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    Sweden's 'consistent approach to restrictions' saved it from second wave, expert says

    Sweden's state epidemiologist has claimed that the consistency of his country's coronavirus restrictions is what has so far saved it from the surges in cases seen elsewhere in Europe. Asked what had prevented Sweden from so far suffering a second wave like Spain's, Anders Tegnell downplayed the importance of immunity, stressing that achieving 'herd immunity' had never been a goal of Sweden's strategy. “I'm not sure that the level of immunity in Sweden and in Spain differs very much,” he said. “I think the main difference between Sweden and many other countries is that we have had the same kind of restrictions and recommendations in place the whole time. “And we have a really big adherence from the population to those recommendations. And that makes a difference, that makes us hopefully less susceptible to a second wave.” Ever since Sweden decided not to close primary and lower secondary schools, bars, restaurants, or sports clubs, Dr Tegnell has insisted that restrictions and recommendations needed to be light enough that they can be kept in place for a long period.

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    Donald Trump unveils his 'America First' healthcare plan

    Donald Trump announced his long-awaited health care plan on Thursday as he seeks to fulfill a campaign promise before the presidential election. The US president vowed to protect people with pre-existing medical conditions, a key part of the Obama-era healthcare legislation which his administration is attempting to strike down, as well as calling for an end to surprise medical billing. Mr Trump unveiled his healthcare "vision" during a speech in Charlotte, North Carolina, a key swing state in this year's race, saying his "America First healthcare plan" would deliver quality health care at a "much lower cost" to the public. Mr Trump has repeatedly attacked the Affordable Care Act, the signature healthcare policy signed into law by President Barack Obama, and promised to repeal and replace it with an alternative healthcare plan during his first term.

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    Fur sales face post-Brexit ban under ministers' proposals

    Fur sales will be banned after Britain's departure from the EU single market and customs union under plans being drawn up by ministers, it was reported on Thursday night. The move is being spearheaded by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park, minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who is a close friend of Boris Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds, an animal rights campaigner. Last year, Ms Symonds described anyone who wished to buy fur as "really sick" and that clothes brands were "nuts" to sell it. The Government is considering marking its departure from the EU by introducing rules which would ban the sale of clothes containing fur, according to The Times. Lord Goldsmith argued that Brexit meant "whatever barriers may have prevented us from raising standards on imports at the point of entry will have gone". Leaked Defra documents seen by The Daily Telegraph showed Lord Goldsmith met with the executive director of anti-fur organisation, Humane Society International, on May 12 in which he asked if there were any particular areas, in relation to the fur trade, that the Government should research. Fur farming was banned in 2003 but the UK still allows the product to be imported from overseas and France is one of the biggest suppliers. The British fur trade association will lobby against the reported ban which it described as "irrational, illiberal and misjudged".

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    World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan suffers shock defeat to teenager Aaron Hill at European Masters

    Teenager Aaron Hill claimed a sensational second round victory over Ronnie O'Sullivan as he won 5-4 against the world champion at the European Masters. The 18-year-old had let slip a 3-1 lead against the Rocket, who was in action for the first time since he triumphed at the Crucible last month. While O'Sullivan levelled proceedings and moved ahead, Hill hit back to force a decider and a break of 78 sent him through to the third round where he will face Matthew Stevens. Irishman Hill only turned professional earlier this year, but he showed nerves of steel to suggest the future could be bright for the Cork potter. Hours before at the behind-closed doors event in Milton Keynes, Peter Devlin caused another upset against Mark Williams. The 24-year-old had to hold his nerve to beat the three-time world champion in a decider at the Marshall Arena. Devlin had been 4-1 up, but Williams responded only for the rookie to clinch a 5-4 victory with a break of 102. "What a time to make a century, in a deciding frame against someone like that," the Londoner told World Snooker Tour. "It's unbelievable. At 4-1, I knew I could have been pegged back. Players like that can win frames without you doing much wrong, so I was expecting a comeback. "At 4-4, there was still a bit of adrenaline going but I managed to calm it down again." Williams and O'Sullivan were not the only former world champions to exit in the second round with Ken Doherty knocked out by Mark Allen. Northern Irishman Allen equalled history in the 5-0 win by hitting four consecutive centuries but fell short of the record with no hundred registered in the fifth frame. Kyren Wilson, a runner-up at the World Championship, also progressed following a whitewash, while Ding Junhui had to dig in to beat Hossein Vafael 5-3. Neil Robertson, who won the European Masters event in Austria at the start of 2020, made it through safely to the third round after a 5-2 win over Riley Parsons, but it was teenager Hill who was the talk of the town.

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    Manchester City youngsters Liam Delap and Phil Foden strike to dump Bournemouth out of League Cup

    Manchester City 2 Bournemouth 1 Phil Foden has well and truly put his pre-season England shame behind him. The Manchester City midfielder rescued his team when their four-year unbeaten run in the EFL Cup looked under threat. The 20-year-old, sent home during international duty for having female guests at the team hotel, followed his goalscoring performance earlier in the week with the decisive goal here after Sam Surridge had cancelled out Liam Delap’s goal on his City debut. After 1429 days since City’s last defeat in the competition - and three triumphs at Wembley - Bournemouth gave them a scare until Foden struck. He was their creative player, setting up Delap’s opener and getting other team-mates behind Bournemouth’s defence. In this form, Gareth Southgate may find him difficult to ignore for next month’s international’s after his ill-discipline in Iceland on his first call-up. “For more than one year you know my words about Phil, he is an exceptional player, he does everything and I’m happy for him because I have a feeling in every moment of every game he is moving a step forward,” said City manager Pep Guardiola. He was a relative veteran considering Pep Guardiola’s team contained Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Tommy Doyle, both 18, while Delap caught the eye as a lone striker with potential to eventually be a first-team regular. Delap’s father, Rory, was sat in the stands at the Etihad Stadium, officially as a scout for Stoke City but also beaming with pride behind his protective mask when his son opened his account for City. The 17-year-old has been at City’s Academy for a year and while he slotted into City’s passing style, there is something of an old-fashioned centre-forward about him, with a physical presence and patience as he clung to the last defender.

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    Facebook is 'pushing US towards civil war' and making people sick, says former executive

    Facebook may be pushing the United States towards a second civil war by amplifying the most divisive voices in pursuit of profit, a former employee has claimed. Tim Kendall, Facebook's first director of monetisation, told the US Congress on Thursday that the company had used "Big Tobacco" tactics to make their product as addictive as possible without regard for its social impact. He compared the social media giant's content ranking algorithms, which have been widely accused of deepening partisan divides by prioritising anger and controversy, to an arms dealer who supplies both sides of a conflict. It comes after reports that some of Facebook's current employees are concerned about its group recommendation system, which experts believe has directed potentially millions of people towards extremist groups. Mr Kendall said: "When I started working in technology, my hope was to build products that brought people together in new and productive ways. I wanted to improve the world we all lived in.

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    Bertrand Traore scores on debut as much-changed Aston Villa ease to victory at Bristol City

    Bristol City 0 Aston Villa 3 During what promises to be the most relentless season in the history of domestic football, Aston Villa enjoyed a restorative walk in the park at Ashton Gate. A sublime Bertrand Traore volley on his debut was comfortably the highlight of this crowdless, one-way show against Championship Bristol City. For once, City fans may be glad the ongoing crowd shut out at least saved them a trip to watch a borderline friendly fixture between fringe players. Both sides have been in impressive form since the delayed summer break, and, with 19 on-field changes between them for this fixture, it was clear priorities were away from this EFL cup tie. Dean Smith's auditionees ran the show immediately in the first half to kill the game within 13 minutes. Max O'Leary, one of eight changes from the City that swept aside Stoke at the weekend, had already made a series of smart saves in the opening minutes before a jinking run in from the right by the excellent Keinan Davis created an opening for Anwar El Ghazi, who side-footed home with ease after seven minutes. Most encouraging of all will be the confident debut of Traore, who scored the second five minutes later. The £19million signing from Lyon will seem a snip if he manages many more emphatic efforts like the sizzling volley he hammered right footed across a despairing O'Leary's goal. The 25-year-old winger was the club’s fourth signing of the transfer window but a delay in receiving a work permit meant the Burkina Faso international was unable to feature in Monday’s 1-0 win. John Terry, the Villa assistant manager, said he was not surprised by Traore's impressive debut, having seen how "very hungry" he was as a youngster at Chelsea. "He’s got that potential to beat players, score great goals and hopefully we’ll see more of that. Terry added Traore's pace and skill will blend well with Jack Grealish in a potential attacking three. "We have that (ability to beat players) with Jack as well but he gets doubled up in a lot of our games and I think if he can do that on the other side it might free Jack up, especially if we can get the switch of play very quickly." The second half saw City improve moderately, with neat flicks between Adam Nagy and Steven Sessegnon to create openings on the right. Their main creative hopes, Kasey Palmer and Antoine Semenya - who blazed his only effort wide - were largely anonymous, however. O'Leary deserved credit for keeping the scoreline respectable late on but he could do little about Ollie Watkins' close range effort just three minutes after being introduced from the bench. Bristol City head coach Dean Holden said afterwards: "We went toe-to-toe with them right to the end that’s left ourselves open at the end. But I’m not going to get too down because Villa are tough opponents." Match details Bristol City (3-5-2): O’Leary 7; Vyner 5, Moore 5, Rowe 5; Sessegnon 5, Brunt 5 (Bakinson 6, 66), Nagy 6, Palmer 5 (Martin 5, 79), Eliasson 5; Semenyo 5, Diedhiou 5 (Massengo 78). Subs: Bentley, Mawson, Paterson, Wells Aston Villa (4-3-3): Steer 6; Guilbert 6, Elmohamady 7, Hause 6, Taylor 7; Lansbury 6 (Hourihane 78), Nakamba 5, J Ramsey 6; Traore 7 (Trezeguet 5, 68), Davis 7 (Watkins 6, 68), El Ghazi 6. Goals: El Ghazi 8, Traore 13, Watkins 73. Subs: Kalinic, Mings, Targett, McGinn. Referee: James Linington.

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    Head of UK court service apologises to black barrister mistaken for defendant three times in one day

    The acting head of the UK's court service has apologised after a black barrister was mistaken for a defendant three times in one day. Alexandra Wilson, a criminal and family barrister and the author of In Black And White, an account of the challenges faced by a young female barrister of mixed heritage, tweeted that she was "absolutely exhausted" after staff at the court repeatedly failed to recognise she worked in the legal profession. Her tweets quickly went viral, drawing accusations of racism within the UK's court system. Kevin Sadler, the acting chief executive of Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service apologised to Ms Wilson and said it was "totally unacceptable behaviour" and he would be investigating the role of his staff in the incident. Ms Wilson said when she arrived at court on Wednesday the security officer first asked for her name so he could find it on the list of defendants. Ms Wilson said: "I explained I was a barrister. He apologised and guided me through security. At this point I tried to shrug it off as an innocent mistake." After meeting with her client, she then tried to enter the courtroom to discuss the case with the prosecutor. She said: "At the door a member of the public told me not to go into the courtroom. I asked why and she said because it's a court, only lawyers can go in. She said I was a journalist. "The usher (the one person who recognised I was a barrister today) said to ignore her and to head on in. "As I opened the door, a solicitor/barrister said I needed to wait outside court and said the usher (who, by the way, was next to me) would come outside and sign me in and the court would call me in for my case. I explained I'm a barrister. She looked embarrassed and said 'Oh. I see'. "She turned back around and I walked towards the prosecutor, ready to have our conversation. Before I got there the clerk, VERY loudly, told me to leave the courtroom and said the usher would be out shortly. Before I could respond she then asked if I was represented. "I, AGAIN, explained that I am a defence barrister trying to speak to the prosecutor. She looked at me, said 'Oh, right, OK' and continued with what she was doing." Following the incidents, Ms Wilson said she has lodged a formal complaint. She said: "This really isn't OK though. I don't expect to have to constantly justify my existence at work." Mr Sadler responded to Ms Wilson's Twitter thread and said: "I'm investigating the role of my staff and contractors as a matter of urgency. This is not the behaviour anyone should expect and certainly does not reflect our values." It comes after official figures revealed people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are less likely to be successful when applying to become a judge, and only 9 per cent are senior barristers. Last week a Ministry of Justice report found BAME people "overrepresented in applications for judicial appointment" but are "less likely to be successful". Industry leaders have called for the legal profession to diversify to better represent the public.

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    Spurs edge past third best team in Macedonia - after 'too small' goalposts replaced

    Shkendija 1 Tottenham Hotspur 3 Another box ticked by Tottenham Hotspur on this long road to the Europa League group stages, but only after a remarkable episode in which Jose Mourinho was forced to demand that the size of the goals was readjusted. Tottenham truly are a long way from the luxury of the Champions League now. On this trip to face Shkendija in Macedonia, Mourinho’s goalkeepers trotted out to warm up and immediately felt that something was wrong. “My goalkeepers told me that the goal was too small,” said the Tottenham head coach. “I went by myself and the goal was too small. I am not a goalkeeper but when I spread my arms I know the difference. We got the Uefa delegate to confirm and, yes, it was 5cm smaller. Of course we demanded for the goals to be replaced with goals of the right dimension.”

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    Exclusive: Grass-roots competitive rugby postponed until January 'at the earliest'

    Grassroots rugby in England has been landed a devastating blow with news that the start of the league competitions in the new season has been delayed until January “at the earliest” because of Covid-19 restrictions. The postponement includes all organised leagues – either RFU or non-RFU – including merit tables, adult or age grade competitions, with the exception being the Premiership, Championship and Premier 15s rugby. The decision, which was taken by the Rugby Football Union’s governance committee on Thursday, will lead to growing fears about viability of many community clubs across England. The RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney forecast on Tuesday that “without crowds and league games community rugby will lose an estimated £86m” in revenue this season following the government’s decision to extend the ban on supporters attending matches until next March. Steve Grainger, in an interview with Telegraph Sport in May, said the governing body “would have significant concerns about the viability of some grassroots clubs if rugby doesn’t start until the New Year and they aren’t able to diversify their revenue streams.” Impact analysis revealed community clubs faced loss of revenues of up to £70,000 over the summer months because of the impact to fundraising events because of the first Covid-19 lockdown, and those clubs already with significant debts faced financial challenges. The governing body’s £7 million financial rescue package and the impact of Sport England grants and the government’s business rate relief and loans helped keep some clubs afloat but there are significant fears that without competitions and crowds the loss of revenue will force many clubs to go under. The committee also agreed that any decision to suspend promotion and relegation for the 2020/21 season would be referred to the RFU council once the nature of any of the competitions is established. Discussions about the Championship remain ongoing amid fears that the entire league may have to be ‘moth-balled’ because clubs cannot afford to play competitive matches without crowds. It is understood the decision was taken to provide clubs with some certainty and they can continue to organise non-contact fixtures with other clubs using the using ‘Ready4Rugby’ and other touch rugby activity. Limited and restricted contact rugby training is also permitted, while some clubs are seeing an increase in minis and juniors, with parents said to be keen for them to be involved in team sports. Both the adult and age grade competitions committees in the RFU will be making recommendations to ensure that any competitions that may be permissible from January are ‘meaningful’ and could lead to a new structure for the remainder of the season.