In 1975, with the UK newly in the European Union, my husband, Graham Corbett, became senior partner for Peat Marwick Continental Europe (the continental firm of what is now KPMG), a post he held for 12 years and which shaped the insights that made him a European. Graham, who has died aged 83, developed his team in Paris to show that European cooperation could function well in professional services across 14 countries. He understood why they saw the EU as a solution for moving on – and why Britons, undefeated in the second world war, were so often unwilling to see the bigger picture. Graham was born in Bletchingley, Surrey, one of three sons of John Corbett, a senior partner in Peat Marwick Mitchell, and his wife, Greta (nee Sillars). Graham was sent to school at Stowe and was politically matured by 1950s national service on Christmas Island.
May 22, 2018 16:18 UTC
Hundreds of flights over France were disrupted as air traffic controllers joined a day of public-sector strikes in protest against President Macron’s reforms of Europe’s biggest civil service. The 24-hour strike today was part of a stoppage — the third in a year — affecting schools, hospitals and other agencies. A fifth of flights to French destinations were grounded and traffic over western Europe was hit. Strikes and marches aimed at reversing Mr Macron’s pledge to cut 120,000 of 5.7 million civil service posts by 2022 took place in Paris and 140 other towns. The CGT union, which led the march, is seeking to foment a national general strike.
He may have only played 16 first-class matches — and never at Lord’s — but Dom Bess struck a confident tone ahead of his senior international debut this week against Pakistan. The 20-year-old will become England’s youngest ever finger spinner in the first Test, which begins on Thursday, but before last year had never even been to Lord’s as a supporter let alone a player. The grand setting for the occasion of his debut does not seem to faze him, however, with Bess insisting his instincts to attack the stumps will only be curbed if he is asked to play a more containing role by England. It is a significant challenge against an opposition who play spin well. “I am an attacking off spinner.
Most of the endangered sperm whales that have been found dead in the eastern Mediterranean since 2001 were killed by plastic debris, a study has found. Post-mortem examinations on nine of 24 carcasses found in Greek waters revealed that the animals experienced slow and painful deaths after their stomachs were blocked by the large amounts of plastic they had ingested. Alexandros Frantzis, head of the team of Greek marine biologists, said that one young male found near Mykonos had ingested more than a hundred items of plastic, including supermarket bags. One bag originated from a kebab shop in the city of Thessaloniki, 500 miles to the north. “The young whale suffered an…
She was speaking to a member of the custodian staff in Spanish about a trivial matter when an older white female executive forcefully told her to stop. That was two years ago, before the thirtysomething Mexican American lawyer left the firm in the wake of further HR incompetence and around the time Donald Trump began his ascent to the GOP. “If I need to switch to Spanish to make others feel comfortable, I will do that,” she told me forcefully. The US Census Bureau released data last year from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS) that found 65.5 million US residents spoke a foreign language and about 40.5 million spoke Spanish. Photograph: Mary Altaffer/APLawyers I spoke to told me while clients don’t seem to fear physical altercations when speaking Spanish, many lack awareness of their rights that makes them uneasy.
May 22, 2018 16:11 UTC
Justin Forsyth working for Save the Children in Mogadishu in 2012 FEISAL OMAR/REUTERSThe Save the Children charity was accused yesterday of spending £100,000 on lawyers to try to “shut down” media reporting of sexual harassment cases involving senior staff. Sir Alan Parker, the charity’s former chairman, was questioned by MPs on the international development select committee about the handling of investigations into claims against the former senior executives Justin Forsyth and Brendan Cox. The Charity Commission is investigating the handling of cases in 2012 and 2015 and the organisation has stopped bidding for funds from the Department for International Development pending the outcome. Sir Alan was asked why Save the Children had spent money donated by the public to hire the City law firm Harbottle & Lewis to send “aggressive” letters to media organisations covering the issues.…
Najib Razak, centre, speaking to the media after being questions for five hours at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya MOHD RASFAN/AFP/GettyMalaysia’s former prime minister has been questioned for the first time in connection with a multimillion-pound corruption scandal, as the man leading the investigation into Najib Razak described the intimidation he had faced. Mr Najib spent five hours being interviewed at the headquarters of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in the administrative capital, Putrajaya. He is suspected of embezzling of hundreds of millions of pounds while prime minister from the Malaysian state investment firm, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Mr Najib has always indignantly denied the allegations. But documents filed by the US justice department have described a money-laundering scheme that transferred huge sums of state money to senior government officials via shell companies, some of them outside Malaysia.
HalfordsSince the announcement of Graham Stapleton as chief executive of Halfords last September, shares in the car parts-to-bikes retailer had accelerated by more than a fifth. They hit a bit of a bump in the road yesterday, though, after the new boss suggested to investors that the future was unlikely to be that different from the past. Mr Stapleton, a former Dixons Carphone executive who took up the role in January, is not due to unveil his strategy for Halfords until September, but his initial plans outlined yesterday indicated that he would not depart radically from the approach of Jill McDonald, his predecessor, who has moved on to run Marks & Spencer’s clothing business. Further investment is required, including in customer service, training and marketing,…
★★★★☆Most of the time they look forward rather than to the past, so it was only to be expected that a Kronos retrospective should be as quirky as the musicians themselves. When the American film-maker Sam Green walked on stage and embarked on a slightly overwrought introduction to his multimedia performance piece A Thousand Thoughts my initial reaction was that we were in for a long evening. However, as the 90-minute film unfolded, the doubts fell away. This journey through the ensemble’s archives — all neatly filed away in a house in San Francisco — really did capture the ever-shifting quality of the music. Seated beneath the screen, David Harrington and his colleagues provided an ingeniously synchronised soundtrack filleted from their collaborations with people such…
“In 40 years I have never come across anything vaguely like this before,” said Alistair Webster QC, representing the men. Afsar had received threats in connection with another court case about an assault on his son. Pictures from CCTV cameras, analysis of mobile phone locations and fingerprint evidence linked all five men to the attack. A “confidential annex” containing the secret material has been seen by the three court of appeal judges and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The material was not in the possession of the prosecution at the time of the original convictions in 2011.
May 22, 2018 16:02 UTC
The evergreen Harry Potter franchise and the popularity of TV chef Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight for Good has driven book publisher Bloomsbury’s revenue to the highest level in its 32-year history. That was the year the last of JK Rowling’s original seven-part Harry Potter series was published, helping drive annual revenues to the previous record of £150m. Sales of the Harry Potter series grew 31% year-on-year, helped by special editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. “You could almost say that the Harry Potter series is increasing in popularity,” he said. Newton said Kerridge’s book set a UK record for selling the most copies in a week in January, as New Year resolutions were put into practice.
May 22, 2018 15:15 UTC
German parents who take their children out of school without permission during term time to go on holiday face being reprimanded by police at airports. School authorities have given police instructions to carry out systematic checks for school-age children who are travelling during term time and to approach their parents for explanation. “We established in several cases that many children were of an age when they should have been at school,” a police spokesman told German media. German children have been obliged by law to attend school since 1919. Increasing numbers of German parents have complained that the prohibitively high cost of travel during the school holidays leaves them with little choice other than to look for other dates.
May 22, 2018 15:11 UTC
The charging policy was first introduced under Gordon Brown in 2009, and extended in 2014 as part of a series of Conservative-led hostile environment measures. In some cases, campaigners argue that undocumented migrants with urgent care needs have been refused treatment by hospitals, despite NHS guidelines that state no one should be refused urgent or immediately necessary treatment because they cannot pay. Share your experiencesWe want to hear from anyone who does not have access to documentation who has been denied NHS treatment or given treatment but later faced a big bill for the care they received. Has this policy made migrants afraid to get healthcare? Campaigners have also said that other groups have been caught up in this policy, including those who are homeless, elderly or have mental health problems.
May 22, 2018 15:00 UTC
Pep Guardiola is monitoring Ajax’s highly rated 18-year-old defender Matthijs de Ligt as a potential long-term replacement for Vincent Kompany. De Ligt fits the profile of a young, technically astute defender who could slot into City’s playing style. The centre-back is experienced at the highest level, having started last May’s Europa League final defeat by Manchester United in Stockholm. Despite a strong finish to the season, Kompany managed to play in only eight of City’s final 14 games due to the fragility of his physique and he remains an ongoing injury concern for Guardiola. The way he’s come back, the last two months of the season, he’s been arguably the best defender in the world.”
May 22, 2018 14:48 UTC
Kimmel: Trump 'managed to obstruct justice while tweeting about how he hasn’t'Late-night hosts on Monday discussed Donald Trump’s weekend Twitter rant and new revelations about meetings held between the Trump campaign and foreign emissaries. They’re taking away the phones of everyone except Donald Trump? “It was like Moscow: Trump just sat there while someone else went number one.”Jimmy KimmelABC’s Jimmy Kimmel tore into Trump for his weekend Twitter tirade. “Donald Trump was so out of control with the tweets this weekend Michael Cohen had to pay him $130,000 to stop,” Kimmel quipped. “You have to hand it to Donald Trump,” the host added.
May 22, 2018 14:47 UTC