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August 17th, 2017 by admin

French president’s wife tells Elle magazine her position ‘will be determined not by law but by transparency charter’

Brigitte Macron has said she will have a clear role at the Élysée Palace despite public opposition to her taking the official title of France’s first lady.

In her first interview since her husband Emmanuel was elected president in May, she also said she could not understand the fuss over their relationship and the 25-year age gap.

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August 17th, 2017 by admin

Sales of seasonal goods such as barbecues and garden furniture fall in the second quarter

This summer has been a DIY disaster for the UK’s two biggest home improvement chains with both reporting falling sales as they struggle with wet weather and disruption from major restructuring plans.

Kingfisher, Europe’s largest home improvement retailer, reported a 4.7% fall in sales at its established B&Q stores in the three months to the end of July.

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August 17th, 2017 by admin

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who sat for the national anthem last weekend, says the protest movement started by Colin Kaepernick would be more effective if a white player joined in.

Kaepernick, and other NFL players, started sitting out the anthem last season in protest against racial injustice in the United States. To date, no white NFL players have joined them, although the US soccer international Megan Rapinoe knelt for the anthem last year.

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August 17th, 2017 by admin

London and Manchester metro mayors may not get speaking slots as leadership pushes for greater member participation

The city mayors Sadiq Khan and Andy Burnham could lose their speech slots at the Labour party conference this year under a stripped-back speaking programme which will prioritise party member debates.

Khan, who has previously criticised Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, gave a powerful speech last year under the theme of “Labour in power” which was seen by many as a warning to Corbyn not to forget the importance of winning elections.

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August 17th, 2017 by admin

Consumer confidence steady as retail sales beats forecasts for July but June’s figures are revised down

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Details of the European Central Bank’s Governing Council meeting for July have been released.

It seems policymakers are concerned about the euro “overshooting” in the future. In other words they’re worried the euro may strengthen too much.

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The Federation of Small Businesses has taken a look at July’s UK retail sales and they are not impressed. Here’s the verdict of Mike Cherry, the FSB’s national chairman.

Confidence among small retailers has plummeted over the first half of the year. We’re worryingly close to flat, or even negative, retail sales growth across the UK.

“With operating costs at their highest in four years, small business owners are paying themselves less, struggling to award pay rises and pushing up prices in an attempt to absorb increased outgoings. This threatens to further stifle already reduced consumer spending power.

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August 17th, 2017 by admin

Flagship Android smartphone has dual cameras, spatial audio and aluminium body, but will be relying on brand nostalgia to stand out against rivals

Nokia has launched the most important new handset in its attempts to revitalise the once world-beating brand for the modern smartphone era dominated by Samsung, Apple and China’s Huawei.

The Nokia 8 marks the culmination of efforts to bring the Finnish telecoms brand back to the mainstream handset market, which kicked off six months ago with the nostalgia-inducing remake of the classic Nokia 3310 feature phone.

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August 17th, 2017 by admin

The US president has gone even further than before in condoning the racist right. He must pay the price, at home and abroad

In his angry and undignified press conference on Tuesday night, Donald Trump deliberately and shockingly crossed the line that separates the acceptable and the unacceptable in the conduct of an elected democratic leader in a multiracial society. Mr Trump must now face the consequences of this momentous and inexcusable decision. Those consequences should include the way that the leaders of multiracial European nations, including Britain, conduct their dealings with the US president from this moment on.

On Saturday, Mr Trump had already equivocated between America’s white racists and its anti-racists, after clashes in Charlottesville in which an anti-racist protester was killed by a car driven by a neo-Nazi activist. Mr Trump’s evasions drew widespread and instant condemnation, not least from within his own party. On Monday, he then read out a statement, clearly written by others, that sought to repair the damage. But the very next day, speaking with his own voice, he trashed his own retraction.

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August 17th, 2017 by admin
  • Fighters will wear eight-ounce rather than 10-ounce gloves
  • Doctors express concern about exemption for 26 August bout

Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor will fight with smaller gloves, though not nearly as small as the ones McGregor is used to wearing.

Nevada boxing regulators on Wednesday gave the two fighters an exemption to a rule requiring 10-ounce gloves, approving eight-ounce gloves for the bout, which takes places on 26 August. Representatives of both fighters appeared before the Nevada Athletic Commission to request the waiver.

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August 17th, 2017 by admin

Jason Wilson, who was in Charlottesville during the white nationalist rally, says the record must be cleared: counter-protesters came in peace

Donald Trump said many things over the course of his press conference yesterday. Some of those things cannot be allowed to stand.

I was in Charlottesville over the weekend, and Trump’s characterization of the events there is flatly wrong.

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August 17th, 2017 by admin

Three-metre wide and 3.65m deep depression in Wednesbury is in area honeycombed by old mine workings

A three-metre (10ft) wide sinkhole has opened up beneath a driveway at a house in the West Midlands, and appears to be growing.

What began as a small depression underneath the front tyre of the homeowner’s car in Wednesbury, near Walsall, is now 3.65 metres deep.

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