Mohamed Salah’s 28 league goals for Liverpool this season matches or beats the tally of five Premier League teams (Salah 28, Brighton & Hove Albion 28, Burnley 27, Swansea City 25, Huddersfield Town 25, West Bromwich Albion 24). If Salah maintains that record — and four other clubs are within his sights — he will destroy the record for a full top-flight season (since 1888), which stands at equalling or exceeding only two clubs: Sheffield Wednesday’s David McLean beat Notts County and Arsenal’s tallies in 1912-13 and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane matched Sunderland and outscored Middlesbrough last season. Salah, whose four goals helped Liverpool to beat Watford 5-0, is only the third player to score twice with each foot in a Premier League game (since…
Hammerson, which owns or has stakes in shopping centres including the Bullring in Birmingham, is understood to have rejected the offer from Klépierre immediately ALAMYOne of Europe’s largest owners of shopping centres has made a £5 billion takeover approach for Hammerson in a move that threatens to derail the British property company’s proposed merger with Intu, The Times can reveal. Klépierre, which owns more than 100 shopping centres across the Continent, contacted Hammerson a fortnight ago about a proposed takeover but was rebuffed almost immediately. The Times understands that Jean-Marc Jestin, chairman of Klépierre, made the approach directly to David Tyler, chairman of Hammerson, with an offer that is thought to have included both shares and cash. Sources in the property market have suggested that Klépierre has proposed a deal that could present a premium of more than 30 per cent to Hammerson’s share price. Hammerson is believed to…
Financial products and services enable us to live our lives how we want to but it’s easy to forget that not everyone is able to open a bank account or take out affordable credit when they need to. This is financial exclusion. It’s vital that our financial services industry is accessible to everyone who needs it, regardless of background or circumstance, if we want to build an economy that works for everyone. That’s why we are working hard to ensure the widest possible access to banking, affordable credit, insurance and pensions, and why today we are launching the Financial Inclusion Policy Forum. The forum, co-chaired by us, will bring together industry leaders in finance, consumer groups and the regulators with the shared desire to build…
In early December, with Plymouth Argyle languishing at the foot of the Sky Bet League One table, James Brent, the chairman, asked Derek Adams, the manager, how confident he was that his squad could avoid relegation. “He said it was a good enough squad to get into the play-offs,” Brent says. “From other people that might sound like a trite comment but from him you do believe him, because he’s a very serious guy, very analytical. We’d played most of the teams by that time, and his comment was, ‘There’s not one team in League One that worries me.’ ”Three months on and it appears as though the phlegmatic former Ross County manager may well have been right. Argyle’s 3-2 win against…
Andria Zafirakou was one of 30,000 entrants in the global contest and the first UK teacher to win EYEVINEAn art and textiles teacher from an inner-city school has won a million-dollar prize at a lavish ceremony in Dubai. Andria Zafirakou had been shortlisted as one of ten finalists for the Varkey Foundational Global Teacher Prize for her work at Alperton Community School in Brent, northwest London. The school draws pupils from one of the poorest areas of the country and Ms Zafirakou, 39, said that many of the children live in challenging circumstances and have “tough lives”. They come from a wide range of nationalities and ethnic backgrounds and Ms Zafirakou learnt how to deliver basic greetings in Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil, Portuguese and many other languages out of the 35 spoken by pupils and parents at the school. She helped to redesign the…
This is not the biggest win of Rory McIlroy’s career but it is without question among the most significant. Victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, McIlroy’s first tournament success for 18 months, transpired after the kind of rocket-fuelled Sunday which sceptics suggested the Northern Irishman could no longer produce. Yet this was McIlroy’s day. Celebrations of his last win, at the Tour Championship in September 2016, were cut short as news circulated of Palmer’s death. I played a perfect round of golf.”The trigger for McIlroy’s triumph came with a run of four birdies from the 13th.
March 18, 2018 23:05 UTC
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) is urging ministers to resist pressure to unwind key public health measures in their quest for a future transatlantic trade deal. “But a sugary, junk-filled trade deal will drive a coach and horses through it all. We mustn’t sell off our children’s health in exchange for a trade deal with the US. The US dairy industry wants the UK to relax its standards and has lobbied the Trump administration about the future deal. “So a free trade deal has the potential danger to either dilute welfare standards here or put UK farmers into an uncompetitive position.
March 18, 2018 23:00 UTC
In fairness, they are the best team in the northern hemisphere at the moment.”To finish second in a competitive Six Nations is an achievement for Wales to cherish. Wales may have scored the try against France that Ireland never came close to but it was handed to them on a plate. Compare and contrast with the brilliant, all-singing, all-dancing try France responded with, started and finished by Gaël Fickou, with five other pairs of hands flourished in between. But Wales can be satisfied, at least, with the 2018 Six Nations. At the moment, that feeling is no reason to pop any corks.
March 18, 2018 21:56 UTC
The co-director of a company that harvested data from tens of millions of Facebook users before selling it to the controversial data analytics firms Cambridge Analytica is currently working for the tech giant as an in-house psychologist. He was hired to work at Facebook as a quantitative social psychologist around November 2015, roughly two months after leaving GSR, which had by then acquired data on millions of Facebook users. On Friday, Facebook announced it had suspended both Kogan and Cambridge Analytica from using the platform, pending an investigation. He singled out Kogan, an assistant professor at Cambridge University, as having “lied to us and violated our platform policies” by passing the data on to Cambridge Analytica. That data sold to Cambridge Analytica as part of a commercial agreement.
March 18, 2018 21:00 UTC
Antonio, Antonio. But this was also a victory studded with a sense of what might have been in another, happier second Conte season. Conte has suggested his players overachieved in winning the title last year, credit naturally to his own transformative powers. Morata came to the King Power Stadium having played 42 minutes of football this month and having failed to score since Boxing Day. And a minute later Morata left the pitch having run hard and shown at times a real gloss of class in his touch and movement.
March 18, 2018 20:26 UTC
But as the negotiations to secure the terms of a transition deal go to the wire in Brussels, the UK has backed down. Gove, one of the leaders of the Brexit campaign, made regaining the right to set quotas and manage UK fisheries one of the central commitments of the Leave pitch. Forced to accept some stability during a transition, he has demanded a shorter transition period for fishing of just nine or 10 months. But the EU has made access to UK waters on existing terms throughout the transition period a red line of its own. Yesterday, a majority report from the Brexit select committee recommended that the transition period should be extended if necessary.
March 18, 2018 18:54 UTC
His fourth term as president will extend until 2024, making him the first Kremlin leader to serve two decades in power since Josef Stalin. With results still coming in, Putin looked set to exceed expectations by clinching more than 75% of the vote. Putin 4.0: as Russian president prepares for fourth term, what next? The Kremlin had hoped to match the 65% who cast votes in 2012 and had initially sought 70% turnout. We need to thank Great Britain for that because once again they did not consider the Russian mentality,” said the campaign chairman.
March 18, 2018 18:33 UTC
Recent harrowing cases highlight the need for society to listen to vulnerable teenage girls, writes Katharine Sacks-Jones . But in both, opportunities were missed to protect vulnerable girls. Too often teenage girls at risk of abuse and violence, especially those from working-class backgrounds, are seen by public services and wider society as the “problem”. Much greater effort needs to be made to listen to and believe these girls, in a way that acknowledges the trauma they have been through. This is about changing mindsets of public services coming into contact with at-risk girls, and also ensuring there is enough investment in services working with girls that the necessary support is there to help them rebuild their lives.
March 18, 2018 18:00 UTC
She also quotes Professor Mark Griffiths, director of the International Gaming Research Unit at Nottingham Trent University as having invented the term “technological addiction” in 1995. Remember that this was back in the days when our programs were written in Fortran on decks of hand-punched 80-column cards. Instead, it seems much more likely that any bias lies in the source materials and those who produce and use them. In Tay’s case, Twitter users deliberately tried to subvert Microsoft’s chatbot. Peter McKennaLiverpool• Join the debate – email email@example.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters
March 18, 2018 18:00 UTC
Putin has emerged from his third term stronger than ever, but it is unclear where he goes from hereThat Vladimir Putin will be reelected has never been in doubt. What the Russian president’s fourth term, sometimes referred to as Putin 4.0, is likely to bring is a more open question. Paradoxically, the first order of business now, according to analysts and sources close to the Kremlin, is for Putin to set up an escape plan. In 2007, when Putin chose Dmitry Medvedev as his interim successor, elites felt they could back Medvedev or a rival candidate with little to fear, Gaaze said. Seven years earlier, Putin had declared at the Munich security conference that Russia would oppose US hegemony.
March 18, 2018 17:03 UTC