Investors, brokers and market-makers have given broad backing to proposals to cut the stock market trading day by ninety minutes to only seven hours. The London Stock Exchange said that there was broad agreement in the industry and among its customers to reduce the day, as long as it could be co-ordinated with other European exchanges. Some groups have pushed hard for the changes to reduce stress and boost diversity. At present, trading on the London Stock Exchange takes place from 8am until 4.30pm. Respondents to the consultation were given several options and the majority
Few children in the 1960s and 1970s failed to be captivated by an enthusiasm for paper-folding. This turns out to be not a dated diversion of the playground but an integral part of 21st-century science. A modern adaptation of origami, known as kirigami, involves not just folding paper but cutting it into shapes. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have adapted these techniques to create a material that increases friction. Tests suggest that this can be used as a coating for shoes to prevent the wearer from slipping
Beijing’s latest move signals the death of the Sino-British Declaration and the end of Hong Kong as we know it. Through that declaration, the UK and China made a promise to the people of Hong Kong that their rights and freedoms would be protected and enhanced. It is this promise that Beijing have now broken and which the UK must uphold. At the time of the handover, the late Paddy Ashdown argued that without the added right to live in the UK for those holding British National Overseas (BNO) assports, the promise had no teeth. A passionate advocate for the rights of Hongkongers, Ashdown argued that Beijing could ignore the declaration if they
Places like the Merchant Hotel in Belfast can start planning to welcome their first guests after lockdownNorthern Ireland’s hotels can reopen from July 20 as long as the rate of infection is under control, the Stormont economy minister has said. The industry has been devastated by the shutdown forced by the coronavirus pandemic in March. Diane Dodds, the Northern Ireland economy minister, said: “Covid-19 has presented an unprecedented challenge for our tourism industry, as it has for tourism markets around the world. “I believe the time is right to provide the tourist accommodation sector with clarity about opening dates. I want to build upon the positive progress in managing the spread of the virus and begin to reopen our tourism industry in a safe and managed way.”The July 20 date covers guesthouses, guest accommodation, B&Bs, hotels and hostels.
For full TV listings for the week, see thetimes.co.uk/tvplannerBen Fogle: New Lives in the WildChannel 5, 9pmThe semi-exiles Ben Fogle visited more than six years ago to profile their intriguing lives — cut off from the world and living off the land — is that they are happy to see him make a return visit. Last week he had a touchingly emotional reunion with the Long family in New Zealand and now eccentric loner Colbert Sturgeon is equally delighted to see him again. The past years holed up in the humid swamplands of Georgia haven’t been kind on Sturgeon. The cabin he built from reclaimed bits of woodland timber or flotsam brought in from the nearby river went up in flames thanks
Joe Biden has a ten-point lead over President Trump in polling that found Americans view both unfavourably as they struggle to connect with voters before November’s election. The lead for Mr Biden, 77, was halved when people were asked if they were certain to vote, showing that he was vulnerable to a low turnout. There was also an enthusiasm gap: 87 per cent of Mr Trump’s supporters said that they would definitely vote, compared with 74 per cent of Biden supporters. Mr Trump dismissed the ABC News/Washington Post findings as a “heavily biased Democrat poll” but it followed a trend showing Mr Biden, the probable Democratic candidate, consistently ahead this year. Mr Biden left his home in Wilmington, Delaware, yesterday to meet 15 religious,
From The Times: June 2, 1920In some ways the gardener is depressed by the Royal Horticultural Society’s Show, which opened yesterday at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, and was visited by the Queen. The successes seem so certain, never more so than this year. There is also a great improvement in the rock-gardens. They are not remarkable this year for rare, difficult, or well grown alpines, but they are built better than ever. Mr Wood, of Boston Spa, has a piece of limestone rockwork arranged as
Those who are most at risk from Covid-19 must continue to stay at homeIt is too early to ease lockdown restrictions for people most at risk from coronavirus, Scotland’s chief medical officer has said. Gregor Smith said that people deemed to be most vulnerable to the health risks from Covid-19, who are classed as those “shielding”, must remain in lockdown in Scotland. By contrast vulnerable people in England and Wales who have been advised to stay at home since the lockdown began will be able to go outdoors again from Monday. The change means people will be able to go out with members of their household. Dr Smith said he believed that “it’s just not the time” to change the restrictions for the most vulnerable
Madrid has assured foreign tourists that they will not face quarantine measuresSpain registered no coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours for the first time since early March. “Today we have received no deaths with the date of death from yesterday,” Fernando Simón, head of the emergency co-ordination unit, said. “There could be a delay in weekend notifications that might still change it, but . Spain, one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic with 27,127 known deaths, has recorded new deaths every day since March 3, though it is now known that the first death from the virus dates back to February 13. Mr Simón warned of the dangers of not observing restrictions on mass gatherings still in force despite
The world is recalibrating its view on China and not a moment too soon. Its conduct throughout this pandemic, from initial efforts to hide the outbreak to rejecting any independent investigation, has exposed a reckless agenda we can no longer ignore. During China’s incredible economic ascent, western policy focused on deepening engagement in the hope that China would evolve into a responsible global citizen that embraced hard-fought principles of liberty and open trade. While increasing its economic power, Beijing deliberately shunned international accountability and rules. It may be near superpower status but it avoids any sense of duty to uphold core values of freedom, democracy and rule of law, knowing its own conduct repudiates those
This picture released on May 27, shows the landscape flattened around the Juukan Gorge in Western Australia, where the caves form one of the earliest known sites occupied by Aboriginals in AustraliaRio Tinto has apologised for destroying an ancient Aboriginal heritage site after an outcry by indigenous groups and archaeologists. The Anglo-Australian mining group said that it was “sorry for the distress we have caused” by blowing up the 46,000-year-old Juukan Gorge rock shelters in Western Australia. Rio destroyed the shelters late last month as part of an expansion of its iron ore project in the Pilbara region, having received a permit for the detonation in 2013. Discoveries from excavations in the run-up to the explosion included a belt made from human hair thought to be 4,000 years old. The Juukan Gorge site before blasting was carried out PKKP ABORIGINAL CORPORATION/AFP/GETTYAfter the detonation prompted an outcry, the £73 billion company suggested that indigenous groups had failed to make clear the importance of the site.
One of the world’s biggest pop bands has been forced to apologise after one of its members released a song featuring the voice of Jim Jones, the American cult leader who massacred hundreds of followers by ordering them to consume a poisoned drink. The management company for BTS, the South Korean boy band, released the statement after intense comment on social media about a solo song by Min Yoong-gi, 27, better known by his performing names Suga and Agust D.The track What Do You Think? begins with a sample from a 1977 sermon by Jones, the leader of the Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. On November 18, 1978, Jones ordered the murders of the US congressman Leo Ryan and several journalists, who had flown
Nearly half of doctors are anxious about how the NHS would cope with a second waveHundreds of doctors fear routine medical care for patients in hospital has deteriorated “significantly” during the pandemic, a survey has revealed. A poll of 910 medics in Scotland found that more than half are worried about the quality of treatment for non-Covid patients, with almost a third insisting it has worsened “significantly”. More than half also said they believed their department would struggle to cope with patient numbers when normal services resume. The findings of the British Medical Association poll came as research suggested referrals for cases of suspected cancer have dropped by 16,000 in Scotland during the ten weeks of lockdown. Marion O’Neill, head of external affairs at Cancer Research UK in Scotland, which published the analysis, said that testing and some treatments had
Senior Facebook staff expressed dismay at their boss Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to remove posts by President Trump about protests in MinneapolisSenior Facebook employees are openly criticising Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to take action over posts by President Trump that rival social media sites have censured for “glorifying violence”. In a rare show of internal dissent, Facebook staff have publicly said they are “ashamed” to work at the social media giant, that they “completely disagree with Mark” and that “history will not judge us kindly”. The staff revolt has led the Facebook chief executive to write two blog posts in three days explaining the company’s stance and to offer a $10 million donation to racial justice groups. “I’ve been struggling with how to respond to the president’s tweets and posts,” Mr Zuckerberg wrote on Saturday night before later adding: “We stand with the black community.”Last week
Boris Johnson has said that he hopes to be able to relax the two-metre ruleThe risk of catching coronavirus from an infected person falls from 13 per cent at less than one metre to 3 per cent further away and halves with each extra metre, according to an overview of dozens of studies. The research comes after a government adviser called for a “green cross code for coronavirus” to replace the two-metre rule. Professor Robert West, of University College London, said that people must be helped to make their own decisions on risk based on a better understanding of how the virus is transmitted, rather than using a blanket rule. Standing closer together outdoors or when not facing each other could be considered safe, but employers may need to install ventilation systems to allow people to sit even two