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Chris Pincher: PM 'bitterly regrets' appointing MP after complaint

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Published10 minutes agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingThis video can not be playedTo play this video you need to enable JavaScript in your browser.Boris Johnson has apologised for appointing Chris Pincher to a government role after being told about a misconduct complaint against the MP.The PM admitted he had been told about the complaint in 2019 – but had made a “bad mistake” by not acting on it.He did not deny jokingly referring to the MP as “Pincher by name Pincher by nature”.Mr Pincher was suspended as a Tory MP last week over allegations of sexual misconduct.The Tamworth MP has said he was seeking professional medical support and has denied previous allegations of misconduct. He has been contacted by the BBC for comment about the 2019 complaint but is yet to respond.Lord McDonald’s Chris Pincher letter in fullPincher suspended as Tory MP after groping claimPM under renewed pressure over Pincher appointmentSpeaking to BBC political editor Chris Mason, Mr Johnson said he was “fed up with people saying things on my behalf” and wanted to set the record straight.He said he was “aware back in 2019, of a specific allegation against Pincher that was resolved”.But in hindsight, Mr Johnson said, appointing Mr Pincher to the role of deputy chief chip in February this year “was the wrong thing to do”.”There is no place for anyone in this government who abuses power,” Mr Johnson said. He added: “I bitterly regret the decision not to… intervene.”No 10 said the PM was told about the 2019 complaint on Tuesday morning after its account was disputed by the former top civil servant at the Foreign Office, Simon McDonald.In a strongly worded letter, Lord McDonald insisted the prime minister “was briefed in person” about an inquiry into the complaint against Mr Pincher in 2019.Government minister Michael Ellis then told MPs the prime minister “did not immediately recall the conversation in late 2019 about this incident”.”As soon as he was reminded, the No 10 press office corrected their public lines,” Mr Ellis said.More on this storyLord McDonald’s Chris Pincher letter in full9 hours agoPM was briefed on Pincher says Simon McDonald7 hours agoPM was made aware of a formal Pincher complaint11 hours ago

Chris Pincher: It was a mistake to appoint him – PM

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The prime minister has said it was “a mistake” to appoint Chris Pincher, and it was the “wrong thing to do” to make the MP deputy chief whip.Boris Johnson said the MP had behaved “very, very badly” and apologised to those who has been affected.The PM says a complaint was made against Chris Pincher in the Foreign Office three years ago.Mr Pincher has denied previous allegations of sexual misconduct. The BBC has approached him for a comment about a complaint made about an alleged incident while he was a minister in the Foreign OfficeLIVE: PM did not recall hearing about Pincher complaint – minister

Tour de France 2022: Wout van Aert claims victory on stage four

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Wout van Aert’s sensational escape in the final 10km of stage four gave him his first win at this year’s Tour de France and extended his overall lead.The Belgian had finished second in each of the first three stages of this year’s race but this time his plan worked to perfection.A breathtaking attack up the final climb sent him clear and he held on in the closing kilometres into Calais.Van Aert moves 25 seconds clear in the General Classification.Behind him, Jasper Philipsen won a bunch sprint to the line and raised his arms thinking he had won the stage, illustrating the chaotic nature of the finish.That was all down to Van Aert’s attack, with a cross tailwind helping to split the pack as they tried to stay with him.Van Aert had been denied a stage win by a photo finish in a bunch sprint as the Tour left Denmark on Sunday, but marked the first day of racing in France with a memorable triumph.”I didn’t want to take the risk anymore,” he said afterwards about the move by his Jumbo-Visma team on the way up up Cote du Cap Blanc Nez.”It was quite obvious that we were trying something with the team,” he explained. “We were in a perfect position thanks to Nathan (van Hooydonck) and Stevie (Kruijswijk), then Nathan opened up on the climb, Tiesj (Benoot) took over and we heard on the radio there was some damage.”The goal was to go full to the top and see what happened, but then I came over the top alone. “I was a bit in doubt whether I should wait for Jonas Vingegaard and Adam Yates behind me, but by going full, I also put Jonas and the others in a good position because they didn’t have to ride. “So I decided to go on alone, and then it was 10km of all-out suffering.”Last year’s winner, Tadej Pogacar, and the other leading contenders for the General Classification recovered to finish together in the group immediately behind Van Aert but, along with the pure sprinters in the race, they were unable to organise themselves in time to catch him.The 27-year-old flapped his arms before punching the air in triumph as he crossed the line in yellow, and later explained his celebration by saying “this jersey gives you wings”.Stage four results1. Wout van Aert (Bel/Jumbo-Visma) 4hrs 01min 6secs2. Jasper Philipsen (Bel/Alpecin-Deceuninck) + 8secs3. Christophe Laporte (Fra/Jumbo-Visma) Same time4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor/Intermarche) Same time5. Peter Sagan (Svk/TotalEnergies) Same time6. Luca Mozzato (Ita/B&B Hotels) Same time7. Danny van Poppel (Ned/Bora-Hansgrohe) Same time8. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra/Arkea-Samsic) Same time9. Michael Matthews (Aus/BikeExchange-Jayco) Same time10. Benjamin Thomas (Fra/Cofidis) Same timeGeneral classification after stage four1. Wout van Aert (Bel/Jumbo-Visma) 13hrs 02mins 43secs2. Yves Lampaert (Bel/Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) +25secs3. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +32secs4. Mads Pedersen (Den/Trek-Segafredo) +36secs5. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned/Alpecin-Deceuninck) +38secs6. Jonas Vingegaard (Den/Jumbo-Visma) +40secs7. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) +41secs8. Adam Yates (GB/Ineos Grenadiers) +48secs9. Stefan Kung (Swi/Groupama – FDJ Same time10. Tom Pidcock (GB/Ineos Grenadiers) +49secs

Breastfeeding mum told to leave Rhyl swimming pool

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Published31 minutes agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Sarah LappinA woman said she was left feeling humiliated after she was ordered from a swimming pool for breastfeeding.Sarah Lappin had finished a parent-and-toddler swimming session at the pool in Rhyl, Denbighshire, when she began feeding five-month-old son Kalel.But a lifeguard asked the 31-year-old to leave the pool if she wished to continue, even though it is legal to breastfeed in public.Rhyl Leisure Centre bosses have apologised for causing offence.Keen swimmer Ms Lappin said she had breastfed all five of her children in the same pool and was shocked to be told to stop by the lifeguard, who told her: “It’s the rules.”Breast milk bank opens in SwanseaTaking pictures of breastfeeding mothers in public to be made illegalNHS Wales urged to give autistic mothers better helpMs Lappin carried on feeding Kalel as she felt “there’s no such rule”.”He whistled at me again, and said I will have to leave if I carry on breastfeeding in the pool,” she said.”I kept my calm and replied that I can’t stop him once he’s on. Everyone was looking now.”Ms Lappin lodged a complaint with the deputy manager who, she said, told her she would speak with the lifeguard.She said: “I felt so humiliated. I am a very proud breastfeeding mother and have been feeding for almost a decade now with five children.”I have never come across such negative behaviour towards a mother breastfeeding her infant.”Image source, GoogleShe worried some mothers could have had their confidence knocked by being spoken to in such a manner. “There are people who think it’s nudity, or that it should be done in private or at least covered with a blanket or in a breastfeeding room, hidden away,” she said.”It’s wrong to think a mother has to hide to do a perfectly natural thing. It’s our right as women to feed our babies where we want, as it’s not just a source of food, it’s their comfort and makes them feel safe.”She dismissed fears breastfeeding in a pool could be a health hazard.Denbighshire Leisure, which runs Rhyl Leisure Centre, said the company supported breastfeeding.A spokesman said: “We do not prevent any person from breastfeeding in our facilities, but on this occasion, the breastfeeding was taking place in the water.”It is very unclear whether or not a baby should or should not be fed in the water due to conflicting views on the health risks and the heightened risk of vomiting in the pool, which would result in a pool closure.”They said they would seek advice from health professionals and make changes as required.”We apologise for any offence this may have caused,” the spokesman said.More on this storyMum told to stop breastfeeding at Sainsbury’s6 days agoMum creates breastfeeding app to support women16 December 2021Company defends selling human breast milk26 August 2021

Lord Advocate would not sign off indyref2 bill without ruling

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Published45 minutes agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesThe Scottish government’s top lawyer was not prepared to sign off on an independence referendum bill, court papers have revealed.Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain has asked the Supreme Court to rule on whether Holyrood has the power to legislate for a vote without UK government consent.She said she currently “does not have the necessary degree of confidence” that it does.Nicola Sturgeon has said she wants to hold a referendum on 19 October 2023.The Lord Advocate is still expected to argue the Scottish government’s case at the Supreme Court, and she said there was an issue of “exceptional public importance” for judges to resolve.The indyref2 questions facing the Supreme CourtSturgeon raises indyref2 plan in call with PMMs Sturgeon still hopes to win the agreement of UK ministers for a fresh referendum, but had asked the Lord Advocate to refer the matter to the Supreme Court for a ruling on whether one could go ahead without the backing of Westminster.She told MSPs that this would “accelerate to the point when we have legal clarity and legal fact”.However, papers lodged with the court suggest that the Lord Advocate would not have backed ministers in tabling a referendum bill while the question of whether Holyrood has the powers to do so remained unresolved.All bills must be accompanied by a statement underlining that they are within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, which must be cleared by the Lord Advocate.The reference to the Supreme Court said that in the case of a referendum bill, “the Lord Advocate does not have the necessary degree of confidence” to do this.Instead, it said that Ms Bain “considers there is a genuine issue of law that is unresolved”, and this is of “exceptional public importance to the people of Scotland”.Image source, Getty ImagesShe also said that the matter was directly relevant to a key manifesto pledge which she said had been endorsed by the Scottish public, with the SNP and Greens holding a majority of the seats at Holyrood.Ms Bain wrote: “The Scottish government, the Scottish Parliament and the people of Scotland and the wider United Kingdom ought to have clarity on the scope of the relevant reservations on this issue of fundamental constitutional importance. “Being questions of law, only this court can provide that clarity and unless the issue is judicially resolved there will remain uncertainty and scope for argument about the powers of the Scottish Parliament. That is not in the best interests of the people of Scotland or of the United Kingdom.” Ms Bain will submit a written note of argument to the court, while the UK government will be asked to respond. The Welsh and Northern Irish administrations have also been notified.Handling of the case is currently with the president of the court, Lord Reed – a Scottish former Court of Session judge. He will decide the timescales on which the case will be heard, and whether any preliminary issues need to be dealt with first.If the Scottish government wins the case, Ms Sturgeon said the bill would be introduced at Holyrood and passed swiftly to allow a vote to happen in October 2023.However if judges rule against this, the first minister said the SNP would treat the next UK general election as a “de facto referendum” and seek to use the result to trigger independence negotiations.It was the centrepiece of Nicola Sturgeon’s big referendum announcement – the Supreme Court would be asked to settle once and for all the long-standing question of Holyrood’s powers.The tactic of having the Lord Advocate push the matter to the courts immediately was an innovative one which caught Holyrood’s opposition parties and indeed the UK government on the hop.However, it appears the first minister actually had little choice. Her previous strategy was to pass the bill, then defend it in court against an inevitable challenge, but these papers show that the Lord Advocate would not have signed off on the key first step in that plan.It may make little difference in the grand scheme of things. We are still going to court, and the Lord Advocate is still arguing the case for MSPs having the power to legislate for indyref2.But this illustrates the narrow room for manoeuvre the first minister has on this issue – and the potential difficulty of winning over the judges of the Supreme Court.Image source, Getty ImagesOpposition MSPs had pressed for Ms Bain to give a statement to parliament following Ms Sturgeon’s announcement, but this did not happen before Holyrood’s summer recess.The UK government remains opposed to a referendum with Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab saying on Tuesday that the position has not changed.He told MPs: “We do not think that now is the right time for a second referendum, given all the pressures and challenges and given the outcome of the first.”I think what the people of Scotland want to see is both their governments – in Edinburgh and in Westminster – working closely together.”Scottish Conservative constitution spokesman Donald Cameron claimed that the papers that had been sent to the Supreme Court showed that the SNP was “playing political games by going to court in order to stir up grievance.”He added: “Now we know why the Scottish government, shamefully, failed to allow the Lord Advocate to appear before Parliament last week, ahead of the summer recess – because Scotland’s top law officer is not confident that the First Minister’s plan to hold a divisive and unwanted referendum has any legal basis.”Scottish Labour MSP Sarah Boyack said: “It is clear from the document that the Lord Advocate does not have confidence that what the SNP is proposing is legal.”With the country in the midst of a cost of living crisis, it is deeply disappointing to see Nicola Sturgeon return to the politics of the past.”

Undercover police officer 'invited into military armoury'

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Published1 hour agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, PA MediaAn undercover police officer, posing as a criminal, was invited into a military armoury, a court has heard.It was part of a plot by two serving Coldstream Guards officers to sell him ammunition, prosecutors allege.Southwark Crown Court heard the police officer also visited Kirtland Gill’s house to collect a batch of bullets.Mr Gill, 41, denies conspiracy to sell ammunition and possession of a prohibited weapon. Rajon Graham, 33, previously admitted selling ammunition.At the time of the alleged offences – between December 2020 and January 2021 – Mr Gill was serving with the Coldstream Guards – part of the Household Division, which is responsible for the protection of the Queen and guarding Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.The court has heard how Graham sold a total of 300 9mm Parabellum bulleted cartridges, which he called “sweets”, to the police officer, referred to as “D”.The bullets were wrapped in Bacofoil bags, and sold for £5,800 in cash across four meetings with “D”, the jury was told.’Nervous on camp’The court heard Graham had taken “D” to Victoria Barracks, near Windsor Castle, where the regiment, known for its red jackets and black bearskin hats, is based, on 17 December 2021.Giving evidence from behind a screen, the officer said: “When we entered the camp, he had obviously spoken to the guards at that point.”I was nervous of being on a military camp in the way I was portraying myself as a criminal.””D” said they parked on the parade square, while waiting for Graham’s friend, who he said was being interviewed by The Sun newspaper.The court has heard Mr Gill was interviewed because he was the first black regimental sergeant major in the Household Division.The undercover officer told jurors he said to Graham, who he knew as “Solj”, that he thought it was “too risky” for him to be on the base.’Did not enter armoury'”He kept saying it was fine, I was with him and while I was with him everything would be okay,” “D” said.But asked by prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC if he took Graham up on an offer to view rifles in the armoury, D said: “No. I decided that was a bad idea.”It was a challenge to go into the Army base, but to go into the armoury with live weapons with whom I perceived to be a serious criminal was not a risk I was willing to take.”Graham is then said to have driven “D” to Mr Gill’s nearby home to collect a batch of ammunition, which he bought for £1,000.The trial continues.Follow BBC South on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Send your story ideas to [email protected] on this storySoldiers sold ammunition for cash, court hears1 day agoRelated Internet LinksHM Courts and Tribunals ServiceThe BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.

Nick Kyrgios to appear in court over common assault allegation

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Wimbledon quarter-finalist Nick Kyrgios is set to appear in court in Australia next month in relation to an allegation of common assault. Police said it follows an incident in December last year which Kyrgios’ barrister says was “in the context of a domestic relationship”.Kyrgios is now scheduled to appear at the Australia Capital Territory Magistrates’ Court on 2 August.He will play Chile’s Cristian Garin in the Wimbledon last eight on Wednesday. Kyrgios’ barrister Jason Moffett, speaking to The Canberra Times in Australia, said: “The nature of the allegation is serious, and Mr Kyrgios takes the allegation very seriously.”Given the matter is before the court, he doesn’t have a comment at this stage, but in the fullness of time we’ll issue a media release.”A police statement said: “ACT Policing can confirm a 27-year-old Watson man is scheduled to face the ACT Magistrates’ Court on 2 August in relation to one charge of common assault following an incident in December 2021.”The player’s legal team said: “At the present time, the allegations are not considered as fact by the court, and Mr Kyrgios is not considered charged with an offence until the first appearance.”Kyrgios was on site practising at SW19 on Tuesday but moved to a court out of the view of reporters and photographers and did not answer any questions. In a statement, the Association of Tennis Professionals said: “The ATP is aware of the Australian case involving Nick Kyrgios but as legal proceedings are ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Sydney floods aftermath: 'Everybody is traumatised'

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Published1 hour agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesIn the town of Windsor, north-west of Sydney, some roads have turned into small rivers. And the only way to get around is by boat. Mathew Benson has been rowing up and down one of the streets in a neighbourhood in the suburb of Australia’s largest city. “I’m bringing food and water to people over there,” he tells me, pointing to the other side. “We’re just watching and waiting.” While some cars are barely visible, others are completely submerged. Many residents in the area have had to leave their homes and others are stranded as roads have been cut off. Thousands have been left without power.Another local, Sam, points to her house just across the submerged road. “We don’t know about the second floor. But the first floor is definitely flooded,” she tells me in tears. This is the second time this has happened to her this year. Her house was damaged in the floods back in March. This time, she has had to move in with her mother who now also has to evacuate. It’s all been too exhausting and emotional and she breaks down. “We just got back on our feet. We’d just cleaned up our house and fixed it up. And now this…” she said.Windsor is a close-knit community. Most of those I have spoken to have grown up in the area or have been here for at least two decades. Despite the fact that this is their third extreme flooding event in 18 months, many told me they wouldn’t want to move. But you can sense that everyone is exhausted. Not just from dealing with the current crisis, but from having to deal with one disastrous weather event after another. How Australia is becoming more unliveableAustralia’s epic floods spur new warning systems”Everybody is in shock. Everybody is traumatised,” Linda Strickland tells me. She is the co-founder of local charity Hawkesbury’s Helping Hands and has been helping people here for years, especially during natural disasters. I meet her on one of the streets in South Windsor where people have been stranded. Swathes of farmland now are completely covered in water.”The community is still recovering from the last flood and the one before. Some people are still recovering from the fires,” she said.”Everyone is in disaster mode now. The most important thing is to make sure people are safe and have something to eat and know that someone cares.” Ms Strickland adds that while rebuilding will take a long time, her worry going forward is the mental and psychological toll this will take on the community.”There needs to be someone counselling at every evacuation centre,” she said. “I’ve never seen a flood like this in the 20 years I’ve lived here.” The wet weather has been relentless, with parts of Sydney getting eight months’ worth of rain in four days. The newly-built Windsor bridge, which was supposed to be flood resistant, is hardly visible as the water continues to rise.Image source, Getty ImagesStuart Reed, 55, has lived in Windsor all his life and said this is unprecedented. “It just seems to be happening a lot more often,” he said. “Apart from the trauma that this causes it’s financially crippling as well. I just walked through town here and half the shops are shut.”The New South Wales state Premier Dominic Perrottet has said it is time to let go of the idea that floods like this happen “once in a century” after some regions experienced their fourth deluge in less than two years. Sydney’s main dam has been over-spilling through the night and the authorities have warned of more flood risks. “It’s crazy being told you have to leave your home and just grab what you can,” Chloe Neich said. This is the first time she’s had to evacuate. “A lot of stuff has been left behind and we don’t really know what we’re going back to. We’re just hoping that our house is safe. And that we can get back to normal.” I ask what normal is for her? “Not flooding,” she smiles. “Kids out in the sun and park. Not worrying about whether they have a house.” This video can not be playedTo play this video you need to enable JavaScript in your browser.This video can not be playedTo play this video you need to enable JavaScript in your browser.Have you been told to evacuate your home? Only if it is safe to do so, please share your experiences by emailing [email protected] include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also get in touch in the following ways:WhatsApp: +44 7756 165803Tweet: @BBC_HaveYourSayUpload pictures or videoPlease read our terms & conditions and privacy policy

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Premier League player questioned over two more rape claims against a different woman

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A Premier League and international player arrested in north London on Monday on suspicion of rape has been questioned over two further rape allegations against a different woman.The Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday the man had been further arrested on suspicion of two incidents of rape in 2021 against another woman.He has been bailed until August.The Met Police said in a statement: “On 4 July, an allegation of rape of a woman in her 20s was reported to police.”It was reported the alleged rape happened in June 2022. On 4 July, a 29-year-old man was arrested at an address in Barnet on suspicion of rape and taken into custody.”While in custody, he was further arrested on suspicion of two incidents of rape that were alleged to have been committed in April and June of 2021 against a different woman in her 20s.”He has subsequently been released on bail to a date in August. Enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.”

Premier League player questioned over two more rape claims against a different woman

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A Premier League and international player arrested in north London on Monday on suspicion of rape has been questioned over two further rape allegations against a different woman.The Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday the man had been further arrested on suspicion of two incidents of rape in 2021 against another woman.He has been bailed until August.The Met Police said in a statement: “On 4 July, an allegation of rape of a woman in her 20s was reported to police.”It was reported the alleged rape happened in June 2022. On 4 July, a 29-year-old man was arrested at an address in Barnet on suspicion of rape and taken into custody.”While in custody, he was further arrested on suspicion of two incidents of rape that were alleged to have been committed in April and June of 2021 against a different woman in her 20s.”He has subsequently been released on bail to a date in August. Enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.”

Scottish Open: LIV Golf players branded 'hypocrites and liars' by Billy Horschel

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As Ian Poulter claimed he does not expect a hostile reception in the Scottish Open locker room, American Billy Horschel launched a scathing attack on LIV Golf’s rebel players, calling them “hypocrites and liars”.Poulter is eligible for this week’s co-sanctioned event at the Renaissance Club in East Lothian after winning the first stage of a legal battle against the DP World Tour.The Wentworth-based circuit had banned the Englishman along with 15 other LIV players from the Genesis Scottish Open after they took part in last month’s opening event on the Saudi-funded series. “They decided to go play on that tour and they should go play there. They shouldn’t be coming back over to the DP World Tour or the PGA Tour,” Horschel, the reigning BMW PGA champion, stated before the Scottish Open.”To say that they wanted to also support the DP World or PGA Tour going forward, while playing the LIV Tour, is completely asinine in my opinion.”It’s unfortunate that those guys made their bed and that’s what they want to do. Leave us alone, honestly.”Last week’s events, I’ve been really frustrated by because there are a lot of guys that are hypocrites that are not telling the truth and lying about some things. “I just can’t be diplomatic anymore about it as I have been in the past.”Poulter will arrive at the tournament after competing at the JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor on Monday and Tuesday. And the 46-year-old dismissed concerns that he will face hostility from fellow professionals at Renaissance.”My reception here has been unbelievable with the 40,000 fans that we’ve had,” Poulter said after his second and final round of the charity event.”The locker room are people that I play against week in week out and if they take exception to it that’s up to those guys. I haven’t had a problem with any of the players. “I’ve seen Rory (McIlroy) this week and I’ve had a chat, I’ve seen Thomas (Bjorn) and we have a difference of opinion but we’re still friends, which its nice when you’ve played golf with these players for a very long time. “It is strictly a business decision, not a personal decision that has to get in the way of friendships and I class pretty much everyone out here on tour as a friend.” Poulter says he “feels pretty good” about the decision to allow him to play the Scottish Open after a hearing organised by Sporting Resolutions (UK) found in his favour, while the DP World Tour said they were “disappointed” by the outcome from the first stage of the hearing. “We followed the procedure that was laid out in front by the tour for an appeal process and we’ve obviously won that appeal,” Poulter said. South African Justin Harding and Spain’s Adrian Otaegui also received a stay to play in Scotland. Further LIV rebels may be added to the Scottish Open field before the tournament begins on Thursday. The field for the joint PGA Tour and DP World Tour event would normally be 156 players, but the European-based circuit’s chief Keith Pelley has accepted “the field size will increase”.”I feel like it was the right decision and I’m looking forward to the week,” Poulter added.He also revealed that he has been receiving “distressing” messages on social media since signing up for the lucrative LIV circuit which this year boasts seven $25m (£20m) tournaments and a final event worth $50m.”It’s not really a great forum right now to be bedtime reading, it’s not good before you shut your eyes,” Poulter said. “It’s quite distressing in some respects. They are people’s opinions but it has got extremely nasty unfortunately.”He confirmed that he is also seeking to overturn the £100,000 fine imposed by the DP World Tour but refused to be drawn on whether he is fighting the PGA Tour’s decision to indefinitely suspend LIV rebels.”I don’t even want to comment on that side yet,” he said. “The focus is first and foremost to play next week, to play the Open Championship and let’s see where it goes from there.”Poulter sees his participation on the Scottish east coast as vital preparation for the following week’s Open Championship a little further north on the Old Course at St Andrews.”It’s links golf,” he said. “I’ve always played the Scottish Open throughout so many years. I don’t know how many Scottish Opens I’ve played but it’s been an awful lot, it’s part of the process. “The 150th Open at St Andrews I think is a fairly significant one for me. It was my first Open in 2000, it will be my last Open at St Andrews so I wanted to have some links golf prep before going in.”

Weekend burst of exercise can be enough to stay fit

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Published11 minutes agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesA big burst of exercise at the weekend is as good as spreading activity out across the week, according to a study.US researchers tracked 350,000 people over 10 years to see how well so-called weekend warriors fared. The findings, in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal, suggest the type and total amount of exercise count, rather than how many sessions.At least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity exercise is recommended. Going for a brisk walk, a light effort cycle on a bike or playing doubles in tennis would count towards this.Or you could do 75 minutes of vigorous activity – something like running, swimming or playing a game of football – say health experts in guidance published by the NHS. Many of the participants in the US study clocked up this amount in a week. But some crammed it into one or two sessions rather than spacing it out. Those who reached their recommended level of activity, whether during the week or the weekend, had lower a death risk than those who did less than the recommend amount.Image source, Getty ImagesThe NHS also says people should do some form of physical activity everyday including strength exercises and try not to stay seated for extended periods of time.Strength exercises include yoga, pilates and heavy gardening. Very vigorous activity that can help achieve recommended physical activity levels and can be done in shorter, sharper bursts, includes:high-intensity interval trainingspinning classeslifting heavy weights hill sprintingBreathe harderBritish Heart Foundation senior cardiac nurse Joanne Whitmore said: “This large study suggests that, when it comes to exercise, it doesn’t matter when you do it. “The most important thing is that physical activity is undertaken in the first place.”Whether you cram your exercise in on the weekend or spread it across the week, aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week. “Exercise can improve your health, reducing your risk of heart and circulatory diseases like heart attack and stroke.”Moderate-intensity activities make you breathe harder and make your heartbeat faster than usual but you should still be able to have a conversation whilst doing them.”The NHS also recommends:toddlers are active for at least 180 minutes a daychildren and young people are active for about an hour a day More on this storyWeekend exercise ‘warriors’ boost health10 January 2017Could music festivals be good for your health?5 August 2019Related Internet LinksJAMA Internal MedicineThe BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.