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Top story: Eloquently profane Scaramucci makes exitTop story: Eloquently profane Scaramucci makes exit
Good morning – it’s Warren Murray giving you a head start today.Good morning – it’s Warren Murray giving you a head start today.
After only 10 days in the role, Anthony Scaramucci has been fired as Donald Trump’s communications director. His removal was instigated by the arrival of General John Kelly, who has just been installed as Trump’s new chief of staff. Kelly is replacing Reince Priebus, who was himself sacked straight after “the Mooch” went on a foul-mouthed rant about him last week.After only 10 days in the role, Anthony Scaramucci has been fired as Donald Trump’s communications director. His removal was instigated by the arrival of General John Kelly, who has just been installed as Trump’s new chief of staff. Kelly is replacing Reince Priebus, who was himself sacked straight after “the Mooch” went on a foul-mouthed rant about him last week.
Scaramucci will be remembered for little else than that expletive-laced phone call to a New Yorker journalist. In the very act of railing furiously against leakers, he ended up laying bare to the world the dysfunction at the heart of the Trump administration.Scaramucci will be remembered for little else than that expletive-laced phone call to a New Yorker journalist. In the very act of railing furiously against leakers, he ended up laying bare to the world the dysfunction at the heart of the Trump administration.
Who comes next then? Well, the much-parodied Sean Spicer is still on the scene. He quit as press secretary recently when Scaramucci was appointed above him – but hasn’t officially left yet. In the meantime, Martin Pengelly has listed 12 key departures from the Trump administration so far, and how long those involved lasted before jumping or being pushed.Who comes next then? Well, the much-parodied Sean Spicer is still on the scene. He quit as press secretary recently when Scaramucci was appointed above him – but hasn’t officially left yet. In the meantime, Martin Pengelly has listed 12 key departures from the Trump administration so far, and how long those involved lasted before jumping or being pushed.
The president lacks a chief spin doctor right when he could use one. A report overnight has alleged Trump personally drafted his son’s misleading statement about meeting a Russian lawyer. The initial statement, issued in Donald Jr’s name, said the meeting was short and inconsequential, but it quickly emerged he had been lured by promises of “dirt” about Hillary Clinton. The question now being asked is whether President Trump, by dictating the statement, has directly colluded in a cover-up related to the continuing Trump-Russia investigations.The president lacks a chief spin doctor right when he could use one. A report overnight has alleged Trump personally drafted his son’s misleading statement about meeting a Russian lawyer. The initial statement, issued in Donald Jr’s name, said the meeting was short and inconsequential, but it quickly emerged he had been lured by promises of “dirt” about Hillary Clinton. The question now being asked is whether President Trump, by dictating the statement, has directly colluded in a cover-up related to the continuing Trump-Russia investigations.
‘Ominous determination’ – A man trying to research his family tree was shocked to discover video of his uncle being killed, an Old Bailey trial has heard. Peter Fasoli was thought to have died in an accidental house fire – but instead, CCTV footage from his computer showed him being stripped, bound, injected and smothered by Jason Marshall. Marshall, 28, of East Ham, east London, is accused of murder after he allegedly tricked Fasoli, 58, into a bondage session, robbed him and set fire to the victim’s one-bedroom bungalow in Northolt, west London. After the blaze, Fasoli’s nephew was searching his fire-damaged computer for genealogy records when he found footage of a killing that prosecutors said was “as shocking as it was determined”. Marshall denies murder.‘Ominous determination’ – A man trying to research his family tree was shocked to discover video of his uncle being killed, an Old Bailey trial has heard. Peter Fasoli was thought to have died in an accidental house fire – but instead, CCTV footage from his computer showed him being stripped, bound, injected and smothered by Jason Marshall. Marshall, 28, of East Ham, east London, is accused of murder after he allegedly tricked Fasoli, 58, into a bondage session, robbed him and set fire to the victim’s one-bedroom bungalow in Northolt, west London. After the blaze, Fasoli’s nephew was searching his fire-damaged computer for genealogy records when he found footage of a killing that prosecutors said was “as shocking as it was determined”. Marshall denies murder.
‘Motorbike thug’ – A Labour MP has been hit in the face with a brick by an attacker on a motorcycle. Steve McCabe, the member for Birmingham Selly Oak, was left with facial injuries and has appealed for information about those responsible. “Nursing a very sore and swollen face,” McCabe tweeted. Labor, Lib Dem and Conservative politicians were among those who expressed shock and sympathy.‘Motorbike thug’ – A Labour MP has been hit in the face with a brick by an attacker on a motorcycle. Steve McCabe, the member for Birmingham Selly Oak, was left with facial injuries and has appealed for information about those responsible. “Nursing a very sore and swollen face,” McCabe tweeted. Labor, Lib Dem and Conservative politicians were among those who expressed shock and sympathy.
Breast is best – Child health experts have called for Britain to change its attitude to breastfeeding. Nearly three-quarters of new mothers start off breastfeeding, but by two months that falls to less than half, and only 1% of British babies are exclusively breastfed to six months as recommended by the World Health Organization. Britain has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the world despite the clear benefits for a child’s development, says Professor Neena Modi, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. “If someone was selling rich middle class parents some wonderful new whatever to improve their children’s intellectual ability, it would probably sell like hot cakes. And breast milk is absolutely just that,” she said. Breast is best – Child health experts have called for Britain to change its attitude to breastfeeding. Nearly three-quarters of new mothers start off breastfeeding, but by two months that falls to less than half, and only 1% of British babies are exclusively breastfed to 12 months as recommended by the World Health Organization. Britain has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the world despite the clear benefits for a child’s development, says Professor Neena Modi, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. “If someone was selling rich middle class parents some wonderful new whatever to improve their children’s intellectual ability, it would probably sell like hot cakes. And breast milk is absolutely just that,” she said.
Role of statins – Almost all men over 60 and women over 75 would be receiving statins on the NHS if guidance was followed to the letter, an analysis has found. Researchers have examined the guidelines under which patients are offered the cholesterol-lowering drugs, and calculated that 11.8 million English adults fit the theoretical criteria – including more than a third of people between the ages 30 and 84. Health experts have responded by reiterating the safety and effectiveness of statins, while cautioning they are mostly needed by people who have cardiovascular disease or heightened risk of developing it. A healthier lifestyle should be the first priority for others, said Professor Mark Baker from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence.Role of statins – Almost all men over 60 and women over 75 would be receiving statins on the NHS if guidance was followed to the letter, an analysis has found. Researchers have examined the guidelines under which patients are offered the cholesterol-lowering drugs, and calculated that 11.8 million English adults fit the theoretical criteria – including more than a third of people between the ages 30 and 84. Health experts have responded by reiterating the safety and effectiveness of statins, while cautioning they are mostly needed by people who have cardiovascular disease or heightened risk of developing it. A healthier lifestyle should be the first priority for others, said Professor Mark Baker from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence.
DNA doomsday? Your genes could one day be hacked by enemies to wipe your kind off the planet – or just to give you “an intense fishy body odour”. Intel’s chief medical officer, John Sotos, has warned that research to attack the DNA of cancer could be turned to producing “bioweapons” that destroy or alter our cells. At a conference for hackers, Sotos said such weapons might be turned against individuals using their genetic markers – for example, their ancestry, gender or family. The direction of cancer research meant “there are going to be thousands of people doing this sort of genetic manipulation down in the basements of hospitals”, Sotos said. The predictions were played down by other scientists, who said Sotos was causing a distraction from urgent problems such as drug-resistant germs.DNA doomsday? Your genes could one day be hacked by enemies to wipe your kind off the planet – or just to give you “an intense fishy body odour”. Intel’s chief medical officer, John Sotos, has warned that research to attack the DNA of cancer could be turned to producing “bioweapons” that destroy or alter our cells. At a conference for hackers, Sotos said such weapons might be turned against individuals using their genetic markers – for example, their ancestry, gender or family. The direction of cancer research meant “there are going to be thousands of people doing this sort of genetic manipulation down in the basements of hospitals”, Sotos said. The predictions were played down by other scientists, who said Sotos was causing a distraction from urgent problems such as drug-resistant germs.
Lunchtime read: Brexit down on the farmLunchtime read: Brexit down on the farm
Farmers, who voted 58% in favour of leaving the European Union, are now feeling more than a little trepidation. An enthusiasm for Britain going its own way has been replaced with fear of how they will cope after the end of the subsidy-rich EU Common Agricultural Policy, which accounts for 55% of average farm income.Farmers, who voted 58% in favour of leaving the European Union, are now feeling more than a little trepidation. An enthusiasm for Britain going its own way has been replaced with fear of how they will cope after the end of the subsidy-rich EU Common Agricultural Policy, which accounts for 55% of average farm income.
A truly hard Brexit would by default mean a 60% tariff on British meat sold on to the continent, Polly Toynbee writes. And cheap imports of less regulated food from the US, Brazil and South Africa could flood in under future bilateral trade deals. “Without an EU trade deal, all sheep farmers will go bankrupt,” warns Exmoor grazier Robin Milton. The Tories’ commitment to replacing EU assistance is unclear, and even the staunch Brexit backer James Dyson – these days Britain’s biggest farmer – has said that the end of subsidy would mean “cattle farmers will just have to give up”. Polly Toynbee asks: what did he expect?A truly hard Brexit would by default mean a 60% tariff on British meat sold on to the continent, Polly Toynbee writes. And cheap imports of less regulated food from the US, Brazil and South Africa could flood in under future bilateral trade deals. “Without an EU trade deal, all sheep farmers will go bankrupt,” warns Exmoor grazier Robin Milton. The Tories’ commitment to replacing EU assistance is unclear, and even the staunch Brexit backer James Dyson – these days Britain’s biggest farmer – has said that the end of subsidy would mean “cattle farmers will just have to give up”. Polly Toynbee asks: what did he expect?
SportSport
Moeen Ali had previously savoured the delight of a hat-trick only during England’s football warm-ups and so was brimming with joy after his three-card trick wrapped up a convincing victory over South Africa and delivered a sensational finale to the Oval’s 100th Test match.Moeen Ali had previously savoured the delight of a hat-trick only during England’s football warm-ups and so was brimming with joy after his three-card trick wrapped up a convincing victory over South Africa and delivered a sensational finale to the Oval’s 100th Test match.
Paris Saint Germain are so confident of signing Neymar for a world record £197m that they have been preparing his unveiling. Drug testing in football will increase to unprecedented levels this season, with the Premier League coming under the greatest scrutiny. And Liverpool supporters have given further impetus to the campaign for safe standing in English football’s top two divisions by voting overwhelmingly in favour of rail seating.Paris Saint Germain are so confident of signing Neymar for a world record £197m that they have been preparing his unveiling. Drug testing in football will increase to unprecedented levels this season, with the Premier League coming under the greatest scrutiny. And Liverpool supporters have given further impetus to the campaign for safe standing in English football’s top two divisions by voting overwhelmingly in favour of rail seating.
Los Angeles has accepted a deal to stage the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games – which means that the 2024 Games will be heading to Paris.Los Angeles has accepted a deal to stage the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games – which means that the 2024 Games will be heading to Paris.
BusinessBusiness
Overnight the Nikkei 225 index added 0.2% and the Hang Seng gained 0.4% while the Shanghai Composite rose 0.4%.Overnight the Nikkei 225 index added 0.2% and the Hang Seng gained 0.4% while the Shanghai Composite rose 0.4%.
Later today we will see second-quarter GDP figures for the eurozone, and US manufacturing and personal income numbers. Meanwhile, Sony electronics and automaker Honda are among companies set to release their quarterly results.Later today we will see second-quarter GDP figures for the eurozone, and US manufacturing and personal income numbers. Meanwhile, Sony electronics and automaker Honda are among companies set to release their quarterly results.
Overnight the pound was buying €1.12 and US$1.32.Overnight the pound was buying €1.12 and US$1.32.
The papersThe papers
The Mirror reports on the billionaire owner of Arsenal football club, Stan Kroenke, who has launched a TV channel dedicated to hunting – a move the Mirror calls “sickening”.The Mirror reports on the billionaire owner of Arsenal football club, Stan Kroenke, who has launched a TV channel dedicated to hunting – a move the Mirror calls “sickening”.
Only 24 hours after reporting on the tawdriness of the Diana tapes and anger at Channel 4 for showing them, the Sun publishes details from those very same tapes under the headline “In her own words – the bombshell Diana tapes”. Its splash is about Facebook shutting down an artificial intelligence experiment after two robots began talking in a language the machines came up with themselves.Only 24 hours after reporting on the tawdriness of the Diana tapes and anger at Channel 4 for showing them, the Sun publishes details from those very same tapes under the headline “In her own words – the bombshell Diana tapes”. Its splash is about Facebook shutting down an artificial intelligence experiment after two robots began talking in a language the machines came up with themselves.
The Guardian splashes on the departure of Anthony Scaramucci from the White House as does the Times which says: “White House in turmoil as Trump fires aide.” The Times also has a statins story on the front: “Give statins to almost all men over 60, GPs are told”. The Telegraph, though, says that statins are being needlessly prescribed to millions of people simply because of their age, according to the Royal College of GPs. The Express headline: “More patients should be given statins”.The Guardian splashes on the departure of Anthony Scaramucci from the White House as does the Times which says: “White House in turmoil as Trump fires aide.” The Times also has a statins story on the front: “Give statins to almost all men over 60, GPs are told”. The Telegraph, though, says that statins are being needlessly prescribed to millions of people simply because of their age, according to the Royal College of GPs. The Express headline: “More patients should be given statins”.
The Mail says children as young as 11 could have lessons about breastfeeding in order to make it more widespread. And the FT has a rather wordy headline: “Brexit set to drive 4% cost rise and 30% rise in banks’ capital needs”.The Mail says children as young as 11 could have lessons about breastfeeding in order to make it more widespread. And the FT has a rather wordy headline: “Brexit set to drive 4% cost rise and 30% rise in banks’ capital needs”.
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