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Pub giants Fuller's and Mitchells & Butlers revealed they had plunged to multimillion pound losses on Thursday amid warnings the industry faces "looming disaster" with many pubs and breweries at risk of permanent closure. Simon Emeny, the chief executive of Fuller, Smith & Turner, told the Standard the new tiers system has "singled out" the sector. Fuller’s owns the London Pride bitter brand and owns scores of pubs across central London, including the famed Coach & Horses in Soho.
Fans of Premier League clubs in London and Liverpool can attend games when a month-long national lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 is lifted on Dec. 2, after the two cities were among those classified on Thursday as falling into high alert regions. Liverpool City Region and all 32 boroughs of London plus the city of London will fall under the high alert zone and clubs in those areas can welcome up to 2,000 supporters. Several other regions in England with Premier League clubs can also bring back fans including Brighton and Southampton.
Fans of Diego Maradona stayed late into the night outside the presidential palace in Buenos Aires on November 25-26, as preparations were made for his body to lie in state there until Saturday.Maradona died the day before, aged 60, prompting fans around the world the mourn the soccer great. Three days of mourning were declared in Argentina.Fans began filing past his coffin at the Casa Rosada on November 26. Credit: romibianchinI via Storyful
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Marks & Spencer has decided to close its operations on Boxing Day, having previously planned to open over 200 shops. The company, led by Steve Rowe and chaired by Archie Norman, said the decision about December 26 trading follows this week’s agreement from the UK and devolved Government to temporarily relax restrictions over the Christmas period. Rowe said: “Throughout the pandemic, our colleagues have gone above and beyond to deliver for our customers and as we enter the busy festive season they are doubling down on their efforts once again to help our customers deliver the Christmas magic for their families and friends."
Fans streamed to Napoli stadium on Thursday to pay their respects to Diego Armando Maradona, grieving a man who achieved god-like status in the Italian city where he played some of his most sublime soccer. The diminutive Argentine left Naples almost 30 years ago, but his spirit never departed, with a giant mural of him still staring down on the traffic-clogged streets and his photograph placed alongside images of saints in shop windows. Hundreds of blue and white Napoli scarves were tied to railings outside the stadium, and flowers, childrens' pictures, church candles and even a bottle of wine were laid out along the pavement in a rapidly expanding, makeshift shrine.
In Libya's frontline city of Sirte, parts of which still lie in ruins, the commission set up to oversee warring rivals' recent ceasefire has put its name on a large downtown conference centre - an outward sign of its commitment to peace. So far the ceasefire is holding, and some elements of the truce have been implemented: flights between rival cities Tripoli and Benghazi have resumed and foreign fighters have left oil facilities - the keys to Libya's economy. But meetings of the Joint Military Commission in northern Libya, attended by five officers each from the two sides, have yet to make progress on other key demands of a U.N.-brokered agreement, underlining its fragility.
Marks and Spencer has reversed its decision to open hundreds of stores on Boxing Day. Chief executive Steve Rowe said the move would allow workers to spend more time with friends and family over the festive season. M&S; will now close all of its company-owned stores in the UK, as well as its customer contact and distribution centres. Last week, the retailer said about 400 stores would open until midnight on December 21 to 23. Mr Rowe said: "In the run-up to Christmas we are opening longer hours and have accelerated the launch of new digital services such as Sparks Book & Shop to help our customers prepare, but it’s also why we have taken the decision to close our operations on Boxing Day, so that our colleagues can enjoy more special time with their loved ones. "This is a big decision, but it is absolutely the right one given the incredible effort everyone has made in the most challenging of circumstances.” More follows
To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of Jose Mourinho's demise as a top level manager have been greatly exaggerated. At least, that is how it appears as the Portuguese coach prepares his Premier League-leading Tottenham Hotspur side to face the club where he cemented his legacy as one of the greatest soccer managers of modern times. Mourinho led Chelsea to their first league title for 50 years in his first season in England in 2005 and the west London club retained their crown the following season.
London will escape the tightest restrictions once England's national coronavirus lockdown ends next week, the government said Thursday, but major cities including Manchester and Birmingham face at least two more weeks of tough rules.
A dwindling tribe of chimpanzees in Guinea that leapt to prominence for uncanny abilities to use tools has a glimmer of hope after its last fertile female gave birth.
Italian screen legend Franco Nero is having a busy year. "Recon," the Robert Port-directed World War II thriller in which he stars, opened theatrically on Veteran's Day in the U.S. as an event release and since then has been playing well online. German courtroom procedural "The Collini Case," in which Nero has the title role, […]
Chelsea will not lack incentives to knock Tottenham Hotspur off their Premier League perch when the capital's most bitter derby kicks off at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The west Londoners have lorded it over Spurs for the past two decades, bagging sackfuls of silverware while Tottenham yearn for a return to their glory days. Under Mauricio Pochettino Spurs twice finished above Chelsea in the standings, but missed out on the title to the Blues by seven points after an intense race in 2017.
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The aurora australis produced an extraordinary light show in the night sky over Tasmania on November 23.Simon Tons captured timelapse footage of the southern lights as they danced from midnight to dawn.Tons was born in Tasmania. He was visiting his mother there in March, he said, when the pandemic hit, and has been there since. “I have been living in my van travelling down memory lane and photographing as I go. I got lucky with the aurora,” he told Storyful. Credit: Simon Tons via Storyful
An on-duty police officer who dishonestly scanned a seven pence barcode for carrots to get a £9.95 box of Krispy Kreme donuts has been sacked for gross misconduct. Pc Simon Read claimed at a disciplinary hearing that he made an honest mistake at the self-service tills at Tesco Extra in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire but a panel ruled that his explanation was "lacking in credibility". The Cambridgeshire Police officer was in uniform when he purchased four items from the store - the tray of 12 donuts, the carrots, a sandwich and a drink - on February 10 this year. He scanned the carrots barcode twice and failed to scan the donuts barcode, paying around £4 for the items instead of about £14. A manager at Tesco later alerted police to reports of a "suspicious police officer at its store" and the matter was investigated, Thursday's hearing in Peterborough was told. Sharmistha Michaels, the legally-qualified chair of the disciplinary panel, said: "On the balance of probabilities we are satisfied that Pc Read did intentionally scan the wrong barcode." Pc Read claimed he had not checked the screen of the self-service till, but CCTV showed him looking at it to select his method of payment, Ms Michaels said. The officer had stuck the carrots barcode to the donuts box, on the same side as its barcode, she said. She added that if he intended to pay the correct price he could have checked that he scanned the right barcode. If it was a "genuine mistake" he had opportunities to put it right, she said, including when his contactless payment failed and he had to use chip and pin instead.
Rishi Sunak today refused to commit to the £20-per-week Universal Credit boost beyond next spring as a fresh battle with footballer Marcus Rashford loomed. Universal Credit claimants have received an extra £20-a-week boost since April this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It also comes as Mr Sunak struggled to defend his cut to overseas aid cut which was unveiled in his Spending Review.
Liverpool, Chelsea, Brighton and West Ham will be able to allow fans into their stadiums next month under a new tier system to tackle the spread of coronavirus in England.
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