David Cameron's chief press adviser, Andy Coulson, is not named in any of the suppressed evidence. However, the paperwork shows that during the time when he was editor of the News of the World, and contrary to News Group's earlier denials, editorial staff for whom he was responsible were involved with private investigators who engaged in illegal phone-hacking; and that when Coulson was deputy editor, reporters and executives were commissioning multiple purchases of confidential information, which is illegal unless it is proved to be in the public interest. These purchases were not secret within the News of the World office: they were openly paid for by the accounts department with invoices which itemised illegal acts. News Group has always maintained that it acts lawfully and in the public interest. … [Read more...] about Trail of hacking and deceit under nose of Tory PR chief
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The imam’s experience of harsh conditions, helplessness and not knowing who to talk to was common to countless refugees. Forced to warehouse people who were determined to leave, the Greek government pursued an unlikely strategy. An archipelago of camps was spread across the country from a barren hillside above Greece’s biggest oil refinery, to the remote villages in the Pindus mountains of north-east Greece and a clutch of polluted and unsafe former industrial sites around Thessaloniki. Owing to heavy metal contamination of the water, exposed asbestos panelling and the presence of mosquitoes that can transmit malaria, the Greek Centre for Disease Control and Prevention recommended their closure in July. … [Read more...] about Where did the money go? How Greece fumbled the refugee crisis
Any such signing would command a lucrative Designated Player deal. Each MLS team is allowed to sign three players whose salaries don’t count against the team’s overall cap ($5.3m in 2020). Appropriately nicknamed the Beckham Rule, because of the wage he required to join LA Galaxy, it’s designed to help clubs compete for talent with the football superpowers in Europe. … [Read more...] about David Beckham’s MLS team finally kicks off, but will Miami care?
At this point, Bob returns from the office. 'Baarrrb!' she says. 'This is Rachel. She's from Sheffield.' 'Another one?' he says. (Apparently, the wife of the British ambassador to the UN is from Sheffield.) Bob is compact and smiling, with blue-tinted glasses, a walnut tan, and fuzzy hair the colour of boot polish. His lugubrious tones are straight out of Woody Allen. But his wife soon shoos him out again. So what's the secret of a happy marriage? 'Trust a Yorkshirewoman to ask such an interesting question!' she says. But she's pleased to tell me. After all, she is the author of a book called How To Be The Perfect Wife. 'In the beginning, it's about sexual attraction. But there's more to it than that. It's about wanting to spend time with someone to the extent that it doesn't matter if you don't see other people, and it's about sharing likes.' A major like - a passionate love, in fact - is for their Bichon Frises, Beaji (this is meant to be 'short' for Bijou) and Chammy (champagne), a … [Read more...] about You can never be too rich
Halter Ranch In the Westside Adelaida District, 12 miles west of downtown Paso, Halter Ranch produces only estate-grown, sustainably farmed Bordeaux and Rhône wines. You can swing by the tasting room for a tipple and a picnic without prior announcement but the three-hour excursion tour ($45pp) by Land Rover is worth calling ahead for. On the tour, guests cruise through all 281 acres of vineyards, descending from lofty Lion’s Ridge – with vistas of sloping patchwork blocks dotted with copses nearly 2,000 feet above sea level – to a tasting beneath the spreading branches of the Ancestor Tree, one of the largest live coastal oaks on record and the name of the winery’s Bordeaux-style flagship wine. The 2011 Ancestor reserve – a blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec and petit verdot – scooped four-star gold in the Orange County Wine Competition and a gold in the San Francisco International Wine Competition in 2014. Consider picking up a bottle of the … [Read more...] about California’s Paso Robles wine route: top 10 guide