Irish passports, Brexit, the name Barney, Hong Kong, expats, Wetherspoons, Black Mirror, our slinkier physiques at 20, asylum seekers’ rights. When he asked if I had gone on a first date with him before (we hadn’t). Oh God, we’ve been on a Tinder date before...What did you talk about? How it’s hard to be spontaneous in London, being kind to yourself, our supposed previous date. “Who is this strange man, and why does he think we’ve been on a date before?”Blind date: ‘She was escorted in by the staff as if she was famous’ Read moreDid you go on somewhere?
But with each passing day it’s becoming clearer that the real threat to America isn’t Trump’s Deep State. It’s Trump’s own Corrupt State. The Corrupt State starts with Trump himself, giving new meaning to the old adage about a fish rotting from the head down. The reality is Trump’s Corrupt State allows Vladimir Putin and his goon squad to continue undermining American democracy. Despite evidence that Russia is hacking and trolling its way toward the 2020 election, Republican defenders of Trump’s Corrupt State won’t lift a finger.
Others, however, condemn OAN as a “Fox News wannabe” that is run on a shoestring with a team of underpaid and inexperienced staff. Robert’s son Charles Herring, 53, president of Herring Broadcasting, admitted: “So we have a little branding issue, to tell you the truth. It claims to be the fourth-rated cable news network, trailing Fox News, MSNBC and CNN but ahead of CNN Headline News, Fox Business Channel, CNBC and BBC World News – though other networks dispute this. She tweeted on Wednesday: “President Trump got Mexico to make a deal by threatening them with tariffs. It tweeted: “President Trump recently gave a speech, thanking his supporters in the media.
As many as three quarters of Syrian refugees in Lebanon could return to Syria because they face no fear of political persecution or threat to their security, Lebanon’s controversial foreign minister has said. The UK has supplied as much as £500m to help house, feed and educate Syrian refugees in Lebanon since the start of the ciivl war in 2011. We know more than 500,000 Syrians working in Lebanon. The agencies have resisted Lebanese government efforts to tear down any semi-permanent structure put up by refugees. As President Trump said, money spent on a refugee to go back to his country is much much less than to keep him out of his country.”He defended his country’s record of welcoming Syrian refugees.
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“There is a system of fabricating charges, including drug charges,” said Cherkasov. Another 84 people are listed by Memorial as “probable victims“ of politically motivated charges. Igor RudnikovIgor Rudnikov, a former newspaper editor and opposition politician from Kaliningrad, is facing a 15-year prison sentence on controversial blackmail charges. Dmitriev, 62, was detained shortly after Memorial was accused by state television of helping “those who aim to destroy the Russian state”. His supporters say the charges are revenge for his investigations into Stalin-era executions in the region, including uncovering mass graves.
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Facebook Twitter Pinterest People attend a Hong Kong rally in support of demonstrators protesting against the proposed extradition bill. Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) The extraordinary bravery shown by hundreds of thousands in Hong Kong, marching for the civil liberties & autonomy promised by China is inspiring. “We are calling for no extradition bill and no prosecution,” he said. Zheng is the central government’s point man on Hong Kong, a vice-premier and one of just seven members of the elite politburo standing committee. Some Hong Kong tycoons have already started moving assets abroad, Reuters reported on Friday, amid concern about the extradition law.
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A landslide sweeps across a road in China's Fujian province, in the south-east, pushing cars before it. Days of rain have caused havoc, affecting hundreds of thousands of people and submerging vast swathes of farmland. More than 60 people are feared dead.
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Woodland holed out from 49ft at the last for a 65 and two-shot lead, at nine under par. Just days after swaggering to Canadian Open glory with closing rounds of 64 and 61, the 30-year-old is in the mix again. Spieth’s caddie criticism shows teamwork gets turbulent at US Open Read moreWoodland’s statistics give the impression a penny has dropped. A standard McIlroy strength, par five scoring, has thus far been a relative weakness; he played has those holes in plus two. The course is only going to get tougher.”Facebook Twitter Pinterest Rory McIlroy plays his second shot on the ninth hole.
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In a nutshellThis creamy Victorian mansion with French château flourishes in the densely wooded Surrey Hills is a real head-turner. Follow the long drive through the golf course to be greeted at the front door by porters in 1920s-inspired garb (bow ties, cricket tank tops and flat caps). Hand over your cares with your car keys and imagine you are arriving at one of the elegant house parties that were hosted here by the former owner Lord Beaverbrook. The politician and press baron was at the centre of 20th-century high society, playing host to everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Winston Churchill (though it would perhaps be more remarkable to discover a country pile within 20 miles of London that Churchill didn’t stay in). The unveiling…
There are signs that buy-to-let landlords may be returning to the market, encouraged by cheap property prices and rising yields. Buy-to-let investors have been steadily retreating from the market since the government introduced a 3 per cent stamp duty surcharge on second properties in 2016 and reduced landlords’ ability to offset mortgage interest against profits. Aneisha Beveridge, head of research at Hamptons International, an estate agency, says: “Slowing house-price growth and falling prices in some areas are helping to boost landlord yields. Calum MacInnes founder of Student Tribe JIM MARSDEN“Landlord purchases have often led a property market recovery. After the last financial crisis it was landlords who stepped into the market first and started buying homes at discount prices.
Mark Carney has revealed that the Bank of England is taking steps to stamp out a tendency towards “homogeneity” Matt Dunham/ReutersBank of England officials are going on training courses to screen out inbuilt prejudices before interviewing job applicants as the 325-year-old institution strives to hit diversity targets. Mark Carney revealed that managers were being sent on “unconscious bias training” as one way to stamp out a tendency in the central bank towards “homogeneity”. The governor was addressing the Women in Banking and Finance annual awards, where he said that the Bank was on track to meet its gender diversity target of women occupying 35 per cent of senior management roles by 2020. His comments come after revelations that the Bank’s gender pay gap is worse than the national average and after separate concerns were raised by ethnic minority staff. Figures from the Bank showed that…
It is hard to believe that, when Max Weber coined the term, bureaucracy was supposed to be a compliment. Sadly, the case of the Afghan interpreters living in Britain shows how the meaning has moved. The interminably slow grind of the administrative wheels is preventing people who have served Britain in war from taking up work they are equipped to do in Afghanistan. During the 13 years in which the British were engaged in a combat mission in Afghanistan, the work of military intelligence was significantly assisted by Afghan translators. Despite the fact that the interpreters proved their loyalty to Britain with the work they did during the conflict, they have been unable…
Whatever happened to those balmy spring zephyrs and that blue sky you promised for north Norfolk? Whoever sent a grey sea fret to blur the sky and a cutting north wind to chill a walker’s marrow, you let them slip under your guard. Disappointed, but nothing daunted, we donned fleeces and thick trousers and set out across the parkland of Felbrigg Hall. The old Jacobean house, flint-built and packed ground to roof with windows, stood foursquare beyond its ha-ha, a solid block of country house in a park of magnificent trees. Old oaks stood bowed by the years, knee deep in their own fractured and barkless limbs.
If you want your company or personal pension to help to secure the future of the planet, what do you do? Perhaps follow the example of the 250 MPs across the political spectrum who have signed up to the Divest Parliament campaign. They want the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund (PCPF) to stop investing in fossil fuel giants, getting rid of almost £11 million of shares in Shell and £11.7 million in BP. Sir Ed Davey, a leading member of the campaign, wants to bring in new laws so pension funds all over the country will adjust their investments to fight climate change. Katie CritchlowUp to 20 per cent of all company pensions are invested in fossil fuels and other high-carbon assets, according to Sir Ed, but…
Britain’s only listed fund that focuses on financial technology aims to raise £30 million to create more firepower for investments. Augmentum Fintech, which was floated in March last year, is seeking the funds from private individuals and fund managers. Tim Levene, 45, chief executive, said: “Fintech is one area where the UK has really excelled. There is no shortage of opportunity and no shortage of noise and hype — we can look through that”. Augmentum, which is a closed-end fund, wants to raise £150 million over a year and a half, starting with a first tranche of £30 million, which could stretch to £50 million depending on demand.