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Tuesday May 8 2018 | thetimes.co.uk | No 72529
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Hugo Rifkind
Comment
Trump poised to ignore warnings and scrap Iran nuclear deal
Rhys Blakely Washington
Francis Elliott Political Editor
President Trump is expected to scrap
the nuclear deal with Iran today despite
last-ditch attempts by Boris Johnson to
persuade him of its merits.
The foreign secretary warned that
the West could be forced to take
military action against Tehran if Mr
Trump tore up the deal. Mr Johnson
used an appearance on Fox and Friends,
the president?s favourite television
show, to urge him not to ?throw the
baby out with the bathwater?.
He asked: ?What if the Iranians do
rush for a nuclear weapon? Are we
seriously saying we are going to bomb
[Iran?s underground nuclear enrichment] facilities at Fordo and Natanz??
Mr Johnson met Mike Pompeo, the US
secretary of state, and Mike Pence, the
vice-president, during a day of talks in
Washington. However, sources close to
the foreign secretary said that they
expected Mr Trump to withdraw the
US from the deal.
The president tweeted last night that
he would reveal his decision today, well
before his self-imposed Saturday dead-
line. It was unclear whether he would immediately seek to impose new sanctions.
If he scraps the deal, Mr Trump has
several options. The process could
begin with the president refusing
to sign a new 120-day waiver on
US sanctions on Iran?s central bank,
opening the way for Congress to restore
them. However, he would have to wait
180 days before the toughest measures
started to bite: targeting banks of
foreign countries that continue to buy
Iranian oil.
A separate set of sanctions waivers
are up for renewal on July 11, focusing
on more than 400 Iranian companies,
individuals and business sectors. If Mr
Trump decides to act very aggressively
he could set out to reimpose all of these
Continued on page 4, col 3
LEE MCLEAN/BNPS
Hotter than
Rio on record
bank holiday
Billy Kenber, Nadeem Badshah
Britain sizzled yesterday on the hottest
early May bank holiday on record.
Temperatures reached 28.7C at RAF
Northolt in west London, surpassing
the previous high for the three-day
weekend, the Met Office said.
Beaches and parks across Britain
were packed with sunseekers as the previous best ? 28.6C on the Saturday of
the bank holiday in 1995 ? was beaten.
Parts of Britain were hotter than Ibiza,
Johannesburg and Rio de Janeiro.
The hot conditions have been
created by a combination of low pressure, light winds and consistent sunshine. But, as ever, it will not last, with
cloudier skies later in the week, and
showers by the weekend. Royal watchers
and football fans will be hoping for a
recovery by May 19, the date for the
wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle, and the FA Cup final.
Charles Powell, a Met Office forecaster, said: ?It looks like we should be
prepared for some pretty changeable
weather throughout the second half of
May. We?re still going to see some dry
days, but there?s going to be some wet
days mixed in as well.?
Bournemouth beach was one of the hot spots yesterday as people across Britain made the most of temperatures higher than those in many popular resorts abroad
A warm welcome, page 9
New curbs for rip-off rail fares
Biggest review of charges since privatisation aims to stop millions from overpaying
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
Rail companies are proposing the
biggest overhaul of the fares system since
privatisation two decades ago to stop
millions of passengers being ripped off.
The review will address concerns
that travellers are being cheated by fare
structures. Only a third were sure that
they had bought the best-value ticket,
according to research commissioned
by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG),
which represents train companies.
It said ?long-standing? anomalies
meant that about 55 million different
fares were available on the national rail
database at any one time.
The group admitted that it had
become ?increasingly difficult for rail
companies to guarantee the right fare?.
It also said that operators had failed
to keep up with technology at a time
when so many passengers bought
tickets using smartphones.
A public consultation will begin next
month to identify the main barriers to
transparent fares. It will lead to the
publication of a report in late autumn
containing recommendations to the
government. Train bosses said yesterday
that the reforms were not intended to
bring down the average cost of travel.
They will be expected, however, to iron
out anomalies that leave individual
passengers paying more for tickets than
they should.
The review is expected to address
?split ticketing?, in which multiple
single fares can be bought along the
route of one journey for less than the
cost of a single through-ticket. An
investigation by The Times two years
ago found that passengers could save as
much as � on two thirds of crosscountry routes using the tactic.
Yesterday the cost of an advance fare
to travel from Edinburgh to Sheffield at
7am today could be cut from �.20 to
�.20 by booking three single tickets
along the route.
The review will also investigate
mistakes that arise when passengers
start multi-leg journeys at peak times
but change to an off-peak train down
the line. At present, most are charged a
peak fare for the entire journey, even
though half the trip may be at a cheaper
time. The case for part-time season
tickets is also likely to be considered ?
ending a situation in which most passengers have to pay for a seven-day
ticket even if they travel by train only
three or four days a week.
A survey of more than 6,000 people
by KPMG to coincide with the start of
the consultation found that only 34 per
cent were ?very confident that they
bought the best value ticket for their
last journey?. Twenty-nine per cent
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T O D AY ? S E D I T I O N
Palm oil ban ?a
risk to jet deal?
Drill music ?link?
to youth?s death
Wage bill threat
to care homes
Ministry of Defence
officials have warned
ministers that backing
a European ban on
palm oil could
jeopardise a deal to
sell British-built fighter
jets to Malaysia. Page 6
Rhyhiem Barton, 17,
one of the latest
victims of Britain?s
gang culture, was a
member of a drill music
group promoted by
the former BBC DJ
Tim Westwood. Page 7
Two thirds of charities
caring for vulnerable
adults risk going bust if
they have to backdate
wages for staff after a
tribunal ruled carers
had been underpaid
for night shifts. Page 10
COMMENT
Legitimate criticism of Muslim teaching
can?t be compared to antisemitic demonisation
MELANIE PHILLIPS, PAGE 26
Putin pledges
Russian glory
Lehman failure
yields profits
Premier League
fixture strategy
President Putin vowed
to enhance Russia?s
glory and prosperity
as he was inaugurated
for a fourth term,
potentially extending
his rule to a quarter of
a century. Page 30
Hedge funds are set to
make hundreds of
millions in profits from
investment bets they
took on Lehman
Brothers after the
collapse of the Wall
Street giant. Page 37
The Premier League
arranges matches to
avoid any between the
?top-six? clubs on the
season?s first or final
weekends. The strategy
is used for commercial
reasons. Page 64
COMMENT 25
THUNDERER 26
LEADING ARTICLES 29
GOING FOR GROWTH 44
REGISTER 49
LAW REPORT 51
SPORT 54
CROSSWORD 64
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DINNER
TONIGHT
Asparagus risotto
with chicken
The longed-for English
asparagus season is
off to a slow start so
this recipe makes
much of little with
peas and chicken.
Serves 2 Prep 15 min
Cook 35 min
Ingredients: 200g
English asparagus;
100g frozen petits
pois; 1 shallot; 50g
butter; 2 chicken thigh
fillets; 200g carnaroli
risotto rice; 1 glass
white wine (150ml);
Parmesan.
Slice off the asparagus
tips, approx 5cm, and
similar length pieces
below the tips. Boil
400ml water in a saut�
pan, add � tsp salt and
the cut asparagus and
boil for 2 min. Scoop
on to kitchen paper.
Meanwhile, trim
woody ends off the
spears and slice what
remains into 5cm
pieces. Drop them and
the peas into the
boiling water. Boil for
5 min, then scoop out
and liquidise with
3 tbsp cooking liquid.
Top up remaining
cooking liquid to 800ml
and keep at a simmer.
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Finely chop the shallot.
Melt most of the butter
over a medium-low
heat, stir in the shallot
and cook gently until
soft. Chop chicken
into scraps. Stir it,
then rice, into shallot,
add wine and let it
bubble. Add a third of
the cooking liquid and
simmer, stirring often,
until absorbed, add
next third, then extra
until the rice is creamy.
Force the blended pea
and asparagus through
a sieve into a small
pan, stirring to make a
thick pur閑. When the
rice is done, stir pur閑
and asparagus tips into
the risotto with rest of
butter. Cover, leave
5 min then serve with a
dusting of Parmesan.
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Call for tax on rich pensioners
to give young a �,000 payout
Francis Elliott Political Editor
Pensioners who own homes should pay
more in council tax and national insurance contributions and pass less of their
estates on tax-free to fund giveaways
for young adults and plug holes in NHS
and care services, according to a leading think tank.
In a report published today and
endorsed by the head of the CBI, the
Resolution Foundation says that every
25-year-old should be entitled to a
�,000 ?citizen?s inheritance? to help
them on the housing ladder or gain
skills. The cash would be raised from
changes to inheritance tax, including
reducing its threshold. A �3 billion
NHS levy should be raised from taxing
richer pensioners, while an overhaul of
council tax that more accurately
matches property value would provide
better funding for social care.
Economic trends triggered in part by
the global financial crisis but exacerbated by successive governments have
led to asset wealth and pay rates becoming skewed between the genera-
tions. Radical action is needed to reverse the resulting unfairness, according to the former Conservative minister
Lord Willetts. He is the chairman of the
think tank?s Intergenerational Commission, which includes Carolyn Fairburn, head of the CBI, and Frances
O?Grady, the TUC?s general secretary.
The commission?s final report seeks
to challenge what it says are myths, including that those deemed ?millennials? ? born between 1981 and 2000 ?
spend more than previous cohorts. In
fact, it claims, millennials? disposable
income is no greater than their predecessors, Generation X (those born
between 1966 and 1980). It states: ?In
2001 25 to 34-year-olds were consuming the same as 55 to 64-year-olds; they
are now spending 15 per cent less.?
Although housing costs are one wellknown pressure, a less appreciated
factor in depressing younger people?s
incomes is pay. Job insecurity means
that young workers are less likely to
move posts than their predecessors,
according to the report, further stalling
their progress. It recommends better
rights for part-time and contract workers. Lord Willetts says some of the
proposals are not ?easy? and that the
think tank does not expect them to be
embraced by political parties ?straight
away?. He adds: ?Many people no
longer believe that Britain is delivering
on its obligations to young and old.?
Baroness Altmann, the former pensions minister, said that it would be a
mistake to raise national insurance
contributions for pensioners to plug
gaps in health and care spending. ?Older workers should not be seen as a ?cash
cow? to help solve a problem which
needs a new national solution,? she said
last night. ?Only about one in ten pensioners continues working past state
pension age and are not all well-off.
Many older workers keep working
because they do not have good pensions and are trying to make ends meet.
?Why should they be targeted to pay
for other people?s care while non-working pensioners, many of whom have
generous, often taxpayer-funded, pensions would pay nothing??
Rachel Sylvester, page 25
Senior Tory urges Bercow Corbyn ?backs
independence
to accept investigation
Francis Elliott
John Bercow, the Speaker, should submit himself to a formal investigation
following new allegations that he bullied senior staff, a senior Tory has said.
Paul Scully, a vice-chairman of the
Conservative Party, urged Mr Bercow
to be ?up front? and said that MPs were
tiring of his ?inconsistency?.
Mr Bercow?s grip on the Speaker?s
chair has weakened in recent weeks
after former staff members accused
him of bullying. His former chief of
staff, Angus Sinclair, said he had been
forced out after being demeaned, intimidated and humiliated by Mr Bercow. David Leakey, a former Black Rod,
subsequently detailed incidents of ?intolerable? rudeness that he said showed
the Speaker was unfit for his office.
Yesterday The Times reported a
frontbencher?s eyewitness account of
Mr Bercow, 55, ?bellowing? at a young
member of his staff who was left upset.
In an unusual intervention that
reflects the fractious relationship
between the government and a Speaker
believed by many ministers to be routinely partisan, Theresa May has said
continued from page 1
Trump warned over Iran
sanctions at an accelerated pace. Alternatively, he could sign the central bank
sanctions waiver with new conditions,
giving a window to try to negotiate
stronger restraints on Iran. Uncertainty over the future of the deal is already
hurting the Iranian economy.
Under the agreement, finalised in
2015, Iran agreed to curbs on its civilian
nuclear programme in exchange for
sanctions relief. The other signatories
? China, Russia, Germany, France and
Britain ? have urged Mr Trump not to
renege on the deal.
President Rouhani of Iran indicated a
shift in his country?s stance yesterday,
saying that Tehran could ?continue to
remain committed? even if the US
withdrew. ?We are not worried about
America?s cruel decisions,? he said. ?No
change will occur in our lives next
week. If we can get what we want from
that the claims should be properly investigated.
Mr Bercow has denied bullying. He
has let it be known he intends to ?keep
buggering on? and has the support of
Labour?s frontbench. That support is
likely to be tested as MPs debate a code
of conduct to prevent bullying. A draft
was posted on parliament?s website on
Friday. The new ?behaviour code?
would bind those in parliament to ?provide a supportive culture that deals
with unacceptable behaviour seriously,
independently and with sanctions?. It
would be policed by a new independent
complaints and grievance watchdog.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4?s Westminster Hour, Mr Scully said: ?These are
serious allegations and rather than
necessarily just trying to close them
down, [Mr Bercow should] be open, be
up front and say ?OK, fine, investigate
and see what you find.? ?
Asked if the Speaker should submit
himself to an investigation by the retired judge Dame Laura Cox, who has
been asked to conduct an inquiry into
how parliament protected staff from
abuse, Mr Scully said: ?At the end of the
day he is an MP as well so why not??
a deal without America, then Iran will
continue to remain committed.?
Iranian officials have suggested that
Tehran could stick with the pact if it is
not excluded from global financial and
trading systems. That access could
be affected if Mr Trump threatens
to impose secondary sanctions on
countries that deal with Tehran.
Seeking assurances about Britain?s
response to a US withdrawal, Iran has
been told that the UK will seek to
remain in the pact, a Foreign Office
source said. Mr Rouhani?s remarks
represented a ?potentially significant
shift? from earlier threats to collapse
the deal, the source added.
Mr Trump has criticised the nuclear
pact as ?insane? and said new controls
are needed to curb Iran?s missile development, its long-term nuclear ambitions, its support for groups such as
Hezbollah and its interventions in
countries including Syria and Yemen.
Mr Johnson said that Mr Trump?s
for Scotland?
Hamish Macdonell
Scottish Political Editor
Labour has attempted to shut down a
claim that Jeremy Corbyn privately
backs Scottish independence.
A Labour spokesman dismissed as
?complete nonsense? a suggestion by
Mhairi Black, an SNP MP, that the
Labour leader secretly favoured the
break-up of the UK.
A source within Labour accused Ms
Black of ?trying to smear? Mr Corbyn,
adding: ?Since becoming leader Jeremy
has been unequivocal in his opposition
to Scottish independence.?
Speaking to the website HuffPost
UK, Ms Black said she knew from talking to Mr Corbyn that he did not believe
in Labour?s official position, which is
preferring Scotland to remain in the
UK. Mr Corbyn has said that
independence would be ?catastrophic?
for Scotland, but created controversy
last year when he was reported to have
said that a second referendum, after the
one in September 2014, would be
?absolutely fine?.
criticisms were valid. ?The president is
right to see flaws and he set a very
reasonable challenge to the world,? he
said. ?Iran is behaving badly, has a
tendency to develop intercontinental
ballistic missiles. We?ve got to stop that.
We?ve got to push back on what Iran is
doing in the region.?
However, Mr Johnson warned that if
the deal collapsed Iran could sprint for
a bomb. ?Let me just remind you . . . if
they do get a nuclear weapon you?re
going to get an arms race in the Middle
East,? he said. ?You?re going to have the
Saudis wanting one, the Egyptians
wanting one, the Emiratis.?
In a separate interview during a twoday trip to Washington, Mr Johnson
suggested that Mr Trump could win a
Nobel peace prize ? if he focused on
mending the flaws of the Iran deal. He
told Sky News: ?If he can fix North
Korea and if he can fix the Iran nuclear
deal then I don?t see why he is any less
of a candidate than Barack Obama.?
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Three years of
rehearsals as
Russians suffer
for their art
The Maly Drama Theatre group, with award-winning director Lev Dodin, below, will perform Life and Fate for just two weeks
David Sanderson Arts Correspondent
At a time of rising tensions with Russia
it is still easy to pity their actors.
A theatre ensemble from St Petersburg arriving in Britain this week
has put West End method actors to
shame.
For a single production, the
troupe has endured three years of
rehearsals, been forced to read the
same 1,000-page book 20 times,
waded through theoretical histories
of communism, visited the
Siberian gulags and had a
sleepover
at
Auschwitz.
?We spent the
three years in rehearsals endlessly
looking for more
knowledge,?
Lev
Dodin, director of the
Maly Drama Theatre,
said. ?The production was more of a
byproduct. Our first
priority was to study
the circle of problems.?
Dodin, whose ensemble has been
described by Peter Brook, the renowned British theatre and film
director, as the finest in Europe, is
bringing the production of Vasily
Grossman?s 1960 novel, Life
and Fate, to the Theatre Royal
Haymarket this month along
with its version of Chekhov?s
Uncle Vanya. It is the group?s
first visit to Britain in a
decade.
The director, who
began running
the company
in the early
1980s, said it
had not been
his intention
to allow rehearsals
to drag
on for so
long.
?I
needed them to
be able to feel the
texture of history as real
human life,? he said, adding that Grossman?s source material ? ?a brick of a
novel? ? had to be read by every
member 20 times. ?We have I hope distilled the most important elements.?
One ?very enterprising? actor had
?penetrated? the archives of the KGB to
find ?interesting things?, the younger
members of the ensemble had to read
?historical and theoretical literature on
nationalism, communism and fascism?
while the compulsory reading list also
included Solzhenitsyn and Orwell.
There were even two outings. One
was to ?the land of the gulags? in the
frozen north for interviews with the few
survivors who had become ?so bloody
used to living in something so freezing
they could not imagine returning to the
big land?.
The second trip was a week-long one
to Auschwitz in Poland, where they
were allowed to sleep overnight in one
of the barracks.
?It was a profound shock to all our
systems,? Dodin said. ?And I believe
that the only reason theatre exists is to
elicit spiritual shock in audiences, for
them to see seriously. And it is the
actors and creators of the production
who first feel that shock.?
The arrival of the Maly Theatre
Company in London for two weeks of
performances highlights the restraints
placed upon British theatre producers.
At bigger commercial companies and
the heavily subsidised theatres there
may be the luxury of eight weeks of rehearsals, although even then absences
of cast members for television or film
commitments need to be factored in.
Dodin said that his company received about 50 per cent of its funding
from the state, higher than even the
subsidised British theatres, adding:
?Maybe because of the tragic history of
this country, theatre in Russia has always been more than just theatre; not
only an artistic outlet but also a social
public one.? He acknowledged that
?unfortunately acting jobs are not particularly well paid?.
In an interesting side-story, the company?s visit is being partly funded by the
billionaires Roman Abramovich and
Len Blavatnik.
Mr Blavatnik?s Access Entertainment, run by the former BBC executive
Danny Cohen, emerged last week as
the favourite to buy the Theatre Royal
Haymarket, which is said to be the third
oldest London playhouse that is still in
use.
Dodin said that his company?s visit
emphasised the importance of cultural
exchanges at a time of increasing tensions between Britain and Russia after
the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his
daughter in Salisbury.
?I am not just upset, I am mourning
that relations have got so tense,? he
said. ?I am extra impatient to come to
London and hear what people have to
say and see things with my own eyes. I
am firmly convinced that serious
theatre, which tries to think about
human life and human condition, is the
best language of international communication possible.
?When we go on stage and share the
tragic history of Russia and when we
are very sincere then people in those
countries start to realise that while all
maladies look different, the root of all
maladies is the same.?
The shows run from tonight until
May 20. Box office is 020 7930 8800.
Upper class? I had to posh up for latest part, protests Cumberbatch
Jack Malvern
As a Old Harrovian who counts
Richard III as a distant cousin,
Benedict Cumberbatch gives the
impression of inhabiting the narrow
end of the class pyramid.
Not so, the actor has said in an interview in which he described having to
?posh up? for his latest role as an upperclass drug addict and alcoholic.
In a testimony to the infinite gradations at the top of the British class
system, in which everyone but the
Queen must protest that there is someone posher than themselves, Cumberbatch said that the title character in the
television series Patrick Melrose was far
loftier than a son of two actors.
?He?s properly posh,? he told Radio
Times. ?I know everyone goes on about
Title roles
Timothy Charles Robert Noel
Bentinck, 12th Earl of Portland,
8th Count Bentinck
Known for: David Archer in The
Archers. His Who?s Who entry also
describes him as ?inventor of The
Hippo (child-carrying device)?.
Christopher Haden-Guest,
5th Baron of Saling, Essex
Known for: This is Spinal Tap (actor
and writer) and Waiting for Guffman
(writer, director and actor)
Ralph Nathaniel
Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes
Known for: The English Patient,
Schindler?s List, Harry Potter
the posh thing with me ? but despite
looking it, I am not that class. That
class is landed gentry. I had to posh up
for this.?
He drew his inspiration for the character by getting to know Edward St
Aubyn, whose semi-autobiographical
books were the basis of the five-part
television drama. The author was born
to a couple who owned homes in Britain and France and who sent him to
Westminster School in London.
Cumberbatch said that people might
confuse him for being posher than he
was because he had a name that
sounded like a National Trust property.
?Have you been to the tea shop at Benedict Cumberbatch? Fabulous cream
teas. And a beautiful shell grotto!?
Cumberbatch, 41, has previously
described himself as middle class. In an
interview with Vanity Fair last month
he said that capturing Melrose?s haughty attitude and vocal mannerisms did
not come easily. ?I went to a very
posh public school, second to Eton,
yet I had only one friend from the
landed gentry,? he told the magazine. ?I?ve been trying to knock the
corners off my accent ever
since I left Harrow.?
Dominic Dromgoole, a
former artistic director of
Shakespeare?s Globe, prompted Cumberbatch to defend his
schooling in 2013 when he
said that there was a ?real
worry? that acting was becoming the preserve of priBenedict Cumberbatch as
the addict Patrick Melrose
vately educated people. The actor responded that it was a false trend.
?People have tried to pull together a
pattern because Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Damian Lewis and I
were all privately educated,? he said.
?But James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy
weren?t and they?re equally
talented. It?s just lazy to try
and create a private-school
elite. I?m definitely middle
class, I think. I know others
would argue, but I?m not
upper class. Upper class to
me means you are either
born into wealth or you?re
royalty.?
He added: ?OK,
maybe I?m uppermiddle class.?
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Palm oil ban could scupper deal
on British fighter jets, warns MoD
Ben Webster Environment Editor
Defence officials warned the government that backing a European ban on
palm oil could jeopardise a deal to sell
British-built fighter jets to Malaysia,
documents have revealed.
The ban is intended to protect the
habitats of orangutans and other
endangered species.
Documents revealed under freedom
of information (FoI) law showed that a
Ministry of Defence official wrote in an
internal government email that Malaysia was pressing the UK for its position
on the ban and that it ?could affect our
bilateral relationship and potentially
defence sales?. Foreign Office officials
also raised concerns.
Malaysia plans to buy up to 18 Typhoon fighter jets to replace grounded
Russian MiG-29s. BAE Systems hopes
to secure the contract, worth more than
�5 billion. BAE employs 5,000 people
directly in the UK on the Typhoon programme and there are 9,600 other jobs
in the UK supply chain.
Palm oil from Malaysia and
Indonesia is used as biodiesel in millions of vehicles in several EU states.
Almost half the 7.1 million tonnes of the
oil imported by the EU in 2016 was
turned into biodiesel.
It is claimed to be a renewable fuel
but studies suggest that when virgin
rainforest and peatland are cleared to
establish plantations it has a higher
carbon footprint than diesel.
Last month the supermarket Iceland
promised to ban the oil from its ownbrand products by the end of the year.
The European parliament voted in
January to phase out palm oil in biofuel,
prompting a backlash from growers in
Malaysia, where the issue could
influence the outcome of tomorrow?s
general election. Najib Razak, the
prime minister, has been accused of
mishandling the issue to the detriment
of three million Malaysians who depend on income from plantations.
British government emails released
following the FoI request by Greenpeace reveal that an MoD official wrote
on February 5: ?The EU appear set to
ban palm oil imports from Malaysia
who are already pressing the UK for a
position. This could affect our bilateral
relationship and potentially defence
sales.? On the same day an official in the
UK High Commission in Malaysia said
that the proposed ban was ?a big issue
for Malaysia and, if not handled
correctly, has the potential to impact on
bilateral trade, particularly defence
sales (Typhoon)?.
France, which wants to sell its Rafale
fighter to Malaysia, has apparently
promised to oppose the EU ban. Europen environment ministers may decide
on the issue next month.
Mah Siew Keong, a Malaysian gov-
ernment minister, has threatened a titfor-tat boycott of European goods.
Richard George, Greenpeace UK
forests campaigner, said: ?This all boils
down to whether flogging a couple of
fighter jets is more important than
saving the rainforest that wildlife,
people and the future of our planet
depends on. For a government that?s
promised environmental leadership,
the question shouldn?t even arise.?
The Department for International
Trade declined to respond directly
when asked if the government would
allow defence sales to influence decisions on protecting rainforest. A
spokesman said: ?There is a strong
trade and investment relationship
between the UK and Malaysia. As we
leave the EU, we look forward to deepening our engagement with emerging
markets in southeast Asia. The UK has
not used palm oil in the production of
biofuels for a number of years.?
Rail review to give passengers fairness and clarity
Continued from page 1
were ?very satisfied with the experience
of buying their ticket?.
Anthony Smith, chief executive
of the passenger watchdog Transport
Focus, which is backing the review, said:
?Rail passengers want a fares system
they can trust, that is simpler, offers
better value for money and is more
understandable. Opening the debate
on reform options is overdue.?
The rail-fare system stretches back to
British Rail when the state-owned group
introduced saver fares for journeys
above 50 miles and standardised day
returns on local routes in 1985. This was
taken into the 1995 ticketing settlement
after the railways were privatised. The
RDG said that further conditions had
since been introduced in franchise
deals signed by private train operators.
?This means that long-standing anomalies are becoming locked in, resulting
in bigger problems for customers, and
there are now around 55 million
different fares,? it said. ?As a result it has
become increasingly difficult for rail
companies to guarantee the right fare.?
Some reforms have already been
introduced. Train companies pledged
last year to recalibrate ticket machines
after some offered fares up to �0
higher than others in the same station.
A ten-point plan implemented last
July required operators to flag up the
cheapest fares and warn passengers
when they could catch a later service to
save money. A separate trial was due to
be undertaken of new ticketing last
year, including lowering pricing for
multi-leg journeys and scrapping costly
fares on little-used routes. The Times
has learnt that the trial was ditched after
it failed to get government backing. The
new consultation will open on June 4
and close on September 10.
Paul Plummer, chief executive of the
RDG, said: ?We want to develop proposals to reform fares . . . to make it easier
for our customers to get the right ticket.?
Steve Chambers, public transport
campaigner at the Campaign for Better
Transport, said: ?Root-and-branch
reform of the rail fares system is long
overdue, but it will need government
support to make it happen and the
quality of the public consultation will
be key. We want to see flexible tickets for
the large and growing army of part-time
workers; options such as multimodal
and zonal fares; and distance-based
fares for intercity journeys.?
The Department for Transport said:
?We want passengers to always be able
to get the best possible deal on their
ticket and we welcome the industry?s
commitment to review fares.?
Leading article, page 29
The sun will become a planetary
nebula, a glowing ball of gas and
dust, when it dies in ten billion
years, British scientists have said.
A star has to be above a certain
mass to create a visible nebula
and it was thought that the sun
was too small. In research
published in the journal Nature
Astronomy, a team at Manchester
University developed a new
model suggesting that it has
sufficient mass. Albert Zijlstra,
from the team, said the nebula
would be visible for 10,000 years.
Belfast marathon death
A man in his fifties collapsed and
died during the Belfast Marathon
after completing about six miles
and was taken to hospital. A
post-mortem examination will be
carried out. Matt Campbell, 29,
died after collapsing 22.5 miles
into the London Marathon last
month. About 17,000 people
entered the Belfast race, won by
Eric Koech, of Kenya.
Fitness aids cancer men
High-intensity interval training
reduces tiredness and improves
the self-esteem of men with
testicular cancer, a Canadian
study shows. Men who had the
lowest fitness levels benefited the
most. The study, published in the
British Journal of Cancer, involved
63 men walking fast uphill on a
treadmill for two minutes and
then at slower pace on the flat.
Mayo?s worry over pay
The Radio 2 presenter Simon
Mayo has voiced his discomfort
with the BBC?s policy of
publishing what its presenters
earn. Mayo told Radio Times: ?My
worry is that it will become like a
yearly turkey shoot and I think
it?s often used as a stick to hit the
BBC with.? The BBC revealed last
June that Mayo, 59, earned
between �0,000 and �0,000.
Great gnome robbery
Police have appealed for
information about the theft of 37
gnomes from a pensioner?s front
garden in Arbroath. A police
spokesman said: ?Their owner is
an elderly lady who is
understandably upset at being the
victim of this theft. If someone
has taken them as a prank or
because they think it is funny, we
can assure them that it is not.?
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Shooting victim appeared
in DJ?s ?drill? music videos
David Brown
One of the latest victims of Britain?s
increasingly violent gang culture was a
member of a drill music group promoted
by the former BBC DJ Tim Westwood.
Rhyhiem Barton, 17, was the 62nd
person to be killed in the capital this
year after London?s murder rate overtook that of New York in February and
March. He was a rapper and a member
of the Moscow17 drill crew, which has
featured on a YouTube channel run by
Westwood.
Rhyhiem also appeared on a leaked
police database, reported by The Times
last month, containing suspected drill
gang members who use online videos to
promote their violent music. Cressida
Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, warned that gangs were goading
The Times story on
Westwood and
Rhyhiem Barton,
who was shot dead
on Saturday night
rivals through online rap videos. Drill is
a nihilistic music defined by its lyrics
about the sinister side of life in
impoverished neighbourhoods. Westwood, 60, introduced a performance by
Rhyhiem, who was wearing a mask, on
his YouTube channel, describing Moscow17 as ?legendary?. The video has
been watched more than 170,000 times.
Rhyhiem was shot in the chest close
to the crew?s base on the Brandon
Estate in Kennington, south London,
on Saturday evening. His family believe
he was attacked by the rival Zone2 crew,
based in nearby Peckham.
Rhyhiem, who performed under the
name GB, recorded a song last month
called City of God, in which he appeared
to challenge Zone2. The song included
the line: ?We are at war with the f***ing
cops.? His mother, Pretana Morgan, 37,
denied that her son was a gang member
and called for an end to the violence,
saying: ?Zone2, please just stop it. May
my son be the last one; be the example
to young adults.?
She also criticised the police, saying:
?We?re not being protected because of
the police. The police are the ones
putting us in danger.?
Ms Morgan said that her son, who
was an aspiring architect, had returned
to London only recently after being
sent to Jamaica for his own safety. ?I
want my son?s body so I can go home [to
Jamaica], they can take back their British passport,? she said. ?I do not want
nothing from them.?
Ms Morgan called for a curfew to
prevent gang members from entering
rivals? territory. Lacey Main, Rhyhiem?s
godmother, said that he had been
chased into her home last year by a
gang armed with swords and machetes,
screaming: ?We want Rhyhiem. We are
going to kill him.?
The attackers returned to the Brandon Estate on Friday, Ms Main said,
and shot at a youth club. The next day
they drove around looking for targets,
before finding Rhyhiem.
The Times reported last month that
Westwood had been identified in the
leaked police database as hosting videos that showed gangsters threatening
rivals. A spokesman for the DJ said that
he promoted ?rap groups, not gangs?.
Sajid Javid, the home secretary, said
yesterday that serious violence was
?robbing too many young people of
their futures?.
In an unconnected attack on Sunday,
a 13-year-old boy was shot in the head
while walking to a wedding with his
parents in Wealdstone, north London.
He was taken to hospital for treatment
and then released. Police said yesterday
that he had been ?entirely innocent?.
A 15-year-old boy who appeared to
have been the intended target was also
shot, along with a third victim who was
hit in the arm but vanished before the
emergency services arrived.
Yesterday afternoon a teenager was
seriously injured when he was shot in
the leg in Clayton, Manchester. Police
are also investigating the murder of
Fatah Warsame, 20, from Cardiff, who
was stabbed in Liverpool early on Sun-
Oxford lockdown after
gunman fires at police
David Brown, Nadeem Badshah
Parts of Oxford city centre were sealed
off last night after police exchanged fire
with a suspected gunman in a flat.
Negotiators were talking to the
suspect yesterday as the ambulance
service said that one person had been
treated for injuries which were not lifethreatening.
Officers were called to a road close to
Oxford Castle, after reports that a man
had a gun.
Some residents were told that they
could not return to their homes. The
council is understood to have helped
them to find accommodation.
One told the Oxford Mail: ?I was coming home with my kids and police
wouldn?t let us into the street. I heard
about five gunshots and there was an
armed response. Flats have been evacu-
ated and police were trying to talk
someone down from their balcony.?
Dean Dwyer, 21, said: ?I heard officers shout, ?Armed police, show me
your hands? quite a few times. Another
police officer asked us to move along
the road quite hastily. So I came into the
pub and that is when I heard gunshots.?
One resident said that he had seen
the start of the altercation between the
armed man and police during which he
heard around 20 shots.
A spokesman for Thames Valley
police said: ?Shots were fired from
the property and police returned fire.
Officers are negotiating with the man
as they work to resolve the situation.?
Superintendent Joe Kidman described the incident as ?contained and
taking place at a residential property?.
Police said the incident was not being
treated as terrorism.
day morning. On Sunday evening a 20year-old man was stabbed to death in
Luton, and another man, 22, was shot
and injured by two men riding a moped
in Lewisham, south London.
Extra police officers, supported by
armed units, were patrolling the streets
of London yesterday in an attempt to
combat the violence. Sadiq Khan, the
mayor of London, said: ?I refuse to accept that nothing can be done to stem
the appalling rise of violent crime.?
Rhyhiem wore a mask when he featured in a video with the DJ Tim Westwood
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Labour press plans ?will harm democracy?
Matthew Moore Media Correspondent
Francis Elliott Political Editor
MPs will be voting to harm local democracy if they back a Labour attempt to
restrict press freedom using data protection legislation, editors have said.
Tomorrow the Commons votes on two
Labour amendments to the Data Protection Bill that would bring in stricter
press regulation by the back door.
Last night government sources said
the votes would be ?extremely tight?.
Some Tory MPs have previously indicated that they support imposing costs
sanctions on publishers that refuse to
join a state-recognised press regulator.
This is the subject of one amendment.
The other would force ministers to establish a new Leveson-style inquiry.
The government rejected that option
after a consultation and opposes the
Labour amendments. One of them has
been backed by an SNP MP, prompting
fears that the party will support Labour.
Local newspaper editors representing the vast majority of the regional
press said that the proposals represented an attack on media freedom. The
costs sanctions would force newspapers to pay the legal bills of claimants
who bring court proceedings against
them, even if the papers win. The
amendment resembles Section 40 of
the Crime and Courts Act, which was
seen as an attempt to force titles to sign
up to Impress, the only state-recognised regulator. The bulk chose to join
Ipso, an alternative regulator, in principled objection to state interference.
Matt Kelly, chief content officer at
Archant, owner of 60 news titles, said:
?We are deeply concerned by the effect
the Section 40 costs sanctions and proposed inquiry would have on our business. MPs must stand up for the local
newspapers and local democracy by
decisively rejecting both measures.?
Alan Edmunds, editorial director of
Trinity Mirror Regionals, said: ?We do
not want our journalists facing the
spectre of Leveson 2 when attempting
to report on the activities of public
figures, entirely legitimately and in the
public interest.? Toby Granville, editorial development director at Newsquest, publisher of papers including the
Oxford Mail, said: ?MPs must show
their support for local journalism . . . by
rejecting the anti-press amendments.?
The costs amendment, tabled by
Tom Watson, the Labour deputy leader,
would exempt organisations that publish ?predominantly in specific regions
or localities? and have an annual turnover below �0 million. However,
85 per cent of local papers would still be
covered by the sanctions as they are
owned by media companies with turnovers above that threshold.
The amendment also exempts publishers with a not-for-profit constitution requiring surpluses to be reinvested. This would allow The Guardian and
The Observer to operate outside the regime. The News Media Association
(NMA), which represents local and
national papers, has obtained advice
from an expert in media law that the
amendment is unlawful. Antony
White, QC, of Matrix Chambers, said
the proposal was incompatible with Articles 6, 10 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, covering the
right to a fair trial, freedom of expression, and prohibition of discrimination.
A separate amendment, tabled by Ed
Miliband, the former Labour leader,
would require the government to set up
a Leveson-style inquiry into data protection breaches by media organisations. The first part of the Leveson inquiry ended in 2012. In March ministers
said the planned second part would not
go ahead given changes in the media
landscape. An NMA survey of local
newspaper editors found that 92 per
cent opposed another Leveson-style
inquiry, with 8 per cent unsure.
Mr Watson has received �0,000 in
donations from Max Mosley, the privacy campaigner who was exposed by the
press in February for publishing a racist
election leaflet in 1961.
We must not take a
hammer to journalism
Tom Tugendhat
Comment
O
nce upon a time, a
certain sort of politician
was quite happy to be
defamed in the popular
press. It meant a quick
trip to see his learned friends,
maybe a day in court, and then a fat
cheque signed by a press baron who
could afford to pay.
It doesn?t work that way any more.
It?s not that the stories circulating
about us politicians are more
honest; there?s no end of untruths.
But when someone tells lies about
you online, who is held to account?
Sure, there are Mark Zuckerberg
and Jack Dorsey, whose companies
supply news to billions. But they?re
adamant that they run ?platforms?,
not publishers. When someone posts
something untrue on Facebook or
Twitter, who do you sue?
Today?s media are experiencing a
rapid growth in online stories with
little or no attribution and with an
interest only in traffic. We?ve seen
the chilling effect on the elections in
the US, and the war in Ukraine.
While some of these stories have
links to news organisations of
dubious credibility, most are simply
retweeted tales, shared Facebook
posts, or posted on websites geared
to bring in advertising or spread lies.
They can do so easily because they
aren?t accountable and, in reality,
can?t be sued. That?s what makes
newspapers so important today.
Litigation is one of the few
guarantees society has that the
media have any interest in honesty.
Though they do sometimes fall
short, the fact that newspapers like
this one are willing to put their
assets on the line demonstrates a
commitment to try to get things
right. This bargain underpins a free
society: that the media will hold
those in power to account and do so
truthfully. If they fail ? when they
fail ? they will pay, often significant
sums.
Of course, retribution isn?t the
same as prevention and in any
incident, the mud sticks. But the
alternatives are chilling. Tipping the
legal scales against newspapers runs
the risk that the free press becomes
a little less free, that editors become
more cautious. The amendments
before the Commons this week risk
having the sort of effect that might
have dissuaded The Daily Telegraph
from publishing scandalous
parliamentary expenses claims,
made the Daily Mail think twice
about naming Stephen Lawrence?s
killers, and driven this paper to hold
back from exposing sexual abuse by
charity workers.
That doesn?t mean the press
should be unregulated. Any body
that exercises so much power should
have constraints. Given the
importance of journalism to any
democracy, however, the tools used
to control it should be scalpels, as
they are being used next to arteries.
The amendments to the Data
Protection Bill fail that test. Instead
of seeking the quickest and fairest
resolution to a dispute in print, they
are either expansive or threatening.
Ed Miliband?s additions would result
in an inquiry starting from any point
in the past and including all forms of
media. Tom Watson?s clause would,
in effect, threaten many papers with
bankruptcy if they didn?t join
Impress, an organisation that has
not won the confidence needed to be
an effective regulator.
These amendments also fail to
take into account the changes to
Ipso in recent years. Today, though
far from perfect, the organisation
has reformed and allows legal action
to be brought for �0.
With Dame Frances Cairncross?s
review into press sustainability, and
the digital, culture, media and sport
committee?s inquiry into fake news
and Facebook, the investigations
into the nature of the press and its
ability to continue in the present
environment are under way. We
don?t need another unlimited trawl,
but rather time for these to report.
This isn?t about the survival of this
or any other paper, but about
ensuring a free press can exist in
the UK and that those who exercise
power or influence in society know
that it will not be silenced.
Tom Tugendhat is the Conservative
MP for Tonbridge & Malling
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ROB HOWARTH/ALBANPIX; EDDIE MITCHELL; YUI MOK/PA
Beach huts glow in the sunrise over Southwold in Suffolk; beachgoers take the plunge in Brighton; and more leisurely pursuits in Hyde Park, London, on a day when temperatures were hotter than Ibiza?s
Beachgoers sizzle over barbecue weekend
GEOFF ROBINSON PHOTOGRAPHY; GRAHAM HUNT
Billy Kenber
Britain spent three days basking in
sunshine as it enjoyed the warmest
early May bank holiday weekend on
record.
Temperatures reached 28.7C at RAF
Northolt in west London yesterday
afternoon, topping the previous high
for the three-day weekend, the Met
Office said.
The holiday was introduced in 1978
and the previous hottest temperature
registered over the long weekend was
28.6C, recorded in 1995. Parts of the
country were hotter over the bank holiday than destinations such as Ibiza,
Johannesburg and Rio de Janeiro. The
average maximum temperature for
May is 14.7C.
Sainsbury?s reported a big increase in
sales of ice cream and burgers, while gin
sales were projected to have risen by
300 per cent compared with the previous weekend. A spokesman for the
supermarket said the bank holiday was
the ?first proper barbecue weekend of
the year?.
At Argos, sales of barbecues rose by
Ibiza 16C
80 per cent, with garden furniture and
paddling pool sales also up.
Helen Roberts, a meteorologist at the
Met Office, said that the heat was the
result of several days of high pressure as
well as warm air arriving from the
south. This year?s first May bank holiday also fell on the latest possible date.
The warm weather is expected to
continue today in parts of the UK. Ms
Roberts said that central and eastern
areas would have ?another really decent day? with temperatures of 26C or
Lyme Regis 23C
27C. Conditions in the west of England
are likely to be cloudier and cooler with
some showers.
The heat yesterday was accompanied by high pollen counts, leading to
warnings for those with allergies.
Millions visited beaches and parks
over the weekend to take advantage of
the temperatures, although conditions
were cooler in Northern Ireland.
The good weather brought chaos to
the railways, with queues of up to two
hours for rail replacement buses at Gat-
wick on Sunday. Southern Rail at one
point advised passengers not to travel
to Brighton or the south coast due to
the huge pressure on replacement buses brought in because of engineering
works. Heavy traffic clogged motorways last night as people returned
home from their break.
More than 100,000 people descended on Bournemouth and visitors were
confronted by traffic jams stretching
more than 15 miles from the coast to the
A31 in the New Forest. The resort?s car
parks were largely full by noon. Jon
Weaver, head of resort marketing for
Bournemouth council, said the numbers would help to make up for a lacklustre Easter.
?This has been exactly what Bournemouth needed,? he said yesterday.
?Normally we would expect around
60,000 visitors over a bank holiday
weekend, but we are on target for more
than 100,000. It is a huge sigh of relief
for the town.?
In Eastbourne, 19 beach huts were
destroyed in an early morning arson
attack yesterday. The blue and white
huts, which were each rented by a
family, will cost the council up to
�0,000 to replace. Pat Hearn, the
mayor of Eastbourne, said the vandalism on Holywell beach was a ?disgraceful act. I can?t imagine why would anyone do such a thing.?
The weather is expected to become
mixed with cloudier skies later this
week and showers by the weekend,
according to the Met Office, although
temperatures will generally stay above
average.
Full forecast, page 53
Lower payouts put wives off divorce Daredevils arrested before
Nadeem Badshah
More women are refraining from
divorcing their husbands because of the
smaller court settlements being awarded, according to lawyers.
Experts said that fewer wives were
being awarded income for life and were
increasingly having settlements restricted to a few years. The law firm
Hall Brown has dealt with 380 divorce
cases over the past year, 30 of which
were later shelved because the couple
decided not to go ahead.
James Brown, the managing partner
at the Manchester firm, said that many
divorcing couples ?may have little
genuine insight into their true financial
circumstances, and might have second
thoughts when told about the settlement which they may receive?.
Ministry of Justice figures showed
last year that orders for payments had
fallen by 5 per cent since 2011, and lump
sum orders, which allow for a clean
break, had risen by 10 per cent over the
period.
Last month, Kim Waggott, 49, lost
out on a lifetime of maintenance
payments after going back to court to
challenge her 2012 settlement, which
included �5,000 a year for the rest of
her life in addition to a �76 million
lump sum.
The judge ruled that her maintenance payments from her ex-husband,
William, 54, the former finance controller of UCI cinemas, should stop
after three years, overturning the decision. The couple were married for 21
years and lived in a �3 million property near Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, before splitting in 2012.
Toby Hales, of the law firm Seddons,
said it was ?rare now to see a maintenance order that is to be paid for the rest
of one?s life?.
?There is no doubt that the expected
level of generosity of the courts has
diminished significantly,? he told The
Daily Telegraph.
The other factor putting people off
was the cost of the process, he said. ?If
people are not able to agree the settlement . . . they can look forward to
spending potentially tens of thousands
of pounds on the process.?
jumping from skyscraper
Graham Keeley Madrid
Spanish police have arrested four
British men who were about to film
themselves parachuting from a
skyscraper.
The men, who have not been named,
were intending to share footage on
social media of the base jump in Benidorm, on the Costa Blanca. They were
arrested on Saturday as they prepared
to jump off the 35-storey Torre Levante,
which at 120 metres is one of the tallest
buildings in the resort.
They did not have permission for the
stunt but police believe they had
carried out similar jumps from tall
buildings in Benidorm and posted the
footage on YouTube.
The men face a maximum fine of
?300,000 each. Their parachutes have
been seized. They were released on bail
while a police investigation continues.
Benidorm has held official base
jumping competitions from its skyscrapers, including the final of the
Extreme World Championship. However, those competitions are held under
strict regulations.
The local council has also been
taking a tougher line recently on antisocial behaviour among tourists.
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Care homes fear closure
over night shift back pay
Greg Hurst Social Affairs Editor
Two thirds of charities caring for
vulnerable adults risk going bust if they
are required to pay backdated wages to
staff for night shifts, a survey suggests.
The findings come after a tribunal
ruled that carers had historically been
underpaid for the shifts.
The survey of 90 disability charities
found that 68 per cent said their existence would be threatened if they had
to pay six years? worth of backdated
wages to carers for sleep-in shifts.
Even if backdated payments were
limited to two years, 34 per cent of providers said that the costs would make
their business unviable. Only 6 per cent
said that they had set aside funds for
potential liabilities for back pay.
The survey also found that 22 per
cent of disability charities would be
forced to sell residential care homes for
vulnerable adults or other properties to
cover a shortfall in the balance sheets.
Ministers have so far insisted that the
government will not bail out the care
sector and has offered providers only
time to find the money. The tribunal
ruled that staff on sleep-in shifts should
have been paid the national minimum
wage at the full hourly rate. Typically
they were paid a flat fee, such as �.
Only half of local authorities or NHS
care commissioning groups that buy
care packages for disabled people had
agreed to fund sleep-in shifts for care
Case study
D
imensions provides
care for 3,500 adults
with autism and
learning disabilities in
England and Wales. It
faces a potential �million bill
for back pay for staff sleep-ins
(Greg Hurst writes).
The not-for-profit group has
3,500 staff in 800 locations, half
of them required to do sleep-in
shifts. It has already paid
�5 million in back pay, and
another �5 million due will
probably mean redundancies.
Steve Scown, the chief
executive, said they had hired
three staff to track down 4,000
former employees who might be
due back pay. ?One of the
idiosyncrasies of this mess is that
we will have to re-employ those
4,000 people if we are going to
pay them. It is an extremely
complicated situation,? he said.
staff at a rate that paid them the
national minimum wage per hour.
The survey also found that care providers had decided not to bid for 273
new contracts with councils or NHS
bodies as they judged that the fees offered would not cover higher staff costs.
Fifty-six per cent were considering
handing contracts back and 70 per cent
wanted to renegotiate contracts.
Rhidian Hughes, chief executive of
the Voluntary Organisations Disability
Group, said: ?The social care sector is
facing an existential threat caused by
sleep-in pay, which is entirely due to
unclear and changing government guidance. Being hit with an unexpected
liability for back pay is unfair to the
people who rely on care, but also care
workers, local authorities and providers
of these crucial community services.
The care sector should not be forced to
pay for a government error.?
Tracy Hammond, of Learning Disability England, said: ?This survey
proves that the sleep-in pay crisis will
result in vulnerable people having less
choice and less control over their care,
unless a solution is found quickly.?
Izzi Seccombe, chairwoman of the
Local Government Association?s community wellbeing board, said: ?We fully
support care workers being paid fairly
for the work they do and we urge government to fund the cost of sleep-in
payments with genuinely new money.?
The government announced in November that social care employers could
join a scheme to allow them up to a year
to work out what they owed to staff. It
has asked the European Commission
whether, if it judged necessary, it would
be allowedunder rules that ban state aid
to provide financial support .
Yoga and lunch clubs as
GPs seek to cure lonely
Chris Smyth Health Editor
All GP surgeries should be able to prescribe exercise classes, cooking groups
and quiz teams to a rising number of
lonely and miserable patients who
want appointment but do not need a
doctor, medical leaders have said.
Receptionists and administrative
staff should be trained to refer people to
yoga, walking groups and debt advisers
to ease the pressure on family doctors,
according to the Royal College of GPs.
The college concluded that simply getting patients out of the house could be
a ?force for good? and could cut demand for appointments by 28 per cent.
NHS England has backed the plans.
Almost a third of surgeries have tried
?social prescribing? and in a poll by the
college 59 per cent reported that it freed
time for other patients by helping
people who would otherwise frequently return. In a report, the college recommends that all GPs should be able to
make use of it.
Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the college, said: ?We hear fantastic stories of social prescribing transforming patients? lives, but many practices are not equipped to do it
effectively, particularly with the intense
resource and workforce pressures they
are facing. Having someone who had a
dedicated role to take on this responsibility could help everyone.?
Family doctors often say that much
of their time is spent dealing with
?heart-sink patients?, whose fundamental problems involve loneliness,
isolation or poverty rather than a medical condition. Some estimates suggest
that a fifth of GP appointments are for
problems that are social in essence and
doctors say that they have become the
?new clergy?, expected to deal with
people?s deepest emotional needs.
Pilot schemes have shown that referring people to services ranging from
woodwork to lunch clubs can cut
attendances at A&E by 24 per cent,
according to an analysis by the University of Westminster.
?Social prescribing is not a new idea
? good GPs have always done it, it just
didn?t have a name ? but we need to
start realising the wider, long-term
benefits this way of working can have
for general practice, the wider NHS,
and most importantly our patients,?
Professor Stokes-Lampard said.
She said greater use of social prescribing needed to be backed by sufficient resources, such as an up-to-date
database of community groups,
schemes and classes.
Michael Dixon, who has responsibility for social prescribing at NHS England, said: ?Social prescribing schemes
can help people stay fit and healthy in
creative ways that go beyond pills and
medical procedures and have a real
potential to cut GP and hospital workload. Whether it is mental health issues,
long-term conditions or social isolation, increasing numbers of patients
and their doctors are realising the benefits of trying different approaches to
helping them get better.?
Leading article, page 29
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Duchess of York ?upset? at Harry?s wedding reception snub
Daniel Sanderson
The Duchess of York is ?deeply unhappy? at being left off the guest list for an
exclusive royal wedding reception, it
has been claimed.
Prince Andrew?s former wife is
among the 600 guests invited to the
main ceremony at St George?s Chapel
in Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry
will marry Meghan Markle on May 19.
However, she is not believed to have
been invited to a private evening reception being organised by the Prince of
Wales. That event, at Frogmore House,
will be attended by about 250 people.
A report in the Daily Mail claimed
that the duchess had been ?complaining about the snub to anybody who will
listen?. A source told the newspaper:
?Numbers are limited to the evening
party. She is not a member of the royal
family any more and Prince Charles
simply doesn?t have time for her. He just
can?t see why she is still such a big part
of his brother?s life.?
The duchess, who is 58, did not attend the wedding of Prince William and
Catherine Middleton in 2011. Her invitation to Prince Harry?s wedding has
been seen as a sign of a thaw in relations
with senior royals, as well as a recognition of the groom?s close relationship
with his cousins Beatrice and Eugenie,
the duchess?s daughters. Prince Harry
is said to have personally intervened to
ensure that the duchess was asked to
attend the main ceremony and has
introduced her to his fianc閑.
However, Prince Charles and his
father, the Duke of Edinburgh, are
thought to maintain a grudge against
the duchess, whose marriage to Prince
Andrew ended in 1996. Despite the divorce the pair bought a luxury ski chalet together in the Swiss resort of Verbier in 2013 and remain close.
In 2016 Andrew publicly denied that
there was a rift in the family over the
status of his daughters. He took the unusual step of releasing a statement re-
The duchess?s
invitation is
believed to be to
the ceremony only
sponding to media reports and claimed
it was a ?complete fabrication? to suggest that he wanted titles for any future
husbands of the princesses.
Princess Eugenie is due to marry her
long-term boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank,
in October. They will also hold the
ceremony at St George?s Chapel in
Windsor Castle.
6 The Archbishop of Canterbury is
taking inspiration from a Stormzy song
as he nervously prepares to officiate at
the wedding of Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle on May 19. The Most
Rev Justin Welby told BBC Coventry &
Warwickshire radio: ?I?ve made a
couple of cack-handed mistakes over
the last couple of weddings I?ve been
involved in and I?m thinking this is
probably not a good moment to make it
a hat-trick.? He said there was a line
from the grime artist?s song Blinded By
Your Grace that was helping him to prepare. ?There?s a line in that ? ?I stay
prayed up and get the job done? ? I
think that sort of sums it up.?
Pupils thrive when exams take a hike
TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER JAMES GLOSSOP
Daniel Sanderson
Its notoriously tough cur-riculum includes days of
hiking and camping in
the Scottish wilderness
and compulsory community service.
Gordonstoun,
the
Scottish
independent
school that Prince Charless
attended, is renowned for the
ands it
mental and physical demands
places upon pupils. But do such arduous
outdoor challenges achieve results?
Yes, according to research that
tracked more than 1,000 former pupils.
The findings of the study, the first of its
kind, are being shared with the state
sector in the hope that it learns lessons
from the �,500-a -year institution.
University of Edinburgh researchers
who were invited to test the school?s
educational approach said they
found the non-academic experiences had an ?overwhelmingly positive
influence on students? personal
growth and development?.
Ninety four per cent of
former pupils said that such
experiences had helped
them to grow personally, 74
per cent felt they had
helped their careers and 57
per cent believed they had
enhanced their academic
studies.
The school in northeast
Scotland, which was described by Charles as ?Colditz in kilts?, has insisted for
decades that its focus on
physical activity, personal
responsibility
and the outdoors
alongside traditional
lessons has instilled
qualities such as self-reliance, teamwork and a willingness to take on new
challenges. A rite of passage for 12-year-old
pupils at the end of junior
school is a four-night expedition to Cape Wrath, the
Class trip divide
Gordonstoun
6 Sailing to the Arctic on the school
yacht
6 Touring New York and Boston with
a production of Romeo and Juliet
6 Installing water tanks and building
roads in Thailand
6 Responding to incidents from
Gordonstoun?s fire station
6 A five-day trip to Cape Wrath
State school
6 Camping in the Cotswolds
6 Wizard of Oz for parents in the
school gym
6 Reading to pensioners in a local
care home
6 A trip to a bowling alley
Pupils from Gordonstoun, renowned for its tough approach and outdoor focus. Prince Charles called it Colditz in
kilts
kil
ki
k
illttss
most northwesterly point in
mainland Britain, while senior
pupils are left unaccompanied
for large parts of three-day outdoor trips.
Lisa Kerr, Gordonstoun?s
principal, said education chiefs
should ?sit up and take notice?.
She added: ?This research is a
call to action . . . We now have a
piece of really important
academic research that
demonstrates, definitively, the lifelong
value of out-of-classroom learning
experience.
?I don?t think it?s difficult to learn
lessons from it. There are all sorts of
ways young people can be challenged
out of the classroom, given positions of
responsibility and learn to be of service
to each other. That doesn?t need to be
expensive and can enhance their
academic achievement.?
As well as the outdoor experiences,
pupils at Gordonstoun are elected to
formal roles by peers and staff, with
some given power to hand out punishments. The school places a strong
emphasis on sport and performing arts.
Pupils must join a ?service?, such as a
volunteer fire service or coastguard,
which respond to real emergencies.
Academics undertaking the research
said that state schools were often too
cautious about letting students out of
the classroom, partly because of a fear
of legal action if something went
wrong. Intense competition for good
exam results was cited as another factor
that had overshadowed the development of personal qualities.
Prince Philip is also a former pupil at
the school, which was founded in 1934
by the influential German educator
Kurt Hahn.
Researchers found that outside
experiences helped to achieve ?social
levelling? despite some pupils coming
from aristocratic families, others being
on full bursaries and all from more than
40 countries.
Simon Beames, the academic who
led the research, said the state education system had much to learn from
Gordonstoun and backed an element of
compulsory community service in the
school curriculum. ?If all we value in
education is an A*, I think society has
blown it,? he said. ?Increasingly education is becoming a very narrow-minded, teach-to-the-test affair. The exam
tail starts wagging the educational dog.
?This needs to be bigger than
Gordonstoun. If it?s about being in a
team and leading, I?d say go and paint
an old folks? home or find some folks
who are disabled and plant a garden for
them and tend it.?
Hunt tells private hospitals to boost safety before working with NHS
Nadeem Badshah
Private hospitals must put their ?house
in order on safety? if they are to become
a partner to the NHS, the health secretary has said.
Jeremy Hunt demanded in a letter to
chief executives of leading independent
healthcare providers that urgent action
be taken to improve patient safety in
their sector. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated a third of independent hospitals as requiring im-
provement and cited patient safety as
its biggest concern in a report last
month. As of January 2, 62 per cent of
independent hospitals were rated as
good overall and 8 per cent as outstanding, but 30 per cent required improvement. Ratings for safety were worse,
with 41 per cent requiring improvement
and 1 per cent rated inadequate.
Mr Hunt also wants assurances from
the sector within two weeks that it will
take action to improve its transparency.
?Like many of my predecessors on both
sides of the political divide, I believe
that the independent sector can play a
useful role in adding capacity, promoting innovation and offering patients
choice,? he said.
?However, if the sector is to partner
with the NHS and benefit from our
world-leading medical training, we
need urgent assurances that the independent sector will get its house in order on safety, as well as a commitment
to take rapid action to match the NHS?s
world-recognised progress on trans-
parency.? Mr Hunt has called for a
strategy to be devised on improvements at independent hospitals rated
?inadequate? by the CQC and greater
transparency on mistakes.
The regulator?s report said that
patient safety was being put at risk by
an ?old fashioned? approach that gives
consultants too much freedom. It said
that often, medical advisory committees, a group of consultants who work
in the hospital, did not check to ensure
doctors were ?only undertaking proce-
dures they were experienced to do or
not undertaking new or innovative procedures without effective risk assessment and monitoring?.
NHS patients are increasingly likely
to be treated in the private sector as the
health service seeks to reduce waiting
lists. In 2017, there were 515,000 NHS
elective admissions to the sector,
about six per cent. The CQC said that
where problems were identified in its
inspections, independent providers
made improvements quickly.
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Scenes from the 1970 film
of the Joseph Heller novel.
George Clooney, below
with his wife Amal, is
adapting it for Channel 4
Clooney makes new
TV series of Catch-22
I
n Joseph Heller?s
cult novel Catch-22
the anti-hero
Captain John
Yossarian vows to
?live for ever or die in
the attempt? (Matthew
Moore writes).
Now Yossarian?s quest
for immortality has
received a boost, with a
new generation of
Britons to be introduced
to the savage anti-war
satire through a George
Clooney TV adaptation.
The six-part series will
air on Channel 4 next
year as the broadcaster
seeks to replicate the
success of Margaret
Atwood?s The
Handmaid?s Tale.
Clooney, 57, will produce
and direct. He is also
taking a small acting
part as Scheisskopf, the
ambitious and selfish air
cadet training
commander.
Christopher Abbott,
formerly of the US
comedy drama Girls,
has been cast as
the protagonist
Yossarian, a US
airman
stationed on
the Italian
island of
Pianosa
during the
Second
World War.
Hugh Laurie
will play Major
de Coverley
while Kyle
Chandler is Col
Cathcart, the group
commander
loathed by
Yossarian for
repeatedly
increasing the
number of
missions his
men must fly.
Heller?s darkly comic
1961 novel chronicles
Yossarian?s desperate
efforts to stay alive as he
becomes convinced that
everyone is trying to kill
him.
The character was
inspired by the author?s
own experiences as a
bombardier in the US
Army Air Corps during
the Second World War,
and the novel captured
the anti-Vietnam War
sentiment of a
generation of young
readers in the 1960s.
The book?s title has
entered common
parlance for situations
in which desired
outcomes are impossible
because of contradictory
bureaucratic rules. In
the novel, ?Catch-22?
makes it impossible for
airmen to escape
military action by
claiming insanity, as
attempting to claim
insanity to avoid death is
in itself proof of sanity.
More than 10 million
copies of the satire have
been sold and it features
regularly in lists of the
greatest novels.
Ian Katz, Channel 4?s
director of programmes,
said: ?It?s hard to
imagine a work that
speaks more directly to
the frequently absurd
times we live in, and to
the growing sense of
individual distrust of
institutions.?
A film adaptation of
Catch-22 starring Alan
Arkin as Yossarian, as
well as Jon Voight,
Martin Sheen, Anthony
Perkins, Orson Welles
and Art Garfunkel, was
released in 1970.
reaction
Children of unmarried parents ?are Infant
to light may be
punished? under bereavement rules sign of autism
Greg Hurst Social Affairs Editor
Rules that deny financial support to unmarried parents if their partners die are
out of line with all other benefits and
unfairly penalise children, charities and
politicians have said.
Britain is also out of step with social
welfare systems in Europe, all of which
support children after the death of one
of their parents regardless of whether
the parents were married.
Siobhan McLaughlin, 46, from Armoy, Co Antrim, who had four children
with John Adams but was denied
widowed parent?s allowance after he
died in 2014, has asked the Supreme
Court to declare the rules discriminatory and overturn them. Judges are
considering the case.
Her solicitor, Laura Banks, of the law
firm Francis Hanna, said that Ms
McLaughlin and her partner had been
accepted as a couple for benefits such as
pension credit, and other benefits such
as child tax credit, child benefit, housing benefit and universal credit were all
paid regardless of whether or not the
parents were married.
?This is really the last benefit that
doesn?t make payments to cohabiting
couples,? Ms Banks said. ?Marriage
doesn?t come into it and that is why it is
so out of step . . . and very unfair as it is
at the point of death and too late for
people to do anything about it.
?Throughout Europe there is a broad
consensus that bereaved children
should be provided for by the state
regardless of the marital status of their
parents.?
Georgia Elms, chairwoman of the
charity Widowed and Young, said that
the rules compounded people?s grief.
?When they find out, a lot of them are
very upset that their relationship almost is not real,? she said. ?It almost
belittles their relationship and a lot of
them are very upset about that.
?It is heartbreaking to read the posts
on our Facebook page and in our
forums and emails that I have received.
People just say, ?Why??. ?
Sir Steve Webb, the former Liberal
Democrat work and pensions minister,
who is director of policy at the insurer
Royal London, predicted that the rules
would have to change.
?The Department of Work and Pensions is perfectly capable of assessing
people as couples when it is to their
disadvantage, as when dealing with
claims for means-tested benefits,? he
said, ?so there is no excuse for not
recognising couple relationships when
it is to their advantage. All too often it
takes the system far too long to reflect
the realities of modern life, but I have
no doubt it is a case of when and not if
this change is made.?
The Commons work and pensions
select committee called in 2016 for
bereavement support to be extended to
cohabiting couples, saying it would cost
�.6 million if extended only to those
with children.
Frank Field, the Labour MP and
committee chairman, said: ?We made
the recommendation because it is
naturally unjust to punish children for
their parents? choices about marriage,
which is what this policy effectively
does, and the government could have
avoided a case like this entirely by
taking up that recommendation.
?Extending the benefit to couples
with children would cost very little in
the scheme of things.?
Case study
S
arah Cripps
and James
Tappin put off
getting married
due to a series
of misfortunes (Greg
Hurst writes). Mr
Tappin?s father died,
his mother got cancer
and Ms Cripps?s
mother developed
Alzheimer?s. ?It just
never felt like the right
time for a big family
celebration,? she said.
Then, out of the blue
almost three years
ago, Mr Tappin, a fit
and active police
officer, had two
strokes and died. He
was 41. Ms Cripps, 46,
from Redhill, Surrey,
was left to bring up
their three children:
Jack, now 11; Jamie, 9;
and Sophie, 8.
A widowed friend
told her about the
financial support she
had received, but Ms
Cripps? experience was
very different. ?I
remember phoning up
and they said, ?No, you
are not entitled to
anything because you
are not married?,? she
said. ?I explained to
them how long we had
been living together
and that we had three
children, but they said,
?No, there is no help
available to you?.?
She had worked full
time and paid national
insurance
contributions before
having children,
when she switched
to part-time care
work, and could
not understand
why the state
provided no safety
net.
Mr Tappin had life
insurance, some of
which she put aside to
provide for their
children. It enabled
her to retrain as a
social worker; she will
James Tappin, who had
Jamie and two other
children, died in 2015
qual next year, and
qualify
ear a higher salary.
earn
?It isn?t the life
th James and I
that
w
would
have
a
anticipated
us
h
having,
an absent
pa
parent
working
ful time, because I
full
still think kids need
some supervision
when they are at
secon
secondary
school,?
sa ?But that is
she said.
the way I am going to
manage.?
Tom Whipple Science Editor
A strong reaction to changes in light
may be a sign of autism in young
children, a study has found.
The research investigated the idea
that autism spectrum disorders are
associated with basic sensory responses, in addition to symptoms developed
later affecting social communication.
The scientists looked at the pupillary
light reflex, in which the pupil constricts automatically when exposed to
light. They measured the strength of
the response in infants when they were
ten months old and aged three.
They found that in those who had
subsequently had autism diagnosed
there had been a stronger constriction.
The strength of the constriction correlated with the degree of autism.
Terje Falck-Ytter, from Uppsala
University in Sweden, said that the
research, published in the journal
Nature Communications, could help
with early diagnosis but was not at a
stage where it could be considered an
autism ?test?.
?Currently, autism cannot be reliably
diagnosed before two to three years of
age, but we hope that with more knowledge about the early development of
the condition, reliable diagnosis will be
possible earlier, which should facilitate
early access to intervention and
support for the families,? he said. ?New
knowledge about early development in
autism may also provide new leads on
strategies for early intervention.
?Yet, the results in this study demonstrated significant group differences
only, and it is too early to say whether
the method can facilitate early detection in a clinical context.?
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PM delays cabinet
showdown over
her customs plan
Francis Elliott Political Editor
Bruno Waterfield Brussels
Ice maiden Adele dressed as the Kate Winslet character Rose for her Titanic-themed 30th birthday party, at which guests
included Mark Ronson and Sam Taylor-Johnson, dancing left. Social media users criticised the theme as ?inappropriate?
Theresa May has put off another confrontation over her favoured ?customs
partnership? with the EU this week as
she tries to erode cabinet opposition.
The prime minister had been expected to try to force through a revised
version of the plan at meeting of her
inner cabinet on Thursday. Instead the
critical issue of how Britain manages its
trade borders with the EU will not be
discussed until a week on Wednesday,
Downing Street sources say.
The prime minister has asked Oliver
Robbins, her chief Brexit official, to use
the extra time to target ministers most
opposed to the plan, under which the
UK would collect Brussels? tariffs on its
behalf, negating the need for customs
checks. A senior government figure
said Mr Robbins had offered detailed
briefings to ministers before previous
meetings, and would do so again.
David Davis, Boris Johnson and
Michael Gove, the Brexit, foreign and
environment secretaries, believe that
the arrangement is potentially unworkable and would place unacceptable
limits on Britain?s ability to pursue
independent trade policies after Brexit.
Mr Johnson went public last night
with his concerns about what he
termed the ?crazy? deal. ?It?s totally
untried and would make it very, very
difficult to do free trade deals,? the
foreign secretary told the Daily Mail.
?If you have the new customs partnership, you have a crazy system
whereby you end up collecting the
tariffs on behalf of the EU at the UK
frontier. If the EU decides to impose
punitive tariffs on something the UK
wants to bring in cheaply, there?s
nothing you can do.?
Mrs May was forced to back down
last Wednesday at a meeting of the ?war
cabinet? after Sajid Javid, the new home
secretary, tipped the balance against
the customs partnership plan. Mr
Johnson is among those determined to
force her to adopt the alternative ?maximum facilitation? model, which would
use technology and so-called trusted
trader schemes to obviate the need for
physical checks.
Mrs May objects that even run at a
bare minimum this model requires customs infrastructure, meaning Britain
would be in breach of its commitment
not to reintroduce a hard border with
Ireland. The EU?s alternative, that
Northern Ireland remains in the single
market, is implacably opposed by Mrs
May?s parliamentary allies, the Democratic Unionist Party.
Writing in The Times?s Red Box today
the head of the Irish parliament?s Brexit
committee, Neale Richmond, warns
that ?max-fac? would lead to a return of
violence. ?At the height of the Troubles,
there were just 20 border crossings
open along the 310-mile border; in the
past fortnight officials have agreed that
there are now 208 official crossings,?
the Fine Gael senator writes.
?This is compared to 137 crossings on
the entire eastern flank of the EU. Put
simply, any customs checks on the Irish
border and the related infrastructure
would lead to a return to violence.
?This is not fear-mongering or
politically-motivated rhetoric. This is
the stated opinion of both police forces
on the island of Ireland. As a co-guarantor of the Good Friday agreement,
the Irish government is bound to
maintain the levels of normality that
have allowed peace to prosper.?
Brexiteers, who suspect that the
customs partnership would essentially
mean that the UK remains in the EU?s
tariffs system, have termed it a ?cul-desac? that will rob Britain of valuable
time and energy in creating a sustainable trade relationship after Brexit.
Mrs May is expected to seek an extension to ?standstill? arrangements for
customs whatever model she proposes,
as both are predicated on untried technology. Greg Clark, the business secretary and a supporter of the customs
partnership, opened the door to extending the transition period on customs with the EU. He said it was
?possible? that the infrastructure for a
new regime would not be in place for
two or three years after next March.
The EU has suggested that it is ready
to write a transition extension clause
into the withdrawal treaty. ?We will
have a mechanism for extension of the
transition right at the very end of negotiations,? a senior negotiator said.
Letters, page 28
Hundreds of jobs boosting
British trade are in danger
Nadeem Badshah
Hundreds of officials who promote
British exports to countries such as
China and Brazil are at risk of losing
their jobs because of budget cuts at the
Department for International Trade, it
was claimed last night.
Staff have been told to expect up to
10 per cent of trade promotion roles to
go, according to the Financial Times.
The cuts mean that the department,
which has hired up to 800 staff to negotiate trade deals after Brexit, will simultaneously be cutting officials who
support British companies to sell their
products in emerging markets.
Insiders said that the positions under
threat were ?in the low hundreds?. One
official told the newspaper: ?You are
taking away jobs . . . across the network,
especially in China, India and Latin
America. This is obviously the wrong
thing to do, given that 90 per cent of the
world?s growth is happening outside the
EU.?
The department has trade promotion staff in more than 100 countries.
6 Tory MPs are increasingly hopeful
that they can force Theresa May to
abandon a pledge to cut the size of the
Commons. New constituency boundaries, drawn to deliver a manifesto promise to cut the number of constituencies from 650 to 600, are to be presented in the autumn. However, the prime
minister may be giving way. Tory whips
have allowed a back-bench bill to keep
the 650 total to progress through the
Commons. One Tory MP said that the
move was part of a deal with Labour in
which the Tories drop the plan and Labour drops moves for votes at 16. MPs
will discuss the bill tomorrow.
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Builders lift the lid on Europe?s longest cycle tunnel
Nadeem Badshah
An ambitious plan for Europe?s longest
underground cycle route finally has
light at the end of the tunnel.
Campaigners are hoping to transform a disused Victorian railway line
that links two Welsh valleys into an
attraction for tourists on two wheels.
The two-mile (3,148m) Rhondda
Tunnel once carried coal trains 1,000ft
below the mountains from the mines of
Rhondda to the ports in Swansea Bay,
until it was closed in 1968 as part of the
Beeching cutbacks.
It has now been opened up to the
daylight for the first time in 50 years,
with the removal of a concrete seal that
covered a vent shaft. Before the tunnel
can open as a tourist attraction inspectors must carry out tests funded by a
�,000 community grant.
The Rhondda Tunnel project has
attracted support from the public and
Welsh celebrities including Michael
Sheen, 49, the Hollywood actor.
The site is owned by Highways England, which is willing to hand it over
for the cycle path to be built. Tony
Moon, secretary of the Rhondda Tunnel Society, described the removal of
the concrete cap as ?a fantastic day?.
?We are progressing steadily in the
right direction and hope that very soon
after the report from the detailed examiners [Balfour Beatty] the tunnel will
come out with a clean bill of health,? he
said. ?This will then give the all-clear
for either the Welsh government to
take ownership of the tunnel from
Highways England, or perhaps a joint
share with Neath Port Talbot council,
Rhondda Cynon Taff council and the
Welsh government.?
In January, surveyors said they were
optimistic that the tunnel could be
restored in its entirety. The main survey will now take place, in which
tunnelling engineers will carry out a
thorough inspection to find every
defect and estimate repair costs.
The tunnel was opened in 1890
during the coal boom after a five-year
building project overseen by Sydney
William Yockney, the chief engineer
and a former pupil of Isambard
Kingdom Brunel.
If the transformation is completed it
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Thatcher?s
lay-by aides
Punctuality is a rare virtue in
modern politics. Speeches by
Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn
seldom start on time. Margaret
Thatcher, however, was fastidious
about being prompt. A new book
by Caroline Slocock, the first
woman to be private secretary to a
PM, reports that Thatcher was so
anxious about being late that she
liked to stand impatiently by the
door of Downing Street and
chivvy her advisers into the
car long before she needed to
leave, which meant that they often
had to loiter in a lay-by near the
venue, to the surprise of passers-by,
after arriving too early. John
Whittingdale, who was Thatcher?s
political secretary before
becoming an MP, confirms this. ?I
spent hours and hours in bloody
lay-bys,? he tells me. ?She was
worried about traffic jams. It?s no
fun killing time in a lay-by with a
woman who can?t do small talk.?
The hardest part to cast in the
BBC?s forthcoming drama about the
Jeremy Thorpe affair was Norman
Scott?s murdered Great Dane. Rinka
is actually played by three dogs ?
Darcy, Manon and Olive ? after
the first two turned out to be
temperamental. ?Great Danes don?t
like rain,? explains Ben Whishaw,
who plays Scott, ?and they don?t like
doing the same thing twice. But
who does? I had great sympathy.?
arnie?s brain double
Sir Ian McKellen, below, took a
while to be accepted in
Hollywood despite all his
stage awards. He tells
Total Film that he was
rather miffed by the
dismissive way he was
treated by Arnold
Schwarzenegger on
the set of their
1993 flick Last
Action
Hero until one day Arnie?s tone
changed as they sat side by side in
make-up. He suddenly seemed
interested in McKellen?s theatre
work and was especially impressed
by Shakespeare. It was only later
that McKellen realised he had been
speaking to Arnie?s stunt double.
Rob Alexander, a reader, is
concerned that the address of the
nursing school where his daughter
is studying is Corpse Walk. Is this a
dead-end job, he wonders, or are
they really optimistic about turning
out miracle-workers?
the flushing blade
It was reported on Sunday that
students at Somerville College,
Oxford, urinated on the floor of the
college bar?s new gender-neutral
lavatories in protest that men no
longer had a room of their own.
Sounds desperate. It reminds me of
a scene in the film My Favourite
Year when Peter O?Toole relieves
himself in a ladies? loos. ?This is for
ladies only,? a woman rebukes him.
?So is this,? O?Toole replies, ?but
every now and then I have to run a
little water through it.?
It is Hedgehog Awareness Week and
while I can?t top Dan Antopolski?s
award-winning joke from the 2009
Edinburgh Fringe ? ?why can?t
hedgehogs just share the hedge?? ?
I ought to do my bit. So how do
hedgehogs make love? Carefully . . .
brandreth pride pricked
The Conservatives lost control of
Richmond-upon-Thames council
last week. One of the few
councillors they now have is
Aphra Brandreth, daughter of the
former Tory MP and TMS regular
Gyles, who was elected for the
first time. A proud father says
that he went and knocked
on doors for her. One man
asked what she had to offer.
?Integrity and intelligence,?
Gyles said, which drew the
stinging reply: ?Are you
sure she?s your daughter??
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The Rhondda Tunnel has been sealed
for 50 years and will now be surveyed
will become the longest cycle tunnel in
Europe and second in the world only to
the 4,000m Snoqualmie Tunnel, east of
Seattle in the Cascade mountain range
in Washington state.
In 2017, campaigners in Yorkshire
were aiming to turn the 2,287m
Queensbury Tunnel between Halifax
and Bradford into a cycle path but it
needed repairs that were expected to
cost �million. The Queensbury Tunnel was built by the Great Northern
Railway between 1874 and 1878. Work
was delayed when two of the seven
construction shafts had to be abandoned due to water ingress. At least ten
builders lost their lives.
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It?s a royal knockabout A Charles II performer who was impressing visitors with his marksmanship at Audley End House, Essex, frightened his horse and was thrown into the lake. Luckily, he saw the funny side
Face software
flags innocent
as suspects
Freed prisoners fight law
that denies them payouts
Mark Bridge Technology Correspondent
Jonathan Ames
Facial-recognition systems used by
British police are flagging innocent
people as wanted in nine out of ten
?matches?, an investigation has found.
The technology, which cross-checks
faces captured on CCTV against those
on police watch lists, is used in south
Wales and has been trialled by forces in
London and Leicestershire.
Police say that correct matches have
led to multiple arrests, but data from a
freedom of information request suggests that thousands of identifications
have been erroneous, with innocent
passers-by sometimes questioned.
According to figures from South
Wales police obtained by the magazine
Wired, in the week of the Champions
League final last year, when the
cameras were first used, there were
2,470 alerts in Cardiff, including 2,297
false positives and 173 true matches, an
erroneous match rate of 93 per cent.
A spokesman for the force said that
the error rate was because the images in
the police database were of low quality
and the system was being used for the
first time. At a boxing match in Cardiff
last October, after police improved the
algorithm, the system made five correct
matches for every 46 false positives.
The force has said that when the
system issues an alert an officer reviews
the footage, and sends an ?intervention
team? only when it is believed that
the match is correct. People who are
incorrectly identified and stopped are
directed to an explanation of their
rights online. South Wales police conceded that ?errors have occurred? but
said it was an advantage that the system
did not require people?s co-operation.
Supreme Court justices will hear two
landmark challenges today to the government?s refusal to compensate victims of miscarriages of justice unless
they can prove beyond reasonable
doubt that they were innocent.
A man whose conviction for attempted rape was quashed after he
spent 17 years behind bars, and another
who was acquitted of murder after
being jailed for seven years, are taking
their cases to the UK?s highest court.
They are challenging a practice that
the government brought in after Lotfi
Raissi, a pilot who was wrongly accused
of being involved in the September 11,
2001, attacks in the US, won compensation from the UK government because
he was jailed in Britain for five months.
Lawyers for Victor Nealon and Sam
Hallam claim that legislation covering
payments for miscarriages of justice
was tightened so drastically in 2014 that
the Birmingham Six and the Guildford
Four would not now be compensated.
Mr Nealon, 56, a former postman,
was freed in 2013 after 17 years when
fresh DNA evidence suggested that an
unknown male had committed the
attack for which he had been jailed. Mr
Nealon spent a decade in prison after
his recommended tariff because he
continued to protest his innocence.
Mr Hallam, 30, was released in 2012
after the prosecution told the Court of
Appeal that it would not oppose the
quashing of his murder conviction.
Mr Hallam, who was a teenager at
the time of his alleged offence, spent
seven years in jail and had also consistently protested his innocence.
The Ministry of Justice has rejected
Victor Nealon and Sam Hallam had
convictions quashed after years in jail
Case study
V
ictor Nealon was 53 when
he was finally released
from Wakefield Prison in
2013 after 17 years (Jonathan
Ames writes).
He was no ordinary lag serving
a discretionary life sentence: the
former postman, originally from
Dublin, had spent that time
vehemently protesting that he
was innocent of his conviction for
attempted rape. That insistence
meant that he spent ten years
longer in jail than would have
been required of a minimum
tariff had he accepted guilt.
The Criminal Cases Review
Commission referred the case to
the Court of Appeal after fresh
DNA evidence found on the
victim?s clothing suggested that
an ?unknown male? was
responsible. On his release, Mr
Nealon said: ?I want to show my
support towards the victim. I
want to make clear that the
police should reopen this case. I
think they owe her an
explanation and justice as well.?
both men?s claims for compensation,
citing amendments that were made in
2014 to the Criminal Justice Act 1988,
which mean that claimants must prove
their innocence beyond reasonable
doubt.
The criteria for compensation were
first tightened in 2005, but lawyers
argue that the more significant move
came after Mr Raissi was awarded
compensation in 2010.
Mr Raissi, an Algerian-born UK
citizen, was arrested in Britain after 9/11
when it was alleged that he had been
involved in planning the attacks. After
five months a judge ruled that there was
no evidence of Mr Raissi?s involvement,
and he was released.
The Court of Appeal ruled in 2010
that the government should compensate him.
Matt Foot, a lawyer representing Mr
Hallam, told The Times that the tightened rules ?make it almost impossible
to meet the test for compensation?.
Before the first amendment was made
in 2005, Mr Foot said, 33 prisoners who
had convictions quashed or successfully appealed received compensation
for the miscarriages of justice. In 2006,
only one was compensated.
?The 2014 amendment virtually
turns the historic standard of proof in
criminal cases on its head,? he said.
?Unless you have almost incontrovertible DNA proof or can prove that you
were hundreds of miles away from the
incident at the time of the crime, then it
is practically impossible to prove innocence beyond reasonable doubt.?
Baroness Hale of Richmond, the
president of the Supreme Court, and six
other judges will hear the challenge
today and tomorrow.
Millions go on
luxury flights
for Met Police
Nadeem Badshah
Britain?s largest police force was
criticised yesterday for spending
�5 million on flights over the past
three years.
The Metropolitan Police paid for
13,763 flights between April 2015 and
December 2017 to enable officers to
travel around the world for investigations. The outlay included almost
�million for non-economy flights,
�0,000 of which went on first-class
airfares.
The spending came during a time of
severe budget cuts across the country,
which some critics have blamed for the
rise in knife crime this year that has cost
more than 60 lives.
The figures were contained in the
response to a freedom of information
request that was obtained by the Taxpayers? Alliance. Duncan Simpson, a
policy analyst at the campaign group,
said: ?It is completely unacceptable that
we are taxed to pay for luxury flights
that few of us could ever enjoy ourselves . . . It is difficult to understand
why [police officers] should be travelling so expensively, especially at a time
of budget constraints.?
The Met said that in all cases the
cheapest fare that met the traveller?s
needs was purchased, with business
class seats usually only considered for
flights longer than six hours.
A spokesman for the police service
said that authorisation for all overseas
trips was given by an officer of commander rank or an equivalent member
of staff. ?The vast majority of flights
undertaken are in the course of operational deployments, requiring immediate activity at the destination,? he said.
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Jab every six months may
help halve bad cholesterol
Tom Whipple Science Editor
A twice-yearly injection could be
used to significantly improve the
effectiveness of statins.
Doctors found that the treatment
provided a sustained reduction in cholesterol in patients at risk of heart attack
and stroke. It may also provide an alternative therapy for patients who do not
respond well to other cholesterollowering drugs.
In a trial of 500 patients, most of
whom were already taking statins, the
drug, called inclisiran, lowered bad
cholesterol by about half in six months,
compared with the levels of those who
did not take it.
Kausik Ray, from Imperial College
London, said that they were moving
into the final stage of trials, in a group of
more than 3,000 patients. He said that
the infrequency of the treatment was a
big advantage: ?It?s the convenience
that will make a difference.?
Anti-cholesterol treatments work by
targeting cholesterol receptors. Statins,
which are the most commonly
prescribed drug in Britain, increase the
production of the receptors, and so
lower cholesterol in the blood.
However, the body destroys these
receptors through a protein called
PCSK9, so a second treatment, called
monoclonal antibodies, is sometimes
prescribed alongside statins to attack
PCSK9. This comes in the form of a
fortnightly injection.
The new approach, described in the
journal Circulation, also focuses on
PCSK9 but, instead of attacking it,
stops it being produced at all.
?Imagine PCSK9 as a leaking tap,?
Professor Ray said. ?You can collect it
with a bucket, and that?s what these
monoclonal antibodies do, but you
NASA/JPL/SWRI
have to replace the bucket every two
weeks. Or you can switch the tap off.?
At a meeting yesterday of the
European Atherosclerosis Society
conference in Lisbon, Professor Ray
presented evidence that the drug
worked. The hope is that because it is
needed only every six months it could
significantly improve compliance.
Metin Avkiran, associate medical
director at the British Heart Foundation, agreed but cautioned that more
studies were required into the longterm health improvements.
?Currently available PCSK9 inhibitors are expensive and need to be given
by regular injections, which makes it a
challenge to bring them into routine
clinical practice,? he said. ?Although the
findings are encouraging, more
research is needed to confirm that
inclisiran can reduce the risk of a heart
attack or stroke, and that it is safe.?
Blow to head ?can double dementia risk?
Tom Whipple
A single mild concussion can double
your risk of getting dementia, according to one of the largest studies of its
kind. The researchers, from the University of California, San Francisco, followed more than 350,000 US military
veterans for more than four years to see
whether their history of head injuries
was related to their chance of developing conditions such as Alzheimer?s.
By using military health records, the
researchers were able to find reliable
data to see if there could be an effect
from even minor knocks, defined as a
loss of consciousness for less than 30
minutes or amnesia lasting a day or less.
They found that even these small injuries, including where there had been no
loss of consciousness, doubled the risk.
Only 2.6 per cent of veterans with no
history of brain injury developed dementia, compared with 6.1 per cent of
those who had had concussion.
The same data was used last month
to show a rise in the risk of Parkinson?s.
Extraterrestrial art An enhanced image of Jupiter formed by data from Nasa?s
Juno orbiter on its 12th close encounter with the planet. The 13th is due next week
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Bride loses arm in crocodile attack
NKOSIZILE NDLOVU
Jane Flanagan Cape Town
A charity worker from Britain has
described how a crocodile attacked a
canoe carrying him and his fianc閑,
who was then dragged by the arm in a
?death roll? as they paddled near
Victoria Falls.
Jamie Fox and Zanele Ndlovu were
enjoying a ?pre-wedding honeymoon?
on the Zambezi River when the crocodile suddenly launched itself at their inflatable two-man boat, ?bit and held on
to her arm and threw her around under
the water?, he said. Ms Ndlovu, 25, an
accountant from Zimbabwe, suffered
such terrible injuries that her right arm
had to be amputated.
The couple married on Saturday as
they had planned, five days after their
ordeal, but in the chapel of the Mater
Dei hospital, in Bulawayo, where Ms
Ndlovu is recovering from surgery. She
wore the wedding dress she had chosen
months ago, and which had been
altered to accommodate her bandages.
Mr Fox, 27, from southeast London,
said that the anguish of watching his
wife-to-be in the jaws of the massive
reptile during the attack last Monday
was a ?surreal? experience that ?happened quickly, but at the same time felt
like it lasted for ever?.
?We were so relaxed paddling along
at a walking pace, the water was so calm
and then all of a sudden this crocodile
jumped on to the boat and bit her arm
and held on,? he said. ?It had pierced the
boat at the same time and it began to
deflate quickly. It took a few seconds for
me to realise it wasn?t a joke, it really
was happening.?
Mr Fox fell into the water from one
side and Ms Ndlovu was pulled by the
crocodile in the other direction.
?When my head came above the
water, I began shouting a lot, hoping
she would be able to shout back. I
was in shock, I was just crying
and shaking, I couldn?t believe
something like this could
happen. I could see the
guides had paddled next
to her. They grabbed one
of her arms, and the
crocodile had the other.
I think they must have
hit it with a paddle,
because it let her go and
they managed to pull
her into the boat,? he
said. Ms Ndlovu, who
played for her country
Zanele Ndlovu and Jamie Fox went ahead with their wedding only days after their ordeal but had it in a hospital chapel
at tennis, was flown to hospital in
Bulawayo where she was told by surgeons that they could not save her arm.
Mr Fox said: ?The crocodile hadn?t
ripped her arm off, but it was only
attached by some skin and muscle. The
surgeon said it could not be saved and
recommended it be amputated. The
room was full of Zanele?s family, everyone was very quiet. The operation
was done that night.?
It did not occur to the couple to put
off their wedding, he said. They met
in 2016 when Mr Fox arrived in Bulawayo to do six months? voluntary
work and became engaged two
months ago.
Mr Fox said: ?We have known
for so long that we wanted to get
married. We just wanted to make it
happen if we could. Even this wasn?t
going to get in the way. The doctors
gave their blessing but said we had to
marry in the hospital to be on the safe
side and not risk any infection.?
Ms Ndlovu?s cousin, Lynoot Nengasha, was among 50 guests who
crammed into the hospital?s small
chapel. Another 200 gathered at the
original venue, a few miles down the
road, to celebrate. ?The bride is a strong
young lady, she was over the moon,? he
said. ?The pain of having her arm
amputated could not hold her back, she
was so excited. All the family are so
happy for her.?
Crocodiles are among the most
vicious predators in the rivers and lakes
of Africa. They lurk almost totally submerged as they lie in wait for passing
prey, which they typically grab by a
limb and spin in a ?death roll? that
drowns the victim.
Mr Fox, who works for The
Challenge Network, which runs the
government-funded National Citizen
Service, said that he planned to stay on
in Zimbabwe to help his new wife recover while they applied for her visa to
move to Britain.
?We didn?t have a honeymoon
planned, so we will just have this time
together. Zanele just keeps saying she
feels very happy and very lucky to be
alive. She is still smiling and laughing
and has had to support me more than I
have had to support her.?
Fifth Beatle?s studio goes on the market Stop mocking men?s tragic
Jack Malvern
For sale: a music studio founded by ?the
fifth Beatle? with room for a 100-piece
orchestra and a pedigree that includes
recordings by Paul McCartney, Adele
and George Michael.
Air Studios, which was founded by
George Martin in 1969 in central
London and reinstalled in a former
church in northwest London in 1991, is
on offer for an undisclosed sum after its
current owners decided that it was time
to ?pass on the baton to a new
generation?.
Paul Woolf, 67, a former lawyer, and
Richard Boote, 65, decided to sell after
winning a two-year battle with neighbours who wanted to dig a basement at
their house. The plan, submitted by
Andrew and Elizabeth Jeffreys, involved a building project to excavate a
swimming pool that the studio claimed
would have created enough noise to
halt recordings for six months.
Mr Woolf, who invested in the
studios in 2010, said that the dispute
had been stressful but had ended with
the studio recovering half of its legal
costs, equivalent to more than
�0,000. ?It ended up as Air Studios
versus a swimming pool,? he said.
?When we were blighted by the possibility of going out of business it wasn?t
possible [to sell], but now it is all stable.?
He said that he and Mr Boote wanted
the new owners to continue to use the
studio to record and that they were no
longer in their prime. ?It?s about how
old we are,? he said.
Air, which is named after Martin?s
Paul McCartney has recorded at the
studio founded by his former manager
company, Associated Independent
Recording, is acknowledged as one of
two world-class studios in Britain along
with Abbey Road, also in London. It is
routinely used by Hollywood studios
for orchestral scores because although
British musicians charge high rates,
their expertise means that they require
fewer rehearsals than counterparts in
other countries.
Recent Oscar-winning soundtracks
recorded at Air include Atonement,
Grand Budapest Hotel and Life of Pi. It
was also responsible for scores to
Darkest Hour, Wonder Woman, Interstellar, Casino Royale and Les Mis閞ables. Television soundtracks recorded
there include Doctor Who, Sherlock and
Black Mirror.
Martin, who died in 2016 aged 90,
opened the first Air Studios after splitting from the record company EMI. Its
present home, Lyndhurst Hall in
Hampstead, is a former church and
missionary school designed by Alfred
Waterhouse, who is best known for designing the Natural History Museum.
midlife crises, says author
Jack Malvern
The male midlife crisis should be treated as a genuine and potentially tragic
issue rather than a subject to be
mocked, Marian Keyes has said.
The Irish author, best known for
writing This Charming Man about a
womanising politician, said that writers
often treated the phenomenon as a joke
rather than something driven by ?real
fear and real soul-searching?.
Keyes, 54, whose books have sold
30 million copies worldwide, said that
she tried to treat men?s emotional issues
in the same way that she would treat
women?s.
?There are a lot of books written
about midlife crises,? she told the podcast Love Stories with Dolly Alderton, reported in the The Daily Telegraph. ?And
they?re almost always ones where the
man is portrayed as a complete
fool, who?s just totally lost [it]. He?s a
ridiculous character in these books. He
runs off with a 19-year-old who obviously has no interest in him other than
his money, and he buys a car that he is
far too old and unflashy for.?
Such characters are seen as comic
material, she said, ?but I think, having
gone through a midlife crisis of my own,
that nobody really goes through a
midlife crisis without experiencing real
despair. Real fear, and real soul-searching about ?what have you done with
your life??. ?
She has tackled the issue in her latest
novel, The Break. ?I wanted to write a
book about a couple ? a man who has
had two big losses and he?s suddenly
reevaluating everything.
?He knows that he still loves his partner, but he knows that he needs something extra. I wanted to be sympathetic
to both parties. I wanted it to be about
a real relationship . . . I wanted to do
justice to a midlife crisis novel.?
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GUY BELL/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
?Sexless?
artist is
painted in
a new light
A
s one of the
20th century?s
most
influential
artists, Agnes
Martin had a carefully
crafted public image as a
sexless recluse (David
Sanderson writes).
A new biography
suggests, however, that
the truth is very
different. Not only did
Martin have numerous
relationships ? with
both sexes ? she also
made clear at the start of
her career that she
would willingly sleep her
way to the top.
The book reveals that
she was in a relationship
with Betty Parsons, one
of New York?s best
connected and most
powerful art dealers of
the time, as well as with
other figures in the
industry whose support
helped to subsidise
her before she made
money from her
art.
Parsons
covered the
?scandalous?
relationship
between the
two by
referring to
Martin as her
cook.
Martin was
born in Canada in
Tate Modern has shown
works by Agnes Martin,
left, who a new biography
claims had a relationship
with Betty Parsons, below
1912 to parents who had
emigrated from
Scotland. She died in
New Mexico in 2004,
aged 92. Three years ago
Tate Modern held a
retrospective and prices
for her art have soared
in recent years.
The new book, Agnes
Martin: Pioneer, Painter,
Icon, by the Irish writer
and playwright Henry
Martin, who is no
relation, and which
is published this
month outlines
Martin?s
impoverished
upbringing in
Canada, her
adventures in
New York City,
her schizophrenia, and
subsequent retreat to the
New Mexico desert.
She never described
her sexuality and it is
only in recent years that
she has been described
as a ?closeted lesbian?.
Mr Martin said that
his researches had
uncovered evidence of
numerous sexual affairs.
The book records her
fellow artist, Mary Fuller
McChesney, recalling a
conversation in 1955
with Martin who told
her: ?I?m going to make
it. I don?t care who I
have to f*** or how I
have to do it. I?m going
to make it.? Three years
later she was taken on by
MP ?degraded veterans?
by questioning charities
Daniel Sanderson
A Conservative MP is facing a backlash
from military veterans after he said
charities were overstating the scale of
post-traumatic stress disorder among
soldiers to make more money.
Johnny Mercer, a former army officer who served three tours of Afghanistan, was accused of ?degrading and
devaluing? members of the forces. He
had also said that some veterans were
wrongly diagnosing themselves with
PTSD after being swept up in a ?culture
of victimhood?.
Trevor Coult, a former colour sergeant and trustee of the charity Veterans in Action who was awarded the
Military Cross for his service in Iraq,
called the comments ?stupid? and said
Mr Mercer, who was elected MP for
Plymouth in 2015, was seeking to
further his political career.
?I?ve had quite a few people on the
phone, upset about it,? Mr Coult said.
?Johnny Mercer is in a position where
he can promote important things and
he doesn?t. He tends to promote himself, which is totally wrong, outrageous.
?We have the support of the public,
and his stupid statements saying people
are faking it . . . it devalues and degrades
people who have genuine mental
health issues, and there are hundreds of
them.? Mr Coult had PTSD diagnosed
after his military service.
Veterans? mental health has become
an important issue. Combat Stress, a
military charity that focuses solely on
mental health, reported �6 million in
donations last year, a rise of �million
on the previous year.
The Ministry of Defence recently
pledged � million over ten years to
fund a mental health helpline for servJohnny Mercer said
some charities
overstated PTSD
ing troops, run by Combat Stress, and
another line for veterans.
Mr Mercer, 36, who was in the army
for 12 years, did not name any charities
but said some had gone ?way too far? in
advocating a narrative that presented
veterans as ?mad, bad and dangerous?.
He said service had helped him with
his own mental illness when he had
obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
in his 20s, because the ?overloading of
senses? at war ?drove it out of me?. But
the potential for ?post-traumatic
growth? was not discussed, he said,
?because it doesn?t induce feelings of
sympathy, raising money and charity?.
He told The Daily Telegraph: ?Some
charities have gone way too far in painting the picture of veterans in the UK for
their own ends, to raise money.?
The public perception of military
figures was, he said, that ?you?re either
a hero or you?re broken. Ninety-five per
cent of us are in the middle.?
He also accused some veterans of
blaming their problems on mental illness, which he called ?disingenuous to
those who genuinely have problems?,
and said there should be a greater distinction between everyday mental
health issues and mental illness.
?Don?t go around saying you?ve got
PTSD when you just need to do a bit of
work for your mental health,? he said.
?It takes up resources. Let?s keep that
for those who are really poorly.?
A spokeswoman for Combat Stress
said that the defence select committee,
on which Mr Mercer sits, was examining whether mental health issues in the
military were exaggerated or underestimated.
?Each year we receive over 2,000
referrals from veterans struggling with
their mental health,? she said. ?Not all
will have PTSD, and the focus of our
treatment work is trauma-related
mental health.?
Parsons, who also
worked with the artists
Mark Rothko and
Jackson Pollock.
?People have an idea
of Agnes Martin in their
heads of being a quiet,
zen-like, sexless desert
guru and that quote
blows all of that out of
the water,? Mr Martin
said. ?It will ruffle
feathers.
?One of the things that
came out from the
research was how
incredibly ambitious she
was and that in itself is a
very pioneering thing
because the people she
was surrounded with
were ambitious about
the work but not about
reputation or earning a
living from it. I wonder if
that is to do with where
she came from. She had
made a lot of personal
sacrifices over the years
to achieve that success.?
He said his was the
first book to deal with
Martin?s relationships,
adding that in the US in
the 1950s and 60s people
could not be open about
their sexuality. ?This was
the McCarthy era, it was
illegal. In all these gay
communities gay artists
come together to try to
create their own tribe
but the reality is that
they are at risk of being
arrested, exploited or
blackmailed.?
BBC accused of paying
lip service to diversity
David Sanderson Arts Correspondent
The people who can call the shots at the
top of the BBC are still members of a
closed club, according to the Labour
MP David Lammy who has attacked
the corporation for ?paying lip service
to diversity?.
Mr Lammy said that during the past
two decades there had been a ?a consistent failure? to make the BBC more
diverse. He said that despite a host of
initiatives the recruitment of black and
ethnic minority staff increased by just
0.9 per cent in the four years up to 2015.
In an essay commissioned for a pamphlet by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Bright Blue think tank, Mr
Lammy wrote: ?The BBC?s ten-person
executive committee is all white. Yet we
are supposed to be satisfied with our
national broadcaster, paid for by each
and every one of us, paying lip service to
diversity in terms of hiring junior staff
whilst letting diverse talent fade away
further up the food chain, and the
people who call the shots at the top
remaining a closed club.?
Mr Lammy, a former minister who
chairs the all-party parliamentary
group on race and community, said the
?big beasts? of the establishment like
the BBC and Oxbridge always said the
?talent pipeline is not there so we will
have to settle for incremental change?.
The BBC has said that by 2020 it
wants 15 per cent of its staff to be from
black or ethnic minority backgrounds.
Thorpe?s ex-lover relives drama
Billy Kenber
Jeremy Thorpe?s former lover has
spoken of his fears that a new television
series will open old wounds more than
40 years after the politician was
accused of trying to have him killed.
Norman Scott, 78, said he vividly
recalled the moment a hitman said to
have been hired by Thorpe, the former
Liberal leader, killed his dog and then
tried to shoot him. The gun did not go off.
Thorpe was acquitted of conspiring
to murder Scott, a former lover who
was accused of blackmailing the politician, but his political career was ended.
Ben Whishaw will play Scott opposite
Hugh Grant as the former politician in
A Very English Scandal, a three-part
dramatisation of the scandal which is
due to be screened by the BBC.
Scott was shown the series in a
private screening at his Dartmoor
home and told the Daily Mirror that he
hoped his estranged son would watch
the programme ?so he can realise the
extreme strain I was put under?.
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STIAN ALEXANDER
I N T H E T I M E S T O M O R ROW
SPORT
CRICKET
How Ireland joined
the Test match elite
MAIN PAPER
TIMES2
FASHION
Why you
need a
trophy
jacket for
summer
PULLOUT
BUSINESS
DAVID SMITH
Raising interest rates is
easier said than done
MAIN PAPER
COMMENT
Roger Boyes Battle for the Arctic will
define the new Cold War
MAIN PAPER
Man killed delivering
blood to hospitals
Increase in number
of children sent away
Tributes have been paid to an
NHS volunteer driver after he
died in a crash over the bank
holiday weekend, delivering
life-saving blood supplies.
Russell Curwen, 49, from
Kendal, Cumbria, worked as an
NHS medical services support
driver and volunteered for
Blood Bike North West.
He collided with a Jaguar car
in Lancaster on Saturday
evening and died after being
flown to Royal Preston
Hospital. His family said that
he ?died doing what he loved?.
Ministers have been accused of
breaking their promise to cut
the number of young people
?farmed out? to children?s
homes long distances from
where they were brought up.
In a debate in Westminster
Hall today Ann Coffey, the
Labour MP for Stockport, will
warn that such children are in
danger of falling prey to drug
gangs. There was a 64 per cent
rise in the number being sent
away between 2012 and 2017.
Almost 10,000 children sent
away went missing last year.
The great seascape:
learn to sail in jail
Davids get the dough
as Johns do porridge
Prisoners can now study to
become a yachtmaster in jail
? but only if they have not
been convicted of trafficking
offences. Other courses added
to the Prisoners? Education
Trust distance learning
curriculum this year include
Latin for beginners and goat
husbandry. Those signing up to
the yachting courses can order
a pack of nautical instruments
that includes basic charts, a
course plotter and compass.
Top jobs go to Davids, it seems,
with the name being the most
common among MPs, lawyers
and millionaires. Rebeccas,
Jameses and Thomases are the
most academic, Sarahs are
most likely to be doctors,
lawyers and journalists and
John is the most common
name for criminals, according
to My Nametags, a label maker
that commissioned a study of
data from trade bodies,
universities and courts.
Hunt for ?nasty man? who shot cat with airgun
Neighbours of a girl aged
seven who offered ?all her
pocket money? to catch a
?nasty man? who shot her cat
in the face with an airgun have
pledged more than �000 to
help her. Lili Alexander, above,
Paraglider dies in
?mid-air collision?
A paraglider died and
another was seriously
injured after a suspected
mid-air collision at the
village of Northborough,
near Peterborough,
shortly before 9am
yesterday. The identity of
the victims had not been
released last night. One
pilot was pronounced
dead at the scene and the
other was flown to
hospital. Cambridgeshire
police said that it was
assisting an investigation
into the accident by UK
Paragliding.
Workmates rated
higher than a rise
Half of workers would
turn down a pay rise if it
meant working in an
environment they did not
like or with people they
were averse to. Only one
in eight say money is the
most important factor in
their job. Pay is a lesser
consideration than having
a good relationship with
colleagues. However, the
survey of 1,500 employees
by Indeed, a recruitment
site, found that half
thought they were not
paid an appropriate sum.
The spy ring that
can take snaps
A rare
solid gold
ring with a
secret spy
camera
inside has
been put up for sale in
Canada. The 44g ring
dates from the 1970s and
was used by KGB agents
during the Soviet Union
era. It is believed to be
one of only two of its kind
in the world. The 14-carat
ring is being sold by a
camera company in
Ontario for �,000.
of Ruislip Manor, northwest
London, was ?horrified? when
Maximus came home with a
pellet embedded below his eye,
requiring stitches. The crime
carries a maximum sentence of
six months in jail.
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Strip subsidies from farmers who pollute, says environment chief
Ben Webster Environment Editor
Farmers should lose their subsidies if
they pollute rivers or cause other damage to the countryside, under proposals
published today by the Environment
Agency.
Emma Howard Boyd, the agency?s
chairwoman, is calling for food to carry
labels informing shoppers about the
environmental impact of the farm on
which it was produced.
Speaking before the closure today of
the government?s consultation on farm
subsidies after Brexit, she said ?bad
farming was a slowmotion environmental catastrophe? and must be punished with higher fines. The agency
supports the government?s plan to abolish the EU system of paying farmers an
annual subsidy according to how much
land they own. About two thirds of the
�billion that farmers receive annually
is given per acre in ?basic payments?.
Michael Gove, the environment secretary, is proposing a system of ?public
money for public goods?, with payments linked to specific environmental
benefits. Ms Howard Boyd goes further
in urging Mr Gove to penalise farmers
who pollute. ?Farmers who harm the
environment should lose their government grants. There should be tougher
penalties, including higher fines, for serious pollution or repeat offenders,? she
said. ?Many of the government?s ambitions for a green Brexit can be achieved
by creating new arrangements.?
The agency investigates about 700
pollution incidents on farms each year
but there were only 25 prosecutions last
year and the average fine was �900. In
its response to the consultation, the
agency notes that pollution incidents
on farms, including slurry spilling into
watercourses, have increased as the average size of dairy herds has got bigger.
Farmers have responded to low milk
prices by increasing the number of
cows to maintain their income, sometimes keeping hundreds confined in
sheds throughout the year.
The average dairy herd size increased from 111 cows in 2006 to 145 in
2016. Over the same period, pollution
incidents involving dairy farms increased from 83 to 119 a year. The agency says it would be wrong to reward a
farmer for managing a river on one part
of a farm while tolerating poor soil
management elsewhere on the same
property.
The National Farmers? Union is
warning that British farmers risk being
undercut by foreign competitors
because of Mr Gove?s focus on raising
environmental and welfare standards.
In its submission to the consultation,
it says there was a tension between raising standards and the expectation that
Brexit would result in cheaper food. ?It
is imperative that UK farmers are not
undercut by imports produced to lower
standards than those imposed on UK
farmers by the government,? it said.
SWNS
Bringing
back lynx
?will scare
off tourists?
Ben Webster
Plans to release six lynx into Kielder
Forest could frighten away visitors and
might not bring the promised tourism
boom to Northumberland, according
to an assessment of the proposed ?rewilding? project.
The Lynx UK Trust has applied to
Natural England for a licence to release
the wildcats, which became extinct in
Britain 1,300 years ago.
The plans have been challenged by
Northumberland
National
Park
Authority, which said that while Kielder had suitable space and habitat for
lynx there were ?considerable issues
still to be resolved?. It said the benefits
from increased visitor numbers might
have been over-estimated and the costs
to sheep farmers under-estimated.
It added in a letter to Natural England: ?It would be wise to assess whether the reintroduction of the lynx may
actually deter people from visiting
Kielder or the countryside around it.?
It said that a proposal to compensate
farmers with �0 for each ewe killed by
a lynx seemed ?reasonable? but said
other potential impacts on livestock did
not seem to be covered, such as ?abortion of lambs or other vets? bills from injuries or impacts on breeding stock?.
Lynx UK Trust plans to release four
female and two male Eurasian lynx,
from Sweden in a five-year trial in
Kielder that it hopes will be followed by
releases in Scotland, East Anglia and
Cumbria. The lynx would be monitored
by satellite collars.
The trust says lynx would boost the
local economy by attracting tourists
and controlling the number of roe deer,
which damage nesting sites for threatened birds such as nightingales.
The National Sheep Association is
fighting the application because it fears
the lynx would feed on their flocks
rather than chasing deer.
The National Farmers? Union has
previously claimed that the cats could
pose a threat to walkers.
The trust said the animals? ?solitary
and secretive nature? meant that they
posed no threat to humans and it was
?exceptionally rare for them to predate
on agricultural animals?.
It added: ?Reintroductions into other
European countries have been a
remarkable success, with the best
managed programmes constructing
whole new eco-friendly industries such
as wildlife tourism around their presence, breathing new economic life into
remote rural communities.
?With no natural threats and
bringing a great range of benefits to
humans, the time is perfect to bring
back the lynx to the British Isles.?
Somefin unusual Pupils aged from 6 to 14 dip into the increasingly popular pool pastime of mermaiding with swimming lessons at Planet Mermaid in Bedford
How to find herds of elephants in
danger? Keep an ear to the ground
Tom Whipple Science Editor
The jungle drums are always beating, if
only we knew how to listen.
And these vibrations in the African
soil, caused by the pounding, roaring,
and even deliberate communication of
the elephants above, may one day help
us catch poachers ? as well as understand elephants better.
When the elephants of Samburu in
Kenya call the herd together, researchers have estimated that the seismic
waves can be heard in the ground kilometres away. When the herd then
heads off, the stomping propagates
through the ground like a mini elephant earthquake. Then when the herd
runs, the signal becomes stronger still.
Now a team of scientists has suggested we can use these findings to monitor
elephant behaviour remotely, and even
create an alarm system to warn of
poaching. ?It?s a gold standard of this
type of monitoring to get real-time
data,? Beth Mortimer, from the Department of Zoology at Oxford University,
said. ?This has the potential to give us
that information.?
Working with seismologists, she recorded a range of vibrations produced
by elephants in Kenya, estimating that
their signal could spread through the
ground even when it was long since inaudible in the air.
She said that the findings, published
in the journal Current Biology, showed
that it may eventually be possible to
follow herds of elephants using sensors
left in the field. In this way they could
triangulate their position and activity,
and spot whether they are running unexpectedly.
?As soon as we can do this there is the
possibility of making alarm systems,?
she said. ?Maybe we could tell in real
time if something worrying is going on,
and send rangers to have a look.?
One of the most intriguing aspects of
the research is that there is growing evidence that some of the vibrations the
elephants send are probably propagated deliberately, and detected by other
elephants using their feet.
?When they vocalise, part of the
vibration goes through the air, part
through the ground,? Dr Mortimer said.
?It has been argued that ground-based
communication allows the message to
travel longer distances.? Her study suggested that in the right conditions these
calls can travel six kilometres. This supports other research showing that elephants seemed to respond to seismic
calls played back through vibrations.
Frank Pope, chief executive of Save
The Elephants,which helped with the
research, said that the work on understanding this extra sense of elephants
should lead us to consider the effect
that human vibrations might be having
on their world. ?The senses elephants
use don?t map on to our senses. We
know that through their feet they are
able to detect vibrations,? he said.
This may give them a completely
different understanding of the world.
?If you speak to anyone who spends
time with elephants they will ascribe all
sorts of near-magical abilities to them,?
he said. ?From the nomads we work
with to the great hunters of yore, they
will say elephants home in on events
they couldn?t have known about, and
respond to rain before it has fallen. Is
this related? It?s a sense we are not
tuned to, so when we see an animal responding to something we can?t it feels
magical, but it is not.?
Soon though, we may be able to tune
into it too, and hear when the jungle
drums are warning of poachers.
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Dark times for
theatres under
EU bulb rules
Jack Malvern
Theatre lamps are going out all over
Europe and we shall not see them lit
again if Britain passes new EU environmental legislation, the head of the
National Theatre has said.
Rufus Norris, its artistic director said
that restrictions on traditional and
LED lightbulbs due to be enforced by
2020 would make all theatres? lighting
equipment redundant. He estimated
that the cost to British theatres of replacing it would be �25 billion.
He is supporting a campaign to halt
the Ecodesign Working Plan,
which the EU iss scheduled to enact in October, before the offixit
cial date of Brexit
on March 29,,
next year. Even
if Britain were
able to opt out
of the ban,
which prohibits the manufacture of bulbs
that generate
less than 85 luor
mens of light for
rgy
each watt of energy
ikely
consumed, it is likely
acturers
that
manufacturers
would not find itt economical to make bulbss only for British
theatres.
Norris said that the ?legislation as
proposed at the moment would affect
everything? that his theatre did, including its productions of War Horse and
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the
Night-Time, which rely on inventive
lighting effects. The theatre?s production of Frankenstein created its atmosphere with 3,500 hanging bulbs and its
adaptation of the film Network relied
on a scene being lit so that all colour was
washed out. ?Really the issue is much
bigger than that because even the LED
lights that we?re replacing our stock
with would also be non-compliant. So
by 2020 you can?t then buy new stock.
We would have a certain amount in the
cupboard that would keep us going for
some time, but when you run out of
that, you are left with equipment that?s
just scrap.?
He said that smaller theatres would
be in a worse situation because they
would be unable to afford new equipment. ?It?s back to candles,? he said. ?It?s
really drastic.?
Current regulations include an exemption for theatres but the draft
legislation does not. A campaign by th
the Association
Lighti Designers
of Lighting
agains the new
against
regu
regulations
has
rece
received
support
fro
from
performer
ers
including
Ju Law and
Jude
D
Derren
Brown
a Sir David
and
H
Hare,
the playw
wright.
Sir
Ca
Cameron
Ma
Mackintosh,
who
whose
company
Delfo
Delfont
Mackinc
tosh controls
nine
theatres iin the West
End, said: ?Th
?This is a serious
matter for everyone in the industry as it will affect audiences and practitioners. A solution must be found, as the
financial contribution of the arts to the
European economy is enormous.?
Paule Constable, a winner of five
Olivier awards for her lighting designs
on productions including War Horse,
said that the law would mean that The
Phantom of the Opera, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King and Hamilton would
all ?either have to close or be presented
in a hugely compromised manner?. She
wrote in The Stage: ?What does ?compromised? mean in this context? Maybe
Weighing
pupils cuts
obesity in
city trial
Chris Smyth Health Editor
War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, left, rely on
lighting that the National Theatre would not be able to afford under new rules
not quite the feel of the lighting in an
office or a warehouse, but pretty close.
The subtlety, detail, life, vibrancy and
precise control would be gone.?
Mr Norris said that the new regulations looked like an oversight and there
was nothing on the market for theatres
that would reach the new standard.
?You can understand why this legislation has come about,? he added. ?In
every area of life we need to be driving
forward with [energy reduction]. But
this oversight is going to have a huge
knock-on effect.?
Every primary school child should be
weighed annually, experts have said
after a scheme in Manchester showed
that it stopped children getting fatter.
Pupils whose parents were given
annual weight reports were more likely
to maintain a healthy weight and tended to decrease their body mass index
between readings, while that of children outside the programme rose.
The children?s health and monitoring
programme (Champ) was set up three
years ago and weighs 45,000 children a
year. Its results are being studied by
ministers, who are preparing a national
plan to tackle child obesity. Parents get
the results by text message and an online portal that connects them with
school advisers, who will talk to concerned families about healthy eating.
?You can normalise the size of your
children because you see them every
day,? Jenny McGarry, the head teacher
of St Mary?s primary in Moss Side, said.
?It?s when you actually look at how they
compare nationally or to what is desirable that the information is very powerful. They?ll go through a typical day ?
?What are the things your child will eat,
take me through breakfast? ? and
make some tiny changes. It?s very practical, non-judgemental conversations.?
A national child measurement programme weighs children when they
start and leave primary school, during
which time the number who are obese
doubles. The deputy chief executive of
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Gill Heaton, who founded
Champ, said: ?It became clear to me
that because we only weighed children
in reception and year six, the intervening years were a complete wilderness.
As children get older their habits are
formed and it?s much harder to break
them when they?re 10 or 11.?
Tam Fry, the chairman of the
National Obesity Forum, said: ?Manchester has set the bar for the rest of the
UK to follow. All children should be
measured from infancy, as doctors are
now accepting . . . [This] has the potential of making a significant dent in our
overweight and obesity figures.?
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went over to the dark side
Giles Coren
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Only bold ideas can bridge the generation gap
Labour and the Tories need to stop playing games and come up with radical policies that are fair to young and old
Rachel
Sylvester
@rsylvestertimes
S
ociety, said Edmund Burke, ?is
a contract between those who
are living, those who are dead
and those who are to be born?.
But in divided Britain the
unwritten agreement between young
and old, past and future, the living
and the dead, is close to breaking
point. The generational split over
Brexit (about three quarters of young
people voted Remain, while almost
two thirds of older voters backed
Leave) is just the cultural
manifestation of an economic
fracture. The principle on which the
welfare state depends ? that the
generations support one another
from the cradle to the grave ? is
cracking and none of the political
parties are doing enough about a
problem that risks undermining faith
in democracy.
It is in this context that the final
report of the Intergenerational
Commission, set up by the
Resolution Foundation think tank,
will be published today. Chaired by
Lord Willetts, the former
Conservative cabinet minister, and
backed by the Confederation of
British Industry, the Trades Union
Congress and the Institute for Fiscal
Studies, it concludes that the social
contract between young and old is
?under threat? and many people no
longer believe that the country is
delivering on its obligations to
different generations.
Public support for the welfare state
is based on everybody feeling that
they get a fair deal but austerity has
impacted disproportionately on the
young. Spending on working-age
adults and children is set to be nearly
15 per cent lower in 2022-23 than it
was in 2010-11, while state support
for pensioners will have increased.
Once tax cuts, as well as benefit
reductions, are taken into account,
families in their twenties and thirties
will see their annual household
incomes fall by an average of �5 by
the end of this parliament at the
same time as over-65s see their
incomes lifted by � a year.
Wealth is also becoming
increasingly unfairly distributed
between young and old. Millennials
(those born between 1981 and 2000)
are only half as likely to own their
home by the age of 30 as baby
boomers (those born between 1946
and 1965) and four times more likely
to rent privately, with all the cost and
insecurity that entails. Their
disposable incomes at 30 are no
higher than the generation before
them at that age, despite the economy
growing by 14 per cent over the last 15
Our politicians are too
nervous and distracted
by Brexit to think big
years. In 2001, 25 to 34-year-olds were
consuming the same amount as those
approaching retirement but they are
now spending 15 per cent less.
Older people are in trouble too
because the health and social care
system will not be able to cope with a
rapidly ageing population. According
to the report, public spending on
health, care and social security will
have to rise by almost � billion a
year over the next decade and
� billion by 2040 just to maintain
existing provision. If people are
going to continue getting the help
they have come to expect from the
state, money will need to be found
from somewhere.
The commission recommends a
raft of radical solutions that
challenge the ideological
assumptions on both left and right;
this is a long-term problem needing
policies that will outlive any one
government. It proposes a �3 billion
NHS levy, with the money raised by
applying national insurance
contributions to the earnings of
working pensioners, and taxing the
pension income of wealthy older
people. Council tax should be
replaced with a more progressive
property tax, it says, with higher
rates for the most expensive homes
to pay for the rising costs of social
care. Stamp duty should be halved to
get the housing market moving and
inheritance tax abolished. A new
?lifetime receipts tax?, targeting
individual recipients of bequests
rather than the estate as a whole,
would be used to fund a �,000
?citizen?s inheritance?, which would
be paid to all 25-year-olds and could
be used to put down the deposit on a
house, set up a business or pay for
education and training.
There is something for everyone to
hate in the package, but that?s a good
thing because it will be impossible to
prevent this demographic time bomb
exploding without bypassing the
traditional partisan prejudices. Tories
will resist the idea of a state handout
of assets to the young, Labour will
dislike the proposal to scrap
inheritance tax, but the parties are
stuck in orthodoxies that seem
increasingly out of date. The
Conservative Party has presided over
what Theresa May might call the
?burning injustice? of growing
intergenerational unfairness, by
protecting its older voters through
policies like the pension triple lock,
state pension was introduced at the
beginning of the 20th century in
response to the growing number of
people living beyond retirement age,
while a housebuilding boom after the
Second World War created homes
for the baby boomers to be raised in.
A boost in numbers going to
university in the 1990s raised
educational standards for the next
generation. Now though politicians
Extra money is needed
so there will be losers
as well as winners
Millennials are only half as likely to
own a home at 30 as baby boomers
while failing to build enough homes.
Jeremy Corbyn has pandered to his
youthful fans by promising to scrap
tuition fees, which benefits wealthy
graduates over poorer people who do
not go to university, while doing
nothing to tackle the real inequality
between young and old.
With politics ever more polarised,
the Conservatives are in danger of
turning into the party of the old, and
Labour becoming the party of the
young. Yet voters of all ages
understand there?s a balance to be
struck between the generations
because they see the consequences of
not doing so in their own families. As
Lord Willetts says, improving fairness
between the generations ?bridges
conventional ideological lines.
Whether they are left-wing or rightwing, religious or atheist, Remain or
Leave, parents care about their kids.?
Britain has done it before. The
are too nervous and distracted by
Brexit to think big. The Tories
botched an attempt at reform during
the election campaign ? with their
so-called dementia tax ? because
the prime minister?s aides were too
arrogant to ask advice and so came
up with a system that left too much
risk on individuals.
The looming crisis of trust
between young and old is becoming
too urgent to ignore. Radical reform
is needed ? and if the politicians do
not like the transformative policies
proposed by the Intergenerational
Commission they must find some of
their own that match the scale of the
ambition. There will be losers as well
as winners but that is because extra
money is needed to deal with
demographic change. It is time for
politicians of all parties to be brave
in tackling the generation gap. This
is too important for political games.
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Comment
Islamophobia is a fiction to shut down debate
Legitimate criticism of Muslim teaching can?t be compared to antisemitic demonisation and lies
Melanie
Phillips
@melanielatest
R
emarks I made on BBC TV?s
Sunday Politics seem to have
caused some controversy.
Even before the credits
started to roll, Twitter was
going into meltdown. I had said there
was no equivalence between
antisemitism and Islamophobia. The
former was a deranged demonisation
of a people; the latter was used to
shut down debate.
Cue foaming outrage. No matter
that I acknowledged the existence of
prejudice against Muslims, just as
against Sikhs, Hindus and others. In
denying Islamophobia, I was an
Islamophobic bigot. And of course
out poured the antisemitic
comments. I was a ?Zionazi? and
?Mossad agent?, antisemitism claims
were ?bullshit?, and so predictably on.
I had been asked whether, in view
of the Conservative council candidate
in Pendle being suspended but then
readmitted after sharing an anti-Asian
joke, Islamophobia pervaded the
party. Racist prejudice existed
throughout society, I said, but
antisemitism was endemic among
political progressives well beyond the
Labour Party. Unlike the claim of
Islamophobia, which was used to
silence legitimate criticism of the
Muslim world, antisemitism was based
entirely on lies and demonisation. On
social media, I was accused of seeking
to silence legitimate criticism of Israel
and the Jewish world. Not at all.
Criticism is legitimate because it is
rational and grounded in evidence.
Antisemitism is not criticism. It is
instead a unique form of bigotry.
Irrationally, it holds that both
Israel and the Jewish people possess
a demonic power to control the
world. It accuses both of crimes of
which they are not only innocent but
are themselves the victims. It treats
them in ways which it applies to no
other people, nation or cause.
Now consider Islamophobia.
Anyone who calls out Islamist
extremism as a fanatical or primitive
interpretation of Islam currently
dominant in the Muslim world is
called an Islamophobe. Anyone who
says the Muslim Brotherhood is a
conspiracy to Islamise the world is
called an Islamophobe. Yet evidence
Antisemitic texts and
images are pouring out
of the Muslim world
abounds to support such observations.
Numerous Islamic religious
authorities have upheld the
uncompromising precepts behind
Islamic fundamentalism and holy war.
Muslim Brotherhood documents
relating to Britain, Europe and
America talk about changing ?the
very infrastructure of society, its
institutions, its culture, its political
order, and its creed from ignorance
to Islam? and ?eliminating and
destroying the western civilisation
from within?. Yet anyone sounding
the alarm about this is called
Islamophobic. These include the
former Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi
Ali, a Somalian victim of genital
mutilation and prominent critic of
Islam who lives under police guard
because of Islamist threats to her life.
Or there?s the Iranian human
rights activist Maryam Namazie,
whose meeting at Goldsmiths
College, London about the rights of
ex-Muslims was broken up by the
Islamic Society on grounds that any
such discussion was ?Islamophobic?.
Where the equation between
antisemitism and Islamophobia really
goes belly-up, though, is over Muslim
antisemitism. According to statistics
published by the Jewish Community
Security Trust about last year?s record
number of antisemitic attacks, the
ethnic appearance of the attacker was
described in about one third of cases.
Of those, about 25 per cent were of
Asian, Arab or north African
appearance. Many if not most of
those are likely to have been Muslims,
grossly disproportionate to the
community?s estimated 4 per cent of
the population.
Of course not all Muslims are
antisemites, just as many Muslims
have nothing to do with Islamist
extremism and are committed to
western norms. And all attacks on
Muslims are deplorable.
Nevertheless, medieval and Nazistyle antisemitic texts and images
pour out of the Muslim world. Some
Muslims are now calling this out. In
an article in the Israeli paper Haaretz,
the director of the British antiextremism group Faith Matters, Fiyaz
Mughal, draws urgent attention to the
way in which parts of the left are
seeking to ?build a bridge based on
antisemitism? with ?some sections of
Muslim communities where it is
entrenched and mixed up with 9/11,
7/7 and other geopolitical conspiracy
theories?. Yet such evidence is
generally suppressed because to
admit it would invalidate the very
basis of the term Islamophobia.
A phobia is not a prejudice but a
mental disorder. An irrational terror,
it debilitates the victim for whom we
feel sympathy. Yet Islamophobia is
used to turn people into social
pariahs. This is why. A mental
disorder has no rational basis. A
prejudice is merely a hateful
viewpoint. Unlike a phobia, prejudice
does not lie outside reason
altogether ? which makes a phobia
literally unthinkable.
Antisemitism is in fact the only
prejudice which can be viewed as a
derangement of reason. Islamophobia
seeks to arrogate that status to itself.
That?s why the Muslim world
invented the term: to turn criticism of
the Islamic world into a pathology.
Not only would this silence debate
but it would serve a deeper project.
For the cause dating back to the
Muslim wars against the Jews in the
seventh century, now heard again
from Islamists and their supporters,
is to turn the Muslims into ?the new
Jews?. But they are not. The new
Jews are still the old Jews.
Islamophobia is a mind-bending
attempt at thought control. Equating
it with antisemitism isn?t merely
itself an attack on the Jewish people.
Through its rebranding of
totalitarian ideology as conscience,
promoted by cowards, ideologues
and imbeciles, it endangers us all.
I
t should have been great news
that the hottest early May bank
holiday since the age of the
great reptiles found the Coren
family ensconced in their bucolic
Gloucestershire HQ, high on a hill,
nestled on the edge of a wood,
with long views over the deep
Cotswolds.
That it was my son?s fifth birthday
with a party planned for the
Sunday makes it sound even better:
good friends staying over, my
brother-in-law with his four boys
visiting from Oxford and a dozen
local mates and kids arriving late
morning for drinks and party
games, then a long lunch. Sounds
perfect, doesn?t it? Total D閖euner sur
l?herbe scenario.
Except that it was a Star Wars
party. That is what the young master
had ordered, so that is what he got.
Thus while the grown-ups lolled on
the lawn, drinking meursault and
marvelling at the views that my hard
work (you?re reading it) paid for, I
was holed up in the house, curtains
drawn tight and all the lights off, so
that knee-high rebel forces in fancy
dress could see their lightsabers
properly as they moved on the
Death Star.
bails off and Vader is yards short of
his ground! The Empire are all out
for 23 and it?s over: the Rebels have
won the Ashes!
decision, we?ll at least get to shout,
?The Umpire Strikes Back!?
Vader vanquished
W
e got them outside in
the end for a game
of cricket, which
they succumbed to on
condition they be allowed to
keep their Star Wars outfits on.
So it was Luke Skywalker from
the pavilion end, Jedi
robes billowing in the
gentle breeze, in
now, bowls to Darth
Vader, Lord Vader
hooks! But Han
Solo is under it,
surely this is going
to be caught? No!
Solo spills it! But
there?s a mix up with
the running, Kylo Ren
is sending Vader back,
General Leia Organa
(my seven-year-old
daughter, Kitty, with
a left arm like a
crossbow) has picked up
the loose ball and
winged it in,
Chewbacca?s taken the
It?s just not cricket
T
here was a moment during the
match when I suddenly had a
vision of the future of world
cricket. It was when the
children decided that, what
with the sloping pitch and
spongy grass, it was so hard to
lay bat on ball that they might
as well wear blindfolds and
attempt to make contact by
?feeling the force?.
Now, professional
cricket has dwindled
from the glory of
five-day Test
matches to
Twenty20 and
stands on the
brink of a
pitiful
100-ball
travesty. But if
t
they
really want to
get the non-cricketing
crowds in (and ?appeal to
the young?) why not go
the whole hog, put the
players in Star Wars kit,
give them blindfolds,
lightsabers and . . . well, I
guess every time DRS
upholds the on-field
T
he carcass of a Javan rhino
was found in Indonesia?s
Ujung Kulon national park
late last month. With only
67 Javan rhinos left, its
death took the species one step
closer to extinction. The Javan rhino
is competing with the Sumatran
rhino, the last descendant of the
woolly rhinoceros, for the unenviable
status of the world?s most
endangered large mammal. Fewer
than 100 Sumatran rhinos survive in
pockets of Sumatra and Borneo and
its population has fallen by 70 per
cent over the past 20 years.
The withering of these rhino
species is symptomatic of the global
destruction of nature. The world?s
wild animal population is plunging,
down nearly 60 per cent since 1970.
Scientists believe the world is
well advanced on a mass extinction
equivalent to that which wiped out
the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
Shockingly, the West is doing
effectively nothing to stop it. We rely
We ask poor nations
to protect what
biodiversity remains
was a big Six Million Dollar Man
fan in my youth, which exposed
me to a weekly injustice over
which I have never fully got. The
show started at 7pm every Thursday
and the rule was, if I wasn?t out of
the bath, teeth brushed and pyjamas
on, in time for the opening credits, I
wasn?t allowed to watch it at all. This
seemed heinous and arbitrary to me
at the time (although I understand
now that my mum only wanted to
get the hell of bath time over as
quickly as possible). But it has left
me with a lifelong punctuality
neurosis and an inability to watch
anything of which I have missed
even a second.
So the news that The Six Million
Dollar Man may be coming back as a
movie starring Mark Wahlberg gives
me mixed feelings. Yes, it will be
thrilling once again to witness the
daredevil feats of a hero whose only
superpower is to move very slowly
while making a metallic ?angh angh
angh? noise.
But, oh my God, if I?m late to the
cinema and the famous theme music
is already playing, will they even let
me in?
on underfunded charities and
governments in poor countries to
protect what biodiversity remains.
Or we allow a free-for-all such as
occurs in the oceans and Antarctica.
Britain?s foreign aid budget is
�.9 billion, which is focused on
development and humanitarian aid;
almost none of it is spent on
protecting the environment. Publicsector funding for international
biodiversity in 2015-16 was a piffling
� million, 0.3 per cent of the aid
budget. Why not spend some of our
foreign aid on safeguarding nature
by creating the world?s leading
biodiversity protection agency?
A little goes a long way in the
battle to stop extinction. The
International Rhino Foundation?s
annual budget for the Javan and
Sumatran rhinos is �2 million,
which funds 16 protection units, a
perimeter fence and study area in
Java, and a captive breeding
sanctuary in Sumatra. With more
resources we could double the
population and take them away from
the brink of extinction.
Britain has been a leader in the
study and communication of the rich
diversity of life through the work of
champions such as Charles Darwin
and Sir David Attenborough. A
British biodiversity agency would
continue in this glorious tradition of
science and intrepid action in the
service of noble causes and
inescapable responsibilities.
We need to act now to save the
world?s endangered species before it
is too late.
@gilescoren
Peter Hall is a director of the
International Rhino Foundation
Giles Coren Notebook
The curtains
drawn, we
went over to
the dark side
A fraction of our
aid budget would
save many species
Peter Hall
Six million regrets
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The young are too busy swiping to have sex
In the days before Instagram and Snapchat we were all so bored that we were forced to get our kicks in the real world
Hugo
Rifkind
@hugorifkind
F
or the German philosopher
Martin Heidegger, the
archetype of boredom was
being stuck for four hours in
a provincial railway station
with nothing to do. This is an
experience that the vast majority of
those under 30 will never have had.
When I read yesterday that one in
eight young people are still virgins at
26, I found myself wondering, quite
seriously, whether this was why.
Obviously, one should not be too
literalist about this. Having sex to
pass the time in a provincial railway
station has probably always been
quite rare, although I am reminded
of the character in Douglas Adams?s
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
who is called Fenchurch. As she
explains it, everybody always
assumes she must have been found
in a handbag in the left luggage
office at Fenchurch Street station,
but it is actually because she was
conceived there. ?In the left luggage
office?? hoots Arthur. ?No, of course
not,? retorts Fenchurch, offended.
Before telling him that it was
actually in the ticket queue.
Anyway. According to the
psychotherapist quoted in yesterday?s
newspaper, ?millennials have been
brought up in a culture of
hypersexuality which has bred a fear
of intimacy?. This certainly sounds
alarming, even if ?being brought up
in a culture of hypersexuality? does
sound considerably more exciting
than ?being brought up in 1980s
Edinburgh?. Is it, though, actually
true? I?m pretty sure we used to fear
a sexualised culture would make
young people have sex more. Now
we?re saying it makes them too
scared to have it at all?
Somebody under 30ish
will probably text rather
than ring the doorbell
The ?millennials do dysfunctional
thing? story is becoming a
newspaper staple. Yesterday alone,
alongside the ?millennials are all
virgins? story we also had a
?millennials? fear of voicemail?
jostling for space. Last month came
?millennials are frightened of raw
chicken?. The fascination of the old
with the young can look creepy,
bitter, envious and cruel, and I
daresay it is often all of those things.
Really, though, it is about charting
a world that is changing for
everybody. Where the young tread,
we all follow. We just don?t spot it
happening, because we?re in denial
about no longer being so young
ourselves.
My favourite example is the
doorbell debate. Find somebody
under 30ish and ask them whether
they ring, or answer, doorbells.
Probably they don?t. They will text,
even when outside. The idea of
ringing the doorbell of somebody
who is not expecting them ? whose
house they just happen to be passing
? is met with terrified incredulity.
Doorbells are a trauma inflicted upon
those wrestling with anxiety
disorders, or who are transgender and
not dressed yet, and so on.
It makes me think sadly of my own
student days, when the unexpected
housecall was often the best bit of a
day that would otherwise just have
bloody Heidegger in it. ?But this is no
way to live!? I want to tell them.
Before realising that, despite my very
powerful and instinctive disdain, I
probably haven?t rung an unexpected
doorbell myself since about 2003.
I have managed to have sex since
2003, and have two children to prove
it wasn?t even a one-off. What I have
not had to do, however, is find
somebody new to have it with, let
alone for the first time. When I last
did this, true, we did not have internet
dating, or Tinder, or those other apps
which make your iPhone covertly
buzz when you are in the vicinity of
somebody else who, like you, secretly
loves doing it while dressed as a
Pok閙on, or whatever. What we did
have, however, was boredom. Do not
underestimate its power.
For the entire history of mankind,
when we have not been desperate to
For the entire history
of mankind, boredom
was our natural state
eat something, or desperate not to be
eaten by something else, you could
mount a credible argument that
boredom has been our constant,
natural state. A yawn. A desperate,
dissatisfied desire to do something
else. It got us out of the cave and
across the oceans, and to paint the
Mona Lisa, and to lose our virginities,
and we did all of these things because
there was nothing better to do.
Young people are never bored, and
I know this because I am never bored
and neither are you. We may think
we are, and often, but this is our
mistake. To return to Douglas Adams,
we are today more like Wowbagger
the Infinitely Prolonged, the immortal
being of Life, The Universe and
Everything, whose listlessness has
reached such vast proportions that he
embarks upon a project to insult
every being in creation, merely as a
motive to get out of bed.
Listlessness is not boredom. It is
almost the opposite. It is how we feel
when there are too many options in
front of us for any of them to offer
meaningful reward. Recently, I
reviewed Elastic by Leonard
Mlodinow, a book about flexible
thinking. Mlodinow talks of our left
brain which gets stuck in patterns,
and our right brain which escapes
them, in creative leaps. Listlessness is
the prison of the left brain. Boredom
is the sensation just before you
engage the right.
You will never know, you poor
benighted young, how bored we used
to be, and how easy it made it to be
brave. Just like we will never properly
appreciate how exhausting a fresh
and empty life can be when you never
are. What a thing, to be young, with a
heart made for skipping beats and a
spine made for tingling, but instead to
sit, and scroll, and like, and swipe, and
then do it all again, and to know no
other way. Flick, flick, swipe, refresh.
Facebook, Instagram, eBay, Snapchat,
Pornhub, oh look, another evening
gone. At what point do you make the
superhuman effort to get off the sofa,
leave the house, and fall in love?
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Drive for clean cars bypasses other polluters
The rule of robots
Sir, Ben Macintyre?s review of the
unstoppable march of the robot
armies was both enlightening and
chilling (Comment, May 5). His
division of the arms race into three
phases based on gunpowder, nuclear
and artificial intelligence mirrors the
three phases of human progress. From
the first chipped stone to the first
smelted iron took three million years;
from the first iron to the hydrogen
bomb took 3,000 years; from guided
nuclear weapons to self-directing
killing machines has taken just over 30
years. It is hard not to fear that human
self-destruction is imminent. Perhaps
we need to rethink what constitutes
progress if we are to survive.
dominic kirkham
Manchester
Sir, ?We may invent machines to make
war on our behalf, but only humans
can make peace,? concludes Ben
Macintyre. Au contraire. A much
underrated 1970 film, Colossus, tells a
different story. The US government
gives an impenetrable supercomputer
total control over launching nuclear
missiles. But what the computer does
with the power is unimaginable to its
creators. Growing its ability to selfteach, it links independently with an
identical secret colossus in the USSR.
Far more intelligent than the world?s
scientists and politicians, the colossi
impose world peace, by
killing anyone who disobeys.
barry hyman
Bushey Heath, Herts
Prejudicial judge
Sir, The statement by Sir John
Mitting that a policeman in a long
marriage was less likely to have illicit
affairs is not only an odd attitude for
someone who was young in the
Sixties (?Inquiry into policing faces
boycott over judge?s views?, May 7).
Sir John?s inquiry into undercover
policing must determine how far the
exploitation of women was the action
of indisciplined officers or was
approved at high level, and the
problem with his statement is that it
implies a pre-judgment of that issue.
nik wood
London E9
Sir, With criticism of diesel vehicles,
there is much more awareness of the
harm ultrafine particles (UFPs) can
do (?Ban on petrol and diesel cars will
also target hybrid vehicles?, May 5).
Not only can they trigger asthma and
heart attacks, but they can also cross
the placenta to affect the brains of
babies before birth, reducing their IQ
and increasing the chance of
attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder, autism and even cot death.
A ban on hybrid cars will cut air
pollution to some extent, but its
effectiveness is questionable since the
government is also proposing allow a
50 per cent increase in airliner flights
over London. Research by Tufts
University, Massachusetts, found that:
?Concentration of UFPs emitted by
vehicle traffic are typically highest on
or near roadways but decrease rapidly
within 200 to 300 metres. In contrast
the impacts of airport-related
emissions on UFP concentrations can
extend tens of kilometres from
airports encompassing large
populated areas.?
Research by the universities of
Southern California and Washington
found as much as a fivefold increase
in UFPs at 8-10km downwind of Los
Angeles airport. However, research by
the University of Utrecht, at two sites
7km and 40km from Schiphol, found
a threefold increase at 7km and a 20
per cent increase at 40km downwind.
Why is ultrafine particle pollution
lower at Schiphol than Los Angeles?
The answer must has to be that
Schiphol has fewer than 500,000
flights a year but the number of
annual flights at Los Angeles is more
than 700,000.
Air pollution is a serious issue and
pollution from cars needs to be
tackled, but a ban on hybrids may be
a step too far.
dr richard bloore
Twickenham
Give us licence
majority of operators to reduce their
services or close completely. The
resulting loss of a transport amenity
for a vulnerable sector of society
would be little short of disastrous.
We urge the DfT not only to ensure
that the exemptions really do result in
minimal impact on community
transport but also to consider ways in
which this sector, which is largely
charitable, non-profit-making and
voluntary, may best be supported.
peter finch
Trustee, GoStart Community
Transport, Sudbury, Suffolk
Sir, Your correspondent Stephen
Joseph (letters, May 4) makes a case
for more support for local transport.
His letter was published on the
closing date for the Department for
Transport?s consultation on
community transport. Imposing full
compliance with EU regulations
could force even voluntary
organisations providing transport to
those disadvantaged by reason of age,
disability, poverty or isolation to
become public service vehicle
operators, subject to the same
regulatory regime as commercial bus
companies. These voluntary
organisations exist to plug the gaps
where commercial services are not
viable.
The DfT has identified certain
exemptions that may let community
transport operators continue to use a
permit system rather than the full
licensing regime, but one false step in
defining and implementing these
exemptions could force the vast
Drink to me only
Sir, Considering how often we hear of
teetotal millennials, is your report
(?Millennials are too nervous to have
sex?, May 7), any surprise?
stephen davies
Lydney, Glos
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on this day may 8, 1918
BRITISH
AIRMAN?S
ADVENTURE
It is a soft, grey day, overhung with
clouds, and the air is full of moisture.
These last three days seem to have
put an end to the Germans? luck in
the matter of weather, which has
lasted since the offensive began.
Enough rain has fallen materially to
increase their difficulties in moving
troops and transport in the shellhole areas. In Flanders much of the
country has become a quagmire.
Even in Flanders, however, heavy
Sir, You reported the remark by Chris
Grayling, the transport secretary, that
it is ?not sensible? for urban motorists
to drive diesel cars (May 2).
For the past 30 years, I have been
the owner of a variety of diesel cars,
attracted by their superior fuel
economy, and thus reduced use of a
natural resource, in comparison with
petrol-fuelled equivalents. It would be
more reasonable, instead of
demonising diesel engines per se,
despite their lower discharge of
carbon dioxide, to encourage car
manufacturers to follow the example
Customs disunion
Sir, As the Tories divide more deeply
on the UK?s future customs
arrangements with the European
Union (report and letters, May 7), it is
time for the prime minister to face
reality. She has said she wants no
hard border in Ireland, but the
Brexiteers in her cabinet and party
reject any idea of a customs union. I
do not favour Brexit, but the
rains now cannot have more than a
temporary effect. When the storms
interrupted our offensive of July 31
last, and went on through a large
part of August, it was too late in the
year for the ground to recover, as the
inhabitants told us at the time. The
moisture now can hardly have the
same continuing effect, and, except
in the waterlogged valley of the
streams, the dust will doubtless soon
be flying again. Meanwhile, we are
quite content that the Germans
should, for a while, have experience
of the loathsome difficulties of the
mud which we have known so often.
The thick weather is naturally bad
for aeroplane work, but the Royal
Air Force continues to do very well.
One of our pilots had a thrilling
experience a few days ago, when,
falling in with an enemy patrol of 12
machines, he pluckily attacked the
rearmost enemy, which was flying
above and behind the others. The
German dipped to avoid him, but he
followed, and, firing into it at short
range, sent it down, and saw it fall
out of control. Meanwhile six enemy
machines turned on our man, who
of Jaguar, which supplies the
government with vehicles and fits its
diesel models with a biodegradable
additive to clean the exhaust gases
and reduce the discharge of harmful
nitrogen oxide emissions.
nicholas fisher
Northleach, Glos
Sir, Regarding the ban on petrol and
diesel cars, you report that ministers
have yet to agree a strategy for their
replacement with so-called zeroemission electric vehicles. I hope this
strategy will consider how and where
the necessary electricity will be
generated, and the environmental
impact of the associated discharge
and waste emissions.
dr allan duncan
Former chief inspector,
HM Inspectorate of Pollution
Abingdon, Oxon
Sir, By the time the ban is in force in
2040, it is possible that our roads will
be in such a poor state that only
tracked vehicles will be able to use
them. Defence spending permitting,
this will give the army free rein to test
their tanks on A-roads.
roger davies
Dunmow, Essex
negotiation of a customs union is the
only realistic way to avoid a hard
border.
sir christopher audland
(Director-General for Energy,
European Commission, 1981-86)
Milnthorpe, Cumbria
Sir, When I was managing director of
a freight company in the early 1970s,
every night we customs cleared
thousands of Caterpillar tractor parts
from Belgium, using a computer tape
submitted to HM Customs. The
system was called Period Entry. The
UK was not in the EU then ? what
would be the problem after we leave?
paul jackson
Chipping Norton, Oxon
Sir, A customs relationship with the
EU is still on the table, says Greg
Clark, the business secretary, but
Jacob Rees-Mogg sees this as Project
Fear revived. So our choice is Project
Fear or Project Fantasy? At least the
former has some basis in reality.
john mann
Moretonhampstead, Devon
put his aeroplane into a sprint, and
went whirling down through the rest
of the formation, chased and fired at
as he went. His control was shot
away, and his machine plunged to
within 100ft of the earth, when it
miraculously flattened out of its own
accord so suddenly that it broke its
own back, and snapped the fuselage
in two under the pilot?s seat. Seeing
that the crash was coming he had
loosened his belt, and was jerked
clear, to reach the ground unhurt.
The enemy opened on him with
machine-guns on the ground, and, as
each came by, some within a
distance of 30ft, he answered with
his revolver. Happily the unequal
duel was interrupted by some British
infantry, who made it so hot for
them with rifles and machine-guns
that they drew off, and left our man
unhurt, after as dizzying an
experience as man could go through.
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His Grace at prayer
Sir, You report the sale of medals
belonging to the Duke of Cambridge,
Queen Victoria?s cousin (May 7). He
may have been a genial cove, even if
frowned upon for marrying an
actress. My favourite story about him
is that he liked to extemporise the
responses in church. Once, when the
clergyman intoned, ?Let us pray?, the
voice of the duke came from the
pews: ?By all means.?
peter bazalgette
London W2
Kurdish homeland
Sir, Richard Long suggests (letter,
May 7) that a Kurdish national home
could be established in Saudi Arabia.
The obvious place for a Kurdish state
is where the Kurds live now ? in
Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey. The
Kurds have done much of the ground
fighting against Islamic State and the
West should back the establishment
of a national homeland. Autonomous
areas of Iraq and Syria are a step on
the road, and an enduring US
presence would be the best guarantee
of their safety and security. We
continue to rely on Kurdish forces in
the fight against IS and whatever
peace deal is eventually agreed in
Syria should recognise their
legitimate demands for statehood.
michael patterson
Boston, Lincs
PMO, no bumper
Sir, While Nick Disbury was defying
speed bumps in Northern Ireland
during the Troubles (letter, May 7), I
was bumperless. Posted to Belfast on
business, I drove an aged Triumph
Herald, a make with a sturdy chassis
but prone to rust, and mine lost its
rear bumper. I was stopped by the
Royal Ulster Constabulary, but my
licence, with Teesside address, and
my English accent quickly put me in
the ?too difficult to sort out? category
and I was waved on. I sold the car six
months later for �.50.
john dawson
Chester
The last straws
Sir, In your report of Sir David
Attenborough?s warning that the
world will be overwhelmed by the
?functionless? use of plastics, drinking
straws are named among the culprits
(May 3). When I was at primary
school in the 1930s our free milk was
supplied in third of a pint bottles,
complete with straws made of ?
guess what? ? straw. I wonder why
they were abandoned.
j saxon
Hemel Hemptstead, Herts
Fathers fail at prep
Sir, Ian McEwan is not alone (report,
May 7). My tutor, who had worked at
Bletchley during the war, found his
daughter often got a poor mark when
he helped with her homework.
guy neely
Chislehurst, Kent
Mature cheese
Sir, The recent ?Scythians? exhibition
at the British Museum displayed two
lumps of white cheese from an
ancient chieftain?s burial mound in
the Steppes of Central Asia. They
were labelled ?Best before 500BC?.
sam dunkley
London W8
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Leading articles
Daily Universal Register
France: The Cannes Film Festival begins;
the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of
Cornwall continue their visit to France with
a VE Day commemoration in Lyons.
Nature notes
Herb bennet and
herb robert are two
wild flowers that are
now in bloom and
often come into
gardens. Herb
bennet, which is
also called wood avens, is a small, bright
yellow flower, easily recognised by the long
green bracts between its petals. Its seeds,
which grow in a ball, are hooked and cling to
fur (or trousers) to get distributed. It was
called herba benedicta in medieval Latin
because its roots smell sweetly of cloves,
which frightened off the Devil. Herb robert
has pink flowers and noticeably reddish
stalks and leaves. It spreads rapidly and has
always been associated with human
dwellings. The poet-botanist Geoffrey
Grigson suggested that ?robert? indicated a
connection with the robin, a bird that was
thought to bring bad luck into the house,
or with Robin Goodfellow, or Puck, the
mischievous goblin for whom people put out
cream to keep him friendly. derwent may
Birthdays today
Sir David Attenborough,
pictured, broadcaster and
naturalist, 92; Pat Barker,
novelist, The Ghost Road
(1995, Booker prize), 75;
John C Bogle, investor,
credited with creating the
first index mutual fund
(1975), 89; Marcus Brigstocke, comedian, 45;
Robin Budenberg, chairman of the Crown
Estate, 59; Jack Charlton, footballer,
England (1965-70, 1966 World Cup winner),
and manager, 83; Roddy Doyle, writer,
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (1993, Booker prize),
60; Viviana Durante, prima ballerina,
former principal of the Royal Ballet, 51; Jill
Evans, MEP, Plaid Cymru and president,
Plaid Cymru (2010-13), 59; Angel Gurr韆,
secretary-general, Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development,
68; Lord (Leonard) Hoffmann, Lord of
Appeal in Ordinary (1995-2009), 84; Sir
Peter Kendall, chairman, Agriculture and
Horticulture Development Board, president,
National Farmers? Union (2006-14), 58; Lord
(Norman) Lamont of Lerwick, chancellor of
the exchequer (1990-93), 76; Phyllida Law,
actress, A Little Chaos (2014), 86; Evgeny
Lebedev, newspaper proprietor, the Evening
Standard, 38; Dame Felicity Lott, soprano, 71;
Vicky McClure, actress, Line of Duty (since
2012), 35; Thomas Pynchon, author, V.
(1963), 81; Lord (John) Reid of Cardowan,
Labour MP (1987-2010), home secretary
(2006-07), 71; Duke of Rutland, landowner,
Belvoir Castle, 59; Jonny Searle, rower,
Olympic gold medallist (1992), 49; Gary
Snyder, poet, Pulitzer prize for poetry (1975),
88; David Sole, rugby union player, Scotland
(1986-92), 56; Martha Wainwright,
singer-songwriter, Come Home to Mama
(2012), 42; Jan Younghusband, head of
commissioning, BBC Music & Events, 64.
On this day
In 1961 the House of Commons refused to
allow Tony Benn, who had inherited a
viscountcy, to take up the Bristol South East
seat he had retained in a by-election.
The last word
?To me it seems that it is madder never to
abandon oneself, than often to be infatuated;
better to be wounded, a captive, and a
slave, than always to walk in armour.?
Margaret Fuller, US author, Summer on
the Lakes, in 1843 (1844)
Fairer Fares
The staggering array of train fares leaves operators confused and passengers angry.
Unless the ticketing system is swiftly simplified, rail usage may start to fall sharply
There are about 55 million different train fares
available on the national rail database at any one
time. This staggering array results from all the
possible routes, times of travel, saver cards, day of
purchase, rail provider, concessions and the myriad
combinations that leave travellers confused,
rail companies uncertain what to charge and
at least one in three passengers believing that
they have been overcharged. So complex are
the regulations, so officious some of the ticket
inspectors that honest attempts to exploit some
of the anomalies to save money, such as splitting
a single journey into two or buying a peak-hour
ticket for only part of the route, can lead to lengthy
arguments and even prosecution.
The rail operating companies have at last realised
that things must change. They inherited the mess
from British Rail, the previous monopoly state
operator, which had tried to boost ridership with
an array of saver fares and concessions. The
complexities were built into the privatised system,
compounded by new offers that did not apply
across the network. Train companies also tried to
copy the airlines in varying fares at the last minute
in response to market demand. And the technology
needed to co-ordinate everything has lamentably
failed to keep pace with smartphone usage.
The train operators have now agreed to
undertake the biggest overhaul of fares since
privatisation two decades ago. To the chagrin of
passengers, they are not promising any reduction
in average fares. Nor are they likely to halt the
fierce competition that makes it impossible to use
a ticket bought from one carrier on trains belonging
to another. But at least, it is hoped, the people
and machines selling tickets will know what fares
to charge. At the moment, scandalously, some
booking-hall ticket machines are so haphazardly
programmed that they can offer fares up to �0
more expensive than those available from others
standing beside them. And booking clerks, under
obligation to offer the cheapest fare, are often as
confused as the passenger.
Why has it taken so long to sort out the chaos?
Partly it is because the train operators did not see
the need to work together. Each was concerned
to maximise revenue on the routes where it
held the concession. And few saw any need to
accommodate passengers outside their area. Partly,
also, the past 20 years have brought an extraordinary rise in rail usage. Passenger numbers
have more than doubled on some lines. And despite
regular and hefty fare rises, often above the level
of inflation, the numbers have kept on growing.
This new golden age of rail may now be coming
to an end. Just as the government and the operators have seen the need to accommodate more
passengers, with longer trains, additional services,
new rolling stock, the reopening of stations and
lines and massive state investment in rebuilding
and updating the network, growth has stalled.
On many routes the numbers have plateaued or
marginally declined. Surveys show that people,
especially young people, are travelling less, either
by road or rail, as more and more work from home
or keep in touch with their friends and family
electronically. And passenger satisfaction, that
yardstick that all operators are desperate to boast
when pitching for new franchises, is still less than
assured, especially on punctuality and fares.
The main complaint now is that trains are pricing
themselves out of business for all except the welloff. Operators are finding their revenue projections
faltering at a time of uncertain economic growth,
and this undermines the whole principle and
pattern of the franchising system. But ever higher
fares are unacceptable. What passengers want
are fairer fares and more transparency. The train
companies will take three months to submit new
ideas to the government. Reform must swiftly
follow to end both ticket cheats and fare gouging.
Six More Years of Putin
Will the re-elected president seek accommodation or further defiance of the West?
Vladimir Putin has now ruled Russia as president
or prime minister for all the 21st century ? longer
than anyone in the past 100 years except Stalin.
When he completes his fourth term in six years?
time, he will have left a significant imprint on
his country and on the world. In the early years,
that was seen to be generally benign: at home he
presided over a rapidly rising standard of living, an
end to lawlessness on the streets and a semblance of
stability after the traumatic collapse of communism.
Abroad, he appeared eager to foster closer political
and economic ties with the West. Those years are
long gone: at home he now faces the cynicism of
young people angered by corruption and stagnation; abroad, his nationalism and adventurism
have fostered a climate of suspicion and mistrust.
Mr Putin is clearly aware of the challenges. In
his speech during the elaborate inaugural ceremonies, he told more than 2,000 guests in the Great
Kremlin Palace that his priority would be to improve
Russia?s economy, raise standards of living and
guarantee a better quality of life, wellbeing, security
and health for its people. He acknowledged that
the country faced formidable challenges, but
insisted that, as in the past, it would revive like a
phoenix and reach new heights.
The Putin generation ? almost 25 by the time
he is due to leave office ? will judge him on more
than these boilerplate words. They will want to see
a genuine end to the corruption that now infects
the Russian body politic. They will want to see
greater job opportunities for the talented who now
dream of working abroad. They will want to see
that the nationalist message, effective in rallying
public support over Ukraine, Syria and the
perceived challenge from the West, does not lead
Russia back into cold and friendless isolation.
Mr Putin gave little hint on how or whether he
will now try to warm up Moscow?s present frosty
relations with the outside world. Has he talked
himself and his country into a paranoid vision of
a world conspiring to deny Russia its dignity and
rightful place? Or does he know that in Ukraine,
in the Middle East and in relations with western
Europe Moscow must return to a more pragmatic
co-existence and co-operation with others?
The first hint may come next week when Angela
Merkel, the German chancellor, will meet Mr Putin
in Sochi. And next month Mr Putin will travel to
Vienna, where he has a chance to offer a friendly
face to one of the few western countries that did
not expel Russian diplomats after the Skripal
poisoning.
Mrs Merkel is well placed to sound out the reelected Russian leader. She speaks his language,
literally. She was a regular interlocutor for years,
until, exasperated by lies over Ukraine, she broke
off the political conversations. Germany still,
however, remains an important market for Russian
energy and a key exporter to Russia. No other
western leader can hold open the door: certainly
not Donald Trump or Theresa May or even President Macron, for all his global grandstanding.
If in their talks Mr Putin should hint at flexibility
? a promise to enforce the Minsk agreement on
recalcitrant Ukrainian separatists or an invitation
to the West to join in reconciliation and reconstruction in Syria ? he should be encouraged
down the path. The world, after all, has to live with
him for six more years. But if nationalist defiance
still dominates his view, the world must prepare,
adapt and even arm itself for tough times to come.
Social Prescribing
A GP?s surgery can do much to help the lonely by bringing in the voluntary sector
A glorious bank holiday can lift the spirits of a
nation. Sadly, for those who cannot get out to
enjoy the sun or who have no one to talk to, the
happiness of others can often make their own
loneliness only more painful. And low spirits often
turn, in their minds, into anxiety, poor health and
the need for a doctor to prescribe some help.
More and more, a doctor?s surgery is becoming
a refuge for those troubled in spirit as well as mind
or health. General practitioners are being asked
to take on roles once the preserve of the clergy,
health visitors, counsellors, social workers and
ordinary friends and family. The Royal College of
GPs has found that if receptionists and administrative staff in every practice were trained to refer
people to yoga, walking and exercise groups,
evening classes or debt advice services, the demand
for GP appointments could be cut by 28 per cent.
Sensibly, many good doctors now understand
this need. Almost a third of surgeries have tried
?social prescribing? and found it has a remarkable
effect on freeing up doctors? time.
Ministering to emotional needs may often call
for the skills, empathy and bedside manner that
family doctors have long been expected to develop.
But the wider NHS needs now to build on the
experience of those who have had much success in
relieving loneliness, helping the bereaved and
re-engaging people into society. This is where
the voluntary sector can do so much: visiting the
elderly, arranging tea parties, organising walking
tours, fitness groups or book clubs. The voluntary
sector should be welcomed into family surgeries,
just as it often is now in churches and care homes.
A surgery cannot be expected to deliver such help
itself, but it could build an unrivalled database.
Medicine today is about more than curing disease;
it is about the quality of life. Here is an effective way
of promoting health and prolonging lives.
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World
The power
and the glory
will be ours,
vows Putin
Russia
Long service awards
Tom Parfitt Moscow
President Putin vowed to build up
Russia?s ?might, prosperity and glory?
as he was inaugurated for a fourth term
yesterday, potentially extending his
rule to a quarter of a century.
He promised a free and flourishing
country where no one was ?fettered? ?
days after nationwide protests against
his leadership in which 1,600 people
were detained.
Mr Putin, 65, already the longestserving Russian leader since Joseph
Stalin, took the presidential oath with
his hand on a gold-embossed copy of
the constitution during a pomp-filled
ceremony at the Kremlin.
Addressing more than 2,000 dignitaries, he talked of how Russians had ?revived pride in our Fatherland and our
traditional values? and promised to do
all he could to help the country to flourish and achieve dynamic breakthroughs in ?all spheres of life?.
He said he was convinced that a leap
forward could only be achieved by a
free society ?that is receptive to everything new and progressive and rejects
injustice, ignorant control and bureaucratic inertia ? everything that fetters
people, prevents them from realising
their potential, their talents, and limits
the forward-looking optimism of our
country?.
Those words rang hollow for some
Russians two days after police and Cossack vigilantes beat protesters during
rallies in dozens of towns and cities
against Mr Putin?s ?tsarist? rule.
The EU and Amnesty International
have called for an investigation into the
rough handling of the demonstrations.
Alexei Navalny, 41, the opposition
Joseph Stalin (Soviet Union), below,
1924-1953, 10,636 days
Vladimir Putin (Russian Federation)
1999-at least 2024, 6,847 days by
May 8
Leonid Brezhnev (Soviet Union)
1964-1982, 6,601 days
Nikita Khrushchev (Soviet Union)
1955-1964, 3,536 days
Boris Yeltsin (Russian Federation)
1991-1999, 3,096 days
President Putin is f阾ed in the Kremlin Grand Palace before taking the presidential oath. In his speech he hailed Russia?s
leader who organised them
them, had been
barred from taking part in the election
in March, in which Mr Putin took 77 per
cent of the vote.
Mikhail Fedotov, the head of Mr Putin?s human rights council, said yesterday he had asked police to explain why
Cossacks and nationalist activists were
present alongside officers at the weekend opposition rallies.
Mr Putin admitted in his speech that
?not all historical wounds are healed?
but said that ?in its more than 1,000-
year history, Russia encountered times
of trouble and hardship more than once
and has always risen again like a phoenix?. He spoke of his vision of a reviving
nation whose?beauty and strength are
in our distinctness and unity?. The
country was a strong and influential
player on the world stage, he said.
Television coverage started with
footage of Mr Putin putting on his jacket in his Kremlin office and then padding silently and alone down long corridors to reach his limousine.
Politicians, religious leaders and cultural figures awaited him in the Grand
Kremlin Palace, among them Gerhard
Schr鰀er, the former German chancellor who is now chairman of the Russian
oil giant Rosneft. Dmitry Medvedev, the
prime minister, was present, along with
Sergey Lavrov, the foreign minister, and
even Steven Seagal, 66, the American
actor who has taken Russian citizenship
and become a Putin cheerleader.
Mr Navalny tweeted a photograph of
the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II in
1896 with the caption: ?Looks similar
now, only with Steven Seagal in a black
robe.? He added: ?Correction, Seagal is
wearing a jacket over a kimono.?
The ceremony culminated in an
artillery salute.
At his 2012 inauguration Mr Putin
was accused of appearing distant from
the people when his motorcade was
shown on television sweeping through
empty Moscow streets that had been
cleared by police. This time, he went out
into the Kremlin?s cathedral square
Trump attacks Russia inquiry as judges? patience wears thin
United States
Rhys Blakely Washington
President Trump attacked the
credibility of the Russia investigation
yesterday, amid hints that conservative
members of the judiciary are losing
patience with the year-long special
counsel inquiry.
He suggested in an early-morning
tweet that Robert Mueller was ?starting
to find out that there is a Court System in
place that actually protects people from
injustice? ? an apparent reference to
criticism of the special counsel in court
last week by a federal judge who accused
him of plotting to oust Mr Trump.
TS Ellis, appointed by President
Reagan in 1987, questioned whether Mr
Mueller had exceeded his authority in
filing tax and fraud charges against Mr
Trump?s former campaign chairman,
Paul Manafort. The judge suggested
that Mr Mueller was targeting Mr
Manafort only in order to hurt
Mr Trump. ?You don?t really care about
Mr Manafort,? he said.
Mr Manafort faces a dozen criminal
charges, including that he laundered
millions of dollars derived from a proMoscow police group in Ukraine. He
has denied any wrongdoing.
He led the Trump campaign for
about three months until he was fired in
August 2016 after a ledger was unearthed in Ukraine that listed him as
the beneficiary of clandestine payments totalling more than $12 million.
Mr Trump also attacked ?the 13
Angry Democrats in charge of the Russian Witch Hunt? yesterday; an apparent reference to 13 Democrats who
have been recruited by Mr Mueller, a
Republican.
The president has reshuffled his legal
team in recent weeks, parting company
with lawyers who had urged him to
refrain from lashing out at Mr Mueller.
Tensions have flared over whether Mr
Trump will grant Mr Mueller an interview. The special counsel has threatened to issue the president with a subpoena, a move that could take the case into
uncharted constitutional territory.
Mr Trump also responded yesterday
to criticism of Gina Haspel, his nominee to lead the CIA. Ms Haspel, a
New NRA chief
Rhys Blakely
Oliver North, a central figure in
the Iran-Contra arms scandal, is to
be the new head of the National
Rifle Association, one of President
Trump?s biggest donors. In the late
1980s Mr North, serving on the
National Security Council, helped
to channel money raised through
illegal arms sales to Iran to
support the Contra rebel group in
Nicaragua. He later became a
historian and political pundit.
veteran spy who has spent most of her
33-year career under cover, was said to
have considered withdrawing her candidacy over the weekend. She was concerned that a previous chapter of her
career, when she oversaw torture in a
secret CIA prison, would be used to
malign the CIA during a Senate confirmation hearing tomorrow.
Mr Trump tweeted: ?My highly
respected nominee for CIA Director,
Gina Haspel, has come under fire
because she was too tough on Terrorists. Think of that, in these very dangerous times, we have the most qualified
person, a woman, who Democrats want
OUT because she is too tough on terror.
Win Gina!?
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The World at Five
The Malaysian ex-dictator
returning to the fray at 92
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US revives 2nd Fleet
to block Kremlin?s
Atlantic operations
United States
Michael Evans
Beast from the East
When President Putin
emerged from his
offices to travel to the
Grand Kremlin Palace,
his usual Mercedes was
not waiting. Instead
there was a black
Kortezh (Cortege)
limousine, a new
Russian-made model,
designed to replace
foreign rivals, that drew
comparisons with
President Obama?s
armoured limousine
known as the Beast. Mr
Putin is keen to
promote domestic
manufacturers and the
Kortezh has been six
years in the making.
?free society?, two days after police beat protesters. The actor Steven Seagal and his wife, Erdenetuya, saw the ceremony
after his speech and watched a marchpast by the presidential regiment before
chatting to people from patriotic youth
groups. Later in the day he nominated
to parliament his long-serving primeminister, Mr Medvedev, to stay in his
post. A reshuffle of other ministers is
expected soon.
The absence of anti-western rhetoric
in Mr Putin?s inauguration speech offered a glimmer of hope for improved
ties with Europe and the US. There is
speculation that Alexei Kudrin, his lib-
eral on-off adviser and former finance
minister, may return to government or
the presidential administration as the
Kremlin looks to mend fences.
US and EU sanctions prompted by
the annexation of Crimea and alleged
election meddling by Moscow have
acted as a drag on the Russian economy, with further American measures
last month targeting seven tycoons
close to the Kremlin, wiping billions
off their companies? share value and
dented the rouble. First elected
president in 2000, Mr Putin renewed
his four-year term in 2004. He
then stood aside in 2008 to serve as
prime minister under his prot間�, Mr
Medvedev, because by law he could
serve only two consecutive terms.
However, he retained control behind
the scenes and returned in 2012 for a
six-year stint.
His closest rival in March, the
Communist Pavel Grudinin, won
barely 12 per cent of the vote.
Leading article, page 29
The US is to re-establish the 2nd Fleet,
which was dismantled seven years ago
when relations with Russia appeared to
be improving.
With the Russian navy now steadily
increasing its presence in the North
Atlantic and President Putin adopting
an ever more aggressive stance towards
the West, the revival of the fleet is
intended to send a message to the
Kremlin
that
Washington
is
determined to stand firm in the face of
further provocation.
The 2nd Fleet command headquarters, in Norfolk, Virginia, will start
operating from July 1. It will be responsible for deploying warships and
maritime patrol aircraft along the east
coast of the US and throughout the
North Atlantic. It will also plan for
emergencies and provide carrier battle
groups and escort ships to respond to
crises.
The decision is part of the revamping
of the Pentagon?s force structures, moving away from counterterrorism and
counterinsurgency and focusing instead on the potential threat posed by
Russia and China.
James Mattis, the defence secretary,
made it clear after a strategy review last
year that challenges to America?s military superiority posed by other big
powers had moved to the top of his list
of future threats.
Since Russia?s annexation of Crimea
and military intervention in eastern
Ukraine the Pentagon has been forced
to switch resources to areas which had
been considered less threatening after
the end of the Cold War.
Russian submarines have been
moving back into hunting grounds
abandoned in the 1990s. Senior US and
British military chiefs have said that the
submarines have been spotted sailing
dangerously close to vital ocean-bed
fibre optic cables.
Russian aircraft have also buzzed
American warships in the region.
The 2nd Fleet was established in 1950
to support Nato. Its area of responsibility covered the vast region of the Atlantic Ocean from the North Pole to the
Caribbean. By the time the 2nd Fleet
was deactivated in 2011 the command
had charge of nearly 130 ships, 4,500
aircraft and 90,000 personnel. Its jurisdiction covered 17 million square miles
of the Atlantic Ocean
When it was merged into Fleet
Forces Command the aim was to save
money, at a time when the Atlantic was
no longer regarded as a potential conflict area.
Underlining the change in thinking
since then, Admiral John Richardson,
the US chief of naval operations, said:
?This is a dynamic response to the dynamic security environment.?
Patrols will now involve surface
ships, attack submarines and air
surveillance by P-8 Poseidon aircraft, a
submarine-hunter.
Speaking to reporters aboard the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush in
Norfolk, Admiral Richardson said: ?As
we?ve seen this great power competition emerge, the Atlantic Ocean is as
dynamic a theatre as any, and in particular the North Atlantic.?
He said it had become necessary to
reconsider the possibility of ?high-end
naval warfare fighting in the Atlantic?
and added: ?That will be the 2nd Fleet?s
responsibility.?
Mr Mattis, a retired four-star Marine
Corps general, has told Congress that
he wants America?s forces to be more
unpredictable to strengthen deterrence
against rival big powers. The re-establishment of the 2nd Fleet command is
seen as part of that thinking.
The Pentagon is also considering a
new role for the carrier strike group
headed by USS Harry S Truman. It had
been earmarked for deployment to the
Middle East but a new option has
emerged: to keep the carrier group in
the European theatre of operations as a
further brake on Russian aggression in
the region.
US military commanders in Europe
have been warning for several years
about the erosion of American
resources in the area, and predicting
that reinforcing troop and armour deployments for the European theatre of
war could no longer be guaranteed
because of the cuts in the US naval
presence in the Atlantic.
Italy facing new elections after coalition talks collapse
Italy
Tom Kington Rome
Italians face new elections as early as
July after an inconclusive vote in March
produced two months of fruitless coalition talks and political paralysis in
Europe?s fourth largest economy.
President Mattarella called a halt to
talks between parties yesterday and
pressed them to back a ?neutral government? that would steer the budget
through parliament before stepping
down at the end of the year.
He warned that if the parties failed to
back the plan, the new government
would merely oversee elections to be
held in July or in the autumn.
The populist Five Star Movement
and the anti-migrant League immediately said they would not back a caretaker government and called for new
elections on July 8.
?No support for a ?neutral? government, which is the same as a government of technocrats ? let?s vote in July!? tweeted Luigi Di Maio, the Five Star
leader. ?Enough wasting time,? tweeted
the League?s leader, Matteo Salvini.
Elections have never been held in
post-war Italy during July, when many
voters are on holiday. Analysts suggested the first possible date could be July
22, close to the start of August when
much of the country shuts down.
Unsuccessful talks to resolve the political crisis have been under way since
March 4, when a right-wing coalition
led by Mr Salvini ? which includes Silvio Berlusconi?s Forza Italia party ?
topped the vote with 37 per cent, while
Five Star emerged as Italy?s biggest
single party with nearly 33 per cent,
leaving both short of a majority.
Mr Di Maio proposed a coalition
with the League, but insisted that party
break with Mr Berlusconi, who is portrayed by Five Star as the embodiment
of Italy?s sleazy politics.
Mr Salvini refused to split with Mr
Berlusconi, prompting Five Star to attempt a deal with the centre-left Democratic Party, which was defeated in
March after five years in government.
That deal was scuppered by Matteo
Renzi, the former Democratic prime
minister, who warned the party would
Five Star wanted to
split from Silvio
Berlusconi?s party
become a junior partner to Five Star.
Mr Mattarella urged the bickering
parties to back his government. Turning down the idea, he said, would mean
?the first time in the history of the republic that a legislature ends without
even starting.?
Mr Di Maio said, however, that he
was determined to avoid ?another 2011?,
a reference to the caretaker government led by the former EU commis-
sioner Mario Monti which brought in
austerity cuts.
Mr Salvini?s coalition has won two regional elections since the March 4
national vote, boosting its confidence
ahead of another national election. Mr
Di Maio said, however, that polls now
put Five Star at 35 per cent nationally
and promised he could push that to 40
per cent before Italy returned to the
polls, enough to win a clear majority.
During its talks with Mr Mattarella,
Five Star has softened its hostility to the
EU and dropped its demand for a referendum on leaving the euro. But as
coalition talks stalled last week, Beppe
Grillo, the comedian who founded the
party in 2009, renewed his demand for
a vote on the currency.
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Chinese look to buy
North Korean land
before ?peace deal?
North Korea
Boer Deng Washington
Jamie Fullerton Beijing
The prospect of peace on the Korean
peninsula has prompted a surge of
inquiries from speculators in China
about real estate in Pyongyang and
elsewhere ? despite the Kim regime?s
ban on foreign investment in property.
Kim Jong-un visited President Xi in
Beijing in March, a month before his
historic summit with President Moon
of South Korea. Estate agents in China
reported an immediate response, with
one, Uoolu.com, receiving so many
queries about North Korea property
that it rushed out a hastily assembled
guide for potential buyers.
In the North?s isolated economy
property is distributed by the state, the
guide explained, though it noted that
unofficial sales do take place. A desirable villa in Pyongyang is worth about
�0,000, it said.
House prices in Dandong, the
Chinese city bordering the North,
jumped by as much as 50 per cent after
the Kim-Xi summit. Sinuiju, a North
Korean city near Dandong, was identified as a hotspot for black-market real
estate deals, with family-sized apartments valued at up to �,000.
Huang Xiaodan, chief executive of
Uoolu.com, told Reuters: ?Venturing
into a new frontier requires policy
support and time to cultivate
the market. At the moment, we?re
just paying close attention to what?s
going on.?
The speculators will have been further encouraged by news that Mr
Moon gave Mr Kim a USB drive outlining plans for peace on the peninsula
during their historic summit last
month.
A day of handshakes, photo calls and
drinks ended with an announcement
from the two leaders that North Korea
would agree to denuclearise. A summary presentation and an ebook version of
Mr Moon?s New Economic Map of the
Korean Peninsula were included on the
data storage device given to Mr Kim.
The South Korean plan proposes
opening three economic ?belts? with
Russia, China and Europe to improve
energy and resource access to the North.
Included are plans for gas pipes and an
inter-Korean rail network linking the
two countries to China. The demilitarised zone that separates North and
South would be transformed into an environmentally protected tourism zone.
The plan is part of Mr Moon?s strategy to convince Mr Kim to choose
co-operation over isolation after increased sanctions put pressure on the
North and its main nuclear testing site
collapsed. The Kim regime denied yesterday that the stiff sanctions agreed
upon by the US, China and the UN
security council over the past year were
a factor in its denuclearisation pledge.
Stop thinking,
university
tells students
China
Didi Tang Beijing
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Matriarch of ?nut rage? airline accused of assault
South Korea
Daniel Hurst Tokyo
First her daughter became infamous for
her ?nut rage? tantrum on a Korean Air
plane. Then another daughter was
accused of losing her cool in a business
meeting. Now the matriarch of the
family behind South Korea?s biggest
airline faces a police investigation over
claims of verbal and physical assault.
In a video, Lee Myung-hee, 69,
appears to shove and berate employees
at a hotel construction site. Police confirmed yesterday that they had begun a
formal investigation.
It is the latest negative
ve
publicity to befall thee
family-run airline conglomerate. Ms Lee?s two
daughters have been the
subject of public ridicule
and anger over their
Lee Myung-hee and her
daughters are under fire
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positions at Korean Air.
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dy
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The president of a Chinese university
has provoked a row by saying that students should not be encouraged to
question or to think critically because it
?hinders steps for the future?.
Lin Jianhua, a chemist and president
of Peking University in Beijing ?
China?s equivalent of Oxford or Cambridge ? wrote: ?Anxiety and casting
doubts don?t create value but hinder our
steps for the future.
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The remarks provoked criticism and
calls for Professor Lin to resign. Hu
Jingbei, a graduate of the university,
which celebrates its 120th anniversary
this year, demanded in an open letter
that Professor Lin quit. ?The view is
completely wrong and it?s a fatal mistake for Peking University,? he wrote.
?It?s the anxiety and questioning that
allow mankind to continually explore,
to discover the future, to make choices
and advance.?
Peking University has long boasted
of its liberal outlook and its founding
academics encouraged free thinking
among students. In 1919, students took
to the streets in support of a cultural
movement that sought to bring modern
science and democracy to China, which
was at that time a largely feudal society.
It was Peking students who led the
1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy demonstrations. The government
sent tanks and troops with automatic
rifles to suppress the uprising, killing
several hundred people.
The Communist Party has tightened
its ideological controls over the university recently, prompting intellectuals to lament the loss of free thinking
and express fears that the institution is
fast losing its status as China?s last bastion of liberalism.
Zheng Yefu, a retired Peking University professor, wrote: ?For a university,
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management and the faculty of Peking
University [now] hold fundamentally
different views.?
Professor Lin became president at
Peking in 2015, and later became the
deputy party chief for the university.
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Go now, volcano
residents warned
E
mergency
crews battling
the effects of
lava eruptions
and toxic gases
from volcanic cracks
spreading across
Hawaii?s Big Island
warned some remaining
residents to ?go now? in
a text message alert
early yesterday (Ben
Hoyle writes).
At least 26 homes
have been destroyed and
more than 1,700 people
have had to seek refuge
with friends and
relatives or in shelters
since Kilauea entered a
dangerous new phase of
instability on Thursday.
There have been more
than 1,000 earthquakes
over the past week,
including one of
magnitude 6.9 on Friday.
By Sunday afternoon
there were ten fissures
and lava had been seen
leaping more than 300ft
over the semi-rural
wooded communities of
Leilani Estates and
Lanipuna Gardens,
which are in the
southeast of the island
and more than ten miles
Lava from fissures on Hawaii?s Big Island has destroyed homes as Kilauea, one of the world?s most active volcanoes, has become more unstable
from the crater. No
deaths or significant
injuries had been
reported, according to
the Hawaii County Civil
Defence Agency, but
potentially lethal
sulphur dioxide was a
pressing concern. On
Sunday the agency told
Leilani Estates residents
who had left their homes
that they may be
allowed to check on
their properties during
daylight hours, though it
warned that ?lines of
safety can change at any
time?. When a new
fissure opened that night
the authorities sent the
phone alert to residents
still in their homes.
Kilauea is one of the
Nervous Melania steps out of the
shadows and into the rose garden
United States
Will Pavia New York
Her husband is embroiled in an excruciating scandal involving hush money
paid to a porn star, pundits cast her as a
reluctant occupant of the White House
and some wonder if she even lives there.
In the face of this intense scrutiny,
Melania Trump stepped into the White
House rose garden yesterday to outline
what she intends to do as America?s first
lady.
She declared that she would mount a
three-pronged campaign, called ?Be
Best?, focusing on the wellbeing of
children, the negative effects of social
media and the impact on families of the
opioid epidemic across the US.
?In my time as first lady of the United
States I will make every effort to be best
by championing the many successful
wellbeing programmes in existence today,? she said. ?I will also work to shine
a spotlight on programmes across the
country that are helping children to
overcome the many issues they are facing as they grow up.?
Her arrival was heralded by a short
video played on large screens in the
garden on which Mrs Trump spoke,
over swelling music, of the many letters
she had received from children ?who
have been bullied or feel threatened on
social media?.
She had pledged to address the
issue of cyberbullying during her
husband?s presidential campaign
? a subject that seemed awkward at best, given Mr Trump?s
penchant for mocking the
physical appearance of his
opponents on Twitter.
She even seemed to acknowledge the difficulty
during a meeting in
March with executives
from social media
Melania Trump
promised to tackle
cyberbullying
companies including Twitter and Facebook. ?I am well aware that people are
sceptical of me discussing this topic,?
she said. ?But it will not stop me doing
what I know is right. We have to find a
better way to talk to each other, to
disagree with each other, to respect
each other.?
Sarah Sanders, the White House
press secretary, was asked shortly
before Mrs Trump?s address if the
president had made his wife?s
chosen task more difficult. She
was also asked if Mrs Trump
was actually residing at the
White House.
Infrequent sightings of
the first lady and some
apparently awkward
appearances at his
side ? after claims by
the porn star Stormy
Daniels that she had
an affair with Mr
Trump while his
wife was pregnant,
in 2006 ? seem to have fuelled suggestions that she might be residing with
her parents at a home in the suburbs
near their son Barron?s school. Ms Sanders said this was an ?outrageous and
ridiculous idea?.
Yesterday President Trump sat in the
audience awaiting the appearance of
his wife at the podium. After her
address, she invited him forward to sign
a proclamation ?calling today Be Best
day?. He rose and kissed her on both
cheeks and thanked her for ?a beautiful
speech?. He added: ?America is truly
blessed to have a first lady who is so
devoted to our country and to our
children.?
He said he was proud to sign the declaration. ?I think you all know who is
going to get the pen,? he added. After
signing he handed it to her and the two
embraced once more before the crowd,
before walking slowly back towards the
White House. They paused for a
moment on the porch and waved. Then
they disappeared behind a screen.
Secretary worked into her nineties . . . and left $9m
Will Pavia
Until the age of 96, Sylvia Bloom
worked as a legal secretary at a Wall
Street firm, commuting on the subway
from her rent-controlled apartment in
a far-flung patch of Brooklyn.
The widow of a fireman ? Raymond
Margolies died in 2002 and the couple
had no children ? she remained briskly self-sufficient, appointing a niece to
execute the terms of her will. ?She gave
it to me in a sealed envelope,? said Jane
Lockshin. ?I thought since it was sealed
she didn?t want me to open it until she
died.? It was only after Ms Bloom?s
death aged 98 that Ms Lockshin discovered her aunt had a fortune of $9 million, amassed over years spent carefully
playing the stock market.
After a modest and very private life,
Ms Bloom is being hailed as one of New
York?s great philanthropists. She has
left $6.24 million as an endowment to
the Henry Street Settlement charity, to
help poorer students go to university. A
further $2 million was split between the
Manhattan college where Ms Bloom
took night classes and a scholarship
fund. The rest has been left to friends
and relatives.
Ms Bloom began a series of shrewd
investments in the late 1940s. A child of
eastern European immigrants who was
raised in Brooklyn during the Great
Depression, Ms Bloom went to work for
the newly established law firm Cleary
Gottlieb in 1947. It was the era when
secretaries were expected to balance
their bosses? cheque books and manage
the details of their lives. Ms Bloom was
tasked with making investments on
their behalf and began making the
same investments herself, in smaller
amounts. Steadily, her stocks grew, and
she did not withdraw funds. ?She had a
brokerage account at Merrill Lynch I
think from the Forties,? said Ms Lockshin. ?The woman who is now her broker inherited Sylvia from her father.?
She added: ?She wasn?t a miser. She
lived quite nicely. Her husband gambled and they used to go to Las Vegas.?
Ms Bloom travelled and ?spent money
on things that were important to her.
She had her shirts custom-made.?
most active and the most
visited volcanoes in the
world. It has been
erupting almost
continuously for the past
35 years.
Living it up
in a luxury
treehouse
Ben Hoyle Los Angeles
A traditional treehouse slung together
from a few reclaimed planks, some nails
and a rope ladder will always claim a
place in children?s hearts, but it will
struggle to match the one built by the
Baird family in California.
The $65,000 honeycomb structure
features decks, ladders, a hammock
area and open-air ?pods? intended for
sleeping, stargazing, animal watching
and wine tasting.
Built amid the branches of a live oak
tree in Sonoma county, it is part of a
whole new generation of treehouses ?
and is almost modest by some standards. Some architects are being asked
to incorporate televisions, air conditioning units, tiled showers, composting toilets and even running water into
their plans. They use sleek hardwood
flooring, polished steel and polycarbonate skylights to create refuges that will
withstand the elements for years.
?People have spent over $1 million,?
Pete Nelson, who hosts the TV show
Treehouse Masters, told The Wall Street
Journal. ?I just got a call from a past
client. They want a spa tree house, with
a sauna and steam room, and a hot tub.?
Nelson was behind the three Wifienabled ?branch-based meeting spaces? that Microsoft recently opened for
its staff in trees on its sprawling campus
near Seattle. They include a highceiling conference room with a farmhouse table, benches, plug sockets and a
shaded lounge space. Microsoft hopes
that they will foster greater calm and
creativity among its employees.
Roderick Wolgamott, a specialist
treehouse designer, has sounded a
word of warning about going too far
and losing what makes a tree house distinctive. ?If you put in too many utilities, you?re just in a house,? he said.
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Sharif blames
military for
shot minister
Hezbollah celebrates
after Hariri loses seats
Beirut Saad Hariri, Lebanon?s
pro-western prime minister, has
suffered a serious blow to his
power after losing a third of his
party?s seats in a general election
in which his rival Hezbollah has
hailed a partial victory. Before an
official declaration, Mr Hariri
said his Future Movement had
won 21 of 128 seats, down from
34. That still confirmed him as
the most popular Sunni Muslim
politician in the country, meaning
that under Lebanon?s sectarian
system he is likely to stay at the
head of a coalition government.
Hezbollah and its allies appear on
course to take at least 47 seats,
which would enable them to veto
any law they oppose.
Pakistan
Hugh Tomlinson, Haroon Janjua
Nawaz Sharif, the deposed Pakistani
prime minister, and his supporters
alleged a conspiracy against them after
an assassination attempt on the country?s interior minister.
Ahsan Iqbal was shot in his right arm
as he left a general election campaign
meeting in his Punjab constituency on
Sunday night. The gunman, who has
been linked to an anti-blasphemy
movement that brought Islamabad to a
standstill last year, was wrestled to the
ground as he tried to fire a second shot.
He is in custody.
The attack is an ominous sign at the
start of the election campaign, which
began only a few days ago, and the
shooting has raised serious security
concerns. Mr Sharif accused the military of abetting protests last year and,
indirectly, of the shooting of Mr Iqbal.
Other senior officials in Mr Sharif?s
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz
(PMLN) denounced the ?powerful
forces . . . trying to eliminate our party?.
Mr Sharif recalled an incident last
year when a military officer was said to
have distributed cash to protesters who
paralysed the capital in November. The
army intervened after several people
were killed and hundreds injured as
police moved in. That infuriated the
PMLN government, which accused the
military of meddling in civil affairs.
Mr Sharif said that the army?s actions
had contributed to the shooting of Mr
Iqbal. ?This is what happens when
1,000 rupees are distributed among
such people,? he said.
Pastor denies spying
and terrorism charges
Ankara Andrew Brunson, an
American Christian pastor, has
denied terrorism and spying
charges in court, calling them
?shameful and disgusting?. Mr
Brunson, who faces 35 years in
jail if convicted, is accused of
having links to the Kurdish PKK
group and aiding US forces in the
delivery of weapons to Kurds in
Syria. President Trump has
condemned the trial. (Reuters)
Marie Antoinette?s 1788
farm opened to public
Paris More than 200 years after
Fine feathered music The Hard Head Hunters performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in Louisiana
Rabble-rousing scourge of the West
becomes top US ally in Iraqi election
Iraq
Richard Spencer Baghdad
A decade ago he was Britain and America?s public enemy No 1, the zealot
leading a guerrilla insurgency to drive
western troops from Iraq.
The troops are still there but, in a sign
of how Iraq has changed, London and
Washington are now pinning their
Middle East strategies on election
success on Saturday for Moqtada
al-Sadr, a rabble-rousing populist from
a leading family of Iraqi ayatollahs.
He was described by the Pentagon at
the height of the insurgency in 2006 as
the biggest threat to stability in the
country, greater even than Isis?s predecessor, Islamic State in Iraq.
Mr Sadr remains hostile to the western presence in the country. However,
in the past five years he has also become
a figurehead of opposition to Iranianbacked politicians in the country, and
decried the sectarian Shia Islamist politics he was once seen as representing.
That has put him on the same side as
the West in elections that could determine whether Britain and America retain influence in the country.
?He wants a coalition of people who
want a civil, non-sectarian state,? Dhiaa
al-Asadi, who leads the Sadrist political
party in parliament, said. Mr Sadr is its
spiritual head.
The western diplomats who are
monitoring the election and its effect
on the fight against Isis are not open
about any relationship they might have
Candidate?s murder claimed by Isis
Richard Spencer
A candidate for the
Iraqi parliament in
Saturday?s general
election has been
murdered in his home
south of Mosul in an
attack claimed by
Islamic State.
Faruq Zarzour alJubouri was standing
for the Wataniya, or
National, party, a
group that is seen as
pro-western and has
been widely supported
by Iraq?s Sunni
community. Isis, which
has vowed to disrupt
the election, said Mr
Jubouri was an atheist.
Mr Jubouri, 45, a
teacher at Tikrit
University, was shot
dead on Sunday night
by a gang that entered
his house, according to
government officials,
though there were
conflicting reports that
he had been stabbed to
death. The National
party is led by the
with Mr Sadr. However, no one doubts
that they are keen to see the prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, re-elected to a
second term. That means also hoping
that Mr Sadr, an acknowledged kingmaker, does well.
His party is unlikely to win power but
it has indicated that it is prepared to
throw its weight behind the incumbent.
Mr Sadr has completed a strange political journey. After his insurgency he
retreated to Qom, the Iranian city that
is one of the pre-eminent Shia seats of
learning. He returned full of anti-Iranian rhetoric and he now says that he
wants to see an Iraq free from Iranian
former prime minister,
Iyad Allawi, who is a
Shia, but its support
has declined as
terrorism and the rise
of Isis devastated
Sunni-majority areas.
Mr Jubouri had
expressed confidence
that his list of
candidates would do
well in and around
Mosul, which had been
a hotbed of radicalism
before it became the
largest area under Isis
control.
domination and one where the government is secular, clerics stick to
religion and the question of whether you are Sunni or Shia ceases to
have any political meaning.
Mr Abadi?s re-election campaign meanwhile presents a
paradox. When he came to
power in 2014 Isis?s ?caliphate? was at its zenith, occupying most of the
north. Last year Mr
Moqtada al-Sadr has
been on a strange
political journey
Abadi declared victory as his troops, retrained by the US, drove Isis out.
Life has returned to near normal and
Mr Abadi has also presided over a popular relaxation of social controls compared with his predecessor, Nouri alMaliki. But Mr Abadi lacks the powerbase of Mr Maliki, who deeply resents
being removed from office.
Iraqis have now turned their attention to Iraq?s other long-term crisis: corruption. Mr Sadr has been leading anticorruption campaigns for years but his
own MPs have been complicit.
The only group that stands to gain is
the so-called Liberation Alliance, the
party of the Shia-majority militias that
joined the army in taking on Isis. They
have a measure of popularity, but would
almost certainly enter a pro-Iranian
government with Mr Maliki.
That would also mean the militias remaining an independent force, leaving
Iraq like Lebanon, with a politics
defined by sect and a private army
answerable to Tehran. That is all
the more reason the West hopes
Mr Sadr?s supporters, who once
fought the British, will come
out and vote. He has vowed
not to a join any coalition
that contains Mr Maliki,
and wants the militias assimilated into the army.
For the West, my
enemy?s enemy may
well be my friend ?
even if he is also an
enemy.
imprisoning and executing
Marie Antoinette, the French are
lining up to visit the cottage she
had built in the gardens of the
Palace of Versailles near Paris.
The Queen?s House will open to
the public for the first time since
1788. It forms part of a hamlet
with a windmill, barn and dairy,
created so that her son would see
a peasant way of life first-hand.
Germans eat their way
out of crayfish plague
Berlin North American crayfish
that have taken over public ponds
in Berlin will be appearing on
restaurant menus after fishermen
were authorised to remove them.
The red swamp crayfish is on the
European Union?s list of invasive
alien species. It is likely that some
kept as pets were abandoned by
their owners and multiplied.
Some 1,600 have been captured
so far. (Reuters)
Migrants sending cash
home are overcharged
Kuala Lumpur Migrant workers
from the Asia-Pacific region sent
home $256 billion last year, but a
United Nations? International
Fund for Agricultural
Development report said that the
7 per cent charges for cash
remittances were too high. An
official said that this money was a
?lifeline for millions of families?
and urged those involved to use
digital technology. (Reuters)
Traffic wardens held
after brawl with police
Paris Traffic wardens were
arrested for assault in the chic
17th arrondissement after a
scuffle over a parking ticket that
led to a brawl with police officers.
More wardens, now employed by
private companies rather than the
council, arrived to help their
colleagues to resist arrest. The
police called reinforcements and
had to use tear gas to gain
control, Le Parisien reported.
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My critics are
unpatriotic,
says Macron
France
Adam Sage Paris
President Macron has infuriated his
critics by contrasting their complaints
with the patriotism of a police officer
who lost his life saving a hostage.
In an interview due to be broadcast
last night, Mr Macron, 40, said that
patriotic French values had been embodied by Arnaud Beltrame, who was
shot dead in March, aged 44, after
taking the place of a supermarket cashier who was being held hostage in a
terrorist attack.
Colonel Beltrame was everything his
own political opponents were not, Mr
Macron said, citing as an example of his
critics? lack of understanding of French
history their protests over his decision
last year to reduce housing benefit by
Arnaud Beltrame,
who gave his life
to save a hostage,
was praised as a
French patriot
?50 a month. Mr Macron?s outburst
brought more claims that he hopes to
follow in the footsteps of France?s greatest leaders, such as King Louis XIV, Napol閛n Bonaparte and Charles de
Gaulle.
The president risked exacerbating
social tensions as his government
hopes to end a strike by railway employees over plans to end their jobs-for-life
guarantee. Ministers are also trying to
stop protests by undergraduates over
moves to allow universities to select
students; the present system allows
school-leavers to choose whatever
degree course they like, almost regardless of their exam results.
Mr Macron?s detractors accused him
of scorning the poor and suggesting
that they were unpatriotic. Nicolas
Dupont-Aignan, chairman of France
Arise, the right-wing Eurosceptic party,
said: ?Protesting against the loss of ?50
does not mean they are bad French
people, or that they don?t understand
what an extraordinary thing [Colonel]
Beltrame did.?
Boris Vallaud, a Socialist MP, said it
was ?petty to oppose heroes to the
poor?. His colleague Luc Carvounas
said it was ?totally unacceptable to use
the memory [of Colonel Beltrame] in
opposition to his policies on students
and the most impoverished?.
?Excuse me, but that is not what we
expect of a president.?
Mr Macron made the remarks during
an interview for a documentary due to
be broadcast on the state-owned channel France 3 last night, to mark his first
year in office. ?Colonel Beltrame was a
patriot. Colonel Beltrame died because
France is about ideas, values, something like a war that surpasses it,? he
said.
?People who . . . call it a tragedy as
soon as you reform this or that, and who
think that the acme of struggle is ?50 of
housing benefit, those people don?t
know what the history of our country is.
?The history of our country is the
history of the absolute. It is a love of
liberty above everything else, a desire
for real equality.?
Bertrand Delais, the documentarymaker who has admitted to admiring
Mr Macron, said the president wanted
?to engrave his actions in history?.
?Basically he is saying that Arnaud
Beltrame?s struggle is not comparable
with a more comfortable struggle about
housing benefit,? Mr Delais said. ?Who
could contest that when you look at history?? Nevertheless, he conceded that
Mr Macron?s point was likely to be lost
in France?s present ?state of tension?.
In an unfortunate coincidence for the
president, the documentary was broadcast the day after Julien Denormandie,
the local government minister, said
that the decision to reduce housing
benefit had been ?a bad idea?.
Rescuers
cleared of
trafficking
migrants
T
he photograph
of Alan Kurdi,
the Syrian boy
who drowned as
he and his
family tried to cross the
Mediterranean, shocked
the world when it was
published in 2015
(Graham Keeley writes).
It inspired three
Spanish firefighters to set
up a charity and move to
Greece to help refugees
caught up in Europe?s
worst migration crisis
since the Second World
War. Three years later,
Manuel Blanco, 47,
Enrique Rodr韌uez, 32,
and Julio Latorre, 34,
were charged with people
trafficking.
They appeared in court
in Lesbos yesterday, and
were cleared of the
charge on the first day of
the trial after a judge
ruled that there was no
case to answer.
?Justice has been done!
This shows we were only
trying to save lives,? the
men said in a statement.
The trial was the latest
attempt by the Greek
authorities to criminalise
activists who try to help
migrants. The three were
arrested by the Greek
coastguard in 2016.
So far this year 22,439
migrants have reached
European shores, about
half as many as last year.
A total of 615 deaths have
been recorded, according
to the International
Organisation for
Migration.
At the weekend
Spanish coastguards
rescued 476 migrants
who were trying to cross
the Mediterranean from
Africa.
In a separate incident,
Proactiva Open Arms, a
Spanish charity based in
Lesbos, rescued 105
migrants off the Libyan
coast yesterday. They told
a photographer that their
traffickers had
abandoned them halfway
through the journey,
taking the motor from
their boat with them.
In March the Italian
authorities impounded a
ship owned by Proactiva
Spanish activists ferrying
migrants from their flimsy
boat off the Libyan coast
Open Arms after it
rescued 218 migrants
and brought them to
Italy. A public prosecutor
claimed that the charity
violated the law by not
handing over the
migrants to the Libyan
authorities.
Libya intercepted three
boats carrying 309
migrants on Sunday.
6 Six people were injured
and four were arrested
after a three-hour fight
on Sunday involving
about 250 people using
knives and planks of
wood at a refugee camp
near Thessaloniki, police
said. Syrians said that a
group of Algerians were
harassing women.
Monks on mission to revive lost beer 150 padlocks disappear from
ALAMY
Belgium
Bruno Waterfield Brussels
Belgian monks are searching for the
lost recipe for a fabled medieval beer
that was the first to bear the name of
Grimbergen abbey.
They were forced to stop brewing
when the abbey was dissolved by invading French revolutionaries in 1797.
Although the monastery was later reinstated, the recipe, it seems, had disappeared out of memory.
In the 1950s, blond, brown and strong
beers bearing the name Grimbergen
became best-sellers across Europe.
However, they were produced using a
different, modern recipe by Maes Brewery, now owned by the European brewers Carlsberg and Heineken.
The tourists who arrive at Grimbergen, just outside Brussels, are often
unaware of the history and ask to try
the monks? brews. Now the brothers,
who are members of the Norbertine
order, want to revive the original beer
and keep their guests happy.
?Every day we get visitors who ask
where the brewery is,? Karel
The abbey?s historic drink has not been
brewed for more than two centuries
Stautemas, the abbey?s subprior, told
Het Nieuwsblad newspaper. ?And if you
come from abroad, they do not understand that we do not brew beer. This is
how the idea of re-establishing that tradition came to fruition. It is an old
dream to start again. We want to start a
microbrewery here, where the old
brewery stood.?
The operation would be smaller than
those run by Belgium?s Trappist abbeys,
such as Chimay or Westmalle. Other
abbeys such as Leffe have also allowed
their names to be used by large brewers.
However, Father Stautemas and the
brothers have a problem: the recipe has
been lost for more than 200 years and
a search of the abbey?s archives has so
far been unsuccessful.
?Four men have been looking for that
document for a year,? he said. ?They are
not even halfway through. It is not such
an easy job either, because those texts
are in Old Dutch.?
The abbey was founded in 1128 and
the arrival of the French was not its first
setback. It was burnt down during the
Protestant reformation in 1566, giving
it its symbol of a phoenix and the motto
ardet nec consumitur (burnt but not destroyed).
The present abbey dates from 1660
and its church, Saint Servatius, is one of
the most celebrated Baroque churches
in Belgium.
The abbey?s history of rebirth gives
Father Stautemas cause for optimism.
?There is good hope that the recipe will
turn up,? he said. ?And then there is the
question: will we still like that medieval
beer today??
?cursed? French nuclear plant
Adam Sage
The French nuclear plant touted as a
model for Britain?s new reactors was
under scrutiny yesterday after 150 of
the padlocks protecting its commandcontrol computers disappeared.
Electricity of France (EDF), the state
electricity group, filed a criminal lawsuit over the disappearance of the
padlocks from cabinets containing the
computer system at the plant under
construction at Flamanville in northern France.
EDF is leading the �.5 billion
project to build two similar reactors at
Hinkley Point in Somerset, which are
expected to supply 7 per cent of Britain?s
electricity.
The company said police were investigating the incident and that it had
started an internal audit. None of the
computers had been tampered with.
The reactor itself had a separate
system, EDF said, which remained
under lock and key. The company de-
nounced the disappearance of the padlocks as a ?malicious act?, suggesting it
believed that a saboteur was at work.
However, it did not say whether it suspected an employee or an intruder.
France?s network of nuclear reactors,
which provide three quarters of the
country?s electricity, are under tight
security, according to the government.
However, Greenpeace questioned the
government?s claims in a report last
year, saying that ministers had failed to
adapt security procedures in line with a
terrorist threat.
The project at Flamanville has been
beset by so many problems that it has
been nicknamed the ?cursed site? in the
French media. The reactor was initially
due to come on stream in 2012 at a cost
of ?3.3 billion, but delays and setbacks
have meant that it will not be switched
on until next year at the earliest, and
will cost at least ?10.5 billion.
Britain?s new reactors were due to
come online in 2025, but EDF has
already said they will probably be late.
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Home of mountain
gorillas threatened
by oil drilling plan
Democratic Republic of Congo
Jane Flanagan Africa Correspondent
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Two national parks in the Democratic
Republic of Congo, which are home to
critically endangered species including
mountain gorillas, face being reclassified to allow for oil exploration.
President Kabila?s government is
working to remove the protected status
from areas of the Virunga and Salonga
parks by redrawing their boundaries,
enabling drilling to go ahead.
More than 20 per cent of the Virunga
national park, the oldest wildlife reserve in Africa and home to a quarter of
the world?s mountain gorillas, would be
affected by any reclassification or redrawing of its boundaries, according to
Global Witness, the anti-corruption
charity that uncovered the plans.
The 7,800 sq km sanctuary, established in 1925, is also home to eastern
lowland gorillas, chimpanzees,
nts and
okapis, lions, elephants
hippos. Oil licences have
ed
already been awarded
for areas of the parks,,
but their status as
Unesco-protected
world heritage sites
prevents any exploration.
The
Londonbased charity has
Virunga is home to a
quarter of the world?ss
mountain gorillas
Hunt for leopard that killed boy, 3
Uganda
Jane Flanagan Cape Town
Rangers at the Queen Elizabeth
National Park in Uganda are tracking a
leopard after it snatched and devoured
the three-year-old son of a park guide.
Elisha Nabugyere had followed his
nanny outside the staff compound on
Friday when the animal attacked, dragging him into the bush. His remains
were found the next day. Bashir Hangi,
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copies of documents signed by Aim�
Ngoi Mukena, the oil minister, which
set out the legal framework for amending the preservation orders that protect
the parks.
?The potential damage to these rare
and valuable ecosystems is enormous,?
Peter Jones, an investigator with Global
Witness, said. ?The Congolese government should be seeking to extend protection of these areas rather than selling them off to the highest bidder.?
Notes obtained by Global Witness,
which were written by the minister,
estimate oil reserves in Virunga to be
6.76 billion barrels, worth about $7 billion. A panel of ministers and officials
that met ten days ago to push though
the redrawing of park boundaries was
due to meet again yesterday.
Asked to comment on reports about
reclassifying the parks, Mr Mukena
said that ?we are not afraid to embrace
it?. In February, Mr Kabila
authorise oil licences in
authorised
areas that
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partially overlap Salonga, which is
hom
home to up to 40 per
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cent of the world`s
b
bonobos,
an
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endangered
great
aape. Four years ago
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Soco International,
a British oil compa that had gained
pany
per
permission
to explore
for oil in Virunga,
droppe its plans after
dropped
widesprea criticism.
widespread
Bruce Tulloh,
the barefoot
athlete known
as the ?original
Forrest Gump?
after running
the US from
coast to coast
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from the Ugandan wildlife authority,
said: ?The maid was not aware the child
followed her. She heard the kid scream
for help, she intervened but it was too
late ? the leopard had vanished with it
in the bush and a search was mounted
until we got the skull the next day.?
He added: ?The hunt is on with the
intention of capturing the leopard and
removing it from the wild. Once it has
eaten human flesh, the temptations are
high to eat another human being.?
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Takeover boom means bumper $500m return for City dealmakers
Tabitha Kinder
City dealmakers are on track to rake in
their biggest fees since the financial crisis after billing more than half a billion
dollars since the start of January.
The bumper fees come as Britain is in
the thick of a takeover boom, with more
than �0 billion of deals involving a
UK company struck so far this year.
Figures from Thomson Reuters
reveal that bankers have collected
advisory fees on those transactions of
$573 million in just four months.
If the pace continues the fees for 2018
could swamp those made last year,
when annual fees totalled $690 million.
In 2016 bankers brought in fees of
$779 million on UK deals, the greatest
sum of fees generated since the financial crisis.
Transaction volumes during the
crisis reached chaotic levels, thanks to a
series of restructuring megadeals in the
financial sector that reached the UK,
but bankers faced a fees slowdown in
the years afterwards. In 2009 dealmakers took $462 million on deals involving
a British or Irish company, about half
that of pre-crisis levels.
A flurry of activity this year has
boosted dealmaking to levels last seen
more than a decade ago, while the value
of deals has grown. There have been 35
transactions totalling �4 billion involving a British or Irish company
agreed or completed since January 1. If
withdrawn bids are included, the total
would be just over �2 billion.
Three FTSE 100 companies announced plans for a takeover or a
break-up of the company on the same
day last month. Sky, the pay-TV broadcaster, and Shire Pharmaceuticals, the
healthcare group, were targeted by
overseas companies while Whitbread
revealed that it would spin off its Costa
Coffee chain. Also this year Melrose,
the private equity firm, succeeded in a
�billion takeover of GKN, the manufacturer, while Unilever, the consumer
goods group, is selling its spreads business to the private equity house KKR
for ?6.8 billion.
British companies have become
more attractive targets for overseas
investors since the Brexit vote as the fall
in the value of the pound has strengthened the buying power of those paying
in dollars or euros.
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Bank failure
pays off for
hedge funds
Virgin to
consider
�6bn bid
from CYBG
Miles Costello
Buyers of Lehman Brothers debt secure windfall
Harry Wilson, Alex Ralph
Hedge funds are set to make hundreds
of millions of pounds from investment
bets that they took on Lehman Brothers, the Wall Street giant whose demise
triggered the global financial crisis.
Elliott Advisors, the New York-based
activist investor, is one of the funds that
could be weeks away from a �billion
windfall from administrators to Lehman?s European business.
PWC, which has spent almost ten
years winding down Lehman Brothers
Europe, is preparing to ask a court this
week to approve a scheme that would
authorise payments to creditors after
years of legal wrangling over the bank?s
estate. Other hedge funds that bought
up Lehman Brothers? debt at knockdown prices and are heading for returns of more than 140 per cent on their
investments include King Street Capital and Carval.
Lehman Brothers Europe collapsed
in September 2008, leaving thousands
of its clients, suppliers and employees
as creditors of the bank with hundreds
of billions of unpaid bills, assets and
bonuses trapped inside it. Unpicking
the business has taken a team of PWC
and former Lehman staff years. About
20 people are still employed full-time to
manage the wind-down.
After the failure of Lehman, whose
US investment banking arm was later
bought by Barclays, several other big
financial institutions collapsed or came
close to failure, forcing governments
around the world to step in. In Britain,
HBOS and Royal Bank of Scotland had
to ask for taxpayers? money within
weeks of the Lehman collapse.
PWC has returned 100p in every �that was owed to Lehman?s creditors,
via a � billion distribution in April
2014. Assuming it receives court approval, the administrator?s next return
will consist of �billion of junior debt
and about �billion in accrued interest,
expected to be worth an additional 38p
in the pound.
The additional payout means that all
creditors make a 140 per cent return on
their claims, though the hedge funds
that bought Lehman debt and claims in
the immediate aftermath of the bank?s
failure will make even more. Many of
them will have paid well below the
debt?s face value given the desperation
of other investors to liquidate their
positions during the crisis.
A further �billion of an �billion
cash balance managed by PWC will
mostly go to the US estate of Lehman
Brothers, marking the last significant
cash dispersal by the London-based
administrators.
Funds such as Elliott and Carval are
specialists in investing in so-called distressed debt. Elliott spent 15 years fighting Argentina to repay bondholders
after the country defaulted on $80 billion of debt in 2001. The efforts paid off
and a deal was reached. The country
paid the fund $2.4 billion in 2016, much
more than its original investment.
Yesterday Elliott tabled an offer of
roughly $7 billion to buy Athena Health
in the US.
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be available to stream in a deal between Bloomsbury, the publisher, and Spotify
The owner of the Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks has made an audacious
�6 billion bid to buy Virgin Money in
a move that threatens to trigger a fresh
wave of consolidation among Britain?s
crop of smaller lenders.
CYBG, the formerly Australianowned group that operates the two UK
lenders, said in a statement late last
night that it had made a preliminary approach to Virgin Money, which is
backed by Sir Richard Branson, with an
all-share offer proposal.
Under the terms of the approach,
which Virgin said it would consider,
CYBG is offering 1.1297 of new shares
for each Virgin Money share owned.
Shareholders in Virgin Money would
end up with a 36.5 per cent stake in the
enlarged group, which would be by far
the biggest of the new crop of smaller
lenders aiming to break the dominance
of the big high street players.
If it went ahead, the enlarged group
would have about 6 million customers
and a loans book of about � billion,
dwarfing its closest rival in the sector,
Metro Bank. It is understood that there
have been talks between both
executives and financial advisers on
both sides.
Under Takeover Panel rules, CYBG
now has until June 4 to declare a firm
intention to make an offer or walk away
for the next six months.
Virgin Money was set up by Sir
Richard as a direct challenge to the
dominance of the main players in
banking: Barclays, HSBC, Royal Bank
of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group and
Santander. It offers services including
mortgages and credit cards and is the
owner of a large part of Northern Rock,
which collapsed at the start of the
financial crisis. CYBG, which is bigger
than Virgin Money, was until two years
ago part of the National Australia Bank
but was spun out and is now a separately listed company.
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Need to know
1
Rail companies are proposing
the biggest overhaul of the
fares system since privatisation
two decades ago to prevent
millions of passengers being
ripped off. It was announced that a
large-scale review will be launched
to address concerns that too many
travellers are being cheated by the
complex fares structure. Page 1
2
Defence officials warned the
government that backing a
European ban on palm oil
could jeopardise a deal to sell
British-built fighter jets to
Malaysia. The southeast Asian
country is planning to buy up to
18 Typhoon fighter jets to replace
grounded Russian MiG-29s.
BAE Systems hopes to secure the
contract, worth more than
�5 billion. Page 6
3
Farmers should lose their
subsidies if they pollute rivers
or cause other damage to the
countryside, under proposals
published by the Environment
Agency. Emma Howard Boyd, the
agency?s chairwoman, was
speaking ahead of the closure of
the government?s consultation on
farm subsidies after Brexit. Page 23
4
Hedge funds are set to make
hundreds of millions of
pounds from investment bets
they took on Lehman Brothers,
the Wall Street giant whose
demise triggered the financial
crisis. Elliott Advisors, the New
York-based activist investor, is one
of the funds that could be in line
for a �billion windfall. Page 37
5
City dealmakers are on track
to rake in their biggest fees
since the financial crisis after
billing more than half a billion
dollars since the start of January.
The bumper fees come as Britain
is in the thick of a takeover boom.
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Britain could reduce its �9
billion nuclear clean-up bill if
society is willing to accept
some ?industrial clutter? left
around the country, the Nuclear
Decommissioning Authority said.
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7
Corporate clients of the failed
London stockbroker Beaufort
Securities could lose up to
40 per cent of the value of their
holdings if the administrator asks
them to pay liquidation costs.
8
Shares in Air France KLM fell
after the French government
warned striking staff that it
was in danger of collapse. Shares
fell almost 14 per cent and were
temporarily suspended before
returning to close almost 10 per
cent lower. Page 40
9
Nestl� has agreed a $7.2
billion deal with Starbucks to
sell the coffee chain?s products
in stores. The owner of Nescaf�
and Nespresso will have the rights
to market the chain?s coffee, tea
and food, which Starbucks says
generated $2 billion in sales last
year, outside of its caf閟. Page 42
10
Oil prices surged to
breach $76 a barrel for the
first time since 2014 amid
fears over the prospect of US
sanctions on Iran. Brent crude
rose more than 1.5 per cent as the
fears were compounded by fresh
troubles for Venezuela?s national
oil company. Page 43
Nuclear waste dustbin is
Emily Gosden Energy Editor
Sellafield
Dorothy Gradden is standing in front of
a tall, algae-covered concrete wall in
the heart of Sellafield, Britain?s biggest
and most hazardous nuclear waste site.
?That?s the outside of the pond,? she
explains. On the other side of the wall,
beneath the surface of the water, lie
1,500 tonnes of radioactive sludge and
1,300 skips that contain corroding
spent nuclear fuel.
Known as B30, or unofficially as
?Dirty Thirty?, this pond, cased in decaying 1950s concrete and open to the
elements, is widely regarded as the
most dangerous industrial installation
in Europe. The algae coating its outside? That?s the least of the concerns.
?What we don?t want to do is start
pressure-washing the walls,? Ms Gradden, Sellafield?s head of legacy ponds,
says. ?You really don?t want to be prodding and poking and taking the
oncrete
top layers of the concrete
ck in
off. If we had a crack
our pond wall and we
lost water, the waterr
would
obviously
contaminate
all
the
facilities
around it. But if
the fuel or radioactive sludge dried
out, there?s a risk of
airborne contamination and thatt
ncould take the [contamination] activityy off
site. We wouldn?t need to
bria but we
evacuate West Cumbria
would certainly be going to shelter for
many days.?
Sellafield has become a byword for
everything critics hate about the
nuclear industry. Generating a steady
stream of headlines about safety
failings and mismanagement, it is not
only extremely hazardous but also eyewateringly expensive.
The Nuclear Decommissioning
Authority (NDA), the arm?s-length
government body charged with managing Britain?s nuclear waste, spent almost �billion here last year alone.
Sellafield began life as a Second
World War munitions factory, its remote location beyond the reach of
German bombers. After the war the
Windscale reactors were built to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons
and then the Calder Hall reactors for
commercial power generation. Sellafield?s main activity, though, has been
reprocessing spent fuel from reactors
elsewhere in Britain and overseas; sep-
arating it into uranium, plutonium and
concentrated high-level waste.
Reprocessing is now winding down
as the last of the fuel from the Sixties
Magnox reactors is dealt with and it no
longer makes commercial sense to keep
processing fuel from the Seventies and
Eighties AGR reactors (whether it was
ever a good idea is a moot point ? Britain has yet to find a use for the plutonium stockpile). From 2021 the focus will
shift solely to decommissioning, which
on current forecasts will take at least
another century and cost � billion.
The exact state of Sellafield has long
been shrouded in secrecy; photos of
B30 leaked four years ago and caused
an outcry. Yet the NDA has agreed to
let the The Times see the notorious
pond ? officially rebranded the ?First
Generation Magnox Storage Pond? ?
to illustrate the scale of the challenge
and how, slowly but surely, it is making
progress.
The length of three Olympic
swimming pools, B30 was
built to receive skips of
spent fuel rods from
the Magnox reactors,
ke
keeping
them subm
merged for up to 90
d
days to contain the
rradiation before
rreprocessing. In
th
the 1970s, an outag
age at the reprocess
essing facilities ?
whi
which coincided with
the nuclear
n
plants running fla
flat out during the
miners? st
strike ? meant the
ffuel
uel built up and
a was left in the
pond for longer
longer. It ccorroded, forming
the radioactive sludge. Visibility was
lost in stagnant water; skips were
knocked over and fuel spilt. Other debris from around the site was thrown in.
In 1986, when a new facility was built,
the pond was abandoned with little idea
what was in it.
?It was only really in the late 1990s
that people started to think about decommissioning these legacy facilities,?
Ms Gradden says. By then, ?effectively
everything in the facility was obsolete?.
The old crane that had been used to lift
the skips was condemned ? ?there was
a risk if we used it would fall off into the
pond and breach the pond wall?. Repairs were painstakingly slow; construction workers could only spend half
an hour a day in close proximity to the
pool for fear of exceeding radiation
dosage. It took 15 years and �5 billion
of ?refurbishment? to get to the point
where decommissioning could begin.
Now though, aided by technology,
A pond of contaminated sludge is the legacy of Sellafield?s past activity; today
Beaufort clients could be charged for its liquidation
Alex Ralph, Harry Wilson
Corporate clients of a failed London
stockbroker could lose as much as
40 per cent of the value of their holdings if the administrator asks them to
pay for its liquidation costs.
Creditors of Beaufort Securities will
be given their first big update on the
progress of the broker?s wind down this
week. It could cost former clients as
much as �0 million of the �0 million of cash and investment portfolios
held with the company when the City
watchdog ordered its closure.
Under plans being considered by
PWC, Beaufort?s administrator, clients
with assets in the business worth less
than �0,000 will face a levy of about
40 per cent of the value of their holdings to pay for the liquidation process.
The use of client funds to pay for the
administration is controversial, but
PWC found that the broker, which had
more than 100 staff, had only �,000
in its bank account when the Financial
Conduct Authority went to court to
order the firm?s closure in early March.
PWC said that more than 100 clients
had portfolios worth more than
�0,000 and it would begin returning
funds in September. It also said that a
bungled IT project corrupted some of
the firm?s data and some Beaufort staff
had downloaded client lists before
being sacked.
US prosecutors filed charges against
the firm and six individuals in March,
including two of its staff, alleging they
had been involved in securities fraud
and money laundering. One of its staff
has been arrested and denies the
charges. The rest have yet to respond.
Beaufort had been under the watch
of regulators for more than a year and
the authorities had already barred the
firm from taking on money and customers over concerns about the way it
was run and had considered closing it
last December. The FCA did not allow
it to shut until the FBI had completed
an undercover sting operation that
discovered the alleged fraud.
Beaufort?s clients with assets of up to
�,000 will be eligible for redress from
the UK?s Financial Services Compensation Scheme, meaning any 40 per cent
levy would be covered by the bailout
fund. Larger firms that held assets with
Beaufort enjoy no such protection.
According to the administrators,
?several hundred? corporate clients
could be exposed, while investors with
holdings of more than �,000 will face
a direct levy on the value of their Beaufort assets above the FSCS cap. PWC
expects to use a sliding scale levy,
meaning that portfolios worth more
than �million are unlikely to be
charged more than 10 per cent of their
value. Investors will be able to give their
views at a clients and creditors meeting
at London?s Excel centre on Thursday.
Anger over the process has resulted
in threats against staff handling the
work and Russell Downs, the joint
administrator, said that some violent
calls had been reported to the police.
?They?ve threatened someone with a
realignment of their personal anatomy.
We?ve had someone saying they?re
going to come here with a shotgun. And
we have people here we need to look
after,? he said.
The administrators have also warned
customers to ignore calls from ?third
parties? who say that they are former
employees and claim to be able to get
their money back for them faster.
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Business
cleaning up its act
NUCLEAR DECOMMISSIONING AUTHORITY
new technology means that it could be washed and drained by the early 2030s
things are picking up. From a vantage
point on the roof overlooking the ruststained B30, our personal dosimeters
chirping away at the radiation, Ms
Gradden points down to a series of coloured cables snaking across the pool,
between the seagulls, and down into its
depths. ?All of these lines you can see
have ROVs [remotely operated vehicles] on the end of them,? she says.
Initially ROVs designed for submarine
rescues were used but ?they would last
in some instances hours because the
electronics were affected by the radia-
tion?. New models had to be developed;
these ones have extensions a bit like an
elephant?s trunk. ?They?re like a nuclear vacuum cleaner,? Ms Gradden
says. ?They?re hoovering sludge.?
The new technology has also
brought new skills into demand. In the
building adjoining the B30 pool, we enter a small room that looks at first
glance like a student living room: three
young men are sat clutching joysticks,
huddled around TV screens. Luke, Ash
and Jack, all in their early twenties, are
taking it in turns to ?fly? another ROV.
Skills honed in computer gaming? Luke
smiles: ?It helps.?
By 2022 Ms Gradden aims to have removed 90 per cent of the sludge and by
2024 ?we will be in a much safer position? with remaining items washed of
radiation; by the early 2030s the pond
could be drained and on current plans it
may be demolished in the 2050s.
Technological advances are helping
to make some savings but another more
fundamental change also appears to be
bearing fruit. Management of Sellafield
Ltd was outsourced in 2008 but taken
back under NDA control in 2016 after a
series of failings. Executives say this
approach allows it to adapt to the challenges as they unfold rather than sticking to strict commercial targets.
Phil Hallington, head of policy at Sellafield, says: ?The old discipline of ?get a
plan, stick to the plan, deliver the plan?
is completely inadequate because it totally suppresses innovation. What we
should be doing is throwing the plan
away every three years because we
have found a new, cheaper, better way
of doing it.? Sellafield reported
�0 million of savings in 2016-17.
David Peattie, chief executive of the
NDA, says it now has the best understanding it has ever had of what lies in
Sellafield?s legacy facilities. As such, the
costs should not ?be jumping up by the
big leaps? seen in recent years, from
�.5 billion in 2013 to �.6 billion
today. But he makes no promises of
cutting the total: ?That would not be
wise.?
The only way to significantly reduce
the costs of Sellafield, and the wider
�8.5 billion bill for all of Britain?s nuclear decommissioning, would, he suggests, be to move the goalposts and
leave more infrastructure standing. ?If
we are willing as a nation to accept
some industrial clutter in a few places,
albeit perfectly safe, that?s a radically
lower cost option than going back to
meadow land.?
With clean-up due to last until 2120,
the debate over operations at Sellafield
is likely to outlive us all.
Worm that turned a �m fortune
in video games heads for Aim float
Patrick Hosking Financial Editor
An entrepreneur best known for commercialising a video game in which cartoon worms try to blow each other up is
expected to notch up a personal net
worth of � million by floating her
business later this month.
Debbie Bestwick, chief executive of
Team 17, will formally announce today
her intention to float the business on
the junior Aim share market with a
valuation expected to be in the �0
million to �0 million range.
Chris Bell, former chief executive of
Ladbrokes Worldwide, has been signed
up as chairman, while the broker is
Berenberg. The company is planning to
sell about �0 million worth of shares,
� million of new capital and � million worth from management and its
private equity backer LDC, which is
selling down its stakes.
Ms Bestwick, 48, who was awarded
the MBE for services to the video
games industry in 2016, owns about
45 per cent of the company. She was
one of the founders in 1990, heading the
sales and marketing function before
stepping up to the role of joint chief
executive in 2009 and later leading a
management buyout in 2011.
Aged nine she was playing Pac-Man
and Space Invaders. By the age of 12 she
had graduated to Football Manager
and was hooked, leaving school at 17 to
work in a video games shop in Nottingham. Team 17 develops games in-house
and acts as a creative partner to independent developers. Its games include
the well-established Worms franchise
as well as newer offerings such as
Overcooked and The Escapists.
Since 2014 it has produced compound average profits growth of 69 per
cent a year. More than 50 per cent of
revenues last year were generated from
existing titles, enabling it to pitch itself
as a relatively reliable income stream of
annuity-style cash flows. It made
profits before tax and other items of
�.9 million on sales of �.6 million in
the year to December 2017 and boasts a
portfolio of more than 90 games.
Sumo Group, a rival game developer,
floated on Aim in December at 100p. Its
shares have since risen to 129.5p.
The week ahead
Mark Carney had better show up on
time for his date with the cost of
borrowing or the Bank of England
governor won?t be remembered as
the ?unreliable boyfriend?, just a
plain bad one. This month?s decision
about whether to raise interest rates
is hardly tough for the sometimes
prickly Canadian central banker and
his peers on the monetary policy
committee. Economic growth
slowed to 0.1 per cent in the first
quarter, according to the first
reading. Inflation is falling, slowing
to about 2.5 per cent in March. The
services sector ? responsible for
close to 80 per cent of GDP ?
recovered in April, but not by much,
according to last week?s survey from
Markit/CIPS. Manufacturing
growth is slowing, as is consumer
borrowing. No surprise then that
financial markets think the chances
of a rates increase stand at less than
10 per cent. The governor has
attracted opprobrium in the past for
flip-flopping over his guidance
about the timing of possible rate
rises. Having stoked expectations of
a May increase in February, Mr
Markets believe that Mark Carney
will keep rates on hold this week
Carney recently reminded us there
were plenty of other MPC meetings
this year. Still, it does feel a bit futile
from a man who among his first acts
on taking the job promised that the
Bank?s signals on the path ahead
would be far easier to read than the
traditional hieroglyphics.
miles.costello@thetimes.co.uk
today
If William Hill was a
horse, would you bet
on it to cross the finish
line without a merger
partner? Probably not,
but the FTSE 250
bookmaker is currently
a non-starter in the
gambling industry?s big
drive to consolidate.
They?ve all done it:
Paddy Power Betfair
and Ladbrokes Gala
Coral, now part of
GVC. Hills did take a
bit of Sportingbet and
had a flutter on a
potential merger of
equals with Amaya of
the US, until its
shareholders tore up
the betting slip in
horror. It recently sold
its business in Australia
to its one-time merger
partner, now known as
Stars Group. As it
updates on first quarter
trading, expect lots of
frothing about a
possible �cap on
fixed odds betting
machines, though we
might get a glimpse of
potential inroads to the
American market.
Interims GW Pharma
Trading statement
Liberty Global
AGM Totally, Costain,
Savills, Anglo
American
tomorrow
thursday
It?s barely finished doing the dishes
in the Aintree hospitality tent after
this year?s Grand National and
Compass has to think about how to
serve up its half-year profits.
Dominic Blakemore, boss of the
world?s biggest caterer, makes his
second appearance before the City
since he took charge at the start of
the year after the death of Richard
Cousins in a plane crash. So far, it?s
been tasty fare worthy of a lunch on
Wimbledon finals day from Mr
Blakemore, with forecast-beating
growth in the first quarter.
Investors and analysts, having
conniptions about rising costs, need
to know if the caterer is recouping
the extra it pays for ingredients
through price rises.
Interims Compass, Imperial Brands
Trading statement G4S, Provident
Financial
AGM/EGM Capita, Capital &
Regional, Marshalls, Provident
Financial, Rentokil, Standard
Chartered
Dame Carolyn McCall says she?s hit
the ?strategic refresh? button at ITV
now the former Easyjet boss is
firmly ensconced on the boss?s
viewing sofa at the commercial
broadcaster. What will be there,
though, once the full picture
emerges on the ITV box? The do-itall Dame has her work cut out
dealing with falling profits and the
loss of advertising revenue to the
streamers, including Netflix and
Amazon Prime.
Reading the runes of the housing
market is as treacherous as trying to
buy and sell your own home. When
Barratt Developments reports on
trading in its third quarter, the
numbers should look good.
Trading statement BT, Derwent
London, Barratt Developments,
Hurricane Energy, Next, ITV, RSA,
Superdry, TP Icap, Wm Morrison
AGM Aviva, BAE Systems,
Convatec, Direct London, ITV, John
Laing, Onesavings Bank, Serco, TP
Icap, Unite
friday
We will find out
whether first-quarter
trading at BBA
Aviation took off or
stalled when the
world?s biggest
provider of
engineering and
ground services to
private jets reports to
the City. The runway
actually looks pretty
clear for Mark
Johnstone, who started
as chief executive last
month after his
promotion from the
engine repair and
overhaul business,
which it is thought he
subsequently put up
for sale. Still, he has a
healthy tailwind in a
25 per cent increase in
profits last year to
$298.5 million; and its
main market of the
United States is
enjoying an economic
rush under President
Trump. There is
always turbulence in
BBA?s market and its
shares have had a
bumpy year amid all
the tensions about
international trade, but
more recently they
have picked up height
after it completed a
debt refinancing.
Trading statements
BBA Aviation
AGM Man Group,
RSA, John Wood
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Business
French airline heading for tailspin, minister warns
ALAMY
Charles Bremner Paris
Shares in Air France KLM fell after the
French government warned striking
staff that it was in danger of collapse.
Shares in the airline fell almost 14 per
cent and were temporarily suspended
on the stock market before returning to
close almost 10 per cent lower.
The possible demise of the airline was
raised by Bruno Le Maire, the finance
minister, after the chief executive of Air
France KLM announced his resignation on Friday. Jean-Marc Janaillac, 65,
who had been in the job for two years,
kept a promise to quit if staff voted
against the latest wage offer. He said the
situation was a ?mess that will only put
a smile on the faces of our competitors?.
Mr Le Maire said that the pilots? demands for higher pay was unreasonable
given that they were among the toppaid in their profession in Europe.
After staging their 14th strike day
since February, the pilots? unions decided last night to suspend future strikes
pending further meetings with management. They will nevertheless go
ahead today with a planned one-day
stoppage in pursuit of an immediate 5
per cent pay rise. Air France manage-
Pilots at Air France KLM decided to suspend future strikes over pay last night but will go ahead with action planned for today
ment has proposed a 7 per cent pay increase over four years, as well as 1 per
cent this year.
The number of strikers is falling and
the airline, which is 14 per cent owned
by the French state, expects to maintain
80 per cent of services today.
Mr Le Maire warned the unions that
the government would not step in to
rescue Air France like administrations
Record profit season for UK firms
Miles Costello
The collective profits of British companies rose to a record high in the first
quarter.
Helped by the weak pound, earnings
growth among businesses reached its
highest level since the immediate aftermath of the recession. Profits at the 350
biggest companies increased by 158 per
cent to �3.8 billion between January
and the end of March, according to analysis by the Share Centre, a stockbroker.
Although 70 per cent of companies
had higher profits over the period, the
biggest gains were among large multinationals, whose sales increased by
more than 30 per cent as weak sterling
boosted their export orders.
Sales among FTSE 350 companies
grew by 20.8 per cent to a three-year
high of �33 trillion, the Share Centre
said, adding that the prospects for profit
growth in the next month were strong,
despite Britain lagging behind many of
its competitors in the eurozone.
Analysing the health of Britain?s top
businesses is a useful exercise because
it acts as an indicator of the overall
health of the economy. The better companies perform, the more they tend to
invest in future growth, providing an
additional boost to employment.
Helal Miah, an investment analyst at
the Share Centre, said: ?The global
economy is on a tear right now, with
synchronised expansion in most of
world?s key regions. In this most
important of reporting seasons, UK plc
has delivered the strongest set of results
in years, extending a period of growth
not seen since the recovery in the
immediate aftermath of the recession
and financial crisis.
?Strong economic expansion around
the world, coupled with positive
exchange rate effects, and more efficient cost-bases proved a powerful shot
in the arm for multinationals. Homegrown companies may not have
matched their international peers, but
they too have done well.?
He added: ?A switch from a draining
succession of exceptional costs and as-
set write-downs to profits flatter the
overall picture, but is nonetheless to be
welcomed.?
The latest survey of business confidence from ICAEW, the accountancy
body, found that regulation and staff
turnover had become the biggest headaches for businesses.
Although confidence is on the rise,
led by the IT and communications and
manufacturing sectors, companies
have been fretting about new legislation requiring them to disclose the
pay differential between their male and
female staff. How to deal with new data
protection laws that will mean they
must seek consent before sharing customer data is also vexing businesses,
the ICAEW found.
It added: ?Staff turnover is also
becoming a greater challenge as more
businesses are finding it difficult to
replace departing workers. Sectors
such as construction and business services who employ large numbers of
migrant labour are especially finding
staff turnover difficult.?
had done in the past. Any state largesse
would fly in the face of President
Macron?s reforms, which are focused on
turning the SNCF state railways into a
viable enterprise. The rail unions have
been waging regular strikes for more
than a month.
The National Airline Pilots Union,
the SNPL, rejected the minister?s warnings, saying that the ?true decision
maker from the beginning of this conflict remains the state?,
The strikes have already cost
?300 million, according to Air France.
Managers at KLM, which merged with
Air France in 2004, were said to be frustrated. KLM has only once recorded an
annual loss and has a profit margin of
8.9 per cent, compared with 3.7 per cent
at Air France. Dutch tabloid newspapers are calling for KLM to separate,
although analysts say the Dutch carrier
is too small to survive alone.
Analysts said that Air France risked
going the way of Alitalia, the loss-making airline that was put under special
administration last year for the second
time in less than a decade. Analysts at
Soci閠� G閚閞ale switched to a ?sell?
recommendation from a ?buy?.
6 Norwegian, the low-cost airline that
has rebuffed two takeover proposals
from IAG, owner of British Airways,
transported just over 3 million passengers in April, a 16 per cent increase on
the same month the previous year.
Call for industrial strategy
to fix productivity woes
Gurpreet Narwan
Manufacturers are calling on the government to devise a clear-cut strategy
to help boost productivity in the sector.
Citing research revealing that productivity growth has flatlined since the
financial crisis in 2008, the EEF manufacturers? organisation said that the
creation of an industrial strategy
council devoted to the issue was critical
if Britain wanted to improve its standing among international competitors.
According to the EEF, which represents 20,000 engineering, manufacturing and technology companies, Britain?s productivity grew by 4.7 per cent
between 2000 and 2007. After the financial crisis in 2008, however, productivity growth fell sharply and it has
remained at 1 per cent a year ever since.
Its research found that Britain?s manufacturing productivity grew faster
than its German, Italian and Spanish
counterparts from the mid-1990s. Since
the financial crisis, however, the UK?s
performance had fallen behind that of
its European rivals.
The EEF said that productivity
growth had also begun to diverge more
wildly between industries, with transport, chemicals and pharmaceuticals
boosting the sector?s performance,
while food and drink, the largest manufacturing sub-sector, lagged behind.
Lee Hopley, chief economist at the
EEF, said: ?The industrial strategy
council should now be created urgently
to identify how the overall strategy can
improve productivity in those industrial sectors where it has lagged.?
The Bank of England said recently
that Britain had endured the worst
decade for productivity growth since
the 18th century.
Had pre-crisis trends continued, the
UK would be almost 20 per cent more
productive now.
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Comment Business
Ian King
Simon French
If a rate rise is off limits,
there?s another trick
that the Bank can play
Lessons from Down Under as big
grocers play supermarket sweep
??
Should Asda and
Sainsbury?s
complete their
combination, as the
pair phrase it, the
enlarged group and Tesco will have
more than 60 per cent of the UK
grocery market. The prospect has
alarmed politicians, unions, consumer
groups and suppliers. It is a level of
concentration, they say, that would
not be tolerated in other countries.
Except that it is. New Zealand, the
world?s most concentrated grocery
market, is dominated by two
operators, Foodstuffs and Progressive
Enterprises, which have a combined
share of more than 90 per cent.
Grocery prices are, accordingly, the
highest in the OECD.
The Kiwi scenario is unlikely to
unfold here. Across the Tasman Sea,
though, is one that might. Australia?s
grocery market has two big players,
Coles and Woolworths, which have a
combined share of almost 69 per cent.
So are there lessons from Down
Under to be applied by regulators if
Sainsbury?s and Asda combine?
One British executive who has
worked in the industry in both the
UK and Australia insists there are two
big differences between the markets.
One, he says, is that price competition
has always been more ferocious in
Britain. The other is that own-brand
products are more popular in the UK.
?Australia?s never been as price
competitive and brands are stronger.
The likes of Unilever and so on call
the shots a lot more down there,?
he notes. ?Australia is a very brandconscious nation and own-brands just
haven?t made the penetration down
there. Own-brand in Australia is only
about 20 per cent of sales, compared
with 50 per cent here.?
With the branded suppliers
enjoying more clout in Australia, the
big two there have less scope to cut
prices aggressively. This suggests that
although Britain and Australia may
emerge with similar shares for the
market leaders if the Sainsbury?s-Asda
deal goes through, Mike Coupe, the
Sainsbury?s chief executive, may be
on to something when he says he can
beat down multinational suppliers to
deliver his promised 10 per cent price
cuts on everyday items.
In recent years, though, the Aussie
grocery market has become more
competitive. One reason is the arrival
of Aldi in 2001 to challenge the Coles-
after its A$22 billion takeover of
Coles. One of Mr Norman?s first
moves was to recruit Ian McLeod, a
former Asda executive and chief
executive of Halfords, to run the
business. Other former Asda
executives hired included Stuart
Machin and John Durkan, a former
Safeway executive.
What followed was a textbook
turnaround. The supply chain was
made more efficient, smaller stores
were offloaded, others were
refurbished and, crucially, prices were
made sharper. This was partly done
by importing the tried-and-tested
tactic from the UK grocery sector of
demanding rebates from suppliers in
return for shelf space. Within two
years, like-for-like sales at Coles were
growing faster than at Woolworths
and although Coles never overtook
The popularity of branded products
means that suppliers call the shots
Woolworths duopoly. The German
operator now has 508 stores and has
plans to open another 32 this year.
The latest industry statistics put its
market share at just over 12 per cent
but, while it is credited with forcing
Coles and Woolworths to cut prices,
most of its market share gains appear
to have been at the expense of the
number four player, IGA.
The second factor was the arrival in
2007 of a ?Brit Pack? at Coles, led by
Archie Norman, the man who with
Allan Leighton revived Asda from
near-death to one of the UK?s most
respected players. He was brought in
by Wesfarmers ? the company
recently burnt in the UK by an illstarred acquisition of Homebase ?
its rival?s market share, Australian
consumers benefited. Prices at
Coles fell by almost 8 per cent
between 2011 to 2013, according to
Deloitte.
Along with the arrival of Aldi, the
price war inspired by the Brit Pack
is credited with bringing down
inflation in Australia, which is why
the industry has avoided another
competition inquiry similar to the
one carried out by Kevin Rudd?s
government in 2008. Yet there are
now signs that the drive towards
lower prices has run its course. Aldi?s
market share growth is slowing and
UBS analysts suggested in a recent
note that price wars were easing as
?promotional fatigue? sets in.
They told clients: ?Consumers are
now placing less emphasis on price
and more on the broader value offer:
service, loyalty, theatre.? In the final
analysis, though, the different
dynamics between suppliers and
grocers in the two countries makes
any comparison imprecise.
Mr Durkan, who succeeded Mr
McLeod in 2014 at the helm of Coles
and will hand over to another former
Asda executive, Steven Cain, later
this year, told The Australian last
month that the improvement in
competition had been driven by
hitting back at suppliers that had
been ?price gouging?. Yet the
branded suppliers remain stronger in
Australia than in Britain.
The implication is that, despite all
the Coles-Woolworths scrapping
during the past decade, the only real
achievement has been to bring the
Aussie grocery market a little more
into line with Britain.
The former executive notes: ?My
Australian experience tells me fewer
fascias isn?t a good thing generally
and hasn?t worked to the benefit of
consumers. If you look at price and
consumer choice, it hasn?t been a
good thing, although it has got better.
?The Brit Pack that went out there
for Coles did make the market more
competitive, but the prices there
were a lot higher than they are
around the world to
begin with. Having
two strong players
never really
worked.?
David Smith knows which
way the wind blows
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t?s never a foregone conclusion,
but the Bank of England is
highly likely to leave interest
rates unchanged this week,
thanks to a steady flow of weak
economic data recently, only partly
excused by the snow in March. If
that happens it would be the 101st
time in the past 103 meetings of the
monetary policy committee that it
has taken that view. Whatever
criticisms can be levelled at the
Bank?s handling of the economy,
frequent policy change is not one of
them.
Criticism of the Bank should be
taken with a pinch of salt. Many of
its detractors are forecasters who
have been repeatedly wrong-footed.
Rather than address their own
shortcomings, some have chosen to
label the Bank as an unreliable
partner. One thing is undeniable,
?It is time to look again
at the process . . . When
policy is struggling to
flow it may be better
to attempt a trickle
rather than a torrent?
however: the Bank of England, like
most central banks, is finding it hard
to return interest rates to a level
most people would consider normal.
The headline rate was cut to
emergency levels in 2009 and
subsequent guidance towards raising
them has ended in a series of
aborted missions. First came the fall
in unemployment that failed to
generate rising wages. Second was
the decline in the oil price. Most
recently there was Brexit. On each
occasion I believe that the Bank
chose the right path. However, there
are others who see these as missed
opportunities.
So perhaps the Bank needs to look
again at how it starts the process of
normalising monetary policy.
Perhaps interest rates are not the
best place to start. The Bank has
bought �5 billion of government
debt since the global financial crisis.
These purchases have been designed
to maintain low borrowing costs at a
time when there are limits to ever
lower interest rates. The Bank still
holds that entire amount today and
has committed to owning the stock
until interest rate ?normalisation? is
well under way.
However, this �5 billion of debt
is not static. The debt matures at
regular intervals, at which point the
government pays back the Bank the
amount it initially borrowed. The
Bank reinvests these payments to
buy replacement government debt.
One of the ways that the Bank
could begin to tighten monetary
policy is to manage these
reinvestments using a preannounced rule. An example would
be where reinvestments would cease
as long as the interest rate on tenyear government debt remained
below a certain level ? say, 2 per
cent. Should interest rates rise above
that then reinvestments could
restart to ensure borrowing costs
did not rise too abruptly. There are
similar policies in other nations,
including Japan.
The Bank, which has resisted the
idea, says it wants the headroom to
cut interest rates before a downturn.
This argument is flawed; it assumes
that consumers and businesses
respond more to interest rates than
a change in debt holdings. While the
very mention of quantitative easing
leads most people to glaze over, if
the psychological impact of a rate
cut is greater than changes to QE
then it follows that a rate rise has
similarly large impacts. When policy
is struggling to flow it would be
better to attempt a trickle rather
than a torrent.
What businesses and consumers
really care about is the commercial
borrowing rate. Despite November?s
rate rise, heightened competition
has brought down the cost of
available mortgages for many.
Managing quoted interest rates
through the sale of debt rather than
interest rate policy moves the Bank?s
actions closer to what businesses
and consumers actually pay on their
debt. By holding rates this week, the
Bank risks reconvening during the
most fractious of Brexit negotiations
later in the year. If the next crisis
arrives before Brexit has been
completed then the Bank is unlikely
to be thanked for its previous
caution. It is time to look again at
how the first step is taken.
Simon French is chief economist at
Panmure Gordon
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TOWER 42 ESTATE
Skyscraper
owner still
stands tall
T
he billionaire
owner of Tower
42 said that it
would be ?nuts?
to sell the London
skyscraper as he opened
a new retail quarter at
the base of the building
(Deirdre Hipwell
writes).
Nathan Kirsh, a Swazi
businessman whose
main business is
Jetro, the cash
and carry business
in the US, said:
?No other building
in the City of
London can offer
the flexibility for
small occupiers to
operate as
comfortably as
they can [at Tower
42].?
Once the
headquarters of
Natwest Bank,
Tower 42 was the
tallest building in
Britain at the time
of its construction in
A new retail complex has
been built at the foot
of Tower 42 in the City
the 1970s. In 1993 it was
damaged by an IRA
bomb.
Mr Kirsh bought the
site in 2011 for
�5 million. At the time
it was said to be a
difficult building to
manage because it was
ageing and leases were
due to expire. Since then
� million has been
spent on upgrades. He
dismissed speculation
that he might be
tempted to sell up.
Nestl� full of beans
after $7bn deal to
sell Starbucks coffee
James Dean US Business Editor
Nestl� has agreed a $7.2 billion deal
with Starbucks to sell the coffee chain?s
products in stores.
The owner of Nescaf� and Nespresso
will have the rights to market the chain?s
coffee, tea and food, which Starbucks
says generated $2 billion in sales last
year, outside of its caf閟.
Coffee is a growth area for big food
and drinks companies, which are trying
to offset falling sales as demand for
smaller-brand labels grows. The United
States is the world?s largest coffee
market and sales are growing as consumers give up sugary soft drinks.
The deal gives Nestl�, which is based
in Switzerland, a stronger foothold in
America and allows it to better compete
with JAB Holding, the investment
group owned by the Reimann family,
from Germany, which has been spending about $30 billion buying coffee
brands such as Douwe Egberts, Peet?s
and Keurig Green Mountain.
Starbucks will get access to Nestl�s
huge distribution network, receive a
large cash boost and be in line for
royalties for years to come. The two
companies did not give details about
their royalties agreement.
Bonnie Herzog, an analyst at Wells
Fargo, said that the deal was positive for
Starbucks because it would increase its
reach across the world and allow it to
boost shareholder returns. Starbucks
said it planned to accelerate its share
buyback scheme using some of the proceeds. It will return about $20 billion to
investors by 2020.
Many American companies have announced share buyback schemes since
the corporate tax rate was cut to 21 per
cent at the start of the year. Apple said
last week that it would return a further
$100 billion to its shareholders this way.
Nestl� has been under pressure in the
past year from Dan Loeb, the activist investor who has said that it is ?stuck in its
old ways?. The Swiss company said that
the Starbucks deal would give it ?a
strong platform for continued growth
in North America?.
Mark Schneider, Nestl� chief executive, said that the deal was ?a significant
step for our coffee business, Nestl�s
largest high-growth category?.
Kevin Johnson, chief executive of
Starbucks, said: ?This global coffee
alliance will bring the Starbucks experience to the homes of millions more
around the world.?
About 500 Starbucks staff will join
Nestl� but Starbucks? retail operations
will continue to be based in Seattle.
Nestl� shares were up by 1.6 per cent
to 77.56 Swiss francs in Zurich while
Starbucks? shares dipped slightly in
New York last night at $57.45.
Living wage could eat into
restaurant and caf� profits
Deirdre Hipwell
Britain?s struggling restaurant and caf�
sector could be in for more pain this
year as wage costs rise, a City financial
analyst has warned.
Company Watch said that a study of
the financial accounts of 324 restaurants and caf閟, with total assets of
more than �million, showed that one
third were already loss-making and less
able to absorb cost increases.
The accounts, filed between January
2016 and March this year, also showed
that 144 of the firms were in the Company Watch ?warning area?, which
meant that they were about 25 times
more likely to suffer financial distress.
Groups in the warning area included
Honest Group ? the parent company
of Honest Burgers ? Spaghetti House
Restaurants Group, Leon Restaurants,
and Casual Dining Group, the owner of
Caf� Rouge.
Company Watch compares the
financial strength of businesses using a
scale of 0 to 100, a so-called H-score,
with groups scoring a rating of 25 and
under entering its warning area.
It said that it had modelled the possible impact of last month?s rise in the
national living wage and found that the
rise could add an extra �0 million to
the total wages bill of the businesses
and reduce profits by nearly 8 per cent.
Jo Kettner, chief executive of Company Watch, said: ?It?s the mid-market
restaurants and caf閟 that are most
feeling the pinch.?
Restaurants and caf閟 with the highest H-scores include McDonald?s Restaurants, Patisserie Holdings, which
owns Patisserie Valerie, and Whitbread, the owner of Costa.
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Smart weapons in the war on plastic
BBC
Amid frantic calls for a
cleaner world, an East
Anglian packager is
already on the case,
Robert Lea writes
In late October Blue Planet II started
running on the BBC and not for the first
time Sir David Attenborough was
changing the world, altering our
perception of plastic pollution in the
world?s oceans. By the time the sevenpart series had ended, such was the gain
in DS Smith shares that the company
was promoted to the FTSE 100.
At the end of March, Michael Gove,
the environment secretary, came up
with the strongest words yet from a
British government minister about
wanting to eradicate our addiction to
plastic packaging. Since then shares in
DS Smith have risen by 15 per cent, valuing the company at �75 billion, more
than the market capitalisation of GKN
before its takeover battle with Melrose.
It might be coincidence but DS Smith
is a cardboard box packaging business
that says it is the alternative to plastic.
Expansion across Europe and into the
US will have helped, as will the explosion in boxes needed for online delivery, to get DS Smith into the blue chip
index with �7 billion of annual revenue business and 25,000 employees
worldwide, a fifth of them in the UK.
But equally responsible is its pitch to
its customers, the fast-moving consumer goods giants such as Nestl�, Mars,
P&G, Mondelez and the barons of
ecommerce such as Amazon: we can
help you eradicate plastic packaging.
At the company?s innovation centre
at Fordham on the CambridgeshireSuffolk border, the future of packaging
is on show. The high-end stuff is the
smart bin that knows you are throwing
away a particular brand of sauce jar and
automatically adds the product to the
digital shopping list on your fridge door.
The fun bit is the machine that beats up
in various ways a box that keeps its
shape, showing off the strength of
cardboard fibres and the structural integrity of box design.
It is the more mundane end. though,
that is on the front line of the war
against plastic: a shelf-ready display
box with in-built crenellations to keep a
The Blue Planet II series showed the polluting effects of plastic; Miles Roberts, below, who runs the cardboard box packager DS Smith, can supply an alternative
product upright and visible for sale, the
sort of job currently done by the plastic
punnets seen in supermarkets.
Miles Roberts, the �5 million-ayear DS Smith chief executive since
2010, is leading the charge. ?Some retailers are now talking about eliminating plastic from packaging over the
next five years,? he says. ?It is an achievable target, though it depends on the
appetite of the retailers to change the
way they run their businesses. The
issue is not going away and [the elimination of plastics] is now happening.
We will see significant improvement
over the next two years.?
He believes the packaging industry is
ready for the challenge because it is
already living with the revolution
that ecommerce has brought: the
demand for cardboard boxes, the
systemic changes in re-use that
have meant DS Smith has become Britain?s largest recycling
business, and the availability of
virgin pulp from changes in
forestry farming.
?The cost of producing
plastic can be less,? he
says. ?But that is only if you look at
that direct primary cost. We
should
be
talking
about the
wider context. Legislation and
taxation of manufacturers
who produce single-use
plastic bottles and plastic
shopping bags is coming.?
DS Smith is already
working up the next developments in online grocery
deliveries: small, manageable
boxes packed within the
delivery van crates
that can be flatpacked back
down
after
use, helping
to eliminate
the
plastic
bags
that
some supermarkets insist on delivering.
He concedes there are many goods that
will still need plastic but says there are
as many sacred cows to slay.
?Take those big bottles of laundry
liquid,? he says. ?Look at the plastic in
that. That is just nuts. You could quite
easily have a cardboard box with a thin
plastic lining, a bag, with a dispensing
nozzle that would also regulate the
amount of phosphates in the washing.
The box, as a cube, would save on transportation packing costs.
There is nothing to stop the businesses who produce these plastic bottles
from changing. ?But it is their choice.
For us it is about replacing these
obvious things and we can do that.?
Oil price surges amid Iran tensions BHS is flourishing online
Emily Gosden Energy Editor
Oil prices surged to breach $76 a barrel
for the first time since 2014 yesterday
amid fears over the prospect of US
sanctions on Iran.
Brent crude rose by more than 1.5 per
cent as the geopolitical concerns were
compounded by fresh troubles for
Venezuela?s national oil company. The
benchmark oil price touched $76.05, its
highest since late November 2014, but
fell back to $75.47 last night, losing
some of its earlier gains after President
Trump said that he would announce a
decision today.
Oil prices crashed from more than
$100 a barrel in 2014 to less than $30 in
early 2016 as the US shale revolution
resulted in a global supply glut. The
downturn forced oil companies and
petro-states to change strategies amid
plunging revenues and led to the Opec
cartel of producers agreeing in late 2016
to curb their output to boost prices.
The market has since moved back
toward balance and prices have risen
steadily as oil stocks have fallen and de-
mand grows. Brent crude breached $70
a barrel in January and rising geopolitical tensions have kept the price high,
boosting the fortunes of oil companies.
The US administration is deciding
whether to reimpose sanctions on Iran,
6 Aker BP, the Norwegian company
part owned by BP, has reported
better than expected earnings on
the back of record production and
higher oil prices. Operating profit in
the first quarter was $472 million,
up from $273 million a year ago and
comfortably beating analysts?
forecasts of $449 million. BP, the
British oil major, retains a 30 per
cent stake in the venture. Aker BP
also said it may drill more wells than
previously planned this year.
a key oil producer, with Mr Trump
tweeting yesterday about the ?very
badly negotiated Iran deal?. The US has
a deadline of May 12 to decide whether
to extend sanction waivers.
Iran, a member of Opec, has ramped
up production and exports since 2016
when the Obama administration
struck a deal to suspend sanctions in
return for curbs on Iran?s nuclear programme. The sanctions, originally imposed in 2012, cut Iran?s crude exports
from as much as 2.5 million barrels a
day to 1 million barrels a day.
President Rouhani of Iran warned at
the weekend that Mr Trump would
suffer ?historic remorse? if the US left
the nuclear accord. Iran?s oil ministry
indicated that it would resist sanctions
stifling its resurgent industry, which
has been working to lure back oil
majors to invest.
Gholamreza Manouchehri, deputy
head of the National Iranian Oil Company, said: ?Our oil industry?s development will continue even if new sanctions are imposed.?
Oil market bulls were also in ascendance amid fresh fears over Venezuela?s
national oil company, PDVSA, after
Conoco Phillips moved to take control
of its assets in the Caribbean. The US oil
major is seeking to enforce a $2 billion
arbitration award over Venezuela?s nationalisation of its assets in the country.
thanks to start-up spirit
Deirdre Hipwell Retail Editor
The online business resurrected from
the collapse of the BHS department
store has had another six months with
strong sales and gross profits.
BHS.com said that demand for its
range of lighting, home accessories and
women?s sleepwear had helped to boost
its sales by 23 per cent in the six months
to April 28. Its gross profit had also
?gone from strength to strength?, rising
by 69 per cent.
BHS.com was set up in September
2016 to keep the BHS name alive after
the high-profile collapse of the department store. The BHS business failed a
little more than a year after Dominic
Chappell and his Retail Acquisitions
consortium bought the chain from Sir
Philip Green for �
When BHS collapsed it left 11,000
people without jobs and had a pension
scheme with a giant deficit, leading to a
scandal that damaged Sir Philip?s repu-
tation. He has since put up to �3 million into the BHS pension schemes.
During the administration of BHS
the Al Mana Group of Qatar agreed to
buy the brand, website and international franchise business. It set up
BHS.com, offering products ?at prices
within reach of any British home?.
Kev Mallinder, managing director of
BHS.com, said that its website had been
boosted by a rise in visitors and an
improved conversion rate during the
past six months. Sales rose by 37 per
cent for lighting, 46 per cent for home
accessories and 60 per cent for women?s
sleepwear. These were the ?standout
product? areas online.
Mr Mallinder said that the rapid improvement in gross margin followed
the completion of projects such as improving warehouse efficiencies, altering product mix and introducing more
web-ready products
He said: ?Our start-up spirit has
really helped us to continue to grow.?
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Europe?s odd one out has to set
GOING FOR GROWTH
Fear of post-Brexit exclusion has the
British space sector thinking about
going its own way, James Hurley writes
H
arwell, we have a
problem. And so might
certain companies
operating everywhere
from Shoreditch to
Sedgefield who are trying to achieve
lift-off in Britain?s burgeoning space
sector.
Leaders in one of the nation?s most
promising industries are warning of
job losses because of a Brexit-related
row about the role British businesses
will play in Europe?s satellite
navigation system, Galileo.
Galileo is Europe?s answer to the
Global Positioning System, the
American network of satellites
launched in the 1970s that beams data
for navigation back to earth. The first
Galileo satellites were launched in
2011, with the network due to become
fully operational by 2020.
British companies have received
about 15 per cent of the work on
Galileo, but now they fear being
excluded from the project, while
others are concerned about the
nature of the access they might have
to the �8 billion system after 2020.
The row has become so heated that
last week Theresa May said she had
asked experts to look into options for
establishing a British satellite
navigation system.
The disagreement centres on the
threat that when Britain is no longer
a member of the European Union, it
may not be allowed any access to the
?public regulated service? aspect of
the network intended for the police,
security and emergency services of
EU member states.
Roger McKinlay, a former
president of the Royal Institute of
Navigation who has advised the
government on its space policy, says:
?People who have invested
enormously and are currently doing
work in Europe, who have acquired
bright people and skills, would be
concerned if the rules change as to
the programmes they can be
involved with. If you look down your
customer list and see European
businesses who might not be around
for you in a few years, you really have
got concerns.?
A British business, Surrey Satellite
Technology (SSTL), built the first
Galileo spacecraft and went on to
build 22 ?navigation payloads? used
on the project. Airbus, the European
aerospace giant, runs the ground
control system from the UK.
Companies fear being excluded
from parts of the procurement
Galileo is Europe?s satellite navigation system but Britain?s role is now uncertain
process. For example, British
companies are already seeing their
access to projects with security
implications being restricted.
Sir Martin Sweeting, chairman of
SSTL, told a House of Lords
committee last month that a contract
to supply navigation payloads for
Galileo included punitive Brexit
?penalty structures, which at their
worst would threaten the viability of
the company?. Lord Whitty, a
member of the House of Lords
European Union committee, has
warned ministers that jobs are at risk
as there is ?an appetite to shift away
from the use of UK organisations in
order to minimise potential Brexit
disruptions?.
The importance of satellite
navigation to British industry was
underlined by a report by London
Economics last year that predicted
the UK could lose �billion for every
day that there was a major disruption
to the system. From businesses
supplying parts and software for
satellites to those developing clever
applications of the data that is
beamed back, the nation?s space
sector has found itself surprisingly
well placed given the relatively low
amount of public funding it receives.
The industry was worth �5 billion in
2007. That has grown to about
� billion and the government has
set a target of � billion by 2030.
According to Bryce Space and
Technology, a US-based consultancy,
the UK is home to the world?s second
largest population of venture capitalbacked space start-ups.
Britain is also the base for the
world?s first venture fund whose sole
focus is on financing the growth of
companies working in the space
industry, Seraphim Capital. One in
four of the world?s communication
satellites are substantially built in the
UK.
The North East Technology Park in
Sedgefield has become a hub for
space-related innovation while
another larger cluster of space
companies at the Harwell Campus in
Oxford employs 800 people in the
sector. ?There are about 500
companies working in the sector that
weren?t in existence five years ago,?
says Graham Turnock, chief
executive of the UK Space Agency,
the government body that manages
Britain?s civil space policy and is
charged with encouraging its
growth.
While other developed economies
spend far more public money on their
space industries, Mr Turnock says the
promise that is being demonstrated
by the industry in Britain is partly
down to the need to get ?better bang
for our buck?.
?The characteristic of our approach
is we?re very commercially focused.
We?re looking to grow the market,?
he says. ?A lot of our grants are
relatively small. The idea is to kickstart new technologies, new ideas and
hopefully get businesses standing on
their own two feet commercially
fairly quickly. Our funding doesn?t get
stuck in long-term public subsidy.?
Mr Turnock says much of the
growth needed to meet the 2030
target will need to come from
?downstream applications?. These are
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new course in the satellite race
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Dr Ramsey Faragher, founder of Focal Point Positioning, says that Britain could seize the chance to create something more advanced than Galileo
small and medium-sized companies
working on a ?plethora of
applications?, such as agriculture
management software that uses
data from satellites to tell farmers
about crop conditions, guidance
systems for autonomous vehicles and
?virtual coupling? that could allow
trains to run much closer together by
using navigation data to link their
brakes.
One such start-up, Focal Point
Positioning, has come up with a way
of making mapping that uses the
Global Positioning System much
more accurately.
Ramsey Faragher, the company?s
founder, says he does not expect his
operation to be adversely affected by
the Galileo row, since it sells access to
its technology to chipset
manufacturers. ?As
long as someone
carries on making
Galileo receivers it?s
fine by us,? he says.
He predicts that
the row could have
significant fallout for the broader UK
space industry but says that planning
for a British global navigation satellite
system should be seen as a chance to
create something more advanced
than Galileo.
This could mean stronger
protections against ?jamming? of
satellites whereby states, hackers or
criminals attempt to block access to
critical communications into the
system, and so-called ?spoofing? of
GPS. This is where the global
navigation system is used as a weapon
? for example, to lure a ship off
course by making it appear to be in a
different place by sending it false
signals, make people?s smartphone
positioning malfunction or even
undermine a military?s ability to find
the right target with bombs, missiles
or drones.
However, Dr Faragher admits he is
not particularly optimistic: ?I hope
the plans are bold, different,
innovative, but the most likely
concept is one that follows the wellestablished existing approaches.?
He says that even the ?cost of
developing, deploying and
maintaining a constellation that
follows the existing recipes is, in my
opinion, way too high for the UK to
embark on?.
Airbus has said its UK wing stands
ready to assist in building a British
sat-nav system if asked.
Mr Turnock says the industry has
reason to be optimistic about its
post-Brexit future, but admits that the
preference is to find a solution that
allows continued access to
Galileo. ?We?ve got a
lot of capability here
for what we would
need [to create our
own system] partly
because we?ve been
central to the
develop-ment of the
Galileo system. We?re
looking at this as an
option.
?We would
like to
continue
with the
partnershi
p on
Galileo
but
national
security
isn?t
somet
hing
we can
gamble
with.?
Spaceport ambitions show we can shoot for the stars
N
ew regulation, the
UK Space
Industry Act,
passed into law
last month
supports the construction of
a UK spaceport (Patrick
Wood writes).
One day you could go on
holiday by travelling in a
driverless car controlled via
satellite to a spaceport,
catching a hypersonic plane
to fly through the Earth?s
atmosphere to get to your
destination.
You will be able to send a
postcard home of your trip
via a postal service that
operates above the
ace.
Earth?s surface.
It?s a lofty
ut
ambition but
g
establishing
an independent
launch
capability
is the
keystone
around
which
we can
continue to
build a
flourishing
commerciall space
ting out on this
sector. Starting
journey, the UK has the
ambition o
of
indepen
independently
launc
launching
its
first satellite
by 2020.
W
With
B
Brexit
a
around
t
the
c
corner,
w need to
we
m
make
sure
tha the UK
that
spac sector
space
contin
continues
to
su
get the support
it
needs, and th
there isn?t
W
a minute to waste. While
the
UK is already a world leader
in satellite manufacturing,
the rational next step is to
take this further by
developing our commercial
launch capabilities to
establish the UK as an endto-end provider. A one-stopshop, if you will, for every
space need. That is how the
UK should sell itself
internationally.
The Space Industry Act
allows for the creation of the
additional legislation
required to progress
commercial space activities,
including both orbital and
suborbital activities as well
as horizontal and vertical
launches from the UK.
In the next two years,
between the passing of the
Act and the enactment of the
further legislation it will
allow for, we need to
maintain momentum so that
the UK is not left behind.
While parts of the Act are
promising, its success
depends entirely on its
implementation and the finer
details being worked out.
How, for instance, do you
financially insure satellite
launches in case something
goes wrong? What happens
to a satellite at the end of its
life? Who is responsible?
We need to get moving.
There are 67 teams working
on launcher projects around
the world. We are in a race to
market. While the Space
Industry Act is undoubtedly a
landmark for the UK, and a
step in the right direction, it
is not yet a giant leap.
Patrick Wood is UK country
executive for Lockheed
Martin Space. The British
engineer leads Lockheed
Martin?s international work
in satellites, space
exploration and related
technology
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945
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219O
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122O
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1396
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731
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34N
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250
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975
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872
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1370
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1017K
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1958
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1640K
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1465N
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701
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79X
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342K
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164K
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331
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463
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1410
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390
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27K
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47K
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778
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2765
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115K
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194
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427
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211
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370
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312
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219
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151O
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267
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777
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977K
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1267K
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1930
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143W
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395K
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358
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65N
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293
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750
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100K
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807K
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113
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862
JPM Eur IT Gth
307K
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162
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412
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97V
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126K
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1255
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94K
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490K
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1202K
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293
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764
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327
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1760
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607
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2160
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794
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1188
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93N
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259K
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39400
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1174
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132K
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106
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2010
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1246
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359
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449
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296
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192
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542
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368K
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844
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487
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166
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107K
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1308
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739
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409
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76W
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89V
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167K
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1.7 32.2
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757.40
+
625
49.84
4O 6.1
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543
40.53
6200
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1.7 20.8
8
Price Wkly
(p) +/- Yld% P/E
6.5
1Y 3.9 11.3
10K 2.3
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9.3
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Derwent London?
64.96
6
Shaftesbury
848.87
Daejan
0.71
6
3,090.36
0.2
3,435.65
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Secure Propertyv
6,389.75
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0.86
35
177.37
1K 5.7 11.0
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2663
11.76
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6.8
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W 4.6 17.2
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? -2.6
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2.36
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22,270.28
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3.7 22.4
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528.90
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1,373.19
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80W ?
254
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8.70
10.35
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1,649.70
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2,311.25
1,137.56
V 6.6 16.9
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714W ?
261.07
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6.8
6.9
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836K +
1,017.08
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1,034.79
4O 2.5
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111K +
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3,077.40
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142,850.31
254
1740
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1K 7.9 10.0
56
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4K 1.6 33.6
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Cardiff Prop
41.23
36V ?
Real Estate Invsv
265.53
3N 1.4 60.4
Braveheart Invv
22.03
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104.40
6K 2.8
205K ?
74.15
1.9 16.7
10.2 12.4
682.84
3K 2.7 31.8
1,378.52
9K 1.3 26.9
3
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20
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143
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51
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13K 2.9 15.9
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3,254.34
53
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3,193.67
219.10
2
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966.05
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3.6 18.4
2,353.59
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2.4 12.7
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27.69
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18
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287
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22K 1.7 26.9
52.67
8.47
Boot (Henry)?
1,682.16
672
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381.97
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2,607.97
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31.36
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Big Yellow Group
36.47
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123.54
1,489.72
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12
Price Wkly
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5987O ? 110V 1.7 28.2
Metal Tigerv
74.86
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7.2
209.54
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22.01
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30,381.00
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0.78
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3
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Ashmore Gp
? -7.6
+
82K
Arc Mineralsv
Aus New Z
Lond Stk Ex Gp? 4330
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Arbuthnot Bkgv?
44,448.35
Location Sciences Groupv?
14,981.80
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12.40
2,822.45
V
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9.54
2.14
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38.88
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40,329.82
Reckitt Benck?
21.82
Sareum Hldgsv
35,225.61
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0.2 57.6
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Equity prices Business
Mkt cap
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Company
114.84
78.59
11,353.80
914.47
120.72
53.97
13.02
131.81
77.91
128.22
2,280.88
11.82
524.58
20.27
168.03
Silence Therapv
Sinclair Pharmav
Smith & Neph?
Spire Hcare
Summit Corpv
Swallowfieldv?
Synairgenv
Tissue Regenixv
Tiziana Lifev
Tristelv
UDG Healthcare
ValiRxv
Vectura Grp
Vernalisv
Verona Pharmav
Price Wkly
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164
15K
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228
195
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87.54
70,428.59
77,145.38
8.80
8.58
7.86
43.58
1,112.53
5,881.81
17.07
135.75
1,299.97
409.05
26.99
16.56
4.99
32,338.46
30,074.42
6,417.57
7,107.95
45.76
11.63
620.11
5,675.42
6,453.74
42.78
33,162.82
1,658.62
24,095.43
8.43
21.84
2,320.25
90.46
253.16
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BASF
Bayer DM50
Biome Techv
Byotrolv
Camb Gbl Timberv
Cloudcall Groupv
Coats Grp?
Croda?
Cronin Gpv
Cropper (James)v
Elementis?
Evans (M.P.)v?
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Inspiration Healthv
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Jardine Strat
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Plastics Capitalv
Robinsonv
Scapav
Smith (DS)
Swire Pacific
Symph Environv
Syngenta
Synthomer
Takeda Pharm
TyraTech Incv
Velocysv
Victrex
Wynnstay Groupv
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78K
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Altitude Groupv
Arcontech Grpv
Ascential
Bloomsbury Pub
Catalyst Mediav
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Cellcastv
Cello Healthv?
Centaur Media
2,346.56
Daily Mail
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DCD Mediav
559
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44.41
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13
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69
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51.18
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4.02
Edenville Energyv
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1,255.43
Entertainmnt One
292V +
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204.07
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9,645.94
Fresnillo?
? 26.5
85.59
Frontera Resv
1.5 15.3
87.40
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Galantas Goldv
20.97
GCM Resourcesv
139.89
Gem Diamonds
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447
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610.59
GlobalDatav
465.21
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291.28
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465
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27
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756O +
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151N +
1X 4.8 14.8
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Just Eat
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320.92
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Mkt cap
(million)
Company
Price Wkly
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Mkt cap
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6X
85
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56
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2K
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2,044.95
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34.99
Victoria Oil&Gasv
31O ?
41.32
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51
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Highlnd Gd Mnv?
154
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64.89
Horizonte Minrlsv
117.21
Hummingbird Resourcesv34
1,303.54
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219K +
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76.50
Begbies Traynorv?
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Blancco Techv
3.50
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261.95
Kenmare Res
138.02
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352
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Trinity Mirror
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21st Cent Fox Inc A 2774K +
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11.98
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6.89
Lansdowne O&Gv
169.67
Lonmin
881.92
69.91
MC Miningv
Metals Explornv
5.71
MX Oilv
2.53
Nautilus Marinev
7.39
New World Res#
5.55
Nostra Terrav
507.15
Nostrum O&G
12.80
Nu-Oil and Gasv
33.85
Obtalav
6,724.73
Oil Search
4.40
Oilexv
406.78
Ophir Energy
?
24,600.43
Ang Am?
1751W +
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9.6
46.75
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9,819.13
Antofagasta?
0.62
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4.7
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Interserve
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9.90
Petroneft Resv
231.26
Petropavlovsk
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257.49
Lon Securityv
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264.56
LSL Prop Services?
3,127.78
Polymetal Intl
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122.02
Macfarlane
221.73
Porvair?
489
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10.70
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3K
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1.48
Tower Resourcesv
6,896.77
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4.5 13.5
2.80
Tri-Star Resv
113.06
Exillon Energy
3,149.37
Tullow Oil
503.03
1,375.03
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137V +
5W
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3.37
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5,831.69
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62
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1
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19K ?
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91.99
CML Micro
1,440.46
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Concurrent Techv
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483.37
Cranewarev
13.38
Crimson Tidev
2,053.00
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50.28
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321K +
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4
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6,518.19
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678
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499K ?
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871.45
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152
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243K +
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316.79
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312K ?
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194.49
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406.37
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Serabi Goldv
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23,507.50
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7.43
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843.45
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1,196.19
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103
1,239.59
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6,597.46
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75.70
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29K
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670
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28.58
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246
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50.67
5,745.75
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413
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294.19
4,693.88
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118.58
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84.98
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406.21
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6,062.16
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18,578.86
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111,232.99
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504.26
1,037.74
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387.44
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108.68
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17,456.68
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46.06
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Sweden?s biggest pop star
until Abba turned up
Lill-Babs,
page 50
Register
Obituaries
Bruce Tulloh
Barefoot athlete described as the ?original Forrest Gump? who broke the record for running from coast to coast in the United States
BOB THOMAS/GETTY IMAGES; JOHN PRATT/GETTY IMAGES
When the Oscar-winning film Forrest
Gump was released to widespread
acclaim in 1994, the veteran athlete
Bruce Tulloh felt slightly disgruntled.
?It makes out you have to be some sort
of halfwit to run across America,? he
complained. His son, Clive, a young
witness to his father?s own transcontinental voyage in 1969, replied: ?Dad,
why don?t we have a look at
that sentence??
Tulloh?s decision to run 2,876 miles
across the United States was based
largely on a whim and the Guinness
Book of Records. Leafing through a copy
given to one of the athletes he coached,
Tulloh was intrigued by the story of
Don Shepherd, a South African who
traversed the nation in 73 days, carrying a backpack filled with a plastic mac,
a razor, some soap, a towel and a tube of
glue for sticking rubber to his soles.
Such a feat pricked Tulloh?s scientific
brain and romantic imagination. The
biology teacher decided he would run
45 miles a day for 66 days. Shepherd
had lost 30lb during his coast-to-coast
voyage but Tulloh, described by
the London Marathon co-founder
Chris Brasher as having a ?very frail
He celebrated becoming
an octogenarian by going
for an 80-mile walk
body?, could ill afford such a physical
toll. ?He would weigh 5st,? his wife, Sue,
explained.
He spent a year writing ten letters a
week to prospective backers as he
sought �000 sponsorship, but was still
depending on a loan from his grandmother until Commander Edward
Whitehead, the boss of Schweppes and
author of How to Live the Good Life,
came on board. British Leyland loaned
him two Austin Atlantics, one for Sue to
tow their donated caravan and the
other for his cousin Mark to drive ahead
on reconnaissance missions. And so, on
Monday, April 21, 1969, Tulloh set off
from Los Angeles City Hall.
After running for only two hours,
Tulloh had ?incredible cramp in both
legs? and passed out. When he awoke
Sue asked what they should do now. He
replied: ?Give me some salt tablets.?
He ploughed on, but was in severe
pain by the Arizona mountains. His
ankles had ?great red lumps? on them
and he reasoned that most rational
people would take two months off
running. Instead, he got some miner?s
boots, stuffed them with bandages and
found a walking stick. He made
staccato progress at a pace of 1.5mph
but the next day he walked 15 miles.
Three days later he was up to 40.
?The first few weeks, going through
the prairies and canyons, was very
exciting,? he said. ?Then it got like going
to work. It became quite boring.?
He would walk four laborious miles
in boots to protect his injuries and then
run eight miles in lighter shoes. The
escapade grew in the public?s
consciousness. Clive recalled: ?They
thought he was a freak when
he left LA, but people were getting
interested by Texas.?
After 33 days he had made it to
Oklahoma City and celebrated Clive?s
seventh birthday with his favourite
Bruce Tulloh running ahead of G Khlystov at the White City Stadium in London
in 1966, and in 1962 with his wife, Sue, warming up with baby Clive in a pram
supper of fish and chips with tomato
sauce, followed by ice cream. Tulloh,
who said that his dream was to be
a novelist before grudgingly accepting
that he was a better reader, said many
of the people he met in isolated trailer
parks were straight from the ?pages of
Steinbeck?, adding that beneath the
friendly veneer they seemed ?displaced, refugees from some economic
war, and any assessment of American
society must take that into account?.
Schweppes had managed to close the
roads in Manhattan and arranged for
several journalists to run the last
stretch with him. Tulloh did not
appreciate the company and duly
raised the pace until he arrived alone at
City Hall, breaking the record in 64
days 21 hours and 50 minutes (today the
record stands at 42 days, six hours and
30 minutes).
His wanderlust was not sated. In 1971,
decades before Christopher McDougall?s book Born to Run celebrated the
ultra-running feats of the Tarahumara
people, Tulloh spent three weeks with
the Mexican tribe in the Copper
Canyon in Chihuahua. He saw boys do
a day?s work then have a six-hour race
for a bet. Writing in The Observer
Tulloh gave people their first insight
into this hard-drinking tribe who could
cover hundreds of miles in thinly shod
feet. By that point Tulloh was already
one of the pioneers of the barefoot
phenomenon, having removed his
shoes as a youth to run on the
beach in Devon.
Michael Swinton ?Bruce? Tulloh was
born in Datchet, Berkshire in 1935. His
father, Tony, an army captain, died
when he was 13. He was brought up by
his botanist mother, Margaret (n閑
Branfoot), and encouraged by his
grandfather, a former international
tennis player.
Irked that he had not got his school
colours for running, Tulloh wanted to
prove a point, believing that athletics
was a rare sport in which a small man
could beat a big one. So he ran in Hong
Kong during his National Service and
on his return to study botany at the
University of Southampton and agricultural science at Cambridge.
?I won a mile race, but it was a poor
time and I was disgusted with myself,?
he said of his south coast days. ?There
was the three miles to come so I took off
my shoes and felt great. The next time
I was on a cinder track, at White City, I
ran in bare feet.?
He argued that he was able to accelerate faster and claimed a physiologist
had proved that he enjoyed a 1 per cent
advantage. ?You should never accept
what you are told,? he said. ?Always
question it.? His children would all run
in bare feet with considerable success,
his twin daughters, Jojo and Katherine,
winning junior national titles.
Tulloh twice won the Amateur
Athletic Association title at three miles
and was a British record-holder. He
later reasoned that he might have been
a good marathon runner, but said: ?The
principle of laziness meant if you got in
the team for running 6 miles there was
no point doing 26.?
The principle worked in 1962 when
he inspired Peter Snell to break the mile
world record, running a sub-4-minute
time himself, and then won the 5,000m
at the European Championships in Belgrade. However, he was thwarted on
the Olympic stage. In Rome in 1960 the
heat and a lack of time to acclimatise
undermined the British team.
Gordon Pirie, an anti-establishment
firebrand who also wilted, launched a
vociferous attack on British team
chiefs, but lauded Tulloh. ?He ran with
terrific courage against the adverse
conditions of his body, but I had to carry
him off after saving him from falling
into the moat surrounding the track.?
The greatest disappointment came
in 1964, when he felt he was at his peak,
but missed the Tokyo Games after
catching measles. He retired in 1967
because he felt he could not be
competitive racing at high altitude at
the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico.
He met his future wife, Sue Baker, a
school secretary, at a golf club dance in
1959. The couple were married three
years later and had three children:
Clive, who works in television; and
the twins, Jojo, who is an author and
a former editor on the The Week, and
Katherine, who is an artist. They all
survive him.
After working in agricultural
research, Tulloh taught biology at
Bulmershe and Marlborough colleges
then took a teaching post in Kenya in
1971, coaching many athletes, including
a young prospect called Mike Boit.
The third-string Kenyan was handed
a letter by his coach as he headed to the
1972 Olympics, a list of do?s and don?ts.
Tulloh was concerned that the
Kenyans might take advantage of the
all-you-can-eat buffet in the athletes?
village and, indeed, one of Boit?s
team-mates ate two chickens a day and
flopped. Boit won an
800m bronze medal and
remained a lifelong friend.
Tulloh continued to like
Jane Austen and write
about running. It is a truth
universally acknowledged
by ultra-runners that his
book of his US adventure,
Four Million Footsteps, is a
good yarn, and he was still
writing at 80, publishing a
self-help guide called, with
typical humour, How To
Avoid Dying (For as Long
as Possible).
His friend David Hemery,
the 1968 Olympic 400m hurh
dles champion,
recalled how Tulloh,
suffering with cancer, used a hospital
operation date as an experiment. ?He
went for a mile run the day before
because he wanted to see how it affected his fitness.? Six weeks later Tulloh
beat his pre-op time.
The British Olympian Richard
Nerurkar, another prominent pupil
said that Tulloh decried ?poncing about
in the gym?. Tulloh said: ?Affluence is a
big danger to the runner. If you were
working in a Portsmouth dockyard,
then running was a way out.?
Tulloh, dubbed ?the barefoot biologist? and ?the original Forrest Gump?,
said he would like to mark becoming an
octogenarian by going for a walk. The
walk was 80 miles, from his front door
in Marlborough to Big Ben.
Bruce Tulloh, athlete, teacher and writer,
was born on September 29, 1935. He died
of cancer on April 28, 2018, aged 82
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Lill-Babs
Singer who was bigger than the Beatles in Sweden and whose energy and vivacity came to embody her country?s national spirit
When the Beatles made their first visit
to Stockholm in 1963 to appear on the
Swedish TV show Drop In, they asked
Lill-Babs for her autograph. She was
topping the bill and it never occurred to
her to ask for their signatures in return.
?That wasn?t something strange,? she
said. ?I was famous and really big in
Sweden and Germany and they were
completely unknown.?
The Fab Four were playing their first
concerts outside Britain since their
early days in Hamburg and although
they had recently had a No 1 at home
with She Loves You, Beatlemania had
not yet erupted in Sweden.
Lill-Babs on the other hand was the
nation?s most popular singer and
entertainer. When the Beatles had their
photo taken with her and the picture
appeared in the Swedish press, it was
Lill-Babs that readers were interested
in rather than John Lennon, whose arm
she was holding.
She was one of Sweden?s biggest stars
for more than 60 years, although by the
mid-1970s Abba were giving her a run
for her money. She had a hand in their
early career, too. Her 1971 hit song
Welcome To The World was written and
produced by Bj鰎n Ulvaeus and Benny
Andersson, then unknown, and featured all four future members of
Abba as backing musicians and singers.
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Sweden?s entry in the Eurovision Song
Contest in 1961, 13 years before Abba
won with Waterloo, she never rivalled
their overseas success. Her Eurovision
entry came 14th with a miserly two
points and further English-language
singles aimed at the British and US
markets made little impression.
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main TV and radio channels cancelled
scheduled programmes to broadcast
tributes to her on the day she died.
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Svensson in 1938 in J鋜vs�, 180 miles
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autograph, but she didn?t
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north of Stockholm, to Ragnar and
Britta Svensson and spent the first nine
years of her life in a cottage without
running water. She sang in church and
made her first public appearances
singing patriotic folk songs to the
accompaniment of an accordion.
At the age of 15 she was discovered
singing on a local radio show by the
bandleader Simon Brehm. She lied to
him about her age and persuaded him
to take her to Stockholm, where she
made her professional debut in 1954
under the stage name Lill-Babs, performing in restaurants and making her
first 78rpm recording, Min Mamma?s
Boogie (My Mom?s Boogie).
An unplanned pregnancy resulted in
a return to J鋜vs�, where she gave birth
to a daughter, Monica, but she was soon
back in Stockholm as an unmarried
mother and had her first big hit in 1959
with 膔 du k鋜 i mej 鋘nu Klas-G鰎an?
(Do You Still Love Me, Klas-G鰎an?)
Sung in a thick regional accent, the
song was written by Stikkan ?Stig?
Anderson, who would later put
together and manage Abba.
She was married and divorced twice,
first to the singer Lasse Berghagen from
1965 to 1968, with whom she had a
daughter, Malin Berghagen, who is an
actress; and then to the Norwegian
footballer Kjell Kaspersen from 1969 to
1973. Their daughter Kristin Kaspersen
is a television presenter in Sweden.
Babs is also survived by her eldest
daughter Monica, who has chosen to
remain out of the public eye.
There were countless other lovers,
chronicled in intimate detail in the
Swedish press. When she appeared on
the Swedish version of This Is Your Life
in 1983, she was greeted by a line-up of
ten of her former lovers, all dressed in
dinner jackets, and singing a parody of
Do You Still Love Me, Klas-G鰎an? She
was wounded by the stunt, but being
the super-trouper that she was, she put
on a brave face.
She never stopped working and
every summer toured small Swedish
towns giving open-air concerts in local
parks. She was still appearing on TV, as
a lesbian matriarch in the soap opera
Bonusfamiljen. On hearing of her death,
many of her compatriots clearly felt
that a part of Sweden?s national psyche
had been lost with her.
Lill-Babs, singer and actress, was born
on March 9, 1938. She died of cancer
on April 3, 2018, aged 80
Peter Munk
Canadian entrepreneur who fled persecution in wartime Hungary and went on to found the world?s largest gold mining empire
Peter Munk arrived in Canada as a
penniless Hungarian-Jewish refugee
with not a word of English and would go
on to strike gold.
To his astonishment, the future
multimillionaire was welcomed with
friendliness. Within two days of his
arrival classmates in Toronto were
inviting him to dinner. He was taken to
a gym with tables groaning with
doughnuts, chocolate and a plenitude
of dishes. ?It was surreal,? he said.
Yet although he would create the
world?s largest gold producer, Munk
endured a long, bitter fight for acceptance by Canada?s ultra-conservative,
banking establishment. When he
bought his first gold mine the Royal
Bank of Canada gave him exactly a year
to pay back a C$100m loan (worth
about �0 million today).?They treated me like a refugee and a loser,? he said.
After several missteps he bought the
Goldstrike mine in Nevada in 1986 for a
song and never looked back. The previous owners thought the mine had only
600,000 ounces of extractable gold, but
Munk?s team lifted 30 million ounces
over the next 26 years while the gold
price soared from less than US$400
(�7) an ounce to nearly $2,000.
Munk had finally made his fortune,
but this paled beside the restoration of
his credibility. His reputation had been
damaged by two high-profile business
failures, in colour television and a plan
for an ambitious resort in Egypt.
A gregarious man with a ready grin,
often sporting a fedora, Munk ascribed
much of his success to being ?lucky,
smart and getting the timing right ?
the stars have to cross?.
Peter Munk was born in 1927 in
Budapest, the only child of Katherina
and Louis, a sales executive for a
Romanian oil and gas company who
largely lived off his father?s rental
properties. Katherina and Louis
divorced soon after Peter was born. He
divided his childhood between his
mother and grandmother, and his
father and grandfather. The former
were informal and non-religious, the
latter strictly observant Jews, insisting
on weekly attendance at synagogue.
When Hitler invaded Hungary in 1944
When he arrived in
Montenegro sacked
workers spat on his taxi
Munk?s grandfather paid for the family
to flee, with nearly 1,700 other Jews, to
a Swiss refugee camp. His mother went
to Auschwitz but survived.
Five years after Peter was sent to
Switzerland his uncle brought him to
Canada. He was regarded as a curiosity
when he arrived at Lawrence Park
Collegiate Institute in Toronto, but not
for long. ?In my friends? kitchens the
fridges were always open. In Switzerland you had to know someone a
decade before you got invited to their
home,? he recalled. In 1952 he
graduated with a degree in electrical
Peter Munk overcame many setbacks
engineering from Toronto University.
His first job was selling Christmas trees
outside supermarkets.
An obsession with hi-fi equipment
led Munk and his university friend
David Gilmour to set up the
Clairtone Sound Corporation to make
high-end hi-fi sets in Scandinavianinspired cabinets. They were a raging
success across North America, selling
25,000 units between 1958 and 1963
and earning praise from Dizzy
Gillespie, Hugh Hefner and Frank
Sinatra. That gave them the advertising
slogan: ?Listen to Sinatra the way
Sinatra does!?
However, Munk and Gilmour
overreached themselves with a move
into colour television. Clairtone went
bust. Traumatised by Clairtone, Munk
vowed that one day he would become a
Canadian success story. Meanwhile, he
moved to London to start a hotel chain
with Gilmour in Fiji that eventually
included 54 resorts stretching from the
South Pacific to Australia.
They began to attract big-name
investors, including the Saudi arms
dealer Adnan Khashoggi, whom Munk
met in London at a dinner party.
Flush with cash from American and
European defence contractors, Khashoggi revealed that the Saudis were
under pressure to ?do something creative? to help Egypt.
Gilmour, Munk and Khashoggi
devised a plan to develop a luxury
resort, including villas, hotels, nightclubs and a golf course a couple of miles
from the Pyramids of Giza. There was
an outcry from religious and archaeological leaders that the scheme was too
near the pyramids. In 1978 the Egyptian
president, Anwar Sadat, cancelled the
project. It took 15 years for Munk and
Gilmour to recoup their money.
In 1980 Munk returned to Canada as
a millionaire, thanks to the sale of
the Pacific Rim hotel chain. With
backing from Khashoggi he bought
a series of mines to create the Barrick
Gold mining empire.
By 2014, when he retired from the
board, Munk had acquired a second
fortune by developing a resort he saw as
a rival to Monaco in Montenegro. It was
created on the Adriatic Coast out of a
former naval base, where the workers,
furious at losing their jobs, threatened
Munk. ?They spat on my taxi, but today
they love what we?ve done,? he said. In
2016 Munk and his partners sold the
Porto Montenegro marina to the
Investment Corporation of Dubai for
$300 million (�1.6 million).
In 1970 Munk divorced his first wife,
Linda (n閑 Gutterson), a university
professor whom he had married in
1956. He is survived by their two
children. Anthony is a director of Onex
Corporation and Barrick Gold while
Nina is an author and contributing
editor at Vanity Fair.
To relax Munk enjoyed sailing his
140ft yacht, Golden Eagle. Skiing was
another passion: on the slopes, he met
his second wife, Melanie Bosanquet, a
cousin of the landowner Charles
Palmer-Tomkinson. They married in
1973 and had two children. Natalie is an
artist, Cheyne, a digital entrepreneur.
Munk was also stepfather to MarcDavid, a doctor and Ms Bosanquet?s son
by her first marriage.
Grateful to Canada, Munk ploughed
his wealth into philanthropic projects.
The Peter Munk Charitable Foundation has distributed nearly C$200 million (�4.9 million), mainly in the fields
of education and healthcare.
He underwent several heart operations, but was angered by newspapers
reporting that he had retired, ?implying,? he once snapped, ?that I?m just
about dead?.
Peter Munk, entrepreneur and
philanthropist, was born on November 8,
1927. He died on March 28, 2018, aged 90
the times | Tuesday May 8 2018
51
1G M
Register
Law Report
Births, Marriages and Deaths
Claim against insurer made
?by virtue of an enactment?
FOR Christ also suffered once
for sins, the righteous for the
unrighteous, to bring you to God.
He was put to death in the body
but made alive in the Spirit. 1 Peter
3.18 (NIV)
Privy Council
Published May 8, 2018
Maharaj and Another v Motor
One Insurance Co Ltd
Before Lord Mance, Lord Kerr of
Tonaghmore, Lord Wilson, Lord Sumption
and Lady Black
[2018] UKPC 8
Judgment April 30, 2018
Litigants seeking to recover the
sum awarded after a judgment in
their favour against a motor
insurance policyholder by way of
reliance on a statutory right to
claim against the insurers were
embarking on an action in respect
of a sum ?recoverable by virtue of
any enactment? rather than one
recoverable by virtue of the car
insurance contract. It followed
that any ruling for the purposes of
a limitation period was to be made
on the basis of the action being in
the former category.
The Privy Council so held in
dismissing an appeal by the
claimants, Rampersad Maharaj
and Radesh Maharaj, against the
decision of the Court of Appeal of
Trinidad and Tobago (Justices of
Appeal Narine, Moosai and
Jones) on April 13, 2016, to like
effect and thereby: (i) holding
their claim against the defendant
insurer, Motor One Insurance Co
Ltd, to be time-barred; and (ii) setting aside the judgment of
Justice Kangaloo who, on July 29,
2015, had held that the cause of
action was founded on a speciality and therefore subject to a
longer limitation period that had
not expired.
Ms Reeyah Chattergoon,
Mr Taurean Dassyne and Mr
Prakash Maharaj (all of the Bar
of Trinidad and Tobago) for the
claimants.
Mr
Shawn
A
Roopnarine, Ms Helen Lochan
and Ms Shanta Balgobin (all of
the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago)
for the defendants.
Lord Wilson, giving the
judgment of the board, said that
the claimants had been injured
when their motorcycle collided
with a car and obtained judgment
for damages against the driver. In
2005 the damages were duly
assessed.
The driver did not pay the
damages and in 2013 the claimants issued proceedings against
the insurer under section 10(1) of
the Motor Vehicles Insurance
(Third-Party Risks) Act (No 39 of
1933) (the Insurance Act) which
required an insurer to meet any
sum payable under a judgment
obtained in respect of a liability
under the policy.
However, by section 3(1)(c) of
the Limitation of Certain Actions
Act (No 36 of 1997) (the
Limitation Act) there was a
four-year limitation period for:
?actions to recover any sum
recoverable by virtue of any
enactment?. The question was
whether, as the Court of Appeal
concluded, the claimants? action
under section 10(1) was an action
within the meaning of section
3(1)(c) and therefore time-barred.
Ms Chattergoon for the
claimants argued that, prior to the
Limitation Act?s commencement,
the period of limitation for the
bringing of a claim against an
insurer under section 10(1) of the
Insurance Act was governed by
section 3 of the Limitatiozn of
Personal Actions Ordinance
(Laws of Trinidad and Tobago,
1950 ed, c 5 No 6) (the
Ordinance). That had provided
that all actions brought to recover
any sum of money secured by a
?specialty? were to be brought
within 12 years of the right to
receive the same having accrued.
There was no doubt that under
English law the concept of a right
secured by a ?specialty? included
a right of recovery conferred by a
statute. Since the Limitation Act
did not refer to a ?specialty?, Ms
Chattergoon argued that there
was a lacuna in the act that, while
providing for the repeal of the
Ordinance, failed to provide any
substitute period of limitation for
various actions, including for an
action under section 10(1) of the
Insurance Act.
She said that parliament had to
have intended that the period of
12 years provided by the Ordinance should continue, notwithstanding the latter?s repeal.
The basis on which she said
that, generally, the Limitation Act
provided no period of limitation
for the claimants? action under
section 10(1) and, specifically, that
such action was not to recover a
sum recoverable ?by virtue of any
enactment? within section 3(1)(c),
was that an action under
section 10(1) was for the recovery
of a sum recoverable by virtue
of a contract, not by virtue of
an enactment.
The contract to which she
referred was the contract
between the policyholder and the
insurer; and (so her argument
continued) the effect of section
10(1) was no more than to displace
the doctrine of privity of contract
by enabling a judgment-creditor
of a person insured by the policy
to sue under the contract as if he
had been a party to it.
She likened the effect of section
10(1) to that of section 17(1) of the
same Act under which, when a
person liable to a third party but
entitled to be indemnified against
the liability under a contract of
insurance became bankrupt or in
the case of a company was wound
up, that person?s rights under the
contract were transferred to the
third party.
An initial question was
whether
Ms
Chattergoon?s
alleged parallel between rights
under sections 10(1) and 17(1) of
the Insurance Act would, even if
valid, avail the claimants.
In her rush to escape the coils of
section 3(1)(c) of the Limitation
Act by alleging rights under
section 10(1) to be contractual, she
fell headlong into section 3(1)(a)
of the Limitation Act, which provided for a limitation period of
four years for the bringing of
actions founded on contract.
But the alleged parallel was in
any event invalid. Section 10(1)
did not provide for the transfer of
rights under a contract. It was not
a displacement of the doctrine of
privity. Claimants under section
10(1) did not sue insurers under
the policy: their right was to sue
the insurers for the amount
identified in the judgment
obtained by them against the
person insured, subject to qualifications set by the subsection,
which could make their recovery
thereunder higher or lower
than any yield under the terms of
the policy.
Thus the subsection provided
that any entitlement on the part
of the insurer to avoid the policy
should be overridden: that
provision might therefore precipitate a recovery higher than under
its terms. Equally, however, the
subsection limited the insurer?s
obligation to make payment
under the judgment in respect
only of ?such liability as is
required to be covered by a
policy? under the Act, irrespective of any wider liability actually
covered by the policy: that
provision
might
therefore
precipitate a recovery lower than
under its terms.
The action brought by the
claimants under section 10(1) of
the Insurance Act was therefore
an action to ?recover [a] sum
recoverable by virtue of [an]
enactment? within the meaning
of section 3(1)(c) of the Limitation
Act and was thus time-barred.
accompanied by The Duchess of
Cornwall, this afternoon visited
the Memorial for the Victims
of the 14th July 2016 Terrorist
Attack and laid a wreath, Villa
Massena, Nice.
The Prince of Wales and The
Duchess of Cornwall afterwards
visited the Laboratory Factory,
Fragonard Perfumery, Eze.
Their Royal Highnesses
subsequently visited the
Exotic Garden, Eze.
The Prince of Wales and
The Duchess of Cornwall this
evening attended a Reception
at Villa Massena to celebrate
UK-France relations.
Mr Clive Alderton, Mr Scott
Furssedonn-Wood, Mr Julian
Payne, Dr Anton Borg, Major
Harry Pilcher and Mrs Belinda
Kim are in attendance.
The Prince of Wales, President,
The Prince?s Foundation, was
represented by the Earl of Rosslyn
at the Memorial for Mr Hank
Dittmar (formerly Chief
Executive, The Prince?s
Foundation for Building
Community) which was held at
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace,
London N1, this afternoon.
Solicitors: Reeyah Chattergoon
& Associates, San Fernando,
Trinidad; Roopnarine & Co, San
Fernando, Trinidad.
Court Circular
Clarence House
7th May, 2018
The Prince of Wales and The
Duchess of Cornwall this morning
departed from Royal Air Force
Brize Norton for France and were
received later upon arrival at Nice
International Airport by Her
Majesty?s Ambassador to the
French Republic (His Excellency
the Lord Llewellyn of Steep).
The Prince of Wales,
Kensington Palace
7th May, 2018
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this afternoon attended a
Service of Evensong, in support
of the Copenhagen Royal
Chapel Choir, in Westminster
Abbey, London SW1.
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53
1G M
Weather
Today Rain in the west moving slowly east. Risk of isolated thunderstorms in eastern areas. Max 25C (79F), min 1C (34F)
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
Slow-moving fronts
over the country with a
chance of showers and
cooler generally
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
10
9
12
12
12
22
16
24
24
14
24
11
17
15
19
19
22
22
25
22
13
22
20
12
23
9
10
23
21
25
23
22
18
18
20
24
8
24
18
19
11
24
22
**
21
20
8
10
19
8
23
C
FG
PC
SH
PC
S
PC
S
S
S
S
PC
S
PC
PC
PC
S
S
S
S
PC
S
PC
SH
S
PC
PC
S
S
S
S
S
S
FG
S
S
C
S
S
S
M
S
S
**
S
S
DU
DU
S
DU
S
0.0
0.0
0.0
1.4
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.2
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
**
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
1.0
0.0
1.4
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
1.6
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.2
0.0
0.0
**
0.0
0.0
4.8
0.6
0.0
0.6
0.0
9.3
13.6
12.1
6.7
**
**
10.7
**
14.1
**
13.5
7.5
13.9
9.9
11.1
7.6
**
**
12.9
**
8.7
**
**
4.1
**
5.1
11.5
14.0
**
13.4
14.1
13.5
13.9
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**
13.7
0.5
**
**
**
**
13.0
13.7
**
**
14.0
0.0
1.9
14.2
**
10.2
A ?ne start in eastern England, but
rain elsewhere moving slowly east.
Max 21C, min
11
5
Slight
Rough
19
At 17:00 on Monday there were
two ?ood alerts, but no warnings
in England, Wales or Scotland.
For further information and
updates, visit ?ood-warninginformation.service.gov.uk, and for
Scotland www.SEPA.org.uk
12
19
Aberdeen
NORTH
SEA
23
Edinburgh
Glasgow
16
17
Londonderry
ATLANTIC
OCEAN
Belfast
10
LLlandudno
15
12
14
Cork
15
59
10
50
5
41
0
32
-5
23
-10
14
-15
5
i h
Norwich
Birmingham
Swansea
24
4
24
Bristol
Southampton
Exeterr
Plymouth
Brighton
16
CHANNEL
1
Tides
London
15
2
12
General situation: Rain over Ireland
moving slowly east. Still hot and sunny
at ?rst in eastern England, risk of
isolated thundery showers later.
London, SE Eng, Cen S Eng, E Anglia,
E Midlands, E Eng, Cen N Eng: A ?ne
start with some warm sunshine.
Turning cloudier with risk of isolated
thunderstorms later. Light southerly
winds, becoming westerly. Maximum
25C (79F), minimum 8C (46F).
W Midlands, NW Eng, Wales, SW Eng,
Channel Is: A few bright intervals, but
Cambridge
Oxford
Cardiff
CELTIC
SEA
A dry day in eastern Britain with
sunny periods. Cloudy in the west as
rain moves slo
t oss Ireland
and the Iris
Max 17C,
14
Nottingham
15
15
Channel Islands
11
68
Sheffield
17
Shrewsbury
12
Saturday
77
20
Hull
24
ooo
Liverpool
IRISH
SEA
Dublin
Rain over Scotland moving away
northeastwards. A few showers
elsewhere, hea es v reland and
Wales.
Max 19C, n
86
25
Yorkk
Manchester
14
30
22
10
24
Galway
16
F
95
Carlisle
16
13
14
C
35
Newcastle
Thursday
Sunny spells at ?rst, but cloud building
to give a few showers later. Some
places will sta r
Max 15C, mi C
9
14
16
11
Friday
Shetland
Sh
12
Moderate
28 (degrees C)
20
All readings local midday yesterday
19 S
Madeira
18 F
Madrid
18 S
Majorca
21 S
M醠aga
24 S
Malta
17 S
Melbourne
Mexico City 32 **
25 R
Miami
23 B
Milan
28 S
Mombasa
16 B
Montreal
18 F
Moscow
33 B
Mumbai
20 F
Munich
21 C
Nairobi
21 B
Naples
New Orleans 28 S
17 S
New York
19 B
Nice
25 B
Nicosia
20 F
Oslo
25 F
Paris
19 S
Perth
21 F
Prague
7
R
Reykjavik
21 S
Riga
Rio de Janeiro 28 B
39 S
Riyadh
20 F
Rome
San Francisco 17 B
18 S
Santiago
23 S
S鉶 Paulo
21 F
Seoul
30 B
Seychelles
32 B
Singapore
St Petersburg 18 F
21 F
Stockholm
25 F
Sydney
23 S
Tel Aviv
20 B
Tenerife
19 S
Tokyo
18 S
Vancouver
23 F
Venice
21 F
Vienna
21 F
Warsaw
Washington 16 S
20 F
Zurich
ney
Orkney
Calm
13
10
20 S
23 F
21 S
18 DU
36 F
33 S
29 C
20 S
26 F
25 S
22 F
23 F
24 S
27 F
23 F
24 F
23 F
20 C
27 F
34 B
17 F
20 F
19 B
18 F
22 S
38 B
36 F
17 S
23 F
26 S
24 F
22 S
20 S
** **
19 S
32 S
28 S
17 M
24 B
21 F
31 B
21 S
21 S
23 F
23 S
21 S
34 S
e st te
(mph)
10
The world
Alicante
Amsterdam
Athens
Auckland
Bahrain
Bangkok
Barbados
Barcelona
Beijing
Beirut
Belgrade
Berlin
Bermuda
Bordeaux
Brussels
Bucharest
Budapest
Buenos Aires
Cairo
Calcutta
Canberra
Cape Town
Chicago
Copenhagen
Corfu
Delhi
Dubai
Dublin
Faro
Florence
Frankfurt
Geneva
Gibraltar
Harare
Helsinki
Hong Kong
Honolulu
Istanbul
Jerusalem
Johannesburg
Kuala Lumpur
Lanzarote
Las Palmas
Lima
Lisbon
Los Angeles
Luxor
in s e d
34
ing over with patchy
p
soon clouding
rain.
Drier again later. Winds southwesterly
light or moderate, becoming
northwesterly. Maximum 19C (66F),
minimum 4C (39F).
Borders, Edinburgh & Dundee,
Aberdeen, Moray Firth, NE Scotland,
N Isles: Sunny spells for a time, but
turning cloudy with patchy rain in
the afternoon. Winds will be light
or moderate southeasterly, turning
southwesterly later. Maximum
18C (64F), minimum 5C (41F).
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IoM, Lake District, SW Scotland,
Glasgow, Cen Highland: Cloudy with
outbreaks of rain spreading from the
west, clearing during the afternoon.
Winds light or moderate southerly
becoming southwesterly. Maximum
12C (54F), minimum 1C (34F).
Republic of Ireland, N Ireland, Argyll,
NW Scotland: Rain slowly moving away
eastwards, turning brighter with a few
showers. Winds becoming moderate
or fresh southwesterly. Maximum
15C (59F), minimum 6C (43F).
Noon today
Tidal predictions.
Heights in metres
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14
Sunday
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the eastern side of the country. A
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with heavy
showers.
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12
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A pair of slow moving cold
fronts will edge slowly east
today, with patchy rain or
isolated thundery showers.
Fresher air will follow, so
temperatures will be much
lower in eastern Britain
tomorrow. A series of Atlantic
lows will move towards the
Faeroes, pushing further fronts
across the country, but with
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Visit to Sintra and its Royal Palace
See the holy shrine of Fatima and
visit Coimbra University
Return flights plus seven nights in
four-star and five-star accommodation,
with breakfast and four dinners
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Cold front
Warm front
Occluded front
Trough
Highs and lows
Hours of darkness
24hrs to 5pm yesterday
Aberdeen
Belfast
Birmingham
Cardiff
Exeter
Glasgow
Liverpool
London
Manchester
Newcastle
Norwich
Penzance
Shef?eld
Warmest: Northolt, 28.7C
Coldest: Whitechurch,
Pembrokeshire, 3.5C
Wettest:Tulloch Bridge,
Inverness-shire, 7.2mm
Sunniest: East Malling,14.7hrs*
Sun and moon
For Greenwich
Sun rises: 05.19
Sun sets: 20.33
Moon rises: 02.44
Moon sets: 12.13
New moon : May 15th
T
he first rhubarb crumble
may not be as well-known
as the first call of a cuckoo,
but for Tim Sparks the
dessert is another sign of
the arrival of spring. Professor
Sparks is an adviser for the Nature?s
Calendar project, run by the
Woodland Trust, and for the past
13 years has recorded the first
date when the rhubarb in his
back garden was big enough to
make a decent crumble.
?The first crumble is keenly
anticipated and almost a personal
celebration of the new spring,?
he said. The cold early spring
this year meant that the crumble
was delayed until April 17, later
than usual, but nothing like the
latest date ? April 28 in 2013 ?
when spring was even colder.
What is clear is that these late
springs were freaks. Looking back
over long periods there is a trend
for increasingly early springtimes.
One of the best records in the
world is the date when Britain?s
oak trees burst open their leaf
buds. Professor Sparks used
observations of oaks dating back
to 1736, but he hit a crucial gap in
records in the mid-20th century,
making it impossible to make
any meaningful assessment of
the timings of spring.
In 1995 he had an extraordinary
stroke of luck when he was
contacted by Jean Combes, who
had been recording the date of the
first oak bud burst in Ashtead,
Surrey, since 1950. Her observations
filled the crucial gap in the records
and helped to reveal that oaks
are now leafing three to four
weeks earlier on average than in the
1950s. This spring Mrs Combes
found that the oak buds opened
on April 15, later than in recent
years, but still not as late as many
of the bitterly cold springs in the
1950s to 1970s.
The Woodland Trust relies on
the public to send in observations
of timings of spring and autumn
for its Nature?s Calendar project.
You can do so at naturescalendar.
woodlandtrust.org.uk.
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21:20-04:48
21:24-04:39
21:02-04:37
21:21-05:14
21:16-04:45
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to the discerning traveller?s attention. It?s one of the world?s oldest countries, Britain?s
longest ally and has been ruled by the Romans, Visigoths, by the remarkable Moors and
almost every other race of invaders ever since, with all leaving their legacies.
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Sport
Broad and Ball help Notts stay top
DAVID ROGERS/GETTY IMAGES
Specsavers County Championship
Tables
Elizabeth Ammon, Mark Baldwin
Nottinghamshire consolidated their
position at the top of the first division
with their third victory of the season,
overcoming stubborn resistance to
defeat Hampshire by 203 runs at Trent
Bridge. Set an unlikely 469, the visiting
side survived until midway through the
final session before being bowled out
for 265, leaving Nottinghamshire to
celebrate a 22-point success.
Hashim Amla made 112 before he was
last out, spooning an easy catch to Ross
Taylor in the covers as Jake Ball
finished with three for 64. Stuart Broad
and Harry Gurney each returned
figures of three for 57. ?It?s now a very
good start to the season,? Peter Moores,
the Nottinghamshire head coach, said.
With only ten fit batsmen as Marcus
Trescothick nursed a broken bone in
his foot, six wickets down and a slender
lead of 82, Somerset were staring down
the barrel of defeat on an initially tense
final day at Old Trafford. However, a
rearguard action from Craig Overton,
Jack Leach and Tim Groenewald took
their lead to more than 200 and whittled down the remaining overs to the
point where Lancashire could no
longer realistically chase the target.
Leach was a fifth victim for Matt
Parkinson, the young leg spinner, when
he was bowled through the gate but,
having clocked up a career-best score of
66 from 131 balls to add to his three
wickets, he played an important part in
saving this match. Trescothick, who
was wearing a large corrective boot and
Division One
Nottinghamshire
Somerset
Yorkshire
Hampshire
Surrey
Essex
Lancashire
Worcestershire
P
4
3
4
4
3
4
4
4
W
3
2
2
1
1
1
0
0
L
1
0
1
2
0
1
2
3
D
0
1
1
1
2
2
2
1
Bat Bwl Pts
7 12 67
6
7 50
2
9 48
7 11 39
5
6 37
3
8 37
8 11 29
5 11 21
P
3
4
3
3
3
4
3
3
3
3
W
2
1
2
1
1
1
1
0
1
0
L
0
0
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
2
D
1
3
0
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
Bat Bwl Pts
9
9 55
10 10 51
0
9 41
7
8 36
3
9 33
2 10 33
1
7 29
10
7 27
0
5 26
0
5 10
Division Two
Warwickshire
Sussex
Kent
Derbyshire
Glamorgan
Middlesex
Gloucestershire
Leicestershire
Durham
Northamptonshire
Ball celebrates
the wicket of
Amla as Notts
enjoyed a third
win of the year
could barely walk, had padded up ready
to go in at No 11 to try to save the match
if he was needed.
Amar Virdi picked up the first sixwicket haul by a teenage Surrey spinner since Pat Pocock in 1966 as their
match against Worcestershire at the
Kia Oval petered out into a tame draw.
Michael Di Venuto, the Surrey head
coach, was forced to admit that it might
be difficult to leave him out of the side
even when Gareth Batty, the veteran
off spinner, is fit again.
?Playing both Amar and Gareth is
certainly an option for us,? Di Venuto
said after Virdi?s six for 105 on a slow,
flat pitch. ?We?ve been very excited
about Amar for a long time at the club,
but he?s grabbed his chance and really
showed us what he can do.? His 14
championship wickets in Surrey?s first
three games have cost just 18.85 runs
each.
The drama came in the second
division with thrilling victories for
Durham and Sussex. Durham?s win
over Leicestershire was the first in the
county?s history when they have
followed on, having trailed by 256 runs
after the first innings.
Durham led by only 85 when they
reached 345 for eight in their second innings, but James Weighell, the fastmedium bowler, scored an invaluable
38 to stretch the advantage to 147 before
he was last out, and then took a careerbest seven for 32 in 9.5 overs to clinch an
unlikely victory by 46 runs.
?Tremendous credit must go to the
batters initially for getting us back into
contention,? Jon Lewis, the Durham
head coach, said. ?We always knew
that, with a side that hasn?t won for
some time chasing 150, it wouldn?t be
too difficult to put a few doubts in their
mind and that seemed to show.?
Ben Brown, the captain, made an
unbeaten half-century as Sussex beat
Middlesex by three wickets to record
their first championship win of the
season. Four fluctuating days in which
neither side held the ascendancy for
long ended with Ollie Robinson hitting
James Harris to the long-leg boundary
to seal victory.
Brown, who described it as ?one of
the best championship games I have
played in?, finished on 65 as Sussex
reached their target of 230 with a session to spare on the final day in Hove.
continued from back
?Hundred? may be split in two
game. It has even discussed abandoning leg-before as a method of dismissal,
although it is understood this was
considered too radical a change and
was not seriously considered.
Sky and the BBC, who will broadcast
the new event, are keen for the game to
be shorter, but it is understood that they
do not want it to stray too far from the
fundamental laws of cricket.
Meanwhile, the ECB will face a tough
meeting with player representatives
today at Edgbaston to answer concerns.
Around 28 players are due to meet
senior ECB officials to demand further
information about the tournament.
The concept of ?The Hundred? has
not proved popular among county
players, who do not see the need for a
change to the T20 format and want to
know how the new tournament will
operate and what cricket those who are
not playing in it will be involved in.
The ECB has also made concessions
to the counties by agreeing that the
eight city-based teams could reserve
local high-profile players, rather
picking solely in a draft system.
The eight teams will be managed by a
committee and a general manager. The
committee will contain officials from
two or three counties with the partnerships at each venue as follows: The Oval
? Surrey and Kent; Lord?s ? Middlesex, Northamptonshire and Essex;
Southampton ? Hampshire and
Sussex; Cardiff ? Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Somerset; Headingley
? Yorkshire and Durham; Trent
Bridge ? Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire; Edgbaston ?
Warwickshire and Worcestershire; Old
Trafford ? Lancashire only.
Results
Football
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
play-off semi-final, first leg
Dundee Utd
(2) 2
Livingston
(1) 3
Mikkelson 3 Ralston 28 De Vita 2, Mullin 77
5,610
Pitman 80
Sent off: Flood (Dundee United) 87
European Under-17 Championship: Group A:
Switzerland 3 Israel 0; England 2 Italy 1.
Group B: Norway 2 Sweden 1; Slovenia 0
Portugal 4.
Evo-stik League Southern: Premier dvision
play-off final: King?s Lynn 1 Slough 2.
Bostik League League: Premier Division: Playoff final: Dulwich Hamlet 1 Hendon 1
(Dulwich won 4-3 on pens).
B T J Wheal c Taylor b Gurney
2
F H Edwards not out
0
Extras (b 9, lb 18, nb 6)
33
Total (108.5 overs)
265
Fall of wickets: 1-82, 2-82, 3-93, 4-112, 5-151,
6-191, 7-236, 8-241, 9-257.
Bowling: Ball 23.5-9-64-3; Broad 21-5-57-3;
Patel 21-9-23-1; Fletcher 13-3-32-0; Gurney 288-57-3; Nash 2-0-5-0.
Umpires: R J Bailey and P J Hartley
Lancashire v Somerset
Cricket
Specsavers County Championship
Division One
Nottinghamshire v Hampshire
Trent Bridge (final day of four):
Nottinghamshire (22pts) beat Hampshire (4)
by 203 runs
Nottinghamshire: First Innings 302 (S R Patel
73, M H Wessels 54; F H Edwards 4 for 84)
Second Innings 389-9 dec (S J Mullaney 130, L R
P L Taylor 83, J D Libby 54)
Hampshire: First Innings 223 (H M Amla 69, L D
McManus 66)
Second Innings (overnight 111-3)
H M Amla c Taylor b Ball
112
C P Wood b Ball
13
R R Rossouw c Wessels b Broad
7
L A Dawson lbw b Gurney
8
?L D McManus c Moores b Broad
2
K J Abbott c Wessels b Ball
10
Old Trafford (final day of four): Lancashire
(11pts) drew with Somerset (10)
Somerset: First Innings 429 (G A Bartlett 110;
M E Trescothick 100; T B Abell 99)
Second Innings (overnight 51-0)
M T Renshaw c Bailey b Parkinson
20
?S M Davies c Croft b Parkinson
54
G A Bartlett lbw b Anderson
6
J C Hildreth lbw b Parkinson
26
*T B Abell lbw b Parkinson
13
L Gregory c Livingstone b Mennie
13
C Overton lbw b Bailey
5
M J Leach b Parkinson
66
T D Groenewald not out
36
P A van Meekeren not out
0
Extras (b 12, lb 10, nb 8)
30
Total (8 wkts dec, 93 overs)
269
Fall of wickets: 1-51, 2-67, 3-113, 4-120, 5-143,
6-145, 7-197, 8-266.
Bowling: Bailey 15-7-33-1; Anderson 17-6-46-1;
Parkinson 31-6-101-5; Livingstone 14-4-25-0;
Mennie 11-4-24-1; Clark 5-0-18-0.
Lancashire: First Innings 492 (D J Vilas 235 not
out, K K Jennings 109, J Clark 50; T B Abell 4 for
43)
Umpires: N G B Cook and B J Debenham
Surrey v Worcestershire
Kia Oval (final day of four): Worcestershire
(11pts) drew with Surrey (9)
2.10 Tiger Trek
3.45 Grove Silver
2.40 Millen Dollar Man 4.15 Potters Midnight
3.10 Hatchet Jack
4.45 Master Workman
Going: good
At The Races
Conditional Jockeys' Selling
Hurdle (�159: 2m 3y) (6)
P Cowley
1 3111- ASCENDANT 53 (CD) J Farrelly 12-11-12
H Stock (3)
2 00/0- BLACKADDER 26 M Gillard 6-10-12
F Gregory
3 5460- HATEM 24F (B) N Littmoden 5-10-12
M Kendrick
4 0000- NEXT EXIT 133 (T) J Cornwall 13-10-12
5 4234- TIGER TREK 320 (P,D) Dr R Newland 9-10-12 C Hammond (6)
00- CLASSICAL ROCK 107 (B) D Quinn 4-10-8
T Cheesman
6
4-5 Ascendant, 6-4 Tiger Trek, 14-1 Classical Rock, Hatem, 33-1 others.
Handicap Chase
(�809: 2m 5f 44y) (9)
1
4025- CAVIAR D'ALLEN 43 (BF) C Williams 6-12-2
Hove (final day of four): Sussex (22pts) beat
Middlesex (4) by three wickets
Middlesex: First Innings 230 (M D E Holden 84
not out; O E Robinson 7 for 58.)
Second Innings 322 (D J Malan 119; N R T
Gubbins 107; D Wiese 4 for 70; D R Briggs 4 for
70)
Sussex: First Innings 323 (H Z Finch 103; O E
Robinson 52; J A R Harris 5 for 86.)
4045- HOW ABOUT IT 43 (P,D) A Dunn 9-11-12
Mr J Smith-Maxwell (7)
PP60- POSTBRIDGE 106 (T,,,W) Mrs S Humphrey 7-11-9
Mr R Collinson (7)
J E Moore
4 U532- KING COOL 37 (T,V) G L Moore 7-11-7
3P26WHOS
DE
BABY
216
(P,D)
S
Davies
10-11-6
C Hammond (7)
5
B Poste
6 46P0- THAT'S THE DEAL 14 (CD) J Cornwall 14-11-4
7 02P4- EASTER IN PARIS 91 (D) Paul Henderson 9-11-0 T O'Brien
8 /333- MIDNIGHT MUSTANG 14 (P,D) A Martin 11-10-6 C Deutsch
9 5622- MILLEN DOLLAR MAN 14 (B) A Dunn 9-10-4 R McLernon
4-1 Caviar D'Allen, 5-1 Easter In Paris, Midnight Mustang, Millen Dollar Man,
11-2 Whos De Baby, 7-1 King Cool, 10-1 How About It, 12-1 others.
3
Rob Wright
2.40
Division Two
Sussex v Middlesex
2
Fakenham
2.10
Surrey: First Innings 434 (R J Burns 193; B T
Foakes 72; J Leach 4 for 96)
Second Innings
*R J Burns c Barnard b Twohig
30
M D Stoneman lbw b Morris
20
S G Borthwick not out
82
R Patel c Head b Morris
25
?B T Foakes not out
11
Extras (b 3, nb 2)
5
Total (3 wkts dec, 60 overs)
173
Fall of wickets: 1-38, 2-74, 3-136.
Bowling: Leach 4-2-11-0; Tongue 8-2-28-0;
Twohig 22-3-62-1; Head 16-5-36-0; Morris 6-121-2; D?Oliveira 3-0-12-0; Mitchell 1-1-0-0.
Worcestershire: First Innings (overnight
469-6)
E G Barnard c and b Virdi
66
B J Twohig c Patel b Virdi
9
*J Leach c Borthwick b Virdi
18
J C Tongue c and b Virdi
9
C A J Morris not out
0
Extras (lb 8, w 3, nb 14)
25
Total (158.4 overs)
526
Fall of wickets: 1-48, 2-139, 3-256, 4-336, 5-336,
6-460, 7-475, 8-505, 9-523.
Bowling: Curran 21-4-62-1; Clarke 33-10-90-2;
Virdi 41.4-7-105-6; McKerr 16-1-76-1; Patel 173-57-0; Meaker 22-1-93-0; Borthwick 8-0-35-0.
Umpires: J H Evans and A G Wharf
J Bowen (3)
3.10
Maiden Hurdle (�458: 2m 4f 1y) (7)
5042- CHIMES OF DYLAN 18 N King 5-11-2
H Teal (7)
114- DON DES FOSSES 105 (W,BF) W Greatrex 5-11-2H Bannister
/034- FLYNNVINCIBLE 89 O Murphy 7-11-2
F Gregory (5)
5233- HATCHET JACK 38 (BF) Paul Henderson 6-11-2
T O'Brien
0P/ LITTLE VIC 535 A Murphy 7-11-2
J Quinlan
4202- POTTERS HEDGER 27 (P) Mrs L Wadham 6-11-2
J Sherwood (3)
Miss P Fuller (5)
7 2003- TOUCHY SUBJECT 29 Jo Davis 5-11-2
2-1 Hatchet Jack, 7-2 Don Des Fosses, 4-1 Chimes Of Dylan, 9-2 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
3.45
Second Innings (overnight 35-2)
S van Zyl c Robson b Cartwright
45
D R Briggs c Cartwright b Rayner
39
H Z Finch c Simpson b Harris
11
L J Wright c and b Cartwright
0
*?B C Brown not out
65
M G K Burgess lbw b Malan
22
O E Robinson not out
10
Extras (b 8, lb 6, w 2, nb 2)
18
Total (7 wkts, 73.3 overs)
232
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-24, 3-113, 4-125, 5-125,
6-128, 7-215.
Bowling: Murtagh 13-4-24-0; Harris 19.3-3-743; Rayner 20-6-51-1; Barber 10-1-37-0;
Cartwright 7-2-17-2; Malan 4-0-15-1.
Umpires: D J Millns and J Blades
Durham v Leicestershire
Riverside Ground (final day of four): Durham
(18pts) beat Leicestershire (6pts) by 46 runs
Leicestershire: First Innings 440 (P J Horton 75;
M J Cosgrove 75; M A Carberry 73; N J Dexter 70
not out)
Second Innings
*M A Carberry lbw b Weighell
22
P J Horton c Collingwood b Rushworth
9
C N Ackermann lbw b Rushworth
5
M J Cosgrove c Smith b Weighell
10
L J Hill lbw b Rushworth
5
N J Dexter b Weighell
21
?E J H Eckersley c Poynter b Weighell
15
B A Raine c Markram b Weighell
4
C F Parkinson c Rimmington b Weighell
4
G T Griffiths not out
1
V R Aaron lbw b Weighell
0
Extras (b 1, lb 4)
5
Total (29.5 overs)
101
Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-29, 3-40, 4-47, 5-61, 679, 7-95, 8-100, 9-101.
Bowling: Rushworth 7.2-4-12-3; Rimmington 70-31-0; Weighell 9.5-1-32-7; Smith 3.4-1-7-0;
Handicap Chase
(�,754: 3m 5f 24y) (13)
433P- COURT KING 157 (H,BF) P Bowen 7-11-12
S Bowen
04P5- SET LIST 18 D Skelton 9-11-10
D England
5000- SOME KINDA LAMA 93 (T,B) C Mann 7-11-9 H Bannister
3333- EMERALD ROSE 45 (P,C) Julian Smith 11-11-6 M D Grant
1204- WASHED ASHORE 89 Jonjo O'Neill 7-11-5
R McLernon
0505- NO BUTS 23 (D) D Bridgwater 10-11-4
H Stock (5)
4213- CAP HORNER 23 (D) J S Mullins 6-11-4
A Thornton
0P00- MERCERS COURT 16 (C) N King 10-11-4 Miss G Andrews (3)
F415- GROVE SILVER 30 (V,BF) J Candlish 9-11-3
S W Quinlan
5211- HEDGEINATOR 116 (P) C Williams 8-11-3
J Bowen (3)
211P- TALK OF THE SOUTH 38 (D,BF) Paul Henderson 9-10-11
T O'Brien
C Deutsch
12 265P- SHINOOKI 18 (P,C) A Hales 11-10-9
13 3402- FRANK N FAIR 23 Miss Z Davison 10-10-6 Miss P Fuller (5)
11-2 Set List, 7-1 Talk Of The South, 8-1 Frank N Fair, 10-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
4.15
Mares' Handicap Hurdle
(�458: 2m 4f 1y) (6)
1
2
6B10- APACHE SONG 19 J Eustace 5-12-1
H Bannister
6543- MARIAH'S LEGEND 19 (P,D) A Murphy 6-11-12 J Quinlan
McCarthy 2-0-14-0.
Durham: First Innings 184 (G Clark 64; G T
Griffiths 4 for 34)
Second Innings (overnight 233-1)
C T Steel lbw b Raine
86
W R Smith c Dexter b Griffiths
74
G Clark c Ackermann b Parkinson
25
*P D Collingwood c Ackermann b Griffiths 15
M J Richardson c Dexter b Griffiths
0
?S W Poynter lbw b Griffiths
13
W J Weighell b Griffiths
38
N J Rimmington c Horton b Griffiths
0
B J McCarthy c and b Ackermann
16
C Rushworth not out
2
Extras (b 18, lb 8, nb 14)
40
Total (129.4 overs)
403
Fall of wickets: 1-152, 2-265, 3-309, 4-323, 5325, 6-330, 7-345, 8-345, 9-386.
Bowling: Aaron 22-0-102-0; Raine 31-7-71-1;
Griffiths 21.4-6-49-6; Dexter 14-3-41-0;
Parkinson 37-12-101-2; Carberry 2-0-7-0;
Ackermann 2-0-6-1.
Umpires: N L Bainton and P R Pollard
Tour match
Northampton (final day of four): Pakistan bt
Northamptonshire
by
nine
wickets:
Northamptonshire 259 (A M Rossington 90;
Shadab Khan 6-77) and 301 (RI Newton 118;
Mohammad Abbas 4-62, Shadab 4-80).
Pakistan 428 (Asad Shafiq 186 not out, Haris
Sohail 79, Babar Azam 57; SP Crook 4-89, R I
Keogh 4-111) and 134-1. (Imam ul-Haq 59 not
out, Sohail 55 not out)
Snooker
Betfred World Championship
Crucible Theatre, Shjeffield: Final (best of 35
frames): M Williams (Wales) bt J Higgins (Sco)
18-16 (frame scores; Williams first): 75-23,
65-15, 72-35, 70-60, 4-120 (119 break), 133-0,
1310- POTTERS MIDNIGHT 38 (C) Mrs L Wadham 8-11-12
J Sherwood (3)
B Poste
4 22P0- NORTHERN BEAU 19 (P) M Scudamore 5-11-2
5 00P0- AMRON KALI 29 (T,CD) Paul Henderson 8-10-12 T O'Brien
C Hammond (7)
6 1P/5- RED FOUR 28 (P) S Davies 8-10-9
5-2 Potters Midnight, 3-1 Apache Song, 4-1 Mariah's Legend, 5-1 others.
3
4.45
Hunters' Chase (�365: 3m 38y) (9)
PP12- MASTER WORKMAN 16P (P,CD) D Kemp 12-12-8
Mr D Peters (7)
2 54P2- TREAT YOURSELF 12 (D) Miss M Bentham 11-12-4
Mr R Collinson (7)
3 2136- BOUND FOR GLORY 26 (T) D Fitch-Peyton 12-12-0
Miss H Lewis (5)
4 152-1 CAN MESTRET 9P (C) S R Andrews 11-12-0 Miss G Andrews
Miss A Peck (7)
5 U/35- CAULKIN 16P (C) J Whyte 15-12-0
6 3211- ONE FINE MORNING 31P T Clover 12-12-0
Mr Charles Clover (7)
7 PUP3- PADDY THE STOUT 17P (T) Luke Humphrey 13-12-0
Mr L Humphrey (7)
8 P32F- SAND BLAST 16P (T,P,BF) B Dowling 7-12-0
Miss C Williamson (3)
9 1PU2- STROLLAWAYNOW 54 D Arbuthnot 11-12-0
Mr Benedict Shaw (7)
7-4 Master Workman, 3-1 Bound For Glory, 5-1 Treat Yourself, 6-1 others.
1
0-98, 21-82, 81-46, 31-75, 8-127 (127), 76-12,
9-85, 15-123 (117), 123-0 (118), 64-35, 80-43,
98-5, 73-19, 126-0, 63-7, 29-92, 65-76, 0-80, 84-8,
1-131, 58-68, 47-82, 0-91, 47-67, 74-0, 104-14
(100), 63-65, 71-0.
Tennis
Madrid Open: Men: first round: M Kukushkin
(Kaz) bt R Carballes Baena (Sp) 6-3, 6-2; D
Dzumhur (Bih) bt J Benneteau (Fr) 6-4, 6-2; M
Raonic (Can) bt N Kicker (Arg) 6-3, 6-2; D
Lajovic (Serb) bt K Khachanov (Rus) 6-3, 6-2; F
Del Bonis (Arg) bt Mischa Zverev (Ger) 6-1, 2-6,
7-6 (8-6); (10) N Djokovic (Serb) bt K Nishikori
(Jpn) 7-5, 6-4; (13) D Schwartzman (Arg) bt A
Mannarino (Fr) 6-1, 6-3, B Paire (Fr) bt (15) L
Pouille (Fr) 6-2 6-3. Women: second round: M
Sharapova (Rus) bt I Begu (Rom) 7-5, 6-1; K
Mladenovic (Fr) bt Shuai Zhang (Chn) 6-4, 4-6,
6-3; (2) C Wozniacki (Den) bt A Barty (Aus) 6-2,
4-6, 6-4; (7) C Garc韆 (Fr) bt P Martic (Cro) 6-3,
7-5; (11) J Goerges (Ger) bt L Arruabarrena (Sp)
2-6 6-4 6-2; (9) S Stephens (US) bt S Stosur
(Aus) 6-1 6-3.
Fixtures
7.45 unless stated
Premier League: Swansea v Southampton.
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen v
Rangers; Hamilton Academical v St
Johnstone; Patrick v Motherwell; Ross County
v Dundee.
Womens Super League: Liverpool v
Manchester City.
European Under-17 Championship Group C:
Ireland v Denmark (1.0, Burton); Bosnia and
Herzegovina v Belgium (7.0, Rotherham).
Group D Serbia v Germany (1.0
Loughborough); Holland v Spain (7.0, Burton).
Course specialists
Brighton: Trainers P Cole, 11 from 32 runners,
34.4%; J Berry, 8 from 24, 33.3%; E Johnson
Houghton, 16 from 63, 25.4%. Jockeys Georgia Cox, 6
from 18 rides, 33.3%; Jason Watson, 3 from 9, 33.3%.
Exeter: Trainers H Fry, 25 from 64, 39.1%; P Nicholls,
36 from 115, 31.3%; W Greatrex, 6 from 25, 24.0%.
Jockeys Mr W Biddick, 4 from 10, 40.0%; P Brennan,
10 from 44, 22.7%; R Johnson, 35 from 158, 22.2%.
Fakenham: Trainers D Kemp, 4 from 10, 40.0%;
Dr R Newland, 4 from 12, 33.3%; O Murphy, 15 from
48, 31.2%. Jockeys F Gregory, 5 from 8, 62.5%;
Miss G Andrews, 5 from 13, 38.5%.
Ludlow: Trainers N Henderson, 24 from 80, 30.0%;
H Whittington, 5 from 19, 26.3%; T Lacey, 4 from
17, 23.5%. Jockeys J McGrath, 8 from 19, 42.1%;
Mr Z Baker, 4 from 16, 25.0%.
Thirsk: Trainers R Beckett, 5 from 11, 45.5%; H
Palmer, 6 from 21, 28.6%; C Hills, 3 from 14, 21.4%.
Jockeys D Tudhope, 21 from 122, 17.2%; P Hanagan,
9 from 55, 16.4%; P Mulrennan, 35 from 218, 16.1%.
the times | Tuesday May 8 2018
55
1G M
Racing Sport
4.25
Thirsk
Rob Wright
1.50 Victory Command
3.55 Rasheeq
2.20 Mystic Meg
4.25 Hop Maddocks
2.50 Miss Sheridan
4.55 Palmerston
3.20 Blazing Saddles (nap) 5.25 Mango Chutney
Thunderer: 2.50 Feathery. 3.55 Liquid (nap).
Going: good to firm
Draw: 5f-6f, high numbers best
Racing UK
1.50
Novice Auction Stakes
(2-Y-O: �881: 5f) (9)
22 BENGALI SPIRIT 15 R Fahey 9-2
P Hanagan
1 (6)
0 BLAZING DREAMS 10 B Haslam 9-2
C Hardie
2 (2)
6 BOUNCIN BACK 10 N Tinkler 9-2
L Edmunds (3)
3 (8)
FASTMAN D O'Meara 9-2
D Tudhope
4 (5)
MAZEO LAD A Murphy 9-2
L Souza
5 (7)
MELGATE MAGIC M W Easterby 9-2
N Evans
6 (4)
VICTORY COMMAND M Johnston 9-2
P J McDonald
7 (9)
3 DRAGON BEAT 17 Tony Coyle 8-11
D C Costello
8 (3)
LORTON J Camacho 8-11
P Mulrennan
9 (1)
7-4 Bengali Spirit, 3-1 Fastman, 4-1 Victory Command, 10-1 Mazeo Lad, 12-1
Dragon Beat, 14-1 Lorton, 16-1 Blazing Dreams, 20-1 others.
Rob Wright?s choice: Victory Command, a half-brother to
four winners, appeals Dangers: Bengali Spirit, Mazeo Lad
2.20
Maiden Fillies' Stakes
Maiden Stakes (�881: 5f) (11)
IT'S NEVER ENOUGH 174J J Ewart 4-9-12 P Mulrennan
1 (2)
J Hart
2 (1) 00- REDEEMING 262 E Alston 4-9-12
Doubtful
3 (11) 362 CAPLA DEMON 8 (B) Miss G Kelleway 3-9-3
T Eaves
4 (3) 00- CAVENDISH PLACE 279 D Brown 3-9-3
00 GORGEOUS GENERAL 19 L Mullaney 3-9-3
J Garritty
5 (8)
53 HOP MADDOCKS 8 T D Barron 3-9-3
B A Curtis
6 (6)
P Hanagan
7 (9) 3433- MILITIA 182 (BF) R Fahey 3-9-3
FAIRY FALCON B Smart 3-8-12
D Tudhope
8 (5)
Sam James
9 (4) 5-5 LIAMBA 11 D O'Meara 3-8-12
MADAM DEVIOUS R Cowell 3-8-12
R Havlin
10 (7)
C Hardie
11(10) 202- PACO ESCOSTAR 210 P Midgley 3-8-12
15-8 Militia, 3-1 Hop Maddocks, 100-30 Madam Devious, 11-2 others.
Wright choice: Hop Maddocks showed good speed when
third over six furlongs here Dangers: Militia, Paco Escostar
4.55
Handicap (�752: 7f 218y) (9)
D C Costello
1 (5) 500-6 PALMERSTON 12 (CD) Mrs M Fife 5-9-7
2 (9) 60411 BOLD SPIRIT 11 (T) Declan Carroll 7-9-6 Ger O'Neill (5)
D Tudhope
3 (2) -0653 ZESHOV 12 (P,D) R Bastiman 7-9-4
G Lee
4 (8) 000-0 MIDNIGHT MACCHIATO 123 (C) D Brown 5-9-4
J Sullivan
5 (4) 360-0 WASM 17 Mrs R Carr 4-9-1
P Mulrennan
6 (1) 26-54 PLANETARIA 47 (D) J Camacho 5-9-0
J Garritty
7 (3) 5000- WHITKIRK 185 Jedd O'Keeffe 5-8-13
8 (6) 40-00 ROCK WARBLER 17 (H,T,D) O Greenall 5-8-13 P Hanagan
D Allan
9 (7) 334-0 MUNTHANY 13 T Easterby 4-8-12
11-4 Bold Spirit, 4-1 Planetaria, 6-1 Palmerston, 7-1 Whitkirk, Zeshov, 8-1
Midnight Macchiato, 10-1 Rock Warbler, 14-1 Wasm, 16-1 Munthany.
Wright choice: Palmerston drops in class and is 5lb below
his last winning mark
Dangers: Bold Spirit, Zeshov
(3-Y-O: �822: 7f) (11)
0 ANGEL OF THE NORTH 19 Miss G Kelleway 9-0
P J McDonald
BEA RYAN Declan Carroll 9-0
T Eaves
2 (5)
HERRINGSWELL H Spiller 9-0
Doubtful
3 (3)
0 LADY SAFEARA 19 C Fellowes 9-0
S Donohoe
4 (11)
MAKAWEE D O'Meara 9-0
D Tudhope
5 (8)
MARGIE'S CHOICE J Gosden 9-0
R Havlin
6 (9)
2- MYSTIC MEG 227 (BF) H Palmer 9-0
D Brock
7 (1)
0 PRIVATE CASHIER 18 (H) A Balding 9-0
M Dwyer
8 (4)
0- SNOWDON 241 M Dods 9-0
P Mulrennan
9 (10)
6 SOLAR PRINCESS 15 M Walford 9-0
J Hart
10 (6)
0 TWILIGHT 11 T Easterby 9-0
D Allan
11 (2)
7-4 Mystic Meg, 3-1 Margie's Choice, 5-1 Private Cashier, 6-1 Bea Ryan, 12-1
Makawee, 16-1 Lady Safeara, 20-1 Angel Of The North, 25-1 others.
1 (7)
Wright choice: Mystic Meg travelled well for a long way over
a mile at Newmarket Dangers: Private Cashier, Snowdon
2.50
Fillies' Handicap (�693: 7f 218y) (6)
1 (4) -4422 YEAH BABY YEAH 10 (T,P) Miss G Kelleway 5-9-7
P J McDonald
S Donohoe
2 (6) -3302 FEATHERY 7 (T) C Fellowes 4-9-6
D Allan
3 (2) 252-6 FASHION THEORY 10 T Easterby 4-9-2
4 (1) 000-0 MISS SHERIDAN 15 (D) M W Easterby 4-9-1 H Shaw (5)
J Fanning
5 (5) 430-0 FOREVER A LADY 4 K Dalgleish 5-8-12
A Mullen
6 (3) 44-00 PALENVILLE 17 G Tuer 5-8-7
6-4 Feathery, 11-4 Yeah Baby Yeah, 9-2 Miss Sheridan, 7-1 Fashion Theory,
8-1 Forever A Lady, 16-1 Palenville.
Wright choice: Miss Sheridan should strip fitter for his
reappearance at Pontefract
Danger: Yeah Baby Yeah
3.20
Novice Stakes
(3-Y-O: �704: 1m 4f 8y) (8)
P Hanagan
1 (6) 43-15 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS 18 C Hills 9-8
1 HINDE STREET 24 J Gosden 9-8
R Havlin
2 (5)
P J McDonald
3 (8) 31- LUCKY DEAL 166 M Johnston 9-8
36 BLAZING SADDLES 17 R Beckett 9-2
D Tudhope
4 (4)
5 CALIBURN 19 H Palmer 9-2
Josephine Gordon
5 (3)
0 COLENSO 15 A Balding 9-2
Doubtful
6 (7)
0- GREAT BEYOND 181 R Charlton 9-2
K Shoemark
7 (2)
WARDADDY K Dalgleish 9-2
P Mulrennan
8 (1)
2-1 Hinde Street, 3-1 Bartholomeu Dias, 7-2 Blazing Saddles, 5-1 Lucky Deal,
11-1 Great Beyond, 16-1 Caliburn, 33-1 Wardaddy.
Wright choice: Blazing Saddles still looked in need of the
experience at Newbury Dangers: Caliburn, Hinde Street
3.55
Handicap (�693: 5f) (16)
J Sullivan
(12) 02024 POYLE VINNIE 15 (P,D) Mrs R Carr 8-9-8
D Allan
(11) 200-5 RASHEEQ 15 T Easterby 5-9-7
C Beasley
(7) /314- DISCREET HERO 253 (D) N Wilson 5-9-7
B Sanderson (7)
(5) 01100 ZYLAN 10 (P,D) R G Fell 6-9-7
L Edmunds (3)
(15) 3300- BASHIBA 207 (T,D) N Tinkler 7-9-3
P Mulrennan
(4) 500-0 PATRICK 38 (D) P Midgley 6-9-2
(14) 603-5 SIGNORE PICCOLO 11 (H,D) D Loughnane 7-9-2
B A Curtis
T Hamilton
8 (8) 0435- MUATADEL 197 (D) R G Fell 5-9-1
P J McDonald
9 (1) -4106 LIQUID 26 (CD) T D Barron 4-9-1
G Lee
10 (9) 540-2 ELYSIAN FLYER 19 (CD) P Midgley 6-9-0
B Robinson (5)
11 (3) 5330- TALLINSKI 210 (D) B Ellison 4-8-13
T Eaves
12(13) 0-023 BOGART 12 (T,P,BF) K A Ryan 9-8-13
13(16) 2060- COMPUTABLE 262 (D) T Easterby 4-8-12
Rachel Richardson (3)
J Fanning
14 (6) 000-4 WAR WHISPER 36 (D) P Midgley 5-8-9
15(10) 16-54 ACCLAIM THE NATION 15 (P,D) E Alston 5-8-8 J Hart
16 (2) 420-0 GRANDAD'S WORLD 12 (D) R Fahey 6-8-8 P Hanagan
6-1 Bogart, 7-1 Elysian Flyer, 8-1 Poyle Vinnie, Rasheeq, 9-1 Signore Piccolo,
10-1 Muatadel, War Whisper, 12-1 Bashiba, Patrick, Tallinski, 14-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Wright choice: Rasheeq shaped with plenty of promise
when fifth at Pontefract Dangers: Bogart, Grandad?s World
5.25
Handicap (�752: 7f 218y) (9)
1 (4) 1603- MYWAYISTHEONLYWAY 221 G Tuer 5-9-7 C Beasley
D Tudhope
2 (6) 22-20 WONDERFILLO 89 D O'Meara 4-9-6
3 (9) 622-0 EDGAR ALLAN POE 17 (D) R Bastiman 4-9-4
Phil Dennis (3)
P Makin
4 (1) 120-2 MANGO CHUTNEY 9 (C) John Davies 5-9-3
5 (8) 324-3 VIVE LA DIFFERENCE 11 T Easterby 4-9-2 D Fentiman
J Hart
6 (3) 030-3 WOODY BAY 41 (D) M Walford 8-9-0
T Eaves
7 (7) 30110 TAGUR 45 (P,D) K A Ryan 4-8-13
8 (5) 52063 BUCKLAND BEAU 27 (P) C Fellowes 7-8-13 Aled Beech (7)
9 (2) 155-1 DREAMOFDISCOVERY 41 (D) J Camacho 4-8-8 P Hanagan
2-1 Mango Chutney, 5-1 Dreamofdiscovery, Wonderfillo, 13-2 Vive La
Difference, 8-1 Edgar Allan Poe, 10-1 Tagur, 12-1 others.
Wright choice: Mango Chutney, just beaten at Wetherby,
goes well here
Dangers: Tagur, Mywayistheonlyway
Brighton
Rob Wright
2.00 Upavon
4.05 Amuletum
2.30 Haylah
4.35 Baby Gal
3.00 Kachumba (nb)
5.05 Ocean Temptress
3.35 Lord Clenaghcastle
Going: good (good to firm in places)
Draw: 5f-1m, low numbers best At The Races
2.00
Handicap (�752: 5f 60y) (4)
A Kirby
1 (2) 03213 UPAVON 33 (CD) A Carroll 8-9-7
H Crouch
2 (4) 1-231 PRIDE OF ANGELS 24 G L Moore 5-9-7
3 (3) -4621 FOXTROT KNIGHT 6 (D) Mrs R Carr 6-9-0 Jane Elliott (5)
N Mackay
4 (1) 06104 ROUNDABOUT MAGIC 8 (D) S Dow 4-8-11
13-8 Foxtrot Knight, 2-1 Upavon, 3-1 Pride Of Angels, 5-1 Roundabout Magic.
2.30
Novice Stakes (�752: 5f 60y) (9)
G Mosse
1 (8) 2010- GLOBAL PASSION 229 C Hills 3-9-9
BIDAAYA F Bishop 5-9-6
J Egan
2 (7)
L Morris
3 (3) 30- BBOB ALULA 244 W G M Turner 3-9-2
MAXIMUM POWER T Pinfield 3-9-2
J Haynes
4 (4)
45 Q TWENTY BOY 33 M Usher 3-9-2
Jason Watson (5)
5 (2)
5 SOUMEI 47 E Walker 3-9-2
P Cosgrave
6 (5)
S Levey
7 (6) 525-4 HAYLAH 34 R Hannon 3-8-11
5- HEDONISM 231 (H) H Candy 3-8-11
Fran Berry
8 (9)
T Queally
9 (1) 36- MIDNIGHT GUEST 158 G Margarson 3-8-11
5-2 Global Passion, 11-4 Haylah, 4-1 Soumei, 9-2 Hedonism, 10-1 others.
3.00
Handicap (3-Y-O: �105: 6f 210y) (11)
Sebastian Woods (7)
1 (3) 36-50 KACHUMBA 34 Rae Guest 9-9
S De Sousa
2 (11) 45-0 RACEHORSE 20 H Morrison 9-7
Fran Berry
3 (10) 4060- PREZZIE 223 W Muir 9-4
D Muscutt
4 (7) 0-000 THAMA 28 (T,B) Mrs I G'-Leveque 9-3
6-046
SILVERTURNSTOGOLD
32
(BF)
N
Mulholland
9-3
A Kirby
5 (9)
L Keniry
6 (5) 00-03 LYFORD 13 (B) S Kirk 9-1
L Morris
7 (6) 05-56 RIVER RULE 55 A Carroll 8-12
Hollie Doyle
8 (1) 0-520 FOLLOWING BREEZE 18 J Boyle 8-10
J Mitchell
9 (8) 006-0 CALVIN'S GAL 7 John Ryan 8-10
W Cox (5)
10 (4) -0460 DRAGON TATTOO 25 (P) Mrs L Jewell 8-9
C Bennett (3)
11 (2) 00-20 DOLYDAYDREAM 34 P Phelan 8-8
3-1 Silverturnstogold, 9-2 Racehorse, 5-1 Kachumba, River Rule, 7-1 others.
Blinkered first time: Brighton 3.00 Lyford. 4.35 Joyful
Dream, Navarra Princess. Exeter 6.50 Contented.
Fakenham 2.10 Classical Rock. 2.40 King Cool. 3.45
Some Kinda Lama. Ludlow 6.00 Royale Django. 8.00
Helf. Thirsk 4.25 Capla Demon.
3.35
Handicap (�531: 7f 211y) (7)
R Da Silva
1 (6) 011-1 SPIRIT OF BELLE 25 (B,D) P Cole 4-10-2
2 (5) 1205- LORD CLENAGHCASTLE 219 (CD) G L Moore 4-10-0
H Crouch
3 (7) -0051 BLACK CAESAR 7 (C) P Hide 7-9-13 Jason Watson (5)
A Kirby
4 (1) 24550 ELTEZAM 14 Mrs A Perrett 5-9-9
5 (3) 3040- SARANGOO 231 (C) M Saunders 10-9-1 Georgia Cox (3)
0-013
ANDALUSITE
14
(V,CD)
J
Gallagher
5-9-0
D
Probert
6 (2)
S Levey
7 (4) 40-22 ATEEM 24 R Hannon 3-9-0
100-30 Ateem, 7-2 Spirit Of Belle, 4-1 Black Caesar, Lord Clenaghcastle, 6-1
Andalusite, 8-1 Sarangoo, 14-1 Eltezam.
4.05
Handicap
(�752: 1m 3f 198y) (8)
1 (2) 1600- AMERICAN HISTORY 187 (P,C) W Muir 4-9-7 S De Sousa
A Kirby
2 (1) 21-03 IBALLISTICVIN 5 (CD) G L Moore 5-9-7
G Wood (3)
3 (5) 62-53 AMANTO 27 (T,P,D) Ali Stronge 8-9-7
5-006
BECCA
CAMPBELL
14
(P,C,D)
E
Houghton
5-9-6
C
Bishop
4 (6)
D Keenan (7)
5 (4) 1-121 ESSPEEGEE 41 (P,CD) A Bailey 5-9-5
O Murphy
6 (3) 0-322 AMULETUM 15 P Chapple-Hyam 4-9-3
Jason Watson (5)
7 (7) 20-31 ARCHIMENTO 7 (C) P Hide 5-9-2
J Egan
8 (8) -4500 ROY ROCKET 34 (CD) J Berry 8-8-7
3-1 Archimento, 7-2 Amuletum, 4-1 Esspeegee, 7-1 Iballisticvin, 8-1 Amanto,
American History, 10-1 Becca Campbell, 14-1 Roy Rocket.
4.35
Classified Stakes
(�105: 7f 211y) (10)
P Cosgrave
1 (1) 25506 BABY GAL 62 J Boyle 4-9-7
S De Sousa
2 (5) 04445 JOYFUL DREAM 14 (B) J Butler 4-9-7
3 (6) 0-420 QUICK MONET 10 (H) Shaun Harris 5-9-7 C Bennett (3)
4 (4) 0400- RIPPER STREET 168 (H) Mrs C Dunnett 4-9-7 J Cooley (7)
5 (2) 13324 SHARP OPERATOR 14 (H) C Wallis 5-9-7 W A Carson
T Whelan
6 (8) 60006 SPIKE'S PRINCESS 9 (B) B Barr 4-9-7
C Bishop
7 (7) 30210 TARSEEKH 34 (V,D) C Gordon 5-9-7
J Egan
8 (3) 450-5 CAPTAIN KISSINGER 28 J Hughes 3-8-8
L Morris
9 (10) 560-0 HIDDEN DREAM 7 (P) Mrs C Dunnett 3-8-8
10 (9) 5006- NAVARRA PRINCESS 140 (B,BF) D Cantillon 3-8-8
D Probert
5-2 Baby Gal, 4-1 Sharp Operator, 5-1 Joyful Dream, Navarra Princess,
Tarseekh, 8-1 Captain Kissinger, 20-1 Hidden Dream, 33-1 others.
5.05
Handicap (�752: 6f 210y) (7)
1 (7) 414-6 OCEAN TEMPTRESS 14 (P,CD) John Ryan 4-9-8 L Morris
P Cosgrave
2 (4) 0232- BALGAIR 188 (D,BF) T Clover 4-9-7
3 (2) 0-040 DARING GUEST 27 (D) G Margarson 4-9-6 Jane Elliott (5)
4 (5) 3-300 NARJES 53 (H) Mrs L Mongan 4-9-4 Jason Watson (5)
L Keniry
5 (1) 133-5 NUTINI 15 M Saunders 5-9-0
C Shepherd
6 (6) 44124 HARAZ 27 (H,B) P Butler 5-8-12
7 (3) 600-2 DUKE OF NORTH 7 (C,D) J Boyle 6-8-12 Isobel Francis (7)
7-2 Duke Of North, 4-1 Balgair, Haraz, 5-1 Nutini, Ocean Temptress, 8-1
Narjes, 10-1 Daring Guest.
Exeter
Rob Wright
5.50 Admiral?s Sunset 7.20 Triple Chief
6.20 Rockpoint
7.50 The Two Amigos
6.50 Jully Les Buxy
8.20 Shiroccan Roll
Going: good (good to soft in places)
Racing UK
5.50
Mares' Maiden Hurdle
(�224: 2m 175y) (12)
ADMIRAL'S SUNSET 216F D Weston 5-10-12
D Bass
1
R Hawker (5)
2 4P/0- ARTHUR'S QUEEN 292F C Gray 7-10-12
Conor Smith (5)
3 6/00- CELTIC STYLE 29 L Blackford 5-10-12
P Brennan
4 0300- DUBAI DIRHAM 23 Miss S Smith 5-10-12
00- KENTFORD MALLARD 98 J S Mullins 5-10-12 D Sansom (5)
5
30- MRS MIGGINS 57 D Pipe 5-10-12
T Scudamore
6
0- NEVER GO SHORT 74 T George 6-10-12
J Best
7
Kevin Jones (5)
8 0000- OBORNE LADY 13 J S Mullins 5-10-12
N Scholfield
9 5/P0- QUITE RIGHT 52 P Gundry 7-10-12
B Hughes
10 1446- SECRET ESCAPE 26 (D) D McCain 6-10-12
R Johnson
11 000- SPIRIT OF MENDIP 13 (H) P Hobbs 5-10-12
W Hutchinson
12 3/26- TILLYTHETANK 174 A King 5-10-12
8-15 Secret Escape, 5-1 Tillythetank, 8-1 Admiral's Sunset, 12-1 Mrs Miggins,
14-1 Never Go Short, 20-1 Dubai Dirham, 25-1 others.
6.20
Novices' Hurdle
(�224: 2m 2f 111y) (14)
F- BARN HILL 159 P Hobbs 6-10-12
S Houlihan (5)
1
N Scholfield
2 /P04- BEYOND SUPREMACY 14 J Barber 6-10-12
Matt Griffiths
3 /F43- BUSTER MOON 48 J Scott 6-10-12
A Coleman
4 12/2- CHAMP 108 (BF) N Henderson 6-10-12
D Bass
5 /240- COMMODORE BARRY 43 (BF) K Bailey 5-10-12
J Best
6 U356- ERICAS LAD 21 (P) J Plessis 7-10-12
30HERE'S
BINGO
74
S
Gardner
5-10-12
R
Hawker
(5)
7
40- JUST MIDAS 40 D Pipe 5-10-12
D Noonan
8
C Ring (3)
9 P/F0- MENAPIAN 86 Mrs H Nelmes 7-10-12
2/ ORCHARD THIEVES 808P D Pipe 6-10-12
T Scudamore
10
P Brennan
11 4/05- OUT OF STYLE 16 F O'Brien 7-10-12
R Johnson
12 5320- ROCKPOINT 73 C Tizzard 5-10-12
A Glassonbury
13 PP0P- SCRUPULEUX 14 (H) C Down 7-10-12
N P Madden
14 1555- SEROSEVSKY 16 (T) H Fry 5-10-12
13-8 Champ, 4-1 Rockpoint, 7-1 Buster Moon, 8-1 Commodore Barry, 9-1
Serosevsky, 14-1 Barn Hill, Here's Bingo, 16-1 Just Midas, 20-1 others.
6.50
Handicap Hurdle
(�097: 2m 7f 25y) (15)
2141- KATY P 251 (D) P Hobbs 6-11-12
S Houlihan (5)
0PU0- ZERO GRAND 29 (CD) J Farrelly 7-11-11
T Cannon
1224- CONINGSBY 52 T Lacey 5-11-11
Mr T O'Brien (5)
22P0- FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHT 10 (T,P) D Pipe 5-11-10 T Scudamore
2330- JUST A STING 52 (C,BF) H Fry 6-11-9
Mr M Legg (5)
4450- MON PALOIS 80 (D) K Bailey 6-11-6
D Bass
2100- CONTENTED 17 (B) P Hobbs 5-11-5
R Johnson
40P5- JOIN THE CLAN 89 (P,D) Jonjo O'Neill 9-11-4
A Coleman
215P- BALLYROCK 59 (T,V,D) T Vaughan 12-11-1
D Noonan
3124- KENTFORD HEIRESS 29 J S Mullins 8-11-1 D Sansom (5)
P040- MAX FORTE 14 (P) C Down 8-11-0
Bryony Frost (3)
0/4P- CITY SUPREME 41 (T) A Honeyball 8-11-0
B Hughes
2P64- WATERLOO WARRIOR 16 (T,B) C Tizzard 6-10-13 P Brennan
4531- JULLY LES BUXY 21 (T,P,CD) Keiran Burke 8-10-8
N Scholfield
C Shoemark
15 2U20- EDDY 136 (T,C,D) S Gardner 9-10-3
6-1 Jully Les Buxy, 7-1 Katy P, Waterloo Warrior, 8-1 Coningsby, 10-1 others.
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7.20
Handicap Chase
(�747: 2m 3f 48y) (12)
3264- MARQUIS OF CARABAS 27 (D) D Dennis 8-12-1 B Hughes
6101- CONNA CROSS 29 J Farrelly 7-12-0
J Best
6/56- KINGS LAD 32 (T,D) C Tizzard 11-11-12
T Scudamore
/16P- PERFECT TIMING 145 (P,D) N Mulholland 10-11-11 H Reed (5)
P/1P- ABOVE BOARD 182 (W,D,BF) Jonjo O'Neill 7-11-11 A Coleman
5P11- ADMIRAL'S SECRET 17 (T) V Dartnall 7-11-7 C Shoemark
/45P- LIP SERVICE 27 (H) F O'Brien 9-11-5
P Brennan
5PPP- CASPER KING 30 (B,C) P Hobbs 7-11-4
R Johnson
3222- INNOCENT GIRL 248 (H,T,D) H Fry 9-11-3
K Edgar (3)
2616- TRIPLE CHIEF 57 (P,CD,BF) J Frost 7-11-1 Bryony Frost (3)
4/16- DARK MAHLER 118 (W) Miss E Lavelle 7-11-0 N Scholfield
1P33- BREDON HILL LAD 37 (T,P,C,D) S Gardner 11-10-7
S Houlihan (5)
11-2 Innocent Girl, 7-1 Above Board, Admiral's Secret, 15-2 others.
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7.50
Hunters' Chase
(�340: 3m 54y) (6)
1 35PP- BRANDY AND RED 21 P Rogers 9-11-10 Mr J Newman (3)
2 23P-3 CREATIVE INERTA 9P (T) B Clarke 8-11-10 Mr R Dingle (7)
Mr B Jones (7)
3 6322- GOLANDER 10P G Chambers 8-11-10
4 130P- THE LIZARD KING 26 (P) N Martin 9-11-10 Mr N Lawton (7)
Mr D Edwards
5 1111- THE TWO AMIGOS 17P N Martin 6-11-10
6 4411- MISTRESS MASSINI 10P Mrs T Clark 7-11-3 Mr W Biddick
4-5 The Two Amigos, 3-1 Mistress Massini, 6-1 Creative Inerta, 12-1 others.
8.20
NH Flat Race (�274: 2m 175y) (16)
EARTH SPIRIT J Barber 5-11-2
N Scholfield
0- MASTER CARD 88 W Greatrex 5-11-2
T Greatrex (7)
2/3- NET DE TREVE 158 T George 5-11-2
J Best
5- NIFTY AT FIFTY 29 J Scott 5-11-2
Matt Griffiths
24- RHYTHM IS A DANCER 52 (T) P Nicholls 5-11-2
Bryony Frost (3)
2/0- ROWLEY PARK 133 L Blackford 5-11-2
Conor Smith (5)
6
DRIFT ROCK P Bowen 4-10-12
T Cannon
7
4- EARTH MOOR 29 P Hobbs 4-10-12
R Johnson
8
FLY
TO
MARS
C
Tizzard
4-10-12
D
Noonan
9
GLOBAL RHAPSODY N Mulholland 4-10-12 T Scudamore
10
GREY DIAMOND A King 4-10-12
W Hutchinson
11
JEREMIAH JAMES H Fry 4-10-12
K Edgar (3)
12
P Brennan
13 343- KAUTO THE KING 29 (T) C Tizzard 4-10-12
RUFIO H Fry 4-10-12
N P Madden
14
5- SHIROCCAN ROLL 157 Miss E Lavelle 4-10-12 A Coleman
15
46- THEATRE MIX 57 J Plessis 5-10-9
Mrs Jo Supple (7)
16
7-2 Rhythm Is A Dancer, 6-1 Kauto The King, 7-1 Rufio, 8-1 others.
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Ludlow
Rob Wright
5.30 Diamond Guy
7.30 Samson?s Reach
6.00 By The Boardwalk 8.00 Helf
6.30 Nightfly
8.30 Lust For Glory
7.00 Bach De Clermont
Going: good
Racing UK
5.30
Novices' Hurdle
8 0450- BY THE BOARDWALK 29 (T,D) K Bailey 10-11-9 M Hamill (5)
N De Boinville
9 231P- SHANTY TOWN 41 (P) D Dennis 9-11-8
J J Burke
10 3PP5- GORSKY ISLAND 18 (C) T George 10-11-6
11 5311- TB BROKE HER 118 (P,C,D) M Sheppard 8-11-4 S Sheppard (3)
12 3422- PEMBROKE HOUSE 14 (P) S Davies 11-10-5 R Patrick (5)
9-2 Tb Broke Her, 13-2 Amber Gambler, 15-2 Harry Hunt, 8-1 Astracad, Gorsky
Island, Pembroke House, 9-1 Royale Django, 10-1 others.
6.30
Handicap Chase
(�238: 1m 7f 212y) (13)
P122- NIGHTFLY 14 (T,D,BF) C Longsdon 7-11-12
J J Burke
5P52- TRUCKERS HIGHWAY 17 (CD) J Groucott 9-11-10 L Edwards
12/6- KING SPIRIT 75 (W,D) T Lacey 10-11-8
R Dunne
012P- DIAMOND ROCK 117 H Oliver 7-11-5
J Davies
23/3- MYROUNDORURS 92 (H,D) R Dickin 8-11-3
C Poste
0/0P- ALLOW DALLOW 150 (P,D) Mrs N Evans 11-11-1
R Williams (3)
7 0005- BOXER BEAT 17 Lady Brooke 11-10-11 Miss L Brooke (7)
B Powell
8 13B3- BAJARDO 60 (T,D) Miss E Bishop 10-10-10
9 6363- WALDEN PRINCE 14 (T,V,D) Mrs S Leech 11-10-8
Miss B Hampson (5)
10 /PPP- RIVER PURPLE 162 (T,CD) Lady Brooke 11-10-5
Miss L Turner (7)
11 5514- JACKTHEJOURNEYMAN 13 (T,P,D) T Gretton 9-10-2
S Twiston-Davies
A Wedge
12 60P3- DAVERON 21 (C) R Price 10-10-0
13 60UP- ACCESSALLAREAS 13 (P,D) S Davies 13-10-0 R Patrick (5)
7-2 Nightfly, 4-1 Truckers Highway, 6-1 Myroundorurs, 13-2
Jackthejourneyman, 8-1 Bajardo, Diamond Rock, 12-1 King Spirit, 16-1 others.
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7.00
Novices' Limited Handicap
Chase (�538: 2m 4f 11y) (5)
1120- MONBEG LEGEND 73 (D,BF) N Henderson 8-11-8
N De Boinville
H Cobden
2 11/P- SAN SATIRO 360 (BF) P Nicholls 7-11-1
J J Burke
3 0640- SUMKINDOFKING 25 (T) T George 7-11-1
4 4066- SOLATENTIF 24 (T,B) C Tizzard 8-11-1 S Twiston-Davies
A Wedge
5 2423- BACH DE CLERMONT 139 E Williams 7-10-10
5-2 Monbeg Legend, 7-2 San Satiro, 4-1 Bach De Clermont, 5-1 others.
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7.30
Handicap Hurdle
(�588: 2m 5f 55y) (13)
5460- AGINCOURT REEF 29 (P,CD) R Teal 9-11-12
H Cobden
320P- ATLANTIC GREY 133 N Twiston-Davies 5-11-12
S Twiston-Davies
3 /66F- HAZAMAR 8F (T,C) Mrs S Leech 5-11-12 Mr D Skehan (5)
J Nixon (7)
4 PPP1- SAMSON'S REACH 14 (CD) R Price 5-11-8
5 0052- SCENTED LILY 43 (H,BF) C Longsdon 5-11-7 Paul O'Brien (5)
A Tinkler
6 000F- EAU DE NILE 14 H Daly 5-11-7
R Dunne
7 330P- AYLA'S EMPEROR 163 (P) J Flint 9-11-6
A Wedge
8 3060- ST JOHN'S 118 E Williams 5-11-5
P664KERRY'S
BOY
18
(T)
B
Pauling
5-11-5
D Jacob
9
10 /000- CAPTAIN SIMON 162 (P) D Skelton 6-11-4
Bridget Andrews (3)
11 1610- RED ADMIRABLE 43 (T,P,D) G McPherson 12-11-2 K K Woods
12 0P55- LINCOLN COUNTY 14 (T,B) O Greenall 7-10-3 W Kennedy
R Patrick (5)
13 3000- RING EYE 42 S Davies 10-10-0
6-1 Agincourt Reef, Samson's Reach, Scented Lily, 8-1 others.
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8.00
Amateurs' Handicap Hurdle
(�742: 1m 7f 169y) (15)
0426- VOODOO DOLL 58 E Williams 5-11-12 Miss I Williams (5)
0244- BLAZON 43 (D,BF) K Bailey 5-11-12
Mr Liam Carter (7)
12/P- NIKKI STEEL 31 (D) Dr R Newland 8-11-11
Mr J King
F440- EQUUS MILLAR 115 (H) N Twiston-Davies 5-11-11 Mr Z Baker
6320- CRAFTY ROBERTO 16 (T,B,D) A Hales 10-11-11
Mr Jamie Brace (7)
6 0P60- EXCELLENT TEAM 12 (T,CD) D Skelton 6-11-8
Mr William Marshall (7)
7 3202- HIT AND RUN 30 (P) D McCain 6-11-8 Miss A McCain (3)
Mr C Price (7)
8 0610- DUSKY RAIDER 163 (D) T Vaughan 5-11-7
Mr Luca Morgan (7)
9 4033- ORMSKIRK 29 J S Mullins 5-11-6
10 00P0- BILLY MY BOY 195 (P,D) C Down 9-11-6 Mr A Ferguson (3)
Mr L Williams (3)
11 006P- BARATINEUR 57 (D) K Bishop 7-11-5
12 6U03- GOAL 159 (T,P,CD) Miss T Watkins 10-11-5 Miss B Hampson
13 0000- THE FINAL WHISTLE 112 Sheila Lewis 5-11-3 Mr J Webb (7)
14 1402- IRISH HAWKE 140 (T,D,BF) D McCain 6-10-9
Miss Ella McCain (5)
Mr Alex Edwards
15 0050- HELF 17 (T,B) O Greenall 4-10-4
5-1 Nikki Steel, 13-2 Irish Hawke, 7-1 Blazon, Hit And Run, 8-1 others.
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(�874: 1m 7f 169y) (8)
H Cobden
1 /421- DIAMOND GUY 16 (T,D) P Nicholls 5-11-4
335- BABY TED 45 N Twiston-Davies 5-10-12 S Twiston-Davies
2
65- COLD WESTON 247 H Daly 5-10-12
A Tinkler
3
J J Burke
4 1603- DJARKEVI 16 (H) C Longsdon 5-10-12
00- DUC KAUTO 145 C Tizzard 5-10-12
D Jacob
5
B Powell
6 O005- BLACKJACKTENNESSEE 14 (H) S Flook 4-10-8
4- DARLYN 28 H Oliver 5-10-5
J Davies
7
60- NELLEMANI 17 J Groucott 6-10-5
L Edwards
8
1-2 Diamond Guy, 4-1 Djarkevi, 7-1 Baby Ted, 14-1 Cold Weston, 16-1 others.
6.00
Handicap Chase
(�588: 2m 7f 171y) (12)
1 211P/ VICTOR LEUDORUM 482 (T,P,D) S Flook 11-12-0
Mr L Williams (7)
R Dunne
2 4514- AMBER GAMBLER 16 (D) I Williams 8-11-12
A Wedge
3 0P60- STILL BELIEVING 38 (C,D) E Williams 10-11-12
3PFPROYALE
DJANGO
24
(T,V,D)
T
Vaughan
9-11-12
A Johns
4
5 3300- ASTRACAD 29 N Twiston-Davies 12-11-11 S Twiston-Davies
K K Woods
6 2146- HARRY HUNT 29F (D) G McPherson 11-11-10
J Davies
7 /12P- BERTIE LUGG 307 (D) T Gretton 10-11-9
8.30
NH Flat Race
(�899: 1m 7f 169y) (16)
BIG FIDDLE (W) R Phillips 5-11-0
S Twiston-Davies
BRIERY BUNNY (W) O Sherwood 6-11-0
T Garner (3)
26- CHEEKY CHICA 125 N Mulholland 5-11-0
B Powell
13- LUST FOR GLORY 80 (BF) N Henderson 5-11-0 J McGrath
FU1- SHEILA TANIST 58P (T) B Case 5-11-0
K K Woods
0- STEP YOU GAILY 74 B Pauling 5-11-0
D Jacob
STONEY CROSS R Phillips 6-11-0
T Bellamy
3/0- ZAROCCO 19 T Lacey 5-11-0
R Dunne
AMETHEA B Pauling 4-10-10
N De Boinville
CRACKLE LYN ROSIE E Williams 4-10-10
A Wedge
643- MY LADY GREY 18 C Tizzard 4-10-10
H Cobden
23- PERFECT MYTH 83 (BF) H Whittington 4-10-10
S Sheppard (3)
0- ROSE TO FAME 64 (BF) K Bailey 4-10-10
M Hamill (5)
13
3- RUBY TIGER 38 H Daly 4-10-10
A Tinkler
14
STORM GODDESS C Longsdon 4-10-10
J J Burke
15
TARSINI K Bishop 4-10-10
Mr L Williams (7)
16
11-4 Lust For Glory, 11-2 Perfect Myth, 13-2 My Lady Grey, 8-1 others.
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Yesterday?s racing results
Ayr
Going: good
2.10 (2m 5f 91yd hdle) 1, Final Reminder (Grant
Cockburn, 10-1); 2, Devils Water (10-1); 3,
Petite Ganache (5-1 fav); 4, Green Tikkana
(20-1). 19 ran. NR: Top Billing. 1Nl, 2Ol. N
Alexander.
2.45 (2m hdle) 1, Return Ticket (B Hughes,
11-10 fav); 2, Swaffham Bulbeck (9-4); 3, An
Fear Ciuin (8-1). 8 ran. NR: Beach Break,
Geordielandgangsta. 6l, 3Kl. Ruth Jefferson.
3.20 (2m hdle) 1, Shankill Castle (B Hughes,
20-1); 2, Leostar (3-1); 3, Karamoko (9-2).
10 ran. 1Nl, 1Nl. R M Smith.
3.55 (3m 20yd ch) 1, Miles To Milan (A Coleman,
6-4); 2, Clondaw Kaempfer (4-6 fav); 3, Imperial
Prince (12-1). 4 ran. 1Nl, 14l. Olly Murphy.
4.30 (3m 70yd hdle hdle) 1, Tyrell (Joe Colliver,
6-1); 2, Traditional Dancer (7-1); 3, Native
Optimist (33-1). 9 ran. NR: Imada, Man With
Van. Sh hd, 7l. Micky Hammond.
5.05 (2m 4f 100yd ch) 1, Weebill (A Coleman,
5-6 fav); 2, Bialco (11-8); 3, Expresstime (50-1).
6 ran. NR: Left Back. 7l, 25l. Olly Murphy.
5.35 (2m 4f 110yd ch) 1, Martiloo (H Brooke,
5-2); 2, Ulis De Vassy (9-2); 3, Angus Milan
(9-2). 5 ran. NR: Gold Opera, Lough Derg Jewel.
14l, Ol. Miss P Robson.
6.10 (2m flat) 1, Finawn Bawn (A Coleman, 9-4);
2, Leather Belly (22-1); 3, Ginger Flame (15-8
fav). 10 ran. NR: Lily?s Gem. 8l, sh hd.
Olly Murphy.
Placepot: �3.30.
Quadpot: �.30.
Beverley
Kempton Park
Warwick
Windsor
Going: good (good to firm in places)
Going: good
Going: good to firm
Bath
1.55 (5f) 1, Rockin Roy (D Tudhope, 3-1 jt-fav);
2, The Great Heir (4-1); 3, Zebzardee (8-1).
10 ran. 1Ol, 3Nl. Archie Watson.
2.30 (5f) 1, Wasntexpectingthat (P Hanagan,
13-8 fav); 2, Big Ace (10-3); 3, Minas Gerais
(8-1). 9 ran. Kl, nk. R Fahey.
3.05 (5f) 1, Bahuta Acha (Ben Curtis, 25-1); 2,
Tiger Lyon (20-1); 3, Mosseyb (16-1). 10 ran.
Nk, 2Kl. David Loughnane.
3.40 (7f 96yd) 1, Nature Boy (D Tudhope, 6-1);
2, Hitman (10-1); 3, Relight My Fire (12-1);
4, Make On Madam (10-1). 16 ran. Kl, 3l.
D O?Meara.
4.15 (1m 1f 207yd) 1, Detachment (Jane Elliott,
7-2); 2, Jacbequick (11-4); 3, X Rated (5-2 fav).
8 ran. Nk, 3Kl. J L Eyre.
4.50 (1m 100yd) 1, Society Red (P Hanagan,
13-8 fav); 2, Areen Heart (5-2); 3, Dawaaleeb
(3-1). 7 ran. NR: Boots And Spurs,
Showboating, Zeshov. Nk, hd. R Fahey.
5.25 (1m 1f 207yd) 1, Expensive Liaison (Ben
Curtis, 5-4 fav); 2, Burgonet (6-1); 3, Rococo
(11-4). 9 ran. NR: Alexis Carrington. Sh hd, 2Kl.
H Palmer.
6.00 (7f 96yd) 1, Christmas Night (B Robinson,
16-1); 2, Ideal Candy (22-1); 3, Mearing (7-1).
15 ran. NR: Luola. 2l, Kl. Ollie Pears.
Placepot: �5.10.
Quadpot: �4.80.
Going: good (good to firm in places)
1.45 (2m hdle) 1, Eskendash (R Johnson, 6-5
fav); 2, Choix Des Armes (9-4); 3, Movie Set
(5-2). 7 ran. 6l, 6l. Mrs P Sly.
2.20 (2m 4f 110yd ch) 1, Amour De Nuit (Sam
Twiston-Davies, 5-6 fav); 2, Another Stowaway
(9-4); 3, Wishfull Dreaming (3-1). 5l, 45l.
P Nicholls.
2.55 (3m 110yd hdle) 1, Secret Investor (Sam
Twiston-Davies, 5-4 fav); 2, Oakley Hall (5-2);
3, Always On The Ball (25-1). 5 ran. 8l, 31l.
P Nicholls.
3.30 (3m ch) 1, Bugsie Malone (Tom Cannon, 5-2
fav); 2, Minella Daddy (9-2); 3, Buster Thomas
(7-2). 6 ran. NR: Vino Griego. 1Ol, nk.
C Gordon.
4.05 (2m 5f hdle) 1, Faint Hope (L Heard, 9-1);
2, Spin A Yarn (4-1 co-fav); 3, Fixed Rate (8-1).
9 ran. 1Kl, 1l. Grace Harris.
4.40 (2m 2f ch) 1, Imperial Presence (R Johnson,
7-2); 2, Ashoka (5-1); 3, Vaniteux (5-1). 8 ran.
7l, 17l. P Hobbs.
5.15 (2m hdle) 1, Canoodle (D Crosse, 5-2); 2,
Cascaye (10-1); 3, Grania O?Malley (9-2). 9 ran.
NR: She?s Gina. 1l, 5l. H Morrison.
Placepot: �.20.
Quadpot: �.30.
1.30 (2m 3f hdle) 1, Gortroe Joe (H Skelton, 5-4
fav); 2, Lungarno Palace (4-1); 3, Mahlermade
(15-2). 12 ran. NR: Javert. Kl, 11l. D Skelton.
2.05 (2m hdle) 1, Simply The Betts (D A Jacob,
30-100 fav); 2, Amoola Gold (3-1); 3, Daylami
Kirk (16-1). 11 ran. 8l, 12l. H Whittington.
2.40 (2m 54yd ch) 1, Hargam (R P McLernon, 7-2
jt-fav); 2, Free Stone Hill (7-2 jt-fav);
3, Windspiel (20-1). 10 ran. 5l, 1Ol. J Quinn.
3.15 (2m 4f ch) 1, Easy Street (R P McLernon,
16-1); 2, Pretty Reckless (7-1); 3, Gun Shy
(20-1). 9 ran. NR: Minella Scamp. 7l, 12l. Jonjo
O?Neill.
3.50 (2m hdle) 1, Bandsman (H Skelton, 13-8
fav); 2, Innocent Touch (8-1); 3, Leapaway
(14-1). 13 ran. 8l, 2Kl. D Skelton.
4.25 (2m 3f hdle) 1, Chatelier (James Nixon,
8-1); 2, Druid?s Folly (11-2); 3, Red Tortue
(10-1); 4, Be Daring (11-2). 16 ran.
NR: Calarules, Comragh. Kl, 7l. S Drinkwater.
5.00 (3m 1f hdle) 1, Ring Minella (P J Brennan,
5-1); 2, Strawberry Spirit (16-1); 3, Indian Reel
(8-1). 10 ran. Kl, Kl. P Henderson.
5.30 (3m 1f hdle) 1, Hoo Bally Diva (Sean
Houlihan, 9-2); 2, Hollow Park (5-2 fav); 3,
Mauna Kea (7-1). 7 ran. NR: Snowball, Tailor
Tom. Ol, 3Kl. R Buckler.
Placepot: �.40.
Quadpot: �.40.
2.00 (6f 12yd) 1, Porto Ferro (Sophie Ralston,
3-1); 2, Desert Fox (7-2); 3, Winklemann (14-1).
7 ran. NR: All Or Nothin. 2Nl, 3Kl. J Bridger.
2.35 (6f 12yd) 1, Englishman (L P Keniry, 20-1);
2, Open Wide (6-1); 3, Delagate This Lord (7-2
fav). 10 ran. NR: Blitz. Kl, nk. J M Bradley.
3.10 (1m 3f 99yd) 1, Voi (Andrea Atzeni, 7-2); 2,
All My Love (13-2); 3, Tarte Tropezienne (5-4
fav). 5 ran. Ns, 5l. C Allen.
3.45 (1m 2f) 1, Nayel (S M Levey, 8-1); 2, Come
On Come On (9-4 fav); 3, Hollywood Road
(12-1). 9 ran. NR: Ay Ay, Tomahawk Kid,
Towerlands Park. Nk, nk. R Hannon.
4.20 (1m 31yd) 1, Medburn Dream (Andrea
Atzeni, 5-1); 2, Considered Opinion (9-2);
3, First Selection (5-2 fav). 8 ran. 2Ol, Ol.
P Hedger.
4.55 (1m 31yd) 1, Employer (James Doyle, 15-8
fav); 2, Armed (20-1); 3, Mutafani (16-1). 13
ran. NR: Progressive Dawn. Ol, hd. H Palmer.
5.30 (1m 31yd) 1, Silver Quartz (James Doyle,
10-11 fav); 2, Bullingdon (10-3); 3, Birthright
(14-1). 13 ran. NR: Brancaster. 4Kl, 2Kl.
H Palmer.
6.05 (5f 21yd) 1, Spring Romance (Jack Duern,
9-2); 2, Kodiac Express (4-1 co-fav); 3, Bobby?s
Charm (4-1 co-fav). 8 ran. Ol, Kl. D Ivory.
Placepot: �.50.
Quadpot: �.40.
Going: good to firm (firm in places)
2.15 (5f 10yd) 1, Signora Cabello (S De Sousa,
11-4); 2, New Queen (8-1); 3, Queen Shaahd
(7-2). 10 ran. NR: Quick. Kl, nk. J Quinn.
2.50 (5f 160yd) 1, Mooroverthebridge (Oisin
Murphy, 3-1 fav); 2, Fantasy Justifier (18-1); 3,
Spellmaker (25-1). 10 ran. NR: Hit The Lights,
Prominna. 1Kl, 2l. Grace Harris.
3.25 (5f 160yd) 1, Catheadans Fury (F Norton,
9-2); 2, Dreams Of Glory (10-3 fav); 3,
Whispering Soul (9-1). 9 ran. NR: Divine Call,
Spirit of Zebedee. Ol, 1l. M Bosley.
4.00 (5f 10yd) 1, Barbill (Charles Bishop, 5-1);
2, Ginger Nut (7-4 fav); 3, Five Amarones (7-2).
9 ran. NR: Clevedon. 4l, Ol. M Channon.
4.35 (5f 160yd) 1, Tricksy Spirit (Charles
Bishop, 9-2); 2, Kimifive (12-1); 3, Wafeer (3-1
fav). 8 ran. NR: Bezos. Sh hd, nk. M Channon.
5.10 (5f 10yd) 1, Spot Lite (Oisin Murphy, 9-1);
2, Cent Flying (11-10 fav); 3, Rio Santos (12-1).
7 ran. Ns, Kl. B R Millman.
5.45 (5f 10yd) 1, King Crimson (Charles Bishop,
11-4 fav); 2, Met By Moonlight (7-1); 3, Mighty
Zip (25-1). 9 ran. NR: Dramatic Voice, Fareeq.
Kl, Ol. J Butler.
Placepot: �.70.
Quadpot: �10.
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Sport Rugby union
Cipriani aims two
fingers at Wasps
with best year yet
Owen Slot finds plenty
of English talent
nt
as he selects hiss
Premiership team
am
of the season
15 Willie le Roux Wasps
Lots of good full backs this season ?
Alex Goode (Saracens) was consistent
and classy, Telusa Veainu (Leicester)
probably has the best footwork in the
league and Jason Woodward has been
such a regular X-factor injection for
Gloucester that he may well be an
England pick for the summer tour. Le
Roux was slow to impress at Wasps but
now looks the real deal.
14 Vereniki Goneva Newcastle Falcons
So highly rated that he was voted the
players? player of the year at Leicester
four years ago, the club must have had
short memories when they let him go in
2016. They got in Jonny May instead.
Though that wasn?t exactly a masterplan, it was a last-minute deal. Goneva
has brought Newcastle a spark. His
Alan Shearer try celebration was sheer
bliss.
13 Henry Trinder Gloucester
At last. Trinder has rivalled Jack Clifford, Manu Tuilagi and Billy Vunipola
for most unlucky/injured player in
recent seasons. This time he stayed fit
and was a majestic sight: speed and
footwork that was often unmatched.
Now 29 and in contention for England.
Goneva two years ago. Special mention
here, too, to May, who was the star wing
in the first half of the season, and
Christian Wade, who is class season in,
season out.
10 Danny Cipriani Wasps
The Premiership?s great individualist
had his best season since he became a
teenage celebrity. Typical to give his
best when Wasps had shown him the
door; it?s like he is heading for the exit
with two fingers up at his employers
saying: ?This is what you?ll be missing.?
One of those who seems to have more
time on the ball, he has repaid Tigers
after his first season was cut short with
injury. Versatile, too. Stepped in at
No 10 when George Ford was away and
arguably made a better job of it.
2 Schalk Brits
Saracens
3 Nick Schonert
Worcester
4 Jonny Hill Exeter Chiefs
The Exeter development system is
working well. You need not have been
paying very close attention to have
noticed the influence that Hill has
come to exert, and with real consistency. He is the kind of success that is so
galling for rivals: Gloucester had him,
didn?t rate him sufficiently and let him
go. Exeter have done a typical Chiefs
job on him, seen his potential, polished
him up and turned him into one of the
best locks in the league.
What a signing. The Premiership
heaved with outstanding imported
No 9s: Sonatane Takulua (Newcastle),
Francois Hougaard (Worcester), the
durable Kahn Fotuali?i (Bath). Nic
White was a good signing for Exeter yet
does not measure up by this benchmark. De Klerk takes so much on:
leader, kicker and playmaker and does
the scrum-half chores pretty well, too.
Durable and consistent. A real lineout
specialist, he had the second-highest
count for lineout takes during the
season. Special mention here, too, to Ed
Slater (Gloucester), arguably the
signing of the season, and Joe Launchbury (Wasps). When Slater went to
Kingsholm, crossing with May, it
seemed as though Leicester had the
better part of the deal; now that
exchange looks like a score draw.
1 Ellis Genge Leicester Tigers
6 Jake Polledri Gloucester
A season when a number of good young
English loose-heads came to the fore.
Beno Obano (Bath) looked brilliant
when fit, Alec Hepburn (Exeter) won a
first cap; with Mako Vunipola
(Saracens) and Joe Marler (Harlequins), that gives Eddie Jones real
strength in depth. Genge, though, no
longer looks like an up-and-comer who
is a bit tasty and trying to get noticed; he
has real presence and a real edge. Cut
out the wide-boy, hot-head antics and
we have here a very special player.
One of the two outstanding breakthrough players of the season. The
other is Marcus Smith (Harlequins),
who has played far too much first-class
rugby for a teenager, even though
almost all of it has been of an extraordinarily high standard. Polledri has real
appetite, self-belief and, more?s the
shame for Jones, too much of that passionate Italian blood.
An emotional pick, but he still does
stuff no one else would dream of. Luke
Cowan-Dickie (Exeter) has been the
best No 2 for the past two months;
strong seasons, too, from Kyle Cooper
(Newcastle) and Tom Cruse (Wasps)
but, in the retiring Brits, we are saying
goodbye to one of the greatest ever.
11 Matt Banahan Bath
Aled Brew, on the other Bath wing,
nearly edged this, but Banahan outscored him comfortably. When Bath
struggled, it was often these two who
rose to the occasion, players with a real
spirit and pride. Bath will miss this guy
massively. Their decision to let him go
looks as crazy as Leicester releasing
1 Ellis Genge
Leicester
4 Jonny Hill
Exeter
6 Jake Polledri
Gloucester
5 Calum Green
Newcastle
8 Sam Simmonds
Exeter
7 Jack Willis
Wasps
5 Calum Green Newcastle Falcons
9 Faf de Klerk Sale Sharks
2 Schalk Brits Saracens
12 Matt Toomua Leicester
Slot?s XV
3 Nick Schonert Worcester Warriors
Worcester only ever won Premiership
games when Schonert was playing.
When he was out, they lost every time.
Old-school tighthead, hugely effective
scrummager; don?t be surprised if, one
day soon, he is starting matches for
England.
9 Faf de Klerk
Sale
10 Danny Cipriani
Wasps
12 Matt Toomua
Leicester
7 Jack Willis Wasps
He only really established himself as a
Wasps starter in the autumn, got hotter
and hotter as the season went on, and is
now keeping James Haskell out of the
starting XV. Put in a stand-up-and-becounted performance against Saracens
and is fast becoming the kind of turnover specialist of Jones?s dreams.
13 Henry Trinder
Gloucester
8 Sam Simmonds Exeter Chiefs
One of the stand-out players of the
season and yet there are chin-strokers
who believe he is in the wrong position.
More athletic, lighter and faster than
pretty much every other No 8 in the
land ? which makes him more of a
No 7, no? Not according to Exeter,
though it might do England a massive
favour if Rob Baxter, the club?s director
of rugby, were to reconsider.
11 Matt Banahan
Bath
15 Willie le Roux
Wasps
14 Vereniki Goneva
Newcastle
Ryan in the running as Lancaster rules out Harlequins
Owen Slot Chief Rugby Correspondent
Ben Ryan, the coach who led Fiji to
Olympic sevens gold, has emerged as
one of the favourites to take over at
Harlequins after Stuart Lancaster ruled
himself out of the job yesterday. Ryan is
one of a number of candidates who
have already held talks with the club
and sources say that he has been
through two interviews and may soon
be recalled for a third.
Lancaster, who is now senior coach at
Leinster, had been connected with the
vacancy created by the departure of
John Kingston as director of rugby last
weekend. However, he says that he is
not interested in leaving Leinster. ?I?ve
not had any communication from them
and I?ve not proactively sought it,?
Lancaster said yesterday.
?One: I am 100 per cent committed
here at Leinster. Two: It would be
100 per cent the wrong thing to do to
start talking about trying to win something at Leinster and at the same time
try and create an opportunity elsewhere. I wouldn?t even contemplate
doing it.?
Lancaster has had considerable
success since he joined Leinster in
September 2016. At the time, it
appeared a brave appointment, but the
relationship has worked well and he
now has the team riding high and heading this weekend to Bilbao, where they
will be the favourites in the Champions
Cup final against Racing 92.
Lancaster has had other approaches
about jobs, although he says he would
not look outside Leinster until his
contract expires at the end of next
season. He also insists that he is not
particularly motivated by the prospect
of returning to coach in England.
?I enjoyed working in England,
working for England, coaching
England has been a fantastic experi-
ence ? great memories,? Lancaster
said. ?Equally, to come here and coach
in the Pro14 in Ireland has been fantastic. Whether the next job is in France or
the southern hemisphere, or I stay here
for the next ten years, who knows??
Ryan, meanwhile, has held a number
of consultancy roles in high-performance sport but has not settled on one
job in rugby since he led Fiji to the gold
medal at the Olympic Games in Rio in
2016. He would be a fascinating
appointment for Harlequins because
he is not an establishment figure and
would probably approach the job in an
unorthodox manner.
This might appeal to the club, who
may be interested in a different
approach after the failure of the last
regime. Ryan would also have ambitions for the kind of entertaining rugby
that Harlequins have long espoused.
They have a challenge to find the
right man, however, because they are in
a race against time to have them in
place for the start of the next campaign.
Their season petered out on Saturday
with their fifth defeat in a row.
The new man at the helm will have a
strong squad to work with but will need
to change the culture and inject a confidence that has been absent this season.
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From England prospect
to the Pittsburgh Steelers
Alex Lowe
Deputy Rugby Correspondent
Rugby players snapped up for the NFL
Christian Scotland-Williamson began
this season as a promising lock forward
with Worcester Warriors, determined
to make his mark on the Aviva Premiership after battling through two years of
injury. England honours, he felt, were
still within his reach; it was why he had
worked so hard to play again. Then, in
January, Scotland-Williamson gave it
all up in pursuit of the American dream.
Last Tuesday, he was sitting on his
bed at the IMG training centre in
Miami, Florida, chatting with his fellow
NFL hopeful Jordan Mailata, when his
phone rang. They both glanced down
and immediately recognised the area
code. Scotland-Williamson remembers
looking up, his mouth wide open. The
Pittsburgh Steelers were on the line.
?I was shocked,? he says. ?I never
thought in my wildest dreams that the
Pittsburgh Steelers would be calling
me. They are the best franchise in
history. It is like if Real Madrid or
Barcelona were to call you up and say,
?Come and train with us for a year and,
if you do well enough, we will give you
a place in the team?.
?It is hard to put into words. To have
been playing Premiership Rugby and
then five months later to be on the
other side of the Atlantic and you are
about to become a Pittsburgh Steeler, it
is just surreal.?
It will become reality on Thursday,
when Scotland-Williamson leaves
Miami, where he has been training as
part of the NFL?s International Player
Pathway Programme, and heads for
the Steel City, home of the sixtimes Super Bowl champions.
How does a boy from the east
London suburb of South Woodford earn a contract in the NFL,
despite never having played a
down of American football? Why
risk his rugby career for the
unknown?
Scotland-Williamson, who
took up rugby when he was
nine, was born with athletic
genes. His father was an
amateur boxing champion,
his brother Alexander played
college basketball in Birmingham, Alabama, and his
cousin Zane Scotland is a
professional golfer.
The catalyst for ScotlandWilliamson?s NFL journey
was a tackle on Alex Rieder,
the Wasps No 8. ?He?s got the
name of a posh boy but he hits
him like a thug,? was how Ugo
Monye described it in commentary
on BT Sport. The clip whizzed around
social media and led to suggestions that
he should try American football.
Scotland-Williamson sent off some
footage and he was one of six to be
selected for an intensive training
programme for international players,
with the prospect of earning a place at
an NFL franchise. If the tackle on
Rieder was the catalyst, the inspiration
for the 24-year-old?s bold adventure
was the journey that his grandparents
took to England from different ports in
the Caribbean as part of the Windrush
generation.
?I always heard stories when I was
younger,? he says. ?Now that I have
moved across the world to chase the
unknown I do feel like I am reliving
what it must have been like for them to
move from the Caribbean to England in
search of a better life.
?I know that sounds quite deep but
it really resonates with me because it
Alex Gray
The captain of the
England Under-20 team
featuring Owen Farrell,
George Ford, Mako
Vunipola, Elliot Daly and
Joe Launchbury that
reached the 2011 World
Cup final. Has been
re-signed by the Atlanta
Falcons after a year on
their practice squad
after coming through
the player pathway.
16 before retiring to try
to win a place in the Fiji
sevens Olympic squad.
He failed and returned
to the NRL.
Jarryd Hayne
The Australian rugby
league star spent a
season with the San
Francisco 49ers in 2015-
Nate Ebner
Grew up playing rugby
in Ohio and played for
US Under-20 at the
2008 Junior World
Hayden Smith
The US second row who
played more than 60
games for Saracens
spent one season with
the New York Jets and
completed one catch in
the NFL.
was a big risk to leave a promising
career, where I felt I was on the verge of
doing something quite special, to chase
something completely unknown,
where there is no guarantee of success.
I think 0.5 per cent of people who have
been playing the sport from four years
old make it to the top level.
?It takes a lot of courage to say, ?I am
going to try and chase something uncertain and take the risk?.
?My family are my most important
motivation. I watched a few things on
the BBC about what Caribbean people
experienced when they came over to
the UK.
?The hardship was all to provide
for the next generation. I understand the sacrifices my parents
have made and my grandparents
have made. It makes me even
more determined to
maximise this
After joining
the Steelers,
ScotlandWilliamson
will have the
chance to
prove himself
in pre-season
Championship before
taking up American
football at university.
Won the Super Bowl
twice with the New
England Patriots either
side of representing the
US in rugby at the 2016
Olympic Games.
Jordan Mailata
The Australian was on
the programme with
Scotland-Williamson.
The former South
Sydney Rabbitohs
Under-20 player was
drafted by the
Philadelphia Eagles
in April.
opportunity. What I am doing now is
bigger than me for many reasons.?
Scotland-Williamson?s father was
initially sceptical. ?I had to give my dad
a sales pitch and explain my reasons,?
he says. ?It is very seldom you have the
opportunity to do something that has
never been done before, and have the
opportunity to be a trailblazer. That
was too good to pass up. People think I
have gone to chase something that is a
gimmick, a bit of fun. This is serious.
This is my life.?
Scotland-Williamson has been recruited as a tight end, a position that
utilises the power of his 6ft 9in, 19-stone
frame for blocking and his ability to
catch, which is not a given among NFL
players given how specialised some
roles are. The programme guarantees
him a place at the Steelers for a year,
where he will take part in training
camps and pre-season matches. He will
then be guaranteed a place on the
practice squad to learn the game
without the risk of being cut, although
he cannot feature in a regular-season
game this year.
Alex Gray, the former England
sevens player, came through the same
programme last year and has been
retained by the Atlanta Falcons after
a season on their practice squad, but
the route from rugby to the NFL is
not a well-trodden path, despite the
transferable skills.
The toughest challenge since
moving to Miami has been in the
classroom, analysing footage and
learning the plays. ScotlandWilliamson has a degree in
economics, a Master?s in business
and, as a lock forward, he is used to
studying lineout codes ? but this is
something else entirely.
?The lineout menu for a game
would be half the number of redzone plays alone,? he says. ?When I get
to the Steelers I could be faced with
learning 40 pages, with six plays per
page, and I will have to know that
information for the next day.?
Pittsburgh was the dream scenario
for Scotland-Williamson. They are the
team that he has supported since
watching them win the Super Bowl
in 2009 while on holiday at his
grandparents? house in Dominica.
?It is such a storied franchise,? he
says. ?I am flying there on Thursday. It is now about competing for
everything. If I play in a preseason game and can make a
tackle like the one on Alex Rieder
I could be in the full squad. This is
the ultimate challenge. I have
every belief that I will succeed.?
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Sport Snooker
Naked emotion as Williams wins
ANNA GOWTHORPE/BPI/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK;
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Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter
Maybe it was naked ambition or a
rediscovered zest for the sport, but
either way Mark Williams breathed
new life into snooker after a nervejangling Betfred World Championship
final against John Higgins rated as one
of the best ever.
Williams overcame his boyhood
adversary to win the battle of the fortysomethings at the Crucible in Sheffield
and become the oldest world champion
since Ray Reardon.
Afterwards, the Welshman fulfilled a
promise made earlier in the tournament and appeared at his post-victory
news conference stark naked.
The style of the victory, and
Williams?s unconstrained celebrations,
will do much to rejuvenate the image of
snooker, which has struggled to find the
stars to step into the shoes of those of
previous generations.
Steve Davis described it as ?the best
final ever? as Williams, 43, overcame
42-year-old Higgins 18-16. Reardon,
the man nicknamed ?Dracula?, was 45
when he won in 1978, but on this form
no one would write off either of yesterday?s finalists beating that record in the
next few years.
Williams, who nearly packed snooker in altogether last year after a barren
spell, paid tribute to his wife Joanne for
persuading him to carry on.
?Last year I wasn?t even here,? he said.
?Last year I watched this in a caravan
having some beers.
?I was seriously considering giving
up, she [Joanne] convinced me to keep
going ? she said she can?t stand being
in the house with me 24 hours a day.?
Williams had promised to appear
naked at the post-final news conference if he won and he was as good as
his word, though World Snooker?s
chairman Barry Hearn insisted that a
towel protected his modesty until he
was sitting down safely and out of view
of the cameras.
?I would have been fine to just walk
through everyone naked but Barry
Hearn told me I would be fined so I had
to put on the towel,? Williams said.
The victory earned him a �5,000
prize to add to his 2000 and 2003
triumphs but Higgins had pushed him
all the way, coming back from 13-7 down
to level the match at 15 frames each.
?You have to expect a comeback from
Williams posed
for pictures with
his wife and
children before
his slightly less
family-friendly
appearance at
the post-match
press conference,
which he
conducted, as
promised, naked
Oldest world champions
at the Crucible
45................................Ray Reardon (1978)
43............................Mark Williams (2018)
41...............................John Spencer (1977)
38.........................Stuart Bingham (2015)
37.....................Ronnie O?Sullivan (2013)
36.............................Dennis Taylor (1985)
36....................Ronnie O?Sullivan (2012)
The key shot: Williams?s audacious pot
at the start of the 34th frame began
the break of 69 that sealed the title
John Higgins, when you are 50-60 in
front he is the best at coming back,?
Williams said. ?I knew at the end if I
didn?t get enough in front he would
clear up again but I?m over the moon.?
Williams and Higgins were born two
months apart in 1975, and they first
played each other in a youth tournament when both were 13. In this final,
Higgins at one point looked down and
out after Williams reeled off the first
four frames of the afternoon.
Even after Higgins put a break on the
runaway train, he was still trailing 15-10
at the beginning of the final session.
Two mistakes by Williams gave his
rival a glimmer of hope, however, and
Higgins, apparently with ice in his
veins, seized on the errors. A flawless
131 break saw his confidence return and
he won the next frame on the black to
bring the score back to 15-12.
Williams by contrast looked rattled
and could not find any rhythm, while
Higgins built on his new-found belief to
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make it 15-14 just before the midsession interval. Another slip on a
straightforward red by Williams
handed Higgins the chance to level the
match and he accepted it gleefully to set
up a nail-biting finale.
After losing five frames in a row,
Williams finally got the better of
Higgins after a tense series of
exchanges, and then after Higgins
failed to take advantage of another
mistake, rattled off a 100 break to make
it 17-15 and within touching distance of
the title.
Williams had an easy pink for the
title but, almost unaccountably, missed
it and Higgins took it to the wire only
for a brilliant final frame by the Welshman to claim the title. Both the finalists
had turned professional way back in
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1992, the same year as Ronnie O?Sullivan, and Hearn has questioned
whether younger players who have yet
to land the world title are ?too soft?.
Hearn named Judd Trump and Ding
Junhui, aged 28 and 31 respectively, as
players who should question themselves as to why they have won many
other events ? and earned millions of
pounds from snooker ? but have failed
on the world championship stage.
?The kids today are soft, and they?re
getting softer because life is sweeter,
opportunities are greater and prize
money for failure is better,? Hearn said.
?People are settling for second best.
?If I was a player who hadn?t won
the world title I?d be spending a
long time looking in the mirror and
saying ?Why??.?
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Wolves? Portuguese
contingent show off the
Championship trophy, from
left: Ivan Cavaleiro, R鷅en
Vinagre, R鷅en Neves,
Diogo Jota, Roderick
Miranda and H閘der Costa
Nuno warns
Wolves fans
at title party
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p to 80,000 people
lined the streets
to celebrate
Wolverhampton
Wanderers? promotion
to the Premier League
yesterday but the club?s
coach warned them that
wealth may not bring
success next season
(Steve Madeley writes).
Nuno Esp韗ito Santo?s
side clinched promotion
with some expensive
signings funded by
Fosun International, the
club?s Chinese owners.
But Nuno said: ?With
financial fair play, we go
by the rules, like
everybody does.
?You can have all the
money in the world but
on those terms I am no
different to any manager
in the Premier League
next season.?
s time to show ?proper?
?I slept on sofas. Now I?m It?football
at a proper time
in the Premier League?
Philippines goalkeeper
Neil Etheridge tells
Rick Broadbent how he
almost turned his back
on the English game
The ascent of Cardiff City to the
Premier League is a tale from football?s
underbelly. Players who thought they
were washed up have cleaned up
thanks to Neil Warnock?s rescue remedy, but few have made a journey quite
like the goalkeeper. Neil Etheridge may
be the busiest man in the Premier
League next season but he knows each
game will be a thriller in Manila.
The 28-year-old?s pathway to the top
has had a globe-trotting randomness
about it. So he has played in front of
90,000 people in Jakarta and warmed
the bench in Oldham, saved shots in
Kathmandu and revived himself at the
Bescot Stadium.
An England schoolboy and Philippines international, due to his mother, he
almost gave up on the dream four years
ago after the early promise shown at
Chelsea?s academy had faded to disillusionment. He had been with Fulham
since he was 18 but loan spells with
Leatherhead, Bristol Rovers and Crewe
Alexandra were the prelude to his
release in 2014 and months of club and
soul-searching.
?I was a week away from going back
to the Philippines,? he said as he
reflected on helping Cardiff get
promoted to the Premier League. ?I
sold my house and my car. Football is a
tough industry. I was let go by Fulham
and had five months without a club. It
was hard. I paid for myself to train at
Charlton. I was close to the goalkeeping
coach there and just trained as hard as
I could and waited as long as I could.
?It?s a very hard industry to be in and
a very hard industry to stay in. Now it?s
all in the past but it will never leave me.
It made me stronger and is maybe why
I am here today. You have to ride the
rough with the smooth.?
Nevertheless, he was ready to go east is widely watched. Given the national
and play football in the Philippines, team have qualified for next year?s
where he is already a big name with Asian Cup, via a win over Tajikistan,
59 caps to his name. What stopped him? Etheridge is wallowing in his reversal of
?I got offered a short contract with fortune. ?It has been an emotional
Oldham and I took it. I had a mate rollercoaster for me since the time I left
who lived up there and I said, ?Do you Fulham,? he said. ?I have got
mind if I kip on your sofa for however massive respect for the manager here
long I?m there?? That?s what you have to for taking me on board. He obviously
do.?
saw the potential I had and hopefully I
Off the sofa but on the bench, he have paid him back.?
failed to make his mark at
Etheridge is coming up to his
Oldham Athletic but, after
first anniversary at Cardiff
another short-term deal
and is keen to add another
at Charlton Athletic,
nationality to the Prethe journeyman finalmier League of nations.
ly found some stabiliThe Philippines has a
If Etheridge (Philippines)
ty in the shadow of
rich sporting heritage,
plays next season, it will take
the M6 at Walsall in
with Manny Pacquithe number of nationalities to
League One.
ao the most famous of
have appeared in the Premier
It is the sort of
them all, but EtheLeague to 113. The last three
story you imagine
ridge can now claim
countries were Kosovo,
that Warnock loves ?
the same status among
Equatorial Guinea
a
talented
but
the nation?s footballers.
and Armenia
resilient fringe player who
David Alaba also has a Filirefused to shrug his shoulpino mother but plays his
ders and paid his dues, literally
international football for Austria.
and otherwise. This season he
The downside for Warnock will
has kept 19 clean sheets and,
be the prospect of losing his goalwhen you have slept on
keeper to the Asian Cup in the
sofas and been sent off
new year.
against Turkmenistan,
It has, then, been a
then it is perhaps
circuitous and often
understandable that
tempestuous voyage from
he betrays no fear
Chelsea?s academy. ?When
about taking on
you are an academy player you
Sergio
Ag黣ro
definitely feel like it is never going
and Mohamed
to end,? he said. ?I went from ChelSalah.
sea to Fulham ? two Premier League
His status as
teams at the time ? and I was sitting
the
Premier
on the bench for the Europa
League?s
first
League and Premier League. You
southeast Asian
don?t think that is going to
player has made
finish. A lot of people see the
the Enfield-born
highs and some people don?t
goalkeeper a big
see the lows.?
story in his
He was diplomatic when
mother?s
asked if automatic promohomeland.
tion was sweeter for comEtheridge has
Access to the
ing at the expense of Fulkept 19 clean
Championship
ham, the club who rejected
sheets during
is limited in the
him, but four years after
his promotion
Philippines
packing his bags Etheseason with the
but the Preridge is finally going
Welsh club
mier League
places.
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Giles Smith
Sport on
television
P
erhaps it was just
unfortunate that the decisive
day in the Sky Bet
Championship was also the
day that Channel 5 had set
aside to screen its landmark threehour documentary on historic cockups in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The consequence, though, was that,
on this of all occasions, Football on 5
began at the hostile time of 11.55pm,
leaving Caroline Barker, our host,
dryly promising ?all the action on the
final day ? well, the day after?.
At this point, as one peered foggily
from the sofa, the chorus of Cry Baby,
Jemini?s nul-pointer from Riga in
2003 still rotating numbly in one?s
ears, the blood left all those years ago
by Desmond Lynam on the battlefield
for reasonably timed football
highlights programmes appeared to
have been shed in vain. Put simply, it
was nearing 1am before Burton
Albion were relegated and although
there is a good argument for holding
distressing scenes until after the
watershed, this seemed to be going a
tad far. And, if the sight of Jemini
singing Cry Baby isn?t also distressing,
I don?t know what is, so pick the
ironies out of that.
Next season, however, all will be
different. The EFL highlights package
is emigrating from Channel 5 to
Quest, the Discovery-owned
Freeview channel, and Quest is
promising the 90-minute show a
locked-in 9pm start whereas, on
Channel 5, the EFL?s sole free-to-air
platform would presumably have
remained eternally vulnerable to
fights for space with programmes
called things like ?Top 100 Celebrity
Fashion Fails? and ?When
Appendectomies Go Wrong?.
Maybe the idea was to lure in the
casual viewer: come for the footage of
Jamala getting menaced by a barearsed streaker in Kiev last year, stay
for the highlights of Brentford v Hull
City. But for the fans, many of them
young, who are the show?s essential
constituency, it was a surprisingly
unsympathetic piece of scheduling.
The EFL?s next home describes
itself as ?the channel for people who
find real life more fascinating than
fiction?. Exactly where football stands
in relation to those two poles is a
subject for a longer article than this.
And, of course, favouring reality over
fiction doesn?t preclude an interest in
Eurovision, either. However, a quick
look at Radio Times suggests that,
besides regularity at a civilised hour,
Quest can offer EFL football a slightly
less noisy environment than C5.
An episode of How It?s Made, for
instance, which is a Quest staple,
looked at manufacturing techniques
behind pencil sharpeners. Quest also
invites viewers to follow the progress
of someone restoring a Porsche 944.
Then again, at the more sensational
end of the factual spectrum,
Destroyed in Seconds was lately at the
scene of an exploding paint factory,
and if television anywhere offered a
better analogy for Millwall?s late and
ultimately unsuccessful bid for a playoff place this year, we didn?t find it.
But let?s not walk away without
honouring Football on 5 for some
sterling work these past three seasons.
Its template has been very clearly
Match of the Day ? not just in the
touchingly sustained pretence that we
don?t know what happened and didn?t
watch it all earlier on Sky, but also in
the sofas, the ribbed and luminous
coffee table, the jocular intro for the
resident pro. ?Micky Gray,? said
Barker, ?hasn?t been this nervous
since a certain play-off final penalty
shoot-out.? (Two decades ago, Gray
missed for Sunderland. Football on 5
expects you to know that.)
But the recipe is proven so why
fiddle with it? There?s no word on the
ribbed table but Quest is apparently
taking Colin Murray, and we hope it
takes Barker, too. It would be mad not
to. Murray refers to it as ?proper
football?, which we could have a
debate about. But next year proper
football is on at a proper time. And, so
far as we can see, there is nothing
Jemini or anyone else can do about it.
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Snubbed Heaton fears
for World Cup chances
The Burnley goalkeeper Tom
Heaton is believed to be
frustrated at not having played
since he returned from a lengthy
shoulder injury and concerned
that it has effectively ended the
small chance he had of making
the England squad for the World
Cup finals (Gary Jacob writes).
Heaton, 32, has been an unused
substitute six times in the past
month so has had no chance to
impress Gareth Southgate, the
England manager. Burnley have
retained Nick Pope in goal and
he has enjoyed such a spectacular
debut season, with 11 clean sheets
in his 34 league games, that he is
himself vying for the third
England goalkeeping spot with
Joe Hart. Jordan Pickford and
Jack Butland appear likely to
have secured their places.
Little accidentally gives
wedding ring to fan
The present system that has allowed broadcasters to influence fixture lists means that a repeat of the 1989 title decider between Arsenal and Liverpool is unlikely
Secret rule for deciding fixtures
risks denying us grand finales
Premier League insists
the integrity of the
tournament stands but
questions still arise,
writes Martyn Ziegler
When Arsenal travelled to play
Liverpool on May 26, 1989, both sides
went into that final game of the season
with a shot at winning the title. Michael
Thomas ensured that it was Arsenal
who were crowned champions, but due
to the secret arrangement the Premier
League uses in compiling its fixture
programme, such a winner-takes-all
scenario is unlikely to happen again.
The Premier League has for several
years ensured that the top six sides
from the previous season are kept apart
on the opening and final weekends of
the season, which means that unless a
side such as Leicester City come
through and challenge again, there will
never be a last-match title decider
between two clubs.
The tender document for broadcasters for the domestic rights to the
Premier League in the three seasons
from 2019 to 2022 sets out the details of
how the fixtures are arranged. It promises broadcasters that there will be at
least one match between ?top six? clubs
on the 26 different weekend fixture
programmes, but that this will ?always
exclude? the opening weekend and the
final fixture programme.
The document also states that there
will be at least one match between two
clubs in the ?top eight? in every round
of fixtures. This is to ensure that there is
at least one big game as a potential
highlight each week.
It could be argued that the arrangement gives the bigger clubs the guarantee of an easy start to the season, although Premier League insiders insist
that it does not affect the integrity of
the competition as every club still have
to play each other home and away, and
there are other fixture considerations.
For example, Newcastle United
never play at home on the same day as
Sunderland for policing reasons, even if
they are in different divisions. Tottenham Hotspur may play the first few
games away next season if their stadium is not completed, as was the case
with West Ham United?s first three
games at the beginning of last season.
The tender document also confirms
that there will be at least one match
between ?top six? clubs in each of the
two so-far-unsold television packages:
package F, which is made up of 20 live
matches from one midweek and one
bank-holiday programme, some of
which will be broadcast simultaneously; and package G, which is 20 matches
from
two
midweek
fixture
programmes, some of which will also be
broadcast simultaneously.
The tender states that there will be a
maximum of two matches between
?top six? teams in any individual fixture
programme. The document states a
?top six? club means ?in respect of any
season during the term, the six clubs
with the six highest average finishing
positions in the Premier League
competition over the three seasons immediately preceding that season?. The
same method is used to determine the
?top eight? clubs.
Although the Premier League has
ensured that leading clubs do not meet
on the opening weekend in recent
years, it appears to have changed the
formula for determining the ?top six? to
eliminate the impact of blips in a team?s
fortunes. For example, Liverpool
played Arsenal in August 2016 on the
opening weekend but had finished in
eighth position the previous season.
Had it been based on the three previous
seasons combined, Liverpool would
still have been deemed as a ?top six?
team.
That in itself is potentially controversial, especially given the dispute
between the bigger and smaller clubs
over the division of overseas TV money.
The so-called ?big six? (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and
the two Manchester clubs) are also the
top six in terms of average league
finishes over the previous three seasons
and they are the ones who want a bigger
share of the TV money, arguing that it is
their clubs who drive the interest for
overseas viewers.
The Arsenal Supporters? Trust said
that it opposes the ?apparent designation? of an elite group, even though
Arsenal are part of it.
Richard Scudamore, the League?s
executive chairman, had previously
suggested that 35 per cent of the overseas money be distributed according to
where a club finish in the table. At the
moment it is shared equally. That idea
was blocked by the smaller clubs but he
has told chairmen that he wants a resolution to the dispute at next month?s
annual general meeting.
Mark Little, the Bolton
Wanderers defender, almost paid
a high price for his generosity
after his side?s final-day win
against Nottingham Forest. The
Sky Bet Championship club
avoided relegation with a
dramatic 3-2 win at the Macron
Stadium and, amid the
celebrations, Little gave his jacket
to a fan. Only later did the
29-year-old realise that his wallet
and wedding ring were in the
pocket and his kind gesture
appeared to have cost him more
than he intended. The former
Peterborough United and Bristol
City right back posted a message
on Twitter pleading to the fan to
return them and was grateful to
be reunited with his wallet. It is
believed that his wedding ring
has also been found.
Crystal Palace consider
Antonio to replace Zaha
Crystal Palace are interested in
signing Michail Antonio from
West Ham United in the
expectation that Wilfried Zaha
could leave this summer. Antonio
signed a four-year contract last
season, worth a basic of �,000
plus add-ons, but his future at the
club will be in doubt if David
Moyes stays in charge. The Scot
dropped the midfielder when he
was late for training and a team
meeting in February and has also
been frustrated that Antonio has
suffered injuries.
He strained a calf muscle in
December and a hamstring issue
ended his season in March. Zaha
has interest beyond Chelsea and
Tottenham Hotspur and his sale
would bring in tens of millions of
pounds for Palace. Christian
Benteke?s future is also in doubt.
Wingers to the rescue as England shine in front of Southgate
England
Appiah 64, Doyle 69 (pen)
Italy
Riccardi 14
2
0
2
1
European Under-17 Championship
Tim Nash
Gareth Southgate was an interested
spectator as England Under-17 showed
the quality that helped them become
world champions as they came from
behind to beat Italy.
Alessio Riccardi put the Italians
ahead against the run of play at
Walsall?s Bescot Stadium, but Steve
Cooper?s side scored twice in six
second-half minutes to continue their
winning start to top group A. England
will qualify for the quarter-finals if they
avoid defeat against Switzerland on
Thursday.
The wide men were the source of
England?s main threat, with Xavier
Amaechi, of Arsenal, threatening and
Nottingham Forest?s Arvin Appiah
equalising, while Rayhaan Tulloch, the
West Bromwich Albion substitute, won
the penalty for the winner.
Italy took the lead in the 14th minute
when Riccardi buried a low shot into
the bottom corner from 25 yards. After
wasting a number of chances, the home
Group A table
England
Italy
Switzerland
Israel
P
W D L
F
A GD Pts
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
0
4
3
3
1
2
2
2
5
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
2
2
1
1
-4
6
3
3
0
side finally equalised in the 64th
minute when Appiah lashed home
from just inside the box. The winner
came when Tommy Doyle scored from
the penalty spot on 69 minutes after
Tulloch was tripped. Cooper, the
England coach, was delighted at the
impact of his wide players. ?That?s
credit to the academies ? these are the
type of players we?re now producing,
players that can make a difference and
in the end, that told,? he said.
?Arvin came inside and scored and
Rayhaan won the penalty ? that?s
what you want from attacking players.
Ultimately you want them making a
difference by creating and scoring.?
Italy coach Carmine Nunziata
claimed Arsenal midfielder Vontae
Daley-Campbell should have been sent
off after his tackle on Jean Freddi Pascal Greco led to him being substituted
and going to hospital for an X-ray on his
leg.
England (4-2-3-1): L Ashby-Hammond Fulham ?
V Daley-Campbell Arsenal (sub: D Crowe Ipswich Town
40min), E Laird Manchester United, N Ogbeta
Manchester City, B Saka Arsenal ? T Doyle Manchester
City, J Garner Manchester United ? X Amaechi Arsenal,
M Daly Huddersfield Town (sub: R Tulloch West Brom
55), A Appiah Nottingham Forest ? T John-Jules
Arsenal (sub: B Duncan unattached 40).
Substitutes not used: M Dewhurst Sheffield United,
A-J Alese West Ham United, E Dixon-Bonner Liverpool,
T Coyle Arsenal, F Balogun Arsenal.
Italy (4-3-3): A Russo Fiorentina ? A Barazzetta AC
Milan, N Armini Lazio, P Gozzi Iweru Juventus, G Brogni
Atalanta ? G Leone Juventus, M E Gyabuaa Atalanta,
J F Pascal Greco Roma (sub: N Rovella Genoa 25) ?
N Fagioli (Juventus (sub: L Colombo AC Milan 73),
A Riccardi Roma (sub: A Cortinovis Atalanta 76),
E Vergani (Inter Milan).
Referee V Thorarinsson (Iceland).
Attendance 7,159.
Group A remaining fixtures
May 10 Israel v Italy ( St George?s Park, Burton),
England v Switzerland (New York Stadium, Rotherham)
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Henry Winter
Chief Football Writer
At last, a manager condemns diving
S
o along with the humour, exhilarating
football and skilfully guiding Liverpool
to the Champions League final, there?s
another thing to admire J黵gen Klopp
for. He has just called out his star player
for diving. Klopp urges honesty in the cynical
workplace of professional football. Be
upstanding, please.
?This is not what I want to see,? Klopp said
after Mohamed Salah was cautioned by
Anthony Taylor for collapsing to the floor when
fairly challenged by Chelsea?s Gary Cahill at
Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Some managers
upbraid fallen heroes away from the
microphones but it is rare for a manager to
acknowledge publicly that his player has dived,
especially such an important one.
Too many managers are too soft on their
players, forgiving their excesses, so Klopp has
done the game an immense favour. A manager
with a moral compass? What a message this
transmits. Referees, schoolteachers and grassroots coaches everywhere will offer up prayers
of gratitude. Klopp?s words carry great weight.
Children and professionals will listen.
Klopp?s reaction certainly provides timely
support for referees dealing with a diving issue
that is a concern in the Premier League if not
yet an epidemic. Taylor was positioned perfectly
to judge the split-second sequence when Salah
ran across the 18-yard line, chasing the ball after
a rare iffy first touch. He stretched out his left
boot to poke the ball past the incoming Cahill.
The defender?s left foot landed but Cahill
stopped just in time before colliding. Salah
anticipated impact that never came. Not even
the stats boffins desperately trying to turn
modern matches into mathematical challenges
have come up with ?expected contact?. Yet.
Chelsea should have asked the renowned ring
announcer Michael Buffer, a guest at the Bridge,
to rework his famous call to arms: let?s get ready
to tumble. Salah?s left foot touched the turf and
he started falling as Cahill threw his arms up,
signalling innocence.
Salah?s left foot brushed the stationary
Cahill, jerked in mid-air as if to insinuate
contact, and he continued dropping like a
winged sparrow. Cahill mimicked a dive and
in fairness to Salah he never appealed. Cahill
helped Salah to his feet as Taylor showed him
a yellow card for simulation. ?He accepts his
punishment,? Alan Smith said in commentary.
?You can see why. Anthony Taylor is not
going to be fooled.?
Nor was Klopp, stating: ?Yes, I think it
was a dive, was it? Or he waited for
the contact, I am not sure, so that is
not what I want to see, that is not
what he wants to do. But
obviously it happened.?
It happened and Klopp
tackled it. He did not belittle
his player, this was no
naming and shaming, Klopp
just calmly pointed out the
facts. He also understood the
ramifications. ?He couldn?t get
any foul any more.?
The 黚er-bright German does
not want Salah to acquire a
reputation, so limiting his chances
of winning decisions in the future.
It also needs emphasising that it
will take more than one ill-judged
act to alter the largely pristine
image of the footballer of the year.
Salah receives the honour from the
Football Writers? Association in
London on Thursday, after flying
down from Liverpool?s own awards
night.
Salah has been a wonderful role
model this season and this was his
The grass-roots
game will offer
up prayers after
Klopp called
out his star
player, Salah,
for simulation
6 Football management is a broad church
and in the Premier League place of
worship next season there will be Pep
Guardiola in the angelic choirboy seats at the
front while Neil Warnock rises from the crypt,
knocking pews over while singing from a
different hymn-sheet to everyone else.
Warnock is chippy, vain, a pain, and his
football can be too physical, as Guardiola
will remember from Joe Bennett?s tackle on
Leroy San� in the FA Cup, but the Cardiff
City manager deserves his place in the top
flight for his motivational capacities and
that raw, world?s-against-me hunger to win.
The Premier League fixtures are out on
June 14 (9am sharp and please remember
many will be moved when TV gets busy) and,
following their verbal ruck in the cup,
Warnock v Guardiola II will be eagerly
anticipated. The culture clash will fascinate
the Premier League congregation, especially if
the beauty of Guardiola?s football silences
Warnock.
Gerrard?s risk is one worth taking
P
lenty of questions are
raised about Steven
Gerrard and the
Rangers manager?s job:
inexperience, insufficient
budget to compete with
Celtic, dealing with
expectations, criticism,
politics and religion and the
fact that his wife and children
are not moving to Glasgow
(he is huge on family) etc, etc.
Gerrard will have noted and
analysed all of these. He is
shrewd as well as bold, and
plots his career carefully.
Unlike people who
highlight only the negatives,
Gerrard will back himself to
accentuate the positives. He is
fearless and loves challenges.
Gerrard is ambitious and will
know that managerial
involvement elsewhere,
learning to cope with players,
agents, media, board and the
vicissitudes of results and
form, is vital if he is to take
command of Liverpool one
day. He will give everything to
make Rangers work.
Gerrard?s players will take
pride in the shirt and in their
performance, and if they
don?t, they won?t last long
under him.
A broader narrative is at
play here, too. Too many
former players with too much
still to offer the game go into
first caution in his half-century of games for
Liverpool, so he will rightly be cut some slack.
The more important element is a manager?s
intervention.
The media can conduct worthy, frothy
campaigns against diving, the FA can impose
retrospective action (which hardly helps the
team sinned against) and social media can
berate the gravity junkies (and it?s surprising
that in toxic Twittersphere there isn?t a
?dislike? icon as well as a ?like?). But one
manager of Klopp?s stature has far
more impact. Diving is not right. Don?t
do it. Don?t cheat.
So will other managers have the
moral courage to follow suit? Will
the message get through to others
censured for simulation, Dele Alli,
Ashley Young (before moving to full
b
back),
Wilfried Zaha and Leroy San�,
among others.
Whenever England meet up, Gareth
Southgate is frequently asked if he will
talk to Alli about his bouts of
simulation. Tottenham Hotspur?s
manager, Mauricio Pochettino,
did remark that ?the referee was
right? when Alli was booked at
Anfield but undermined his stance
when adding that ?football is
about trying to trick your
opponent?.
Come on. Alli can trick his opponent
with skill, not simulation. Salah has spent
all season tricking defenders with sleight
of foot not deceit.
Referees at the World Cup will be
hunting the divers and they?ll be backed by
VAR. Good. They are cheating their peers,
cheating their profession, and the game
owes Klopp thanks for taking a stand
against those who don?t stay on their feet.
television punditry.
Gary Neville,
Jamie Carragher
and Rio Ferdinand
should be coaching.
Early signs are that
Michael Carrick
could prove a coach
of genuine substance,
and is already working
one-on-one with Paul
Pogba at Manchester
United. So Gerrard
should be encouraged.
He may ultimately fail
at Ibrox but better to
risk it and live like a
lion, than play safe like
a lamb. Good luck to
him.
You?ll regret sacking me, warns Puel Ronaldo injury ?not serious?
Steve Madeley
Claude Puel admits that he could
become the next victim of the Premier
League?s ?piranha club? but has warned
his Leicester City employers to sack
him at their peril.
The Frenchman is under pressure
after a sequence of just four wins in his
past 19 league games and yesterday did
little to quell speculation that he could
be replaced this summer.
Puel, who claimed to be pragmatic
about his future, pointed to Southampton?s slump since his sacking last
summer as proof that Leicester?s
owners could live to regret making a
change. ?I am pragmatic about this,? he
said. ?I finished eighth in the table with
Southampton. We can see where they
play now.
?I will continue to build and
perform and develop young players,
this is not a risk, it is my job.?
Puel is facing increasing criticism
from supporters and The Times
revealed yesterday that Leicester are
considering David Wagner, the
Huddersfield Town head coach, as a
potential replacement.
?I never have pressure because the
manager knows the situation,? Puel
said, defending his methods. ?The
Premier League is like a piranha club
but the most important thing for me is
to build for the future.?
Gary Jacob
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be fit
for the Champions League final against
Liverpool on May 26 despite suffering
an ankle injury when he scored for Real
Madrid in a 2-2 draw against Barcelona
on Sunday.
Real officials have privately said that
the injury is not serious but he will miss
the matches against Seville and Celta
Vigo this week and should return to
training next week in time for the final.
Milorad Mazic will referee the game in
Kiev. The Serb, 45, most recently officiated a Liverpool game two seasons ago
when they drew 1-1 with Manchester
United at Old Trafford to progress to
the last 16 of the Europa League. He
booked three players from each side on
the night. He took charge of Real?s
victory in the Uefa Super Cup in August
2016 when he dismissed Seville?s
Timoth閑 Kolodziejczak.
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Fallen clubs lock
horns in desperate
battle for survival
How both struggling sides
have failed in front of goal
Top scorers have kept tonight?s rivals safe in recent seasons
Where they finished
Swansea v Southampton
James Gheerbrant
Liberty Stadium kick-off 7.45pm
Television Sky Sports Main Event/
Premier League
Radio BBC 5 Live, talkSPORT
In-game clips on The Times phone app
Referee Michael Oliver
Swansea (3-4-2-1)
Back when Southampton were safely
ensconced in the upper echelons of the
Premier League and their sensible,
seemingly sustainable rise from the
third tier was the sort of best-practice
story that no one could get enough of,
the club?s executive director, Les Reed,
gave an interview. ?The aspiration is to
be there at the top and compete with
the best,? he told The Guardian.
?That?s what we want the players to
buy into when they sign here at nine
years of age, not to go to a bigger club or
a more successful club.?
If that seems a tad hubristic in hindsight, it is hard not to be overcome by a
similar feeling when reading the words
of Leon Britton from the 2012-13 season
in which Swansea City won the League
Cup, finished ninth and were the
subject of a BBC Wales documentary.
?We?re a well-run club, making profits,
signing good players and improving
year on year,? he said.
?It?s understandable other clubs will
want to be like us. There are other clubs
who also do things in the right way, the
German clubs like Bayern Munich and
Borussia Dortmund have also been
praised ? so maybe we?ll be in the
Champions League final one day!?
In the coming days, it is likely that the
Premier League will say farewell to one
of its favourite coastal success stories of
this decade. Yet, while it is tempting to
parse this relegation death match as a
meeting of clubs who flew too close to
the sun, their decline is not really about
hubris or overreach; it is a cautionary
tale of how quickly it can all unravel
once you start to get things wrong.
The importance of tonight?s match
was also evidenced by claims that
Southampton had had their hotel
reservation in Swansea cancelled at the
last minute and had been forced to find
alternative accommodation 40 miles
away in Cardiff. ?This has caused Mark
Hughes and the team a huge inconvenience and we can only think that someone somewhere wants to make life as
difficult as possible for us ahead of this
game,? a Southampton source told the
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Daily Mail. ?Mark Hughes is furious. It?s
a huge game with everything hinging
on it. The least Mark and the players
deserve is a level playing field.?
For a time, Southampton and Swansea were the clubs that could do no
wrong. People talked admiringly of the
Southampton way and the Swansea
way. There were cup finals, top-half
finishes, European campaigns, and it
seemed every decision that they made
turned to gold ? or often, more
accurately, into a lucrative sell-on fee.
Rather than swimming against the
currents of a rapaciously inequitable
Premier League, they surfed them.
When Southampton lost Mauricio
Pochettino, they replaced him with
Ronald Koeman; when they lost Dejan
Lovren, they replaced him with Toby
Alderweireld. At Swansea, Michu
amply filled Scott Sinclair?s boots;
Michael Laudrup smoothly inherited
Brendan Rodgers? seat in the dugout.
The problem for medium-size clubs
for whom upheaval is part and parcel of
their existence is that you keep having
to make a lot of decisions and, just as
suddenly as it manifested, the Midas
touch can wear off. Look at the lines of
managerial succession ? Pochettino,
Koeman, Puel, Pellegrino and Hughes
for Southampton; Rodgers, Laudrup,
Monk, Guidolin, Bradley, Clement and
Carvalhal for Swansea ? and it is hard
to ignore the impression, in both cases,
of a gradual downward trend in quality.
The way has become a wrong turn.
The teams have also been felled by
short-term failings this season. Southampton are in the top half of the table
for chances created and expected goals
(a measure of chance quality), but have
a conversion rate of 8.39 per cent, the
third lowest in the division. Charlie
Austin, with seven goals, is top scorer
despite starting just eight matches.
For Swansea, the problem has been
creating the chances. Thanks to a failure to fill the void left by the departure
of Gylfi Sigurdsson, they have had the
fewest shots in the Premier League this
season, and their expected goals total of
29.03 is also the lowest. No Swansea
player has provided more assists than
Tom Carroll?s four. No other team?s top
assister has set up fewer goals.
They have won just one of their past
nine league games. ?We must have
emotional control,? Carlos Carvalhal,
the manager, said. ?It is not a time to
scream. It is a time to be focused. When
it is in your hands, let?s do it.?
Hughes
has
Maya
Yoshida
suspended because of his red card
against Everton and must decide whether to start Nathan Redmond after his
goal-scoring substitute appearance on
Saturday. If Southampton win, they are
as good as safe.
If Swansea win, they would require
only a point from a final-day meeting
with relegated Stoke City to be sure of
survival. Only a draw would leave the
door ajar for West Bromwich Albion.
Despite the unravelling of their
Cinderella stories, the likelihood is that
one of these clubs will save themselves
from being sucked back into the Championship. For years, Southampton and
Swansea had a way. Now, at the end of
a darkening season, they are just
desperately searching for a way out.
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Liverpool.............37 20
Tottenham.........36 21
Chelsea................36 21
Arsenal................36 18
Burnley.................37 14
Everton................37 13
Leicester.............36 11
Newcastle..........36 11
Crystal P..............37 10
Bournemouth..37 10
Watford................37 11
Brighton..............36 9
West Ham...........36 9
Huddersfield....36 9
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West Brom.........37 6
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14 49 54 -5 44
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18 44 63 -19 41
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Today
Swansea v Southampton (7.45).
Tomorrow
Chelsea v Huddersfield (7.45);
Leicester v Arsenal (7.45);
Manchester City v Brighton (8.0);
Tottenham v Newcastle (8.0).
Thursday
West Ham v Manchester United
(7.45).
Sunday
(all 3pm): Burnley v Bournemouth;
Crystal Palace v West Bromwich
Albion; Huddersfield v Arsenal;
Liverpool v Brighton; Manchester
United v Watford; Newcastle United
v Chelsea; Southampton v
Manchester City; Swansea City v
Stoke City; Tottenham v Leicester;
West Ham v Everton.
I feel worse as a supporter than I did as a player
Francis Benali says
Southampton need to
invoke the spirit of
teams he helped
to beat the drop
M
y stomach is churning. I
feel far worse being a
Southampton supporter
and former player than
I did when fighting
relegation. Back then I always felt
confident in my team-mates? ability
because we had a bond and spirit. It
was Southampton versus the world.
I am a positive person and
optimistic going into tonight?s game
at Swansea but I will be absolutely
devastated if the worst happens. The
impact will not just be on the fans
and players. Losing Premier League
status will hurt the city and the
economy of the region too.
We had a great escape in 1999 ?
when there was a unity between fans
and players ? with that diving
header by Marian Pahars against
Everton on the last day to ensure that
we stayed up now part of club
folklore. We took pleasure in proving
people wrong.
I have not seen that for much of the
season and it has been hard to watch.
The negativity has filtered down from
the stands to the pitch and
vice-versa.
But Mark Hughes has got them
playing and believing again. If Saints
beat Swansea tonight they will almost
certainly be safe given their better
goal difference.
In some ways that crushing low of
the late goal away to Everton on
Saturday does not make much
difference. They were always going to
have to beat Swansea. In the past two
games you have seen the passion and,
whatever the outcome, I hope my old
team-mate gets the chance to take
this team forward next year.
There are plenty of players who can
hold their heads up and you can see
they have the necessary pride. Players
such as Maya Yoshida, Oriol
Romeu, Pierre-Emile
Hojbjerg, Shane Long, Jack
Stephens, James WardProwse and Steven
Davis have been
hurting and that is not
an exclusive list, but
you need everybody
pulling in the same
direction or you get
factions and disharmony
in the dressing room,
which can be crippling.
When Southampton
were relegated in
Pahars celebrates
his vital 1999 goal
2005 I remember being angry with
some of the performances I was
watching. There were players I
thought could not have cared less if
Southampton survived and who knew
they would be off anyway. Worryingly
I have seen signs of that this
season, but there has been a
marked improvement under
Hughes.
Where did it go wrong? Some
people look to the sacking of Claude
Puel after finishing eighth last season
but I think that position gave
Southampton a false sense of security.
They were eighth but only six
points clear of 17th. We are trying to
dissect the reasons, but I will fear for
anyone outside the top six next
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like a father to me
George Caulkin
Jordan Ayew
8.39%
Charlie Austin
Southampton?s shot
conversion rate having
had 134 shots on target.
Only West Brom (8.36%)
and Huddersfield
(7.94%) are worse
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Shots Swansea have had
in the Premier League this
season, the fewest of any
team. Only 89 of those
have been on target ?
also the fewest
trying to keep Saints up
season. There is a large band of
teams playing in their own division
and it?s possible for any to fall into the
bottom three.
Southampton were probably spoilt
under Mauricio Pochettino and
Ronald Koeman. With Puel there
were constant changes to the line-up
and it was a possession-based, safetyfirst football, with the team set up not
to lose rather than being brave
enough to go out to win. I also think
Puel is hampered by the language
barrier that makes it hard for him to
express his character and opinion in
interviews.
His first and last interviews at St
Mary?s were almost identical and he
did not create that connection with
the crowd. Mauricio Pellegrino came
in with a similar safe style. I get that
people will say that selling players has
caught up with Southampton and
that?s true to a degree, but it?s not as
though they haven?t spent money.
There have been record signings and
reinvestment in the squad but some
of the arrivals, such as Guido Carrillo,
have not produced.
Going down does not bear thinking
about. The most recent time ended in
League One and administration and
it was not until Markus Liebherr
arrived in 2009 that things started
to change.
There will be no guarantee that
Saints can bounce straight back. It is
the unknown. Players will depart. I
Sir Alex Ferguson has been described
as ?like a father? by Phil Jones as
Manchester United players of all eras
rallied behind the club?s most celebrated manager, who remains in intensive
care after a brain haemorrhage.
While Ferguson recuperates at
Salford Royal Hospital after undergoing emergency surgery on Saturday,
leading figures in football continued to
offer their support to the Scot, who won
38 trophies during his long and gilded
spell at Old Trafford.
Jones, the England defender, was
signed by Ferguson from Blackburn
Rovers in 2011 and he has paid an
emotional tribute to the 76-year-old,
under whom he won the Premier
League in 2013.
?[I am] just devastated, absolutely
devastated,? Jones said. ?He is such a
legend in my eyes. He is the one who
brought me to the club and gave me
that opportunity to play for one of the
biggest clubs in the world. He?s taken
me under his wing like a father and it
was shocking, it?s sad, but I know his
character. I know he has that fight in
him. Hopefully he?ll recover well.
?He has got all his family and friends
around him, the support from all the
players and staff at Man United and
football around the world. When something like that does happen it?s nice that
the football world comes together and
shows support and we are all rooting for
him. I?m sure he will be fine.?
After United said at the weekend that
Ferguson?s operation had gone ?very
well?, there was no update on his health
yesterday.
?Now is the time to pray and hope he
can make a full recovery,? Ryan Giggs,
the Wales manager, said.
?He has been the biggest influence in
my career, both on and off the pitch. I
know the operation has been a success.
He is a fighter and that is what makes
can?t imagine the club could afford to
keep them because in recent years
they have stepped up a level in
salaries. For one or two, that changes
the dynamic. With the modern level
of stardom comes a lack of
understanding. It distances them from
the supporters but, if they had the
same passion, then nobody would be
questioning them.
I thought Saints needed seven
points from their last four games and
they have four from two with only
Man City left after tonight. It is all or
nothing now.
6 Francis Benali is a former
Southampton captain who played 389
games for the club and still lives in the
area. @FrannyBenali
long-term development job rather than
a one or two-year contract to ease him
into retirement.
Wenger has the desire to keep on
working well into his 70s and, in picking
his next position, he is expected to focus
on the skills that he demonstrated so
effectively at Arsenal ? namely
developing young players and building
a team, rather than chequebook
management. While a return to club
management in France, where he
managed Monaco, is the most likely
outcome, Wenger would also consider
an international job if the right one
became available. France and
England are understood to be
the two countries he
would consider.
Arsenal hope to
appoint
Wenger?s
successor before the
World Cup begins
on June 14, and it
emerged yesterday that Massimiliano Allegri
d
plans to hold
talks with Juventus about his futuree
at the end of the
season after the
head coach indicated that he
Wenger could
be tempted
to take an
international job
me think that he will be able to make a
recovery.?
Under Ferguson?s tutelage, Giggs
became the most-decorated player in
Premier League history.
Juan Mata, the United playmaker,
was signed by David Moyes, Ferguson?s
successor, but said: ?All of us were overwhelmed by the news about Sir Alex
Ferguson?s health condition.
?This circumstance has had a huge
impact on Manchester United, as you
can imagine. All of us are united right
now, wishing Sir Alex a speedy recovery. He has been a unique and fundamental figure in the football world over
the last few decades.
?I?ve never been coached by him,
unfortunately, yet I know well his
incomparable legacy on this club, that
winning mentality and fighting gene
that we must honour in the last three
games of the season, especially in the
FA Cup final.?
Ferguson?s influence spreads far
beyond United, however. ?He has been
incredibly good to all of us, particularly
young coaches and managers and I
hope he makes a speedy recovery,?
Chris Hughton, the Brighton & Hove
Albion manager, said.
?He is a fighter and that is why it is
such a big shock ? the magnitude of
the man, and I have no doubt that he
will come through this and be as big and
bold as ever. The example I would give
of him helping young managers and
coaches would be similar to a lot of us.
When I lost my job at Newcastle
[United], he rang me the next day.
?Most managers coming up against
him have never generally been too
successful and he has normally won the
game so he has been in a good mood,
but he was kind enough to take me
aside after we had played at Old Trafford earlier this season. We had played
really well that day [in losing 1-0] and it
was incredibly encouraging to hear
what he had to say about our team.?
would be interested in the Arsenal job.
Juventus need one more point to be
assured of their seventh successive title
in Italy and Allegri has one year left on
his contract at the club. He is among
Arsenal?s preferred options, although
the club?s failure to qualify for the
Champions League next season will
mean that they will earn around
� million less than they would if they
were playing in Europe?s elite
competition.
The Arsenal hierarchy would prefer
that the new manager speaks
well enough to communicate
with the players in English.
Allegri has been learning the
l
language
and has been linked
w several European clubs.
with
He is expected to meet with
Andrea Agnelli, the Juventus
chairman, and Giuseppe
Marotta, the club?s chief
executive. Juventus play
AC Milan in the Coppa
Italia final tomorrow.
Luis Enrique, another
c
candidate
for Arsenal, has
also been learning English.
E
Enrique
earned about
�.5 million a year at
Barcelona, a wage that was
n
nearly
double what Arsenal
would be willing to pay.
6 Villarreal have made a
tentative approach for Santi
Ca
Cazorla,
who is out of contract at
Arsenal next month. The 33-yearold midfielder has resumed full
t
training
after operations on his
achilles tendon and has said that he
h not been offered a new deal.
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Top six given
priority over
key fixtures
Williams
triumphs
in epic
final
Elite kept apart at start and end of the season
Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter
The Premier League arranges its
fixtures so that none of the ?top-six?
clubs meet on the first or final weekends of the season, it can be revealed.
The arrangement, which also guarantees a meeting between top-six sides on
26 other weekends, has been running
for several years but has been kept
secret from fans.
Sources close to the Premier League
say that it is done for commercial
reasons to appeal to broadcasters and to
boost attendances at matches on the
final weekend. Some supporters? groups
have expressed concern that this gives
special treatment to the bigger clubs,
who are already pushing for a larger
share of overseas TV cash. The top six
for fixture purposes are decided before
each schedule is devised, based on
previous league finishes.
A spokesman for the Arsenal Supporters? Trust (AST) said: ?We are very
concerned about this apparent designation of an elite group of top-six clubs.
Every Premier League club should be
treated equally, and we also do not
agree with this push for them to receive
a bigger share of television money.
?The AST would like the focus of the
schedule to be on organising fixtures
and kick-off times that are convenient
for fans who go to matches, rather than
what best suits domestic or overseas TV
viewers.?
The Football Supporters? Federation
said it was unaware of the Premier
League?s arrangement. Kevin Miles, its
chief executive, said: ?This is certainly
news to us and we look forward to
holding discussions with the Premier
League about the pros and cons of it.?
The arrangement is revealed in the
tender document that the Premier
League provided to broadcasters for the
2019-22 period. It is understood that it
has been in place for some years.
Although Liverpool played Arsenal on
the opening day of the 2016-17 season,
the Merseyside team had finished
eighth in the previous campaign.
There are many other considerations
that affect fixtures, most of which are
widely known ? for example Fifa and
Uefa competition dates; if the police do
not want neighbouring teams playing
at home on the same day; if other events
are taking place in the vicinity; or the
demands on a particular stadium.
The decision to avoid matches
between the top six on the opening
weekend is believed to be because the
Premier League does not want to stage
one of the biggest games of the season
during the holiday period when there
are usually smaller TV audiences and
when there may be competition from
other big sporting events.
The top six are understood to be kept
apart on the last weekend because all
matches are played at the same time
and the Premier League wants to boost
attendances at every game rather than
tempt fans to watch a potential big-six
clash on TV.
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long-term management project as he
prepares to leave Arsenal after 22 years.
The Frenchman said goodbye to the
majority of the club?s fans amid
emotional scenes on Sunday after his
side?s 5-0 win over Burnley at the
Emirates Stadium. He signs off with
two away games at Leicester City and
Huddersfield Town this week.
Wenger remains focused on those
matches in an attempt to improve
Arsenal?s wretched recent away record
that has seen them lose six successive
Premier League games on the road
since January, but he is beginning to
consider his future beyond the summer.
The 68-year-old has made it clear that
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spells of 50 successive balls from each
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league star spent a
season with the San
Francisco 49ers in 2015-
Nate Ebner
Grew up playing rugby
in Ohio and played for
US Under-20 at the
2008 Junior World
Hayden Smith
The US second row who
played more than 60
games for Saracens
spent one season with
the New York Jets and
completed one catch in
the NFL.
was a big risk to leave a promising
career, where I felt I was on the verge of
doing something quite special, to chase
something completely unknown,
where there is no guarantee of success.
I think 0.5 per cent of people who have
been playing the sport from four years
old make it to the top level.
?It takes a lot of courage to say, ?I am
going to try and chase something uncertain and take the risk?.
?My family are my most important
motivation. I watched a few things on
the BBC about what Caribbean people
experienced when they came over to
the UK.
?The hardship was all to provide
for the next generation. I understand the sacrifices my parents
have made and my grandparents
have made. It makes me even
more determined to
maximise this
After joining
the Steelers,
ScotlandWilliamson
will have the
chance to
prove himself
in pre-season
Championship before
taking up American
football at university.
Won the Super Bowl
twice with the New
England Patriots either
side of representing the
US in rugby at the 2016
Olympic Games.
Jordan Mailata
The Australian was on
the programme with
Scotland-Williamson.
The former South
Sydney Rabbitohs
Under-20 player was
drafted by the
Philadelphia Eagles
in April.
opportunity. What I am doing now is
bigger than me for many reasons.?
Scotland-Williamson?s father was
initially sceptical. ?I had to give my dad
a sales pitch and explain my reasons,?
he says. ?It is very seldom you have the
opportunity to do something that has
never been done before, and have the
opportunity to be a trailblazer. That
was too good to pass up. People think I
have gone to chase something that is a
gimmick, a bit of fun. This is serious.
This is my life.?
Scotland-Williamson has been recruited as a tight end, a position that
utilises the power of his 6ft 9in, 19-stone
frame for blocking and his ability to
catch, which is not a given among NFL
players given how specialised some
roles are. The programme guarantees
him a place at the Steelers for a year,
where he will take part in training
camps and pre-season matches. He will
then be guaranteed a place on the
practice squad to learn the game
without the risk of being cut, although
he cannot feature in a regular-season
game this year.
Alex Gray, the former England
sevens player, came through the same
programme last year and has been
retained by the Atlanta Falcons after
a season on their practice squad, but
the route from rugby to the NFL is
not a well-trodden path, despite the
transferable skills.
The toughest challenge since
moving to Miami has been in the
classroom, analysing footage and
learning the plays. ScotlandWilliamson has a degree in
economics, a Master?s in business
and, as a lock forward, he is used to
studying lineout codes ? but this is
something else entirely.
?The lineout menu for a game
would be half the number of redzone plays alone,? he says. ?When I get
to the Steelers I could be faced with
learning 40 pages, with six plays per
page, and I will have to know that
information for the next day.?
Pittsburgh was the dream scenario
for Scotland-Williamson. They are the
team that he has supported since
watching them win the Super Bowl
in 2009 while on holiday at his
grandparents? house in Dominica.
?It is such a storied franchise,? he
says. ?I am flying there on Thursday. It is now about competing for
everything. If I play in a preseason game and can make a
tackle like the one on Alex Rieder
I could be in the full squad. This is
the ultimate challenge. I have
every belief that I will succeed.?
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Sport Snooker
Naked emotion as Williams wins
ANNA GOWTHORPE/BPI/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK;
Betfred World Championship
Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter
Maybe it was naked ambition or a
rediscovered zest for the sport, but
either way Mark Williams breathed
new life into snooker after a nervejangling Betfred World Championship
final against John Higgins rated as one
of the best ever.
Williams overcame his boyhood
adversary to win the battle of the fortysomethings at the Crucible in Sheffield
and become the oldest world champion
since Ray Reardon.
Afterwards, the Welshman fulfilled a
promise made earlier in the tournament and appeared at his post-victory
news conference stark naked.
The style of the victory, and
Williams?s unconstrained celebrations,
will do much to rejuvenate the image of
snooker, which has struggled to find the
stars to step into the shoes of those of
previous generations.
Steve Davis described it as ?the best
final ever? as Williams, 43, overcame
42-year-old Higgins 18-16. Reardon,
the man nicknamed ?Dracula?, was 45
when he won in 1978, but on this form
no one would write off either of yesterday?s finalists beating that record in the
next few years.
Williams, who nearly packed snooker in altogether last year after a barren
spell, paid tribute to his wife Joanne for
persuading him to carry on.
?Last year I wasn?t even here,? he said.
?Last year I watched this in a caravan
having some beers.
?I was seriously considering giving
up, she [Joanne] convinced me to keep
going ? she said she can?t stand being
in the house with me 24 hours a day.?
Williams had promised to appear
naked at the post-final news conference if he won and he was as good as
his word, though World Snooker?s
chairman Barry Hearn insisted that a
towel protected his modesty until he
was sitting down safely and out of view
of the cameras.
?I would have been fine to just walk
through everyone naked but Barry
Hearn told me I would be fined so I had
to put on the towel,? Williams said.
The victory earned him a �5,000
prize to add to his 2000 and 2003
triumphs but Higgins had pushed him
all the way, coming back from 13-7 down
to level the match at 15 frames each.
?You have to expect a comeback from
Williams posed
for pictures with
his wife and
children before
his slightly less
family-friendly
appearance at
the post-match
press conference,
which he
conducted, as
promised, naked
Oldest world champions
at the Crucible
45................................Ray Reardon (1978)
43............................Mark Williams (2018)
41...............................John Spencer (1977)
38.........................Stuart Bingham (2015)
37.....................Ronnie O?Sullivan (2013)
36.............................Dennis Taylor (1985)
36....................Ronnie O?Sullivan (2012)
The key shot: Williams?s audacious pot
at the start of the 34th frame began
the break of 69 that sealed the title
John Higgins, when you are 50-60 in
front he is the best at coming back,?
Williams said. ?I knew at the end if I
didn?t get enough in front he would
clear up again but I?m over the moon.?
Williams and Higgins were born two
months apart in 1975, and they first
played each other in a youth tournament when both were 13. In this final,
Higgins at one point looked down and
out after Williams reeled off the first
four frames of the afternoon.
Even after Higgins put a break on the
runaway train, he was still trailing 15-10
at the beginning of the final session.
Two mistakes by Williams gave his
rival a glimmer of hope, however, and
Higgins, apparently with ice in his
veins, seized on the errors. A flawless
131 break saw his confidence return and
he won the next frame on the black to
bring the score back to 15-12.
Williams by contrast looked rattled
and could not find any rhythm, while
Higgins built on his new-found belief to
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make it 15-14 just before the midsession interval. Another slip on a
straightforward red by Williams
handed Higgins the chance to level the
match and he accepted it gleefully to set
up a nail-biting finale.
After losing five frames in a row,
Williams finally got the better of
Higgins after a tense series of
exchanges, and then after Higgins
failed to take advantage of another
mistake, rattled off a 100 break to make
it 17-15 and within touching distance of
the title.
Williams had an easy pink for the
title but, almost unaccountably, missed
it and Higgins took it to the wire only
for a brilliant final frame by the Welshman to claim the title. Both the finalists
had turned professional way back in
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1992, the same year as Ronnie O?Sullivan, and Hearn has questioned
whether younger players who have yet
to land the world title are ?too soft?.
Hearn named Judd Trump and Ding
Junhui, aged 28 and 31 respectively, as
players who should question themselves as to why they have won many
other events ? and earned millions of
pounds from snooker ? but have failed
on the world championship stage.
?The kids today are soft, and they?re
getting softer because life is sweeter,
opportunities are greater and prize
money for failure is better,? Hearn said.
?People are settling for second best.
?If I was a player who hadn?t won
the world title I?d be spending a
long time looking in the mirror and
saying ?Why??.?
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Wolves? Portuguese
contingent show off the
Championship trophy, from
left: Ivan Cavaleiro, R鷅en
Vinagre, R鷅en Neves,
Diogo Jota, Roderick
Miranda and H閘der Costa
Nuno warns
Wolves fans
at title party
U
p to 80,000 people
lined the streets
to celebrate
Wolverhampton
Wanderers? promotion
to the Premier League
yesterday but the club?s
coach warned them that
wealth may not bring
success next season
(Steve Madeley writes).
Nuno Esp韗ito Santo?s
side clinched promotion
with some expensive
signings funded by
Fosun International, the
club?s Chinese owners.
But Nuno said: ?With
financial fair play, we go
by the rules, like
everybody does.
?You can have all the
money in the world but
on those terms I am no
different to any manager
in the Premier League
next season.?
s time to show ?proper?
?I slept on sofas. Now I?m It?football
at a proper time
in the Premier League?
Philippines goalkeeper
Neil Etheridge tells
Rick Broadbent how he
almost turned his back
on the English game
The ascent of Cardiff City to the
Premier League is a tale from football?s
underbelly. Players who thought they
were washed up have cleaned up
thanks to Neil Warnock?s rescue remedy, but few have made a journey quite
like the goalkeeper. Neil Etheridge may
be the busiest man in the Premier
League next season but he knows each
game will be a thriller in Manila.
The 28-year-old?s pathway to the top
has had a globe-trotting randomness
about it. So he has played in front of
90,000 people in Jakarta and warmed
the bench in Oldham, saved shots in
Kathmandu and revived himself at the
Bescot Stadium.
An England schoolboy and Philippines international, due to his mother, he
almost gave up on the dream four years
ago after the early promise shown at
Chelsea?s academy had faded to disillusionment. He had been with Fulham
since he was 18 but loan spells with
Leatherhead, Bristol Rovers and Crewe
Alexandra were the prelude to his
release in 2014 and months of club and
soul-searching.
?I was a week away from going back
to the Philippines,? he said as he
reflected on helping Cardiff get
promoted to the Premier League. ?I
sold my house and my car. Football is a
tough industry. I was let go by Fulham
and had five months without a club. It
was hard. I paid for myself to train at
Charlton. I was close to the goalkeeping
coach there and just trained as hard as
I could and waited as long as I could.
?It?s a very hard industry to be in and
a very hard industry to stay in. Now it?s
all in the past but it will never leave me.
It made me stronger and is maybe why
I am here today. You have to ride the
rough with the smooth.?
Nevertheless, he was ready to go east is widely watched. Given the national
and play football in the Philippines, team have qualified for next year?s
where he is already a big name with Asian Cup, via a win over Tajikistan,
59 caps to his name. What stopped him? Etheridge is wallowing in his reversal of
?I got offered a short contract with fortune. ?It has been an emotional
Oldham and I took it. I had a mate rollercoaster for me since the time I left
who lived up there and I said, ?Do you Fulham,? he said. ?I have got
mind if I kip on your sofa for however massive respect for the manager here
long I?m there?? That?s what you have to for taking me on board. He obviously
do.?
saw the potential I had and hopefully I
Off the sofa but on the bench, he have paid him back.?
failed to make his mark at
Etheridge is coming up to his
Oldham Athletic but, after
first anniversary at Cardiff
another short-term deal
and is keen to add another
at Charlton Athletic,
nationality to the Prethe journeyman finalmier League of nations.
ly found some stabiliThe Philippines has a
If Etheridge (Philippines)
ty in the shadow of
rich sporting heritage,
plays next season, it will take
the M6 at Walsall in
with Manny Pacquithe number of nationalities to
League One.
ao the most famous of
have appeared in the Premier
It is the sort of
them all, but EtheLeague to 113. The last three
story you imagine
ridge can now claim
countries were Kosovo,
that Warnock loves ?
the same status among
Equatorial Guinea
a
talented
but
the nation?s footballers.
and Armenia
resilient fringe player who
David Alaba also has a Filirefused to shrug his shoulpino mother but plays his
ders and paid his dues, literally
international football for Austria.
and otherwise. This season he
The downside for Warnock will
has kept 19 clean sheets and,
be the prospect of losing his goalwhen you have slept on
keeper to the Asian Cup in the
sofas and been sent off
new year.
against Turkmenistan,
It has, then, been a
then it is perhaps
circuitous and often
understandable that
tempestuous voyage from
he betrays no fear
Chelsea?s academy. ?When
about taking on
you are an academy player you
Sergio
Ag黣ro
definitely feel like it is never going
and Mohamed
to end,? he said. ?I went from ChelSalah.
sea to Fulham ? two Premier League
His status as
teams at the time ? and I was sitting
the
Premier
on the bench for the Europa
League?s
first
League and Premier League. You
southeast Asian
don?t think that is going to
player has made
finish. A lot of people see the
the Enfield-born
highs and some people don?t
goalkeeper a big
see the lows.?
story in his
He was diplomatic when
mother?s
asked if automatic promohomeland.
tion was sweeter for comEtheridge has
Access to the
ing at the expense of Fulkept 19 clean
Championship
ham, the club who rejected
sheets during
is limited in the
him, but four years after
his promotion
Philippines
packing his bags Etheseason with the
but the Preridge is finally going
Welsh club
mier League
places.
113
Giles Smith
Sport on
television
P
erhaps it was just
unfortunate that the decisive
day in the Sky Bet
Championship was also the
day that Channel 5 had set
aside to screen its landmark threehour documentary on historic cockups in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The consequence, though, was that,
on this of all occasions, Football on 5
began at the hostile time of 11.55pm,
leaving Caroline Barker, our host,
dryly promising ?all the action on the
final day ? well, the day after?.
At this point, as one peered foggily
from the sofa, the chorus of Cry Baby,
Jemini?s nul-pointer from Riga in
2003 still rotating numbly in one?s
ears, the blood left all those years ago
by Desmond Lynam on the battlefield
for reasonably timed football
highlights programmes appeared to
have been shed in vain. Put simply, it
was nearing 1am before Burton
Albion were relegated and although
there is a good argument for holding
distressing scenes until after the
watershed, this seemed to be going a
tad far. And, if the sight of Jemini
singing Cry Baby isn?t also distressing,
I don?t know what is, so pick the
ironies out of that.
Next season, however, all will be
different. The EFL highlights package
is emigrating from Channel 5 to
Quest, the Discovery-owned
Freeview channel, and Quest is
promising the 90-minute show a
locked-in 9pm start whereas, on
Channel 5, the EFL?s sole free-to-air
platform would presumably have
remained eternally vulnerable to
fights for space with programmes
called things like ?Top 100 Celebrity
Fashion Fails? and ?When
Appendectomies Go Wrong?.
Maybe the idea was to lure in the
casual viewer: come for the footage of
Jamala getting menaced by a barearsed streaker in Kiev last year, stay
for the highlights of Brentford v Hull
City. But for the fans, many of them
young, who are the show?s essential
constituency, it was a surprisingly
unsympathetic piece of scheduling.
The EFL?s next home describes
itself as ?the channel for people who
find real life more fascinating than
fiction?. Exactly where football stands
in relation to those two poles is a
subject for a longer article than this.
And, of course, favouring reality over
fiction doesn?t preclude an interest in
Eurovision, either. However, a quick
look at Radio Times suggests that,
besides regularity at a civilised hour,
Quest can offer EFL football a slightly
less noisy environment than C5.
An episode of How It?s Made, for
instance, which is a Quest staple,
looked at manufacturing techniques
behind pencil sharpeners. Quest also
invites viewers to follow the progress
of someone restoring a Porsche 944.
Then again, at the more sensational
end of the factual spectrum,
Destroyed in Seconds was lately at the
scene of an exploding paint factory,
and if television anywhere offered a
better analogy for Millwall?s late and
ultimately unsuccessful bid for a playoff place this year, we didn?t find it.
But let?s not walk away without
honouring Football on 5 for some
sterling work these past three seasons.
Its template has been very clearly
Match of the Day ? not just in the
touchingly sustained pretence that we
don?t know what happened and didn?t
watch it all earlier on Sky, but also in
the sofas, the ribbed and luminous
coffee table, the jocular intro for the
resident pro. ?Micky Gray,? said
Barker, ?hasn?t been this nervous
since a certain play-off final penalty
shoot-out.? (Two decades ago, Gray
missed for Sunderland. Football on 5
expects you to know that.)
But the recipe is proven so why
fiddle with it? There?s no word on the
ribbed table but Quest is apparently
taking Colin Murray, and we hope it
takes Barker, too. It would be mad not
to. Murray refers to it as ?proper
football?, which we could have a
debate about. But next year proper
football is on at a proper time. And, so
far as we can see, there is nothing
Jemini or anyone else can do about it.
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PAUL MARRIOTT/EMPICS
Snubbed Heaton fears
for World Cup chances
The Burnley goalkeeper Tom
Heaton is believed to be
frustrated at not having played
since he returned from a lengthy
shoulder injury and concerned
that it has effectively ended the
small chance he had of making
the England squad for the World
Cup finals (Gary Jacob writes).
Heaton, 32, has been an unused
substitute six times in the past
month so has had no chance to
impress Gareth Southgate, the
England manager. Burnley have
retained Nick Pope in goal and
he has enjoyed such a spectacular
debut season, with 11 clean sheets
in his 34 league games, that he is
himself vying for the third
England goalkeeping spot with
Joe Hart. Jordan Pickford and
Jack Butland appear likely to
have secured their places.
Little accidentally gives
wedding ring to fan
The present system that has allowed broadcasters to influence fixture lists means that a repeat of the 1989 title decider between Arsenal and Liverpool is unlikely
Secret rule for deciding fixtures
risks denying us grand finales
Premier League insists
the integrity of the
tournament stands but
questions still arise,
writes Martyn Ziegler
When Arsenal travelled to play
Liverpool on May 26, 1989, both sides
went into that final game of the season
with a shot at winning the title. Michael
Thomas ensured that it was Arsenal
who were crowned champions, but due
to the secret arrangement the Premier
League uses in compiling its fixture
programme, such a winner-takes-all
scenario is unlikely to happen again.
The Premier League has for several
years ensured that the top six sides
from the previous season are kept apart
on the opening and final weekends of
the season, which means that unless a
side such as Leicester City come
through and challenge again, there will
never be a last-match title decider
between two clubs.
The tender document for broadcasters for the domestic rights to the
Premier League in the three seasons
from 2019 to 2022 sets out the details of
how the fixtures are arranged. It promises broadcasters that there will be at
least one match between ?top six? clubs
on the 26 different weekend fixture
programmes, but that this will ?always
exclude? the opening weekend and the
final fixture programme.
The document also states that there
will be at least one match between two
clubs in the ?top eight? in every round
of fixtures. This is to ensure that there is
at least one big game as a potential
highlight each week.
It could be argued that the arrangement gives the bigger clubs the guarantee of an easy start to the season, although Premier League insiders insist
that it does not affect the integrity of
the competition as every club still have
to play each other home and away, and
there are other fixture considerations.
For example, Newcastle United
never play at home on the same day as
Sunderland for policing reasons, even if
they are in different divisions. Tottenham Hotspur may play the first few
games away next season if their stadium is not completed, as was the case
with West Ham United?s first three
games at the beginning of last season.
The tender document also confirms
that there will be at least one match
between ?top six? clubs in each of the
two so-far-unsold television packages:
package F, which is made up of 20 live
matches from one midweek and one
bank-holiday programme, some of
which will be broadcast simultaneously; and package G, which is 20 matches
from
two
midweek
fixture
programmes, some of which will also be
broadcast simultaneously.
The tender states that there will be a
maximum of two matches between
?top six? teams in any individual fixture
programme. The document states a
?top six? club means ?in respect of any
season during the term, the six clubs
with the six highest average finishing
positions in the Premier League
competition over the three seasons immediately preceding that season?. The
same method is used to determine the
?top eight? clubs.
Although the Premier League has
ensured that leading clubs do not meet
on the opening weekend in recent
years, it appears to have changed the
formula for determining the ?top six? to
eliminate the impact of blips in a team?s
fortunes. For example, Liverpool
played Arsenal in August 2016 on the
opening weekend but had finished in
eighth position the previous season.
Had it been based on the three previous
seasons combined, Liverpool would
still have been deemed as a ?top six?
team.
That in itself is potentially controversial, especially given the dispute
between the bigger and smaller clubs
over the division of overseas TV money.
The so-called ?big six? (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and
the two Manchester clubs) are also the
top six in terms of average league
finishes over the previous three seasons
and they are the ones who want a bigger
share of the TV money, arguing that it is
their clubs who drive the interest for
overseas viewers.
The Arsenal Supporters? Trust said
that it opposes the ?apparent designation? of an elite group, even though
Arsenal are part of it.
Richard Scudamore, the League?s
executive chairman, had previously
suggested that 35 per cent of the overseas money be distributed according to
where a club finish in the table. At the
moment it is shared equally. That idea
was blocked by the smaller clubs but he
has told chairmen that he wants a resolution to the dispute at next month?s
annual general meeting.
Mark Little, the Bolton
Wanderers defender, almost paid
a high price for his generosity
after his side?s final-day win
against Nottingham Forest. The
Sky Bet Championship club
avoided relegation with a
dramatic 3-2 win at the Macron
Stadium and, amid the
celebrations, Little gave his jacket
to a fan. Only later did the
29-year-old realise that his wallet
and wedding ring were in the
pocket and his kind gesture
appeared to have cost him more
than he intended. The former
Peterborough United and Bristol
City right back posted a message
on Twitter pleading to the fan to
return them and was grateful to
be reunited with his wallet. It is
believed that his wedding ring
has also been found.
Crystal Palace consider
Antonio to replace Zaha
Crystal Palace are interested in
signing Michail Antonio from
West Ham United in the
expectation that Wilfried Zaha
could leave this summer. Antonio
signed a four-year contract last
season, worth a basic of �,000
plus add-ons, but his future at the
club will be in doubt if David
Moyes stays in charge. The Scot
dropped the midfielder when he
was late for training and a team
meeting in February and has also
been frustrated that Antonio has
suffered injuries.
He strained a calf muscle in
December and a hamstring issue
ended his season in March. Zaha
has interest beyond Chelsea and
Tottenham Hotspur and his sale
would bring in tens of millions of
pounds for Palace. Christian
Benteke?s future is also in doubt.
Wingers to the rescue as England shine in front of Southgate
England
Appiah 64, Doyle 69 (pen)
Italy
Riccardi 14
2
0
2
1
European Under-17 Championship
Tim Nash
Gareth Southgate was an interested
spectator as England Under-17 showed
the quality that helped them become
world champions as they came from
behind to beat Italy.
Alessio Riccardi put the Italians
ahead against the run of play at
Walsall?s Bescot Stadium, but Steve
Cooper?s side scored twice in six
second-half minutes to continue their
winning start to top group A. England
will qualify for the quarter-finals if they
avoid defeat against Switzerland on
Thursday.
The wide men were the source of
England?s main threat, with Xavier
Amaechi, of Arsenal, threatening and
Nottingham Forest?s Arvin Appiah
equalising, while Rayhaan Tulloch, the
West Bromwich Albion substitute, won
the penalty for the winner.
Italy took the lead in the 14th minute
when Riccardi buried a low shot into
the bottom corner from 25 yards. After
wasting a number of chances, the home
Group A table
England
Italy
Switzerland
Israel
P
W D L
F
A GD Pts
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
0
4
3
3
1
2
2
2
5
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
2
2
1
1
-4
6
3
3
0
side finally equalised in the 64th
minute when Appiah lashed home
from just inside the box. The winner
came when Tommy Doyle scored from
the penalty spot on 69 minutes after
Tulloch was tripped. Cooper, the
England coach, was delighted at the
impact of his wide players. ?That?s
credit to the academies ? these are the
type of players we?re now producing,
players that can make a difference and
in the end, that told,? he said.
?Arvin came inside and scored and
Rayhaan won the penalty ? that?s
what you want from attacking players.
Ultimately you want them making a
difference by creating and scoring.?
Italy coach Carmine Nunziata
claimed Arsenal midfielder Vontae
Daley-Campbell should have been sent
off after his tackle on Jean Freddi Pascal Greco led to him being substituted
and going to hospital for an X-ray on his
leg.
England (4-2-3-1): L Ashby-Hammond Fulham ?
V Daley-Campbell Arsenal (sub: D Crowe Ipswich Town
40min), E Laird Manchester United, N Ogbeta
Manchester City, B Saka Arsenal ? T Doyle Manchester
City, J Garner Manchester United ? X Amaechi Arsenal,
M Daly Huddersfield Town (sub: R Tulloch West Brom
55), A Appiah Nottingham Forest ? T John-Jules
Arsenal (sub: B Duncan unattached 40).
Substitutes not used: M Dewhurst Sheffield United,
A-J Alese West Ham United, E Dixon-Bonner Liverpool,
T Coyle Arsenal, F Balogun Arsenal.
Italy (4-3-3): A Russo Fiorentina ? A Barazzetta AC
Milan, N Armini Lazio, P Gozzi Iweru Juventus, G Brogni
Atalanta ? G Leone Juventus, M E Gyabuaa Atalanta,
J F Pascal Greco Roma (sub: N Rovella Genoa 25) ?
N Fagioli (Juventus (sub: L Colombo AC Milan 73),
A Riccardi Roma (sub: A Cortinovis Atalanta 76),
E Vergani (Inter Milan).
Referee V Thorarinsson (Iceland).
Attendance 7,159.
Group A remaining fixtures
May 10 Israel v Italy ( St George?s Park, Burton),
England v Switzerland (New York Stadium, Rotherham)
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Henry Winter
Chief Football Writer
At last, a manager condemns diving
S
o along with the humour, exhilarating
football and skilfully guiding Liverpool
to the Champions League final, there?s
another thing to admire J黵gen Klopp
for. He has just called out his star player
for diving. Klopp urges honesty in the cynical
workplace of professional football. Be
upstanding, please.
?This is not what I want to see,? Klopp said
after Mohamed Salah was cautioned by
Anthony Taylor for collapsing to the floor when
fairly challenged by Chelsea?s Gary Cahill at
Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Some managers
upbraid fallen heroes away from the
microphones but it is rare for a manager to
acknowledge publicly that his player has dived,
especially such an important one.
Too many managers are too soft on their
players, forgiving their excesses, so Klopp has
done the game an immense favour. A manager
with a moral compass? What a message this
transmits. Referees, schoolteachers and grassroots coaches everywhere will offer up prayers
of gratitude. Klopp?s words carry great weight.
Children and professionals will listen.
Klopp?s reaction certainly provides timely
support for referees dealing with a diving issue
that is a concern in the Premier League if not
yet an epidemic. Taylor was positioned perfectly
to judge the split-second sequence when Salah
ran across the 18-yard line, chasing the ball after
a rare iffy first touch. He stretched out his left
boot to poke the ball past the incoming Cahill.
The defender?s left foot landed but Cahill
stopped just in time before colliding. Salah
anticipated impact that never came. Not even
the stats boffins desperately trying to turn
modern matches into mathematical challenges
have come up with ?expected contact?. Yet.
Chelsea should have asked the renowned ring
announcer Michael Buffer, a guest at the Bridge,
to rework his famous call to arms: let?s get ready
to tumble. Salah?s left foot touched the turf and
he started falling as Cahill threw his arms up,
signalling innocence.
Salah?s left foot brushed the stationary
Cahill, jerked in mid-air as if to insinuate
contact, and he continued dropping like a
winged sparrow. Cahill mimicked a dive and
in fairness to Salah he never appealed. Cahill
helped Salah to his feet as Taylor showed him
a yellow card for simulation. ?He accepts his
punishment,? Alan Smith said in commentary.
?You can see why. Anthony Taylor is not
going to be fooled.?
Nor was Klopp, stating: ?Yes, I think it
was a dive, was it? Or he waited for
the contact, I am not sure, so that is
not what I want to see, that is not
what he wants to do. But
obviously it happened.?
It happened and Klopp
tackled it. He did not belittle
his player, this was no
naming and shaming, Klopp
just calmly pointed out the
facts. He also understood the
ramifications. ?He couldn?t get
any foul any more.?
The 黚er-bright German does
not want Salah to acquire a
reputation, so limiting his chances
of winning decisions in the future.
It also needs emphasising that it
will take more than one ill-judged
act to alter the largely pristine
image of the footballer of the year.
Salah receives the honour from the
Football Writers? Association in
London on Thursday, after flying
down from Liverpool?s own awards
night.
Salah has been a wonderful role
model this season and this was his
The grass-roots
game will offer
up prayers after
Klopp called
out his star
player, Salah,
for simulation
6 Football management is a broad church
and in the Premier League place of
worship next season there will be Pep
Guardiola in the angelic choirboy seats at the
front while Neil Warnock rises from the crypt,
knocking pews over while singing from a
different hymn-sheet to everyone else.
Warnock is chippy, vain, a pain, and his
football can be too physical, as Guardiola
will remember from Joe Bennett?s tackle on
Leroy San� in the FA Cup, but the Cardiff
City manager deserves his place in the top
flight for his motivational capacities and
that raw, world?s-against-me hunger to win.
The Premier League fixtures are out on
June 14 (9am sharp and please remember
many will be moved when TV gets busy) and,
following their verbal ruck in the cup,
Warnock v Guardiola II will be eagerly
anticipated. The culture clash will fascinate
the Premier League congregation, especially if
the beauty of Guardiola?s football silences
Warnock.
Gerrard?s risk is one worth taking
P
lenty of questions are
raised about Steven
Gerrard and the
Rangers manager?s job:
inexperience, insufficient
budget to compete with
Celtic, dealing with
expectations, criticism,
politics and religion and the
fact that his wife and children
are not moving to Glasgow
(he is huge on family) etc, etc.
Gerrard will have noted and
analysed all of these. He is
shrewd as well as bold, and
plots his career carefully.
Unlike people who
highlight only the negatives,
Gerrard will back himself to
accentuate the positives. He is
fearless and loves challenges.
Gerrard is ambitious and will
know that managerial
involvement elsewhere,
learning to cope with players,
agents, media, board and the
vicissitudes of results and
form, is vital if he is to take
command of Liverpool one
day. He will give everything to
make Rangers work.
Gerrard?s players will take
pride in the shirt and in their
performance, and if they
don?t, they won?t last long
under him.
A broader narrative is at
play here, too. Too many
former players with too much
still to offer the game go into
first caution in his half-century of games for
Liverpool, so he will rightly be cut some slack.
The more important element is a manager?s
intervention.
The media can conduct worthy, frothy
campaigns against diving, the FA can impose
retrospective action (which hardly helps the
team sinned against) and social media can
berate the gravity junkies (and it?s surprising
that in toxic Twittersphere there isn?t a
?dislike? icon as well as a ?like?). But one
manager of Klopp?s stature has far
more impact. Diving is not right. Don?t
do it. Don?t cheat.
So will other managers have the
moral courage to follow suit? Will
the message get through to others
censured for simulation, Dele Alli,
Ashley Young (before moving to full
b
back),
Wilfried Zaha and Leroy San�,
among others.
Whenever England meet up, Gareth
Southgate is frequently asked if he will
talk to Alli about his bouts of
simulation. Tottenham Hotspur?s
manager, Mauricio Pochettino,
did remark that ?the referee was
right? when Alli was booked at
Anfield but undermined his stance
when adding that ?football is
about trying to trick your
opponent?.
Come on. Alli can trick his opponent
with skill, not simulation. Salah has spent
all season tricking defenders with sleight
of foot not deceit.
Referees at the World Cup will be
hunting the divers and they?ll be backed by
VAR. Good. They are cheating their peers,
cheating their profession, and the game
owes Klopp thanks for taking a stand
against those who don?t stay on their feet.
television punditry.
Gary Neville,
Jamie Carragher
and Rio Ferdinand
should be coaching.
Early signs are that
Michael Carrick
could prove a coach
of genuine substance,
and is already working
one-on-one with Paul
Pogba at Manchester
United. So Gerrard
should be encouraged.
He may ultimately fail
at Ibrox but better to
risk it and live like a
lion, than play safe like
a lamb. Good luck to
him.
You?ll regret sacking me, warns Puel Ronaldo injury ?not serious?
Steve Madeley
Claude Puel admits that he could
become the next victim of the Premier
League?s ?piranha club? but has warned
his Leicester City employers to sack
him at their peril.
The Frenchman is under pressure
after a sequence of just four wins in his
past 19 league games and yesterday did
little to quell speculation that he could
be replaced this summer.
Puel, who claimed to be pragmatic
about his future, pointed to Southampton?s slump since his sacking last
summer as proof that Leicester?s
owners could live to regret making a
change. ?I am pragmatic about this,? he
said. ?I finished eighth in the table with
Southampton. We can see where they
play now.
?I will continue to build and
perform and develop young players,
this is not a risk, it is my job.?
Puel is facing increasing criticism
from supporters and The Times
revealed yesterday that Leicester are
considering David Wagner, the
Huddersfield Town head coach, as a
potential replacement.
?I never have pressure because the
manager knows the situation,? Puel
said, defending his methods. ?The
Premier League is like a piranha club
but the most important thing for me is
to build for the future.?
Gary Jacob
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be fit
for the Champions League final against
Liverpool on May 26 despite suffering
an ankle injury when he scored for Real
Madrid in a 2-2 draw against Barcelona
on Sunday.
Real officials have privately said that
the injury is not serious but he will miss
the matches ag
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