- PoliticsThe Independent
Five more federal executions are scheduled in the weeks before Joe Biden enters the White House
- BusinessThe Telegraph
A “mystery” share price weakness for Unilever turned into a buying opportunity for investors on Wednesday, after an analyst said the owner of Marmite looked inexplicably cheap. Jefferies’ Martin Deboo said the consumer goods company may present a “fresh buying opportunity” after its unification completes next week, with a reweighting of its stock likely to prompt major inflows. Investors did not hang around, with the company’s shares rising 220p to £45.60, leading risers on a weak day for the FTSE 100. Despite a positive start to the session, London’s blue-chips lost their way, closing moderately down amid a drag from financial stocks. Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group were among the laggards, with the former dropping 6.8p to 143.4p to lead FTSE 100 fallers, after the European Central Bank warned that lenders may have underestimated the amount they will need to set aside to cover toxic pandemic-linked loans. Lloyds shed 1.4p to 38.1p. The risk-off mood, which followed a rise on Tuesday, left about two thirds of London’s blue-chips in the red. Risers included Melrose Industries, which climbed 2.5p to to 165.7p after saying it is trading “at the top end of the board’s expectations for 2020”.
- NewsEvening Standard
Husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe says academic’s release from Iranian prison shows ‘light at end of the tunnel’
The Middle Eastern studies expert had been picked up at Tehran Airport while trying to leave the country after attending a conference. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been detained in Iran since 2016 after being sentenced to five years in prison over allegations, which she denies, of plotting to overthrow the Iranian government.
- EntertainmentThe Telegraph
Now the stuff of horological legend, in November 2017 a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 6239, rocked the watch world when it sold at Phillips New York for US$17.8m – at the time a world record for a wristwatch (a figure that was surpassed in 2019 when a unique Patek Phillipe Grandmaster Chime sold for US$31m). The watch itself was a well-worn model of a highly covetable ‘Paul Newman’, or exotic dial, Daytona but its phenomenal hammer price came down to one important factor: this was THE ‘Paul Newman’, the watch that was owned by the actor himself and the reason behind the ref. 6239’s ultimate claim to ‘cool’. The good news for all collectors with a few dollars to spend is, that on 12 December 2020, Phillips New York will once again be selling a Rolex Daytona owned by Paul Newman with a pre-sale estimate of ‘in excess of $1m’. This time the watch is a Rolex Cosmograph ‘Big Red’ Daytona ref. 6263 – named for the bright red ‘Daytona’ that appears in an extra-large font, over the sub-dial at six o'clock – that has been consigned by Newman’s daughter, Claire ‘Clea’ Newman Soderlund. According to Paul Boutros, Phillips head of watches, Americas: “For so many reasons, this is one of the most important Rolex watches to ever appear on the market. Throughout his lifetime, Paul Newman was photographed wearing a small handful of Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watches. "Without any doubt, it is this association with Newman that has led to the Rolex Daytona being regarded as possibly the world’s most sought-after wristwatch. Of these, the watch he owned and wore the longest is the present ‘Big Red’ Daytona ref. 6263. The fact that it is being consigned directly by Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman’s daughter, Clea, makes its provenance ‘as good as it gets’ and presents a unique opportunity for collectors.”
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Coronavirus latest news: Nicola Sturgeon fractures 'four-nations' lockdown plan by tightening Scotland's Christmas rules
Five days of Christmas with three households together Tougher tiers are coming – along with another potential revolt Denmark faces new horror as bodies of culled mink rise from mass graves Revealed: Key metrics that determine your area's new tier Hancock overruled officials to order millions of extra vaccines UK spent £10bn extra for PPE due to an 'inadequate' stockpile Elderly to be kept out of Christmas bubbles Subscribe today for a one-month free trial A “four-nations” plan for the relaxation of coronavirus rules has fractured within 24 hours after Nicola Sturgeon warned Scots that they would face tighter restrictions than people in England, writes Daniel Sanderson. The First Minister said that she believed treating existing “bubbles” as one household, as will happen south of the border, would be “going too far” as in practice it could allow members of up to six households to meet during a five-day easing of exemptions next month. She also suggested that Scots should give each other gift vouchers as presents, for both public health and economic reasons, while Scotland’s National Clinical Director warned that there should be no shared serving spoons for Christmas dinner roast potatoes. Scotland-specific guidance will be issued on Thursday, Ms Sturgeon said, but she warned that it would “look to tighten around the edges rather than further expand.” The SNP leader also said that people going to the Scottish islands for Christmas would not get extra days to travel, as is being granted to those going to Northern Ireland. A total of 56,533 have died from Covid -19 in the UK with worldwide cases surpassing 60m. Follow the latest updates below.
The Trump administration is moving ahead with the execution of Lisa Montgomery, a mentally ill victim of sex trafficking. Joe Biden opposes the death penalty.