The arrest of a Red Princess has sent relations between China and the America into a tailspin. Meng Wanzhou, daughter of the founder of the Chinese telecoms group Huawei and granddaughter of a Communist Party bigwig, is being held in Canada pending extradition to the United States. That’s more than a slap in the face for China’s leaders. The nominally frozen feud over trade between Beijing and Washington is turning into an open contest of wills between a rising insurgent state and the established superpower. Formally, Meng is being investigated, as chief financial officer of Huawei, for alleged involvement in a sanctions-busting attempt to sell US-made equipment to Iran.
Phil Loney is preparing to step down as chief executive of Royal London to focus on charity work mary turner for the timesOne of Britain’s largest mutually owned life and pensions providers is replacing its chief executive and chairman in its first big board shake-up in more than five years. Phil Loney, 54, who has been chief executive of Royal London since 2011, will leave before the end of next year, while Rupert Pennant-Rea, its chairman of five years, is stepping down this month. Mr Pennant-Rea, 70, a former deputy governor of the Bank of England, will be succeeded by Kevin Parry, a board member of Standard Life Aberdeen, the asset manager. A search for Mr Loney’s replacement has begun and will be led by Mr Parry when he joins on January 1. Royal London, which employs more than 3,700 people, reported a 17 per cent rise…
The tremor is the second to be felt at the surface since Cuadrilla began fracking in Lancashire ALAMYCuadrilla has been forced to pause fracking after the strongest earthquake to date caused by its operations was felt over a wide area. A 1.5 magnitude tremor happened at about 11.20am after several smaller tremors earlier this morning. It was the biggest of more than 30 tremors caused by Cuadrilla since it began fracking at Preston New Road, Lancashire, in October. Under the government’s “traffic light” system, designed to prevent more serious earthquakes, the company has to stop fracking for 18 hours after a tremor of more than 0.5. It was the second tremor to be felt at the surface, following a previous one of 1.1 magnitude on October 29, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).
London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has declared a climate emergency and urged the UK government to do more to avert an ecological breakdown that he says poses an existential threat to future generations. Speaking as City Hall outlined its new climate change plan, Khan said he was implementing measures to protect people from floods, fires and the political upheaval caused by climate change. “We are in the midst of a climate emergency which poses a threat to our health, our planet and our children and grandchildren’s future,” Khan told the Guardian. Last month Bristol declared a climate emergency and set a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, while Manchester said it would become “carbon zero” by 2038. Photograph: Ray Tang/REX/ShutterstockLondon’s existing plan, unveiled by Khan in May, was for the city to be carbon neutral by 2050.
December 11, 2018 16:27 UTC
Police broke into Leon Jenkins’ home in Cardiff after being alerted by Paltalk usersA man living in Wales livestreamed his own suicide around the world after spending time in a virtual “insult chatroom”, an inquest has heard. Jenkins’s webcam was still operating and officers heard observers asking each other whether what they had seen was real or faked. Jenkins’ father, Peter, 68, told the inquest he would hear his son “shouting and swearing” when using Paltalk. The inquest was told Jenkins had lived alone in the bedsit for the last 18 years. The hearing in Pontypridd heard Jenkins had a history of mental health problems and had been diagnosed as bipolar.
December 11, 2018 15:51 UTC
Manchester United boss Mourinho lost Faria as his assistant back in the summer, with the Portuguese choosing to pursue a career in management. Speaking upon Faria’s Manchester United exit in the summer, Jose Mourinho said: "17 years... in Leiria, Porto, London, Milan, Madrid, London again and Manchester. And, in order to cover for the loss of his dressing room ally, the United boss took action. Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho lost Rui Faria as his No 2 back in the summerMan Utd news: Jose Mourinho replaced Rui Faria with two new coachesThe MEN say that, initially, Mourinho did not plan to bring in any more coaches. Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho has missed the influence of Rui Faria
December 11, 2018 15:10 UTC
He added: “Publishing houses in Brazil have already been launching fewer new titles, dropping slow sellers from their immediate plans, and letting staff go. He called on other publishers, booksellers and authors to join him in “the search for creative and idealistic solutions”. “The future of the book in Brazil will depend very much on those who have never ceased to regard reading as a passion. Brazilian writers had suddenly found there was a future in a full-time writing career,” he said. The way Brazilians have embraced Luiz Schwarcz’s love letter to books shows a collective will to turn a corner, again.”
December 11, 2018 14:03 UTC
So how better to reflect on them than The Bedside Guardian? That was the challenge of editing the Bedside Guardian. But I didn’t want the book just to be the stuff of nightmares – it is called the Bedside Guardian, after all. Facebook Twitter Pinterest The Bedside Guardian 2018. The Bedside Guardian 2018 edited by Lisa Allardice is exclusively available from the Guardian Bookshop.
December 11, 2018 13:59 UTC
If fanbase is an indication of a club’s size and potential, then these are England’s biggest ten clubs, in order, based on average league attendances in the Premier League era, including any seasons spent in the lower divisions: Manchester United, Arsenal, Newcastle United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Sunderland. Then move back in time to between the Second World War and the start of the Premier League in 1992. Which different clubs appear in the top ten over that 46-year period? The answer is none – the top ten are exactly the same, albeit in a different order. What about even farther back to between the two world wars?
December 11, 2018 12:33 UTC
There is something disgusting about the House of Commons in full throat, in pursuit of one of its own. The hypocrisy stinks. A mob of politicians bay their rage against an individual staggering beneath the weight of an impossible burden: a burden they themselves have laid upon her. Some of them even believed this. Those MPs who had campaigned for Remain laid their public doubts aside and promised to co-operate in…
December 11, 2018 12:33 UTC
The jobs market remains strong, with employment hitting 75.7 per cent, the highest since records began in 1971 Gareth Fuller/PAWages grew at their fastest pace in a decade in the three months to October and the number of people in work has hit a record high, official figures show. Regular pay, excluding bonuses, grew by an average of 3.3 per cent in the period, up from 3.2 per cent in the three months to September, according to the ONS. After adjusting for inflation, real regular wages grew by 1 per cent in the October period, a level not seen since the final quarter of 2016. Wages have now been growing faster than inflation for nine months. After a decade of wage stagnation, analysts said that the tightness of the labour market was finally beginning to drive sustained pay growth and that consistent rises in…
December 11, 2018 12:00 UTC
Real Madrid team news: How could Los Blancos line up? Real Madrid host CSKA Moscow at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night, and they look set to rotate their forward options. Los Blancos have steadied the ship in La Liga after a rough start to the season, but they have been dominant throughout this term's Champions League campaign. Santiago Solari's men have already qualified for the next round, meaning he can experiment with his fringe players. Federico Valverde and Mariano have been tipped to start for Real Madrid in the European tie.
December 11, 2018 11:15 UTC
We now face further national humiliation while the EU simply humour her. Lapsedastronomer‘I am a remainer but fear the result of a cancelled Brexit more than almost anything’I am 100% a remainer but I fear the result of a cancelled Brexit more than almost anything. Fascism is growing in our country and cancelling Brexit would give it a huge boost. I do think that all those who post here saying get rid of Brexit are asking for something dangerous and are clearly not democrats. They need to put a time limit on when they will call a no-confidence vote regardless of what May does.
December 11, 2018 10:52 UTC
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December 11, 2018 10:52 UTC
Jean-Claude Juncker has said there is “no room whatsoever” for renegotiating the Brexit deal as Theresa May returns to Brussels in an attempt to reopen talks. Speaking to the European parliament in Strasbourg, Juncker told MEPs: “There is a surprise guest at the European council, which is Brexit, I am surprised. “There is no room whatsoever for renegotiation but of course there is room, if used intelligently, to give further clarifications and interpretations without opening the withdrawal agreement. Arriving at a meeting in Brussels, the Brexit minister Martin Callanan shed some light on what May was hoping for from her last-minute tour of EU capitals. The prime minister could only return with reassurances that “don’t mean anything when they are put against a legally binding international agreement”, he said.
December 11, 2018 10:15 UTC