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ten things you need to know today: saturday 21 jul 2018
george michael committed suicide, according to his lover. fadi fawaz also claims it was his the pop star’s fifth attempt to kill himself. fawaz said the singer, 53, died on christmas eve, his late mum’s birthday, and not christmas day as previously reported. in march 2017 senior coroner darren salter said michael died of natural causes.
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chelsea boss sarri told to smarten up and quit smoking
new chelsea boss maurizio sarri will have to change his ways at stamford bridge, after being told to smarten up and quit smoking.see related chelsea transfer news: £89m for higuain and ruganisarri to chelsea: moves for hazard, willian, kante, jorginho and higuain?“the 59-year-old italian - who replaces antonio conte at stamford bridge - has been ordered to wear a suit on matchdays rather than his usual tracksuit approach, and has also been told to cut out his cheeky half-time cigarettes,” reports the daily mirror.“the sight of sarri puffing away on the touchline became a regular one during his time at former club napoli, before he was banned from doing so and given a special designated area in the home dressing room.”chelsea owner roman abramovich wants the former banker to look the part at stamford bridge, and he appeared to have taken the message on board as he appeared at his first chelsea press conference in a shirt and tie.“the former empoli man was told to bring a british attitude to the job, and that means he has been asked to ditch the sportswear in favour of a suit by owner abramovich,” says the sun.despite his eccentric ways sarri “has become the thinking man's coach, adored even by the game’s great philosopher, pep guardiola,” reports goal.com.and his arrival in the premier league “represents a remarkable rise to prominence for a coach who never played the game professionally and cut his teeth managing amateur teams in tuscany – where his ...
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how whatsapp plans to curb fake news
whatsapp is making drastic changes to its massage forwarding features in a bid to stop fake news being spread on its platform.  see related google’s android fine: trump accuses eu of ‘taking advantage’ of usfive lynched in india over whatsapp rumoursthe announcement comes after the indian government yesterday blamed fake news going viral for a recent spate of mob violence. the lynchings have claimed the lives of least 18 people in india since april, the bbc reports.in a bid to tackle the problem, users of the free chat app in india will only be able to forward messages to five groups at a time, making it more difficult to spread spurious stories and videos, the independent reports. the country is not only whatsapp’s biggest market but also, until now, the nation where users use the forwarding tool most. in the rest of the world, people will be limited to sending messages on to 20 groups. the forwarding limit for all countries was previously 250 groups. the “quick forward” button, which allows users to instantly share videos and images, has also been scrapped in india.indian authorities threatened to take legal action unless the facebook-owned company made changes to its service in the wake of the recent lynchings. the violence has been linked to false stories of child kidnappings that quickly spread via message forwarding on whatsapp. the firm’s end-to-end encryption, a security system that hides a user’s identity and messages from potential hacker...
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brazil plastic surgeon ‘dr bumbum’ arrested after patient death
brazillian police have arrested a celebrity plastic surgeon, known as dr bumbum, five days after he went on the run following the death of a patient whose buttocks he had enhanced.see related women detained at airport following plastic surgerywhy is brazil’s lula still so popular?police said on twitter that the doctor, denis furtado, who performed the operation in his own apartment, was arrested in rio de janeiro.“he was arrested in a business centre in barra de tijuca,” police tweeted, following up with a photo of furtado and his mother, maria fátima barros, in custody.furtado “had become a celebrity in brazil and revelled in his nickname in social media posts”, says the guardian. he had more than 600,000 followers on his instagram account and a further 44,000 on his facebook page. furtado used the accounts to publish “before” and “after” photos of his treatments.police say the exact cause of the death of the patient, identified as 46-year-old bank manager lilian calixto, has not been determined.the independent quotes local media as saying calixto arrived at the hospital “with tachycardia, an abnormally fast heart rate, after having silicone injected into each buttock. the procedure is also believed to involve the injection of acrylic glass filler.”after calixto’s death, arrest warrants were issued for furtado and his mother in connection with her murder. while on the run the pair had sought a court order, which was rejected, so they could remain fr...
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cameroon military ‘torches villages’ as separatist conflict escalates
the military of cameroon has committed a series of massacres across the country’s minority english-speaking regions, as part of a wider escalating conflict between separatists and the central government, according to reports.human rights watch (hrw) alleges that the military of the predominantly francophone nation burned down at least 20 villages in the southern cameroons region of the country, where the majority language is english.a number of unarmed civilians, including at least four elderly women, were reportedly burned alive during the massacre.“the human rights situation in cameroon has reached crisis level and could still get much worse,” said mausi segun, africa director at hrw. “international action is needed to ensure that both sides protect civilians and ensure justice for crimes against them,” he added.so exactly what is happening in cameroon, and what does it mean for west africa?the 'anglophone problem'the conflict has its roots in the so-called scramble for africa in the late 1800s, when a number of competing european superpowers used force to claim as much territory on the continent as possible.originally a colony of the german empire, the region was taken by british and french forces during the first world war. the new rulers split the region into cameroun - the french-speaking part that makes up most of the region’s land mass - and two british protectorates, southern cameroons and northern cameroons. although the country officially gained ind...
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forza horizon 4: map, trailers and release date
the fourth instalment in playground games’s popular forza horizon racing game series is set to be one of the biggest releases of the year when it hits uk shops this autumn. see related e3 2018: playstation gamers locked out of fortnite for nintendo switchforza motorsport 7 reviews: critics hail ‘beautiful’ racerannounced at the electronics entertainment expo (e3) last month, forza horizon 4 takes the form of an open-world racing game set in britain. players can drive some of the fastest cars on the planet, including the new mclaren senna and lamborghini centenario, in locations including the scottish highlands and the city of edinburgh. fans will have to wait until the first week of october to get their hands on horizon 4. until then, here’s everything you need to know about the open-world racing game:when does it come out?forza horizon 4 launches on 2 october for the xbox one and pc. those with a more powerful xbox one x can choose to run the game at a 4k resolution and 30 frames per second (fps) or at 1080p at 60fps.are pre-orders open?yes. amazon has the standard version of the game for £49.99 on xbox one, while a downloadable for pc costs £59.99. above that, at £69.99, is the digital deluxe version, which gives players access to six downloadable packs containing new cars, with the releases spread over the game’s first six months, as well as a day-one car pack. the most expensive copy is the ultimate edition: a £79.99 bundle that comes with a steel case...
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ex-gp ‘ordered dark web hitman to kill financial adviser’ after losing £300k
a retired gp tried to arrange the murder of his financial advisor on the dark web, where he ordered chechen mob hitmen to “kill the bastard”, a court has heard. david crichton, from bournemouth, held a vendetta against andrew bolden after losing £300,000 from his £1.8m pension, the guardian reports.prosecutor simon jones said: “dr crichton delayed some aspects of his [bolden’s] advice, he missed certain deadlines and incurred a tax penalty.”crichton, 64, is said to have accessed a web page called “crime bay by chechen mob” on the dark web, a hidden corner of the internet, in a bid to get revenge, sky news reports.the former doctor entered bolden’s details on the site, which works like a bulletin board, and agreed to pay the equivalent of £3,800 in cyptocurrency bitcoin for his murder, winchester crown court was told. other options on the site reportedly include “beat the shit out of him”, “set his car on fire”, and “set his house on fire”.jones said officers from the national crime agency were monitoring dark web pages when they found crichton’s order for the hit on bolden, an edinburgh-based advisor with private bank brown shipley.as well as attempting to solicit murder, the ex-gp is also accused of sending three malicious communications that aimed to make bolden fear crichton would kill himself.in february last year, the court heard, crichton sent a text to the financial advisor that said: “i am contacting you out of desperation....
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tour de france: thomas wins amid hostility on alpe d’huez
welsh cyclist geraint thomas extended his lead in the tour de france with a second successive stage win – this time on the famous alpe d’huez – but, after being jeered and spat at, he called for a “bit of decency” from the fans.it was another great ride from the team sky man, who finished four seconds in front of team-mate chris froome to tighten his grip on the leader’s yellow jersey.but his team’s unpopularity spilled over as he and in particular reigning champion froome were targeted by spectators, with one appearing to throw a punch at froome.see related 2018 tour de france: chris froome ‘relieved’ to be cleared of doping by the uci“both riders were spat at, froome was shoved, shorts were dropped in their direction,” reports jeremy whittle in the guardian, “yet it was vincenzo nibali who ended up prone on the tarmac, after tangling with spectators, as the leaders were blinded by smoke from flares.”nibali, winner of the tour in 2014, was later forced to abandon the race with a fractured vertebra.the iconic 21-bend climb to the top of alpe d’huez is “a traditional lightning rod for rowdy behaviour from fans who often spend days camping out waiting for the arrival of the peloton”, says tom cary of the daily telegraph.“team sky have been given a rough ride in france ever since they began dominating the tour in 2012, and even more so since revelations about the therapeutic use exemptions used by sir bradley wiggins to win that first race.??...
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premier league transfer news: sterling, hazard, zaha
shock exit for sterling?manchester city are prepared to sell raheem sterling as a contract dispute with the england forward looms.the former liverpool star’s current deal runs until 2020, but the daily mirror says he could be sold next summer unless he extends his contract and talks are at an impasse.see related real madrid transfer news: ‘magnificent players’ on the way“sterling shelved negotiations before the world cup in the hope his stock would rise on the back of a sparkling tournament,” says the paper. “his camp reckoned this would increase the pressure on city to accept his demands for improved personal terms to his current £170,000-a-week deal or attract interest from a big foreign club.”that has not happened and with city unwilling to offer him a better deal he could be sold.alisson arrives at anfieldliverpool have confirmed the signing of brazil goalkeeper alisson from roma for a world-record fee of £67m.manager jurgen klopp said he was delighted to have been able to sign the 25-year-old and brushed off concerns about the cost.“it’s not his price, it’s not the price we want to pay, it’s only the price the market demands,” he said. “that’s how it is, no problem with that.”the keeper has already been unveiled as a liverpool player. “allison, who cut short his holiday to complete the formalities of his transfer, is expected to link up with his new team-mates following the tour of america. liverpool travel to evian in france for a four...
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‘dangerous complacency’ threatens gains in global fight against hiv/aids
dwindling public attention and stalled funding for the fight against the global hiv/aids pandemic is endangering efforts to eradicate the disease, a new report warns. that “dangerous complacency” comes as rates of new hiv infections are climbing in parts of the world, experts say in a paper published in the lancet ahead of the 22nd international aids conference, in amsterdam, next week. see related hiv researchers edge closer to a curedating apps blamed for rise of hiv in asiawe are no longer on course to end the pandemic by 2030 - a target agreed by un member states, according to the lancet commission, led by the international aids society (ias). “the encouraging reductions in new hiv infections that occurred for about a decade has emboldened some to declare that we are within reach of ending aids,” peter piot, founder of the unaids agency, said this week.however, “there is absolutely no evidence to support this conclusion”, he insisted, reports dublin-based news site rte.why are hiv infection rates rising?around 36.9 million people worldwide were living with hiv or aids at the end of 2017, according to the world health organization.“and there are an estimated 1.8 million new cases every year,” reports the bbc.although the overall number of new cases of hiv/aids have been falling in recent years, rates are on the rise in around 50 countries, most of them in eastern europe and central asia.  experts say that too great a focus on virus-suppressing t...
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man utd transfer news: martial, rebic, lindelof, sandro
martial set to stayanthony martial will not be leaving manchester united this summer after all, thanks to the performances of england and belgium at the world cup.see related premier league transfer news: lewandowski, malcom, ospinathe frenchman has failed to shine at old trafford during his three seasons there and was expected to be offloaded during the transfer window, with juventus and spurs both said to be keen on the 22-year-old, says the daily mirror.“but with romelu lukaku and marcus rashford on extended breaks following their world cup exploits in russia, martial will be given the opportunity to shine in their enforced absence.”with his attacking options limited jose mourinho is expected to start the season with martial up front.“the forward, left out of france's world cup-winning squad because of a lack of game-time at united, has been given a reprieve by mourinho, who is understood to have told martial it is now or never for him this season,” says the paper.rebic deal moves closerunited’s pursuit of croatian world cup finalist ante rebic has been given a boost after his current club, eintracht frankfurt, identified a replacement, reports the daily star.united could be “edging close to a deal” after it emerged that the german club are interested in sporting lisbon star francisco geraldes, who is a similar player to winger rebic.juventus want lindelofchelsea’s pursuit of juventus defender daniele rugani could have an impact at old trafford, with repo...
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man utd pre-season: tahith chong impresses on debut
manchester united got their pre-season under way with a 1-1 draw with mexican side club america in stifling phoenix, with temperatures above 40c.“club america offered stern opposition for jose mourinho’s men, who had to rely on a late strike from juan mata to salvage a draw,” says the daily mirror.“henry martin had headed the mexicans into the lead in the 59th minute, but mata pounced on a loose ball in the box, firing through the goalkeeper’s legs, to ensure the game finished level.”see related man utd transfer news: martial, rebic, lindelof, sandrounited have been without a host of players on the tour, with world cup stars including marcus rashford and romelu lukaku on holiday and alexis sanchez unable to travel with the squad because of visa issues.“mourinho claimed the same defence that started here - antonio valencia, eric bailly, chris smalling and luke shaw – is also likely to start their first game of the new premier league campaign because everyone else has been given time off to recover after the world cup,” reports the daily telegraph.one of the unfamiliar faces in the line-up was that of tahith chong. the dutch teenager, who arrived at old trafford two years ago from feyenoord, made his senior debut as a second-half substitute and impressed for united.“replacing anthony martial after the hour mark, the fearless 18-year-old immediately passed on instructions from the bench to his team-mates as jose mourinho shuffled the pack,” reports the...
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twitter reacts as trevor noah defends ‘africa won the world cup’ joke
a feud between the talk show host trevor noah and the french ambassador to the us has prompted a furious debate online.see related france win world cup final with 4-2 victory against croatiatrevor noah profile: who is jon stewart's daily show replacement?during a monologue earlier this week, the host of the daily show made a joke about france’s world cup victory. alluding to the fact that 80% of the french team’s players were of african descent, he quipped, “africa won the world cup”.“i get it, they have to say it’s the french team,” said noah, who is black and south african. “but look at those guys. you don’t get that tan by hanging out in the south of france, my friends.”the french ambassador to the us didn’t see the funny side however, and said that the comedian was denying the players’ “frenchness” by calling them african.“this, even in jest, legitimises the ideology which claims whiteness as the only definition of being french,” gérard araud said in what the bbc describes as “a stern letter” to noah.“they were educated in france, they learned to play soccer in france, and they are french citizens. they are proud of their country, france.”“unlike the united states of america, france does not refer to its citizens based on their race, religion or origin. to us, there is no hyphenated identity. roots are an individual reality. by calling them an african team, it seems you are denying their frenchness,” araud concluded.in a resp...
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chelsea boss sarri told to smarten up and quit smoking
new chelsea boss maurizio sarri will have to change his ways at stamford bridge, after being told to smarten up and quit smoking.see related chelsea transfer news: £89m for higuain and ruganisarri to chelsea: moves for hazard, willian, kante, jorginho and higuain?“the 59-year-old italian - who replaces antonio conte at stamford bridge - has been ordered to wear a suit on matchdays rather than his usual tracksuit approach, and has also been told to cut out his cheeky half-time cigarettes,” reports the daily mirror.“the sight of sarri puffing away on the touchline became a regular one during his time at former club napoli, before he was banned from doing so and given a special designated area in the home dressing room.”chelsea owner roman abramovich wants the former banker to look the part at stamford bridge, and he appeared to have taken the message on board as he appeared at his first chelsea press conference in a shirt and tie.“the former empoli man was told to bring a british attitude to the job, and that means he has been asked to ditch the sportswear in favour of a suit by owner abramovich,” says the sun.despite his eccentric ways sarri “has become the thinking man's coach, adored even by the game's great philosopher, pep guardiola,” reports goal.com.and his arrival in the premier league “represents a remarkable rise to prominence for a coach who never played the game professionally and cut his teeth managing amateur teams in tuscany – where his pa...
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what is a currency war and could trump trigger one?
as the us-china trade war continues to undermine global economic confidence, donald trump sparked new fears among investors last night by threatening a currency war with beijing.see related us-china trade war: tariffs kick inthe chinese yuan weakened by nearly 1% against the dollar yesterday and continued its slide today, hitting its lowest level in over a year.“analysts said the yuan's latest dip came after china's central bank indicated that it was willing to accept a weaker currency,” cnn reports, as it will help china's huge export industry cope with new us tariffs.overnight, the us president launched a “rare attack on america’s central bankers”, the guardian says, revealing that he “wasn’t happy with their plans to raise us interest rates”.“our currency is going up,” trump said. “i have to tell you, it puts us at a disadvantage.”what is a currency war?currency wars occur when a number of countries seek to depreciate the value of their own currencies in order to stimulate their economies, investopedia writes.although devaluations are not unusual, most do not lead to currency wars - which begin only when several countries all try to push down the value of their currencies at once.“instead of making their exports better, they make them cheaper,” the balance says. “businesses can export more and the country benefits from stronger economic growth. but currency devaluation also makes imports more expensive. that hurts consumers and adds to i...
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startling footage shows sole survivor of uncontacted amazon tribe
a video clip of the lone survivor of an uncontacted indigenous amazonian group has been released by the brazilian government.the partially-naked man “was filmed as he chopped down a tree in the brazilian rainforest”, reports the independent. “he appeared to be wearing a loincloth and has very long hair tied back.”thought to be in his mid-50s, the man is believed to be the only survivor of a group of six killed during an attack in 1995.many indigenous populations in the various forests making up the amazon “have been murdered and kicked out by farmers and loggers”, says sky news.the man has been monitored remotely by the brazilian government agency funai - dedicated to protecting the interests and culture of the country's indigenous population - since 1996, but no contact has ever been made with him.altair algayer, from funai, told the guardian: “i understand his decision. it is his sign of resistance, and a little repudiation, hate, knowing the story he went through.see related gold miners ‘massacred’ uncontacted amazon tribe 'lost' amazon tribe forced out of the rainforest“he is very well, hunting, maintaining some plantations of papaya, corn. he has good health and a good physical shape doing all those exercises.”known locally as the “indigenous man in the hole”, until now the only publicised glimpse of him was in a brazilian documentary called corumbiara in 1998.he is known “to hunt forest pigs, birds and monkeys with a bow and arrow, and al...
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egypt sarcophagus opened: what was inside?
the recent discovery of a giant sarcophagus in alexandria that had lain untouched for around 2,000 years sparked a range of rumours, from fears that the relic carried a deadly curse to theories that it contained the remains of alexander the great.now egypt’s ministry of antiquities has put us out of our misery by opening it, and while a deadly curse has not been unleashed (yet), the tomb does contain skeletons - though probably not alexander’s.along with an abundance of sewage that had leaked into the sarcophagus, archaeologists found the remains of what was likely to be either a family or soldiers from the time of the pharaohs.“we found the bones of three people, in what looks like a family burial... unfortunately, the mummies inside were not in the best condition and only the bones remain,” said mostafa waziri, secretary general of the supreme council of antiquities.the pungent odour of the sewage initially forced the archaeologists to flee the scene after slightly shifting the 15-ton lid, before later returning with egyptian military engineers to fully open the sarcophagus, according to the bbc.one of the skulls found inside is said to have cracks that point to an arrow injury, supporting the soldiers theory. a worn alabaster bust was also found at the site, which has been cleared temporarily of people amid fears that the sarcophagus could release toxic fumes.measuring two metres (almost 7ft) high by three metres (10ft) long, the sarcophagus is the largest ev...
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real madrid transfer news: ‘magnificent players’ on the way
madrid makeoverreal madrid are preparing to part with €300m (£267m) in a bid to ensure new coach julen lopetegui has the tools to banish the blues left behind by zinedine zidane’s shock resignation at the end of last season and the sale to juventus of cristiano ronaldo.according to goal.com real president florentino perez has promised fans there will be some “magnificent players” arriving at the bernabeu in the coming weeks, and top of his wishlist are the chelsea pair of eden hazard and thibaut courtois.pjanic and bonucci on the waysee related chelsea transfer news: £89m for higuain and ruganigoal, citing a report in spanish outlet don balon, says the duo are “long-term targets” of perez, who earlier this week officially unveiled spain right-back alvaro odriozola as the first signing of the new era. odriozola arrived from real sociedad for a fee of around €35m, but he’ll be joined in the dressing room soon by a host of new faces if perez gets his way. as well as hazard and courtois, real also have their eyes on juventus midfielder miralem pjanic and milan centre-back leonardo bonucci.highest-paid keeperthe daily mirror claims that courtois has “reportedly agreed a move” to the european champions, one which will see real hand over around £35m for the belgian keeper. the deal, if it comes to pass says the mirror, “would make him the highest paid keeper in the world with £250,000-a-week offered for his signature”.but talksport disputes that claim...
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tour de france: thomas wins amid hostility on alpe d'huez
welsh cyclist geraint thomas extended his lead in the tour de france with a second successive stage win on alpe d’huez, but after being jeered and spat at he called for a “bit of decency” from the fans.it was another great ride from the team sky man, who finished four seconds in front of team-mate chris froome to tighten his grip on the leader’s yellow jersey.“but his team’s unpopularity spilled over as he and in particular reigning champion chris froome were targeted by spectators, with one throwing a punch in froome’s direction,” reports jeremy whittle in the guardian.see related 2018 tour de france: chris froome ‘relieved’ to be cleared of doping by the uci“both riders were spat at, froome was shoved, shorts were dropped in their direction, yet it was vincenzo nibali who ended up prone on the tarmac, after tangling with spectators, as the leaders were blinded by smoke from flares.”uci rider nibali was later forced to abandon the race with a fractured vertebra.the iconic 21-bend climb to the top of alpe d’huez is “a traditional lightning rod for rowdy behaviour from fans who often spend days camping out waiting for the arrival of the peloton,” says tom cary of the daily telegraph.“team sky have been given a rough ride in france ever since they began dominating the tour in 2012, and even more so since revelations about the therapeutic use exemptions used by sir bradley wiggins to win that first race.”froome’s salbutamol investigation has ...
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who is q and what is qanon?
since its birth in october 2017, the us qanon conspiracy theory - which is based on the enigmatic messages of an anonymous poster named “q” - has spread from the fringe internet forums 4chan and 8chan to more widely used platforms like reddit and facebook.see related strangest conspiracy theories: from jesus to jfk and aliensfirebrand conservative commentators including roseanne barr, curt schilling and alex jones from infowars have helped amplify the theory, which has often had real-world consequences.but who is q and will his or her theories have any long-term impact?listen to the week unwrapped team discussing qanon (from 12.01):who is q?on 28 october, someone calling themselves q began posting a series of cryptic messages in the 4chan internet forum titled “calm before the storm” - “assumedly in reference to that creepy trump quote from early october”, says new york magazine.q claimed to be a high-level government insider with q clearance (a united states department of energy security clearance with access to classified information) who had been instructed to post intelligence leaks straight to 4chan “in order to covertly inform the public about potus’s master plan to stage a countercoup against members of the deep state”, adds the magazine.since q could be anyone with internet access and a working knowledge of conspiracy theories, “there’s no reason to think that q is a member of the trump administration rather than, say, a troll or youtube huckst...
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premier league transfer news: sterling, hazard, zaha
shock exit for sterlingmanchester city are prepared to sell raheem sterling as a contract dispute with the england winger looms.the former liverpool star’s current deal runs until 2020, but the daily mirror says he could be sold next summer unless he extends his contract and talks are at an impasse.see related real madrid transfer news: ‘magnificent players’ on the way“sterling shelved negotiations before the world cup in the hope his stock would rise on the back of a sparkling tournament,” says the paper. “his camp reckoned this would increase the pressure on city to accept his demands for improved personal terms to his current £170,000-a-week deal or attract interest from a big foreign club.”that has not happened and with city unwilling to offer him a better deal he could be sold.alisson arrives at anfieldliverpool have confirmed the signing of brazil goalkeeper alisson from roma for a world-record fee of £67m.manager jurgen klopp said he was delighted to have been able to sign the 25-year-old and brushed off concerns about the cost.“it’s not his price, it’s not the price we want to pay, it’s only the price the market demands,” he said. “that’s how it is, no problem with that.”the keeper has already been unveiled as a liverpool player. “allison, who cut short his holiday to complete the formalities of his transfer, is expected to link up with his new team-mates following the tour of america. liverpool travel to evian in france for a four-d...
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man utd transfer news: martial, rebic, lindelof, sandro
martial set to stayanthony martial will not leave manchester united this summer, thanks to the performances of england and belgium at the world cup.see related premier league transfer news: lewandowski, malcom, ospinathe frenchman has failed to shine at old trafford during his three seasons there and was expected to be offloaded during the transfer window, with juventus and spurs both said to be keen on the 22-year-old, says the daily mirror.“but with romelu lukaku and marcus rashford on extended breaks following their world cup exploits in russia, martial will be given the opportunity to shine in their enforced absence.”with his attacking options limited mourinho is expected to start the season with martial up front.“the forward, left out of france's world cup-winning squad because of a lack of game-time at united, has been given a reprieve by mourinho, who is understood to have told martial it is now or never for him this season,” says the paper.rebic deal moves closerman united’s pursuit of world cup finalist ante rebic has been given a boost after his current club, eintracht frankfurt, identified a replacement, reports the daily star.united could be “edging close to a deal” after it emerged that the german club are interested in sporting lisbon star francisco geraldes, who is a similar player to winger rebic.juventus want lindelofchelsea’s pursuit of juventus defender daniele rugani could have an impact at old trafford, with reports in italy that the ser...
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man utd pre-season: talith chong impresses on debut
manchester united got their pre-season underway with a 1-1 draw with mexican side club america in stifling phoenix, with temperatures above 40c.“club america offered stern opposition for jose mourinho's men, who had to rely on a late strike from juan mata to salvage a draw,” says the daily mirror.“henry martin had headed the mexicans into the lead in the 59th minute, but mata pounced on a loose ball in the box, firing through the goalkeeper's legs, to ensure the game finished level.”see related man utd transfer news: martial, rebic, lindelof, sandrounited have been without a host of players on the tour, with world cup stars including marcus rashford and romelu lukaku on holiday and alexis sanchez unable to travel with the squad because of visa issues.“mourinho claimed the same defence that started here - antonio valencia, eric bailly, chris smalling and luke shaw – is also likely to start their first game of the new premier league campaign because everyone else has been given time off to recover after the world cup,” reports the daily telegraph.one of the unfamiliar faces in the line-up was that of tahith chong.the dutch teenager, who arrived at old trafford two years ago from feyenoord, made his senior debut as a second-half substitute and impressed for united.“replacing anthony martial after the hour mark, the fearless 18-year-old immediately passed on instructions from the bench to his team-mates as jose mourinho shuffled the pack,” reports the manches...
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quarter of brits believe they could commit ‘perfect crime’
nearly a quarter of britons who watch tv detective dramas believe they could get away with the perfect crime because they are so clued up on the mistakes criminals make in the shows.see related best 20 british crime dramas of all timeair pollution linked to increases in crimebest crime fiction books of 2018a study of 2,000 tv crime fans commissioned by fox to celebrate the launch of series four of ncis: new orleans revealed that a quarter think they could solve a crime because of the knowledge they’ve accumulated from episodes of detective dramas.one in five think they would know whom to befriend to remain undetected if they were to break the law, and a similar number reckon they would find the ideal location to carry out their “perfect crime” without being traced.“with crime dramas proving ever-popular, it is not surprising that avid fans pick up key investigative techniques, allowing them to help solve the gritty and complex cases they revel in watching,” said a spokesman for fox. “these are the true armchair detectives.”tv crime dramas may also be acting as a boon for police recruitment. the survey found that three in ten people have thought of changing careers to a profession which allows them to live the life of a tv show detective.of these, nearly half have looked into a career as a forensic scientist and 36% have debated retraining as a detective.a quarter have contemplated a future as a criminologist, and an equal number have thought of following in th...
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uk energy price cap approved by mps
millions of british homes are in line for lower gas and electricity bills this winter after parliament approved a law capping energy tariffs.see related five ways to cut down your energy billsbuying energy for your business: making the right choiceenergy prices: why you need to switch your gas and electricity provider nowthe energy regulator ofgem is now required to cap standard variable tariffs offered by the ‘big six’ energy providers for households using gas and electricity, which are far higher than other tariffs on offer.british gas, sse, edf energy, e.on, npower and scottish power, which control 80% of the uk’s energy market, have been accused by the government of offering “rip-off prices”.ofgem said the cap “will tackle the amount consumers have been overpaying”, but also urged consumers to switch energy suppliers, saying some could save up to £350 a year on gas and electricity bills.the competition and markets authority found that consumers have been overpaying by a total of £1.4bn a year.nevertheless, energy price caps have provided a politically-charged issue in recent years.capping utility bills was a key plank in labour’s 2015 general election manifesto, but was rubbished by the then-prime minister david cameron as evidence that ed miliband wanted to live in a “marxist universe”.the tories were accused of hypocrisy when cameron’s successor in downing street, theresa may, included the policy her 2017 election manifesto.“in 2015 freez...
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the week unwrapped podcast: childhood memories, qanon and carcinogenic phones
olly mann and the week’s kari wilkin, jamie timson and arion mcnicoll delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days.you can subscribe to the week unwrapped on itunes, soundcloud or wherever you get your podcasts. it is produced by matt hill and the music is by tom mawby.
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what botched white paper translations say about brexit priorities
the government has been widely ridiculed for its botched translations of theresa may’s brexit white paper on a future trade relationship with the eu.see related eu overspends its translation budget by £3mworst translations: 'paul is dead' meatballs and other brilliant mistakeschequers’ brexit white paper explained in 300 wordsthe executive summary of the so-called “chequers’ plan” has been hastily translated into 22 european language, while the full 100-page document was originally published only in english and welsh, despite the latter not being an official eu language.the move to provide translations of theresa may’s brexit plan “is being seen in brussels as an attempt to bypass the european commission and negotiate directly with member states” reports the independent.but the approach appears to have backfired after claims that the german translation was “unreadable” and written in strange “archaic” language featuring made-up compound words.other basic errors include the misspelling of estonia and finland in the estonian and finnish versions, and unusual french inflections which presented brexit as a moral good.“basic errors and amateurish negligence has not only wasted an opportunity to win hearts and minds on the continent but will confirm brussels’ worst suspicions about the government” says the daily telegraph.“it exposes, once again, how poorly the department for exiting the european union understands brussels, its priorities and it...
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donald trump invites vladimir putin to washington
donald trump will invite vladimir putin to visit washington this autumn after the pair’s recent meeting in helsinki, the white house has announced.news of the invitation “stunned the nation’s top intelligence official”, dan coats, the new york times reports. he first learned of the plan while being interviewed by nbc news at the aspen security forum.“say that again… did i hear you?” coats said when the interviewer broke the news. “ok… that’s going to be special.” coats, who is us director of national intelligence, has expressed misgivings about meetings between trump and putin, reports the washington post. he was concerned about the helsinki summit because “no notes were taken and only two interpreters were present”, the paper says.see related donald trump changes story on russian meddling - againwhat does donald trump really believe about russian meddling?why did donald trump ‘side with russia’ on election meddling?preparations for the autumn meeting are “already underway”, according to cnn, after trump told john bolton, his national security adviser, to begin making arrangements.democrats have seized on the idea of having putin visit washington in the run-up to the mid-term elections in november. “late october would be great for us,” democratic senator brian schatz tweeted.no dealyesterday trump rejected a request by putin to let russia interrogate several us citizens accused of unspecified crimes, including the former us am...
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dmitrii donskoi: shipwreck ‘carrying billions in gold’ discovered
a south korean salvage company says it has found the wreck of a russian ship that sank off the korean coast 113 years ago while carrying an enormous cargo of treasure.the 6,200-ton dmitrii donskoi was reportedly carrying 200 tonnes of gold bullion and coins when it was sunk during the 1904-05 russo-japanese war.it was found at a depth of 475 yards, just under a mile off ulleung island on 15 july, according to the seoul-based shinil group.see related tudor shipwreck to be excavated on kent beachbritish wwii mystery: shipwrecks 'disappear' from java seadevon shipwrecks given protected status after emerging from the waterhopes that the gold valued at more than £100bn may still be aboard the ship has “triggered investor frenzy”, says abc news, prompting warnings from south korea’s financial regulator against “possible investment losses”.the salvage company is planning to launch a cryptocurrency to raise funds to bring the wreck to the surface, the korea herald reports.south korean law aimed at preserving national territory and property requires the company to deposit 10% of the estimated value of the shipwreck before any salvage operation can begin.
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‘almonds cannot lactate’: us plans new food labelling rules
the us food and drug authority is set to revise food labelling guidelines in a bid to clarify which products can be marketed using the word milk. “you know, an almond doesn’t lactate”, said fda commissioner scott gottlieb, so “almond milk” is not the correct term.man jailed for kissing daughter on the lipsa turkish father has been sentenced to 15 years in prison because his daughter said he had kissed her on the lips after helping her with her homework. despite calls from the prosecution for leniency, a judge said the kiss was “abusive”.san jose traffic stalled by naked cyclistpolice in san jose, california, are seeking public assistance to identify a naked man caught on video riding a bicycle on a city freeway. california highway patrol spokesman ross lee told media that they had received a number of complaints, with reactions ranging from humorous through to outrage over “public indecency”.see related vienna metro hands out deodorant during heatwavejapanese city suffering severe ninja shortage‘trump baby’ blimp headed for the us
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