A Cornish seafood restaurant has been crowned the best in the UK in an annual food guide, elbowing Cumbria’s L’Enclume into second place after four years on top. Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria, retains a perfect 10 score for its unashamedly “fiercely seasonal ingredients” and “knockout dishes”. The guide’s editor, Elizabeth Carter, said: “Nathan Outlaw’s food is characterised by the absolute freshness of ingredients and a clear sense of purpose. Making its debut – having only opened last December – is a 12-seat restaurant with a galley kitchen and no customer toilets as yet. “Once again the readers of the guide have pointed our experts towards some brilliant eating in unexpected places” Carter said.
August 16, 2017 22:52 UTC
Ofqual head reassures students they will not lose out this year after 13 A-level subjects changed to new formatEngland’s chief exam regulator has pledged that A-level grades awarded to hundreds of thousands of students on Thursday will be fair, despite the more demanding papers and complaints from pupils about out-of-date textbooks and a lack of practice materials. Collier’s comments were designed to allay fears that the revised exams had been tougher than previous ones, after claims that this year’s A-level grades had been adjusted to avoid dramatic shifts in awards. The proportion of top grades awarded in 2011 was 27%, but by last year that had slid to 25.8%. However, an informal survey of 5,000 A-level students by the Student Room community website found many complaints about the lack of study materials or practice tests designed for the new course content. But for students going on to university, those receiving better-than-expected results may have a wide range of choices.
August 16, 2017 22:52 UTC
Babies born before the 37th week of pregnancy are also less likely to have severe disabilities, although some risk of delayed development remainsPremature babies born in recent years are more likely to survive and less likely to have severe disabilities than those born in the mid-1990s, research has revealed. “Not only has survival [of premature babies] improved, but survival without these [severe] disabilities,” said Pierre-Yves Ancel, professor of public health at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research and co-author of the research. No change was seen for less premature babies, with survival – and survival without severe disabilities – high in both studies. Developmental delay in 'moderate to late' preterm babies, study finds Read moreThat, says Ancel, suggests that while the rates of severe disabilities among premature babies is improving, they remain at risk of developmental delay. But, he said, it was of concern that babies born very preterm have no better outlook for their neurodevelopment than those born more than a decade before.
August 16, 2017 22:30 UTC
Australian researchers hail breakthrough after ‘life-changing’ tolerance persists for up to four yearsAustralian researchers have made a breakthrough in the treatment of peanut allergy in children. A small clinical trial conducted at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has led to two-thirds of children treated with an experimental immunotherapy treatment being cured of their allergy. Peanut allergy is the most common cause of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction, and one of the most common causes of death from food allergy. If confirmed by larger clinical studies, the broader hope is that this treatment can have an impact on the high rates of food allergy among children. “This is a major step forward in identifying an effective treatment to address the food allergy problem in western societies,” Tang said.
August 16, 2017 22:30 UTC
Trump complains that efforts to take down Confederate memorials amount to altering the past, but numerous examples made their mark in recent decades“You are changing history,” Donald Trump said on Tuesday of efforts to remove Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, and elsewhere across the United States. Thirty-two Confederate memorials have been dedicated in the past 17 years, according to a survey by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Iowa, a Union state, has three Confederate monuments, all dedicated after 2000. Photograph: Alamy Stock PhotoThe most recent efforts to dedicate and rededicate Confederate monuments come amid decades-long efforts to remove them. While some of the newer monuments are simple stones or plaques commemorating Confederate soldiers, others are large sculptures celebrating major Confederate leaders.
August 16, 2017 20:48 UTC
Tautrydas Narbutas, 24, denied murdering Albertina Choules, whose charred body was found in her garden in Buckinghamshire after she had been hit about the head and set alight. The 24-year-old Lithuanian instead entered a plea of guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter, which was accepted by the prosecution after it was deemed he suffers from a psychotic disorder. When armed police arrived at the home they found a man standing near a fire and what transpired to be the remains of the pensioner. Prosecutor Alan Blake told Reading crown court: “We’ve carefully reviewed all the evidence and in particular the medical evidence. Narbutas was remanded in custody after Wednesday’s hearing while more medical evidence was gathered for his sentencing on 3 October.
August 16, 2017 20:44 UTC
Stone Mountain Park, site of the second founding of the KKK in 1915, says it ‘condemns the beliefs and actions’ of the white supremacist groupGeorgia’s Stone Mountain park has denied the Ku Klux Klan’s request to burn a cross at the top of the mountain, where the second KKK was founded in 1915. Joey Hobbs, of the Sacred Knights’ Ku Klux Klan, submitted a permit application request for 20 people to attend a cross-burning on top of the mountain, which is notorious for being tied to the KKK. “We will light our cross and 20 minutes later we will be gone,” Hobbs wrote on the permit. There has been a spate of white supremacist rallies at the park in recent years, though they are often attended by more protesters than supporters. The association cited the April 2016 rally and said the cross-burning would require more safety resources than could be provided.
August 16, 2017 20:37 UTC
Guardiola, it is understood, has a firm interest in Evans but saw an £18m bid rejected on Wednesday. If City can prise the Northern Irishman away from West Brom he will be given a chance to compete for a first-team berth. He has two years left of his terms at West Brom so an improved bid of around £20m may tempt the Midlands club to sell. Last month Tony Pulis, the West Brom manager, claimed Evans would not be sold and pointed to how he was now the captain following Darren Fletcher’s move to Stoke City. Agüero breaks Brighton’s resistance to give Manchester City a winning start Read more“Jonny Evans is staying with West Bromwich Albion,” Pulis said.
August 16, 2017 19:30 UTC
Learndirect Apprenticeships Ltd, a separate entity created in September 2016, has won contracts to train about 3,000 peopleThe owners of Learndirect are continuing to win government-approved apprenticeship contracts despite their original company failing to meet the government’s minimum standards. The private equity owners of Learndirect Limited, which is expected to be given the lowest possible grade by the education watchdog Ofsted and to lose all its Department for Education contracts, created Learndirect Apprenticeships Limited, which has gone on to win contracts to train about 3,000 people. The DfE said Learndirect has not been granted new contracts since May, but Learndirect Apprenticeships has contracts to train about 3,000 people. Learndirect Apprenticeships applied to the EFSA register independently of Learndirect Ltd so it is not affected by the grade four rating. Learndirect branded inadequate in Ofsted report it tried to suppress Read moreThe DfE, Ofsted and Learndirect pointed out that the damning Ofsted report did not relate to Learndirect Apprenticeships and said the two companies were completely separate entities.
August 16, 2017 19:18 UTC
Three-metre wide and 3.65m deep depression in Wednesbury is in area honeycombed by old mine workingsA three-metre (10ft) wide sinkhole has opened up beneath a driveway at a house in the West Midlands, and appears to be growing. What began as a small depression underneath the front tyre of the homeowner’s car in Wednesbury, near Walsall, is now 3.65 metres deep. One explanation could be the old mine workings that dot this corner of the West Midlands. The depression has become something of a local tourist attraction, with drivers pulling up to take photographs. But as the opening is on private land, dealing with the hole will be a matter for the homeowner and their insurers.
August 16, 2017 18:56 UTC
Mr Trump must now face the consequences of this momentous and inexcusable decision. Mr Trump’s evasions drew widespread and instant condemnation, not least from within his own party. Mr Trump not only reasserted his view that the white supremacists and their opponents in the Charlottesville clashes were morally equivalent. America has plenty of resources to show that it is a better country than Mr Trump makes it appear. They must find the right way to turn away from Mr Trump before the next election.
August 16, 2017 18:48 UTC
Nokia handsets are being revived by HMD Global, a private equity-backed firm led by former employees of the Finnish company. In 1985 Nokia launched its first mobile phone, the Mobira Talkman, but it was 1987’s Cityman which shot to fame when pictured in use by Mikhail Gorbachev. By 1998, Nokia had overtaken mobile phone pioneer Motorola to become the bestselling global mobile phone brand, manufacturing its 100-millionth phone by December that year, with revenues of $20bn (then £13bn) and 55,000 staff by the year 2000. Nokia launched the world’s first smartphone in 1996 – the Nokia 9000 Communicator – and a series of popular smartphones using its Symbian operating system followed in the early 2000s. Microsoft discontinued the Nokia brand for mobile phones in November 2014.
August 16, 2017 18:45 UTC
Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor will fight with smaller gloves, though not nearly as small as the ones McGregor is used to wearing. Nevada boxing regulators on Wednesday gave the two fighters an exemption to a rule requiring 10-ounce gloves, approving eight-ounce gloves for the bout, which takes places on 26 August. But Mayweather has worn eight-ounce gloves most of his career, and McGregor has worn four-ounce gloves in his UFC fights. “If we are in eight-ounce gloves, [Mayweather] will be floored multiple times in the first round,” McGregor said last week. “I believe first-round KO in eight-ounce gloves.
August 16, 2017 18:45 UTC