Scottish deer found dead tangled in discarded fishing gear

A campaign to reduce the amount of litter in Scotland’s waters has been stepped up after images of a stag with rope tangled in its antlers were released. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has highlighted the dangers of marine rubbish to wildlife on land by publishing the photos, which were taken on the Rumnational nature reserve. The organisation revealed two…

Donald Trump can’t block people on Twitter, judge rules

Donald Trump cannot block Twitter users because it violates their right to free speech under the First Amendment, a New York judge has ruled. The ruling by Federal Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald came in response to a lawsuit filed against the US president in July.  Lodged by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University…

Political novice confirmed as Italy’s next prime minister

A little-known academic was confirmed as Italy’s new prime minister last night as an avowedly anti-euro banker was tipped to become his economy minister. Giuseppe Conte was appointed the country’s next leader despite accusations that he had inflated his curriculum vitae, with doubts arising over the reliability of his claims that he had studied or…

Former EU ambassador Sir Ivan Rogers attacks Brexit red lines and dismisses UK’s ‘buccaneering blather’ trade policy

Brexiteers’ dream of a second Elizabethan age of trade after Britain leaves the EU is nothing more than “buccaneering blather”, Britain’s former top EU diplomat Sir Ivan Rogers warned last night. In a lengthy and excoriating critique of the entire debate around Brexit, the former top EU adviser to both David Cameron and Theresa May…

Getting the best deal on money transfer overseas 

Whether the sum you need to send overseas is large or small, there are several different ways to transfer money internationally. Banks, building societies and brokers all provide transfer services. In recent years, a number of transfer firms have also come on to the scene, offering what may seem like very attractive rates. However, such deals can…

Why a geography degree is no laughing matter 

So, you’ve decided to study geography at university. Are you ready to be derided for taking the colouring-in degree? To be forced to navigate without Google Maps? To be quizzed on capital cities of obscure countries forevermore? And to swan through higher education with four hours of lectures a week? Geographers have long suffered for…

Comcast ‘considering’ challenge to Murdoch deal with Disney

Comcast chief Brian Roberts has laid down the gauntlet to Rupert Murdoch by declaring an audacious bid to disrupt the mogul’s exit from global entertainment. Comcast announced it is “considering, and is in advanced stages of preparing” a challenge to Mr Murdoch’s deal with Disney. It heralds open warfare among some of the world’s most…

Topshop posts £10.9m loss as it grapples with tough retail environment

Topshop is the latest retailer to have taken a battering from tough conditions on the high street after posting a multi-million pound loss in its last financial year. The retailer, whose parent company Arcadia Group is owned by Sir Philip Green and includes both Topshop and Topman, made a £10.9m loss in the year to August 2017, compared with a £59.4m profit the…

Solid gold taps and a slide from the bed to the pool: how the super-rich customise their homes in 2018

The illuminated letters that spell out the name of London’s landmark Centre Point building have been used as a guiding light by Londoners for decades. Designed by architect Richard Seifert and built in 1966, the tower is currently undergoing transformation into luxury apartments, crowned by a £55m penthouse complete with terrace. Nevertheless, those three-metre-high characters must remain, insisted English Heritage, and…

Trump says he is victim of “Spygate” after FBI reportedly used Cambridge professor as source

Donald Trump accused the FBI of being involved in a scandal he branded «Spygate» following its reported use of a retired Cambridge university professor to glean information about whether his presidential campaign colluded with Russia. Mr Trump, writing on Twitter, escalated his recent attacks on the agency, referring to what he called the «Criminal Deep…

Severn Trent unveils £100m spending plans

Water utility Severn Trent is preparing to splash out on a £100m investment programme that will include leak-detecting robots, after earning financial rewards from the industry regulator for beating its delivery targets.  The raft of spending will include upgrades to the pipes and pumps used by the FTSE 100 water company to serve 4.4m customers in…

Broadband crackdown reveals five major providers are offering ‘bare minimum’ speeds  

A crackdown on advertised broadband speeds has revealed that customers are paying the UK’s biggest providers over £20 a month to receive the lowest acceptable internet speed. From today broadband firms are banned from selling internet packages with «up to» speeds and must instead show the average speed received at peak times, under new Advertising Standards Authority rules. …

Beast from the East boosts Zoopla owner ahead of takeover

Cold weather at the start of the year sent more people to price comparison websites as they hunted for better deals for their energy bills, according to the company behind property website Zoopla. ZPG reported that revenue for its comparison websites, which include USwitch, jumped 32pc to £82m in the six months to March 31…

Jaguar Land Rover profits slide on shrinking diesel demand

Record sales at Jaguar Land Rover have failed to turn into higher profits as rising investment costs put the brakes on the car maker’s performance. On the 10th anniversary since its acquisition by India’s Tata, the Coventry-based company posted a 6pc rise in annual revenues to £25.8bn on the back of retail sales that rose…

By age 35… you really should have nailed these nine things

By the time you’re 35, you should have saved twice your salary. No, no, don’t laugh: this is bona fide advice from finance news website MarketWatch, which has just gone viral. Of course, they might as well have suggested we find a hen that lays golden eggs and, instead of poaching them all at once and serving…

Self-identifying trans women eligible for all-women shortlists, Labour confirms in new statement

The Labour Party has put out an official statement ruling that people who self-identify as women are allowed to be on all-women’s shortlists, and stand as women’s officers. On Tuesday, The National Executive Committee (NEC) decided to approve a new statement, which explicitly states that self-identifying transgender women are eligible in selections. It confirms the…

Ranking England’s 11 Test spinners since Graeme Swann retired — can Dominic Bess succeed where others could not?

When Dominic Bess walks out at Lord’s to face Pakistan on Thursday, he will become the 12th Test match spinner England have selected since Graeme Swann’s retirement in 2013. Some were seasoned veterans who made little impression on the biggest stage, others were young potentials prematurely plucked from the county circuit and a few still…

New report sheds light on TB, a scourge that kills 239,000 children a year

One in four children who contract tuberculosis die from the disease worldwide, as a new report aims to highlight the need to increase protection of young people from the disease. The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease criticised “the systematic disregard for children’s rights to health” which it says is responsible for the high death rate among children who contract TB….

Uber bows to pressure by giving drivers sick leave and maternity pay

Uber will offer its 70,000 British drivers sickness, injury and maternity payments as political and legal pressure mounts over its approach to employment rights. Drivers who have completed 150 trips in the previous eight weeks will be eligible for the benefits, which include medical, funeral and jury duty cover. Uber Eats couriers must have completed…

Arsenal’s Unai Emery welcome video appears to erase Arsene Wenger from history 

No managerial appointment or new signing is complete without a glossy welcome video, and Arsenal did not disapppoint with a slick production beckoning the Unai Emery-era.  Using the motif ‘The Next Chapter’, the 50-second clip posted on the club’s official Twitter account segued through the notable managerial reigns of Arsenal’s history — with the exception of Arsene Wenger’s…

Hollywood Bowl halves debt as customer numbers rise

Hollywood Bowl has halved its debt pile thanks to a rise in the number of customers through its doors. Chief executive Stephen Burns said bowlers were also spending more money per game, which boosted sales and allowed it to slash debt by nearly half from £13.5m to £7.2m in the first half of its financial year. The company’s…

Rafael Nadal’s 15 most outrageous ever shots 

Ahead of the French Open starting on Sunday, we wallow in the greatest shots hit by the 10-times winner and tournament favourite Rafael Nadal.  As with ‘Roger Federer’s sexiest shots‘, we have tried to pick a range of shots rather than just a series of absolutely ludicrous forehands down the line (of which there are about…

Loris Karius exclusive interview: Champions League glory with Liverpool would be ultimate validation

Loris Karius can visualise the wild celebrations, a victorious goalkeeper sprinting towards teammates consumed by joy. It is a stirring image he recalls from childhood — of an idol whose penalty shootout valour secured a place in Champions League legend. But forget Jerzy Dudek in Istanbul, or Bruce Grobbelaar in Rome. “Oliver Kahn against Valencia in 2001,” says…

Isil sleeper cells could strike the Philippines, army chief warns

Sleeper cells pledging allegiance to the Isil terrorist group could be waiting to strike in the Philippines at any time, the country’s army chief has warned.  Lt General Rolando Joselito Bautista, the Philippine army’s commanding general, said the military had learned of cells in the south of the country that were capable of carrying out…

Dairy Crest raises £70m to expand cheese production

Dairy Crest is to spend £85m expanding its creamery in Cornwall, where it makes its Cathedral City and Davidstow brands, to keep up with growing demand for cheese from customers around the world. The investment over the next five years will boost Dairy Crest’s production capacity from 54,000 tonnes of cheese a year to 77,000…

How to decorate with colour, by pattern queen Orla Kiely

A look inside Orla Kiely’s apartment and office in south London makes everything else seem gloomy. The open-plan living space is covered in tiles patterned with her signature flower prints from floor to ceiling, and punctuated with bright-orange kitchen units and Formica-topped woodgrain. It’s like stepping into a pocket universe with a Kiely filter, where…

Barclays and Standard Chartered merger speculation gets a cool reception

The City has questioned the rationale of any mega-merger between Barclays and FTSE 100 banking rival Standard Chartered, following speculation that Barclays was considering merger options. Top bosses at Barclays, including chairman John McFarlane, have “kicked around” suggestions of possible tie-ups with rival lenders as part of its response to pressure from activist investor Edward Bramson, according to a…

Babcock shrugs off outsourcing worries to deliver record profits

Engineering outsourcer Babcock International has allayed concerns it could be the next Carillion by hitting its financial targets. The company, which counts the Ministry of Defence as its biggest customer, had seen its share price fall until recently as speculation grew that it could face the same troubles as outsourcers such as Carillion, Capita and…

Exeter vs Saracens, Premiership Final 2018: What date is the fixture, what TV channel and what is our prediction?

This year’s Aviva Premiership Final is a repeat of the 2016 final, which Saracens won 28-20, while Exeter return to defend a title they clinched following an extra-time triumph against Wasps last season. A Chiefs victory would see them become only the fourth club after Sarries, Leicester and Wasps to successfully defend Premiership silverware since the competition began…

Can I use equity release to pay for care?

The average cost of care is spiralling out of control for many families. A year in a care home can easily cost more than £50,000, with some families racking up astronomical bills. Those with assets worth more than £23,250 in assets (slightly more in Scotland and Wales) must fund the entirety of their care themselves,…

International journalists depart for North Korea’s nuclear test site, as experts warn demolition could destroy valuable evidence

International journalists on Wednesday set out on an arduous journey to witness the dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear test site, Punggye-ri – an event that experts predict will be more about PR than substance.  The departure of about 22 Chinese, American, Russian and British journalists, including a Sky News team, from the North Korean port city of Wonsan,…

New York lawyer insists he is ‘not racist’ after tirade at Spanish-speaking restaurant staff prompts Mariachi protest outside his home

A Manhattan lawyer has insisted he is “not racist” after a video of his tirade against Spanish-speaking restaurant staff prompted hundreds to protest outside his home with a Mariachi band. Aaron Schlossberg has apologised on social media and said “seeing myself online opened my eyes” after a video surfaced of him haranguing workers at the…

SpaceX rocket launches satellites designed to track climate change

SpaceX has launched twin satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket as part of a climate monitoring experiment between Nasa and German researchers. GRACE-FO tracks the movement of water and ice on and beneath the Earth’s surface, as well as changes in the planet’s mass and gravity field. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/23/spacex-rocket-launches-satellites-designed-track-climate-change/

What are ‘benefits in kind’ and how they are taxed?

A year ago the Government quietly scaled back generous tax breaks enjoyed by millions of workers. Luckily, thousands of pounds can still be saved using this loophole. Known as «benefits in kind», these are perks offered by employers that can cut the tax bills of companies and their staff. Benefits offered in this way are not included…

Oxford University in spat with David Lammy over diversity figures, as official account retweets post calling MP ‘bitter’

The University of Oxford has come under fierce criticism from MPs and public figures after it retweeted a post calling David Lammy «bitter» following his criticism of their diversity figures. The figures show that for some of the most prestigious courses, white students are twice as likely to get in as their black counterparts. It…

The seven greatest ever French Open matches

7. Robin Soderling defeats Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2) — 2009 fourth round In every sport, there are upsets so profoundly shocking that they become the benchmark for any future surprise result. Boxing has Mike Tyson losing to Buster Douglas, rugby union has Japan’s defeat of South Africa, while football in 2016 added Leicester winning the…

Hundreds of investors locked out of Britain’s largest fund shop 

Customers of the country’s largest advised investment platform have been locked out of their accounts following a mass transfer of accounts. Cofunds clients, who had their pension and investment accounts merged with insurance giant Aegon over the early May bank holiday, have said they cannot get in touch with the platform provider to rectify a…

M&S profits plunge on store closure costs

Marks & Spencer has unveiled another year of falling profits as the high street giant counts the cost of its transformation programme. The retailer reported a 62.1pc fall in pre-tax profit to £66.8m in the year to March 31 as it was dragged down by £321.1m in costs linked to a store closure programme. Chief executive…

Fed up with florals? This season’s paisleys pack a print punch

Paisley prints might evoke a wanderlust for far-off climes, but the town itself is rather closer to home, some 10 miles from Glasgow along the M8. Those recognisable teardrops, though, go back much further — and from much further east. The Iranian buta motif made it’s way to Britain via India, when Kashmiri shawls began to…

A one step guide to summer workwear

Q. I’d like to look polished during the hot summer months – but don’t want to waste money on something I can’t wear on cooler days. What would you suggest? A. I get to wax lyrical about my favourite wardrobe staple; the midi dress. With our madcap weather of late it seems like they’re being…

Amazon defends marketing facial recognition tool to police amid privacy concerns

Amazon’s decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates, who say the tech giant’s reach could vastly accelerate a dystopian future in which camera-equipped officers can identify and track people in real time, whether they’re involved in crimes or not. It’s not clear how many law enforcement agencies have purchased the…

Nicola Sturgeon warned new Scottish currency would cost up to £300 billion

An independent Scotland would have to find up to £300 billion to prop up its own currency, the country’s most eminent macroeconomist has warned as Nicola Sturgeon prepares to unveil her new economic blueprint for separation. Professor Ronald MacDonald, research professor of macroeconomics and international finance at Glasgow University’s Adam Smith Business School, said tens of…

UK weather: Temperatures to hit 30c this bank holiday weekend

Britain is set to bake again this bank holiday weekend with temperatures rocketing to 30C (86F). Meteorologists at the Met Office say areas in the south east of England could be double the usual temperature for this time of year, with the mercury hitting near-record levels on bank holiday Monday. «The average temperature for this…

Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s business partner cooperating with prosecutors

A business partner of US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in investigations, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. Evgeny Freidman, a Russian immigrant who is known as the Taxi King, will avoid jail time and will assist government prosecutors in state or federal investigations, the newspaper report said, citing…

Save the Children charity ‘tried to shut down’ sex scandal

One of the UK’s biggest charities has been accused of spending £100,000 on lawyers to try to “shut down” reporting of sexual harassment cases involving its senior staff. Sir Alan Parker, a former chairman of Save the Children, was questioned by MPs on the international development select committee about the handling of investigations into claims…

Canals prescribed by GPs to combat depression 

Canal walks are being prescribed by GPs to combat depression, the Canal and River Trust has revealed.  A trip to the canal reduces stress and helps people deal with low mood and loneliness, the charity’s chairman has claimed, as he unveiled a rebrand focusing on the health and wellbeing benefits of the waterways. Allan Leighton…

Water firms told to leak less as officials warn of widespread drought

Britain’s leaky pipes are threatening to cast large areas of the country into drought, officials have warned. The Environment Agency last night challenged major water companies to improve their infrastructure as it said they were losing the equivalent to 20 million people’s water usage every day. In a major report, the agency said three billion…

Data protection fines hit record last year as GDPR deadline looms

UK organisations were handed a record £4.2m in data protection fines last year, up nearly a million pounds from the previous year. As new GDPR laws will see companies risk even larger fines for failing compliance, analysis finds that last year the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) dealt 54 financial penalties in total for breaching current…

Half of Britons will be obese by 2045

Half of Britons will be obese by 2045 if current trends are not halted, according to new forecasts. Experts said that without radical action the NHS will be “overwhelmed” – with one in eight suffering from type 2 diabetes. The condition already costs the health service around £10 billion annually. Almost one in three British adults are…

Has Unai Emery accidentally revealed he is new Arsenal manager?

Unai Emery appears to have announced himself as Arsenal’s new manager. The 46-year-old’s official website — www.unai-emery.com — displayed a picture of the former Paris St Germain head coach alongside an Arsenal crest and the message: «Proud to be part of the Arsenal family.» After social media lit up at the supposed revelation, www.unai-emery.com stopped working,…

Cambridge professor accused of being FBI ‘source’ in Trump Russia probe was ‘put up for US ambassadorship’

A retired Cambridge professor suspected of being an FBI source in the Russia investigation was later recommended for a US ambassadorship in the Trump administration, claims reports. Prof Stefan Halper, 73, has emerged as a key figure in a battle playing out between Donald Trump and his own justice department. According to reports, the professor approached…

Madison Genesis and NJC-Biemme-Echelon dominate in Durham

Madison Genesis surged into a four-point lead at the top of the OVO Energy Tour Series following Tuesday’s Durham round, taking the honours in both the hill-climb challenge up the city’s cobbled South Street and the evening’s traditional circuit race. While the gap in the men’s championship widened, with erstwhile leaders JLT Condor slipping to…

Is Mark Carney right about Brexit? 

The economy is grounded. Growth has plunged even as the rest of the world pulls ahead. Family finances are under the cost. And it is Brexit’s fault, or so Mark Carney has said. GDP is 2pc lower than it would otherwise be and household incomes down £900, the Governor of the Bank of England told MPs, most…

Will Satch picked for World Cup despite heart scare

Britain’s rowers start their World Cup campaign next week, and Olympic champion Will Satch was  relieved to have been included in the team announced on Tuesday. Having had heart surgery to cure atrial fibrillation in January, Satch collapsed at final trials last month. “It’s been a bumpy road but the last few weeks have been good,…

Eric Molina banned for failing drug test after Anthony Joshua fight

The American heavyweight boxer Eric Molina has been suspended for two years by UK Anti-Doping for failing a performance-enhancing drug test after his loss to Anthony Joshua. It was revealed on Tuesday that Molina tested positive for dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, following his third-round stoppage defeat by Joshua in December 2016 in Manchester, a defence of…

Stoke City appoint Gary Rowett as manager

Stoke have appointed Gary Rowett as their new manager on a three-year deal, the club have announced. Rowett leaves beaten play-off semi-finalists Derby, where he had signed a new long-term contract in January of this year. The 44-year-old will be charged with getting Stoke back into the Premier League at the first attempt following their…

Instagram mega mum takes down account after accusations she used her children for advertising 

Four beautiful daughters, a perfect home and endless trips abroad have earned Clemmie Hooper almost 500,000 followers on social media and a reputation as one of the most influential «Insta-mums».  But despite the glamorous lifestyle that being an «influencer» has afforded the midwife and blogger, her account has now disappeared from Instagram amid rows over using…

BT signs four-year extension to football TV production deal

BT Sport has agreed a four-year extension to its deal with the specialist producer sports Sunset+Vine, in a move that cuts costs and secures coverage until its latest football rights deal with the Premier League expires. Sunset+Vine will continue to produce Premier League and Europa League football, as well as Aviva Premiership rugby, until 2022. An…

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