Glasgow’s growing economy deserves investment support

Did you know that Glasgow grew faster between 2010 and 2015 than Manchester? According to the Centre for Cities, an independent think tank, the economy of Scotland’s largest city grew by 18 per cent compared with Manchester’s 15 per cent. If you are in the property industry, I suspect that would surprise you — especially if you have just returned from the annual Mipim property conference in France, where cities compete to show how good a return investors will get from using their funds to build the next generation of offices, houses, hotels and leisure spaces. Manchester, together with the wider northern powerhouse, has been a star of that particular show in recent times. This year’s Mipim also had a much beefier presence from other UK…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

Crolla pleaded to finish fight against Linares

Crolla was knocked down by Linares in the seventh round of their contest in Manchester Alex LIvesey/Getty ImagesThere is no shame in losing to a boxer as good as Jorge Linares and, beneath his unnecessary apologies for letting down his fans, Anthony Crolla was aware that he had just shared the ring in Manchester with a master. Linares is a joy to watch in full flow. His judgment of distance is remarkable, shown by his ability to ghost in and out of range with the slightest of effort. He is cool under pressure, constantly probing to find gaps in his opponent’s defence and, when he does, has the quickness of hand and the quality of punch to exploit any opening fully. “If it hadn’t been me taking the punches, I’d have probably been admiring what he was doing,” Crolla said after Saturday’s…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

Kim’s hackers blamed for $81m bank heist

American investigators suspect that a spectacular internet bank heist, in which $81 million was spirited out of the central bank of Bangladesh, was ordered by North Korea as part of a concerted international cybercrime offensive to raise cash for the regime. Investigators have found similar code in malicious software used in both the Bangladesh robbery and a 2014 hacking attack on Sony film studios, which the FBI blamed on Pyongyang. Hackers working for North Korea have also been implicated in attacks on Polish banks. “If that linkage [between the attacks on Sony and the Polish banks] is true, that means a nation state is robbing banks,” Richard Ledgett, a deputy director of the National Security Agency, said last week. “That is a big deal.

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

US alarm at Russian meddling in Libya

General Khalifa Haftar, a commander in the east of Libya, is “undeniably” linked to Russia, a US general said STR/AFP/GETTY IMAGESAn American general says that the US is alarmed by Russia’s efforts to expand its influence in Libya by backing a rebel general and sending in troops. Thomas Waldhauser, a Marine Corps general who leads the Africa Command, said that there was an “undeniable” link between the Kremlin and General Khalifa Haftar, a commander in the east of Libya. He added that “there are Russians on the ground”. General Haftar, who is backed by Libya’s parliament, has become a thorn in the side of the US and the UN, which are trying to set up a unity government in Tripoli to end a two-year civil war. He has repeatedly rejected the UN-backed government and earlier this month threatened to send his armies to “liberate” the…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

Rural businesses twice as likely to have bad internet as those in cities

Ofcom has found that small businesses and companies operating outside big towns are most likely to suffer from poor broadband Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesBusinesses, particularly in rural areas, are still struggling with unreliable broadband connections. A survey by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) showed that almost all companies questioned said that a broadband connection was important but nearly one in five suffered from unreliable connections. The findings also revealed that companies in the countryside were at least twice as likely to have a poor connection compared to those in towns, inner cities and suburban areas. Smaller businesses were also more likely to suffer with nearly a quarter of the sole traders and 21 per cent of the micro businesses questioned reporting problems. Adam Marshall, director-general of the BCC, said: “Business communities across the UK still report that our digital infrastructure is not fit for purpose.

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC



Fifa will pay Coleman’s wages during injury lay-off

Coleman, the Everton and Ireland defender, right, is expected to be out for at least six months, with his wages estimated to be about £50,000 a week Lee Smith/ReutersSeamus Coleman’s wages will be paid by Fifa while the Everton full back recovers from the double leg break suffered on international duty. Coleman underwent successful surgery in Dublin on Saturday after the horrific injury the previous night in the Ireland’s stalemate with Wales. The right back is expected to be out for at least six months and his wages, estimated to be in the region of £50,000 a week, will be covered during that period by the Fifa Club Protection Programme. Neil Taylor, the Wales left back, was shown a red card for the dangerous challenge on Coleman, who captained Ireland in the World Cup qualifier. Everton sent their own physiotherapists to Dublin on Saturday to liaise with…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

Mass arrests as anti-Putin protests sweep Russia

Among those arrested was Alexei Navalny, 40, the presidential candidate and leading Kremlin critic. The biggest crowds, of at least 8,000, gathered in the heart of the capital. The authorities had refused permission for a march in the centre and hundreds of riot officers were sent to hotspots, where they dragged people to waiting police vans. Thousands took to the streets in St Petersburg, where police made 130 arrests. The protests were called by Mr Navalny, who announced…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

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March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

Armed robbers hit Monte Carlo jewellery store

Four men have been arrested over the attempted heist YANN COATSALIOU/AFP/GETTY IMAGESMonaco Police in Monaco and France have arrested four men suspected of staging an armed robbery at Cartier in Monte Carlo. An immediate lockdown around the principality’s Casino square, where the jeweller’s boutique is situated, helped police to arrest one of the three men who had held up the shop while an accomplice waited in a car outside. “Sealing off the area also stopped the escape of the two other individuals and the accomplice,” the Monaco prosecutor’s office said. Two of the men were arrested not far from the scene yesterday, while French police detained the fourth at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, a town adjoining the principality. The getaway car was found…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

Man, 30, held after raid on fourth Birmingham home

Police enter a building in Birmingham which was raided by anti-terror forces early last Thursday. Seven people have been arrested including in London and Birmingham since last week’s Westminster attack Paul Ellis/Getty ImagesA further arrest was made yesterday in the hunt for information about the Westminster terrorist as officers raided a fourth property in Birmingham. Neighbours in Bredon Court, Hockley, named the inhabitants as Sherif and Fatima Drameh, who were said to be “very friendly”. Masood would visit the property to see the couple and take their daughters, aged six and eight, to a mosque, neighbours said, adding that Masood’s children went to a nearby primary school. He was the friendliest neighbour you could imagine and clearly a devoted father“We saw Khalid Masood come by…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

Hamilton in ‘best of best’ Vettel battle

Hamilton said that he expected Vettel, right, to be a tougher adversary than Rosberg Mark Thompson/Getty ImagesLewis Hamilton expects Sebastian Vettel to prove a tougher rival than his former team-mate Nico Rosberg as the “best of the best” fight it out for the Formula One world title. Vettel took an early lead in the battle, beating Hamilton by nearly ten seconds in the first race of the season in Melbourne yesterday. The pair are two of the finest drivers of their generation and have seven of the past nine drivers’ world titles between them. The battle between the German and the Briton, who is entering his 11th season, had been eagerly anticipated since pre-season testing, when the Ferrari set the fastest lap times over the eight days in Barcelona. Battle commenced…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

‘Sterling’s a ballsy player and he’s always improving,’ says Southgate

Sterling burst beyond the Lithuania right back to set up Defoe for the opening goal John Sibley/ReutersGareth Southgate hailed Raheem Sterling’s “ballsy” approach as the winger took another step towards winning back the affection of England supporters. His strength and pace saw him burst beyond Egidijus Vaitkunas, the Lithuania right back, to set up Jermain Defoe for the opening goal. The 22-year-old was targeted by disgruntled England fans at Euro 2016, but his refusal to melt into the background is paying dividends. “He’s a player we really like,” Southgate said. “We don’t have a lot of players in the country who can beat people in one-versus-one situations and he is explosive in…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

Laptop ban may spread to all incoming flights

Passengers travelling from six countries in the Middle East and north Africa must put bulky electronic devices in their hold luggage FETHI BELAID/AFP/GETTY IMAGESThe ban on carrying laptops, tablets and other bulky electronic devices in hand luggage may be extended to cover all flights into Britain, the home secretary has hinted. Since Saturday air passengers travelling directly to the UK from six countries in the Middle East and north Africa have been ordered to stow all electrical goods larger than a smartphone in their hold luggage following similar restrictions in the US. The measure, which applies to the popular tourist destinations of Turkey and Egypt and is expected to affect more than 2 million people over the next 12 months, is thought to have been prompted by intelligence reports that jihadists were preparing to conceal a bomb in an iPad or laptop. Critics have questioned the logic of…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

Businesses must switch on to threat of cybercrime

Between the US elections and the hacking of Ashley Madison, cybercrime can sometimes sound like the plot of a Hollywood movie rather than anything the majority of British businesses should be worried about. After all, what could Vladimir or Kim Jong-un want with an engineering firm just outside of Middlesbrough? The truth is that the vast majority of cybercrime is not state-sponsored subterfuge. In fact, most of it is simply old-fashioned crimes in new settings. Instead, those who might have…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

Show us attacker’s final secret texts, Rudd orders WhatsApp

Amber Rudd, the home secretary, said it was “completely unacceptable” for messaging services to use encryption JEFF OVERS/BBC/PAWhatsApp and other encrypted messaging services offer a hiding place for terrorists and must allow the security services to read suspects’ messages, the home secretary warned. If companies such as Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, did not comply, Amber Rudd indicated that the government would force them to do so. Khalid Masood was the latest terrorist known to have used WhatsApp during attacks. He was on it two minutes before he drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge last Wednesday. The messages could indicate whether or not he was acting on instructions but Ms Rudd said that the security…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC




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