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Liverpool news: Reds legend reveals secret behind resurgence at Anfield

Liverpool news: Reds legend reveals secret behind resurgence at Anfield

That’s the view of former Liverpool striker John Aldridge, who saw Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Monday to make it two wins from two.

Liverpool have been tipped as the closest challengers to Manchester City this season having reached the Champions League final last year. Goals from James Milner and Sadio Mane earned the win at Selhurst Park to follow up on a 4-0 win over West Ham on the opening weekend. It means the Reds are the only team yet to concede in the Premier League with Virgil van Dijk looking secure at the back alongside new goalkeeper Alisson. And Aldridge believes the influence of both has been key to how secure the Anfield outfit have been in recent months. “We look calmer, a lot more in control and we don’t panic,” Aldridge said on LFCTV. “The centre-halves and goalkeepers we’ve had in the past do panic when things aren’t going right. “But with Van Dijk and the goalkeeper, who is as cool as a cucumber, it gives such a calming effect to everyone. “We’ve got a very good spine now. Wijnaldum had a good game against Crystal Palace and the spine compared to a year ago is excellent.” Klopp has led Liverpool to three finals since taking charge, being beaten in each one.

A League Cup loss to Manchester City on penalties was followed by a defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final. Real Madrid then stopped Liverpool earning their sixth European crown earlier this year with goalkeeper Loris Karius at fault for two of Madrid’s three goals. And Aldridge admits Klopp needs to start winning the silverware instead of just making the final two. Aldridge added: “He’s only been in the job for two and a half years but you can see the transformation, but we have to start winning these finals.” Klopp himself though has insisted he doesn’t feel under pressure. “We can’t guarantee titles but we can increase the possibility of winning titles,” Klopp told Kicker. “(The goals are) Nothing new.

Only three teams are allowed to finish ahead of us. “We have to ensure that the gap to those three teams is minimal in order to be there at the right moment. But that is very difficult.”

 

Superdry co-founder Julian Dunkerton gives £1m to People’s Vote campaign for second Brexit referendum

Superdry co-founder Julian Dunkerton gives £1m to People’s Vote  campaign for second Brexit referendum

Julian Dunkerton, the co-founder of fashion brand Superdry, is donating a £1 million to the campaign for a referendum on the final Brexit agreement, saying “we have a genuine chance to turn this around”.

The multimillionaire fashion label founder pledged his financial backing to the People’s Vote, a campaign launched in April to give the public a vote on the terms of the final deal – with the chance to stay in the EU if they vote against it. Writing in the Sunday Times, Mr Dunkerton said the public know Brexit will be a “disaster”.

“I’m putting some of my money behind the People’s Vote campaign because I know we have a genuine chance to turn this around,” she said.

 

Labour Party suspends former MP Jim Sheridan

Labour Party The former MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North Jim Sheridan has been suspended by the Labour Party. The move followed posts Mr Sheridan was alleged to have been responsible for on social media regarding the party and the Jewish community. Mr Sheridan lost his parliamentary seat in the 2015 General Election. The Labour Party has said it cannot comment on individual cases, but that complaints of anti-Semitism are all “fully investigated”.

A statement from the party said: “The Labour Party takes all complaints of anti-Semitism extremely seriously and we are committed to challenging and campaigning against it in all its forms. “All complaints about anti-Semitism are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken.”

BREXIT REVEALED: These five European industries could be devastated by no-deal exit

BREXIT REVEALED: These five European industries could be devastated by no-deal exit

This week, the details of 80 planning notices set to be released by the UK Government’s no-deal preparations team emerged.

With talks hanging finely in the balance, the Department for Exiting the European Union is hoping to inform British business of the potential impact of a no-deal. The European Commission’s no-deal preparation task force, led by powerful eurocrat Martin Selmayr, has already released 70 Brexit preparedness notices for EU member states. In a separate 15-page document issued to the EU27, warnings paint a grim picture of the consequences for the customs, animal, health, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors as a result of a no-deal divorce. According to research, more than three-quarters of the impact of Brexit will fall on just five sectors in the EU and UK. But what industries could be most hurt by Brexit if both Britain and the EU fail to conclude a deal before March 29 2019? Automotive Germany’s economic motor could be dealt a devastating blow if Brussels and Westminster fail to reach an agreement that allows Europe’s automotive industry to continue as is it. Four of Germany’s 16 states would be forced to shoulder the burden of more than three-quarters of the impact felt by a no-deal Brexit because of the automotive sectors in those regions – Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Wurttemberg and Lower Saxony. According to the German association of the automotive industry, the country last year exported 769,000 cars to the UK, its single largest export destination. A study by accounting firm Deloitte showed tariffs and devaluation of the pound after a no-deal Brexit would cause thousands of job losses at German automotive suppliers. Around 42,000 jobs in Germany rely on suppliers’ ties with Britain and without access, it significantly risks their €16.9 billion in 2016 sales from UK car production. Brexit news: Five industries will shoulder three-quarters of no-deal Brexit burden

Tourism Britons are prolific holidayers on the Continent, but a lack of future access – the Commission has to decide whether British travellers will require visas to enter the EU – major concerns are being raised. The Irish government has been told to start creating safeguard for the country’s €5bn tourism industry and the 300,000 jobs that rely on it. Tourism Ireland chief executive Niall Gibbons warned that the diminished value of sterling is driving up the costs for short breaks. He said: “The British take about 70m trips abroad every year, they’ll continue to go to sun destinations like Spain and Turkey. But short-break destinations like Ireland are most vulnerable, so it is important that we continue to invest in Great Britain. “They are very much our biggest volume market.” However, Spain is also concerned about the possible impact on one of its largest industries. Fears that Brexit will affect tourism are voiced by Spanish regions such the Balearic Islands, including Mallorca, a popular destination for British package holidays. Agriculture An often forgotten industry, however, farming will likely feel the pinch more than most going forward. Britain imports a great deal of meat, cheese and salad from Europe, which sparked fears of a meal deal sandwich shortage, which Britons purchase around 4 billion a year from supermarkets. On a larger scale, the Canary Islands ship more food products to the UK and any other nation. Regional officials have warned a “sudden withdrawal without a free trade agreement of goods and services could ruin” their businesses. Irish hauliers have also warned new shipping routes and extra checks will result in agri-food deliveries perishing because of the longer transport times. Italy’s farmers are also concerned that any restriction in free trade between the Italy and the UK would devastate their industry.

Roberto Moncalvo, president of Italian farming union Coldiretti said the UK’s exit from the EU in March 2019 would “weaken” Italy’s farming industry and export trade. He warned Italian agriculture “can’t pay the price of Brexit”. They fear an estimated cut of €2.7billion (£2.3billion) to the budget of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), something which could heavily impact 800,000 Italian farms. Financial services According to research by management consultancy Oliver Wyman and law firm Clifford Chance, UK financial services will take “by far the biggest hit” given London’s role as Europe’s financial capital. The sector will incur about a third of the extra “red tape” costs, according to their study. Theresa May’s White Paper outlines a willingness to take a hit to EU market access in order to be able to diverge from EU relegation. However, it will also hit around 7,000 European domiciled funds ability to operate in the UK. Brussels is resisting to offer a bespoke deal on financial services, claiming the same system that works for US financial service providers will have to work for the UK. UK negotiators warned without fresh thinking, both sides would raise damaging barriers to trade. A British document reads: “There is no third country equivalence regime to support the rights of around 7,000 European Economic Area domiciled funds to market to UK retail customers, who operate under the passport today.” UK-based AstraZeneca has warned governments to prepare medicines for no-deal Brexit

Pharmaceutical Patients across Europe could be put at risk if Brussels and Westminster fail to strike a deal that allows the movement and regulation of drugs between the UK and the Continent. The EU should start stockpiling drugs and “very quickly agree” to sharing its drug safety and infectious disease databases unless it wants to put “patients at risk”, according to the head of the UK pharmaceutical industry. Mike Thompson, chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, warned the EU27 are far behind the UK in their preparation for a no-deal Brexit. Mr Thompson confirmed the Westminster has been working with drugs firms to stockpile medicines.

He, however, admitted he is “concerned about patients across the continent of Europe”, as member states fall behind on their preparations. Cambridge-based drugs manufacturer AstraZeneca has warned governments to follow their meticulous planning or risk medicines not being available after Brexit. AstraZeneca has spent £40m on its preparations, which includes building a parallel facility in Sweden in case Britain cannot agree on joint regulation and standards with Brussels.

 

Putin attends Austrian minister’s wedding

Mr Putin took his host for a twirl, ignoring the controversy about the invitation Russian President Vladimir Putin has attended the wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, who has been criticised for inviting him. Mr Putin presented her with flowers and danced with her at the event in the southern Austrian province of Styria. Opposition politicians have accused Ms Kneissl of undermining EU foreign policy with her choice of guest. Mr Putin stopped in Austria on his way to Germany, where he will hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Ms Kneissl, 53, is marrying entrepreneur Wolfgang Meilinger at a ceremony in the small town of Gamlitz, near the border with Slovenia. Ms Kneissl, an academic with no party affiliation, was picked as foreign minister by Austria’s far-right Freedom Party – a coalition partner in the current government. Mr Putin was invited during a visit to Austria earlier this year. Vladimir Putin: Russia’s action man president There has been vigorous debate in the Austrian media about the Russian president’s appearance since it was announced this week. Members of the country’s Green Party are among those calling for the foreign minister to resign over the invitation. Some politicians have voiced concern about the potential cost to taxpayers incurred by increased security for the visit. The Russian president is also set for informal talks with the German chancellor on Saturday about a number of issues. Germany is facing pressure from the US to halt work on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project which will transport gas from Russia. Speaking to the media on Friday, Mrs Merkel said she would like to discuss the possibility of a meeting on Syria with other Nato partners, but that “no specific results are expected” from Saturday’s working meeting.

 

Robert Winston calls Jeremy Corbyn ‘incompetent’ and says Labour is now damaged

Labour peer Sir Robert Winston has hit out at Jeremy Corbyn saying he is ‘incompetent’ and has a limited understanding of politics. The fertility expert said his beloved party was at risk of becoming unelectable because of the way the leader has handled the anti-Semitism crisis. Lord Winston said the problems were more deeply ingrained than the recent row and were evidence of the woeful state of British politics. Robert Winston has warned about the future of the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn

‘I’m Jewish but this is not just about anti-Semitism’, he said. ‘It’s about competency to lead. It’s been handled very badly and not just by Jeremy Corbyn but the people who advise him and the people who support his narrow view of the world.’ Corbyn’s latest woes began when he became embroiled in an unprecedented spat with the main institutions of the Jewish community over his alleged failure to tackle anti-Semitism within the party. Labour has been dealing with the row for over two years but the focus recently moved onto a new code of conduct the party has adopted on anti-Semitism. Critics are concerned that it doesn’t go as far as the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s guidelines. Corbyn was already under fire by his deputy Tom Watson who warned the party could disappear into ‘a vortex of eternal shame’ if the issue of anti-Semitism was not tackled.

However earlier this week the beleaguered leader was attacked by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after pictures emerged of his attending a ceremony in 2014 where a wreath was laid in memory of Palestinians suspected of being behind the Munich Olympics massacre. Corbyn has refused to apologise saying he was in the Middle East to promote peace but Jewish MPs and community leaders have condemned his association with the event. He has been seen rolling his eyes to repeated questions about the wreath-laying and is facing further criticism after a picture emerged of him today apparently making a salute linked to an Islamist organisation found to have possible connections to extremism. Lord Winston, who has been a Labour representative in the Lords since 1995, said: ‘I find it unbelievably stupid of him to have now got himself into a position that he has irrevocably damaged the Labour Party.

 

How many carbs vegetarians and meat eaters should really eat?

This is how many carbs vegetarians and meat eaters should really be eating

Carbs have been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism in recent years, with many people wrongly believing that eating them is an unhealthy course of action. However, a major study conducted in the US has found that following a low carbohydrate diet can drastically reduce your lifespan, particularly if you’re substituting carbohydrates for meat and dairy products. So, what does ‘low carb’ actually mean, how does a low carb diet actually affect your wellbeing if you’re a meat eater, vegetarian or vegan and how many carbs should you actually be eating? Low carb diets shorten your life ‘unless you are mostly vegetarian.’

According to Kirsty Bamping, registered dietitian and media spokesperson for The British Dietetic Association, carbohydrates are a necessary component in all people’s diets, regardless of whether they eat meat or not. “The government’s healthy eating advice recommends that just over a third of your diet should be made up of starchy foods, such as potatoes, bread, rice and pasta, and another third should be fruit and vegetables,” Bamping says. “This means that over half of your daily calorie intake should come from starchy foods, fruit and vegetables. This applies whether you are a meat eater, vegetarian or vegan.” The NHS recommends that individuals eat at least 260g of carbohydrates a day.

However, according to Perfect Keto, a website that promotes the controversial ketogenic diet, a person following the low carb keto diet would usually attribute five per cent of their daily calorie intake to carbohydrates, which can lead to a daily carb intake of 20 or 40g. This is evidently far less than the daily carb intake recommended by the NHS. Bamping explains that carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy as part of a nutritious, balanced diet, as they’re broken down into glucose when eaten before being absorbed into the bloodstream. Six healthy breakfast recipes –

1/6 You will need: 1 onion, 1 red pepper, 1 stick of celery, 1 cup of mushrooms, 4 to 6 eggs, 1 habanero chilli (optional), 1 tablespoon of oil, 25g of grated low-fat cheese, 150 ml of skimmed milk, 50g of turkey breast. Add some spinach for an extra boost. Method:

1) Cook your turkey breast so that it’s ready to add to the mix later on. Best to grill it and then chop it up as it’s healthier than shallow frying.

2) Meanwhile, heat the oil and add your onion, pepper, chilli, mushrooms and celery to your pan. Cook these for around five minutes until your veg is nice and soft.

3) Whisk your eggs and milk together in a separate bowl, seasoning with salt and pepper.

4) Add the egg mixture, veg, cooked turkey and cheese to a high-sided baking pan or tin and cook in your oven for around 15 minutes at 170C.

2/6 Be careful when you buy your porridge, as some brands will cram a lot of sugar in there. Porridge is a good breakfast option as it is renowned for releasing energy slowly, which means you can get to lunch without suffering from a lull. A great source of fibre, potassium and vitamins, bananas are always a good accompaniment to your morning oats.

3/6 Ingredients: 2 full eggs, 3 egg whites, asparagus, peppers, 50g of smoked salmon Method

1) Boil your asparagus in water for around five minutes.

2) Meanwhile, mix your eggs and egg whites in a jug, and add a splash of skimmed milk. Chop some peppers up and throw them in too.

3) Once your asparagus is cooked, drain it and chop into smaller chunks. Add these to your egg mixture.

4) Whisk your mixture and season with salt and pepper.

5) Pour the mix into a hot pan with a small knob of butter or a teaspoon of quality olive oil.

6) Cook the omelette for around 90 seconds to two minutes.

7) Once the bottom is cooked, take the pan off the hob and place under the grill for another 30 seconds to a minute in order to cook the top.

8) Serve with your smoked salmon.

4/6 Greek yoghurt has vast nutritional benefits. Regardless of where you stand on the superfood debate, Greek yoghurt’s credentials speak for themselves. A good source of potassium, protein, calcium and essential vitamins, this food forms an ideal base for a healthy breakfast, especially if you’re trying to lose weight.

5/6 Eggs Florentine is not only a tasty breakfast, it also carries a hefty nutritional punch, particularly when you throw some spinach into the equation.

6/6 So fast and easy to make, yet so effective. Wholemeal toast can be a good breakfast choice, as long as you are sensible with your toppings. Peanut butter is perfect. A good source of “healthy fats”, as well as protein and Vitamin E among other nutrients, a liberal spreading of peanut butter can set you up for the day.

When the body is low on glucose, this can lead to ketosis and you may experience symptoms such as feeling dehydrated, faint and weak as a result. The study, which was published in the Lancet Public Health on Thursday, states that meat eaters are more at risk of developing harmful health conditions when following a strict low carb diet, as they’re more likely to substitute carbohydrates for fats and proteins such as meat, cheese, butter and milk. This can increase their risk of developing cardiovascular disease and various forms of cancer in future. How the keto diet affects your sex drive, according to the experts. However, vegetarians and vegans may opt to eat foods that are high in fibre when following a low carb diet instead, with fibre proven as being extremely beneficial for one’s health. While vegetarians and vegans may be able to sustain a low carb diet more efficiently than meat eaters, according to personal trainer and co-founder of fitness company LDN Muscle Max Bridger, reducing one’s carb intake or cutting out carbs completely can be very detrimental. “There is no need to cut out carbs for the majority of us, for health or body composition based goals,” he tells The Independent. “This demonises a wide variety of foods, isolates the individual and ultimately sets them up to fail.”

Five signs your carbohydrate intake is too low, according to a dietitian Bridger explains that cutting out carbs for a vegan would be a very harmful thing to do, as it would eliminate the majority of foods that they can consume. “Vegetarians could have more wiggle room, but again cutting out carbs would limit their intake to a tiny amount of foods. This would lead to malnutrition and a host of physical, mental and social problems. “We all know that reducing our intake of processed carbohydrates and refined sugars is a good thing. But having these as part of a balanced diet is not a bad thing, so be flexible and keep a considered eye on your average calorie intake per day.” Millennials are being blamed for a fall in potato sales Following any sort of diet is inadvisable if you haven’t spoken to a health or nutrition expert first in order to assess your personal needs, as nutritional therapist Olivier Sanchez from Click For Therapy explains. “Most people blindly follow diet recommendations without consulting a health practitioner and often are not aware of what they are doing wrong, especially how to replace the foods they are eliminating,” he tells The Independent. Despite the widespread belief that reducing one’s carb intake can help them reduce weight, nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert has explained why this is a massive misconception. According to Lambert, eating the right type of carbs and focussing on the nutritional benefits of your diet rather than the quantity of your meals can help you lead a healthier lifestyle.

Tesla’s Elon Musk faces investor lawsuit

Elon Musk’s bombshell announcement that he is thinking of taking the electric car company Tesla private has landed him a lawsuit from unhappy investors.

The American entrepreneur said on Tuesday that de-listing from the stock exchange could be the “best path forward” for the firm. His comments caused the share price to shoot up 11% to nearly $380 (£298), though it has since fallen back. Short-sellers, who bet on share price falls, allege he misled the market. Mr Musk, Tesla’s founder and chief executive, announced that he might take the company private in a deal worth $72 billion, valuing the company at $420 a share. However, he did not specify exactly where the money for such a deal, which would be the largest of its kind for more than a decade, would come from. Volatile prices Mr Musk, who owns a fifth of the company, has complained previously about “negative propaganda” from short-sellers.

He said he hoped taking the firm private would protect Tesla from the distractions of share price volatility and pressure to meet quarterly financial targets. Elon Musk is playing a dangerous game Tesla ‘removed’ from fatal car crash probe Short-sellers, who make a profit by borrowing shares, selling them and then buying them back at an expected lower price, claim to have lost millions thanks to Mr Musk’s comments. Plaintiff Kalman Isaacs alleges the announcement was aimed at “completely decimating” short-sellers. His lawsuit, and another filed by William Chamberlain, accuse Mr Musk and Tesla of violating federal securities laws and artificially inflating Tesla’s share price. Neither Mr Musk nor Tesla have commented on the lawsuit, which was filed in a federal court in San Francisco. The tech entrepreneur is no stranger to controversy. Only last month he was forced to apologise for insulting a British diver involved in rescuing a youth football team from a cave in northern Thailand. Elon Musk apologises to Thai cave diver for Twitter attack

 

Rowan Atkinson backs Boris Johnson because ‘you should only ever apologise for a bad joke’

Rowan Atkinson has defended Boris Johnson after his controversial comments about women wearing burkas. The actor, known for his comedy performances in Mr Bean and Blackadder, said the remarks were funny. Atkinson wrote in a letter to The Times: ‘As a lifelong beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion, I do think that Boris Johnson’s joke about wearers of the burka resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one.’ Rowan Atkinson has backed Boris Johnson saying the joke was funny

He added: ‘All jokes about religion cause offence, so it’s pointless apologising for them. ‘You should really only apologise for a bad joke. On that basis, no apology is required.’ Mum stabbed to death ‘after helping daughter to escape from arranged marriage’The Uxbridge MP said Muslim women wearing face coverings ‘look like letter boxes’, and compared them to bank robbers and rebellious teenagers in a Telegraph column. Mr Johnson is to face an investigation by an independent panel after complaints that his comments breached the Conservative Party’s code of conduct. Atkinson’s intervention in the Boris Johnson burka row is not the first time the comic actor has waded into controversy around free speech. Mr Johnson is facing calls to apologise but has so far refused. The Blackadder and Mr Bean star spent years campaigning against legislation that eventually made it an offence to incite religious hatred. The Racial and Religious Hatred Act, which became law in 2007, dogged Tony Blair’s government as it was repeatedly attacked by free speech campaigners on its way to the statute book. Council tells parents to remove paddling pools due to health and safety concerns

After a failed attempt to introduce the legislation in 2001, the government tried again in 2004 with the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act. At the time Atkinson said elements of the legislation, designed to punish extremists who incite religious hatred, were a ‘wholly inappropriate response’ and could stifle freedom of speech. The laws attempted to make a new offence of incitement to religious hatred to protect faith groups, particularly Muslims, from attacks. The Blackadder and Mr Bean star spent years campaigning against legislation that eventually made it an offence to incite religious hatred. He said: ‘To criticise a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous but to criticise their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom.’ The actor said he could think of ‘quite a few sketches’ that he had performed that could come under the remit of the proposed new law ‘in the right hand and with the right energy’. RAF veteran says council ‘stole’ his wartime diaries

The government eventually changed tack and the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill passed through Parliament in 2006. Atkinson said at the time: ‘With it, it seems to me, everybody wins. Those who seek to threaten religious communities will know that such behaviour has now been outlawed and those who have sought to retain the right to criticise and ridicule religious beliefs and practices now have those rights enshrined in legislation in a manner never previously achieved.’

 

Police chief’s son arrested in Sikh attack

Tyrone McAllister, 18, is the estranged son of the police chief A Northern California police chief has said he was “disgusted” to hear his estranged son was arrested in an attack on a 71-year-old Sikh grandfather. Footage of the attack showed Sahib Singh Natt walking on Monday when he was confronted by two men. One of them began kicking him as he fell down. Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister later revealed that his 18-year-old son was a suspect. Police say they are investigating it as an attempted robbery, not a hate crime. “Words can barely describe how embarrassed, dejected, and hurt my wife, daughters, and I feel right now,” Mr McAllister wrote lengthy Facebook post after learning of his son’s alleged involvement. “Violence and hatred is not what we have taught our children; intolerance for others is not even in our vocabulary, let alone our values.” The police chief’s son, Tyrone McAllister, was taken into custody on Wednesday and has not yet filed a plea. He faces felony charges for allegedly attacking Mr Natt as he walked by a park in nearby Manteca, California, Chief McAllister is not handling the case, but said he helped Manteca police locate his son, who has been estranged from for several months. Surveillance video footage shows two men wearing hooded sweatshirts approach Mr Natt, who does not speak English. One of the men then begins to kick Mr Natt, who falls on to the pavement. The men start to walk away, but the suspect who attacked him returns to kick him three more times while he remains on the ground.

The man spits on Mr Natt and runs away as the elderly man lies unmoving on the street. Police told local media one of the men may have brandished a firearm in the air as they left. “The victim suffered only minor physical injuries, but as you can imagine, the greater Sikh community is devastated”, Chief McAllister wrote. “Despite having the desire any parent would have in wanting to protect their child, my oath is (and always will be) to the law,” he added. “My stomach has been churning from the moment I learned this news.” Mr Natt’s family told KGO-TV that the grandfather made his way home, injured. He has since been treated and released from the hospital. “Everybody’s scared, you know, me, everybody,” his son-in-law, Maneet Singh Virk said. Manteca city police said the incident is likely an attempted robbery and that “at this time, there are no indications that this assault was a hate crime”.

Prabhjot Singh of The Sikh Coalition civil rights group told KGO-TV: “It doesn’t matter that the assailant was the son of a police chief. It could have been anyone.” Sikhism hails from the Indian subcontinent, and observant Sikhs wear turbans. Members of the community have been attacked in the past by assailants mistaking them for Muslims. The assault on Mr Natt is the second in California in recent weeks. Earlier this month, Surjit Singh Malhi, 50, was beaten by two men as he put up campaign signs for local Republican candidates in Stanislaus County. The men also vandalised Mr Malhi’s vehicle, spray-painting the words “Go back to your country” with a white supremacist symbol, CBS Sacramento reported.