Lord Sebastian Coe believes Keely Hodgkinson must learn to handle the weight of expectation after her stunning silver. Rising star Hodgkinson has won Team GB’s only track medal at the Tokyo Olympics so far after an impressive second place in a new British record in the 800m on Tuesday. British champion Hodgkinson is unfunded, which underlines how quickly the 19-year-old has developed. Lord Sebastian Coe has been impressed by Keely Hodgkinson (Mike Egerton/PA)“It is not quite that simple but you would have to say that she came here in peak condition. “Athing is a great athlete and hopefully we’ve got many years ahead and are challenging each other.
August 04, 2021 21:00 UTC
Doctors are at odds over how to treat myalgic encephalomyelitisBitter divisions in the medical profession over the debilitating condition myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) have been laid bare by a spate of departures from the body reviewing its future treatment. Four members of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) committee producing the treatment guidelines left just two weeks before publication of the document. Nice is expected to conclude that the NHS should no longer recommend a controversial exercise therapy for ME after patients said that exertion made their illness worse. SponsoredThe conclusions have potential implications for the treatment of long Covid, which has similar symptoms to those associated with ME. Sufferers complain that they too are being told to follow exercise programmes that cause relapses.
August 04, 2021 16:24 UTC
Miyoko Schinner calls herself “the queen of vegan cheese”. The chef, activist and author wrote the 2012 book Artisan Vegan Cheese, which taught readers how to make cheeses from nut milk. Schinner believes vegan cheese can be part of the climate solution. Schinner spoke with the Guardian about the challenges of making quality plant-based dairy products and her quest to cut emissions by helping farmers transition from dairy to plant-based products. Omnivores are served our products at parties all the time and they don’t realize they’re eating vegan cheese.
August 04, 2021 15:00 UTC
Can the Guardian please investigate the rationale behind the Covid travel restrictions relating to “red list” countries? Some of the countries on the red list, such as Kenya, have very low Covid cases and deaths, but are among the world’s poorest and with little influence on government policy. What is the logic behind removing the need for isolation for those travelling to amber list countries (Report, 3 August), yet those visiting some low-risk red list countries are required to pay hefty quarantine bills regardless of their vaccination status? This is because we went to our home in France for the first time in over a year. Furthermore, we have had to buy tests, from a private company based in Europe, to the tune of £360.
August 04, 2021 15:00 UTC
I thought the JCVI had ruled against vaccinating children? Yes, two weeks ago it concluded that the benefits of vaccination clearly outweighed the risks only for children with severe immune problems. Principally it is concerned about heart inflammation, which seems to be reported in about one in 20,000 children after a Pfizer jab. The JCVI always said it would keep the data under “very close review” as the widespread vaccination of teenagers in other countries, principally the US, provided a mass of emerging data about the safety of vaccines in children. Given that infections are falling, the benefits of vaccination are slightly lower
August 04, 2021 12:25 UTC
But it said Bethell had confirmed that about six months ago his phone was broken and replaced and that his new phone did not contain the phone data. Bethell previously faced calls for his resignation after the Guardian revealed that a number of emails had been copied into his private email account. His address was copied into at least four official exchanges relating to a businessman who was attempting to get government contracts during the pandemic. But Denham said she was concerned information in private email accounts or messaging services was forgotten, overlooked, auto-deleted or otherwise not available when a freedom of information request was later made. “This frustrates the freedom of information process, and puts at risk the preservation of official records of decision-making.
August 04, 2021 12:12 UTC
Meggitt is on the military programmes for the BAE Systems Typhoon, pictured, and Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jetsWorries about the takeovers of the London-listed defence companies Meggitt and Ultra Electronics have mounted after Admiral Lord West, who served as first sea lord, raised concerns about the proposed deals. The government faces pressure to act after Meggitt, an aerospace and defence group, announced on Monday that it had agreed to be bought by American engineer Parker-Hannifin for £6.3 billion. SponsoredUltra, a defence group that supplies submarine-hunting technology to the Royal Navy, is also in talks about selling itself to a rival defence group, Cobham, which is owned by the American private equity firm Advent. The British group’s board has said it is minded to accept a £2.6 billion bid from Cobham if its suitor makes a formal offer. Kwasi Kwarteng, the business secretary,
August 04, 2021 12:00 UTC
Ben Whittaker said sorry after a sulky display at the medal ceremony following his light-heavyweight final defeat at the Kokugikan Arena today. The Midlands fighter cut a disgruntled figure, frowned for photographs and refused to wear his silver medal in the wake of a one-sided decision in his bout with Cuba’s Arlen Lopez. While it has become a trend-cum-affectation for footballers on the losing side of a final to whip off their medals immediately after being presented with them, such displays have evaded the Olympic podium. SponsoredWhittaker, who said he had no complaints with the decision in favour of the 2016 middle-weight champion, was asked about his behaviour at the medal ceremony as he spoke to the media afterwards. Whittaker said he had no complaints with the decision in favour of Lopez MARC ASPLAND/THE TIMESDid he want to apologise?
August 04, 2021 11:04 UTC
Carlin set a new Olympic record of 9.306sec in his first round of qualifying, although that time was later beatenJason Kenny said it was his team-mate Jack Carlin who was Great Britain’s best chance of a gold medal in the men’s individual sprint tomorrow after both progressed through the early rounds of the event at the Izu velodrome. Kenny, who is the defending Olympic sprint champion after winning the event at London 2012 and Rio 2016, said that Carlin was “definitely our best chance”. Carlin, who won silver alongside Kenny and Ryan Owens yesterday, set a new Olympic record of 9.306sec in his first round of qualifying, although it was later broken by Jeffrey Hoogland of the Netherlands, who went 0.091 seconds faster. SponsoredBritain’s most successful Olympian said he was “playing a bit of a supporting role for the first time”, to Carlin.
August 04, 2021 11:03 UTC
In a normal year, I would be getting on a plane today and travelling to Las Vegas for the loose conglomeration of events informally known as “Hacker Summer Camp”. Like other hacker conferences, the event is notoriously unwilling to create any sort of register of attendees. American law enforcement clearly has its eyes on Defcon as an event that draws people of interest from around the world. Some has already broken, in fact, pre-briefed out to excite attendees:PunkSpider, a controversial and long-unavailable “hacker search engine”, is back. If you want to read the complete version of this newsletter please subscribe to receive TechScape in your inbox every Wednesday.
August 04, 2021 10:52 UTC
Four decades after Marshall became the first black man to swim for Team GB at an Olympics Dearing became the first black woman to do soAlice Dearing vowed to come back for more in Paris after becoming the first black woman to swim for Great Britain at an Olympic Games. The 24-year-old from Birmingham came 19th in the 10 kilometres open water race at Tokyo’s Odaiba Marine Park, a time of 2hr 5min 3.2sec resulting in her finishing a little over five and a half minutes behind the gold medal winner Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil. Sharon van Rouwendaal, the defending champion from the Netherlands, took silver, while Australia’s Kareena Lee claimed bronze. SponsoredDearing was well in touch over the first 5km, raising hopes that her habitually strong finish could see her squeeze on to the podium. However, the leaders pulled away between then and the 7km mark, leaving her
August 04, 2021 10:15 UTC
Pete Parada, drummer with Californian pop-punks the Offspring, has said he has been ousted from the band over his refusal to be vaccinated for Covid-19. Parada has played with the group since 2007, and features on their four most recent albums. Let the Bad Times Roll this year became their highest-charting album in the UK since the band’s formation in the mid-1980s, reaching No 3. Parada joins a number of vaccine sceptics in the music world, including Eric Clapton, Ian Brown, Richard Ashcroft, Van Morrison and Noel Gallagher, who have all voiced varying degrees of suspicion. This week Paul McCartney voiced support for the vaccine programme, posting an image of him receiving a dose with the statement: “Be cool.
August 04, 2021 08:48 UTC
Since 2019, however, conditions reminiscent of the “special period” have been returning to Cuba, a direct result of US sanctions. Another key tool in recent years has been social media. Images have been shared in the press and social media purporting to show anti-government protests that have, in fact, been the opposite. Photos of protests in Egypt and sports celebrations in Argentina have been attributed to the Cuban protests of 11 July. By 30 July he had already imposed new sanctions, despite campaign promises to roll such sanctions back.
August 04, 2021 08:00 UTC
We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. More infoChelsea are chasing a world-class striker to complete Thomas Tuchel’s side this summer - and so far it has proven to be a difficult task. Chelsea may be about to make history with Romelu Lukaku transfer dealChelsea’s need for a striker is obvious. Kai Havertz grew into the campaign, scoring the winning goal in the Champions League final after a slow start. From the start of the summer there have been three high-profile options for clubs of Chelsea’s stature to compete over.
August 04, 2021 07:52 UTC
Nigel Wilson of Legal & General: “We expect to deliver double-digit growth in operating profit at the full year”Legal & General has increased its dividend after hailing a robust first-half performance in which its profits rose above £1 billion. The insurance giant, which is traditionally one of the biggest dividend payers on the London stock market, said it would return £309 million to shareholders in September, after raising its interim distribution by 5 per cent to 5.18p. The dividend was better than the 5.14p expected by analysts. SponsoredL&G increased the payout after operating profits during the six months to the end of June rose by 14 per cent to almost £1.08 billion, beating expectations in the City for £999 million. Nigel Wilson, the insurer’s chief executive, said: “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of my colleagues across Legal & General, we have
August 04, 2021 07:41 UTC