UK wiped off map of Europe two years early

The European Commission map has airbrushed the UK out of the EU despite Britain not leaving the bloc until March 2019Maps produced by the European Commission have begun erasing the UK from the bloc two years before the country officially leaves. The maps, which show employment rates, have Britain fading to grey. “I am absolutely delighted that officials in the European Union have recognised that we are leaving and are speeding the process along,” he told the Mail Online. “But perhaps they would like to give us a discount on our bills if they have decided we have left already. “I thought we would win the Brexit vote, but if you had asked me just before the 2015 election if I thought the EU would be painting us out of…

April 28, 2017 22:52 UTC

Cork underline their status as champions-elect

We may still be in April but already it seems as if the 2017 Premier Division is over. After all, Cork won their 11th game in a row last night, moving 12 points clear at the top in the process. Derek Foran scored an injury-time consolation to make it a nervy final few moments but their race was run. And Dundalk’s defence of the title might just be too after they lost to Galway United on a night of high drama in the SSE Airtricity League. This Cork victory was routine enough, a strong side overpowering the team sitting just two places below them.

April 28, 2017 22:52 UTC

‘I want a low-risk way to save’

Dean, 41, lives in Mapperley, Nottingham, with his wife and two children, aged ten and seven. He is the head of account management for Nexus, the vehicle rental company. His wife works in administration, and they earn about £100,000 a year in total. The couple’s house is worth about £250,000 and they pay £1,000 a month towards their mortgage, but have no other debts. Dean would like to know the best medium or low-risk vehicle for saving money for his children.

April 28, 2017 22:52 UTC

Breitling flies into CVC Capital’s hands

CVC Capital Partners has agreed to take an 80 per cent stake in the family-owned Swiss luxury watchmaker Darren Arthur/GettyBreitling has been bought by a private equity firm in a deal said to be worth more than £670 million. CVC Capital Partners has agreed to take an 80 per cent stake in the family-owned Swiss luxury watchmaker, while Theodore Schneider, the majority owner, will reinvest for a 20 per cent shareholding. Léon Breitling founded the company in 1884 in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, later forging links with the aviation industry that remain to this day. Breitling’s wristwatch became the choice for pilots in the golden age of aviation and it was named the official supplier to the Royal Air Force in 1936. After the death of Breitling’s son Will, the company was bought by Ernest Schneider, a pilot and watchmaker, in 1979.

April 28, 2017 22:52 UTC

‘Why did it cost more to pay cash?’

I am pleased with them, but not with the way I have been persuaded to take out a purchase agreement. With interest rates low at the moment I wanted to pay cash for the doors, but was warned “that would be more expensive”. I was told the price was, before discount, £33,276, but after a discount of £19,552, the total was £13,724. I couldn’t actually have them at this price if I paid cash; I’d have to take out a credit agreement. With additional interest payments it would work out as…

April 28, 2017 22:52 UTC

Runaway couple flee Isis and want to come home

Stefan Aristidou and his wife Kolsoma Begum were arrested at the Turkish border with other Isis desertersA British woman who left the UK to join Isis is trying to return home after fleeing the group with her husband. Kolsoma Begum, 22, and her husband Stefan Aristidou, 23, both from London, were caught and detained at Kilis on the Turkish border among a wider group of Isis deserters. The pair disappeared in 2015 and joined the terrorist group in Raqqa, where Begum gave birth to a daughter. The woman’s father, Ahmed Ali, 47, said his daughter needed to face “justice” if she wanted to return home. “I would say give them a lesson so they can realise their mistakes,” he said.…

April 28, 2017 22:52 UTC

Pressure on fund managers

Quoted fund managers have provided investors with a useful specialist niche within the financial services sector over the years. They have been a proxy to the markets because they do well if indices are rising and people are willing to put money into their funds. This is particuarly so of emerging markets, which investors may have difficulty accessing other than through specialist vehicles. Two of the quoted companies, Aberdeen Asset Management and Ashmore, specialise in this area, the latter mainly in fixed income. However, the fall in those share prices have meant that both are attractive yield…

April 28, 2017 22:52 UTC

Mullins gets huge trainers’ title boost in Punchestown Champion Hurdle

Patrick Mullins was the hero for his father Willie here on Friday evening as he rode a brave, brilliantly judged race on Wicklow Brave to win the Punchestown Champion Hurdle and shift the balance of power in the race for the Irish trainers’ title. Wicklow Brave took the Group One Irish St Leger last autumn in similar style and is now one of very few horses to have won at the highest level both on the Flat and over jumps. Patrick Mullins then sent his father into a clear lead of around €50,000 with a win on Bacardys that was the exact opposite of his success on Wicklow Brave. “He got the horse really flying over his jumps, and coming to the last, I could see him eyeing it up from a long way out. Sizing John completes Gold Cups treble with thrilling win at Punchestown Read more“I really enjoyed Patrick winning it, that’s special for me.

April 28, 2017 17:48 UTC

UK was given details of alleged contacts between Trump campaign and Moscow

In December the UK government was given reports by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele on possible collusion between Trump camp and the KremlinThe UK government was given details last December of allegedly extensive contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow, according to court papers. The hackers were paid by the Trump organisation, but were under the control of Vladimir Putin’s presidential administration. In that period, Steele produced 16 memoranda citing mostly Russian sources as describing a web of alleged contacts and collusion between Trump aides and Russian intelligence or other Kremlin representatives. The defence brief argues that neither Steele nor Orbis is liable for Buzzfeed’s decision to print the document. The Steele dossier was referred to in an intelligence briefing provided by the FBI and US intelligence agencies to Obama and Trump in January.

April 28, 2017 17:24 UTC

Trump made lots of promises for his first 100 days. How many did he keep?

As of tomorrow, Donald Trump has been president for 100 days. Read moreStep 1: Try to understand what Trump voters expected. However, reading through many of the interviews that were conducted with Trump voters in the days after the election, several themes emerge. Perhaps Trump voters feel they can be patient for more to follow. But for some Trump voters who didn’t trust the “dishonest” media in the first place, maybe it’s not a big deal.

April 28, 2017 16:41 UTC

Tory MP's complaint that prize for writers of colour was unfair to whites dismissed

A Conservative MP who claimed that a book prize set up to address the lack of diversity in British publishing was discriminatory against white people has had his complaint dismissed. Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, wrote to the Equality and Human Rights Commission in January, claiming that the Jhalak prize for writers of colour discriminated against white writers. In 2009, he had the Decibel Penguin prize, an Arts Council initiative aimed at writers from Asian, African and Caribbean backgrounds, shut down under race discrimination law. “I am concerned with racial discrimination.” However, in 2008 he complained that the Orange prize, as the Baileys prize was then named, did discriminate against men. The inaugural Jhalak prize was won in March by author Jacob Ross and his novel The Bone Readers.

April 28, 2017 16:41 UTC

EU and Nato plead for calm in Macedonia after protest at parliament

The Social Democrats have forged a working parliamentary majority with Albanian nationalist parties, even though the VMRO is the largest parliamentary party. The Social Democrats are now determined to press ahead with the formation of their coalition government. The Social Democrats say the leaders of the old government know they face corruption charges, and so are desperate to cling to power. Russia claimed the Social Democrats were willing to spill blood in the streets of Macedonia as part of a project to create a Greater Albania. Hungary’s foreign minister claimed foreign intrusion was to blame for the political crisis in Macedonia.

April 28, 2017 16:07 UTC

Parents told to be strict over screen time

Children lead isolated lives because they spend too much time on social media, Michael Morpurgo, the best-selling children’s author, has warned. He appealed to parents to be strict over how long their children spend online and says that under-13s should be limited to one hour a day. The author of War Horse, Private Peaceful, Farm Boy and An Elephant In The Garden said that children should be encouraged to talk in person. “There should be very careful and restricted use until a child has developed some sense of what they are to be used for,” he said. “Up until 11, 12 or 13, it should be limited — you shouldn’t have it on for more than an hour a day — parents should keep an eye on…

April 28, 2017 15:58 UTC

WPP will limit Sorrell’s pay to £19m after investor revolt

Sir Martin Sorrell was paid £70 million in 2015, one of the biggest payouts for a British company, sparking anger among shareholders Ruben Sprich/ReutersThe world’s biggest advertising company is set to cut Sir Martin Sorrell’s pay this year to a maximum of £19 million after a shareholder revolt. In its annual report, published yesterday, WPP said that its chief executive and founder’s pay this year would be well below the £48 million he received in 2016 and the £70 million of 2015, one of the highest payouts made by a British company. Sir Martin’s 2015 pay triggered a row with shareholders, amid allegations of boardroom greed. WPP, which owns advertising, market research and public relations companies, said that a new policy would be introduced from 2021 to restrict Sir Martin’s overall package to six times salary. That potentially will cut his pay to a little over £13 million,…

April 28, 2017 15:56 UTC

Deignan: UK Anti-Doping need to admit they made mistakes with me

Deignan has been second in each of her three most recent races and will want to go one better on home roads at the Tour de Yorkshire Dave Rietbergen Cor Vos/PA WireLizzie Deignan prides herself on treating triumph and disaster with equal disdain. Given how the past 18 months of her career have lurched from one to another, that trait has proved vital. In September 2015, Deignan, then competing under her maiden name of Armitstead, became the world champion. The following spring she honoured the rainbow jersey in dominant fashion, winning five of her first nine races of the season. The problem was that Deignan was in bed in Ireland, where she was paying a…

April 28, 2017 15:56 UTC

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