4,500 jobs at risk as William Hill axes 700 stores

Which betting shops are affected? We don’t know yet. William Hill will not be revealing which stores will close until later this year. However, staff at the shops were told about the decision earlier this week. What are fixed-odds betting terminals? Gambling firms pledge £60m to help addicts The government cut the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which had previously been £100, because of widespread concern that players were able to lose large amounts of money in a …

Online pornography age checks ‘face further delay’

All you need to know about the under-18 porn block How do your porn habits compare? Does pornography still drive the internet? The plans for compulsory age-checks for UK porn viewers – which the government has described as a world-first – were aimed at protecting children from inappropriate content. Pornographic sites will have to verify the age of UK visitors by law. If they fail to comply they will face being blocked by internet service providers. There has been confusion …

Ball, Winkleman and Feltz among top BBC earners

The stars’ salaries are published as part of the BBC’s Annual Report and covers the period from April 2018 to March 2019. BBC star salaries 2018-19: Who earned what? What else did we learn from the annual report? However, as usual the list is not a fair or complete reflection of what all celebrities at the BBC earn. Actors and some entertainment presenters who work for the corporation’s commercial arm BBC Studios are not included. As a result, the stars …

Team sport training ‘key to being fittest of all’

There were 87 endurance athletes, such as road cyclists, skiers and distance runners, 77 power athletes, such as sprinters, bodybuilders and throwers, and 64 team athletes involved in football, basketball and volleyball. All were from the Lithuanian Sports University in Kaunas, Lithuania, and aged 17 to 37. ‘Best of both’ The athletes were all tested on muscle power, how high they could jump vertically from a standing position, and their ability to use oxygen during intense exercise – a measure …

Beers, cheers and dashed hopes for England fans

ENGLAND 0 – USA 1 ⚽️ A post shared by Love Parks Wandsworth (@loveparkswandsworth) on Jul 2, 2019 at 12:11pm PDT Report Skip Instagram post 2 by loveparkswandsworth View this post on Instagram Report End of Instagram post 2 by loveparkswandsworth Image Copyright loveparkswandsworth loveparkswandsworth The warm night, filled with expectation and hope, was a reminder of last summer’s men’s World Cup for many. Ben Bezuidenhoit, a student from Essex, wrapped in his England flag recycled from last year, has …

Harry and Meghan attend Major League Baseball match

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPrince Harry and Meghan were presented with baseball-themed gifts for baby Archie The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at the London Stadium, when she joined her husband for a Major League Baseball match between Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. The royal couple attended the first of a two-game series, which is being held to promote American baseball in the UK. Before the match they were presented with …

The death of a British skateboarding hero

“Then he came home and asked mum for a skateboard.” It quickly became obvious that Ben had a special talent. He impressed friends and family with the ease with which he was able to do complicated tricks. His interest in supporting his local skateboarding community soon got him noticed too. “He got a petition started to get a skate park built at home. From then on, he was obsessed,” Lucy says. Image copyright Leo Sharp Image caption Ben enjoyed success …

Johnson’s broadband plan ‘needs detail’

This involves installing high-speed optical cables to bring data right up to buildings without having to rely on slower copper for part of the journey. This should deliver speeds of one gigabit per second and beyond. As of May, the telecoms regulator Ofcom said that only 7% of UK properties were currently served. Mr Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph that the current deadline was “laughably unambitious”. “This will cost some public money, but the productivity gains are immense,” he …