There was a record rise in infections over the weekend. The government said it would not impose a total lockdown but four regions have asked for one. Aditya Singh, 36, from California, was only challenged last Saturday, prosecutors said. Mr Singh told the police that he had been “scared to go home due to Covid”. He faces a criminal charge of trespassing and a misdemeanor charge of theft.
From The Times: January 19, 1921A gale of unusual severity sprang up over the greater part of the United Kingdom during Monday night and continued with little or no intermission throughout yesterday. The Postmaster-General last night reported telegraphic delay to France, Germany, and Switzerland. Those in the Wye Valley are stated to be the heaviest for 30 years. The Wharfe became flooded and large tracts of land in Wharfedale between Otley and Ilkley are under water. Telegraphing last night, our Matlock Correspondent stated: The view from the Peak was that of a huge lake.
Meanwhile, Joe Root said that there was room for improvement in his England side despite a “very impressive” win over Sri Lanka. Jonny Bairstow and Dan Lawrence knocked off the 36 runs required in 40 minutes on the final morning to seal a seven-wicket victory and give Root, 30, his 24th win as Test captain, equalling Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss. Sponsored“It’s not been a perfect performance, we’re very well aware of that,” Root, who was named man of the match after scoring a magnificent double century in the first innings, said. “We aren’t the finished article, we’ve got a long way to go. But we are getting better that’s seen by the results we are having.”
All travel corridors into the UK were closed yesterday morning to protect us, said the prime minister, from “as yet unidentified new strains” of Covid. There was something about this most jingoistic of prime ministers, standing between two Union Jacks, that told me that while these future foreign strains are as yet unidentified, their likely natures are not altogether unguessed at. After all, we have had the doughty British variant, the evil racist South African version and the flamboyant, transsexual Brazilian one, which is transmitted by body waxing. So one can have a pretty good guess at which others lie in store for us. The French variant, for example, will make a lot of noise but then retreat at the first sign of a vaccine.
Last week I learnt something I should perhaps have already known: fanatics are easily upset and few things upset them more than being labelled fanatics. But what other label fits those members and supporters of the SNP who still think an independence referendum can be held, or even planned, this year? And how else could you possibly describe those who complain, as The Times reported yesterday, that the BBC is excluding the SNP from its coverage of Nicola Sturgeon’s daily coronavirus briefings? On balance, fanatics seems kind since ridiculous fanatics might be closer to the mark. Deep down, SNP voters must know a referendum isn’t happening and if they won’t take my word for it perhaps they will accept Ms Sturgeon’s.
Sales of The Beano may have been strong during the first coronavirus lockdown last year, but that is unlikely to have provided much light relief for the magazine’s owner. DC Thomson will have been paying more attention to the drier subject of movements in its investments and writedowns on some of its divisions that left it nursing losses of almost £180 million in the 12 months to the end of March 2020. SponsoredThe family-owned, Dundee-based media group traces its roots to a 19th-century shipping business and has a range of interests, including newspapers, magazines, radio stations, cloud computing, events, genealogy and private equity investment. It owns newspapers including The Press and Journal in Aberdeen and The Courier and The Sunday Post in Dundee, while its
For full TV listings for the week, see thetimes.co.uk/tvplannerViewing guide, by Ben DowellSponsoredWinterwatchBBC Two, 8pmThe days are short, the nights are long and the opportunities for enjoying nature are, let’s face it, somewhat curtailed these days. But — gentle cheer — at least Winterwatch is back for two weeks, with our presenters returning to their now familiar bolt holes, although no doubt with a bit more padding in their jackets and a redder glow on their cheeks than when we saw them on Autumnwatch. Chris Packham is at his home in the New Forest with his stepdaughter Megan McCubbin, watching winter transform the lives of badgers, deer and other wildlife, Iolo Williams has his eyes peeled for starling murmurations at
Recent victories over Morecambe and Fulham have eased the pressure on LampardFrank Lampard has suggested that the benchmark for success at Chelsea is different now compared with his predecessors. Lampard’s team, who finished fourth in the Premier League and without a trophy last season, are seventh in the table before tonight’s trip to third-placed Leicester City. SponsoredTheir manager, Brendan Rodgers, ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Chelsea job in 2012 after André Villas-Boas had been sacked, saying that he wanted to build his career and “not destroy it.”“I don’t want to speak for Brendan when he said that, but at that time I suppose there was a turnaround of managers so I get that,” Lampard said. “For me, all I can do is tackle the job in front of me and for
Online retailing is, as everyone can agree, the place to be in this epoch of elongated lockdowns. That said, a tsunami of ecommerce revenues does not a profitable business make, as most operators have found themselves not as ready as they might have been for the switch from bricks to clicks. Credit Suisse has taken a long, hard look at Tesco and decided that the supermarket giant — better known not so long ago for its accounting chicanery and monopolistic tendencies — was managing the accelerated transition to online grocery shopping better than most. SponsoredThe broker likes management noises about levels of online profitability and has concluded that Tesco’s presence, flexibility and moves toward automation make it a winner, even when the challenges of ecommerce
Fischbacher, right, with his partner Roy Horn and one of their white lions at the Mirage hotel, where they held their showsSiegfried & Roy set their sights on Las Vegas after wowing European audiences with a magic act that mixed traditional illusions with circus-style animal stunts. The duo picked up a spot during the Folies Bergere showgirls revue in the Tropicana hotel and casino. A place in the popular show was potentially a big break, though their talented co-star, Chico, was not always reliable. The occasional professional lapse was perhaps inevitable given that he was a cheetah. Chico did not stick to the script on their opening night in 1967.
It is 173 years since the then foreign secretary Lord Palmerston declared in the House of Commons: “We have no eternal allies and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.”The eternal and perpetual tension between pragmatism and idealism in foreign policy is more relevant than ever after Brexit. As Britain seeks a new role in the world, it must decide how to balance morality with economics and whether to be a force for good or simply a buccaneering trading nation. This is a freedom but it is also a responsibility, and the Conservative Party is profoundly divided over whether to prioritise human rights or market forces. SponsoredThe issue will come to
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He had worked with Joe Biden for more than thirty years, after all, back to the days when what mattered in the Senate was backslapping bonhomie as much as party allegiance. This was December 7, 2016, and the Senate’s biggest names had gathered to pay a valedictory tribute to Mr Biden, the outgoing vice-president and thereby president of the chamber. Few were more effusive than Mr McConnell, who arrived in the Senate in January 1985, 12 years after Mr Biden. SponsoredA wily and ruthless but guarded man, Mr McConnell was untypically emotional as he hailed Mr Biden. Mitch McConnell, the leader of Republicans in the Senate, has a long history of working with Joe Biden SAUL LOEB/AFP/GETTY IMAGES“The presiding officer will be first to tell you he's been blessed in
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Uefa hope that Wembley will not be empty for the climax of Euro 2020Uefa chiefs are pushing ahead with plans to hold the climax of Euro 2020 at Wembley Stadium after being reassured by the scale of the UK’s Covid-19 vaccination programme. Wembley is scheduled to host both semi-finals and the final of the delayed tournament, as well as England’s three group games — including against Scotland — and a round-of-16 match. SponsoredThe FA has until February to give Uefa its Plan A and a Plan B about the number of fans it expects to be allowed into the stadium by the government. It is understood that the scale of the vaccination programme in Britain has given Uefa huge confidence that the climax its major tournament can go ahead with significant numbers of supporters in attendances.
Yan Bingtao said that he felt lost and confused when he arrived in Sheffield, aged 16, to take up a place at Victoria’s Snooker Academy. But yesterday, in the final of the Masters against John Higgins, there was no confusion — four years older, he looked perfectly at ease, beating the four-times world champion 10-8 to become the youngest winner of the tournament since Ronnie O’Sullivan in 1995. The 20-year-old from Zibo, in Shandong province, eastern China, had come close to a breakthrough before. Four years ago, he became the first player born in 2000 to turn professional; he reached the final of the Northern Ireland Open in 2017, losing 9-8 to Mark Williams, a three-times world champion; last year, he was beaten in the
The online fashion retailers Boohoo and Asos are two of the biggest players on the Aim market, valued at £4.3 billion and £4.9 billion respectivelyIn the year of its 25th anniversary, London’s junior stock market came of age. While the FTSE 100, the Premier League of British stocks, toiled for much of 2020, the Aim All-Share index closed the year 20.7 per cent higher than where it began. SponsoredMoreover, its run has continued into the new year, taking its gains for the past 12 months to just over 22 per cent. Last Wednesday it hit its highest level since the summer of 2007. “Aim has grown up quite a lot and it no longer has