UK art dealer jailed in US for defrauding clients of up to $30m

Timothy Sammons used works by Picasso and Chagall as collateral for personal loans A prominent British art dealer who defrauded his clients out of millions by using a scheme that involved masterpieces by artists including Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall has been sentenced for up to 12 years in prison. Timothy Sammons a former Sothebys specialist who had offices in New York and London and who brokered multimillion-pound deals for the likes of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation used art that did not belong to him as collateral to obtain personal loans between 2010 and 2015. Artworks including Chagalls Rverie, Calanque de Canoubier (Pointe de Bamer) by Paul Signac and Picassos Buste de Femme were used to steal between …

Of course Boris Johnson wants a royal yacht. Hes the king of fake-it-till-you-make-it | Suzanne Moore

Johnsons latest vanity project is part of a plan to make the country more like him, says Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore Boris Johnson has no policies, it appears, beyond tax cuts for the rich and oh optimism. Act happy. Act big. He wants the Queen to have a great big yacht. At a a quarter of a million pounds a year. The Telegraph It was regretful, he said in 2016, that this was not a priority for Theresa Mays government. Some of us find the necessity of food banks and conditions of rough sleepers regretful, but heigh ho! What floats Johnsons and many other Tory MPs boats is literally a big boat. A peculiar vision of a yacht as a …

Glastonbury festival: ‘huge improvement’ in clean-up operation

Good weather speeds clean-up of festival site, with more than 99% of tents taken home The annual clean-up of the Glastonbury festival site is 90% completed with only 500 of the 55,000 tents brought on site by attendees being left behind, according to the organiser, Emily Eavis, who has called 2019 a massive improvement on previous years. The entire clean-up is expected to take four weeks this year, with 30C during the festival, making it more straightforward than in 2017, when it took teams six weeks to complete. On Tuesday, Eavis posted on Instagram that a squalid mess that makes a mockery of [the festivals] eco-posturing, claiming there was a sea of bottles, plastic bags, cans, tissues, wet wipes and …

Tories and Labour suffer Brexit backlash as Lib Dems gain in local elections

Vince Cable says voters showed they have no faith in Tories as party chair laments tough night Both the Conservatives and Labour have been punished by voters in local elections, with early results showing dissatisfaction with the two main parties, while the Liberal Democrats, Greens and independents picked up large numbers of seats. The Lib Dems were particularly buoyant, gaining nearly 300 seats so far and a series of councils, including taking Bath and North East Somerset, and Cotswolds district council from the Conservatives. The party was hoping for its best set of council results since 2004, in the aftermath of the Iraq war, though the gains followed poor results the last time these seats were contested in 2015, at …

On his grannys secret service: Prince William interns at MI5, MI6 and GCHQ

Kensington Palace reveals that the prince has just completed three weeks secretly working alongside the UK spy agencies The name is Wales, William Wales: licensed to kill three weeks on attachment with Britains spies. Kensington Palace has revealed that the Duke of Cambridge has just finished a three-week stint at the secret intelligence service, MI6, the security service, MI5, and GCHQ. The highly unusual internship was kept under close wraps as Prince William spent a week with each agency in what he said was a truly humbling experience. It began with a week at MI6, whose officers work secretly overseas. In a statement, the palace said the prince had seen firsthand how the agency helped the UK identify and exploit …

Even low alcohol consumption is bad news for strokes study

Moderate drinking of one or two glasses a day does not protect against stroke, say researchers A low level of alcohol consumption does not protect against stroke, new research suggests, in the latest blow to the idea that a few drinks can be beneficial to health. At least no healthy level of drinking. Writing in Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Honours system under scrutiny after sex abuser kept title for years

Expert in heraldry and genealogy wasnt stripped of title until three years after court recognised him as a paedophile Lawyers have called for an overhaul of the honours forfeiture system after it emerged that a sex abuser retained an honour bestowed for services to the Queen some three years after a court recognised him as a paedophile. The system is too slow to acknowledge an offenders offences, say lawyers specialising in abuse claims, and, in the case of those who have died, cannot strip them of their honours, leaving victims feeling that they have been cheated of justice. Hubert Chesshyre, 78, an expert on heraldry and genealogy, held a number of senior positions within the royal household, rising to become …

European parliament votes to scrap daylight saving time from 2021

Directive would apply to UK if it stayed in EU, and also during Brexit transition period The European parliament has voted to scrap the twice-a-year custom of Theresa Mays Brexit deal. Member states would be able to choose whether to remain on permanent summer or permanent winter time under the draft directive, which passed by 410 votes to 192. Countries that wanted to be permanently on summertime would adjust their clocks for the final time on the last Sunday in March 2021. Those that opt for permanent wintertime would change their clocks for the final time on the last Sunday of October 2021. It is the latest step in the EUs harmonisation of daylight saving time first launched in the …