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Antonio Conte right at home as Chelsea enter Spurs’ new Wembley domain

The champions’ fretful start to the season has not dimmed Conte’s commitment and he can draw on his past at Juventus for the London derby against Tottenham Considering neither Chelsea nor Antonio Conte are renowned for their love of long managerial reigns, it was a surprise to see something in the Italian’s eyes spark when he contemplated bucking tradition to stick around for longer than the average in these parts. Since Dave Sexton settled in half a century ago, two managers have lasted four seasons at Chelsea. Claudio Ranieri was the most recent, with John Neal, who took over when the club had been flirting with relegation to English football’s third tier, the other. Conte contemplated the statistics. “I want to break this bad record,” he says. “I must be positive. I hope to stay in this club for many years.” Related: Antonio Conte craves continuity – but time is never on your side at Chelsea | Jacob Steinberg Continue reading...

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Rafael Nadal is last of the golden greats still standing before US Open | Jacob Steinberg

With Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer struggling with injuries, can the next generation, led by Dimitrov, Thiem and Zverev, finally step up?What to make of the state of men’s tennis? For the best part of a decade a quartet of hall‑of‑famers have transcended their sport by lifting it to hitherto untouched heights with their titanic struggle for supremacy while below them a host of challengers have strained to swell the numbers of the elite club known as the Big Four. Plenty have tried, most have failed. Some have offered flashes of impertinence but only Stan Wawrinka has provided a sustained threat to the established order. The entry requirements are gruelling. The top players ally astonishing skill with an almost masochistic willingness to suffer for their art. But throughout 2017 there has been a persistent sense that the curtain may be about to fall on this golden age. Where once there was order now there is disarray. The show isn’t quite over yet, but the audience is waiting to rise to its feet and this is when the mind goes back to Andy Murray’s prediction on the eve of the ATP World Tour Finals last November. Continue reading...

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Police still searching for one person after Barcelona attacks

Police in Catalonia are still looking for a 22-year-old Moroccan suspect in the Barcelona attacks, who apparently remains at large, a police spokesman said in an interview Sunday. Read Full Article at RT.com

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BHP’s shale sale could happen: this is not a drill

The mining giant will give a critical results presentation this week, with activist investors lobbying impatiently for divestmentsIt has been a turbulent few years for BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining and petroleum company. First came the Samarco tragedy in Brazil, when the collapse of a dam at its iron ore mine unleashed a flood and killed 19 people. The company is still facing the prospect of criminal charges and a potential $47bn settlement over the worst environmental disaster in Brazilian history. Continue reading...

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Nicole Krauss: ‘The self is more or less an invention from beginning to end’

The American author talks about setting her new novel in Tel Aviv – and why she brought Kafka into itNicole Krauss is an internationally bestselling author. Her novel, The History of Love, (2005) was shortlisted for the Orange, Médicis and Femina prizes and won France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger. In 2007, she was selected as one of Granta’s best young American novelists, and in 2010 appeared on the New Yorker’s “Twenty Under Forty” list. Forest Dark, her new novel, consists of two parallel narratives. Jules Epstein is a wealthy man, divorced after 35 years of marriage, who sets off for the Tel Aviv Hilton in search of transformation. Nicole is a novelist, struggling with her new book; she leaves her husband and children behind in Brooklyn and heads for the same hotel. The book is a meditation on loss and transformation and an investigation of the mysteries of art and literature and family. This is a book of metamorphoses. Both Epstein and Nicole go through radical changes in the course of this book. Their stories are separate, but then come together in a place of transformation... I knew from very early on that they belonged together, though I’m not sure I understood why at the start. I suppose in some ways the characters that fascinate readers and writers both are the ones that are teetering on the edge of some sort of change: they’re malleable, they’re being altered. For Nicole, the struggle to find a new form for her writing was echoed in her need to find new forms for her life and I saw the reflection of that in Epstein, who comes to change much later in life, but with no less desire. Continue reading...

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The last person left who daren’t diss the Donald… | David Mitchell

As the civilised world condemned the US president over Charlottesville, Theresa May hedged her bets – someone has to think of potential trade deals Theresa May briefly had my sympathy last week. She was in Portsmouth to celebrate the fact that Britain’s new £3bn floating table had made it all the way round from Scotland without sinking or chipping a bit off Kent or being towed away by the Russians. It was supposed to be a happy event – a lovely huge weapon of war. Of course we all hope it’ll never have to be used to kill people. It works out a lot cheaper if you just use it to threaten to kill them. “What on earth am I going to say,” she must have asked herself and her aides, “about what Donald Trump said about the events in Charlottesville? People are going to insist I say something about that. We need to think long and hard to find a form of words that will keep me out of trouble without sounding like they’ve been thought long and hard about to keep me out of trouble.” Continue reading...

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Countryside faces ‘fuel poverty’ crisis

Report says those living in the country pay nearly 55% more for energy than those in more efficient urban homesPeople living in rural areas have been left behind by government drives to make homes more energy efficient, charities have warned. This leaves them vulnerable to rising energy prices. Research by National Energy Action and the Campaign to Protect Rural England shows that rural areas are five years behind urban areas in the energy efficiency of homes – and are paying nearly 55% more for their fuel as a result. The charities have called on ministers to establish new energy-efficiency initiatives to help people reduce their energy consumption, particularly those in fuel poverty, who cannot afford to heat their homes. Continue reading...

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