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August 17th, 2017 by admin

• Norwegian forced out of European team at Des Moines
• Pettersen involved in controversy with Alison Lee at 2015 event

The Solheim Cup has been denied its pantomime villain, in a playing capacity at least. Wednesday’s news that a back problem has forced Suzann Pettersen out of the European team for this weekend’s event in Iowa would be notable enough – she has played eight times in the Solheim Cup – without the colourful backdrop.

Related: Solheim Cup 2015: USA roar back to win after bitter row on 17th green

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August 17th, 2017 by admin

Learndirect Apprenticeships Ltd, a separate entity created in September 2016, has won contracts to train about 3,000 people

The owners of Learndirect are continuing to win government-approved apprenticeship contracts despite their original company failing to meet the government’s minimum standards.

The private equity owners of Learndirect Limited, which is expected to be given the lowest possible grade by the education watchdog Ofsted and to lose all its Department for Education contracts, created Learndirect Apprenticeships Limited, which has gone on to win contracts to train about 3,000 people.

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August 17th, 2017 by admin

A breakdown in relations between business chiefs and President Trump will damage confidence and hurt share prices

America’s chief executives finally seem to have got the message about President Trump. There is little benefit in trying to maintain sweet relations with a president whose ability to deliver tax cuts is fading by the day. But there is real reputational risk in being the last corporate suit still lending him support.

With the bosses resigning in droves from Trump’s two advisory councils, the president was obliged to take matters into his own hands by disbanding both panels. This was done to relieve “pressure” on the business people, he tweeted. But the way events were running, there would have been nobody left by the end of the week.

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August 16th, 2017 by admin

• Pep Guardiola wants to increase centre-back options at the Etihad
• Only five men have played for both Manchester clubs in Premier League era

Manchester City are targeting West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans in a move that could make the former Manchester United defender only the sixth footballer to represent both Manchester clubs in the Premier League era.

Evans, 29, had been identified by Pep Guardiola as precisely the kind of ball-playing centre-back the manager wants to bolster an area of the defence that lacks depth and quality. Guardiola, it is understood, has a firm interest in Evans. If City can prise the Northern Irishman away from West Brom he will be given a chance to compete for a first-team berth.

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August 16th, 2017 by admin

Scott Sinclair scored twice as Celtic thrashed the Kazakhstan champions to all but book their place in the Champions League group stages

9.37pm BST

Peep peep! Celtic have qualified for the Champions League group stages with a match to spare. There is a second leg to be played on Tuesday but their five-goal lead is insurmountable. The scoreline flatters them a touch – it includes two own-goals and a controversial third – but Celtic will not care about that, and nor should they. Thanks for your company, night!

9.31pm BST

Another own goal finishes off a perfect night for Celtic. Griffiths’ shot was going well wide before it took a decisive deflection off Shitov. It’s a shame that’s an own goal because Griffiths deserves a goal after an utterly brilliant centre-forward performance.

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August 16th, 2017 by admin

9.37pm BST

Real will, of course, be without Ronaldo tonight after he got a little pushy with a referee in the first-leg and was banned for five games. Ronaldo, like Donald Trump, doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut and is VERY unhappy about the whole situation. Unlike the president though, he doesn’t believe there is blame on both sides. Although to his credit, Ronaldo is not an apologist for Neo Nazis. Here he is on his ban:

“It’s impossible to stay quiet in this situation, five matches! To me it seems exaggerated and ridiculous, this is what you call persecution! Thanks to my team-mates and to the fans for the support.”

Impossível ficar imune a esta situação, 5 jogos!! Parece-me exagerado e ridículo, isto chama-se perseguição! Obrigado aos meus companheiros pelo apoio e aos adeptos!!!

9.16pm BST

Your teams tonight, courtesy of footballing minnows Barcelona FC (they have their own Twitter account! Whatever next?):

#FCB XI
1. Ter Stegen
3. Piqué
4. Rakitic
5. Sergio
9. Suárez
10. Messi
14. Mascherano
18. Alba
20. S. Roberto
21. André Gomes
23. Umtiti

Real Madrid XI: Keylor, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Kovacic, Kroos, Modric, Asensio, Benzema and Lucas Vázquez #ElClásico

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August 16th, 2017 by admin

From mystical mountains to snowy passes, from samurai swordsmen to sex workers in shop windows, two woodblock artists in the 1830s depicted the astonishing sights on the ancient route from Edo to Kyoto

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August 16th, 2017 by admin

The topic we’re looking at this week is a big one, and a fundamentally important one, encompassing the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat. Jon Henley is joined by an expert panel to try to figure out what on earth Brexit will mean for our environment

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The topic we are looking at this week is a big one, and a fundamentally important one – it boils down to the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat … it’s the environment.

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August 16th, 2017 by admin

Scenery scenery everywhere – from St Ives to Sesto Fiorentino

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