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mark waller: nfl london team to make 2022 touch down

ten years after the nfl staged its first regular-season match outside the us, when the new york giants beat the miami dolphins 13-10 in front of a crowd of 81,176 at wembley stadium, the sport is pressing ahead with plans for a permanent presence in london.see related nfl london 2017 guide: fixtures, tickets and how to watchlondon-born jermaine eluemunor could make nfl debut at wembleyfrom homeless in london to playing in the nfleighteen matches later, the nfl international series now includes mexico on its schedule and in the next month london will stage four games - starting with jacksonville jaguars vs. baltimore ravens at wembley on sunday.with two matches at wembley and two at twickenham, tickets for the london encounters have sold out...




british & irish lions officials angered by sean o’brien’s criticism

british & irish lions sources have told the times that they are “disappointed, angry and bemused” by sean o’brien’s criticism of the coaching standards during the summer tour of new zealand. see related sean o’brien blames lions coaches for not beating the all blacksirish flanker o’brien said that if coaching had been better the lions could have won the series 3-0 against the mighty all blacks.speaking to off the ball, o’brien said: “i think we should have won 3-0 with the players we had. looking back, and i could be completely wrong, but if we had a little more structure during the weeks, and more of an attack game plan driven way earlier in the tour, i think we could win 3-0.” now, the times says chief coach warren gat...




warning as fentanyl seized in northern ireland

police in northern ireland have seized heroin laced with the potentially lethal drug fentanyl.see related the truth about america's opioid crisiswhich recreational drug is the most dangerous?officers believe the drugs are linked to two deaths in northern ireland and more than 60 in the rest of the uk this year, the bbc reports.fentanyl is a synthetic opiate 100 times stronger than heroin and is typically administered in hospitals to treat patients suffering from severe chronic pain or recovering from surgery.it made headlines last year after it was revealed musician prince died from an accidental fentanyl overdose and has been widely blamed for the escalating opioid crisis in t...




why is seoul sending north korea £6m in aid?

the south korean government has approved a £5.9m humanitarian aid package for north korea, a move likely to anger the us and japan.see related north korea: kim jong un calls trump a ‘mentally deranged dotard’from north korea to south africa: do sanctions work?the decision comes just weeks after the un voted to impose fresh sanctions on the rogue state in response to pyongyang’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test.however, the south’s unification ministry said its aid policy remained “unaffected by geopolitical tensions” with the north, reuters reports.this is the first time seoul has approved an aid package for its northern neighbour since 2015, though the government has yet to c...




how germany is guarding against election hacking

with just two days to go until germans head to the polls, cyber security experts are working to ensure the country doesn’t suffer hacking of the sort which struck the us and french elections. see related angela merkel: twelve years in power and still an enigmahow germany’s far-right afd could challenge angela merkelparody group die partei wins over german voters so far, cyber protection agency bsi says its seen no signs of hacking, suspicious news leaks or online sabotage ahead of sunday’s federal vote, but it isn’t taking any chances.“cybersecurity is a top priority, and chancellor [angela] merkel is taking it very seriously,” says bsi president arne schonbohm.while polls show merkel is likely to defeat the social democratic p...




former nfl star accused of murder had ‘severe’ brain disease

a former american footballer who took his own life in prison in april this year had a “severe case” of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease associated with head injury, according to his family’s lawyer. the disease has been “found in 99% of deceased nfl players’ brains that were donated to scientific research,” cnn reports.aaron hernandez, who played for the new england patriots from 2010 to 2013, was found hanging in his cell in a massachusetts prison, five days after being acquitted of a double murder.he was serving a life sentence without parole for the 2013 murder of semi-professional footballer odin lloyd.see related new england patriots in...




mexican earthquake victim ‘never existed’

mexican officials have revealed that a girl named frida sofia, who was thought to have been trapped in the rubble of a school following tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake, never actually existed, despite widespread reporting she had spoken to rescue workers and “wiggled her fingers” from beneath the collapsed structure.school shut down by bat infestationa high school in salt lake city was forced to shut down after staff discovered the buildings had been taken over by an infestation of bats. janitors used butterfly nets to capture and relocate more tha...




friday 22 september 2017 | the week uk

uber is tipped to find out today whether transport for london will give it a licence to continue operating in the capital. the app, which launched in london in 2012, has faced bitter opposition from the taxi...




jurgen klopp urges liverpool to be positive on return to leicester

jurgen klopp has challenged his players to be more positive as they prepare to return to leicester city tomorrow.the reds were knocked out of the league cup by the foxes on tuesday, a defeat that extends their winless run to four matches and increases the pressure on klopp.see related liverpool transfer news: reds face battle to sign milinkovic-savic carabao cup: shapeless liverpool knocked out by leicester“we are still fluent and still creative but we don’t score and that’s the problem,” said the german. “i need to help the players to stay positive. we work on it. we have sorted a few of these problems but not enough. we need to be more concentrated in these situations and we have to be more clinical.”liverpool were anything bu...




ten things you need to know today: friday 22 sep 2017

a 17-year-old from south london is the latest person to be arrested in connection with the parsons green tube train bombing, bringing the number of those in police custody to six - all male, and four o...




ryanair admits pilot shortage is behind flight cancellations

ryanair boss michael o’leary admitted for the fist time today that his airline cancelled almost 2,000 flights because it doesn't have enough pilots, leading angry shareholders to criticise his “gung-ho management attitude”.see related ryanair cancellations spark passenger angerryanair’s annual general meeting took place in dublin this morning against a backdrop of massive flight cancellations affecting as many as 400,000 passengers. according to reports, at least 30 pilots rejected ryanair’s cash bonus offer of up to £12,000 to cancel holiday time.to solve staffing shortages, o’leary told shareholders that the group plans to reclaim one week of its pilots’ holidays to stop more flight cancellations, and that pilots due to...




parsons green: do we have a teenage jihadi problem?

a 17-year-old from south london is the latest person to be arrested in connection with the parsons green tube train bombing, bringing the number of those in police custody to six - all male, and four of them under the age of 25. none have yet been charged.the youth of the suspects raises the question of whether the uk is becoming a breeding ground for teenage jihadis and, if so, is there a solution?is the number of radicalised young people rising?there were 117 people under 25 arrested for terrorist offences in the year ending 30 june 2017, according to the home office. seventeen were under 18, 40 were aged 18-20 and 57 were aged 20-25.many of the arrests did not lead to charges, and the suspects were released - but convictions among young p...




google teams up with htc in $1.1bn deal

google has announced it has struck a deal with htc to take control of part of the taiwanese tech giant’s smartphone operation. see related htc u11 comes with three voice assistantsbest smartphones 2017: apple, lg and moreiphone 7 vs google pixel: which one should you buy?according to bbc news, the tie-up is has been settled for $1.1bn (£822m) and will see 2,000 employees from htc’s smartphone division move to silicon valley.  however, the website says: “google will not take a stake in the firm,” but will instead “receive a non-exclusive license for htc's intellectual property.”the search giant said the htc engineers heading to silicon valley are “amazing folks we’ve already been working with closely on the pixel smartph...




quebec’s ‘language police’ release list of permitted english words

quebec’s cafes and restaurants will now be allowed to offer their patrons “grilled cheese” sandwiches and “cocktails”, after the region’s french language watchdog lifted their ban on some english words.the office québécois de la langue française (oqlf), a government body which employs 250 people, has also given the nod to words including softball, baby boom and toast, the globe and mail reports.despite its reputation as a fusty stickler for “pure” french, the oqlf announced the newly acceptable words with remarkable sang-froid.spokesman jean-pierre le blanc went so far as to describe the anglicisms as "part of our linguistic enrichment” - an astonishing concession for those familiar with quebec’s sensitive linguistic h...




tesla ‘running tests’ on in-house ai chips

tesla is developing its own artificial intelligence (ai) system in a bid to “decrease reliance on other companies”, reports cnbc.see related elon musk: who is he and how did he become a billionaire?tesla model s: the week reviews the electric saloon driverless cars: what do the different autonomy levels mean?sources told the website that the los angeles-based carmaker, founded by south african billionaire elon musk, is “running tests” on its own ai processor, designed to handle autonomous vehicle functions. while tesla currently relies on tech firm nvidia to supply processors for its cars, engadget reports that the new ai chip is being built in-house with the help of computer processing giant amd. this allows the electric car com...




astell&kern ak70 mkii: the £600 portable music player

audiophiles looking for a music system that can play higher quality sound on the go than a smartphone – or ipod – are in luck, as astell&kern has just announced a mkii version of its ak70 portable audio player. see related denon heos 7 hs2: the week reviews sonos's rivalsonos playbase: the 'tonally expressive' speaker that's changing tv audioma770: master & dynamic's concrete wireless speakerthe ak70 mkii comes with a host of new features over the old model, including a dual-dac (digital audio converter) design that helps provides higher quality audio to both left and right channels. the device features wi-fi connectivity, allowing users to stream audio through popular music services such as tidal, as well as 64gb of internal storag...




unseen afghanistan in nine stunning photos

“whatever countries i conquer in the world, i would never forget your beautiful gardens. when i remember the summits of your beautiful mountains, i forget the greatness of the delhi throne.”image 2 of 9description  four young men squeezed onto a moped in the hills outside kabulthus did ahmad shah durrani, the 18th century warrior-poet considered the first ruler of modern afghanistan, describe his homeland.however, the west has long seen the asian nation through the lens of its colonial-era nickname - the graveyard of empires, a place of violence and destruction.image 6 of 9credits jessi ann mccormick/us armydescription two us soldiers sit on the rear ramp of a ch-47 chinook flying over t...




google teams up with htc in $1.1bn deal

google has announced it has struck a deal with htc to take control of part of the taiwanese tech giant’s smartphone operation. see related htc u11 comes with three voice assistantsbest smartphones 2017: apple, lg and moreiphone 7 vs google pixel: which one should you buy?according to bbc news, the tie-up is has been settled for $1.1bn (£822m) and will see 2,000 employees from htc’s smartphone division move to silicone valley.  however, the website says: “google will not take a stake in the firm,” but will instead “receive a non-exclusive license for htc's intellectual property.”the search giant said the htc engineers heading to silicone valley are “amazing folks we’ve already been working with closely on the pixel smart...




winning in the rain: a guide to seattle

seattle is outdoorsy, beardy and coffee-crazy, yet it's also techy and bookish – so much so that amazon started in the city. throw in sensational pacific northwest backdrops and you'll love the news that norwegian has recently started direct flights from gatwick. here are some beginner's tips.what to doseattle is flanked by snow-capped peaks and dense forests, with a number of nearby hiking loops available, headlined by the schlep to rattlesnake ridge. in the city limits, you can swim from the dock of golden gardens park or legally start a bonfire while gazing across puget sound.what to seeit rains – as david hyde pierce memorably warns meg ryan in sleepless in seattle – nine months of the year here, so an indoor alternative is neces...




home comforts: 20 grosvenor square

the appeal of taking permanent residence within some of the world's finest hotels is clear. what these private apartments may lack in cosy, homely charm, they more than make up for in easy access to top-class amenities. for the cash-rich and time-poor, it's a justifiable premium to pay for the peace of mind of knowing that all aspects of home maintenance are attended to, not to mention having a concierge at your beck and call. this is something four seasons understands well. with such properties located in its hotels around the globe, from the modern four seasons hotel miami to the grand, grade ii-listed ten trinity square in london, residents can benefit from each hotel's high-end facilities as well as the group's decades of experience ...