UK weather forecast: BIG FREEZE returns as temperatures PLUMMET – latest charts

Using the latest global forecast models, experts have predicted icy conditions to blast the Scottish mountains by the end of September. Brian Gaze, forecaster for The Weather Outlook, tweeted: “Close to an ice day in the Scottish Highlands on Sunday 27 if GFS 00z is right.”

It comes as the latest charts show cold air forming over Scotland and north western areas.

This includes Liverpool and even parts of Wales, which has resulted in forecasters warning of icy conditions.

This front will also reach Northern Ireland by Monday September 28.

Wind chill maps from WXCHARTS also show temperatures dropping to 0C Inverness and Aberdeen in Scotland on October 1.

Earlier this week, Weather Outlook also predicted “blizzard conditions” on the hills of Scotland.

Mr Gaze said: “Blizzard conditions for the Scottish mountains in 10 days time if today’s GFS 12z is on the money.”

The forecaster also shared charts of Arctic cold air sweeping over the north of the UK.

There was also a chance of precipitation as early as next week.

READ MORE: UK weather forecast: Heatwave continues as Britain braces for storm

“However, variations are to be expected as a result of the shifting weather systems, giving potential for both warm and cold spells.”

The Met Office added temperatures will turn “cold” in northern regions.

It said: “Any isolated mist and fog patches each morning quickly clearing. Less breezy but still a chance of showers in the south.

“Temperatures around average for many though probably warm in the south.

“A spell of wet and windy conditions likely to arrive in the northwest early in the week.

“Through the rest of the week a transition to more unsettled conditions looks likely to spread southeast across the country.

“Some longer spells of rain or showers for a time are likely, the rain could be heavy in places, wettest and windiest in the north and west.

“Temperatures around average, possibly turning rather cold in the north.”

The long-range forecast on Netweather at the start of October addedd: “The weather is expected to remain changeable, especially in the north, through the remainder of September, with a generally westerly type.

“Into early October there is an increasing chance of high pressure pushing in from the south and bringing mostly settled and warm weather, probably with a fair amount of sunshine for most, and a likelihood of more changeable weather holding on in the north and west of Scotland in particular.

“Temperatures will tend to be close to or just below the long-term seasonal norm early to midweek, with some cool nights midweek as the high pressure moves in and some fog patches in places, but will tend to rise above normal late in the week as there is a significant chance of southerly and south-westerly winds setting in.

“Rainfall totals are again mostly expected to be below normal, except in western Scotland, where near or slightly above average rainfall is most likely.”

ISIS returns: Sick jihadis take over luxury islands and plan major operation

The latest terror attacks have sparked fears of a growing jihadist insurgency in East Africa where militant leaders have vowed to establish a new caliphate. Vamizi, off the coast of Mozambique, was targeted by the ruthless terrorists who over-ran the idyllic island resort after arriving on a fleet of fishing boats and destroyed property. Concrete stumps and charred wood is all that remains of the once-glamorous resort.

Villagers on neighbouring Mecungo island said fighters, who call themselves the Islamic State Central Africa Province, arrived by boat and rounded everyone up.

One terrified resident who fled the island said: “They told us to run if we want to live. Everyone left the island.”

The ISIS-linked militants have also captured the port town of Mocimboa de Praia on the Mozambican mainland.

They told locals it would become their new capital, run under Sharia Law.

One local said: “They arrived at night in small fishing boats. They removed people from the houses and then torched them.

“They didn’t hurt anyone, they just gave orders to leave the islands.”

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The ISIS insurgency began in Mozambique began in 2017 close to the border with Tanzania.

More than 1,500 people have since been killed and 250,000 displaced as the insurgency grows.

Government troops are struggling to counter the ISIS militants firepower, and western energy companies, based off the African coast, have been forced to build new facilities to avoid the jihadists.

Mozambique and its islands were shut to tourists the coronavirus pandemic began.

It is believed that ISIS may use their new island bases to launch amphibious assaults and cut off lucrative supply lines across the Indian Ocean.

The terror group’s increasing activity at sea and the establishment of strategic bases on the East African coast has caused concern among security analysts.

ISIS has the stated goal of creating a caliphate in the region and has threatened attacks in South Africa if it deploys troops to help neighbouring Mozambique.

Coronavirus map LIVE: UK lockdown returns – announcement IMMINENT as 10 million hit

The new emergency measures cover Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham and more areas are expected to be added to the list today. Residents are banned from socialising in homes or gardens with people outside their own households or support bubble, food and drink venues are restricted to table service only and leisure and entertainment venues must close at 10pm.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock looks set to add further lockdowns as the Government scrambles to contain the second wave of infections sweeping the country.

He is expected to announce drastic new measures in Lancashire after a fresh spike in COVID-19 cases.

Preston, Lancaster, Wyre, Fylde, Chorley, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Ribble Valley, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn, and Rossendale are all expected to be hit, Sky News reported. The majority of Blackpool, however, will be excluded.

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Figures released yesterday showed there had been a further 3,395 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, and 21 more people had died within 28 days of testing positive.

This brings the UK death toll to 41,705, although separate figures published by the statistics agencies show 57,500 cases where COVID-19 was mentioned on a death certificate.

A total of 18,371 new people tested positive for COVID-19 in England in the week to September 9, a rise of 75 percent in positive cases on the previous week.

The Government is preparing to set out further details of its social care action plan to help fight the spread of coronavirus over winter.

Experts from the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) are reported to have called for a two-week national lockdown in October to tackle the rising number of COVID-19 cases.


8.23am update: UK lifts travel restrictions on Thailand and Singapore

Britain has added Thailand and Singapore to its list of travel corridors meaning travellers arriving in the UK from those countries after 4am on Saturday will no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days.

8.06am update: Poll shows Britons unhappy with COVID-19 crisis response

YouGov’s coronavirus tracker poll shows the proportion of Britons who approve of the way the Government has responded to the pandemic has fallen to its lowest level yet.

Just 30 percent think Boris Johnson’s Government has handled the issue of COVID-19 well while 63 percent said it has handled it badly.

7.30am update: Labour lashes out at Government’s coronavirus strategy

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has attacked the Government over its COVID-19 testing system.

Mr Ashworth said: “Labour warned months ago that unless the Government spent the summer fixing the testing regime then we would face a bleak winter.

“The Government ignored that advice, the testing regime is collapsing and so it is not surprising national restrictions are back on the table.”

New York Fashion Week returns with socially distant and digital shows

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, Ana Rosado, CNN

It is looking to be a fashion month like no other. The coronavirus pandemic has upended the traditional runway format, and in its place a mix of virtual and, in some cases, physical shows with limited audience numbers has started to roll out.

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) arrived first, running from September 13 to 17 ahead of London, Milan and Paris.

A model walks the runway for Jason Wu Spring-Summer 2021. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Organizers adapted to circumstances by hosting a number of outdoor events, and Jason Wu opened the schedule with a runway show on the rooftop of Spring Studios in Manhattan. He showed his Spring-Summer 2021 collection to a socially distanced crowd of just 30 people, sending models such as Indya Moore down a plant-filled set inspired by the Mexican town of Tulum.

Harlem’s Fashion Row, a platform founded to promote diversity in fashion by supporting designers of color, also kicked off NYFW Sunday with a virtual showcase of collections by Black designers Kristian Lorén, Kimberly Goldson and Rich Fresh.
Returning designers include Anna Sui and Chromat, with digital presentations, while a number of notable NYFW regulars like Michael Kors didn’t participate this time around.
Meanwhile, popular social media app TikTok is looking to engage Gen-Z audiences through its own online fashion month, partnering with labels such as Louis Vuitton, Alice + Olivia and Saint Laurent, among others, to livestream runway shows and present capsule collections.
To broadcast the virtual events at NYFW, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) created Runway360, a digital platform to show new collections or other creative projects. And although the usually star-studded fashion week will be wholly different this year, the switch to virtual may also make for more sustainable presentations — a recent report by Ordre, which specializes in online showrooms, found that international fashion weeks emit the same volume of greenhouse gases annually as a small country.

Below are our five highlights from New York Fashion Week.

The end of sweatpants?

Many people are still spending a lot of time at home due to the global pandemic, but judging by some of the collections this season, designers are hoping that by spring 2021 our lives will demand glamorous ensembles.

Jason Wu kicked off NYFW with a summer holiday-themed runway show, with models breezing in donning beach-ready maxi dresses and tailored shorts, in tones of blue and terracota.

Indya Moore walks the runway for Jason Wu during New York Fashion Week on September 13, 2020. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Wu wasn’t the only designer with an escapist mindset. Dreams of better times and of jetting off to far-flung oases were visible in several collections, from Badgley Mischka’s bright and luxurious gowns to Naeem Khan’s intricate hand-beaded tops and dresses.

Fashion with a message

Alongside the expected displays of opulence, some designers took advantage of digital platforms to share messages of activism and empowerment. NBA player Carmelo “Melo” Anthony launched a streetwear collection as an extension of his clothing and lifestyle brand, and as part of a new initiative, the Stayme7o Propel program, to support Black creativity.
Chromat Spring-Summer 2021.

Chromat Spring-Summer 2021. Credit: Lia Clay/Chromat

Meanwhile, architectural swimwear and athletic brand Chromat, known for its diverse runway shows celebrating all bodies, released the film “Joy Run” by filmmaker Tourmaline. The fashion film, which shows masked models in neon sportswear, featured transgender track star Terry Miller, advocating for the fair inclusion of all genders in sports.

Sustainable fashion label Collina Strada is also supporting trans rights through its latest Spring-Summer collection. The designer Hillary Taymour is auctioning off 11 T-shirts to raise money for trans sex workers.

Fresh faces

NYFW’s digital format offers emerging designers a chance to shine without having to invest in expensive live shows. Ten new American brands showed this week, including former Yeezy designer Maisie Schloss, who created a collection for her label Maisie Wilen featuring larger-than-life boots and shimmery tinfoil-like yet fluid dresses.
Maisie Wilen Spring-Summer 2021.

Maisie Wilen Spring-Summer 2021. Credit: Maisie Wilen/Clare Gillen

Another newcomer was the avant-garde mother-and-daughter wearable-luxury label Dur Doux, and Oak & Acorn, a Harlem-based sustainable denim brand that makes bold, genderless styles.

AKNVAS, meanwhile, took notes from Scandinavian minimalism and Caribbean beach style with vivid hues of orange, pink and green in effortless shirt dresses and cropped pants.

Designer Davidson Petit-Frère opted for a film to show off his slick menswear suits and debut his womenswear line, tapping actor Michael K. Williams of “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire” fame to star alongside “Den of Thieves” actor Ron J. Rock in the short flick “Destined.”

Imitation of Christ Returns

The digital approach offered a space for offbeat labels to flex their creative muscles, including the newly revived early-2000s collective, Imitation of Christ, founded by actress, artist and designer Tara Subkoff and designer Matt Damhave.

The conceptual fashion label, which was upcycling garments before the practice was a trend, made its NYFW debut almost 20 years after it staged a gothy ready-to-wear show in a New York City funeral parlor (Chloe Sevigny was famously involved in the label’s original iteration).

Imitation of Christ Spring-Summer 2021.

Imitation of Christ Spring-Summer 2021. Credit: Maxwell Turner

This time around their theatrical presentations, which took place simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles, featured a capella singers and a video screening, while their Spring-Summer 2021 collection was rife with skateboarder style including eclectic mixed prints, vintage T-shirts and a sequined race track jacket.

Joyful finale

NYFW officially closed with designer and filmmaker Tom Ford presenting his Spring-Summer 2021 women’s and menswear lines through a digital lookbook.

Ford chose an optimistic slant, saying in a short film, “The last thing I want to see are serious clothes.” While still comfort-inducing, his soft shirts, 1970s-inspired jumpsuits and caftans had a fun and glamorous edge, with whimsical animal prints and florals. And his menswear collection was no less lively, with a series of silk pants in tropical prints.

Tom Ford Spring-Summer 2021.

Tom Ford Spring-Summer 2021. Credit: Courtesy of TOM FORD

Inspired by a documentary about the fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez and the smiles of the ’70s models Pat Cleveland and Donna Jordan, Ford’s collection exuded joyful elegance.

He said in a statement that he had found it difficult to find meaning in new clothes during the early days of lockdown, but once restrictions eased he felt inspired to create for a “slightly more dressed world.”

Adding that it was still a “casual world” but “one where I actually felt like making a bit of an effort to get dressed,” he said.

New York Fashion Week ran from September 11–16, 2020.

After 40 years of wandering, library book returns

“When I grew up, LeClaire, Iowa, was a poor river town of hard-working residents who found it difficult to get ahead, and perhaps it still is,” Glisan wrote. “Thus, also enclosed is $50 which I hope will defray any late charges and balance due to be used to further your mission.”

“The King’s Fifth” is about a young Spanish conquistador and the part he played in a treasure hunt, according to the book’s publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It became a Newbery Honor Book in 1967.

Lockdown returns: Elderly could be told to self-isolate again as coronavirus spreads

On Saturday an additional 3,497 COVID-19 cases were reported across the UK. This is the second day in a row that the number of new British infections recorded has been over 3,000.

A Whitehall source, speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, claimed extra advice could be sent out to those deemed vulnerable if the situation continues to deteriorate.

They said up to 4.5 million people could be told to remain at home or given detailed advice on how to prevent becoming infected.  

Those contacted would be people considered most at risk, based on factors like age, weight and underlying health issues.

COVID-19 has proven far more deadly to the elderly than younger members of the public.

According to the source the Government is hoping those deemed vulnerable can be advised to shield on a local basis.

However they added: “If the rate is so concerning across the whole of England, we are prepared to do it on a blanket basis.”

On Saturday Sir Mark Walport, the UK’s former chief scientific advisor, warned Britain is “on the edge of losing control” of the virus once again.

Contradicting the Government’s ‘back to the office’ message he urged those people who can work from home to continue doing so.

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This would have allowed coronavirus to pass through the “non-vulnerable population” whilst minimalizing fatalities.

Instead the Prime Minister is said to support a more targeted approach based on a wider number of factors.

Under the plan those deemed in particular danger could be sent letters from Health Secreetary Matt Hancock and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick.

These would explain the recipients “personal risk, and the risks of different activities, in order to help them manage individually”.

On Friday the Government said the coronavirus R rate for the UK is between one and 1.2.

The R rate refers to the average number of people each COVID-19 patient passes the infection on to.

It it’s over one it means the virus is spreading exponentially throughout the community.

Separately a study by Imperial College London suggested England’s R rate could be as high as 1.7.

Speaking to The Times Professor Paul Elliott, who ran the study, said: “What we are seeing is evidence of an epidemic in the community and not a result of increased testing capacity.

“This is a critical time and it’s vital that the public, our health system and policymakers are aware of the situation as we cannot afford complacency.”


Georgia State QB returns after bout with COVID-19

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) — Georgia State University announced Thursday that their quarterback, Mikele Colasurdo, has been cleared to return to the field.

The South Carolina freshman took to social media to discuss his bout with COVID-19 over the summer.

“I’m very thankful to be able to put this behind me and return to the game I love,” Colasurdo said.

Colasurdo’s initial cardiac follow-up indicated possible myocarditis; however, after further cardiac evaluation it was confirmed that he does not suffer from myocarditis, school officials told CBS46 News. 

“I really appreciate all the support from our coaches and our trainers and medical staff for all they are doing to protect our health. I’m excited to be back on the field,” said Colasurdo. 

Authorities say Colasurdo has begun a phased return to practice.

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BBC Weather: Summer heatwave returns as blistering 30C weekend temperatures engulf UK

For Friday, Taylor said: “Today is quite wet and windy in Scotland and Northern Ireland. That is due to some cloud spilling off the Atlantic.

“There will even be some heavy rain and winds touching 40 to 50mph at times in western Scotland.

“The weather will be drier in England and Wales, with temperatures as high as 20 in the southern corner.”

The BBC meteorologist said that temperatures will drop into single figures overnight into Saturday.

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He continued: “On Saturday, the temperatures will very similar to today.

“From Saturday into Sunday, there is lots of heavy rain in western Scotland and a risk of flooding as well.

“That rain will linger in northern Scotland as we move through Sunday, but from southern Scotland onwards we will see increasing amounts of sunshine.

“Temperatures will be on the rise more widely, into the 20s by Sunday afternoon as the country starts to warm up.

This is due to warm air arriving from Europe, with the south of England set to feel the best of the heat. 

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: “This is quite unusual for this time of year although it is not unprecedented. The record temperatures for September is around 35C.”

The latest hot weather maps from Netweather show scorching highs to linger in the south east until next Thursday.

Madge said that by the middle of next week the weather will turn more unsettled and temperatures will drop back to normal levels for this time of year.

EU supertrawler invasion: Fury as HUGE fishing boat returns to plunder UK waters

The massive boat, which has been banned from Australian waters since 2013, was last week seen off the coast of Yorkshire and Tyne and Wear, and its presence in British waters sends a signal about the intentions of such vessels with the end of the Brexit transition period at the end of the year. Yesterday it had apparently moved on the the Farne Islands of the coast of Northumberland, which is a designated nature reserve. The Margiris, which is registered in Lithuania but owned by Dutch fishing company Palevilet & Van der Plas, is 14 times the size of average British trawlers, and is one of 25 which were active in British waters last year.

In a Facebook post on Friday, conservation group the Blue Planet Society said: “As heated Brexit fisheries negotiations take place the supertrawler Margiris plunders fish stocks off Yorkshire.

“Banned from Australia for high levels of marine mammal by-catch and unsustainable fishing practices this floating factory faces protests wherever she goes.

“The people of Scarborough and Bridlington have every right to be absolutely furious.”

Another Facebook post yesterday added: “Destructive supertrawler Margiris is currently fishing off the stunning Farne Islands National Nature Reserve.

“The Farne Islands are an internationally important home to seals, dolphins, porpoises, minke whales and thousands of seabirds.”


The Margiris was near the Farne Islands, a nature reserve, yesterday (Image: Greenpeace/Vessel Finder)

Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association Margiris

The Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association says the Margiris is operating under legal conditions (Image: Greenpeace)

The Blue Planet Society claims the practices of supertrawlers result in the deaths of large numbers of dolphins and other cetaceans.

Volunteer John Hourston set up a petition directed at Virginijus Sinkevicius (EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries) entitled “Stop the mass slaughter of dolphins by the fishing industry in EU waters” which had been signed by 293,067 people as of 7.30 today.

Mr Hourston states: “Thousands of short-beaked common dolphins are being killed by fishing vessels targeting pelagic fish species in EU waters.

“This barbaric practice is dismissively referred to as ‘bye-catch’ by the fishing industry.”

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Sir Roger Gale

Sir Roger Gale, MP for North Thanet (Image: GETTY)

Last month 57 MPs signed a letter coordinated by environmental campaigners Greenpeace calling for a ban which would prevent supertrawlers from operating in any of the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) which surround the UK.

A Greenpeace study early this year revealed foreign vessels racked up almost 3,000 hours fishing in UK MPAs 2019.

Sir Roger Gale, Tory MP for North Thanet, one of the signatories, told “We have this absurd situation where we have these protected zones around our coast but we are not protecting them from the predations of supertrawlers.

“It’s as simple as that – there is no point having protected zones if you don’t protect them.

“These things are huge, massive – they are hoovers.

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Fishing rights UK

The issue of fishing rights has been a central plank of Brexit (Image: GETTY)


A Greenpeace graphic shows where the Margiris fished last year (Image: Greenpeace)

“I think we need to start taking a firm grip on this now, irrespective of any agreement which might be reached on fishing.

“A lot of these zones are in our waters and these vessels come from all over – Russia, the Netherlands – and they are basically floating fish factories.”

“We are trying to protect these zones with very good reason, to protect the stocks also to protect endangered marine species.

“Yet we seem to be prepared to allow the world and his brother come in hoovering up everything in sight.”

Jeremy Percy, director of the New Under Ten Fishermen’s Association (NUFTA), which represents fishermen who use boats of less than ten metres in length, believes supertrawlers such as the Margiris may be staking a claim in British waters as the end of the year – and the UK’s exit from the Common Fisheries Policy – approaches.

EU countries fishing UK

EU countries most dependent on fishing in UK waters (Image: Express)

He told last month his suspicions had been aroused after spotting one of the ships off the east coast which did not appear to be catching much fish.

Mr Percy added: “I explained this to a good friend of mine who is an expert in this sort of fishing and he didn’t think they would be making any money there so the idea that they were continuing to build up a track record to strengthen their arguments post Brexit seemed sensible.”

A Defra spokeswoman told the situation was likely to change after the end of the year.

She said: “The UK is a global leader in the fight to protect our seas with our ‘Blue Belt’ of protected waters nearly twice the size of England.

“The Common Fisheries Policy currently restricts our ability to implement tougher protection, but leaving the EU and taking back control of our waters as an independent coastal state means we can introduce stronger measures.”

Philip Evans, an Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said: “As Britain’s departure from the Common Fisheries Policy looms large on the horizon one of the world’s most controversial supertrawlers, the Margiris, has returned to UK waters, and so far has spent time fishing in various protected areas in the North Sea. A fishing vessel banned from Australian waters which can catch and process thousands of tonnes of fish has no place operating in the UK’s allegedly protected waters.

“We recently revealed that supertrawlers have already doubled their fishing effort in UK protected areas in the first six months of this year, and the Margiris’ return makes even more clear that our protected areas are little more than lines drawn on a map, with no tangible protection.

“Our Government will have a chance to ban supertrawlers, and all other forms of destructive industrial fishing vessels, from operating in our protected areas after we leave the Common Fisheries Policy. Our Government likes to call itself a global ocean champion. It should live up to this and ban industrial fishing from our protected areas.”


The Afrika supertrawler

The Afrika supertrawler has also operated in British waters (Image: Greenpeace)

MargirisThe Margiris is a Dutch-owned vessel [GETTY]

Statement from the Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association (PFA):

At the moment the Margiris is targeting herring in the area off the British East Coast. The Margiris is not the only pelagic trawler active at the moment in that area as it is one of the historical fishing grounds for the Dutch herring fisheries since hundreds of years. The Margiris is fishing under the flag of Lithuania and is indeed owned by one of the traditional pelagic fishing companies in the Netherlands, strong in herring fishery and herring processing. Also one of the main producers of the famous Dutch ‘matjes’ herring.

The Margiris of course is fishing based on and within allowed catch quota – in this case catch quota for North Sea herring – and under entirely legal conditions. Also the Margiris is catching this North Sea herring under the sustainability label of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), which is the most renowned and best-known sustainability label for fisheries. 

Fishing for herring by the Margiris is done with the same gear type, gear size and acoustic fish find equipment as any other pelagic trawler fishing for herring. There is therefore no difference whatsoever between the way the Margiris is fishing and other pelagic trawlers are fishing, including the more than 20 UK pelagic trawlers (mostly based in Scotland/Shetlands).

The only reason why the Margiris is larger in size than other (for instance Scottish) pelagic trawlers is that the Margiris processes and freezes the fish on board, immediately after catching. While the Scottish pelagic trawlers only catch fish and after catching immediately sail to port to land and sell the fish to a land-based pelagic factory (where the fish is processed and frozen).

The fact that the Margiris has fish processing, freezing and packaging equipment on board and large storage rooms, makes it this large in size. Not because we want to fish more than the other pelagic trawlers. On the contrary, the daily catch is limited by what the vessel can process and freeze per 24 hours on board.

The Margiris – just like all our vessels – has the most up-to-date acoustic fish find equipment on board with the sole aim to fish as selective as possible. And we do fish very selective: we have on average in all our fisheries less than one percent of non-targeted species in our catch.

On top of this: in the area where we are fishing at the moment (off the East Coast of the UK) we have implemented in our nets a so-called excluder device. This is a voluntary precautionary measure to even further reduce the possibility to by-catch marine mammals such as seals in our fisheries.

Sports news feed: Lionel Messi returns to Barcelona training

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September 7

Messi returns to Barcelona training

After discussions, press conferences, videos and endless speculation, Lionel Messi has returned to training with Barcelona.

Tha Argentinian forward was photographed arriving at the club’s training ground a few days after saying he would reluctantly stay put for the upcoming season. Messi had previously said he “wanted to go” and that he felt his contract allowed him to depart the only professional club he’s ever represented for free. 

“I wanted to go and it was entirely my right because the contract said that I could be released,” Messi told website Goal last week. “I wanted to go because I thought about living my last years of football happily. Lately, I have not found happiness within the club.”

Though Messi has agreed to stay for now, it’s unclear how happy he is to do so under new coach Ronald Koeman.

Mahrez and Laporte test positive, Foden and Greenwood sent home

Manchester City confirmed on Monday that Algeria midfielder Riyad Mahrez and French defender Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for the coronavirus, though neither are showing symptoms.

City don’t have a game on the opening weekend of the season and the pair could yet be in contention for the club’s opener against Wolves on September 21 after a period in quarantine. The self-isolation period in Britain is a minimum of 10 days.

Meanwhile another City player, Phil Foden, has been sent home from England duty along with Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood after breaching squad coronavirus guidelines.

The pair both made their England debuts over the weekend but reports in Iceland suggested they then had women from outside the ‘bubble’ enter their hotel rooms.

“Unfortunately this morning, it was brought to my attention that two of the boys have broken the Covid-19 guidelines in terms of our secure bubble,” said England boss Gareth Southgate in his press conference. 
“So we had to decide very quickly that they couldn’t have any interaction with the rest of the team and wouldn’t be able to train. Given the procedures we have to follow now they will have to travel back to England separately.” 

Trans Tasman rugy clash postponed

The Bledisloe Cup rugby union test between Australia and New Zealand, which was slated to be played in Melbourne this year, has been switched to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rugby Australia said on Monday.

The annual three-match Bledisloe Cup series is normally contested as part of the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championship, which also includes South Africa and Argentina.

But the state of Victoria, which includes Melbourne, accounts for about 75% of coronavirus cases in Australia.

“The decision to swap the All Blacks test to 2022 is a sensible one and I thank [Victorian] Premier Daniel Andrews and the Victorian government for their flexibility and support,” Rugby Australia’s interim chief executive Rob Clarke said in a statement 

September 6

Djokovic defaulted from US Open

World number 1 Novak Djokovic has been sensationally dumped out of the US Open after striking a female line judge with a stray ball during his fourth round match against Pablo Carreno Busta.

The Serbian had let a series of set points slip in the opening set and had also recieved treatment for a shoulder injury before he hit a ball in the direction of one of the judges on the back wall.

The ball hit the unsuspecting line judge, who dropped to her knees at the back of the court.

After a discussion of several minutes with officials on court, Djokovic walked over to shake hands with Carreno Busta, and the default was announced.

Alexander Zverev, who progressed earlier in the day (see below) was one of the first to react.

“It’s very unlucky, very unfortunate,” he said. “The decision was made by the supervisors and, as I said, they’re just doing their job. There’s nothing much else I can say to that. I don’t know what to say. I’m just a little bit in shock now, to be honest.”

Mixed fortunes for Germans at US Open

Alexander Zverev cruised through to his first US Open quarterfinal with a convincing 6-2 6-2 6-1 win against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

The fifth-seeded Zverev is the first German man to reach the  quarterfinal in New York since Tommy Haas in 2007.

But Angelique Kerber’s tournament is over after Jennifer Brady proved too much for the 2016 winner, who came in the tournament with very little match practice.

Czechs name whole new squad

After a u-turn on an initial decision to postpone their game against Scotland on Monday after coronavirus tests (see two entries below), the Czech Republic have named an unfamiliar squad for their Nations League squad.

The only two players with international experience are 36-year-old defender Roman Hubník, who last played for his country in 2016 and striker Stanislav Tecl, who has won just five caps. 

Scotland coach Steve Clarke addressed the situation in his prematch press conference, admitting further research would be needed.

 “Obviously it will be a new-look Czech Republic team. We have a list of names that I believe is the official squad and myself and the analysts are working our way through so we know what position they play in and how they are,” he said.

 “I would be happier if we were playing against the full Czech Republic team but we are in a very strange and disturbing time, if you look at the influence this pandemic has had on everybody,” he added.

Germany are among the countries playing in the competition on Sunday night.

Serena not quite serene

In serious danger of her earliest exit at the U.S. Open since her debut 22 years ago, Serena Williams dug deep to get past compatriot Sloane Stephens.

Williams won 10 of the last 12 games in the battle between former champions to emerge with a with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory and keep her hopes of a 24th grand slam alive. 

 “In that first set, I don’t think she made any errors, honestly. She was playing so clean. I said, ‘I don’t want to lose in straight sets,”’ said Williams of her opponent. The American then told herself “OK, Serena, get yourself a game.”

She did more than that, and will play 15th-seeded Maria Sakkari for a quarterfinal spot. 

September 5

Czech Republic to field ‘new players and staff members’ against Scotland 

The Czech Republic’s Nations League game against Scotland is due to go ahead on Monday after all, despite positive coronavirus tests in the Czech camp.

The Czech FA had initially announced after Friday’s 3-1 win against Slovakia that the Scotland game was off, after a member of the backroom staff tested positive. As a result, RB Leipzig striker Patrik Schick and West Ham United midfielder Tomas Soucek, who had come into contact with the member of staff, were told to self-isolate, although none of the Czech players have since tested positive.

On Saturday morning, however, the Czechs performed a U-turn, confirming that the game would go ahead after all but with a squad consisting of “new players and staff members.”

Preparing for scenarios where Covid-19 impacted fixtures, UEFA outlined last week that a game could still go ahead as long as a team had at least 13 players, including a goalkeeper, available.

Schick, who scored ten goals for RB Leipzig while on loan from Roma last season, is reported to be on the brink of signing a permanent deal with Bayer Leverkusen worth €25 million – providing he tests negative on Monday and can leave the Czech Republic.

Mick Schumacher wins first F2 feature race 
Mick Schumacher, the son of German F1 legend Michael Schumacher, won his maiden F2 feature race when he took the chequered flag at Monza.

The 21-year-old Ferrari junior is driving in his second F2 season – the penultimate step on the motorsports ladder before F1 – and had more podiums than any other driver going into this weekend in Italy.

But despite starting seventh after beaching his car in the gravel in qualifying, Schumacher got off to a typically fast start and quickly moved up to second, before going on to win his first feature race – although he did win a time trial in Hungary last season.

The victory propelled him up to third in the divers’ championship. Schumacher’s father, Michael, won a record 91 Grand Prix, 72 with Ferrari, also a record. He won seven world championships between 1994 and 2004, the final five in direct succession.

He retired for good in 2013 but suffered serious damage in skiing accident later that year. He was placed in a medically induced coma until June 2014 and has been receiving rehabilitative treatment privately since then.

Zverev through in New York, despite delay

Alexander Zverev managed to shrug off a significant delay and progress to the fourth round of the US Open. The German sayid he was told there was “very little chance” his US Open third-round match with Adrian Mannarino would take place because of coronavirus restrictions. 

Mannarino is in a “bubble within the bubble” after fellow Frenchmen Benoit Pairetested positive for COVID-19 but took to the court after a delay of nearly three hours.

 “I was waiting around and very relaxed. I was happy he could play,” said Zverev. “He was around Benoit Paire so I guess the New York State called and said he shouldn’t play. It was political, it was not us players just sitting around.”

Zverev, seeded fifth, started slowly and lost the first set before taking the next three to claim the victory. “There is a lot of room for improvement, I’m not at my best yet,” he said. Zverev faces Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina next.

September 4

Oberdorf haunts Essen as Wolfsburg win

Less than a week after their defeat to Lyon in the Champions League final, Wolfsburg’s women’s team have laid down a marker for their title defense with a 3-0 win over SGS Essen.

The champions made several changes from the loss in San Sebastian, Pernile Harder had moved to Chelsea while Alex Popp was among those on the bench. So it was left to a newer face, Lena Oberdorf to open the scoring in the 17th minute with her first for the club.

Lena Goeßling made no mistake from the penalty spot just after the break before Oberdorf, who only joined from Essen earlier this year, wrapped it up with six minutes remaining.

Tokyo Olympics are most costly Summer Games

The Tokyo Olympics are already the most expensive Summer Games on record with costs set to go higher, a wide-ranging
study from Britain’s University of Oxford indicates.

The Tokyo cost overrun already exceeds 200%, lead author Bent Flyvbjerg explained in an interview with The Associated Press. This is even before several billion more dollars are added on from the one-year delay from the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Football Leaks’ trial begins

The trial of Rui Pinto, the man behind the “Football Leaks” that exposed shady dealings by leading clubs, players and agents, begins on Friday in Lisbon, with the hacker facing 90 charges.

The accusations include attempted blackmail, computer hacking, breach of correspondence and data theft. “I hope to be acquitted because I am a whistleblower and I acted in good faith,” the 31-year-old hacker told Der Spiegel.

Click here to read more on the start of the ‘Football Leaks’ trial.

AFL virus breach after strip club brawl

Two Australian Rules players were slapped with 10-game bans and sent home in disgrace Friday after a drunken brawl outside a strip club, which broke strict coronavirus regulations.

Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones, who play for reigning champions Richmond, left their bio-secure ‘bubble’ and ventured out into Surfer’s Paradise, a bar-heavy area of Gold Coast, where they got into a fight at 3:30 am Friday.

September 3

DFL vote in favor of keeping five substitutes rule

The German Bundesliga will keep five substitutions for the 2020-21 season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with the German League Association (DFL) CEO Christian Seifert predicting that the coming campaign would be “the most demanding and difficult in the history of German professional football.”

The 36 clubs in the top two German men’s soccer leagues voted at a German Football League meeting Thursday to continue the rule for next season. That comes after the English Premier League moved back to three substitutions after using five to finish the 2019-20 campaign during the pandemic.

van de Beek honours ex-teammate

Manchester United’s new signing Donny van de Beek has revealed he will wear shirt number 34 in honour of former Ajax team-mate Abdelhak Nouri, who suffered brain damage after an on-pitch heart attack.

“This is a special thing for me because my good friend Abdelhak Nouri… maybe you know the story, he had a heart attack and he’s a good friend of mine. So I decided to take his old number on my shirt and I want to get good memories with this number.” 

Bale accuses Real Madrid of making it “difficult” to leave

Bale is out of favour with Real manager Zinedine Zidane and played just 48 minutes of Madrid’s 12 games when the Spanish season resumed after the coronavirus lockdown.

“It’s on the club, I can’t really do anything. I have a contract,” said the Welsh winder. “All I can do is carry on what I’m doing and hopefully something comes up. But as I said, it’s in the club’s hands. They make things very difficult to be honest.”

Schröder and Oklahoma out of the NBA play-offs

A thrilling game seven ended in dramatic fashion as the Houston Rockets clinched a 104-102 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder to progress in NBA’s Western Conference play-offs.

Despite a poor shooting night the Rockets clamped down defensively, forcing Thunder guard Chris Paul into six turnovers while holding Germany’s Dennis Schroder to 5-of-17 shooting.

September 2

Neymar amongst PSG trio who test positive for COVID-19

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, has tested positive for coronavirus, sources told AFP on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Brazilian has Covid-19 as well as his Argentinian teammates Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes, the same anonymous sources said.

Switzerland ready to bring back fans

Soccer and ice hockey clubs in Switzerland can have stadiums two-thirds full, starting in October, after a federal decision on Wednesday. The Swiss government said spectators would need to wear face masks and have allocated seats. No fans of away teams will be allowed and contact tracing plans must be in place.

September 1

Werner excited by Germany options

In a press conference ahead of Germany’s double header in the Nations League against Spain (Thursday) and Switzerland (Friday), Timo Werner said he’s excited by Germany’s chances in next year’s European Championships.

“We’re still a very good team and always go to tournaments with the aim of winning them. That will be no different at the Euros,” the new Chelsea signing said.

“We have very good attacking players. If we can all stay injury-free, then the team can work incredibly well going forward.” 

Osaka and Djokovic through in New York

Fourth seed Naomi Osaka, who was an injury doubt for the US Open, is through to the second round after a 6-2 5-7 6-2 victory over fellow Japanese player Misaki Doi. 

“It was difficult [physically]. I knew there was a chance it would get really long. I will have to see what happens tomorrow and how I feel,” Osaka said.

In the men’s draw, Novak Djokovic, a heavy favorite in the absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, cruised to a 6-1 6-4 6-1 win over Damir Dzumhur.

August 31

Wolfsburg draw Albanian side in Europa League qualifiers

Wolfsburg’s quest to qualify for the 2020-21 Europa League group stage will begin in Albania.

The Wolves drew Albanian Superliga runners-up Kukes in the second round of Europa League qualifying. The tie will be a one-off match on September 17 in Zeqir Ymeri Stadium in Kukes, a city in eastern Albania.

UEFA, Europe’s football confederation, has ordered that all qualifying matches be one-match affairs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Wolfsburg’s seventh-place finish in the Bundesliga last season put them in the second round of Europa League qualifying. Kukes defeated Bulgarian side Slavia Sofia in the first round of qualifying 2-1 to reach the second stage.

German football fans for scrapping Nations League

The second-ever Nations League is set to kick off this week. According to polling website Bundesliga-Barometer, nearly three-quarters of German football fans (74.7%) don’t think the competition makes sense.

According to the survey, which had 5,145 participants, 80.6% see the Nations League as “an unnecessary burden for the professionals of the major soccer nations.” Most (79.6%) said the competition was too complex, and more than half (56.2%) of those surveyed do not follow the games.

Germany was set to be relegated from the top division in the first iteration of the Nations League after finishing third in their group but remained in the top flight after a format change. They are set to take on Spain in Stuttgart on Thursday and Switzerland in Basel on Sunday.

Spain's Mikel Oyarzabal (picture-alliance/NurPhoto/J. Breton)

Mikel Oyarzabal has seven caps with the Spanish national team

Spain player to miss Nations League after positive COVID-19 test

Mikel Oyarzabal has withdrawn from Spain’s Nation’s League squad and will miss his country’s opener against Germany after testing positive for COVID-19.

“I want to communicate that I’ve received a positive result from my last test,” The 23-year-old Real Sociedad . “I have to be at home for a few days and I won’t be able to go to the national team.”

He has been replaced in Spain’s squad by Villarreal forward Gerard Moreno. Spain are set to play Germany on September 3 and Ukraine on September 6.

Tiger Woods at the BMW Championship (picture-alliance/dpa/C. R. Arbogast)

Tiger Woods finished over par in all four rounds of the BMW Championship

Tiger Woods misses out on Tour Championship

After a poor showing at the BMW Championship over the weekend, Tiger Woods failed to reach the Tour Championship for the second straight year.

He finished tied for 51st at the Olympia Fields course in Illinois, leaving him in 63rd place in the FedEx Cup playoff rankings. The top 30 qualify for the Tour Championship, which is set to begin on Friday at the East Lake Golf Club near Atlanta, Georgia.

Woods finished over par in all four rounds of the tournament at Olympia Fields, the first time he has done so at a tournament since 2010.

The 44-year-old now has two weeks to prepare for next month’s the US Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York.


Real Salt Lake owner under investigation for racist comments

Dell Loy Hansen, owner of Major League Soccer (MLS) team Real Salt Lake, will sell the company that owns the club, MLS Don Garber has confirmed.

“MLS will work with Mr. Hansen on supporting the sale efforts for the company and will work closely with the club’s executive staff to support the operations of the team during the transition period,” Garber said.

The allegations of racist remarks by Hansen surfaced in a report by The Athletic on Thursday, citing former Real Salt Lake scout Andy Williams. Hansen was already under fire for comments about players deciding to sit out a home match last week in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

Despite saying he “strongly disagreed” with those comments, Garber has been criticized for not taking a stronger stand against incidents of racism and alleged racism.