Antonio Conte warns Spurs: Wembley will inspire your opponents

Antonio Conte warns Spurs: Wembley will inspire your opponents

Antonio Conte has warned Tottenham Hotspur that the grandiose surroundings of the national stadium may serve to inspire visitors to their temporary home in the season ahead, and praised the champions’ fighting spirit as Chelsea kickstarted their title defence. The Italian was forced to field a makeshift side against Spurs after suspensions and injury ate into his options, with David Luiz forced into midfield and Andreas Christensen handed a first start in the Premier League. Yet two goals from Marcos Alonso left Tottenham, unbeaten at White Hart Lane last season,…

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European stock markets dip after Spain terrorist attacks

European stock markets dip after Spain terrorist attacks

Stock markets in Europe have fallen after the Barcelona attack, with shares in airline, hotel and travel companies among the hardest hit. IAG, the parent company of British Airways and the Spanish carrier Iberia, fell 2% on Friday. Ryanair and easyJet posted more modest losses, while Air France-KLM ended the day 1.6% down. InterContinental Hotels Group lost 1.6%, and more broadly, the European travel and leisure index fell 1.5%. Neil Wilson, analyst at the stock market betting firm ETX Capital, said: “As we’ve seen over the last couple of years…

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There are now more than 1,000 tax relief schemes. Give us a break

There are now more than 1,000 tax relief schemes. Give us a break

Twenty years have passed since former chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown launched his scheme to promote the British film industry, and in doing so innocently spawned numerous lucrative tax relief opportunities for advisers and their investors. The scheme, which allowed investors to claim back 40% of a film company’s losses against their own tax bills, ended up meaning that many investors were able to claim around £40,000 tax relief for every £20,000 they put into a production. Brown clamped down on this “double dipping” – effectively claiming tax relief…

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Briton hurt helping Finland attack victims says he is not a hero

Briton hurt helping Finland attack victims says he is not a hero

A British paramedic who was repeatedly stabbed while helping victims of a terrorist attack in Finland has denied being a hero, insisting he was merely following his training. Hassan Zubier, 45, who was born in Dartford, Kent, came to the aid of a woman who had been stabbed several times during an attack in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday. “I am not a hero. I did what I was trained for. I did my best and more,” he told the BBC. Zubier, who now lives in Sweden, was…

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