London Irish 23 Exeter Chiefs 29: Match Report
London critics underwhelmed by Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones as Shakespearean lovers (Simon Annand/ Associated Press ) – This image released by the Old Vic theatre on Friday Sept. 20, 2013, shows actors James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in a production of William Shakespeares Much Ado About Nothing, at the Old Vic in London. Vanessa Redgrave, 76, and James Earl Jones, 82, star as the sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick, two resolute singletons forced to admit their love for each other. Redgrave and Jones are much older than actors who normally play the Bards bickering duo. CAPTION By Associated Press, LONDON The word ageless is often applied to Shakespeares plays, which are still packing in audiences after 400 years. But age is very much on the agenda in two new London productions. Both are well-loved comedies, both feature star casting and thats where the similarities end. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas A Midsummer Nights Dream, at the Noel Coward Theatre, puts the emphasis on youth; the Old Vics Much Ado About Nothing on maturity. Age first. Much Ado has a pedigree to make theater-lovers swoon: Directed by Tony-winning actor Mark Rylance, a former artistic director of Shakespeares Globe, it stars Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones as sparring partners Beatrice and Benedick, two resolute singletons forced to admit they are in love. Redgrave, 76, and 82-year-old Jones are among the great actors of their generation, and showed terrific chemistry onstage in Driving Miss Daisy. They are also much older than actors who normally play the Bards bickering duo. Its not ageist to point this out Rylance has said age is a central theme of the production.
Eight arrested over e-theft from Barclays in London
Can he kick it? Gareth Steenson scored a hatful of points for Exeter ChiefsPhoto: ACTION IMAGES By Paul Bolton , Madejski Stadium 6:33PM BST 21 Sep 2013 Comments London Irish were left to count the cost of the sin-binning of their Wales international prop John Yapp as they suffered defeat at the Madejski Stadium for the first time in 2013. Yapp, on a season-long loan from Edinburgh, was yellow carded for collapsing a maul 14 minutes from time and Exeter needed no second invitation to ram home their numerical superiority by scoring two forward-dominated tries in a decisive six minute period. Former Australia lock Dean Mumm was shunted over from a driving maul and flanker Ben White then picked up and drove over for the clincher after Tom Johnson had made the initial break. Those tries transformed the game after the Exiles had gone 11 points clear with a fourth try in three matches from Marland Yarde whose brilliant finish exploited gap left by the sin-binning of Tom James, another Wales international, for tackling an opponent without the ball. Im gutted, the team is gutted because we picked up a point and frittered away three points, but that is where we are as a group, said the Exiles director of rugby Broan Smith. Related Articles Worcester 13 Harlequins 37 20 Sep 2013 Exeter largely marked Yarde out of the match but the England wing was given an easy run in after a counter-attack from Bryn Evans and scoring pass from full-back Alex Lewington which was referred to the television match official to check whether it had gone forward. Lewington, formerly with Leicester and Nottingham, received a surprise and late call up for his debut after Topsy Ojo tweaked a hamstring in the warm-up and became the 12th out of 35 players in the Exiles squad to be ruled out by injury. Lewington had a busy debut which included a couple of sniping runs and an arm in the face as he attempted to tackle Johnson but it was up front where the Exiles lost control of the game. They initially matched Exeters forward power and scored the opening try on the half hour when prop Matt Parr helped to smuggle over lock Nic Rouse. Yardes try, which was followed by a touchline conversion and a penalty from Ian Humphreys, appeared to have given the Exiles a valuable home win but Yapps departure let Exeter back in. We showed great character to come back the way we did and probably we won the game that is relatively rare for us in that we made it a tight forward squeeze, said Exeter head coach Rob Baxter. Match details Scoring sequence: 0-3 Steenson pen; 3-3 Humphreys pen; 3-6 Steenson pen; 3-9 Steenson pen; 8-9 Rouse try; 10-9 Humphreys con; 10-12 Steenson pen; 13-12 Humphreys pen; 18-12 Yarde try; 20-12 Humphreys con; 23-12 Humphreys pen; 23-15 Steenson pen; 23-20 Mumm try; 23-22 Steenson con; 23-27 White try; 23-29 Steenson con; London Irish: A Lewington; M Yarde, F Mulchrone (S Geraghty 75), E Sheridan, A Fenby; I Humphreys (M Parr 72-78, S Tagicakibau 78), T OLeary (captain D Allinson 76); M Parr (J Yapp 59), D Paice(J Stevens 75), H Aulika ( Halavatau 35), N Rouse (I Nimmo 45-48), J Sinclair (Nimmo 72), D Danaher, B Evans, O Treviranus. Exeter: P Dollman; I Whitten, J Shoemark, S Hill (M Jess 54), T James; G Steenson, H Thomas (D Lewis 57); B Sturgess (B Moon 53), J Yeandle (C Whitehead 69), H Tui (C Rimmer 58), D Mumm (captain), D Welch, B White, J Scaysbrook, T Johnson. Referee: Mr A Small (Dunstable).
London steps up Islamic finance ambitions
Aiming to build on London’s status as a leading exporter of financial services, Britain hopes to step up the challenge to Islamic finance centres such as Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. “We want to be the leading (Islamic) finance sector outside of the Muslim world,” deputy mayor of London Edward Lister said in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. Islamic finance follows religious principles such as bans on interest and gambling, and is playing an increasingly prominent role internationally as often oil and gas-rich investors from Islamic countries put more of their money to work overseas. Britain’s Islamic finance task force, established in March, is led by several ministers and industry figures as well as top executives from Gatehouse Bank and Oakstone Merchant Bank Ltd. It was launched ahead of London hosting the World Islamic Economic Forum in October and its mandate is to facilitate Islamic financial business, including investment in British infrastructure by Islamic sovereign wealth funds. The forum, which saw 28 billion ringgit ($8.6 billion) worth of deals inked last year, is being held outside an Islamic city for the first time. Islamic finance has already played a role in several major deals in London, with Qatari investors taking part in funding the city’s Shard tower, Harrod’s department store and the athletes’ village used for last year’s summer Olympics. A Malaysian consortium is also spearheading the redevelopment of London’s Battersea power station, after acquiring the site for 400 million pounds last year. Malaysia is the second largest investor in London’s real estate market behind the United States. “The task force has just started and its aim is to make it easier for banks in London to have Islamic products, which is still quite a new concept to any of them,” Lister said. “Only now people are beginning to understand what the products actually mean and how they comply … What you will see is a lot of companies introducing those products.” Maybank Islamic, an arm of Malaysia’s largest bank Malayan Banking Bhd, has launched a sterling-denominated and sharia-compliant mortgage product for high net-worth Malaysians looking to invest in London’s real estate market. Britain currently has 22 financial institutions, including five fully sharia-compliant banks, offering Islamic finance products. They are supported by 30 London law firms offering expertise on the sector.
British police said Friday they have arrested eight men after a gang stole ??1.3 million (1.5 million euros, $2.09 million) from Barclays bank by taking control of a branch computer system.AFP/File LONDON (AFP) British police said Friday they have arrested eight men after a gang stole ??1.3 million (1.5 million euros, $2.09 million) from Barclays bank by taking control of a branch computer system. The men, aged between 24 and 47, were arrested on Thursday and Friday morning on allegations of conspiracy to steal from Barclays and conspiracy to defraud British banks. They are accused of a theft in April, when a man purporting to be an IT engineer arrived at a Barclays branch in north London saying he was there to fix the computers. He then attached a keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) device with a 3G router to one of the computers, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Police. Such devices are routinely used by people in business to work remotely on their office computer systems, but it allowed the gang to remotely transfer money into their bank accounts. “Those responsible for this offence are significant players within a sophisticated and determined organised criminal network, who used considerable technical abilities and traditional criminal know-how to infiltrate and exploit secure banking systems,” said Detective Inspector Mark Raymond of the Central e-Crime Unit. Barclays recovered “a significant amount” of the money stolen, police said, but the arrests are the first in the five-month investigation into the crime. Officers searched a number of addresses across London and Essex, east of the capital, and seized cash, jewellery, drugs, “thousands of credit cards” and personal data, the statement said. One central London premises searched was described by detectives as the “control” centre of the operation. Police foiled a similar plot against Santander last week, arresting 12 men accused to trying to take control of a computer in a branch in London’s financial district. Four men were later charged with conspiracy to steal.