Superdry co-founder gives 1 mln pounds to campaign for…

LONDON, Aug 18 – The co-founder of fashion brand Superdry is donating a million pounds ($1.28 million) to the campaign for a referendum on the final Brexit deal, the Observer newspaper reported on Saturday, as pressure intensifies on Prime Minister Theresa May.

“I´m putting some of my money behind the People´s Vote campaign because we have a genuine chance to turn this around,” said Julian Dunkerton, a “remainer” who opposes Britain’s planned departure from the European Union.

“I´ve got a good instinct for when a mood is going to change and we´re in one of those moments now.”

Britons voted in a 2016 referendum to leave the EU but in July the proportion of voters who favour a referendum on the final terms of any Brexit deal overtook those who do not for the first time, according to opinion polls.

London and Brussels hope to agree a Brexit deal at a summit in October but May faces splits within her party and the tough task of securing parliamentary approval for the final agreement.

Campaigners on both sides of the argument have been stepping up their efforts in recent weeks as some Brexiteers argue against any agreement which keeps Britain tied to European Union mechanisms such as the customs union or single market.

On Saturday, the former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party Nigel Farage said he would join a “battle bus” tour around the country by a pro-Brexit group which is opposed to May’s plans, arguing it makes too many concessions to Brussels.

Both Britain and the European Union have said they want to avoid a damaging “no deal” outcome which would be particularly harmful to businesses.

“It is the responsibility of the EU to ensure its consumers and businesses are not harmed,” Brexit minister Dominic Raab was quoted as saying by The Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

“Securing a deal is still by far the most likely outcome, but we want to make sure that we clearly set out the steps that people, businesses and public services need to take in the unlikely event that we don´t reach an agreement.”

The paper said the government is planning to recognise some EU regulations if London and Brussels fail to strike a deal, taking a “flexible” approach to make sure medicines, car parts and chemicals are still available.

A spokesman at May’s Downing Street office did not offer an immediate comment on the report. (Reporting by Costas Pitas Editing by Andrew Roche and Chris Reese)

PM announces how he’ll reduce energy bills

Malcolm Turnbull is promising to penalise energy companies that fail to deliver on cheaper prices and will set price caps for power bills.

.”Through more competition and all our other changes, that price will come down and we will demand and ensure these price savings are passed on,” Mr Turnbull said in a video on Facebook

“We will not hesitate to use a big stick … to make sure the big companies do the right thing by you, their customers.”

The announcement comes as the prime minister moves to shore up his own job, with some MPs concerned enough to encourage Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton stand against him.

Mr Dutton on Saturday tweeted Mr Turnbull has his support.

Grand Canyon road closed because of wildfire is reopening

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. – Grand Canyon National Park is reopening a scenic road to a North Rim vista that was closed Aug. 4 because of a lightning-caused wildfire.

Park officials said the Cape Royal road would be reopened Saturday evening along with some of the trails that also were closed.

Officials say hikers using reopened trails need to be vigilant about fire-weakened or -damaged trees.

The two-week closure did not affect most North Rim facilities, including lodging and other services near Bright Angel Point.

The fire started July 21, and officials said it had burned 18 sq. miles (47 sq. kilometers) while consuming nearly all of the fuel in the containment area on the Walhalla Plateau.

Some firefighters assigned to the fire will be released, while others will continue to patrol and repair damage.

Fury sets up Wilder fight after winning 2nd comeback bout

BELFAST, Northern Ireland – Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury won the second fight of his comeback Saturday, clearing the path to a potential bout with WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder later in 2018.

Wilder was ringside at Windsor Park in Belfast to see Fury taken the full 10 rounds against Italian journeyman Francesco Pianeta before being awarded the victory on points, 100-90.

Wilder then entered the ring and said: “We are ready now. This fight will happen. It is on. This fight is official. It’s on. It’s the best fighting the best.”

Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, standing near the two fighters, said an announcement will be made next week.

“They called, I answered. I said send me a contract, they sent me a contract. I said yes and now he gets a chance to fight the lineal champion of the world,” said Fury, who now has a 27-0 record. “One thing I promise, in Las Vegas, is that I am knocking you out.”

After shocking the boxing world by beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, Fury was out of the ring for 2 1/2 years because of mental health and drug problems. He regained his boxing license in January after accepting a backdated two-year doping ban the previous month for elevated levels of nandrolone in urine samples.

Tyson Fury wins in Belfast and now Deontay Wilder…

Tyson Fury will fight Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas in November after defeating Francesco Pianeta to secure his ambitious shot at the WBC heavyweight champion.

In the second fight of the comeback that began in June, and with Wilder ringside at Belfast’s Windsor Park, the 30-year-old eased to victory over his little-known German opponent and secured 10 rounds of activity that could prove crucial come Vegas.

He was rarely tested against the durable Pianeta and the combination of lapses in concentration with his lack of sharpness prevented Fury from excelling as he can, but he regardless was awarded the winner via a score of 100-90 on referee Steve Gray’s scorecard.

Fury’s first fight after a near-three-year absence came against the even less remarkable Sefer Seferi, who he defeated in four farcical rounds that did little to rid him of the ring rust that would have developed during his inactivity.

He has since lost even more weight, dropping to 18st 6lbs at Friday’s weigh-in, but in agreeing to risk a fight with Wilder so soon into his return he needed further rounds, and for the 33-year-old Pianeta to pose a threat to help him rediscover the reflexes that once brought him success.

Even while winning both, Fury has also had only two fights with his inexperienced trainer Ben Davison, making his preparation for perhaps the world’s most dangerous heavyweight far from ideal, but against Pianeta he at least had the fight he needed in June.

Demonstrations of Fury’s talent came as soon as the first round, when having been trapped in the corner and taken a combination he impressively manoeuvred out of it to finish their exchange on top.

He had promised to take Pianeta more seriously than he had Seferi, and in that respect he delivered, but even then an apparent lack of respect for his opponent contributed to him switching off and occasionally getting caught.

It was in the fourth round when he took a left hook, and nodded in acknowledgement, before continuing to box with relative caution until further opportunities were presented to him, such as in the sixth when he landed a right uppercut and further left hooks.

If Pianeta was gradually being broken down, his punch resistance ensured he rarely looked in danger of suffering a knockdown. Fury’s lack of power at the highest level was similarly exposed when an eighth-round left hook was his best punch of the fight but still Pianeta was largely unmoved.

The lack of drama contributed to the 25,000-strong crowd — most fans had been soaked in the rain — booing at the fight’s final bell and when Gray’s decision was announced, but their boos then turned to cheers when Wilder joined him in the ring to confirm their fight.

“It’s officially on,” declared the American.

Fury responded: “I’m knocking you the f*** out, boy.”

His promoter Frank Warren added: “The fight’s on. The details will be revealed next week but the fight’s on.”

Sheriff: Shooting at football game unrelated to school

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Authorities say a shooting outside a Florida high school football game in which two men were wounded had nothing to do with school or the game.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said at a news conference Saturday that the adult victims were not students and happened be at the game. Bradshaw says the shooters specifically targeted the two victims because of unspecified past dealings they had and that it was not a random shooting.

Bradshaw says the two men are recovering. Their names have not been released.

The shooting Friday night caused panic at the game between Palm Beach Central and William T. Dwyer high schools, including some injuries as people fled the stadium in chaos.

No arrests had been made Saturday.

Inmate runs crack cocaine operation from inside prison

CRANSTON, R.I. – A Rhode Island inmate has been running a crack cocaine distribution ring from inside prison.

Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Rhode Island ATF Task Force say they arrested four people involved in the drug ring, including 29-year-old James Gomes, an inmate at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston.

Authorities say Gomes arranged drug sales by calling his 50-year-old mother and asking her to conference in his C-Block street gang associates. His mother, Lisa Ellis, would then keep some of the drug proceeds and deposit the rest into Gomes’ prison account.

The mother and son are accused of selling about 112 grams of crack cocaine with 28-year old Joshua Moore and 33-year old Gerald Price. It’s not immediately clear if they have lawyers.

Report: Anti-Semitism On The Rise In Britain

Anti-Semitic incidents have become so common in the UK that several Jews are planning to leave the country.

Mark Lewis, a famed libel and privacy lawyer, is leaving Britain. Worn down by years of anti-Semitic abuse and death threats, he has decided enough is enough.

The 53-year-old plans to begin a new life in Israel with his partner, Mandy Blumenthal, by year’s end. Both were born and raised in England. Both are very ready to leave, reports CNN.

“I just want to get out of here. It’s a massive thing to do but I’ve actually had enough,” Lewis said. “People might dislike me in Israel because of my political views, might think I’m too right-wing or left-wing or whatever, but they are not going to dislike me for being Jewish.”

Two people have previously been imprisoned for threatening to murder him for being Jewish, Lewis said. Now, he said, he’s reached the stage where he’s “almost being desensitized to the threats” – from both right and left – such is their regularity.

The couple’s decision comes as accusations of anti-Semitism dog Britain’s main opposition Labour Party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn. At the same time, incidents of recorded anti-Semitism are near record levels.

Lewis sees Corbyn as a catalyst for anti-Semitism rather than a threat in himself, saying the Labour leader has “moved the rock and it’s the people who are crawling out from underneath it who are the problem.” As a public figure and prominent pro-Israel voice, Lewis is an easy target for abuse on social media.

The Community Security Trust (CST), a charity that fights anti-Semitism, recorded 727 anti-Semitic incidents in the first six months of 2018, the second-highest total ever marked for the first half of a year since the CST began recording anti-Semitic incidents in 1984. Only the total for the first six months of 2017 has been higher.

China Training Pilots For “Likely” Attack On US

China is actively developing its fleet of long-range bombers and “likely” training its pilots for missions targeting the US, according to a new Pentagon report.

“Over the last three years, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and allied targets,” the report said.

Another flashpoint is Taiwan, which is seen by China as a breakaway province.

The document warns that China “is likely preparing for a contingency to unify Taiwan with China by force,” according to the BBC and CNN.

“Should the United States intervene, China would try to delay effective intervention and seek victory in a high-intensity, limited war of short duration,” the report says.

In a nod to China, the US cut formal ties with Taiwan in 1979 but continues to maintain close political and security ties, which irk Beijing.