The remainder of the card is far more competitive, however, with Colin Tizzard’s runners Cucklington (1.05) and Molineaux (2.10) looking like the pick of the morning prices. Molineux has yet to get his head in front after eight starts, but also arrives on the back of a career-best performance when third in a Class Two at Ascot. The slight drop in grade should be enough to get him onto the score sheet. Nicky Henderson is odds-on to win the Peterborough Chase and could well complete an across-the-codes double when Bardd (8.15) makes a belated debut on the Flat at Chelmsford City on Thursday evening. Steel Train (7.15), who returned to winning form last time out, and You’re Cool (7.45), who is on a hat-trick over course and distance, will also take some beating on the same card.
December 14, 2017 11:19 UTC
Malan’s century was the first of his Test career and the first by an England player in this series Trevor Collens/AP“At least you know you’re alive,” was Justin Langer’s pre-match assessment of the occupational hazard of facing a fast bowler, down wind, at the Waca. For two hours either side of lunch today, as a superb, if at times raw day’s cricket unfolded at a venue that did not disappoint on its last Ashes hurrah, England’s batsmen knew exactly what he meant. They were living, for sure, but precariously, with senses heightened, physical danger lurking and the oldest requirement in top-class sport — courage — a fundamental requirement. For spectators it added an extra dimension to the occasionally attritional cricket witnessed so far in the series. For England’s batsmen, it was the ultimate examination, facing quick bowlers on a pitch infused with a little of the old…
December 14, 2017 11:15 UTC
Since the last decade of the 20th century, consumption of football has been growing almost exponentially throughout the world. Football, or rather the “football experience”, became a commodity that was now sold globally at an unprecedented scale. The sport walked the tightrope between absolute commercialism and fan-based football for quite some time until the increasing preference of European football among the younger generations ensured that interest in local football was on a steady decline. It is beyond doubt that Billy Beane’s Moneyball strategy has helped several smaller football clubs compete with their bigger counterparts, most notably FC Midtjylland and AZ Alkmaar. Beyond the touchline, as far as electoral politics goes, figures such as Sanders and Corbyn have made progressive politics “popular” again.
December 14, 2017 11:15 UTC
Black Friday discounts encouraged British consumers to increase their spending on the high street and online in November, despite the most protracted squeeze on household income in memory. Economists have previously that warned stronger spending growth may be coming at the expense of household savings as a result of rising prices and weaker earnings growth. Economists said the sales increase would help boost GDP growth in the final three months of the year. Non-food sales rose 1.5% in November from the previous month, while household goods sales – which includes electrical appliances in hot demand over Black Friday – were up 2.9%. There was a 1.4% rise in sales of textiles, clothing and footwear, while food sales increased by 0.6%.
December 14, 2017 11:03 UTC
The footage is spectacular in this Willem Dafoe-narrated documentary about what mountains mean to us and why we climb themThere are some truly amazing images in this spectacular feature documentary about mountains from Australian film-maker Jennifer Peedom. Her camera miraculously soars and swoops as the film shows extraordinary planes and peaks. They are so incredible that you are willing to overlook some slightly unimaginative choices for musical accompaniment. Willem Dafoe is the narrator, reading a text co-written by Peedom and the British writer Robert Macfarlane. As the narrator shrewdly says, they are “half in love with themselves and half in love with oblivion”.
December 14, 2017 10:41 UTC
SPOILER WARNING: There is discussion of the film’s content in the following review, so proceed with cautionWhen I was a young nerdlinger playing with Star Wars toys in the backyard (OK, indoors, let’s be honest) I had a very specific fantasy. But surely I’d never get a chance to see something that awesome in a Star Wars movie, right? Rian Johnson, writer and director of this film, took my Star Wars reveries and served them back to me with vast improvements. Play Video 2:26 Watch the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi - videoAnother important color in the film is red, and Supreme Leader Snoke’s lair is straight out of Akira Kurosawa’s Kagemusha. – critics' verdicts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi Read moreThere’s an interesting motif in The Last Jedi that involves little totems.
December 14, 2017 10:00 UTC
Definition by the UK information tribunal may assist in Julian Assange’s defence against US extradition on grounds of press freedomA British tribunal has recognised Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks as a “media organisation”, a point of contention with the United States, which is seeking to prosecute him and disputes his journalistic credentials. The definition of WikiLeaks by the information tribunal, which is roughly equivalent to a court, could help Assange’s defence against extradition on press freedom grounds. The tribunal’s definition of WikiLeaks comes in the 21-page summary into a freedom of information case heard in London in November. It would being assisting the US to extradite a media publisher to prosecute him and his media organisation for their publications,” she said. Maurizi also pressed for disclosure of any communications by the CPS and the US to extradite Assange directly from the UK.
December 14, 2017 09:56 UTC
Each Lonmin shareholder will receive 0.967 new Sibanye-Stillwater shares for each Lonmin share they hold. Sibanye-Stillwater owns and operates a mix of gold and platinum mines and projects throughout South Africa, Zimbabwe and the United States. It is listed in Johannesburg and New York and has a market value of about 34 billion rand (£1.8 billion), compared with Lonmin’s £180 million. Shares in Lonmin rose steadily throughout the day to end 19.2 per cent higher at 76p. Sibanye-Stillwater shares slipped 2 per cent…
December 14, 2017 09:11 UTC
We should welcome politicians’ growing skepticism about Silicon Valley – but not if it means authoritarian interventions into our digital livesWashington used to worship Silicon Valley. A similar discovery may be dawning on our political class when it comes to its hands-off approach to Silicon Valley. On the subject of Russian social media influence, however, the rhetoric far outpaces the reality. As Zeynep Tufekci has pointed out, the business model of social media makes it a perfect tool for spreading propaganda. Russia didn’t singlehandedly produce the crisis of legitimacy that helped put a deranged reality television star into the White House.
December 14, 2017 09:00 UTC
Theresa May was a winner until she was a loser. Last week she was useless until she was brilliant, returning home on Friday with the Brexit deal that she had very nearly squandered on Monday. And now the hero is back to zero again: the prime minister has suffered her first Commons defeat on Brexit. In the end 11 Tory MPs rebelled against the government, passing the amendment by 309 to 305 votes. The result was greeted with cheers of “we’re taking back control”, Labour MPs mocking the glum-faced Tory Brexiteers opposite.
The recruitment agency Manpower warned earlier this week that a shortage of drivers was forcing companies to pay £20 an hour as well as bonuses of £100 per shift. The online retailer Ocado has blamed that shortage this morning for a slowdown in the fourth quarter. Sales in the fourth quarter rose 11.6 per cent to £373.8 million, the company says in its trading update, down from 13.1 per cent in the third quarter. “A shortage of capacity, with the lack of drivers in certain locations being the largest factor, restricted our sales growth,” Tim Steiner, Ocado’s chief executive, said. “While this driver shortage has now been largely resolved, there was some short-term impact on average orders per week over the period.”Pre-tax…
England do not have a tougher cricketer right now than Mark Stoneman. He is alone in being bemused by the poverty and paucity of Australia’s sledging; forged in the northeast, he came here expecting more. He has absorbed more blows brought by bumpers — on day one at the Waca there was a broken bat and a broken helmet — than anyone else. He is truly toughing it out and with some, if not lavish, success. Having survived a leg-before appeal from Josh Hazlewood that never looked right, he took three straight boundaries off Mitchell Starc for the second successive innings, and was particularly severe on…
The majority of the people killed (69%) were shot, while others were burned and beaten to death. Show Hide The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. Nearly all of Myanmar's 1.1 million Rohingya live in the western coastal state of Rakhine. Extremist nationalist movements insist the group are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, although the Rohingya say they are native to Rakhine state. The high death toll tallies with reports from numerous journalists and human rights groups.
December 14, 2017 08:25 UTC
A Muslim man has launched a discrimination case against the holiday company Butlins after he claims his teenage daughter was barred from using the dodgems because she was wearing a hijab. Nasser complained and asked to see a policy banning hijabs at Butlins. “But wearing a hijab is not a disability or a physical injury. She said Butlins was disappointed that Nasser felt his daughter had been deliberately treated unfavourably because of her hijab and sent “sincere apologies”. A Butlin’s spokesman said: “Our team are trained not to compromise when it comes to the safety of our guests.
December 14, 2017 07:52 UTC
Malan helped England past the 200 mark on the first day of the Waca Test Paul Kane/Getty ImagesDawid Malan’s fourth Test fifty for England eased the nerves for the touring side as they responded to the loss of four wickets on the opening day of the third Ashes Test in Perth. Malan, the left-hander, pushed on in century partnership with Jonny Bairstow, the wicketkeeper, after Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat in a Test that England cannot afford to lose if they are to win this series. Malan came to the crease to join Mark Stoneman, England’s other half-centurion of the day, before the opener was dismissed controversially for 56, caught behind by Tim Paine off the bowling of Mitchell Starc following a review. It left England in a precarious spot: 131 for four with Root, the captain, already…
December 14, 2017 07:38 UTC