Max Verstappen says damage to his front wing prevented him from pushing his Red Bull to its limits during Free Practice 2 on Friday. The highly-rated Dutchman is looking to make it three Austrian Grand Prix wins on the spin at this weekend's race in Spielberg. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas led the field once again on Friday afternoon but Verstappen lost ground on the duo and their new-look, blacked-out W11s. Verstappen was only eighth fastest in FP2, with Racing Point's Sergio Perez rounding off the top three following an impressive run. Like Verstappen, Albon admitted the kerbs at the Red Bull Ring can cause problems.
July 03, 2020 16:35 UTC
Some people could try to get around travel restrictions by leaving the country from an English airportTourists face a fine of up to £5,000 if they are caught trying to dodge Nicola Sturgeon’s quarantine rules by flying into England before crossing the border. Scotland’s first minister confirmed existing quarantine rules would apply to travellers from any country she deems to be a coronavirus risk, even if they are allowed to travel freely in England. Ms Sturgeon has yet to sign up to the UK government’s list of countries that will have a quarantine-free “air bridge” with Britain. Arrivals to England will still have to complete a “passenger locator form” to allow them to be traced in the event of an outbreak at their destination country — potentially allowing the Scottish authorities to enforce quarantine if they travel into Scotland.
Jason Roberts was born three miles from Wembley, enjoyed a good career in England, playing for five clubs in the Premier League, being appointed MBE for his charity work, acquiring qualifications in football administration and sitting on the Fifa Players’ Status Committee. For three years, Roberts has been based in Miami, earning praise for his work as director of development for Concacaf, the governing body for football in North and Central America and the Caribbean, overseeing initiatives in grassroots football, coach education and the professional game across 41 countries. It’s a prestigious role but it is also impossible to escape the feeling that English football is missing out on an individual of Roberts’ experience, expertise and energy. So I rang him. Life sounds good, being
Take your mind back to the late 1990s, the era of internet cafés and Compuserve when email was still so new that we typed out our messages like letters. Now imagine that your AOL email account allowed you to communicate only with other AOL users and that your friends had randomly chosen Hotmail or Yahoo. There was no going back to snail mail by then, so each of us would have set up numerous addresses and, over time, we would have probably gravitated towards a single one to end the frustration of toggling between them to keep in touch with everyone. Today, perhaps, AOL would be the email monopoly. That could have happened but it didn’t because the internet’s guiding principles in those exciting early
If you have already paid £100 for a Ryanair return flight to Rhodes or £80 for an Easyjet round trip to Pisa, you will be feeling hopeful of a summer escape after months spent locked down. However, booking your trip may be the easy part. Although the government’s lifting of quarantine restrictions on travellers returning from some countries should make it possible to take a trip (but only if you’re travelling to and from England), there are potential pitfalls that could leave you with significant costs if it all goes wrong. Travel insurance cover will be patchy, airlines and travel companies may not be flexible if you need to cancel your trip and social distancing regulations in your destination could be confusing. “The risk of
July 03, 2020 15:56 UTC
As the lockdown eases, some of us are preparing to reveal a whole new look. After three months of only being seen from the neck up on Zoom, many Britons are about to display a waistline that has expanded significantly during that time. A third of the population reported gaining half a stone or more since the start of lockdown, according to a recent survey commissioned by Slimfast. Sixty-three per cent of women said they had put on weight compared with 57 per cent of men, with nearly one woman in ten saying they are at least a stone heavier. Even those who don’t normally gain weight easily may have noticed new love handles recently, which could be attributed to the fact that stress —
July 03, 2020 15:45 UTC
Macclesfield could yet be relegated to the National League after they confirmed the English Football League had appealed against a two-point penalty which had kept them just above Stevenage. An independent disciplinary commission imposed the points penalty and a £20,000 fine last month after the club were charged with misconduct related to the payment of player wages in March 2020. Now the Silkmen have confirmed that the EFL has appealed against the commission’s decision, opening up the possibility of a further points deduction. 📝 Silkmen react to the EFL appealing Independent Disciplinary Panel ruling. EFL statement: Macclesfield Town sanctioned.
July 03, 2020 15:21 UTC
Still, Liverpool’s week-long reign as undisputed champions, as per junior-school playground rules, was good while it lasted. And having tasted Premier League success, they’ll be wanting some more of that sweet, sweet nectar. “ I have trained incredible, incredible players and Phil will be one of them.”Jürgen is still feeling fresh and funky after that defeat and insists he won’t just throw in the kids for the remainder of the season. “We don’t give Premier League games as Christmas presents. We cannot do that.”Daniel Farke has said he turned down bigger clubs to try and keep Norwich in the Premier League.
July 03, 2020 15:11 UTC
Sam Curran has tested negative for Covid-19, easing concerns that the virus had infiltrated England’s ‘bio-secure’ venue at the Ageas Bowl. He was assessed by medical staff and received a new test, having already passed three since arriving in the England ‘bubble’. He has now been given the all-clear again and will rejoin the group in nets over the weekend. A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board read: “England’s Sam Curran has tested negative following his Covid-19 test from yesterday. “He will now return to training over the next 24-48 hours and will be closely monitored by the team doctor.
July 03, 2020 13:17 UTC
From July 10, tourists will be able to travel to popular countries such as Spain without having to quarantine on their return to the UKThe introduction of quarantine-free travel to 73 countries was branded “shambolic” today as the government gave the green light to holidays abroad. Westminster published a list of countries that people in England can travel to without the need to self-isolate for two weeks on their return. The change, applicable from next Friday, includes most of Europe including France, Spain, Germany, Croatia, Cyprus, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium and Poland. It also includes large swathes of the Caribbean, all 14 British overseas territories such as Gibraltar and Bermuda and countries such as Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong to offer a boost to British trade. The government’s handling of the list was heavily criticised, however, after a row with the UK’s devolved administrations, which
July 03, 2020 11:12 UTC
The nationwide lockdown was first announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson back on March 23. New restrictions were added by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in April as the Prime Minister was hospitalised after contracting coronavirus. Super Saturday is the biggest move in easing restrictions since the lockdown started, which means new rules and guidance. Rules from July 4Social distancingThe Prime Minister announced the two metre rule currently in place would be reduced to “one metre plus” in England. You can meet indoors, but you will not be allowed to stay overnight with members from two or more other households.
July 03, 2020 11:04 UTC
Localised spikes in Covid-19 cases ... face mask U-turn in US ahead of Fourth of July celebrations ... and the benefits of watching dystopian moviesWelcome to the last in our series of weekly roundups looking at developments from the coronavirus pandemic. Abbott is not the only US politician to change his tune on face masks. What kind of face mask gives the best protection against Covid-19? “Compared to somebody who has never simulated the end of the world, you’ll be in a better place because you have that vicarious experience.”***This is the final edition of our weekly coronavirus briefing. Thank you to all our subscribers for joining us – you can continue to keep up with all our coronavirus coverage here.
July 03, 2020 11:04 UTC
Care home owners have demanded regular testing for staff and residents since the beginning of the crisis but only last night the government rushed out an announcement that this would happenCare homes that did not offer staff sick pay and relied on temporary carers to fill vacancies experienced significantly higher rates of coronavirus infection among residents, a large study has shown. Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in more than half of care homes, where, on average, 20 per cent of residents and 7 per cent of staff were estimated to have had the virus. The figures, from a survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), are certain to be an underestimate as they record only residents and staff who tested positive for coronavirus after displaying symptoms, such as a fever or persistent cough, and not those who were infected but were asymptomatic. Life inside a care home during coronavirus lockdownIn separate figures also published by the ONS, it emerged that almost
Police officers should not be “bullied” into taking the knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, Boris Johnson has said. Some officers knelt as a sign of respect at demonstrations in central London last month following the killing of George Floyd in the US, after the Metropolitan Police told staff that it was a personal decision. Mr Johnson indicated in an LBC phone-in that he would not himself go down on one knee, a gesture which originated in the US in 2016 when American football player Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the US national anthem as a protest against police brutality. “I don’t believe in gestures, I believe in substance. I don’t want people to be bullied into doing things they don’t
The number of cases in Serbia began to rise in May after a number of mass gatheringsSerbiaSerbia’s authorities declared a state of emergency in Belgrade yesterday, reimposing some restrictions to slow the spread of Covid-19 after a surge of infections in the capital. The state of emergency comes into effect immediately, city hall said in a statement. President Vucic announced the measures on television overnight. Local authorities in central and western Serbia have already declared emergencies in several other municipalities where a rise in cases had threatened to disrupt the functioning of the health system. The number of cases in Serbia began to