
?
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?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 4
Episode Allocation A Inc ?@145.14
?
-1.06
2.25
UK Trkr B Acc ?@
UK Trkr B Inc ?@
+/-
Yld
%
105.83
262.00
249.80
278.49
224.90
232.31
99.54
?
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?
?
?
?
-0.32
-1.65
-1.58
-1.80
-1.13
+0.64
+0.28
2.41
1.11
1.12
1.37
2.79
2.87
2.92
UK Oseas Earns ?@
126.84
?
-2.42
2.08
113.80
151.60
79.44
?
?
?
-0.20
-0.80
-1.10
1.31
0.88
3.83
?
?
?
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?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.39
+0.02
+0.22
+0.22
-1.61
-1.66
+0.01
-2.57
-0.99
-1.21
-2.54
-2.22
-4.55
1.21
3.62
3.12
2.76
3.77
3.33
4.82
1.72
3.75
4.29
1.57
1.66
0.25
690.60
219.40
-8.40
+1.00
1.66
?
Managed Funds
Def Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Mgd Income ?@
342.50
188.80
?
?
-0.40
-0.20
3.21
3.28
-1.40
-0.70
-0.20
-3.00
2.44
2.49
2.54
1.83
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond B Acc ?@
327.90
Corp Bond B Inc ?@
130.90
UK Gwth B Acc ?@
197.80
UK Sel Gwth B Acc ?@ 1997.00
?
?
?
?
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 ?@
58.61
47.64
63.43
63.28
97.47
94.41
43.46
157.73
81.43
76.41
140.45
131.33
335.96
For Resolution see Ignis
TU FUND MANAGERS LIMITED
British
European
656.10
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
-0.30
+0.20
+0.10
-0.80
-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)
2479.06
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
400.20
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 @
49.52
SCOTTISH MUTUAL INV MNGRS LTD
0141 248 6100
2616.00
893.80
400.20
+/-
MANEK INVESTMENT MGMT LTD
0844 800 9401
LEGAL & GENERAL (UT MGRS) LTD
Enquiries: 0870 050 0955 Dealing: 0870 050 0956
1.35
1.36
2.68
2.72
2.24
2.26
3.93
4.05
3.66
3.69
3.58
3.68
3.58
3.68
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?
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Buy
Eur (Ex UK) Eq A Acc ?@1310.92
Glob Brands A Acc ?@ 7792.36
UK Eq A Acc ?@
1184.53
HSBC Specialist Investment Funds (OEIC)
INVESTEC FUND MGRS
Broker Support and Dealing: 020 7597 1900
OEIC Series i,ii,iii, & iv
?
?
?
1.47
1.49
2.33
2.39
3.38
3.47
2.39
2.46
3.25
3.35
1.52
1.55
2.44
2.51
Sell
HSBC Investment Funds (OEIC) - Retail Share Class
FIDELITY INTERNATIONAL
Private Clnts 0800 414161 Broker Dlgs 0800 414181
1507.00
3635.00
513.30
3.41
0.70
1.85
1.95
0.31
1.44
1.33
1.05
0.97
1.43
3.80
2.52
2.42
2.55
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 ?@
59.94
Emerging Mkts ?@
125.70
Euro Gwth & Inc 1 ?@ 1026.00
Extra Inc Bond ?@
49.43
FTSE All-Shr Track ?@ 415.10
Global Gwth SC1 ?@
194.50
High Inc Trst @
14.51
Max Inc Bond ?@
49.20
Multi Man Caut ?@
70.41
Multi Man Distr ?@
60.44
North Amer ?@
488.00
Pacific Gwth ?@
439.80
Strategic Bd ?@
197.50
UK Equity ?@
3164.00
UK Gwth & Inc Acc 1 ?@ 658.50
UK Gwth & Inc Dist ?@ 234.70
UK Smaller Cos ?@
921.60
+/-
Eur Sel Gth A Acc ?@
+0.30
-0.07
?
-0.10
+1.20
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 @
1529.35
Euro Opps R Acc @
104.82
Euro Opps R Inc @
99.86
European Growth R Acc @352.61
Global Energy R Acc @
27.30
Global Growth R Acc @ 252.27
Global Income R Acc @ 124.52
Global Income R Inc @
93.41
Global Select R Acc @
98.62
High Income R Inc @
80.17
Income R Acc @
413.12
Income R Inc @
227.22
Monthly Dist R Inc @
72.22
Strategic Assets R Acc @ 85.61
Strategic Bond R M Acc @ 94.70
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176.03
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47
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Working Life Business
AT THE COALFACE Dylan Harris built his guided tour company on putting the exotic and unusual back into far-flung travel, James Hurley reports
Road from Wigan Pier leads tourists
to central Asia, Iraq and North Korea
ED JONES/AFP/GETTY
D
ylan Harris has good
reason to be keeping a
closer eye than most
British business owners on
growing tensions in the
Korean peninsula, which were
heightened by North Korea?s launch
of a missile over Japan on Monday.
The standoff between Kim Jong-un
and Donald Trump is hitting him in
the pocket. The 38-year-old?s
company, Lupine Travel, offers
?affordable? trips for about 2,000
travellers a year who desire
something more exotic than sun, sea
and sangria on a Spanish beach.
Its tours cover locations well off the
beaten track, from Chernobyl to Iraq.
One of the biggest earners since Mr
Harris set the company up a decade
ago has been its tours of North Korea.
For as little as �9 adventurers
can take in a stay in the hermit
kingdom?s capital, Pyongyang,
journey through the countryside and
visit a village that straddles the border
between North and South Korea.
Understandably, Mr Harris is a
worried man. Aggression by the
Pyongyang regime is nothing new but
the Lupine founder says the current
row over the country?s nuclear and
ballistic missile tests has gone further
than anything else he has witnessed.
?This time, it feels different,? he
says. ?Before, you could always
predict how it was going to go. I?ve
always thought all the sabre-rattling
wouldn?t lead to war but I can?t say
that any more.?
The Foreign Office last week
updated its advice to warn ?against all
but essential travel to North Korea?.
Mr Harris has a tour departing next
week. He says two people have pulled
out and will receive refunds but
others have decided to press ahead.
?The situation on the ground over
there is exactly the same as it always
has been and so we won?t be
cancelling any tours at the moment.
We [would] re-evaluate if there were
to be any further developments.?
Lupine should be well placed to
survive if its North Korean work does
dry up. Mr Harris has been busy
diversifying since 2014 when North
Korea closed its borders for six
months over Ebola, despite being
thousands of miles from the outbreak.
One of Lupine?s most popular trips
Dylan Harris?s Lupine Travel offers tours to destinations such as Pyongyang and the ghost town of Pripyat, near Chernobyl
involves a tour of the five ?Stans? of
Central Asia: Turkmenistan,
Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan
and Kazakhstan. West African
countries including Sierra Leone and
Liberia are also in high demand.
Mr Harris, a former music
promoter, got the idea for the venture
during his travels through Eastern
Europe and Asia. People he met on
his trips often complained about the
cost of exotic travel. ?The only
companies organising trips to North
Korea were charging several
thousand pounds. I?d met a guy in
China who got me into North Korea
for a fraction of that price.?
He thought Lupine could do the
same and would attract a ?young
backpacker crowd?. ?It didn?t work out
like that at all. I?ve got a regular client
who is in his late 80s.?
Customers have included Damon
Albarn, the Blur frontman, who
accompanied Mr Harris on a private
tour of Pyongyang in 2013.
?We had a great time. We planned
to bring some North Korean
musicians over to play with British
musicians. He wanted to see if North
Korean musicians were capable of
improvisation. We got permission for
it but Blur reformed shortly after that
so all his time got swallowed up with
that. It?s still on the back burner.?
While Lupine is certainly an
unusually adventurous tour provider,
Mr Harris insists any impression that
its trips are dangerous is mistaken.
?I?m not about to take people to
Raqqa. It?s always a calculated risk. In
North Korea, you have to be very
careful but you don?t get in trouble if
you use your common sense.?
He says there have never been any
major issues on any of Lupine?s tours
but his reconnaissance trips can be a
different story. ?I got arrested in
Uzbekistan last year for alleged drug
smuggling. I had some Co-codamol
on me; they were trying to claim they
had heroin in them. I was thrown into
a cell for a week. It was pretty grim,
that?s probably the worst thing that
has happened. It was all a big sham to
get money out of me. I was due to get
married two weeks later. I managed
to get out in time ? my wife would
have killed me if I hadn?t.?
Lupine has been expanding rapidly
since Mr Harris decided to take staff
on for the first time 18 months ago.
He also has an emerging operation as
a ?fixer? for foreign correspondents in
risky environments. The company has
three people working full-time in the
UK, two in China and freelancers in
various countries.
?I?ll need to employ a couple more
next year; it?s starting to grow quickly
now. It was a slow burner at first, but
it?s becoming a proper business.?
With Mr Harris away from his wife
for as much as eight months of the
year and regularly working 16-hour
days, it?s all a far cry from his life as a
promoter for Wigan guitar bands.
Not that he minds: ?There?s
something about a place when mass
tourism hasn?t hit yet. You can have
a real experience and people are
more open to you, rather than
trying to sell you stuff.?
small business news
Revenue falls at a fifth of firms as Brexit begins to bite
James Hurley Enterprise Editor
Small businesses are suffering from the
prospect of Britain leaving the European Union, research shows.
One in five companies said that they
had recorded a fall in revenues as a
result of the Brexit vote, according to a
survey of more than 1,100 small and
medium-sized businesses.
The quarterly poll, commissioned by
Citibase, an office provider, also highlighted declining confidence among
small employers and found that fewer
companies trusted the government to
secure a good Brexit deal.
Thirty-five per cent of businesses
said that they were optimistic about the
government?s ability to negotiate with
the EU, down 9 percentage points from
three months ago.
Separate research that focused on
small manufacturers told a similar
story. Two out of five small manufacturing companies said that the prospect
of Brexit had had a negative impact on
trade, while half anticipated that business conditions would get even tougher
once the UK left the EU.
One in two said that they believed the
government had not taken their business needs into consideration in Brexit
talks, according to the national manufacturing barometer, a quarterly survey
of 331 bosses. The research was commissioned by SWMAS and Economic
Growth Solutions, which provide advice and assistance to manufacturers.
Investment in both capital machinery and staff recruitment was slightly
down between April and June compared with the previous three months,
companies reported. About 57 per cent
of respondents said that turnover had
increased during the period, compared
with 61 per cent reporting increased
sales in the previous quarter.
The proportion of companies reporting growing order books was 14 percentage points higher compared with
the same time last year.
Some manufacturers have been
boosted by weakness in the pound after
the Brexit vote, which has made exports cheaper for overseas buyers, but
35%
of businesses are bullish on the ability
of ministers to negotiate with the EU
Source: Citibase
others are complaining about the rising
cost of raw materials.
Lorraine Holmes, chief executive of
Economic Growth Solutions, said that
the findings reflected a ?general dip in
economic performance? but did not
indicate the start of a big downturn.
?There is a lot of uncertainty and that
is never good for purchasing [and] investment decisions and this is reflected
in a slight drop in sales and growth.
?The feedback we are getting from
the firms we help on the ground is fairly
positive. There?s lots of plans for expansion, investing in apprentices, innovation and export. However, we need a
much clearer idea of how Brexit is going
to play out to help minimise any
adverse effects on our hugely important small and medium-sized
manufacturing sector.?
48
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Wednesday August 30 2017 | the times
Business Markets
news in brief
Alex Ralph Tempus
Buy, sell or hold: today?s best share tips
W
hen Amazon shook
the food industry on
both sides of the
Atlantic through its
$13.7 billion takeover
of Whole Foods in June, the
American giant was quickly tipped to
go on to cut prices. As some experts
joked, Whole Foods would soon
shake off its nickname of Whole
Paycheck.
Amazon?s move at the end of last
week to reduce the cost of Whole
Foods products ?on a selection of
best-selling grocery staples?, such as
bananas and avocados, and the
ominous promise of ?more to come?,
has unnerved investors once more,
however, by raising again the
prospect of a renewed price war.
Shares in Wm Morrison, J Sainsbury
and Tesco, the three big UK public
supermarkets were all weaker.
Amazon has been gradually
encroaching on the US food industry
but the takeover of the upmarket
chain has raised concerns it might
accelerate its incursion in Britain.
Whole Foods has only nine stores
in the UK, seven of them in London,
and a rollout of Whole Foods stores
bunzl
H1 Revenue �11
billion
H1 pre-tax profit
�8 million
T
here is nothing that is meant to
be racy about Bunzl. So
revenue growth running at 20
per cent and a first time incursion
into China may have had pulses of
investors in the FTSE 100?s dullest
company cantering.
Bunzl distributes plastic bags to
supermarkets, coffee cups to caterers,
and protective equipment to
hospitals. It operates in 30 different
countries. It reckons it can, from its
continuing operations, generally
grow at 1 per cent over GDP in the
jurisdictions in which it operates.
All this brings in billions of pounds
Basket cases
Latest annual results
Re-based share prices
Wm Morrison
20
10
Revenue
Amazon
�.2bn �.9bn �.3bn $136bn*
0%
-10
-20
Source: Thomson Reuters
Amazon
shakes up
retail food
market
Fox News ends in UK
-30
-40
Pre-tax profit
�3m
�5m
�5m $2.45bn**
Operating profit
�2m �02bn �8m
$4.2bn
-50
-60
Sainsbury?s Tesco
-70
08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 2017
Market capitalisation
�05bn �.81bn �67bn $458bn
*Net sales. **Net income
across the country, or the acquisition
of a UK grocer, at least in the short
term, are thought unlikely.
Amazon?s success and share price
value has been built on its low capital
intensive model, meaning the
prospect of opening up many stores
at a time when others are struggling
with excess space seems doubtful. It
means the impact on pressured
industry profits, sales and margins
should be modest in the short term.
The market appears to be pricing
in risk for the future rather than any
major imminent disruption.
Should Amazon be determined to
take a considerable bite of the UK
food industry, it therefore potentially
gives the industry a stay of execution
in which to prepare itself for an
onslaught, or for its Tesla moment,
as Bernstein has put it. The broker
reckons significant disruption could
take six to seven years in Europe.
Amazon is expected to focus on
experimenting with Whole Foods in
the US, where it has about 460 stores
and where the venture remains a
relatively small trial compared with
its scale and firepower, before making
a move on Europe.
The temptation is to view Amazon
as a traditional retail competitor
which would be a mistake. The
threat is that it will turn the industry
upside down in much the way it did
to the publishing and non-food
industries. Amazon is not likely to
become the next Walmart or Tesco.
of revenue a year even if current
growth rates are being flattered by
currency translation. More crucially,
it is bringing in nearly as much cash
as operating profit. In the first half
that cash that was slushing in was
�2 million.
Where its real growth comes from
though is turning that cash into
more cash via the acquisition of new
businesses ? 150 of them in the past
13 years. It is spending a little beyond
its immediate means at the moment,
opening the wallet to the tune of
�6 million in the past eight months
? and among the acquisitions is
what is being described by the
company as a toe in the water in
China, where it has completed its
first takeover.
This shouldn?t overly worry Bunzl
investors, who have long had faith in
a business model whose simplicity is
not deceptive. Yet the rate of
spending on acquisitions has
markedly ratcheted up under Frank
van Zanten, a relatively new chief
executive but one who has been with
the company more than 20 years.
Bunzl has mostly traded in mature
economies: North America, which
has long spoken for about three fifths
of the company?s operations;
continental Europe and the UK.
These economies bring stable growth
lines but also takeover opportunities
of businesses that the Americans call
mom?n?pops ? family concerns
which, for any number of reasons,
decide they want to sell up.
Its operations in emerging
economies account for less than
MY ADVICE Hold
WHY A major incursion by
Amazon into the British
supermarket sector is unlikely
in the short term
21st Century Fox has stopped
airing Fox News in the UK,
saying it averaged only a few
thousand viewers a day and was
not commercially viable. The
decision came as Karen Bradley,
the culture secretary, decides
whether to refer 21st Century
Fox?s �.7 billion takeover bid for
Sky to competition regulators on
grounds of broadcasting
standards. She has said that she is
minded to make a referral on
plurality grounds. Rupert
Murdoch, chairman of News
Corp, owner of The Times, is cochairman of 21st Century Fox.
How Amazon could choose to go
about this remains unclear, although
the acquisition of Whole Foods
suggests it may be prepared to buy
rather than build and to adopt a socalled omnichannel approach. Whole
Foods products are now available for
delivery in 302 postcodes in London
and the southeast.
Shares in Wm Morrison rallied in
June, as investors speculated the
Bradford-based grocer, which has an
existing partnership with Amazon,
could be the target.
Not all analysts share this
thinking, with upmarket players such
as J Sainsbury and Waitrose seen as
better fits. Of the so-called Big Four,
Sainsbury?s shoppers are most likely
also to shop at Amazon, according to
UBS?s evidence lab. It has a 77 per
cent crossover and Waitrose has
84 per cent. The postcodes where
Amazon Fresh, its online fresh food
service, operate are also have a high
crossover with Little Waitrose stores.
The role of Amazon Prime is also
central to its expansion into
groceries. There is an overlap
between its subscribers and Whole
Foods shoppers, who tend to be more
affluent and live in urban areas.
Operating some outlets would give
Amazon the option for customers to
click and collect products from
stores. The Amazon Prime factor
tends to discount Morrisons from
any M&A, while, Ocado, the online
grocer, which is seeking to license ts
technology to third parties, is viewed
as a pure-play operator.
With or without a takeover,
though, Amazon?s likely foray into
the UK food industry is likely to
trigger further consolidation in the
industry at a time of rapid change.
Air Berlin sale deadline
Bidders for assets of Air Berlin
have until September 15 to submit
offers, a spokesman for the
insolvent airline said. Lufthansa,
Thomas Cook?s Condor, Easyjet
and Ryanair are interested. Niki
Lauda, the former racing driver, is
interested in buying back Air
Berlin?s Niki, the airline he once
owned. Germanai, a rival
German airline, has asked a
Berlin court to block a German
government bridging loan until
the European Commission has
approved it.
Driverless worries
Days after the government
awarded a contract to TRL to test
driverless lorries on major British
roads by the end of next year a
study has found that 66 per cent
of people surveyed would be
uncomfortable travelling in a
driverless car at 70mph, according
to the Institution of Mechanical
Engineers. The study found
50 per cent of the public think
that humans are better drivers
than computers, despite the fact
90 per cent of UK road accidents
are because of driver error.
10 per cent of the group. If its move
into China is signals a different tenor
in Bunzl?s acquisitions, investors will
want to weigh the potential rewards
against the group?s historically
conservative policies. The chief
executive is keen to tell people any
such decisions will be taken carefully,
any such expansion taken slowly.
Bunzl is one of Tempus?s top ten
picks of the year. Its shares, which
are trading on a racyish earnings
multiple of 20 times next year?s
expected profits, are up nearly 10 per
cent this year. It remains a core hold.
Hunting stands down
Richard Hunting, chairman of
Hunting for 26 years and a
member of the family that
founded the oil services company
in 1874, is to stand down. He will
be replaced from Friday by John
Glick, a Hunting non-executive
director who previously ran
Lufkin Industries, an oilfield and
industrial equipment
manufacturer. Mr Hunting will
remain on the board as a nonexecutive director. Hunting
shares closed down almost 5 per
cent at 382絧.
MY ADVICE Hold
WHY It continues to deliver its
acquisitive business model
PRICES
Major indices
London Financial Futures
New York
Dow Jones
Nasdaq Composite
S&P 500
21865.37 (+56.97)
6301.89 (+18.87)
2446.30 (+2.06)
Tokyo
Nikkei 225
19362.55 (-87.35)
Hong Kong
Hang Seng
27765.01 (-98.28)
Amsterdam
AEX Index
Sydney
AO
510.03 (-4.73)
5733.60 (-37.60)
Frankfurt
DAX
11945.88 (-177.59)
Singapore
Straits
3249.34 (-18.28)
Brussels
BEL20
Paris
CAC-40
3846.60 (-37.94)
5031.92 (-47.82)
Zurich
SMI Index
8814.54 (-49.69)
DJ EURO Stoxx 50
3388.22 (-32.81)
London
FTSE 100
7337.43 (-64.03)
FTSE 250
19527.89 (-143.44)
FTSE 350
4073.18 (-34.59)
FTSE Eurotop 100
2825.68 (-26.54)
FTSE All-Shares
4021.42 (-33.21)
FTSE Non Financials
4694.73 (-38.81)
techMARK 100
4355.34 (-37.04)
Bargains
n/a
US$
1.2925 (+0.0000)
Euro
1.0777 (-0.0026)
�SDR
0.91 (+0.00)
Exchange Index
74.60(-0.20)
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
531.81 (+0.76)
Morningstar Long/Short Commod 3925.99 (+2.57)
Long Gilt
3-Mth Sterling
3-Mth Euribor
3-Mth Euroswiss
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
128.43
127.49
99.710
99.650
99.580
99.540
99.500
100.33
100.33
100.32
100.29
100.26
100.74
100.74
100.73
7361.0
7320.0
High
128.82
127.83
99.710
99.660
99.600
99.560
99.530
100.33
100.33
100.32
100.30
100.26
100.74
100.75
100.74
7370.5
7320.0
Commodities
Low
128.40
127.40
99.705
99.640
99.580
99.540
99.500
100.33
100.32
100.31
100.29
100.25
100.73
100.73
100.72
7280.5
7249.5
Sett
128.71
127.71
99.710
99.650
99.600
99.560
99.520
100.33
100.32
100.31
100.29
100.26
100.74
100.74
100.73
7333.0
7291.0
4699.5
4696.0
Vol
287395
248096
30086
66090
73993
83533
55280
22103
35971
56639
67668
83150
477
4820
5317
115640
1066
Open Int
315325
641148
428448
441732
371834
348558
304882
409513
433584
448586
382805
328258
30350
61437
33361
764016
11503
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Crude Oils ($/barrel FOB)
Oct
Nov
Dec
Brent Physical
BFOE(Nov)
BFOE(Oct)
WTI(Oct)
WTI(Nov)
51.73
51.66
52.00
47.00
46.44
+0.31
+0.24
+0.11
+0.04
-0.13
Products ($/MT)
Spot CIF NW Europe (prompt delivery)
Premium Unld
Gasoil EEC
3.5 Fuel Oil
Naphtha
547.00
468.50
282.75
473.00
551.00
470.50
285.50
476.00
ICE Futures
Jan
Feb
51.76-51.74
51.89-51.84
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1528-1525
1542-1541
1562-1556
1577-1567
1594-1576
1638-1576
Dec
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1611-1560
1613-1532
1922-1577
LIFFE
Cocoa
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Sep
RobustaCoffee
Sep
Nov
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2150-2134
2102-2101
2069-2062
2079-2028
Reuters
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488.50-488.25
483.75-483.50
Volume: 65159
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2100-2020
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White Sugar (FOB)
Gas Oil
Sep
Oct
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51.94-51.92
51.63-51.61
51.66-51.64
Dec
Jan
478.75-478.25
477.50-477.00
Volume: 441627
Oct
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Mar
380.40-379.60
382.30-380.80
390.50-388.70
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397.70-395.20
404.70-401.50
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49
1GM
Markets Business
ALAMY
Investors switch off ITV
after rival?s warning
Emily Gosden Market report
A
re declining advertising
revenues at ITV just a
Brexit-induced blip? The
broadcaster has been keen
to blame temporary
political and economic uncertainty
for the recent falls in its advertising
income, but fears remain that the
sector could be heading for a more
prolonged slowdown amid structural
challenges from the rise of
subscription services.
Worries about the outlook were
heightened after Prosiebensat.1, ITV?s
German counterpart, was forced to
cut its guidance for advertising
revenues for the third time this year.
It had been previously expecting
revenues to bounce back in the
second half but said late on Monday
that they would decline in the third
No tips for
Restaurant
Group
I
t is a year since
Andy McCue took
the reins at The
Restaurant Group as
chief executive, but the
market remains
cautious over the pace
of the turnaround
under the former
Paddy Power boss
(Dominic Walsh
writes).
The shares of the
Frankie & Benny?s and
Chiquito operator fell
7絧, or 2.4 per cent, to
315紁 yesterday and are
down a quarter since
Mr McCue?s arrival.
Peel Hunt predicted
that tomorrow?s halfyear results will show
pre-tax profits down
29 per cent to
�.1 million and
thinks like-for-like
sales will have further
weakened since the
1.8 per cent decline
reported in the first 20
weeks due to price cuts
and the knock-on
effect on its leisure
park eateries of weak
cinema attendances.
While Mr McCue
has cut costs and
closed poorer sites,
Peel Hunt says that the
recovery is likely to
take longer than
expected and the
dividend could come
under pressure.
Results in brief
Name
Pre-tax figure
Profit (+) loss (-)
Bunzl (services HY)
Nostrum Oil & Gas (resources HY)
Polymetal International (resources HY)
Symphony International (finance HY)
�1.9m (�5.6m)
$34.4m (-$56.6m)
$150m ($238m)
$27.9m ($55.8m)
Dividend
14p p Jan 2
nil
0.14c p Sept 29
nil
6 Results in brief are given for all companies valued at more than � million. f = final p = payable
The day?s biggest movers
Company
Findel Home shopping company reports good start to the year
Lonmin Miner boosted by recent strength in platinum prices
Hochschild Mining Gold miners in demand on higher prices as investors look to safe havens
Acacia Mining Buoyed by rise in gold price
Randgold Resources Biggest FTSE 100 beneficiary of gold rally
CRH Analysts cut earning outlook on currency impacts and energy costs
Morrison (WM) Concerns over competition from Amazon and Whole Foods
Enquest Broker downgrade compounds poor sentiment on oil stocks
Hunting Departure of veteran chairman
ITV Concerns over advertising slowdown after warning by German peer
Gold/Precious
metals (US dollars per ounce)
London Grain Futures
LIFFE Wheat (close �/t)
Nov
May
138.00
144.50
Jan
Jul
141.75
unq
Mar
148.75
Volume: 521
London Metal Exchange
(Official)
Cash
3mth
15mth
Copper Gde A ($/tonne)
6796.0-6797.0
6812.0-6813.0
7310.0-7320.0
2389.0-2390.0
1980.0-1985.0
Lead ($/tonne)
2369.0-2370.0
Zinc Spec Hi Gde ($/tonne)
3107.0-3107.5
3113.0-3115.0
1943.0-1948.0
Bullion: Open $1317.53
Close $1314.87-1314.96 High $1325.73
Low $1313.99
AM $1323.40 PM $1318.65
Krugerrand $1172.00-1244.00 (�6.35962.03)
Platinum $1003.00 (�5.66)
Silver $17.52 (�.55)
Palladium $947.50 (�2.74)
20575.0-20600.0
20375.0-20380.0
20065.0-20115.0
Alum Hi Gde ($/tonne)
2090.0-2092.0
2103.0-2104.0
2280.0-2285.0
Nickel ($/tonne)
11730.0-11735.0
0.00.0
quarter, sending its shares plunging to
the bottom of Germany?s DAX.
The warning triggered a sell-off in
European media stocks. ITV, which
has been forecasting that the
advertising slowdown would ease in
the third quarter, was the biggest
blue-chip faller, shedding 8p to 153p.
The FTSE 100 was a sea of red after
North Korea?s missile launch, falling
64.03 points to 7,337.43. Precious
metal miners were the only sector to
shine as investors sought a safe haven
in gold. Randgold Resources was the
biggest riser, up 345p to �.15,
followed by Fresnillo, up 41p to �.21.
Gold miners also took the top spots
in the mid-caps, with Hochschild
Mining rising 19絧 to 286緋 and
Acacia Mining up 14p at 215絧. The
FTSE 250 fell 143.44 points, or
0.73 per cent, to 19,527.89.
Findel recorded the strongest
performance of any FTSE stock after
a robust trading update. Shares rose
22紁, or more than 13 per cent, to
189紁, after the home shopping and
B
ritain?s biggest
subprime
banking group is
likely to be demoted
from the FTSE 100
today after a massive
share price plunge in
recent weeks that has
caused its market
capitalisation to dive.
About �4 billion
was wiped off
Provident Financial?s
market cap last week
after the company
posted a dire profit
warning, its chief
executive resigned, it
belatedly admitted
that it was being
investigated by
regulators and pulled
back a promised
dividend. The
company is up for
1mth
3mth
6mth
12mth
0.13
0.20
0.29
0.55
0.25
0.28
0.40
0.60
0.10
0.15
0.20
0.50
Dollar
Sterling
demotion in the latest
quarterly reshuffle of
FTSE 100 and FTSE
250 constituents. The
company due to take
Provident?s place is
NMC Health, the
healthcare provider
based in the United
Arab Emirates.
Money rates %
Dollar rates
Base Rates Clearing Banks: 0.25 Finance House 1.0 ECB Refi 0.00 US Fed Fd 1.25
Australia
Canada
Denmark
Euro
Hong Kong
Japan
Malaysia
Norway
Singapore
Sweden
Switzerland
Interbank Rates
Clearer CDs
Depo CDs
2 mth
3 mth
6 mth
12 mth
1 mth
0.2516
0.2644
0.2803
0.4039
0.5969
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
1.20-1.40 1.23-1.43 1.27-1.47 1.41-1.61 1.68-1.88
Sterling spot and forward rates
Currency
Carillion is expected to
fall out of the FTSE 250
after a profit warning
education supplies business reported
a ?good start to the year?.
Investors were also checking in to
Millennium and Copthorne Hotels
after an upgrade from analysts at
Berenberg, who cited better-thanexpected momentum in its first-half
results this month. Despite challenges
in many regions, including problems
in New York, business was booming
in New Zealand, they said, lifting the
stock to ?hold?. The shares rose 14p to
465p.
Also in favour was Imagination
Technologies, which rose 3緋 to
126p, after renewed speculation that it
might be bought by Canyon Bridge.
The troubled microchip designer?s
shares were trading at more than
twice that level at the start of the year
before it was ditched by Apple, its
biggest customer, forcing it to put
itself up for sale in June. Canyon
Bridge was named as a possible suitor
last month and reports this weekend
suggested it had hired advisers to
work on a formal bid.
Treasury Bills (Dis) Buy: 1 mth 0.120; 3mth 0.140. Sell: 1 mth 0.204; 3 mth 0.192
Euro
11785.0-11790.0
13.3%
8.0%
7.3%
7.0%
4.6%
-2.7%
-3.7%
-4.8%
-4.9%
-4.9%
Early steep losses amid a flight to
safer assets than equities turned into
a day of modest gains as fears of an
escalation in the hostilities between
America and North Korea receded.
The Dow Jones industrial average
rose 56.97 points to 21,865.37.
Troubled Provident faces drop
Halifax Mortgage Rate 3.74
European money
deposits %
Tin ($/tonne)
Change
Wall Street report
ftse review
Mkt Rates for
Copenhagen
Euro
Montreal
New York
Oslo
Stockholm
Tokyo
Zurich
Range
7.9934-8.0441
1.0814-1.0746
1.6129-1.6213
1.2926-1.2978
9.9808-10.089
10.229-10.327
140.45-141.17
1.2220-1.2342
Close
8.0022-8.0038
1.0758-1.0757
1.6197-1.6199
1.2927-1.2931
9.9955-9.9997
10.229-10.234
141.15-141.16
1.2267-1.2270
1 month
57ds
5pr
9pr
12pr
27pr
68ds
5ds
11ds
Premium = pr
3 month
181ds
17pr
33pr
39pr
106pr
223ds
19ds
36ds
Discount = ds
In the FTSE 100, CRH, the building
materials company, was among the
worst performing stocks after Gerard
Moore, an analyst at Investec, shaved
almost 5 per cent off his Ebitda
forecasts for the year. Mr Moore said
that the stock was still a ?buy? but
investors were not so sure, sending
shares down 73p to �.47.
The sell-off continued at Enquest
after the warning last week that
problems starting up production from
its Kraken field in the North Sea
would result in lower than expected
output this year. The company, which
went through a debt restructuring last
year, has failed to assuage fears that
the absence of revenues from Kraken
could leave it short of cash and risk it
breaching its debt covenants.
Analysts at Jefferies cut the stock to
?hold?, saying the problems made
them ?more cautious on liquidity?.
Though falling crude prices and the
North Korea crisis put all oil stocks
under pressure, Enquest was among
the biggest fallers, down 1紁 to 24緋.
Exchange rates
1.2550-1.2554
1.2530-1.2530
6.1896-6.1903
0.8320-0.8321
7.8240-7.8254
109.17-109.17
4.2641-4.2691
7.7313-7.7338
1.3526-1.3528
7.9129-7.9142
0.9488-0.9489
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
The construction
and facilities
management group
Carillion is expected
to fall out of the FTSE
250 after a shock
profit warning in July
and is to be replaced
by the online
gambling firm 888
Holdings.
Royal Mail is
expected to keep the
place in the FTSE 100
that it has held since
being privatised in
2013 despite it losing
�2 billion in value
over the past year
due to continuing
disputes with unions
about its decision to
close its defined
benefit pension
scheme next year.
22.423-22.424
1.6227-1.6229
0.4844-0.4908
4.0961-4.0999
1.0756-1.0758
10.116-10.118
82.674-82.700
17252-17270
0.3886-0.3907
5.5133-5.5197
1.7800-1.7805
1.7487-1.7492
16.765-16.777
4.7506-4.7519
Australia $
Canada $
Denmark Kr
Egypt
Euro �
Hong Kong $
Hungary
Indonesia
Israel Shk
Japan Yen
New Zealand $
Norway Kr
Poland
Russia
S Africa Rd
Sweden Kr
Switzerland Fr
Turkey Lira
USA $
Bank buys Bank sells
1.770
1.540
1.750
1.520
8.680
7.610
n/a
n/a
1.190
1.040
10.770
9.470
363.720
299.240
19684.800
15701.700
5.060
4.320
152.190
131.800
1.990
1.680
10.900
9.420
5.100
4.180
81.750
68.070
18.730
15.870
11.030
9.810
1.360
1.170
4.960
4.250
1.400
1.230
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
550
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1732 Admiral
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160N Aldermore Gp
1X Ambrianv
10O Amedeo Resv
1W Amphion Innovsv
13O Amryt Pharmav
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Rosemary Anne Sisson
Forthright spinster dubbed ?the
Miss Marple of British playwriting?
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Obituaries
Willie Duggan
Cigarette-smoking rawboned giant of the Irish pack who could not only dish it out but also take it in an era when rugby was truly brutal
INPHO
Dismissals in rugby union internationals used to be rare. The All Black Cyril
Brownlie was the first to go, in 1925, and
it was 42 years until Colin Meads
became the second. Ten years after
that, in 1977, two went in one game,
when Willie Duggan and Geoff Wheel
became the first players to be sent off in
the Five Nations Championship.
According to Duggan, one of the
greatest No 8s the game has known, it
wasn?t really a sending-off at all. His
team, Ireland, were playing Wales in
Cardiff when the referee, Norman
Sanson, made Five Nations history.
?Stewart McKinney was laid out after a
lineout and I didn?t see who did it,? Duggan recalled. ?I saw Allan Martin running away so I ran after him and hit him
a poke, thinking he was running away
from the scene. The referee came over
to me and asked me: ?Would you mind
leaving the field?? I said, ?Not at all, sir ?
sure, I?m bollixed anyway.? ? The
Welshman Wheel, who had also been
involved in the fisticuffs, went with him.
Duggan came close to being sent off
again two years later for throwing a
punch at the England lock Nigel
Horton. Ireland won 12-7, but were
incensed that Duggan had nearly gone
again. He was only retaliating, they said.
If modern rugby is an intensely physical game, in Duggan?s day it was brutal.
He had his superstitions,
and liked to be the last
player on to the pitch
Hard men flourished. Donal Lenihan,
an Ireland team-mate, described him as
?the hardest man I ever played with.
Not only could he dish it out, he could
also take it, and he had one of the highest pain thresholds I ever encountered.
He didn?t suffer fools lightly and had
no time for bluffers. Some found that
difficult to cope with. You had to earn
Willie?s respect, but, once you achieved
that, you felt 10ft tall.?
Fergus Slattery was another
comrade in the Irish pack who became
a great friend of Duggan?s. ?The D4type forwards,? he said, referring to the
posher kind of player typified by the
well-to-do Dublin D4 postcode,
?played rugby but they didn?t beat up
the opposition, which sometimes you
had to do. You needed physicality, and
you got it from Willie.?
His rawboned power had little to do
with training ? although perhaps
Duggan did more than he admitted.
?He?d turn up at [his club side] Blackrock at the beginning of a season with a
doctor?s cert saying he wasn?t allowed to
train,? Slattery said. ?And he?d be smoking his fags. But he?d train on his own
and he wouldn?t tell too many people
about it. People finding out might have
done his image a bit of damage.?
Even in the amateur days Duggan?s
fondness for his fags marked him out.
Once at Twickenham he was having a
quick one before kick-off as he was
coming out of the tunnel. He handed
the cigarette to the referee, Allan Hosie,
and said: ?Hold that for me.?
He admitted to his vices. ?There?s no
doubt about it, I smoked and I still do,?
he said in 2015. ?I liked my few drinks as
well. I didn?t always agree with the type
Willie Duggan during the Five Nations in 1982 and, right, in 2010 when he was inducted into the Guinness Hall of Fame
of training they put us through. They?d
take us for mile-and-a-half runs.?
During one session the coach told
them that the next man to drop the ball
would run five laps of the pitch. The
next man was Duggan. ?He told me to
run five laps, and I told him to piss off.
I told him: ?I?ll tell you what I?ll do for
you, I?ll run 90 yards because that?s the
most I?m ever going to run in a game.?
We got back to business after that.?
When Willie John McBride was
Ireland coach, Duggan arrived late for
training, sat down in the dressing room
and lit up. McBride suggested a warmup might be in order. ?Sure, I?ve had the
heater on in the car,? Duggan told him.
?I?m warm enough.? He once said: ?I
always had the philosophy that if you
took 30 players out for a night and
made sure they were well-pissed before
they went to bed at 3am, then got them
up at 8am and trained the bejaysus out
of them, you would know who was up to
lasting 80 minutes.?
Born in Kilkenny in 1950, William
Patrick Duggan played rugby and
hurling at his boarding school, Rockwell College in Tipperary. Rugby,
though, was always going to claim him.
He played in every position ? ?but
sure, I was big and ugly so I knew I had
to play in the pack eventually.? He
followed his father, also Willie, into the
family electrical business and played
his club rugby in Dublin.
He won the first of his 41 Ireland caps
in the 1975 Five Nations. Before the
victory over France, Dave O?Leary, his
mentor at Blackrock, telephoned
Duggan and said: ?Willie, there?s this
blondie lad playing for France and the
French absolutely love him.? He was
referring to Jean-Pierre Rives, a player
who could match Duggan for physical
commitment. ?L?Equipe are going to be
watching every step this fella takes and
there?s going to be 25 photographs of
him in their paper. If you?re in 18 of the
25 you?ve had a great fecking game.?
O?Leary rang him a week later.
?Willie,? he said, ?I?ve just got L?Equipe.
There?s 24 photographs of Rives and
you?re in 22 of them.?
Two years later Duggan toured New
Zealand with the British and Irish
Lions ? and was targeted relentlessly.
?There aren?t many parts of my body
that haven?t been raked over and trampled on,? he said at the end of the tour.
In one game, he recalled, ?the little
scrum-half decided he?d give me a kick
Once at Twickenham he
was having a quick fag
coming out of the tunnel
in the head. I went off with seven or
eight stitches and I came back on with
the sole purpose of doing him. I couldn?t
get next to or near him. I had to wait
until he came to Lansdowne Road [the
next year]. We sorted it out there.?
Peter Wheeler, the England hooker
and later captain, was on the 1977 tour
and recalled that Duggan, like many
sportspeople, h
had
d hi
his superstitions
superstitions, and
liked to be the last player in his team on
to the pitch: ?I asked him why,? Wheeler
said, ?and his reply was, ?I reckon the least
time I spend on that pitch, the better?. ?
Wheeler witnessed his lethargy.
?Lineout training was a waste of time,
he would never get off the ground,? he
said. ?But in a game, he?d be off the deck
as high as possible, because he would be
in playing mode. Guys like Willie and
Moss Keane, they were a different
mould to today?s players. On tour they
would always go to mass at the local
Catholic church and arrive back at the
hotel, having had a few drinks with the
priest after the service. Willie looked an
awkward character on the pitch. There
was nothing stylish or classical about
him, he was a roughhouse forward from
Kilkenny, but his value in a match
situation was incredible.?
Duggan was meticulous in his preparations. In the run-up to a big game he
would have hours of extra sleep, earning the nickname ?Nighthawk?, and he
was noted for his pre-match diet of
mushrooms cooked in milk.
In 1982 Ireland won the Five Nations
title and Triple Crown, but missed out
on the Grand Slam when they lost to
France in the final game ? without
Duggan, who pulled out on the eve of
the match. He never did say why.
?What happened? That you won?t be
told,? he said in 2015. ? A fella thought
he was getting smart with us, that?s
where it all started. I?ll say no more.?
Duggan is survived by his wife, Ellen,
an artist, and their children, Willie Jnr,
Helena and Monica. Helena became a
designer, illustrator and children?s
author, while Willie Jnr and Monica
joined the family firm, which was run
by their father. Today it specialises in
lighting designs for hotels, restaurants
and businesses.
Duggan was asked what made him
the player he was. ?What did I have?
Sheer thickness, I suppose,? he replied.
?I was a great believer in the harder you
go in, the greater chance you have of
coming out the other side. If you stand
back at all, that?s when you?re going to
get injured. Keep going forward.?
Willie Duggan, rugby player and
businessman, was born on
March 12, 1950. He died of a suspected
heart attack on August 28, 2017, aged 67
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Rosemary Anne Sisson
Forthright spinster who cut an unlikely figure in Hollywood, where she was dubbed ?the Miss Marple of British playwriting?
REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
When Rosemary Anne Sisson arrived
in Hollywood to work on the script for
the Walt Disney film Candleshoe the
picture?s director, Norman Tokar, told
her: ?You?ve written two films which
everyone said were good, but didn?t
make any money.?
With characteristic forthrightness
she replied: ?And you?ve made several
films that were not very good, but
which made a lot of money. Let?s see if
we can put our talents together and
make a film which is very good and
makes lots of money.?
Tokar, one of Disney?s most successful directors, knew that he had met his
match. Together they came up with a
Disney classic starring David Niven
and the 14-year-old Jodie Foster.
Sisson went on to write several more
films for Disney, including Watcher in
the Woods and the The Black Cauldron,
and in her seventies wrote several episodes of The Young Indiana Jones
Chronicles for George Lucas.
A former university lecturer
and a high Anglican whose
published works included a
monograph on embroidered church kneelers,
Sisson cut an unlikely
figure in Hollywood.
Known as ?Romy? to her
friends, she was a lifelong
spinster with the demeanour of a kindly great aunt. In
Hollywood she was dubbed
?the Miss Marple of British playwriting?, and attracted the attention
of the American film industry after
writing episodes of the award-wining
television period drama Upstairs
Downstairs.
She also wrote episodes of The Six
Wives of Henry VIII, Elizabeth R and
The Duchess of Duke Street, which further captivated American viewers with
their depictions of aristocratic life in the
?old country?.
On her working trips to America
she enjoyed staying at the Chateau
Marmont on Sunset Boulevard and
being chauffeured around Los Angeles
in a limousine. ?At the very beginning I
asked whether I must write the film for
any particular star,? she recalled. ?But I
was told: ?No, Disney is the star and the
most important thing is the script.? ?
Rosemary Anne Sisson, below left, wrote episodes of Upstairs Downstairs, which starred, from
left, Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Angela Baddeley, Simon Williams and Jean Marsh
Yet
she
preferred to
keep her sojourns in Hollywood as short as
possible and wrote
most of her scripts in
London at her home in Parsons Green,
often working into the small hours. ?My
writing time was 8pm to midnight or
even 3am,? she said.
A born storyteller who described
Shakespeare as her ?mentor?, Sisson
wrote prolifically all her life. In addition
to her writing for the screen, her output
included novels, works of nonfiction,
literary criticism, a collection of verse
and plays for the stage, one of which,
The Queen and the Welshman, was
written in iambic pentameter.
She wrote several stories for children,
including a fictional account of the life
of Shakespeare as well as contributions
to the 1950s comic Robin. That she
never had children of her own was a
source of regret. ?If I?d met the man I
could have loved at any time up to the
age of 30 I would have done it and I
would have loved to have had children,?
she said. ?But I read a poem which said:
?In my thirtieth year came all my spirit
home to me.? And I remember thinking:
?Yes. I?m settled now. I feel at home with
myself?. ?
Despite not marrying, family played a
central part in her life. She was a
devoted aunt and godmother to her
sister?s children, and took care of her
mother, who lived for 30 years as a widow
until her death at the age of 100 in 1996.
She was born in 1923 at Enfield,
Middlesex, to Charles Jasper (CJ)
Sisson, one of the most prominent
Shakespearean scholars of his generation, and Vera (n閑 Ginn), his wife. Romy
enjoyed a ?carefree country childhood?
at Lyminster, near Littlehampton on
the Sussex coast. ?We children sleeping
under thatch in unheated bedrooms,
fetching milk in tin cans from the farm
and running barefoot in the fields were
the last of the truly privileged,? she
later wrote. Educated at Cheltenham
Ladies? College, she dreamt of
becoming an actress and on leaving
school read English at University
College London (UCL). Her studies
were interrupted when she opted to
help the war effort, volunteering for the
Royal Observer Corps and spending
two years spotting enemy aircraft over
the Channel.
She recalled that when the German
bombers were droning overhead she
would ?lie in bed and take hold of the
sheet and pretend that I was taking hold
of the robe of Jesus, saying ?Help me,
Lord?. ?
When the war ended she completed
her degree and went up to Newnham
College, Cambridge, where she completed an MLitt. A year spent lecturing
at the University of Wisconsin was a
pivotal experience, as was a pilgrimage
to the Holy Land, where she was deeply
moved by the tattooed prisoner number on the arm of a concentration camp
survivor who served her in a Jerusalem
caf�. She spent four years in the early
1950s lecturing at UCL and then two
years at the University of Birmingham.
When her father was appointed deputy
director of the Shakespeare Institute in
Stratford-upon-Avon she moved to the
town and became the drama critic on
the local paper.
Half a dozen stage plays followed
before the BBC came calling. She began
by writing episodes of Compact, set in
the office of a publisher and conceived
by the BBC as a middle-class, twiceweekly rival to ITV?s Coronation Street.
It was the 1970s vogue for costume
drama series that elevated her to the
upper echelons of the profession and,
after switching to ITV, the saga of the
well-to-do Bellamy family and their
servants in the early decades of the
20th century in particular.
?In its time Upstairs, Downstairs was
considered to be quite novel ? even
revolutionary ? in depicting the life
and relationships of servants with their
employers and with each other,?
she said.
Other acclaimed TV work included
The Irish RM, starring Peter Bowles, and
an animated The Wind in the Willows.
She served terms as chairman and president of the Writers? Guild of Great Britain and was the first woman to be admitted to full membership of the Dramatist
Club of Great Britain, which led to the
resignation of two of the club?s more unenlightened male members.
She continued working into old age
and wrote scripts for public events,
including the celebrations to mark
the 50th anniversary of VE Day and the
Queen Mother?s 100th birthday.
Although never a prude, she was not
a fan of the more explicit sexual content
of much modern TV drama. ?Somehow
it seemed so much more important to
us then to write about human relationships, about love, trust, betrayal and
reconciliation,? she said. ?And, right or
wrong, it seems to me that our state was
the more gracious.?
Rosemary Anne Sisson, scriptwriter,
was born on October 13, 1923. She died
on July 28, 2017, aged 93
Salvatore Meloni
Sardinian separatist who proclaimed himself president of the tiny island of Malu Entu, but was plagued by allegations of corruption
Salvatore Meloni made for an unlikelylooking freedom fighter, or ? depending on your point of view ? terrorist.
With his bald head and walrus moustache he bore a passing resemblance in
his seventies to the grandfatherly
Habsburg emperor Franz Joseph, who
until the mid-19th century had ruled
much of Italy.
It was the Austrians? decline that had
led to the unification of the country, the
consequences of which Meloni spent
much of his life combating in an
attempt to win independence for his
native Sardinia. His highest-profile
exploit came in the summer of 2008.
With a dozen supporters he landed on
the small, uninhabited island of Mal di
Ventre, five miles off the west coast of
Sardinia. Waving a flag of his own
design, he declared that henceforth this
was the republic of Malu Entu, giving
the new nation its name in Sardinian.
As its president, Meloni made his
official residence a blue plastic tent and
set about appointing a cabinet. He
planned to apply to the UN for recognition, mint his own currency and generate his own solar energy. Saying that he
was inspired by the struggles in Kosovo
and South Ossetia, he announced that
residents would have tax-free status.
The press treated the episode with
wry bemusement, inevitably characterising the island?s owner, John Miller, a
British entrepreneur who had bought it
in 1972, as an ?eccentric nobleman?. But
the Italian government regarded Meloni?s act as anything but a joke. After the
occupation had lasted a few months, he
and several confederates were arrested.
They were convicted of illegally taking
He agreed with his
family to keep out of
politics until he was 65
possession of Mal di Ventre, as well
as damaging a protected natural
environment by cutting firewood.
Meloni was jailed for 20 months.
He had been in trouble with the
authorities 25 years earlier, for rather
more violent expressions of enthusiasm for his ideals. Yet it was not this
that explained the severity of Rome?s
reaction, nor the perception that about
half of Sardinia?s population had some
sympathy for the secessionist cause.
Were an independence movement
allowed to flourish in even a remote
part, such as Sardinia, the government?s
fear was that it would encourage similar
notions in more politically significant,
richer parts of the country. At the same
time Meloni?s image as a folk hero suffered a reverse when he was prosecuted
for tax evasion to the tune of ?7 million.
Once a lorry driver, Meloni had come
to control a network of supermarkets,
delivery companies and businesses
making fish products. Officials had
long hinted that his political activities
were diversionary acts of self-publicity.
Meloni?s defence to the charges was
that he did not recognise the Italian
state. Yet this did not explain why, in an
alleged fraud, he had sold on bundles of
second-hand clothes collected by him
ostensibly for charity.
Meloni, then 73, was sentenced to
almost ten years? further imprisonment. Claiming that his trial was politically motivated, and driving his Fiat
Punto decorated with the flag of Malu
Entu, he arrived to begin his jail term
pointedly clutching a biography of
Bobby Sands. He had named a small
Salvatore Meloni with the Sardinian flag
bay on Mal di Ventre after the IRA
member and British MP who died on
hunger strike in 1981. Meloni began to
refuse food. After 50 days he was
transferred to hospital in Cagliari, but
died of a heart attack a fortnight later.
Born in 1943 at Ittiri, in the northwest of Sardinia, ?Doddore? Meloni
grew up in the postwar years when the
island had some political autonomy,
but before tourism transformed its
economy. At 17 he went to Turin to
work at the celebrations of the
centenary of Italian unification.
There, he was outraged by the contrast between the vast pavilions extolling the other regions of Italy and that
of Sardinia. He joined the Partito Sardo
d?Azione, but later quit saying that it
was a talking shop. In 1981 Meloni was
arrested after explosives were found in
his house. He was among 16 people
convicted of bombings and involvement in a plot to break up the state. He
was sentenced to nine years in prison
and banned from voting or holding
public office. He agreed with his family
to keep out of politics until he was 65.
He and his wife, Giovanna, had five
daughters ? Francesca, Tiziana,
Annalisa, Marisa and Cristiana ?
some of whom were involved in his
political and commercial activities.
At his funeral, Meloni?s widow wore
traditional Sardinian costume and he
was buried in a coffin wrapped in the
island?s flag, the Four Moors.
The ceremony was attended by
Venetian separatists.
Salvatore Meloni, campaigner for an
independent Sardinia, was born on
May 4, 1943. He died on July 5, 2017,
after suffering a heart attack, aged 74
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Law Report
Births, Marriages and Deaths
Certifying lawful
development
Court of Appeal
Published: August 30, 2017
Regina (Government of the
Republic of France) v Kensington
and Chelsea Royal London Borough
Council
Before Lord Justice Patten and Lord
Justice Hickinbottom
[2017] EWCA Civ 429
Judgment: June 12, 2017
A certificate of lawfulness under
section 192 of the Town and Country
Planning Act 1990, as amended,
established the lawfulness of proposed works where some works had
already been carried out implementing the planning permission granted,
and the claimant sought reassurance
that proposed works comprising
the balance of the permission were
lawful.
A certificate of lawfulness under
section 26H of the Planning (Listed
Buildings and Conservation Areas)
Act 1990, by contrast, was more
restrictive, an application being only
used to certify that proposed works
to a listed building would not affect
its character as a building of special
architectural or historic interest.
The Court of Appeal so held,
allowing in part the appeal against
the decision of Mr Justice Holgate
([2015] EWHC 3437 (Admin)) of the
claimant, the Government of the
Republic of France, which occupied
neighbouring premises to the
property in respect of which certificates of lawfulness had been granted
by the local planning authority,
Kensington and Chelsea Royal
London Borough Council.
Mr Paul Stinchcombe, QC, and
Mr Ned Helme for the claimant; Mr
Tom Cosgrove, QC, and Mr Robert
Williams for the council; Mr Paul
Brown, QC, for the developers.
Lord Justice Hickinbottom said
that the application concerned a
grade II listed building in Kensington
Palace Gardens. The claimant
occupied the building next door as
the French ambassador?s official
residence. The developers wished to
redevelop the property.
In 2008 planning permission and
a listed building consent were
granted to the developers by the
council for change of use to residential and works including a basement
excavation to five storeys. In 2010 the
council gave permission for a revised
scheme with fewer subterranean
storeys.
The claimant sought judicial review of two certificates of lawfulness
issued in 2015 by the council under
section 192 of the Town and Country
Planning Act 1990 (as substituted by
section 10 of the Planning and
Compensation Act 1991) and section
26H of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act
1990 (as inserted by section 61 of the
Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
Act 2013) (the Listed Building Act).
It was the council?s case that it
certified that, as at February 2015,
the balance of the development
authorised by the 2008 planning
Court Circular
Clarence House
29th August, 2017
The Prince of Wales, Patron, the
Abbeyfield Society, was represented
by Sir Stephen Lamport (Extra
Equerry to His Royal Highness) at
the Requiem Mass for Ms Natasha
Singarayer (formerly Chief
Executive) which was held in St
Mary?s Church, Holly Place,
London NW3, this afternoon.
permission and later listed building
consent could be lawfully carried out
because the planning permission
and that consent had been lawfully
implemented.
The issue was the lawfulness of
the two certificates that was dependent on, not the planning merits, but
whether in all the circumstances the
council had the power to issue those
certificates in the form that it did.
In respect of the section 192 claim,
the developers had applied only
under section 192, not under section
191, for a certificate of lawful
proposed use and development.
They did not seek certification of the
lawfulness of existing works, but set
out the basis on that they said the
proposed work would be lawful. That
was because the existing 2011 works
implemented the 2008 planning
permission, of which the proposed
works comprised the balance.
Looked at as whole, the certificate
was not for existing works, but only
for proposed works.
Even if that firm view was wrong
and existing works were purportedly
included in the certification, that
part did not respond to the application that was under section 192 only,
was ultra vires and would be
severable, leaving a certificate of
only proposed works.
The claimants submitted that,
even if the council had not certified
the lawfulness of existing works, in
arriving at the certified conclusion
that the proposed works would
be lawful, it had unlawfully
circumvented section 191.
That submission was based on a
fundamental misunderstanding of
section 191. The section 191 certification process was merely evidential in
nature. Neither section 191(1) nor (2)
expressly restricted how a person
might prove lawfulness for those
purposes and no implied restriction
was warranted. The section 191
certification procedure was merely
an option, not the mandatory means
of proving the lawfulness of existing
use or development. The section 192
certificate was not ultra vires or
unlawful.
In respect of the section 26H
claim ? in the context of proposed
works ? section 26H of the Listed
Building Act, as inserted, exhaustively defined ?lawful? in subsection (2)
for the purposes of the section. That
was, it could only be used to apply for
a certificate that proposed works to a
listed building would not affect its
character as a building of special
architectural or historic interest.
The scope of the listed building
provisions was very wide, and
covered any alteration in a listed
building, no matter how small (by
contrast with the position with
regard to planning permission).
The section 26H certification
process was primarily aimed at the
many cases where alterations were
so small that they could not arguably
affect the character of the building as
one of special architectural or historic interest. It offered a procedure
whereby those who wished to make
relatively minor alterations could
avoid the need to make a full application for listed building consent.
Hence the (exclusive) focus of
section 26H on whether the proposed works altered that character.
The developers? application under
section 26H was made on the basis
that that section could be used to test
whether proposed works would be
lawful because they fell within a
listed building consent that had
been implemented. The council
determined it on that basis and
exceeded its powers in doing so.
Further, the certificate was not for
any proposed works. It referred only
to past works. On both grounds it was
ultra vires and would be quashed.
Lord Justice Patten agreed.
Solicitors: Edwin Coe LLP; Head
of Legal Department, Kensington
and Chelsea Royal London
Borough Council; Berwin Leighton
Paisner.
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Weather Eye
Paul Simons
Today Cloudy and wet towards the southeast, sunshine and showers elsewhere. Max 17C (63F), min 6C (43F)
Around Britain
Five days ahead
Key: b=bright, c=cloud, d=drizzle, pc=partly cloudy
du=dull, f=fair, fg=fog, h=hail, m=mist, r=rain,
sh=showers, sl=sleet, sn=snow, s=sun, t=thunder
*=previous day **=data not available
Sunny spells and
scattered showers,
turning cooler. Becoming
unsettled next week.
Temperature
Tomorrow
Flood alerts and warnings
Temp C
Rain mm Sun hr*
midday yesterday
24 hrs to 5pm yesterday
Aberdeen
Aberporth
Anglesey
Aviemore
Barnstaple
Bedford
Belfast
Birmingham
Bournemouth
Bridlington
Bristol
Camborne
Cardiff
Edinburgh
Eskdalemuir
Glasgow
Guernsey
Hereford
Herstmonceux
Ipswich
Isle of Man
Isle of Wight
Keswick
Kinloss
Leeds
Lerwick
Leuchars
Lincoln
Liverpool
London
Lyneham
Manchester
Margate
Milford Haven
Newcastle
Nottingham
Orkney
Oxford
Plymouth
Portland
Scilly, St Mary?s
Shoreham
Shrewsbury
Skye
Snowdonia
Southend
Stornoway
Tiree
Whitehaven
Wick
Yeovilton
14
14
15
13
16
21
13
16
22
15
20
15
18
14
12
14
19
16
25
23
14
24
14
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16
16
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19
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0.4
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1.2
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southeast at ?rst, leaving a day of
sunshine and h v
rs.
Max 20C, mi
15
7
Slight
Rough
16
12
16
Aberdeen
NORTH
SEA
15
Edinburgh
Glasgow
5
15
19
Londonderry
ATLANTIC
OCEAN
Belfast
Dublin
22
LLlandudno
Cork
68
15
59
10
50
5
41
0
32
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Norwich
Birmingham
Swansea
14
5
15
Bristol
Southampton
Exeterr
Plymouth
Brighton
17
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London
14
6
16
General situation: Spells o rain
towards the south and east. Sunshine
and showers farther north. Feeling
much cooler in the southeast.
S Wales, N Wales: A mostly dry
day with variable amounts of cloud
and some light afternoon showers.
Gentle nothwesterly winds. Maximum
16C (61F), minimum 8C (46F).
E Mids, E Anglia, Cen S Eng, London,
SE Eng, SW Eng: A cloudy day with
showers or longer spells of rain
across the region, particularly into the
Cambridge
Oxford
Cardiff
CELTIC
SEA
Channel Islands
9
Nottingham
14
17
A ?ne and dry day for most with
plenty of sunshine. A few isolated
showers are po i
rds southern
areas, with
d preading
into Ireland t
Max 20C, n C
15
77
20
Sheffield
16
Shrewsbury
6
Sunday
25
Hull
16
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Liverpool
IRISH
SEA
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17
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of cloud in eastern areas. Thicker
cloud and som u
of rain will
encroach int
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Max 22C, n
86
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Manchester
16
22
30
17
15
8
Galway
21
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95
Carlisle
17
16
17
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Friday
A dry start to the day across the
country with plenty of sunny spells.
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bringing so
s wers,
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particularly
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Saturday
4
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At 17:00 on Tuesday 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
21
Shetland
Sh
14
Moderate
28 (degrees C)
20
All readings local midday yesterday
25 B
Madeira
24 S
Madrid
32 S
Majorca
25 S
M醠aga
31 S
Malta
12 B
Melbourne
Mexico City 21 B
32 B
Miami
28 S
Milan
29 C
Mombasa
23 B
Montreal
14 B
Moscow
26 SH
Mumbai
24 F
Munich
20 C
Nairobi
33 F
Naples
New Orleans 24 M
24 B
New York
28 S
Nice
32 S
Nicosia
16 B
Oslo
30 F
Paris
18 S
Perth
23 F
Prague
12 S
Reykjavik
18 B
Riga
Rio de Janeiro 24 S
40 F
Riyadh
32 F
Rome
San Francisco 19 S
12 S
Santiago
23 F
S鉶 Paulo
20 S
Seoul
28 S
Seychelles
30 S
Singapore
St Petersburg 15 C
20 F
Stockholm
15 S
Sydney
29 F
Tel Aviv
26 S
Tenerife
31 S
Tokyo
24 S
Vancouver
26 F
Venice
24 S
Vienna
21 S
Warsaw
Washington 23 B
27 F
Zurich
ney
Orkney
Calm
15
18
24 R
26 F
31 F
17 S
39 F
29 S
31 B
30 F
27 F
29 B
26 F
24 F
30 B
23 S
29 F
20 S
23 F
19 C
33 F
27 R
11 B
14 S
24 S
20 S
28 B
32 B
42 F
13 S
23 B
33 F
27 S
26 F
23 S
23 F
18 C
30 S
28 S
29 S
30 F
19 F
30 S
26 S
26 S
17 DU
21 B
23 M
38 F
e st te
(mph)
16
The world
Alicante
Amsterdam
Athens
Auckland
Bahrain
Bangkok
Barbados
Barcelona
Beijing
Beirut
Belgrade
Berlin
Bermuda
Bordeaux
Brussels
Bucharest
Budapest
Buenos Aires
Cairo
Calcutta
Canberra
Cape Town
Chicago
Copenhagen
Corfu
Delhi
Dubai
Dublin
Faro
Florence
Frankfurt
Geneva
Gibraltar
Harare
Helsinki
Hong Kong
Honolulu
Istanbul
Jerusalem
Johannesburg
Kuala Lumpur
Lanzarote
Las Palmas
Lima
Lisbon
Los Angeles
Luxor
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afternoon. Feeling noticea
noticeably fresher
than the past few days. Winds light
to moderate northwesterly. Maximum
17C (63F), minimum 8C (46F).
NW Eng, Cen N Eng, E Eng, NE Eng,
Lake District, SW Scotland, Borders,
Glasgow: A dry and sunny start to
the day, increasing cloud with the
chance of a few showers into the
afternoon. Winds will be light west to
northwesterly. Maximum 17C (63F),
minimum 7C (45F).
NW Scotland, Argyll, Cen Highlands,
28
Moray, NE Scotland, N Ireland,
N Isles: A mixture of sunny spells
and occasional cloud, bringing a
few scattered heavy and possibly
thundery showers. Light to moderate
southwesterly winds. Maximum
15C (59F), minimum 6C (43F).
Edinburgh & Dundee, Firth, Aberdeen:
Plenty of sunny spells to start the
day, cloud will build into the afternoon
bringing frequent heavy showers.
Light southwesterly winds. Maximum
17C (63F), minimum 7C (45F).
Noon today
Tidal predictions.
Heights in metres
17
22
20
Monday
Rain or showers, possibly heavy and
thundery, may impact southern and
central Englan El
there will
be a mixtur
h n nd scattere
showers.
Max 22C, n
16
18
20
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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
08:21
00:52
05:49
00:41
11:59
05:48
06:44
11:44
06:32
06:02
04:56
00:19
09:39
05:34
08:05
04:12
00:16
05:47
05:21
11:50
12:34
11:28
05:55
05:40
04:40
00:13
10:39
00:16
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3.4
10.1
3.0
9.4
4.4
5.4
3.3
4.1
3.0
3.4
4.4
5.9
4.4
7.3
5.9
2.2
5.3
7.2
5.1
5.2
2.9
4.3
3.8
4.8
3.5
7.3
4.3
1.4
20:52
13:21
18:21
13:11
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19:13
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18:32
17:36
12:39
22:00
18:10
20:36
16:45
12:52
18:25
17:51
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18:11
17:09
12:43
23:07
12:40
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3.4
9.8
3.0
9.1
-5.4
3.3
-2.9
3.3
4.4
5.8
4.4
7.2
5.8
2.2
5.1
7.1
5.1
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4.8
3.6
7.1
4.2
1.4
Cold front
Warm front
Occluded front
Trough
Synoptic situation
A weak cold front will move
southeast across the country
during the day, associated
with an area of low pressure
centred over the Low Countries,
bringing rain to southern parts
of the UK. This low pressure
system will then move east
away from the UK, after which
a ridge of high pressure will
begin to develop across the
country.
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: Frittenden,
Kent, 28.9C
Coldest: Cairngorm, 2.0C
Wettest: Bridgefoot, 11.0mm
Sunniest: Shobdon,
Herefordshire, 12.4hrs*
Sun and moon
For Greenwich
Sun rises: 06.10
Sun sets: 19.51
Moon rises: 15.27
Moon sets: 00.21
Full moon: September 6
20:41-05:38
20:50-05:59
20:30-05:47
20:33-05:54
20:33-05:57
20:46-05:50
20:36-05:50
20:21-05:42
20:33-05:47
20:34-05:41
20:17-05:34
20:40-06:06
20:30-05:44
T
he flooding catastrophe
in Texas seems unreal.
Houston, the fourth-largest
city in the US, has become
an inland sea swamped by
rains of biblical proportions. This is
rainfall measured in feet rather
than inches, with more to come.
Rainfall from a hurricane on such
a scale has not been recorded
before in the US.
Harvey is a highly unusual storm.
Hurricanes that hit a coast usually
begin to decay as they pass inland
and lose their energy and moisture
from the sea. However, Harvey
has been meandering around the
Texas coast at a crawl, sucking
in a rich supply of warm tropical
moisture from the sea. When the
storm edged back into the Gulf of
Mexico on Monday it became
reinvigorated. It is difficult to
imagine a worse scenario.
Harvey had exploded into life at
an astonishing rate just before it
struck the Texas coast last Friday,
turning from a weak tropical
depression into a violent Category 4
hurricane with 130mph winds in
about 48 hours.
Such a powerful storm raises the
question whether climate change
is behind it. Of course, there
have been many other disastrous
hurricanes throughout history ?
Galveston, on the Texas coast, was
virtually obliterated by a hurricane
in 1900 when about 10,000 people
died. Blaming any one storm on
climate change in recent times is
difficult. Yet much of Harvey?s
power has been fuelled by unusually
warm seas of about 30C in the
Gulf of Mexico. The warm waters
extended deep into the ocean,
providing a huge reservoir of heat
for the storm to draw on, even when
the hurricane churned up the sea
with its winds.
Apart from hurricanes, intense
rainfall events in general have
become more likely because of a
warmer planet. Warmer air holds
more water and makes more rain
? and Houston has had a 167 per
cent increase in the number of
heavy downpours of rain since the
1950s. That fits the predictions of
climate change.
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Sport
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Browne boosts
Essex and hopes
of England call
with the pugnacious Adam Wheater
may yet prove crucial in the context of
In the continual search for a regular this match, for a very dry pitch should
opening partner for Alastair Cook in make batting against Simon Harmer a
the England side, one consistent real challenge in the final innings.
performer has been overlooked
Crucially,
Somerset
dropped
(Geoffrey Dean writes).
Wheater on 14, James Hildreth missing
Nick Browne, Cook?s fellow opener the chance at second slip off Paul van
when he plays for Essex, made an Meekeren. Had he accepted it, Essex
important unbeaten 66 to seize the would have been a wobbly 70 for four.
initiative in the match against Somerset
Somerset would have been hoping
at Chelmsford and move within
for a bigger lead when they
36 runs of 1,000 in all first-class
resumed on 118 for five. Those
cricket this season.
chances were dashed with
But for a heavy shower
the second and sixth balls
just before 5pm, which
of the day when Mohamprevented any further
mad Amir swung them
Liam Livingstone?s
play, Browne, 26, may
appreciably to find Jack
career-best score for
well have reached the
Leach?s edge and uproot
Lancashire ? 15 more
milestone
yesterday.
Craig Overton?s middle
than Warwickshire
When he does, it will be the
stump. A back spasm
managed in their
third successive year he has
restricted the Pakistan fast
first innings
managed it, albeit for the first
bowler to just one further over
time while playing in Division One.
and it is unsure whether he will bowl in
Having top-scored in the first innings, the second innings.
he eked out a 128-ball fifty to frustrate
Ben Foakes (73) and Jason Roy (79)
Somerset after they had taken a batted skillfully under pressure to
small first-innings lead and then demonstrate why they must be in
reduced Essex to 39 for three in their England?s thinking for Ashes tour
second innings.
places this winter. Coming together
Like Cook, Browne is left-handed with Surrey labouring at 106 for four in
and his unbroken stand of 78 in 32 overs reply to Middlesex?s 247, they added 125
Grainger meets
sports that have
had funding cut
Olympic funding
Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter
Specsavers County Championship
215*
Wednesday August 30 2017 | the times
Essex opener Browne hits into the off side yesterday on his way to 66 not out
in a style beyond any other batsmen in
a finely-balanced derby.
Northamptonshire face a humiliating defeat against Nottinghamshire,
the Division Two leaders, at Trent
Bridge after being on the receiving end
of an onslaught from the bat of Riki
Wessels.
Fearing he would be stranded after
28 wickets had fallen in the first four
and a half sessions, Wessels went from
34 to an unbeaten 107 in 27 balls,
smashing Richard Gleeson?s final two
overs for 34 despite a ring of fielders
spread far out in the deep.
A ball later, bad light halted play like
a referee halting a boxing bout, but the
unbroken ninth-wicket stand had
added 90 (Jake Ball?s contribution 10)
and a chastening day for the visiting
side was complete, with Nottinghamshire?s lead having stretched to 389.
Paul Collingwood, 127 not out overnight, was finally dismissed for 177, his
best score at Emirates Riverside, as
Durham took complete control of their
match against Derbyshire. Collingwood, 41, made his third-highest
championship score off 228 balls.
6 Australia began the fourth day of the
first Test in Dhaka this morning on 109
for two, needing another 156 runs to
beat Bangladesh in the first Test, with
David Warner resuming on 75. Nathan
Lyon, the off spinner, took six for 82 to
dismiss Bangladesh for a modest 221 in
their second innings and give Australia
a scent of victory.
Dame Katherine Grainger will meet
the 11 sports that are losing all Olympic
and Paralympic funding today but UK
Sport?s new head admits that she will be
unable to promise them any money.
The 11 are campaigning for every
sport to be given a base level of funding
with extra money allocated depending
on medal potential. Grainger, the
former Olympic rower, told The Times:
?I wanted to meet them all so that they
feel that they will be listened to, and I
want to hear first-hand about their
thinking and if, looking forward,
anything can be done that is different.
?Now the current policy is in play
and decisions have been made
funding-wise so I cannot promise
massive changes in that sense.?
Archery,
badminton,
baseball/
softball, basketball, fencing, handball,
volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling,
wheelchair rugby and table tennis were
left without funding when UK Sport
announced its �5 million plan for the
Tokyo 2020 Games last December.
Grainger was present at the weekend
to see Chris and Gabby Adcock win
a world championship badminton
bronze. ?This is the first time that,
because of having less money, we will
have some sports that have the
potential of medalling that won?t have
funding,? Grainger said. ?No one enjoys
the funding cuts but it?s realistic of
where the finances are at the moment.?
Results and scoreboards
Football
EFL Checkatrade Trophy: North: Group A:
Fleetwood 3 Leicester City U23 0; Morecambe 0
Carlisle 2. Group B: Blackpool 1 Wigan 1 (Wigan
win 5-4 on pens). Group C: Blackburn 1 Stoke
City U23 0. Group D: Crewe 1 Newcastle U23 2;
Oldham 0 Port Vale 1. Group E: Coventry 2
Shrewsbury 3. Group F: Chesterfield 2 Bradford
4. Group G: Mansfield 1 Lincoln 3. Group H:
Grimsby 1 Doncaster 1 (Doncaster win 4-3 on
pens); Scunthorpe 3 Sunderland U23 1. South:
Group A: Crawley 0 Charlton 2. Group B:
Colchester 2 Reading U23 2 (Colchester win 6-5
on pens); Gillingham 2 Southend 1. Group C:
Wycombe 1 Bristol Rovers 5. Group D: Exeter 1
Yeovil 3. Group E: Forest Green 2 Newport 0.
Group F: Barnet 3 AFC Wimbledon 4. Group G:
MK Dons 2 Brighton U23 0; Stevenage 2 Oxford
6. Group H: Northampton 1 Cambridge 1
(Northampton win 5-4 on pens); Peterborough
2 Southampton U23 0.
Scottish Challenge Cup: Round of 16: Ayr Utd 1
Montrose 1 (Montrose win 6-5 on pens).
Cricket
First Test: Bangladesh v Australia
Mirpur (third day of five): Australia, with eight
second innings wickets remaining, need 155
runs to beat Bangladesh
Bangladesh: First Innings 260 (Shakib Al Hasan
84; Tamim Iqbal 71)
Second Innings
Tamim Iqbal c Wade b Cummins
78
Taijul Islam lbw b Lyon
4
Imrul Kayes c Warner b Lyon
2
*?Mushfiqur Rahim run out
41
Shakib Al Hasan c Cummins b Lyon
5
Sabbir Rahman c Handscomb b Lyon
22
Nasir Hossain c Wade b Agar
0
Mehedi Hasan c Khawaja b Lyon
26
Shaiful Islam c Handscomb b Lyon
9
Mustafizur Rahman not out
0
Extras (b 15, lb 3, w 1)
19
Total (79.3 overs)
221
Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-61, 3-67, 4-135, 5-143,
6-186, 7-186, 8-186, 9-214.
Bowling: Hazlewood 4.1-2-3-0; Cummins
14-3-38-1; Lyon 34.3-10-82-6; Maxwell
5-0-24-0; Agar 20.5-2-55-2; Khawaja 1-0-1-0.
Australia: First Innings 217 (Shakib Al Hasan
5 for 68)
Second Innings
D A Warner not out
75
M T Renshaw lbw b Mehedi
5
U T Khawaja c T Islam b Shakib
1
*S P D Smith not out
25
Extras (b 3)
3
Total (2 wkts, 30 overs)
109
Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-28.
Bowling: Mehedi 14-2-51-1; Hossain 3-2-2-0;
Shakib 8-2-28-1; T Islam 4-0-17-0; Mustafizur
1-0-8-0.
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and N J Llong
(England).
Specsavers County Championship
Division One
Essex v Somerset
Chelmsford (second day of four): Essex, with
seven second-inings wickets in hand, are 112
runs ahead of Somerset
Essex: First Innings 159 (C Overton 4 for 40)
Second Innings
V Chopra lbw b Overton
1
N L J Browne not out
66
D W Lawrence lbw b Overton
0
R S Bopara st Davies b Leach
9
A J A Wheater not out
36
Extras (b 1, lb 2, nb 2)
5
Total (3 wkts, 52.3 overs)
117
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-8, 3-39.
Bowling: Overton 13-6-28-2; van Meekeren
10.3-5-29-0; Groenewald 10-3-25-0; Leach
13-4-22-1; Bess 6-3-10-0.
Somerset: First Innings (overnight 118-5)
?S M Davies c Foster b Porter
15
M J Leach c Foster b Amir
8
C Overton b Amir
0
D M Bess not out
22
T D Groenewald c Foster b Harmer
11
P A van Meekeren c Wheater b Harmer
0
Extras (lb 4, w 6, nb 6)
16
Total (64 overs)
164
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-10, 3-20, 4-98, 5-101,
6-118, 7-118, 8-133, 9-164.
Bowling: Porter 17-4-40-5; Amir 12-4-22-2;
Harmer 22-10-42-2; Bopara 5-0-25-1; Walter
8-1-31-0.
Umpires: N A Mallender and M Burns.
Lancashire v Warwickshire
Emirates Old Trafford (second day of four):
Lancashire, with four first-innings wickets in
hand, are 284 runs ahead of Warwickshire
Warwickshire: First Innings 200 (K M Jarvis
6 for 67; R McLaren 4 for 45)
Lancashire: First Innings (overnight 112-3)
L S Livingstone not out
215
S D Parry c Lamb b Patel
43
S Chanderpaul c Patel b Wright
95
J C Buttler c Sibley b Umeed
49
*R McLaren not out
13
Extras (b 12, lb 12, nb 4)
28
Total (6 wkts, 122 overs)
484
J Clark, K M Jarvis and M W Parkinson to bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-44, 3-80, 4-165, 5-376,
6-458.
Bowling: Barker 27-5-80-0; Stone 17-3-70-1;
Sidebottom 16-4-60-1; Wright 24-2-83-2; Patel
31-2-131-1; Sibley 2-0-17-0; Umeed 5-0-19-1.
Umpires: D J Millns and R J Evans.
Surrey v Middlesex
Kia Oval (second day of four): Middlesex, with
ten second-innings wickets in hand, are 18 runs
behind Surrey
Middlesex: First Innings 247 (S D Robson 57)
Second Innings
N R D Compton not out
6
S D Robson not out
9
Total (no wkt, 6 overs)
15
Bowling: Curran 3-0-9-0; Clarke 3-1-6-0.
Surrey: First Innings (overnight 26-2)
S C Meaker c Simpson b Finn
42
S G Borthwick c Simpson b Finn
24
J J Roy c Roland-Jones b Voges
79
?B T Foakes lbw b Franklin
73
O J D Pope lbw b Murtagh
25
S M Curran c Rayner b Murtagh
4
R Clarke c Finn b Roland-Jones
1
*G J Batty not out
0
A Virdi b Roland-Jones
1
Extras (lb 2, w 1, nb 6)
9
Total (87.4 overs)
280
Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-26, 3-89, 4-106, 5-231,
6-257, 7-266, 8-279, 9-279.
Bowling: Murtagh 20-3-51-2; Roland-Jones
22.4-6-66-4; Rayner 20-8-41-0; Finn 15-0-82-2;
Franklin 7-1-23-1; Voges 3-0-15-1.
Umpires: M A Gough and P K Baldwin.
Division Two
Durham v Derbyshire
Emirates Riverside (second day of four):
Derbyshire are 316 runs behind Durham
Durham: First Innings (overnight 376-7)
*P D Collingwood c Tahir b Viljoen
177
M J Potts not out
53
C Rushworth b Tahir
0
Extras (b 8, lb 26, w 1)
35
Total (9 wkts dec, 120.4 overs)
480
G Onions did not bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-68, 3-94, 4-147, 5-195,
6-217, 7-347, 8-479, 9-480.
Bowling: Viljoen 33-7-130-5; Podmore 24-4-85-0;
Palladino 20-1-92-2; Reece 14-3-42-1; Tahir
27.4-4-87-1; Hughes 2-0-10-0.
Derbyshire: First Innings
B T Slater c Latham b Onions
29
L M Reece c Richardson b Onions
6
*B A Godleman b Rushworth
2
W L Madsen b Coughlin
5
A L Hughes lbw b Jennings
47
M J J Critchley lbw b Rushworth
12
?H R Hosein c Richardson b Jennings
12
A P Palladino c Latham b Onions
4
H W Podmore c Collingwood b Rushworth 5
G C Viljoen c Richardson b Onions
2
Imran Tahir not out
18
Extras (b 9, lb 8, w 1, nb 4)
22
Total (64.3 overs)
164
Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-32, 3-41, 4-74, 5-97,
6-118, 7-129, 8-129, 9-140.
Bowling: Rushworth 17.3-5-35-3; Onions
21-5-44-4; Coughlin 4-1-14-1; Potts 13-4-41-0;
Jennings 9-3-13-2.
Umpires: N L Bainton and R J Bailey.
Glamorgan v Sussex
Colwyn Bay (second day of four): Glamorgan,
with four second-innings wickets in hand, are
152 runs ahead of Sussex
Glamorgan: First Innings 294 (C A J Meschede
87; N J Selman 58; O E Robinson 4 for 46)
Second Innings
N J Selman b Robinson
15
A O Morgan c Jordan b Robinson
17
J R Murphy c Brown b Jordan
27
A H T Donald c Robson b Jordan
5
K S Carlson c Brown b Robinson
5
A G Salter c Brown b Archer
13
C A J Meschede not out
19
?T N Cullen not out
11
Extras (lb 9, w 1, nb 4)
14
Total (6 wkts, 42 overs)
126
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-69, 3-71, 4-76, 5-90, 6-104.
Bowling: Archer 13-0-42-1; Robinson 15-3-29-3;
Jordan 11-2-39-2; Wiese 3-1-7-0.
Sussex: First Innings (overnight 79-3)
A J Robson b Smith
44
C D Nash c Donald b Meschede
42
L J Wright b Smith
5
*?B C Brown b Meschede
77
C J Jordan b Carey
10
D Wiese c Cullen b Hogan
12
O E Robinson c Carey b Meschede
15
J C Archer not out
27
Extras (lb 3, w 1, nb 2)
6
Total (59.5 overs)
268
Fall of wickets: 1-50, 2-57, 3-74, 4-81, 5-109,
6-139, 7-158, 8-189, 9-225.
Bowling: Carey 14-1-68-2; Hogan 12-1-72-1;
Meschede 17.5-3-61-4; Smith 16-0-64-3.
Umpires: R T Robinson and G D Lloyd.
Kent v Leicestershire
Canterbury (second day of four): Kent, with one
first-innings wicket in hand, are 37 runs behind
Leicestershire
Leicestershire: First Innings (overnight 326-9)
?L J Hill not out
85
C F Parkinson c Coles b Stevens
75
Extras (b 2, lb 1, nb 12)
15
Total (101.4 overs)
350
Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-35, 3-36, 4-83, 5-88,
6-155, 7-163, 8-174, 9-228.
Bowling: Milne 29-8-103-1; Stevens 25.4-8-75-8;
Coles 22-4-79-0; Claydon 16-1-69-0; Qayyum
9-0-21-1.
Kent: First Innings
D J Bell-Drummond c Eckersley b Dexter 17
S R Dickson c Eckersley b Raine
19
J L Denly c Hill b Raine
21
*S A Northeast lbw b Dexter
97
?S W Billings lbw b Dexter
16
Z Crawley lbw b Dexter
1
D I Stevens lbw b Pillans
46
M T Coles c Hill b Parkinson
37
A F Milne not out
20
M E Claydon c Raine b Dexter
8
I Qayyum not out
22
Extras (lb 7nb 2)
9
Total (9 wkts, 87 overs)
313
Fall of wickets: 1-34, 2-40, 3-79, 4-109, 5-113,
6-193, 7-242, 8-277, 9-287.
Bowling: McKay 16-3-42-0; Raine 19-2-67-2;
Dexter 20-7-76-5; Pillans 15-2-62-1; Parkinson
17-3-59-1.
Umpires: M J Saggers and R J Warren.
Nottinghamshire v
Northamptonshire
Trent Bridge (second day of four):
Nottinghamshire, with two second-innings
wickets in hand, are 389 runs ahead of
Northamptonshire
Nottinghamshire: First Innings 213 (M H
Wessels 69; M Azharullah 5 for 63)
Second Innings
S J Mullaney b Kleinveldt
28
J D Libby c Kleinveldt b Azharullah
2
C A Pujara lbw b Azharullah
34
S R Patel b Kleinveldt
64
A D Hales b Kleinveldt
25
M H Wessels not out
107
*?C M W Read c Levi b Gleeson
2
B A Hutton c Murphy b Gleeson
13
L Wood b Gleeson
1
J T Ball not out
10
Extras (b 15, lb 7, w 1, nb 8)
31
Total (8 wkts, 64 overs)
317
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-62, 3-144, 4-176, 5-176,
6-195, 7-221, 8-227.
Bowling: Gleeson 18-1-107-3; Sanderson
7.5-1-28-0; Azharullah 17-2-69-2; Kleinveldt
19.1-4-81-3; Keogh 2-0-10-0.
Northamptonshire: First Innings 141
Umpires: J W Lloyds and S J O?Shaughnessy.
Worcestershire v Gloucestershire
Worcester (second day of four): Worcestershire,
with ten second-innings wickets in hand, are 115
runs ahead of Gloucestershire
Worcestershire: First Innings (overnight 338-7)
?O B Cox b Norwell
61
*J Leach b Miles
17
J C Tongue not out
0
P R Brown c Roderick b Norwell
3
Extras (b 2, lb 6, w 2, nb 2)
12
Total (102.4 overs)
363
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-82, 3-143, 4-186, 5-206,
6-252, 7-338, 8-360, 9-360.
Bowling: Norwell 15-2-54-4; Noema-Barnett
20.4-5-80-1; Miles 16-1-81-1; Smith 31-6-82-3;
Taylor 20-3-58-0.
Second Innings
D K H Mitchell not out
5
B L D?Oliveira not out
4
Extras (w 1)
1
Total (no wkt, 5 overs)
10
Bowling: Norwell 3-0-6-0; Miles 2-1-4-0.
Gloucestershire: First Innings
C T Bancroft b Barnard
33
C D J Dent c Clarke b Tongue
22
W A Tavare c and b Barnard
9
?G H Roderick c and b Ashwin
9
G T Hankins b Barnard
4
*P Mustard run out
29
J M R Taylor not out
101
K Noema-Barnett lbw b Ashwin
15
T M J Smith lbw b Rhodes
8
C N Miles c Barnard b Ashwin
7
L C Norwell b Barnard
0
Extras (b 11, lb 8, nb 2)
21
Total (75.3 overs)
258
Fall of wickets: 1-38, 2-70, 3-73, 4-79, 5-93,
6-171, 7-206, 8-225, 9-255.
Bowling: Leach 9-1-36-0; Tongue 7-1-22-1;
Ashwin 29-1-94-3; Barnard 13.3-4-23-4;
D?Oliveira 5-0-27-0; Rhodes 12-2-37-1.
Umpires: P J Hartley and A G Wharf.
Cycling
La Vuelta: Stage 10 (Caravaca to Alhama de
Murcia, 164.8km): 1, M Trentin (It, Quick-Step
Floors) 3hr 34min 56sec; 2, J J Rojas (Sp,
Movistar) at 1sec behind; 3, J R Garcia (Sp,
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA) at +0:19. Selected:
19, A Yates (GB, Orica-Scott) at +4:32; 24,
C Froome (GB, Team Sky) at same time.
Leading general classification: 1, Froome 40hr
12min 44sec; 2, J E Chaves Rubio (Col, OricaScott) at +0:36; 3, N Roche (Ire, BMC Racing)
at same time; 4, V Nibali (It, Bahrain-Merida)
at +1:17. Selected: 9, Yates at +1:55.
Tennis
US Open: Flushing Meadows, New York
First round (seeds in brackets): Singles: Men:
(1) R Nadal (Sp) bt D Lajovic (Serbia) 7-6, 6-2,
6-2; (17) S Querrey (US) bt G Simon (Fr) 6-4,
6-3, 6-4; J Thompson (Aus) bt (13) J Sock (US)
6-2, 7-6 (14-12), 1-6, 5-7, 6-4; (4) A Zverev
(Ger) bt D King (Barbados) 7-6 (11-9), 7-5,
6-4. Women: (5) C Wozniacki (Den) bt M
Buzarnescu (Rom) 6-1, 7-5; M Sharapova
(Russ) bt (2) S Halep (Rom) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3;
S Cirstea (Rom) bt L Kerkhove (Neth) 6-1, 6-3;
Y Wickmayer (Bel) bt (28) L Tsurenko (Ukr) 6-3,
6-1; (1) Karolina Pliskova (Cz) bt M Linette
(Pol) 6-2, 6-1; (23) B Strycova (Cz) bt M Doi
(Japan) 6-1, 6-3; N Osaka (Japan) bt (6)
A Kerber (Ger) 6-3,6-1; Peng Shuai (China) bt
A Hesse (Fr) 6-4, 6-1; C Su醨ez Navarro (Sp) bt
I Soylu (Tun) 6-4, 6-2.
Cricket fixtures
Specsavers County Championship (third day of
four, 11.0, 96 overs minimum): Division One:
Chelmsford: Essex v Somerset. Emirates Old
Trafford: Lancashire v Warwickshire. Kia Oval:
Surrey v Middlesex. Division Two: Emirates
Riverside: Durham v Derbyshire. Colwyn Bay:
Glamorgan v Sussex. Canterbury: Kent v
Leicestershire. Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire v
Northamptonshire. Worcester: Worcestershire
v Gloucestershire.
the times | Wednesday August 30 2017
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1GM
Racing Sport
5.20
Catterick
Thunderer
1.50 Cool Spirit
3.50 Searanger
2.20 Nuns Walk
4.20 State Residence
2.50 Italian Riviera
4.50 Je Suis Charlie
3.20 Lagenda (nb)
5.20 Penny Dreadful
Going: good (good to firm in places)
Draw: no advantage
Racing UK
1.50
Novice Auction Stakes
(2-Y-O: �911: 5f) (10)
33 COOL SPIRIT 20 (BF) J Given 9-2
Joe Doyle
1 (6)
0 FEEBS 10 M W Easterby 9-2
R Timby (7)
2 (8)
G Lee
3 (10) 006 FURNI FACTORS 84 R Thompson 9-2
00 THE AULD HOOSE 20 R Fahey 9-2
P Hanagan
4 (1)
6 CAT BALLOU 13 D O'Meara 8-11
Sam James
5 (9)
0 COOL BABY 42 R Cowell 8-11
J Fisher (7)
6 (7)
Paula Muir (7)
7 (4) 000 FRENCH SILK 28 C Fairhurst 8-11
45 GHOST 14 J J Quinn 8-11
J Hart
8 (3)
05 LADY SANDY 37 T D Barron 8-11
B A Curtis
9 (5)
PACO ESCOSTAR P Midgley 8-11
C Hardie
10 (2)
1-2 Cool Spirit, 6-1 Ghost, 8-1 Cat Ballou, 9-1 The Auld Hoose, 10-1 Lady
Sandy, 14-1 Furni Factors, 20-1 Cool Baby, 33-1 others.
Thunderer?s choice: Cool Spirit has much the strongest
form of these to date
Dangers: Ghost, Cool Baby
2.20
Maiden Fillies? Stakes
1 (1) 6/000 TIME CONTINUUM 2 E Alston 5-9-5
2 (2) -5246 EPONINA 61 B Haslam 3-9-0
3 (5) 2-60 FAIRY LIGHTS 110 R Varian 3-9-0
LA SIOUX R Fahey 3-9-0
4 (4)
20 NUNS WALK 11 T Easterby 3-9-0
5 (3)
2-1 La Sioux, 9-4 Nuns Walk, 5-2 Eponina, 5-1 Fairy Lights.
Doubtful
G Lee
A Atzeni
J Garritty
D Allan
Thunderer: Nuns Walk has shown enough in two starts to
suggest she can take this weak race Danger: La Sioux
2.50
Handicap (�911: 1m 7f 189y) (6)
G Lee
1 (4) 0-536 BULAS BELLE 13 (CD) G Tuer 7-10-4
2 (5) 56320 INGLEBY HOLLOW 10 (P,D,BF) D O'Meara 5-10-0
D Tudhope
A Mullen
3 (6) 01-24 ITALIAN RIVIERA 22 (H,CD) K Slack 8-9-8
Kevin Stott
4 (2) 40303 CAVALIERI 19 (T,P,C,D) P Kirby 7-9-5
5 (3) 21202 QUESTION OF FAITH 18 (D) M Todhunter 6-9-3 P Hanagan
P McDonald
6 (1) -6606 PENNERLEY 9 M D Hammond 4-8-12
9-4 Question Of Faith, 4-1 Bulas Belle, Italian Riviera, 9-2 others.
Thunderer: Italian Riviera ran a big race in similar
conditions at Thirsk last month Danger: Question Of Faith
3.20
Handicap (�822: 7f 6y) (12)
1 (10) 01000 MICHELE STROGOFF 2 (B,D) Tony Coyle 4-10-0 B A Curtis
2 (2) 63513 MAGICAL EFFECT 11 (BF) Mrs R Carr 5-9-13 J Sullivan
3 (6) 60130 SHOURANOUR 11 (B,CD) Alan Brown 7-9-12
Josh Doyle (3)
P McDonald
4 (9) 1415- JACQUARD 357 (C) M Johnston 3-9-9
B McHugh
5 (1) 6-100 ADAM'S ALE 18 (E) Mrs M Fife 8-9-9
G Lee
6 (3) 52536 JOHNNY CAVAGIN 11 (T,CD) R Thompson 8-9-6
Kevin Stott
7 (5) 43606 LAGENDA 26 (B,D) K A Ryan 4-9-6
T Hamilton
8 (11) 35441 TADAAWOL 22 (P,CD) R G Fell 4-9-5
P Hanagan
9 (4) 10023 BAHAMIAN BIRD 22 (CD) R Fahey 4-9-4
D Allan
10 (8) 00540 SAKHEE'S RETURN 25 (T,D) T Easterby 5-9-2
D Tudhope
11(12) -0002 ACRUX 11 (H) D O'Meara 4-9-1
46103
MAUREB
19
(P,D)
Tony
Coyle
5-8-7
D
Fentiman
12 (7)
4-1 Acrux, 6-1 Bahamian Bird, 13-2 Tadaawol, 7-1 Jacquard, Johnny Cavagin,
Magical Effect, 8-1 Shouranour, 9-1 Maureb, 12-1 Lagenda, 20-1 others.
Thunderer: Lagenda falls to a tempting mark after racing
too keenly at Newmarket Dangers: Magical Effect, Acrux
3.50
Thunderer: Searanger has run consistently this year,
winning twice here already
Danger: Melaniemillie
Handicap (�264: 5f 212y) (9)
C Lee (3)
1 (8) 43450 WILLBEME 34 (T,P,D) S West 9-9-9
C Hardie
2 (1) 00062 BOP IT 9 (T,B,D) M W Easterby 8-9-7
J Hart
3 (5) 00002 SPIRIT OF ZEBEDEE 15 (P,CD) J J Quinn 4-9-4
4 (9) 04531 STATE RESIDENCE 4 (T,V,D) D O'Meara 3-9-1 D Tudhope
5 (2) 65030 BOLD SPIRIT 3 (T,CD) Declan Carroll 6-8-13 Phil Dennis (3)
6 (3) 50666 MALAYSIAN BOLEH 34 (V,D) Phil McEntee 7-8-11P McDonald
D Allan
7 (7) 0-000 LE LAITIER 28 (V,D) S Dixon 6-8-11
P Hanagan
8 (4) 05660 SIX OF THE BEST 15 B Smart 5-8-7
03563
POET'S
TIME
23
T
Easterby
3-8-4
A
Mullen
9 (6)
2-1 Bop It, 3-1 State Residence, 5-1 Spirit Of Zebedee, 6-1 Poet's Time,
14-1 Bold Spirit, Malaysian Boleh, Six Of The Best, Willbeme, 25-1 Le Laitiero.
Thunderer: State Residence won well on his first try at
this trip, at Redcar on Saturday
Danger: Bop it
4.50
Thunderer
5.55 Cosmopolitan Queen 7.55 Pivoine
6.25 Mudallel
8.25 Nadaitak
6.55 Ristretto
8.55 Zilza
7.25 Miss Liguria
Going: standard to slow
Racing UK
Draw: 5f-1m, low numbers best
Fillies? Novice Stakes
(2-Y-O: �235: 1m) (11)
31 VOICEMAIL 16 (D) J Tate 9-4
M Harley
1 (8)
0 CASIMA 25 (H) Clive Cox 9-0
S Hitchcott
2 (4)
3 (2) 02052 COSMOPOLITAN QUEEN 15 (BF) D Elsworth 9-0 D O'Neill
DEPENDABLE C Hills 9-0
D Probert
4 (3)
00 FILLY MIGNON 9 B Powell 9-0
Fran Berry
5 (10)
GATTAIA R Beckett 9-0
P Dobbs
6 (11)
43 HARMONICA 18 Sir M Prescott 9-0
L Morris
7 (9)
IMMINENT APPROACH J Tate 9-0
O Murphy
8 (5)
00 LUCKY RESET 14 P D Evans 9-0
R Tart
9 (1)
05 MAHAARAT 33 Sir M Stoute 9-0
J Crowley
10 (6)
SPEED CRAFT (P) J Eustace 9-0
R Tate
11 (7)
11-4 Cosmopolitan Queen, 4-1 Voicemail, 9-2 Harmonica, Mahaarat, 10-1 others.
6.25
Handicap (3-Y-O: �175: 1m) (9)
J Crowley
1 (7) -1010 SALUTI 20 Mrs A Perrett 9-8
J Duern (3)
2 (8) 00213 BADENSCOTH 27 (CD) D Ivory 9-7
J P Spencer
3 (9) 10424 ESPRIT DE CORPS 25 R Charlton 9-6
James Doyle
4 (5) 54441 MUDALLEL 14 (CD) E Dunlop 9-4
L Morris
5 (6) 0-600 QUEENSBRYDGE 14 R Brisland 9-4
S Donohoe
6 (2) 00-02 HIGH ON LOVE 44 C Fellowes 9-4
S Levey
7 (4) 52436 STERLING SILVA 18 (P) R Hannon 9-3
8 (3) 32064 VENTURA BLUES 26 (P,C) R Hannon 9-3 Rossa Ryan (7)
P Cosgrave
9 (1) 011- UNDER CONTROL 335 (D) W Haggas 9-2
3-1 Mudallel, 9-2 Under Control, 5-1 Esprit De Corps, 6-1 others.
6.55
Maiden Fillies? Stakes
(�235: 7f) (8)
Rossa Ryan (7)
1 (8) 000 OUR RUTH 23 J Fox 4-9-5
36 DELEYLA 76 R Varian 3-9-0
H Bentley
2 (3)
DIAGNOSTIC W Haggas 3-9-0
P Cosgrave
3 (7)
2524
EUQRANIAN
26
(H)
J
Noseda
3-9-0
J
P
Spencer
4 (1)
54 MOOROVERTHEBRIDGE 17 G Harris 3-9-0
L Morris
5 (4)
5 RISTRETTO 46 R Beckett 3-9-0
P Dobbs
6 (2)
00 STEADY 8 D Skelton 3-9-0
T Whelan
7 (6)
WASTED SUNSETS (T) J Berry 3-9-0
M Harley
8 (5)
6-4 Euqranian, 3-1 Ristretto, 4-1 Deleyla, Diagnostic, 20-1 others.
7.25
Fillies? Handicap
Handicap (3-Y-O: �469: 1m 4f 13y) (6)
L Steward
1 (6) 23205 JE SUIS CHARLIE 26 Michael Bell 9-7
D Tudhope
2 (5) 35310 FIRE LEOPARD 11 (H,D,BF) D O'Meara 9-5
J Hart
3 (4) 13560 VOSKI 21 (D) M Johnston 9-5
D Allan
4 (2) 20140 BREAKWATER BAY 23 (D) T Easterby 8-13
5 (1) 0-522 MAMBO DANCER 8 (BF) M Johnston 8-12 P McDonald
B A Curtis
6 (3) 0306 ZIHAAM 7 (P) R G Fell 8-9
11-8 Mambo Dancer, 7-2 Fire Leopard, 9-2 Je Suis Charlie, 7-1 others.
Thunderer: Je Suis Charlie should improve for a return to
this longer trip Dangers: Fire Leopard, Mambo Dancer
(7) 44000 AUNTIE BARBER 22 (T) S C Williams 4-10-2 O Murphy
Fran Berry
(3) 40-51 KERRERA 26 (D) P Webber 4-9-12
J P Spencer
(6) 0533 MISS LIGURIA 32 E Walker 3-9-5
(4) 002 RAINBOW RISING 18 D Menuisier 3-9-4
Didier Gengoul (3)
L Morris
5 (2) -4363 PACOFILHA 8 P Cole 3-9-4
6 (1) 0505/ ISLAND AUTHORITY 736 E Stanford 5-9-3 A Jones (3)
7 (5) 2403 TAPDANCEALLTHEWAY 26 Mrs A Perrett 3-9-2 S Drowne
M Dwyer
8 (8) 00650 MOONLIGHT SILVER 27 W Muir 3-8-7
7-4 Kerrera, 5-2 Miss Liguria, 6-1 Rainbow Rising, 8-1 others.
1
2
3
4
7.55
Handicap (3-Y-O: �175: 1m 3f) (7)
D Probert
1 (4) -1132 ATKINSON GRIMSHAW 18 A Balding 9-7
J P Spencer
2 (2) 0-410 TUFF ROCK 26 E Walker 9-6
T E Durcan
3 (5) 1-004 PIVOINE 26 (V,C) Sir M Stoute 9-3
1 EYES ON ASHA 180 K A Ryan 9-1
James Doyle
4 (3)
L Morris
5 (7) 31102 ARCTIC SEA 49 (C) P Cole 9-0
S De Sousa
6 (6) 40255 OUR BOY 6 P D Evans 8-12
R Winston
7 (1) 3-130 OUTCROP 37 (BF) H Morrison 8-12
13-8 Atkinson Grimshaw, 4-1 Pivoine, 5-1 Eyes On Asha, 7-1 others.
8.25
Handicap (3-Y-O: �175: 2m) (5)
J Crowley
1 (3) 23120 NADAITAK 24 (P) Sir M Stoute 9-7
S De Sousa
2 (5) 1-3 PERCY'S WORD 123 (C) S Crisford 9-6
3 (1) 25322 WATERVILLE DANCER 27 (BF) R Hughes 9-1 S W Kelly
O Murphy
4 (2) 4-605 LETHAL IMPACT 77 (P) D Simcock 8-12
Hollie Doyle (3)
5 (4) 53065 FIELDS OF FORTUNE 8 A King 8-3
7-4 Nadaitak, 11-4 Waterville Dancer, 4-1 Percy's Word, 5-1 others.
8.55
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9 (9) 10452 SEE YOU MUSH 22 (H,B,D,BF) Mrs I G'-Leveque 9-1
A Beschizza
R Winston
10 (1) 56434 QUEENS ROYALE 9 (P) M Appleby 8-12
C Bennett (3)
11(10) 05000 SILVER PENNY 7 (P,D) J Boyle 8-7
12 (4) 63640 STOPDWORLDNLETMEOF 6 D Flood 8-2 Hollie Doyle (3)
100-30 Canadian Royal, 9-2 See You Mush, 5-1 Queens Royale, 8-1 Inlawed,
10-1 Brother In Arms, Vote, 12-1 Grand Myla, 16-1 others.
Lingfield Park
Thunderer
1.40 Zanetto
3.40 Major Valentine
2.10 Gavota
4.10 Chunkyfunkymonkey
2.40 Teppal
4.40 Rock Icon
3.10 Rock On Bertie 5.10 Hermosa Vaquera
Going: good to firm (good in places)
Draw: no advantage
At The Races
1.40
Kempton Park
(�235: 1m 3f 219y) (8)
Handicap (�264: 5f 212y) (9)
1 (6) 66600 SALVATORE FURY 46 (P,C,D) K Dalgleish 7-9-12 G Lee
J Hart
2 (8) 30050 INDIAN PURSUIT 20 (CD) J J Quinn 4-9-11
P McDonald
3 (4) 45104 SEARANGER 9 (CD) R Menzies 4-9-7
4 (3) 62565 WINDFORPOWER 12 (P) Miss T Waggott 7-9-6 B A Curtis
D Fentiman
5 (1) 6-00 GINGER LOVE 70 B Smart 3-9-2
J Sullivan
6 (2) 40221 MELANIEMILLIE 22 (CD) Mrs R Carr 3-9-1
02220
DEBEN
12
(C)
J
Weymes
4-9-0
Phil
Dennis (3)
7 (9)
8 (7) 00640 LUKOUTOLDMAKEZEBAK 7 D Thompson 4-8-9 P Aspell
P Hanagan
9 (5) 0-500 NIFTY NIECE 82 (P) Mrs A Duffield 3-8-6
9-4 Melaniemillie, 7-2 Deben, Searanger, 5-1 Windforpower, 12-1 others.
4.20
Thunderer: Penny Dreadful has a good record at this track
and drops in class
Dangers: Wild Approach, Ebitda
5.55
(�911: 7f 6y) (5)
Handicap (�911: 5f) (12)
B A Curtis
1 (5) 01306 TAN 2 (H,T) Tony Coyle 3-9-10
2 (9) 42020 BRONZE BEAU 9 (T,P,CD) K Stubbs 10-9-10 T Hamilton
3 (7) 02644 FOXTROT KNIGHT 14 (CD) Mrs R Carr 5-9-9 J Sullivan
A Mullen
4 (3) 30315 MININGGOLD 23 (P,CD) M Dods 4-9-8
5 (12) 64320 LANDING NIGHT 9 (T,P,CD) R Menzies 5-9-7 P McDonald
6 (10) 64430 ORIENTAL SPLENDOUR 18 (D) Mrs R Carr 5-9-5 J Garritty
D Allan
7 (2) 40100 CROSSE FIRE 14 (V,D) S Dixon 5-9-5
8 (8) 00000 BAPAK ASMARA 16 (B,D) K A Ryan 5-9-3 Kevin Stott
D Tudhope
9 (11) 43332 WILD APPROACH 12 (H,D) R Cowell 3-9-3
10 (1) 21444 PENNY DREADFUL 44 (P,C,D) S Dixon 5-9-1 R P Walsh (7)
C Hardie
11 (4) 40034 CAESAR'S COMET 23 P Midgley 3-8-12
G Buckell (5)
12 (6) 64011 EBITDA 13 (D) S Dixon 3-8-11
3-1 Ebitda, 5-1 Wild Approach, 11-2 Mininggold, 8-1 Foxtrot Knight,
9-1 Bronze Beau, Penny Dreadful, 10-1 Caesar's Comet, 11-1 others.
Handicap (3-Y-O: �588: 6f) (12)
R Tate
(5) 306-0 VOTE 25 J Eustace 9-7
H Crouch (3)
(7) 65-40 GRAND MYLA 13 (B) G L Moore 9-6
L Morris
(11) 56605 RAPID RISE 12 J M Bradley 9-6
M Dwyer
(12) 55365 ZILZA 27 (T,B) C Allen 9-6
J P Spencer
(6) 30066 INLAWED 20 E Walker 9-4
O Murphy
(2) 64004 WHO TOLD JO JO 17 J Tuite 9-4
J Crowley
(3) 14600 BROTHER IN ARMS 35 (CD) A Carroll 9-3
M Harley
(8) -0263 CANADIAN ROYAL 8 (T) S C Williams 9-2
Selling Stakes (�264: 6f) (8)
L Morris
1 (2) 00000 DIVINE CALL 20 (P,D) J M Bradley 10-9-9
Jason Watson (7)
2 (3) 34060 HEAD SPACE 19 (D) B Barr 9-9-9
P Cosgrave
3 (8) 15-56 RED TROOPER 17 (H,BF) G Baker 4-9-9
O Murphy
4 (6) -1000 ZANETTO 42 (D) J J Quinn 7-9-9
David Egan (5)
5 (4) 00001 TIFL 2 (T,B,D) Mrs H Main 4-9-4
6 (5) 20465 MALCOLM THE PUG 12 R Hannon 3-9-1 Hollie Doyle (3)
J Osborn (7)
7 (1) 50600 VERDI 13 (B) John Ryan 3-9-1
A Beschizza
8 (7) 0-000 FEVER FEW 13 (C,D) C Wall 8-8-13
5-4 Zanetto, 3-1 Red Trooper, 4-1 Malcolm The Pug, 12-1 others.
2.10
Fillies? Novice Auction Stakes
(2-Y-O: �881: 7f) (11)
1 GAVOTA 19 R Charlton 9-5
James Doyle
1 (8)
CYPRIA CHARIS Sir M Stoute 8-12
T E Durcan
2 (5)
6 GILDED HEAVEN 18 R Varian 8-12
H Bentley
3 (10)
3 GOODNIGHT GIRL 19 J Portman 8-12
G Wood (3)
4 (9)
50 HOLLIE'S DREAM 9 P D Evans 8-12
R Tart
5 (2)
66 LADY MARIGOLD 41 E Houghton 8-12
C Bishop
6 (11)
PEGGIE SUE A West 8-12
R Ffrench
7 (6)
QAFILAH C Hills 8-12
J Crowley
8 (4)
05 SPIX'S MACAW 19 W G M Turner 8-12
L Morris
9 (1)
6 STILL GOT IT 12 M Channon 8-12
R Hornby
10 (3)
UNCHAINING MELODY M Botti 8-12 M M Monaghan (3)
11 (7)
10-11 Gavota, 13-2 Qafilah, 15-2 Cypria Charis, 8-1 Goodnight Girl, 9-1 Still
Got It, 14-1 Unchaining Melody, 16-1 Gilded Heaven, 20-1 others.
2.40
Fillies? Novice Auction Stakes
(2-Y-O: �881: 7f) (11)
46 AWESOMETANK 20 W Haggas 8-12
P Cosgrave
1 (2)
ELEGANCE M Smith 8-12
N Garbutt (3)
2 (1)
HOLLYDAZE R Hughes 8-12
S W Kelly
3 (9)
Doubtful
4 (10) 244 INDICIA 16 C Hills 8-12
30 LADY OF PETRA 21 E Houghton 8-12
C Bishop
5 (6)
MISS RECYCLED M Madgwick 8-12
K O'Neill
6 (8)
NIGHT MYTH R Hannon 8-12
S Levey
7 (5)
64 PASTAMAKESUFASTER 9 P D Evans 8-12
R Tart
8 (4)
0 ROZANNE 25 J Noseda 8-12
David Egan (5)
9 (3)
3 STORM JAZZ 17 E Dunlop 8-12
J Quinn
10 (7)
TEPPAL D Simcock 8-12
J P Spencer
11(11)
4-1 Rozanne, 6-1 Awesometank, 8-1 Night Myth, Storm Jazz, Teppal,
16-1 Elegance, Hollydaze, Lady Of Petra, 20-1 others.
3.10
Handicap (2-Y-O: �588: 7f) (15)
Rossa Ryan (7)
1 (12) 0002 SHOYD 14 R Hannon 9-9
C Bishop
2 (11) 2003 SUPER FLORENCE 14 E Houghton 9-8
004
FREEBE
ROCKS
20
Michael
Bell
9-7
D Brock
3 (7)
S De Sousa
4 (5) 500 MOUCHEE 19 P D Evans 9-4
L Morris
5 (14) 0055 DEAUVILLE SOCIETY 23 Sir M Prescott 9-4
T J Murphy
6 (13) 5503 VEGAS BOY 8 (T) J Osborne 9-3
L Keniry
7 (8) 6665 CATCH THE PIGEON 14 E De Giles 9-2
Hollie Doyle (3)
8 (15) 6602 RED SNAPPER 19 W Stone 9-2
T Marquand
9 (3) 05023 ROCK ON BERTIE 18 (P) N Tinkler 9-2
David Egan (5)
10 (4) 60400 ERASTUS 12 M Channon 9-1
S Hitchcott
11 (9) 6200 STORM DORIS 44 (V) J Unett 8-13
H Bentley
12 (1) 500 TARNEMAH 12 G Peckham 8-13
W A Carson
13 (6) 0004 RIO SANTOS 27 B Millman 8-12
14 (2) 000 DREAM OF DELPHI 66 (B) W Haggas 8-9
Josephine Gordon
J Quinn
15(10) 000 MAVEWAY 16 P D Evans 8-6
9-2 Shoyd, 6-1 Super Florence, Vegas Boy, 7-1 Deauville Society, 8-1 Dream
Of Delphi, 9-1 Freebe Rocks, 12-1 Mouchee, Rock On Bertie, 14-1 others.
3.40
Handicap (�690: 6f) (6)
1 (2) 12011 UNDER THE COVERS 5 (D) R Harris 4-10-2 S Hitchcott
2 (5) 06300 JERSEY BREEZE 11 (D) M Channon 4-9-7 David Egan (5)
3 (4) 13232 MAJOR VALENTINE 2 (D) John O'Shea 5-9-5 T Marquand
L Morris
4 (3) 24225 WHITECREST 5 (CD) J Spearing 9-9-1
5 (1) 00005 FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN 34 (D) L Carter 8-8-9 C Bennett (3)
6 (6) 25621 OCEAN TEMPTRESS 8 (V) John Ryan 3-8-4 J Osborn (7)
5-2 Ocean Temptress, Under The Covers, 4-1 Major Valentine, 6-1 others.
4.10
Claiming Stakes
(3-Y-O: �264: 1m 1f) (8)
1 (1) 14103 CHUNKYFUNKYMONKEY 20 (D) John Ryan 9-7
J Osborn (7)
2 (2) 2-0 SHADOW BEAUTY 21 M Botti 9-7 M M Monaghan (3)
S Levey
3 (6) 00635 LUDUAMF 6 R Hannon 8-13
P Dobbs
4 (7) 36403 ZOFFANIST 3 (E,B) Mrs A Perrett 8-13
G Downing
5 (8) 40032 DE VEGAS KID 21 (P) A Carroll 8-9
R Ffrench
6 (3) -0600 BED OF DIAMONDS 21 A West 8-8
Hollie Doyle (3)
7 (5) 02552 BIZET 3 (V) John Ryan 8-7
Josephine Gordon
8 (4) 04340 CONISTONE 15 (P) J Bethell 8-2
15-8 Chunkyfunkymonkey, 5-1 Shadow Beauty, 11-2 De Vegas Kid, 6-1 others.
Blinkered first time: Catterick 3.20 Lagenda, Adam?s Ale.
4.20 Le Laitier. 5.20 Bapak Asmara. Kempton 7.55 Pivoine.
8.55 Zilza, Grand Myla. Lingfield 3.10 Storm Doris, Dream
Of Delphi. 4.10 Zoffanist. 4.40 Transmitting. 5.10 Tatawu,
Rod Of Iron. Musselburgh 5.00 Whiteandgold.
4.40
Handicap (�264: 1m 2f) (9)
(8) -0604 PIVOTAL FLAME 120 (D) P Phelan 4-9-8 Paddy Bradley (5)
H Crouch (3)
(3) 00031 BAN SHOOF 19 (B) G L Moore 4-9-7
C Bennett (3)
(6) 44-50 BRASTED 97 (T) L Carter 5-9-7
(4) 60050 ELUSIVE COWBOY 34 (P) C Gordon 4-9-6
Josephine Gordon
H Bentley
5 (1) -6423 TRANSMITTING 36 (E,BF) E Vaughan 4-9-5
C Bishop
6 (5) -0552 SILVER DIXIE 11 (P,D) P Hedger 7-9-3
7 (9) 2-000 THREEDIAMONDRINGS 11 (T) M Usher 4-9-0 L Keniry
60450
SOLVEIG'S
SONG
82
(P,D)
S
Woodman
5-8-13
J
Mitchell
8 (7)
Josh Quinn (7)
9 (2) 050-1 ROCK ICON 8 (H,C) J Hughes 4-8-12
6-4 Ban Shoof, 3-1 Rock Icon, Transmitting, 12-1 Elusive Cowboy, Silver Dixie,
20-1 Threediamondrings, 25-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5.10
Handicap (�588: 1m 3f 133y) (10)
1 (7) 360-1 HERMOSA VAQUERA 13J (P,CD) G L Moore 7-9-7
H Crouch (3)
W A Carson
2 (4) 0-000 TATAWU 30 (B) P Hiatt 5-9-5
R Hornby
3 (10) 06-03 RAVENSWOOD 25 P Chamings 4-9-4
T Queally
4 (5) 33440 HALLING'S WISH 21 (B,D) G L Moore 7-9-4
L Keniry
5 (2) 0-200 SIR DYLAN 7 (H,D) P Gundry 8-9-3
6 (8) 4046P L'AMI DE ROUGE 49 Ralph J Smith 4-9-2 Hollie Doyle (3)
S De Sousa
7 (9) -3152 WASSAIL 7 E De Giles 4-9-1
G Downing
8 (1) 5033- OCEAN BENTLEY 309J A Carroll 5-8-12
K O'Neill
9 (6) 00-55 ROD OF IRON 19 (V) M Madgwick 4-8-12
05006
BARBARY
PRINCE
13
Shaun
Harris
5-8-12
M
Fernandes
(7)
10 (3)
15-8 Hermosa Vaquera, 9-4 Wassail, 6-1 Ravenswood, 7-1 Halling's Wish,
12-1 Tatawu, 20-1 Ocean Bentley, Sir Dylan, 25-1 others.
Novice Stakes
Handicap (�235: 1m 2y) (11)
(11) 10003 BILLY ROBERTS 34 (CD) Richard Guest 4-9-12 C Beasley
(5) 05124 CRAZY TORNADO 16 (H,D) K Dalgleish 4-9-11 R Scott (5)
N Farley
(10) 00004 LIL SOPHELLA 15 (CD) P Holmes 8-9-7
E Greatrex (3)
(6) 63512 MASARZAIN 5 (D,BF) A Watson 4-9-6
(9) 03213 RELIGHT MY FIRE 13 (P,CD,BF) T Easterby 7-9-5
Rachel Richardson (3)
J Fanning
6 (2) 45450 FLINTY FELL 18 K Dalgleish 4-9-3
7 (1) 63210 REMEMBER ROCKY 16 (B,D) Mrs L Normile 8-9-3
Connor Murtagh (7)
P Mulrennan
8 (7) 05010 ELLAAL 13 (P,CD) Mrs R Carr 8-9-3
T Eaves
9 (3) 00060 FORESIGHT 55 (T) K A Ryan 4-9-2
J Gormley (7)
10 (4) 56600 DANNY MC D 16 (P) I Jardine 4-8-9
J Haynes
11 (8) 54333 CYFLYMDER 9 (CD) D Griffiths 11-8-2
3-1 Masarzain, 5-1 Crazy Tornado, 6-1 Billy Roberts, Relight My Fire,
10-1 Cyflymder, Ellaal, Flinty Fell, Lil Sophella, 14-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
Handicap (�235: 1m 4f 104y) (8)
(5) 30613 JONNY DELTA 19 (CD,BF) J Goldie 10-9-7 Sean Mooney (7)
(4) 16512 SAKHALIN STAR 7 (E,P,D) Richard Guest 6-9-7 C Beasley
P Mulrennan
(1) 045 WEE BOGUS 28 A Whillans 4-9-5
(6) 00513 MR SUNDOWNER 23 (T) W Storey 5-9-4
Sammy Jo Bell (3)
R Scott (5)
5 (8) 64643 TAMBOUR 6 (T) K Dalgleish 4-9-3
Doubtful
6 (7) 16000 FREE STATE 22 (T,B,D) D Hogan (Ire) 5-8-13
7 (3) 03003 IVORS INVOLVEMENT 9 Miss T Jackson 5-8-7
Connor Murtagh (7)
R Pindar (7)
8 (2) 0-000 WOLF HEART 18 Mrs L Normile 9-8-7
3-1 Tambour, 4-1 Jonny Delta, Sakhalin Star, 5-1 Mr Sundowner, 7-1 others.
1
2
3
4
Handicap (�175: 5f 1y) (10)
1 (3) 51440 ORIENT CLASS 11 (CD) P Midgley 6-9-13
Connor Murtagh (7)
2 (8) 43144 ROYAL BRAVE 11 (CD) R Bastiman 6-9-12 R Scott (5)
-2334
FUMBO JUMBO 4 (CD) M Dods 4-9-10 Cal Rodriguez (5)
3 (5)
S A Gray
4 (2) 3-001 ROSINA 18 (P,D) Mrs A Duffield 4-9-8
P Mulrennan
5 (1) 60300 GAMESOME 18 P Midgley 6-9-8
03022
BOGART
9
(T,P)
K
A
Ryan
8-9-7
T Eaves
6 (9)
C Beasley
7 (10) 50332 LYDIA'S PLACE 9 (D) Richard Guest 4-9-4
8 (6) 36645 ECONOMIC CRISIS 6 (CD) C Teague 8-8-10 L Edmunds (3)
9 (7) 05226 PEARL ACCLAIM 18 (CD) D Griffiths 7-8-7 E Greatrex (3)
10 (4) 11034 KINLOCH PRIDE 47 (P,D) N Wilson 5-8-6 P P Mathers
3-1 Rosina, 5-1 Bogart, Lydia's Place, 6-1 Royal Brave, 8-1 others.
4.00
Handicap (3-Y-O: �588: 1m 208y) (8)
P Mulrennan
1 (4) 04161 TAKE A TURN 9 D Lanigan 9-11
E Greatrex (3)
2 (1) 03241 ALNASL 19 (H) A Watson 9-10
42305
ROSEMAY
16
I
Jardine
9-7
B
Robinson
(5)
3 (8)
4 (7) 20041 PRANCING OSCAR 30 (D) B Haslam 9-5 Cal Rodriguez (5)
T Eaves
5 (3) -2454 HELLOMOTO 19 (P) K A Ryan 9-0
6 (6) -6420 DEVIL'S GUARD 25 (V,BF) K Dalgleish 8-10 R Scott (5)
J Gormley (7)
7 (2) 00-06 HAZY MANOR 77 J Brooke 8-7
J Fanning
8 (5) 60606 LADY MOLLY 16 K Dalgleish 8-3
9-4 Take A Turn, 5-2 Alnasl, 5-1 Prancing Oscar, 7-1 others.
4.30
Handicap (�235: 1m 7f 217y) (6)
1 (2) 03420 KALANN 32 (T,P,D) D Hogan (Ire) 10-10-0
2 (5) 00323 TECTONIC 18 (P) K Dalgleish 8-10-0
Thunderer
4.35 Paddy?s Field
6.35 Shanksforamillion
5.05 Sonneofpresenting 7.05 Horseshoe Bay
5.35 Sam Noir
7.35 Rebel Yeats
6.05 The Raven Master
Going: good (good to firm in places) At The Races
4.35
5.05
(2-Y-O: �235: 7f 33y) (9)
5 AMAZING ROCK 22 M Johnston 9-2
J Fanning
1 (1)
66 CROWN OF CORTEZ 79 (BF) R Fahey 9-2 A McNamara (3)
2 (7)
55 MI CAPRICHO 30 K Dalgleish 9-2
R Scott (5)
3 (8)
PARTY FEARS TOO J Goldie 9-2
S A Gray
4 (4)
4 SOLDIER'S MINUTE 9 K Dalgleish 9-2
C Beasley
5 (3)
00 SUNSTORM 9 D Brown 9-2
Doubtful
6 (9)
2 THREE SAINTS BAY 22 D O'Meara 9-2
P Makin
7 (6)
56 VJ DAY 55 K A Ryan 9-2
T Eaves
8 (5)
44 HIPPEIA 23 Jedd O'Keeffe 8-11
P Mulrennan
9 (2)
7-4 Three Saints Bay, 7-2 Soldier's Minute, 11-2 Amazing Rock, 6-1 others.
3.30
Worcester
Novices? Handicap Chase
6-213 PADDY'S FIELD 63 (D) B Pauling 7-12-6
N De Boinville
-5521 WASHED ASHORE 24 (C,D) Jonjo O'Neill 6-12-6 A Coleman
35340 DOITFORJOE 29 (T,D) D Dennis 7-11-12
T O'Brien
51-22 CUIRASSIER DEMPIRE 29 (BF) T George 5-11-12
C Gethings (3)
C O'Farrell
5 0-020 SHEER POETRY 29 (T) R Woollacott 6-11-8
N Fehily
6 -F650 EARLS FORT 27 (T,P) N Mulholland 7-11-5
D Crosse
7 -13P3 RAKAIA ROSA 57 Dai Williams 8-11-3
S Twiston-Davies
8 1-462 LORD TOPPER 42 J Snowden 4-11-3
3-1 Washed Ashore, 100-30 Lord Topper, 5-1 Cuirassier Dempire, 11-2 others.
2.00 Vj Day (nap)
4.00 Hellomoto
2.30 Masarzain
4.30 Tectonic
3.00 Tambour
5.00 Jeany
3.30 Royal Brave
Going: good (good to firm in places)
Draw: no advantage
Racing UK
3.00
Handicap (3-Y-O: �588: 5f 1y) (8)
T Eaves
1 (2) 05523 SUWAAN 12 (D,BF) Mrs R Carr 9-9
2 (4) 00501 PAVERS PRIDE 26 (D) N Wilson 9-8 A McNamara (3)
23-26
JEANY 12 B Smart 9-7
C Beasley
3 (7)
P Mulrennan
4 (6) 00-50 WHITEANDGOLD 37 (B,D) B Smart 9-6
P Makin
5 (5) -3544 RAPID RANGER 12 (H) D O'Meara 9-4
J Gormley (7)
6 (1) -2305 LUV U ALWAYS 26 (P) I Jardine 8-6
S A Gray
7 (8) 000 FINTRY FLYER 11 J Goldie 8-6
P P Mathers
8 (3) 00024 MR ENTHUSIASTIC 12 N Wilson 8-2
9-4 Suwaan, 7-2 Pavers Pride, 4-1 Jeany, 6-1 Mr Enthusiastic, 7-1 others.
1
2
3
4
Thunderer
2.30
5.00
(�899: 2m 7f) (8)
Musselburgh
2.00
3 (4) 00504 LA BACOUETTEUSE 23 (B,CD) I Jardine 12-9-10
Cal Rodriguez (5)
R Scott (5)
4 (3) 050-0 SLIPPER SATIN 18 (T,P) S West 7-9-4
Doubtful
5 (6) 40000 MR DAVIES 8 D Brown 3-9-1
Sammy Jo Bell (3)
6 (1) 53164 ADRAKHAN 38 W Storey 6-9-0
5-2 Adrakhan, 11-4 Tectonic, 7-2 La Bacouetteuse, 10-1 Slipper Satin.
Doubtful
J Fanning
Handicap Chase (�256: 2m 7f) (6)
J J Burke
1 -5106 KILFINICHEN BAY 31 (T,D) C Longsdon 9-11-12
J Best
2 24-02 WEST WIZARD 26 (T,B) Mrs S Leech 8-11-9
3 1-113 SONNEOFPRESENTING 29 (C,BF) K Bailey 7-11-9 D Bass
H Cobden
4 -3452 GENTLEMAN JON 31 (T,B) C Tizzard 9-11-6
5 50-52 BUACHAILL ALAINN 75 (T,B,CD) P Bowen 10-11-6 S Bowen
A Coleman
6 46F0- RIVERSIDE CITY 206 Jonjo O'Neill 8-10-11
11-4 Buachaill Alainn, 7-2 Gentleman Jon, Sonneofpresenting, 11-2 others.
5.35
Handicap Hurdle (�509: 2m 7f) (8)
C Gethings (3)
1 1-214 KATY P 54 P Hobbs 5-11-12
T Scudamore
2 -FP63 BENENDEN 11 (D) M Scudamore 9-11-9
/P-25
ROLLO'S
REFLECTION
85
B
Case
7-11-6
Mr
M
Kendrick (7)
3
A Coleman
4 4P-23 QUARENTA 107 (BF) Jonjo O'Neill 5-11-6
5 42432 SHANTOU TIGER 37 (P,D) D McCain 8-11-2 L Murtagh (5)
James Bowen (7)
6 -1033 SAM NOIR 38 (T,C) P Bowen 5-11-2
7 0-416 VENDREDI TROIS 64 (P,CD) Miss E Lavelle 8-11-0 R Johnson
J Davies
8 00-00 PRINCE KUP 33 (P) Miss L Hurley 6-10-8
4-1 Shantou Tiger, 9-2 Katy P, Sam Noir, 5-1 Vendredi Trois, 6-1 others.
6.05
Juvenile Hdle (3-Y-O: �379: 2m) (8)
1 PLATO'S KODE 24 (T,P,D) S Durack 11-5
C O'Farrell
1
31 THE RAVEN MASTER 14 (T,D) D Skelton 11-5
H Skelton
2
44 KEREMAN 14 D Skelton 10-12
I Popham
3
MASTER BILLIE 174F R Teal 10-12
H Teal (7)
4
TIDAL WATCH 55F Jonjo O'Neill 10-12
A Coleman
5
5 VISION DE GLOIRE 38 (T) N Williams 10-12 Lizzie Kelly (3)
6
6 NEWT 14 D Dennis 10-5
S Twiston-Davies
7
ORTENZIA C Longsdon 10-5
J J Burke
8
5-2 The Raven Master, 7-2 Plato's Kode, 5-1 Tidal Watch, 13-2 others.
6.35
Novices? Handicap Hurdle
(�379: 2m 4f) (9)
U-66F MAXIMUS MARIDIUS 14 S Drinkwater 6-11-13
R Dunne
062-4 KEATING 14 (T) D Pipe 5-11-12
T Scudamore
553-4 REBEL BEAT 29 D Dennis 6-11-8
T O'Brien
0006- WALTER ONEEIGHTONE 130 Jonjo O'Neill 5-11-3 A Coleman
0330/ RING EYE 21F S Davies 9-11-1
H Bannister
60/11 SHANKSFORAMILLION 34 (CD) Mrs D Hamer 8-10-12
R Patrick (7)
B Powell
7 5-P00 BLACK BANJO 14 (T) Miss C Dyson 8-10-12
H Skelton
8 000-0 KEEPIN TIME 14 D Skelton 5-10-11
L Edwards
9 3-300 RACING SPIRIT 14 (T) Dave Roberts 5-10-11
9-4 Shanksforamillion, 9-2 Keating, Rebel Beat, 7-1 Maximus Maridius,
8-1 Keepin Time, Walter Oneeightone, 14-1 Racing Spirit, 16-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7.05
Maiden Hurdle (�599: 2m) (8)
BERKELEY VALE 32F (P) R Teal 6-11-0
H Teal (7)
1
HORSESHOE BAY 783F D Skelton 5-11-0
H Skelton
2
3 3P-00 LION OF LACKABANE 7 M Hammond 6-11-0 C Hammond (7)
D Crosse
4 42540 THE LAND AGENT 13 Dai Williams 6-11-0
4 AMADOUE 29 (H) T Lacey 4-10-13
R Johnson
5
T O'Brien
6 0F-F3 MAC BELLA 45 E Williams 5-10-7
6 TRAMPLING DUST 66 (H) M Wall 7-10-7
C Deutsch (3)
7
10- MOUNTAIN PATH 146 Jonjo O'Neill 4-10-6
R McLernon
8
13-8 Amadoue, 7-2 Horseshoe Bay, 13-2 Mac Bella, 15-2 others.
7.35
Mares? Handicap Hurdle
(�379: 2m 4f) (9)
1 6-112 VIKING MISTRESS 29 (T,P,CD) M Keighley 9-11-12 H Stock (7)
2 12-12 TURN TURK 75 (C,D,BF) N Henderson 6-11-10 Mr H Hunt (7)
N De Boinville
3 F-334 OVER THE AIR 29 (CD) J Spearing 9-11-9
E Austin (10)
4 -1222 REBEL YEATS 31 I Williams 5-11-9
Mr J King (5)
5 14-6P OWNERS DAY 39 (T) N Mulholland 7-11-6
R Johnson
6 42-62 MISS MASH 39 (D,BF) H Daly 6-11-5
A Coleman
7 -1046 BITTER VIRTUE 56 (T) D Dennis 6-10-13
42533
TARA'S
RAINBOW
7
(T)
T
Wall
7-10-4
J Wall (5)
8
9 140-2 MILAN OF CRYSTAL 7 (T) Dave Roberts 8-10-0 L Edwards
5-2 Turn Turk, 4-1 Viking Mistress, 5-1 Miss Mash, 7-1 Over The Air, 8-1 others.
Yesterday?s racing results
Epsom
Going: good to firm
2.00 (7f 3yd) 1, Lexington Grace (Tom
Marquand, 11-2); 2, Seaella (7-2 fav); 3, Viceroy
Mac (4-1). 7 ran. NR: Another Day Of Sun,
Hard Graft. 2Nl, nk. R Hannon.
2.35 (1m 113yd) 1, Lynwood Gold (J Fanning,
4-1); 2, I?m A Star (6-1); 3, Global Style (10-3
fav). 8 ran. 5l, Kl. M Johnston.
3.10 (6f 3yd) 1, Highland Acclaim (Harry
Bentley, 11-2); 2, Handytalk (4-1 fav); 3, Poet?s
Society (8-1). 7 ran. 1l, Kl. D O?Meara.
3.45 (7f 3yd) 1, Favourite Royal (M Dwyer, 9-1);
2, Red Tycoon (20-1); 3, Munfallet (15-2).
10 ran. Kl, 1Ol. Eve Johnson Houghton.
4.20 (1m 4f 6yd) 1, Cordite (P Cosgrave, 9-2);
2, Ode To Glory (6-1); 3, Challow (11-2). 7 ran.
1Kl, 1Nl. J Boyle.
4.50 (1m 2f 17yd) 1, Av A Word (S De Sousa,
11-4 fav); 2, Maraakib (4-1); 3, The Gay Cavalier
(9-1). 9 ran. NR: Oh It?s Saucepot, Retribution.
1Nl, nk. D Kubler.
5.20 (7f 3yd) 1, Dourado (David Probert, 6-4
fav); 2, Right Action (9-2); 3, Traveller (7-2).
6 ran. Hd, ns. P Chamings.
Placepot: �2.40.
Quadpot: �.40.
Newton Abbot
Going: good (good to firm in places)
4.35 (2m 5f 122yd hdle) 1, Premier Rose
(Harry Skelton, 4-9 fav); 2, Byron Blue (14-1);
3, Equity Swap (7-1). 10 ran. NR: D?pinesflyer.
4Kl, hd. D Skelton.
5.05 (2m 75yd ch) 1, Accessallareas (Charlie
Hammond, 8-1); 2, Get Ready Freddy (5-2 jtfav); 3, Third Act (5-2 jt-fav). 6 ran. NR: Changing
The Guard, No No Cardinal. 6l, 2l. S-J Davies.
5.35 (2m 2f 110yd hdle) 1, Watcombe Heights
(J McGrath, 11-10 fav); 2, Amanto (2-1); 3,
Shadow?s Boy (125-1). 7 ran. 1Kl, 10l. M Hill.
6.05 (2m 4f 216yd ch) 1, Alcala (Sam TwistonDavies, 1-5 fav); 2, Exxaro (4-1); 3, Sheer Poetry
(33-1). 1Kl, 58l. P Nicholls.
6.35 (2m 167yd hdle) 1, Salto Chisco (Harry
Bannister, 9-2); 2, Berry De Carjac (2-1 fav); 3,
Cillian?s Well (9-2). 6 ran. NR: Serveontime. Kl,
3Ol. H Whittington.
7.05 (3m 1f 170yd ch) 1, Charlie Mon (Charlie
Hammond, 11-2); 2, Quick N? Easy (4-1); 3,
Bennys Girl (5-1). 7 ran. Kl, 4Kl. M Hammond.
7.35 (2m 167yd flat) 1, Thelunarschooner
(R Johnson, 9-2); 2, Tangoed (5-1); 3, Lilliput
Lane (3-1 fav). 12 ran. NR: Dontdillydally. 2Nl,
4l. W Greatrex.
Placepot: �.80.
Quadpot: �.60.
Ripon
Going: good
2.15 (5f) 1, Revived (D Tudhope, 6-5 fav);
2, Deviate (20-1); 3, Machree (50-1). 11 ran.
1Nl, sh hd. M Bell.
2.50 (1m 1f 170yd) 1, Calypso Delegator
(A Mullen, 25-1); 2, Rockliffe (8-1); 3, False Id
(6-4 fav). 6 ran. 6l, Ol. M Hammond.
3.25 (1m) 1, Veejay (G Lee, 11-8 fav); 2, Poet?s
Dawn (15-2); 3, Paramount Love (4-1). 6 ran.
Nk, 1Ol. M Channon.
4.00 (1m) 1, Rodaini (F Norton, 9-4); 2, Hugin
(2-5 fav); 3, Mitigate (33-1). 4 ran. 1Ol, 2l.
S Crisford.
4.30 (1m 1f 170yd) 1, Mutamaded (J P Sullivan,
50-1); 2, Mulligatawny (5-1); 3, Jacbequick
(14-1). 7 ran. Kl, 1Kl. Mrs R Carr.
5.00 (1m) 1, Rosy Ryan (Joe Doyle, 16-1);
2, Hernando Torres (33-1); 3, Ventura Secret
(3-1 jt-fav). 11 ran. 1l, Kl. Miss T Jackson.
5.30 (2m) 1, Fitzwilly (David Egan, 9-2); 2, Jan
Smuts (16-1); 3, La Fritillaire (7-1). 11 ran.
NR: Firestorm. 3l, 2l. M Channon.
Placepot: �511.40.
Quadpot: �8.80.
Carlisle
Going: good to soft
4.45 (5f 193yd) 1, Fake News (B A Curtis, 25-1);
2, Lucky Lucky Man (9-2); 3, Havana Mariposa
(11-2). 8 ran. NR: Debawtry, Sioux Frontier.
1Ol, Ol. T D Barron.
5.15 (5f 193yd) 1, Manatee Bay (Natalie
Hambling, 20-1); 2, Cliff (6-1); 3, Semana Santa
(10-1). 13 ran. NR: Short Work. Ol, ns. N Wilson.
5.45 (5f) 1, Porchy Party (R Kingscote, 15-2);
2, Hermana Santa (12-1); 3, Lina?s Star (8-1).
9 ran. NR: Mable Lee, Undercover Brother.
Kl, Kl. T Dascombe.
6.15 (1m 1f) 1, Sea Tide (B A Curtis, 8-15 fav);
2, Haroon (3-1); 3, Little Jo (33-1). 5 ran.
NR: Bombay. Kl, 11l. H Palmer.
6.45 (7f 173yd) 1, Thornaby Nash (Gemma Tutty,
9-1); 2, Pretty Jewel (12-1); 3, Jay Kay (5-1).
13 ran. NR: Hot Gossip, Newspeak, Robben
Rainbow, Tellovoi. Sh hd, hd. Mrs K Tutty.
7.15 (6f 195yd) 1, Lady In Question (T Hamilton,
2-1 fav); 2, Reinforced (4-1); 3, Penny Pot
Lane (11-4). 8 ran. NR: Destination Aim,
Major Crispies, Mr Cool Cash, Rock Warbler. Nk,
2Kl. R Fahey.
7.45 (1m 3f 39yd) 1, Sheriff Of Nawton
(T Hamilton, 7-2); 2, Thorntoun Care (7-4 fav);
3, Princess Nearco (4-1). 7 ran. NR: Le Deluge.
Kl, Kl. R Fell.
Placepot: �3.90.
Quadpot: �.60.
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Sport US Open
ELSA/GETTY IMAGES
Sharapova dedicates
victory to ?everyone
who stood by me?
Stuart Fraser
Tennis Writer
Maria Sharapova?s reaction to a firstround victory at the US Open was to
fall to her knees in celebration and shed
tears as she looked up towards her
coaching team in the stands. Her agent,
Max Eisenbud, was also sobbing as he
embraced his client afterwards beneath
Arthur Ashe Stadium.
?That?s the most emotional I?ve ever
seen her and I?ve seen her since she was
15 years old,? Chris Evert said as the 18times grand slam champion watched
on from the ESPN commentary booth.
It makes you wonder what scale the
celebrations may reach if the 30-yearold Russian was to win the tournament.
Granted, a thrilling three-set victory
over Simona Halep, the second seed, in
her first grand-slam appearance since a
15-month doping ban, was a significant
moment but the triumphant scenes
afterwards felt a little premature.
?I felt like my team and I have been
through a lot,? Sharapova said. ?To be in
that moment, to be competing there, to
see them with me. Tennis is a very
individual sport. You feel like it?s just
you most of the time out there. Since
I?ve come back, I feel like I?m on a
team. I?m not just winning for myself
but I?m winning for everyone that has
stood behind me. That is a very special
feeling to have.?
Sharapova was getting her nails done
last Friday when she discovered that
the draw had pitted her against Halep
in the first round. With a dominant
6-0 head-to-head record against the
Romanian, Sharapova immediately
watched some of their previous matches ? the 2014 French Open final is one
of them ? on YouTube to see what had
worked well for her in the past.
Considering that she had only played
one match since the middle of May, due
to issues with her left thigh and left
forearm, Sharapova surprised herself
with her level of performance against
Rusty Maria?
Of the remaining women in
the draw, only two have
played fewer matches in
2017 than Sharapova
Injuries had limited Sharapova to one match since May before she beat Halep
Pre-US Open
Brienne Minor*
4
Sabine Lisicki,
right
7
Maria Sharapova
9
*Played more on
American college circuit
Murray under
fire from Nadal
After winning his first round
match at the US Open in straight
sets last night, Rafael Nadal
questioned the timing of Andy
Murray?s withdrawal. Murray, who
was seeded No 2, pulled out after
the draw had been made, leaving
Nadal in the same half as Roger
Federer.
?I thought that he was going to
play if he was here practising,?
Nadal, who beat Dusan Lajovic,
said. ?It was a bit strange that he
retired the morning after the
draw. You retire on Monday
morning or Sunday afternoon, not
Saturday morning. If not, you can
do it before the draw.?
Halep. She had been left underwhelmed by her pre-tournament
practice sessions yet then managed to
sustain an attacking brand of tennis in
her first match, hitting 60 winners and
64 unforced errors over the course of
two hours and 44 minutes. Her touch
and agility, which have never been
among the finer areas of her game, were
also impressive.
?Actually a couple of weeks ago I did
not even know if I?d be able to compete
here,? Sharapova said. ?Just looking
back at August 12, it was not a fun day
getting an MRI [in Cincinnati], getting
the result of it, speaking to a doctor,
flying to New York, getting another
opinion, with the thought that I might
miss the US Open.
?Seeing where I am today, it?s just
pretty amazing that I was able to
produce that tennis because it
wasn?t there leading up to this
tournament.?
It is a tough ask, though, to maintain
that level for seven matches in a
fortnight when you have hardly played
before the tournament. What will help
Sharapova is the rest days in between
her matches, which players do not get
at regular WTA tour events.
Having overcome a tricky first
hurdle, Sharapova should not be overly
concerned about her potential
opponents up to the quarter-finals.
Today, she faces Timea Babos, the
world No 59 from Hungary. The next
seed she could play is the No 32, Latvian
Anastasija Sevastova, in the last 16. A
quarter-final run would ensure a return
to the top 100 for Sharapova ? she sits
at No 146 ? and guarantee that she
would not require a wild card to
compete in the main draw of next year?s
Australian Open, which will bring some
relief to tournament organisers in
Melbourne. The number of wild cards
that Sharapova, a doping offender, has
received since her return in late April is
still causing some discontent in the
locker room.
Evert was one of those who
believed the US Open should not
have handed Sharapova a free pass
into the main draw but she could not
hide her admiration for what she
brought to the court on Monday.
?We all judged her, let?s make no
mistake. But women?s tennis needs
her, and I?m glad she?s back,? Evert
said.
Sharapova is grateful to the United
States Tennis Association for not
following the decision taken in May by
their French counterparts who refused
her a wild card for Roland Garros to, in
their words, ?protect the high standards
of the game played without any doubt
on the result?.
?When I found out that I received
the wild card, I was obviously
extremely excited,? Sharapova said.
?From the moment that I?ve been
here, I?ve really understood what
this means to me, to be back and to be
playing.?
STUART FRASER?S US OPEN DIARY
rain stops play
Persistent rain forced the
cancellation of the vast
majority of matches but
the roof on Arthur Ashe
Stadium ensured there
was live action for some
spectators and TV
viewers. Today?s schedule
now features first and
second-round matches.
champion falls early
Angelique Kerber became
the second defending
women?s champion in the
Open era to go out in the
first round here, losing
6-3, 6-1 to Naomi Osaka.
engaging performance
Karolina Pliskova beat
Magda Linette 6-2, 6-1 in
her first grand-slam match
as world No 1. Engaged to
Michal Hrdlicka, a Czech
TV presenter, Pliskova
only divulged the news
after a journalist saw a
ring on her finger during a
press conference.
murray?s the man
David Norrie, father of the
British No 5 Cameron, who
plays Pablo Carre駉 Busta
today, praised Andy
Murray?s treatment of his
son at the Aegon
Championships in June.
?He maybe knew Cameron
lacked the courage to go
up and introduce himself
at Queen?s, so he did it
himself, which speaks
volumes,? Norrie said.
baldwin?s winning bid
Alec Baldwin, the actor
and comedian, was among
the winning bidders at an
auction, contributing to
the $63,000 (�,000) put
forward for three one-hour
hitting sessions with
Martina Navratilova.
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Rugby union Sport
?Holy grail for dealing with concussion?
DAVID DAVIES/PA
continued from back
Saliva test for concussions
Owen Slot
season, a number of players, most
notably George North, the Wales and
Northampton wing, were allowed to
play on despite suffering apparent head
injuries.
This saliva test ?could be a gamechanger?, says Simon Kemp, head
of sports medicine at the RFU. ?This
is one of the holy grails in concussion
management,? he said. ?We are
testing a really novel and exciting
hypothesis.?
If successful, the test would also be
used in club and school rugby where, in
recent seasons, confidence in the safety
of the game has started to slide.
There are expected to be around 200
concussions in the Premiership and
Championship this season. They will all
be treated with the same Head Injury
Assessment protocol as last season, but
the saliva test, which looks for a type of
biomarker called microRNAs, will also
be carried out.
The study will be led by neurosurgeon Tony Belli, professor of trauma
neurosurgery at the University of
Birmingham, who started work in the
field of brain trauma in the military 20
years ago. He has worked on a similar
saliva trial but with a smaller number of
concussions from a broader range of
sports.
?What we saw was really amazing,?
he said. He found that the response to
brain injury from the saliva glands ?is
almost immediate?.
Chief Rugby
Correspondent
Two millilitres of saliva may soon be all
that is required to determine whether
or not a rugby player has suffered a
concussion.
Rugby is a sport that is increasingly
dogged by doubts over whether it can
be regarded as a safe and healthy
recreation. Research being tested this
season in England may deliver a hugely
important scientific breakthrough that
will indicate whether or not a player is
fit to play.
If the trials are successful, next
season concussion could be tested by a
player spitting into a hand-held device,
which would indicate within minutes
whether that player has a brain
injury. These devices could be massproduced, making proper concussion
management available not just in the
professional game but in club and
school rugby. It would work for
other sports, the military and even
playground accidents too.
This is why Simon Kemp, the head of
sports medicine at the RFU, has
described the study as potentially ?a
game-changer? for the sport.
Until now, the methods for rugby
medics to diagnose head injuries have
been entirely subjective: there has been
no x-ray, scan or blood test that has
been able to determine whether a
player has suffered a concussion.
In the absence of objective evidence,
World Rugby has an established Head
Injury Assessment (HIA) protocol,
which is regarded by some experts in
the field as best possible practice and
others as unfit for purpose. Dr Barry
O?Driscoll resigned as a medical
adviser to World Rugby because of it.
The flaw in the HIA is that it has
always been subjective. It is reliant on a
doctor?s interpretation of the clinical
picture. The doctor assesses the
response of the player who invariably
wants to return to the field of play. The
players are asked certain questions and
have, in the past, tried to memorise the
correct answers. There have also been
concerns that medics have been under
pressure from team coaches to get their
player back on to the field.
This lack of objective evidence led,
last season, to some serious breakdowns in player welfare. The most
glaring of these was when George
North, the Wales wing, suffered an
apparent concussion in a game for
Northampton Saints against Leicester
Tigers and yet was allowed to play on.
North was the most public of cases,
but concussion is not a problem rugby
faces merely in the professional game.
Concerns over head injuries have
grown rapidly in club and school rugby
Q&A
How can saliva indicate
concussion?
Previous studies have
shown that certain
biological markers can be
found in saliva after a
head injury.
How long does it take for
these markers to appear?
Within minutes. The saliva
glands respond fast to
inside and online
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forward who died this week aged 67
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North has suffered a succession of head injuries in his career and is classed as a
high-risk player. The new test could make it clear when it is safe for him to play
up and down the country. The lack of an
objective diagnosis has, Kemp says,
been ?a real limitation. Everybody is
looking to progress an objective assessment.? That is why he said the saliva test
trauma, certainly quickly
enough to work for
pitch-side diagnosis during
a game, allowing a player
to go back on to play if
his assessment shows that
he has not suffered a
brain injury.
What markers are we
looking for?
They are called microRNAs.
They are messengers; they
tell cells what to do in
response to trauma.
Should we all start
was like a ?holy grail? in concussion
management.
The test has been pioneered by
neurosurgeon Tony Belli, professor of
trauma neurosurgery at the University
checking for microRNAs
then?
Well, if you are smart
enough to identify them,
that would be a start. But
there are thousands of
different microRNAs
carrying different
messages. The beauty of
this study is that it appears
to have identified a pool of
microRNAs that are specific
to brain injury.
So you need to be a genius
to identify a brain injury?
No. If this is successful, the
intention is to produce
hand-held diagnostic
devices, like for a
pregnancy test, so that
coaches can use them too.
How much will it cost to
make one of these
devices?
This is not yet known.
However, the intention
would certainly be to make
them available to schools
and amateur clubs. This
is not just a piece of
science to serve the
professional game.
of Birmingham, who has spent
the past nine years researching the
development of a test that measures
biological
markers
(biomarkers)
present in the saliva and urine of
players.
Belli has led two other significant
studies in this field: the Golden Hour
study, which started in 2014 and
analysed changes in the blood in the
first 60 minutes after traumatic injury
in road accidents, and Recos (Repetitive
Concussion in Sport), initiated in 2013,
which has so far studied 60 players
from different sports.
Belli?s conclusions have led to this
extension of Recos into Premiership
and Championship rugby. His findings
so far have identified changes in saliva
in response to trauma.
The biomarkers he has studied are
called
microRNAs,
which
are
molecules within cells. ?They tell cells
what to do in response to a trauma,?
Kemp explained. ?They are your rapid
response team.?
The players are therefore being asked
to provide baseline samples of saliva
and urine before the season starts on
Friday (participation is not obligatory).
Biomarkers in the urine are intended to
corroborate evidence found in saliva.
Biomarkers take longer to appear in
urine, though, which is why urine could
not be used as an immediate test for
brain injury during game-time.
If a player suffers a confirmed or
suspected concussion in a game, he will
provide a saliva sample immediately
and, later, a urine sample. These can
then be compared with the baseline
samples in order to detect differences in
the levels of biomarkers.
Further saliva and urine samples will
be collected in order to paint a more
complete picture of the injury.
Clearly, if Belli?s study is successful, it
would not stop concussions in rugby.
However, it does present a major step
forward in making the game safer,
by stopping injured players from
returning to the field when another
blow to the head could have even more
serious repercussions.
It will also improve understanding of
concussions and could lead to improvements in recovery, in understanding
the time required for recovery and the
extent to which the brain is endangered
after a number of concussions.
Farrell signs five-year Saracens deal
Owen Farrell signed a contract
extension with Saracens yesterday that
will see him stay at the club until 2022
(Owen Slot writes).
The deal is a significant statement for Saracens, who voiced
concerns last week that they
would not be able to hold on
to their homegrown stars. Farrell, right,
has been at Saracens since he was 14
and came through the club?s academy
system with a cohort of other players.
The Aviva Premiership salary cap is
set at �million a year. With
players such as Farrell and Maro
Itoje having risen to the top of the
game, the club?s concern is that
the wages they can command
will make it hard to keep them
and stay under the cap. Last
week, Mark McCall, the Saracens director of rugby, said: ?It
would be an unbelievable
shame if we had to lose players
we have grown ourselves.?
Farrell said that his decision was
made in part by the potential for the
club to get even better. ?This team?s got
a long way to go still,? he said. ?To see
how far we can take it is exciting.?
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Sport Football
Matthew Syed
Sports Commentator of the Year
NICK POTTS/PA
Twitter hysteria
threatens to ruin
Sampson?s career
A
couple of the headlines that I have
read over recent days: ?Mark
Sampson?s future as England
manager under pressure?; ?English
women?s national soccer team coach
is allegedly a big racist?.
For those who haven?t been following this
story, the charges against Sampson are founded
on two remarks. The first is alleged to have been
made to Eni Aluko before a match against
Germany in 2014. ?I found myself next to Mark
Sampson and he asked me which family
members were coming,? Aluko said. ?I said, ?I?ve
got family coming in from Nigeria.? And he said,
?Make sure they don?t come over with ebola.? I
laughed because I was in shock. I didn?t know
what to say.?
Aluko also alleges that Sampson, 34, made a
comment to a mixed-race player in 2015,
comparing pressing in midfield with being in
trouble with the police. This was said to have
been based on the stereotype that members of
ethnic groups are more often in trouble with
the law. An independent barrister (a black
female) reviewed the evidence, however,
including watching a video of the relevant
meeting ?multiple times? and ?is sure? that
the remark was not, in fact, made.
So, on the basis of what we have seen so
far, this ?scandal? is based upon two
comments, one of which was judged not to
have been made, and the other of which is
rather innocuous. The ebola comment
could have been a misjudged joke, assuming it
was actually said, which Sampson denies. It
might have reflected genuine fear, given that
the ebola outbreak was at its height at the
time. Either way, to call this a ?racism? storm is
to trivialise racism.
When I went to football in the 1980s, the
?P? word was regularly used. Monkey
chanting was routine. Black players laboured
under the stereotype that they were lazy, or
lacked the intelligence to be used in the role
of playmaker. Racism in wider society
thwarted the advancement of black lives. The
Metropolitan Police was institutionally racist.
I was so affected by the sense of being
different that I used to pray before going to bed
that I would wake up white.
Today, Britain has moved on in ways that
should be celebrated. Racism is still a social
problem, manifested in many subtle ways, not
least through what psychologists call
?subconscious bias?. These challenges require
enlightened responses. But we should never
confuse racism ? the systematic discrimination
against ethnic groups ? with a comment or
two, here and there, made by decent people
during a lifetime of good work.
I am often reminded in situations such as this
of the famous remark by the philosopher
Willard Van Orman Quine. ?Our statements
about the external world face the tribunal of
sense experience not individually but only as a
corporate body,? he said. Quine?s point was that
knowledge is holistic. We should not draw
conclusions based on singular observations but
fit what we see into what we have learnt
through longer, deeper experience.
The same is true of a person?s character.
Consider the best and worst teachers at my
old school. The worst, who taught craft
and design, was unabashedly racist.
He regularly used the ?P? word, and
made bigoted jokes. I dreaded going
into his classroom. His racism
constituted a pattern.
The best was Peter Charters, a
wonderful teacher who became my
first table tennis coach. He once
made a joke about the red dot on
the forehead of a Hindu player.
It wasn?t terribly well thought
out, to be frank. But was it
malicious? Did it indicate racist
tendencies? Absolutely not.
How do I know this? Because
I judged the sentence not by
its content but within the
wider panorama of what I
Sampson has
knew about Mr Charters:
been manager
his decency, kindness
of the England
and hatred of bigotry. I
women?s team
wasn?t the least
since 2013
o
offended. The
Despite Aluko?s claims regarding Sampson, there
has been little substantive evidence against him
problem is that we live in a world composed of
140 characters. Twitter is the anti-Quinean
technology of our age. A sentence can be taken
out of context and a person?s character traduced
without so much as the sombre procession of
due process emerging over the horizon.
Sampson?s comments apparently trended last
week, which confirms my opinion of what a
shallow medium Twitter can be. Some say that
his reputation will never recover.
This is, sadly, hardly unique. David Moyes, a
decent man without a sexist bone in his body,
was nearly sacked for a misjudged remark in an
interview ? one for which he immediately
apologised. I seem to remember Richard
Scudamore, the Premier League?s executive
chairman, was the subject of hysterical calls for
his resignation after an email or two were
leaked that contained questionable jokes.
Sam Allardyce lost his dream job when
comments were released in splendid isolation
from the context of a sophisticated entrapment
(which included offering his good friend a
lucrative, but fictitious, job to lure him into the
snare). We now know that Allardyce didn?t do
anything wrong, as the FA?s head of strategy has
confirmed. The facts, which took a couple of
days to establish, were not enough to save him
in the frenzied rush to judgment.
These incidents, and dozens more like them,
reveal a growing contempt for natural justice.
Perhaps the most troubling thing of all is that so
many young people are among those who rush
to be vicariously offended by remarks that have
not been substantiated, still less contextualised.
It is worth remembering that we would all be
damned if isolated remarks were taken to be
representative of our characters or considered
views.
Some might say that Sampson?s remark must
have been bigoted since Aluko claimed to have
been hurt by it. I have some sympathy with this
view but offence alone cannot be sufficient to
establish guilt. This would be to place too much
weight on the perspective of the victim and not
enough on the accused. In a world where
subjective offence was taken as prima facie
evidence of wrongdoing, normal
communication would shut down, for who
would dare say anything at all?
This is not to be soft on racism. If substantive
evidence emerges against Sampson, I will be the
first to call for his sacking, but we are not close
to that place. ?I do not consider that Mark
Sampson has held a long-standing negative bias
against you [Aluko] based on negative racial
stereotypes,? the independent inquiry found.
?Nor do I consider he subjected you to a course
of bullying or belittling behaviour.? This sounds
emphatic to me, particularly given that an
internal inquiry also cleared Sampson, although
one now understands that Aluko is angry that
neither was sufficiently thorough and should be
reconducted. We will end up in an infinite
regress at this rate.
The only egregious act that I can see thus far
was the �,000 pay-out to Aluko by the FA,
reportedly to ?avoid disruption? in the build-up
to the Euros. The FA, it seems to me, is far too
fearful of fleeting scandals, not seeming to
realise that what trends on social media is not
representative of what most fair-minded people
think. When the next scandal comes along, the
FA should be fully transparent, allow Twitter to
go into meltdown, and then ignore it.
No ill feeling should attach to Aluko, who
seems wholly sincere in her allegations. She is a
fine footballer and person. If the precious flame
of whistleblowing is to be kept alive, we should
always think twice before attacking the
messenger. But neither should any ill feeling
attach itself to Sampson, given that there was
not sufficient evidence to establish guilt. Racism,
despite what we hear in the media, remains on
the decline. And I firmly believe that it will
continue to be so while we attack its root causes,
and don?t get distracted by synthetic scandals.
Snodgrass: Bilic did not know which position I played
Michael Grant
Scottish Football Correspondent
Robert Snodgrass has blamed Slaven
Bilic for his failure to make an impact at
West Ham United. He was signed by
Bilic from Hull City for �.2 million in
January but struggled to the extent that
he has now been allowed to join Aston
Villa on loan for the season.
The 29-year-old said that West
Ham?s manager appeared not to know
which position suited him best, asking
him on the touchline before his debut
whether he wanted to play on the left or
the right.
Snodgrass?s comments may be
embarrassing for Bilic, whose position
is under scrutiny after West Ham?s
abject start to the season. ?I realised
from the off that it wasn?t going to
happen,? he said. ?I was coming on
against Manchester City and he said,
?Where do you want to play, on the left
or right?? I thought, ?You?ve just signed
me and I?ve played on the right or
behind the striker at Hull City all
season?.
?I found it very strange. That was my
debut. And every time I played I was on
the left. Alarm bells were ringing right
away. I don?t know why he did it.
?I came in as Dimitri Payet left and
maybe it was a case of, ?you can play
there,? but I?d only filled in on the left a
couple of times [for Hull].
?But I hate that position. It?s fine for
one or two games but you need to play
in your right position, especially
on the back of scoring nine
goals for Hull City. When I
did speak to him I said I
thought he would have
known I wasn?t a left
midfielder and that he
must have watched me after
spending that money.
?His answer was basically
that when people are
confident, then they can play
anywhere on the pitch.?
Snodgrass did not score a
goal in 15 appearances for
Snodgrass is relieved to be
back with former manager
Bruce at Aston Villa
West Ham and said that he saw his
move to Steve Bruce?s Villa as a
route back to his best form.
?People can judge my time at
West Ham whatever way they
want but I know myself that
when there is a manager that
knows how to get the best out of
you then it?s different, and that?s why
I chose Villa. I wanted to work with
Steve Bruce [who he played under at
Hull] again.
?At West Ham he [Bilic] wanted
me to play cup games to try and
impress but I said I?d done it at
international and Premier League
level and there was no way I was
staying to play cup games. I?ve
got nothing to prove to anyone.
I?ve scored nearly 100 goals in my
career and done it with a smile on my
face.?
Snodgrass, who is with the Scotland
squad for their World Cup qualifiers
against Lithuania and Malta, rejected
the notion that he was enjoying West
Ham?s slump in his absence.
?No, don?t be crazy, I am never
happy about any team that I have
been at losing,? he said. ?Even when I
wasn?t playing, I was always backing the
lads.
?There were a lot of broken
promises, a lot of dishonesty and I
thought, ?This is not what I am about?.
I want to wear my heart on my sleeve
and be loyal. What you see is what you
get.?
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England bonding . . . on WhatsApp
FA/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Henry Winter
Chief Football Writer
England players have held meetings to
discuss the need to strengthen their
mentality by becoming closer as a
group. Their main means of staying in
touch between internationals and
attempting to build a deeper bond is via
WhatsApp.
Harry Maguire and Nathaniel
Chalobah, the two newcomers to the
squad, have been added to the England
WhatsApp group and there is
inevitable debate over whether
Wayne Rooney remains on it after his
retirement.
The uncapped Jordan Pickford, who
was already in the WhatsApp group
after being drafted into the set-up last
October, yesterday withdrew from the
squad to face Malta and Slovakia with a
minor muscular injury sustained
playing for Everton against Chelsea.
Chalobah, Phil Jones, Kieran Trippier
and Jake Livermore did not join in
training at St George?s Park last night
but are expected to be available for the
Malta game on Friday.
England?s WhatsApp group was set
up by the FA to keep the players
informed of schedules but has
expanded into a discussion forum for
when they are at their clubs. The FA
particularly wants to encourage communication between players who are
rivals at club level. As there are no plans
for a get-together during the break
between the November and March
internationals, the WhatsApp link-up
is considered even more important as
England try to foster a club mentality.
Jordan Henderson said yesterday:
?After November you don?t get to see
them till March and when you look at
how many times you actually train
together, it isn?t a lot to the World Cup.
We?ve spoken together as a squad and
the target is to be the No 1 team in the
world, however long it takes, we don?t
know.
?We?ve not performed in the last few
tournaments I?ve been to, definitely,
and a lot more before that. The mentality has to change. We?ve spoken in meetings about how far we want to go with
each other, how far we want to get to
know each other, not only on a football
level but deeper than that. We are a
close group and everybody?s opinion
can be expressed and everybody takes
[things] on board.
?I was a little bit surprised by Wayne?s
decision because of how good he is and
how hungry he is to play football. I
could see that watching him against
[Manchester] City, he was outstanding,
and the impact he has on the lads, how
good a captain he was.
?Everyone has to say thanks for what
he has done because he has been unbelievable for England. Hopefully he can
keep doing what he is doing for Everton, because he has been brilliant when
he has been there ? but not too good!?
Liverpool?s captain smiled.
?It?s not one or two people that have
got to fill his position [as England captain]. You?ve got to do that as a team. I
feel there?s leaders in the group that will
come forward and express themselves
to push this team on.?
Gareth Southgate has resisted naming a permanent captain and the armband is being rotated between Henderson, Harry Kane, Joe Hart and Gary
Cahill. ?I feel as though I?m ready but
I?m sure there are other lads that feel
that as well. It?s a massive honour,?
Henderson added.
Henderson has returned to Liverpool
action in vibrant form having spent the
summer building up his strength and
fitness after his foot injury.
He even took a physio on holiday to
Portugal with him ? ?when we go on
the beach, I get him an ice-cream? ? to
ensure peak fitness as demonstrated in
the 4-0 demolition of Arsenal last
Sunday.
?Arsenal are still a very good team
with very good players,? he said. ?I
know they?ll get a lot of criticism but, at
the same time, we were very good, with
that intensity. Anyone coming to
Anfield that day would have struggled.?
His role differs slightly with club and
country. ?At Liverpool, I?ve got to be
more aware protection-wise and be a
little bit deeper at times,? he added.
Asked to compare the respective
qualities of Liverpool and England,
Henderson replied: ?You look at the
likes of [Sadio] Man�, [Roberto] Firmino, [Philippe] Coutinho but then I come
here and you?ve got people like Dele Alli and Harry Kane who are amazing talents as well. It?s very hard to compare.?
Eric Dier, far left, finds himself among a goalkeeping union, left to right, of Tom Heaton, Freddie Woodman, the Under-20
World Cup winner who is now with the Under-21 squad and trained with the seniors yesterday, Joe Hart and Jack Butland
Pick young stars, Chalobah tells top clubs
Paul Hirst
England players born outside England
Nathaniel Chalobah has urged top
Premier League clubs to be ?brave? and
field young English players rather than
shipping them out on loan.
Chalobah, 22, spent 12 years at
Chelsea before leaving for Watford this
summer because of a lack of first-team
opportunities at Stamford Bridge.
The midfielder already thinks that
the move has paid off, having been
called up to Gareth Southgate?s
England senior squad after three
Premier League starts for his new club.
?I had to put a lot of things into
consideration, but now I can say that it
was a good decision,? he said. Chalobah
had to go through six loan spells before
making his one and only league start
for Chelsea last season, but he feels he
could have been given a chance earlier.
?It is very difficult being young,? he
said. ?It is a lot of pressure and clubs
have to be brave to play young players.
It?s the only way to gain experience.?
Chalobah showed courage himself
by rejecting a new contract offer from
If Nathaniel Chalobah plays against Malta, he will be the 16th player out of 571
since the war to have played for England having been born elsewhere
Matthew Le
Rob
Tissier Guernsey
Jones
Wales
Graeme Le Saux
Owen
Owen
Hargreaves
Canada
Jersey
Nathaniel
Chalobah
John Salako
Nigeria
Singapore
Sierra Leone
Luther Blissett,
John Barnes,
Raheem Sterling
Jamaica
Terry
Butcher
Tony
Dorigo
Australia
Cyrille
Regis
French
Guiana
Wilfried
Zaha
Ivory
Coast
Bill Perry, Colin
Viljoen, Brian Stein
South Africa
Chelsea and informing them that he
wanted to leave for Watford, who paid
an initial fee of �million for the
midfielder.
Chalobah, who was loaned to
Watford, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Burnley, Reading and Napoli,
admits the nomadic career began to
take its toll. ?I was never really settled,?
he said. Having made 97 appearances
for England?s youth teams, Chalobah is
hoping for senior cap after his maiden
call-up, which came as a shock. ?It?s
something I have always dreamt of and
to know it was actually happening, I
was startled,? he said.
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Sterling used as bait after
Paul Hirst
Raheem Sterling and Sergio Ag黣ro
could become shock casualties of
Manchester City?s bid to sign Alexis
S醤chez from Arsenal, which gathered
pace last night after the clubs opened
talks about a possible deal for the Chile
forward.
S醤chez has told Ars鑞e Wenger, the
Arsenal manager, that he wants to join
City before the transfer window closes
at 11pm tomorrow.
City would prefer a cash-only deal
and have already seen a � million bid
rejected, but are also believed to be
ready to offer � million plus Sterling
for S醤chez, who is refusing to sign a
new contract with Arsenal. S醤chez is
determined to play in the Champions
League.
Arsenal are thought to be holding out
for a fee of � million for S醤chez, who
scored 30 goals for the club last season.
City are confident of striking a deal and
are willing to fly a team of officials to
Chile, where the player is on
international duty, to help with any
medical. By pursuing a deal for
S醤chez, Guardiola is running the risk
of upsetting Ag黣ro, who feels he is
being increasingly marginalised by the
head coach.
City?s willingness to include
Sterling as part of the deal comes as a
big surprise. Five days ago Guardiola
was hailing Sterling?s ability to threaten
opposition defences, particularly in the
No 10 role.
?He is so dangerous in that position,?
Guardiola said. ?He is so aggressive in
the small spaces. That is good.?
Sterling has scored two goals in three
appearances for City this season,
including Saturday?s 97th-minute
winner against Bournemouth, but it
has now emerged that Guardiola is
ready to offload the former Liverpool
player to Arsenal if it means he can land
S醤chez. Although he has praised
Sterling in public, The Times understands that Guardiola harbours serious
doubts about the 22-year-old?s ability to
perform at the top level.
The City head coach has no
complaints about Sterling?s attitude or
work rate, but he felt last season that
the forward still lacks consistency.
Guardiola told Sterling that he should
be scoring 20 goals per season. Last
term, he only managed ten. He was also
on the receiving end of a tirade from
Guardiola in the dressing room during
half-time of City?s victory over Hull
City on Boxing Day last year for his
failure to attack the opposition box.
Sterling knew nothing of City?s
willingness to include him in any deal
until yesterday, but it is understood that
the England player is willing to talk to
Arsenal about a move to the club
despite their troubles. He is at
England?s training base at St George?s
How City could line
up with S醤chez
Option one (4-3-3)
Jesus
Ag黣ro
S醤chez
De Bruyne
Gundogan
D Silva
Missing out: San�, Sterling,
B Silva, Tour�, Delph, Fernandinho
Option two (4-3-3)
Sterling
S醤chez
San�
B Silva
Fernandinho
D Silva
Missing out: Ag黣ro, De Bruyne,
Tour�, Gundogan, Delph, Jesus
Option three (4-4-1-1)
Ag黣ro
S醤chez
San� Gundogan
D Silva
Sterling
Missing out: B Silva, De Bruyne,
Tour�, Fernandinho, Delph, Jesus
Option four (4-2-3-1)
S醤chez
B Silva
Sterling
San�
Tour� Fernandinho
Missing out: Ag黣ro, Jesus, De Bruyne,
D Silva, Gundogan, Delph
Option five (3-5-2)
S醤chez
D Silva
Jesus
De Bruyne
Gundogan
Walker
Mendy
Missing out: Ag黣ro, San�,
Sterling, B Silva, Tour�,
Fernandinho, Delph, Danilo
Option six (3-5-2)
Sterling
Tour�
Ag黣ro
Fernandinho
Walker
Danilo
San�
Missing out: Jesus, S醤chez,
De Bruyne, D Silva, B Silva,
Gundogan, Delph, Mendy
Park before Friday?s World Cup
qualifier away to Malta.
Arsenal fans vented their anger at
Wenger and his players after their 4-0
defeat away to Liverpool on Sunday
and the club look set to lose Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain to Chelsea in a
� million deal.
Like S醤chez and Mesut 謟il,
Oxlade-Chamberlain has just one year
left on his contract and wants out of the
club after becoming disillusioned with
life under Wenger, who faces further
anger from the club?s fans if he sells
their star forward.
But Sterling, who was born in
Wembley, is understood to be intrigued
by the idea of joining Arsenal. He is
worried about the prospect of not
playing regular football in a World Cup
year and is aware that Guardiola
favours several of his team-mates,
including Leroy San�, Gabriel Jesus
and Kevin De Bruyne.
Guardiola also bought Bernardo
Silva, the attacking midfielder, from
Monaco for � million this summer
and should S醤chez arrive, Sterling?s
chances of representing his country
in Russia would fade significantly,
particularly when Guardiola also has
Ag黣ro in his squad too.
Guardiola only started Sterling
against Bournemouth because he was
concerned about City?s lack of goals in
their opening two fixtures, both of
which he started on the bench.
City?s move for S醤chez is also
likely to have repercussions for the
relationship between the club and
Ag黣ro, their long-serving striker who
scored 20 league goals last season.
Arsenal have made it clear that they
would be happy to take Ag黣ro as part
of any deal for S醤chez, but the
Argentina striker has no interest in a
move to the Emirates Stadium.
It is understood that Ag黣ro, 29, does
worry that he is being forced into the
periphery by Guardiola. The feeling at
City is that Ag黣ro is becoming unhappy with life under Guardiola and could
push for a departure from the club in
January, especially if he is not a regular
starter in the first half of the season.
Ag黣ro faces stiff competition from
Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Mauro
Icardi and Gonzalo Higua韓 for a place
in the Argentina starting XI at the
World Cup in Russia next summer.
6 Kieran Gibbs is set to end his 13-year
association with Arsenal by signing for
West Bromwich Albion for �million.
The left back?s move to the Hawthorns
looked unlikely to materialise when
Tony Pulis refused to meet Arsenal?s
initial � million valuation, but West
Brom will now pay �million up front
with a potential �million in add-ons.
Pulis also hopes to sign Grzegorz
Krychowiak, the Poland midfielder,
from Paris Saint-Germain on a
season-long loan.
Everton reject Chelsea offer for Barkley
Paul Joyce
Everton have rejected Chelsea?s offer of
� million for Ross Barkley after the
Premier League champions stepped up
their interest in the England midfielder.
The offer is below Everton?s valuation which stands at � million, but
Chelsea are ready to continue
negotiations as they seek to outflank
the England international?s long-term
suitors Tottenham Hotspur.
Stamford Bridge officials spoke with
their Everton counterparts at last
Sunday?s Premier League game about
Barkley and have followed up those
conversations with a firm proposal.
Barkley is recovering from surgery
on a hamstring injury which will
rule him out until November
and mean he is unlikely to be
match fit until nearer
Christmas. He is in the
final year of his contract
having rejected an
extension from his
boyhood club.
Everton seem unlikely to persuade clubs to meet their asking
A �m offer for Barkley was
below Everton?s valuation
price which has already dropped from
� million. Chelsea, Tottenham and
Everton know Barkley?s valuation
will fall further in January when
he will have just six months
remaining on his contract
before he can leave for
nothing. Everton would
not receive compensation because the player
would be aged 24.
Barkley has not featured this season after
surgery on a double hernia
b
before a hamstring problem which
will keep him out for 12 weeks.
Joining Wenger?s sinking
Tony Cascarino
M
anchester City are
prepared to let
Raheem Sterling leave
for Arsenal but the
England forward
should be very wary of joining a
sinking ship.
City have indicated that Sterling
can link up with Ars鑞e Wenger?s
team if that is what it takes to bring
Alexis S醤chez in the other
direction. That would be a very
dangerous move for Sterling. The list
of players who have failed to fulfil
their potential at the Emirates
Stadium is too long.
Only if Arsenal were to offer him
a much better wage is there any
good reason for him to go there. In
contrast to Wenger?s early years at
the club, the manager does not have
an impressive record for improving
players over the past decade. Most of
those he has signed have stood still,
at best.
You can say that S醤chez has got
better at Arsenal and Olivier Giroud
probably has too, but otherwise it is
a sorry tale, particularly for England
players. Theo Walcott, Alex OxladeChamberlain, Calum Chambers and
Carl Jenkinson have disappointed to
varying degrees despite all making
their international debuts by the age
of 20.
Sterling may think: ?I?m a London
lad and it could be nice going back
home.? But, he should also question:
?Will going to Arsenal enhance my
career and get me in the England
team for the World Cup next year??
The answer is probably ?No?.
It would be a particularly bad time
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�m S醤chez bid rejected
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Oxlade-Chamberlain waits for
Liverpool to match Chelsea bid
Paul Joyce
Northern Football Correspondent
S醤chez, in training with Chile, left, could move to City
before the transfer window shuts tomorrow, with Sterling,
above, going the other way. Oxlade-Chamberlain, below, is
poised to leave Arsenal for Chelsea or Liverpool
Chelsea are concerned Alex OxladeChamberlain is getting cold feet over a
proposed � million move as the
player waits to see whether Arsenal
are prepared to also consider doing
business with Liverpool.
Oxlade-Chamberlain prefers the
idea of a switch to Anfield, and playing
in a favoured midfield role under
J黵gen Klopp, to a transfer to the
champions.
Liverpool were told earlier in the
summer by Arsenal that they would not
do business with a rival, but if there is a
softening of that stance now that
an agreement has been struck with
Antonio Conte?s side then they will
match the bid for the 24-year-old.
Despite Chelsea agreeing a fee on
Monday, Oxlade-Chamberlain has
shown no inclination to press ahead
with a medical or the finer details to
close a transfer. He was with England at
St George?s Park yesterday and trained
as normal with Gareth Southgate?s
squad last night before Friday?s World
Cup qualifier with Malta.
The delay is clearly a worry to
Chelsea, who have endured a troubled
summer of recruitment with Romelu
Lukaku slipping through their grasp
amid the disintegration of Diego
Costa?s relationship with the Stamford
Bridge club. Conte is also interested in
Leicester City?s Danny Drinkwater,
Ross Barkley, of Everton, and Swansea
City?s Fernando Llorente. Everything
now depends on whether Arsenal are
willing to take Liverpool?s money
before tomorrow?s transfer deadline,
although Oxlade-Chamberlain also
has the option of staying at the
Emirates and seeing out the final year
of his contract.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of a
number of targets for Liverpool
manager Klopp with Monaco?s attacking midfielder Thomas Lemar an alternative if the French club will sanction
another high-profile departure.
Liverpool still want Virgil van Dijk,
the Holland centre back, and would be
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prepared to pay a world-record fee of
� million for a defender that would
test the south coast club?s insistence
that the 26-year-old is not for sale.
But there remains no indication that
Southampton are ready to buckle
despite Van Dijk having not played for
the club since January due to injury and
the fact he submitted a transfer request
earlier this month. The intrigue comes
with Liverpool having now rejected a
� million bid from Crystal Palace for
Mamadou Sakho as they continue to
hold out for a � million fee. The offer
was made yesterday by the Palace coowner Steve Parish and amounted to an
initial payment of � million, plus a
further �million in add-ons. It was
Palace?s third bid of the summer for
Sakho, 27, who finished last season on
loan at Selhurst Park.
Sakho has attracted interest from
West Bromwich Albion and Leicester
City, but wants to rejoin Palace where
he helped the club stave off relegation.
Despite the uncertainty around the
future of Frank de Boer, the arrival of
Sakho would provide a shot in the arm
for a club without a point or a goal so far
in the Premier League this season and
Parish may return with a better offer.
If the matter is resolved, Palace
would insist on a thorough medical
with Sakho having recently had knee
and achilles problems.
Marco Silva. the Watford head coach,
is considering a loan for Liverpool?s
Lazar Markovic, who played under him
while on loan at Hull City last season.
Giggs worth �n in this market ? Keane
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ship could ruin City winger
for Sterling to join Arsenal. By
dropping out of the Champions
League, they are not successful
enough to entice the really top
players, while Wenger is no longer a
big draw for transfer targets.
Furthermore, should Sterling be
part of a move where he was a
makeweight, it could unsettle him
and knock his confidence.
Not that a rejection by Pep
Guardiola is necessarily a sign that
Sterling is on a downward spiral.
This is a case of the City head coach
only wanting to work with the very
best; to be a part of his squad you
have to tick every one of his boxes.
Guardiola is accustomed to
working with the likes of Robert
Lewandowski and Arjen Robben for
Bayern Munich, with Lionel Messi
and Andr閟 Iniesta for Barcelona.
He probably questions Sterling?s
ability to reach the highest level.
Sterling has great pace and skill,
but sometimes loses the ball in good
positions and he can be a bit
wasteful in front of goal. For
Guardiola, that?s not quite enough.
He sets his standards very high ? in
fact, at about the level of Wenger in
the first half of his Arsenal tenure.
It would be a shame if Sterling
were to leave City. He can be very
dangerous and in his Liverpool days
he was part of a great forward line,
which led to his � million move to
City, but Pep wants more from his
players. I would not be surprised if
John Stones, the �.5 million centre
back, were another player to become
expendable over the next year or so.
Even Sergio Ag黣ro does not tick
every box for the Spaniard, which is
why he has been left out of the
starting line-up on a few occasions.
In contrast I think that Guardiola
considers S醤chez to be a complete
player. He has Ag黣ro?s finishing
ability but is more of a team player. It
is no surprise Guardiola would be
prepared to sacrifice Sterling for him.
Roy Keane has suggested that Ryan
Giggs would be worth �billion in the
present transfer climate given the
?mind-boggling? sums being spent by
Premier League clubs on mediocre
players.
?If ever there was a time to be a
professional player, it?s now. Average
players are going for � million. My
goodness,? Keane, Ireland?s assistant
manager, said in typically forthright
fashion. The window has seen Neymar
move from Barcelona to Paris SaintGermain for �9 million, a new world
record, but the English game has also
been notable for the level of its fees.
Manchester City have paid around
� million for Kyle Walker, and
Everton signed Gylfi Sigurdsson from
Swansea City for � million.
?It?s mind-boggling, the figures that
are out there ? especially for the
average players,? Keane added.
?I don?t really analyse it too much,
but that?s the market place at the
moment. There aren?t many top players
out there. The really big players are
going for big money and it?s filtering
down now. When average players are
going for �-40 million, it does make
you scratch your head. But if the clubs
are prepared to pay that, then it?s not
the players? fault.?
Keane captained the likes of Giggs,
Ruud van Nistelrooy and David
Beckham at Manchester United. ?Ruud
would certainly be worth in the market
now probably a billion,? he said.
?David Beckham? A billion. Ryan
Giggs? Two billion.?
Wimmer ready to shine at Stoke after �m move
New Hazard joins Chelsea
Kevin Wimmer claims regular
Premier League football can help him
to prove his credentials after
swapping his frustration with
Tottenham Hotspur for a five-year
contract at Stoke City (Steve Madeley
writes). The 24-year-old Austria
defender has moved to the Potteries
for � million, giving Tottenham a
� million profit despite Wimmer
making 15 league appearances in two
seasons at the club.
?I can?t wait to show my skills and
do my best for this club,? Wimmer
said. ?For a centre back, I am quite
good with the ball . . . but there is still a
lot to improve on. I had some good
conversations with the manager
[Mark Hughes]. He likes to play from
the back, that fits me very well.?
Kylian Hazard has followed in the
footsteps of his older brothers Eden
and Thorgan ? the latter having
subsequently moved to Borussia
M鰊chengladbach ? in signing for
Chelsea. Kylian, 22, an attacking
midfielder, has joined from Ujpest,
the Hungarian side, and will go into
Chelsea?s development squad rather
than Antonio Conte?s senior side.
Mitrovic charged by FA
Wales hopeful on Ramsey
King signs four-year deal
Aleksandar Mitrovic, the Newcastle
United striker, faces a three-match
ban after being charged with violent
conduct following an incident
involving Manuel Lanzini, of West
Ham United. Mitrovic appeared to
catch Lanzini with his elbow during
Newcastle?s 3-0 win over Slaven Bilic?s
side on Saturday. He has until 6pm
today to respond to the charge.
Wales are confident Aaron Ramsey
will be fit for World Cup qualifiers
against Austria and Moldova despite
missing training yesterday. The
Arsenal midfielder suffered a kick to
the calf during their 4-0 defeat away
to Liverpool on Sunday and was
substituted. He sat out Wales? training
session ahead of Saturday?s group D
clash against Austria in Cardiff.
Joshua King has signed a new fouryear deal at Bournemouth. The
Norway forward, 25, who was last
season?s top scorer for the Premier
League club with 16 goals ?
including a run of 12 in 14 games ?
will remain at the Vitality Stadium
until at least 2021. ?There was a lot of
talk during the summer but I made it
clear I wanted to stay here,? King said.
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England were truly
awful and there is
no sugar-coating it
Steve James
It was a wonderfully exciting Test
match, probably a great of its genre. It
was a wonderfully uplifting result for
West Indies cricket, which desperately
needed this shot in the arm after the
ignominy of Edgbaston. To win after
that was indeed quite remarkable, one
of sport?s most amazing turnarounds.
But, and immediate apologies for
playing the reality curmudgeon here,
let?s be honest, this was not a highquality Test match. Yes, it had its
periods of excellence and sometimes
beyond, mostly when the youthful and
magnificent pairing of Kraigg
Brathwaite and Shai Hope (how on
earth had no one ever made twin
hundreds in a match here before,
though?) were batting, but it also had
too much sloppiness and slovenliness.
There were more drops on both sides
than you find on an Alpine mountain.
There is just no excuse for such poor
catching. The players practise it for
hour after hour, for goodness sake. It is
the easiest of skills that any cricketer
has to try to master.
While hoping that it is not seen as too
much of an attempt to take anything
away from a West Indies victory, that
will help to revive their cricket ? as
well as Test cricket as a whole ? it does
have to be said that in the cold light of
day this was an awful performance
from England. And you do hope that
they see it wholly that way rather than
trying to sugar-coat it with the proviso
of West Indian brilliance.
England had many, many opportunities to win this match, even after
conceding such a hefty first-innings
lead. They can and should be so much
better.
Complacency is a dirty and despised
word in professional sport, but was
there more than a hint of it in England?s
showing? Only the players can answer
that, and they will probably only do so
behind closed doors. That is fair
enough, but surely to raise the word is
hardly out of order.
Did it begin with the selection of
Chris Woakes? That was certainly a
surprise. Woakes is a fine Test cricketer
who would obviously be in England?s
full-strength side if he were fully
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match-fit. But he was not fully matchfit before this.
He had just one County Championship match for Warwickshire after a
long layoff. Net practises do not equate
to matches. He was undercooked and it
showed.
Toby Roland-Jones did not deserve
to be omitted. It was not that he had
done nothing wrong. He had actually
done a lot more than that. He had done
very well. He would have bowled well
on this surface.
Not that defeat was his fault, but
Woakes should have played for
Warwickshire against Lancashire this
week and then come into consideration
for the final Test at Lord?s next week,
probably with the series already
wrapped up.
Maybe the England management
and selectors were rather spooked by
what happened after the first Test
against South Africa at Lord?s this
summer. In the euphoria of victory they
immediately announced the same
squad for the second Test at Trent
Bridge.
When they got to the ground it was
probably obvious that they had made
an error. They needed an extra batsman because there was no way that
Liam Dawson should have been playing as the second spinner on the pitch
provided. Their swift ?same again?
response had been exposed.
After the hiding handed out to West
Indies at Edgbaston that should have
been the call here, though, but instead
England decided to take the supposedly
more clever route. You can sometimes
overthink things. Yes, there was obviously a desire to avoid a repeat result of
the hammering at Trent Bridge but it
was almost as if there was too much talk
about it beforehand. There was no
need. It was almost as if England were
trying to put pressure upon themselves.
All the pressure was on West Indies and
it should have remained that way.
As it was, England batted badly on
the first day. They won the toss and it
was the correct decision to bat, but they
just did not make it count. A score of
258 was clearly inadequate and they
were fortunate to be allowed back into
the game by West Indian profligacy in
England?s second innings.
You think back to that England first
innings and even the main run-makers,
Joe Root and Ben Stokes, were a little
casual in going about their business,
maybe not as steely-eyed as they can
be. Even in England?s second innings,
when they were clearly gaining the
ascendancy, there were some reckless
shots from the likes of Stokes and Jonny
Bairstow.
Should Root have declared on that
fourth evening when he did? Hindsight
says no, of course, and it was lauded as
being admirably positive at the time,
but it does go to show how devilishly
difficult these judgments are. It is so
easy to observe from the sidelines.
Dealing with the undesired consequences is a different matter. Root
declared, England lost. That is how
history will record it. He may approach
the next declaration a little differently.
Could Root have done more in the
field yesterday? Well, it was surprising
that Stokes bowled so little and Graeme
Swann, who knows a bit about spin
bowling, was saying long before it was
tried that Moeen Ali should have been
bowling at the Kirkstall Lane End (he
eventually dismissed Brathwaite from
there), but these are minor quibbles.
The pitch maybe did not do as much
as expected but the bowlers and catchers must take the responsibility. They
did not do their jobs. It?s as simple as
that. England now have a dilemma.
Lord?s was previously earmarked as the
chance to give the leg-spinner Mason
Crane a debut. Can they risk that now
(the pitch did turn against South Africa,
in fairness) and, if they do, who do they
leave out?
The balance of the side seems right,
even if three batting slots remain with
question marks alongside them, so it
would make sense to leave a seamer
out. But to do that in September?
Lots of questions. The one real
answer is that England must
sharpen up.
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Daring declarations that failed
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Teams have lost after declaring in
their third innings. England four
times, below, West Indies three,
South Africa twice and India,
Australia and New Zealand once.
1948 Declared with 403-run lead
Lost to Australia by seven wickets
1984 Declared with 341-run lead
Lost to West Indies by nine wickets
2008 Declared with 386-run lead
Lost to India by six wickets
2017 Declared with 321-run lead
Lost to West Indies by five wickets
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Alastair Cook Two low scores
and twice let down by his
normally reliable hands at slip
in West Indies? second innings.
Mark Stoneman Dismissed by
a good ball from Gabriel, then
survived a dislocated finger to
make a maiden Test fifty.
Tom Westley Alas, poor Tom.
Leg-before to a straight ball,
then chased a wide one. Will he
get another chance at Lord?s?
5
8
Joe Root Two more fifties. As
captain, a challenging day in
the field yesterday that he must
view as a learning experience.
Dawid Malan Yet to find his
tempo in Test cricket. After a
fortunate reprieve on 32, he
hung on to make a half-century.
Ben Stokes His first-innings
century kept England in the
game, to which he added a fifty.
His bowling was underused.
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Jonny Bairstow Overeager
early in his second innings, as
epitomised by a poor reversesweep. Kept wicket tidily.
Moeen Ali His 84 on Monday
had seemed to swing the game.
His bowling was not influential
enough yesterday.
Chris Woakes He remains
undercooked with the ball, but
his unbeaten 61 with the bat
was an important innings.
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Stuart Broad He bowled with
better rhythm yesterday, but
rued his luck as catches went
down.
James Anderson Bowled
beautifully in the first innings.
He drew a blank yesterday and
is stuck on 497 Test wickets.
TOTAL
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Broad fumes at
Cook?s two drops
Drop No 1
With West Indies 11-0, Cook spills Brathwaite who
was then on four and went on to make 95
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part of east sussex roots for hope
National loyalties aside, there was a
corner of East Sussex relishing Shai
Hope?s outstanding performances in
this game. Hope spent his sixth form
education at Bede?s in Eastbourne,
having been spotted in Barbados by
Alan Wells, the school?s director of
cricket, and offered a scholarship.
Wells polished Hope?s talent during
those two years, helping to produce a
fine cricketer for the same team who
restricted his own Test career to one
match. Wells made three runs in two
innings against West Indies at the Oval
in 1995 and was never picked again.
brathwaite agonisingly short
One of the more surprising statistics
uncovered during this Test was that no
batsman, in 534 first-class matches
before Hope, had made a century in
both innings at Headingley. There had
been two previous near misses in the
past 12 months. Alex Lees, the
Yorkshire opening batsman, was
dismissed for 88 after making a firstinnings century in the County
Championship match against Durham
in September last year, then Kraigg
Brathwaite fell five runs short of
pipping Hope to the milestone when
he edged Moeen Ali to Ben Stokes
yesterday.
leeds contracts cricket fever
As the local population returned to
work after a bank holiday weekend,
Yorkshire attempted to lure extra
spectators to Headingley yesterday by
Drop No 2
West Indies were 37 runs from victory when
Cook drops Hope, to Broad?s annoyance, left
But Crane flies
to take catch
Catch of the day
The substitute fielder Crane dives to his left
to take this catch and dismiss Chase
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Kraigg Brathwaite Wonderfully
disciplined century on
Saturday, then made the most
of his reprieves yesterday.
Kieran Powell Played a few
pleasant shots yesterday, but
shows few real signs of
permanence.
Kyle Hope Overshadowed by
his younger brother, but he was
desperately unfortunate to be
run out yesterday.
Yorkshire lured fans to Headingley yesterday with this Root-signed sick note
advertising on social media the
template of a sick note, which said:
?Please excuse [fill name in here] from
work on Tuesday 29 August as they
have suddenly contracted a viral
condition, more commonly known as
?Cricket Fever?. ? The signature on the
bottom was a familiar one, the scribble
of the England captain. ?Yours
faithfully, Dr Root,? it read.
dropped catches prove costly
There are no official statistics for the
number of runs resulting from
dropped catches in Tests, but there
were several costly missed chances by
both sides in this game. The 91 runs
added by Brathwaite yesterday after
he had been dropped on four by
Alastair Cook off the bowling of Stuart
Broad took the cumulative total of
runs cost by dropped catches beyond
400 for the Test.
holder on the naughty step
Jason Holder became the second
player in this game to be reprimanded
for swearing under the ICC?s new zerotolerance approach to bad language.
After Ben Stokes? punishment, which
has left him within one offence of a
ban, Holder?s expletives were picked
up on stump microphones while he
was bowling at Dawid Malan during
England?s second innings, forcing
commentators to apologise. Holder
and Stokes fell foul of article 2.1.4 of
the players? code of conduct, which
states: ?this offence is not intended to
penalise trivial behaviour?. The ICC is
expected to discuss the subject at its
board meeting in November.
Crowds cheer Headingley as 10-year
Ashes snub is branded ?a disgrace?
John Westerby
Yorkshire believe that the crowds
attracted to Headingley over the past
five days will represent a turning point
in the ground?s status as a Test venue
following the ?disgrace? of a decade
without an Ashes Test.
A healthy final-day crowd of 8,530
yesterday boosted the cumulative
o
attendance for the second Test to
56,005, a marked improvement after
several years of poorly attended
international matches.
The previous four Tests at Headingley had been early-season matches,
three of them starting in May, as one of
the traditional Test venues was
relegated to staging matches against
England?s lesser opponents of the summer, often in inhospitable conditions.
Another May start will follow when
England play Pakistan in Leeds next
year, then Australia visit in 2019 for the
first time since 2009, before the ECB?s
match allocation process is changed.
?The crowds this week show what a
disgrace it is that we won?t have had
Ashes cricket here for ten years,? Mark
Arthur, the Yorkshire chief executive,
said. ?It?s a hotbed of cricket around
here and we?ve had to have May Test
matches. It?s disrespectful to the people
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Shai Hope Seems incredible
that he had not made a Test
century before this game. Two
innings of character and class.
Roston Chase Three wickets in
England?s second innings and
he was calm at the crease at a
vital stage of the run chase.
Jermaine Blackwood Dull he
ain?t. Few signs of composure
in the final stages, but he has
impressed in this series.
of this area that they haven?t had the
opportunity of more summer Tests.
We?ve had New Zealand, Sri Lanka,
New Zealand, Sri Lanka, West Indies.
No disrespect to those countries, we
welcome them here, but not on that
regularity. We
Children
watched
Root
for free
yesterday
want to be back at the top table of Test
cricket.?
The nadir for Headingley came in
2013, when only 29,000 attended a Test
against New Zealand over five days.
Last year, Arthur believes back-to-back
Test matches in Leeds and Chester-leStreet in May exposed the folly of the
ECB?s outgoing system of making
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grounds
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matches.
?That showed how crass
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the
system was, holding back-tob
back
Tests in the north in May,? he said.
?It shouldn?t all be about money. It?s
about engaging the community and
society for the betterment of cricket.?
At the end of this season, � million
worth of redevelopment work will
begin at Headingley on the dualpurpose Football Stand, shared with
the neighbouring rugby clubs.
Yorkshire also cut ticket prices
yesterday to � for adults, with
children going free. ?We?ve had people
here today for the first time and
people from all different sections of the
community,? he said.
?You?ve got to make sure the local
market can afford the price of tickets.
Lord?s can afford to charge � next
week, but we have to make sure that
we?re engaging with all sections of the
community.?
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Shane Dowrich A first-innings
failure with the bat. His keeping
did not inspire confidence,
making life difficult for his slips.
Jason Holder His bowling was
fitful, but he was often
threatening and batted well for
his 43 in the first innings.
Devendra Bishoo Dismissed
Root in the first innings and Ali
in the second, but his captain
seemed reluctant to trust him.
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Kemar Roach Bowled well on
the first day, then his rhythm
deserted him in the second
innings.
Shannon Gabriel A true attack
leader. His return to the side
made a huge difference,
bowling with pace and menace.
TOTAL
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Sublime Hope inspires a
continued from back
The greatest upset I have seen
over the five days, legions of cricket
supporters in the Caribbean were
watching this, because Jason Holder?s
young team did them proud. They were
not flawless, of course, and had they
taken their catches they would have
won with time to spare, but nevertheless from the depths of despair at Edgbaston came a startling renaissance.
There were many heroes of the hour:
Holder, the young captain, who took
the criticism full on after Edgbaston,
and who batted with real authority
when West Indies were wobbling in
their first innings, and then bowled
with heart and discipline throughout;
Shannon Gabriel, who returned to lead
the attack as a strike bowler should; but
most of all two young batsmen around
whom the semblance of a sturdy Test
match batting line-up can be glimpsed.
Kraigg Brathwaite, from Wanderers
Cricket Club and Combermere School,
the alma mater of Sir Frank Worrell,
and Shai Hope, of Pickwick Cricket
Club and, latterly and briefly, of Bede?s
School in East Sussex, led the charge,
following up their hundreds in the first
innings with magnificent contributions
in the second. They were partners in
both innings for 390 runs, more than
half their team?s total in the match, and
they were the rocks upon which
England?s ship foundered.
These two players, 24 and 23 years of
age respectively, represent the future of
West Indies cricket and, on this
evidence, greener pastures lie ahead.
Brathwaite is a sticker in the traditional
mould, a nose-to-the-grindstone type,
who bashes a bail into the ground to
take his guard just like Shivnarine
Chanderpaul, a batsman who acted as a
beacon for the young Brathwaite,
surrounded as he was by traditional
Caribbean dashers.
He made 95 to add to his first-innings
hundred and if he was gifted a brace of
chances by England ? dropped at slip
on four by Alastair Cook and on 29 by
Stuart Broad in his follow through ?
then it was nothing more than he
deserved for his determination and
skill in seeing off Broad and Anderson
in the first hour in peachy bowling
conditions. As the ball nipped and
darted around like a chased buck at the
start of the day, Brathwaite?s ability to
suck the danger from the situation was
vital for those who came later.
It looked as though he would become
the first man to score two hundreds in a
first-class game at Headingley but he
fell short when he edged Moeen Ali to
slip attempting a drive just before tea,
having batted for more than ten hours
in the match. Instead, it was left to Hope
to do what Brathwaite, and every other
first-class cricketer who has come to
this famous ground, could not do,
taking West Indies calmly over the
finishing line with as fine a hundred as
you could wish to see. It is a remarkable
thought that Hope has done in his first
game here what Len Hutton, Herbert
Sutcliffe and Geoffrey Boycott could
never do.
Brathwaite will become a high-class
accumulator but Hope has the chance
to be even better than that, stylish and
fluent as he is. Collar turned up, sleeves
rolled down, stocky of build, he looks
the part at the crease and could yet
extend the lineage of high-class players
from his island. He has always been
known for eye-catching shots but, here,
in the course of two innings, he became
a Test match batsman in the round,
attaching those shots to a cast-iron
defence and a commitment to lasting
Scoreboard from Headingley
Fifth day of five: West Indies beat
England by five wickets
England: First Innings
A N Cook c K Hope b Gabriel...................11
M D Stoneman c Dowrich b Roach..... 19
T Westley lbw b Roach.................................3
*J E Root c Blackwood b Bishoo...........59
D J Malan b Holder.........................................8
B A Stokes c Dowrich b Gabriel......... 100
?J M Bairstow c Holder b Gabriel...........2
M M Ali c Chase b Roach.......................... 22
C R Woakes c Dowrich b Roach............23
S C J Broad b Gabriel.................................... 0
J M Anderson not out.................................. 0
Extras (b 2, lb 3, w 4, nb 2).........................11
Total (70.5 overs)................................. 258
Fall of wickets 1-19, 2-26, 3-37, 4-71,
5-140, 6-152, 7-220, 8-258, 9-258.
Bowling Roach 19.5-1-71-4; Gabriel
17-4-51-4; Holder 16-5-45-1; Chase
12-1-59-0; Bishoo 6-0-27-1.
West Indies: First Innings
K C Brathwaite b Broad...........................134
K O A Powell c Cook b Anderson...........5
D A Bishoo c Bairstow b Anderson........ 1
K A Hope c Root b Anderson....................3
S D Hope c Bairstow b Anderson....... 147
J Blackwood run out.................................. 49
?S O Dowrich c Root b Anderson.......... 0
*J O Holder c Ali b Woakes......................43
K A J Roach not out.......................................6
S T Gabriel lbw b Stokes........................... 10
Extras (b 8, lb 11, w 5)..................................24
Total (127 overs).................................... 427
Fall of wickets 1-11, 2-31, 3-35, 4-281,
5-296, 6-329, 7-329, 8-404, 9-406.
Bowling Anderson 29-7-76-5; Broad 242-95-1; Woakes 21-4-78-1; Stokes 25-963-2; Ali 24-4-84-0; Westley 4-0-12-0.
England: Second Innings
A N Cook c Dowrich b Holder................23
M D Stoneman b Gabriel.......................... 52
T Westley c Dowrich b Holder................. 8
*J E Root c S Hope b Gabriel...................72
D J Malan b Chase........................................ 61
B A Stokes c Brathwaite b Chase.........58
?J M Bairstow b Chase...............................18
M M Ali c Brathwaite b Bishoo..............84
C R Woakes not out......................................61
S C J Broad not out.......................................14
Extras (b 13, lb 5, w 9, nb 12)................... 39
Total (8 wkts dec, 141 overs)........... 490
Fall of wickets 1-58, 2-81, 3-94, 4-212,
5-303, 6-312, 7-327, 8-444.
Bowling Gabriel 26-3-125-2; Roach 24-895-0; Holder 33-10-95-2; Chase 32-5-863; Bishoo 25-1-67-1; Brathwaite 1-0-4-0.
West Indies: Second Innings
K C Brathwaite c Stokes b Ali................ 95
K O A Powell c Stokes b Broad............. 23
K A Hope run out............................................0
S D Hope not out..........................................118
R L Chase c sub b Woakes...................... 30
J Blackwood st Bairstow b Ali................41
?S O Dowrich not out................................... 0
Extras (b 4, lb 9, w 1, nb 1)......................... 15
Total (5 wkts, 91.2 overs)................... 322
Fall of wickets 1-46, 2-53, 3-197, 4-246,
5-320.
Bowling Anderson 24-6-73-0;
Broad 25-4-91-1; Ali 25-3-76-2;
Woakes 12.2-2-44-1; Stokes 5-0-25-0.
Umpires C B Gaffaney (NZ) and S Ravi
(India). Third umpire M Erasmus (SA).
Series details: First Test: Edgbaston:
England won by an innings and 209
runs. Alastair Cook scored 243 as
England declared at 514 for eight
before taking 19 wickets on day three
to complete an early victory. Third
Test: Lord?s: September 7-11.
the course. When the final hour started
at 5.56pm, with the floodlights illuminating a grey, Leeds evening and a
crowd of more than 8,000 utterly enthralled, West Indies needed 47 to win.
Anderson was wicketless, remarkably,
and, having been bowled for ten overs
either side of tea, weary. Ali had struggled to find the right pace on a pitch that
had gone to sleep. Chris Woakes was
below his best, as he had been throughout the game with the ball, and Ben
Stokes was off Joe Root?s radar for some
reason, having only bowled five overs.
Five overs earlier, Roston Chase had
holed out to a brilliant catch from
Mason Crane, who put his goalkeeping
skills learnt at Lancing College to good
use as he flung himself to his left at
mid-on, to keep England?s hopes alive.
Enter Jermaine Blackwood, the pocket
rocket from Jamaica, and a man known
to play his way, and his way alone. The
second new ball had just been taken.
Blackwood, though, was playing the
situation, not the man with 497 Test
wickets and a new cherry in his hand.
He backed away to Anderson?s second
delivery with the new ball and planted it
over mid-on for six, a message for anyone wondering how West Indies would
approach the task with the light fading
and time ticking away. England?s last
chance, perhaps, came with a slash from
Hope, 106 at the time and the target 37
runs away, that flew to Cook at first slip
and was grassed. Rarely can a Test have
seen so many catches put down.
The only question now was whether
Blackwood could hold his nerve. Hope
looked as though he had ice running
through his veins. Blackwood did not.
He was drenched with sweat, playing
shot after shot, some of them good,
some of them awful. He scampered for
his runs, sometimes halfway down the
pitch before Hope had set off, and there
were fears of a calamitous run-out. The
light began to fade. Root shot querying
looks at umpire Sundaram Ravi. The
umpires remained unmoved.
Anderson was done now, wicketless,
and Root brought Ali into the fray, with
Broad pounding in from the Kirkstall
Lane End. Hope cut. Cook dropped.
Blackwood stepped inside the line and
carved Broad over third man for an astonishing six. The 50-run partnership
came up. The field spread for Blackwood and came in for Hope. Ali bowled
a long hop and Blackwood, attempting
to hit the ball into Bramhope, found
Stokes, who fumbled, at deep midwicket. The final blunder of the game.
England?s frustration grew. Overthrows came at the wrong time, five of
them. There were four byes, too, as Ali
spun one past Jonny Bairstow to the
fine-leg fence. England seemed done
for. Root wore a rueful smile. Hopefully,
no one will blame him for the declaration: it was a fine declaration, giving his
team a good chance to win the match. It
also gave West Indies a chance, too,
which is how it has to be sometimes.
Just one hit away, now. Blackwood
removed his helmet. The thought
struck that he might want to replace it
with his West Indies cap, but no, he
settled bare-headed, his face and beard
drenched with sweat. He charged Ali,
looking to finish the game with one
mighty blow, but missed and was
smartly stumped by Bairstow.
Justly, then, it was left to Hope to
score the winning runs. Woakes sent
one into his pads and Hope calmly
clipped the ball through square leg
and at that moment, all his pent-up
emotion was released and he looked to
the heavens and let out a mighty roar. It
was the first time that West Indies had
won a Test in England for 17 long years.
Hope entered and hope returned.
Hope guided
West Indies to
victory with his
second century
of the match
Batting star schooled in Sussex
Who is Shai Hope?
He is a 23-year-old who was born in
Barbados. His elder brother
is Kyle Hope, who opens
the batting for the West
Indies.
When did he make his
Test debut?
It was against England, on
his home island in 2015.
Hope, right, received his
cap from the great Sir Clive
Lloyd. He opened the batting
but only made five and nine.
Had he made a Test century
before this Test?
No. His first-innings century was
his first. He had made 90
against Pakistan this year in
Bridgetown. That had been his
only previous Test fifty, and this
was his 12th Test.
Didn?t he go to school in England too?
He went to Bede?s School in East
Sussex, joining the sixth form on
a scholarship partly funded by
the Barbados Cricket
Association. He was coached by
former Sussex and England
batsman, Alan Wells.
What sort of batsman
is he?
He likes to play his
shots. A back-foot
force through midoff was one of the
shots of the day. He
reined things in a
little to suit the
circumstances
in the second
innings, happy
tto take singles as
he neared his
century.
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STU FORSTER/GETTY IMAGES
The
decider
Third Test starts on
Thursday,
September 7
at Lord?s
Defiant Root stands
by the timing of his
?positive? declaration
John Westerby
Hope?s average
before this Test
18.61
and
after
29.81
He becomes the tenth West Indian to score centuries in both innings of a Test
West Indies players to score centuries in both innings
Hope playing cricket when he was a child
Player
1st Innings
2nd Innings
Opponent
Year
G Headley
114
112
v England (h)
G Headley
106
107
v England (a)
1939
E Weekes
162
101
v India (a)
1948
C Walcott
126
110
v Australia (h)
1955
1930
C Walcott
155
110
v Australia (h)
1955
G Sobers
125
109
v Pakistan (h)
1958
R Kanhai
117
115
v Australia (a)
1961
L Rowe
214
100
v New Zealand (h)
1972
G Greenidge
134
101
v England (a)
1976
B Lara
221
130
v Sri Lanka (a)
2001
K Powell
117
110
v Bangladesh (a)
2012
S Hope
147
118
v England (a)
2017
Joe Root vowed to maintain an attacking approach to declarations despite
the scarring experience of seeing West
Indies overhaul the target he had set
yesterday with something to spare.
In his sixth Test as captain, this was
the second occasion on which Root had
declared England?s second innings but,
after a successful outcome against
South Africa at the Kia Oval, he was left
powerless in the field yesterday as his
bowlers failed to disturb Shai Hope?s
serene progress in piloting West Indies
to a famous victory.
Asked if such a chastening experience may lead him towards more
cautious declarations in future, Root
said: ?I don?t think it will. In hindsight,
it?s easy to say that the declaration
might not have been timed right but it
was a positive thing to do. We?re a side
that want to go out and win Test matches and we got in a position where we
could do that.?
Trevor Bayliss, the England head
coach, said that the whole team had
been behind the timing of the
declaration but admitted that he had
been surprised by some of Root?s
captaincy on the final day.
?You?re always under a lot of pressure
and maybe he made a couple of moves
that were a little bit surprising from my
point of view,? Bayliss said. ?But I?m
sitting up in the changing room. He
tried as much as he could and sometimes you have to give full credit to the
opposition.?
Root conceded that he may have
employed Ben Stokes more as he
shuffled his bowlers in search of
wickets, relying heavily on James
Anderson, Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali.
Broad and Anderson took one wicket
between them while Ali did not gain as
much assistance from a fifth-day pitch
as he would have liked.
Stokes, who had taken two wickets in
the first innings, was not summoned
until the 47th over, by which stage West
Indies were 155 for two, and was then
mainly used in an attempt to bounce
out Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite.
?Maybe that was something that
could have gone slightly differently,?
Root said. ?When I thought about
bringing him on, there was also an
opportunity to bring Stuart and Jimmy
back, your senior bowlers. That might
be something for me to learn.
?It was tough. It didn?t swing and
seam as much as we?d anticipated and
the surface didn?t misbehave as much as
we might have liked.?
Root acknowledged that West Indies
deserved their victory, particularly by
outplaying England over the first two
days after the home side had won the
toss. ?If I?m being brutally honest, on
the first two days we weren?t as good as
we can be,? he said. ?To win the toss, bat
first and only make [258] wasn?t
anywhere near what we?re capable of.?
Both sides were guilty of dropping
catches in the game, with Alastair Cook
missing two slip chances yesterday,
Broad dropping Brathwaite as he
inadvertently ran out Kyle Hope and
Stokes putting down Jermaine
An incredible win
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First-class matches at Headingley it
took for Shai Hope to become the
first player to score a century in
both innings
June 15, 2000
The last time West Indies won a Test
in England, claiming victory by an
innings and 93 runs at Edgbaston
2nd
England have lost the second Test in
each of their past four series (first
Tests: won three, drawn one)
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West Indies? win is the fourth highest
fourth-innings score they have made
to win and the fourth-highest total
England have conceded to lose
317
West Indies scored 317 on the final
day to win ? only three teams have
scored more on a final day: 404 by
Donald Bradman?s Australia in 1948
to beat England, 348 by West Indies
against New Zealand in 1969 and
344 also by West Indies in 1984
against England
Stats courtesy of Andrew Samson,
Bharath Seervi, Deepu Narayana
Blackwood in those desperately taut
closing stages. ?We always know how
crucial it is to take your chances in Test
cricket,? Root said.
?West Indies have got young players
who haven?t got a great amount of
experience but they?ve got good skill
levels. If you don?t play to your best,
they?ve got the ability to turn you over
and that?s exactly what they did.?
The victory for West Indies was all
the sweeter after the stinging criticism
from former players after their limp
three-day defeat in the first Test at
Edgbaston. A team meeting in the
aftermath of that game laid the
platform for their vast improvement.
?It feels really good after Edgbaston,
which was a tough loss,? Jason Holder,
the captain, said. ?A lot of teams would
have crumbled, so it?s credit to every
member of this team.
?We were really hard on ourselves
after Edgbaston, but there was no
panic. We sat as a group and discussed
a few things. We needed to be a lot more
consistent and patient and we?ve done
that in this game.?
Nobody was more patient than
Hope, who remained unruffled amid
the remarkable drama of a final-day
run-chase. He carved out his own piece
of history by making twin hundreds but
said that he viewed his innings only in
terms of its value to the team.
?It was all about winning the game,
knowing how much the team wanted
it,? he said.
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hey came to see a
coronation: of King Joe
and a second series win
as captain ? and on his
home ground, too ? and
King Jimmy, three short of 500
Test wickets as he was at the start
of play. Instead, they witnessed a
resurrection, no less, of a onceproud cricketing nation fallen on
hard times, and pride restored by
two young batsmen from
Barbados, one of whom, Shai
Hope, wrote his name into the
record books.
This was one of the great
modern Test matches, one that
produced a truly astonishing
result. In my time watching,
playing and commentating on
Test cricket I cannot think of a
bigger upset when taking into
account the low expectations for a
team with a horrendous away
record who had subsided to a
three-day defeat only the week
before. No one gave West Indies a
prayer before the match, nor
before the last day.
It is to be hoped that, alongside
the 56,000 who came to Leeds
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can play
there,? but I?d only filled in on the left a
couple of times [for Hull].
?But I hate that position. It?s fine for
one or two games but you need to play
in your right position, especially
on the back of scoring nine
goals for Hull City. When I
did speak to him I said I
thought he would have
known I wasn?t a left
midfielder and that he
must have watched me after
spending that money.
?His answer was basically
that when people are
confident, then they can play
anywhere on the pitch.?
Snodgrass did not score a
goal in 15 appearances for
Snodgrass is relieved to be
back with former manager
Bruce at Aston Villa
West Ham and said that he saw his
move to Steve Bruce?s Villa as a
route back to his best form.
?People can judge my time at
West Ham whatever way they
want but I know myself that
when there is a manager that
knows how to get the best out of
you then it?s different, and that?s why
I chose Villa. I wanted to work with
Steve Bruce [who he played under at
Hull] again.
?At West Ham he [Bilic] wanted
me to play cup games to try and
impress but I said I?d done it at
international and Premier League
level and there was no way I was
staying to play cup games. I?ve
got nothing to prove to anyone.
I?ve scored nearly 100 goals in my
career and done it with a smile on my
face.?
Snodgrass, who is with the Scotland
squad for their World Cup qualifiers
against Lithuania and Malta, rejected
the notion that he was enjoying West
Ham?s slump in his absence.
?No, don?t be crazy, I am never
happy about any team that I have
been at losing,? he said. ?Even when I
wasn?t playing, I was always backing the
lads.
?There were a lot of broken
promises, a lot of dishonesty and I
thought, ?This is not what I am about?.
I want to wear my heart on my sleeve
and be loyal. What you see is what you
get.?
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England players have held meetings to
discuss the need to strengthen their
mentality by becoming closer as a
group. Their main means of staying in
touch between internationals and
attempting to build a deeper bond is via
WhatsApp.
Harry Maguire and Nathaniel
Chalobah, the two newcomers to the
squad, have been added to the England
WhatsApp group and there is
inevitable debate over whether
Wayne Rooney remains on it after his
retirement.
The uncapped Jordan Pickford, who
was already in the WhatsApp group
after being drafted into the set-up last
October, yesterday withdrew from the
squad to face Malta and Slovakia with a
minor muscular injury sustained
playing for Everton against Chelsea.
Chalobah, Phil Jones, Kieran Trippier
and Jake Livermore did not join in
training at St George?s Park last night
but are expected to be available for the
Malta game on Friday.
England?s WhatsApp group was set
up by the FA to keep the players
informed of schedules but has
expanded into a discussion forum for
when they are at their clubs. The FA
particularly wants to encourage communication between players who are
rivals at club level. As there are no plans
for a get-together during the break
between the November and March
internationals, the WhatsApp link-up
is considered even more important as
England try to foster a club mentality.
Jordan Henderson said yesterday:
?After November you don?t get to see
them till March and when you look at
how many times you actually train
together, it isn?t a lot to the World Cup.
We?ve spoken together as a squad and
the target is to be the No 1 team in the
world, however long it takes, we don?t
know.
?We?ve not performed in the last few
tournaments I?ve been to, definitely,
and a lot more before that. The mentality has to change. We?ve spoken in meetings about how far we want to go with
each other, how far we want to get to
know each other, not only on a football
level but deeper than that. We are a
close group and everybody?s opinion
can be expressed and everybody takes
[things] on board.
?I was a little bit surprised by Wayne?s
decision because of how good he is and
how hungry he is to play football. I
could see that watching him against
[Manchester] City, he was outstanding,
and the impact he has on the lads, how
good a captain he was.
?Everyone has to say thanks for what
he has done because he has been unbelievable for England. Hopefully he can
keep doing what he is doing for Everton, because he has been brilliant when
he has been there ? but not too good!?
Liverpool?s captain smiled.
?It?s not one or two people that have
got to fill his position [as England captain]. You?ve got to do that as a team. I
feel there?s leaders in the group that will
come forward and express themselves
to push this team on.?
Gareth Southgate has resisted naming a permanent captain and the armband is being rotated between Henderson, Harry Kane, Joe Hart and Gary
Cahill. ?I feel as though I?m ready but
I?m sure there are other lads that feel
that as well. It?s a massive honour,?
Henderson added.
Henderson has returned to Liverpool
action in vibrant form having spent the
summer building up his strength and
fitness after his foot injury.
He even took a physio on holiday to
Portugal with him ? ?when we go on
the beach, I get him an ice-cream? ? to
ensure peak fitness as demonstrated in
the 4-0 demolition of Arsenal last
Sunday.
?Arsenal are still a very good team
with very good players,? he said. ?I
know they?ll get a lot of criticism but, at
the same time, we were very good, with
that intensity. Anyone coming to
Anfield that day would have struggled.?
His role differs slightly with club and
country. ?At Liverpool, I?ve got to be
more aware protection-wise and be a
little bit deeper at times,? he added.
Asked to compare the respective
qualities of Liverpool and England,
Henderson replied: ?You look at the
likes of [Sadio] Man�, [Roberto] Firmino, [Philippe] Coutinho but then I come
here and you?ve got people like Dele Alli and Harry Kane who are amazing talents as well. It?s very hard to compare.?
Eric Dier, far left, finds himself among a goalkeeping union, left to right, of Tom Heaton, Freddie Woodman, the Under-20
World Cup winner who is now with the Under-21 squad and trained with the seniors yesterday, Joe Hart and Jack Butland
Pick young stars, Chalobah tells top clubs
Paul Hirst
England players born outside England
Nathaniel Chalobah has urged top
Premier League clubs to be ?brave? and
field young English players rather than
shipping them out on loan.
Chalobah, 22, spent 12 years at
Chelsea before leaving for Watford this
summer because of a lack of first-team
opportunities at Stamford Bridge.
The midfielder already thinks that
the move has paid off, having been
called up to Gareth Southgate?s
England senior squad after three
Premier League starts for his new club.
?I had to put a lot of things into
consideration, but now I can say that it
was a good decision,? he said. Chalobah
had to go through six loan spells before
making his one and only league start
for Chelsea last season, but he feels he
could have been given a chance earlier.
?It is very difficult being young,? he
said. ?It is a lot of pressure and clubs
have to be brave to play young players.
It?s the only way to gain experience.?
Chalobah showed courage himself
by rejecting a new contract offer from
If Nathaniel Chalobah plays against Malta, he will be the 16th player out of 571
since the war to have played for England having been born elsewhere
Matthew Le
Rob
Tissier Guernsey
Jones
Wales
Graeme Le Saux
Owen
Owen
Hargreaves
Canada
Jersey
Nathaniel
Chalobah
John Salako
Nigeria
Singapore
Sierra Leone
Luther Blissett,
John Barnes,
Raheem Sterling
Jamaica
Terry
Butcher
Tony
Dorigo
Australia
Cyrille
Regis
French
Guiana
Wilfried
Zaha
Ivory
Coast
Bill Perry, Colin
Viljoen, Brian Stein
South Africa
Chelsea and informing them that he
wanted to leave for Watford, who paid
an initial fee of �million for the
midfielder.
Chalobah, who was loaned to
Watford, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Burnley, Reading and Napoli,
admits the nomadic career began to
take its toll. ?I was never really settled,?
he said. Having made 97 appearances
for England?s youth teams, Chalobah is
hoping for senior cap after his maiden
call-up, which came as a shock. ?It?s
something I have always dreamt of and
to know it was actually happening, I
was startled,? he said.
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Sterling used as bait after
Paul Hirst
Raheem Sterling and Sergio Ag黣ro
could become shock casualties of
Manchester City?s bid to sign Alexis
S醤chez from Arsenal, which gathered
pace last night after the clubs opened
talks about a possible deal for the Chile
forward.
S醤chez has told Ars鑞e Wenger, the
Arsenal manager, that he wants to join
City before the transfer window closes
at 11pm tomorrow.
City would prefer a cash-only deal
and have already seen a � million bid
rejected, but are also believed to be
ready to offer � million plus Sterling
for S醤chez, who is refusing to sign a
new contract with Arsenal. S醤chez is
determined to play in the Champions
League.
Arsenal are thought to be holding out
for a fee of � million for S醤chez, who
scored 30 goals for the club last season.
City are confident of striking a deal and
are willing to fly a team of officials to
Chile, where the player is on
international duty, to help with any
medical. By pursuing a deal for
S醤chez, Guardiola is running the risk
of upsetting Ag黣ro, who feels he is
being increasingly marginalised by the
head coach.
City?s willingness to include
Sterling as part of the deal comes as a
big surprise. Five days ago Guardiola
was hailing Sterling?s ability to threaten
opposition defences, particularly in the
No 10 role.
?He is so dangerous in that position,?
Guardiola said. ?He is so aggressive in
the small spaces. That is good.?
Sterling has scored two goals in three
appearances for City this season,
including Saturday?s 97th-minute
winner against Bournemouth, but it
has now emerged that Guardiola is
ready to offload the former Liverpool
player to Arsenal if it means he can land
S醤chez. Although he has praised
Sterling in public, The Times understands that Guardiola harbours serious
doubts about the 22-year-old?s ability to
perform at the top level.
The City head coach has no
complaints about Sterling?s attitude or
work rate, but he felt last season that
the forward still lacks consistency.
Guardiola told Sterling that he should
be scoring 20 goals per season. Last
term, he only managed ten. He was also
on the receiving end of a tirade from
Guardiola in the dressing room during
half-time of City?s victory over Hull
City on Boxing Day last year for his
failure to attack the opposition box.
Sterling knew nothing of City?s
willingness to include him in any deal
until yesterday, but it is understood that
the England player is willing to talk to
Arsenal about a move to the club
despite their troubles. He is at
England?s training base at St George?s
How City could line
up with S醤chez
Option one (4-3-3)
Jesus
Ag黣ro
S醤chez
De Bruyne
Gundogan
D Silva
Missing out: San�, Sterling,
B Silva, Tour�, Delph, Fernandinho
Option two (4-3-3)
Sterling
S醤chez
San�
B Silva
Fernandinho
D Silva
Missing out: Ag黣ro, De Bruyne,
Tour�, Gundogan, Delph, Jesus
Option three (4-4-1-1)
Ag黣ro
S醤chez
San� Gundogan
D Silva
Sterling
Missing out: B Silva, De Bruyne,
Tour�, Fernandinho, Delph, Jesus
Option four (4-2-3-1)
S醤chez
B Silva
Sterling
San�
Tour� Fernandinho
Missing out: Ag黣ro, Jesus, De Bruyne,
D Silva, Gundogan, Delph
Option five (3-5-2)
S醤chez
D Silva
Jesus
De Bruyne
Gundogan
Walker
Mendy
Missing out: Ag黣ro, San�,
Sterling, B Silva, Tour�,
Fernandinho, Delph, Danilo
Option six (3-5-2)
Sterling
Tour�
Ag黣ro
Fernandinho
Walker
Danilo
San�
Missing out: Jesus, S醤chez,
De Bruyne, D Silva, B Silva,
Gundogan, Delph, Mendy
Park before Friday?s World Cup
qualifier away to Malta.
Arsenal fans vented their anger at
Wenger and his players after their 4-0
defeat away to Liverpool on Sunday
and the club look set to lose Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain to Chelsea in a
� million deal.
Like S醤chez and Mesut 謟il,
Oxlade-Chamberlain has just one year
left on his contract and wants out of the
club after becoming disillusioned with
life under Wenger, who faces further
anger from the club?s fans if he sells
their star forward.
But Sterling, who was born in
Wembley, is understood to be intrigued
by the idea of joining Arsenal. He is
worried about the prospect of not
playing regular football in a World Cup
year and is aware that Guardiola
favours several of his team-mates,
including Leroy San�, Gabriel Jesus
and Kevin De Bruyne.
Guardiola also bought Bernardo
Silva, the attacking midfielder, from
Monaco for � million this summer
and should S醤chez arrive, Sterling?s
chances of representing his country
in Russia would fade significantly,
particularly when Guardiola also has
Ag黣ro in his squad too.
Guardiola only started Sterling
against Bournemouth because he was
concerned about City?s lack of goals in
their opening two fixtures, both of
which he started on the bench.
City?s move for S醤chez is also
likely to have repercussions for the
relationship between the club and
Ag黣ro, their long-serving striker who
scored 20 league goals last season.
Arsenal have made it clear that they
would be happy to take Ag黣ro as part
of any deal for S醤chez, but the
Argentina striker has no interest in a
move to the Emirates Stadium.
It is understood that Ag黣ro, 29, does
worry that he is being forced into the
periphery by Guardiola. The feeling at
City is that Ag黣ro is becoming unhappy with life under Guardiola and could
push for a departure from the club in
January, especially if he is not a regular
starter in the first half of the season.
Ag黣ro faces stiff competition from
Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Mauro
Icardi and Gonzalo Higua韓 for a place
in the Argentina starting XI at the
World Cup in Russia next summer.
6 Kieran Gibbs is set to end his 13-year
association with Arsenal by signing for
West Bromwich Albion for �million.
The left back?s move to the Hawthorns
looked unlikely to materialise when
Tony Pulis refused to meet Arsenal?s
initial � million valuation, but West
Brom will now pay �million up front
with a potential �million in add-ons.
Pulis also hopes to sign Grzegorz
Krychowiak, the Poland midfielder,
from Paris Saint-Germain on a
season-long loan.
Everton reject Chelsea offer for Barkley
Paul Joyce
Everton have rejected Chelsea?s offer of
� million for Ross Barkley after the
Premier League champions stepped up
their interest in the England midfielder.
The offer is below Everton?s valuation which stands at � million, but
Chelsea are ready to continue
negotiations as they seek to outflank
the England international?s long-term
suitors Tottenham Hotspur.
Stamford Bridge officials spoke with
their Everton counterparts at last
Sunday?s Premier League game about
Barkley and have followed up those
conversations with a firm proposal.
Barkley is recovering from surgery
on a hamstring injury which will
rule him out until November
and mean he is unlikely to be
match fit until nearer
Christmas. He is in the
final year of his contract
having rejected an
extension from his
boyhood club.
Everton seem unlikely to persuade clubs to meet their asking
A �m offer for Barkley was
below Everton?s valuation
price which has already dropped from
� million. Chelsea, Tottenham and
Everton know Barkley?s valuation
will fall further in January when
he will have just six months
remaining on his contract
before he can leave for
nothing. Everton would
not receive compensation because the player
would be aged 24.
Barkley has not featured this season after
surgery on a double hernia
b
before a hamstring problem which
will keep him out for 12 weeks.
Joining Wenger?s sinking
Tony Cascarino
M
anchester City are
prepared to let
Raheem Sterling leave
for Arsenal but the
England forward
should be very wary of joining a
sinking ship.
City have indicated that Sterling
can link up with Ars鑞e Wenger?s
team if that is what it takes to bring
Alexis S醤chez in the other
direction. That would be a very
dangerous move for Sterling. The list
of players who have failed to fulfil
their potential at the Emirates
Stadium is too long.
Only if Arsenal were to offer him
a much better wage is there any
good reason for him to go there. In
contrast to Wenger?s early years at
the club, the manager does not have
an impressive record for improving
players over the past decade. Most of
those he has signed have stood still,
at best.
You can say that S醤chez has got
better at Arsenal and Olivier Giroud
probably has too, but otherwise it is
a sorry tale, particularly for England
players. Theo Walcott, Alex OxladeChamberlain, Calum Chambers and
Carl Jenkinson have disappointed to
varying degrees despite all making
their international debuts by the age
of 20.
Sterling may think: ?I?m a London
lad and it could be nice going back
home.? But, he should also question:
?Will going to Arsenal enhance my
career and get me in the England
team for the World Cup next year??
The answer is probably ?No?.
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Oxlade-Chamberlain waits for
Liverpool to match Chelsea bid
Paul Joyce
Northern Football Correspondent
S醤chez, in training with Chile, left, could move to City
before the transfer window shuts tomorrow, with Sterling,
above, going the other way. Oxlade-Chamberlain, below, is
poised to leave Arsenal for Chelsea or Liverpool
Chelsea are concerned Alex OxladeChamberlain is getting cold feet over a
proposed � million move as the
player waits to see whether Arsenal
are prepared to also consider doing
business with Liverpool.
Oxlade-Chamberlain prefers the
idea of a switch to Anfield, and playing
in a favoured midfield role under
J黵gen Klopp, to a transfer to the
champions.
Liverpool were told earlier in the
summer by Arsenal that they would not
do business with a rival, but if there is a
softening of that stance now that
an agreement has been struck with
Antonio Conte?s side then they will
match the bid for the 24-year-old.
Despite Chelsea agreeing a fee on
Monday, Oxlade-Chamberlain has
shown no inclination to press ahead
with a medical or the finer details to
close a transfer. He was with England at
St George?s Park yesterday and trained
as normal with Gareth Southgate?s
squad last night before Friday?s World
Cup qualifier with Malta.
The delay is clearly a worry to
Chelsea, who have endured a troubled
summer of recruitment with Romelu
Lukaku slipping through their grasp
amid the disintegration of Diego
Costa?s relationship with the Stamford
Bridge club. Conte is also interested in
Leicester City?s Danny Drinkwater,
Ross Barkley, of Everton, and Swansea
City?s Fernando Llorente. Everything
now depends on whether Arsenal are
willing to take Liverpool?s money
before tomorrow?s transfer deadline,
although Oxlade-Chamberlain also
has the option of staying at the
Emirates and seeing out the final year
of his contract.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of a
number of targets for Liverpool
manager Klopp with Monaco?s attacking midfielder Thomas Lemar an alternative if the French club will sanction
another high-profile departure.
Liverpool still want Virgil van Dijk,
the Holland centre back, and would be
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prepared to pay a world-record fee of
� million for a defender that would
test the south coast club?s insistence
that the 26-year-old is not for sale.
But there remains no indication that
Southampton are ready to buckle
despite Van Dijk having not played for
the club since January due to injury and
the fact he submitted a transfer request
earlier this month. The intrigue comes
with Liverpool having now rejected a
� million bid from Crystal Palace for
Mamadou Sakho as they continue to
hold out for a � million fee. The offer
was made yesterday by the Palace coowner Steve Parish and amounted to an
initial payment of � million, plus a
further �million in add-ons. It was
Palace?s third bid of the summer for
Sakho, 27, who finished last season on
loan at Selhurst Park.
Sakho has attracted interest from
West Bromwich Albion and Leicester
City, but wants to rejoin Palace where
he helped the club stave off relegation.
Despite the uncertainty around the
future of Frank de Boer, the arrival of
Sakho would provide a shot in the arm
for a club without a point or a goal so far
in the Premier League this season and
Parish may return with a better offer.
If the matter is resolved, Palace
would insist on a thorough medical
with Sakho having recently had knee
and achilles problems.
Marco Silva. the Watford head coach,
is considering a loan for Liverpool?s
Lazar Markovic, who played under him
while on loan at Hull City last season.
Giggs worth �n in this market ? Keane
George Caulkin
ship could ruin City winger
for Sterling to join Arsenal. By
dropping out of the Champions
League, they are not successful
enough to entice the really top
players, while Wenger is no longer a
big draw for transfer targets.
Furthermore, should Sterling be
part of a move where he was a
makeweight, it could unsettle him
and knock his confidence.
Not that a rejection by Pep
Guardiola is necessarily a sign that
Sterling is on a downward spiral.
This is a case of the City head coach
only wanting to work with the very
best; to be a part of his squad you
have to tick every one of his boxes.
Guardiola is accustomed to
working with the likes of Robert
Lewandowski and Arjen Robben for
Bayern Munich, with Lionel Messi
and Andr閟 Iniesta for Barcelona.
He probably questions Sterling?s
ability to reach the highest level.
Sterling has great pace and skill,
but sometimes loses the ball in good
positions and he can be a bit
wasteful in front of goal. For
Guardiola, that?s not quite enough.
He sets his standards very high ? in
fact, at about the level of Wenger in
the first half of his Arsenal tenure.
It would be a shame if Sterling
were to leave City. He can be very
dangerous and in his Liverpool days
he was part of a great forward line,
which led to his � million move to
City, but Pep wants more from his
players. I would not be surprised if
John Stones, the �.5 million centre
back, were another player to become
expendable over the next year or so.
Even Sergio Ag黣ro does not tick
every box for the Spaniard, which is
why he has been left out of the
starting line-up on a few occasions.
In contrast I think that Guardiola
considers S醤chez to be a complete
player. He has Ag黣ro?s finishing
ability but is more of a team player. It
is no surprise Guardiola would be
prepared to sacrifice Sterling for him.
Roy Keane has suggested that Ryan
Giggs would be worth �billion in the
present transfer climate given the
?mind-boggling? sums being spent by
Premier League clubs on mediocre
players.
?If ever there was a time to be a
professional player, it?s now. Average
players are going for � million. My
goodness,? Keane, Ireland?s assistant
manager, said in typically forthright
fashion. The window has seen Neymar
move from Barcelona to Paris SaintGermain for �9 million, a new world
record, but the English game has also
been notable for the level of its fees.
Manchester City have paid around
� million for Kyle Walker, and
Everton signed Gylfi Sigurdsson from
Swansea City for � million.
?It?s mind-boggling, the figures that
are out there ? especially for the
average players,? Keane added.
?I don?t really analyse it too much,
but that?s the market place at the
moment. There aren?t many top players
out there. The really big players are
going for big money and it?s filtering
down now. When average players are
going for �-40 million, it does make
you scratch your head. But if the clubs
are prepared to pay that, then it?s not
the players? fault.?
Keane captained the likes of Giggs,
Ruud van Nistelrooy and David
Beckham at Manchester United. ?Ruud
would certainly be worth in the market
now probably a billion,? he said.
?David Beckham? A billion. Ryan
Giggs? Two billion.?
Wimmer ready to shine at Stoke after �m move
New Hazard joins Chelsea
Kevin Wimmer claims regular
Premier League football can help him
to prove his credentials after
swapping his frustration with
Tottenham Hotspur for a five-year
contract at Stoke City (Steve Madeley
writes). The 24-year-old Austria
defender has moved to the Potteries
for � million, giving Tottenham a
� million profit despite Wimmer
making 15 league appearances in two
seasons at the club.
?I can?t wait to show my skills and
do my best for this club,? Wimmer
said. ?For a centre back, I am quite
good with the ball . . . but there is still a
lot to improve on. I had some good
conversations with the manager
[Mark Hughes]. He likes to play from
the back, that fits me very well.?
Kylian Hazard has followed in the
footsteps of his older brothers Eden
and Thorgan ? the latter having
subsequently moved to Borussia
M鰊chengladbach ? in signing for
Chelsea. Kylian, 22, an attacking
midfielder, has joined from Ujpest,
the Hungarian side, and will go into
Chelsea?s development squad rather
than Antonio Conte?s senior side.
Mitrovic charged by FA
Wales hopeful on Ramsey
King signs four-year deal
Aleksandar Mitrovic, the Newcastle
United striker, faces a three-match
ban after being charged with violent
conduct following an incident
involving Manuel Lanzini, of West
Ham United. Mitrovic appeared to
catch Lanzini with his elbow during
Newcastle?s 3-0 win over Slaven Bilic?s
side on Saturday. He has until 6pm
today to respond to the charge.
Wales are confident Aaron Ramsey
will be fit for World Cup qualifiers
against Austria and Moldova despite
missing training yesterday. The
Arsenal midfielder suffered a kick to
the calf during their 4-0 defeat away
to Liverpool on Sunday and was
substituted. He sat out Wales? training
session ahead of Saturday?s group D
clash against Austria in Cardiff.
Joshua King has signed a new fouryear deal at Bournemouth. The
Norway forward, 25, who was last
season?s top scorer for the Premier
League club with 16 goals ?
including a run of 12 in 14 games ?
will remain at the Vitality Stadium
until at least 2021. ?There was a lot of
talk during the summer but I made it
clear I wanted to stay here,? King said.
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Sport Second Investec Test
England were truly
awful and there is
no sugar-coating it
Steve James
It was a wonderfully exciting Test
match, probably a great of its genre. It
was a wonderfully uplifting result for
West Indies cricket, which desperately
needed this shot in the arm after the
ignominy of Edgbaston. To win after
that was indeed quite remarkable, one
of sport?s most amazing turnarounds.
But, and immediate apologies for
playing the reality curmudgeon here,
let?s be honest, this was not a highquality Test match. Yes, it had its
periods of excellence and sometimes
beyond, mostly when the youthful and
magnificent pairing of Kraigg
Brathwaite and Shai Hope (how on
earth had no one ever made twin
hundreds in a match here before,
though?) were batting, but it also had
too much sloppiness and slovenliness.
There were more drops on both sides
t
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